By: Andre Thomas
This past football season the bulldog’s team went 4-6, carried by underclassmen. The bulldogs had 11 total underclassmen starting on the varsity team, one of those being sophomore Darquan Richardson.
Richardson rushed for over 961 yards off of 145 carries averaging 6.6 yards per attempt despite missing two games during the season; he had crucial runs on a game-to-game basis.
On September 21st, 2015 Richardson won The Courier-Journal Athlete of the week after he dominated Bedford North Lawrence, with 155 yards and three touchdowns during the game.
“Darquan is underrated, he is also a very creative runner he breaks off crazy runs and if he sees a hole he hits it hard,” said senior Derek Griffin.
Griffin, former running back for the Bulldogs, suffered a devastating injury his junior year against Castle. Griffin switched to HBack this season.
“I think Darquan will break all the previous rushing records,” Griffin said “I love blocking for him and I can’t wait to see what he will do.”
Richardson is turning heads, impressing head coach Sean Coultis.
“Darquan is a hard worker and very coachable so that means he gets better everyday,” said Coultis.
That means a lot coming from Coultis, considering the fact that his previous school was a powerhouse that produced many great players such as star linebacker for the Florida Gators, Antonio Morrison so Coultis knows a great player when he sees one.
Richardson has a bright future on the Gridiron; he is working hard and preparing for next season and preparing to reach his goal of winning sectionals.
Check out his Highlights tape at: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/5404791/highlights/306747377
By: Libby Fisher
Whether you’re staying home for spring break or going to the beach, whether it’s two weeks or one week long, there are some undeniably blissful moments that come with spring break. Here are some of my favorites:
Having no school, duh.
Obviously the first thing on this list is having no school. No teachers, no homework, no gross school lunch. Just friends, free time, and a bunch of sleep. Bliss.
Turning off your alarms.
If you’re anything like me, you have at least a million different alarms that are five minutes apart. Swiping those little green on buttons to the off position is probably one of the most relieving things in the world. You are your own alarm clock now. No more waking up at 5:45… or 6:00… well, maybe 6:30. Bliss.
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, “Who likes packing!?” Well, honestly I don’t like packing that much either. But there is nothing better than having everything perfectly organized. Having all of your shirts and pants folded into separate piles, socks and undies laying neatly together, all of your bathroom stuff in a bag, and your hair and makeup stuff in another is one of the best feelings ever.
But the ultimate great thing is having packed and sitting next to the door, waiting to be put into the car the next morning. Bliss.
Finally arriving after driving forever.
After seemingly countless hours of playing road games, listening to the same songs over and over again on the radio, and over a million rest stops for your younger sibling who has to pee right now, arriving is such a great feeling. Stepping out of your extremely cramped car into the warm sunshine of your vacation destination is bliss.
Going into the hotel room.
Most hotel rooms are exactly the same: beds, a bathroom, some kind of uncomfortable chair, an expensive mini bar, and mediocre paintings on the wall. Even though they are the same, I love testing out how comfy the bed is, using (and taking) the free soaps, and exploring the hotel. Not the most blissful moment of vacation, but its definitely fun (at least for me).
Getting into the ocean for the first time.
Ah, the beach: warm sand, hot sun and the freezing cold water. The first time I ever went to the beach I was so excited to run into the (what I thought was) warm water. So there I was: running, running, then bang. I hit the freezing cold water. I had no idea that it would be so cold! But now that I’m not surprised about it, it’s such a good feeling. Eventually your body warms up to the water, and everything is blissful.
Although spring break is over, going home is always nice. Walking in and petting your animals and reuniting with your bed is so relieving. Even though it never feels the same when you get home, almost like you’re at a friends house or something. (You know what I mean?) Regardless of that, you had fun on whatever vacation and now you’re at home in your warm bed. Bliss.
By: Chaireth Jones
Every four years, babies are born on the extra day in February, making them more unique than others. According to infoplease.com, in the United States, about 187,00 people are born on leap day. Since the babies born on leap day only “technically ” have their birthday every four years, it calls for them to have a different way of celebrating it all of the other years.
This year at NAHS three of our sophomores, are technically celebrating their “fourth birthday”. Sophomores, Terri Ammons, Hunter Johnson, and Jacob Lawrence each get to experience what its like to have been born on leap day.
The chances of being born on a leap year in the united states is a one in 1,461 according to CNN.com
“Its really cool to of been born on leap day because it means that I can be four when I’m actually sixteen,” sophomore Jacob Lawrence said.
Theses students don’t get to celebrate their real birthday every year. Instead they celebrate in a different way all the years that aren’t leap year.
“My family will celebrate my birthday on February 28th and mainly on March 1st,” sophomore Hunter Johnson said. “On the years that are actually leap year we will have a big family dinner, and this year my mom and I are traveling to Washington D.C. for it.”
A lot of attention can come from having a unique birthday like being born on leap day. Leap year babies at NAHS say they get a lot of questions about having a unique birthday.
“I always get asked when I’m going to get my license,” Johnson said. “I will get my license around the same time others in my grade do.”
Abby Ammons says she tends to get asked questions about her unique birthday as well.
“People will ask things like, ‘so how old are you actually?’ or say things like ‘so how was your fourth birthday?’ Ammons said.
With having a unique birthday comes either a love or a hate for it. The leap year babies at NAHS seemed to love their unique birthday.
“I like having a unique birthday because it means I’m different from everyone else,” Ammons said.
By: Rosie Brown
The Southern Indiana Arts Council, the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana’s Youth Philanthropy Council (YPC), and NAHS are collaborating to create Little Free Library boxes for the YPC’s annual community service project.
The Little Free Library project began in Wisconsin in 2009, and has spread nationwide, according to LittleFreeLibrary.org. Individuals and groups create weatherproof boxes, place them in spots accessible to passersby, and fill them with books that are free to take and read. The idea is to ‘take a book, leave a book’.
The News and Tribune, serving Clark and Floyd counties, donated its old metal newspaper boxes to be repurposed for new Little Free Libraries. The YPC has raised over $1,000 to fund two, possibly three, new Little Free Libraries that will be placed at specific locations in New Albany and Jeffersonville. The art departments of NAHS and Jeffersonville High School are the chosen designers for the boxes.
“Right now we are working with students and coordinating designs,” art teacher Mrs. Kevin Schultz said. “We’re working on making stencils for the box, and Mrs. Korte is working with her students to make ceramic birds for the top of the box. We are going to be using enamel paints so that it can last being outside.”
Bringing literacy and public art to our community is a goal of the project. “It’s important for NAHS students to know about the project, because in order to enhance the community, all of us have to work together and collaborate to achieve change,” Schultz said.
The NAHS art department strongly encourages students to join in and help out with the project.
“Students are more than welcome to stay after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help on the project,” Schultz said. “Also, bring books for the school book drive.”
The Little Free Library that will be installed in New Albany will be located on 11th Street at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The installation of the Little Free Library is meant to bring books to people in the community who otherwise might not have access to them.
Junior Heli Butala has served on the YPC for two years. She wants NAHS students to know about the book drive collection box in front of the library where books can be donated.
“It [Little Free Library] will promote literacy, and provide books to people who otherwise wouldn’t have access to them,” Butala said.
Dedication of the New Albany Little Free Library is planned for Earth Day, which is Friday, April 22.
By: Julia Campisano
With the beginning of spring quickly approaching, the winter and spring trends are trading places; people are excited to begin wearing the newest fashion ideas from designers and hair/makeup artists that have begun to pop up for the new season.
“Women are asking for shorter layered cuts like a bob or shoulder length cut with the warmer weather coming,” ‘Shades of Autumn’ hairstylist, Breanna Boman said. “Men are going shorter as well on the sides/black.”
When it comes down to the types of color people begin to wear, lighter, more vibrant shades are more prominent.
“Most women use brighter pink lipsticks and blushes,” Boman said. “And also, they wear more nude and light pink colored lipsticks too. Personally I love the blonde ombre hair color and the bright colored lipsticks like pinks and corals.”
Although the trends are changing, many people seem to be very unsure of what colors and looks would be most fitting for their personal features.
“ You can use the shortcut test: Some people like to rely on the color of their veins: Look at the veins on the inside of your wrist,” According to Paula’s Choice Skin Care, Paula Begoun is the founder and innovative force behind Paula’s Choice skin care and cosmetics. She is the author of 20 best-selling books on skin care, makeup, and hair care. “If your veins appear blue/purple you are in the cool-toned spectrum. If your veins appear green, you are in the warm-toned spectrum. Those with neutral undertones will have difficulty discerning the blue/green.”
This information can allow you to find the best colors in clothes, jewelry, and even in hair color.
“These categories hold true for people; your underlying skin color will always relate to one of these skin tones. You may have been told that you are a particular “season” and your wardrobe and makeup colors should be a specific undertone, either cool (blue or pink “jewel” tones) or warm (yellow or sallow/olive “earth” tones). “
When in doubt about color, you can always revert back to the vein test to remind yourself about the undertones of your skin and what works best for you.
