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FOOTBALL INSERT! We have a wrap up on the season and the state game including player reactions and play by play from the game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009 Volume 88 Issue 5

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91 children. Pizza. Crafts. Presents. Santa. Check out more pictures and the full story on page 8.

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Congratulations go out to Mike Gegner and Kayla Watts for being the Set a Good Example winners this month. just say no Just Say No Club’s next meeting will be January 18 after school and January 20 before school at 7:00 a.m in room H204. NHS National Honor Society has a meeting at 7:00 a.m. on January 13 in the PAC. Make sure to wear your T-shirt for the yearbook photo.

student council -Student Council will have a meeting during 1st period January 14. -January 26 is Warrens Lip Sync performances in the PAC at 7:00 p.m. -The Winterfest dance will be held in the Commons January 30 after the basketball game. CSC -Scheduling for next year is approaching fast Here are the following dates for scheduling: January 13-counselors visit junior English classes January 19-28counselors will visit freshman English classes January 29-counselors visit 10th grade English classes January 19-21,25-28, Feb. 2-5- students will visit the CSC for scheduling. radio broadcasting Make sure to tune into 91.1, FM Warren’s very own radio station, for game coverage.

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New computer program changes the way teachers write on the ‘Blackboard’ By Candiace Tursi Special Projects Getting sick during the school year can mean a lot of catching up due begun to use Blackboard and has her students doing tests and assignments to all the tests and homework that is assigned throughout a school day. through Blackboard. There is a simple answer to help relieve the stress of both students and When Crooke first used the program for a test, students found it to be a new experience because they could not go back to change their answers teachers about making up class work, the new Blackboard program. Blackboard is used in the classroom and a way for students to access on the test they were taking. Crooke plans to develop tests for her CPR their work at home. This insures that if schools were to close down or class and to use the program for final exams. “You have to get in and work with [Blackboard], but it’s pretty simple,” students are out sick they could send and receive assignments from home. Crooke said. “Get used to it because I feel it’s the way of the future.” “Our district has created a safety net in the event A positive aspect to the program is that students of any emergency which would close any building can get automatic feed back on the score received from by adopting the Blackboard web-based instructional a test. No more waiting a week or having teachers stay program,” principal Mr. Rich Shepler said. “Through up all night grading papers. Through Blackboard Blackboard teachers can post instruction, access When asked whom this would benefit most, Cruse student work and communicate with students.” said he did not think there was a clear answer but went teachers can post Each student in Warren has an individual profile on to explain that students benefit based on access to instruction, access that includes a class list. Students can log in by going materials. Teachers benefit from the program because to http://warren.blackboard.com and using the same it allows them to reach students that may have been student work and user sign-in and password as they would to use any absent or too embarrassed to ask questions in class communicate with or just needed that extra time to reread the material. computer in Warren. When the student logs in he He also said that the community as a whole benefits or she can click on a class he or she is in and see students.” as it allows more options for everyone involved in the assignments that need to be completed or if there are announcements from that teacher. -Principal Rich Shepler education process. It is another way to reach every student and not let anyone fall through the cracks. Each teacher can customize his or her class “I see this as beneficial for teachers and students,” page. Teachers can give quizzes and tests through the Mr. Michael McCullough, Librarian/Media Specialist program or just assign the homework on the home said. “Each teacher can customize their page and can post links. It is also page. “My first experience ended with excitement about the possibilities that environmentally friendly with not having to make so many copies for Blackboard represents,” English teacher Mr. Larry Cruse said. “Although students.” I found that the initial set up of students into my specific class room was McCullough thinks this will be an excellent way for students to get time consuming and a bit confusing, once I was able to navigate that I more sources for projects because many of times the library does not have was excited about how students would then be able to access all of my enough copies or does not have a resource that is needed. This approach materials. I was already making plans on what assignments to upload and can also help cut back on paper use and benefit the environment. Teachers are expected to incorporate Blackboard into their classes how I would change my lesson plans to better utilize the technology.” Health and physical education teacher Ms. Jane Crooke has also this year. But it is not going to be forced upon to teachers to do so.

Indy calendar Dec. 16 - Jan. 31-Public Ice Skating @ The Pepsi Coliseum Dec. 11 - Jan. 3-The Wizard of Oz @ The Indianapolis Civic Theatre Dec. 18 - Indiana Ice vs. Youngstown Phantoms @ Pepsi Coliseum Dec. 18 - We Came As Romans @ The Emerson Theatre Dec. 19 - Indiana Ice vs. Cedar Rapids Rough Riders @ Pepsi Coliseum Dec. 19 - Gwen Stacy, Amarna Reign, Venable and The Cotortionists @The Emerson Theatre Dec. 20 - Night Before Christmas @ Ball State University Emens Auditorium Dec.23 - Trans-Siberrian Orchestra @ Conseco Fieldhouse Dec. 29 - Zac Brown Band @ Pepsi Coliseum Dec. 29 - Jan.3-“The Color Purple” @ Clowes Memorial Hall Dec.29 - Laughin on the Avenue @ Walker Theatre Dec. 30 - Chris Isaak @ The Murat Theatre Dec. 31 - New Year’s Eve celebration featuring Brenda Williams @ Jazz Kitchen Dec. 31 - Mew Year’s Eve with Virgin Millionaires and Stereo Deluxe @ Music Mill Dec. 31 - Pocket Full of Rocks @ Family Worship Center Jan. 8 - Ice vs. Sioux City Musketeers @ Pepsi Coliseum Jan. 14 - Lady Gaga @ Elliot Hall of Music Jan. 15 - Bucky Covington @ 8 Seconds Saloon Jan. 15 - Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular @ Pike Performing Arts Center

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Jazz band adds razzamatazz to the music scene By Emily Hncock Staff Writer

