Quiver · Writing

Raising the standard

Story originally published in 2017 edition of Quiver yearbook

Students who wish to challenge their intellect can do so by taking one—or several—of the AP and Dual Credit classes offered.
“I’m trying to get a head start on college and make sure I’m prepared for my future. The classes [I take] are more difficult than I’m used to, but there’s not as much homework because you learn a lot more in class,” Madison Rigg (10) said.
For students taking higher-level classes while participating in extracurricular activities, the opportunity to study can be challenging.
“I am on the dance team, so I always make sure to take a study hall. That helps a lot. You have to force yourself to get into a routine [of making time for homework and activities],” Paige Kotecki (11) said.
Through study hall and resource periods, students can dedicate time in and out of school for their education.
“I believe that any student taking AP classes needs to take a study hall. Taking a study hall gives them the opportunity to finish homework for other classes, so they have more time to focus on their AP classes,” Tyler Good (11) said.
Although some students believe that AP and Dual Credit classes have a more rigorous curriculum, others feel that they are not much of a challenge.
“[AP and Dual Credit classes] aren’t as bad as some people think they are. They’re harder, but you learn a lot more,” Rigg said.
The higher-level classes have the possibility of opening doorways to future career paths in the subjects students take.
“I find [the classes I take] interesting, which makes them easier to learn. I either want to be a psychiatrist, which has to do with psychology, or I want to be a real estate agent and own my own estate agency, which would [involve] strategic marketing and business,” Kotecki said.
Although there are a lot of benefits to these higher level classes, a lot of time is put into the courses, thus limiting time for other personal activities.
“Since I’m in dual credit and AP classes, I’ve had to make some sacrifices. I get a lot of homework, so I sometimes have to spend my nights doing [homework] rather than going out with my friends. It’s not the best to have to say no, but they understand because they are in similar situations. It’s all about learning how to find the balance between school, work and friends. I know it will help me get into the school I want,” Erika Araujo (11) said.
Some students challenge themselves even further when faced with scholarships.
“I really want to try to get a full-ride scholarship for college based on the fact that my mom challenged me to, and I am very competitive person and I like to get myself out there,” Kotecki said.

Quiver · Writing

Art from the start

Story originally published in 2017 edition of Quiver yearbook

One of the advantages of going to a big high school is all of the diverse learning opportunities offered to the students. This includes an art education you cannot get at many other high schools in Northwest Indiana.


“[The Lake Central arts classes] have impacted me as an artist. It’s definitely given me a lot more technical skills then I had in the past. It impacted my art in a good way because then I started learning the proportions of the face and I got better with the proportions of the face and shading and all these different things so it actually helped me alot with my technical skills because I had the creativity as Mrs. Yeager says and then I just needed to learn a little bit more of the technical skills or perfect the technical skills. I wouldn’t say the classes helped me but they made sure, almost guarantee that I wanted to do something in art,” Giovanna Martin (10) said.


Morgan Foy (11) focuses on illustration and animation in the digital art form, and draws inspiration from people and figures.


“I am going to be making characters, developing them and creating figures on the computer to make my drawings come to life. I have many inspirations and if I look at one person who took a picture of an object, I will probably draw the object. It is mainly figures of people I draw, I cannot draw scenery. I am focused on just one person,” Foy said.


Other art forms such as sculptors and glasswork are what have piqued Sophia Boeksteigel’s (11) interest in 3D art.


“I really enjoy the 3D art class. We get to work with glass and many different items that you wouldn’t normally use because the 2D art is mainly drawing and painting but in 3D art, I made wire sculptors last year. There is a lot more things to work with and sculpt with which I enjoy,” Boeksteigel said.



A lot of artists, including the artists previously mentioned, got introduced to art at a very young age.


“In elementary school I realized that I was pretty good for my age, and then as I got older I started getting more into art and I would do it in my free time and now it’s just kind of a hobby,” Hayley Skrezyna (11) said.


As these artists have gotten older, they admit that art is a great way to express emotion and relieve stress.


