Frozen fever

Story by: Claire Dorsch, staff writer

To the part of the world that thought they had all the “Frozen” they were go get, they’re wrong.

Disney recently announced that there will be a short sequel movie to “Frozen” called “Frozen Fever.” It is about Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf, Sven, and the kingdom of Arrendale preparing for Anna’s birthday.

In the trailer video, Kristoff sets up a banner for Anna’s party, depicting in big and colorful words “Happy Birthday Anna.” Olaf tries eating some of Anna’s special sunflower-themed cake, but is reprimanded by Elsa. Olaf then promptly spits back out the cake from his mouth and places it back on to the birthday cake. There are recurring characters and some new people that the Disney audience.

There are many random scenes that are different and unique to the original “Frozen” movie, but make up a wonderful tale about a group of people putting together something special for someone they care about greatly.

Between the snippets of riding bikes down the halls with baskets, Elsa’s new dress, Oaken singing in the shower, little children made of snow prancing around the castle, and a reappearance of the snow monster created by Elsa, this short, released in early March, is going to be a favorite for all.

I am second

Story by: Logan Jennings, staff writer
Photo provided by: Carrie Hanneman

I am second

There is a new club in the school that is open for everybody. Members meet every other Wednesday in Mr. Soden’s room. I am Second is a club that is about putting God first, and yourself second.

In the meetings, members watch  videos about people who gave their life to Christ and then reflect on it. The people in the videos vary a great deal.

One week members watched Brian Welch, the former member of the band Korn, who had a crippling drug addiction. He talked about how he could not function without drug use. He went to church one day and thought what was preached was a good idea, but after he the service he was planning on using again. He was sitting with drugs right in front of him, but then he prayed for God to help him get through his addiction. The prayer ended up working and Welch quit his band Korn and drugs. Now he is trying to live for God, instead of the numerous vices he used to have.

There are many other stories from people like Albert Pujols, a famous MLB player, who knew there was a God, but had trouble understanding and did not always have faith. Darrell Waltrip was a famous NASCAR Driver whose ego was enormous until a wreck made him look for a real purpose in life.

Another video is about Tim Ross who was molested as a child and had a pornography addiction, but got through it and received fulfillment through the love of Christ and through loving other people.

There are numerous students who are currently in it. One member, Sarah Jones,12, said, “It’s a really good club for kids to get involved in.”

This club is open for everyone who wants to come, members do not even have to be a Christian, they can just check it out for fun. At the end of each meeting, there is usually some kind of snack.

Banning learning

Story by: Ian Carson, Managing Editor
Photo by: Emily Neundorff, staff photographer

AP textbook

The A.P. United States History (APUSH) course has officially been banned in Oklahoma, and education has officially become limited. The last time I checked, America was supposed to be the land of opportunity and freedom of thought. The fact that some legislative representatives are trying to restrict certain courses from being taught solely because they do not agree with the content makes no sense in the free world.

The largest claim against the new APUSH guidelines is that it does not teach “American exceptionalism” and skips over important founding fathers and documents. Opponents claim that the new guidelines leave out important historical figures. In fact, the guidelines for APUSH have never included historical figures directly– it was assumed that they would be taught along with the necessary other topics. A consistently positive view of American history, without exploring any of our faults as a nation, is detrimental to our ability to expand and improve.

“I think that the new curriculum forces students to think like actual historians and that it challenges critical thinking skills,” said Shelby Bernard, 12.

We cannot improve without first learning from our mistakes. I have learned in my APUSH course, some very exceptional things that Americans have done, but I have also learned of some very questionable courses of action Americans have taken, and that is all part of being a nation. No nation is absolutely perfect, and trying to brainwash children with this notion is irresponsible and daft.

The other claim against the new APUSH curriculum is that it limits what teachers are allowed to teach. Before the new course design, the APUSH outline was very broad, leading teachers to try and cover every aspect possible by fear that it might show up on the AP test.

The new guidelines more strictly defines what will be covered on the AP test, while still giving teachers freedom and flexibility to teach supplemental information. This will allow teachers to more readily prepare students for the AP test while still having some flexibility in the matter, which is a good thing.

The new APUSH exam focuses more on applying historical knowledge and examining historical perspectives than the previous exam, which is just one of the many improvements of the new course.

We live in a nation that allows us freedom of thought, so why should the right to learn freely be taken away?

Sneaky apps

By Claire Dorsch, staff writer
Photo by Hallee Evans, staff photographer

apps photoApps are everywhere. They are on phones, tablets, and computers. They are beneficial objects to have. Some can download music. There are game apps and social media apps. Some apps are free and some apps cost a ton of money. There are some really cool perks from having apps, but there are consequences.

It is common knowledge that apps need to have access to certain aspects of phones. Apps like Skype or free-texting apps have access to people’s contacts, just like photo-editing apps have access to people’s photos.

But some apps have been peeking into places they don’t belong. Nike has access to people’s contacts.

Facebook asks for access to people’s audio and camera.

These seemingly harmless apps can access things on people’s phones, tablets, and laptops.

“That is amazing if apps could actually do that,” said Mary Barnett, 9. “The quality of the moral of the situation really depends on what side you’re on, whether you are the hacker or the victim.”

A few months ago there was a commotion about the app series called “Talking Tom & Friends.” Users speculated that the app was a front for pedophiles to track people’s phones who had the app.

