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Crown Point High School @InklingsCPHS November 28 . 2016 Vol. 81 Issue 3

Boys basketball opens season against Bowman

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Magical mayhem: “Fantastic Beasts” mystifies audience

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Junior Muaz Alfrhan (photo left) protested in Chicago and felt encouraged by the show of unity. He supports protecting the rights of minority groups. Since the presidential election, protests have occurred throughout the country, including Saturday, Nov. 19 on State Street in Chigago (photo above).

Students join protests to preserve rights for all people after presidential election BY JACKIE HAM MARIA LEONTARAS co-editors-in-chief

“One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” This phrase is heard at the beginning of every school day as the Pledge of Allegiance is recited, but after the recent election cycle, rather than unifying, divisions have intensified. This divide can be seen through protests, bullying and hate crimes. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, more than 700 cases of harassment or intimidation have occurred in the United States from Nov. 8-19, more than following 9/11. Post-election confrontations, along with the escalation of hate crimes throughout neighborhoods and schools, have inspired protests and walkouts. Such concerns coincide with the life of transgender senior Michayden Ahearn. He sees the new President-elect as the antithesis for how America is portrayed in the Pledge of Allegiance. “When he was first elected... I didn’t stand for the pledge (for two days). I felt weak. I just cried,” Ahearn said. “I said that I would not stand for the pledge (after Donald Trump won) because this is not the America I feel is represented by the pledge. I don’t think it connects anymore. I don’t think the pledge represents America right now.” Ahearn’s friends and family worry for his safety and fear the erosion of LGBTQ+ rights now that Vice Presidentelect Mike Pence, who backed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) as Indiana governor, will now influence national policy. RFRA was amended in 2015 after much controvery as critics said it could be used to discriminate on the basis of religion. “There are a lot of people who still say some com-

ments like, ‘Well good, maybe you’ll get better,’ like I am sick or something. My family is really sad. If I go to the bathroom, I might not come back because someone might beat me. I’m scared to go (into) the bathroom sometimes,” Ahearn said. Similarly, junior Muaz Alfrhan has felt the pressures associated with his Syrian heritage and fears that Trump’s presidency will hinder safety for his Syrian relatives. “We’ve been trying to work on getting my grandpa to come to America for the last five-ish years since the (Syrian) issues started in the first place,” Alfrhan said. “It’s just been a back and forth thing for the last couple years. I think (Trump’s presidency) is going to completely stop it. He literally said that he doesn’t want any Muslims coming into the country, so it’s just going to make it so much harder.” Alfrhan and a group of his friends attended an antiTrump protest in Chicago, speaking out against mistreatment of minorities. “It was mostly just how much (protesters) feel not represented by the country’s (decision) … I didn’t realize how many people felt so strongly about it (even if) they weren’t necessarily affected themselves, for example, white males. There’s really nothing against them that Trump said, but there were still a bunch of white males protesting too,” Alfrhan said. Above all, Alfrhan felt comforted by the diversity of protesters and the protest itself, saying he felt more accepted by the country as a whole. “It made me feel that at least I still had some people that are on my side, that not everyone is against me,” Alfrhan said. “(The election results) felt like everyone was just trying to get us out of the country; everyone is just fed up. No matter what good (Muslims) do as an individual, it doesn’t matter. It’s just the (religion) painted as a whole.” see aftermath on page 3



I am pretty surprised about all the riots that have happened because all the pro-Clinton supporters talked about peace, and now they are getting aggressive.

Dugan Dailey


I disagree with most of the protests and hate because everyone is acting on something that hasn’t happened yet and probably won’t even happen.

Taylor Armstrong


I think that everyone should say what they have to say so people open up to more things and see other sides of it.

Amber Saenz



news november 28, 2016

One pint at a time


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Community gives blood to help replenish supply PHOTO PROVIDED BY EXCALIBUR


Excalibur receives a Hoosier Star in the yearbook category of state convention at Franklin College.

Excalibur receives awards at national convention

Excalibur attended national convention in Indianapolis from Nov. 10-13. Excalibur received National Scholastic Press Association All American, Columbia Scholastic Press Assocation Gold Medalist and National Scholastic Press Association Seventh Place Best of Show. Sophomore Corrin Hummel received an Excellent in First Year Photo from the Journalism Education Association, and senior Rayne Charters received an Honorable Mention in Photography from the Journalism Education Association.

Inklings attends national convention, were Pacemaker finalist

Inklings attended national convention during Nov. 10-13 in Indianapolis. Inklings was a National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker Finalist and received National Scholastic Press Association All-American, Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Medalist, Quill and Scroll George H. Gallup and National Scholastic Press Association Sixth Place Best of Show. Sophomore Morgan Taylor received a Superior in Review Writing from Journalism Education Association. Honorable Mentions were given to junior Andrea John in Newswriting, senior Jackie Ham in Feature Writing and senior Jeremy DeBold in Commentary Writing from the Journalism Education Association.


One pint of blood is all it takes to save three lives. Student Council held their annual blood drive on Nov. 11. This year 79 people were able to donate. This could potentially affect 237 lives. Although many students participated, the number of donations did not fulfill the expectations set by the previous year. “It is less than we had last year. We had students not show up and many deferrals,” Student Council sponsor Colleen Fano said. “A large amount of 16-year-olds did not turn in their permission slips.” When giving blood, there are various steps donors must take to ensure their blood is safe to use as they arrive at the donation location. “You register in, we take some vital signs to make sure you’re healthy enough to donate. We go through some questions to make sure there’s nothing else to defer you from donating. (Donors) go through the process of getting the needle in the arm,” Red Cross team advisor Valerie Vaclavik said. “(The) average donation takes about 7 to 12 minutes. (Red Cross Nurses) get the test tubes so everything goes to the lab to get tested, and hopefully your blood gets used within a few days to a couple weeks.” Junior Caroline Sarbieski went through this process at the blood drive this year for the first time. “I was a little nervous but excited to give blood. I really didn’t want to pass out, and I was excited to help someone. I didn’t know how the process was, so I was


Senior Patrick Wilson rests after donating blood at the Student Council Blood Drive on Nov. 11.

curious,” Sarbieski said. Sarbieski wanted to donate to help out those in need of blood. “I donated because I can help people, and I think it’s really important for people to step up and donate. I think it’s important because you are helping people,” Sarbieski said. With the donations of blood from donors like Sarbieski, it allowed senior Kenneth Zivkovich to get two units of red blood cells during his cancer treatment. “The treatment I was on was known to have the side effect of killing off cells that would produce quickly aka cancer cells but that would go to types of things like the hair cells and blood cells that reproduce very quickly,” Zivkovich said. “Since my blood cells are being killed off more than they were created, I needed more blood cells in my body.” During the middle of his freshman year, Zivkovich was diagnosed with nonHodgkin’s Burkitt’s Lymphoma. He need-

ed to get two blood transfusions during his treatment. “The blood transfusion worked really well. The process was simple. They just hooked me up to the machine, and it would slowly put the blood into my system,” Zivkovich said. “The overall effect on me, before going in, I felt really lethargic and just tired. After the blood transfusion, there were white blood cells put in my system which made me feel better, and it gave me more energy. To an extent, I did appreciate having someone else’s blood in my system that was keeping me alive.” Zivkovich has been in remission for over two years and encourages people to give blood to help the medical field. “I would say that blood is a crucial thing when it comes to almost anything in the medical field,” Zivkovich said. “So I would encourage anyone who hasn’t donated before, to donate because it’s highly appreciated.”

Princess Party helps raise money for scholarships BY GRACE CLELAND design editor

Look around. There are princes and princesses walking around everyday, but now they will dress up to fulfill their tasks. The Crown Point alumni association has invited children 10 and under and their parents to attend the Princess Party on Dec. 3 to raise for scholarships that students may apply to at the end of the year. “We hope to accomplish many things at this event. Two main reasons we are holding this event is to help little girls experience the life of a Disney princess and to help raise money that will be used as scholarships in the alumni association,” senior Max Jenks said. Social studies teacher Brooke Yeager is assisting the association in reaching out to the clubs, such as National

Honor Society, Key Club, Interact and Student Council, to recruit princes, princesses and a Prince Charming for the party. The princesses, princes and Prince Charming will be there to assist and to have a good time with the young children. The association has about 100 kids signed up so far but are hoping to end up with 200. As preparations are underway to make the party a success, many of the participating students like senior Erin Demo, are excited to enjoy a day of being a fantasy character. “I’m the most excited about being able to act as Snow White. She was one of my favorite princesses as a child, so this is almost a dream come true,” Demo said. The association has come up with activities for all ages and a brunch will be served for all who attend the party. “There’s going to be raffles and door prizes. We will

have princesses and Prince Charming and several princes to serve water and other drinks,” Yeager said. Some young boys and girls may wish to see their favorite princes and princesses in person, and this will be the day for their wishes to come true. Students helping out look forward to making the kids’ dreams come true and to brighten their day. “My biggest goal is definitely to make a little kid’s day. Even if I just get one smile from a little girl or boy, I feel like it will be completely worth it,” Demo said. The Princess Party will be hosted from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the cafeteria. Tickets are $25 per person and checks can be made payable to CPHS Alumni Association and mailed to P.O. Box 240 Crown Point, IN 46307, or call Ron Hampton at (219) 669-1908 or Deb Deaton at (219) 781-0393.

