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Volume XIII, Issue 1

Fishers High School

Sept. 24, 2018

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BEHIND THE COVER 2015 graduate Lindsey Martin photographs senior Savannah Kennedy on Aug. 23 at Indianapolis. Photo by Laney Kyle.

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Road to College: Kicking off the Process

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Pasta bowl rooted in history of activism


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Features Name: Andrea Leon College graduated from: National University Job at FHS: Special Services Teacher “I have a son with a developmental disability, and so when he was diagnosed, I became involved in his classroom as an instructional aid. So, I changed my career into a special service teacher.” Name: Brigham French College graduated from: Ball State University Job at FHS: Science Teacher “I believe that my role as a teacher is to introduce and help students with science because it is very important. I wanted to talk about science with my students and have more free time with my family as a teacher.”

Name: Audra Miller College graduated from: Indiana State University Job at FHS: Special Services Teacher “I just wanted to help other people. I actually went into teaching science. However, when I was put into special education classroom by mistake, I enjoyed it so I switched majors.”

Name: Brooke Chan College graduated from: IU Bloomington Job at FHS: Spanish Teacher “I have always wanted to be a teacher since preschool. So, those early educators that I had, especially my first, second, and third grade teachers, had a big impact on my decision to pursue my dream and become a teacher.” Name: Cameron Scott College graduated from: Anderson University Job at FHS: Work-based learning/ Internship Coordinator “Both of my parents were teachers, and just from the time I was young, there was a pull to help others. Teaching is obviously a tremendous avenue into making a difference.”

Name: Camille Dorrell College graduated from: University of Southern Indiana Job at FHS: Special Services Teacher “Both of my grandparents and parents were teachers. I often peer tutored other students at my high school, which encouraged me to pursue teaching as a job.”

Name: Chrissie Sturgill College graduated from: Ball State University Job at FHS: Assistant Principal “When I was in junior high, I helped during Sunday school at church. This is where I found my inspiration to teach because of the kids I interacted with there. ”



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Name: Diane Lamers College graduated from: Bowling Green State University Job at FHS: IA, Job Coach “I came to Fishers High School because of my love for kids that learn a little bit differently than others.”

Name: Erin Ingram College graduated from: Vincennes University Job at FHS: IA, Special Services “It’s rewarding for me to work with kids with special needs. It’s special to get that bond with them.”

Name: Harold Spooner College graduated from: Butler University Job at FHS: Social Studies Teacher “I knew I wanted to be a teacher in high school. Both of my parents had been teachers at some point. My soccer coach was also a good mentor and played a role in my decision to become a teacher.”

Name: Heather Lee College graduated from: Ball State University Job at FHS: Nurse “I like to help people. I knew that it would be a great job with flexible hours and good pay. I just wanted time to be a mom and have kids.”

Name: Heather Young College graduated from: Bradley University Job at FHS: Academic Dean “I want to see the long term impact on students. Being able to look past over the years and see the growth of students is what intrigues me and is my passion. ”

Name: Heather Bates Job at FHS: IA, Special Services


N the Red Name: Johanna Gianforte College graduated from: Ball State University Job at FHS: Visual Arts Teacher “I decided to apply for Fishers High School because HSE is a great district, and I have only heard good things about this school.”

Name: Kate Young College graduated from: Wittenburg University Job at FHS: English Teacher “I have always wanted to be a teacher. I cannot remember a time when I have not wanted to be a teacher. I would put stuffed animals in front of my chalk board. I tutored in high school and was a camp counselor. ”

Name: Jonna Stephan College graduated from: University of California Davis Job at FHS: Main Office Receptionist, Part Time “I orginally started driving a school bus, and then I signed up to substitute. So, I came to love Fishers High School, and asked for a permanent position.”

Name: Katherine Hagerty College graduated from: University of Indianapolis Job at FHS: Science Teacher “I really love science, and I really love being around people. In college, I realized that being in the lab and being in the field wasn’t really for me. I would rather be excited about science to another people.” Name: Kelsey Gerbec College graduated from: Indiana University Job at FHS: Math Teacher “I had inspiring teachers that helped me feel better than I ever could about myself and motivated me. They made me realize that I could do more than I thought I could. Because of them, I wanted to help other people feel this way.” Name: Jacob Kapitan College graduated from: Purdue University Job at FHS: Science Teacher “I had a lot of teachers that were able to dive into their content in a way that made it exciting, and I got to learn about science in a way that I enjoyed. I want to make science engaging for a new generation of students.”

Name: Kristen Hitch College graduated from: Purdue University Job at FHS: Math Teacher “I taught classes at Purdue and in Tanzania(the east coast of Africa). My mom and grandma weere both teachers , so I grew up helping in their classrooms.”

Name: Katie DeLucenay College graduated from: Purdue University Job at FHS: FACS Teacher “I taught at Warren for eleven years before I came to Fishers High School.”



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Sept 24, 2018 Name: Kyle Goodwin College graduated from: Butler University Job at FHS: Assistant Principal “I am really lucky that I still teach first period. What drew me to the classroom is those daily interaction with students.”

Name: Litsi Plonski College graduated from: Indiana State University Job at FHS: English Teacher “When I was little, I would have a blackboard and pretend to teach my dolls. This inspired me to teach.”

Name: Leah Van Trees College graduated from: Indiana State University Job at FHS: English Teacher “I teach high school specifically because I think that teenagers are really inspiring and I appreciate their eternal optimism.”

Name: Liz Curtis College graduated from: Ball State University Job at FHS: Math Teacher “Teaching was always ingrained in me. I was the person who my friends would come to for help. I just knew that I had this calling for working with people and trying to help them.”

Name: Marie Farber College graduated from: University of Nebraska Job at FHS: Treasurer, Part Time “My favorite quote is ‘Be a pineapple. Stand Tall, Wear a Crown, and Be Sweet on the Inside.”

Name: Marina Gibson College graduated from: Butler University Job at FHS: English Teacher “Teachers have a responsibility in helping students find who they are. Knowing that I can teach the same skills as my colleagues in my own way is really powerful and you don’t get that in many places.”

Name: Lori Kixmiller College graduated from: Indiana State University Job at FHS: English Teacher “I had a fantastic AP English teacher in high school and an amazing professor in college, and they inspired me. Also, I love to read and write.”


N the Red Name: Rebecca Burchette College graduated from: Lincoln Memorial University Job at FHS: Business Teacher “I had a really influential business teacher in high school who really made an impact on me. Then when I went to college, I started with a marketing degree and then I realized that I wanted to do more with that.”

Name: Sandy Taylor College graduated from: Ball State University, Indiana Wesleyan Univserity Job at FHS: Spanish Teacher “When I got married, I started subbing and realized that I really do love [teaching]. I want to teach them more than just Spanish. I want to be a positive influence in their lives.”

Name: Rebecca Hufty College graduated from: Indiana State University Job at FHS: Math Teacher “I’ve always wanted to be a teacher since I was little in elementary school. When I got to high shcool, I realized that I really enjoyed math and science.”

Name: Sharon Placzek College graduated from: the University of Buenos Aires, the University of Rochester, Shenandoah University Job at FHS: Spanish Teacher “I figured out that I loved teaching languages, and exposing students to not only the language but alsothe culture.”

Name: Summer Noyes College graduated from: Purdue University Job at FHS: Science Teacher “I tutored a lot in college, and I just really loved doing it. Once I actually got into teaching and student teaching I loved seeing how kids grow and helping build their relationships with that, so that they actually learn.” Name: Michelle Greco College graduated from: IU Bloomington Job at FHS: Social Studies Teacher “I have always loved working with students, and I got to teach my own classes when I was [in graduate school] at Cornell University.”

Name: Shelly Elliot College graduated from: University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh Job at FHS: Performing Arts Secretary “Give graciously, take cautiously.”

Name: Zach Stevenson College graduated from: Wisconsin University Job at FHS: Special Services Teacher “If you are not first, then you are last.”



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Class officers, student body set goals for year Ashley Steele


roviding more opportunities for students to share their thoughts as well as getting them more involved around the school make up some of the class’ officers and the student body member’s new goals this school year.

However, they all had their own reasons for determining these goals. Their goals will help them plan what they want to accomplish throughout the school year.

Senior Class Officers Vice President Will White, Historian Dylan Coles, Treasurer Ben Redar, President Thomas Brelage, Secretary Jenna Pyle

“We want to make it a great year for the seniors and let their voice be heard as much as possible,” senior class president Thomas Brelage said. The senior class officers hope to make the seniors’ last year a memorable one. They aim to accomplish this through the activities they are in

charge of like senior week, prom and spirit weeks. “We are most focused on involvement and making sure that we can try and reach everyone as much as possible,” Brelage said. “We also want to make sure that no one is left out and that everyone can enjoy this year.”

