Feature Blog

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.


      From football to cross country, sports can get dangerous. Playing sports at a high school level puts student athletes at a higher risk of sustaining potentially crippling injuries. Injuries play a big part in all sports and affect athletes of all levels and ages.

      Contact sports, such as football and soccer, carry the highest percentage for injuries, according to the Youth Sports Safety Alliance. Consumers Product Safety Commission experts say sports are responsible for the most emergency room visits. Basketball, football and soccer were the leading contributors for sport injuries that led to emergency room visits. Athletes in these sports generally have dreams of playing at the collegiate or professional level. An injury could put stress on players with these types of dreams.

    “Colleges are scared to take a chance on an injured player,” said junior football player David Bell.

      Depending on the timing and severity, an injury could change the course of a student athlete’s career. Timing affects the healing process and the performance an athlete can give. Recruiting typically begins sophomore year and impressing scouts is the main goal.

    “Sophomore year was when a lot of my recruiting started,” said senior football player Julius Brents. “If I was injured then, I don’t know where I’d be today.”

      It’s a commonality for injuries to be hidden for the sake of performance. Afflictions like concussions, sprains, and tears could sit a player out for two to three games.

    “Missing games is the worst feeling as an athlete,” said senior football player Jason Holland. “You feel like you’re being held back.”

       Student athletes regularly hide injuries. According to the At Your Own Risk Organization, 54 percent of athletes have confessed to playing through a injury and 42 percent said they have hidden a injury in a game to continue playing.

      “I kept trying to play through something that I should of gotten checked out,” said senior Marcelino Rosas. “It made me not play as well my junior year.”

       The recovery process can be extensive and even when athletes return, they are never the same athlete as they were before.

      “When I was cleared to cheer again, I wasn’t allowed to do as much as I could before,” said senior cheerleader Paiten Price. “I couldn’t perform up to my full potential.” The mental trauma of an injury can be a game changer for athletes as well. It makes students more aware of sports safety.

      “Once you get older and experience an injury, you tend to take better care of your body,” said Brents.

        In post recovery, it is common for student athletes to become hesitant of the choices they make. Some athletes become more cautious while playing and try to avoid risk.

      “I’m scared to do certain things now,” said junior volleyball player and track runner, Prommyse Hoosier.

       Although the process of recovery for most injuries have the same steps, each athlete goes through the process at a different pace. According to athletic trainer Gerald Mickler, the recovery process is usually managing pain, regaining range of motion and strength, regaining agility and function, and regaining sport specific ability.

       School athletic trainers play a large part in the recovery process of student athletes. Trainers are trained to immediately tend to athletes when an injury occurs and to refer athletes to other resources if necessary.

     “We are responsible for being the first line of defense for athletic injuries,” said Mickler.

       A study conducted by Alicia Pike of the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut found that only 37 percent of public schools in the United States offer full time athletic services. According to Pike, school athletic trainers are a vital aspect of health and safety for student athletes.

      “Not too many schools have trainers there all the time, so I definitely use that to my advantage,” said Holland.

       Although injuries are something to avoid, some athletes will still roll the dice and take their chances.

     “You just go out there, play the game and hope by the grace of God you’re protected,” said Brents.



Twin sisters Alex Fielding (Tia Mowry) and Camryn Barnes (Tamera Mowry), who were separated at birth, meet on their 21st birthday and discover that they are witches from a magical kingdom called Coventry. Twenty-one years before, their protectors Illeana (Jennifer Robertson) and Karsh (Pat Kelly) sent them to earth to protect them from the dangers of the darkness. Alex and Camryn struggle to accept their true identities but venture out to find their birth mother, defeat the darkness and strengthen their friendship. 


After 13 year old Marnie Piper (Kimberly J. Brown) finds out that she is a witch, she follows her grandmother Aggie Cromwell (Debbie Reynolds) to the strange land called Hallweentown. Marnie and her siblings meet bizarre characters such as Bennie, the skeleton taxi driver, and Gort, an ogre who collects lost things. This movie is not only a family friendly Halloween scare, but also a coming of age story as Marnie discovers her true potential and uses her newfound powers and wisdom to defeat the evil in Halloweentown. 

“Edward Scissorhands” 

Edward (Johnny Depp), an unfinished science experiment with a ghastly appearance and scissors for hands, meets a woman named Peg (Dianne Wiest) who welcomes him into her home. Edward moves in with Peg and falls in love with her daughter Kim (Winona Ryder.) He learns to accept himself in an unaccepting society, while also learning how to show his love to Kim.

“Friday the 13th”

When eight year old Jason Voorhees drowns at Camp Crystal lake in the summer of 1957 due to negligent camp counselors, his death brings in a bloody reality that will haunt the camp forever. The following year, two camp counselors are killed and later, the camp is shut down. In 1979, new owners decided to reopen Camp Crystal Lake but this is followed by a series of murders committed by an unseen murderer with ties to the little boy who drowned all those years ago.

