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SPRINGING INTO FRENCH TRADITIONS

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.

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FACING YOUR FEARS

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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STUDENTS MAKING HISTORY

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.

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FINANCIAL AID FOR YOUR FUTURE

Story originally published on 12/14/16 on lakecentralnews.com

On Dec. 12 in the auditorium, Mrs. Melissa Rettig, Guidance, hosted a financial aid night for parents and students to learn more about the many types of federal aid.

“The different types of financial aid consist of scholarships, grants, which is like the gift aid, and then there’s loans and employment, like work study, that’s considered a self-help aid,” Lindsey Mooneyhan ,guest speaker, said.

Federal aid offers both scholarships and grants for students in need, each with different qualifications.

“So, usually with the word ‘scholarships’ [they] can always be based off of merit and a skill, say like if you did a music performance or let’s say the ACT or SAT, your GPA, like something you’ve worked for, right? Grants can be need based. So, it’s not necessarily based off a specific skill. It’s based off of your need,” Mooneyhan said.

Deadlines are an important thing to look at when applying for financial aid, as there are specific deadlines to be met.

“Depending on what you apply for, specifically the federal aid and usually for that financial aid award letter you get from a college, you’re going to need to fill out the FAFSA, which stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For other scholarships, it depends on whether it’s through the university; they want to reach out and look at that university because they have specific deadlines. It could be an application, it could be an essay and it could be a tryout. But, if it’s also for outsign, they want to look at deadlines as well because it could be just filling out this form and submitting, or they could have a little bit more in depth of what they need. I just cannot stress deadlines for scholarships enough,” Mooneyhan said.

FAFSA has proven to be a helpful form of financial aid application, as well as help determine what scholarship is right for you.

“So, FAFSA is going to consist of questions involving the student and the parent. It’s going to ask a series of questions, [and] it takes those answers to those questions, and calculates what’s called an ‘Estimated Family Contribution’ or EFC, and that number is utilized by your college or university. You’re looking at to determine what kind of financial aid you may qualify for,” Mooneyhan said.

Each scholarship and grant is worth a different amount of money, but you shouldn’t let the lower cost ones discourage you.

“They may have qualifications that you read for, otherwise I say apply for it. If you’re not sure, go for it. You can’t apply enough; it all adds up. If it’s worth even, let’s say $500, don’t push that one to the side because you have a $5000 one to apply for. You know, a few $500 ones will all add up, so if you’re not sure whether you qualify for it or not, because it’s not written out specifically, then just apply for it. It does not hurt,” Mooneyhan said.

As well as college opportunities for financial aid, Lake Central offers help for students’ future college costs.

“Lake Central is a public high school, so we don’t actually have anything that we offer, but we do have groups like Dollars for Scholars that offer a lot of scholarships for our own students. We do give students as much information as possible, like the green sheets that we gave the seniors at the beginning of the year with a lot of scholarship information. We have the scholarship blog that is on the guidance webpage, and then we also have the scholarship information on naviance,” Rettig said.

To join Dollars for Scholars, students can pick up a registration form in the guidance office or talk to Mrs. Ashley Kline ,Guidance.

“Last year the senior class of 2016 earned over $13 million in scholarships, and the year before it was $12 million, so I’m hoping this year we can raise that and get up to $14 million,” Rettig said.

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SHARING TALENT FREE FROM JUDGMENT

Story originally published on 11/02/16 on lakecentralnews.com

Dylan Foster (11) tells a joke to warm up the crowd. Foster was the first performance of the meeting.

Open Mic is a student-run club where students can attend every Thursday after school to share their talents.

“It’s a really positive environment, and everyone is super encouraging,” Isabella Gomez (12) said.

Run by Mason Crawford (11), Open Mic is a safe environment for students to perform in front of their fellow classmates without fear of judgment.

“[My favorite thing about Open Mic is] seeing people come out of their shell and create new things to perform,” Crawford said.

On average, anywhere from 14-20 students attend each week, but not everyone performs.

“I usually do stand-up comedy. That sounds really lame, but I just want to make everyone laugh,” Kaylie Katsiris (10) said.

Katsiris attends Open Mic every week and tries to perform at least once every month, she also helps campaign for the club.

“I love that you can be yourself, and no one really judges you. That sounds cliche, but I feel like it’s really cool that everyone can just do whatever they want,” Katsiris said.

Open Mic showcases all talents. The club has seen everything from slam poetry to double jointed wrists.

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BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS OF AMERICA OFFICIALLY OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Story originally published on 09/28/16 on lakecentralnews.com

A group of future Business Professionals of America members wait to talk to Mr. Todd Iwema, Business, about club details. Business Professionals of America was an extracurricular that allowed you to compete against other school districts.

On Wednesday, Sept. 7, Business Professionals of America had their second call out meeting of the 2016-2017 school year.

“[Business Professionals of America is] an organization that is designed to help students in the business fields develop business skills and work with each other to create management teams, whether it is for business, communication or computer programming. These skills are not necessarily covered that well in the regular curriculum. [Business Professionals of America] helps students elaborate on [these skills] outside of school,” Kyle Orciuch (11) said.

Business Professionals of America (BPA), currently run by Mr. Todd Iwema, Business, is an extracurricular that allows Lake Central students to compete against other districts in the business field.

“We’ve had national champions, and last year we had 13 [students] qualify for nationals. The year before, 19 [students] qualified for nationals. [I am] making sure that the program doesn’t die because it’s a great experience for kids, and it’s good on their resumes and applications,” Mr. Iwema said.

With 67 competition categories and no additional business classes required, BPA is available to any student interested, and plenty of students are.

“This has been a great start. We actually have averaged somewhere around 40 kids starting out. Out of those 40 kids, 31 of them usually qualify for state, and then anywhere from 13 to 19 [qualify] for nationals. Right now, we’re looking at close to 100 [students who] have signed up or shown interest this year. My biggest goal was to increase the size of the program, and I think having the resource time makes it a bigger advantage for clubs,” Mr. Iwema said.

Business Professionals of America is off to a great start this school year, but it had almost been forgotten a few years ago.

“Mrs. Chavez used to run [BPA, and] it was phenomenal. She was in charge of our whole district at one time, [but] time commitment caused her to not be able to do it. After she announced she was [no longer leading the club], it wasn’t until the next school year that there [was] no one to take over. There’s no way I could let this program die because it’d been doing so well,” Iwema said.

Going on it’s fourth year with the guidance of Mr. Iwema, BPA is off to a strong start with plenty of new faces and new awards to to come.

“It’s a really great program, and it allows people to put some good things on their resumes if they do well,” Orciuch