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CO-BUREAU CHIEFS, SENIORS Lindsey Thompson and Natalie Bush edit the third revision. Staff members had four revisions before they turned in their final.

elcome back to another great school year! This first issue of the magazine with our new staff went surprisingly well. We are both very proud of the new members as well as the returning ones. There were some new policies and rules made for this year, and the entire staff is embracing them and following them to a T. This issue, we chose to cover a girl named Hannah. As a freshman, she was probably a little intimidated when Summer, a first-year staffer, contacted her to do an interview for the cover story. We gave Hannah the cover picture, but every single student featured is just as worthy. “33Things” is a feature magazine, so everyone we cover all year is just as important as the cover story. If we didn’t find you this time, we still have three issues left. Plus, our new website is up and running, so check it out. Enjoy this issue!

33Things co-bureau chiefs Natalie Bush Lindsey Thompson

design editor Emili Hefler

photo editor Madeline Hodek

33Things salutes our supporters Mike & Pat Beatty David & Rachel Clark & family Lori & Timothy McEwan

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Destinie Aull Shelby Beatty Heather Caplinger Deirdre Douglas Brooke Fath Summer Fuller Becky Hehman Madeline Hodek Katee Holman Marissa McEwan Tori Newkirk Levi Olmstead Haedyn Scgalski Hannah Perkinson Erica Stewart Katie Stowers Zeb Walton Laurel Wolfe

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IN HER SPARE time, freshman Hannah Kestler enjoys playing the piano. Kestler was also an avid golfer, diver and baby sitter. Her family also influenced her to be involved in 4-H.

Marco Plays Polo Get introduced to the members of the all-senior band, Marco Plays Polo Torn to pieces A major injury to his arm prevented sophomore Conner Yentz from playing football To Write Love on Her Arms Sophomores Chelsee Adams and Taylor Decker are avid about this organization

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Guard it The Sound of North Color Guard learns new life lessons through program Driven to save This junior took advantage of the Cash for Clunkers bill and traded in her clunker

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Secret life of rabbits

Sophomore Kayla Combs lived on a farm full of animals, including champion rabbits

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n a barn just past Interstate-65, 50 fluff balls were perched. Content just to have a warm bed of sawdust to lie in, these balls of fluff sat in silence watching over their domain like the kings and queens of the castle. These were not just any balls of fluff, they were rabbits. They were also prize winning. Sophomore Kayla Combs was the proud owner of these 50 mammals. “I show rabbits for 4-H, so that’s why I have so many,” Combs said. Combs was very successful in the Bartholomew County Fair last summer. Combs, along with her rabbits, won Grand Champion in the Stewer breed, Reserve Grand Champion in Fryer and Grand Champion in Meat Pen. Rabbits aren’t the only animals Combs calls her own.

“I live on a 42-acre farm, so my family also has donkeys, horses and cows, along with dogs and cats,” Combs said. These rabbits were more than willing to share their space in their cages with other rabbits. They also split their residence with a numerous amount of chickens and roosters. To pass the time, these rabbits had to occupy themselves. “I have one rabbit that likes to lay on his back,” Combs said. “He looks dead but he really isn’t and it’s very funny.” The rabbits were quite a handful for Combs, but she loved every minute of it. “Rabbits are small, soft, cute, and adorable,” Combs said. “They are so fun to raise.” 33 by Tori Newkirk

SOPHOMORE KAYLA COMBS holds two of her 50 plus rabbits. Along with rabbits, Combs had many other animals at her family farm. She showed the rabbits in 4-H. photo by Madeline Hodek

Back home again Senior Greg Kennen returned to Columbus after living in Texas for eight years

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n the middle of his junior year, senior Greg Kennen moved back to the life he lived before. He was born in Columbus and lived here until he was 10. Kennen then moved to Texas where he lived with his dad for eight years. In December ‘08, when he turned 18, Kennen moved back to Columbus to live with his grandparents. “I’m happy to be here, I feel like I can express myself,” Kennen said. Kennen enjoyed every minute of every day back in Columbus. Kennen’s grandparents were always supportive. “My grandparents always give me motivation to get good grades and be successful,” Kennen said. Kennen was either eating or on MySpace when he was at home, but he normally hung out with friends. “My friends and I are always out doing something new and exciting,” Kennen said. Junior Nyki Albert was Kennen’s first

friend in Columbus and they’re still close. “Greg is the sweetest guy I know,” Albert said. “He is outgoing and funny; he is my best friend.” When Kennen moved here he was worried about not being accepted. “It’s nerve-wracking not knowing how people will react to you,” Kennen said. Kennen was excited for a fresh start even if it would have been difficult. He knew the move wouldn’t be easy. “I feel more accepted here than I did in Texas,” Kennen said. “The move has been a really good thing.” Planning ahead a few years, Kennen hoped on moving to a bigger city and becoming a hairstylist. “The major art influences are really nice,” Kennen said. “The art influences in Columbus really helped me make the decision to go that route in the future.” 33 by Laurel Wolfe

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RELAXING AGAINST A tree senior Greg Kennen reflects on his transition. Kennen moved back to Columbus, where he was born, to live with his grandparents.

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Librarian put forth effort to revive the school’s book club

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love Book Club! The librarian picks the best books that we like. It’s always really fun to discuss the books, even if you aren’t a huge reader,” senior Kelly Lewis said. The school has had a book club for three to four years. Some students weren’t committed, lacked participation, their reading interests were diverse and their schedules were too busy for the meetings. This caused other students to lack knowledge of the club. At first, librarian Mrs. Toni Held set it up so that the students had a limited selection of books to choose from. “The problem was that none of the students wanted to read the same book,” Mrs. Held said. Previously, the students had more freedom with what they could read. They were able to purchase multiple copies of books through a grant awarded by the BCSC Foundation. Last year, the club met every Wednesday during both lunches. In the ‘08-‘09 school year, the club only met once. “I just wanted a place for the kids to come and share,” Held said. “Last year, it kind of fell

apart.” Each year brought more problems as to why the club couldn’t meet consistently. In September, Mrs. Held and English teacher Ms. Katherine Stahl started to plan a virtual online book club: A place where students could log on, blog and share with other students about the books they read. The students weren’t assigned reads, yet found other students interested in similar books. “It’s very important we have a place for everybody,” Mrs. Stahl said. With the new online system, the students will be able to work at their own pace and on their own terms. Despite the new system, the club still planned to have fun, social activities to celebrate their reading. The first event consisted of a costume party where attendees dressed as their favorite character. “I want it to come from the kids,” Held said, “I want them to have ownership.” 33 by Marissa McEwan

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SENIOR KELLY LEWIS puts away books in the library. She was a member of the book club. Lewis enjoyed the variety of the book choices. MARCO PLAYS POLO members perform at Zaharako’s. The band formed last April. They also write their own music.

