2/24/2017
By: Student Webmaster

THREE STORIES

My Little Brother

My little brother was always strange, never really fit into a crowd. He could talk to people just fine, but more or less just kept to himself. Last year, I came home from school just like it was a normal day, but when I got there my mom and her SUV were on and waiting for me to get home. Mom was sitting in the car and crying. At the time, I had no idea why. My brother was also sitting in the car, and he had a look on his face that I had never seen before. She told me to get in the car and start driving, telling me where to make turns. We left the side of town that I had normally been around, and after about half an hour we got to our destination: a mental hospital. I was very confused when we got there, and after they admitted my brother I was told the full story. 

Earlier that day my brother had written a suicide note and had stolen a bottle of mom’s pills. If he grabbed a bottle that she didn’t use constantly she would of never found out in time.  Once he actually went into the hospital we had to sit and wait, waiting for someone to come talk to us, tell us how long he would be there, and if they thought he was gonna be okay. Mom cried the entire time, and I sat there for almost three hours of silence before I decided that I needed to go home. I called my dad, who was told about what happened before me and was at home waiting for a call, and told him that I needed to leave and go home. Before I left the hospital I hadn’t cried about what happened yet, but as soon as I got into the car to leave I broke down, crying the entire trip home.

I just had so many questions. Why was I caught off guard? When I looked at the warning signs my brother showed so many, but I paid no mind to them because I just assumed he was antisocial. When did he start wanting to die? How could he? That was the worst part, I think. I didn’t know it was coming and I had no clue what to do. 

It’s been over a year since then, and since then my little brother was put on medication and came home, diagnosed with some form of depression. If I have learned anything from what happened last January, it is to not ignore any of the signs. You have to be aware that some of the people that seem the happiest really are just hiding the pain and want help, but don’t know how to ask. Don’t ignore the signs.

My Best Friend

Suicide has been in my life, from stories on the news or stories from my friends. However, all their stories blended together in a blob that seemed to tell the same tale. That was until I met Max.

Max was a close friend who trusted me enough to tell me his story. He was molested by family members, which led to a series of depressive episodes that weren’t helped by his father, who was in the army and was required to move every three years. He had spent some time in a hospital after attacking himself, and spent over two months there. Despite, what help he did received he still had night terrors that plagued him.

I felt so helpless after he moved away, the distance between us prevented me from reaching out to help him. It was destroying me. Despite sending countless of messages telling him he wasn’t alone, it never seemed to help. It damaged me, I threw myself into all his problems head first, even if it risked me ignoring my social life. I stepped back and had to look at myself and saw that I was a shell of a person, filled with his problems. I had to take a break from him, and in that break we learned a lot about ourselves. He learned what his problems meant, and I learned what I meant to myself.

Max still needs help to recover from the years of trauma, but we are both aware that these problems cannot become us. I learned that we cannot forget ourselves in the problems of other people. Suicide has affected me in a large way, it’s such a melancholy and avoided subject but it can teach you a lot about yourself and where you stand as a person.


Myself

It all started when I moved from Whiteland to Indianapolis.  I lost all my friends that I went to school with from grades four to seven. I had so many friends. I moved here and I knew no one. I didn’t want to do anything. We moved here in July of 2014. I didn’t want to make new friends, and I was scared because I’ve always been a bigger girl than other people. I thought that since I was overweight I would get made fun of. I talked to my mom about home-school online, because that way I wouldn’t have to face other people. In August of 2014 I started school online, and I was alone from 7 A.M. to 5 P.M. every day, sometimes even working alone until midnight. I was lonely and sad, and began to cut and eat more because I was bored. 

In October it got even worse. I had gained 20-25 pounds in 2 months. I began to become depressed. I felt unwanted, nasty and ugly. I began to harm myself and  cry for hours on end. One night, I was alone and I thought that maybe I should just kill myself. I went into my bathroom, and tried to find all the pills I could. I started crying and trying to take all of them. I sat there and talked to myself about how my family would feel and how they’d hate me. 

After all the stuff I’ve been through I’ve made it. You can make it too. We all have weak moments and think life isn’t worth living. But it is. Life gets hard ,yes, but it will change. Don’t let others bring you down. Love yourself, your flaws and everything about yourself. Life gets better. Nowadays I am happy that I didn’t end my life. 

