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LAST TIME: Several students walk to their homes after a long day at school. Many students who lived in the old walk zones complained about the trip to school. As a result of the new bus route policy next year that eliminates the mandatory walk zones, buses will be provided to students living in the old walk zones.

“I think (the decision) is tight because I didn’t like walking. I think it is a good idea because walking was a hassle. No matter what the weather was, I didn’t like it. I think it will help students like me.” -Daniel Auer

Mandatory zones deleted, but students can still opt to walk to school BY MICHAEL WANG


istening to reggae or hip hop music on his iPod, sophomore Daniel Auer would walk the routine 10to-15-minutes trip to school. Last year, Auer lived in downtown Carmel, which was in close proximity to the school. His house was located in an area that was designated as a walk zone, so riding the bus was not an option for him. As a result, it was mandatory for him to obtain his own transportation to school, so he decided to walk. “The buses wouldn’t come into my area because it was part of the old walk zone,” Auer said. However, next year there will be a new policy implemented that will affect students like Auer who live in a walk zone. According to Superintendent Barbara Underwood, beginning next

school year, bus transportation will be offered to all students. This was approved by the school board during October of last year. Underwood said she proposed the idea after hearing concerns from parents who had children living in the walk zones. Beverly Gilbert, transportation employee and mother of children living in the old walk zones, remains skeptical about the new policy. She said, “I am personally not too fond of the new policy removing the old walk zones. It’s going to cost a lot of money, and I think that that money can be used in other areas more effectively and can have a bigger impact in a different area.” Ron Farrand, director of facilities and transportation, said there was a committee comprised of parents that met to discuss revising the current walk zones. He said, “As a part of the committee’s

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work (the members of the committee) heard input from other parents from around the school corporation. There was opposition to walk zones. As a result of the public input, (Underwood) recommended to the Board of School Trustees that walk zones be eliminated for the (next) year school.” According to Underwood, the new policy will begin next year because it will require until next year to change bus routes and to buy new buses. Farrand, who is in charge of the route planning and bus purchasing procedures, said, “We do our route planning during the summer. We will look at all routes and either add on to existing routes, rework existing routes or add new routes. New buses are purchased as part of our annual Bus Replacement Fund. We have placed our order for new buses, which will arrive this summer. We are adding 12 full buses at a cost of about

Sweeping her hair back, sophomore Su Cho kept her eyes focused on the sewing machine and maintained a steady hand, careful to stitch every seam carefully. “This is my first year in the fashion (and textile foundations) class. I went to the fashion show last year, and the class just looked interesting,” Cho said. Today, the 11th annual fashion show will take place in the auditorium during SRT. According to fashion teacher Judy Fisher, she expects 1,300 students in attendance this year. The tickets were free and will act as a pass out of SRT, but people had to get one from a student in a fashion class. Fisher said, “When I began teaching at (this school), I started the tradition of having a fashion show. It has grown over the years. The first one was held in the cafeteria. After three years, it was moved to the auditorium where it is now held. I started the fashion show because I wanted the student body here to see the unbelievable talent and creativity of their peers in the fashion and textiles classes. It is really very similar to the


COMING UP IN CONCERT Sheryl Crow June 2, 7:30 p.m. The Lawn at White River



STRIKE THE CYMBALS: Joe Bennett, marching band member and junior, plays percussion during this school year. The band began its season officially with a rehearsal on April 24 and will continue practicing for many hours during the day over the summer, according to band director Chris Kreke.

Natasha Bedingfield June 3, 7:30 p.m. Murat Center Death Cab for Cuties June 14, 7:30 p.m. The Lawn at White River Level: medium

“I support the old walk zones. I live in Avian Glen (which was in an old walk zone), and I have kids who go to Carmel schools. I thought it was good for them to walk. They got exercise, and it made more sense for them to walk.” -Beverly Gilbert

Fashion show to highlight design talent BY TIM CHAI


$100,000 each.” In addition to the 12 buses, Farrand said, “This year we did consolidate some existing routes, which resulted in about six available drivers, so we would need an additional six drivers.” In regards to this new policy, Underwood said, “Many parents are very pleased that their children will not have to walk.” However, she added that though buses will be available for everyone, even for those students who used to live in the old walk zones, students are not required to ride a bus to school. They can still walk, ride a bike, drive or receive a ride from their parents to go to school. “There is really (no) reason for anyone to object to the change.” Underwood said. They should be grateful for that.”


popular TV show Project Runway.” Fisher said there will be about 250 students modeling over 750 garments in the exhibit. She said, “There is a wide range of designs this year. The students will model prom gowns, jeans, blazers and crop jackets, tank tops, winter coats, pencil skirts, skinny pants, Homecoming dresses, bathrobes, blouses (and) hoodies. Many of the garments may be worn to school, but many are meant to be worn outside of school hours and therefore do not adhere to (this school’s) dress code. “This year’s garments mirror the trends in the stores including lots of necklines with soft gathers. The color palette this year is focusing on bright colors and jewel tones. The silhouettes are very soft and feminine.” According to Fisher, attending the fashion show is something every student at this school should do. “When you enter one of the sewing labs, you can actually feel the creativity of the students in the air. The highlight of my job is seeing the finished creations because they are truly one of kind originals.” Cho said, “My friends are coming, and I’m excited to show them what I’ve accomplished this year. It’s going to be so much fun.”

DESIGN YOUR OWN STEP 1: Go through magazines to find a style that you like. STEP 2: Go to fabric stores like Jo-ann’s and Michael’s to pick out fabrics and trims. STEP 3: Pick out a pattern as a template for your design. STEP 4: Follow your pattern and construct the garment. STEP 5: Customize garment to individual tastes.

“They will send us the meat they don’t eat.” –Kim Dong-Yun, South Korean retiree, protesting his government’s decision to resume U.S. beef imports despite concerns about mad cow disease “We have lit the torch on top of the world.” –Chinese climber who took the Olympic flame to the top of Mount Everest “A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she’s in hot water.” –Hillary Clinton during a campaign stop in West Virginia “The gold medal, all those people cheering, that was part of another world. In jail, my status is gone.” -Tim Montgomery before being sentenced to four years in prison “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, except in Hollywood: It’s whoever says what is beautiful.” -Actress Raven-Symone Pearman on comments criticizing her figure “If I can’t give 100 percent, I don’t want to give any.” - Professional golfer Annika Sorenstam on her retirement from the LPGA last Tuesday


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Class Day to bid farewell to seniors FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE

New GKOM members selected for upcoming school year

Today Period 8: Senior finals

Tomorrow Period 1: Senior finals Period 2: Senior finals Period 4: Senior finals

Tuesday Period 5: Senior finals Period 7: 9-12 finals Period 8: Senior Class Day Rehearsal EVELYN FORBES / PHOTO

PREPARATION FOR KICK-OFF: Kathleen Overbeck, GKOM sponsor and English teacher, discusses which color paper to use for GKOM Training Day pamphlets with senior Whitney Blew. Training Day, which took place on May 16, prepared the 20082009 school year’s GKOMs to mentor the incoming freshmen. Although over 500 students applied to become a GKOM next year, only 240 of those were accepted. GKOMs will meet with their freshmen SRTs on Freshman Kick-off Day Aug. 8 and will meet periodically with the classes for the rest of the school year in approximately five GKOM meetings.

WRAP finishing annual publication, recruiting members for next year While the Writers, Readers, Artists and Performers Club (WRAP) has concluded its regularly scheduled meetings, the club is still busy with end-of-the-year events, such as publishing WRAP Writes, the annual publication that features work from members and contributors. This year, the club has focused on letting participants in on meeting and activity dates sooner, and to aid in that goal members have launched of a new Web site. Connie Mitchell, club sponsor and media specialist, said she is especially excited about the Web site because of the amount of detail able to go there, as opposed to a short announcement. Mitchell said that the new site brings ease for club members, as well as herself. As the club looks to next year’s events, Kay Campbell, club member and sophomore, said the club is always recruiting new members who wish to express their creativity in a “fun, encouraging atmosphere.” Any student with a talent to share is welcome, she said, and is urged to bring friends, should they decide to join next school year. “Anyone who wants to hear opinions on their writing, or whatever talent they wish to share, is welcome,” Campbell said. “Even if you’re shy, our group is open to new ideas whenever we hear them.” By Monica Rice

Student Athletic Board members selected, preparing for next year Elizabeth Lucich, first year Student Athletic Board member and junior, finished her final visits to her assigned elementary school, discussing the last RICHER principle. She said that the acronym RICHER, standing for respect, integrity, caring, harmony, excellence and responsibility, is a good way to start students early on learning good sportsmanship. She said, “I think it’s really important for us to be role models and maybe we can have an effect on their lives.” Applicants have received their letter to announce if they made the Student Athletic Board next year or not. This year sponsor Jennifer Marlow said that there were over 70 applicants and 30 were chosen to be part of the program. “Every year more people apply. It is a neat program to be involved in and continue to make a difference in kids’ lives,” she said. Lucich applied again for the program and was selected for next year. She said that she is looking forward to continuing to work with the elementary students. Marlow said that there have been five actively participating elementary schools this year with most of these on sixth visit. She said Student Athletic Board had hoped more would want to get involved with the program. As Marlow looks ahead to next school year, she said she plans to email the emementary schools in the fall to see who is interested. “(The program) is going well, and hopefully it will continue to grow,” Marlow said. By Brittani Wheeler

CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS From the 5.1 ISSUE “Stoked for ’stock” (Page B1): Junior Jackson Elliott’s grade was incorrect and his name was mispelled. “Flying High” (Page B7): In the top photo, senior Justin Lowe was not about to take off. He also said that “To get your license, you have to do two crosscountries: one with two legs and one with three legs. The HiLite staff strives for accuracy and regrets any errors. Corrections and clarifications are printed on Page 2 of each issue.



FINAL FAREWELL: Principal John Williams unveils the upcoming Class Day plans at a teacher meeting during SRT. This will be the first year for the start of Senior Class Day, a graduation ceremony that the entire school will have the opportunity to attend. Seniors will be recognized for accomplishments while juniors will take their places.

Senior Class Day takes place this Wednesday to honor, serve as a goodbye for the seniors BY MIN QIAO On Wednesday, this school will conduct an all-school convocation honoring the graduating class. According to Student body president and senior Dan Frascella, the ceremony will be held down at the football stadium and it will serve as a goodbye-service to the seniors. The new addition of Class Day to this year’s long list of changes ushers in an innovative tradition in the usual graduation process. It will give seniors half a day off following dismissal of Class Day, opposed to

the previous graduation schedule. “(Principal John) Williams and a lot of the administration and I think students too, all agree that we’ve never really done a good job of saying goodbye to our seniors. It was just, like, the last day of school, everybody graduates and a lot of the accomplishments of the senior class go unrecognized,” Frascella said. “There was generally not a big emphasis on the Senior Class.” Speaker of the House and senior David Joest said that Senior Class Day was a popular tradition at Principal Williams’ old school in Evansville and it is something that

CLASS DAY SCHEDULE 9:45: John Williams, Introductions 10:00: Student Body President and Speaker of the House year in review - “Take With You What You Leave Behind” Class of 2008 10:10: Senior class president presents senior gift to school 10:15: Seniors circle track, juniors take place on field sing “Senior Song” performed by CHS choirs 10:30: Student body president passes down gavel and new student body president elect dismisses students back to class

10:35: Dismissal, grades 9-11 report to CHS via trail Seniors go home AMY SKEENS-BENTON / SOURCE

Williams has been wanting to bring to CHS for quite a while. “The timing was just right. We had just moved commencement (from Verizon Wireless Music Center to Pepsi Coliseum) and we’d actually been having the discussions about doing something like this for two to three years.” Williams said. “We had always felt uncomfortable with how we ended the year with our seniors. It wasn’t right for them to just stop coming to school. We should really honor all their accomplishments and the legacy they’re leaving behind. What better class than this one to have this farewell.” Frascella said that the Senior Class Day is a graduation ceremony geared toward students. In the past, students and parents were a part of the celebration. Class Day will focus on recognizing all of the seniors who are moving on to the next step. Instead of reading the names of all the seniors, they are going to recognize some of the big scholarship winners and also some of the things that the senior class has accomplished, including State championships. “We are going to hear from some senior leaders like class president, myself and David Joest,” Frascella said. “There is going to be some student speeches, some recognition for special accomplishments. There is going to be a ceremonial changing of the guards. The seniors will leave their seats on the football field and then the juniors will take their

Period 5: 9-11 finals, Senior breakfast Period 7: Class Day Period 8: 9-11 finals

Thursday Period 1: 9-11 finals, Senior rehearsal Period 2: 9-11 finals, Senior rehearsal

May 30 Period 3: 9-11 finals Period 4: 9-11 finals AMY SKEENS-BENTON / SOURCE (places) to symbolize the changing of the classes.” According to Frascella, however, some individuals are still a little skeptical about the upcoming Class Day event. He added, “Also, it will be good for the seniors because they will finally get some recognition for what they’ve done and all the work that they’ve put in these four years.” Williams said, “It probably would have been easier to not do anything, but all the great traditions at our school took a lot of hard work and overcoming a set of problems.” Joest said he agrees with this sentiment and said he also believes that senior class day will be a tradition that will last for years to come. “We’re all just holding our breath right now. It’s not like we’re reinventing the wheel here because many high schools do something like this, but it’s new for us, and it can be difficult to adjust to change sometimes.” Williams said. “It’s a pretty cool event for the school,” Joest said. “I would hope that it would bring the school together one last time before the Class of 2008 departs for wherever each student is headed.” With additional reporting by Jaclyn Chen

Moodle raises security questions Program saves hassle by allowing students to log onto H-drive at home, but accessing accounts becomes easier HOW TO ACCESS MOODLE 1 Go to http:// moodle.ccs.k12. 2 Click on “Login” in upper right 3 Login using regular school username and password 4 Click on “My H Drive” under “Network Access” 5 When prompted, login again using school username and password CHS WEB SITE / SOURCE

BY MICHELLE HU Sophomore Nishanth Samala has never earned a degree in computer hacking. He has also never worked on a security system for a professional or public company. However, Samala is not an ordinary computer whiz. He takes an AP Computer Science course and is currently on the school’s Web team. He knows his home computers inside and out. Though he said he has never done it, he knows how to bypass some of the complicated security measures that professionals set. And that security is a growing concern here as more information and resources are becoming available online. Recently, this school released a new network to its students called Moodle, where students perform numerous tasks from home computers. Most helpful, however, is the ability for students to access their personal files at school from a private computer. Communications department chairperson Bonnie Grimble said, “It’s a tremendous tool and a tremendous opportunity to be able to look and share your work from more than just school.” Though this new development saves time and effort, there are new issues that arise. A serious issue that can occur is the sabotage of private

information, usually documents or assignments for courses. In fact, accessing someone else’s account is as easy as knowing their full names and ID numbers. Terry Howell, technology supervisor for Carmel Clay Schools, said that the most serious security breaches that he cannot prevent are through “social engineering,” when someone gains information through personal contact. This can be through calling a secretary and impersonating a tech support employee or students giving strangers personal information through various means of communication. “The weakest link is the person,” Howell said. Usually, the school would be able to track down who compromised the system’s security, but sometimes that ability is made obsolete. “I think (Moodle is) insecure,” Samala said, “because if someone knew another person’s password, they can get in and the school wouldn’t know who did it because it’s an outside computer from the school network.” However, the school system is now able to keep track of who is using Moodle. According to Howell, Moodle does have the ability to track certain computers’ IP addresses, depending on the system. He said, “We do have mechanisms in place to help log information.”


REMOTE ACCESS: Sophomore Nishanth Samala demonstrates how to access his H-drive using Moodle from his house. Easy access from the new network has become a security issue because it is impossible to track down who logs on to which accounts.

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FCCLA sponsors Relay for Life to support cancer research BY ERUM RIZVI Gauri Bajpai, Family Career and Community Leaders of America Club (FCCLA) member and senior, said that she is excited for Relay for Life, which will be the club’s next event coming up at this school. According to Bajpai, who was the Indiana chapter’s former vice president, the event will be a 24-hour team event from June 7 to June 8 to support those who are survivors and to commemorate those who have been lost to cancer. The relay team members will alternate with one another to walk or run around the track for the entire event. There will be teams of eight to 15 people and they will select a captain to set a team goal of how much money they would like to raise.

5 W’s of Relay for Life What: A 24-hour walk to support those who are survivors and those who have been lost to cancer When: June 7 at 10 a.m. to June 8 at 10 a.m. Where: CHS track Why: To help save lives, help those touched by cancer and empower people to fight this disease all over the world How: Relay for Life is made posssible by the American Cancer Society BROOKE WEEKES / SOURCE

Every member will take their respective turns on the path before those who are waiting for their turn can take part in the activities scheduled around the track. “This event will be a lot of fun and at the same time, we will be fund-raising for a great cause,” Bajpai said. According to the American Cancer Society, over 1 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year and over 1,500 lives will be lost to cancer today. Cancer today is the prevalent cause of approximately 22.8 percent of deaths in the United States which was recorded in a recent survey by The National Center for Health Statistics. According to FCCLA sponsor Brooke Weekes, she believes Relay for Life is a great event for anyone who wants to help out on a cause that can make such an immense difference. According to Weekes, the club sold moons and stars for $1 each, beaded bracelets for $5 and luminaria bags for $10 until May 2 at CHS. Weekes said that there are many events and activities scheduled throughout the 24-hour period from a survivor’s brunch, a luminaria ceremony to a carnival. Anyone who wants more information can see Weekes for a team packet and teams may register online at Relay for Life is a national event made possible by the American Cancer Society, but high schools host the event yearly. It is a community event consisting of people representing many different organizations, businesses, schools and other groups. According to Bajpai, the FCCLA national officers decided to take part in the event for the third year as it displays what the club is about. “I think that this event will really bring everyone in the community together as a whole,” Bajpai said. Weekes said, “Relay for life is a bittersweet event. Everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer in some way, so it is a way to remember those lost and recognize those personal battles. “It’s also a celebration for those who have survived cancer and a powerful way to band together as a community to show that we’re going to continue to fight the cancer battle. This is probably one of the most meaningful events our FCCLA chapter gets involved in and every year it gets better.”


