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For the past few weeks, everyone from parents to teachers to students has been discussing the referenda. What would happen if they passed? What would happen if they didn’t? Now that the votes have been cast and tallied, at least we now know that the referenda have passed. What this means for Noblesville Schools is that $5 million of the funds that was going to be cut will now be replaced. The money from the referenda will pay for teachers’ salaries, insurance cost increases, and building improvements, as well as make up for some of the budget and funding reductions that we are facing. One of the most important factors the referenda will address is the lack of space in the school district. As more people move to Noblesville, in large part for the school system, class sizes are exploding, and the schools are running out of room. With the referenda in place, we will be able to expand our schools to fit both the growing numbers of students and their educational needs, in addition to continuing to be able to support both curricular

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and extracurricular programs. Though the passing of the referenda is immensely beneficial, that doesn’t mean we won’t have to make cuts. The funds raised from the referenda won’t cover all of the cost increases, so budget cuts will still have to be made to make up for the higher costs that schools now face: a larger staff, more students, and more complications. However, the quality of education is incredibly important in Noblesville Schools, and thanks to all those who voted “yes” on the referenda, we will be able to uphold that quality. Despite the fact that there will be budget cuts, they will fortunately be nowhere near as severe as they would be if hadn’t passed. The Mill Stream staff is grateful that the referenda were approved, and we wholeheartedly believe that the increases in taxes used to raise its funding are well worth the public’s costs to keep our schools strong.

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Good night, and good luck Sometime during eighth grade, I was told that high school would be, quite literally, the highlight of my life. I had my doubts, but in anticipation of four years of bliss, I took the woman’s word for it. But as a senior nearing graduation, let me say this: If this is the highlight of my life, I don’t want to live anymore. Overall, I can’t complain about my experience. I’ve been fortunate enough not to fail a single class, get caught without a hall pass, or have a run-in with Officer Crask. I’ve only had one random drug test. It was clean. I made a few friends, joined a few clubs, and wrote a few good papers. I went to some musicals, won some awards, and had some experiences. Yep. It sure was a party. Gosh, I’m so lucky I got to experience it.

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Sarcastic much? You betchya. And then during junior year, I Someone, please enlighten me. Is was faced with the reality that all my this seriously what I was supposed friends had graduated, school was to be so excited hard, and I had to start about? actually worrying about I spent freshman college. I fainted. I got a and sophomore year C on my research paper. social, happy, and I pulled all-nighters. I involved. My peak was forced to forge more probably coincided than a few signatures. with being asked by This year has been my eternal crush to remarkably better, but join Croquet Club, only because I’ve had the then-secretive socollege to look forward ciety of writers orgato and I can’t muster nized by Mr. Kenley. up the responsibility to Within that group, I actually do my homefound my own con- Hannah Davis work at home. I spend text, friends I actumy nights doing things ally enjoyed spendI want to do. On the ing time with, and weekends, I get to forthings to do on the weekends. get about the bleak halls of our be-

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loved school altogether. Now that we only have two more weeks to suffer through, I find myself looking forward to school simply because I’ll get to tick another day off on my official countdown. Sometimes, I’m surprised I’ve made it this far. And I know I’m not the only one. I can’t be. To my underclassmen friends: I hope you like school. If you’re where I was last year, know that the end is closer than it feels. In the mean time, best of luck. I’ll provide encouraging hugs, pats on the back, coping strategies, and mediocre baked goods to anyone who needs them. To my fellow seniors: We’ve arrived. Let’s hope college (or whatever your post-Noblesville life will be) isn’t as overrated as high school.

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Going silly for Silly Bandz Is it so terrible for a high school are wearing at least one. student to love all things elemenI have a pack of zoo animals. tary-- blowing bubbles, My little sister was glittery gel pens, Dissuper jealous when ney movies, neon nail she saw it. “YOU polish…and now Silly have those? EvBandz? I think not. eryone at school When I discovered has those!” Tell me Silly Bandz, it’s safe to about it, kid. say I spazzed a little. I took her to look Alright, maybe a lot. for some of her own I was beyond exthat day. We tried a cited. I mean, rubber CVS and two Walbands in the shapes greens stores, and of animals, people, inthey were all sold struments, food, shoes, out. My sister was letters? Talk about rad. upset and I was… Now it seems like Jenna Larson well, surprised. they’re all people can The fact that these think about. Look are so popular just around a classroom, shocked me. They’re and I guarantee that most people not Jonas Brothers tickets, for cry-

ing out loud, they’re shaped rubber bands! But when I thought about it, I could see the appeal. I’d take a rubber band cowboy boot over a Jonas Brothers concert any day. When my sister finally found some Silly Bandz at a gas station a few days later, there were swarms of children sorting through the packs of stars, microphones, and dinosaurs. They were eventually banned at my sister’s elementary school for being a distraction to the learning process. I won’t try to pretend like I haven’t caught myself playing with them in the middle of tests before. They don’t exactly help me stay on task. You can shake your head all you want, but high school students are guilty, too. I hear, “Oh, which one

is that?” at least once a day. Then, factor in the fact that people legitimately trade them with each other, and you’ve got yourself a schoolwide fad. As far as trends go, I’m definitely down with this. There are still some haters out there, though. Yes, nonconformists, I’m talking to you. Either stand there indignantly or lighten up. I guess it really doesn’t matter to me. Call me ridiculous. Immature. Whatever. It’s fun to connect with your inner child every once in a while, and with school winding down and finals coming up, I think everyone could use something juvenile and simplistic. So maybe I rock a rubber hippo on my wrist. It’s all in the name of fun.


