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5/3/2018
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Seniors: 

  1. Javier Delgado 
  2. Jamie Wells 
  3. James Harrison 
  4. Aidan moulder 
  5. Kevin King 
  6. Catie Parker 
  7. Jarrod Laffey 
  8. Lillian Duong 
  9. Hannah Jones 
  10. Anh Luu

Juniors: 

  1. Karli Valencia 
  2. Collin Denny 
  3. Hillary Gordon 
  4. Geovanni Ortiz 
  5. Kylee Brewster 
  6. Lillian Hough 
  7. Mary Williams 
  8. Jaclyn Mahon 
  9. Shyne Liwanag 
  10. Emma Mikkelson

Sophomores: 

  1. Rebbeca Daughtery 
  2. Ilaina Razo 
  3. Joanna Perdew 
  4. Aniah Miles 
  5. Tori McDougal 
  6. Jacob Wooldridge 
  7. Melody Gray 
  8. Kelli Rivers 
  9. Sam Derisse 
  10. Brittany White

Freshmen: 

  1. Collin Echols 
  2. Branson Dao 
  3. Alexander Wildridge 
  4. Gabe Wells 
  5. Jacob Hartman
  6. Hailey Delk 
  7. Gerson Quevado 
  8. Sarah Sexton 
  9. Therese Dao 
  10. Jennifer Garibay Rivera 
4/13/2018
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        Friends, family and locals all arrived at the PAC for the Friday night, April 13, showing of “Peter and the Starcatcher.” The audience was then guided by the warm welcome of Susan Kalberer, the assistant director of the play, into the auditorium. However, this was not just any old play, where patrons sit in the balcony and watch from afar. Everyone shuffled, instead of into the iconic red chair, onto the stage itself. Sitting down in close quarters, people were part of the living, breathing set of “Peter and the Starcatcher.” All available seats were filled and the patrons of the PAC settled into this unfamiliar but intriguing new setting. The lights above the audience dimmed, signaling the beginning of this extraordinary rendition of “Peter and the Starcatcher.” 

       “Peter and the Starcatcher” was one of this year’s highlights for the Warren Performing Arts Center; the crew, cast and directors should all be proud of the job well done. Here, only the best of the best is going to be discussed and nothing less, because, that is truly what Starcatcher brought to the table. Altogether, a few key points can be attributed to the successful and memorable performance that night: the star-filled cast, the stellar stage crew and props and humor that left the audience starstruck. 

        Plays and all other live venues that are the medium for Performing Arts students at Warren are raw. They do not afford the luxury of muting, cutting, cropping or voicing over every single mistake that occurs. This lack of a safety net raises the bar for everyone who performs on the Warren stage. Of course, as a Warrior does, they rose to the challenge because there just is not any other option for a Warren student. “Peter and the Starcatcher” cast was no exception. From the veterans who called the show their last to the ones who called it their first, no one allowed themselves to be anything less than exceptional. The leads and the minor roles had no weak links. As it continually does, the Theatre Department impressed with its astronomical amount of talent, effort and overall great actors and actresses. 

      To dig a little deeper into that portfolio, go only to the three obvious lead figures in the production: Wendy, played by Egypt Owens, Peter, played by Cameron McAbee and Black Stache, played by Alyssa Klingstein. That is not to say that those who played other roles were not powerful performers. For the minor roles, there were stand out performances from Alex Christopher, who played Bill Slank, and Mason Golden, who played Alf. However, a play does need its lead roles to be strong to be successful. As true Warriors, Owens, McAbee and Klingstein all stepped up to the plate. Peter and the Starcatcher was the last performance of all three actors. 

      While actors are the center of the play, the ambience is just as important to creating the memory that the Theatre Department wants to give to the audience. The stage crew is not the first thing an audience member thinks of when they go to watch the play. Fortunately, “Peter and the Starcatcher” forces them to look at the stage crew and their hard work. After all, the audience was one of the props, sitting in bleachers made to look like a ship. Not only did the audience have to interact with the work of the stage crew, several of the props in use included a stage crew to carry them. These varied from your average fake bird to sock puppet to live cat. Actors will always have the lines and always be remembered, but “Peter and the Starcatcher” took it a step further and made their stage crew a sight to be remembered as well. 

