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Upasana Chakraborty “My friends are amazing dancers. We made up the dance steps on our own and we had fun with it. Bollywood is all about having fun.� Columbus North High School, Columbus, IN Volume 8 Issue 4

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“I love the ocean. I went snorkeling a lot when I was younger and I always wanted to go deeper and explore. It’s just a fun thing to do.” junior Rachel Hart



“I don’t know how to explain it, I just hate when I’m not happy. It’s not me.” freshman Chandler Zeller


“I miss Franklin Central. But man do I love North and do I love this group that has become so important to my life and my musical career.” junior Jared Johnson


“Reading amuses me. I haven’t the slightest clue how many books I’ve read, I’d guess an upwards of a hundred.” senior Steven Thibodeaux

“I like learning new songs, but one of my favorite things to do is just improvise. I just go down [to my basement] and see what sounds cool.”

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Under the sea Junior Rachel Hart recently became a certified scuba diver

BRIAN ne COX Senior Brian Cox shares his love for plants and how he’d like to pursue his knowledge in the future as a geneticist

Flowers, trees, bushes, grasses and weeds. According to wisegeek. com there are about 375,000 species of plants. Senior Brian Cox has an interest in all of them and has since he was eight. “I’ve just always been really interested in them,” Cox said. “I have really liked plants since I was about eight years old. I liked identifying all the plants where I lived in Idaho. There’s a home video of me and my brother at my grandparents house and my brother is sliding on the Slip ‘N Slide saying (“that was so cool”), but I’m over looking at my grandma’s flowers.” As a senior involved in church activities and Boy Scouts, Cox is thinking about what career he wants to pursue. “I’d like to be a geneticist,” Cox said. “As a geneticist, you can breed pants or take care of plants. You could also manipulate plant DNA. I am really interested in working with

crops. For example, I could maybe make corn that doesn’t need water so that people in Africa that don’t have water can grow corn.” Cox explains the difference between a geneticist and a botanist. “Botanists study plant’s anatomy and how they work,” Cox said. “Geneticists would do things like breed the plants for desired traits.” With his unique love for plants, Cox knows of many different types of plant life. “I have favorite plants in different areas,” Cox said. “I lived in Idaho for five years and out west I really liked Sego Lilies. But out here I like Jack in the Pulpits. They are really cool.” Growing up with his interest for plants, Cox is looking forward to pursuing this lifelong love as a job. He will attend Utah State University and has plans to major in plant science. by Devon Roese

Plunging deep into the ocean junior Rachel Hart feels the current drag her and her father away from the rope. A few feet away Hart can see the shipwreck her group is exploring. Hart’s training takes ahold of her and she pulls the rope on her vest, inflating her emergency bag. “I remember breathing so hard through the tube,” Hart said. “I was breathing harder than I ever have with soccer.” Despite her fears, Hart became a scuba diver in the summer of 2011 in FL. “My dad has been re-certified three times,” Hart said. “He did it with his brother and then my brother. It’s a family thing.” Hart has always enjoyed the ocean. “I love the ocean,” Hart said. “I’ve been snorkeling a lot when I was younger and I always wanted to go deeper and explore. It’s just a fun thing to do.” Although Hart enjoys scuba diving, she still has fears as she goes deep into the water. “I don’t know how to describe it,” Hart said. “You have a huge vest. It’s a little bit scary breathing through this tube. It’s your only life support. Words can barely describe the experience Hart has underwater. “It feels cool,” Hart said. “Whenever I’m diving I’m just reaching out wherever I can. I love being in the water and actually being able to stay under.” Hart’s father was the first to get his scuba license. “I obtained my certification with some friends when I was in college,” Mr. Hart said. “We

thought it was something interesting to do at the time. I have completed over 50 dives since.” Hart’s older brother, Eric Hart, a junior at Purdue, also helped her make the decision to become certified by sharing his experiences of scuba diving. “I had always hoped Rachel would consider scuba diving so she could experience it with my Dad and I,” Eric Hart said. “It is really a truly unique experience that I wish everyone could have a chance to try.” Eric believes scuba diving has drawn the family closer. “I was really glad when my sister became certified,” Eric said. “It felt like she was able to join the rest of the family in part of something we consider special. It meant a lot to me that she took the time to get certified. It really made us closer as a family.” Hart was able to become certified after hearing the stories from her father and brother. “They didn’t really want to force me, they just kind of let me listen to how their dives were,” Hart said. “That kind of made me interested myself. I’m the manliest girl out of my family, I guess you could say.” Now that Hart has become certified, the family has big plans to scuba dive. “We plan on going every summer,” Hart said. “We want to go to some of the best places for scuba diving.” by Laurel Wolfe photos by Haedyn Scgalski

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Junior Mayce Kinsey makes a leap of confidence through her cheering


