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Jobs or not?

Lindsay Gleason, Expressions

March 15, 2013

Many high school students balance their free time with various activities including studying, sports, clubs, friends and family, etc. With all these going on it may be hard to balance a job too. Results from a survey taken by students from Normal Community show many different answers, but the majority of students from all four grades agreed that having a job is the preferred option during high school. The students decided that having a job had many positive and negative impacts on a high school teen’s life. The popular reason students gave in favor of having a job...

Wishes Boutique

Wishes Boutique

March 5, 2013

Prom is quickly approaching and there are many people who are worried about how they will be able to afford tickets, dinner, a dress/tuxedo, shoes, accessories, etc. This year is a little different than before since Mrs. Kobel and Mrs. Budak have started a new donation organization at our school called Wishes Boutique. Wishes Boutique is a prom store...

Stepping up to new levels

February 22, 2013

Saturday morning, Normal Community Step Team members woke up early to drive one and a half hours to their first competition in Tuscola, Illinois. The team was one of two teams to compete in the step category and placed second place right under Waubonsie Valley High School from Aurora, Illinois. The Step Team this year is also the first team from Normal Community to ever compete in step. NCHS also competed in the hip-hop category and placed first in their division and ended with the sportsmanship award. After rewarding the team the sportsmanship award “Although Normal...

The Castle Theater

The Castle Theater

January 24, 2013

The lights are dimmed and a slow roar spreads throughout the crowd, chanting the band’s name in anticipation. Everyone closely packed waiting for the excitement to start. Concerts are a fun way to hang out with your friends while enjoying music that you love. The Castle Theater located in downtown Bloomington is a great place for teens to go searching...

Cliques at NCHS

Lindsay Gleason, Expressions

January 24, 2013

“Who’s that?” “I’ve never even heard of that name?” “That person is in this class? I had no idea.” Most of us probably don’t mean to miss people or ignore others in our classes, but it seems like we do. I don’t think I have been in one class this year where I haven’t heard someone say the above comments, or something similar. We are too involved in our own lives to notice other people in our classes. This involvement causes cliques. It’s high school. Of course there are going to be cliques. There will continue to be groups like this, but these...

Chess Club heading toward success

Chess Club heading toward success

December 27, 2012

The Ironmen Chess Club players, coached by Mr. Rich, can hardly wait to begin their meets. Last year, they took twelve players to State and ranked 67th out of 125 teams. The whole team is looking forward to taking even more people to state this year. They have been practicing hard since September to battle against schools across Illinois. Chess Club will ...

Tips to stay sane during finals

Lindsay Gleason, Expressions

December 13, 2012

It’s here: Finals! Here are just a few quick tips to make these last few weeks of school the most wonderful time of the year versus the most stressful time of the year. Study with SHORT breaks - YouTube Breaks are the best way to let your mind rest a little before you start tackling another subject. Try looking up short, funny videos to cheer you up and make you chuckle! “Try Not To Laugh (Fun Challenge)” is a great video that is sure to make you laugh so you will be more enthusiastic to continue your studying! Snacking while studying is proven to be a g...

Volunteers helping at HomeSweetHome Mission

Meals on wheels

November 27, 2012

In 1917, Billy Shellper founded the HomeSweetHome Mission. HomeSweetHome is a Christian organization that helps those in need. Now, 95 years later, people are still helping the HomeSweetHome deliver their mission to help those the needy providing thousands of hot meals annually. During Thanksgiving, the Mission helps serve our community by making,...

20 States start secession petitions

20 States start secession petitions

November 19, 2012

Just two short weeks after President Barack Obama’s re-election, 20 states that have begun secession petitions. The Republican and Democratic voters in theses states are upset about President Obama serving another term as president and they are voicing their opinions. The peoples’ "right to petition" is protected under the First Amendment in the...

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