Junior Designs For School Clubs and Orchestra

By: Madison Schnurpel

Junior Zach Schneider works on developing different techniques to use to continuously improve his work.

Junior Zach Schneider works on developing different techniques to use to continuously improve his work.

Creativity has the power to inspire nations, change the way people see and encourage individuals to discover their own capabilities. Junior Zach Schneider has learned to harness his own creativity into his hobby, which he uses to benefit others as well as himself.

 

“As a hobby, I’ll find new ways to use Photoshop and Illustrator through experimentation. I’ll look through artwork other people have made and try new things,” Schneider said.

 

Schneider has been designing using Photoshop and Illustrator since the 6th grade. He has since learned how to use each program to its particular advantage.

 

“While Illustrator is primarily used for logos and posters and Photoshop is used for editing photos and creating artwork, you can combine the two to create anything your mind can think up,” Schneider said.

 

Both programs allow Schneider to use his skills and the tools he has developed to create anything he can imagine, as long as

Sophmore Veronica Strange and junior Madison Schnurpel pose for a photo before hanging the robotics battle standard designed by junior Zach Schneider.

Sophmore Veronica Strange and junior Madison Schnurpel pose for a photo before hanging the robotics battle standard designed by junior Zach Schneider.

he knows how to create it.

 

“Most of my experience comes from creating t-shirts, you can create anything under the sun with Illustrator and Photoshop,” Schneider said.

 

Schneider spends his time on these  programs designing and learning new methods; however he does not only design for his own benefit. He has contributed his skill to some school organizations.

 

“I have created four t-shirt designs for the Center Grove Orchestra (two for our final concert, two for spirit wear), and a battle standard for our robotics team,” Schneider said.

 

Pictured are some orchestra and robotics logos that junior Zach Schneider has designed.

Pictured are some orchestra and robotics logos that junior Zach Schneider has designed.

The spirit wear was sold to the students participating in these activities, but it is not only t-shirts that Schneider has designed for these groups.

 

“At robotics, I make flyers, posters, brochures, and videos for our team. Occasionally, I also have to make new logos,” Schneider said.

 

Schneider makes different products for many groups, and thus faces many different challenges as he works on these designs.

 

“The most challenging part of all is definitely the sketching part of my design process,” Schneider said. “While most think putting the art together may take the longest, deciding what you actually want to do in the first place is difficult.”

 

Sometimes Schneider runs into roadblocks in his design process. Once he moves past those, he is able to continue to the other steps that help produce a finished product.

 

“I start with sketches, then move on to finding colors,” Schneider said. “After that, I have to make sure my document is set up right so my design will look as high quality as possible. Then it’s just splitting the artwork into groups and working on it piece by piece, bringing it all together at the end.”

 

The many steps that are a part of this project can lead to confusion. Schneider has to have a main focus when designing in

Junior Zach Schneider works on a new design using the programs.

Junior Zach Schneider works on a new design using the programs.

order to get a satisfying product.

 

“I make sure my designs flow. When designing a t-shirt, I make sure the logo looks pleasing to the eye. This means text/object positioning is very important. I also make sure that the colors blend well,” Schneider said.

 

Even with all of the work that goes into the final product, Schneider enjoys designing for school programs

 

“I design because it’s a fun way to express myself. When I see people walking around in the t-shirts I designed or seeing our sponsor banners proudly hung above our pit at robotics competitions, it gives me a sense of accomplishment,” Schneider said.

 

Schneider continues to create new products. As time goes on, he will continue to learn and discover the wide range of possibilities offered by his computer software, and his own creativity.

Starting on a Fresh Note

By: Riley George and Gabby Burgett

After countless hours of hard work by over a hundred construction workers working with a $3 million budget, the new music area in the basement is scheduled to be available for student use after winter break.

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View of construction from the choir room door.

Outside door 6 in the basement, construction has been on going since March 16. Behind the boarded-up doors, yellow tape and “Do Not Enter” signs is the production of a new choir area with new classrooms, practice rooms, lockers and a new hallway.

 

“There are going to be new rehearsal rooms both upstairs and downstairs in the choir room with pianos in them for students to use in addition to the classroom space,” Assistant Principal Jake Short said. “The band ones will also be inside the classroom so they are moving from outside in the hallway to inside the classrooms.”

 

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View from inside the music department construction.

Input with staff in the music department created a space that they will be able to utilize and benefit from.

