Coasting on spirit
Fifteen new staff members are welcomed by faculty, including math teacher Steven Curtis. Page 6.
Sophomore quarterback Michael Myers proves his spot on varsity. Page 12.
Girl’s golf team adjusts to new coach Danny Smith. Page 11.
Spectators show their appreciation for the school’s volleyball team, following the lead of senior JT Pastor. Along with other seniors, Pastor is adjusting to his new responsibilites as one of the school’s spirit leaders. After receiving the spirit award for the third consecutive time, this year’s student body is working toward extending the winning streak. See the editorial on page 2 and the photo essay on page 10.
Focus should be placed on team
Students were asked their opinions on whether or not we place Through the past three years, we have established ourselves as a school bursting with too much emphasis on spirit. If one were to wander down the hallways on any given Friday, it would be evident. T-shirts, spirit sleeves, funky hats, and sunglasses are everywhere. And when the bell rings the spirit award.
Emphasis on spirit award is too much
“I enjoy the student section at games, but our student section is more focused on showing spirit when the TV cameras are around.”
Kaylee Niles, 12
“The emphasis on the Spirit Award is a good thing because without it, no one would come to the games.”
Quinn Drozd, 10
Sarah Norris, 11
“We don’t put too much emphasis on the Spirit Award. The reason we are there is for the players. The Spirit Award is just a little something extra.”
“I don’ think we put too much emphasis on the Spirit Award. I think they are the same thing. The spirit is for the football.”
at 2:55 on Friday afternoon, on most students’ minds lays one thing. The football game. Trying to find a parking space with two hours left before the football is even kicked, is difficult. The parking lot is overtaken by an army of red people. And similarly to an army, students charge full force into the student section once the gates are unlocked. The bleachers will be filled to the brim in a matter of minutes. We have given ourselves a reputation we must uphold. We are the only school to have ever won the coveted Spirit Award from WTHR Operation Football for three consecutive years. But, the pressure to continue this legendary spirit dominance has skewed our views on why students should go to cheer on their peers underneath the Friday night lights. Even the administration has become somewhat obsessed with the Spirit Award run. During the senior meeting held during the first few weeks of school, one administrator told the students he would never want to be the one to end our legendary streak. With all of this light shed on the Spirit Award repeats, our school has allowed the real reason we come out to football games fade into the background. The lights illuminate the reason-the players. They should be the reason we go to a game. They should be the reason everyone wears body paint and shouts all of the student section cheers. If all of these things are just for show, to convince the almighty Dave Calabro we deserve the spirit award once again, then we are not sincerely encouraging our peers in their efforts to succeed. And we certainly do not deserve another spirit award. Because let’s face it, our world does not revolve around Calabro, no matter what some may say or think. Consider the HSE game. About an hour before the game even started, the student section loudly ‘booed’ the HSE cheerleaders as they made their way to their side of the field. Granted, they are our biggest rivals, but what have the cheerleaders ever done to deserve such hostility? It is doubtful that screams to Calabro “Spirit Award 4-Peat.” When considering what it takes to win the spirit award, our student section needs to realize it is not all about the show, but what we say as well. If we do not show good sportsmanship, how is that showing good spirit? They go hand in hand. Recent posts on the Student Section Facebook page by senior class president JT Pastor has showcased that some students are beginning to realize where our real emphasis should lie. The student body should show up at football games, and they should go crazy in the way they dress for the game. But they need to do it with their priorities straight. And we should not just be showing up to the football games. What about the countless number of athletes involved in games throughout the week? Where is the student section at those games? If we really want to show Calabro we truly do have spirit, we also need to demonstrate our commitment to cheering on every athlete, whether or not they wear a football jersey. What our school has done regarding the Spirit Award will always be remembered. Regardless of whether the class of 2012 succeeds in bringing home another trophy, we should be able to say we sincerely care about our team and not just about how we are perceived by the local TV stations. Our three years of consecutive Spirit Award wins is legendary. There is no argument in that statement. But the support and the sincere way in which we cheer on our peers because they actually matter to us, is what should go down in the books as what makes us so legendary.
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Fishers High School Friday, September16, 2011 13000 Promise Road Fishers, IN 46038 317-915-4290 ext. 21218
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Myles Johnson, 12 “It seems people are coming for the spirit, but not for the game. But I also think the spirit award is a big deal and we need spirit to win games,”
Board Michael Herron Chris Talley Noah Donica
Principal Jason Urban Printer Greenﬁeld Daily Reporter
2 OUR VOICE N Red Natalie Brooks, 10
Friday, September 16, 2011
Memorial stirs up controversy among citizens Troyer and Wolff debate construction around Ground Zero site Hannah Troyer With thousands in attendance to hear the resounding echoes, names are read off one by one. Somber voices, void of emotion. Soon all 2,977 victims of the infamous 9/11 attacks will have been identified and remembered by the ones who loved them most-their family members. Ten years later, there still is not much closure to be discovered. Over 1,100 families whose relatives perished in the towers on that fateful day were not able to provide a formal burial for their loved ones. For these families the newly built 9/11 memorial, which opened to relatives on the tenth anniversary, is not just a place of remembrance. It is a gravesite. A place to feel a connection to the ones taken so suddenly and unjustly. After a decade of debate and controversy on what should stand where the two immaculate skyscrapers once stood, the memorial commemorating September 11, finally opened. It consists of the footprints of the Twin Towers- concrete squares with cascading water flowing into a pool. The names of the victims are etched in concrete surrounding the footprints. It is a welcomed change to the site, after years of construction will a price tag of $350 million. For the families, who were the first people to visit the memorial, it may not be able to take away the sharp pains still felt ten years later, but for some, it aids the slow healing process. Some citizens of New York City as well as other parts of the country found it wrong to build on “sacred” ground. They believe Ground Zero was a site that should not be touched. But, the newly constructed memorial not only offers a place of peace and closure for family members of victims, but also acts as an educational tool for citizens too young to remember the event that shaped our society. Though most adults have vivid memories of what happened on 9/11, it is estimated that one in five Americans are unable to recollect what occurred that day, or they were not even born yet. In history classes around the country, it has made teaching the happenings of 9/11 more difficult as the years pass. Thanks to the museum being built alongside the memorial, students now have the ability to learn about our nation’s history first hand, which will make teaching the topic easier in classrooms around the country. Hours after planes had crashed and buildings had toppled, New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani gave the city one promise. They would rebuild and the skyline would one day be whole again. As of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, Guilani’s promise rang true. The footprints of the Twin Towers symbolize America’s resilance to rebuild and come back from tragedy. The footprints of the Towers personify the phrase “gone, but never forgotten.” With the memorial now in place, the victims of 9/11 will never fade.