According to USA Today, it was confirmed to be a false alarm and the app was taken off the app store, but the scare got people thinking. It is unknown what else these hackers can do to put our society’s children at risk.

Apps are great. They make life easier. People can pay bills and transfer money on banking apps like American Express. People can give kudos or give recognition to their friends and family on CyberProps.

“ I really like this app. It is a cool way to compliment people on a job well done without the awkwardness of face-to-face conversation,” said Makaela King, 9.

Hundreds and thousands of apps are just a few taps of a finger away, but maybe in the future people can think twice before they sign away their privacy.


Little known in Indy

By Shelby Caldwell, staff writer

When you think Indianapolis, you probably imagine the Indianapolis Zoo, Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, and Monument Circle, but, little did you know that there is so much more than that.

Editor-in-chief Kayla Kollmann and I went on a mission to find some of the less popular businesses in the Broad Ripple area.

First, we went out to dinner at Greek’s Pizzeria.The environment was just what you’d imagine when you think old-fashioned pizza joint, but it had its own unique touches. There were a couple classic arcade games like Pacman.

Our waitress was witty and provided wonderful service, and she even got a few laughs out of us. The food was pretty good and it was obvious it was completely homemade and unlike any giant pizza chains around. Overall, the pizzeria is definitely worth trying if you are ever in the area.

For dessert, Insomnia Cookies around the block caught our eyes. They specialize in cookies and they deliver. Open until 3 AM, they are a great choice for a late night snack. I ordered a double chocolate chunk cookie. They were very fast and it was still warm. These cookies are fresh out of the oven and taste just like they were made at home.

The prices are reasonable, maybe even cheap when compared to how much making them yourself would cost.

Nikki Casler, 12, is also familiar with the company. “I bought one of everything,” she said.

Lastly, we went to one of my favorite boutiques called Pitaya. Like most clothing stores, the staff was all young women who know how to help customers with fashion questions. Although the retail prices are pricey, there were several racks of clearance items, including a $10 rack that had fall styles.

“They are a very unique boutique with a great selection,” said Shelby Bernard, 12.

If you are ever feeling adventurous or just bored with life, head to Broad Ripple and try out our recommendations or create your own. It is a big world out there and there is a lot more to discover.

Perks of being a novelist

By Claire Dorsch, stafauthorsf writer

Photo by Emily Neuendorf, staff photographer

Novelists have one of the most difficult jobs. Coming up with new and unique ideas is tough and requires unlimited imagination. They work at all times of the year and don’t have conventional business hours like a doctor or a teacher would.

Depending on an estimate of how well their novel will sell, novelists are paid that amount upfront. Any extra profit comes from increased purchase of the novel as well as any other appearances they may make for publicity for the novel.

Being a novelist is strenuous and grueling work, but it does have its perks.

A major advantage is being able to work from anywhere. Instead of having an office or a specific workplace, a novelist can work from home. They may also write when they have time. There are no specific hours they have to work. It is very flexible and adjustable. They have deadlines to meet and it doesn’t matter when, where, or how they work as long as they stay on time.

“When you write, you play by your own rules. No one can restrict you and you can feel truly free,” said Chelsea Roundtree, 9.

Writing a novel is an experience in itself. Novelists create people, societies, and entirely new worlds totally unknown. Their imaginations run wild. Writers are paid to think up some of the craziest places and strangest creatures in the literary world; but like writing an essay, they must do all the right research.

Jane Archer, writer for “The Nest” once wrote, “Being a writer gives you the freedom, flexibility, and unlimited potential to learn.”

Some writers are not as educated about topics in their writing, so they must seek out experts on the subject. Writers are able to learn about unfamiliar cultures and other ways of life, and then mold it into their story.

Novelists may need to travel to find accuracy in their tales. One may travel to Uganda to learn about the supposed origins of a character they created. They must know what they are writing about for it to be entertaining. Although the topic may be fictional, few people might want to read a medical fiction if the terminology is wrong and the circumstances are impossible. They get to see new places and experience new things while doing the job they love.

Being a writer is also a chance to influence. The amount of people who started braiding their hair like Katniss is baffling and impressive.

Books like “Divergent,” “The Da Vinci Code”, and “The Second Sex” are all literary works that have influenced the world. “The Second Sex” influenced women to fight for their rights and “The Da Vinci Code” changed society’s views on Christianity.

This applies not only in the present but also in the future. Many writers do not dare dream of being as famous and remembered as Ernest Hemingway or E.E. Cummings. Such authors are idols and figures of worship and study. They influence people to strive toward such excellency, notoriety, and talent with just their work and the vehemence of their success.

While it is not the most glamorous of high-paying job in the world, being a novelist is something that many people enjoy doing professionally.

“I get to spend my days with my fictional characters!,” said Kaitlyn Hoyt, self-published author and graduate of Mt. Vernon. “I love my characters, and love that I can share their stories with others. If a reader can read between the lines of one of my books and connect with something on a deeper level…well, there’s no better feeling. It’s hard to describe. Also, I don’t actually have to leave my bed to write. That’s definitely a perk. I can stay in my pajamas and still feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.”

The job has its perks and advantages, and it has its little quirks and habits that comes with being a writer. They get famous, and they may leave a kind of legacy in their wake, which is what most people search for.