By: Emily Owens
I was on Instagram the other day. I was casually scrolling through when I saw a post that was titled: TMW. Under the title it said, “Your teacher says, ‘I have your tests graded and they aren’t very good.’” After I read that, I instantly went back to the exact moment I experienced this. I remember thinking, “That’s me. Goodbye lovely phone, goodbye friends. Hello confinement and punishment! It might take me awhile to get used to you.” The connection I didn’t make was what TMW meant. Curiosity took over and I soon found myself on Urban Dictionary. Come to find TMW is the acronym for “That Moment When”. There are moments in our lives that stand out with significance. The moment when you fall in love, the moment when you face your greatest fear, or even the moment of complete fulfillment and joy. Then there are those moments in your life where they don’t really matter, but almost everyone can identify with them. Here are the first eight that popped in my head:
- You think there’s another step… spoiler, there isn’t.
Picture this: You are walking and suddenly up ahead there is a staircase. After many years and experience with staircases and going up and down them you are completely confident in your ability to make a successful trip down the staircase in front of you. You’re almost to the bottom. You make your move for the last step… then your insides suddenly feel like you’re falling off the Empire State Building. You can’t even lie. You’ve been there and done that. I have. More times than I’d like to admit actually…
- It’s the end of the weekend and you have school the next day.
That lovely moment when you are on your phone or you are eating, and it just happens to be Sunday afternoon. It’s a great moment until somehow your brain drifts to school. Now you are thinking about all the homework you didn’t do, or about how you have to wake up at six the next morning and leave your warm bed. If you are reading this and it is Sunday afternoon, then I am terribly sorry.
- Your food comes out of the kitchen.
The waitress put your order of food in about 30 minutes ago. For half an hour you have been sipping on your beverage waiting patiently when all of the sudden from a distance you see that waitress with a tray in her hand just above her shoulder. Mentally you are so excited. Physically your stomach is smiling. As she approaches your table your food comes into full view. It’s almost sparkling. Then she grabs your plate and sets it in front of you. At this point, her statement about how hot the plate is becomes completely irrelevant.
- You wake up before your alarm clock goes off.
There you are: sleeping and having a great dream. Unfortunately your body is trying to “help” you and wake up. You look at your clock and it reads: 6:27AM. Three beautiful minutes of sleep and your dream dissipates before you. The opportunity for a great morning is slowed by your inability to be woken by alarm. Heartbroken, you get up and get ready for school.
- The light flickers on and off at school and everyone is generally confused.
Almost every day you’re at school. The chances for you to witness the facilities’ dysfunctions are likely to happen. Do you ever walk in the hallway and the lights flicker? If you have then you would know everyone’s reaction. Unplanned events throw people off. Not being able to see would definitely do that.
- You wake up from a nap not knowing where you are, what time it is, or the day of the week.
After a long day at school or work you get home and have the rare opportunity to actually take a nap. As sleep begins to fill your hours you become unaware of the hours passing. Nap is over and it’s time to wake up. Sometimes you’re normal and wake up without having any complications. However, sometimes your body is just unprepared. You wake up completely confused and hungry.
- You have déjà vu…
Everyone will experience déjà vu at least once in his or her lifetime. This phenomenon has puzzled scientists for a long time. Déjà vu in French literally means, “already seen”. It almost feels like you’re being time-warped. The feeling that you’ve already done something or seen something is really weird, but extremely cool.
- You think about your kindergarten best friend.
Your normal day doesn’t include thinking about an old friend. When it does it brings back memories. Memories of the friend you played with everyday as a little kid. How inseparable you were, or maybe the petty fight you guys had, or even how different you guys are today. Unless you’re extremely blessed, and are still BFFs with your kindergarten best friend.
After this, I’m sure your mind will venture to plenty more humorous moments of your life that usually go unnoticed.
By: Andrew Bennet
All incoming freshman have their flaws. When I was a freshman I understood how annoying the freshman are. The last few waves of freshman have been more than just annoying; they have been down right irritating. After this last group of seniors graduate I feel as though the school will fall into shambles because the underclassmen will take over.
With everything that comes to you during senior year, this seems the most prominent and common. From dealing with scholarship application to figuring out what I want to do with the rest of my life. Senior year is finally coming to a close and it will be a big sigh of relief when everything is finished.
The Stupid Questions
Every single day there are stupid questions being asked. The worst part of these stupid questions is that they’re the same questions from the same people. The response is always going to be the same. Do they expect something miraculous to happen? What do these people want?
The Mundane Routine
The routine can be very mundane after the first year of high school. But now being a senior its seems like everything drags on until the last couple periods of the day. There is still one last semester left and I feel it will drag on forever.
The Pep Rallies
The same songs, the same cheer every single year, granted, it has gotten better over the past couple of years. For example, on March 4 during the last few minutes of the pep rally when the basketball coach, Coach Shannon, started to pep the student body by chanting the classic fight song. Despite the cheer, the hot, stuffy gym full of screaming people is something I won’t be longing for after graduation.
By: James Thomas
Public restroom experiences can be sub-par; the main reason is that people ignore common bathroom etiquette.
Bathroom etiquette is the way to act in a public restroom when there are people around. A lot of these etiquette problems can be fixed by common courtesy or hygiene. A lot of problems are well known these would be: flushing, not looking in on occupied stalls or urinals, smoking, throwing away feminine hygiene products in correct receptacles, and the most neglected, but easiest: washing your hands.
Most people will encounter etiquette offenders at some point in their lifetime. People who do not follow simple bathroom etiquette by nature will be less hygienic than someone who does follow the etiquette.
Public bathrooms should probably be avoided at all costs if they have high traffic or are not well maintained.
There are ways around getting germs from people who are not cautious about restroom hygiene:
- WASH YOUR HANDS
- Use a napkin or paper towel to open doors. People who have not washed their hands have most likely touched the same door.
- Check for stalls that are cleaner than others.
- Wipe the seat before you sit you just never know what you might sit on.
- Nobody wants to see that.
- Don’t touch anything that you don’t have to, it may be contaminated.
If you follow these six simple steps you will be able to leave a public restroom environment cleaner, and with fewer germs. Just remember to wash your hands!
By: Destiny Amig
The Don’ts of Black Friday
As more people are realizing the effects of Christmas on their finances, more and more Americans are trying to stretch their holiday dollars as far as they will go. Black Friday is a great way to save money in theory, but it is also notorious for being dangerous. Following these don’ts will ensure your and other’s safety during this Black Friday.
Don’t Lead the Way
Stores have a pretty good idea on how many customers they’ll get, therefore it’s very rare that a store will be understocked. This being said, don’t be the fool who pushes and shoves to be in the front of the line when the doors open. Chances are if you’re not walking fast enough for those behind you, you will be trampled without a second thought.
While being in the front isn’t a good thing, the back isn’t any better. If you’re in the back chances are you’ll want to rush through the doors as fast as you can. This gives you the potential to become one of those Black Friday shoppers who are out for savings and thrive on the fear of fellow savvy shoppers. You will feel much more concealed and comfortable somewhere in the middle.
Don’t Go Nuts
Crazy and thrifty don’t usually work well together. If you know you are a naturally violent or angry person don’t endanger the other shoppers, stay home and shop online.
By: Ellen White
Honestly, it might be too early to even talk about how early it is. Maybe it is just me.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Christmas music is blaring too loudly and the decorative lights are shining bright.
All these Christmas lovers have forgotten about the mashed potatoes and stuffing, but definitely are overlooking the holiday THAT COMES BEFORE CHRISTMAS. There were not even any turkey decorations out before I saw all the snow flakes outside. News flash, it is 60 and sunny.
“I think an acceptable time to start decorating and doing stuff for x-mas would be the beginning of December or right after Black Friday,” junior Chris Patterson said.
Black Friday is on November 26, only five days until December and The 25 Days of Christmas starts. Let’s wait. If its not even the 25 days of Christmas yet, then I am not sure why Christmas lights are already hanging off of houses.
Over 86% of people agree that November is not the month for Christmas celebrations, according to an independent poll carried out by confused.com.
Honestly, it might be too early to even talk about how early it is. Maybe it is just me. More than 25 days of celebrating for this holiday just takes away all of the magic that is supposed to come along with it.
100.5 radio started Christmas music on November first, how exhausting. Let’s just wait a couple more days or a week or maybe two.
By: Julia Campisano
Some girls possess killer makeup skills, but it’s not always for looks
Every morning before school, I start my day off washing my face and then applying foundation with a few swipes of a makeup brush; but I don’t do it just for the looks. I simply enjoy doing my makeup every morning. I proudly confess there are nights when I actually only look forward to waking up so I can put makeup on and feel special and unique.
Who needs some boy to tell you how pretty you are without it? We are girls (guys too!) and we know we look good, you don’t have to tell us (not all the time anyways). Makeup is simply another way for me to stand out from other girls, and show my talent.
