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Duncan Cameron: C-Team All Star

By Trey Nobbe

This year, Duncan Cameron joined the NDHS basketball team’s annual summer trip to Fort Wayne for D-ONE basketball camp. This was Duncan’s first year on the team. He was very excited when he found out last year that he was invited to go. Last year, Duncan was the bench player on the Freshman team. This year, Duncan is looking forward to being a leader on a team that has more freshman than sophomores.

I asked Duncan how it felt being a part of the team’s trip to D-ONE this year. “It felt like it brought me closer to my teammates, and overall it was a good experience and good insight to what the future season will be.” Duncan had a good time there and grew as a player and made some great memories. Duncan said “...definitely the biggest highlight was when I scored 12 points all off of three pointers. Also, me carrying the team was pretty cool.” When asked about the food Duncan spoke straight from the stomach. “The food was amazing, but I wish it was open all night long.”

Duncan had a great time and had some fun moments with friends. When asked who he had bunked with he responded, “Cody and Sean but I left because they are ‘derrs,’” and then bunked with future teammates Alex, Landon, and Trent. Duncan only had one embarrassing moment the whole trip: he got a rebound and traveled while varsity through 8th grade were watching him. “It felt like all eyes were on me… and I choked.”

Duncan had a great time and is really excited for the future of his basketball career and how he will enjoy making new friends and better memories throughout the next few years. Duncan had a good time and is ecstatic for next year’s trip.

Hoosier Takes on Europe

By Ashley Morford

If you know Hannah Wiseman, you know she does gymnastics - it’s all over her T-shirts, social media bios, and, this summer, England. For two weeks the tenth grader dominated England like the British dominated the Americans at the Battle of Bunker Hill. You’ve heard of foreign exchange students, but Hannah participated in the lesser known gymnastics exchange program. If you’re like most Americans, you’ve never been to Europe. Let’s see what Hannah thought of the experience.

The plane ride to Paris was “about seven hours and fifty minutes.” Hannah stayed with a family of five - a dad, mom, 15 year old Emily, 12 year old Ed and 10 year old Sophie - a scene reminiscent of 1774 when British Parliament passed the Quartering Act, forcing American citizens to take British soldiers into their homes (Ben Franklin would be proud, Hannah). Hannah formed a special bond with 15 year old Emily, with whom she shared a room. “They were so nice! Their top floor was bigger than my entire house!”

Hannah got to live out any Potterhead’s dream by visiting Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station. “We went to the official Harry Potter Store and everything,” Hannah recalls. But King’s Cross wasn’t the only famous British landmark Hannah visited. She burned through London like the British burnt through Washington D.C. in 1814, seeing Big Ben, the Tower of London, Tower of Torture and the Crown Jewel. In Paris, the 15 year old visited the Louvre where she saw (and illegally photographed...shhh we won’t tell) the Mona Lisa. Handstands in front of the Eiffel Tower? For most of us, that’s the stuff of dreams, but this summer, this was Hannah’s reality.

The British introduced her to some new cuisine, “I tried curry. It was okay, but I wouldn’t try it again.” Still better than the Native Americans’ introduction to smallpox, am I right? As far as souvenirs go, Hannah stayed pretty traditional. “I got two sweatshirts, one that says ‘Tower of London’ and one that says ‘Paris.’ I also bought postcards from everywhere I went.” Thanks Hannah, for letting me live vicariously through you this summer. Keep us posted on your future travels!

The plane ride to Paris was “about seven hours and fifty minutes.” Hannah stayed with a family of five - a dad, mom, 15 year old Emily, 12 year old Ed and 10 year old Sophie - a scene reminiscent of 1774 when British Parliament passed the Quartering Act, forcing American citizens to take British soldiers into their homes (Ben Franklin would be proud, Hannah). Hannah formed a special bond with 15 year old Emily, with whom she shared a room. “They were so nice! Their top floor was bigger than my entire house!”

Hannah got to live out any Potterhead’s dream by visiting Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station. “We went to the official Harry Potter Store and everything,” Hannah recalls. But King’s Cross wasn’t the only famous British landmark Hannah visited. She burned through London like the British burnt through Washington D.C. in 1814, seeing Big Ben, the Tower of London, Tower of Torture and the Crown Jewel. In Paris, the 15 year old visited the Louvre where she saw (and illegally photographed...shhh we won’t tell) the Mona Lisa. Handstands in front of the Eiffel Tower? For most of us, that’s the stuff of dreams, but this summer, this was Hannah’s reality.

The British introduced her to some new cuisine, “I tried curry. It was okay, but I wouldn’t try it again.” Still better than the Native Americans’ introduction to smallpox, am I right? As far as souvenirs go, Hannah stayed pretty traditional. “I got two sweatshirts, one that says ‘Tower of London’ and one that says ‘Paris.’ I also bought postcards from everywhere I went.” Thanks Hannah, for letting me live vicariously through you this summer. Keep us posted on your future travels!