“My inspiration tends to be to let go of emotions. What starts me creating something is usually a tension or a stress, so it helps me release. I paint what I feel,” Martin (10) said.


As well as being a good way to let off steam, art has also proved to give a sense of accomplishment in seeing other people’s reactions to your own creation.


“It gives me this nice, warm, fuzzy feeling that I did something great,” Martin (10) said.

Quiver · Writing

Varsity spikes back

Story originally published in 2017 edition of Quiver yearbook

The varsity team stood with five seniors, three juniors and six sophomores for their 2016 season. Despite the loss of seven seniors, the team rebuilt and worked to regain their glory, impressing not only coaches, but also the fans.

  “We went from having a really strong team and the best record that LC volleyball’s ever had, to losing seven seniors and then having to restore that talent, bring it back and start over,” Mhjehana Williams (12) said.

  Less than half of the team was made up of upperclassmen, so the seniors and juniors took charge during practices and games in order to maintain unity.  

  “I think [this season is] definitely a rebuilding year considering we lost a lot of seniors, and now most of our team is underclassmen instead of upperclassmen. That can really be difficult with inexperience. Emotions get the best of us at times, so it’s hard [to make] sure that we all stay focused and on task and to not let emotions overwhelm us,” Linda Morton (12) said.

  One of the biggest highlights of the season was against Crown Point High School. The varsity team brought their all and took a set from the Bulldogs.

   “Pretty much every game, we all have a mindset that we’re going to take a set If we’re not going to win, we’re at least going to make it to four or five games. We probably didn’t even think it was going to happen because they are so good.  [Everyone on the court] just got so hyped and [started] playing to their full potential. Everything’s just laid out on the court. I think that’s how it was when we were winning it,” Orze said.

  Practicing helped this team prepare for games, but bonding together as a team played a key role in the unity of their plays.

  “Regaining the strength was a struggle, too. Luckily for us, we all mesh with each other extremely well, so it’s at least a fun process. There’s no drama with us this season. It’s always full of laughs and good times when we’re together. We’ve all been playing this sport for so long, so having the same dedication for it really helps,” Kaylee Marovich (11) said.

Scout Magazine · Writing

By all rights, the baseball team should feel pressure

Story originally published in 05/17 issue of Scout magazine

  Although the baseball team ranked twelfth nationally in preseason for the first time in the school’s history, the boys refuse to let the pressure break the indescribable connection that brings about much of their success.

  When asked how to describe the team’s dynamic, Nicholas Bandura (12) had one simple word come to mind:

  “Goofy,” Bandura said. “Everyone is goofy.”

  Bandura was not the only one to describe the team this way. Because of their extensive experience playing together, the Indians have been able to use their various personalities to their advantage.

  “I think all of our different personalities make it better for us. We have our kids that are kind of serious and we have our kids that are jokesters, so it makes it more fun and more relaxed during games. You have your leaders to keep the kids in check because you need that every once in awhile. Everybody plays their role. You know you have to do your job and play your part. If you make a mistake you have your teammates to help you out,” Jarrett Lopez (12) said.

  With 13 out of the 19 players on the varsity team being seniors, the upperclassmen have spent years creating emotional ties, which leads them to working well as one unit.

  “I think the success comes from the 13 seniors because we have been playing all together since we were freshmen. So, I think our chemistry will be there and we’ll all be able to play together successfully,” Lopez said.

  Not only do the players have a role with their positions, but they also have a specific personality. The big personalities on the team lead the players to feel open with one another and go to their fellow teammates if they need help.

  “Everyone fits in the mix very well, and I think everyone gets along very well. When I need a pep talk, I would go to Ben Nisle, he pumps me up. The jokester on the team is definitely Jason Lamont. He cracks me up everyday. We have quite a few silent leaders on the team because a lot of us lead by performing,” Chris Fundich (12) said.

   Matt may be a natural-born leader, but he got his inspiration from a former teammate.

