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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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Student Council hosts blood drive amid blood crisis

Student Council hosts blood drive amid blood crisis

Avani Rai, Senior Staff Reporter Mar 14, 2022

As the American Red Cross battles its first-ever blood crisis, experiencing the worst blood shortage in over a decade, Student Council hosted its second blood drive of the year Feb. 25.   Students,...

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TikTok craze turned crime

TikTok craze turned crime

Social media trend influences rise of theft, vandalism
Dylan Wehmeyer and Eli Schneider Sep 21, 2021

A TikTok trend popular amongst high school students led to a drastic increase in petty theft and vandalization of school property nationwide. The "#devious lick" trend originated when TikTok user jugg4elias...

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The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified what was already a critical issue -- teen mental health. The consequences of not addressing adolescent mental health conditions extend to adulthood, according to the World Health Organization, impacting both physical and mental health and limiting opportunities to lead fulfilling adult lives.

Teen mental health: an epidemic during the pandemic

Laynee Scheck, Print Editor Mar 15, 2021

Teen mental health is an ongoing issue, one made worse by the pandemic. Beyond the regular stressors of the teenage years, an estimated 10-20% of adolescents globally, according to the World Health Organization...

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Google applications including the suite of programs Unit 5 relies on for remote learning began experiencing a service outage early Monday morning.

Google services, applications experience widespread outage

Inkspot Staff, Inkspot Staff Dec 14, 2020

Multiple Google services and applications began experiencing a significant outage early Monday morning, with users encountering error messages when attempting to access the affected services. The platforms...

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Class of 1997 graduate Jarrett Johnson is nominated for Grammy award for a song release this summer.

NCHS alum Jarrett Johnson nominated for Grammy

Charlotte Calmes, Editor-in-Chief Dec 4, 2020

NCHS alum Jarrett Johnson, a member of the Class of 1997, was nominated for Best Arrangement - Instrumental or A Capella at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards. “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” arranged...

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While students may not have access to counselors in-person, they are available through digital appointments to help seniors navigate the college application process.

Counselors offer college planning advice during pandemic

Kennedy Coe, Staff Writer Dec 3, 2020

With stay-at-home orders and social distancing mandates, college-bound seniors planning their futures in an uncertain world are finding the process difficult to manage.  “The pandemic has upended...

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Nearly 1/4 NCHS students and staff surveyed said they will be gathering with people outside of their household for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving amidst a pandemic; ISU public health expert weighs in

Jonah Kramer, Sports Editor Nov 25, 2020

Dr. Jackie Lanier would love to see her five siblings on November 26. However, there will be no holiday get together this Thanksgiving. “It’s going to look really different, and it should unfortunately,”...

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Mental health stigmas are impacting teens’ ability to receive help.

Suffering in Silence: Teens struggle to seek mental health services

Laynee Scheck, Print Editor Nov 25, 2020

When it comes to mental health, teens don’t often reach out for help. According to a June 2020 National 4‑H Council survey, 65% of teens reported that they deal with their feelings on their own, while...

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Survey reports that the Covid-19 pandemic is having an impact on teen mental health.

COVID-19 affects teen mental health

Laynee Scheck, Print Editor Nov 9, 2020

Isolation. Stress. Anxiety. Depression.  All side-effects of a global pandemic. Teens across the country face unforeseen challenges as they navigate school, jobs, and relationships during the ongoing...

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Coronavirus Update: Stay-at-Home order [3/21 8:00 a.m.]

Coronavirus Update: “Stay-at-Home” order [3/21 8:00 a.m.]

Charlotte Calmes, Editor-in-Chief Mar 21, 2020

Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker issued a statewide stay-at-home order on Friday, March 20, which will begin at 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 21 and will remain in effect until the end of the day on Tuesday,...

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College Board announces AP testing revamp

College Board announces AP testing revamp

Mantra Dave, Staff Writer Mar 20, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College Board has announced a revamp of Advanced Placement (AP) testing. Keeping in line with recommendations for social distancing, there will be no in-person AP testing...

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Coronavirus Update: Local impact and Illinoiss response [3/20 2:35 p.m.]

Coronavirus Update: Local impact and Illinois’s response [3/20 2:35 p.m.]

Charlotte Calmes, Editor-in-Chief Mar 20, 2020

The McLean County Health Department confirmed McLean County’s first case of coronavirus on Thursday, March 19. The man in his 70s with “no history of travel or exposure” is currently being treated...

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The limited selection of fresh meat products available at Walmart served as an inconvenience for many customers.

Coronavirus impacts grocers shelves [photo gallery]

Charlotte Calmes, Editor-in-Chief Mar 20, 2020

On Thursday, March 19, McLean County Health Department Administrator Jessica McKnight reported the county's first case of COVID-19. The man, in his 70s, is in good condition and being treated in isolation...

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Fresh off the Press: Episode Two - Teacher shortage crisis [podcast]

Fresh off the Press: Episode Two – Teacher shortage crisis [podcast]

Shae Simmons and Evie Snoeyink sit down with Mrs. Jennifer Renchen from the ISU college of Arts and Sciences to discuss the recent teacher shortage crisis.
Shae Simmons and Evie Snoeyink Jan 30, 2020
Shae Simmons and Evie Snoeyink sit down with Mrs. Jennifer Renchen from the ISU college of Arts and Sciences to discuss the recent teacher shortage crisis.
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In the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, thousands of tons of waste materials are gathered by ocean currents. The mix of floating objects and sinking dense debris create a vortex of waste that poses risks for wildlife.

Lunch and Learn challenges students to rethink recycling

Mrs. Elisabeth Reed, the director of the Illinois State University’s Office of Sustainability, spoke to students about what happens to items that are donated, thrown away or recycled during Thursday,...

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