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Volume 16 , Issue 1 Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Muncie, IN 47306-1062 765-285-1131

Burris family experiences tragedy Willie Calvin Staff writer

Burris eighth grade student Dylan Heintzelman lost his life after a car crash on U.S. 35 at about 7:40 a.m. on December 22, 2009. The Heintzelman family, including Junior Amelia, fourth grade student Calvin, third grade student Frances and mother Susan, was deeply affected by the accident, physically and mentally. “We had never experienced a crash or death and none of us had ever been to the hospital like that,” Amelia said. “We’re still learning,” she added. Amelia had to have pel-

Taylor Harnish Staff Writer

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Flowers lay on the ground at the Burris Backyard that students brought to the memorial. Classmates and friends came and shared stories they remembered about Dylan as well as signed cards for the family while at the memorial. vis surgery following the accident and had metal screws put in to help her recovery speed. She was given a wheel chair for transportation. “I’m not really supposed be walking,

but sometimes I just hobble around,” Amelia said with a laugh. “The doctor said four weeks until I should walk, but I can’t dance for a while after that,” Amelia

said. “I’ll be able to dance eventually.” Over winter break, students and administrators held a memorial service for Dylan in the Burris auditorium. The service was an emotional blend of reminiscing good times and mourning for the eighth grade student loved by many. To help put the family back on its feet, bracelets were sold for five dollars. “The bracelets were my cousin’s idea. We’ll use the money to get a new car or to help with hospital bills,” Amelia said. The Heintzelman family is recovering and staying strong.

2010 Is Here!

Finals are over and the 13 grades of anxious students rush out of the doors of Burris Laboratory School anticipating a long and restful two weeks of no school. As the 2nd graders make their last minute additions to their Christmas’ lists for Santa and the high schoolers fantasize about sleeping in till noon, the snow accumulates in the clouds and Christmas is just around the corner. For most students, winter break serves as their favorite time of year; a time to get away from school and all of it’s stress and simply relax. “I can’t wait for these two weeks,” said senior Taylor Unroe, “You can tell it’s needed. Everyone is under so much stress and is starting to argue with each other; it’s just time for a break.” And that’s exactly what Unroe and the rest of Burris got.

This winter break couldn’t have been any more of a “break” from everything. Unlike other schools, Burris didn’t host a Winter Formal or even compete in a basketball game. Winter break was quite uneventful for the students of Burris. Snow began to fall and families start to head to the relatives for the holidays. Then two days before Christmas Burris suffered the tragic loss of 8th grade student Dylan Heitzelman. Although everyone was taking their own path and time off, the news spread of the accident and everyone shared the sense of mourning. The accident brought our hearts together with a memorial service for Dylan and the rest of break was spent with family and truly relaxing. Continued on Pg. 4 ...


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Boys basketball rebounds from s econd los s of the s e as on against Tri Travis Stamp Staff Writer

Shooting their way back to the win column, the Burris boy’s basketball (5-2) team took home a 68-45 victory at opposing Tri High School (1-10) on Saturday night. Coming off only their second loss of the season, the Owls looked to bring out the fire early, jumping to a 9-0 lead out of the gates. Baskets continued to be traded leading to a nine point advantage heading into the second. A three from the right corner as time expired by sophomore Trevor Woodgett, who paced the Owls with 23, improved the commanding lead to 14 at the break. The second half showed more of the same as the Owls pushed the lead to over 20 throughout the

fourth quarter. Despite the gaudy score, there were still a few nagging statistics that showed a bit of struggle. The team shot under a measly 58% (15-26) from the free throw line, and committed 18 turnovers. Pulling out the win showed heart, but also left room for improvement. Looking to use their speed and athleticism to their advantage, the Owls ran a full court press defense from the start. This allowed for a number of quick buckets in transition. Woodgett again became the aggressor, as he was involved in the fast break in every way, either initiating the steal and finding a pass up court or by finishing off the play, leading to his game high eight field goals. “I felt really good on Saturday, especially after that shot

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Senior Will Spengler drives to the basket in Burris’ game against Tri. Spengler was one of three players for the Owls in double figures.