BRAIN POWER: Steven Brisley, FCCLA president and sophomore, brainstorms with club members about activities to host during Relay for Life. The 24-hour fund-raiser, which will function as a celebration for cancer survivors and a commemoration for cancer victims, will give all profits to the American Cancer Society for research purposes.

Historic Travel Club sponsors annual tour of Europe Students and several teacher chaperones will travel to various European nations for 10-day excursion including areas of historical interest BY MARIA LAMAGNA


What we’re most looking forward to is the same thing we always look forward to: the excitement of the kids when they see these famous historic sites. It’s kind of like (seeing) a kid at Christmas.

unior Alexa “Lexi” Myers has never traveled outside of the country, but on June 2 that will change. Myers, along with 36 other students from this school, will take a tour of Europe as part of the Historic Travel Club’s annual trip. “I’ve never been out of the country before,” Myers said. “I heard about the trip from (U.S. History teacher Will) Ellery because he’s my block teacher. He’s been talking about it all year.” Myers and the other students will tour in a group led by Ellery, along with world history teacher Jennifer Ott, chemistry teacher Jennifer Marlow and AP Biology teacher Thomas Maxam. They will drive by bus to Chicago and then fly from Chicago to Switzerland. Myers said that her arrival is what she looks forward to most. “We are going dog sledding in the Alps (in Switzerland),” she said. “We’re also doing luge riding and hiking a glacier. Mr. Ellery said he likes to do the outdoor things first because we’ll be tired from the time change.” In Switzerland, the students will also go white water rafting and hike to Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc. Ellery has been primarily in charge of organizing the trip. He has taken an annual tour of Europe every summer for 10 years and he taught history at this school for the past three years; he has taken students on similar trips for each of these summers. Ellery said that to be part of the Historic Travel Club and take the trip, students do not necessarily need to be enrolled in a specific social studies course. “They had to come to the meetings,” Ellery said. “The intention of the club is international historic travel.” Myers said that she and the other students are responsible for some preparation before they leave. “Mr. Ellery told us that if we find something we want to go see when we’re there, we’ll try to find time to do it,” she said. “They also told us to research everywhere we’re going so that when we’re there, we’ll appreciate it more.” Ellery said that research will help the students learn about the places they will visit but might also encourage them to explore more of Europe by choice. “For some of the students, if they happen to have me (as their history teacher),” Ellery said, “they would have already been assigned specific things to research. There will be places that we’ll take them all to, and then other places they want to visit that interest them. We’ll do all the ‘have-to’s, like the


VIVA L’ITALIA: History teacher Jennifer Ott (fourth from left) poses with her group from the Historic Travel Club in front of the Colosseum in Rome. This year, she is returning to Europe with a new group of students to visit France and England, in addition to a brief skiing excursion in Switzerland. Cathedral of Notre Dame, but then some kids will choose to see different things like the Catacombs of Paris. It’s a combination of things you have to do and things that are unique to you.” After touring Switzerland and the Alps, Ellery said that the students will take a private motor coach to several cities in France, including Epinal, where they will visit a World War II cemetery and lay American flags by the graves of U.S. soldiers who died there. They will end their tour in Paris, where they will use the metro for transportation. They will return after their 10-day visit on June 11. Ellery said that he is looking forward to all aspects of the trip, especially seeing his students’ reactions as they discover the continent. “So much of this is new to the kids, and you form unique relationships with the kids,” Ellery

said. “I’ve said it reminds me of little kids coming down the stairs on Christmas, some of their reactions as they see things like the Eiffel Tower for the first time. These things that inspire awe in big kids are just like Christmas morning for little kids.” History teacher Jennifer Ott will go on the trip for her third time this year. She said that she most looks forward to seeing “Switzerland in general. We went to the Alps last year and it was phenomenal. Words can’t really describe it; you just have to experience it,” she said. Ellery said that he encourages students to take advantage of this opportunity for several reasons. “It’s just a great time to go,” Ellery said. “Some students tell me they plan to go after college or later in life, but as you get older you get tied up with a house, car payments, jobs, and those chances (to go to Europe) slip away.”

Ellery and Ott also said that since the group is able to receive student discounts for almost every expense, taking the trip will be much cheaper than traveling alone would be. Each student paid $3,700 to go this year, which includes airfare, hotel accommodations, transportation, admissions to sites and all meals except for lunch. Ellery and Ott said that the trip has been growing every year. There are already 10 students signed up to take the trip next year, which will be slightly different than the sites of this year’s trip. Ellery called next year’s expedition “the quintessential blend of culture of Western Europe and immense history.” Ott said that students should take advantage of next year’s trip if they missed out this year. “Right now is a good time to come in and talk to a teacher about it,” she said. “Going to Europe with a school group

makes so much sense. You’re going with people like Mr. Ellery who have already been to Europe several times and know how it works. Plus, you’re going with your friends and people who are responsible for you. If you go by yourself, you’re out of your comfort zone wholly.”

Points of Interest: Historic Travel Club Swiss Alps: Dog sledding Epinal, France: WWII cemetary to place flags on American soldiers’ graves WILL ELLERY / SOURCE

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Carmel Clay Public Library conducts reading program during summer Tessa Wilkerson, Teen Library Council member and sophomore, said she has participated in the Carmel Clay Public Library’s young adult summer reading program three or four times. “The summer reading program’s really cool because (the Teen Library Council) puts a lot of time into planning it, like we start planning the theme in January,” Wilkerson said. “We put a lot of thought into what the prizes should be and all that kind of stuff.” According to Hope Baugh, young adult ser vices manager at the CCPL, this year’s summer reading program will begin June 2 and end Aug. 6. The theme this year is “Reading: The Final Frontier.” “It was chosen to fit with the library-wide theme of adventures,” Baugh said. “(The Teen Library Council) imagined it as being kind of space-related.” Baugh said that although the theme changes every year, the structure of the program has remained the same. Participants keep track of the number of pages they read, and they receive a summer souvenir after they’ve read 100 pages and another souvenir after 200 pages. Participants receive a raffle ticket for every 100 pages they read after that. Baugh said most of the raffle prizes this year will be gift cards to bookstores and other places. Participants finish the program after reading 1000 pages, and they receive a free book from the book vault, but they can continue on with the voracious reader option if they wish. Voracious reader participants will receive another book from the vault once they read 5000 pages. According to Baugh, this year is the first year they will have two separate book vaults: one for middle school readers and one for high school readers. She said, “I think the selection will be better than ever this year.” Baugh said readers can read whatever they want for the summer reading program. “It doesn’t have to be from the (young adult) section. It doesn’t even have to be from the library although we hope that people do use the library. People can even read magazines or listen to recorded books,” Baugh said. “Summer is for reading for yourself, for the pleasure of it.” By Cathy Chen

Project Graduation renamed to ‘Grab Fest,’ but festivities still continue When senior Alyson Morris’ brother James went to Project Graduation last year and won a plasma television set, she knew that she wanted to attend this annual seniors-only event the following year to win such prizes. Prizes include cash and dorm room materials. “I expect that it’s going to be a real casino, like as real as possible, and the prizes should be good,” Morris said. Although Project Graduation is now Grab Fest, no other changes are added to this annual event. There will be casino- like games, which include card games and drawings. This event will be from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. here after Commencement on June 1. According to PTO president Amy Kline, Grab Fest is “(the seniors’ and the parents’) last chance to say goodbye.” Morris said she agrees with this because some of her friends are taking summer classes at the college they are attending and will be leaving town as early as June. Although Morris is going out of state for college, she is not taking any summer classes and will instead be staying home as well as several of her other friends who decided not to leave town. Because Grab Fest will be her last chance to say farewell, Morris said that it would be a fun way to end the school year. “I think it’s really nice that the parents put on a last school event for the seniors,” Morris said. “I know some of us will see each other over the summer but it’s nice to have one last official party.” By Shireen Korkzan

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Fashion IB Film Show, SRT Festival, 3:30 p.m.

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Indy Jazz Fest


SAT Test date


Relay for Life

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Greyhound Football Youth Camp begins

Brickyard 400


Indianapolis Tennis Championships

State Fair begins

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USA Air Force Day



Greyhound KickOff

Track 1: “15 Step” by Radiohead Track 2: “Yer So Bad” by Tom Petty Track 3: “Sky Blue Sky” by Wilco Track 4: “Long Slow Slide” by Jewel Track 5: “Crooked Teeth” by Death Cab for Cutie Track 6: “Gravity” by John Mayer Track 7: “Breakdown” by Jack Johnson Track 8: “The Joker” by the Steve Miller Band Track 9: “Drive In, Drive Out” by Dave Matthews Matthews Band Track 10: “Easy Money” by Brad Paisley Track 11: “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffett Track 12: “Realize” by Colbie Caillat Track 13: “Lay Down” by O.A.R Tracck 14: “Come Together” by Joe Cocker Tra Track 115: 5: “Honky To Tonk nk Truth” by Brooks & Dunn

Bring along this mix CD, featuring music by Indy’s summer artists, seen above

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VERIZON WIRELESS MUSIC CENTER June 16th Jack Johnson June 17th Rascall Flatts and Taylor Swift June 26th Brad Paisley and Jewel June 28th Steve Miller Band and Joe Cocker July 3rd Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers July 5th John Mayer and Colbie Caillat July 18th Crue Fest July 20th Brooks & Dunn July 23rd Avril Lavigne July 25 to 26th Dave Matthews Band July 29th Jimmy Buffett July 31st Vans Warped Tour Aug. 3rd Radiohead


Matt Nathanson, Virgin Millionaires and Spill Canvas Nada Surf Led Zeppelin Teddy Geiger

THE LAWN AT WHITE RIVER June 2nd Sheryl Crow June 14th Death Cab for Cutie July 18th Umphrey’s McGee and STS9 July 3rd Weird Al Yankovic Aug. 4th Wilco Aug. 15th O.A.R.


June 9th July 13th July 9th


3. Rubber Neckers- This boxed car game can be bought at any large store, and provides hours of entertainment for weary travelers. Playing cards request players to locate different road signs, landmarks, and license plates. Whoever has scored the most points by the end of the alloted times wins!

2. Buzz-The object of the game is to count to 100 without making a mistake. Players take turns reciting successive numbers, but when someone reaches a number either divisible by seven or a number with a seven in it, he must place the number with the word “buzz.”

1. The License Plate Game-Bring along a list of all the states in the US. Passengers attempt to locate at least one license plate from every state, and the first to find all 50 wins. Just make sure the driver keeps his eyes on the road!

These road trip games will help you beat the boredom:

Finally taking that road trip you’ve been talking about for years? Then make sure you follow our advice:


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Cedar Point (Sandusky, OH) Amusement Park: Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. King’s Island (Mason, OH) Amusement Park: Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Boomerang Bay: Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Indiana Beach (Monticello, IN) Amusement Park: Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Water Park: Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sand Beach: Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Holiday World (Santa Claus, IN) Holiday World: Open 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Splashin’ Safari: Open 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Fun parks open on June 1, the first day of summer



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Clay Parks and Recreation (CCPR), the celebration has a pirate theme. “It’s an aquatics special event, and following that we’ll have the one-year celebration,” Holajter said. Besides the opening, a large variety of programs for the summer are open for registration, including camps, classes and fitness programs. Raymont said she recommends the Flick’n’Floats, which are movies shown over the outdoor aquatics center. Raymont said, “(CCPR has) a lot of stuff going on over the summer. It’s perfect for everybody.” By Amy Flis

Tomorrow’s opening of outdoor aquatics center kicks off busy summer for Monon Center This Saturday the Monon Center outdoor aquatics center opens for the season, and senior Ella Raymont said that she loves the Monon Center and is excited for another year. Raymont said she is definitely going to the season opening of the outdoor aquatics center. “I went last year, and it was so packed. I actually had to leave and come back a couple hours later because I couldn’t find parking,” Raymont said. “It’s really fun, just crawling with people.” According to Lindsay Holajter, marketing coordinator for Carmel

transportation and other expenses. According to Student Venture leader Brian Clark, official sign up has ended, but students can still sign up by talking to him and paying a late fee. Senior Yue Jiang said that he has never participated before. “I am looking forward to my inaugural Myrtle Beach trip. It seems like a great way to both have fun and grow in your relationship with Christ,” he said. By Sherry Lu

Student Venture to attend Myrtle Beach Conference While most clubs are wrapping up the year, Student Venture still has one last big event planned for its members: the annual summer retreat to Myrtle Beach. This is a conference that brings together Student Venture members from all over the Midwest. Events planned this year include games on the beach, worship and several speakers. The trip will be from June 8 to 13 and costs $365. This cost includes hotel fees,


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May/June Sports Calendar MONDAY



THURSDAY 22 • 5 p.m. men’s track Regional (Lafayette Jefferson)




• 5 p.m. baseball Sectional (Westfield)

• 5 p.m. baseball Sectional (Westfield)



• 12 p.m. men’s golf Sectional (Fox Prairie)

• 6 p.m. baseball Regional






• 8 a.m. men’s golf State (Legends)

23 • 6 p.m. softball Sectional (Noblesville)


• 7 p.m. baseball Sectional (Westfield)




• 3 p.m. women’s track State (Indiana University)

SATURDAY/SUNDAY 24/25 • 10 a.m. women’s tennis Semi State (North Central) • 1 p.m. men’s golf Muncie Invitational (Players Club)

31/1 • 10 a.m. women’s tennis State (North Central) • 11 a.m. softball Regional (Center Grove) • 3 p.m. men’s track State (Indiana University)



• 2 p.m. women’s tennis individual singles and doubles State • 6:30 p.m. softball Semi State

• 8 a.m. men’s golf Regional (Players Club) • 9 a.m. women’s tennis individual singles and doubles State • 10 a.m. baseball Semi State (Evansville) • 7:30 p.m. softball State (Ben Davis)


• 8 a.m. men’s golf State (Legends)

14/15 • 7 p.m. baseball State (Victory Field)

Note: The location of all away games is indicated in parentheses.

Golf to play Invitational Saturday BY DANIYAL HABIB The men’s varsity golf team will wrap up the regular season with the Muncie Invitational on Saturday, before beginning post-season play on June 2 with the Sectional. The Greyhounds will head to an unfamiliar course, the Players Club, for the Invitational. Despite this, Michael Zervic, varsity golfer and junior, does not believe this will be a disadvantage. “To tell the truth, it will not be that much of a disadvantage. The teams will be the same, only the course differs. So the match will not be different from any others, except for our home course matches,” Zervic said. They have enjoyed a strong season thus far, compiling a 8-1 record in single matches up until May 19. They have experienced mixed results in invitationals, however, finishing first in two invites, third in one, and fifth in two others. “This season has been consistent, but also surprising. We have been winning matches regularly, but also some other teams, such as Avon and Noblesville, have clipped us off in some matches for the win,” Zervic said. After finishing as the State runner-up last year, Carmel had little room to improve this season. However, Zervic said the depth of this season’s team could help them exceed last year’s finish and grab the title. This year’s Sectional will take place on June 2 for the Greyhounds. They have been placed in the Noblesville Sectional, along with familiar foes Noblesville, Westfield, Fishers, and Hamilton Southeastern. The Greyhounds are the top-ranked team in the Sectional as of May 8, ranked Number-5 in the State. HSE is ranked at Number-15. With Noblesville coming in at Number-12, this year’s Sectional will prove to be a tough one for Carmel. “I would personally take a tougher Sectional (as opposed to an easier one), which would build confidence in each player’s games, feeling as though we could beat any team. But an easier Sectional would be less stress before Regionals,” Zervic said. Looking back on this season, Zervic said the strongest part of the team has been, yet again, the seniors. “Our main strength as a team has been, again, our seniors. They always provide a source of good scores in matches when we need them,” Zervic said. The Greyhounds have one more regular-season match to find an antidote for that; after Muncie it is the post-season, and one bad match can mean sitting at home for the rest of spring.

