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-Junior bakes cupcake creations (page 5)

Vol. XLXI, Issue 13

-Saunders foreshadows the LuMa dynasty (page 3) -Mudd continues to wow track world (page 8)

Leadership class executes annual project byAbbiStiffey NewsWriter

Another year of service has come and gone for this years Leadership class with Mrs. Fix. With many months of planning and coming up with ideas, they were able to turn their dream service project into a reality on Monday, April 25th. When you walk into Mrs. Fix’s room during 7th period you will see students sitting in a circle waiting to grow not only as leaders but also as people. This year’s process was closely related to that of last year’s class when deciding the semester project. “We put down our ideas on paper or the board and talked out the pros and cons of each idea,” Senior Liz Daake said. The process seemed to happen easily and in no time the class was split into committees and headed on their way with each specific job that needed to be done. They decided to take a group of 6th graders from IPS #44 to the Children’s Museum for a day of fun. “I was a part of the Event Team. Our group was in charge of making the schedule for the day and planning activities for the students to participate in,” Daake said. The Event Team was not the only team in the class. “I was on the Finance Team. We took care of any funds needed to make this project happen,” sophomore, Nilofer Rajpurkar said. The committees then picked the idea for their project. “There were 3 different ideas that we narrowed down to. From there we came to consensus on our final idea,” Daake said. The process included compromise from each idea. “People were very passionate for

which idea they supported, but in the end we all came to agreement,” Daake said. Each team had to play their part in order to make this project a success. “We planned a few Dine-to-Donates to bring in money. We also sold chocolate bars and had teacher jean days and had teachers donate for wearing jeans,” Rajpurkar said. This still did not cover all of the costs. “We applied for a few grants, which helped us bring our budget down,” Rajpurkar said. The time spent and hard work put into this project truly paid off in the end. This class will forever leave a legacy at IPS school #44. “We had around 200 dollars left after our fundraising and grant money. We left that money with the school to help them out after we left,” Rajpurkar said. This experience left its mark on the Leadership class. “The best experience was most definitely while we were at the event. It was amazing to see the kids all smiling and looking at us like we were aliens as they walked in,” Daake said. This feeling was mutual throughout the class. “It was just great to be able to hang out with the kids and see the impact that we had on them for just one day. Their smiles showed just how happy they were,” Rajpurkar said. The students of this year’s leadership class may not ever know how much they impacted the kids they served. Many of those children never get an experience like our students here at CG gave them. The leadership class is truly a blessing to those they impact and to our school. Thank you for your hard work and a thank you to Mrs. Fix for her servant’s heart.

Top: Members of the leadership team assemble quote books for the children before departing from the school. The team all wore matching shirts the day of the project. Left: Leadership team members complete an ice breaker with students from school #44. Many of the days activities took place in the schools gym and cafeteria.

dominate footwear fashion You may be wondering as you pick out your pair of TOMS, who and NewsWriter where is the other pair being sent to? TOMS currently gives shoes to 23 countries including Cambodia, Shuffling through the halls during passing period, take Ethiopia, Uganda, Haiti, and South a second to look down and see the shoes your fellow Africa. Each pair is donated to chilclassmates are wearing. Chances are if you look dren without a pair of shoes, close enough you will spot a pair of the who need protection on “I newly popular canvas shoes, TOMS. their soles to do basic think if you’re Created in a variety of colors, pattasks like working terns and designs, TOMS have and attending school going to buy a pair become the new summertime that they would otherof shoes, you might as shoes. But what is the story wise be unable to attend. In behind these lightweight shoes? 2010 the company announced that well buy a pair that is goLet us just say your purchase they had donated over one miling to get a pair of shoes for lion new pairs of shoes to children can count as your good deed for the day, maybe even the week. someone else who doesn’t around the world since the creation The non-profit organization of the company. have any.” was created by Blake Mycoskie, a The price tag for TOMS ranges -Junior Ally Johnson former contestant of CBS telefrom $44 to $98, depending on the vision show The Amazing Race. style, pattern and material. Junior TayMycoskie came up with the idea for lor West thinks the price tag for the shoes the shoe company while competing in Arare too high, commenting on how overpriced gentina after witnessing some of the most povthe shoes are. West later went on to say, erty stricken towns, he became aware to the number of “I think it’s the least we can do for them, we can buy children who were shoeless. The incentive of TOMS is to overpriced shoes to donate to those who don’t have pair children in underdeveloped countries with shoes. any.” Shoes are essential in preventing the spread of disease Junior Ally Johnson agrees with West and protecting children from serious foot injuries. “I think if you’re going to buy a pair of shoes, you Created on the idea of “one for one”, with every purmight as well buy a pair that is going to get a pair of chase a pair of TOMS is given to a child in need. The shoes for someone else who doesn’t have any.” company therefore does not depend on fundraising for The companies’ idea of one for one has caught that support, using the purchase power of the customers as attention of other major companies who are now foltheir source of funds. lowing in the footsteps of TOMS. Companies like Polo


Rugby and Element are donating shoes and skateboards on the premise of One to One. The Element skateboards are being sent to the Indigo Skate Camp in Durban, South Africa. Recently high school students participated in the event One Day Without Shoes on April 5. Sponsored by TOMS, One Day Without Shoes challenged participants to do without to raise awareness to those who are shoeless. Senior Claire Standley, who participated in the event, commented on the challenge. “Its TOMS way of raising awareness of people around the world who don’t have shoes.” Standley said. Interested in becoming more involved in the TOMS campaign? Visit the brands website at http://www. to receive updates on events and donation opportunities through the company.



