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Warren Central Publications
Friday, December 14, 2012
Volume 91 Issue 5
Iâ€™ll be home for Christmas
Photo by Kelsie Williams
Next week, thousands of soldiers will be reunited with their family and friends as they return home for the holidays. Learn more about the excitement students have as they anxiously wait for the arrival of their loved ones on pages 8 and 9.
December 14, 2012
Clubs overcome middle of the year slump Clubs at Warren get ready for the new semester by kaylawilliamson news editor
s the end of first semester is drawing to a close, winter activities such as robotics are gearing up to start their season. Other clubs that started in the fall like Just Say No have already organized and carried out events throughout the semester. Groups such as Take a Stand are planning for next semester. Here is a preview of three clubs that have been hard at work.
Just Say No Thirty-three percent of teenagers killed in a car accident were not wearing seat belts according to Center for Criminal Justice Research’s Indiana 2011 Traffic Safety Facts Young Drivers. From a survey taken by Just Say No, 27 percent of students at Warren do not wear seat belts while driving. “Every time you get behind that wheel, or even front seat passenger, you need to have your seat belt on,” Ms. Deniece Carmean, sponsor of Just Say No, said. Just Say No is currently working with Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) to promote teenagers wearing seat belts. A seat belt check was organized November 28 to see if Warren students are safe while driving. Through promoting and sending over 250 flyers to the faculty at Warren, Just Say No hopes to lower the percentage of students not wearing seat belts by March. “I know that there are people who say that if you hadn’t been wearing a seat belt that you might have lived through a crash,” Carmean said. “But the statistics show more lives are saved by wearing your seat belt than not.” The club also promotes saying “no” to any dangerous habits such as texting while driving, drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Along with the seat belt check in March, Just Say No will also be supporting a campaign against texting and driving in February. There will be a speaker, T-shirts and other promotional items. “It has been a great year,” Carmean said. “We have a lot of members and are doing more and more things to get the word out for teens to make the right decisions.” SOPHOMORE KESLEY GORDON takes a tally of front seat passengers and drivers that wear their seat belts while driving. The information collected was totalled, coming to the conclusion that 27 percent of students at Warren Central do not wear their seat belts. Photo from The East Side Voice
Take a Stand
“About 160,000 kids miss school each day, K-12, because of bullying,” PTSA President Julie French said. “About 15 percent of your student body is going to be bullies or be bullied, and 85 percent are bystanders.” During the past two years, PTSA and Take a Stand has been working on training and gathering money for future bullying events. About 1,500 bully pledges and Take a Stand bracelets were signed during all lunches November 19 through 21. Pledges were also available during the Drama Department’s Bully Plays December 3, 4 and 5 in the Studio Theatre. Take a Stand has been led by PTSA since May 2011. They have been talking to Mr. Rich Shepler and sending out students to gather sponsors, grants and other funds. In the summer, members of Take a Stand went to a two-day training session at the Peace Learning Center. Another training session was held November 30, during school for those who missed the summer session. Future training sessions for those who want to participate in Take a Stand will be held at the end of the year. For more information, contact Julie French at email@example.com.
VEX TEAMS COMPETE with robots that are supposed to pick up and move hackysacks. Teams started in September and will continue to compete in the spring.
After 12 years of developing champion robots, Warren Robotics shared their experience with other budding Marion County robotics teams on December 1. During this morning workshop at Warren, Brad Snodgrass, a former Warren Robotics mentor, taught Marion County teams with the assistance of the Jay County High School Robotics Team. Teams were able to watch robots being built, programmed, and also become familiar with the organization of competitions. In the afternoon, once the workshop was over, the Warren VEX Robotics Regional Sack Attack Qualifier Tournament was held in the Commons. Fifty-six teams competed against four Warren teams, attempting to maneuver their robots to move sand bags in an arena. “[We’re] kind of like a company,” Mr. Randy Decker, sponsor of Warren Robotics, said. “We have an electrical group, mechanical group, programming group and a public relations group.” Out of 60 teams, Warren’s top team placed 27th. “Overall it was a good competition that our organization put on,” Decker said. “Our teams however could have done better.” VEX Robotics also has another major competition in January. Mayor Greg Ballard held a press conference at Warren November 20 announcing the first regional citywide VEX competition January 19-20 at Banker’s Life Field house. Thirty-eight high schools around Marion County will be participating in this competition. The top four teams will be able to travel to California to compete in the World Championships. As the VEX robotics season begins, the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) robotics program is already warming up for the larger competitions in the spring. According to Decker, this program is considered the “varsity” of the robotics program. Students create larger, more complex, robots to compete in a game that will be given in January. They will have six weeks to plan, create and program the FOX 59 RECORDS Warren’s VEX robotics robot to compete in regional competitions teams competing against each other in a in March. practice competition. Teams competed after a press conference with Mayor Greg Ballard For more information on the robotics on November 20. team visit www.warrenrobotics.org. Photo by Kelsie Williams
December 14, 2012
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SOPHOMORE JOE MASSINGALE stands dejectedly in an empty parking lot party, while others laugh at him. The play “Bunch of Clowns” was performed December 5 in the Studio Theatre as part of the three-day Bully Plays performed by the Drama Department. Photo by Jessica Gibson
Finals Schedules Tuesday, December 18 Period 1
7:20 - 8:07
8:13 - 9:00
9:06 - 10:05
47 minutes+12 announcements
10:11 - 10:58
11:04 - 12:31
50 - 56 minutes + lunch
12:37 - 1:24
1:30 - 2:50
Wednesday, December 19 Period 1
7:20 - 7:44
7:50 - 9:10
9:16 - 9:55
24 minutes+15 announcements
10:01 - 11:21
11:27 - 12:54
50 - 56 minutes + lunch
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At a Glance
WARREN CENTRAL MUSIC DEPARTMENT
The Warren Central Music Department was named 2013 Grammy Signature Schools SemiFinalist for the eighth consecutive year from 2006-2013. Warren Central is the only Indiana Semi-Finalist to earn consecutive honors this year. Winners will be announced in March 2013.
BD & WC UP FOR PRIZE IN POLL
Ben Davis and Warren Central was chosen as one of the top rivalries in the Midwesta and the top rivalry in Indiana. Winners of the US Today poll win $5,000 for each program.
FCA DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is hosting their annual dodgeball event Tuesday, December 18. Entry fee will be five cans per person or 50 per team and they will be collected at the door for those who want to be spectators. For more information, contact Mr. Gary Roberts in H109.
One Heart, One Mind is teaming up with Child Fund International to help children globally have a more enjoyable holiday season. You can purchase presents in your name (or someone else’s) that will help a child in Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean, and Indonesia.
VARSITY BRAIN GAME TEAM
The Varsity Brain Game had won their first victory of the season Thursday December 6. They played Broad Ripple at WCHS and was ahead the entire meet, winning 49 to 32.
