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2011-2012

Mill Stream Staff Jenna Larson editor-in-chief

www.mill-stream.org

Navar Watson

production editor

Ainee Jeong design editor

Sidney Huber

Discover the truth behind cutting Page 2

business manager

Jace Hodson

features editor

Madi McNew

opinions editor

Kendra Foley

Organ donors unite Page 6

sports editor

Abraham Echarry photography editor

Drew Musselman

circulation manager

Meet Marqis Duncan Page 7

Anna Kreutz web master

Alejandra Coar web editor

Brooke Denny photographer

Adam Reed

artist/cartoonist

Sophia Borzabadi Kennethia Chapple Macy Cobb Keegan Fischer Pete Freeman Carlie Jordan Skye Parks Kelsey Pence Alex Shelley writers

Krista Shields adviser

Photo by A. Kreutz

Sophomore Jake Logsdon has worked at Alexander’s on the square for about four years now. Alexander’s remains a classic restaurant in the community, serving old fashioned sodas and a variety of ice cream flavors.

Big city thrives on small business Pete Freeman petefreeman14@gmail.com Before hybrid cars swerved around the Square corners, before Alexander’s attracted sweltering summer customers and before Forest Park opened Fast Freddy and the Transport Museum, there was a 200-year-old log cabin supporting four withering window frames. The city of Noblesville has matured since William Conner erected Indiana’s first fur trade post after purchasing the land now known as Hamilton County from the Delaware Indians, yet one aspect of the city has remained stagnant: small business.

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Push an old-fashioned, playground swing and it would move back and forth, increasing in height with each pendulum motion. Push a tire swing and it would go back and forth too, but it would also sway from side to side, and round and round; in a way, the simultaneous spinning could be seen as expanding ripples, like those made by a rock thrown into a lake. What kind of community are we? Are we just another fast-growing suburb on the edge of Indianapolis with an impressive population growth of 81.8 percent in the past decade? Are we just another one of familyfriendly Hamilton County’s 20 cities and towns? Are we distinguished as a city, other than being 50th of the nation’s top 100 places to live, as according to CNN’s Money magazine? Do we have an influence or an individuality that moves like a classic swing or like a tire swing? Are we notable just for our growing numbers, or do we also create “ripples”? As students, our meaning of “community” may often stop at school grounds. We may not immediately see how we look beyond our city limits. We may not notice the many “hidden gems” present in our community that make it more unique than we may think. We’re the county seat, and we house the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds as well as Klipsch Music Center. We have eight different food pantries, which makes us tied for first (with Cicero) for having the most in the county. We have a Keep Noblesville Beautiful program and numerous local artists and businesses that keep our culture alive. We’re a growing city with a small-town feel, but are we hindered by this small-town mindset? We could make an impact with all of the opportunities here. The Mill Stream staff agrees that our community is certainly growing upwards in population and construction, moving like a playground swing. But with all of the opportunities available, we could do more to “push” our community so that it moves like a tire swing: upwards and outwards. The Mill Stream staff encourages students to have aspirations past the city limits. Students are encouraged to extend their line of vision and to learn more about the many opportunities here to help shape Noblesville into a more prominent community. Besides, an old-fashioned swing only holds one person, but a tire swing can seat more.

Slicing into myths about self-mutilation Skye Parks skyeparks7@gmail.com

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“She just wants attention.” “Did you hear about that emo kid that cuts himself?!” “Did you see her arm? Why would you do that?” “What a freak, he’s got to be messed up in the head!” According to selfinjury.com, between 15-20 percent of adolescents deal with self-mutilation (cutting, burning, pinching, etc.). Thirty percent of those who deal with this issue have attempted or will attempt suicide at one point. This is not a joke, nor is this some thrill and or attention seeking action. Cutter isn’t just some cool nickname to put on the back of a senior jersey. Most deal with this issue silently. I would know. I was a cutter. I dealt with cutting from sixth grade up until the middle of my freshman year. I was addicted. Over those years, I have heard multiple comments and statements made out of ignorance and spite, and others out of genuine naivety. They’re just doing it for attention. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. There are generally four reasons why a person cuts: To numb pain: Many people have great external pain or difficult situations to live through and cutting is used as a way to take all of that and focus it on one thing, which

