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The North C4 Engineering class constructed a structure for the Canstruction drive at the Fair Oaks Mall. Their construction used a total of 5,279 cans.

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Students discuss why it’s impotant to vote when you turn 18. pg. 6

OPINION Erica Song explains the significance of the failure of the New Voices Bill. pg. 13


Student figure skaters discuss how the Olympics inspire them. pg. 17

OUR STAFF EDITORS-IN-CHIEF Tessa McKenney Ruthie Yezerets

EXECUTIVE EDITORIAL BOARD Hannah Abts Emma Cooper Rylie Day Caitlin Davey Hannah Long Akshaya Sabapathy

IN-DEPTH TEAM Madi Beck Kate Thomas Suzanne Ward


Roth Lovins Rachel McCarver

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Hailey Andis Jasmine Austin Dean Bennett Abigail Bodart Katie Casteneda Salome Cloteaux Maggie Davis Kaylee Eckelman Dayana Franco-Ruiz Jaqueline Fry

STUDENT LIFE Senior Grace Terry discusses the spring musical’s themes pg. 19

Cailyn Goebel Anna Hatton Zoey Horn Katie McAninch Cheyenne Peters Coral Roberts Alyona Rosenthal Erica Song Kat Steilberg Grace Wang

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New clubs spring up for second semester

by erica song

Table Tennis Club When: Fridays 3:30-5 Where: LGI room What: Play table tennis with friends and eat snacks Started by seniors Lizhi Qin and Isaac Jackson and business teacher Brian Campbell

“[Starting a club] can help with time management because you really have to plan out when everything is going to happen.” SENIOR Lizhi Qin

Lizhi Qin plays table tennis at Table Tennis Club in the LGI room after school. photos by erica song

“One thing that surprised me is how many people actually show up to your club because you never know who can see your posters that you put around the school. If you advertise, people will come.” SENIOR Lizhi Qin

Sign Language Club When: Wednesdays 5C Lunch Pictured from left to right: Freshmen Margaret Mowrer, Angenzi Gonzalez, and Nusra Jameel watch videos during fashion club.

Fashion Club When: Wednesdays 5A and 5C Lunch Where: Room 1520 (Mrs. Godwin’s Room) What: Learn about the latest fashion trends, fashion history, basic sewing, put together a fashion show Started by freshmen Nusra Jameel and Tristen Cook and FACS teacher Amanda Godwin

Where: Library What: Learn sign language, eat lunch, play games Started by resource TA Suzie White and junior Sabrina Manegold

Pictured from left to right: Resource TA Suzie White and junior Sabrina Manegold started the Sign Language Club.

“Anybody could be deaf. Anybody can lose their hearing….They’re using [sign language] as their way of talking and they want to talk to people as much as we talk to people.” JUNIOR Sabrina Manegold

“The last statistics I saw, [American Sign Language] was the fourth most commonly used language in the United States. It’s a true language. It’s recognized on the collegiate level….Hearing impairment or deafness can be a part of any environment….The more knowledge you have on languages, the more capable you are.” RESOURCE TA Suzie White




Learn more about this year’s flu epidemic.

by rylie day // design by maggie davis


he flu has been a popular topic of discussion in the year of 2018 than past years. With five to ten percent of people in the United States diagnosed with the influenza virus every year via the CDC Foundation, people are starting to take extra precautions to stay healthy and avoid spreading further illness. Nurse Sonya Harrison has a few tips for students and faculty both to avoid sharing sickness among the school. “If at school, obviously come here so we can check temperature and go from there. If they’re at home, stay hydrated, plenty of rest, hand washing, hand washing, hand washing, we can’t pass that along enough,” Harrison said. “That is one of the biggest things to stop germs; hand sanitizer, hand washing for 20 seconds.” Along with the avoidance of spreading germs, there is the debatable issue of the influenza vaccination. “You could also get the flu vaccination, some people don’t. The thing you have to remember and realize about the flu vaccination is that it does not stop you from getting the flu; that’s not what it does,” Harrison said. “It stops you from getting it as bad as what you could have, if you had not gotten it.”

