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Coronavirus Update: “Stay-at-Home” order [3/21 8:00 a.m.]
College Board announces AP testing revamp

March 20, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College Board has announced a revamp of Advanced Placement (AP) testing. Keeping in line with recommendations for social distancing, there will be no in-person AP testing for the 2019-20 school year. Instead, students will have the opportunity to test online. Tests will...

Coronavirus Update: Local impact and Illinois’s response [3/20 2:35 p.m.]

March 20, 2020

The McLean County Health Department confirmed McLean County’s first case of coronavirus on Thursday, March 19. The man in his 70s with “no history of travel or exposure” is currently being treated for the virus at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Bloomington, according to WGLT.  While preventative...

Coronavirus impacts grocers shelves [photo gallery]

March 20, 2020

On Thursday, March 19, McLean County Health Department Administrator Jessica McKnight reported the county's first case of COVID-19. The man, in his 70s, is in good condition and being treated in isolation at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal. Before this report, the impact of Coronavirus could...

Local businesses partner to distribute free lunches amidst closures

March 16, 2020

A number of local businesses have partnered to create “FeedBlonoKids”, distributing free lunches in an effort to feed local students that are out of school after COVID-19 cancellations. Gill Street Eatz, Healthy In A Hurry and Central Image Car Wraps make up the three primary sponsors, along with...

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Let, second serve: Iron Tennis warms up for new challenges
Coach Short, Ironmen seniors offer opinions ahead of baseball season

March 25, 2020

After graduating 14 seniors, the Ironmen varsity baseball team began their 2020 season with clear goals and high hopes.  The goal isn’t “really about doing any better than last year,” Head Coach Ryan Short said, but “just trying to do as well as this group can.” Prior to the postponement of the season, Short was optimistic about the team’s potential, saying he  “think[s] this group can do really well.” After last year’s exit on a rainy day in the Regional Championship game against Moline, Short is determined to make it a step further this year, and he thinks the Ironmen are up for the challenge. On their journey to Regionals, Short hopes to win the Big 12 Conference since NCHS is currently half a point ahead of Peoria Notre Dame for the all-sports trophy. “We spring sports need to pull our weight,” Short said. Short believes that the key to the team pulling its weight and reaching its full potential is camaraderie and chemistry, something he doesn’t think will be an issue for this group, which will make it easier to focus on and achieve season success.

Wes to West: Former head football coach to take on Athletic Director duties for Wildcats

March 21, 2020

Former Ironmen head football coach and current physical education/driver's education teacher Mr. Wes Temples has been hired as the next athletic director of Normal West. Temples will be replacing Mr. Stan...

When sports return, rule changes set the XFL up for success

March 21, 2020

Before COVID-19 indefinitely shut down professional and amateur sports alike, a bright spot emerged in the ordinarily dark time after the Super Bowl. The NFL season concluded on February 2 with the...

Boys basketball: Ironmen come up short in Sectional loss to West

March 11, 2020

The Ironmen defense was out of character in their Sectional Semi-Finals matchup versus Normal West, allowing 62 points in their season-ending loss to the Wildcats. Junior guard Nick Rediger’s career-high...

Boys basketball: Regional champion Ironmen play West in Sectional Semis

March 10, 2020

The boys basketball team beat Yorkville 50-34 in the Regional Championship hosted by Pekin on Friday, March 6 to advance to the Sectional Semi-Finals. Senior guard Griffin McCluskey led all scorers with...

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5 podcasts you should be listening to

Mantra Dave, Staff Writer
March 21, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic shutting schools down, students have more time to fill than ever before. Across the nation, people are curing their boredom through podcasts - with over 150 million people tuning in to podcasts of their choice each month. If you have already listened to the Inkspot’s very own podcasts like Social Buddies and Point of Two, here are five diverse podcast series that should appeal to a wide variety of audiences. Tune in through Spotify or the Apple Podcast app.

Round Three Update: NCHS’ Favorite Teacher – March Madness

Inkspot Staff
March 20, 2020

When round two of the inaugural NCHS' Favorite Teacher competition closed, the pool was again cut in half - leaving only 4 teachers from each of the core departments standing. The matchup between Social Studies' Mr. Dave Witzig and Mr. Kevin Shackley ended in a tie. Round one votes were added to the teacher's round two scores as the tie-breaker - advancing Shackley on. Ms. Tara Pendleton...

Why the nation is rooting  for Netflix’s ‘Cheer’

Charlotte Calmes, Staff Writer
March 19, 2020

Cheerleaders are victims of generalization: thought of as overly energetic blondes whose lists of skills include nothing more than chanting and shaking pom-poms. As the more popular teams take the field or the court, cheerleaders are restricted to the sidelines - with the main job of maintaining a smile on their face and keeping the crowd entertained when play stops. What is often concealed about these athletes is the amount of skill it takes to do their true job, skill which is hidden by the makeup and rhinestones that blind spectators who are unfamiliar with the sport.

Round Two Update: NCHS’ Favorite Teacher – March Madness

Inkspot Staff
March 17, 2020

Round one of the inaugural NCHS' Favorite Teacher competition closed Monday at 5 p.m. When the digital-dust settled, half of the pool was eliminated, narrowing the field to 32 teachers. Five matchups were decided by a single vote, propelling Ms. Kaitlyn Baez, Ms. Christine Konopasek, Ms. Heather Gotschall, Ms. Christy Perez, and Mr. John Bergmann into round two. The Math department's Mr....

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Making our mark in any medium... the official student news of Normal Community High School
Making our mark in any medium… the official student news of Normal Community High School