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Mill Stream 10.06.2008

2009-2010

Mill Stream Staff Dianne Osland editor-in-chief

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[the way we see it]

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Your guidance counselors and teachers are correct. Sad, but true. Grades are important and the higher the GPA, the better, just like they’ve been preaching all of high school. Of course, grades aren’t everything, but they are something when it comes to getting into college and leading a successful career later in life. Personality alone isn’t getting anybody into the Ivy Leagues. Extracurricular activities adequately balance (or maybe just stress out) a student, showing their versatility in different settings of life, not just the classroom. Being a well-rounded student is important because grades don’t fully define us as a student. But what exactly do grades measure? Grades can either assess the intelligence or effort of the student. The Mill Stream upholds the latter. Effort is defined as what a person is willing to do in order to achieve success. Good grades aren’t freebies. Late nights spent poring over notes and texts from class and constant application usually precede achieving an “A.” Effort pays dividends, in most cases, and a good grade is the result of this effort. The exception lies in the old argument over talent vs. hard work. There’s always going to be that kid that doesn’t crack open the text book and still aces the test while another crams for hours and barely squeezes by with a C. Intelligence can’t be completely ruled out in the grade measurement equation, but it remains the extreme exception because after all, hard work beats talent when talent isn’t working hard. Raw talent is only going to get somebody so far so it remains that a good work ethic is an important accompaniment to brilliant intelligence, or any kind of intelligence for that matter. When it comes down to it, can effort be measured? The Mill Stream believes that grades represent an accurate measure of effort. Again, if real effort is put into an assignment, a good grade results. You get out of it what you put in.

Hannah Davis

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Celebrity obsession overrated Did you hear about Kanye West dissing TayPeople put an absurd amount of time into lor Swift? Of course you did. The better question following celebrities’ every move when instead would be, who didn’t hear about it? Not a min- they should be putting that time and effort toute had passed after the incident ward something more beneficial occurred and it was already posted and valuable. I’m not saying that on YouTube. No offense, but are we famous people’s lives are not imseriously that pathetic? Has society portant, but how is what Brad begun to revolve around celebrity’s Pitt said to Jennifer Aniston imlives? portant or relevant in your life? Every couple of weeks a celebrity I understand when someone folwill do something scandalous that lows their favorite band or their gets printed in magazines that are favorite actor/actress; every-one sent throughout the country. Many has to have an outlet, or a way of those magazines end up in stuto escape reality for a fleeting dents’ hands. Instead of reading the period of time. But when people articles regarding important issues become obsessed with the irrelgoing on in our world, people prefer evant junk reported in tabloids, to indulge in the writings concerning Katie Souders what is their reasoning? gossip. Apparently, we all think that souders.katie@gmail.com It seems that the vast majorwhat is written in Angelina Jolie’s diity of the people that are captiary is more important than what is going on in vated by a famous person’s every move are in fact Iran. lacking substance or meaning in their own lives.

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Sarah Boyum Brittany Burkhalter Alex Gookins Bri Handy Zach Hopper Jace Hodson Jenna Larson Paige Owens Katie Souders

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They strive to find importance in their life by relating it to that of a famous person’s, or they pass judgment on a celeb so they can feel better about themselves. Sound familiar? I feel that society has become so immensely involved with celebrity gossip because it is a form of entertainment, and people seek all forms of amusement to distract themselves from their own trivial lives. If I was asked to list five names of current congressmen, I would draw a blank; but if I was asked to list five names of current movie stars, I wouldn’t even have to think before I answered. It feels like we talk about other people’s lives more than our own. It is truly sad that what’s actually significant in the world doesn’t seem half as imperative as it really is. It is time to become more familiar with the events happening around you that are relevant to your life and have purpose. Make an effort to read the newspaper everyday, or watch the news before you go to school. What you learn might surprise you.

