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Sidney Huber

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Jenna Larson opinions editor

Brittany Burkhalter sports editor

Kendra Foley Sunni Le Madi McNew

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Abraham Echarry Quinn Reiff Navar Watson artists/cartoonists

Alejandra Coar Ainee Jeong Carlie Jordan Anna Kreutz Drew Musselman Austin North writers

Krista Shields adviser

AP art fuels student expression Brittany Burkhalter

Photos Provided by:Tori Mumaw, Taylor Coombs, Blake Green, Casey Roerich, Grace Herron, Dakota Neal, Shelby Flora, Photos and Illustraions by: K.Foley

As a student walks down the art hallway they notice works of art all along the walls. When finals week starts to approach, the art works starts to come down off of the walls. During this week, students’ fret about their written or oral exams, everyone that is minus the AP art class. The AP art class, consisting of 16 students, has been working on their finals since the beginning of the school year. Their finals are unique and are what they make them.

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[the way we see it]

Mill Stream staff editorial

The words, “express yourself,” were sung along with a catchy tune by pop sensation Madonna in the late eighties for all of the world to hear. Although the song does not hold some greater hidden message other than what it says verbatim, it does embellish the idea to show the world who you are. No matter what age a person is, he or she always seems to be searching for a sense of identity. When it comes down to figuring out who you are in a particular moment, the next step is to show every body else. There are countless ways people go about expressing their individual personalities and beliefs to the world; from what they wear to how they talk and also how they behave. It is important to remember, that there are limiting factors when it comes to expression, especially in certain public places. At school, specifically, there is a certain environment that is to be withheld, even with the allowance of student expression. We the Mill Stream staff believe that we are fortunate to attend a school that encourages individual expression, but feel it is important to recognize what is appropriate and what is not. The conditions set forth by the administration are published in the student handbook and are enforced in order to preserve the learning atmosphere. Students are not allowed to wear physically revealing clothing, hats, anything gang affiliated or that promotes the use of drugs, tobacco, alcohol, or other illegal substances. Students aren’t allowed to have bare or stocking feet, unsafe body piercings, or cross dress. Though we’ve always felt that expression is pretty free here, the actual wording is pretty gray. The handbook leaves the rules open for interpretation, as they do not specifically illustrate what they deem as “distracting” or “inappropriate.” Cross-dressing as well as what is viewed, as a “wholesome student image” is not clearly defined by the administration. This may require each individual situation to be handled differently. Perhaps being able to deal with things on a case-by-case basis is not entirely a weakness. It may seem like a lot of terms to follow, but it could be much worse. Students could be expected to wear uniforms, completely eliminating individual style. We feel that everybody has the ability to assert his or her distinct personalities within the guidelines of this

Blood runs

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I pulled out my I knew I would be back soon. I.D. and sat down to Donating blood is a small way to make a large contribution to begin the survey. A the greater health of our society. According to the American Red Cross, minute later a woman blood donations are needed every two seconds in the U.S. and more than tested my temperature and iron levels and pointed me to the waiting area. 38,000 donations are needed everyday. Car accidents as well as certain It was simple, clean, and quiet in the room. I saw people walking out to the illnesses require transfusions daily. Many lives would be lost without rest of their days with a sense of purpose. It was easy to see the satisfaction these donations. they felt. They knew they just saved a life and that is the best feeling in the It is an easy process and it saves lives. Just about anyone can donate world. and save a life. Still, there are many people that refuse to donate and give As I walked over to the chair to donate for the sixth time, I was comthe selfish and lazy excuse that they “don’t like needles.” forted with the thought of someone’s son or daughter, someone’s mother or Personally, I don’t have nightly dreams about my love for the unfather, someone’s sister or brother…saved. comfortably sharp objects either, but I somehow find the common sense Before I knew it, the needle was removed; the man made a bow out of a to set my dislikes aside and donate. bandage and attached it to my arm. He told me that I had no idea what I had I know many people who donate because they know it’s needed just done. He said that a family somewhere will have their loved one back and that maybe one day they might need it themselves, but I also know because I donated and I could never be repaid for the gift I just gave. quite a few people who don’t think that maturely. If they honestly feel Jayde Klave He handed me a paper with statistics and called the next name. I said that their temporary discomfort is not worth someone’s life, then I truly goodbye and walked to the seating area where I had to wait for ten minutes feel sorry for them. before leaving. As I waited, I thought of the person I might have helped and This excuse is arrogant and juvinile as well as crudely selfish. I

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In Indiana:


In surrounding states:

Sidney Huber

Kendra Foley

Every year when Spring Break rolls around, there are those who are forced to stay home in Indiana. Every year, those same people are heard saying how Indiana is “so boring” and how “there’s nothing to do here.” Are you one of those people? If so, here are seven various locations to go out to and have fun. And they ARE in Indiana.