Over a quarter of girls who wear makeup (27%) rarely/never leave the house without it, according to PRNewswire.
The reason for girls never leaving the house without it is simple; we want to look good no matter where we are. Of course, everyone is naturally beautiful, and it is important to remember to go plain every once in awhile to give your skin a break. But don’t worry, you’ll still be gorgeous; contoured cheeks or not.
By: Andre Thomas
While most high school athletes have an off-season, sophomore Rondale Moore doesn’t. Moore balances football, basketball, and track, yet still manages to maintain a 3.5 GPA.
In the 2015 football season, Moore racked up 1005 all-purpose yards, eight rushing TDs, 5 receiving TDs and was also Southern Indiana Athlete of the week after his stellar performance against Floyd Central.
““Coach Coultis called a play with eight seconds left and looked at me and told me to score, so I did,” said Moore.
Floyd Central is the last regular season game and also one of New Albany’s biggest rivals, Rondale rushed for 112 yards and four Touchdowns. He also threw a 66-yard touchdown pass.
“Rondale is an incredibly good football player and when the game is on the line, you want the ball in his hands,” Coach Coultis.
This was Coach Coultis first season as the Bulldogs head coach, he brought them to a 4-6 record after they were previously 1-9. He was previously a defensive coordinator at Bolingbrook High School.
“I think it is awesome that I wake up in the morning and I know I have two more years left with Rondale.”
Moore is a point guard for the varsity basketball team, which is the preseason number 2 team in the state.
“Football gets me ready for basketball season because the vigorous drills containing footwork which exercises my defense on the court,” Moore said.
On the hardwood, he is known for his explosiveness; when the ball is in his hands, he can take the defender to the basket. On the other hand, he’s known to play some ‘sticky d’.
“Defensively, he puts great pressure on the other player because he is so strong,” coach Jim Shannon said.
Moore’s weight room work is very impressive for a guy that is 148 pounds; he Benches 240 pounds, squats 410 pounds, deadlifts 380 pounds, and power cleans 220 pounds.
“I do push-ups, sit-ups, and calf raises every night before I go to sleep,” Moore said. “That’s what fuels my strength.”
“I think he is an incredible athlete, pound for pound he probably is as good of an athlete as I’ve ever seen,” coach Shannon said.
To view Moore’s highlights go to http://www.hudl.com/athlete/5248795/highlights/304618420/v2
By: Makayla Collier
By: Chaireth Jones
Senior Jack Amend steals the stage in fall production
Being the lead of a play isn’t the easiest job in the world. It takes hard work, a lot of time, and dedication. Senior Jack Amend has all of those things. Amend was cast as the main role, Joseph in NAHS’ newest production of “Joseph and The Technicolor Dreamcoat” debuted on the weekend of November 13 and the second weekend of November 20. The story is based on the “coat of many colors” story of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis.
“I feel very fortunate that I was given this opportunity,” Amend said. “It’s been so much fun working on this show.”
Amend has been in many other plays before this one, giving him a lot of experience to help in bigger roles.
“This will be my twenty-sixth show, seventeenth since I started high school,” Amend said.
According to Amend, before auditioning for a role the actor needs to be familiar with their character. Preparing for an audition takes a lot more work than people would expect it to. Amend took time preparing so he could have the best audition.
“I practiced daily,” Amend said. “I did background research on the show. I have this notebook full of notes.”
When auditioning for a part, the actor has to stand out, and give the judges something they haven’t seen before. That is exactly what Amend did.
“I made the part my own,” Amend said. “I made decisions about the character before going into the audition room. I spent time considering the character and the song. I wanted to be different from other people’s interpretations.”
Having past experience with “Joseph and The Technicolor Dreamcoat” has helped Amend in his success with his recent participation in this exact play.
“I’ve done ‘Joseph’ twice before,” Amend said. “The first time I did Joseph was the summer before freshman year at Stage One. I was in the Children’s Chorus. The next time was during February of my freshman year with CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center. I played Dan, one of the brothers.”
According to Amend, being in this play more than once has really helped him with the process and has allowed him to put more time into really making his character his own.
“There is so much music in the show, it was helpful to go in knowing a majority of it,” Amend said. “I could spend less time memorizing the music and more time internalizing it.”
Past experience with the show isn’t the only thing that helped Amend with this role, he says he has also put in very hard work over the past years improving his acting skills.
“I’ve taken private lessons as well as classes over the years to improve my acting,” Amend said. “What helped a lot though was this past summer. I went to an arts camp up in northern Michigan called Interlochen. I spent six weeks solely focusing on musical theatre. We would take classes in the morning and then have rehearsals in the evenings. It gave me an opportunity to focus specifically on musical theatre.”
the camp has been what has really helped him the most, according to Amend. He learned many things that can he can put into use with every show he does.
“I took two classes in the morning Tuesday through Saturday,” Amend said. “An acting techniques class and a topics class. I learned so much in each class. There are two main things I took away. First, to be present in the moment. Don’t just act, but literally be in the moment. Second, to always do my homework. It’s important to understand everything and have meaning behind everything, but to them not show my homework.”
While preparing for the audition, and actually auditioning are difficult steps in the process of becoming the lead of a play, It can be easy to overlook all of the hard work that gets put into actually rehearsing, and making the role the actors own. Amend puts much hard work, and dedication into rehearsing for his role as Joseph.
“I have this whole process I like to do,” Amend said. “I do research on the show itself and then write a character analysis. After that, I go through the script scene by scene and take notes trying to discern the importance of why my character is doing there. I’ll then go through later on and read what I wrote to help me get into the head of my character.”
Being an actor make seem like something that someone has to do one their own, but according to Amend it is really something that they need a lot of motivation for, and things to help them strive to do better.
“The biggest motivator for me personally would be the show itself,” Amend said. “I feel that the overall show is the most important priority. It’s not about you, it’s about the story you are there to tell. I want to do my best to tell that story as honestly as possible.”
All actors have something that inspires them to keep going, and reach for their dreams. Amend’s is something that hits a little closer to home.
“What inspires me is the alumni from the department who are out there in the ‘real world’ performing,” Amend said.
Since this is his senior year, this will be one of his last shows at NAHS. He is glad to say that it is one of his favorites.
“I like this show very much,” Amend said. “It’s been a favorite show of mine for a while now. I think it’s so cool how there are so many different styles of music in the show and how it blends together so well.”
Amend wants to leave a good impact on his fellow castmates before he leaves to go on to bigger things.
“I would like to be an example of a good work ethic,” Amend said. “Theatre is all about hard work and practicing, more than most people would expect. There’s the designated times when you are at rehearsal to work, but then there are also countless hours spent outside of rehearsal working on your own.”
Amends love for acting won’t end with high school. He sees himself continuing his acting in the future.
“I’d like to continue performing in the future on a professional level,” Amend said. “I don’t really have a particular place I see myself at, just wherever I can get work.”
Amend believes that performing in this play several times has been a really unique experience for him, since he was able to play as different roles each time.
“Rehearsing this show has been so much fun,” Amend said. “I’ve enjoyed myself throughout the entire process. It’s been neat having the opportunity to perform in show with a different role each time. It’s been an entirely different experience each time.”
By: Nolan Payton
Coach, players have sights set on a successful season
NAHS basketball has been a source of pride over the years; the 2015/2016 girls team is looking to build on the Bulldog tradition.
The team opened the season November 10 facing Columbus North, falling to last year’s state champions by seven.
“This is my fifth year here this is the most talented team we’ve had,” Head Coach Tammy Geron said. “I expect some pretty big success out of this group and they have had good success over the summer. I think a good optimistic view this season is definitely more than fifteen wins.”
Players are also looking forward to a winning season.
“We should do really well this season,” senior Megan Thevenow said. “We had a good season opener and then lost to Columbus North but that should be our only loss. It will be a great season.”
However, there will be some challenges ahead.
“We play one of the toughest conference in the state,” Coach Geron said. “In the past four years our conference has been ranked number one three out of the four years. In the past five years we’ve produced three state champions.”
Focusing on the tough competition, Coach Geron has her eye on tournament play.
“I think if we can play competitive from start to the finish of the season I think we definitely could be a contender for the sectional championship,” Coach Geron said. “If we make it out of our sectional the competition wont be too much more challenging in our regional.”
Thevenow, one of the team’s starters, outlines the players’ intentions.
“The team goals are to have a winning record, win sectionals, and to earn respect,” Thevenow said. “We should win sectionals, we have some really good opponents but in the end if we keep working hard and getting better we will win. I truly believe that.”
This Friday the Bulldogs will travel to Providence to face the #1 ranked 2A Pioneers. The team will be on the road again Saturday at Corydon.
By: Andrew Bennett
A holiday centered around turkey can be a challenge for vegetarians
A typical Thanksgiving features turkey or ham sitting on the dinning room table, but there are few families who prefer veggies to the meat.
