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It’s not easy to stop without stepping out of subtle. Some students are more bold, as they your comfort zone and taking on the will of the surge across the cafeteria in hoards, looking you masses. You have to abandon your pride while straight in the eye, knowing they’re about to you stand up for yourself (and those even less rudely insert themselves and twelve of their closfortunate hungry ones behind you) to keep those est friends right in front of you. mobs of pompous lunch-line bulAm I exaggerating? No. lies from delaying your feeding time. One day, instead of stepping While nearly impossible to prevent up and confronting the mobs without making a scene and gambling that assume they carry power in your social ranking by rejecting this numbers, I stayed back. Arms line-cutting epidemic as social norm, crossed, I just stood there and it is easy to detect. observed the pathetic goings-on Some seem so innocent. Maybe in our high school lunchroom they’re just a few loners desperately environment. I kept a running peering up over the line on their tiptotal in my head of each and evtoes in search of… a friend, an acery person who got their lunch quaintance, perhaps just someone before me. I tallied a whopwhose name they know (but that’s not ping 36 shameless cutters in the even completely necessary- they’re Kelsey Ploof homestyle line. just searching for someone who will This may seem pretty hopeallow them to leech onto their stance ploof.kelsey@gmail.com less. In fact, I find it more in the line without impeding their adthan slightly embarrassing. vancement). Just when thoughts of independence, maturity, We’re all guilty of being the enabler. Although and adulthood sneak into my consciousness sometimes mistaking their approach as purely as I anticipate the approaching “real world” affriendly, we should know: they’re just hungry ter graduation, the bell rings for lunch, and I’m and impatient. suddenly surrounded yet again by my so-called However, some acts of line-cutting aren’t this peers resorting to elementary school tactics to get

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Service with a smile should be everyone’s motto when they go out and start volunteering this holiday season. Although it feels like we just got done carving pumpkins and the phrase “trick or treat” may still be stuck in your head, Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. When November rolls around, the temperature isn’t the only thing that changes. The mood does, too. People seem to have made it a trend to volunteer during the holidays, whether it’s for good karma, self-fulfillment, or putting it on a college application. It’s as if the holiday season inspires people to start giving. Some would proudly say that there is no wrong reason to volunteer, as long as the community is benefiting. Others may strongly disagree and believe that one should only volunteer if they truly want to help make a difference. The Mill Stream staff believes that even if you are not volunteering for the ethical, selffulfilling good of the cause, as long as you do your part to help out with a first-class attitude, then everybody wins. Thanksgiving is supposed to be about family and gratitude, and we believe that volunteering with a bad attitude quickly diminishes the holiday spirit. Nobody really wants to be helped by someone who acts like it is the last thing in the world they would want to be doing. If you are planning on going out and lending a helping hand, make sure you’re doing so with good intentions. The National Honor Society requires students to acquire a certain amount of service hours in order to graduate as a member of the society. Community service is supposed to be about getting out and helping other people, but some students will start to see it as an obligation, just another item on their hectic schedule. Although it defeats the purpose of volunteering and students will not get the same experience out of it, required service hours do still make a difference in the community. To volunteer is to offer oneself, or one’s services, for some undertaking or purpose. Nowhere in the definition does it say that a volunteer should not receive anything in return. But as Aesop said, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” He could not have Illustration by Charlie Logsdon been more right.

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their lunch. Embarrassed is the right descriptor as I hear those distant “hey girls!” that aren’t returned as those stereotypical bleach-headed gum-smackers scamper a few spots ahead to stand next to some gum-smacker wannabee. But there is some hope, at least for those of us who have moved past these immature habits. One, we have voices, nicely paired with the right of way. In my experience, when called out, the cutters fold pretty quickly. A questioning glance usually won’t budge their questionable judgment, but a firm-fingered tap on the shoulder followed by a re-direction to the end of the line usually sends them on their way. Two, the school has seemed to put in place a “line monitor” in the Sandwiches and Such line, (although I think it is more necessary in the homestyle line). The fact that we need adults to monitor us is completely ridiculous, though sadly necessary. If the high school population continues to conduct themselves without demonstrating the common courtesy we’re expected to display at the BMV, the grocery store, and amusement parks, then line monitors seem to be the only solution. But please, please, those of you choosing to fill the lines and not pack your lunch, at least pack your manners.

