Meet the 2016-17 Edgewood Hoofbeat staff

By Edgewood Hooftbeat staff

I’ve been on the staff for three years, with three different advisers. Being the editor of a newspaper staff is a very frustrating, but rewarding experience. There are times when the entire staff is opposed to your critiques, and times when they love your input. I loved seeing all of the new students who joined this year grow and become better writers, but I also loved seeing my coeditor grow and change so much from the previous year; she came out of her shell. I could not have made it through this year without her and the openness of the new staff to learn new things. I loved seeing the excitement in their eyes when they thought of a clever headline or took a great photo. My experiences in this class throughout the years are ones I will never forget.

senior Kayla Ratliff

I am Co-Editor of The Edgewood newspaper, The Hoofbeat. I have been on the Hoofbeat staff for two years and will be editor-in-chief as a senior next year. I have gained friends throughout my two years on the staff, people who I hadn’t pictured myself being friends with. I became much closer to this year’s current editor and have learned lots of tips for next year. I have learned how to write more efficiently to get points across, as well as learned how to take more eye-catching photos. Over the two years, I have written many articles and taken a variety of photos for different school events. I am looking forward to working with next year’s staff.

junior Emily Crismore

I’m Logan Guzik, and I joined the Hoofbeat Staff to step out of my comfort zone and to gain experience writing articles and communicating well with people. I met people I would have never likely encountered if I had chose never take the class. I learned the importance and power our everyday media has in our society and I have gained an appreciation for the amount of effort it takes to publish well groomed news. Gathering good information takes asking the right sources, what, how, when, who, and where. Its not what pictures you take, its how you take the right pictures, the angle is key and being at the right place at the right time is important. After writing my first article I was inspired to write more and pursued different stories to write about. Of course not everything I wrote about got published, but the articles I did write were thoroughly edited by three of the most fascinating editors Kayla Ratliff, Emily Crismore, and our teacher Mr.Axsiom. I learned a great deal from these three individuals, things that I will use and remember for the rest of my life. If you’re interested in writing, interviewing, taking pictures or just simply wanting to increase your writing and people skills, I recommend getting on the roster for the school’s Newspaper class you might regret you don’t.

Hi my name is Heather Christy and I will tell you about how being on the newspaper staff has changed me. Being on the newspaper staff has taught me to keep an open mind. In the beginning of the year, it was harder for me to be relaxed when an editor would make edits to my paper. I would want to fight for what I had before and not accept all edits. Near the end, I was more relaxed to the editor’s changes. Being on the newspaper staff also opened my eyes to an atmosphere I was not used too or hang around. Hanging around this new atmosphere taught me a lot of new things and made me think of a lot of things I never thought about before. Before being on newspaper staff, I never really thought about women’s oppression, women’s rights, gay rights, or consent like the newspaper staff talked about, just because the people I hangout never talked about those kind of things.

My name is Hannah Steinmetz, and the 2016-2017 school year was my junior year. I have a strong passion for reading and writing, so my year on The Hoofbeat staff has been really fun. As part of the staff, I wrote articles on different types of stories and took the occasional picture. Coming into newspaper class, I expected to write a lot more stories, but I have now learned that there is more editing of a story than I originally thought. I found it to be a challenge to find stories I was really interested in writing, but in the end, it strengthened my writing because I learned how to take an objective side to new stories and write something even when it is a challenge. If I had to choose a favorite story of mine from this year, I would probably choose “Talk Dead to Me,” a story about the show, The Walking Dead. I am a huge fan of the show, so the story was really fun to write. I loved that it was my job to ask people their opinions on the show because I could go on for hours about the series. Overall, if I could take anything away from newspaper class, I would say that I have strengthened my writing skills and learned how to sound more professional. I have enjoyed finding a way to make a news story creative, and my year on The Hoofbeat staff has been exciting.

Annie Oakley Wins the Trophy

By juniors Emily Crismore and Hannah Steinmetz 

Edgewood students performed their production and wowed the crowd with Annie Get Your Gun for 3 days, April 20th to the 22nd.

Annie Get Your Gun was based on the story of Annie Oakley, a sharpshooter in the 1800’s. Throughout the whole musical, Annie and Frank, a rival championship sharpshooter that Annie beats in a competition, constantly fight about who’s better than who. Annie faced Frank in two shootouts, both of which she won. During the 1800’s, it was unheard of a woman doing something better than a man.

The musical happens to be very relevant to today and the way people interact with others. “The battle between men and women and the whole competition continues today between lots of people,” Stage Director Mrs. Carter said.

The cast spent countless hours during the weeks before the production practicing as well as doing many of their daily things: sports, school work and socializing. It was difficult for everyone to practice their lines together, in fact, the first day they all were able to practice lines together was the night of the first performance.