Although the flu has been heavily discussed in the early months of 2018 the nurse’s office does not report evidence of more people being sick at Columbus North alone than usual. “We’ve had fevers, but we also have close to 2,000 kids here. Fever can be anything though, it could be viral infection, a sinus infection, it could be a lot of things. I am not seeing anything differently than what I’ve always seen from year to year,” Harrison said. Despite attempting to prevent the flu, it is inevitable that people will still become sick. There are multiple signs to watch out for if one suspects that they have the flu. “If you’ve got a fever that’s lasted, and what I mean by a fever is anything that’s 100 degrees or above, if you’ve had a fever that’s lasted every bit of 24 hours and you are just completely wiped out and don’t want to get up and move and someone poking you gently hurts, it’s time to be tested.” Harrison said. Nurse Harrison also reminds students that the only person able to diagnose someone with having the flu is a doctor. “[Students] need to remember that the only person that can diagnose them with actually

Get to know the symptoms of the flu to better protect yourself from the virus.






photo by rylie day having the flu is a doctor; just because mom says you have the flu or just because you have a stomach bug or something doesn’t mean you have the flu,” Harrison said. “If you have a high fever it could be a viral infection, it could just be something going through your system, something working its way out. The doctor is the only one with the ability to diagnose the flu.”




Learning how to prevent the flu can save you from the virus this season.


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Dreamers face threat of deportation with the recent decision to appeal DACA by kaylee eckelman // design by grace wang


n September of 2017, the Trump to protest or anything like that, we just like Administration released its plan to end to celebrate all the differences here and DACA (the Deferred Action for Childhood make everybody feel included,” Pffaenberger Arrival). DACA was an action put forth said. “I think everybody’s happier when by the Obama administration to allow everyone’s appreciated.” undocumented immigrants that came to the The Department of Homeland Security United States under the age of sixteen to recently set a date for Monday for apply for protection from deportation. Those permits to start expiring, though all associated with DACA (Dreamers) would current permits will be honored for their then, undergo a background check, which two year renewal rate. DACA protects would allow them to obtain a renewable two more than 800,000 undocumented year permit to youth, which may work and study in face deportation if a “My only goal being here the United States. bill is not reached by A senior Dreamer is to persevere and move March 5. recently attended “Getting rid forward towards my goal of a rally at City Hall of DACA would on Feb. 2, standing finishing my education and threaten the lives with a crowd of that undocumented being successful.” about 175 people. families have worked SENIOR Dreamer so hard for,” a senior The rally intended to encourage Dreamer said. people to contact their representatives in “Although these families have crossed Congress before a vote that had the power over illegally, they have come here for to protect those who were illegally brought opportunities to do better than they ever to the United States as children. could in other countries. Most of the time “I spoke at the rally to put a face on the they lead simple, lowkey lives. They aren’t issue and draw attention to the problem threatening anyone. These families would so that people realize it’s an important be split up and their lives they have worked cause to support,” she said. “I am a part so hard for would be heavily disrupted,” the of Diversity Council at school and we senior Dreamer said. “There are students are always doing things to show that we at North, like myself, that are a part of support diversity in our community.” DACA and I can tell you personally my only Social Studies teacher Laurie goal being here is to persevere and move Pfaffenberger is the advisor of Diversity forward towards my goal of finishing my Council, and adds her input. education and being successful.” “It’s our job to celebrate. It’s not our job


people are currently enrolled in DACA


of DACA recipients are originally from Mexico



Mar. 2018

The Trump administration revokes DACA

The Obama administration creates DACA

Aug. 2016 source:


Sept. 2017

June 2012

Trump proposes to end the DACA program


DACA expirations will begin

Jan. 2018

A judge rules for the continuation of DACA renewals

Mar. 2020

The last DACA recipient’s status will expire



READY TO REPRESENT by grace wang // design by coral roberts


Senior Nick Stevens is a part of Teen Republicans Club.

Senior Gabe Kirsch is a part of Young Democrats Club.

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Local elections for politicians to send representatives to Congress are in May. Greg Pence is running for state representative.

n November, all 435 House seats and all 100 Senate seats in Congress will be contested in an election. By May, local primary elections will determine which candidates will be advancing to the next stage of election. For many high school seniors, these Congressional elections will mark the first time they will be legally eligible to vote. Of-age seniors will have the option of voting for a graduate of their high school: Greg Pence, older brother of Vice President Mike Pence, will be running for a Congressional seat. Greg Pence’s introduction to the political scene began in 2017, when he became Representative Luke Messer’s finance chairman. In October of the same year, Pence launched his campaign to run for Congress himself. A Republican candidate, he is a supporter of the Trump-Pence presidential agenda and has stated many times his willingness to defend many conservative ideals, such as Second Amendment rights and anti-abortion laws. Pence’s conservative background, however, does not necessarily guarantee the support of senior Nicholas Stevens. “Usually I look for a candidate that aligns with my conservative views, but if they have integrity and if they’re