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D.O.A. (Death of acceptance)

In a world where students must join activi- as important as a student’s GPA. Obviously it ties and clubs, take on a rigorous course sched- is important to do well on tests to be successful ule, and physically and mentally overload their in school, but some people simply are not good schedules to have a shot at getting test takers. Whether it is because into college, Noblesville’s students they are nervous, or their mind have been forced to step up their test just doesn’t process the inforscores. But is that really what should mation in a way that they can be most important? remember it on a test, some In the past year, Noblesville stupeople are incapable of doing dents have done their part to raise the well on tests. school’s SAT and ACT test scores. In It is also easy for many 2008, the average SAT score was 1553. people to cram for exams and In 2009, the average score was 1572. study rigorously minutes beThe SAT scores are not the only fore a test, but they might forones that have risen. In 2008, the aver- Zach Hopper get the information immediage ACT composite score was 22.2. In hopper.zach@gmail.com ately after taking it. When you 2009, the average composite score was consider what goes into a stu23.7. dent’s GPA, it consists of an entire year of work Unfortunately for students, as these test scores and diligence. Not only does it include the many go up, college admission rates continue to go tests that a student takes throughout the year, but down, and it gets harder for students to get into it also incorporates hundreds of nightly assignfour year colleges around the country because ments that must be completed. the competition is so high. In a recent study done by Harvard UniverI wonder though, if these scores are really sity and the University of Michigan, it was de-

termined that students across the country are stressed out and find it harder to get all of their work done, because the majority of students applying to four-year colleges are doing homework for two or more hours every night. This is not the only factor, because many of them also have to study for standardized tests (SAT or ACT). Students cannot properly balance their large workload. To me, this does not sound like either one of these factors can determine a student’s ability. They must find a way to balance it all, and they cannot put their whole ability into one or the other. My belief is that it should be more focused on a student’s GPA. It accounts for much more of a student’s work than tests. My thought is that students today have way too much on their plate to be able to put their full energy into any one of these things, and they are very stressed about everything that they have to do for school, work, and extra activities. It is not a good system to strain students’ minds this bad, and something needs to happen to change this.

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Eavesdropping at its funniest “I hate this movie because it is so depressing. I would totally date it though.” -Algebra II “What’s one fourth times one?” -Chemistry “It’s a good way to start your day with Morgan Freeman talking about the end of the world.” -Creative Writing “No, don’t put commas in your pants.” -English 10 Honors “My hair is naturally retarded.” -Athletic Hallway

Cartoon by Charlie Logsdon

That’s what she said

Welcome to a world where every- you hear?”). What are you neglectone lies, people talk about one an- ing to do while you sit in front of the other, and everyone tries to computer screen? be something they are not. Should you be studyThey might try, but no one ing for a test or doing can keep a secret to save homework? Maybe their lives, and friendships you are avoiding that have lasted for years reading a few chapare broken forever. Believe ters for English. It it, this world actually exseems that the high ists, and youíre fortunate school rumor mill is enough to live in it everymore important than day. This place I speak of homework or school is - you guessed it - high in general. We Alex Gookins school. are supposed to It’s 11 p.m. on a school gookins.alex@gmail.com be in high school night, and you are chatting to get an educaaway with your best friend on Face- tion that will last us a lifetime, not book about the latest gossip (“Did to find a boyfriend/girlfriend that

will last us two months or to make plans for this Saturday night. High school has become a sanctuary for immaturity, name calling, labels, and gossip. You find yourself being nice to people who you always despised because you can never trust your friends anymore. Do you remember that game “Telephone,” the one where someone would say something, and by the tine the phrase was passed completely down the line, it was something totally different? That game is high school. Its true importance is lost in the lies and drama. Try this recipe for drama: add one cup of gossip, ¼ tablespoon of rumors, and a dash of jealousy. Peo-

ple talk smack behind your back, when they should cut to the chase and just say it to your face. Always keep in mind that high school is one big soap opera with everyone gossiping about everyone else and at the end of the day you’ll be left wondering what’s going to happen tomorrow. The key is to avoid your daily dose of drama and turn your focus toward the future. It might just pay off when you are trying to get into college or going out into the real world. Everyone gives dirty looks or mean stares, but the best part is that they think you care. You should awlays remember that rumors are as fake as the person who start them.

