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    After placing sixth in state last year, the Warren Central speech team is excited for the future. The team is relying on heavy upperclassmen leadership to lead the team and help the underclassmen to improve their speech abilities in preparation for the upcoming season.

    “We always rely on the captains for everything. All the leadership is taken care of for us teachers. The captains are in charge -- they put the team together, get the team warmed up and give critiques to the rookies,” speech coach Jeff Arvin said.

    There are three captains on the team. Generally these students are seniors who are selected by members of the team at the end of each year.

    “The captains have been very helpful organizing the new team members. They have also played an important role in keeping the team motivated and still keeping a fun atmosphere,” senior Tristan Galan said.

    The team is setting high expectations for the season and plans on working hard to achieve those goals.

    “The goal is to win a sectional champ and to place well in state. We placed sixth last year and plan to build off of that. We’re not in a place to win state, but we can build to it in the future,” Arvin said.

    The speech team is filled with underclassmen, and while it may be difficult for them this year, Arvin has high hopes for future years with these younger students.

    “It’s like a double-edged sword. They’re really young and have time to grow, but they are really young and don’t know the ropes as well. We need the veterans to step up and show the rookies how to go,” Arvin said.

    The team had their first competition on November 10 at Southport and were able to get third place as a team.

    “It was a good first meet. Fishers won and a lot of the students were exposed to amazing speakers.  We have a lot of room to improve; many students are only competing in one [event] right now. I could tell that there a disappointment because a lot of us did not get ribbons. Overall, that was a reminder that we have to work harder. Those of us who are at practice everyday scored very well,” captain Hillary Gordon said.

    Yet students are not just setting expectations as a team, but are also setting individual expectations on themselves.

    “My goal is to make the team more competitive which I can do to focusing on my events as well as helping others. I constantly check up on my teammates to make sure their pieces are well-developed, while always driving to make mine better,” Gordon said.


    A new club called Project Outreach has debuted at Warren Central. The club aims to serve the community and help with local issues.

    “Simply put, I just love helping people. I’ve been through a lot during my life, and I’m still going through a lot. I’ve seen first hand a lot of the negative impacts of things such as poverty or lack of support, so I set out to create Project Outreach-- a club that aims to help everyone and everything,” Keaun Brown, junior and founding member, said.

    Since the club is fairly new, Jasmine Sexton, a junior and fellow founding member, and Brown are focusing on getting ideas to help the community. Currently, they are working on Soles for Souls and Huddle Up Against Hunger (HUAH). Soles for Souls is a shoe drive that works to get free shoes to families that cannot afford new ones. HUAH is a food drive that Warren Central’s student council sponsors. It centers around collecting food for people in the community who are having troubles making ends meet.

    Another project that the club is focusing on is the Warrior Wardrobe. It is something that already exists at Warren, but Brown is set on partnering up with the wardrobe and making sure it is perfect for teens. The wardrobe is completely free and is aims to help people who cannot afford new clothes. They offer winter coats, dresses, pants and shoes for students in need within Warren Township.

    “We feel that they definitely have a good cause that can always be beneficial. We’re focusing on it currently because the clothes they have are usually donated by the staff, so we’re cleaning it out and making sure the clothes are teen centric and true to the students of Warren,” Sexton said.

    Students who are interested in joining the club can come to the meetings in the club sponsor Jenny Duguid’s classroom. These meeting occur every Thursday after school in G112. The club is open to students who want to help others.

    “We don’t care if you have a job or any other clubs that may interfere with Outreach. We’re understanding in working with people’s schedules. All you gotta do is show up with the passion to do something good,” Brown said.


    One of the things I am most thankful for this Thanksgiving season is my high school. Warren Central is an amazing school to go to. This school never slows down on helping its students become successful. From being able to be part of many different programs to making friends that will last for a lifetime, students flourish in many different ways. Although, like every school, we have our flaws, Warren Central has a lot of aspects to be proud of that are not celebrated as much as they should be.

    The rough past few years at Warren Central have reminded us how quickly we bounce back from anything that is thrown our way. The experiences with tragedy these last couple of years has taken a toll on students and educators alike, but we have made it through. Teachers become second parents that students can depend and lean on when times get rough. Everything we go through, we go through together, and there is always someone who is willing to listen and attempt to help as much as he or she can. The past few years at Warren Central have definitely been a rollercoaster, but I am grateful for every second of it.

    In addition to the incredible support system we have here, we also have many opportunities afforded to us. There is always something at Warren for students to do and become a part of, providing students with many chances to grow. In the Walker Career Center, one of the best career centers in the nation, there are many different programs and career paths to take for hands-on experiences for the future. For athletes, there are more than 20 different sport programs to choose from and become passionate about. Warren is exceptional at providing every student, regardless of their strengths, with a path to success.

