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Students take risks to do what they love Madi McNew

Whether someone views a risk as jumping off of a building or just trying to make it down a crowded staircase without impaling themselves, risks are always present. Whether good or bad, big or small, risks are taken on a daily basis. Senior Mark Lambert takes risks when it comes to driving race cars. He’s been racing since he was five, and he’s been racing so long that he doesn’t even think about the possible risks anymore.

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Krista Shields adviser

SAT Scores

Improve pg 6

A Day in the Life of B-Rob pg 7

Dr. Oz Meets Noblesville pg 13

Volleyball Q&A with Q&A pg 15

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[the way we see it]

Mill Stream staff editorial

Defining something as “risky” depends on the person who is speaking. What is seen as risky to a teenager is different than what an elderly person would say is risky. The Mill Stream feels that taking risks in the four years you are in high school is a good way to express your courage and your individuality. You never know when an opportunity will come up again, and passing up a once in a lifetime opportunity could be something you regret later in life. Taking risks in high school sets you up to become a stronger person. You can look back one day and say, “I’m really glad I did that,” and not, “I wish I would have tried that just once.” The risk you take does not have to be something dangerous; it could be as simple as making a new friend, asking that boy or girl out or even going out for that club or sport you have always wanted to try. Your risk should not have to be something that could get you hurt or get you killed. For instance, you do not have to be like French high wire artist Didier Pasquette and tightrope 23 stories off the ground. You could simply go tryout for the show choir or the dance team. We encourage you not be afraid to take a risk because you are afraid of what people might think about you. You should not go through life wondering what would have happened if you tried that one thing; you should know what happens. Life does not begin after you graduate high school; your life is now. Although taking risks to better yourself is a good thing, taking risks to show off is not. If you take risks to impress a group of friends or the “love of your life,” you are only hurting yourself. The people who see these risks may only be your friend because of what you did to impress them. That boy or girl you are interested in may only want to be with you because you are “bad” and not for who you really are. We believe that if you try to impress someone with risks, you could lose sight of who you are and possibly do something that could get you seriously hurt. There is a such thing as taking too much of a risk so be careful. Make sure that the risk you take are smart choices and not something that you could be taken for jail for. For example, three American hikers are being in Iran going on 14 months now because they crossed over into Iran without permission. Although this is not a terrible risk, not checking to make sure what you are doing is safe is the biggest risk you could take. No matter how big or small the risk is you are taking, be sure that what you are doing will not get you into any amount of trouble. The risks that you take today could change what happens to you tomorrow. Just remember that taking a risk is a good thing no matter how big or how small it is as long as it is for a good reason. Just make sure you are staying safe, bringing protective gear for the more extreme risks and above all, having fun.

Risky Business

By Abraham Echarry

Feels awfully breezy in a skirt

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I took a deep breath before getting out of my car. I looked into my rearview mirror and saw the pointing and chattering behind my car. Before I looked away from my mirror, I saw my reflection. I couldn’t contain the goofy grin that emerged. As I opened my door, bursts of laughter erupted from a mob of fellow seniors. I adjusted my skirt, gave the group a seductive wink, and thought to myself, “How in the world did this happen?” The last year of high school. Senior year. I had decided at the end of my junior year that I wanted to make my senior year count. Instead of hesitating like in years past, I would jump at these, now, “last chance” opportunities. The feeling of being a senior really set in around Homecoming. It was at that time

that I realized it was my last. My last homecoming football game, homecoming dance, homecoming parade, and mini-Olympics. And my last chance to be a powder puff cheerleader. It was not a thought-out decision. In fact, I’m glad it wasn’t. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have done it. But I can honestly say that it was more fun than I ever thought possible. Something about putting on a cheerleading uniform, makeup, and a wig made me feel as if I was fulfilling my goal for senior year (even if it did include feeling slightly less like a man). I have never had so many comments from strangers. It was an awesome experience to be recognized and applauded merely for looking and acting like a goof (if that was the case all the time, then I’d be a

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celebrity). ville Miller. Make it count. Participate. Show In between school spirit. Get out of your chants of “we are dycomfort zone. Trust me when I namite” and skipping say it’s a rush. around the sidelines, It doesn’t have to be anyI realized that I was thing big, but in the future, you actually having fun. don’t want to look back and reIt wasn’t so much that gret this year. Go out for a spot I enjoyed looking like on a sports team or an academic a fool, but more that team. Repair old friendships. I enjoyed participatAsk out that crush you’ve had ing in something that since elementary school. I knew I would only Who knows, one day these do once in my lifesmall events may shape a bigger Matt Loria time (hopefully). part of our lives than we origiWhat I’m get- nally thought. ting at is this: don’t hide, shine. Seniors, this is your very last year as a true Nobles-

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Stuck in AL Navar Watson

Call it like it is

Katie Souders Racism is a heavy word that carries a great deal of emotional baggage and leaves those who speak of it uncomfortable and self-aware. It’s incredible how this one word can hold so much power and how it can influence certain situations. Racism is a controversial topic and is usuall one-sided, which is how reverse racism tipically comes into play. According to, racism is an irrational bias towards members of a racial background. The bias can be positive or it can be negative; but in order to qualify as racism, the bias must be irrational,

it cannot have a factual basis for preference. Reverse racism is described, as the act of racism against a majority, but isn’t that just racism itself? People use the term to refer to circumstances where whites are being discriminated against. Why is that any different than when an African American person is discriminated against? Or a Latin American? Or an Asian American? As far as I’m concerned, white/ Caucasian is still a race; therefore ,being biased towards a white person is racist. The idea of racism cannot be reversed. It is what it is no matter to whom it’s towards. It’s not fair that minorities can stand up for their race and defend ,it but whenever a majority tries to defend theirs, they are viewed

as being racist. Reverse racism is an insulting and hypocritical term, and even a little racist itself. When a group of people is being racist towards another group, it does not matter what ethnic background each group identifies with. We all seek acceptance within society and sometimes at the expense of other nationalities; however, this “expense of other nationalities” should not be based off of who is classified as a majority or a minority. The concept of reverse racism is a false one at best. To blatantly put it, if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it’s a duck.

