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2010-2011

Mill Stream Staff Matt Loria

editor-in-chief

Katie Souders

production editor

Demise of the music industry page 2

Jayde Klave

photography editor circulation manager

Sidney Huber

business manager

Jace Hodson

features editor

Prom swag or prom stag? Page 5

Jenna Larson opinions editor

Brittany Burkhalter sports editor

Kendra Foley Sunni Le Madi McNew

Q&A with Q&A: Girls’ Tennis Page 11

photographers

Abraham Echarry Quinn Reiff Navar Watson artists/cartoonists

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

Krista Shields adviser

Photo illustration by A. Echarry

Spreading joy from above Alejandra Coar coar.alejandra@gmail.com For many people, hospitals are epicenters of a myriad negative emotions. With a building designed for caring for the sick, it would be difficult to feel otherwise. In order to boost morale and put a few smiles on the faces of both patients and patrons, students from all over Hamilton County have chosen to be part of a project called Healing Ceiling at Riverview Hospital. According to Riverview Hospital’s website, Healing Ceiling began when Linda Wheat, an artist and cancer survivor, realized that visualizing beauty helped her while she stayed in the hospital. However, the plain tiles that covered the ceiling at the time weren’t the best thing for her. She had the idea to change the white tiles into works of art to help other patients cope with their hospital stay. White’s idea helped to inspire Riverview to design the project.

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[the way we see it]

Mill Stream staff editorial

Think about the priorities of an average teen. There’s school, for starters. Attending NHS means 35 supervised hours in class most weeks, not to mention even more time tacked onto that for studying, reading and completing other assignments. Then, many students have sports or other extra curricular. That means more time must be allotted for practices and events. In addition, some attendees of NHS even have jobs at local restaurants or shops, eating up another 10-20 hours each week. Try adding a social life to the equation, and a student’s schedule seems overwhelmingly busy. Sure, being a teen requires a lot of responsibility and time management. So, in an average student’s day, how many hours are left for giving back to the community? Some would argue that such a task is simply impossible, that perhaps it would place too much strain on a single individual to donate any amount of precious time that could instead be spent relaxing. However, the Mill Stream staff believes it is important for students to make an attempt to set aside some time and effort to give back to the community. Noblesville provides everyone at NHS a safe and beautiful city in which to live. As citizens, it is the responsibility of students to help others in their hometown whenever possible. Members of the Mill Stream commend students who take part in volunteer organizations, whether they be Key Club, National Honor Society or through a local church group. However, the staff also believes that students should set aside separate amounts of time to volunteer on their own. Part of being a well-rounded, generous person means that a reward should not have to be given in order to make one desire to help others. The Mill Stream encourages students to give back to the community in a way, which suits them best. If someone is interested in animals, he should volunteer at the Humane Society for Hamilton County. This work presents an opportunity to help care for maltreated pets close to home. Similarly, if someone else is interested in pursuing a career as a teacher, he may donate time to help tutor children at a local elementary school. However, giving back to the community does not necessarily mean becoming an official volunteer. Students have countless other opportunities to help others in a matter of minutes. Clean out a closet of old clothes and donate them to Goodwill. If there is trash scattered around an appropriate receptacle, take the time to pick it up and put it where it belongs. If an elderly neighbor has trouble with laborious activities, rake his leaves or pull his weeds without accepting payment. Although life as a teenager may often seem hectic, take the time to help out and give back to the community. The good deed will rejuvenate one’s spirit and have an impact on more than just the volunteer.

The year the music died

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If I hear “Black and Yellow” one more time, I’m going to lose my freaking mind.
 It’s not just the fact that the chorus sounds like Whiz Khalifa’s trying to mimic Milli Vanilli’s lip syncing incident; it’s so much more than that. It’s the fact that, for the most part, the music industry has been boiled down to artists jamming a single onto the radio and hoping it skyrockets them to the top of the charts, or developing an image so ridiculous that people can’t help but to stop and watch the circus while it’s still in town. It used to mean something to be on the top of the charts. It was dominated by artists like The Beatles, Guns n’ Roses, and the like. Take a look now. In our day and age, the Billboard top 200 is plagued by Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, and, dare I say it, Rebecca Black. And if these artists are the supervillains of the music world, then the radio is its goofy, annoying little henchman. Tune on in to 96.3 and you’re likely to hear no more than three songs playing throughout the course of a day. The only theory I can come up for it is that the radio is part of some secret government subliminal messaging program telling us to buy ciga- Austin North rettes or invest in war bonds. austin.k.north@gmail.com

Mill Stream is published by Block 5 journalism students and distributed free of charge. The staff will publish 13 issues during the 2010-2011 school year. Mill Stream is a student newspaper, run for students, by students. We provide a public forum to serve as an outlet for student ideas and opinions; we work as an agent for change and provide credible, objective reporting to inform, entertain, educate the reader and better serve the reader. We welcome both signed letters to the editor and guest columns, which cannot exceed 350 words in length.