genuine then I tend to support them too. I like candidates with good morals that I can identify with,” Stevens said. Once he gets registered, Stevens plans to vote in the May elections. He is still deciding, however, on which candidate he plans to vote for. “Right now I would say I’m neutral [on the Pence campaign],” Stevens said. “I haven’t done much research on the candidates, so I have to do more before I support [one of them].” However, not all seniors are as receptive to Pence. Senior Gabe Kirsch is against the candidate. “An important value I look for is how well the [candidate] can relate to their constituents,” Kirsch said. “I tend to lean Democrat.” Kirsch’s liberal political stance draws him towards candidates more willing to invoke Democratic reforms. “Healthcare is one issue that I care a lot about. I support candidates who try and provide healthcare to the most people,” Kirsch said. One candidate Kirsch does advocate for is department chair Dale Nowlin, who is running for State Representative. Nowlin’s views and his mentor role in the Young Democrats Club are reasons for Kirsch’s backing. “I support Mr. Nowlin for State Representative,” Kirsch said. “That’s who I’ll be voting for.”

I like candidates with good morals that I can identify with.

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CHANGE by madi beck //design by suzanne ward and kate thomas

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Making a change can be easier than you think. Vague, right? You’ve probably heard this from parents, teachers, and influencers for years. But, plot twist, they’re right. Whether you’re volunteering at a soup kitchen or the animal shelter, or even tutoring someone, you are making a change. Even the smallest action can have a positive consequence, like helping out a neighbor or recycling your water bottle. Here, students are making a change in areas they’re interested, whether it is in the environment, technology, or public service. As fashion designer Stella McCartney said, “Everyone can do simple things to make a difference, and every little bit really does count.”



ie your shoes. Brush your teeth. Comb your hair. Daily tasks like these are very difficult for some people, but they are actions that many people take for granted. In America alone, 16.3 percent of adults have some type of physical functioning difficulty, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Physical disabilities can take many forms which is what senior Joel Kelsay kept in mind when brainstorming his Senior Project. “I thought it would be a good idea to build a video game controller that could be used by several different people with different disabilities,” Kelsay said. “Even though that wouldn’t help everyone, it will help a large majority of people who have lost their arm due to something or don’t have a wellfunctioning arm.” According to leading gaming companies, about 155 million Americans play video games regularly with the average player age of 35. Video games attract a diverse group of participants, some who struggle with physical deformities and disabilities. However, even with a diverse clientele, remote controls normally follow a basic model. Kelsay said that players deserve remotes that work for them. “I myself have cerebral palsy and I have struggled playing video games. I don’t feel like people should have to work around their controllers, I feel like controllers should work around the person,” Kelsay said. “So, we kept the design vague, so a lot of different people could use it, especially those with one well-working hand or just one hand at all and tried to base it off of that.” As a requirement to graduate, every senior has to complete a senior project. It is recommended to pick a project that

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means something to you and is something that you are passionate about. Kelsay said there are many ways to find project inspiration. “It is going to show that you didn’t put a lot of effort into your project if you don’t truly care about it. Talk to teachers of classes that you like and see if they have any projects that they can recommend,” Kelsay said. “Most likely if you like a class, the teacher who teaches it knows something that you would like to do.” Teen entrepreneurships has been increasing since the beginning of the 20th century. According to, teens have been making profits on apps ranging from mobile news to social networking sites. Kelsay said he hopes he can turn this prototype into a business. “If I can get it working right and I get the funds, then I would like to patent it and then license it out to bigger manufacturers,” he said. “I’m hoping to maybe make a living off of this product. I’m really excited about it, it will certainly make paying for college a lot easier.” Failure and embarrassment can influence teens to make certain decisions according to Stage of Life. However, taking risks and trying something new can results in big payoffs, like the teen entrepreneurs found through their businesses. Kelsay said teens should take the risk and make a difference. “Even if it sounds like you can’t do something right now because you’re young, you can make a difference. There are already people our age creating their own businesses,” Kelsay said. “The most important thing is that it is affordable, actually works, and makes a difference for people. It makes me feel like school is actually useful.”

