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    Carmel High School 520 E. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032

    Contact informationMailing Address: 520 E. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032

    Phone: (317) 846-7721, Ext. 7143

    Web site: www.hilite.org

    E-mail: Staff members of the HiLite may be contacted by using their first initial and their last name appending @hilite.org. For example, Michelle Hu will receive mail sent to [email protected]

    Responding to the HiLiteLetters to the editor will be accepted for the August 10 issue no later than June 1. Letters may be submitted in Room C147, placed in the mailbox of Jim Streisel, e-mailed to [email protected] or mailed to school. All letters must be signed. Names will be published. (Letters sent via e-mail will be taken to a students SRT for him to sign.) Letters must not contain personal attacks against an individual and may be edited.

    PurposeThe HiLite is a student publication distributed to students, faculty and staff of Carmel High School, with a press run of 4,500. Copies are distributed to every school in the Carmel Clay district as well as the Chamber of Commerce, city hall and the Carmel Clay Public Library. The paper serves as a public forum and two-way communication for both the school and the community. Opinions expressed in the newspaper are not necessarily those of CHS nor the Carmel Clay system faculty, staff or administration.

    AdvertisingBusinesses may advertise in the HiLite if their ads adhere to guidelines. The advertising policy is available in Room C147 or at www.hilite.org.

    CredentialsThe HiLite belongs to the Indiana High School Press Association, Quill & Scroll and the National Scholastic Press Association.

    Editor in Chief Sara Rogers Managing Editors Steven Chen Mackenzie Madison Rebecca Xu David ZhengAccountant Pat ONeillAcumen Monica Cheng Ellie Seta15 Minutes of Fame Yameen Hameed Artist Meredith Boyd Alex Mackall Rebecca XuBeats/Calendar Rachel Boyd Victor Xu Sarah Yun Ryan ZuckermanCover Story Laura PengEntertainment Lauren Burdick Meredith BoydFeature Afra Hussain Caroline ZhangFront Page Arjuna Capulong Daniel LiGraphics Daniel Li Danielle Yin Tim LuNews Tracy Sun Nina UndermanPerspectives Emma Neukam Jade SchwartingPhotography Arjuna Capulong Lizzy GrubbsSpecial Projects Katie Norman Darlene Pham Jackson WhitekerSports Stuart Jackson Reuben Warshawsky


    Shayan AhmadAudrey BaileyMatt BarnthouseKathleen BertschJames BenedictGabrielle BowersRachel BoydHope BoyerKatherine BougerieMaggie Branden-burgCharlie BrowningBrandon CandisMarianna CooperAudrey CourterKathryn DawsonEric DickJohn DuRyan DuffyCassie DuganConner GordonGrayson HarbourKendall HarshbergerBlaine HerbstMary Brooke Johnson

    Kush JosephHannah KhanOlivia LaMagnaLindsay LehmanChris LiBen LuMichael LuoNatalie MaierAlex MackallAmira MalcomKeshav MesaniLauren MugavinDhruti PatelEmily PuterbaughThalib RaziErum RizviJacob RuetzJenna RuhayelMelinda SongTony TanOlivia WalkerKatie WalstromLinbo XuAndy YangAdele ZhouHenry Zhu

    Reporters/Photographers/Web Team

    Adviser Jim StreiselPrincipal John WilliamsSuperintendent Jeff Swensson

    table ofcontentsNews

    Mayor Brainard discusses the ongoing Carmel City Center project and what it means for the community.

    Cover story Patrick Bryant reports on the switch from a six week grading period to a nine week grading perod and the effects on students.



    14 5


    15 Minutes Meet this years SBP and SOH, Jeremy Weprich and David Chiang.

    Feature Junior Ari Robbins chooses not to obtain a drivers license and instead depends on others for her methods of transportation.

    Student Section Senior Kat Krege and junior Audrey Witta meet for the first time and find out how they are connected to one another.

    Entertainment Lauren Burdick and Meredith Boyd preview upcoming concerts in Indiana.

    Sports Scott Stilson steps up as the new quarterback for our football team.

    PerspectivesStaff members share and discuss their views on life.




    cover > arjuna capulong / photo illustration

    Student Section Shokhi GoelWeb Steven Chen Yusheng Zhu

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  • NEWSPage 4 | NeWS | hilite | hilite.org | aug. 10, 2010

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    By the numberstotal cost of City Center: $300 milliontotal cost of the Performing arts Center: $150 million

    Online coverageFor the latest news and updates on the Palladium and the per-forming arts project, go to www.centerforperformingarts.org.

    The New and Improved CarmelThe Carmel City Center transforms local economy, downtown scene

    Some could be put off by the $300 million price tag and what it means for taxpayers, others by its possible threat to locally owned businesses; nevertheless, according to Mayor Jim Brainard, the Carmel City Center project forecasts a great stimulant in the local economy.

    According to stats.indiana.edu, a website that publishes tax rates and other public information, taxes in Carmel have actually dropped over the last few years in which the project has taken place, and, according to Brainard, those $300 million have already been invested back into the area.

    When theres public money involved, theres questions, as there should be, Brainard said. But this is a very

    positive thing in attracting investment to an area that wasnt getting any. And thats our goal for the public-private partnership.

    Senior Lauren Wiegand whose mother previously owned the Simply Sweet Shoppe on Main Street is one of those who expresses concern with the Carmel City Center project.

    There is always a fear that something will happen to your family business, especially when you have so much of your life invested in it, Wiegand said. However, that threat is always a possibility, especially when chain stores are able to sell products cheaper and in larger volume than other smaller retailers.

    Brainard, on the other hand, looks at this competition as a positive.

    (Small and large businesses) can thrive together; the countrys all about competition and how competition makes all businesses better with the recognition that some will fail and others will succeed, Brainard said.

    Senior Andrew Aisen says he agrees with the mayor and that he also has high hopes for the project in his search for a job.

    I look forward to the opening of the Carmel City Center chiefly because it will give people, including myself,

    an opportunity to work and earn money, Aisen said. In my view, whether a business is big or small is irrelevant, its the growth in competition and the job market that is important to the economy and myself.

    Luckily for Aisen, Brainard says that the Carmel City Center will be employing over 2,000 people directly or indirectly.

    Even though Wiegand said she has her concerns about the Carmel City Center, she said she does think that this could benefit Carmels downtown.