Speak face to face Jayde Klave You’re sitting in English, hands in your lap, thumbs zooming to finish the text before your teacher looks up. You’re “typing a paper” on Facebook chat when mom asks you what you’re doing. Our generation has become consumed by virtual communication to a ridiculous extreme. Texting, Facebook, chat rooms, Myspace, AIM, Twitter, and now Skype. Most of my friends are uncomfortable with the idea of a face-to-face confrontation. “I mean, what’s the point when I can just write on her Facebook wall?” Texting is an obsession taken on by most preteens, teens, and young adults in America today; Facebook status updates have become “vital for survival;” and tweeting every relocation throughout the day is completely necessary. Virtual communication should be eliminated completely from our grips before our brains disintegrate and the advancement of our species halts. Cell phones must be prohibited; Facebook needs to be shutdown forever; and Skype cameras should be banned. We should write letters through snail mail, and read newspapers instead of forwarding texts. Chat rooms will be closed, Myspaces will be deleted, and Twitters untweeted. This way, face-to-face communication will be forced upon us. Okay, okay obviously, banning these things is not a logical solution. Still, something must be done to pry the phones and laptops away for a nice, real life conversa-

tion. You may be surprised at how much facial expressions can add to a conversation. Hearing real laughter may confuse you at first to not sound specifically like “haha” or how you imagined someone’s “lol.” To hear the fluctuation and feeling in someone’s tone or to actually hear yelling instead of reading all caps will be refreshing. Think about how long it’s been since you spoke to that friend or asked your boss personally for next Friday off instead of emailing him. Step away once in a while and leave the phone at home. Be in the moment, you never know what tomorrow holds. Recently, my family found out that my little sister has relapsed. After five months of being cancer- free, this was very unexpected. All I could think about was how many texts and Facebook messages I could have traded for face-to-face conversations with her. It made me realize how important real memories are. Making real memories is something most of us take for granted, as we are so caught up in what is going on somewhere else that we neglect what’s going on right in front of our eyes. Sometimes we are so focused on talking to people that are somewhere else that we forget to talk to the people right next to us. Our lives are subject to change at all times. We are vulnerable to life’s ups and downs. Sometimes when you least expect it, your life gets turned upside down. So enjoy where you are, when you are, and whom you’re with while you can.

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Eavesdropping at its funniest “Public service announcement: don’t eat your cell phone.” -German III “I don’t know why you try to act like you don’t love me too.” -English “Learn your noises!” -Sophomore Cafeteria “I fell asleep with long-sleeved shoes.” -Student Services “That sound-it sounds like someone’s choking a pterodactyl.” -Academic Lab “Tell your dog I say, ‘Shut up.’” -Sociology “We always take normal situations and make them awkward.” -Athletic Hall “Bibbitty, boppitty, lemons! Fresh lemons for all!” -Cafeteria “You know, babies are a lot like aliens.” -AP Drawing “I’m like Walt Disney...I create magic everywhere.” -Athletic Hallway



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“Legend of the Guardians,” a hoot! Quinn Reiff Upon seeing a trailer for Legend of the Guardians: Owls of Ga’Hoole, I thought: A movie about owls? That fight with intricate metal armor? How unrealistic, owls would not be able to fly with all that weight. How will they make this work? Trust me, they do. Legendary director of 300, Zack Snyder, integrates what he knows best: fights scenes, as seen through the random slow-motion slow-downs during said fights. Of course, it is more of a kids’ movie and there are quirky and humorous parts, but certainly nothing to deter you from this animated film. This movie (rated PG), however, was a big change from the blood and gore filled rated “R” movies like Dawn of the Dead and Watchmen that Snyder has traditionally done in the past, [which I think enables him to focus on putting the words of Kathryn Lasky and her first three of fifteen Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole books, that the movie was based on, onto the big screen.] The story follows a young and inquisitive barn owl that “trusts his gizzard” named Soren, and his flawed, slightly jealous brother Kludd. The two have obvious differences and Kludd seems resentful for that, as well as his brother being a better flyer. They are then kidnapped by a group of villainous owls thought to be extinguished long ago called the Pure Ones after falling out of their tree. The Pure ones are driven by the vile, infamous Metal Beak who looks to create an army to rival the Guardians: the noble, mythological owls known to most as legend, but come in time of great need. The Pure Ones begin to “moon-blink” all the young owls that they capture. Which is a process that brainwashes owls to walk like zombies and do whatever they are told. When Soren catches on to their plan, he and his new

friend Gylfie, a brave little owl he meets in the lair of the Pure Ones, they have to follow along with the group and look for a way to escape. Once given a chance to flee, Soren and Gylfie try to leave with Kludd, who decides to stay with the Pure Ones after he is given praise for what he thinks is the first time in his life. Soren then meets his ragtag crew of friends along the way. The first being Gylfie, then Digger, a spazzy burrowing owl that provides the comic relief in serious situations as well as his partner in crime a wise old lute-playing owl named Twilight who happened to catch Mrs. P Soren’s “family nanny” of sorts, a blind snake who was mistaken for dinner. Together the group sets off to find the fabled Guardians of Ga’Hoole in order to save the owl civilization from the Pure Ones. The special effects in this movie are absolutely stunning and the 3D can only add more to the excitement. The ambiance and environment are what blew me away. Scenes with rain pouring in slow motion almost drag your attention away from the movie. Amazing aerial stunts, flying fight scenes, and the 3-Demintional forces of nature combine to make one heck of a ride. Well done, Mr. Zack Snyder and the crew that brought me Happy Feet, I applaud your work on The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole with an 8 out of 10 for visual effects and awesome owl combat.

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Wire-walking feat inspires award-winner Alejandra Coar High above the great city of New York, a young man balances on a wire barely wide enough to stand on. As his feet inch forward, cameras and video recorders followed and captured every minute of it. In the Sundance Film Festival Documentary Man on Wire, Frenchman Phillipe Petit chose to take the plunge and pursue his goals, despite the risk of failure. His dream of walking of a wire between the then-incomplete Twin Towers caused Petit to make his mark in the rich history of New York City. The movie is filmed in a heist style similar to that of the Ocean’s Eleven remakes, taking testimonies from Petit himself as well as his “accomplices” that aided him through his adventure across the towers. I’m not one for documentaries, but this one in particular I found interesting and thought-provoking. In a combination of recounts by Petit himself and clever reenactments to move the story along, this documentary plays out more like a true crime flick than a video handselected by history teachers daring students to doze off in class. Footage from Petit’s past is wound throughout the film, giving the documentary a personal feel that is not normally present in such films. The movie flips back and forth between Petit and his team breaching the still-incomplete Twin Towers and Petit’s

eight months of planning, cutting each off at crucial moments, causing me to curse the film editor for his love of cliff-hangers. I found myself holding my breath as Petit and his accomplices hid from the tower’s security by crowding beneath a small tarp in the corner of the room, barely daring to even breathe. Petit’s venture across towers and buildings were entrancing to watch. The grace and absolute concentration seen through authentic footage is like nothing that can be seen anywhere else. The story itself moved along at a decent pace, telling the story as it happened, while also sprinkling in bits of humor and suspense. Petit recalls a moment that while surveying the Twin Towers, he punctured his foot on a nail, putting him in crutches. With a sly smile, he recalled the ease at which a foreign man with no worker i.d. could move in and out of the building as he pleased whilst on crutches. As the team reminisced on the event itself, suspense filled every reenacted frame of the documentary. The tense moments and close calls pulled me into the action by the collar and refused to let go. With a normal movie-watching experience, I would flee from documentaries like a vampire from sunlight. Man on Wire, however, supplied me with a refreshing twist that I didn’t expect. A drama, suspense, and heist movie rolled into one award-winning film; who could ask for a better movie?