For those who stay close to home during spring break, there are many affordable, exciting places just outside of Indiana. Take a day trip to Chicago or hike through a state park in Michigan. Even if students are home, there are plenty options just next door.


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1. Turkey Run State Park Where: Marshall What it is: Turkey Run State Park involves various outdoor activities, such as hiking, picnicking, horseback riding, canoeing, fishing and swimming. It even has its own campgrounds with numerous cabins and campsites for families/friends to spend some time together outside of the technology-dependent world we live in, thus offering an otherworldly experience. The Turkey Run website is 2. Paramount Theatre Where: Anderson What it is: In the infamous Paramount Theatre, visitors take a tour of the venue’s 78-year history. The theatre has recently been restored and is now up-and-running, hosting many performances which can be found on their website at www.

3. Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Where: Indianapolis What it is: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is the largest children’s museum in the world. With 472,99-square feet and over 100,000 artifacts, visitors will definitely not get bored. Attractions such as the prehistoric exhibit and the infamous ‘fireworks of glass’ will keep visitors entertained for hours. 4. Indianapolis Museum of Art Where: Indianapolis What it is: The Indianapolis Museum of Art is a 152-acre complex including a garden, restaurant and any kind of art one could dream of. It is also adjacent to The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, one of the largest museum art parks in the country, including woodlands, wetlands and a 35-acre lake.

2. Mackinac Island Where: Mackinac Island, MI Imagine a place with no cars and no fast-food restaurants. To get to the gorgeous Mackinac Island, you have to take a 30-minute ferry ride across Lake Michigan. On the island, youíll see historic sites like Fort Mackinac and Fort Henry. The employees also offer horse, biking and carriage tours and the best fudge in the midwest.



3. Wright Patterson Air Force Museum Where: Dayton, OH The largest Air Force museum is located in Dayton, Ohio and is home to the S-71, a pristine war aircraft, and President Trumanís presidential plane. It also contains a massive IMAX theatre where visitors may watch a variety of films. The exhibits vary from the ìEarly Yearsî gallery to the “Korean War” gallery and the “Space Exploration” exhibit It’s an easy drive and one of the four most visited Air Force museums.


4 1. Chicago Where: Chicago, IL Known for its museums, architecture, and great shopping, Chicago is the place to be. Home of the Chicago Cubs and Wrigely Field, Wrigely Field opens April 1 when the Cubs take on the Pittsburg Pirates. The Art Institute of Chicago contains famous artworks such as American Gothic by Grant Wood. Further down the street is the Millennium Park, which has the Cloud Gate in the center of the park. Chicago, Illinois has something for everyone.

4. Mammoth Cave State Park Where: Mammoth Cave, KY Mammoth Cave State Park is great for those who love the outdoors. It has camping grounds, horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, and hiking, not to mention the 390 miles of underground caves. Mammoth Cave offers a wide variety of tours as well.

Matched compatible with many interests Alejandra Coar Try to imagine a world where free will and thought is considered insubordination, a world where everything is decided by high-ranking officials, from the amount of food you’re allowed to eat to the person you marry and the exact time in which you will die. Ally Condie’s book Matched explores this dystopian society in a way that can only be described as poetic. The protagonist Cassia Reyes introduces the reader into her world by way of a Matching ceremony, in which the Society compiles all of your ‘data’ and presents you with the person you are most compatible with. When she is matched with her best friend, Xander, she couldn’t be more thrilled. After the ceremony, she is given a microchip that will tell her about her match. But once she puts it into her futuristic computer-like viewing port to see it, she sees two faces: Xander’s, and that of another boy, Ky Markham—one of society’s outcasts who is forbidden to be matched.

Cassia starts to wonder about Ky, and as she spends more time with him, she begins to discover a lonely soul with a story to tell. Through lost poetry, forbidden writing lessons and a secret past drawn in prose and pictures on used napkins, Ky and Cassia form a dangerous bond that goes against everything the Society has established. Torn between Society’s ideal match and the mysterious boy she’s grown to love, the novel follows her growth from a simple statistic in the Society’s database to someone willing to “not go gentle” and follow her heart. Condie has created a setting so realistic that idea of a society without free will seems tangible and frightening. Through Cassia’s eyes, readers have the chance to learn what it really means to break away from the norm and follow what you believe is right. Matched does not fully flush out the world, but instead leads the reader on with poetic phrasing and only giving answers when more questions arise. While only being the first book of a soon-to-be trilogy, Condie’s book leaves readers with more questions than answers. However, this intricate story and its memorable characters are a must-read and should not be missed. Matched is an excellent first book in what is sure to be a must-read trilogy.