Junior Class Officers Vice President Riley Pardon, President John Yun, Secretary Brooke Benson, Historian Myra Kivvet, Treasurer Thasneem Najem

Planning prom and spirit weeks are two activities the junior class officers are in charge of, but on top of this, they have set up some goals for themselves. “We want to accomplish getting our class involved in all the school events, and prove that all the school activities are fun and valuable to the

students and the school as a whole,” junior class vice president Riley Pardon said. They want to be good role models and have also set some principles they want to follow. “We’re focused on getting together as a group and trying to improve the school at any which way we can,” Pardon said.

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Sophomore Class Officers

President: Kylie Terpening Vice President: Cole Hackman Secretary: Ava Frank Treasurer: Faith Farrell Historian: Izzy Alexander

“One main thing we want to focus on is communicating better, so we set up a class Remind,” sophomore class president Kylie Terpening said. “We didn’t have one last year, so this year has been a lot more organized with getting information out.”

In addition, they want more students to participate in events. With a greater student body presence than the previous year, they hope this will be an achievable goal. While no goals have been set, these officers plan to help upperclassmen when needed.

Freshmen Class Officers

President: Olivia Young Vice President: Claire Pardon Secretary: Sam Syrus Treasurer: Nate Albin Historian: Kathleen Tran

Before creating any specific goals for the year, the freshman class officers want to experience the school for themselves. Despite this, they hope to create an environment where everyone feels comfortable.

“The most important thing to us this year is to make sure that everyone has a place in Fishers, so nobody feels left out,” freshman class president Olivia Young said. “Also making sure that everyone has a home and people they can go to.”

Student Body Officers Secretary: Mario Capo President: Joey Cerone Vice President: Max Keithley Public Relations: Mackenzie Miller They communicate plans between administration and the student body. “One of our main goals is unification between the classes and giving a voice to the voiceless,” senior student body president Joey Cerone said. They invite anyone to attend the next public forum, Sept. 28 which will allow people to share ideas about the school. Student body uses their Twitter, @fhsstudentgov, to spread information about meetings and school events.

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New clubs expand diversity, self-expression

Andrew Bauer

Sophomore Devin Hankins catches a football as junior Evan Barker defends while the two practiced on Tuesday, September 11 in Champions Together Club. Picture and all graphics by Andrew Bauer.


rand new clubs give students many opportunities to participate in school activities. Clubs can be gateways away from the stressors of life to create memorable experiences. This year, students have around 70 clubs to choose from. Some interests include fun, fellowship, and bright ideas to make change.

Champions Together Club

As a collaboration between the IHSAA and Special Olympics, Champions Together gives students in the exceptional learning programs many opportunities to participate in athletic programs. ”It means a lot,” club sponsor and dean Patrick Schooley said. “I’ve been the coach of the unified track team, and it means everything to me. My son, Collin, is a junior and is heavily involved in Special Olympics. He’s been on the track team for the last two years, and just being able to provide an opportunity for students to be involved means the world to me.” Last year, the boys basketball and girls softball teams created clinics for the exceptional learners students to participate in. One of the main goals this year is to increase all athletic involvement in Champions Together. Both callout meetings have passed, but the club meets once or twice a month during Monday early release days at 2:40 p.m. in Café A. Only two unexcused absences are allotted to committee members.

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International Cultures Club

Food for thought, International Cultures Club will immerse students within different cultures. At some point during the year, students will have a pitch-in of foods from different cultures as a way to experience tastes from around the world. Inspired by clubs like Diversity Club or InterCultures Club at other schools, International Club will allow students to peer into cultures found around the world. “We wanted to promote culture, but also we thought that a lot of people didn’t have the opportunity to experience different types of culture,” junior co-founder Thasneem Najum said. “I didn’t know a lot about my own culture before [my family and I] moved, so I was given an opportunity that maybe a lot of other people aren’t given, and it gave me a different perspective.” This club plans on meeting once or twice every Tuesday or Thursday of every month.

SK8 Club

Students this year have a unique opportunity to learn how to roller skate. In SK8 Club, students can choose between roller blades or skates. If the skates have eight wheels, students can use them. No past experience is needed, and this club is open for everyone. It gives students an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. “I’ve met people from different walks of life, and it’s an experience that I’ll take with me forever,” guidance counselor and sponsor Kristina Busack said. Busack has even participated in roller derbies in the past. Once students learn how to skate, they can take this active skill anywhere from vacations to college. Meets are every other week on Wednesdays.

Student Alliance for Equity

A new proactive club, SAFE has the goal to undo all stereotypes, biases, judgements and racism. The idea is to create an identity safe building and to reach that idea, members of this club will strive to make FHS a place where students can have the comfort in being their own authentic selves. “I see this club as being an action club where [members] will develop the goals of their work, establish what work needs to be done, and then do that work,” librarian and sponsor Reneé Isom said. “This is a club where your voice can be heard and hopefully can be moved to action.” Meetings will be held once a month until December, and when additional work gets established.

Fashion Club

Clothing and style is the topic of this new club. In Fashion Club, students have the opportunity to talk about all things fashion including design, designers, up-cycling and vintage. “Aliese [Harris] has done a great job assembling the club and I look forward to seeing what the club does and what they create,” sponsor and Spanish teacher Stephanie Gutting said. Students will also be able to pitch their own ideas in design and collaborate with like-minded students of Harris. Fashion Club is open for all students with an interest in fashion, or fashion style. Meets will be once or twice a month.


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Computer science changes everything we know Samuel Bauer


ne innovative industry currently advancing in Indiana could be the growth of computer science and computer science based courses that help students involved in the digital and computer-oriented workforce. The school offers many classes in computer science, many more than in past years. Some of the abilities students have in the current era is being able to reach out and make connections, which follows that of Infosys, an innovative digital teachings company in Indianapolis. With advances in communications, students are able to directly message companies like Infosys and receive insight on topics within computer science they have interest in. Computer science creates growing industries in today’s job search. Companies around the U.S. search for students with degrees in computer science, especially in recent advancements in AI, artificial intelligence, and in areas such as coding, software and programming. These careers and advancements are predicted to grow 50 percent within the coming years, leading most other industries in the U.S., as reported by “Exploring Computer Science - a computer science research website.

Assistant principal Steven Loser reads the latest news on the Indianapolis based company of Infosys on Sept. 5. Loser is an active figure in Launch Fishers and works to give students opportunities relating to entrepreneurship and future career goals. Photo by Sam Bauer. “Exposure to what computer science is and building students’ understanding, regardless of where they go in industry, is important because computer science may touch their work,” assistant principal Steven Loser said. “What we have to do is to continue to bring awareness to how computer science is going to impact all areas of work in the future.” The ability to understand and perform tasks such as coding, programming and creating software are valued skills that companies like Infosys specifically state as some of the goals that they try and spread around the world Also companies such as Huawei, a major Chinese Android phone production company, value hands

on and digital creation skills especially in their AI department. Artificial intelligence is being included in camera systems as well as processors, increasing the functionality of phones. “New advances in technology - artificial intelligence, in particular - are radically transforming our world, and it is within our reach to learn these new technologies and to be the innovators and entrepreneurs who bring solutions based on these technologies to our clients in all industries,” Infosys Limited Indianapolis Press Release said. In the medical profession, modern tech has been implemented into surgical equipment for diagnosing procedures and performing surgical operations, which sometimes include AI. In engineering, software development has the ability to program projects into the real world, almost as if it were a simulation. This allows engineers to determine faults in projects and waver results to determine the feasibility of the tasks companies are currently working on. In video production, companies are able to implement AI technologies to help in creating scenes and applying specific functions to the shot taken by the camera. For example, Huawei cameras have used AI that recognizes the object in the picture and brings up websites about the scene or object. This can help people learn more about what the object or scene represents, which is just another way that AI helps. “I’m an electrical engineer and I do a lot of programming, so I think that’s a lot of the way the world’s going,” engineering teacher and robotics club sponsor Jeffrey Fronius said. “I think we as a school are trying to get into more of some of [the newer computer science opportunities]. I mean we’ve definitely gone towards the digital age and it seems like Fishers is on the cutting edge of a lot of that.” Overall, the advancements in innovation and digital teachings with computer science will continue to grow. Through companies like Infosys Indianapolis, bringing light to a technological world that branches out and affects all industries in many different ways is what is occurring in the regular. “The way society is moving, everybody is using digital apps, digital stuff,” senior Michael Ogawa said. “It should almost be a requirement that you take at least one class, whether it’s basic coding or something like that, so everyone at least has that basic knowledge. It’s not even the coding itself, but the knowledge that goes into the coding, is a very useful skill to have.”

