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Marielsie Iglesias

Marielsie Iglesias, Senior Staff Reporter

Marielsie Iglesias is a senior at Normal Community High School, and this is her third year working for the Inkspot as a senior staff reporter. 

I enjoy reading, writing, and marketing.

My biggest advice is to enjoy life since you only live once.

 

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[Video] Mrs. Mary Esther Baldwin says ‘adios’ after over 25 years as Spanish teacher [video]

Marielsie Iglesias, Senior Staff Reporter Jan 9, 2024
Mrs. Mary Esther Baldwin talks about the path that lead her to education; the veteran Spanish teacher's coworkers and former students discuss her legacy.
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On the Spot: Unwrapped – Students, staff share their top Spotify streams of 2023

In this edition of On the Spot, the Inkspot asked: "What's on your Spotify Wrapped?" [video]
Spotify Wrapped, the streaming service’s annual recap of users’ most-played artists and songs, hit the app on Wednesday, Nov. 29. So the Inkspot hit the halls, asking students staff share their top Spotify streams of 2023
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Photo Illustration: Brad Bovenkerk

Ali Ince, Joey Yaros secure spots at IHSA 3A State Cross Country meet with historic performances

Ali Ince and Joey Yaros advance to Saturday’s IHSA 3A State Cross Country meet at Peoria’s Detweiller Park after historic Sectional performances on Oct. 28. Joey Yaros advances to his first State meet after a recorded setting performance at IHSA 3A Granite City Sectional. Yaros posted a time...

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Communitys boys cross country team has a chance to qualify for State as a team. The top six teams from each Sectional advance to the State meet. 
Despite strong Sectional competition, with a good race, the Iron can earn a 5th or 6th place finish.

Community cross country teams gear up for 3A Granite City Sectional after strong Regional performances

The boys and girls cross country teams will race in the 3A Granite City Sectional on Saturday, Oct. 28, after the boys took third in the Alton Regional on Oct. 21 and the girls finished fourth.  Last weekend, Joey Yaros was first to the finish for Community in sixth, posting a time of 15:55.38.  The...

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Senior Jack Thomas has consistently by Communitys number-two runner this season. 
A.J. Ince finished second for the Iron in the Conference meet, seconds ahead of Thomas, improving on his last race at Detweiller by over 30 seconds.

3 top-10 finishes lead Ironmen to Big 12 Cross Country Championship victory

Marielsie Iglesias, Senior Staff Reporter Oct 21, 2023

The boys cross country team won the Big 12 conference championship Oct. 14, finishing the day at Detweiller Park with 46 points, 12 ahead of runners-up Peoria Notre Dame. Joey Yaros’s first-place finish led Community to their first Conference title in nine seasons, as the junior completed the muddy,...

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[Video] On the Spot: Luck or Lore [video]

Where do Community stand on superstition?
Zachary Knox-Doyle, Senior Staff Reporter Oct 13, 2023
From shattered mirrors and spilled salt to black cats crossing your path and opening umbrellas indoors, the Inkspot took to the halls to see where Community stands on superstitions.. Check out the video.
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[Video] On the Spot: Barbie Brainiacs? [video]

Ken Community answer the Inkspot's Barbie trivia?
The Inkspot staff quizzed members of Community's student body, putting their brains to the test on all things Barbie. Check out the video.
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News Briefs for Sept. 22

News Briefs for Sept. 22

Inkspot Staff Sep 25, 2023
Want to know what's going on at Community? Check out this week's Spot shorts, as the Inkspot's Journalism I students publish their first news briefs.
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Ink ‘Spotlight’: A weekly rundown of Normal Community news

Marielsie Iglesias, Senior Staff Reporter Sep 8, 2023

This week, Carter Hull and Lyra Townsend shine the light on five stories around NCHS.

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New Faces of Normal

New Faces of Normal

A Q & A with 2023's new instructional, administrative and support staff members

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The Freshman Mentoring Program’s annual activity fair showcased 40 student organizations and clubs during lunch hours on Aug. 29.

Activity Fair showcases array of student clubs, organizations at Community

Marielsie Iglesias, Senior Staff Reporter Aug 31, 2023

The Freshman Mentoring Program’s annual activity fair showcased 40 student organizations and clubs during lunch hours on Aug. 29. The event highlighted the school’s wide range of extracurricular offerings– social outreach clubs like Best Buddies, Generation Connect and Interact club; academic...

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Generation Connect provides an opportunity for students to connect with residents at a local assisted living facility, making monthly visits to the facility to spend time with residents–making crafts, playing games and having conversations.

