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Eli Benson, Staff Reporter

Eli Benson is senior at Normal Community High School and is involved in Varsity basketball, Senior Class Board, Social Studies club, and Internship Program. This is his first year with the Inkspot and he is a staff writer.

My favorite film of all time is “Shawshank Redemption.”

On the weekends I enjoy hanging out with my friends and working my part-time job.

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Anonymous author of satirical social media account, Pen Blemish, reveals self [video]

Eli Benson, Eleni Lockett and Ethan Scott May 24, 2022

An Instagram account, penned by an anonymous author, began posting satirical news articles mocking Normal Community High School in late January. In mid-May, after publishing 28 articles, the person behind the humorous account revealed their identity.  

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Courtesy of Laura Duffy

Strictly business: Cruse raises the bar

Senior Charles Cruse breaks school pole vault record, leaps to a number one ranking in Illinois
Eli Benson, Staff Reporter Apr 13, 2022

For 33 years, Community’s boys track and field pole vault record stood at 15 feet, 6 3/4 inches, until Charles Cruse, then a junior, jumped 15 feet, 7 inches -- breaking the record by a quarter of an inch. That was nearly a year ago, and Cruse keeps jumping higher.  In one of the first indoor...

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VoiceMale hangs it up

VoiceMale hangs it up

VoiceMale’s seniors reflect on high school choir careers
Eli Benson, Eleni Lockett and Jade Ryan Mar 16, 2022

For VoiceMale’s 11 seniors, A Capella night on Feb. 24 marked one of the final times the ensemble would assemble together. At the concert, the group performed a total of five numbers, dialing up notable renditions of Avicii’s “Hey Brother” and Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”  Key...

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Alum Trevor Seibring took to social media after the game to congratulate Dwinal on breaking his record, which had stood for a decade.

‘This is our house’

Community beats West, Dwinal sets charge record
Eli Benson, Staff Reporter Feb 9, 2022

“This is our house” rang through Community’s student section as the Ironmen walked off the court on Friday, Jan. 28 at Normal West, completing the season sweep of the Wildcats with a 53-45 victory. The Ironmen took a 6-0 lead early in the first quarter with a Zach Cleveland (‘22) alley-oop...

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Without a single diver and with a roster of 11 athletes, Community took the Intercity title for the 2nd straight year.

Boys swimming wins Intercity meet

Eli Benson and Eleni Lockett Jan 31, 2022

The boys swim team won the Intercity meet for the second consecutive year Tuesday, Jan. 25, besting intercity rival Normal West by 22 points. Community's 11-man roster tallied 494 points for the Ironmen to West's 472. "Our strongest trait," senior Tyson Tucci said, "is our depth. Our depth is...

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Dwinal “charges” towards history

Dwinal “charges” towards history

Senior Tyler Dwinal on pace to break Community's single-season charge record
Eli Benson, Staff Reporter Jan 20, 2022

For 35 years, Jim Mattson, Sports Director for Peoria's Channel 25 News, has covered high school hoops in central Illinois, reporting on the likes of Illinois hardwood legends like Anthony Davis, Shaun Livingston and Derrick Rose. Whether witnessing Davis' back-breaking blocks, Livingston's mid-range...

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Sports briefs: Week of Nov. 15

Sports briefs: Week of Nov. 15

Girls Swimming Kenna Malinowski (9), Nina Osborne (11), Meghan Kilcoin (11), and Larissa Harr (12) finished their season at the single-class IHSA State Swimming and Diving meet on Nov. 12-13 at the FMC Natatorium in Westmont. Malinowski finished 28th in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.24 seconds, accomplishing...

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Girls swimming wins Sectionals, advance four competitors to State

Girls swimming wins Sectionals, advance four competitors to State

For the second time in school history, the Community girls swimming and diving team won the IHSA Sectional meet on Nov. 6, advancing four swimmers to the IHSA State meet in four events. Kenna Malinowski (9), Nina Osborne (11), Meghan Kilcoin (11), and Larissa Harr (12) will race at Friday, Nov. 12's...

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Homecoming dress-up days [photo gallery]

Homecoming dress-up days [photo gallery]

Every year during Homecoming week, Community hosts themed dress-up days. Check out the Inkspot's photo galleries from Homecoming 2021 below.

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