“(It was a great deal of) blood, sweat and tears; (it was) a lot of work on our part and the students,” Carter said.

I had the chance to observe the students backstage as they were getting ready for their second performance. The overall atmosphere was very relaxed, and I often found myself laughing along with the cast. Though it was rushed as the time came closer for them to perform, they all kept their cool and had fun in the wings and dressing rooms.

I also had the opportunity to eat with the cast after the performance. It took more than five tables to sit all of the cast together. They shared laughs, making fun of small mishaps, ate, and even sang together. Then, the next day, they got up and went to school, practiced for sports, rehearsed and did it all over again.

Monroe County Students Serve Community on GYSD

By Logan Guzik, junior

From planting trees to picking up trash, teens from Monroe County participated in Global Youth Service Day 2017 on April 21, the world’s largest day of community service.

With the help of Monroe County Youth Council (MCYC), seniors Celestina Garcia and Ellen Bergan worked vigorously, starting in November 2016, to lead the 2017 Global Youth Service Day. Both members were thrilled to be working together in leading the youth participants and serving various local community organizations within but not limited to Monroe County.

“Volunteering effectuates change,” Bergan said, “What you’re doing here is truly making a difference in your community.”

Edgewood freshman Vanessa Fender attended GYSD for the first time and was happy to be working closely with K-5 children. Fender hoped to make new friends at GYSD and share a helping hand to everyone she encountered.

“When you help people it makes you feel really good about yourself,” Fender said.

Youth participants are registered after enrolling through a participating organization such as a school, church, or even online. Participants were free to join an event or create their own. They were given a choice of projects in the following categories: health, environment, poverty and hunger, education, human rights, and community building.

One factor limiting Edgewood High School sophomore students from participating in GYSD was the ISTEP+ testing for 2017. GYSD fell on the Friday of the testing week, so so sophomore students were not able to leave school to participate. Sophomores who were eagerly looking forward to GYSD had to search for other means of giving back to the community. For those who missed GYSD 2017, the next opportunity is in 2018.

At the end of the day, Bergan and Garcia always wish for more time.

“It’s hard work, but it’s fun work, especially with a friend. You have such a sense of fulfillment and self-actualization at the end of the day like, ‘I accomplished this, I planted those plants, or I cleaned this entire pantry; this was my work and I made an impact on other people’s lives.’ It’s a really good feeling,” Garcia said.

If you want to serve the Bloomington community through GYSD, MCYC sign ups begin in the fall of 2017. For more information visit


Feature photo by the Monroe County Youth Council

“Papier mâché me like one of your Pygmy goats”

By Heather Christy, senior

Earlier this semester, Mrs. Ferguson’s class experienced a new, creative way of learning about goat breeds: researching them and creating three-dimensional goat sculptures in papier-mâché!

The project required many steps. First, Ferguson assigned a type of a goat breed to students in her class. The students then built the body out of almost anything- styrofoam, aluminum, or cardboard. After, the class added pieces of cardboard to build and attach ears, horns, and tails to the goat they were working on, which required a lot of hot glue and patience.

After building their goat body, papier mâché was added; the papier mâché adhesive was made out of flour and water, creating a very sticky substance very similar to glue. When finished with cutting out the pieces of newspaper, the students carefully stuck them in the glue like substance and began to apply the strips to the goat body. Papier mâché requires a lot of layers so after the first layer was done, they had to wait and let it dry. Then finally, when the first layer was dry, they added on another one. However big they wanted their goat’s body was how much they kept layering it on, but the average goat required at least three layers.

“Even though it was messy, it forced me to go to my creative side to create a goat. I’m not really good at art, so it was nice to make something without being judged,” senior Erin Nettleton said.

After their goat’s papier mâché body was dry, they were then able to paint it. If the goat’s body was not painted to look like the student’s assigned breed, the student would lose points.

“I liked painting my goat even though it was really messy and a lot harder then I thought it would be, but it was a lot of fun,” senior Emily Kinser said, a student in Ferguson’s third period class.

When the students were done painting their goat’s body, they then let it dry; letting it dry took a day and when the drying process was complete, the students all grabbed their goat and sat them on their desks for everyone to see. Ferguson finished this assignment by having each student stand up and announce what their goat breed was and three fun facts about it.

“I’ve never done papier mâché before, but it was fun to do it for the first time with my friends in class,” senior J.T. Waltz said.

Ferguson found the idea while scrolling through Pinterest, an online app that has craft ideas.

“I thought the papier mâché was a cool way to incorporate hands-on learning and art into our agriculture class,” Ferguson said. “We had a lot of fun and it was a great way to get out of the normal routine of things and still learn about goats.”

Ponies and Piglets and Calves, Oh My!

