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Nayonika Banerjee

Nayonika Banerjee, Senior Staff Reporter

Nayonika Banerjee is a senior at Normal Community High School and is involved in Speech Team, FBLA, and Lady Iron Soccer. This is their second year of working with the Inkspot.

My favorite film is "Booksmart" (2019) directed by Olivia Wilde.

A random fact about me is I am deathly afraid of sharks, but they also happen to be my all time favorite animal.

A slogan to live by is “YOLO” which may be cringe, but honestly it’s pretty good advice.

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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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Cinderella Stories

[Video] Cinderella Stories

Teachers reminisce over their time on the high school stage -- featuring Ms. Meg Keogh
Nayonika Banerjee, Senior Staff Reporter Apr 8, 2022

In the Spring 2022 edition of the "Inkspot" magazine, four teachers shared their high school musical history, reflecting on their experience on stage. Watch as Ms. Meg Keogh goes in depth with her experience in "The Wizard of Oz."

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Cinderella Stories

[Video] Cinderella Stories

Teachers reminisce over their time on the high school stage -- featuring Ms. Stephanie Hedgespeth
Nayonika Banerjee, Senior Staff Reporter Apr 6, 2022

In the Spring 2022 edition of the "Inkspot" magazine, four teachers shared their high school musical history, reflecting on their experience on stage. Watch as Ms. Stephanie Hedgespeth goes in depth with her experience in "Bonnie and Clyde."

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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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[Video] Students share why they continue mask-wearing after revised CDC guidelines [video]

Victoria Wilson, Senior Staff Reporter Mar 8, 2022

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention no longer recommending universal indoor mask-wearing in K-12 schools and early education settings in low or medium COVID-19 Community Level areas, the Inkspot asked students why they opt to continue masking.

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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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Community pilots possible SMART Board replacement [video]

Nayonika Banerjee, Senior Staff Reporter Feb 24, 2022

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The jester and wench, along with the members of the madrigal choir, lift their medieval tankards in a toast. Guests were offered a glass of wassail (apple cider) when entering the event to participate in the toast. Following the toast, the madrigal choir sang Gloucestershire Wassail and Wassail Song.

Madrigals returns in-person [photo gallery]

Charlotte Calmes and Nayonika Banerjee Dec 24, 2021

The 21st annual Madrigals holiday performance returned live on Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4. With COVID-19 restrictions prohibiting food service, tickets for the Chamber Choir and Madrigal singers’ Christmas concert were $5, their lowest price in years.

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Ivy Goeckner (22) sings a solo during Rise Up, Shepherd! Ian Kuhlman (22) and Amelia Lau (22) also performed solo parts during the gospel piece.

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Ivy Goeckner ('22) sings a solo during "Rise Up, Shepherd!" Ian Kuhlman ('22) and Amelia Lau ('22) also performed solo parts during the gospel piece.

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Students, staff ‘Sound Off’ on their favorite Taylor Swift songs [video]

Charlotte Calmes and Nayonika Banerjee Nov 12, 2021

Community students and staff  'Sound Off' on their favorite Taylor Swift songs in honor of "Red," Swift's fourth studio album, being rereleased on Friday, Nov. 12.

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Chaos ensues on stage as the seven mini-plays collide towards the end of the show.

Theatre program jumps back into action with fall comedy ‘Zap!’ [review and photo gallery]

Nayonika Banerjee and Charlotte Calmes Nov 2, 2021

80 minutes, give or take, is the time it takes to watch two episodes of Netflix's "Squid Game," ½ of "Titanic," or to listen to 25 Taylor Swift songs. 80 minutes of "Squid Game" delivers suspense and drama. "Titanic" provides viewers with romance and tragic adventure. T. Swift packs hours of tears,...

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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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Hannah Skaggs (right) and Charlotte Calmes (left) were matched at the pairing party. Skaggs and Calmes have been paired since 2019.

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Hannah Skaggs (right) and Charlotte Calmes (left) were matched at the pairing party. Skaggs and Calmes have been paired since 2019.

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[Video] Juniors win powderpuff [video]

Nayonika Banerjee and Jonah Kramer Sep 30, 2021
The juniors won the 2021 Powderpuff tournament -- watch the video coverage now
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Since the seniors had five teams compared to the juniors two, they had time in between games to spectate.

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Juniors win powderpuff [photo gallery]

Nayonika Banerjee and Jonah Kramer Sep 27, 2021
The annual Homecoming Powderpuff game was held at Dick Tharp Field on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. This year's Powderpuff tournament took a different format than in year's passed because of a low turnout of junior players. Two junior teams played a best-of-three series, while the five senior teams competed in bracket-style play. The winner of each level faced off in the championship game.
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Link between Wild Kratts, communism [video]

Link between ‘Wild Kratts’, communism [video]

Nayonika Banerjee, Senior Staff Reporter Sep 16, 2021

When you think about the overlap between communism and animals, there is only one obvious answer: "Animal Fa-," no... "Wild Kratts". Learn more about the link between communism and "Wild Kratts" in the video essay below. 

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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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Inkspots most adoptable fictional spots

Inkspot’s most adoptable fictional “spots”

As stay-at-home orders were issued across the U.S. last year, animal welfare organizations saw pet adoptions spike during the second half of March. Industry data from PetPoint estimates that the national adoption rate of 58% at the beginning of March 2020 jumped to 85% by the month’s end.  But...

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‘Jennifer’s Body’ brought back to life

‘Jennifer’s Body’ brought back to life

Nayonika Banerjee, Senior Staff Reporter Mar 8, 2021

"Jennifer's Body" (2009) has crawled out of the grave to bask in the glory of a new, more open-minded generation.  Megan Fox stars as Jennifer, a high school cheerleader-turned-succubus preying on her male classmates as her best friend Needy (Amanda Seyfried) tries to stop her.  When the movie...

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The follow up to Netflixs 2018 The Haunting of Hill House might not pack as many minute-for-minute scares, but it offers a lot more.

Review: The perfectly splendid ‘Haunting of Bly Manor’

Nayonika Banerjee, Senior Staff Reporter Dec 18, 2020

From pandemics to 'Gossip Girl' reboots, the world is scary right now; who knows what terrifying event will be next? So why not cope with the horror of 2020 with... horror? 'The Haunting of Bly Manor', Netflix's follow up to 2018's 'The Haunting of Hill House,' is the perfect way to deal with the...

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Unit 5 will return to remote learning for all students on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Students and staff share their thoughts on the experience.

NCHS faculty, students on remote learning

Nayonika Banerjee, Senior Staff Reporter Nov 17, 2020
With the transition back to remote learning effective Wednesday, Nov. 18, NCHS students and faculty weigh in on how successful remote learning has been thus far. For Social Studies teacher Mr. Kevin Shackley, remote learning hasn’t been easy. The fifth-year teacher compared teaching remotely to juggling, adding, “I don’t know how to juggle.”  Orchestra teacher Ms. Melissa Siebenthal shared Shackley’s struggles with teaching remotely. It has “been really, really hard, especially given the nature of orchestra,” Siebenthal said, who conducts on Zoom as muted students play along.  While “every day is a technical difficulty” for Siebenthal. She recognizes that “we’re really in unchartered territory, we’re just kind of pioneers, and it’s groundbreaking, actually, because people have never done this before.”
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