“Hocus Pocus”

In this family-favorite, teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz), his younger sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their friend Allison (Vinessa Shaw) accidentally release the Sanderson sisters (Bette Midler as Winfred, Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah and Kathy Najimy as Mary), a coven of three witches who were executed for practicing dark magic. With the help of a talking black cat, Max, Dani and Allison must stop the evil witches before they get enough power to become immortal. “Hocus Pocus” will be on Freeform’s 13 Nights of Halloween every night until Halloween, while also playing on Disney Channel’s Monstober throughout the month. 

More movies to watch

  • The Haunted Mansion 
  • ParaNorman 
  • Coraline 
  • Addams Family Values 
  • Frankenweenie 
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas 
  • Teen Witch Underwraps 
  • Corpse Bride
  • Child’s Play 
  • Jeepers Creepers 
  • Scream 
  • Scary Movie 
  • Twitches Too 
  • Girl vs. Monster 
  • Halloween 
  • Beetlejuice 
  • Monster House
  • The Little Vampire 
  • Ghostbusters 
  • Casper 
  • The Conjuring 
  • Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire 
  • Hotel Transylvania 
  • Goosebumps 
  • Dark Shadows 
  • The Addams Family


From strawberry to lemon meringue pie, the list of yogurt flavors goes on. Yogurt can now be enjoyed with the sweet flavors of cinnamon and ginger, which ultimately create pumpkin spice. Pumpkin spice can be found in yogurt brands such as Dannon and Chobani. 


General Mills and Kellogg’s joined the pumpkin spice bandwagon and added pumpkin spice to some of their popular cereal brands. Kellogg’s introduced Special K Pumpkin Spice Crunch in the fall of 2016 and the Special K website released the following quote regarding the cereal: “You're not doing fall right without Special K Pumpkin Spice Crunch. One spoonful will transport you to a crackling fire, outfitted in your coziest flannel." They also added a pumpkin spice twist to the Frosted Mini-Wheats cereal. Around the same time, General Mills also introduced their Pumpkin Spice Cheerios which resulted in a series of mixed reactions on social media. 

Pumpkin Spice Latte

The Pumpkin Spice Latte, a famous fall favorite, was released by Starbucks in 2015. It is a sweet coffee drink, made up of a combination of fall spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin spice. 


Oreo is known for conjuring up some of the most creative cookie flavors. From birthday cake to banana split cream, it is no surprise that the company has a flavor that correlates with the fall theme. Oreo first released their Pumpkin Spice Oreos in September of 2014. The limited edition treat can be found in stores and on Amazon.


Peeps are a marshmallow treat molded into the shape of animals such as bunnies and chicks. They first came out in 1953 and were produced by Just Born, a candy manufacturer in Pennsylvania. The company released its pumpkin spice latte flavor in 2015 which is not as popular as it may seem. The fluffy marshmallow is mixed with pumpkin spice and dipped in white fudge. They can be purchased on Amazon or from the Peeps website.


Those who love drinking tea, iced or heated, black or green, have a new flavor to look forward to. All of these teas have certain health benefits, mental and physical. Two of the most popular drinks during the fall season are hot chocolate and the famous Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. Now people can enjoy the taste of a new drink -- pumpkin spice tea. Brands such as Tazo Chai, Bigelow and Rooibos Herbal blend can be found with the pumpkin spice flavor online and in stores such as Walmart and Target. 

Candy Corn

Candy corn. A soft chewy treat most popular during the fall and Halloween season, is heavily debated on it’s worth and deliciousness. Will people feel the same when they find out that this treat can be found in pumpkin spice? Anyone interested can hunt it down in stores or go on Amazon or Candy Crate to find Brach’s Pumpkin Spice Candy corn. 

More Pumpkin Spice Treats to Enjoy

  • Milano Pumpkin Spice Cookies
  • Pumpkin Spice Malted Milk Balls
  • Triscuit Pumpkin & Spice Crackers
  • Nutrigrain Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Bars
  • Jet-Puffed Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows 
  • Thomas Pumpkin Spice Bagels
  • Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice Pancake Mix
  • Toll House Pumpkin Spice Morsels 
  • Toll House Pumpkin Spice Cookie Dough
  • Terra Pumpkin Spice Chips
  • Keebler Fudge Stripes Pumpkin Spice Cookies
  • G.H Cretors Pumpkin Spice Caramel Popcorn
  • Planters Pumpkin Spice Almonds
  • JELL-O Pumpkin Spice Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
  • Werther’s Original Pumpkin Spice Caramel
  • Quaker Pumpkin Spice Instant Oatmeals
  • Quaker Pumpkin Spice Instant Oatmeal

“What do we want?” “Peace!” “When do we want it?” “Now!”

These were the chants of We LIVE Indy as hundreds rallied the eastside to join their peace walk in Washington Park. WeLIVE Indy is a youth led group whose goal is to end youth gun violence in the city of Indianapolis.

Last Saturday, the group flooded the east side, crying out for peace in the streets. Over one hundred people from around the community were present to support the cause and join the march.

