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What exactly does it take to make the ultimate high school student? Look inside to find out.

A first time State-Fair-goer gives her perspective on what she’s been missing out on, and why you shouldn’t.

Friday, August 12, 2011

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MUSICAL Fall musical auditions for “Guys and Dolls” will be held August 15-17 after school in the PAC.

CREDIT UNION The credit union is closed for remodeling but will be open soon. The bank machine, located in the career center, is still open.

CHOIR

Warren Central choirs will be performing at the Cumberland Arts Festival on August 20 from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

JUST SAY NO CLUB

Just Say No applications are available in the bookstore and in room H107 and are due August 27. There is a $25 fee to join.

DRIVER’S ED

Driver’s Ed classes will begin August 15 and end October 1. Classes will run from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. The entry fee for the class is $355.

LEADERSHIP RETREAT

Junior/Senior leadership retreat participants need to turn in their field trip forms by August 24.

BRAIN GAME

The Brain Game team will begin practices August 23 from 6:40 a.m.-7:10 a.m. in G131.

SENIORS

The senior class roller skating party will be on August 17 at the Roller Cave from 8 p.m.-10 p.m.

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Administration deals with staff changes, pushes towards success by emilyhancock editor-in-chief When students walked through the doors of Warren Central High School on August 1, they were dragging their feet a little more than they might have on any other first day. With the new start time of 7:20 a.m., the change in wake-up times caused many a groan. The reason for the new start time is the addition of a 30 minute success period between third and fourth periods, a new program aimed at passing standardized tests. “We started last year a little reteach Wednesday…for math and language arts,” Mr. Rich Shepler, Warren Central principal, said. “That’s where we kind of shuffled kids around if they weren’t understanding the concept of the standards that they were working on in… language arts and algebra.” This happened one day a week, but those subjects were losing 20 percent of their instruction to reteach, and the other students were not getting the enrichment and maintenance type they needed. “We found that that was taking way too much time from the regular curriculum,” Shepler said. School officials began working to have a reteach component during the school day, not wanting to set aside time before or after school due to student responsibilities, like jobs or baby sitting, and transportation issues. Fifteen additional minutes were added onto the beginning of the day. One minute was then shaved off of each lunch period, changing lunch from 31 to 30 minutes. “So you take the 12 minutes for announcements, and you take the three minutes we shaved off lunch, and you take the 15 minutes before school, that’s where we got our 30 minutes of success period,” Shepler said. While some students will be getting additional help in math and language arts in preparation for standardized testing, the rest will be receiving enrichment for “college readiness.” Shepler believes that all freshmen and sophomores will have the opportunity at some point to take advantage of the success period. “We just want to make sure that we give them every opportunity to pass that ECA the first time they take it,” Shepler said. Underclassmen may be exempt from the reteach component of success period if they pass their assessments. “They’ll have the opportunity [for reteach], but will all of them? Maybe not,” Shepler said. “If they’re just flying through those assessments, we’ll get them some enrichment. “We wanted the fluidity,” Shepler said. “We wanted to be able to move them back and forth. You might be in one success period the first four and a half weeks, and then the next four and a half weeks, you’ve got it, you’re moving on, so you’re out. But maybe somebody else is struggling, so they’re going to fill that spot.” This program is similar to that of the

elementary and middle schools, which have had a similar system for many years. There had to be adjustments, however, before it could be successful at the high school. “It’s been a big challenge at the high school, working with 3,800 kids,” Shepler said. “How do you do that in a school this size?” Administration decided to move the school day earlier instead of later because of transportation issues. If the school day was any later, buses would not be able to finish their routes to make it back to the elementary schools. Also in the works since last year is an improvement to Adequate Yearly Progress scores. AYP is a tool used by the state for school evaluation. Since scores came out last year, the district has been making efforts to improve their standing. Over the summer, Superintendent Peggy Hinkley informed Shepler that Warren Township made AYP as a district because of efforts made to pass at the high school. “It’s the greatest news that I’ve had for quite some time,” Shepler said. The high school itself went from being evaluated as an “F” school to getting a “C,” going from passing seven to 11 of the categories in on year. “Do I think we are a ‘C’ school?” Shepler said. “Absolutely not. That’s why we’re looking at success period and how we can get to that ‘A’ range that they have set. I think we’re well on our way.” Staff and administration changes have also played a big part in this year’s batch of modifications. Other staff changes involve new teachers. Ms. Hong Sweitzer is teaching the new Mandarin Chinese program and Mr. Andrew Wakeman is taking over the German program after Ms. Angie Folco’s retirement last year. The ROTC program is in its second year and will be gaining a second teacher from the Marine Corps in the coming weeks. In the WCC, Mr. Tim Tarplee will be teaching in the engineering technology department. Also, Ms. Patty Schwalm and Ms. Debbie Hutchinson will be working in health careers with dental assisting teacher Ms. Candy Ryan. Ms. Becky Taylor has transferred from Stonybrook Middle School to teach engineering and technology. Other additions in the WCC will come in a civil and architecture program, a new program offered through Project Lead The Way aimed at aspiring engineers or architects. “That is a brand new program and we will see that grow we believe,“ Ms. Lou Ann Schwenn, Director of the WCC, said. Another change when it comes to student discipline comes from the implementation of a new monitoring system called Plasco. It uses student identification cards to keep track of misbehavior. The device scans the card and is able to produce a discipline ticket on the spot. This ticket will assign the student a detention or intervention based on the infraction and marks it on their record.

