Editorial Blog

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


       Earlier this week, James Comey, who was the former director of the FBI, until his abrupt dismissal in May 2017, released his book “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.” In the book, Comey blasts Trump for his past and current actions that threw his leadership under question. The book grabbed the media, the president and the people’s attention. But why? 

       The dismissal of Comey was a highly controversial topic in the earlier half of 2017, however, it has faded in a lot of the eyes of the constantly moving American public. This book has again launched the James Comey bombshell into the American viewpoint and for good reason.The manner in when Comey was fired was abnormal, pure and simple. In the current day, it can be hard for someone to maintain attention of an abnormal event on the national scale. It seems like they happen daily, hourly, even by the minute. However, the challenge to the American people, and especially high schoolers, as we are constantly moving on to the next topic, is to pay attention. 

       We cannot allow ourselves to tune out. Comey has something to say and it will pay for the American people to listen. It does not matter whether or not you agree with Trump, his policies, or Comey, and his sentiments. The point is to be an active member in our democracy. 

       “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership” and other highly explosive materials have the chance to help restore democracy. They cannot do it alone though, they need people to listen, read, watch, digest, understand and participate. Even if you do not buy the book, it is important to understand why it was written. Everyone should be able to participate in the national discussion, to make their voice heard, and to get the person they want to represent them. The national discussion right now is on the book. If you are not participating, you are not helping defend our democracy. 

        Most people have an opinion on the direction that our country is going, however, they do not express it or listen to another’s opinion. Democracy requires full participation. If you feel like our democracy is failing, if you feel like the environment around is becoming more volatile than ever, then speak up and say what you have to say. There is no reason not to. James Comey did; why can’t you? 


        Deforestation has been an issue for decades and is becoming more and more featured in headlines across the globe. But one of its most dangerous effects is the growing impact of global warming and climate change. These problems are common effects of harming the environment. 

        Forest loss contributes between six to 12 percent of annual global carbon dioxide emissions and the number one problem caused by deforestation is the impact on the global carbon cycle and climate change. A controversial theory argues that strangely enough, it is a warming arctic that is causing extreme winter weather in the eastern U.S. 

        Climate change, or global warming, is a change in global or regional climate patterns, mostly due to the carbon dioxide emissions from excessive fossil fuel use. The ongoing dispute is centered around the effects and what policies should be implemented to lower said effects. 

         In a recent article from Wired, it is stated that geological evidence suggests that we have entered a period of unnatural warming. For 400,000 years, carbon levels in the atmosphere had never exceeded 300 parts per million. In 1950, this level was exceeded and has been growing since. In 2013, CO2 levels surpassed 400 ppm for the first time in history. 

        However, some believe that the argument is just a political scandal. 

        Chris Mooney, author of “The Republican War on Science,” has argued that the appearance of overlapping groups of skeptical scientists and think tanks in unrelated controversies results from an attempt to replace scientific analysis with political ideology. 

        Nevertheless, something is clearly happening to our typical weather patterns and climate change is a likely suspect, with many voices arguing its existence. The evidence given by countless scientists is overwhelming. Record-breaking temperatures, humidity and the rising of our sea levels are just a few pieces, showing that the Earth is warming fast, and that all the emissions we release into the atmosphere from fossil fuels is changing our global climate. 

        What can we do about it? How can a single person have an affect on the atmosphere? 

        There are actually many ways that people and organizations can help keep excess carbon dioxide out of the air, and not just by recycling or using electric cars. 

        Deforestation is a leading cause of climate change, so preventing surplus logging could do wonders for the atmosphere. Large-scale restoration tactics include: restoring ecosystem services provided by forests, reducing the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and rebuilding wildlife habitats. The Indiana Forest Alliance (IFA) is a group that is working to restore and maintain Indiana’s native hardwood forests. There is also a bill being proposed to lawmakers that would protect 10 percent of Indiana’s forests from timber production, a small step in the right direction. 

        By eating sustainable food and choosing recycled or certified sustainable products, we can all be part of the movement towards less greenhouse gas emissions. If you can afford it, purchase solar panels to increase the amount of solar energy you use. Try using energy- saving light bulbs too. If every household in the United States replaced one regular light bulb with an energy-saving model, we could reduce global warming pollution by more than 90 billion pounds over the life of the bulbs. Educate your friends, family and community about how our everyday actions can impact the air and weather around us. 


If you could go anywhere over spring break, where would it be?

Ms. Duguid, english teacher 

“I would want to go to San Francisco because it’s one of my favorite cities.” 

Tiffany Stewart, freshman 

“I would go to California because the weather is amazing. I would hang out with my best friend who lives there because I haven’t seen her in years.” 

Alexis Steinbrook, sophomore 

̈I would go to Florida because it’s pretty and I want to go swim with the dolphins.” 


              In high school, there are a lot of distractions. We, as students, have to remember that what we do in the present could ruin our future. My challenge in high school was finding friends that were motivated and determined to accomplish great things in life like I was.

              When I lost one of my best friends who had been battling cancer, I was crushed. We would hang out all day and talk about how successful we would be when we became adults. Seeing his twin brother so crushed was what really hit home for me, especially having a mother who was also battling cancer. It was time to change my focus around.

              During that time, I became motivated and learned how to listen. I gave more time to my studies, slept more, ate better and strove for greatness in everything that I did. By my senior year, I decided to focus on track, throwing the shot put and discus. I trained to the best of my ability every day, every chance I got. Did I see instant results? No, but that did not stop me. My GPA was on the rise and with improved SAT scores, I was focused on making it to college, so I kept focusing on my studies and trained to the maximum that my body could handle each day.

              I received a call that I was invited to the Nike Indoor and Outdoor National Track and Field meets, where I placed third indoor and first place outdoor. I was a National Champion for Lawrence North. All the hard work and sacrifice had paid off. My very last time competing in high school track and field was one I will never forget. I then continued on to Indiana State where I was a 4X All-American and All-Conference athlete. In total, I now have eleven rings from competing and two from coaching. As I continue my passion for track, I now use my talents and skills to help others reach their personal life goals and become successful in whatever career they choose.