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Eavesdropping at its funniest “I did too get tan! I used to be the color of I’m the color of sand.” -Athletic Hallway “There are only two kids in our school who could pull that off, and they’re both me.” -English Hallway “You look like the kind of guy that would go backpacking naked. -Jr./Sr. Cafeteria “We finish each other’s sandwiches.” -Statistics “I wear the longer shorts in this relationship.” -Art Hallway

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In a scant couple of weeks, the been typical, but I can assure you class of 2010 will receive their di- that the following will be true of alplomas and, after a summost anywhere mer split uncomfortably you might find between anticipation and yourself. nervousness, head off to Attend class: their first semester of colThis might seem lege. Scores of classes have a little silly, but done so before them and at college, ununtold will after, including like high school, me, a member of the class of nobody is there 2008. to force you to I’ve spent the last two attend class. In years at college, which – to fact, most prome at least – makes me qualfessors will give ified to offer a few pieces of you a couple advice to this year’s seniors, of absences no as well as those of the next questions asked. few classes. I’ve been at a Zachary Moore It’s not the end small liberal arts college, so of the world if guest columnist not all of my experience has you miss a class

for one reason or another. It is however impossible to replicate the class you missed and far more difficult to catch up – especially if you miss multiple classes – than it was in high school. Choose professors, not courses: One of my Noblesville teachers gave me this bit of advice, but it took me a semester to appreciate it fully. In college – as in high school – teachers vary widely in both style and quality. Unlike high school, however, you have much more freedom to choose whose classes you take. Talk to older students or read the comments on a site like to see which ones you think would best suit your learning style. Go to lunch alone: Meeting new people is one of the most enjoyable

“I only date male crocodiles.” -Cafeteria

facets of starting college, especially if you go to a smaller school, where there are far fewer familiar faces. Going to meals alone forces you to get to know someone you recognize from your class, or your dorm, or maybe you just think might be interesting. You probably won’t end up being friends with all, or even most, of them, but you will form a few great friendships. Relax, you’re ready: No matter how you feel about it right now, Noblesville does a very good job of preparing its students academically for college. For most people the social transition is much more difficult than the academic one, so as long as you use what you’ve acquired in your time here, you should be just fine.

“My sister has always been a man.” -Cafeteria “If you sing in the hallway, you will have friends.” -Student Services “Thou shalt have fresh breath. That should be the 11th commandment.” -Cafeteria “Jello makes me feel like I have no legs. -U.S. History



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Two sides of the same story Katie Souders Jodi Picoult is an acclaimed author of a considerable number of novels. Her newest piece of work, titled House Rules, is focused on a central character that is not an average eighteen-year-old boy. Instead, Jacob Hunt is an extremely brilliant individual with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). This disease is a form of autism that causes him to be introduced to several difficult situations that he would otherwise not face. Jacob has a strong fascination with forensic analysis. He shows up at crime scenes and has the ability to solve the case before the police. When Jacob is accused of a terrible murder that occurred in his town, he has to endure months and months of constant change and accusation from everyone in his community. AS makes Jacob display certain behaviors like not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches, and the flat affect (in which he lacks emotional response to situations). All of these behaviors make Jacob look like a guilty culprit. This novel is a little over 530 pages. It starts off extremely strong and develops a clear image of the story. Jodi Picoult is great at illustrating a scene through her words. The book is written in the perspectives of the different characters, giving you an outlook on how they all view the conflict at hand. I have not read any of Picoult’s other books; however, I am more than inclined to pick a few of them up. I could not put this book down after starting it. The story gave a great insight into the inner workings of the justice system. I learned much about the legal system and how a courtroom operates just by reading this story. Not to mention, I learned a lot about people who suffer from Asperger’s Syndrome. The only negative comment I have for the book is the ending. Picoult ended the story in an odd way. I didn’t feel like the story was over when the pages ran out. Overall, Jodi Picoult’s newest bestseller is a fine creation.

