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Albright’s senior project was a session to inform parents of deaf or hard-of-hearing children of ways they can get connected. She was inspired by a past experience in her own life. Turn to page 16 to Columbus North High School, Columbus, IN Volume 8 Issue 3 find out more.


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“When I am older I don’t plan to move back to England. I want to live in a big city.” freshman Jen Bale



“Wearing the suit is fun, you can dance and make faces and no one knows who you are.” junior CJ Copeland


“In 2005 my family and I went to Honolulu, HI. and while we were there, we went up to a volcano. It was a great experience.” freshman Josh Holt


“They [my family] tell me I am weird. They purposely give me two different colored M&M’s because it freaks me out.” sophomore Madison Monroe


“The kids liked [me not knowing sign language] though because they taught me a lot. It was fun for them because they knew more than I did and that made them feel cool.”

senior Macy Albright




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RUN for FUN Last year, Chris Von Hoene set a new running goal for himself


o shirt, no shoes, is no problem for sophomore cross country runner Chris Von Hoene. Last year, sophomore Von Hoene set a mission to change his style of running. “I had broken my fibula before cross season started. I was looking on the internet for ideas on how not to get injured,” Von Hoene said. “Running front footed instead of heel toe prevents injury.” To accomplish this goal, Von Hoene spent a month during the winter running two to three miles a day without shoes on. He would do this on top of his regular practice. “My coach didn’t want me to do it because of the construction,” Von Hoene said. “If I would have ran on top of a broken piece of glass, I could have damaged my foot for weeks.” The rest of the cross country team took notice, too. “If I had to go from heel toe running to front foot running I would do it again,” Von Hoene said. “I like not having to rely on shoes.” Von Hoene’s experiment was successful and he is consistently running front footed.

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1 month without shoes 2-3 miles a day 4 miles maximum 7 days a week compiled by Lauren Tucker

IN THE KNOW: Card Club

Card Club tells 33Things how it got started and why “It's a place where we can all get together and talk as well as play cards. I actually made a few new friends from starting this club in my 6th period resource last semester.” sophomore Kane Benjamin



“Card club is a way to have fun with new people. I met a lot of school people when we started this and they became my friends.” freshman Darren Perkins

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“[It is} a way for me to get to meet people as I do something I enjoy.” freshman Andrew Harold

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Jen Bale reflects on the differences between England and her new home here

Freshman Jen Bale recently moved from Teeside, England to Indiana when her dad was transferred through his work with Cummins. Bale has acknowledged the differences between American and English culture. One difference would be table etiquette. “Eating wise, we do things totally differently. We hold our fork with our left hand with the prongs facing downward,” Bale said. “We then use our knife to cut food, we at no point switch hands.” Walking into restaurants is a change as well. “I was astounded at the length of the queue (line) at all fast food places,” Bale said. Bale does not see herself moving back to England in the future. “When I am older, I don’t plan to move back to England,” Bale said. “I want to live in a big city.”

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“If you walk throughout the hallway and you see people with blue-stained skin, you might be a Bull Dog.”

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Xavier Venture



Team Red




Orlando New Zealand

Mondays King’s Island


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with Zach Albers This freshman uses the alphabet to describe himself




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Appalachian Mountains


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Katie Burbrink has had countless injuries

In the course of her life, sophomore Katie Burbrink has been through a lot. She has had injuries that include three concussions, three surgeries, a broken arm, foot, thumb and countless sprains. “I feel like every year I have a new injury,” Burbrink said. Her first surgery was her appendix being taken out because of it rupturing. Her second was tearing her meniscus. Burbrink’s most recent surgery was having to tighten the loose tendons in her shoulder. “Most of the stuff that is ‘wrong’ with me I was born with and just have to get it fixed whenever,” Burbrink said. She is unable to play basketball and tennis because of her being so prone to injuries and now she is a volleyball player. “I usually don’t say anything to my coaches when I get injured until they can tell I’m hurting, then I go get it checked out,” Burbrink said. Walking around in casts and braces draws a lot of attention to Burbrink when she walks through the hallways, but she is used to the attention now. “I don’t mind when people ask me what’s up,” Burbrink said. “My mom writes everything that’s happened to me in my baby book and she left a spot for my next and hopefully last surgery coming up.”


Sophomore Beth Thomas gives 33Things an insight to where she eats lunch

“I used to go to Subway literally every day. When I get tired of it I suggest Mexico Viejo and normally it’s those two choices. I feel like it’s the cleanest place out of them all. I get the same thing every time. My friends like it too, so it works out.”