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Four seniors formed band and performed at various venues around town

s their music flooded the room, seniors Marcus Wadell, Caleb Denney, Mary-Jeanette Andrews and Steve Keogh focused on their performance. The four formed Marco Plays Polo officially last April. The band was brainstorming with a bunch of names and Wadell brought up Marco Polo. From there, that turned into Marco Plays Polo. “It was just kind of a goofy play on words that we liked,” Wadell said. Prior to playing guitar and bass together, Wadell and Keogh actually didn’t know each other. “Steve and I had been playing since Freshman year,” Wadell said.

many in progress. “There were a lot more acoustic songs than we expected,” Wadell said. “But we’re okay with that.” Due to their many supporters and fans, word about their music spread. It wasn’t what they expected, but a positive effect nonetheless. Although some bands were more serious about their music, the played mostly for enjoyment. “(It’s) fun,” Denney said. “But if somehow the opportunity came up we’d definitely do it.” 33

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junior Mateo Rodriguez

Nominating teacher: “Delaney wants to help her fellow students at CN succeed. She is always upbeat and willing to help. She is an active member of Best Buddies. She is friends with all types of students. Awesome leader and role model.”

Nominating teacher: “He has volunteered to be a TA this semester. He is very willing to do whatever I ask and helps students with their Spanish. He is very polite and respectful.

Lego: “It means a lot to me to get nominated. I try to see the best in everyone and hope I make everyone feel special and loved.”

Rodriguez: “Spanish is very easy for me, mainly because I’m from Columbia so it’s nice to help out other students and help out Mrs. Burbrink around the classroom. Being a TA is much better that just sitting in resource.”

Nominating teacher: “Chris has been fighting leukemia since the summer of ‘06. Last year he had both leukemia and pneumonia and still came to school. He is an inspiration to anyone who knows him.”

Barkes: “I went to Riley Hospital and I had chemo treatments. I get sick a lot of the time. Now I feel well again. I go to school everyday because my treatments are about done. I like to go to school because the teachers are nice to me.”

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Nominating teacher: “Helps others in the classroom”

Lehman: “I put the newspapers away. I turn off the computer. I write down the daily weather in class. I push in chairs when people get up. I help people get things when they need help. I help erase the board. I help my friend in a wheelchair get lunch.”

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Torn to Pieces

Freshman Conner Yentz injured his shoulder, keeping him from playing football

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e had all expectations to play football his freshman year in high school. Working hard and training vigorously, he was motivated to make the team. Freshman Conner Yentz injured his left shoulder, which prevented him from playing football. “It was Sept. 1 of last year after school, we were playing football and doing a tackle drill. I was the runner and the other kid was going to get tackled by me into the mat,” Yentz said. “As I approached him, he lowered his helmet and hit me directly in the shoulder, tearing all of my tendons, ligaments, muscles, and even threw my shoulder out.” Yentz had been playing football since the fifth grade. He played for the Police Athletic League (PAL) football with his friends and then moved up to middle school football. “I got started playing football when my dad’s best friend wanted me to play for his PAL team to see how I would do,” Yentz said. Yentz’s teammate and friend, freshman Zak Rueman, admitted Yentz really loved the game. “During football games he gets pretty crazy,” Rueman said. “He hits really hard and truly loves the game.” Yentz’s favorite position to play in football was receiver. “To be a receiver you must have good hand-eye coordination and you need speed to try to get passed the tight defense,” Yentz said. Following his injury during practice at Northside, he had to get surgery June 8. “I got two incisions, the doctor re-constructed my ligaments and tendons,” Yentz said. “They were held to-

gether by two anchors, kind of like ropes.” Football was Yentz’s number one way to stay healthy and in shape. “I am still not able to do everything I could before,” Yentz said. “I am not as strong as I once was, and I need to gain my muscle back. I also have lost a little bit of motion in my left shoulder.” A week after his surgery he started physical therapy at Southern Indiana Orthopedics twice a week for an hour. “I did physical therapy for a year,” Yentz said. “I did a lot of pulling exercises with bands that my doctor gave me and weights. My doctor would always stretch me out, so that I could get my rotation in my shoulder back.” Yentz admitted that he will be scared to play his first game back from his injury. “Being a receiver your hands will always be up when you’re trying to catch the ball,” Yentz said. “When I am being tackled by the defense, there is always a chance my shoulder could come back out, and I do not want to go through that again.” Yentz should be able to return to football next year for the high school season. “I work hard for my own well-being,” Yentz said. “To stay in shape, get better and accomplish something.” 33 by Brooke Fath

WITH A SUPRISE injury, freshman Connor Yentz isn’t able to play football this season. Yentz’s was training vigorously to get back into the game. photo by Marissa McEwan

Rachael Sollman traveled from Jennings County every morning to attend North On the road again Freshman

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ON HER WAY to school every morning, freshman Rachael Sollman wakes up in the car. She lived in Jennings County, and had a lengthy drive to get to Columbus.

here was no practice that morning so the alarm buzzed at 5:45 a.m. There was no time to do anything but brush her teeth and do her hair. Breakfast was eaten in the car. This was a daily occurrence in the life of freshman Rachael Sollman. Living in Jennings County, Sollman traveled everyday to attend school. “I first got interested in North because I was swimming for Donner Swim Club,” Sollman said. “I loved the atmosphere, so I started looking into attending North.” Her parents were also big fans of North. They were grateful for the enormous support and the warm welcome the students and staff had given Sollman. Since she could not drive, her parents took her to and from school. Sollman was thankful her parents did not mind all the traveling. “They let me make the decision,” Sollman said. “My parents just wanted me to make the best choice for me and get the best out of whatever I chose.” Her parents were impressed that she wanted to commit to more rigorous practices as well as having a more dedicated educational system. Although moving to Columbus would seem like the simplest solution, this was not the case

for Sollman. “My parents have a veterinarian practice in Jennings County, so it’s not like they can just pick up and move,” Sollman said. Both of her parents were on-call nights and weekends so they could not be that far away if an emergency came up. Sollman felt the transition for her was very easy. “The education system is way better,” Sollman said. Sollman was also involved in North athletics. She could be seen competing for the cross country team and the swim team. “We started driving Rachael to practice for Donner two years ago as sort of a trial run to see if she could handle everything,” Sollman’s mother Dr. Patty Sollman said. “She also started looking into the cross country team and we were already aware of the success of that program, so if she felt she could do it then we were going to support her.” Leaving her friends behind, Sollman did not feel remorse about her choice. “I miss my friends in Jennings County, but I don’t regret my decision at all,” Sollman said, “North was a good choice.” 33 by Tori Newkirk