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Twitter: #Winning byVincentWilliams NewsWriter

‘Tis the season for open housing byLindseyWinneroski NewsWriter

With graduation only a couple weeks away, seniors in particular can feel the end of the year strain. Simply looking at the calendar for the month of May can induce a mini-panic attack. With senior spirit days, honors nights, prom, the senior bike ride, Trojan Choice Awards, and the May 27th ceremony itself, seniors have more than enough on their plates. Caught in limbo between excitement as to what lies ahead and focus on the present, seniors are a mix of emotions. This last month closes the final chapter on four years of life in high school. On top of all the events and emotions, however, comes the open house. Many seniors open their home or find another ideal location elsewhere to invite friends and family to celebrate in their accomplishment. Although the thought of a post-graduation check from the guests may sound appealing, a significant

amount of work is needed in order to pull off a successful open house. From food to picture slide shows, open house planning is yet another thing to add to that insane agenda. Each senior has their own reason as to why they are hosting an open house. “My parents want me to have one in order to celebrate how far I’ve come with all the people who have helped me along the way,” senior Amanda Zubia said. “Anyone and everyone is going to be invited.” Whether one invites thirty people or eight hundred, taking on this event is quite ambitious. First off, invitations must be made and sent out. With a postage stamp nearly fifty cents a piece and gas nearly $4.00 a gallon, Facebook invites may be the cheapest option. Responding to those 125 event invites may however prove to be a daunting task. Although the purpose of the open house is to congratulate the

graduate, the underlying reason one attends usually revolves around food. Offering the guests little triangle chicken sandwiches and special graduation cake will keep them happy and entertained. However, this may be easier said than done when it comes to catering and cooking for this event. “My mom is going to be making finger foods and snacks, just something easy,” Zubia said. When deciding on the guest list, parents often have the biggest say. After all, mom and dad are paying for those tablecloths and giant cooler filled with soft drinks. Therefore, one may have to experience that awkward “grown up small talk” with parents’ friends whom they have never met in their life. Only out of mom or dad’s feelings of obligations did they make the guest list. Many other awkward moments may arise during an open house. “The most awkward part is the very first person who shows up.

I once sat for twenty minutes at an open house waiting for other people to arrive,” senior Dallan Linton said. With all the positives that come along with hosting an open house, there can come a number of headaches. “The biggest pain is going to be where to house all of my relatives in a four bedroom house,” senior Marissa Churchill said. With scrapbooks and picture albums scattered around the tables, guests can reflect on how far the senior has come and how much they have grown through the years. Seniors, if you want an open house, you may have to put up with your next-door neighbor or pastor looking through pictures of the two-year-old-you in the bathtub. On one hand the open house is added work. However, many will be glad that they took the opportunity to celebrate with loved ones. High school graduation only comes once in your life.

you get your license, it is not considered probationary. Sophomore Max Bomber strongly disagrees with the new driving changes. “I don’t agree with the new driving changes because now when people get their license at 16 and a half, they have the same driving experience they would have had at 16. So it really just puts the process back 6 months, plus I won’t get my license till September now,” Bomber said. Other students feel the same way and don’t think they should have to wait. “Waiting 6 months wont stop us from crashing, running stop signs, or make us break the laws less. It also won’t stop people from wanting to drive illegally,”

sophomore Allison Harris said. The new driving requirements frustrate several young drivers, or soon to be drivers, as well as parents. “Since it tires my parents from driving me, I have to coordinate more often,” Harris said. Some parents are tired of driving their kids when they should be old enough to drive or even get a job. “The new changes make me angry, frustrated, shallow, pedantic, and jealous of my friends,” sophomore Adam Carandang said. “The changes have not only affected me, but it also affects my family and friends. I’ve had to make a few adjustments. For example, I call my

friends to pick me up, and if they cant I just ride my bike everywhere,” Carandang said. Contrastingly, some Center Grove students find the extra 6 months of practice was whether beneficial. “I actually thought that the extra practice helped me a lot in learning how to drive”, sophomore Creighton Smith said. Sophomore Mariah Wallace thinks having an extra 6 months could possibly make her driving safer. “It could be helpful in some ways because it gives you more practicing time than you would have had. I don’t think the new age requirements are a whole lot more inconvenient,” Wallace said.

Sophomores face consequence of new license law alterations byAlliChamberlain NewsWriter

Since this past July of 2010, the driving regulations have changed. In order to obtain an Indiana Driver License, you must meet the age requirements and have had possession of an Indiana learner’s permit for 180 days (approximately six months). Drivers also have to visit a license branch to present documents of identification, pass a driving skills test, complete a written exam, and take a vision-screening test. If you are 16 or 17 when you obtain your Indiana driver’s license, your license is considered probationary until you turn 18 years old. But if you are 18 when

At 200,000,000 members strong, Twitter is soaring to the top of the social media cloud. Students and adults alike have become fascinated with the easy to use site. From following celebrities to tweeting about your day at school, Twitter can be used for almost anything. The simplicity of its design is what makes it most attractive to new users. “Its so easy a caveman can do it,” senior Isaac Duke said. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Twitter, it is similar to Facebook but without all the pictures. People have their own profiles where they have a short bio and a picture. On Twitter you update your “status” by tweeting. Each tweet is limited to 140 characters so they are relatively short. Your “friends” are called followers, and once you are following someone, you will get their tweets on your home page or on your phone if you choose to. Many people find Twitter fascinating because they are able to follow celebrities or other people they like. For some people, it is their path to living like a celebrity because they follow someone in Hollywood. “I like Twitter because I get random texts throughout the day with encouraging words and uplifting thoughts,” Duke said. Not all tweets are created equal. Some people will attempt to provide encouragement, while others will just try to make you laugh. “I use Twitter to help believers realize their identity in Christ. The Father sees us all as beautiful and amazing. I also use it to read about other God encounters my friends are having or what the Holy Spirit is revealing to them,” junior Adam Ferrell said. While many CG students are on Facebook 3 hours a night, others will be Tweeting for a couple of seconds a night. Using Twitter over Facebook is a great way to create free time during your day. People are able to walk their dogs more often, and make dinner at home more often because of the genius creation of Twitter. “I like it because its really simple and it can be fun to use too,” freshman Angelica Dabrowski said. Most people think Twitter is fun to use based on the fact that they can follow others who tweet hilarious things. It is becoming the new craze. When asked if he had a Twitter, Andrew Lowery said, “No, but my cousin told me I need to get one.” This describes the overall attitude of those who have Twitter’s and those who don’t. The ones who do know how awesome it is are inclined by its awesomeness, so they tell all of their friends to get them too and join in the fun.

