null     Ugly holiday sweaters are a recent tradition that has swept through the younger generations. Originating from the bizarre, festive holiday looks from the parents in the 80s, the youngsters from this generation took this look and put their own twist on it, highlighting the extraneous fashion trend from the 80s. Being able to spread holiday cheer just by wearing a sweater is a powerful thing, it can help spread the joys of the holidays in a simple, yet grand way. These sweaters have no limits. They can be dedicated to television shows, great memories, inside jokes or just be a cute design. Ugly holiday sweaters can be extraneous and spontaneous or simple and sweet. But at the end of the day, they all share one common goal: to spread the holiday cheer. Although it seems like creating these projects can be overwhelming, holiday sweaters are actually a lot easier to make than one might think.

First, understand that when it comes to decorations, nothing is too dramatic for your holiday sweater.

     If you are creating a sweater dedicated to Hanukkah, do not be afraid to buy a whole menorah to glue or sew into the sweater. In the past, I have managed to put candy-cane slots, stockings, cup-holders and ornaments onto sweaters. Nothing is too much for an ugly holiday sweater. Holiday sweaters are fun and should be a reflection of the creativity inside one’s mind.

Second, find your inspiration for your sweater

     What is your favorite show? What is a huge thing that’s impacted you this year? Who inspired you the most this year? Ugly holiday sweaters are supposed to draw attention, make people turn heads and celebrate the great season of giving. These are all very valuable questions to ask yourself while coming up with an ugly sweater idea. Every year, I have a different idea for my sweaters. Last year was “Christmas is LIT,” so I created a sweater that featured  battery-powered LED Christmas tree lights. This idea was inspired when my dad took me downtown to see the Circle of Lights light up for the first time.

Third, buy your materials

A common misconception for holiday sweaters is that one should already have a sweater fully planned out before buying materials, but that is not the case at all. It is hard to visualize what to put on a sweater if you do not see what you have to work with. It is hard to match sweater colors to the colors of things to put on a sweater if you do not have the supplies. Now that the idea has been established for the sweater, it should not be hard to understand what materials to get. For my own sweaters, my list of materials usually consists of colored felt, puffy paint, cotton balls, jingle bells, thread, holiday-themed cloth, ribbon and, of course, a blank sweater. However, these materials can vary, depending on the idea. For example, for my “Christmas is LIT”sweater, I had to get myself some LED lights. I ended up cutting up a light-up necklace along with the battery powered LED lights to be able to get the effect I wanted.

Third, make a game plan

     How is it going to look? Don’t immediately start putting stuff on the sweater. Maybe start with a sketch. I usually choose quotes or small phrases to put onto a sweater, but that is not how it always has to be. One must understand what he or she is putting onto it beforehand. The ribbon I buy is used for the lettering of the words. I lay out the ribbon in the shape of the letters, pin them down with sewing pins and go back in to sew the ribbon on the sweater.


Four, lay down the basics

     For me, the “basics”  would be the phrase that I want to feature on the sweater. For example, this year’s sweater theme is dedicated to “The Grinch.” The phrase that I chose to put on the sweater is “Grinch don’t steal my vibe,” which I made sure to sew on it before starting anything else. However, if your sweater is inspired by the aesthetic of gifts, then maybe lay down the design of the tied ribbon bow first. If your sweater is dedicated to Kwanzaa, maybe start with sewing on some felt shaped as a candle to represent the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Going back to the first rule, do not be afraid to put actual (unlit) candles on a sweater dedicated to Kwanzaa to represent the seven principles if you want to.

Five, go crazy

     Once the basics are laid down, let the creativity take over. You have the materials and foundation of the sweater laid out, so, put all of the creative ideas flowing through your head onto your canvas. Do not second guess anything. If anything “goes wrong,” understand that they are called ugly holiday sweaters for a reason and virtually no mistakes can ever be made on a sweater. If puffy paint horribly smudges and you want it gone, cover it up with some felt, holiday-themed cloth or ribbon.



null     Tristan Galan, a senior at Warren Central, is the epitome of Halloween Spirit. Galan builds his own Halloween costumes every year. He also does this year round and even competes in cosplay at conventions like Comic-Con.

     Galan sees Halloween and costumes much deeper than the average guy who might simply buy a bowtie, grab a pillow case and go trick or treating.

     “I find characters that I emotionally relate to or have always found interesting and then I try my best to embody said character in a grand costume format,” Galan said.