“Paintings get painted so painters can show how well painters can paint the paintings.” -English Hallway “What do you mean women don’t have a prostate?” -Spanish Class “Next thing you know, you’ll be stealing gum from Walgreens.” -Art Hallway “I’ve egged so many houses, I could tell you exactly where to get the cheapest eggs!” -Soph. Cafeteria


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En Garde: fencing club comes to NHS Gabby Guy guy.gabby@gmail.com Fencing is one of the few sports where a sword-like weapon is used. This ageold sport, originating from ancient times, to when the famous play writer, William Shakespeare, made sword fighting battle scenes, and to now, where it has become an Olympic sport. Finally it has arrived at NHS as a club. Creator of the Fencing club and instructor, sophomore Caleb Marine, has fenced for about five years now. First he began in introductory classes at the Fisher’s YMCA, then to Blade Point, a once operating fencing academy, to later competing with the Westfield club. It started as a birthday present, and ended up being a fun and interesting sport that Marine wanted to bring to Noblesville. “When I first started, I was like, why did I do this? However, it turned into an addicting sport,” Marine said. All of last year Marine worked to get the club approved by the school, with sponsor

and teacher Dwyer at his side. However, it did not get approved until this year. Without hesitating, Marine set up the first meeting, which was held Sept 23 for anyone interested. Students came out and either did not know anything about fencing or had been playing for only a year. “I wanted to try it, because it seemed interesting,” Junior David Vest said. Vest had no prior education of the sport, but it seemed fascinating enough to attend the meeting, and he is now a part of the newly found club. Junior Kelly Johnston first saw fencing during the Olympics, and it caught her eye. “It was something different, it is something you can’t do everywhere,” Johnston said. According to Marine, anyone can try to play, as he puts it, you can be either smart or strong, or both. One of his instructors said, if we can’t make you smart, then we can make you strong. If one did not do something right, then he would have to do push-ups. However according to Marine, quickness and balance is key. Footwork is also

Law enforcement officials: ‘Sexting won’t go away’ Hannah Davis

davis.hannah@gmail.com For many teens, it’s hard to ignore the temptations that technology provides. At a community forum Wednesday night, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department warned parents and teens about the consequences of personal pictures that often become public. Sexting, the act of sending sexually explicit messages or images to others, is a growing problem across the country. These inappropriate messages can have lasting, devastating, and emotionally scarring effects. Photo by P. Davis “If someone who’s involved Sexting is defined as the act of sending sexually in child pornography gets a hold of that, it’s over,” Nobles- explicit messages or images to others. These ville detective and cyber crime inappropriate messages can have lasting, devastating and emotionally scarring effects. specialist Mike Widner said. “It’s happening every place,” than 50 years. Hamilton County Sheriff Doug The first step, police say, to ensuring a Carter said. “This is not an issue that’s just child’s safety is knowing what his or her cell going to go away.” Widener shared the story of an Ohio teen phone is capable of doing. Checking for inwhose sexting exploits ultimately ended ternet access and the capability to quickly in her suicide. After an explicit cell phone share photos is vital. It’s recommended, though, that parpicture sent to her boyfriend ended up in the hands of hundred, she decided that she ents don’t stop there. “You pay for that cell couldn’t handle the stress. “It was too much phone, you own that cell phone. Read their for any 18-year-old to handle,” her mother text messages, see what they’re doing,” Petty said. explained in a video shown at the meeting. Although immediate responsibility lies “There is no changing your mind in cyberspace… nothing you post or send will go in the hands of parents, Widner said, “We’re away,” Hamilton County sheriff Alex Petty doing the best we can to stay prepared… I said. Widener suggested that photos taken know that technology always changes, but on cell phones will be accessible for more we’re doing the best we can.”

one of the major components of the sport and is practiced for much of the time. For the time being, the team is only practicing footwork as they await their equipment such as gloves, a jacket, sword, and a mask. Johnston simply ordered the equipment online at a fairly good price. Once these materials are delivered, they are able to do other things like practice blade work, and other parts to being a good fencer. According to sophomore Robert Higgins, hand-eye coordination, reaction time, and agility are very important. Higgins had also taken an introductory course at the YMCA, and wanted to further his fencing skills, by taking joining the club. As the year progressing, Marine is hoping to have at least two meetings a month fall semester and perhaps once a week in the spring semester, depending on Dwyer’s schedule.

