Last minute Halloween costume ideas

Ethan Boots | Staff Writer

Need a last minute Halloween costume idea? These simple DIY costumes will take you from Teen Beach Movie to Hocus Pocus in under $30.

Basketball player
Materials needed
Basketball shorts
Oversized t-shirt from your favorite team
Head and wristbands
Old shoes
Long white socks
Scissors

Steps-
Step 1: Cut the sleeves off of the t-shirt to make a jersey
Step 2: Put on matching colored shorts and arm bands

Vampire
Materials
Black jeans
Black t shirt

White long sleeve shirt
Black and red fabric
Red face paint
Hot glue
Scissors

Steps
Step 1: Cut a plunging v neck into the black shirt and layer it over the white shirt.
Step 2: Cut off the sleeves of the black shirt
Step 3: Place red fabric on top of 5 square feet of the black fabric while leaving a 1 inch border to make a cape.
Step 4: Hot glue the fabrics together

Step 5: Tie two corners together around your neck

Ice cream cone
Materials
White long sleeve shirt
Beige craft paper
Multi colored puff balls
Black sharpie
String
Tape/Hot glue

Steps-
Step One: Make horizontal and vertical lines on the craft paper using the black sharpie that are 1 inch apart. Twist into a cone and tape.
Step Two: Punch holes in the paper and make it into a party hat 
Step Three: To make “sprinkles” hot glue the puff balls to different spots on the white shirt.
Step Four (optional): Use different materials such as brown string to make chocolate sauce by hot gluing it anywhere on the shirt

It’s raining men/women
Materials
Rain coat
Rain Boots Umbrella
Scissors
Pictures of your favorite Hollywood hotties
String
Hot Glue
Tape

Steps-
Step One: Cut out each superstar and tie string to each spoke of the umbrella.
Step Two: Tape or hot glue them to the string or directly on your umbrella.
Step Three: Put on your raincoat and rainboots and grab your celebrity umbrella! You’re ready for Halloween.

Tube sock
Materials
White shirt
White pants
White shoes
Red fabric or paper
Blue fabric or paper
Hot glue

Steps-
Step One: Use the hot glue to attach the red fabric all the way around your shoulders.
Step Two: Do the same with the blue fabric right under your arms   

RSVP committee helps make student related changes to the school

Graham Kanwit | Staff Writer

Tuesday and Thursday during STaR, the RSVP committee of STUGO will meet with students around the building to hear their opinions on what needs to be changed about the school. The goal of RSVP is to raise student voices and participation and let the administration know what students like and dislike about the school.

“We basically go around to every STaR class and see if there are any issues students really want to improve,” junior Athulya Nair, co-chair of RSVP, said.

Much like the U.S. government’s legislative process, this group works through a multiple-step process to convert student concerns into school policy changes or equipment purchases.

“The first time we come in we want to get an idea of potential changes,” Nair said. “Then these changes go to admin and they decide if they can fix it. The second summit is the top 3-4 changes approved by admin, and then we’ll come back a third time to announce the changes admin agreed to.”

Although the organization has gone through this process for several years, each year has brought new changes to the system. Previously, different leaders would visit a different STaR class to hear each individual concern and write them on a large sheet of paper to sort out the most suggested improvement ideas.

Because seniors will not be here next year, they have to fill out a Google form to express what they would want to change in the future.

Through this process, RSVP has been able to make changes to our school that students may not even be aware of.

“We got black leggings legalized,” Nair said. “We added microwaves, stripes in the hallway, and reducing parking pass prices.”

Students will participate in the first summit this week; the next summit will be in the spring.

Freshman has ability to draw what she sees in her mind

Margaret Eley | Staff Writer

As a freshman, Nya Schank has the unique ability of being able to draw what she sees in her mind onto paper for other people to see.

“I love making art because it allows me to express myself in different ways, I like that I can show people what I see,” Schank said.

She first found her passion for art at a young age.

“I’ve been drawing as long as I can remember,” Schank said.  “But I think I truly started enjoying it during art class in elementary school and since then I still enjoy making different creations.”

Her foundational drawing teacher, Rick Jones, is surprised by the work that she creates in class.

“I’ve been teaching for 39 years, and I see many different skill sets. As a freshman she has many talents,” Jones said “She can draw what she sees and has a good eye. So when you combine her skills with her creativeness you’ve got this artistic ability that most students don’t have.”

Though many people enjoy and support Schank’s artwork, she feels that her biggest supporter was her middle school art teacher.

“My parents are obviously a major help and support me no matter what but, I would also say that Mr. Treece, my art teacher at North, helped me become the artist I am today,” Schank said.  “He really helped me find the type of art I want to create, and taught me the different ways that I could express myself through drawing.”

Even though Schank really enjoys making art, it’s not something she can see herself doing as a career in the future.

“Art is a de-stressing hobby for me and like an escape, but I feel like if I try turning that into more than just a hobby it will no longer be stress-free,” Schank said.

Schank’s favorite piece she’s created is her newest one of her favorite group Astro, which is a South Korean boy band that performs K-Pop. She was excited to combine her love for music and K-Pop with her art abilities for others to see.

Girls fall sports teams host scavenger hunts for team bonding

Emily Hobson | Staff Writer

On Saturday Oct. 6, two separate scavenger hunts will be hosted by two different fall sports teams: the girl’s volleyball team and the girl’s soccer team. But the goal of the activity is the same for both teams: to help athletes bond outside of school before sectionals.

“My favorite part is driving to each challenge with the moms and the other players in my group. It’s so much fun, and a chance to really bond with all the girls,” junior volleyball player Ashley Eck said. “We do this to help our team chemistry right before sectionals because it brings us all closer together.”

The teams each do different challenges in order to win the game. Last year, the girl’s volleyball team had to go to a putt putt place and try to hit a hole-in-one. They also went to a park, put on football pads and helmets and tried to throw a football to their teammates with all the gear on. The volleyball hunt is a tradition that has been carried on for many years called the ‘Amazing Race.’

“We have a big dinner, and then we start the scavenger hunt. We get a clue, and then we have a parent drive from the last place we were at and go to the next place,” senior volleyball player Graci Gasper said. “After we do all of the challenges, we go back to one of our teammates houses and solve a puzzle to finish the race. Whoever finishes first wins a prize, and then after the race, we have dessert at someone’s house, then we have a team sleepover.”

The prize that the winner receives is different every year, so each year it is a surprise.

The girl’s soccer team is also having their annual scavenger hunt tomorrow, which is structured much the same way as the volleyball team’s.

“The week leading up to the scavenger hunt is filled of secret buddies, pajama pants, crazy hair and very ugly skirts. For the scavenger hunt, everyone splits up into different cars, and we have a long list of funny and embarrassing things we have to complete in public in a certain amount of time,” senior soccer player Gracyn Montfort said.

Although the two teams will be competing separately, the girls will all learn the importance of bonding with their teammates, whether it be through putt putt challenges or crazy hair day.