Top 10 underrated Taylor Swift tracks

Top 10 underrated Taylor Swift tracks

March 21, 2020

Taylor Swift has become one of the most loved and hated artists to dominate the music industry. Those who are unfamiliar or unwilling to accept the artist’s success have tried to drag her down, but most - if not all - have been left unsuccessful. In 2009, Kanye West famously interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards....

5 podcasts you should be listening to

5 podcasts you should be listening to

March 21, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic shutting schools down, students have more time to fill than ever before. Across the nation, people are curing their boredom through podcasts - with over 150 million people tuning in to podcasts of their choice each month. If you have already listened to the Inkspot’s very own podcasts like Social Buddies and Point of Two, here are five diverse podcast series that should appeal to a wide variety of audiences. Tune in through Spotify or the Apple Podcast app.

Round Three Update: NCHS’ Favorite Teacher - March Madness

Round Three Update: NCHS’ Favorite Teacher – March Madness

March 20, 2020

When round two of the inaugural NCHS' Favorite Teacher competition closed, the pool was again cut in half - leaving only 4 teachers from each of the core departments standing. The matchup between Social Studies' Mr. Dave Witzig and Mr. Kevin Shackley ended in a tie. Round one votes were added to the teacher's round two scores as the tie-breake...

Why the nation is rooting  for Netflix's 'Cheer'

Why the nation is rooting for Netflix’s ‘Cheer’

March 19, 2020

Cheerleaders are victims of generalization: thought of as overly energetic blondes whose lists of skills include nothing more than chanting and shaking pom-poms. As the more popular teams take the field or the court, cheerleaders are restricted to the sidelines - with the main job of maintaining a smile on their face and keeping the crowd entertained when play stops. What is often concealed about these athletes is the amount of skill it takes to do their true job, skill which is hidden by the makeup and rhinestones that blind spectators who are unfamiliar with the sport.

Round Two Update: NCHS’ Favorite Teacher - March Madness

Round Two Update: NCHS’ Favorite Teacher – March Madness

March 17, 2020

Round one of the inaugural NCHS' Favorite Teacher competition closed Monday at 5 p.m. When the digital-dust settled, half of the pool was eliminated, narrowing the field to 32 teachers. Five matchups were decided by a single vote, propelling Ms. Kaitlyn Baez, Ms. Christine Konopasek, Ms. Heather Gotschall, Ms. Christy Perez, and Mr. John Bergman...

NCHS' Favorite Teacher: March Madness

NCHS’ Favorite Teacher: March Madness

March 13, 2020

Updated: 4/1/2020 With the cancelation of the NCAA March Madness tournament, fans should not be prevented from fulfilling their bracket-filling fix. While basketball might not be airing on CBS, the Inkspot’s Teachers of NCHS: March Madness bracket attempts to fill the void, pitting 64 teachers against each other from the school's core depar...

Iron's Got Talent: recap

Iron’s Got Talent: recap

March 11, 2020

Thirteen students took the auditorium stage at the annual Iron's Got Talent variety show on Tuesday, February 25 - hoping to be selected as the audience's favorite act. After auditioning for the Junior Class Board, 10 acts, including singers, dancers, comedians and impersonators were selected to perform. Ultimately, freshman Nelson Scott was voted...

Student Council and the American Red Cross hope to exceed the 99 units collected at the November 22 Blood Drive. 
The year's second Blood Drive is being held Friday, February 28.

Blood Drive: What to expect

February 28, 2020

After a record turnout in November, Student Council and the American Red Cross will host the second blood drive of the year Friday, February 28 in the multipurpose room from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For those interested in donating, walk-ins are welcome any hour on Friday. Before Donation Preparation  Get at least 8 hours of sleep the nigh...

Teachers in Training: Making a Mart-in the classroom

Teachers in Training: Making a Mart-in the classroom

February 26, 2020

This is the fourth in a line of columns that looks at the student teachers that are an integral part of the Ironmen experience.

Big screen board games

Big screen board games

February 15, 2020

With the film version of Battleship (2012) and the Theatre department performing an on-stage adaptation of the movie Clue (1985), based on the popular board game, I couldn't help but wonder what other board games were deserving of coming to life on the silver screen. Hollywood continues to move away from original pictures, with more movies based...

Insightful incisions: peering into the Cadaver Lab

Nikhil Samayam prepares to examine internal tissue after making incisions into his group's cadaver.

Mantra Dave, Staff Writer

February 14, 2020

35 bodies crowd into the back room of a LeRoy law office for their weekly Saturday morning meeting. Holding sharpened knives and bone saws, each person has a wide grin, eager to splatter their shiny new tools with blood and cartilage. Only 32 will leave the room alive. Well, technically, only 32 entered alive. Rather than reacting with shock or alarm, th...

Classics for Couples: Best board games for two players

Classics for Couples: Best board games for two players

February 14, 2020

When couples get bored with going out to the movies or grabbing ice cream, why not just stay home and relax. The easiest way a couple can still have fun without spending money is board games. Chances are you have these lying around your house somewhere. Which games are the best picks though? The Inkspot staff has compiled a list of the five best board games for two players. If a couple is “board” of the same old routine - these games offer competitive play, aren’t over complicated, and you probably already own them.

Movie Guide: How to spend your Valentine's Day

Movie Guide: How to spend your Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2020

Celebrate the day of love by spending the night watching a romance, by yourself, with your significant other, or with friends and family.

An up close look at Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley).

Spoiler Alert: I’m Watching You

February 12, 2020

Traits of the ideal partner: attractive, kind, funny, compassionate. Notice what's not on that list: stalkerish, possessive, clingy….  In a day and age where social media users strive to build their followers, they don't expect to gain literal followers, watching them through their windows.  At the surface, the Lifetime/Netflix show You seem...

Quality over popularity: 2019’s most notable albums

Igor is Tyler the Creator's sixth studio album, written and produced in such a way that pushes the album beyond hip hops usual boundaries.

Aidan Beigie, Staff Writer

February 10, 2020

At 18-years-old, pop artist Billie Eilish was awarded five Grammy awards, including Best Album and Best New Artist.  While  Eilish is deserving of recognition, it is important to remember that When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go? was not the artist's first album. Three years ago, Eilish released her debut pop record - Don't Smile at Me. ...

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