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Men’s track to compete in Regional meet today BY JON HASLAM


TAKE OFF (TOP): Joe Rippe, varsity track member and junior, completes the long jump. Rippe competes today in Regional with hopes of moving onto State. WITH THE BATON (RIGHT): Steven Gomez, varsity track member and sophomore, runs the 4x800-meter relay. The relay won Sectional with a time of 8:02.29. ELIZABETH TRANCIK / PHOTOS

Men’s lacrosse team heads into Semistate The Number-2 ranked team faces Saint Joseph’s at IUPUI tomorrow BY ANDREW BROWNING



Cathedral v. Culver at 6 p.m. at IUPUI Carmel v. Saint Joseph at 8 p.m. at IUPUI Saturday

Consolation game at 6 p.m. at IUPUI Championship at 8 p.m. at IUPUI

T o mo r r o w t h e Car m el m en ’ s lacrosse team takes on Saint Joseph’s in the Semistate championship game at IUPUI at 8 p.m. Should the Hounds win, they would face the winner of Culver and Cathedral in the State Final on Saturday at IUPUI at 8 p.m. Michael Petersen, varsity captain, midfielder and senior, said that although Carmel lacrosse has produced consistently strong teams in the past, no group has ever won a State championship. For this team to do it, he said, would cap an impressive season. “I think it would be amazing (to win a State championship),” Petersen said. “We’ve been very close in years past. The history of Carmel lacrosse is amazing, and I think to be able to win a State championship would be a great finish (for the seniors).” At this point in the playoffs, Petersen said that teams are so equally matched that games can be won and lost based on which team has a better handle on the ball. “Being able to clear the ball (is a deciding factor). That and ground balls will be key,” Petersen said. “Most likely whoever gets the most ground balls and gets the ball down to the attack will win the game.” Petersen said that one problem the team has had this year is playing poorly during the beginning of games. “We need to play well early,” he said. “Every game we’ve lost and all our close games we’ve let them get up on us, and then we’re playing catch-up. We need to just come out early and hit the ground running.” Assistant Coach David Schwartz said that mental preparation is also going to be crucial for the team

during the remainder of State. “(The deciding factor in playoff games) is a combination of execution and desire and focus. Whichever team executes, stays focused and plays with desire is going to win,” Schwartz said. “We’ve played all these teams before and we’ve won some and lost some, but I think if we get focused and execute then we can beat any one of them.” Schwartz said that this season has proven to him that all the Hounds have the ability to stay focused and perform on the field, regardless of age or grade level. “I think they’ve really showed (everyone can play at a high level) the last several games,” Schwartz said. “After spring break we had to reorganize and refocus a little bit, and against Brebeuf they really convinced us, even beyond what the score shows, that we have freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors who can all step up and really contribute.” Petersen also said that a strong performance from every player is more important than the actions of a few senior captains. “Not just seniors (need to be leaders), but everyone on the team needs to step up and be an example for everyone else,” Petersen said. “This year we’ve stressed that it’s not just the seniors who need to play their hearts out.” Petersen said if the Hounds can work out some minor kinks then they have a strong chance to bring home the championship. “This is a great group of guys, and we’re more deep than we’ve ever been,” Petersen said. “We’ve just got to bring some things together (during the playoffs) and I think we’ve got a good shot.”

ith only two meets to go, the men’s track team looks for a strong push to finish out the remainder of the season. The Hounds will compete at the Regional tonight at Lafayette Jeff at 5 p.m. followed by State on May 31 at Indiana University at 3 p.m. Joe Rippe, 400-meter/200-meter runner, long jumper and junior, said “There is more pressure at the Regional meet because every team wants to make it to State.” Rippe has been competing in track since sixth grade and said he looks to continue into next season. Rippe said he remains confident that Carmel will come out on top in Regional. Much like Rippe, Head Coach Chuck Koeppen said he is hoping for a win at Regional. “Hopefully the team will come out with a win, but you never really know with these meets,” he said. Koeppen said that the team’s remaining goals for the season are to do well at both Regional and State. After being declared Sectional champs on the May 15 meet, the team looks to carry that same momentum into the final two meets. Carmel placed first in the 12-team meet, scoring only 6.5 more points than the second place team, which was Noblesville. Koeppen said, “Our kids competed well, knowing that every point counted. They made things happen.” Along with Sectional the team placed first at County (nine teams) and placed second at the Noblesville Relays (eight teams), also contributing the recent success and momentum of the team. “Most the teams I’ve coached in the past have been pretty similar, but if there was anything that set this one apart it was the character,” Koeppen said. Koeppen said that the team represents the school well and that they worked hard. “(The team) really did everything well this season, and they were a great team to coach,” he said. Not only is the team itself finishing its season, but Koeppen is finishing his career as coach. Koeppen, who has been coaching for 36 years at Carmel, recently put in his resignation notice. “It’s going to be hard leaving,” Koeppen said. Although Koeppen’s coaching for track may be over, he said he still looks forward to coaching the upcoming cross country season. With a retiring long-time head coach and recent momentum, the Hounds said they are ready and determined to win. “I’m going to miss these guys,” Koeppen said. “They mean the world to me, and I want to thank them for everything they do on and off the track.”

Playing in a relaxing atmosphere Students participate in Carmel Dad’s Club spring coed league BY LILY ZHAO Dribbling the soccer ball, senior Peter Haigh aims and scores a goal, while his dad, Head Coach Steve Haigh, watches on. Although their Carmel Dad’s Club (CDC) Coeducational Spring Soccer League has already started its season, this league coincides with the fall league as well, so students who are interested are welcome to join one or both of the leagues, Mr. Haigh said. “Our team is all about fun. You don’t have to know how to play soccer,” he said. “It’s just fun because you can be on a team with all your friends and enjoy playing soccer at the same time.” According to Mr. Haigh, who coaches the team with John Warne and Aaron Stout, students who want to sign up for the upcoming fall season can either sign up online at the CDC Web site or visit their offices to fill up a form. The fee is around $60 for the whole season. This year, he said that there are 18 coed teams playing and games are usually played on both Saturdays and Sundays down on Shelbourne Field. Peter’s team, the Spartans (its unofficial name), practices once a week on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the Forest Dale Elementary soccer fields and he said it’s such a stress-free environment that missing one practice is no big deal. “We’re not a strict league or team, but you will find some fierce competition,” Mr. Haigh said. “Because everyone wants to be here because of either friends or their love for soccer, we don’t penalize someone for not showing up for practice.” For his team right now, Peter said that they are in first place among the league and said that he feels confident that the Spartans will come out on top this year. The league starts tournament play the weekend of June 7 and treats it like a round robin tournament. As of now, Mr. Haigh said, 19 kids are on his roster with the first 11 kids starting—it’s first come, first serve. Also, he said that each student gets equal playing time—a rule implemented around the league—and each half is a good 40 to 45 minutes, so all the students get a fair amount of playing time. Peter said that the best part of playing CDC soccer was making the number of friends that he now has. Because most students love it so much, they tend to stick around together and stay on the same team throughout their high school career, he said. “I’ve played for so long and I’ve only missed one season (my eighth grade year),” Peter said. “Now, my senior year, it’s never been more fun.”

Softball complex proceeds in face of local opposition BY GRACE BARANOWSKI Almost a month ago, on April 28, the Carmel Clay School Board approved the plan to improve the softball fields at Cherry Tree Elementary School. Now, said superintendent of schools Barbara Underwood, “We’re proceeding. We’re in the process of getting permits from the city, reviewing architect plans and putting it out to bid.” The plan originally included four completely fenced softball fields, according to Kevin Kultgen, president of the Avian Glen Homeowners’ Association, but now the plan only involves three. Four softball fields already exist, two being already fenced. With the plan, an additional field will be fenced. A 5,000-square-foot concession stand will stand in the middle of the four fields. Underwood said that as development will reduce available green space, the school board has decided to install underground water reservoirs to level out the swampy area in the north playground. The saved water will be used to irrigate the softball complex. Grass will be planted by Sep. 15, and new bleachers and asphalt will be included in the plans. But Underwood said, “It’s still not without its distractions.” According to her, an upgraded softball field is something the board has discussed “for a number of years. It’s a huge undertaking because of the people that have interest in it.” And many people do. Kultgen represents the neighborhood built around Cherry Tree and its softball complex. He said, “There are two general reasons for the opposition to the complex.” One includes the negative effect on the neighborhood, such as the noise and traffic involved with increased games. “The second, and more important reason, is the adverse effects the construction and the change of green space will have on the elementary kids,” he said. “The school administration has promised relocation/new playground space to offset the loss that the complex will cause. However, none of these playground issues have been included in the original $2.5 million budget for the new softball complex. Cherry Tree parents are concerned about these playground improvements actually becoming reality.” Roger McMichael, assistant superintendent for business affairs, school board president Stephen Backer and Underwood have met with parents “to review plans and see what we can address,” said Underwood. “We always expect that our community is interested. There has been a lot of misinformation shared among parents. When you have misinformation, it makes it different to provide information.” Kultgen said, “The administration keeps using the word ‘upgrade.’ The fenced varsity and (junior varsity) fields were the only two original high school softball

fields. The two unfenced fields were quietly added later. To us it’s brand-new construction. They’re taking what is currently two fenced fields and making it three or four. We did buy our houses close to two fenced softball fields, but now they’re proposing three or four fenced softball fields, so it’s much bigger in our opinion.” But, according to Underwood, the softball fields were there before the neighborhood was. “When Cherry Tree and the softball complex were built, there were no neighbors,” she said. “The neighborhood built up around the school. Understandably, though, they’re interested because the elementary school is in their back yard.” Referencing the original plan to build four additional softball fields at Prairie Trace Elementary School, Underwood said, “Cherry Tree people have already lived with the softball complex. They originally thought it was moving, but now they realize it won’t.” Underwood stressed that the work on the fields “will make it significantly better for the neighbors,” as the architects will reorient the fields to face away from the houses and include new technology to direct sound and light to the field. Even though Erika Petruzzi, a pitcher on the varsity softball team and junior, won’t get to play on the upgraded softball fields—she’ll miss it by a year, the plans do affect her. She won’t have a home field. While the school system upgrades the complex, she said that the team would probably play at Wodock Field behind Carmel Elementary School. Petruzzi said, “Right now, (the current complex is) kind of nasty. (The parents) reacted the way they felt they needed to. I understand where they’re coming from. But we need a new complex, and we need it done fast.”


THE CURRENT COMPLEX: Presently at Cherry Tree, there are two fenced fields. The plan calls for another fenced field and new bleachers among other improvements.


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Including the once excluded Congress passed legislation to include disabled students in all aspects of school 30 years ago, and updated it 10 years ago; changes continue to incorporate and teach all

Offered courses influence future career choices BY LILY ZHAO Senior Adrienne Hall’s Life Skills class—a class where she works with special education students—is where she said she feels the most at home. Teaching elementary and special education students has been her dream ever since she started going here, but by taking life skills, peer tutoring and exploratory teaching, it really cemented her career choice in the future, she said. “(Teaching students) is really rewarding,” Hall said. “I’m really glad that (this school) is big enough to offer so many courses that can influence so many students.” According to counselor Kristina Hartman, all courses at this school can influence a student’s future career choice, and the special education department’s courses are just one example. Hartman said that classes here often interest students because they go into such depth and are taught by trained professionals who have a passion for their jobs, in turn influencing their students. She also said that students should know which courses to take, but at the same time should experiment around to see what they really want to do when they’re older. “Taking classes in interest areas is a good idea, to see if this is something you would like to pursue in the future,” Hartman said. “On the flip side of this, though, taking a class in area you have not been exposed to before could open your eyes to something you may have never thought you would enjoy.” For Hall, working with children is lots of work, but it is worth it, she said. Even though she said she knew that she wanted to work with special education children, by taking peer tutoring and exploratory teaching, it really pointed her in the direction of getting a double major at Purdue in elementary and special education teaching, something she had not even considered. “If you are interested in something, definitely take it, so that in the future, you will have a reference of what you want to do,” she said. “By branching out, I really got a great view of what my career path would be.” Risa Padgett, one of the special services teachers, said that along with the courses that Hall is taking, American Sign Language and Kid’s Corner are two other courses here that offer students a glimpse of potential career options. However, she said, most students who take special services classes just take it because they like working with the students, not because they want to pursue that particular career. “Some students may want to pursue special education and find that they really enjoy it after being in our classrooms and some may find that it may not be the career for them through this opportunity,” Padgett said. “Others may have no intention in pursuing special education, but they find it to be a passion and want to pursue it.” That’s the case for most students, Hartman said, because by experimenting, most students will end up enjoying a class that they never thought they’d like that much before. Finding a class that one is good in is the key and to stick with it will definitely help a student’s college and career opportunities later on. By doing so, Hall said she has found her niche. “Your high school career is too short, so take as many courses that you can that you are interested in,” Hall said. “That’s what I did and it turned out great.”


ONE FOR EVERYONE: U.S. History teacher Will Ellery hands out an exam to students at the beginning of the period. Ellery teaches all students, including Life Skills students, and includes them in daily activities, like discussion and note-taking. BY GRACE BARANOWSKI


boy sits in his front-row desk, three from the left in his first-semester class. He yawns, as does another sitting in the back. The teacher continues to lecture about trusts in turn-of-the-century America. The boy, meanwhile, flips through his textbook and blurts out “Taft” in response to a rapid question. He’s right. But something sets this boy apart from the other CALEB students. For DEBOER one, unlike his classmates, he wears his student identification card on a blue lanyard around his neck. And two, senior Caleb deBoer, this boy sitting in William Ellery’s U.S. History class, is a Life Skills student.

THE PROGRAM It’s an identification that belongs to 33 other students here. According to Karen Gallagher, special services department chairperson, each student from this group has an individual education program. Rewritten annually, it involves a yearly meeting with the student, his or her parents, the student’s special services teacher, the student’s general education teacher and an administrator. These meetings center on educating each Life Skills student in the “Least Restrictive Environment,” or LRE. According to the Indiana State Board of Education, this means that, “to

the maximum extent appropriate, students with disabilities are educated with nondisabled students.” Caleb’s individual program, then, includes his participation in Ellery’s history class. This goal, “inclusion,” is a little over 30 years old, and it has come a long way since its inception. Congress passed the Education for All Handicapped Children Act in 1975, which started the movement toward inclusion. It then stated that all states had to provide a “free, appropriate, public education” to children with physical, mental or emotional disabilities. In 1997, Congress renamed it the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It required school officials to justify why a “disabled child” would not participate with his general education peers in any activity, according to CQ Researcher.

CONTINUAL CHANGE But the push to include students with disabilities has taken some time. The road to including all disabled children was a “slow process,” according to Tracie Smoot, a special education teacher who works with Life Skills students. At first, administrators only moved “low-risk students” out of “segregated” buildings. “Then,” she said, “when they saw that that was successful, they moved students with more significant disabilities.” Earlier, students were either in the general or special education building. Now, the success rate is higher. “There are a lot more options,” Smoot said. “We’ve come a long way since I started (16 years ago). When I started, I worked

with maybe seven general education teachers. Now, we’ve expanded into all of the departments.” And even 10 years after the overhaul, changes are still being made. According to Gallagher, “We are constantly striving to improve our program for students. Each year we identify needs and set new goals to continue to seek the best educational programming for students. This year, we are focusing on curriculum development. Last year, Carmel Clay Schools conducted a program review of our Life Skills program.” An increase in technology usage is also a goal for the future, she said, as life becomes increasingly modern. But while Gallagher’s outlook on the Life Skills program focuses on the positive, Lisa Pufpaff, PhD, assistant professor of the department of special education at Ball State University, said that she doesn’t foresee much change in the next few decades. “Public education has far more pressing hurdles (e.g., standardized test scores) than inclusion, and until there is a public outcry for change, little will be done,” she said via e-mail. Pufpaff also pointed to the difficulty of inclusion, as “much of the academic curriculum is beyond the capabilities of those with moderatesevere cognitive impairment. On the other hand, the social interaction and intellectual stimulation of the general education curriculum is very appropriate for some students.”