StaffChanges -Ms. Emily Brown is replacing Ms. Phyllis Hazelwood as Assistant Principal. -Ms. Katrina Brinker is replacing Brown as the freshmen assistant principal. -Mr. Matt Dingman, former freshmen dean, is now the director of the Renaissance School. -Ms. April Price, former English teacher, is the new freshmen dean. -Mr.

William Rusununguko, worked in the

Freshmen Academy, and is now the sophomore assistant principal. -Mr. Rodney Steimel worked in the WCC last year and is the new is the junior assistant principal.

-Mr. James Taylor, former school social worker, is the new WCC dean.

“It’s able to take care of the little discipline type stuff whether it’s tardies, dress code, electronics and stuff like that that we are going to swipe,” Shepler said. With the application of so many new programs and policies, there are also many goals for this year. “I would say my number one goal is to have 100 hundred percent of our kids get through the ECA the first time they take it,” Shepler said. “That’s the bottom line. I don’t want to have our kids have that hanging over their head for the next three years. We have right now almost twenty percent of our seniors have that hanging over their head, and I don’t want that for them.“ “We want to make sure our students are attune to what we’re asking them to do,” Schwenn said, “and I think that when we do test, whether it be the ECA, SAT, ACT or even a test they’re taking in their classes, they’re going to do better.”


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-The Academy of Cosmetology Salon will be open to the public as of August 15. The salon’s hours will run from 1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. -The Threshold will be open to the public as of September 13.

STUDENT COUNCIL

-Student Council applications are available in G234, D205 and H121 and are due August 25. -The first Student Council meeting will be on August 18 during 1st period. It will be for returning members only. STUDENTS PICKED UP their schedules on the first day of school in the East Cafeteria and the commons. Students who did not register on the assigned days have to wait in line to collect their school information. MR. JEFF MASSEY, director of the CSC, helps students find their classes on their first day of school. Students arrived at school before 7:20 a.m. and those who had not already received their class information reported to the Counseling Services Center. Photos By Alex Martens

SPEECH

Speech team auditions will be August 23 and 24 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Audition materials can be picked up in G208.

Auto Loans: Take Control of the Financing Before You Take Control of the Wheel Shop for a loan before you visit a dealership or bid for a car over the Internet Know what car dealers are offering in terms of financing by reading their advertisements, making phone calls or checking the Internet. Many dealers offer discounted loans (such as zero-percent financing) or cash rebates, but not both. “In some situations, it may be better to accept the dealer’s rebate and pass up the zero-percent financing in favor of a loan from a bank that does charge interest. Consider getting “pre-qualified” by the credit  union for a specific loan amount It will help you know approximately how much you can afford to spend on a car and how much it will cost you in finance charges before you get to the dealership. Consumer advocates also suggest that you not tell the dealer if you’ve been pre-approved elsewhere for a loan until after you’ve negotiated the best price on a car. Some dealers may be less flexible on the price of the vehicle if it’s clear that the dealership won’t be earning money on a loan. Consider refinancing an auto loan if you expect to make payments for several more years It may be harder to find a better interest rate because your car has probably depreciated in value. But if the savings from a lower interest rate more than offsets any closing costs, refinancing can make sense. Your credit union may be your best option Warren MSD Federal Credit Union offers lower interest rates on auto loans and members also enjoy special discounts and cash rebates on GM vehicles through our partnership with Invest in America. Stop by the credit union or apply on line at www.warrenmsdfcu.com today.

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New period for ECA is successful as possible

As if getting up for school was not already hard enough, students at Warren were greeted this year with a brand new start time: 7:20 a.m. For those still too tired to do the math, that is a 15 minute difference from the 7:35 start for period one returning students and teachers were accustomed to. The change is easily explained with a glance at the new schedule for the school day. The addition of an extra 30 minutes onto period three to ensure student success is a dramatic transformation of the schedule for students and staff. Despite the big change and the possible issues the period could create, it is a step in the right direction. The whole idea is based, unsurprisingly, on standardized testing. The primary function of the success period is to help with ECA reteach for select students throughout the school, and continue success with Academic Yearly Progress. Reteach needs to occur during the school day. Administration cannot require students stay late or come early due to schedule conflicts for students and the problem posed by securing transportation. In order to reteach during the day, students have to move during class and miss out on important instruction. To ensure that students get all they can out of the school day, the creation of an extra 30-minute period during the day to focus on reteach for those students who need it seemed an optimum solution, keeping kids in class and offering them the help they need to pass. In tandem, the period would serve as a time for extra preparation and enrichment for the ACT aimed at students who have already passed the ECA or do not need any

extra help in preparing for it. Principal Rich Shepler is aware that there could be issues with this new period, including dealing with the movement of the roughly 250 students from their third period to a reteach classroom. Also something for administration to keep in mind is the possibility of a less than enthusiastic response from students who are given enrichment activities. It may be only 15 minutes a day, but because all students are at different levels in their education, it will be difficult to make the lessons taught via enrichment applicable to all levels. Students in higher grade levels or of greater ability will be easily bored, while freshmen and students in lower levels of Math, English and Science could have trouble understanding and following enrichment lessons that can focus on higher grade-level concepts. The biggest change instituted by the success period is the earlier start to the school day. Though this is something students can adapt to by changing the time on their alarm clocks, a problem is created when students get to the school 15 minutes earlier, only to find that it happens to be closed. When the doors still open at 7 a.m., there is an increase in traffic in the morning, making it even harder for kids to get to class on time. While it is not the most idyllic solution, the success period is a good way to get the reteach to those who need it and work towards a higher grade for AYP. As with any new program, there will be issues to overcome and wrinkles to iron out, but by paying attention to the opinions of students and faculty, administration can easily make the success period a real success.

