Vol. 50 Issue 2
Your environment plays a big role in how your brain functions... pg. 10
table of contents
opinions 03 // features 06 // focus 10 // sports 20 // lifestyle 22
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HERE COMES THE BOOM
The generation war has begun... again...
just focus How the eďŹ€ects of a stressful school environment aďŹ€ect the mental health of students.
the butterfly effect Three Noblesville students started their own clothing brand for charity
not your average princess
Senior Leah Spurlock acts, dances, and lives a fairytale life
pumpkin spice and everything nice
Check out our ratings for these gourd-ďŹ‚avored goodies
artist of the is sue
our staff editor-in-chief kaleigh newton managinG Editors jack wanninger, kennedy miller features editors jane jeong, james simons opinions editor lauren patrick sports editor jonathon page lifestyle editor lauren patrick design editor victoria flanagin photo editor kaci craig, kendall reynolds social media manager alyssa cain business manager kaci craig staff writers madison barrow, betsy jones, kate draine, emily haynes, mary sebbas, jenna schweikert, parker mutter, samie eldridge, hope lynas, nick serauskis, hailey durm, analyce craft, bergan zebrauskas, cayden giacoma Adviser joe akers
here are 24 hours in a day. However, sometimes 24 hours don’t actually seem like enough for students. After school, there’s homework, meetings, jobs, practices, and rehearsals that must be attended to. Whether you’re overwhelmed with one or all of those things, the bottom line is this: high school can be overwhelming. So what if we told you that there are little things you can do to make it all a little more bearable? Ever wonder why shows like “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” became so popular? All Kondo did was ask her clients to thank their belongings for their time together and throw them away. But when her clients and audiences alike saw how clean their house had become, how organized their drawers were, their tidied-up homes became symbolic of new, fresh starts. They could finally let out a breath of relief. Seeing that relief made other people want to throw their things away and to fold their clothes like Marie Kondo and to chase that tranquility for themselves. To have their surroundings let them relax, too. Maybe you can’t do something as drastic as throwing all of your old clothes away every time you feel anxious, but altering your environment really can benefit you. Whether sitting on the floor helps you relax while studying for a big math test, or you really can’t focus on reading in a certain room in your house, you can take control of your environment to find what’s most advantageous for you. Your environment is not limited to the inanimate objects around you, though. People are a part of your environment too, so communicate with them. You can ask your teacher if something is confusing you, and your friends will understand if you want to stay in for a night. Take control of your surroundings to make you the most successful you can be. That’s why it’s so important for teachers to be aware of their students’ needs as well. A bare, bleak room can suggest sterility, like a hospital, making it hard to be comfortable and focus on the subject being taught. Teachers who aren’t approachable won’t be asked any questions, no matter how much their students are struggling. Nobody has to completely change their personalities, but attempts to make a students’ learning the slightest bit more pleasant through the class’s environment will be noticed and appreciated - probably more than the teacher will ever
know. Of course, it’s not always going to be that simple. Sometimes you’re so stressed out that lighting a candle won’t do much. But maybe just the act of lighting that candle will help to remind you that you haven’t completely lost control. While you might not be able to control how many hours are in a day, how much homework a teacher gives you, or how many hours you have to work that week, there are small things in your life that can be controlled. Drink some hot tea. Listen to music. Take a deep breath. Do whatever you need to do to make life even a fraction easier to handle. Because in the end, all of your stressing and worrying about the future will be for nothing if you can’t even be happy in the present. There are 24 hours in a day. It’s okay to take some of that time for yourself.
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HERE COMES THE BOOM Zoomers have a message for Boomers
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t’s time to stop the senior discounts and the disrespecting of teenage workers. And baby boomers are the prime suspects in the perpetual war between old people and my generation. Empathy sometimes seems to missing from the classic boomer when it comes to generational teamwork, and more times than not, it is undeservedly aimed at younger generations. It is common knowledge that the economy has plummeted several times as a result of reckless spending by boomers. In the past, banks used to face the possible punishment of bankruptcy for lousy business practices, but no longer, and it isn’t millennials or zoomers who are at the root of that particular problem. The generation gap seems larger than ever today. For instance, some members of older generations struggle with the prevalence of technology in today’s society. Pairing their impatience with the every-expanding, ever-changing world of technology seems to only push us further and further apart. My generation’s adeptness with technology has created an explosion of “meme culture.” No longer do we have to wait for the Sunday newspaper for yet another Garfield comic strip complaining about Mondays. Our deep rooted connection with the internet has changed our humor, and as a result, the most common images we might find hysterical often confuses boomers entirely. As a result of social media and my peers’ connection through memes, slang has become common in today’s
society. But hearing old people use terms like “radical,” “whippersnapper,” and “back in my day” evokes physical and emotional discomfort in people my age. Using words like that can change the way my generation views anyone born before the invention of the smartphone. Old people get infuriated hearing phrases like “Okay boomer,” but it doesn’t matter if you have gray hair or a single wrinkle on your face, if you have a single complaint about someone younger than you, you’re automatically going to be called a “boomer,” no questions asked. So why all the hate? Why do younger generations make such sweeping assumptions about our elders and vice versa? It’s a phenomenon that’s been around forever. There’s a story about an artifact discovered from the ancient Mesopotamian city of Ur that bashed young people, saying that “If the unheard-of actions of today’s youth are allowed to continue, we are all doomed.” Generational warfare is so historically deeprooted that, thousands of years later, we’re still blaming one another for our alleged shortcomings. One thing that hopefully every generation can agree on is that all are responsible for one important task: we all, young and old alike, have a responsibility to set the standards for our society and to pay them forward for the future. We need to set each other up for success. Sure, we may get on each other’s nerves and we may push each other’s buttons, but we are all in this together and the sooner we put our differences aside, the sooner the world will be a much happier place.