Thinking Ahead for December holidays


National Sock Day


National Cotton Candy Day

20 Go Caroling Day Cut Out 27 Make Snowflakes Day



Band Holiday Concert

Business Professionals of America District Competition


Choir Holiday Concert


Christmas Day

Winter Break Begins


11 Orchestra Holiday Concert


New Year’s Eve

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Jason McGee wins Outstanding Educator award With over a decade of inspiring students, calculus teacher Jason McGee has received the Outstanding Educator award from the University of Chicago. The award is only given to three people each year. Students are asked to nominate one of their past educators for the award as part of their application to University of Chicago. Their Office of College Admissions receives letters from thousands of students about educators that practically changed the course of lives through their excellent teaching. After reading the hundreds of essays they receive, they pick three outstanding educators. Calculus teacher Jason McGee won the prestigious award this year. Callista Christ, freshman at University of Chicago, nominated McGee for the award. “McGee has this deep passion for teaching and watching his students succeed in his class and on the AP test,” Christ said. “When University of Chicago had us pick a teacher for the outstanding educator award, my first


Math teacher Jason McGee shows students how to solve homework problems. He has received numerous awards for teaching.

thought was Mr. McGee.” McGee has been teaching for 12 years and has wanted to teach since he was a teen. He loved the feeling of being able to help people through problems and feeling like he

was good at explaining them. “I started thinking about becoming a math teacher during my senior year of high school when I was always helping some of my friends with their math,” McGee said. “Going through college though, I didn’t really know it was for me for sure until I performed my student teaching and got to have my own class and get to know the students really well. I learned a lot, not only about teaching, but about how much I enjoyed working with students and getting to know them and their interests.” Students have nominated him for several other awards including being honored for the Roots & Wings award and was recognized as an influential educator after students Renee Brigham and Paul Dawley won the “Indiana Academic All-Star” award. He not only motivates students, but is motivated by his students to be the best that he can be. “The only thing that motivates me are my students. They expect a lot out of me, and I expect a lot out of them, I never want to let them down and always want to teach them the hardest stuff in a way that makes sense to them and makes it seem easy,” McGee said.

aftermath continued from p.1 Minorities are not the only groups being stereotypes. Incidents against Trump supporters have occurred nationally, including a Maryland high schooler attacked for his “Make America Great Again” shirt, according to USA Today. Sophomore Tyler Huitsing finds the labeling of Trump supporters to be extreme in some cases. “My parents, my friends and myself, who are all Trump supporters, are not uneducated at all. We are all passing high school with soaring colors, and my parents have already done the same. The racist and the uneducated stereotype applies to a very small group of individuals, but to go and say that every single Trump (supporter) has to be racist and must not have been given the proper schooling is a little ludicrous,” Huitsing said. The stereotypes are likely fueled by incidents such as: Hispanic students in Columbus, Indiana, being taunted with chants of “build that wall” (ABC News), “Heil Trump” spray painted on the side of an inclusive church (Indy Star) and swastikas and “KKK” painted along the Indiana University B-Line walking trail (Fox 59 News). While this may ignite fear in the lives of some, Huitsing testifies that Trump does not promote these acts. “Trump had no association with (the hate crimes) and never once used them in his campaign. Some of his more eccentric supporters might have thought they would get a laugh out of these things such as the swastikas. However, Trump himself has never associated himself with those things. He has even gone public on the news asking these people to stop what they are doing because he knows that it is wrong,”

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In Bloomington, Indiana, “cultural sensitivity” is said to be reflected into city holidays. Two paid time off days, such as “Good Friday,” will be known as “Spring Holiday” and “Columbus Day’ as “Fall Holiday.”




A Tennessee school bus has killed five students, and 12 victims were taken to the hospital after the bus was going at a high speed, lost control, hit a garbage bag, a mailbox, then finally a tree. The bus driver was seen trying to get kids off the bus but couldn’t because there was so much blood.


If it makes them comfortable, they can change it, but it doesn’t have to be for the entire country.

Zach Sharp

Ken Decker senior

Student reaction to events in our world



I think that police officers should stop trying to take advantage of their job and actually go out and be respectful citizens and not trying to hack the title.

I was disappointed in the results, but it’s not the end of the world. Even though I stand for nothing Donald Trump stands for, I’m willing to have an open mind and listen to what his administration puts in place. As for the protests, I think it is a beautiful thing. Peaceful protest is an American ideal and I’m all for people demonstrating their rights, but it won’t change anything. People like me who oppose him need to just swallow their pride and accept the fact that he will be our next president....Do not let the greater power influence us young people and what we can do for the future despite the obstacles that might lie ahead.

Megan Davids freshman

In my opinion people (lacking) experience shouldn’t be given this job because they are putting other kids in danger and also Stacey Williams themselves. senior

The Syrian regime continued its week long bombardment in last November. The bombardment has left just under 300 dead. This has been the most intense bombardment according to the Syrian civil defense.


The U.S. Attorney’s indicted Lake County Sheriff John Buncich, Chief Deputy Tim Downs and Portage Mayor James Snyder on public corruption charges Friday, Nov. 18. Buncich was also charged with bribery and wire fraud.

Huitsing said. Trump’s recognition of those wrongful actions provide some with hope that he will not act upon some of the policies, such as deporting illegal immigrants and building a wall along the border of U.S. and Mexico, that he mentioned prior to his election. Others, like Apking, believe the judicial and legislative branches will preserve the solidarity of the nation. “Trump does not run around unsupervised. Our country has an incredible system of checks and balances that relies on our views and the constitution,” Apking said. “Yes, Trump may be hot tempered at some points, but what president wasn’t at some point in time? I believe Trump will not do anything rash without it being in the best interest for this country.” Junior Payton Belcher attended a proLGBTQ+ protest in Chicago that quickly turned anti-Trump. After her experience at the rally, she hopes that the American people will use their voices to have a brighter future. “We have the right to protest. I think a lot of the protests that have been going on have really opened people’s eyes. Mainly, we wanted to open the eyes of the government,” Belcher said. “Maybe we can’t kick him out of office … but maybe (we) can kind of change his ideals. Tell him no you can’t do that, that’s illegal. This goes against people as a whole. It’s we the people. It’s not we the government. Where I come from is that you should be more for the people and less for yourself and I think Trump and Pence are very for themselves.”


Protests have demonstrated the division in political attitudes. United States history teacher Jim Ingelhart believes that the protests stem from the fear of what Trump’s presidency is capable of. “The fear of the unknown is the worst because only one’s imagination can play upon (an outcome) because you don’t know what will happen ... The fact that you already have infighting going on within his cabinet choices (Jared Kushner pushing Chris Christie off of transition team) shows that, which again makes things that much more uncertain. So people begin to play out the worst case scenarios. This will be a very interesting thing to see how it is handled,” Ingelhart said. While the protests provide comfort for some, others like sophomore Kayla Apking do not see the productivity behind them. “The protests are not going to change the ballot count. We cannot change who our President-elect is. Our country chose him. I think in mostly democratic areas, specifically our county, we are blinded and ignorant to the truth and reality of politics,” Apking said. “I am personally happy about the result of the elections, but I think those who are not Trump supporters should stop being pessimistic and make the best out of it. We are this country; it is not decided by a single person. People need to realize that we, our country, elected him; it was not by chance.” While no laws have been instated, Ahearn still worries about his rights being stripped away. He states that he will give Trump a chance at running the country because he has “a lot of respect for people even if they don’t have any for (him).”



It is quite sad that they are still bombing people, and I am sorry for all those that were lost. I think that Syrian should stop bombing their own Melanie Albers people. junior



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A woman can run for president. Secretary Hillary Clinton has shown Americans that. Clinton has been and will be a role-model for generations to come. She showed everyone that it is not an obscene thought for a woman to run for President. While she may not have been elected the 45th President of the United States, she did win the popular vote by over 1.5 million votes. While Clinton’s upset loss in the presidential election will likely be the end of her political career, it does not mean she is done with public service. Clinton was not only a champion for the Democratic Party, but she was also a champion for women and minorities. She is still a role model on a national stage. If Clinton stepped out of the spotlight now, she would let so many people, including me, who called on her to defend them. Clinton was a person who little girls all around the country could look up to; she was an empowering female role model who has demonstrated courage, determination and tenacity. In Clinton’s first public speech since her loss, addressing the Children’s Defence Fund, she admitted it was a struggle to bring herself to speak, and she wanted to “stay home and curl up with a good book”. She also noted there was still important work to do. In her speech, Clinton outlined her history in fighting for children and emphasized her ongoing determination to fight for children. The Clinton’s intends to work through their own foundation, and in partnership with the Children’s Defense Fund, an organization she used to be a resident lawyer and board member of. Clinton has a long history of doing good, both through multiple positions of power and the Clinton Foundation. Hillary Clinton is a Yale educated lawyer, who used her education to fight for education and women’s rights, making significant changes as Senator of New York, Secretary of State, First Lady of Arkansas and First Lady of the United States. Through her devotion to defend, and her outspoken voice for those who struggle to defend themselves, she has made it clear that she may be down, but she is far from out.



What is your ideal vision for the future of America?