  “Being a freshman when Johnny Gbur, Class of 2013,  was the senior was kind of a big deal because I didn’t play much varsity but saw enough to see how Gbur acted with his teammates so model him and I act how he acted.  Before games I’ll give a little bit of a pep talk to everybody and tell them about the guys we’re playing.  Then during the game keeping everyone involved vocally and having everybody chatter on the bench,” Matthew Litwicki (12) said.   

  Being a leader doesn’t always mean you have to be vocal. Some of the most influential leaders on the team don’t always speak, but lead by example.

“I try to do everything right, hustle on and off the field and make no errors. That’s a big thing.  I am always cheering on my teammates.  When I leave I hope to leave the work ethic of the team because it’s a lot to understand and take over once us seniors leave.” Jason Lamont (12) said.

 Because of the high ranking, the team has to adjust to what their priorities are.

 “We can’t worry about the rankings or anything else. We just have to focus on one game at a time and play to our best ability. We have an experienced team and pitching staff this year and I also think our offense will surprise people. The bonds we have with this group are very strong since a lot of us have played with each other growing up and we continue to build on that everyday,” Benjamin Nisle (12) said.

One of the team’s biggest goals is to come out with a Sectional championship this year, especially since they have lost in the finals for the previous two years.

 “We have been kind of let down the last couple of years. I feel like we can do something special this year. We definitely have the potential to go farther. Our team has the talent to win Sectionals as long as we play our game, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself,” Lopez said.  

   The team has to focus on winning as one unit to win as many games as possible.

  “All we do is just play the game, take everything day by day and progress as a team,” Bradley Loden (12) said.

 Even with new coach Mr. Mike Swartzentruber, Business, the chemistry between the players has not faded.

 “[Coach Swartzentruber] has influenced us a lot to work hard and work together and make sure that’s the main focus for every practice and game. I think we’ll have a really good regular season, and that we can go far in the postseason. We have a really good group of guys, and we all work hard and work together to get the one goal of winning, “ Hunter Mihalic (12) said.

  Although the coach has not had a lot of time to get to know his team, he is impressed with how well his team has worked with him.

“I think we’ve meshed together well, coach and player.  I’m still learning the players, but they’ve worked hard to catch up on what to do for this program. I think we’re on the same page. Even though we’ll lose seniors next year, I have confidence in our JV team.  We’ve got a ton of good sophomores and a couple juniors playing JV right now who will step in, and we’ve got injured guys that will come up when healthy, so it’ll be interesting. We just have to play day by day and game by game and our focus has to be high so we can get redemption,  but win it this year. I’ve talked to the players since I was hired that one of our main goals was to go deep in the state tournament this year,” Coach Swartzentruber said.

  Taking control of the team isn’t just the coaches job. After the loss against Andrean on the __ , Litwicki took initiative by organizing a team meeting to get them back on track.

  “We all met in the locker room at 9 and started talking. [Litwicki] said was that we have a lot of expectations with our ranking, but we just can’t worry about that and have to go out there and play our game. Other people chimed in and talked, too. Everything was positive and I felt like it really helped. We talked about not trying to worry about playing time and when you do get playing time just being aggressive at the plate and work on hitting fastballs early in the count. He talked about not being frustrated with our offense’s struggles that led to losses. He said he still had faith in the team’s hitting, which is pretty big to hear from a pitcher because we all knew they are frustrated with not getting any run support. Overall it was a talk about not panicking and going out there and playing as well as we all know we’re capable of,” Max Pattison (12) said.

 Although there can only be nine players on the field at one time, it takes all 19 varsity players to help win a ballgame.  

 “Everyone has a role, whether it’s actually playing, doing a chant or just cheering each other on.  It definitely takes everyone on the team to win a game,” Jason Lamont (12) said.

Scout Magazine · Writing

All on the O-line

   Story originally published in 10/16 issue of Scout magazine

 The ball is snapped to the quarterback, who drops back and fires a pass to his wide receiver. The wide receiver makes the catch and sprints downfield towards the end-zone as the defenders fall behind. The stands erupt in cheers, and the teammates congratulate each other–but not everyone notices the ‘behind the scenes’ work that made this play possible.  