IMPORTANCE OF FRIENDS Friendsgiving is coming and everyone needs to celebrate Kaci Craigemail@example.com
side through thick and thin. You create scrapbooks of your stories and adventures. Friendsgiving is the time to look back on all those memories that you share, the moments that helped shape you into the person you are today, even if you didn’t realize it. We have a holiday celebrating the family that helps shape us into the people we want to be,
Why don’t we have a holiday to celebrate the friends who support us?
uring this time of year, people say what they are thankful for and are celebrating the national holiday of Thanksgiving. It’s a time of year where we celebrate the things we are grateful forlike our family or our accomplishments throughout the year. The most important part of Thanksgiving is celebrating the time I have with my friends. My friends are the backbone of my turkey. They help me with any problems that I have going on in my life. My friends are always 100% on my side, even if I am 100% wrong. I know that they will always have my back. So during this season, I believe groups of friends should come together to celebrate their connections. Everyone should celebrate this, every year. It doesn’t need to be at a certain time or on a certain day, just do it whenever you can get your group together. Celebrate the friendship you have. Everyone needs Friendsgiving. Friendsgiving is more important than ever in modern society. We are always on our phones or watching TV in today’s world. So when Friendsgiving comes around, it is a time to put away our devices and get your friends get together to celebrate each other in a way you usually don’t. During this season, you get together with your family for a huge meal to celebrate everything that life has given you. But Friendsgiving is a time for you and your friends to get together and celebrate the new connections that you have made, the people you decided to surround yourself with, the family you didn’t realize you had. Friendsgiving is a holiday to celebrate the non-genetic family you have. We should celebrate the family we decided to have, the family we decided to surround ourselves with, because they are too important to your daily life not to honor everything they do for you. The people you surround yourself with are the ones you want to have by your
Friends are important to your life, the people you go to when things are wrong, the ones that know your true self, no matter what. They are the ones to go out of their way to make your day. We use Friendsgiving to celebrate the people we have in our corner because a good friend deserves to be appreciated as much as possible.
Take a look backstage at the crew who runs the show Emily Haynesfirstname.lastname@example.org Kate Draineemail@example.com
Ellie McIntyre is responsible for controlling the chaos behind the scenes of Beauty and the Beast. This is McIntyreâ€™s ďŹ rst year as co-stage manager.
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Photo and Illustration by K. Draine and E. Haynes
hen most people attend a theatrical production, they tend to focus on the cast. The people on stage take on a character outside of themselves, and act in an alternate reality. But, behind the stage are groups of people making the fantasy of the stage seemingly true, working tirelessly and silently. The production crew allows the script to come to life beyond the acting. And they do it all while going unseen. The crew for Noblesville High School’s production of “Beauty and the Beast” consists of members with experience levels ranging from those who have only worked on one or two high school productions, to those who have helped with multiple stage events. Despite the difficulties that come with being on the crew for such a large production, these important workers come together and allow the script to come alive. The large backstage crew is actually composed of many smaller groups that work hard to bring the show together. As one of the stage managers for “Beauty and the Beast,” junior Ellie McIntyre has a multi-faceted role backstage. “We run everything backstage, in terms of lighting, sound, all the tech with microphones, and we do the scene changes,” McIntyre said. McIntyre is in charge of the team, and sophomore Clay Howard is one of the workers who make everything happen. Howard has the spotlight, but not in the way you may think. Howard will be operating the lights for the fall musical. “I control the lights, [turning] them on and off whenever needed,” Howard said. As the lights go down, sophomore Grant Koven rushes on stage and without making a sound, changes the scene. Koven is the fly rail operator for the production. “I pull scenes in and out of where the audience would see,” Koven said. The backstage crew doesn’t only deal with backdrops, lights and sound though. The actors on stage wouldn’t be able to fully deliver their lines if they didn’t have the right costume. Sophomore Abigail Crossman is a part of the costume crew for “Beauty and the Beast,” working hard to create, revamp, and reconstruct the intricate, constantly changing costumes that are seen on stage. Crossman says they are constantly “keeping track of costumes, and making sure everyone has the costume they need when they need it.” One of the largest difficulties for the backstage crew members is trying to figure out what to do next. All members have their own individual responsibilities, and as the production’s first show grows closer and closer, the longer and longer their to-do lists become.