In the jazz band: the members spend first period practicing and perfecting their sound. The jazz band has many performances at the year including American Eductation Week, concerts at Lucas Oil Stadium and at the Veteran’s Day banquet. Photo/Daryl Hollonquest

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As students set sail in the endless sea that is semester finals, there is a group of 20 Warren Central students that are trying to liven it up, and that is the Warren Central Jazz Band. Evert morning, you can find them in the Performing Arts Center, striving to match such jazz greats as Miles Davis and John Coltrain. Jazz band is a group that gives students an opportunity to play different types of music and encourages them to focus on the styles of past jazz legends. The instruments in this ensemble stay true to those of traditional jazz music, featuring various saxophones, a tuba, a trombone, a trumpet, a rhythm section and many more. Their styles of music, however, vary. Although they are a jazz band, there are various genres of jazz that they play, such as Swing, Latin and the subgenre of bop. But jazz band is different than a regular high school band because they are not just taught a piece of music. They have to improvise. “There are guidelines for the selection or type of music,” Mr. Matthew Verplaitse, two-year director of the Jazz Band, said regarding improvisation. “It’s very difficult to learn.” Most students are nervous at first but enjoy it later. It takes a lot of knowledge about scales and instrument technique.” “I like being able to play in a different style, Kate Harrison, a sophomore bassoon player in the Jazz Band said. “It’s more laid back and you can be yourself.” Jazz Band is not only a school

performance band, but they have also performed throughout the community. Their performances have been featured at various performances throughout the community, including American Education Week at Washington Square Mall, a banquet at Lucas Oil Stadium, and a Veterans Day banquet. Anot her one of t heir special performances will be the Dimensions in Jazz convention at Ball State University in May. “We will get to perform and then get a clinic,” Verplaitse said. “We are also going to get to hear performances by college jazz bands and professional musicians.” Many of the students are involved in other school bands as well. “Itreallyexpandsourhorizons,”Harrison said of the benefits of being in Jazz Band. “We had a part in honors band that was more jazzy and being in jazz band gave me a better grip on how to do that.” “I like being able to work with students who are dedicated and interested in learning about music,” said Verplaitse. Although the Jazz Band does not compete like Gold Brigade, they do try to increase their quality every year. “It has to be enjoyable to p l ay,” said Ve r p l a i t s e . “If we are not enjoying it, then the audience won”t enjoy it.” They might not have large numbers, but these few students are proving that it does not take many to create a smooth, soothing sound, which is exactly what makes these talented musicians so unique.

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Warren Central Robotics team hosts world-class Vex Robotics Competition Team comes up short in 6th largest challenge, is not selected for those chosen to go to nationals in Houston but will have more opportunities to qualify in the spring By Julia Kittle Staff Writer Forty-six schools from Indiana and other states attended the sixth largest Vex Robot Competition in the world at Warren Central on Saturday, December 5. “This is Warren’s third Vex competition and their 2nd clean sweep competition,” said Brad Snodgrass, mentor of the robotics team. The eight best teams were chosen on Saturday to qualify for Nationals and will be allowed to choose two other teams to compete alongside them. Nationals will take place in Houston, Texas. The construction of a single robot, consisting of gears, metals, wheels, motors, tank treads, wiring and batteries; usually takes about six weeks to build. And beginning in January, Robotics will meet every night from 6-9 p.m. “I love building the robots and programming them,” junior John Martin said. He also writes software for the robots. The time and efforts spent during those six weeks will pay off come mid-March when regionals begin at Purdue University. Past competition locations have been in places

like St. Louis and Omaha, Nebraska. “It’s hands on, you get to meet a lot of new people and travel,” senior Alex Martin said. The robotics team invented a T-shirt cannon named the “Frank N’ Bot.” This cannon was made from pieces of robots from the past five years. This took 6 weeks to build and will be used at basketball games to hand out free T-shirts. Sophomore Jacob Byrd, another member of the Robotics team, said he enjoys being able to build anything he wants. Also a member of the robotics team in middle school, Byrd enjoys having access to technology, as well. This was Byrd’s second competition of the season. The costs to construct the robots can be very expensive. Mr. Randy Decker, a teacher at Warren for 21 years and the head of the robotics team since 2001, coordinated a fundraiser selling robotic ants. The cost has not yet to be determined but they will be sold in the bookstore. Decker says they make great toys for cats. “It’s a great thing to be a part of,” Martin said. “It makes me want to become an engineer.”

Final Exam Schedule dominating on the field: The Warren Robotics team competed in an event where the goal was to put footballs on the opponent’s side. The team made it into the semi-finals in this Photo/Daryl Hollonquest competition.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009 Period 1 7:35-7:59 (12 minutes) 2 8:05-9:25 (80 minutes) FINAL 3 9:31-9:55 (24 minutes) 4 10:01-11:21 (80 minutes) FINAL 5 11:27-12:54 A and D 11:21-11:52 B and E 11:52-12:23 C and F 12:23-12:54 6 1:00-2:20 (80 minutes) FINAL 7 2:26-2:50 (24 minutes)

Thursday, December 17, 2009 Period 5 7:35-7:41 (6 minutes) 5 7:41-9:01 (80 minutes) FINAL 2 9:07-9:29 (22 minutes) 3 9:35-10:55 (80 minutes) FINAL 4 11:01-11:23 (22 minutes) 5 11:29-12:56 A and D 11:23-11:54 B and E 11:54-12:25 C and F 12:25-12:56 6 1:02-1:24 (22 minutes) 7 1:30-2:50 (80 minutes) FINAL

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PAC -Show Choirs will have a parent preview performance in the PAC on January 28 at 7:00 p.m. -The Singing Hoosiers will be performing at the PAC Sunday, January 24, at 4 p.m. The price is $20 for adults and $18 for students. Tickets are being sold in the box office.