December 14, 2012
What do teachers do outside of school? Teachers have interesting lives once they leave school grounds by taylormeyers staff writer
utside of grading papers and making up more work for students to do, teachers live normal lives like everyone else. When teachers leave school, no one knows what they do with their free time. Would you ever guess that they have weird hobbies like any other normal person? They do, and they are not really that weird.
Mr. Tyson Fritts: Skateboarding Extraordinaire Starting at age 15, Japanese teacher Mr. Tyson Fritts learned how to skateboard. “My favorite place to go to skate is Major Taylor Skate Park,” Fritts said. To this day, he still skates, just to have fun. Another one of Fritts’ talents is that he taught himself how to build motorcycles. “I still do it all the time,” Fritts said.
Ms. Melinda Bowman: Viola Enthusiast At the age of 6, German teacher Ms. Melinda Bowman started playing the piano, and at age 9 she started to play the viola. With her mother being a piano teacher, she learned early and with a school system that was heavy in music, Bowman learned to play the viola just as early. “I immediately wanted to play the viola, and I do not know why I picked that instrument but I did,” Bowman said. Bowman is involved in the Caramel Symphony Orchestra, which has practices three to four times per concert cycle. With this few rehearsals, Bowman has to make time to rehearse on her own. “I don’t always practice as much as I would like to, but I always reserve some time to practice before we have our rehearsals,” Bowman said. One of Bowman’s other hobbies is that she is trilingual. “I always wanted to learn German, and that is what I am currently teaching; however, they did not offer German at my school, so I took French instead,” Bowman said. After high school, Bowman still wanted to learn German, so she went to Germany as an exchange student, knowing very little German.
Mr. Richard Reed: Superhero Items Collector “I began because my wife told me that I needed a hobby,” English Department Chair Mr. Richard Reed said. Now, after about 10 years of collecting superhero memorabilia, almost all of Reed’s basement/family room has been transformed into what his wife likes to call “The Fortress of Solitude.” Reed has now collected around 400-500 pieces of superhero merchandise. “It started as Superman, but it is now a lot of DC Comics heroes,” Reed says. When Reed was little, his parents would not let him read comic books and that had always been something that he wanted to do. So, when his wife asked what a good hobby would be, superheroes popped into his mind. “I didn’t play golf or tennis or anything like that, so I started collecting comic books,” Reed said. What started out as a hobby has now transformed i n t o something much bigger for Reed. Cookie jars, glasses, figurines, boxes of comic books, and many shelves filled with displays of superheroes cover almost all of his basement. His wife had the right idea when saying he needed a hobby.
Mr. Drew Emery: Equestrian “I grew up riding and I probably started jumping about three years ago,” Biology/Bio Med teacher, Mr. Drew Emery said. Since he was 8 years old, Emery has been riding horses. Three to four times a week, he is dedicated to riding. Emery rides with an organization called Hunter & Jumper Association, which has competitions in the same styles of the Olympics. “We generally compete in Kentucky, Chicago, and many different cities,” When Emery is not horse-back-riding, he is competing in Dock Dogs, a dog competition to see which dog can jump the farthest off of a dock, with his dog Cooper. “It’s just another thing to do to stay active,” Emery said.
December 14, 2012
Lots of toys from our JROTC girls and boys JROTC collects toys for national charity by sierrahawthorne staff writer “If we don’t take care of our own, who’s going to?” Master Sergeant Vincent Liddle, Marine Corps JROTC Military Instructor said. Toys for Tots is a non-profit charity that helps less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of a Christmas and to play an active role in the development of the nation’s most valuable resources-our children. November 1 through December 23, the ROTC sponsors will help deliver a new toy for Christmas and a message of hope to the less fortunate children to assist them to become responsible, productive, and patriotic citizens. On Christmas, coordinators distribute the toys with the assistance of many other people from the community. The program is directed by the Commander, Marine Force Reserve, and the assistance of his staff, from the Marine Force Reserve Headquarters in New Orleans, Louisiana. Collection and distribution of toys takes place where a Marine Corps Reserve Unit is located. The program takes place every year and helps unite all members of local communities.
This is the third year that Warren has been involved with the program. “The best thing is the people knowing that the toys that we collect here are going to stay here,” Liddle said. Members of the community drop off new, unwrapped toys in collection boxes and put them in local businesses. Boxes are located in the main office and the counseling center in the Walker Career Center at the school. The toys are picked up and stored in warehouses where they are arranged by age and gender. The price of the toy does not matter and the age limit is 16 years. Toys for Tots started in 1947, when Col. William Hendricks and Los Angeles reservists collected and distributed over 5,000 toys to needy children. The idea came from Hendricks› wife Diane. His wife crafted a handmade doll and asked Hendricks to deliver the doll to an organization that would give it to a needy child for Christmas. No organization existed at the time and his wife suggested that Hendricks start one. The project became so successful that the Marine Corps adopted the program in 1948 and then expanded it into a nationwide campaign. “I love the program,” Liddle said. “Through my career I have collected, but there is nothing like giving back.”
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2012 Christmas Statistics • Christmas wasn’t declared an official holiday in the United States until June 26, 1870. • The 25th of December was not celebrated as the birthday of Christ until the year AD 440. • Each year between 34-36 million Christmas trees are produced for the holiday. • Eating Christmas pudding in many households predicts your fortune for the coming year. Statistics from kidsgen.com
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6 Opinion We Think... owl staff
Editor-in-Chief/ A&E Editor Mercadees Hempel Associate Editor/ Opinion Editor Katie Jones Web Editor/ Advertisement Asia Lipinski News Editor Kayla Williamson Features Editor Shanelle Bender Sports Editor Petar Hood Sports Staff Haley Neligh Joe Spears Staff Writers Deja Bullock Sierra Hawthorne Taylor Meyers Photography Editor Kelsie Williams Photography Staff Heather Brady Cayla Clifford Jessica Gibson Auntia King Graphics Editor Jessica Gibson Adviser Mr. Mark Haab Principal Mr. Rich Shepler
Bullying: a repeated act of abuse or harassment. This is a definition everyone should put to memory, as bullying is sometimes misconstrued to be one action. But there are many forms and ways and means for it to take place, but are we turning a blind eye to those being bullied? Over the past year or so, there has been a nation-wide surge towards bullying prevention. Warren has also taken steps through enforcements on bullying policies and Take a Stand with Fox 59. But is that enough? The Take a Stand group has been notably dormant until late this year and still not much has been seen of them. But bullying cannot wait. If we do not stand up soon, stand up now, then when? When will it be appropriate to fight a rising epidemic, gone untreated for so long? Yet, still there may be even a deeper laying problem. Something we will now coin as “bullying censorship,” done by exclusion. It is what gets lost in the midst of the anti-bullying groups and the campaigns. We miss it sometimes because we do not realize it is happening. In many school systems, things get left out when discussing the wrongs of bullying. All we hear is how terrible it is and that many times it happens to students who are “different.” We are confined to a set of guidelines of “do’s” and “do not’s.” We are not free to openly say what needs to be said against certain issues within the education forum. Students get bullied for many reasons. Being different is, in fact, one of the reasons. But “different” is a big word. Different could be homosexual, pregnant, have a disorder or handicap, rough home life, dress a certain way or simply not considered “normal” by the teen in-crowd. Yet, many times we are not allowed to talk about all the reasons. We cannot be afraid to use these words. This lack of acknowledgement
cannot, however, be solely placed on the school’s administration. We as a community, as a society, have reduced ourselves to a place where we must be obliging to everyone’s sensibilities. Thus, as a “politically correct” culture, we tend to allow ourselves to pass over crucial points and issues when it comes to discussing them in the educational system. But facts show that nine out of 10 homosexual teens have been bullied, 23 percent of bullying happens due to how the students dress or their physical size, and four percent of bullying occurs because students have a handicap or learning disability. It is parents who do not think it is appropriate to talk about sex, violence or sexuality. It is legislatures and school board members, scared to offend the parents of these “different” students or those who do not agree with certain aspects of social issues. It is all of us, being told what to think and what not to think, and what to say and what not to say. These are the things that will ultimately hinder us from truly striking out against the problem of bullying. You want to take a stand? Prove it. Take a stand against the barriers that force students, teachers and administration to curb their stance. We have to if we ever want to reach the real problem. That is not to say that any of us will change the opinions of those who disagree with the topics of homosexuality, teen pregnancy and so on, but that does not mean they will not support a cause worth fighting for. No one deserves to be bullied. So, here’s to saying what needs to be said. Homosexuals should not be bullied. Pregnant teens should not be bullied. Handicapped or those diagnosed with disorders should not be bullied. People who dress or look different should not be bullied. Those who are not like you should not be bullied, because no one deserves that.
