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Page 10 The Oscars premiere Sunday with their choices of best movies, but the Owl staff is throwing in its opinion on who is really award worthy.
Friday, February 22, 2013
The dead is walking again. With “The Walking Dead” coming back from the dead and “Warm Bodies” releasing in theaters, zombie fans do not have to wait for the apocalypse.
When pursuing a scholarship in collegiate athletics, it is more than just being talented on the fields or courts.
Warren Central Publications
Volume 91 Issue 7
a TAIL TAIL of FOUR Four paws Students tell about rescuing animals from the streets and animal shelters, welcoming them into their homes and into their hearts on pages 8 and 9.
Photos by Kelsie Williams
February 22, 2013
WCC Leadership visit nursing home
Leadership Council comes home with touching stories from Miller’s Merry Manor by kaylawilliamson news editor
ne word can change a person’s day. One word can change a person’s life. While visiting Miller’s Merry Manor Nursing Home (16th and Arlington Street,) the Walker Career Center (WCC) Leadership Council spoke with a blind man who did not have many visitors. When senior Queshala Irby introduced herself as Shala, the man, John, thought she said Sheila, the name of his daughter who does not visit him anymore. “He got really emotional thinking it was her,” Irby said. “I didn’t know what to do. I kind of wanted to cry with him.” As Irby and junior Astrid Hunt left, Hunt said “Bye, John,” and the man started crying again because he does not hear his name spoken much. “It was a neat experience for everyone,” WCC Leadership Council advisor Mr. Nathan Criswell said. “The thing is some of these elderly people don’t have visitors. You can tell the nurses and the people who ran it how much they appreciated the students coming there.” For several hours on a January afternoon, five members from the WCC Leadership Council spent time at the nursing home talking and playing bingo with the residents.
JUNIOR BEN HYNDS plays bingo with the residents at Miller’s Merry Manor Nursing Home. Five members of the Walker Career Center Leadership Council visited the nursing home in Janurary and came back with touching stories of the residents living there. Photo provided by Nathan Criswell
Many of them do not have many visitors. “I talked to a man named Gregory,” Junior Ben Hynds said. “Gregory liked us a lot. He said that he was very happy to have our company because nobody ever visits him.”
‘Big Mouth’ as winter play This year’s winter play prepares for the performances February 28 through March 2 Latin American country at an “unspecified” time. “The idea is that the show is supposed to be relevant to anywhere that there is war “Hold it right there, kid!” a border and anytime when there is suffering,” Ms. guard says. “You’re under arrest!” Rebecca Schlomann, director of the play, Terrified and defeated, Miguel is said. bound and taken to a courtroom. Junior Tara Eubanks (La Calavera) “Where are your parents?” the judge said that she’s really surprised how far the asks. “Where are you cast has come. Currently from?” they are on schedule, “This is a really good “I come from a small working on costumes and village…” recording sound effects group of actors. I’m This sets the play for the play. really excited for it “¡Bocon!” into motion “This is a really good to come to life and as Miguel explains his group of actors,” Eubanks adventure across the everyone to come and said. “I’m really excited border, escaping the for it to come to life and see it.” police and regaining his everyone to come and voice to the court. see it.” Junior Tara Eubanks When 12-yearMiguel’s journey starts old Miguel’s (Darian when father is working in Woods) parents are taken by the secret the field, the secret police comes to take police, he tries to escape to the United him away. When Miguel’s mother protests States border. While on the run, he loses his capture, the police also take Miguel’s his voice. As he runs from his old life of mother and scare his voice out of him. hardships, Miguel meets others who will Miguel will have to overcome Death–La help him on his journey to Los Angeles Calavera–in order to find his voice again. and the recovery of his voice. “When he’s talking, he’s very loud, First premiered in 1989 in Los Angeles, like me,” Woods said. the one-act contemporary political fable Tickets can be purchased for $8 at the “¡Bocon!” will be performed in the Studio box office, warrepac.org, or 317-532-6280. Theatre on Thursday, February 28 through “We are right in the thick of things,” Saturday, March 2 at 7 p.m. Schlomann said. “We’re starting to work This play takes place in an “unspecified” on the really fun, juicy acting work.”
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One woman always keeps a chair by her wheelchair so people can talk directly into her ear. Even then Irby had to yell everything she said in order for the woman to hear. “One of the nurses started tearing up,” Criswell said. “She couldn’t believe one of our students would sit for as long as they did just talking to the people.” Every year, the WCC Leadership Council participates in community service events, social events and at least one fundraiser event. Any type of event held at the Walker Career Center, the WCC Leadership Council promotes and attends. This year, they have been at the American Education Week at the mall, given tours to freshmen from other schools and attended Careerfest. As they brainstormed for new activities, an idea came up about visiting the nursing home. “I thought it would be nice to go talk to people,” Irby said. “Basically we went to keep a lot of people company.” The council plans on visiting the nursing home again in the future. “It makes you think about your own situation,” Criswell said. “If you have any grandparents that are in the nursing home you should make sure you stop and visit them because it means so much for them.”
February 22, 2013
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News 3 At a Glance WINTER GUARD
The WC Band and Guard is hosting the 2013 Winter Guard International Indianapolis Regional Contest Saturday, February 23 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, February 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Warren’s World Guard will perform Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $12 for preliminaries, $17 for finals or $25 for a combo.
Delegates Jake Pridemore and Alexis Schroeder recieved vocal recognition at the Model UN February 9.
ISSMA DISTRICT VOCAL/PIANO SOLO & ENSEMBLE
“GINGER COUNCIL,” the winners of Lip Sync February 6, perform “What Makes You Beautiul” by One Direction. Similar to a Justin Beiber concert, almost all the girls started screaming and jumping up from their seats when the members Ben Hynds, Elliot Dant, Rob Coram, Will Patterson and Luke Dant appeared on stage. Photo by Kelsie Williams
JROTC collecting donations for veterans The JROTC is collecting items for veterans through the Indianapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Cetner. Items range from comfort items (suchas sunscreen, deoderant and hand sanitizer) to clothing. Only new items are accepted. Items should be dropped off at the MCJROTC room by February 7, when the items will be boxed up for transport.
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Choir students Allison Downing and Allison Zwickl received gold ratings in their piano solos to ISSMA District Vocal/Piano Solo and Ensemble January 26.