Matt Loria Most people see Jacob Hunt as a freak, a nerd, or even a jerk, but not many know of his true medical background. Jacob, the main character in Jodi Picoult’s House Rules, had been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism, at an early age. Those with Asperger’s are classified as socially awkward people, but it goes farther than just any old person outside of a clique. People with Asperger’s tend to develop an intense fascination with a single topic that appeals to them. Unfortunately, Jacob’s love is in forensic science. Jacob’s fascination with forensic science is the reason he owns a police scanner and the reason he arrives at a murder scene. When Jacob is confronted about the murder, his Asperger’s leads to his arrest. He is questioned, and because of his Asperger’s, he does not cope well with social contact. When the police interrogate him he avoids eye contact, twitches and Photo from quotes lines from popular Hollywood films, all of which make him look as if he committed the murder. As the novel progresses, all evidence begins to point towards Jacob, and his condition makes him look even guiltier. His mother desperately hires the first attorney she can find. This evolves into yet another conflict when the reader finds out that the lawyer isn’t very well qualified for such a case. Picoult provides the reader with a different look at the justice system and its ability to judge fairly. The novel provides an incredibly well thought-out conflict, with different forms of family conflict, and even a romance. The book is broken up into different characters’ viewpoints of different events. Jacob, his brother, mother, attorney, and the police officer that initially arrested Jacob are all chronicled within the novel. What was most perturbing was when Picoult wrote from Jacob’s viewpoint. Jacob knows he has Asperger’s, and he knows he doesn’t fit in very well. My problem with his text is that he is extremely self-aware. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Jacob and to feel like I’d be his friend, but if he is truly so aware of his actions and thoughts, then I don’t believe he would have acted the way he did. Another downfall with the novel is its very un-Picoult-esque ending. Every Picoult book I have read (so far) has an incredible twist of fate and conflict in its ending. In House Rules I figured out the murder mystery halfway through the novel. I merely assumed that I would be wrong because Picoult would dramatically flip the entire case upside down with a classy touch of “Picoultism.” But I came to find out that I was right all along, which was a major disappointment. If you have never read Picoult, then you will most likely enjoy the novel, but after reading her other novels, you may not think so highly of it.

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Ice cold slurpin’ in Noblesville Speedway

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There may be no gas station more prolifically located in and around good ol’ Noblesville than Speedway. Although it is, in most regards, the go-to place for summertime refreshment, save your slushie fund for somewhere else. These freezes are tasty, yes, but they lack the panache of others. Muted and more sugary than satisfying, at $1.18 for a 32-ounce, you’ll get more bang for your buck in the cloying, syrupy (although slightly more expensive) nirvana of a Circle K ICEE.

The newest gas station in Noblesville, Crystal Flash, is taking the 317 by storm with it’s deliciously divine ICEEs. These slushies glide down your thirsty palate with the utmost ease. Instead of separating into those awful white glaciers and puddles of soda, the ICEE slowly melts, while maintaining its consistency. I tried the Coke slushie, and it captured the classic flavor without overdoing it. A benefit to buying a slushie at Crystal Flash is the wide variety of flavors. Instead of the typical 50/50 choice of Coke or Mountain Dew, there are also a few flavors of Fanta, for the fruit soda connoisseur. All the flavors are worth trying, and none of them are your generic red-dye-number-40 slushies. On the flipside, you get a lot less slush for your money than you would somewhere else. Overall, I’d recommend these to any slushie fan; what you lack in size you get back in taste and quality, even long after your frozen delicacy has melted.

Flavors: Blue Raspberry, Cherry, Mountain Dew, Coke Price: $1.18 for a 32-oz Snow to Ice Cube Ratio: 3 (not too smooth, not too rocky) 1176 S. 10th St. Noblesville, IN

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Conveniently located off 37 and in close proximity of the school, Valero is the perfect stop if you’re in the mood for a nice, cool afterschool slushie. The two flavor choices include Mountain Dew and blue cherry. Each not overpoweringly sugary, but are sweet enough for a good rounded slushie taste. Unlike other gas stations that offer slushies, Valero’s slushies provide the happy medium of ice-to-syrup ratio; there’s no need to fiddle your straw to find the syrup nor will you need to go fishing for the ice chunks. Basically, the many gas stations around town are just not up to par. Even though others may provide more flavors, Valero provides the best of the lot. Also, the two flavors can easily be combined to create a delicious concoction of the blue cherry and the lemon lime from the Mountain Dew.

Circle K, the third largest convenient store chain in the United States, sells some pretty darn award winning slushies. During my last visit, while looking over the rainbow of flavors, I quickly grabbed a 24 ounce cup and start laying the syrupy slush. With the squeak of a plastic straw, my mouth was immediately bombarded with the flavor of ripe cherries: perfectly sweet, but not sickening. There was never that icky syrup residue at the bottom of the cup, either. And thanks to the Styrofoam cup guaranteeing my slushie a long life, I enjoyed it for hours. If you’re looking for something to quench your childhood thirst, take a trip to Circle K. Flavors: Cherry, Blue Raspberry, Grape, Mountain Dew Price: $1.50 for 24 oz Snow to Ice Cube Ratio: 3 (not too smooth, not too rocky) 9510 E 126th St. Fishers, IN

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Here in Room 137, we would prefer not to send our seniors off, but seeing as we have no choice, we’ll “send you off” with the regards of champions. The Mill Stream will always remember the mark you left, but as a bird leaves its nest, we must too watch as you leave ours. Pretty soon, you’ll develop your own place in the world, but if it ever feels as if it’s too much to bare, remember the times in room 137: the stay-after days, the deadline days, and distribution days. Remember the laughs and the friendships that were shared while on staff, and remember that the Mill Stream can always be called home.