    I think that it will bring new people to the downtown Carmel area and increase support of all businesses nearby, Wiegand said. The close proximity to the Arts District can be looked at as a positive aspect. Despite the concerns that the new Carmel City Center will draw people away from Main Street, I think that eventually we will see more people shopping locally in both locations.

    Brainard said that this symbiotic relationship was no coincidence.

    We want people to walk into the City Center and walk into Old Town, but maybe in the middle there could be a restaurant or two for people to live in the area. But its about trying to work with the private sector and to create special places that make Carmel more competitive.

    This is actually all part of Brainards plan to implement new urbanism in Carmel. According to Brainard this is a concept that combines living space, work and play without extensive use of transportation.

    The key parts to new urbanism, sometimes we call it traditional neighborhood design, is a city before cars, Brainard said. People had to walk to places. Its mixed use. Its corner stores. Its retail in the same building as houses or apartments above it. But at the same time, its not skyscrapers like in New York City. Its urbanism prior to the three dimensional structural steel in the late 1800s. Its generally no more than eight or nine stories. And so its built on a human scale and focuses on street life. It focuses on walkability, public parks.

    Although Carmel has grown exponentially over the last decade, Brainard said that even after this project is finalized, there is still more that can be done.

    Cities, he said, are never finished.

    ACCORDING TO PLAN: Mayor James Brainard discusses the layout of the Carmel City Center. Brainard said the continuing project will not only benefit the local economy but also urbanize the downtown area.

    ArjunA cApulong / photo

    Want More?For more pictures of the mayors interview and a comprehensive blueprint of the City Center go to www.hilite.org.

    BY MACKENZIE [email protected]

    Grand openingJan. 22: ribbon CuttingJan. 23: Public toursJan. 29: galaJan. 30: Classical Concert

  • Aug. 10, 2010 | HiLite.org | HiLite | NEWS | PagE 5

    Palladium gains new cultural significanceAs hype builds for the Center for the Performing Arts opening in January 2011, junior Roohi Ahuja said she hopes the Palladium will not only bring business to Carmel but also new cultural significance.

    Ive seen the building before, Ahuja said. But I didnt know what it was until about four months ago.

    Many other residents of Carmel are also noticing the architectural and structural changes in the city, specifically the Palladium. The 1,600 seat concert hall plans to attract musical and artistic acts from around the state and country.

    Steve Libman, executive director of the Palladium, said he suspects the venue will bring attention to Carmels value to the arts.

    He said, The Center is not only an investment in the arts but the citys quality of life. The long-term economic growth of Carmel is influenced by the work we are doing today. Our opening in January will begin welcoming the world to our city.

    Ahuja said she even considers performing on the stage of the Palladium one day

    I would be interested in dancing with my group, she said. We perform classical Indian dance and could open the audience to more variety.

    According to Libman, this peaked interest in the arts will benefit younger generations as well.

    I believe you are going to see more high school students taking an interest in the arts, both from the standpoint as a patron and a performer. The Palladium will rank among the worlds greatest music venues, rivaling those in Vienna, Amsterdam, Boston and New York City, he said. That

    alone means more exposure to great artists, fostering a life-long love affair with the arts. The educational outreach plans at the Center include regular programs geared especially for high school students.

    However, with the introduction of The Center for Performing Arts came some criticism due to financing the project. But Mayor Jim Brainard said the public ultimately decided what would happen.

    I think the 2003 elections were really about whether we wanted an ice hockey stadium or a concert hall and the public anchored for the city center project and decisively came down in favor of the concert hall, Brainard said. And really the only criticism we hear from are the same people who didnt want it to begin with. Theres just a small minority.

    Regardless, Ahuja said she thinks the structure is a positive addition to the city.

    We have places to perform but not as big or good quality, she said. I think the Palladium gives people a chance to show off their talent and could even bring people closer together.

    carmelcitycenter.com and Steve libman / SourceSdaniel li / Graphic






    arjuna capulonG / photoITALY IN INDIANA: Workers continue to the Palla-dium, and should finish by the end of the year. The architecture of the concert hall was based on the La Rotonda building in Vicenza, Italy.

    bY TrAcY [email protected]

    blueprint of carmel

    1Palladium: the construction phase for the $150 million Center for the Performing Arts project is funded by the City of Carmel, while the Center for the Performing Arts handles the day-to-day opera-tions. Funding for the operations aspect comes from a variety of places. granting sources range from government agencies and foundations to gifts from corporate and private citizens.

    2Boutique Hotel: the 160-room hotel offers an upscale restaurant, specialty suites and valet and concierge services. included in the space is a 10,000 square-feet ballroom and signature spa.3Village green: this area serves the purpose as a public gathering space. the land will accommodate city festivals and celebrations and also a farmers market. 4The Tarkington: Named after the famous Hoosier novelist and playwright, the multi-purpose theater is part of the performing arts project. this 500-seat venue will play host to performances by local artists and organizations.

    5Residential and Retail: the whole project includes 300 apart-ments and living spaces, up to 230,000 square-feet in stores and restaurants and 2,400 parking spaces in garages and streets. the idea of new urbanism plays a key role in the development of a pedes-trian friendly environment and traditional architecture.

    A map of what the carmel expects to look like

    the long-term economic growth of Carmel is influenced by the work we are doing today. our opening in January will begin welcoming the world to our city.

    Steve LibmanExecutive Director of the Palladium

  • PERSPECTIVESPage 6 | PersPectives | HiLite | HiLite.org | Aug. 10, 2010

    [email protected] | twitter.com /hilite_news

    Check out the blogs:For blogs and more, visit the HiLite website at www.hilite.org

    Go onlineFor sports scores, updates, additional photos and more.www.hilite.org

    What is your opinion of the new nine week grading periods?

    New grading periods can have both positive, negative effects

    The 2010-2011 school year marks new changes in the grading period as this school moves to four nine-week grading periods instead of six six-week grading periods.

    This divides the school year into nine-weak quarters. In this new system, each nine-week grading period will be worth 40 percent of the semester grade and the final exam will be worth 20 percent.

    The nine-week grading periods will allow consistency in the grading system between Carmel High School and other schools and school districts. Middle schools in the district use the nine-week grading period and Carmel High School is the only public high school in Hamilton County to not use the nine-week grading period.

    The new grading periods will also ease the transition for students both coming to and preparing to leave this school. This change may make the middle school to high school transition easier, as the school will use the same grading system incoming freshmen used as eighth graders in middle school.