Sophomore Caleb Marine poses in his fencing gear. Marine started the NHS Fencing Club that is open to both those interested, regardless of experience level.

Traditional Food of Russia: Borsch Capital: Moscow

National Song: “Russia, Our Nation”

Popular Sports: Wrestling and hockey

Famous Attractions: Red Square in Moscow

Photo provided C. Marine

A day in the of: Ivanlife Keene Jenna Larson

larson.jenna@gmail.com Although Noblesville might not be the cultural center of America, there are a few students with unique backgrounds. One of these students is sophomore Ivan Keene. Keene lived in Russia for the first 11 years of his life in the Siberian region. He and his family then moved to Florida. At first, Keene was far from thrilled with the news. He did not know a single word of English. “I was stressed and I was quite nervous because I couldn’t communicate well. It was a little frustrating, but I got used to it,” he said. It took him a solid year of studying to get the hang of English after only speaking Russian his whole life. After a short stay in Florida, Keene and his family relocated once again to Noblesville in 2006 in search of a more favorable school district. Now that he has lived in

Noblesville for a few years and gotten used to life in what was once a foreign country, Keene admits to not being able to identify too many similarities between the Russian and American populations. “Russians keep to themselves. People in America are much more open,” he said. He even notes how strange it was to him at first that complete strangers could be so friendly. Alt hough he has adjusted to his new life in America, Keene and his family periodically go back and visit the country they used to call home. With such a diverse cultural background, Keene is able to share his experiences with friends in Noblesville, spreading knowledge to students who otherwise would remain in the dark about Russia’s people, customs, and lifestyle. Photo by Phoebe Davis


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Mill Stream 10.06.2009 What do students think of early release days?

Early releases benefit teachers Molly Crump

“They’re pretty lame, just because it’s only 30 minutes and not a regular half day.” -Sophomore Logan Park

They’re a joke because I only get home 20 minutes earlier, and I could be getting my homework done.” -Junior Mario Borzabadi

“I’d rather start later some days, instead of leaving early.” -Sophomore Sarah Walsh

Student Poll: Has the Internet filter been problematic for you? Yes: 135 No: 21

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crump.molly@gmail.com Before this year, students were used to having half-days on about a monthly basis. They could go out to eat, see a movie, or just go home and get an early start on homework. When Dr. Tony Bennett became the new Superintendent of Public Education for the state, there was talk of a halt to half-days, but the true effect was yet to be fully understood. In the end, the result was no more half-days. According to principal Annetta Petty, Noblesville Schools go 30 minutes over the state’s required school day of six hours, which includes passing periods. Because of this time extension, the school system could previously use those extra 2 ½ hours gathered over a week’s time toward various half-days through the year for faculty development. However, Petty said that Bennett didn’t approve of the former superintendent’s view that schools could use this “banked” time towards shortened days. He decided that half-days would no longer exist, whether or not schools lengthened their respective days. Because Noblesville continued to add 30 minutes onto each day, the administration had an opportunity to end school earlier if they so decided.

Hence, Petty and other administrators at NHS chose to enact 14 days throughout the fall and spring semesters in which school for students would end at 2:05, and teachers would do staff development until 3:05. The early releases always take place on a gold day, so students leave from Academic Lab instead of missing class time. According to Petty, most teachers are meeting with their PLCs during this time. PLC is a Professional Learning Community, in which a group of teachers, working within the same subject, discuss curriculum and common assessments for students. Common assessments give the teachers an idea of where students are struggling and where they are doing well, so the teachers can determine why this is. “Teachers used to have to fit PLC meetings into their own schedules,” Petty said. “Now that it’s built into the schedule, it’s much easier on them.” Math teacher Becky Towle has benefited from the more frequent, later dismissals. “I like it because I don’t miss time with my students,” Towle said. “With the shorter time we’re very focused on what we’re doing in PLC, and it is very applicable to what we’re teaching.” Not all teachers share the same opinion. Science teacher Jonathan Nowicki said that the 30minute early releases are more of an interim pro-

