Senior Pictures 2016: Matthew

Here is a collection of senior pictures I took of my brother, Matthew.

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Dollars for scholars organizes new semi-formal dance

Story originally published in 2016 edition of Quiver yearbook.

Often, there is more work behind an event than meets the eye. The semi-formal Homecoming dance, donning the theme “Club Blue,”was held on Sept. 26 in the Rotunda. Dollars for Scholars was assigned the task of planning it.

“The location was definitely an issue because we wanted it here at the school, but we couldn’t use the gym. We tried to find a location that the students would enjoy and fit everyone that was coming,” Ms. Ashley Kline, Guidance, said.

However, choosing the location was only one task to check off the checklist.

“We haven’t had a [semi-formal Homecoming dance], so this was a first. It’s always difficult because we have to figure out where to have it, what type of attire to wear, [how] to make [the] cost affordable, decorations and [a] theme,” Asst. Principal Tim Powers said.

Despite the difficulties, the Homecoming dance went smoothly. The administration was a little worried about the outcome but were satisfied with the result.

“I was happy [with the dance]. The format was perfect. I wish more students would’ve purchased tickets and gone. [However], it was a great start. We had phenomenal support from the Dollars for Scholars students and the parents who run the organization,” Mr. Powers said.

The success of the dance benefited the students by providing over $6,000 of scholarship money for the class of 2016.

“Dollars for Scholars made a good amount of money from this dance, so that [will] be helpful to the class of 2016 for their scholarships,” Katrina Lozanoski (11) said.

The dance provided more than just scholarship money for the students. It also left them with reminiscent memories.

“I think [the dance] went great. I’ve only ever seen positive comments by everybody. There was actually a group of senior girls that came up to [Asst. Principal Marty] Freeman during the dance and said that it was the best dance that they’ve ever been to. We’re all very excited. It was a big team effort, but it was a success. We are looking forward to [the dance] next year,” Ms. Kline said.

“Being adopted doesn’t define me. Nothing really defines you. The only thing that defines you is yourself.”

Story originally published in 2016 edition of Quiver yearbook.

A constant cycle of packing and unpacking. For a majority of her life, Kristy Willis (10) had been living in foster care, constantly bouncing from home to home for years.

“There [were] homes where I only lived there for a day and a half,” Willis said.

A day and a half. 36 hours with a family and then time to move again.

“It’s hard on a young kid because they make friends and get attached to people, then they have to leave and it’s really hard on them. That goes for any age I guess. It’s just hard on the young kid because they are confused and scared [of] what is going on [and] that they are living with different people. When you constantly move into different places, they seclude themselves and don’t like opening up very much,” Willis said.

Relocating from home to home for so long left Willis with an unique independence.

“I’m not very dependent on people because I only had to live with myself for so long. When you stay in one place and move around, all you have is yourself because you can’t keep an attachment with [the] people you are with,” Willis said.

With this unique independence, Willis learned skills that otherwise she wouldn’t have gained.

“I realized who [my] friends [were] and who I [was] able to be attached to or who to watch out for because I went to so many different schools. I figured out who the people [were] that [I] should be close to. I learned how to care for [myself] independently. A lot of young kids learn it when they go through stuff like that, they kind of learned how to stay themselves and be independent and be able to do things by themselves and not rely on somebody.”

Now, Willis no longer has to constantly pack and unpack her belongings. She was formally adopted about two years ago.

“Honestly, [adoption] doesn’t make me any different. I still live with people that care for me. I’m a lot happier than I was. I have somewhere that I can stay living and not worry about where I’m going to live next,” Willis said.

Despite the impact living in foster homes has had on her life, she refuses to let that part of her life define her.

“Being adopted doesn’t define me. Nothing really defines you. The only thing that defines you is yourself. How you act and how you perceive things is what defines you,” Willis said.

Trojans on the turf

Madisen Tucker (10) pitches the ball to Chesterton. This was the fourth home game.

Madisen Tucker (10) pitches the ball to Chesterton. This was the fourth home game.

Story originally published on April 27, 2016 on lakecentralnews.com.

On Tuesday, April 26, the varsity girls softball faced the Chesterton Trojans. The Lady Indians were defeated with a final score of 5-3.

“We had a rough outing at the plate and a couple errors in the field today, but we tried our hardest to fight till the end. A couple of our girls had some big hits and plays as well,” Crystal Guzman (11) said.

The Trojans put two points on the top of the first inning, and the Indians tied the score up with Gabriella Carra (9) hitting a double in the third inning.

