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Miguel Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera

Ben Wylde, Chief Opinion Editor

April 10, 2014

Miguel Cabrera is on pace to be one of the greatest hitters of all time.  His triple-crown 2012 season was one for the record books where he recorded 44 home runs, 139 RBIs and had a batting average of .330.  Labeled as the most dangerous bat in baseball, Cabrera has been putting fear in pitchers for 10 seasons now. With a career average of .321...

Pancakes vs. Waffles

Pancakes vs. Waffles

March 7, 2014

Pancakes and waffles, both delicious breakfast favorites, so similar, but yet so different, have been squaring off for as long as they have been around. Which one has the upper hand? Obviously there are devoted and loyal people to each pastry that will defend their choice admirably, but let’s lay down some facts. Pancakes, cooked the traditional...

Grant Donath: Meathead of the Month

Ben Wylde, Chief Opinion Editor

February 26, 2014

These last few weeks of basketball season, take a closer look at senior Grant Donath. While he may be the point guard of them team and one of only three seniors on the team, there is far more to him than meets the eye. Grant is a 17 year old student here at NCHS and recent winner of the Meathead of the Month award. Grant won this award for his combined efforts in soccer and football where he played as the team’s kicker. Sure, you could go look up his statistics for the seasons, but there is far more than that when it comes to Grant. When asked which of the sports he...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Quincy Black (58) collides helmet to helmet with San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) in the third quarter at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, Sunday, November 11, 2012. Black left the game on a backboard after a hit. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the San Diego Chargers, 34-24.

Toughness in the NFL

February 14, 2014

The NFL is constantly under fire for subduing the aggressive nature out of the game, yet is praised for making an effort to protect their players. There is often a debate among analysts, coaches, and fans whether the game of football is being destroyed or improved by new safety rules. Rules have been made by the NFL commissioner’s office to help improve...

Senior Parade

Senior Parade

November 26, 2013

As some of NCHS’s earliest-risers may have noticed, a group of seniors decided to have their own homecoming “parade.” For those who didn’t see, the parade consisted of about 30 seniors walking through the hallways chanting the NCHS school song while throwing candy to the perplexed on-lookers.  At the end of the event, the group of seniors...

Favorite classes of students

Ben Wylde, Chief Opinion Editor

September 4, 2013

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New school schedule

Ben Wylde, Chief Opinion Editor

May 26, 2013

Three months of summer vacations is the oasis high school students look forward to all year. In contrast to that paradise, the school year is a long, stress-filled stretch. Instead of having a three-month break, and a nine-month school year, the breaks from school should be more spread out. Schools in different European countries follow this type of system, with approximately four six weeks on school, followed by two weeks off consistently throughout the year while still having about one-and-a-half months of summer vacation. This system would still allow the normal amount...

Bike paradise

Ben Wylde, Chief Opinion Editor

May 7, 2013

Last year, the student body experienced what we thought would be a fad, but luckily it wasn’t.  National Bike 2 School Day is coming up on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 and is hoping to see a larger turnout of riders this year. In a perfect world, all high school students would ride bikes to school - unfortunately, not all of them can. I’m sure almost all of the student body could agree that they would rather have bike traffic in the parking lot rather than the daily, organized chaos with our cars. Not to mention with the weather finally looking like it will push through...

Senioritis coming quicker than imagined

Ben Wylde, Chief Opinion Editor

April 10, 2013

Being a junior, it’s easy to observe one of the most contagious diseases at NCHS take its course: “senioritis.” According to www.urbandictionary.com, the definition of senioritis is “A crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include: laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts, and sweatshirts. Also features a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude. The only known cure is a phenomenon known as graduation”. Perhaps the only reason I am able to write about sen...

Longing for a tangible paper

Ben Wylde, Chief Opinion Editor

March 17, 2013

This may be the most ironic article ever written. Every day in homeroom, I pick up a newspaper and read through it, something I know not many students do in this school. The reason they don’t pick up The Pantagraph or an issue of The Chicago Tribune is because they can’t relate or aren’t interested in the stories. That’s why we’re here. The student paper is by students and for students. Unfortunately, this year we don’t have a hard copy newspaper to offer the school. There’s something just so much more rewarding about having a tangible newspaper in your ha...

Locker rooms need to be locked

Locker rooms need to be locked

Ben Wylde, Chief Opinion Editor

March 5, 2013

Nearly all of us leave our backpacks on the floor in the locker room, visible and vulnerable to others while we go to P.E. Recently, there have been some disturbing and disgusting happenings in the locker rooms, and especially in the boys’ locker room. Locking the locker rooms while the P.E. class actually participates between changing times would...

A break from devices

Ben Wylde, Chief Opinion Editor

February 25, 2013

While our personal devices provide information, entertainment, and social interaction, it would be beneficial for students our age to take a day or two off from using them. It has been said that our generation is losing the ability to effectively interact face to face because of our attachment to personal devices. Doesn’t it seem rude to constantly have your eyes and attention glued to a phone? Unfortunately, it seems our generation has become too reliant on our devices. As a generation, we should take time once in a while to take a break from our dependence on technology....

NFL injury issues

Ben Wylde, Chief Opinion Editor

January 25, 2013

The past couple of NFL seasons have been more riddled with concussions and short-term injuries than ever before. In a game against the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 9, Washington Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a hit to his knee and was injured. He effectively tweaked his LCL in his knee. Griffin returned to the game for four plays, but he left after obvious pain. According to Dr. James Andrews, Griffin’s knee doctor, Griffin was not cleared by the medical staff, but by head coach Mike Shanahan. According to cbssports.com, the medical staff never go...

New English courses

New English courses

Ben Wylde, Chief Opinion Editor

January 20, 2013

Writing for the Opinions section of the newspaper is a lot of noticing issues at NCHS. However, it’s easy to spot progressive changes for the school. Over the past few years at NCHS the English department has had many course changes, particularly classes for some underclassmen. As you climb the metaphorical steps at NCHS on your way being an upperclassman,...

Roaming the halls

Ben Wylde, Chief Opinion Editor

January 10, 2013

How many of your teachers require you to have a pass to do even the simplest errand? How many of your teachers let you run wild in the halls? Normal Community is currently split regarding student hallway regulations. The rule is that you always need to have a pass when you are in the hallway during a class hour. This rule is scarcely enforced, yet it is followed by a good number of staff members.  Why do we have this rule when no one enforces it? If no one enforces the hall passes, why do some teachers require you to have a pass every single time you leave the classroom? The...

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