2/24/2017
By: Zach Acton

Losing a loved one can be devastating and when it is someone who died unexpectedly, the pain can be even worse. Suicide is tenth leading cause of death in the United States. It kills tens of thousands of Americans every year and has been the second highest loss in the lives of teens and young adults for the last decade. 

Every nine hours a loved one in Indiana dies by suicide. In Indiana, approximately one in ten teenagers will attempt suicide while. Last year alone, suicide killed almost 45000 Americans. 

This statistic is slowly on the rise, with 2015 claiming roughly a thousand less. In 2014 the number was down to 42000. According to the CDC, there has been roughly 575,000 suicides since the year 2000. 

Financially, suicide roughly costs communities $44 billion every year nationwide, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In Indiana alone, around $1 billion is spent due to suicide. This includes attempts that are stopped by paramedics along with postmortem care for those who die by suicide.  

Suicidal thoughts are not a trend that affects only one race, gender or economic status. It is a problem that affects society as a whole and anyone who feels this way are not alone. In Indiana, one in five teenagers have contemplated suicide.

Out of all 50 states, Indiana has the highest number of students who have contemplated suicide. Indiana also is the second highest number of students who actually attempt suicide, with one in nine students attempting at some point in their student careers. On average, for every 25 suicide attempts there is at least one death by suicide. 

The cause for a student to feel suicidal can vary from teen to teen. Moving, a stressful school situation, parents divorce or a family member’s death can put someone in a deep depression that bring them to feel life is not worth living. 

No matter the reason someone wants to end his or her lives, it is a serious issue that requires both tact and support. If someone is feeling suicidal, do not leave the person alone, remove all firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects from the household. Removing any sort of weapons limits the opportunity to do anything rash. Call the U.S National suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK(8255) or call the police, who can send an ambulance for the person in need. Even if the suicidal individual states that being sent somewhere will cause him or her to want to kill themselves more, the fact of the matter is that being in the hospital will put them into the safest hands possible, and they would be able to receive the help they desperately need. Many parents and fellow students, however, are unable to know when a student is suicidal, with many of the obvious signs going unnoticed.

To combat this, Community North and WTHR have teamed up, creating the website www.havehope.com, a teen suicide awareness movement for Indiana. The movement hopes to increase information that youth and parents have available to them, believing that having more knowledge on the subject will lower the number of suicides. 

“We all play a part in recognizing the potential for it in students or in youth in general,” said David Petersohn, an Indiana teacher who once taught at Stonybrook Middle School, who now works with the Have Hope Movement. Petersohn urges all parents and educators to keep open to the signs and look out for even the smallest of signs, because finding the smallest of signs could be the difference between a student’s life or death. 

The movement offers a simple test that allows people to get a general idea for where they land on the spectrum of depression, stories of people from different perspectives on how they have dealt with suicide and even provides a locator for the nearest mental health facility. 

Suicide is never the answer, and even when life seems hopeless and that no resolution is in sight, there is always a support system in place. Whether it is a trusted teacher or a counselor, a peer or a family member, the environment is full of people who are ready and able to help someone through it. Suicide claims a life every nine hours, but with proper awareness and the knowledge on how to handle a situation, suicides can be stopped and the lives of those who would be claimed by it can be saved. 

 

 

2/24/2017
By: Student Webmaster

The Performing Arts Center presents “Epic Proportions.” This is the play that shows the hilarious story of two brothers’ love for the same woman as they advance in rank on a film set. The play will run from March 2 through March 4. Tickets will be sold on these dates outside of the auditorium for $5.

Go out and support the performing arts!


 

2/24/2017
By: Jashawn Brewer

 

The Photographer’s Club is a chance for students to express themselves through photography. It is a way for students to find their style and build themselves as photographical artists.

“I was not only able to grow a lot as a photographer, working with people who are older than me, but also explore who I was creatively,” said club president Destini Ross about her first year in the club.

Ross also commented on the unique level of intimacy of the club.

“I really feel like one thing that Photo Club does well is allowing people from all different backgrounds and from every grade to really work together in a close environment and get to have friendships that you’re not going to get in your classroom.”

The club is excited to have an exhibit that is being held at the Bona Thompson Memorial Center in Irvington. It will exhibit photographs from some of Warren Central’s finest photographers. The exhibit will span from March 3 to May 4. 

This is a very large event for, not only the Photographer’s Club, but for the entire Art Department. According to Mr. Spencer, the club’s director, this is the first time an art group has ever done a show outside of the school.