Car n eers




Clinton may be down but not out





iew: Remain united in face of adversity

We are the United States of America. Our country was founded on the ideal that all are equal, and one man does not stand above others. The Declaration of Independence clearly states this. Unity is what we were built on; it is in our name. But now, one would not be able to guess we are people who stand together. Freshly out of a divisive election that struck a “good vs. evil” mentality on both sides, we stand before the presidency of a man who has made comments that fostered fear and targeted minorities to produce votes. We now bear President-elect Donald Trump, who many consider the saving grace America needed while others consider him the villain whose propaganda threatens the recent social progression as well as policy in this country. The new leader of the free world is one who has proposed harsh restrictions on immigration, extreme solutions to crime and terrorism and unconventional remedies to a national economy many describe as failing. His Vice President-elect has a past plotted by economic success in Indiana but weighted with discriminatory bills and ideals. Whether for or against Trump, these policies and proposals create a divide between those who favor and those who fear them. For the last eight years, our government has been plagued by a staunch battle of political parties, resulting in government shutdowns, filibusters, stalemates and noise on both sides. Both sides can agree it is time for a drastic change of course. Moving forward, let us unite to pave the path before us and forge a country we can all proudly call home. It is essential for us as citizens to realize what is at stake. Countries around the world look to the United States as their example. We are a geopolitical powerhouse. We are the world’s shining standard of democracy. Letting the result of one election cycle ruin the centuries it took to establish that title is disappointing. Remaining united is the only way to preserve this honor. To accomplish this, we need to work with our brothers and sisters to create the country we desire. We need to find a middle ground and work to remove the barriers that keep us distant and fighting. We need to banish the prejudice beliefs that have infected our society. We can do this by being more open-minded and working to understand others and their beliefs. How can we call ourselves the United States if we do not stand united?



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“A peaceful place where everyone’s there. All races, religions and types of people are there and we can get along and benefit and flourish.”

Christina Pejoski sophomore

“I don’t want to be in debt anymore because that’s going to be a hard way to get back onto our feet ... I don’t want to pay as much as the next person needs to.”

Josh Whitaker junior

“I think just coming together as one nation and treating each other with respect and not having certain beliefs about other types of people.”

Amalia Arms

senior “I guess one where everyone respects each other because there are a lot of people who are disrespectful. I think it’s important to respect one another.”

Yousef Abdeldaiem Matt McConnell design editor Grace Cleland chief photographers Jill Kidder Ally Rekitzke art director Abby Sobek artist Destiny Kogler advertising editor Audrey Gacsy staff Jessi Alcorta-Robles

Lindsey Baeza Tabitha Beishuizen Jeremy DeBold Kiersten Hardy Andrea John Destiny Kogler Demetri Massow Kaitlyn Penkala Ashley Rekitzke Kira Schuelka Morgan Taylor Henry Withrow Jon Wolwark adviser Julie Elston

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opinion november 28, 2016


Should graduation stay at the Radisson?


It is more than just a job







The Radisson has been a tradition and should be carried out for years

The Radisson does not provide enough space for all the family




The high school was chattering with the fact that the Radisson was being torn down before the 2017 graduation. In recent news, the Radisson is no longer being torn down, and graduation is officially going to be held there. For years, it has been held at the Radisson and since it won’t be torn down, there isn’t a reason as to why that should change. It’s been a tradition since 1993, and many seniors were brokenhearted earlier this year when they found out it wouldn’t be held there. Because of this, the questionable change had a massive effect on the students. They’ve seen their siblings graduate on that very stage, and they dreamed of doing the exact same. When a tradition has been followed for a long time, it can be hard for people to adjust to new changes. Although change can be for the better, why fix something that isn’t broken? The Radisson is a beautiful location, and it has a capacity limit that is perfectly suited for CPHS. The alternative location for the Radisson would be the high school. There are two possible places it can be held within the high school: the gym or the football field. Neither would be ideal. The gym would be crowded, and it would be stuffy and hot. When a parent is witnessing a moment that will forever change their child’s life, they want to be able to see clearly without the view of someone’s head in their face. Sitting closely in a sweaty room with hard plastic bleachers are never ideal for a monumental moment. The football field has its faults too. Just like the gym, the football field bleachers are extremely uncomfortable. The weather is also a potential problem that can positively or negatively affect the graduation. If it were to be raining or unbelievably hot, the plan for graduation would be thrown off. Luckily, the Radisson has none of these problems. Just because we have alternate venues does not mean we should utilize them, especially if they aren’t as well suited for this event as the Radisson is. Consequently, graduation is better off where it has been for years.

14 Inklings staffer agrees Karen Rodd

Although the Radisson may be a memorable place for CPHS students, the venue may not cooperate with the growing classes in the future. With a growing amount of graduating seniors and all their relatives, the Radisson will be packed with people struggling to watch the seniors take the stage. When you can only give seniors a certain amount of tickets, it is hard to pick just who they want to attend. If graduation was in a bigger environment, like the football field, everyone would be able to come and see their sibling or child walk down the aisle, but the seat restrictions at the Radisson can block the views of some. Without limited seating, the family members may sit wherever and however they please and get a view they love. To some people tradition is necessary. Younger siblings like to follow what the older siblings do because they think it’s important and meaningful, like graduating at the Radisson. But sometimes families have to go against tradition to make new ones, like graduating on the football field. When a student tells someone about their graduation, they want to make it sound like a unique experience. With a different location and features, students can have a unique experience to share with others and pass down to new generations. The Radisson houses CPHS history, but so does the high school itself. Being able to complete one’s high school career right where it began is invaluable. Walking across a stage off site may be convenient for after-commencement events, but receiving one’s diploma at their soon to be alma mater holds greater importance than dinner plans. Shaking the principal’s hand where one has spent four school years, 720 days, of learning is the greatest way to create one’s last high school memory. Where graduation should be held has been a topic of discussion. If graduation was held in a bigger environment, not only would there be an unlimited amount of tickets, but the seniors of 2017 would be able to make a new memory and maybe start a tradition for years to come. Seniors graduating in the same place as other CPHS seniors may come of as boring. Some need to start a new tradition and put the past in the past.

11 Inklings staffers agree Nick Bruno

principal secretary

health teacher

“I don’t think it necessarily is a bad thing that we let the students choose where we let the students graduate instead of the Radisson.”

“While we still fit there because it is a beautiful venue. People have been happy. If we grow even more, then we will have to move (to the school).”

Casey Akers



“If it rains and we have to fit into the gym, families won’t fit and will get upset.”

Faith Mischka


“There isn’t enough room for my family to get a ticket.”

Let me first state that I am aware that global warming is an actual problem in this world today. It is a topic I have studied, and I am all for saving mother Earth because, frankly, we only have one of her. But I am not for the stripping of jobs of those who work at coal power plants. My father is the manager at Bailey Generation Station in Chesterton, Indiana. This happens to be a coal powered system that is slated to be closed down in 2018. While this may seem like it is still in the distance, other plants in this area are in consideration to close within the next 10 years. These plants are being shut down because of the restrictions put on by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce carbon dioxide emitted into the air. At first, it seems very reasonable, but when investigating more into the issue, I saw the true work this plant does to keep its engines running. Bailey, and other coal plants in this area, use clean coal that emits minimal carbon molecules into the air. They have massive scrubbers to clean their towers to secure total protection of clean air. This plant cleans daily to please the EPA and all their regulations, but when more laws are being passed for them to follow, it creates a need for more money that cannot be accumulated. Granted I may seem very biased, but there are thousands of people who will lose work if all the local coal plants are dismantled. Union workers and managers at the plants will be let go. Trains workers, truck drivers and steel companies will lose the income from working for these plants resulting in job loss. All of these people will lose a salary to pay for bills, food, clothing and insurance for not just themselves but for their families as well. I understand that ecofriendly fuel is always an option, but there is no plan in place to keep stable energy running. If there was a plan for renewable energy sources, then workers would be able to transfer their position over to a newer and more environmentally friendly plant. Until then, before we eliminate all coal power, there needs to be a backup plan to accommodate the energy usage and job loss of thousands of people.



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feature november 28, 2016






experiencing a different perspective

Adopting love


Spanish teacher Dana Zurbriggen and her husband pose with their two adopted children.



English teacher Daniel Hadary poses with his family at his graduation. Hadary’s parents adopted him and his sister.

Senior Jena Mickey sits on her home’s steps with her family. Mickey’s parents adopted both her and her sister.

Stories of past adoptions are shared by families BY AUDREY GACSY advertising editor

The welcoming of a new child is often said to be indescribable. Parents experience a change in their lives that dictates the events of the rest of their lifetime. For some parents, that journey begins when they adopt. Spanish teacher Dana Zurbriggen has two children, both of whom are adopted. Her desire to have children had always been prevalent in her life. “My husband and I had been married for a few years, and I had five miscarriages. After five times (of) trying, the doctor told us to throw the kitchen sink at it. We were of average means, and he suggested that we spend our money on something else. So, we turned to other ways to become parents,” Zurbriggen said. For Zurbriggen and her husband, the standard methods of adoption that most are familiar with did not seem like they were going to work out. They didn’t have the ability to adopt abroad and had poor chances of receiving a baby from a birth mother. “Birth mother adoption, which is when a child is adopted from the mother who had the child, is very expensive, and the odds of us getting a child from that were low due to our older age. Most birth mothers don’t like for the adoptive parents to skip a generational age period,” Zurbriggen said. The financial aspect also played a role in their inability to adopt in those ways. “I was going to enter a very expensive essay contest to get a baby, and it just didn’t seem right to me. We also felt that there was no need for us to save the babies abroad, seeing as how there are so many here in our own country. Of course, there’s noth-




ing wrong with saving the babies around the world, but we didn’t have the means to do so. We wanted to be able to have more than one child,” Zurbriggen said. So the best method of adoption for Zurbriggen and her husband seemed to be through foster care adoption. “I had a friend who worked in southern Indiana as a caseworker for the Department of Child Services, and she asked me why we weren’t looking into foster care adoption. She then answered over two hours of questions for me. I learned that foster care adoption is not only inexpensive, but the process actually pays you to foster the children. It worked out great because the children received Medicaid as well,” Zurbriggen said. Zurbriggen’s children were both extremely young when they were adopted. “We met our son Oscar when he was three, who was living in a crisis home in East Chicago. We visited him for two months before he came to live with us. He was adopted just after he turned four. Melanie, our daughter, came to us when she was eight weeks old, and was adopted just before she was a year old,” Zurbriggen said. Both children are very aware of where they came from, and for the most part understand their stories. “They have always known their stories, but not necessarily all of the details. There is not a part later on that they will not (be aware) of. We’ve spun everything as positive as possible,” Zurbriggen said. For senior Jena Mickey, who was adopted, says that her adoption is a part of her life that is evident, but not a part that consumes it. She was only 15 months old when she was adopted from China. “Adoption has changed my life in a number of ways. I don’t think I can ever


is the average age of children waiting to be adopted.

