Editorial Blog

Faces in the Crowd 

What was your New Years resolution and how have you kept up with it? 

Hannah Walls, sophomore

“My New Year’s resolution is to better myself physically and mentally. To keep up with it, I just keep pushing when things get hard. I do not give up on anything, no matter what it is.” 

Celeste Edwards, freshman

“My New Year’s resolution is to be healthy, not really lose weight, but to be healthy! I’ve started going back to the YMCA, weekly when I get the chance, and cut down on the amount of sugar I eat.” 

Ms. Martin, science teacher 

“This year, for my New Year’s resolutions, I decided to put myself first and become more organized. In order to accomplish this, I have put time with family, friends and myself above other obligations.”


         I am PROUD of Warren Central. I love the Eastside. However,  I often encounter people who just do not understand. Often, I hear comments that disparage the area that I consider my home. I am always told to “not take it personally.” Yet, inevitably, I find myself needing to tell them to understand that it goes much deeper than that.

         As I walk through the halls of Warren, my mind is flooded with memories and emotions. My life is so interwoven into this place that I often cannot remember a time without Warren. 

         The lines between family and friends have long ago blurred. My first memory of Warren Central is when I was five years old, standing in front of what is now the Counseling Services Center waiting to meet my brother’s girlfriend for the first time. Now, years later, she is my sister-in-law and best friend. I remember sitting on the floor in the G-Hallway stairs on the last day of my senior year, crying because I was going to miss this place so much! Four years after that, I returned and have never imagined leaving. Everyday, I pass that spot in the G-Hallway and think, “Wow, they PAY me to do this job.”

         Certain areas and events remind me of people that used to inhabit these halls or stories regarding those legends before my time. Some have passed on and others seem to exist still as teenagers in my mind’s eye. I carry so much love for so many that are here and used to be here that sometimes it actually hurts. I believe that I inherited that love from all of the teachers, staff and students that have gone before me.

         You see this is my family. Everyone here...they are my people. If I meet a Warren grad, I instantly know that they will “get” me. I know they will be accepting of my loyalty, my love and my deep sense of community that many do not understand. 

         Being part of the “Eastside Pride” means that you have a sense of family and immense pride in an area of town that many have written off. I believe that we all need that reminder that we have value...we are an integral part of something bigger than ourselves, something that goes beyond what we can give or do for others. 

          Even after you have graduated and moved on, you are still a special person to someone that remains here. You are an integral part of the growth that occurs. You are a memory, a thought, a laugh or maybe even a tear. You MATTER, not because of what you do ncessarily, but because of who you ARE! Understand that being a Warrior lasts much longer than a mere four years. You are a WARRIOR for LIFE! So, yes, it is personal.


THUMBS UP TO the worldwide Women’s March: a great testament to the strength and power of women everywhere.

THUMBS UP TO the Time’s Up Movement. It’s awesome to have so many celebrities, women and men, band together for a single cause.

THUMBS UP TO Ed Sheeran getting engaged. Looks like he will finally get to play “Thinking Out Loud” at his own wedding.

THUMBS UP TO the Take A Stand movement and Indiana schools coming together to support each other.

THUMBS DOWN TO Logan Paul. And his brother. What’s his name?

THUMBS DOWN TO yet another government shutdown. They may as well close up shop and have a full month’s vacation.

THUMBS DOWN TO Indiana drivers who still can’t drive in the ice. It is like this every year, you’d think they would have caught on by now.

THUMBS DOWN TO Walmart. On one hand, they give their employees a raise, but on the other hand they close Sam’s Clubs around Indianapolis, laying a bunch a people off. 


         Net neutrality. The thing that makes the Internet, well, the Internet. Most people do not think twice about going to their favorite website or posting on their social media, because for most of us, it is second nature. But what if that nature was threatened? How would technology and the way we look at the world change?

         Net neutrality is the rule that internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast cannot slow down or block any content that consumers use on the Internet. It also keeps these companies from charging more for their services. Net neutrality gives people an Internet that enables and protects free speech. This rule has made the web an even playing field, making sure that all users and data are treated the same way. In recent months, however, this field we all know has changed.

         The Federal Communications Commission adopted a set of rules aimed at guaranteeing net neutrality in February 2015. In December 2017, the FCC voted to withdraw the net neutrality rules and return to the looser regulatory structure that oversaw internet service in the 1990s through 2014. Those in favor of the repeal argue that the recent rules saddled Internet service providers with a costly burden that stopped them from expanding internet service.

         This change could potentially be devastating for people all over the globe. Without the net neutrality rules, internet service companies will be able to decide which websites, content and applications people are allowed to view. They will be able to slow their competitors content or block specific political opinions that they disagree with. This could potentially spell out trouble for minority and LGBTQ+ organizations, because now companies can discriminate based on their own personal opinions, against those who net neutrality used to protect.

         What can we do to stop this censorship? Do some research, participate in petitions or start one yourself, contact your local government - such as Attorney General Curtis Hill. Make your voice be heard. The world is literally at your fingertips. Do something to protect that free knowledge before it is taken away. 


        Recently, our President expressed his potent prejudiced beliefs in a remark towards immigrants from Haiti and many African countries. He used a term that I am not allowed to put in the school newspaper, nor do I have much interest in repeating. If you do not know what I am referring to, join countless others in googling it.

         Instead of focusing on politics, I will let their actions speak for themselves. We could all use more positive things to talk about. It is good for our morality and for our mental health.

        However, positivity is not all flowers and rainbows. It is pushing through difficult situations and coming out on top. It is standing firm against what tears you down.

         Optimism is a perspective. Although it can be severely influenced, ultimately it is a choice that every person has to make. Each day we are given opportunities to stay positive and to make the most of situations despite our circumstances.

         Some situations are more mentally and emotionally challenging than others. One of my closest friends underwent a tragedy that no one our age should ever have to deal with. Instead of letting his situation defeat him, he rose above his battles. He consistently brings joy and charm to anyone he comes into contact with and has been a positive example for many younger students to follow. His view of life is proof of how, despite the circumstances, anyone can overcome anything with positivity and by choosing to carry on.

         There are more than a few benefits to being an optimistic person. A few weeks ago, I saw a video that depicted prison inmates working with horses. The men were in a rehabilitating program while taming wild horses. One of the men mentioned how much the horses feed off of the energy of the trainer, so if the trainer is impatient and rude, the horse will refuse to work with him. I think that story correlates strongly with our lives as students and as community members. No one will be willing to work with a person who is negative about their work and their life.

         Seeing the glass half full instead of half empty is a habit that needs time to develop and prosper. Start your day off right by reading a positive news story or a motivational quote or listening to a moving speech or a sermon to set your mood. Put a Post-It on your mirror with an encouraging quote or bible verse on it. Make an effort to compliment at least one person in each of your classes. There is no excuse for ignoring your ability to be optimistic. It is difficult, but it is not impossible. 


What is your favorite part of the holidays? 

Sarah Sexton, freshman 

"My favorite part is getting to enjoy the company of friends and family, but mainly friends, as they’re the family you choose." 

To’Mock Moore, senior 

"Getting together with family and other close relatives because it’s a time of healing after whatever struggles your families have gone through. This is a time to bounce back from whatever happened throughout the year." 

David Fleming, algebra teacher 

"The main reason I like the holidays is because I can get together with family and spend some quality time with them since I usually don’t see them. For Christmas and New Years, I spend time in Florida with my mom."