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:

ASB Election & Announcements

Because of ISTEP, we are not having CGTV broadcasts this week. Here is the announcement slide to post.
For 9th and 11th grade STaRs, this is an important week for STUGO. The All Student Body elections are approaching, and we have the election video. Please show it to your STaRs.
For 10th grade STaRs, please show it as you can this week. The video is nearly 8 minutes, but we may have time on days the test ends early. Also, the video will be posted on
Here is the link for ASB Elections:
Vote here
Thank you,
Casey, Melissa, CG Publications Staff, with STUGO

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.

Theatre department begins working on spring play

Emma Red | Staff Writer

The theatre department is kicking into gear this week, working on its spring production of “Paradise Lost and Found.” This time around, though, there will be some big changes for the cast, crew and directors.

“Paradise Lost and Found’ is a comedy set in the modern day, and the whole show is set in the lost-and-found department,” Drama Club Director Ashlee Vitz said. “The fall play was a huge production and a musical, but this is a straight play. Something really cool about this production in particular is that most of the cast is underclassmen, which doesn’t usually happen. It was really cool to see so many freshmen and sophomores up on stage ready to put their best out there for us. We also have understudies this year, which has never happened before as far as I know.”

Freshman Katie Pinkus said the audition process was comfortable and calm, winning her the role of an understudy for a lead in the show.

“Auditions were set up really nicely, so it wasn’t scary, and I think I did really well because of that,” she said. “Being an understudy is preparing me to play a lead in the future and is teaching me what I need to learn and what I need to do better. I’ve had so much fun doing it. I definitely want to continue with theatre in high school because of this opportunity.”

Along with changes for the cast, changes are also taking place for the crew as they get used to operating a smaller show for the spring.

“I’ve been upgraded to stage manager this year,” said junior Brianna Limbruner, who usually takes on the role of crew coordinator backstage. “So much of this show is just lights and sound because there’s a lot less moving parts, so I am the only stage manager. Even though this role is only temporary for me, I’m really glad that I’m being trusted to take it on. Everything is really different, so I’m excited to learn through it. We’re getting to be pretty organized in our new positions, so I think it’ll be a really funny and great show.”

“Paradise Lost and Found” was written by Pat Cook and will be performed thrice by students at Center Grove High School starting on Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. It will run at the same time on Saturday, April 6 before closing on Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m.