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Tommy Olsson

Tommy Olsson, Senior Staff Writer

Tommy Olson is in his junior year at Normal Community High School. This is Tommy's first year as a Staff Reporter for the school newspaper, Inkspot. 

The farthest I've been from home was on a trip to Ireland with my family two summers ago. I am most comfortable when I'm around people I know and enjoy being with - like my friends and family. My favorite film of all time is definitely Lion King.

 

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Student Council and the American Red Cross hope to exceed the 99 units collected at the November 22 Blood Drive. 
The years second Blood Drive is being held Friday, February 28.

Blood Drive: What to expect

Tommy Olsson, Senior Staff Writer Feb 28, 2020

After a record turnout in November, Student Council and the American Red Cross will host the second blood drive of the year Friday, Feb. 28 in the multipurpose room from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For those interested in donating, walk-ins are welcome any hour on Friday. Before Donation Preparation  ...

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Big screen board games

Big screen board games

Adaptations - a Hollywood monopoly; rolling the dice with board games to get a piece of the action
Tommy Olsson, Senior Staff Writer Feb 15, 2020

With the film version of Battleship (2012) and the Theatre department performing an on-stage adaptation of the movie Clue (1985), based on the popular board game, I couldn't help but wonder what other board games were deserving of coming to life on the silver screen. Hollywood continues to move away...

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The Redbirds defensive performance led to the teams 61-50 over Morehead State.

Redbird defense impresses in win over Morehead State

Tommy Olsson and Aidan Beigie Dec 13, 2019

The Illinois State defense (4-6) posted their best performance of the year, forcing 16 turnovers and pulled down 31 defensive rebounds in a 61-50 win over non-conference opponent Morehead State (5-5) on December 7. The ‘birds closed the game out strong, giving up 26 points and holding the Eagles...

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Runners prepare for the 5k color run by the swim doors.

Photo Gallery: Color Run

During Homecoming week, NCHS's held its first ever color run
Tommy Olsson, Senior Staff Writer Oct 4, 2019

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Participants were led by a golf cart on their first lap.

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Participants were led by a golf cart on their first lap.

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Runners started the race in the athletic parking lot.

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Runners started the race in the athletic parking lot.

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The course took the participants down Raab road, through the Eastview parking lot, and back around the school via the access road.

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The course took the participants down Raab road, through the Eastview parking lot, and back around the school via the access road.

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The 5k runners got their first batch of color on the trail along Raab road.

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The 5k runners got their first batch of color on the trail along Raab road.

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Runners reach the final stretch before the finish line.

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Runners reach the final stretch before the finish line.

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The race ended by the soccer and baseball fields.

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The race ended by the soccer and baseball fields.

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Students victorious in competition at State Farm

Students victorious in competition at State Farm

Tommy Olsson, Senior Staff Writer May 29, 2019

Five NCHS students’ app prototype was chosen by a panel of judges as one of two winners in a State Farm sponsored programming competition the week of April 16. The group was one of three from NCHS competing against other local schools. Students from AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science...

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NCAA March Madness mascot bracket

NCAA March Madness mascot bracket

Tommy Olsson and James Broach Apr 3, 2019

With the Final Four taking place this upcoming weekend, Inkspot staffers decided to complete a bracket of their own based on which teams' mascot would win in a head-to-head brawl. These picks have nothing to do with players, coaches or the team itself - they are strictly based on the threat potential...

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InkSpotify Playlist: Mr. Kelly Keoghs top 8 Springsteen songs

InkSpotify Playlist: Mr. Kelly Keogh’s top 8 Springsteen songs

Tommy Olsson, Senior Staff Writer Feb 1, 2019

In the February Inkspot print edition, we profiled Mr. Kelly Keogh's love of Bruce Springsteen. Take a listen to Chapman's top 15 Pearl Jam songs.

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InkSpotify Playlist: Mr. Matt Chapmans top 15 Pearl Jam songs

InkSpotify Playlist: Mr. Matt Chapman’s top 15 Pearl Jam songs

Tommy Olsson, Senior Staff Writer Jan 30, 2019

In the February Inkspot print edition, we profiled Mr. Matt Chapman's love of Pearl Jam. Take a listen to Chapman's top 15 Pearl Jam songs. 

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Increasing sub shortage in Unit 5

Increasing sub shortage in Unit 5

Tommy Olsson, Senior Staff Writer Dec 3, 2018

Vacant teaching positions go unfilled by substitutes every day in Unit 5. In a district with over 900 teachers, it has shown to be difficult to find a replacement for every teacher that needs one. In a district as large as Unit 5, consistently finding substitute teachers has become a growing problem. Mrs....

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[Video] Lady Iron “steal” win over Champaign Centennial

Reid Watkins, Sports Editor Nov 30, 2018

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A shot from the halls outside of a classroom during passing periods.

Larger population as positive for students?

Some faculty members see the large student population as having a positive effect on students. With higher attendance numbers, students are provided with more social opportunities. The higher enrollment at Community can provide students with more opportunities to build peer relationships, to learn...

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