“I was glad I was able to stop the pitchers no-hitter and that I was able to get something going for my team,” Carra said.

Even though the girls lost, they still stayed positive and found ways to improve their plays.

“I think we can improve on finding a way to shorten up and put the ball in play when runners are in scoring position. Personally, I need to work on staying ahead of hitters later in the game,” Madisen Tucker (10) said.

The next home game is against Bishop Noll on Friday, April 29 at 4:30 p.m.

AP Testing Tips

Mrs. Amanda Schuyler, Geography,  holds an AP Human Geography book and study guide. Mrs. Schuyler is one of the two AP Human Geography teachers.

Mrs. Amanda Schuyler, Geography, holds an AP Human Geography book and study guide. Mrs. Schuyler is one of the two AP Human Geography teachers.

Story originally published on April 12, 2016 on lakecentralnews.com.

With less than a month until AP exams, students have been studying to score high on their exams. Mrs. Amanda Schuyler, one of the AP Human Geography teachers, gave some studying tips for passing AP exams.

  1. “Break down the class (what units covered).
  2. Come up with game plan (when to study, what to study, how long to study, how many days prior to the AP exam).
  3. Figure out areas of strengths and weaknesses (take a diagnostic test to help figure this out).
  4. Once the strengths and weaknesses are determined guide studying based on that (what vocabulary should be reviewed, what key principles).
  5. Give yourself plenty of time to study – Don’t cram!
  6. Create a study group (meet at school, Starbucks, Panera and break down the material. Create outlines.  By breaking up the material among people each person can focus on one unit or area and then pass out the most important material to the others).
  7. Take practice tests, quizzes, writing prompts (whatever your specific AP test entails).
  8. Week prior to the test – review your weakest areas.
  9. The night before – Do nothing, sleep, relax!  Know that you have done everything in your power to prepare for the test!” Mrs. Schuyler said.

Q&A: Mrs. Jill Zilz, Math

Mrs. Jill Zilz, Math, takes a break from grading papers. Mrs. Zilz is a new Geometry teacher at Lake Central.

Mrs. Jill Zilz, Math, takes a break from grading papers. Mrs. Zilz is a new Geometry teacher at Lake Central.

Q&A originally published on February 17, 2016 on lakecentralnews.com.

Q: Why did you want to become a teacher? Why did you chose to teach math?

A: I didn’t know I really wanted to be a teacher. I started out in elementary and I hated it. So then I went to secondary and I thought about what I wanted to do. I wasn’t a history girl, but I liked it in high school because I had a really, really good teacher. I liked math, but I didn’t have any good teachers in math. I wanted to be a better teacher than what I had in high school.

Q: What’s your favorite part about teaching?

A: I like being with the older group of kids because we can have conversations and talk about things other than math sometimes while still getting work done.

Q: How many years have you been teaching?

A: This is my 15th year teaching.

Q: Where did you teach at before you came to LC?

A: I used to work at Valpo.

Q: What made you start teaching at Lake Central?

A: A friend of mine, Mrs. [Jeanette] Gray, [Math], told me there was an opening. I was really excited because my kids go to the Lake Central School system, so it worked out a lot better for my homelife than when I was working at Valpo. When the chance came I took it, and I love working here.

Q: How was the transition of coming to a new school?

A: It was really hard because it was teaching a whole new subject, and I was set in my ways at Valpo and I knew how to get around and I knew all the people. Learning how to do that again here was a challenge.

Q: How was your first semester here with your new classes?

A: It was good; I liked it. I think it went really well.

The play against Clay

Keon Sellers (10) dribbles the ball down the court. The JV boys played against Clay High School on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Keon Sellers (10) dribbles the ball down the court. The JV boys played against Clay High School on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Story originally published on February 1, 2016 on lakecentralnews.com.

On Saturday, Jan. 30, the JV boys basketball team defeated Clay High School with a final score of 70-19.

“I think we played well tonight. We were able to trust each other on both ends. Our box outs weren’t that great, but we can always improve on that at the next practice,” Justin Olesek (10) said.

The Indians took the lead early in the game, letting the Colonials score only two points in the first quarter.

“We really locked up on the defensive end and caused a lot of turnovers. That’s part of the reason we got such a good start,” Jack Davis (9) said.

This was an important game for the team aspect; the boys learned more about working together and communicating.

“We need to clean up some details, but I think we’re really starting to work and get together as a team,” Davis (9) said.

The JV boys basketball team will have their next home game on Friday, Feb. 12, against Michigan City at 5:30 p.m.