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For many students 3D printers give freedom to create

Marie Gabbard


hirring machines and the slow and steady creation of plastic models can be heard coming from a small room in the media center. The sound comes from 3D printers that are used to make anything from a small plastic boat to a phone case. For some students, 3D printing has been a way to express creativity, create solutions for problems and learn more about technology. It teaches people how to design models on the computer, troubleshoot technical issues and problem solve. “Students will be able to creatively express themselves through a medium that they might otherwise not have access to,” senior Ben Fong said. Fong has used the 3D printers before. To make something, people design a 3D model with the aid of computer programs, such as Tinkercad which is aimed at beginners. The 3D printers create the design from a long roll of plastic placed in the printer and heated until pliable. It comes out in many small layers slowly building the form to completion. Students have also had the opportunity to learn the design process in engineering and computer science classes. “The cool thing about 3D printing is you can have this idea, that you can’t find in the stores; nobody has done it,” computer science teacher Steve Emerson said. ”You don’t have to wait for somebody else to design and make this thing; you’re making something yourself.” For sophomore Patrick Nusbaum some uses include printing out prototypes, making small plastic fixes for things that break around the house and creating designs. “I didn’t realize how many uses there were when I first got involved,” Nusbaum said. “I thought I was just printing out plastic things that would just get laid around and thrown in the trash eventually, but that was completely wrong.” While learning how all the parts work and how the technology functions together is a big part of 3D printing, many students also print for fun. “In reference to what people can make, like any other creative outlet, the applications are only limited to your imagination,” Emerson said. In the media center there are four 3D printers available for use. For anyone interested in learning about the 3D printers they can attend a camp which will be held on Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 or contact Renee Isom in the media center.

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Student Patrick Nusbaum shows a 3D printed boat that was made to test the functioning of the 3D printer in the media center. Photo by Gabbard



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Announcements present school news to students Hallie Gallinat


he bell rings to begin fourth period. With only 50 minutes, everyone prepares to start. The anchors head into the filming room and sit in front of a green wall. The camera faces towards them and the school announcements begin. Each Monday opens in H233 during fourth period with the staff learning their new jobs for the week. The staff rotates through ten different jobs, such as being on camera one week and the next on sound. “We always learn our jobs on Monday and immediately start on Tuesday,” senior Tristan Grider said. “It’s easy because we have a really long class period so we’re not usually rushed.” On Tuesday, the staff begins their jobs for the week. They first test their microphones, do sound checks and choose music to play in the transitions. The staff then runs through their scripts and begins the video. “The actual announcements are sent to us and we’ll cut them down if they’re too long,” junior Victor Laughner said. “We’ll try to do a little improv and interact with each other to make it feel like we’re not just reading off a script.” Four people work in the tech room, with three of the four each on music, sound and WireCast, which is a video streaming and producing service used by schools and broadcasters. The director guides the staff in the filming room from the tech room. In the filming room, four people per week appear on air, with two at each table. Along with the news anchors, the floor director runs the camera and the other people in the room. One person handles the teleprompter. “I really liked being on air,” senior Jillian Meyer said. “I am a performer, so I like doing the camera but I also liked using the editing program. It was interesting to me because I don’t do a lot of behind the scenes things, but I think that’s why I liked it because it was something new to me.” The process for filming announcements lasts around 30 to 40 minutes and multiple

takes are often needed. Each take lasts around six minutes. The announcements do not require much post editing since the video is done in one take, but links and backgrounds are added in post production. “So far this year we haven’t done that many times where it’s only been one take,” Grider said. “I think we did that one time this year. But usually it’s two to three takes each day, each take is about six minutes and usually we have 20 minutes for setup.” After the announcements are filmed, one of the students uploads the video to SafeShare, a video broadcasting website. Once it is uploaded, the link is sent to performing arts teacher Jon Colby and he uploads the link to the school website. If a student or teacher wants to send in an announcement, a link to a submition form has been placed on the school website along with rules. Announcements must be submitted before 10:00 a.m if they want it announced the same day. From working on the announcements, students learn both social skills such as teamwork and technological skills such as editing. “It’s getting outside of your comfort zone in different areas,” Meyer said. “Some people want to do the announcements because they are performers and they like being on air. Doing the editing stuff like might not be as interesting to them but it does give them a new experience to be able to work behind the scenes like that.” In order to join, students have to take Introduction to Mass Media and have an audition with Colby. It is also recommended that they have a theater background. The class is limited, and only sophomores, juniors and seniors who have taken Introduction to Mass Media can join and audition. This class counts as a performing arts credit. “Mr. Colby has said that this is one of the most useful classes we can take,” Laughner said. “It’s a lot of working with other people and problemsolving if someone is doing something bad. It’s also time management because we only have a little period to do the announcements. It’s a lot of life skills.”


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Process of Announcements Class begins with the staff checking microphones, doing sound checks and deciding transition music. Senior Tristan Grider works in the tech room. Photo by Kaylee Demlow.

Multiple takes often are needed when something goes wrong or Colby needs to explain something. Junior Emma Mitchell discusses with Colby from inside the filming room. Photo by Kaylee Demlow.

Anchors run through scripts before beginning to film. Juniors Lydia Gordan and Emma Mitchell sit in front of the green screen before filming starts. Photo by Kaylee Demlow.

An student uploads the video to and Colby uploads the link to the school website where teachers can find and watch it. Photo by Hallie Gallinat.


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Pure Eatery offers healthier options Curren Gauss 1.


1. Grilled cheese with tomato and pesto aioli on sourdough alongside the signature chips and a dill pickle from Pure Eatery. 2. Caprese salad which consists of tomato, mozerella, and basil, seasoned with salt and olive oil. Photos by Curren Gauss

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alls decked in original artwork and a chalkboard out front, diners first see the uniqueness of Pure Eatery. Upon arrival, a comfortable blend of pop hits fills the dining area while warm smiles greet guests as they enter Pure. Staff at Pure Eatery welcome customers warmly, offering booths or tables to patrons. The spacious establishment provided an open and comforting feel to diners as they settle in for their meals. The local business, on 116th St. in downtown Fishers, focuses on appealing to vegetarian and vegan customers. Their menu reflects this goal, with no fried options offered, and if there is help needed, there is likely a friendly staff member ready to direct you to their favorite meal. After browsing the selections, I asked the waitress about her favorite menu item. She was helpful, explaining her staple is Pure Eatery’s grilled cheese with tomato, and while it seems simple, the grilled cheese has a special pesto aioli that puts it over the top. With this in mind, I ordered her recommendation, while my friend chose the Caprese salad; both vegetarian options. Pure also has other sandwiches like the grilled vegetable panini, another vegan option. The server also explained that Pure’s soups change daily. Pure Eatery can go months before having the same soup again, making it easy for regulars to try out new items and for new customers to see a variety of options. After waiting only about 10 minutes, our food arrived. Overall, the meal was very good. The multiple kinds of cheeses blended together to make a smooth, flavorful sandwich. The pesto aioli the server raved about, had seeped into the bread, turning the crisp sourdough the slightest bit doughy. Another factor that set the sandwich apart from other grilled cheeses was the tomato, which I was hesitant about at first. To my surprise, tomato added something special to the classic meal, much like tomato soup. Senior Elena Barry joined me and had the Caprese salad, which she described as fresh and flavorful. Along with the sandwich came Pure’s signature chips, which are locally made and were sadly underwhelming at best. The chips were crip and thin but seasoned heavily, making it hard to finish them. The total cost was $7.95 for a full sandwich with no added sides besides the chips. Note that it would have been more if I had substituted a different side for chips. Pure’s sides, like steamed broccoli, cost at least $2.95, while the chips came free with the sandwich. Overall, Pure Eatery was fantastic experience, both for the food and the environment. For the different options Pure brings to the Fishers community, I would give Pure Eatery 4 out of 5 plates. The atmosphere and menu makes it easy for newcomers to try something different, making Pure a place where diners can truly find fresh, honest food.

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Pretel da Costa creates colorful portraits Carson Lilley


il paints lay scattered around the desk, half full from their previous use. Sketchbooks with folded pages rest on the floor, their images used as inspiration. A large canvas sits neatly on its stand, a painter deep in concentration directly in front of it. Senior Tiago Pretel da Costa has been interested in art ever since he was a child. His mother, a professional painter, introduced him to painting. This led to the pair working on small projects together. “I think art is the best way to express yourself,” Pretel da Costa said. “You can take so many messages from it and you can get really personal and really controversial with it. I love how much impact it can have on other people and cultures.” Pretel da Costa finds inspiration from the world around him, often drawing out random thoughts or ideas in his sketchbook to return to later. He uses this book as a place to find inspiration for larger projects. “Art is the one thing I can do well,” Pretel da Costa said. “It’s the only thing I feel comfortable doing.” Pretel da Costa loves artists from the Renaissance, specifically Michelangelo. Additionally, he is fascinated by Cubist art, which he finds very expressive. He turned his interests into something he pursues in school, having taken over eight art classes. In AP art, students complete a concentration, which is a collection of pieces connected by a central theme. As a Mormon, Pretel da Costa wants to focus his concentration on his religion and faith. “Tiago is a freak of nature and I mean that in the best way possible,” art teacher Danielle Ontiveros said. “He has an overall vision and a complete understanding of who he is as an artist which is super rare in high school.” Pretel da Costa prefers to work with oil paints, often on self-portraits or paintings of other people. This year he wants to push himself to work with other materials. “Tiago is a phenomenal painter,” Ontiveros said. “I know oil paints are his favorite, but we’ve been trying to push him a little bit further to make him trying to push him to be a little bit uncomfortable this semester so that he can explore a bunch of different mediums.”

