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Malachi McCool

Malachi McCool, Staff Writer

Malachi McCool is a junior at Normal Community High School and is involved in Music Technology Club. This is his first year working with the Inkspot, and he is a staff writer. 

A book that moved me was Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology. 

Every weekend I dedicate some time to self-care.

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Chamber choir to be featured on Channel 25 WEEK’s ‘Sounds of the Season’

Chamber choir performance to be featured on NBC, ABC broadcasts Dec. 24, 25
Malachi McCool, Staff Writer Dec 15, 2023

A special chamber choir performance will be broadcast as part of  Channel 25 WEEK’s “Sounds of the Season” holiday segment on Dec. 24 and 25.  Community, one of several area high schools invited to appear on the special, recorded their performance in Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria on...

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Kenna Malinowski returns to the State Finals, competing in the maximum four events for a second consecutive season. 
Digital Illustration: Brad Bovenkerk

Girls swim sends four to IHSA State Championships after second place Sectional finish

Malinowski to compete in maximum four events for second straight year
Bryce Hickman, Carter Hull and Malachi McCool Nov 10, 2023

Four members of the girls swimming and diving team compete at this weekend’s IHSA State competition in Westmont, following a second-place finish at Sectionals. After back-to-back Sectional Championships, the Iron finished 33 points behind Washington High School this season. Five first-place finishes...

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Fourteen-year-old Aiden Rothes life is full of secrets, and his sexuality is only the tip of the iceberg. While his high school wrestling team views gay and strong as mutually exclusive, Aiden is determined to prove them wrong in Joe Chianakass new young adult novel. // Promotional Image Courtesy of: Mad Cat Publishing

Local author pens LGBTQ+ teen novel: ‘Singlets and Secrets’

Before Joe Chianakas’ book signing at Bobzbay Oct. 28, the Peoria native discussed his most recent work with the Inkspot
Malachi McCool, Staff Writer Nov 1, 2023

When Joe Chianakas, a Peoria native, set out to write “Singlets and Secrets, his newest work of fiction, he wanted to give teens struggling with their sexuality a “superhero” of sorts. When the author was growing up in the ’80s in Central Illinois, there was “the Karate Kid,” “Rocky”...

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In honor of Croctober the Inkspot investigates the Croc fashion phenomenon. 
Promotional Image // Crocs Inc.

Sole searching: Exploring the Crocs craze

The Inkspot investigates the footwear frenzy
Inkspot Staff Oct 27, 2023

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Boys cross country takes first at Normal Community open, girls place 6th

Boys cross country takes first at Normal Community open, girls place 6th

Boys cross country takes top honors at season opener The boys cross country team took first in the Normal Community Co-Ed Open Sept. 1 at Maxwell Park, edging out Elmwood Brimfield 39-48.  Two Ironmen posted top-five finishes, with Joey Yaros taking second and Jack Thomas finishing fourth out of...

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