Editorial Blog

What are your plans for the summer? 

Duyen Quang, sophmore 

“I am going to Vietnam for a whole entire month. I’m also doing my AP Language summer reading assignment.” 

Ms. Fitzgerald, math teacher 

“I’m retiring this year, which is kind of my next life plan. But I do plan to go to Michigan to see my mom.” 

Gregory Bradshaw, senior 

“I will be getting more involved with physical training to prepare to go to the Navy.”


        At the end of the 2018 school year, I will have completed 44 years of teaching high school. That many years have been a lifetime for me, as I have spent much of my life in the classroom. 

         As I look back on my 32 years at WCHS, I have experienced many wonderful memories and I have much to be thankful for. My life has been enriched by those administrators, teachers and staff from whom
I have learned much and I
want to thank all of them
for their wonderful support
and friendship. I realize that
the pleasure of knowing friends
like Alison Baldwin, Gretchen Brooks, Joe McGowen, Heather Starks and countless
others will never be replaced. 

          I am most proud of WCHS as she has been so much a part of the fabric of my life, but a school is just an empty building without students. I am frequently asked why I love teaching so much and the answer is simply that I have had so much fun with the thousands of students that I have taught. To teach, I believe that one must have a deep interest in the lives of his or her students, but an interest is simply not enough. A good teacher must have a deep love, not only for students, but for mankind as well.

          Jackie DeShannan, a pop singer of the 1960s, recorded a song that simply said, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love.” Her words were true then and they are true now. I want to express my love and appreciation to the thousands of students who gave me a reason to roll out of bed and come to school and share my life with them.
My hope for all WCHS students is that you realize that your teachers really do care about you and can be your best ally. WCHS teachers and staff can be the positive difference maker in your lives if only you will believe in them as much as they believe in you. No teacher can help you if you fail to give them the chance. 

         Above all, realize that being kind to each other will cost you nothing and will enhance your lives beyond your expectations. The words, “please and thank you,” have worked well for me for 44 years and I dare say those same words will equally enrich your lives. I will look forward to hearing about your successes in the future and wish the best for my Warren family. I am proud to be a Warren Central Warrior. 


        Recently, a New York man made headlines on CNN for berating the staff of a restaurant for speaking Spanish instead of English. He complained about the audacity of the workers to speak a language other than English. He threatened to call the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to expel them from the United States. He then left in a fit of rage after being confronted by both staff and bystanders. 

        This man’s behavior is not an isolated incident. Due to the growing nationalist tendencies of 2018 America, immigrants are being barraged with hate and distrust. Recently, three men were convicted with plotting to bomb Somali immigrants in Garden City, Kansas. In Lexington, Kentucky, a girl called to deport a DACA recipient at her university. In Indiana, there have been a heightened amount of hate crimes in the last few years, one of the most notable being a vandalization of a Plainfield mosque.
This should not be an acceptable action in today’s America. We, as a society, should be pushing towards a more accepting and overall kinder place. However, with actions like this happening increasingly often, it is becoming more challenging. So, I challenge you to lead by example and make it a better world not only for immigrants but for every American. Immigrants are the lifeblood of America and to deny them a place in this country is unjust. Indiana’s population, according to the American Immigration Council, is 5 percent immigrant, with another 5 percent of its citizens born to an immigrant parent. Walking down the street, you have a 1 in 10 chance of passing someone who has been affected by the discrimination that has been so widespread in our communities. Those immigrants work in American stores, schools, factories and on farms; their American children go to schools, restaurants, sporting events and movie theaters. To say they don’t have a place in our society is just plain ignorant, they are in every corner of our world.          This discrimination is not always a newsworthy, eye catching event but is more subtle. I, for one have witnessed on multiple occasions, when a Latinx person or family speaks Spanish or another minority speaks their native tongue, bystanders in the area become uncomfortable and judgemental towards the people around them. They may have not threatened to call ICE on them, but the negative sentiment was there. My viewpoint is not exclusive. People all around the United States are seeing a growth in anti-immigrant sentiment. We have to root this out of our society. We need to bring a sense of safety for our immigrants. We need to continue to strive forward and not backward. Be part of the solution, not the problem.


           Most people probably have a neighbor, a friend or a family member who has served in the military at one time or another. Coming back from combat is one of the most difficult things anyone can ever go through, and those who do are forever changed. Disorders like Post-Traumatic Stress are painfully common with veterans, often coupled with the burden of funding employment and housing. The bottom line is that America is not doing enough to take care of our veterans. Instead of the multi-million dollar military parade, proposed by President Trump, veterans would be better off if this money was used to fund other VA projects and strengthen the care and support of America’s veterans, which is in definitely more important. 