Indiana Thespians State Conferance Directed by Ms. Carrie Reiberg and Mr. Jeffrey Dalstrom, approximately 20 advanced drama and tech theatre students participated in the Indiana Thespians State Conference at Vincennes University on January 25, 26, and 27. Each student was judged on either a performance or technical set up. Winners include: Emily Kipp, Kristen Gibbs: Best of Show-Experienced Duet Acting Meghan Barras, Tony Weatherington: Excellence Ribbon-Experienced Duet Acting Austin Russell, Ivana Nikic: Excellence Ribbon-Experienced Duet Acting Emily Kipp: Excellence Ribbon-Experienced Monologue Meghan Barras: Superior Ribbon-Experienced Monologue Tony Weatherington: Superior Ribbon-Experienced Monologue Kayla Carroll: Best of Show-Technical Theatre individual events Costume Design Melissa Franklin: 3rd place-Props Set Up Technical Theatre
CADG STEP SHOW AND BALL
Class Act and Distinguished Gentlemen will have a step show March 8 at 7 p.m. and a CADG Ball March 15 from 8-11 p.m. Tickets will be sold in the cafeteria and room L101 for the dance ($8) and $5 for the step or $10 for both.
Senior Austin Russell won Best Male Solo at the Center Grove competition February 16.
•Student Council will attend the Representative Assembly at the Convention Center March 12 all day. Forms can be picked up in room H121. Students will elect the president of Indiana Association of Student Councils for the upcoming year. •Student Council will meet February 28 in the PAC during period 4.
February 22, 2013
Changes coming to a classroom near you The changes for the $28.5 million grant are to be started on the last day of school by taylormeyers staff writer
students in a more active way of learning. Also, all English classrooms will be equipped with laptop carts to give students access to computers when needed. hange is coming. “I’m thrilled that, included “It will be a non-stop process throughout the in the grant, all social studies entire summer,” Principal Rich Shepler said. Starting the last day of the school year, technology classrooms will get one full wall of white additions and renovations will begin board as part of the $28.5 million grant. The and changes are required to be completed “We anticipate having a mounted by the start of the 2013-2014 school projector, which year. new technology,with will only enhance “On the last day, they will be instruction,” Ms. Jennifer breaking ground everywhere,” Shepler additional computer Holman said in an email. said. labs, that we can use The 97 classrooms that will Teachers will vacate about 97 be renovated will have ultrarooms scheduled to be renovated to engage students in short projectors, like in the and renewed. Science computer Mediaplex. Mini computers, labs will be modernized, along learning math.” wireless keyboards and with the math computer mice will accompany Ms. Jennifer Jensen labs. The math department the projectors for will be receiving a math interactive Mediaplex. learning. “We anticipate having new Almost every department will technology, with additional computer labs, that we can use to engage students in learning math,” Ms. be receiving something to enhance student learning. Jennifer Jensen said in an email. “The high school will be transformed, Social studies and English classrooms will be improved to help the teachers communicate with the basically,” Shepler said.
What students and staff of Warren Central think...
“It would be great to see iPads in more elementary schools. They’re very helpful for younger students.” -Rachel Gardner, senior
“We need more laptops and training for all of the different programs on the Mac laptops. Some teachers don’t understand how to use all the technology. -Mr. Richard Gray, Human Body Systems and Anatomy, Physiology teacher
“The grant should purchase Smartboards and computers. Every classroom should have Smartboards and a set of laptops.” -Belinda Snowden, senior
February 22, 2013
Taking steps to plan for a better future by sierrahawthorne staff writer Careerfest has been held at Warren since 1999 and is an event that allows students to get a better look into the various options they have after high school. Since then, a lot more programs have gotten involved and different programs attended the event from inside and outside of Warren Township. “I’m really proud because we’ve come so far!” Cindy Frey, Assistant Director of the Walker Career Center said. Careerfest took place on February 7 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. showcasing Universities, job fields, colleges, schools, and programs. Tables and booths were set up in the Walker Career Center and Freshman Academy to allow the students in Warren Township to get a better look into opportunities available for them in the future. “I think Careerfest is unbelievable,” Frey said. “It’s a great way to get good information so that students can make career decisions,” This was a great event to attend if students were unsure what they wanted to do after high school. Students got free information from people in the community about jobs, colleges and other programs. They got an insight on what it is the different groups do daily. Even if students do not plan on going to college, different military options were available such as the United States Army, Indiana Air Guard, United States Navy and the Indiana National Guard who came to Careerfest to speak with students interested in a career in the armed forces. “It’s all about you, you make the decision,” Frey said. Many of the job fields and programs that came to the event said it was their first time coming to Warren Central. Majority of the colleges and job fields are there to provide information to the students in order to better there future.
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“I noticed that the students and family weren’t coming for the food but they were coming to see the vendors,” Frey said The organizations from around the community came to the event to provide and direct a positive path for students based on their career choice. Finding a college or career that fits is often difficult and stressful for students, but Careerfest was a stress reliever. It was a guide to a better future and allowed students to get a better understanding of what the world has to offer. “I find it better to have Careerfest held in the evening because I want the family to be there with the student to help plan their schedules and make decisions,” Frey said. At Careerfest students could also get the opportunity to learn new things, such as how to use a printing press. Another reason to go is because Chic-Fil-A catered the event and who wouldn’t want to eat Chic-Fil-A? This was the first time in a while that food was catered. “I want everyone to come to the event,” Frey said. “I want the middle school students, the parents, and even students who have already graduated to come to the event,” The Culinary Program in the WCC handed out free samples of the food that the students in the class created. Students and their families got the opportunity to watch the culinary students in the WCC in action while they cooked and prepared the food. If students were interested in the Culinary Arts Program, this event was a great opportunity to see what the students at Warren Central do in the Culinary Arts & Hospitality program. “I noticed that the students and family weren’t coming for the food, but they were coming to see the vendors,” Frey said.
A REPRESENTATIVE FROM IUPUI talks to a parent at Careerfest held on February 7 about the school. This event previewed many different universities and programs at our school trying to persuade students to join their club or group.
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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 Jessica Gibson Auntia King Graphics Editor Jessica Gibson Adviser Mr. Mark Haab Principal Mr. Rich Shepler
Schools need to rethink current student health plans
It is early in the new year and thus a time of change and resolutions. According to Time Magazine, losing weight is one of the most popular and most broken New Year’s resolutions. Getting healthy is also the number one resolution for teens, which is really no surprise as 17 percent of children aged 2 through 19 are considered obese. It is no wonder that school systems everywhere are trying to slim down their student bodies. However, are schools’ methods really as productive as they would claim for them to be? Progressively throughout the past few years, Warren, as well as many other school systems, has switched to wheat and whole grains, made vegetable and fruit meal requirements and cut some foods entirely (Remember when we had French fries? We miss French fries.) Yet, a healthy diet (and let’s be serious, can we really call cafeteria food “healthy?) is not a one-way ticket to fitness. However, while we are taking two steps forward down the road of healthy eating and we have taken five steps back have been taken in the area of exercise. Only two semesters of physical education are required in most schools these days. That means one year out of four is required. And these credits can be achieved through marching band, color
guard or one year of participation on a sports team. While these alternatives are strenuous, they do not teach the healthy exercise habits needed to keep kids fit (sorry, marching band), especially when they are not done all throughout the year. Even more insulting is that teenagers now have the option of taking online physical education. If that is not totally missing the point then what is? The rigorous focus on academics and standardized testing is grand and all, but if we want a healthier America, we might have to branch out a little. We must make a choice: do we initiate better, healthier regimens or do we continue on the charted course? We vote for low-fat, protein-packed students. What students need is real exercise, and not just one year of it. The school needs to make sure students are staying active, whether it is through more physical education credits or continuous involvement in physically active extracurriculars or sports, and students need to make sure that they themselves are staying active. We need a bit of accountability here. Time to break out the granola bars, put away the chips and start running towards a healthy future. (Yes, we went there.)