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thank my parents enough for doing what they did. I have been given so many opportunities that I know I would have never been given if I wasn’t adopted such as: a safe home, an education, freedom to make my own decisions, and more. But most of all, a loving family,” Mickey said. Mickey’s relationship with her siblings has no barriers regarding her sibling’s biological relationships to their parents. “There is absolutely no barrier between my adopted sister and I to the other three siblings. I have four siblings, one brother and three sisters. The three oldest of my siblings are what we refer to as the ‘homemade’ children. My other sister and I, the two youngest out of the five children, are adopted. My adopted sister is not my biological sister, though we did come from the same city,” Mickey said. To Mickey, her adoptive parents are very much the only parents that she identifies as family. There is no barrier between the members of her family, regardless of whether they were adopted or not. “I know that I am Chinese because I came from an orphanage is Hefei City, China. Other than that, neither my family nor I know much more about my ethnicity. I will never have the opportunity to meet my biological parents. To some, it may be surprising, but I have absolutely no desire to find out who they are or meet them,” Mickey said. The situation is similar with English teacher Daniel Hadary, who was adopted when he was one month old, regarding the relationship that he has with his birth parents. “I have my adoption records and know everything about my birth parents and birth grandparents except their names. I don’t really think about (my adoption). It


of adoptive families are either non-married or single.


seems to interest others more when I tell them than it does me. My adopted parents are my parents,” Hadary said. Hadary’s sister is also adopted, similar to both Mickey’s sister and Zurbriggen’s children. “I have known that I was adopted since day one. I have a sister, and she was adopted as well. We aren’t blood siblings, though,” Hadary said. However, the experiences all vary significantly. The stories of Zurbriggen, Mickey and Hadary all have a striking similarity; all three promote the concept of adoption. “It was well worth it. My adoptive mother wasn’t able to have children. She waited forever for the opportunity to have children. There are many children in this world needing a good family. And, in my case, my birth parents were both 17, so they were aware that they could not give me the life they felt I deserved,” Hadary said. Mickey also advocates for adoption and could see it as an option for her own future. She feels that it is a viable option to grow a family. “Adoption will always be an option for me. The chance that I will adopt in the future is very high. I think I would like to adopt because I would like to give another child the same love and family that I have received from my adoption,” Mickey said. As for Zurbriggen, the adoption of her two children is a highlight of her life. “From foster care, you don’t expect brilliant, gorgeous kids, but (my kids) truly are brilliant, gorgeous kids. I could never imagine my life without them, and would never take it back. There have been some struggles, but they are worth it. I always tell my kids that I couldn’t have babies from my belly, so I had babies from my heart,” Zurbriggen said.

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Text Neck



Technology use can cause neck problems BY ANDREA JOHN reporter

Within the past couple of years, technology use among all generations has skyrocketed. People are more connected than ever before with smartphones and social media. A photo can be uploaded in seconds, and a face to face meeting is no longer the norm for communication. An unforeseen consequence of such connectability is poor posture. The head has a compressive force of 10 to 12 pounds on a natural, healthy spine in an individual who is sitting up straight. “Now what we see with cell phones and technology, and even more so with the Pokémon GO app, are people coming in with something informally coined with the term ‘Text Neck,’” chiropractor Dr. Kristina Kauffman said. “‘Text Neck’ occurs when you start to look down to view whatever device you are using for prolonged periods of time.” Formally known as anterior head carriage, the syndrome increases the compressive load and force that the head has on the spine. “When you come forward one to two inches, instead of the head weighing 10 to 12 pounds, it has 27 pounds of force on the spine,” Kauffman said. “When you get to 60 degrees of flexion the head weighs 60 pounds.” People do not realize this is happening until later in life when breathing problems and neck pain start to develop. To help combat this, Kauffman explains that eyesight needs to be at the top third of the screen when it comes to computers. “If your seat is too high, you are looking down at the screen, but also if you are too low, you will be looking up (which is) a whole different problem,” Kauffman said. Technology not only causes poor posture while stationary, but phone use can also pose a safety concern for drivers that are easily distracted. “You see people driving, and they are not even looking at the road,” math teacher Michael David said. “They are hunched over, and they’re looking down. So in addition to being a safety problem, it’s really obvious that we are getting so focused on electronic devices that it is affecting the way we sit and the way we conduct ourselves physically.” This school year marks the first year all CPSC students K-12 are using blended learning in their classrooms. This arises the question of how future generations will be affected by poor posture combined with technology usage. “I think that as we continue down with each generation,


Bad posture while reading, doing computer work, texting or using handheld devices can alter someone’s posture. PHOTO BY ANDREA JOHN

Chiropractor Kristina Kauffman helps a client with lower neck pain. This pain can be caused by poor posture related to technology use.

technology will be used to the point where even preschoolers will have a device,” junior Daniel Moy said. “Technology usage among younger kids is fine now, but if we start seeing health issues, administrators should really be watching and regulating this.” Limiting time on devices early on is one way to prevent anterior head carriage syndrome. According to David, excessive technology use from a young age may be a notable cause of poor posture. “I’ve noticed in my nieces and nephews that their parents will hand them a device right away,” David said. “It used to be people would put their kids in front of a television or in front of a VCR. Now they are handing them a smartphone or a device, and I do think it’s going to be a problem as more people become focused on their laps.” Since the issue is becoming so prominent, Kauffman recommends adjustments, stretches and yoga to help combat ‘Text Neck.’ “It’s also something that you can increase your awareness of in your day to day life so it doesn’t become a problem in the first place,” Kauffman said.


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Cultivating tradition





Family farm creates job interest among generations BY ABBY SOBEK DESTINY KOGLER co-associate editor reporter

Nowadays, it is common to see teenagers having jobs. Whether it is in the food service, such as McDonald’s, or small shops in the mall, many teens work during the school year. Outside of these jobs, some students have followed their parents’ career paths and decided to work on a farm. Sophomore Anne Kutemeier has spent a majority of her life on a farm working the fields and feeding the horses. Kutemeier’s farm has been running through her family for quite some time. “My mom’s mom and her husband were living on the farm in the first place, and they built a farm and have been living on it since. We built our house on the property, so we’ve been helping farm too,” Kutemeier said. Kutemeier’s family grows wheat and soybeans, and they also bale hay, straw and alfalfa while taking care of horses and 17 outdoor cats. Even though there are a lot of cats to care for, they are beneficial for the farm. “(The cats) catch mice so there’s hardly any, and they catch moles in the front yard, too. The mice can spread disease which gets in the feed the horses eat,” Kutemeier said. Due to all that they grow, Kutemeier and her family work after school to finish up work on the farm. “Depending on if we are bailing hay we have to bale when the hay is dry. We do most work in the afternoon because we are in school,” Kutemeier said. French and math teacher Amelia Claus

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Sophomore Anne Kutemeier works with a tractor as a part of her job on her family run farm.

grew up on her family’s farm. Her father is a fifth generation farmer who strictly grows agriculture like corn and soybeans. Claus, along with her brothers, helped her father manage the farm during her childhood. “I learned how to drive when I was 10, so occasionally I would drive out to the field in my dad’s pickup. If he was in the combines somewhere, I would drop off whatever he needed,” Claus said. Her father’s farm is around 500 acres. Taking care of all this land takes a lot of hard work, time and effort accord-

There are around 2.2 million farms in the United States.

ing to Claus. Having to do all this work and spending all that time on the farm is Claus’s favorite but least favorite thing about the job. “I loved and hated all of the hard work because it is a lot of work. It really instilled me and my family (with) the sense of ‘you have to go out and try really hard for the things that you want,’” Claus said. “It’s not going to be easy. It’s painful, and it kind of sucks a little bit. But it is also going to be worth it in the end.” Having hard tasks or not, according

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to Claus, farming takes a lot of work and responsibility. Both Claus and Kuteiemer would like to continue their families’ traditions of farming. “I want to continue on with my family’s culture and continue on from where they left off because I like the day in the life of farming,” Kuteiemer said. “You would feed the horses first and give them water. Depending on what other things we’d need done, maybe clean the pens or bale hay. Then you’d feed the cats and horses.” Farming is a great deal of work and is very diverse to the typical way of life. When people think of farmers, some generally think of the stereotypes that come along with it, such as hicks who wear blue jean overalls, a plaid shirt, straw hat and southern accent. These false stereotypes create frustrations for some like Claus. “It is a little frustrating sometimes to assume that just because you grew up on a farm that you’re not educated and you don’t know what you’re talking about because then in a lot of those situations those people are the smartest people I have ever known,” Claus said. Being a farmer is more than just growing crops and raising animals. Farming teaches many fundamental lessons to aid in everyday life. According to Claus, farming has taught her many lessons that she still lives by today. “Definitely responsibility. You can not just choose when to not do something because you don’t want to,” Claus said. “If you don’t do something just because you don’t want to then your crops die, so you just gotta suck it up and do what you have to do.”

