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TRIANGLE Columbus North High School • 1400 25th Street, Columbus, IN, 47201 • Volume 99, Issue 5 • Jan. 31, 2020


Students believe technology provides relevant skills and is a valuable resource


Fires in Australia and earthquakes in Puerto Rico bring awareness to the plight of families and wildlife at-risk work programs


As TikTok gains popularity, students spend more time browsing the app’s content


Cheerleaders performed a routine at the annual Super Saturday Cheer Day for elementary school students

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4 opinion



Recent news reports and social media post have everyone wondering if another World War will take place



Thomas Neely’s take on summoning during attendance



Triangle discusses whether technology is harmful to motivation and growth in teenagers

6 news MLK DAY


Students used Martin Luther King Jr. Day to reflect on the impacts of the Civil Rights movement activist



Fires in Australia and earthquakes in Puerto Rico bring notice to families and wildlife at risk

8 indepth FRAME OF MIND


CNHS students use their teenage experiences to focus in on the concept of body image and define what it means to be comfortable in their own skin

12 student life 12


Sophomore Carley McCawley works with dogs at her part-time job



Formal Sadie Hawkins style with a roaring ‘20s theme



North students direct four plays in the showcase



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17 sports CHEER DAY


North cheerleaders performed a routine at the annual Super Saturday Cheer Day for elementary school students



The Bull Dogs topped the Olympians at the NorthEast gymnastics meet



With a loss against East, North’s wrestlers move forward with training


everybody calm down Recent Social media posts and trends have everyone wondering if another World War will take place by jaxon mckay design by coral roberts


f you’ve looked on the news or scrolled through social media recently, you’d know by now that there has been quite a bit of controversy happening since beginning of 2020. A great example of this comes from the conflict between the United States and Iran. With all the memes and troll posts about World War III, many people are worried about future drafting. Well, relax, first of all. There’s not going to be World War III. At the very least, not right now anyway. It’s not in the best interest of Iran or the United States to get into a war. For the United States, getting into conflict with Iran could cause even more trouble when it comes to Russia, China and other countries that support Iran. In Iran’s case, they simply don’t have enough money to fund a war with a superpower. According to CNBC, “Many geopolitical experts said Iran — more than the U.S. — cannot afford to get drawn into war. That’s partly due to the Islamic Republic’s weakened economy after years of punishing sanctions.” These sanctions are the work of both the Obama and Trump administrations, all of which have caused lasting effects in terms of a recession

photo by jalynn perry

the attendance by thomas neely


within Iran. This loss of money also limits them from developing weapons. The two countries themselves have also publicly stated (to a degree) their unwillingness to go to war. In a statement provided by AP News, “Iran is informing the United Nations that it took a ‘measured and proportionate military response’ to the U.S. airstrike that killed its top military commander and ‘does not seek escalation or war.’” Some vocal people have stated their hesitance of war, expressing concerns through social platforms and other forms of media. Escalating tensions by starting an unnecessary war would not benefit either country, so the possibility for one is slim. We should all relax and calm down. The chance for World War III is extremely small, and there’s sufficient evidence to prove that this will all die down in a few months. Iran just doesn’t have the finances to support its army. Not to mention, nobody really wants to get into a battle to begin with. So, just remember, always be hesitant to trust Instagram or Snapchat before you think that World War III is imminent.

developing gen z Students believe technology provides more relevant skills and is a valuable resource


ake your earbuds out. Phones away. Laptop lids down. Around the high school, classrooms swell with requests and admonitions for students to stow away their technology. While those still living in the shadow of the past condemn technology use as lazy and unnecessary, the people of today embrace these advancements as valuable tools for a better tomorrow. The skills needed to navigate technology apply now more than ever as it takes the job market, environmental initiatives and daily tasks by storm. The development of technology in recent years have extended the horizons when it comes to employment. According to cyberstates.org, 261,000 new technology based jobs were added in the past year. Today, there are 11.8 million tech employment jobs in the U.S., according to Naviance. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states, “Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.” When it comes to jobs, knowing how to use technology is not only advantageous but necessary. However, we do not need to wait until we enter the job market to see the benefits of technology. Technology is everywhere, and school is no exception. For example, the use of computers

has decreased the amount of paper used. BCSC serves as a prime example of the transition from paper worksheets to online assignments through itsLearning. An additional environmentally friendly option is the use of techbooks rather than textbooks, an option we as a school have slowly begun to adopt. From AP Psychology to AP Statistics, fewer and fewer students are dragging their books between school and home because their readings are conveniently located in their laptops. In the future, paper textbooks may even become obsolete as they are replaced by digital options. In addition, according to thetriangle.org, “[a]n average classroom can contain around [nine] thousand pages of [outdated] materials.” Online textbooks can be updated immediately at a fraction of the environmental cost since they do not need to be reprinted. The students who accept technology as a valuable resource not only believe that technology offers expanded career opportunities and environmentally friendly alternatives, but also hold that “[t]technology provides fast, convenient communication.” The use of technology allows students to access a limitless store of information quickly and easily on a daily basis. A single Google search yields hundreds of thousands of results. One tap on a smartphone immediately establishes a connection to the opposite side of the world.