February 22, 2013
Faces in the Crowd
What would you like to see the school use the $28 million technology grant for? “Warren should use the money to close the technology gap between classes. Some rooms have new smartboards and lap tops, others don’t even have a whiteboard.”
Damon Horn, sophomore
“Considering we already have the mediaplex and that already has a lot of technology, we don’t need more. We don’t need to make kids more dependent on technology.”
Melissa Zwickl, sophomore
Thumbs THUMBS UP TO the countdown on the clocks in hallways being taken away, because SOME people think it’s a good idea to wait until the last few seconds before they literally sprint to class. You can have your toys back when you can learn to use them appropriately. (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.) THUMBS UP TO the Oscars! Movies like “Lincoln,” “Les Miserables,” The Hobbit,” “Argo,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” and pretty much all the best movies of 2012 are up for some equally awesome awards. THUMBS UP TO the $28 million grant the school has received for technology. Yeah, we’ve talked about it like ten times, but it’s pretty cool. Too bad seniors won’t get to take advantage of it.
THUMBS DOWN TO the rainy fire drill we had to endure. Can we not just plan fire drills on warm days? Or at least WARN US so we can bring our coats? THUMBS DOWN TO Monopoly changing their tokens. I do not want to be a stupid cat thing. I want to be an iron, gosh darnit! THUMBS DOWN TO the bathroom in G hallway overflowing and smelling like an atomic stink bomb. It’s very reminiscent of two years ago. Thanks, but we didn’t WANT to remember that. THUMBS DOWN TO the power outage at the Super Bowl. The inadequacy of the Destiny’s Child reunion must have caused not only the audience to fall asleep, but the lights too.
“Computer labs in the Career Center that are not Mac computers, and upto-date technology in the Career Center.”
February 22, 2013
by mercadeeshempel editor-in-chief If it happens to be one of those days where I have absolutely nothing to do, I can be found watching Netflix. Nine out of 10 times that film will be a horror movie, and nine out of 10 times someone will look at me and ask, “Why?!” People either love horror movies or hate them for the same reason: the movies scare the heck out of people and scar a part of the viewers’ minds. While some people hate this, I am drawn to it like a moth to a flame. My favorite horror movie is “The Devil’s Rejects” directed by Rob Zombie. I first saw it when I was 14 years old. There was gore and violence, but the strangest part was a family caused the violence. I was raised on the “Nightmare on Elm Street” films, and my little brother and I watched “Scream” nearly every day. Watching “Halloween” on October 31 was tradition, and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” was my bed time story. After watching “The Devil’s Rejects,” my hunger for scary movies intensified, and here I am today, still trying to convince people that
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“The Human Centipede” is not that bad. I think there is some real worth in scary movies, but to find it is like reading a really good book. You can’t just read the details and expect the meaning to jump out at you. You have to dig deeper. “The Grudge” is about a haunted house. The ghost in the film is a woman who can only make groans. The protagonist is an American woman who is trying to figure out the story behind this haunted house. It takes place in Japan, nobody understands what the dead woman is saying and the American woman is unfamiliar with the country. “The Grudge” plays on the fear of foreign countries and foreign people, but unless you watch this movie with an open mind, you’re probably going to deem the movie worthless. I’m not “Leprechaun in the Hood” is like “The Great Gatsby” of horror films. The point of horror is to confront what people fear, and it goes beyond zombies, ghosts and talking murdering dolls. Horror forces you to ask yourself that same question I get asked all the time: “Why?” Only in this case, the question is, “Why does this scare me?” We avoid what we fear to avoid what we don’t want to know. For me, the scariest part of these films is how far humans are willing to go. The question I find myself asking during a scary movie isn’t “why?” It’s “How? How can they just leave them? How can they be so cruel? How can they be so stupid?” Then there’s the scariestbut most important-question of all: “How would I deal with that?” I sometimes don’t have an answer, but that’s all right. I might accept my fears one day. In the meantime, I shall sit back and enjoy the edge of my seat until the final cut.
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Letter from By Carrie Reiberg a Leader Theatre teacher
It’s not easy being in high school. The constant changes, the crowded hallways, the demands of every teacher who sees their class as the most important one you could possibly be taking. I remember how hard it was to get up and make my way to school every day. If it hadn’t been for theatre I don’t know if I would have made it to graduation. Every student needs a refuge, a place they can go and feel at home within the confines of school. The stage was that place for me. I was never in the spotlight, never a leading player or a soloist, but I was there on stage in every single performance. I danced in the background, I ran lines with leads, I helped sew sequins on costumes, and I painted sets after school. I always felt at home in the theatre, and I still do today. That’s why I love the Warren PAC. Every day I get to spend time with students who have found their refuge, their safe place at Warren, their home in this city of 3,500 students. I’ve always been passionate about the importance of not just the arts in education, but elective options in education. Theatre is what got me to school every day; it’s what I looked forward to doing and what got me through
my more challenging courses. For so many students at Warren elective courses are what keep them going, they get them through the day. In our current political environment where an emphasis on test scores and numbers has become the norm, elective courses, especially the arts, often get neglected, ignored, and even cut from the curriculum. Here at Warren, t he arts hold value. The PAC is treated as both a valuable classroom and a p r o fe s s i o n a l venue. I hold my students and t heir passion for theatre in the highest respects, and I urge them to stay on their toes when politicians start talking about budget cuts and test scores. Speak up and use your voice, tell a Warren school board member or administrator thank you for valuing the arts and elective courses.
February 22, 2013
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y dog was actually taken in by the human society. She was found in a field in Martinsville by them. When we went into the humane society to get a dog, she stood out to us. She was the only dog that wasn’t barking or being loud. She was lying in a cage and actually looked very sad. She was with many other dogs who were, in fact, about to be put to sleep because they couldn’t find homes for them. When we brought her home, she hid a lot and whenever we tried to play with her she would get scared. It took a while for her to adjust, but now she’s as playful as ever! She has changed my life because I now realize what some animals go through and how it takes a long time for them to recover. I now feel a lot more compassion for abused animals. It feels really good to know I saved her life because I couldn’t imagine her life being spent any way but happy.”