While Pretel da Costa constantly creates at home, he tends to save most of his large projects for school. He has won silver keys from the Scholastic Art Awards as well as being recognized for his 2D art by his art teacher during his sophomore year. He ultimately hopes to incorporate art into his profession. Right now, he plans on attending a state school to study art. “I’m thinking about diving into digital art because there are more job opportunities and more careers I could explore,” Pretel da Costa said. “It’s also a medium I’m interested in because I’ve never worked with it. I really want to learn and practice it.” In order to showcase some of his favorite pieces, Pretel da Costa created an Instagram account where he updates followers on his recent projects. For more pictures of his work, visit @tiagsart on Instagram.

Pretel da Costa paints a self-portrait titled “Proud to be Y’Orchild” in March 2017. Photo

by Tiago Pretel da Costa.


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place holder headline Fishers boutiques support local artists, entrepreneurs Katie Wiseman


windowed entryway full of eye-catching art pieces hand-crafted by local artists in Indiana, colorful clothing items, accessories and novelties greet customers as they enter local shops and boutiques in downtown Fishers. The displays that can be seen when customers step inside gives them a little taste of the items that can be found throughout the rest of the store. Fishers houses many creative, locally-owned businesses that carry everything from fashion and beauty, to Indiana-made merchandise on their shelves that offer variety and exclusive items not found in traditional big-box stores. The unique house that is home to Gallery 116 is located right in the heart of downtown Fishers off 116th St. Owner Tracy Gritter opened the store 17

The upstairs art display in Gallery 116 is filled with pieces handmade by local artists. Photos by

Katie Wiseman.

years ago with four other aspiring artists as a place for artists to sell their work. “We didn’t feel like Fishers had a place to buy locally handmade things,” Gritter said. “We have about 50 local artisans at a time, so that’s always evolving and changing.” Gallery 116 also carries clothing items and accessories found at local markets in order to add variety to items found on their shelves. “I always like to find unique things myself, things that are handmade. I feel like the quality is always better,” Gritter said. “I don’t want to give the same gift that someone could receive from a big box store. Plus it supports our community and puts money back into our community.” Clothing racks filled with fashionable clothes, accessories and home accents can be found inside another shop located on 116th St. Upon entering the store, customers are immediately greeted by an associate from behind the sales counter, where they will notice a large bowl of peppermints inspired by the shop’s name, Blue Peppermint Boutique. Owner Jessica Landez and her staff pride themselves on their customer service and encourage their customers to feel comfortable while boutique shopping. “We focus and care a lot about customer service and making the whole experience for the customer warm and welcoming,” Landez said. Landez’s daughter, senior Lydia Landez, has also been actively involved in helping with the boutique by modeling the store’s new clothing for their website and Instagram page. Working with her mother has also opened doors to several modeling opportunities, which in turn she feels allows her

Arts & Culture to help the boutique by using her experiences to incorporate different concepts of fashion and creativity into the products they sell. Jessica Landez and her associates have fun with their new merchandise. She explains that her excitement is rooted in a long-time love of shopping. “When we get shipments and we take the things out of the box, even though I’m the one that does the ordering, it’s still so fun to open the box and see what we’ve got,” Jessica Landez said. “It never gets old.” With its pristine white exterior, black shutters and French doors propped open, Blush Salon and Boutique is an eye-catching shop located off 116th St., just around the corner from Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream. With bright and organized displays filled Indiana merchandise and American-made products to help make the shop feel more like home, Blush Salon Boutique can be found in the heart of Downtown Fishers. Although Blush Salon Boutique is smaller than other stores in the area and not visible from 116th St., owner Melanie Stoddard said that meeting new people who stumble upon her shop is her favorite part of having her own business. Unlike the other shops in Fishers, Blush doubles as a hair salon, which inspired Stoddard to open the shop in the first place. She started off in the hair business, and once she built up a clientele, decided to open her own shop and add a boutique. Her store has been in business since June 2015. According to Stoddard, she only carries products made by small businesses and individuals from Indiana and the United States because it makes

The bright entrway in Gallery 116 showcases unique and colorful pieces to invite customers inside to browse.

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her shop feel more like home and expresses the importance of small businesses helping each other. “We try to offer products that are unique; that you’re not going to find in every store, while supporting other small businesses too,” Stoddard said. Fishers is supportive of small businesses and encourages consumers to shop local during the holiday season through their Shop Fishers campaign, which promotes shopping local for Small Business Saturday in November. “I feel really lucky that we live in an area that is so supportive,” Jessica Landez said. “It benefits the whole community when you shop local.” With the city showing their support of local businesses through the campaign, shops like Gallery 116, Blue Peppermint, Blush Salon Boutique, Twigs and Tea, and the Fishers Do-It Center, are only a few of the many local shops that can continue to keep their doors open and offer customers a unique shopping experience.


“Home Sweet Home” decor made by an Indiana artists sit on display in Blush Salon Boutique.

Fall pieces are displayed on racks in Blue Peppermint Boutique near the register to catch customers’ eyes as they enter the store.


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1. Kenzie Kearns of the class of 2018 photographed by Beth Ayen of JEM photography 2.Senior Lindsay Elick photographed by Lindsey Martin of LNM Photography 3.Senior Margaret Saul photographed by Lindsey Martin of LNM




Fishers photographers capture senior moments Grace Mossing


enioritis, last times and college applications are upon the class of 2019, but there will be hundreds of senior photos to commemorate every moment along the way. Fishers has many professional photographers such as Kelly Applegate Photography, Jem Photo Studio and LNM Photography, as well as student photographers like Emily Monson that capture the angles, smiles and character of every senior. All these photographers share the same love for photography. “Photography is something that can get really complicated,” guidance counselor Kelly Applegate said. “And there’s a lot to understanding how to take good photos, but you’ll never stop learning if you’re really passionate about it.” Every photographer finds a way to relate to the seniors that they photograph. Emily Monson, FHS senior goes to school with them, Lindsey Martin of LNM Photography graduated from FHS and Beth Ayen of Jem Photography has a sophomore daughter at FHS, Madelynn Ayen. Part of their job description is bringing out the best in their clients for a photo that encompasses them as a person. Each photographer’s photos differ in style, location, inspiration and more, allowing students to find a studio they prefer and photos they feel will represent them well. Locations of senior pictures tend to vary as most seniors want pictures that are specific to them and not too similar to their classmates. They tend to shoot around the Fishers, Carmel and Noblesville area in downtown, a park or just in nature. Martin goes as far as taking pictures in downtown Indianapolis around the city and by the canal. These photographers also take photos of students outside of FHS, including Carmel, Noblesville, HSE, Guerin Catholic and Cathedral. Every photographer has attributes that make them one of a kind and cause people to gravitate a little more to one studio. Monson believes her price sets her apart seeing as they are lower than most, and she does not have packages, allowing her to give all the best photos to her clients without prices raising as they recieve more.

The spontaneous personality of Ayen offers a distinction to the rest. Randomly in the middle of shots, she will slip into crazy accents, throw out a high leg kick, or roll on the ground laughing. “I have people tell me all the time, ‘I will never forget my photo shoot,’”Ayen said. “That’s when I know I’ve done a great job.” Applegate, being a counselor, loves his job and balancing a hobby of photography on the side. He offers laidback and relaxed sessions, remains open to suggestions, and believes it is very important to share knowledge with others about his photography experience. “Me being a counselor I want to be accessible and available to all kids and I don’t want anyone to feel pressure to use me as a photographer,” Applegate said.

2015 grad Lindsey Martin of LNM Photography takes photos of senior Savannah Kennedy in downtown Indianapolis on August 28, 2018. Photo by Laney Kyle.

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As a young professional, Martin is always open to trying to new things such as finding new locations to shoot at if her client is willing to. She tries her best to have her subjects look comfortable and confident in front of the camera. Reassuring them with the fact that she herself doesn’t even feel comfortable when she is in front of the camera and coaching them through the session helps clients let their guard down in Martin’s experiences. “I feel like I’m a coach because I’ll say, ‘Yes! You

4.Senior Jacob Reeger photographed by Emily Monson. 5.Stirling Brown photographed by Kelly Applegate of Applegate Photography. 6.Senior Gwyn Milliken photographed by Lindsey Martin of LNM Photography. 7.Michael Nettleton of the class of 2018 photographed by Kelly Applegate of Applegate Photography.

look so good!’, and they respond to it,” Martin said. “It makes you feel really good, actually.” With this many photographers in the area, seniors have the opportunity to choose from a variety, deciding on one that complies with their own personal style, price range, personality, and wants. In addition to these senior photographers, Prestige is taking all yearbook photos, and they must be taken before Nov. 19. Seniors can call 317564-2592 to schedule their yearbook photo.

Senior Elena Berry photographed by Lindsey Martin from LNM Photography.

Senior Grace Becker photographed by Emily 1 Monson.

