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Ashleigh Brady

Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor

Ashleigh Brady is a senior at Normal Community High School and a 3rd year member of the Lady Iron Track and Field Team. She worked as a staff reporter her junior year and a sports editor her senior year. I am interested in pursuing Journalism at the University of Alabama. If I won a million dollars I would buy season tickets for the Chicago Blackhawks for the rest of my life. 

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Bad News Blackhawks: Breaking down the comeback that wasnt

Bad News Blackhawks: Breaking down the comeback that wasn’t

Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Apr 25, 2018

After nine consecutive playoff trips, the 2012-2013 Presidents’ Trophy, and three Stanley Cups, for the first time in a decade the Chicago Blackhawks have traded in their sticks for clubs and will spend the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs working on their golf swings. Despite being swept in the first...

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Print Edition Extra Feature: A (closer) look at non-traditional sports

Print Edition Extra Feature: A (closer) look at non-traditional sports

Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Mar 21, 2018

The special 70th anniversary print edition of the Inkspot includes a story about "5" non-traditional sports. A close reader may have noticed that it only included four of those sports. Take a look at the online exclusive fifth sport here. Then stay to see some videos of all four awesome sleeper sports...

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Former Varsity Offensive Coordinator and quarterbacks position coach was named as replacement to Mr. Wes Temples.

Head football coach replacement announced

Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Mar 13, 2018

Mr. Jason Drengwitz has been selected to replace Wes Temples as the head of the Ironmen football program, pending approval at the Board of Education meeting March 14. Drengwitz, a business teacher at NCHS, has been Community’s offensive coordinator for the last ten seasons. In his nineteen seasons...

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Board appoints new Athletic Director

Board appoints new Athletic Director

Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Mar 1, 2018

The hiring of Mr. Nicolas Kearfott as NCHS’ Athletic Director for the 2018-2019 school year was confirmed during the February 28 school board meeting. Kearfott, the current Athletic Director at Dekalb High School in Dekalb, Illinois, will take over for Mr. Mike Clark after Clark’s retirement...

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Breakdown of Super Bowl LII

Breakdown of Super Bowl LII

Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Feb 3, 2018

After two very exciting conference championship games, the AFC New England Patriots will play the NFC Philadelphia Eagles in the 52nd Super Bowl on Feb. 4.  With two 13-3 teams, picking this year's Super Bowl champ is difficult. Both teams are stacked with talent on either side of the ball, so let’s...

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Senior Benjamin Mailloux competed in the IHSA State bowling competition. Bowling, as an IHSA sport, began in 2003. Mailloux is Normal Communitys first ever competitor in the tournament.

Senior places 71st in IHSA State bowling competition

Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Feb 3, 2018

NCHS senior Benjy Mailloux finished Friday's preliminary State bowling tournament tied for 71st with an average of 193.7 points per game and a total of 1162 pins. Mailloux became the first NCHS student to compete in the State bowling competition on January 26, bowling was added to IHSA competition...

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Image design by Staff Reporter Katie Fata

10 Things That All NCHS Seniors Should Miss After They Graduate

A look at some of NCHS's greatest hits as the Class of 2018 prepares to leave.
Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Jan 11, 2018

#1: Most of the teachers As hard as it is to admit, we’ve all been blessed with the faculty at NCHS. No matter what subject, there are teachers who go above and beyond to connect with their students.   Senior Megan Moore appreciates that “Miss Scott used to bring food in AP Lang. She’s...

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[Video] VIDEO: Students share their plans for Winter Break

Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Dec 20, 2017

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Spot the difference: Miracle Worker

Spot the difference: ‘Miracle Worker’

Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Nov 15, 2017

Can you spot the five differences between these two photos?   Check the solution here

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Spot the difference: ‘Miracle Worker’ solution

Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Nov 15, 2017

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By The Numbers: Chicago Mount Carmel

By The Numbers: Chicago Mount Carmel

The undefeated Ironmen will face the Chicago Mount Carmel Caravan in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 4 for their second-round playoff game.
Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Oct 30, 2017

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ISU takes the bite out of Coyotes in Homecoming game

ISU takes the bite out of Coyotes in Homecoming game

The Illinois State Redbirds defeated the University of South Dakota Coyotes 37-21 in the ISU Homecoming football game Saturday, Oct. 21.
Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Oct 25, 2017

The Illinois State Redbirds defeated the University of South Dakota Coyotes 37-21 in the ISU Homecoming football game Saturday, Oct. 21. Saturday was the epitome of college football - a sunny, 73-degree day; ISU students, both current and alumni, parents, and Redbird fans streaming into Hancock Stadium...