technology stats 57% of TRIBE

staff believes technology is teaching people more relevant skills and is a valuable resource

43% of TRIBE

staff believes technology is making people become lazy and lose valuable skills

70% of TRIBE staff believes technology helps people communicate

Communication since the development of technology has improved dramatically. With the increase in technology, comes the increase in the use of social media. Social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, twitter, facebook, etc. have widened the realm of communication. As technology alters the spread of information everyday, it teaches new skills and supplements education, as well. Reading on the internet develops the ability to quickly scan texts and pick out the most relevant information, a valuable skill in this age of information overload. Moreover, technology inspires a stronger interest in learning through games and other interactive materials; in fact, according to thetechedvocate.org, studies have shown that “students are usually more engaged when using digital devices, so may be more willing to read or interact with texts on tablets, computers, and iPads.” As the world of information evolves, people enjoy learning new ways to process the visual and auditory stimuli surrounding them online. In today’s digital age, technology has brought new careers, replacements for outdated paper products and more resources that train users in new skills. The explosive growth of innovative devices and the internet shows no signs of slowing, and it will continue carrying users to their brighter futures in the modern era.

The TRIBE staff reflects on the effects of technology on their lives

89% of TRIBE staff believes technology makes people more informed

The TRIBE staff spends an average of 5 hours and 48 minutes a day on their phones 11


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30% of TRIBE staff believes technology distances people





11% of TRIBE staff believes

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honoring diversity J

Martin Luther King Jr. Day provided opportunity to reflect on diversity an. 20 at the Commons, members of the community spoke about building relationships. East assistant principal Charles Edwards was the keynote at the 23rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast. The breakfast honored five seniors with a $1,000 scholarship from the African American Pastors Alliance. Two North students, seniors Daveed Jolley and Tessa Lomax were both winners. “I won the scholarship through working hard in my classes and on the field and more importantly in the community as well,” Jolley said. “When I was nominated by Mr. Clark I was genuinely shocked and hoped I’d be accepted and a week later I was and it made me feel honored and humbled and as well as recognized for the work I’ve done.” Senior Tessa Lomax finds time to honor MLK, Jr. specifically this time of year. “MLK Day reminds people to give back to their community,” Lomax said. “Some things I do are learn more information about black history and attend the annual MLK breakfast.” Though the event is only once a year, 57 years after King’s assassination, some people, like BCSC Multicultural Diversity District Leader Kimberly Easton, still see the impacts of King’s legacy in today’s society. “Some people say [the fight for equality is] three steps forward, two steps back, three steps forward, two steps back, and on and on,” Easton said. “I can only speak from my perspective and from my experiences, but I have seen people become even more embracing.” Easton grew up with MLK, Jr. as part of her every day life. “My parents were able to post the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech on my wall, so I was able to wake up every morning to that,” Easton said. “It was his dream that we live

photo by jalynn perry

Scholarship winner senior Daveed Jolley

in a world where everyone is accepted, and nobody is judging us by the color of our skin.” Easton hopes that people used MLK Day as a day to reflect on how people treat others. “It may seem to people that we are not accepting of other people, and I beg to differ because I do see love between different races in so many ways,” Easton said. “[MLK Day] is critical not only for the African American race, but for other people to say, ‘This was a man who stood for love and stood for peace and brought about change through his nonviolent, peaceful movement.’”

recognizing MLK

“I think that we all can strive to be better, being loving and accepting of people of all nationalities and ethnicities.” kimberly easton

MLK day came to be because of a bill proposed by Katie Hall from Indiana.

Former President Ronald Reagan signed MLK day into law in 1983, and it was observed 3 years later.