Kate Kimmel of the class of 2018 photographed by Beth Ayen from JEM Photography.

Senior Griselda Cedeno photographed by Emily Monson.



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Recent films roll out red carpet for diversity Mari Kanter


razy Rich Asians” earned over $170 million worldwide within the first month of its release. It represents the latest movie to feature an ethnically diverse cast. Movies like “Crazy Rich Asians,” “BlacKKKlansman,” “Black Panther,” and “Love, Simon” have been widely discussed in the weeks following their release for their contemporary topics and diverse cast and characters. “Crazy Rich Asians” tells the story of Rachel Chu and her boyfriend Nick who fly to Singapore to attend a close friend’s wedding ceremony. Upon her arrival, Chu learns that Nick is the son of a wealthy family and has to learn to deal with these hectic new findings. The movie features a completely Asian-American or Asian cast, making it the first Hollywood movie to star an all AsianAmerican or Asian cast in 25 years. “I really liked it since it had the first major Asian cast I’ve seen,” sophomore Maggie Chen said. “I’m really glad they mixed Cantonese and Mandarin together. I’m overall very proud of the project.” “BlacKKKlansman” stars John David Washington who plays Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer. Stallworth becomes the first African-American police officer in his town of Colorado Springs, facing multiple acts of racism from his fellow coworkers. He then makes it his goal to take down the local Ku Klux Klan group. With the help of his white coworker,

Flip Zimmerman, he successfully infiltrates the Klan and becomes a full member. The film is based on a real life event that happened in 1970s. Of the top 100 movies of 2017, 70.7 percent of the cast were white according to an Annenburg study by Dr. Stacy L. Smith, Marc Choueiti, Dr. Katherine Pieper, Ariana Case and Angel Choi. The same study found that less than one percent were part of the LGBTQ+ community. “It takes a long time for people to get over their prejudices,” senior Cinder Foulke said. Every release has to take into account the feedback they will receive. Some people still strongly disagree with the subjects these movies portray. This slows down the rate at which Hollywood can release diverse movies. “Hollywood is a business,” English teacher Glenn Seland said. “They’re taking more stances but they still need to be careful about it.” According to Variety, the amount of Latino, Asian and African American moveigoers is increasing. This means filmmakers are under even more pressure to increase racial representation in movies. Though the process has proven slow, the number of minorities in starring movie roles has increased 13.6 percent from 20ll-2012. Movies constantly change to fit the time period. “They’re like folktales,” Seland said. “They’re always evolving with the generation that is telling them.”

The leading cast of “BlacKKKlansman” pose for pictures during the 2018 Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 26, 2018. Photo used with permission of Georges Biard.

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YouTube: Teens seek stardom Ben McHenry


n today’s internet age, the term “celebrity” applies to much more than just movie stars and musicians. YouTubers, Streamers and even Instagram influencers now fit the mold of A-list celebrities. “YouTubers now are doing things beyond just YouTube, like a boxing match or working with charities, which gets the attention of more than just kids on YouTube,” YouTuber junior Dennis Cane said. In the last month two YouTubers, Logan Paul and KSI, staged a head to head boxing match with 21,000 people in attendance and another 1.6 million watching online. Content creators today, on numerous platforms, have more influence on youth and pop culture than ever before. This is indicated by a 2015 study from Variety, in which U.S. teenagers aged 13-18 were asked to rank the 20 most popular personalities, and the top five were all YouTube stars, beating out celebrities such as Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. This influence has allowed these stars to transcend beyond fame in just their niche platforms to being international celebrities. A prime example of this is Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, a former Halo professional who made a name for himself streaming the video game “Fortnite” daily. Blevins currently has over 17 million subscribers on YouTube, and he is bringing in roughly $500,000 a month off of Twitch subscribers alone, according to Forbes. This money comes from each time somebody subscribes, which costs $3.50, which all goes into Blevins pocket. This is not even including the money Blevins makes from ad revenue and sponsorships. “I definitely don’t think [Youtubers having influence] is going to die out. If anything I think that it will grow larger as technologies influence on kids grow,” YouTuber junior Cole Ames said. “But when it comes to social media and influencers, I think there are creators who have merit, such as those who make their channel family friendly.” With this mass increase in the sheer number and popularity of content creators it becomes

Junior YouTuber Cole Ames makes vlogs about his daily life. Photo by Ben McHenry.

increasingly difficult to make content that has not already been done before. “YouTubers are so creative sometimes and it feels like if you do something someone will say ‘Oh somebody’s already done that before,’ but I think it’s really important to just create the content you want to,” junior and YouTuber Riley Mosson said. Another drawback of YouTubers finding fame is the emergence of viral trends on both YouTube and other social media platforms. This has led to a homogenization of content. Most recently, this has occurred with the game “Fortnite.” The exploding popularity of “Fortnite” has led to YouTubers playing it such as Ninja, TSM Myth, Faze Tfue and numerous others amassing views in the hundreds of millions. As a result, many smaller youtubers find it difficult to find relevance in gaming if they aren’t playing “Fortnite.” “There’s plenty of YouTubers out there who do something like gaming and then jump over to do something else they enjoy once they get a solid fan base.” Cane said. There are a number of different factors resulting in this skyrocket of popularity for social media stars, one of them being the sense of relatability that kids feel towards YouTubers. Forty percent of millennial YouTube subscribers say that their favorite content creators understand them better than their friends and 70 percent of teens say they can relate to these YouTubers more than traditional celebrities, according to a study done by Google. “I think it’s because more people now have a platform where they can express themselves,” Mosson said. “They can share their passions with a whole new audience that they couldn’t before.” While there remains no way to know whether or not the celebrity status of content creators will persist, the influence of social media and those on it continues to be higher than ever. Seeing these seemingly normal people living the high life through vlogs, gaming, instagram or something else entirely, has already had a profound impact on smaller creators all over the world, including YouTubers at Fishers High School.

Junior YouTuber Riley Mosson creates makeup tutorials on YouTube. Photo used

with permission of Riley Mosson.

Junior YouTuber Dennis Cane focuses on gaming and music related videos. Photo by Ben McHenry.


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Cross country team races towards balanced, fit lifestyle for top shape Antonio Martinez


weat drips off their chin with every step they take. The boys cross country team runs everyday to improve their endurance and speed. However, practice is not the only contributing factor in their performance; a healthy diet is crucial. “I eat a pretty balanced diet which includes different meats, fruits, vegetables, some dairy and grains,” varsity runner senior Ethan Meyer said. “It is also important to make sure I’m eating enough foods to recover from a hard run.” The team has been training all season to improve their performance from last year. The boys took home the win in the cross country Mudsock series against HSE and earned first place at the Peoria Woodruff invitational in Illinois. “You won’t make it running if you aren’t dedicated to the sport,” varsity runner senior Alex Meyer said. “Some days when it’s hot and miserable I ask myself why I even run, but then I remember all of the fun times when it’s a lot more enjoyable and realize why I do it.”

A majority of time is put in during after school practices that the boys do. The boys’ practice starts at 3 p.m. and typically goes to about 5:30 p.m.. Practice consists of multiple aerobic workouts everyday such as running multiple miles. “When we have a normal day, we meet with our coach and he gives us the daily mileage and what the workout plan is for the week,” Alex said. “ We then do a short warm up, stretch, and just start the run for the day.” The Meyer boys are two of the cross country team’s top runners this year. Ethan Meyer has the best time on the team for the 5k while his brother Alex is in the top seven. “The best advice I could give would be to run on the weekends and to not skip meals at all,” Ethan said. The boys train in order to be in shape for their sport. These training sessions will continue after school so they can create a big impact at their next meet at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country course in Terre Haute on Sept. 29.

Senior Ethan Meyer leads the charge at the Hamilton County Championship on Aug. 28 where the Tiger boys placed second. Photo taken by Ellie Albin.

Senior Alex Meyer sprints towards the finish line at the Hamilton County Championship on Aug. 28 where the boys finished second.. Photo taken by Ellie Albin.

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Senior Natalie Segura attempts to catch opponents at Hamilton County Championship where they placed fourth. Photo by Ellie Albin.

Strong effort pays off in long run Antonio Martinez


Junior Corrine Yorkman lunges towards the finish line at the Hamilton County Championship where they recieved fourth place. Photo by Ellie Albin.

unning to victory is not something that just comes and goes for the cross country girls. Dedication and the maintenance of physical and mental health ensures their long history of winning. “I go to practice everyday and I put in my 100 percent, especially on workout days so I can get prepared for the meet that week and just keep on improving.” senior runner Alisha Shultz said. Running is important in order to maintain a cross country body, but there are other key points and techniques that can help improve your performance. “Make sure to stretch out really well after your runs and try to eat a nice meal the night before.” senior Nina Dillard said. Emma Gillespie is the top runner for the ladies as she just finished eighth overall out of 162 people in the last meet at the Flashrock invitational at Northview Christian Life Church. “You definitely need a lot of dedication. This sport is nowhere near easy, so you have to love it to be able to succeed and improve in it,” said Dillard. “It takes a lot of persistence, and patience and positivity. To prepare for meets you want to make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day and the night before the race.” The girls practice everyday after school to prepare for their meets, while being accountable for each other’s successes and weaknesses. “At practice we always push each other and make sure when we see another struggling to help them keep going and not give up.” Dillard believes that, although physical fitness and preparation are important, mentally preparing for runs are also essential. “If you really want to succeed at the sport then you have to stay focused and keep a pushing and positive attitude,” Dillard said. “Not every run is going to be great and you’re not going to feel great during every run either. Try and run frequently, the more you run the more comfortable you get.” So far the Lady Tigers have taken two first place finishes, One at the LaVern Gibson state preview and one at the Roundup event at Pendleton High School. The cross country team head to the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course on Sept. 29.