Missing assignments, zeroes have serious repercussions for students, final grades byTylerSykes NewsWriter

In a generation filled with laziness, high school students are turning in less and less homework. Homework, an essential supplement to a teacher’s lesson, is often collected and assessed for a grade. Students who fail to do their homework are rewarded with a disturbing zero percent in the grade book. However, students fail to realize how detrimental a zero is versus an F (59% or below). It is much more difficult raising a grade average with a zero than with a low percent. Throughout the high school, teachers have differing policies regarding the heated topic of late assignments. “Except for my freshman courses, I do not accept late work at all,” said math teacher Lindsay Hull. “If students cannot realize the importance of doing homework as-

signments, then they do not deserve any credit.” But math may be a stricter course regarding late work because of the speed at which students are expected to learn the material. “It is required that students complete their homework for the next class because the rest of the class will be moving on to the next lesson the following day,” Hull said. However, CG students are looking for a little more leeway. “I believe that the option for turning in late work should always be there,” CG senior Derek Hopper said. “A reduced grade would be fair, but a zero in the grade book is too harsh for students who do work hard but happen to forget one assignment.” Teachers have little remorse for late work for a good reason. They spend much time in preparation and teach-

ing, but expect students to finish an assignment that probably would take them a fraction of the time that the teacher took to prepare the lesson. But the controversy lies in the damaging aspect of a zero in the grade book. If anyone has every logged into Skyward, they know how bad a zero looks. Skyward, being a beneficial tool for students and teachers a like, has a flaw. If a teacher puts an assignment in the grade book that has not been graded, an asterisk appears and the assignment is automatically marked as missing. This confusion is irritating and frustrating and can certainly cause problems. The moral of the story: doing homework is always an easy fix to avoid dealing with late assignment quarrels. But depending on the departments, teachers may be more lenient on accepting overdue homework.


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A new regime


The first (and last) year of the LuMa dynasty byMattSaunders Opinion Writer


any of you probably vote each year for your student government representatives and then spend the next year wondering what they actually accomplished. To their credit, STUGO has accomplished a lot for the students they represent (Lord knows where we would be without RSVP ice breakers). This year, hope is again in the air because we have chosen Lucas Matney as our next All Student Body President. Mr. Matney has proposed many reforms and innovative ideas, so as a journalist, I will now scrutinize his ideas (keeping in mind that he is the editor of this page). President-elect Matney outlined many of his proposals in his campaign speech, but since none of it was audible in the cafeteria, I will take the liberty of reiterating the main points. His Excellency started off by emphasizing the importance of stimulating RSVP. “Hearing from you, then making changes is what student government is all about,” he said, “Our job isn’t about making spirit days or homecoming floats… our job is to make sure you guys have a positive experience.” Sounds good. During my brief stint in student government, I noticed that the majority of the focus was put on homecoming and prom. These things are important, but they have nothing to do with our everyday experience at school. Hopefully Lucas is courageous enough to confront

the misguided focus and some helpful changes will be made. He can start by changing the ridiculous sanctions on the internet. Music sites, YouTube, and especially e-mail should not be blocked (bandwidth schmandwidth). Lucas also introduced his idea of planning more fun events. “I definitely think that competing and interacting with others through school events is a positive thing.” I have been wondering since freshman year why there are no battle of the bands or talent competitions at school, but under Lucas Matney we will hopefully experience activities such as these next year. “This brings me to another idea called ‘pack the house night’…I would appoint a committee dedicated to organizing support for lesser attended sports and clubs.” This is another great idea. Many of our sports have low attendance, so this could be a double whammy. The teams would be encouraged by the support of the students, and the proceeds of each event could be donated to a charitable cause. This can only have positive results. Current ASB President Blake Lemmons said, “I hope he can ignite a passion of service among the members and represent the school in a positive way.” I couldn’t agree more with Blake. The role of student government is to make school a fun place, but the lasting impact we make in the outside world is the most important thing. Hopefully under the LuMa Dynasty our passion of service will be ignited and it will be an awesome year.

Cellphone addictions are killing us


bySavannahLorentzen Opinion Writer

eens attached to their cell phones, who ever thought this would happen? As the US continues to use electronics, teenagers are also relying more on their handheld devices. The reason behind this? There really isn’t one. Many students use their phones to get a hold of one another, whether it be by text or by call, but most students use it to avoid awkward moments in the hallway. You may use it to walk away from a friend to go to class, or just so you can busy yourself while waiting for someone. Using your phone is often just something to do with your hands, something to look at instead of forcing yourself to make eye contact while passing a fellow student in the halls. But do we see it from the other person’s perspective? Does the other person find it rude, or know the reason you are using it? Not only are these habits unhealthy to friendships and relationships, but also unhealthy to you. According to ABC News, teens spend too much time on their cell phones, and not enough on sleep. Students who are on their phones all night, instead of sleeping, tend to do worse in their studies. Also referencing MSN’s writer, Jon Markman, who wrote an article on how cell phones are the new cigarettes. And if you think about it, it is an equal comparison. Just like how hard-core smokers can barely go one hour without having a craving, teens can barley go one minute without their cell phones. Always living in fear of losing it, or breaking it. More than 75% of teens are addicted to their cell phones. Some people would even go as far as saying it is the “new addiction” or the “heroine” to teens lives. Now-a-days they even have counseling for cell phone addiction. This addiction also has a name Textaphrenia. Other risks parents are scared of with this new found addiction is cyber bullying. With more access to the Internet and texting, people have more ways and time to cyber bully. Not only do they have to be scared of cyber bullying, but carpal tunnel syndrome from texting to much. Carpal tunnel syndrome is pressure on the median nerve -- the nerve in the wrist that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the

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hand. It can lead to numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle damage in the hand and fingers. Normally present in older people with arthritis, it is one of the fastest growing adolescent problems. Many teens and adults have a problem with being addicted to their cell phones. And here in Center Grove many of the students use these as if they are their lifelines.