December 14, 2012
Faces in the Crowd
What is the worst part of the holiday season? Why? “Snow, because it’s too cold and you can’t go outside and enjoy the weather. If it was warm, the holidays would be perfect.”
Jerry Zetina, freshman
“I like all of it, but I hate waiting for Christmas to come. After Thanksgiving, everything seems to go so slow. I get anxious, not only for presents, but for all of the family that comes to town.”
Jermaine Brown, sophomore
Thumbs THUMBS UP TO the world ending in a week. Still waiting to get invited to an “End of the World” party. Just saying. THUMBS UP TO the semester almost being over. Just in time for the Apocalypse... Or your parents seeing your grades. The effect is similar. THUMBS UP TO “The Hobbit” being released today. Nerd fans, polish your pocket protectors and get ready for a new year of geek-tastic and literary movie magic via not only “The Hobbit,” but “Star Trek,” “Les Miserables,” “Iron Man 3,” “The Great Gatsby,” and “Man of Steel.” It’s enough to give you an asthma attack.
THUMBS DOWN TO Finals. Time for our grades to once again be decided by our ability to take one test worth 98.5743 percent of our grade. THUMBS DOWN TO tickets for Taylor Swift’s April concert selling out in less than an hour. Swift fans are probably seeing “RED.” Ba dum tish. THUMBS DOWN TO having no money Christmas time. It’s the season of giving but it’s hard to be generous when you can’t even afford to buy the gas to drive to the store to buy the presents you want to give to your loved ones. It’s a vicious cycle ending at “Here’s a candy bar because I’m broke.”
“Realizing how many families are in need. We raise money and get gifts for them for a good cause, but seeing want and need in little kids’ faces breaks my heart.”
Taylor Lee, senior
December 14, 2012
by mercadeeshempel editor-in-chief It was December of 1997. I was three years old, two months away from being four. My little brother, William, was two. Life was pretty rough at this time. My dad was out of work, and my mom was a waitress at a little café on 10th and Jefferson. We didn’t have a house, so we were staying with my grandma. With buying diapers, food and trying to save up for a house, Mom and Dad could not afford Christmas that year. Mom decided to enter Will’s and my name into Target’s Angel Tree. Our names, genders, ages and sizes would go onto a little ornament and would be hung on a tree in the Target store. People would come up and pick one child’s name off the tree. They would then buy the child’s Christmas. One night, Mom scooped up Will and me so that we could go to the RCA Dome where the party for the Angel Tree kids was being held. It was freezing and right before Christmas. Since we didn’t have a car, Mom had to carry us from 10th to Michigan to catch the bus that would
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take us to the RCA Dome. At the Dome, there was food, kids, grown-ups and Santa Claus. Mom remembers how many children were there the most. Will and I each received a brand-new coat, an outfit, toys and a picture with Santa. It was amazing how generous people were to complete strangers. Someone only knew our names, ages and that we needed help. That was enough for them to give it to us. I never forgot that story or when we were struggling that much. Most of all, I try not to forget the people that are struggling as much as we were. On newspaper staff, we always receive a child whose family cannot afford Christmas. Reading their wish lists and seeing what they need, it always takes me back to that place. It is why when my faithful friends, who know that money is still sometimes tight for my family, offer to pay my portion of the bill for our kid’s Christmas, I refuse. I have to do it because once upon a time someone did it for me. I hope everybody at one point or another knows the divine feeling of having someone help them for absolutely no reason. More than that I hope they can return the favor for again absolutely no reason. I have always been grateful for growing up the way I did because I appreciate what I have now so much more. All year, things seem so dark and gloomy in the news and current events, but once Christmas comes around, I remember that room of people that did not have to be there. We tend to forget that there is more good than bad in the world. Helping a family have a Christmas, not the getting but the giving, is what brings joy to the world.
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By Jessica Gibson
“All I want for Christmas is my Twinkies back!”
Letter from ByMs.TonyaMason a Leader Art Teacher
If I knew then what I know now, I would have taken the road less traveled. I would have made my own path. I would have said;” Tonya, you can do it!” I would have written my own chapter instead of allowing life to dictate what my book was supposed to be. I would have smiled more and cried less. I would have dumped that guy instead of wasting time on a relationship I knew was going nowhere. I would have painted the roses while I smelled them. I would have sung sooner, laughed longer and worried less. I would have taken all the lemons life threw at me and made one heck of a lemon cake, then sold the slices. I would have done so much differently. I would have listened more and talked less. Yes, Mrs. Mason would have talked less. Unfortunately, I didn’t know. So I had to learn the hard way. I banged my head against the wall. I shed countless tears and lost myself in the midst of all my mess. I went through a lot that could have easily been avoided. I failed to listen. I didn’t learn from my mistakes or the mistakes of others. Jimi Hendrix said, “Knowledge speaks, wisdom listens.” In my youth, I was not wise enough to listen. I’m older and wiser now and I feel it’s my
obligation to impart knowledge. I want to be to others what I wish someone had been to me. I had a great upbringing. My parents are still married and I never lacked any good thing growing up. However, even in a great home I had my challenges. It would have been nice to have someone to talk to. Who knows, maybe I would be that fashion designer living in New York by now. Maybe people would be rockin’ my label and making me rich. So, my journey took a detour. I am overjoyed for the ride. I am rich beyond measure! I have three awesome sons, two beautiful step-daughters and a devoted husband. I finally figured out the formula that worked for me. I know who I am and I love me. I give more now than I take and I genuinely care about the well-being of others. I have a purpose. I have a calling, and I am walking the path God ordained for me. Find your purpose. Know who and what to stand for. Give more than take. Make the world a better place. When it is all said and done, leave a legacy to be proud of. I know I will.