Thumbs thumbs up to A new year. Everyone is one step closer to getting that diploma, which somehow makes having to get up before the sun is out kind of worth it. And besides, with the return of school comes the return of having stuff to do -- no more marathons of “My Strange Addiction” solely because you lack anything better to do. thumbs up to Administration’s crack-down on dress code. Sagging just isn’t practical, and leggings just aren’t pants. And if the message wasn’t already enough to get behind, the “Single Ladies” parody was one of WCTV’s best. thumbs up to State fair. Seventeen days of Indy fun, complete with rides, animals and every possible fried food.

thumbs Down to The end of summer. After growing attached to the feeling of a stress-free couple of months, the concept of essays and worksheets and math problems just feels a bit disheartening. thumbs Down to The doors still opening at 7 a.m. We’re making it here 15 minutes earlier, but we’re getting locked outside. thumbs Down to Skim milk. Health is awesome, but some really just want variety. thumbs Down to The school’s air conditioner. Wearing jackets and pants to school in 90 degree weather is a bit ridiculous. thumbs Down to Heading to school 15 minutes earlier. We understand the reason why, but that doesn’t make it totally bearable.

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How do you feel about the success period? “The success period is okay, but it’s odd because we’re just watching TV. It’ll be better when we start learning so we’ll be prepared for the ECA.”

Sha’Quan Simms, sophomore

“I feel it’s unneeded for those of us who know we’ll do well, like the AP kids. It’s kind of stupid.”

Meaghan Perry, junior

“I think success period is a waste of time. Most kids won’t pay attention and it’s unfair to those students that have passed the ACT or SAT already. They shouldn’t have to prepare for something they’ve already passed.”

Kora Wilson, sophomore

CORRECTION

It has come to our attention that some of the information published in the April issue article titled “Looking for a place called home” was not true. We always strive to make sure the information published in the Owl is accurate, factual, ethical and fair. We regret this lapse in editorial oversight and will work even harder to make sure this does not happen in the future. You can direct any questions or complaints about any article to mhaab@warren.k12.in.us or 317-532-6252.


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Letter from a Leader By Evann Smith G

Senior Class President

ood morning Warren Central & Walker Career Center, I’m Evann Smith! Haha, I bet you get tired of that! On top of being an anchor and executive producer of WCTV, I’m senior class president and a varsity cheerleader. It sounds like a lot, but I don’t mind because I love this school. We are all so lucky to have all the different opportunities here. To all the freshmen and new students, welcome to the best high school around! Take advantage of all the clubs and organizations. There are nearly 4,000 students in this school. Branching out and meeting new people will make it feel much smaller. If you need somewhere to start, I’ll be your friend. I’m glad to have spent my entire high school life here at Warren. To all my seniors, we made it! This is about to be the best senior year Warren has seen. I promise to operate in your best interest. The other officers and I are making plans to do some new things, so don’t worry. This will not be a boring year. Also, get ready to paint up! The first football game is Friday, August 19 at Merriville High School at 7 p.m. There will be a paint-up crew for every single football game this year, home or away, so be on the look-out for those sign-up sheets. Alright Warriors! Let’s kick this year off right. Hit the books hard, so we can play even harder! Remember, to whom much is given, much is expected. Do your part!

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Emily’s World

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have always found the evening news depressing. Hearing the endless drone of the pressed and polished news anchors talking about shootings, robberies or other things of that nature just doesn’t interest me. The only thing I really want to see anymore is the weather, which, as of late, hasn’t changed enough to make it worth my while. So I was quite annoyed a few weeks ago when the President of the United States interrupted “The Bachelor” (which, for the record, I do NOT watch on a regular basis) to tell the American people about the national debt. Again.

I listened in surprise, learning that within the next week the U.S. could be in some major trouble. He continued, and I began to wonder how I had no idea that my country was quickly plummeting into a state of financial unrest. With the sun-soaked days of summer, I seemed to have forgotten that there was a world outside of my airconditioned basement and ever-present Facebook profile. And I hope I was not the only one. In fact, I bet that many my age were unaware of the severity of the economic situation at hand. This leads me to my point: what is really newsworthy to us “kids”? When we turn on the news, what strikes us as the most important thing that we need to know? I for one could be considered a fair-weather follower, only turning on the news when I hear about something that interests me, or stopping when I see a familiar face on the screen. I don’t like to hear about the war and the economy and the immigration situation. It seems like they are just talking in circles, exploring the same points over and over just from a slightly different perspective. It’s all just plain bad news. And maybe that is it. Maybe we want to be