going into the half,” said Woodgett, “We were able to find a lot of easy baskets in the transition game, and that helped to swing the game in our favor.” Bouncing back from their second loss of the season, both of 20 points or more, the Owls looked more confident against an albeit much weaker team in Tri. Forcing only seven free throws against Eastern Hancock the night before, getting to the line seemed to become a priority, as the Owls almost quadrupled their efforts from Friday by finishing CG Photo / Betsy Ahlersmeyer with 26 attempts. SeSenior Bryce Rector receives a pass from nior Bryce Rector and junior Lucas Pasons in the third quater of Woodgett lead the surge the Owls’ game at Tri. Rector finished with with eight free throw at15 points. tempts, with Rector finishing the night second night before. The shot selection on the team with 15 points, and was better, and the team played senior Will Spengler followed more to their strengths,” said sehim with 12. nior Cameron Tabari. The shooting also greatly imIndiana Academy Senior Terproved from the previous game, rence Johnson again led the as the Owls looked strong from Owls with 7 rebounds. Academy beyond the arc with nine three junior Eric Lechner also made pointers, more than doubling his return to the court following their output from Friday. Rector a collarbone injury, while junior again led the way with three, fol- Lucas Parsons scored his first lowed by Spengler and Wood- basket of the season on a three gett each with two. pointer in the first quarter. “The game was definitely more interesting than the one the

Hype begins to build for Academy Travis Stamp Staff Writer

Excitement is buzzing as the Academy Winter Formal on Saturday January 30 is now just around the corner. For many the event embodies the first opportunity to attend a

Winter Formal

formal dance, and this leads to it being one of the bigger events on the Academy calendar. The dance was held at Eliot Dining Services last year, but the location has not yet been definitively chosen for this year’s event. “Last year’s dance was fun, but I hope it does not end up

in the DS again. It’d be nicer to have it in a more formal setting,” said senior Peter Vorhees. The fitting theme of “Winter Wonderland” was chosen by the Winter Formal Committee, who are ready to finally see all their hard work come to be. After the location is chosen, only decorat-

ing remains to be completed. “I’m really excited for the dance, the Winter Formal is always a great dance,” said senior Brianna Chamberlin, “It’s fun to have a formal dance a couple months before prom.”


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Spanish and Art classes take a field trip to the Indianapolis Museum of Art Will Spengler Staff Writer

Art and Spanish classes went to the Indianapolis Museum of

Art on December 3 and then again on December 9. Lily Stokes and Judith Sponseller took their students to the

CG Photo / Rachel Rector

Burris Students stand and sit while looking at the art exhibits at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The classes went down to view the exhibit “Sacred Spain.”

Indianapolis Museum of Art to learn about the artists they had been studying in class. The first field trip consisted of Stokes’ Art History class, Printmaking class and Sponseller’s AP Spanish class. The second field trip consisted of Stokes’ Introduction to 2-D Art class and Sponseller’s Spanish III class. These students participated in the Themed Tour: Life in Early Europe. This tour incorporated artworks that the art students had been studying in class. The students were told the history of the artworks by museum docents. “I was hoping my students would gain a greater appreciation for looking at actual works of art and for the museum. I also wanted them to have fun outside of class,” said Stokes. “From the students’ responses, I feel like they had a good time.” The Spanish classes focused their time at the museum on the Sacred Spain Exhibition, which was part of the Themed Tour: Life

in Early Europe. “I wanted my students to connect their new understanding of Spanish culture, customs and deeply rooted belief in religion to the works in the special exhibit,” said Sponseller. After the guided tour of the museum, the students had lunch in the IMA’s recently opened Nourish Café. “I enjoyed the whole field trip, except the overpriced cafeteria food,” said Burris senior John Shideler. In addition to the guided tour, the students had the opportunity to explore the museum on their own. Stokes’ students had to search for works of art that relate to the classes they were missing that day. “My favorite part was when we got to go around in our own groups and look at the artwork,” said Burris junior Lucas Parsons.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes grows Staff writer Elli Abrahamson

Both High School and Middle School students have been attending meetings every Thursday The Fellowship of Christian at 7:15 a.m. in Ron Bullock’s Athletes (FCA) has jump-started room. They usually discuss this year with many activates and topics involving school, sports even more in the future. and how to handle situations in a Christianlike manner. “I love FCA and fellowship with my peers. Its awesome to see God at work at Burris,” said Burris Junior Rachel Rector. Brian Carr and Mary Kaminsky are the teacher CG Photo / Jesse Etsler r e p r e s e n t a t ive s Burris and Academy students participate in FCA’s and both are very excited about the first-ever “FCA Game Night.”

