Seniors Take a Second Look at EGCC

Eastern Gateway Community College

Eastern Gateway Community College, also known as EGCC, is an excellent option for high school seniors graduating in the Jefferson, Columbiana, Mahoning, or Trumbull County areas. One common location that students commute from is Steubenville, Ohio. The Horizon Grant covers tuition charges including instructional, general, and surcharge fees for credit courses for four successive semesters of attendance.  This grant is only available for the students that enroll full time starting with the fall immediately after high school graduation. Along with immediate enrollment, there are certain qualifications a student must meet. Students must have a GPA of a 2.5 or higher and have completed their FASFA. This is a great opportunity for students that are not sure what they want to do after high school and a very inexpensive option. Students that attend EGCC can earn a certificate or associate’s degree in a career field in business, engineering, information technologies, health, or public services. Another option is that the credits that a student earns at EGCC can transfer to almost any four year university, so that after the two years a student can further their education in their chosen field. It is common for young adults to be unsure of what they plan to do for the rest of their lives or not be ready to leave home, so this solves both of those problems while still receiving a great education. This small school allows students to become familiar with the layout of a college campus without being overwhelmed. Eastern Gateway Community College is very welcoming and encourages all seniors to consider it as an option. For more information checkout EGCC’s website at


Draft Prospect: Blake Bortles

This years NFL Draft is arguably the deepest draft in history, and one of the positions that is the deepest is quarterback. Also, there are many teams in this draft looking for a franchise quarterback. The man who has started to show that he is the best quarterback in the draft is undoubtedly University of Central Florida’s Blake Bortles. The 6’5″ 232lb quarterback had an impressive showing at the NFL Combine, and then followed it up with a strong pro-day. Bortles has been compared to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on the basis that he can evade pressure, extend plays, and create space for himself using his legs. Bortles is also faster than most people give him credit for. The Central Florida graduate ran a 4.93 at the combine and showed impressive athleticism with a 32.5 inch vertical. Blake Bortles seems to be the frontrunner to be the number 1 choice overall to the Houston Texans, and even if he is not taken there, odds are he doesn’t make it out of the first 5 picks. So what is the final verdict on the talented quarterback? Blake Bortles is a very big, athletic, strong-armed, smart quarterback with all the tools to be an elite quarterback.

by Cameron Lamatrice

National Health Month

5 tips to maximize your workouts from

1. Eat a healthy breakfast



If you exercise in the morning, get up early enough to finish breakfast at least one hour before your workout. Most of the energy you got from dinner the previous night is used up by morning, and your blood sugar might be low. If you don’t eat, you might feel sluggish or lightheaded when you exercise.

2. Size matters



Eating too much before you exercise can leave you feeling sluggish. Eating too little might not give you the energy to keep you feeling strong throughout your workout.

3. Snack well


Most people can eat small snacks right before and during exercise. The key is how you feel. Do what works best for you. Snacks eaten soon before exercise probably won’t give you added energy, but they can help keep up your blood sugar and prevent distracting hunger pangs.

4. Eat after you exercise


To help your muscles recover and to replace their glycogen stores, eat a meal that contains both protein and carbohydrates within two hours of your exercise session if possible.

5. Drink up

Don’t forget to drink fluids. You need adequate fluids before, during and after exercise to help prevent dehydration. Water is generally the best way to replace lost fluids. But if you’re exercising for more than 60 minutes, use a sports drink. Sports drinks can help maintain your body’s electrolyte balance and give you a bit more energy because they contain carbohydrates.


Women’s History Month


The month of March is the month we honor powerful women in history. This week we will honor Amelia Earhart and see how she impacted women’s history. In 1923, Amelia, known as “Lady Lindy,” became the 16th woman to be issued a pilot’s license. She had several notable flights, becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in 1928, as well as the first person to fly over both the Atlantic and Pacific. In 1937, she disappeared while trying to navigate the globe from the equator.

Earhart’s life and career have been celebrated for the past several decades on “Amelia Earhart Day,” which is held on July 24, her birthday in 1897. Amelia Earhart had strong determination and ambition. In her passion for flying, she surpassed a number of distance and altitude world records. But beyond her accomplishments as a pilot, she also wanted to make a statement about the role and worth of women. She dedicated much of her life to prove that, like men, women could excel in their chosen professions, and that they could have equal value. This all contributed to her wide appeal and international celebrity. Her mysterious disappearance, added to all of this, has given Earhart lasting recognition in popular culture as one of the world’s most famous pilots.

Formal Gown Sale

ATTENTION GIRLS, Indian Creek High School Key Club is having a formal dress and accessory sale! Anyone is welcome to buy or sell dresses. If you are selling, bring your prom, homecoming, and semi formal dresses, jewelry, shoes, designer purses to Mrs. Robinson’s room Thursday, March 20th or to the band/multipurpose building Friday, March 21st from 3pm to 6pm. If you are buying, the sale will be held in the band/multipurpose building on Saturday, March 22nd from 8am to 3pm. Also 10% of the profits will go to ICHS Key Club. Just a reminder it is open to all schools and anyone can come!

NFL Free Agency

NFL free agency begins today, March 11, and there are some big names on the market. Michael Bennett, Louis Delmas, and Michael Johnson have already been taken off of the list, but there are still many good players who are ready to find another home. Possibly the biggest defensive back up for grabs is former Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd. Byrd is a 3-time pro-bowler and an all around ball hawk, however he may be a little too expensive. This leaves the door open for former Browns safety TJ Ward to be the guy that everyone goes after. Coming off of his first pro-bowl season, Ward is slightly less expensive, young, and has great skills. Other defensive players that will probably make a big splash are Darrelle Revis, LaMarr Houston, Jared Allen, LaMarr Woodley, Karlos Dansby, Perry Riley, and Donte Whitner. On the other hand, there are also some big names on the offensive side of the ball. Golden Tate, Ben Tate, Branden Albert, Andre Roberts, Chris Johnson, Santonio Holmes, Michael Bush, Maurice Jones-Drew, Eugene Monroe, Jared Veldheer, James Jones, Josh McCown , Matt Schaub, Michael Vick, and Roger Saffold are all on the market. The obvious question is, where will all of these players end up? Well, teams cannot sign free agents until at earliest 4p.m. Therefore, if you want to see who your favorite team adds to their roster, sit tight and watch the free agency unfold!

by Cameron Lamatrice

National Health Month

Every year during March, it is National Health Month. Each week Creek Speaks will have a post of health facts, exercises, and more. This week we give you 7 facts about healthy living.

1. Munching on carrots will actually promote healthy eyes.

2. Walnuts are nicknamed “brain food.” They have a very high content of omega-3 fatty acids, which help support brain function.

3. Celery is a great source of silicon, which is part of the molecular structure that gives bones their strength.

4. Avocados supports reproductive health.

5. Clams are good for male sex organs.

6. Studies have found that because of the lycopene in tomatoes, there is a reduced risk for heart disease in men and women who eat them.

7. When you drink red wine, you’re really loading up on the healthy stuff that protects against destructive things in the blood.