HEAD TO HEAD
When asked, “What does December 7 mean to you?” most of the student body just looks on in confusion, some in panic, wondering if they’ve forgotten a friend’s birthday or their parent’s anniversary. While wounds are still fresh the first thing that comes to mind when someone says “9/11” is the World Trade Center and terrorist attacks. But what happens when there’s no one left who lived on September 11, 2001? What happens when someone says September 11th and they try to rack their brains in panic, wondering what they had forgotten? Here’s a hint: It’s going to be as if September 11 was just a bad memory, a hiccup in America’s past and something that will never happen again. December 7 was a date that was supposed to “live on in infamy,” and for a while it did. It was the worst terrorist attack this country has ever seen, and was the final shove into WWII. It has even affected the way America’s navy sets up its base, because never again have all the ships in the navy been in one place like they were in Pearl Harbor. Oh yeah, remember that? By building a new World Trade Center right around the corner, people will slowly forget the old towers. In seventy years, when someone says the words “World Trade Center” they’re going to think about the 104 story building that is the tallest in the United States. The towers that were targeted by terrorist planes are going to be a distant memory because people will have moved on to the bigger and better things. A memorial was built in time for the ten year anniversary of 9/11. The foundations of the original buildings were kept at Ground Zero and names of everyone who lost their lives were carved into stone surrounding the site. In order to keep their promise to “never forget” nothing more should be added to the simple memorial. Having a World Trade Center is a staple in America’s economy. However, it does not have to be built right next door to Ground Zero. The magnitude and beauty of the building is going to overpower the reason it had to be built in the first place. With a brand new World Trade Center highlighting the New York City skyline, it will appear that America has bounced back stronger than ever, a message to the world that the goals of the extremists were not accomplished. It does not, however, have to be looming over the site of the original World Trade Center in order to send that message to other countries. Unfortunately, the full impact of the events that occurred on September 11, no matter how traumatizing, will eventually be forgotten and it will just be a sad day in American history and future generations will believe things like that will never happen to them, which it might not. Forgetting the past leads people to believe terrible things will not occur again and building a new World Trade Center right by Ground Zero is only going to speed up that process.
Crime mysteries offer characters as dynamic as their plots
Larsson creates an exceptional heroine in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Nick Kapsa Vare The picture of Sweden that often circulates through America is one of idyllic Scandinavian countryside and a perfectly happy populace. The last things Americans associate with the country of long winters and IKEA are dangerous criminals and corrupt villains. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo offers both in alarming quantities, revealing a frightening world underneath Sweden’s cheerful exterior. The debut novel of the late Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is at times disturbing, but the heroes of the story have such heart and character that readers will be unable to keep themselves from falling in love. The girl with the dragon tattoo is Lisbeth Salander, a petite young woman with a fiery temper and a knack for computers. As the novel opens, Lisbeth is under the care of a state-appointed guardian, due to the belief that she is mentally unstable. As the reader becomes more acquainted with Lisbeth, however, it becomes clear that she is not insane; she is a genius. Lisbeth’s unique abilities, including a photographic memory and unparalleled computer-hacking skills, lead her to work with Mikael Blomkvist. A journalist recently
charged with libel, Mikael is enlisted by an old millionaire to help solve a decades-old family mystery. As Lisbeth and Mikael delve deeper into the dark history of the Vanger family, Lisbeth’s own dark history comes to light, and some of the reasons for her unusual behavior are realized. Larsson’s real triumph in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is how easily he leads the reader to fall in love with a character who is so far removed from society’s ideals. Lisbeth is described as having a shocking appearance due to her numerous piercings and tattoos. She struggles with basic social skills and is haunted by a history of abuse. The Swedish society Larsson creates rejects her with little thought. Larsson reminds his audience of the old yet little used adage: you cannot judge a book by its cover. In Larsson’s book, those who judge are the villains. Larsson is blunt, honest and to the point in his writing style, creating a dark backdrop for the novel’s mystery. Readers will be hardpressed to find more than a couple adjectives on each page. The result is a novel that will fly by. Readers will consume the book quickly, fueled by a righteous desire to see justice for the many crimes committed on the protagonists and the ease with which it is to
read through the starkly written prose. The original Swedish title of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is translated in English to Men Who Hate Women. That theme can be seen throughout the novel, many times emerging in disturbing and saddening ways. This book is not for those averse to violence. Larsson writes several passages detailing Lisbeth’s suffering that are extremely graphic, but they add to her characterisation and the reader’s respect for her strong will. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is not beautiful or heart-warming. The novel is gritty and ugly and violent, but this merely adds to the story’s sad reality. Larsson was a prominent advocate for women’s rights in Sweden before his death. With this book, Lisbeth Salander may take his place. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is the first installment in the Millenium Trilogy. All three novels were published posthumously, but they do not seem incomplete at all. The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest delve further into Lisbeth’s tragic childhood. All together, the Millenium Trilogy brings to light the obstacles women still face today and the importance of celebrating differences instead of trying to eliminate them.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is violent and alarming, but author Stieg Larsson’s characters are some of the most memorable in modern literature. The novel is the ﬁrst in the Millenium Trilogy.
Despite a gripping premise, In the Woods disappoints in the final pages Nick Kapsa Vare History haunts the small Irish suburb of Knocknaree in Tana French’s novel, In the Woods. Years ago, two children went missing in the dark forest that borders on the town’s edge. A third was found covered in blood and with no recollection of what had happened. The crime goes unsolved and the third child, Adam Ryan, grows up at boarding school. He changes his name to Rob, trying to flee the sad memories of his life in Knocknaree. In the Woods opens with Rob’s return to the town that ruined his childhood, in an effort to solve a murder. As an adult, Rob joins the Dublin Murder Squad, and along with his best friend and partner Cassie, he is charged with investigating the murder of a young girl whose body was found abandoned in the middle of a Knocknaree archaeological dig. Rob and Cassie immediately realize the
girl’s death was a murder and as the story progresses, it becomes clear to Rob that his own history may be related to the new crime. Much of the novel is dedicated to exploring the demons Rob must face as his past is pried open for reinvestigation. Tana French’s greatest triumph is her ability to create a dark atmosphere driven not by the plot but by realistic characters. The excitement of the murder investigation gives way periodically to romantic tensions, office drama and the unnerving psychological issues that plague nearly everyone in the story. Rob and Cassie’s relationship receives particular attention and ends up becoming just as heavy subject matter as the murder itself. Tana French is a beautiful writer and her descriptions of the dreary town of Knocknaree are surprisingly vivid. Rob and Cassie have both been given personalities
that are even more complex and interesting than the twisting plot. In the Woods is a quick read due to French’s reader-friendly writing style. Yet the novel falls short of its potential. Readers will rush through the quickly paced story only to find themselves at an unsatisfying and incomplete conclusion. Numerous questions remain on nearly every character and situation mentioned in the book. Readers may find themselves wondering how the plot will resolve itself as they near the final pages. Unfortunately, it does not. French succeeds in creating an absorbing story, but fails to deliver a finished ending. Two sequels to In the Woods have been published. The Likeness further explores Cassie’s history and Faithful Place follows the story of a character introduced in second novel of the trilogy.