“I never did like the taste of meat, I ate it growing up because we didn’t have a lot of money and you ate what was made,” health teacher Mrs. Kim Scott said. “My brother bet me that I couldn’t go a month without eating it when I was 12, and I haven’t eaten it ever since.”
Mrs. Scott considers herself a vegetarian. Thanksgiving season creates fewer choices.
Over 7.3 million people are vegetarians in the United States, 59 percent are female and 41 percent are male, according to Vegetariantimes.com
“During Thanksgiving, I usually just eat the side dishes, ” English teacher Ms. Angela Smith said. “I don’t really cook a lot myself.”
Instead of eating the main course of ham or turkey, vegetarians go with substitutes such as tofu, casseroles, and other vegetable inspired dishes, according to Lovetoknow.com
From turn of the nineteenth century, many individuals in Britain were developing ideas that involved adopting a meat-free diet. The contexts in which these individuals came together as groups were quite different. The first long-term modern organization to abandon meat eating was the Bible Christian Church, led by the Reverend William Cowherd in Salford, near Manchester, according to vegsoc.org
Vegetarians are carrying on a tradition that dates back to the nineteenth century, modernizing this way of life.
By: Julia Campisano
Loved ones at home wait patiently for their return
Students choose to go on many different paths after high school. While some choose to enlist in the military, they have to leave their loved ones behind.
“It’s been really hard,” junior Sadie Meyer said. “It was so great when I got his letters, and I would sometimes write him back during school to help pass the time.”
Meyer’s boyfriend, Brandon Meador, has been away at training for four months. He will return November 17 of this year, and Meyer can’t wait.
“When he gets home we are going to party! But after that our lives should go back to normal.”
“The distance is really hard,” junior Carolyn Phillips said, “but getting to write letters to Chandler was very fun. They’ve helped me get through not being able to see him every day.”
Chandler Berry, Phillips’ boyfriend, is training in Chicago, and will be continuing a career in the military while Philips finishes school.
“I am sad that we can’t go on dates, and I usually spend my weekends alone.” Meyer said. “We can’t do fun stuff like other high school couples do.”
Carolyn agrees with Sadie.
“Yeah we can’t go on dates or even go to prom together. But we are more mature than a lot of other couples our age. It’s hard not even getting to be together for birthdays or holidays but we do our best to Facetime every day and text as much as possible.”
Although they miss out on traditional dates both girls are proud to be with their guys.
“They’re doing something good and meaningful for our country,” Meyer said.
“He has a plan for his future, and he’s working towards a better life,” Phillips said.
By: Kat Lynn
Students reveal the truth about old St. Nick
There are plenty of reasons children should believe in Santa, but the opposition says children should be told the truth.
“Believing in impossible beings such as Santa Claus may exercise children’s counter-factual reasoning skills,” according to UTNEWS.edu.
In the 1820’s when Saint Nicholas had just become a “tradition”, children looked forward to celebrating religion. In the past 15 years, Santa Claus has transformed into a Christmas marketing tool.
“Media and marketing have completely turned the Santa I was raised knowing into a symbol of shopping,” junior Caitlin Blair said. “They have completely ruined the childhood phenomenon.”
Children have believed in Santa Claus for generations. Why does it become second nature for parents to lie to their children on this matter?
“I think kids should believe in Santa to a point,” junior Lucinda Quinn said. “Childhood should be full of innocence and fun memories.”
Santa is not a lie; he’s a mystery. And it’s up to each little boy and girl to unravel the mystery for him or herself, according to PBS.org,
“Santa Claus was something I looked forward to,” Blair said. “Santa made Christmas ‘magical’ and exciting.”
Centuries later and Santa Claus still lives in massive belief. Marketed or not, he is still a Christmas icon.
By: Kylee Jackson
Black Friday just as hectic through the eyes of retail employees
Seven people have died on Black Friday, and there have been 98 reported injuries, according to blackfridaydeathcount.com.There are shootings, stampedes, and crazy drivers in the store parking lots. Shoppers tend to laugh about the outrageous things people will do amongst the madness, but how do workers keep calm through the storm?
Stores like Walmart and Kmart usually draw in big crowds. In 2012 Walmart topped the charts by serving 22 million costumers. In 2010, U.S. retailers lost about $40 billion in stolen goods, or 1.5% of the nation’s total retail sales, according to money.cnn.com/2010/.
Senior Demetrius Watkins has worked at Walmart as a security guard for two years; he walks around and makes sure everyone can find what they’re looking for while looking for signs of people stealing.
“When people walk in with backpacks you know to keep an eye on them,” Watkins said.
Stores strategize how to prevent crimes and casualties on Black Friday. Security guards and workers often have to take courses learning how to spot fake money, shop lifters and are taught how they run the store.
“We come up with ways to get people in and out of the store faster to prevent shoplifting,” said Watkins.
People will go to extremes when trying to get something they want, and Black Friday is the perfect time to go to that extreme. In the midst of the craziness workers have to stay alert.
“I had a girl try to give me $800 in fake money,” Watkins said.
Stores are starting to hire more people for the holidays and are already setting up for the biggest shopping frenzy of the year. Workers train for Black Friday, hoping nothing gets out of hand.
“Hopefully it isn’t too crazy,” Watkins said.
By: Madisyn Zipper
Mrs. Charmaine Corrie and Freshman Bulldog Scholars served 200 at the St. Marks Soup Kitchen
FACS Teacher Mrs. Corrie believes that it’s always important to give back to the community, and she strives to do just that by volunteering with a few students at least two times a school year.
“It’s important for kids to understand that there are a lot of people out there who are less fortunate than they are,” Mrs. Corrie said. “I think once they go out and have that experience, it gives them so much appreciation.”
Freshman Brooklyn Ketzner took the opportunity to help and ran with it.
“I just thought it was the right thing to do,” Ketzner said. “I wanted to do something for my community because I’d never really done that before.”
Students discovered how much they have to be thankful for just in time for Thanksgiving.
“Volunteering at the soup kitchen and cooking chili for those in need made me feel so much more appreciative for all that I have,” Ketzner said.
Mrs. Corrie encouraged her Bulldog Scholars to join her so they could start off their high school careers on a positive note.
“[My favorite part was] watching students sacrifice their Saturdays,” Mrs. Corrie said. “We always have a great time.”
By: Rosie Brown
Some students will be eligible to vote for the 45th president
In November 2016 United States citizens will be voting for a new president.
The majority of teens enrolled in high school are not old enough to vote, yet are still interested in the direction our country is headed. However, one student is interested in the upcoming election and is eligible to vote.
“My eighteenth birthday is actually in October, so yes, I’ll be able to vote,” junior Mosi Moore said.
Since the primary elections have not taken place, the final candidates are not yet known.
“I don’t really know who the candidates are so far, but I side more with the Republican party,” Moore said.
Moore describes himself as siding more with the Republican party philosophy.
“I side more with the Republican party because there are issues with the Democratic party like Obama Care and I don’t think it’s working as well as they thought it would,” Moore said.
The new President will have to pick up where President Barack Obama left off and address issues concerning the direction of the country and dealing with the rest of the world.
“The President should address international issues first, like the Middle East and talks with Russia,” Moore said.
It is possible, based on the candidates so far, that one of them may be a female.
“I don’t have much of an issue with a female president,” Moore said. “I mean, we have a black president now. I don’t think the country is ready for a female president yet, but maybe in the future.”
Moore was unable to vote during the New Albany and Floyd County election, November 3. Although the presidential election is important in determining the fate of the country as a whole, local elections have more of an immediate impact, especially in a smaller city like New Albany.
“Local elections are the most important because we always hear from the electoral college and politicians but it’s nice to know what the people think,” Moore said.
While most people agree that voting is an important citizen’s right, unfortunately, especially at the local level, voter turnout is low. Of 28,660 registered voters in Floyd County, only 7,149 turned out to vote—less than 25%—according to an election summary report provided by the Floyd County Clerk for the November 2015 election.
If you are a citizen of the United States and will be 18 on the day of the next election, you can exercise your right to vote by registering. Visit http://www.floydcounty.in.gov/resident/voterregistration.htm to register online or find where to register.
By: Madisyn Zipper
The Green Dot organization is dedicated to reduce violence in the community
A select number of the student body spent a day in late October sharing values and training to know how to target what they call “Red Dot” situations.
“I think [I was nominated] because my peers see me doing ‘the right thing’,” program member Aatiqah Shareef said. “A lot of them know that if I see someone that’s being bullied I’m not afraid to address the situation.”
Shareef explains that a Red Dot situation could be demonstrated as a fight between a couple in the hallway; if observed, a Green Dot member should try to create a distraction or delegate in some way.
“[During the all day workshop I learned] there’s never only one way to approach a situation,” Shareef said. “A lot of people think that they always have to step in and say something, and that’s not necessarily true; you can create a distraction or delegate in different ways.”
On October 21 students shared their ideas on what it takes to create a safe learning environment.
