The NORTH Star - Winter 2015

Student Newspaper for Center Grove Middle School North

Actions Speak Louder Than Coaches By: Corey Combs, 8th grade and Leslie Luong, 8th grade

Basketball- a sport that takes lots of coordination and strategy. The sport was first originated in 1891 by James Naismith, who wanted to condition young athletes during the winter. The first ever basketball game consisted of a soccer ball and two peach baskets. Since then, basketball has grown to be one of America’s most popular sports- with thirty NBA teams across the country. At Center Grove Middle School North, the Girl’s Basketball Team had tryouts on December 2nd-4th. Before this season begins, we would like to give you some information from the two head coaches Mrs. Thomas and Mrs. Heldman.

Our Center Grove Middle School North gym teacher, Mrs. Thomas, is the eighth grade girl’s basketball coach this year. She has been coaching basketball for a total of eight years. She coached at Decatur Central Middle School for two years before she came to Center Grove. When I asked Mrs. Thomas what her favorite thing about coaching a team was, she replied “My favorite thing about coaching a team is being able to build relationships with my players and help prepare them to be a student-athlete in High School, if that is what they want to pursue.” Mrs. Thomas is looking forward to building her team’s skills and watching them grow through the season as a team. Make sure you watch the Eighth Grade Girl’s Basketball Team play against Greenwood on January 12!

Next up is the 7th Grade Girl's Basketball coach and can you believe who it is? Mrs. Heldman! Now some of you may be may be wondering, I thought Mrs. Heldman helped coach the 8th Grade Volleyball Team. What on earth is she doing coaching the 7th Grade Girl's Basketball Team?! Well for starters, she's not doing it alone. She has help from her husband, Mr. Heldman, and help from Mrs. Freeman as well. Even though this is her first year coaching the 7th Grade Girl's Basketball team, that doesn't mean she is inexperienced. Along with her experience with coaching volleyball, Mrs. Heldman has been involved with other programs such as AAU, church organizations, etc. Now the real question is- is she still going to teach volleyball? Of course! "The goal for basketball is the same as volleyball; to enjoy the game, learn and strive to reach goals." stated Mrs. Heldman. "Volleyball in the future… We really enjoy both sports so we’ll take it one day at a time."
Both the 7th and 8th Grade Girl's Basketball teams have very promising futures ahead of them with Mrs. Thomas and Mrs. Heldman standing by their sides. Under their coach's instructions, there will be no doubt that they will have a successful upcoming season. They might even make it through the season with an undefeated record which I have no doubt that they will. Both teams have their first game against Greenwood on January 12th. Let's all be there to cheer them on to victory for the new season!

8th Grade Trip to Washington DC, By Brianna Stewart-Allen, 8th grade

There are many trips you take in your life. It could be one state, city, or a ocean over. This trip was many states over. On this trip you never traveled by anything but buses. This trip consisted of museum and monument touring. This trip consisted of groups of 8th grade students. This trip is the Washington D.C. Trip.

The D.C. Trip was quite a spectacular time. You were able to share a room with three of your friends also tour the great city with them. You got to see buildings that seem as tall as the sky, and houses of some of the greatest men of American History. Not to mention the incredible mall trip that ended it all. The D.C. Trip was a great shared experience.

People always have been pulled towards beauty. Some chose to write or draw this beauty, but for this trip I chose to photograph. As previously mentioned, there were many buildings and scenery which I found to match the word beauty, so I captured them on camera. Here below are some of the best I took:

Top 10 Reasons to Join a School Club By Logan Qualitza, 8th grade

Fact 1: They look great on applications/resumes.


Fact 2: You will have the opportunity to meet and network with other people with similar passions and interests.


Fact 3: They will promote your education and awareness about the field/subject.


Fact 4: They give you the opportunity to give or receive assistance in classes the field that you study.


Fact 5: For philanthropic reasons.


Fact 6: Being a member automatically gives you a feeling of closeness to other members you share something that other people are not a part on.


Fact 7: Being part of a student run club aka the cross country team is an enriching experience. You owe it to yourself to at least try them out.


Fact 8: They expose you to real life experiences in the fields/subjects you are interested in.