-Megan Dyer, freshman
e found Chole about a month ago. We were leaving our apartment complex to go to Walmart and we saw her in the middle of the street. It was pouring down rain, she was drenched and completely skin and bones. Her paws were raw from being on the street so long. She was a small dog, and very friendly. She warmed up any heart that met her. It made me realize that pets are really dependent upon us as owners. It is almost impossible to think of what kind of person could do this to an animal. It is the best feeling in the world knowing that I could save an animal that deserved to live. Chole loves everyone, and should be loved by everyone. She can only bring happiness to the people she meets. “ -Jade Keane, senior
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acrifices have to be made sometimes. And Maya (she’s a collie if you wanted to know) had a bad skin condition where it would just fall out and she was always itchy. It wasn’t fleas or mange. And we couldn’t figure out what was wrong with her,” senior Candace Shoplak said. “We could barely make it by feeding the family, let alone taking care of Maya. It wasn’t fair to her, so we sent her to reTails where she could get the care that she deserved. The last time we had heard anything about her, she had been taken in by the perfect little family that could afford to get her medical treatment. That was in like 2011.” In 2011, an animal died every hour on average in a shelter in Indianapolis, according to http:// www.retailsindy.org/what-is-retails/blog. ReTails is an Indiana nonprofit organization created to end the killing of animals in animal shelters. More than 800 cats and dogs are killed annually in the Indiana area alone. ReTails believes in the “No Kill Equation” and believes it is possible to save all animals in danger and saving their lives. ReTails is located in the Washington Square Mall by Target. They are only opened FridaySunday because it is a volunteer corporation. Their goal is to attract people around the local area to come in and help encourage people to adopt animals and the beneficial effects it will have on their lives. This corporation was created in January of 2010. Since its’ opening in the mall, ReTails has had over 2,000 adoptions in the past 2 ½ years. Around 15 animals are adopted per week. They find these animals from owner surrenders, some are strays, and some are from local shelters. These animals can me very adjective at first, especially dogs. Cats are usually very shy, but they all get comfortable and come out of their shells.
February 22, 2013
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e found Cooper on October 27, 2012. Their was an ad I the newspaper for beagles on a farm about an hour away. We decided to rescue Cooper because my family has wanted a puppy for a long time. We just couldn’t resist his cute little face. Cooper has changed my life so much. He has brought much joy and happiness to the family. He has also taught us some responsibility. Cooper is a living, breathing animal always needing attention and love. Its affected me a lot as a person. My sister, Tara and I get super happy coming home to him. After a long day, coming home to him relieves a lot of stress. Since he is still a puppy, he is very silly and rambunctious. I wouldn’t say we saved Cooper. Cooper in a way saved us. He has helped our family grow and has helped us all become a little closer. “ -Falon
Photo by Kelsie Williams “Working with animals has changed my life,” Volunteer Grace Munden said. “You see the bad side of animal treatment and its nice to know that you can make a difference and help find homes for them.” Retails has found animals in all conditions. One of the worst cases they had seen was with a dog. It was very scraggly looking, flea ridden, and skin and bones. The dog ended up having a microchip and it’s owner came in to reTails to retrieve it weeks later. “It was a very emotional experience,” Volunteer Coordinator Scott Martin said. “These animals are the last thing I think about before I go to bed and the first thing I think about in the morning.” “But early in February this year, my mom and sister were at Washington Square mall and needed to kill time before a movie and there was this collie that looked a lot like Maya,” Shoplak said. “My sister swore up and down it was her. Then they saw a sign that said “Maya, 7 years old, Border Collie”. Her hair has grown back and she has gained some well-needed weight. There was no mistaking it was her. The thing is that she wasn’t all happy and energetic like she was when we had her. My mom told me she was very antsy and just looked miserable in general. Maya didn’t even recognize her at first. My mom started to pet her and cuddle on her and stuff and started crying. Apparently the family that took her in surrendered and gave her back to reTails. We’re supposed to be moving soon and when we do, we consider on adopting her back. Our family has gone through a lot of stuff these past couple of years, and when my mom told me that story and how sad Maya looked.. I imagined that she had been through a heck of a lot too.. and I thought that meant that she was meant to be with us again.” For more information, visit http://www.retailsindy.org/what-is-retails/blog. Also, ReTails is always looking for volunteers. If you are interested, call 317- 252-0370 or visit the Adoption center in the Washington Square Mall.
e found our rabbit in a fence outside of church in the summer of 2009. I noticed him sitting outside next to the heater fan. We rescued him because we already had a rabbit who was lonely so we decided to keep him in my previous rabbits’ cage. It changed me as a person because I learned I could love something even if it is really mean and hateful at first. It also changed my life because now I had double the responsibility. Knowing that I saved his life has changed me as a person. I feel good about it because I know if we didn’t save him, he would of died days later. “ -Tayah Bullock, freshman
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February 22, 2013
The Oscars will be handed out Sunday, but the Owl staff has chosen their own winners for this year’s best movies Best Comedy: “Pitch Perfect”
Graphic by Jessica Gibson
Best OMG! Moment: Twist in “Breaking Dawn: Part 2” The best part of films is the moment when viewers are literally speechless. There were a lot of these moments in 2012 films, but nothing was more unexpected than the battle scene in last “Twilight” movie. Up to that point, the film had been following the book perfectly, and movie goers that had read the novel were not expecting much when the final confrontation was brought to life. Then Alice was captured, Carlisle ran to save her and basically everybody lost their minds. We will not reveal too much, but let us just put it this way: Boys that had been dragged there to see the movie by their girlfriends finally felt like they had gotten their money’s worth.
Best Film “The Avengers” Voted “Best Film” by our staff, “The Avengers” fought to the top against serious competition. In this actionpacked crowd pleaser, Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) team up to combat Thor’s vengeful brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Based on the Marvel comics, “The Avengers” had a lot of fans to please (and potentially disappoint.) By hiring actors that had previously played these characters, the filmmakers accomplished the first step in gaining the fans’ trust. With fantastic action sequences a n d ch a ra c te rs , “The Avengers” got the official seal of approval.
“Lesbihonest,” “Pitch Perfect” was the best comedy of 2012. The movie features an a cappella group of girls that must learn to work together to take down the boys’ a cappella group. Beca (Anna Kendrick) is the reclusive and alternative main character who challenges the group to break the mold and sing new songs. In the meantime, she is slowly falling for a boy in the opposing team. While the movie is hilarious and features awesome covers of popular songs, Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) and her hilarious antics is who makes the movie such a noteworthy comedy.
