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Here it is; the first issue! Inside and in the next eight issues, we want to make it about you. We want to cover all aspects of favorite parts of your life. With some revamping, we are doing just that. Look inside to page three to see what The Triangle has in store for you.


inside ... what’s important to you

dear reader,

This year, we want to tell stories that are important to you. So, we’re trying something new.; we’re doing away with traditional sections like “news,” “sports” and “features.” Over the summer, we brainstormed what we thought were the most important things to teenagers. Here’s what we came up with: your expression, your life, your friends and your weekends. expression: What do you do to express yourself? Do you write short stories? Listen to music? Create music? Act? Play basketball? Tennis? Dance? If you have a story, tell us. Or we’ll find you. life: High school is your life right now. What’s happening in it that everyone should know about? What are your worries? Your thoughts? Your fears? Your favorite things? friends: Well, they are probably the best part of high school (or the worst, depending on who you are and how you see things). We would like to let everyone know who you’re hanging out with and what you’re doing, especially if you’re doing something that has impact. weekend: And last, but not least: the weekend. What’d you do last weekend? What’re you doing this weekend? Tell us! Maybe another kid is doing that same thing, or someone else has always wanted to do it but never knew that it was happening here or in our community. The Triangle is a student forum for expression -- we, as the reporters, photographers and page designers, are merely the liaisons. We are you. We walk down the halls with you, go to class with you and participate in activities with you. We want to tell stories as you see them, as we see them. We want to capture our school and the world around us and then make it easier for you to understand it. We’d like to entertain, to provoke thought and to inform. To do that, we’re going to need you to let us know what you want to read about this year. We want to see you in an issue this year. Hope to meet you soon, Katie Kutsko, editor-in-chief

To view news daily, check out www. cnhsmedia. com.

your expression

04 Staff editorial

Did you know that we are Academic Watch?

24 Reader survey

Tell us what you want to see in The Triangle this year, and we’ll give you candy!

your life

06-07 Balanced calendar

Do you know what it is? What about the advantages? Disadvantages?

08 Jamison Davis

Check out what Davis did this summer

09 Laura Lopez

What’s high school like in another country?

your friends

12-13 Rap music

See how rap music affects students here 14 Hendrik Spicker and Mikael Rasch Get to know to exchange students

16 Graphic novels

Did you know that they’re the most checked out books here?

your weekend 19 Indiana State Fair stage collapse

Two sophomore girls witnessed the collapse

20 Eagle Scouts

What is it? What does it take? Who is one?

22 Senior Projects abroad

Two seniors went abroad over the summer


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editor-in-chief Katie Kutsko content editors Hillary McCloskey Vanessa Staublin managing editor Whitney Olibo copy editor Ramya Vijayogopal social media manager Jenny Dieckmann

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How do you feel about our school’s label of “D?” Tell us! Send in a letter to the editor, and you could be in the next issue of The Triangle.

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On Aug. 29, the Indiana Department of Education gave BCSC a “D.” Here’s what The Triangle Staff thinks about the letter grade.

hen students receive a grade in class, schools should be given. We qualify for all it holds meaning. Letter grades help 33 categories, whereas other schools may you get an idea of how you are doing in class. only qualify for a few of them. We are being If your teacher gives you an “A,” you feel like penalized for accepting all types of students you’ve done a good job; a “F,” however, seems and being willing to help everyone. scary and punishable. According to the Average Yearly Progress Last year, the Indiana Department of (AYP), if we had more kids pass in the English Education (DOE) gave our school corporation Performance part of the test that are on free or a “F.” This year, however, reduced lunch, we would we moved up to a have had at least a C. le a sc g in d “D.” We are now off of But the test is unfair ask ra g the ” “A ss re “academic probation” KGreen here og Exemplary Pr ” “B ss re og Pr e and have moved up to Some of you may Commendabl ress - “C” og “academic watch.” How? be wondering why it is Pr ic m de ca A ch - “D” at W Does this sound fair? such a big deal that we ic m de ca A ation - “F” ob Pr ic Does the connotation received a bad grade or m de ca A that comes with an “C” perceived as a failing match the definition of school, or why you should “academic progress?” Does a “C” sound worse even care. When families move here with a than it really is? How bad is it? company, they want their children to attend The DOE left these questions unanswered a good, respectable school. However, when for many community members. the State labeled the high school with a “D,” How can we only have a “D” when we families can make assumptions about how the have at least 50 percent of BCSC seniors administration runs the school and how it is graduating with an Academic Honors overall. Who would want to send their child to Diploma? When we have the second highest a school with a “D” reputation? ACT average composite score of 23.671? We hope something is done soon. The We, as The Triangle staff, think that this is grading system and the fairness from the a false indication of what North really is. How State seems faulty and doesn’t convey the can a letter grade determine who we really real work that schools are doing. We want are? We wrote a story last year about this everyone to be familiar with this issue and topic, but no one has solved the quandary. why it is such a big deal. You deserve to have To us, it seems like we are being punished a say in your school because you’re more than for being a diverse school. The DOE uses 33 just a test score. categories to determine what letter grade


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walk into my work and the aroma is addicting. The smell of Pike Place on a Friday afternoon is invigorating. jennydieckmann It feels like home. As I walk to the back, the blenders are making the most obnoxious noise you will ever hear. There is a huge “trash juice” mess in the back room in front of the trashcan that I will probably have to mop up later. As I drape my green apron over my head, I look down and see the massive mocha stain that I have regretted to wash off. I walk towards the door that leads into the café, the ice machine produces another sheet of ice and it scares me half to death. I walk to my post, the cash register, and I begin to take orders. Have you figured out where I work yet? Well, if you have not, I work at Starbucks. In my opinion, the most magical place on earth. Recently on Twitter, actor Alec Baldwin tweeted, @AlecBaldwinAlec Baldwin Starbucks on 93 and B’way. Uptight Queen

barrista named JAY has an attitude problem. For those who do not know who Alec Baldwin is, he is in the TV series 30 Rock, It’s Complicated, Beetlejuice, The Departed and many other great films. I have a few issues with this Tweet. Not only does it insult my place of employment, which I will get to later, but he spelled barista wrong. If you are going to insult anything, at least learn how to spell it. There could have been many reasons that “Jay” was having an attitude problem. Due to his snippy and stuck up attitude in this tweet, I could see how he/she would have been a little peeved. Whenever a snobby person comes up to me when I am working there, I am not going to be that nice. I don’t understand how people think they have the right to treat people that way. I don’t even care if you have been having a bad day, that is no reason to treat anyone like that. I don’t think anyone understands what a Starbucks employee goes through to make them to get to “Jay” status. We always have the snobby old lady with too much plastic surgery who thinks her drink is totally wrong. We have octamom, who orders a million frappacinos for her screaming kids in the back seat. Those are the people that get on our nerves sometimes, but others are good