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Online shopping popularity rises in technology age BY ASHLEY REKITZKE TABITHA BEISHUIZEN reporters

On the night before Black Friday, people endure cold temperatures, crowded parking lots and irritable shoppers. On the day of Cyber Monday, people can sit in their pajamas while looking for the best deals. The online version of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, is held on the Monday following Thanksgiving where stores have sales on their websites. In the event of Cyber Monday, shoppers have 24 hours to find the best online deals. Sale items can vary from clothing to appliances. “Usually around the holidays, I will buy stuff from all around the world, and you can get stuff from places you don’t live near,” sophomore John Mothowicz said. While online shopping may seem like an easier and physically safer alternative to Black Friday, the risks of buying online and getting scammed is something to keep in mind. Payment on websites with a credit or debit card could lead to serious consequences. Some believe credit cards are safer to use when shopping online because of the bank’s additional security.

“Most teenagers don’t (have a credit card, so if) you are going to be using your debit card, and I don’t think that is very safe,” business teacher Allison Duncan said. “I don’t think you should be putting your debit card information on any online website.”


I think you need to find a budget. Think about how much money you want to spend on gifts that you are giving.” Allison Duncan personal finance teacher To further protect one’s personal information from hackers when shopping online, users should be sure to create unique usernames and passwords, monitor their bank accounts regularly, avoid shopping while using public WiFi and choose reliable websites rather than clicking on vague links.

Some people start to prepare for the holiday season around Thanksgiving. Buying gifts can be easier when people can search for deals across multiple websites and see what places can give the best deal. With multiple stores trying to compete for customers business, being able to easily switch tabs to look at which store will save people the most money is more efficient than having to go physically from store to store. “I think you need to find a budget. Think about how much money you want to spend on gifts that you are giving, ” Duncan said. Some might not find everything easy in reference to Cyber Monday. Customers not only have to worry about getting scammed, but also about what they are really receiving. “Online shopping is more difficult because you do not know the exact quality of what you are getting until you actually get it,” sophomore Isabelle Kalil said. “When online shopping, you get a description of what you are buying, but you don’t know the exact quality of it unless you have it in your hands.“ Instead of standing in the cold or fighting over the latest appliances, get on a computer and grab a glass of whatever you desire. Look up the website of choice and find money saving deals with a click of a button.




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American Sign Language provides alternative communication options








Most people think of spoken language as a necessity in everyday communication, and without it, it may be incredibly difficult to convey ideas to others. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, their most effective form of communication is American Sign Language, but not everyone understands it. Those who know ASL are able to interact with a whole new group of people. Senior Emily Fogarty started signing as a hobby with a friend, but it eventually sparked interest in a career in speech therapy. “I really enjoy language, and after I failed at learning Italian one summer, I figured ASL would be more practically useful,” Fogarty said. “I decided I wanted to become a speech therapist, which involves working with people who have trouble with speech, and therefore people who communicate better in sign.” Although sign language is different from spoken language, Fogarty explains it is easy to learn. “If you have the motivation, it’s very easy to pick up basic vocab, just from websites and apps. It’s harder to get into the complexities of it as a separate language, but it’s very easy to pick up enough to make yourself understood,” Fogarty said. Similar to Fogarty, senior Leann Tustison first learned sign language as a hobby in sixth grade. Knowing sign language has allowed Tustison to have new experiences that she may have missed otherwise. “I’ve met deaf people, and while at my internship at Methodist Hospital, I was able to communicate with a deaf man to find out what he needed,” Tustison said. For some people, learning sign language is not just a hobby, it is a part of their lifestyle. For junior Hannah Ragsdale, having deaf parents has required her to know sign language from a young age. “Having deaf parents does impact my life at home somewhat,” Ragsdale said. “Sometimes when I’m sick or can’t leave the room, I’ll yell for siblings to get one of my parents or to grab something for me.” Knowing sign language for so long has also affected how Ragsdale speaks. “It helps me think about what I’m going to say,” Ragsdale said. “(The gestures) display my emotional range when I talk or speak.” Fogarty, Tustison and Ragsdale all share a desire for an expansion of ASL into the school’s foreign language

department. “I would take (ASL) over any of the foreign languages. A lot of my friends have expressed interest in it. I was disappointed when I found out they didn’t have it,” Tustison said. They all believe offering ASL to students would have a positive influence on the school. “I’m sure students would enjoy it, and it could help students be more involved with the deaf community,” Ragsdale said. Foreign language department chair and Latin teacher Sara Wietbrock agrees ASL would be a good option to offer at the school in the future. She believes it would help broaden the appeal of taking a language. “I think offering ASL here would be a great idea. We have lots of students in our current world language classes, and ASL would offer another option, especially to students who struggle with a spoken language or having difficulties in written expression in general,” Wietbrock said. “ASL is beneficial in the current job market and would help distinguish our students from others if offered here at CPHS.” Deaf and Hard of Hearing Itinerant, Sarah Mayer, has been signing for 31 years. She studied deaf education at Ball State. “I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, but I did not know about special education until I went to a deaf camp,” Mayer said. “I have no ear for foreign language whatsoever, and I just thought it was cool.” Mayer’s job entails traveling to local schools in the area and helping both deaf and hard of hearing students. She also wishes ASL was available in the foreign language program. “It would be cool because number one it is just an awesome language. It is so vibrant and it is so dynamic,” Mayer said. “Plus, it would be more inclusive to the deaf community, and I know that other school systems offer it as a foreign language. I think it would help students who maybe have hearing loss or want to take the foreign language requirement but have a barrier to finding another language because of their hearing loss.” ASL has allowed some students to broaden their horizons and learn a new kind of language. This has benefited them in not only learning a new language, but also in learning about a new culture: the deaf community. “No one really thinks about it, but it’s pretty bizarre that there are people who live right alongside us, completely fluent in English, who most people can’t communicate with at all,” Fogarty said.


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- senior Sydney Taylor

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BIG RIVALRY HITS HOME Bulldog alumni take on Big Ten BY DOMINIC TOMICH sports editor

The Big Ten conference serves as one of the most dominant conferences across the country for all sports, basketball being no exception. Year in and year out, the conference is known for producing some of the best college basketball teams in the country. This year itself, the conference had five teams ranked in the preseason AP top 25 poll. However, an unprecedented type of story lies behind two of the conference’s top teams who typically want nothing to do with each other. Fifth-year guard Spike Albrecht from Purdue University and freshman guard Grant Gelon from Indiana University share one common relation: they both call Crown Point home. As for now, they’ll have to set aside their similarities as they are now taking part in something more significant: the Indiana-Purdue rivalry. Despite having a five year age difference between themselves, the two athletes are both experiencing their first season at their current schools. Albrecht, already having four years of Big Ten experience, is coming off a transfer from Michigan University, where he had a significant role for the Wolverines. Albrecht is excited to have some Crown Point company joining him in the Big Ten. “It’s really cool to have two Crown Point kids playing in the B1G, and the fact that we’re at rival schools with as much tradition and history as IU versus Purdue makes it that much better,” Albrecht said. One individual who has had a tremendous impact on the careers of both these athletes is Clint Swan. Swan coached both Albrecht and Gelon through all four of their years at Crown Point, winning three sectional championships along the way. Witnessing the success of both athletes firsthand, Swan has earned an overwhelming sense of gratification. “It’s very rewarding, just from the standpoint that these guys came up through our program, Grant particularly. He was in third

grade when I first got here. We were fortunate enough to coach Spike all of his four years, and to see the growth in their game from the time that they were little up until now is really gratifying,” Swan said. “To see both of these guys playing on the biggest stage is something that’s a feather in our cap for everybody in Crown Point, from coaches to teammates to teachers to everyone else.” The impact Albrecht and Gelon have had on Crown Point basketball is enough to get themselves into the history books. Both have scored over 1,000 points in their high school playing days while winning many games. “Scoring 1,000 points in my career is an accomplishment that I never even thought of to myself while I was playing. I never went out on the court trying to score 20 points a game to get satisfaction,” Gelon said. “All I wanted to do was win as many games as I could with my teammates. That is why the sectional titles mean much more to me. Scoring 1,000 along the way and finding my way into Crown Point’s history is something I’m very proud of.” Although Indiana and Purdue aren’t going to face off until Feb. 9, it’s definitely one game both players are anticipating. “I’m not much of a trash-talker, but that’s one game that I’m definitely looking forward to. There’s going to be a lot of pride PHOTO PROVIDED BY HANNAH ALBRECHT on the line and some bragging rights for Grant Gelon (left) and Spike Albrecht (right) pictured above in front of the Lake County Courtme and Grant when we come back to C.P.,” house with their team basketballs. Albrecht said. With playful banter aside, both Gelon and Albrecht are fierce competitors and are working to become the best players they can be in hopes that their teams will be successful. “What I’m looking forward to most is really seeing what kind of player I can become with the help of everyone in this time sectional program and taking advantage of all the opchampion portunities ahead,” Gelon said. “Playing another Crown Point bulldog on the Big Ten stage is going be an awesome experience. It’s something that doesn’t happen all the time, statistics based on high school career and I’m glad to be a part of it.”


