Ambitious junior Andrew Labay keeps students, teachers entertained

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by Diana Basnakian, Staff Writer

Imagine: students file into a class, sit down, and pull out their pencils. Soon the teacher starts the lesson, confusing them in some areas, enlightening them in others. Suddenly, an eager classmate raises his hand with such force that he almost falls over with excitement. The teacher acknowledges his hand and says something like, “Yes, (insert name here)?” At first the students listen to their classmate’s question, following along and understanding exactly what he means. It only takes about a minute though, before the student’s profound query confuses all of his fellow classmates. The best part: the student manages to ask such an abstract question, it seems even beyond the wisdom of the teacher, who then finds herself trying to make up an answer, pretending like she knows what she’s talking about.

It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it always seems to be the same person who has his fellow classmates questioning their purpose in school: junior Andrew Labay. If his name is mentioned around Central, most students responded, along the lines of, “oh yeah, that kid who’s going to discover the cure for cancer?”

Andrew doesn’t come to school solely because he has to. Central is his oyster for enlightenment, his place to feed his ultimate passion: science.

To Andrew, science isn’t a class, but an explanation of how the world operates. Andrew believes that every class circles back to science, whether it’s math, English, or history. Science has always been so satisfying for Andrew because it provides answers for all of his burning questions.

“As a kid, I would always ask my parents the question ‘Why?’ to the point where they got so tired of it,” Andrew said. “With science, all my questions are answered, and I don’t have to ask anybody.”

Although Andrew has a brain for science, his heart for science is even greater.

“He’s very energetic and enthusiastic about learning, and he always looks at things from different angles. Often times, I feel like his energy keeps other students awake,” chemistry teacher Beth Maris said.

But it’s not just textbook science, or science that he learns from a teacher’s lecture that invigorates Andrew. Andrew is most concerned with the application of science: how does this apply to real life, and how can this knowledge be used to cure a fatal disease two decades from now. Most students are simply struggling with deciding what they’ll have for lunch that day; meanwhile Andrew is thinking ahead, years ahead.

With a heart for science as big as Andrew’s, success is expected. Andrew has been competing in science fair since the third grade, and every year he has placed in first, second, or third place. This past February, Andrew was accepted into the prestigious Future Medical Leaders of America conference in Washington, D.C, where he participated in fundamental scientific research alongside the best scientific professors in the country, as well as other passionate students. Last year, Andrew also won the Biology Student of the Year award.

And when it comes to overall extracurricular activities, Andrew is a well-rounded individual. Since the sixth grade, he has been playing instruments, such as the trumpet and French horn. He is currently an active member of Central’s band, where he plays the French horn.

“Band is a good way for artistic expression, especially for those who aren’t artistically gifted, such as myself,” Andrew said. “Even though I can’t translate my emotions into drawings, I can through sound.”

Aside from science and band, Andrew is excels in his other subjects – history, math, or whatever it may be, it’s guaranteed Andrew can tackle it all.

“Andrew is very committed to doing his best on everything he does. He shows great leadership; he helps make Central the best school in the world,” Memory Project sponsor and civics teacher Keith Richardson said.

Perhaps the best thing about Andrew is his welcoming personality. Among his numerous talents and achievements, Andrew is widely acknowledged as an all-around fantastic person.

“Andrew’s one of those people who you’re automatically attracted to,” junior Kamri McKee said.

Among many other reasons, Andrew is widely appreciated because of his never-ending optimism. Rarely does one ever come across a depressed Andrew.

“I’ve never seen Andrew be mean or stingy; he is always a piece of sunshine in my class. No matter how tired he is, he’s still happy; he doesn’t let anything cloud over his life,” English teacher Sarah Shutte said.

And although Central has around 2,500 students, even Principal Nancy Rousseau recognizes his name.

“Andrew is a keeper! He is an example of the legacy of excellence that we have here at Central,” Rousseau said.

After his high school career, Andrew plans on attending the University of Texas and majoring in biochemistry. By studying biochemistry, Andrew hope’s to create cures for some of the most tragic diseases.

“I don’t care if I get credit for, say, creating a vaccination; I just want it to be out there and for it to help others, whether I created it or not,” Andrew said.

Judging by his vast number of accomplishments thus far, there’s no telling what he will accomplish ten years from now.

“Andrew is an amazing guy, I can’t wait to see what he’s going to turn out to be,” Shutte said.