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Putting a price on the PACKERS

Sophomore Roarke Moody had been waiting since he was a child to own a share of the Packers, until the stocks opened again this past year


"I love the Packers more than anything else in my life," sophomore Roarke Moody said. "It's ridiculous." Moody has loved the Packers ever since he was a little kid. "When I was in kindergarten I watched a game and I saw all of the guys painted and dressed up," Moody said. "It's just a team with a lot of great traditions." Not only does Moody think their traditions set the Packers apart from other teams, he also believes the players are great individuals. "Every player that has ever put on a Green Bay Packers uniform is my role model," Moody said. "You never see them involved with drinking or drugs. They're just great role models." Moody is not the only one that feels the Packers are good role models, so does his father, Gary Moody. "It gives him a goal," Mr. Moody said. "He can see what it took to get where they are today." As Moody got older, he started saving his money and when his father told him the stocks were about to go on sale, Moody asked permission to purchase a share of the Packers. "My official term is a share holder. I purchased a stock off of," Moody said. "They've only had five stock sales: 1921, 1923, 1957, 1996, and 2011." Moody's father sees how much Moody loves the Packers.


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"I think it's a rare opportunity," Mr. Moody said. "They're the only team publicly owned. It's something to take advantage of. It shows that he's not only a fan, but that he's willing to invest so they can remain a team." Moody realized his investment would not help him make money, but he decided it was worth it. "Total it cost about $320 so it's a horrible financial investment,� Moody said. “But from my stand point it's a great emotional decision." From the support of his father, who waited for the stocks to open and reserve a share for him, Moody became a proud owner of the Packers. "I've always wanted to be an owner. I know the history with the Green Bay Packers," Moody said. "I just wanted to own a piece of my favorite team."

Top 10 favorite players 1. Bart Star 2. Clay Matthews 3. Donald Driver 4. Aaron Rodgers 5. Rae Nitschke

6. Greg Jennings 7. Paul Horneg 8. Don Hutson 9. Reggie White 10. Brett Favre by Laurel Wolfe

Tweet, tweet twitter

I follow @DanielTosh because he’s funny and unpredictable. I watch his show when it’s on and he has updates to keep me informed about new episodes. @RileyBelding (sophomore Riley Belding)

Four followers of @cnhsmedia tell 33Things who they follow and why


Home Profile Messages

I follow @ESPN because I like to keep track of the games’ scores. I usually look for stuff about the Lakers because they’re my favorite team. @thompsonj40 (freshman Johnathan Thompson)

I follow @KingJames (Lebron James) because I just like to see what he’s doing and get updates on the team. @Alexx747 (senior Alex Payne)

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I follow @LilWingham00 because she’s my best friend and I like to see what she’s doing. Oh, and I want to be just like her someday. @hannahmariep15 (freshman Hannah Poindexter)


Senior Annika Hoover shares five things about herself


1 “I’m a dual citizen in Finland.” 2 “I’ve been to 10 different countries.” 3 “I dislocated my knee three different times.” I grow up, I want to be a flight 4 “When attendant.” is kind of weird, but I have a mini 5 “This obsession with vampires.” compiled by Dylan Thixton



With his eye on the big leagues, serious commitment and hard work marked senior Hunter McIntosh’s fourth year of playing high school baseball


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he end of senior Hunter McIntosh’s long journey began with his final year of high school baseball. As a four-year varsity letterman, McIntosh put all of his effort into becoming the best that he could be for his final season. Along with normal practices with the team, he also did MVP (Maximum Velocity Performance) workouts as well as swinging a bat on a weekly basis. Recently McIntosh participated in the Under Armor AllAmerican Tournament and was selected as preseason All-American. “It was fun because it was unique and I got to meet kids from all around the country,” McIntosh said. “I got to play against other competition to see how good I really was and to see how other kids play in the country.” Along with his commitment to baseball, McIntosh found time to help coach his nine-year-old brother’s team located here in Columbus. The Indiana Blazers baseball group practiced at an indoor facility in Columbus with players ranging from age eight to seventeen. McIntosh was actually on the first Indiana Blazers team and enjoyed being able to help coach the organization. “I’m like their idol and they all look up to me,” McIntosh said. “I feel kind of cool helping them and trying to better them.” Kyler McIntosh, his brother, is one of the many that looked up to him. “He helps us pitch and do the right stuff,” Kyler said. “I like my brother doing it because he is not a stranger and I really look up to him.” McIntosh both pitched and played shortstop for the baseball team. He loved both positions, but knew that colleges would be looking for pitchers. “I first grew up playing shortstop, but in the past year I switched to pitching because college coaches look for pitchers more,” McIntosh said. “Also as a pitcher you are involved in every pitch of the game, where as shortstop you may not get to see the ball the entire game.” As the start of his last high school season approached, McIntosh looked towards his future baseball career with excitement. “It’s always been my dream to pitch or play shortstop for the MLB,” McIntosh said. “I want to become a chiropractor first, but my main goal is to be able to play a sport that I love and get paid for it.” Though he was inspired by many professional players, his grandpa was his true idol in life. “He has built a baseball facility out of his house, coached me on the Indiana Blazers team, and goes to all of the college visits with me," McIntosh said. "One of my dreams is to play in the MLB where he can watch me play a game before he dies." These dreams were backed up with talent that colleges have recognized. Though he is talking to multiple colleges, McIntosh has already been offered a full ride scholarship to play baseball at Alabama State University. With his eyes towards the big leagues, McIntosh powered up for a grand slam and a bright future in baseball. by Alex Kimbrell photo by Emily Jones