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Three Noblesville teachers have a fairy godmother named “Lilly” Ainee Jeong Once upon a time, there was a princess who had a dream. One day, she shared this dream with her fairy godmother. The fairy godmother liked what she had heard and wanted to help the princess achieve that dream. So, she granted her $8,000. Indeed, this isn’t a typical fairytale. But it’s one way to describe the honor three Noblesville teachers recently attained: the Lilly Creativity Grant. As stated on their website, Lilly Endowment Inc. says that “the [Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program] has supported creative projects that are personally renewing and intellectually revitalizing.” Apparently, the creative proposals submitted by teachers Mr. Bill Kenley, Mrs. Susan Nieten, and Ms. Bethany Robinson appealed to the Endowment, and now each teacher has been given the opportunity to experience their plans. “As someone who has not yet completed the project, I

already feel like it will be a life-changing opportunity,” assistant Band director Ms. Robinson said. “I believe it will renew my passion for teaching and for jazz education, specifically.” Robinson’s proposed project is one where she and a fellow band director from Delta High School will “explore the sights and sounds of jazz music and culture in New Orleans and New York City through photojournalism and composition.” Theatre Arts and English teacher Mrs. Nieten will also be traveling as part of her project, but unlike Robinson, she will be out of the country. “I will be going to the Yukon in Canada, and I’ll be floating 460 miles on a pontoon boat with my husband for one month,” Nieten said. “On the boat, there is a cabin for two and we’ll be fishing, panning for gold, and writing.” On the other hand, English teacher Mr. Kenley will not be venturing away from Noblesville. His project is titled The Polk Street Review, which will be “a literary magazine, for, by, and about the people of Noblesville.” “The literary magazine will be focusing on Noblesville like I’ve done for the school,” Kenley said. “I’m going to put

together…poetry, fiction, photography, and art.” All three teachers agreed that the grant provided them with a wonderful opportunity. They also agreed that they had earlier ideas that were not as successful as their current projects. “I applied maybe 10 years ago to research a novel of my own writing,” Kenley said. “I didn’t get that one…” Two years ago, Robinson had also applied for a similar grant that involved traveling to Italy, but that proposal proved unfruitful. Nieten had considered a project with theatre, but having done similar projects in college, felt that something different would be more meaningful. The three teachers will carry out their projects this coming summer, guaranteeing a fulfilling summer break for each. “I think it’s an awesome opportunity, especially because it’s meant for rejuvenating teachers,” Nieten said. “We [teachers] always find ourselves giving, giving, and giving, so it’s nice to have something given back to us.”

Noblesville schools undergoes grading scale change

Right: Senior Riley Harden donates blood at this semester’s blood drive. NHS student government hosts a blood drive twice a year.

Drew Musselman

Left: Senior Brittany Meyer saved one to three lives with the pint she donated .

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Logging onto PowerSchool, a student scrolls down the list of grades and sees everything they want to see except for that one A- that’s just one percentage point away from an A, where their 4.0 lies. Starting next year, this situation will be changed. As of the fall semester of 2011, the NHS grading scale will be changing to be the same as that of the rest of Noblesville Schools, so that the whole grading system will be uniform. “The changes that affect NHS are in the range of percentage points allotted to each grade. For instance, a B- used to range from 80-83, and a B from 84- 86; next year a B- will range from 80-82, and a B from 83-86. Comparable changes will be made for A, C, and D,” NHS Principal Annetta Petty said. Sophomore Abby Root is looking forward to the change because of the effects on grading it will ensue. “I believe it would be beneficial because it will be easier to attain one’s desired GPA,” Root said. Root also believes the change will help when applying for colleges in the future. With the change in the grading scale would logically come a rise in grad point average or GPA, but since everyone is effected the same, it shouldn’t change the top ten percent. Junior Meredith Soper isn’t as enthusiastic about the change in the grading scale. “It seems like there are both advantages and disadvantages because it will be easier to get a good GPA, but colleges will recalculate that anyway,” said Soper. Although the “minus range” of each letter grade is shrinking, the change in the grading scale can affect college admissions. According to Petty, one student from NHS was competing to receive scholarships with students from other schools. The grading scale that those schools use does not have bias toward weighted grades The student did not receive the scholarship, and the student form the other school did. Similarly, this kind of situation could happen when going through the admissions process.