December 14, 2012
Students prepare to be reunited with their loved ones this Christmas
Photo provided by Megan Dyer
y brother came back home for about two weeks from Saudi Arabia a couple months ago. My brother has been in Saudi Arabia for almost one year. His home base is in El Paso, Texas, but he’s currently stationed in Saudi Arabia. He comes home December 24. With him being gone, it makes me feel scared and lonely at times. We did a lot together, and I was so used to seeing him at my bus stop everyday to drive me home and just seeing him in general. My brother and I have a great brother and sister relationship, but we are so close that we are kind of like best friends. He can usually call me about twice a week. Whenever he comes home and I see him, I usually just instantly start crying. It makes me so happy to see him after a long time without him. Right before my brother left for Saudi Arabia, he made me a Build-A-Bear and when you press its hand it says, “I love you Megan and miss you very much.” When he came home for about two weeks, he also bought me a necklace. I’m proud of my brother for serving our country because, even though I can’t see him very often and I worry about his safety, he loves what he does and he shows it. This is the first Christmas that my brother will be home for in three years, so I’m so excited that things can kind of go back to like they used to be.
-Megan Dyer, Freshman
Photo by Jessica Gibson
ded by Justin Sparks
December 14, 2012
Photo provided by Madi Lawver
aul came home for two weeks this summer. The last time I saw him was at the airport when he left on June 24th, 2012 to go to Alaska. Saul has been gone for 154 days (as of November 25) and is stationed in Fort Wainwright, Alaska. He will come home for Christmas this year. Saul and I were together for six months before he left for basic training in November 2011, so I knew our entire relationship would change, but you can’t really prepare yourself for a military relationship. So, when he was in basic training in South Carolina for three months, I wrote him a letter every single night, without fail. I have tons of friends that have supported me through this, but no one can replace the relationship I have with him. Each other’s safety and well-being is really important to us because it is very easy to get sad and lonely when you aren’t physically with each other. It goes by so slow when he’s gone because I wish I could see him, but it adds up quickly, and once he is home it is all worth it. Every time I know he’s coming home, I get so nervous like it’s the first time that I’m seeing him. I spend six to eight months dreaming and waiting for this moment of when he comes home, I just get speechless when the moment actually happens. Everything reminds me of Saul, I have a pictures framed in my room with him starting from the first month we were together up until him leaving the summer. I also have my promise ring he gave me when he came home this summer. I wear it every single day without fail so every time I look at my hand or my left finger, I’m reminded of him and how we are committed to each other. I’m really proud of Saul for serving our country, I think it is a privilege to be dating someone and being able to say that your boyfriend fights for everyone in America, and even all over the world. The hardest part about him being gone is just realizing that our relationship will never be the same. We will never get back the time we’ve lost, or the time that we haven’t spent together. Another hard part is that we aren’t promised tomorrow or another day, so you never know when you’re going to see him next or if you will see them again. I don’t think about that though, it’s too hard and surreal. I know that it is more than likely a blessing in disguise, and I know God has great things in store for our future.
he last time I saw Hedy was back in September for 10 days. She was gone three months before hand. She is stationed at Camp Fort Leonard, Missouri, and she comes home on the 20th of December. It’s been really hard since she has been gone. We dated for four months before she left ,and I was with her day in day out and ever since she has left it has been hard. I’ve just been missing her a lot and hoping she’s safe. Hedy and I are really close. We talk all the time whether it is Skype, text or phone calls. We have been together for 10 months, but I’ve only seen her about 4 and a half months out of the ten we’ve been together. We talk everyday, but when she first left I didn’t get to talk to her unless it was through a letter ,but now we can talk on phone and text. I’ll feel amazing when she’s back home and I’ll probably take her to dinner and a movie the first night she’s back I have a lot of stuff that reminds me of her from the hoodies that I borrowed, to all the pictures of her and I. I have two pictures beside my bed that reminds me every morning of her when I wake up. Hedy should be well respected for all that she does. She deserves it like every past, present, or future military member. I’ll feel great once I graduate and will be going into the Marines and serving my country as well. The hardest part is seeing all the couples, wishing I had her in my arms. It just tears me apart, but a relationship needs to be strong, and I think we have proven that ours is.
-Justin Sparks, Senior
-Madi Lawver, Senior
December 14, 2012
Resurrection of records
Raw talent and classic music makes a comeback as records rise in popularity by dejabullock staff writer Records are not just old, big CDs that collect dust in grandma’s attic. Before iPods, cell phones, CDs and tapes, there was the vinyl record. The question now is: why are records coming back? They are not as clear and crisp as the CD. “The record is so much real sounding. Its counterpart, the CD and the Internet, compress the music, which is not its real sound,” says Mr. Richard Dayment, “People want the real thing.” While listening to vinyl, it feels as if one is actually there with the artist as they were creating the song. Baby boomers are the ones bringing the phenomenon back. They are trying to remember their youth. By doing so, they have rubbed off on the younger generations. The younger generation has become amused and smitten to the vinyl record. Students such as senior Ben Chaney are getting into the trend. “I love listening to rock bands from the1980s on vinyl. The sound is a lot more clear,” Chaney stated. Not only are music lovers going back to listening to old records, but also modern artist are coming out on vinyl. John Mayer, Coheed & Cambria, and Dave Matthews Band are offering vinyl to their listeners. The vinyl sound is so different from that of a CD or an Mp3 file. Listeners are almost getting cheated because they will never know the absolute difference there is. Artist of the new millennium are realizing that their music sounds better on the records
instead of the CD›s or on MP3 file. So, they are now trying to give their listeners the joy of some really great sounding music. People are not only attracted to the realness from the record, but also the artwork. Record artwork is just magical. In the CD or on the MP3 file, people don’t get the chance to have this big piece of art covering the music they love. Basically, it is killing two birds with one stone; people are buying great music with a free work of art to go with it. To see if vinyl records are better than the CD or the audio files go to Karma. Karma is a record store that has been open since 1974. Karma does not only sell records, but they sell CDs and cassette tapes. They also sell used and new albums. If buyers do not see what they are looking for in the store it is possible to order the album they were looking for. If buyers have any questions on music, they should just ask the Craften twins. They both have a good ear for good music. If buyers are concerned about the prices, have no fear. Prices range all across the scale. A classic Lou Rawles album costs $2.99, while the re-mastered 14-piece set of the Beatles cost $399.99. Prices depend on how rare the record is. If listeners want albums that no one else has, they are going to have to dig deeper in their wallets. Vinyl is back for a reason. Take off the ear buds to your iPod and take a chance. Buy a record, go to your grandmother›s house to use her old record player, and enjoy the realness of music. It just might be life changing.