By Hannah Steinmetz, junior

Almost every US citizen knows that the first president was George Washington, but what they don’t know is that each year, there is a full week dedicated to his agricultural legacy.

Edgewood High School’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) celebrated National FFA week Feb. 20 through the 24 with other FFA chapters across the country, and it was a big hit.

“I think it went pretty well,” EHS FFA chapter leader Ms. Ferguson said, “the animals during lunch really got everyone coming down to the ‘ag (agriculture) room and seeing what it was like.” According to the national FFA website, “the local chapter is the heartbeat of FFA,” and local chapters strive to keep members active and provide students with opportunities for leadership.

The week has been celebrated annually since 1948, and each year, it falls on the week of Washington’s birthday, Feb. 22. Washington was well-known for constantly experimenting with new ways to improve farming, and he developed a seven-year crop rotation that rejuvenated soil better than the three-year rotation that had been used.

FFA week at Edgewood consisted of the whole school participating in different activities, and one was dressing up each day for a contest between homerooms to see who would get the prize of a breakfast the following week. Monday began with a theme of wearing overalls; Tuesday was blue and gold, the FFA colors; Wednesday consisted of students dressing as animals; Thursday was boot day, and Friday was Flannel Friday.

In response to the dressing up, Ferguson said, “Everybody did well. Flannel Friday went over the best; I think I saw about ten teachers with flannels on, so I appreciated the participation from people outside of our chapter.”

Another activity that took place was the opportunity for students to pet a different animal each day in the ‘ag room during lunch. In all, students were able to see chicks, piglets, calves, goats, and on Friday, Ferguson brought in her pony.

Ferguson said that there was very little that went wrong other than the minor interruption of the dress up contest due to school delays.

“In the future, I’d like to get more of the school involved, because we had two, two-hour delays, so we only had homeroom twice, and we were supposed to have the dress up [contest] all week, so it was kind of hard because we only had two days to count points, which gave people less motivation to dress up, so hopefully in the future it lines out better and we can get more school involvement.”

Overall, Ferguson was very pleased with the turnout of the week. “I think it gave people a little bit more awareness about how we are a chapter and we’re here and doing stuff, and we do have a national week throughout the US, so it’s not just an after-school club per say,” Ferguson said, “it’s a chapter and it’s a big deal.”


Upcoming Events:

With the remainder of the school year, FFA will have more events. “Our closest event is that we have two livestock judging teams and one dairy judging team, and they will be going to their area contest on April 28th, where they will go compete against other chapters and other teams in the state of Indiana and see who does the best,” Ferguson said.

Jazzercise Offers Free Classes for Young Adults

By Logan Guzik, junior

Free Jazzercise classes are now available for young adults ages 16-21, thanks to “Girl Force,” a program being offered throughout 2017 by the local Ellettsville Jazzercise Studio located at the Richland Plaza near the IGA.

Jazzercise is an aerobic exercise program involving movements such as a dance or kickboxing to music. It helps you be part of a community; Jazzercise is for everyone to enjoy and meet their fitness goals in a healthy atmosphere. Participants experience dancing with a large group to popular top 40 songs, have fun and move. Jazzercise instructor and business owner Melannie Stillins explains how Jazzercise has brought value to her everyday life.

“Jazzercise empowered me to step out of the box, take chances, not being afraid, and to find the sense of community and comradery that I wouldn’t trade for anything,” Stillins said.

According to Stillins, participants most enjoy the sense of community that Jazzercise provides as well as working out in a fashion that the entire group can find enjoyable. It allows participants to work at their own pace, learn the dances at their own pace, and choose their own intensity.

According to, the history of Jazzercise can be dated as far back as 1969, where it was founded by professional jazz dancer Judy Shepard. Jazzercise can be found in more than 32 countries. The goals of the dynamic choreographed program remain the same: It combines jazz dance moves, cardio, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing all to the tune of popular music.

One common saying the Jazzercise community likes to use is, “You think you know us, but you don’t.” The stigma of Jazzercise tends to keep young participants away, but Jazzercise does not have anything to do with old-fashioned music and “jazz hands”. The biggest fear people have when joining is not feeling comfortable dancing or just not knowing the dance.

“You get your workout, you make some friendships, and the accountability helps keep you coming back,” Stillins said.

EHS Senior-Faculty Games Raise $700 to Support Riley

By Kayla Ratliff, senior

On March 10, 2017, Edgewood High School’s seniors and select faculty members faced off against each other in volleyball, dodgeball, and basketball to raise money for Riley Hospital for Children. In total, $700 was collected by EHS’s National Honor Society (NHS) members. Students were charged $2 at the door right before the game, but if they purchased them previously, they were only $1.

The following photos were taken by senior Kayla Ratliff.

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