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Ashley Kennedy

Ashley Kennedy, Staff Reporter

Ashley Kennedy is currently a senior at Normal Community High School.  She is apart of her school's Speech Team and is an Inkspot Staff Reporter.

Favorite Film ...

Lord of the Rings

Favorite Song ...

Paranoid Android by Radiohead

On the weekend I ...

Read & go on bike rides!

Likes ...

Politics, traveling, bike rides, makeup, watching films and hiking.

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AUDIO: Gabby Robles: Violinist

AUDIO: Gabby Robles: Violinist

Robles(12) speaks about her experiences as a violinist, showing her skill by playing a excerpt of a piece from the film 'Slumdog Millionaire'
Ashley Kennedy, Staff Reporter May 21, 2015

"Violin Scroll" Image by Eflon is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Little Shop of Horrors review

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ review

Ashley Kennedy, Staff Reporter Apr 17, 2015

Normal Community’s spring musical is the dark and humorous horror rock comedy, Little Shop of Horrors, with music written by Alan Menken and lyrics written by Howard Ashman. The musical itself is based off of the cult-classic 1960 film directed by Roger Corman. The musical incorporates more than a...

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[Video] Lip Sync Battle: Henry Wong (VIDEO)

Unanimous Lip Sync Battle winner, Henry Wong (11), performs a K-pop song at the spring Assembly
Ashley Kennedy, Staff Reporter Mar 24, 2015

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[Video] Iron’s Got Talent winners perform at spring assembly (VIDEO)

Melvin Campbell (12), Malik Woods (12), Antwon Lipscomb (12), and Dequan Travis (10) peform a medley of Jackson 5's "Want You Back", Stevie Wonder's "Signed,Sealed, Delivered", Bruno Mar's "Treasure", and Nick Jonas's "Jealous" at the NCHS spring assembly
Ashley Kennedy, Staff Reporter Mar 24, 2015

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[Video] Lip Sync Battle: Ryan Watkins (VIDEO)

Ashely Kennedy, Staff Reporter Mar 22, 2015

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[Video] Lip Sync Battle: Mrs. Runyon (VIDEO)

Mrs. Runyon represents the NCHS staff during the Spring Festival Lip Sync Battle
Ashley Kennedy, Staff Reporter Mar 22, 2015

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Image courtesy of Pearson Education

Putting tests to the test

Ashley Kennedy, Staff Reporter Mar 20, 2015

Over the past decade in the United States after the No Child Left Behind act of 2001 was passed, there has been a perceived shift public education's' priorities. This has led to some schools to lean away from teaching critical thinking skills and real world application and towards teaching to the test....

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VanAntwerp, Campbell, Moravec, myself, and Penmetcha at the IHSA Regional Speech Tournament at U-High.

Speech team to State

Ashley Kennedy, Staff Reporter Mar 13, 2015

After months of hard work, early Saturday mornings, and many tournaments, three members of the NCHS Speech Team qualified for the IHSA State Final Tournament. These three members, Zack Moravec, Melvin Campbell, and Callie VanAntwerp traveled to Peoria on Friday and Saturday, February 20th and 21st,  to...

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Irons Got Talent

Iron’s Got Talent

Each year, the Junior Class sponsors Iron's Got Talent, an event in which an array of students showcase their unique talents. Performances range from singing to dancing and even puppetry.
Ashley Kennedy, Staff Reporter Mar 4, 2015

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iroNSYNC was another special entertainment act, performing popular NSYNC songs from the late 90s and early 2000s.

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iroN'SYNC was another special entertainment act, performing popular N'SYNC songs from the late 90s and early 2000s.

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The first of the entertainment acts was Sai Komaragiri who played the tabla, a set of hand drums,  alongside social studies teacher Stefen Robinson.

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The first of the entertainment acts was Sai Komaragiri who played the tabla, a set of hand drums, alongside social studies teacher Stefen Robinson.

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Brandon Brown and Jenna Martel performed a refreshing stripped down cover of Latch.

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Brandon Brown and Jenna Martel performed a refreshing stripped down cover of "Latch".