Editorial Policy By Taylor Bales Staff Artist

The Warren Owl is a newsmagazine published ten times a year by the Publications staff of Warren Central High School at 9500 E. Sixteenth St., Indpls., In 46229. The Warren Owl is printed by The Daily Reporter of Greenfield, IN. Advertising rates are available upon request by calling (317) 532-6252. The Warren Owl is distributed to more than 3,000 students, faculty and residents in the community. As a student written and edited high school newsmagazine, the Warren Owl will strive to perform three functions: (1) To inform its readers thoroughly and accurately of all events and issues relative to students, staff and community. (2) To provide a forum for student opinions through its editorials and letters to the Editor. (3) To entertain readers with focus and feature items. Student staff members will decide the content of each issue and will write and edit all printed material. Editorials will reflect the views of the student staff

living in the dark, unaware of all the hardship that has to do with growing up. Seeing things like people dying for the rights of others, or an economy with turmoil as far as the eye can see only makes us think about our perhaps uncertain futures. I know that as I walked through the doors on the first day of school, it hit me how fast time has flown. I can still remember getting off the bus on my first day at Warren and in about a year, I’ll be leaving it for the big bad world beyond the east side. That’s scary. But you know what? We are all going to leave here someday and have to make it or break it on our own. And as much as we all say we want to get out, what is going to happen when we are? I guess what I am saying is this: Watch the news because it’s your future they are working for. Think about your opinions now, so you know what you will stand for later. So next time Obama interrupts your regularly scheduled programming, don’t flip to a channel that’s show is still going. Listen to him. He’s talking for a reason, and you just might learn something. There’s a pretty big world out there. Start preparing now, before it’s too late.

as a whole, not necessarily the opinions of administration or faculty members. The Warren Owl encourages readers to share comments, suggestions, or complaints by submitting letters to the editor. In order to be considered for publication, letters to the editor must include author’s signature. Names can be withheld from publication only at the request of the author and approval of the editorial board. The editors reserve the right to edit letters for clarification, or for space limitation. Libelous or profane letters will not be published. The Publications staff urges all Warren Central students and staff to use the “Letters to the Editor” as a public forum in the spirit of free speech and press. The Warren Owl is a member of the NSPA, CSPA, Quill & Scroll, and the Indiana High School Press Association.


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Shorts are great for hot weather, but it is important to make sure they are finger-tip length.

Keep shoes sensible shoes for traversing across the school. Going from the Freshman Academy to the Walker Career Center in heels is a crime against your feet.

Most teachers will not allow you to leave the room to quench your thirst so bring your own water.

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Phones and iPods are a staple in school life whether it be for calling a ride or jamming during a study session. Do not use them during class though!

-Molly Moore, Junior

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“My junior year was difficult to say the least. It is the year that has the most pressure because this is the year of grades that colleges look at. I am really excited for my senior year because, while I am still taking difficult classes, there are so many fun things that I am ready to do.” -Kailey Devaan, Senior

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“My sophomore year was about getting settled into high school and finding my place within the school and figuring out my true friends. But now, as I realize it’s halfway over, I’m expecting to focus more on my academics and looking at my options for college.”

Looking Forward and Looking Back

-Kaitlin Wells, Freshman

“I think my freshman year is going to be an entirely different experience for me. There are so many kids I can meet compared to the 250 kids in my old K-12 school. Academically, I feel like my classes suit my interests and learning abilities. All and all, my freshman year is going to be a blast.”

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“My freshman year was mostly my time to learn, grow, and experience new things I had never experienced before. I think my sophomore year will be fun and exciting because I am able to use the skills and things I experienced from my freshman year, and make the best of my sophomore year.” -Tony Weatherington, Sophomore Photo by Cailyn Turner


A slicked back hairstyle holds hair out of her face and ensures no wisps of hair escape.

Packing lunch can save a lot of money and give you more time to talk with friends.

Whether you need to carry a calculator, your ID or textbooks, your backpack has your back.

A button down jacket is ideal for school attire. Not only does it keep you warm in the freezing science and art hallways, but it is also easy to take on and off.

The minimal amount of accessories keeps her outfit both simple and free of distraction.

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Matching folders and notebooks can be boring. Mix it up with a theme such as superheroes.

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There is nothing worse than having a big clunky bracelet on while trying to take a scantron test. Keep the bracelets to a minimum for the sanity of yourself and those around you.

Guys and girls can dress up their outfit easily by adding a blazer. They are great for giving a speech or presentation in class.

Top Ten Student Bekah Hodge shows us how the ultimate student prepares for school

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“Spiderman” begins his journey with a new face, while “Ghost Rider” continues his ride. Nicolas Cage will be reprising his role of “Ghost Rider” in the sequel to the 2007 film. “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” follows Johnny Blaze (Rider’s alter ego) as he tries to forget his superhero abilities by hiding in Eastern Europe. Blaze was propositioned by the Devil as a boy to guarantee his father’s safety. Blaze is recruited in the new movie to save a young boy from a similar fate. Peter Parker is back in the game for the rebooted “Spiderman” franchise that premiered at the Con. “The Amazing Spiderman” Director Mark Webb claims t hat Parker (Andrew Garfield) will take a similar journey to the original Spiderman with a darker, scarier tone than the original films. For example, audiences are introduced to Parker’s parents who left the boy when he was an infant. One of the main character swaps comes with the damsel in distress. While Toby Mcguire’s Spiderman had Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) as a love interest, Garfield’s adaptation explores a new character, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), for Spiderman’s beau.