Popularity in the music world today has become more predicated on the artist’s image than the music itself. Case and point: Lady Gaga. Face it, her “music” wouldn’t be nearly as popular had she not taken on the image of a singing mental hospital escapee. Her entire persona (ripped off from Madonna, by the way) is the single biggest factor in keeping her relevant in the music business. But will anyone remember her in fifteen years? Rhetorical question. No, nobody will. 
 Some argue that these artists’ images can help them achieve lasting popularity, and eventually give them a legacy to look back on. However, if you take a look at some of the most timeless artists in history (I’m talking Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, The Stones, and Led Zeppelin, just to name a few), you’ll see that their popularity has come about in the exact opposite way; their music immortalized their image. Not the other way around. 
 Many of these timeless artists aren’t even around any more, but they continue to sell records. Why? Their music speaks for itself. They didn’t need to advertise it by showing up to the Grammies in a freaking egg. This new wave of pop is to music what Jersey Shore is to the human race. 
 If you’re sick of the auto-tuned, gimmicky, manufactured crap that gets shoved onto the radio every two weeks, you’re just like me. You want it to stop? The solution is simple. Stop buying the music. Don’t even download it. If at some point you feel you need to have that music, you also need to know that it’s really dangerous to try and make toast in the bath tub.

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Time to brush up and look good (and I’m not talking about teeth) The seven-year awkward stage between child- is to stir conflict amongst the American people. hood and adulthood is one’s teenage or adoles They have succeeded. cent years. Victims of this stage act like a mor To make matters worse, Americans love to arphed combination of children and adults. They gue. We love to debate, love to state our opinions. act like children but long for the respect of an We crave the feeling of superiority, convincing adult. Therefore, teenagers try ourselves that our opinto engage in grown-up conversaion exceeds others and tions and debates, like politics. is the utmost truth.  There is nothing wrong with Almost every mornthe idea of students incorporating ing, I pass by a particuthemselves into the adult world, lar group of classmates but in order to do so, the student in the halls, and almost ought to have some knowledge every morning, the as to what he or she is doing. members of this group   In other words, if a student find something new wants to have a political converto argue about. Earlier sation with an adult or fellow this week, they had gotstudent, he or she should probten themselves into a ably know at least what the word hot political argument. “politics” means. I couldn’t help but lis For those who don’t know, the ten in. world of politics is nothing more To my disappointthan a bunch of shoddy advertisment, however, the ing by selfish brutes who claim Navar Watson dispute was nothing to be politicians. One can’t even to take note of. Those call it “advertising” anymore. It’s navar.watson@gmail.com who participated in the mere propaganda. debate had very strong   Today’s campaigning is made simply of one opinions, though they had little to no factual eviindividual bashing the opposing party and say- dence to support their claims. ing nothing whatsoever that benefits or promotes Easily, one could tell that the opinions of his or her own. What exactly is the purpose of these students were solely based on rumors, lies, such behavior? The purpose of these politicians and trashy campaign commercials. Even the few

facts that were discussed had been exaggerated to a state of absurdity.    Just watching this group tear itself apart made a knot in my stomach. Not only did I find it wrong that friends were willing to go to extreme ends to hurt and embarrass one another, but I also found myself asking a rather frightening question.  Are these really the people who will be choosing America’s leaders in the future? Are these really the people who are going to be leaders of the future?  Society has gotten itself to a state where one will speak lies just to make him or herself feel powerful or “smart.” We will soon, if not already, be living in a false world—a world built on a foundation of dishonesty, fraud, and utter deception. How do we prevent this?  We start with American youth. Adults are already set on their beliefs, having already heard enough lies to solidify their opinions, but if we go to American youth, to the start of all the untruths, we can stop it.  “But I want to participate in grown-up conversations!” whines a kid from the hallway group.  Well, here’s what I have to say to that kid: you can still debate! You can still voice your opinion, but do some research. Back your view with hardcore facts, statistics, and supported data. You will not only increase your own knowledge but also the knowledge of those around you.   Don’t just regurgitate a bunch of recycled, bogus information; use some facts. Be the bigger person.

Arthur remake is actually worth the watch Katie Souders souders.katie@gmail.com Bizarre gadgets, crazy cars, and Russell Brand. What more does a movie need? It does, in fact, qualify as a remake, but Arthur holds its own. While many people may focus their time on comparing the newly released feature flick to the original movie, I have never seen the 1981 Dudley Moore version; which allowed me to watch it free of bias. I didn’t spend the entire time trying to see if it would live up to the standards of the original. Arthur was full of extremely clever dialogue and great performances by the cast. Russell Brand fit his role perfectly. It had my attention from the very beginning to the climax and on to the resolution. When I wasn’t laughing at the hilarious Russell Brand, I was still completely engrossed in the plot. Russell’s character had everything money can buy, from priceless statues to a magnetic bed. However, he was not stuck up in the least, but instead very generous with this money. Arthur could be described as an immature, inept, party boy who relies wholly on money to get him out of trouble, as well as a kind-hearted, lively, optimist. Whether it was speeding down the streets of New York in a batmobile or emptying out Grand Central Station for a secret date, Arthur spent his days testing every limit to ensure that he had fun. Even with the incredible wealth he had in both money and spirit, there were still problems that even Arthur couldn’t pay to fix. Drinking was a major issue in his life, as he spent almost the entire movie in some kind of a drunken state. But this didn’t take away from his charisma as a character; in fact he was quite humorous. Although it was not entirely relatable, in the sense that we all aren’t filthy rich and forced with an ultimatum to marry an otherwise crazy woman in order to keep his lavish lifestyle or lose everything, the movie still felt real. The characters were likeable which made it easier to get drawn into. The way they reacted with one another and the dialogue used made me feel

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Eavesdropping at its funniest “Boop, boop, boop, boop. Dubstep.” -Physics AP “Keep your lips beautiful.” -Band Room “We keep agreeing today... Stop, it’s weird.” -Art Hallway “We Teletubbies need to stick together.” -Social Studies Hallway “(sigh) I really need to learn how to fly...” -Commons “Why do we keep yee-hawing?!” -AP Biology “Who made the American flag?” -“Rosa Parks!” -Athletic Hallway “This hallway smells like duck-butter.” -English Hallway