therefore helps them to “numb-out.” To feel pain: Cutting allows someone to feel pain. Once a person has gone through so much, he or she learns to block it out, hide and stuff all of their emotions. Cutting is an outlet used to feel physical pain, instead of the overwhelming emotional pain that they are dealing with. To get attention: Yes, there are some people who choose to cut to gain some form of attention (albeit, negative attention). These people want someone to care; to ask them what’s going on, if they want to talk. They want someone to care enough to notice. To have control: Cutting allows a false sense of control. It is something that they can do on their own; something stable that won’t change, that they can directly control. Please don’t get me wrong. I am not condoning these actions. While yes, one may be going through an overwhelming amount of pain or maybe they just want someone to notice them, cutting is not the way to cope with that or to get the form of attention one needs. Cutting is not an addiction. Cutting is an addiction. Just like smoking, like sexual addictions, like drinking. All of them release endorphins in the brain, which act as painkillers (just on a more intense scale). It also becomes a habit, such as biting your nails. Once you do it for so long, it becomes extremely difficult to break the habit; however, it is not impossible. You are emo/gothic/messed up if you cut yourself. Look

Mill Stream is published by Block 7 journalism students and distributed free of charge. The staff will publish 12 issues during the 2011-2012 school year. Mill Stream is a student newspaper, run for students, by students. We provide a public forum to serve as an outlet for student ideas and opinions; we work as an agent for change and provide credible, objective reporting to inform, entertain, educate the reader and better serve the reader. We welcome both signed letters to the editor and guest columns, which cannot exceed 350 words in length.

around. In a classroom of 30, that would mean four to six people in that room could be dealing with cutting and or another form of self-mutilation. It doesn’t have to be that kid that wears all black to school every day and listens to heavy metal music. It could be that girl that smiles all the time, gets all A’s and has tons of friends. It could be anyone. To those who personally deal with this issue: I get it. I know what it’s like to feel that need to always wear long sleeves and pants in order to cover up the scars that crisscross up and down your arms and legs. I understand what it’s like to feel like it has a grasp on you and it won’t let go, as much as you beg it to. But take it from someone who’s been there. It’s hard to quit. It’s hard to find a different way to deal with what’s going on. But it’s worth it. It’s worth the feeling of freedom you get after you put down that blade; after you put down that lighter. You’re worth more than what you have decided to do to yourself. I encourage those that have had their freedom stolen by self-mutilation, as scary as it may be, to speak to a counselor, a teacher or even a close friend. As much as you tell yourself it isn’t a big deal, it is. To those of you who do not battle with this, take it from me; these people aren’t “messed-up.” They’re hurting. The scars you might see on their arms aren’t something to be ridiculed, but something that you should take notice of. They are an invitation and a cry for help.

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Student overcomes disease Jenna Larson

larson.jennac@gmail.com Think back to the H1NI freak-out of 2009. News stations devoted in-depth coverage to an affliction which, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, is simply a flu virus that many people don’t have immunity to. Throughout the winter months especially, discontent floats with colds and stomach viruses around the halls like the germs that cause them. How different would life be, then, if a disease were permanent? And what if it raged on without intense media coverage? For sufferers of cystic fibrosis, this scenario is reality. Sophomore Michael McReynolds was born with the disease but has a mild case. Michael’s sister, senior Mia McReynolds, supports her brother with his lifestyle, which he has had to adapt from that of a typical high school student in order to keep himself healthy. According to Mia, people with cystic fibrosis have trouble digesting fat and protein without the help of medicine, and they also have extra mucus in their lungs, which makes breathing more difficult. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s website says that the disease “clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections” and “obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.” “…We have to remember to bring enzyme pills out to restaurants, and Mike does breathing treatments in the morning and night,” Mia said of her brother’s routine. “He has to use this vest that puffs air through it and shakes the mucus out of your lungs.” Despite having to take pills before eating and going through daily breathing treatments,

Michael and his sister say he refuses to let cystic fibrosis hold him back from doing what he loves. “It’s not like there’s anything that bad that I have to do for it,” Michael said. “It’s just sort of part of life.” According to Michael, he doesn’t let the disease hinder him in any way. Michael is involved in jazz band and show choir and also finds the time to participate in Café Bohemia, Jazz on the Roof and Mayfest, putting his passion for music at the forefront of his life. “Mike doesn’t let taking medicine or doing breathing treatments get in the way of having a social life or going on vacation—we just bring the stuff, and it’s not a big deal,” Mia said. According to Mia, even using the shaking mucus-loosening vest doesn’t phase her little brother. “It’s actually kind of fun, and he makes techno while he does [it],” Mia said. Although Michael and his family see Michael as lucky enough to have a rare but mild case of cystic fibrosis, many others aren’t so fortunate. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s website, about 30,000 youths and adults have the disease, and about 10 million more are gene carriers for the genetic malady, but do not experience its symptoms firsthand, and about 1,000 new cases of the disease are diagnosed annually. “I’ve heard doctors are working on finding a cure, which is great because even though it’s a rare disease, a cure would improve a lot of people’s lives,” Mia said. Great Strides, a fundraising event put on each year by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, helps raise money for research through a walk, which takes place at over 600 designated sites in the United States. Noblesville’s walk will be held this year on May 19 at James A. Dillon Park. If students wish to participate in the event, they can form teams and register at www.cff.org/great_strides.