at the flu vaccinations: (above) Junior Corey Brown receives a nasal H1N1 shot. (right) A nurse from the health department directs students to vaccination stations. 917 students received the shot during the clinic. Photo/Daryl Hollonquest

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2010 new year predictions

Fred Fasseet-Chaneling Predictions 2010 -Within the medical community we will see doctors like they were 50 years ago-house calls and hands-on care. -There will be a medical device based on light that will melt fat, turn it into water and have it immediately eliminated. -There will be many disturbances in the mid-Pacific, including increased volcanic activity in and around Hawaii. Tectonic plate slippage will increase events of extreme tides on all Pacific coasts. -Many dark forces that believe in their own superiority, such as the Taliban, will begin to disappear. (www.psyhicfred.com)

Craig’s Psychic Predictions

-Bin Laden dies. -Florida will see three major hurricanes in close succession that strike deep into the continent with higher than normal tremors on the San Andreas fault line. -A young person will take home a gold medal at the Vancover Olympics. -European Parliament will try to make heroin legal for addicts who wish to use it under medical supervision. -”Healing” will be theme in many of Obama’s speeches -Castro is buried at sea. (www.psyhics.co.uk)

Psychic Nabi predicts

World Psychics Blog

-Europe will be first to see the new Great Depression. America is next. -The sun will flare and scorch Northeast America and other parts of the world. (www.myspace.com/psychicawakenow)

-Califor nia will exper ience a major earthquake. -Women in their late 70s will be pregnant. -Computers that can read minds will be developed. -Dual currency like Euro introduced into U.S. -Police will have the ability to stop a car remotely. -Future restrictions on airlines will restrict one carry- on item and one suitcase. -UFO-like craft will be found. (worldpsychic.org)

Worlds psychics predictions

-China goes to the moon. -Empire State Building comes down. (www.myspace.com/certifiedmasterpsyhic)

Speech At the Logansport competition, Warren Central won with a score of 275 sweepstake points at their competition. Warren placed first in 10 different events. The Speech team also won first at Culver with a score of 244 points and placed first in nine different events. fca Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets at 7 a.m. every Thursday in room H109 All students and staff are invited to attend.

seniors Dancing with the Faculty will be held in the PAC on January 21.

Recycling The recycling schedule is as follows: Freshman AcademyWednesday and Friday WCC-Friday only Main office and downstairs copy room-Daily WCH Monday Downstairs Hall L , E, S Tuesday- downstairs hall H, D, C, B Wednesday- downstairs hall G, M, P and PAC Thursday- Upstairs Hall S, E, H, D, C Friday- Upstairs hall G, M


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Students’ inappropriateness under the banner of school spirit has gone too far Between Carmel students creating a “Carmel is the REAL champion” Facebook page and Warren’s “you can’t buy this game” paint up crew slogan, the generation of youth these days has taken school pride and sportsmanship too far. The Owl staff feels that this behavior is inappropriate and displays a poor image of the school to outsiders. There is already a stereotype of both schools that participated in the State Championship game, neither of which sets a positive light on either school. The stereotype of Warren Central is being “the bad school.” Why would we want to further this misconception by acting in an immature and inappropriate manner for the public eye? These are just the people who are playing the game. Just a matter of weeks ago at an IUMaryland basketball game, the IU fans elected to start chanting an expletiveladen slur against Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez after it was apparent the Hoosiers would not win the game. How about in 2004, when a fan at the Pacers-Pistons game in Michigan threw a drink at Pacers forward Ron Artest, who then went into the stands and fought with the fans. So if the players and fans as adults do not act in a behaved manner, high school students are not going to think anything of their own behaviors. With this in mind, we cannot be surprised to see signs during the State football game like signs displaying personal attacks on our players and chants saying “You didn’t earn it,” as well as the many Facebook pages created by both schools in order to one up the other.

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Vic’s Vision By Vic Wilson

Even though we expect to see things like this from teenagers, that does not make it all right. We should be able to discern ourselves, as young adults, what is acceptable and what is not. There are not going to be principals, counselors and administrators around to give us second and third chances when we become adults in the real world. Despite all of the inappropriate behavior we are exposed to as young adults, there are always those who do not look to blame someone else. Carmel quarterback Adam Shaffer, for example, did not blame the referees or Warren for Carmel’s loss, but simply that his team did not want to win the game badly enough after Magee’s touchdown. Similar class and dignity was shown by both crowds present at the Warren vs. Carmel girl’s basketball game. Neither group, in spite of the closeness of the game and the already heated feelings between the two schools, employed taunts, jeers, or malicious chants during the contest. Granted, school adminitstrators made sure to step in and make it known to many who were going that Warren needed to be represented in a positive light and that there would be no shenanigans by any attendees. Still, the crowd remained tame. In short, it is obvious that students do have the capacity to behave properly. As such, it is obvious that we are not predetermined to take either path, we choose to either grow up, or play ourselves down to a lower level. The Owl staff commends the actions of all those who have acted with dignity and class, and challenges the rest to raise the bar and act more maturely.

Faces in the Crowd

How do Warren Central students feel about the new schedule for semester finals?

Thumbs thumbs up to the football team’s fifth state championship in seven years! How do you say dynasty: Warren.

“ “ “ I feel like it’s really unfair to us as students. Two entire days full of finals is just too stressful. -Alex Hodge

December 16, 2009

I don’t see anything wrong with the schedule. The state decided that we can’t have half days anymore, so there’s nothing we can do about it.

I just find it unnecessary. Before, the shortened day was an awesome relief before break, but now it’s all business right up to the final bell.

-Kate Harrison

-Jacob Bullock

Thumbs up to Christmas! Food and family, not to mention PRESENTS! But let us never forget the true meaning of Christmas. Thumbs up to THE YEAR BEING HALF OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thumbs up to good Christmas songs, namely anything with “Bells” “Rock” or “Trans-Siberian Orchestra” associated with it.