This exhibit will serve as a way for the students to show the community their creative talent and individual styles as photographers.

“Everyone in Photo Club has their own style. There’s not only one niche that everyone fits into,” said Ross.

The club members are presented with this opportunity pretty early compared to other photographers.

“I had my first show when I was a sophomore in college,” said Mr. Spencer, describing the rarity of this opportunity.

This event will also give members a taste of what a professional exhibit is like.

“We’re going to try to make it as much like a real gallery art show as we can, with a reception that’s just like a real gallery reception, not like a high school reception,” said Mr. Spencer.

The exhibit will give club members the opportunity to interact with many different people.

“People from all over Warren Township and the local communities have been invited so students will have the opportunity to work with people they’ve never [interacted with] or wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to interact with. It’s just a really exciting opportunity to get to see how the real art world works,” said Destini.

For more information about the Bona Thompson Memorial Center exhibit or the Photographer’s Club in general, contact Mr. Spencer or Destini Ross.

 

2/24/2017
By: kayla Pimpton

The Race to the Top grant, awarded to Warren Township in 2012, has fulfilled its purpose and is close to running out. 

Warren township was one of 16 school corporations in the country to receive a grant of $28.5 million which introduced personalized and extended learning opportunities, new technology and C.O.R.E.

“It really put us at the forefront of townships and school districts.” Assistant Principal Emily Brown said.

  The goal of the grant was to provide districts with sufficient monetary benefits that could help improve innovation within schools and set examples for other townships and states so that they can create reforms to better education and encourage innovation. 

In addition to providing students in grades 2-12 with individual Chromebooks, the grant has allowed kindergarten and first grade students to have iPads available to them in their classrooms. 

“They have iPad carts,  and so the kids don’t take them home, but they have them there to use. Every room has a cart,” Brown said. “When you get to the middle school, they have Chromebook carts, but they don’t take them home.”  

Warren Central and Walker Career Center labs, several high school classrooms and all three of the middle school libraries have been improved to provide students with updated technology and make it easier for students and teachers to work together. Over 100 rooms in the high school alone have been remodeled. 

Students, parents and teachers are working together to try to develop a schoolwide behavioral system that reflects the district's C.O.R.E. values. The schools Culturally-Responsive Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports team have been working to come up with these expectations. Schools are trying to keep track of incidents involving behavioral and disciplinary issues as a way of measuring the effectiveness of the program and to support teachers. 

Each school that applied for the grant had to present an innovative plan for their district. Some of the main objectives included in Warren’s plan were P.B.I.S., new technology, personalized learning opportunities and changes in curriculum. 

Warren has been able to develop curriculum maps and unit guides for English/Language Arts and math that are aligned with the Indiana Common Core standards. Different ways to earn credits required for graduation were also a part of the plan. Certain curriculum was chosen and teachers received training on how to support the district's online Virtual Learning Opportunities. 

The Race to the Top grant has provided Warren Township with resources that have made it possible for them to achieve their goals of personalized learning, increasing student achievement and preparing students for college and career opportunities. 

The district has considered a well thought out plan for the end of the grant before even receiving the grant. Along with submitting a strategy for innovation the district was responsible for including resources and back up plans for when the there was no more grant money to rely on. 

  “Most of the stuff we’ve figured out ways to sustain,” Brown said. “Some of the things were one time things, you’re only going to remodel the classroom once.” 

A plan was made to guarantee that there would be money left in a budget that can help maintain the technology and the training programs. The  P.B.I.S. training program will continue through another department, and there will still be money to maintain the technology and Chromebooks. The district has funds solely for the purpose of taking care of the Chromebooks as well as other computers and technology that students use. 

“I've heard how they're going to continue it, so no fear,” Brown said. 

Dual Credit Interdisciplinary studies teachers Nicolas Salemi and Allison Baldwin use their smart board to discuss the nation's current events. 100 classrooms in the highschool were renovated with the same Smartboards.


 

2/2/2017
By: Ramatou Soumare and Kayla Pimpton

The Indiana Discount Mall has a variety of cultural stores with the most popular ethnic group being Hispanic. Many of the stores cater to a Latino customer base. It is a great place to go if you want anything from religious statues to soccer equipment. This mall has it all, from shoes to even cowboy wear. There is also a restaurant which serves all kinds of Hispanic foods from empanadas to elotes and esquites to tacos. The Indiana Discount Mall is a place to go for Hispanic goods. They also offer services such as a nail salon and a tattoo shop . Students looking to purchase a quinceanera dress, Guadalupe shirt, soccer jersey, African textiles or a Virgin Mary statue can make a trip to the Indiana Discount Mall on Lafayette Road. 