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Tana French succeeds at creating a host of intriguing characters in her novel In the Woods, but lets down the reader with her lackluster resolution. In the Woods is the ﬁrst installment in the Dublin Murder Sqaud series of books.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Filter leads to restrictions for internet browsing Noah P. Donica Having the ability to get on to email at school has been a privilege that students have had for some time; for senior Marcus Pickett it has been this way since his first year in high school. Now the times have changed for him and other students, and having access to e-mail at school has become something that cannot be relied on all the time. “It is definitely a lot harder to save papers at home or school, if you don’t have a USB [flash drive], and it isn’t fair for incoming freshman to have to go through this restriction now if I didn’t have to,” said Pickett. According to Jeff Harrison, data and technology integration specialist; the new filter, Lightspeed, has allowed the technology department to restrict the capability of internet usage for students throughout the district. It keeps students in a safe learning environment, as well as allows teachers and staff the ability to have more access to websites that have the possibility to aid in their teaching. “We [as a school cooperation] are required by state or federal law that we have
to have an internet filter in place to protect the people from going to websites that are deemed inappropriate,” said Harrison. In the past what was blocked from students was blocked from teachers and staff members as well. With the new filtering process provided by Lightspeed, the technology specialists in the district now have the ability to break the filter into sections. Staff members now have access to more websites that students are not able to see. An example used by Harrison was that a popular site YouTube. It contains informational videos that teachers want to utilize. However, the site also contains videos that were inappropriate. Lightspeed allowed them to filter the site to only teachers and staff and not allow students to have access to the site. With the ability to filter differently between students and staff also came the ability for the filtering between major grade levels; this means students in elementary schools have the possibility for having a different filter than that of students at the high school level. “It is going to cause more harm than good, because people use email [and other sites]
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Administration utilizes Lightspeed in overseeing student web usage
in useful ways too. They are taking away a useful source of education,” said junior Vinny Pavan. Restrictions on websites that students often use such as email sites, have led to the capability for students to override the filter for up to 60 minutes of usage. Being able to override has allowed students to check things such as email, but this ability to override cannot be guaranteed at all times. It is suggested that students use Angel to upload their assignments due to this possible
Attempting to get on her personal e-mail, at school, senior KC Baumgartner is met with the bold “Access Denied” window.
restriction. “We have to follow the law and put a filter in place that does block inappropriate websites, but we try not to block anything that we feel would serve an educational purpose,” said Harrison. “If we find that a website is blocked that has an educational value to it there are methods in which teachers and staff members can request that a specific site be unblocked.”
Advanced College Project classes get price cut Students and wallets benefit from Dept of Education’s new policy
Senior Erika Tully and got a surprise over the summer while registering for her Advanced College Project calculus class. The price, which had formerly cost over $400 now only costs $25 plus her book fees. The Advanced College Project (ACP) is a program at Indiana University that allows high school students to take college courses for college credit at IU. These credits can also be transferred to other colleges if the class curriculum meets the colleges requirements. Over the summer the Indiana Department of Education cut the price that colleges could charge students who wished to take ACP classes for college credit. Making ACP classes a better economic choice for families and students. “There’s a real initiative in the State Department that our students are ready to move on to college,” said Linda Brown, Chair of the Guidance Department. FHS offers several ACP classes to all of its students. Calculus taught by Kathleen Robeson, public speaking taught by Matt
Andrew S. Buddendeck
Teaching her ﬁrst period ACP English composition class Lisa Blamey explains their second major paper of the school year.
Kathleen Robeson teaches her ACP calculus class about the laws of supply and demand.
Rund, composition taught by Lisa Blamey, chemistry I taught by Lance Kuhn. “We’re lucky to have teachers that are licensed for ACP They’re rigorous, but they are for the average students. There’s a huge advantage. In IU they have a semester course that meets three times a week. Here it’s all year every day,” said Math Department Chair Kathleen Robeson, who also teaches ACP
calculus. Already the school is seeing an increase in students taking ACP classes “I have taught ACP for five years. I used to have only one class, now I have three,” said Lisa Blamey who teaches the ACP English courses. The calculus classes have gone from 46 students last yearto 66 students this year.
“This year I have more taking it for credit. It’s great,” said Robeson. All ACP classes are available to all students who are willing to put in the effort and also pay the now greatly reduced price of the course they wish to take. “If a student is willing to work hard then yes, they should take ACP, because it is accepted by all state colleges,” said Blamey. The advantages, academic, financial and time wise, of earning college credit while still in high school are evident to students as well. “I think it’s an economically smart decision to take ACP classes in high school. You get smaller class sizes and more opportunities to talk one-on-one with the teacher than you would in college. You also pay $655 less per credit hour,” said senior Erika Tully. “You really can’t go wrong with ACP courses.”
With new year comes new staff members
Science teacher Jamie Davidson highlights letters on a sign so students know to bring their textbooks. “My ﬁrst day, said Davidson, “the science department all went out to lunch together.”
Spanish teacher Jeremy Sprague is hoping that his students will be prepared after this year. “This school year,” said Sprague, “I want my students to be ready for whatever comes next.”
Taking notes for her next day’s lesson, English teacher, Lauren Rees, gets work done during her prep period. “I love [FHS]; the school spirit is awesome,” said Rees.
Talking with her student aid during fourth period, Instructional Assistant Marjorie Murphy, enjoys the friendly atmosphere that she thinks surrounds FHS.
Front ofﬁce receptionist Beth Duffy types an e-mail while helping a parent get signed in. “I want to learn all of the different systems that I need to know this year,” said Duffy.
In addition to the 659 incoming freshmen students, 15 new staff members also are working to become familiar with the halls of the school. Ranging anywhere from front office staff to world language teachers, there are plenty of new faces to get acquainted with. For front office receptionist Beth Duffy, this is her first time working in a school setting. Even so, the large school and vast amount of students do not intimidate her at all. She enjoys the spirited and welcoming atmosphere that other faculty members and students have helped create. “I really like it here, everyone seems very friendly,” said Duffy. “I love high schoolers and I know a lot of students, so it is nice when they come in and say hello.” Also new to the front office staff are Treasurer Jennifer Hall and Office Manager Judy Schnettgoecke. Other staff members have worked in schools in previous years, just not at a high school level. Science teacher Jamie Davidson transferred from Riverside Junior High School and noticed a huge difference in how colorful the students are. “I think the students overall are more outgoing in high school,” said Davidson, “You know who you are, whereas in junior high you are still trying to fit in.” The main goal that Davidson has for this school year is to give her students a class they enjoy. Even if they do not necessarily like the material, she would like for them to look forward to going to science class. In the long term, she hopes to have a positive impact on her students. The size of the school is what separates FHS from other schools for world language teacher Jeremy Sprague. This is the largest school he has ever taught in. He came from Corydan High School in Corydan, Ind. that has around 850 students compared to the 2,395 students here. “It is sad that I can’t know everyone in the building,” said Sprague. “I am used to being able to do that.” The world language department also welcomed two other new teachers. The new German teacher is Jessica Geisinger who teaches honors French II, French IV, and French AP/IB V. Mary Haas came in as the replacement for Dahnya Chop until second semester when Chop comes back from maternity leave. Haas teaches French I, II,
III, and honors IV. A teacher who has come from another large school feels right at home. English teacher Lauren Rees spent last year working at the Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center in Indianapolis. In her eyes, the academic effort that the students put forth has stood out compared to other schools “I would say that compared to any [other] school,” said Rees, “everyone [at FHS] really buckles down and focuses when it is time to learn. It is also really great to have freshmen through seniors and see everyone interact.” Rees looks forward to seeing her students from this year later on in their high school careers. She is excited to see how they progress and watch them be successful. “The students have all worked hard and been very friendly,” said Rees. Apart from Rees, two other English teachers joined the staff this year. Aly Martin teaches English 9, 10, and 10 lab. And Allysa Nitz who is the maternity replacement for Kelly Jacobs until her return second semester. Nitz teaches English 10 honors, 11, and creative writing. Being a licensed English teacher working in schools for sixteen years, Instructional Assistant (Media Center) Marjorie Murphy is not new to the school scene. She enjoys that the staff and students have all helped in making her feel welcome at the school. “[The staff ] has been really helpful and all say hi when they see me in the hallways,” said Murphy, “[Students] have been very friendly and always smile when they come in.” In the future, Murphy is most looking forward to working with the students in whatever shape it may be. Whether she goes back into the classroom or stays in the media center, working with the kids is what she loves. Two additional instructional assistants that joined the staff this year are Eric Clayton and Andrew Fountain. The math department added two new teachers this year: Steven Curtis who teachers algebra I and algebra math lab, and Benjamin Wyss, who teaches algebra I and pre-algebra. Curtis has a high goal for this year that all of his students will pass the Core 40 algebra I test. He does not want any of them to repeat the class next year. “My goal for this year is to help all of the students pass their Core 40 for algebra I,” said Curtis. “I think a higher percentage of students have more of a determination to succeed.”