The crowd screams and claps, stomping on the bleachers in its excitement. Junior Mayce Kinsey smiles as she lifts her arms and calls out cheers. “The most exciting part of cheerleading is the games,” Kinsey said. “Being there, hearing the crowd and cheering on your team is such a great feeling.” Kinsey particularly enjoys cheering at North vs. East games. “The energy in the fans and players is ridiculous,” Kinsey said. “I love the rivalry and the intensity of the games.” Having been involved in cheerleading since she was around eight years old, Kinsey finds cheerleading has become a central part of her life. “Cheerleading has made me athletic and given me some of my best friends, along with a positive attitude,” Kinsey said. One of Kinsey’s friends she has been cheering with since middle school, junior Christina DeSanto, has seen Kinsey gaining confidence through cheer.

“In middle school, [Kinsey] was a little bit quieter,” DeSanto said. “She didn’t really take a leadership role, but now since we’ve been in high school, she is starting to help lead the squad and get everybody a little more organized. She’s good at taking the lead.” Kinsey has seen herself gain confidence outside of cheerleading as well. “Cheering in front of people just gave me confidence to talk in front [of] a class or a group of people,” Kinsey said. “Cheering has helped me overcome my shyness a bit.” Kinsey’s confidence helps her to inspire and teach those around her, such as her younger sister, Alye Kinsey, who is a cheerleader in middle school. “I taught Alye everything she knows about cheer,” Kinsey said. “I believe she does look up to me in cheerleading, she just doesn’t show it very often. Cheerleading has helped me inspire others to believe in themselves and be a good role model.”


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“I first discovered Pinterest when I was invited to a Pinterest Christmas party. We used recipes we found on Pinterest and crafts. It was a blast.”

“My mom got an account on Pinterest to research education ideas and I thought it looked pretty cool.”

“I love all of the different styles that are incorporated into the website. There is something for everyone.” “I use Pinterest to explore a lot of clothes, books, hairstyles, recipes and pictures of animals that I love looking at.”

“I haven’t used anything that I’ve found yet, but I’ve gotten some good ideas, especially for clothes.” “I follow my friends and people who have similar styles as me.”

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ARIANA MITCHEL Follow the maze and you will follow the steps of senior Ariana Mitchel and her high school years


First day of high school

“Usually everyone doesn’t know where they’re going, but I had an older sister.”

9th Grade... First pair of pants

“I wore my first pair of pants. That was a pretty big deal, just seeing peoples reactions they were all like ‘oh my gosh you’re wearing pants’ that was really cool.”

First swim meet

“Basically drowning, that was fun.”

10th Grade... A.P. U.S. trip

“Just hanging out in the hotel rooms and then Neispo just being cool at the museum.”

...11th Grade Graduation

“Officially being done with high school and then the lovely realization that I still have six years”

Swimming Sectionals

12th Grade... Anatomy Field Trip


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“It was really independent. We could pretty much do what we wanted within reason, of course.”

“It was my best year in the 500. I realized I lost 16 seconds and then found out I made it to the finals and also made it for the 100 that meet.”

LOVE over blood Four years ago freshman Shelby Bense met a child that would change her life


s x Looking from the window freshman Shelby Bense saw her stepmother pull up. In the backseat, she could see a child. As soon as she picked up the young child, the two had an instant connection. “I wouldn’t let anyone else hold her after I picked her up,” Bense said. The past four years Shelby’s father and stepmother have been foster parents. “We’ve had a lot of kids actually,” Bense said. “We get them from all ages. There has been close to 10 babies and we get teens sometimes too.” Bense has had the opportunity to meet a wide variety of people through her experience. “It’s a really cool experience,” Bense said. “You get to see all they have been through.” Bense’s parents have seen the change in her throughout

this experience. “It’s the hardest job you’ll ever love. I think Shelby has learned a lot as far as respect and respecting other people,” Bense’s step-mom said. “It opened Shelby’s eyes a lot because she was sheltered from what is really out there.” Bense’s parents feel that through meeting children in foster care, she will be a better person. “After what Shelby has seen I think she will grow to be a better parent,” Bense’s step-mom said. Bense knows her life would be completely different if her parents had not decided to become foster parents. “[My life] would be a lot different,” Bense said. “I wouldn’t have my little brother. I got really close to some of them and I was able to learn a lot about a lot of different people.”


Junior Blaike Travis gets in the zone through his music


Playlist: 1. “Here Comes the Boom” Nelly Furtado 2. “Remember the Name” Fort Minor 3. “Let’s Go” Lil’ Jon 4. “I Will Not Bow” Breaking Benjamin “My playlist gets me ready and gets 5. “Monster” Skillet 6. “No Pity For a Coward” Suicide Silence my adrenaline going,” Travis said. 7. “Indestructible” Disturbed 8. “Boom” P.O.D. 9. “I’m Made of Wax Larry, What Are You Made of?” A Day to Remember compiled by Laurel Wolfe 10. “Down With the Sickness” Disturbed photos by Ellen Pheral

MELISSA SANDERS 33things asked senior Melissa Sanders about her plans for the future

What is something that you have always wanted to do?