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brown.nathan@gmail.com After hearing the hallway gossip at school and hearing my own friends rant about it at youth group one Sunday, I knew Paranormal Activity had to be on my must-see list. Tales of teenage boys crying and experiencing sleepless nights for a week after seeing it had me on edge. Would I enjoy it? Would I laugh through its poor special effects and over-exaggerated horror moments? Would I tumble out of my already uncomfortable theatre chair in fright? Would it even be scary? Shot in simply a week and needing only $11,000 to shoot, Paranormal needed no gory torture chambers, psychotic evil masterminds, or blood-stained murder weapons to keep its viewers, or victims (me included) on the edge of our seats. The movie is composed of compiled film shot by Micah Sloat and Katie Featherston just after the dating couple has moved in together in Sloat’s San Diego home. Micah begins filming the couples every move after Katie begins experiencing relapse hauntings that she first was introduced to as an eight-year old child. She has

Paranormal Activity is filmed in a homemade, Camcorder-like style. The movie’s total production budget was just over $10,000. strange sightings of figures standing at the foot of her bed, shadows slamming their bedroom door shut, faint whispers in the night calling out for her. The homemade feel of the film gives its viewers a real sense of relatability, leaving them pondering if horrifying events like these could ever

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happen to them. Though setting up the plot and going through Katie’s whole life to give the viewer an idea of why these demons haunt her, the slow paced, sometimes dragging film quickly picks up as the demons get angrier, attack more frequently, and make their presence clearly felt around the house. Sloat and Featherston find they have nowhere to take refuge; no place in or out of the house is safe anymore. Their relationship is severely strained, and they find themselves not only fighting for their own lives, but fighting to keep the other alive, too. As many have heard, the last 15 minutes of the suspense thriller are the creepiest in all of cinema. It will leave you on the edge of your seat, it will leave you staring at the screen, wondering if you really just witnessed what your eyes saw, and it may even steal a frequent gasp, yell, or shrill scream. Paranormal will leave anyone brave enough to test their will with a great scare and one more reason to check around their bed before dozing into a nightmare-laced slumber.

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Jenna Larson larson.jenna@gmail.com At first glance, The Geek Girl’s Guide to Cheerleading looked like everything I hate about high school stereotypes compacted neatly into novel form. The cover reads, “You can take the girl out of the geeks...but can you really take the geek out of the girl?” Cue eye roll. It sounded to me like something I would have picked up in middle school. When I finally decided to try it, it ended up being far from the typical girl-with-original-personality-gets-brainwashed-by-society-and-suddenly-has-friends plot I had expected. Bethany Reynolds has deemed herself a geek girl. Newspaper staff, chess club, debate team, Math League... Bethany and her friends are the nobodies of Prairie Stone High. One day Bethany’s best friend Moni, longing to be noticed, brings up an idea that will shake the school. What if Bethany and Moni try out for the varsity cheerleading squad? Technically, it’s not against any rules. There’s no magic document that deems them ineligible. And since some of the squad’s top girls are banned from cheering this year, things could be different. Bethany goes along with it, thinking the dorky duo doesn’t have the slightest chance of transforming themselves into pom-pom wielding bundles of school spirit donning short skirts. But if it’s not obvious already, anything can happen in the realm of fiction. When the two are added to the squad, Bethany’s comfortable seclusion is compromised as she goes from invisible to the talk of the halls. She can’t hide when she’s forced to parade around the school in purple and gold. Go Panthers? And what happens when she attracts the attention of the school’s star basketball player, Jack Paulson, deemed completely girl-proof? Is he interested in Bethany for her personality, or her uniform? The Geek Girl’s Guide to Cheerleading leaves readers with more than just the tale of an outcast’s makeover. It tells a story representative of the real high school experience— longing for acceptance, heartbreak, and the power of pompoms.

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Musical Working stages a comeback Molly Crump

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Junior Kelsey Vaught prepares for a full makeup and costume dress rehearsal late last week. Vaught plays the part of the hooker in the fall musical Working, which premieres Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium and runs through Sat. Nov. 21.