Checking his email at the end of the day, math teacher, Steven Curtis, wraps up before leaving school. Curtis is enjoying FHS so far. “I like the school spirit. It is sometimes hard to see unless you have been to a different place.”
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School welcomes fifteen incoming employees to their ranks
Friday, September 16, 2011
Road closure causes students to change courses
because I can go through neighborhoods to get to the school’s entrance. I feel bad for people who live further because they have to change their morning habits. I don’t have to leave a minute earlier than last year,” said junior Sydney Lavell. It is not just the students who are having to deal with the early morning chaos. Even though some teachers live more than 30 minutes away, other faculty members who reside in Fishers must make adjustments as well. “I only live down the street, yet I have to leave my house ten minutes earlier because I cannot get on 126th street,” said science teacher Marcy Clone. “It is very frustrating when all of the parents are waiting in line to drop their kids off, and we cannot get through because of those cones blocking the entrance.” Even though it is not ideal for some of the community, it is only for a few more months. According to the Town of Fishers website, both the bridge rebuilding and the new lanes on 126th Street are set to be completed by November 30, 2011.
Danny Harris When five hundred student drivers head to school to make the first bell, there is bound to be some confusion on the road. While preparations for the reconstruction on 126th Street began last spring, the road officially closed on July 18 for the second part of the project including closing the bridge over I-69. Students and faculty members must adjust their typical driving routes to get to school on time. Instead of driving up to Promise Road off 126th Street, the majority of drivers must get there from 131st Street. Having all of these cars on a single road can be frustrating for people. “It really isn’t too much of a difference, but still very inconvenient because the traffic is so jammed up in the mornings now. I think it will be worth it though since 126th Street was a hassle before, being so narrow,” said senior Nick Jefferis. Other students are not in the same boat due to the location of their home. Living so close to the school has its advantages. “The traffic isn’t an inconvenience for me
As 126th Street is under repair, traffic escalates in other areas
1. Signs are being put on all sides of the three way intersection of 126th Street and Promise Road to make sure no one attempts a shortcut. The only exception for the use of the road are the residents. 2. Even though the bridge is virtually non-existent at the moment, construction workers are rebuilding around the trafﬁc that ﬂows beneath them along I-69. 3. With the added lanes, power lines are being relocated outside of the road. While this might cut into people’s properties, the poles have to be moved in order to make enough room for the new road.
Exchange students travel miles to study at FHS Jordyn Didier Coming to a new school, having to make new friends, joining new teams and clubs is something that many students have to experience, but the foreign exchange students have to do all this while also being thousands of miles from their families. The exchange students have all come to spend their senior year at FHS. The students came from countries that are located all over Europe. There are students from Italy, Germany, Norway and Denmark. Moving from a school of 900 students in Italy to a school of 2000 has been a very different experience for senior Sofia Camprincoli. A bigger challenge for Camprincoli is the difference in changing classes. In her school in Italy, instead of the students changing classes Camprincoli would stay in the same room for the five hour day and the teachers would change. Even though Camprincoli is being faced with the problems of coming to a new school, she is enjoying spending time at FHS with her new found friends. Being in a foreign country gives the chance to try new activities. Camprincoli found herself liking something she never got to do before, going to a football game. The games are often looked forward to as a normal Friday night pass time for most students. “I love going to football games. In Italy, we don’t have football so when I went to a game for the first time it was
very exciting. I went to the Fishers versus HSE game and everyone there including me were wearing red t-shirts. I felt a lot of school spirit and it was really exciting to be apart of that,” said Camprincoli. She also shared that she also likes to spend time with her new friends. When Camprincoli and her friends hang out they like to go out for a pizza and then head to the mall to do some shopping Going to football games is not the only school activity that the foreign exchange students are enjoying about the beginning of their year here. A couple are also finding other after school activities to join in as well. Senior Nele Pajunk from Germany has made a point to join in a few clubs in order to spend some time with her friends. “I enjoy spending my time with my host family and the new friends I have made. We like going to the movies, going to the football games, or just hanging out with each other. I’ve also signed up to join the German and French Clubs. I’m really looking forward to the first meetings that are coming up soon,” said Pajunk. The differences between two schools can be almost overwhelming and for senior Kine Ryen going to an American school has been an all together different schooling experience. Ryen’s school in Norway was not just smaller, but they also did not have school sports teams. Ryen did gymnastics back home in order to stay fit. When Ryen came to FHS she decided that staying in shape was still going to be an important part of her life. But
instead of doing gymnastics, Ryen chose to join the school’s cross country team which has not only given her the chance to stay in shape, but also to create some good memories with her new friends. “My favorite memory so far has to be the day I started doing cross country and met the girls that are now my best friends. I love my cross country team. They were so nice to me from day one and I definitely don’t regret my decision to join the team,” said Ryen. Spending senior year in a new country has given the foreign exchange students a chance that can be hard to come by. Most students do not get the chance to spend a year of school in a different country. Going to school in a country thousands of miles from family and the people that they have known for years may seem scary to some people, but for senior Benedicte Hejgaard it is a great chance to try something new. The newest experience for Hejgaard is the way that school is looked at. At her school in Denmark, school was simply viewed as “just a building where you go for the day and study.” Hejgaard is liking the way that the students of FHS are proud to be tigers and she enjoys being able to experience it. “It’s really cool being able to spend the year at Fishers. It’s a really special opportunity being here because you don’t really get the opportunity to do this all the time. It’s really different, but I mean I really like getting such a different experience,” said Hejgaard.
Where do they live? A map of where the exchange students are from
Senior Kine Ryen came from her school in Norway to be apart of the FHS foreign exchange program.
Coming from schools in Germany to FHS are seniors Nele Pajunk (not pictured) and Johannes Schwertl.
The exchange program brought senior Soﬁa Camprincoli to FHS from a school of 900 students in Italy. JILLY BURNS
Traveling from a school in Denmark, senior Benedicte Hejgaard came to spend her senior year at FHS.