    It may also allow for an easier transition for the seniors when they go to college, since most colleges use a similar grading system.

    With longer grading periods, large tests and projects may be more evenly spaced out.

    Teachers may feel less pressure to add on certain grades at the end of a six weeks and students will have more time to make up tests and quizzes.

    They will also have more time to improve their grades during a grading period because they will have nine instead of six weeks. The longer periods of time allow for a greater number of tests and quizzes, so one failed test or quiz will have a lesser impact on a nine-week grading period.

    However, while a test will have less impact on a nine-week grading period, the nine-week grading period will have more impact on a students semester grade since each grading period is now worth one-fifth of a semester grade instead of one-sixth.

    This means poor performance in a nine-week grading period will have a greater impact on a students semester grade than a six-week grading period did.

    Some teachers and students previously saw the first six weeks as almost a trial period as students see what they are capable of.

    However, with a nine-week grading period, each grading period will have a larger influence on semester

    grades, which will force students and teachers to end this outlook.

    Final exams will also have more weight under the new system. Formerly making up only one-seventh of a semester grade, it will now be worth one-fifth of a semester grade.

    While this does put more pressure on students during finals week, it may also motivate students to study harder for final exams because it is now worth more of their semester grade.

    Students who struggled during a six-week grading period may have had a greater opportunity to improve their grade than they will under the new system since students will have fewer chances for a fresh start when

    the school year is divided into quarters instead of sixths.

    A nine-week grading period may also impact student motivation. The knowledge that each grading period has a larger impact a their grade and that there are fewer chances for a fresh start may cause some students to become more motivated and to study harder.

    However, longer grading periods may also mean students who performed well during the beginning of the nine weeks may not work as hard at the end of a grading period since individual tests and quizzes have less weight.

    Teachers and parents may also worry that students will have a harder time to maintain concentration and remain motivated through a nine-week grading period than during a shorter six-week grading period.

    Additionally, switching to a nine-week grading period also means report cards come only four times a year instead of six. A fewer number of report cards may cause less communication between parents and teachers concerning grades.

    While myCCS allows students and their parents to access grades online, report cards give parents additional information about their students besides grades, such as teacher comments on performance. Fewer report cards will mean fewer of these comments and information from teachers to parents.

    Nevertheless, grading periods are only a measurement of a students academic performance and should be treated as such.

    The outcome of each grading period, whether it be nine weeks or six weeks, should and still does rest with the student.

    Compiled by Daniel Smith

    Sophomore Jake Ringenberg

    Junior Katie Bosler

    Senior Taylor Lampe

    Im not for it because the longer the grading period, the more your grades can fluctuate.

    I think its good because it will give us more time to bring up our grades.

    I dont like it because the longer grading periods can make your semester grades worse.

    However long the length of the grading periods, success at this

    school continues to rest with student


    Our Stand

    STaff PERSPECTIVE Speak Up

  • Aug. 10, 2010 | hilite.org | hilite | perspectives | page 7

    As a member of the newest Senior Class here, I feel obligated to address our embar-rassing lack of school spirit and overall enthu-siasm. I am by no means trying to belittle our accomplishments as a whole. Undeniably, the Class of 2011 has excelled academically, athletically and otherwise both inside and outside of CHS. So why is it that we struggle to excel in demonstrating school spirit? Its the responsibility of the Senior Class to set a precedent for underclassmen. School spirit starts at the top. This year our classmates will serve as team captains, club presidents, leading roles and top musicians. In compari-son, it does not take much to show support for those people who have put in countless hours of hard work and effort to get those positions. Statistics from previous years help provide actual merit for this argument. In the past three years, the Class of 2011 has never won a major Homecoming event. In fact, last year even the Freshman Class had a higher partici-

    pation rate in Homecoming-related activities, such as playhouse building and the 5K run. It would be upsetting to be one of the only senior classes never to win an event. I challenge the Senior Class to step it up and set an example starting today. In order to make this process as simple and effortless as possible, here are some suggestions. 1. Participate in spirit days. Embrace an opportunity that involves dressing up like a 5-year-old, superhero or Harry Potter charac-ter without consequence. If this is entirely too unbearable, at least wear Carmel spirit wear. 2. Attend a sporting event. Whether foot-ball, soccer or tennis, seniors should pack the stands. After three years of standing behind the other seniors, it is our turn to crowd the front row and lead the cheers. Join spirit clubs such as Wild Bunch or Big Game to find op-portunities to support your Hounds. 3. Get friends to join. Going to a game, joining a club or participating in a spirit day

    is far less intimidating when you know you arent going in alone. The more students get involved, the greater the difference. Dont forget there are 36 weeks left before graduation. That means our class has 36 weeks to leave a lasting impression on underclass-men and the Carmel community. Whether students acknowledge it or not, CHS presents endless opportunities for students to grow academically, socially and otherwise. In the next year, we should strive to leave behind even more than what CHS has pro-vided to us. Three years ago, administrators told us how you can only take what you leave behind. Well this is it, seniors. Its time to step it up and leave behind our mark on CHS. Sara Rogers is the editor-in-chief for the HiLite. Contact her at [email protected]

    Step it up, seniors. Now is our time to shine.RogersSara

    FRom the editoR

    Alex MAckAll / Art

    the good and bad effects of hype.hameedYameen

    There are times when an event is much better than you expected. There are times when

    your hype backlashes. But what about the mixed feelings you get when something simply lives up to your expectations?

    to read the rest of Yameens column,

    go online to www.hilite.org.

    GRaphic peRSpective StaFF columN

  • Page 8 | PersPectives | HiLite | HiLite.org | Aug.10, 2010

    Costco is more costly.XuRebecca

    fRom the editoR

    Money-sensitive people all over the world have discovered the wonders of Costco Wholesale. Buying in bulk to save more seems like a heavenly premise; you save money and you can use a product forever before replenishing. Despite its money-saving deals, Costco may actually contribute to more spending.

    Almost every week, my mother makes a trip to Costco, the wholesale superstore we have all come to know and love. And every week, she comes back with mountains of productstoilet paper, Tropicana, bottled water and various snacks to name a few. This tradition has been in place for years. Its all for the glorious cause of saving money.

    As I stare at our supersized shampoo bottles and package of three dozen eggs, I have begun to wonder about the true effectiveness of Costco. The idea behind Costco is that for an annual fee, members will have access to reduced unit prices in the store, emphasis on the unit. Since practically everything comes in bulk, the price per pound or per individual package is lower than the same product in a typical grocery store.