SOMETHING TO DIVE INTO Junior Grace Fischvogt turned her long time love of the water into a true hobby. Bonding with teammates was an added bonus


s a junior, Grace Fischvogt loves hanging out with friends, being involved in Diversity Council and babysitting her siblings. However, her real hobby is diving. Fischvogt has been diving for CN since she was a freshman and really loves the sport. “I really like being in the water,” Fischvogt said. “I used to swim when I was little and I loved it.” She enjoys the sport not only for what she gets to do, but also because of the people involved. “I really like the people on the team,” Fischvogt said. “We all know each other really well and are all comfortable talking to each other.” One of her closest friends is sophomore Tierney McAlister. “I love how caring and supportive she is,” McAlister said. “She is always around with her quirky humor.” Fischvogt explained that diving can be fun but also has its dangerous sides. While trying to perform a back one and a half, Fischvogt had to take a short break when she got painful injury to the head. “It was a new dive to me. All of the guys could do it so I figured I would try it," Fischvogt said. "I kept smacking my back because I came out of my tuck too early, and


when I tried it again I didn’t come out of my tuck at all and kneed myself in the head.” The result was a bad concussion and five stitches to the head. After the accident, Fischvogt had a hard time getting back on the board. “It’s challenging after you really mess up a dive,” Fischvogt said. “It’s really scary to get back up there and try it again.” Fischvogt did get back on the board and is having an exciting season with the eyes of her parents watching. This is the first season that her parents have watched her dive for the Bull Dogs. “I wouldn’t let them come to any of my diving meets for the past two years because they make me really nervous when I dive,” Fischvogt said. “This year I have asked them to come more and they have been really supportive and really proud.” Though she does not plan on pursuing diving after high school, Fischvogt still loves the sport with a passion. “It’s more of a hobby than anything,” Fischvogt said. “It’s just really fun to do it right now with all of my friends.”

by Alex Kimbrell

photo by Emily Jones




rom from Indianapolis to Kazakhstan, senior Bethany Westbrook experienced life on different ends of the world. “When I was two years old my parents got a new job and we moved to Kazakhstan,” Westbrook said. “My dad taught English.” Catching frogs. Playing soccer. Exploring the river. Kazakhstan, a large country near the border of Russia, was a perfect place for adventure for Westbrook and her twin brother Joshua. “We first lived in a little village with a small river,” she said. “We would have little escapades together and also with the daughter of another American family that had moved there.” As a preschooler, Westbrook had interesting experiences while in public school. “Many of the teachers would just have my brother and I copy down the alphabet while the others were doing more advanced things in Kazakh, their language. Once they started multiplication I was really excited because I understood what they were doing.” Being one of the few American families in Kazakhstan,

the language barrier was a slight difficulty. “My parents took grammar classes before we moved to Kazakhstan,” Westbrook said. “My brother and I picked up a little while we lived there.” Not only was the language different, but many of the customs were as well. “A lot of things are based off bribery,” Westbrook explained. “If the cops pull you over for speeding, you just bribe them and they won’t ticket you. Many people take money bribes for favors or to get out of problems.” After sixth grade, Westbrook moved back to America. “I really didn’t like moving back here,” Westbrook said. “We lived in Muncie and I didn’t know anybody.” After getting settled back into her homeland, Westbrook looked back at the place she once called home. “I definitely loved living there and I often miss it at times,” Westbrook said. “I really hope I go back sometime soon.”

by Alex Kimbrell

photo by Olivia Greer

BEST OF ONE WORLD Reflecting upon life on different sides of the world, senior Bethany Westbrook misses a unique place she once called home