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Jordan Stipp wowed the audience with an impressive dance mix. He was definitely a crowd favorite.

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Jordan Stipp wowed the audience with an impressive dance mix. He was definitely a crowd favorite.

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Alyssa Licudine performed a unique medley of Feeling Good, House of the Rising Sun and Cry Me a River.

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Alyssa Licudine performed a unique medley of Feeling Good, House of the Rising Sun and Cry Me a River.

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Reid Gramm hosted the event and kept things light, cracking jokes, and welcoming performers.

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Reid Gramm hosted the event and kept things light, cracking jokes, and welcoming performers.

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Mel Campbell presented one of his hand crafted puppets, told jokes, and even did a spot-on impersonation of President Obama.

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Mel Campbell presented one of his hand crafted puppets, told jokes, and even did a spot-on impersonation of President Obama.

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Andrea Crose, who was originally supposed to sing The Climb, changed and covered Skinny Love.

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Andrea Crose, who was originally supposed to sing "The Climb", changed and covered "Skinny Love".

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Jacee Henry, Kayla Hunyh, and Julia Read performed an originally choreographed routine to Youll Find a Way

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Jacee Henry, Kayla Hunyh, and Julia Read performed an originally choreographed routine to "You'll Find a Way"

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Jeff Smudde, who was originally supposed to perform alongside Josh Everly, sang Lay Me Down as a solo.

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Jeff Smudde, who was originally supposed to perform alongside Josh Everly, sang "Lay Me Down" as a solo.

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Keyairah Sinclair, Jenessie Sinclair, Arnita Patternson, Bria Rencher, and Amari Funderburg performed an acapella cover of White Winter

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Keyairah Sinclair, Jenessie Sinclair, Arnita Patternson, Bria Rencher, and Amari Funderburg performed an acapella cover of "White Winter"

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Brian Vasilou and Alex Dwyer opened up for Irons Got Talent. The two won Battle of the Bands twice, their sophomore and senior year.

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Brian Vasilou and Alex Dwyer opened up for Iron's Got Talent. The two won Battle of the Bands twice, their sophomore and senior year.

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BIGBANG

[Photo] Facts you didn’t know about BIGBANG

Ashley Kennnedy Feb 3, 2015

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Biking in BloNo

Biking in BloNo

Ashley Kennedy, Staff Reporter Nov 10, 2014

With the recent addition of bike lanes to Jersey Avenue in Normal and Front Street in Bloomington, the Bike Boulevard on Blair, and sharrows (street markings that identify shared lanes) placed around town, bike culture and safety are being recognized more prevalently in the Twin Cities. With commuting...

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Austin Bloom (12) carrying a boombox into the bathroom

Seniors plunge into bathroom party prank

Brandi Zimmerman and Ashley Kennedy May 27, 2014

After senior pranks that seemed to fall a little flat (students parking in the staff lots or protesting in the atrium by not going to class) the senior class of 2014 was going to make sure that they were not forgotten. In the boys' bathroom located in the connecting hallway between the junior and...

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Peek into the life of an English teacher

Ashley Kennedy, Staff Reporter Apr 17, 2014

Katelyn Hoegger is an English teacher at NCHS who is funny, outgoing, and has a great sense of style. Despite being only in her second year at NCHS, she is cherished by many of the students who have had her as a teacher. Q: What was life like for you in high school? A:...

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Top 9 endangered languages

Top 9 endangered languages

With over 9,000 unique languages in the world, 90% of these languages are spoken by less than 100,000 people. Languages are frequently dying, this article displays nine of thousands that are on the cusp of disappearing.
Ashley Kennedy, Staff Reporter Apr 8, 2014

Nomlaki - a Native American language with one speaker left (as of 2011) in Northern California. Khomani - a language spoken by four people (as of 2008) in South Africa. Uses “clicking” tones. Ainu - spoken in Hokkaido (Japan), though there are no living speakers of it left- there are scholars...

