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Rachel Leman

Rachel Leman, Staff Reporter

Rachel Leman is a fourth-year student at Normal Community High School and a member of the NCHS Marching Ironmen. This is her first year at the Inkspot, and she takes the role of a staff reporter.
I tend to be the most comfortable in front of a computer, when I feel like anything is possible because of new international reach. The Internet has changed the way we communicate, and communication between cultures, lifestyles, and personalities is what inspires me the most. The central hub of cultural-blending is an urban city life, which is why my dream is to spend my days writing in New York City, Washington DC, Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Paris, or basically any big city across the world. I would even learn a new language if it meant I could write in Dubai, Cairo, or New Dehli, but at this point, the farthest I’ve been from home is NYC.

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Photo Gallery: Night life of Central Illinois

Photo Gallery: Night life of Central Illinois

Rachel Leman, Staff Reporter Jun 11, 2016

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Promotional material courtesy of: Disney Films.

Alice Again: A look at “Alice: Through the Looking Glass”

What to expect when Wonderland returns
Rachel Leman, Staff Reporter May 19, 2016
They borrowed so much from Looking Glass, it’s interesting how they’re gonna work it out.
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Adventures in Uptown

Adventures in Uptown

Featuring Seniors Kate Hollingsead, Amanda Swift, and Katelin Dirr, Staff Reporter Rachel Leman follows how friends can have fun in Uptown Normal.
Rachel Leman, Staff Reporter May 17, 2016

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AUDIO: Review of Ruth Bs The Intro

AUDIO: Review of Ruth B’s ‘The Intro’

Rachel Leman, Staff Reporter May 3, 2016

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Video: Behind the scenes of ‘Children of Eden’

Rachel Leman, Staff Reporter Apr 30, 2016

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Quote Collection: How NCHS students want to change the world

Quote Collection: How NCHS students want to change the world

Rachel Leman asked Normal Community students how they would like to change the world. Here are their responses.
Rachel Leman, Staff Reporter Apr 7, 2016

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Opinion: School start times

Opinion: School start times

Melissa Schill and Rachel Leman Mar 20, 2016

The Unit 5 School Board unanimously approved changes to school hours for the 2016-2017 school year during a special session on March 16. The approved school hours for next year are: Elementary Schools: 7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. High Schools:  8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Junior High Schools:  8:45...

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Changing start times: Actually pretty good

Changing start times: Actually pretty good

Rachel Leman, Staff Reporter Mar 20, 2016

The Unit 5 School Board has officially announced the official change in start times for the 2016-2017 school year. For the majority of students, this change will lead to a lot of improvement. The new start times and bus schedules will hopefully lead to a reduction in cost and therefore a smaller...

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Editorial Cartoon: Choose Your Side

Editorial Cartoon: Choose Your Side

Rachel Leman, Staff Reporter Mar 1, 2016

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Rachel Leman investigates the shifting definition of the American dream.

The American Imagination

Investigating the American Dream
Rachel Leman, Staff Reporter Feb 23, 2016

Whether it be a melting pot, salad bowl, or mosaic of cultures and ethnicities, America has been the grand home of hope for the “huddled masses” flocking to its shores since the colonial days. Inside American borders, the American Dream, the promise of happiness and better lives to countless immigrants,...

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NCHS to host blood drive

NCHS to host blood drive

Melissa Schill and Rachel Leman Feb 23, 2016

Biannually, the NCHS student council hosts a blood drive run by the Red Cross. Each semester, school and  community members, ages 16 and older, have the opportunity to donate blood and medically aid people across the country. This semester, the blood drive will be held on February 26. Each semester...