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Group uses Bible for guidance Morning study encourages students Hannah Troyer As most kids rush into school in the morning, sipping their coffees, finishing up their muffins, and dreading the first bell, a group of students takes a different approach. Every morning, a small number of students come together to celebrate and study the word of God by going through different books. The idea, proposed by senior Hailey Andrezjack, for the Bible study group came about at the end of last year. “I came up with it at the end of the school year last year. I felt like God just put it on my heart to set up a time before school for students from my youth group, Stormfront, to fellowship and start the day off right,” said Andrezjack. “But it has grown to more than [us]. Usually about 10 people attend each morning.” Currently, the students are going through the book of Isaiah. The way they study the Bible follows an expository preaching approach. This is where a person reads a certain verse or a passage and talks about it as he or she goes along. For group member, junior Danielle O’Brien, her goal for the group involves not just herself, but the student body as well. She wants to show students what else is offered, instead of just
what society shows them. “We started the group because we want to show the student body that there are such things as straight and narrow Christians who actually walk the walk instead of just talking to talk,” said O’Brien. “We just want to spread the Word, show everyone how much Jesus loves them, and to expand our group. We’re also starting another group called Youth Alive in a couple of weeks.” Youth Alive is a national organization that has local chapters in high schools around the country, much like Kiwanis International. The organization focuses on making teens into campus missionaries. According to O’Brien, the local chapter’s agenda will revolve around talking about different high school struggles and overcoming them. For Andrezjack, the study group provides not only an outlet for her to connect with youth group, but it is also a way to reach out to the student body. She wants students to know that their lives revolve around more than just school, work, and hectic schedules. “We want to learn God’s word and how it pertains to everyone’s life today,” said Andrezjack. “And we just want other students to look at us gathered in the hall praying for each other and [see us having fellowship.]. We want them to see us as a welcoming group of students who are living life for more than themselves.”
Early Friday morning, senior Hailey Anderzjack discusses wth her BIble group. Looking through the book of Isaiah, one of the many books the students plan to study, Anderzjack reads the passage.
Tiger fans bleed red
Tiger fans bleed red
Students keep attitudes high to try and win the spirit award for the fourth year in a row Design: Jilly Burns
Captions: Jennie McGowan and Luke Serauskis
1. Senior Tyler Alderman waves the famous Fishers ﬂag over the stands at the Noblesville game on August 19 to show his support for his team and excite the crowd at the front of the student section. 2. Covered with paint, senior spirit leader J.T. Pastor takes over the students section to supports the team from atop senior Tyler Alderman’s shoulders. Painted in red, seniors Spencer Case, Devon Marshall and Parker Lasch cheer and shout from the student section to pump up the team and encourage them, leading to a victory for Fishers.
3. Covered in red paint and glitter, seniors Sarah Needleman and Megan Jones intently watch the team as they beat Noblesville during their ﬁrst game of the season. 4. Showing their spirit, seniors Mariah Boncek, Emily Hopkins, Emily Reidy, Liz Hines, Kayla Snyder, Erin Greeley and Emily Richardson are covered in red paint and spell the word “Tigers.” 5. Senions Dillon Pile, Spencer Case, Mitch Misicko and Collin Brooks celebrate the team’s ﬁrst down against Noblesville.
6. Senior Dillon Pile pumps his to show his excitement and stimulate the crowd. 7. Senior Cory Burton passes around a giant stuffed banana as the crowd shouts the signature “Go Bananas” cheer. 8. Junior Sarah Norris brings creativity to the stands in an old-fashioned red sequined dress in her attempts to be different. 9. Seniors David Cohen, J.T. Pastor, Carlton Platt, Clay Smalls, Shane Morrissey, Drew Clark and sophomore Grant Smalls get ready to paint up for the HSE game.
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Coaching change does not faze team Sideline
Volleyball players welcome Habel as new varsity head coach
Girls swing into a new season A new coach makes way for changes on the golf team season. They have placed in the top five in four invitationals they have been in. Senior year implies familiarity. Seniors “I realized how efficient Coach Smith is know their classes, know their teachers and really started to like him. I respect his and peers, and they know their role as a coach coaches. When the golf head and he respects coach for the girls left, though, me as a captain,” the players were confused and said Needleman. hurt. Having good “At first I felt abandoned chemistry with and upset that there would be their coach has a coaching change right when helped the girls I’m trying to have my best improve. The golf season ever and get scouted for team has some college golf,” said senior Sarah of their lowest Needleman. scores they have Danny Smith, the new head ever had. coach for the team, coached for “We have the Tigers boys golf team before short, intense he was the coach of the girls practices that team. teach us how to With Smith as the head Coach Danny Smith helps junior play well and fast coach, the girls have had a good Kylie Krummel at the HCC golf at the same time run since the beginning of their match on August 30 in Zionsville. and I think that JILLY BURNS
really helped us get better,” said Needleman. “We also played a lot over the summer to keep up our skills.” Getting out of sectionals is the team goal for the season as a whole. Having had only a few girls move forward from sectionals, it has been a major focus for all the girls. “At the beginning of the season, I told the girls the goal was to improve and do well and prepare for sectionals. Now that we have reached the end of the season, I see that we have done that. We just had our final match and we are making our sectional roster,” said Smith. In order to stay focused at the end of the season, the practices have stayed consistent, everyone working hard to meet their goal of sectional roster. With the girls playing well, the pressure to be on the roster has intensified and everyone is trying their hardest to win the spots for sectionals. “If we make it out of sectionals, I might even shave my legs to keep the girls motivated,” said Smith.
Record: 5-3 Next match: Greenwood on September 17 “We have a core nucleus of seniors that understand what it takes to win week in and week out,” said Habel.
The varsity volleyball team huddles.
Sideline Stats Record: 2-4
Next match: Sectionals on September 17 “We are ready for sectionals, which was what we have been working
Habel said. team for the past three The girls have started off the seasons. season strong, finishing first in Habel started his two separate tournaments and volleyball career in high a record of 5-3. To keep up the school, playing for the men’s victories, practices have been team at Cathedral. He then changed to stay focused. went on to manage the The team starts out with women’s volleyball team at basic ball control drills, but Purdue, helping coach the at a faster pace to keep up the camps they hosted for all intensity. four years of college. Right Winning is not the only goal after Purdue, he came to on the team’s mind. Becoming a help coach the Tigers. family has also taken a priority. “If it had been someone “Family is our number one random, it would’ve been a team goal—to really look after very different atmosphere,” one another, celebrate successes, said senior Alaina Werling. and pick each other up when “The transition between adversity comes our way,” coaches was very smooth.” said Habel. Habel does not want to get The Lady Tigers are looking hung up on last year’s success, Coach Jarrett Habel for a promising season, not but wants to push even further watches the varsity volleyball match on Sept. 1 worried about the changes with the program. taking place. “Each season presents new against Westﬁeld. “We’re pumped for this season. We loved challenges and opportunities. In order for this team to be successful we need to let go Daiga, but we all feel lucky that Habel was of the fact we were successful last year and chosen,” said Werling. really focus on what we can do this season,” HUNTER HAWKINS
Leah Wolff Nerves run high as the volleyball team takes the court at sectionals. With hearts pounding, the final kill is made and the team has won their first sectional championship in school history. After winning its first IHSAA sectional championship in 2010, the team was eager for more, tying for first in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference, and having their best record in school history at 30-5, the volleyball team has a lot of high expectations this year. Coming off a successful season, it is difficult for a team to keep up the strong performances. When Mike Daiga, the varsity coach, resigned at the end of last season, a lot of people were up for the job. Many coaches wanted a winning team, so they came from different schools and even from different districts. “When we first heard Daiga wasn’t going to be our coach, we were all a little upset and confused, but when we heard Habel’s name put up for coach, we all wrote letters to the athletic directors to make sure he was picked,” said senior Emily Johnson. The current head coach is Jarrett Habel, who was the varsity assistant coach for the
Sophomore Shelbi Tidd and coach Danny Smith discuss the next hole at the HCC match in Zionsville on August 30. The girls placed 6th in the conference.