“Soul of Philanthropy” exhibit honoring Bartholomew County African American people, agencies and organizations traveling through BCSC.

by matthew liu design by anushka nair

burning wild

Fires in Australia and earthquakes in Puerto Rico bring awareness to the plight of families and wildlife at risk by megan allman design by tanya iyer


photo by Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/TNS

ALPINE NATIONAL PARK JAN. 18, 2020 Benjamin Covault, 40, a smoke jumper from McCall, Idaho, works to cut down dangerous trees in a hot spot in the Alpine National Park. He has 16 years of experience and is normally a overseeing operations, but in Australia is taking down trees.

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cross the Pacific, wildfires are roaring through Australia, ravaging millions of acres of forests and wetlands. Over 11,000 miles away, Puerto Rico trembles as earthquakes strike the island. People all over the world are raising money, sending aid and raising awareness. Daily social media posts have brought attention to the devastation to families and wilderness. Sophomore Madison Edwards is trying her best to raise awareness for affected areas. “I’ve made sure to educate myself before spreading information to others, and of course social media is one of the fastest and easiest ways to spread awareness for anything,” Edwards said. She has been contemplating possible causes of the fires based on her knowledge from the news and school. “I think it’s partially just because it is bushfire season there, but [the wildfires] are significantly worse this year because of the long drought, which is at least partially caused by the ongoing climate crisis,” Edwards said. Freshman Adler Larson hosted a foreign exchange student for a year who recently moved back to

The wildfires in Australia are breaking records

24 people have been

charged with deliberately setting brushfires, according to the New South Wales police.

Queensland, Australia. “The fires have affected them by wiping out most of their livestock,” Larson said. “Half a billion wild animals have been killed.” Edwards hopes that the fires will open people’s minds to the current state of the global climate. “I hope that these fires can have a silver lining and really open people’s eyes to the severity of the climate crisis,” Edwards said. Fires aren’t the only disasters affecting students here at North. Freshman Sarah Torres has family in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where earthquakes have rolled across most of the island territory, causing casualties and damage. Although the earthquakes are destroying cities, Torres is confident in her family’s ability to fight through them. “I am not scared about the earthquake hurting my family,” Torres said. “They have been through hurricanes and floods, and they can get through earthquakes too.”

The size of the area burned by Australia’s wildfires is the equivalent of more than

21,309 Central Parks put together.


At least people have been killed in the fires.


At least firefighters from the United States have assisted authorities in Australia with firefighting efforts so far.

One billion animals could be impacted by the fires,


and of the koala population is believed to have been killed.

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CNHS students use their teenage experiences to focus on the concept of body image and define what it means to be comfortable in their own skin by alyssa ayers and zoe preston design by lucy beck and katie long


he character Dracula has no reflection accredits social media for fueling them. in the mirror, an indication of his “Social media has portrayed women as supernatural identity. The Evil Queen in needing to be a size zero, perfect hair, “Snow White” appeals to her own vanity perfect skin, wearing the cutest outfits,” as she demands to mirror to declare Persinger said. “Girls will look at these her the fairest in the land. The looking images on TV shows and magazines glass, however, extends beyond literature and commercials and feel like they need into the real world of homes, stores to look like that.” and schools alike. In reality, there are Similar to Persinger, junior Zoe no magical talking mirrors or vampires Dougherty recognizes the impact that with no reflection, but the effect they social media has on an individual’s have on the people looking upon them self-image, as she uses her own social is still reminiscent of that in literature. media platform to share her opinion For humans and fairytale characters about body positivity. alike, their reflection in the mirror can “According to society, [the ideal body alter how they perceive themselves. is] probably skinny and thick, but I For some, the glass portrays an think everyone should have their own individual comfortable in his or her own positive body image about themselves,” skin. Others break under the swelling Dougherty said. pressure of societal expectations as Dougherty admits that she too struggles they stare in the mirror. Their image may with body image, thus encouraging her change with time, sometimes becoming to use the internet to spread positivity. as distorted and unrecognizable as “My sister is a cheerleader, and she’s jagged shards of shattered glass, a super skinny, and she is very confident product of one’s opinion of oneself. in who she is because she can pull off Internal and external pressures can play basically anything,” Dougherty said. “I a role in this perception, turning the have never been able to do that, and I vision in the mirror against the viewer. know a lot of my friends and people in Junior Lauren Grider has experienced general struggle with the same thing.” the effects of a negative self-image Grider can attest to the struggles first hand. Diagnosed with orthorexia of negative self-image, as she her eighth grade year, Grider’s habits experienced the physical consequences deviated towards the characteristic of her eating disorder. behavior of this sports-based subset of “I was so tired all the time because anorexia months prior. I wasn’t getting enough energy [and] “It was over the summer, and we were nutrients,” Grider said. “Eventually, I at dance nationals. I was watching and started looking bad, [and] my mom told was like, ‘Oh my gosh, all these girls me I looked like I was dying.” look so good,’” Grider said. “[I was] just In addition to physical effects, some like, ‘I want to be like that because I may experience negative psychological wanted to be able to dance better, and I wanted to be prettier.’” Columbus North Centerstone common for CNHS Representative Abby Persinger has worked with students who share students include: a similar mindset to that of Grider. Having studied the psychological effects of these thoughts, Persinger