  The offensive line is a unit compiled of five players, the right guard, the right tackle, the center, the left guard and the left tackle. The job of the “O-line” is to protect the quarterback and running back, and to make sure the “specialty” players can do the duties of their position.

  “The O-line is the most important group on the field in my opinion because [their position] is what keeps us moving the ball. The O-line should be getting a lot more recognition for what they do,” Austin Atkins (12) said.

  Without the offensive line, it would be impossible to run a play. Whether or not the team can score a touchdown falls into the hands of the offensive line.  

  “[The Offensive line] blocks the defensive lineman, and we will block the linebacker. This allows the wide receiver to find an open gap and make a move. I want people to know that a lot of the things that skilled players do are all part of the offensive line. It’s not just a few guys making plays,” Dakota Barnett (12) said.

  In order for the offensive line to work in unison, they must establish control and enforce every plan of action.

  “The leadership of the O-line has been really good this year, starting with our center Dakota Barnett (12), the captain, [who] gets everyone on the same page. We wouldn’t have a [offensive play] without the o-line, and we wouldn’t win any games. The O-line is the start and end of every play.The O-linemen don’t get any of the glory, but any running back, quarterback or wide receiver knows that without the o-line they can’t [gain] any yards [or] make any plays,” Mr. Tony Bartolomeo, Science, said.  

  The team works as a machine and uses their bond and overall passion to come out victorious.

  “We are pretty motivated to play, [and] we have a lot of energy to go out there and have fun. [The] team chemistry is better this year than [it was] previous [years], and we are pretty close,” Derek Pass (12) said.

Scout Magazine · Writing

Students privatize their social media

Story originally published in 03/17 issue of Scout magazine

New, non-traditional forms of photo-sharing have tumbled into the social media scene.
“I’ve heard of students using Finsta lately. Is it ‘fake instagram?’ That’s what I’ve heard of. I think it’s probably a good idea that people have an outlet for stuff they know is obnoxious. I think students do need an outlet, and it’s a good thing to have. Just a place where you can rant and not have to worry of the social implications of it,” Mr. Darrell Wierzal [English] said.
Students are transitioning to using “Finstas”, Instagram accounts used to personalize followers and post sensitive or personal photos, and VSCO, a platform used to post aesthetic or sensitive pictures that cannot be commented on by followers. Students consider finsta a safe space because they feel comfortable posting suggestive photos and captions for select followers.
“I prefer my Finsta to my regular Instagram because I know there’s really no judgment on there. I keep my Finsta private because I don’t need the whole world knowing my problems, but it does help to just get them out there to certain people I know will care,” Elysia Ray (10) said.
Some students enjoy using finsta as a place to let off steam and go on rants where only their close friends can see.
“I only let people I trust follow my account because I don’t trust everyone. I follow way more people on my regular Instagram account, and I could see more of what people are doing compared to Finsta, which is like 20-30 people that I trust,” Derek Sancya (10) said.
Although gaining popularity in 2016, the VSCO application was created in 2011 with the intent of being used solely for photography rather than another version of Instagram. Some members of the current VSCO community use the app as a private outlet to post artistic or risqué pictures.
“I post more artsy pictures, like normal pictures I wouldn’t post on my profile, and not pictures of me. It’s more scenery and stuff. [I like it] because it’s less judgmental because you can’t comment on it, so you can post whatever you want without getting judged,” Taylor Dykstra (9) said.
Even though VSCO is known for being ‘under the radar’, the app itself provides way less privacy than other social media outlets.
“On VSCO, anyone in the world can see your photos, but on other social media websites you have the option of going on private. I personally can’t use VSCO anymore because my mom found my account,” Cailee Mitchell (11) said.
Although the Finsta and VSCO communities are smaller, there are some users who choose to send around others photos.
Many users who have Finsta or VSCO accounts tend to keep their accounts a secret from parents, other family, or certain peers.
“[I created VSCO] for many reasons: to be able to post what I wanted too. I feel that VSCO is the new Instagram minus the parents I have following me,” Casey Caban (10) said.
Even though Finsta accounts tend to be privatized, people are still finding ways to take advantage and expose people. These people have gained the nickname ‘Finsta snake’–but what is a Finsta snake?
“I would say a Finsta snake is probably a person who uses it to attack his or her enemies in a passive aggressive way as opposed to addressing the issues. That’s a natural outcome, isn’t it, of having a Finsta account is that some people will take advantage of the situation. It should be a way to cut loose, but instead people are trolls. It’s like that South Park episode,” Wierzal said.
Finsta and VSCO snakes go out of their way to screenshot, share or spread the posts that were specifically intended to be kept private and only accessible to the chosen follow.