Robert Lincoln is the only man in U.S. history known to have witnessed the assassinations of three different presidents, his father, James Garfield, and William McKinley. After he saw anarchist Leon Czolgosz shoot McKinley, he vowed he would never again appear in public with an incumbent president. It was so cold at Ulysses S. Grant’s presidential inauguration that the canaries that were supposed to sing at the inaugural ball froze to death. James Madison and Thomas Jefferson were once arrested together for taking a carriage ride in the countryside of Vermont on a Sunday, which violated the laws of that state. James Earl “Jimmy” Carter was the first president to be born in a hospital.
Most Anticipated: “The Hunger Games”
“Who will play Katniss? Will Josh Hutcherson dye his hair blonde? How are they going to film the Cornucopia scene?” There is always this excitement and discussion when a book is about to be transformed into a film. As soon as the news got out that “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins was going to be a movie, the fandom rose and stole “Twilight’s” spotlight. Suddenly, bows and arrows were cool, side braids were in and mockingjay pins were the most sought after piece of jewelry. The love for the girl on fire did not dwindle after the film’s release. While “The Hunger Games” is the most anticipated film of 2012, “Catching Fire” for now should be considered the most anticipated for 2013.
After President Bush Sr. vomited on the Japanese Prime Minister, a new word entered the Japanese language. Bushusuru means “to do the Bush thing,” or to publicly vomit. George Washington technically was the first president under the Constitution. There were other presidents before him under the Articles of Confederation. During his second run for presidency, Teddy Roosevelt was shot by a would-be assassin while giving a speech in Milwaukee. He continued to deliver his speech with the bullet in his chest. Benjamin Harrison was the only president who lived in Indianapolis. President James Buchanan quietly but consistently bought slaves in Washington, D.C., and then set them free in Pennsylvania.
February 22, 2013
When there is no more room in Hell
The dead will walk the earth
Zombie lady from the first episode of “The Walking Dead”
by mercadeeshempel editor-in-chief
Zombie girl from “The Walking Dead”
s Shane Welsh (Jon Bernthal) stood defiantly with his gun in hand in front of a barn that held the moaning and groaning “Walkers,” he told the group of survivors the hardcore truth about the reanimated corpses in one of the most shocking episodes from “The Walking Dead.” “These things ain’t sick,” he said angrily. “They’re not people! They’re dead!” There have been 28 episodes of “The Walking Dead.” Season 3 has started back up after a mid-season break. The mid-season premiere had 12.3 million viewers. The “Dead” is walking again. “The Walking Dead” began as a comic book series that could only be found in the back of comic book stores. Now it is out front in center in every bookstore, having been brought to life by the dramatic series on AMC. First premiering on October 31, 2010, the show introduced the story of Rick Grimes. Played by Andrew Lincoln, Rick awakens one day from a coma to find the world has been taken over by zombies (or “Walkers” as they are called in the show.) Armed only with his gun, he goes on a search for his wife Lori and son Carl. When he does luckily locate them, he establishes himself as the leader of their group of survivors and struggles to keep them alive along with their humanity. Reminiscent of George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” zombies, these walkers are not particularly faster than an average person or smarter, but their hunger for human flesh keeps them going despite missing brains and missing limbs. Their aggressive nature and loss of their humanity is what makes them so terrifying. Zombies have been one of America’s favorite movie monsters since the concept was first introduced in 1932 with the release of “White Zombie.” Thirty-six years later George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” became a classic, and ever since then, the dead has continued to be brought back to life. Now, with “The Walking Dead” having recently premiered, “Warm Bodies” being released in theaters and “World War Z” scheduled to release on June 21, zombies are becoming people’s new favorite undead creature. (Move
over, vampires, it seems your era is ending.) Zombies do not have a set description, and every film, book and show tells the story of the zombie differently. While legends say voodoo and magic were what transformed a zombie, films and shows have stepped away from that and made their own reasons. “The Walking Dead” has taken the reason to an even scarier level. The zombies by a virus that affects the person’s brain, and it is awakened whenever a person dies. And every single living person has it. The monster lives inside all of us, just waiting to be awakened. Origins are not the only things that have evolved when it comes to zombies. While “Night of the Living Dead” shows zombies as slow and unintelligent creatures, the remake of “Dawn of the Dead,” “28 Days Later” and “House of the Dead” depict them to be fast enough to catch up with a speeding car, intelligent and stronger than the average person. In these films, “The Walking Dead” and other movies and video games, the zombies are infected people who have been bitten, not reanimated corpses. While changes to the vampire and werewolf legends have sparked controversy and disgust, changes to the zombies’ storyline are frequently embraced. “The Walking Dead” is not the only one redefining the zombie. “Warm Bodies,” based on the novel by Issac Marion, released on February 1 and put a twist nobody had ever seen before: a zombie falls in love with a human. Because R (the zombie played by Nicholas Hoult) falls in love with Julie (played by Teresa Palmer) he begins to come back to life and learns to be human again. It is not a film like “28 Days Later” or “Resident Evil,” but more like “Zombieland” in terms of intentional comedy. Zombies continue to evolve and while they can be entertaining, they can also be horrifying. The characters in “The Walking Dead” have a monster inside of them that is threatening to come out, and they know it is not just the monster called “zombie.” In each episode, their morals are challenged. They walk throughout the city looking for a beam of hope while waiting for the others to snap, praying they will catch themselves when their time comes. Death is waiting for them every step of the way. They, not the walkers, are the walking dead.