Thumbs Down tO The lack of snow. We’ve gotten one sad excuse for a “dusting” and that day turned into a nightmare trying to get to school. Thanks a million, DOT. Thumbs Down To finals that equal more than one-fifth of our grade for the semester. We’ve attended class for 90 days, so why is one day’s worth of testing so absurdly weighted? Thumbs Down TO lousy Christmas songs, a la “Santa Baby”, “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”, and any one of the billion tired corruptions of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”


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Life in HD Take my advice...

As the last first semester of my high end of the season, I finished fifth in my 200 school career comes to an end, and I am Individual Medley and eleventh in the 500 starting to look back on the journey that freestyle, posting best times in both. But got me to where I am today, all the events most importantly, I learned how to be a that taught me something new, that have team player; I learned how to be dedicated to something that I love. made me a better person. Junior year I found out who my Let me go through some key moments of my high school career. Hopefully you best friends were. I started going out on can get something positive out of my weekends with myfriends, dating and learning what it was like to have a longmishaps. Freshman year I took the hardest class term relationship. And if you, as my faithful reader, take nothing else out I have had to date, X Biology, of this column take this: never and believe me, it was not date your best friend. what I was expecting. Notes My recent boyfriend was to copy down that covered my best friend. We are both three boards most days, swimmers, so we spent just huge study guide packets about every waking minute due the following day and toget her. We developed several hours of studying crushes, started hanging out, were definitely not what I had blahblahblah, and then we expected when I signed up for started dating and did for a the course. Haley Dickey year and a half. We had a good But taking the class Editor-in-Chief relationship, but we also had got me used to taking notes, our ups and downs. doing heaps of homework and And now that it has ended, I studying for tests even when I didn’t want to. I learned that grades did regret losing my best friend. Losing one matter and that I could not keep slacking of the people that understood me better than anyone. off and hope for a good grade. During the first half of my final year But sophomore year wasn’t about my classes (granted I did take speech and it here I have learned to take nothing for took a lot of guts for me to get up and give granted. You have friends that will come a speech in front of people I hardly knew) and go, teachers you won’t get along with, classes you won’t do well in, school events it was about swimming. It was my first season as a varsity you may or may not attend. But all those swimmer tried to prove myself to my things are what make your high school teammates. I showed up to two-a-days, years fun. These three years have flown by and practiced hard on every set and sucking there is not a second of them I would it up whenever we got punished. My sophomore year was my best change. season to date, our sectional meet at the

Editorial Policy 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 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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It’s a beautiful day on the East Side

OK, I know that there has been a two drives go longer than 25 yards (with one huge firestorm ignited by our win over the ending in a pick). Only two drives produced Greyhounds at state, and I know I probably than 10 plays (one drive yielding only 12 shouldn’t throw any gas on the blaze by yards), and again, only two possessions writing this column, but Carmel, you have ate more than three minutes of clock, with neither more than five. no right to try and claim our title. We were the epitome of ineptitude. We I’m going to explain myself through this little gem that Carmel head coach Mo did nothing right. Shaffer was allowed 54 of Moriarty spouted off following the game: his 57 rushing yards on one scamper. A semi “Last year, we came up a little short… But could’ve been driven through the secondary do you know how you feel when you’ve had untouched. Heck, an o-line that had kept Derek Hart amazingly well something stolen? Well, that’s protected all year surrendered how I feel. We had it stolen.” a sack. Yet all the while, you If I were allowed to say “oh-so-deserving” Greyhounds “LOL” in my column, I totally managed to build only a pitiful would. eight-point lead. Sounds like the First, let’s break down the only thing we did was steal the first half of that little hum-dinger opportunity presented us. and explain what is really And now comes the time meant by “a little short.” The that you’ve all been reading Greyhounds, favored over the for: Erik’s spin on “The Catch Center Grove Trojans to hoist Erik Jones Heard ‘Round the North Side.” the trophy in ‘08, managed to Associate Editor Or more aptly, “The Catch blow a 19-point fourth quarter Complained About ‘Round the lead. Not only did you lose the North Side.” title, this choke job was one for Look, Magee may not have been in the record books. That’s right. The biggest meltdown in 5A bounds. I don’t know. I can’t see plays championship history is really just coming develop on a molecular level, like you all up “a little short.” Whatever helps one sleep seem to think you can. What I do know however, is that there was definitely going at night, I suppose. Then, you have the nerve to claim that to be a pass interference call on the Carmel DB. I also know that there was :01 left on you had the game “stolen” from you. the clock. That means first and goal at the Wow. Just wow. Football is a game of numbers, and one. That means one more play. That means tie ball game, Carmel. these particular stats show why Carmel didn’t even “own” the game enough to have That means overtime, though considering Warren’s string of brilliant performances it “stolen.” The Warriors converted every single against the Greyhounds in extra periods, “our one of their seven fourth down situations, time” seems so much more appropriate. So really Carmel, can you call it stealing including all five in the fourth quarter. I don’t care if you’re coaching the Indianapolis Colts when you wrapped the game up for the or some pee wee team, if your defense can’t Warriors like an early Christmas present? I stop the opposition on fourth down, you will think not. Sure, your team and fans may forever not, repeat will not, win that ball game, as you give away five chances to ice the ball see red about this game. So will I, because nothing will change game. In addition, I am fully convinced that the color of your second-place medals. Warren just decided to take a break during Nothing will change the final 42-36 score. the most of the second, third, and fourth And nothing will change our record-tying quarters. From 7:12 remaining in the first seventh state title. So zip it, Whippets. half until 4:40 left in the fourth, we had just

Owl Staff Editor-in-Chief Haley Dickey Associate Editor Erik Jones

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Features Staff Emily Abrams- Editor Imani Scott-Smittick Ayla Hardy