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Senior forward Elliot Mozingo battles a Marion defender for the ball in a 5-2 victory. Photo by Elissa Mitchell

Soccer scores winning records Nate Albin


cross the state, FHS soccer fights for wins. Not only are the boys and girls varsity soccer teams working toward potential championships, but the JV and silver teams are demonstrating promise for the future of the program. Boys Soccer In the midst of a campaign working for postseason success, the boys team works under the guidance of first-year FHS coach, Phillip Schmidt. Schmidt has come to FHS after 12 years at Avon, and five years at Lutheran before that. “I wanted a new opportunity, a new challenge. I always knew that Fishers could be a great program,” Schmidt said. To the players, the coach switch has helped the team’s success. The boys have not given up more than two goals in a game. With their most recent wins, the team has already surpassed the win total of five from last year. The players reckon that the team is the best prepared it has been yet under the leadership of coach Schmidt. “Coach makes sure we’re prepared two or three hours before the game,” senior varsity forward Elliot Mozingo said. “We go through to find the strengths and weaknesses of the team we are playing.” The boys JV and silver teams improve with every game. Both teams have offenses capable of scoring multiple times a game. Both teams play with a defense that has proven they can completely shut down multiple opponents. For instance, their 5-0 silver team victory over Noblesville. during their campaign. The team has played in four games decided by one goal, and they have come out on top three times.


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The girls silver team prepares to defend a penalty kick by HSE in a 0-0 tie. Photo by Nate Albin.

Girls Soccer Girls varsity soccer at FHS has been caught up in many close battles during their campaign. The team has played in four games decided by one goal, and they have come out on top three times. One difference between this year’s team and other top FHS teams in years past is the youth. Of the 39 players on the team, 25 are either freshmen or sophomores. With there being so much young talent, the girls silver team has also seen success. They grabbed the attention of silver team coach Bill Laffin with how prepared they are for big games already. “This group of young ladies is much more game smart than previous years,” Laffin said. ‘They read game situations well and handle stress better. They learn mistakes quickly and take direction very well.” As well as success seen on the field, the girls say they have come together well off the field. After all coming from different soccer backgrounds before high school, the team has connected. “The team really communicates well on and off the field,” freshman Taylor Hamilton said. ‘‘Things like the bus rides are really fun.’’ Growth on the field has been evident as well. Laffin feels that every minute on the field can be used to improve and learn. “If this group of girls can continue for four more years together, I feel they will be a formidable opponent during conference play and the postseason,” Laffin said. All soccer teams are in the midst of winning seasons. Both varsity teams are working towards postseason success while the JV and silver teams believe they are on the right track for the future. The program has built the foundation for years to come. “The program looks very good going forward. It’s a program where kids not on varsity work hard to get there,” Mozingo said. Every team will be in action the week of Sept. 24. Girls and boys varsity sectionals begin in early October.

Freshman Zoe Robinson kicks the ball away from the charging Noblesville player in a 1-1 tie. Photo by Kaylee Demlow.


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Girls introduce young golfers to varsity team Lance Marshall


ith only three upperclassmen, the Lady Tigers varsity golf team has introduced a younger look for this season, surrounded by eight freshmen and one sophomore. “High school varsity golf is so different compared to junior high golf,” varsity freshmen Ellie Metzger said. “The competition and work ethic you need to compete do not even compare to junior high.” Last year’s team consisted of seven seniors who were able to contribute to a state finals appearance placing sixth out of 15 teams. Smith looks to repeat the success from last year with two juniors returning on the varsity line up. “Kaitlyn Brunnemer and Caitlyn Kim, our returning golfers, have been leading all season,” Smith said. “They are always exhibiting positive attitude and have included all of the other girls into our family.” Over the summer Brunnemer has been at her dad’s golf course hitting golf balls and practicing her putts on the putting green every day. Her season best for this year is a score of 40, but she hopes to break that. “A hard part about being one of the returning golfers is I was bumped up from JV to varsity this year,” Brunnemer said. “So the shift from different skill levels was a challenge I had to face.” The team practices five days a week at Gray Eagle golf course. At practices they hit balls on the range for an hour, then go into their short range game for the second half. “I love to be a role model for the underclassmen,” varsity senior Hannah Shafer said. “If they have any questions about golf or life, they know they can come to me and I will help them.” Coming to the end of the season, the Tigers stand at a 1-4 record, placing 18th at the Hall of Fame invite and a sixth place finish at the HCC championships. Smith mentioned to prepare for big matches he tries to get his players to focus on the positive outcomes for the day. “We are currently developing the young talent that has come into the program,” Smith said. The Tigers placed fourth in the Noblesville sectional shooting a season best of 390. Fourth place was not enough to advance the team to regionals, but Brunnemer and Kim placed in the top five individually allowing them to compete in regionals at the Edgewood Golf Club. Freshman Kaelyn Tai practices her swing before teeing off against HSE on Aug. 14. HSE defeated FHS 165-196. Photo by Mya Ball.

Sports Number 1 singles player, senior Nic Knoderer swings backhanded at a ball during a home match. He lost in two sets, 6-4, 6-2 against Zionsville on Sept. 11. Photo by Grace Vang.

Boys ace season Rebekah Shultz


fter winning sectionals last year, the boys tennis team expects to return with their new team. JV doubles players sophomore Luke Williams and junior Taha Mujahid both expect the tennis team to be ranked fifth in the state by the end of the season. They are currently ranked seventh in the state. The boys at the Hoosier Crossroads Conference tournament this season won first place, compared to last season when the boys placing third out of the seven teams. “I think that we have improved at our key spots including one singles which were a little shaky last year, but now we are more consistent,” senior singles player Marcus Luke said. The boys practice every day to prepare for their matches with varsity coach Dave Heffern and JV coach Matt Foley. “I really learn a lot from coach Heffern he’s a really great coach, coached for a long time, knows what he’s talking about. I really respect him,” Mujahid said. The boys won most of their matches this season, with senior Nic Knoderer being number one singles player. Knoderer won the singles match at the HCC championships. The team also has many improving players working up the ranks this season, such as junior Michael Ayres. “Both his on-the-court and off the court presence has improved greatly and his backhand stupendously adds spin,” Williams said. Another player improving this season is junior Nate Ohman, last year moving from eighth JV doubles to third JV doubles. The boys on the team want to improve their plays by being more consistent and to top last season at sectionals. “I am trying to improve as a tennis player while also building relationships with my friends for next year,” freshman Derek May said. As of Sept 17, the varsity boys record was one loss to Avon High School and wins against HSE, Park Tudor and Franklin Central. The boys continue in their quest to make sectionals on Sept 26.

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Senior Marcus Luke won his singles match against Zionsville in two sets, 6-2, 6-3 on Sept. 11. Photo by Grace Vang


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Games provide social atmosphere Janie Van Overwalle


heering fans scream and jump every Friday night as the football team competes against the opposing team on the field. Not always coming for the same reasons, a variety of students pack the football stands. Students like sophomore Morgan Casey come to the game to socialize with friends. Casey said that she decided to come to games, not to watch and enjoy football, but to get the entire high school experience. “I don’t know much about football, but I know the objective of the game, I’d like to know what’s going on, but it’s not a priority to me.” Casey said Students like senior Marcus Luke only attends to hang out with his friends. He also said he plays a sport limiting the amount of time he can hang out with them. “I don’t really know what’s going on during the games until people start cheering, which is when I start cheering,” Luke said. Luke and Casey believe most people go to these games to meet with friends whether they understand the game or not. Peers influence the number of students attending Friday night games. On the other hand, many students go to these games interested in the sport. Freshman Sam Syrus said he went to every varsity football game that his brother Will Syrus played in, which made him an expert on what was going on in the field. “Last year, I went to the games a hundred percent for the game because there were no eighth-graders that came to these football games,” Syrus said. Many students attend the first home games of the school year, as well as the Mudsock game. As the school year goes on, there are fewer students attending home games. Whether or not students go to the football games for the social aspect or watching the game, the crowd has an impact on the football players. “I love how everyone comes out to these games, it really helps my team play and perform,” varsity cornerback Jackson Dunn said. Students come together to cheer on their football team, bringing school spirit to these events. At the end of the night as the lights dim on the field, fans start to leave the stands ready for our next opponent.