“Everyone give a drum roll for your host, CHUCK E. CHEESE,” the party host of the night said. All of the kids begin to bang The man behind the Chuck E. suit is junior on the tables giving a drum roll yelling “Chuck E.! Chuck E.!” C.J. Copeland Suddenly, Chuck E. runs out, and the kids go wild. Chuck E.’s secret identity, is in fact, junior C.J. Copeland. teen Copeland has been working there for a few months and is pretty happy with it. “It is fun, but only really when I’m wearing the Chuck E. suit,” Copeland said. Copeland has many duties working at Chuck E. Cheese’s. He either wears the Chuck E. suit, fixes games that are jammed or need tickets, cleans tables or delivers food. “The best part about working there is wearing the Chuck E. suit so I don’t have to clean tables,” Copeland said. Copeland wears the Chuck E. suit at work one night. He While wearing the suit, Copeland has been working at Chuck E. Cheese for a few months. dances, works birthday parties,


takes photos, shakes hands, gives high fives, delivers birthday cakes and gives hugs. His funniest experience while wearing the suit was when a kid came up to him and said, “Hey can I tackle you?” “Wearing the suit is fun, you can dance and make faces and no one knows who you are,” Copeland said. “Sometimes it’s weird because I’m not allowed to talk I just have to give them a thumbs up.” The thing he likes the most about having a job is having a spendable income to spend for things he wants. Copeland explains how having a job has changed him. He says that he even finds himself singing the songs sometimes. “If you are looking for a job or just extra money you should apply to Chuck E. Cheese’s,” Copeland said. “It is a lot of fun.”

“Wearing the suit is fun, you can dance and make faces and no one knows who you are,” Copeland said.

OH! The Places You’ll Go

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Junior Malissa Hofmeister tells 33Things her top five travel destinations she wants to see and why


Ireland and Germany: “I would like to go to Germany and Ireland because some of my heritage is from there which would be interesting to learn about.” Rome, Italy: “I like learning about the history and culture. I also think it would be a good experience for me.” Honolulu, HI: “I want to go to HI. because I would like to learn how to surf and everyone says it is beautiful there. It would be really fun.” Barcelona, Spain: “I want to go to Spain because I love to learn about culture. I also think it would be pretty awesome to play soccer there.” compiled by Erin Jones


“When people are really upset and need someone to talk to I am always there to talk about it with them.”

“I like to play sports. I ran track and played volleyball in middle school. I also work out a lot.”

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“I have a lot of friends, I am not shy. I talk a lot, and I talk to random strangers.”

...three words to describe Katie Calbert Junior Katie Calbert chose outgoing, caring and athletic as three words to describe herself.

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What is there to see?

One of the things to do in Columbus with your friends is to go to the movies. Students tells 33Things what kind of movies are out and worth seeing

I really want to see ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ because it looks really interesting to me. freshman Jonathan Byers

I saw ‘The Sitter’ over Christmas Break and it was hilarious. I would totally see it again. sophomore Dane Fetterer

I went to see ‘War Horse’. It was really good and I recommend seeing it. sophomore Sara Cruser

compiled by Erin Jones


Constructing a future


Junior Thomas Shoaf works with a circular saw. Shoaf works with his family construction business. “Since I’ve been able to walk I’ve been with my dad on the job,” Shoaf said.

“In my free time I like to hang out with friends”

“The number one thing on my bucket list is to visit Germany.”


This junior has been working for his family construction business It is 6 a.m. on a summer day and junior Thomas Shoaf is already waking up. He heads over to his brother’s house and gathers the tools he will need for the day. Next he goes to the job site and is off to work until about 5 p.m. Shoaf has been working for his family business, James A. Shoaf Construction, for a long time. “Since I’ve been able to walk I’ve been with my dad on the job,” Shoaf said. When Shoaf is on the job, he is in charge of multiple tasks. “Anything that has to do with building a house from the ground up, framing, paint, roof, foundation,” Shoaf said. Shoaf uses time management to balance work with school and sports. “During the summer when I can around football and then when I can throughout the year.” Shoaf enjoys the lack of routine each day as well as his relationship with his co-workers. “We all get along, I don’t really have anybody to report to, what I do everyday changes on what needs to be done,” Shoaf said. Though the positive outweighs the negative, there are still cons to working for a construction business. “You have to deal with every kind of person out there and when things go wrong you have to start completely over, you can’t take a shortcut,” Shoaf said. “Things don’t always come out right the first time.” Though Shoaf will not stay with his family business, he does plan on working in construction in his future. “I’d like to be an engineer and also major in architecture,” Shoaf said. “Then from there I might establish my own construction company.”