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As I Lay Dying...reading this book If one doesn’t mind reading about smelly, decaying bodies that have vultures circling around them, intrigue over a grown man’s paternity, flat out insanity, and a not-so-bright girl that got herself pregnant while picking cotton, As I Lay Dying is the book for you. As I Lay Dying was written and published in 1930 by William Faulkner. Faulkner is considered a classic American author, which I think is an accurate public opinion. His novel has recently been read and discussed in the senior AP Lit/Comp class. A unique feature of Faulker’s writing that I really liked is his streamof-consciousness style. The chapters are not expository but rather told from the thoughts of the various main characters. Each chapter has a different main character as narrator, as well. Many of the things that the characters say are confusing. At times you’ll have absolutely no idea what is going on and you’ll want to throw the book into a trash bin, but if you read on you’ll find out what’s happening. This is another unique feature of Faulkner novel--patience is rewarded. As someone who has always needed to be challenged, I admired this. The stream-of-consciousness style that Faulker used gets you to really get to know the characters--they don’t have perfect grammar and most of the time their thoughts are either idiotic, very dark, or just plain crazy. This honesty of the human mind and how it works is one of the best parts of the book and an original method of writing that I greatly respect. Also, don’t expect to be cheering for any single character by the end of the novel. Each family member has his or her faults, like any normal human being, and there is no clear protagonist or antagonist. To be completely honest, as I was reading I only wanted Addie to get in the ground and for the story to get over with. In my opinion, the novel would read extraordinarily slowly for the average reader and it can be rather boring at some points. However, the

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message that the novel brings forth is worth the mental exercise. This is a book that makes the brain hurt, and to be cliché, where there is no pain there is no gain. If you find a quiet corner to read you’ll be pulled into the world of the Bundrens’ and won’t be able to stop reading until Addie finally gets buried. Although it’s a challenging piece and it doesn’t have a stimulating setting, come on, toughen up, take a risk, and read this novel. Your much stronger brain will thank you. Graphic by R. Cox

My grand venture Into the Wild Into the Wild is a beautifully written nonfiction account of the life of Chris McCandless, a well-off young man who decided to abandon everything material to trek off into the wilderQuite a few seniors have been assigned to ness. Anyone reading Into the Wild will be fasread John Krakauer's Into the Wild, but only I (a cinated by McCandless' plight and drawn into mere junior) decided to pick up of the book of the inner workings of his life. my own accord. It was an excellent choice on McCandless' character draws my part, I discovthe reader in and absolutely reered as I got into fuses to let go. An aura of fascithe novel. nation lingers around him--why The journaliswould he abandon a good life tic style used in for the wild? What drove him Krakauer's bestto take such risks? What was he seller might enthinking? courage many of The novel does a surpristhe senior readers ingly good job of answering to forgo actually these pressing questions. The reading the book in-depth interviews with many and to use Sparof those who knew McCandless kNotes instead, (both throughout the span of his but honestly, it life and only in the last year or caught my attenso of it), excerpts from McCandtion. Of course, I less' personal journals, and highmay be biased, as lighted and marked excerpts a journalist, but I from books McCandless owned don’t think that’s all combine to show a stunning it. Its style makes insight into the mind of the conthe novel's nearly fusing young McCandless. outlandish conThis novel shows an intense, tents much more in-depth view of McCandless' readable than a Photo from life, and of the events that led him personal narrative to his death. While not entirely chronologiwould have, as well as capturing the stunning cal, the storyline captures the reader’s imagibeauty of the story while eliminating the un- nation and holds a strong personal connection necessary clutter.

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to McCandless and those who knew him. As the book chronicles McCandless' seemingly simple path through life and his controversial adventures through the wilderness, it becomes almost chilling in making his radical views so reachable and understandable. McCandless encouraged his friends, including a man in his 80s named Ronald Franz who indeed did take McCandless’ advice, to abandon civilized life and come tramping on the road and in the wilderness. And he encouraged this quite persistently and vehemently. While reading this book, one can understand why. It almost makes the reader want to live out of a backpack himself, almost makes the reader willing to throw their cash into a pile and light it afire, just like McCandless did in a stunning display of rebellion against society and its materialistic values. Not only does Krakeur follow McCandless' life, he also draws parallels between McCandless and himself, and McCandless and other wanderers, that shows striking similarities and a yearning for pureness. The reader sees the romanticized beauty of the world and most importantly the wilderness through the eyes of McCandless while he treks on his own, sees and feels the excitement and depression of his life, sees the adventure and the pitfalls, and ultimately sees McCandless' tragic death by starvation. If you're in for a novel you can emotionally connect to deeply, and if you’re looking to really understand another person's life, Into the Wild is perfect for you.

reviews 5 Not exactly a teenage dream... Carlie Jordan You’re going to want to put your hands on Katy Perry’s new hit CD, Teenage Dream. With songs overflowing with all the diverse sides of love and love lost, this CD is not half bad. You’ll picture Taylor Swift’s heartbreak lyrics, with a crazy, new beat when listening to songs like “Pearl”, “The One That Got Away”, and “Not Like the Movies.” The three best songs on the album for girls to relate to, in my opinion. Katy shows her true colors with chart toppers “California Gurls” and “Teenage Dream”; both have a remix on the CD that will have you addicted all over again. Along with new songs including “Circle the Drain” and “Hummingbird Heartbeat.” “Circle the Drain” focuses more on a break up, while “Hummingbird Heartbeat” sends the same message as “Teenage Dream.” However, not all songs on Teenage Dream are as memorable or exciting, for instance “Peacock.” Although it’s difficult to say what went wrong, I don’t think you’re supposed to assume the entire song is a joke. Which is exactly what it turns out to be. Is it perverse or funny? I can never tell. “I wanna see your peacock… Are you brave enough to let me see your peacock?” You’ll have to listen and decide for yourself on that one, because it definitely leaves me speechless. “E.T.” and “Last Friday Night” on the other hand, surprised me with unheard of instruments when it comes to pop. It was refreshing to hear a bit of jazz flowing through the music’s background. Overall, Teenage Dream is about worth 3 ½ out of 5 stars. I guess I just had higher hopes for Perry’s newest release, seeing as I was a fan before the debut. No fans lost, yet no fans gained this time around. As long as pop is your thing and you don’t mind strongly suggestive lyrics; because majority of the songs are just that, then this is one purchase you won’t regret.