What the fans say:
• In 2007, RIAA estimates that 1.3 million vinyl LPs “Our first album was Kiss ‘Destroyer.’ We were 6 years and EPs were shipped in the United States, the highest old living in Ohio with our little record player listening it has been since 2004. to Kiss. It is so great working at Karma because we get paid to do our hobby.” • The highest selling vinyl album was The Beatles -Shawn and Rich Craften, Karma “Abbey Road,” with 41,000 copies. “Vinyl just sounds better. I listen to a lot of rock bands • Last year Americans downloaded 1.27 billion from the 80s. “ songs, which means vinyl accounts for 3.9 percent of -Ben Chaney, senior the market. “CDs are too artificial. They are too clean. There is no • The first record, the 12 inch Longplay, was first character to CDs. The vinyl record has a more familiar introduced at a New York press conference on feel. When I listened to music the most (in my high June 21, 1948. school and college years) I always listened to it on vinyl. My records are like old friends.” • Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” came out -Mr. Richard Dayment days before the first CD.
The 1823 poem by Clement C. Moore, “A Visit from St. Nicholas” is credited with the idea of Santa having eight flying reindeer. There is a theory that all Santa’s reindeer are all either girls or they are neutered, because male reindeer loose their antlers in the winter. No two antlers are the same; every antler has its own shape and design. The names of Santa’s reindeer are derived from Germanic words for thunder and lighting. It is suspected that Rudolph’s dad is Donner. Reindeer are also known as caribou.
In Alaska, reindeer used to pull sleds to deliver mail. Rudolph is not apart of the original eight reindeer. He did become a part of Santa’s team in 1939.
There is a zoo in Illinois where people can purchase real reindeer poop. The poop is sanitized and dehydrated then painted and turned into “magical” jewelry and ornaments.
December 14, 2012
Movies you have to see (before you die)
After asking teachers, critics and students, it has been deteremined that these are the once-in-a-lifetime films that have to be seen at least once in a lifetime by mercadeeshempel editor-in-chief
o you love movies and are you bored over Christmas break? The Owl staff, teachers and the top film critics recommend these films to help pass the long winter days. However, these are not just films for the winter season. They are the movies you have to see before you die.
“CASABLANCA,” starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart, was released in 1942. It was directed by Michael Curtiz
“THE GODFATHER” hit theaters in 1972. It starred a young Al Pacino and legendary Marlon Brando.
“Citizen Kane” (1941) Released in 1941, “Citizen Kane,” directed by Orson Welles may be old, but its storyline is ageless. With numerous awards and critical acclaim, “Citizen Kane” is still to this day after 70 years cited as the best film ever made. Newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) has recently died, his last words being “Rosebud.” Nobody knows what the word is referring to, so a young newspaper reporter begins to solve the mystery. Through a series of flashbacks, Charles Foster Kane’s memorable and sad life is told. “The Godfather” (1972) Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) is the aging patriarch of an organized crime empire. He plans on passing the torch to his veteran son Michael (Al Pacino), who is reluctant to take his father’s place. As old family values conflict with the world’s new ways, Michael learns firsthand what terrible prices the mafia pays. “The Godfather” stood out among other gangster films because it was one of the few that perceived the Mafia through the perspective of an inside person, not just an outsider looking in. This is what made the movie a success with not only critics but real life gangsters who could relate to the film. This deep and personal look from the inside continues to have the same effects on viewers 40 years later. “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” and “We’re Off to See the Wizard” are just a few of the enchantments “The Wizard of Oz”
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“SCHINDLER’S LIST,” released in 1993, is considered one, if not the best, film by director Steven Spielberg. Liam Neelson leads the cast as Oskar Schnidler.
had on viewers. It was the first film to be shot in color, it had the best special effects and it was based on a classic book and Judy Garland’s portrayal of Dorothy with her faithful dog Toto are a few of the reasons why “The Wizard of Oz” is one of the best films in cinema history. After being magically transported to the land of Oz, Dorothy and Toto set out to find the Wizard with her new friends, the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the Lion, in hopes of getting back home to Kansas. This is a movie every man, woman and child should see. It is a wholesome tale that perfectly defines friendship, love, courage and that there is no place like home. “Schindler’s List” (1993) “I could have gotten more out.” This sentence is only six words long, and yet is full of so much emotion and anguish, it literally tears apart the heart of whoever is listening to it. This, in a sense, is what the “Schindler’s List” experience is like. Oskar Schindler (Liam Neelson) sees the Holocaust as a way to make money. When he opens a factory, his Jewish workers begin to see it as a haven where no one is killed. Schindler, after seeing the horrific actions of the Nazis (look out for the girl in the little red coat), develops new motivation and works to save the lives of 1,100 Jews. Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on a true story, this is a film that perfectly captures the beauty and brutality of humans. “Casablanca” (1942) Will there ever be another film that is just as quoteworthy? From “Play it once, Sam” to “Louis, I think this may be the start of a beautiful friendship,” the dialogue is as memorable as the plot. It is a love story between two people, Isla (Ingrid Bergman) and Rick (Humphrey Bogart), who are reunited during World War II. Although they want to be together, they later learn that the fate of the war is bigger than the one of their love. Heartbreaking and uplifting, happy yet sad and completely unforgettable, “Casablanca” remains a much loved favorite among movie lovers everywhere.
