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January 27, 2012



What’s inside

“Rampant Misinformation and Rumors” Cause Confusion and Frustration Over Dress Code Changes

N E W S Student group helps the p. needy



Coat Controversy

Senior Matt Saunders reflects on visit to Joplin



F E A T U R E Center Grove Game S Brain team competes to show off its smarts




By Lucas Matney Design Editor

bandanas and snapback hats. Students quickly drew the conclusion that all the new dress ast week, a flurry of code changes were related to gang misinformation led activity, yet information regardto frustration among ing coats was unconnected. students, teachers, and Earlier this month, the adminisparents. That Tuesday tration identified a possible gangmorning before class, Dean of related threat at the school. Students Reuben DeLuna re“We had a situation where there quested that teachers look around was a plan to jump a kid here at the classroom for dress code school, and some of the language violations. The somewhat typical that was used in the text messages announcement telling teachers to between the kids included some look for students wearing coats gang references,” DeLuna said. and send them to Mrs. The Administration contacted Ratliff’s office, the police department in this situnow included a ation and took the appropriate reference to steps. Since then, the administrastudents tion has been keeping a closer eye wearon activity that may be charactering istic of gangs. Thus the references to bandanas in the morning announcements were indeed gang related, however the message about coats happened to be a regular dress code reminder. “The two announcements just mashed and everything became linked as gang activity,” Deluna said. Many students felt the administration was taking the situation out of hand, and teachers were equally confused by the new rules, uncertain what truly constitutes a coat. By the end of the day, principal Matt Shockley and the rest of the administrators were


getting emails asking why certain brands had been banned from school. “I just want to wear my north face,” Sophomore Alyssa Whittle said. Students were confused on how coats connected to the gang threats, and why exactly the administration was cracking down. “Bandanas seemed more related to gangs, and people could hide stuff in their backpacks anyway.” Sophomore Jess Silva said. Center Grove students went to social networking sights to let loose their frustrations on the whole ordeal. “People overreacted, especially on Twitter and Facebook,” sophomore Shelby Fenter said. As students became more aware of the situation, rumors started running rampant. By Friday, Facebook groups protesting the dress code had accrued over 400 members, with hundreds of postings regarding the “ridiculous” new rules. A petition to change the rule garnered 150 signatures. A group of students urged others to “Occupy CG” and wear their coats with pride in a sign of rebellion. “Each day was just kind of snowballing,” Shockley said. The “massive protests” did not come to fruition, and only about 11 students spent Friday in ISS. “We have had a handful of stu-

dents that flat-out refused to take off their coats,” Shockley said. Administrators said they were initially confused by the student uproar, but later realized it was the result of rumors. “People were confused because there were not clear expectations and there was a lot of rampant misinformation and rumors that were going around,” Shockley said. The administration hopes to avoid this kind of situation in the future. “Helping to clarify what the expectation is, is something we can take away from this situation,” Shockley said. “What we did at the end of the day Thursday, is what we should have done from the beginning.” Following the short-lived uproar, the school seems to have moved on. Less people are talking about the “North Face gangs” and “Columbia gangs”, but the real threat of gang-like activity is still a concern.

Safety issues result in needed reconstruction

Proposed location of administrative offices.

By Mackenzie Dean News Writer

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Changes in the community and society can be reflected inside the walls of Center Grove High School. “The main issues that we are facing is that unsupervised people can enter the building before they sign in” Principal Matt Shockley said. These days, cops supervise the school grounds, to enter the school one must go through a long process of signing in and the doors are opened through an intercom system. All of these precautions have been taken for a rising need of security and increasing student population. To maintain a safe environment, Center Grove must undergo some constructional changes. “The main issue that we are facing is that after someone buzzes in at one of the main entry points, they can go through hallways before even signing in” Shockley said. The thought of a stranger roaming the hallways can be rather unsettling, but committees and administrators are up to the task to put school safety as a high priority. To satisfy these needs, major reconstruction of the second floor will take place. The current location of the English hallways would be new offices for administrators. “The flow of people traffic around the main office and the


Current Administrative Offices stair wells are very crowded and rearranging some of the building would improve that” Shockley said. It can take up to two or three minutes to simply move from one floor to another. The hallways are often packed with students. “We are at maximum capacity” History Teacher John Frank said. The last expansion the school went through was in 2005. At that point, the construction was added to fit 2,400 students. Today, Center Grove High School is pushing this limit. “Two separate high schools for Center Grove has never been a high consideration because this area has always experienced very gradual growth” Frank said. Greater security and especially easier movement around the halls would alleviate much unneeded stress for students and teacher in the high school. However, the changes are yet to come and most likely will not happen till a few years from now.

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“The facilities assessment team must first evaluate the building in the district, then they will meet and discuss priorities” Shockley said. The Facilities assessment team is made up of architects working with administrators to oversee the changes that need to happen around the district. Most likely, the team will notice the same requests for change as faculty and students realize. “For now we must stop and wait for the steps to take place, everything must sync together and we should not get ahead of the game” Shockley said. The changes to the entryways will not happen over night; yet, it does not mean that our school is at high safety risk. More immediate transformations will happen

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this summer and the upcoming year. “Students will see classrooms with fresh paint, carpet and a new traffic pattern for the student drop-off area” Shockley said. Small modifications and larger construction changes are both in order to support and protect the growing student body of Center Grove.

