Choir Nationals

IMG_3007Over spring break Debtones and Sound System went to Nashville, Tennessee for Show Choir Nationals, held at the Grand Ole Opry. They stayed at the Gaylord Opry Mills Hotel for the duration of the competition; the 26th to the 29th. Debtones opened the competition for the unisex division on Thursday night. Debs won best vocals, best choreography, best tech crew, and sophomore Adrianna Goss won best soloist.

“The best part was getting to meet and befriend people from show choirs across the nation who were staying in the hotel with us, everyone was super friendly,” Debtones singer Maddie Robbins said.

Robbins enjoyed being able to perform at the Grand Ole Opry which she described as a once in a lifetime chance. The warm up room that the singers used was where Nashville Live, a television talk show hosted by Ralph Emery, was filmed.IMG_3020

Debtones sang “Out of sight Out of mind”, “Loverly” mixed with “Bright Side”, “Papa Can You Hear Me” and “Raise Your Voice”.

Maddie Robbins and Eli Robinson both agree that the other singing groups were supportive of each other, were very friendly, talented, and energetic.

“There wasn’t a single boring moment and everyone was supportive of other choirs, giving stand ovations and starting chants. It was amazing.” Said Robbins.

Sound System opened their division on Friday morning and made it to finals. At the beginning they were placed 4th place. Later they moved to 2nd place overall and won best choreography.IMG_3022

“The best part of the experience was being with my friends and competing in the National Competition. We were shooting for first place but second is really good also.” said Robinson.

Sound System sang “Duel of Fates,” “Ten Minutes Ago,” “Impossible,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “A Dream is a Wish,” “Camelot/Men in Tights” and “I Will Prevail.”

Best Buddies Club Holds Pottery Event

The Best Buddies Club came together on January 31st and made pottery. This is one of many events that the Best Buddies club does together. The Best Buddies had a great time making pottery, and every member expressed having fun for different reasons.

“My favorite part was seeing everybody, and getting to spend time with my buddy Mary,” says Parker.

This event was different than most Best Buddies outings. According to Jordan Etchison, it was one of the larger events that the clubs has held. Each student was able to express their creativity and paint whatever they wished.

“I thought it was fun how people could come out together, out of school and something different than your regular hangout,” says Etchison.

This was the first time that the club had gone out into the community together this year. Everyone at this event was happy to be together with their friend, families, and buddies.

“Seeing everyone get together and having a good time is something nice to see,” said Glen Pannell. “These guys need a friend, we’re the best buddies, so that is what we do. We’re their buddy, and I mean that is where all the fun comes from, just seeing that smile on their face.”

Center Grove Fights to Support Riley Children’s Hospital

Recently, Center Grove decided to cancel the Riley Dance Marathon. According to Adam Cullers, co-chair for STUGO’s Riley Committee, the administration decided to cancel the Riley Dance Marathon because the student body had been rejecting it. The Riley Dance Marathon was not getting the response that it had gotten in the past, and Center Grove was not raising enough money to keep the Riley Dance Marathon going.

A group of students from Indiana University dance in front of attendees at 2014's Riley Dance Marathon.

A group of students from Indiana University dance in front of attendees at the 2014 Riley Dance Marathon.

“I guess the administration realized this just isn’t an event that’s going to work for Center Grove,” Cullers said. “They were thinking that since the Dine and Disney event was far more successful than Riley Dance Marathon last year, they suggested that we plan that in April for Riley in place of the Dance Marathon.”

The Riley Dance Marathon is not the first project that has been canceled by Center Grove recently. In late January a video project was organized by Whiteland student Landry Long and STUGO to raise money for the children’s hospital. Yet the administration pulled the plug on the video just before filming began.

“Everything was set up and ready to go, all approved by Mrs. Hardin but on the day before we were going to shoot we got word from the administration that we hadn’t gotten it approved by them,” senior Tristan Pickett said.

According to Pickett, the administration needed to do background checks on any student coming from Whiteland. Because not enough information was available on the Whiteland students, the administration was forced to cancel the project.

While the video project is no longer taking place, STUGO created the idea of Dine and Disney to substitute the traditional Riley Dance Marathon. Dine and Disney is a chance for students to watch a Disney movie on the football field or in the auditorium while food trucks are available for students to choose from. The new idea was a lot more student-friendly and got more attention and advertising than the Dance marathon did. STUGO decided that Dine and Disney will be the new Riley Fundraiser and believe that it has the ability to be successful for a long time.

“The Riley Dance Marathon was cancelled because the student government knew students were not as interested in the Dance Marathon as they were the Dine and Disney,” STUGO member senior Megan Kelly said. “The Dine and Disney is taking place of the Dance Marathon because of the outcome”.

STUGO and the administration believe that the Dine and Disney will get more attention by the students and will have a great turnout. Noah Newkirk contributed to this article.

Key Club

Key Club Blanket Drive

Clubs offer students many opportunities, such as hanging out with friends, improving social skills and meeting new people. Listing clubs on resumes and college applications can show that students work well in a group and are actively involved during high school. One of the many clubs offered at Center Grove is Key Club.

