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TRIANGLE Columbus North High School • 1400 25th Street, Columbus, IN, 47201 • Volume 99, Issue 4 • Dec. 20, 2019

the decade in review


Senior Aysa Streeval’s bee farm educates others about bees


Half days are an option for students who want to take early college classes or work programs


Seasonal Affective Disorder causes feeling of depression in students


Cross Country continues training with Winter Warriors

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Hailey Andis Salome Cloteaux Coral Roberts Erica Song WEB EDITORS Emy Tays Braden Taylor


PHOTO EDITORS Jalynn Perry Anna Hatton PHOTO ASSISTANT Alexander Marsh COPY EDITOR Nela Riddle

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COVERAGE EDITORS Abigail Bodart Cheyenne Peters INDEPTH TEAM Alyssa Ayers Lucy Beck Katie Long Zoe Preston STAFF Curtis Abendroth Megan Allman Erica Bishop Trenton Bodart Katharine Brunette Valeria Castillo Lara Carolina Davidson Shelby Euler Paola Fernandez Annagail Fields Annabel Freeman Ariana Garcia Diana Garcia Alyssa Green Anna Hatton Haleigh Holwager Lily Hruban Tanya Iyer Emily Johns Anna Kelley Matthew Liu Luke McDonald Jimena Mendoza Myleigh Munn Anushka Nair Thomas Neeley Sanjana Penmathsa Karla Perez Owen Poindexter Walker Powell Elaine Sanders Luke Schneider Hallie Schwartzkopf Ashley Sturgeon Addie Watts ADVISERS Roth Lovins Rachel McCarver

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4 opinion NEW YEAR NEW GEN




The end of the decade creates a new generation

Students prioritizing grades over health can have long-term consequences.

6 student life AND WE’RE LIVE


CNHS students prepared for battle as Major Barbara premiered.





Senior Aysa Streeval created a bee hive to provide a home for Earth’s plant pollinators. North students spend part of the school day working or taking college classes to prepare themselves for future education and career plans.



Events from 2010-2019 are broken down by different news and pop culture events through out the decade.









North FCCLA club is taking charge of a new holiday fundraiser.

As temperatures drop, seasonal depression begins to affect some students.

Climate strikes gain attention as part of an effort to protest inaction in dealing with climate change.

Student assembly members collect donated cans to distribute them throughout the community.


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With the winter sports schedule, some student athletes have to miss out on the winter formal.



North student athletes combine with Northside students for winter cross country.


new year new gen With the close of the new decade comes a new generation


he decade is coming to an end, let’s take a look back at the 10 years that shaped our childhood. 2020 is near and with the new year comes the new generation, after all, the generation of Club Penguin and Silly Bandz will never be beaten. As a Gen Z kid, I’m a bit nervous about what the new generation will hold for us. This new generation will bring more technology than what we have now. Who knows, maybe even Apple will actually invent something useful and not the same phone with an extra camera. Our memories will stay in our hearts forever despite all the things that made them great being reinvented or removed completely. I am at a loss for words. I look back with all the nostalgia, memories of my favorite cartoons and those personal experiences connected to them, still holding the love for them as I once did. The trends that used to be cool “back in our day” are not anymore. I remember making rubber bracelets on the playground and Magic Tree House books used to be a big thing in school as well.

behind the smile opinion

by haleigh holwager

What I’m excited for the new generation is that now I can look at younger kids and say “back in my day.” With the powers of Gen Z and the new generation, we can beat any world problems that we face today. The new generation can make better and bigger movements to save our earth. Movements to stop with pollution and help clean up the ocean. With the help of Gen Z, we can make the world a better place to live. New technology can help us with these movements and projects. I look forward to seeing it happen. Because of conflict between Baby Boomers and Gen Z, I hope that the new generation kids will call Gen Z Zoomers or something of the sort. It won’t even be effective because Gen Z is so used to the mistreatment, but it would be funny to see it have a comeback. On a side note, I’m kind of scared since I will soon be a parent to the new generation once I get older and soon I will also graduate. I might be a little biased, but this generation might be better than the current one.

finding balance

Students prioritizing grades over health can have negative long-term consequences


andwritten notes are piled in a tower on the desk. Homework assignments are scattered across the room. On the floor lays an open backpack filled with battered textbooks and binders. In a nearby chair, a stressed and sleep-deprived student is slumped over his dying laptop. His eyes are barely able to stay open as he struggles to type the final sentence of the same paragraph that has been on his screen for the past 30 minutes. He wants nothing more than to sleep, but the essay is due in just a few hours, and he desperately needs to improve his grades. To some, this scenario may seem completely fictional or exaggerated, but, unfortunately, this is a reality for many high school students. It is not uncommon to see students who are continually sacrificing their mental or physical health for the sake of their academic achievements. The students who do prioritize their grades over their health do so because they believe “pain is temporary, but GPA is forever.” Their grades in high school can affect their future college and career pathways. Because these students understand the importance of education to their future, they stop at nothing to increase their chances of success outside of high school.