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The Trojaneer January 27, 2012

Center Grove Cares:


Current and Former Center Grove students spend time with homeless

Center Grove to move to Balanced Calendar Last issue, we were awaiting the results of the survey asking the community on their opinion of a balanced calendar for the school system. We now have a valid look into who answered the survey how they feel about the issue. According to the survey, the participants were: 1,320 parents/guardians, 298 teachers, 143 support staff members, 164 community members, 30 students, and 37 defined themselves as “other”. The statement, “A balanced school year calendar could enhance the academic achievements for students,” was posed to the participants. 73% Agreed, 14% disagreed, and 13% were unsure. “A shorter summer vacation time would possibly reduce learning loss by students,” was strongly agreed with by 74% and disagreed by 16%. Finally, the statement, “I would like a calendar that starts after Labor Day and ends around June 20,” was disagreed by 69% of participants.

Center Grove Gala for The Grove Theme announced The Center Grove Education Foundation is hosting its annual gala on Saturday, March 3 at Valle Vista Golf Club & Conference Center in Greenwood. The foundation raises money to advocate, collaborate, enrich and support Center Grove schools and students. Before Feb. 10, single seats are $75 and a table for 10 is $600. After the 10th, seats are $85 and tables are $850. Seats and tables can be purchased at This year’s theme is “denim and diamonds”. Dressy jeans or cocktail attire are suggested, and jackets for men are encouraged. The gala will begin with a silent auction managed by Qtego Marketing Solution, and attendees will use their personal phones for texting bids. Gala goers will enjoy cocktails, appetizers and dinner. A DJ will also be present, so everyone is encouraged to bring their dancing shoes.

people downtown. The students felt that it was not as hard as you may think to really make a ence in the community. Right after Center Grove stu“I really would encourage everydents got out of school for winter one to help out more with homebreak, a large group of current less outreach. It is something that or former CG students went to seems overwhelming but you downtown Indianapolis to do a have to remember that homeless homeless outreach. They spent people aren’t any different than the majority of their day in the you and me. Giving them some30-degree weather handing out thing as small as a pair of socks or necessities and conversing with granola bar can lift their spirits. the homeless. They have stories to tell and are “We received donations of more than willing to talk, so it regloves, water botally is easy to contles, hats, blannect with them on kets, and various some level. When I have found that other items to we are abundantthe people we entake to the homely blessed here at counter are most less community. CG, how could we thankful for the time We came in connot be able to give spent sitting and listact with various up a little bit of tening to them and people whose stotime and money praying over them. ries we had the to help people They really are chance to listen who have nothmost thankful when to while spreading” Walker said. they can talk and ing the love we’ve Senior Adam feel valued been given by JeFerrell was one of by someone.” sus throughout those attending -Senior Maggie Walker downtown Indy” the outreach. He senior Danielle got the privilege Jacquin said. of talking to a man There were a total of 36 people named Jack, who used to be an aldowntown on the outreach and coholic. His nickname was “Crazy they split up the cities into seven Jack” because of his destructive or eight different sections to make behaviors. Jack told Ferrell that sure everyone was taken care of. he has over 50 accounts of pub“I am hoping that the time we lic intoxication. Jack then shared spent with them left them feeling that he attended a Christian based blessed. My goal for when I am alcoholic recovery program and helping in a homeless outreach is has now been clean for years. to not only bless them with things “I decided to go because I know they may need like food, socks, or it would not only help homeless deodorant but also just with qual- people, but other people by sharity time and conversation” senior ing the Gospel with people to see Maggie Walker said. “I have found people get saved and set free in that the people we encounter are the name of Jesus. My favorite most thankful for the time spent part was simply just seeing people sitting and listening to them and getting blessed and filled with joy praying over them. They really are and encountering the love of God most thankful when they can talk through a bunch of young people” and feel valued by someone.” Ferrell said. Most of the people who went Even though the outreach lastwanted to make a large impact on ed only one day. Ferrell said his

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whole life was impacted by the trip because he realized the needs of others and found out how to meet them. Ferrell said that when he read in his Bible that Jesus tells people to take care of the poor and the needy, he took those words to heart and acted upon his faith. “My experience helped me grow in the knowledge of the absolute love of God. Most people do not realize that God actually wants to show up and invade people’s lives with His love and power” Ferrell

said. While living in Center Grove, taking the 20-minute drive downtown to talk to some homeless people is another option students have to do on break. “I love doing homeless outreaches because I feel like so often we get caught up in the busyness of our everyday lives. Going to serve the homeless makes you realize there is so much more to the world than our Center Grove bubble” Jacquin said.

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Hope Zeitler and Center Grove graduates Carter Cummings and Jake Duke hand out coats to the homeless downtown.

CG welcomes Kevin Hurst By Savannah Lorentzen

Student teacher discovers fulfilment in teaching

News Writer

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Student Teacher Kevin Hurst prepares for class.