s you walk outside, the smell of spring, the fresh flowers and green grass, fill your lungs. For most, these smells are comforting, happy smells, that are a result of a healthy clean environment. But, what if we no longer had a healthy environment? Junior Claire Kim is working to conserve the environment for the city of Columbus. For many years, she has focused on making recycling a priority and now she’s achieving this goal. “Ever since elementary school, I’ve been involved with recycling. I was in Green Team at Parkside and then I got involved with Environmental Club at North,” Kim said. “We did a river clean up and the person who was the head of Green Team at Parkside sent me an email about a scholarship opportunity, called Student Leadership Recycling Corps. Basically, it is a project to improve recycling around the school and the community, and that’s what I’m working on right now.” Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: a phrase that has been present since the 1970s. Born out of the first national Earth Day, it has encouraged environmental consciousness amongst every generation since. According to Government of New Jersey, recycling not only protects the environment, but it also reduces the need extracting, refining, and processing raw

materials, which is important to maintaining the integrity of the natural environment. Kim said that recycling in schools is important to her. “We have not been recycling plastics at all up until this year. So, my goal with my project is to make sure that people are utilizing that,” Kim said. “So, I set up recycling in the gym, so that when people buy drinks from the concessions stand, they can recycle the bottles instead of throwing them away.” Something as little as throwing a plastic bottle in the recycling instead of the trash, consistently, can cut down on the chemicals and greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere according to the Recycling Guide Organization. Kim said that she is enjoying making a difference in an area she is interested in. “I think I’m making a difference. I’m hoping I can expand this to other sports because right now I only have bins in the gym. But, I think people are pretty open to this recycling and they’re doing pretty well with it,” Kim said. “It’s really great to get involved in something that you’re passionate about. So, if you want to get involved, just keep your eyes open for flyers and show up.”

ater roars through the open spout as men in uniform run into the burning building. Smoke and ash fill the sky as hot flames leap from the house. A house on fire faces the threat of collapse. This dangerous condition is something that firefighters handle with ease. Whether they are called out to help medically or in the event of a fire, firefighters hold dangerous and necessary roles in society. Following in his father’s footsteps, Senior Blaise Campbell got involved in volunteer firefighting. “My dad is a career firefighter, so he gets paid for it. But, I always used to hang out the station it was a pretty cool

environment,” Campbell said. “Because I was already hanging out at the station, I applied to the Cadet Program as soon as I turned 14.” The Cadet Program is for young men and women from age 14 to 17. According to their website, this program fosters leadership, teamwork, and self confidence. Campbell said that the program is almost exactly like being a real firefighter. “While you’re in the Cadet Program you’re basically a firefighter except you don’t go into burning structures,” he said. “We pull hose line. We train with the guys. We do everything that firefighters do.” Everyday men and women in uniform are preparing to help at any moment. Campbell said helping others is the most important part of firefighting. “There’s nothing like seeing someone smile, even if you just help them get off the ground or if you save someone’s life. You get the same gratification and it can be pretty touching,” he said. “The first time I assisted in saving a life, I got a little emotional because his life was in our hands and we saved him. It was really cool. Firefighting is an adrenaline rush. Everything is so fast paced, but it’s a good feeling.” Campbell’s next step is to attend Saint George’s Community College in Maryland and be a live in firefighter at the community firehouse. By getting involved in something that interested him, he was able to decide whether or not it was right for him. Campbell said that he recommends finding ways to get involved. “There is community service everywhere. You can find great opportunities through volunteerism because everyone you volunteer for is going to have a connection to some other agency that you can get involved in,” Campbell said. “If you try it out and you like then stick to your gut. If you’re just doing something just to do it, especially firefighting, you aren’t going to enjoy it as much in comparison to something that you really have your heart in.”



BEING THE CHANGE The Triangle discusses the Stoneman Douglas shooting and what students can do to make a substantial difference.


n Feb. 14, an active shooter entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, killing 17 people before walking calmly from the scene of the crime. Almost immediately, the nation attempted to rally around the students to support the families of survivors and victims and to make a productive difference. On Feb. 19, less than a week after the tragedy, approximately 100 Stoneman Douglas students traveled 450 miles to Tallahassee to speak with lawmakers and ensure that the Florida Legislature addressed the issue of gun control. According to The Washington Post, the motion to consider Florida House Bill 219 was voted down, 71 to 36, in just 3 minutes. A resolution declaring porn dangerous for one’s health was passed instead. What distinguishes this shooting from previous similar tragedies is the active and immediate voices of the survivors. “We’re all here because we need to strive for change,” 17-year old Stoneman Douglas student Kai Koerber said. Legislators’ avoidance of such relevant issues is only made possible