       Humor, as it should have been, was integral to this rendition of “Peter and the Starcatcher.” Going into the performance, the audience member of Starcatcher might believe that it will be as “Disney” as the original Peter Pan. Fortunately, the play is far from it. There are jokes to appeal to everyone, ranging from the youngest to the oldest. The most comical was the moment when the cast broke out in song. Led by Klingstein, as Black Stache, no one in the theatre was left wanting more. Instead, just like for the majority of the show, the audience laughed until they could not laugh anymore. The most identifiable of these laughs was none other than Jeffrey Dalstrom, director of the play, who was enjoying the performance as much as anyone else. “Peter and the Starcatcher” again shows its true uniqueness with the ability to reach everyone, including the directors themselves. If that cannot give the play the merit it deserves, not much will. 

       Overall, the play was spectacular. At the end of the play, after watching stellar performers, intimate props and laughing at what seemed like never ending jokes, the audience was greeted by the whole cast. Unlike the usual play, where the majority of patrons squint to see the faces of those who performed in front of them, “Peter and the Starcatcher” was different. The audience members, for once, could see the faces of those who performed. When they did, they did not see only the cast. They saw how happy, stressed, proud, tired and excited they all were due to the incredible performance that was “Peter and the Starcatcher.” 

Cast 

Peter - Cameron McAbee 

Prentiss - Evan LawLord 

Leonard Aster - Daniel Dorsey 

Captain Scott - Emma Mikkelson 

Bill Slank - Alex Christopher 

Mack - Kylee Brewster 

Smee - JaShawn Brewer 

Fighting Prawn -Eddrice Weaver 

Teacher - Shaniya Unseld 

Mrs. Bumbrake - Mackenzie Hyatt 

Grempkin - David Haynes

Alf - Mason Golden

Black Stache - Alyssa Klingstein 

Sanchez -Alex Steele 

Hawking Clam - Maxwell Golden 

Cat - Minnie Huddleston 

Molly - Egypt Owen

Ted - Richaun Stewa 

4/13/2018
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       On the morning of April 22, the annual Best Buddies Walk will take place downtown at Celebration Plaza in White River State Park. At the event, funds will be raised in support of disability inclusion programs on local, statewide and national levels. 

       The purpose of the walk is to bring awareness to and celebrate those with intellectual or developmental disabilities. 

     “[The Friendship Walk] celebrates how unique each person is and the friendships that are created despite our differences,” officer Cyntia Sanchez said. 

       Opening ceremonies will begin at 10:20 a.m., and the celebration will last until 1 p.m. Attendees will walk alongside other Best Buddie chapters from all across the state. Food and drinks will be provided, and specialized t-shirts are given to those who donate 50 dollars or more to the cause. 

       To support the Warren Central chapter, people can register online for the walk and donate to the Warren Central Best Buddies on their page. Many students and faculty members have already contributed by purchasing paper footprints in the bookstore for one dollar each, proceeds benefiting the walk. The last chance to purchase a footprint is today. 

      “This cause is something everyone should support, everyone loves to feel included,” Best Buddies sponsor, Ms. Schwarzin, said. 

       The school’s chapter has been enjoying an increase of participation, from those with and without disabilities, over the past few years. A larger sized group is unique amongst Best Buddies chapters and has given the club more opportunities to host events and bring attention to inclusion. 

      “We have made a huge difference and are continuing to grow in numbers every year,” said Schwarzin. 

       The walk provides those with disabilities an opportunity to feel connected with others. According to the Indiana Best Buddies organization, this organization is the largest in the world dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The special day brings laughter, dancing, joy and newfound friendships to all. 

     “The walk means so much because the kids with disabilities forget that they are ‘different’ from everyone else, they are so happy to be included and to recognized as a person and not by their disability,” President of Best Buddies, Shelby Westerfield, said.

4/13/2018
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      The 10th annual Fiesta Latina dance, orchestrated by One Heart One Mind, will come to Warren on May 4 in the West Cafeteria to exhibit Latin culture in an interesting, entertaining format. The Latinx world has a rich culture in dance and song, which Warren has the chance to experience. 

      Fiesta Latina is like no other dance at Warren Central. Unlike Prom and Homecoming, Fiesta Latina has a learning curve. 

    “Fiesta Latina is different because it is a cultural celebration in which club members teach Latin dances to our guests at the beginning of the evening. Then, when the dance party begins, everyone knows some new dances. Dance teachers encourage guests to try out their new moves on the dance floor. In addition, there are activities and snacks,” Susan Kalberer, One Heart One Mind sponsor, said. 