     Galan’s favorite character is Iron Man. This is no surprise considering he runs an Instagram page dedicated to his Avenger cosplay under the tag “young_tony_stark”. On that page, Galan keeps his followers, who are largely from his school but also from the conventions he has gone to over the years, updated on his next cosplay ideas and his upcoming conventions. In addition to his multiple Iron Man suits, he cosplays as Nurse Joker, the drag alternative to the traditional Joker.

     “The biggest [character I relate to] would be Tony Stark, for he’s an inventor and he likes to build and solve problems in technological ways,” Galan said.

     Galan is not what people would stereotype as the common cosplayer.

     “One of the big things is that everybody thinks we are just a bunch of nerds, which isn’t necessarily false, but we all don’t live in our parent’s basements,” Galan said.

     Galan, who is currently 18, has competed in cosplay since he was 14. Now, Galan not only focuses on his passion but how he improves in his hobby.

     “If I’m being honest, those first couple years were complete garbage,” said Galan.

     That being said, Galan will not be continuing on with the same type of builds that he has always done. Now, he is including LED wiring, small robotics and small attention to detail.

     “This year, being my last year before college, I want to make something that will finally win a competition because I’ve entered competitions in the past with no luck. I see what past winners do and I try implement that into my own designs,” Galan said.

     Galan’s suit last year was another model of Iron Man made of EVA floor mats. The suit weighed 50 pounds and was seven feet tall.

     “This upcoming year, I would like to make another Iron Man suit that is much more modern and sleek. This Iron Man suit is called Model Prime. The idea of this suit is that I’ll be much more mobile than with my previous suit [where] I moved 2 miles per hour,” said Galan.

     Galan keeps the world updated on his pursuit of the perfect suit on his Instagram page “young_tony_stark”. Follow Galan to keep updated on where his Model Prime suit takes him.  



Blue Water-Lines mannymua

Like many trends, this one originated on the runway. Lately, many fashion runways have chased after the disco theme, which triggered the makeup trend of placing a blue color on the bottom lashline. The color was found to work with a variety of other colors, despite the vibrancy of the blue. Many people are picking up on this trend for summer, hoping to match the blue of the ocean. 

Floral thebeachcompany 

After pastel colors made their appearance in New York FashionWeek, everyone relied on floral printsto help stay trendy without being toobold. It is a pattern twist that manypeople have not seen in a while,and it mixes pastel with small print.Many people enjoy this trend becauseit is fashionable without being too flashy. Usually trends are bold fashion statements, but floral prints are a pattern that can work with almost anything. 

Sheer Tops emmacloth

These tops originated in workout apparel and gym attire, but they made their way into everyday fashion and even the New York runway. With summer coming up, sheer tops give the wearer a cool mesh material to ensure air flow in the hot temperatures. 

Velvet soaesthetic

This soft fabric material became popular in late 2017, becoming a regular in closetsin 2018. Before it was a fashion trend,velvet was usually known because it isthe material that the famed Red Carpetis made out of and found at awardshows and elegant events. Since then, people have taken it up as a fashion trend for everyday life. 

Graphic Button-Ups thefreshyard 

Harry Styles began the trend of print-on button-ups in 2015. Initially, this trend was inspired by and resembled Hawaiian shirts printed with native flowers all over it, but now, button ups can be bought with almost any pattern. 

Face Jewels sparkledust 

This trend began at Coachella, one of the biggest music festivals in the country. Introduced by Vanessa Hudgens in 2011, this trend took several years for people to pick up. Beauty gurus finished their makeup looks with these jewels in 2017, making it common for people in 2018. 

Dad Caps adidas 

In 2018, people have been sporting dad caps because of their simplicity and the laid-back vibe they give off. Usually, tossing on a hat signifies a bad hair day or a lazy day, which is how the trend quickly grew among teenagers. The caps have soft fronts as opposed to the hard ones that snapback hats have. 

Golden Highlighters sephora                                               

This makeup trend recently blew-up with the release of singer Rihanna’s beauty line. Her “Fenty Beauty” makeup line releaseda golden highlighting shade called “Trophy Wife,” meant for deeper skin tones. This started a lot of social media commotion after many beauty gurus tried it out to discover the amazing pigmentation and gorgeous shade of it. Since then, Anastasia Beverly Hills came out with their own golden highlighter called “Amrezy” in collaboration with a youtuber named Amra Olevic. With summer coming up, this golden highlighter is increasingly popular with people wanting to show off the ‘sun-dipped’ look. 


Shoot Dance

The Shoot dance that went viral in 2017 continues to have a strong influence on dance styles today. Rapper Blocboy JB released a song with Drake that featured the new dance which caught the attention of many. This dance involves hopping on one foot and kicking with the opposite foot while vertically moving the arm that corresponds with the kicking foot. This dance was so popular that it even erupted into the #Shoot Challenge that trended on Twitter and Instagram. 