“Night of the Living Dead” 1968
“Warm Bodies” 2013
Best Zombie Media
Books • “The Zombie Survival Guide” by Max Brooks • “World War Z” by Max Brooks • “Warm Bodies” by Isaac Marion • “The Forest of Hands and Teeth” by Carrie Ryan • “The Walking Dead” by Robert Kirkman Films • “Night of the Comet” • “White Zombie” • “28 Days Later” • “Shaun of the Dead” • “Night of the Living Dead” • “Zombieland” • “Resident Evil” • “Warm Bodies”
February 22, 2013
Seniors take next step toward their future scores must be. For example, prior to 2016, if an athlete has a 2.0 GPA, a 1010 on the SAT he or she remains a full qualifier. But if an very five-year-old sees those professional athletes on their stage, and suddenly all of their dreams change. athlete has a GPA in upwards of 3.0 and a score of 600, not They want to be just like them. But according to CBS including the writing this portion, will suffice. All of this information can get very confusing to keep Sports, only around eight percent of high school athletes go on to play at the collegiate level, and of those eight percent, straight, so the Warren Central Athletic Office has put many only one percent get a scholarship. Of those collegiate athletes, resources together to help any athlete who has the abilities to become a collegiate athlete. only two percent go pro. Last spring at Warren Central, Coach Clayton and the In addition to having the talent, a high school student Athletic Department enrolled our school with a system called athlete must make the grades to be eligible to play at the collegiate level, but very few know the gritty details that go Core Course GPA. This program costs the athletic department around $500 a year and it helps keep students as well as their into the process. “First and foremost, you must graduate high school. families in the know. Students can go online to corecoursegpa.org and check For a Warren Central Athlete that means passing your End of Course Assessments and obtaining 46 credits,” Athletic their grades, the credits they have earned, and how they are Director Marques Clayton said. “On top of that, an athlete on track for NCAA qualifications. As of right now, about 60 athletes at Warren Central are must meet the NCAA requirements.” enrolled in this program. The National Collegiate Athletic Association, (NCAA), As far as scholarships are concerned, that depends requires very similar, but not same core course credits for on the sports as well as the division. Division I has the Division I and Division II athletes. Division I athletes must complete eight semesters most scholarships to give and give out more “fully funded” sports scholarships. Division II has fewer of English, six semesters of math, four scholarships and tend to break them up semesters of natural/ physical science, two “Don’t play for the into more partial rides to more athletes. semesters of additional English, math or Lastly Division III does not have the ability science, four semesters of social science, scholarship. Play to give athletic scholarships, but usually find and an additional eight semesters of Core other scholarships to give for an athlete to Courses. because you love it, participate at their school. For Division II the requirements are that will earn you the If the NCAA seems like too big of slightly different. They require only six a step to take, there is also the National semesters of English, four semesters of scholarship.” Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, math, four semesters of natural/ physical (NAIA), or the Junior College option science, four semesters of social science, -Head Coach Jayson West available. and the same eight semesters of additional Whether the interest of an athlete Core Courses. lies with the NCAA, NAIA or Junior College, As far as the GPA is concerned, the NCAA looks at the Core GPA for their eligibility standards. For the 2013, 2014 one must register with the appropriate eligibility center. and 2015 class, the Core GPA is a 2.0. However, changes For the NCAA, enrollment must take place with the NCAA are in order for the freshmen class of 2016, who have new Eligibility Center. If interest lies with the NAIA, registration requirements for the Core GPA. Athletes must now maintain occurs with the NAIA Eligibility center. Finally, enrolling with the Junior College National Eligibility Center will set athletes a 2.3 GPA. In addition to the new GPA requirements, the 2016 class off on the right foot looking for a two year academic program also must have 20 of their 32 core classes passed by this time, while playing their sport. This is where the actual recruiting and 14 of those semesters must be in the English, math and process begins. Once an athlete is enrolled with the right eligibility center, science subsections. Finally, if an athlete has any interest in retaking these core courses, they must do so prior to senior coaches will begin to contact the athlete, and they will begin to contact coaches. year. Once the contact process starts, e-mails will be sent, One of the biggest changes introduced to the 2016 class is the Academic Redshirt. An Academic Redshirt can still phone calls will be received, and offers will be given if it is the receive a scholarship and practice, but cannot participate in right fit. This process does not always go smoothly, and can be very stressful. From a coach’s perspective, communication game competition as a freshman. “The Academic Redshirt is a good thing because for those is key. “From player to coach, we have to communicate,” Head athletes right now that have a 1.8, 1.9 GPA, they cannot even accept the scholarship,” Clayton said. “Now, the bad thing is Football and Track Coach Jayson West said. “I cannot read you are ineligible to play, and still have to complete at least minds, and I don’t always know what a player is thinking.” West takes his job very seriously and feels his role in the nine hours of credits or more, depending on the institution.” Not only are there specific course GPA requirements, the whole process is to motivate students to make sure they are SAT and ACT also plan an acute role in the qualifying stages. academically ready, and have the athletic ability for the next The NCAA has created what is known as the Sliding Scale level. “I work well with those who seem to be the most motivated, for those who may not test well, but still maintain a decent I try and promote them,” West said. “You have to be recruitable GPA. In other words, the higher the GPA, the lower the test to get recruited.” As for advice to give, coach West seems to know what to say. “Don’t play for the scholarship, play because you love it and that will earn you the scholarship.” by haleyneligh sports staff
Last summer, Faunce began looking at school to play football. He quickly came to the realization that the University of Western Michigan was the place for him, and they had offered him a scholarship. However, after having a less than favorable 2012 fall season, the coaching staff of Western Michigan was fired, and recruits scholarships were in jeopardy. Faunce later learned his scholarship position had been filled by a different recruit under the new coach at Western Michigan, so he began looking at other schools. After visiting Georgia State University and Marian University of Indianapolis, he eventually decided the best fit for him was Ball State. Faunce has now accepted a preferred walk-on position at Ball State University. A preferred walk-on makes Faunce an eligible player, without having to try out with others trying to fill walk-on positions.
Not only a four year varsity starter, but also a captain of the girls soccer team, Rebekah Pack has signed a half-tuition soccer scholarship, as well as other academic scholarships, to play soccer at Taylor University. After looking at many schools, her ultimate decision was based on the fact that Taylor provides a Christ-centered university with a great soccer program as well. It also provides a great sense of community as a school, and a top rated education. Tay l o r i s a n NAIA school, so athletic full-tuition scholarships are not permitted, but these schools still create a very competitive atmosphere for those athletes who want to play at the next level, as Pack does.
Conner Finnigan: Finnigan plans to sign with the University of Eastern Michigan where he will be a full ride scholarship swimmer for the Eagles. Some of the other schools he was contacted by were Purdue, Notre Dame, and the University of Tennessee. He began being recognized toward the end of his sophomore year, and he ultimately knew the times he swam his junior season were the ones that counted. Starting last summer, he began communicating with college coaches, e-mailing them as well as talking on the phone. After several visits to many different places, the University of Eastern Michigan was the offer he received, and Finnigan plans to sign with the Eagles in April.
February 22, 2013
Boys swimming team kicks off postseason with a bang Team once again sends swimmers to State in two relays and one in an individual meet by joespears sports staff With the regular season over, both the boys and girls swimming teams turned their focus to Sectionals with the dream of making it to State. The girls would get their chance to go to State first, but first they had to make it through the Sectional prelims at Lawrence North. Whatever girls were able to do this would make it to the Sectional finals that following Saturday. Many of the girls made it to the finals including seniors Molly Moore and Madeleine Stewart and freshman Paige Finnigan and Dessa Rollins. Unfortunately, none of the girls made fast enough times to make it to State, however the team finished the season on a strong note with a fourth place finish out of 11 teams. Moore and Stewart finished their swimming careers with good swims in each of the events they competed in. “With our lack of experience we did a great job this year and with the experience our younger swimmers gained they will hopefully build upon the success they had this year and get even better next year,” head coach John Sincroft said.
