Story by Zach Waters, Evan Thomas and Alex Ueber
The players walk out in rows of two, they’re hand-in-hand showing leadership and unity to the other team. This excites the fans and then they are ready for the game to begin.
This is the first glimpse the spectators see before the football game starts.
“This is a sign of unity and playing together,” Mr. Josh Cole, eighth grade head football coach, said.
But what the spectators don’t see are the players during practice.
Cole said the players warm up, and then after that they separate into offense/defense time. Later during practice, they do a group time where the team gets together and they scrimmage and condition.
With 36 players on the eighth grade team and 30 players on the seventh grade team, Clay will notice students wearing nice shirts and ties on days of games. Then on days when they compete against Creekside and Carmel, the hallways are speckled with red and white jerseys. The players are extra hyped and ready to play on those days.
Just like the eighth graders, the seventh grade team approaches the field in a row of two. Bryce Cannon, seventh grade, is a part of the football team, and he has been playing football since kindergarten.
He plays inside linebacker and fullback. The players love to play the game and hope they can continue playing as they go into the eighth grade team or the high school team.
“After every game, the seventh graders do squares,” Coach Derek Dial said. “It's a physical drill that helps bring them together as a team.”
After any game, the players, no matter the score, are ready to take on the next team.
Story by Emily Biltmier and Alex Smelley
Closing my eyes, my partner sets the Skittle on my hand and I begin to place it on my tongue, trying to comprehend the flavor of the Skittle.
Throughout the year, eighth graders will encounter the problematic physics challenges.
“We do physics challenges because it is a fun way to apply your wisdom and think creatively,” Mrs. Susie Fulp, eighth grade science teacher, said.
The challenges helps students take the knowledge they learn from the class and apply it to real world problems. They also teach students how to work well with others and to find different ways to solve a problem.
“My favorite was Save Sammy because you had to work as a team, or it couldn’t be done,” Madi Nelson, eighth grader, said.
Only being able to use a straw, cup, and one paper clip to get a gummy worm into a lifesaver without dropping or puncturing it was the objective of the Save Sammy challenge. Without others providing assistance, this challenge would be difficult to complete.
Griffin Scott, eighth grade, said that he enjoyed the Skittles challenge because it he liked trying to find out how many Skittles colors he could guess.
Students aren’t the only ones who have favorite challenges, Fulp said her favorite to watch is the pumpkin drop, which takes place in October.
After each challenge is completed, the teachers analyze the times that they were completed in, making the fastest group the winner.
“The winning group for Simon and Fulp receives their names on the board, " Scott said.
Not all of the challenges are as easy as others, for example the marshmallow challenge was tough because it wasn’t easy to manufacture a stable, standing structure.
The eighth graders will continue to complete a variety of physics challenges in order to benefit their knowledge on the unit and real world applications.
All stories, photos and video footage by the seventh and eighth grade newspaper students.