 

“We were able to encompass a lot of what we needed down there,” Short said. “What we needed was a new space because orchestra and percussion are sharing a space right now. Having them in one [room] limits a lot of what they can do. Having those conversations [with the staff] really helped our architects [discover] what they could put together with our budget.”

 

The new music area incorporates everything that the different music departments will need to perform and practice with the extra practice rooms and larger rehearsal rooms for each department. Students will be to practice more flexibly, smoothly, and effectively than they have been able to in the past with these new additions.

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View of the music department construction from the outside.

“My goal is for when the students are performing, you can’t tell there is construction going on,” band director Kevin Schuessler said.

 

The music department has not let the construction and loss of rehearsal space get in the way of rehearsing and performing. The students and directors have pushed through the noisy distraction caused by ongoing construction.

 

“I’m excited for having more space to do what we do now because it is really cramped in there. During STaR

View from the door of the current practice room for choir and band.

View from the door of the current practice room for choir and band.

there will be two to three groups trying to practice so when there is more room it will help a lot,” junior Emma Matei, a member of Accents Choir, said.
Construction in the choir area is making progress and is on schedule for finishing on time. Both students and staff are hoping to start next semester on a fresh note.

Time for Three Makes Time for Us

Charles Yang, Ranaan Meyer and Nick Kendall perform a mashup of Britney Spears and Vivaldi. The group, called Time for Three, performed for various CG and and orchestra members.

Charles Yang, Ranaan Meyer and Nick Kendall play a mashup of Britney Spears and Vivaldi. The group, called Time for Three, performed for various CG and and orchestra members on Sept. 12.

Jessica Kelly | Staff Writer

Violinists Nick Kendall and Charles Yang perform and tour with double-bassist Ranaan Meyer as the trio called Time for Three. Since Yang joined the group they have even included vocals in their newest song, which was performed today for the first time. One of their passions is mixing modern and classical music, such as Britney Spears’ “Toxic” with Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.”

Another passion of Time for Three is outreach programs, something they do frequently with high schools. That is why the trio took time out of their busy schedule to perform for and with the Philharmonic and Symphonic Orchestras.

Michelle Cai plays “Sun Valley Reel” on the violin under the instruction of Time for Three.

“Today is a two part visit. For the first thirty minutes they [Time for Three] perform[ed] a little bit for 200 students who are in [the auditorium], and they stop[ped] between pieces for Q and A, and then the orchestra class[es] came on stage and [spent] their orchestra period working through a piece that they are learning that Time for Three plays,” program and communications director for the learning community of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Perry Acctturo said. “We are actually here thanks to the Arts Council of Greater Greenwood. They teamed up with Mallow Run Winery to provide this opportunity to Center Grove High School students.”

The piece that the orchestras worked on with Time for Three, called “Sun Valley Reel,” was mailed to them weeks before. Philharmonic and Symphonic worked on the piece separately in class then joined today to learn from Time for Three.

Nick Kendall looks over Jonathan Hummel’s shoulder to understand how the measures are written on the students’ sheets so he can instruct them on where to start.

“It’s a pretty cool piece and it has some stuff that we have not done before, like how we do not do concerts that feature soloists that much,” Will Peck said. “It was just really awesome to get to perform with them because that is not something we have ever done before.”

“We got to learn different ways of practicing music and increasing technique,” Jillian Starr said.

As a modern and inventive orchestra group, some of the students had heard or even seen the trio play before today.

“It was really cool because I have seen them in concert a few times and they have always been really an idol [of mine] and really awesome,” Morgan Perry said. “It was just a really cool experience to get to play with them.”

Band members could not perform with Time for Three because they do not play orchestra instruments, however they did get to attend the concert during STaR. Anyone can learn from dedicated musicians such as Kendall, Yang and Meyer, whether they play an instrument or not.

“I think, even if you don’t play and instrument, hearing a musician at the caliber that we have musicians [at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra] because they’re professionals, hearing them play their instrument one-on-one and talk to you about their journey: there are so many things that are relatable to that, even if you don’t play,” Acctturo said. “I learned so much from taking musicians out to classrooms and watching them present, and I don’t play an instrument, but it helped me appreciate the art form more and I learned so much about things that are transferable to anything.”

Find out what she is talking about when Time for Three plays at Hilbert Circle Theater, September 15. Doors open at 5:00 pm and the concert starts at 6:30 pm.

Collaborators: Jessica Kelly, Bailee Leathers, Zach Peters and Akul Vijayvargiya