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Multimedia: IHSA Cheer Competition

Rachel Leman, Staff Reporter Feb 11, 2016

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Lemonade Mouth promotional image

‘Lemonade Mouth’ underrated

Rachel Leman, Staff Reporter Jan 31, 2016

"That is the hottest guy I have ever seen. He looks like something a gay guy designed in a laboratory" is how Seth Rogan's character  describes High School Musical veteran Zac Efron in the 2014 film Neighbors. Camp Rock’s Demi Lovato has become a pop music icon with three Teen Choice awards, three...

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The Millennial President

The Millennial President

How the new generation can change the 2016 vote
Rachel Leman, Staff Reporter Jan 23, 2016

Since the Baby Boomers started to vote consistently in the 1990s, that traditionally conservative population has had a controlling stake over the politics of America. The Baby Boomers' vote has resulted in a Republican controlled Congress for the majority of the last two decades. Yet, President Barack...

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Reign season 2 promotional poster.

Long live the Queen: ‘Reign’ review

Rachel Leman, Staff Reporter Dec 11, 2015

Game of Thrones-esque violence, with the emotion and drama of Downton Abbey, while keeping the politics of The Tudors and the sex scandal suspense of Grey’s Anatomy or any Shonda Rhimes show. These are the elements that build the CW show Reign. Acting led by Teen Wolf’s Adelaide Kane, Reign fits...

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NCHS color guard captain to appear in national performance

NCHS color guard captain to appear in national performance

Rachel Leman, Staff Reporter Nov 25, 2015

 In San Antonio, Texas, one week before NBC airs the US All-American Bowl, hundreds of high school seniors from across the country pile out of buses. Each carrying a week’s worth of clothing and a confidence that comes with being selected to participate in the US Army All-American Bowl. Most of the...

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Ashlyn Martin (12) and Melody Brewster (12) take a selfie together to remember Ashlyns ceremony.

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Ashlyn Martin (12) and Melody Brewster (12) take a selfie together to remember Ashlyn's ceremony.

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Ashlyn Martin (12) and her coach, Hannah OFlynn pose together after the ceremony celebrating Ashlyns acceptance into the Army Band.

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Ashlyn Martin (12) and her coach, Hannah O'Flynn pose together after the ceremony celebrating Ashlyn's acceptance into the Army Band.

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“Infection” legitimacy controversial

Rachel Leman, Staff Reporter Oct 22, 2015
The senior class participated in a game of "Infection" at school on Wednesday, September 30. "Infection" is a contagion game in which one or more participants begin as "infected" and spread the infection through sharpie marks on other players' shirts.
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Photo Gallery: Photo of the day September 21-25

Rachel Leman, Staff Reporter Sep 29, 2015

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Maddie and Taes debut record featuring Girl in a Country Song was released on Aug. 28.

Feminism infiltrates country music

Rachel Leman, Staff Reporter Sep 23, 2015

Breakout country duo Maddie and Tae have released their first single, “Girl in a Country Song,” along with a video that draws attention to sex inequality in modern country music. “Basically, we wrote the song out of pure annoyance at how women were being portrayed in country music,” Tae Dye,...

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NCHS junior as Buzz Lightyear

Photo Gallery: Character day

Sam Knoll and Rachel Leman Sep 22, 2015

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Chase ONeal (12) grooves while Elvis music plays from a speaker in his backpack.

Photo Gallery: Decades day

Rachel Leman, Staff Reporter Sep 22, 2015

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Morgan Reeps (12) and Lexi Rice (12) show off their costumes of Cosmo and Wanda.

[Photo] Homecoming week activities

Sep 22, 2015

Morgan Reeps (12) and Lexi Rice (12) show off their costumes of Cosmo and Wanda.

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Evan Milsteadt (10) and Natalie Alfeo (11), dressed as two members of the Scooby Gang, snap a shot with their famous car.

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Evan Milsteadt (10) and Natalie Alfeo (11), dressed as two members of the Scooby Gang, snap a shot with their famous car.

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Courtnee Madsen (12) works on her laptop while dressed as Batman.

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Courtnee Madsen (12) works on her laptop while dressed as Batman.

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