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Generation Connect provides an opportunity for students to connect with residents at a local assisted living facility, making monthly visits to the facility to spend time with residents–making crafts, playing games and having conversations.

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Now through August 31st, teens between the ages of 14-19 can work out for free at Planet Fitness.

Free Planet Fitness membership available for teens, scholarship opportunities

Marielsie Iglesias, Senior Staff Reporter May 18, 2023

Students can now register for Planet Fitness’ High School Summer Pass, a free summer membership for teens, valid through Aug. 31.   The fitness center is offering the memberships as a “solution for teenagers to stay active during the summer when school is out,” it said in a press release. Teens,...

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Cooper Correll entered the State Tournament with an undefeated record, he went 4-2 in the meet to finish 5th in the 106-lb. weight class.

Wrestlers make history at IHSA State Tournament

Marielsie Iglesias, Senior Staff Reporter May 12, 2023

Caden Correll’s 5th place finish at the IHSA 3A State Wrestling Tournament in February made history, as the sophomore broke the school’s single-season wins record. Correll and teammate Cole Gentsch entered the first round of the State Competition at the University of Illinois, tied atop the program...

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Music In Our Schools Month sees a capella groups, Jazz Ensemble perform during lunch hours [video]

Music In Our Schools Month sees a capella groups, Jazz Ensemble perform during lunch hours [video]

Mallory Thomison and Marielsie Iglesias Apr 3, 2023

Community's annual March celebration of Music In Our Schools Month featured performances from the Jazz Ensemble, Voice Male and Key of She acapella groups during lunch hours on March 23.  

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[Video] Key of She — Little Mix’s “Boy”

Apr 3, 2023

Key of She's performance of Little Mix's "Boy" featured soloists Mackenzie Santana (‘23) and Nikitha Philip (‘25).

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[Video] Jazz Ensemble Medley (Part 1 & 2)

Apr 3, 2023

Community's Jazz Ensemble performed a medley of "Basie Straight Ahead," "Until I Met You," "Lush Life" and "Lago Del Oeste."

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[Video] Key of She – ABBA’s “Super Trouper”

Apr 3, 2023

Key of She performs 1980's "Super Trouper" from Swedish pop group ABBA.

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[Video] Key of She & Voice Male – “Imagine”

Apr 3, 2023

Key of She and Voice Male's performance of John Lennon's "Imagine" featured soloists Will Breeden (’25), Jersey Miles (’23) and Mackenzie Santana (’23).

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[Video] Voice Male – “My Girl”

Apr 3, 2023

Voice Male performs a rendition of the Temptation's classic "My Girl."

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[Video] Key of She – Six Pence None the Richer’s “Kiss Me”

Apr 3, 2023

Key of She's performance of "Kiss Me" by Six Pence None the Richer featured solos Reese Dalton (’24) and Ava Bacon (’25).

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Pam’s and Dave’s yearbook pictures in the ’97-’98 school year—the year they first met

A Storybook Romance

Avani Rai and Marielsie Iglesias Feb 14, 2023

He was the youngest of five siblings—the self-proclaimed baby of the family.  She—the oldest of four. He grew up in Morton, Illinois—a rural town with a population of under 14,000.  She went to high school in the suburbs of Chicago—graduating in a class of 500.  He was an athlete,...

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No mixed emotions: 20 picks for the perfect love song playlist

No mixed emotions: 20 picks for the perfect love song playlist

Tyler Chapman and Marielsie Iglesias Feb 14, 2023

Once upon a time, to make someone a mixtape meant hours of dedication -- waiting in front of the radio for a certain song to come on, pressing record just after the opening notes played, inevitably cutting off a few seconds of the song. Each song was unique -- intros clipped, the DJs voiceover bleeding...

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The ultimate romance movie marathon

The ultimate romance movie marathon

Marielsie Iglesias and Dylan Wehmeyer Feb 13, 2023

Romance movies make us feel like we, too, have a special someone waiting to be found, a soulmate out there for us — even if just for a couple of hours on a Saturday night. From the comfort of our couch, we can experience love’s ups and downs, its giddy highs and crushing lows, moments of joy and...

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No mixed emotions

No mixed emotions

20 picks for the perfect love song playlist
Marielsie Iglesias and Tyler Chapman Feb 13, 2023

John, Paul, George and Ringo thought it was all we needed; Whitney Houston’s was undying. Rihanna and Calvin Harris found it. Elvis couldn’t help falling in it… Love. On top, in the future… Crazy in it. From “Love Shack” to “Love Story,”—we love songsabout love. Endless love,...