To Write Love on her Arms

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o Write Love on Her Arms was a non-profit anti-suicide organization in which sophomores Chelsee Adams and Taylor Decker were advocates for. Adams supported To Write Love on Her Arms, also known as TWLOHA, because she thought it was a really good cause. It’s a non-profit organization that raised and donated money to people with addiction and self abuse problems. “TWLOHA is a non-profit organization dedicated to donating and raising money for people and centers dealing with addiction and self-abuse,” Adams said. Adams found out about TWLOHA by watching a show four years ago. One of her favorite band members wore a shirt that said TWLOHA and talked about it. “I used to be really into this show called ‘Bodog Battle of the Bands’,” Adams said. “My favorite band member Big Band Radio started talking about it and it sounded like it was worth looking into.” Adams was involved in supporting TWLOHA. She planned to do her senior project for the cause. She would like to raise money and donate it to TWLOHA. A main reason for her support was the fact that it was a non-profit organization.

Sophomores showed support for antisuicide organization by buying shirts

“Every worker is a volunteer,” Adams said. “They don’t keep any of the money or benefit from it.” Decker also saw the importance of raising money for this cause. T-shirts and clothing sales went to promoting the cause. Concerts supported it too. A lot of TWLOHA work was to let people know they aren’t alone. “I think it’s important because there are teens that are affected by depression or abuse and they feel alone,” Decker said. Decker was involved because of her friend Jessie Sung, a sophomore at East introduced her. Decker was in middle school. The bands Between the Trees and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus were a big draw for Decker. To Write Love on Her Arms had slogans such as ‘Wake up you’re alive. We are on your side.’ 33 by Haedyn Scgalski

SOPHOMORE TAYLOR DECKER supports the organization To Write Love on Her Arms by wearing their shirt. Decker supported the foundation because she liked the cause. photo by Lindsey Thompson

SCREAM MAKER Freshman Amanda Pittman worked with her church to help put together corn maze

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reshman Amanda Pittman experienced behind-the-scenes work for Scream Acres. Scream Acres was a haunted corn maze sponsored by the Youth Advocacy Council (YAC) every fall. “YAC is composed of three committees, one being the actual YAC group,” Pittman said. “I am on YAC, but the main committee I’m on is Scream Acres.” YAC was in charge of activities such as Scream Acres and dances for St. Bartholomew. After completing eighth grade, teens could apply and turn in a resume. “They look at your application. There are 12 YAC members and they ask you random questions,” Pittman said. “Nine to 12 get picked.”

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This was Pittman’s first year on YAC. Her job was to help Scream Acres by taking down corn. Pittman thought the best part of being on YAC was getting to do the behind-the-scenes work and the worst part was the big commitment. “YAC is a big commitment because not only do we have to plan each event, but we have to attend the event,” Pittman said. “Though it is a big commitment, it is a lot of fun and I love it.” As a member of YAC, Pittman helped plan the whole process. Along with planning this, YAC had to take down corn in August. The committee had to make a layout of the whole maze. “We try to make the maze

a little different every year and throw in some surprises. This year there are going to be a few big surprises,” Pittman said. “Every year the maze has a different Halloween character. Last year was a pumpkin. Each year it gets better. For example, the maze is well over a mile long.” No matter what the surprise was, YAC always had a strong influence on Pittman. “YAC has a positive effect on me because I like to plan, decorate and socialize,” Pittman said. “Which are all factors included in YAC.” 33 by Haedyn Scgalski

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Off to school Junior Tucker Lang debated the possibility of attending boarding school next semester

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JUNIOR TUCKER LANG displays the bumper sticker supporting the boarding school he is interested in on the back of his vehicle. Lang applied to St. Andrew’s Sewanee for a change from public school.

ublic school was a nice fit for some people, but didn’t fit well for others. It offered the freedom to wear whatever, say whatever and choose classes. Junior Tucker Lang did not feel the same. “I wanted to go to boarding school because I felt I needed change,” Lang said. “And St. Andrew’s Sewanee is a better school with more sports like white-water rafting and rock climbing.” In June, Lang began his adventure of enrolling in a boarding school. “I chose St. Andrew’s Sewanee because my step-dad David went there,” Lang said. To be accepted to St. Andrew’s Sewanee, Lang had a multi-step process. “I had to complete a couple written applications, a math and English recommendation, a transcript from North and a personal interview at the school,” Lang said. While embarking on this adventure, Lang’s parents had different opinions about him going to boarding school. “My mom and step-dad support my decision to want to attend St. Andrew’s Sewanee,” Lang said.

With the threat of leaving soon, Lang’s friends had their own opinions about him leaving. “I try not to think about it too much. I would be losing a friend since I wouldn’t see him anymore,” Lang’s friend junior Aaron Cunningham said. “So the only feelings I can think of would be hurt and sad.” With the spring semester fast approaching, Lang had to make a decision soon. “I will have to have decided what I want to do by October. My family and friends are holding me back because they all have mixed feelings,” Lang said. More than anything, Lang wanted a new adventure in his life. “I just really think that it will give me a new perspective on the world and give me a lot of great opportunities,” Lang said. 33 by Becky Hehman

FRESHMAN LOGAN PURVIS proudly flaunts her bracelets she crocheted. Some of her friends asked Purvis to make them one.

Purvis found a new hobby in an unusual form UNIQUE PASSION Freshman Logan reshman Logan Purvis had many roles, including high school stuuniqueness. No one else has the same bracelets as me.”