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Mr. Richard Reed Casablanca Forbidden Planet The Day the Earth Stood Still Young Frankenstein Citizen Kane The Wizard of Oz The Searchers Lincoln Ms. Heather Starks Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner An Imitation of Life Cat on a Hot Tin Roof An Affair to Remember Pulp Fiction To Kill a Mockingbird The Princess Bride Ms. Carrie Reiberg Little Women Toy Story 3 Dirty Dancing
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The Goonies A Room with a View The Princess Bride Ms. Cindy Taylor 1. The Wizard of Oz 2. Schindler’s List 3. Forrest Gump 4. The Way We Were 5. White Christmas AFI’S 100 Years 100 Movies Top Ten List 1. Citizen Kane 2. Casablanca 3. The Godfather 4. Gone with the Wind 5. Lawrence of Arabia 6. The Wizard of Oz 7. The Graduate 8. On the Waterfront 9. Schindler’s List 10. Singin’ in the Rain
December 14, 2012
Working through pain Wrestlers and swimmers put their bodies to the test year-round to ensure they perform at a high level when the winter sports season rolls around by joespears sports staff
SENIOR DANNY HERRICK
Boys Basketball Record: 4-0 Next Game: Tonight @ Ben Davis Top Performers: Devin Davis: 21.3 ppg Jordan Garnett: 13.5 ppg Jaraan Lands: 6.5 ppg Sam Thompson: 8 ppg
very year, high school sports teams practice year around so that they can compete at the highest level and play for a state championship. Workouts for teams during the offseason consist of running and lifting weights so they can stay in shape before and after the season. During the regular season, teams practice on plays, staying in shape, and getting ready for an upcoming opponent. However, for wrestlers and swimmers, practices and conditioning is much different than any other sport. From the vigorous workouts, to the diets the athletes must take, these student athletes put their bodies to the ultimate test to be at the top of their game. For swimming, it is a complete year-long process. Many of the swimmers swim competitively on a club team all year-long and only get a few weeks off in March and July. This keeps their skills sharp for the upcoming regular high school season. The way the swimmers train is also different than many of the other teams around the state. This includes a lot of abs training and upper body training that will help the swimmer conquer the water resistance and swim faster. They also get up early during and before the season for early morning workouts. The regular season practices in and of themselves are much harder than most teams. Each swimmer has a particular amount of laps in the pool they must do and they are pushed hard by the coaching staff to do them in a certain time. With the water resistance, this makes the process difficult and tiring for each swimmer and puts them in top shape during the season. When it comes to tapering before a big event, the swimmers use this to heal and recover from the long season. “When we get close to a taper meet such as Sectionals or State, we cut down on the yardage and intensity of practices,” head coach John Sincroft said. “By not doing as much we usually do, it allows the body to heal and recover from the season of training.” Something else swimmers do that is different is shaving their arms, head’s and legs. It
Girls Basketball Record: 3-4 Next Game: Tonight vs. Lawrence N. Top Performers: Allyson Fields: 9.5 ppg Tia King: 9.0 ppg Brianna Jones: 6.8 ppg Tyler Jordan: 5.4 ppg
is not mandatory but most of the swimmers wait to do this until Sectionals or the State meet. “It helps takes off some weight,” senior Josh Garmon said. “It gives us new skin that slides the water off and lets us go more smoothly.” On land, the wrestling team may have one of the hardest and intense training. Throughout the season, the wrestlers are constantly fighting to gain and cut weight for their upcoming matches. They have to make sure that they are consistent in making their weight. For this they have to train harder during their practice to make themselves sweat more. This would include a lot more running and lifting more during the practice. “Cutting weight is a hard process, but a simple philosophy,” head coach Danny Williams said. “ If a wrestler needs to cut weight, they must burn off more calories than they intake. It is one of the things that makes wrestling so difficult and rewarding.” Making weight is a priority for wrestlers. There is no particular diet but each wrestler has their own special diet. This could range from fruits to a no carb diet. “We instruct our wrestlers to consume numerous small meals throughout the day,” Williams said. “ Typically, wrestlers should get some kind of carb in the morning and at lunch. Fruits are eaten at every meal.” In the offseason the team practices at least four times a week together not focused on their weight but on being in shape. Many of the wrestlers go to camps and training centers where they focus on different wrestling styles such as freestyle and Greco-Roman. “There’s nothing like a full six-minute match,” senior Danny Herrick said. “It uses every muscle in your body six minutes straight, nonstop. You will fatigued if you take one day off.” Every practice consists of intense running to make sure each wrestler in top shape and to make sure their stamina is up. Even while they are working on their techniques, this still puts every wrestlers body through a grind. As they spar with each other, every member is put to the test as they try and work on their techniques so they are at the top peak of their ability so they can outperform their opponent for their next match.
Wrestling Record: 11-0 Next Match: 12/15: County @ WCHS Top Performers: Georgio Blades: 220 lbs - Ranked 5th in state Deondre Wilson:120 lbs: 4th Shabaka Jones: 145 lbs:10th
Swimming Next Meet: 12/15: County @ IUPUI Top Performers: Connor Finnigan: 2:05.36 in 200 IM (school record) Paige Finnigan: 2:21.38 in 200 IM (school record) Josh Garmon: 53:93 in 100 Butterfly (school record)
December 14, 2012
Swimming teams start season off on right foot
by joespears sports staff Coming into this season, both the boys and girls swimming teams had high expectations. The girls started off their season before the boys with a home meet at home against Lebanon. As a team the girls were not able get the win. However, freshman Paige Finnigan started her season out on the right foot by finishing first in the 500 freestyle and the 200 IM. Both the boys and girls competed together in their next home meet against Perry Meridian. The boys finished first and were led seniors Josh Garmon and Conner Finnigan. Garmon broke the pool record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.93 and Finnigan broke the pool record in the 200 IM with a time of 2:05.36. On the girls side, Finnigan led the girls but as a team they could not get the win. For their next match, the boys and girls would go on the road to arch rival Mt.Vernon. In this meet the boys were
again able to get the win. The girls again were not able to get the victory. Following the Mt.Vernon meet, both teams headed to Southport to compete in the Cardinal Classic. In this event they would be going up against seven other schools. The boys and girls finished in third place. With the impressive finishes for both the teams, they next headed to Franklin Central to take on both Franklin Central and Scecina. The boys were able to come out with a close two point win over Franklin Central and finished first in the event. For the girls, they finished second out of the three teams and Finnigan once again broke the 200 IM record with a tome 2:21.38. “I have been really happy with both teams so far this year,” head coach John Sincroft said. “I was hoping the girls team would be a little bigger this year but the girls who have came out are getting a lot faster and having fun.” Both teams traveled to Shelbyville to take on the Golden Bears. The boys again finished first and the girls got their first win of the year.
Athlete of the Month D e c e m b e Averaging 9.5 points per r game, 4.3 rebounds per Senior Guard ALLYSON FIELDS
game and 2.5 steals per game.
Wrestlers make statement by petarhood sports editor Coming off of an appearance in the state finals last year, the wrestling team faced high expectations coming into this season. Head coach Danny Williams added a nice crop of talent to a group returning much of their lineup from last year, and so far, it has worked out even better than expected. The team was ranked eighth in the state preseason as they headed to their first event of the year. The Capital City Classic was hosted by defending state champions, and the team that defeated the Warriors in the first round of State last year. The Perry Meridian Falcons hosted seven teams from around the state in a massive tournament to kickoff the season. The Falcons won the tournament, but the Warriors came the closest of anyone to beating them. They accumulated 291 points to net a strong second place finish. And now, it’s nearly a month later, and Perry Meridian is still the only team to defeat the boys. Williams and his squad have taken out conference foes North Central and Lawrence North, as well as a previouslyranked Greenfield Central team. They won the Showdown Duals at Lafayette Jefferson High School, as well as the Super Six Invitational at Cathedral High School. In those events, they defeated Guerin Catholic, Zionsville, Delphi, Indianapolis
Washington, Triton Central, Avon and then third-ranked Cathedral. Even more impressive than the boys’ 11-0 record in duals, is the fact that they have defeated each and every one of those teams by 19 points or more, and seven of them by 40 or more. “I think our season is going extremely well,” Williams said. The team has moved up to sixth in the state, but they will be tested over the next few weeks. They compete in the county tournament, which includes Perry Meridian, tomorrow. “You can’t be scared of them,” Williams said of the number one Falcons. “You wrestle them as hard as possible.”
