By Blake Harvey
Over the course of the past year one group seems to have become an issue on everyone’s mind. This group is ISIS.
In addition to their already caused mayhem, the group has begun to raise even more concern by recruiting teens across the globe to join their ranks.
Some teens have been abandoning their homes and traveling halfway around the world to join this radical group in their cause. Though reasons for these teens joining are unclear, it has been lead to believe that some of the causes may be the teens searching for their true identity or purpose, or perhaps they joined simply for the excitement. Whatever the reason may be, it is clear that ISIS is contacting these teens somehow.
New information released by CNN reveals that the main tool for recruitment has been the internet. ISIS has been luring young people into their group by posting propaganda such as videos made to look like scenes from a movie. The group has also used the internet to communicate with the young people interested in joining them.
So far more than 100 Americans are believed to have joined ISIS, but Americans are not the only ones being affected by the group’s propaganda. Teens in countries such as England, Austria, Turkey, and many more have committed the same act of trading their normal lives for that of a terroristic gunman.
Not only are teens joining ISIS but some even realize their mistake after it is already too late. some of these new recruits have contacted their families informing them they would like to escape. unfortunately it is not an easy task to leave a group like ISIS.
Luckily some teens have been intercepted by officials on their course to Syria. Through the teens caught they have been able to find out more information about ISIS’s predatorial recruiting tactics and will hopefully soon put an end to the group’s strange and immoral style of recruitment.
By Allie Thomas
The audience sitting in the auditorium on the evening of Mar. 26 began to hush as the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic Orchestra took the stage and set up for their performance. The audience was made up of friends and family of the students, and also the Gouker family.
The Orchestra named this performance, “Bringing the Music Home”, since the conductor, Jane A. Gouker, used to play on the stage of Red Lion High School. “We’ve performed at some pretty special places, but not as special as this hall, Red Lion’s stage,” Jane Gouker said.
The night was filled with a different selection of songs including a well known one, “Let It Go” from Frozen, and Red Lion’s Alma Mater, which had the entire audience singing. Also, Red Lion’s very own Assistant Principal Mr. Grant Gouker played along side his family in the performance.
This made it even more special for Jane Gouker, as she shed a tear talking about how much this music program means to her. “The heritage we have in this community is amazing,” Jane Gouker told the audience.
All in all, the sounds blended together in a very professional manner, and the students, in total of over one hundred, seemed to have an amazing time playing their instruments. Towards the end of the night, Jane Gouker called her students her family, and that she was so happy to be able to play with both of her “families” at this performance.
It was definitely a night of tears, family, and beautiful music as the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic Orchestra brought the music home to not only the school, but also to the hearts of everyone in attendance.
By Helen Zeidman
Monsters are everywhere: closets, under beds, and in the Ms. McBrien’s art room. Kindergartners from Windsor Manor are bringing their monsters to life with the help of Ms. McBrien’s high school art students.
Ms. McBrien is partnering with her former student teacher, Mrs. Filiziani, an art teacher at Windsor Manor, to bring their students together with a collaboration project.
“We decided to do a project together when she got a position,” McBrien, the art teacher who helped coordinate the project, said. “No matter where she went, we were going to do something together.”
Kindergarten students from Windsor Manor learned about shapes by drawing monsters. Then, the high school students turned the two dimensional images into three dimensional sculptures of the kindergarteners’ drawings.
“Our mission is to bring two dimensional images into three dimensional product.” McBrien said.
The students were still able to use their creative license with the projects by interpreting what happens after the drawing.
“Not only is is fun to look at kindergarten art, but as artists, the students get to determine what happens after the drawing,” McBrien said.
Translating drawings into sculptures can be harder than it looks. Those stick figure legs that children draw on their monsters do not work well in clay.
“There are some adaptations that have to be made.” McBrien said.
Despite the challenges, the students are happy to be involved with the project.
“I liked taking the little kids’ creations and making them come to life.” Brittany Myers, a junior, said.
Over 70 projects are in the works, with most students making at least two models.
Art is just as important to the kindergartners as it is to the high school students.
“Art continues the creative process,” McBrien said. “The creative process is so important, it helps us find unique solutions to many problems.”
The students enjoy the challenge and fun that art class provides.
“I look forward to going to art class.” Keisha Martinez, a senior, said. “I can show someone my project and say ‘I made this!’”
For some students, art is more than just a class -- it is much needed break.
“Art calms me down.” Brittany Myers said. “It is relaxing for me.”
After the clay is set and the paint is dry, the high school students will present their kindergarten partners with their own monsters and make their nightmares come true. The ceremony will take place in early May.
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