Senior Brittany Beer, McIntyer’s co-stage manager, knows all about the stress of approaching opening night. “You feel like there’s nothing to do until a certain date, and you feel like there were 30 things you could’ve been doing when you didn’t even know about it,” Beer said. For “Beauty and the Beast,” this year’s crew members allow the cast to truly bring the story to life. As McIntyre said, “Without the crew, you wouldn’t have a production.”
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PUTTING A NAME TO THE FACE Meet one of the longest-serving members of the NHS staff
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Photos by J. Simons
veryone sees them, but not everyone knows who they are. Noblesville High School has a full staff of custodians, working hard to keep NHS clean, an essential role in any school. And one smile that folks at NHS see every day belongs to a long-time member of that staff. Robb Crist has been a custodian at Noblesville for 21 years, a job he had wanted for a long time. “[In] 11th grade, I wanted to be a custodian,” Crist said. Until he received a position at Noblesville, Crist held multiple other positions. “I was a ground supervisor for Sunwest Apartments before I came here,” Crist said, “I was working with Bob Evans, the restaurant, and I worked at Butler.” Eventually, Crist found his way to Noblesville, a place he loves and a place where he feels welcomed. “I like helping people and being around the kids and the administrators and the teachers,” Crist said. Students see only some of the tasks custodians do on a daily basis, but the staff plays a vital role in creating an environment where students feel relaxed and ready to learn. “It takes 28 custodian on three different shifts to [keep the school clean],” Supervisor of Housekeeping Laura Finch said. Finch works with Crist and the other NHS custodians as their supervisor.
Custodian Robb Crist is a familar face around Noblesville. Crist has worked at NHS for 21 years.
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“I tell [the custodians] what I see that needs to be looked at,” Finch said, “Like if a bench is out of place or a bathroom needs attention.” NHS administrators understand that maintaining the facilities at NHS is an important part of the school’s culture. “Custodians are very important to the well-being of the school. Having a well-kept and clean school makes our environment positive,” NHS principal Dr. Craig McCaffrey said.
I like helping people.
McCaffrey says the school values the work Crist and his colleagues perform. “They do the job that no one notices,” McCaffrey added, “If people want to know the impact our custodians have, just think about what the building would look like if all of the custodians were gone for a week.” In the more than two decades he’s worked with Noblesville Schools, Crist has seen countless students and staff go through the halls, but he has some favorite memories. “I think my favorite moment would be homecoming, That’s my favorite time of year, [as well as] boys basketball sectionals,” Crist said. While he has had several jobs in the past, Crist sees Noblesville as the final stop in his career. “I expect to retire here,” Crist said. Despite the effort goes into their profession, custodians can go unnoticed at many schools. But McCaffrey says he hopes the people at NHS appreciate the work the school’s staff performs. “I think students are smart enough to know that our custodians do an important and necessary job,” McCaffrey said, “but I don’t think in general they value their importance to as high of a level as they should.” While it sometimes may be tough to clean up the messes of other people, Fitch and Crist say there are plenty of rewards to be found in their line of work. “My favorite part [of my job] is just knowing that this school is 23 years old and it’s well taken care of,” Finch said, “It makes me proud that I know that our custodians do their very best in keeping this high school clean and safe.” Crist says he has lots of reasons to love his work at NHS. “I like cleaning,” Crist said, “and I like helping people.”
Custodians Robb Crist (left), Leslie Kelley (middle) and Wanda Reynolds (right) are three long-time members of the custodial staďŹ€. The staďŹ€ is currently comprised of 28 people who keep the school clean.
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FOCUS With disruption around every corner, and only 24 hours in a day, how can students manage to stay focused?
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n a world where Mario Kart has taken over the App Store, hot-offthe-press news is at the tip of your fingertips, and your favorite social media personalities are uploading content every other moment, it can be really hard to just focus. Every day, students and teachers alike face the battle of classwork vs. distraction. So how do educators, along with those being educated, contend with this epidemic?
he shaken voice on the end of the line belonged to a young teacher in an economically challenged city. As a first year educator, she was struggling to write lesson plans that would successfully engage her students. Frustrated, she called her former professor, Mark Phillips at the University of Massachusetts, for advice. Phillips decided to assist the young teacher, and headed out to visit her at her school. When he arrived, according to Phillips, the classroom he saw looked like a bad joke. The room sat in the basement of an old building filled with tall poles and composed entirely of cement. No color, no warmth, no friendly atmosphere. Just an empty interrogation room poorly disguised as an educational environment. Immediately, Phillips knew that the teacher’s lesson plans weren’t the problem: it was the place the students were expected to learn in. Six long weeks later, after working for countless hours to make the room more welcoming, Phillips was able to turn the once barren and desolate holding cell into a bright, colorful place of learning, brightly-carpeted, the walls and poles cheerfully painted, with photographs, paintings, and wall-hangings everywhere. Not long after making these changes, the teacher noticed an immediate, positive reaction from the students. They seemed incredibly motivated, had a more trusting relationship with the teacher, and acted happy to come to school. The difference was startling...