A loss leads to lending a hand Kelsey Pence

kelsey.pence33@gmail.com “At the end, he was only taking four breaths a minute, and the average person takes about thirty-three breaths a minute,” sophomore Anna Rowe said. While Rowe was in third grade, she was told that her faPhoto provided by Anna Rowe ther had been diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma cancer. What At the Apache Reservation Rowe and her father most don’t realize is that Rowe’s visited, Rowe brings kids who are less fortunate father was also told he had two to Christ through activities like art, song, and months to live. community projects. “It started out as a lump on his right leg that was bigger than a grapefruit,” Rowe said. “So we removed it a week later.” Thinking they were out of the clear, 6 months later Rowe’s father had twenty-two stage four tumors between his lungs. However, the surgeons were able to successfully remove the tumors. “They [the doctors] told him there was no possible way to treat it and that he would die,” Rowe said. In 2006, when Rowe’s parents divorced, Rowe noted that was the year she really got a chance to become drastically closer with her dad. “Over the years of 2004 to 2010, he had a total of eight surgeries between his lungs and nine more on his leg,” Rowe said. “This past summer he had a tumor that was on one of his lungs which was so big it blocked his heart. He had to go on oxygen for six months,” Rowe said. By September 2011, the surgeons told Rowe’s father that there were no other solutions to his cancer. Throughout all of his surgeries, Rowe became even closer to her dad through God. “I started an organization that helps out the Apache Indian Reservation. Each year my dad would bring his friends out and bring them to Christ here,” Rowe said. “Each year I got to hear my dad tell his story, and it always brought me closer to him.” Through community service and volunteering, Rowe has turned something tragic into something beautiful. “Optimistic, it’s the best way to look at life, even when it brings you hardships,” Rowe said. Members of the Apache Reservation group, students and family friends questioned Rowe’s outlook on her father’s death, noted Rowe. “The first thing I think of when people say ‘if God was so great, then why did he take your father?’ is the Apache Reservation,” Rowe said. “But I also think ‘If God wasn’t so great, why did he give my dad 7 years when he was only supposed to have 2 months?”

Eating disorders uncovered Carlie Jordan

carlie.sjordan@gmail.com In today’s society, eating disorders, from anorexia to bulimia to binge eating, have become the norm for some people. The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders Incorporation found that 43 percent of those with an eating disorder are between the age of 16 and 20. Fifty-eight percent felt the need to be a certain weight, and 44 percent of that group was at the correct weight for their age and height. There are multiple reasons as to why students and adults in our society binge eat, get rid of what they eat or simply don’t eat at all. The two reasons guidance counselor Mrs. Jill Wisman hears most often are poor self-image and peer pressure. Mrs. Anne Kenley, in guidance, realizes students pick up eating disorders because of what the media tells them and or other personal issues they have no control over. Junior Hannah Perryman thinks it is a combination of both. “I think its insecurities,” Perryman said. “But I also think it’s a mentality.” Kenley has learned of a stereotype that she wishes wouldn’t be a label to students with eating disorders. Myth: “If you have an eating disorder, you are skinny,” Kenley said. This is a stereotype she’d like to see broken. Busted: Not all people with eating disorders are thin. Binge eating actually causes weight gain. Mr. Jeff “Doc” Franciosi wants students to understand that girls are not the only sex suffering from eating disorders. Myth: “It’s seen as only the cheerleader/gymnastics type girls that have the problem,” Franciosi said. Busted: One in every ten people who suffer from an eating disorder is male. And gymnasts and cheerleaders need nutrition to keep up with their sports. Some students criticizing other peers that they believe have an eating problem fail to realize that some binge-eat. Binge eating and purging usually go hand-in-hand with bulimia. Myth: Bulimia isn’t as dangerous as anorexia because the body doesn’t get rid of everything it has taken in. Busted: “The acids from the stomach and the vomiting can be harmful to the esophagus and other organs,” Franciosi said. Franciosi also shares that anorexia can lead to death. “One may get down to dangerous weight levels and organs can shut down,” Franciosi said. Both Kenley and Wisman agree that the best thing to do when a student is dealing with an eating disorder is to tell an adult immediately and seek advice. Myth: “I can stop whenever I choose.” Busted: “This isn’t something you can handle alone,” Kenley said. Franciosi has a treatment to overcoming and moving past the disorder. “The treatment involves three phases… nutrition counseling, individual counseling and even family help is needed,” Franciosi said. If it becomes evident that a student is suffering from an eating disorder reach, out to a trustworthy adult and decide the best way to handle the situation.