Fact 9: Members in clubs will be encouraging and supportive of your personal growth.


Fact 10: They are a great way and have a lot of fun.

Technological Advancements: Then versus Now By Athulya Nair, 8th grade

Although not indirectly, we are all affected by the change that happened in our world. Technology drastically advanced, and we became conversing with others face to face as well as through the technology that was created. The obsolescent times provided its benefits as well as its drawbacks, much like the modern Earth today. For example, we are now often dragging on like zombies droning on about finding the perfect wifi, when in the obsolete days we were happily being carefree and playing on like regular children. Society has come to a point in which the world no longer can properly function without their electronic devices.

Even the Earth uses its applied sciences. With the constant satellites orbiting the Earth along with the moon, our planet is consistently using the gravitational pull to keep the satellites from floating off into space. This could act as a benefit for our case since we now know the proper activity of the place we are inhabiting. Despite the fact that the Soviet Union launched the first satellite and not the U.S, we are still constantly learning more and more circumstances about how the outer galaxies are working.

As much as we want to believe that our generation is stupendous, there are still disabilities that we have achieved. Since the television first arrived in the early twentieth century, people have proceeded to become, dare I say it, large. Television has been our weakness in the fact that most children and even adults will sit in front of the screen watching various material from cartoons to the news which results in many are not gaining the correct amount of exercise that they need. The televisions keep getting slimmer but we continue to grow obtuse. Pretty soon, we will all begin to look like a bad case of Wall-E.

Going back once more to the positive side of technology, we have began to only lightly touch the vast amount of advances that occur during the advances of our electronic components. The Apple Company has invented a 3D touch system to allow easy access to multiple apps while Samsung has unveiled a VR, or virtual headset, to give an immersive experience to aerial footage, concerts, and games. Most of the things that are being created are, for the most part, completely unnecessary, but the advancements that are being created today can ultimately shape the future.

As the previous generations have passed and the new ones are foresighted, there is one thing to be sure of: it is a colossal change from the centuries in the past. One couldn’t possible be able to predict the future of our society with the rate of changes we are flying through, but that is quite alright since it is our future and we can design it however we want.

MSN Honors Those Who Serve on Veterans Day By Kelsey Osborne, 8th grade

During a war many soldiers may fall, but there is not one soldier who fails. Going out there and fighting is an achievement by itself. On Veterans Day, we honor those brave heroes that have risked everything to save you and your family. Heroes that have risked everything so you can wake up every morning to a beautiful day, the sky full of hope, and the ground full of dreams.

Center Grove Middle School North wants to make sure not a single veteran goes unnoticed or unappreciated. Students can invite a family member or friend that is a Veteran to our program. This program includes breakfast with the student that invited them, a time to engage in rich conversation, and a convocation of the entire school. This is followed by a guest speaker, some student speakers, and a performance by the 8th grade band, choir, and orchestra. My grandfather came to one of CGMSN’s Veterans Day Program (he fought in Vietnam), and he told me that when he came back from Vietnam; instead of people welcoming them home, they yelled at him and showed such disrespect. It was nice for him to feel appreciated and honored for fighting. Especially for something that, at the time, many people felt like the U.S. shouldn’t have gotten involved in. They felt that my grandfather should never have fought in that war. After the program, he told me he can’t wait to come back next year.

Veterans have impacted our lives, and now we have the chance to impact theirs. We were given the choice of rising to the occasion and showing respect, or we can just leave everything the same. CGMSN has risen to the occasion and has been able to pull off year after year a beautiful program.

Mr. McMahen, an 8th grade history teacher, told my class what to do if we see a veteran: walk up to him or her, shake his or her hand, and thank that Veteran. I was able to do so with four veterans, and each and every one thanked me, and told me that I played very well. They also asked me if they could come back even if the student that invited them didn’t attend CGMSN anymore. That’s amazing.

“But this Veterans Day, I believe we should do more than sing the praises of the bravery and patriotism that our veterans have embodied in the past. We should take this opportunity to re-evaluate how we are treating our veterans in the present.” -Nick Lampson

Student Life Comic By Mara Bastin, 8th Grade

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