“Guys and Dolls” to Take the Stage Tonight

By Alex Armstrong

Photos by Suellen Swaney

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Year after year, CG theatre and Kathleen Kersey produce new and improved plays and musicals, and according to Kersey, this year is a stand out.

“Guys and Dolls” takes place in New York during the mid 1940’s, when gambling and gangs were at their peak. The plot is about a prestigious gambler, Sky Masterson, who falls in love with a church mission leader as the result of a bet. The following ride is entertaining and very comedic, as Sky does a number of things to win his new doll over.

Kersey spoke very highly about her cast and their work ethic, and also greatness of the play itself.

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The Cast takes a bow at the end of dress rehearsal

 

“It’s a fun show to do, and I’m pretty sure everyone is having a good time,” Kersey said.

According to Kersey, this year’s cast is very close knit and the result on stage is already amazing.

When it comes to play production, Kersey is a seasoned veteran. She’s directed over a hundred, by her guess, but something makes this year unique.

“This is the most focused group of students I’ve ever worked with, and I’ve done a lot of them,” Kersey said.

The cast includes Olivia Buck, Taylor Ward, Adrianna Goss and Eli Robinson as the leads and will also feature Jared Norman, Alex Brickens and Nick Pearson.

“Our leads this year are great, they’re doing a good job putting it all together,” said Kersey.

Taylor Ward plays Nathan Detroit, a love-stricken gambler who’s been engaged for 14 years to his lovely Adelaide.

“This has definitely been one of the most devoted casts I’ve ever worked with.. And why should people come see it? Because I’m in it, that’s why,” Ward said.

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Taylor Ward and Olivia Buck share a sweet moment as their characters celebrate their fourteenth year of engagement

Olivia Buck plays the leader of the Hot Box and fiancé of Nathan, Miss Adelaide.

“I really love the process and getting to know so many talented people,” Buck said.“I also love seeing everything coming together and finding tings new things to do and seeing everything click.”

Adrianna Goss plays the leader of The Save A Soul Mission, Sara Brown. Miss Brown’s mission is unfortunately failing, yet a lucky roll of the dice changes her luck.

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Adrianna Goss and Eli Robinson pose during the finalé of the play

“”It’s been really fun getting to work with everyone in the cast because I get to meet so many awesome people,” Goss said.

Guys and Dolls is one of Kersey’s favorite plays to direct because of the play’s upbeat tempo, the comedy throughout as well as the large appeal of the play.

“I think anybody would love to see the show,” Kersey said with a grin.

Showtimes will be at 7:30 on Friday and Saturday with a Matinee at 2:30 on Sunday

Tickets are available online and at the door- 10$ for center section and 8$ for the outside

Tickets are going fast, reserve your seat today!

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CG Football Sectional Preview

By Parker Ferguson

It’s playoff football time in Indiana, and your Center Grove Trojans are no strangers to deep playoff runs in October and November. This year’s sectional preparation, although, has been different for all 6A teams, as the playoff bye week was placed before sectionals rather than before state like in previous years. Will this extra week of recovery and preparation come back to prove beneficial or detrimental for teams? Only time will tell, but your Center Grove Trojans are honing in on winning their 6th straight sectional, 5th straight regional, and repeating as state champions. Their journey will kick off tonight at 7p.m. against the Jeffersonville Red Devils at Ray Skillman Stadium.
Center Grove has historically had their way with the Red Devils, beating them all three times the teams have met, including last year’s 56-6 sectional championship victory . Jeffersonville comes in with a new head coach this season, sporting a 5-5 reecord. They may have a new coach, but the leader of their team is fourth year starting quarterback Cameron Northern, who brings in plenty of experience. Northern and the Jeffersonville offense run an RPO style of play, meaning when the ball is snapped the quarterback gets the ball and based on what he sees from the defense can either hand the ball off or drop back and make a quick pass. The Red Devils had success with this offense last season, as Northern accounted for 1,908 yards and 22 touchdowns. Junior running back Kam Fuller, 5’9” 160 lbs, is a shifty new accent to the offense, as he has found success in the open field this season.
Though the RPO style of offense can be hard to defend, the Trojans have had great success defending against these styles of offense, as Ben Davis and Pike both are heavy RPO teams and the Trojans soundly won both games. The Red Devils are averaging 23 points a game and have scored 35 points twice this season, both signs of a strong offense.
The Red Devils defense plays a 4-3, with 4 down linemen and 3 linebackers. Jeffersonville’s strong side linebacker, Oscar Elliot, flies around the ball and makes plays, even scoring a touchdown on a fumble recovery in their regular season finale victory over Jennings County. With that being said, the Red Devils defense has been weak and inconsistent this season, and CG’s offense will certainly look to exploit that. Right now, they are giving up 30 points a game and Russ Yeast and company will be looking to put some points on the board.
The playoffs start tonight for all 6A teams in Indiana and only the best move on to the next round. The defending state champs do not plan on giving up that title.

All Things New

The new media center is projected to open after Fall Break, according to new librarian Angie Cox.