by a lack of voiced opinions as reassurance that citizens won’t notice and move against inactivity. Action incites action and change. Because of the prevalence of social media in such events, it can seem simple to show one’s support. With just the click of a “Like” button, one can feel like part of a movement and check off the mental box for participation. When used correctly, online activism can bring important attention to a large issue and inspire others to take action as well. Social media is a great place to start if one is trying to enter the realm of supporting certain causes. However, often this display of sympathy with a cause leads to limited real efforts. If one wishes to make a real impact, action needs to leave the screen. In the aftermath of the Stoneman Douglas shooting, we stand at a crossroads of change, and we are more empowered than ever before. No matter your opinion, voice it. Make a donation to an organization you believe in. Call your representatives. But most of all, don’t do nothing. So click that “Like” button. Then get out there and make your own change.

“We’re all here because we need to strive for change.”

MOVIE MADNESS Students’ hopes and dreams for their classes as Spring Break approaches.

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New Voices Bill: The Right to Write by erica song


e say America is the land of the free, but does freedom only come with age? For some reason, we as students have fewer rights than adults. In the First Amendment, Americans—all Americans—are guaranteed freedom of the press, yet, somehow, school administrations still limit the topics student journalists may write about. Although CNHS Media is fortunate enough to have a solid editorial policy, educated students and

a supportive administration; other schools do not are not as fortunate. House Bill 1016, also known as the New Voices bill, would have given student journalists in grades 7 through 12 the basic right to freedom of the press, but was voted down by the Indiana House of Representatives for the second year in a row on Feb. 5. Simply put, Indiana legislation has decided twice that students don’t deserve the right to write about controversial topics, such as drugs or teen pregnancy. The New Voices bill should have been passed by Indiana legislation because we the students are just as capable of discussing major issues and as deserving of freedom to express ourselves, as any adult. Some adults argue that students’ brains are underdeveloped and require the constant guidance of adults. For example, according to the article, “New Voices bill killed in Indiana House,” published on the Student Press Law Center website by reporter William Taylor Potter, Rep. Wendy McNamara said “students ‘lack the basic brain brain development that they need’ when referring to why children do not get full constitutional rights.” By that logic, students should lead sedentary lifestyles shielded from all reality because our simple brains can’t handle the real world. We shouldn’t drive or watch the news or learn about world history—that’s “too controversial” right? Of course not. While guidance from adults is helpful, there is a fine line between guidance and unjust domination.

Holiday Equality

by salome cloteaux

ood Friday is coming up, and with it comes the debate about whether or not it should be day off from school. Many students are glad to have the day off, but some think it is unfair for students who celebrate other holidays during which there is school. Good Friday is a Christian holiday that commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. It falls on March 30 this year, the Friday before Easter Sunday. Good Friday is neither a school day nor a snow make-up day. Students and teachers have the day off to attend Good Friday services. In 2016 and 2017, Good Friday was the first snow makeup day. While it is not a federal holiday, it is a state holiday in 12 states, including Indiana. It is also the only religious holiday during which there is no school, other than those that occur during breaks. According to, about 48.7 percent of people in Bartholomew county are

Christian. That leaves 51.3 percent with different religious beliefs and holidays. The majority of people in Bartholomew county do not affiliate with a religion or have different beliefs. If Christians can have a day off for their religious holidays, why can’t the others too? Shouldn’t public schools respect everyone’s religious beliefs, including the majority who aren’t Christian? While it could be argued that having school on Good Friday is taking away the religious freedom of Christian students and forcing them to choose between attending church or going to school, all of the other students can’t be overlooked. Only making Good Friday a holiday is disregarding the other religions. No student should miss important religious activities because of school, whether they are Christian, Jewish, Hindu, or have any other religious beliefs. Because taking a day off for every religious holiday would not be possible, I think there


Middle school and high school students are perfectly capable of forming opinions on controversial topics. Also, under the New Voices bill, principals and administrators would still be able to review writings prior to publication, so writings that would intentionally cause severe negative consequences could still be removed. More importantly, students are guaranteed the right to freedom of the press by the Constitution. As mentioned before, the First Amendment protects the right to free speech and freedom of the press, but some may argue that the First Amendment does not apply equally to children. However, the Fourteenth Amendment says that a state cannot “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” In other words, the government is obligated to protect the rights, as established by laws, of all of its people equally. Thus, children and teenagers are protected by the Constitution, so the New Voices bill should be put in place to ensure that their basic right to express themselves is preserved. Obviously, not all members of the Indiana House are completely against the New Voices bill. Although the bill didn’t receive the 51 in the House to move to the Senate, 47 representatives voted in favor of passing it. Just four votes would make the difference between oppression and freedom. Earning those four votes starts with us standing up for ourselves. We need to show the world we are worth our natural rights.