English Teacher Jim Williams said. “That look on people’s face when Hurst has been experiencing I know they’ve understood some- some other hands on experience. thing. That sort of “aha” moment Not only is he going to college and is what I love,” Student Teacher student teaching, he has also been Kevin Hurst said. cooking at a retirement home for One requirement for becoming a the past five years. He also spends teacher while in college is that col- time at home with his wife, a lege students must student teach daughter who is not quite two yet, for five to six weeks. and preparing for another baby “I haven’t had the experience due in April. teaching five days a weeks, all day, Even though he is coming into for an entire semester. I needed teaching at an uncovential standthe experience before I started ac- point, Hurst feels this experience tually teaching” Hurst said. will be a positive part of his transi“There’s no better experience, tion from college to real life. than actual hands on experience” “I want to make a positive impact

on people’s lives. I never felt like business, or any job in sales would be fulfilling. I wanted to enter a career that made a difference,” Hurst said. Hurst did not always have these dreams though. When he first started college he was going to become a minister. But after three years he decided that was not what he wanted to do with his life. “My heart wasn’t really into it. I just thought I could use my capabilities and abilities elsewhere” Hurst said. “I chose to go into a variety of different subjects, while English, to me, is about grammar, and how

to read and write. I feel you can bring a lot of different subjects into English. Any time you’re reading a book of a particular subject, you’re thinking about that thing. That like to have people think about those big questions,” Hurst said. His avid love for reading has always inspired him to be an English teacher. Thinking about different ideas, themes, and great novels has always been a passion for Hurst. But that is not his only passion, the book “The Brothers Karamazov,” by Fyodor Dostoevsky, is his third passion; besides family, novels, philosophy, poetry, plays, and of course teaching.

Axis Student Ministries at Southland Community Church

(located at the old West Grove Elementary School)

IGNITE! Sundays at 5:30 p.m.

5:30 p.m.: Food (hot dogs, burgers, drinks,etc), pool, ping pong, Foosball, air hockey, and meeting new friends

6 p.m.: Come for a chance to meet new friends, be encouraged and challenged


Januar 27, 2012 The Trojaneer


STAFF editorial


Volume LI Issue 6

Construction Plan is Beneficial for Center Grove as a whole


problem Center Grove High School has been facing is that people can enter the building freely before signing in, which has voiced a call for change. To protect students and faculty the school is planning to move the main offices into the English Hallway, adjacent to the main entrance. These plans have caused concerns with students, teachers, and parents. Though the construction will call for English teachers to move, which can be frustrating, this construction is necessary. With the classes being beside the main entrance, they are also easily accessible to whoever may be entering the school. By moving the main

offices, it reduces the risk of visitors entering the building without signing in and roaming the halls, potentially causing disruption or danger. In front of the main offices, the hallways tend to have congestion, which the construction will open up and allow students to move with ease. During passing periods, students are typically called to the main office, which causes trouble with traffic flow as students, staff, and guests try to pass crowds to enter or leave the offices. With the offices in the current English hallway, this area will be clear, allowing crowds to flow without having to dodge people entering or leaving the offices.

One question of students is probably how our school can afford these changes, and if it is really worth the price. Though the price is undecided, the money is from a separate fund specifically for construction. Because this change is one to protect students and faculty, as well as allowing the main offices to know who has entered and left the building, this change is needed and beneficial for Center Grove. Along with moving the offices, some immediate changes include fresh paint, new carpets, and a new route for drop-offs. The carpets and paint will be a nice change to brighten up the classrooms and give them a cleaner,

newer look. Also, the traffic from drop-off has been causing trouble for the past few years. Traffic is a key problem with the route now, so hopefully this new change will be advantageous. Though this change will call for efforts from staff in moving, and money from funds, the construction is benefical for the school. Not only will it eliminate people roaming the halls without signing in, but it will also help with the traffic in front of the main offices. The immediate changes will be a good start to a better Center Grove High School in minimizing traffic and keeping the classes looking fresh.

Senior Matt Saunders Spends Fourth of July and Fall Break in Joplin, Missouri Saunders Ponders Last May, the town of Joplin, Missouri was devastated by a category F-5 tornado. The storm ripped a hole through the middle of the town, and through many hearts. Nevertheless, people from around the country have flocked to Joplin to rebuild the town, and to heal some emotional wounds. Our family decided to spend our Fourth of July weekend in Joplin doing whatever work needed to be done. We showed up without much of a clue where we would be sent or what we would be working on, but when we saw the devastation we knew that we needed to do something. We spent the next three days clearing and sorting through rubble around destroyed homes in the scorching mid-July heat. The masks we wore made it difficult to breathe the dusty air, but AmeriCorps volunteers ensured that we had plenty of food and water. My parents and I arrived at these sites and immediately blended into the group of masked volunteers. Some were from Texas or

Maryland, and others had witnessed the tornado from just down the street, but all were there for the same reason. We ended the weekend by celebrating Independence Day with people from all over the country, concluding that our trip brought our family closer together, and that we had brought some love to people who desperately needed it. Shortly after we returned home, our family decided that we should organize another trip to Joplin with a larger group. On the first night of fall break, over twenty people from Mount Pleasant Christian Church headed for Missouri, once again not knowing exactly what to expect but prepared to work. Thankfully my dad was able to contact a church in the Joplin area that has committed its shelter and resources to accommodating groups of volunteers. We were grateful for the selfless sacrifices they have made to assist in the town’s relief efforts and for their faith that people would come if they opened their doors. All of our needs were met by the church and its staff throughout the week. While our experience in July involved working in some of

the most damaged areas of town, this time we were assigned to the outskirts where not as much attention had yet been given. On our first morning we drove to a farm where the man who works the land explained to us that debris had been carried from miles away by the tornado and strewn across his giant field. We spent the long, frigid day in that field picking up thousands of wood chips and insulation foam, occasionally taking a break to interact with the grazing cows. Every so often I would come across a baseball card or a toy car, which I remember having in my own room. I could only imagine the violence that caused these familiar household items to end up in a giant field miles away from their home. Our group spent the first two days wandering fields like this, each time returning to the church where we received a hot meal and refreshing shower. On the last day we decided to stay at the church and help with some housekeeping and home improvement. Many members of our group painted walls all day, and others sorted through books in the warehouse outside.