Not Just Horsin' Around

By Craig Adams

I interviewed Taylor Smith about what she did this summer. The activity she talked about was showing horses. Her horse’s stable name is Baylee, but its show name is JJ Boomer Bay. She did many classes: halter, showmanship, horsemanship, and walk/trot riding classes. Here’s a brief description of each class: Halter is when you walk to the judge, trot past the judge, and then set up for inspection. Showmanship is when you memorize a pattern and complete it in front of the judge, and it is off the horse. Horsemanship is just like showmanship although instead of being on the the ground leading the horse you are riding the horse. Lastly, walk/trot riding classes is when you are either walking or trotting (jogging) around the arena. I asked Taylor a few questions about the experience:

What was the hardest part?

“I think the hardest part was dealing with Baylee when she was acting up. Like when she would do things I didn’t ask her to.”

What was your favorite class and overall thing about showing horses?

My favorite class was halter because I placed good and my favorite thing overall was just dealing with horses.”

How much did you practice throughout the summer?

“I practiced everyday for an hour or more.”

What is the biggest difference between Western and English?

“The saddle mainly, because the difference in saddles make you ride differently.”

NHS Induction 2017

By: Nikayla Wesseler

The National Honor Society induction was held on Monday, April 10 at 6 P.M. in the High School gym. There were fourteen Sophomores and three Juniors that entered the national honor society and 35 eighth graders that entered Junior Honor Society. During the program Mr. Ruble explained how the word honor means so much. The program started of with the NDHS Advisor, Mr. Ruble followed Mr. Ruble was Mr. McCoy who did the principal remarks. After the pledge of the Allegiance the Junior Honor Society Initiation Ceremony being with speakers of the National Honor Society Members. After that the National Honor Society officers initiated the fourteen Sophomores. After all the initiation Mr. Ruble did the closing remarks and Lindsey Rousseau, President of the National Honor Society ended the night with a prayer. When the program was over there was a little reception that served punch and some cookies with lots pictures being taken. The National Honor Society meeting is every third week in the month. All the new members are expected to be there.

Pennies for Patients

By Madelyn Bryant

The last few weeks here at North Decatur have been very busy. Prior to Spring Break, we raised money for Pennies For Patients. Pennies For Patients is an organization that raises money all over the country for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The funds, collected during a three-week period, benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Since 1994, millions of dollars has been raised in pennies, or spare change from elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools all over the country. Here at North Decatur, the students raised a whopping $1,002! To help raise money, Art Club helped by selling coffee and hot chocolate in the mornings, and also selling ice cream and painting faces at lunch. Along with having a week of dress up days, we finished off the week with a dodgeball game and pig kissing. Miss O was the lucky winner to get to kiss the pig, but the student body was disappointed that Mr. Powers had come in second. In light of the crowd’s disappointment, Mrs. Julie Record led the efforts to raise more money in order for Powers to also kiss the pig. The student body raised $100 in under 5 minutes and were rewarded for their generosity when Mr. Powers puckered up for Weeble-Wobble. The program also consisted of a lip-sync performance from Mrs. Geisting’s speech class, which highlighted Queeniy's dance moves, a mashup of throwback songs, and senior Jake Wiseman, Eric Trenkamp, and Dillon Merritt's legs. All in all, NDHS had a very fun week raising money for a great cause.

Little Shop of Horrors

By Jason Black

From March 2nd through March 5th, Drama Club performed another magnificent musical with was one-part performance, one-part going-away party. The 2017 Drama Club cast is comprised of many more seniors than they have seen in recent years. For this particular performance, a rendition of Little Shop of Horrors, Kendall Garno-Foote, the student director, took the role of Audrey, the love interest of the lead character Seymour, (played by Tristan Ingmire), Trenton Hanna voiced Audrey 2, the plant which terrorizes the flower shop; Alexis Jarman, Olivia Shake, and Kelsey Moorman performed as the Greek Choir girls who sang through the transition of scenes and played minor roles in the plot; Mackenzie Nobbe, Allison Byrd, Madalyn Nobbe, and Lucy Gay made up an elite crew which ran the lights, sound, and set changes. The large group of seniors and their supporting cast and crew saw a great turnout from the audience, with a packed audit...cafeteria for all four days of their performance. They ended, as by tradition, with a celebration of the seniors and their two directors, Megan Gehrich and Brian Ingmire. The departing seniors left the group having taught what they could to their understudies and fellow cast and crew; they left little Audrey 2’s for everyone, but most importantly they left large, unique shoes that Drama Club will always struggle to fill.

The Breakfast Club

By Lily Meyer

On March 4th, 2017, the football team gathered early in the morning to conclude their winter weight lifting session. The football players have been putting extra time and work in since their season ended trying to build a stronger, more agile team for the 2017 football season. The program consists of winter, spring, and summer programs building up into the fall season. The program is nicknamed “The Breakfast Club”. All players got the chance to showcase to parents and coaches what they have been building up to these past months. One thing that head coach Steve Stirn made clear was that this program was not designed to peak at the end of the winter. This program was meant to build up each and every season until football season. In football season, it really shows who put in the work to get better, and who decided that it was unnecessary.

