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Taylor Swift's 'Folklore': new sound adds to artist's lore [review]

Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’: new sound adds to artist’s lore [review]

July 28, 2020

To say that Taylor Swift has made a name for herself within the music industry would be an understatement. Swift has practically dominated the genres of pop, country, and rock, and fans like me have grown to love her ever-evolving style. But when the artist abruptly announced on July 23 via social media that she would be dropping an alternative album...

Adding a closet into the MIX: ISU alum on radio hosting during COVID

MIX host Chris Petlak on air from his wife's closet during the Illinois Stay at Home order

Olivia Plangger and Mantra Dave

July 15, 2020

Shifting from a spacious radio studio to a close-quarters closet did not faze Chris Petlak, host of Chicago's 101.9 THE MIX's evening radio programming when the Stay at Home order was issued in March. Although the circumstances looked unusual, Petlak's wife's closet's sound quality was the best his home could offer: "It's the quietest room in the house,...

The 2020 Ironmen baseball team was set to feature three Division 1 players but will never see the field due to Covid-19 cancellations

Sun sets on potential-filled 2020 Ironmen baseball team

May 27, 2020

The outcome of the 2020 Ironmen baseball season will always remain an unanswered question at Normal Community. With a roster featuring three Division I commits, the team, filled with potential, had their shot at the state tournament, their entire season taken from them. This year's roster planned to make their mark defensively, starting with pitching....

Senior Showcase Galleries

Senior Showcase Galleries

May 26, 2020

The Class of 2020 was showcased on the Inkspot Instagram account, taking advantage of the opportunity to share their high school achievements, favorite memories, and their future plans.

Crave Chronicles: Episode Two – Wing Stop v. Buffalo Wild Wings [video]

May 21, 2020

In the second episode of Crave Chronicles, Jessalyn Baer, Jaxon Creasey, and Olivia Plangger compare wings from Wing Stop and Buffalo Wild Wings.

Bloomington Area Career Center Culinary Arts students gathered together before they began their Regional events.

BACC culinary students roast the competition at SkillsUSA regional; COVID simmers State competition hopes

April 25, 2020

Four Bloomington Area Career Center Culinary Arts students -- Emma Feit ('21), Madelyn Burton ('21), Kennedy Coe ('21), and Gavin Regnier ('20) -- qualified for the SkillsUSA State competition after participating in the Regional culinary competitions at Southwestern Illinois College in Granite City on February 21.  The four were first-time competitors ...

Q & A: Senior Athletes Speak Up

Q & A: Senior Athletes Speak Up

April 17, 2020

Tonight, Friday, April 17, NCHS would have hosted the 2020 Normal Community Co-Ed Track Invitational and recognized the senior athletes of the boys and girls track teams. However, like so many other events, that meet is canceled. Kailah Carter (‘20), a 2018 and 2019 State track and field qualifier, “was hoping to have an amazing track season...

Kennedy (left) and Piper (right) Coe model two different patterned masks they sewed.

Sewing for safety: Coe family combats coronavirus

April 12, 2020

  The struggles of those combating COVID-19 have hit home for the family of Kennedy (‘21) and Piper (‘20) Coe. Utilizing their sewing skills and passion for helping others, the sisters started crafting homemade masks a month ago, distributing them to friends, family, health-care workers, and those with impaired immune systems.  ...

Q & A: Seniors Speak Up

Q & A: Seniors Speak Up

April 12, 2020

School closures due to COVID-19 present unique challenges for all students. However, for senior athletes in their last semester at Normal Community, the experence is on a different level. Missing out on their senior season, and that final chance to make memories in Normal Community colors has led to seniors running the gamut of emotions. This is the second installment in a series of articles where seniors detail their experiences through the COVID-19 crisis, featuring soccer player Sheri Stewart.

Q & A: Seniors Speak Up

Q & A: Seniors Speak Up

April 8, 2020

School closures due to COVID-19 present unique challenges for all students. However, for seniors in their last semester at Normal Community, the experence is on a different level. Possibly missing out on a variety of senior memories, and having to transition to E-learning has led to seniors running the gamut of emotions. This is the first installment in a series of articles where seniors detail their experiences through the COVID-19 crisis, featuring Sabrina Chang who spoke to the Inkspot during Spring Break.

Feeney; Christopherson on championship appearance [video]

Feeney; Christopherson on championship appearance [video]

April 2, 2020

After 5 rounds of the first-ever Inkspot March Madness Teacher Tournament, only two teachers remain. Mr. Dave Feeney of the English department and Mr. Jeff Christopherson addressed the media going into the final day of fan voting. Cast your vote for NCHS’s favorite teacher from the core four departments by clicking the link and entering your email address.  Voting for the final round closes Friday, April 3 at 5...

Finals: NCHS' Favorite Teacher - March Madness

Finals: NCHS’ Favorite Teacher – March Madness

April 1, 2020

The English department's Mr. Dave Feeney and Social Studies' Mr. Kelly Keogh were early favorites in the first-ever Inkspot teacher tournament, a trend that continued through the first four rounds of voting. In the Semi-final round, Keogh's run came to an end at the hands of Mr. Jeff Christopherson. Christopherson narrowly advanced to the Semi...

5 throwback movies to watch

5 throwback movies to watch

April 1, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic shutting schools down until at least April 30, students have more time to fill than ever before. The current chaos across the globe is stressful for all - and nothing helps us to calm down like a familiar film. With shelter at home orders requiring us to stay inside, streaming services offer a plethora of potential watches. Here are five classic movies available to rent or stream from the comfort of your living room.

Semifinals Update: NCHS’ Favorite Teacher – March Madness

Semifinals Update: NCHS’ Favorite Teacher – March Madness

March 29, 2020

The conclusion of round four of the first-ever NCHS' Favorite Teacher competition left only one teacher from each core content area. Mr. Dave Feeney from the English department defeated Mr. Brad Bovenkerk; Ms. Lori Endsley from the Math department took down Mr. Lance Bergmann; Mr. Jeff Christopherson of the Science department overcame Mr. Michael...

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