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New artists high on the charts byAlecDietz


Opinion Writer

year ago only Pirate fans wore Pittsburgh flat bills, indie kids wore Chuck Taylors, and popular culture had no idea what Taylor Gang was. Rappers Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller have now ingrained themselves into our styles, our music. They have made their fortunes and fame on their talent, but even more so their supposed stoner reputations. Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller reinforce the idea that Hip-Hop and popular culture seem to be changing together into the stoner generation. Making its debut into popular culture and mainstream media is Taylor Gang and at the throne is rapper Wiz Khalifa. Khalifa is most famous for his recent billboard hit “black and yellow,” a shout out to the city of Pittsburgh and possibly the most annoying song played on the radio. But gaining even more attention for Khalifa, named rookie of the year by Rolling Stone Magazine, is his weed habit. Popular culture has bitten the brownie and the Taylor Gang phenomenon has taken flight, making Wiz and instant icon in the music business, but the is it for the right reasons? In January I saw Wiz perform for a sold out Thursday night crowd at the Murat. The concert was a blast, but musically nothing was spectacular. I feel like Wiz is more of an entertainer and an icon than he is an artist. My only problem with Wiz is that musically nothing is impressive. His rhymes are decent, but honestly I don’t think he would have so much popularity if it wasn’t for his stoner reputation. So do people like Wiz for his drug reputation or his talent? Would so many people listen to Wiz if he was not associated with the drug culture. Regardless he has rooted himself and his beliefs about marijuana in a popular culture that is growing more and more accepting of pot smoking. Malcolm McCormick, known more commonly by his stage name Mac Miller, is another example if the electronic rap that is become more and more popular in mainstream Hip-Hop. Mac is only 19 years old and has released six mixed tapes and one EP since his debut on the scene in 2007 (at 15 years old). Mac and Wiz go hand-in-hand as they are both from Pittsburgh and have popular weed fiend reputations. Mac’s latest mix tape “Best Day Ever” had thousands of downloads within the first weekend and shows even more how popular electronic hip-hop is becoming. “Best Day Ever” is filled with zoned out beats and noises that can turn your mind into cotton candy at times. Mac Miller is far more intelligent than Wiz when it comes to his beats and rhymes, which in my mind makes him the better of the two. I’m not saying that you consider yourselves fans of either Mac or Wiz that you do recreational drugs on occasion, but you know that a lot their fame has come from their stoner reputations. Music is always evolving and advancing to the next stage, but more importantly it fits the targeted generation. Wiz and Mac have found their target audience, sold them what they love, and laughed all the way to the bank.

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Features Truelove excels in passion for baking byMackenzieDean Features Writer

Recently, cupcakes have boomed in popularity in the baking world. The unique personal little desert has made its way onto T.V. shows fascinating bakers young and old. Many dream of finding success in the baking business and opening their own cute cupcakery. Few are able to achieve this but Center Grove High School’s Paige Truelove is well on her way to becoming a successful baker. “I want to go to college for business and then open my own cupcake bakery,” Truelove said. To many, this sounds like a dream; however, for Truelove, it is a goal that is very achievable. The word is out about her cupcakes and for those who have tasted one of them, they are convinced Truelove is

headed for cupcake success. “After I tasted one of Paige’s cupcakes I felt like I was eating a chocolate slice of heaven,” sophomore Lauren Carpenter said. Not only are people drooling and amazed about the superiority of the cupcakes; they are persuaded Truelove is on the road to becoming a remarkable cupcake expert. “Those cupcakes are amazing! That women’s future in the baking industry is going to be an absolute success,” sophomore Brittney McCoy said. “Paige is the next Rachel Ray,” Carpenter said. After trying one of her cupcakes, family and friends have been increasingly impressed. The word has spread and Truelove’s cupcakes have become a frosted sensation. “My first big event I made them for was a city hall meeting and the other occasions are normally bridal showers, dances or

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birthdays,” Truelove said. With a growing talent and popularity, the demand for the product is increasing. This is when cupcake baking can become strenuous, hectic and not so sugarcoated. “I like to make the cupcakes near perfect, so each batch takes about an hour and a half to make,” Truelove said. Hours on her feet and extreme concentration leaves Truelove exhausted. She strives for faultlessness in every single cake. Even though she considers herself a perfectionist at the same time Truelove enjoys the challenge. “There have been times where I have had to start over and nights that have had to stay up till 3 A.M.,” Truelove said. Even though the pressure to meet an occasion is intense, this adds to the challenge that Paige cannot get enough of. “My biggest event is a wedding coming up this October, and I am a little bit nervous because I want them to be just right for the bride,” Truelove said. Amazingly, Truelove didn’t start off in a big fancy specialty kitchen with expensive utensils; she humbly began her business in her kitchen at home. Also, she is mainly self-taught and inspired by her

Grandma who was also a talented baker. “I really began to pursue my cupcake business when my grandma, who was a really talented cupcake baker, passed away,” Truelove said. This is when what started as a fun hobby for Truelove began to form into a passion and a dream. Truelove values her family and appreciates all they have done to help her business take off. “My parents help me supply the ingredients and deliver the cupcakes and my brothers are my taste testers,” Truelove said. It is no doubt that this sophomore has discovered her talent for baking. Her creativity and drive for perfection has allowed her to achieve a goal that many could only imagine. Through all of this, she has been able to stay humble and keep in mind who really helped her spark her business. “My parents tell me that my grandma would be so proud of me, and that makes me feel really good,” Truelove said. “If and when I open my own store, I would dedicate everything to her without a doubt,” Truelove said.