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dent, softball player and sister. When those things were put aside and Purvis had free time, she had another role: crocheter. “I make my scarves and bracelets out of yarn,” Purvis said. “I think it’s really cool.” Purvis never would have thought she had a passion for crocheting. She got her start by complete chance. “My mom picked it up somewhere and I asked how she was doing it and she taught me,” Purvis said. “She gave me a book about it.” Purvis read the book, and took a liking to crocheting right from the beginning. She really liked how everything crocheted was different. “I crochet because I like how the design is,” Purvis said. “I like the

Purvis wasn’t the only person who liked the one-of-a-kind feature of her bracelets. Her friends saw her bracelets and wanted them, too. “I crochet when I need a new bracelet or when someone else wants one,” Purvis said. Freshman Morgan Palmer was someone who wanted one. She saw Purvis’ unique bracelet design and instantly liked it. “[Logan] made me a tie-dyed bracelet,” Palmer said. Purvis usually just made items for fun in her free time. She had a large collection that spoke for itself. “I make a lot or bracelets,” Purvis said. “I have made a lot of different pieces.” 33 by Levi Olmstead

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n the auditorium during theater practice, senior Jennifer Smith was found doing all of the behindthe-scenes work. “I do all of the technical positions needed,” Smith said. “Anything that needs to be done, I do.” Smith spent time in the auditorium and with the actors as much as possible. “It takes a lot of time to work theater,” Smith said. “A lot of time, a lot of blood, a lot of sanity.” Smith loved spending time with fellow thespians. “It’s very fun. The people I work with are amazing,” Smith said. Theater wasn’t all fun and games, though. “It can be hard. There are crunch times during performance weeks, and stress levels are high,” Smith said. “But it’s definitely worth it.” There were kids who had to give up other sports and activities to do theater. Smith did not. “I didn’t have to give anything up to work theater,” Smith said. “Theater is my priority, theater is my sport.” Smith loved theater and had many fun memories working there. She made great friends and had wonderful moments. “My favorite play to work was either ‘Wonderful Town’ or ‘Skin of our Teeth,’” Smith said. “They are

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the plays that I have the most memories with.” On the other side, junior Robert Coatsworth took part in the theatrical productions. “When we are in the heat of a show I wake up breathing my character,” Coatsworth said. “He or she is with me all day, and I go to bed thinking about my lines.” Coatsworth had been in theater since freshman year. He won multiple awards in the spring musicals and was inducted into Thespian Troop #54. Coatsworth experienced both smooth days and hardships in drama. He was able to be himself around his theatrical friends, although casting and auditions got stressful. “[Casting] is the only time when one has to be oneself,” Coatsworth said. During “My Fair Lady” Coatsworth almost lost his voice. “But the show had to go on!” Coatsworth said. Through it all, Coatsworth found that theater helped him get through the school day. “Theater has been my savior at North,” Coatsworth said. “It got me out of my shell and keeps me living every day.” 33

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STANDING ON STAGE, junior Robert Coatsworth runs through his lines. He was an avid member of the theater productions, and loved performing.

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oven threads and needles mesmerized freshman Roth Lovins. “One year for 4-H, I needed an arts and crafts project so my mom taught me how to cross-stitch,” Lovins said. Cross-stitching was similar to regular sewing. In regular sewing, there was only one direction. In cross-stitching, there were two directions: forward and backward. “I don’t [stitch] very often,” Lovins said. “But I have been working on [a project] right now that I probably won’t get done for a week or two.” Lovins’s favorite project was of Spongebob Squarepants. “I just love Spongebob so much,” Lovins said. “I am hoping to finish before the [4-H] fair so I can enter that.” Lovins won Reserve Champion two years ago at the 4-H fair for his flower pot stitch. He was going to submit his Spongebob stitch this past year, however he didn’t get it done on time. Lovins decided he would enter it next year considering how much he already had done. Cross-stitching was something that took time. Not hours, not days, but weeks.

“The amount of time my projects take tend to depend on the amount of colors I’m using. 20 or 50 colors can take about three weeks,” Lovins said. “7 or 10 doesn’t take long at all.” There could be a technique to learn crossstitching easier or faster. “It’s easiest to start with the dominant color. It’ll seem like much less work on both appearance and how much stitch is left to be done,” Lovins said. “You could also use a guideline sheet to tell you which color goes where. Then you can cross out what you’ve already done.” Lovins said that kids his age, especially males, did not put cross-stitching on their list of hobbies. “I don’t know anyone my age who stitches,” Lovins said. Lovins thought that even if someone his age did stitch, they may not talk about it. “It’s pretty easy to do, and anyone could do it,” Lovins said. “Most people just wouldn’t admit to it.” 33 by Deirdre Douglas


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basketball dinged off the rim of the basket. “You missed!” Freshman Hannah Kestler said as her little brother caught the rebound. “I baby-sit my brother four days a week in the summer,” Kestler said. “Occasionally, I baby-sit during the [school] weeks.” Kestler stays on task with chores and activities when baby-sitting her brother, but occupies her free time baby-sitting her neighbor’s children as well. “Sometimes I baby-sit these other two boys,” Kestler said. “When the pool is open, we usually go there. At home, [with my brother],

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we do some chores or play some games, then my mom would be home.” Beyond looking after her brother, Kestler is also involved with her family with the help of the 4-H program. “4-H has been in the family forever,” Kestler said. “At my grandma’s, we bring little lambs. We have to halter train them. It’s kind of like walking a dog on a leash.” After three months, the lambs are washed and sheared to ready themselves for show.


“At the end of the day there’s only going to be one winner, so there’s quite a bit

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PERFORMING IN HER dinning room, Kestler manages to find time for piano. Kestler learned to play piano when she was 10 years old.

“They [judges] judge by how the sheep look, like in the muscle,” Kestler said. Kestler’s other 4-H projects included microwave, photography, garden, flowers, foods, alfalfa, and barbecue. “I got ‘reserve grand champ’ for barbecue,” Kestler said. “My dad’s a really good cook, so he helps me on that.” Kestler’s involvement with the fair sprouted from family influence. Her father, John Kestler, was in 4-H for ten years. “Part of 4-H is about the kid but it’s about parents helping kids,” Mr. Kestler said. “There’s a lot of parent involvement.” Kestler enjoys 4-H projects that involve cooking and baking, and prefers barbecue out of all. “She [Hannah] generally does beef and chicken, or lamb,” Mr. Kestler said. “This year she won the chicken division overall and the lamb division overall.” Barbecuing demands adequate attention which absorbs a lot of time in the day in order to produce the perfect rotisserie. “You have your recipe on a three by five card,” Mr. Kestler said. “They [judges] judge at noon, so you have to organize your time.”