Yodeling Walmart Boy 

Who would have thought that someone could become famous just from yodeling in a Walmart? Eleven-year-old Mason Ramsey went viral after a video was posted of him yodeling a 69-year old song “Lovesick Blues” by Hank Williams Jr. Ramsey caught the attention of many celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, who invited him as a guest on her show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ramsey also performed at Coachella with DJ Ethan Snoreck and spent time with Justin Bieber. On April 27, 2018 he released a country song, “Famous” which has received more than 600,000 streams on Spotify. 


Fortnite, developed by Epic Games and People Can Fly, is a survival game based in an imaginary world. Players create avatars and are dropped from a parachute in a desert island which has a range of tools and weapons. They use the weapons to kill their enemies and also collect materials to build their own weapons, buildings, and vehicles. The objective of the game is to be the last person alive. The game releases challenges that allow people to level up to different tiers which show their skill level. Players can also purchase battle passes which increase the amount of tiers a player has. 

Royal Wedding 

On May 19, 2018, Prince Harry of the United Kingdom and film star Meghan Markle tied the knot with a fairytale wedding at Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom. According to Nielson data, about 29 million people in the U.S tuned in to watch the couple make their relationship official. The wedding was noted for its inclusion of an African-American pastor and choir, a wedding party with children under 10 years old, and the simplicity of Markle’s wedding gown. Many were concerned that Markle, having been previously divorced, was not the “typical” person who would be married into the royal family but she brushed those rumors aside and married the love her life. As it is tradition in a royal wedding, the Queen anointed Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex which would make Markle an official royal as she was given the title of “Duchess of Sussex.”

Cardi b 

On June 16, 2017 the entertainment world was gifted with Cardi B’s Bodak Yellow, influenced by the original Kodak Black song “No Flocking.” Since then, Cardi B (Belcalis Almanzar) has gained a large fan base and collaborated with artists such as Migos, Nicki Minaj and Bruno Mars. She also joins The Beatles and Ashanti as the only artists to have three songs on the Hot 100. Cardi B has risen in fame over the past year, being nominated for the Grammy’s and guest starring on talk shows such as Ellen and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Cardi B is also well known for her outgoing and boisterous personality and has influenced the trend of “Okurr.” In October 2017, she was engaged to Migos member Offset, and they are expecting their child in the summer of 2018. 

Black Panther 

Black Panther, released on February 16, 2018, introduced the world to phrases “Wakanda Forever” and “Hey Auntie.” This movie was the first of its kind to feature an entire cast of Africans and African-Americans. Black Panther, a Marvel superhero movie, included popular traditions and customs from many African countries. For example, the Dora Milaje who protected the king of Wakanda (Chadwick Boseman) lead by Okoye (Dania Gurira) was inspired by the real life “Dahomey Amazons,” an all female army who fought in present day Republic of Benin during the 19th century. The film also influenced the increase of African pride among African-Americans. Many were pictured attending the movie premiere in clothes, shoes, and accessories from different African countries. Black Panther was seen by many as progress for minority representation in the film industry. 


On Sept. 8 2017, after two years of development, pop-sensation Rihanna released a line of beauty products that caught the attention of many. The makeup line, named Fenty Beauty, was appreciated for having multiple variations of shades of colors for different skin complexions. The line includes palettes, mascara, lipstick and eyeshadow with the main focus of creating products that are inclusive to all people with unique skin tones. 


This year, Coachella, an annual music and arts festival in Indio, Calif., made history and became even more popular when people found out that the one and only Beyonce was going to be a headliner. Beyonce was the first African American female to headline for the festival. Her two-hour long HBCU inspired performance featured some of her most popular songs such as “Crazy in Love” and “Formation.” The performance included African American dancers, violinists and drumlines who all wore a Greek crest made specifically for Beyonce. She also had collaborations with her husband Jay-Z, her sister Solange and her former group members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams from Destiny’s Child. 


     It has reached that time of year when all teenagers can think about is that one special night. A night that most consider a rite of passage. A night filled with endless dancing and enjoyment--prom. Prom, short for promenade, marks the end of the school year and celebrates the upperclassmen. Students hunt down the perfect dress or the right tuxedo. This tradition dates back to the 19th century, when universities held lavish banquets to commemorate their graduating students. In the beginning, these gatherings were also seen as a way to promote etiquette, while also showing off social class. By the 1930’s, Prom became an annual rite of passage in American high schools. Each prom typically featured crepe and paper decorations, music and entertainment from a live band playing on stage, dancing in a school facility and refreshments. Basically, everything that is depicted in the movies. By the 1950’s, after trying times such as World War II and the Great Depression, Americans had more spending money and time for fun and relaxation. This resulted in more extravagant proms, typically held in country clubs and hotels with more elegant decorations, photography and limousines. 