DELICATE BALANCE Consequently, a very fine line exists within this goal of inclusion— and necessarily so, because the degree of inclusion is calibrated to

Summer allows for more job options BY SARAH SHEAFER As sophomore Sara Fam gathered the extra line on her rescue tube so that it wouldn’t catch on the chair, she scanned the pool. Children were splashing and playing, and it was her duty to make sure they were safe and to rescue them if they ever needed help. Fam is a lifeguard. She works weekends during the school year and plans to spend almost every day in the summer on the job. “One of my sisters told me about the job so I thought, why not?” Fam said. “It’s a great way to make friends and I get my own money.” About this time of every year, students are planning ahead on what job opportunities they have in the summer. Some, like Fam, plan to work as a lifeguard and others may explore the possibility of babysitting or working in retail. Though, not all students will work in the summer, because of the amount of time and dedication a job consumes. However, students that choose to work may receive important career lessons. In a 2007 Junior Achievement national survey, working high school students identified the most important aspects a summer job offers. The top four responses were

the responsibilty needed to perform a job successfully, how to demonstrate leadership, importance of teamwork and college. Emily Westermeier, a pool manager at the Monon Center and senior said, “Summer jobs differ from school year jobs because students have a lot more time to focus and work at their job. They do not usually have the other obligations such as school, homework, school events, practices, etc. They can work more, make more money and hopefully truly enjoy the job they are working at.” Sophomore Hannah Flores, who said she plans to work at Aéropostale during the summer, said that a job isn’t always suited for everyone. However, she said that a summer job is different than a job during the school year. “Since you have more time on your hands in the summer, you have the option of working during the day, so you can do stuff at night,” she said. “It’s a lot less stressful since you have nothing else going on.” Not all students said that they had time for a job during the summer, however. Even though sophomore Brielle Peters, who currently babysits, said she plans to work throughout the summer as an assistant to a children’s physical therapist, she said that not getting a summer job is understandable. “I think it depends on

your schedule. Some people have activities they’re doing or plans,” she said. Flores said that even though she’s planning to hang out with friends, go on a vacation with her family and play summer league lacrosse in the summer, she is still able to dedicate enough time working. She plans to work over the weekend and some weekdays. Students who wish to get a summer job but do not want to spend too much time working are still able to make money. One example of a job like this is babysitting. Peters said, “I think babysitting is a great job. You get to play with kids and you don’t even have to pay taxes.” She said that even though some employers might not be as lenient, babysitting allows someone to have a more flexible schedule. Fam said that there are many benefits of having a summer job. “You get your own money and you don’t have to ask your parents for it,” she said. “It’s even a great way to make friends.” Westermeier said that students should get a summer job. “It provides something for them to do. It is also a great experience and you are able to meet really cool people who then can turn into great friends,” she said. Flores said, “I think everyone should try to get (a summer job).”

each student’s optimal success. According to Smoot, the Life Skills students aren’t included in the educational sense at least, in “every aspect.” Even though they can join any club they wish and have the freedom to choose some electives, like choir, most core classes are taught “here at their level,” she said. “Here” refers to a two-classroom block behind the cafeteria, complete with a row of lockers and decorated locker signs. One room houses the older students, while the other is home to the younger set. The classroom that caters to the older students is a colorful place, full of bright posters detailing the alphabet or number system. However, based on Caleb’s ability, he takes a core class outside of the Life Skills rooms. He still spends SRT and four other periods in the Life Skills area, but in Ellery’s class, he completes tests and assignments at the same time as his general education peers. The content is modified to fit his ability, but “they’re easy,” Caleb said. According to Ellery, “From day one, he has just been another student in the class. Behaviorally and interactively, he’s just like another student. They look at him to be a presidential authority, and he is.” Educationally, then, Life Skills students are included to the best of their abilities. But even if the lawmakers and teachers work together to educate these students in the most inclusatory manner possible, not all aspects of the high school experience can be controlled—especially the social aspect.


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The Top

Three HiLite reporters reminisce of their top five movies, albums and restaurants By Sam Watermeier





The most admirable aspect of this film is its ability to make the audience empathize with criminal characters through themes of family, sacrifice and affliction. There is a haunting scene that combines these themes. Michael Corleone stands by his dying criminal father and says, “I’m here, Pap.” This scene is touching but also tragic because it foreshadows Michael’s descent into a life of crime.

My favorite actor (Robert DeNiro) + my favorite director (Martin Scorsese) = unforgettable masterpiece. This film is a daringly gritty depiction of New York City violence and a powerful look at self-imposed loneliness. This tale of a taxi driver driven to the edge of sanity is haunting.


1. ‘THE MATRIX’ I’ve seen this film almost 50 times, and I still find different reasons to love it. When I was younger, I was blown away by the quality of it as a spectacle. How can you forget the magic of Neo’s bullet dodging? Now, I admire it more for raising important questions about control and the nature of reality. “The Matrix” opened my eyes to the possibilities of film.

This was the first film I watched as a little kid that made me have a strong emotional reaction. It made me realize the power of film. When E.T. leaves Earth, I always feel like Elliot—like my heart has been ripped out. This is also Steven Spielberg’s best film.

5. ‘GOODFELLAS’ This film is such an absorbing and realistic depiction of life in the mafia that sometimes I have to remind myself it is just a movie. That’s power, that’s entertainment. Plus, crime drama is my favorite genre and this film is crime drama of the highest order.


1. SABBATH, BLOODY SABBATH – BLACK SABBATH This CD is a treat for the ears straight from metal’s forefathers. Black Sabbath, originator of the metal genre, rain distortion and raw, unpolished tunes down upon its thirsting listener one track after another. With anti-war lyrics inspired by the post-WWII England the members grew up in, this is a record of straight-shooting tracks without any “Fluff,” pun intended.

3. AJA – STEELY DAN “Black Cow,” “Deacon Blues,” “Peg,” “I Got the News;” this one’s loaded with hits. The best thing about Steely Dan? There’s yet to have been another artist as original as this duet. From witty to profound lyrics and smooth, jazzinfluenced arrangements, members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen have created classic album after classic album. And while Can’t Buy A Thrill is a close second, Aja remains my personal favorite.





2. MEDDLE – PINK FLOYD Everyone knows The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon. But Meddle, now that’s an album. That’s not to say the other two aren’t any good. Yet, Meddle is a captivating journey to a familiar but strange and desolate location. Tracks like “San Tropez” and “Seamus” are a bit more sublime, while “Echoes” is a 24-minute plunge into the abyss.

By Renny Logan

The rise before the fall, the mountain’s summit before its steep decline, the tragic hero’s last stand before his inevitable inevitable disgrace: ...And Justice For All iiss Metallica’s last testament of thrash-metal godliness. With voracious lyrics and razor-sharp chops, the band put on display its insatiable appetite for the heads of politicians, bearing a bloodlust like we haven’t seen before or since (not even from the band itself in later years).

5. TYRANNY AND MUTATION – BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Well-underrated in the classic rock genre, Blue Öyster Cult is unfortunately remembered for the cowbell on what’s possibly the band’s worst album. Anyone who wants to know what this band’s really about should forget Agents of Fortune, as well as (Don’t Fear) The Reaper, and listen to the incredible solos and humorous, sometimes ridiculous, lyrics of Tyranny and Mutation. Start with “7 Screaming Diz-busters.”


By Bennett Fuson



RIB-TASTIC: The Rib/Wing Combo brings together the best aspects of male cuisine for an affordable price. Although known for their wings, Wings Etc. truly shines in the “Etc.” category.

Earlier this year, I wrote about Wings Etc., so I’ll try not to retell that story. But Wings Etc. is still, in my opinion, the best sports bar in town. Their wings by far outshine Buffalo Wild Wings’ claim to fame, even without the nearly as extensive sauce selection. But again, what really stands out is the non-poultry dishes like the Hawgzilla pulled-pork sandwich. Price-wise, Wings Etc. is affordable compared to Buffalo Wild Wings, even though the prices aren’t exactly value-menu level. On top of that, the service staff is prompt and comfortable, and the atmosphere, with an ESPN-projecting television in every line of vision, really perfects the restaurant. The only reason it isn’t number one is because it doesn’t serve the essence of manfood: pizza.


1. PAMFILIO’S Without question, Pamfilio’s Italian Restaurant in the Village of West Clay is Carmel’s best kept secret. Although there are tons (and I mean tons) of pizza restaurants around the city, Pamfilio’s has the best-tasting pie. Period. Their sauce is a spicy, tangy concoction that blends perfectly with the provolone and mozzarella. And the crust is indescribable. Plus, Pamfilio’s uses high-quality ingredients that can’t be matched by other restaurants, making it the best pizza in the land. Plus, Pamfilio’s offers other Italian dishes at prices that can’t be beaten by any other Italian restaurant around. Fair warning, though: even though every dish can be carried out, Pamfilio’s does not deliver.

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3. BUB’S BURGERS & ICE CREAM To not mention Bub’s in my Top 10 favorite restaurants is a slap in the face to the city of Carmel. Bub’s is as important to this city as roundabouts and Homecoming. But as important as Bub’s is to the city, it really is the food that makes it a standout restaurant. Nowhere else in the country has better waffle fries, a perfect side for those who truly want to get big and ugly. (Get it? It’s a burger joke.) The patties themselves are some kind of wonderful; I have yet to find another burger that is as flavorful and hearty as a Bub’s burger. For

those connoisseurs who would rather pet the cow than eat it, the mahi-mahi sandwich is, for a non-fish restaurant, simply superb. And ice cream fans and sweet-toothed customers alike can enjoy hand-crafted milkshakes, brownie sundaes and waffle cones . The restaurant itself is the very heart of the city, and since it was one of the first major landmarks in the new downtown Carmel, every visit is guaranteed a spotting of some familiar faces (and not just on the wall, where champions of the Big Ugly reside).

If you don’t know Hot Box Pizza, then you don’t know Broad Ripple. Hot Box Pizza draws in some of the most diverse crowds in the Indianapolis area, with good reason: until recently, its “Big Ten” deal gave customers a large pizza, a sack of its legendary “stix” and two drinks for only $10. The pizza is good, not great, but Hot Box Pizza does offer a wide, wide variety of options to craft the ideal pizza. The real treat is the aforementioned “stix”: long, thin strips of dough with the best cheese sauce ever, hands down. For those brave souls, try putting a Tootsie roll in the center of a breadstick and dipping it in the cheese sauce. The patrons will thank you for it.

5. HOLLYHOCK HILLS FAMILY RESTAURANT Hollyhock Hills has been around forever, yet very few people know about it. It’s a pity, too; KFC can’t even touch Hollyhock’s fried chicken dinner. It is the incarnation of Colonel Sanders’ true dream and vision, an artery-clogging soul food that leaves you satisfied, if not a little less healthy. But meals are not made on fried chicken alone, a notion that Hollyhock took to heart. The mashed potatoes and gravy are to die for, along with the green beans and apple butter. For those who prefer another meal, Hollyhock Hills does offer steaks and fish. But honestly, with a full Southern fried chicken dinner, why bother?

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Too much togetherness

How do you deal with problems with your family during vacations?

With the return of college students, siblings who have lived separately must learn to adjust to renewed crowding, noise

Compiled by Beverly Jenkins and Jinny Zhang

“We ignore the problem, and it usually just goes away.”


“I am an only child. So we do our own things on long trips. I listen to my iPod, and my mom reads. That way we don’t get on each other’s nerves.”


“I stay with my brothers and separate from my parents so we do not end up arguing.”


“We try to avoid problems by traveling during the night so everyone is asleep but my dad.”

BY MARIA LAMAGNA The Krauter family is used to being crowded. With their seven children, a full house is a daily reality. Sophomore Kelly Krauter said that at times it can be overpowering. “My family is very loud,” she said. “My siblings, especially the younger ones, are really energetic. There is always someone at our house too, playing or hanging out with us.” Summer is coming. For some families, the end of school means a lot of family time. Both parents and siblings may begin to feel overwhelmed or even ready for school to start again. Counselor Stephanie Benson said that when summer comes, many families, especially when they have many children, begin to feel overcrowded or uncomfortable. They may feel as the Krauters do at times. “It depends on how many kids there are,” Benson said. “There are always difficulties when you’re adjusting to having a lot of people’s opinions and emotions to think about.” This problem is also complicated when older siblings come home from college. “When kids are (living at home) all year, they may begin to feel like the house is their domain,” Benson said. “When people don’t get as much attention, that could be when resentment sets in.” This summer, the Krauters will experience this for the first time. Kelly’s older brother Casey ’07 is back home from Purdue University after completing his freshman year. However, in anticipation of the busy household, he elected to live in an apartment while he works on a summer project. Krauter said that while many families may experience a more crowded household during the summer, her family experiences the opposite. Not only will Casey live in an apartment, but her other siblings will also be busy. “During the school year, everyone’s crammed inside,” Krauter said. “Then in the summer, it seems like everyone’s outside 24/7. There are always kids coming and leaving (in the summer).” Krauter said that many times, her house feels emptier in the summer when her siblings are involved in structured activities. “We have swim team, plays and lots of things we are involved in,” Krauter said. “It definitely involves a lot of scheduling and planning and driving.” However, Benson said that many families are not as fortunate as the Krauters. If they are not used to spending time together like the Krauters are, other families may experience tension or even ill will when reunited during the summer. “It’s hard (for older siblings) to remember to abide by and respect parents again,” she said. “They need to remember that they are role models for younger siblings. They

may want to fall back into routine, but they should prepare mentally to take on household responsibilities.” Benson also said that in order to lessen conflicts, parents should make sure they divide their attention among all their children. “Parents’ tendency may be to spend time with the ones they see the least,” she said. “Even if it’s just five minutes before bedtime, parents should make sure they take the time to spend with every child. When children feel their parents are not as interested in them personally, that’s when resentment starts.” For younger children who are used to having older siblings away, Benson also offered some advice. “Recognize you’ll have to share your space again,” she said. “But enjoy the time you have with your siblings, and be as patient and flexible as possible.” Krauter said that her family tries to live by this suggestion. She said that living in her house means constant laundry, a lot of clean-up, sharing rooms and busy family vacations. In spite of daily inconveniences, they make the most of their family time. “We’re a very close family,” Krauter said. Benson said for the summer, like the Krauters, siblings should remember most importantly to share and consider each other’s feelings. “Daily sharing of space and just the daily grind can be really difficult for students,” she said. “But you can’t make (younger siblings) feel like you’re coming in and taking over.”



TIPS FOR A SMOOTH FAMILY ROAD TRIP 1. Planning is key to a successful family road trip. 2. Start a to-do list at least one month before the trip. 3. Plan travel maps, routes to your destination and confirm hotel reservations. 4. Gather important travel documents, credit cards and health insurance cards. 5. To keep children busy, they should pack their own small backpack with a few favorite items from home. 6. Have a quick family meeting so everyone knows the itinerary and expectations during the vacation. 7. Don’t forget snacks to munch on during the car ride. Healthier snacks like granola bars are filling but don’t create excess energy.



TIPS TO SOLVE SIBLING CONFLICTS 1. Parents should spend time alone and give each child personalized attention. 2. Provide plenty of opportunities for family interactions. 3. Encourage win-win negotiations, where each side gains 4. Teach conflict resolution skills during calm times. 5. Parents should not interfere during every conflict. 6. Establish family meetings. During family meetings... • Determine priority issue(s). • Determine the most effective solutions. • Make plans to implement the solution. • Plan one fun activity for the coming week. HTTP://WWW.MED.UMICH.EDU.COM / SOURCE

Busy schedule makes up for lack of siblings Only children may over-plan during summer to compensate for loneliness, instead look toward friends for social interaction BY LEXI MUIR


“We talk it out and have a family meeting at the dinner table.”



Ru n n i n g f r o m o n e e v e n t t o t h e o t h e r : gymnastics practice to piano lessons to dance class, junior Amy Denner is hardly ever home. When she is home, however, Denner does not have the chance to socialize or hang out with her other siblings. Her reason? She doesn’t have any. “Being an only child is all I have ever known,” Denner said. “I really can not imagine my life as anything different.” Kimberly Lenzo, Child Development teacher and mother of one, said that only children are usually busier in the summers. She said that whether this be by default or on purpose, it’s what is best for the child. “During the summer, children are at home more often and for longer periods of time,” Lenzo said. “Because of the extended periods at home, there is more opportunity for them to get into trouble. As a result, many parents will try to get them into camps for the

summer. I know I was thrilled when my son got the chance to volunteer at a camp this summer.” She also said that the only thing she cautions parents of only children about is over-planning. “I’ve always kept my son very busy, but one thing I would caution is over-planning,” Lenzo said. “By over-planning, (parents) tend to isolate them more.”Kurt Denner, Amy’s father, said that Amy’s busy schedule comes mostly from habit. “We always had her involved in many things growing up,” Mr. Denner said. “It may be a disadvantage for only children because (parents) tend to overload them, but Amy was never forced into doing anything.” Denner said that her summers have never seemed lonely or boring with the lack of a sibling because she always spent a lot of time with her friends. This also applies to family vacations. “As I was growing up, my parents always arranged for me to be at a friend’s house,” Denner said. “And for family vacations I usually brought a friend.” Lenzo said that she also allowed her son to

bring friends on spring break with them this past year. Another common misconception about only children is that their parents are a lot more protective and overbearing, especially throughout the summer. Denner said that she has not noticed any difference from her parents to those of her friends, while Mr. Denner said that they may be a little more protective because they have become so close to their daughter. He also said that having an only child allows the parents to have more trust in their children. “As she has grown we have a gained a stronger level of trust. Having one child, you know them so well. If you have eight kids you are going have a harder time knowing them,” Mr. Denner said. “We have a high level of trust with her. That probably shows up in the summer.” As for wanting another sibling, Denner said that she has never wished for one, and doesn’t see herself doing so in the future. “(Being an only child) is all I’ve ever known,” Denner said. “I’ve been alone for so long now, it would be weird if it were any different.”