“The one activity from the workshop that stuck with me is that they would give us scenarios and we’d pick what we’d do from three choices,” Shareef said. “I really liked that because it was nice to see everyone else’s responses when different problems arose.”
The program focuses on fighting for justice and helping others.
“I value the fact that everyone should feel safe around each other and I think that if we create a world where people will try to help when they see something bad is going on, it will make bullies think twice about doing the wrong thing,” Shareef said.
Shareef enjoyed sharing her day with a group of people eager to help and participate.
“[My favorite part was] just listening to everyone shout out the answers, and having people excited and passionate about something,” Shareef said.
Although the program won’t hold any more meetings at school, they communicate through Remind101 and hope to meet during free time to discuss future goals.
“I want to create a safe environment for everyone,” Shareef said. “I’d really like for the world to ‘be a better place’. Even though it’s hard to spread positivity on such a large scale, I want to help accomplish something of that nature.”
By: Quintin Condra
School has influenced writers, doctors, pilots, teachers, broadcasters and more, because they weren’t subject to any special treatments to make them “feel more comfortable,” or more “relaxed in class”.
School has taken a turn from focusing on just education and has turned into a perpetuating effect of just “next level” mind set. In classes they don’t teach you for your future, its mainly focusing on just the next year. School today has been conjoined with newer technology and new techniques for teaching that is has given kids to many options in the way they learn. Back in the day you either learned what taught and given to you or you didn’t learn what you needed to get a successful education.
Out of an 81,000 people pole from random high schools in Indiana, less than 2 percent of students say they are never bored in high school according to livescience.com. According to the same pole, 73 percent said they didn’t like the school, 61 percent said they didn’t didn’t like the teachers. And 60 percent said they didn’t see the value in the work they where being asked to do. School is a privilege that can either be taken advantage of or wasted away like trash.
School has always been something people don’t look forward to but it has been a big increase since the beginning of the 20th century.
People drop out for many different reasons like having a baby, taking care of family, or you just have no interest in education. Drop outs can either be very successful or not at all but it all depends on how much you did or did not learned before leaving high school. According to sagepub.com, averaging 21,707 students out of seven studies, dropout numbers trailed behind at 1,718, or 7.3% per study. Schools across the US have been losing student numbers fast due dropouts and also online schooling. Online schooling is a great way to learn, if you stay on top of it. Some people do online schooling just to get the diploma and don’t learn anything with it. Online schooling is another destruction of classical education that has taken the focus to another lower level. According to education.seattlepi.com, in July 2011 by the Columbia University Community College Research Center indicated that Washington community college students were more likely to drop online classes than traditional ones. Course completion for traditional courses was 90 percent, and for online classes, it was 82 percent. This shows the drop in importance and focus of education in the United States.
America has always been a beacon of life and refuge when it comes to outsiders and our low cost and mostly free education. Education is what makes our writers, doctors, pilots, teachers and broadcasters and helps them become what they can be and really are. It’s what takes a child and turns them into a mature and intelligent adult, no matter how dumb they still may seam. Education is what takes a country and gives it a strong and stable backbone for its future to depend on. Not iPads ands conformed teaching techniques.
This shows the amount of discouragement that students today have towards there education.
By: Rosie Brown
With holidays on their way, retailers tempt shoppers with sales and deals, but what they really want is for you to spend as much money as possible.
This festive time of year is celebrated in many ways, and most celebrations involve gift giving.
While teenagers don’t have a lot of extra money to spend on gifts, here are a few tips to stay within your budget during the holidays:
- Start saving early in the year, putting aside $5 to $10 each week from your job or allowance.
- Make a list of all the people you’d like to gift along with the dollar amount you’d like to spend for each.
- Handmade gifts are better and more original than anything you can buy in a store. Even if you are not particularly creative, you can find some great, inexpensive projects online. Dollarstorecrafts.com is a great source, as well as pinterest.com.
- Be a smart shopper. Make sure to compare prices in store with online prices. Many retailers offer free shipping for online purchases during the holidays.
- Black Friday is not the best day to shop despite all the hype. Stores are most likely to offer better prices the closer it gets to the holidays.
- If you have several friends on your list, home-baked cookies and holiday candies are a tasty, inexpensive idea.
- Small holiday themed gifts like candles or ornaments are economical and suitable for men or women.
- If your funds are extremely limited and you don’t have enough money for everyone on your list, give a gift of time. Offer a free babysitting evening, a car wash and cleanup, or another thoughtful task.
- For dating couples, a sincere, sweet note about why you love them, a photo of you together (frames are cheap at The Dollar Tree), and a single flower or candy bar will mean much more than a store bought gift.
By: Andrew Bennett
This is the last chance to experience a bone-chilling nightmare before it leaves across the river.
Yes, the rumors are confirmed, this is the last year for the Industrial Terrorplex before it goes across the Ohio River into Louisville. Many people are sad to see the place leave.
“I have wanted to go to the Industrial Terrorplex since I was eight years old,” junior Emma Swader said.
Since 1995, Industrial Terrorplex has brought people of all ages to Jeffersonville, according to WDRB.
“When it is all dark it is really scary,” junior Justin Biller said. “It is awesome how the occasional strobe light is in the form of lighting striking around you.”
In the future, after Industrial Terrorplex moves to Louisville. The old building is to be reformed into a senior housing according to the Courier Journal.
“If I had to go through one of them it would have to be Carnevil 3D, ” Swader said. “I want to go through it with my cousin because she is terrified of clowns.”
When the owner, Terry Campbell, bought the building in 2006 he had heard rumors that in the 50s that there was a young girl who died and is allegedly haunting the old building. The building also used to be a t-shirt.
Many are disappointed to see industrial Terrorplex leave its home in Jeffersonville but this could possibly mean more nightmares in the future in the new location in Louisville.
By: Madisyn Zipper
Reasons to write through life
Don’t worry, I’m only joking. (Really, it’s a joke. If you do plan to begin journal entries like this, then I’d like to congratulate you for turning 12 last weekend, but you shouldn’t be allowed on the Internet.)
Keeping a journal may seem juvenile, but there’s something extremely special about documenting the yesterdays. It doesn’t have to be a “what I had for dinner” everyday account (this isn’t Weight Watchers), but as a self-proclaimed master at forgetting almost every beacon of information directly after it’s handed to me, those jotted down memories are pretty much all I’ve got.
Oh, not everyone is as tragically forgetful as I am? Fine, but looking back at old entries evokes a priceless array of emotions; as I read I feel exactly what I felt when my fingers were clutching that pen, and I can almost taste the coffee I was drinking as I scribbled across the wrinkled pages.
Not a sentimental freak slash emotion hoarder? That’s probably for the better, but it’s also a great way to account for the weirdest of dreams. Whether the plan is to go back later and analyze the psychological mechanics of why a school administrator asked me to babysit or I just want a reason to laugh, reading last year’s dreams always reminds me not to eat any pizza before bed.
If nothing else, a diary is a companion to help get through times of misunderstanding and loneliness. Maybe everyone is tired of hearing about your problems, but your moleskin, without having the ability to talk, is completely helpless in this equation.
To end on a light note, these old entries remind me of how lame I once was, and I really appreciate being able to gauge my maturity growth throughout high school while making fun of spelling mistakes, and the situations I clasified as “the end of the world”.
By: Kylee Jackson
Freshman Dylan Clark really stepped it up at the end of the NAHS 2015 football season.
When Clark was asked to take the starting position of Quarterback in a game against our rivals FC, he was unsure of how he would preform.
“I was a little nervous, it was a big game,” said Clark. “All eyes would be on me.”
Being a freshman and having never started a high school game, many people were skeptical about him starting in such an important position during such an important game.
“If a freshman’s good enough to play the position, then I don’t think it’s a very big deal,” said Clark.
Before going into the game Clark said he was nervous and shaky.
“Walking onto the field knowing that the coach and my teammates had confidence in me really calmed me down,” said Clark.
Clark played an outstanding game and NA ended up beating FC by one point in the last 14 seconds. The crowd was chanting Clark’s name, and he walked off the field with a huge smile on his face.
“I think I did better than I expected,” said Clark. “I was really nervous and I wasn’t sure if that would effect how I played.”
After a great game Clark went on to start the first round of sectionals. The team and crowd seemed to gain respect for Clark after his first varsity game against FC and were now all cheering his name once again. Clark felt as if the team always respected him and believed in him and he was thankful for that.
“I gained my team’s and my coaches respect over the summer during conditioning, and they’ve always treated me equally,” said Clark.
The team lost to Jeff in the first round of sectionals, but overall had a great season. Clark plans for an even better season next year.
As we speed away from the pumpkin spice frenzy of fall, we will soon approach winter.
Winter has two faces. One of them being the gruesome, one-color and nowhere-to-go face with a very pointed stare that reaches deep down into your soul. The other side will be the face that we will most likely turn to. This side of winter will cheerfully tell you all the ways to survive the harshness of the cold. But for now, I’ll just give you eight.
