Students plan to travel all over the state for post-prom festivities

Nick Wilson | Staff Writer

Everybody knows the excitement surrounding the biggest high school event of the year: prom. Including the well known group prom pictures, the usually expensive dinner, a limo ride to the party and a long night of dancing and fun, the post prom the following day is now hitting prom-goers as a modern tradition. Here at CG we do not have a required, school sanctioned after-party, which gives the students the liberty of choosing what they want to do after prom. This opens up a variety of spring time activities and day excursions to allow students to enjoy the weekend.

Gabby Ellis ‘20 plans to spend the day at the lake and soak up the sun.

“I would rather spend the day outside than do something inside,” Ellis said. “The weekend of prom is usually a turn in the weather and it’s supposed to be super warm.”

Yet a day at the lake isn’t the only option. Hiking at Brown County or at Turkey Run seem to have been pretty popular choices over the past few years. Brown County is also home to plenty of local, hometown shops that seem to be huge tourists attractions along with some restaurants including Big Woods Pizza Co., Hobnob Corner, and The Farmhouse Cafe and Tea Room.

Carter Zuch ‘20 plans to kayak at Turkey Run State Park. Zuch said, “It’s enjoyable to be outside the day after prom, especially since it’s supposed to clear up and be pretty warm, so my girlfriend and I thought it would be nice to hang out at the park and walk the trails, and kayak on the river beside it.”

Other students may stay local and spend the day at Independence Park or even have an after party in their own backyard.

Amusement appeal is also a key factor when students decide their post-prom activities. Sebastian Martin ‘19 plans on spending the day up in Fishers. The city of Fishers could fill up an entire day’s worth of fun with their newly opened Topgolf, the popular Portillo’s restaurant, and even a nice tour of the massive IKEA for only a short drive and bit of money. If you’d want a mixture of amusement or hanging out outside, Fishers is also home to several state parks and reservoirs, including Fort Harrison State Park. More local amusement activities could include a day at the Greenwood Mall, downtown Indy, or a trip to the movie theater. A few newly released movies at the time of prom will be Avengers: Endgame, The Intruder, and Long Shot.

Another popular post-prom activity is to head east to Cincinnati or Mason, Ohio. King’s Island tends to be a fairly expensive excursion, but pays out with an enjoyable day filled with sunshine and roller coaster thrills. Cincinnati also provides plenty of activities including the nationally-famous Cincinnati Zoo, the Newport aquarium, or even a Reds game at the Great American Ball Park, where tickets can be as cheap as $12. The Reds play the San Francisco Giants at 4:10 p.m. on May 5, the day after prom.

Regardless of what you do after prom, remember that it’s a day centralized around fun. However, being the last Sunday before AP tests, studying for your AP tests should come prior to Prom, so you can have ample time set aside to have fun at prom and post-prom activities.

Early College seniors take part in first ever Regency Ball

Lindsey Shaffer | Staff Writer

On Friday, April 26, early college seniors had a hands-on activity to reflect what they learned in class.

“It’s a Regency Ball for our ‘Pride and Prejudice’ unit for World Lit,” Ethan Stanley said. “We all brought in food from the period and we learned some dances from the time period.”

This is the first year the class held this event. “We decided we would learn some of those dances and live the way that the characters live a little bit through the dances,” teacher Lesley McDougal said. “Dancing in that time period is such a huge part of life for them.”

Along with early college students, select choir students were also invited to the event.

“We were asked by Mrs. McDougal, because we’re in Sound System, to put on some costumes, teach dances and work with Mrs. Mueller to help the kids understand what’s going on and help them feel more comfortable,” senior Morgan Jackson said. “There are three of us that are helping that are in Early College as well, so we know all of these kids because we have classes with them on the daily.”

The students spent hours rehearsing in the library learning the dances for the ball.

“I had seen the dances they were doing today and I was not sure what it would look like,” McDougal said. “But they’re picking up on it really well.”

“I’m most excited for the food everybody brought,” Stanley said. The students all had to make treats from the regency era based off of recipes.

McDougal still enjoyed the dancing most. “Just seeing them laugh and have fun and get into their roles was fun,” she said.


Student government to host annual leadership workshop

Kaia Hunter | News Magazine Editor

StuGo is hosting their annual spring workshop this upcoming Friday, April 26.

