Category Archives: Art & Enertainment

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.

“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.”

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 learn.healthpro.com, 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.

Throwing the Shakespeare Right Through your Funny Bone

By Logan Guzik, junior


In the mid-November fall play, Edgewood’s Masqued Crafters compressed Shakespeare and all the plays he’s written into one irreverent, wacky masterpiece.

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised)”, originally created by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, was performed on Nov. 10-12 in the Edgewood High School Auditorium. The directors/producers of the play were Mr. and Mrs. Carter. The Carters have planned and participated in the creations of many theatrical productions in the past and are working hard to plan the next line of performances for the 2016-17 school year.

Their latest play “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised)” was a comedy act starring the following Edgewood High School student actors: Haley Martin, Josh Harless, Noah Oliver, Roderick O’Connor, Wes Houser, Logan Clark, Mitchell Hupp, Alexis Arthur, Shanelle Hutchison, Allie Frye, Madison Temple, and Claudia Koontz.

Instead of using character names like traditional plays do, all the student actors that starred used their real names. They also kept the audience awake, participating, laughing and munching on their favorite snacks. It was a constant flow of entertainment throughout the entirety of the play.

“We had people coming up to us after the play saying they ‘laughed so hard they cried,’” Mrs. Carter said.

Junior Haley Martin who played a witch in Macbeth, the narrator in Romeo and Juliet, and the puppeteer in Hamlet, aims to attend college for acting and music performance. Martin finds acting to be “a fun escape from reality.” For those who wish to pursue acting, Martin advises to not wait until it’s too late.

“Just go for it,” Martin said.

Martin recommends attending the musical in the spring and for those interested in acting to audition.

“You might think you look stupid on stage, but everyone else thinks it’s the greatest thing ever,” Martin said.

 

Feature image by Bailey Brooks, junior

 

Talk Dead to Me

By Hannah Steinmetz, junior


(Spoilers, beware!)

Millions around the world watched as the ultimate villain, Negan, bashed Abraham’s head in, laughing after. Ten minutes later, the already-crushed fans gaped as Negan whipped around and smashed in Glenn’s head, as well. Now, two of the most beloved characters of The Walking Dead are gone, and 17 million fans have battered hearts.

According to thewrap.com, AMC’s show, The Walking Dead, is the number one most-watched show on television. It took off with a six-episode season in 2010, and ratings have been going up since. The show takes place in an apocalyptic United States, where zombies, better known as walkers, have infested the country, and few survivors remain. The series follows a group of people led by sheriff’s deputy, Rick Grimes. He and his group travel around, searching for a safe haven. As they go, new survivors are found, some good and some bad. Throughout their time, the group continuously learns that sometimes, humans are worse than flesh-eating, brain-devouring walkers.

Sunday, Oct. 23, was the premiere of season seven, and it has left fans weeping. English teacher Mrs. Junken said she really liked the episode aside from a few minor issues. However, she was left feeling tricked after the double-death.

“It felt like that was their intent: to deal with Abraham first for the sake of having us feel closure [then kill Glenn], so Glenn’s death made me wonder about the value of Abraham’s death,” Junken said. “But because the TV show invented the character of Daryl Dixon, I can kind of understand why they wanted to up the emotional tension of having Daryl react, and then have that reaction cost what it did.”

Although most viewers were heart-broken at the deaths, many agree that the premiere was really intense and well-done. Fans are also reacting strongly to the new villain, Negan, who was introduced in the episode.

“I love how principled he is in his villainy because he has his policies and rules, and he’s the sum of them,” Junken said. “I suspect that he doesn’t play dirty often, in the sense that he doesn’t go back on his policies. He’s a ruthless tyrant and terrifies me, but I appreciate how in-charge he is.”

Science teacher Mr. Sims had a similar opinion and said, “Negan is not a good guy, but he’s surviving, and when you get a lawless society, those kind of people sometimes take over.”

When asked if they were looking forward to seeing Negan in season seven, both Sims and junior Megan Mishler said that they were hoping to see him die by Rick’s hand.

“I’m so terrified to see what he’ll do to Rick’s group that I’d rather he just die,” Mishler said.