Photo provided by www.allmovie.com as if it could be a conversation somebody standing next to me was having. Helen Mirren played her role so well I found myself wanting her to be my very own British nanny. How she had so much patience while caring for an immature grown man, I will never understand. Arthur was not in any way cheesy, which was not expected. Since it is, in fact, a “romantic comedy” I assumed there would be the classic, over done romance. But the relationship between Arthur and his love interest Naomi cannot be described as anything but charming. With their animated romance and quick-witted conversations, it’s hard not to fall in love with them as a couple. Reviewers and critics alike have ripped apart Russell’s performance solely basing their opinions on how closely he portrayed the original character. As a movie completely separate from its predecessor, Arthur was a success and could be defined as intriguing, amusing, and light hearted.

“What’s that song that goes, ‘Ohbombaway’ you know, from Matilda?” -Jr/Sr Cafeteria “Look! Oh... Never mind. I thought I saw a monkey.” -Math Hallway


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Sidney Huber sid.mhuber@gmail.com Everyone has seen the previews taking over every commercial break for Soul Surfer. Everyone also knows the basic storyline of it, so most would think: “What haven’t I seen in the previews?” Well, I was one of those people until last weekend. Soul Surfer is an inspiring picture that certainly won’t lose anyone’s attention. Soul Surfer, based on a true story, gives viewers an inside look of the struggles and prosperities of award-winning surfer Bethany Hamilton after a brutal shark attack. To sum up the plot, surfing had been a passion of Bethany’s ever since she was a little girl. She dreamed of going pro, until one day, about three weeks before a big competition, Bethany went surfing with best friend and fellow surfer Alana Blanchard. Everything was going smoothly until a shark attacked Bethany and her left arm was bitten off. She was rushed to the hospital and barely survived. Suddenly everything became much harder for Bethany; simple tasks like cooking, opening packages, and getting dressed were nearly impossible. Regardless, she wasn’t about to give up. Within a month she was back in the water, wanting to compete despite her inability so surf as well as she had before the accident.

After looking up and reading all I could about the real Bethany Hamilton, this movie was very accurate. The people on screen and behind the scenes did a great job of bringing this story to life while appealing to audiences of all ages and still keeping the truth in it. The movie did its job of being a “drama” with intense, tear-jerking scenes as well as scenes that gave viewers a feeling of anxiety, despite the fact that most already knew what was going to happen. It also had some much-needed comic relief to lighten the mood when the emotions had gotten to be a little too much. It was incredible how well the director and producers covered up the fact that Anna Sophia Robb (Bethany) has two arms in real life. It really seemed as if she only had one. Even in one scene as Bethany passes by a mirror, there’s no indication at all that the actress actually has two arms. The actress, Anna Sophia Robb, did her job very well, too. The emotions got pretty high multiple times throughout the entire film, and whether she was laughing or crying, Anna pulled it off. Every moment seemed genuine, and gave the audience a character to relate to. Another actress that played her part well was Carrie Underwood, as Bethany’s friend from her church (Sarah). The fact that she is a singer made me a little unsure that she would be able to pull it off. Although her part was not major in the movie, she portrayed it very well and shocked me.

There has been a lot of talk about the major part of faith in this movie. I did feel it was forced upon the audience a little much, and it was somewhat cliché, but it didn’t make me uncomfortable. I think that if audiences went into theaters with an open mind, the role of religion in the movie would not be a problem. The most impressive part of the movie was its message. No matter what, Bethany never gave in; she kept going. Being in high school, we get caught up in drama that makes it seem like our world is going to end. To see someone go through trauma like this and get through it is extremely inspirational. Of course in every movie, there are things that go badly and go noticed. For example, the CGI shark in the movie was very fake and unrealistic looking. It kind of came out of nowhere and just ripped her arm right off. It was so unrealistic that it almost made me laugh. It also seemed like it took forever for something with any point at all to happen. The first part of the movie was just Bethany and Alana parading around the town in swimsuits; there wasn’t much of a point for it. There were definitely some scenes that the audience could have done without. Despite some minor issues, Soul Surfer is a very good movie that I encourage everyone to go see. It might just make you realize what’s important in life and what’s worth fighting for. Graphics from www.shindigz.com

Testing tea at the science fair with junior Jennifer Reagin Madi McNew mcnew.madi@gmail.com Usually when teachers tell students that they should compete in the science fair, the students aren’t too happy about it. However, junior Jennifer Reagin was excited to participate and eventually placed fourth at regionals, allowing her to advance to the state science fair.

According to www.sefi.org, the Science Education Foun- less light that came through, the more antioxidants the tea dation of Indiana (SEFI) is a non-profit organization “whose had. purpose is to encourage and assist young people to become In the end, Reagin discovered that green tea contained scientists and engineers and to practice their professions in more antioxidants than black tea, which matched her hyIndiana.” pothesis. Reagin’s project tested the amount of antiAccording to Reagin, the scioxidants in both green and black tea. Her inspience fair is a way for students ration came from her family’s love of tea. to be academically competitive “I started planning my project in the berather than physically competiginning of the tive. Students at the state level school year. It of the science fair really get the took a while to chance to show off their sciencome up with the tific skills. initial idea and “State was pretty intimidatprocedure, but ing. I couldn’t even understand the actual experimost of the titles let alone the Photo provided by Jennifer Reagin projects,” Reagin said. ment only took a couple weeks,” Junior Jennifer Reagin poses However, Reagin said that Reagin said. she enjoyed participating in the next to her antioxidant science To start, Rescience fair and that it was a agin mixed the fair project. Reagin’s fourth great experience. For newcomers tea with chemi- place finish at the regional scito the science fair, Reagin has a cals and then ence fair allowed her to compete piece of advice. ran the mixture at the state science fair. “Don’t procrastinate. Trust through a specme, waiting until the night betrophotometer, which mea- fore to start your project rarely ends well. Also, come up sured how much light was with something you’re interested in, science fair doesn’t passing through the tea. The have to be boring,” Reagin said.


