ICHS Foreign Exchange Students

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This year Indian Creek High School has 4 foreign exchange students. There are 2 boys and 2 girls and 2 of our newspaper staff interviewed them and asked them a few questions about their homeland and about
America. The boys names are Felix and Igor and the girls names are Suzie and Pauline.

Felix is from Germany and he said the weather in Germany is similar but it is not as cold or as warm as Ohio. He said his school in Germany is way harder and the school days are a lot longer. If you are a student at his high school, you can not choose the subject you want to study like you can do at Indian Creek High School. At the school in Germany you can not wear sweat pants and the students here at Indian Creek High School are more open. Felix said that he missed his family the most.

Igor is from Brazil and he said the weather in Brazil is hot all the time and the low is 40 degrees. This winter here in Ohio is the first time he has ever seen snow. He said the school system in Brazil is way different than ICHS. The teachers at his school moved classes instead of the students. The students in Brazil walk or use buses for transportation instead of driving themselves. Igor said we dress similar but we dress more comfortable than they do in Brazil. Igor misses his friends, parents, and the healthy food in Brazil.

Suzie is from Slovakia and she said the weather is warmer there than it is here in Ohio. She said the kids at here school are more friendly and they have more fun in school. There class periods are shorter than ICHS 60 minute class periods. Suzie generally likes it here but she does not like the food. She said we have way to many fast food places in our area. She loves that the clothes are cheaper here in America but she thinks we dress crazier than the students in Slovakia. Suzie misses her friends but she is not homesick.

The last foreign exchange student is Pauline. Pauline is from Germany and she said school is better here at ICHS. Her school in Germany is very strict and they have different classes. She thinks the students here are more open and friendly. Pauline loves how cheap the clothes are and she loves the shopping here in America. She misses her friends from back home.

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NFL Combine Conclusion

The NFL Scouting Combine wrapped up Tuesday, February 25th and some guys made their case to be top draft picks. South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney, potentially the best player in the draft, proved himself worthy of that title by running a speedy 4.53 forty-yard-dash and have displaying a vertical jump of 37.5 inches, and don’t forget he 6’5″ 266lbs. Another big name defensive lineman made a splash in the combine as well. Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald ran a 4.88 in the forty-yard-dash, and although that might not seem very good take into consideration that he is 6’5″ 288 pounds.

The defensivebacks took the field February 25th, and it was Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert who stole the show. Gilbert is part of the new breed of cornerback in the NFL. Tall, long, and fast is what coaches look for nowadays and Justin Gilbert is 6’0″, 202lbs and he ran a 4.34. The other defensiveback that who is speculated a first round pick is Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard. Dennard is 5’11” 199 and ran a 4.51. In my mind, Gilbert jumped ahead of Dennard as the best defensiveback in the draft.

The number 1 rated linebacker in the draft is University of Buffalo’s Khalil Mack. How can he not be? He is 6’3″ 251lbs and runs a 4.65, also he has a vertical of 40 inches. To put it into perspective, LeBron James also has a vertical of 40 inches. It kind of makes you wonder how Mack only received 1 division 1 scholarship. One guy who still has some questions surrounding him is Ryan Shazier of Ohio State. The outside linebacker is slightly undersized at 6’1″ 237 and did not run at the Combine. However, Shazier did post an astonishing 42 inch vertical jump, the highest of any Combine participant.

Now that the Combine is over, all there is left to do is wait for the players pro-days and speculate who will end up where. Will the Texans take Jadeveon Clowney number 1 overall? Will Johnny Manziel be the first quaterback taken in the draft? Will Sammy Watkins be a top 10 pick? Will Justin Gilbert jump ahead of Darqueze Dennard and be the first defensive back taken? All of these questions will be answered soon enough, but until they are I will keep you updated with my latest opinions on the 2014 NFL Draft.

by Cameron Lamatrice

ICHS National Honor Society Inductees

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Last Thursday, 2/20, the National Honor Society inducted their 25 new members.

  • Juniors:
  • Max Lewis
  • Abby Greco
  • Eric Renzelli
  • Marissa DeFallo
  • Amber Meszaros
  • Steven Westlake
  • Brooke Spence
  • Kaleb Knowlton
  • Skyler Dye
  • Cole Yeater
  • Shelby Dye
  • Aaron Eckley
  • Mitch Poter
  • ┬áSeniors:
  • Abby Orr
  • Chelsea Dalrymple
  • Abbie Straughn
  • Whitney Martin
  • Shannon Kovach
  • Cody Durbin
  • Cam Lamatrice
  • Jesscia Eckersburg
  • Adam Freshwater
  • Mark Wojoiecjowski
  • Mallorie Sullivan
  • Alexis Fithen

Black History Month: Wilma Rudolph

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In St. Bethlehem, Tennessee, on June 23, 1940, a little girl by the name of Wilma Rudolph was born. She was a sickly child struck with polio. Rudolph had to wear a brace on her left leg. Through intense physical therapy, she was able to over come her disability. She grew up in the South and went to an all black school called Burt High School where she played on the basketball team. She had a talent in running and was recruited by the Tennessee State University track coach.