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By The Numbers: Downers Grove North Trojans

By The Numbers: Downers Grove North Trojans

The Normal Community Ironmen will face the Downers Grove North Trojans in the first game of the playoffs. Kickoff will be 1pm, Oct. 28 at Normal.
Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Oct 24, 2017

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By The Numbers: Champaign Central Maroons

By The Numbers: Champaign Central Maroons

The Normal Community Ironmen will face off against the Champaign Central Maroons in the final game of the regular season. The game will be Friday, Oct. 20 at 7pm in Champaign.
Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Oct 16, 2017

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By The Numbers: Danville Vikings

By The Numbers: Danville Vikings

The undefeated Normal Community Ironmen will face off against the Danville Vikings in their final home game of the regular season on Oct. 13 at 7pm.
Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Oct 11, 2017

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NFL Week Four Scores

NFL Week Four Scores

Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Oct 4, 2017

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By The Numbers: Champaign Centennial Chargers

By The Numbers: Champaign Centennial Chargers

The Normal Community Ironmen will face off against the Champaign Centennial Chargers for the Oct. 6 homecoming game at 7pm.
Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Oct 2, 2017

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NFL Week Three Scores

NFL Week Three Scores

Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Sep 28, 2017

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By The Numbers: Bradley-Bourbonnais

By The Numbers: Bradley-Bourbonnais

Your undefeated Ironmen will face off against the Bradley-Bourbonnais Boilermakers Sept. 29 at 7:00pm.
Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Sep 25, 2017

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NFL week two scores

NFL week two scores

Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Sep 21, 2017

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NFL week one scores

NFL week one scores

Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Sep 20, 2017

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By The Numbers: Peoria Richwoods

By The Numbers: Peoria Richwoods

The undefeated Ironmen take on conference foe Peoria Richwoods at home on Friday, Sept. 22. Ironmen QB Daylen Boddie (11) was named WJBC's Athlete of the Week after throwing four touchdowns and rushing for 141 yards and a score in the 50-16 Chili Bowl win.
Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Sep 19, 2017

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By The Numbers: Normal West

By The Numbers: Normal West

Undefeated Ironmen take on Big 12 conference opponent Normal West Wildcats on Friday, Sept. 15. Here is how the two teams match up.
Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Sep 11, 2017

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Look at the dynasty: Chicago Blackhawks

Look at the dynasty: Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks have had a successful past decade, qualifying for 10 years straight, and winning three Stanley Cups. According to the stats, the defense is responsible for maintaining that impressive legacy.
Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor May 25, 2017

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“Closer” closer to perfect

Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Apr 25, 2017

Recording artist GAWVI just barely misses the mark of perfection with his single “Closer.” GAWVI, signed with Reach Records, has had an expansive career producing and recording both Christian and secular hip hop songs, but with his new album We Belong, he has branched out to electronic pop, citing...

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Teachers need to provide meaningful feedback on large scale assignments, putting in the same effort they require of their students.

An F for effort

The role of teachers in the school
Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Mar 24, 2017

Think about your favorite high school teacher of all time. What is that teacher like? Chances are, that teacher went the extra mile. They spent more time to explain something you didn’t understand, they were a shoulder to lean on when you were having a hard time, or they just treated you like an intelligent...

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Small town blues

Small town blues

Are peaceful protests a thing of the past?
Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Feb 27, 2017

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Teacher horror stories

Teacher horror stories

Teachers reflect on some of their more horrifying moments in the classroom
Ashleigh Brady, James Broach and Muireall Currie Jan 30, 2017

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Ironmen fall 57-60 to Central Catholic

Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Dec 15, 2016

Neon orange, sapphire blue, metallic grey, eggplant purple, and forest green. The Shirk Center stands were reminiscent of an artist’s palette. Fans were clustered with their like-minded and like-dressed peers in groups around the court, making it easy to identify the fan sections of each school. Normal...

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Lady Iron takes W out of West

Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Oct 28, 2016

Everyone in the stands, Ironman or Wildcat, held their breath as the Lady Iron served on game point. It had been a long night full of cheering, groaning and the typical edge-of-your-seat excitement; this was the moment for the Lady Iron to clinch the victory. The ball launched over the net, West returned...

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Lady Iron in action against Champaign Centennial during Senior Night on Oct. 11.

Lady Iron volley past Danville

Varsity volleyball team has decisive win against Danville
Ashleigh Brady, Managing Editor Oct 14, 2016

NCHS continued their successful season Sept. 20 with 25-7 and 25-9 wins at home. The Lady Iron dominated much of the matches with strong hits and impressive blocks. Though there were certainly players who continually made big plays, the team was a cohesive force to be reckoned with. “We play...

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