should be school on Good Friday. However, absences on Good Friday and other religious holidays should be excused. Often, religious services do not take up an entire day so students wouldn’t miss as many classes. Students should be able to tell their teachers in advance and make up any work. This would allow all students to attend their religious activities while still providing an education for those that do not celebrate the holiday.




Senior Brigham Kleinhenz shares his wrestling experience from the Semi-State Competition and State Finals.

by hannah abts // design by alyona rosenthal

Senior Brigham Kleinhenz puts his opponent in cradle for a pin.

photos by alyona rosenthal

Senior Brigham Kleinhenz competes at semi-state on Feb. 10.

Junior Bradley Guetierez sets up for a takedown.


he crowd roared with the sound of cheers as high schoolers competed for the wrestling state championship title. Hundreds flocked to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Feb. 16 to experience the competition first hand. For senior Brigham Kleinhenz, this was a once-in-alifetime experience, as this year was his first year competing at the state level. Before his final meet, Kleinhenz greatly anticipated the competition. “I am proud to wrestle for Columbus North High School. This week I’ve been pushed to my limits with conditioning and learning more technique for this upcoming weekend. I can’t wait for State; it will be fun to be with my coaches and some of my teammates, and hopefully wrestle my best and do something that would make my community, high school, family, and of course myself proud,” Kleinhenz said. Kleinhenz earned his way to the state competition by his performance during the semi-state event in Evansville on Feb. 10. Three North teammates competed alongside him, but Kleinhenz was the only athlete to proceed on to the next stage of the tournament. “[At semi-state] I wrestled very well my first two matches, with two badly wrestled matches following to place fourth,” Kleinhenz said. Kleinhenz was defeated by senior Noah Warren from Perry Meridian and saw his season come to an end. “I am really proud of this season, because I think I did my absolute best and made my friends and family proud,” Kleinhenz said.

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Sophomore Keandre Watson performs a double leg take down.

Junior Bradley Guetierez performs a cradle against an opponent.


A look at moments from last spring’s season.

by hannah long

1. Track & Field // Senior Jaylen Flemmons sprints down the track at the North East track meet during the 20162017 season. 2. Women’s Tennis // Junior Anna Holle practices her serve for the upcoming season. 3. Softball // Senior Morgan Imlay looks to her teammate during a game of the 2016-2017 season. 4. Unified Track & Field // Junior Parker Stillinger and his partner embrace during a Unified track meet last year.


photo by charlie allen


photo by hannah long


Here are the dates for the first home meets for spring sports.


photo by jasmine austin


Track & Field March 31 Unified Track April 5 Women’s Tennis April 5 Softball March 28 Men’s Golf March 24 photo by jasmine austin




Members of the gymnastics team share how they are preparing for state. by cheyenne peters // design by emma cooper


s the state meet looms ahead, the women’s gymnastics “Gymnastics helped me relax when school gets difficult. It also teams focuses on how to prepare and are hopeful to place is good to be a part of a team. The other gymnasts help me with again at state. Senior Claire Thompson and sophomore school, my sport and overall confidence. The sport has always Ashley Niebrugge talk about how they competed last year. been part of my life, and it’s weird to think I will ever have to live “The season has been going pretty well. We have ups and without it,” Niebrugge said. downs, but overall we have a really great team and we just need At meets it is a good thing to keep a positive mind and lots of to be more confident in ourselves,” Thompson said. “I have had a energy. lot of good meets but I have also struggled at a few.” “During meets the atmosphere is energized. There are many The team won state two years ago and was runner up people competing at once during big meets. It is fun and exciting, last year. The team is working together and continuing to support but it can also be nerve racking,” Niebrugge said. each other. There are no freshman on the team this year so and there is only “We are very supportive and like to have fun during meets. one new girl that joined the team.This season the girls have only Everyone watched and cheers for each girl competing,” Thompson lost one meet and continue to strive to make it to state on March said. 10 at Ball State University. As the season winds down the teammates have spent countless hours together and they they grow closer. “We have all grown closer and improved in out routines a lot,” Thompson said. As a sophomore Ashley Niebrugge also thinks that the team Judges are looking for works well together and think that they have all improved. routines that are fun “The season has gone pretty so far. We have only lost one meet, Bonus points are to watch, and include a to East, our greatest competition in out awarded for the most variety of elements. regular season,” Niebrugge said. Being a part of a gymnastics team or challenging skills and club can help people relax and have fun connections. with friends while Some skills are required to enjoying the sport be performed in a routine, that you love.