Hannah’s older sister had set a bar for projects. “It wasn’t until just last year her older sister just got out of it,” Mr. Kestler said. “At the end of the day there’s only going to be one winner, so there’s quite a bit of competition.” 4-H only occupies a portion of Kestler’s typical year. “I chose golfing because my dad wants me to play and my neighbor played in state,” Kestler said. “She said it would be a good idea for me to play because it’s a fun sport and you can play your whole life.” Marilyn Jerman, neighbor of Hannah, has been Hannah’s spiritual coach in golfing since Hannah was born. “She [Hannah] started as a junior golfer,” Jerman said. “They usually start at about eight years old. She really has looked at it a little more seriously since she entered junior high. She’s done well. I’ve always encouraged her to have fun with it. It is a game.” Jerman leaves the physical instruction of golf to Kestler’s golf coach. “There are still certain basics that I can help her with golf,” Jerman said. “[When I played golf], I wasn’t always playing against someone else, I was playing against the golf course. I talked to Hannah about that.”

Jerman views Kestler’s involvement in golf as a chance to grow in strategy and life. “Young people sometimes have difficulty finding a place to be involved,” Jerman said. “But I think this could potentially give a place to Hannah where she can be involved. This can be something that will give her the ability to build on her character and work ethic.” Hannah found a passion for a new sport: diving. “I went with a friend to a diving meeting, and I just decided to join,” Kestler said. The diving season meshed well with Kestler’s annual schedule. “The [diving] season doesn’t start until October,” Kestler said. “Junior varsity golfing is over, so it doesn’t interfere with my diving.” Both golf and diving are individual sports, but players work together as a team with their scores. Despite Kestler’s involvement with her multitude of hobbies, family is very supportive of her addition of diving. “We never told them there’s anything they can’t do,” Mr. Kestler said. 33 by Summer Fuller

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Behind the Ink Junior Justin Bailey told his story through different forms of art; related to new tattoo

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tudents express themselves in different ways. Junior Justin Bailey defined himself through drawing and artwork. Bailey had been drawing for what seems like forever. His dad and surroundings sparked his interest. “I draw everything from cars to people to graffiti to tattoos and cartoons,” Bailey said. Bailey had taken art classes in the past here at school, but not everyone knew of his creations. “Most people at North don’t know that I have a tattoo that I designed myself,” Bailey said. Bailey got the tattoo at Skeleton Crew in downtown Columbus, about a month ago. He got the idea from a friend in

Canada. “My friend has one that says ‘Never Back Down’ so I designed my own,” Bailey said. “It’s on my right shoulder. It’s a cross that says ‘Never Let Go’. It means don’t let go of what you love.” Bailey hoped that his interests in drawing could one day turn into a career. “I want to be either a tattoo artist or some kind of mechanic or engineer,” Bailey said. “I love drawing tattoos and cool designs and pictures. I love working on cars and trucks.” 33 by Katee Holman

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ome students applied to college without any idea what they want to do with their lives. Others graduated with a plan. Senior Leslie Phillips knew what she wanted to do. “I want to be a teacher after high school,” Phillips said. “I want to get a head start.” That is where the teacher’s education class came in. The class worked with aspiring teachers to get them ahead of the learning curve. “It prepares us to be teachers,” Phillips said. “We also get college credit through IUPUC.” Teacher’s education was focused towards elementary and middle school education. A similar class was child’s education. “Child educare is geared towards young kids,” senior Sarah Cottrill said. Not only did child’s education

students receive college credit, but they also ran a preschool class for three, four and five year olds. This helped the students gain real-life experience that can’t be simulated in a class. “The preschool class is so cool because it’s real life stuff,” Cottrill said. “While the textbook is just text.” Teacher’s education didn’t get to run the preschool like child’s education did. However, they do get the chance to job shadow. “In my teacher’s education class I got to job shadow at an elementary school,” Phillips said. “That is my favorite moment from the class.” These moments helped shape what Phillips wanted to do after high school, which was become a teacher. “I know I want to be a teacher,” Phillips said. “I want to gain experience.” 33

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rom May to November, senior Keleigh Knorr committed herself to a strict schedule due to the Sound of North drumline. Knorr got started her junior year. She began on third base drum. This year she switched to the tenors (quad drums). “I enjoy the tenors much better because of the multiple tones and combinations you can make,” Knorr said. Moving to a new instrument took some adapting to. Knorr had to learn the rudiments required to play tenors. “I had to learn how to move my arms and wrists and comprehend the music faster,” Knorr said. Not only did she have to adjust to marching and playing an unfamiliar instrument, she had to adapt to being a girl surrounded by mainly guys. “Being a girl on drumline is quite difficult,” Knorr said. “You’re held to higher standards and have to be stronger mentally and physically to deal with the boys on drumline.” Fellow drumline member and snare player junior Rebecca Malburg also saw the adversity the girls had to overcome. “The girls have to overcome the teasing,” Malburg said. “It’s getting better, but the guys like to blame everything on the girls. Also we have to act tough, or we get teased for being girly.” Although Knorr got along better with the other two girls on drumline she saw the

drumline as more of a family than just another group. “One of my favorite parts would be when we randomly decide to go to Buffalo Wild Wings and have dinner together,” Knorr said. Dealing with the gender differences was only one of the challenges Knorr had to overcome. “I had a pre-season foot injury that I had to deal with and the extra pain on my body,” Knorr said. When competition time rolled around, Knorr realized the teasing and the difficult treatment would soon go away. “During a competition it’s like everyone is on energy drinks and super hyped up and connected as a whole,” Knorr said. “The energy from the crowd and the want to be the best drumline just takes over and we rock the show.” Freshman Chelsea Waxler remembered after a show the payoff of being one of the few girls on drumline. “One time when walking off the field at a football game, I overheard a little girl say, ‘Look mommy! There’s girls playing drums, too!’ I thought that was super cute,” Waxler said. This season was the last marching season Knorr would be competing in. “To make it the best year, I would like it if we made it to ISSMA State and BOA top 12,” Knorr said. Drumline is not just another after-school activity for Knorr. “Drumline means I’m part of a group,” Knorr said. “I have a bond with only 11 other people that know what it’s like.” 33 by Katee Holman