- Drink hot beverages
Drinking hot cocoa will warm you up immediately if you’re cold. Pumpkin spice lattes surely get boring and tasteless after a while. Winter gives you a chance to try new hot beverages that you’d might be hesitant to taste at first, with PSL shouting your name and stifling your nose every time you walk into Starbucks.
Bears sleep to survive winter.
After a long nine weeks of tests, quizzes, projects, and a seemingly never-ending stack of homework sheets, it’s in your best interest to sleep-in. You deserve to catch up on some sleep after staying up late to fulfill the request to finish your English paper in two days.
- Spend time with those people that are always walking around your house……..
While you should catch up on some sleep don’t forget your family. Winter is the perfect time to spend quality time with your family and just surround yourself with some positivity. Plus, believe it or not, spending time with people who love you is better than being locked up in your room. I challenge you to try it. I believe in you.
- Wear bright colors
Winter quickly turns into a black and white film here in Indiana. The sky is always gray, and everything is covered in white, sparkling snow. It’s easy to just throw on black or gray, and become one with the season. Don’t fall for it though! Black and gray is usually associated with suppressing feelings. Wearing bright colors is a good way to subconsciously put you in a better mood. If you absolutely refuse to do that, then you could go always resort to coloring.
- Watch ELF at least twice…
I’m going to be bold and say what needs to be said: If you have never watched ELF then I’m sorry, but you’re not human.
In all seriousness, it’s a necessity, at least in my eyes. It is by far the funniest Christmas classic.
- Get in the holiday spirit
Speaking of Christmas…
One of the best things about winter is the festivities. There is always something to do! Plus if you’re like me, who would gladly listen to Christmas music at any given time of the year, finally have a reason to listen to all the Christmas music we want without the haters sitting on top of our heads.
- Throw a snowball a day to keep the mean winter season away
There’s not going be three feet of snow on the ground for nothing!
Even if you’re only out there for 15 minutes, you can stretch out your legs and have some fun.
Author’s note: please don’t take one look over the last one and skip to the end. Thank you.
After the holiday meals, exercising is probably smart.
So many cookies, and you couldn’t choose. Don’t feel guilty. We’ve all been there.
Also, don’t forget to exercise your faith. This is one of my favorite times of the year, because I get to have the privilege of loving, worshipping and resting in Him during this reflective time.
I’m sorry but you’re the first to go….
These ways are key in helping restore sanity throughout the bleakness of winter. Just remember it’s but a season, and summer will be on the other side.
By: Destiny Amig
I think every student has encountered some sort of hallway discomfort. Slow walkers, couples holding hands, teenage shrieks, all reasons the hallways of a high school can be unappealing at the least. Luckily, I’m providing you with the “don’ts’” of hallway etiquette so you won’t be apart of the problem.
Don’t Sloth Around
When walking to class you should realize the pace you’re walking doesn’t only affect you. Chances are there’s a whole crowd behind you. You’re most likely making someone late to class because they can’t seem to get around you. If you’re walking slowly because you don’t want to go to school, JOIN THE CLUB. I can guarantee you no one else wants to be here either. Somehow we all still manage to walk efficiently in the halls without causing ourselves or anyone else to be late.
Don’t Travel in Packs
I honestly hate to break it to you, but school isn’t a social event. You don’t need to travel with your pack of friends everywhere. Most people who do this have about six or more people per pack. If you haven’t noticed, the hallway is only about eight people wide, therefore when you and your friends all travel together in a horizontal line, you’re leaving no room for people to get around you. The worst part is if I shove past you to get to my class, I’m the one who will look like a jerk not you and your friends who are clogging the halls and making people late.
Don’t be Obnoxious
Guys, we’re in high school. Please act like it. There is NO need to scream at your friend across the hall. Unfortunately, your friend is not the only one who can hear you. You’re most likely screeching in someone’s ear. If you know anything about people, screeching in someone’s ear will just make them hate you. It’s not that hard to behave appropriately.
By: Madisyn Zipper
Teachers breathe a sigh of relief after being given a three percent raise on this year’s contract
Last week, the teacher’s association ratified a contract that will give NA-FC teachers a three percent raise this school year.
“Teachers went four years without a raise,” bargaining team member Mr. Steve Bonifer said. “Things are heading in the right direction.”
Beginning teachers next year will start out making just over $40k, as opposed to the $34,662 they had been making, according to Mr. Bonifer.
“This will enable the district to be more competitive in recruiting incoming teachers,” Mr. Bonifer said.
This raise also affects students and the overall community.
“Just knowing that my teachers are on their way to getting paid what they deserve will benefit me in the classroom,” freshman Marley Wells said. “I believe whole-heartedly that teachers deserve higher wages, it’s obviously not an easy job. What they’re doing is so important; they’re educating the future generations of this country.”
The decision to raise wages was in the best interest of the whole community, including teachers, students, and administrators.
“We have teachers who have been moving to other school districts in Southern Indiana or Louisville who pay more in most situations,” Mr. Bonifer said. “It is not good to have a teacher come to our system where we will invest time and money in training them, just to have them leave.”
According to Mr. Bonifer, getting paid is the best incentive, especially for new educators with growing families.
“There shouldn’t be such a wide margin between what administrators are paid and what teachers are paid,” Wells said. “Teachers are the ones in the classroom doing the ‘dirty work’. They’re the ones who really represent the education system in our communities.”
Though the pay increase is a big step in the grueling fight for educational justice, the association has a long way to go.
“The teachers association will continue to ask for better wages and wage related benefits, such as better health insurance and retirement benefits,” Mr. Bonifer said. “Health costs have become a huge factor in contract negotiations as costs are always rising.”
By: Chaireth Jones
After a whole year of The Blotter staff’s lack of male members, some have finally joined to create a more diverse setting. This year’s staff includes six boys who cant wait to bring it all to the table.
“I’m excited for the addition of more diversity on our staff, “ newspaper adviser Mrs. Christina Faulkner said. “New staff members always add a different perspective to our publications.”
Faulkner says that over the past couple of years, guys just really haven’t been that interested. She’s happy with the new addition.
“To accurately and objectively report the news of our community, a news source must be representative of the community it serves,” former journalism adviser Mrs. Suzanne Ponder said. “The Blotter should have as diverse a staff as the community it covers.”
By: Kat Lynn
If you pay any attention to the people surrounding you in the hallways, chances are you have probably seen or heard Alex Wichterman. You know, the guy with long hair that plays the ukulele.
“It definitely draws attention,” junior Alex Wichterman said. “Sometimes the attention is positive and sometimes it’s negative.”
People hear the rhythmic notes through the hallway and pass by them without much recognition. Positive attention from other students only help Wichterman improve his music, and push him to practice more.
“I’ve heard a lot of comments,” Wichterman said. “Most of them are just saying, ‘That sounds nice, good job.’’”
Wichterman doesn’t just play the ukulele. His skills vary into many instruments. The ukulele began as a fun instrument that was easy to take places and play while he walked with friends. He plays a majority of string instruments including the mandolin, the electric guitar and the banjo.
“When I got my ukulele my first comment was, ‘Wow, it’s like a little guitar,’” Wichterman said. “Then as I got older I identified it as an individual instrument that helped me improve other string instrument skills.”
What most people don’t know is that he doesn’t just do it because he thinks it’s cool. He uses it as a form of self-practice and relaxation.
“I play the ukulele in school because it helps me relax and continue practicing string instruments,” Wichterman said. “It’s therapeutic.”
By: Julia Campisano
The beauty of art is often viewed at art museums and fairs, but a talented senior brought her talent from home to school.
“I’ve always done art at home and I usually made things out of polymer clay,” senior Abigail Sheets said. “I even made book covers out of clay and binding. But I got really into art my freshman year in my first 2D art class. I then got into 3D art later around the Holidays because I wanted to make little clay charms for my family at home. And it was always easy to just bake the clay in my oven. The more I did it, the better I got, and the more I liked it.”
Currently, she is working on several projects to enter in the St. James Art Fair, all of which were inspired by art classes, students and teachers here at NAHS.
“Last year I noticed kids working on their clay projects from my class and I always worked with clay from home,” Sheets said. “I wanted to do the most ambitious thing I could and show off my skills without ever taking Ceramics in school (until now). When I started the project I expected it to explode, and it did, but it’s all part of the learning process.”
This human-esque project that exploded has been repaired and is currently being worked on along with her other projects Sheets has created, and she wants all of them to tell a story.
“After we fired my project the first time I had to coat her in wax and put oil paint on top of that. Then I am going to place her on top of books and draw text onto her so that way it shows her story,” Sheets said.
Although Sheets has taken on the challenge of entering contests to show off her creativity, she has received a lot of support at school and at home.
“Mrs. Korte (Ceramics teacher) and my mom are my main supporters,” Sheets said. “Even though Korte hasn’t seen all of my projects that I’ve done from home, she still pushes me to do my best on my artwork. My mom also supports me and she has seen all of my projects from the beginning, when I started using clay at home.”