Event Requirements



The more challenging a routine is, the more how well the points a gymnast will gymnast performs receive. her routine

such as a full turn on beam.


How to get a perfect

In gymnastics, each gymnast receives a score for their routine. The best score possible is a 10. 16 // ISSUE 6

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Columbus ice skaters look up to Olympic athletes.

by salome cloteaux // design by zoey horn


tepping into the rink, sophomore Aysa Streeval glides across the ice before jumping into the air, her legs straight out in the splits, and then landing perfectly back on the ice. Years of practice, competitions, and shows have helped her perfect spins and jumps, like the split jump. Streeval has been ice skating every week since she was six, and plans to continue all throughout high school. “Ever since my first lesson, I really liked it. Honestly, I have been doing it so long, it’s like I have never not ice skated. It is a part of everyday for me,” she said. Streeval looks to the Olympics for role models who motivate her to ice skate despite the amount of hard work required to reach their level. “Ice skating is mostly in your head. You have to make the choice to work for it. It is a competitive sport, and it is hard to get to the Olympic level, but it would be really cool to get there,” Streeval said. The professional athletes during the Olympics are reminders not only of how much work and dedication a sport requires but also the incredible results and level of skill that can be attained. “I think it is inspiring and helps motivate people to do better in their sports and practice more, because you can see the results that come from hard work,” Streeval said. Many Olympians spend years training multiple hours almost everyday to achieve their success. Freshman Taylor Manley ice skates at least three hours a day, before and after school. “All the figure skaters, male and female, all of them have worked so hard. I think that it’s something everybody should look up to because they all fight for what they want,” Manley said. The Olympics allow young ice skaters from all over the world to watch and be motivated by the professionals performing their routines on the world stage. “When I watch the Olympics I think that’s something I would potentially do one day if I really push myself. When I see all of the amazing figure skaters, it makes me want to do it. I see their amazing jumps and spins and it makes want to go and practice even harder,” Manley said.

Q & A: Junior Michael Schmeltze T: How is pair skating different from solo skating? S: Pair skating is different from just skating. It’s harder to be in perfect sync with the other skater. T: What do you do during pair skating? S: I have to lift my partner, step in time with them, jump, and spin in time with them. It’s a lot more fun, in my opinion, because you’re on the ice with a partner and can make great impacts on an audience. It’s just a great experience. T: Have you been watching the Olympics? S: I’ve watched Scott Moir and taken some techniques from him for footwork and lifts along with entrances to some of the elements in pairs.




Students dance the night away at dance marathon.

by cheyenne peters // design by alyona rosenthal


n Feb. 24 Turning Point hosted its annual 10 hour long Dance Marathon. This is the 19th annual Dance Marathon, 2000 was the first year that turning point decided to put on the dance This year the theme is the Full House. Last year the theme was Friends ans people that attended the dance have said that they are excited to see what the dance will be like this year. Turning Point is working on prevention of domestic and dating violence. Dance Marathon is not just dancing, there were many more activities that you can interact in: such as Yoga, Zumba, making fun signs, and a gym full of fun and interactive games. There was different places that donated food for every hour at the dance. Every hour on the hour the Full House theme song and then they would give more information about Turning Point and domestic violence. Committee member junior Nick Tungett to see what dance marathon means to him.

“Not only does it support the fight

The theme for the fundraiser was the tv show full house, with decorations, marketing and shirts based on the famous show and characters. photos by cheyenne peters

Solo singer Zoe performed for the first time in front of a crowd for the first half hour of the dance.


Dancers flash a thumbs up in front of a game of Nine Square.

Dance Marathon staff members reveal the total amount of donations to the attendees. In total, $184,100 was raised for Turning Point Domestic Violence Services.

