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Ruth Oliveros-Gallardo, Staff Writer

Ruth Oliveros-Gallardo is a senior at Normal Community High School and is on the track and field team. This is her first year working with the Inkspot, and she is staff writer.

After school and on the weekends, I enjoy working and spending time with my friends.

My biggest pet peeve is people chewing with their mouths open.

I am most comfortable when I am with my sisters or by myself.

All content by Ruth Oliveros-Gallardo
In an effort to end the stigma around mental health, Community alum Mackenzie Nelson launched the brand Stay Another Day, a clothing brand that donates a portion of its proceeds to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
Photo Courtesy of: Stay Another Day, LLC

From personal struggle to mental health awareness brand

Community alum Mackenzie Nelson's 'Stay Another Day' journey
Abby Ruebush and Ruth Oliveros-Gallardo Jan 26, 2024

“Another day,” she told herself, pulling into the Community parking lot every morning.  “Another day,” she thought, sitting alone at the back of the classroom.  “Another day,” she said, crying in her bedroom after softball practice.  Stay another day, just one more day. The phrase...

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The girls track & field program claimed their first-ever Sectional Title Thursday, May 11 at Bloomington High School.

Record-breaking victory: Girls track & field makes history with first Sectional Title

Brady Boyd, Ruth Oliveros-Gallardo, Gianna Rawlings and Kirsten Santana May 19, 2023

The girls track & field team captured its first Sectional Title in school history on May 11, sending 12 competitors to this weekend’s IHSA State meet. Community’s 89 points gave the Iron the edge over Edwardsville; the Tigers finished the 3A Bloomington Sectional in second with a team score...

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The girls track & field team pose for a photo after winning programs third straight Big 12 Conference title at Champaign Central High School May 5.

Girls track & field: Big 12 Champs for 3rd straight season

The girls track and field team secured its third consecutive Big 12 Conference championship title on May 5. Community ended the conference meet with 131 points, a 37-point lead over hosts Champaign Central High School. The win was a team effort for the Iron. Junior Jazmin West won the 100-meter...

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Ubers annual Lost & Found Index takes a look at the  10 most commonly forgotten items, the 10 most forgetful cities, The 50 most *unique* lost items and identifies some trends in what people lost and when.

Uber’s 2023 Lost & Found Index reveals bizarre items passengers left behind

Uber’s 2023 Lost & Found Index highlights some of the more unusual items passengers left behind in the company’s vehicles.  For the seventh straight year, the annual report “provides a snapshot” of “the most commonly forgotten and most unique” items lost by riders.  Among some...

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The event’s organizers–Avani Rai, Pritha Chatterjee, Lilly McClelland and Karthika Nair– presented a poster stating “349,000 students have experienced gun violence at school since 1999. 6000 children and teens injured or killed in 2022.”

Students join National Walkout, demand stricter gun safety laws

Over 200 Community students took a stand against gun legislation on April 5, walking out of their 5th-hour classes and gathering in the school’s bus lane at noon. The demonstration was part of a national campaign organized by Students Demand Action, calling for stricter gun safety laws. A week...

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JV girls basketball coach Mr. Mike Goodwin addresses Community during a December game against Urbana. 
While Community may be able to increase the number of athletes on a JV roster, varsity girls basketball coach Dave Feeney said, “That means theres more kids and less adult supervision, less instruction, less coaching,”

Community coaches express concerns over athletic program cuts

To reduce the district’s multi-million-dollar budget deficit, the School Board voted to eliminate junior high and freshman athletics and reduce the number of competitors attending out-of-town contests. Those cuts, several veteran Community coaches believe, are detrimental. While the cuts will...

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Recycling program returns to paper-only

Recycling program returns to paper-only

Ruth Oliveros-Gallardo and Giana Rawlings Nov 28, 2022

Community will return to paper-only recycling after experiencing "major" issues with single-stream recycling. At the start of the school year, Community transitioned to single-stream recycling, allowing materials like paper, plastics, metal and glass to be collected in the same container. Mrs....

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[Video] By the Numbers: Ironmen boys basketball vs. U-High Pioneers [video]

Ruth Oliveros-Gallardo, Staff Writer Nov 21, 2022
Take a look at how Normal Community's boys basketball team matches up against the U-High Pioneers ahead of the Intercity tournament [video]
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[Video] By the Numbers: Ironmen girls basketball vs. Normal West Wildcats [video]

Ruth Oliveros-Gallardo and Giana Rawlings Nov 18, 2022
Take a look at how Normal Community's girls basketball team stacks up against Central Catholic in game two of the Intercity tournament [video]
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[Video] By the Numbers: Ironmen girls basketball vs. Central Catholic Saints [video]

Ruth Oliveros-Gallardo, Staff Writer Nov 16, 2022
Take a look at how Normal Community's girls basketball team stacks up against Central Catholic in game two of the Intercity tournament [video]
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The 22-23 Ironmen basketball roster has big shoes to fill to replace last seasons standout seniors.

‘Big shoes to fill’: Ironmen basketball season preview

Replacing the '21-22 season's seven graduates will be a tall order for the Ironmen basketball team
Giana Rawlings and Ruth Oliveros-Gallardo Nov 10, 2022

The Ironmen basketball lineup will look significantly different from last year’s when the 2022-23 season opens with the Intercity Tournament matchup against U-High on Nov. 21. The program graduated seven of its 12-man roster, including the entire starting lineup. Most notably absent will be...

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Cross country teams take 2nd at Intercity

Cross country teams take 2nd at Intercity

For the second straight year, Community’s boys and girls varsity cross country teams finished 2nd at the Intercity meet at Maxwell Park, Thursday, Sep. 22.   Girls Varsity  Normal West won the girl’s race, with the Wildcats finishing 7 points ahead of Community. Four Community runners...

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