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Enforcing the future Madi McNew mcnew.madi@gmail.com Many clubs within NHS connect students to other students. However, the Police Explorers connects students with the community. The Police Explorers are a group of students who are training to be officers, and they are using the city of Noblesville as their training course. “We help with parking, crowd control, directing traffic, giving directions, etc,” sophomore Josh White said. “At times we have even helped find lost kids.” The Police Explorers can be found helping at many town events, like the street dance, parades, sporting events and the 4-H fair. Senior Scott Davis has been a Police Explorer all four years of his high school career. “The program gives me experience with the public and helps prepare me for my future career as a police officer,” Davis said. The group gets hands-on experience in public security at city functions, but it also receives training in situations unique to law enforcement, such as handcuffing suspects and detecting drugs. “My favorite event is simulations, where we are put in a scenario where we are acting as the police and have to know what to do in the situations we are placed in,” sophomore Zachary Wilkens said. Wilkens also pointed out that the Police Explorers learn important life skills along with their real-world training. “There are many good skills that you learn through this program such as team work, improved reflexes and self-confidence, just to name a few,” Wilkens said. While the Police Explorers may not have been well-known before, they have recently been gaining notoriety. “It has been hard trying to adjust from a semi-small group to a big group,” sophomore Anthony Burkhalter said. However, the bigger group size simply means that the Explorers are training even more young men and women for a career that gives back to the community. Many, if not all, of the students in the Police Explorers are seriously considering a job in law enforcement, if they have not already decided to do so. For example, both Burkhalter and Wilkens plan on becoming a part of the military Photos by M. McNew police. “Police Explorers respect each other and everyone around them,” Wilkens said. “It is an awesome program that teaches you Police Explorers greet each other as they many life skills that are hard to get anywhere else.”

gather on Monday, April 23. At the meeting, they discuss topics such as uniforms, training activities and upcoming community events.

Summer marks the return of the Farmers’ Market Anna Kreutz

anna.lkreutz@gmail.com Rise and shine students. Beginning on May 19, Saturday mornings are about to start earlier with the return of the Farmers’ Market. “It’s more than a job. It signifies summer,” junior Abigail Fisher said. “It was my first job ever, and now I’ve done it a thousand times.” For many, the annual Farmers’ Market that runs from mid-May through October is much more than the typical marketplace; it is a community gathering together to celebrate locally grown goods, homemade trinkets, and quirky neighbors. “I like the fact that everything at the Farmers’ Market is real. It’s real food and real people,” sophomore Zach Purcell said. “Nothing is packaged or fake.” Located right beside Riverview Hospital in the empty parking lot, the market is up and running every Saturday of the summer, rain or shine, and usually packed with both vendors and customers. “I absolutely love the Farmers’ Market. It’s a great place to find weird stuff,” sophomore Rachel Mathers said. “They also have really good kettle corn.” Students not only enjoy munching on food, but in addition, some work behind the counter selling goods. “I make lemonade shake-ups and sell cold pork. It’s kind of like a concession stand on steroids,” said Fisher. “I got the job with Sally Meyer from Jeff Zackel, the market organizer.” Zeckel, dubbed affectionately as the “roast master” by senior Joe Kampert, not only helped organize the function but also initially became involved due a set of BBQ ribs. Once the ribs hit success, he looked to bring in employees. “Zeckel is my neighbor. He said he had an opportunity for me to make money and since I’m all about the guap, I got involved,” Kampert said. “I can cook up some mean apple butter.” This summer, Kampert plans to return to the market with the usual crowd. In addition, fellow senior Lars Warner will also be in attendance making lemonade shake-ups. “My favorite part is becoming great friends with other farmers who all work alongside with me, and I’m excited to work with Lars this year,” Kampert said. “It’s a summer thing.” The market not only marks summer, but it’s also a helpful opportunity to fundraise for upcoming winter sports. Previously, the swim team has taken full advantage of the crowd the market brings. “We fundraised last year for our senior trip. It went pretty well. I think we raised about $800,” junior Holly Haflich said. Haflich also noted that the blueberry muffins she made completely sold out, along with most of their baked goods. “The Farmers’ Market was a blast. On a scale of one to 10, it was definitely a 10,” Haflich said. “I’m really excited to go back this year.” “My favorite part is becoming great friends with other farmers who all work alongside with me, and I’m excited to work with Lars this year,” Kampert said. “It’s a summer thing.” The market not only marks summer, but it’s also a helpful opportunity to fundraise for upcoming winter sports. Previously, the swim team has taken full advantage of the crowd the market brings. Photo provided by Sally Meyer “We did it last year for our senior trip. It went pretty well. I think we raised about $800,” junior Holly Halfich said. Halflich also noted that the blueberry muffins she made completely sold out, along with most of their baked goods. Junior Abi Fisher pops popcorn at the Farm“The Farmers’ Market was a blast. On a scale of one to 10, it was definitely a ten,” Halfich said. “I’m really excited to go back this ers’ Market. She models a fake tattoo she year.”