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Writing sparks creativity in students Anna Kreutz “I love writing. I love the swirl and the swing of words as they tangle with human emotions,” American novelist James A. Michener said. Search through the Croquet Club Moodle page, or saunter past the window of Mr. Bill Kenley’s creative writing class, and find many students at NHS tend to agree with writer Michener. For some, writing has becoming the ultimate declaration. “I enjoy how the characters and the writing world is mine to control; nothing happens unless I make it happen. In the real world, crazy things come up and stuff goes wrong, but when one writes, he can make whatever or do whatever he likes. It’s a good feeling to be in control,” senior Phil May said. In the creative writing class, there are no limits to what a regular day is like or what the assignment will be. “Horror, romance, drama, everything. We even dapple in poetry,” said Kenley. “It’s a really complicated thing, writing a good novel.” The romance appears to be the most popular. Junior Lauren Moss connected the most with her characters and later even thought about pursuing a sequel. “The romance story was our second assignment, so I vaguely knew what I was doing, and it was a ton of a fun to write,” May said. The Croquet Club, despite the name’s connotation, has no relation to the lawn game typically known as croquet. The name was chosen by popular vote when Kenley and a group of passionate students, who all shared the same lust for writing, founded it. The club is comprised of inspired students who are looking to share their work and meet occasionally outside of school. They publish their stories on Moodle and receive feedback from fellow students. “I joined the club because I love to write, and even if it isn’t very good I just have fun doing it and seeing what other people think,” junior Nathaniel Taff said. Taff is now working on a short fiction story for the upcoming spring book, involving a Rusalka, a Russian water spirit. Junior Brooke Denny, another member of the club, has been writing for enjoyment since she was 12 and quickly became enthused with writing for an audience when she found the club. Denny has since published a short horror story in the latest fall book based on the “haunted” red hallway at the middle school. It involves a girl solving a murder mystery that took place there many years ago. “The thing that I think I most enjoy about writing is that in writing your mind can take you anywhere, and it becomes an emotional relief over time,” Denny said. “I would eventually like to write I novel. It is a pipe dream that will be hard to accomplish but I will fight for what I want.”

AP Art fuels stu expression Brittany Burkhalter

(Continued from cover) The art students have to put together though these portfolios are a part of the s good grade. “I just hope people will see the inner w Megan Frasz said. Throughout the AP art students’ portf art. The students portfolios can be an exp “I can express myself in my artwork, and even what I decide to draw can creat Frasz chooses to use vibrant colors to express who he is. While Frasz hopes to i “I hope to make each drawing better a Although the student’s portfolios cou there are no right or wrong answers. Stu only have a rough idea with the board is “There is a lot of grey areas for the us The AP art students highly recommen The course requires the students complet can be about anything the artist so choos “This class is one of the few classes I a are able to work on whatever you feel lik

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r a portfolio that showcases their work and then turn them into AP board. Alstudents’ final grades, many are hoping to accomplish more than just making a

workings of my mind, and maybe they will be inspired to do art as well,” junior

folios one may be able to see a glimpse of the artist themselves in their pieces of pression of who the student or be about something the artist feels. in fact that’s the only way I express myself. By using different colors, medians te a certain mood and emotion,” senior Meghan Jones said. express herself and junior Spencer King draws things that he is interested in to inspire others to join art, King has a personal goal for himself. and better and constantly improve my drawings,” King said. unt as a part of their final grade and are considered their final exam, Frasz says udents will have their portfolios looked over by the AP board and the students looking for. and for the AP board to interpret,” Frasz said. nd this class to any student interested in art and hope others will join art as well. te at least 24 drawings. These drawings are not specifically assigned to them and ses. actually look forward to during the school day. It is extremely relaxed and you ke,” King said.



Silence speaks at NHS Madi McNew When most people envision protesting for something they believe in, they envision signs, marches, and yells. But what happens when people all over the nation go silent? The Day of Silence, which is being sponsored by the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) club here at NHS, is designed to stop bullying, specifically that which is directed at lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students (LGBT). “It gets frustrating from time to time because you have to deal with the immaturity of some people that feel it’s necessary to bully or taunt the ‘odd’ and ‘different,’” senior Anthony Miller said. According to, the official website, “the National Day of Silence is a day of action in which students across the country take some form of a vow of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.” This means that students who choose to participate will be able to be silent between classes, before school, and after school. Taking place on April 15, teacher and GSA sponsor Maggie Coyne estimates two-dozen or more GSA members and friends to participate in the event. The GSA recently began creating t-shirts to prepare for it. Full of colorful drawings and phrases, the shirts are aimed to show off the students’ support and creativity. The members say they want to make sure that all students can express themselves freely, no matter what their sexual identity is. “The message is that all students have the right to feel safe and supported at school and to have the same opportunity to excel academically as any other student, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity,” Coyne said. According to the school’s At-Risk Coordinator Deanne Cummins, no reports of bullying incidents because of a student’s sexual orientation were reported to her. Nonetheless, the GSA says it wants people to know that the club is there to help students feel safe in school. “I support the Gay Straight Alliance because GSA fights discrimination, violence, and harassment by spreading acceptance and educating the community about the issues of sexual orientation, homophobia, and gender identity,” junior Jerryka Shoup said. To some, being gay is seen as a controversial subject, and some religions even see it as wrong or sinful. However, some members of the GSA don’t quite agree with that common conception. “I happen to be religious, but I do not agree with the (more conservative) view of homosexuality. It makes it seem like such an awful thing, which is not the case. People shouldn’t be sent to ‘hell’ just because they love someone of the same sex,” senior Leticia Hernandez said. Miller feels the same way, as he addresses his opinion that in a country built on the foundations of liberty and free choice, people of all orientations should be welcome. “We are making a point that being gay is not terrible, or better yet that it should be welcomed since this is a ‘free’ country,” Miller said. According to Lambda Legal, “Under the Constitution, public schools must respect students’ right to free speech. The right to speak includes the right not to speak, as well as the right to wear buttons or T-shirts expressing support for a cause.” According to the administration, the right to not speak does not include during classroom time. If a student is asked to speak by a teacher or administrator, the student cannot refuse to answer. However, students are encouraged to talk to teachers beforehand to see if they may have a chance to be silent during class. “I think other people aren’t supportive of it for two reasons: they don’t know anything about it, and they don’t want to be labeled as a ‘gay supporter.’ I feel like a lot of people don’t know how to stand up for something they believe in, especially when it comes to being gay,” junior Tyler Zerbe said. According to the GSA, the Day of Silence is their time to prove to people that they have supporters and that they deserve to be treated just like everyone else. “The whole point of the day is to show that love has no gender and that everyone is beautiful in their own way,” Zerbe said. The Day of Silence is open to anyone who supports the cause to stop bullying and to promote equality in schools. For more information, visit, or see Coyne in room 509 during AL.



