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

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

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

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Volleyball finishes 3rd in Intercity

Volleyball finishes 3rd in Intercity

The Lady Iron took 3rd in the Intercity volleyball tournament Sep. 24, finishing 2-2. Community’s two losses came at the hands of eventual champions the Normal West Wildcats and tournament runners-up...

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Normal Community tipped off postseason play versus Pekin High School Wednesday night. The Ironmen defeated the Dragons 60-25 at home.

Ironmen slay Dragons in Regional Semis

Community control early, never let go on the way to a 35-point win over Pekin
Eli Schneider, Senior Staff Reporter Feb 23, 2022
“​​[It] was really important to come out strong on all cylinders… everyone was ready to play.”
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Cleveland led the Ironmen with 17 points in a 67-60 upset victory over Rock Island.

Ironmen face Pekin Dragons in Regional Semis

Eli Schneider, Senior Staff Reporter Feb 23, 2022

The Ironmen basketball team is set to host Pekin High School (7-16) in the IHSA Regional Semifinals Wednesday at 6 p.m. Community defeated the Dragons Dec. 7 by a 25-point margin at Pekin. Community...

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Undefeated Ironmen look to lock up Big 12

Undefeated Ironmen look to lock up Big 12

Eli Schneider, Senior Staff Reporter Oct 1, 2021

The undefeated Ironmen take on the 4-1 Peoria High School Lions at Peoria Stadium on Friday, October 1, with a win and one more in the season's three remaining games, the Ironmen seal a Big 12 Conference...

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The king is dead

The king is dead

NCHS eliminates Homecoming King, Queen titles; elects Homecoming Royalty
Charlotte Calmes, Editor-in-Chief Sep 30, 2021

Seniors Drexel Douglass and Joey Fela were crowned as the inaugural “Homecoming Royalty” at the kickoff of Friday, Sept. 24’s Homecoming football game. NCHS opted for the more inclusive term...

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Boys, girls cross country finish 2nd at Intercity

Boys, girls cross country finish 2nd at Intercity

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Sep 24, 2021

The varsity boys and girls cross country teams finished 2nd in the Randy Sharer Intercity meet Tuesday, Sept. 21, with each race decided by a tiebreaker. Varsity Boys After Community and U-High's...

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From Cavaliers to Cougars: Kingsley changes mascot

From Cavaliers to Cougars: Kingsley changes mascot

Jonah Kramer, Sports Editor Aug 26, 2021

Kingsley Junior High School students were greeted with a new mascot to start the 2021 school year -- the Cougar -- after announcing the decision to replace the Cavalier mascot in May. The change was motivated...

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Whatever happened to predictability: ‘Full House’ offers reassurance and relief

Whatever happened to predictability: ‘Full House’ offers reassurance and relief

Emma Conover, Staff Writer Mar 11, 2021

During the pandemic's unpredictability, everywhere you look, there's a new unknown.  Dogs unexpectedly barking in the background of a Google Meet, the fate of events like prom and graduation, when...

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With more of a demand for non-dairy alternatives, these plant-based options offer the taste and texture consumers are looking for without the guilt.

Top 5 vegan dairy products to try in 2021

Norah Wagoner, Staff Writer Mar 11, 2021

Got Milk? Milk used to be just milk. Sure, there were choices to make in the dairy aisle -- 2% or Skim? Gallon or Quart? Maybe even chocolate milk if you were feeling fancy. Now the choices are seemingly...

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Zach Cleveland (22) and Jacob Janssen (21) attempt to block a shot in a game against Central Catholic earlier this season.  Strong interior defense helped the Ironmen hold Peoria High 11 points below their season average.

Cleveland propels Ironmen to victory over Peoria High; Strong weekend fuels 3 game win streak

Jonah Kramer, Sports Editor Mar 2, 2021

Junior Zachary Cleveland’s 25 points led the Ironmen to a 56-43 victory over the Peoria High Lions 5-5 (4-4) on Tuesday, Feb. 23. The win continued Normal Community’s dominance over the Lions, as the...

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Top 10 Super Mario power-ups

Top 10 Super Mario power-ups

Colin Flack, Senior Staff Reporter Feb 9, 2021

As the Super Mario 35th anniversary celebration draws to a close, Nintendo has celebrated in style. The Super Mario franchise, with the addition of this year’s Paper Mario: The Origami King, Super Mario...

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While the Grammy Awards have been postponed, take a look at the Inkspots picks for the best albums of 2020

2020: Monumental year in music

Top albums of 2020
Charlotte Calmes, Editor-in-Chief Feb 1, 2021

2020 was a monumental year in music. While the pandemic, political turmoil, and the underlying uncertainty in nearly every aspect of life could have served as distractions and hampered creativity -- ...

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GOLF le FLEUR* collaboration expresses outward individuality

GOLF le FLEUR* collaboration expresses outward individuality

Charlotte Calmes, Editor-in-Chief Jan 12, 2021

Before the pandemic, fashion was an expression of outward individuality, highlighting different aspects of their personalities. Before we locked down, when we still had a reason to put on shoes and leave...

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Volunteers fill boxes of food at Midwest Food Bank in Normal. Increased unemployment caused by COVID-19 meant that the packing and distribution of food was essential.

Midwest Food Bank responds to increased need

Jonah Kramer, Sports Editor Jan 8, 2021

Rising unemployment rates and a record-breaking hurricane season increased food insecurity nationally in 2020, with more people relying on food pantry donations than in recent years.  Midwest Food...

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The follow up to Netflixs 2018 The Haunting of Hill House might not pack as many minute-for-minute scares, but it offers a lot more.

Review: The perfectly splendid ‘Haunting of Bly Manor’

Nayonika Banerjee, Senior Staff Reporter Dec 18, 2020

From pandemics to 'Gossip Girl' reboots, the world is scary right now; who knows what terrifying event will be next? So why not cope with the horror of 2020 with... horror? 'The Haunting of Bly Manor',...

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