    For example, Cinnamon Toast Crunch comes in packages of two oversized boxes sure to last a family a few months. Aveeno lotion is sold in packages of two 18-ounce bottles, sometimes with a sample tube of something else thrown in. A box of Welchs fruit snacks comes with 80 little bags.

    Yes, these products are cheaper if you divide the total cost by the amount, but I question if theyre worth the time and effort to simply consume them. Our family got one of the super packages of Aveeno a few months ago and Im still pumping out lotion by the handful.

    Ironically, Costco advocates saving money yet consumers are attracted to bulk deals and end up spending more for products they dont need.

    Wired contributing editor Jonah Lehrer attributes this behavior to sensors in the brain that deal with

    happiness and pain. Lehrer said, In fact, researchers have found that

    even when a store puts a promotional sticker next to the price tagsomething like Bargain Buy! or Hot Deal!but doesnt actually reduce the price, sales of the item will still dramatically increase. These retail tactics lull our brain into buying more things, since our normal response to price tags is pacified.

    A blogger on the website thecouponproject.com further explains that consumers are submitted to the Costco Marketing Machine.

    Each store is organized so that as a person proceeds through the store, he sees the displays of plasma TVs, computers, fine jewelry and other costly items before he reaches the actual food aisles.

    Here in the store, the prices seem to be nothing compared to a $2,000 television or $6,000 diamond ring, thus encouraging the consumer to buy more.

    As a result of these measures, people consume much more than usual, partially to make their superfluous purchases worth the money. After all, those giant Costco muffins arent going to eat themselves before they start to become stale.

    In a sort of mindless delusion, buyers return to the store and start the process all over again once they run out of something. Sometimes they will stock up even if they have plenty of something. For example, the cabinet under our sink probably has four gigantic Pantene bottles. My mom says she always forgets if we have shampoo or not, so she every once in a while when theres a sale shell buy

    another one or two bottles.Thats not to say Costco doesnt have its perks. It

    is noticeably less expensive in singular items such as electronics, appliances, books and gasoline.

    Because they do buy and sell in bulk, prices in everything from swimsuits to iPods are lower than their counterparts in other stores. Also, I dont know anyone who doesnt love the delicious free samples and free coffee. When it comes to the priced stuff, however, consumers get caught in the paradox of buying more to save more. Next time we visit Costco, Ill gently remind my mom to lay off the 8-pack of toothpaste.

    Rebecca Xu is a managing editor for the HiLite. Contact her at [email protected]

    Underclassmen should find more opportunities to get involved in this school.


    fRom the editoR

    When I was a freshman entering high school, I saw my transition as just another phase in my life. I wasnt particularly fazed by this schools 4000+ kids, or that classes were going to be more plentiful and difficult. It didnt bother me there were so many more opportunities to make or break relationships with friends or more chances to get in trouble with teachers and other adults. I simply viewed high school as another time to fit in with the crowd and do my own thing. Instead of living life to its fullest, I just wanted to slack off and barely get by.

    At freshman orientation, the first thing my GKOMs told me was I should get involved with Carmel. They told me I was going to regret it if I didnt find ways to be an integral part of the school, and instead just let the current guide me through my life. As a freshman, even my friends were encouraging me to join a club or participate in an extracurricular activity, but I didnt listen to them.

    Now, three years later, I regret it.I hate to sound like a broken record, but the truth

    is being involved in is the best thing someone can do as a freshman. I basically didnt participate in anything my freshman year, so I had to scramble as a sophomore to play catch up and delve into activities and find my passion. With a little bit of dedication and some good time management, one will find school to not be too time consuming, and will realize theres nothing to do because he/she made the mistake of not getting involved.

    And in my opinion, its one of the worst feelings ever when all your friends are doing things they care about and you made the mistake of not finding that special something for yourself. And not only does getting involved keep you entertained, but it allows you to make new friends and develop lasting relationships with them.

    For example, joining the HiLite staff was one of the best decisions of my life, because I met so many wonderful people who I may not have met otherwise.

    Freshmen (and maybe sophomores): dont make the same mistake I did. Join a club that sounds interesting to you. Heres my shameless plug to encourage you all to join Breakdancing Club. Or even start your own club because youre interested in something and need an outlet for developing that interest into a passion. The teachers dont bite, and Im sure you will be able to find a sponsor.

    I didnt believe my GKOMs as a freshman, but now I see the credence in their advice. As clich as this may sound, you only go through high school once. If I had stepped up and become more involved, I dont know how else my high school experience could be any more memorable or enjoyable.

    David Zheng is a managing editor for the HiLite. Contact him at [email protected]


    Aveeno lotion:two 18 oz.


    eggsthree dozen


    Dove shampoo:40 oz. bottle



    Aveeno lotion:18 oz. bottles


    eggsone dozen


    Dove shampoo:12 oz. bottle


    Price check!is it cost-effective to buy in bulk?

    CostCo and Walgreens / sourCesJade sChWarting / graphiC

  • Aug. 10, 2010 | HiLite.org | HiLite | perspectives | page 9

    As media declines, knowledge of government becomes foggy.MadisonMackenzie

    FroM the editor

    Over the past few years, weve seen the decline of print media and the push toward online news sources. But as that decline becomes more prevalent, the real news becomes less prevalent, especially the news concerning the government.

    As media declines, the public becomes less informed since the media does not have the means to get the information they need that turns into the stories they publish. Because they are not getting this information, the public is left in the dark. Now thats okay when the public is not receiving the latest news on Brad-Jolenia (trust me, the world would be a lot better without those types of publications). But this lack of information is sort of scary when it has to do with a lack of information coming from the government.

    If that wasnt enough, it is also frightening to have an administration in office that supports more government control. The government could easily

    take over the media if it pleased in the current weak state that the media is in.

    Pardon my biased views, but I see a second coming of the Pravda (The Pravda was the only newspaper in communist Russia and was controlled and censored by the government).