“I would like to travel to Europe, especially England.”

What is the hardest thing you have ever done? “The hardest decision I had to make is which college I’m going to. I decided on Franklin college. I really liked the school.”

What do you plan on majoring in?

Who do you think had influenced you the most?

“I look up to my parents obviously. They raised five kids. It was never lonely. I look up to my sister a lot too. She is so motivated and kind to everyone. We’re different, but easy to get along with.”

Why are your parents so special to you?

“Well, I want to continue to play Tennis, but I’m going to school to be a Medical Technician. I will be going to Franklin college for two years, then transferring to IUPUI.”

“They influence me so much. They have always been there for me and they helped me decide everything from college to sports. They have come to every tennis match I have had. They are supportive no matter what.”

Why did you pick that major?

What is the best advice you have ever gotten?

“My mom was one [a Medical Technician] and so I want to be one too. It just looked like a cool career.”

“My dad gave me some advice about school one time, ‘It is easier to just keep your grades up, rather than work from behind.’” compiled by Megan Shrader photo by Taylor Stamper


Tweet, tweet “I follow @ indianabasketball because it gives all the information you need to know about IU basketball.” @15kavelmana (freshman Autumn Kavelman)


Followers of @cnhsmedia tell 33Things who they follow and why

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“I follow @ TimTebow, because he’s really inspiring.” @JoshHogan47 (freshman Josh Hogan)

“I follow @brunomars, because he is my absolute favorite artist. I have been his fan since before he became well known. I love his music and his sense of humor. #fedorasrock.”

@whitleybeth (freshman Whitley Montgomery)

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“I follow @ justinbieber because he connects with his fans on Twitter and he lets us know what he has going on.” @relaxitstazia (junior Tazia Taylor)

Junior Jacob Fletcher has been riding dirt bikes for awhile and has experienced a dirt bike wreck

For Jacob Fletcher dirt bike riding has been his passion for quite some time. “I began riding when I was eight or nine. I free ride and hill climb mostly and I also race in the Motto Supreme in Crawfordsville,Ind.,” Fletcher said. For Jacob riding does not have a dull moment. “I enjoy the adrenaline I get when racing,”Fletcher said. Fletcher also always makes time to practice riding. “I get to ride at least once a week either on my or my grandpa’s property,” Fletcher said. During his biking career, Fletcher has created some great memories. “My most memorable moment was when my cousins, my older brother and I were riding in the woods behind my house. My cousins and brother were on four wheelers and me on my dirt bike. My cousin hit a hornets’ nest and we had to book it out,” Fletcher said. “My cousin got out of the woods, but rolled the four wheeler when he hit a tree stump. My brother and I got out fine.”


Fletcher had a wreck while riding this past summer. He has just recently recovered fully from this injury. “We were riding all day and I got too comfortable and I went out by myself. I remember hitting the throttle and after that I don’t remember anything. I woke up to my friend, junior Ryan Johnson shaking me, trying to get me up,” Fletcher said.

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Kyung Kim reflects on his life when he lived in South Korea Freshman Kyung Kim moved to Columbus in third grade because his dad worked at Cummins and had a chance to transfer to the U.S. Now in his freshman year, Kim has time to think back about his life in South Korea. School in South Korea was much different for Kim than in the U.S. “99% of kids walked to school,” Kim said. “Parents just did not drop kids off at school like here.” After moving to the U.S., Kim realized the differences in the way that schools punished kids. “In South Korea, many teachers would smack a kid on their hands if they were doing something bad,” Kim said. “It could be an everyday occurrence if the kid misbehaved a lot.” When Kim went to lunch, there were not as many options as most students have in the U.S. Once he got his food, the teachers were often very strict on what he had to eat. “Many of the teachers would make me get all of the food and then eat all of it before I could go out to recess,” Kim said. After all his classes ended, he would go home, usually around four or five in the afternoon. “We went to school on Saturdays,” Kim said. “We got to leave around noon on those



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Freshman Hayley McMahan described herself using the letters of her name days.” With his friends, Kim would often stop by a store to get a snack before he went home. After a two mile walk to his house, Kim would make sure he did all of his homework for the next day before flipping on the TV. Kim mostly watched South Korean shows until his family knew they were moving to the U.S. “My dad made me watch English shows with captions,” Kim said. “He wanted me to learn English

more before we moved.” Looking back, Kim misses his family and the food that South Korea had to offer, but he loves the experience of living here. “I am glad that I got to move here and I plan on staying in the U.S., hopefully to become an Engineer.”


