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Things seniors still do not know after four years of high school

Olivia Nelson, News Desk

May 7, 2013

During my past four years of high school, I have learned many things that I will take with me as I complete my future endeavors. However looking back now, I have come to realize that there are multiple things that I’m sure many seniors still do not know. Although this list is a silly one, I would like to know the answers before completing high school. The value of x. What the lunch meat is made of? What a student has to do to qu...

Safety precautions must be taking for upcoming National Bike 2 School Day

Kellan Marvin, Opinion

May 7, 2013

The success from last year’s National Bike 2 School Day resulted in an extension of the Constitution Trail down Airport Road and onto Raab Road. The weather has been less permitting this year, and bikers are just now getting back on the trail. While gathering as many people to participate in National Bike 2 School Day as last year presents itself to be a challenge, Bike 2 School club plans to round up even more cyclists....

Bike paradise

Ben Wylde, Chief Opinion Editor

May 7, 2013

Last year, the student body experienced what we thought would be a fad, but luckily it wasn’t.  National Bike 2 School Day is coming up on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 and is hoping to see a larger turnout of riders this year. In a perfect world, all high school students would ride bikes to school - unfortunately, not all of them can. I’m sure almost all of the student body could agree that they would rather have bike traffic...

Perfection according to society

Alexandra Marable, Editor in Chief

April 29, 2013

It is hard to please society as a girl. To be the perfect girl, we should have perfect curves, a moderately sized chest, a thigh gap, a butt, and perfectly styled hair. We must look good with or without make up according to society. We should be tan, but not too tan. We should be skinny, but not too skinny. Where is this happy medium? What society doesn’t realize is that these girls don’t exist. When I am browsing on...

Senioritis coming quicker than imagined

Ben Wylde, Chief Opinion Editor

April 10, 2013

Being a junior, it’s easy to observe one of the most contagious diseases at NCHS take its course: “senioritis.” According to www.urbandictionary.com, the definition of senioritis is “A crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include: laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts, and sweatshirts. Also features a lack of studying, repeated a...

Longing for a tangible paper

Ben Wylde, Chief Opinion Editor

March 17, 2013

This may be the most ironic article ever written. Every day in homeroom, I pick up a newspaper and read through it, something I know not many students do in this school. The reason they don’t pick up The Pantagraph or an issue of The Chicago Tribune is because they can’t relate or aren’t interested in the stories. That’s why we’re here. The student paper is by students and for students. Unfortunately, this year we don’t...

Jobs or not?

Lindsay Gleason, Expressions

March 15, 2013

Many high school students balance their free time with various activities including studying, sports, clubs, friends and family, etc. With all these going on it may be hard to balance a job too. Results from a survey taken by students from Normal Community show many different answers, but the majority of students from all four grades agreed that having a job is the preferred option during high school. The students decided...

NFL Combine: Is it valuable?

Tyler Durbin, Sports

March 13, 2013

The NFL’s season games are over, but football is not. The NFL draft is near, which means there is plenty of time for football gurus to study and talk about potential NFL stars. A major step for the players coming from college to the NFL is the Scouting Combine, which is a showcase of amateur players to demonstrate their physical abilities to potential interested teams. The Combine has many tests for the athletes, but...

Flipping the Classroom: a revolutionary way to learn

Kellan Marvin, Opinion

March 5, 2013

As teachers desperately try to reach this generation of millennials (kids born between the year 1980 and 2000), many are turning to the technology we cling to so tightly. The new craze of “flipping the classroom” is growing popularity among teachers nationwide and uses technology to literally flip the typical structure of education. Flip the Classroom is a national movement to use video blogs (or “vlogs”) to present...

Locker rooms need to be locked

Locker rooms need to be locked

Ben Wylde, Chief Opinion Editor

March 5, 2013

Nearly all of us leave our backpacks on the floor in the locker room, visible and vulnerable to others while we go to P.E. Recently, there have been some disturbing and disgusting happenings in the locker...

Students are too old to use hateful terms

Students are too old to use hateful terms

March 1, 2013

I know from personal experience that anyone who had Mrs. Venerable in sixth grade received a long lecture on our first day of junior high about the problem with the phrases “that’s retarded” and...

A break from devices

Ben Wylde, Chief Opinion Editor

February 25, 2013

While our personal devices provide information, entertainment, and social interaction, it would be beneficial for students our age to take a day or two off from using them. It has been said that our generation is losing the ability to effectively interact face to face because of our attachment to personal devices. Doesn’t it seem rude to constantly have your eyes and attention glued to a phone? Unfortunately, it seems our...

Students taking advantage of IMC

Kellan Marvin, Opinion

February 25, 2013

During lunch hours, there are two types of students: those who socialize and those who don’t. For those who choose not to catch up with friends in the cafeteria, it is a constant battle to find a quiet space to study, read, or just sit and clear their mind for a bit. This year, our school has graciously given us the ASC, offering a place to study and even teacher resources to help us when we are lost. However, this atmosphere...

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