Last Played: Westﬁeld (21-30, L) “If we have less turnovers we can deﬁnitely beat good teams down the road,” said Head Coach Rick Wimmer. Next Game: Harrison (0-4)
The team lines up along the line of scrimmage during the Westﬁeld game.
Next Matches: HCC @ Zionsville Cathedral “[Beating Brownsburg] was pretty amazing. Out of all the years we have had a tennis program,we have never beat Brownsburg, so the fact that we not only beat them but won all of our varsity matches gives us a good outlook for the season,” said sophomore Chaz Sheffer.
Senior Khalil Taylor watches his serve soar over the net.
Football players work to fill empty positions left by graduates Jennie McGowan Painted in red and full of pride, spectators cheer as the victorious Tigers proudly chant the fight song from the sidelines. The celebrations that come with winning the state championship are long over, and the team is ready to take on a new season with new players, but with the same goal. Sophomore defensive tackle Drew Broughton watched as the team beat Lawrence Central at Lucas Oil Stadium last year, but this year it is his turn. “I was kind of nervous at first, but it’s helpful because I rotate out with another sophomore [defensive tackle Tre Henderson]. I get nervous but it’s exciting,” said Broughton. Junior defensive tackle Cody Moore understands the team’s expectations for itself after starting at defensive tackle last season, too. “I understand the pressure the younger players face on a 5A team. The way they step up shows a lot about their character,” said Moore. Head Coach Rick Wimmer notices good leadership from captains and good
communication between players. Wimmer says he sees especially good leadership from senior offensive guard Patrick Stevens, senior center Chris Chang, and senior defensive end Sam Makadji. The team’s goal this season is to play their way back to Lucas Oil Stadium this November, but getting there brings them different challenges than last year. Despite losing many star players from last season, various players have stepped up to the challenge this year. Senior tailback Eric Davis has quickly emerged as one of the team’s strongest players this year according to Coach Wimmer. “Eric has become mentally tougher and sets a good example,” said Wimmer. The team continues to work hard week after week, in pursuit of returning to the state championship at the end of the season. Moore knows he holds a role in setting a good example for the team’s younger players. “I play my hardest every week, put my mistakes behind me, and just think about having fun. We want to pull the team together and win State,” said Moore.
Striving to maintain expectations
Sophomore quarterback Connor Christiansen hands the ball off to senior running back Mark Madden to try and hike the score up against Noblesville on August 19. Fishers was able to pull out a win 27-13 over the Millers. “[Beating Noblesville] was a great start for the team. The atmosphere was incredible because I’m not used to that kind of hype! I loved it,” said Christiansen.
Player works to keep up undefeated season
Chris Essick takes his best shot at keeping his winning streak alive Jennie McGowan Thwack-thwack; the familiar sound of a tennis ball against a racket fills the air of the tennis courts as senior Chris Essick takes the court with a goal of earning yet another win to add to his undefeated season. He hopes that all his off-court training and hard work this season will continue to reward him. “I’ve been training pretty hard this season,” said Essick. Fifteen matches into the season, he still holds an undefeated personal record. Based on Essick’s performances, some matches have been easier for him than others. When the team played Brownsburg on September 6, Essick, with the rest of the team, was able to completely sweep the Bulldogs for the first time in FHShistory. Essick also managed to pull off a win against HSE on August 24, a match he considered his toughest so far this season. Even his teammates are pleasantly surprised with his success and how far he has come. Junior DJ Tucek is happy for his teammate and friend. “He’s been playing hard all year and deserves the wins he gets. I’m proud of him,” said Tucek. Sophomore Chaz Sheffer shares the same
outlook as Tucek. “It makes the whole team look good and when we see him win, it makes everyone want to win. Like in the HSE match, even though he was the only one on varsity that won, it made the whole team feel a little bit better knowing we didn’t lose 5-0. Because at the end of the day we are a team,” said Sheffer. Essick’s success makes him someone to look up to for the younger players, too. Sophomore Keegan O’Leary hopes to reach goals as high as Essick has when he is given the chance to play on Varsity. “Chris is an awesome player. He’s been number one since he’s been on the tennis team and that’s something to strive for, for the rest of the team. I wish I could be as good as him,” said O’Leary. As for the rest of the season, Essick hopes to continue his streak, and eventually earn himself a spot in the state championship. Overcoming HSE was a challenge for Essick, however he knows there are many more challenges on the road ahead, especially if he makes it to state. Though Essick enjoys winning, he knows
that is not what the game is all about. Essick says he enjoys the competition of the sport, too. When the junior varsity team gets to go and watch the varsity matches, they look forward to watching Chris try and continue his streak. “Yeah, we get pumped up watching Chris play. He’s the number one person we go to watch when we’re not playing,” said O’Leary. Essick feels a great accomplishment in doing so well this season, but was not very nervous about a new season. “I expected [to win] this year because tough competition graduated,” said Essick.
Essick hits the ball over the net during his match against Avon on August 29.
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Cross country grows in number
Sideline With a large team girls stay ahead of the game Stats Sophomore Denise Villarreal is a J.V. runner who just joined this summer. Her personal record is a little over 21 minutes for a 5k run. Villarreal wants to make Varsity, which is made of the seven fastest runners. “My goal is to improve throughout the season. I want to break 20,” said Villarreal. “And by that, I mean get less than 21 and get 20 minutes. The team just recently changed their training plan for this season by acquiring a personal trainer. The boys team has a much more rigorous training program, but due to the obvious difference in size and strength, the girls run less and swim more. Each week, the girls team runs several miles, swims, lifts weights, and does hill workouts. “It consumes your life,” said Lens. “There’s no time for anything else.” Yet the pros outweigh the cons in this exhilarating game. Villarreal and Lens both comment about how great cross country gets your body in shape. It’s not incredibly difficult, and because of the adrenaline rush, it helps manage things like anxiety. “Cross country is like a drug,” said Lens. “It’s addicting.”
Varsity Harrison Invitational Placed: 3rd Top Finishers: Ally Reyes, 14th Abby Horn, 18th
JV Ben Davis Invitational Placed: 4th Top Finishers: Allie Horn, 10th Ruth Xing, 16th Abby Roth, 20th
Chloe Sell Running may be a kinder sport to men, but it is the females that are flocking to the cross country team. Girls make up twothirds of the whole cross country team, with 50 girls as opposed to 27 boys. Many of them just joined the team this August. “Boys have more opportunities than girls for sports,” said Coach Beth Jahns. Sophomore Alexa Lens started running for cross country in order to minimize her small anxiety problem without taking medication. Lens was intimidated at first by the number of superior runners, but now feels more comfortable about the team and her own abilities. “My goal is to win a ribbon,” said Lens. “That’s all.” The girls team placed 5th overall out of 21 teams at the Ben Davis Invite on Saturday, Sept. 10. The week before at the Harrison Invite, they won 3rd place overall. Jahns is pleased with the progress. She is hoping that scores can be improved, though. “I’d like to see all seven of my varsity go under twenty minutes,” said Jahns. “And I’d like for them to win conference.”