    Another aspect of life in the Warrior nation that I am grateful for is the fact that Warriors find every opportunity to make anything fun and enjoyable. Football and basketball games become pep rallies because of the energy of our peers, the Warren Central Dance Crew and the Pit. Choir and band competitions become huge get-togethers because of how easily it is to let loose and cheer for each other’s successes during performances. Homecoming and Prom create a safe haven for people to step out of their comfort zones, discover new things about themselves and have fun while doing it.

    No words or actions can prove just how strongly I feel for my school. All the clubs, classes, opportunities and members of the Warrior Nation bring something different to the table to help better our school everyday. I am thankful for Warren Central, and I can proudly say I bleed purely black and gold.

By: Student Webmaster

    Around Thanksgiving, when many Americans are enjoying what is on their own plates, it can be difficult to address the problem of hunger in America.

    According to WhyHunger, 40 million Americans are food insecure, meaning that 40 million people are not able to find safe, healthy foods a majority of the time to support themselves or their families. In fact, according to the US Department of Agriculture, Indiana is one of 11 states below the US average for food security. Indiana is a state which does not use SNAP, the Supplemental Assistance Program, or food stamps, as often as other Americans in other states.

    We as Americans, and as Hoosiers, have plenty of food and resources to go around. According to the Atlantic, 50 percent of all produce in the US is thrown out. So, this holiday season, you should not just ignore the hunger of your neighbors to fill your own stomach. Instead, reach out and try be part of the fight against hunger.

     First, we have to look at the purpose behind fighting hunger. It may seem simply self-explanatory when discussing the fight against hunger, but as we have seen countless years before, empathy does not translate to action and relief for millions of Americans. Around 12.7 percent US households are food insecure, with 4.5 percent of US households labeled as very food insecure. As the US is the top country in food production and as one of the wealthiest countries in the world, the fact that our fellow Americans live with hunger is maddening. America, with a significant portion of its population food insecure or very food insecure, is setting itself up for failure. Assisting others in their time of need is not only an act being a good Samaritan, but living up to a responsibility. If you have the ability to help another, and especially with something as vital as hunger, you are responsible to do so. So as Americans, we do have the capability of lifting each other up. There is a chance; there is a purpose.

     The next part of the puzzle is trying to identify when and where to help. As eliminating the issue of hunger has become a pressing issue for many philanthropists and concerned Americans, the access and opportunities to assist are greater than ever. There are thousands of food banks around the country. In Indiana alone, Feeding America maintains 11 food banks for the 1 in 7 Hoosiers who go hungry every year. Gleaner’s, the closest Feeding America food bank to Warren Township, is located on the West Side. The food bank is one of the most expansive in Indiana and offers opportunities ranging from donations to volunteering. The need to help food insecure is most important around the holiday season, where tradition can go beyond the means of the family.

    The food banks are just one of many ways to help out people in need this holiday season. If you or someone you know owns a restaurant, the app MealConnect, which has moved over 333 million pounds of food already, streamlines the donation process to make it easier for businesses to give back to their communities. Feeding America has a “Hungry to Help” family action plan for families who want to help feed other families who are food insecure. The plan has options ranging from having a donation box at home, a change jar or even planting your own garden to donate fresh food to families in need. Warren has its own food drive, Sonny Day Community Center, which coordinates with Gleaners to help Hoosier families. Old Bethel food pantry is another close food pantry on the Eastside.

    There is no excuse not to help the 18 percent of Indianapolis citizens that are food insecure. The resources are there. The ability is there. The purpose is there. Fighting food insecurity is not going to work unless everyone participates.


     The Warren Central Robotics team continues their path to reclaim their runner-up title at the world competition in Germany. On Saturday, Nov. 3, the robotic team’s two robots competed at Warren Central High School in a VEX Robotics tournaments and both placed well.

     In this Vex Robotics competition, teams from across Indiana came to show off their carefully constructed robots. In a series of 2v2 matches, each robot received ranking points to place them from 1-36. Out of about the 70 teams that competed, both of the VEX bots from the robotics team placed in the top 36 and advanced to the next round. From there, eight finalists were chosen to compete again for the first place finish.

     “VEX is an easy quick build of pre-cut parts,” junior Knight Wolff said.

     Wolff has been a member of the Robotics team since his freshman year and has taken up one of the lead roles along with the seniors. Together, the team builds robots that they aim to be successful against quality competition.