gram until Bennett’s new interpretation of the rule becomes clearer. “I would just rather be teaching,” Nowicki said. “I’m probably in the minority though.” However, Nowicki is a PLC leader for his subject, and views the groups as helpful in keeping all the teachers on the same path. Some staff members have participated in vision statement commentary instead of PLC, Petty said. For the second early dismissal, certain groups of teachers came to the junior-senior cafeteria and discussed the school vision statement and ways to adapt to it. New rotations of teachers will come for the next 3-4 early dismissals, with the same purpose in mind. Buses do not run because the middle school administration has not, at this time, decided to take part in the early dismissals. If students can’t drive or get a ride home, they have to wait in the cafeteria until 2:35 with instructional assistants who help supervise. According to Petty, on the first early dismissal, there were about 120 students at the main campus and 160 at the freshman campus. “Our only problem is working out the different grades,” Petty said. “We want to make sure students aren’t just hanging out or not doing what they are supposed to. The privilege can be taken away.”

Filters are strict, but necessary Kelsey Ploof ploof.kelsey@gmail.com

A poll asking students if they had experienced problems with the blocker when researching for school showed 135 answered “yes” and 21 answered “no”. Many students express frustration with the high school’s internet filter, but its purpose and inner-workings are not as apparent as that familiar screen that pops up to reject access. According to technology specialist Laurie Homan, there was no filter in place when the school first opened. The internet usage was monitored solely by teachers. “That seemed to work,” Homan said. This method was used until the “Children Online Privacy Protection Act” was passed in 1998. This federal law required public schools and libraries to have a filtering system that matched its requirements. If a location did not have an appropriate filter, it would receive no federal funding. According to Homan, this money goes toward the cost of internet service, network costs, wireless systems, and infrastructure. The school chose ENA, Education Network of America, to meet the requirements. According to Pacesetters director Marty Schmidt, ENA is a large company that provides filtering and fulfills the needs of the federal law. “It’s not just all about the funding, though. It’s protecting children and allowing parents to know that when children are in school, they’re not accessing damaging material,” Homan said. According to media specialist Brad Howell, the ENA filtering system is run in all Noblesville Schools, kindergarten through twelfth grade. “It does create challenges when we have to

filter for K-12. They can’t differentiate between buildings, but that would be helpful,” Homan said. The staff recognizes that material suitable for upper-classmen and not for elementary schoolaged students exists, and there is a remedy. “What may be relevant for high school people is not always relevant for K-6, but we have to err on the side of caution,” Schmidt said. According to Schmidt, teachers can ask for sites to be unblocked, with educational relevance as the deciding factor. All requests go through Howell, sent to ENA and can be unblocked easily. Teachers have the option to ask for usage of a site for dates Photo by P. Davis when the site Senior Katie Atkinson will be accessed works on the computer in class. during AL. The filter blocks any and all adult-oriented material, illegal material, racist or hate-oriented material, and material about school cheating. However, it remains very common that students have the need to access sites that the filter blocks. According to Howell, he bypasses legitimate sites five to ten times a day.

“The media staff is happy to override for students,” Homan said, “It’s just what we do.” But numerous students have caught wind of another way to bypass the filter: proxies. “If anyone could discovery a proxy block, they would make billions,” Schmidt said, “I guess there’s some kind of thrill, working around the system.” According to Schmidt, there is no way to dedicate the resources necessary to prevent kids from using proxies. “We all know they are doing proxies,” Homan said. But according to Homan, when students use proxies, they bounce out to servers “maybe in someone’s home in India.” No one can know where it might be connecting. This extra distance makes the connection extremely slow. “I’m not understanding why students are being so patient,” Homan said. There are things that the school system is required by law to keep away from students, and according to Schmidt, students need to recognize that when they use the internet for things not school-related, they eat up bandwidth and impact the speed and quality of connection for everyone. “I think with proxies being here and changing every day, [the filter] provides a false sense of security. But I have two kids in elementary school and am okay with having it,” Howell said. The filter is, no doubt, strict as it has to be when applied K-12. But the media staff recognizes this and work to make overrides and teacher requests timely and easy to achieve. “[The filter] may be a little tighter than we would like, but it’s better to err on the side of caution,” Schmidt said.