These four things describe freshman Makinsey Summa

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by Gabby McLemore photo by Ellen Pheral

“My mom is my biggest role model because I look up to her for advice and she has all the right answers.” “My favorite sport is volleyball because it comes more natural to me and I love it” compiled by Devon Roese photos by Gabby McLemore and Sammy Nguyen

Senior Rebecca Brougher wants to be a wedding planner after she graduates


Planning to plan

Starting early, 5th grade Brougher organized her first event. “[It was] an ‘underground’ newspaper with writers and production and everything,” Brougher said. “It was a different type of planning but I had it all figured out.” Now getting ready to graduate and attend IU Kelley School of Business, senior Rebecca Brougher knows what she wants to do. “I want to have a wedding planning business when I’m older,” Brougher said. “It’s like my life goal.” There is a feeling of accomplishment that comes along with planning events for Brougher. “It is hard to find a way to tie all the pieces of the puzzle together,” Brougher said. “But once you find all of the matching pieces, you’ve created a beautiful work of art.” She already has planned a surprise party, her senior project and is now working on her graduation party. Brougher knows why she wants to go into this field. “I’m a detail, organizing, freak,” Brougher said. “Management is because I like to be in charge and I’m organizationally minded.” Brougher is not sure where she wants to have her wedding planning business. “I will have it in whatever area I end up in for my original job unless I think of a better spot,” Brougher said. Brougher is making a childhood hobby a future career. “[I had] my well planned doll tea parties when I was really little,” Brougher said. “I have always enjoyed planning different events.”

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Senior Rebecca Brougher sits and plans for her graduation party. Brougher will be going to IU to get a degree in business management and entrepreneurship. “I want to have a wedding planning business when I’m older, it’s like my life goal,” Brougher said.

Cooking up a career photo by Sydney Keaton

Sophomore Rhett Tarpley is involved in a unique C4 class, culinary arts

“I have a lot of friends in culinary arts. One day I was cooking and thought it was really fun so I talked to my counselor and she said it’s a career building class, so I took it.”

compiled by Gabby McLemore


A HELPING HAND Senior Macy Albright’s Senior Project was inspired by her past experiences with deaf and hard-ofhearing children OUT OF THE COMFORT ZONE

Senior Macy Albright’s mother, Rosemary Albright, was gripped with anxiety as she dropped Albright off at the cabin for YMCA Camp Willard for Deaf and Hard-ofHearing Children in the summer of 2010. “I didn’t realize [my anxiety] until I walked in the cabin and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, she’s the only one that can hear in this whole place and she doesn’t know any sign language,’” Mrs. Albright said.


Albright agreed to attend Camp Willard to accompany a second grader in her mother’s Shelter Instruction Classroom at Seymour Jackson Elementary, Metzli. Metzli was born legally deaf, but received a cochlear implant at age five. Already exposed to two languages daily, English and Spanish, Metzli was encouraged by the school to learn American Sign Language as well. “The school was trying to encourage them to get [Metzli] up to the Indiana School for the Deaf where she could be with other deaf people and really learn everything she needed to learn for later in her life,” Mrs. Albright said. An opportunity for Metzli to meet other deaf and hard-ofhearing children like her arose in the form of Camp Willard. However, Metzli’s parents would not allow her to go without being accompanied by a teenager. Albright, after being asked by her mother, was more than willing to take the position. The experience for Albright was vastly different from anything she had ever seen.



“I wasn’t used to [the atmosphere] because I’ve never really been around deaf people, much less a community of deaf people where [American Sign Language] is all they speak,” Albright said. “It was really interesting, but I was kind of just thrown into full immersion.” Although Albright’s dorm mom was hearing, there were few others at the camp besides Albright that could hear. To communicate with the kids, Albright had to learn signs. “The kids liked [me not knowing sign language] though because they taught me a lot,” Albright said. “It was fun for them because they knew more than I did and that made them feel cool.” Albright previously knew only the alphabet in sign language, so the kids would spell out the words for things and then show her the sign for it so that she could learn. Metzli in particular enjoyed teaching Albright. “[Metzli had] always been really hesitant to sign, she’d rather speak and listen, but she was really enthusiastic to teach me signs because I would ask, ‘So what’s the sign for this?’” Albright said.


Being at Camp Willard disproved some of Albright’s previous misconceptions of the deaf and hard of hearing. “[The deaf and hard of hearing will] bang on stuff to get people’s attention or they can still speak [but] it’s just not clear because they can’t hear themselves speak,” Albright said. “They’ll yell and they express their emotions with their voice. I just didn’t think they spoke.”