For now though, Andrew continues to delight his friends, impress his teachers, and serve as an example of immense passion for Central students.

International icons influence feminism movement

Beyonce expresses her feminine strength at the 2014 VMA Awards. Photo courtesy of Time Magazine

by Melissa Joiner, Features Editor

Do you believe that all people, regardless of gender, deserve equal rights? If so, you are considered a feminist and are among the ranks of many people and celebrities—both male and female—who also support feminism.

Probably the most popular celebrity feminist at the moment is superstar Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Knowles-Carter is the co-founder of the charity Chime for Change, which works to give women a voice, empowers them to work for change and to help women gain power across the globe. Also, at the MTV Video Music Awards in August 2014, Knowles-Carter performed for 17 solid minutes, and at the close of her performance, she stood proudly in front of huge lettering that read “FEMINIST.”

“We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead,” she said.

Another famous feminist is actress Emma Watson. Watson, who was named a United Nations’ Women Goodwill Ambassador in mid-2014, gave a speech on gender inequalities at the U.N. Headquarters in New York on September 20, 2014. In the speech, Watson commented on the fact that many misconstrue the definition for the word “feminism,” and explained how it calls for the equality of all sexes. She also discussed how males should be feminists and allies of women who are feminists, because they currently have more power to make change than women.

“We want to end gender inequality, and to do this, we need everyone involved,” Watson said.

Celebrity feminists are not only females, though. Some famous male feminists include singer John Legend and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Legend performed at a concert fundraiser for Chime for Change in June 2013. He was one of the few male performers at the concert. Gordon-Levitt released a video in September 2014 in which he discussed different types of feminism that he had encountered after announcing in early 2014 that he considers himself a feminist.

“What [feminism] means to me is that you don’t let your gender define who you are—you can be who you want to be, whether you’re a man, a woman, a boy, a girl, whatever,” Gordon-Levitt said. “However you want to define yourself, you can do that and should be able to do that, and no category ever really describes a person because every person is unique. That, to me, is what feminism means.”

Women embrace natural beauty, explore different hair styles

 

DSC_0219by Diana Basnakian, Staff Writer

Shampoo, condition, rise, and repeat. Shampoo, condition, rinse, and repeat. Hair for most girls reflects a culture, a fashion statement, and a way of expressing personality. Making hair look stunning does not come effortlessly; it can take hours of brushing, combing, sculpting, and moisturizing. Because of the tedious hair maintenance, many are forced to make a decision: keep it natural, or perm it? Recently, a number of black girls have decided to abandon the chemicals, and go with their natural hair. Even though natural hair is free of chemicals, some say, it is much harder to style. So, why then, would someone resort to time-consuming natural hair when they could choose carefree, treated hair?

Girls with natural hair have plenty of legitimate reasons for keeping it chemical-free. One of the main reasons many girls decide to keep their hair natural is because of the severity of the chemicals used in perms. These chemicals, often called “relaxers,” are creams that make curly hair easier to straighten and manage. Keep in mind, perms for white girls are different than perms for black girls. A perm for a white girl usually means permanently curling hair, while a perm for a black girl means permanently straightening hair. For black females, relaxers reduce the curl by breaking down the hair strand, leaving hair straight anywhere between six to eight weeks. At first, using relaxers seems like a miracle.

Many think, “Finally, never again will I have to spend HOURS vigorously brushing my hair!” Dig a little deeper though, and it becomes clear that perming hair often leads to more disadvantages than once thought.

Sodium Hydroxide is one of the most commonly used chemicals in relaxers, and the strongest. It doesn’t seem like that big of a deal at first – even shampoo has chemicals, so what? However, this chemical isn’t just used in relaxers, it is also used in drain cleaners, which contain some of the harshest chemicals known to man. The strength of this chemical varies from a ten to fourteen on the pH scale (a scale that measures the acidity of substances), and although a higher pH guarantees faster results, it also guarantees greater damage. When hair is relaxed, the bonds that create such curly (and healthy) hair are broken down, creating weaker hair strands that are more susceptible to breakage.

“While I was using relaxers, I noticed that my hair thinned, and it started to fall out more. My hair grew much slower with relaxers—over a four month time period, with relaxers, my hair grew two inches, but with natural hair, my hair grew three,” junior Destyn Flanagan said.

Destyn had always wanted to “go natural,” but she was convinced that it would be too difficult to manage. This summer, Destyn had her hair braided. After taking it down, she realized she enjoyed her natural, curly hair, and decided that maybe keeping it natural would work in her favor.