After a morning full of lifting, running, and yelling, the team moms and dads had prepared a breakfast for all of the boys. At this breakfast, the boys refueled while Coach Stirn gave a speech about the program at its end and what the future looks like. A key point that Stirn made is that this program is not just for the high school boys. This is intended to help strengthen any boy from grades 7-12 intending to be in the plans for the current and future Charger football program. The boys seem to have a full schedule coming up consisting of competitive camps over the summer and long days and nights of conditioning. Not to mention, the spring and summer lifting programs.

Band Concert 3/7/17

By: Kennedy Walton

Sitting down in the gymnasium on March the fifth, a crowd of people sat in wait of a short spring program, presented by the North Decatur music program; specifically, the band department. Lead by Jacob Crossley, band director of four years, as well as Allison Byrd- band student and future music education major- the combined efforts of the fifth grade, sixth grade, junior high, and high school bands proceeded to amazing their audience, who with listening ears were captivated.

The concert started with the band’s reputant Saxophone Quartet, consisting of Sarah Niese, Mackenzie Nobbe, Cody Theobald, and Madalyn Nobbe. Performing “That’s a Plenty”, they have once again received a gold medal at State-level ISSMA, and one cannot deny that they represent their school well; not only this, but they performed well together, wowing their audience and leaving an impression of great skill that was soon revealed to be a trait of all ensembles included- a tremendous start to any concert.

Their performance was followed by the newest additions to the band department’s. The fifth graders, despite relative inexperience, performed their pieces quite well- these being “March Across the Seas”, as well as “The Banana Boat Song” from Beetlejuice. Despite being amateurs in their art, they still played with skill and passion. The following sixth grade band was well above their own level in skill. Their performance consisted of “The Thunderer”, “The Battle Pavane”, and “Alpha Squadron”, all three done with utmost skill generally unexpected of performers of their age. One member of the sixth grade band, Ellis Loehmer, was even granted the chance to perform in a high-school level competition- ISSMA- winning a gold in his division with his saxophone piece, “Sonatina”, and performed said piece at the concert.

Jr. high band was next to the floor, with “Above & Beyond” and “Joy”. The band director, prior to the playing of the piece “Joy”, stated his concerns with it, saying that on occasion the band was unable to perform it. These concerns were not necessary, as the band blew their listeners away.

Before the high school band played, another soloist came to the floor- a freshman, Tristan Ingmire, playing “English Suite”, a beautiful arrangement, on trumpet. Directly following his solo, he returned to his seat as the high school band and junior combined their talents to play “Rain”. The already-talented junior high’s ability was highlighted heavily by their older counterparts, and those in the audience knew that they were in for a remarkable performance from the high school. They were not wrong- “Trumpet Fanfare” and “Celebration” were a remarkable end to a beautiful concert, an astounding showing of how far the bands have come since Crossley took over as director.

Following the performance, Crossley was asked for a word in regards to the growth of his students, saying this:

“There are lots of different ways to look at how the band program has grown since I started working at ND. The easiest to see, is the size. When I started at ND there was roughly 65 students program wide and now we're over 100. The pep band had 12 kids involved and now we're over 40. The marching band had 15 and now we will be pushing 80. The students take pride in being involved in our band program and they want to be involved in as many things as possible that are related to band because we're successful at what we do.

“The current group of seniors has come a very long way since I started. Now granted, they were very good freshman when I started and thus became the foundation for the program that I wanted to build. This group of seniors has been the heart that makes this band function. Without their outstanding leadership and musicianship, we would be nowhere close to where we are now. They've grown so much that many of them are wanting to pursue music in some fashion in college which to me is just incredible. They will be greatly missed once they graduate.

“As for the elementary bands, they are the future of our program and every year is a little different than the last, but I think we have a very strong foundation to continue to build this program with them. They never cease to amaze me with how much they learn and how quickly they learn and with the enthusiasm that they display every day for band. It's just so much fun to work with them!”

One concert remains until the end of the school year, and based upon this performance, everyone is in for an astounding show come then.

Choir Concert 3/9/17

By: Noah Mack

The North Decatur Choirs finished out their third nine weeks with a concert only a few days before Spring Break. All of the choirs from the 6th grade all the way to Singers performed that night. This was also the last concert for Mrs. Paul this year due to her pregnancy.