Before attending Camp Willard with Metzli, Albright attended the show ‘Vibrations,’ which was put on by the theatre arts program at Indiana School for the Deaf. ‘Vibrations’ was a combination show in which kids from the school would dance and perform skits. “They did skits using sign language, so I didn’t understand the sign language, but most of it they did using props and facial expressions,” Albright said. “That’s a big deal in sign language because you can tell what someone is saying from their facial expression. Their facial expression[s] kind of help make up for the [voice] inflection that’s lost.”


Inspired by her experiences at ‘Vibrations’ and Camp Willard, Albright held a help session for families of deaf and hard-of-hearing children for her Senior Project on Oct. 26 in the cafeteria. “[My project] was just to give the parents some more information about ways they can get connected with groups, like parenthood groups and different resources,” Albright said. “There were people from Indiana School for the Deaf and an audiologist there and just different information to help [the families] get connected because often deaf families are isolated.”



One of Albright’s mentors, Tai Botkin, a teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, saw firsthand the impact that Albright’s project had on the families. “Indiana Outreach for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing were so impressed with the event that they set up a similar event in Ft. Wayne modeled after [Albright’s],” Mrs. Botkin said. “I had parents tell me how grateful they were to have all of the organizations together in one group to address the needs and concerns that they have.” Albright was glad that her project turned out to be helpful for the families. “[Knowing that they modeled another event after mine] was rewarding for me because it wasn’t just a one-time thing, but you could tell that people actually appreciated it and it was so useful that they wanted to do it again in a different place,” Albright said.


Metzli also returned from Indiana School for the Deaf the night of Albright’s Senior Project to attend and see Albright again. Now attending Indiana School for the Deaf, Metzli is no longer as shy as she was before Camp Willard, thanks to Albright’s willingness to accompany her. “I still think that [Metzli] going to [Camp Willard with Albright] opened her eyes to a whole other world where she got to see other people just like her,” Mrs. Albright said. by Sarah Whaley photos by Sydney Keaton




These students talk about their names and where they came from


Josh Holt has been to many different places, but the one that he just cannot seem to forget is the time that his family took a trip to Hawaii


William Benoni Dorenbusch Will-ee-um Buu-no-nee Door-in-bush “I got the name from my grandpa. His name is Benoni Williard Asdell and my name is William Benoni Dorenbusch. My grandpa is Scottish, but he got his name from the Bible,” Dorenbusch said.

What’s in a name?

“In 2005 my family and I went to Honolulu, HI. and while we were there, we went up to a volcano. It was a great experience. We were at such a high altitude. The winds were so strong where we were at, that you could literally just lean forward and not fall down because the winds would just hold you up.”


Bente Mariemo Bouthier Ben-ta Ma-ree-mo Boot-yai

“My parents wanted something unique that also had a cultural meaning. My dad had a Danish friend whose name was Bente and my mom is Danish and really liked the name so that was what they decided on,” Bouthier said.

Carlin Warnock Car-lyn War-knock

“I was named after George Carlin because when she [Warnocks mother] was pregnant she watched a George Carlin stand-up marathon and she thought the name was unique,” Warnock said.

“Despite it being beautiful and everything I don’t know if I would actually want to live there. I guess it’s really special to see it and be there one time.”

“I think I would take it for granted if I woke up every day and saw the same thing over and over again and did the same thing over and over again so all in all no I wouldn’t like to live there but I would love to visit it sometime again.”

“At the hotel every day at any time of the day there would be people around with trays of some kind of juice, there is something about the juice that once you took one drink of one you could not stop drinking it.”

“It was just an unforgettable experience. There was not one place at any time that was not absolutely amazing, it was just great. At night there would be a Lou out, like fire dancing and people just going crazy. It was kind of weird, but at the same time it was kind of cool. That is not something you see everyday so it was just really really cool.”

compiled by Alma Vera photos by Sydney Keaton and Ellen Pheral



Senior Kevin Brinegar has been involved in sports all his life

Senior Kevin Brinegar comes from a family full of athletes. His mom swam for the U.S. team and competed in the Olympics in Montreal, Can. This great accomplishment influenced Brinegar to take up swimming. “When I was seven or eight she made me try swimming to see how I did and I liked it so I guess she kind it kind of did influence me,” Brinegar said. Brinegar is part of the swim team here at North. Although his mom went up to the professional level Brinegar only plans to go to the college Senior Kevin Brinegar has been swimming since seven years old. His mom swam for level and prefers to study political science to the national team in the Olympics. “I want to swim at college level,” Brinegar said. become a lawyer. “But I don’t want to take it any further.” “I have been accepted at IU and if I do go there I would automatically just join the swim team,” can count on his parents for whatever he needs even with Brinegar said. matters that do not deal with athletics. From the other side of his family, Brinegar also has a “My dad, he’s a great athlete, but him and my mom are lot of athletic talents. Brinegar’s father ran track for Yale both very competitive and they’re always pushing me to do University. This did not interest Brinegar as much as my best,” Brinegar said. “It’s really good to have someone swimming. “I don’t really like running that much and I’m not to talk to when I need it. They always give me great really that good at it,” Brinegar said. advice.” Brinegar has had good role models and knows that he compiled by Alma Vera photos by Ellen Pheral