crump.molly@gmail.com With hundreds of musicals available in the world of theater, it’s unusual to replay a show within just a few years of its original premiere. However, that’s just what the theater department is doing with the musical Working, which was put on five years ago. Working, which is about a diverse group of people and the jobs they have, follows an atypical format, according to acting director Susan Nieten. Instead of scenes where all the characters interact together, individual vignettes (or monologues) make up the majority of the show, with songs blended in. “[Monologues] are like solos,” Nieten said. “Students often just learn monologues for auditioning, and in this show they must perfect them. It’s a whole different side of theater.” Directors Nieten, Angela Resler, David Hartman, Jason Jasper, and Greg Richards chose the show again based on several reasons, one being that it was such a unique style, with the vignettes rather than scenes. Additionally, the musical was well-received by audiences when it came to NHS in 2004, so with a few basic props found in the scene shop, it was decided to bring it back. Nieten said that it was easier to reproduce the musical because she had done it before, and knew the steps it would take from beginning to end. However, she also realized that it would be important to separate the two shows, because some of the same patrons [who came the first time] will return to see it. Senior Taylor Coonce, who sings in the show, views the comeback of Working as a chance to create an essentially new musical, because new cast members bring different perspectives. According to Nieten that with some of the directors being different as well, it puts a new spin on the show. Nearly every visual part of the musical is new, including costumes, set, and choreography. Regardless, Working is unlike any other musical of years past. The show is based on a book by Studs Terkel and was created for the stage by Stephen Schwartz. Junior Kelsey Vaught, who portrays the true story of a hooker, said that while there are a couple big, flashy scenes, this show is much more realistic and simple. “It’s kind of like the indie film of musicals,” Vaught said. “It doesn’t matter who it is, we all have dreams that haven’t worked out,” Nieten said. “We can find a little of ourselves or someone we love in the characters.” Working will show Nov. 19-21, at 7:30 pm in the auditorium.

Organization inspires students to find true joy in giving Gabriella Guy

can be as creative as they want. guy.gabby@gmail.com The last step is taking “Dear Megan, the shoebox to the disMy name is Ochom Ivan and I am 14 tributing center where years old. I am the lucky friend who rethey will send it to the ceived the gift prepared by you. I live in children. No one knows Uganda!” – These are the opening lines where his or her gift is to a letter, which Junior Megan Weis regoing, but there may be ceived from a young boy, whom she sent a chance of knowing if a shoebox of presents and a personal you leave a letter with letter through the Christmas Operation an address. Child organization. After four years and This organization gives children all countless shoeboxes, around the world the chance to receive Weis got a huge shock presents for the Christmas holiday. when she got a letter Around the community many churches back a year later from have participated in the program. One a young boy. That gift such church was White Rock Fellowmade the experience ship, who has supported the organizaeven more rewarding tion for many years, and where students Photo provided by M. Weis for Weis, and this year have had the chance to take part in the she made four boxes to Fourteen-year-old Ochom Ivan stands by his home with his send. program. “Every Christmas we get presents, family in Uganda. Junior Megan Weis received this picture, “It just takes little and I got to thinking and I realized that along with a letter, when she sent Ivan a shoebox through things from my life to there are a lot of kids that don’t get to the Operation Christmas Child organization last year. change another person’s have Christmas. What is $15 to us, that [life],” Weis said. After figuring out the smaller details such can be the greatest joy to a kid?” senior LauIn order to contribute to the organization as what age group and gender to buy for, the ren Scott said. next year, visit http://www.samaritansAfter seeing her church participate in next step is to go shopping for a shoebox or purse.org/index.php/OCC to learn more plastic bin and gifts. According to Scott, it the program, she decided with a little extra and have the oppurtunity to help one child money that she had earned over the year, to really doesn’t take more than $15, and there feel special and happy. is no set list of products to buy, and anyone finally support such an organization.