Wilma Rudolph qualified for the Olympic Games in Australia while she was still in high school! At the age of 16, she won the bronze medal in the sprint relay. Later, in 1960, Wilma qualified for the Olympic Games again held in Rome, Italy. She set a world record of 11.3 seconds in the 100 meter dash semifinal, and went on to win the 100 meter dash final with 11.0 seconds. Wilma participated in many events and set/broke many records. She became the first African American women to win 3 gold medals at a single Olympic Game.

Wilma Rudolph was remembered as the fastest woman in track. She died on November 12, 1994 near Nashville, Tennessee after losing her battle to brain cancer.

“I ran and ran and ran every day, and I acquired this sense of determination, this sense of spirit that I would never, never give up, no matter what else happened.” – Wilma Rudolph

sources: http://www.biography.com/people/Wilma-Rudolph-9466552?page=2

By Whitney Martin

Sochi 2014 is Over

The 22nd Winter Olympics in Sochi ended Sunday with the traditional closing ceremony. 88 nations participated with a total of 2873 athletes. It was a peaceful event despite the controversy over LGBT rights and discrimination. Russia came in first with a total of 33 medals, 13 gold, 11 silver, and 9 bronze. Norway finished in second place and Canada brought in third. The United States came in fourth with a total of 28 medals, 9 gold, 7 silver, and 12 bronze.

NFL Combine Winner/Loser

The NFL Scouting Combine started this past week and I will pick a Combine winner and loser based on their performances thus far.

Winner: Brandin Cooks, Wide Receiver, Oregon State

Brandin Cooks is a projected 2nd round pick, but this passed Sunday he looked like the best WR in the draft. He started his day running the forty-yard-dash and finished with an official time of 4.33. He then went on to the receiver drills where he did not drop a single ball, all the while looking very explosive, quick, and concentrated. So far, Brandin Cooks has boosted his draft stock the most in my mind.

Loser: Sammy Watkins, Wide Receiver, Clemson

Sammy Watkins is known as the best receiver in the draft with blazing speed and great hands, however his performance on Sunday did not back that up. Sammy Watkins ran an official 4.43 in the forty-yard-dash after claiming he would break Chris Johnson’s Combine record of 4.24. Watkins then went on to drop a pass in the receiver gauntlet.┬áJust to be clear, Sammy Watkins is still the best WR in the draft. His quickness, elusiveness, and good hands have been proven on the field. I personally was just expecting a great performance on his part.

Two other impressive forty-yard-dash times were Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with an official 4.68 and Kent State running back Dri Archer ran an official 4.26.

The NFL Scouting Combine will continue throughout this week, starting with the defensive linemen and linebackers Monday, February 24.

ICHS Key Club: Project Linus

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Project Linus is comprised of hundreds of local chapters and thousands of volunteers across the United States. Each volunteer and local chapter all work together to help us achieve our mission which is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” Together we have distributed over three million blankets to children in need since our inception in 1995.

Key Club works locally with Alicia. She can be contacted at ajoynson@gmail.com. Sign up, make your blanket (no sew fleece blankets directions are included) and turn in by February 28.

http://www.projectlinus.org

Black History Month: Sojourner Truth

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Originally known as Isabella Baumfree, Sojourner Truth was born in 1797 in New York. She was an African-American Abolitionist and a women’s right activist. She was best known for her racial inequalities speech “Ain’t I a Woman?”

Truth was born into slavery and lived on an estate in Esopus, New York with her family. After the death of their master, Sojourner and her family were separated. Sojourner was later sold at an auction for $100 to a man named John Neely. Truth had said he was harsh and violent. She was sold two more times and finally resided at West Park, New York. In 1815, Truth fell in love with a slave man by the name of Robert. Together they had a daughter, Diana. Robert’s owner forbade their relationship and they were to never see each other again. Around 1817, Sojourner was to marry an older slave, Thomas. They had two daughters and a son.

In 1827, New York emancipated all slaves on July 4th. Truth’s owner, John Dumont, decided he was not going to emancipate Truth, so she escaped to freedom with her infant daughter.

In her early years of freedom, Sojourner faced many obstacles. She was accused of poisoning a man to benefit from his personal fortune, but was acquitted.

As stated earlier, Truth was an abolitionist. She fought for women’s rights. Her widely known speech “Ain’t I a Woman?” was delivered at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron. Sojourner Truth is now remembered as one if the foremost leaders of the abolitionist movement.

Sources: http://www.biography.com/people/sojourner-truth-9511284?page=2

ICHS Key Club and Tony Teramana Cancer Center

In 2000, the Tony Teramana Cancer Center was constructed in Trinity. Thousands of residents of the Tri-State have been treated since. Here, at Indian Creek, Mrs. Robinson and ICHS Key Club are collecting canned foods for the Tony Teramana Cancer Center. Last week, they collected 42 boxes of mac and cheese and 10 boxes of cereal. Anyone is welcomed to donate.