Softball team knocks cancer out of the park byHannahMorgan Features Writer

It’s difficult to meet the demands of high school life. First comes the everyday tasks such as completing homework, working a job, and playing sports. More importantly, but sometimes on the backburner of life, is our duty to make an impact. Most people will agree that helping others is what really matters in life. Though it’s tough to juggle everyday tasks with helping others, the varsity softball team has been doing just that. Not only are the girls successful as a team (Varsity is ranked 2nd in the state), the girls have successfully been raising money for breast and colon cancer. “We are selling the breast cancer tshirts and just asking people to donate,” senior and varsity first baseman Liz Prince said. Along with selling t-shirts and soliciting donations, the team held “cancer nights.” Half of the money from admittance to a “cancer night” game is donated to Susan G. Komen and the remaining half is donated

to the colon cancer foundation. “We have pink uniforms and wear breast cancer sweat bands,” senior varsity catcher Jordan Shireman said. “We also wear a navy ribbon in our hair.” The navy ribbon is to raise awareness for colon cancer. Though the softball team hopes to raise general cancer awareness, the money they raise goes towards breast cancer and colon cancer, because a few of the girls’ mothers have been diagnosed with these two types of cancer. “We have wanted pink jerseys since last year, but it just didn’t happen last season,” Prince said. “This year we all decided that we were definitely going to do it no matter what it took.” Prince’s parents were the ones to buy jerseys this year. “Then Anna Gunderson’s mom bought the shirts to help raise awareness,” senior Lindsey Morgan said.

Morgan, a former softball player, continues to help fund-raise though she no longer plays. “When I was at a game, [Gunderson] was telling a parent about it,” Morgan said. “I offered my help because I support the girls and the cause.” The t-shirts come in grey and light pink and cost $15. Grey seems to be the more popular color, but the girls have not run out yet! Selling t-shirts requires the girls to advertise, write down information and handle the money and shirts, but all the girls have to do on “cancer nights” is play softball. It’s a simple way for the girls to support the cause while playing their favorite game.

Breast and Colon cancer: The somber truth

This year, about 569,490 Americans are expected to die of cancer, more than 1,500 people a day. 207,900 women died of breast cancer in 2010, and 70,480 women died of colon cancer. The 5-year relative survival for female breast cancer patients has improved from 63% in the early 1960s to 90% today. The 1- and 5-year relative survival for people with colorectal cancer is 83% and 65%, respectively.

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EntertainmentWriter So what movies are coming out this summer? Excellent question! Fortunately, I have the answer in this list of the many upcoming flicks you can expect to see at your theatre (or illegally online) when the summer movie season officially begins! May: “Thor” – The film adaptation of Marvel Comics’ infamous superhero looks to have slam-bang action sequences, cool visual effects, creepy beards, and a lot of Natalie Portman; a guarantee that it’ll be the sweeping action spectacle of the summer. Well, maybe not. But you never know. May 6 “The Beaver” – Maybe a beaver puppet is all that it takes to win Mel Gibson’s heart. May 6 “Something Borrowed” – Finally, a romantic comedy with a title that admits it’s a rip-off of other romantic comedies! At least that girl from “Walk the Line” (Ginnifer Goodwin) and that guy from “The Office” (John Krasinski) are in it. May 6 “Bridesmaids” – Will we take this hard-R bridal comedy, starring “SNL” favorite Kristen Wiig, as she leads a group of trash-talking broads down the wedding aisle? We do! May 13 “Priest” – Killer priests? Non-“Twilight” vampires? This sure ain’t your father’s religious flick. May 13 “Midnight in Paris” – Woody Allen’s latest comedic opus – starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Adrien Brody and France’s First Lady herself, Carla Bruni – should serve as a refreshingly witty treat for art-house lovers everywhere. May 20 “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” – Three just wasn’t enough, was it? Although the new Fountain of Youth themed adventure starring everyone’s favorite pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) should provide lots of fun and excitement for 2½ hours. Let’s just hope that director Rob Marshall (“Chicago,” “Nine”) doesn’t add in any bizarre “show-within-a-show” musical numbers. May 20

“Kung Fu Panda 2” – We can definitely prepare for awesomeness as Po the Panda (voiced by Jack Black) returns for more high-flying kung fu and skadoosh-ing galore. All in 3D, I might add. May 26 “The Hangover: Part II” – Really? Didn’t they pretty much cover everything they needed to in the first one? The sequel to one of the most amazingly over-rated comedies ever finds the same three doofuses (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis) dazed and confused (again) while stuck in Thailand. Here comes another Golden Globe and $467 Million. Sigh. May 26 June: “X-Men: First Class” – Oh boy, a prequel! The origin story of the X-Men is revealed in one of several superhero movies being released this summer, along with “Green Lantern” (June 17) and “Captain America: The First Avenger.” (July 22). Is it just me, or do all of these look like every other superhero movie we’ve ever seen? June 3 “Super 8” – Director J.J. Abram’s post-“Star Trek” adventure looks absolutely astounding, reminiscent of Steven Spielberg’s earlier works (most notably “E.T.”). After a group of friends witness a train crash while making a short film, unfathomable events begin to unfold as the life they once knew begins fading into a puzzling nightmare. June 10 “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” – Jim Carrey + Cute Penguins = Big Success? June 17 “Cars 2” – Mark my words: Pixar can do no wrong. Who else could potentially pull off an espionage thriller with talking cars? With Larry the Cable Guy, no less? June 24 July: “Transformers: The Dark of the Moon” – Cooler robots! No Megan Fox! A tighter plot! Maybe director Michael Bay is a little smarter than we give him credit for. The final installment of the series, “The Dark (Side) of the