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Ah, the joys of graduation. The shiny black gowns, the wriggling tassels attached to hair-mashing caps. The oratories that inspire those who assemble in the folding chairs on the basketball court, the occasional toot of a proud parent’s air horn. The relatives, the celebration, the… limited seating? Indeed, the limited seating. This year – in order to accommodate all the graduates, along with their families and friends – each senior will receive seven tickets for their personal fan section at the graduation ceremony, which will be held in the gym. Upon receiving these tickets, the seniors may either utilize them all for their own posse, or they may give their tickets away to those with a rather large number of relatives set on seeing their niece/grandson/distant cousin walk the stage and grab that diploma. However, Great Aunt Bertha shouldn’t worry too much about the allotted amount of tickets available, because attendees will also have the opportunity to watch the ceremony on the big screen in the auditorium without a ticket. As of last year, the auditorium had not maxed out

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Goodwin and his cousin drove all the way from Indiana to Alaska. They spent ys in Alaska. They pulled over into campsites and slept in the truck most nights, tel once as well. ore we left that I was going, my cousin had a route planned and that was about it. k with about $150,” Russ said. ened to music the entire time and took a bunch of pictures. he Rocky Mountains, it was amazing. A couple of time we had to stop and wait d there were bears along the side of the road. The night that we stayed in tents we en we woke up there were buffalos surrounding our tents,” Goodwin said. , Russ is inspired to go on another crazy journey this summer. During this vacausins, sister, and girlfriend to Oregon. trip stopping at my uncle’s house. My sister and I have been to Oregon many odwin said.

d John Gangnon along with friends senior Ben Lacy and sophomore Matt Bradsuccessfully finish an entire list of crazy things they came up with. t containing all of the events that will make this summer the best summer ever. a few days in the wilderness without supplies, breaking a world record, having

my friend jump over me on a dirt bike, make a music video, gorilla bathroom gag (basically I will dress up like a gorilla and go in the Steak’n Shake bathroom making grotesque noises), playing music in the streets for money, and staying up for five days,” Gangnon said. “Our inspiration is pretty much the fact that this is our last summer together because of college,” Campbell said.

Conquering It All

Two students have the idea of conquering land, sea, and air. Having already conquered water, juniors Ryan Ferguson and Austin Thomas are setting their sights on air and land. Where did this idea originate? “When I took the SAT, Austin Thomas was like, ‘Hey, I want a canoe,’ and I thought to myself, hey, I can do that. So I decided to do it over Spring Break and surprise him. It took me three days. The first day, I spent twelve hours on it, the second day I spent five to six hours, and only two hours on the third day. I used marine-grade wood, boater’s resin, and epoxy. I took the canoe out in water and it worked,” Ferguson said. To conquer land Ferguson plans to fix-up a car with his friend senior James Willman. “To conquer air we’re going to try to build a hot air balloon in my garage. All we need is some impermeable fabric, a basket, something to hold me, and lots and lots of fire. Those are the basic ingredients, so how hard could it be?” Ferguson said.

Take me to France

Junior Abby Fink applied for the IU Honors program in foreign language for a chance to travel abroad this summer and stay with a host family for six in-a-half weeks. After taking a test to apply, she received word on March 15 through an email that she was accepted and would be spending the summer in France. “When I told my parents I wanted to go, I don’t think they believed me at first,” Fink said. The trip costs $4500 and lasts from June 9-July 24. She cannot speak English while she is there and has to attend IU classes. Fink has tried some creative ways to get ready for her trip. “I’ve been trying to get French music to listen to while I’m there since I can’t listen to mine,” Fink said.

ng class numbers proves problem for seating its full seating capacity at graduation (600-700 people). However, many wonder what will happen when the graduating class will have a population too large to hold the ceremony within the walls of Noblesville High School. Rumor says the ceremony would transfer to Verizon Wireless Music Center. “Ain’t gonna happen,” principal Annetta Petty said. “Holding the ceremony at Verizon puts it at the mercy of the elements: it might be too hot, too cold, or rainy.” Petty also mentioned that her conversations with the heads at other high schools such as Carmel and Hamilton Southeastern have taught her that this particular location creates problems. However, weather does not represent the only obstacle to hurdle at Verizon – money poses another issue. One year, Fishers and HSE paid $6,000 dollars total to rent out the site; Carmel once rented it for $9,000. How about the football field? Petty notes that Hare Chevrolet Field seats less people than the gymnasium. And, if the ceremony was held there, rehearsals would have to take place not only on the field, but also in the gymnasium – once again in case of increment weather.