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Got prom swag or prom stag? Carlie Jordan

carlie.sjordan@gmail.com Every high school teenager dreams of the perfect night, with the perfect person. For some, that may mean hours in front on various fitting room or salon mirrors; for others, it’s a shotgun date and dress.

Students have been known to go all out for the glamorous night of prom. They go to great lengths to be charming, cute and clever when asking someone to attend prom, then jump right in with tickets and attire once they’ve secured a definite “yes.” With prom only one week away, the pressure is on; whether the pressure is to get a date, find a group, or finalize plans. Sophomore Brooke Woods has known for a while who that perfect date would be, and she’d been anxiously waiting for him to “pop the question.” “He had this dry erase board and wrote ‘Who should Brooke Woods go to prom with? (erase to find out),’”Woods said. “He wrote a whole bunch of guys from the baseball team down, so obviously I erased them and only his name was left.” There you have it, Junior Justin Holloway knows who he is taking, and he can’t wait for April 29. “I am the best part of prom,” Holloway said. Cute, but not everyone has been dreaming of prom for that specific reason. Senior Jennie Costa, who attended the dance with a date her junior year, has decided to enjoy the floor with all of her friends this year. “I’m excited to spend time

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Junior Justin Holloway and his prom date, sophomore Brooke Woods, are seen above hanging out in the halls, anxiously awaiting prom night. The NHS Prom will be held April 29 at the Marriott East.

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dancing with my friends,” Costa said. “The advantage of not going with a date is that you can dance with anyone!” While Costa and her classmates are sure to enjoy the main event, there’s a lot more that goes on the night of prom- aside from the actual dance. “Before prom there’s pictures to be taken, and our group’s going out to dinner,” Woods said. “And after prom we’ll be going to the school’s after-prom!” Psych! This will be the first year in many that there will not be an after prom. This is likely because of the prom’s new location in Indianapolis. Sadly, no one stepped up to organize and assemble the after-prom. Their dinning location is still undecided, but they’ll be traveling in style. “We’re taking a limo!” Holloway said. However, many other students plans’ are still up in the air. Costa’s plans are not completely set in stone, but she has a good idea of what she’ll be doing after prom next weekend. “I’ll be going to sleep before Kings Island in the morning,” Costa said. Kings Island has become a popular destination after prom. It’s like shouting “I’m going to Disney World!” after a big win; it’s tradition and that is exactly how Holloway views prom night. “I think prom is more of a tradition, and they want to go to prom just like their parents and siblings did,” Holloway said. Here’s to a new spin on tradition! This year’s prom theme is “Worlds Collide,” which is expected to be an epic, and expensive, take off James Cameron’s Avatar. Noblesville Prom 2011 is sure to be a memorable night for many, and keep the tradition rolling when “Worlds Collide.”

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Butler visits wellness event Abraham Echarry a.echarry12@gmail.com Noblesville High School is hosting its second annual Wellness Extravaganza jam packed with everything from Zumba class to health-conscious snacking. This gig’s got it all. The activities that will be taking place are a scooter triathlon, Fitness Monopoly, heart challenge course, tennis skills/games, Spin Zumba, Sharbade, bounce house, health screens, ballet dancing, tap dancing, performance camp, chiropractors, body comp testing, carpet bowling, Zumba class, BMI testing, and fitness demos. Zumba, the main event, is a dance fitness class with music centered around Latin culture. Zumba will be taught for all ages at the event on April 21. Aside from all the fun and games, attendees will have the chance to see how healthy they really are through blood pres-

sure tests along with the chance to meet with a chiropractor. Butler basketball players will be signing autographs on location with Radio Disney, who will be broadcasting live from the

event. There will also be a chance to win any one of several door prizes when you buy a ticket that include a Wii Fit, gift certificates, free personal training, free bowling/ mini golf, free Tae Kwon Do lessons, free swim lessons, free massage, and much much more . Come one, come all and participate in the second annual Wellness Extravaganza. All age groups are welcome to roll, bounce, or dance their way down to the Noblesville High School main campus and take home the self-rewarding prize of good health. Students, as well as their friends and family, are encouraged to attend.