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TAB plans lock-in, could use more teens Jenna Larson Not many teens would readily admit to hanging out at the library in their free time. However, the Hamilton East Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board proves a proud exception. The group of teens and advisor Jackie Humphrey meet at the library from 7 to 8 pm in the TeenZone on the first Tuesday of every month. They’re in charge of planning events for the library. “The TAB members not only help plan teen programs but they also help out during the events including some in the childrens department,” Humphrey said. “My main goal is to help provide a comfortable area in the TeenZone for teens to read, study, play and create. The TAB helps us do that.” “Sometimes we choose game nights or movie nights. We get to decorate the TeenZone for holidays,” junior Kate L’Heureux said. “We mostly just think of new things to do.” Recently the TAB put together a BGTY (Be Good to Yourself) Night, an event which brought the atmosphere of a spa to the library. “A local salon came and gave free haircuts, makeup makeovers and skin care analysis. We also had a nutritionist come with samples of healthy snacks and a

yoga instructor taught a few stress relieving yoga poses,” Humphrey said. More events are coming up in which teens may take part. “We’re currently planning to have a lock-in in the next couple of months. We’ll have games, activities and of course a lot of food,” she said. The TAB, after many years of planning library events, still encourages new members to join. “All of us got together in eighth grade. There were signs up and we were interested, so we showed up at the meeting,” junior and current TAB president Rosemary James said. “We’re all friends,” L’Heureux said. And the TAB invites more students to join the library community. “We can always use new memPhoto by J. Larson

A day in the life of: B-Rob (aka Mr. Robins) Katie Souders

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You may have see him in class or supporting our athletes at a sporting event, as he is both a teacher and an avid Miller fan. He is commonly referred to as B-Rob, but others may know as Mr. Robins. He was born in the small town of Milan, Indiana, but picked up a Chicago accent from his friends. During his 24 years teaching at NHS, political science hasn’t been B-Rob’s only forte, he taught yearbook, journalism, and even newspaper. To prove that he’s good at what he does, he won the Journalism Teacher of the Year award in 1998. When summer rolls around and classes aren’t in session anymore, Mr. Robins enjoys to spend his time traveling. “I usually travel in the summer. I would love to go in October but it’s hard with school. I started traveling overseas in 1993, I did seven countries in fifteen days. I’ve been on the go ever since.” “I’ve been to a lot of places in Europe; Italy, Turkey, Greece, France, Britain, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Netherlands, Belgium, and Egypt. I haven’t been to Scandinavia or Russia.” “I read Eyewitness Guide to get ready for my trips. But I normally find things when I’m lost or just walking around. I do use Itineraries though, I prefer structure and routine.” Having been to a plethora of countries, B-Rob still has a long list of others he’s yet to make an appearance in.

bers,” she said. “Teens can come check out a meeting and if they decide they’d like to join, I have a short application they fill out,” Humphrey said. “It’s a really fun time,” James said. In addition to being able to join the TAB, students may also participate in the library’s book club. “Almost everyone on TAB is in the book club,” James said. “We all like to read a lot.” Members of the book club meet at the library on the last Thursday of every month and have a new book each time they get together. Everyone reads either the same book or different books of the same genre. Students interested in learning more about events at the library are encouraged to visit

Freshman Claire L’Heureux gets to work at a recent meeting with fellow TAB members. The teens made decorations for the library to use for Halloween.

“I really want to go to Machu Picchu, Peru, Thailand, Inca Civilization, and China to see the Great Wall and Imperial City. Although I’m kind of worried about visiting China because I don’t like Chinese food. I’ll have to go to McDonalds all the time.” “Some people have a problem going back to places they’ve already been too, but I love it. In 2013 I’m planning on going back to Egypt and actually going inside the Great Pyramids.”

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NHS continues to score higher on the SAT

College. It can be difficult, but it’s definitely an important part of being successful in life. Doing well in high school is important, but doing well on the SAT and or ACT is equally important. In the past three years, Noblesville students have been performing higher on each subject on the SAT than the rest of Indiana. From 2009 to 2010, Indiana has gone down two points in reading, while Noblesville has gone up twelve points in the same subject. Superintendent Dr. Libby Conner feels that the increase is a combination of both bright students and educational opportunities such as SAT prep classes offered at Noblesville that increases the scores. As for Noblesville schools, doing well on SAT scores are always a good thing because it makes Noblesville more attractive to potential residents and businesses, according to Conner. NHS Principal Annetta Petty said that the SAT scores help show where NHS needs to improve. “We use our students’ performance on SAT as a measure of the success of our curriculum and instruction. Improved SAT scores in recent years reflect changes we have made in emphasizing writing and reading comprehension in all subject areas,” Principal Annetta Petty said. Some students feel that the SAT is really important and stressful, while other students don’t really feel the need to study for it. Freshman KateLin Doyle says that the SAT is intimidating to her because there’s so much writing, but it’s really important because colleges look at the scores. Doyle plans to take some prep classes and study a lot to prepare for taking the SAT. Senior Nick Foster says that the most difficult part of the test was waking up at 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday and going to school to take it. He thinks the ACT is important as well. “If you do well on them, they could kinda help beef up your applications and stuff like that,” Foster said. He plans to take the SAT again in November of 2010. Dates to take the SAT include October 9, November 6, December 4, January 22, March 12, May 7, and June 4. October 9, January 22, and May 7 are being held at NHS. Other information on the SAT can be found at

