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  Former social studies teacher Ryan Barclay, a well-known and well-respected staff member at Warren Central, left behind a loving legacy of caring involvement. Barclay, now the Dean of Students for the class of 2020, returned to Warren Central this school year after a year in Nashville, Tennessee teaching at Montgomery Bell Academy, an all-boys prep school.

  Barclay left Warren in June of 2017, after a teaching and football coaching position opened up at Montgomery Bell Academy, where his brother teaches. He taught eighth grade social studies and coached the varsity football defensive line for Montgomery Bell Academy.null

  Eastside pride never left Barclay, though. In his time before leaving, Barclay was heavily involved in student life at Warren, advising student council and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

  “Warren and the Eastside feel like home for me,” said Barclay. “I’ve lived on the Eastside longer than I have anywhere else in my life; 10 years. Warren Central and the people that make up this amazing community are an extension of my family.”

  Warren went through a slew of changes over the summer with the May 8 referendum, which guaranteed funding for endeavors that were previously impossible. One of these changes was an expanded administration, which extended a job opening to Barclay for the position of dean.

  “My family and I talked about our future, and we decided to return home,” said Barclay.

  The home that Barclay had returned to was not the same as when he left. Some teachers that he knew and worked closely with had left within the year he was gone. He had missed out on the graduation of students that he knew before leaving for Montgomery Bell.

  Besides the students and the staff changing, Warren’s trophy case filled up while he was gone.  Warren Central was successful over the 2017-2018 school year, with winter guard going to Japan, marching band winning state and the boys and girls basketball teams both taking state titles. Not only did the school change, but Barclay had changed roles, switching from a social studies teacher to the dean of an entire class.

  “In teaching, you plan and you execute. You may have days that do not go as planned, but overall you know what your day is going to look like. What I have learned about administration [is that] you can come in with a plan, but most often than not, your plan changes. Administration is a lot of monitoring, and your day is spent making sure this place is best suited for safety and for a smooth learning environment. I didn’t realize just how much goes on in the administration world,” said Barclay.

  The administration’s focus for the 2018-2019 school year is more refined and targeted, as it focuses on the connections between school and student as well as an overarching theme of safety and creating a stable learning environment. Barclay looks forward to fulfilling these goals as an administrator, but he also looks forward to the things that he missed out on when he was away from Warren.

  “Developing positive life long relationships with students and staff. I love and have missed these events: Spirit Dress Up Days, Children’s Christmas Party, Prom, Senior Luncheon and Graduation,” said Barclay.

  Warren is where his heart is.

  “Two things make this place so great - number one: the staff members here are second to none and they’d outwork and outlove any other school staff east of the Mississippi!” said Barclay. ”Number two: being able to have real conversations with students about their life.”


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Outstanding Senior Stars 

  • Maxwell Golden won the Award for Excellence Winner in Early Education Development from the Indiana Department of Education 
  • Brittany Coffman won a Gold Key from the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and was published in their regional anthology 
  • Joshua King was named Outstanding Soloist for the Jazz Ensemble at the 40th annual Bloomington Jazz Festival 
  • Mikali Azziz won First Place for ‘Television News Anchor’ at the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters 
  • Hannah Jones won a $4,000 scholarship from the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering department from the Walker Career Center 
  • Lavon Hampton was recognized as IndySports Bowler of the Year 
  • Maray Bell named 2018 Patricia L. Roy Mental Attitude Award recipient 
  • Ramatou Soumare was nominated for the Eastside Optimistic Scholarship 
  • Lauren Wright was recognized as an Emerging Scholar by the Center for Leadership Development 
  • Alyssa Klingstein won Outstanding Female Soloist in the Mixed Show Choir Division at the Brownsburg Bulldog Invitational 
  • Jamie Wells named the 2017-1018 Outstanding Scholar Award for the MCCSGA Awards Program 
  • Tay Smith won the “I Am” award for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Program 
  • Christian Morris and Qamar Shafeek were named Outstanding Soloist Awards at the ISSMA Jazz District Contest 

Featured Seniors

  • James Jordan 

Extra Curriculars: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, WCTV and Radio Broadcasting 

Impact WC has had: “I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I don’t know what I’d be doing if I wasn’t in TV and Warren Central is the best possible situation for any high school student wanting to get into TV.” 

  • Amy Pena 

Extra Curriculars: Student Council, Walker Career Center Leadership Council, Spanish Speaking Club, Girls Soccer Manager 

Favorite Memory of WC: “My favorite memory would have to be playing soccer my sophomore year. Although I was terrible, I got to hang out with all of my friends and teammates ALL of the time.” 

  • Drew Montgomery 

Extra Curriculars: Student Council Vice President, Baseball, National 

Honor Society, Spirit Club, Just Say No Club 

Impact WC has had: “Warren has had the biggest impact on me. Being a
high schooler at Warren has taught me much more than knowledge, it has taught me to be optimistic, tolerant and a leader.” 