“The workshop is a student government event where we invite different schools to learn about their student governments and how they run them, grow as leaders and hear from a speaker that has leadership experience and can teach us how to become a better leaders in our council,” workshop committee chair Madison Gloyeske ‘20 said.

The workshop is a full day commitment where students facilitate a variety of activities.

“At the workshop, we do a few icebreakers with students and break them up into groups [mixed up between schools] where leaders from our school partake in different leadership activities with the students,” Gloyeske said. “Then, [we] have Kevin Wanzer, a nationally renowned speaker do a leadership workshop with the students and teach them about leadership.”

In addition to having a guest speaker, there are a lot of other activities aimed toward leadership skills.

“We have speakers, large group activities and small group activities. All our activities are geared to making people think and work together, so we make sure they are using and growing leadership skills,” committee chair Mahek Agrawal ‘20 said.

This workshop is not only beneficial for students here, but also for students at other schools.

“There are eight schools coming this year: Warren Central, Plainfield, Park Tudor, Pike, Lawrence North, Thomas Carr Howe, Beech Grove and Whiteland,” Gloyeske said.

Students from schools come together to generate ideas and work on improving their programs.

“It’s an event to grow as a leader and make our school better,” committee chair Kristen Garrison ‘20 said. “We host the workshop to get ideas from other schools for our StuGo.”

Overall, the workshop is an opportunity for all involved to become better leaders in their schools.

“We host the workshop for our student government because it allows students in the council to grow as leaders and learn what makes a leader,” Gloyeske said. “It also allows them to network with others in different schools’ councils.”

Students excel in multiple languages

Aaron Toland | Staff Writer

According to a 2017 Census Bureau American Community Survey, 21.6% of people nationwide spoke a language other than English at home. Several CG students are a part of this 21.6% and speak another language at home.

Sophomore Hemaksi Vats is fluent in two languages along with being familiar with several other languages.

“I speak Hindi and I can understand and read a couple of other languages from Asia,” Vats said.

Freshman Homero Matzenbacher, who is currently in Spanish 4, is fluent in three languages.

“I speak Spanish, Portuguese and English,” he said. “I’ve learned all of these languages by moving from one country to another.”

Matzenbacher has lived in China, Brazil, Mexico and the United States.

Vatz and Matzenbacher have differing opinions on how speaking more than one language affects them outside of their households. Vats does not feel that being bilingual has a meaningful impact on her life outside of her home.

“To be honest, it’s pretty neutral being bilingual because I just don’t have any use for those certain languages in the American education system,” Vats said. “I just don’t speak it outside of a respective community or my household.”

On the other hand, Matzenbacher feels that his views on life have been impacted by speaking more than one language. “Speaking more than one language is really interesting as you see many points of view and take a different approach to things,” Matzenbacher said.

Being fluent in both English and another language has been known to have several cognitive benefits. Children who are fluent in two or more languages have been found to have better problem-solving skills and creative thinking than children who only speak one language; furthermore, being fluent in more than one language has been found to improve one’s ability to focus and one’s ability to remember lists and sequences.

Both Vats and Matzenbacher agree that there is at least some cognitive benefit to knowing more than one language. “It just makes it easier for me to understand different concepts in different languages,” Vats said.

Although many students were not brought up speaking another language, it does not mean that it is too late for them to reap the benefits of knowing other languages.

Taking foreign language courses allows one to improve their cognitive abilities along with widening their point of view. While one might never become fluent in a language other than English, just having a background knowledge in another language can make one smarter and offer a different perspective on life.


Riley Club raises money for Children’s Hospital

Meg White | NewsMag Editor

As music provides the backdrop for dancing, games and activities, the kids at Riley Children’s Hospital were awaiting a major donation that Center Grove High School makes every year. On April 12th, from 5pm to 11pm, Riley Club carried on that tradition.

“We were trying to raise money to help the families at the Riley Children’s Hospital by standing for those who can’t at this 6-hour event,” said Kaia Hunter ‘20, a member of the club. While the name indicates 6 hours of non-stop dancing, it is not quite the perfect description. Along with music, attendees of the event enjoyed lots of food, games, activities, and a drawing to win a prize.

The admission cost of $10 included 10 tickets to enter for the drawing, and with each person, got the Riley Club that much closer to their goal. Last year, the event raised $12,581.36, and based on that value, this year’s goal was $13,000; Riley Club ended up raising $11,647.63. As the event’s motto states, it is all For the Kids.