“I put time into my classroom,” she said. “So they automatically assume that I’m dedicated to them too.” Although distracting noises and bright, headache-inducing lights can be detrimental to a student’s learning, a room with the opposite problem can be just as harmful. “I remember when I was in school, and if a room would get really unusually quiet, sometimes I would start feeling really anxious,” Hendrix said. Kelsee Keitel, a counselor at NHS, feels that music in the classroom can improve the mood for students. “There are some studies that show that listening to classical music or certain types of music can help with focus,” Keitel says. “I know when I was a student, I really enjoyed it when my teachers would play music while we were working.” Recognizing the need for a peaceful environment, Hendrix also chooses to play music in her classroom. While researchers are still examining how listening to music while studying or doing homework affects students, teachers like Hendrix believe it can drastically reduce stress and help to maintain focus. “I think [music] allows people to feel more comfortable,” Hendrix said.
“Students are really feeling the pressure to perform well academically. I do think that students are running on low gas tanks.”
It’s one of the areas that education researchers can overlook: how a positive and uplifting school physical environment can be instrumental in the success of its students. Kristine Hendrix, an English teacher at NHS, knows this, and she tries to make her classroom a peaceful environment. “I literally could see students walk into my classroom and take a deep breath, knowing that they were in my class,” Hendrix said. “I even had students tell me that it was the only part of the day where they felt comfortable and relaxed.” Hendrix keeps her classroom faintly lit, with warm fairy lights strewn across the ceiling and blanket-covered couches in the corners. “Some of their anxiety melted away,” Hendrix said. “When I got that reaction from my first time putting any time into it, I knew that it was something I needed to think about.” The comfort of her students is crucial to Hendrix. Because of that, she makes her classroom surroundings a priority. 11.15.19
However, if music can help to maintain focus, can it also pull attention away for someone trying to concentrate? Keitel says when she meets a student, it’s one of the questions she considers. “I never know when they’re listening to music or not,” said Keitel. “So when I’m meeting with a student, I just don’t know how engaged they are with me.” Julie Detrick, a special education teacher at NHS, agrees that instrumental music can be calming and relieve stress, but she thinks listening to lyrical music while reading can create a distraction for some. “I do find that music can be challenging if they’re just sticking their ear buds in,” she said. “When we’re working on something independently, I’ll play music from YouTube.” For Detrick’s students who suffer from hypersensitivity to light and sound, coping with their environment can be incredibly difficult. Because of that, her classroom reflects her concern for an effective learning atmosphere. “I have a reset space,” Detrick said, “so they know that if they’re having a hard time emotionally, or [are] struggling with something [and] they wanna get upset, then they can go over there and sit.” For Detrick, the physical environment of her classroom is secondary to the relationship between her and her students. “It’s particularly challenging,” Detrick said. “You have to work really, really hard at the environment because if I
don’t connect with the kids, then we don’t create an environment where they feel comfortable and safe.” Above all, Detrick uses her position as a teacher to act as an inspiring role model who listens to her students and helps them succeed. “The main thing is to support, stay calm and offer assistance,” she said. For students, even the time of day when they are studying can affect how much information they retain. Detrick has noticed a difference in how her students learn since the start time of school was changed this year. “I think it’s easier in the morning,” Detrick said, “although teenagers are different because they tend to wake up at night.” Keitel agrees that it’s usually better for adolescents to study at night, however she understands that it does depend on the individual. “We do know that for the adolescent brain, it works better a little bit later in the day,” she said, “and that’s why we adjusted the start time.” However, NHS junior Jackie Lawrence finds herself at her least effective when she studies late at night. “I am more productive after school or in the morning,” Lawrence said. Despite being aware of healthy study habits, Lawrence is no stranger to another source of distraction: phones. “I am guilty of being on my phone when I should be studying,” she said. Phones are a significant part of this generation and according to some research, phone use can interfere with education. Hendrix, however, has a different take. “I do think social media could be distracting for some,” Hendrix said. “But I also believe that teachers can counteract that by creating engaging lessons and developing