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Alejandra Coar coar.alejandra@gmail.com (Continued from cover) Six years after its creation, Healing Ceiling has transformed into an annual art contest for high school students. After submitting a form including a sample of their artwork, a winner is chosen and receives a monetary reward as well as the opportunity to paint a work of their choosing on a ceiling tile that will then be displayed in various locations around the hopital. Entrance forms are given out to art teachers across the county, although some choose not to participate. However, track coach and 2D art instructor Dennis Scheele is passionate in spreading the word about the project to all of his students. “As a teacher, I push [participating in the contest] because I see the value in it and see it as a good opportunity for those who have a passion for art,” Scheele said. “The project is essentially about bringing a feel-good environment to the hospital, which is a great for the community.” In each of his art classes, the number of students interested in participating is never a disappointment. “I announce the start of the project for all of my classes, and I always have a few people in each of the blocks that chose to participate, whether it be because of the reward or because they want to persue a further interest in art,” Scheele said. Art enthusiast junior Rosemary James is one

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of many interested in participating in the contest due to both her love for art and the the opportunity to be part of a good cause. “I heard about the contest from a friend, and I was immediately interested. I love art, and I think it’s really cool to hopefully be able to brighten up the hopsital and make the people there smile,” James said. While some students such as James choose to participate out of an act of kindness, others have more personal reasons for being a part of Healing Ceiling. “One of my friends died from cancer in the fifth grade, so [Healing Ceiling] is important to me,” freshman Meme Sharp said. “I want to make the hospital look happier so the patients can try to forget about their illness.” Each artist chosen from the competition are able to put anything they chose on their tile, and each winner has different ideas as to what they are going to create. “If I am chosen as a winner, I plan to draw some sort of animal on my tile since that is what I am best at artistically,” James said. “I love painting landscapes, so that is probably what I would chose to put on [my tile],” Sharp said. Students from all over Hamilton County participate in the contest for varried reasons, but at its core is the desire to bring a little more cheer to a normally dismal place. Since the creation of the project, there has been nothing but positive feedback from patients and patrons alike, and both the hospital as well as the school are eager for more students to become involved and be a part of the cause.

These works of art were in the cardiovascular short-stay wing of Riverview Hospital. Painted ceiling tiles can be found in various rooms at the hospital. Many tiles were painted by many local high school students, but there were also some created by elementary school students.

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loria.matt@gmail.com Mattresses will soon be rolling, yes rolling, down the streets of Noblesville. The Noblesville Boys and Girls Club has put together a mattress race scheduled to run on May 21. The race will have three levels of competition within one run of the race. There will be public, school, and corporation divisions, all with different requirements and age restrictions. The school division has the youngest age restriction with a minimum age requirement of 16 years. Through April 21, the cost of sign-up will be $50 per team of five. Afterwards the cost will jump to $75. The proceeds will go towards camp and membership fees for the Boys and Girls Club. The prices for summer camps and membership fees ranges from $40 to $80. Prizes have yet to be announced to the competitors, but the Boys and Girls Club believes there will be a visual appeal to the spectators. “Anyone who has the opportunity to, should come out to the race. Who wouldn’t want to watch people race downtown on mattresses?” senior and Student Coordinator of the Boys and Girls Club Ashley Wilson said.

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Freshman Abbey Hutton

“I got involved in the FIATS program through one of my friends because she knew I loved helping with the special needs kids.” Freshman Sarah Beagle Photos by S. Le

Want to help students who need extra help? Teach them how be self-ruling and confident? At the FIATS (Functional Independent And Transitional Skills) program at the Freshman Campus students volunteer to help handicapped students learn life skills and how to be independent. The class gives the students an opportunity to learn and develop just as any other student can. The program is fairly new as it was established late spring in 2010. “We teach them to be independent as possible, how to socially interact with peers, and provide community based instruction (CBI),” head teacher for the program, Mrs. Ellen Hammond said. There are seven kids of the FIATS program and several freshmen volunteers come to help with the kids and do different activities with them. It is similar to the Best Buddies club at the main campus. Two of the volunteers or peers as they also are called, freshmen Abbey Hutton and Sarah Beagle are passionate about working with the FIATS students. “I’ve always wanted to work with special need kids, because my best friend’s mom works with them and I met some of the kids and they were just so cute and sweet. I am also the type of person who loves to help other people,” Beagle said. The girls adds that the peers come to the FIATS classroom during Academic Lab and sometimes during lunch, or they take the kids to the cafeteria so they can interact with other students as well. So the volunteers get to see the FIATS students up to three-four days a week. Mrs. Hammond shows a big passion working with the FIATS students and she believes that the peers can totally consent to that statement. “I see that the peers love to come and create bonds with the students. It gives them a sense of helping people,” Hammond said. It is not only the FIATS students that learn something, but the peers also learn from being a part of this experience. “I have learned that it’s not right to judge people with what they can’t control,” Hutton said. She also mentions that her favorite part of the program is to get the change to work with the students and be with them. Hutton takes news writing as one of her classes and is doing a project about the FIATS peer program. “I am very passionate about FIATS and I am very well informed,” Hutton said. Working at the FIATS program, Hutton got really close to one of the students Ty Whittenburg. “I met Ty when I started going down for AL and we both had a instantaneous connection,” she said. Hutton also mentions that she got involved with FIATS through a friend, and said she fell instantly in love with the peer program.

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to see all these kids from all different schools walking for the same cause. We all have n mind,” Junior Aysha Ahmed said. nday the Best Buddies club participated in the Best Buddies walk of Friendship in In-

club advisor, Julie Miller, the club’s main goal is to give students with disabilities close will last throughout high school. The club is able to create a positive support system ddies and student members. International reaches this goal in over 50 countries. All the benefits from the walk b’s Indiana Chapter. Sunday’s walk made over $52,000 to support students with dis-

dded that the Best Buddies participants worked hard to make the walk as fun as posonsidered wearing costumes for the day. dy from NHS ended up dressing up, lots of kids from Indiana University and Butler