So Verizon and Hare Chevrolet Field are out of the question. What now? Petty said that the school has, rather than stake out a brand new location, focused on rearranging the placement of the chairs/stage/orchestra and band on the gym floor in a way that increases available seating, at least for the graduates. Such rearranging could include moving the graduate seating to the back and on the sides of the gym floor; it could also include moving the band/orchestra to the balcony area – or really, the indoor track above the basketball court. Petty is concerned that moving the music folk upstairs might negatively affect the acoustics available for the musicians, but, “I’d rather have the sound suffer than lose the live music entirely,” Petty said. Noblesville Schools’ population continues to boom, but for now, the graduation ceremony held at NHS isn’t going to bust. “Visually, the ceremony is really neat,” Petty said. “It’s an overall good experience.”

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The gymasium seating capacity is estimated at 3,940 people and in years past has been full or nearly full for graduation ceremonies. Overflow has now been taken into the auditorium.

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Junior year requires more effort and time for success in class

Alex Gookins Endless all-nighters, last minute cram sessions, and trying to survive finals fill up most high school careers. Many parents lecture students about how high school is so important for the future, be sure not to screw up. Several students will slack off in high school, getting along with the minimum requirements. Some will go out all weekend and attempt to complete that pre-calculus problem or AP Chemistry lab the block before it is due. But more often than not, students will fill up their schedules with studying showdowns and extra credit. “Junior year was tough academically, but continually making good grades helped me achieve my ‘you’re in’ acceptance letter from Indiana University,” senior Aubrey McMahon said. A few things students should expect in their junior year could include reading numerous novels (Huckleberry Finn, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Death of

a Salesman); countless nights doing pages of pre-calculus or Algebra 2; studying up for your physics, AP Chemistry, or AP Biology; and loads of preparations for blue books in AP US History, current junior students report. “I was sick a lot junior year, but I worked really hard in my core classes,” senior Taylor Coonce said. “Because of that, I was able to have a 3.5 GPA, which got me three scholarships to Huntington University. If I had just given up, I wouldn’t have gotten into the music program, and I wouldn’t have been able to afford it.” According to guidance counselor Alan MacDonald, the average GPA for the current freshman class at Indiana University is between a 3.4 and 3.8. In a student’s junior year, classes get more challenging due to the increase in honors and AP classes, so studying habits must change to obtain students’ full potential, MacDonald explained. The current Noblesville junior class’s top ten percent has GPAs of 3.88 and higher.

Students participate in Mayfest MAYFEST Schedule Saturday, May 15 Bands - 9:30 am (Auditorium) Choirs - 12 pm (Auditorium) Orchestras - 5 pm (Auditorium) Guitar - 9:30 am-4:30 pm (LGI) Piano Senior Solos - 9:30 am (Commons) Jazz Band - 11 am (Commons) Guard & Drumline - 12 pm (Gym) Choir Senior Solos - 10 am (Jr/Sr Cafe) Improv - 12 pm (Jr/Sr Cafe) Speech - 1 pm (Jr/Sr Cafe) Open Mic - 1:30 pm (Jr/Sr Cafe) Theater - 10 am (401)

“Single ladies” dancers, seniors Emily Albright, Aubrey McMahon, Abbey Carich, Taylor Blankenship, Rachel Johnson “We didn’t want to sing individually so we decided to do the ‘Single Ladies’ dance to showcase our fun and sassy personalities. Come and watch!”

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Orchestra member, sophomore Renee Cunningham “All three orchestras will be on the stage playing ‘I Dreamed a Dream’, ‘Viva La Vida’, and ‘Pirates of the Carribean.’ The stage is going to be pretty full.”



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Student Body Vice President & President Sydney Grant and Will Grabb Junior Will Grabb didn’t trust anybody. So he ran for student body president in order to take matters into his own hands. “That might sound egotistical,” Grabb said, “but it’s true. In our class, there’s no one else who’s had the same experience with Student Government that I have over the years. I know what it takes, and I know the seriousness of the position. I figured if anyone can handle the job and all the requirements, it would be me.” Grabb thought he had what it took. And so did the student body. After the April 28 election, Grabb, along with running mate junior Sydney White were elected to lead the student body in the next school year. The team’s stance is centered on voicing the opinions of every person in the school, no matter how small. “Will and I want to help our school out by having people’s opinions voiced. Both of us know how bad it is to sit with a problem you can’t fix, so we want to do anything we can to help out the students at NHS,” White said. The two have been friends for awhile, White said, and decided they’d make a good team. Grabb recognized White’s po-

tential as a partner from the get-go. “I chose Sydney because I’ve known [her] for years and I know that I can count on her to do her share of the workload, keep a level head, and stay focused on what needs to be done.” In order to gain the votes of their classmates, Grabb and White used a variety of advertising techniques to showcase their campaign. Posters and television ads helped them communicate with the student body. The posters were styled after World War II propaganda posters because, “first, I love Uncle Sam and second, we were studying WWII at the time,” Grabb said. Keeping with the WWII theme, Grabb even hosted a fireside chat, based loosely on those given by Franklin Roosevelt during his presidency, and aired it on the announcements during the school day. This ad was very successful and it gave Grabb the chance to “introduce [himself] to people he didn’t know in a good light, showing that... he wants next year to be fun,” White said. Grabb also mentioned wanting to “accomplish the things [he’s] always thought Student Body president should do.” He plans to listen, improve the school, DJ, and dances. Anything “in his power” to help the student voices be heard .