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(Continued from cover) “I’ll risk anything when it comes to racing,” Lambert said. However, Lambert is more cautious when it comes to school and driving. “I’m a little safer on the streets,” Lambert said, laughing. Which is good for him, because he said that racers, or risk takers in general, could get a reputation easily. Lambert believes taking risks can be beneficial if one is smart about them. He adds that one should always think things through beforehand, one can’t go around doing stupid things because people may look up to him or her. Lambert is one of the few teenagers on the East Coast that drives racecar and hopes that his risk taking will lead him to a job that involves racing, especially in the NASCAR league. Lambert races once or twice a month with the Champion Racing Association. Locally, he races at the O’Riley Raceway Park and the Anderson Speedway. His car is basically the same as a NASCAR car. It is a Chevy that has a 600 horsepower motor and not a lot of breathing space inside. “You could get claustrophobic if you weren’t used to it. A lot of safety is involved,” Lambert said. Right now, Lambert is sponsored by NAPA in Westfield and Family Tire in Noblesville. A n other student who takes risks to do something he loves is senior Connor Feeney, who is currently in training to become a pilot. It takes 40 hours of flight time to receive a pilot license. Most of the time is with an instructor, but students also need some solo flying time logged. Feeney has always been interested in planes, and he said that he wanted to fly because it was something different to do that takes skill. His first flight, called the Discovery Flight, was half an hour long. The student only takes the controls for a few minutes during their first flight. The flight is mostly used to find out if the student will be able to handle flying. Feeney flies a DA20, also known as the Diamond Eclipse. He doesn’t see himself as that much of a risk taker because there are fewer plane crashes than there are car crashes. “All planes are gliders, so the odds of crashing are less than car crashes. There’s always a potential risk, but it’s safe if you take the right precautions,” Feeney said. He compared getting used to the plane’s instrument panel and flying to driving a car. “Every time you fly, you’re kind of scared, but then you realize it’s pretty safe,” said Feeney. If something does go wrong, it all comes down to judgment. Connor doesn’t know if he wants to fly with passengers or not. “People’s lives are in your hands, but if you do what you were trained to do, you’ll be fine,” Feeney Above photo: said. Seniors Evan Bray and Dave Bresich mid-ha He is currently trying to keep his options open because there are so many career options when it Bray and Bresich participate in a sport known a comes to aviation. “Flying planes is the best thing in the world. So much thought goes into it, but it’s so natural when tious activity, which invloves the participants to you get used to it,” Feeney said. geous and creative manner. Another reckless activity, that is not quite as rare, is skydiving. Junior Katie Raun went skydiving Raun said that it depends whether taking r for her sixteenth birthday. She has also been a copilot in her grandfather’s plane. “If it’s life threatening, NO! Good risks are Raun said that she does not see herself as a risk taker at all. “Those things were fun things to do, and I didn’t see it as risky. At first, I was so nervous,” Raun said. bad if you are forced into it, but if it turns out that y Raun also enjoys skiing, which is daring be “Once you’re falling, you feel free, and it all goes away.” When she got the chance to be a copilot, it came out of the blue. Her grandfather was flying the plane and get hurt, but she wants to try it. Raun also said that risks can take you farthe and asked her if she wanted to be a copilot and fly with him. He then left her by herself so he could go use the on,” like becoming an Olympian. restroom.

Sophomore Corey Konyshak

“I jumped off of a bridge.”

Junior Shannon Williams

Sophomore Lauren Bechara

“I licked fundip off the side of the road.”

“I jumped in front of a moving train with my friend, Erika.”

Sophomore Ge

“I flipped pilars ou sch

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andstand at the Noblesville Intermediate School. as parkour. An extremely physical and rambunco go from point A to point B in the most outra-

risks is valuable or not. e something that you feel that you need to experience. It’s you like it, then it’s a good risk,” Raun said. ecause you jump off of a ramp and do flips. It’s risky to fall

er in life “if it’s a risk you’re willing to make a career move

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d off of the utside of the hool.”

Most people cringe at the mere thought of climbing up walls, leaping off buildings, and vaulting off random tall objects. But not those who practice parkour—they embrace it with open arms. Parkour is far from a widespread or popular sport. In fact, it’s relatively new to the public. Parkour was started in the early 1900s but spread to the public’s consciousness in recent years. It’s essentially defined as the fastest way to get from one point to another. Parkour participants (called traceurs) usually get inspired to start by television clips or internet videos. These spark their interest, and then they take the initiative to get started. “I saw parkour on tv one time, to be honest. I always thought I liked dangerous stuff, and it gave me this huge adrenaline rush,” senior Geordan Williamson said. “I saw it on tv and thought it was cool, so I looked up videos on the internet, and I found the Ultimate Parkour Challenge,” senior Evan Bray said. However, parkour can also draw some people with its form. “[Parkour] just seemed like a disciplined and focused form of exercise. It’s kept me interested longer than other sports,” sophomore Aundrea Jones said. As much as parents of traceurs say that parkour is a meaningless excuse for recklessness, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Parkour is based in intense principles and skills. According to Wikipedia’s article on parkour, principles involved in parkour involve energy, firmness, courage, coolness, benevolence, honesty, assistance, and honor, and physical skills focus on muscles and breathing. But take it from traceurs, there are more practical interpretations. “You need to learn to be comfortable with your actions. You need to have good coordination, and know your limits. But you don’t have to be muscular, just do it. Your instincts will make you grab that bar, or stick that landing,” Bray said. While Williamson agreed on the value of knowing your limits, Jones said that you need more than that. She cites balance, coordination, focus, and endurance, as well as upper and lower body strength as key components needed to be a traceur. “You really need to condition beforehand if you’re serious about [parkour],” Jones said. “I practice a lot…doing simple tricks for working out and advanced ones to further my skills,” Williamson said. “I just do parkour whenever. It’s not something I practice all the time,” Bray said. Parks, oddly enough, seem to be the favorite place to start and continue parkour, along with spots like backyards, old abandoned places, and playgrounds. These places tend to have plenty of obstacles for traceurs to work with and try new moves on. “It’s fun to find new obstacles and let your imagination find things to do,” Bray said. In a sport where young people take such huge risks as parkour involves, use their imaginations to come up with difficult tricks, and perform moves with names like the speed vault, wall up, pop vault, monkey, and horizontal wall run, it’s not too difficult to imagine the resulting injuries. Traceurs acknowledge that injuries do occur, but surprisingly, not as often as people would think. “I’ve messed up my ankle, but…sometimes if you don’t know your limits, you will get hurt,” Williamson said. “You will fall and get hurt some, and yeah, you’ll bruise. I have a few scars myself. But for the most part, your instincts will catch you. When I first started parkour, I was thinking, Why am I jumping off a perfectly good roof? But one foot’s off the edge, and there’s no turning back,” Bray said. Injuries are probably one of the major deterrents that keep newcomers away from this sport, but traceurs encourage parkour newcomers to take the first step despite their fears. “Getting people started is the most difficult. For some reason, they get up to the edge of that first obstacle and they just can’t. You’ll start off scared and looking stupid, but everyone does. Keep at it,” Bray said.

Junior Keith Harris

“I drove on the wrong side of the road.”

Sophomore Katrina Villa

“I jumped out of a moving car.”

Junior Austin Mulvaney

“I ding-dong ditched a cop”


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Pippin: Behind the Scenes Theatre Productions class creates fall play’s set

Sidney Huber Photo essay by Madi McNew

This year the theatre productions class has been assigned the job of building the set. They spent about one week studying Pippin, then went right into putting together the set. Students in the theatre productions class will spend about six weeks of class time and after school time finishing the set. “The set’s really cool; we’re doing a lot of painting, gluing, and stapling. It’s eventually going to be a lot of work,” junior Mallory Edmundowicz said.