  • Raziya Hillery 

Extra Curriculars: Speech Captain, Tennis, Advanced Chorus, Student Council, NHS, Spanish Speaking Club, Spanish Honor Society 

Favorite Memory of WC: “I will miss staying after everyday to better myself and others, competing early Saturday mornings, performing my favorite pieces and being rewarded for my hard work by placing well.” 

  • Qamar Shafeek 

Extra Curriculars: Marching Band Student Leader, Honors Band, Jazz Band, Symphony Orchestra, Tri-M Honor Society, Winter Percussion, NHS 

Impact WC has had: “Music at Warren has given me an outlet to express myself in ways that words can’t explain. I have a family through our performing arts program, and am proud to have been a part of our arts for all four years.” 

  • Breanna Baldwin 

Extra Curriculars: Speech Captain, Hi-Lites Choir, Student Council, Spanish Speaking Club, Spanish Honor Society President 

Favorite Memory: “My favorite high school memories were waking up early on Saturday mornings to compete at show choir and speech competitions.” 

Senior Superlatives 

  • Most Likely to be President of the United States 

Brandon Warren and Blake Johnson 

  • Most Likely to be a Professional Athlete 

Dean Tate and Blake Johnson  

  • Most Likely to be a Millionaire 

Sebastian Sigg and Blake Johnson 

  • Most Likely to be a Movie Star

Egypt Owens and Blake Johnson

  • Most Likely to be on the Voice 

Alyssa Klingstein and Blake Johnson 

  • Most Likely to be on a Reality TV Show 

Lauren Wright and Blake Johnson 

  • Most Likely to be a Teacher at Warren 

Maxwell Golden and Blake Johnson 

  • Best Dressed 

Taylor Heard and Blake Johnson 

  • Friendliest 

Tay Smith and Blake Johnson 

  • Most Likely to Cure Cancer 

Jarrod Laffey and Blake Johnson 

  • Most School Spirit 

Najae Johnson and Blake Johnson 

  • Most Likely to get lost going to Banker’s Life Fieldhouse for Graduation

Laura Gibbs and Blake Johnson 


         The 2017-2018 school year was full of successes around the Warrior Nation, ranging from Basketball to Nanoline Robotics to Marching Band. As Warren leaves 2017-2018 to the books, the 2018-2019 school year will bring a mix of renovations, policy changes and new classes. 

         A priority of the township is the renovation of the South Gym, which even as a competition gym has limited access for disabled patrons, to allow disabled patrons safe access. 

        “That would be wonderful, I have a disabled sister and for volleyball games we had to hide her behind the bleachers so she wouldn’t get hit by a ball,” said senior Staci Gibson. 

        “That’s been a very big problem for years. Now, it will be primetime seating for them,” Principal Rich Shepler added. 

          The South Gym is just a part of the renovations going on around Warren. Due to the May 8 referendum, there is also infrastructure reconfiguration and a commons revamp on the docket. K-12 concerns include modern classroom designs, improved furniture and improvements in sound management. Possible changes to the Career Center include general updates and expanded instructional spaces. One other facility renovation proposed is updates to classrooms and the performing art areas. 

          Shepler described the entirety of Warren Central’s facilities as a puzzle and with this referendum infrastructure reconfiguration is going to piece together old and new buildings. 

          The commons revamp is going to push Warren forward into the current era of school safety. The commons will be reconfigured to have the administration offices at the entry way instead of the back of the commons area. Warren Township believes this will help with the security and school safety. 

         “We are constantly looking for ways to improve our front entrance and with the referendum being passed, that is one of our main objectives is to have a more secure entry,” Shepler said. 

          On the policy side of changes, there is a noticeable change that will occur with cohorts.
Currently, cohorts operate by last name basis, however, with this new change, they will operate inside an individual class year.
“I think it’s going to be a little bit of change at the beginning, but that’s exactly why we did it, because of the positive effect on our students. Those deans, everyone on that team, will know those students and their families very very well by the time they graduate from here. It’s like breaking down a big 3,800 school so they have their own little school within a school. Hopefully it will be much better,” Shepler said. Cohort changes also affect the Walker Career Center. This is to separate the needs of a Walker Career Center student and an algebra student.
“We are going to have a dedicated dean to the Career Center. That will allow us to handle Career Center Program discipline much better. Not every dean knows the intricacies of a welding program,” Director of the Career Center Steven Rogers said. 

          Another change to Warren for 2018-2019, is the addition of several new classes to the roster. 

          Precision Machine, a technology based machinist class, will come back to the Career Center in 2018-2019. 

        “Precision Machine has been out of service for 5 years and we are going to run two sections of it. There’s a huge demand machinists in our area. They start out making ridiculous amounts of money with only a highschool diploma,” Rogers said. 

           In addition to a new program at the Walker Career Center, there will be other new opportunities in the high school roster. 