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Jenna Larson

On Friday, March 18, at White River Christian Church, members of the youth ministry met with other students and adults for an event called Water Drop. The purpose of Many students are involved in church groups that help fund certain charities. Some may the get-together was to raise awareness about the water crisis and to increase support for Active:Water. aid abused children or people stricken by poverty, all inside America’s borders. At Water Drop, attendees watched Zambia’s Song and then participated in what some Others, however, such as students who take part in the youth program at White River students may call an abnormal fundraiser. Members of the youth ministry auctioned off Christian Church, are influencing lives thousands of miles away in Zambia, Africa. These teens are helping with the organization Active:Water, which focuses on raising services, and all the money went to Active:Water. “Me and my group sold ourselves for $100 to do any kind of yard work,” McCormack money to give people all across the globe access to clean drinking water. Their current said. project, however, centers around the Ndola region of Zambia. “I got bought for $75,” Floyd said. His service was to be a “slave” for the highest bidder According to, “…unsealed latrines have turned the water into a for a total of three days, during which he would do chores and donate his time and effort dangerous cocktail of typhoid, cholera, and giardia that kills many peoto whomever he was bought by during ple each year, especially children under the age of five.” the auction. His sister, senior Abigail Equipped with the knowledge that the lives of children are at risk, Floyd, offered her photography skills some students have stepped up to donate their time and money to the during the event and will host a photo cause. shoot for her bidder. Teens from White River Christian Church first heard of the organizaStudents agreed that Water Drop tion Active:Water last July at a CIY (Christ In Youth) conference. was an overall success. They raised “We went down to Southern Illinois University,” sophomore Connor about $4,000, enough to establish two McCormack said of the visit. “We learned about the country [of Zambia] wells with clean, drinkable water for and how it needed help.” people in Zambia. “They showed this video called Zambia’s Song. It shows the poverty Participants plan to uphold the and what the wells do for the community,” senior Jamie Hartline said. effort they’re putting into helping Water wells are one of the items students have donated with their Active:Water. funds for the people of Zambia. “I hope to be able to help find dif“It told us a story about a girl who didn’t have clean drinking waferent ways to raise money. I’m going ter, and then she got a sand filter.” The filter, one of the items given by to Texas over the summer, and I hope Active:Water to impoverished villages, may be purchased with a donato get people down there involved, tion of $75. too,” Floyd said. According to Hartline and McCormack, the film inspired the students Others interested in learning more to help the charity. “This was one that we all really liked, and we’re all about Active:Water or making a donareally passionate about,” Hartline said. tion may do so by contacting White Some students began raising money as soon as possible. “Seeing the River Christian Church via www. people and how they lived, I was moved to help in whatever fashion I Photo by C. Jordan or visiting Active:Water’s ofwas called to. In July, I stopped drinking sodas, and I gave that money to ficial website at Members of the youth ministry, including Hayden Floyd, help Active:Water,” sophomore Hayden Floyd said. “We’re kids, and we’re a driving McCormack has made a similar personal sacrifice for the sake of the above, at White River Christian Church are auctioned off force for the next generation,” McCorcharity. at the Water Drop event on March 18. All money from the “I gave money myself, too. I wanted to get a guitar, and I gave up a lot auction went to benefit Active:Water, a charity whose aim mack said. “We have the power to do something great. We can do a lot, no of money that [would have] went to it,” he said. He described his choice is to give clean water to people living in Zambia, Africa. matter how old we are.” as saving a life. “Better one than none,” he said.