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Central room of the library under construction

“We’re in the process of getting furniture delivered; obviously we have to get the books and computers set up, but we are getting very close,” Cox said.

Cox envisions a completely different set-up for the media center to go along with its new look.

“A quiet library makes me sleepy,” Cox said.  “I want kids to feel welcome to come in here and collaborate with their classmates.”

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Angie Cox and Adam Robinson welcome students to the new media center at the circulation desk

The media center will allow students to connect their Ipad screens to a TV monitor, similar to what a teacher can do with their classroom multi-media system.

“When you go to college, [the library] is a very different place,”. Audio-Visual Coordinator Adam Robinson said. “This environment reminds me more of a college library.”

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Construction on the café is almost complete

The media center is directly connected to a café, which will be run by food services.  It is set to open at the end of September.

“[The café] will be serving muffins, coffee, pastries, and possibly smoothies,” Robinson said.  “It will be open from seven to two every day.”

Because the cafe is run by the cafeteria staff, students can use their ID to purchase goods.

“The new media center and cafe will be set up for comfortable studying,” Cox said.

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The snack bar will have bar stools for students who want to grab a snack before class

 

If you’re disappointed by the fact that there will no longer be construction in the media center, not to worry.  There’s still a beautiful view of dirt and heavy duty equipment outside of the Vandermeer Gym.

Publications Staff Senior Farewells

It is the last day of school and a few of our graduating staff members have some last words for CG. Click an image to read the full farewell.

Should Students Grade Their Teachers?

Throughout the nation schools are continuously trying to develop more effective ways of assessing a teacher’s performance within the classroom. Although all teachers are college-educated and licensed, examining their abilities to produce a rich and meaningful curriculum, provide adequate learning resources and create a productive structure and climate are equally crucial.

 

Teachers in Center Grove are mainly evaluated based on observations by the administrators and a culminating portfolio teachers provide each year. While these methods are effective, certain questions remain unanswered. Are students left to teach themselves the majority of the material? Do the teacher’s methods guarantee that students will efficiently retain the material? Do students look forward to learning?

 

A tool that would aid in providing explanations to all these unanswered questions would be allowing students to grade their teachers. Students interact with teachers the most and are the most dependent on a teacher’s instruction, yet their voices are neglected when it comes to teacher evaluations.

 

The idea of whether students should be allowed to grade teachers is sharply divisive among teachers and students.

 

“I don’t think that students’ opinions on teachers should have a direct effect on their job,” junior McKenzie French said. “There are several students with agendas and personal vendettas that could purposely harm a teacher’s career. Evaluations can be taken into consideration but should not have a direct effect on their salary or job.”

 

On the other hand, many students feel that their input is a necessary component in deciding the job security of a teacher. Many students feel that the evaluation process already in place is insufficient.

 

“I think that it would be a good idea because it would help the school have better teachers and the teachers would work harder,” junior Haley Kiefer said. “I think it should be part of the evaluation process along with the administration evaluation just because some students might be biased towards the teacher, but I think it would be beneficial because the students really know the teacher and having a staff member come in and evaluate the teacher puts the teacher under pressure and they might not act like they normally do. The students actually know about their teaching style not just based off of one day.”

 

Teachers also have varying opinions on the matter. Although always looking for ways to improve and evolve as vital parts of the classroom, teachers might not always want their job security in the hands of an angsty teen.

 

“I think it’s important for teachers to get feedback from their students, and I normally have students do an evaluation of me and my teaching at the end of the year. I don’t think it should necessarily have to with if a teacher gets to keep their job or get a raise,” German teacher Barbara Gnagy said. “On the other hand, I think that teachers should use student evaluations to reflect and see how the students perceive them, how they interact with students, how teachers are presenting material or if students feel like a teacher is treating everyone fairly. If student evaluations were tied to job security I would want to know more about it in terms of how the checks and balances would work.”

 

Center Grove has a plethora of methods to evaluate and assess teachers. The portfolio process has four different domains for a teacher to do well in that includes classroom culture, student interaction, parent communication and professionalism.

 

If a teacher is highly effective they receive a bonus. If they are lacking in their abilities, they are put on an improvement plan that includes meeting with a principal and starting an improvement process. If a teacher still does not meet certain goals after the improvement process they are asked to look into a new job.

 

“I think the idea of a ‘grade’ is probably not the right word, but I think giving an evaluation and feedback would be useful because the kids see teachers and know what’s going on in the classroom on a daily basis,” assistant principal Tricia Ferguson said. “The only problem with that is that the student brings with them a lot of previous ideas about the teacher. Also, how well a student does in the class shapes their view of the teacher because students who struggle in a class rarely say ‘Oh my teacher was great!’”
Students and teachers alike should find different ways to reflect and improve from past experiences. Teachers grade and evaluate students so they can assess how far a student has come and necessary steps to take in order for a student to succeed. Student evaluations may be able to offer new perspectives and insight into how a teacher can improve their daily role in a student’s education and how they can become better with each new set of students.