Swingin’ Sixties 

The 1960’s: the time of anti-war protests, the Civil Rights Movement, Marilyn Monroe and drive-in movie theaters. For a teenage girl in high school stressing about Prom, the biggest thing on her mind was most likely which pastel color to choose and how high she should wear her hair. Fashion in the 60s is known for elegant shift dresses that descended down to the thighs. The common styles for prom included long owing chiffon dresses ranging in a variety of pastel shades and colors. The dresses were focused more on elegance and grace. The majority of the girls had dresses with an empire waist, which were high-waisted and helped hug the girl’s figure. To style their hair, females typically wore big poofy hair called beehives and bouffants. The bouffants were also known as the “Jackie Kennedy” because she popularized this hairstyle while her husband, John F. Kennedy, was in office. Many looked up to her and her style and therefore wanted to imitate this time consuming hairstyle, especially for special occasions like prom. The beehive was a similar style and the only difference was that they were larger and typically required an entire can of hairspray for the style to last. Fashion for men in the 60s was still conservative and involved dressing up in button downs, dressy shoes and either a suit jacket or an ivy league styled shetland sweater. For prom, male students wore black or simple nude-colored formal tuxedos and their best dress shoes to match the ensemble. 

Savvy Seventies 

The 70s was a decade of flower power, David Bowie, double denim, Star Wars and hippies. This was the time period when people weren’t afraid to make statements and women were less restricted on what they could say, do and wear. In the fashion world, new things such as platform shoes, trousers and rock t-shirts became trends for both men and women. The women’s hairstyles also went from being conservative and elegant to more loose and outgoing. The prom fashion highly reflected the trends of the era, especially the bohemian hippie trend. Dresses had adopted a sack shape, which typically had an empire waist accompanied by a long maxi skirt and long sleeves. The common theme among these dresses was that they were long, flowy and made of lace or sheer material. They still adopted the pastel colors from the 60s, but the majority of the dresses were covered in colorful oral designs. The male students were also a part of the hippie trend and were seen wearing tight collared shirts with multiple designs and colors such as plaid. A typical prom ensemble for male students consisted of different bright colored suits and tuxedos. These outfits were commonly paired with frilly tuxedo shirts that were either white or matched the color of the suit or tuxedo. 

Electric Eighties 

The 80s can only be described as a time of bold fashion, shiny metallic colors and shoulder pads. The fashion trends became more over the top and risky, with people wearing shoulder pads and bright, shiny, metallic colored clothing to stand out. The prom fashion was nothing shy of bold and outgoing. Many of the dresses were decorated with shiny sequins, bows and large ruf es. Dresses were more revealing and were commonly sleeveless or had large ruf ed short sleeves. Hair during this era was an interesting spectacle to observe, especially when the styles were exaggerated. Girls typically crimped their hair to make it curly, puffy and stiff. Hairstyles varied in different curly styles pulled into heaping twists and curls on top of their heads. During this time, more girls started wearing heels to special occasions, and prom was no exception. Typically, they wore small white satin heels to match with whatever colored dress they were wearing. The boys, on the other hand, continued the trends of the frilly ruffled shirts and pastel colored tuxedos but also included oversized bow ties. Some students wore an all black tuxedo with matching Ray-Ban’s. 

Nifty Nineties 

The 90’s era brought with it “Titanic,” pagers, Madonna, overalls and the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” By this time period, society was much more advanced in technology, fashion and people were more open minded when it came to controversial issues. For example, women had more freedom to wear what they chose to, same-sex relationships became more accepted and multiple cultures were celebrated. Prom became an even bigger deal and was used by students to express their individuality. Girls wore sleek skin tight dresses with slits along the thighs and completed the out t with kitten heels. The accessories included velvet or dark jewelry, chokers and pearls and hairstyles were more based on updos and side parts. Suits and tuxedos that were once designed baggy for men became available in slimmer fits, therefore the majority of the male students would have been seen in sleek black and white suits and tuxedos with ties and bow ties that matched the color of their date’s dress. 