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Miss San Diego’s Comic Con? Here is the inside scoop for all that happened at this year’s gathering of fans

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New Shows to Look Out For

“Grimm” cop drama retells fairy tales and a “Person of Interest” moves in. “Brother’s Grimm” fairy tales never go out of style, and NBC knew this when the network picked up “Grimm.” This new series twists the normal cop show plot into something far more whimsical and darker than before. Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giutoli) is one of the last surviving members of the Grimm family, which the show depicts as having the ability to see supernatural creatures disguised as humans. This series comes from David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf who worked on both “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” so the supernatural realm is no new territory for the two. “Grimm” will take fairy tales like “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Cinderella,” modernize the storytelling, add in a murder and let the detective sniff out the evil behind the crime. CBS’s show “Person of Interest” puts ex-CIA operative John Reese (Jim Caviezel) out of work and homeless until he is picked up by a mysterious M r. F i n c h (Micheal Emerson) and hired to start g o ve r n m e n t wo rk a g a i n . “Interest” certainly seems to fill the government conspiracy hole “24” used to fill, and lets Reese flex his CIA-trained muscles and get his hands a little dirty with a flurry of action scenes.

“True Blood” drama and a psychology lesson on “Dexter.”

Supernatural Frights

HBO’s vampire drama “True Blood” came prepared to the Con with most of their regular actors ready to participate in the question-and-answer panel as well as a new trailer for season four. Sookie’s (Anna Paquin) relationship with Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) becomes more complicated with Eric’s newly erased memory. Creator Alan Ball hinted strongly at what will be the main focus for the season: witches versus vampires. Also, “Dexter” delves deeply into the psychological nature of the main character, Dexter Morgan (Micheal C Hall), a blood splatter analyst for Miami P.D. Along with his hectic day job, Dexter finds and slays the scum of the Miami streets. In the upcoming season he goes on a journey to find the meaning behind his impulse to kill, all the while attempting to be a good father for his son, Harrison. Executive producer Sera Colleton relayed that Morgan’s desire to save Harrison is grounded fiercely in his quest to find faith.

Kate Beckinsale reprises her role as vampire Selene in the next installment to the “Underworld” franchise called “Underworld: Awakening.” In the previous “Underworld” movies, humans were kept as food sources, but otherwise had no knowledge of the vampire world. “Awakening” throws that plot point out the window with human and vampire cultures intermingling. Directors Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein also confirmed at the Con that a new arrival with also grace the screen in the form of Selene’s daughter. “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” was one of the biggest spectacles at the Con this year, and the turn out was monumental, filling the largest room the Con provided and spilling into the surrounding areas. The first part of the last film will include Edward and Bella’s wedding, a racy honeymoon scene and the birth of Renesme, Edward and Bella’s child. Details on Renesme have been kept close to the chest thus far.

The cinematic monsters, vampires and ghosts that haunted the Con.

The Smurfs were first created as comic strips in Belgium by Belgian cartoonist Pierre “Peyo” Culliford in 1958. The Smurfs house was made out of toad stools, a type of mushroom. The original word from which “Smurf” was derived is “schtroumpf.” The Smurfs were created to be approximately three apples tall. The caps worn by the Smurfs were drawn to be styled like the Phrygian cap, a soft cap represented in ancient Greek as part of the oriental dress. There were originally 100 Smurfs, but the number decreased over time. In the comic series, Smurfette was actually created by the Smurfs’ enemy Gargamel to use her charms to cause jealousy and create competition among the Smurfs. Smurfette was first created with black hair, then appeared with long, blonde hair after Papa Smurf turned her into a real Smurf.

Smurfette was the first and only female Smurf until the creation of Sassette. On October 23, 1958, the first Smurf was featured in the Belgian comic series “Johan and Peewit,” also created by Pierre “Peyo” Culliford. When the Smurfs first appeared, they lived in a small part of the world called “Le Pays Maudit,” which is French for “The Cursed Land.”


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Experiences at the State Fair left a newbie wanting more by mercadeeshempel a&e editor

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hat have I gotten myself into? This was all I could think as I sat on the Ferris Wheel, gripping the metal pole connecting the seat to the wheel as if my life depended on it. At that point, I thought it did. My 16-year-old brother Will and a child paired with us sat across from me, and I could not believe how calm they were being. The kid was actually texting! We inched up and up and up and with each passing second I was reminded of how deathly afraid I am of heights. And then, suddenly, we were on the very top! I forced myself not to be scared and look past the metal pole and out into the distance. The whole Indiana State Fair lay before me. I could see the food stands, the rides, the exhibits, the live bands, then cars in the parking lots crammed together, houses and buildings past the fair and past that trees slightly dulled by a fog. I felt excitement bubble inside me mixed with fear as I realized I had about five hours to enjoy my first day at the Indiana State Fair. That is right. I have never been to the Indiana State Fair before. In fact, I did not even know it existed until a friend told me about it two weeks ago. Yes, indeed, I do live under a rock. So, I dragged my younger brother Will with me for moral support and for something to hold onto on the rides. Upon arriving at the fair and managing to find somewhere to park, we purchased wristbands that cost $25 and would allow us to ride the midway rides until 10 p.m. Along with the wristbands, we got two tickets each: one for a free small Pepsi and one for a free concession game. Now, the Ferris Wheel is what the fair is known for, so Will, staff photographer Alex Martens and I made our way there. I did not think I would be too scared since I had experience on Ferris Wheels before but I had never been on one this big. So while Alex stood safely on the ground snapping pictures, I hyperventilated on the Wheel. I must say though, it was worth it by the time we saw the view that took my breath away. One full turn later, we were back on the ground and looking for what to do next. Will and I have always enjoyed fast rides that spin and swing. So when our eyes laid on the Freak Out, a ride that has four sets of seats attached to four beams that