Moon” could actually be pretty sweet. Here’s hoping. July 1 “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” – The battle of Hogwarts and a spectacular duel with Voldemort come into play as the epic conclusion to the “Harry Potter” series unfolds. This is definitely one to wait for. July 15 “Winnie the Pooh” – C’’re never too old for Winnie the Pooh. Or are you? July 15 “Friends with Benefits” – Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake star as good friends who, after playing the romantic field for a while, decide to be “friendly” towards each other. Without being in a committed relationship, of course. Let’s see how that works out. July 22 “Cowboys & Aliens” – Daniel Craig (a.k.a. James Bond) stars in this action caper as a wanted criminal in a seedy western town, although wait – is he actually an alien? The title alone is enough to make you gleefully guffaw; can you smell the delicious flavor of cinematic cheese? July 29 “Crazy, Stupid, Love” – No, it’s not the sequel to “Eat Pray Love.” But it is a middle-aged romantic comedy written by “Tangled” screenwriter Dan Fogelman and featuring an all-star cast including Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, and Emma Stone. I’m lovin’ it! July 29 “The Smurfs” – The first family film that’ll make you feel blue as you leave the theatre. No, seriously. July 29 August: “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” – James Franco gets aped. (Unfortunately, not in 3D). August 5 “30 Minutes or Less” – Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) is a pizza delivery boy. ‘Nuff said. August 12 “Final Destination 5” – So I guess “The Final Destination” wasn’t actually the final destination after all. Hooray for more gruesome violence! August 12

Show choirs shine on national stage All girls choir wins first and mixed group wins third

photo by Jessie Edelman by ChrisCollins

EntertainmentWriter Saturday, April 30, the Center Grove Sound System and Debtones choirs competed in Grand Nationals. The competition was held in Indianapolis, at the convention center. Regional competitions were held in Orlando, Hollywood, Chicago, New York, and Branson. The CG choirs competed in Branson, Missouri, back in early April. To advance from Regionals to Grand Nationals, mixed-group choirs needed to place in the top 3, and all-female choirs needed to win. Both the Sound System (mixed-group) and Debtones (all-female) advanced from Regionals to compete in Grand Nationals. Of the 15 mixed-group choirs that qualified, only 11 made the trip to Indianapolis. In the all-female division, 3 of the 5 qualifying choirs were present. Friday night, before the competition, the CG Singers, Debtones, and Sound System had an awards banquet and honored this year’s seniors. On the day of the competition, the Debtones and Sound System woke up early and had a group stretch around 8 o’clock to warm up and get ready for the day. Sound System met up at 9:30 and were shown to the their practice room around 10. After about a half an hour, they made the transit to stage to await their performance time. At 11 o’clock, Sound System quickly set up their props

and took the stage to start their performance. After a great warm-up, Sound System was ready to go and put on a great show. The day show was very solid, with minimal mishaps. After the performance, Sound System eagerly awaited the announcement sending them to the final night show. Announcements for the night show performers were at 3:45. Sound System was waiting with anticipation. They were awarded best visuals and were set to perform at 7 that night. The Debtones performed at 4:30. “Debtones put on an awesome show. It was flawless. Definitely their best show all year,” said Sound System member, Jordan Coy. “It was fun to watch our friends do so well, and it got us all motivated for our own night show.” Both choirs made chorographical changes to their respective shows on Friday night, and they were both successful in executing the changes without flaw. Sound System warmed up at 6 for their night show. In the world of show choir, warm-ups relate directly to performance. In the final warm-up the Sound System members were focused and knew what had to be done. The resulting show was impeccable. It was the peak of the season, and the pinnacle of choir performances. Everything they had been struggling with, fell into place.

The performers showcased great energy, vocals, and choreography. The crowd was really into it and gave Sound System a standing ovation both after their ballad, and at the end of the show. The final awards for both categories were at 10 o’clock that night. Sound System placed 3rd in the mixed-group division, and Debtones were crowned champions of the all-female division. This was a gratifying way for the seniors to finish off their show choir careers and the underclassmen to end a great season. “Sound System overcame lot, and finished the year out with an incredible, nearly flawless performance. We’re sad to see the season end, but so proud of everything we accomplished together,” says senior Jordan Coy. “It was really incredible because we had an undefeated season and were the best in the nation. Everyone thought this would be a re-building year for Debtones, because we had a group of young girls, but we pulled off the first undefeated season since 2006,” said senior member of Debtones, Ronnie Meier. Congratulations to both choirs on a stellar performance and an extraordinary season.



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Boys lacrosse looks to defeat No. 6 Bishop Chatard on senior night byNickMarley Sports Writer

“It will most definitely give us more confidence; brahh,” junior Chase Clark said about the upcoming lacrosse game against Bishop Chatard. The Trojans have began to turn their season around and currently have a 10-4 record and hope to improve that over these next three games this week (end). “Our hopes for this game are to play together successfully. If we do, we should have a good chance to win the game,” Clark said. Last year when the Trojans faced

Bishop Chatard, it was a fierce match. However, it ended in Chatard’s favor with a score of 7 to 3. This year the Trojans are hoping things will end differently. Not only is the game at home, it is senior night. “Of course we know this game is a big one since it is senior night, but our coach says that the next game is always the most important,” junior Mason Johnson said. The Trojans have improved from last year, so this game should be an exciting one. So far the Trojans four losses have all come from top 10 teams with Caramel being the number 1 ranked team. “For us still being a fairly young program it will not only show our players that we can play with quality teams, but also let the rest of the state know that we plan on being competitive right now and for years to come,” Komarovsky said. With an upset over the Heritage Christian Eagles on the 26th the Trojans

have cracked the top 10 with a rank of 10th. “The Bishop Chatard game will be a very important game for us. It is the second to last the game of the regular season and Chatard is having an excellent year. They are currently #6 in the state and the result of that game will make a significant difference in the playoff seedings,” Coach Konnie Komarovsky said. The Bishop Chatard Trojans are ranked sixth, so not only will this win be a morale boosting because they are a top 10 the Center Grove Trojans will have the title of the best Trojans in the state. “If we do win, it will give the team motivation to work harder and do even better next game to hopefully win, especially against the tougher teams like Cathedral and Carmel,” Johnson said.