Sophomore Class President & Vice President Kelsey Sigman and Sydney Toschlog

Junior Class Vice President & President Payton Moore and Zach Hopper

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Presidential Meet and Greet

Senior Class President & Vice President Tanner Watson and Jake Boxberger

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The Referenda get real Zach Hopper A dream, a hope, an aspiration. For many, the referendum has been just this, but it is now May 14 and the vote for both the operating and the building referenda have passed in landslide votes. Most people know that they passed, but the question on everyone’s mind is what are they going to do for us? Many have different points of view on whether or not they are good, but the effects that they will have on the schools and the community will be vast. In addition to many teachers’ jobs being saved, there will also be many additions to the existing schools. First, the operating referendum will take effect. “It will hopefully give more room to call back some of the teachers we’ve laid off, which means that we should be able to keep the classes students have signed up for and keep class sizes at reasonable levels,” principal Annetta Petty said. The building referendum will also help the district, but not right away, and most of the changes will occur at lower levels than the high school. “Nothing will happen in the near future. Building needs are more urgent in lower grades. There will be additions and renovations to elementary schools and to make the intermediate school a middle school. We physically need more space to put the kids. We would have to

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spend thousands of dollars on temporary classrooms throughout the district,” Petty said. There will, however, be some renovations made to the high school through these referenda, mostly in the health and wellness area. There will be more classroom space for health classes and an expanded weight room. Also, many do not realize that the school ran out of sports lockers this year. There will be additions made to the weight rooms to account for the growth in numbers using the locker rooms. In addition, the most immediate impact for the high school will be more science labs on the west side of the building. In Noblesville, almost every single student takes chemistry or physics at some point, so these classes are an absolute necessity. The fine arts classes are also valued in the school system. Teachers and students alike enoy these electives. “I think in the long run, it will save jobs and it will save the fine arts. It makes our school more enjoyable to have these classes,” junior Jonathan Chaudion said. To many, these may seem necessities, but some do not believe that the referenda are good for our community. “I’m not happy about them passing, because there will be much higher taxes that our families will have to pay,” sophomore Aysha Ahmed said. Regardless of whether they are good or bad, they are happening, and it is a fact that must be accepted. In the long run, they will affect our school district, and the length and the nature of these effects will present themselves.

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Parking gets territorial


Kelsey Ploof

If so, do you park in the same spot every day?

YES NO **Survey taken from 56 students during lunch **

Students driving to school every day undoubtedly find a routine when it comes to the parking process. It is natural for everyone to park in the same area each day because, when it comes to school, teenagers are creatures of habit. But where is the line between being caught in pattern and becoming territorial? Perhaps some students have blurred this line by claiming one particular spot as their own. “I park in the same spot every single day,” senior Kelsy Browne said. “I’ve done it since the beginning of my junior year and hate it when someone takes my spot.” Even though there may be no physical marker indicating personal ownership, there is no lack of emotional attachment when it comes to certain students and their parking spots. “I used to park in the front by the handicap spots, and one day someone decided to fill up two parking spots. There was anger,” senior Taylor Coonce said. Sharing Coonce’s anger when her spot is taken is senior Shannon King. According to King there have been times when she has arrived to school a little late to find another car

in her favorite spot. “I got really angry and left a note saying that it was my spot,” King said. Senior Ryan Gamble arrived to school earlier than usual one morning and decided to take advantage of the closer parking opportunities. “I apparently parked in someone else’s spot and messed up some group’s parking pattern. They left a note on my windshield so that I wouldn’t park there again,” Gamble said. Territorial parking can range from reasonable to extreme cases. Senior Colin Hanson, though not claiming the same spot each day does at least hope his spot remains vacant while he is at lifeguarding. “I always get mad when I leave to lifeguard and someone takes my spot,” Hanson said. Perhaps it is habit, or an inherent need for structure. Maybe territorial parking habits are concentrated in the senior class because of a feeling of endowment derived from being the oldest. Whatever the cause, this is a serious matter to some students sharing our lots. Wherever students may choose to park, all is fair game, and regardless of preferences, the spots are always first come, first serve. Not including the spots on the circle, of course. Office Jim Crask warned, “I move around a lot and check the circle spots very often, so students shouldn’t park there.”