"Indiana Discount Mall is like a little piece of mi Mexico from the gold to the clothes to the things for parties like wedding dresses, quinceanera dresses, and more. The best thing about the mall is watching la Raza work hard everyday to bring money home to their family." -Norma Avila-Galvez, Junior

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carniceria Guanajuato

By: Kayla Pimpton

The Carniceria Guanajuato located in the Lafayette area is not just a grocery store. Inside the store there is a restaurant, a pharmacy, a butcher shop and much more. For six years this supermarket has been providing their customers with a place to shop for everything they might need and the chance to enjoy traditional Mexican food while they do it. 

Carniceria Guanajuato was founded in Indianapolis in 2002 by David and Flor Campos. Even though the store has many different things to offer, the goal is to sell groceries and be a place where people can find what they need for their families. 

The supermarket has two other locations, both in Indianapolis. And because they offer such a large variety of services to people who come into the store, employees say that they are always busy, especially the restaurant. They serve seafood, tacos, cakes, pies, different types of meats, traditional drinks and more. 

Carniceria Guanajuato is open everyday of the week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., except on Sundays when they close at 8 p.m.

 

 

India Plaza

By: Ramatou Soumare

The India Plaza, located right next to Lafayette Square Mall, is an area with a market, banquet hall and buffet/restaurant, owned by an Indian family. Not only Indian shoppers visit the plaza, but also people from all parts of Africa also visit the market because of the similarities in culture. The market sells a vast variety of Indian vegetables, grains, spices and seasonings, and other things like, cookware and suitcases. 

The banquet hall is a place used for weddings and planned family gatherings. On a typical day you would be able to hear the upbeat traditional music and see the colorful Indian dress. There aren’t very many Indian restaurants in Lafayette road and so the buffet/restaurant in India Plaza is a great source for delicious authentic Indian food. The India Plaza is an all around wonderful place to check out if you are looking for a spectacular Indian experience. 

 

 

Szechwan Garden

By: Kayla Pimpton

Szechwan Garden is a family owned business that has been operating for about a year and a half. The owner of the restaurant and his family, who moved here from New York City, enjoy working together and feel that having a location in Lafayette is profitable and good for their business.

Szechwan Garden has a very big menu and a large variety of food items that customers can choose from. The restaurant serves Szechuan and Cantonese food and recommends that customers try their steamed bass if they haven’t already. In addition to the seafood offered at Szechwan Garden, customers can also order stir-fried dishes, soups, casseroles, vegetables, noodles and rice and lunch specials that are offered Monday through Friday. There are many options to choose from but their most popular menu item is their spicy popcorn chicken. 

Szechwan Garden has one location and their busiest days of the week are Saturday and Sunday, but they are open everyday. 

 

 

Lafayette Square Mall

By: Ramatou Soumare

One of the most well known places to visit on the West Side is Lafayette Square Mall located only a few miles northwest of Downtown. Although not popular, Lafayette Square Mall is home for a diverse group of shoppers and store owners. Over the years, Lafayette Square has gained a reputation for being violent and unsafe. The mall went from being a very prosperous mall, to one that houses few brand- named stores family owned businesses. 

Lafayette Square features a variety of different cultural and popular stores such as Footlocker, Kids Footlocker, Finishline, Hip Hop Fashion, Rama’s Golden Fashion, One Love Fashion, Jimmy Jazz, Shoppers World, Burlington Coat Factory and more. One of the best parts of the mall is the food court, which includes ethnic restaurants like Italian, Hispanic and Asian foods, along with American Deli and Cinnabon. If any student has the opportunity to do so, they should visit Lafayette Square Mall because of the array of culture, entertainment and enjoyment the facility provides. 

 

 

 

 

"Lafayette Square Mall is a great mall if you don’t like to be crowded in, so it’s a great destination if you like that sort of environment,I love the oil store and the different range of shoe stores there. PLUS there’s a Cinnabon and a place that serves Mangonadas so it doesn’t get any better than that." -Tyshara Loynes, Senior