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Children’s Christmas Party M

“Merry Christmas,” a young child gleefully shouted as she piled off the bus and hurried in line for her next instruction. “Haven’t you ever been here?” another child questioned. For some, this is their first year at WCHS Children’s Christmas Party. Emily, on the other hand, has been here a couple times, and she is only in the third grade. However, her smile and watchful blue eyes mirror the appreciation and joy she has being here. The second bus arrived, and instead of lining up, the students rush into the school, seeking shelter from the cold. Many giggled as the others look with urgency to find their sponsor. High school students hold up their signs and smiled, calling their child’s name. “It makes kids so much happier because we make it possible for them to believe and have that Christmas spirit,” junior Tim Cho said. It is true, because this Christmas party provides the presents, the food, the arts and crafts, and especially, Mr. and Mrs. Claus. As Billy walked up to get his picture taken with Santa, he held Tyisha Hamilton’s

hand and rushed to the chair with excitement. “All the students are so helpful,” Mrs. Claus said. “We are so blessed.” Not only are the students involved, but the principals as well. Patrick Patterson, Dean of Hawthorne, found himself intrigued by a boy named Mark’s artwork on his new Lite Brite, “This picture is going to be on a magazine somewhere!” The teachers and principals stay and monitor the children as they open presents and make arts and crafts. “This is one of the highlights of the year,” Phil Talbert, principal of Hawthorne, said. “This is a dream come true.” Every year, Warren “adopts” children from surrounding schools and provides them with gifts and necessities. However, this year there has been an increase in children and families, instead of donations. “I have noticed that there was less involvement in getting donations this year,” William Meredith, a Warren Central Mathematics teacher, said. “In the past we have raised $1,400, but this year we raised $1,200.” No matter the amount, Meredith tries to adopt a brother and sister every year and this year he has adopted seven children. Warren itself has

adopted 85 childr elementary schoo adopted children as well. However, they are being gi Walmart. “I try to get en dinner to the fam sisters,” Meredith These childr specifically requ Children’s Chris organizations th use. “Because of t to spread them o are all met,” Patte From playin Mrs. Claus, the bo another will neve are placed in a saf others with simila to help and make that one night. Ho end up affecting “It’s a great t said. “It touches

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ren from three Warren Township ols. In the past, classes that have n received help from the stores , this year instead of a discount, iven gift cards from Meijer and

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Grade: Senior Activities in school: Student Council president, Just Say No, Latin Club Activities OUT OF school: work at Diary Queen

nough money to provide a turkey milies when I have brothers and h said. ren are picked by teachers or uested by the families. StuCo’s stmas Party is one of many hat these elementary schools

the increase in children, we try out as much as possible so they erson said. ng Sorry to meeting Santa and ond that students build with one er be lost to time. The children fe environment where they meet ar situations and who are there e their lives a little bit better for owever, sometimes the children the sponsors instead. thing to do,” junior Devin Scott my heart.”

Halloween: Woods and boyfriend Matt Spicuzza dressed up as Disney’s Aladdin and Jasmine.

ing the Christmas Party, Warren dopted” child opened presents, watched movies and did crafts.

What is your strangest habit? I write really slow.

Photos/Emily Abrams

most embarrassing moment at school. One time in middle school, I tried to slam my gym locker shut and it came back and hit me in the face.

What’s something you wish people knew about you? I drive a mini van. most Interesting thing you’ve eaten. Squid.

FAVORITES Music

Indie rock and Lady Gaga

Color

Yellow

Movie

Pulp Fiction


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Guitar Hero: Van Halen (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PS2) December Also check out: 22 The Saboteur (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) 12/8 This new release from Guitar Hero will once Resident Evil Archives, again make you feel like a rock star. Resident Evil Zero (Wii) 12/1 With 25 Van Halen songs, along with a mix of 19 equally powerful tunes, this game is sure to be fun for all Van Halen fans, or anyone who Avatar (PS3, Xbox 320, Wii, PC, just feels like they could use a little PSP, DS) 12/1 rock-and-roll.

“Witch & Wizard”- James Patterson December 14 Whit and Wisty Allgood are two of the thousands of young people who are taken from their homes and accused of being witches or wizards. Like in many other James Patterson books, such as “Maximum Ride,” readers can expect a sinister approach from the government. Now Whit and Wisty have to use their abilities before the government takes away everything from their music, freedom, and even their lives. Also check out:

Lady Gaga – “The Fame Monster” – December 8 This new EP will keep fans of Lady Gaga very happy. The eight-song set features exactly what made Gaga famous in the first place—fun, up-beat songs with fantastically bad lyrics to keep everyone listening entertained. The set list has something for everyone, from a bouncy, nightclub-themed “Telephone” to a raw, gorgeous “Speechless.” Stocking stuffer? I think so. Also check out:

We The Kings – “Heaven Can Wait” 12/8 30 Seconds to Mars – “This Is War” 12/8 Chris Brown – “Grafitti” 12/8 Lil Wayne – “Rebirth” 12/15

“Need”- Carrie Jones 12/8 “The Vinyl Princess”- Yvonne Prinz 12/22 “Virus Attack (Hero.com)”- Andy Briggs 12/22 “Fallen”- Kate Lauren 12/8 Sony Finger Vein Authentication Scanner- December 18 Sony’s new Vein Authentication Scanner makes breaking into a computer almost impossible. This device plugs into the USB port on any computer and makes sure the only person logging on is the owner. The price tag might be a little high at $350, but is there a price on security? Also check out: Vostro V13 netbook—Late Pandigital Portable Photo December. Printer—December 8

Johnny Marks created the music for the special.

“Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer” is the longest running Christmas Special, debuting in 1964.