Clapton, with 42 years of rock Café Fresh impressive until first sip history, pays visit to Indy BY STEPHANIE HODGIN

ROCK OF AGES by Renny Logan

Through drug and alcohol abuse, from this band to that one and playing one style after another, Eric Clapton has been making music history with his “slowhand” for 42 years now. Although Clapton himself has admitted he’s showing signs of wear and tear after all these years, he’s still making the same good music. “I believe I can still play with the same amount of emotion, feeling and expression that I’ve always set out to do,” the guitarist said in an interview with John Blackstone of CBS. On May 30, Clapton will grace Verizon Wireless Music Center’s stage. After attempts with the Yardbirds, rock’s first super group, the Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith and even a solo album, it was Clapton’s release Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs with Derek and the Dominos that thrust Clapton into the limelight. Originally a blues purist, Clapton strayed from that path when he joined up with Cream. However, as any listener can hear, Clapton’s playing style would be forever drenched in blues influence, dripping with an emotional twanging that is unique to the genre. Clapton left Cream just as its popularity inclined to avoid the limelight, but he couldn’t hide for long. The success of hit songs “Layla,” and “Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad,” catapulted Derek and the Dominos straight to center stage. However, the band would not follow up the success as a group. after, the members Where: Verizon Soon went separate ways, and Wireless Music Clapton spent the early ’70s in rehab. Center He would not When: May 30 reemerge until the early at 7:30 p.m. 1980s, as a solo artist. During his solo years, Ticket prices: he would achieve great $89 to $174.50 fame, including being a double-inductee into for pavilion, $37.50 for lawn the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame as well as earning


six Grammys in 1992 for “Tears in Heaven.” Despite the ups and downs of Clapton’s career, his success with Derek and the Dominos would forever leave its mark on the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Track 13, “Layla,” in particular has had its share of fame, having often been referred to as the best-known song of rock. Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs opens with the medium-paced, easy-going “I Looked Away,” and hence sets the mood for the duration of the record. Any person with an affinity for guitar is sure to love the blues licks that Clapton slides seamlessly between each sorrowful verse. The album progresses fluidly, one love song after another, each one as emotionally powerful as the other but with its own pace and story. It’s easy to drift as one song turns to the next, especially since the transition between songs occurs unobtrusively. In tracks like “Bell Bottom Blues” and “Key To the Highway,” the listener can again here the blues influence in Clapton’s guitar. In “Key To the Highway,” a cover of blues artist William “Big Bill” Boozy, Clapton strums his guitar in the signature pattern of blues that even the least music-knowledgeable person could recognize. “Layla,” of course, is always an amazing song. True, it gets played to the point of nausea and everyone’s pretty much heard it a million times. However, this distasteful fact can’t take away the eagerness a listener feels as the song’s trademark riff starts up and that first verse is sung: “What’ll you do when you get lonely?/ And nobody’s waiting by your side/You’ve been running and hiding much too long/You know it’s just your foolish pride.” Unfortunately, through all its songs of love and heartbreak, the album ends on a sad note with “Thorn Tree in the Garden.” Despite the tone of the finishing track, the album couldn’t end more perfectly, or beautifully for that matter. “And if I never see her face again/I never hold her hand/And if she’s in somebody’s arms/I know I’ll understand/But I miss that girl/I still miss that girl.”


What’s worse than drinking a smoothie with no flavor and a chalky texture? Sitting in an absolutely adorable modern café with comfy couches, bright lighting and a plasma screen TV and drinking a smoothie with no flavor and a chalky texture. I will admit that I had gotten my hopes up when I saw the inside of Café Fresh (which opened in early April of this year) and wholly expected the food to be remarkable and fashionable as well. I walked inside and immediately fell in love with the atmosphere. With the bright green walls that screamed “healthy” to the small quaint tables and chairs meant for meaningful conversation, it seemed perfect. I looked to my left: orange and carrot juicers, both of which are used with fresh fruit immediately after you order. To my right, a plasma screen TV and bar seating ATMOSPHERE: against the windows facing outside. It was like the atmosphere of a A Starbucks with the food offerings SERVICE: A of a Smoothie King (which recently went out of business, by the way). FOOD: D The service was also PRICE: $3.50 acceptable, courteous and friendly per drink (for and polite overall. The drinks smallest size) came out surprisingly quickly considering they were made on OVERALL: C the spot. Because Smoothie King recently went out of business, I decided to order all the drinks in order to (hopefully) find a replacement café to get that smoothie fix we have all been craving. The prices were unexpectedly low, a good deal lower than that of Smoothie King. I was so impressed by everything else in this visit that I was truly shocked to find that the food was, well, unsatisfactory. Unfortunately, the atmosphere and service could not compensate for the lousy and chalky too-smooth smoothies. At Café Fresh, I ordered two smoothies that were very similar but tasted completely different and one ‘Freshly Squeezed’ drink off their menu. The Mango Madness smoothie consisted of passion-orange-guava juice, mango sorbet, mangos, non-fat yogurt and bananas. Sounds wild and crazy, doesn’t it? Not quite. In fact, not even close. The smoothie is tasteless except for the first second it is in your mouth. After that, a long and painful stretch of pasty and definitely unfruity mush remains in your mouth until you are brave enough to swallow. And it’s true about the whole toosmooth description. Maybe they blended it so much that the flavors just disappeared. Who knows? The Caribbean Breeze smoothie had basically the same ingredients as the Mango Madness, except strawberries replaced the bananas and low-fat yogurt. One might have thought that the strawberries in the Caribbean Breeze drink would have made it more flavorful. Nope. In fact, it was blander than the Mango Madness. To recap, bland, chalky and pasty still cover it. I ordered the orange-carrot juice as well because


Through inclusion, Life Skills students benefit from both interaction, instruction with peers Inclusion’s Effects For Caleb’s mother, Karen deBoer, inclusion at the high school is “a mix” of the positive and negative aspects of both dimensions. “Is high school better?” she said. “It’s not worse. It’s definitely better (than junior high). But if more people were friendlier, I think that would help. I think the kids still possibly get ignored… being sort of invisible is sad for them.” Even so, Mrs. deBoer said that she is “thankful” for the volunteers who help in the Life Skills area and praised the Best Buddies program, an organization that works to fully include Life Skills students. She said that she’s also glad that Caleb, now 18, will stay until the day before his 22nd birthday. “(Here) he’s learning what applies to him. He’s not able to go to college, so they let him stay at the high school. It gives him the opportunity to have more social interaction for a few more years to work on some things he might need help with. I’ve been very happy that Caleb has had to take a large variety of classes. I think it’s terrific that he can be in (Ellery’s) history class.” The Life Skills program here even extends beyond the classroom, as the school bus takes Caleb to the Regal 17

Movie Theater at 2 p.m., where he works until 8, sweeping up popcorn and adjusting arm seats. “(The job) is a real blessing,” Mrs. deBoer said. Caleb said all of his friends are also in Life Skills. “They’re fun,” he said. But of his social interactions outside the colorful classrooms, he said, “I don’t feel included. I wish (students outside of Life Skills) would talk to me. They don’t know me perfectly well. I don’t know them all very well. They look at me that I know my presidents.” Ellery said that he doesn’t think it’s unusual that Caleb feels that way. “(Caleb) may just be a little more honest than others,” he said. “If you ask a student ‘Do you feel completely included in school?’ he’d say no.” But Taylor Stout, president of the Best Buddies program and senior, said she wishes all students would be included in every way. “Out of a one to 10 rating, I’d rate the inclusion here at eight. I wish (the Life Skills students) had a locker next to mine. I wish it was a 10. Sometimes people make fun of them. I just want everyone to accept them as friends and equals.” “People aren’t going to associate with (the Life Skills students) because they don’t have any classes with them,” Mrs. deBoer said. “That’s normal.”

But Smoot said that the school system takes every opportunity to include the Life Skills students, even including them in the Homecoming festivities. For the dance, the students used a stretch limousine from the restaurant to the school. That image of the 20 or so smiling faces in front of the limo is now Smoot’s computer screen saver. They’re present at convocations; they sit on a row of metal stands above the varsity gymnasium bleachers. In the convocation before the State game, they cheered with the mass of blue-and-yellow-clad students. A group of teachers sat with them. The celebration included the students, but the rest didn’t interact with them as the mass of dismissed peers surged past. Many ride the bus, but they leave to board them a few minutes before the thousands of others do. They also eat in the same cafeteria as the rest of the students, but “they still sit together,” Stout said. But even if Caleb’s friends are almost entirely from this crowd, he said, “No, I’m not sad. I’m happy.” Pointing to the colorful classroom, which he calls his school, he said, “My friends are here.” He added, “I wouldn’t change anything perfectly at all. I feel great. I feel comfortable. I’m perfectly protected.”


ON WITH THE LESSON: Senior Caleb deBoer listens to U.S. History teacher William Ellery lecture. Inclusionary rules allow Life Skills students, such as deBoer, to participate in all student activities, such as Homecoming and standard classes like U.S. History.

it seemed popular and tasty, and was something I had never tried. Or will try again. They put the “orange” before the “carrot” in the name, thus implying that there will be more orange taste than carrot in the drink, which is misleading. Opposite, in fact. Yes, it was cool to see the orange go through this little machine and get squeezed right in front of the customer. Yes, it was cool to watch the person working there squeeze carrots into juice. The ultimate taste of the carrot juice that had no orange flavor present? Not cool. To give Café Fresh a little credit, they do not serve just drinks here (although drinks are about two-thirds of their entire menu). They also serve wraps, paninis and salads. It seemed, however, as though they were just trying to make their “solid food” menu as long as possible by repeating things. There is a Mediterranean panini including roasted chicken breast, green peppers, black olives, feta cheese and tzatziki sauce. The Mediterranean wrap had roasted chicken breast, lettuce, green peppers, olives, feta cheese and tzatziki sauce. There is also an Asian Chicken wrap with chicken breast, lettuce, mandarin oranges, sliced almonds, crispy noodles and sesame vinaigrette. The Asian Chicken salad had chicken breast, lettuce, mandarin oranges, sliced almonds, crispy noodles and sesame vinaigrette. Most of the items on the food menu seemed to overlap, causing the menu to look less impressive. I guess it just goes to show you that restaurants with great atmospheres, great service and great prices do not always serve great food. Or even reasonable food for that matter. I would be willing to pay the extra price for a Smoothie King smoothie rather than the smoothies and drinks here.


BEVERAGE TO AVOID: Café Fresh offers juices and smoothies in both medium and large sizes. This restaurant opened in early April.

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Class Day needs time, support to become part of tradition


long with every other “tradition” added this year as part of the Distinguished Graduate/weighted grades program, the administration has added the first annual Class Day to graduation activities. It will replace Senior Skip Day and include a symbolic “changing of the seats” in which the Junior Class will take the seats of the Senior Class in the stadium. It is new and unprecedented, and it is a positive change, but one that will take time to be fully integrated into the body of this school’s many traditions. With so many changes in tradition and school policy this year, it is difficult to accept every one with open arms. At times it can be overwhelming. However, this multitude of changes also shows a dynamic administration and student body. It is one that will not settle for “good enough,” but one that strives to build on previous years and make next year better. Class Day could be a positive change, though it will likely meet complaints from seniors who want the traditional “Skip Day.” It will be difficult for seniors to accept the change. Instead of leaving after the Senior Breakfast to pursue summertime endeavors, they will sit in yet another ceremonial convocation. Still, there are reasons to be enthusiastic about Class Day. As the time runs out in the seniors’ last year at this school, they undoubtedly become more nostalgic, soaking in the last moments of being part of the student body. They experience

their last prom, their last days at school with their friends, and finally, their last all-school convocation. Class Day creates another memory for the seniors to take with them. Class Day also serves as a “passing of the torch” to the underclassmen. Certainly, as underclassmen watch the graduating seniors, they will look forward to the day when they will sit in their seats. They may be reminded that one day, not too far in the future, they will be seniors themselves. Perhaps Class Day will remind them that their day-to-day accomplishments and trials are leading up to a final result. Their senior year and their Class Day are right around the corner. Still, all new traditions take time to feel routine. With weighted grades, Distinguished Graduate program, and even late starts and new security policies, countless questions and confusions arise. Class Day will likely be similar. Students may not understand at first what the day includes or its significance. However, the gravity and nostalgic qualities of the day will outweigh these temporary inconveniences. Ultimately, having a Class Day is probably a very good idea. Students should learn to accept it, just as they have accepted convocations and school events of the past. As they sit in the stadium, transitioning from this school year to the next, they should think of the importance of their actions. Soon, the underclassmen will be seniors, and the seniors will not be here at all.



Juniors faced with challenge of creating legacy DANCING THRU LIFE

BY AMY FLIS “Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.” —Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. In a world of planned obsolescence, where a new cell phone purchased today will be old news in a matter of months, it’s tough to answer that question—why? Why are we here? What’s the purpose to this life? What can I do that will actually make a difference, change someone else’s life, leave a legacy? It is just the natural order of progression for one group to move on to make room for the next group. Every year, students that has risen through the ranks to become the prominent leaders of the school leaves the place where they have built their legacies, and the next generation moves up. The members

of the departing class take with them what they leave behind, but just how much do they leave behind? And how large are the shoes they leave behind for the next class to fill? Even as a junior, I notice more and more the lack of recognition when I remark about someone who was here just a few years ago. When I go back to my old middle school, I don’t know or remember a single person. Not even the teachers are the same after the redistricting and new school developments that have gone on in the past years. If I don’t remember, how can I expect anyone else to remember me or any of my

accomplishments after I am gone? All of these efforts are just a small E a c h c l a s s f a c e s t h a t s a m e part of what makes a great product, dilemma of how to top the last and this newspaper is just a small group and of how to leave behind part of what makes a great school. something memorable. Though that I must admit it; in a school that may be a daunting task, the Class of continually raises the bar, the Class ’09 has earned that right. of ’08 has done an outstanding job. The three years of tough work, The bar is high. which translates to 540 days, The next class must face the 3780 hours or 226,800 challenge of living up to minutes spent during “As they march out of and surpassing that mark, school alone without this school and leave and at the same time, including extracurricular it behind for good, we making those decisions involvement, has earned shape the future of must consider what that us the right to determine individual students and of h o w t o b u i l d o u r we will do to create this entire school. Now our legacy as the new it’s about determining legacies. T h i s y e a r w e b o t h generation of school what the effort of the symbolically and physically past three years has built leaders.” take the places of the up to. departing Senior Class. As we step forward, the internal As they march out of this school battle of what our lives are supposed and leave it behind for good, we to be continues. The sad part is must consider what we will do that in four years, few people will to create our legacy as the new remember who we are. generation of school leaders. However, we can still hold on As the next editor in chief of the to the hope that what we do will HiLite, I have large shoes to fill, make a difference, even if it is just but the entire staff is responsible for a small part of the larger picture. the high caliber of paper that is put Then, beyond these corridors and out every few weeks, and this fluid outside these walls, we can hope group of hard-working students is that our lives will help to change ready to continue the tradition of the world. excellence. We will miss our seniors, but we Next year, readers can look are ready for them to vacate those forward to many new features on seats. Amy Flis is the 15 Minutes of the Web site, as well as changes to Fame editor for the HiLite. Contact the newspaper itself. her at

Election exposes bitter America OH YES HE DID

BY BENNETT FUSON “We need to internalize this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent.” – Barack Obama, Illinois Senator I recently spent an afternoon working at a polling station for the Indiana Primary, which, coincidentally, was the state’s most important primary in many years. As a first time voter and slightly under-informed political student, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. But I can say that in the two hours I spent standing and campaigning for a local candidate, I learned a lot about the integrity (or lack thereof) in American politics. I worked close to a woman who was campaigning for another local office who claimed to be a staunch Republican. In an effort to make conversation, she asked me what party I supported. Since I openly admit I don’t know enough to have a well-based stance, I opt to be called an independent voter. But if you’ve been in a situation where a good first impression essentially defines the immediate future in front of you, you know that sometimes the easier answer makes more sense than the correct answer. So I told her I was Republican (which is sort of true; I was raised Republican). Big mistake. Republicans, it turns out, are not happy. With anything. For the next two hours, I heard complaints ranging from the increase of socialists (which I’m not sure really exist) at IU to Carmel’s inadequate schooling. But what really struck me was this quote: “You know, Democrats are just so bitter.” Bitter. The word struck me as odd for two reasons. First, the comment came about a week after Sen. Barack Obama criticized the working class in Pennsylvania, saying that they were “bitter towards the government.” Although the comment (in my opinion) really wasn’t that bad and actually rather true, Obama was written off as an “elitist” by his opponents and the media. But what really got me was the irony of the statement. It didn’t fully hit me until hours later that this woman, who had spent the previous two hours griping about everything except the kitchen sink, had the audacity to turn and label others as bitter. As I continued reflecting on this statement, a thought hit me. This woman’s sentiments were not isolated. The American people have turned on each other. Flip on any television, and at any moment the latest jab at another candidate becomes breaking news. Although Obama’s quote was not necessary (and he did apologize), the following controversy brought out the bitterness in both John McCain and Hilary Clinton. McCain, who bears the standard in what could be the Republican’s worst moment since Nixon’s scandal or the Hoover administration, has chosen to focus on Obama’s “elitist” comments rather than his own problems with his continually-changing stances on the Iraq War. Clinton, who has run what could easily be called a “bitter” campaign since the Florida primary, has used the statement to further divide the Democrats, courting the working class by making them bitter not towards the issues, but towards Obama and his “elitist” supporters. This isn’t the way democracy is supposed to work. Instead of dividing ourselves between candidates, we should be striving toward agreement for bettering our country. Not political unity; the Founding Fathers couldn’t even agree on ever ything. But we must recognize that our nation is changing, regardless of who we support or what we say. Instead of remaining “bitter” Americans, let’s become better Americans. Bennett Fuson is a reporter for the HiLite. Contact him at