Isis Eynon uses a measuring square to measure out angles for her Pippin sign. The signs, made with a projector and a wooden flat, will be used to transition parts of the play.

Right now the set is just a big castle, but there’s been talk of a lot of smoke and pyrotechnics later on. The show calls for a lot more special effects than they’ve ever done before. “The building of the set is going very well- it’s a good play and we’ve got a lot of dependable, really good workers,” Mr. Richards, producer, said. Richards and the theatre productions class have been putting a lot of work into making Pippin happen, and agree that it will be a fantastic show. The main cast members include Jon Chaudion as the Main Player, Evan Slusher as Pippin, Molly Grooms as Catherine, Nik Haney as Lewis, Aaron Corbett as Theo, Isaac Hero as Charles, Abby Kim as Berthe, and Kelsey Vaught as Fastrada.

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The mohawk makes a dramatic return

Navar Watson

Beth Chambers Photos by S. Huber

There are two definitions for the word “mohawk.” There is the hairstyle, and there is the indigenous, Iroquoian group of North American Indians once living beside the Mohawk River hundreds of years ago that surely everyone thinks of when they hear of the word “mohawk.” Probably not. Though history teachers may object, the name “mohawk” is mostly thought of as the popular hairstyle that was once worn in the 1980’s by famed musicians and punk rock fans. Many say the mohawk died with its correlating music genre in the early nineties. Some say, however, that the mohawk has recently been gaining back the reputation it once had two and a half decades ago. Actors and sports celebrities worldwide have been seen wearing the casual faux-hawk, and students around Noblesville High

School and Hamilton County have been seen rocking the hawk too, but why is this? Most noticeably seen at Noblesville High School is the attention-getting hairstyle worn by Sophomore Beth Chambers. Her striking pink mohawk draws attention in the hallways, sparking up dozens of comments. Chambers did not get her mohawk in order to show the soul of the age of punk rock. It was simply a bet between her and her father this past summer on the subject of rugby. If she made the team, she ought to get a mohawk. Needless to say, she made the team. “I was afraid of what it’d look like,” Chambers admitted but later said it turned out nicely, having received comments from “I like it” to “Girl, your hair looks like a hot mess.” Chambers shared that mohawks only work on certain people, so not everyone can get one. Junior Crystal Bolden, who does not sport a mohawk but had strongwords and thoughts to say about them, agreed with Chambers’ statement. Bolden personally does not favor the hairstyle. “They’re good for Halloween, but that’s it. “Some people can pull it off, and if someone chooses to wear a mohawk, it’s their choice. I won’t judge.” “(Mohawks) represent individuality,” Bolden said. She believes that people wear them for different reasons, and most of the time, those reasons are not to symbolize punk or rock-and-roll but one’s uniqueness. Either that, or football. For the past few years, it has been a tradition for Noblesville football players to get mohawks at the beginning of every new school year. Not many students here at Noblesville High School are aware of why the football players wear mohawks. Even some of the football players do not know. Junior Erik Forbes, a football player, admitted himself that he did not know why it is a tradition to wear a mohawk. “I just do it ‘cause the seniors do.” Forbes said. Senior Riley Harden and some of his fellow teammates came up with the “tradition” during their sophomore year. Current seniors Rhett Glubka and Connor Sullivan also helped in creating this tradition with Riley Harden two years ago. “We made it a tradition and kept it up every year,” Harden said. “It’s just something we do. It keeps us together as a team—draws us closer to each other.” Whether it’s football, individuality, or simply a bet, mohawks have attracted quite the amount of attention in the recent past. The question now lies on how this anomalous ‘do will influence students and staff of Noblesville High School and Hamilton County as whole.



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Completing passes to “clothe a child” Ainee Jeong

er flag football game: Noblesville boys vs. members of the male faculty and Noblesville police department. This year’s senior Pow“This is the sixth year that we’ve der Puff girls will relive a done the Clothe-a-Child game,” businight of flag pulling, ball ness foundations teacher and event orfumbling, and accidental ganizer Mr. Dan Nicholson said. “But tackling on Oct. 20, at Hare it’s the first year we’ve had the Powder Chevrolet Field. Puff girls go against a different But this time, senior school’s team.” quarterback Ellen Forkner This annual game raises money won’t be facing the friendly to be donated to the Clothe-a-Child faces of Noblesville juniors. organization. All raffle and admisInstead, she’ll be running sion funds go directly to the charplays against the senior ity. Powder Puff team of Ham“Officer Johnston had this idea ilton Heights. And she’s exas a way to raise funds through the cited. Noblesville Fraternal Order of Po“We’re winning, for lice, and we decided as a class to sure,” Forkner said. “This make it happen.” Nicholson said. game is more of a competi- Senior Powder Puff girls cheered from the sidelines during This event also functions as tive one than a ‘just-for-fun’ their victorious game against the juniors. They will return to a class project for the fall sports one like the game against Hare Chevrolet against Hamilton Heights Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m. marketing class. Students will be the juniors.” working at the game and handling ferent school is. The Powder Puff game is While this Clothe-a-Child everything needed for it to happen, truly actually only the first part of this charity game isn’t new to Noblesville, the participashowing how much student participation is tion of the Powder Puff team against a dif- event. The second part will consist of anoth- involved in this event. And not just from the Photo by J. Klave

Sports Marketing students or the Powder Puff girls, but also from Noblesville boys who sign up to play in the second game. “I played last year, and it was really fun,” senior Nate Martin said. “I’m looking forward to playing in it again this year.” Students who aren’t directly participating in the game can show support from the stands and with a ticket purchase. “We usually have very good attendance, but it depends on the number of participants,” Nicholson said. “We’re hoping that the Hamilton Heights versus Noblesville Powder Puff game will attract bigger interest.” By playing, producing, or paying, there are many ways Noblesville students and community can take part in this enjoyable, charitable event. And who doesn’t want to watch fellow students go for touchdowns against familiar teachers? “I think the faculty and police department can outthink the athleticism of our students,” Nicholson said. That’s for the game to decide.