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Girls basketball off to impressive start at 4-1 BY MATT MCCONNELL assistant sports editor

Earlier this month, the girls basketball team stepped onto the hardwood for the first time in their 2016-17 campaign. The ladies knocked off Hanover 48-29 and have since won four out of their last five games to accumulate a record of 5-1. Last year they finished with a 20-6 record and lost in the sectional championship to Merrillville 53-45. Now, after graduating multiple senior starters, the expectations were low for the lady Dogs, but after a fast start, junior Mya Scheidt is very optimistic on what the team can accomplish this season. “The season is going really well right now, and we’re doing a lot better than what people expected of us,” Scheidt said. “Everyone expected us to lose a lot because we lost six

seniors, but the younger girls are really stepping up and contributing a lot to the team.” Eight out of the 12 players on the roster are underclassmen this year, but according to head coach Chris Seibert, the lack of experience hasn’t been an issue. “We have a very inexperienced group coming back this year; they’ve done a great job embracing those roles and continuing to get better each day,” Seibert said. With a young group, confidence is key and at practice the girls try and simulate in game situations to try and prepare them for the games. “The biggest thing we’re going to try to work on is confidence and then obviously putting them into as many game situations as possible,” Seibert said. Seibert is also happy with how the ladies have taken more responsibility. “I’m happy with how our kids have embraced the chal-

lenge and enjoy having a little bit more responsibility on the court,” Seibert said. The lady Dogs have scored a total of 276 points this season through six games. With a 5-1 record their points against is much less at 218. Also, they have a .833 winning percentage and with just one home game stand 1-0 in CP. DAC competition has yet to start for the lady Dogs. It begins Nov. 25 against LaPorte and results are unavailable due to press time. The following conference games consist of Portage, Valparaiso and Lake Central, spread throughout the month of December. Going forward the girls want to work towards a longer postseason than last years sectional final. The key to that postseason is simple: teamwork. “All we need to do is just keep working together as a team,” senior Sydney Taylor said. “Eventually, we hope that will lead to a DAC and sectional title.”



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Volleyball falls in state championship BY YOUSEF ABDELDAIEM assistant sports editor

After spending six long months of countless hours in the gym, practice after practice, set after set, the volleyball season has officially come to an end. The team had a historic season, making it to the state championship for the first time in school history. After a 36-4 regular season and going a perfect 14-0 in the Duneland Conference, the team fell to the Cathedral Fighting Irish 3 sets to 1 in the state championship. The team struggled early, losing the first two sets 21-25 in each set, to what was a very experienced Cathedral team. The team bounced back, taking the third set 25-20. After a hard fought fourth set, the Bulldogs were unable to extend the series losing 20-25. It’s often said in sports that it’s the small details that make a difference between coming out with a win or a loss. Junior Morgan Chacon believes that the team with less errors ultimately comes out on top. “We prepared really well in practice and in the film room,” Chacon said. “I think that little errors here and there like serving and other little things in that game is what cost us. Cathedral made less errors than us and that’s what won that game.” Every team needs a leader. Duncan believes the senior players helped shape the team’s attitude to “Believe Big.” “Seniors are always a big part of the team, not just from an ability perspective but also a leadership perspective,” Duncan said. “They have to have the belief that they are going to go into that match and win, and then that filters down through everybody else. My senior class did a phenomenal job of being leaders this year on and off the court.” The cycle continues as the senior class moves on and new players come in. Although they may be gone, junior Alex Equihua believes the memories will always remain. “I’m going to miss the seniors the most,” Equihua said. “They are some of my best friends and it will be so weird playing without them next year.” With Chacon’s older sister, Alaina, being amongst the five graduating seniors, these memories mean a little bit more. “I’m going to miss playing with everyone and all of the memories we’ve made in practice, bus rides, etc,” Chacon said. “I’m going to miss playing with my sister, Alaina, the most because getting to learn from her for two years was an experience not a lot of people get.”


Senior Hannah Kukurugya practices her breast stroke to get ready for her next match against Chesterton on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Girls swimming brings back experience BY MATT MCCONNELL assistant sports editor

Excitement is high and the goals are set higher for girls swimming. After returning 11 seniors such as D1 commits Hannah Kukurugya and Kelsi Artim, the ladies have a lot of experience and talent on their side. “Our team is stacked with seniors, so this season has a lot of potential. We graduated some fast girls, so we need some girls to step it up to fill their spots,” Artim said. These seniors will play a huge role filling leadership positions, which will prove to be useful in order to ensure success. “It’s really exciting being a senior this year. I’ve always had great captains to look up to through high school, so I’m so excited I get to play that role this year,” Kukurugya said. “I really want to lead the team in the best way I can; I want to make this season great for the girls.” The senior girls have colleges set for them to swim at, but that isn’t distracting them for their final season in the water. “Now that I am committed, I am just as focused as I was prior to committing. It is a relief that I know where I’m going, but it also has motivated me to prepare for the next chapter,” Kukurugya said.

Kukurugya hopes to use this season as a momentum builder before she begins her collegiate career. “Next year I’ll be in such an intense environment, training with Olympians on top of rigor academics,” Kukurugya said. “So, I want to be the best I can be going into college so I will be ready to contribute to my team as much as I can.” The younger girls can be influenced from this type of leadership and experience, giving the team more of an edge. “I think that experience could give us some of that front end speed that we need, and hopefully, some of the younger kids could feed off of that,” head coach Bryon Angerman said. The ladies are working on different things everyday at practice to try and improve as a whole. “We’re just working on all the little things, so it adds up to the overall success. Everyday, we’re changing something to make it better and more efficient; that’s what it’s all about,” Artim said. Kukurugya is hopeful that the youth of the team can help them for the postseason. “I’m excited about the team this year because we have a large JV group that holds a lot of potential,” Kukurugya said. “I think those girls will really blossom during the regular season and hopefully be able to contribute during the postseason.”

Boys swimming motivated by young potential BY HENRY WITHROW reporter

The boys swim team is looking to have another great year. With a lot of new swimmers and many swimmers returning, the season has tons of potential. The Bulldogs are traveling to Chesterton with a full head of steam aiming to start the season off with a victory. Last season the team fell to the Trojans and are hopeful for a better outcome in this matchup Tuesday, Nov. 29. “We increased our team’s numbers. I had a goal to gather 25 kids for the team, and that goal was reached,” head coach Bryon Angerman said. “I would say our main team goal is to try and win as many dual meets as we can. It would be great to get as many kids out there competing as possible.” After placing second at sectionals last season, Angerman and

the team are looking to take the next step and win sectionals this season. “There is a large possibility that our team can win sectionals this season, but we can’t know for sure until the time comes. After losing a lot of guys last year our team is really going to step it up and give it our best shot. You can count on us competing every time we are in the pool,” sophomore Lester Lowe said. The team finished last season with a record of 7-3 and are seeking improvement. They are looking to take advantage of both new and returning swimmers in hopes of having a successful regular season and postseason success. “I believe we will get people to the state meet. We really have to get our new swimmers more experience in the pool to be up to par with our older guys,” Angerman said. “The main goal is more diversification. With new kids on the team, that will hopefully be a good experience this season and the next for the team.”



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Wrestling looks forward after losing key wrestlers

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BY DOMINIC TOMICH sports editor

Reality hits hard There’s no question football is a contact sport, but it seems like there’s more “contact” than there is playing the actual sport. Over the years, talks have been about whether protecting the players should be improved or whether that takes anything away from the sport itself. Players have spoken out about lack of penalties thrown on late hits, and there’s the never ending discussion about concussions. One player in particular is the Carolina Panthers franchise piece, Cam Newton. Following the Panthers’ week eight victory, Newton expressed his frustration at the late hits and the lack of penalties on those hits saying, “It’s really taking the fun out of the game for me,” and “At times I don’t even feel safe.” The 2016 NFL season has had no less contact than other years. Rules have been implemented to protect defenseless players and prevent helmet to helmet contact; however, players continue to lead with their heads. According to the NFL rulebook, “Game officials will be instructed to call fouls when a defender lowers his head and makes forcible contact with the crown of his helmet on a runner outside the tackle box.” Is the NFL wrong for putting in these rules? Absolutely not. The average career length of an NFL athlete is 3.3 years. With that being said, their well-being should be put first. More rules and heavier fines should be implemented to guarantee longer, safer careers. It’s often said “rules are meant to be broken,” but when big fines are on the line, it may keep players thinking twice. The 2015 NFL season was responsible for 271 concussions. By no means is it possible to get this number to zero, but enforcing new rules and adding more severe punishments could decrease it. Throwing down big hits is something everyone wants to see, including myself. Seeing someone carted off the field isn’t. The NFL needs to do more to guarantee players healthy lives following their playing days.




Senior Sasha Stefanovic guards Bishop Noll player during their scrimmage on Sat. Nov. 19 at CPHS.