The Singers opened up the concert with the Star-Spangled Banner. The Concert Choir began with the song “The Wonder of Snow”, followed by “Sassafras Tea” and “Windy Teas”. The Sixth Grade Choir were next with the song “Under the Sea” and followed that with a combined piece with the Junior High “Banjo on My Knee”. The Junior High stayed on the stage after the combined piece and the lights dimmed and a projection of video played. With their song “Aurora Borealis”, a video of the brilliant Northern Lights played. Like the song, “Aurora Borealis”, when they sang the song “Lightning”, the screen projected the sporadicity of lightning and its distinctive sounds were played. The concert was rounded out by the North Decatur Singers. They opened their part with the song “Stars I Shall Find”. The next song “Set Me As a Seal” was directed by Choir President Noah Davers instead of Mrs. Paul. The final song was the dramatic “Lamentations of Jeremiah”. After this song, the Singers presented Mrs. Paul with a double sided picture frame for “both of her babies, her child and her choir”. After this presentation, the Singers ended the concert with the classic “The Lord Bless You”. This concert was an emotional send-off for both Mrs. Paul and the North Decatur Choirs.

FFA Week

By Nikayla Wesseler

FFA week, which occurred February 21st though 24th, was a great success with all the activities that happened and brought agricultural awareness to both high school, jr. high, and elementary students. FFA week kicked off with students driving tractors to school on Tuesday. That day also included a milk chugging contest during lunch. Christian McQueen had the fastest time with three point one seconds. On Wednesday was the cart races, everyone who participated in the race donated to the animal shelter. Logan Haskamp and Brittany Krieger wanted to race because they wanted to donate to the animal shelter. A lot of people participated in the cart races. Michael Schwartz said, “There is one rule: if your not first, you're last.’’ Altogether, the FFA raised five hundred dollars to the animal shelter. On Thursday was the petting zoo. The petting zoo was held in the ag shop. The zoo held goats, sheep, chickens, a donkey, and cows. The Elementary got to come over and visit the zoo. Friday was the last day the special activity for the day was cow milking and corn hole toss. Throughout the whole week, the FFA donated canned foods to the bread of life. During FFA week, many students participated in all the events ranging from the dress up days, the questions of the day to the special activity planned during lunch

Academic Teams Overthrow the Bourgeois at First Meet

By Jason Black

Tackling an impactful and expansive topic this year, the North Decatur Academic teams went head to head with the bourgeois. The Social Studies team dug into the detailed and complex power struggle throughout the decades of the revolution, specifically looking at influential female revolutionaries while the Science team studied electrophysics, earth science, and French scientists. The Math teams studied conic sections, Pascal’s triangle, and Descartes's rule of signs. English academic team tackled the long, lamenting lines of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens while the Fine Arts team studied a dozen artists of three styles, namely Neoclassical, as well as the anthems of the French Revolution. In their first meet at Hauser, the Science team - lead by Noah Mack - started with a fair placement of 4th of the seven schools present. Following, Emma Spreckelson lead the Fine Arts team to a strong 1st place victory, then she joined the Social Studies team immediately afterwards to secure another 1st place victory with Social Studies co-captain Jason Black. Math team, under the leadership of Lindsey Rousseau, then placed 4th on a tiebreaker, followed by Kelsey Moorman and the English team securing 3rd place ribbons. With all their energy spent, the interdisciplinary had a poor round, placing 6th.

In the wake of these victories, Social Studies Coach Ernest Ruble urged that the teams not let these fresh victories get the better of them. It is all too common that academic teams place well in their early meets, but fail in their studies due to cockiness, and thus do poorly in future meets. Still, victories are not something one should neglect to celebrate, and thus the Fine Arts and Social Studies team await the arrival of their trophies in the weeks to come. The next meet is in Brown County, Wednesday March 8th.

An Update on the Niese Family

By: Kennedy Walton

As many of you may know, a family in our community, the Nieses, lost their home and most of their belongings in a massive fire. Currently, they are all staying at friends’ houses (my own included) and their oldest daughter Virginia’s home, reconvening at the aforementioned Virginia’s on weekends. Their situation is improving bit by bit, all thanks in part to the community of philanthropic individuals who have donated to them in their time of need. Now, they are currently looking for a house to rent in the North Decatur school district, preferably one large enough for their six children who still live at home. None of the good things that have blessed their lives recently would have occurred if not thanks to all of you who have helped them in their efforts to rebuild; while they are still in need of a place to live and the basic necessities required of a new home, they are slowly but surely getting back on their feet.

Their sixth child, Sarah, a Junior at North Decatur, had this to say: “Right now what we need is not in my area of knowledge, except clothes are not really needed. I am grateful for the people who have donated, your generosity and kindness has been helpful. My family is feeling okay?... We are usually fine but it's a bit rough not having our own space​. We hope to find a place to rent soon.”

The family is recovering slowly but surely, and sends their thanks to all who have assisted them in these past few weeks.

A Review of Milk and Honey

By Lily Meyer

Milk and Honey is a book written by Rupi Kaur. Kaur is a feminist, artist, and writer from Canada. She is an immigrant from India and learned English very slowly after moving. She performed in a health care clinic that was ran out of a basement. She sat and wrote poetry for days and months and finally published stories about pain and hurt after seeing so many cases go through the clinic.