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Big city thrives on small business Pete Freeman petefreeman14@gmail.com (continued from cover) “Our booking gigs really increases our business,” Stacy Sweitzer, performance coordinator for Noble Coffee & Tea said. “In the evening, our business really drops down, but when I bring in the bands and the performers, [Noble Coffee & Tea] really gets packed.” Sweitzer has been scheduling musicians to perform in the lobby of Noble Coffee & Tea for over three years now. A local business, Noble Coffee & Tea has increased commerce by drawing crowds that otherwise may not shop at the venue. “Booking local gigs has been a success. Everybody enjoys being able to come here. All the crowds are great, and it really increases our business,” Sweitzer said. “People love [performing] and my customers love having them do it.” Of these performers, sophomore Monica Kinsey has played a nighttime set at the coffee shop. A singer and songwriter, Kinsey has played music in various small business venues. Her performances benefit not only her reputation as an artist, but also the independent shops and restaurants. “It’s good for young kids to perform in front of people and get out there. I think a lot of them are very good that play here, and they could use us as a reference,” Sweitzer said. After performing in Noble Coffee & Tea, Kinsey began to play at Chick-fil-A, Muddy Boots and other venues. To date, Kinsey has gigged in more than ten locations and plans to carry her musical career with her past college. “Gigging is a really good musical outlet because people don’t know there are a lot of singer/ songwriters out there, and this helps get them exposure as well as the business,” Kinsey said. “Sharing what you love to do with other people benefits everybody, including the community.” Noblesville’s community, in Kinsey’s eyes, is set apart by its musical individuality. “We may not have the world’s best music, but the feel that we put into it and the passion that people here have for it is what makes Noblesville unique,” Kinsey said. “We have our own styles; it’s more emotional than playing perfectly, and it’s the challenge of drawing a crowd with the many different types of music.” Music that is abundant in locally owned businesses and small town churches. Since his freshman year, junior and 2011 Indiana Battle of the Bands champion Dallas Monk has given to his community by playing guitar in his church’s praise band. Monk attends White River Christian Church. “For Easter, my church sent out eight groups throughout the community. We have a special needs program, a food pantry and a Thursday night dinner group,” Monk said. For Monk, any opportunity to play is a blessing. From church reunions in Hamilton County to last September’s Battle of the Bands in Greenwood, Monk chooses to contribute with his music. “[Music] is how I express myself. After my pastor suggested it to me, I began to play with ‘Sing, Love Sing,’ my praise band,” Monk said. “Music is the universal language, and musicians are the translators.” Whether pitching in on a universal scale or drawing crowds for the benefit of a local business, William Conner’s goal, community leadership with an entrepreneurial spirit, is alive and well, according to “A History of Conner Prairie.” If Conner had once peered out of those four dingy windowpanes to envision Indiana’s future, he would have seen a Noblesville community entrenched in community spirit.