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THE FIRST GO ROUND A vaccine is available for this specific strand of influenza, however it is limited. Accordin to principal Annetta Petty, the Hamilton County Health Department gave Noblesville 1,500 out of the 10,500 doses available as of Oct. 24. Noblesville had planned on being able to acquire at least 9,000 doses to vaccinate all students and teachers in the school system, but the lack of booster hurt the intention. Permission slips were emailed out to the entire Noblesville Schools Corporation and families were asked to have permission slips the next day for students only. The race was on for families to return the slips under the 1,500 mark, most returning them the same day. On Oct. 24, Noblesville High School was as crowded as ever while 1,500 students Photo by H. Watson awaited their dose of the new A volunteer nurse vaccinates a student during the H1N1 Clinic at NHS. influenza vaccine. Their day Nurse Hosking and the Health Department expected around 400 students consisted of long lines and many checks of medical hisbetween the Main and Freshman Campusesto show up for last Tuesday’s tory to decide whether a shot clinic. or mist was needed for the patient. Children through Alex Gookins nine years of age need two doses for the full effect. NHS nurse Cindy Hosking, was the operations’ chief. She hangookins.alex@gmail.com dled all volunteer nurses, proper vaccination disposing, A swine flu epidemic is hitting our nation leaving fear and registration. All went smoothly as other local school and illness in its path. The Noblesville Health Department systems there observing the process to help their own fuis responding to the issue by setting up multiple vaccina- ture clinics. tion clinics. They want to stress that these clinics are for citizens in the high-risk groups of infection, including but A SECOND CHANCE not limited to toddlers, adolescents, pregnant women and Students were informed Monday, Nov. 9, that if permisthe elderly. sion slips were turned in before the Fall Break release, they According to Center for Disease Control, H1N1 influ- would be receiving the vaccination Tuesday, Nov. 10. The enza is a new strain of the flu virus, and it is spread person Tuesday clinic ran by announcements calling down stuto person by sneezing, coughing, and touching contami- dents who turned in these forms by grade level and last nated objects. Common indicators of this influenza are fa- initial. According to Hosking, around 400 students were tigue, fever, sore throat, muscle aches, chills, coughing, and innoculated that day. sneezing. In reality, swine flu sounds just like the average flu, but it isn’t. The immune system has built up somewhat OTHER OPPORTUNITIES of a resistance to the typical seasonal flu, unlike the H1N1 There is a new course of action in place for the spreadvirus where the immune system has zero immunity. ing illness. The Hamilton County Health Department has

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Thieving in the classroom disappearing Matt Loria loria.matt@gmail.com “I can honestly say that during my time in this building, nothing has ever been stolen from a locked locker.” With that statement Officer Jim Crask tells of the parties at fault, when it comes to classroom thieving. Both parties are at fault, especially with the rule against bringing backpacks and large purses into the classroom. “When students ignore the rules set out for them, such as the backpack and purse rule, bad things happen. When there are purses and book bags lying out in a classroom, the opportunity to steal becomes more available. The urge to steal is so much more powerful when there are such easy targets lying around a classroom,” Officer Matt Johnston said. One such example this school year is the ransacking in the art department. “I had $24 stolen out of my coin purse in class. I had left the bag on my desk, and when I came back, I was missing money,” junior Isis Eynon said. Eynon was not the only student in the classroom to lose her spending cash. Senior Lauren Kesmodel was also a victim. “I had about $70 stolen from me before the incident happened. At the time, I had thought that I just lost it, so I didn’t

report theft. Then (my teacher) came over to me with my purse and $33, and asked if it was mine. I said it was, and the thief was caught. It actually turned out that over $100 in total had been stolen from purses in the classroom,” Kesmodel said. The thefts occurred over a period of about two weeks, but the culprit was suspended in the end. This school year there has been very few reports of theft. Vandalism remains virtually non-existent. “There have been no reports of vandalism this year. That doesn’t mean to say that there isn’t any vandalism occurring. It’s just that nothing has been reported, which is still pretty good,” Johnston said. Some of the school’s teachers have also been noticing this absence of thieving and vandalism. “Now that it’s been mentioned, I haven’t had any students say that they’ve had anything stolen. None of my desks have been vandalized either. It’s pretty amazing that nothings been brought to my attention yet after nine weeks of school, but there really hasn’t been. That’s a good thing though,” math teacher GerPhoto by P. Davis ry Porter said. Johnston also sees where some of the blame lies. personal belongings in a classroom when going to lunch “Any thieving that has occurred this year has been be- is also an issue. Ninety-nine percent of the theft cases in cause of a student’s fault. For example, not locking a locker our school happen because of a student doing one of those is a constant problem in the gym classes, and leaving your things on a frequent basis,” Johnston said.

Early graduation option appeals to seniors

“I think early graduation is good for

There are ten seniors who will get to graduate at the end of the those who feel that high school holds fall semester this year. They will be able to leave high school a little nothing more for them than a place to kill time.” owens.paige@gmail.com sooner than the rest of the seniors. -Senior Steven Verhagen If a student has a definite plan on how they will spend the time from December on, it can be a good thing. If students don’t have a definite plan than they tend to feel disconnected and become unmotivated with so much free time and no schedule or place to be at a regular time, Director of Guidance Anne Kenley said. Kenley also said that it varies on what students do after early graduation. Many go to work to save for college in the fall. Some start college classes “There are a lot of things going “I feel early graduation is a good right away in January and work part time while on senior year. Especiallly in secthing because it gives us a chance others do nothing. Winter graduation may not be ond semester, when everyone is to be more productive.” the best option for every senior but its an appealgetting pumped for graduation.” -Senior Hannah Roberts -Senior Chris Cassidy ing option for those looking to break out of the school atmosphere.

