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On August 11, 2016, the new extension called Castle Rock Parkway/North Meadows Drive opened as part of the North Meadows Extension project. According to senior Cierra Isaak, who drives from Sedalia, “The bridge is amazing. It used to take me twenty-five minutes to get here and now it takes me twelve.” This new route allows her to skip having to take US Highway 85 all the way to Meadows and gives her a direct route to the school. Senior Megan Oster drives to school from Butterfield and believes some students aren’t benefiting from the new bridge. “The new bridge is nice for everyone else who is actually utilizing it, but from where I drive from, these people block traffic and

make my drive longer and less safe.” Senior Community Relations Specialist of Castle Rock, Caroline Kipp said, “This project’s goal is to reduce the traffic that builds up on the main exit of the Meadows and divert a portion of it to the new alternate route.” This allows for multiple access routes to be utilized by reducing overall traffic and congestion. However, having such a highly traveled road intersect with the many pedestrian students who walk, bike, and skate to school is a potential risk to their safety. Some students at Castle View High School do not use vehicles to get to and from school every day. Having an increased amount of



Photos by Anna Murphy 1. AUGUST 11, 2016 In between marching band performances, Castle Rock mayor, Paul Donahue, cuts the ribbon marking the official opening of the North Meadows Extension. Sophomore Colin Murphy, a member of the marching band said, ”It was a lot of fun being some of the first ones up there, especially since it’s something that people have been waiting for a while.” 2. KID PERSPECTIVE Along with the new bridge festivities, kids were welcome to join in on the fun. Activiteis included: a barrel train ride, booths where you participants can win prizes, and other fun outdoor games.

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traffic near these students (especially since there is not a stoplight at the intersection where the back parking lot meets the new road) may place these students at risk. Regardless of people’s opinions on it, the bridge is open for business and is utilized by many drivers each day. What the long term impacts of the bridge will be, whether they be good or bad, remains to be seen.

This project’s goal is to reduce the traffic that builds up on the main exit of the Meadows and divert a portion of it to the new alternate route.” SENIOR COMMUNITY RELATIONS SPECIALIST CAROLINE KIPP


Literary Magazine club members debated among themselves the winner of the contest. Despite receiving so few entries, the variety of styles still made it difficult to choose a clear winner. “I really like the stories behind most of them,” said freshman Morgan Johanson.





For the first time ever, the Literary Magazine club sponsored a writing contest, giving students a chance to get creative with their writing and submit a piece of their choice with a fee of only two dollars. Five entries were submitted to the Literary Magazine judging panel, each trying to put together the most creative piece of writing following the adventure theme. The contest was meant to engage students in writing and allow them to express their individuality through their adventure-themed piece, the goal being to have the most creative submission. The limitations were kept to a minimum, allowing almost any form of writing to surface. “We just wanted something that tied in with the theme of adventure,” said club advisor, Jessica Combest. “We’re basically choosing based on what we think is the most interesting or most creative.”


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Submissions ranged from short stories to poetry and even fan fiction. “I really enjoyed reading what we got,” said Combest. “It’s a different side of students, which I like seeing.” Club members also enjoyed the entries they received. “I like getting to read other people’s papers that they’ve written,” said freshman Morgan Johanson. “You’re always able to learn something.” In addition to encouraging creativity, the contest also advertises writing. “It allows kids to have a creative outlet,” said Combest. “It gives them a chance to really share a piece of themselves without having any kind of restriction or limitation.” Braden Peltz, a contest participant, agreed, appreciating the contest’s ability to allow students to express their individuality. “[I like] That it gave people the chance to

put in pieces of writing that they thought were pretty cool,” said Peltz. “I’m pretty happy with mine.” Peltz ended up winning the contest with his poem called “War Diary,” a piece about a general’s experience at war. However, even with the benefits of originality and creative expression brought on by the contest, the amount of submissions was fairly low. “We have to rethink our promotion,” said Combest. “I would really like to see more people involved.”

It gives them a chance to really share a piece of themselves without having any kind of restriction or limitation.” JESSICA COMBEST Photo by Jane Boyd




ast year Drawing IV students took on the task of coming up and painting a unique design for the art hallway. Art teacher Benjamin Henry was the teacher who helped organize the process. “I had some students come to me and say they thought the art hall looked really bad… so we talked about if we did a mural, would it have to relate to art somehow? They came up with the idea of it being sort of a time-line.” Henry said, “Starting with impressionism, in to surrealism, and Dr. Seuss… Then from Dr. Seuss to more contemporary art and design and then eventually, it’s gonna be completed.” The mural was accomplished by students Amanda Beck, Kaitlin Davis, Kylie Waydert, Cierra Campbell, Tess Georgia, Sophia Slane, Lauren Bosco, Tristan Degan, and Tairyn Samuelson.

“Yeah I helped with… bridging the gaps cause those were hard for everyone to deal with,” said Sophia Slane. Everyone has different reasons for getting involved. “I thought it would be something… different, to incorporate different kinds artist different kinds of cartoon themes,” said Amanda Beck. During his years at Castle View, Mr. Henry has organized a few public art projects, including the tunnel under the back road heading into Castle View.

“Art club is working on a mural in the tunnel. We started that last year,” said Henry., “It’s such a large space to paint… So it’s taking us quite a bit of time to finish, but it should be finished hopefully this year.” It is projects like these that improve Castle View’s art program. Henry said, “They were very proud of it [Art Mural] so they wrote their names on there, maybe a little too big.”

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