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Red flag -- red hair extinction

alking down the halls here, brown, blonde, black and then, the almost extinct hair color, red. Red haired people make up only 2 percent of the world’s population. The “Ginger Gene” is a recessive gene, and according to National Geographic, red haired people may be extinct as evarly as the year 2060. Scotland is home to the highest total population of redheads. 40 percent of Scottish people carry the gene, yet only 13 percent have red hair. Scotland’s population as a whole has the most red haired people, but the U.S. has the most red

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Senior reflects on moods, her job at Starbucks and snooty actors

haired people in the world coming in at a whopping two to six percent redheads, compared to 650,000 in Scotland, and 420,000 in Ireland. These two to six percent in the U.S, 650,000 in Scotland, and 420,000 in Ireland are commonly referred to as “gingers.” The term “ginger” comes from a rhyming slang “ginger-beer” with a term that is slang for some one’s sexual orientation. The term is believed to have gain popularity from an episode of South Park. The show, referred to them as “Ginger kids.”

company. Such as the precious old couple that comes in at 9 at night for their nightly white chocolate mocha fix, or the tortured artist who comes in at 4 and stays until 10 reading with his shoes off and curled in one of our chairs. Some of our customers have their perks. You get to know people and you kind of become a little family. That is the main reason I love working there. All if the people I get to meet and talk to about their lives. Although Alec Baldwin may have had a bad experience with one Starbucks employee, we are not all like that. If I could say one thing to him, I would tell him to lay off. We make every drink special for everyone. I don’t know what the situation was, but I believe it was a complete misunderstanding. Starbucks is such a feel-good environment; it has no room for arrogant people like Alec Baldwin. The only positive thing that can come out of this tweet is that “Jay” is the most famous Starbucks worker in the world. In conclusion, if you are ever in the mood for a decadent desert or a wholesome drink, come find me at the Starbucks on Highway 46. However, I cant guarantee I will not have a “Jay” side to me when you come.

Here are some not-well-known facts about redhaired people according to www.adam.shand.net and www.ginga.co.nz

• In France, it is thought to be a very bad fate. • Red hair is a genetic mutation. • Percentages of red haired people in different countries range from single digits to a fraction. It is estimated that 0.03 percent of French people are red haired. • In Denmark, it is an honor to have a red haired child. • Red haired people generally are more numerous in northern latitudes, but also turn up among hungarians, Egyptians, Israelis and certain Nigerian tribes. • In Corsica, if you pass a red haired person on the street you spit and turn around. • In Poland, if you pass three red haired people you’ll win he state lottery. • Judas, and Mary Magdalene were both pictured red haired. • Scientists say that Red haired people are more prone to bee sings. • Scientists also say that red haired people are more likely to be left handed. • “Gingerism” has been compared to racism in the U.K., and there are actually support groups to help people cope with their “gingerness.” compiled by Dean Anthony Gray

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First day of fall. It’s the first day of fall! Ugg boots and jeans are now acceptable to wear. Enjoy hayrides, bon fires, a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbuck’s and the leaves changing colors. Punctuation Day. Jeff Rubin founded this day in 2004. It is a day that honors exactly what it says -- those who are punctual. Columbus Day. It’s not our day, but it’s our namesake’s day.

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onfirming their decision with a 5-2 vote Aug. 8, BCSC School Board voted in favor of modifying the school calendar, beginning August 2012. The new, modified calendar for the 20122013 school year includes a reduced eight week summer vacation and a week extension to fall and spring breaks. Although the seasonal vacations will be altered, the number of school days will still remain at 180, as required by law.

Other main factors that BCSC has in mind for the calendar to achieve include meeting students’ instructional needs, having two equal semesters with flexibility for making up inclement weather and being sensitive to community needs. BCSC’s Assistant Superintendent, Linda DeClue, who was in favor of the switch, has sensed the opposition from her previous experiences by working in other school corporations.

“I have worked in three different school districts and there is never a school system that satisfies everyone,” Dr. DeClue said. “We are making these decisions based on the students’ instructional needs.” Of the approximate 50 community members in attendance at the meeting, both the supporters and those in opposition had heavy turnouts.

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Under the new calendar, the school sessions are equal in length to summer vacation; about 43 to 47 days. Here’s a breakdown of the difference it will make to your calendar.

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Community members weigh in Following the Aug. 8 meeting, students, parents and teachers at Freshman Orientation responded to the school board’s decision

“I’m against it. There are a lot of opportunities to do summer programs and camps. Kids wouldn’t have those if we had a shorter summer.” senior Lucie Cyliax

“I like it. It will be all new. It is what it is. We’ll have to adjust.” P.E. teacher Lou Sipe

“I think it has its positives and negatives but I’m not sure we’ve seen it done enough to know if it will work.” parent Susie Hodnett

Why now?

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August 8, 2011 freshmen line up to recieve thier schedules for the upcoming school year. Next year freshman will be line up sooner due to the School Board’s vote to modify the school calendar.

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A new school calendar may be a surprising change, but there were numerous reasons that school board members supported the change. Another calendar change was also proposed this year. Senate Bill 150, proposed by the Indiana Senate, could have required us to start school after labor day and end before June 10 had it been passed. The new balanced calendar is likely to have been a resistance to Senate Bill 150. Many believe that the adjusted vacations will improve students’ academic performance. “[The new calendar] is a good way for [students] to remember what they were taught and [for] teachers to catch their breath.” School Board member John Anderson said.

Team camps Because summer will end sooner, many athletes are concerned with the effect it will have on team camps, which most teams have the first week in August. “We can’t have team camp before Aug. 1st officially. It’s important for the freshman because they don’t know how great it is and how much we learn and it’s really important for our team.” junior Caryn Wolfe said. With the upcoming schedule, sports teams are unable to have official mandatory practice before August 1st, and it is unclear as to whether or not this rule will be changed to accomodate the new balanced calendar.

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The men’s golf team went to the state championship during the summer and was a shot away from victory

he Columbus North men’s golf team made it to the state championship last summer and lost by one shot. Sophomore Michael VanDeventer reflects on losing the state tournament last year. “Coming so close, then losing in a tie breaker, that’s about our only regret this year,” VanDeventer said. Despite not winning, there were exciting points in the season, as sophomore Tanner Bennett explained. “Our first tournament was the worst,” Bennett said. “But we just kept getting better, and then we capped it off with state.” Coach Doug Beieker agreed that last year was a well performed year. “There really weren’t any bad moments,” Beieker said. “This was an exceptional year for us. The best moment of the year was probably finishing runner up.”