Q&A: With Meghan Long (9)

Meghan Long (9) tries to get past her opponent with the ball.  Long has been playing basketball since third grade.

Meghan Long (9) tries to get past her opponent with the ball. Long has been playing basketball since third grade.

Q&A originally published December 11, 2015 on lakecentralnews.com.

Q: When did you start playing basketball?

A: I started playing [basketball] in third grade by playing Bitty Ball.

Q: What made you continue to play basketball?

A: I loved the fact that it was a physical contact sport because when I was three I started gymnastics, which was just a single effort. Basketball was just a better sport, and I loved it.

Q: What’s the main difference between the middle school and high school basketball?

A: Middle school was less competitive since I was on a team that wasn’t really well-supported, and now that I’m in high school I’m on a team that has better players and coaches.

Q: How was your transition from middle school to high school basketball?

A: It [my transition] was rough at first. I had cross country, so I missed two weeks of basketball, so I was behind and I didn’t know a lot of the plays. Everyone had to help and tell me what to do.

Q: How does it feel to be a freshman on JV and Varsity basketball?

A: It feels pretty good. It’s nice, but it also has its disadvantages because I’m a freshman. I’m new to [high school basketball], so I’m still learning and sometimes the other players don’t understand that.

Q: What are the main differences between JV and Varsity?

A: Varsity has much higher expectations. You’re supposed to know more of what you’re doing since it’s mostly made up of juniors and seniors who have been playing longer. Varsity also plays against a lot tougher teams. JV is the same pace as Varsity, but it’s not as difficult.

Q: Do you prefer playing on one team more than the other?

A: Not really. It mostly depends on the game. If I do bad one game then on the other I try harder to improve myself.

Q: Do you plan on playing basketball after high school?

A: I hope to play basketball for Purdue. Playing there has been my goal since fifth grade.

Indians take victory over Penn

Stephanie Dijak (9) looks for a player to pass the ball to.  The game was their second home game.

Stephanie Dijak (9) looks for a player to pass the ball to. The game was their second home game.

Story originally published on November 23, 2015 on lakecentralnews.com.

On Saturday, Nov. 21, the JV girls basketball team played a home game against Penn High School. The teams stayed in a close range the whole game, but the Lady Indians defeated the Kingsmen with a final score of 41-36.

“Overall, [I think] we played well and very hard today,” Anna Weir (10) said.

During the third quarter the score was close at Penn 32-31. The final quarter was intense with the clock stopping multiple times with just seconds left.

“It was great beating Penn [High School]. They always come thinking they’ll beat us, so it was nice showing them different,” Ashley Todd (10) said.

The Indians felt very accomplished and proud to have beat the Kingsmen. However, even after beating Penn High School, the Indians acknowledge they have some improvements to make.

“Even though we won, there are still some things that we need to work on. We will continue to work hard at practice and improve ourselves as a team,” Meghan Long (9) said.

The next JV girls basketball home game will be Friday, Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m. against Merrillville.

Q&A: Vivianne Tartareanu (10)

Vivianne Tartareanu waits to scare the next victim that comes near her. Tartareanu has been working at the Lake Hills Haunted House for two years. Photo by Kayla Cavazos (10).

Vivianne Tartareanu waits to scare the next victim that comes near her. Tartareanu has been working at the Lake Hills Haunted House for two years. Photo by Kayla Cavazos (10).

Q&A originally published on October 28, 2015 on lakecentralnews.com.

Q: How long have you been working at the Lake Hills Haunted House?

A: This would be my second year working there.

Q: What made you want to work there?

A: [I started working at Lake Hills Haunted House because] all of my friends started working there. I [also] loved the fact that I could be a completely different person while I was there.

Q: What’s your favorite part about working there?

A: My favorite part [about working there] is being able to be a completely different person and being able to be my true self. I also love doing makeup and acting.

Q: What are the benefits of working at the haunted house?

A: First of all, you get to scare people and have a lot of fun. You also make a lot of new friends. It’s honestly a blast working there.

Q: How did you learn to do the specials effects makeup?

A: I learned [how to do special effects makeup] all on my own. One day I went to the Halloween store and picked up [some] simple things and started to learn.

Q: How long does it normally take you to get ready with all the makeup and clothing?

A: It normally takes me around 40 minutes [to get ready].

Q: What’s it like to be behind the scenes of a haunted house?

A: I will always love [being behind the scenes]. It’s very fun, but being behind the scenes can get stressful. It’s a great experience that takes a lot of time and effort.