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Laynee Scheck

Laynee Scheck, Print Editor

Laynee Scheck is a senior at Normal Community High School and is a co-founder of the NCHS Mental Health Club. This is her third year working with the Inkspot, and she is a Senior Staff Reporter. 

If I won a million dollars I would use the money to pay for college and then travel the world.

What inspires me are people that stand up for what they believe in.

On the weekend, I enjoy exploring new places with my friends.

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‘Fear Street’ trilogy on the cutting-edge of slasher tropes

Laynee Scheck, Print Editor Oct 17, 2023

Note: this article originally appeared in the February 2022 Inkspot magazine.  A surgical dissection of horror films, peeling back their skin, reveals a genre embodied by several sub-genres: the psychological thriller— “Silence of the Lambs” (1991), “The Sixth Sense” (1999), “The Shining”...

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News Briefs for the week of April 11

News Briefs for the week of April 11

Nayonika Banerjee and Laynee Scheck Apr 22, 2022

FFA Food Science team competes at State FFA’s Food Science team placed 3rd in the State Food Science Career Development Event (CDE) hosted at Southern Illinois - Carbondale on April 9.  The team of Drexel Douglass (’22), Evan Alvarez (’24), Juliana Bernardi (’22), and Peter Metivier (’23)...

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News briefs for March 26 – April 2

News briefs for March 26 – April 2

Nayonika Banerjee and Laynee Scheck Apr 2, 2022

FFA State: Four members place in top 5 Evan Kraft (’23) won first place at the Illinois FFA State Awards Day competition Saturday, March 26, competing in the Wildlife Production and Management event. Juliana Bernardi (’22) was named runner-up in the Food Service competition, while fellow seniors...

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News Briefs: Week of March 7

News Briefs: Week of March 7

School Board cuts middle school foreign language The Unit 5 School Board voted to eliminate the 8th-grade foreign language program -- the result of a nearly $14 million budget deficit -- on Wednesday, March 9.  The Board removed the district’s 5th-grade instrumental music program from the list...

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Community advanced three team members to the State Speech tournament at Feb. 12s Sectional hosted by University High School. Community took 5th as a team.

Speech qualifies three to State; Zeman steps down

Laynee Scheck, Print Editor Mar 7, 2022

The IHSA State Speech Competition “was just mind-blowing,” according to Junior Ciara Wallace, one of Community’s three State qualifiers. Wallace, who competed in Feb. 18’s Poetry Reading preliminary round, described the State experience as “extremely competitive.” The competition at...

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News Briefs: Week of Feb. 28

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...

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Pyper Wood (23) demonstrates how to pin an opponent with a half nelson.

IHSA adds girls wrestling State Series; Community’s numbers double

Laynee Scheck, Print Editor Nov 8, 2021

The IHSA Board of Directors announced the inaugural girls wrestling State tournament on June 14, with the first state finals scheduled at Bloomington's Grossinger Motors Arena this upcoming winter sports season. With girls competing for both Community and West last wrestling season, this change will...

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The girls and coaches celebrate the end of the K-8 girls wrestling clinic.

Community hosts K-8 girls wrestling clinic

Laynee Scheck, Print Editor Nov 8, 2021

The IHSA announced the innugrual girls wrestling season with a state series on June 14. To help grow the sport, Normal Community and West collaborated to hold a girls wrestling clinic for students K-8 on Oct. 18 at Community. At the clinic, 17 girls showed up to participate in wrestling drills...

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Best Buddies kicks off the year with annual pairing party

Best Buddies kicks off the year with annual pairing party

Nayonika Banerjee and Laynee Scheck Oct 8, 2021

The Normal Community Best Buddies chapter held their annual “pairing party” on October 1— pairing 16 students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) with a student buddy without IDD in an effort to build one-to-one friendships.  The Best Buddies “pairing party” marks...