Leaves a bitter taste in your mouth According to, 884 million people I was one of those kids. Active:Water is the organizalack access to safe drinking water; that’s one out of every tion that teamed up with MOVE; to raise awareness of the eight people. About 4,500 children die each day due to wa- global water crisis, and to help put an end to it. ter related diseases. I want you to sit and Active:Water, a non-profit organization, ponder that thought for a minute. helps bring clean drinking water to famiWhile you sit with the opportunity to lies in need through athletic and grass root leave class, at any given time, and suck campaigns. All the money raised goes to down fresh water, they are dying. Whole bio-sand filtration systems and well buildvillages dream of a chance like ours, and ing in Zambia, Africa. we waste it to walk the halls in hope of To reinforce how tough life really is withmissing a few extra minutes of chemisout sanitary drinking water, they showed a try. 30 minute video called Zambia’s Song. The crazy thing is people hear this In the movie, one mother is seen walkstuff and think to themselves, “this is ing miles to retrieve dirty water; with her tragic,” but do nothing about it. baby on her back. I have yet to go a day On one side of it, that’s understandwithout thinking about it. able. What differences will one teenager I think about how blessed I really am, make, right? Then again, how in the Carlie Jordan how blessed my family and friends are. I world does one justify letting lives end? think about how much I have to offer. What makes doing nothing understandEveryday, I’ll walk to my kitchen and able? dread the thought of having to drink someOver the summer, around 80 students hopped on two thing as flavorless as water. Man, am I spoiled. buses and rode to Southern Illinois University for C.I.Y. Sadly, sharing all this is still unlikely to “open the MOVE, a week long Christ In Youth Conference. Each year eyes” of today’s generation. What goes unsaid though is C.I.Y. raises awareness of any area in the world that needs that many NHS students are already involved with the help. change.

In the last month, I was not alone in raising money to stop the global water crisis. Really, making a brighter future for someone else really is not all that hard. And what it does cost, is nothing compared to the payoff. My sweet 16 alone raised 500 dollars for children and their families in Zambia. My carnival themed birthday blow out was originally a challenge I accepted at MOVE, the past summer. My challenge was to hold a free carnival and give all donations (in this case my birthday presents) to Active:Water. Somewhere between the blow-up obstacle course, the tedious rounds of Just Dance 2, and the carnival food, lives were changed. I guess I can’t stand the thought of not sharing my blessings. And I can admit I didn’t get to where I am without the help of my parents. Zambian children often have no one to get them anywhere in life. Most of the children have lost their parents, but the ones lucky enough to still have them around are in the same situation. Their sanitation is at a standstill, slowly making its way downhill; it’s hard to believe this situation can still get worse. Let’s change the statistics. Visit for other ways to get involved in the change, and help end the global water crisis.

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Building renovations to start on April 1 Matt Loria It has yet to begin at the main campus, but many students have already noticed the construction taking place at some of the schools across Noblesville. NHS, NMS, NIS, North Elementary, Hazel Dell Elementary, Stony Creek Elementary, White River Elementary, and Hinkle Creek Elementary will all be going through building renovations and construction. Some of the elementary schools have already started the process, but according to Director of Operations Jeff Bragg, the construction is hoped to be finished by the start of the 2011-2012 school year. “We need these renovations in order to meet the needs of our growing community,” Bragg said. Bragg has worked to break up the project into two ‘phases.’ “Phase I will add additional space at all of those buildings, especially the elementary schools, which will be accommodating fifth grade students once again. This is important because it helps us capture space at our current buildings,” Bragg said. According to Bragg, Phase II will primarily be the building of a new elementary school with the name of Promise Rd. Elementary. Within the main campus, many of the classrooms have finished packing up and have moved to new classrooms. According to Bragg, Phase I will cost $33,686,000, and Phase II will cost $16,200,00, and the money will be coming from Bond Sales. With $6,600,961 being used for the main campus construction on the west and southwest side of the building will begin with the start of Spring Break on April 1. Photo provided by According to Principal Annetta Petty, the new science labs will be scheduled for occupancy in the fall, but the newly installed wellness A map of the main campus after the new building additions are added. The construction classrooms and training room will not be ready. of these two additions will begin on April 1 and hope to be finished by the start of the Some events, such as graduation, will be affected by the construction, but only in respect to parking. “Parking on the southwest end of the 2011-2012 school year. building will be reduced, as that area will be a staging area for materials from rooms 250 to 252 will be partially blocked as the windows are removed and replaced and construction trailers,” Petty said. “Besides the four moved classes, the upstairs hallway with walls.”

Mr. Brian Clarke and Mr. Gary Hipes have been working diligently within their departments and alongside Bragg in order to come to a consensus on the athletic and science additions. “I have basically coordinated the input of the other science teachers in order to meet all of our needs, such as what we want to see in the layout and furniture of the new rooms,” Hipes said. According to Hipes, the science department has reached its maximum limit for scheduling science classes. “It’s tough to just put students anywhere for science classes because some of them have very specific qualifications. The chemistry classrooms have to have specific equipment and right now we only have four rooms designed in such a way. We will be adding two chemistry labs and one new physics lab,” Hipes said. Hipes accredits much of Noblesville’s growth to a bursting Fishers school system. “We’re not likely to go down in size, especially when, well if, the economy picks back up. I think we are going to start feeling the pressure from Fishers because of their community starting to become overcrowded. Families who are looking to move into the area will most likely skip over Fishers and go to Noblesville for its similar lifestyle but smaller current population,” Hipes said. According to Hipes, the incoming number of science students has been exceeding the number of leaving science students without fail in the past five to ten years. “These additional labs are just a way to keep up with the growing class sizes,” he said.