Junior Ally Reyes practices her 5k run for competition around White River Elementary while being followed by a Noblesville competitor.
Boys begin to bond and build a “bromance” Sideline Stats Chloe Sell
Cross country may be a fall sport, but the boys on the team continue to meet every season. They go out to eat, play games, and meet after school. “We are all just really close. We hang out, have Ping-Pong tournaments, and play XBox,” said senior J.T. Pastor, the captain of the boys team. Pastor wants the team to be one of the top five to make it to regionals, and hopefully to state. He says his goal is more teambased, because of his close relationship with his teammates. He considers many of his teammates his brothers. “There’s definitely a bromance going on,” he said. Sophomore Tanner Smith is in agreement with Pastor. Smith has run with the cross country team since he was in eighth grade. Compared to the junior high team, the high school team is much more intense. He has known some members for over two years. “We run spring, summer, fall, winter. We do off-season training with track together. So I’ve known the team for a while.” The focus and time spent on teamwork
As the boys cross country team practices for their meets, seniors Myles Johnson, J.T. Pastor, sophomore Calvin Kraft and seniors Rocky Pollock and Nate Gafkjen run to build bonds together and condition themselves for the IHSAA tournament.
is so great because there are only 27 boys on the team. Between having practices every day, meets on the weekends, and keeping in shape, cross country is a time-consuming commitment. “It’s definitely really hard work, but I love being busy. As unexciting as it is, the rush [of running] is empowering. Homework is definitely my last priority,” said Pastor. On Sept. 10th the team traveled to the Peoria Invitational, where the boys placed
12th of 36 teams. “Our goal is to have the team running their best by the start of the IHSAA tournament,” said Coach Nathan Warnecke. “We ran our best when we needed to last year.” Warnecke says that teamwork is an important part of accomplishing goals. “They call it a brotherhood, but I see it almost as a family,” said Warnecke. “They spend so much time together. So they are like brothers in a way.”
Brebeuf Invitational Placed: 4th Top Finishers: Calvin Kraft, 4th Andrew Pensinger, 14th David Duba, 24th
NEXT MEET: Sept. 17, against Flashrock Invite at Northview Christian Church.
Future games: Sept. 17 (12:00PM) vs Brownsburg Sept. 20 (5:30PM) at McCutcheon
Last game playedSept. 12 vs North Central: Draw 1-1 Current Overall Record: 6 Wins 2 Losses 3 Draws “The girls have faced a lot of adversity with injuries, but have found a way to have one of the best seasons to date,”said Coach Ben Beasley. Future games: Sept. 19 (7:00PM) at Warren
Captain Marco Larreur races down the ﬁeld, ahead of his opponent from Avon on Sept. 6.
out on the field. “Teamwork is very important to win games. Being apart of a team is a very good support system. I have made many new friends through soccer,” said Kemna. How the players demonstrate teamwork is essential to winning the game. Everyone on the team has to work together to get down the field and score. Kemna and the
“The season started out really rough. We needed to ﬁnd our groove,” said captain Marco Larreur.
Elon Scott Boys varsity soccer is gradually getting into the groove of things as the school year starts, with five wins under their belt so far. As they progress in the season they have come up with new tactics and ways to win, working to improve their game, while also staying focused in school. “I do my homework on the bus to away games and after practice on regular days,” said junior forward Jason Kemna. The team members have to balance schoolwork and practice, keeping them busy constantly, as most sports players do. They stay focused on their academics while also training hard and preparing for future games. “We’re practicing a more aggressive attack mind set, with a lot of scoring and up field defense,” said senior captain Marco Larreur. The guys continue to push forward in the season with the ultimate hope of making it into sectionals, regionals and eventually semi state. They have taken a new perspective on training, continuing to play hard everyday
During a game against Avon, senior Micheal Tumblin sprints fast behind the rival player trying to make a steal on Sept.6.
rest of the team have a long way to go in the season, but they are pushing for wins. Varsity continues to work hard and score goals, with a promising season ahead.
Lady Tigers sprint to victories Teamwork paves the way to success on field Elon Scott Girls varsity soccer began this season with six wins out of 11 games, compared to last seasons start with only four wins. Teamwork and training have contributed to giving them a lead in winning this season already. The members of the team are close and work together every game. They play hard out on the field and stay focused on the win. “I have been playing soccer since I was five years old. I love the team aspect of soccer we all play for each other,” said sophomore attacking midfielder Erin Weisenbach. The girls on the team have been playing soccer since they were little. The closeness of the team builds unity and teamwork. They play for love of the game. “While training, it’s important to practice everything at game
Senior Mariah Boncek speeds to the ball while playing Pendleton Heights on Sept. 9.
speed because that’s the only way to prepare yourself for game time. It’s also important to know your role”, said senior defender Emily Reidy. The team pushes forward in the season with their wins more
than triple that of their losses. Lady Tigers are creating a new standard for future varsity to measure up to. They have already surpassed last year’s varsity starting season scores. Girls varsity continues the season bringing victory after victory to the school. The Lady Tigers hope to continue their success on the field and earn more wins in what is turning out to be one of the team’s best seasons. Elizabeth Allen
Current Overall Record: 5 Wins 5 Losses 1 Draw
Team goals and school demands juggled
Lat game playedSept. 8 at Kokomo: Win 2-1
Boys soccer kicks off season
Senior Erin Greeley prepares for a kick during a game against Center Grove on Sept.1.
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Trampolinist bounces toward the Olympics Student gymnast prepares to compete in bigger events in 2016 Luke Serauskis He has traveled to Argentina, Russia and many other places in Europe. Currently possessing 305 medals, freshman Jake Jacobson has participated in 90 competitions. A student by day and a competitive trampolinist by night, Jacobson has been working towards his goal to go to the Olympics since the age of four. “I started competing when I saw one of my teammates compete,” said Jacobson. “Everything about it looked super fun and I do it now because of him.” Jacobson was introduced to this at a young age because his mom owned a gym. She is now the program director for the USA Gymnastics Trampoline and Tumbling Association and his dad coaches at local gyms. Jacobson is preparing for the Summer Olympics in 2016. He is not old enough nor has he met the skill level to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics but believes it gives him that much more time to practice. He hopes that training four days a week
for at least three hours a day will help him master his skills in the art of trampolining. He plans to compete in a tournament in November that is being held in England and hopes to travel to Australia in March as well. “I practice Mondays and Wednesdays for three and a half hours and Fridays and Saturdays for three hours,” said Jacobson. “Not only does it take hard work and dedication, it takes commitment and an Olympic spirit.” Although he is so involved at the gym, he is a full time student and participates in show choir. He is also planning to join Ski and Snowboard Club. He tries to focus on school as much as he can because he believes it is important to do well. “I don’t train everyday, so it gives me time to focus on my school work,” said Jacobson. “I’m also usually doing homework to and from practices.” Jacobson has been trampolining his entire life and loves every aspect about it. He is so thankful that his family supports him gives him the motivation he needs to be successful.