“Taking college classes is more important than taking a bunch of high school electives.” -Senior Ben Stevenson

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Thinking outside the college box Sarah Boyum boyum.sarah@gmail.com Get a high school degree. Go to a good college. Find a high-paying job. The typical life plan laid out before the student today mandates attending a traditional four-year college. The other options beyond college stand in merely as Plan B in case Purdue rejects the application or IU doesn’t give enough scholarship money. However, this onetrack life plan fails to acknowledge the many other post-high school opportunities for students. “Some kids have no desire [to go to college]”, Tami Redden said. Redden is in charge of the co-op program, where students attend school for the first two blocks everyday then hold a regular job for the rest of school day, earning elective credits for hours spent on the job. Some students choose to enter into the

workforce immediately. This option gives them a hands-on experience, possibly shaping an idea of what they’d like to study or pursue in higher education later. According to Redden, the downside is that most jobs are low paying, entry-level jobs, unable to support the person. But, with this real world experience right from the get-go, students learn the value of hard work in keeping a job and managing the newfound independence. Senior Katie Harris is a part of the coop program, holding a job during hours when other students are still in school. Harris works from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at a Creative Campus Child Care. “I’ve always been interested in working with children so I’ve always thought about teaching,” Harris said. She plans to attend college to pursue a teaching degree or she will continue with her day care job, plunging right into the work force.

“[I can] hopefully have a good career with teaching or helping children reach their full potential.” A shortened college experience is another option. A two-year college, or junior college, can be “a gateway to a four year college,” Redden says, offering “general studies” such as English and Math requirements able to be completed before the student enters the four-year to pursue a specific major. Senior Derek McDaniel isn’t quite sure what his future holds but considers Ivy Tech Community College a viable option. “[Ivy Tech is] like a middle step,” McDaniel said, mentioning his intent to possibly transfer to Ball State after completing some requirement courses at Ivy Tech. Vocational schools, such as International Business College and the Art Institute, allow a student to start taking classes toward a major right away instead of dealing with unrelated classes some four-year colleges

require before pursuing classes toward a particular major. This allows a quicker education into a specific major, possibly only two years as opposed to four or more. Instead of alternate training, some just choose to take a year off, a gap year, even after acceptance into college or other training courses. Students might take a year off for traveling or participation in the Peace Corps. The opportunities beyond Purdue and IU- esque colleges are available. Vocational school training is just as helpful in preparing students for a future career as a fouryear experience anywhere else. The route is less important than the destination. Case in point, even if a student chooses to walk down the path of vocational schools or turn down the workforce path instead of following traditional college route, all routes can lead to a successful career. “Either way, I will end up doing what I want,” McDaniel says.


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Waterlogged wins add up for Millers Zach Hopper hopper.zach@gmail.com For many people, swimming may be nothing more than a leisurely activity or a hobby, but for some Noblesville athletes, it is almost a lifestyle, and they take it very seriously. Many school sports have long and trying practices for their respective teams, but not many compare to the rigorous schedule that the swim team faces. The swim team practices six days a week, something not many other sports can say. Practice runs every day except Wednesday before school from 5:30 to 6:50 a.m. and every day after school from 3 to 5 p.m. They also are required to practice on Saturday mornings from 7 to 10 a.m. The schedule may seem unwieldy from the outside, but the team feels as though it is necessary. “The reason for the schedule is to stay competitive,” coach Rich Wolfred said. Noblesville swimming hasn’t always been a competitive program in the state, but recently, and especially last season, the team has become a very competitive team in the state. “We’ve never been the best, but last year was the best we’ve ever done. We got noticed last year,” sophomore Aubrey Kluth said. Wolfred agreed with Kluth. “Our reputation has changed the last couple years. Coaches are telling us that they won’t schedule us because