dressed up in 80’s style. If I had known they were doing that, I definitely would have,” Ahmed said. The Walk of Friendship had two separate races, one competitive 5k (3.1miles) and a noncompetitive 2.5k (1.5miles). All the NHS Best Buddies walked together in the 2.5k race. “I’ve never walked that long before, but I took my iPod, and I danced all my friends during the race,” Senior Kelly Duncan said. Ahmed added that the best part of the race was the end when all of the walkers ran the end together, singing, screaming, and cheering on the other teams. The students finished along side of 76 other teams from around the state including Carmel and Westfield High School. “We’re so lucky to have a club like this because we create one to one friendships with disabled kids,” junior Jennifer Nance said. The walk proved their success. Nance, current president of the club, has been a member for two years and enjoys spending every day with the buddies at NHS. Throughout the year, the Best Buddies Club does more than just walk. They’ve had Holiday parties, AL movie days, spaghetti dinners, and Chick-fil-a days. Next, on May 23, the Club will also be having a bake sale. The walk, however, seems to be the favorite for everyone. “The walk reminded me of what Best Buddies truly is, and gave me an even bigger perspective of what we can accomplish,” Ahmed said.


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Anna Kreutz anna.lkreutz@gmail.com Students were excited to peek out the west windows last Wednesday and see a variety of exotic animals so close to NHS - elephants, camels, but not llamas. The llamas are a few blocks over at the Hamilton Country 4-H fairgrounds, prepping for their next show. The 4-H fairgrounds offer a variety of activities for llamas and their owners. They compete in an obstacle course, where llamas jump over ramps and fences, and showmanship, when llamas are groomed and beautified for the judges. The public relations show is similar to a regular obstacle course but with bright colors and distracting judges. “And then there’s a pack class. Llamas are pack animals, so that’s where we show what it would be like if we were packing in the mountains,” sophomore Michele Gohr said, who is not only involved with 4-H but travels around the country with her awardwinning llama. “I love showing in all four classes, but my

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favorite would have to be the pack class. Both of my llamas, Safari and Katie, love having a pack on, and they both seem to succeed in that class with me,” junior Julie Goodwin said. Goodwin has a new addition to her llama family as of April 11. Katie’s first baby, referred to as a cria in the llama world, is named Otto and currently is enjoying his llamahood running around his parents. He won’t start performing for the judges for another five months. Sophomore Sydney Johnson, who has been involved with 4H since fourth grade, also has a baby llama named Molly. Johnson has won first place in her division for showmanship, which is another favorite event. “The showmanship show is probably the most fun because you get to show off this beautiful animal that understands

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Ditches Carmel Macchiato (aka Otto), junior Julie Goodwin’s new baby llama, basks in the warmth of his mama llama. Otto will begin public performances after about five months.

the importance of what’s happening around them,” Johnson said. Goodwin is convinced that llamas enjoy showmanship because they love being primped to look their best. “Showmanship is also like the glamor class,” Goodwin said. While the 4-H is popular among llama lovers at NHS, both Goodwin and freshman Maddie Mcfadden are also involved with the ALSA, Alpaca Lama Show Association, which is the national llama showing organization that sponsors shows all around the nation. Especially at ALSA the girls who I show llamas with are like my second family,” Mcfadden said, who has shown four different llamas for ALSA. For her, the best part of having a llama is being able to educate people about them and being around people who appreciate the animal. “Every time I get my llamas out is a new adventure, and I just never know what they’ll do next,” Goodwin said. “We have so much fun together, and I can’t even think what it would be like to not have them in my yard every day.”

Seniors spend Saturday in school session to graduate on time Jace Hodson hodson.jace@gmail.com After the graduation ceremony, many seniors experience a sense of freedom. Finally, high school is over for them, and the future awaits! Parties are thrown to celebrate individual graduations in style, and with high school over, graduated seniors look forward to a summer of pure, blissful freedom. One could see why most seniors would be reluctant to stroll back into NHS and plop down into their chairs for another two days of exam-taking after the ceremony on May 27 and the graduation parties the following weekend. Despite the inclement weather that caused five make-up days to be added to the end of the rest of the year, seniors don’t necessarily have to attend the Saturday schools. They could come back and complete school on the same days as the underclassmen, if they prefer, stretching their school experience out into the early days of June. But for those who prefer to avoid such a situation, four sessions of Saturday schooling, lasting six hours each, are being offered to seniors only. Two of these sessions were offered on April 23 and May 7, and two others were held on March 26 and April 16. If seniors attend two of these sessions, they will be able to graduate at the time of the May 27 ceremony. An estimated 300 of the 500 seniors in the class of 2011 attended the March 26 session, and 116 have attended both sessions that have been offered so far. About 125 seniors have not yet attended any of the ses-

sions. These sessions are being offered because it was impossible to push back the date for the actual graduation ceremony, according to principal Mrs. Annetta Petty. “The graduation announcements have already gone out. We would have to print a special insert…Plus, many families have already made their travel arrangements to come for graduation, and parties have already been booked for certain times,” Petty said. According to Mr. Rich Harden, one of the teachers who pushed for the Saturday Schools decision, the sessions will be somewhat like a typical school day. “Students will arrive at 8 am, go to four blocks just like a normal school day, except everyone will eat lunch at the same time. Most of the sessions are not really textbookoriented… But most of the sessions we’ve arranged on the basis of, ‘things that seniors in high school might want/need to know,’ Harden said. The atmosphere is relatively relaxed. Pizza is ordered for lunch, so the cafeteria will not have to be staffed, or students may bring their own lunches instead of opting for pizza. Guest speakers also appear at the sessions, and students have the option of listening to the speakers’ lectures. Special classes are offered, like finances, self-defense, basic cooking, basic sewing, photography, college orientation, lectures, speaking and hands-on classes. “I took binge drinking, self-defense, fitness, and cooking with Mrs. Huber. [The classes] were pretty fun,” senior Jamares McCloud said. Some seniors got the chance to experience a school day without traditional teach-