future plans f o r FCA. “I am very excited to be apart of FCA t h i s year. We have a fabulous group of dedicated members with exciting ideas about serving the community and building their own personal faith. I am always uplifted by the insights shared and the discussions during our weekly meetings,” said Kaminsky. Although the FCA hasn’t had a chance to meet since break, they plan on attending Walk a

Mile in my Shoes. “We’re organizing a group to go to ‘Walk a Mile in my Shoes’,” said Burris Senior Allyson Morey. Walk a Mile in my Shoes is a non-competitive mile walk hosted by The Muncie Mission. This event will take place on February 6, 2010. Participants will begin their walk at the Horizon Convention Center and stop at the new mission facility.


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For most, this winter break wasn’t spent on family vacations, but for Will Spengler, Joel Kellogg and Caleb Gothard a snowboarding trip to Boyne Mountain in Michigan served as the highlight for their break. “The trip was a lot of fun,” said Spenlger, “Even though I faced

planted many times.” The senior boys took their 5 day trip from December 26th to December 30th. “It was really nice to get out Muncie,” said Gothard, “Especially when I get to go do something I really enjoy doing.” New years came fast and school was only a couple days away. It was an uneventful, soothing two weeks and while

some students were dreading the sound of their alarm clock Monday morning, some were anxious about going back. “I’m excited to see everyone,” said senior Elli Abrahamson, “I miss everyone. I guess two weeks is a little to long to go without seeing the people you consider your family.” Burris kicked off the first week of spring semester with two boy’s

Issue 8 basketball games, including one win, and major plans for homecoming. Winter break was a needed restful and relaxing two weeks, because for the students of Burris, hard work and planning are underway to make this spring semester as unforgettable and smooth as this past winter break.

Lady Owls return from extended break Bryce Rector Edior-In-Chief

After an extended Christmas break with no practices, the Burris girls basketball team is back on the court.

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Burris Junior Kendra Carr wrestles for the ball in the Owls’ game against Eastbrook this year. The girls, although down by double figures in the second half, lost by two with a score of 44-46. The girls came off of the break with a tough game against a 1A ranked team in Tri High. Tri came out shooting the ball well opening up the game with several three – point field goals giving them a double digit lead in the first quarter. The Owls looked to be sluggish after such a long break, but the sluggishness didn’t last too long as the Owls looked much better in the second half. Indiana Academy Senior Alysa Luching led the Owls with 10 points coming from two three – point field goals and adding a couple of two’s as well.

Burris Junior Kelsey Carr, who totaled 3 points and 6 rebounds, numbers below her team high 11.3 rebounds per game and team second 7.4 points per game, said, “I think going on the break kind of hurt us. It’s hard when you can’t really practice as a team because when you come back out for the first game people aren’t always on the same page as far as running plays and stuff like that goes.” The girls played their next game was at home against Muncie Southside on January 12, a game that Burris has not been able to come away a winner in the past couple of years but hopes to come out and compete well enough to win this year. Burris Junior Jasmine Childress, the Owls’ leading scorer, says, “It will definitely be a tough game but I don’t know much about them so I can’t say how well we will do against them. If we play well and come out and perform then I think we should handle them just fine.” Burris came away with the win against Southside with a winning score of 57-42 in a game where Burris dominated from the tip. The girls jumped onto the rebels with an early 6-2 lead and never looked back. Larrisa Morningstar led the Owls with a game – high 15 points and Childress added in 13. “We came out and really played well. It’s a good win for our team,” said Head Coach Janelle Kramer. The Owls continue their streak against 3A and 4A teams when they travel to Blackford on Wednesday, January 13. Burris is currently 5-6 over-

all but remains in second place in the conference with a 42 record, second only to perennial 1A powCG Photo / Jesse Etsler e r h o u s e Junior Cheerleader Danielle Watkins cheers at the girls’ Randolph game against Eastbrook. Southern.

The Common Ground Staff

Staff Writers Kelli Anderson Kevin Reeves Will Spengler Willie Calvin Chelsea Kruger Kara Stewart

Editor-in-Chief Bryce Rector

Adviser Betsy Ahlersmeyer Contact us at: or in Burris room 123

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