percent of TRIBE staff belives students sacrifice their mental and phsical health for their academic achievements


Staying up late a few nights a week to study or occasionally skipping lunch to do homework doesn’t seem dangerous at the time, but it can have long-term consequences as the effects of chronic sleep deprivation and poor nutrition add up. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, drowsy driving causes 6,000 fatal car crashes annually and increases one’s risk for colorectal cancer by 36%. GPA may seem like a label that sticks forever, but fatal accidents and diseases are much more permanent. Sleep deprivation also causes some less fatal and more common illnesses. For instance, sleep deprivation triples the probability of catching a cold and increases the risk for depression and anxiety. No amount of studying is worth the pain and harm brought by sleep deprivation, yet teenagers often become so entangled in their academics that they neglect their sleep schedules. While they should be sleeping for about nine hours, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that teenagers only sleep for approximately seven hours on average, far less than the recommended amount of rest. Another major consequence of sleep deprivation is the imbalance of hormones that control hunger. Research from John Hopkins Medicine discovered that fatigued students have higher levels of ghrelin,

staff stats

TRIBE staff members balance academic achievements and physical and mental health. percent of TRIBE staff does not believe students sacrifice their mental and physical health for their academic achievements


the hormone that controls hunger, and lower levels of leptin, the hormone that limits appetite; as a result, sleep-deprived students consume more food than they should, especially unhealthy options, like sweet, salty and starchy foods. Along with these chemical changes in the body, students’ focus on studying, rather than choosing healthy foods, contribute to poor eating habits, as well. Their poor diets increase their risk for obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease and stroke. By consuming high levels of unhealthy foods, students may be condemning themselves to years or decades of fearful dieting and insulin shots in the future. Considering the negative consequences and suffering due to sleep deprivation and poor diets, in 10 or 20 years, will a letter on a transcript or a strong, healthy body matter more? Considering the negative consequences and suffering due to sleep deprivation and poor diets, looking back in 10 or 20 years, do you think you will regret not getting that perfect grade on your transcript or not taking care of yourself and enjoying your high school years?


percent of TRIBE staff does not believe academic achievements are more important than mental and physical health

percent of TRIBE staff believes academic achievements are more important than mental and physical health


and we’re live

Columbus North’s theatre department put on a production of “Major Barbara”


ights, camera, action! From Dec. 6 to 8, the lights shone on the performers acting out the play “Major Barbara,” written by George Bernard Shaw. Senior Claire Baker and took part in this production and played the role of Lady Britomart. “It’s set in 1908, Edwardian era England. An aristocratic family is trying to find an heir outside the family to the family business, a bomb factory,” Baker said. “The oldest daughter, Barbara, hates the idea of war and tries to show her father that people can be saved without bloodshed, and he tries to show her the bloodshed is necessary.” To make a production of a play possible, different roles need to be filled such as set builder, operator assistant, tech director, crew and actors. Some actors in the play, like senior Josh DeGroot, wanted to get to know their characters before going on stage, so they could make their performance more convincing. “I’m playing Andrew Undershaft who is the dad and is seen as this prince of darkness and as a terrible person when he’s not. He’s built this huge society and this utopia of a place, and he’s actually a good person, but he’s also not,” DeGroot said. “He’s very cunning, and he kind of wraps the whole family up and tries to wrap them around his finger.” Remembering your lines and understanding what they mean may be difficult for some people, especially for a play that was written in the early 1900s. Also, trying to have a good time rehearsing and going on stage might make the experience and a lot better. “Learning the character and the hidden jokes in dialogue were probably the best,” Baker said. “It was a crazy experience to break down each line and understand what I was saying.”

student life

by diana garcia design by myleigh munn and hailey andis photos by jordan brady

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Senior Josh DeGroot, who played Andrew Undershaft, meets the other characters for the first time in the play, as they explore different interests and beliefs. Senior Ally Parker sports stage makeup in the form of a bruise after her character, Jenny Hill, is attacked by a vagrant because of her association with the Salvation Army. “I liked how emotional my character was,” Parker said. “Whenever I got beaten up by Bill Walker, it was really intense.”