Milk and Honey is a poetry and prose book that tells story of survival in love and heartbreak. It was published November 4th, 2014 but it really did not gain a reputation until it began blowing up all over social media. Teens and poets went crazy for these incredibly real stories of love and loss. The book has such short and simple poems that are so powerful you feel like you’ve lived them. The book is separated into four chapters or sections; the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing. The hurting talks of serious pains that people go through in life such as rape and abandonment. The realness of it makes the pain feel like it’s your own. I recommend this book to nearly anyone, specifically those who are going through heartbreak or those who have experienced it. This book can hit home to almost everyone who knows hurt.

North Decatur Blood Drive

By: Erica Gauck

North Decatur Jr./Sr. High School held its annual blood drive on Wednesday, February 23, 2017. Many people give blood for a variety of reasons, varying from saving strangers lives to doing it just for that feeling on giving afterwards. Not only does donating blood help other people, it could improve your health, too. Donating blood balances out your iron levels and even improves blood flow.

Ten, out of forty-seven, of our very own North Decatur students were asked questions about their donation experience. They were asked three questions: why did you donate today, what did donating feel like to you, and how much blood did you donate today? The students that signed up to give blood, but were not permitted were asked what prevented them from giving blood, such as not meeting the medical criteria, using any medications, or traveling to other countries.

Junior, Lily Meyer said, “I gave blood to help save lives. And getting out of class is a big bonus.” Lily also stated that donating blood was quite painful in her opinion. Lily donated five hundred milliliters. of blood.

Sophomore, Balee Osting stated, “I decided to give blood because Mr. Ruble begged me to.” Balee had the same opinion as Lily when it came to pain level. She said that it definitely did not feel very good. Balee also donated five hundred milliliters of blood.

Another junior, Sarah Bohman, said that she gave blood because it was for a good cause. Sarah told us that you can’t really feel the needle, but your arm goes a little numb. She donated a double, which is one thousand milliliters.

Junior, Spencer Crist said, “Mr. Ruble really wanted me to, so I was going to try to for him.” She said that she hated the way it felt and she felt like she could pass out. Spencer ended up not being able to give blood because they couldn’t find her vein.

Sophomore, Kenzie Krieger gave blood because her mom told her to and she enjoys helping other people. Kenzie stated, “It didn't hurt as bad as I thought it would.” Kenzie donated five hundred milliliters of blood.

Senior, Meredith Fogle tried to give blood but she wasn’t permitted to. Her iron level was said to be too low.

Sophomore, Drew Clift was another one who tried, but ,unfortunately, couldn’t give blood. Drew’s heart rate was too high.

Sophomore, Braden Blauvelt stated, “I gave blood so I could get out of class.” He also said that the prick in his finger hurt more than when he actually gave blood. He donated five hundred milliliters, too.

Junior, Sidney Ricke said that he gave blood because it is easy and for a good cause. He also said that he didn't really feel the needle. He donated a double.

Niese Family

By Kennedy Walton

As many of you may have heard, a family in our community, the Nieses, has recently suffered a tragic loss after their home caught fire. They have lost essentially everything and are in need of many bare necessities.

I myself have always considered the Niese clan family, so this event has been very personal to me. Currently, the NDHS Drama Club and the guidance office are accepting donations for their family. Things needed include clothes, shoes, and toiletries, though other small items such as books would be appreciated. Their sizes in the order of pants, shirts, and shoes are as follows:

  • Philomenia: 12, Adult Med, 11
  • Kathleen: 10, XL, 11
  • Francis: 42/30, XL, 14
  • Sarah: 18/20, XL, 11
  • Robert: 42/32, 2X, 12
  • Alexis: 18, XL, 10 (note: Alexis is in most urgent need of clothing; she lost everything as she only managed to get one set each of clothes, pajamas, and a work uniform; she also subs at the school)
  • Rick (father): 40/30, L/XL, 12
  • Barb (mother): 4X, 2X, 12

Anything and all that can be donated would be appreciated. Donations can be made through the school office. If you have any questions, contact one of the Niese children or me, Kennedy Walton, via e-mail or face-to-face. Thank you for your time, and anything you can contribute to the family in their time of need.

Future Business Leaders of America

By Polina Masiuk

FBLA is a new school club for high school students in grades 9-12, created by finance classes teacher Mrs. Bryant. The purpose of FBLA is to bring business and education together. Students will explore education paths for careers in business, learn about careers in the business field, develop essential skills for life and career, and obtain hands-on experience. According to the organization’s web site, high school students that join FBLA receive benefits including discounts, scholarships, and awards and recognition programs. Mrs. Bryant hopes that because of FBLA students will want to participate in courses offered in the North Decatur Business Department and become better prepared to continue their education after high school.

FBLA includes different activities like special conferences and competitions, college visits, guest speakers and trips. Everything what you need to participate in the Business Club is to pay $12 membership due and contact Mrs. Bryant . Don’t lose your chance to become a part of future business leaders!