on average,

even like yourself.” From a social media perspective, editing out insecurities can cause followers to see a perceived perfect image of a person, further affecting the idea of body image. “Maybe it’s not intentionally negative, but if someone posts a picture out there that is edited, or they change their body, it can make other people feel worse about themselves,” Dougherty said. Grider has made efforts to alter her old perception of herself, changing her social media habits to create a positive mindset. Nevertheless, she still has moments of doubt. “I still have some days were I’m like ‘Oh my gosh I look so bad’ because I have obviously gained weight since then, but it’s healthy weight,” Grider said. Similar to Grider, Dougherty acknowledges that insecurities may continue to exist. However, she believes such doubts are insignificant as long as they do not affect one’s overall self-image. “I think it is good for everyone to feel comfortable in their own skin,” Dougherty said. “If you are not the stereotypical, societal, positive body image, making that for yourself is really important” For some, feeling comfortable in their own skin is wearing what makes them feel good.

feel more pressured to have a certain than boys



Do you feel pressured to look a certain way?

-yes out of 130 students surveyed



BOYS 88%

I’m no Leo DiCaprio, but I’m fine with the way I look.

consequences, as well. “You don’t think that anyone will want to like you. You will think ‘I hate myself, so why would anyone else like me?’” Persinger said. “You need to like yourself, so you feel like other people like you, and you’re not sitting there thinking they are judging you.” Grider admits to isolating herself due to her own self judgment as Persinger described, which had a negative impact on her relationships. “Eighth grade was not a good year for me. I closed myself off because I was so concerned about myself and being healthy,” Grider said. “A lot of my friends didn’t know what to do. They didn’t talk to me as much anymore, and I would get sad about that. I focused on homework and working out because that is what got my mind off of not having anyone.” Persinger has also seen the effects of body image on relationships, seeing first hand how insecurities impact individuals. “It is very important to have a positive view on your body because [a negative self image] can really lead to depression,” Persinger said. “If you don’t like yourself, how are you going to get up every day and look in the mirror and want to go to work and want to have a relationship or hang out with friends if you don’t

sophomore neel deshpande Sophomore Neel Deshpande, for example, believes that dressing nicely improves his self-image. “I’m no Leo DiCaprio, but I’m fine with the way I look. I always try to dress well to look even better. Dress for success,” Deshpande said. “I guess looks matter to me, in terms of clothing and style. When I wear a dress shirt, or a blazer or a coat, I feel pretty awesome.” Dougherty, however, believes that it is also important to create positivity even when one is in an outfit that doesn’t always generate confidence. “I did a big post over the summer about swimsuits because I have never felt comfortable wearing a bikini in that type of way,” Dougherty said. “I wanted to put some positivity out there and be like ‘this is okay and looks great on anyone.’” Differences create an opportunity to embrace body types. “I have grown to realize that everyone has different body types, and they are made that way and are supposed to be that way,” Grider said. “I am more accepting of that now.”

dog days

Sophomore Carly McCawley enjoys working with dogs at her part-time job

by ananya ramanujapuram


o to school, go to work at Guardian K9 for two hours, come back home, do homework and eat dinner all before 8 p.m. That has been the average Wednesday for sophomore Carly McCawley for the past two years. She works at Guardian K9, a local dog care facility, every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for about two hours each day. The facility offers multiple services for dogs. “If you drop our dog off during the day, we’ll wash it for the day and have it play with other dogs,” McCawley said. “If you want them to, they could spend the night while you’re on vacation, and we do training as well.” Though the name includes “K9,” which is a police term, the facility isn’t sponsored by law enforcement, although Guardian K9 does have a connection to it through McCawley’s manager. “My boss is a former police officer,” McCawley said. “His wife is a police officer, and he started [Guardian K9]

because he trains dogs for law enforcement.” The business not only offers obedience courses but also provides daycare for canines at various prices. “It depends on what you’re doing,” McCawley said. “If you’re doing training, that obviously costs something.” According to data released by Gallup, only 13% of people report that they enjoy going to work, and McCawley is part of this minority. “I really love dogs; I have six dogs,” McCawley said. “I started working there because my older sister started to, [and] they needed more help. What I do is I put in the records for the dogs’ vaccines and other work like that.” She also views this as a potential future career pathway for her since she enjoys working with dogs so much. “I could definitely see myself as a canine handler,” McCawley said. “It would be educational and fun because you would get to know your dog, spend a lot of time with them, and you get a partner out of it.”