Richard, our only experienced floor man, was assigned the task of laying carpet in a meeting room, and I was to assist him. After the ceremonial trip to Home Depot, I spent the next eight hours as Richard’s apprentice, learning everything there is to know about laying carpet. Never again will I take for granted the labor that has placed carpet smoothly beneath my feet. That night we gathered to share our experiences on the trip. Some parents got emotional and expressed how thankful they were that they were able to spend time with their kids on a meaningful trip. Others talked about how they believed the trip brought them closer to God, their friends and even people they had never met. What I took away from the trip is that even though I was a little doubtful at first when my parents told me we were spending fall break in Joplin, looking back I realize that my time was well spent because it was for the sake of others. I would encourage anyone to take a trip like this because there are valuable lessons to be learned through sacrifice and selfless hard work.

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Cox’s Corner

Fellowship of Christian Athletes:

Where do we come from? This question has been debated longer than we can probably imagine. Is life simply the result of mere chance, or something greater? This semester, Fellowship of Christian Athletes looks to address that topic. “We’re discussing Creation vs. Evolution” FCA leader Katelyn Warner said. “We’re watching two videos about the differences between the two ideas, basically in order to make sure we know the differences and can stand for our beliefs on the issue.” Obviously, this subject will bring about many varying opinions. And as Warner said, FCA wants to clear up any confusion and teach whoever they can. Senior Royce Funk was a first time attendee when this series began. “I honestly thought it was great

Creation or Evolution?

but it was also my first time” Funk said. He told me while the concept was very interesting to him, he will have to return the next few weeks to clear up some confusion. Bringing religion and church into the school setting is a controversial thing for some. For this year’s senior class, to say there has been some tension about faith and beliefs this school year would be an understatement. The second week of the series was a discussion day, as leaders were prepared to answer questions, to the best of their ability, for willing students and teachers. “Answering questions about creation vs. evolution is not always easy” leader Charlie Richert said. “As a student of the Word, I don’t know all of the answers, but - where I lack in knowledge;

I lean on my faith that the Word is Truth.” I think this series is a fresh and smart idea. It welcomes not only the FCA regulars, but also those who are interested in hearing new ideas or debating either stance. “I think it’s perfectly acceptable, because I have been forced to learn and be tested over evolution, which I don’t believe in, for four years” Richert said. I hope this series encourages others to think and decide what they believe for themselves, and not have thoughts pushed into their heads. As Charlie told me, he believes something greater will determine that. “Christianity will never gain believers with facts and evidence. The power of faith and Jesus Christ alone can save.”

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“I honestly thought it was great, but it was also my first time.” Senior Royce Funk

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Brain Game

Quick thinking students participate in televised competitions By Kelsi Genday Features Writer



Above English teacher Jerry Maquire and Janit Pandya discuss strategies for the next Brain Game competition.

t some point in everyone’s lives, people dream of being on television. They dream of having the lights on them, the cameras in there face, especially the feeling that thousands of people are watching your every move. Contrary to what most may believe, you do not have to be a professional athlete, or a international pop star to have your face plastered on everyone’s TV’s. Four lucky students auditioned for the chance to be a part of a special group of kids at Center Grove, and attend a television show. Not one that makes you sing for millions of dollars, or face your deepest fears, but one even more challenging; the Brain Game. Here at Center Grove, Teachers Jerry Maguire and Cindy Cullom coach a few students to attend a TV show every few months called the Brain Game, on channel 13. Although many try out, only four are selected to attend the show. “We take our members from

the quiz bowl team” Cullom said. “There are about 20 and we narrow it down to four, along with two alternates.” The Brain Game team meets once a week. The group prepares for all types of questions ranging from current events to literature, geography even questions on the Bible. The students of the Brain Game need to be well connected to both current and past events and topics. Some of the topics include events from the past year, Indiana History, spelling, and a decent amount of pop culture. “There are a lot of Baby Boom questions,” Maquire said. “But also a lot of questions about todays culture, such as who won what for the Golden Globes. You wouldn’t see any questions on specific actors or singers though; like no Kim Kardashian.” The students who attend are required to have a lot of skill, as well as a lot of knowledge. They have to be careful not to ring the bell too early, and must be able to rebound off questions that others miss. Be-

ing well connected to the world around them and the world before is essential as well. And with all the lights on them, being good under pressure is key. Of course the students all play a specific part on the team. Each of the four students is given certain topics that they must become experts on, in order for our school to answer as many questions as possible. “It is hard to study for” junior Hunter Haskel said. “When different people do different things, you do much better as a team. I study classical music and Music theory. I also do well in in history and art as well. We end up answering each other’s questions by the end.” The Brain Game is a single elimination competition. There are 48 teams at the beginning of Sept. and every time ateam is defeated and are out for the season. The team who wins first place receives 10,000 dollars for their school. The students also get 200 dollars each. The last time Center Grove won was in 2007.