 

Destyn explains that with relaxed hair, girls can have wavy, curly, and straight hair – all at the same time. Translation: a hot mess. Now that Destyn has had natural hair for about four months, she’s realized that natural hair is not nearly as horrible as many people make it out to be.

“Straightening my curly hair with a straightening iron is no different than using relaxers, and it’s healthier. Plus, with natural hair, I have more even hair patterns,” Destyn said.

Several other girls have decided to make the switch right alongside Destyn. Take junior Rav’en Taylor, for example, who started the transition between October and June of last year. Like many other girls, Rav’en realized that her hair was getting limp and dry from relaxers, motivating her to make the natural switch. Senior Skyy Clark also decided to switch to natural hair after relaxing it for most of her life. Although both switched for obvious health reasons, Skyy had a different motivation.

“There was no reason for me to get perms because my hair still seemed to curl with a perm. With a flat iron though, my hair maintained its straight texture more effectively. Plus, I happen to have good natural hair, so there was no point in perming it anymore,” Skyy said.

It is not just teenage girls who are deciding to go natural, either. Many older women have also chosen to make the switch, such as AP World History teacher, Rachel Rigsby.

As a runner, Rigsby finds that having shorter hair is less of a hassle than having long hair. Alongside time, cost was also a factor that motivated Rigsby to switch to natural hair. To maintain straight hair, she (like many others) would have to reapply relaxers every 6 weeks, which can often cost $70. Rigsby explains that even after paying such a hefty price, relaxers still burn, which is far from pleasant. Another motive for switching to natural hair is the greater amount of versatility that comes with it.

Rigsby’s biggest motivation, though, came from the girls that she is surrounded by daily.

“If a 17-year-old girl can cut off all her hair, then surely I can, too. Plus, since I don’t relax my daughters’ hair, it didn’t make much sense for me to relax mine,” Rigsby said.

When hair is relaxed, it is close to impossible for it to go back to its original curl pattern. Even though relaxed hair can be re-curled with a curling iron, the chemicals used to relax hair, and the heat coming from the curling iron can do a great deal of damage. Natural hair however, can be straightened with a flat iron, and a simple wash can bring it back to its natural curl pattern. Ultimately, using just heat to style hair is much healthier than using both chemicals and heat.

Okay, great. Natural hair means healthier, and yet, still gorgeous hair. So why do women still relax their hair?

Unfortunately, transitioning from relaxed to natural hair is complicated. When women stop applying relaxers to their hair, it will start to grow back, very slowly, starting from the roots. Meanwhile, the ends are still straight as can be. Eventually, women find themselves with hair that is half straight, half curly. Managing two textures of hair is like managing two heads of hair, as if one wasn’t enough already!

Fortunately, there are some loopholes. Most commonly, women will cut off all their straight hair and allow the natural hair to grow out evenly, known as the “big chop.” Some girls like to keep it gradual, since the thought of short hair can be daunting. At first, Rav’en tried to wait for her natural hair to grow out to a longer length before she cut off her straight ends. Eventually though, Rav’en decided to go with the “big chop” since managing multiple textures of hair at the same time became stressful.

However, many are frightened by the thought of having all their hair cut off at once. Long hair is often a symbol of the feministic qualities of a woman. Once it is gone, some women may feel as though they have been stripped of their identity.

“Most modern women have straight, long hair, so having short hair has become a taboo,” Rav’en said.

Even still, some women are perfectly content with short hair. Rigsby believes that short, natural hair is often very beautiful, and she is confident in her own. It helps that it only takes five minutes to wash versus hours of maintenance for chemically treated hair.

“I don’t think everyone realizes that it’s just hair. If it really does end up looking terrible, it’ll grow back out eventually,” Rigsby said.

However, support for women transitioning to natural hair varies. Some have received negative feedback. Rav’en’s mother was not very supportive of her decision to switch to natural hair. Others, like Destyn, Skyy, and Rigsby have gained positive support from family and friends.

“Those that matter to me in my life have been very supportive, and those that don’t matter, well, don’t matter,” Rigsby said.

Maintaining natural hair requires dedication and time, something most people lack. It is a rare occasion when a girl can spend an hour of her time to simply take a bath, much less brush and moisturize her hair. With natural hair, washing, conditioning, moisturizing, detangling, and blow-drying can take over an hour. The worst part: after all that hard work, there’s no guarantee that the hair will stay that way. Walking outside to a humid climate can cause the roots to frizz, wasting all that time and energy. Relaxers tend to make the job easier.