“AP Music Theory is coming back, we have two new science classes, Astronomy and Meteorology. Very popular. We also have ACP Speech coming back,” associate principal Emily Brown said. 

This year left Warren Central on a high note. These new opportunities, renovations, and policy changes continue to push Warren into the 2018-2019 school year. 


Steve Kent: English 

“From the day I walked into a classroom 44 years ago, there was something to me about having students in front of you that you could interact with and that you could try to teach something. That is everything to me in teaching.”

Peggy Fitzgerald: Special Education              

“[My favorite thing about Warren is] the family atmosphere, not just our department but I think Warren Central and Warren Township is a family and we are always here to support each other in our good times and bad times.” 

John Greenlee: Mathematics 

“[My favorite thing about Warren is] the kids with positive attitudes and a willingness to learn, [I have learned that] you have to treat the students with respect and they will show you the same respect.”


         Two of Warren’s most esteemed organizations, Class Act and Distinguished Gentlemen, will be coordinating a fundraising event on June 1 and 2. This student-led event will also serve as the clubs’ end of the year banquet and ceremony. 

       “Students will be taking tickets, checking people in, helping out the audience. They are hosting it, this is their event. They have to learn how to take charge of things,” sponsor Jamie Smith said. 

         The banquet will feature producer and songwriter, Kurt Clayton as the event’s highlighted speaker of the night. His reputation goes far with a wide variety of accolades and accomplishments, including being nominated for two Grammy’s and being the CEO of his own production company. In addition to his extensive list of collaborations, Clayton has also worked with R&B singer Howard Hewett, who will also be performing. 

         Hewett is an American singer-songwriter who was a vocalist for a funk-band called Lyfe, and an R&B group by the name of Shalamar. He is most commonly known by his lead role in Shalamar and with his solo gospel work. Today, Hewett continues to create more music while touring. Although the intention was to bring in an audience of parents, younger members have noted Hewett’s authentic appeal to all age groups. 

        “I am most looking forward to the Howard Hewitt performance because I am actually kind of a fan,” said officer Octavian Gill. 

         Members of the clubs are being given a unique experience to develop organizational and leadership skills, and the clubs are both student-led. Students learn time management, patience and mature interpersonal skills. Some members believe it is also a way to showcase growth, responsibility and the influence that Class Act and Distinguish Gentlemen maintain. 

         “It shows adults that students are reliable and great leaders,” said senior Rakari Foster. 

          Warren’s Class Act and Distinguished Gentlemen has demonstrated that the organization does not simply stay in the classroom. The fundraiser will be benefiting the club for next year’s members and for the organization to run more events in the year’s to come. Organizing has been a learning moment for members by teaching them how to behave in a professional environment; to prepare students for the real world. This type of experience is signatory of the organizations and a prime aspect of their foundation. 

         “It gives you a sense of courage and belonging. The club builds up your own self-esteem while also building a bond with the people who participate in it,” said Gill. 


        After working in Warren Township for 14 years, Deputy Superintendent Timothy Hanson is set to take over Dena Cushenberry’s position as Superintendent starting next school year. Hanson, a Kankakee, Ill. native, has earned five degrees in education-- two degrees from Ball State University, as well as a degree from University of Cincinnati, Eastern Illinois University and University of Illinois at Chicago. He started his career in Indiana as a teacher at Hamilton Southeastern, then moved to Washington Township. Finally, he came to Warren Township in 2004 and has been in the district ever since. 

       “I fell in love with it. It’s a strong community. We have great parents, great families and great staff, and I wanted to be a part of that,” said Hanson. 

        He worked as the assistant principal at Stonybrook for the 2004-2005 school year, was the principal at Brookview Elementary for seven years and has been the assistant superintendent in Warren Township for the past five years. 

       “This year, we’ve had a lot of success as a township. I love how the community has come together. For us to be a great high school and a great school district, it’s going to take all of us together to make it a great place for kids in our community,” Hanson said. 

         Going into the 2018-2019 school year, Hanson hopes to start a superintendent-student advisory board to help improve the student involvement within Warren Township. The advisory board will focus on getting feedback from the township’s students and work on making improvements. 

         “I want our students to have an amazing experience. Whatever experience you have in Warren Township, I want that to be a phenomenal experience,” said Hanson. 

           Specifically in the high school, the school board is looking into a different cohort model to provide the students with more encouragement and assistance. In the new cohort design, the students will be assigned to a team of administrators during their freshman year and will stay with the same group until they graduate. 

         “We really want to surround the students with as much support as possible,” Hanson said. 

           Although Hanson has never been set on earning awards, in 1999, he was nominated for the Golden Apple Award and Teacher of the Year in the Forest Hills School District in 2001. In 2009, he was awarded the Indiana State PTA Principal of the Year and was also the recipient of a $10,000 Reebok grant in 2010. Even with all of his accolades, his focus is on his students.
“We’re here to serve the students. Without them, we don’t exist,” Hanson said. “So that means if you’re successful, we’re successful.”