The boys would take to the pool next for their Sectional prelims also held at Lawrence North. The team had a big day as they sent 24 of the boys to Sectional final. On the final day of Sectionals, the team had thee chance to advance many of their boys to State. Senior Conner Finnigan advanced to State in the 100-breaststroke with a Sectional record time and a Lawrence North pool record of 58.06 seconds. Finnigan also advanced in the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay. He will be competing in the relays with fellow senior Josh Garmon and sophomores Andrew Aughe and Dillon Trumpey. The team as a whole placed third out of 11 teams. “This year I feel much more confidant going into State,” Finnigan said. “The past few years I was just happy to go, but this year I am on a mission.” With only the State meet left, most of the boys and girls are now able to look back on the great season’s they had. “Both the boys and girls teams had their best performances at the end of the season,” Sincroft said. The State prelims will be held tonight at IUPUI at six and the finals will also be at IUPUI tomorrow morning at nine.
SOPHOMORE EDMUNDO AMEZCUA competes in the 100-butterfly during the Sectional prelims. Amezcua was one of the 24 boys who made it to the Sectional final with a prelim time of 56.14 seconds and also an eighth place finish. Photo by Kelsie Williams
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February 22, 2013
Boys basketball ready to make noise in postseason 10 Cathedral, No. 14 Lawrence North, and No. 7 Arsenal Tech- but they know a run can be made. The boys basketball team, led by “We are probably the most dangerous senior star Devin Davis, is now riding the 11-8 team out there,” Graham said. coattails of an up-and-down season into The team will host Lawrence Central in the postseason. the first round of Sectionals on Tuesday at The expectations were evident coming 6 pm, with the winner of that game moving into the year. on to play Tech in the semi-finals on Friday. With nearly all of last year’s lineup The Warriors defeated Lawrence back, and the addition of Central on their senior three transfers, this team night earlier this season was ready to take off. “I am just ready to by 18 points, but Davis Initially, that is exactly what points out that the Bears they did. But after starting win and show people are not a team that can the season 4-0, inconsistent be overlooked. what Warren Central play caused the team to lose “They are a pretty eight of their last 15 games. basketball is all about” good team, and they “We have had a hard have some guys that can time finishing a lot of ball -Senior Forward Devin Davis really score the ball,” games this year,” fifth-year he said. “But we really head coach Greg Graham just want to get out said. there and play our best The losses have come to top teams basketball.” such as Pike, Ben Davis, Orr Academy Graham and his team are ready to leave (Chicago), Arsenal Tech, Lawrence North, that roller coaster of a regular season behind Park Tudor, and Carmel among others, and and start anew. they have all been close, but the Warriors “Now it is time to play Warren have ultimately come up short against the Central basketball like we are capable tougher competition they have faced this of, and hopefully make a long run in this season. Graham acknowledges the fact that tournament.” his team underachieved to some degree this For Davis, who will be playing ball at season. Indiana University next season, this is his “To be a good team, you have to beat last ride and he is ready to end his career the good teams,” he pointed out. here the right way. The team did end the regular season “Every game could be my last,” the on a high note with a 54-48, comeback win future Hoosier said.” But I am just ready to over Bloomington South on the road on win and show people what Warren Central Saturday, and they will now look to ride basketball is all about.” the momentum into Sectionals. The boys knows it will not be easy, as the Warriors are in one of the toughest Sectionals in the state- one that includes No. by petarhood sports editor
Photo by Kelsie WIlliams JUNIOR SAM THOMPSON lays the ball up with his right hand in between Center Grove defenders during his team’s 65-51 win on February 1. Thompson finished with 14 points in the contest.
Young girls team struggles to overcome adversity in coach’s first season at helm by haleyneligh sports staff Having to overcome an abundance of challenges all season, the girls basketball team looked to Sectionals to hopefully take a leap forward from a less than favorable season. Brianna Jones, the only senior remaining on the team by the end of the season, looked to lead the team past the first round of Sectionals. Coming into this game, they had taken a tough loss on senior night to Hamilton Heights. Previously to that, MIC conference rival North Central was also able to handle the girls. The Sectional draw came around and the girls learned they would be taking on the seventh ranked Roncalli Rebels for the first round. Once again, the Rebels proved to be too much for the girls and won by a
margin of 24 points. This was considered to be a rebuilding year for the team and they plan to be back as a much more unified group next year. Junior Tia King led the team in points, assists and steals. The lone senior Jones led the team in blocks. As for how the season went, it was a year full of learning new experiences. “We probably would have been better if we participated in summer leagues,” King said. “It was definitely a rebuilding year.” The adversity this team faced all season was some of the most difficult challenges this program has ever seen. After having a few games under their belt, the team had to forfeit all of this wins due to a player that was ineligible. Once losing the player, they fought all season, but came up short never winning a game. Their final record ended up 0-20 after their
sectional loss. Although the season is over for this year, the girls are already looking forward to next year to come back better than ever. The team has three starters returning next year, and things are looking up. “A lot will be a lot different next year,” King said. “We will be hitting the weight room, and we will be practicing harder too.” King, along with fellow juniors Alexis Schroeder, Tiarra Ramey, Ericka Forte, and Tabitha Bell, and sophomores Braegan Lyon and Rillian Dennis are planning to come back with a vengeance. SOPHOMORE BRAEGAN “If I were to set goals LYON sits in the triple-threat for next season right stance during the team’s sectional now, they would be to game with Roncalli. The ladies lost redeem ourselves from that game 40-66 to end their season. this year and win MIC.” Photo by Petar Hood
February 22, 2013
Wrestling caps off historymaking season the right way Petar’s Points
That time again The months of February and March, in my opinion, are the best months of the year. Not just because that happens to be when my birthday falls, though. February marks a few special things. First, the obvious one, Groundhogs Day, then of course Valentine’s Day, followed closely by that oh-so-wonderful day-off, known as President’s Day. And as February turns into March, the weather gets warmer, the days get longer, and it becomes acceptable to wear shorts to school again. But there is one thing in particular that, in my mind, sets these two months away from any others throughout the year, and that is the annual Indiana high school boys basketball tournament. Ah yes, it is about that time of year again. Teams from all over the state are preparing for the most important part of their seasons: the postseason. In any other state, that’s all it is, a postseason. But this is Indiana. The rich history and tradition of this tournament is evident when you step in a gym towards the end of February and throughout the month of March. It wasn’t until last year that I discovered what this tournament truly means to people. During the 2012 tournament, I traveled to six different locations for the four different stages of the tournament. On a Wednesday night in Noblesville, I witnessed one of the greatest high school basketball games this state has ever seen. Michigan State Spartan Gary Harris, then Hamilton Southeastern star, led his Royals to a dramatic comeback win over North Central. The ending was spectacular- a half-court buzzer-beating bank shot to give HSE the win- but the emotion, passion, and intensity that game was played with was off the charts. And it was no different with the CarmelKokomo game I saw in Marion the week after, or the Mishawaka Marian-Andrean game I saw that same day in Plymouth. All of the games I saw in that four week span, from a small town like Seymour to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indy, were some of the best I have ever seen. And when you think about the history of this tournament- all the way from French Lick’s Larry Bird to more recent greats like North Central’s Eric Gordon- it only makes you feel more like you are a part of history every time you step in a high school gym in Indiana during the months of February and March. There is nothing like the Indiana High School Basketball Tournament. Heck, one of the most famous sports movies of all time was based off of it. Does “Hoosiers” ring a bell to anyone? I don’t know if this year will be anything like the 1954 tournament, but regardless, I cannot wait.