           The number of homeless veterans has been rising for years and has reached a startling peak. Around 11 percent of the adult homeless populace are veterans, with roughly 45 percent of them being minorities. We have all seen the homeless at one point in our lives, often standing with a sign declaring them a veteran and in need of help. 

            The US Department of Veteran Affairs has put forth the effort to fight the growing list of homeless servicemen and women, with its programs providing health care and other services to almost 150,000 veterans. However, there is still an onslaught of housing shortages and little access to health care. Almost 31 percent of veterans are affected by PTSD and some form of substance abuse, yet lack access to a support network. Additionally, military occupations are not always transferable to the civilian workforce, placing some veterans at a disadvantage when competing for employment, as they have less experience than the average American. 

           One of the more recent frustrations that veterans are dealing with when it comes to the VA is access to medical care and benefits. According to a 2018 article written by A.J. Lagoe and Steve Eckert, the VA has refused to pay emergency medical bills of tens of thousands of veterans nationwide because they did not visit a VA doctor often enough. Federal investigators have given warnings that the VA needs to do a better job of informing their veterans. Whether these warnings have changed anything is not yet apparent. 

          The VA also faces a backlog of disability claims that often remain untouched for years until the VA has the time and/or money for them. 

         “Veterans wait on average about six months to receive an initial answer on a disability claim. If a veteran disagrees with VA’s decision, the veteran waits another four years. That is a crisis,” Paul Sullivan, a VA employee of about six years, said. 

          With all of these flaws in the veteran support system, how can we help? 

           The biggest thing that we, as a community, can do is to keep our veterans off of the streets. A program called Stand Down is one way to combat veteran homelessness. Stand Downs are usually one to three day events to provide food, shelter, clothing and health screenings to homeless and unemployed veterans. Another unique way to show support is to donate your frequent flier miles, if you have any. The Fisher House Foundation uses these donated miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members. You can also volunteer with Fisher House or donate other household items. Operation Gratitude has sent more than 1.5 million individually addressed care packages to different branches of the military. It also has a letter writing campaign encouraging everyone to write handwritten letters of gratitude to veterans. Even just saying “thank you” to a veteran can mean the world, because some of them may have never heard it. 


What is your advice for preparing for prom?

Jamie Wells, senior

“If you’re going to wear heels, bring some more comfortable shoes to change into for when you’re dancing. Dancing in heels is hard. I brought flip flops last year, and it saved my life.” 

Mrs. Cartwright, math teacher 

“Enjoy every minute of it. Other than graduation,it’s one of the memories you’ll have for the rest of your life.” 

Javonni Pargo, senior 

“Be aware of others when at prom and mind everyone’s personal space. Enjoy yourself and be respectful to others.” 


      Warren Central has been my home for the past four years. No matter how far away I am, I know that I can always count on the friends and teachers that I met during my time here.I have been a part of the Walker Career Center Nanoline engineering team for three years and was lucky enough to be part of the international xPlore engineering team that only happens once every four years. During my time at Warren, I have also been a member of NHS, NAHS and FCA. These clubs and the people I met helped me figure out who I wanted to be and how to become the best version of me possible. When I was a freshman, the only thought that I had was that I was not good enough or smart enough to succeed in a high school with 4,000 other students. Over time, with encouragement from my friends and my teachers, I was able to see that it did not matter if there were people who were more athletic or smarter than I was. I just had to do my best and everything would work out the way it was supposed to.Everyone always says that these years go by quicker than you could imagine, and I never believed them. I wasted my freshman and sophomore years by not getting involved or showing school spirit. But now, four years after walking into those doors to a huge building with thousands of people, I wish I had more time. More time to get involved and join a new club. More time to spend with my friends cheering on my school at football and basketball games. More time to spend with my friends, who make me laugh and brighten my days here. More time to thank my teachers, like Mr. Hanson, who mentored me and inspired me to work as hard as I can on anything that life throws my way.Seniors, as we approach graduation, keep your friends close and be grateful for the time you had together. Be grateful for all the memories you made while you were here and the people you made those memories with. Be grateful for your teachers and all the important lessons they taught you, not just English and math. Underclassmen, even though you may have years left before you graduate and move on into the world, cherish this time you have with your friends and be thankful for all the memories you have yet to make and the teachers that guide you every day. 

        By Kayla Hasseld