“My first time coaching, we took home second place against Perry” Mrs. Cullom said. The team went on the show last in early December. They faced off against Hamilton Southeastern and New Palestine. Next the team faces off against the reigning champions, Cardinal Ritter this coming February. “We already beat them once this year so I like our chances” Haskel said. This year, the Center Grove Brain game team is determined to bring home the championship, and have everyone watching know Center Grove is the best Brain Game team around.


Above Social Studies teacher Cindy Cullom works along side Jerry Maquire for the Brain Game.

New Year’s Resolutions

Center Grove Staff offer suggestions to students for a happier and healthier new year By Jake Hudson Features Writer

Each year when January rolls around, most people make New Year’s Resolutions. On average, about half of Americans make a resolution, however by the time February hits, 40% have already given up. Sticking to one’s resolutions can be hard, but several CG teachers and staff members have provided helpful tips to achieving some of the most common resolutions. Two common New Year’s Resolutions are paying off debt, and saving money. Many high school students don’t see the value in saving money, but by getting an early start on being fiscally responsible, one develops good habits that will carry on to later in life. Accounting teacher Chad Daniels offers these tips for fighting debt, and saving money: Debt: -Prioritize: some fixed expenses (car, mortgage) need to be paid each month. From there, pay off debt with the highest interest first -The sooner you start paying off debt, the better. Interest will accumulate if you don’t -Pay off all debt before you begin saving. Saving: -Begin with a set amount you can

save each month, for example “I can save x dollars from each paycheck,” and start depositing that money into a savings account. It will accumulate interest, and grow as time goes on. -Start saving money early. The earlier money can gain interest, the more you will have. -If you are saving for a specific thing (car, Spring Break 2k12, etc.), know how much you need, and plan accordingly. Another common New Year’s resolution, especially for high school students, is relieving stress. Teresa Voorhees, our school psychologist, provided several tips to help keep your stress levels low in 2012: -Identify the cause of your stress: we all have stressors, and its important to identify what areas of our life gives us the most stress. -Once you have those identified, you’re able to figure out what stressors you can actually do something about. If school is stressing you out, make sure you’re eating right and sleeping enough too, because those could help -Find good ways to cope with stress. You are better off taking a walk to calm yourself down then you are playing video games. Exercise is one of the best ways to decrease stress in your life. -Learn to say “no,” because by

being overwhelmed with activities, you are only adding stress to your life. -“Reframe” your problem, and look at it in a different perspective. If you are in high school, breaking up with a girlfriend or boyfriend or getting a bad grade on a test is not the end of the world. Learn to move on when something bad happens to you. Perhaps the most common New Year’s Resolution is losing weight and eating healthier. Eating healthy can be more difficult and complicated than it seems, but Nutrition and Wellness teacher Becky Kaylor offered several tips on making your 2012 diet healthier: -Cook more: you can go out to eat and order healthy foods, but it is healthier, easier, and it saves money for you to cook at home more. -Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, and cut out fat, specifically fat from meats. -Vitamins aren’t necessary. You can take them to supplement your diet, but by eating a healthy and balanced diet, you can eliminate the need for vitamins. -Eat a good balance of healthy foods. Do not just pick one thing, such as salad, and only eat that. You need a good balance.




Pay off all debt before you begin saving.

Learn to say “no,” because by being overwhelmed with activities, you are only adding stress to your life.

Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, and cut out fat, specifically fat from meats.

Teacher Chad Daniels

Staff Member Teresa Vorhies

Teacher Becky Kaylor

JANUARY 27, 2012 The Trojaneer



10 Things that are in IN Indy


Super Bowl Village: Zipline

The 800 foot Zipline and 30 below weather will not stop fans from soaring through the air this superbowl. The $10 ride is one of the hottest new attractions in the Super Bowl Village. Rides will begin Jan. 27 and run down Capital Avenue. Tickets will be sold on site daily and will be open until ten or midnight.


Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam

All-American Rejects, B.o.B., and Gym Class Heroes will be performing in the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam. They will be located at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Pepsi Coliseum and tickets can be purchased on www.1lota. com. The concert will begin on Jan. 2 at 7:00 p.m.



NFL Experience

The NFL Expierence is a pro football theme park, filled with games and activities, displays, entertainment, kids’ football clinics, and free autographs. The NFL Expierence will be located in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for kids under 12.

Gospel Celebration

The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is the first and only gospel event sanctioned by the NFL for Super Bowl Weekend. The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration has been going on for thirteen years. The concert features Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling gospel and contemporary Christian and mainstream artists, marquee NFL players and the NFL PLAYERS Choir.

Why Not Tailgate Sports? Town

The Sports Career Expo enlist professionals from all different types of sports to inform, educate, and enlighten high school student athletes about professionals career opprotunities available. Why Not Sports combines career exploration and education to encourage school students to make a successful transition from high school to college.


Tailgate Town will be filled with all different types of competition and games on the football turf. Super Cars will be on display. The town is located in a three block area alone Georgia Street. The town is for fans to share their love for football during the 10 day interactive festival before the Super Bowl 2012.