Totally 2000’s 

Fashion in the 2000’s was influenced by pop culture and the fads that celebrities came up with. More people paid attention to what they were seeing on television and what their favorite actress was wearing. People commonly imitated the styles that they saw on television and in magazines. Clothing for both men and women became more colorful, shorter and showed more skin. There were more choices for prom dresses including color, style, material and event. Spaghetti straps and updos with flowers and jewelry in them as well as multiple bright colored dresses were the typical trend in clothing. Many of the girls wore sleek bright colored dresses with spaghetti straps, styled their hair in updos, put flowers and jewels in them and paired their outfits with a smoky eye and nude colored lipstick. The late 2000’s was also the era of the duct tape prom ensembles, when couples would create their dresses and suits out of multi-colored duct tape. While there was a variety of choices for females, there were not very many for the male students. The difference between the clothing in the 90s to the 2000’s is that suits and tuxedos were offered in even more colors and had a tighter fit. Young men also enjoyed wearing shutter shades and even added their own simple necklace or earring to accessorize. 


Food: Take an adventure and try a new restaurant around Indy. Experience a plethora of unique eateries from all over. Here are a few to try:

  • Indulge: Small ice cream shop in Fortville acknowledged for their low prices and large portions.

  • B Spot Burgers: Gourmet burger joint on 86th street, owned by TV celebrity chef Michael Symon who is a winner of multiple Best Burgers in America.

  • BRICS: A renovated historic train depot on east 64th street is home to Broad Ripple Ice Cream Station.

  • Rock-Cola Cafe: A small diner in Irvington known for its nostalgic 1950s style setting. It is famous for selling The Original Choc-Ola, a chocolate flavored beverage.

  • Wyliepalooza: Small ice cream shop in Irvington known for their creative housemade flavors such as Raspberry Rhapsody, Coconut Almond Bliss and Zanzibar Chocolate.

Downtown Indianapolis: Take the 15 minute drive downtown to experience your local Indy through beautiful parks, a walk on the canal, museums and much more. Indianapolis has a lot to offer for those seeking to make memories with family and friends.

  • White River State Park: journey through the NCAA Hall of Champions, rent a city bike or take a walk along the canal

  • Indianapolis Zoo: visit the new Addra Gazelle calf, Greater Kudu calf, and baby orangutans this Spring

  • The Indiana Art Museum is free admission until the beginning of April, when it will be reintroducing an admission fee

  • Pacers: There are three home games during spring break. Watch the Pacers up against the Lakers, the Clippers, and the Heat for tickets as low as $28.

  • Indy Eleven game on March 31st at Lucas Oil against FC Cincinnati, general admission is $15 

Some Money and Some Traveling: Take a day or two traveling around and experiencing a different city:

  • St. Louis: This major city is four hours from Indy and is known for its 630 foot tall Gateway Arch. It is home to an amazing City Museum ($14), Botanical Garden ($12), and even a Six Flags, which opens the last weekend of spring break ($49.99).

    • Distance: four hours

  • Chicago: A little over three hour drive to the Windy City. Visitors can take a trip to the Navy Pier(no admission fee but does cost for attractions), sightsee on the Willis Tower Skydeck for the price of $23, or venture around Millenium Park (free).

    • Distance: three hours

  • Cincinnati: Cincinnati offers beautiful attractions, all within an hour and 45 minute drive from Indy. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden offer adult tickets online for only $17. The Newport Aquarium is another popular attraction with an adult ticket price at $24.99.

    • Distance: an hour and 45 minutes

  • Greatwolf Lodge: Only a two hour drive to the indoor waterpark in Mason, Ohio that features attractions such as the Triple Twist, Hydro Plunge and Coyote Cannon. A family suite fits up to 6 people for $219.99, which comes out to $36.67 per person.

    • Distance: two hours

  • Nashville: Just a four and half hour drive to the Music City, where visitors can experience world-famous music and food scene like none other. The Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium are two of the most famous concert venues with ticket prices as low as $40.

    • Distance: four and a half

The Great Outdoors: There are many state and national parks in the Mid-West area. Every park comes with the opportunity to camp, sightsee, hike on various trails and experience nature. Each park also has their own unique qualities with a flat rate of $7 entry fee for in state vehicles of Indiana.

  • Indiana Dunes:

    • Distance: 3 hours drive 

    • Location: Lake Michigan 

  • Brown County:

    • Distance: 1 hour drive

    • Location: Nashville, Indiana

  • Turkey Run:

    • Distance: 1 hour ½ drive

    • Location:  Marshall, Indiana

  • Great Smoky Mountains:

    • Distance: 6 hour drive 

    • Location: Gatlinburg, Tennessee (no entry fee) 

  • Fort Harrison:

    • Distance: 15 min drive

    • Location: Lawrence, Indiana


Kamryn Townsend 

       What is your talent?