    For instance, earlier this year, in March, major cell phone provider AT&T dropped all its employees health care benefits. Under Obamas new health care plan, everyone has to be covered by health care, or health care from the government would be supplied for them at the expense of the company (if the company is not/no longer supplying health care benefits). But AT&T realized that by dropping all their employees benefits, they would actually be saving money, a major loophole in the system. Once Congress found out about this lucrative loophole, they wanted to meet with AT&T. They hoped to settle this before the media got word of this to come up with a solution so

    that other companies could not reap the benefits. Obviously Congress didnt succeed at stopping the

    word from getting out. We can thank our media for that. Fortunately

    there is enough left of Americas media that someone picked up on it. But with the decline of media, if this had happened a few years down the road, this event could have been easily over looked.

    Luckily, the new online frontier for news also sheds some hope. The web can be changed at anytime (news flashes and updates) and there is also a little more free reign on the web, but even that doesnt wont save the media if it is controlled by the government.

    Overall, there is always a question whether or not we can trust the media, but certainly with this decline, the question becomes more prevalent.

    Mackenzie Madison is a managing editor for the HiLite. Contact her at [email protected]

    Success during high school comes from rising above failures.ChenSteven

    FroM the editor

    Life is full of failures, but amidst those stinging disappointments there are those trivial successes that always recede to the back of the mind. High school is defined by both failure and success. It is through this cycle that eventually comes to memory, especially the good times, when alumni reminisce of their high school experiences. However, at the moment, high school students cringe at the thought of their failures, not realizing the level of achievement they have already accomplished in their high school career. In the words of Dale E. Graham, you only take with you what you leave behind.

    Realize that not only does this mean that all students should be actively involved (freshmen listen up), but they should get a wider taste of life at this school. There are over 50 clubs and activities listed in the Pinnacle yearbook each year. Some students may participate in a good handful of them, but most students choose a few and stick with them for their whole four years of high school.

    However, most of these activities involve some sort of component that defines success and failure, be it losing an officer election, not medaling in some competition or even not living up to ones expectations.

    It is through the failures that I now dwell on. Getting more involved means more chances of failing. The next logical step to reduce the level of cognitive

    anxiety that failure causes is to be less involved. However, that defies more reasonable logic. Failing and making mistakes can breed success in many other ways. It can create determination and perseverance in an individual, making them stronger in the long run.

    A prime of example of this appeared in last years December issue of Wired magazine in which celebrity star Alec Baldwin self-professed his failure in the film industry. However, he kept his head above water and persevered through tough times until the hit comedy show 30 Rock boosted his self-esteem.

    Another example is politician Al Gore, who lost the heated 2000 presidential election but went on to promote his brand of environmentalism through talks on global warming. He made up for his losses by moving on and succeeding elsewhere.

    Life can be traumatic at some points in time, especially in the turbulent high school period facing both hormones and homework. But that should not dissuade anyone, especially freshman, from participating in any activities, a decision that people will regret later.

    My freshman year was bland; I stayed out of many

    school activities, justified by the fact that I was just a freshman and still getting used to high school. But I later learned that reasoning was illogical. In fact, because I was a freshman, it meant that I should be getting more involved with extracurriculars.

    I tried to make up with it during my sophomore year, but it was no good. The failure of my inability to participate actively during my freshman year shadows all the trivial losses later on.

    I realize that the trivial losses do not really matter; it is really the numerous accomplishments I have made that highlight high school. New friends and connections are cornerstones of this fact. There are over 4,000 students in Carmel High School, giving rise to numerous acquaintances formed each day.

    Also, seniors, it is not over for all of you yet. You still have a year left to be more involved. Being a senior does not give you the right to slack off. In fact, senior year is the most

    defining year of high school; it is the year that you remember most.

    Failure begets success. And success begets failure.

    Steven Chen is a managing editor for the HiLite. Contact him at [email protected]

    Failing and making mistakes can

    breed success in many other ways.

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    Transition to nine-week grading periodchanges how students approach schoolwork

    By Patrick Bryant

    Tackling a New Grading System

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    For senior Elise Ruff, the end of her high school career begins with a new format for grading periods. This change will alter not only the length of grading periods from six six-week periods to four nine-week periods, but also the formula for determining how each grading period will affect her overall semester grade.

    Tackling a New Grading System

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    Ruff said she was indifferent about the subject when she first heard about the change last year.

    I was neutral on the subject, Ruff said. There were both some benefits and disadvantages to the change.

    According to principal John Williams, the change was a district decision that aimed to create a more consistent system for all of the elementary and middle schools as well as the high school to adhere to.

    Our school corporation wanted to have a consistent grading scale and length for grading periods, Williams said regarding the new grading system.

    English teacher Dale Yessak said the change will bring this school into a format similar to that of many colleges.

    For example, both IU and Purdue operate on four eight-week grading periods to determine grades.

    Countless high schools throughout central Indiana switched to nine-week grading periods during the past few years. This school is the last public high school in Hamilton County to make the switch.

    Unlike Ruff, who will take part in a grading system consisting of four nine-week grading periods for the first time this year, sophomore Rachel Morgan will undergo the change for the second time.

    When she was in seventh grade, all Carmel Clay middle schools made the switch to quarters, a change that Morgan said had little to no impact on her grades or study habits.

    Although she said the transition was not difficult, maintaining focus for nine straight weeks was a challenge.

    I actually thought that it was harder to maintain my grades, Morgan said. I seemed to become less interested with school after nine straight weeks with no fresh start.

    Williams said he feels that a big part of the success of the change will depend on the communication between teachers and students regarding progress and performance in the classroom.

    Either way you do it, there are pros and cons. You could argue on either side, Williams said. The key is communication, and if the school doesnt

    communicate when kids are doing well or when theyre not doing well, then the school isnt doing its job.

    However, the communication, which often comes in the form a report card, will appear less often with the implemention of the new grading system.

    Sophomore Charlie Walker, whose middle school operated on nine-week grading periods as well, said he prefers the more frequent feedback of six-week grading periods. The decrease in communication is one of Walkers main concerns regarding the nine-week grading periods.

    I really like the feedback I received throughout the year, Walker said. With the nine-week grading periods, I wont have a reminder of the progress I make each six weeks.

    Yessak said he doesnt believe that there will be less communication since myCCS will provide the students with regular updates regardless of the length of grading periods.


    84 percentof teachers prefer the

    nine-week grading period

    16 percentof teachers prefer the

    six-week grading period


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    learned, Williams said regarding concerns about the implications of the new grading system.

    Yessak said the grading committee, in which he is a member, believes it has made every effort to guarantee that students can still improve from a bad grade.

    Were working to make sure students who do badly wont necessarily be sunk, Yessak said.