One of a kind

Freshman Dean Gray never gave in to trends, he went his own way

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t is a struggle for most humans to lick their elbow but not for freshman Dean Gray. Gray’s unbelievable talent began when he broke his elbow. “I was six and my parents decided to surprise my sister and I by taking us to Disneyland. When I got to Disneyland I kissed the ground,” Gray said. “We think that’s how I got a bone infection in my arm.” Not only did Gray have the quality to lick his elbow, he had a style that is different compared to other teenagers. His style was influenced by his friends and family. His friends showed him where the tight jeans were found. Gray had a carefree personality with a splash of wildness. His favorite outfit would be any band tee, usually The Beatles, and a pair of skinny jeans. Gray’s mother has been proud of her son since he has been born. She likes how different he was.

“Dean is a one-of-a-kind kid. His style is a reflection of his uniqueness,” Gray’s mother Ms. Gray said. “He has an eclectic closet that allows him to have varying looks. Dean’s outgoing, talkative personality is expressed through his style.” Gray is different compared to other students. He is reminded everyday to stay who he is. “To be honest, I really don’t care what people think,” Gray said. “There’s a quote in my notebook by Kurt Cobain that says, ‘I’d rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I am not’.” 33 by Katie Stowers

FRESHMAN DEAN GRAY has an distinctive mind. His style reflected his thinking. Gray could also lick his own elbow.

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Running ahead Runner reflected on her experience with the cross country team

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ophomore Macey Thornburg had been running since she was in seventh grade, but her happiest memory of running went back to last year’s semi-state race where Thornburg placed fifth for North. “We were sitting on the steps during school awards,” Thornburg said. “It was really cold.” Most of the teams parents were nearby awaiting what was to come next, hoping North would go on to state. “My parents were not able to come,” Thornburg said. As they waited for the final results, emotions were high. Everyone hoped the team would win and go on to state. Finally, the results were called. North went to state. “The team was crying and really happy preparing for state,” Thornburg said. Thornburg was not only happy

for her team but she felt successful in what she had done, and how she had helped her team. The only thing missing were her parents to witness her accomplishment. “Someone called my parents to tell them the news,” Thornburg said. “When I got back, I had messages from them saying they were proud and wished they hadn’t missed it.” Even though Thornburg was affected by this last year it still impacted her running today. “It affected me because it made me realize what I had accomplished and what I was capable of doing,” Thornburg said. “It made me want to work harder now to be able to go to state.” 33 by Shelby Beatty

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“ ’m really artistic,” Freshman Autumn Vaillancourt said. “I love to draw and paint, and that’s something I do frequently.” A lively and determined Vaillancourt developed a new hobby to indulge her passion for art. As a result she found herself seeking out wine corks where ever she could get them. Vaillancourt’s interest in collecting corks began during a family vacation to Onekama, Michigan. She took a road-trip last winter with her step-mother to visit a woman she refers to as her grandmother. “She isn’t my real grandmother, we aren’t blood related, but she has been a close friend to my step-mother, Cindi, for who knows how long. [She] just kind of took that grandmother figure,” Vaillancourt said. “Last year she was going through a hard time, so Cindi and I drove there to help her pack her bags and things so she could come stay with us until she felt better.” Vaillancourt and her family went to a restaurant during their time in Onekama called The Blue Slipper. While they were eating, a piece of the wall decor caught Vaillancourt’s attention. There was a design made of wine corks on

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display. “It’s kind of difficult to describe, but it was like a series of patterns with the cork. The cork pieces would be lined up two-by-two vertically and horizontally connecting together. At the middle of the cork board there was a spot where there wasn’t cork, where it forms a slipper.” This design inspired Vaillancourt to do something similar for herself. She began collecting corks from the wine bottles of her parents, friends of her parents and the parents of her friends. She already collected upwards of 30 corks, and had planned to continue collecting for another year, or until she had enough to make a cork display like the one she saw in Michigan. “I didn’t really realize how many I would need at first. [However], I think it will definitely be worth it. It interests me, [so] it will be easier to stick with,” Vaillancourt said. ”I think it’s easier and more fun to do something when someone isn’t telling you to do it.” 33 by Hannah Perkinson

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he start of the school year meant different things for different people. Some look forward to the football season, some to the trees changing color, but for a certain group of students it meant the beginning of a new color guard season. “I got into guard through my sister who was in guard; so was my best friend,” senior Becca Huebel said. Every person in Color Guard played an important role on the squad. “There are spinning, flags, weapons, dancing and performing,” Huebel said. “I’m a saber.” A saber was a type of sword that was spun and twirled around your wrist. “Color guard is the visual part of marching band,” color guard instructor Mistie Bulthuis said. Bulthuis was a former member of Color Guard. She returned to teach what she loved. “I was in color guard all four years of high school,” Bulthuis said. “This is my first year teaching it.” Bulthuis wanted to make a career out of her passion, so she decided to come back here. “It’s cool because now I’m teaching guard, and getting paid to do what I love,” Bulthuis said. Color guard practiced routinely Monday, Tuesday and Thursday along with performances at home football games, forcing everyone to spend a lot of time together. “Everybody becomes friends and grows closer throughout the year,” Huebel said. Members not only bond with other members, they also bond with their coaches. “Last year there were 13 members,” Bulthuis said. “This year there are 26 members and I think it’s been one of the most successful guards North has ever had.” 33 by Levi Olmstead