         My talent is creating my own projects. I specifically like Do it Yourself Projects (DIY) and one of those include using FDA approved ingredients from a cosmetic vendor to make my own lip gloss.

       What inspired you to start?

         I spent money on overpriced lip gloss, so I decided to do research on how I could make my own. I realized that I could make my own lip gloss, save money and make my own money.

       How do you juggle your business with school and your clubs? 

       I make room in my schedule based on priorities. Whenever I have free time, I do a mass production of lip gloss. Luckily, school and work activities leave me with enough free time to create my product.

       What are your plans for the future?

         In the future, I want to create a new product. I am not sure what it will be, but I will brainstorm ideas over time.

       What are your future plans for your lip gloss business?

         To continue, I plan on coming up with new ideas for the flavors and colors of the gloss. I also want to add other accessories and cosmetics to my business so that I can continue to appeal to my customers.

What motivates you to continue your business and does it help you jump-start your pharmacy career? 

The experimental concept of pharmacy helps me learn to be patient when measuring and mixing products and the thought of building my own brand and being able to share my talent which also motivates me. 

De’Ante Parrish 

       What was the reason for starting your Youtube channel? 

         I started my YouTube channel to help people get a unique hairstyle called “360 Waves.”

       What motivates you to continue to create videos?

         What motivates me to continue making videos is all of the love and support that I get from the people who watch my videos. Every comment and every like I take personally and it means a lot to know that someone takes time out of their day to view my videos like, comment and subscribe.

       What inspires you to keep making videos?

         My support base is mainly African American males aged as young as 8 years to their 30’s. I feel the way that I carry myself is very important and I do so in a professional yet entertaining way because I understand that my actions can affect the way some children choose to live their lives whether good or bad. With my hair tutorials, I am promoting Black culture and teaching other men how to groom and style their hair in a clean and fashionable way. I also feel as I am making a impact on uplifting my race.

What are some of the opportunities YouTube has opened up for you? 

YouTube has opened my eyes to the world of video editing which I’ve come to love. I aspire, in the future, to branch out into the film industry. With my platform now, I will continue to create quality content and also build my voice up to make a difference on the world. YouTube is more than a website that holds thousands of videos, but it is also a platform for many to express themselves in their own unique way. 

Malia Guy 

       What are you doing to pursue your career in music?

         I'm very serious about my music, so I'm going to continue to grow a fan base as I prepare to release an album this summer. To be great or a master of anything you have to study it, practice it and have the passion for it. Music is definitely my passion and so I'm going to take it to the sky and even further. It's my plan A,B,C and D.

       What extracurricular activities are you involved in?

         I'm involved in the gospel choir after school with Ms. Bolden, the biology teacher. I grew up in church, so Gospel is second nature to me. When I heard about it on the announcements, I went for it!

       What accomplishments have you gained from your music?

      Accomplishments I've gained from my music is just building a name for myself. This past summer, I was in so many talent shows, traveling to Mississippi, Chicago and Michigan for talent showcasing opportunities. I've come in first place in most talent shows that I've done, which has led to receiving medals and certificates.

What are your future plans to help your success grow? 

My future plans to help my success grow is putting more content out to the public and getting them familiar with my face. I started this thing called Freestyle Fridays. I'll be posting new rap videos every Friday so that I can stay active with the people who support me, gain new fans and stay productive.



         Human trafficking has existed around the world for thousands of years. Since before the European Slave Trade, people were kidnapped and sent to different forms of physical and, at times, sexual labor. Victims of modern human trafficking are isolated and forced into forms of labor such as domestic work, construction, prostitution and more without a means of escaping.

         One of the most significant human trafficking moments in history began with the Atlantic Slave trade, when Africans were torn from their homelands to work on plantation colonies all over Spain, Europe and the Americas. Nowadays, human trafficking victims are under the radar of law enforcement, thus resulting in their inability to escape from their lives of torment.

         In 1927, the League of Nations, created after WWI in attempts to preserve world peace, changed the “International Agreement for the Suppression of White Slave Traffic” to fit women and children of all races so as to not discriminate. While the UN and other countries have attempted to end or prevent the effects of human trafficking, it remains a worldwide issue that needs to be more aggressively tackled. For example, in 1956, India introduced the “Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act” which would punish third parties involved in Human Trafficking. India is still one of the countries with the worst sex trafficking records which goes to show that the laws implemented are not effective. 