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Succeeding in Speaking

For many students, high school is tough. There is classwork, sports, clubs, and extra curriculars. However, junior Neharika Pentmetcha, does it all- and succeeds in doing them. Recently, she qualified for the IHSA Sectional Speech tournament in Charleston, Illinois.
Ashley Kennedy, Staff Reporter Apr 8, 2014

Most typical Saturdays are spent hanging out with friends, going out and taking a break from the daily grind. However, for Speech Team members, Saturdays are spent getting up at early hours and driving to Speech Tournaments held at schools across the states which are filled with hundreds of students...

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Kelly Keogh: 29 years worth of teaching, politics, and understanding the way the world works

Kelly Keogh: 29 years worth of teaching, politics, and understanding the way the world works

Ashley Kennedy, Staff Reporter Apr 8, 2014

1 - Mr. Kelly Keogh, social studies teacher, has been teaching for 29 years, becoming National Board Certified  in 2006. When asked his favorite thing about teaching, Keogh stated that his students give him the most satisfaction. Mr. Keogh also works within the Watson International Institute at Brown...

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[Photos courtesy of Disney &  Studio Ghibli]

Head 2 Head: Studio Ghibli vs Disney

Ashley Kennedy, Staff Reporter Mar 7, 2014

Growing up, I watched movies that  left permanent impacts on my life, teaching me valuable lessons about life, love, family, and chasing after your dreams. Many of these movies were created by two superpowers in animation- Disney Animation Studios and Studio Ghibli. Even as a teenager, rewatching my...

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Campbell and Moravec displaying their medals from the Heyworth Speech Tournament on January 18th. Campbell took second place and Moravec took fourth, beating other competitors from across the state.

Speech team members stand out on stage

Ashley Kennedy, Staff Reporter Jan 29, 2014

For juniors, Zack Moravec and Mel Campbell, performing in front of others is something they’re quite accustomed to. As members of the NCHS Speech Team, they speak publicly for fun. Both Moravec and Campbell are competitors in the Original Comedy Speech event in which a person writes an original script...

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Holiday lights in Uptown Normal

Holiday lights in Uptown Normal

With the holiday season beginning, Uptown Normal shows it's cheer with decorations around the area.
Brandi Zimmerman and Ashley Kennedy Jan 12, 2014

The holiday season brings about some of the most festive decor around town. Families drive around to witness the spectacle of lights and flashing decorations in people's yards, on their homes, and around the city. Uptown Normal is celebrating the holiday season by displaying lights throughout the...

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Dr. Richard Sullivan sharing insight into college readiness and explaining his guide to success.

Sociologist shares insight into college

Sociologist Dr. Richard Sullivan visits NCHS in hopes to educate and open the minds of students in regards to university expectations.
Ashley Kennedy, Staff Reporter Jan 12, 2014

For some the word college can bring fear and panic, for others it brings visions of parties and unforgettable times. Dr. Richard Sullivan, a Sociology professor at  Illinois State University, spoke to N.C.H.S students on the topic of the collegiate experience. Over 30 students showed up in anticipation...

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Late starts - the effects on students

Late starts – the effects on students

Twice a month, students enjoy the luxury of late starts. Students share their opinions of late starts and whether or not they support a permanent start time adjustment.
Ashley Kennedy, Staff Reporter Dec 3, 2013

Ask any student how they feel about waking up for school and they’re bound to say that they are not a huge fan of getting up before sunrise. Twice a month NCHS has “late starts", where the start time is adjusted from 7:15 am to 8:15 am. Most students take late starts as an opportunity to sleep...

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*Other included Metalcore, Classical Orchestra, Dubstep and Trap

Popular genres of music at NCHS

Ever since administration lifted the ban on music during school, NCHS students have been able to enjoy listening to their favorite bands and artists. A poll taken over 3 days displays the popular and diverse genres of music displayed at NCHS
Ashley Kennedy and Brandi Zimmerman Nov 26, 2013

Teens will agree with the statement that music is very important in their lives.  This is especially prevalent with students at NCHS. During Battle of the Bands, NCHS’s musically talented displayed their love for music and performed songs. Many students participate in band, choir, and orchestra,...

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