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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.

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

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.

Spectrum GSA sees Rainbows on the Horizon

By Emily Crismore, junior 

Spectrum GSA, Edgewood’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance club, is working to expand their horizons in the next few months. It is planning on having a bowling night along with Bloomington High School North and South  in the spring of 2017. Along with the bowling night, its leaders are creating a coalition of surrounding high school GSAs to help bridge the gap between schools and provide support to struggles that GSAs may face, particularly in light of the changing political situation. Celestina Garcia, one of Spectrum GSA’s current leaders, is also working to prepare the club for the future.

As this is my last year of leadership and membership of GSA, I’m hoping to set up solid leadership for next year, and come up with plans for gaining new members next year,” Garcia said. GSA focuses on discussions of the real world issues on Fridays after school in room F119.

Polar Plunge

By Logan Guzik, junior

Best Friends Club is participating in the 2017 Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Indiana University’s Assembly Hall in the North Lobby. Registration is from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Participants must be 12 years of age or older to take the plunge, and if under the age of 18, they must sign a waver with a parent or guardian’s signature as well. The event will benefit Special Olympics and its athletes. Go to, and search for “EHS Best Friends and Unified Track”, then click on “Join The TeamorDonate” option. To participate in the plunge, each participant must raise at least $75 in pledges.  “Best Friends Club is for everyone,” Best Friends Club adviser Ms.Wilson said. (Reported by Logan Guzik) for more information visit,

French Honor Society Takes Culture to the Intermediate

By Hannah Steinmetz, junior

French Honor Society will be busy for the next two Thursdays. It will be holding activities at both Girls’ Night Out and Guys’ Night Out, which will take place at Edgewood Intermediate School. “The guys will be making Eiffel Towers out of wafer cookies and the girls will decorate bows with jewels,” junior Haley Martin said. Guys’ Night Out is Jan. 26, and Girls’ Night Out is Feb. 2. Because members paid a three-dollar fee at the beginning of the year, there will be no cost.

Giving Thanks: What We’re Thankful For

By Kayla Ratliff, senior

Sam Stancik, freshman

Stancik spent time with family over Thanksgiving break and ate

at his grandmother’s house. He is thankful for friends, family, and music.

Briana Tristler, sophomore

Tristler celebrated by having dinner at her grandma’s; she also went

to travel soccer practice.

“I’m thankful for the people in my life that are positive, and the

negative ones too because without negative you couldn’t have positive.”

Esse Hovis-Johnson, sophomore

Johnson ate dinner with her immediate family

during break; she also planned to see friends.

Johnson is thankful for “the inclusive LGBT community.”

Stephanie Foster, junior

Foster’s plan was “to eat a lot of food, watch

a lot of Netflix and not do any homework.”

She also had thanksgiving at her house because

the rest of her family lives far away.

Foster is thankful for dogs. “I love dogs, all kinds of dogs.  

I don’t care what they look like; I just love them.”

Tanner Kolbe, senior

Kolbe spent Thanksgiving break with family with family,

watch football, and also did not shave his “mustache

for another twelve days”.

“Usually I celebrate with my extended family in Indianapolis,

but this year my family is changing it up, and we’re going to have

a Thanksgiving at home to freshen it up a little bit.”

“I’m thankful for a lot of things; there’s a lot of great things in my life.

I’m thankful for my family, and I’m thankful for all of the opportunities

that I’m given. I’m thankful for baseball, and I’m thankful for everything

I’m blessed with.”

Emily Hetser, senior

Hetser spent Thanksgiving break with family and friends;

she celebrated at her grandmother’s house talking and

playing board games.

“I’m thankful for my friends and family.”