Netflix Binge Watching

By Brianna Craig

Netflix has become more popular over the years as everyone sits and watches their favorite movies and television shows while at home, work, school, with friends and family or etc. Netflix consists of television shows and movies that are popular at the time or still popular. Every so often movies and TV shows are taken down off Netflix for room for others. This upsets people, but it also gives you a variety of things to watch which is very interesting. So interesting that an individual will sit and watch a whole season without moving, and we call that Netflix binge watching.

Netflix binge watching is mostly for people dying of boredom and have nothing better to do. They're so caught up in their television fantasy they don't want to move or look away. Netflix is also being brought to the classrooms. Students will watch their shows and movies during class when they are done with work. Students say they become bored and need something to, so they watch their movies and television shows. Student Sidney Parmer says, “Right now I'm watching the Fast and Furious movies. I've also watched Narnia, Zootopia and Finding Dory.” Student Erica Gauck says, “I’ve watched Neighbors 2, Stuck in Love and Miracles from Heaven.”

Individuals also binge watch at home too. Madelyn Bryant says, “I binge watch One Tree Hill all day long on the weekends.” Madi Knecht also says, “I come home from school everyday and do my homework, then I eat dinner while watching Grey’s Anatomy.” Some individuals will sit and watch a whole season of their favorite show without getting up out of their chair.

Netflix has had an impact on student's lives at school, but also, this method could be used to help a student focus while doing work or studying. In the end, Netflix is a very popular network full of movies and television shows that are watched regularly throughout the days of everyone’s lives.


By Noah Mack

As the school year ends, most classes slow down and prepare for the impending finals. However, all the choirs and bands are deep in preparation for the annual Yuletide concert. In the day or two before the concert, North Decatur is transformed from a school to a Christmas wonderland with a fully decorated gym complete with an silent auction and an art show. The students spend hours making this arrangement of decorations complete and several hours more preparing themselves for the music in the concert. All grade levels from the Junior High to Seniors are integral to the smooth flow of the concert. Each student helps to wait to a set of tables while watching for their performance time. They also try to sneak in eating between all these other tasks.

The music consists of Christmas classics from traditional Christmas carols to a full band and choir song from the movie “Frozen”. A few notable songs included “Carol of the Bells” complete with handbells to a combination of several Christmas songs performed by the band. These songs help to usher a Christmas spirit throughout the school and the patrons of this concert. The cheer and energy that is spread through each and every song helps to add to the overall holiday joy.

A-PUSH Students Get Into Character

Mrs. Betsy Litmer's A-PUSH student's role-played a person from the Antebellum Era. For extra credit student's were given the opportunity to dress as the individual they were role-playing. Among the favorites were Samantha Chamber's as abolitionist Fanny Kemble. Images from this immersive activity are below.

A-PUSH Antebellum Era

Veteran's Day

By Jason Black

North Decatur again carried on its Veterans’ Day tradition with the lead of Mr. Ernest Ruble, National Honor Society, and the support of the North Decatur students, staff members, and clubs. An annual masterpiece held every year by National Honor Society with the band, choir, and art departments, the Veterans’ Day program has always been noted by attendees to be one of a kind and uniquely honorable. North’s Art Club assisted the program through decorations, gifts to the The NDHS Singers under the direction of Mrs. Alyssa Paul began the program with a performance of the National Anthem, and later The Armed Forces Salute (with the NDHS Concert Band) and Legacy of Heroes. Additionally, Kelsey Moorman and Grace Vanderbur performed God Bless America and Amazing Grace respectively, and Tristan Ingmire of the Concert Band performed Taps. The program, however, centered around honored veteran Frank Smith of St. Paul, Indiana, who told his story and was honored with a folded flag paired with one given to Private Tristian Hanna, a senior of North Decatur, as to follow the tradition of honoring those North students who intend to serve in the armed forces.

Veteran's Day Photos

Charger Christmas Philanthropy Project

By Lindsey Rousseau

Christmas is a time of giving, especially to those who mean the most to you. But we often overlook the importance of giving back to the less fortunate, particularly during our teenage years where we tend to focus more about the materialistic things surrounding Christmas, rather than the gift of giving back. The National Honor Society and Student Council of North Decatur vowed to make a change in this pattern this holiday season. The two groups, both headed by Mr. Ruble, annually partake in Christmas philanthropy projects, but as a twist teamed up to make a bigger difference this December.

After a few meetings between each of the groups and their officers, the organizations narrowed down exactly what they wanted to do. They formed two different projects, a canned food drive and the adopt a family program through the cheer fund. Each of these projects will directly affect the community around North Decatur, making this philanthropy project extremely unique and special.

Student Council mainly organized the canned food drive, where senior Cory Fasbinder set the goal for the school wide drive of 1000 items by December 16. Quickly, the North Decatur community came together to surpass this goal by over double with 2014 non perishable food items. These will go to the local food bank to assist families of the Decatur County area in need during this festive period.

Along with the food drive, the National Honor Society decided upon the adopt a family program through the Decatur County United Cheer Fund. This program allows family in true need to have a special Christmas. The group may have completed this project last Christmas, but decided to make a bigger difference this season by adopting four families, all of which are part of the Decatur County Community Schools family.