Photo by Kelsie Williams JUNIOR KATRELL MOSS attempts to wear down his opponent during the team’s match with Greenfield Central on December 5. Moss was victorious, and the team won the match, 46-22, as they improved to 11-0.
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December 14, 2012
Hoops teams get big early season wins
Boys find ways to win early on in the season, helped by the production of ‘Mr. Basketball’ candidate
SENIOR DEVIN DAVIS drives against Cathedral’s Collin Barthel in the team’s openingnight win. Davis went on to score 30 points and grab 15 rebounds in the Warriors’ 61-60 win. This past Saturday, Davis scored his 1000th career point in the team’s 58-49 win over the Avon Orioles.
by petarhood sports editor
Photos by Kelsie Williams
JUNIOR DEVON HAWKINS dribbles up the court with Cathedral guard Mo Evans shadowing him. Hawkins is currently out with a concussion.
So far, so good. The boys basketball team was expected to be one of the best teams in the state coming into the 2012-13 season. They are only four games in, but so far, it has gone as it was supposed to. It has not been easy, but undefeated is undefeated. It is never easy when your first three games of the season are the following: a matchup with the preseason number one, followed by two road games. That is exactly what was facing the team right out of the gate. The first game of the year was in front of a packed-house, and on television. Right away, all eyes were on the Warriors. Number one Cathedral and its roster loaded with talent came swaggering in, having defeated Warren the last two years. The Warriors came out firing in the first quarter, forcing turnovers, and getting to the free-throw line, but a near half-court buzzer-beating shot by Cathedral guard Mo Evans changed momentum. The Irish kept momentum for the rest of the first half and built a six-point halftime lead. But the second half was a different story. Behind Mr. Basketball candidate and senior leader, Devin Davis, the team took the lead early in the third quarter and never relinquished it. Davis scored 19 points, and junior forward Jordan Garnett
added 12 in the second half, as the boys ballooned their lead to nine with under two minutes to go in the game. Cathedral mustered up a furious rally to cut the lead back to one, but the Warriors hung on in the final seconds to knock off number one, 61-60. The next night was not any easier, as the team found themselves down by eight points at the end of the third quarter, on the road, against a tough Franklin Central team. But another strong fourth quarter, again led by Garnett and Davis, gave them a 61-55 win. A few nights later, the boys scratched and clawed their way to a 57-54 overtime win at Fishers. The Avon game was not nearly as close on Saturday night. The Warriors got the lead early on and maintained a double-digit advantage for most of the game. The final score was 58-49, but the story was not the win. A floater in the middle of the lane midway through the third quarter of the game gave Davis his 1000 career point. Davis is only the second player in school history to reach this plateau. The only other player to do so is Davis’ head coach, Greg Graham. “It felt pretty good to do it in front of a home crowd,” Davis said. Davis averaging 21.3 points per game, as he leads his team into what will be one of the toughest schedules in the state over the next two months. “I know the job is not finished,” Davis said. “The ultimate goal is to win state.”
Girls experience growing pains, as well as early season success in head coach’s first year by haleyneligh sports staff New coach, new players, new team; that is the motto for the girls basketball team this season. Already having faced some of their biggest rivals, this team is coming together well, and Head Coach Lawrence Courtney foresees a great future for this young team. “They are still learning each other as teammates because this is a young team,” Courtney said. “I am pleased with the hard work and determination I see these girls play with on a daily basis.” Coach Courtney and his coaching staff came in with a completely revised system of play, and the girls have had to adjust to that. He sees a lot of positives coming out of this system. “The girls doing a wonderful job of being unselfish,” Courtney said. “They also do an awesome job on defense. They are very scrappy and have determination that no one will score on them.” Although taking a tough loss against MIC opponent Center Grove in their first game, they fought back and won their next two games against Brebeuf Jesuit and Indianapolis Arsenal Technical. They took one more tough six point loss to number 10 ranked Pike High School.
“We let them on a run late, didn’t finish out the fourth quarter,” Courtney said. The next game for the team was against the school wide rival Carmel High School. In the last minutes of the game, junior Tia King hit a three point shot to keep the team in the game. Down by one with less than 30 seconds to go, King hit a pair of free throws to give her team the lead. The girls went on to beat the Carmel Greyhounds 49-48, a huge MIC win for the team. In the first round of the Marion County Tournament the girls took on their previous opponent the Brebeuf Braves. Brebeuf came up on top in this close match up winning the game, 42-39. On Tuesday night, the team traveled to Lawrence Central and took a 21-42 loss to drop their record to 3-4. Being a team that lost five seniors from last year, this is a big rebuilding year. However, you cannot count the girls out yet to be a dangerous opponent come postseason. “By the end of the season, I think we will be one of those teams that no one wants to play because they will be so dangerous to play against.” Their next game will be tonight at home against Lawrence North. Followed by a game at North Central December 27.
SENIOR FORWARD TYLER Jordan makes a strong move in the post around a Carmel defender during the team’s 49-48 comeback win over the Greyhounds. Jordan is averaging 5.7 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game. Photo by Kelsie Williams
December 14, 2012
Bowling team has success in the early part of program’s inaugural season
Haley’s Highlights Here’s to Fair Weather Fans On January 7, Notre Dame will take on Alabama in the BCS championship bowl in sunny Miami, Florida. With an undefeated season so far, the Indiana University men’s basketball team holds on to their number one preseason ranking. Butler Basketball went to the NCAA title game two years in a row. For a team like Notre Dame, travelling is not a problem. They have one of the largest fan bases in the country. You name it, Notre Dame has alumni from there, with school spirit that never diminishes. To those who have been die- hard fans since day one, fair weather fans are possibly their worst night-mare. But if you ask me, what is wrong with supporting the home town team even if it is just when they are having success? Sure, fans may claim to hate Purdue, but when they were good at basketball, everyone stood behind them just the same. I saw a Robbie Hummel fan base similar to that of Cody Zeller. When Butler basketball made history going to title game two years running, everyone was a big fans. Over half of the fans were new to the Bulldog Nation, but merchandise flew off shelves like they had been the best team for years. Is there really anything wrong with that? I don’t think so. Who cares who people root for, especially when rooting for the hometown team? The Colts are a great example of this. Before four-time MVP Peyton Manning was sidelined with a neck injury, the Colts had sold out 113 of their last 114 games. But after a 2-14 season last season, season ticket sales fell by almost 3,000 to start the 2012 season. Now, with an 8-4 record, the Colts look to be on the rise again and people are getting their hands on every ticket they can get. This shows the support of the hometown team doing well, and people wanting to be a part of their success. With that said, I know the frustration behind band-wagon fans. If you claim that you have been a fan of a team your whole life, but didn’t say anything until the day they were good, don’t even bother trying to bustle with the big fans. I will be the first person to admit that I was once a Boilermaker fan, but then swiftly switched to a Hoosier fan once my sister became a student in Bloomington. I was enthralled with the passion that being a Hoosier held, and I couldn’t resist joining the fan base. However, I will never admit to being a fan for my whole life, because I would be one of those “fake but real fans.” The point of being a fan is believing in the team. You have to believe they deserve to be where they have gotten, despite where they have been in the past.