Graphic by Ellie Albin and Janie Van Overwalle.

Students participate in a united cheer during the jersey-themed North Central game on Aug. 17. FHS lost 31-7. Photo by Alex Craig.


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High school sports too intense, students suffer Ellie Albin


ailgates abundant with goodies, chilly autumn breezes and cheers bouncing off metallic bleachers are just some of the joys that come with the fall sports season. However, the risk has become greater than the reward. As America’s college and professional sports culture becomes more intense, so does high school’s — and student athletes are suffering because of it. The renewed controversy came after a tragedy that occurred in May. University of Maryland student and offensive lineman Jordan McNair died due to complications from heat stroke at practice. After McNair’s death, ESPN reported that head football coach DJ Durkin was put on administrative leave due to reports of abusive behavior. The death sparked outrage, especially behind-the-scenes of one of the best high school football programs in the state of Georgia. Realizing that this event hit too close to home, Grayson High School football deemed the conditions of their own practices physically dangerous. Attempting to make a statement for their health and well-being, the entire squad walked out of practice in protest. This should be a poignant message to athletes in the HSE school district, an area that thrives on high school sports. According to CNBC, youth sporting programs are now a $7 billion industry, and that will continue to grow. Again, though - no matter how big the reward, the risk should not be a price any athlete or their family is willing to pay. Every four in 10 emergency room visits for 5- to 14- year olds can be accredited to serious sports injuries, ABC News shares, stating that the increase in injury comes from dedicating the majority of one’s life to sports. Whether they play one sport that practices every day or multiple sports that take up an equivalent amount of time, kids are not taking enough time off for their bodies to recover. While people are quick to blame contact sports such as football for the increase in injuries, all sports are prone to serious injury due to excessive training. In a $1.75 million study by the NCAA, it was discovered that athletes who wish to optimize their skills should practice 30 hours a week while in season and 18 hours a week in the offseason. This dedication often has a cost: poor academics. The same study found that college athletes tend to suffer more academically than non-athletes. Football and basketball averaged a 2.46 grade-point average, whereas the average of other college sports came in at 2.61. As high school sports become more intense and require longer hours and more training, it appears likely that the same low grade-point averages could affect high schoolers. According to the Los Angeles Times, the average high schooler has 17 hours of homework a week. This is on top of multiple hours of practices and games. It is time for the school district to step in. Limitations on how many hours an athlete can practice should be set in order for students to avoid further injury and poor grades. Sports are becoming increasing valued in today’s society, but the risk to students’ health and academics is too strong and the reward is too litte.

Senior quarterback Jon Vore suffers from an injury to his knee that removed him from the game against Pike on Aug. 24. FHS beat Pike 31-14. Vore has not played in a game since his injury. Photo by Mya Ball.


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Sept. 24, 2018

Art brings color to school Ashley Steele


oices harmonizing, paintbrushes swirling colors around a canvas and musicians playing instruments to the beat of a conductor’s hands cover a few of the events that occur in art classes offered at schools. Art means something different to everyone due to the numerous forms that exist today. But there lies a similarity between all the forms: a creative outlet. Medical News Today, a health-related news website, reported a correlation between using a creative outlet and having better mental health, a positive outlook and a brain boost. Despite rules for projects in these classes appearing as a restriction on how creative students may be, they provide students with real life experiences. Some of which include finishing projects by a certain date, and communicating with classmates and their teacher. Regardless of whether they decide to pursue an art career, these classes give students practice with the challenge of creatively solving problems with constraints on what they are allowed to do. College Board states that art credits help people recognize patterns, notice differences and similarities, and exercise their mind. However, many people believe art classes waste space in their schedule, but most colleges recommend if not require taking one to two semesters of art classes according to College Board. People against required art classes state that it does not relate to core classes. However, art classes have been proven to strengthen skills related to these classes. “Learning to Think Critically: a Visual Art Experiment” published by Sage Publications found greater critical thinking skills associated with art education. In addition to this, Arts Education Partnership discovered boosted motivation and engagement among students taking art. All of these skills are necessities to STEM classes. There has been a push to change school’s approach from STEM to STEAM to focus on a greater art presence in classrooms. Jobs in several STEM careers believe art and creativity go handin-hand within them. Some of these careers include computer scientist, video game designer and architect. Art credits also provide people with social benefits. The U.S. Department of Education found that these increase self-efficacy and self-esteem while ArtsEdSearch, a research group, found that art programs decrease “withdrawal, social anxiety and aggression.” While not everyone wants to take art classes, creativity is being integrated into many careers. On top of this, art provides social and educational benefits which makes taking these classes essential to people’s futures.

“Art credits should be required because they are just as important as math or science and art classes help you understand the world better.” - Mia Stahl, 11

“Math and science are valued over art which should be just as appreciated. Also art is in everyoneʼs everyday life.” - Lisa Harrington, 12

“It allows for self expression for students and helps them find their inner truth.” - Jace Hughes, 11

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Art not applicable, adds stress Hallie Gallinat


ine arts give students a way to express themselves and a break from standard core classes. But in order to graduate with an academic honors diploma, students have no choice when it comes to taking an fine arts class. Art classes can be an outlet for creativity, but limits, directions and even the teacher’s opinion restrict the student. The student may pour his or her heart into a piece, but the teacher gives them a low grade because the student did not shade properly. Art is subjective and hard to place a grade on. What may look like an expressive or abstract piece to the student may look like a collection of dots to the teacher. With these restrictions, it defeats the purpose of these classes serving as a creative outlet. Some students may not want the creative outlet, as they struggle with fine arts and excel with STEM classes. They would rather take electives that go deeper into their area of study. However, instead of expanding their knowledge of math or technology, they have to take an unwanted art class. This leaves them with having to take a semester of a class they struggle at just to graduate with an academic honors diploma. This same argument can be applied to subjects such as math and science. But, math and science skills play crucial roles in jobs, whereas art skills normally do not apply. When defending fine arts, a common assertion says that art and music boost other areas of education. For example, the Mozart Effect theory stated that if a student listened to ten minutes of Mozart music, their spatial skills would increase in other subjects, says the National Center for Biotechnology Information. However, a study called Project Zero conducted at the Harvard Graduate School of Education found that fine arts education does not directly correlate with improvement in other areas of education and the Mozart Effect has since been debunked. When a school suffers budget cuts, fine arts programs get cut first. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, art and music get cut first because fine arts do not fit in the core classes. On the other hand, schools can spend too much time on fine arts and not enough time on critical skills needed. In an article published by the Victoria Advocate, a Texas newspaper, a previous teacher stated that fine arts are necessary, but resources could be better spent on skills that would assist students in life. Fine arts can be a means of expression, but when forced upon the student and limited, this can negatively affect their outlook on fine arts.

“While art classes can be pretty important, some people donʼt have the talent to do art and some people arenʼt interested in art, so they shouldnʼt be forced to take an art class to graduate when it should just be suggested but not required.” - Emma McWilliams, 11

“Art classes donʼt improve our academic ability. Itʼs not like math or science or English where we have to know it. Art should just be something we could take for fun.” - Lydia Bieleki, 9

Photos and graphics by Helen Rummel.

“I think that some people donʼt like art. I donʼt have a problem with it personally, Iʼm just not that good at it. But if I had to have an entire semester of a class that Iʼm not good at or donʼt like very much, I donʼt really see the point in that.” - Carter Chance, 10


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Sept. 24, 2018

Mixing of districts by GOP weakens voting power

Sydney Greenwood


oting is a fundamental right. The Founding Fathers decreed that the colonies should separate from Great Britain based upon unequal representation. Over time, this right has been bestowed upon minorities and if we are to learn one lesson from this, it is that the right to vote should be cherished. Gerrymandering, when politicians purposefully alter district maps so that they can influence elections in favor of their party, allows for the votes of some to be stronger than others. “We hold these truths to be selfevident, that all men are created equal.” These words, which held the power to split a mother country from its colonies, were true in 1776 and it should be true now more than ever. District maps can be redrawn unequally in two ways: racial and partisan. Racial gerrymandering is used to give minorities a stronger voice in the government. For example, there are 100 voters divided into four districts and 20 people are identified as minorities. One way to draw the districts is to split up the 20 minorities among the four districts. With only five voices against 20, their views will never be heard. All four of the representatives will represent the majority. This is an example of cracking, when a group of voters are spread into several districts and are unable to reach a majority. Unfortunately, an example of this is seen in the current Indiana legislative maps that were created in 2011. The legislative maps were drawn by a General Assembly controlled by the Republicans and were approved by Republican Governor Mitch Daniels. Many Senate districts that center in Indianapolis are composed of mostly Republican suburbs with small slivers of Democratic Indianapolis. If the Senate Districts were kept within Indianapolis city limits, another six seats would be given to the Democrats, according to state senator and Democrat Karen Tallian. In Indiana, it is undeniable that the GOP Graphic by Sydney Greenwood.