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Brendan Elmore directs Dr. Oz’s attention to prevent drunk driving

Are you aware my friends first thing,” said Elmore. that you are walkThe only problem was the footage Dr. ing the halls with Oz was looking for no longer existed. Rea fellow student shooting took place on September 3rd. Elwhose work has been featured on national more’s new video focused more on drugs television? in addition to his original theme of drinkUnless you’ve been living and driving; seniors Kaing under a rock, you are Senior Brendan Elmore tie Souders and Will Grabb probably familiar with were used as actors. this little issue sweepElmore’s prevention ing the nation right now. commercial was aired on It’s called drunk driving. September 30th. You’ve heard the speech: Grabb was introduced currently, automobile acto the video when Elmore cidents are the leading called him, both already cause of death in teenagfamiliar with working ers from age 15-19. with one another through To promote the preW.A.B.A, the media producvention of drunk driving, tions group featured in our senior Brendan Elmore previous issue. Grabb audimade a commercial, grabtioned along with a couple bing the attention of both other guys in the NHS parkNHS and Oprah’s Dr. Oz. ing lot. His footage was reElmore’s video started viewed and well liked, so he out as an assignment for got the part. communication systems Photo by: Sidney Huber When Grabb found out last year. His homework that Dr. Oz was interested was to record an observain their commercial, he was tion, and he partnered up with Pat Derksen blown away. and Ryan Waechter, now former Millers. “This was our dream to get contacted The short commercial was turned in for a by something major, and then it happened, grade, and they moved on. and it was really cool,” said Grabb. A year passes. Oprah continues to fix Grabb’s plans after high school do not a few more problems and give away a revolve around acting; however, he is not couple more cars. Tyra snaps her fingers completely giving up his hobby yet. and builds up some more self-esteem. Dr. “But if Hollywood contacts me and dePhil does whatever it is he does between cides they want me, I guess I wouldn’t pass the hours of 3-4 pm. Dr. Oz, the acclaimed that up,” Grabb said. health expert, contacts Brendan Elmore, Elmore, on the other hand, intends to requesting to air his drunk driving pre- major in marketing next year at the Kelley vention commercial on The Dr. Oz Show, School of Business while still working on which he found on Youtube. videos in his free time. At first, Elmore was skeptic. He googled the area code listed and the email address. “When I found out it was legitimate, I was really happy. I called my parents and

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Noblesville Schools launch its new website portal through SchoolFusion over the weekend. According to the administration, the company specializes in developing K-12 online learning communities that enhance the classroom teaching environment and empower districts to communicate more effectively. “In the beginning, visitors will find a site that is easy to navigate, easy to search, and easy to translate into a number of languages. They will find a calendaring system that will help parents track school activities and events in one location, and a system to notify parents of important updates,” according to Noblesville Schools press release.

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Not just for kicks anymore

The smell of fresh cut grass, the shiny new shoes, and the freshly painted fields. At the beginning of every season, a team has high hopes for what it will be able to accomplish throughout the year. Every team wants their shot at glory and a state title, but this year the boys soccer team is living this dream through their success on the field this far. The team is sitting at 12-2-2, and they are ranked 5th in state. Although Noblesville’s soccer teams have a history of success, this surely is a season to be remembered. The team is very optimistic and excited about their chances for great success this year. “This is probably the strongest team we have had in the four years I have been here. The seniors are in their fourth year with me and we are all on the same page. We also have a lot of veteran leadership this year,” Head Coach Nick Swaim said. The players are very excited about the opportunity that they have this year. “Everyone on the team is working very well together right now, and our record shows it. It’s very exciting to be part of a team that is so good,” junior Luke Vandewater said. “We’re all trying to push for wins, so us doing so well is keeping our confidence up throughout the season,” Senior Nick Oliverio said. The seniors on the team will look to help guide the younger

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players on the team to a deep run in the state tournament. “The seniors this year have set the tone for every training session and every game. It is even more important they all become vocal leaders now that we are in the state tournament time. The better example they set the better the team will be. The seniors will set the tone as we go forward. The seniors are doing a great job off the field of getting all the boys involved in activities together and helping with team bonding,” Swaim said. Although the team started out so well, they have hit a rough patch in the road recently, and the team is now looking to get things back on track. “Through the first 13 games the energy was very high and everyone was very excited to be a part of the program. Over the last 3 we have faced some adversity and a lot of the excitement has gone away. Myself and the seniors are really pushing now to get the excitement and hard work ethic back that has made us as successful as we have been during the regular season,” Swaim said. “Obviously, we want to win state,” Oliverio said. Things are looking very good right now for this team, and they will look to continue in their winning ways as the season Photo by M. McNew goes on. “Anything short of a state championship will be a major dis- Sophomore Cam Krivoshia got in on the appointment,” Swaim said. action in a recent game against Avon.

Rugby players explain recent hype over their sport Carlie Jordan Rugby! It’s ridiculous!A car window sticker adorned with the words, “Give Blood, Play Rugby,” might have caught a few eyes recently. What’s the big deal though? For sophomore, Trevor Neuzerling, it’s the teamwork that sets rugby apart from other sports. “Its fun because everybody has to be working as a team. You can’t just have a few guys leading,” Neuzerling said. Sophomore Jessica Corbett argues that there’s more to the sport.. “For me playing rugby is anger relief,” Corbett said. That’s got to have some truth to it because rugby is constant contact, at all times. Could that be the rush that the players are so obsessed with? “It’s more about putting the thought of ‘I can’t’ out of my head,” sophomore, Beth Chambers said. What do students interested in playing need to know? Rugby takes strength, endurance, and dedication. Guys condition non-stop, and the girls teams run distance, “all the time,” according to Corbett. “It’s like no other sport, which makes it ten times better,” Chambers said. Maybe that’s part of the sports unstoppable growth, and

why students have left what they’ve always known. Take football, for example. “It’s better than football, definitely,” Neuzerling said. Rugby still is not a school sport though, and most rugby players compete on club teams, such as Rampage Rugby (guys) and CHAOS (girls). Although Chambers hopes to play long after high school, she loves that rugby has remained a club sport. Corbett, on the other hand, loves the possibility of Miller rugby. “I would crush everyone, and you can quote me on that,” she said. Along with “killing” people, the teams get to travel for Nash Bash, a whole

Photo by K. Foley

weekend of rugby in Tennessee. Of course, winning almost every game is great too. Neuzerling says the guys team Rampage Rugby is practically unbeatable. Take it from these guys. Rugby definitely lives up to the hype. I’m sure we won’t be waiting long to see what happens with this new sport, especially with the possibility of a school team. No matter the outcome of the debate, just be prepared for many, many bruises. Bring the heat, rugby players!

The boys rugby team members worked on skills in an after-school practice. The team holds practices frequently in order to prepare for games. They participate in two games weekly-- one during the school week, and one on the weekend.

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Mill Stream 10.07.2010 Q&A: Based on your volleyball skills, give yourself a nickname like the pilots from Top Gun.

Q&A with Q&A

Q&A: What gets you pumped before a game?