Q + A student life

Sophomore Carly McCawley practices tricks with her dog, Lilo, at Guardian K9.

The Triangle: When you don’t do this, what do you do in your free time?

T: Will this job be a part of your senior project?

T: If other students want to do this, how do they get involved? Who should they contact?

Sophomore Carly McCawley: I’m on the Columbus North bowling team. On Saturday mornings, I’m a part of a youth bowling league. During the spring or summer, I’m part of a shooting team. We have competitions in Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan [and] places like that.

M: Probably not, but I got an idea from my coworker. She is a huge believer in mental health and suicide prevention, so I was thinking we could do a dog marathon type thing, where you would do a 5K with your dog to raise awareness for suicide prevention or mental health.

M: We’re really not hiring at the moment, but if they wanted to volunteer, they could. They would just have to come in and talk to my manager about volunteering.

switching the norm Winter Formal was Sadie Hawkins style with a Roaring ‘20s theme by abby bodart design by sanjana penmathsa


Sophomore Ashlie Wilson and her boyfriend, sophomore Sam King, pose for a picture after a Columbus North varsity basketballl game.

did you know? - Sadie Hawkins was first mentioned in the Nov. 15, 1937 Li’l Abner daily comic strip - In the comic, a foot race was decreed, with Sadie pursuing the town’s eligible bachelors because she needed to find a husband. Matrimony was the consequence of losing the race - The idea may have originated from the myth of Atalanta, who, reluctant to marry, agreed to wed whoever could outrun her in a footrace.


s the mesmerizing lights reflect onto the students below, the 2020 Winter Formal begins. Formal happens every year around the same time at the end of January. The only difference is that this year, instead of boys asking girls, it was Sadie Hawkins style where the girls ask the boys to the dance. Sophomore Ashlie Wilson asked her boyfriend, sophomore Sam King. “I decided to ask a boy to formal once I figured out the theme,” Wilson said. Wilson surprised King at his friend’s house with a poster and lights. King agreed to go with her once she asked. “She had a sign that said ‘Sam, it would be ‘poppin’ if you went to Formal with me,’ with a bunch of balloons and lights,” King said. “I thought it was a very creative way to ask me, and it also had a lot of colors and lights.” Wilson believes that King was surprised but knew what was happening. He suspected something was going on when he was asked to stay upstairs. “I was surprised because of her asking me the way she did, but I already had a feeling that she was going to,” King said. Wilson describes the experience as being stressful and nerve-racking. “I probably wouldn’t want to ask a boy to a dance again unless I had to,” Wilson said. King agrees that the action of asking someone is difficult. “I would have wanted her to ask me rather than me ask her, honestly, because I just get nervous when doing those types of things,” King said. Asking anyone for anything can make a person nervous, especially when someone is asking them to a dance or asking a person out on a date, and the chance of them saying no is a possibility “I would rather be asked because there isn’t the pressure and the nerves when you’re being asked,” Wilson said.

behind the scenes

North students direct plays in the Showcase by cheyenne peters and shaylee brooks design by paola fernandez


s the crowd rolled into the auditorium, lights dimmed and the chatter stopped. Sitting in their chairs that form a semicircle on the auditorium stage, the audience waits as the first actors walk on the stage, ready to perform. The showcase, a series of five plays and 11 monlogues, most of which are directed by students, is about to start. Senior Boston Gilpin is one of the student directors, and she directed the play called “Tape.” “It’s a story following an attendant and a person, and they have to go into a dark room that only has a real to reel tape recorder, a chair, a table and a glass of water,” Gilpin said. “It is just dark, and it follows the attendant setting up the person to listen to a tape recording of all of the lies they said in their life.” For the past four years Gilpin has been involved in many different ways in the theater department. “Freshman year I decided to join the crew for ‘Our Town,’ and from there I kind of just stuck with it because I knew one of my goals was to do every single staff position or like everything I possibly could within the program,” Gilpin said. The showcase is an annual event that takes place at North. There are multiple opportunities for students to get involved. “I’ve done Showcase since freshman year. I did lights and sound my freshman year, and in my sophomore year I was Tech Director, and last year I was Stage Manager,” Gilpin said. For sophomore Jaime Garcia, this is only his second showcase, and after acting in