Though Abigail loves doing her art, she does not plan on continuing art for a career choice.
“I’ll always do art from home, but I don’t want to pursue art as a career. Right now I want to be an air traffic controller, but I’ll never stop doing art. It’ll always be important to me. Plus it’s won me a great deal of money so far.”
By: Nolan Payton
With the fall season finally here, lots of towns and cities in our area and across the country have their own festivals, parades and parties to welcome the season. In our local area there are some major ones including Harvest Homecoming and other events in Louisville.
Harvest Homecoming is celebrated October 8-11 this year. It has many events and activities to do and attend.
Shopping booths- Harvest Homecoming includes many booths for multiple purposes including small businesses, groups and even government. The shopping booths make a big portion of all of these. The business’s running these are usually local and help the local economy.
Live performances- Live performances from local bands on the river ampetheater,
Entertainment- Their is lots of entertaining activities to do at Harvest including, games, rides, and music.
Food- Harvest has many food booths that include food that people can only get at this time of the year including Pumpkin flavor ice cream.
Other festivals in this area include the Big Rock Jazz & Blues festival at Cherokee park in Louisville taking place October 4 2-7pm. It includes lots of live music
In Madison there is the annual harvest festival celebrated September 26-27. The event includes lots of food.
“Harvest Homecoming [is my favorite fall festival]. My favorite activity is walking around with friends,” senior Dalton Henretty said.
“My favorite part of Harvest Homecoming is the food,” said sophomore Alyssa Kramer.
By: Jaelynn Derricott
The more the driving age is lowered, the more restrictions are added to teens as new drivers.
The majority of kids, myself included, have always dreamed of driving. Yet we are subject to parents and administrations telling us the extensive list of dangers coupled with driving.
As of July of 2015 a new law prohibits drivers ages 21 and under from using any type of telecommunication device for any purpose, but a 911 call while operating a vehicle, according to Indiana Department of Licenses Bureau. They also lowered the driving age to 16 years and 90 days for licenses as long as you take drivers ed and without drivers ed is 16 years and 270 days.
Drivers under the age of 21 should be allowed to have their phones near them when they are driving. For example, they should be allowed to hook up their own music to their car and be able to change the song, or even talk to someone on speakerphone or even through Bluetooth.
Since young drivers can’t have our phones anywhere near us while driving that is stopping us from those purposes. The state of Indiana is allowing more and more young drivers to be on the road at the same time. Yet teen drivers have the highest crash rate of any age group, the foundation noted, citing government statistics.
About 963,000 drivers ages 16 to 19 were involved in police-reported crashes in the United States in 2013, the most recent year for available data. These crashes resulted in 383,00 injuries and 2,865 deaths according to the
So, what is the point of lowering the driving age just to add more restrictions? Is it to ensure our safety and get more experience? Or is it to get more teens to persuade their parents to allow them to do drivers ed to gain more money?
Immaturity and lack of driving experience are the two main factors leading to the high crash rate among teens, according to the Insurance Information Institute. This is what has caused the new law on cellphones being banned.
Yet how are police forces supposed to know how old you are, let alone just pull you over just because they think you are under 21, or because they see you on your phone? They should have to have a valid reason to pull over, and then if they see you on your phone they can ticket drivers for that as well.
By: Ellen White
More and more high school students have started puffing smoke, not necessarily tobacco, but electronic cigarettes. Students don’t use them responsibly or in the right manner.
A trend that was begun by middle and high school aged students has rapidly increased in recent years.
The use of an electronic cigarette device tripled from 2013-2014, taking the percent of high school use to all time high of 13%, according to the New York Times.
E-cigs were originally introduced to help people to quit using tobacco products in all, while many people that use them have never smoked a cigarette in their life. They are being used for the wrong reasons.
Starting to use electronic cigarettes at a young age can cause anyone to become addicted to nicotine for the rest of their life, according to The Washington Post.
Students claim that using an electronic cigarette is only to be smoking something other than actual tobacco. They may not know that e-cigs are harmful as well.
E-cigarettes produce a vapor from a liquid containing nicotine that may constrict blood vessels, according to health.cleavelandclinic.org.
Middle and high school students use them as a way to fit in, but don’t think about what they are actually doing to themselves by using them in the wrong manner. Being responsible and looking into what is actually being used would be a better idea.
By: Andrew Bennet
Wes Craven was a man who knew how to strike fear into every mind through a single scene in a movie. He was, and still is a legend in the horror movie industry.
“Craven was fantastic,” English teacher Mr. Nathan McGarvey said. “He was dark and twisted and could tell a story like nobody else.”
Craven passed away on August 30, with brain cancer. He was director of iconic movies of all time such as: Scream, Nightmare on Elm St, Friday the 13th, and his debut into directing with the movie The Last House on the Left.
He was born into a strict Baptist household on August 2, 1939. Ironically, this future director was not allowed to watch many movies during his youth. Craven “was allowed to see Disney films.” Craven especially liked the movie Fantasia, according to Biography.com.
After several years he continued into the world of movies but with a more of a horror perspective. His debut movie was produced in the year 1972 and the movie was titled The Last House on the Left, according to Biography.com.
The movie started with a disclaimer, “What we’re about to watch a true story.” The movie was about a girl named Maria and her friend looked forward to a holiday at the remote Collingwood lake house but there is a twist an escaped convict and his crew kidnaps them and later leaves them for dead, according Grantland.com.
After Last House on the Left, Craven was well known for quite awhile. There wasn’t a place where someone didn’t hear the name Wes Craven.
“I had heard of Wes Craven before his death,” said Mr. McGarvey. “Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, I couldn’t have not known who he was. His name was all over the place with his movies.”
Ingmar Bergman was the director that prompted the late director to pursue a career in movie making. His influence can be traced right through Wes Craven’s brilliant, chilling career, according to Theguardian.com.
Craven recreated the way horror was made. Through the hacking and slashing of Nightmare on Elm St and the sheer mystery of the original Friday the 13th. The horror movie community will surely miss this director.
In my life, I have come to find that I am not going to be liked by everybody.
When I was eight I had my first real fight with one of my “friends.” She accused me of stealing her pink bracelet. For the record, I didn’t because at the time I was going through a blue phase, and would’ve never picked up something pink unless forced. She was so convinced that I stole her bracelet that she ended up telling the teacher, and we were sent to the office. My “friend” had no evidence so the principal sided with me! And I was free to go.
This “friend” was one of those people in life that act as if they like you, but deep down inside they can’t stand you. It took me awhile to realize that this type of person was out there, and an even longer time to realize that these people are toxic.
My question was, “How can I tell that someone doesn’t like me?” Now obviously, there are clear ways to tell if someone doesn’t like you, but there are hidden ways too.
- The blame game
“Ugh, it’s raining. Thanks a lot Emily.”
It’s part of human nature to be ridiculous. If someone is blaming you for things that are out of your control, that usually means they are trying to put a negative focus on you. Usually people don’t realize they are doing this.
- Third-wheel life
“Cassandra, come ride the Ferris wheel with me!” *leaves Emily by the cotton candy stand all alone*
If you are the “third wheel” that either means your two other friends are closer or there should be a fourth person present, or someone doesn’t like having you around. Being the “third wheel” can even come down to someone sharing with everyone else, but you.
- I can’t hear you
“Emily, why didn’t you tell me about that?” *Oops, maybe I just imagined the five times that I did tell you about that thing. *
Listening to someone is one of the universal signs that tell people that you care about him or her. If you find yourself repeating everything you have to say to someone then they probably don’t care about what you have to say, or you in general.
- An open book, just not with you
“What’s going on?”
*Oh, that’s only the eightieth time you’ve told me that*
It stinks when you’re left out of the circle of information. When your “friend” refuses to tell you things that real friends tell each other, then they obviously don’t want you to be their friend.
- Crazy eye
“…Anyways it was a really weird dream.” *person looks at you like you’re crazy*
When someone looks at me crazy I automatically know that they think I’m stupid, or what I said didn’t have any value to them. If you get this all the time then it’s probably directed to you personally.
- No eye contact no respect
*I’ve been talking to you… look at me*
How annoying is it when you have something really important to say and no one is listening? How much more annoying is it when one particular person never listens to you? If you show respect to an adult you listen to what they have to say. What’s the difference with your friends? If you have a “friend” that never listens to you, but wants you to listen to them, then they are not your friend.
- Not gratitude but attitude
“Emily that is so stupid! Don’t do that.” *Thank you for your negativity*
A bad attitude can turn a good day into a bad day faster than someone walking through wallpaper. A bad attitude directed to you is like stubbing your toe. What’s the attitude for? If you’re around negativity all the time don’t get surprised when you start being negative.
- Body and tone
When you’re around your “friend” how are they sitting? Are they facing you? Are they leaning? What do they sound like in response? Are they responding? If your “friend” isn’t interested in what you’re saying then stop talking to them.