Art teacher thanks community for support During the past year, a transitional bridge between creating, understanding and appreciating art has been built through a developing relationship between Carmel Galleries, Carmel High School students, and the Carmel community. I am very thankful to be part of a community that is so encouraging and supportive of art. Robyn Brown and all of the artists at Blue Egg Galler y have been so supportive of the student artists at Carmel, of fering workshops and space to exhibit student work alongside their own. The school community connection that we have established has been quite an inspiration. Susan Moor provided opportunities for my students to present senior exhibitions of their work at Vine and Table Gourmet Market Café. Vine and Table not only provided the space but also a reception with an inviting assortment of appetizers for the student openings. For the past 12 years, Dawn and Mark Fraley at The Great Frame Up have invited our students to take part in a “Creative Self-Expression” Exhibition. Dawn and Mark professionally frame and hang select pieces, holding an Opening Night in their shop for our students, their families and guests. My students have been welcomed to several “Conversations with the Artist” at the Lurie Gallery, and this has been wonderful inspiration as we have met with professional artists to discuss their work. Evan Lurie has been so enthusiastic and encouraging as he connects students with working artists. Thanks to each of the galleries for encouraging my students to believe in their art and in themselves as artists. Creative growth is important as we recognize the significant place that art holds in our lives. A community that reflects this sentiment through arts advocacy reaffirms that this is true even beyond the classroom, and you can never tell where your influence stops. Art Teacher Jonathan Kane


No more magic Relying on friends for my mind REID BETWEEN THE LINES

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BY ROSEMARY BOEGLIN Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many...But after observation and analysis, when you think that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” —Buddha I’m in a cloud right now. Literally. And although it is fantastic in theory, I wish the magic of certain things, like being in a cloud, was still fantastic to me. As I look out of my 12” x 16” window, smudged with sticky, almost slimy goo left from a passenger before me, all I see is white. Which is enchanting, I guess. But one cannot talk herself into being enchanted, so in reality, it’s just sort of monotonous. My sadness about not being charmed by the cloud stems from the five-or-so year old girl sitting directly behind me. I’m not going to lie and say her preciousness or naivety inspired me. Because it didn’t. What got me about her was that, after getting my attention by repeatedly kicking the back of my chair, she looked out of the window and fussed about being in a cloud. She even squealed, much to my chagrin, that she was going to tell so-and-so about floating in a cloud when she got home. Her mom was pleased, of course, because all parents think their own kids are cute. She did make me think, though, about how I’m growing up and how science class has made me into a probably more boring person. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful for the Scientific Revolution and all (otherwise I would have to be writing on paper with a pen—way tough), but explanations make for less magic. And less magic makes for a more boring life. It’s like Santa Claus. If you calculate the travel time, it’s just not possible. But, if you don’t know how to do that, or don’t have a calculator, it’s a pretty rad deal. Most (Christian) kids just accept it as a fact of life: they take naps after Kinder-Care, if they cut something the other person gets to pick the first piece and Santa’s reindeers fly him around the world in one night to deliver presents to every kid by means of descending through chimneys. I know we’re not actually sitting on a cloud along with the rest of the Care-Bear gang, but the girl behind me doesn’t. And I’m jealous. I learned in eighth grade science with Ms. Wiist (shout out) that clouds are water droplets, and we, therefore, cannot sit on them. There goes my plane-ride fun. The bigger picture, it seems, is that superhuman explanations are more exciting than scientific ones. For example, religion. A big puppet master in the sky is basically silly, but 86 percent of all people in this world are religious, according to the World Christian Encyclopedia. Just as I’m jealous of the girl sitting behind me, I’m envious of people who are sure of their faith. It must be fantastic to think that all of us are just passing through, and Heaven is merely a few big clouds away. But my scientific education does not permit me to accept ideas so readily. Where’s the proof? Where are the statistics? How do you know? Religion doesn’t exactly follow the scientific method. My hypothesis is never paired with a conclusion gathered from data, which, to someone educated in the modern scientific era, would mean that a conclusion could not be drawn. Honestly, it would never be acceptable to write “faith” as your evidence on a lab report, turn it in and expect a good grade. Although this is all true, there is a sort of magic about knowing that this isn’t it. All of this isn’t your only shot to do anything useful, love or be happy. It’s just a precursor to a supernatural existence with the puppet master up in the sky. Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is not boring. But since I was scientifically educated, I am boring because I cannot accept “faith” as an appropriate answer to the biggest question of life. I blame the public education system for that, by the way. Rosemary Boeglin is a reporter for the HiLite. Contact her at

A couple weeks ago I got my driver’s license suspended for 15 days. The details aren’t important, but what is important is that I was completely dependent on my friends and parents to get me to school, work and social events. If they hadn’t been around to give me rides, I wouldn’t have been able to make money, hang out with friends and, worst of all, I would have had to take the bus, every upperclassmen’s worst nightmare. Thinking about my experience, I have realized how dependent a lot of people, including me, are on their friends, family and especially the technology we use every day. I was almost lost without my car; it was like a part of me was missing. I actually like driving. I like blaring music and being occupied rather than just sitting in the passenger seat staring out a window. I took my right to drive for granted and became so dependent on it that I forgot how hard it can be to make plans work out when I constantly have to rely on other people to work me into their schedule and give me rides. That said, my friends and parents were great sports about the whole thing. My dad got up before six in the morning on two different Saturdays to drive me to work when he could have been sleeping in. I got rides home from school with a friend who lives in the completely opposite direction. My girlfriend became the driver for a little over two weeks, not only driving me around on the weekend but also giving me rides to school in the morning. A friend of mine even picked me up from work so my mom wouldn’t have to. No one ever gave me a hard time about it or complained; everyone was a huge help and they seemed happy to be helping me. What would we do without all these people? Whether we know it or not we come to depend on them so much when we need help with something, we almost don’t think about the time they invest in us. And although I’m talking about cars, that isn’t the only technology our generation is hopelessly dependent on. I, for one, don’t know what I would do without my iPod. God forbid that I actually go back to having to burn CDs to play in my car or listen to the radio when I could just plug my iPod into the stereo. I’m sure a lot of people probably feel the same way. If not about iPods, then I’m sure there are a lot of people who would be helpless without a cell phone. We live with these helpful little gadgets every day without actually thinking about how much we have come to depend on them. I use my phone to find out when I’m working, to make plans, to remind myself to do things, to ask questions and pretty much anything else I can think of at the time. I don’t think I’ve actually used a house phone for a real conversation in years. Most high school students would have a tough time making it a week without their cell phone. How would you keep in touch with people? How would you remember to do things or wake up to get home on time in the morning when you’re at a friend’s house? Dependence on other people and objects is a huge part of life. Without the support of our friends and family and the comfort of our technology, we would have almost nothing. People say they want to be “independent” but there’s really no such thing. Instead of trying so hard to be independent, which is nearly impossible anyway, take comfort in the fact that you have people you can always go to for help when you need it. After all, down the road you may be returning a similar favor to the same person. Reid Conner is a reporter for the HiLite. Contact him at

Indiana Jones’ final trek

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“Nothing shocks me. I’m a scientist.” —Harrison Ford, as Indiana Jones


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Today is the scheduled release date for the fourth installment in the “Indiana Jones” franchise, “The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” Harrison Ford will reprise his celebrated role as the adventurous archaeologist, with a big difference: the most recent installment, “The Last Crusade,” starred a much younger Ford (19 years younger, to be exact). Conveniently, this film takes places in the same time frame, set roughly 19 years after “The Last Crusade;” fittingly, everyone’s favorite whip-cracking hero will be fighting against conniving Soviets instead of plotting Nazis. In similar fashion, a “Star Trek” film, reportedly serving as a prequel to the ground-breaking 60s series starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, is set to premiere next May. The young cast includes several noted comedians, such as John Cho from the “Harold and Kumar” series and British actor Simon Pegg from “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz.” Hardcore fans of the classic series question how this modern film will live up to the reputation of its predecessor. These examples reflect a trend that has been going on in Hollywood for years: revivals and remakes of classic and successful films—and more recently, television series—that more often than not modernize the older media to an almost unrecognizable extent. The question is however, whether or not this trend is unique to the mass media; does it reflect a retro movement in our culture in general, a sort of veneration for the days of old? Society has advanced in countless ways since the 60s, and even since the 80s, when the first Indiana Jones film, “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” took the nation by storm. But even as technology develops at groundbreaking speed, and picture phones and text messages replace cameras and telephone calls, homage is still paid to classic traditions, as evident in some fashion and music trends. Artists like Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones are still cranking out tunes, and vintage stores peddle old fashions to a new, impressionable generation of consumers. One explanation could be the theory that time is cyclical, and events and trends of the past are bound to repeat over and over. A more logical conclusion would be that industries such as film studios wish to take advantage of the popularity of older, but wildly successful, creative ventures. By presenting them to both the old fans as well as a modern audience, the profits generated can be continued long after a television series, for example, has concluded. Ariel Aisen is an entertainment editor for the HiLite. Contact her at

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New program may be more appropriate for large student body Distinguished Graduate points system recognizes variety of students BY THE NUMBERS ON NEW PROGRAM The Distinguished Graduate

1 Distinguished Graduates

38 Commended Graduates


BY AMY FLIS Prior to the spring musical, the backstage area is filled with back-less wood houses, half-painted trees and buckets of various colors of paint. Among all this scenery paraphernalia, junior Andrew Paramore spends hours painting and putting together sets. Paramore said that during production season, his involvement in technical theater (tech crew) overshadows the rest of his activities. “Instead of finding time to do (tech crew), you find time to do other stuff,” Paramore said. Besides tech crew, Paramore said he is involved in other performing arts, including choir and drama, and said that his involvement could earn him enough points to become a Distinguished Graduate but that he honestly isn’t sure. Despite the confusion and, at times, resistance that the new program has met this year, senior Hena Ahmed said that she looks at the program, not as a replacement for valedictorian, but as a way to be fair to the students of a school with such a large student body. “I feel like it’s just a different way of recognizing students,” Ahmed said. “It’s not a replacement of the valedictorian system. It’s a way to recognize more people within a school this big. I can understand with a smaller school, there would be one student that was really great and really involved in everything, but in just our Senior Class there are nearly a thousand kids; I could name 25 people off the top of my head who I’m inspired by and who are amazing.” According to Assistant Principal Amy Skeens-Benton, the purpose of the program is “to honor and

distinguish our top students.” In addition, the program stresses the importance of a “well-rounded” student who focuses not just on academics but is also involved in extracurricular activities. “I think the students that focus solely on academics are missing out on such opportunities and a chance to learn in other ways, and maybe this will push them out of their comfort zone and let them experience the rest that Carmel H i g h S c h o o l h a s t o o f f e r, ” Skeens-Benton said. The program recognizes participation in a wide variety of activities; however, it does not require a specific type of student. “I think (the program) does encourage (more participation in school), but honestly, I think it’s more of a reward for participating in these,” Skeens-Benton said. Ahmed, who said she is a commended graduate this year, said she agrees with Skeens-Benton that the program recognizes students already involved. “If you are a student who could be a potential Distinguished Grad, you are probably doing everything right to begin with,” Ahmed said. “I feel like the Distinguished Grad program doesn’t make you have to conform to anything.” Despite this variety, some clubs or groups may argue that they are under-counted. However, SkeensBenton said that the committee that created the rubric tried to be fair. “A committee met, made up of parents, teachers, administrators and students, and came up with what we thought was a fair, across-the-board rubric for points,” Skeens-Benton said. “And we wanted to again focus mainly on academics because that


T H E S O U R C E O F H E R P O I N T S : Senior Hena Ahmed is at work on the computer in her yearbook

class. According to Ahmed, participation in yearbook and numerous other clubs and organizations has made her a commended graduate this year. is the number-one goal but then to balance the other things with that.” The committee met again after this first year with the program to discuss necessary changes to the rubric and made adjustments based on various r ecommendations. “We had to make sure that we’re fair and balanced, but we did make adjustments based on those suggestions,” Skeens-Benton said. Ahmed was one student who met with members of the committee and made suggestions for adjustments to the rubric for next year. She said she answered questions about each portion of the rubric as to the fairness and general opinion of each portion of the rubric. “They definitely listened to what I had to say,” Ahmed said. “I was basically there to express the ideas

of a lot of different students; it wasn’t much of my own views.” Despite these efforts, Paramore said that complete balance and fairness is impossible. “I don’t think it could be completely fair because different people put different value on activities,” Paramore said. “Whether they realize it or not, there’s going to be a bias. I mean, performing arts is great, but then we just won (a) State football (championship).” The list of recognized clubs is one example of something that some people may want to change. Ahmed said, “There’s so many clubs that do a lot of work, and I feel like (the administrators) might need to add them to the list. Just because you aren’t a writer for yearbook or HiLite doesn’t

mean you don’t work hard.” Skeens-Benton said, “(The program) will always be adaptable.” Accor ding to Skeens-Benton, the committee will meet again after next year’s Distinguished Graduates are selected and will make further adjustments. SkeensBenton said, “It’s a constant work.” Besides these minor changes, Ahmed said that she does like the program in general. “I honestly think it’s a fair way to recognize the seniors and all their accomplishments, just because there are so many students in our grade and they’re all so great at so many different things,” she said. “So I feel like it’s so hard to pick one specific person, and overall, I think it’s a really good idea to look at everything someone has done and recognize a lot of students at once.”

Juggling All Those Points Senior Grace Baranowski, after four years of extracurricular involvement, has become the first Distinguished Graduate Tennis (Two Years)

BY TOMMY SNEIDER National Honor Society

House of Representatives (Four years)

What are your thoughts on being the first Distinguished Graduate? I’m so honored to be the first Distinguished Graduate. I’m happy to represent this program because it stresses what I think is important in high school. The whole point about the distinguished graduate program is that it awards learning and growth inside AND outside of the classroom. I hope the students here realize the importance of the program and even more apply next year.

How have you balanced all of these activities with schoolwork?

Key Club (Two Years)

It can get hard, especially during Accents’ competition season. Then, I can have w to 5 and Accents from 6 to 9. I get home by 9:30 and study until midnight or 1 a.m. Wash, rinse, repeat. It’s a matter of knowing what I have to do and making up my mind to do it. Actually, I find being involved in so many activities forces me to budget time wisely and study efficiently.

Are there any activities you still wish you could do?

Choir (Four years)

I don’t exactly know what you mean by this comment. Time constraints have to become a reality at some point. As a junior, I had to stop playing for the Carmel tennis team because Accents and tennis had confl icting practices. Even so, I enjoyed playing tennis and hope to play intramural (tennis) in college.

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What made you want to do all of these activities? When I attended my first convo as a freshman, I remember that former Assistant Principal Lee Lonzo told us we only take with us what we leave behind. The general impression I got was that the high school experience would improve the more involved one was. I also got involved with so many activities because it just felt natural. It was never really a question for me. I expected a busy schedule from day one.

What has been the most difficult part of doing everything? The most difficult part of being so involved is that I often forget that I need a break. It’s so easy to just keep going and going, to follow the same routine and not to notice exhaustion. I can be like the Energizer bunny who just gets too wrapped up in work to realize the batteries have actually run out. Because not only do I participate in so many activities, I study hard and enjoy hanging out over the weekends with friends. What time do I have left for myself?

What are your plans after graduation? I’m attending Duke University in the fall of 2008. I plan on studying international relations, languages, neurolinguistics or maybe psychology. I’m quite undecided as far as the exact major, but I’m fascinated by world cultures and human interactions.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Hm. In five years I’ll be 23, graduated from college. I see myself either at graduate school, researching something intriguing, or maybe in Europe, working in a foreign capital. I don’t really know what my future holds--those speculations might just be daydreams, or they might mirror truth. Regardless of my activities or my location, I see myself happy and loving life.

In 10 years? In 10 years I’ll be 28. I see myself as a more established, more knowledgeable, and even more successful version of my 23-year-old self.

How do you think you have made Carmel a better place?





I don’t think I made Carmel a better place as much as it made me a better person. Carmel has given me a place to grow and challenge myself. After all, it’s very difficult for just one person to change 4,000. But I hope that, because of me, people laughed more or maybe found something they were interested in. I hope they had one more friend.

What’s your favorite part of this school? My favorite part of this school is our school spirit. It might sound corny, but I still love piling into the varsity gym and half-singing, half-yelling the words to our fight song. There’s something to be said about seeing 4,000 other teens awash in blue and gold cheering thunderously as one.

The last snapshot Before high school officially started, Greyhound Kick-Off mentors told us that four years would pass before we even knew it. And throughout this year, even though we finally achieved famed upperclassman status, we never believed that the end would actually arrive. But now here it is: there are only five more days of school before 983 seniors walk out of Carmel. These are our high school careers—a defining period during which we learn not only academic subjects, but about life and each other. The only tangible thing we may have is our yearbook, but the memories will last a lifetime. But as we step out of the building one last time, we leave behind the mark of the Class of 2008. Take your last look.