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As Lady Britomart, senior Claire Baker discusses the fate of the family inheritance with senior Pranav Venkataraman, who plays Stephen Undershaft, her son. “Theatre has been an outlet for me since I was child,” Baker said. “I was always being rambunctiously annoying by imitating cartoon characters and sitcoms I saw on TV, and I soon realized that being on stage had the same qualities of becoming immersed in a different person altogether.”


The characters in the Salvation Army march with instruments to spread their religious beliefs to people living on the streets. “The Salvation Army does not have enough money to keep the shelters open, [so] they turn to wealthy people to support them,” Parker said. “There is conflict because Major Barbara [of the Salvation Army] does not want her father, who owns a company that makes weapons of mass destruction to kill people, to pay to save the Army with blood money.”


Acting as Charles Lomax, sophomore Jaime Garcia offers to play the concertina at the other characters’ request only to be interrupted by them afterwards.





Honey bees collect nectar from around two million flowers to produce one pound of honey.

BEE effect

by curtis abendroth design by annagail fields

Senior Aysa Streeval created a bee hive to provide a home for Earth’s plant pollinators

One bee has to fly about 90,000 miles, which is nearly three times around the globe, just to make one pound of honey.

Queen bees, when at maximum strength, lay about 2,500 eggs per day.


photo by owen poindexter

nder the scorching summer sun, bees buzz from flower to flower as they collect pollen to produce honey, a natural sweetener used in desserts and other dishes. They circle around sticky food left out in the heat by picnickers in the park, and occasionally, they sting humans passing by. For senior Aysa Streeval, however, bees mean much more than honey or bee stings. Because of her passion for bees, Streeval was inspired to construct a bee farm and educated others about bees for her senior project. “I was bouncing ideas around with my English teacher, and I really liked bees a lot, so she asked me if I ever thought about keeping them,” Streeval said. “I built a beehive from scratch and got bees donated to me. I learned how to keep them, and I educated kids at the FFY all about them.” Despite completing her senior project presentation and receiving a score of “exceptional” for it, Streeval plans to continue keeping bees and expanding her project further. “I’m still keeping [bees], and I plan on building another hive next year,” Streeval said. Since a portion of her project required learning how to take care of bees and their hives, she consulted multiple books and experts to gather as much information as possible about properly maintaining her bee hive.

“A big part of it is talking to other beekeepers because everybody has a different opinion. If you read only one book about it, you probably won’t get the best opinion,” Streeval said. “You just have to get a bunch of different opinions from different people on how to do it and choose which one you like best.” Another part of Streeval’s project involved spreading her knowledge to other people in the community about the ecological role of bees and inspire them to protect bees, as well. “Since I just built one hive, the main focus of my project is education on bees,” Streeval said. “The bees are really good pollinators, so they will pollinate any crops within a three mile radius; that’s how far they will go from their hive.” Although bees have been known to sting people when agitated, that has not been an issue in Streeval’s experience. “I am next to my bees without my suit on all the time and I have never been stung. They are not mean at all,” Streeval said. “I really like how I got something going from nothing because I have never really done anything like beekeeping before.”

handling half days

North students spend part of the school day working or taking college classes to prepare themselves for future education and career plans


pending six hours at school, being dragged into work for six more hours, and then coming home to do homework for two hours is the reality for most high school students with jobs. Others, however, are using some of their school day to get a head start on work experience. Senior Justin Leddy takes half days at North to make room in his day for the Cummins school to work program. Applying to the program has allowed him to get experience from engineers that have already gone through college and attained their degrees. “I am surrounded by computer engineers and scientists on a daily basis,” Leddy said. “The knowledge I gain from them and the hands on experience is by far the most beneficial.” This work experience prepares students for college plans and future careers both during and after high school. “There are many college students in the program who are hired on to Cummins immediately after graduating or at least into internships,” Leddy said. “After high school, I’d like to go to college and complete my Bachelor’s in Computer Science. I don’t know yet if I’ve been accepted, but ideally I’d like to go to Purdue.” Alternatively, senior Marissa Caudill uses half days to taking college classes before high school graduation as part of the Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) Early College Program, where she can receive instruction for college material in smaller classes. “The part about the program that benefits me the most is the preparation for college,” Caudill said. “Currently I am taking the speech class, Speech Communication-R110. [It] is great to have the opportunity to take it now with 20 students compared to at a bigger campus with the possibility of 400 students.” With fewer students in each class, Caudill has the opportunity to interact and build relationships with professors.

by annabel freeman design by paola fernandez

a different kind of schedule

Justin Leddie stays occupied with activities throughout his day

Wake up and get ready at 6:45 a.m.