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New Faces of Normal: A Q&A with NCHSs new hires

New Faces of Normal: A Q&A with NCHS’s new hires

In addition to welcoming over 500 new students at the start of the 2021-2022 school year, Normal Community welcomed 19 new staff members. The Inkspot hosted a Q&A with the new hires that would allow Ironmen to familiarize themselves with the New Faces of Normal.
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[Video] Life Flight lands at NCHS [video]

Charlotte Calmes and Laynee Scheck May 18, 2021
OSF Medical Group provided Mr. Justin Steve and student teacher Mr. Brad Smith's third-hour Bio-engineering students with an overview of the Life Flight program, which involved a helicopter landing on the NCHS football practice field.
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[Video] Big Macs for Big Decisions: Counselors host Decision Day 2021 [video]

Laynee Scheck and Charlotte Calmes May 10, 2021
Counselors hosted a drive-thru Decision Day April 30 for all seniors -- remote and in-person -- to declare their post-secondary plans.
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Army Adventure Trailer visits NCHS [video]

Charlotte Calmes, Laynee Scheck and Zach Holliday Apr 30, 2021
The College and Career Center hosted the U.S Army's Adventure Trailer where students experienced a variety of digital simulations.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified what was already a critical issue -- teen mental health. The consequences of not addressing adolescent mental health conditions extend to adulthood, according to the World Health Organization, impacting both physical and mental health and limiting opportunities to lead fulfilling adult lives.

Teen mental health: an epidemic during the pandemic

Laynee Scheck, Print Editor Mar 15, 2021

Teen mental health is an ongoing issue, one made worse by the pandemic. Beyond the regular stressors of the teenage years, an estimated 10-20% of adolescents globally, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), experience mental health conditions. Globally, depression is the fourth leading cause...

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Students, staff react to 4-day in-person plan [VIDEO]

Students, staff react to 4-day in-person plan [VIDEO]

Laynee Scheck, Print Editor Mar 12, 2021

With the news of Normal Community adopting four-day in-person learning beginning on Monday, April 5, students and staff shared their opinions on the shift from the two-day hybrid plan. "I feel like the students at Normal Community have done a really good job of keeping socially distant and keeping...

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Coping with stress

Coping with stress

Self-help strategies to handle stress healthily
Laynee Scheck, Print Editor Mar 2, 2021
"Practicing consistent self-care is valuable for our mental health and keeps our minds and emotions in check," guidance counselor Mrs. Kristi Chase said. "I always encourage my students to take breaks and to get outside whenever possible." Here are several coping techniques recommended by mental health professionals that could help relieve stress.
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Mental health stigmas are impacting teens’ ability to receive help.

Suffering in Silence: Teens struggle to seek mental health services

Laynee Scheck, Print Editor Nov 25, 2020

When it comes to mental health, teens don’t often reach out for help. According to a June 2020 National 4‑H Council survey, 65% of teens reported that they deal with their feelings on their own, while 67% pretend to feel better to not worry others. 3/4ths of the teenagers surveyed recognize “there...

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Survey reports that the Covid-19 pandemic is having an impact on teen mental health.

COVID-19 affects teen mental health

Laynee Scheck, Print Editor Nov 9, 2020

Isolation. Stress. Anxiety. Depression.  All side-effects of a global pandemic. Teens across the country face unforeseen challenges as they navigate school, jobs, and relationships during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In March of 2020, the COVID-19 outbreak shut down schools nationwide,...

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Student Council gives back

Student Council gives back

Laynee Scheck, Print Editor Dec 20, 2019

Student Council members worked to give back to the community by hosting a blood drive partnered with the American Red Cross on November 22 and a canned food drive for the Salvation Army the week of December 8. NCHS students and staff members donated 99 units of blood to the American Red Cross...

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Madrigals host 19th annual dinner performances

Madrigals host 19th annual dinner performances

Laynee Scheck and Charlotte Calmes Dec 19, 2019

Madrigals host 19th annual dinner performances December 6 and 7, 2019

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Reflecting on varsity volleyball season; looking at future goals

Reflecting on varsity volleyball season; looking at future goals

Charlotte Calmes and Laynee Scheck Nov 14, 2019

The Lady Iron volleyball team concluded their season at the hands of Minooka on Monday, November 4. The Indians defeated NCHS in two matches -- 25-12; 25-15 -- in the IHSA 4A Sectional semifinals at Ottawa Township High School. Hitter Mallory Oloffson (‘21) could describe Minooka in one word: good...

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