Boys golf has high expectations for a rebuilding season byZachWhitehead Sports Writer

There are many sports that start during the spring season, including the first sport ever played on the moon. Yes, the first sport ever played on the moon is golf. As for Center Grove High School, the men’s golf team does not have to play on lunar rocks but the luscious green grass of Hickory Stick Golf Course. The Center Grove men’s golf team started out this season by defeating Perry Meridian at The Legends of Indiana Golf Club to boost their record to an undefeated 1-0. Although only playing one match as of the May 11, the team is looking to reload this year and be successful. Senior golf leader, Corey Fennig said, “We have a lot of guys playing varsity

this year who don’t have much experience.” The team may have lost some experienced seniors this year, but that is not going to stop them from trying to keep the golf program with high expectations. Another senior leader, Terek Abdalla said, “From all the losses last year, we are coping with what we have this year and are improving.” The team has five seniors, including the top two golfers, Abdalla and Fennig, and is working hard each practice to be ready for the state tournament. “I missed the state tournament by 1 last year, and it is definitely one of my personal goals this year,” Abdalla said. Because of missing it by one stroke, Abdalla is working even harder every day whether at practice or a match to meet his expectation at state. There are many other obstacles the team is hoping to get by successfully this year. One of these barriers is the Avon Orioles men’s golf team, who, as of last year, were the state champions.

Batter Up...

“Avon’s golf team is always good every year and is probably our toughest opponent this year,” said Fennig. Abdalla and Fennig were both hoping to defeat the Orioles this last Tuesday, but because of a cancellation due to weather, they have been working to defeat them this week. “I am hoping to beat their [Avon’s] number one golfer, Patrick Rodgers, because he is ranked number four in the nation,” said Abdalla. With having a number four golfer in the nation on Avon’s team, it will be a stiff match for the Trojan golfers. The team is eager to have a long-term season this year with the potential that is present. Not only is the potential coming from the seniors, but also from top of the list on down. To reach this eagerness of landing in the state finals, the head coach Doug Keller will have to keep pushing themselves in practicing their driving, chipping and putting in the cup.


cott’s port pot

byScottSutton Sports Columnist

Senior Nick Stoner remains one of the most prominent athletes at Center Grove This year’s track program has an extreme amount of talent throughout its entire line-up. That being said, there is still a member that stands out above the rest as a god amongst mere mortals; a runner with immense dedication and talent. Nick Stoner is the returning state runner up in the 200-meter race and is a favorite to take the championship this year as well as a top contender for the 100-meter race. Stoner is anything but what his last name implies but rather a 6’ 2” 175 lb man of pure brilliance. Not only an exceptional defensive back on the gridiron, but also the anchor of Center Grove’s short distance races. Stoner brings complete dominance over the entire county and soon to be the entire state. Last year Stoner was Sectional and Regional champion as well as runner up in the State finals meets. Amongst his many accolades Stoner also currently holds the top times in the state for the 100-meter dash with a 10.54, the 200-meter dash with a 21.46 and the 400-meter dash with a 48.46. It is a well-known fact around the Center Grove Community that Stoner is an exceptional athlete and hopes to bring a sense of accomplishment to all of us at CG in the following years as a football/track star at Indiana University. But behind all the glitz and glamour lies an exceptional individual. Stoner has a great sense of character and morality that is almost unparallel to others of his status. Most successful athletes, as I have come to find, can be very arrogant and only concerned with their own personal gain. Stoner is different, very different. He gives all of his glory, talent, and any other accomplishments he has achieved to God, rather than soaking up all the glory as if it were simply his own doing. “My gifts came from (God) so glorifying myself does not make sense to me” Stoner said. A regular attendee of Stones Crossing Church, youth group, and small group Stoner has grown immensely in his faith over the past few years of high school simply urges everyone to realize their talents are from hard work and dedication, but also are mostly a gift from God and that they should give him due credit. “The main verse I relate to my running is Colossians 3:23-24 which says ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Stoner said. Stoner with out a doubt is a dominance in the track community, and will continue to bring the glory to God over his next few years in athletics.

Lady Trojan softball set to play Terre Haute South tonight in battle of MIC teams byJessicaGottlieb Sports Writer

Since their first game in March, the Lady Trojans softball team has shown to be a promising contender. Just as is expected from years prior, the team has a winning record and has dominated a majority of their games. “We should be undefeated. We’ve beat ourselves a few games, but we haven’t been beat. Hopefully we learn from that as the season continues,” Lady Trojan softball coach Russ Milligan said. The team started out the season with a ten game winning streak. A small slump towards the end of April helped to make the team even stronger for the rest of the season. “We hit a slump in the season. It helped us because now we know to step it up for

the rest of the year. It definitely helped to have a winning streak in the beginning,” sophomore shortstop Lauren Weidman said. Team traditions play a part in getting the team focused for each game, no matter whom or where they play. “We go straight to the fields after school and do a hitting workout and throw to warm up. We blast music to get us pumped up. For an away game, we do the same thing if it’s not too far away. Then we load up on the bus and everyone listens to their iPod to get focused,” Weidman said. Once they are on the field, pregame rituals are not over. “Before the game, we take the infield

and criss cross hands around the on deck circle and spit, then Natalie Lalich prays. After the infield, we have a clap,” junior catcher Lindsey Davis said. When the Trojans combine their focus with their talent, they are a dominating force on the field. “Our defense is strong and so is our offense. We have some of the best hitters in the state,” Davis said. The teams hitting is one of its biggest strengths. “We have hitters up and down the lineup. That’s kind of our strength. Our main big sticks are Natalie Lalich and Kimmy Sullivan. Both can hit the ball out of the park at any given time, so that provides difficulties for opposing pitchers because

they have to attempt to pitch around two girls in the middle of our lineup, not just one,” Coach Milligan said. Now, as the team is working harder than ever to finish the season strong, they are preparing themselves to battle for another win tonight at Terre Haute South. Terre Haute South will be a tough opponent to face. The teams record has been nearly identical to the Lady Trojan’s record all season, each team facing the same caliber of opponents. “Terre Haute South is a very good team. We’ve never lost to them, but we’ve always had a good battle with them,” Coach Milligan said.