photo by erica song “My professor and I have gotten close, and she will be writing one of my college recommendation letters,” Caudill said. “I will likely major in Gender Studies. But my ultimate goal one day is to own my own boutique.” However, taking half days in high school does present some challenges and difficult decisions for Caudill, especially in time management. “The least beneficial part of the program is probably just the fact I have to plan around it,” Caudill said. “The class is heavily based on participation, so it can affect your grade if you miss.” For Leddy, a downside is the classes he has given up to make room in his class schedule for his time at Cummins. “If I wasn’t doing [student to work] I’d be doing more electives like Networking and Cybersecurity and I’d likely take AP Stats, as well,” Leddy said. “But [student to work]is more valuable for me, so I can live with sacrificing a couple electives to gain some experience.”

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In 2010, more than 130 million gallons of oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico in what became recognized as the worst oil spill in U.S. history. A damaged well located 5,000 feet beneath the ocean’s surface paired hand-in-hand with the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig contributed to the 22 mile long plume that formed on the surface of the ocean. Thousands of wildlife fell victim to these slicks, as a variety of marine life washed up on nearby shores, suffocated by a thick layer of oil. Media coverage surrounding the consequences of the spill may have subsided. However, the effects of the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill extend beyond what can be seen on the surface. Nine years later, the ecosystems of the Gulf continue to suffer, as the death rate of marine life steadily increase, posing a threat not only to endangered species, but ocean life as a whole.

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During the 117th running of the Boston marathon, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev set off two bombs near the finish line of the race. Three spectators died, while an additional 260 were injured. The two brothers had been able to escape the scene and were on the run for a couple of days. The oldest brother, Tamerlan, was shot and killed in a police confrontation, while his younger brother, Dzhokhar, hid in a residential boat in Boston. After his discovery, the nineteen year old made a note in his hideout that the reason he and his brothers planted the bomb was to retaliate against bombings in Muslim countries. Dzhokhar was found guilty on 30 federal charges and is eligible for the death penalty. The 2014 race paid tribute to the tragedies of the bombings, and the runners who did not get to finish in 2013 were able to cross the finish line the following year. Two of these racers were Sophomore Evan Carr’s mother and aunt. Carr recalls the event, stating that he “was still young, and didn’t realize how big of a deal it was. But, (he) remembers (that they) had the news on that day, and (he) was just glad to know (his) family was okay.”

Osama Bin Laden Killed

On May 2, 2011, Seal Team Six was able to assassinate and recover priceless intelligence from one of the World’s most influential terrorists, Osama Bin Laden. Laden was credited as the leader of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the United States as well as an active member of al-Qaeda. He had been staying in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, which was raided on the day of his death. Seal Team Six was able to get in and out in less than an hour and was able to take with them technology and flash drives that stored important information on the terrorist group. Four other people, who were staying with Laden died. Within 24 hours after the raid, Laden’s body was thrown into the Arabian Sea.

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The 2012 summer Olympics were held in London, England and cost the country around 14.8 billion dollars (National Geographic). American Athlete, Michael Phelps, made history in his athletic event of swimming for being able to defend his title in the Men’s 200M Individual Medley for three Olympics in a row. Gabby Douglas became the first African-American Women to win an all around gold medal in gymnastics. The event also saw iconic groups, such as British born band One Direction to a reunion from the Spice Girls. The event brought together 204 countries from around the world to compete in 302 athletic competitions. The USA won the most gold medals of the competition, with a grand total of 45 and 103 medals overall.

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In 2014, the world experienced the worst outbreak of the Ebola Virus in history. Originating in West Africa, the virus rapidly spread, killing 11,315 of its 28,637 victims. Although Ebola remained relatively contained in areas such as Sierra Leone and Guinea, it did appear in the United States on Oct.1st, 2014, when 42 year Thomas Duncan arrived home from his trip to Liberia. Duncan was one of the nine Americans that contracted the disease during the crisis, and he was also one of the two that did not survive. Since 2014, a second outbreak of Ebola has been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as of Aug. 1, 2018. The looming fear of a second crisis is causing health officials to develop new treatment plans, as well as press the importance of vaccination, in an attempt to prevent history from repeating itself.

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6 | 0 | 2 0 | 2 0 6 2 0 6Election of 2016 |6 2 20|6 On November 8, 2016, it was announced that Republican Candidate Donald Trump, a real estate baron from New York with no prior experience in politics, would be 45 President of the United States. He won the electoral college against Democratic candidate, former first lady and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. Clinton secured the popular vote, however, Trump won the crucial swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania that helped him win the electoral college. After an intense campaign from both sides, the polls had predicted Clinton’s victory. A candidate winning the popular vote but losing the electoral college has happened only five times in a presidential election. When all was said and done, Trump became the next president to follow Obama, switching the executive branch from Democratic blue to Republican red.