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Quote: “The winner isn’t the one with the fastest car, it’s the one who refuses to lose.” Dale Earnhart Jr. Car: “Chevrolet because it goes way back to my grandpa. He worked for GM and we got really good deals on vehicles from Chevrolet and it’s just what my family’s done all my life.” Shoes: “Boots. They’re comfortable and I really don’t like wearing tennis shoes that much.”


Toy as a child: “Hot wheels cars. Instead of playing with lego logs like other kids I was always playing with hot wheels cars and racing them.” Sport: “My grandpa raced stock cars and my grandma and grandpa used to drag race motorcycles. My dad drag raced, rode four wheelers and raced dirt bikes and snowmobiles so any kind of racing my family does.”


the BUCKET LIST with Ericka Russel

Junior Ericka Russel shares her bucket list and some things she has already checked off

Sky diving: “It sounded really fun and not most people can say they’ve sky dived before they were 17 years old.” Bungee Jumping: “I only bungeed 100 ft. I was dared to and I did” Zip lining through a jungle: “That was fun. I repelled down 100 ft. in Jamaica.” “I want to go to Europe. I’ll be crossing this off in June when I spend one month there.” “I want to have a verse in a rap concert because I like to rap.” “I want to walk across the Great Wall of China. It sounds fun.”

compiled by Laurel Wolfe photo courtesy of Ericka Russell


Junior Mitchell Duke has been skiing since he was seven years old



“I want to go on a safari in Africa just because I want to go to Africa.”

The cold surrounds him as he starts the hardest run he has ever done. He inhales deeply and then lets go. Flying down the mountainside he dodges tree after tree. At the bottom a sense of accomplishment fills his body as he looks across the beautiful mountain he just skied down. Junior Mitchell Duke has had several experiences like this since he was just seven. Duke and his family normally try and take a skiing trip once or twice a year at Perfect North. They have also visited Colorado twice and West Virginia four times for skiing trips. “My favorite place to ski is Copper Mountain in Colorado,” Duke said. “It has the best snow and runs. It’s a great place to ski and have fun.” Duke first got involved with skiing from his parents. “It is something we all do,” Duke’s father, Jim Duke said. “We can have a good time interacting as a family.” Duke’s parents believe that skiing is a great family activity. “It’s a sport the whole family can participate in no matter the level you’re at,” Duke’s mother, Mary Duke said. “It allows us to stay active and exercise while spending time as a family.” The Duke’s have had the opportunity to enjoy a family sport that creates an even stronger bond between them, while experiencing some of the most beautiful parts of the country. “I really enjoy skiing because it’s fun and you feel free just skiing down,” Duke said. “It’s beautiful and exhilarating. You get a rush from it.”


photo courtesy of Mitchell Duke

GETTING These students told 33Things where they plan on going for Spring Break


Chicago, Ill. senior Erin Ruffin “I’m going for my senior project. I’ve been selling bracelets for Foundation for Women’s Cancer. I’m really excited to see the looks on their faces when I hand them the money. I know I’ve done something meaningful.”

French Lick, Ind. sophomore Brian Federle “[I’m excited about] spending time with my family and enjoying the various activities they have there.” New York City, N.Y. senior Zach Crouch “I’ve never been so I think it will be a really good experience.”

Park City, Utah sophomore Sophie Meyercord “I’m excited to ski and spend time with my family.”

Greensboro, N.C. senior Hanson Tran “I’m going because I have family there. I’m excited because I don’t see them very often.”





tw Keystone, Colo. freshman Scott Duncan “[I’m looking forward to] skiing, I love it. We’re staying in a hotel on the mayamo mountain.”

Kentucky senior Josh Westbrook "I [am] going on a mission trip to help out with work that needs to be done."

Bonita Springs, Fla. senior Haleigh Lakin “I’m going to visit my grandparents so that will be cool.”