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Chandler Zeller may only be a freshman, but she has already shown those around her commitment to her passions. “My favorite things to do are dancing and singing,” Zeller said. Zeller spends nine to 10 hours a week at the dance studio. “My passion is dance. I have been doing it since I was three and I’m in love with it,” Zeller said. “I especially like tap.” Dance being her passion, Zeller has embraced the challenge of advancing to a harder dance class. “I had to keep up with all the older girls being the youngest one.” Although Zeller does not have set plans for the future, she has some idea of what she would like to do. “I don’t know what my plans are for the future, but I definitely aspire to be a dance teacher,” Zeller said. Zeller’s personality benefits her in her activities. “My best characteristic is that I am reserved,” Zeller said. “It can help me be more focused and dedicated.” Chandler’s mom, Pam Zeller, sees her daughter’s dedication as well. “Chandler is a loyal, dedicated, hard

working girl, who has been that was since she was little,” Mrs. Zeller said. “I respect and admire Chan for her commitment to her schoolwork, her passion for dancing and her relationships with her friends. I look up to her relentless drive for bettering her life as well as those in her life.” Zeller is close with her two sisters. “I look up to my sisters, Avery and Carlson,” Zeller said. “They are my best friends and I don’t know what I would do without them.” Zeller’s oldest sister, Carlson, has many fond memories of her. “I have so many fun memories of Chan, but growing up I will always remember her boppin’ around with her curly blonde hair singing any song that was last played in the car in the radio,” Carlson said. Zeller has affected Carlson’s life. “She has affected my life by how she is so passionate about all activities and events that she is involved in,” Carlson said. Above all else, Zeller is truly devoted to dance. “If I could do one thing,” Zeller said. “I would pull out my tap shoes and dance.”

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Senior Christina Huang talks about her travels and the process of learning a new language

Junior Justin Knox recalls some of the concerts he has attended

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enior Christina Huang ended up being sixth in her class of 2012, but what some may not know is that she wanted to learn Korean as another language. Huang’s Chinese teacher suggested she apply to the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y). This is a program that awards merit-based scholarships to high school students or graduates that want to explore more in-depth of a “not as common” foreign language. The trip was a six week program at Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea “I went in the program not knowing any Korean,” Huang said. “We study for four hours on the week days at Sogang University and I definitely learned a

substantial amount of Korean.” About 50 other students went on the trip and each had their own host family. Huang really enjoyed hers and the daily activities they did together. “My host family would take me out to eat or shopping in their spare time,” Huang said. “Whenever everyone was home, we would talk about various topics and joke around a lot.” Her favorite part of the trip was also her host family. “My favorite part of the trip was being about to stay with an amazing host family who were incredibly kind to me during my entire stay,” Huang said. Her host family and numerous other reasons are why Huang would visit South Korea again.

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KAREN WILDEMANN “I did all of my homework and I always study before every single test. I have been trying hard all year to make sure I have everything done.”


“It took a lot of hard work and worrying about grades. I always have to make sure I get my homework done on time so I can keep my GPA up.”


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“I am always studying and I never have any missing assignments. I have worked really hard to achieve this position and I am honored to hold it.”

SENIOR JESSIE CHEN six teen “To become valedictorian, I mostly just continued my habit of striving to do my best. I had to make sure I kept up with my academic work, in addition to being involved in band, tennis, academic teams and volunteer organizations. I kept myself from getting overwhelmed by making sure to relax and have fun and never forgetting to be awesome.”

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Freshman Maddie Thompson premiered as a dancer in ‘That’s The Way I Like It’ for this years’ production of American Pie After watching multiple productions of American Pie, freshman Maddie Thompson decided it was her time to be on the stage. “I always thought American Pie was cool and everyone always has fun with it,” Thompson said. With no experience whatsoever, Thompson had the guts to try out with the help of her friends. “I’ve always wanted to dance and American Pie was the perfect opportunity,” Thompson said. “My friends were all trying out so I thought I would too.” Thompson premiered as a dancer in this years production dancing to, ‘That’s The Way I Like It’. “Most of the girls have been dancing for years,” Thompson said. “They are really good compared to

me, but it doesn’t bother me because I think it’s fun to dance.” Being introduced to American Pie was no problem for Thompson. “I was a little scared at first, but the upperclassmen are pretty comforting,” Thomspon said. “Whenever I don’t understand a part of the dance I always use them as someone to watch.” Thompson spent an hour every week preparing for the production that was on May 11. Thompson was both nervous and excited. “I’m really excited because it will be my first time performing,” Thompson said. “I’m also nervous because I don’t want to mess up in front of so many people.” compiled by Erin Jones photos by Emily Jones