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Yearbook gets personal Bri Handy handy.bri@gmail.com “Just put your tip toes on the X, Goldie Locks. Now tip your head just a tad to the right... Perfect, Pumpkin... Chin down, Sport. Smile like you know how handsome you are. Ah, the horrors of school pictures; the painful posing and squinting and smiling students have to endure when summer abandons the calendar... but at least they get a yearbook out of it - and this year, the yearbook staff is bumping up the cool factor. “Our theme this year is ‘Confessions’,” senior and editor-in-chief Alex Fettig said. “We’re trying to capture the thoughts of the students and really give them a voice.” Fettig also commented that this theme will allow more students to appear in the yearbook with more insight and clarity. “Everyone wants to be in the yearbook,” Fettig said, “and this is a better way to represent more students.” More students -- and more personal. According to Fettig, the yearbook will be stocked with more fun surveys, embarrassing moments, and student/celebrity look-alikes. “It’s definitely not your typical yearbook,” junior staff member Oakley Gianakos said. The 2009-2010 yearbook will certainly be a solid investment to take advantage of; it will reach out to more students, refresh the ritualistic style of yearbooks past, and document memories students will appreciate. People love finding old photo albums during spring cleaning; someday, years from now, students will be cleaning out closets and happen upon this yearbook, transferring them to the dark ages of high school. “I always get a yearbook every year so I can look back and remember,” senior Charlie Maxwell said. Yearbooks can be ordered online at http://store.

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Choirs bring Dianne Osland osland.dianne@gmail.com Pull out those jazz hands and fancy footwork, Glee has arrived to Noblesville High School. With the first choir concert of the year on Oct. 6 comes a mass number courtesy of Fox Network’s new hit television show Glee. Focused on the people and events surrounding a fictional high school show choir, or Glee Club, Glee brings together music and comedy for an hour each Wednesday. The show choirs have borrowed a Glee arrangement of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” to perform as one of the mass numbers. According to Mill Tones member junior Katie Curtis, the mass number consists of all four choirs coming together and singing background to solos performed by members from each choir. In the case of “Don’t Stop Believin’”, the all choirs will sing a “da” rhythm in the background and the chorus, while the other words of the song will create the 10 to 12 different solos. In addition to the individual choir performances and the “Don’t Stop Believin’” number,

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the choirs will also put on two other mass numbers, Michael Jackson’s “We Are the World” and the choirs’ traditional performance of “Battle Hymn of the Republic”.  “’Battle Hymn’ is always the last song we sing at every concert,” Singers member senior Jessica Gardner said. “When Mrs. Resler became director, she started this tradition to end each concert the same way, like leaving her own little mark.” Glee has left its own little mark on the NHS show choirs as it joins the mass numbers, much to the delight of the choirs. “A lot of us choir kids love the show, so we wanted [Glee’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” arrangement],” Curtis said. While Curtis considers Glee a good show, she said that it doesn’t really accurately represent how the show choirs truly are. Gardner agrees that some of the elements included in the show are more exaggerated than real show choir, but she still sees some connec-

tions between the show and her choir experience. “Noblesville show choir used to be really small, so it’s relateable to the seven person Glee show choir,” Gardner said. “We used to have that same small feel, too.” She also believes that Glee does a good job of portraying all the types of people and personalities in show choir. “It really shows all the kinds of people, everyone from football players to theatrical people, some who want to be there and some who don’t, and how all these different people come together to perform,” Gardner said. Curtis identified the fun songs as her favorite part of the show, while Gardner pegged the “random musical moments” as her favorite. “There are just times where they burst into song and dance, like a scene opens up and the football team is all dancing to ‘Single Ladies’, that are really random,” Gardner said. To get a little taste of Glee right here in Noblesville, the choirs begin their concert tonight at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