Seniors ’08

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PAGE C2 • THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2008 HiLite Seniors Grace Baranowski Kristen Bartheld Jack Boeglin Jaclyn Chen Katie Duffy Ashley Elson Marc Fishman Griffy Housemeyer Meagan McNaulty Claire Pickett Stephanie Walstrom Tian Yang

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In This Special Issue Dear readers, This unique insert of the HiLite takes a look at the graduating class of 2008. We examine the numbers that have dictated the course of our year, reflections on what has passed and thoughts on the future. You’ll also find a detailed survey of each senior and his or her future plans. Take a look and see where your peers are headed. Find your own name and your next alma mater. We thank you for your continued support and readership. Thank you for what has been a wonderful four years. Jaclyn Chen, Editor-in-chief Grace Baranowski, Managing editor John Shi, Managing editor


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During his sophomore year, a trip to Myrtle Beach, sponsored by the Christian organization Student Venture, allowed Mentz to connect with his faith and peers in a new, stronger way that he said he knew would last. “It was an awesome time to make friendships with people that I stayed with throughout high school; it really brought us together,” Mentz said. “I learned a lot about my relationship with God then, too.” This year, Mentz decided to bring his faith to others in a way that high school students are often eager to approach. He used music. Having played the drums since fifth grade and after receiving his own drum set for his 16th birthday, Mentz said he was practicing when he realized he was better than he thought he was. Gathering his friends, and utilizing his skills to play the drums, Mentz then started the band, The Branches. “I decided I wanted (seniors) Collin (Rainey) and David (Pison) to get together with me. And it really clicked after a few hours. We were playing things that sounded good and so we decided to stick with it,” Mentz said. “Over this last summer we added (senior) Kevin Timmons as a bassist and we continued practicing and hopefully we have gotten a lot better, which I think we have.” Mentz said that along with connecting with his faith, his band-mates allow him to keep committed to his music. He said, “We are all really close friends and they are such encouraging people. They are just a lot of fun to be with.” Mentz said that because of playing in a band like this, and participating in activities such as Student Venture throughout his high school career, he has gained a deeper understanding of who he is in Christ. Although Mentz said he sees The Branches disbanding before they all go off to college, he said the experience has provided him, and hopefully his peers, with a new way to enjoy music, all while keeping their faith in mind. “I don’t think we have any expectations beyond high school,” he said. “We want to use our music to reach people with what we believe as Christians, not just to have fun, that’s how far I see it going.”

A BEAT OF HIS OWN: Senior Jesse Mentz drums for The Branches, a local band formed by four seniors here at Carmel. Mentz said that, although it will likely not continue past high school, he has formed strong bonds with his bandmates.

Stories by Meagan McNulty. Photos by John Shi.


esse Mentz can clearly recall when he knew that his high school experience was going to be something more than just going to class and hanging out with friends. “At Myrtle Beach was when I realized that Student Venture was going to be a part of my life, all four years,” Mentz said.

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Experience with choir, drama prepares Raymont for future Ella Raymont was born into the arts, or at least that’s how she explains it. “I grew up with a very artistic family,” Raymont said. “My mom went to college for visual arts, she was a painter. My dad is a musician, but that’s not really what their jobs are, so I grew up in a creative atmosphere.” Because of this, it comes as no surprise to see that Raymont knew where she wanted to be in life, even as a fifth grader in the school musical. She said, “I got casted as one of the leads, as the villain. It kind of skyrocketed from there. I was like, ‘I want to do this for the rest of my life,’ being an actress and entertaining people, and making people laugh and feel things.” Having been involved in nearly all the performing arts department has to offer, Raymont hopes her past experiences and skills will allow her to pursue the arts in college, and beyond. She said, “College is essential, which is kind of nerve-racking because you have to audition to be in musical theatre in college. You have to have monologues and songs picked out, and then they have the dance audition, which is always the worst part because I’m really slow when it comes to learning dances. It’s probably my biggest weakness.” By attending Ball State University next year for Musical Theater, Raymont aspires to better her theatrical education. Raymont said she hopes for more doors to open there, as well, because of its location and opportunities. Raymont said, “I’m very

excited because it’s not that far (from) Chicago, which has a lot of theater and they have an impressive program. They offer an opportunity to intern in London, junior year, which is so cool.” Raymont said she contributes her success to the variety of classes and opportunities available at Carmel. Having been involved in show choir and more than eleven productions put on by the school, Raymont has taken full advantage of the possibilities that are made available to students here. She recalls fond memorable experiences in the nonstop atmosphere of competition show choir and the rewarding experiences of witnessing the final product of a piece she directed in the Studio One Acts, “Duet for Bear and Dog.” Raymont said experiences such as these allow her to gain a unique advantage over future competition in the job market, or even in college. By participating in these activities, Raymont said she has allowed herself to gain insight into the lives of others, and she has been able to associate herself with a variety of different people, which, she said, is crucial in life. She said, “It’s so important in a school of this size that you gain relationships, whether good or bad, with other people, and you learn from other people’s mistakes, you learn from your mistakes and you learn how to deal with different types of people because, we all know, there are lots of different types of people out there.”

AT THE TOP OF HER LUNGS: As Mrs. Peacock in the production “Clue,” Senior Ella Raymont performs a song about Mr. Body’s murder. Raymont said that although she “grew up with an artistic family,” she took advantage of many programs in the performing arts department, such as show choir and drama productions.


— Sam Anderson

Anderson finds a new lens to look through For Sam Anderson, senior year creates something different that is unmatchable to anything from previous years. “Just seeing everybody come together, as our senior year, is a bond, I guess,” he said. “Everybody just forgets about cliques and stuff like that. We’re all just seniors and we’re all just here to enjoy our last year together.” For many seniors here, this bond creates a new way to connect with others, and realize important goals while looking ahead to the future. Anderson said, “I think, in a way, that the four years have changed my personality. I’ve started to realize the person who I want to be, and how I want to act from now on, because I think in junior high, I wasn’t really that person. Now I feel like with all

the experiences and people I’ve met, I’m finally starting to get there.” For Anderson, a shaping experience for him was his junior year on the varsity men’s soccer team. Having played since he was 4 years old, soccer would eventually lead him to a State championship. Anderson said his passion for the sport and senior year stand out the most to him. “I enjoyed it so much. The fact that it is so fun makes it easier to keep going out to practices and doing all the hard work that goes in,” he said. “When you’re successful and when you’re winning, (that) makes it easier to go out there day after day.” Despite his success, Anderson said he’s going to pursue other goals once he’s in college at IU and not play for

his school’s team, but instead though intramurals or club. He said, “I’ve talked to some of my D2 or D3 schools about playing but I’ve realized that it’s been fun while it’s lasted, but once I go off to college there are more important things to focus on, so I’d rather get the college experience without having to worry about soccer every day.” As far as high school goes, Anderson said he’s enjoying being a senior, and has pride in what he has accomplished to be where he is today, although there is one thing he would have done differently. He said, “As a freshman, I could have branched out more. I stayed within my junior high group, if you will. I have learned that my personality needs to change.”

A BALANCING ACT: Juggling a soccer ball, senior Sam Anderson practices for the men’s soccer team. As a member of the 2006 State championship team, Anderson said playing soccer has shaped his high school experience.

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A Shift in Focus Aftering deciding that varsity sports required too much time, Miller switches from athletics to academics, with no regrets When Tracy Miller was a freshman, things looked pretty stable. As an athlete playing both basketball and volleyball, she was on the right track to making it into the heart of Carmel’s athletic program. “Even when I bought my class ring, I did put the little basketball thing on it because I really expected to play basketball all four years,” she said. But as most find out here, things don’t always stay the same. “I decided after sophomore year that it was too much of a commitment,” Miller said. “My parents always said, ‘You are going to get an academic scholarship, not an athletics scholarship.’” By deciding not to play sports for the school, Miller saw new doors open for her, in ways that may have been a little different than from what she’d originally expected. She founded the Book Club. Miller said, “(Media specialist Connie) Mitchell came to (Miller and senior J.C. Pankratz) at the end of (freshman year) and she said, ‘I want there to be a book discussion club and would you two be interested in making it together?’” Unlike other activities she had done, Miller said she was able to connect with other people who had a passion for literature that was similar to hers when she participated in Book Club. She said, “Our discussions are always really good and we might get off track and talk about another book, or a movie and book in pairs, so the discussions are always really fun and I usually end up laughing.” As Book Club’s first three years went by, Miller said she saw the club change and grow. What first started out as a smaller discussion group eventually grew and gained members to take on bigger events, such as the unveiling of the last Harry Potter book, and the silver screen connection between the book, Memoirs of a Geisha. Because of this, Miller said she has become rather well known for her affiliation with the club. “As the president, doing Book Club, strangers will tease me in the hallways and be like ‘Hey, (for) Book Club, what’s the next book?’ and maybe they’ll say it meanly or maybe they’ll say it nicely or maybe they’re just kidding, so it lets me deal with different situations,” she said. Although Miller said she sometimes feels regret toward leaving this school’s athletic programs, she said she doesn’t doubt that she has made the right choices on how to be involved, through Book Club and other activities. “Book Club makes me more outreaching, it has brought me out more, and it lets me know people more,” Miller said. “I think all the activities have left me better off together.”

SPEAK UP Seniors share what they’ll remember about their last year COMPILED BY ASHLEY ELSON

“I think I’ll remember winning the State football game. We were the class that brought the title back home.”


“Tailgating (before football games) with my friends.”


“Seeing how well the varsity athletics teams performed this year in general. We dominated!”


“Sitting with my friends in the morning by my locker and eating food.”

A BALANCING ACT: As a founding member of Book Club, senior Tracy Miller engages in discussions with other members. Miller, who said she now wants to pursue a future in primary education, said that the Book Club has helped her be “more out-reaching.”


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HiLite seniors reflect on big decisions, the last day of school and the future

Arrows, opportunities and words By realizing this, I instantly see this I vividly remember hearing a certain quote take on a new life. It’s advice for quote from early on in my life, the future, and it’s advice for anyone something my grandmother used in life: freshmen, sophomores, juniors, to say to my mother, who passed BY GRIFFY HOUSEMEYER graduating seniors, teachers, children it on to me. It goes something like BY GRIFFY HOUSEMEYER and adults. There is not one person this: “There are three things you who cannot benefit from it. can never retrieve: the speeding I now know that it is important arrow, a missed opportunity and to find the restraint to put my the spoken word.” No matter what examples the “arrows” back in their quiver. I have quote gives, it relates to anyone. There are things in our lives we both released and been pierced by such “arrows,” and both wish we could take back. There are chances we wish we could have brought pain. Something else I’ve learned is that I have never been sorry have again. It’s simply our nature as people to look back on parts of our past with regret. How many times do we think to when I took an opportunity, even if I wasn’t successful. On the ourselves, “Well, if only I could have gone back and done things other hand, I do regret not seizing certain opportunities. In my opinion, the most important piece of advice to differently...”? It’s easy for anyone to get lost in the past. But the past is gone and there’s nothing we can do to remember through life is that a person can never retrieve the change it, so why do we spend so much time focused on it? spoken word. The words a person speaks can never be taken I have recently found myself being consumed by the past. back, no matter how many lengths they go to in order to correct Truthfully, I’ve been consumed by it until this very moment in them. Words, good or bad, can be more powerful than anything, which I write. All I’ve been able to think about are my shadows and I have learned first hand how my words to others, and others and regrets. I’ve thought about those speeding arrows, those words to me, have been more destructive than anything. Always missed opportunities and those spoken words. It seems I almost remember to choose words you will not regret. As I move into a new stage of life, I am deciding to let go began to define myself by them. However, I suddenly find myself having an epiphany, a of the past and embrace an amazing and exciting future. I am revelation of sorts. By clenching tightly to my past I have halted deciding to hold on to my “arrows,” take up new opportunities my future. How am I to look ahead when all I do is look back? and speak words that will make a positive difference.


And life goes on The other day, as I sat in one of the final House meetings of the year, a barrage of campaign posters assaulted my eyes in a burst of panicked neon. I was surreptitiously whispering with my friends as usual during the meeting—still paying attention, though. Enough attention to realize that they were discussing next year’s details. We started to discuss a now common theme: the fact that we wouldn’t be here next year. Somehow, though, seeing the future Speaker of the House and the posters for senior leadership positions made us feel the shock of reality even more so than normal. We began to picture CHS without us. That part was easy. The hard part was accepting that it wouldn’t be that much different. The student body would look exactly the same. House would still organize Dance Marathon and raise increasing amounts of money. The HiLite would keep churning out biweekly issues. The yearbook would follow the same format, just substituting different faces in each grade level. After all, there’s always a new batch of seniors coming up. That much is obvious from the countless campaign posters promising to make senior year the best yet, the junior varsity team practicing to take over senior varsity positions and even the underclassmen dreaming of their final year here. Pretty soon, the applauded seniors will just be names. That part is probably the most shocking to me, as someone who has always strived to stand out from the crowd. Some day, a random student will walk by my name on a plaque and won’t connect a person to the name. I’m already guilty, giggling to myself about the ’80s hair and short shorts. My mom is actually on a plaque, for the 1979 State champion women’s swim team. She stands on the wall, perpetually silent and smiling behind a dusty glass pane, even though the student body has long since ceased to know her. I suppose then, the only thing we can do in these last few days is enjoy the time we have left. But I won’t visit the high school too many times after graduation. Many of my old friends I’d want to see won’t be here. I could talk to a favorite teacher, but soon they’d have to break off the conversation to tend to a current student’s question. But I think that would be a fallacy to feel as if I have lost my place here already. I have my memories, and so do my friends. High school has been a wonderful training ground, but yes: sooner or later the troops have to move on and another rank of newbies must take their place. And life goes on.


Let’s see how far we’ve come All my life I’ve been surrounded by pictures. Anyone who’s set foot into my bedroom can testify to this; my dressers are cluttered and my desk is practically useless, since they’re all consumed by frames. Today before writing, these pictures really did surround me, literally, and my mom, too. Together, we sat on the floor of our guest room, completely encompassed by 17 years worth of Kodak moments. As an only child, my mother found her “maternal calling” within the idea of creating me a ridiculously lengthy scrap book for my senior open house, and the only logical starting point to this mammoth project would be to go through EVERY picture we have, right? Wrong. My mother has found this out the hard way. So far I’d say she’s put in a little over 12 hours of flipping through pictures that cover everything that happened in my entire childhood. I’m not saying that taking hundreds and hundreds of pictures over the course of my life has been a waste, but when the job is looking at every picture and picking

out the good ones, the task can get a wee bit time consuming. There really are pictures of everything: from the first time I held a rattle to dress-up parties. As I grow-up throughout these pictures it is easy to see when exactly I got a hold of the camera. It usually resulted in pointless and out of focus pictures of inanimate objects. That’s when things really start to get exciting. And by me saying this, I sincerely hope readers are planning on visiting this open house, if only to witness my inexplicable talents as a young photographer, showcased in my own monstrosity of a scrap-book. Anyway, needless to say, mom got a little peeved at herself about eight hours in and asked my why we took so many pictures, and why we felt it wasn’t necessary to document them as we went along. I simply shrugged. There really isn’t an explainable reason why we take pictures, other than to capture the moment. When we took those pictures, we thought the moment was worth saving. When we clicked the

STOP, DROP AND ROLL BY MEAGAN MCNULTY shutter, we never wanted to forget. It’s totally impossible to time travel, but honestly, these pictures are the closest thing we have to doing so. Pictures aren’t pointless. In my opinion, there can never be enough of them. Sure, we should have written on the backs of them when it was taken and who all was there. There are a lot of things we should have done to properly capture the moment and all the emotions that went along with it, but we didn’t. Despite this, I’m satisfied with where we’re at. Through the pictures I can look back and see how far we’ve come, and how far I’ve come. I know I’ve changed, but by the looks of things, everyone else has, too. Even if the subject isn’t in focus, at least I can say and support that it happened.

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A salute to good fortune SUPER SENIOR BY JACK BOEGLIN This column is coming from someone who, if he did anything, took advantage of the opportunities provided him by teachers, advisers and other students, all of whom have granted him a lot more patience and trust than he would have necessarily afforded himself. I never really understood how essential other people were to my accomplishments and development, how important other people’s patience and trust were in forming the way I’ve turned out, until recently. It’s something to think about. First, I never would have done much in the performing arts department if my percussion teacher at the time hadn’t seen beyond my excessively tall, excessively talkative, inadequately serious exterior and bumped me directly into the top concert band based on one good audition (but a year of sketchy behavior). As a direct result of his trust in me, I’ve played

four years of concert band, four years of jazz band, two years in the pit orchestra for the musical, taken four years of private instruction and played two years in the state percussion ensemble. I was going to quit after freshman year if I didn’t get into the top group. My second break came at the end of my sophomore year, when I found I had a course to fill and decided journalism would fit the bill. The problem was that I hadn’t bothered to take Newspaper 1-2, but there was no way I was going to take that as a junior and get on staff my senior year. Mr. Streisel, the HiLite adviser, listened to my situation and gave me a chance, and since then I’ve had the opportunity to write several front-page stories, become an editor of the perspectives pages and date the editor in chief. Thanks for that, man. I have a history of people being nice to me, so I will try to write this up briefly. Mrs. Hadden let me turn in my Model UN forms over a month after the deadline my junior year, and I won both a best delegation and a best delegate in the two years I’ve gone. Mrs. Litzelman let me learn Japanese independently in three different semesters because of scheduling conflicts, despite the fact that she already has to teach all

five years of Japanese classes here. I’m planning to study Japanese as a minor next year, but I would be horribly out of practice if it weren’t for the extra effort she made to keep me on track. Mr. McConnell let me borrow a $5,000 marimba last summer without signing a contract or code of conduct, and it’s undoubtedly because of that that I’ve developed as well as I have on that instrument. CHS teachers voted for me to be one of the four Carmel representatives to Boys’ State, despite the fact that I’m not the grades’ best student and have never been a big suck-up until this column. The 2008 NHS seniors voted me president last year despite basically no prior leadership experience. The point is, ALL of my most important school-related activities were directly facilitated by trust in me and opportunities given to me. In each of these situations, less supportive people on the other end would mean I would have lost a significant part of my high school experience, but each time other people extended a hand out to me, and I have tried to repay them for that. And that’s what a good high school experience should really be about.