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rom India to England to Columbus, freshman Sarthak Neema had been around the globe. Neema experienced different cultures from having several diverse backgrounds. From hobbies to religions, he had a mix of everything. “I’m from Indore, India. It’s a lot different. We don’t have as much technology and the clothing’s different,” Neema said. “I’ve also lived in England. I was there for seven years.” Neema picked up hobbies from all over. He enjoyed music from England and has played for three years. “I started playing drums in England. My friends played, so they got me into it,” Neema said. “Now I’m in marching band here, basically drum line.” For Neema’s religion, he stuck with his roots. Neema was Hindu, which made him follow certain guidelines. He worshipped specific gods and was a vegetarian. Neema still went out with friends but kept to green meals. “One time we went to Buffalo Wild Wings, but we found out he was a vegetarian so he couldn’t really eat anything except salad,” section leader senior David Yen said. With variety came confusion. Neema was trilingual and also had different accents to deal with. He could speak English, Spanish and Hindi. “I speak Hindi only to my parents. I like to speak English because it’s easier to communicate with. The words are very different. I call fries chips and cookies biscuits,” Neema said. “The accent can also throw me off. I had one but lost it here in two months.” Neema’s speech might have been the only key to see that he wasn’t a native. “He talks a little differently and has trouble understanding sometimes, but other than that you can’t really tell he’s not from here,” Neema’s friend sophomore Jeremy Herb said. Neema enjoyed moving from place to place. Variety interested him. However, with change also came downsides. “I like learning about different cultures and meeting new people,” Neema said. “But I also miss my old friends.” 33 by Erica Stewart

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Climb to the top

Senior Emily Ford went to new heights by rock climbing

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SENIOR EMILY FORD reflects on her rock climbing experiences. She decided to relate it to her senior project because it was something she was very interested in.

reparing for a long climb up senior Emily Ford applied her passion for her senior project. “I chose to do my senior project on rock climbing because honestly I didn’t really have any other ideas on what to do,” Ford said. Ford’s project took place at Muscatatuck park. “I’m cleaning off the rock wall so it will benefit the other climbers who like to go there,” Ford said. “They’ll have more options of where to climb.” Ford had not always enjoyed rock climbing; she was influenced by friends. “Rock climbing was something that Shelby Simpson and I had recently gotten into over the summer together,” Ford said. Ford prepared for her project by composing herself. “I’ve been going 2-3 times a week recently because climbing is involved in my senior project,” Ford said

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Ford first went rock climbing when she was in sixth grade at an indoor complex at her cheerleading camp. “When we were done practicing, I remember being really excited because I was one of the only girls who made it to the top,” Ford said. Ford hoped that sometime in her life she will be able to climb in Australia. “Tasmania, Australia is a very pretty island with lots of coastal climbs, plus their accents there are awesome,” Ford said. At the end of her climbs, when Ford had reached the top, she felt successful. “It’s a very physically and mentally demanding sport,” Ford said. Even though at times it pushed Ford to her limit, she didn’t stop trying to reach the top. “I feel very relieved, and I’m proud of myself for not giving up,” Ford said. “A lot of the time when I’m climbing I’ll find myself stuck and I’ll have to find another route up.” 33 by Shelby Beatty

Senior Jenny Weddle illustrated the frustration of breaking her first bone

t was the first game of the season. Eager to play, senior Jenny Weddle waited on first base for her teammate to hit the ball. Crack. The ball flew into the outfield. Weddle took off running. Halt. An outfielder on the other team caught the ball. “I thought we had two outs already, but when the other team started yelling to throw to first after they caught it in the outfield, I was attempting to beat the ball [to the base.]”, Weddle said. As the play escalated, Weddle took off running back to first. She quickly decided her best bet at staying in the game was to slide into first base. During the few seconds she was sliding, her left foot became tangled in her shorts. When she hit the base that foot slammed into her right leg. “It was numb at first so I thought I had sprained it. I stood up to check it and I was standing without pain,” Weddle said. “I took two steps and the moment all my weight went on my right leg, it turned to jello. It felt like my leg did a 360 around my ankle. I immediately fell to the ground in pain.” Weddle’s tibia was broken. She was out for the rest of the reason. It was the first bone Weddle had ever broken, and it happened at the very beginning of her last summer as a

high school student. “It was really frustrating that I couldn’t drive because if friends couldn’t pick me up, then I was stuck at home,” Weddle said. “Allyson Sturgill [would] take me to the library and youth group. Ashley Moore took me swimming. My boyfriend would come and keep me company and take me anywhere I needed.” In contrast to the disappointment she felt for her limited summer activity, Weddle had loyal friends to help her through the frustration. “It only frustrated me that she was frustrated.” senior Allyson Sturgill said. “She’s not good at sitting still for very long. I tried driving her places when I could and doodled all over her cast to make it pretty.” Even though she couldn’t participate in activities with her friends the way she normally did, Weddle found ways to improvise, and made the most of what she could do. She once got so fed up with not being able to swim that she took matters into her own hands. She plastic-wrapped, duct-taped, wrapped her leg in a trash bag, and then duct-taped it again. “I couldn’t exactly swim.” Weddle said. “I had my leg propped up on a raft, two noodles under my arms and I floated.” 33 by Hannah Perkinson

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Driven to $ave Junior Olivia Tam took advantage of the Cash for Clunkers bill and purchased a Smart car

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Chop, cut, rebuild JUNIOR OLIVIA TAM traded in her Jeep for a Smart car. She got 40-mpg in her new car, opposed to 17-mpg in the Jeep.

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rom a 17-mpg Jeep to a 40-mpg Smart Car, junior Olivia Tam saved money and went green. Tam decided to get cash for her clunker. “It’s part of the whole global warming, going green thing. It’s an incentive to be more Earth-friendly,” Tam said. Tam didn’t need a showy car, just one that suited her needs and saved money. “I just had to get something with better gas mileage,” Tam said. On top of efficient mileage, her Smart car had several other advantages. “It’s very different than anything anyone else is driving, and it’s surprisingly safe for a small car,” Tam’s dad, Mr. Steve Tam said. “Mercedes-Benz designed the car and put all of the same safety features into it that they put into their larger cars.” The model of the car was also a plus. Tam liked the mileage and make. “It’s really cute and it’s a convertible, so it’s really cool,” Tam said. Although she liked the looks and saved money, not everything was positive about the car. There were some cons. “It takes forever to get going and it’s a little scary passing trucks on the highway because they blow you over a little,” Tam said. Physics was another disadvantage to this vehicle. “It only weighs 1,800 pounds. Most cars on the road weigh at least 3,000. Trucks weigh even more,” Mr. Tam said. However, put the quirks aside and it was a good deal. “I mean, you can get a new car, get $4,500 off, and save money on gas,” Tam said. Tam liked the Smart Car inside and out. She also encouraged others to do the same. “It’s definitely a good idea,” Tam said. “I’d recommend it.” 33 by Erica Stewart