ers. “I took some online classes. Teachers were there [to supervise], but they didn’t exactly teach us,” senior Samye Brown said. The classes offered, while not traditional, were still informative. “I took most of the classes offered, including internet safety, budgeting and college info,” senior Zack Hofreiter said. “They were pretty educational.” Many juniors are supportive of the seniors’ option of taking Saturday school sessions instead of graduating early, even though they must come back after the graduation ceremony. “They’re graduating, so they deserve this option. It’s nothing special for underclassmen, so it seems fair enough,” junior Sydney Hudspeth said. Junior Sarah Fugate agreed with Hudspeth. “Seniors shouldn’t have to go back to school [after the ceremony]. They already have places booked for their parties, anyway,” Fugate said. Many seniors taking advantage of the Saturday school sessions are glad for the opportunity to graduate before the ceremony, and are enthusiastic about the sessions. “We got honor code taken away last year, so we deserve this,” senior Riley Oberhart said. McCloud felt that not only is it a fair option, it is the preferred choice for most seniors. “It’s a way better option than staying in school [after graduation],” McCloud agreed. Though seniors who go to Saturday sessions will graduate on time, they will not actually receive their diplomas at the grad-

uation ceremony. Empty diploma covers will be handed out, according to Petty. “The class sizes are so big, it’s been a real challenge. We’re doing away with the gold lettering on the diploma covers, and we’re handing out the empty diploma covers instead of the actual certificate. It will make the ceremony flow much more smoothly,” Petty said. Some seniors feel that this will detract some of the ceremony’s purpose. “It will lose some of the meaning for the seniors. It won’t seem as important,” Oberhart said. Despite the lack of diplomas at the actual ceremony, they will be handed out. Seniors who completed the ceremony can pick up their diplomas immediately after the ceremony; those who haven’t must wait to pick up their diplomas in the main office on June 3.

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Drew Musselman musselman.drew@gmail.com Hand-me-downs is usually a term that most associate with home life, like when an older brother gives his jacket that he can’t wear any longer to his younger brother, but it’s also something that NHS is using in reguards to uniforms for different sports. Every four to five years, there will be a new rotation of uniforms, where the seniors get new uniforms and their old uniforms are handed down all the way to the freshman level. “The thought process behind the coaches asking for new uniforms in volleyball and softball next year is to allow girls the opportunity to play up on a different team if ther performance warrants. The coaches have noticed this as an issue for the past year or so and they’d like to make it easier on the student-athlete to play up,” NHS athletic director

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Mark Hasche said. According to Hasche, the goal is to give unifornity to all levels of sports at NHS. Sophomore Tara Parker says that the volleyball team has not gotten new uniforms for the past two years. “We have to pay for socks, spandex, shoes, kneepads, and active ankles if we d on’t already have them, but the shirts and warm-ups are provided for use. We also have to pay for practice shirts,” Parker said. According to sophomore Zach Hall, the swimming/ diving team, on the other hand, has gotten new swim wear and t-shirts every year, but each swimmer/ diver pays for it themselves. For normal swim wear, it usually costs between $20$30, but certain kinds of water resistant suit might cost more. “Suits wear out very quickly- most swimmers only wear new suits in competition but still use and chlorination fade and tear up the suit,” Hall said.

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“When Alfred joined us, he was a very raw athlete, [and was] new to strength conditioning,” Clarke said. “The botjeong.ainee@gmail.com tom line is, at the pace he’s going, he’s going to be very sucIn the fall, he claims the roles of running back, wide cessful.” Personally for Sambo, to receiver, or defensive back for the NHS football team. In the spring, he runs the 100-meter and 200-meter be “successful” is “to play dashes as well as the 4x100 relay in track. Year round, football and do track [in colhe’s an athlete and a student, a friend and a s o n . lege] and go into physical therapy, even after college.” Who is he? But not only does Clarke beHe’s none other than senior Alfred lieve that Sambo will be sucSambo, whose roots extend across the Atcessful thanks to his athletilantic Ocean. cism, but also because of his “I actually moved from Africa…Zampersonality. bia, like two years ago,” Sambo said. “And “More than his athletic before Noblesville, I lived in Elwood.” ability, I like his personHowever, there was a chance that Samality,” Clarke said. “He’s bo would not have been in Noblesville any overcome adversity and his longer, and by his own choice, he was able perseverance and effort are to stay. admirable.” “My mom moved to New York,” Along the same Sambo said. “I wanted to lines, Krum destay to run.” scribes Sambo as Sambo professed that having a posihe was used to being tive character. away from his mom and “He’s alis currently staying with ways rejunior Lacey Krum’s family, ally nice and whose father is the junior friendly to varsity football coach. ever yone,” According to Krum, SamKrum said. bo is “really funny and…a “And he’s relot more talkative” outside ally respectof school. ful.” As for Sambo, he felt Sambo was that staying in Nobleslisted as one ville would do him the of the top athmost good. letes in Hamil“I chose Noblesville, ton County for [because] if I did athletics, I this year’s track could really go somewhere if season for his I stayed here,” Sambo said. outstanding perStrength and conditionformance times in ing trainer Coach Brian the 100-meter and Clarke agrees with Sambo, 200-meter dashes. whom he calls “Ace.” Photo by S. Huber

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Bottom left: Ben Hodgin, Tyler Mitchner, Seth Rayle, Caleb Shore, Austin Ramey, Pat Rader, Tanner Watson, Jennifer Nance. Middle left: Coach Keever, Brock Masterson, Jacob Imbro, Jameson Brock, Ben Yoder, Mikey Nichols, Derek Asuras, Andrew Rodgers, Sam Wides, Coach Giordano. Top left: Reid Baker, Kent Williams, Nevin Fangheir, Brock Hammond, Max Breier, Andy Cooley, Ryan Byrne. The varsity baseball team got new jerseys this year.