    According to Williams, who made a final decision on this years formula last May, said the change will entail a 40-40-20 system. Each grading period will have a 40 percent value and the final exam will be worth 20 percent of the semester grade.

    This formula will allow students the opportunity to pass the semester even after failing either one grading period or the final exam.

    Morgan believes the weight of the final exam does not properly reflect the effort of each student.

    She said she finds it unfair that students can fail one grading period but still pass the semester and believes student performance throughout the nine weeks depends on maintaining motivation.

    People should try hard all of the time, she said. People could get a better grade by getting an F one grading period and an A (for) the others (and be compared to) someone who genuinely works hard all the time and gets Cs.

    I do not like the final being worth that much of my grade, she said. If people try really hard during the grading periods and not so much on the final, the test will not reflect the true grade that they should receive.

    On the other side of the issue, Ruff said she believes that receiving a good grade in some classes might cause assignments and tests at the end of the grading period to have less importance.

    I feel that with the nine-week grading period, you are given an opportunity to take some assignments less seriously if you have a good grade, and thats not how school works, Ruff said.

    On the contrary, Morgan said she would not be too concerned if she didnt do well on a test at the beginning of the grading period because she would have an additional three weeks to recover.

    If I didnt get as good of a grade as I wouldve liked in the beginning of the grading period, it would have less effect on my grade because there are eight weeks left, Morgan said.

    Yet Williams said he feels the change wont affect how easy or difficult it will be to receive a desired grade and believes that students will have to continue to put forth effort in order to succeed.

    I do not think it will be any easier to get a good grade, Williams said. Students will still have to continue to work and put forth effort to earn grades.

    How to calculate your semester grade

    steps example

    a student receives a B during the first grading period and a C+ the second grading period. He later receives an a- on his final exam.

    multiply your grade from the first grading period by two

    2 x 9 = 18

    multiply your grade from the second grading period by two

    2 x 7 = 14

    multiply the grade your receivedon your final exam by one

    1 x 11 = 11

    add your results from steps 2 through 4 together

    18 + 14 + 11 = 43

    Divide your result by five and round 43 5 = 8.6 9

    Compare your result from step 6to the 12-point scale from step 1

    9 = Bthe student will receive a B

    B = 9C+ = 7A- = 11

    Convert your letter grades from the two grading periods and the final to the twelve point scale

    A = 12A- = 11B+ = 10B = 9B- = 8C+ = 7

    C = 6C- = 5D+ = 4D = 3D- = 2F = 0

    mark It Downthe following dates are the last days of each grading period

    Oct.8 Dec.17 Mar.11 May26


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    Did you know?Six percent of drivers have read a book, magazine or newspaper while driving.

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    Sixteen and still riding shotgunLicense Free. Fewer teens choose to get their drivers license immediately after coming of age

    When 16-year-old junior Ari Robbins needs to go somewhere, she cannot simply drive there in her car. It isnt that she doesnt have a car, but she has yet to obtain her drivers license. Instead of getting her license has soon as

    possible, Robbins chose to postpone taking her driving tests, a decision she made the beginning of her sophomore year.

    I didnt really practice enough and I dont really like driving, so Im not really confident about my driving skills. I decided not to (get my license) when the school year started and I realized how much work it would be and how practicing would be impossible because of how busy I was

    in school, Robbins said.Robbins isnt the only teen choosing to wait until later

    to get his or her drivers license. According to NPR, the number of teen driver peaked in 1978 at 12 million and has since declined to under 10 million. These teens are opting

    By AnDy [email protected]

    ALOnG FOR THE RIDE: Ari Robbins shares a ride with her father. Robbins said she chose to delay getting a drivers license even though she is 16.

    emily Puterbaugh / Photo

    Pew research center / source

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    wait and to get rides from others instead of immediately obtaining a license when eligible.

    David Wilkerson, The Central Indiana Educational Service Centers (CIESC) director of Drivers Education, said he has noticed this trend.

    Lots of students are waiting longer to get a driver license these days. In the past, say 40 or 50 years ago, people got their

    licenses immediately when they turned 16. Today the trend is still there, but its not as prevalent. In our (drivers education) classes,

    there has been a noticeable decline in enrollment, he said.

    Wilkerson said this might be attributed to a less appealing image of driving.

    According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, a non-partisan center providing information on changing trends and attitudes, fewer Americans said they liked to drive in 2006 than 1991. The number of Americans who said they thought of their car as

    something special has also declined.It was like a rite of passage you might say,

    and they were very excited about getting it and it was easy to get, Wilkerson said. The day that I turned 16, my mom actually took me out of school. It was the thing to do. That stage of the world has dissolved a little bit and many kids dont have that feeling where they need to get a license as soon as they turn 16 and a half.

    Robbins chose not to obtain a license yet because she did not feel comfortable about driving. She said that having only stick shift cars to drive caused her to practice less, but

    does think that her view of driving is different from teens of the past.

    Its more about being functional now, instead of looking cool, she said. Its good as long as it gets you

    somewhere. Driving isnt as much as a social thing for me; it gets me from place to place. Its like getting a new phone today, like an iPhone or something.

    Jeremy Weprich, 17-year-old senior, also agrees that driving does not hold any special meaning to him, even though he got his license as soon as possible.

    Weprich said, The act of driving is hardly a removed, elitist goal these days. Now that most teenagers drive, especially in Carmel, it is almost expected of us. Because I had assumed that I would be driving at the age of 16, I mostly focused on the idea of driving myself, instead of relying on friends or adults.

    He said he got his license simply to avoid having to need his parents take him

    around everywhere. Additionally, the financial aspect of driving

    has had an impact on the decision of teens. In 1978, gas prices were under a dollar. Now, the

    Pew research center / source

    AlternAte trAnsportAtion: Robbins rides her bike in-stead of driving a car. She said for her, biking is a sufficient way of getting around.

    79 percent said they enjoyed driving

    43 percent viewed their car as something special

    69 percent said they enjoyed driving

    23 percent viewed their car as something special

    price reaches almost $3. It also doesnt help that teen employment is only 3.22 percent, the lowest it has been since 1948, according the a 2009 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. Furthermore, car insurance is the most expensive for teenagers, putting a greater burden on their parents.

    Unfortunately, teens have decided to stop getting their licenses because of the failing economy. Things like gas and insurance are just too expensive now. Wilkerson said.

    Robbins mother Melissa Brown said that she has had no problems at all with Aris decision and has in fact benefited from such a choice.

