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 Firstgiving.com, 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,

http://soindiana.org/event/bloomington-polar-plunge-iuplunge/?instance_id=167

http://www.firstgiving.com/soindiana/2017-bloomington

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


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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

Different Schedules, Different Opinions

By Hannah Steinmetz, junior

The student sat in class, listening to the teacher drone on. Her eyelids drooped more and more, until they shut completely. Her head popped back up, awake, tapping her foot and moving her hands to stay alert. She wished to take a break, but they weren’t allowed in this class. Tick, tick, tick. The clock reminded her there were still 45 minutes to go.

Edgewood High School has been using extended-learning days for about four years, and there have been a variety of opinions on them. The school has seven 45-minute periods on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, but on Wednesdays and Thursdays, it goes with a block schedule. On Wednesdays, students go to their second, fourth, and sixth period classes for 90 minutes each, along with 55 minutes of homeroom in the morning. On Thursdays, students go to their first, third, fifth, and seventh period classes for 90 minutes each, without homeroom in the morning. While this schedule works for some, others would prefer an alternative schedule.

“It’s harder in the fact of trying to take teenagers with short attention spans and do four or five things in an hour and a half,” geography teacher Mr. Lee said.

According to an article on owlcation.com, at most, students have attention spans of about 22 minutes, over four times less than what the extended-learning periods require. However, there have been some contradictions to this.

“It was pretty clear that in some subjects, you could not sustain deep discussions or extensive labs and lessons in a 45 or 50 minute period, so there was always a yearning, among some departments and teachers, for longer periods,” English teacher Mr. Brewer said.

Mrs. VanAllen, another English teacher, had a similar belief and thought that it would be hard to cover all the material, and students “would have a hard time getting a project done in a 45-minute period.” Therefore, in certain classes, such as science and English, 90 minutes can be needed to get things done.

Another aspect that comes into play for students and teachers alike is the 24-hour period in which they don’t see each other.

“For people like me, it’s really hard to go a day without a certain class because I end up forgetting some things that we learned, so it’s really difficult to try to remember it on the Friday [afterwards],” junior Megan Mishler said.

Spanish teacher Ms. Byers agreed and said, “I prefer to see my classes every day rather than having days off in between.”

An article on k12teacherstaffdevelopment.com said that repetition is important in the learning process, so the day that a student doesn’t see a teacher could cause difficulties. Although some don’t like the day in between, some teachers take the day as a positive.

“Maybe it’s because of psychological effects; I know there’s one day a week where we all get a break from each other,” Brewer said.

Senior Megan Higgins believes that the extended-learning days allow for her to separate her homework and get some sleep during the week. In other words, by having only three to four of her seven classes two days of the week, she has less homework than she would on a normal night. “I feel so relieved,” Higgins said, “because I can put off homework and focus on one specific class if needed.”

Students and teachers seem to have a range of opinions about the extended-learning days. “If there is no clear answer,” Brewer said, “compromise is important all around.”

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.

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