With the exception of Charlie-in-the-Box, none of the Misfit Toys have names. The doll on the Island of Misfit Toys seems pretty normal, but according to creator Arthur Rankin Jr, “She was cast off by her mistress, and clinically depressed, and they didn’t have Prozac back then.” There was at first no ending for the Misfit oys, but a scene was added after the public protested against this. Hermey is the only elf without pointed ears, and the only elf with hair on his head.

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Yukon Cornelius’s sled dogs are a Cocker Spaniel, a Poodle, a Saint Bernard, a Collie and a Dachshund.

Each clay character figure costs $5,000 to make. “My cat, Persephone. We call her Sephie.” Lydia Thornburg, Senior

“This little kid with Down Syndrome gave me a card and some candy.” Megan Horton, Junior

“A bike! I was little and when I rode it down the hill, I couldn’t touch the pedals.” Carlos Martinez, Sophomore

“I don’t know what it was called, but it was this awesome slide projector.” Chandler Taevere, Sophomore

At the end of the movie, when Rudolph is pulling the sleigh, there are only six reindeer instead of eight.


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Third ranked Lady Warriors come up short against defending National Champions, give Giants toughest competition of year to date By Alyssa Jennings Sports Writer The Lady Warriors are continuing their season with a 7-2 record and second place ranking in the MIC. The girls’ four-game winning streak was ended on December 1 as they lost to Pike 61-59. But never doubt the Warren Central girls basketball team. With great team chemistry on and off the court, the girls stay focused on their goal and work hard to come out with a win, even when the going gets rough. “Our team chemistry off the court is outstanding,” head coach Michael Brooks said. “I have never been around a group of girls who spend so much time together outside of basketball. As far as on the court chemistry, we are improving each game.” The girls faced the Carmel Greyhounds on December 3, within a week of the Warriors beating Carmel in the state championship football game. With much tension in the air between the schools, the Lady Warriors came out with a 71-64 overtime win, even without senior center Kristien Malone who is out with an arm injury. The team was led by senior Brandi McKinney who ended the game with 30 points. McKinney and seniors Jordan Barton and Taylor Ford are leading the team this year. These ladies are consistent throughout each game. However there are some other ladies that are stepping up and making the transition into leadership roles. Sophomores Linzi Moore, Kalliste Haskins, and BreAnn Denny are all showing great leadership as underclassmen. Brooks believes the season is going well at this point of the season. Although, he said there is still room for improvement and they still have a lot of work to do. The girls also competed in County last Tuesday at North Central. They faced Perry Meridian in the first round. Between the Warriors’ fast pace and endurance, the Falcons could not keep up. The Warriors dominated throughout the game due to the Falcons suffering from the loss of their best offensive player due to injury and poor shooting from the free throw line. The Warriors won 56-44. The girls advanced to the quarterfinals of County last Thursday against Roncalli. They dominated throughout in their 57-42 victory. McKinney and Moore led the team with a combined total of 33 points. All of Moore’s points came in the first half. The girls next challenge was last Saturday as they faced No. 1 Ben Davis in the semifinals of County. Ben Davis held the Warriors leading scorers, McKinney and Burton, to just 11 and 10 points respectively. Ben Davis advanced to the championship, defeating the Warriors 52-40. The girls are looking forward to playing them again on January 15 here at home. “I absolutely love coaching these girls,” Brooks said. “When you have girls that will run through a wall for you, it makes your job so much easier. The girls have their goals set high and all I want to do is see them achieve great things.” The girls’ next game will be at 6 p.m. on December 19 at Lawrence North followed by the Warren Central Girls Basketball Holiday Tourney held here at Warren on December 29 at 10 a.m.

DRIVING HARD: Senior Taylor Ford takes the ball up the court and drives inside the 3-point line in a losing effort to defending National Champions Ben Davis High School. The Lady Warriors were 7-2 before taking on Lawrence North High School on Tuesday. Photos/ Derrick Combs

Athlete of the

Month Brandi McKinney Senior

Points - 89 Assists - 20 Rebounds - 34 Steals - 27 Blocks - 2

2 PT % - 39.3% 3 PT % - 21.4% FT % - 88.4%

Stats through six games Photo/ Taylor Borondy


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Warriors earn first win, improve to 1-2 By Jackson Coram Sports Editor It has been a tough start to the season for the boys basketball team. With two losses to start the season, the Warriors had fallen to No. 22 in the Sagarin Ratings before breaking into the win column against Fishers High School. The boys lost their season opener to Noblesville 67-47 in a game that was only close at the opening tip-off. The Millers of Noblesville jumped on the Warriors early and took a 34-19 lead into halftime. The Warriors followed up with a 54-62 loss to Cathedral High School. It was the third loss in a row to the Irish who have had the Warriors number the last few years. With an 0-2 start, the Warriors made their home debut against Fishers, winning 61-49. The Warriors broke back into the top 20 in the state with that victory. Senior Willie Rhodes has led the Warriors this season with his

TO THE RACK: (Above) Senior Demetrius Cowherd takes it up strong in the Warriors first victory of the season against the Fishers Tigers. The Warriors are now 1-2 on the season. PHYSICAL PLAY: (Right) Senior Willie Rhodes goes in for a layup, but is fouled hard by two Fishers players. Rhodes has been the leading scorer for the Warriors to this point in the season. The Warriors are next in action at home against the Ben Davis Giants on December 18. Photos/ Derrick Combs

effort and productivity. Rhodes has been top scorer on the season with 19 points per game over the first two games. Junior Bennie Bertram is the closest Warrior with eight points per game over the same span. The Warriors, whose schedule has been labelled the most difficult schedule in the state by the Sagarin ratings, have taken on the first part of their difficult schedule in a loss to No. 3 Noblesville. The Warriors will take on No. 13 Franklin Central on December 19 before entering into the Marion County Tournament. The toughest games are still yet to come in late January and throughout February. The Warriors next competition will come in the form of the Ben Davis Giants. The Warriors have not lost to the Giants since December of 2005 and look to continue their four game win streak against the Giants on December 18 at Warren Central.