The Hamilton County Courthouse has been around since 1879, and was revamped in the 1990s. It stands above the small businesses downtown Noblesville. Photo by A. Kreutz

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Birthing hopes for a brighter future Navar Watson navar.watson@gmail.com In 2007, Britney Spears’ little sister, Jamie Lynn, got pregnant at 16, and no one has really heard of her since. Bristol Palin, Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s daughter, became a single mother at age 18, and in the eyes of paparazzi, she too has dropped below the radar. Teenage pregnancy comes with much attention. It arises questions and suspicions for many, but when the baby is born, the attention fades away. Junior Janett Gomez, due July 13, can relate to common stereotypes that come with teenage pregnancy. “People think, ‘Oh, she wanted to get pregnant just to get attention… She’s not going to be a very good mother,’” Gomez said. Gomez’s pregnancy was unplanned, and it came as a shock to both her and her boyfriend. “When [my boyfriend and I] found out, Photo provided by Janett Gomez I told him straight up, ‘You can leave Junior Janett Gomez, due July 13, right now, if you want, but he decided to plans to finish high school and possibly stay,’” Gomez said. take off a year before college in order Gomez’s boyfriend, as well as her to support the baby with her husband family and friends, have been very Francisco Canales who proposed on her supportive throughout her experience. However, she has noticed some changes birthday last March. in perception by some of her peers. “I just wish people didn’t feel intimidated to come up and talk to me,” Gomez said. “I mean, I’m still the same person. I’m just an adult now.” Freshman Lexis Farris has shared bad experiences as well during her eleven weeks of pregnancy. “What bothers me is that people won’t even ask me if it’s true; they will ask my friends. Like at lunch one day, this girl at the table next to me had one of my friends go over there, and she was like ‘Is that girl pregnant?’ I looked over, and everyone was looking at me; and as soon as I look, they all turn away,” Farris said. Gomez stated that she finds it unbelievable that people can be so inconsiderate when it comes to other people’s personal lives. “It’s awful that people criticize you just because

you’re pregnant when they don’t really know what happened,” Gomez said. “You would only know how it is if you were in my situation. You have no room to judge,” Farris said. Freshman Quentin Woodrum, whose eighth-grade girlfriend gave birth to their child in February, agrees that the situation “is definitely something that you have to experience in order to explain it.” “Some people are like, ‘Oh, how could you have done that? You’ve messed up your whole life.’ I’ve came across a lot of that—people saying just to give it away or have an abortion,” Woodrum said. Though the beginning stages were rough, Gomez stated that things are turning out for the better, recalling specifically one time when she found true joy in her situation. “The very first ultrasound I had, I couldn’t stop smiling,” Gomez said. “It’s an amazing feeling.” Farris too is trying to make the best of her pregnancy. “In the beginning it was hard on me and my family, but the further we get, the easier it gets on everybody,” Farris said. Farris is due Nov. 14 this year and plans on completing her entire high school career as well as working out her relationship with the baby’s father. “...the Woodrum said best feelthat even through all the criticism, g to ing’s goin his experience [the “has definitely be when changed me for es up the better. You baby] com become more mature and more open-minded. You understand things a lot better.” Gomez related in saying that her experience too has taught her to become a more mature individual. “I’m going to be a mother…I have to grow up. I have to be an adult instead of a teenager.” Though adulthood is exciting and frightening at the same time, Gomez said, she believes that with her boyfriend and the support of her family, she will succeed. “It blows my mind,” substitute nurse Catherine Goggin said, referring to the number of pregnant teenagers today and the decisions they have to make. Mrs. Goggin has been the substitute nurse since November and has encountered several pregnant students in her six months here. Having heard these girls’ optimistic hopes for the future, she can’t help but doubt their aspirations for the future. “I think they’re not being realistic. I mean, yes, that would be awesome if everything turned out like Cinderella, but it doesn’t… I know that in real life, that doesn’t work out,” Goggin said. “I don’t regret anything I’ve done,” Woodrum said. He said he “got lucky,” referring to the positives that came out of the pregnancy. He and his girlfriend both plan on finishing

Students debate becoming organ donors Sophia Borzabadi sophia.borzabadi@gmail.com According to the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization (IOPO), a man, woman or child is added to the organ transplant waiting list every 11 minutes. Because of this need, 6000 people will die this year waiting for a transplant. “I was on dialysis for about a year...and then I got a call saying that they had received a kidney from a person who had died in a motorcycle accident,” Mr. Stacey White said. “It has been very humbling knowing that [the transplant] has given me a new lease on life and the human body and life can truly be so very fragile and should not be taken for granted.” In a poll of 50 students, 76 percent had registered to be organ donors on their licenses or permits. Organ donors can be identified by a red heart on their license or permit. For some, the decision is an easy one. “Why not [be an organ donor]? It’s a chance to help people in need, and you won’t need [your organs] anyways. By being an organ donor, you have the chance to help save someone else’s life,” junior Holly Flak said. On the flip side, 24 percent of students lack a red heart on their license. “When I went to get my permit, I had a basic idea of [the organ transplant process],” sophomore Nikki Kniesly said.