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enior Nate Vawter could never forget the time he built his Jeep with his dad. It took hard work, but they got the job done. “I did it as a project for my dad and I,” Vawter said. “Ever since I was little he has had me building things, and we both just wanted to build something.” Vawter’s dad had the idea to rebuild it. They just needed the time and the money. Quality time with his dad, but what about his sister? Vawter did not feel like she was left out because she had his mom. “I have a sister that’s in the eighth grade, but her and my mom hang out so it gives me and my dad guy bonding time,” Vawter said. Buying a new car could cost a fortune, but rebuilding a car can

SENIOR NATE VAWTER admires the work of him and his father on his Jeep. Vawter spent two years rebuilding the Jeep. cost even more. “It probably would have been cheaper to just buy a new car,” Vawter said. “My dad and I put roughly 10 to 12 thousand dollars into rebuilding a Jeep.” Vawter said it took time and patience to accomplish what him and his dad wanted done. “We started the project my eighth grade year, and we didn’t finish until the end of my sophomore year, it took patience, two years, and a lot of work,” Vawter said. Even though it took a lot of time and money, Vawter never regretted it. 33 by Heather Caplinger


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bone (in my nose) sticking out,” Allman said. Breaking her nose twice might have seemed like déja vu, but she actually had this feeling quite often. Allman barely found this uncommon. “I get déja vu randomly all the time,” Allman said. “The fact that I have it a lot is weird, but it’s not unusual.” Another piece to Allman was her character. She enjoyed performing random acts of kindness. Allman’s acts really were spur of the moment, they were for people she didn’t even know. “One time my best friend Chloe and I wrote inspirational quotes and put them on people’s cars in parking lots,” Allman said. However, this wasn’t all they did. “We also picked wildflowers to put on the cars and did everyday things like leaving change on

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Freshman Sadie Allman lived an eclectic life

the ground and giving compliments,” Allman’s friend freshman Chloe Hundley said. She also liked taking long walks when she was bored. Allman took pleasure in tracking how far she walked as well as finding other statistics. “My phone has a pedometer on it that tells how far we’ve walked, calories burned, and we try to pass our record everytime,” Allman said. Allman had a mix of hobbies and interests that added to her nature. Her character played a huge role in her personality. She took pleasure in bringing joy. “We wanted to make people happy and spread God’s love,” Hundley said. “We realized we could make a difference just by encouraging one person and hope that they spread the love to others.” 33 by Erica Stewart

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SURROUNDED BY DYLAN collectibles, senior Bethany Ferril displays her new obsession. Ferril educated herself on Dylan trivia.

rom the Beatles to Bob Dylan, senior Bethany Ferril explained how and why she got interested in older music. “Bob Dylan is a singer/songwriter, musician, and disc-jockey from Duluth, Minnesota,” Ferril said. Ferril knew a lot about Dylan by investigating different music. “I really started to get into Dylan about a year and a half ago,” Ferril said. “Initially, I was a big Beatles fan, which led me to discover Dylan and his work because of the close relationships and musical collaborations between the artists.” Ferril spent time finding things out about Dylan such as how many Grammy’s he has won. It took time but she felt it was worth every second. Knowing a lot about his life, Ferril got deep into thought about why he meant so much in music. “I admire Dylan for his genuine artistry, he is a man of constant change,” Ferril said. “As an artist, Dylan knows the importance of experimenting. He never seems to be satisfied once he’s been categorized into a certain position. He is a continual perplexity.” 33 by Heather Caplinger

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Disappointing diagnosis

Senior Avari Mitchell continued fighting Crohn’s Disease

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SENIOR AVARI MITCHELL visits the nurse’s office. She had medicine on hand in case something happened.

n Valentine’s Day ‘06, senior Avari Mitchell’s life changed drastically. After months of a mysterious illness and endless testing, she was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. “It’s an inflammation of the digestive system,” Mitchell said. “It’s like having the stomach flu all the time.” For Mitchell, the disease was stress-induced. After contracting the disease, she could keep the it under control, but it would never go away. To prevent the disease from flaring up, Mitchell needed to take 18 pills every day and make three visits to Riley Hospital every month for check-ups and infusions. The disease also had a large impact on Mitchell’s school life. Being sick and taking frequent hospital trips caused her to miss numerous days of school. Support from Mitchell’s family and friends helped her a great deal throughout her journey. “I couldn’t have made it without their love, support, and prayers,” Mitchell said. Friends made many trips to the hospital last school year to visit Mitchell while she was sick. Mitchell’s friend of five years, junior Brianna Wolterman, was one of those people. “She wasn’t too happy and looked really stressed and sometimes worried.” Wolterman said. “It was hard to see her like that.” The disease made the friends further apart because Mitchell was going through something Wolterman didn’t understand. It made Mitchell more reserved than she had been in the past. Although Crohn’s Disease took over a large portion of Mitchell’s life, a combined effort from doctors, friends, and family, allowed her to return to a normal life. 33 by Destinie Aull

Goal time

Senior Axel Rosado found his life calling through soccer or senior Axel Rosado, soccer ruled his life. Soccer played an essential role throughout Rosado’s childhood. As a young child in Mexico City, Rosado’s father introduced him to the game. Once he started, Rosado never quit. At 13 years old, he moved from Mexico City to Columbus. Throughout the transition, soccer was a constant. “I got here and started playing soccer in the first three weeks,” Rosado said. Soccer also served as a tie between Rosado and his oldest brother, who remained in Mexico. Rosado learned a lot about the game from him. “He used to take me to practice everyday and play with me on the weekends,” Rosado said. The brothers remained close despite the distance separating them. Rosado hoped to lessen the distance after college by returning to Mexico and playing soccer professionally. To achieve his goal, Rosado had to make sacrifices. “I missed going to Los Angeles with my family for vacation,” Rosado said. “I preferred to go to a tournament with a club soccer team last year.” Rosado’s sacrifices paid off during North’s soccer season. Teammates recognized and respect his abilities. “Axel is a goal scorer,” senior Andy Kaplan said. “He creates chances out of what seems like nothing, which is very dangerous for the other team.” Kaplan was a captain for the team this year. He had played soccer with Rosado ever since Rosado moved to Columbus. “I don’t even imagine my life without soccer,” Rosado said. “It’s my passion.” 33 by Destinie Aull

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SENIOR AXEL ROSADO plays soccer at various times. He had a passion for the game, and hoped to become a professional player.


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