Hitting the BRAKES

Two years ago this junior went on a 111 mile bike trip that went downhill

Charleston, S.C. senior Jaclyn Gill "I'm excited to spend the week with Courtney [Crompton] and her family on their boat. We always have so much fun and the weather in Charleston is amazing."

compiled by Laurel Wolfe


As he went in and out of consciousness, junior Dallin Pesce realized he had no feeling in his arms and legs and that he was unable to see. “The pain really didn’t come until a few hours later, but it was pretty bad,” Pesce said. This all started when Pesce decided to take an 111 mile bike trip through his church. “It’s supposed to be a spiritual journey,” Pesce said. The trip to Clifty Falls would be a memorable one. Pesce was riding down the side of a hill when he saw the sharp turn ahead of him. “All I remember is that I was going down this hill and then I hear someone yelling ‘Get out of the way! Stop!’” Pesce said. “Then I was hit against a wall.” Pesce was hit going 35 mph when the rider behind him had brake problems. Not only was Pesce knocked over, he hit the side of a bridge. photo by Taylor Stamper “I remember thinking ‘I’m going to fall off this bridge and die’,” Pesce said. Despite Pesce’s near death experience on the trail a few years ago, he still hopes to go back and complete the 111 mile bike trip. “You get to be with your friends,” Pesce said. “It’s an accomplishment.”




I can not have my food touching. I eat all of one food until it is gone and then eat the next thing on my plate. I used to have to chew my food an even number of times on each side of my mouth, but I learned that it is not necessary.




I drink with two hands. I put both of my hands on the cup because I am prone to spilling things and having both hands on the cup makes me feel like I have control if it spills.



Bizarre food sorting

From separating sweets to chewing an even number of times, sophomore Madison Monroe shares her obsessive eating habits







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During the summer I do not eat any heavy foods such as pasta and meat. I only eat fruit and salads. When I eat blueberries, I have to eat them in twos and they have to be the same size.


With M&M’s, Skittles and any candy with multiple color it has to be color coded and put in groups of two. I eat all of one color and then eat the next color. I don’t eat any extras. compiled by Natasha Adams photos by Autumn Elkins



Snow globes

Uhl collects snow globes and similar items. “I have no idea how many snow globes I have,” Uhl said, “but I didn’t actually start the collection. My great grandma that I never met started before I was born.” Uhl’s collection has grown through her own travels and her family member’s travels. “My dad travels a lot so he would always bring back a snow globe from every place he went,” Uhl said. “My grandma travels a lot too, so she would go somewhere and bring me back one. I’ve got a billion different kinds.” Uhl’s collection serves as a connection to the places she has traveled as well as to her family. “The part from my grandma shows how much she cared because I never met her,” Uhl said, “so that’s kind of like a connection to her and to family history.”

Sophomore Syd Uhl and other students shared the stories behind their collections and why they love them Teddy bears

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Top: Sophomore Syd Uhl has a favorite snow globe within her collection. “My favorite is New Mexico just because of the memories of when I got it,” Uhl said. Bottom: Uhl sometimes brings teddy bears to school. “If I feel really bad, I usually take my biggest teddy bear and carry him around,” Uhl said.

Fishing gear

Freshman Austin Miller enjoys fishing with his gear. “My grandpa used to like crappie a lot, and I caught five big crappie like that,” Miller said. photos by Eden Greer

Freshman Austin Miller began collecting fishing tackle, rods and reels at a young age. “I started fishing around two years old,” Miller said. “My grandpa taught me how to fish and whenever he passed away I just took all his fishing stuff.” Miller fishes as a pastime. “I love the experience and the adrenaline rush,” Miller said.

Uhl also started her own teddy bear collection at 8 years old. “I started it because I’ve always liked teddy bears and I think one of the first ones I got was for Valentine’s Day in 2002,” Uhl said. “My dad got me two bears, one with a bow tie on the head and one on the neck. I’ve got 24 teddy bears now.” Uhl gets her teddy bears from garage sales, antique shops and as gifts. “Each of [the bears] kind of has a different personality and pattern,” Uhl said. Uhl has big plans for her collection. “My goal is going to be 101 [bears] and I’ll just come up with another goal if I break that one,” Uhl said. “One of my other goals is to get a life-sized one. I have to say ‘life-size’ because every time I say ‘as big as me’ everybody cracks out the short jokes.”

Golf clubs

Senior Eli Harmon has a favorite among his clubs. “My favorite is a Scotty Cameron putter that I have customized a lot,” Harmon said.

Senior Eli Harmon began collecting golf clubs his freshman year. “I probably have about 65 putters stored away and about 50 other clubs,” Harmon said. Harmon’s collection is important to him. “To me a true golfer is always looking for something new,” Harmon said. “I am also kind of a hoarder.” by Sarah Whaley


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