Bennett explained the preparation they put into the off-season. “We have to run at Otter Creek,” Bennett said. “We had to run the course twice, which is about six miles.” They also worked in the morning during summer break. “Coach would call us in the morning, we would run, then we would go and hit a bunch of range balls,” VanDeventer said. “We need to hit balls every day to stay in tune.” The Bull Dogs golf team is hopeful that they can be as good this year, if not better, than they were last year. “We should be pretty strong this year,” VanDenventer said. “We have a lot of guys that can step up, and a lot of guys that can play varsity.” With most of the top players returning this year, the team is optimistic of this year’s season.

“On any given day any player can beat another,” Bennett said. “We have a lot of experience this year.” Beieker agreed with Bennett. “We’ve got a lot of guys back this year,” Beieker explained. “We have a lot of experience.” Being victorious last year, Coach Beieker forsees an increase in competition. “We sometimes snuck up on people last year,” Beieker said. “We’re not gonna be able to do that this year. There are going to be some teams that are gunning for us.” Bieiker is confident that the team will do even better this year. “This time next year we’re going to be defending state champions,” Beieker said. “In two years, we’re going to be back-to-back state champions.” by Neal Shaw and Adam LeClerc

Modeling magic

Sophomore shares her new experience with modeling, photo shoots, model searches and everything in between

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s she scrolled down the page, her eyes became wide with shock. This was completely unexpected. Sophomore Jamison Davis was informed through an email that the Wet Seal judges chose her for the top 100 out of 50,000 girls that entered the Wet Seal model search. “I was so shocked. It had been a while since I entered, so I had completely forgotten about it,” Davis said. The first step of the competition was to submit a picture. From there, the judges chose the top 100. “I had to make a one minute Youtube video. We had to tell why we wanted to be the next Wet Seal model and why we thought we should win,” Davis said. Shortly following, the videos were then posted on the Wet Seal website for public voting. To make the community aware of her accomplishment, Davis had created opportunities for herself to be recognized. “To promote myself, I asked people on Facebook to vote for me, and I put up posters around town. I also had two articles printed in the newspaper about me,” Davis said. In order to proceed to the next round, Davis had to be voted into the top 25, in which she succeeded in. “I placed 13th out of 50,000 girls. I was happy with how far I got, [but] was a little disappointed that I didn’t win. The girls who won deserved it,” Davis said. Even though she did not win, Davis still felt that the competition was an instructional experience. “The model search taught me to keep trying and to not let one loss stop me,” Davis said.

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Davis is currently working with the Helen Wells Modeling Agency, which is an organization that takes aspiring models and helps them get recognized. Once chosen, girls are officially full time models. Because her mom had experience as a teen model, Jamison decided to give it a shot. “My mom modeled for Helen Wells, so she influenced me to try it,” Davis said. Davis’ mother, Heather Davis, has always had a strong zeal for modeling. “I have always enjoyed photography and modeling as a hobby and being in front of or behind a camera has always been a passion of mine,” Mrs. Davis said. Like her mother, Davis also has passion for being in front of the camera. “I love doing the photo shoots. They play music and they are very lively and fun,” Davis said. So far, Davis has had two professional photo shoots. Her most recent was by local photographer, Angela Jackson, who has admiration for her. “I loved working with Jamison. She is a doll with natural beauty and has a fantastic personality to match,” Jackson said. “My favorite part about working with Jamison was definitely because we laughed a lot.” Davis would like to continue modeling, but does not plan on making a career out of it. “With the Helen Wells agency, modeling is like a mini-job for me. I would love to do print work, commercials, and runway modeling like my mother, but as of right now I would not consider modeling as a career,” Davis said. In her short time modeling, Davis has become more determined “Don’t let one failure bring you down or affect you negatively,” Davis said. “You just have to keep trying and don’t stop doing what you love.” by Annie Day


Returning home Junior Laura Lopez returned from Mexico a month ago to finish her high school career here

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fter waving goodbye, junior Laura Lopez, her twin brother and mom board an airplane. Lopez and her family returned from Jalisco, Mexico after spending three years in Mexico. Lopez’s family decided to come back, so she and her brother, Uriel, could finish their high school career in America, could be free from violence and bring the family together. However, after living in Jalisco, Lopez noticed the differences between North and her old school, Universidad de Guadalajara. “One thing that really is different is the time in school,” Lopez said. “In Mexico we get out at one p.m. and here the school day is too long.” According to Lopez, another major difference is the grading in school. In Mexico, there are three years of middle school and three years of high school. Lopez left Mexico as an incoming sophomore but came here as junior. Another change, there are no passing periods for moving from class to class. Instead, the students stay in one classroom and the teachers come to them. “We also wore uniforms and the school was much smaller,” Lopez said. “Plus, I had to walk to school every day.” Other differences, there are no school dances like Prom or Winter Formal. Instead, there are festivals that coordinate with the holidays. Also, it’s very rare to be in clubs or extracurricular activities. But, Lopez had fun spending time with her friends, especially her cousin. “It was hard to think that I would not see my

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friends every day,” Lopez said. “Especially my cousin; she was in my class, and it was hard to not see her any more.” The education here is more advanced here, especially math and science classes. Because of this change it was difficult for Lopez to organize her school credits. “On my first day of school, I was nervous, and I got lost a few times. It felt weird and different,” Lopez said. “We [Uriel and Laura] had trouble with our credits. They [counselors] had a hard time seeing the classes we needed to take, so we would not have to retake any class.” After arranging her classes, Lopez was excited to see her old friends. “At first it was awkward, because a lot of them changed since I last saw them.” Lopez said. But even after three years of not seeing her friends, Lopez still maintains her friendships. “They {Uriel and Laura] always told me they were going to come, but they never did.” junior Ana Sandoval said. “So when I found out [they were coming] I didn’t believe it. It was very surprising, but I’m glad I have my best friend back.” Other than, getting a better education and bringing the family together, Lopez and her family left Mexico to escape violence. Her parents wanted to separate them from Mexico’s recent dangerous streets. “We also decided to return because Mexico is a dangerous place now.” Lopez’s mother Maria Lopez

said in Spanish. “People live in fear, where we lived was calm, but lately a lot of shots were heard, many people were getting hurt and arrested.” Although it was hard to say goodbye to their native country, Laura and her family are glad they made this decision. “We also came because my husband and my oldest son, Armando, were here. We missed them a lot.” Mrs. Lopez said. Now that the whole family is together, Lopez and her brother feel much better. “They’re happy to be here, they want to be here.” Mrs. Lopez said. “At first they were affected a little by the changes in school, but they seem to be doing fine.” Lopez’s family does not plan to move back to Mexico, but they do plan to go for vacations and visit their relatives. For now, Lopez wants to focus on her education. “North is a pretty school, and all my teachers are nice,” Lopez said. “I think you do more things here and you learn more things here, you get a better education. I want to finish school here.” by Erika Espinoza

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As crime rates soar to unexpected heights, Columbus struggles to cope with a newfound issue that is affecting everyone in the community.