Alyssa Hess: HA! Umm... I don’t really Hess: Well, slushies seem to work know... Help me. That’s a weird question. for us. Q&A: Well, what are you good at in volQ&A: Slushies? leyball? Hess: Hahaha, well what gets me Hess: I can play all the way around. Like, pumped is the opponent we’re playI can do everything. Soooo.... what do you ing. Like if we’re playing Muncie think? South... Q&A: How about Iceman from the movQ&A: What’s that mean? Are they ie? bad or something? Hess: Yeah he’s hot: My nickname is IceHess: Uhh, yeah. Hahaha. In this section, seniors Quinn Reiff and Austin North ask Noblesville man. Q&A: Ohhhh!!! High School athletes the serious questions. They get the cold, hard facts Sarah Pruden: … Hess: Like when we play Avon. and they don’t pull punches. Now prepare for the literary equivalent to a That’s exciting. Like its all mental. Q&A: Ladybug? Pruden: uhhh... Pruden: Umm... well we just came kick in the gut or a rabbit punch to the kidney in a delightfully pleasing Q&A: Okay. Ladybug, that’s it. up with this game that warms us up question and answer format. Abbi Bullard: Ummm... my club team and it’s really fun, and we play it beused to call me “Bullet” cause my last name fore every game. Q&A: Oh. is Bullard. Cause when I hit it it was like a bullet over the Q&A: Like, what kind of game is that? Pruden: Sometimes. Yeah sometimes. net. So I guess... I guess that’s okay. Pruden: Like one person will hit it, and we’re all in a Q&A: Okay, why? Q&A: Okay then. line, and the next person will hit it. Then if you don’t let it Pruden: Umm..... hit the wall or ground then your out. Q&A: Alright. Q&A: Why spandex? Bullard: Um, I just listen to music and talk to everyBullard: Not really, you don’t hit anyone else unless body. Just focus in I guess. you’re both diving for the ball. Hess: They are like aerodynamic I guess. Like you don’t Q&A: Right... get caught, like you slide across the floor instead of getting Q&A: Why do they say “kill” and “spike” that’s kinda stuck, and it keeps you from getting road-burns like havQ&A: So, are you thinking of going pro? violent don’t you think? ing your shorts come up and stuff. Q&A: … Hess: No I think I’m done. Haha. Hess: Well a spike and a kill are the exact same thing. Pruden: Umm... I don’t know. We think they’re comfortQ&A: You don’t think you’re an olympic level athlete? able. I think we have to wear them so they don’t get caught But um, a kill is just um... I don’t know why they say it acHess: Nooo... hahaha. tually... probably because you kill the point. in the net. Pruden: No. Q&A: Like “KILL THE POINT!!!” Q&A: Okay. Q&A: Why not? Hess: Yeah! Like its a dead ball like you killed the play. Bullard: I guess it’s supposed to make you jump higher. Pruden: I don’t know I just don’t want to. Pruden: Yeah... I think they just want to be more tough. But I don’t know, they don’t really do anything. Bullard: Mmmm... NO! Maybe play in college but... Like they could call it a hit. Instead... Q&A: Alright... Q&A: You don’t think you could play in the Olympics? Q&A: Mmhmm... Bullard: I think I’m too short for that. Hahaha. Bullard: Um, I don’t know. Probably cause when you Q&A: Would you consider volleyball to be a contact Q&A: Can you jump over the net? kill it, it goes straight down, like a... bullet. Or something. sport? Bullard: Barely! Hahaha. Q&A: Okay, well what about the spike? What’s that? Bullard: I don’t know. I just call it a hit. Hess: Yes, with the floor, yesss. You can also run into Q&A: Fair enough. people on your team.

Ultimate frisbee team gaining interest at NHS Austin North The sport of ultimate frisbee, commonly known simply as “ultimate”, is hardly a novelty anymore. The sport’s been around since 1968, and according to, there are over 4.9 million ultimate players in the United States alone. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that schools, like NHS, have established an ultimate team, and membership apparently keeps growing as time goes on. “Recently, a lot of freshmen have joined the team. Even more are going to join after the callout meeting, which is happening pretty soon,” senior Mick Hirschfeld said. In his four years on the team, senior Ryan Ferguson has also noticed an increase in team size. “We usually have two or three teams each year, but as the years have passed, I’ve seen a pretty steady increase in people willing to join,” Ferguson stated. Ferguson was interested in joining the team as soon as he was exposed to the sport for the first time. “During cross country practice as a freshman, my teammates and I would play ultimate all the time,” Ferguson said. “It was a lot of fun, so I decided to join the team.” Now, as the longest-tenured member of the team, Ferguson is, in all respects, Photo by K. Foley the team’s coach. However, Ferguson says his duties often go above and beyond that of a tradi- A member of the NHS Ultimate team practices with tional high school coach. “Basically, my responsibilities as head coach of the team his teammates. There are almost 5 million players in are setting up bids in tournaments, contacting other teams for matches, and decidthe United States today. ing who comes into the game and who goes out.” Ultimate is the only sport offered at NHS that doesn’t have a formal coach, so all

the “front office” types of decisions are left to be made by Ferguson. “It doesn’t really get too overwhelming; I like that our team is student-run. I think it could be interesting to be coached by an adult who knew what he was doing, though. That way, we could be a little more organized, run specific plays and have more of a game plan,” said Ferguson. The team’s unique, studentrun atmosphere has certainly done a lot to generate enthusiasm. “Practice is a lot of fun; we basically just do scrimmages between teams,” explained senior Tyler Degenkolb. Perhaps sooner or later we’ll see ultimate enter the mainstream of NHS sports, but as for now, players like Ferguson are content just playing for fun.

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plan ahead... by Anna Kreutz

movie releases

Mill Stream 10.07.2010

SAT Oct. 9

ACT Oct. 23


Fall Break Oct. 28 - 29

In Theatres


Life As We Know It Oct. 8

A Nightmare on Elm Street Oct. 5

My Soul to Take Oct. 8 Jackass 3D Oct. 15 Red Oct. 15 Paranormal Activity 2 Oct. 22

How to Train Your Dragon Oct. 19 Predators Oct. 19 Sex and the City 2 Oct. 26

school events

Early Release Nov. 3 Early Release Nov. 17

live shows

cd releases

Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s Vogue Theatre Oct. 15

David Archuleta The Other Side of Down Oct. 5

Band of Horses Egyptian Room at Old National Centre Oct. 17

John Lennon Power to the People Oct 5

America’s Got Talent Clowes Memorial Hall Oct. 23 Ben Folds Clowes Memorial Hall Oct. 23

The Script and Joshau Radin Egyptian Room at Old National Centre Oct. 26 Thirty Seconds to Mars Egyptian Romo at Old National Centre Oct. 27

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Bring Me the Horizon Oct. 5 Belle and Sebastian Write about Love Oct. 12

Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz Oct. 12 Kings of Leon Come Around Sundown Oct. 19 Taylor Swift Speak Now Oct. 25

Joshua Radin The Rock and the Tide Oct. 12

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