These are a few of the hidden indicators that can easily give away someone’s true feelings toward you. Plus, if they’re hiding the fact that they don’t like you they are trying to contemplate for something else that is going on.
My advice would be to not take it personally, and back out slowly. Fake friendships only harm you. These friends are toxic because they only take. A friendship is give and take relationship. If a friendship is not a two-part exchange then it’s not real. Block out the h8ers.
If I were the number eight I would fall down and infinitely lie there.
My name is Emily Owens and I had an idea to do a random list of whatever is on my mind in intervals of eight. Now you might be thinking why the number eight? Here are eight reasons why I chose the number eight:
- It’s the coolest number to write
You can’t even deny it. It’s one fluid motion. Anyone can do it.
- Our friend oxygen
Eight is the atomic number for oxygen. The mysteries of life are literally in the number eight.
- Not one but two
Eight is basically two numbers. Infinity is eight on steroids.
- 2008 was a good year
The IPhone 3G is introduced, and changes the future of phones, Michael Phelps was the real MVP, and Obama became the first African American president.
- It’s basically a snowman
I’m a person who absolutely loves Christmas. The number eight gives me a reason to think about it.
The number eight signifies new life, and new beginnings so naturally, eight is a supporter of babies, flowers, and fresh starts.
- Phones are nothing without eight
As you know, your data is in bytes. A bite is made from octas. Octas derive from the number eight. You’re welcome.
- Eight years
When I was eight years old my life changed, but that’s another story.
I hope to always bring a smile to your face, and give you a look in on how I see the world. Just so you know it eight never gonna be punless.
By: Quintin Condra
Time to buckle up. In July the state of Indiana changed the legal driving age from 16 and 180 days to 16 and 90 days with drivers education, according to BMV.gov. Underclassmen anxiously await for the day they can get their license and drive around with their friends.
NAHS Resource Officer Sergeant Perry Parsons says he sits in his patrol truck on Vincennes Street, making sure of the safety of a constant flow of students before and after school. Sgt. Parsons sees new and current teen drivers everyday, and has for the past three years.
“I’m surprised honestly,” Sgt. Parsons said. “Stats show there’s a high percent of 16-year-old accidents. Period. It is going to make the responsibility and importance of their driving skills 1000 times more important.”
In Indiana 78 of the 162 deaths were 15-16 year olds, according to a 2008 Toll in fatalities involving young crashes (15–20 year old) drivers from the BMV. Teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash, according to the Center for Disease Control.
Parsons says that he looks forward to driving age being raised to 17.
“It makes my job a lot harder, because lack of maturity turns into a increase of accidents and violations,” Sgt. Parsons said.
Some student drivers say otherwise. Sophomore Isaiah Vaughn and junior Grace Winterhimer both got their license three months earlier because of the new law.
“It’s inconvenient for parents and students to not have their license,” said Winterhimer. “Once someone is 16 they’re capable to take the driving test and should be capable to get their license.”
Fifty six percent of teens rely on their parents to learn how to drive, according to State Farm Website.
“Teens don’t need to rely on there parents for rides,” said Vaughn. “You get more experience as a driver then as back seat bench warmer.”
By: Kylee Jackson
Bulldog’s girls soccer takes on FC
Tonight, the girl’s soccer will take on their rivals FC in their fourth conference game of the 2015 season. To take home the conference title the girls will have to beat FC and will have to tie their top competitor, Columbus East, on Saturday.
“So far we are 3-0 in conference, with two really tough games coming up this week,” team captain Lindsey Striegel said. “It’s really impressive how far we have come this season since we are a young team. I believe we have a really good shot at winning these games, because we have been preparing for them all week. I would be extremely proud of our team and I’m so excited to see what the results will be.”
Varsity game will kick off tonight @7pm on FC’s field.
The United Americans
9/11 is considered one of the most devastating days in U.S. history. Many people were killed in the attacks and many more gave their lives in an effort to save the lives of others.
New Albany resident Chad Condra remembers the day vividly.
“On September 11 2001, I turned on the TV and I saw the first tower engulfed in smoke and flames, not long after that I watched as the second plane hit the other tower,” Condra said.
The 9/11 attacks were carried out using four different planes, 16 men all together. Islamic terrorists from Saudi Arabia and several other Arab nations, led by Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda terrorist organization. There assault on U.S. soil was in retaliation for America’s support of Israel.
“As we continued watched the coverage on the television, we saw that that there was another plane in the air that they could not account for,” Condra said.
Flight 93 was taken over by the terrorist and was suspected to be aiming for the white house or the capital, but instead hit the twin towers.
“As I made my way to work after getting my kids home and safe; all doors were locked I couldn’t believe all of the cars that were in line for gas and the crowds at grocery stores,” Condra recalls.
“As I got in my UPS truck and got to the interstate, the lines of cars at all gas stations and truck stops along my route from Louisville to Evansville was an extremely scary sight and it was at that point of the day of 9/11 2001 that I felt the most scared,” Condra said. “After I returned home safely I could not stop watching the coverage and worrying about our nation, but the more that I watched from that morning and throughout the next few months I saw a country go from being split and fractured among social, racial, ethnical, religious, political beliefs and hatred. Come together as one nation with strength, determination, and grit that I had not seen since I was a young boy. This calmed my fears, gave me pride and belief in our country and the people that inhabit it.”
Americans have been under a lot of different stresses recently, for a lot of different reasons: race, religion, politics, etc. These issues have divided American society, disallowing us to live up to the “United” in our United States.
America was once a place that was truly united, truly proud of its founding, and truly honored to have new people into this nation. Some might say that these values are still here, and they may be right. But only fractions from some of those beliefs are within our still beautiful nation. The day that those attacks on our nation is the day that America had lost a lot of its freedoms as far as privacy and sense of protection.
Deaths by areas of attack; 2996
World Trade Center: 2606
Pentagon Building: 125
Total deaths of 9/11: 2996
WTC and surrounding area casualties; 5,388
Residents of New York: 1762
North Tower: 1402
New Jersey residents: 674
South Tower: 614
Marsh Inc. Employees: 355
Employees of Aon Corporation: 175
Port Authority police officers 37
Police Officers (general): 23
1 firefighter was killed by a man who jumped from one of the top floors
American Airlines Flight 11: 87
United Airlines Flight 175: 60
American Airlines Flight 7: 59
United Flight 93: 40
Military and civilian deaths: 125
Working at the St. Johns apple dumplings booth at Harvest Homecoming is not all fun and games, there is more to it.
“We hand-make and roll the dough, peel, core, and stuff the apples,” Linda Schuler said.
Volunteers from St. John Presbyterian Church start working on the dough for the apple dumplings in the beginning of August and finish by September 1. They have a month to make the dough, to get it ready for the St. John’s apple dumpling booth in the beginning of October.
“We hold very strict standards cleanliness,” Schuler said.
As Harvest Homecoming approaches, they begin stuffing apples for apple dumplings. The dumplings are baked the morning the booths open.
The bakers do not bake all of the apple dumplings all in one morning, but make them fresh daily. They just bake as many as you need for that day.
Booth runners say they love to see the same customers twice in a day. These customers come back for more and show everyone what their eating.
“It is very rewarding to spot dumplings and see friends you don’t see all the time,” Schuler said. “Repeated customers are a treat. They are the best advertisers.”
If volunteers are not working hard in the booth they are at the church trying to make the dumplings ready to dispatch. Working in a booth or not, those people are still part of the effort.
“Many people who never serve in the booth work hard to prepare and deliver,” Schuler said.
There are six church people that work in the booth at a time.
“It is a treat to serve with so many good people,” Schuler said.
The booth has been in the same location for 20 years on Bank St; it was updated a few years ago and now is a double booth.
By// Alex Wallingford
With boys’ basketball season less than two months away, hype surrounds the New Albany Bulldogs. Season ticket sales for the 2016 IHSAA 4A state champions will go on sale November 7 in the athletic office.
“This will give the kids enough time to decide if they want season tickets before the first game on November 26,” ticket manager John Breeding said.
The price for season tickets will be $25; individual game tickets will be $5.
“This is an extremely good deal for tickets,” Breeding said. “There are 11 home games this season, so if you come to all of the games without a season ticket, you are paying twice as much as those who have them. If I was a student, I would buy a season ticket.”
With tickets being the same price as those for last year’s historical season, students are wondering if bleacher space will become an issue.
“Space will not become an issue,” said Breeding. “We will sell as many tickets as we have, once we’re out of tickets, we’re out. The only way you are guaranteed to get a seat is if you get a season ticket.”
The bigger games are the ones that the fans look forward to each year.
“The games against Jeff, Floyd, Providence, and Carmel are games that usually sell out,” said Breeding. “If you don’t get season tickets, you better get there really early in order to get a seat.”
The upcoming season has the students going crazy for the defending state champions as well.
“I am very excited,” senior Jacob Mullins said. “I want to see if our tram can repeat a state championship. Being in the front of the student section, I will get my like I do every year and get ready to cheer on the Bulldogs.”