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It is 6:55 p.m. on a Saturday night. You can hear the announcer say that the next band is coming up. The crowd is ready and energized. The boys on the other hand are in a bit of a frenzy. The lead singer cannot find his bow-tie, a key item to the group’s image. “3 Bow-Ties and a Windsor is a band that Connor, Rory, Alex and I started this year. It all happened at one of our shows we were going to do. We were all supposed to be wearing bow ties and we were all ready except for Rory who couldn’t find his bow tie and he is the lead singer so we had a problem,” senior Steven Greathouse said. As the minutes passed, the boys kept thinking of what they could do to solve their problem. “We had to go on stage soon and we decided for him to just go without the bow tie and wear his windsor. So we were literally three bow-ties and a windsor. We just liked how it sounded and it just clicked,” Greathouse said. The four boys had such a good time with 3 Bow-ties and a Windsor that they began to think of ways to maintain the group next year. “Since the three bow-ties are graduating and the windsor is not, we were thinking, keep in mind, thinking, about having auditions to replace the three of us for next year,” senior Connor Spurling said. “To keep the 3 Bow-Ties and a Windsor tradition going.”

Four students put their talents together to form a new singing group

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What do you listen to?

nine A poll was taken to survey what types of teen music are listened to by students. Here are the results:

All types- 34 Rap/Hip-hop- 20 Classical- 5 Religious- 12 Country- 30 Rock- 14 Jazz- 1 Techno- 11 Total students- 127

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Take a look at some pictures of Thomas’ collection of video games

UNIQUE Creating a collections UTOPIA Sophomore Adam Thomas has a collection like none other


Over the past eight years Adam Thomas has accumulated close to 400 video games. “They are for the XBOX 360, XBOX, PS3, PS2, Playstation, PSP, DS, 3DS, Wii, Gamecube, Nintendo 64, Super Nintendo, NES, Gameboy Advance, Gameboy Color, Sega Dreamcast, Sega Saturn, Sega Genesis, Sega master system, Atari2600, Atari Jaguar, Intellivision, 3DO, Turbografx 16 and virtual boy,” Thomas said. “Most of the systems belonged to my parents or my older sister when they were younger and they passed them on to me.” Among the hundreds, Thomas was able to pick his favorite video game. “My favorite game is the Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time for the N64,” Thomas said. Thomas enjoys more than just playing the game. “A lot of the games have good story lines and I like the history behind the games and systems,” Thomas said. “It’s also fun to get together with my friends and play the newer games as well as the older retro ones.” Thomas always tries to find time for his hobby. “I usually can’t play them more then an hour a day because of homework and sports,” Thomas said. “But on weekends it depends on what I’ve got going on and whether I have friends over to play game.”

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“It would be warm with no cold weather and the ocean and beach would be everywhere.”

“Everyone would be able to fly so there would be no need for cars or planes and no one would be late.” “The people would be nice, spontaneous and outgoing.” “I would live in Tahiti and I’d be married to Adam Levine.” “I would make eating at Wendy’s free because I really like Wendy’s.”

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STRIKING A CHORD Freshman Caleb Snider passes along his gift and enthusiasm for guitar through teaching lessons Freshman Caleb Snider runs the pick over the strings of his guitar and the chords of a song fill the air around him. For Snider, the notes seem to be an audible representation of his own mood. “It depends on what mood you’re in, but if you’re in the right environment, you can connect with the music and express the way that you feel through the music,” Snider said. Snider enjoys playing guitar whenever he has some time to himself. “I would say I prefer playing by myself for the most part because whenever you’re in a bad mood you can go play guitar,” Snider said. “It’s kind of like an escape. It’s weird, but you can translate your mood into the strings. Once you can do it, it’s awesome.” Snider first became interested in guitar through hearing the work of others. “As a kid, I listened to Steven Curtis Chapman a lot and just listened to the radio,” Snider said. “I liked listening to songs like that, so I got into guitar that way.”

Living in a musically inclined family, Snider found it easy to pursue his interest. “Both of my parents are very musically talented,” Snider said. “My dad leads worship at Community Church of Columbus. My mom is a great singer, too. I’ve always kind of grown up in a musical household. My brother plays the drums, my sister dances and plays piano, so we all kind of have our own thing with music.” Snider’s mother, Jodie Snider, described why it is important to her and her husband to encourage their children to pursue music. “Music is something that can be with you your whole life,” Mrs. Snider said. “You can do it when you’re an adult, unlike a lot of sports. Music you can continue. It continues to give back.” Snider has found an outlet for his guitar playing through his church band. In addition to guitar, Snider can also play ukulele.