Originally, the group planned to solely adopt bus driver Brittany McGuire's family, as one of her four sons is currently battling an extremely rare form of cancer. However, after reaching out to the family, NHS was given the idea to go with multiple families this Christmas. The organization also adopted 3 other families through the cheer fund that live in the North Decatur district.

As stated the groups teamed up to accomplish both of these goals. Each member of both NHS and Student Council are being asked to donate at least four non perishable goods and $5 out of their own pocket. The organizations themselves are also donating money out of their club funds. Student Council plans to give $250, and NHS $100. The two groups also passed around money buckets at a recent basketball game at North Decatur. Altogether, the organizations raised $800 to use for the cheer fund project.

The goals may have seemed steep, but with every effort from the members of these organizations it was made possible. Christmas is so much more than just gifting a present to someone, but looking out for the common good throughout the community, and North Decatur NHS and Student Council are proudly making this difference within theirs.

Archery Club

By Kennedy Walton

2016-2017 Archery season has started up, and already, archers are lining up to take their shot at a successful season. In last year’s season, the North Decatur elementary team made it to Nationals, and the school served as home to the top archer in the state of Indiana- Mackenzie Mauer. The school is looking towards having another successful year- however, the high school team is lacking in the most important factor: members.

There are many benefits to joining the team- not only the usual answer of “it’s a chance to be a part of something bigger than yourself”, but all high school archers become eligible for scholarships upon joining. Monetary amounts vary, but it can be very helpful for your college career. Many potential archers also state that their biggest issue with joining archery is the time schedule- many people cannot manage the after school hours dedicated to training. However, the coaches have scheduled practices during PRIDE on Tuesdays and Thursdays for archers with less flexible schedules to practice.

As for the club itself, many new elementary and middle school students have joined. Archers from previous years are improving greatly, and the newer coaches are adjusting to their role quite well. All in all, the ND Archery team is hopefully looking at another great season.

Queeniy Brings Dance to NDHS

By Nikayla Wesseler

Something new began at North Decatur this Winter. Queeniy Liu, one of the foreign exchange students from China, began a dance club at North Decatur. Queeniy said, “ There is so many games, but does not have half-time dances. ‘’ She is passionate in creating this dance team because North Decatur is a really great school. Queeniy has a passion for dancing. She loves to dance she explains how when she was little it was a dream of hers to become an idol, but now she explains she won’t be an idol ( what Americans call celebrities) since she has decided to spend her college years in America.One of Queeniy’s motto is no dance no life. With her love for dancing, she could fit in anywhere by expressing her outgoing personality through her performances.

Queeniy shared the idea with Mr. McCoy in order to get approval for the new club. At this point, they have about fifteen people interested. They already have finished two complete dances that they have learned. The dances they have learned are a combination of hip hop and Jazz. The dances are to the songs “Sorry” by Justin Bieber and “Painkiller” by Jason Derulo. Queeniy hopes that some time during the halftime of a basketball they could perform one of their dances that they have learned. She mentioned that she has not talked to Mr. McCoy yet about performing. If you find yourself interested in joining this new, exciting dance club, they have practice every Tuesday and Thursday until 5:30 in the Cafeteria.

Dairy Foods Team MOOves to the Top

By Kennedy Walton

The North Decatur Dairy Foods Team, consisting of a team of four freshmen girls, recently saw all of their hard work pay off as they advanced to Nationals. After seizing victory at the Area and State levels, the North Decatur team earned the honor of representing Indiana at the National level. Placing fourteenth overall, the girls made their home state and school proud. I recently had the honor to interview some of the the team members, and receive their opinions on the subject.

Ask a Dairy Foods member what their motivation is for participating, and most will tell you that it’s the fulfilling feeling they receive from their involvement… followed immediately by, “we get to eat delicious food”. As the name would imply, Dairy Foods involves consuming and judging various dairy products by such factors as flavor, quality, and traces of external elements that may have changed the taste of the particular item, such as the diet of the animal it had come from. Not only does the team enjoy the competition, they enjoy the friendships they made during their time in the contests.

“Two years ago, I decided that Dairy Foods sounded fun and interesting. I mean, come on, we get to eat as many dairy products as we want!” said one member, Kenzie Krieger. “My sister, Kayleigh Krieger, told me that this activity will be worth it. I may have not believed her then, but I sure do now! My favorite thing about Dairy Foods is the connection I have made with Olivia. WIthout Dairy Foods, I may have never met Olivia. Now, Olivia and I are close. I also enjoy eating, sleeping on the bus, and being qualified for Nationals.”

The competition wasn’t all business, however- as is the case with any event attended with Scott Johnson, one of the FFA’s advisors. Speaking from experience, the North Decatur FFA’s endeavors usually entail quite a few interesting twists. In fact, when asked what she would have changed about the competition, one member answered with amusement: “I would've skipped the decision to try to climb onto a Garfield statue, so then I wouldn't have ripped my skirt right before the contest. I also would have told Mr. Johnson to take the other bus, so we wouldn't have gotten stuck in a sketchy gas station in Indy. I didn't die so I guess I can't complain.”

