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         On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, We LIVE sponsored an event called Take A Stand, which welcomed students, speakers, government officials and community members to discuss the issue of gun violence in Indianapolis. 

         “I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the turnout. This event is just one part of many it will take to fix our city’s youth violence,” founder of We LIVE, Brandon Warren, said.

         The event was packed full with prominent figures. Head football coaches Jason West and Mike Kirschner, Mayor Joe Hogsett, Pastor Corey Duncan and numerous others were in attendance.

         Students from all over the city joined We LIVE from schools such as Lawrence Central, Lawrence North, Southport, Pike and Ben Davis. Mayor Hogsett took the opportunity to encourage community members to influence students in a positive way.

         “If it is to stop, I can’t do it by myself even though I’m responsible... you make the difference... you can alter our city. Give us your leadership. Because when you do, we can change our city,” said Mayor Hogsett.

         West and Kirschner brought all football players in attendance to the stage to display the importance and strength of community. The two discussed the lack of love and the necessity for forgiveness. “God didn’t put us here to be violent. He didn’t put us here to hate. He put us here to love,” Kirschner said.

         In addition to motivational speeches, audience members also enjoyed a performance from the Warren Central Dance Team as well as Raziya Hillery’s tribute to MLK featuring a compilation of various MLK speeches and quotes. 

         “I felt an enormous responsibility to fill the shoes of such an honorable person. I felt powerful in knowing that I could use my talent of public speaking to stand up for what I believe in with like-minded people,” Hillery said.

         Students were given the opportunity to voice their opinions and offer ideas to government officials and representatives alike. Janae Green, a Warren Central senior and We LIVE volunteer coordinator, was one of the students on the panel that encouraged her peers to reevaluate their decisions and life choices.

         “If you don’t stand for nothing, you fall for anything,” Green said.

         Take A Stand Indy urges students and community members to stand up against violence within the city of Indianapolis.

         “I’m not the only one in this city with a voice,” said Warren.

By: Kara Heady

        Warren Central’s World Winter Guard traveled to Japan this week to represent the United States. They will perform during the Japanese National Marching Band Championship. Warren’s Winter Guard will be competing against forty nine teams from various countries in Asia.

         There are two main parts to their trip. The first event they will participate in is a clinic, where they will perform their act in front of winter guard performers and judges. The second big event is the National Championship.

         The event will be held on Jan. 28 at Makuhari Messe Event Hall in Chiba, Japan. Warren’s Winter Guard will be the first ever U.S. group to attend a Winter Guard International Asia event. While the Winter Guard has traveled to other places such as New York, Las Vegas and Florida, this is the first time they have performed internationally.

         “We were specially selected to attend this event. We are the only group to attend from the United States. It means a lot to us because we had to earn our position in this event and it’s happened because of years of hard work from our kids,” said Meckes.

         Since their performance in Japan will be the start of their season, the Warren’s Winter Guard spent months perfecting rifle and flag tosses and making sure their stunts were accurately timed.

         “We spent months preparing for this event. We had to get a different set of rifles because our old set was heavier and we wanted to see more of an improvement in our show,” senior Saria Raines said. “It’s quite the show to see.”

         The Winter Guard even worked over their winter break, only having four days off for the holidays.

         “This event is beyond important to us. We prepare every single day,” said senior Hannah Lindsey.

          Warren’s Winter Guard is also expecting to leave a great impression on their fellow Warriors.

         “This event means everything to us because we will finally get recognized for all the hard work we do and what an exciting and rewarding sport of the arts color guard truly is. Warren Central World Guard will get to show the world what we can do, how great of performers and young women we are,” said senior Imani Fuller.


        Eleven teens die every day as a result of texting and driving. During the month of February, the Just Say No club will be promoting No Texting and Driving Month to raise awareness of the issue that takes lives everyday. The club will be attending a basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 13 as an opportunity to spread awareness on this issue. There will be an announcement during half time and a distribution of gifts. Students can come on out to support the basketball team and the JSN club.

         Every time someone reaches for their phone while driving, they exponentially increase their risk for an accident, an injury or death. Distracted drivers can also receive a fine of up to $500 in the state of Indiana.

         It’s common to know someone that texts and drives or drives while distracted with texting, facetiming, Twitter or Snapchat. No Texting and Driving Month is an opportunity to encourage others to make smarter choices when driving. Phones are a risk to both the driver’s life and the passenger’s life.

         “Don’t text and drive or you’ll die. You can’t sugar coat it, it’s serious,” Just Say No Activity Coordinator, Jada Gaskin, said.

         Using phones while driving is hard habit to break, but there are ways to resist the temptation. Drivers can put phones on silent mode or vibrate. On iPhones, users can activate the Do Not Disturb While Driving setting, which automatically puts a phone on silent while the car is in motion. This can be accessed in the settings under Do Not Disturb. Drivers can also keep their phones in the console, a bag or in the hands of a passenger.

         In a driving situation where there is a need to text or send a picture on Snapchat, it is imperative to remember how one choice can affect so many lives.


        Mission: IMPROVable is a group of selected students at Warren Central chosen based on different elements of improvisational skill in humor.

         The group was created in 2015. It was based off of the original improvisational group, ‘Funny Monkey,” which gradually diminished in 2012. But in 2015, the president of Warren Central’s Drama Club, Matt Wilkinson, went to the theatre teacher, Jeffrey Dalstrom, with high hopes of recreating the inactive cast.