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Marielsie’s Top 10 Swift Songs

Marielsie Iglesias, Senior Staff Reporter Jan 4, 2023

10. Cruel Summer Favorite Lyric: “He looks up, grinning like a devil”  “He looks up grinning like a devil”--that line gets me every time. When Taylor sings the lyric, I have to sing (or scream) along. That verse alone (I'm drunk in the back of the car/ And I cried like a baby coming...

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A Devastating Talent

A Devastating Talent

Community's Swifties react to 'Midnights'
Marielsie Iglesias, Senior Staff Reporter Dec 1, 2022

As the seconds ticked away, the clock inching evermore close to midnight, Brooklyn Latimer (’24) sat in her red satin pajamas, alone in her room, a blanket wrapped around her. Thursday, October 20 was slowly transforming into Friday. Sophomore Mimi Calmes, exhausted from the school day, had just...

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Ali Ince leads the field early in the Randy Sharer Intercity Meet on Sep. 22. 
Communitys girls would finish 2nd in Intercity behind West.

Girls X/C wins Big 12 Conference meet; Boys team takes 2nd

Marielsie Iglesias, Senior Staff Reporter Oct 22, 2022

The girls cross country team won the Big 12 Conference title Saturday, Oct. 15, at Peoria’s Detweiller Park, finishing 10 points ahead of the Normal West Wildcats. Community’s boys placed 2nd in the championship meet, finishing behind Peoria Notre Dame’s team and ahead of West by a one-point margin. After...

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[Video] On the Spot: Ep. 4 – ‘What’s your favorite Halloween candy?’ [video]

Dylan Wehmeyer and Mallory Thomison Oct 12, 2022
Dylan Wehmeyer and Mallory Thomison asked Community their favorite spooky season sweet. Give the answers a watch.
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Sweet Spot: Volume One

Sweet Spot: Volume One

Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cheese muffin review
Avani Rai and Marielsie Iglesias Sep 26, 2022

Each week, the Sweet Spot puts desserts from eateries around town to the test, deciding whether they hit the spot or miss the mark. Two Inkspot staffers review each product based on taste, presentation and value - separating the savory sweets from the crummy confections. This week, Avani Rai...

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Marielsie: Missed the mark

Marielsie Iglesias, Senior Staff Reporter Sep 26, 2022

Pumpkin and I have a love-hate relationship.  Pumpkin bars? Adore them. Pumpkin pie? Despise it.  When Starbucks released its fall offerings this year on Friday, Aug. 30, the Pumpkin Cream Cheese muffin intrigued me.  Despite my questionable relationship with pumpkin, my stance on Starbucks...

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On the Spot: ‘Long Live the Queen’ [video]

The Queen of England, Elizabeth II, passed away on Sep. 8 at 96. The Inkspot asked Community students and staff about their thoughts on the Queen’s passing. Check out their 'On the Spot' answers.
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News Briefs for Aug. 29 – Sep. 9

News Briefs for Aug. 29 – Sep. 9

Avani Rai and Marielsie Iglesias Sep 14, 2022

21 awarded national recognition for academic achievement 21 seniors earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs for their “outstanding performance” in the classroom and on College Board assessments.  As juniors, the students posted a GPA of 3.5 or higher and...

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New Faces of Normal 2022-23

New Faces of Normal 2022-23

A Q & A with Community's nine new instructional staff members

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Normal retirees teach global Community [video]

Retirees Mr. Kelly Keogh and Madame Laurel Litwiller have expanded their students' views of the world during their combined sixty plus years in social studies and foreign language education. Colleagues and students alike thank these inspiring teachers for their commitment to their school and global...

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Work hard, sleep harder

Work hard, sleep harder

March 14’s National Napping Day highlights the importance of consistent rest; Students prioritize earning As over catching Zs

Heavy eyelids. Throbbing headaches. Early mornings spent in a groggy haze. Sound familiar?  You may be among the seventy percent of American high schoolers who aren’t getting the recommended eight to 10 hours of sleep on school nights.  Students at Community and across the country battle...

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The American Red Cross has declared an emergency shortage with CODID-19 impacting donations and high demand. Pictured: The blood bank supply at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Monday, March 11, 2019 in Nashville, Tenn.

Student Council hosts blood drive during emergency blood shortage

During a national blood supply shortage, Student Council will host a blood drive Friday, Nov. 19. Students 16 and older are eligible to participate, with donors receiving a t-shirt and a $10 Amazon e-gift card provided by the American Red Cross.  With the American Red Cross' blood supply at its...

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Homecoming 2021 student suggestion playlist

Homecoming 2021 student suggestion playlist

The Ironmen let us know what they wanted to hear at Homecoming 2021 -- take a listen to the playlist
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