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

Girls basketball: Creasey voted team MVP

March 4, 2020

Sophomore guard Karleigh Creasey was announced as the winner of team MVP voting at the Lady Iron basketball banquet on Tuesday, March 3. Voting for the MVP title was done by players on the varsity level...

Boys basketball: Ironmen avoid upset, break playoff losing streak

March 4, 2020

The boys basketball team was tested in their first postseason matchup, the Regional Semi-Final versus No. 8 seed Minooka, hosted by Bradley-Bourbonnais on Tuesday, March 3. Despite trailing by one...

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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....

NCHS’ Favorite Teacher: March Madness

Mantra Dave and Olivia Plangger
March 13, 2020

With the cancelation of the NCAA March Madness tournament, fans should not be prevented from fulfilling their bracket-filling fix. While basketball might not be airing on CBS, the Inkspot’s Teachers of NCHS: March Madness bracket attempts to fill the void, pitting 64 teachers against each other from the school's core departments, in a bid to crown NCHS’ favorite teacher. Seeding was randomly...

Iron’s Got Talent: recap

Kelsey Kern and Hannah Kocar
March 11, 2020

Thirteen students took the auditorium stage at the annual Iron's Got Talent variety show on Tuesday, February 25 - hoping to be selected as the audience's favorite act. After auditioning for the Junior Class Board, 10 acts, including singers, dancers, comedians and impersonators were selected to perform. Ultimately, freshman Nelson Scott was voted audience favorite, and his drumming earned him...

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