by petarhood sports editor The Warren Central wrestling program is at it again. In Danny Williams’ fourth year at the helm, he has taken his teams to heights that have not been reached in a very long time. On Saturday night, Williams saw four of his wrestlers place top eight or higher in the state, and for the third time in his tenure, he coached a wrestler to an individual state title. Junior Deondre Wilson, who was un-ranked and relatively unknown capped off an undefeated season with a state championship in the 120 lbs weight class “It was a great feeling seeing someone who has worked so hard with such little past experience achieve the ultimate high school goal of becoming a state champion,” Williams said. While Wilson won a state title individually, the rest of his team experienced success as well. The team went undefeated in the duals season, and won a MIC championship. They won Sectionals as a team, finished second in both Regionals and semi-
state, and then placed sixth out of 124 teams at the state meet. “I think a lot of things that helped Deonre’s development have to do with the rest of our team,” Williams said. Wilson was not the only wrestler on the team that experienced individual success either. For only the third time in school history, the Warriors sent six wrestlers to the state meet. Freshman Matt McKinney, juniors Max Hernandez, Katrell Moss, Noah Perdue, and senior Shabaka Johns all qualified. Johns wound up placing fifth in the 145 lbs weight class, with Moss eighth in 182, and Hernandez third in 220. Five of the six state q u a l i f i e r s we r e underclassmen, and all are expected to be contenders again next year. “It’s a ver y exciting time for the program.” Photo by Petar Hood
ATHLETE OF THE MONTH: Junior Deondre Wilson
“It was a great feeling seeing someone who worked so hard with such little past experience achieve the ultimate high school goal of becoming a state champion.” - Head Coach Danny Williams Junior wrestler Deondre Wilson was a perfect 34-0 on the season heading into this past weekend’s state tournament. Wilson defeated three wrestlers ranked in the top ten in the 120 lbs weight class in the tournament en route to a state championship, and an undefeated 38-0 record for the season.
JUNIOR WRESTLER DEONDRE Wilson strikes a pose after winning an individual state championship in the 120 lbs weight class. Wilson is the third wrestler in the Danny Williams’ era to win a state title and the first since 2010.
February 22, 2013
According to Photo of Michael Pluckebaum and Jordon Coleman by Kelsie Williams
Photo of Nataleigh Mosley by Kelsie Williams
The choirs will be performing at Franklin Central February 23, North Central March 2, and Lafayette Jefferson March 9. There will be a spring concert May 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.
Stats&Facts Connection and Hi-Lites spend TWO & A HALF HOURS, twice a week after school practicing, plus occasional FIVE HOUR Saturday practices. The choir department spends on average
$46,050 every year for costumes, contest fees,
choreographers, music and other expenses.
Currently, there are 224 students enrolled in choir.
CONNECTION SERENADES THE audience with “These Times” by SafetySuit at the February 8 Parent Preview. Both Connection and Hi-Lites are known for their moving ballads and powerful messages in their shows.
by kaylawilliamson news editor
ake up at 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Curl hair. Apply deodorant. Cover face in layers of make-up. Perform on stage at 9:00 a.m. Sing and dance for 25 minutes. Blood, sweat and tears may also ensue. Arrive at back at Warren at 11:20 p.m. Crash. Rinse and repeat for four to five more weekends. This is the “lucky” schedule for Hi-Lites for Center Grove High School’s Show Choir competition. Usual show choir competitions consist of 20 hours of watching other choirs’ shows, meeting members of other choirs and cheering on Warren’s other three choirs: Connection (mixed show choir), Chamber Singers (mixed choir that only sings) and Expressions (a beginner show choir that performs at two of the four competitions). “I love music,” NataLeigh Mosley, Hi-Lites CoPresident, said. “I love to sing, and being in show choir allows me to be close to people with similar interests and to do what I love and express myself and have fun.” Show choir is a rigorous activity that takes an abundant amount of time, dedication and focus. Despite popular belief, choir kids have to be in shape or else words can be muddled or dance moves can be executed weakly. Keep posture up. Use the speaking voice. Remember diction is done with the tip of the tongue and the teeth. And the one thing that can make or break a choir: breathing. Without this basic technique notes can turn sour, words can be muffled, energy can lag and blend of voices can be cluttered. Dancing is a whole other story: moves have to be sharp and strong, everyone has to move at the same time, never stand still, faces have to be out to the audience, make sure to have facials at all times and no matter what, if you make
Photo by Kelsie Williams
a mistake, keep going. With tough rehearsals, tense talks and frustrating repetition, show choir is as strenuous as any sport and as mentally exhausting as any AP course. “But I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Michael Pluckebaum, Bass Section Leader in Connection, said. There are three main goals for Warren’s show choirs: win, become a family and spread the message. At each competition (with the exception of Center Grove) show choirs have to perform once during the day and those with higher scores get to advance to “Night Finals.” New judges critique each choir for a final time to determine placings. Of course, everyone wants to win “Night Finals,” but it isn’t a priority. “Every year in Connection we do things a little bit differently,” Austin Russell, Connection Co-President, said. “We always add a message in our show to the people. We aren’t just a normal show choir, we add a message to bring people up and brighten their days.” This year, Connection’s show is based on the different types of love: romantic, familial and spiritual. Hi-Lites’ message depicts different people coming together as a family and then passing on what they learned to others. With three more compeititons and two more concerts, the show choirs have an exciting season ahead of them.
“Wanna be Loved”
by DC Talk,
“Remember the Time”
by Michael Jackson
“Without a Fight”
by Janelle Monae
“Raise It Up”
from “August Rush”
by Angie Stone and Eddie Levert “Practically Perfect”
from “Mary Poppins”
from “Hairspray” “We Are”
by Keke Palmer
by Jason Robert Brown
from “Joyful Noise”
by Katy Perry