    I lived in rural California and I got my license as soon as I was eligible, which was when I was 16 and two days, Brown said, but, I would rather pick up my kids than have somebody else who isnt as capable drive them or have them crash. It helps that I dont have to pay for insurance. Ari has a sister who does have her license so it makes it easier on us only having to pay for one.

    Wilkerson said he also sees this trend as a positive one. I think its probably going to continue. It may not be a bad thing. If a kid waits a little longer, theoretically he should be a little bit more mature and hopefully, hell be a better and safer driver. So if you look at it that way, it might not be a bad trend. It might save some lives.

    For now, Robbins said she is content to let other people provide rides, but would choose to get her license if she got a job that would require her to drive there.

    At the latest, she said that she would wait until her senior year to get a drivers license. There just really hasnt been a real need for me to get a license yet. When I need to go somewhere, I can just get rides or walk or bike there in the summer.

    How Americans View DrivingAfter 15 years many Americans have different opinions on driving

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    Its a small School After AllSenior Cat Krege and Junior Audrey Witta are randomly selected to meet each other for the

    first time and find out about the common backgrounds and interests they share

    Six Degrees of Separation

    Ben Krege, 9

    Cat Krege, 12

    Audrey WittaLizzy Grubbs/Photo Illustration

    Krege and Witta see how they are connected

    to each other

    Student Venture Senior Cat Krege and Junior Audrey Witta both participate in Student Venture here.

    Similar SiblingsBoth girls have a brother in eighth grade. Kreges brother, Ben Krege, wrestles at Clay Middle School, while Wittas brother is on the wrestling team at Carmel Middle School.

    Childhood ConnectionKrege and Witta partici-pated in girl Scouts when they were younger. Both girls continue to place a heavy emphasis on community service in their lives.

    Shopping ManiaKrege and Witta both enjoy shopping at fashionable stores such as target and Forever 21.

    Compiled by Adele Zhou

    Elementary SchoolsKrege attended Woodbrook elementary School, while Witta attended Carmel elementary School next to the public library.

    ChurchesWitta attends Church at the Crossing while Krege attends St. Lukes united Method-ist Church .

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    Casi rainey, 12

    Kacy gorin, 9

    Melissa Livermore, 12

    Carly Marshall, 12

    InterestsKrege does karate at Adamsons Dojo, while Witta is heavily active within her church, traveling to Kenya this past summer.

    TelevisionWittas favorite shows are gilmore girls and Boy Meets World, but Krege enjoys watching glee and gossip girl instead.

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    Showing this weekend TheExpendables ScottPilgrimvs.the World Eat,Pray,Love

    Celebrity BirthdaysLucas Till, Antonio Banderas

    Got the back-to-school blues?Jazz up your fall with these exciting upcoming concerts

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    John MayerWhat: Battle Studies Tour

    Where: Verizon Wireless Music Center

    When: Aug. 15, 7:00 p.m.

    Tickets: $35 for lawn seats, pavilion tickets range from $48.50 to $68.50

    Albums: Room for Squares (2001), Heavier Things (2003), Continuum (2006), Battle Studies (2009)

    If you like: Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, Matt Wertz, Gavin DeGraw

    Medaled Man: Mayer has won seven Grammy Awards and has been nominated eight times.

    Trio Time: In 2005, Mayer formed the band the John Mayer Trio featuring bassist Pino Palladino and Steve Jordan.

    The Write Stuff: In 2004, Mayer began writing a column titled Music Lessons with John Mayer for Esquire magazine, in which Mayer gave his humorous life advice.

    Sweet Tweets: Mayer has over 3,400,000 followers on Twitter

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    Other ShowsAug. 12: Justin Bieber at Conseco Fieldhouse

    Aug. 13: Drake at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand at the Indiana State Fair

    Aug. 14: Creed at Verizon Wireless Music Center

    Aug. 14: Keith Urban with Kris Allen at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand

    Aug. 23: Crosby, Stills and Nash at the Lawn at White River State Park

    Aug. 31: Train featuring Needtobreathe and the Lawn at White River State Park

    Sept. 1: Maroon 5 at the Murat Center Egyptian room

    Sept. 4: American Idol Live! at Conseco Fieldhouse

    Sept. 6: Vampire Weekend at Indiana University Auditorium

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    PhishWhat: Fall Tour

    Where: Verizon Wireless Music Center

    When: Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m.

    Tickets: $49 for lawn seats

    Members: Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, Jon Fisherman, Page McConnell

    If you like: Mike Gordon, The String Cheese Incident, Moe, The Grateful Dead

    Old School: The Band was formed in 1987.

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    FOOTBALL NewquarterbacktoleadteamTENNIS Teamlookstocontinuesuccess

    Did you know?Astroturf,ourfootballfieldsturf,wasfirstusedin1965.

    Go onlineForsportsscores,updates,additionalphotosandmore.www.hilite.org

    Three state championship game appearances. The Indiana high school Mr. Football Award. The Phil N. Eskew Mental Attitude Award. A 39-5 record in the regular season and postseason combined. These are just some of the accomplishments that were achieved by quarterbacks Morgan Newton 09 and Adam Shaffer 10 the past three years.

    They achieved many things during their tenure at this school, but now have graduated and moved on to college. And with a new head coach and new talent being summoned upon, the challenge of replacing these two successful quarterbacks will be a difficult task.

    Morgan was a phenomenal athlete that could make plays that many could not. Adams strength was his decision- making skills on the field. He put himself and others in a position to succeed, said offensive line coach Brian Spilbeler via e-mail.

    Newton led the Hounds to a state championship his junior year, followed that with another appearance in the championship game his senior year, and settling for a runner-up finish.

    In Shaffers one-year starting, he led the Hounds to an outright Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference title and the State Final, where they lost in a heartbreaker.

    According to Spilbeler, senior Scott Stilson appears as the favorite to take over the role of starting quarterback for the team this year. Stilson has been the starting quarterback on the junior varsity team for the past two seasons.

    Spilbeler said he thinks Stilson will help the team be successful this year.

    Scott is a very intelligent kid, and is establishing himself as a leader. He is tough, makes good decisions, and has a passion for learning the game, said Spilbeler.

    I definitely think Im ready for the upcoming season, Stilson said. Ive been looking forward to this opportunity for a very long time and Im going to do my best to make it a special season.

