'Little Shop of Horrors' review

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ review

April 17, 2015

Normal Community’s spring musical is the dark and humorous horror rock comedy, Little Shop of Horrors, with music written by Alan Menken and lyrics written by Howard Ashman. The musical itself is based off of the cult-classic 1960 film directed by Roger Corman. The musical incorporates more than a few sexual innuendos, fun doo wop musical numbers, quite ...

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Putting tests to the test

March 20, 2015

Over the past decade in the United States after the No Child Left Behind act of 2001 was passed, there has been a perceived shift public education's' priorities. This has led to some schools to lean away from teaching critical thinking skills and real world application and towards teaching to the test. With the Obama administration’s 4.3 billion dolla...

VanAntwerp, Campbell, Moravec, myself, and Penmetcha at the IHSA Regional Speech Tournament at U-High.

Speech team to State

March 13, 2015

After months of hard work, early Saturday mornings, and many tournaments, three members of the NCHS Speech Team qualified for the IHSA State Final Tournament. These three members, Zack Moravec, Melvin Campbell, and Callie VanAntwerp traveled to Peoria on Friday and Saturday, February 20th and 21st,  to compete amongst performers from across the state. Melvin...

Iron's Got Talent

Iron’s Got Talent

March 4, 2015

Awaiting adoption

January 30, 2015

Biking in BloNo

Biking in BloNo

November 10, 2014

With the recent addition of bike lanes to Jersey Avenue in Normal and Front Street in Bloomington, the Bike Boulevard on Blair, and sharrows (street markings that identify shared lanes) placed around town, bike culture and safety are being recognized more prevalently in the Twin Cities. With commuting by bicycle increasing by over 40% annually in Illinois,...

Austin Bloom (12) carrying a boombox into the bathroom

Seniors plunge into bathroom party prank

May 27, 2014

After senior pranks that seemed to fall a little flat (students parking in the staff lots or protesting in the atrium by not going to class) the senior class of 2014 was going to make sure that they were not forgotten. In the boys' bathroom located in the connecting hallway between the junior and senior sides of the school, students decided to throw...

Peek into the life of an English teacher

Ashley Kennedy, Staff Reporter

April 17, 2014

Katelyn Hoegger is an English teacher at NCHS who is funny, outgoing, and has a great sense of style. Despite being only in her second year at NCHS, she is cherished by many of the students who have had her as a teacher. Q: What was life like for you in high school? A: I worked a ton. I had 2 jobs, so there wasn't time for me to be as involved with school activities as much as I would have liked. I also had 3 substantially younger siblings- guess who got stuck babysitting all the time! In school I was pretty quiet and kept to myself. My t...

Top 9 endangered languages

Top 9 endangered languages

April 8, 2014

Nomlaki - a Native American language with one speaker left (as of 2011) in Northern California. Khomani - a language spoken by four people (as of 2008) in South Africa. Uses “clicking” tones. Ainu - spoken in Hokkaido (Japan), though there are no living speakers of it left- there are scholars trying to revive it. Bikya - a language spok...

Succeeding in Speaking

Ashley Kennedy, Staff Reporter

April 8, 2014

Most typical Saturdays are spent hanging out with friends, going out and taking a break from the daily grind. However, for Speech Team members, Saturdays are spent getting up at early hours and driving to Speech Tournaments held at schools across the states which are filled with hundreds of students fighting for a chance at winning a medal or plaque. Speech Tournaments last all day and most speakers go home empty handed, given that there is so much competition. Despite the difficulties, there are many members who stand out and succeed in speaking, including Neharika Pen...

Kelly Keogh: 29 years worth of teaching, politics, and understanding the way the world works

Kelly Keogh: 29 years worth of teaching, politics, and understanding the way the world works

April 8, 2014

1 - Mr. Kelly Keogh, social studies teacher, has been teaching for 29 years, becoming National Board Certified  in 2006. When asked his favorite thing about teaching, Keogh stated that his students give him the most satisfaction. Mr. Keogh also works within the Watson International Institute at Brown University, where he writes curriculum used by s...

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Studio Ghibli vs Disney

March 7, 2014

Growing up, I watched movies that  left permanent impacts on my life, teaching me valuable lessons about life, love, family, and chasing after your dreams. Many of these movies were created by two superpowers in animation- Disney Animation Studios and Studio Ghibli. Even as a teenager, rewatching my favorite movies from the two brilliant studios leaves...

Speech team members stand out on stage

Campbell and Moravec displaying their medals from the Heyworth Speech Tournament on January 18th. Campbell took second place and Moravec took fourth, beating other competitors from across the state.

Ashley Kennedy, Staff Reporter

January 29, 2014

For juniors, Zack Moravec and Mel Campbell, performing in front of others is something they’re quite accustomed to. As members of the NCHS Speech Team, they speak publicly for fun. Both Moravec and Campbell are competitors in the Original Comedy Speech event in which a person writes an original script and performs in front of other competitors. ...

Holiday lights in Uptown Normal

Holiday lights in Uptown Normal

January 12, 2014

The holiday season brings about some of the most festive decor around town. Families drive around to witness the spectacle of lights and flashing decorations in people's yards, on their homes, and around the city. Uptown Normal is celebrating the holiday season by displaying lights throughout the roundabout and in the circle. Paige Honegger (11)...

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