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Gender blurs views in sports Navar Watson Since the times of ancient Greece, sports and athletic competitions have been an ongoing form of entertainment. To some, the thought of playing the game and feeling the competitiveness gives a sense of thrill. To others, sitting by the sidelines, eating popcorn, and cheering one’s home team is simply fun enough. Either way, for hundreds of years sports have managed to captivate worldwide audience and involve people every age and every sex. Though sports were originally seen as a more “masculine” activity at first, women have been able to access the world of sports within past years, forming their own all-girls leagues, competing nationwide, and even playing alongside and against their male peers. Whether or not this is good or bad depends on whom one talks to. Junior Tyler Wendling, having been involved in both co-ed and allboys teams, believes that the work ethic and competition level is nearly the same in both situations. “I never really noticed a difference in the two teams except for the fact that on one team there were no girls and the other team there were,” Wendling said. Although many opposing viewpoints stand on the topic, Wendling supports the idea of having co-ed teams in high school leagues. Junior Kaitie Lovitt, a former all-girls volleyball player, agrees. “Having co-ed teams would promote equality between men and women,” Lovitt said. Lovitt also stated that having boy and girl athletes play together during their high school years would help them develop “an easier business/work relationship later on in life.”


Sophomore Gunnar Bowles, however, said that though co-ed sports is a good idea for some sports, other sports—ones involving high physical contact especially—ought to be left separated into all-boys and all-girls teams. “Boys and girls are separated in sports because of physical differences and talent level,” Bowles said. “Frankly, in sports like football, some girls can’t physically stack up against the guys.” The Women’s Sports Foundation official website stated that the physical variation between the bodies of teenage boys and teenage girls is what separates them from playing on co-ed teams during high school. Therefore, co-ed teams are more evident in younger grades because elementary boys and girls have more of a resemblance in physicality. Wendling also mentioned that part of the reason why the boys/ girls separation line is so evident in high school is because of attraction. He said that having separated sports teams is for “keeping the players focused on the sport they are playing” as opposed to being focused on other teammates. Lovitt, however, believes that neither the physical difference nor the attraction issue ought to segregate the male athletes from the Mill Stream female athletes; instead it has to do more with the mental and emotional09.03.2007 mindset of a player. “From my experience with volleyball, an allgirls team comes with so much extra drama, and that drama distracts you from the game,” Lovitt said. “Integrating guys and girls would have less drama, so practices and games would be more focused and intense.” With the current state of society and the changes it makes on humans’ lives, Wendling shares that it is inevitable that co-ed sports will become a majority in America’s future. Photo by S. Huber

Fencing takes root in NHS Austin North The sport of fencing has been around since the Bronze Age – 3,000 B.C. It became an Olympic sport in 1896 and has been a permanent addition at the games ever since. However, one would be lucky to find any matches broadcasted on cable other than at 3:00 on a Tuesday morning. Most of what the common American knows about fencing comes from movies like Zoro and Pirates of the Caribbean. Fencing has not gained the mainstream popularity of such games as basketball, soccer, or baseball, but the sport seems to have stuck around despite these media-induced handicaps. Noblesville High School Junior Caleb Marine, responsible for creating the NHS fencing club, was attracted to the sport at an early age. “I started fencing in about 6th grade with an intro course at the Fish-

ers YMCA. Then around Christmas I heard [Westfield High School] had a fencing club, so I convinced my parents to cart me to and from Westfield every Wednesday just to be beaten up by High Schoolers. So I’ve been fencing a total of five or six years,” said Marine Freshman Chris Wolfe, who had “absolutely no experience” in fencing before joining this year, has found the experience to be rewarding, and it has lived up to his expectations. “Hitting people with swords is still fun, and the equipment isn’t that expensive.” Again, the American public’s knowledge about fencing is fundamental at best. Few people know fencing even exists, and even fewer understand the sport’s finer points. There is, however, much more that goes into fencing than meets the eye. “Most people believe that fencing’s just swinging a sword and hitting your

opponent. Well in a sense that’s correct, but it’s more of a mental game or ‘Physical Chess’ because there are rules of Right Of Way for attacking,” Marine Explained. “There are actually three types of fencing, which most people don’t know. There are the Foil, the Sabre, and the Eppei,” said Wolfe. “All three types have different rules about where the tip of the weapon can hit on the opponent.” More than just learning about the sport, however, NHS’s fencing club offers a means of both venting typical teenage frustration and a way of getting in touch with others who share the same passion for fencing. “It’s just a great way to have fun with friends,” said Marine, “Or if you are kinda upset about something, then this is a safe way to vent, unlike going and starting a fight where things can be broken and the law can get involved.” Photo by S. Le