Web Story · Writing


Story originally published on 05/05/17 on lakecentralnews.com

French club’s most recent meeting brought the club member’s together to talk about springtime traditions in France.

“We’re going to talk about culture, and doing cultural things like making crepes and Mardi Gras and all those kinds of things. I like to discuss things that are maybe more cultural,” Beverly Bovard, World Language, said.

Helping Mademoiselle Bovard plan her club meetings is club president, Theodore Mantis (10).

“Our president has been doing some research and using powerpoint presentations to present some information. Then we usually have an activity that’s related to them,” Bovard said.

Mantis opened the club meeting with a powerpoint explaining that day’s topic and exploring some ideas of French traditions.

“Today’s meeting is basically about France in the springtime and such. We’re not going to cover just Easter because it just happened recently, but all the months of spring in France. We’re going to look at the activities, and we’re going to do a competitive game later on that shows similarities between American traditions and French traditions,” Mantis said.

The club’s goal is to give students a chance to learn more than just the textbook basics and turn a classroom setting into something fun.

“It’s something in addition to what we’re learning in a classroom. We might touch base on some of the same things, but it’s not like sitting here and having another French lesson,” Bovard said.

As the school year dwindles to a close less and less people are attending meetings, but you don’t necessarily need to be taking French to be a part of the French club.

“For club meetings and stuff like that we try to welcome anyone at a French speaking level to come down and learn more about the French culture. We want to expose people to more culture than the classroom setting can really provide to us, and we want to make sure everyone has an enjoyable time. We’re able to talk about things that we don’t get to cover in a classroom setting and [that] help us discover more about ourselves in terms of creativity,” Mantis said.

Feature Story · Writing


Story originally published on 04/26/17 on lakecentralnews.com

Student athletes are often commended for their hard work and commitment, but no one seems to recognize the work put in to play a sport for a private team or studio.

“I prefer the competitive [private team] over school [team] because it’s a longer season, and I like that we compete more and don’t have to cheer for football or basketball. I also like being with different people of different ages instead of just people from your school,” Samantha Maznaritz (10) said.

It’s a lot easier to join a school team than it is to find a private studio to compete with, but these girls found a home at Midwest Elite in Dyer, Ind.

“I originally joined because it was so close to my house, but now I just really enjoy the people I’ve met there,” Elysia Ray (10) said.

One difference between cheering for a school team and cheering for a private studio is the dynamic of the competitions.

“School competitions are way smaller and have less judges, lights and quieter music. I love competitions for competitive cheer because it’s a huge stage and there are so many more people and teams to go against and see. We also compete on a spring floor versus a dead floor like school cheerleaders,” Maznaritz said.

Midwest Elite starts their competition season in late May where each team has two days of practice a week. Competitions start in October and end in early May.

“We have seven regular season teams and two half season teams with 98 total athletes, and our competitions are split into categories based on skill level, age and the size of your team,” Kylie Petee (10)

Even though they don’t go to the same school, cheering and competing together has created bond between these cheerleaders. Most team bonding happens at practice, but at the beginning of the season some of the parents organize team bonding events.