When asked for his thoughts on the outcome of the competition, Mr. Johnson, along with stating the impressiveness of the feat these girls performed in placing 14th nationwide despite being required to learn an entirely new system of judging, he added, “It was awesome just winning state to make Nationals. But coming fourteenth in the nation… was even better.”

There’s no denying that these girls performed spectacularly in their field, and their achievements hopefully mark a prosperous year for the North Decatur FFA.

Homecoming 2016

By Grace Vanderbur

And we had won. The final score was 34-0 for the first Homecoming win in a long time; everyone was cheering; our queen was accepting her continuous congratulations; and the Spirit Stick was being passed among upperclassmen, the naive freshman winners unknowing of its whereabouts. The week of anticipation had built up to this night, where expectations fell far from short and the atmosphere was bursting with adrenaline.

The battle began before homecoming week began, with students working furiously on decorations to put their hallway above the others. Late nights and weekends kept the students busy at all times, until finally their time was up. Homecoming week began, and the real battle followed with it. With dress up day scores deciding a majority of the points, wedges were driven between grades as students relentlessly tried to outdo each other. By the pep rally on Friday, to everyone’s disbelief, the Freshman were leading. Although being held indoors due to weather, the pep rally bursted with anticipation more so than usual. Even the pre-show that was Mrs. Giesting and her students, as spectacular as it was, wasn’t enough to subdue the building rivalry between Seniors and Juniors as the Powderpuff players took to the court. All the trash-talking of the week led to this moment of truth. In the stands, the Juniors and Seniors cheered their teams well, all while trying to out cheer each other. In the end, Seniors came out on top and the Juniors walked off with hope burning furiously for a win next year.

The Homecoming game itself went as well as we could’ve hoped, with the score at 22-0 by halftime. The court was welcomed to the track, where Addy Osting and Cory Fasbinder took queen and king, and Olivia Bohman and Andrew Holloway took princess and prince. Freshman were announced as the winners of the Spirit Stick at halftime, which led the events to make the 50th homecoming one to remember.

While the game continued on the field, the Freshman walked with the Spirit Stick, unknowing of what was about to happen. In shock, the students were happy to hand over the Spirit Stick an upperclassmen who asked to see it. Before they knew, they’d lost the Spirit Stick. While its true journey is unknown, the Spirit Stick was seen being passed through the upperclassmen until Mr. Ruble insisted it be returned to the Freshman for the weekend. Thus, the journey of the Spirit Stick was ended.

The 50th homecoming ended with a bang, but it’s unlikely the spirit that drove our Chargers to a win would have been possible without the outstanding spirit and support showed in the entirety of the week. In a night no one will forget, Charger spirit ran strong, showing us what embodies us as a whole: a determination to fight for something we believe in.

Why I Run

By Noah Mack

As the end of the Cross Country season approaches, I would like to address the question that almost every runner faces, “Why do you run?” This is a difficult question to answer in either the long or the short version. The short version is that I enjoy the teammates I have, running is a huge stress reliever for me, and I enjoy being in good shape so I can do what I want.

The long version is that like almost any team, the Cross Country team is a family and as with every family, once someone is a part of it, it is quite difficult to leave. Also, like a family, we support each other in our races and practices. We joke with each other. We push each other to be our best and no one is ever left out or left behind. This bond lasts for such a long time and is almost permanent. I miss team members from my freshman year and many of our graduated students come back for home meets even two years into college to support the team. This family is our team and every member is supportive no matter what.

Running is a huge stress reliever for me and for a lot of the team. Running is a time when rarely a word is said and one doesn’t have to think about what will happen tomorrow or what happened in the past. You are mentally and usually physically alone. It is a peaceful time where I think about whatever I have to think about. The other part is the competition that is a part of being in a race. Everyone is competitive but still supportive. There is little that compares to the emotional high I get from passing people and beating them in a race. It creates a loop because the adrenaline helps me do better and at the same time it makes me feel better when I pass others. The rush of passing, especially when you do it well and the person doesn’t even attempt to pass you back is great. There is nothing like knowing that all the effort and time you put into training and conditioning has finally paid off by you beating a single person.

The last part I enjoy is being in shape. You will never realize how much you are out of shape until you get in shape. I love how much better I feel once I am in shape. The huge increase in energy that you get from basically pushing your limits is great. I rarely feel tired even with little sleep and homework. The mental toughness that you get from running from pushing through pain and fatigue is awesome as well. Once out of season, the days soar by because I am accustomed to running everyday and putting myself through some pain. Being accustomed to exerting a huge effort everyday just makes everything else easier in comparison.

So to quote an unknown source, “Running is the worst thing you’ll ever love” and that is how I wish to finish my answer to the question, “Why?”.