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Anthem Protest

Starting during the 2016-17 National Football League (NFL) season, quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kapernick, began protesting during the national anthem. He refused to stand while the nation’s song was playing due to what he saw as mistreatment of African Americans in the U.S. He felt as if the American flag was not representing the people of the country fairly, and until this was corrected, he would continue to kneel. This sparked other players in the NFL to take a knee as well. In 2017, Kaepernick left the 49ers and became a free agent. No other teams offered him a contract, and he felt he was being punished for expressing his freedom of speech. President Trump gave his two sense, disapproving of the protests that were triggering other sports teams and players to join. Likewise, Junior kicker Carter Ward has a similar perspective on the subject, claiming that it “wasn’t the right time to express their beliefs during a time of honor and respect,” Ward said. In the end, Kapernick was awarded Sports Illustrated’s Muhamed Ali Legacy award and GQ’s Citizen of the Year award for his influence in the movement.

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On Valentine’s Day in 2018, a day typically filled with love and happiness became one of tragedy for the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. At 2:21 p.m., armed gunman Nikolas Cruz entered the freshmen building, and, in a matter of four minutes, killed 17 students and injured 17 more. Cruz fled the scene, but was captured in Coral Springs, Florida later that day. Today, students of Stoneman Douglas High School are leading the fight against gun control in a movement known as the March for Our Lives. Since its establishment, the organization has led the single largest day of protest against gun violence, and they continue to spread awareness through social media and rallies on both the local and national level. Junior Adeline Rush along with other CNHS students joined the fight against firearm violence by organizing a walkout at Columbus North on April 20, 2018. The students’ primary objective was to convey a similar message to that of the Parkland students, all while promoting the importance of safety in their own community. “It is important to raise awareness about gun violence in American Schools because lives have been lost, and unfortunately there is a lack of action in today’s government regarding firearm safety, especially in schools,” Rush said.

In April of 2019, the Notre Dame Cathedral, located in Paris, France, caught fire. The historic 850 year old cathedral burned for hours. The fire started in the Spire of the Cathedral, which later fell due to damage. Home to priceless historic and religious treasures, such as the crown of thrones it is believed that Jesus Christ wore 2000 years prior, most artifacts were saved. The 13th century rose windows and 16th great organ survived the blaze. The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, hopes to rebuild the Cathedral in a five year timeline, and addressed the citizens stating, “We will make the Cathedral of Notre Dame even more beautiful” (CNN). The realistic timeline according to the French media is between 10-15 years, due to the original materials the damaged roof was made of no longer being available in France.


soles for souls north FCCLA club is taking charge of a new holiday fundraiser by alyssa green design by anna kelley


ach of the 30 third-world countries have a 10.4 million and ¾ of those people live on $1.90 for every day. In fact, 24 percent the population worldwide does not have enough money to buy a pair of working shoes. Members of Family Career Community Leaders of America, or FCCLA, are working to give those people in need a job and a way to afford lightly worn shoes. Child development teacher Jill Halterman advises the team of students running the fundraiser. “This is the first time we have done this fundraiser,” Halterman said. “We’d hope to continue this annually if the turn out is good and collected enough shoes.” Starting this month, the drive is collecting shoes for two months and is helping countries in need of slightly worn shoes, a necessity for transportation. While students and adults are donating shoes for the cause, every pound of shoes donated gives FCCLA 40 cents for funds. Sophomore Naomi Gambrel is volunteering to be in charge of the shoe drive and fundraiser for FCCLA. “We are giving the shoes to an organization called

Funds2Orgs, and then the shoes are being shipped to 25 third-world countries where they teach people how to sell the shoes,” Gambrel said. The organization teaches people how to run a business and what’s it like to have a job.” As students donate shoes to be shipped to other countries, workers learn to run a business and sell families cheap shoes. “In third-world [countries] micro-entrepreneurs resell about 25 cents for each pair since in these countries their main way of transportation is walking,” Halterman said. With donating shoes, all from sandals to track spikes to winter boots, all shoes in good condition can help improve people’s lives by giving them job opportunities and providing the luxury of shoes. “[FCCLA] will take any shoes, but they just need to have no holes and the bottom sole of the shoe has to be attached to the rest of [it],” Allen said. Any adult and student is welcome to donate pairs of matched shoes in locations such as the commons, dean’s office, and Halterman’s Room1317. Shoes can be also donated during boys’ and girls’ basketball games on Dec. 17 and Jan. 10. “The environment that people have to walk on could be rocky, hot and uncomfortable to walk on barefoot,” Allen said.