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Boys find success in early County swim meet tells all season swim meets By Spencer Garnier Sports Writer Usually people think of losing as a bad thing, but for the swim team, this is not the case. Their consecutive second place finishes at the first two meets of the year might not be victories, but they have shown the team has great potential. Those two meets, one against Brebeuf and the other against the combination of Franklin Central and Scecina, showed the boys could post some good times under pressure. However, good times were not the only thing the team proved they have. “A good team has strong leadership, and that’s just what Cameron Lynch and Andy Chorpenning are providing,” Isaac Beauchamp said. Some of this leadership comes from performance rather than what is said.  At the Brebeuf meet Chorpenning, a junior, won the 200-yard freestyle and Lynch, the team’s only senior, won the 200-yard individual medley.  Some might say the success has been contagious. Freshman Conner Finnigan won the

100-yard breaststroke at the Brebeuf meet and was less than one second off the time of the breaststroke sectional champ at the Franklin Central/Scecina meet. Even Coach Jason Lancaster was fairly surprised at how well he did, considering these were his first and second high school meets. Finnigan attributes some of his success to his teammates leadership. “I’ve been inspired by some of the role models on the team, such as Alex (Osborne), Andy (Chorpenning), and Isaac (Beauchamp),” Finnigan said. Lancaster believes that the team did really well at the meets, even if they did not win. “This team has way more talent than any team I’ve ever had before,” Lancaster said.  Some team members echo Lancaster on this matter. “As a team we’ve made many improvements, and if we keep it up then we have a shot at winning sectionals,” Finnigan said.

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By Levi Fistrovich Sports Writer Even though the Lady Warrior swimming and diving team has not come out on top in any of the four meets they have had, moral continues to improve as the Marion County meet approaches this weekend at IUPUI. Last Thursday the Warriors had a trimeet against the Franklin Flashes and the Scecina Crusaders. Even though they placed second by 70 points to the Flashes the Warriors made a strong showing in the 200 free, 100 free and 50 free. Sophomore Monica Mendez showed her strengths by finishing ahead of a tough Franklin freshman in the 200-yard freestyle. Junior Ali Chorpenning swept her events, the 100-yard freestyle and the 50yard freestyle, pushing the Warriors closer to a win. “Girls season is going very well, our veteran swimmers are preforming well and leading our newer swimmers,” head coach Jason Lancaster said. But the focus this season has not been fully placed on the top spots. In order to win swim meets, teams need depth and depth comes from a solid core.

The junior varsity squad has been working along side of assistant coach Matt Brown to improve the group. “I am getting great leadership and great swims out of Tess (Walker) and Tori (Miles),” Brown said. “And my returners are picking up right where they left off.” Even though JV swimmers have a rough time making it to the top, they provide the keys to getting points. In the tri-meet, JV swimmers senior Tess Walker and junior Tori Miles placed top five in their respective events. Walker scored points in her 500-yard freestyle and her 100-yard breast stroke and Miles finished fifth in the 200-yard Individual Medley. “Our practices have gotten a lot more structured,” Walker said. “I believe the conditioning that Coach Brown has planned for us is really setting up JV for great improvement and success.” The Warriors will be heading to IUPUI to compete in the Marion County swim meet this weekend. This meet is the first big meet of the season and could determine how well the Warriors can compete in the sectional meet come February fourth.

New coach and new talent look to reach new heights By Jodi Willis Sports Writer After losing four members, the gymnastics team hopes to bounce back by gaining three new girls. The girls will start their season over winter break with new head coach Darcy Finchum at the helm. Finchum has been the assistant coach for the past three years, so she already has a feel for the program. Finchum is planning on leading the team farther than their fourth place finish in sectionals last season. “We have such a small team, so we really need people to come see us,” junior Shelbie Whitaker said. “Having more fans will really help us out.”

New addition sophomore Amanda Weber will complete the team’s all-around line-up, which also includes Whitaker and sophomore Caitlyn Ward. These girls will be competing in all four events during the season. Sophomore Kailey DeVaan and senior, Emily Christine Hernandez are also new comers that will hopefully help lead the team to big places. Both girls will compete in the floor exercise, and Hernandez will be competing on vault. The girl’s first meet will be on January 7 at Perry Meridian High School at 6:30 p.m.

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Jackson Coram

Forced Out It’s a program filled with talent. Their seemingly endless funds put them in a good position to compete in every sport the school allows, including football. They are one of the most well known schools throughout the state with a reputation of excellence. With all these factors going for them, it brings about the question of why can’t they get over the hump. The fan base has suffered through gut wrenching losses the past couple of years to hated rivals, including a double overtime loss in late November that many believe they should have won. So what is next for a team that has shown great promise the last couple of years, but has fallen short recently? A new coach would be the correct answer, at least for Notre Dame. That new coach is Brian Kelly. While names like Meyer, Stoops, Billick, Gruden, and Harbaugh adamantly denied any interest in the job, Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly’s name was at the forefront of the search throughout. Now that Kelly has the job, what has he gotten himself into? In my opinion, he has been hired into one of the most stressful jobs in the country, second only to the President. I don’t know if it truly is, but it seems to have the same aging affect. Look at pictures from when George W. Bush was first elected and when he ran for reelection in 2004. Over the span of four years, Bush looked like he aged 10 years or more. Even Obama, since beginning his campaign for the Presidential office back in 2007, has shown signs of advanced aging with graying hair and more wrinkles. The position of Notre Dame football coach is similar. Bob Davie’s hair went grey during his short stint as coach. Tyrone Willingham arrived as an intimidating presence on the sideline, but left with grey hair and a slimmed figure. Charlie Weis may have had the biggest change of all. Coming in Weis was a big guy, but over his five year run his hair went grey and his waist wide, looking more like Sgt. Schultz of Stalag 13. Aside from the wonderful transformation in appearance Kelly is in for, there is the actual football aspect, for which I wish him all the four-leaf clovers in South Bend because he will need them. Quarterback Jimmy Clausen and wide receiver Golden Tate have both already declared for the draft. This will obviously provide a clean slate, and a significantly less productive offense. Next year will be interesting for the Irish. A schedule no easier than this past year’s, less developed talent on offense, new coach, new philosophy, and a game against Army at Yankee Stadium can all be the start of an Irish resurgence or another five years or more of football mediocrity.