spin and swing at the same time, we had no other choice but to hop in line. We were strapped in, and the ride started up once all the seats were full. The floor lowered beneath our feet and then we began to spin and swing left and right. Even though I was having a blast, I could not help but scream like a little girl each time we came swooping down. At one point, I was not sure if I was scared or excited, laughing or screaming. Then 20 seconds later, the ride was over. Dizzy, Will and I stumbled off the ride and to the Bumper Cars, another joy of the fair I had never experienced before. I know how to drive and did not think the Bumper Cars would be any different from an actual car, but I was so wrong. In a normal car, I would press the gas pedal and go straight and each turn of the wheel would take me into the direction that I was turning. Well, that did not happen in the bumper car. In that car, I hit the gas pedal and did not go anywhere. Frantically, I started turning and twisting the wheel as best I could, trying to get out of the spot the car seemed glued to while children and adults rammed their cars into my own. Will tried to the best of his abilities give me directions, but both of us realized that I was a failure when it came to driving a bumper car. For the rest of the ride, he steered the wheel, and I worked the gas pedal. We slammed into cars left and right as others slammed into us. It was like a mosh pit, but with cars. Then a few minutes later it was over. We stepped out of the car, and by then it was almost 7 which meant it was time for The Stars of the Peking Acrobats. The Stars of the Peking Acrobats were new to the fair this year. They are from the People’s Republic of China and include the some of country’s best gymnasts. The Indiana State Fair website promised jugglers, cyclists and tumblers, and the free show held up the site’s promise.

VISITORS OF THE fair enjoy the sights and sounds fair as well as the rides and games.

To read about my experience with deep fried Kool-Aid, how I learned I am scared of pigs, my heart-stopping ride on the Mega Drop and much more from the A&E staff, go to wcowlnews.com

The New&The Old

The Year of Soybeans celebrates the $3 billion industry and the Hoosier farmers who produce these crops. “Willkommen to Germany!” Exhibit features German food and performances that displays both contemporary and traditional Germany.

1919- On a day called “Big Thursday” President Woodrow Wilson gave a speech to a crowd of 40,000. 1960- The first National Junior Sheep Shearing Contest was held at the State Fair. 1984- The State Fair first received statewide network coverage of the fair.

THE STARS OF the Peking Acrobats perform their drum routine in a style that demonstrates technique and grace. Photos by Alex Martens


10 Sports

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August 12, 2011

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Fall sports blaze trail for Warren Central athletics with progressive preseason work game played on Saturday, August 27, in the Warren Gridiron Challenge. Volleyball Football In 2009, the volleyball team won their Going into every year, there are always big expectations for coach John Hart and his first sectional title in over 20 years, and football program. But this year in particular, last year they continued their success with a conference championship. They will the pressure is on. Last year, the boys were considered attempt to carry their recent success into by many to be the favorite to win the 5A this upcoming season. The man behind all these IHSAA State Football Championship before the postseason began. The team finished the accomplishments of the last two seasons season with only one close loss in 12 games. is head coach Dan Hagist. Hagist has They had much talent and many college- been coaching the sport for many years bound athletes on their roster. It looked as and he knows what it takes for a team to if the boys were poised to make a run at yet be successful. When asked what it would another state title for the program. But on take for this year’s team to defend their October 21, those dreams were crushed. conference title and advance further in the They lost in the first round of sectionals, postseason, Hagist put it simply. “It’s going to take a couple of the young 35-14, on their home field, to the Lawrence Central Bears. Coming into this year, coach kids stepping up and playing like they are experienced,” he said. Hart still cannot forget about that loss. Despite the in-season success the “It hurts as much today as it did the girls had last season, they failed to defend minute the game ended,” Hart said. However, with the upcoming season their sectional championship. They lost about to get kicked off, there is a new fire to bitter rival Cathedral in the sectional in Hart’s eyes. He is very confident his championship game. This time around, team has what it takes to win the program’s the girls are looking not only to defend their crown within the conference, but also eighth state championship. “We have tremendous talent, but it will push past their sectional. It will not be easy, be how we play as a team that determines though. “We probably have one of the toughest if we can win a state championship,” Hart sectionals in the state right now,” Hagist said. With numerous division-one college said. It will not be easy, but with an recruits on the roster, there is no doubt the team has the talent to get the job done. They experience laden team lead by seniors Nikki will come into the season ranked as the top Thompson, Lindsey Wright, Rachel Banter, team in the state and 18 in the country, Emily Clark and junior Casey Clark, the girls are looking to make some noise around the according to maxpreps.com. Although they come into the season state. Boys Soccer ranked very highly, the boys will have to Last year, the boys soccer team finished prove on the field that they belong in that their second season in a row with only three category. They will be tested right away. Their first wins, but this year under new leadership, game is at Merrillville on Friday, August 20. they will look to bounce back and finish And the week after that, they will play on with a winning season. New head coach Nick Magdalinos national television for their home opener against Cathedral. That will be the final will tell anyone that he is excited about this upcoming season. Although he will be leading a team that has FIRST GAME FOR EACH FALL SPORTS TEAM not done well in recent Boy’s Tennis - 8/11 @ Franklin Central years, he believes he has more than enough Girl’s Soccer - 8/15 vs. Greenfield Central talent to break the cycle of disappointing Volleyball - 8/16 @ Roncalli years. Not only are they Boy’s Soccer - 8/18 vs. Greenfield Central looking to have a better Football - 8/20 @ Merillville regular season, but they also want to go far in Boy’s Cross-Country - 8/20 @ Carmel Invite postseason play. They have not won their Girl’s Golf - 8/22 vs. Carmel sectional since 1999. Girl’s Cross-Country - 8/24 @ Arabian Roundup After losing to Mount Vernon last year, they will look to come back strong this year and