Labor Trafficking

         Labor trafficking is a form of human trafficking where employers and recruiters use violence, threats and other forms of force to make people work against their will. Victims of labor trafficking are typically placed in places such as restaurants, begging rings, bars, factories, domestic work and health and beauty services. Victims are lured by the false promises of high salaries, opportunity to travel and other luxuries.

         In 2016, the International Labor Organization estimated that there are about 152 million children between the ages of 5-17 in forced labor and about 73 million of them are exposed to detrimental conditions that negatively affect their physical and mental well-being. The Bureau of Labor Affairs is partnered with businesses, community outreach programs and NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) to raise awareness and intervene in cases of Labor Trafficking. 

Sex Trafficking

         When someone is held against their will and forced to perform commercial sexual acts such as prostitution, pornography or other acts in exchange for goods such as money and drugs. In 2017, the National Human Trafficking Hotline reported 4,460 cases of human trafficking with California having the highest number - 705 cases, and 3,186 of these cases were reported under the sex trafficking category.

         Programs and organizations such as Polaris Project and Purchased work with government agencies like Homeland Security to fight against sex trafficking. Many community organizations also offer assistance to those who have been affected by sex trafficking by providing rehabilitation services, food, shelter and career assistance.

END IT Movement

         The END IT Movement is an organization made up of seven non-profit organizations that host promotional events, marathons and other events to raise awareness on the issue of human trafficking. They provide tool kits and ideas on how others can follow their lead and educate the people around them on the severity of human trafficking and what needs to be done to ‘End It.’ Students can go on the END IT website to learn more and also find ways that they can help raise awareness and “shine a light on the darkness” that is human trafficking. 

The Hope Center

         The Hope Center, located on the east side of Indy is a religiously- affiliated establishment that provides support to female survivors of human trafficking. Their mission is “to be a Christ-Centered program to help personally and professionally develop women who are coming out of Human Trafficking.” To contribute to the Hope Center, people can donate or volunteer. Those under 18 can help set up and prepare for events and adults 18 and over are able to work with hands-on rehabilitation services. 

Government Agencies and NGO’s 

         Now, more than ever, many people have access to online petitions. There are a variety of petitions aimed at pushing Congress to strengthen and improve programs that provide support to human trafficking victims. With the tap of a finger, students can go online, search anything as simple as “petitions for ending human trafficking” and a variety of choices will show. Those who see and understand the cruelty and inhumane results of human trafficking will use this resource to their advantage.

10 Signs for Recognizing Human Trafficking:

1. Looks malnourished/unhealthy (pale skin, bone- thin, sunken eyes) 

2. Physical abuse injuries (bruises in unusual places, scalding and cigarette burns) 

3. Quiet and does not keep eye contact 

4. Nervous around law enforcement/authority figures 

5. Having similar or “scripted” answers or avoids conversation altogether 

6. No ID or passport 

7. No personal belongings 

8. Accompanied by someone else that talks for them. 

9. Showing unusual behavior: anxiety, depression, submissiveness, fearfulness.

10. Unaware of their location, no knowledge of surroundings


       After 33 years of coaching at Warren Central High School, math teacher and coach Gary Roberts was selected as the Indiana Girls Lacrosse Coach of the Year. Not long after, he was inducted into the Indiana Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame.

      “For someone to think I deserve an award like this is truly a great honor,” Roberts said.

 Robert’s career in education began in Australia, where he lived for two years, teaching Social Studies, Geography and English. He then moved to Warren Township in 1979 and taught at Creston Middle School for 15 years. After teaching at Creston, Roberts decided to move to the high school where he has been teaching for 25 years.

      “It's part of my community and I love teaching here,” Roberts said. “The best thing about it is the incredible mix of kids and adults that have been part of my life here.” 

       Roberts has inspired many educators and students alike. 

       Students benefit from his engaging lessons and connections in the classroom and his athletes learn from his motivational coaching.

      “He connects with people and it doesn’t matter who, in the classroom or on the field and that’s what makes him so special,” Principal Rich Shepler said. “I don’t think anyone has had a bigger impact than Gary Roberts in the Warrior nation because he’s touched so many lives.”

       He started coaching boys soccer in 1985 and was inspired to put together a girls team the following year. He went on to coach both teams for 17 years.

      “It’s been a part of teaching, I couldn’t imagine teaching without coaching, it’s just a part of what I do,” he said.

       Under Robert’s leadership, the Warren Central soccer programs have earned many achievements. Between 1985 and 2002, the boys soccer program won six Sectionals and two Regional championships. The girls program won seven Sectionals championships, one Regional title and made it into the Final four between 1986 and 2017.

      “Over the years, I’ve figured out what’s really important and it’s more about working together with the players. Of course we want to win, but the things we remember the most are the things we did and not necessarily the games we won,” Roberts said. 