“My fears were that I would be half-dead and “My dad is an organ donor, and he told me how you have a chance of survival [at the time of help someone else’s life [when I asked him about it],” the organ removal].” Flak said. Recently, some of the Child DevelOrgan donations improve the lives of many, opment and Parenting classes listened including White. to guest speakers from IOPO, an or“Without my transplant, I would either be on ganization dedicated to research and dialysis or be dead,” said White. “Donating is education dealing with organ transa great and easy thing to do. Just by checking plants and donations. yes on your driver’s license, you can be a donor. “After the guest speakers came, You can donate anything from corneas to vital I’ve been thinking about changing [my organs to donating your body to science. Even organ donation status] when I get my lithough there may be some religious reservations cense,” Kniesly said. “The talk cleared up for some people, I am glad that my donor was willmany Hollywood myths, like that I wouldn’t ing to donate their organs.” be dead at the time of the transplant.” With the topic of organ transplants, even educated Graphic by J. Larson Other students admitted that they were people continue to believe myths and are scared out not very educated when it came to the subof signing up. ject of transplants. According to the IOPO website, “Despite continuing ef“I’m not sure what [transplants] are about. If I got to know forts at public education, misconceptions and inaccuracies about them better, I would look into becoming [a donor]. If about donation persist. It’s a tragedy if even one person deit’s a good cause, then most likely yes. I would also have to cides against donation because they don’t know the truth.” fly it by my parents,” sophomore Davinder Lally said. When one makes the decision to be or not to be a donor, The decision is the students’ but some looked to their they can look to family, friends and experts like IOPO for parents for advice when they signed their registration. Be- advice. While the need for organ transplants is very high, fore the donation is final, the donor’s family has to give the many people are poorly-informed of the cause. For more infinal approval. Because of this, it’s important to talk to fam- formation, visit the non-profit IOPO website at http://www. ily before and after making the decision. iopo.org.


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A day in the life of: Marqis Duncan Kendra Foley

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Marqis Duncan participated in the Southport relays on April 21. He and another Noblesville jumper placed second in the competition with a combined jump of 40 feet and 6 inches.

Pacers break the false persona Adam Reed adam01reed@gmail.com The Pacers have been plagued by bad season after bad season ever since their 2006 to 2007 NBA season. The Pacers have not had an above .500 season since then...that is, until this year. The Pacers’ record is 42-23 this season that has been shortened by the NBA lockout. This record is good enough to give them the third spot in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, only behind the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat. Ever since the infamous brawl between the Pacers and the Detroit Pistons, the Pacers have been in a rebuilding stage, trading players like Stephan Jackson, Ron Artest (Metta World Peace), Jermaine O’Neal, and the list goes on. Once Reggie Miller retired after 18 years with Indy, the Pacers looked to the future and drafted Danny Granger, and when they traded O’Neal, the Pacers started to build a team around the future all-star. With a barrage of trading players and firing a coach, the Pacers realized that one star isn’t the way to go, so they instead built a solid team, solid enough to get the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. They then had to play the top seeded Chicago Bulls. “Experts” said that the Pacers had absolutely no shot against the Eastern Conference powerhouse, but the young blue collar Pacers and their new coach, Frank Vogel, forced the Bulls to five games in a seven game series, which may not sound that great. When one looks closer and look at the scores of the games, it’s evident that they gave the Bulls a run for their money, losing three of their four games by a high of six points. This toughness did not go unnoticed, for the most part, by the NBA experts, such as

people from Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and NBATV. The Pacers knew that they had some work to do though; in a frenzy offseason plagued by a lockout, the pacers made big moves to get themselves in a situation to succeed by picking up free agent and two time all star, David West, and trading for Indiana native George Hill from the San Antonio Spurs. The Pacers were hot from the word go, having a record of 18-11 and even had a Pacer in the all-star game, Roy Hibbert. The Pacers had the most players on the all-star ballot, proving that they don’t have one key player on their team. They have a bunch of players that know their roles. The Pacers started five all average double figures in points, as well as their man off the bench, George Hill. With this balanced attack, they have posted wins against the best of the best in the NBA, like The Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks. These many wins have given the Pacers the fifth best record and with a win the other night against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Pacers have clenched home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. “I think the Pacers are a serious contender. I think they’ll at least get past the first round and give the Miami Heat a run for their money,” Junior John Van Dam said. The Pacers will have to play the Magic in the first round of the playoffs, which is a stroke of luck for Indiana because the star center of the Magic, Dwight Howard, has just had season-ending surgery and coming off the best record in the league in April. So go out and root on the Pacers this playoff season and possisbly see this blue-collar team make a run at the title.