    This will be no easy task, as the definition of a special season for our football team has been set at a very high standard.

    The team has been to the State Final in each of the last four years, once

    coming away with a win and the State championship. Expectations never change, said Spilbeler. He said he expects this team to reach that goal because of

    its leadership. I expect that regardless of positions, seniors will step up and fulfill the vacancy left by those that have graduated.

    In our program we have many talented players who are all waiting for their opportunity to showcase their abilities. I expect the same for Stilson.

    Stilson said he hopes he can fulfill these expectations because of the things he has learned from playing behind Shaffer and Newton.

    Theyre both really good quarterbacks. Ive learned a lot as a player and a leader from being behind both those guys for the last three years. Hopefully what I learned from each of them will translate into my play on the field, Stilson said.

    By Charlie [email protected]

    Devin Brinson, starting running back and senior, sits in SRT, reminiscing about the recent resignation of varsity football Head Coach Mo Moriarity and offensive coordinator Jed Richman.

    After school a couple of months ago, (Moriarity) had a meeting in the cafeteria and he announced it to the team and including all of the coaches (of his resignation). Brinson said.

    CHS head football coach Mo Moriarity resigned March 1, 2010 to accept a coaching job as the offensive line coach at Indiana University. In five years at this school, Moriarity led the Greyhounds to 58 wins, four consecutive State championship appearances from 2006-2009, and a State championship victory in 2007 against Pike High School. He coached Morgan Newton, who is the current starting quarterback for University of Kentucky. In 2005, Moriarity left IU to become head football coach here, and returns to IU this fall. As the next football season looms near, the new coach has huge shoes to fill.

    New year, new coach

    By Matt [email protected]

    Stilson poised to take control FOOTBALL

    Senior attempts to step into shoes of Newton, Shaffer


    Scott StilsonVarsity football player and senior

    EXPERIENCED HAND: Winning is nothing new to new varsity football Head Coach Kevin Wright. He won three consecutive championships from 2003-2005.

    HEAVY LIFTING: Working at the bench press to prepare for next season, Scott Stilson, potential varsity starting quarterback, bench presses. Stilson is trying to continue the tradition of excellence at the quarterback position.

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    Senior Conor Cunningham hopes to win State alongside his teammates this year on the varsity tennis team. He has participated on the team for three years so far, and hopes to end his high school career with a successful season. In order to do so, the team must overcome their primary adversary from last year, Hamilton Southeastern, whom they lost to in the Sectional match.

    We have the most depth and talent out of everyone in the state. If we work hard and everyone pushes themselves and each other, the there is no reason we wont win, Cunningham said.

    Head Coach Mike Bostic agrees. This group of guys has only lost two matches in two years, and it is their time to use what they have learned to get over the hump. I expect our seniors to lead the way, he said.

    However, with three seniors who graduated last year and a large handful of incoming seniors, the team may have difficulty finding and balancing leadership. Cunningham, who played three singles last year, envisions himself as someone who could be a capable leader. He defines a leader as more of a supporting friend rather than using the denoted meaning. A leader must support his teammates and encourage them, Cunningham said. He sees himself as the type of guy who encourages his teammates and pushes them to the best of their abilities when facing a formidable foe. Bostic agrees, but also emphasizes that there can be more than one team leader.

    It depends on the kid, Bostic said. Some kids are more vocal and some

    Brinson and the rest of the football team were all very surprised that Moriarity was leaving the school for another job elsewhere.

    I was surprised because it was right after our offensive coordinator (Richman) left. We didnt know coach Mo (Moriarity) would leave. Brinson said.

    Scott Stilson, varsity quarterback and senior, shared Brinsons surprised feeling. I was really surprised; I thought we would have known sooner on whether he was leaving or not. Stilson said. Despite the players surprise, Athletics Director Jim Inskeep did not seem surprised at all. I am not necessarily surprised when coaches leave this school. Each

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    Friends in OfficeSBP Jeremy Weprich and SOH David Chiang know each other well enough to see each others flaws

    What are your goals as SBP?My main goals for SBP are closing any obstructions that separate the Cabinet and the House and trying to work more together as one body of student government and to accomplish the different events and goals at our school more productively. I definitely want to work towards improving the relationship between Cabinet and Senate and working together as one student government organization instead of a divided one.

    What do you feel you can bring to the table as our new SBP?As SBP I feel like I can bring three years of getting to know a large portion of the student body which is definitely helpful in organizing events and working together when I know a lot of people from different groups. I think Im really friendly and knowledgeable about a wide array of things that involve student government so hopefully the combination of those things can lead to a good leader.

    Do you feel you and David will be able to work well together?David and I go way back, and weve been friends, classmates and members of orchestra since the sixth grade, so we definitely know how to work together and how to have each other to lean on, what faults we have and our strengths and weaknesses.

    What ideas do you have for the 2010-2011 school year?I definitely want my senior year and the years of everyone else at CHS to be remembered not only as a year where we made groundbreaking achievements, school records or record attendance at events, but also a year where people have memories that are actually going to last because of how well-executed events are and how well the student body is

    What are your goals as SOH?One of my first goals as SOH is

    to bring student government closer together by bringing Senate and House in closer terms and possibly expanding House or Cabinet this year,

    but thats still under debate. If anything, improving on what Sunny

    has accomplished this year in House and possibly adding new material and bringing my abilities to the table.

    What do you feel you can bring to the table as our new SOH?

    I do have determination and organizational skills. I feel my decision-based merit will

    help guide the Cabinet and help them forge better leaders so we can lead the House of Representatives, and the school on that note.

    Do you feel you and Jeremy will be able to work well together?Weve known each other since sixth grade and we pretty much know each others flaws, and

    because of that we can help each other out. Jeremys

    the more eloquent one so he can help me out when I have rough spots, but I think I can

    add some thinking abilities.

    How do you want to leave your impact on CHS?

    Pretty much I want Jeremy and I to be remembered as two hard workers who

    really loved and tried to add our effort to the school and build upon a tradition of excellence.

    What ideas do you have for the 2010-2011 school year?For this year, we actually had one Cabinet member who came up with an entirely new event. Hopefully well be able to possibly bring new fall and spring events to the table, and maybe even change the ones that may need some improvement, especially with this years Senate taking over 3v3 we have more freedom to play around a bit with the schedule. DMs still a giant goal, so if anything, bringing in more support for it and more dancers.

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    incorporated, and making sure no one is singled out.