“Ukulele isn’t as versatile as guitar,” Snider said. “Guitar you can do rock, really sad music and alternative music. Ukulele, it’s just pretty much chill music.” Starting last summer, Snider began sharing his skills on guitar and ukulele in the form of teaching lessons. “I was looking for a job this past summer, and I didn’t really want to get an actual job, so when this guy at my church asked if I was teaching lessons I said ‘sure,’ so I started giving lessons to him,” Snider said. “He kind of dropped off, but this past November I had a person message me on Facebook and say they wanted lessons and it just kind of started from [there] again.” Currently, Snider is teaching five students. His youngest student is six years old and his two oldest students are twelve years old. As a result of such variation in ages, Snider finds it easiest to teach his students out of books designated for their skill levels. “I start them out by teaching them about the parts of the guitar, like the head, the neck, the nut, bolts, all that stuff,” Snider said. “My students aren’t to the point where I actually need to learn new things to teach them new things, but [lessons] force me to hone my skills so that way I can actually show them how to do it.” Snider’s students have already begun improving as a result of his lessons, especially with transitioning between chords. While witnessing his students’ improvement, Snider still gets frustrated sometimes. “I’m not a super patient person,” Snider said. “I’m not the best teacher sometimes. I can get frustrated and think, ‘How can you not get this? It’s so simple,’ but you can’t say that.” In spite of his self-criticism, Snider’s friend freshman Jordan Kraft, who also plays guitar, believes Snider to be a talented teacher. “I think he’s a great teacher and he’s pretty good

with little kids,” Kraft said. “He’s usually pretty goofy, but when he’s teaching lessons, he’s pretty serious and is down to business.” Snider’s mother has seen him grow in responsibility through teaching guitar lessons. “In lessons, he is responsible to those students to teach them and they’re looking up to him to teach them something,” Mrs. Snider said. “He’s learning a lot and he’s growing as a teacher. I think he does a great job. I’m proud of him.” Teaching lessons has proved to benefit Snider alongside his students. “This past year I’ve been so busy with sports and high school, I haven’t really played as much as I’d like to, so this whole lesson thing has kind of given me time to plan it out and play the guitar more often than I was before,” Snider said. “I always look forward to teaching lessons. All my students are great kids and I love talking to them and creating a relationship with them. I hope they look up to me.” Outside of teaching lessons, Snider still manages to find time to play guitar for his own enjoyment, especially on the weekends. “I like learning new songs, but one of my favorite things to do is just improvise,” Snider said. “I just go down [to my basement] and see what sounds cool.” Music has added a whole new dimension to Snider’s life and he hopes that his students will continue with their lessons so that they can experience the same love of guitar that he has. “If you ever get the chance to learn any instrument, do it, because it just makes you a better, wellrounded person,” Snider said. “You’re not just confined to one thing. If you can play music, say sports doesn’t work out for you, go to music. That’s what I’ve done. I wasn’t always the best athlete. I’m still not the best athlete. Whenever I do badly at sports, I just go back to music.” compiled by Sarah Whaley photos by Sydney Keaton


Seniors share their favorite memories throughout high school as well as what they will miss the most once graduation has concluded “After graduation I will miss going on Spring Break with my best friends. We are going to different colleges and will probably have different breaks. Spring Breaks are my favorite memories of high school,” Nick Wang said.


photo courtesy of Nick Wang

“Being a part of the soccer team all four years. Those are my favorite memories of high school and I will miss them,” Ashley Roberts said.

“Being State Champions in 2009 will be my all time best high school memory. If it weren’t for cross country, I would not have had such a memorable high school career. I will miss and carry the relationships I created in cross country to my next step in life,” Mackenzie Harris said.

“Baseball has been in my favorite memories here at North, but the friends that I have made are the best and the adventures we have had together,” Braden Pelley said.

“My favorite memory of high school would be my friends and all the people that I have gotten to know over the course of my high school experience. I wouldn’t have met any of them if I hadn’t joined the soccer team or been in theatre. Without photos courtesy of Log them, high school would have been boring,” Bill Doub said.


photo by Keely Collier

Freshmen Maddie Swaim and her father are planning a summer full of hard work


photo by Sammy Nguyen

Freshman, Maddie Swaim smiles at the thought of her restoring her future car with her dad.

Maddie Swaim’s summer plans are to restore her 1971 red mustang coupe with her dad. “I thought it would be a great father daughter activity,” Swaim said. “And, I’ll take better care of a car that I put manual labor into.” Swaim and her dad a putting a lot of labor into the car and over all the renovations are going to cost between $6 and $6500. “We’re going to do a lot to the car, I’m

talking replacing al’ the doors, fenders, bumpers, the whole inside, paint, engine and transmission,” Swaim said. The car should be finished sometime this summer, but Swaim still has a while before she can drive it. “I will be able to drive around September of my junior year,” Swaim said. “I am most excited about being able to go pretty much anywhere I please without having to share a car.” compiled by Regan Pedigo


Sophomore Jaylin Craig and junior Hendrick Spicker talk about how rugby became part of their lives