has control. They have 74 percent of the elected positions, as well as the governorship, the lieutenant governorship, the secretary of state, the treasurer of state, the auditor of state, the attorney general, and the superintendent of public instruction. House Republicans in 2012 numbered 69, then in 2014, 71, and now 70. Republicans in the Senate total 33 in 2010, then 37 in 2014, and now 41, according to the Northwest Indiana Times. This steady increase in representation can only be attributed to gerrymandering. First, vote tallies for the Republicans in statewide races are surprisingly less than the number of seats that the GOP holds. Current Governor Eric Holcomb won 51 percent, U.S. Senator Todd Young won 52 percent, and President Donald Trump won 57 percent of the vote. Yet, 70 percent of the General Assembly in the House is Republican and 82 percent of the Senate General Assembly is Democrat. The Indiana Congressional delegation is 78 percent Republican, and these percentages are not lining up with the statewide percentages won by Governor Holcomb, Senator Young, or President Trump. The efficiency gap, a measurement tool used to determine if gerrymandering has occurred, only further credits the GOP’s success in gaining seats to gerrymandering. It counts the number of votes wasted by each party. For example, the Republican margin after winning was 7.6 percent and should result in 65 seats, but they control 70. In the nine U.S. House districts, Republicans won 58.6 percent and Democrats received 41.4 percent. This should mean a 6-3 partisan split, but the Republicans enjoy the upper hand of a 7-2 split. Clearly, the GOP is gerrymandering in order to control Indiana government and they are getting away with it. They are diluting the power of votes. In a democracy, our voice, our vote, may be the only power that we as individuals hold. Against the stature of an imposing government, our single vote may not seem like much, and if we allow the GOP to continue to gerrymander, our one vote, our inalienable right, will shrivel and die.

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Internet acts as judge, jury, harasser Ethan O’Sullivan


ecent discussion regarding a student’s controversial social media post highlights a trend that I have witnessed constantly within our school and larger communities. Social media has made the court of public opinion far more destructive than a court of law. A courtroom, not a chatroom, rules someone guilty of a crime. Someone’s fate should not be decided by mob justice on the internet- that is exactly why we have a legal system. When facts are missing from a narrative, social media too often enables speculation to fill in those gaps. When that speculation spreads around from user to user, it turns into an assumption. For example, when pop star Mac Miller died of a drug overdose on Sept. 7, hundreds of fans assumed that his ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande was somehow to blame, since Miller had struggled with drug abuse while they dated. The harassment was so severe that she disabled comments on her Instagram. Random social media users cannot possibly have a full understanding of their relationship, yet they made accusations so bold as to blame Grande for the death of the man she once loved. Even if he was struggling, her love does not guarantee any obligation for her to date him indefinitely, and it is ludicrous that she could be held responsible for decisions he made. Narratives about celebrities favor a different kind of story. We want to see


Across America,

of students report having been cyberbullied at some point. Source: National Voices for Equality, Education and Enlightenment. Graphic by Ethan O’Sullivan.

them as perfect, unstoppable people who can live in happiness without making sacrifices to get there. The facts tend to be warped to fit the stories, not vice versa, so there ends up being countless narratives that share similarities. In most of these stories, there is always a villain. An Instagram account called @f.activist, run by several people who do not even attend FHS, made a post calling for their audience to harass a student online and share information about them with other users. “The school [they] go to doesn’t ‘know all the facts’ and is currently on hold to take any action,” the post reads. “I guess it’s left to social media. Spread the word.” That sums up the problem in a nutshell. For better or worse, social media is about convenience. It allows us to keep up to date with the people around us, but it also gives less noble intentions an easy outlet to fall back on. That explains the rise of cyberbullying. We crave instant gratification, and when someone is unsatisfied with how authorities address issues in the real world, they can address it themslves from behind their screen. Accounts like @f.activist are often responsible for blowing stories out of proportion. They associate themselves with activist communities like Black Lives Matter and feminism, but those accounts are not officially endorsed and barely follow the philosophies. They call themselves activists, but all I see are a handful of bullies trying to pass off their petty harassment as justice. On the internet, narratives tend to prevail over facts. To improve it, we need to care more about the facts. We cannot presume to know a story’s full extent after seeing just a few captions and pictures to sum it up. Not all narratives are inherently false, but social media is a flawed tool to judge, jury, and sentence someone. It is natural and healthy to speculate about the things we encounter, but we need to keep that speculation under control and never take it for granted. We also need to keep in mind who we hear it from. We need to take a closer look at the person telling the story and consider how much they witnessed firsthand, as well as how much of it they can actually prove. You can use the internet to understand standard deviation and the history of the Ottoman Empire, but you cannot use it to fully understand a person. Chances are that in all the internet’s narratives, even the heroes among us play the villains in someone else’s life. Quoting Donald Glover, a personal role model of mine, in his tribute to Mac Miller: “They’ll make a narrative about you, but we’re all way too complex to be a narrative. Everyone is too big to fit in a box.”


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Sept. 24, 2018

Should student-run businesses be respected like long-term careers?

7: Yes 1: No

STAFF Editor-in-Chief: Helen Rummel Copy Editor: Ashley Steele Web/News Editor: Ethan OʼSullivan Features Editor: John Yun Arts & Culture Editor: Carson Lilley Sports Editor: Ellie Albin Social Media Editor: Lance Marshall Unity Director: Hallie Gallinat Cartoonist Olivia Buchtenkirch Reporters Nate Albin, Andrew Bauer, Sam Bauer, Marie Gabbard, Ben McHenry, Curren Gauss, Sydney Greenwood, Mari Kanter, Tony Martinez, Grace Mossing, Rebekah Shultz, Janie Van Overwalle, Katie Wiseman Photographers Kaylee Demlow, Nya Thorton, Grace Vang, Mya Ball, Elissa Mitchell Principal Jason Urban Adviser Kristine Brown Associations IHSPA CSPA NSPA Quill and Scroll Printer: AIM Media

Student hobbies have potential to open up job opportunities


s students, we hear it time and time again from our parents and mentors, “Absolutely nothing is stopping you.” The phrase gets thrown around in hopes of combating laziness, to push us further. We are lucky enough to live in a country that provides endless resources to reach our full potential. However, there are some students who take it much further, taking a risk and potentially starting a career for themselves early [See pp. 22-23]. Instead of criticizing, perhaps we should celebrate young people brave enough to take a competitive world head on. Many students decide to transform their artistic hobbies into part-time, paid occupations once they begin high school. We see a variety of options, from photography to music to performing arts. Many times these students are traditionally taught, but some are self-taught and determined to excel, perfect examples of students who take their learning beyond the classroom. They harness their passion to create something that shapes their future. However, they are generally met with disapproval in an attempt to scare them away from potential failure. Dismissing a high schooler that has a unique choice in occupation is easy to do and would even make sense, if we were living 20 years ago. When people did not have access to a world wide means of advertising, only a few could gather enough publicity to be successful. In this ever-changing job climate, it has become possible for someone to be their own manager, educator and publicist [See p. 25]. However, not everyone is willing to take that risk and this is why the ones who do should be met with admiration. For example, the Launch Fishers High School Fellowship works to support student entrepreneurs in the community and give them opportunities to grow within local businesses. With the advancements in recent technology, the playing field in the job world has become much more even. The Pew Research Center found that as many as 10 percent of workers in the U.S. are self-employed, and as time continues, it would be reasonable to assume this would only increase along with the growth of technology. Some might argue that students who make money off their passions steal from those who have a professional background in it. However, many of these professionals cannot provide their services at costs that everyone can afford. It would be unrealistic to expect them to since many join larger companies. Students can provide these services for less because they lack something that all professionals have: experience. On top of that, they generally have less expensive equipment and do not have to function as a complete business. In schools we learn to accept new ideas with enthusiasm. We teach that big ideas are not destined to fail; they just require more grit. The hard work will pay off. As world-famous entrepreneur Steve Jobs advised, “sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” Student entrepreneurs may face many hardships, but we should not let our judgment be their barrier.

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What do you mean just a photographer?

Graphic by Olivia Buchtenkirch

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Sept. 24, 2018


Across 2. Aside from exercise, the Meyers believe that no good cross country runner can skip ____. 5. Place where two golfers competed without their team during regionals. 9. There are four 3D printers available for student use in the ____. 10. Gerrymandering occurs when this common voting management method is done with racial or partisan intentions. 11. Last name of Renaissance artist that Tiago Pretel da Costa draws inspiration from. 12. Opposite of the last name of the senior class Vice President. Down 1. In a football game, a field goal is worth ____ as many points as a touchdown. 3. Job performed by announcements students that is also shares three successive letters with the word ‘lounge.’ 4. Job area projected to grow by 50% within the coming years. 6. Team that senior Jon Vore was playing against when he sustained an injury to his knee, removing him from several games. 7. Most teens say that they can relate to content creators more than than other celebrities or even their _____. 8. Proposed alternative to STEM education, which is the also name for the gaseous form of water.

Tiger Topics N the Red: Volume XIII, Issue 1  
Tiger Topics N the Red: Volume XIII, Issue 1