Community loses peace of mind In the first two weeks of the school year alone, 41 vehicles in Columbus have been affected by a surge of thefts. Last year, those particular weeks suffered just half that amount. Break-ins have occurred while people go into gyms and left purses in their car, Assistant Principal John Green said. “There was the summer thing in Tipton, with the Tipton Racquet Club. They were targeting women who would go to work out and leave their purses behind.”

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onday, Aug. 29 seemed like a normal day in the life of two students. However, after a call from Mr. Sheridan for senior Ian McGillvary and junior Michelle Amlung, the first Monday of the school year would always be remembered. “I was sitting in class when I was called to the dean’s office. I am a good student. I was worried because I had gotten into two fender benders last year,” McGillvary said. While in the dean’s office, each student was informed that their car had been broken into. Both of their reactions were different. “ My initial thought was ‘My mom’s gonna kill me,’ ” Amlung said. McGillvary’s reaction was far from fear. “I was really angry and wanted to know who it was. I wanted to punch them in the face,” he said. The thieves took an iPod from both McGillvary and Amlung. “I had a broken second generation iPod touch. The battery was dead and I left it in my car. I wasn’t thinking. Usually I put it in the glove box,” he said. Although his iPod was stolen, McGillvary considers it a minor loss compared to what could have happened. “I had my golf clubs, $1000 worth of golf clubs, in my trunk. They could have stolen them,” he said. The students had more to complain about than a stolen iPod. “The passenger side window was just shattered and there was glass all over the place,” Amlung said. When McGillvary saw his busted window for the first time he came to a conclusion. “I realized after I saw my car that whoever it was doesn’t respect my personal property. My car is mine. I hardly let my family drive it. I am careful who gets in my car. It frustrates me that some one else would do that. They don’t understand the cost for the $30 iPod they stole,” he said. McGillvary had advice to share: “Park in the back of the parking lot where there is a cop and less cars. Really try to be careful; don’t even leave change in your car.”

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Seven thefts have taken place since school started. However, this is not news to assistant principal John Green. “There were some [thefts] least year; two or three episodes in the spring.” Mr. Green said. The targeted item of the thieves is electronics left in student cars. “They hit the angle parking on Maple (Street), south of campus,” Mr. Green said. Broken windows have left some students with a hefty bill to pay. Mr. Green had insight on how police believe the windows are being busted. “It’s a very quick theft. The police think they did it with an elbow, not a tool.”

Recovery In the future, the parking lot will boast a completely new surveillance system. The old cameras were attached to the building itself and therefore did not provide the best views of the far end of the lot. “When its done (construction) there will be 100% surveillance, but it’s not completed. The special security cameras will be on the poles,” Mr. Green said. The administration has taken steps to provide protection to make up for the lack of a security system in the parking lot. “We have lunchtime officers on patrol.” Mr. green said. Advice from the administration about break-ins is simple and direct. “Lock doors. Any exposed cords should be hidden. They might see the cords and think it’s an iPod. Keep all valuables very secure.”


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ne of the frequently asked questions by freshmen and still some upper classmen is, “What are dual credits?” Here is the answer. Dual credit courses are those which high school students may take to earn both high school and college credits. These also help the student to fulfill the Core 40 with Academic Honors Diploma or Technical Honors. Since freshman year, students have been choosing their classes carefully to meet their desired diploma requirements. Deciding to take dual credit classes can be overwhelming, but also beneficial. “Students benefit from dual credits, it becomes a greatly reduced cost when it comes to college,” business teacher Brian Campbell said.

A required class to graduate is CARSS, which all freshmen must take and pass. However, this class is recently applicable to earn a dual credit. “CARSS will now be considered a dual credit class,” Business teacher Laura Richardson said. “And there is no additional exam required.” Students must achieve a minimum of “C” in the class to receive one credit at Ivy Tech. And they must register as a student at Ivy Tech, with no required fee to receive the credit. The reason why CARSS counts now as a dual credit is because Ivy Tech offers a course that is similar to the content covered in this class. “I do not know if these credits will be transferrable to other in-state school. Credits from any institution do not necessarily transfer and it’s

always up to the receiving institution whether or not said. CARSS will be permanently offering a dual credit; giving freshmen a chance to benefit from it. “This credit will help me, if it helps to get the Honors Diploma, then I would definitely go for it.” freshman Brandon Guerrero said. “It’s an easy way to get the credit.” by Erika Espinoza

Construction by the numbers

230 students filled out a survey about the new construction; here is what they think about the new construction here I don’t have a newly remodeled room Yes, I like the new lockers.

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Funding the future

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number of schools have had to cut back on athletic funding due to statewide budget cuts. The decrease in funding has led schools to discontinue small sports. The IHSAA solution for keeping all sports is to allow private funding for coaching stipends implanted in June 2011. This a change from their previous decision earlier in the year. Athletic Director Jeff Hester does not agree with the decision. “Personally I am not in favor of it. The biggest reason I do not like it is that outside people donating to coaches salaries could be looked upon as strings attached,” Mr. Hester

said. Assistant Athletic Director Wayne Roberts fears that these “strings” will make coaches feel pressured by donators. “Donators may feel like they have say and while we welcome donations and comments, donators do not make any final decisions,” Mr. Roberts said. Although other schools may be benefiting from the IHSAA new policy change, the booster club here contributes to athletic spending; therefore, there is little need for private donations. compiled by Nick Edwards and Hillary McCloskey

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Sophomore De’Vante Harris has been rapping since he was in fifth grade. It all started with a rap battle at school and has turned into something he wants to make into his career. Harris has made three mix tapes. Two are “Fast Car” and “On Desk”

Sophomore De’Vante Harris plans to continue rapping for a career. He said that he’s performed in front of an audience before at the Crump.

What inspired you to start rapping? Listening to Biggie Smalls and Big Sean. Have you ever rapped in front of an audience? Yes, I have. I’ve performed at the Crump before. Who taught you how to rap? I taught myself. Do you have friends or family that also like to rap? Yes, I have a cousin named YC and he’s a famous rapper. What is the best part of rapping? Being able to share a story. My lyrics have a meaning behind them, it’s about my life. How do you feel when you’re rapping? I feel good. What thoughts run through your head? Whenever I hear the beats, I think in my mind that the beats tell a story. Who are your heroes? Malcom Mix and my mom.