“Many people in thirdworld countries have to walk everyday for water or food to survive and people can not afford to have shoes.” Teacher Jill Halterman

facts about poverty in the US

indepth facts about US citizens living in poverty

70% of the population uses already owned shoes and apparel

Textiles, including shoes, are 65.7% of landfills

59 percent of About 300 million the population children do live off of not own a $2.41 per day single pair of shoes

photo by jimena mendoza Students and teachers at school have been able to donate shoes for the Shoe Donation Drive.

winter blues

by nela riddle design by katharine brunette photo by ashley sturgeon

As temperatures drop, seasonal depression begins to affect some students


hristmas songs describe the oncoming season as a “winter wonderland” full of joy and beauty, yet winter can have an alternate effect on people due to the changing amounts of sunlight and varying schedules. Seasonal affective disorder is the official name of what is also called seasonal depression, a mood disorder that occurs during the change in seasons. According to Mayo Clinic, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is related to changes in seasons. Symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping energy and causing moodiness. Psychology teacher Rick Sluder understands the chemical processes that cause seasonal affective disorder in the winter. “Because of the lack of sunlight, your body doesn’t create as much Vitamin C and D, and this decreases serotonin production,” Sluder said. “Less serotonin production leads to depression.” Sluder recommends a few ways to self-diagnose seasonal affective disorder for students who believe they could potentially be affected. “The first thing I’d do is ask your family and friends if you are acting different or if you seem different now than you did in the summer,” Sluder said. “The other thing you could do is keep a journal and write down how you feel for maybe seven days in a row. If you see a pattern of feeling tired or run-down or having negative thoughts, then that would be a clue.” On top of the lack of sunlight, the quantity and difficulty of schoolwork can contribute to winter depression. Sophomore Lauren Brault sees the effects of schoolwork during the winter. “The amount of schoolwork definitely increases because I think the teachers are trying to fit in the last few topics into the last few weeks, and it builds up,” Brault said. “This makes me unmotivated to complete my work because it feels like it goes on forever.” An anonymous junior girl had a similar view on schoolwork during winter. “I feel generally more depressed during the Seasonal affective disorder winter, so my motivation goes down,” she said. “I know that school is important, so I try to brings changes in mood get my work done, but it’s not as efficient Between 60% and during winter as it is normally.” 90% of people There is hope for students with SAD, with SAD are however, as they can treat it with some women habit changes. According to Sluder, the main way to decrease the effects of SAD is to expose oneself to light. TRAUMA ANXIOUS TREATMENT “One of the things you can do is get HEALTH ILLNESS EMOTIONS LIFE HELP outside when you can, which is not CLINICAL WORK BIPOLAR DOWN GRIEF easy for a students because daylight DEPRESSION POSITIVITY STRESSFUL NH2 is while we’re in school, but getting UNHAPPY PSYCHOLOGICAL EMOTIONS CRISIS HO outside more and going for a walk ANEXORIA COGNITIVE AWARENESS TRAUMA N can help,” Sluder said. “There is also ANXIOUS TREATMENT HEALTH ILLNESS H light therapy where you can go into a EMOTIONS LIFE HELP CLINICAL room and have high-intensity light.” WORK BIPOLAR DOWN GRIEF Half a million Imbalance of Americans are melatonin and negatively affected serotonin causes by the changing seasonal affective seasons and disorder darkening of the summer light

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source: psychcentral.com


for the earth

by matthew liu design by sanjana penmathsa photo by anna hatton

Climate strikes gain attention as part of an effort to protest inaction in dealing with climate change years on record. Furthermore, climate change creates environmental refugees who have lost their homes or have been displaced due to natural disasters caused by climate change,” Das said. “Climate change is also causing mass desertification. Millions of square kilometers of arable land have become barren.” In Indiana, the farming industry may be affected the most, according to senior Katie Richards, who is also an Environmental Club officer. “Agriculture is very important here, and it would be most affected by climate change,” Richards said. “Different weather and temperatures would change when the best seasons for growing crops would be and how well they would grow here.” Even though climate strikes can make people more aware of the issue, some, like math teacher Dale Nowlin, worry about students taking advantage of it. “I’m not in favor of people skipping school. If something like that catches on, the frustrating part would be having people skip school not because of [the] climate strike but to get out of school,” Nowlin said. “Something about

