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.

 

Innovation center holds job fair for seniors

Aaron Toland | Staff Writer

The Center Grove Alumni and Friends Job Fair will be held in the Center Grove Innovation Center today. The fair will be open to seniors ages 18+ and the community from 3:30-7:00. From 2:30 to 3:00, the fair will have a special session available in order to help current seniors transition out of high school.  

The fair will have a variety of job opportunities for students seeking full time work after graduation “There will be more than 15 companies represented from all types of career pathways,” CTE Advisement Coordinator Tammera Walker said. “Students can walk around and talk to as many companies as they would like.”

A few of the companies who will be in attendance at the fair are Cummins, Honey Grove Education Center and Franciscan Health. These companies will be able to answer any questions that students have and take applications for full time and internship positions.

Before one comes to the job fair and takes advantage of the  job opportunities available, students should be prepared. “Students should come dressed nice and professional,” said Walker. “Students should also bring a resume if they have one.”

Being able to get a full-time or part-time job is not the only way that this job fair will be beneficial to students.

“It is always helpful to talk with companies to see what they are looking for in employees,” Walker explained. “This will help students understand the careers that are available and the skills they need to land the career or job they want. Job fairs are great for networking.  Companies can put a face with the name on a resume. This is always helpful!”
Use this link to sign up for the job fair: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4ea8ad23a2f85-2019

Senior balances leadership positions in three clubs

Claire Schultz | Staff Writer

A leadership role in a club can be time-consuming, let alone in three clubs. Senior Will Pack knows this all too well, as he is the president of Business Professionals of America, Model United Nations and Cultural Unity Club.

“Business Professionals of America is a professional development club where students can interact with different business programs that they choose to be involved in,” Pack said. Such programs include digital communication and design, finances and accounting, management information systems, business administration, among others.

During the BPA season, Pack had to balance running the club and making the extensive presentation for his competition.

“As the president, I’m responsible for organizing pretty much everything. The other officers and I set up the newsletter and interactions with Mrs. Nolan and Mr. Bowers to kind of make sure everything’s organized,” Pack said. “It’s my responsibility to be the top officer and make sure everyone else does their job and gets everything done.”

The responsibilities that come with being the leading officer of BPA are also apparent in Model UN, where Pack serves as president.

“Model United Nations is a club where we go to two conferences a year. We go to IUMUNC and IUPUI MUN, and we simulate the model United Nations there,” Pack said. “When we go we will represent certain countries or people, depending on the circumstance, and then we just kind of simulate political debate and a United Nations environment, but it’s obviously a simulation and it’s just really fun. We go for a weekend and have a good time.”

Cultural Unity is the third club where Pack presides as president, this time with co-president senior Lucas Kroll.

“By leading with other people in clubs, I’ve really learned how to manage people,” Pack said. “A lot of times I want to do everything, but it’s really important that I train other people on how to do stuff because I’m not going to be here next year and it’s important that they have the skills that they need to be able to run the club in my absence.

Although his leadership terms will be ending after this year, Pack hopes he will be able to take the management and business skills he has learned with him to college.

Students compete downtown in BPA state conference

Lucas Kroll | Staff Writer

On Sunday through Tuesday, 22 student representatives went downtown to compete in the Business Professionals of America state leadership conference at the Indianapolis Marriott.

Business Professionals of America, BPA, is a nationally recognized business club at Center Grove. Around the United States, there are over 2,300 chapters in 23 different states with an estimated membership of over 43,000 students.

“We competed all throughout Sunday and Monday doing our events, going to leadership sessions, and taking open tests. Then we had our awards ceremony on Tuesday,” Victor Gastelum ‘19 said, who competed in digital marketing and business and financial management.

BPA State is not solely about competing in business events, it is also about meeting people from other schools and networking, time-management, and enjoying what downtown has to offer.

“At BPA we spend much of our time going to different places to do events, eat, and hang out,” president of BPA, Will Pack ‘19 said, who competed in economic research and won in digital marketing. “We meet various different people from throughout the state of Indiana. Also, we have to be responsible for ourselves and getting to our events on time.”

Every year, the top performers in the competitions at State qualify for Nationals which is held in a different location every year. Center Grove had around 20 members participating at the State conference, with nine members qualifying for the national leadership conference in Anaheim, California.

“Qualifying for nationals was an exciting experience,” Phillip Golder ‘20 said, who won in legal office procedures. “To do well you had to type legal documents quickly and accurately. I practiced quite a bit, and even though I will not be attending nationals, I am still glad to qualify.”

Sophomores Christina Monev, Andy Lam, Dhrumil Patel, Parthiv Patel and Vaibhava Potturu competed and won as a group in computer animation during last week’s BPA state convention.

All five will be attending the National Leadership Conference from May 1-5 in Anaheim. There, the group will compete to rank nationally among other high school BPA chapters.