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Students react to the MTV Music Video Awards that were Sunday, Aug. 28. Some of the most-talked about people of the night were Tyler the Creator, Beyonce’s pregnancy and Lady Gaga.

“The VMAs were interesting. It got boring after awhile, but the music was good.” freshman Kristen Fields

“I was so hyped that Tyler the Creator won because he is one of my role models and I love him music and it’s amazing that a kid my age did something that big.” senior Jace Lane “I’m happy that Tyler the Creator won on the VMA’s but then, I’m not happy at the same time. The reason I’m happy is because I’m a really big fan of Tyler, and I like how he expresses his words in his music. I’m not happy because now everyone will want to listen to him, and usually, when that happens, they go mainstream and don’t make the same quality music.” senior Jordan Neal

“It was awesome. I thought Lady Gaga looked hot.” sophomore Mayci Neal

Through their eyes Junior Andrew Easton and senior Mason Roberts attended the Twista concert at The Crump Aug. 27. This is their account of the show Mason: My friend Andrew said Twista was coming to Columbus and asked if I wanted to go and I was like “Heck yeah!” Andrew: It was a weird environment, I’m not used to going to rap concerts. Mason: It was a lot different than I expected. It was sort of a rough crowd, and I think we were the cleanest people there. Andrew: The crowd wasn’t bad but there were some pretty weird people

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there. Mason: [The Crump] It was kind of dumpy and dirty, but it was kind of cool. I’ve only been in there like one time before so it was cool to get to look around. Andrew: I didn’t think that Twista should have played in Columbus period, let alone The Crump. So I didn’t care for it (the dirt) much. Mason: It was awesome being in the front row. I got 8 free CDs from the different people that performed. Andrew: [I liked] actually being able to see Twista because he is one of my favorite rappers. Mason: I like rap music because some gets me pumped and the lyrics have meaning to them. But it’s not my favorite. Andrew: Some songs are chill and really relaxing, and others are exciting and get me pumped up. I really like the variety of it.

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Exchanging jerseys New faces are among the hallways; starting the school year brings along new students, including Danish and German exchange students Hendrik Spicker and Mikael Rasch

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ew feet have stepped on American ground. Junior Mikael Rasch, an exchange student from Denmark, is getting to experience what being a Columbus North Bull Dog is like, along with German exchange student Hendrik Spicker. Despite them being from different countries, they have one thing in common. They both are joining the Bull Dog football team. Rasch and Spicker have had many exciting thingsww happen to them so far. Rasch shares his thoughts about Aug. 16, his very first football practice. “[It was] completely exhausting and really hot,” Rasch said. Football is a new experience for Rasch considering it is not a very popular sport played in Denmark. Rasch’s host family encouraged him to play football. “I liked watching football on TV back home, but I was not able to practice there. So when I came here, I thought that it was a great opportunity,” Rasch said. Spicker says that in Germany, football is not very popular either. “[There is] not nearly as much football in Germany, very little,” Spicker said. Playing soccer was a common activity for Rasch and Spicker back home, but in the United States they enjoy playing football and being with friends. “All the football players are very nice to

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Mikael Rasch and Hendrik Spicker at football practice on Sept. 9. “[Football is] completely exhausting, hot and long,” Rasch said. Spicker was excited to start football at North because it is a new sport that he has never played. Their host family encouraged them to play football.

me, which is very cool,” Rasch said. Spicker has enjoyed being included in the football atmosphere, which includes meeting new friends on the football team. Sophomore Roarke Moody enjoys being with Spicker on the field. “Fitting in has to be hard, especially in the world of football. But you can carry on a conversation with him about his hometown, asking about NFL, and how awesome of a sport football is,” Moody said. Moody also has good things to say about Spicker on the field. “He is great about being out there in 100 degree heat and never complains or gives up on anyone,” Moody said.”We have a motto B.G.T. which stands for “B a Great Teammate” and thats exactly what he is showing. Coach Teancum Clark shares his thoughts on Rasch, a new addition to the team. “Mikael has been really good for the team,” Mr. Clark said. “He gets to dress in pads and wear his uniform to school, it’s a huge deal. It is also refreshing for the team.” Even though Rasch sees his team on the field everyday, he sees and hangs out with them outside practice. Alongside being on the field, Rasch gets to be with the team off the field. “I went to Indianapolis with some guys from the team to watch IU vs. Ball State at Lucas Oil Staduim,” Rasch said. “It was so

cool and it was a very big stadium.” Alongside football, American schooling has been a big change in Rasch’s journey. “You have three years of high school [in Denmark] and it is not mandatory,” Rasch said. The difference between the two school days are apparent to Rasch. “School is a little hard here. I was used to a totally different school system, and a lot more free time,” Rasch said. “I think I have adjusted pretty well, considering that its only my fourth week here.” Although Rasch has only been at North for a few weeks, the people he has met so far have had an impact on his stay in the States. “I have met so many new people here, but the coolest thing was football practice,” Rasch said. Rasch and Spicker, both stay with the same host family. The two of of them have become close. “We do a lot together, and we are good friends now,” Rasch said.”We just hang out at the house and maybe do some homework we missed throughout the week.” The school year is just getting started for the both of them, and it is off to a good start. “I like North very much,” Rasch said, “and I’m sure that I will enjoy my year here among these cool fellow Bull Dogs.” by Emily Wilkerson


Rivalry revisited

compiled by Dylan Thixton

Aug. 26, approximately 6,000 people went to Stafford Field at East to watch the the cross-town rivalry. The game aired live on ESPNU

“I’m rooting for East because my boyfriend, Luke Hampton, plays football for them, and that’s pretty much the only reason why. My favorite part of the game is all the people that come; it’s like a big Columbus get-together. It’s also hometown rivalry, which makes it better. And all together, it’s just a fun place to get with your friends.” senior Shelby Ashman

“Getting together with all my friends and being able to act natural without having school activities being involved, like homework and stuff, is why I like coming to the North vs. East game.” senior Holden Hayes

“My favorite part of the North vs. East game is losing my voice the next day and trying to earn it back. To get ready for the game, I think about how much I hate East.” junior Dominic London (left)

“We (Katie Allison, Shelby Allison and Katie Stowers) picked Wet ‘n Wild because we wanted to put out the flame and incorporat water somehow but also something fun.” senior Alli Ziegler