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BOYS SOCCER COACH Nick Magdalinos gives instructions to his players during a recent practice. The team has been putting in a lot of hard work in preperation for their first game on August 18 against Greenfield Central. Photo by Hannah Clark

finally reclaim the sectional crown. Lead by seniors Lewis Woods IV, Tristan White, Andres Montes and juniors Austin Abbett and Jose Montes, the boys are ready to make some noise in their conference and around the state. Their first game is on August 18 against Greenfield Central. Girls Soccer While the boys are shaping up to be an exciting team, the girls have something good brewing on their side. Last year, the girls struggled much like the boys, but coming into this year, they are looking to start fresh and under long time head coach Gary Roberts, make an impact around the state. They will be lead by seniors Sarah Huh, Annie Long and junior Cami Navarra. Although they have much to be optimistic about, they will still have to find a way to fill the hole left by their better players last season. It will not be easy, but the girls will be ready for the challenge on August 15 against Greenfield Central and for the rest of the season. Cross-Country The boys cross-country team is expected to be one of the top in the state, lead by coach Joe Brooks. Last year, the boys cross-country team had multiple runners go to semi-state and the year before, they won the regional championship as a team. This year, they will look to build on their recent success and do something they have yet to do: win a state championship. Top runners this season should be

seniors Cody Stone, Brandon Smith, Nick Worenor, Cody Weaver and Gabe Amezuca. Also looking good are sophomores Lee Justice, Matt Egan and juniors Johnny Wert and Mik Bohlman. Stone, Smith, Weaver, Amezuca, Justice and Wert all have good experience as each of them ran in the semi-state meet last season. Stone finished with the best time on the team at the meet and twenty-second overall. And he will no doubt be one of the leaders on this year’s team. Although there are a lot of great individual athletes on this team, Coach Brooks believes his team is one of the top 20 in the state. It should be another great season for the boys cross-country team. Last season, they had seven runners compete in semi-state. This year with an experienced team, and head coach Sean Miller leading the way, they will look to return many runners to semi-state and win their first sectional title in over a decade. Some of their key runners include seniors Haley Baughman, Jennifer Alecio, Faith Jones, Hedy Paul and sophomore Sarah Hoppes. Collectively, the team will look to make up for the loss of their top two runners from last season. It will not be easy, but the girls have the tools to get it done. Their first meet is August 24 at Pendleton Heights High School. For more coverage on fall sports such as boys tennis and girls golf, go to www. wcowlnews.com for all the information on your favorite athletes.


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Spencer’s Sports

Warren Central

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Summer training, workouts prepares athletes for long, demanding seasons by haleyneligh sports staff

by spencergarnier sports editor

Wheeling and Dealing

The trade deadline in the MLB is a time for teams to make the final push towards the playoffs, improve for next season or create an overall better team. But sometimes teams just feel it’s appropriate to make trades that are undoubtedly going to backfire the next year. Quite possibly the biggest deadline blunder teams make is trading away top prospects for a proven player, only to have that player jump ship the next season. There are countless examples of this detrimental action in the history of the MLB. Back in 2002, the Montreal Expos traded Brandon Phillips and Lee Stevens, as well as top prospects Cliff Lee and Grady Sizemore to the Indians for then-star Bartolo Colon. While you may not recognize the name Lee Stevens, the other three have all been All-Stars at least twice, and Cliff Lee won the 2008 AL Cy Young Award. And what happened to Colon the next season? He bolted to the White Sox as soon as his free agent status hit, leaving the Expos without a star or top prospects. This has happened countless other times in recent years, basically since the concept of free agency has been in place in the MLB. The San Fransisco Giants just made a deadline trade that is eerily similar to the Colon trade. They shipped potential ace Zach Wheeler and $4 million to the Mets for star Carlos Beltran. But who’s to say that Beltran won’t just leave at the next opportunity? It’s no secret that the Giants have made several mistakes when it comes to trades. When they were dealing with the Twins in 2003, the Giants dealt away Joe Nathan, Boof Bosner and Fransisco Liriano. At the time, all three of them were merely prospects, and the Giants got former All-Star A.J. Pierzynski. But since then, only Bosner hasn’t panned while Liriano has become an ace and Nathan a fourtime All-Star… I figured the Giants would have learned from their mistake in 2003 but here they are, making a very similar trade. I guess teams just won’t learn that trading up-and-coming talent for veterans that could easily leave the next year just isn’t a sound plan. But as the George Santayana quote goes, “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

With no fall Warren Central athletic team winning a state championship this past year, there was more drive and motivation in their work over the summer than ever before. For the football team, traveling all the way to a special invitation tournament broadcasted by ESPN in Hoover, Alabama was the highlight of their summer. Senior Kameron Utter, was named the top wide receiver of the whole tournament. However, the football team was not the only one to travel this summer. The volleyball team attended camp at Indiana University over the summer. They also conditioned with drills and the medicine ball four times a week every week for a shot to once again compete for a conference championship. Another team hoping to finish well in their conference this year is the boys soccer team. With a new coaching staff, the boys have also worked with the medicine ball to start the season off right. “We have trained harder than ever before this summer. We are hoping to look better as a team this year than in years past,” senior Lewis Woods said. For the boys and girls cross country teams, doing well in their sectional is nothing new. The boys have prepared by running up to 70 miles a week over the summer. “After two a days this summer, we are looking to have a strong season,” senior Brandon Smith said. The girls cross country team also attended