How long have they played: Craig: ”This is my first season playing.” Spicker: ”I’ve played for about four months.” How they got started: Craig: ”I decided to play after going to all my brothers games last year and watching them. I just fell in love with the sport and wanted to try it.” Spicker: ”I decided to play because I thought it would be a lot of fun to tackle people and just have fun with the team.” What position do you play: Craig: “I play prop on out team, which is the person on the left in front row of our scrum. It’s a pretty intense position, I love it.” Spicker: ”I play numbers five and eight and I’m a forward.” How are the teams: Craig: ”We have won two of our three games we’ve played so far this season. I’m really proud of our girls.” Spicker: ”We are 4-1 and we are doing really good.”


complied by Lauren Tucker

photo by Gabby McLemore


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Jared Johnson faces the ups and downs of joining a rival choir

Johnson said. “It was scary because I had seen their talent and I knew what they were capable of. It was weird because you never expect for a situation like that to occur, but it did.” Johnson faced another challenge only weeks later when Franklin Central held its own competition which the Debuteens and Music Men also competed in. Though Franklin Central did not compete, since they were hosting, Johnson still had mixed emotions. That did not make things any different for the former FC Singer. “It was still very weird, especially seeing all of my old friends and seeing them realize that I had gotten into Debuteens and Music Men,” Johnson said. “It also felt very odd competing on the same stage that I sang on when I was in FC Singers. It just made me uncomfortable.” Johnson hopes to take this love for music and turn it into a career by studying music education after he graduates high school. Johnson’s future looks bright because he overcame the struggles of moving to a rival school and a rival choir. “I miss Franklin Central,” Johnson said. “But man do I love North and do I love this group that has become so important to my life and my musical career.”


Jared “JayJay” Johnson. Johnson moved from Franklin to Columbus right after winter break. He had been a student at Franklin Central High School where he was involved in FC Singers, Franklin Central’s elite show choir. Johnson was nervous, but very excited for a fresh start. “I was excited about moving because it gave me a new chance to show off my talents” Johnson said He was especially excited about joining the Debuteens and Music Men show choir. “When I first saw the group, it seemed a little small,” Johnson said. “But when I heard them for they first time, they surprised me by having a good musical tone and everything about them seemed very simple, which I liked.” During the first week, Johnson had a lot of time to compare his last choir to his new one. “Debuteens and Music Men has a lot more natural talent and a lot more musical talent,” Johnson said. “We also have a director that goes out of her way to help anybody in the choir. She creates a good family atmosphere that you do not find everywhere.” Debuteens and Music Men competed in multiple competitions during the school year. One of these competitions was held at Fishers High School where Johnson would face a challenge he has never dealt with before: competing against his own choir that he had been a part of for years. In the end, FC Singers had more points than the Debuteens and Music Men, advancing them to the finals. “Facing my old school was scary and weird,”

by Alex Kimbrell photo by Ellen Hacker


Mrs. Laurie Pfaffenberger, social studies teacher, answers some questions about herself

PFAFFENBERGER Who is your greatest influence in life and why? “My husband; he makes wonderful decisions and is the kindest person in the world!” If you could do one thing over in your life, what would it be? “Possibly live in the Middle East and possibly attend Law School.” What is the hardest thing you have had to do? “Help my mother through cancer.” How would you describe yourself? “Considerate, kind, detail oriented, happy most of the time and loves social studies.” What is the most important lesson you have learned in life? “Don’t make too many assumptions and that prayer will always guide you.” What is one big question you would like answered? “Too many I don’t need to know!!” If your life were a movie, what would the title be? “Simple and somewhat impulsive.” What is the greatest gift you could give to someone you love? “Respect and devotion.”

compiled by Regan Pedigo photo by Natasha Adams


a senior good-bye from MATT MAHONEY “I will miss my friends and football especially.”


“I will miss all the people I’ve been around for the last three years. I’ve made a lot of friends and knowing this is my last year and not knowing where everyone is going to be makes me upset.” “Don’t give up on anything. If it’s hard, don’t quit. It will get better.” compiled by Dylan Thixton

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Frida Pendaz will be making a trip that she has been waiting to take this summer. “As soon as we get out of school, I will be going on a month long trip to Honduras,” Pendaz said. Pendaz has been waiting to take this trip for about four years. “When I was 15, my parents gave me the option to throw a huge party for my birthday or they would pay for me to go on a trip to Honduras,” Pendaz said. Although many of her friends preferred the to have the party, Pendaz stuck to it. “Everyone kept telling me that my parents would forget about their promise by the time I turned 18, but I didn’t care and now my trip is only a few weeks away,” Pendaz said.


Senior Frida Pendaz will be taking a trip at the end of this year


A trip overseas

photos by Emily Jones Another troublesome thing was choosing where she would choose to take her trip. “At first I wanted to go somewhere really cool like Europe or Japan,” Pendaz said. “But after thinking about it, I decided on Honduras because that is where my mom is from and that way I would get a chance to see all my family members that I haven’t seen in a long time.”