Roaming through Rome

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hen the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore! When AP European students get the opportunity to roam Italy, that’s amore! Social Studies Teacher Trent Hillenburg was the coordinator of this trip and would be taking an undetermined amount of students; around 5 students have confirmed so far. “The itinerary is one day in Milan, two days in Venice, two days in Florence, where they’re currently filming the fourth season of Jersey Shore,” Mr. Hillenburg said. Being an avid Jersey Shore fan, added to the fact he has never been to Italy, Mr. Hillenburg expects the trip to have a surreal feel to it. He believes the trip will give the students a “chance to see the country itself”, a pleasant contrast from textbooks. “When you walk around , it will feel like a

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“I spent $16 on paint. My favorite part of the game is going crazy all the time. Besides painting up to get ready for the game, I get pumped.” junior Nick Wingate (right)

Social studies teacher Trent Hillenburg plans AP European History trip to Italy

movie,” Mr. Hillenburg said. Most of the trip will take place in Rome, but they will be traveling to Milan, Venice and Florence as well. Senior Aimee Shoemaker is one of a handful of 12 to 15 students journeying to Italy. “I hope to learn history outside of boring textbooks and the classroom,” Shoemaker said. “It’s one thing to learn about some dead people and some buildings, but then to go there will hopefully give me an entirely new perspective.” Her presumptions of Italy mix with planned destinations cause her excitement to soar. “I know I want to see St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Colosseum, and honestly, just Italy. Any part of it,” Shoemaker said. “Plus, I love history so I can’t wait to walk and be in the

same places that such influential people have been before. That is what’s spine chilling.” Traveling to Spain and France already under her belt, she anticipates a solid trip. Enthusiastic about the voyage, she is also thrilled about the entire atmosphere. She pictures it to be a “carefree and happy place.” She imagines how Italian culture deviates from American culture. “I think the Italian people will be different from Americans. A totally different lifestyle and attitude towards life. And secretly, I hope to come back more Italian than American,” Shoemaker said. by Ian Kincer

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Gripping ‘Graphics’

all art by Caitlin Morris

This previously unrecognized genre is now the most checked-out in our library

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hen Senior Lauren Eldridge is in the library, she is there for a purpose. A new graphic novel has been added and she wants it. She enters the library and makes a beeline for the graphic novels and snatches the new book. She then leaves after retrieving her prize. Graphic novels, the storybooks that are all pictures, have been around in libraries and bookstores for over 20 years. Over time, the graphic novel has become so popular that it is the most checked-out genre in the library. Since the library opened on Aug. 17, 110 graphic novels have been circulating around the school. “Graphic novels make up three percent of the total books, but 22 percent of the circulation,” Media specialist Toni Held said. The most popular type of graphic novel is manga, the Japanese graphic novel. Senior Tessie Alvarez, who arez has been reading Tessie Alv manga since middle school, enjoys the books so much that she checks out five daily.

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“I was wandering around the library and was looking for something new to read. I found these and kept reading ever since,” Alvarez said. Mrs. Held suggests the popularity of graphic Lauren Eld novels came from ridge the appeal to the teens who are visual learners. In Alvarez’s perspective, she reads the books for the “rapidity, fictional fun stories, and the humor found within the pages.” Eldridge reads the novels for inspiration for her own art. “I read [manga] for artwork mainly…I would love to have people see what I see in my head,” Eldrige said. With this rising surge of popularity, the movie business saw an opportunity to make money. This past summer, theaters have exploded with films drawing inspiration from graphic novels. The Dark Knight, released in 2008, brought in over one billion dollars worldwide. Many popular books and movies, such as the Twilight Saga and Maximum Ride, have been turned into graphic novels due to the surge of popularity. “I think if people like to be very visual when they read,” Eldridge said, “they should read manga for for the fact they can see the story.” by Caitlin Morris


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The North varsity football team plays play at Lucas Oil Stadium

Location change: In your Blue Book, it says that the SAT is here. Everyone who signed up should have gotten a letter in the mail about the move to Columbus Signature Academy

The Dance Marathon to benefit Turning Point Domestic Violence Shelter Committee call out meeting is at Columbus East High School in Room C104. See Jamie Rothbart with any questions. All grades are encouraged to join.

photo by Roth Lovins

All dressed up in their uniforms, junior Tatum Adkins (right) and her sister Jasmine (left) smile while on the job at Becker’s Drive-In. “It’s fun working with my sister,” Adkins said. “Ever since she moved out, I haven’t been able to see her as much, but now that we work together, I see her a lot more often.” Adkins said. Adkins is one of the students at North who finds a balance between her school work and her job.

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Students strive to juggle between school and their jobs

lip. Flip. Sizzle. Junior Cayden Davis has been working at the Edinburgh McDonald’s for a year. Davis works five hours on school nights and eight hours on the weekend. Between homework and jobs, it is hard for many students to find a healthy balance between both. “I try to do school first, but it’s hard,” Davis said. Similar to Davis, Junior Tatum Adkins has been working 10 to 12 hours per week at Becker’s since March. Tatum began working at Becker’s because of a family relation with the restaurant. “My sister works [at Becker’s], and I just wanted to start working there,” Adkins said. Jasmine Adkins, Tatum’s older sister, has nothing to complain about working at the same place with her sister. “It’s a fun experience,” Jasmine Adkins said. “We both work nights and alternate shifts on the

weekends.” Tatum finds balancing homework with a job less challenging than Davis. “My boss lets me take my schoolwork to my job, so it’s easier to keep a balance,” Tatum Adkins said. Both Davis and Adkins have their plates full at their jobs and at school. Adkins serves the customers that come in to the Becker’s Drive-In. Davis, on the other hand, does much more at his job. “I do everything,” Davis said. “I flip burgers, take orders, man the drive-thru, etc.” According to Davis, the work environment at McDonald’s is “friendly.” Davis always tries to make his customers happy by handing them their food and saying, “Thank you. Have a nice day.” by Sierra Lollar and Roth Lovins


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Left: Sophomores Lauren Backmeyer and Salem Williams stand in front of the Hoosier Grandstand at the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 13. “I wasn’t supposed to go at all. Lauren called me that day and was like, ‘Wanna go to a concert with me?’” Williams said. Above: The Grandstand before the stage collapsed

‘Perfect day turned disaster’ Sophomores witnessed the Indiana State Fair stage collapse on Aug. 13

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t was supposed to be fun. It wasn’t too hot out. There was a slight chance of storms at night, but that did not worry them. It was slight, right? They were thirteen rows back in the Grandstand -- perfect seats. “Sugarland would be fun,” sophomore Salem Williams said. “I expected to be screaming my head off because it’s Sugarland!” But that is not what happened. Williams and sophomore Lauren Backmeyer were witnesses at the Indiana State Fair when Stage Collapsed on Aug. 13. The Indianapolis National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 8:39 pm ET for Marion County, Indiana including Indianapolis. Four minutes before the collapse, WLHK-FM (97.1) executive Bob Richards made an announcement on behalf of fair executive director Cindy Hoye and State Police Captain Brad Weaver. He said that there was a chance of severe weather, and in the case of severe weather, everyone should move to the Pepsi Coliseum. Williams and Backmeyer were not concerned with the warning at first.