      The Latin dances are taught to the students for the education and enjoyment of Latin culture that rooted itself here at Warren Central. 

    “Fiesta Latina is a way for all students to get to experience Hispanic and Latin culture through dance. At school, in Spanish class, you don’t get to just have fun, be a part of or learn about the culture that is so prevalent within our school,” Niyah Sharp, a student leader of One Heart One Mind said. 

     Warren Central students have the opportunity to go to something that is educational and fun. The One Heart One Mind crew does not have Spanish skills requirements. Instead, they are inclusive to everyone at Warren. 

    “Anyone who likes to dress up, dance, learn new things, make new friends and have a good time would be interested in Fiesta Latina. We pride ourselves on a diverse and energetic crowd,” said Kalberer. “Many younger students who do not have the opportunity to go to prom love Fiesta Latina, but the dance always has students from all grade levels with varied interests and backgrounds.” 

      The fact that Fiesta Latina will have a diverse crowd is not the only attraction. Prom and Homecoming both have themes and Fiesta Latina is no different. This year’s theme is Masquerade. The Masquerade theme, in combination with the general challenge of constructing such an active event, has made Fiesta Latina a work intensive project. 

     “A lot of hard work and effort from our members and sponsors has gone into planning this. The members of the Dance committee has been staying after multiple times a week since January to perfect the dance, the decorations, food and activities committees have also been working really hard to make that night one to remember,” Sharp said. 

       Fiesta Latina is an inexpensive, diverse and educative night of fun. Tickets go on sale the week of May 4 during lunch periods for five dollars. 

     “One goal of One Heart One Mind is to build a bridge between the different peoples of Warren and connect them. This dance gives us an opportunity to promote inclusion and to expose the people of Warren to a culture that is all around them, which is what we stand for as a club,” Sharp said. 

4/13/2018
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       After coaching Warren Central Girls Track & Field for six years and winning the Indiana High School Athletic Association state title for two consecutive years, Le’gretta Smith is nominated again for
the IATCCC (Indiana Association of
Track and Cross Country Coaches)
Girls Track Coach of the Year award.
Smith has won the award for the past three years. 

      “Each award is special, and every time I receive an award or recognition I am very honored.
I know that I wouldn’t win
any award without the
effort from the girls on
the team, my strong coaching staff and the
school administration
supporting me 100
percent,” said Smith. 

      “She deserves coach of the year because she’s just overall an amazing coach,” said junior Prommyse Hoosier. “Coach Smith spends so much
of her free time trying to better our team and get
us places where
she has faith we
can go.” 

        Smith has been involved in track for over 30 years. Graduating
from California
State University, Long
Beach on a track and field scholarship, she is also
a Big West Conference Champion, two-time NCAA All-American and
is a member of the Long Beach State Hall of Fame.
In 1996, 2000 and 2004, Smith ran for Nike as a competitor in the Olympic Trials for the 400 meter hurdles event. 

      “From the moment we hired her, we noticed her approach to our girls was one with a caring and quiet demeanor, yet strong and direct approach. And as a result has been able to inspire and transform the girls in her program,” said athletics administrator Susan Downey. 

      “Coach Smith has a tremendous amount of patience and gives of herself, her family, faith, time, dedication, determination and passion for the sport.” 

        Even after hanging up the spikes, Smith continues her success in track. Inthe2016-2017season, the Warren Central Girls Track & Field team won first place at State Finals with 70 points, winning state with the third most points ever scored in state history. The girls won with a huge 22 point gap and Pike High School came in second with 48 points. Last year, the girls won by nine points with six runners finishing in the top five.


      “Coach Smith’s coaching is very efficient. I can say this because I have been training with her since the summer of my 8th grade year. She gives us hard workouts, but she never gives us anything we can’t handle. Everything we do all builds up into how strong we are in the end,” said Hoosier.


        In the last three years at the state championships, the Warren Central Lady Warriors have dominated the 100 meter hurdles and won first since 2015. In the last two years, the 4x400 meter relay team has also dominated, winning first since 2016.
Over the past six years of overwhelming success with two state championships and a state runner- up, Coach Smith says her most remarkable moments come from the runners themselves.


      “It’s always nice to watch the girls mature through their high school years, observing them as unknowing and inexperienced freshman to see them lead a team as a senior,” said Smith. “The most special moments are when they call or text about their experiences in college. That shows that we have made an impact in their lives.” 