“The atmosphere at the peace walk was filled with positivity,” lifetime fitness teacher Candy Handy said. “It was a true sense of community coming together to support a cause that has touched every person that lives in Indianapolis.”

Handy painted faces with the number “3” representing the number football jersey worn by fallen Warrior Dijon Anderson. Many other supporters of the walk painted “A”s and “C”s on their faces, depicting the initials of loved ones lost to violence in the city.

“The purple and orange shirts, face paint and chants brought a vibrancy to the crowd and the function,” Handy said.

The onlookers in cars passing by were inspired by the group, honking their horns in appraisal waving peace signs out of their windows. People also stepped out of their homes and cheered the group on as they marched down the streets.

This shows just how impactful the movement has become and will continue to be in the future.

We LIVE Indy was founded by senior Brandon Warren after he lost his friend and teammate, Dijon Anderson, to gun violence. The name originated from a phrase that Anderson was known for, “We live baby!”

Warren proposed the idea to a group of friends his age who all agreed that something needed to be done and just like that, they were the ones to do it. They created an acronym for LIVE which now stands for, “Linked to Intercept Violence Everywhere.”

“I joined We LIVE after the tragedy that happened a couple months ago, I just needed to find a way to be positive,” junior Angela Ramirez said. “When Brandon told me his idea about We LIVE Indy, I was on board right away. After all the accomplishments We LIVE has had, I would never regret joining.”

The committee worked throughout summer vacation spreading the word on social media, making shirts, reaching out to sponsors, and contacting government officials. They visited as many events as possible, such as Black Expo. They passed out flyers and spoke to potential sponsors and students from other schools about the message of We LIVE.

Not only have they grasped the attention of many schools around the state, but also government officials such as Mayor Joe Hogsett, Governor Gregory Ballard and Congressman Andre Carson.

“Now that we have the community and the media’s attention, I want to work on expanding WeLive across all of Indianapolis and the Greater Indy area,” said Vice President Kiernan Brogan, “I definitely want to continue doing things like peace walks and community days.”


Prom is quickly approaching and while there are certain things to worry about such as the details of pictures, coordinating rides and what to do afterwards, no one should forget the things that you’ll need on the night of Prom itself. Here are a few things to remember to make it the perfect night:

Deodorant: What do you think happens after dancing in a room full of people with heavy makeup, long dresses, strong cologne and fancy tuxes? Sweat! Everyone, after the first hour will obviously start to smell. The blend of perfume and cologne will start to fade and the forceful smell of musk will overtake the room. The best way to prevent yourself from being a victim of the mixture of smells is to be armed with precautions. Don’t bring perfume. Bring deodorant.

Charger: This is one of the most vital items to have with you on hand at all time. Especially with smartphones, you never know when your phone is going to die. You could be recording a video of someone tearing up the dance floor one minute and then your phone will be dead and wasting space in your pocket the next. There are so many places to charge your phone so don’t forget to bring one.

Flip Flops/ Sandals: Ladies. We get it, those heels were expensive and they look amazing with your dress. Don’t you think that after two hours your feet will start crying for release? Then you decide to take your shoes off and walk around barefooted. That is the most disgusting idea you could possibly think of. This is why you bring an extra pair of sandals or flip flops. The chances of you stepping into something disgusting barefooted are more avoidable if you just bring an extra pair of comfortable shoes.

Dinner: Many students attending prom reserve seating at a restaurant before prom. People go out and spend more than $20 on a meal when a meal is already provided. The ticket that you purchase is meant to cover the cost of food, so you don’t have to spend more before the event. It would make more sense to go out somewhere like Steak ‘n’ Shake after Prom which requires you to bring extra cash. This way, you’re not spending more money than you should be, all because you want to look fancy.

Parking: Our school is not the only school hosting a Prom downtown on April 29. The downtown area will be crowded with cars, limos and even party busses. The chances of finding a convenient parking space close to the ballroom are slim to none. This is why everyone should plan ahead for parking. Do some research to find out parking locations and how much they cost. Plan to walk a bit. When you purchase your ticket there will be a page of information about parking. Read that information so you are aware of problems that could arise and how to avoid those problems.

Umbrella/Poncho: There is a huge chance that it will rain on the night of Prom and the only way to prevent any damage to hair and clothes is to bring and umbrella or poncho. Girls who spend hours working on their hair and makeup will definitely regret not bringing something to protect themselves. For those of you guys renting tuxedos or wearing expensive brands, BRING AN UMBRELLA! Don't let the rain put a damper on what is supposed to be a night to remember. 

Advice from Kelsi Martens:  I would return those expensive shoes you bought because you’re going to be dancing all night and obviously those shoes are going to have to come off. It’s Prom! You should get dolled up and get low on the dance floor. Take a lot of pictures and enjoy your time. Of course you’ll need to make sure you bring with you: bobby pins, safety pins, chapstick, lip gloss or lipstick. Also don’t forget hairspray, extra deodorant and a phone charger. The most important thing for the guys to remember is the corsage, but also to be sweet and kind.