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“It wasn’t hot out, and it’s usually hot out. We knew there was a chance for storms, but we didn’t think that would stop us,” Backmeyer said. “We saw that it was getting windy, but we thought we would wait for it to pass. Evacuating crossed our minds right before. We had moved across to stand up, then there was a windstorm and dust -- and then the stage collapsed.” They were walking down the stairs to avoid the rain when a 70 mph gust blew the stage over. “I didn’t feel the gush of wind. I thought there was a tornado. All I could think was ‘I don’t want to get sucked up into a tornado!’ Then I caught a glimpse of the stage falling over,” Williams said. Then, “it turned into something like Cloverfield.” According to Backmeyer, everybody was overacting, even when nothing was happening to him. It was all dramatic. “I heard everyone screaming really loudly, the loudest screaming I’ve ever heard,” Williams said. “I can’t say that I was scared or damaged -- I was speechless.”

Backmeyer and Williams did not know what happened or that anybody had been injured. All they could do was stand around and wait. “A scary thing was that we kept hearing [what was going on] through word-of-mouth,” Williams said. “I didn’t know what was going on until I got home and watched the news.” The reality of the tragedy set in once Williams got home. “The next week or so after the stage collapsed, I watched the news to hear details and see videos and pictures of the incident.” Major national news networks, such as MSNBC and NBC Nigthly News with Brian Williams, covered the disaster. People around the nation heard the news. “I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal. I definitely didn’t think it would be on national news.” When the two girls think back to the Sugarland concert, they remember what a normal day it started out as. Backmeyer said, “Now looking back at it, it was a perfect day turned into a disaster.” by Katie Kutsko

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Fall sports

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Senior Slater Long became an Eagle Scout in 2008. According to Long, being an Eagle Scout takes remarkable leadership, commitment and good morals.

Once an Eagle, always an Eagle Learn about the process of becoming an Eagle Scout through the eyes of three students

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o become an Eagle Scout, the scouts have to go through multiple steps before they can be sworn in. For junior Rob Hughes, it took three years to become an Eagle Scout. According to senior Connor Spurling, he has been working hard to become an Eagle Scout since he was 15. The first step to becoming an Eagle Scout is to participate in an “Eagle Project,” which is a project that will positively affect the community. For senior Slater Long’s Eagle Project, he built picnic tables for the Senior Center. Spurling cleaned up a local cemetery for his project. After completing the Eagle Project, the scouts take part in a Scoutmaster’s conference, which is one-on-one time with the Scoutmaster, or leader*. At this time, the council reviews the scouts’ progress on their projects. After the scouts’ efforts have been looked over, the ceremony takes place. After the ceremony, the boys are all official Eagle Scouts. According to Spurling, being an Eagle Scout takes discipline and lots

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of of hard work. Hughes has other views as to what makes a good Eagle Scout. “Eagle Scouts need to be responsible,” Hughes explains. “You also need to have a lot of time on your hands. Communicating with others is a big factor also.” Eagle Scout is the highest status Boy Scouts can reach. “Being an Eagle Scout opens opportunities for my future,” Spurling added. “It looks really good on college applications.” The scouts learn skills that help them physically and academically, according to Long. He said the boy scouts are very helpful to him. “I love being outdoors and backpacking. I use the skills they’ve taught me in my everyday routine,” Long said. According to Long, “It is the highest rank. Only two percent of Boy Scouts go on to be Eagle Scouts. It’s a great honor. “ by Taylor Kirchner and Jadea Graves

This fall season will be host to many exciting match-ups, shoot-outs, and beat-downs for the Bull Dogs. These team leaders were asked about their teams this season, here’s what they said and how they think they’ll do.

compiled by Andy Carr and Michael Vogel

Band

“Everyone gets to march, everyone gets to play,” drumline leader senior Jeremy Herb said about team involvement this year. According to Herb, the marching band has their eyes on State this season, and hopes to place higher than they did 2 years ago. Herb thinks this year should be a fun, engaging one.

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According to junior captain Ernest Xi, the men’s tennis team is off to a rough start this season. “We may be the worst team in 10 years,” Xi said. But Xi knows that won’t stop them from being competitive. Xi and co-captain Slater Long look to lead the young team to a winning record this year, if possible. According to Xi, these two will not let the youth of this team set them back. They have toiled away at long practices to hopefully reach their goal of Regionals.

Cross Country

Despite losing a lot of fast seniors this past year, senior runner Michael Sublette believes the cross country team can still be a powerful team this season. “We’re not as strong as we were last year at this point, but we think we can still make it there.,” Sublette said According to Sublette, this team has faith that they can still be a tough team by “doing all the little things right.” The lady runners, on the other hand, are pulling their strength from their youth. Both teams hope to travel to state again this year.


Football

Head football coach Tim Bless has big plans for this season. “This is as tight-knit a team as we’ve had in a while,” Bless said. The team has three goals: to follow their motto ‘Be a Great

Teammate,’ to beat rival Columbus East, and to win a championship, whether it be Conference Indiana, Sectionals, Regionals or even State.

To Bull Dog Nation: “We are a developing team. Coming into this season we had a lot of first-year starters, but we feel like we’re going to get better every week,” - Bless

Volleyball

Captain senior Molly Rinehart expects “nothing but the best” from all of her teammates this season. “I expect my teammates to give one hundred percent, one hundred percent of the time,” Rinehart said. These girls are more than just a talented volleyball team, however, according to Rinehart. “We work so well together on and off the court,” she said, “With eight seniors, we have more leadership than we’ve ever had.” Captain junior Quin Shoultz also feels very confident about her team this season. “We are very balanced all around the court. We have strong players in all positions,” Shoultz said.

Men’s Soccer

“Our team is made up of players that have played together for a really long period of time and have known each other for longer,” men’s soccer captain senior Nate Kaplan said. “We work well together and are

willing to work hard for each other.” Kaplan said the soccer team has high ambitions for this season. He is confident that the team “stacks up well” against a tough schedule and has their eyes on the State title.