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a play his freshman year, he directed one this year. “It is a ten minute play called ‘Off The Rack.’ It is about a girl who has a lot of clothes in her closet that she should probably get rid of but she hasn’t for a long time, and the memories that she has attached to them, like some sort of emotion she has to them, is why she doesn’t want to get rid of them,” Garcia said. Garcia and the other directors were able to pick out their own play. “I knew that I wanted to do a comedy, and there is a big aspect of comedy in this play. It is not necessarily making fun of the character, but there is a certain amount of I guess you could say fat shaming or body shaming to it, and that brings in a lot of aspects of comedy,” Garcia said. “The other character is helping her get rid of the clothes in her closet and is also an organizer who [is hired to do it]. There is a lot of comedy with her too, going through and just looking at the clothes,” Garcia said. Students who don’t have any experience in acting can go to auditions and try it out for the first time. “It can be scary, and it’s not guaranteed you will get the part, but at least you tired. If you don’t want to act, then you can get involved in crew. There is plenty of stuff you can do there, and people seem to enjoy it there,” Garcia said. “It seems to be pretty rewarding. The sets that we make for a lot of the shows are really intricate, so it seems like it would be fun to some people.”

Senior Ally Parker performs her monologue called “Space is Nicer Than Here” by Gabriel Davis. “I have always wanted to do something comedic, but I didn’t get the opportunity until showcase,” Parker said. “I saved my best performance for last, and I can’t wait until ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ [the spring musical].”

“What I always tell people is to go to an audition; that’s the main thing. ” sophomore jaime garcia Junior Alex Tucker acts in the play “Tapes” by Jose Rivera. He played the role of the attendant. “I hadn’t acted in four years, so I was pretty nervous, but I really loved it,” Tucker said. “It was awesome getting to work in a small group; I felt really close to everyone involved.” Tucker enjoyed performing his role, as well. “I really loved the role I got, it was perfect for me, and I was perfect for it,” Tucker said. “I’m generally a real quiet person, so to play a role where I suddenly start shouting angrily was perfect as the audience was not expecting it one bit.

@tiktok_addiction As TikTok gains popularity, students spend more time browsing the app’s content

#by annabel freeman #design by anna kelley


ick...tock...tick...tock...suddenly it’s midnight and the latest TikTok trends have somehow swallowed the last four hours. With over 500 million users, TikTok has become one of the most used apps in the world, alongside Snapchat and Instagram. The app has become the source of modern-day memes along with new celebrities like Charli D’Amelio, who gained 16 million followers in the past six months. The popularity has spread to North students, too. Sophomore Ava Hearn downloaded Tik Tok in 2018 and scrolls through it every day. “I spend about 14 hours a week on TikTok,” Hearn said. Junior Lucas Hayes, spends less time than Hearn on TikTok, but still enjoys discovering new trends and memes. “I spend about four to five hours a week, but I like it because it has jokes of a massive variety, and I find it very funny,” Hayes said. “There is something for everyone on there from jokes to politics to music.” Despite TikTok’s growing popularity, some students, like freshman Chase Jensen, were hesitant to download the app because they were concerned the app was “cringey.” “At first I thought it was stupid, but when I downloaded it, I thought it was something cool,” Jensen said. Despite not originally wanting to be on the platform, he now scrolls through the app daily. “I spend about seven hours a week on TikTok,” Jensen said. Jensen is not the only person who waited to create an account. Many students refused to download the app until some videos started going viral. “I thought it was very stupid, and I got it for the meme, but then I came to realize that it was fun to

TikTok users spend an average of

52 minutes per day on the app.

just scroll and scroll for hours,” Hayes said. Hearn also had a similar experience and discovered to her surprise that she thoroughly enjoys it. “When I first downloaded it, I didn’t think they would be that funny, but they actually are and sometimes have helpful tips,” Hearn said. While TikTok may be a source of tips and tricks for different hobbies and activities, Hayes finds that it can also waste time and cause distractions. “I spend a lot of time on there when I could be doing homework or cleaning or hunting or fishing,” Hayes said. “It’s fun, and I still get my work done, but it’s definitely a time waster.” Hearn sees the app as a distraction, but also defends the amount of time she spends using it. “I should probably be spending my time on something else but when I have nothing to do I think my time is well spent,” Hearn said.

trends Users are creating content concerning a possible WWIII draft. Users are throwing pens and pencils into cups to predict future events.

a tiktok talk online

1-3 hrs

out of 118 CNHS students

CNHS students onTikTok

68 students 50 students


average hours spent onTikTok per week 11+hrs

Charli D’Amelio made the Renegade Dance a viral trend.