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With summer break only a few weeks away many are focused on what their summers will be filled with. The boys track team, however, are focusing on their spring season and man are anticipating to see what the boys can do, including the boys themselves. “My goal for myself is to pole vault 13’ 6” this year,” junior Adam Grossman said. Not only are the boys on the team practicing to achieve their own personal goals, the entire track team has a goal for the team as a whole and are working to have a good season and exceed every Every day the team practices, they split up into their individual events and practice each event to make their skills stronger. For pole vault participants, the vaulters start off with a light warm up and then make vault attempts for an hour and a half. Distances runners have to run at least 4 to 5 miles a day for their typical practice. one’s own standards.

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Some students and teachers might have seen the Miller baseball athletes sporting their camouflage colored jerseys earlier this month. What might have gone unnoticed, other than their torso, is a small patch on the right shoulder of the players. This Saturday, April 16, the Millers might have played the most important game of their

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With the track team already having participated in 2 meets some of the team feels as though it is already better than last year’s season. “I feel the team is more energetic than last season and more driven as well as ready to compete,” Grossman said. While many of the boys on the team run track because of the sheer joy they get when they run, others have no specific reason as to why they run track. “I run track because well I simply….do not know. There is just something about it,” junior Sam Roudebush said. While Roudebush does not know if he will run in college, others have already committed to a college in hopes of prolonging their track career. “I will be vaulting at a college in Nebraska,” senior Sam Smith said. With the season underway some members already have specific events they look forward to. “My favorite part about track is winning,” Smith said high school career. Nor only is it for a good cause, the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, but the opponent is archrival, the Carmel Greyhounds. Noblesville wore the green camouflage and Carmel will be stuck with the alternative, desert camo. After the game, the parents purchase the jerseys via “auction” where the proceeds go towards the children’s hospital. “It’s also the game where we fight for the oar. You may have seen it, its half colored Noblesville, and half colored Carmel, and we play for keeps.” Senior Tanner Watson explains. The War for the Oar has been going on for three years according to Senior Andrew Rodgers, making this the fourth game. Sadly, the Millers lost in a 6-2 deficit, and the greyhounds are still the owners of the oar. “It was a tough game and it was really cold.” Senior Nick Coffeen said, “We rooted for them to the end.” The Millers will always have NHS support, and next year, hopefully the oar will move in with the millers.

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Q&A: Is it embarrassing when you don’t hit it over the net? Lindsay: Yeah. It is. Q&A: What do other people do when it happens? Lindsay: Well they’re happy, obviously. Q&A: Do they laugh? Lindsay: No, they don’t laugh. St. Pierre: Yes. Especially if it’s an overhead and you completely miss the ball. That’s pretty bad. Q&A: I don’t know what any of that means. Mickelson: Uh… yeah, sometimes… Q&A: What celebrity would you want on your side in a doubles match? Lindsay: Andy Roddick Q&A: Why? Lindsay: Because he’s good at tennis and good to look at. Q&A: Oh… the onetwo punch St. Pierre: Novak Djokovic Q&A: Who’s that? St. Pierre: I think he’s number two in the world right now, men’s tennis Q&A: I don’t see the connection. Mickelson: Probably Jake Gyllenhaal because he’s very attractive and I’d be better than him, so I’d impress him with my skills.

Q&A: There you go. Q&A: Do you ever pull any risky maneuvers like Maverick in Top Gun, except in tennis? Lindsay: Just hitting the other person with the ball. Q&A: What happens then? Lindsay: They get hurt. St. Pierre: Oh yeah. All the time. Diving and sliding… you know. Q&A: Does that hurt? St. Pierre: No, I’m used to it now. Q&A: That’s risky. Mickelson: Sometimes I can get the ball stuck in the fence… Q&A: Oh, okay. That’s sort of like Top Gun. Q&A: Let’s do some word association: Fault: Lindsay: I win. St. Pierre: Bad. Mickelson: Serve. Ace: Lindsay: I win. St. Pierre: Yesssss Mickelson: My point. Line Judge: Lindsay: Not necessary. St. Pierre: Doesn’t exist in high school tennis Mickelson: Unnecessary Racquetball: Lindsay: Intense St. Pierre: Uh… my dad plays that? Mickelson: Wall.


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plan ahead... Let Your Hair Down: Special Edition Steve Miller Band April 19

movie releases In Theatres

The Greatful Madea’s Big Dead Movie Family April 20 April 22

D.A.Z. Rescue Daz Dillinger Silverstein April 19 April 26 Glee Presents: The Warblers Glee April 19 April 26 Fishin’ For Woos Bowling For Soup

Jerry Seinfeld Embassy Theatre April 22 Steve Miller Band & Gregg Allman White River State Park April 27

The Arcade Fire White River State Park April 27 Best Buy Country Music Expo Blue Ribbon Pavillion April 30

school events Senior Saturday School April 23 Senior Saturday School May 7

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Blood Out April 26

live shows

cd releases Dirty Work All Time Low April 26

Water for Elephants April 22

On DVD

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