Surviving the shot

Sophomore Logan Pace got shot in the face with a BB gun


It was just another day for Pace when his friends suggested they go into the woods to have an air soft war. “I felt like a punch in like my nose and my jaw,” Pace said. “I put my hand up to my face I looked down and I saw like a pool of blood in my hand.” Pace had to be taken to the emergency room. “I got an X-ray of my face and when the doctor came back he showed us a picture of the X-ray,” Pace said. Pace wasn’t expecting what he saw when the doctor showed him the X-ray. “You could see a gigantic white dot right above my teeth,” Pace said. “The doctor said it hit me in the gums and bounced back to my lip and it sealed shut.” Although Pace was frightened at first, he later learned that it wasn’t that big of a deal and now he thinks it’s kind of cool. “Now I have a card that allows me to go through metal detectors,” Pace said. by Alma Vera

Senior Steven Thibodeaux spends his free time inside a good book


pend a day with senior Steven Thibodeaux and one thing will be clear: he loves to read. “Depending on what books I’m reading at the time, I can easily read at least three books a week,” Thibodeaux said. “I read anywhere from three to four hours a day. I’ve been reading non-stop for as long as I can remember. Reading amuses me. I haven’t the slightest clue how many books I’ve read, I’d guess an upwards of a hundred. It gives me something to do and it offers me an escape from the world, from reality.” An escape might be something unrealistic like sci-fi or fairytales, but not for Thibodeaux. “Believe it or not, violent books are a great way to calm me down” Thibodeaux said. Senior Heather Weddle, Thibodeaux’s friend, has similar reading tastes. “Steven’s reading habits are the same as mine, except his books are from a guy’s point of view and mine are from a girl’s point of view,” Weddle said. Thibodeaux’s favorite character to read about is Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. “I saw the movie. It was good, but the book was better,” Thibodeaux said. “I guess the whole movie was already made in my mind and the cast looked nothing like I’d pictured them.” Thiboeaux has had an interest in writing his own books in the past. “I’ve tried to [write] every now and then, but I can never get the words on paper,” Thibodeaux said. I’ve tried writing about mostly war. Not the glorious, grand war, but the cold, gory, brutal kind of war. The way war really is.”

1. H.P. Lovecraft 2. Darren Shan 3. Joe Hill 4. Conn Ingulden 5. Homer


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Upasana Chakraborty uses her Indian heritage to bring cultural dance to the United States


Finding the beat

compiled by Olivia Greer photos by Sammy Nguyen


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a little about DELLA WOON

from the editors

photo by Eden Greer

Della Woon likes to crochet and is an avid reader

Goofy, musical and ordinary are three words senior Della Woon used to describe herself. Woon crochets, loves to read and has been involved in music for many years. “Band has kind of shaped who I am,” Woon said. “I am really comfortable in the band room and it’s a place where I can express myself.” Woon has been playing the French Horn for seven years now. She plays in Wind Ensemble, Orchestra and the Columbus Symphony. “I also play solos at my church a lot,” Woon said. Whenever Woon isn’t practicing her French Horn at home, she likes to crochet. “I just finished making a blanket,” Woon said. “I also make hats, scarves and I’ve made a ninja before that I found out of a book.” With the rest of her free time that she has she is reading fantasy and romance stories. “I read probably three or four books a month,” Woon said. Woon also enjoys hanging out with her friends. “My friends would say I’m forgetful, and not very logical,” Woon said. Woon collects playing cards from different states that she has been to. “Whenever I go somewhere I like to buy a deck of playing cards and they are labeled depending on which state I got them from,” Woon said. “I have decks from Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Hawaii, Minnesota, Georgia and Illinois.” One thing Woon would change about herself is that she wishes she was more outgoing. “I wouldn’t say I’m very unique,” Woon said. “I wish it was easier for me to talk to people that I don’t know.”

by Erin Jones

As the 2011-2012 school year comes to a close, we say a bittersweet good-bye to the 33Things feature magazine. As our last issue ever, we thought we would take a moment to reflect. The Public Relations Information Bureau staff has worked hard over the last eight years to continuously provide our student body with informative and entertaining stories about you and your peers. But, don’t worry, PRIB is evolving into We aren’t going away, but you’ll be able to find us in a different place. You’ll be able to find stories more often and with more coverage on www.cnhsmedia. com. The stories will have multiple dimensions. We hope you stick with us next year. Our goal is to make our website more convenient and more updated for our users. We also want to do more with social media, so make sure you are connected by following @cnhsmedia on Twitter and ‘liking us’ on Facebook. We will miss the magazine, but look forward to producing a better website for not only our school, but our community. Let us be your source for Columbus North. We hope to hear your feedback about the new changes and what you would like to see from the website next year. Visit to write us a letter and let your voice be heard. Thanks for reading, Gabby McLemore Haedyn Scgalski

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