Kinected to the NFL

Kinect NFL Play 60 Fan Dome in a 360 degree inflated dome with full body gaming with the Xbox 360 for Kinect. The game is for just about anyone ready to step up and take on a challenge of playing against other on the Kinect.


Super Dash

Super Dash, a competitive game with two human-powered generated wheels and both dedicated to each team in the Super Bowl. Every day the 100 yard dash will be recorded and announced. On Feb. 5, whichever team that generated the most energy will be crowned champion.


American rockband, O.A.R. joins the powerhouse of performers in the Super Bowl 2012. The band will be playing at the Pepsi Stage at Meridian and Georgia Street or Verizon Stage at Pennsylvania and Georgia Street on Jan. 4. Other performers that will be joining them are Patti La- LMFAO, Cobra Starship, Lupe Fiasco, and Gym Class belle, Dierks Bentley, Living Proof, Fuel, Big Head Todd Heroes head to Indianapolis for the Super Bowl. LMA& The Monsters, Bret Michaels, and Darius Rucker. FO is currently has the NO. 1 and NO. 9 on the Hot 100. LMFAO will be preforming in Super Bowl Village on Jan. 3 on Pepsi Stage at Meridian and Georgia Street or Verizon Stage at Pennsylvania and Georgia Street.


Super Bowl Village Free Concerts

by Troy Willsey


The fully packed theater laughed hysterically at the antics of Noah Griffith, played by Jonah Hill, in the ridiculous comedy, “The Sitter”. Noah is a slacking college dropout who finally gets some sense of kindness to help his mother out. He decides to take her babysitting job one night so she can go out on a date. Noah and the three children that he is babysitting find themselves

in quagmire when Noah tries to get some “party favors” for his girlfriend across town. If you are a fan of the type of humor that is in another Jonah Hill movie, like “Superbad”, then you will definitely appreciate this comedy. It gives any young male something to relate to, as well as a funny perspective on the scenario that Noah is put in.


Being an astounding thriller-mystery that left me on the edge of my seat, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” directly jumps to the list of my favorite movies of the year. I had high expectations for this movie and they were beyond simply being “met”. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is an intense mystery involving a journalist, played by Daniel Craig, who has been accused and proven of libel. In hopes to eradicate his profound popularity, he takes on a case of a

girl who has been missing for over 40 years. He soon finds himself being partners with a mysterious girl whose own story is being unraveled throughout the movie, played by Rooney Mara. If you are not offended by extreme obscenity, I highly recommend seeing this film as soon as possible. Make sure that you plan accordingly since the film is two hours and 40 minutes. There are sequels yet to come since the movie is based on a trilogy of books.


The new “Sherlock Holmes” movie was released last December and I finally decided to go see it, unwillingly. After the movie though, I was utterly shocked by how entertaining. I did not think that the movie would be anything special since I did not really enjoy the first “Holmes” movie. Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Watson (Jude Law) reunite just after Watson’s honeymoon is interrupted. The duo tracks and solves

the case of Professor James Moriarty, who is supposedly responsible for many murders and is operating mass weaponry for the Germans. The movie took me by surprise as to how well it was directed, as well as the unique use of the special effects. If I had to say one negative thing about the movie was that it dragged on too long. Others might critique it as too “unreal”, but hey, it is a fictional movie, let your imagination run a little bit.


6FEATURES CG Students Travel to D.C. for ProLife Walk The Trojaneer January 27, 2012

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By Delainey Burnett Features Writer


he typical American teenager’s weekend consists of sleeping in to maybe twelve o’clock, relaxing around the house, and more importantly taking a mental break from school. Unlike most students, three juniors spent their weekend bringing awareness to a heated and controversial topic in American Culture. What started as a small promenade of twenty thousand on the one year anniversary of Roe v. Wade in 1974, the annual March for Life has become a gargantuan trek consisting of two hundred thousand. For juniors Kassie Whaling, Kelly Silnes, and Alden Prime, the event is more than just a walk. Despite the obvious facts that March of Life is a walk for overturning the ruling on Roe v. Wade, most of the participants came into it without many preconceived notions. “Basically, she (Gina Hines, youth

minister) told us to be on our best behavior and that there would be a big turnout” Kassie Whaling said. Without many ideas of what was going to happen, the three juniors were relying mostly on their motivation for the event. “My motivation was to raise awareness of the millions of children aborted each year and to try and help to educate congress about the changes that need to take place in our legal system. Participating in MFL also helps me to grow closer to God, and strengthen my relationship with Him by stepping out of my everyday life” Kelley Silnes said. Once the walk is started, participants are taken on a journey up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court Building on Capitol Hill. However, it is not about the literal journey taken. “Overall, the most important thing that could come out of the walk would definitely be the overturning of Roe v. Wade, but raising awareness of the severity of abortion is also a goal. A lot of Ameri-

cans don’t realize that this is one of the worst problems to have every plagued our planet. For example, the ratio of black babies killed by abortion to blacks killed by lynching is 3,569 to 1. A mother’s suicide risk is increased by 488% after an abortion compared to a live birth. They also greatly increase their risk of breast cancer, from 100% with the first abortion up to 1,000% in teens with a family history” Kelly Silnes said. After the walk the participants are left with an emotional memory of the event. “What impacted me the most was being able to be a part of the group and bring an end to abortion as an issue and strength my faith” Kassie Whaling said. “My biggest recommendation to those thinking of participating in the MFL would be to go for it. It is such a wonderful experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. The March For Life is one of those events in your life that you can tell your children and grandchildren about.” Kelly Silnes said.