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a time of change

encouraging kids to skip school for climate change doesn’t feel right.” Even though climate change has already started to affect habitats and the environment, Richards believes that there are many ways that people can help lessen the harmful effects. “Being aware of the waste we create is really important. Recycling and reusing things is a good way to start being aware of your waste and trying to limit it,” Richards said. “There are a lot of really easy things people can do like bringing a reusable water bottle to school instead of buying single-use ones.” In the end, Nowlin believes that small changes in people’s daily routines can make a huge difference. “I sometimes think that people feel that they can’t do anything because they do a small part. For example, I ride my bike to school; that’s just one car that’s not going four miles a day, so does that make a difference?” Nowlin said. “People can do little things that can add up, but obviously, we’re not doing enough of them.”



arth: home to 7.7 billion people. This 4.6 billion-year-old planet provides food, water, shelter and other necessities for many organisms from moose in the tundra to dolphins in the ocean to humans around the world. In recent years, studies have shown that due to the increased emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases like methane, habitats may be destroyed, and natural disasters are expected to increase. Activists, like Greta Thunberg, have called for action and organized protests like the Global Climate Strike. AP Environmental Science teacher John Murphy believes that these strikes help people realize that climate change is a real issue. “It’s a great way to put awareness to climate change,” Murphy said. “You have got to build awareness because many people don’t truly think it’s happening.” Environmental Club officer junior Purbi Das believes that the Climate Strike also helps highlight the harmful consequences of climate change. “Climate change has resulted in the10 hottest


Damage from Climate scientists, although droughts, floods, not the public, recognize that tropical cyclones and even if all greenhouse gas emissions could be halted wildfires is seen sooner and at lower CO2 immediately, global warming will still continue for millennia. levels than expected.

cans for a cause Student assembly members collect donated cans to distribute them throughout the community by cheyenne peters design by elaine sanders


uring the holidays, some families may not be as fortunate as others. North Student Assembly members set up an annual can drive where students are able to donate canned and non-perishable items. Senior Gabby Genth is one of the chairs and works with other members to prepare for the drive. “I am the head chair of can drive so I help with attendance and send out reminders to everyone and make sure people are informed. I work closely with Emily Herdon, Matt Ruehman, Colvin Iorio, Tom Sullivan, and Bennett Carson,” Genth said. Families around Columbus who are helped by this drive can contact North and tell them that they are in need of cans. “It takes a total of about 18 days and each day is about two hours long,” Genth said. “In past years they haven’t focused on the quantity of cans. his year we are not basing our can drive off a quantity. We are deciding to focus on quality. I’m expecting to get around 8,000 to 9,000 this year,” Genth said. There are different goals every year based on past years or events. “Last year our goal was 15,000 because we wanted to celebrate the 150th anniversary of North. We ended up exceeding our goal. Senior Tom Sullivan has the door hanging job and that entails being in control of the cans and hangers. “I am a chair of door hanging which means I check that houses and neighborhoods

1. collection

student assembly members go door to door collecting cans for can drive

4. a new home

cans are taken from the food pantry to homes of people in need

the drive

2. school

student assembly bring the cans to school to sort through

3. love chapel the cans are brought to the food pantry at love chapel

know we will be collecting cans and I keep track of how many hangers we have,” Sullivan said. The can drive is a way for the whole school to give back to the community. “The students have the opportunity to give back to the community and the student assembly members can get service hours if they reach a certain number of hours,” Sullivan said.

“This year we are not basing our can drive off a quantity. We are deciding to focus on quality.” senior gabby genth

Junior Colvin Iorio is involved with the community and make the map for distribution day. “I am mapping head chair, so I make and distribute the maps for the student assembly to use when going out into the community,” Iorio said. Dec. 20 is the day that student assembly will go and deliver the cans into the community.

can drive goal 8,000 - 9,000 cans amount collected

10,138 cans


dancing to victory With the winter sports schedule, some student athletes have to miss out on the winter formal by megan allman design by tanya iyer photos by hailey andis


he clock runs down, and the basketball game approaches an end. As the cheerleaders and fans jump in excitement, the players walk off the court. Meanwhile, some CNHS students are preparing for the annual winter formal dance by taking pictures and attending a fancy dinner. Like some other athletes, junior Chloe Roberts is unable to participate in many of these pre-dance activities “I am cheering at the basketball games that day,” Roberts said. “I am still able to go but will be pressed for time while needing to get ready for the dance.” Sophomore Sarah Bennett has a club volleyball tournament on the day of formal and has been affected by it in the past. She chose not to attend the dance this year due to a lack of sleep in previous years. “Last year I attended formal, but I was only able to go for an hour because I had volleyball, and then I had to wake up early the next day and play in the same tournament,” Bennett said. “It affected the way I played, by not getting enough sleep.” She wishes that North would reschedule the winter dance so that more people were able to attend it. “I wish that north’s formal was scheduled earlier like East’s formal is,” Bennett said. Sophomore Olivia Pittman is unable to attend winter formal because of a show choir concert. However, the choir will be organizing their own dance so that they can enjoy the festivities as a group. “I am not too upset because there are other years to go to formal, and I like my show choir group, so I feel like we will have fun,” Pittman said. Like some other student athletes, Bennett feels left out when seeing social media posts after the dance. “The hardest part is seeing all your friends pics and posts on social media and wishing you could have gone,” Bennett said.

this or that?