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lessons with their students.” The problem of students phone-addiction is a fairly recent issue. However, Keitel thinks it can be an opportunity to teach. “At my job, I’m allowed to have my phone out and I use it responsibly,” Keitel said. “so in high school, I think it can be helpful to give students the opportunity to have their phones in the classroom.” But she believes everything has to be in moderation. “I also totally understand why some teachers would say, ‘Hey we have a strict no phone policy,’” she said, “Because in college some professors will have that too.” Dr. Jacob Kean, a proffessor of health sciences at the university of Utah who specializes in patients with communication disorders, agrees with this. “I think multi tasking is a myth,” Kean says. “So distractions, such as phones, should be expected to compromise a student’s performance in class or an employee’s performance at work.” Keitel also thinks that there is an epidemic of tired students in this generation, but believes it’s a sign of a different kind of fatigue. “Students are really feeling the pressure to perform well academically,” she said. “I do think that students are running on low gas tanks.” The problem of students with low energy has been increasing over time. However, there will always be ways to make education less dreadful and more inviting. And as teachers like Hendrix and Detrick have learned, the walls of the classroom can be one of the most important ways to help lighten the load. . ing cho e h inis dim o t ies estr Tap
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NEED, NOT LUXURY Experts say the tax on feminine products penalizes women Hope Lynasfirstname.lastname@example.org Lauren Patrickemail@example.com
uxury is usually an idea associated with pleasure or comfort. Something not absolutely necessary. Something that you have no need for. Something that you can live without. One thing it’s not usually associated with is a tampon. As in the majority of states, in Indiana feminine products are assessed at the usual sales tax rate. In Indiana, that’s 7 percent. This is different than other health items because feminine products fall under the category of luxury products. In comparison, some other items that are considered essential, and therefore face no sales tax, are health care items like lip balms, bandages, and condoms. According to Maria Bucur, professor of Gender Studies at Indiana University, the luxury tax is placed on feminine products because of “the notion that something that isn’t a health product, fundamentally, is regarded as a luxury non-necessity.” Despite the seriousness of this situation, many consumers are unfamiliar with the luxury tax on feminine products. Junior Hayley Lester wasn’t aware of the tax until recently, but wasn’t surprised by it. “Personally, I’m not that shocked,” Lester said. “I feel like they know this is something that is going to get bought, regardless of what it is, so they tax it, because they know they’ll make money off it.”
When buying these feminine products that we literally need, having an extra tax on that is unacceptable. because we need it.
In Indiana, several similar items are taxed in the luxury category, including items that Bucur describes as necessary for life. “To tax something as a luxury, that would be comparable to things like alcohol consumption or cigarette consumption, which are not necessities but are very much consumer choices,” Bucur said. “And to tax something that is a physiological need is to treat females’ biological needs as not fundamental physiological needs.” Bucur notes that women between the developmental stages of puberty and menopause purchase approximately thirty to forty years worth of feminine products on a monthly basis. She points out that
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menstruation is not a voluntary process. It’s not something that women choose to participate in, she says and it’s not an experience that most women would consider to be a luxury. Feminine products are a biological need, and taxing them is treating them as if they are not, according to Bucur. Some students at NHS support Bucur’s analysis. Sophomore Brett Lush, despite not being directly impacted by the tax himself, is aware of the tax’s sexist nature. “I think that [the tax] is kind of dumb, because why can’t girls get what they need, without having to pay extra?” Lush said. Lester feels the same disappointment with the tax as Lush does. “When buying these feminine products that we literally need, having an extra tax on that is kind of unacceptable,” Lester said. However, this tax affects more than the typical middle class consumer. Anyone who has a menstrual cycle has to deal with the consequences. And for some people facing harsh living conditions, where money is tight and priorities must be decided, Bucur points out that the tax can have more of an impact than just a few extra coins out of the wallet. “Individuals have to make very tough choices along many other lines of expenditures that they have to make on a monthly basis, such as feeding their families, paying for utilities,” Bucur said. “And this might not be a huge expense on a one time basis, but because necessity purchases are recurring monthly expenditures, it really adds up to a substantial amount of money over time.” Nancy Chance has worked with homeless communities in central Indiana throughout her life, and she notices the tax has an impact on those families. “It affects the low end, socioeconomic group in our county who struggle to make ends meet from day to day. It’s just impacting their budget one more time,” Chance said. In the end, though, Bucur believes the problem comes down to the sexist nature of the tax, a policy created to take advantage of women’s biological needs. Needs that Bucur believes would be rightfully acknowledged if the men of this world had periods. “If men were menstruating,” Bucur said, “this issue would have been solved decades ago.”
having to pay more for products and it’s going to be harder for people to buy more.”
THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO CAN AFFORD THAT 6 OR 7 percent. AND THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO CAN’T...
Chance describes the overall impact of the tax on the homeless population simply. “It affects the socioeconomic group in our county who struggle to make ends meet from day to day,” Chance said. “It’s just impacting their budget one more time.”