Photos by Alex Martens

summer camp. Theirs, however, was in Anderson and consisted of multiple cross training activities along with daily runs. Although the girls soccer team did not attend camp as usual this summer, they have had more girls come out to summer activities than ever before. Around half the team participated in over 60 percent of all summer activities, which is a significantly higher amount than in years past. “Our coaching staff was really excited about what we accomplished this summer,” head coach Gary Roberts said, “we believe going into regular season practices in as good of shape as we have ever been.” Stand-out seniors for the tennis team such as Paul White, Akash Patel and Joe Drummond, have been working since the end of last season to ensure a successful fall. “The seniors have been working hard since last October. The boys are ready to get their season started off right!” head coach Jason Wagner said. With all fall athletes out working extremely hard this summer, the fall sports seasons are looking to be off to a bright start this year chasing the state championships they have worked for.


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August 12, 2011

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Gold Brigade

by jennifermarvel associate editor

Photo of Natalie Watts by Alex Martens

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feels like a thousand degrees outside to sophomore Natalie Watts as she steps back onto the pavement for another round of practice. After three hours of marching, sweat is rolling off her face. S h e a n d m a ny others feel that a swimming pool full of water could not quench their undying thirsts, even after refilling their water bottle for the eightieth time. “Reset!” echoes over the loud speaker. Watts lowers her flute and joins in with the rolling wave of sighs around her as she and her bandmates head back into the position they started in and run the set one more time. Watts pushes through her thirst and the pain in her legs as she continues to march. Holding her flute proudly, she keeps moving, weaving in and out of others awaiting the director to yell stop. When the drill is over, she lowers her flute, relaxes and plasters a smile on her face. She knows it is the beginning of marching band season, a season she has been waiting for all year. Even with long practices, hours of dedication and the desperate need to shower afterwards, it is all worth it in the end. “It all pays off when you are in the stadium playing the show you have worked on since mid-June,” Watts said. Marching band is a rigorous activity that takes a lot of time, dedication and equal amounts of physical and mental strength. The band kids spend hours marching through the show in a complicated fashion, and they have to abide by the constraints of marching band. They are required to walk in a heel-toe manner constantly, they must

keep their elbows rigid while gripping their instrument and they are restricted from bending at the knees. All the while they have to remember their steps, place and the counts to get them there. Some lug around heavy instruments like tubas, weighing approximately 50 lbs., and baritone saxophones, weighing 15 to 20 lbs. Most importantly though, they have to remember to play. The Gold Brigade spends a great deal of time during the summer practicing for their show as well as after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 9:30. Band camp is a special week during summer break that is dedicated to getting them ready for the tough journey. This summer they practiced from 1 to 9 in the blistering heat and that is just one week out of a whole month of summer break spent practicing. “The hardest part of band is probably the first month or so,” senior Will Wilcher said. “Everyone gets their music at different times and it is always hard at first to get everything put together.” Even through all the hard work and long hours, the band kids always find ways to be excited about their show. “I feel very confident about this year’s show,” sophomore Drum Major Lyric Gorman said. “We have still got a lot of work to do, but we are progressing every day.” A Drum Major is a band member who conducts the show from aloft. Gorman is the youngest and only female Drum Major this year, setting her apart from the other two Drum Majors Kiefer Valencia and Carlos Martinez. “The hardest part is being the only female,” Gorman said. She is not the only one experiencing a challenge. One of the biggest challenges facing the marching band is being one of the smallest bands to compete in Class A. Many of the bands in this class consist of schools like

Ben Davis and Avon that each contain over 300 students just in their marching bands. “Bigger bands have a louder sound but have the potential for more mistakes. In a smaller band, each member is vital and must be able to perform his/her part. Last year we beat groups twice our size!” Mr. Hilmer, band director, said. For a band of 192, being small sometimes works to their advantage. In 2000 and 2008, the Gold Brigade placed eighth at state among 10 other high school bands. In 2010, the Gold Brigade placed sixth in state with even a smaller amount of members in the band. This year’s show, “From Tragedy to Triumph,” is a continuation of last year’s show “The Last Breath.” The show is about overcoming adversity displayed through the violent and melancholy music played in the beginning to convey tragedy to the upbeat sound of “Ode to Joy” at the conclusion to represent triumph. Most only see The Gold Brigade perform at the football games, but that is only part of their story. Throughout the year, the band performs in many competitions at other high schools for a chance to make it to semi-state. It does not end there though. There are other bands that perform throughout the school year like Honors Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and many others. The Gold Brigade will be performing for the general public on August 27 at the sixth annual Gridiron Classic. There will also be a parent preview on August 20 for parents and friends to witness all their hard work in action.

Stats&Facts The Gold Brigade spends three and a half hours practicing every Tuesday and Thursday.

The band came in sixth at state last year. There are 192 kids in the marching band.

AS TRUMPETS BLARE senior Kiefer Valencia directs the band through a set. As drum major, Valencia is charged with many responsibilities like conducting the band during practices and performances. Photo by Alex Martens

WORKING TIRELESSLY SENIOR Will Wilcher plays with the rest of the pit. The pit spends hour working on technique during the long marching band practices. Photo by Alex Martens


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