“What I enjoy most about Key Club is watching the students take an idea of helping a group and taking that idea forward to raising the money and giving it to them,” Key Club sponsor Catherine Kiggins said. “They get a lot of satisfaction from it.”

Key Club is a service organization for high school students. Members learn how to serve their school and community by developing positive leadership skills that will be used for the rest of their lives.

“I enjoy having the opportunity to give back to the community and make a difference in the lives of those who we help,” senior Key Club President Sam Munro said.

For junior Alexa Fuss, Key Club has both individual benefits and service opportunities.

“I think others should join because its a great way to meet new people and help out others who need it,” Fuss, the Key Club historian, said. “Being in Key Club looks great on a college application.”

In a recent project, Key Club finished making blankets for the homeless. These blankets were given to Tear Down the Walls, a ministry dedicated to helping the homeless of Indianapolis. Currently Key Club is collecting shampoos, conditioners, toothbrushes, and other toiletries to send to Riley.

“They [TDW] were very grateful,” Kiggins said. “It was a lot of fun making them and having to re-make some of them. The kids laughed and talked during the process.”

Key Club is planning an eighth grade intro to high school dance. According to Munro, all proceeds will be sent to the charity March for Dimes. The dance will be held in the Hall of Excellence during March.

Color Guard “Moving Forward” Preview

Color GuardThe Color Guard is having a preview show on Saturday, January 31 at 7 p.m. in the Vandy Gym. The team has been working on the show since December 2, 2014 under the direction of Keith Potter.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the audiences reaction to the show and how it impacts them,” junior Chloe Kenney said. “It’s a good start to a new year and I’m excited to see where it goes.”

The show is based on “Moving Forward,” a show about the relationship between coaches and their students. The Color Guard team is doing the preview in order to perform in front of a crowd before officially performing competitively at a real show later in the season.

“This year’s show is very intense and a lot of hard work,” junior Maggie Kilbourne said. “It’s our first winter season with a new director and its going really well. I’m so excited for our first show because all of us are super confident. We are going to make a great comeback this year!”

BPA students qualify for state competition

Andrew Rattin '17, Kaylin Frantzreb '15, Graciela Macias '15, and Kassie Novak '16--members of the Small Business Management Team--pose with their second place award. The team advanced to state competition March 15.

Andrew Rattin ’17, Kaylin Frantzreb ’15, Graciela Macias ’15, and Kassie Novak ’16–members of the Small Business Management Team–pose with their second place award. The team advanced to state competition March 15.

The Business Professionals of America club competed in the district competition at Danville High School on Saturday, Jan. 17. Several students and teams advanced to the state competition, which will be held March 15-17 in Indianapolis.

Students competed in a variety of competitions ranging from computer programming to news production to extemporaneous speech. All competitions were related to careers in the business field. In individual competitions, the top 10 places advanced to the state competition, while in team competitions, only the first and second place teams advanced.

“We did amazing,” senior Graciela Macias said. “Everyone’s hard work paid off, so every team got to advance to compete at the state level.”

First place winners included junior Kassie Novak in Legal Office; the broadcast news production team including seniors Nick Evans, Noah Newkirk, Jeremy Wood and junior Rayce Patterson; the video production team including juniors Joey Huberts, Rosie Maharjan, Christina Randall and Jenilee Smith; senior Bailey Scott in C++ Programming and senior Nick Stricker in the Information Technology open competition.

Singing and…Running?

Most people associate staff member Jennifer Dice specifically with music classes, but many are not aware that she has another particular interest, running.

“I started running in college, I actually ran track in high school and by ‘ran’ I mean I ran to somebody’s house and ate during practice and then came back, I hated running” Dice said.

Despite her dislike of running in high school, her opinion has since changed drastically.

“I started running in college and began to love it, and it was really a way to keep off the freshman 15 but then it sort of turned into an addiction.”

Dice has continued to run ever since, even taking part in the Boston Marathon in both 2005 and 2009. Her fastest run, however, was in 2011 when she was the second female to cross the finish line of the Carmel Marathon with a time of 3:25:47. Interestingly enough, as she neared the finish line in this race, she grew tired and slowed down to a crawl. She was about to stop, but at just the right time a biker rode beside her and gave her what amounted to a pep talk to keep her running; he would not let her slow down.

While Dice was thankful for the support, she said, “At the time I wanted to kill him.”

As the years went on, Dice’s love of running has extended past her own personal running. For five years, she helped coach the varsity girls cross country team with Wes Dodson, but had to stop after having children. She does, however, train with the team from time to time.

“I run with them occasionally, I’ve been a little more consistent in doing it a couple times a week,” she said.

Dice strongly encourages those who want to try out running to just go for it.

“You don’t have to just be in high school to run, you can be any age. There are tons of races every weekend, just pick one. I would encourage people to start with something small and set a goal, just go after it, once you’ve completed one, you get a sense of satisfaction in that you’re likely going to be compelled to do another one,” Dice said.

Dice fully acknowledges the irony in that running was once an activity she hated in her time in high school, only for it to turn into an “obsession” in her college days.

“I would say you try something once and maybe you don’t enjoy it but try it again later in life and see, because you just never know when things may click at that moment and it just works for you.”