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he luxury tax has an impact on everyone who has a menstrual cycle, but the tax is felt more significantly by people struggling economically in today’s society. Nancy Chance, an advocate for the homeless population in Hamilton County, says the tax is especially tough on homeless women. “There are people who can afford to take that 6 or 7 percent. And there are people who can’t, and the ones who can’t are on the lower end of society, struggling to make ends meet,” Chance said. Alongside the financial burden that comes with the tax, Chance brings up a potentially bigger issue that pertains to women’s health. “I think it’s going to be harder and harder for them to get products. And they resort to using inappropriate items like rags and fabrics instead of something that has more potential to be safer and more hygienic,” Chance said. Without access to safer products, Chance says, women who are homeless can face disease and infections. Chance says that many homeless women and women in difficult financial situations women don’t buy their needed products themselves. Instead they go to their local food pantry. “A lot of times they don’t always buy things, they get it in the pantry. And what will happen is the pantries are going to either have to pay more for it or ask for more donations,” Nancy said. “And if things are more expensive, people donate less, so you’re gonna have a harder time getting more products in because they’re
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THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT Giving hope to the world one shirt at a time Analyce Craftfirstname.lastname@example.org Mary Sebbasemail@example.com
Illustrations by M. Sebbas and J. Wanninger
ender is a word that sparks thoughts of compassion Condellone. and giving. It’s a simple but powerful idea. However, through countless conversations and Noblesville High School students Carter Dubson, disagreements on their product and design, Condellone, Briton Condellone, and Conner Meinerding created a Dubson, and Meinerding migrated to selling clothing. t-shirt company named RenderHope that takes this word Specifically, they focused on t-shirts with a butterfly to heart. featuring the Fibonacci sequence, a natural series of In May of 2019, the three partners decided to live a life numbers that grow exponentially. of service by creating a business that gives back to non“We decided on the butterfly because we are trying profit organizations. Their new company is dedicated to to encompass the butterfly effect,” Dubson added. “One giving hope to the world, one shirt at a time. small change or one small thing that you do, one small “We came up with the idea through DECA. DECA is a donation can create a big impact around the world.” business club within the school to [develop] leaders within With their meticulous design, Dubson, Condellone, our school and make them prepared for the business and Meinerding wanted to give customers a choice on world,” Dubson said. “I have a heart for missions, which where they donate their money. is a lot of what we are doing. We wanted to make a t-shirt “Ten percent of our revenue goes towards the charity company that would give back to the community.” of the customer’s choice,” Condellone said. Inspiration for RenderHope was also sparked by the “We want to increase [our contribution percentage]. group’s interest in philanthropy, which was instilled in Right now, just because of our legal costs and cost of them from the beginning. t-shirts, we just aren’t able to afford it as three high school “I go to Holy Spirit [Church] at Geist, and all of my students,” added Dubson. “We are trying to create that life, I’ve been exposed to helping people or giving back impact, but we can’t as much as we’d like to right now.” whenever you have extra,” Meinerding said. “I took it to Dubson, Condellone, and Meinerding specifically heart and created a company to be able to do that.” chose three organizations that give back to the Condellone had a similar perspective rooted in mission community: David’s Well in Panama, Nehemiah Vision trips and helping Nehemiah Vision Ministries, a in Haiti, and International Disaster Emergency Service in humanitarian organization that Noblesville. helps with health services and education in Haiti. Seniors Briton Condellone and Carter Dubson sit “I go to Genesis Church and with their cofounder, Sophomore Conner MeinI’ve been there for seven, eight erding, in their newfound company’s shirts. years. They pair with a lot of non-profit organizations like Nehemiah,” Condellone said. “It’s kind of changed the way I think...how happy [Hatians] are with what little they have.” Although the three decided that from the beginning they wanted to create a company to donate to those in need, they weren’t always set on selling t-shirts. “Originally our first business idea [was] to create an eco friendly straw. And we [were] going to call it the ‘Eco-Swizzle Stick,’” Dubson said, laughing. “We were really serious about that for a little bit. We had a design, we had stuff we wanted to make it,” added
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Because of the overwhelming support from their peers, RenderHope sold more than 60 shirts in about three days. Junior Gracie Friesen is one of the many customers who purchased a shirt from RenderHope. “Many high schoolers don’t have an opportunity to do charity or give to a cause,” Friesen said. “RenderHope provides an easy way to give, with options of where your [money] is going.” Though the organization has succeeded thus far, the three companions still have high hopes for the future and don’t plan to stop growing their company. “We have a lot of goals and they are probably too big of goals for high school students,” Dubson said. “But, you know, reach for the sky...”
About the Organizations Nehemiah Vision Ministries develops schools to improve education for children in Haiti. The recent earthquake that struck Haiti led the organization to offer a clinic and medical assistance as well.
David’s Well in Panama is a nonproﬁt organization that focuses primarily on the immediate physical concerns of impoverished communities. These concerns include area such as housing, water, and education.
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NOT YOUR AVERAGE PRINCESS Senior Leah Spurlock has many magical activies to fill her royal days Bergan Zebrauskasfirstname.lastname@example.org Madison Barrowemail@example.com
Photo provided by L. Spurlock
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enior Leah Spurlock is a girl of many talents. At school, she’s a member of NHS show choir group, Singers. Leah is also involved in the theatre department, and is currently in the school’s production of “Beauty and the Beast.” And when she’s not rocking it on stage, she’s making childrens dreams come true.