“He may not be the biggest guy, but he’s one of the most athletic guys in the school,” junior and cousin Deris Duncan said. Senior Marqis Duncan has made his fame participating in track and field and football. With track in full swing, Duncan has developed several goals for himself this season. “My goal is to beat the school record in long jump and 400 meter dash. In long jump I am at 21ft. 9in.; the record is 22ft. 7in. I’m about 9inches away,” Duncan said. Duncan currently has the 15 best long jump in the state with 21ft. 9in. according to Indianarunner.com. Being an athlete takes a certain amount of dedication for the sport. “Marquis is a motivated and dedicated athlete. Perfect example, before Monday’s meet he came in early and personally prepared his long jump pit by turning over the sand, raking and manicuring it. It looked better than a sand trap at Augusta National Golf Course, the host of the masters,” track and field coach Kent Graham said. During the fall, Marqis can be found on the football field. “I love everything about football: the rules, the competition, the rivalry, and I love being the wide receiver,” Duncan said. His teammates pick up on the dedication as well. “Marqis is the best wide receiver because he’s so fast, and he catches everything. He loves the sport of football, and it’s evident at practice and games,” senior Kent Williams said. Duncan plans on running track and playing football in college. “In college football the standards are going to be a lot higher. I know it’s going to be hard, but based on what I’ve learned from Coach Scheib, I will be well experienced and ready to go,” Duncan said. Duncan has always had the athletic ability. “Ever since we were young, Marqis has worked hard, especially when it came to competition and sports,” Deris Duncan said, “and the athletic ability runs in the family.” “Marqis has always been team oriented. His events [long jump, 400m, and 4x400] offer a challenge, but he embraces it, very few have done what he does in a meet. He’s one of our best since I have been here, and I’ve really enjoyed watching him compete,” Graham said. Photo by K. Foley

Duncan jumped a best of 21 ft. 9 in. Saturday, ran the 400m leg of the spring medley relay and was the first leg of the 4x400m relay. While he hasn’t settled on a specific college, Marqis is looking for the best football and track program that would best fit him and his athletic goals.


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Advanced orchestra brings home the gold Alex Shelley alex.millstream@gmail.com The NHS advanced orchestra won a gold medal in the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) competition on April 21. The annual competition allows performing arts students to partake in testing their playing abilities. In addition, the intermediate and freshman orchestras both earned silver medals. Every year, the school band and orchestra participate. Unlike other contests, participants are not competing against other schools; instead, they try and get a better score than they did in the previous year. Last year, the orchestra was only half a point away from getting a gold medal. “ISSMA is really a measuring stick for a group such as concert band, or concert orchestra or concert choir,” orchestra instructor Mr. David Hartman said. The participating orchestras were to select three pieces of music to play in front of an audience and three judges. The judges rated the orchestras on nine subjects, including note accuracy, intonation, musical expression and interpretation, balance and blend, articulation, rhythm, tone quality, bowing techniques and posture. Each subject was given a score of one through four, with one being flawless and four needing improvement. “You should be able to go to ISSMA and score in the silver category,” Hartman said. “If you’re not scoring in the silver category, then you really need to take a look at the program and figure out how you can get it up to the appropriate level.” The goal is to score the lowest number of points possible. To get a gold medal, one must score be-

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tween 9 and 13.5 points. A score of 14 through 18 will net a silver medal, a score of 18.5 to 22.5 will result in a bronze medal and a 23 or higher will not warrant a medal. Practicing for the ISSMA contest is the primary focus of the second semester for the orchestra classes. Participating orchestras are required to select three pieces of music to play. The entirety of their class period is devoted to practicing and perfecting these three songs. “We practice a lot,” junior Leah Linville said. “Mrs. Jackson and Mr. Hartman encourage us to practice at home, as well.” Of course, the contest is not without its share of difficulties. According to junior Nathan Bullock, the hardest part this year was “getting better at one of the harder pieces [named ‘Firedance’]. You have to really know what you’re doing, or you won’t do very well.” Despite this, the orchestra members manage to enjoy themselves. “It’s really fun [to play ‘Firedance’],” Linville said. “It’s upbeat and you can kind of just imagine something like this being played around a bonfire.”


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