we’ve gotten too fast,” Wolfred said. believe there are two main reasons. The boys team also feels as though they have become “The practice schedule and our work with Coach Clark better of late. has made a world of difference,” Wolfred said. The swim“A lot of other schools say that mers agree. we’re getting better and that we have “Every team has the the potential to be a good threat this same schedule, but our season. Last year was our best season, coach changed the training, and the practice season helped a lot,” and we’ve started a weights sophomore Tommy Verbrugge said. program,” Kluth said. Right now both teams are ranked, “The practice schedule with the girls coming in at third, and has helped a lot,” Verbrugge the boys at 14th. Both the boys and said. girls teams have very high hopes for As shown by the level of the outcome of this season. success of the previous sea“My expectations are for the girls son and their final rankings team to stay in the top five and for the at the end of last season, boys team to crack the top 10,” Wolboth teams have been more fred said. successful than they ever The swimmers are also very excithave been before. ed about the prospects of this season. Last season, the girls fin“We’re ranked third right now, and Photo by H. Watson ished fifth in the state, and we would like to place at least third at Sophomore Aubrey Kluth swims laps durthe boys finished the season the end of the season,” Kluth said. ranked 14th. According to ing morning swim team practice. Kluth and “This season we want to win secthe rankings, these are two tionals, beat Carmel at state, and place other members practice diligently both in of the best finishes in school season and out, meeting six days a week, in the top three,” Verbrugge said. history. The teams have both improved including four mornings before school. vastly over the last two seasons. They

Student athletes honored for academic achievement: Junior and senior fall sport athletes awarded for academic and athletic achievements, named to Academic All-State lists Girls Cross Country • Meg Bowles “I’ve been coaching for 24 years, and they are consistently ranked among the best scholars. All athletes work hard, but runners tend to bring their academic performanace to their training.” -Coach Dennis Scheele

“I am proud of the efforts of our players on the playing field, but even more so, of their efforts in the classroom. For the second straight year, the Millers placed the most players of any school in the state on the Academic All-State team. The players in our program truly are student-athletes.” -Girls Soccer Coach Mike Brady

Boys Cross Country • Nathan Brown Boys Tennis • Ryan Ferguson (Honorable Mention) • Zach Gentry • Austin Haselhorst “My academic all-state students • Kyle Quakenbush (Honorable Mention) have a balance in life. They are goal-oriented and seem to have a direction toward continued learn- “The first three years of my high school career I made sure to make good use of my time in AL, so I didn’t have ing. I have found the strong student athlete is easier to coach due a lot to do on game nights. This year, I’ve had less to work on, but I’ve still been coming home in the evening to their determination and disciright after practice and getting started on the homework pline.” or studying I had for the evening.” -Coach Kent Graham -Senior Austin Haselhorst

Girls’ Soccer • Paige Byers • Samantha Parrish • Caroline Hender- • Rachel Sinders zahs • Jamie Swafford • Grace Herron • Chrissy Tchoula • Haley Keller • Katie Tchoula • Abby Maxwell • Lauren VanMeter • Charlie Maxwell • Jasmine Wodarz “I have always been a school oriented person, and with the block schedule, I could always plan ahead. Instead of procrastinating on my homework, I finished it the day I got it so that I didn’t have to worry about it after my games.” -Senior Jasmine Wodarz

Girls Golf

• Meghan Potee (Honorable Mention) • Vanessa Hanlin (Honorable Mention) “It has been such an honor coaching these two young ladies over the past four years.” -Coach Mike Abbott


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plan ahead... by Paige Owens

school events NHS Fall Musical Nov. 19-21

Sophomore Scheduling Nov. 23

Thanksgiving Vacation Nov. 25-26

Band Concert Dec. 10

movie releases In Theatres

On DVD

New Moon Nov. 20

Angels and Demons Nov. 24

Blindside Nov. 20

Julie and Julia Dec. 8

Planet 51 Nov. 20

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Dec. 8

Ninja Assassin Nov. 25 Old Dogs Nov. 25

Inglourious Basterds Dec. 15

Murat Theatre Chicago Nov. 20-21

Choir/Orchestra Winter Concert Dec. 8

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cd releases Nov. 23 I Dreamed a Dream Susan Boyle

Dec. 8 Smoke and Mirrors Lifehouse

Widespread Panic Nov. 25

Fame Monster Lady GaGa

Graffiti Chris Brown

Jingle Jam Dec. 9

Rated R Rihanna

Glee: The Music, Vol. 2 Glee Cast

Clowes Hall La Boheme Nov. 20-22

Conseco Fieldhouse Star Wars in Concert Dec. 12

The Nutcracker Dec. 3-6

Murat Egyptian Room Santa Slam Dec. 10

She Wolf Shakira For Your Entertainment Adam Lambert Dec. 1 Untitled R Kelly

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