Partying with the princesses
ressing up is commonly seen as something for children and Halloween. Maybe it’s for a party or an event of some sort. But what about a job? Spurlock works as a Disney Party Princess. Dressing up for young children’s birthday celebrations every weekend is normal for her job. When she’s not dancing for show choir or singing in theatre, she’s making little kids’ wishes come to life. “One of the best feelings in the world to me is watching a child’s dreams come true,” Spurlock said. Childhood fantasies often fade through adolescence, but Spurlock’s mission is to fulfill those dreams of princesses and fairytales before children lose their innocent admiration. “Keeping the magic alive is very important to me,” Spurlock said. But how has working at the company Your Party Princess for 7 months affected Spurlock? It’s now developed into more than just a magical side hobby. It’s turned into a love for a Disney-filled lifestyle. “I’m very passionate about the values and messages Disney focuses on and sends out,” Spurlock said.
how choir usually conjures up images of the basics that make up the activity: singing, dancing, practice, and uniforms. But what is often overlooked is the rest of the structure in complicated activity. Seeing through to the best parts of show choir is what keeps Spurlock in it. “Show choir is incredibly fun and most of my best friends have come out of it,” Spurlock says. After three years of being in NHS Singers, a fair amount of her life revolves around her show choir schedule. For many people, it would be difficult for them to balance the schedule of choir, theatre, a job, and school work. But Spurlock is able to manage it all, thanks to the help of her teachers. “Luckily the teachers and directors of my activities are closely tied and a lot of other students do the same things I do, so they are used to sharing and compromising time,” Spurlock said. While many would find it hard to balance a social life with all of these after-school activities, it’s easy for Spurlock. “To be honest, my personal life is part of my activities,” Spurlock said. “All of my friends are involved in the same things, so when I’m at rehearsal, I’m also hanging out with friends.” Spurlock’s busy schedule would drain most people, but not her. For her, the activities, and her love for them, help get her through the worst fatigue. “It’s a lot of physical and emotional endurance,” Spurlock said, “but the love and passion I have for it always pull me through.”
Enjoying the stage
purlock’s love for music started at a young age. While most kids were playing around, Spurlock took to the stage. “I’ve always had a passion for music - and once I got over my childhood stage fright - performing. I got my first taste of theatre in fifth grade and never looked back,” Spurlock said. Performing has been a large part of Spurlock’s life, whether dancing in show choir, acting as a princess, or singing onstage in “Beauty and the Beast.” “Show choir is incredibly fun and most of my best friends have come out of it, but after high school the opportunities in show choir stop,” Spurlock said, “Theatre extends far beyond high school, and I see it staying in my life for a long time.” For lots of students, theatre is a hobby. Most only participate during high school. However, Spurlock isn’t planning on losing her passion for theatre when she graduates. “I never want music and performing to leave my life,” Spurlock said, “and I’m even considering it as a career.” MILL STREAM 19
Illustrations by M.Barrow and B. Zebrauskas
Dancing the night away
SWIMMER’S SUCCESS Junior Sammy Huff races her way to victory Kendall Reynolds// firstname.lastname@example.org Samie Eldridge// email@example.com
Photo provided by Bret Richardson
ll sports demand dedication and commitment, whether it’s competing independently or as a member of a team. It requires after-school practices that occur anywhere from two to five times a week. However, swimming is a sport that goes beyond even those hours. The NHS swim team works out fifteen hours a week, six days a week, hitting the pool at least once a day. Sammy Huff is one of 42 girls on the NHS girls squad who devotes countless hours to the sport. “Swimming takes up a lot of my free time and calls for a lot of sacrifices. I’m usually pretty tired from waking up at 5:30 everyday, but the workouts alone are very physically demanding and can wear me down over time,” Huff said. “I have to be very mindful with my time, or else I’ll be up all night doing my homework.” Despite the mental and physical tolls the sport can take on the athlete, Huff loves the sport and says it’s all worth it. “I always feel very nervous [when competing,] because I always have expectations and goals set in the back of my mind. I can get very hyped up and excited before races because I’m excited to compete,” Huff said. Similar to any athlete, swim takes a lot out of the competitor, not just physically, but mentally as well. While some sports such as baseball and soccer require a tremendous amount of communication, other sports such as gymnastics can isolate competitors from the rest of the world, leaving them alone with nothing but their own thoughts. Swimming can be one of those sports, an activity that detaches one from society. “Swimming is definitely a lot of physical work, but I would also say that it requires just as much - and maybe more - mental toughness. During practices, there will be hard sets and it is your job to stay positive and train your mind to think like that when times get tough. That will reflect back into meets and even just in your everyday life,” Huff said. Wolfpack coach Aleks Fansler has been coaching the sport for 13 years. Fansler also recognizes the demanding aspects of all that time in the pool.