Check out YouTube to see the Bull Dog take on the ‘Renegade’ dance trend.

4-6hrs 7-10hrs

30 students 11 students 10 students 14 students

Go to CNHSMedia.com and CNHS Media’s youtube channel to see more TikTok content

learning to teach

Education Professions gives students an opportunity to see what it’s like to have a career in education by curtis abendroth design by elaine sanders


gives students multiple opportunities to grow and learn about an interest a student has in a possible career option. Education Professions is one of these opportunities presented to students. Senior Alexia Estep is one of the students participating in Education Professions. “Education Professions is a class where you get experience in the teaching profession before you start a college degree,” Estep said. “You can take Education Professions your junior or senior year for two or three periods. It just gets you ready for a career in education.” 4

“Working with these kids has helped me learn that I definitely want to be a teacher.” senior alexia estep In Education Professions, students are taught different skill sets that potentially benefit a career in teaching. “In the class you learn the teaching history and different types of teaching, how to create and teach lessons, and how to be creative and open minded with your students,” Estep said. “We do a lot of hands on activities and working in groups.” The different activities students do in Education Professions shows them a glimpse of what it is like to be “For hands on or jobsite activities we work with the kids making activities and lesson plans,” Estep said. “Going and working with these kids has helped me learn that I definitely want to be a teacher. I’m definitely getting the right experience working with the different age groups.” Education Professions even gives students the choice of

childhood development

open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12 early childhood education 1

educator education student life

Senior Abbie Cregg reads a book to a child at the Columbus North preschool. photo for the triangle

experiencing which grade students would prefer teaching. “Last year I went to Smith, my old elementary school, and I worked with the sixth graders. I want to work with that age group just because they are getting ready for middle school,” Estep said. “This year I tried teaching seventh grade math, and I want to stick with elementary school instead of middle school just because I want to be able to teach different subjects.”


what do you do in education professions?

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“We do a lot of hands on activities and working in different groups.” senior alexia estep

stunts and smiles

North cheerleaders performed a routine at the annual Super Saturday Cheer by diana garcia design by myleigh munn Day for elementary school students


1. Freshman Jayden Cross hits a

high-v with a smile during the Cheer Day routine.

2. Sophomore Sasha Goodlow holds senior Coral Roberts’s arms while preparing to execute a pyramid.

3. Senior Emily Miller runs a flag

featuring North’s mascot down center while the school song plays in the background.


photos by jordan brady



chool spirit flood the gym as the CNHS cheerleaders take the floor in the North gymnasium. Elementary school students fill the bleachers and cheer on the high school cheerleaders as they execute their lifts and cradles. These students of varying ages are all attending Super Saturday Cheer Day, during which elementary school cheerleaders compete with each other for first, second and third place prizes. North cheer coach Sarah Frasier, who has been coaching for 16 years, views the event as an opportunity for cheerleaders to share their routines. “Cheer Day is a day for fifth and sixth grade cheerleaders to showcase their hard work during basketball season,” Frasier said. Elementary school students are not the only ones who demonstrate their

skills at Super Saturday since middle school and high school squads perform, as well. Senior Lydia Feltner previously competed in this event in fifth and sixth grade and now cheers for North. “After all of the elementary schools perform, the middle schools and high schools perform a routine for entertainment while the scores are being tallied,” Feltner said. The older cheerleaders set an example for the younger students, who gain exposure to more advanced skill sets. “At the end of the elementary performances, the middle school and high schools in BCSC and a few allstar squads will perform a routine as an exhibition performance,” Frasier said. “It’s nice for elementary squads to see what cheerleading looks like at different levels and to see what options for cheer are available.”


jumping for the win

The Bull Dogs topped the Olympians at the North-East gymnastics meet

by haleigh holwager


design by annagail fields

umbling across the floor and balancing on the beam, North and East gymnasts competed for the victory on Jan. 13. With practices for two and a half hours after school and on Saturdays, the Bull Dog gymnasts’ work paid off as they took home the win, beating East’s score of 100.3 with 108.2 points. Senior Grace Ellis felt confident in her teammates’ performances. “I think everyone competed well,” Ellis said. “The competition went really smooth, and all the gymnasts hit really nice routines on all events.” To senior Ashley Niebrugge, the meet was not only a win for North, but it was also an opportunity for personal improvement. “Going in, I was worried because I have not had the best practices recently. Now that the meet is over, I think it went well,” Niebrugge said. “I fell on the beam, which was a little frustrating. However, it is early in the season, and there is always room for improvement.” As the season continues,

photos by jordan brady


“Now that the meet is over, I think it went well. I fell on the beam which was a little frustrating. However, it is early in the season and there is always room for improvement.” senior ashley niebrugge