“The hardest part is seeing all your friends pics and post on social media and wish you could have gone.” sophomore sarah bennet

“I will go either way because formal is a great night where you are able to get dressed up nice with your friends and go out to dinner” junior chloe roberts

A list of sports that interfere with the winter formal dance Varsity cheerleading is cheering at the boys varsity basketball game.

Junior varsity cheerleading is cheering at the boys junior varsity game.


Boys and girls swim and dive teams have a meet at Terre Haute at 1:00 p.m.

Boys varsity basketball is playing Perry Meridian at home. The game is at 4:30 p.m.

Boys junior varsity basketball is playing Perry Meridian a home. The game is at 3:00 p.m.

North Stars show choir and Vocal Pointe show choir are competing at Pendleton High school all day.

cross country combo

North student athletes combine with Northside by abby bodart design by luke schneider photo by lily hruban students for winter cross country


ven though the cross country season has ended, students continue to practice running and improve their speed and stamina. Winter Warriors, a training season for high school underclassmen and middle school students, has begun. For freshman Jessica Meza, Winter Warriors means more than just an opportunity to run. “Winter Warriors is a way that we can train and stay in shape to become better runners,” Meza said. “It also allows us to bond as a group in a fun environment.” Meza’s decision to join the winter cross country team stemmed from her goal of success in running. “I decided to do Winter Warriors because I knew that I wouldn’t be as successful in track and cross country if I stopped running and focused on a different sport,” Meza said. “These months of running will hopefully help me improve.” Winter Warriors athletes practice every week to stay in shape. “We meet at the Columbus North Athletics lobby, and we practice Monday through Friday from 3:30 to about 4:45,” Meza said. Sophomore Will Kiel joined cross country because of his family’s background in running. He has also connected with the Winter Warriors to keep in shape for the cross country season. “Winter Warriors is a training program that teaches incoming freshman how we

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students involved in winter warriors

train for high school cross country [and] track, and it is also a critical training period for those of us in high school who plan to run track,” Kiel said. Kiel stayed in cross country postseason because of the friends he has made, as well as the opportunities it affords him. “Winter Warriors is the best training that I can have going into track season,” Kiel said. “I heard the coach has had lots of running experience and has trained many top athletes.” Kiel encourages other runners to participate in Winter Warriors. “If anyone is looking to run long distances in track this spring, Winter Warriors is the best way to get fit for it,” Kiel said. Sophomore Katherine Rumsey has been running since elementary school when she joined Girls On the Run. She continued into middle school and now runs for North, practicing with the Winter Warriors. “I decided to do Winter Warriors to become a better runner, and I wanted to take advantage of it so my next season would be better,” Rumsey said. Besides being dedicated to her sport, Rumsey also enjoys spending time with her fellow runners. “Winter Warriors is great because a bunch of girls do it, and it can be uplifting after a hard day to come in and have a great support system there for you,” Rumsey said.

Participating in Winter Warriors, middle school and high school students alike continue running postseason

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the gift that keeps giving With the holiday season approaching, the demand for gift ideas rises by anushka nair

DIY gift

A peppermint candle can be a homemade gift step1




You will need soy candle wax, peppermint essential oil, a mason jar, a candle wick and tea light cups.

Glue the candlewick to the middle of the inside of your mason jar and tea light cups.

step 2

Melt your soy candle flakes over a double boiler and stir in the peppermint essential oil. Then, pour your melted wax into your mason jar.

step 3

Repeat the same process on the tea light cups, and leave the wax to harden overnight. Be sure to add some decorations and light your candle!

other ideas Make a friendship bracelet

Buy an Amazon gift card

Knit or buy a scarf

Customize a picture frame

Make a calendar

Decorate an ornament source: apumpkinandaprincess.com

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The Triangle Volume 99, Issue 4  

The Triangle Volume 99, Issue 4

The Triangle Volume 99, Issue 4  

The Triangle Volume 99, Issue 4