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“What makes swimming different is that there is a huge lack of sensory stimulus. You stare at the bottom of the pool, you cannot hear or talk to your teammates when you are swimming. Your breathing is limited. During tough workouts it can be really challenging and in some ways lonely,” Fansler said. “Those things make swimmers mentally tough in ways that other sports may not. Swimmers have to spend a lot of time in their own heads, and that can be a scary place sometimes. However, it is that same lonely struggle that is what brings swimmers so close to one another outside of the pool or on the wall in between sets.” Junior Emma Snyder has been swimming for seven years, four of which she has spent swimming alongside Huff while simultaneously forming a strong friendship. “I swim because I like the atmosphere. I love all my teammates and how much fun we have. I love that everyday I can improve myself while also encouraging my teammates to do the same. [Huff] always gives 100 percent effort, no matter how hard it gets. She is constantly encouraging others and is a fun and outgoing person to be around,” Snyder said. Fansler also recognizes the dedication Huff puts into the sport. “I believe what really separates Sammy from others is how she applies her brain to what I am asking her to do. She doesn’t just swim back and forth. Every length of the pool she does has a purpose and a focus. Then once she puts her brain to those tasks, she holds herself to a high standard for executing the skills, drills, and sets,” Fansler said. “I rarely have to say anything to Sammy twice. I know if I ask her to do something, she will give it her best regardless how challenging or uncomfortable it will be.” Huff’s commitment and love for the sport has been consistently acknowledged by her coaches and teammates throughout her time at NHS. And she wants to take that committment and love to a Division One program in college. “I love the sport and it is all worth it in the end,” Huff said.
Sammy Huff, NHS-100 breast sectional champion and state cut, reaches out to MacKenna Lieske from CHS.
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PUMPKIN SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE Tis’ the season for everybody’s favorite fall flavor Jonathon Pagefirstname.lastname@example.org Aylssa Cainemail@example.com
Heavenly Sweets Pumpkin Cupcake $3.75
Heavenly Sweets’ Pumpkin Cupcake is phenomenal. This angelic dessert tastes great. The pumpkin taste is noticeable, yet it isn’t overwhelming. Speaking of the pumpkin flavor, it also really tastes like a pumpkin, adding to the overall divine flavor of this cupcake. While the cupcake is great, there is an issue - the icing. Don’t get us wrong, the icing is good; however, there may be too much of it. This issue is minor though, and definitely doesn’t ruin the pastry. This cupcake is great and is something you need to get before fall turns into winter. It gets our highest score: five out of five pumpkins.
Noble Coffee and Tea Pumpkin Spice Donut $3.00
Noble Coffee and Tea began selling their pumpkin spice muffin this season and we are obsessed. The muffins are kept warm, and the pumpkin flavor shines through on each bite. The top is also coated with powdered sugar and cinnamon. Other than how messy it was, this pastry was totally worth it and for $3.00 you can spice up your fall too.
Rebellion Donuts Pumpkin Pie Donut $2.35
Rebellion Donuts recently opened, and it has been supplying the people of Noblesville with an abundance of weird, but delicious donuts. One of these is their Pumpkin Pie donut. While the donut is a bit more focused on the traditional pie flavor, there is still the recognizable taste of pumpkin spice throughout the donut. However, the pastry isn’t great. The first few bites are good, until you get to the gooey center, which is filled with pumpkin pie filling. It sounds good, but there is just too much stuff in there. While the donut isn’t bad, when it comes to this fall themed pastry, we choose to “rebel.” Two out of five pumpkins.
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino $4.45 (Grande Price)
The business that is credited with the pumpkin spice craze rolled out a Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino, along with its original best-selling fall latte. Since Starbucks has been in the pumpkin spice business for a long time, their product isn’t that bad. The Frappuccino smelled like pumpkin, with hints of cinnamon to boot. The pumpkin taste was evident, but it seemed to be over-shadowed by an intense spice flavor. While the spice flavor is a bit much, it isn’t a bad drink. We
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recommend it if you’re looking into drinking something that is pumpkin spice flavored this fall.
Cluvers Pumpkin Spice Shake $4.35
Culvers has its own take on pumpkin spice this season with their pumpkin flavored shakes and concrete mixers. These items are currently being promoted and can be customized with added toppings and syrups. We chose to keep ours simple, with pumpkin pie filling and cinnamon. In the first sip we were greeted with smooth and creamy pumpkin-flavored custard. As we neared the halfway point of the cup, we started to taste pulp of some kind, which we obviously wish hadn’t been there. For the price, we received the perfect amount to drink. We recommend this drink to anyone looking for more of a dessert this fall.
McDonald’s Caramel Pumpkin Spice Latte $2.89
McDonald’s is constantly advertising its breakfast menu, what they call their McCafe. So how does the Golden Arches celebrate the fall season? By doing what every other place that sells coffee does, making a pumpkin spice latte. However, this latte is a bit different from the dimea-dozen pumpkin spice lattes you see this time of the year. Along with the pumpkin flavoring and spices, Mickey-D’s added caramel to their latte. While this doesn’t seem like a bad idea, McDonald’s kinda butchers it by adding too much caramel to the coffee, which makes it unbearably sweet. The caramel flavor overtakes the spice flavor and completely diminishes the pumpkin. Unless you’re dying for something pumpkin spice and are tight on cash, we say stay away from this latte. Out of five possible pumpkins, this gets only one.
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