     One vex robot was 829 A, a shooter bot that was required to fit in a space of 18x18 inches, driven by senior Kyle Aksamit. The main goal of the robot was to flip half red and half blue caps to the team’s pre-determined color or to put the caps on PVC poles in the same colored manner. The robots are designed to do one task more efficiently than the other in order to outscore their opponents. The robot placed 16th among the other 70 teams to compete, allowing his robot to move onto the final set of rounds before being eliminated by the eventual first place robot.

     The goal of the competition was to qualify for state at this event to reduce the need for further VEX competitions. Last year, the team competed in state finals but were unable to place high enough to win the bid for nationals.

    “We made it really close last year, but sadly we were cut off by a few really good teams,” Wolff said.

    In January, robotics will turn their focus to their primary event, the First Robotics Competition (FRC).

    In F.R.C, the goal is to make a robot from scratch that weighs anywhere between 100-200 pounds that will compete in a more rigorous competition against other high schools in Indiana. The process to creating these bots starts with prototypes and a designing process.

    However, robotics is not all about the competitions or developing robots, it is also about helping out teammates with furthering their robotics knowledge. Every Thursday, Aksamit and a few other members of the team travel to the elementary schools to assist the younger robotics teams. There, they help them learn more about the game, building, programming and more.

     Aksamit has been traveling to the elementary schools to help out with the programming of an app called VEX IQ for 3rd and 4th graders at schools like Grassy Creek, Lowell and Pleasant Run. In December, the elementary schools will be hosting their very own VEX IQ tournament to showcase their new abilities.

    “We make sure that the kids are able to understand the different aspects of engineering,” Aksamit said.


  Once a year, Warrior Nation members combine their efforts to collect nonperishable food items and toiletries for local pantries during the holiday season. Last year, Warren Central managed to raise over 20,000 food items during the school’s H.U.A.H event. However, pantries need more than just food during the holidays.

    According to the Feeding America Network, across the U.S. there are 46 million people who need food assisted help and over 620,000 families in Indiana who rely on local food pantries. These pantries provide assistance throughout the year, but get most of their donations during the Thanksgiving season. Since the holiday is food based, donors do not think to give more than can goods and more often than not, they are not donating the foods that the pantries are in the most need of.

    Food pantries and those who use them need more than just food items. They also need clothes, toiletries and items for both pets and babies. Those who need pantries also need help getting access to clothes. These places are willing to accept gently-used clothes, especially clothes for small children and babies. There is also a need for barely-used shoes and boots with new socks to go along with them.

    There is also a great need for toiletries. However, many food pantries need donations outside of toilet paper and toothbrushes. They need more personal items like feminine hygiene products such as tampons, pads and feminine wipes. Pantries still need soap, toothpaste, shampoos and deodorant, too.

    Another overlooked item is diapers. Diapers are very expensive and babies go through them so fast that they can put a large dent in a family’s wallet. Pantries desperately need these kinds of items to sustain families throughout the year. Another item pantries need is baby formula. Things like cans of formula, rice cereal, diaper rash cream and packaged jars of baby food are what pantries need to help out growing families. These items can make a big difference in these communities and in the pantries themselves.

    While these products are important, donated food is still crucial to the pantries. However, a lot of foods that are donated are not as useful as one might think. Cans of corn and green beans are always helpful, but what people do not think to donate are items like unsweetened applesauce and canned beans. They are high in fiber and protein, which are what most food pantries are looking for to provide sustenance to families in need. Other very important items are pasta, boxed meals, soups, canned fish, dried fruits, shelf-stable milk and peanut butter. Food pantries are looking for food items that are nutritious, healthy items that can stand as a snack or a meal. They also need drinks, like juice or water.

    It is important to avoid donating junk food or dairy products. All these items make a big difference in the community and to fellow students whose families may rely on these pantries for sustenance.


List of Foods:

  1. Beans

  2. Soups

  3. Cans of Tuna

  4. Canned Meats

  5. Dried or Canned Fruits

  6. Peanut Butter

  7. Crackers

  8. Pasta

  9. Pasta Sauce

  10. Boxed Meals

List of Toiletries:

  1. Toilet Paper, Napkins, Tissues

  2. Toothpaste

  3. Toothbrushes

  4. Feminine Hygiene products: Pads, Tampons, Feminine Wipes

  5. Dental Floss

  6. Shaving Cream

  7. Disposable razors

  8. Deodorant

  9. Bar Soap

  10. Shampoo and Conditioner

Clothing Items:

  1. Professional style Clothes

  2. Coats

  3. Jackets and sweaters

  4. New socks

  5. New underwear

  6. Items for children

  7. Baby clothes

  8. Shoes

  9. Boots

  10.  Gloves, hats, scarves