        Roberts successes were not limited to the growth of the soccer program, but also stretched to Lacrosse. He started the Lacrosse program in 2013 and, since then, the team has prospered. The girls lacrosse program has gone from being unknown and overlooked to becoming one of the top 10 teams in the state. This year, Roberts was selected as the 2017 Indiana Girls  Lacrosse Coach of the Year by the Indiana Girls Lacrosse Association. 

      “He has turned our relatively new program into a very competitive one that has knocked off several highly ranked teams and gained respect from schools,” assistant Lacrosse coach Ryan Blythe said.

        Blythe was an original assistant coach when the Lacrosse program was formed in the spring of 2013.

        Roberts has inspired many lives and helped his athletes to succeed and move on to play in the collegiate level. 

       “He doesn’t allow you to settle for anything and he definitely doesn’t let you give up on yourself,” 2017 graduate Taylor Baker said. “Because of him, I went from being scared to catch the lacrosse ball to earning a full tuition scholarship to play at a Division II university.”


      It is that time of year again! The leaves are falling and the weather is changing. Everyone is looking forward to the holiday season. During this joyous time, we must also remember that it is a season of giving and being kind to others. It is also the time for high school seniors to fill their resumes with more community service hours. 

Humane Society:

        The Humane Society offers sheltering and adoptive services for all kinds of animals. Volunteering at the Humane Society gives students and families the chance to have hands on experience and provide care for animals in need of compassion. To volunteer, students must be at least 16 years of age. There is a $15 fee for each volunteer, which covers the volunteer t-shirt, basic training and volunteering supplies. There is a wide range of options, which include training and giving quality time to adoptable dogs, making sure kennels and other areas are well-kept, walking adult dogs, spending quality time with cats and cleaning cages. Before volunteering, volunteers must attend an information session, complete training and an educational course on the animals and shadow an experienced staff member. 

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful:

       Keep Indianapolis Beautiful is an organization created to build communities and help improve the quality of public places in the city. Volunteers learn more about the community and gain hands-on experiences with nature, while also helping to keep the city safe and clean. Volunteers can choose to help clean the streets, plant trees in public places or turn empty spaces into public parks. In order to volunteer, one must create a profile on the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful website and register to work. 

Art with a Heart:

       Art with a Heart is an organization that provides a variety of art programs for at-risk youth. Many of the children associated with the program come from difficult backgrounds and typically lack basic things such as food and money. Volunteers work directly with the students in a positive environment and help them find their potential, whether it is in the arts or elsewhere. Volunteers can choose to assist in classrooms during school days, after school programs or summer camps. The organization says, “No art experience necessary; bring your heart for kids and your smiling face and we will train you on everything else!” 

Sonny Day:

        Sonny Day is known for providing food, toiletries and clothing to Warren Township families in need. The pantry occupies the building that used to be Heather Hills Elementary. There are many opportunities for students and parents alike to volunteer and help Sonny Day run efficiently. Students can organize clothing and food items or help with packaging donations. This is a way to make a difference in the Warren Township community. Sonny Day partners with student council to get volunteers when they are in need of help. Those interested in volunteering at Sonny Day can speak with a student council adviser: Amy Moeller, Tracey Bush and Tim Kegley or officer: Ramatou Soumare, Andrew Montgomery, Chelsi Waggoner, Lilian Duong, Staci Gibson, Laniah Ray-Reed, Charles Peterson and Peter Drummond.


        Gleaners is a food bank that partners with approximately250 organizations in 21 counties in Indiana. There are variousopportunities to volunteer throughout the year. Volunteers canwork in the distribution center sorting and packaging donationsin the warehouse as well as putting together backpacks for at riskyouth. Volunteers can also work in the Cynthia H. HubertCommunity Cupboard, greeting customers and helping loaditems in customers’ vehicles. Gleaners provides a variety ofchoices including packaging, helping seniors shop and helpingstaff members enter data into the database. Gleaners providesa great opportunity to be involved in the community and gainexperience in interacting with people. In order to volunteer,a volunteer release form must be filled out and turned in theday the student chooses to volunteer. 


        DoSomething.org is a resource for anyone interested in participating in community service and doing things on their own. DoSomething offers an extensive selection of activities and service projects that support a wide variety of causes. Causes include: animals, bullying, environment, discrimination, education, health, homelessness, disasters and poverty. Students can do things such as host a jean collecting drive or create thank you cards for veterans. When a project is completed, students can post pictures and qualify for scholarships for themselves or for their schools.