Story By Ben Martin
A crisp autumn breeze blew through the small passageway between a tall concrete wall and rows of trees. In the passage was a large group of students, and on top of the wall was yet another group of students.
It was the eighth grade egg drop. Anxious faces looked up at the students and teacher who would decide their fate. Eggs cracked, and cries of despair echoed off the walls. Eggs survived, and shouts of triumph were heard above the chatter of students.
The goal was simple. According to Mr. Mark Weaver, science teacher, the goal was to protect an egg from falling eight meters, using only string, popsicle sticks, tape and a piece of paper.
“The egg drop was a way to look at gravitational laws, Newton’s laws and friction,” Weaver said.
Weaver explained how the egg drop was a process. Students had 40 minutes to make their contraption with the limited amount of materials. The lab wasn’t only fun, but Weaver also hoped the students would learn from it as well.
“I hoped that they would learn about gravity and how to slow it down, about Newton’s Laws and friction,” Weaver said. “I hope that they also understood success and failure.”
This lab is going to be done next year, so Weaver even had a few tips.
“Pay attention. Listen to the directions. It’s a lot of fun, but you have limited materials and time. You don’t have time to argue,” Weaver advised.
For the eighth graders, the egg drop will always be a cherished memory. As for the sixth and seventh graders, it is an event to look forward to.
Story by Emma Harper
There is one minute left in the game, tied 53-54. It’s the championship, the crowd is going crazy! The cheerleaders are freaking out and screaming cheers as loud as they can. Clay has the ball, he shoots… HE SCORES!!
Eighth grade basketball cheer is coached by Mrs. Smith. Coach Smith also worked with Carmel Dad’s Club Pups Cheerleading. There are some similarities between Carmel Dad’s Club Cheerleading and Clay Cheerleading, but there are definitely some differences.
“I would say with Pups there is not as much stunting as there is at Clay, but the cheers and chants are all very similar.”
Smith coached Pups for seven years and has been coaching at Clay for four years.
In order to make the team, girls had to tryout. Tryouts were stressful for the girls. Bella Smith, eighth grade, participated in seventh grade football and basketball cheer and did eighth grade football this past fall. She is now in the process of doing eighth grade basketball cheer, as well.
In order to tryout, the cheerleaders need to showcase their skills.
“You have to know two chants, one cheer, jumps, and tumbling,” she said. Tryouts are a total of two days. The first day you learn all of the cheers and chants. The second day is the day students officially tryout.
“We judged this year on motions, loud voice, and how much spirit they had,” Smith said.
Maddie Stephens, eighth grade, tried out for the team, also. She has been cheering for six years. She did Pups Cheer and seventh and eighth grade football and basketball cheer. She also did Indiana Elite Competition cheer last year. Stephens said she will would like to cheer for Guerin in high school as well. Stephens and Smith both agreed that their favorite part of cheerleading is stunting and being with their friends.
They made their eighth grade cheering debut Tuesday, Nov. 15, when the basketball teams competed against Mount Vernon at home.
Story by Charlie Thomas
As winter comes around the corner, the 2016-17 eighth grade boys basketball team is ready for another action-packed season. A few weeks ago, coaches Mr. Josh Cole and Mr. Jordan Cole held a four-day tryout to create this year's eighth grade Trojan basketball team.
“The first day is always the hardest. This is the day coaches look for the kids with the best skill, good footwork, good shot form and speed,” Holden King, eighth grade, said.
The first day is all about drills. The zigzag, defensive slides, the 11 man, and the shell drill are a few drills the coaches went through.
The tryouts were from 3:30-5:15 after school for four days straight. Once the team was set, it was all seriousness and petal-to-the-metal for the team.
“I am very excited to play for the team and represent the school,” Caeden Kaoupuiki, eighth grade, said. “ I get to play with my friends which makes it really fun.”
Last year, the Trojans lost in a close shootout to cross town rivals Carmel Middle School, but this year the Trojans have a different coaching style and are determined to bring home the county trophy.
“This year we are divided more on the defensive aspect of basketball where as last year we were focused on scoring and good offense,” Sam Booth, eighth grade, said.
As the season gets closer and closer will we be able to see total Trojan domination on the court? These Trojans think so.
Story by Tessa Collinson
Sweat drips from the dancers' backs and foreheads as they end the dance. Their plum and coral uniform leotards, as well as the white t-shirts worn by young gentlemen, are darkened with their perspiration. There are only a few minutes left in rehearsals, but artistic director Alyona Yakovleva-Randall still yells at the ladies and gentlemen to do the dance “one more time."
Most of these students are at Indiana Ballet Conservatory five times a week for nearly three hours a day. They are used to the instructors screaming corrections and exasperatedly telling them to do the combinations again and again.
One of these students is seventh grader Chloe Sun, who goes for private lessons: ballet technique, pointe, and other classes like contemporary and character.
It’s a large time commitment. When she gets home, she has 20 to 30 minutes to grab a snack, practice piano, and get ready for class, which usually involves changing into a leotard and tights, putting her hair into a bun, and warming up.
Olivia Dashiell, seventh grade, has a similar schedule as Sun. Her classes start around six in the evening, giving her time for homework and a snack before dance.
But their days don’t include just class, they participate in IBC’s annual "Nutcracker," which puts on six shows in December. They also compete in Youth America Grand Prix, one of the most known competitions in the ballet world. Sun is preparing two classical variations and a contemporary solo, as well as performing in an ensemble that Dashiell is also in.
As "Nutcracker" nears, Dashiell says she will spend more time in rehearsals. After that, she’s ready for YAGP rehearsals to get crazier than they already are.
Despite the large commitment, both girls aren’t quitting anytime soon.
“It’s just something that I really like to do,” Dashiell says. She likes how she has so many friends, and how the crazy vibes of the studio are surprisingly calming.
Sun agrees with her wholeheartedly. “Even though it takes a lot of commitment and dedication to dance,” Sun says, “I dance because I get to hang out with my friends at the studio, it gives me something to focus on when I’m worried or sad and distracts me, and it’s a lot of fun and I love it.”
Unfortunately, ballet isn’t all fun and games. Dancers are more susceptible to knee and ankle injuries than most athletes. Sun is one of many who suffer from an injury in her knee that has held her back from her full potential and prevented her from doing jumps and pointe work.
“It’s a lesson learned, though,” Sun says. “And now I take extra care in making sure I use my legs correctly, so I can prevent any future injuries.”
Ballet is hard. It wears on a dancer’s body and takes up most of their time, but despite all of this, the satisfaction and tired happiness after a performance makes it worth it in the end.
All stories, photos and video footage by the seventh and eighth grade newspaper students.