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Pay to Play

Friday, May 6, 2011

With the school’s funding being cut in all areas, athletics is looking toward new, more expensive options for participation

CG is starting to see the SportsWriter repercussions of a failed referendum. Next year, all athletes will be forced to pay to play the sports they love. The fee will be $170 per sport at the high school, and $85.00 per sport at the middle schools. Without money in the school budget, Center Grove has had to cut some of the coaches’ salaries. The money collected will partially subsidize the stipends for the coaches. “Pay to Participate opens up some difficulties. It is another account someone has to deal with. Personally, I don’t think that athletes should have to pay for high school sports. Kids already have to pay for travel or AAU teams,” Girls Soccer Coach, Todd Sheely said. “If a student wants to play a sport, (Center Grove) should make it happen without making them pay additional fees.” “Especially with this economy, it is going to be hard to pay. Show choir and band people have been paying forever, so I guess it’s fair. It just kind of stinks because we are playing for the school,” freshman Adam Ruter, who runs track and cross country, said.



With this tight economy, many families are going to struggle coming up with the extra money to allow their kids to participate in sports. “There is going to be a cap for any family in the CG school cooperation at $520.00 per year. If players can’t afford to pay the fee, the Booster Club will assist those families. Free and reduced lunch families will not be charged a fee,” Athletic Director Jon Zwitt, said. Still, $520.00 is not chump change, and team rosters could be affected. “This fee really will affect the number people who come out next year. Some families won’t be able to afford this. I am still going to play because I really love these sports,” junior Brandon Cothron, Track and Football player, said. “I have no idea yet on how the numbers will be affected. We have never experienced this before. We are going to have to try and get by without as many kids or implement fundraisers,” Football and Track Coach, Eric Moore, said. “I am still going to encourage participation. You can’t put a price on athletics, they instill confidence and character.” At this point, the School Board has not made an assessment as to whether or not this change will be permanent. However, this ‘Pay to Play’ fee could cause challenges for generations to come.

“I am graduating, so this fee won’t affect me. However, my little sister, Regan Wentland, will be coming to high school next year. She plans to play two sports, and that will cost $340,” Senior Basketball player, Davis Wentland, said. “The school is no better than the economy so obviously there is going to be some tight funding.” With a fee to play, some parents and players have expressed concern about playing time. The question comes to mind, if all players are paying to play, shouldn’t they all receive playing time? “This fee is a “Program Fee” to support the salaries of the coaching staff. It does not guarantee a position or any playing time,” Zwitt said. As “Pay to Participate” looks to bear its head during the 2011 Fall season, coaches are preparing to make the best of the situation. “This situation is unfortunate. Obviously, I have negative feelings. Each team has worked hard to be national contenders, and these kids have put in a lot of effort and have great pride, just to get socked in the stomach, over, around, and through,” Moore said. “This (Pay to Participate) might separate the people who aren’t dedicated from the ones who are. The people who love the sport will make it work,” Ruder said.

Track runners accross the state have been lapped by senior Austin Mudd, and as the state meet approaches, everyone is...

Chasing the Champ Have you stepped in some mud recently? Because chanc-

byKeatonWright es are, senior track runner Austin Mudd has already been SportsWriter

there. The senior has made a habit of first place finishes; especially ones that end with an incredible come from behind kick. One seems to be the only number Mudd is associated with. The long-distance runner, and 800m runner runs about 50 miles a week. Yes, 50 miles. Last year, Mudd was the Indiana Gatorade Runner of the Year, and state champion in the 800 but he hasn’t completed all that he wants to. “I want to run under 1:50 in the 800. The state record is 1:50.2 and I’d like to break that too,” Mudd said. His goals are achievable, but they extend beyond his personal goals into the team. “I want the team as a whole to win state,” Mudd said. The team is deep from long-distance to sprints. Nick Stoner, runner-up in the 100m last year in state, returns this year to chase the same dream as Mudd. Mudd will continue his talents in college as he takes his supernatural abilities to the University of Wisconsin who is currently ranked 22nd in the nation in track, but was ranked 8th last week. “The campus was absolutely amazing. I can’t imagine ever being bored while running there. Also, the coach was an awesome guy and he really knows what he’s doing. They also have a great engineering program and that’s what I plan to major in,” Mudd said. Mudd believes he can handle the pressure of last year’s success rolling over to this season.

photo by Hannah Duke

“I feel pressure to win again and win to help the team advance to state. I definitely feel pressure,” Mudd said. His dominance has continued this season by winning the 800m dash in county, with a county record. He also runs the 4x4, which set a school record, and runs the mile and he set a county, and school record in that event as well. His teammates recognize his work ethic when it comes to running. “No one can beat him because he works harder. He trains harder than everyone in the nation so no one can beat him,” Junior Parker Settle said. Settle, runs around a two minute 800m dash, which in other schools in the nation, that would be good time and he would probably be their best 800m runner, but not at Center Grove when Austin Mudd is at the starting line. “It sucks going against him because you know you can’t win,” Settle said. Mudd has a certain demeanor when he is racing, but off the track, he is an average teenager. “He’s funny and light-hearted, but when it comes to serious things, he’s extremely hard working,” Settle said. Joking or not, though, this senior phenom is coming down the home stretch to his high school career. And like every other race he’s been in, there are high expectations, so much so, that a state championship (or two) might make their final resting place in the hands of Austin Mudd.

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May 6, 2011