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.

Math Whiz Takes Calculus by Storm

By Parker Ferguson

Summer break for high school students is usually a time of relaxation, days by the pool, and long nights with friends. The thought of school is constantly shoved to the side, as we desire to make the most of every free moment we have during the weeks away from the high school.  However, senior Zachary McDaniel had different plans for his summer break. McDaniel set out to teach himself an entire year of Calculus this past summer.

“For the first two weeks of June and the last week of summer I got a Princeton review book out and studied Calculus AP,” McDaniel said. “The book that I used really just broke it down for you; it was nice.  It told you exactly what to do and it gave you the problems.”

A good book may aid in this process, but self-teaching Calculus 1 takes dedication and natural ability.

“It was probably like 3 hours a day [I was studying].”

Most high school students would not devote three hours a day to reading for pleasure, let alone self-teaching calculus. McDaniel did try to spread the love, or in this case the calculus.

“I asked a few friends if they wanted to do it with me before school, and they all denied it.” McDaniel said with a laugh. “They all just said it wouldn’t be fun.”

McDaniel’s summer studying has set him up well to advance from Calculus 1 into Calculus 2.

“I think it went pretty well, I mean, I probably don’t understand it to the extent other kids in my class do, but I know I could probably catch up with them eventually,” McDaniel said. “In my Calculus class I’m in right now, we still have to use Calc 1 stuff all the time, so eventually I’ll get used to it.”

 McDaniel did have to prove that he had learned an entire year of Calculus before he could place into Calc 2.

“I think there was like two IU tests that you take when you get into Calc 2 and it suits where you’re at in Calc 1, so I just took those two tests in two study halls.”

Natural mathematical ability and dedication will serve McDaniel well throughout his career.

“I want to do AeroSpace engineering, which is a lot of calculus and other math like that.”

Rarely in our modern day educational system does a student have enough proficiency to skip a class, or have the natural ability to self-teach a year of Calculus during three weeks of summer. Yet, this is exactly what McDaniel did. Hope sitting around the bonfire and laying by the pool was worth it, because while you were relaxing Zachary McDaniel was teaching himself advanced math. Years down the road, when he is an AeroSpace engineer, we can appreciate that the Calculus he uses everyday to solve some of the most advanced mathematical equations, he taught himself out of a textbook during summer break.


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  There are two types of students: students who puts effort into their work, and students who work unfairly for their grades. According to a Stanford study, 86 percent of  high schoolers have agreed that every test taker cheats at some point. Plagiarism.org reports that one in three students have used the internet to plagiarize on an assignment at least once.   

  David Walpole, one of two deans, is one administrator in charge of disciplining students and helping them through situations. Walpole believes there are many motives to cheating.

  “It could be that they were stressed, that they are worried about their grades, or maybe they got lazy,” Walpole said.

  Cheating is intolerable, but it has become way easier to do in more recent years. With phones, iPads and the Internet, information is more accessible. Statistics have shown that cheating has increased drastically over the past 50 years. What would happen if the consequences for cheating were slightly more strict, with stricter ways of enforcing these rules on cheating?

  At Harvard University, they believe that being caught and put on trial in front of peers for cheating makes it less likely for the student to cheat, due to humiliation. Therefore, they have set up a “honorary council” of trustworthy students to decide the consequences of the one on trial for cheating.

  “I think it [a student school board] would be interesting to look into, and see if it’s effective if cheating became more of a problem,” Walpole said.

  “I think that if teachers were more studious about where phones and iPads are, if they’re off, cheating would be less of a problem,” junior Zach Peters said.

  The growing use of electronics makes it easier for students to cheat. Now with iPads, students have been emailing work to each other. With the integration of Canvas into classes, there are online quizzes. It is very easy for students to click out of these quizzes and look up answers with Safari.

  “I think that most people who cheat are just not wanting to put forward the effort to be a successful individually instead of working for it. It does not set them up for success in the future,” junior Luke Baumgartner said.

  People that cheat and are not caught often think they can do it again because it was easy. However, the consequences grow when you reach an older age. For example, CNN fired a news editor in London for plagiarism.

  According to the CNN editor’s note, Trust, integrity and simply giving credit where its due are among the tenets of journalism we hold dear, and we regret that we published material that did not reflect those essential standards.”

   In order to prevent situations such as this at Center Grove, students should be more aware of the consequences for cheating. Possibly if students had to sign a Honor Code paper before assignments, making them aware of the consequences for cheating and agreeing to them, it would decrease the amount of cheating in Center Grove. Implementing a student council to determine the degree of punishment could also be helpful.