Women’s Golf

To Bull Dog Nation: “This year’s team does not fall short of the previous teams. The girls have done well to fill in the spots left by last year’s seniors.” - senior Jaewon Jung

Women’s Soccer

Senior captain Kelsey Carlson and the women’s soccer team expect no less than to do- or outdo- what they did last year. “I expect we will probably win conference if we keep up the good work,” Carlson said. According to Carlson, the team is well on their way under a few strong leaders. “Erica Stewart is a good leader on the field and distributes the ball well. Proffett is fantastic. She works extremely hard,” Carlson said.

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t was a 51 minute flight to Atlanta, a hour flight to Fort Lauderdale, FL, a half hour drive to Miami, another hour and a half flight to Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, and a 30 minute drive to Limonade, Haiti before senior Marie Schwartz could begin her Senior Project. With the opportunity for juniors to propose Senior Projects at the end of their junior year, Schwartz did not hesitate to present. She knew that she wanted to do something in Haiti. Likewise, Schwartz knew she would soon be traveling to the country for a seven day mission trip. The panel of judges was quick to approve her project because they were impressed she was reaching out to a community abroad. The basis of her project was

to hold a kid’s fair that would take place at one of the Haitian priest’s rectory. “All the kids would come to the priest’s house,” Schwartz said. “We taught them dances and games and they taught us some too.” While Schwartz taught them traditional American dances, the children would return the gesture in a similar way. “They showed us their [version] of the limbo,” Schwartz said. Schwartz believed it was a fulfilling experience. “I enjoyed it so much because they were always happy to see us. They were happy, and it made you happy,” Schwartz said. Schwartz is continuing her Senior Project even after her return from Haiti. Soon, she will be going to St. Bartholomew

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Senior Lucy Guo, pictured above, shares a laugh with the students in one of her English classes. “Because of my background,” Guo said, “I was able to use my bilingual talents to help people for my senior project. Guo found her senior project to be both fulfilling and rewarding. “It definitely made my summer,” Guo said. “It was one of the best experiences I have had so far.”

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Two Seniors have discovered how to balance school during the summer when they completed their senior projects abroad compiled by Roth Lovins and Grace Snider

School and talking to the sixth grade class to share her unique experience with them. “It’s different,” Schwartz said, “you can always do things in the community, but it makes you feel like you’re helping the world.” While in Haiti, Schwartz did more than just her Senior Project. She also helped build a gathering place for St. Anne’s Parish and a water system for the community of Limonade. Schwartz will always remember her experiences in Haiti, and she plans to return eventually. To sum up her trip, she always remembers what Roland, her Haitian translator, told her: “It only takes a second to love someone.”

wimming, tanning and freedom were just a few of the things that described summer of 2011. For senior Lucy Guo, those words were replaced by service, teaching and, above all, fun. This past June, Guo traveled to China with her family to help teach English to people of all ages. Guo taught many different classes all of which helped Chinese people learn basic English skills. “Some of my classes were grammar focused,” Guo said. “Others were more on colloquial English like the kind of things you might hear on the street; rather than proper English.” Guo also taught about

American cultures. She talked about the differences between American traditions and habits and Chinese traditions and habits. For Guo, the experience was informative and fun. “I found my senior project very eye-opening and fun because it was something that I had wanted to do for a while,” Guo said. For Guo, the most exciting part of doing her senior project in China was getting to meet and get to know new people. “I enjoyed getting to know my students and being able to share western culture with them on a firsthand experience,” said Guo. For Guo, the most challenging part of her senior

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Above: Senior Marie Schwartz is accompanied by two Haitian children at her Senior Project. Left: Schwartz participates in her kid’s fair by dancing with some of the children. “My favorite part about the trip was getting to build relationships with the people of Haiti,” Schwartz said.

project was being able to communicate with people who would help her in China. “It is very hard to communicate when you aren’t actually there,” Guo said. “I had to send emails rather than personally going there and talking face-to-face with them.” Not only was Guo’s Senior Project beneficial to her students, it was also beneficial to her. “I learned just as much from my students as they did from me,” Guo said. “Trough the experience, I was able to learn so much more about my own background.


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two minutes with... senior Elizabeth Drake

"My tattoo is really meaningful to me. It is on my left wrist. My mom and I both got the same verse. It's from Isaiah 66:13 and it says "As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you." Since my Dad died 10 months ago, all I've had is my Mom. She, the mother, has been comforting me, the child and visa versa. And we both cling to the last part that God is also comforting us. Anytime I'm nervous or on edge about something, I can look down at it and at least realize that He is always comforting me even if I don't notice it."

what is important to you?

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The Triangle wants to write stories that you want to read. In order to do that, we’ll need your help. This is your forum for expression! So take a few minutes when you’re at home, before school, during your resource or after school to fill out this survey, the please return it to Room 177. The first 30 people to return this will get a treat! your life

What’s happening in your life? What about your friends’ lives? Do you know someone who did something really cool? Something really scary? Has anyone told you a good story lately that you would like to know more about and tell more people? What’s happening? ____________________ Why is it interesting?____________________ Names?____________________ What happening? ____________________ Why is it interesting?____________________ Names?____________________ What happening? ____________________ Why is it interesting?____________________ Names?____________________

your friends

What are you and your friends doing? Who are your friends? Have you gone somewhere unique? Done anything particularly noteworthy? Or do you just have a really cool friend? Names?____________________ What are you up to? ____________________ What’s cool about it?____________________ Names?____________________ What are you up to? ____________________ What’s cool about it? ____________________ Names?____________________ What are you up to? ____________________ What’s cool about it? ____________________

your weekend

What do you do on the weekends? What do you look forward to the most on the weekends? What movies have you been watching? Do you have a cool hobby? Do you know someone with an interesting hobby? Do you play a non-school sanctioned sport? Names? ____________________ What’s going on? ________________________________________ Names? ____________________ What’s going on? ________________________________________ Names? ____________________ What’s going on? ________________________________________

your expression

How do you express yourself? Over the summer, the trends were feathers and XXX. What do you predict the next trends will be? Who is your favorite band or artist? Or do you write your own music? Are you an artist? Are you really funny? Let us know! Names? ____________________ Trends? ____________________ How do you, or someone you know, express yourself? ____________________ Names? ____________________ Trends? ____________________ How do you, or someone you know, express yourself? ____________________ Names? ____________________ Trends? ____________________ How do you, or someone you know, express yourself? ____________________

anything else?

Who else do you know? What else should we know about? Do you have some feedback for us? What’s a topic we should cover? Whether it’s good or bad, here is your opportunity to tell us anything. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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The Triangle Issue 1 Sept. 16  

The Triangle, Columbus North High School's newsmagazine, was published Sept. 16, 2011.