features AP test funds shift Jenna Larson For many students, the month of May means the annual round of Advanced Placement (AP) testing, a time filled with sighs of relief and major headaches. This year, and the past couple of years, the state’s funding for AP exams has changed yet again. According to counselor Joel Wittstein, in 2007, the state of Indiana paid the AP exam fee for sophomores, juniors and seniors taking math and science tests, such as statistics, calculus, biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental science. In 2008, the state only covered juniors and seniors with tests in these subjects. However, students were responsible for the $86 fee on tests of any other subject matter unless they qualified for free or reduced lunch, in which case the fee was waived. In 2009, the state stopped funding AP exams for students. “Last year was a total anomaly. The state paid nothing,” Wittstein said. This year, the state covers all tests in

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math and science classes, but only for juniors and seniors, consistent with coverage in 2008. AP Statistics teacher Dave Ferris noted a decline in the number of students taking the exam for his class in 2009. “Last year was a dip,” Ferris said. From 2005 to 2008, Ferris averaged about 35 stuPhoto by P. Davis dents taking the AP Statistics exam each AP senior students take their AP English Language and Composition test May 12. The state will year. In 2009, only 27 provide funding for upperclassmen taking math and science tests, but those looking for credit in of his students took other courses must pay the fees out of pocket. the test. dents participating in AP testing. “It goes financial support from the state, taking an Likewise, according to AP World History up every year. The number of kids taking it AP exam is worth the money. “The reward teacher Debbie Marcum, 61 students took is doing nothing but increase,” he said. is down the road,” he said. her exam in 2008, compared to only 32 stuThis year, 443 students are taking AP Wittstein agrees. He described the exams dents in 2009. This year, 91 students signed tests at NHS and 621 exams are being ad- as a means to challenge students to grow. up for the test in her subject. ministered. “I don’t see any risk. It’s the difference beHowever, according to Wittstein, this Ferris believes that even without as much tween graduating and being educated.” does not follow the overall pattern of stu-

Made-up holidays take over the week Gabby Guy

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Every day seems to commemorate some sort of national holiday. Only in the U.S. can one celebrate Jan. 21’s Like National Give a Hug Day, May 4’s National Respect for Chickens Day, or Jan 15’s National Strawberry Ice Cream Day, in addition to a plethora of other holidays that any person can seem to declare. For senior Luke Hall and his group of friends, they have declared Monday as Jew Day, Tuesday as Flying Moose Day, Wednesday as Quaker Day, Thursday as Fish Day, and Friday as Peanut Butter Day.

It all started with Fish Day. According to Hall, he has a semiobsession with fish, even going back to a young age. “Back in 7th grade, Evan Pegues used to say random words in class, so I decided to say fish,” Hall said. Since then, Hall randomly utters the word “fish”, eventually creating Fish Day in 10th grade. Recently, he carved a wooden fish that he named Frank to bring to school on Thursdays for Fish Day. After Fish Day was created, a joke started to arise between Hall and his friends. They began to name each day of the week something else. According to Hall, senior Mike Greiner had no liking

to fish and made Friday Peanut Butter Day. Next Senior Andrew Gold crafted Flying Moose Day and Quaker Day. “One day Luke was playing a Mary Kate and Ashley video game and there were ghosts in it that looked like flying moose,” Gold said. “And then Luke used to eat oatmeal every morning so I called him Quaker, for Quaker Oats oatmeal, and that is pretty much how that was created.” As for Jew Day, Physics teacher Maggie Coyne is Jewish and felt there should be a Jew Day to celebrate Jews. Hereafter, Hall then established Monday as Jew Day. More students are becoming

more aware of the declared days by Hall’s Facebook page as well as his email address,, both commemorating Fish Day and as way for anyone to ask questions to learn more. Hall and his friends have also made signs and told their classes about each day in order to spread the word. According to junior Richie Sellers, they gather in the morning to talk before class and say “Happy Blank Day,” depending on which day of the week it is. “It’s pretty much a joke,” Sellers said. Hall hopes one day to create a National Fish Day, but as for now it is mostly for fun.

Senior Luke Hall with Frank the Fish, the mascot of Fish Day.

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Softball team’s streak continues Jace Hodson The varsity girls softball team is only in the beginning of its season, but thus far they have only lost two games. Not that this is anything new, according to senior shortstop Alyssa Shriver. “We usually do really well in the beginning of our seasons, but the biggest games are yet to come,” Shriver said. This may change, though, when the team faces some of its more difficult opponents. Upcoming games against Hamilton Southeastern and Carmel’s teams will pose a challenge for the girls. “HSE and Carmel are some of the hardest teams for us to beat,” junior Ellen Forkner said. “HSE has lots of power hitters, but if we really fight every game this season, we have a good chance of being the best out there,” Shriver said. Though so far there have been mostly wins for the team, a recent string of injuries has cropped up and may threaten the team. The most recent injury is sophomore first baseman Taylor Thomson, who received a concussion at one of

NHS golfers give useful tips Brittany Burkhalter

If you are looking to take up the sport of golf, here are some tips from sophomore Spencer King, junior Vince Drahman and senior Charlie Castino, members of the golf team. These student golfers share their advice to help get you started.