On the other hand, junior Annie Francis said she is excited to see what he’s going to do in the new season. She found that the episode overall was “extremely brutal for a premiere” in comparison to what past premieres have been like.

Sunday, Oct. 30 aired the second episode of season seven, and it took viewers to Carol and Morgan, two characters that haven’t seen what Negan did in episode one. On the talk show for The Walking Dead, known as Talking Dead, the host, Chris Hardwick, said, “It’s so nice not to be crying after an episode of The Walking Dead.”

The third episode premiered Nov. 6, and it focused on Daryl as Negan’s prisoner, and Dwight as Negan’s right-hand man in the group known as the Saviors. It gave viewers insight on Dwight’s past, even hinting at what Dwight’s opinion of Negan is. The episode also allowed viewers to mourn the death of Glenn with Daryl, who feels guilty for causing his friend’s death.

Episode four, which premiered Sunday, Nov. 13, consisted of Negan’s visit to Alexandria to take half of the supplies, which was the deal he made with Rick. The episode also showed who disagreed with Rick making the deal, and who supported it. Viewers were able to see a new side to Rick, along with some new tensions between Rick and others in the group.

Nov. 20 aired the fifth episode, and it primarily updated viewers on the status of Maggie and Sasha, two Alexandrians who reside at The Hilltop, another community that works for Negan, and The Hilltop’s status overall. During the episode, the Saviors visited to collect their half of The Hilltop’s supplies, as the deal goes. In addition, the installment followed Carl and Enid, two teenagers from Alexandria. Both characters were on their own missions to find either Maggie or the Sanctuary, the Saviors’ base. The episode ended with Enid finding Maggie and Carl sneaking into a Savior’s truck shortly before it left The Hilltop.

The Walking Dead is a show that has pushed the limits of what is allowed on TV and what emotional turmoil a show can inflict on its fans.  “It tears me up, but I love it all at the same time,” Mishler said.

Surf over to AMC Sunday nights at nine to watch The Walking Dead.

Marching Mustangs Go to State for the 10th Straight Year

By Emily Crismore, junior


The Edgewood High school band is on the road to ISSMA State Marching Finals once again. This is the 10th year in a row that the Marching Mustangs have made it to State. Last night, October 27th, the band performed for parents, teachers, and other community members at the IU Memorial Stadium. The Marching Mustangs will be traveling to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis at 2 p.m., Saturday, October 29th.  They will be competing against the top-ten schools in the state. Go Marching Mustangs! 

5 Buzzer Beaters that Shocked the Country

By Noah White, senior


1981 Arkansas defeats Louisville

Razorback fans will never forget March 14, 1981 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania when U.S. Reed sank a half court shot as time expired from the game clock, defeating the 1980 national champions, the Louisville Cardinals.

 

Arkansas beats Louisville

1987 IU defeats UNC

The 1987 NCAA championship game took place in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Indiana Hoosiers and the North Carolina Tar Heels battled throughout the game until the final six seconds when Keith Smart hit the game winning shot.

IU beats UNC

1992 Duke defeats Kentucky

The 1992 championship game has earned the title, “the shot” when Christian Laettner grabbed an inbounded ball, turned and hit a jump shot in front of Kentucky’s defense with 2.1 seconds remaining.

Laettner

 

2010 Michigan State defeats Maryland

Maryland was on top of Michigan State 83-82 with 6.6 seconds remaining inside a charged Lucas Oil stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Spartans inbounded the ball after a layup from the Terrapins to put them one point ahead of Michigan State. Michigan State drove the ball down the court and Korie Lucious hit the game winning three-pointer and secured a national championship for the Spartans, with a final score of 85-83.

Michigan State beats Maryland

2016 Villanova defeats UNC

After a year full of upsets and busted brackets, the national championship came down to Villanova and North Carolina in Houston, Texas. Tied at 74 points with 4.7 seconds left in the game, Villanova’s point guard Ryan Arcidiacono inbounded the ball, drove it down the court and then passed it to Kris Jenkins who eventually hit the game winning three-point shot to secure Villanova the NCAA championship (usatoday.com).

Villanova beats UNC