The thank-you’s I’ve yet to deliver I wish this column would write itself. I don’t deal well with endings or change—a new haircut is the only exception—so perhaps the great difficulty with which I write is an indication of my serious separation anxiety. It’s taken 18 years to figure out what being me even means, but this is what I do know: Despite my best efforts to the contrary, I am a super-practical, nerdy, bossy, organized, sometimes insensitive, secretly sentimental person. I check myself out in the mirror leading into the English hall to make sure the hair and clothes are in order. I take myself rather seriously—that fact is courtesy of the guy whose column appears on top—and I know it. I’ve studied for every last test and quiz, even if minutely and even for my AP exams this year, despite my claims. And more apparent recently, my only child status lends too many sentences that begin with “I.” Though these traits have become apparent, I know little of what lies ahead and too much of what lies behind. There’s a familiarity about the corners of my room, the streets of Carmel and the halls of this high school, something organic and completely home-grown. It’s taken me nearly a decade to acclimate fully to Carmel and to find the best eateries, the fastest routes and the people who float on my wavelength. The people especially have become the cornerstone of my high school experience, and these relationships are the ones that I’ll remember. Since I don’t thank them enough for the

influence and impact they’ve made on my life, here’s my “thank you.” Gizele: You are my rock, and I can’t imagine chatting anyone else up on a Saturday afternoon (evenings might fit my schedule better, but I understand your attachment to “Law and Order.”) Thanks also for sharing BY JACLYN CHEN Christine with me. I never got to have a sister. Sarah and Kelsey: I can’t believe that we’ve come from 4/5 Challenge (or was it challenged, according to Mrs. Ehrlich?) to high school graduation. We’ve been friends for more than half of our lives, and I wouldn’t want anybody else. By the way, I saw Mrs. Hill at “42nd Street”—she wants to see us soon. John and James: I doubt I would have gotten through Block had it not been for you guys. Here’s to analyzing poetry, dating and colleges all in the same hour. Girl Scout Troop 179: I always wondered about the irony of weathering the elements while demurely making craft bracelets, but I always enjoyed our campfire chats. Back Table Girls: Weekly therapy is a must, and so is politics. Thanks for the discussions and for the support. Next year, I’ll have to make new friends and find those great restaurants and shops tucked away in a new city, Philadelphia. And though I’m not one to have embrace change, I’m sure it will find me in no time. Thanks to these people, I’m as ready as I’ll ever be.



First impressions I’ve never been much for making first impressions. I’m a rather unimpressive person and easily forgettable. Long straight brown hair, blue eyes and medium height make me blend into the crowd. The quiet voice only adds to this. When I moved here before my junior year, I was afraid. Correction: I was scared to death. How was a shy girl, one who had stuck with the same friends since elementary school, going to make it in a school twice the size where she knew no one? I set out to find a way to survive in this large school. And I think I did a pretty good job. I talked to people in my classes the first few days of school. I joined a few clubs, made a few friends and became an editor of the HiLite all the while making decent grades. I’d venture to guess that I made more of my two years here than most did in their four. From conversing with professors and dealing with roommates to putting up with frustrating bosses and talking with annoying co-workers, a lot of our knowledge about someone is based on the first impression. I still don’t think I know how to make a proper first impression, and I’m not sure I ever will. For now, I suppose I am left with a handshake and a smile. I suppose that makes the sort of first impression I have so long sought after. And yet, I’m still not satisfied. The people I met on my first day of school had little effect on me. The teachers that remembered my name after our first meeting made few lasting impressions on my mind. I should be happy with my experience but I can’t help feeling that I missed out on some big message. So what’s the lesson here? It is no doubt that we have all changed in our four years in high school and that our experiences are uniquely our own, but surely there is something more. I’m not going to get preachy and say that high school is the best time of your life because in all honesty, it probably wasn’t. The however many years you spend in college, depending on your major and the kind of degree you want, will probably be the best years of your life. Why try and make high school out to be something more than four drama filled years of torturous work? Sure, high school had its defining moments, but college will see far more. Perhaps that is the real lesson. What we have accomplished in high school won’t really matter in the end. High school merely defines who we will become. College teaches us how to become that. The real world puts what we’ve learned to the test. It’s all leading up to that, the real world. We have at least four more years before we face it. Let’s make them count.

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Life on N. Rural St. BY STEPHANIE WALSTROM I’d really love to avoid being corny. Do I get nostalgic when I reflect upon my four years here? Am I sad to leave behind the comforts of high school life? Will I miss the people I’ve gotten to know over the years? Go ahead and check yes to all of the above. But I decided early on that I didn’t want my senior column to be about any of those things. So for lack of anything better, I’ll tell a story. About 30 minutes south of here, nestled between a church and a fast food restaurant, is a big old building on North Rural Street. For two summers, I went there weekly with a group of friends. We labored over the construction of a patio, cooked dinner, mopped floors, played games and heard fascinating stories. Most of the women and children I interacted with at Wheeler Mission Care Center, an Indianapolis shelter for homeless women and children, are gone now. Though some eventually found a place to call their own, many were not so fortunate. The story (a weak one, I know) stops there. And the corniness begins here: It’s been a long four years. They’ve been hilarious, busy and at times very hard. There have been moments of incredible joy and moments that have broken me entirely.

Ready to turn the page YOU KNOW IT’S NOT A RACE, RIGHT?

I’ve hopped into ponds, paid Einstein’s Bagels hundreds of dollars, eaten Oreos on a certain dock and had meaningful conversations on my closest friend’s kitchen floor. I also have a lot of people to thank. I’ve had supportive parents, incredible teachers and friends who I’m convinced are the best out there. Not to mention a little somethin’ called the Back Table. All of them have been there through everything and taught me so much. But the people who taught me perhaps the most important thing, that you’re never too young to change the world, are the people I’ll never get to thank. I like to think I impacted the people who passed through Wheeler, but what those people taught me is far more valuable than anything I could ever teach them. Leaving a mark on the world around you is not that difficult. As North Rural Street taught me, it takes little to leave the world better than you found it. So it turns out I only thought I didn’t do corny. And since I’m already well into sappy territory, I may as well just leave you with this thought: age is no excuse not to leave a legacy. Thanks to the people at Wheeler who taught me that.

A Senior Will NOTHING ELSE BUT BITTERSWEET BY CLAIRE PICKETT To whom it may concern: the following items and words of wisdom I leave to the following, in hopes that I forever remain in your hearts, mind and memories. I leave my junior year to my Honors Block class of 2007, Mr. Bardos, and Ms. Borto, for blessing me with the workload that consumed a good portion of my life and friends in places I never would have found them. I leave my sophomore year to Katie Duffy, who took me with her through a year of HiLite, Honors English with our favorite Mrs. Pilkinton and to random parties at which sophomores were definitely not welcome.


As I was sitting at my computer pondering the least cliché way to write my HiLite senior column (a deed that I’ve secretly been waiting to complete since I first joined), I was at a loss. I realized there was no possible way I could write this without sounding ridiculously nostalgic or sappy, which is why I decided to throw in the towel and do this the way I’ve always wanted to. I’ve composed a list of the things I’ve learned these past four years at CHS (or a condensed version anyway). Hopefully you can empathize and/or learn from what I have! 1. Never underestimate the excitement that accompanies a poorly planned scavenger hunt (a proven temporary solution to the “Ihavenothingtodothisweekend” complex). 2. Board games are always more entertaining when played at a random place and time (say, 11ish in front of City Hall?). 3. Sometimes (most times) your hardest teachers are your favorites. 4. I don’t do dissections. I just don’t. 5. You can run, but you can’t hide from the petty stress that comes with the prospect of attending a high school dance (yet some of my most cherished high school memories were made before, during and after them). 6. Possessing both an open mind and grounded beliefs is what I’ve learned to call virtue. 7. Lectures, papers and class discussion aren’t as lame as we say they are (with many exceptions I might add...).

I leave my freshman year to Paige Coapstick, who through my awkward stages stayed with me and stuck with me until the end despite the fool of myself that I continually made myself out to be. Hey, I was still young, it happens. I leave my Dance Marathon shirts to Ms. Wolff, who inspired me to keep dancing even when you think you can’t feel your feet anymore. I know that in the many years to come, DM will continue to touch others and bring them out of their shell just like with me. I leave my style manual to Mr. Streisel, who could always make us laugh. Through his classes, he taught me to write and helped spark friendships I know will never end. I leave all my summers to Michael Hays, one of the best friends that I’ll ever know. I leave my IU shirts to Adrian Espey, the person who can always tell I’m lying and knows me front and back-literally. I leave my GKOM shirts to Mrs. Overbeck, who always has patience for everyone, including freshmen, that took me years to find. I leave my Morale shirt to my SRT, which contains my second family and some of my favorite people in it that I have met in my four years of high school. I leave my house keys to Haley Burns, who is sometimes more a part of my family than I am. I leave my AP stat book to my boyfriend. It was the excuse I used to start talking to him.

8. Sometimes all you have are nights spent driving around with friends doing nothing, and sometimes those nights are the best. 9. Spirit days are only fun if you participate. 10. Procrastination: let me come back to this... 11. I understand its relative importance, but I despise standardized testing. 12. If I’m looking to have a memorable chat, my best bet is heading to the Back Table in C147, the swings at Cherry Tree park or a certain friend’s kitchen floor. 13. It’s okay if someone catches you tripping up the stairs, talking to yourself or singing obnoxiously in the car; they do it, too. Here comes the dreaded sap (I apologize): 14. A true understanding of the individual you’re becoming may necessitate a brief period of self-doubt and/or identity crisis. Don’t let it consume you; learn from it. 15. Getting involved here via sports, student government, the paper, etc. is what has given me the reassurance that I won’t have a single regret when I walk across that stage at Pepsi Coliseum in a mere 10 days with a diploma in hand. 16. The happy feeling I will forever have in my heart when I think of this time in my life is the product of my friends and family. These years would have been nothing without them, and because I don’t do it enough, I would like to take the opportunity to thank them for their love and support. They were high school for me. Next chapter of Life, here I come.

I leave my water bottles to Mr. Bates, one of my favorite teachers who always makes me second guess drinking from soda cans and refilling my water bottles. I leave my Kids’ Corner binder to my fellow teachers and Mrs. Pike, who guided us through the blessing and experience of changing childrens’ lives. It really was fabulous. I leave behind the HiLite round table to Steph, Corey, Kristen, Christine and Andrea where some of the best talks of my high school life occurred. I leave my Service Leadership portfolio to Morgan Kidd—Morgan, Patty definitely isn’t as crazy as us. I leave my writing to Mrs. Minner, who always makes a student feel special and is accepting of anyone regardless of who or what they are. I leave my one Colts game that I attended to Michael Wendt who was never embarrassed to look at the stars with me. I leave behind my high pants to Kenna, Maggi, Cam, and Alicia, you all taught me how to make fun of myself and love every second of it. SMACK for life. I leave “The Office” seasons to Brian Vanneman, who donated his iPod touch and his Dunder Mifflen jacket. And finally, I leave my senior year to all of Carmel High School. I hope they can get as much out of this school as I did, meet the people that will shape them as much as those that inspired me and learn all they can about themselves in the little time they have here.

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It’s time to say goodbye FAST SLOW LIVING BY TIAN YANG I’m almost done with my lasts. I’ve had my last prom, Homecoming, winter formal, ISSMA competition, Acumen issue, AP test, final, etc. This column is just another last. Yet I would rather not focus on how this is my last column for the HiLite. Instead, I want to draw attention to the firsts. Senior year is, of course, filled with plenty of firsts. For starters, this will be your first time being a senior, and therefore added to your list of firsts. If you’re like most seniors, this is your first year on the top of the high school social hierarchy. It’s also the first, and only, year you will ever experience so much stress and anxiety, packed into the month called December when all your college applications are due. In addition to that, once you’ve submitted your applications, it will be your first year to experience obsessive compulsive disorder by stalking your admissions status on college websites. It will be the first year for you to

get deferred, accepted, rejected and waitlisted. For your parents, it will be the first year for them to rip out their hair trying to figure out how to pay your hefty college tuition. It will be the first year that you can legitimately have ‘senioritis.’ For most seniors it’s also the first year you can legitimately buy cigarettes, tattoos and other items forbidden to minors. Once again, it is also the first year, if you’re lucky, you can perform you civic duty and vote. Senior year is the first year where you realize what little time you have left here. It’s the one year where you began to regret not having lived the high school experience to the fullest. Senior year is the first time you can begin counting down until the days you walk across that stage at Pepsi Coliseum and receive your diploma. It’s the one time you’ll look forward to college before you’re jaded. Senior year is the first year you will have to be able to relish your high school career. And it one of the last years left in the world of adolescence. So while I’m quite excited to do some firsts and lasts, I’m also a bit sad to be crossing the threshold from adolescence into adulthood. I’ll miss the weekends spent hanging out with friends, working on HiLite, going to extracurricular meets, etc. Yet I’m also looking forward to the new experiences that college will bring.

Living the life in fast forward STOP THIS TRAIN BY KRISTEN BARTHELD

About four years ago I made the decision to attend Carmel over Brebeuf. It was a painful process that ended up with me bawling and hoping I made the right decision. After experiencing those four years, though, I have no doubt that my decision was correct. Freshman year started with Greyhound Kick-Off. I still remember being told by former Assistant Principal Lee Lonzo that “you only take with you what you leave behind,” and that “the next four years will fly by. I laughed. I’ve now come to realize how wrong that reaction was. As a freshman I played volleyball but really didn’t do anything else. Sophomore year was about the same. I played volleyball and joined a few clubs. I did have to wear a back brace for seven months of school, but that’s another story. Junior year threw me a curveball. I got cut from volleyball but ended up harnessing my energy into other aspects. This was when I fully started to take advantage of everything CHS has to offer. I joined the HiLite staff and thoroughly enjoyed every period spent

at the back table talking, eating, playing Table Topics and, of course, working on the paper. I also participated in Dance Marathon and loved every minute of it. Now I’m a graduating senior, and this year was a blur. From running around on Greyhound Kick-Off day—only this year as a council member—to seeing former President Clinton talk, senior year has been my most memorable. From winning State in football, women’s basketball and women’s swimming to the amazing success of DM, I’ve enjoyed every moment. It’s been the little things that’ve made this year special, though, from random nights spent with great friends to the surprise SRT party for a beloved teacher. Looking back on these four years and the people who have influenced me and made me what I am today, I’m grateful to have spent my high school career here. I’ve been blessed with great teachers whose knowledge transcends their subject and who really care about their students. I have a group of incredible friends who still love me even knowing all my faults. And I have an amazing family that’s been there through it all. About a month ago I made another decision between schools, only this time I didn’t choose the familiar one like I had four years ago. This time I chose Saint Louis University. I’m excited to begin the new chapter and hoping that choice will be just as great as coming to Carmel was. I now realize Mr. Lonzo was right. The four years do fly by, and on June 1 at Pepsi Coliseum they will come to an end. Hopefully, I left something behind here because I know that over the course of my high school career I have definitely taken a great deal with me.


Nothing’s wrong with me; I’m just graduating I’ve been here before. It doesn’t really count, but at the end of my eighth grade year, I remember having the opportunity to write a “goodbye” column for the then Clay “Junior High” newspaper that summed up my entire junior high school experience in a nice, tidy 500 words or so that left no loose ends and allowed me to fully prepare myself for the massive prospect of high school that was soon to come. It was fun, pretty easy, and I couldn’t have been more ready to just get out of that place. But here I am now, just about to graduate from high school, and I’ve got four years of experience now that I’ve got to try and look back on and sum up in some semi-organized fashion so that I can clean up and prepare for the next big, massive prospect of college that is now oh-so-soon to come. And it’s a lot harder this time around for some reason. If there’s anything that I’ve noticed in my last few months of high school, it’s that I’m not at all about to head out of here with a bang. While I may have started out with somewhat of a bang, with joining the newspaper staff freshman year, playing on the tennis team for three straight years, joining House and all kinds of other activities, I’m all of a sudden looking back on this year and realizing that this is the year I decided to quit the tennis team, started getting a little tired of those after-school newspaper sessions and simply got kicked out of House. It’s interesting, because wasn’t senior year supposed to be the year where you’re the role model for all of the underclassmen and want to stay involved in all of

those activities so you could leave a legacy all the way up to the very end? Isn’t that the year when high school all of the sudden became fun? Surely there’s something wrong with me. Instead, my senior year has come to be mostly defined by me moping through school, one class after the other, trying to think of some excuse as to how I suddenly lost all this spirit and enthusiasm. “What is wrong with you, Marc?” I have senioritis. Sorry, that’s it. It’s such a lame excuse, but actually, if there’s any piece of advice I have for underclassmen, it’s that senioritis is going to come around eventually, whether you like it or not. It creeps up on you unexpectedly, and when it finally hits, you realize that it is not just some attitude we all put on because we think we’re old enough. When you go through three years of high school with a senior class above you every year, and you see that and want to start making the best of it all right away, it is a very real feeling to lose all the motivation when you’re finally up there on top and it’s in your hands. So don’t bother with the speeches that try to emphasize staying focused and on track right until the very end, because it’s most likely not going to work. Let us be a little sad and mopey about finishing school. Let us forget a few homework assignments; let us slow down a bit at the end of the year. We’re going to college soon; we’ve got a lot on our plate—kind of. So no, there’s nothing wrong with me. Just let me graduate.

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