1. A starting out golfer should look at their grip. -King

2. Most starting out golfers swing too hard.

Tempo is an important thing to remind yourself of. -King

her games. “I was in the dugout and Pendleton’s second baseman overthrew the first baseman, and the ball flew into the dugout and hit me on top of my head,” Thomson said. Forkner has faced knee problems throughout the season, and had surgery to repair torn cartilage a few months ago. She was out for a month and a half, but can now play again. “I can still play three fourths of the time,” Forkner said. Thomson and Forkner are not the only ones facing injuries this season. Senior Kaitlyn Flak and junior Katie Harrison also got hurt. Flak received a deep bone bruise, and Harrison sprained her wrist, putting her out of play for five games, although now she too is able to participate. “I can play. It doesn’t really affect my catching, it affects my batting averages more than anything,” Harrison said. While many games are still to come in varsity softball’s season, the team has so far managed to overcome their obstacles and remain in good standing, and they hope to stay that way. “I can’t really say whether or not I think we can win [the rest of] our games.... knock on wood!” Harrison said.

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The girls’ softball team gathers around home base after one of their games. They will face a challenge against upcoming games against Carmel and HSE.

Boys lacrosse and rugby teams find success Matt Loria

Noblesville boys lacrosse

With the boys’ lacrosse team’s record of 6 wins and 3 losses, the guys are expecting to go big this year. “If we step it up and play all four quarters I think we can make it to the Final Four,” junior Steven Lind said. The Final Four, based off of the NCAA’s Final Four, is the Indiana state tourney for all club lacrosse teams. This season the team is composed of mainly seniors with very few players from other grade levels. “We [seniors] have been playing together since the eighth grade and that experience of playing together helps us communicate and score,” senior Cody Lovell said. “If we play to our abilities and

strengths, that we know each other has, then I think we will and should go far in the state tournament,” senior Brad Gysin said. The boys hope to bring home the state title this year, but they are also beginning to prepare for next year’s season. “Next year we are losing a lot of seniors. We are trying to work together with the younger players this year to be more prepared for the number of seniors we will lose next year,” Lind said.

Noblesville boys rugby

In the world of thrashing club sports, the Noblesville Rugby team is turning heads. The team has pounded this year’s season into a solid five wins and three losses start. This year’s team expects to go far this season, but they also hope to plan ahead for future seasons.

3. Well-fitted clubs are essential. -King 4. Do not get too complicated with your

swing. Find the swing that works for you. -Drahman Think your way through the course. Do not try to be a hero. -Drahman

5. 6.Work on your putting. That is where you score the most. -Drahman 7.Get your confidence up, and go to the driving range a lot. -Castino

8. Getting lessons always helps. -Drahman

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Noblesville girl’s Chaos rugby team fights for the ball in a scrum against the Brownsburg girl’s rugby team. The current season record is 5-3. Because the Penn girl’s rugby team forfeited the playoff game, Chaos heads to semi-state May 22 to play North Central.

“This is the best we’ve been since we’ve gotten our new coach. We all get along well and we have high hopes for state, especially with our fast back line,” sophomore Chris Davis said. “This is the best I’ve seen the team yet. We are going to have to work hard and eventually we’ll get there (state championship), but it isn’t going to be easy. It’s not like anyone said it would be though,” junior Tim Bates said. As with the boys’ lacrosse team, the boys’ rugby team is also expecting a younger team next year. “We do have a lot of seniors this year, but we’ll make do with what we have next year,” Bates said. Senior Blake Delong also believes the team will get along with the loss of the seniors. “The guys will get it together next season the same way they do every season,” Delong said.

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plan ahead... by Dianne Osland

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school events Mayfest May 15

Senior Breakfast May 21

Baccalaureate May 27

Cap & Gown Distribution May 19

End of Second Semester May 26

Commencement May 28

movie releases In Theatres


Letters to Juliet May 14

Invictus May 18

Robin Hood May 14

The Road May 25

Shrek Forever and After May 21

Dear John May 25

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time May 21

Alice in Wonderland June 1

Get Paid for Name Brands:

live shows

cd releases

Conseco Fieldhouse Michael Bublé June 29

May 25 For Your Entertainment Adam Lambert

Lady Gaga July 15

Straight to DVD All Time Low

Justin Beiber Aug. 12

Vans Warped Tour July 6

Verizon Wireless Music Center Brad Paisley June 5

Jack Johnson July 23

Dave Matthews Band June 18 & 19

Rihanna feat. Ke$ha Aug. 3 John Mayer Aug. 15

May 26 The Remix Lady Gaga

If I Had Hi-Fi Nada Surf June 15 Mojo Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Scream Ozzy Osbourne

June 1 To the Sea Jack Johnson June 8 Bionic Christina Aguilera

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