“The teams are constantly supportive of all the Midwest Elite teams. The environment is very welcoming. I was new and accepted by everyone immediately. I had previously been a dancer and everyone was super helpful with my learning stage of getting into cheer,” Petee said.

Despite their differences in age, teams and personalities, the cheerleaders at Midwest Elite consider themselves one big family.

“We fight sometimes but that’s because we’re family and that’s kind of what families do. Overall, we have a good time and love each other regardless,” Ray said.

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Story originally published on 03/24/17 on lakecentralnews.com

For their last meeting before spring break, Campus Life got together to discuss the topic of fear.

“I think if you let it control you, it can ruin your life, but if you learn how to deal with it in a healthy way then it won’t be something that’s as prevalent. I think one of the most important things in our life is learning to conquer our fears and to grow from those experiences,” Jeremy Melf, Campus Life Volunteer, said.

To start off the meeting several games were played to break the ice and introduce this week’s theme.

“We specifically chose those games to focus their minds on some things that create fear, so it was oriented to get the mind working before we’d even gotten into the topic,” Melf said.

Before discussing the topic, the students were led in a game similar to ‘would you rather’ in which the students were given two choices and they needed to choose which one they feared more.

“They tested your emotions.They wanted to see what you feared,” Krystal Romer (10) said.

Next, the students sat down to watch a video clip from the movie “Inside Out” to help them better understand fear.

“‘Inside Out’ is about emotions and what we’re learning is about emotions, so they show us little clips of how the emotions in the movie express themselves to give us a better understanding of what we’re expressing,” Danielle Buckley (12) said.

After the topic was introduced through the video the students were split up into groups where they got a chance to discuss their own fears and insecurities.

“[We split them up into small groups] to spark conversation and to let them know that they can talk about things that they’re afraid of. I’d like to think in small groups they’re allowed to address some of those fears that they may have and be able to kind of open up the doors for conversation about how can I actually healthily conquer these things,” Melf said.

Fear is a challenging emotion, and by shedding light on the subject the Campus Life leaders hope to help these students gain confidence in themselves and a better understanding of emotions.

“Don’t run away from your fears because they just follow you,” Buckley said.

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Story originally published on 03/06/17 on lakecentralnews.com

History Club, sponsored by Mr. Tom Clark, Social Studies, is an academic club for dedicated history students to gain some extra knowledge outside of the classroom.

“We usually have some educational, informative presentation that the heads of history club put together, like a fact of the day, and then we talk about volunteer opportunities,” Sydney Batinick (11) said.

History Club meets every Friday in room C313 in Mr. Clark’s room, and approximately 20-30 students attend each week.

“We have a lot of student participation, so if they have something they care about or something they think people should know, we have them come up and they can do a presentation. We’re also trying to get some guest speakers in, and some of our officers like to give presentations and sometimes we watch videos or movies. Just fun things, like the video today. It was interesting to see how people don’t know basic history,” Caitlin Mavity (11) said.

Last Friday, Batinick presented the results to a history survey she had given to a number of Lake Central students.

“[The presentation] was a survey that I had to do for AP Government, and we asked an array of different questions, history related, politics related, just to get input from the students then see how much they know about government,” Batinick said.

Although it’s still relatively new, History Club continues to grow under Clark’s supervision as a successful club, despite having lost two of the leaders.

“This is our second year [because] it’s a new club. They just asked if I’d sponsor, and I said, ‘yeah I’ll sponsor it’, and so we’ve been continuing to do things. We did a field trip last year to the air force museum, first we went to Indianapolis, then we went to Dayton, Ohio. The club is getting bigger and bigger. I mean some people thought that the club would fall apart because Sarah Bredar (‘16) and Jovana Dodevska (‘16) were leaving, and the leadership this year is just outstanding,” Clark said.

With such great turn out each week, there is a lot of student participation through presentations and volunteer opportunities.

“I like how we get involved with the school. We’re not just learning history, we’re having fun,” Batinick said.