         “Matt wanted to take the ashes from the Fun Monkey team and create something new and improved. That year, Mission: IMPROVable was born. Since then, the group has slowly grown from 8 to 14 members,”Dalstromsaid.

         Now, the cast puts on a free performance at the Studio Theatre in Warren Performing Arts Center one Wednesday of every month and an extra performance on Valentine’s Day at 7 p.m. The group likes to compare themselves to Saturday Night Live.

         “We go out there every show night and go with the flow. Our goal is to work together and make people laugh but also have fun. We just go out and be ourselves,” said junior Shanya Unseld. 

         The students on the cast list of Mission: IMPROVable are not only people who take theatre. In past years, the group has taken on members who do not take the class. This year, sophomore Emma Mason was cast without a background in theatre. 

         “The only type of theater thing that I have been part of was the plays in elementary and middle school. I would have a lot to learn as in the games, warm ups and people. I also didn't know a lot of our warm ups and half way through the season, I’m still learning. I'm just glad to be around people who understand I'm still learning,” Mason said. 

         Mission: IMPROVable is centered around comedy. The group focuses on making any situation or game funny. “Most students want to do it because they like to laugh and want to make sure other people laugh. Laughter can be the best medicine sometimes. Not everything has to be ‘deep’ and ‘meaningful.’ Sometimes, you just want to be around that positive energy,” Dalstrom said. 

         One of the many games that the group showcases is called ‘Excuses, Excuses.’ In this game, some of the cast act out a scene based off of an excuse. One person plays the ‘co- worker’ and has no idea what the excuses are, while another plays the boss and only accepts his or her excuse based on whether he or she got it right or not. The excuses are suggested by an audience member and the cast has to act out the excuses to help their ‘co-worker’ keep his or her job. Some of the excuses were ‘I had to take over God’s job for an hour’ and ‘My cat grew and ate my house’. 

         “It's a way for people to laugh if they had a rough week and be a family for a day. The big goal we have is to reach to more people, so they can enjoy the program,” said senior David Haynes. 


       Hot chocolate is garnished with candy canes, snow is on the ground and the weather outside is frigid. Shops have been ready and prepared for the holidays for months and now. It is time for students to stock up on holiday gear. 

Party City

      Party City focuses primarily on Christmas decorations. Most of the seasonal inventory is for holiday parties and supplies used to decorate the house for the Christmas season. The store is full of red and green snowflake lanterns, elf and santa figurines, Christmas scene setters and reindeer car decals. The shop also sells Santa hats and reindeer antlers starting at 99 cents. Party City is for those who want to surround themselves in Christmas. 


      Michaels offers various arts, crafts and decorations centered around Christmas. Those who indulge on the crafty, fun side of Christmas can find everything they need at Michaels. Everything from specialty ornaments, to Christmas trees, to seasonal sugar decorations can be found here. Aisles are filled with extraordinary wreaths, poinsettia- red bows, light structures of reindeer and cotton snow. Michaels has Christmas themed yarn, cake toppings, pipe cleaners and glitter.  


      Target has many tools to help with all aspects of winter. People wanting a wide variety of seasonal goods can find all necessities at Target. The shop sells cheap fuzzy socks, winter coats, thermal long-sleeves and snow boots for the bitter temperatures. The candy section is full of different types of candy canes, Ferrero Rochers in evergreen-tree shaped boxes, Christmas-shaped candies under a dollar and abnormally large chocolate bars. Right next to the candy section, the Christmas decorations and trees can be found. Target sells specialty and regular ornaments, along with tree tinsel and skirts. Throughout Target, many gift stands are up for those who want universal gifts. These stands can be found in the clothing department.  


      Wal-Mart is a retail company that supplies the fundamental Christmas needs. A vast selection of seasonal apparel and utilities can be found at the store. Christmas jewelry is sold for three dollars, including candy cane earrings, jingle bell bracelets, ornament necklaces and Rudolph sunglasses. The garden section of Wal-Mart is dedicated to decorating the outside of any building for the holiday. Many starter faux Christmas trees are sold, along with different ornaments and a dozen candy canes to put on the tree. The front aisles are stocked with affordable gift sets and small presents including complete make-up sets, NFL football blankets and helmets, ornaments filled with beauty blenders and barbeque-grilling sets.


     Tis the season for joy and giving. In the Warrior nation, tis the season for giving back to the community by helping make a child’s Christmas memorable.

     For 33 years, Warren Central has hosted a Children’s Christmas party for elementary students in the township. Students who are chosen by their schools are given the opportunity to write down their interests and things that they need or want for Christmas. Then, clubs and classes from the high school are assigned a child. They raise money to buy presents, wrap them and give them to the child at the annual Christmas party.

     “These students eventually grow up and are high school students here at Warren Central and are able to ‘pay it forward’ by donating money and gifts to the next generation,” student council advisor Amy Moeller said. “It is our responsibility as a community to take care of one another and lift one another up when times are difficult.”

       The student council officers plan a special party for the students which includes games, crafts, food, Santa and Mrs. Claus and, of course, the chance to open presents.

       This year, 89 students were sponsored and will enjoy the festivities of the party.

     “The Christmas Party is one of my favorite events that StuCo sponsors. It is a blast seeing all the children having a good time, especially when they are opening presents and receiving what they asked for,” senior student council vice president Andrew Montgomery said.