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Sean Mappes is on the map to success By Brady Brown Sports Writer

Right out of the gate, senior standout football player and wrestler Sean Mappes has gotten off to a blistering start for the Center Grove Wrestling Team. He has established himself as a leader through his consistent performance on the wrestling mat. The season is coming to its close, but Mappes and other wrestlers hope to drag out the season as long as possible, aiming for a State win. “It has been pretty awesome to win the events I have won so far” Mappes said. So far this season, he is undefeated with an impressive 32-0 record. His wins have come at elite venues such as the Zionsville Invitational, Johnson County Tournament, and the Al Smith Tournament, where competition levels are at an all

time high. Mappes, who is a team player first and foremost, gives much of the credit to his fellow teammates. “It is easier to do well when the team is doing well. I wouldn’t be where I am at today without my teammates” Mappes said Throughout his wrestling career Mappes has always been an elite competitor. This year however, he put in the extra work in the offseason in order to improve his standing amongst the state’s best. “I wrestled six times per week in the offseason. Also, during the season I wrestle at least five times per week” Mappes said. Mappes also explained that he developed “offensive moves” in the offseason. He thinks that will help him as the season goes on. Not only did he wrestle in the offseason, he also lifted after school with the strength and conditioning

coach Marty Mills, along with football workouts during the summer time. The after school program offers lifting after school three days a week to build up athletes as competitive as Mappes. This past fall, Mappes was the starting defensive end for the sec-

Senior Sean Mappes pulls his move to force a pin on an opponent. ALLI CHAMBERLAIN/ The Trojaneer

tional and regional champion football team. He credits his football background enhancing his chances to win on the mat. “Football has made me become more explosive” Mappes said. Sean is anticipating a strong

showing in the state tournament and wants nothing less than a state championship. “I believe I am in contention to win state,” Mappes said.

More than a Custodian

School custodian Kyle Mason wins award for dedicated service By Christian McGill Sports Writer


enter Grove loves its football. On Friday nights in the fall, a myriad of students can be found at a varsity football game. Every home game one can barely even find a place to stand, let alone a seat in the stands. Football in Center Grove appears to be more like a cult than a sporting event. With any cult-like sport come crazy fans. The people that attend every game volunteer to do anything they can and can be emotional when the season is at its prime. There are some football fanatics in the Center Grove area, however none are more into Center Grove football and Center

Grove sports than Kyle Mason, the school custodian. If any are unaware of to who Kyle is, one might recognize him as the one non-coach on the sidelines that still yells at the players and shoots his way down the field every time the Trojans score. Kyle recently won an award for his outstanding dedication to Center Grove Athletics. It has hard to grasp how much Kyle has truly done and why he won the award. “I have been in the athletic program for twelve years. I do all the set-ups, clean-ups and equipment handling for all athletic events,” Mason said. Essentially, when one goes to any sporting event at CGHS, Kyle Mason put that in order. In addition, when fans throw trash on the ground, popcorn, drinks etc... Kyle Mason picks it up. Even more as-

tounding is the fact Mason does all events, except football, by himself. If this by itself is not deserving of the award, his humbleness is. “More people deserved the award than me, I just love the kids,” Mason said. There is no doubt this humbleness and passion for the sport makes Kyle a popular man in locker rooms. The love for the football team has presented Kyle with a chance to create great friendships with the football team. “They make me feel young again, I get to relive my high school days,” Mason said. One might find Mason messing around the football locker room acting like he is one of the kids with an infectious smile on his face. Letting him do this is the least Center Grove can do for all of his help with students and athletes.

Photo contributed by Melissa Warner/ The Trojaneer

Kyle Mason’s dedicated service to the Center Grove football team earned him this award. Mason is continually active in the preparation and clean-up of Center Grove Athletic events.


By Jacob Stallard


wo weeks into conference play in the Big Ten men’s basketball conference, a handful of frontrunners (Michigan State, Indiana) have emerged, while some projected contenders (Wisconsin, Ohio State) have disappointed. Both Purdue and Indiana have looked promising, though newcomer Nebraska has not. Four Big Ten teams are in the latest AP Top 25 poll, and two more received votes. The Big Ten won the ACC-Big Ten Challenge for the third straight year. And ESPN ranks the Big Ten as the best conference in basketball right now. Here is a look at each team and their prospects for the rest of the season:

Player profiles


Bryant basketball

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Michigan State

Indiana 16-4 (4-4)

16-4 (5-2 in Big Ten)


The Hoosiers have returned to prominence in style. After critics began to question Coach Tom Crean’s rebuilding efforts after his third year at IU, freshman Cody Zeller arrived on campus and proved to be the missing piece for this program, and juniors Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls have also shot the ball very well, giving Zeller more space inside. The Hoosiers have now fallen on hard times with a recent three-game losing streak, including a collapse against lowly Nebraska; however, they took care of Penn State and their NCAA tournament resume is still looking strong with a December wins over No. 1 Kentucky in a rivalry game and No. 2 Ohio State in conference play. Despite their recent skid, the Hoosiers are still a great team and a contender for the Big Ten title. If they can play like they did to start the year and continue to shoot their three-pointers at the second-best rate in the nation, they will be right in the thick of the conference race and in line for a high seed in the NCAA tournament.