Band takes bite out of Big Apple on fall break trip Jace Hodson

ties that still focus on music but not on her own personal performances.   “I’m looking forward to this trip because we’ll be seeing Broadway plays,” Wilson said.  Although the students who are participating are enthusiastic about the trip, not all students are going. Only about 40 percent of the band

members aren’t taking the trip, but those students aren’t very happy about it. hodson.jace@gmail.com 
“Everything lately circles around the trip in Most members of the band have a lot to look class; it’s irritating,” sophomore Brandie Gaebel forward to at the end of October. They will be said. traveling to New York City to sightsee and per  Sophomore Jason Lafever agrees. He finds form publicly. The trip, taken every two years to the band’s constant talk of the trip to be unfair to varying locations, lasts the ducertain musicians. ration of fall break.   “It’s hurtful how   New York was chosen as the New York trip is inthis year’s destination because volved in class so much the city is immensely different when some people can’t from Noblesville. afford to go. It’s obnox “Culturally, things are difious,” LaFever said. ferent there. People are differ The trip costs around ent there. I think [the students] $750, a fee that some stuwill be shocked,” band director dents simply couldn’t Stacey White said. manage, fundraisers or  Indeed, students will be exnot. Class time has been posed to a wide variety of culused to prepare music tural experiences—watching for the trip, but the songs the Broadway musical Wicked, learned will also be used visiting Chinatown and Little to play at sports events Italy, and seeing the Statue of later in the year. Liberty and Ground Zero.   The experience it“The kids will have opself is something that portunities that they wouldn’t will broaden the band’s have if they traveled to New knowledge and worldYork by themselves,” White view, according to said. White.   In fact, the performances   “It’s something the aren’t quite what the students kids will talk about and are most thrilled about. They remember forever. It’s are anticipating other excurwhat they’ll bring up in sions, and more exciting events twenty years on whatevthan simply playing memoer the equivalent of FaPhoto by H. Watson rized songs. cebook is then, and they’ll   “I’m excited to see all the Sophomores Jessica Turner, Ashley Carmany, and Crystal Bolden practice be asking each other, ‘Do things in New York,” junior the flute with the band to prepare for the New York trip. The band will travel you remember when we Kathryn Welder said.  went to New York in high Junior Ashley Wilson awaits there over fall break, performing publically school?’” White said. more specific activities, activi-


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Know your team

Hockey team takes it to the net

How well do junior Lauren Barr’s volleyball teammates know her?

Hannah Davis davis.hannah@gmail.com A lone puck swishes across the ice. Sticks crash down, directing the black disc toward a well-protected goal. A bulky player swoops into position, and the puck makes its way to the goalie, a crouched player obscured by a heavy mask and generously proportioned jersey. He lunges. His stick juts outward. Slamming against its hard surface, the puck comes to a screeching halt. The goaltender has tended his goal. Depending on the day, that goaltender is either Grayson Marsh, a Westfield High School freshman, or Amelia Henderson, another freshman from Hamilton Heights. After three seasons of upperclassman goalie duos, Marsh and Henderson have paired up to tackle Noblesville Hockey Club’s defensive playing. Because hockey is a club – not Indiana High School Sports Association-sanctioned – sport, players choose their team based on personal preferences, not school districts. NHC includes members from Noblesville, St. Theodore Guerin, Hamilton Heights, and Westfield. “Both Amelia and Grayson have been playing hockey since they were in elementary school,” assistant team captain and junior John Gangnon said. Amelia also plays junior varsity volleyball for Hamilton Heights, and Grayson is in the Westfield High School marching band. Although both are relatively inexperienced in the ways of high school hockey, head coach John Moore said, “Both

goaltenders have the athletic ability and the competitive desire  that are necessary as  core characteristics for good goalies.” The advantage of having senior goalies, though, in addition to the crucial extra years of development, is the opportunity to see the same teams and players and styles every year. A senior goaltender learns the tendencies of specific shooters and can use that knowledge in preparing for games, Moore explained. As freshmen, Marsh and Henderson undoubtedly lack the experience. “With two senior goalies, the  team tended to take more chances,” Moore said, “… but we are spending a fair amount of practice time on giving the new goalies specific instruction and drills that will exercise a broad range of goaltending skills.” NHC employs Randy Berry, a goalie coach with more than 25 years of experience, to help in the process. “I am really optimistic about how our season will play out,” Moore said. The practice is paying off. NHC reached the semi-finals in the Big Bear Firestorm hockey tournament held Sept. 25 – Sept. 27 in Indianapolis. Their overall 2009-2010 record includes four wins, two losses, and a tie. The team’s next game will be held against Zionsville on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Pepsi Coliseum.

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