Not only did Jacobson’s mom own a gym, she was also his coach and helped him through all of his competitions. “Without my parents supporting me both emotionally and financially, I truly would not be as good as I am now,” said Jacobson. “I wouldn’t be able to do it without them.” Jacobson’s mom, Susan, believes that Jacobson has advanced in his career through courage, perseverance, dedication and has continued to improve. “Jake has shown competition for trampolining from a very young age,” said Susan. “He has succeeded so much that he has even made the USA Junior National Team.” Jake began his career in California, where his mom owned a gym. With a change of environment came a new change in Jake’s training strategies. “Because of my new gymnastics, Jake not only acquired a new coach, but he is also moving into a different phase in his career,” said Susan. “We support him through everything.”
Freshman Jake Jacobson wows the crowd as he ﬂips and turns during one of his competitions. Jacobson performs multiple routines to retain the crowd’s attention.
Synchronized swimmer makes a huge splash With such a large win comes an important decision to make Luke Serauskis It can only be described with three words, gymnastics in water. Paired with waterproof make up and sequined swimsuits, one girl has discovered her passion through a unique hobby, synchronized swimming. Consisting of only eight team members, synchronized swimming is a sport in which members must perform a routine lasting approximately two minutes and fifty seconds. They are not allowed to touch the bottom of the pool and must have a specific routine in an exact order. Judges score each team on a scale of one to ten, depending on the difficulty of each move and how easy the swimmers make it look. Over the past ten years, junior Natalie Huibregtse has dedicated herself to synchronized swimming. Through the course of approximately 70 competitions, Huibregtse and her team were given the opportunity to compete on the Junior National Team and travel to Montreal, Canada over the summer to participate in the Pan American Games. They received second place, losing only to Canada. With this win, Huibregtse is qualified to
begin preliminary round for the Olympics. The first round of tryouts beings in November, and it progresses to many other rounds after. However, she is faced with a huge decision, take this opportunity, or focus on her schoolwork and continue swimming on the side. “I want to go to college and I cannot jeopardize my grades for swimming,” said Huibregtse. “I have been away from my friends all summer and I cannot afford to miss school. It’s just a huge decision.” Huibregtse and her team practice five days a week, for three hours a day. She explains how hard it is to balance this with school, friends and family. “It is a challenge,” said Huibregtse. “Sometimes I find myself staying up till two in the morning doing homework. Then I wake up in the morning and do it all over again.” She is, however, very thankful for such a supportive family. Competing like this gets very expensive, but they know she is very dedicated. On the other hand, the rest of her family and friends do not quite understand the whole concept of synchronized
swimming. “It can be a challenge at times,” said she. “It isn’t a school sport and none of the teachers really understand it either. I also don’t have any friends from school who participate in it.” Although synchronized swimming can be complicated, challenging and a huge time commitment, it is one of Huibregtse’s biggest passions. She knows she that the other girls on her team can sympathize with her. “My swimming team is like my family,” said Huibregtse. “It’s very fun and I can forget everything else in life. It is definitely a big passion.” Although her friends may not understand her unique hobby, they support her through all of it. “Natalie is one of the most dedicated and hard-working people I have ever met,” said junior Ashna Dayal. “She never fails to give it her all.” Junior Natalie Huibregtse hoists her partner into the air and practicing routines with the rest of her team in preparation for competitions to come.
Tigers flaunt their fall fashion
Blazers, TOMS, flowy shirts, scarves, flared jeans, Uggs found in thehalls are in and one of the top choices for this fall. “[My favorite fall item is] my blazer,” said Kravitz. “ I’m obsessed with blazers and I own at least three.” One of Kravitz top magazine to get her fashion 411 is Teen Vogue. This magazine is her favorite because it shows creative ways to mix up your old clothes to make them in style. Kravitz questions whether Sperrys are appropriate in the fall; however, freshman Ariana Barr believes they are. Sperrys are light khaki colored shoes that are also known as boat shoes. Barr likes to sport skinny jeans with her Sperrys. Her favorite type of jeans are dark skinny jeans because they match anything. “[My favorite fall fashion is]
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jeggings and light sweaters,” said Barr. “It fits the weather and it’s cute. I usually wear baggy, loose shirts too.” Sophomore Corey Beiswenger’s fall fashion is skinny jeans, TOMS and a cardigan. A classy cardigan is Beiswenger’s favorite fall item. A cardigan is also known as a separate and Teen Vogue also agrees that separates are in this fall. TOMS is a shoe and a company that matches every pair bought and gives a pair to one child in need. Beiswenger chooses TOMS because they are for a good cause. Blake Mycoskie was the founder of TOMS. After one year of making and selling TOMS Senior Dana he went to Argentina and gave Kravitz struts her blazers, oxfords and 10,000 pairs of TOMS to kids in need. Beiswenger prefers to shop layering style. BJilly Burns
Abigale Hutton When leaves change colors on the trees and cold chills fill the breeze, people know it is time for fall fashion. Apple and pumpkin pie are making its way in to the bakeries, while light sweaters and flared jeans are hitting the shelves in clothing stores. Fall also means that senior Dana Kravitz and other high school students get to pull out their fall items from the back of their closets. “I try to find individual pieces that I can mix with other things in my closet. Layering and reworking outfits with a new belt or cardigan is a way to save money and make something unique,” said Kravitz. Kravitz says Oxford’s, flared jeans, blazers, flowy shirts, overalls, bold patterns and floral patterns are in. Last fall she wore jeggings with long flannel shirts or tank tops with cardigans and blazers. She also wore sweaters and flats. One of Kravitz’ fall fashion choices is also recommended in Teen Vogue. Forties florals
at clearance stores because of the good price. However; junior MacKenzie Haggard likes to buy clothes at regular prices. “I’m very compulsive when it comes to shopping. Yes, I always look at clearance, but always buy the newer things,” said Haggard. Haggard used to wear long sweaters with leggings and boots last fall. This fall her favorite item is a scarf. She can wear them many ways, and they keep her warm. Uggs are back in season and are one of Haggard’s favorite boots. She likes the knit ones, because others are too hot and the buttons are cute. Her favorite fall colors are red, yellow and brown. Tiger fall fashion is scarves, blazers, skinny jeans, Sperrys, TOMS and cardigans. This may not be everyone’s fashion, but this is some of the Tiger’s fashion. “Fall is my favorite season because of the foods, and the bonfires,” said Kravitz. “Its also my favorite season because its my favorite time for fashion.”
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Junior Brooke Cornelius models her moccasins around school during the fall season. Moccasins were a big hit last year; however, many believe the moccasin fad has died down and has given way to new footwear.
Junior Chris Cutter sports his Sperrys as many others do also. Sperrys are a questionable footwear for fall but Cutter believes they are suitable for fall weather.
Junior Christian Graham displays her big purple ﬂower with no regret. Big ﬂowers and bows were very popular last year, but this year it became a mild fashion. Many people have found a new hair wear.
Sophomore Briana Ogiego ﬂashes her feather for the camera. Feathers are very popular this year, ever since they came out, many people have them. Feathers come in many types and colors.
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