Niebrugge plans to persevere in improving her gymnastics skills. “I really just focus at each and every practice and make everything the best that it can possibly be,” Niebrugge said. Ellis hopes to maintain a positive attitude through the season, as well. “I try to remind myself that not every practice is going to be perfect,” Ellis said. “There is a lot of falling, but we always pick ourselves back up.” While gymnastics brings athletic rivalry, it is more than just a competition for Niebruggee because she enjoys relaxing as she perfects her routines. “Gymnastics can be a stress reliever from schoolwork, and on floor and beam I am able to express my passion through dance,” Niebrugge said.

Senior Alayne Davis poses with her arms outstretched during her routine.

Sophomore Elizabeth Richards competes in the beam event.

“I think everyone competed well. The competition went really smooth, and all the gymnasts hit really nice routines on all events.” senior grace ellis

meet us at the ring

by alyssa green

With a loss design by annagail fields against East, North’s wrestlers move forward with training


ith one wrestling match left to go, the showdown of the night comes to an end. Senior Adam Behling steps up as the last wrestler in the ring. Struggling with his competitor, Behling fights against being brought down in a quick loss. With a final score of 6-65 and East taking the win, North continues to work toward improving for future meets. “As a team, we have been a lot better than previous years, especially since we’ve improved in almost every category,” Behling said. Continuing the trend of improvement from last year’s score, the team perseveres in achieving the season’s goals. On the road to hitting their target, coaches Taylor Decker and Matt Joyce are helping the team through different workouts and inspiring positivity and teamwork during practices and meets. “To prepare for this meet specifically, we tried different routines like going into the pool, more team bonding since it was senior night and [doing] more interactive activities with the youth,” Decker said. Along with physically working toward goals and successes, teamwork and leadership are also being valued for the wrestling team as they continue to practice and wrestle during meets. “We had some matches that we definitely need the camaraderie, and this match was one of them where it was a big match,” Decker said. “It was good for our seniors to step up.” The team captains, Behling, senior Nick Holt, senior

Keandre Watson and senior Zerek Greathouse, train to finish their last season. Behling uses his resources, including video recordings, to further improve his skills. “After every loss, I come in to practice, I watch my film and work out exactly what when wrong,” Behling said.

“There [were] a lot of areas for improvement and focusing on, and those are key for [future] matches.” sophomore hector de dios

Freshman Liam Phillips checks in at the North vs. East meet.

Senior Keandre Watson receives recognition for his victory after his match.

As the referee monitors them, senior Keandre Watson and his opponent struggle in the ring.

photos by kamryn denney

“I hope I am a role model on how to be a dedicated hard worker.” senior nick holt


valentine’s As Valentine’s Day approaches, people around the world celebrate with family and friends

by the numbers

ss 58 million pounds of chocolate bought

448 million dollars spent on candy

224 million flowers grown

who should you spend valentine’s day with? are you in a relationship?



is it serious?

are your friends in a relationship?

favorite valentine’s day gifts


23%- chocolate

57% - no 43% - yes

7%- clothes





42%- chocolate

out of 229 students surveyed

28%- flowers

do you have a pet?

global traditions south korea

On Feb.14, women in a relationship are in charge of planning events for the night, such as gifts and dinner. Then a month later, the men are in charge of the planning. Everyone who is single during Valentine’s Day uses April 14 to mourn being single.


The equivalent to Valentine’s Day in China is Qixi. On Qixi, single women make melon basket offerings in hopes of marrying a new husband. The couples go to temples and pray for happiness and prosperity.



Since the 17th century, a Valentine’s Day tradition has been to carve a spoon for one’s significant other. The spoons often have symbols that have special meanings, such as wheels symbolizing support or keys representing the key to the carver’s heart.



Instead of Valentine’s Day, Brazilians celebrate “Lover’s Day.” On this day, there are many concerts and musical celebrations around the country. The day is not only celebrated between couples, but instead with loved ones, including friends and family.

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The Triangle Volume 99, Issue 5  

Columbus North High School Columbus, Indiana

The Triangle Volume 99, Issue 5  

Columbus North High School Columbus, Indiana


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