After a quick start in conference play, the Spartans lost two games last week, but turned things around with a 25-point win over Purdue. Though MSU saw three starters graduate last season, they have found success this year behind a preseason All-Conference selection Draymond Green and a strong freshman class. The Spartans opened conference play with a 15-point win over Indiana, the Hoosiers’ first loss of the season, and beat annual Big Ten contender Wisconsin in overtime after the infamous clock error that nullified Wisconsin’s game-tying shot. Coach Tom Izzo is one of the best in the nation and, with this much talent, he should have Michigan State in the Big Ten title race at the end of the season. If the team can continue its balanced scoring attack and ferocious rebounding, it may have a shot at making the Final Four.

Purdue 14-6 (4-3) The Boilermakers have done a solid job of surviving the graduation of NBA draftees JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore, thanks in part to the stellar return of forward Robbie Hummel. After sitting out for over a year because of two ACL tears, Hummel is leading Purdue in scoring. Hummel, along with fellow senior Lewis Jackson, the Boilermaker’s 5’9” point guard, has Purdue in line for a sixth straight NCAA tournament appearance. Purdue has won 26 of its last 27 games at home, but they have five road losses already. The team is still looking for a signature win, but they need to finish strong against good teams. They blew double-digit leads to both Xavier and Butler earlier this season. The key for Purdue this season is their shooting, particularly from three-point range. Now that JaJuan Johnson is gone, Purdue’s offense is much more reliant on the outside shot, and, as evidenced by a 31% shooting night against Penn State, poor shooting can be costly. Purdue can still win the Big Ten, but they will have to regain the defensive form that brought them success throughout Coach Matt Painter’s tenure to stay in the race and go deep in March.


After a shaky Big Ten start, the Illini made a surprising surge to the top of the conference, but have now lost two in a row. Illinois got its signature win of the season over Ohio State when Brandon Paul scored 43 points. Paul, highly-regarded NBA prospect Meyers Leonard, and guard DJ Richardson are all great players, and if one has a bad night, the other two can step up and help earn the win. Illinois’ main concern is that, outside of their home arena, they are only 4-3. When the tournament comes around, they may have difficulties winning on the road.


Northwestern 12-7 (2-5)

The jury is still out on how good Michigan is this season. They have no bad losses, except against Iowa, and no great wins, except a one point win over Michigan State. Guards Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke, a freshman, have done a great job of replacing former star Darius Morris, now in the NBA. The Wolverines still have two games against Ohio State as well as a game against Indiana and at Michigan State. If they can win two of those four, they have a very good shot at the conference title and may even advance to the Final Four for the first time since the reign of the “Fab Five” in 1993.

Ohio State 17-3 (5-2)

Still looking for first NCAA tournament bid, and could get it, led by senior forward John Shurna.

Not much talent beyond guard Tim Frazier and should finish near the bottom of the Big Ten.

Iowa 11-9 (3-4)

Off to a surprising Big Ten start, but not enough talent to contend for the conference title.

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Favorite professional team?

A: Jazz

Michigan 15-5 (5-2)

Though some would argue that the Buckeyes are the most talented team in the Big Ten, they got off to a sluggish start in conference play. Their five conference wins, however, have each been by 17 or more points. Big man Jared Sullinger has continued his dominance, and combines with William Buford, Aaron Craft, and Deshaun Thomas (Fort Wayne, Indiana) to create one of the strongest starting lineups in the country. Sullinger returned to school after last year’s early tournament exit, despite being a top pro prospect, and he is looking to lead the team to the Final Four. The Buckeyes’ only non-conference loss came against Kansas with Sullinger out due to injury, so their success is clearly dependent on him. As teams doubleteam him in the paint, other players such as Buford are left open for three-pointers. Ohio State still has two games remaining against both Michigan and Michigan. With their talent, they are capable of winning each one, but they must be able to win on the road. If they can, they can win the conference and, ultimately, the national championship. Ohio State may have more potential to make noise in March than any other Big Ten team.

15-5 (4-3)

Penn State 10-11 (2-6)

(Players from left to right) Christain Watford, John Shurna, Tyrus McGee, Tim Frazier, Brandon Paul, Robbie Hummel, Tim Hardaway Jr., Draymond Green, Jordan Taylor,Trevor Mbakwe, Jorge Diaz, Jared Sullinger.

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Nebraska 10-9 (2-6)

Could be a long year for the Big Ten’s newcomers but a win over Indiana was a step in the right direction.

Wisconsin 16-5 (5-3)

Got off to a dissappointing start, but this talented team has begun to right the ship.

Minnesota 15-5 (3-4)

After losing star forward Trevor Mbakwe for the season, the Gophers have struggled in conference play, but could still earn an NCAA tournament bid.

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Q: Favorite Food? A: PBJ Q: Favorite TV show? A: The Office Q: Favorite Restaurant? A: Arni’s Q: Twitter or Facebook? A: Twitter movie of Q: Favorite all time? A: Dark Night Vacation Q: Favorite Destination? A: North Carolina

Q: Toms or Sperrys? A: Sperry’s Q: College plans? or Rose A: Purdue Hulman Comic Q: Favorite Book Hero? A: Batman

Q: Favorite Class? A: Math

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