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Warriors look to make an impact By Petar Hood Sports Writer The Warren Central Warriors wrestling team has snapped out of their early-season funk. Recently, they have defeated North Central in the first home dual and pulled out two wins in the Cathedral Invitational., including an impressive “W” against Avon. What does all this mean? It means the Warriors are starting to live up to the No. 17 ranking they got in the preseason coaches poll and, most importantly, it means the Warriors are gaining momentum. The Warriors are led by seniors Michael Johnson-Jones and Brandon Wright. Jones is No. 2 in the state in his 189 lbs. weight class, while Wright is ranked No. 1 in the state in his 119 lbs. weight class. There are several other talented wrestlers on the team fully capable of holding their own against the best. “We expect to have numerous state placers,” said head coach

Daniel Williams. Williams, who is in his first year as the coach of the Warriors, was a two-time state champion himself when he was a wrestler for Warren. The Warriors are a young team, but they will have plenty of chances to prove themselves this season. They hope to improve and make a statement to all wrestlers in the state that they are a force to be reckoned with. “We just keep progressing,” said coach Williams. The No. 15 ranked Warriors are well-coached, and have a lot of good, young talent. They now have a little momentum on their side, but will need to keep it up and continue moving in a positive direction if they hope to accomplish their goals this year. Coach William’s team will next be in action this weekend at the Marion County Tournament hosted at Lawrence North High School.

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Warren Central Fall Sport Award Winners Football Shakir Bell - 2009 Indianapolis Star from the Indianapolis Area Indianapolis Star Super Team selections for Indianapolis Area Running Back / Shakir Bell Center / Mike Gegner Defensive Tackle / Kris Harley All-County Team Quarterback / Derek Hart Running Back / Shakir Bell Center / Mike Gegner Defensive Tackle / Kris Harley Athlete / James Manuel Honorable Mentions Defensive Lineman / Elijah Jones Defensive Back / Nate White Offensive Lineman / Brandon Blackburn Defensive Lineman / Keith Brown Wide Receiver / Maurice Magee Running Back / Jamal Bolden Linebacker / Koree Terrel Associated Press All-State team class 5A Running Back / Shakir Bell Center / Mike Gegner Defensive Tackle / Kris Harley Honorable Mention Quarterback / Derek Hart Defensive Back / James Manuel

Volleyball All-County Second Team Nikki Thompson / Libero Honorable Mention Rachel Wilkinson Sarah Johnson Casey Clark Heather Smith Addie Taljonick

Girls Soccer All-County Honorable Mentions Emily Klacik Emily Abrams

Boys Soccer All-County Honorable Mention Christian Wilson (Information provided by indystar.com)


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What’s it like... By Imani Scott-Smittick Features Staff

To be a Boxer: Tosha Smith That first step is a jump into a whole new world. Empowering. Bodies shake with adrenaline and gloved hands hit lifeless bags. There is no going back. The clock ticks as the bass of Papa Roach blasts through the speakers and women of all ages go from one station to another with red faces. Rock Steady Boxing builds the true personality of a boxer, without having to compete. Junior Tosha Smith has been coming to this all-girl boxing class for almost a year. With a sergeant’s voice, trainer Kristy commands the women to t heir different stations a n d wo r k s them with

To rock climb the Appalachian Mountains: Jack Chamberlain How long was his trip?

A two-week expedition to find his worst fear and conquer it.

more intensity than any other environment out there. From push-ups to switches, there always is some soreness involved. These women work nonstop, except for maybe a 30 second break before beginning again. The stations range from pull-ups, taps or throwing a medicine ball into a hard punching bag. Entertainment Sports Programming Network has stated that boxing is the hardest sport ever done and it is true. Boxing pushes until those knuckles find that right place and where all that emotion can be packed into just one tiny red bag. “I have no reason to stop,” Smith said.

How did he start climbing? Instead of a trip to Disney World, his grandparents took him to North Carolina to attend a rock climbing class.

Favorite part of his trip?. The adrenaline rush and the fact that rock climbing opens the door to skydiving and base-jumping.

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I was scared of heights at first, but now it is exhilarating.” -Jack Chamberlain, sophomore

To go to Guatemala: Sarah Horn

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To be a voice on the radio: Eric Banton

How long was her trip?

How long has he been doing radio?

A week during Spring Break.

With whom did she go with on her trip?

3 years, took the beginning class his sophomore year.

How did he get started?

Horn went on a mission trip with her family.

Banton had a friend in radio that recommended it and thought it would be cool to do.

Favorite part being on the radio? Photo/Taylor Borondy

Calling the state football game this year.

PLAY-BY-PLAY: Banton calls the winning touch down.

It’s cool to walk down the halls and have some buddies say, ‘Hey, I heard you doing the game Friday. You did really good’. ” -Eric Banton, senior

Favorite part of her trip?

Photo/Sarah Horn

ANOTHER ADVENTURE: A favorite part about Horn’s trip was visiting the elementary schools where children rushed to get their picture taken.

Getting to know the families she helped.

It was worth it to see how happy the families were and made me so thankful for what I have.” -Sarah Horn, junior

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