News Briefs: Week of Feb. 28


Student Council collects 75 units of blood during spring blood drive

In partnership with the American Red Cross, Student Council collected 75 units of blood during the annual spring blood drive on Feb. 25.

Community’s most successful blood drive collected 99 units in 2019. This year’s drive had the potential to collect similar numbers; however, 23 donors were unable to donate, mostly due to low iron levels, according to Student Council sponsor Mrs. Addie Ince.

Iron Choir showcases seniors during A Capella Night 

A Capella groups VoiceMale and Key of She performed at the choir program’s A Capella Night on Thursday, Feb. 24. 

Accafellaz, Illinois State’s male A Capella group, opened the night, performing in preparation for Feb. 26’s International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella.

Key of She took the auditorium stage second, performing a four-song set ranging from Dua Lipa’s “Levitating” to Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” each with a different lead soloist.

VoiceMale, under the direction of Mr. Ben Luginbuhl, sang five songs featured renditions of Avicii’s “Hey Brother” and Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”

The night closed with Key of She and VoiceMale collaborating on a Michael Jackson medley with both Key of She and VoiceMale that featured several soloists from both groups. 

Interspersed throughout the free concert were “Senior Spotlight” performances that allowed senior choir members to perform solo or small ensemble pieces. 

After the night’s performance, Luginbuhl said he was “really, really happy” with the show and “proud of everyone involved.”

Soloists perform National Anthem at Redbird Arena

Three choir members were selected to perform the “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the IHSA Girls State Final Tournament at Illinois State’s Redbird Arena.

Senior Andrew Short performed Thursday, March 3, with freshman Lily Mavros singing Friday. Junior Leslie Burton will perform before Saturday’s title round.

The audition process, according to Choir director Mr. Ben Luginbuhl, was a difficult one.

The “rigorous” auditions, Luginbuhl said, makes having three students chosen from one school “pretty cool.” 

Speech team competes at State

Three Speech team members competed in the IHSA State Competition on Friday, Feb. 18 in Peoria.

Juniors Riya Prasade (Informative Speaking) and Ciara Wallace (Poetry Reading), and senior Lily Kreun (Radio Speaking) did not advance to Saturday’s State Final round.

Advancing three qualifiers marked an improvement over last season, when Community qualified one competitor for  State. 

Community seniors qualify as National Merit Finalists 

Seven Normal Community seniors are eligible for a potential $8,000 scholarship after being named National Merit Finalists.

To qualify for the honor, Saishashank Bhagavatula, Ananth Hariharan, Trent Kobulnicky, Jonah Kramer, Sharon Newton, Yazhinni Rathnakumar and Aubrey Simpson scored in the top 1% on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), had “consistently very high academic performance,” and submitted an application which included an essay and a recommendation letter. 

Upcoming Club Meetings

  • Fishing Club – The Fishing club holds its introductory meeting Thursday, March 3 in room 72 after school.
  • Cultural Cooking Club – The Cultural Cooking club meets Thursday, March 3 at 3:30 p.m. in room 25.
  • Feminism Club – The Feminism club meets Tuesday, March 8 from 3:40 to 4:30 p.m. in room 32. 

Editor’s note: Jonah Kramer is a member of the Inkspot staff.