have to pay a penny. “I was lucky enough to get a company to donate the money so the Each and every one of the Warren team members do not have to pay the winter sports teams have experienced fees,” Williams said. The team practices every Monday some semblance of success in the early parts of the winter sports season. But and Wednesday at All Star Bowl, and they compete in there is one team that matches once a week may have out-performed “The guys have with various teams in everyone else through their league. November and the early done a great job “As with any part of December. It’s sport: the more you do not the fourth-ranked of representing it, the better you get, basketball team, or the so the free practice sixth-ranked wrestling themselves and All Star provides us is team. So who? That’s Warren Central” invaluable,” Williams right, our very own said. bowlers are having a -Head Coach Larry Williams T h e re a re t h re e season to remember different high school in their first season of existence. leagues in the city of Larry Williams was the man who Indianapolis: South, West, and North. resurrected the bowling program. The Warren competes in the North league school had a team a few years back, along with Carmel, Cathedral, Chatard, but the sport was cut due to a lack of Brebeuf, Hamilton Southeastern, Lawrence North and Lawrence Central. funding. “When I started at Warren last year, So far, in Williams first year at the helm, I realized they no longer participated, his bowlers have defeated four (Carmel, so I tried last year but started too Cathedral, Chatard and Southeastern) late,” Williams said. “This year I of those seven teams. Their only two started early, with approval from the loss came in weeks five and six to the administration, and got the team put Lawrence North Wildcats. The team is 4-2 with the postseason looming. together.” “Our early success was a team effort, One of the big factors in bringing bowling back here was money. Many helped by an easier first half of our schools around the area have teams, but schedule, but we continue to improve due to tight budgets, force their bowlers each week, with our main focus being on to help pay for things like practice times getting ready for Sectionals,” Williams at various alleys. Williams knew that said. Kyle Kearns, Quinn Hall, Josh going in, and was able to make it so the bowlers who made his team would not Taylor, Tyus Wilkerson, Darius Gardner, by petarhood sports editor
Kameron Battle, Correy Wells and Sadel Watson make up the roster. “The guys have done a great job of representing themselves and Warren Central,” Williams said. The Warriors will bowl three more times in the regular season, with one of those matches being at their home lanes, All Star, before sectionals begin on Janurary 26.
KYLE KEARNS FIRES a ball down the lane during a recent match with the Lawrence North Wildcats. The team went on to lose the match by one pin, but they have a 4-2 record. Photo by Kelsie Williams
FCA set to sponsor a dodgeball event that will provide for the community by joespears sports staff FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Seniors Derek Burdick, Jessica Greiner, Rebekah Pack, Evan Faunce and junior Haley Neligh
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is hosting their first annual dodge ball even on Tuesday, December 18 at 6:30 p.m. They are looking for coed teams with 10 players. The entry fee will be five cans per person, or 50 cans per team. There will be two brackets of six teams with a round robin format. A trophy will be rewarded to the team crowned the champion. The entry fee for spectators is one can per person. FCA has grown over the course of three years, and this event will give a great opportunity to learn more about the group. Cans will also be collected at the door for those who want to be spectators. For more information on how to join a team, see Mr. Gary Roberts in H109.
December 14, 2012
Dashing through the halls with presents in bags, STUCO works to put together a merry little Christmas for children on the nice list The 2012 children’s Christmas party helped around 80 kids this year. Teachers, students and organizations joined he hustle and bustle of the holiday season together to raise money and buy gifts for those has officially begun. less fortunate than themselves. Shoppers have begun And on December 5, young buying presents and the season boys and girls gleefully ripped “I feel like I’m of giving is underway. No one through tissue paper and bows knows it like the members of making a difference and strings to see the presents Student Council. “Santa” had so generously in these kids’ lives, Three o’clock December brought for them. 5, 2012, members rushed back “Look what I got” and because without and forth preparing for the “This is just what I wanted” annual children’s Christmas rang through the air as the this program, they party. Crafts had to be laid out, children happily thrust their food brought in, Santa had to be wouldn’t get a whole new belongings in the faces of flown in with his reindeer and their sponsors and friends. All lot for Christmas. the kids had yet to arrive. in good cheer, of course. “We had lots of different After opening all of his This way, they get an people to check with and lots neatly wrapped presents, one of crafts involved,” Diana opportunity to meet little boy leapt to his feet with Hancock, one of the Student joy and ran across the room Council officers in charge of the Santa and be a normal to where Santa sat with his event, said. “We had to talk to wife, Mrs. Claus. He threw his kid.” schools to get kids together and arms around the jolly old man, we had to get the kids lined up shouting “Thank you, Santa!” Addie Runkel, junior with the teachers, which was His sponsors looked on with stressful.” smiles on their faces, not caring Diana Hancock, Addie that he may have thanked the Runkel and Ricky Johnson headed the organization wrong person. The delight on his face was thanks of the party this year. All three were assigned enough. particular jobs in order to get the project off the The hearts of Warren Central students and ground and running properly. faculty grew three sizes that day as they saw the Though the three of them had never before joy on each child’s face. And the Student Council put together a big event like the Christmas party, officers know they made a difference. the ship sailed smoothly that Wednesday night. “It feels really good,” Addie Runkel said. “I feel “It was a lot of hurry up, then wait,” Addie like I’m making a difference in these kids’ lives, Runkel said. “We would get stuff done and have because without this program, they wouldn’t get deadlines, then wait because we didn’t have the a whole lot for Christmas. This way, they get an kids’ names yet. Then, it gets really hectic. The opportunity to meet Santa and be a normal kid. day before and the day of are really stressful.” It’s great.” by katiejones associate editor
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KIDS eagerly rip through their presents in the commons. Each child was assigned to a club or seventh period Photos by Kelsie Williams class.
ONE BY ONE each child greets Santa and Mrs. Claus.
A LITTLE BOY runs and gets his picture taken with Santa.
PIZZA FROM PAPA JOHNS is the most delicious part of the night. Cookies and soda were also ready to be devoured.
FELT, GLUE AND COTTON BALLS are laid out for the children to make their own ornaments.