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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10 years later, Hunger Games franchise still survives among die-hard fans

Changing the game

10 years later, Hunger Games franchise still survives among die-hard fans
Abby Ruebush, Senior Staff Reporter Apr 11, 2022

Chaotic.  Dystopian.  Entertaining.  Every time Mr. Ricky King revisits the iconic Hunger Games franchise, these words fly into his head like one of Katniss Everdeen’s razor-sharp arrows. The...

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The shake that sham-rocks the world

The shake that sham-rocks the world

Three Inkspot reporters review the McDonald's seasonal Shamrock Shake
Drew Farmer , Anna Dunne, and Avani Rai Mar 15, 2022

Since the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake was first m-introduced in 1970, flurries of fans have awaited March 1 for the season’s first sip of the minty green drink.  Over the decades, the Shamrock Shake...

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Alfred Hitchcock Day -- March 12 -- celebrates the genius of “The Master of Suspense”

The psycho behind ‘Psycho’

Alfred Hitchcock Day -- March 12 -- celebrates the genius of “The Master of Suspense”

Recognized by film buffs as one of the most influential directors of all time, Alfred Hitchcock’s place in film history often goes underappreciated by modern audiences.  Hitchcock, the filmmaker...

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Chaos ensues on stage as the seven mini-plays collide towards the end of the show.

Theatre program jumps back into action with fall comedy ‘Zap!’ [review and photo gallery]

Nayonika Banerjee and Charlotte Calmes Nov 2, 2021

80 minutes, give or take, is the time it takes to watch two episodes of Netflix's "Squid Game," ½ of "Titanic," or to listen to 25 Taylor Swift songs. 80 minutes of "Squid Game" delivers suspense and...

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Homecoming 2021 student suggestion playlist

Homecoming 2021 student suggestion playlist

The Ironmen let us know what they wanted to hear at Homecoming 2021 -- take a listen to the playlist
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30 years later and the lambs are still screaming

30 years later and the lambs are still screaming

The lasting legacy of Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling
Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Sep 14, 2021

Anthony Hopkins flawlessly executed his portrayal of world-renowned psychiatrist-turned-serial-killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter in 1991’s "Silence of the Lambs". For 30 years, Hopkins’ performance has had...

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Students, staff spotlight their favorite cinematic duos [video]

Students, staff spotlight their favorite cinematic duos [video]

Dylan Wehmeyer, Senior Staff Reporter Sep 14, 2021

Buzz Lightyear and Woody from "Toy Story", Doc Brown and Marty McFly from the "Back to the Future" franchise, and Marlin and Dory from "Finding Nemo". These on-screen pairs are all classic cinematic duos. Whether...

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Counting down the top five worst Harry Potter characters

Counting down the top five worst ‘Harry Potter’ characters

Kelsey Kern, Senior Staff Reporter Sep 7, 2021

5.) Draco Malfoy: Sorry Malfoy fans, but I despise this character. He was a little butt for seven books and eight movies. A large portion of my childhood was taken up watching Malfoy be a terrible human-(wizard)being...

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20 Years  of movie magic: ‘Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone’ celebrates anniversary

20 Years of movie magic: ‘Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone’ celebrates anniversary

Kelsey Kern, Senior Staff Reporter May 25, 2021

The tan pages of an adored children’s book were transfigured 20 years ago into colorful pixels, bringing a magical universe to the silver screen. The adaptation of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's...

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Harry Potter bingo: Re-igniting the magic after repeat views

Harry Potter bingo: Re-igniting the magic after repeat views

May 15, 2021

  Like handmade sweaters with your initials lovingly sewn in, the Harry Potter series has provided endless feelings of comfort. But if Polyjuice potion has taught us anything, even the most magical...

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Earwig and the Witch,  released in the United State on HBOmax in March, is the worst received Studio Ghibli film in company history on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Earwig and the Witch”: Studio Ghibli’s biggest disappointment

Kennedy Coe, Staff Writer May 6, 2021

"Earwig and the Witch," Studio Ghibli's first film in four years, fails to bewitch the audience. In developing the movie, director Gorō Miyazaki missed adding a few of the iconic animation studio's most...

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Join an amateur cook as they reminisce about a simpler time, when cartoons reigned supreme and cooking took place on a plastic stove.  Erica Copeland attempts to recreate some iconic cartoon dishes in this food review.

Cartoon cooking

After months of binging television and binging food, an amateur cook decided to combine her two pandemic past-times by cooking some of the iconic dishes she saw animated on screen
Erica Copeland, Staff Writer May 4, 2021

Since the start of the pandemic, we all have been looking for a recipe to keep us connected and keep us sane. During quarantine, my own life was dedicated to two activities - logging in to Google Meets...

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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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