3/16/2018
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             “I think I’m at a point now where I need to have someone else come in and think about what’s coming next for the township,” Cushenberry said. 

              Cushenberry began her career in education as special education teacher at South Bend Community Schools from 1981-1992. She later became the supervisor of special education for South Bend Community schools from 1991-1992. Cushenberry moved to start her career in Warren Township in 1999 as an assistant principal at Raymond Park middle school, working alongside Mr. Rich Shepler, who had been working there for five years. In 2008, Cushenberry was promoted and moved to Central office, where she served as the Assistant and Deputy Superintendent until 2012. In April 2012, she was appointed Superintendent of Warren Township.

              “I take the responsibility of getting Dr. Cushenberry in the district,” Shepler said.

              There were about 15 candidates being interviewed for the role, but Shepler was not convinced that they had found the right person. He was not willing to settle on the individual that the committee had chosen. He convinced the principal at the time, Kathy Deck, to hold off on making a final decision while he continued the search. Shepler’s connections in the South Bend school corporation led him to find out about a young woman, Dena Cushenberry, who was relocating to Indianapolis. He got Cushenberry on the list to interview for the position and was immediately smitten by her.

              “In a heartbeat, we knew this was the lady we wanted. I said don’t let her leave until we get her signed on the dotted line,” Shepler said.

              Shepler and Cushenberry worked together until Cushenberry was asked to be the principal at Liberty Park Elementary in 2003. She was the principal during 2003-2008.

              “She’s been amazing for kids and she’s never lost that focus,” Shepler said. “She is here for kids and that’s what it’s all about.”

              “There were a lot of fun times working with her at Raymond Park. There were times when we didn’t see eye to eye, but we learned from one another and I think we made each other better.” Shepler said. “She has just done wonderful things with this township.”

              In 2008, Cushenberry moved to the Central office as an Associate and Deputy Superintendent and in 2012, she was appointed Superintendent.

              Cushenberry has had many accomplishments, but believes that her biggest accomplishment was when the township received the $28.5 million Race to the Top Grant. This grant introduced new technology, personalized learning opportunities and C.O.R.E.

              “When we received the Race to the Top Grant, it really helped us allow students to have access to technology,” Cushenberry said.

              Cushenberry believes that the district will be successful in creating more opportunities for the students in the township and continue to enhance personalized learning.

              “I think the district is going to be extremely successful. We have people in place that will move this district forward, there are great teachers [and] amazing administrators,” Cushenberry said.

              Cushenberry has found a way to leave her legacy behind and encourage more students to become future educators. She is collaborating with IU Bloomington to establish the Dena Cushenberry scholarship with a total of $50,000 that will be distributed in increments to students interested in pursuing a career in education. She hopes to begin distributing the scholarship in June of 2019. 

              “That is my commitment to education and my commitment to the legacy of Warren

Township because I want students to consider pursuing education as a career,” Cushenberry said.

              During her retirement, Cushenberry is looking forward to further engage in her hobbies such as painting and writing. Cushenberry will possibly continue her passion of education by teaching a class in a university. She also hopes to travel to cities in Europe such as Rome, Paris and Florence.

Even though she is moving on, Cushenberry hopes that the students in the district remember that they can use their voices to make a difference.

              “You can make the change the world needs because you are not powerless,” Cushenberry said. “If you look at the movements of groups such as WeLIVE and other movements, [they were] lead by students, so I want you to know you have a voice and it is a powerful voice.”

Letter sent to Dr.Cushenberry

              I attended Liberty Park Elementary School back in the early 2000’s when you were the principal. As I am getting ready to graduate college in May with a Bachelor’s Degree, I wanted to take some time to reflect on people who have impacted my life. You are one of those people! I think it is vital for all youth to experience a healthy and structured environment at a young age and you provided just that and more for me and all of the students at Liberty Park. I learned a lot about professionalism, respect and especially kindness by watching you interact with kids and myself at school. Although it was a long time ago, I believe that you had a major role in teaching me how to be a successful member of society and influenced where I am at today! And so I want to thank you. You are doing an amazing job as Superintendent for Warren Township and I think starting out as a principal helps you understand how schools work from other perspectives which is awesome. Long story short, thank you for investing in children’s lives and thank you especially for investing in mine.

              Thank you. Everyday, in every way. United we Soar! :)