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Q&A: What position do you play? Senior Tom Jones: [silence] ...fourth? Seinior Matt Ehman: I play power forward. Senior Zach Smith: I am currently on varsity, like position number five. Q&A: If you could have any famous person as your caddy, who would it be and why? Jones: I would have big bird. Q&A: Why is that? Jones: Cause he looks muscular? Q&A: Ok. Ehman: I’d probably have Michael Jordan, cause I heard he’s good at golf. Smith: It would probably be Cee Lo Green because he’s a fun guy. Q&A: Have you ever had to exterminate gophers on the course before practice? Jones: No. Ehman: No, our coach does that for us. Smith: No, I’ve not had to do the movie Caddy Shack. I wish, though.


Quinn Reiff

This issue, Q&A tees off with the Boys Noblesville Golf team seniors. Tom Jones, Matt Ehman, and Zach Smith will have you rolling-on-the-floor with their zany comments and outrageous answers. Be on the look out for the golf team this season, and while you’re at it, remember to drink your Ovaltine.

Q&A: Do you ever ride off into the sunset in a golf cart to the song, “Take my Breath Away” like Tom Cruise in Top Gun? Jones: Heck yeah. Ehman: Yes... yes. Smith: Uh, yeah me and Tom Jones sometimes do that if we have a good day. If we have a bad day we just go and hit the ground multiple times. Q&A: What’s the highest score you’ve ever had in an 18-hole match? Jones: Highest? Q&A: Yes. Jones: Uh, I don’t know. I just stopped keeping score at that point. Ehman: Too high to count. Smith: Highest, woah. I mean, back when I was like five, I was shooting like 120. Q&A: 120, wow.


A day in the life of:

Mr. Wilkinson

Austin North

Q&A: What’s your favorite golf team? Jones: Girls’ golf team. Ehman: Well, there aren’t any teams except in high school and college, so I’d have to say Stanford ‘cause that’s where Tiger played. Q&A: Does that mean you condone having an affair with your wife? Ehman: Yes. I do. Smith: Noblesville, no doubt. Q&A: You ever land one right in the chain-net thing on the first try? Jones: Uh... You mean like a frisbee golf thing? Q&A: Well, frisbee golf and golf... sort of the same thing right? Jones: Okay... yeah, uh... Q&A: They are the same thing, right? Jones: No, but they’re close. Ehman: No, it seems to fall through the chain net..sadly. Smith: Oh, yeah, I know what you’re talking about. I’ve done that once. MillifStream It’s a pretty big deal on the Noblesville team you land 09.03.2007 it in the chain-net in one shot.

Sunni Le English teacher Mark Wilkinson is back on the NHS softball team after a five year break. Different from his earlier years as head coach, Wilkinson steps back on the field as assistant coach. “I was the girls’ athletic director, but due to budget cuts that position went away, and I went back to the classroom and found myself having more free time,” Wilkinson said. This is the reason he decided to join the softball team again, because working as an athletic director took up a lot of time. Wilkinson is thrilled to be back on the team, but mentions that it is going to take some getting used to being an assistant coach and being part of a team again. “It’s a little bit different coming in, not being the head coach and trying to develop coaching relationships with kids you haven’t coached before. Because they don’t know your background or know you very well,” Wilkinson said. Nevertheless, he does not hide that he loves coaching softball. “I enjoy coaching the game of softball and working with young people. It is truly the sport I understand the best and the sport I like coaching,” Wilkinson said. Wilkinson’s coworker Melinda Miller believes he is going to

do great for his first year back as coach. “He’s both a phenomenal teacher and coach, because he cares about his kids and if they learn or not. I also know that he’s very excited to be back, this is something that he has been talking about for a while,” Miller said. Miller adds that she thinks Wilkinson missed coaching more than he realized. Like Miller, senior Katie Harrison has big expectations for Wilkinson. “He’s a really good coach, and he knows his stuff,” Harrison said. Harrison describes Wilkinson as a perfectionist, which she does not have any complaints about. “He pushes us and yells more than our previous coach, but I actually prefer that. He never lets the little things slide, every detail has to be perfect,” she said. Harrison quit speculating on the outlook for the season, but says the team should have a good year, and keep working on improving on the little thing. Wilkinson could not have agreed more. “Because I don’t set the goals or expectations for the team it’s hard to say what the season is going to look like, but my expectations for the kids on the team is to practice hard and play hard. If you do those things, you’ll be successful,” Wilkinson said. The softball team had a good start of the season on Tuesday March 23, where they won 7-0 against Western Boone. Their next game is an away game against Lafayette Jeff on Tuesday April 12. Photo by S. Le



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