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against domestic violence and abuse, it allows students to get to know other kids in the community and let students get involved in the community

“Dance Marathon is a place where a bunch of teens can get together and have a great time to support a great cause,” Tungett said. Being part of Turning Points committee for Dance Marathon and just being a regular dancer that attends the dance. The two different groups of people that attend the dance have different perspectives of the dance as a whole. “It makes me more appreciative for the people that make the dance happen,” Tungett said. There are different committees that make up dance marathon staff and the students that are on staff are divided into those staffs and all the committees have different jobs and tasks that they have to get done and ready for the dance. “I am a part of facilities, what we do is basically make all the decorations for the dance,” Tungett said. With the decorations up and ready for the night of the dance the staff members to get the students registered and ready to go to the dance . “Not only does it support the fight against domestic violence and abuse, it allows students to get to know other kids in the community and let students get involved in the community,” Tungett said. It is never too late to join one of the committees it is Nick Tungett’s first year on staff and he thinks that it is a good way for students to go out and get involved with some rather serious groups throughout Columbus. Being a part of Dance Marathon is a way for people to learn more about domestic abuse and how they can prevent being in a bad relationship.

STUDENT SHOWBIZ // by kaylee eckelman // design by coral roberts

North drama puts on “How to Succeed in Buisness Without Really Trying.”

Junior Julia Iorio acts as a secretary onstage.

photos by tessa mckenney Sophomore Ally Parker, senior Grace Terry, and sophomore Erica Song perform in the musical number “A Secretary is Not a Toy”.


unny. Entertaining. Sarcastic. These are all words that freshman and cast member Zoe Dougherty would use to describe the upcoming musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” North Drama is putting on the musical tonight through Sunday in the Erne Judson Auditorium. The first showing will be tonight at 7:30 p.m. Senior Grace Terry is a member of the production’s cast. She plays Smitty, a secretary in charge of human resources. “‘How to Succeed’ is about a business in New York City [set in the early 60s.] A young man, Finch, moves into the company with big dreams of becoming a super successful businessman,” Terry said. “Throughout the musical, we watch Finch’s journey while following the lives of other workers in the company.” Terry’s character, Smitty, acts as the most competent and successful secretary in office setting, contrasted by the exaggerated

personalities of fellow characters. Despite being set in the 60s, “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” shares themes with today’s workplaces. “How to Succeed” was set in time period where sexism ran rampant in business settings and sexual harassment was a normal day-to-day occurrence. Today, with viral hashtags such as the #metoo movement, sexual assault in the workplace is becoming a more prevalent issue. According to a study conducted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, at least 25 percent of women will face sexual assault in the workplace. Although it addresses sexism, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” incorporates comedy. “We’re trying to change a lot of the themes in the show to be more vertical rather than realistic,” Terry said. “So many of the underlying sexist themes are being turned into the ridiculous comedy that it is instead of us portraying it as real or ethical.”

“Expect to laugh the entire time. Nothing in “How to Succeed” is too serious, which adds an emphasis on each character’s somber self-reflection moments throughout the show. The songs are extremely catchy and will leave you humming the tunes all night long.It’s a rollercoaster of a show and it has been so much fun to work on.” senior Emily Sipes

Cast members line up to perform a musical number.

Senior Emily Sipes, playing Rosemary, and senior Grace Terry, playing Smitty, converse onstage.

“It’s about a man who wants to succeed in buisness and he has a book that tells him how to. The play is about how he moves up the ladder and grows through the buisness.” freshman Colvin Iorio


GOING, GOING, GOLD // Jamie Anderson South Lake Tahoe, CA

All about your 2018 Team USA Gold Medalists.

by katie mcaninch

Chloe Kim



Torrance, CA Snowboarding

Mikaela Shiffrin Eagle- Vail, CO Alpine Ski

Shaun White

Red Gerard Silverthorne, CO Snowboarding

Carlsbad, CA Snowboarding


FAST FACTS Red Gerard The first male Olympic

champion to have been born in the 21st century.

Shaun White

This year, the 31-year-old won the third gold medal of his career, becoming the only snowboarder ever to win three gold medals.

Chloe Kim

Kim started snowboarding when she was just four years old.

DID YOU WATCH THE OLYMPICS? We asked CNHS students if they had been watching the Winter Olympics this year.

46 % 54% said yes said no


According to The International Olympic Committee’s television and marketing services, the Winter Games at Pyeongchang are expected to have five billion viewers worldwide, with 30 percent of the world population seeing some sort of Winter Olympics coverage.

The Triangle Volume 97 Issue 6  
The Triangle Volume 97 Issue 6  

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