Boys basketball tops DAC rankings BY YOUSEF ABDELDAIEM

frustration and got them out of their flow of the game. Although getting a shot against a team like this may help them practice these types of situations, senior November is here and the sound of soles squeaking Ken Decker believes it’s all about the way the Dogs on the hardwood occupies the gym as the basketball play. season creeps up. “This may allow us to become more familiar with After graduating five seniors, including division one sharpshooter Grant Gelon, the team hopes to their personnel, but we won’t change our game,” Decker said. “If we play the way we know how to, it won’t quickly transition into another winning season. With three starters returning to the starting varsity matter who we play. We’ll get the job done.” Skill is always important, lineup, head coach Clint Swan but time and time again teams is very optimistic about how have proven the importance of the team looks going into the team chemistry. Senior Andrew season. “The Duneland ConferIf we play the way we know Kenneally believes that team chemistry will ultimately dicence is a very bad conference to how to, it won’t matter who we tate the Bulldogs’ success this be young in. You get beaten up play. We’ll get the job done. season. pretty quickly in this league,” “We love playing together. Swan said. “To have experience I’ve been playing with some of Ken Decker with guys coming back who these guys since third grade, have been through those battles senior and it shows when we are out before is a great luxury to have on the court together,” Kencoming into any season.” neally said. “We have never been the most athletic team The Dogs will be playing more elite teams as their strength in schedule increases once again. At first glance but having great chemistry is something we pride ourthis may not seem as a positive, but Swan sees this as selves on. I believe our chemistry will win us a lot of games this year.” an advantage. After winning back to back sectional titles, the “I think playing better teams always helps. This is a group that I think is hungry for a championship in Dogs hope to carry over their success and continue general, so I think that they welcome that,” Swan said. the winning tradition they have built over the past two “Last year I think our sectional championship was a years. From the start of the season, Stefanovic already direct result of how we upgraded our schedule. We may has one goal in mind. “After falling short in regionals for the last two have to suffer some losses, but it’s a learning process. years, my number one goal is to make it to semi-state as You learn the most from the best teams.” Senior Sasha Stefanovic, one of three returning a team,” Stefanovic said. Winning games is always something to look forstarters, also looks forward to the challenge. ward to, but Swan has always been a fan of the process. “I think strength of schedule will really benefit us “I look forward to coming out each day and being this year,” Stefanovic said. “Playing a lot of tough teams with the team in practice again,” Swan said. “Just being will help better prepare us for the post season.” with a group of guys and watching them get better each One of the more elite teams scheduled for this year day. That’s what I look forward to every year, and this is the Warsaw Tigers, who knocked off the Dogs last year is certainly no exception.” year in the regional final 46-33. The Dogs played their first game on Wednesday, During that regional game, the Tigers used the no Nov. 23 against Bowman Academy. Results were unshot clock regulation as a tactic to keep the ball out available due to press time. of the Dogs’ possession. This strategy caused the Dogs assistant sports editor


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Regional champions, fourth at semi-state, 12-1 overall record, the Bulldogs look to pick up where they left off from last year to this year. The team lost a few key wrestlers after last year such as the Moran brothers, but the team does not believe losing these wrestlers will affect their upcoming season. They see it as an opportunity to show who they really are. “Honestly, we are in the same position we would be with them,” junior Oszkar Kasch said. “After losing those guys, it gives others in the program opportunities to step up. It also gives us more of an opportunity to move guys around to fill gaps and get better matchups in dual meets.” With returning wrestlers such as seniors Justin Akers and Kyle Ramus, the coaches won’t be the only leaders. “They’ve all done a great leadership job of taking these younger guys under their wings and helping them get better and preparing them for the varsity wrestling season,” head coach Brandon Lorek said. The team is looking to improve their training plan in order to better their technique. “Our team has to be more consistent with our training. We also really need to strive to get better,” Lorek said. Lorek believes every wrestler on the roster is vital for the Dogs to get as many points as possible this year. “If we are going to close the gap and go from good to great, then everyone, even the veteran wrestlers, need to step up their game and their matches. They all need to find ways to score bonus points for the team.” The Bulldogs start their 201617 season against LaPorte on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Upcoming DAC Schedule

Nov. 30 @ LaPorte Dec. 7

vs. Chesterton

Dec. 15 vs. Lake Central

Jan. 4

vs. Merrillville

Jan. 11 @ Michigan

City Jan. 18 vs. Valparaiso

My moment of the month ... “... was playing our first game as seniors in our scrimmage versus Bishop Noll.” Senior Andrew Kenneally



arts & entertainment november 28, 2016

inreview “Here” by Alicia Keys Alicia Keys’ latest album, “HERE,” is an original masterpiece. Everything from the analogs before each song to the individual tracks are beautiful and moving. “Holy War,” the album’s last track, is a thought-provoking song about love and war, and how they are both perceived in society. The flow of the album is impeccable, and overall it’s one of her best albums.

Liquid Filled Phone Cases These cases come in a variety of colors and floating shapes, leaving something that pleases a mass of students. However, the case can be distracting to the owners and those around them. Another cool thing is when you turn on the flashlight in a dark room and then lay it down flat by a wall, it projects onto the wall.






“Fantastic Beasts” casts a spell on fans old, new of “Harry Potter” BY JON WOLWARK reporter

A prequel to the “Harry Potter” series, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is a movie about a new protagonist wizard that makes Daniel Radcliffe look as wimpy as he did in the first “Harry Potter” movie. The film writers created new characters and settings for both old and new wizarding world fans. The film is set in 1967, starring a wandering wizard, a desperate baker, and a magic officer. Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), the main character of the film, is a young wizard that has finally completed his global excursion to find and document a group of magical creatures that live in the wizard’s briefcase. Let’s just say it’s bigger on the inside. At a brief stopover in New York City, Scamander runs into a bit of trouble where he accidentally swapped suitcases with a No-Maj (American for Muggle), a non

magical human named Jacob Kowalski opens the suitcase and lets several of the fantastic beasts loose. Former Auror Tina Goldstein attempts to arrest and take in Scamander to the MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States), but fails when they run into some trouble along the way. At this point in the film, the viewers may get a feeling of nostalgia when names and mentions of characters from author JK Rowling’s most famous series, “Harry Potter” come to show. Ultimately, while the story begins to slow down the plot line in the middle of the film, it really begins to pick up it’s pace and leave all Potterheads at the edge of their seats.

The film definitely had nice cinematography. However, they went a little overboard with the whole magic thing. Although magic is the whole deal of the movie, it still takes your head on a roller coaster ride that is almost hard to keep up with. As the movie goes on you begin to ask yourself some questions, such as, “If he’s a wizard, why can’t he just appear to wherever the creatures are and just find them already?” This question was found to be most asked about on social media after the film’s release when another character in the story just travels wherever comes to his mind. Or when Scamander jumps from one location to another, why did he take the ferry to New

York City if he could just appear there? When it comes to special effects, there are always those poorly built movies that rely on CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) far too much in the film, and “Fantastic Beasts” was on the verge of being one of them. Luckily the reminder that this film is set in the Harry Potter world reminds us that absolutely anything could happen. The ending of the book differs from the ending of the film. The movie leaves a cliffhanger to all viewers. Most “Harry Potter” fans are used to this type of ending by now and can conclude that another “Fantastic Beasts” movie will soon follow. According to Rowling, the “Fantastic Beasts” storyline will stretch to as long as five films.

“Gold” by Kiiara (no stars) This song is a disappointment to music and any artist. The lyrics are literally syllables not words. This piece of garbage can make anyone run their head into a wall. Within the first 15 seconds she sounds like a literal broken record. One could question if she can sing due to the excessive amount of auto tune.

Biden & Obama Memes Joe Biden and Barack Obama have the greatest friendship of all time. The internet has caught on, and BOOM. There’s the meme. While the snarky comments may seem uncharacteristic of Biden, the greatness is still there.

“Kindered Spirits” A home style, bone chilling effect that will make you wonder if you are just hearing strange noises. TLC produced a ghostly haunting TV show to give you a chilling effect. Real people going through powerful interaction with ghost-like creatures that will make you wonder if you have one of your own.

Makeup subscription boxes fails to meet expectations BY KIERSTEN HARDY reporter

Seeing a shiny package in the mailbox is always exciting, and spreading out time between presents sounds like the ultimate gift that keeps on giving. Subscription boxes are a new twist on online shopping, and with Christmas right around the corner, they appear to be the perfect gift. Birchbox and Ipsy are two makeup subscription boxes that are ordered online and shipped monthly. Beauty boxes allow the customer to personalize their box by filling out a survey that asks basic questions about makeup preferences. Although this seems like an efficient way of making everyone happy, things like skin tone cannot be grouped into only six

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categories. Going to a makeup store would be a better use of time. By simply going to Sephora or Ulta, foundation would be perfectly matched and one could learn more about makeup and how to apply it. Birchbox and Ipsy also have a lack of higher-end brands. A main reason for subscribing is to try products that are not available at a local drug store or cannot afford to try out a fullsized version of a product. It is disappointing to anticipate opening a package just to reveal generic everyday items. Companies like Birchbox and Ipsy seem to have what makeup companies are not selling, giving subscribers the “throw away” pile. Both beauty boxes are $10 per month, and a yearly subscription to Birchbox is $110. Even though they are similar in price, Ipsy

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is a better choice. Birchbox has ridiculously small samples, especially for fragrances, facial cleansers and lipsticks. In order for someone to determine whether or not they like a product, they need to try it out more than once. The samples that Birchbox provides hardly lets someone do that. Ipsy not only has bigger samples, but also has more name brand products, which makes it the better of the two choices. At first, it is fun to try the products out, but after a while it becomes frustrating when only one of the six items in the box are worth it. Some products are worth the money, but ultimately the subscriptions are not the best option. Save the $110 and use it on makeup that will definitely work by simply watching YouTube reviews and tutorials.

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When the song “Where You Lead” emerges from the silence, fellow obsessors gather and quickly grab their coffee and takeout food. Folks, it’s here. One can binge watch all seven seasons of “Gilmore Girls” on Netflix in preparation for the revival “Gilmore Girls a Year in the Life.” All seven seasons of “Gilmore Girls” revolve around the mother-daughter relationship of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. They live in the mid 2000s in the small town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut Like the stereotypical small towns in movies and on TV, everyone knows everyone. For example, every morning Lorelai and Rory get a cup, or four, of coffee at Luke’s Diner, running into the usual group of people like Kirk and Miss Patty. Lorelai is an extroverted, sarcastic, fast talking young mom that inspires many by creating her own success story. Lorelai was born into a rich, privileged family. From a young age, she did not conform to the social standards her parents oppressed her with, and as a result, she had

Rory at age 16. Rory is the academic genius that every student strives to be. She has the perfect GPA, the best test scores and is arguably the best student at every school she attends. Along with being the perfect student, she dates the most gorgeous guys. Each boyfriend has their flaws but is important for her growth throughout the seasons. Lorelai and Rory’s relationship is unlike the average motherdaughter relationship; they are best friends. They’re practically perfect in almost every way but do have their faults. Lorelai and Rory make choices throughout the seasons that make one cringe, but these decisions make the show more relatable. Lorelai and Rory are often seen as a dynamic duo, but their lives are not totally intertwined. In each episode, Rory deals with a problem that Lorelai was unaware of or vice versa. The audience gets a variety of problems within the show that need to be resolved rather than a shallow, one problem episode. In some TV shows, like “Friends,” the main characters seem as though they never have to go to work and can sit in a coffee shop all day. However, in

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“Gilmore Girls” it feels as if they are people you would actually work with or run into at Doose’s Market. One flaw that continually arises is Lorelai’s disinterest with her own mother but possessiveness towards Rory. If Emily Gilmore, Lorelai’s mother, invites Lorelai for some mother-daughter bonding, Lorelai will shut her down. One thing to note about Emily is she will manipulate oth-

ers for her own benefit. Lorelai is used to years of this manipulation, so most of the time Lorelai refuses to extend her selflessness and kindness towards her mother. With nine years of an anticipation as “Gilmore Girls” ended their seven season run, “Gilmore Girls a Year in the Life” came out on Friday Nov. 25 to tie up loose ends and answer questions fans had worldwide.

DNCE releases self titled debut album BY KIRA SCHUELKA reporter

It all started with frontman Joe Jonas asking other musicians to play with him. It led to an EP, Teen Choice Award and album with eleven new songs. DNCE has only just become a popular name among teens, but they are sure to grow in fame. Jonas (vocals) was the one who assembled the band in 2015 when he met up with musicians JinJoo Lee (guitar), Cole Whittle (bass), and Jack Lawless (drums) and asked them to create a band with him. They first broke into the music scene with the EP “Swaay,” which only had four songs. Fans loved “Cake by the Ocean” because of its unique lyrics and entertaining beat. The band decided to keep this song on their new album because of how popular it had been. Their newest self-titled album is no different than their first EP. Fans were expecting an entertaining album with hits they could sing along in the car to, and DNCE did not disappoint. Their newest album contains three songs from their EP “Swaay” and

has 11 new tracks, so DNCE has mixed their old hits with their newest beats. The album creates fresh music that mixes up the same old songs played on the radio. DNCE gives previous fans a refreshing look at Joe Jonas, too. Jonas had previously been in a group with his brothers, Nick and Kevin, which was mostly pop. The new funk style DNCE embraces is refreshing for fans following the brothers for awhile. With his new group, Jonas shows his true artistic style because he has been part of the writing process

for every song. While the group is typically known for having upbeat music and at a party style, songs like “Almost” show the group knows how to slow it down and hit emotional songs. It is accompanied with “Zoom” and “Body Moves” that are both just all out fun songs. Both songs give listeners the feeling of being at a party and have catchy lyrics you can sing for hours. A listener may be surprised when they hear a song like “Toothbrush” because it is completely different from the other songs and offers a view of DNCE’s variety. The song starts in a more falsetto voice then returns to their normal music. Some songs are too strange and have a weird fit on the album. “Unsweet”, the last song on the album, starts out with a more groovy beat. Having a funk song messes up the dynamic of the album when all other songs are more dance-rock. Except for that one song, this album is good for jamming out in the car, dancing with friends or chilling inside, and staying warm.

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Green cup symbolizes unity

Shows’ basics vital in preparing for revival BY JILL KIDDER

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Not knowing what to wear in the morning is a struggle that most of us have, and worrying about classroom temperatures does not help. Rooms being freezing or stuffy is uncomfortable and distracting. Having to carry around a jacket just for this reason is a major inconvenience and not being able to focus in classes because of temperature is unnecessary. From one class period to another, it can be freezing to hot within minutes.

A single line making shapes of people continuously encircles a green cup and connects the figures from one end to another. A farmer, a barista, friends and family are all on this Starbucks coffee cup. A sense of community is drawn on this small paper cup. Starbucks released their limited edition cup on Nov. 1. Red cup lovers complained about the green cup, thinking it was the holiday edition at an early release date instead of looking at the subliminal message behind the cup. This is not Starbucks’ holiday cup. This is a symbol of unity during a time when it feels like America is being torn apart. This cup was released one day before the Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years, a time where people celebrated together because they were fans; it didn’t matter what race/sex/ religion they were. Five million people came together in the city of Chicago to welcome the Commissioner’s Trophy and the players back to the city. But days later on November 8, it was torn apart again when Donald Trump was elected the next president of the United States. I looked and saw people on the cup. It’s what we all are. We are all human. We all have jobs, ones that pay bills or ones that are just everyday duties, and these duties affect everyone around us. As people, we have voices that can affect anyone. The cup reminded me that we are all in this together. We’re all connected. In a time where we are being torn apart by a bigot whose opinion is being voiced on TV for the whole world to see, it reminds me that we are all intertwined and have to keep each other safe. We cannot divide ourselves. We have to stay united in a time where minorities don’t feel safe. Minorities are worried that they are going to be deported. Homosexuals are fearful that their rights are going to be taken away. Transgender people are scared that they won’t be able to be seen as they truly are. Some Muslim women are taking off their hijabs because of discrimination and fear. I am scared for these people. I am scared of what America has and will become. I am scared of what Trump has in store for a nation that is beginning to divide. And it has taken a cup to remind me that we are connected and have to stay united in this dark time.




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Disney Throwback “Even Stevens (is my favorite throwback Disney show) because it talks about a kid in high school and how he experienced life when he got bullied.”

PHOTO BY JILL KIDDER Sophomore Nicholas Morgan uses a CPTV camera as he records. Morgan makes independent videos on YouTube as well as being is a cameraman for CPTV.

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Christmas Music “The right time to listen to Christmas music is in December close to snowy days.”


What was once a small hobby spawned by a video camera lying around the house has developed into a passion and life long pursuit for sophomore Nicholas Morgan. Morgan started out filming his friends and his own goofy antics or making short movies featuring Lego characters. He now has close to a decade of short films and experience under his belt. “I got into the idea of filming when I was in second grade. My dad showed me how to work this video camera we had laying around the house. After he showed me the basics, I ran around filming everything I could with my friends,” Morgan said. Morgan attributes his passion for filmmaking to it being his escape from OCD and anxiety. “(Filmmaking) was my own

Fictional Land “I would go to a Candy land because everything is made out of candy and who doesn’t like candy.”

Defining Presidency “When I hear the word ‘president,’ I think of power; Power over countries and a leader.”

Playing Sports “My favorite sport to watch or play is basketball because my whole family plays basketball, so I grew up playing it and relating with my brothers.”

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fictional world where I didn’t have to worry about the weird compulsions I had… It really allowed me to become an independent, creative thinker, and that’s pretty much why I made them and why I still do,” Morgan said. “I sort of dropped that weird, anxious side of me. I became more social and essentially a happier kid.” Morgan’s favorite original series of his started off with a friend losing a bet. “His punishment was he had to post a video of him trying to act all cool on Twitter,” Morgan said. The character Morgan’s friend portrayed would become known as “H. Witty.” Morgan did not follow through with posting it on social media because it was too “embarrassing,” but did end up showing it to friends, who praised the video. “They thought it was hilarious. Since our friends loved this

video so much, we decided to actually make our own little series (featuring H. Witty),” Morgan said. The series now has four episodes. The series finale has never been produced, but Morgan noted that it still might be made. Morgan’s skill in filmmaking has won him several awards, including first place by the Midwest Media Educators Association, and his videos have garnered thousands of views on YouTube. Morgan’s skills are self taught, and he attributes that to how he is able to make unique content. “I try to stay away from watching YouTube tutorials and whatnot on how to work software because I really like figuring things out on my own,” Morgan said. “We learn from our mistakes, so over time, I have learned to master some pretty complex software by just kind of winging it.” While making videos has

proven to be a hobby he can succeed at, he looks forward to the future. “I plan on going to college for film and hopefully making it my profession. Why not grow up and make a career out of something you love?” Morgan said. While Morgan is excited to see where it goes in the future, he knows it will be important to look back on where he got his roots, making “pretty crazy, creative” videos with his closest friends. “My favorite thing about making videos is that they are a time capsule. In ten years from now, I will look back on the videos I made in 2016. Whether I cringe watching the videos I made as a teen or I laugh, it is always a good way to see how I thought at the time,” Morgan said. “Overall, the videos might seem stupid, but they will always be timeless to me.”

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What is your favorite holiday food?

“My favorite holiday food is flan, a traditional Mexican dish, that goes in the oven for awhile and then into the fridge and gets cold.”

“Mashed potatoes because I only really eat them during the holidays with my family.”

“My grandma and I have made pumpkin rolls together for Thanksgiving since I could remember.”

“I like hot chocolate with marshmallows and cinnamon because it makes me feel cozy.”

“My favorite holiday food is pumpkin pie. It’s delicious, and I eat it completely covered in Cool Whip.”

“Turkey because I really like protein, and I get to eat it every Thanksgiving.”

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