“I perm my hair because when it’s relaxed, I don’t have to constantly wash it to keep it from getting dry and damaged. Perming my hair is so simple since the hair stylist does it for me,” sophomore Kaydrianna Smith said.

Aside from being easier to handle, some women have seen many pros to relaxing their hair. As opposed to natural hair that requires blow-drying or pressing for styling, relaxed hair is best for styling when it is air-dried. Girls who relax their hair also avoid the heat damage. Many argue that the best thing about relaxed hair is being able to avoid the awkward encounters with random people who ask, “Excuse me, but can I PLEASE touch your hair?”

Using relaxers isn’t uncommon amongst younger girls, either. However, for children especially, using relaxers can be detrimental to their health. Clinical studies show that girls should avoid using relaxers before the age of twelve. Children are known for having sensitive scalps, and the toxins in relaxers are prone to burning them. A damaged scalp can damage hair growth by corrupting the new, delicate hair strands and roots. Damage to hair growth as a child is often permanent, consequently reducing hair style versatility. Many also argue that allowing their young girls to use relaxers can affect self-esteem. Often times, daughters who have had their mothers relax their hair starting from a very young age have grown to believe that their natural hair is not “good enough,” and therefore, lacking beauty.

“It almost feels wrong to relax my daughters’ hair because I feel as though that I’m suggesting that something is wrong with their natural, beautiful hair, and they need to fix it,” Rigsby said.

Guys always have different opinions on girls and their appearances. Some guys prefer relaxed hair because it shows that the girl took the initiative to make her hair look good, while some say it simply looks better. Even so, natural hair isn’t totally rejected.

“I personally like girls with natural hair more, because I like the way it looks and it shows that they are confident in their appearance,” sophomore Kilam Anderson said.

At the end of the day, there will always be debate over those who relax their hair and those who do not. Both sides have their pros, and both have their cons. Lately though, it seems that many women are switching to their natural hair in effort to support the claim that basic, can in fact, be beautiful.

Basketball team seeks redemption

Coach Oliver Fitzpatrick (center) has appreciated the work this year's team has put in to achieve success, including strenuous conditioning. Photo by Thomas Heye

Coach Oliver Fitzpatrick (center) has appreciated the work this year’s team has put in to achieve success, including strenuous conditioning. Photo by Thomas Heye

by Thomas Heye, Staff Writer

The Central men’s basketball team had a disappointing end to their season last year, losing in the first round of the playoffs. This year, they are ready to make it all the way to the championship behind returning team members such as senior Brennen Johnson, senior Kevin Glason, junior Matthew Means, sophomore Cameron Johnson, and new member junior Josh Claxton.

“I haven’t been around in the past years,” Claxton said, “but this year we have a lot of good guys, and I think we are going to be pretty good.”

Claxton is a transfer from Little Rock Christian, where he played basketball both his freshman and sophomore years.

Brennen Johnson, a returning team member, also shares Claxton’s optimism about this year’s season.

“I honestly think that we have a chance to do something different this year; over the years we struggled with chemistry, but this year it’s going to be better, Johnson said “We have taken steps to get better as a team, whether it was practices in the summer or double blocking athletics this year, and I think that everyone has gotten better.”

The newfound cohesion forming this basketball season could make this team better than previous Central teams, and give the members greater hope for success on the court.

“Last year we were a team, but we didn’t pull off what we could have done,” Cameron Johnson said, “we could have won a championship, but we didn’t play as one.”

The offensive prowess of this year’s team has impressed Coach Fitzpatrick, reinforcing his optimism for this year’s season.

“They are more of an offensive threat than we have been the last three years; we have a lot of guys who know how to score the basketball,” Coach Fitz said.

The Tigers this year, with a younger and closer team, seek to win the state championship, and may just have the ability to do it.

The team started off strong, opening with a victory at home against Forrest City; however, they have fallen off since, losing to Mills, Hot Springs, J.A. Fair, and Catholic.

Taylor Swift upsets fans, removes music from Spotify

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by Lily Jones, Staff Writer

It was the morning of November 3, and teenage girls all over the world turned on their Spotify, a popular digital streaming music website, searched ‘Taylor Swift’ to start their day off right, and found no results. After many postings to Twitter and frantic Google searches, it was discovered that Taylor Swift had taken all of her music off of Spotify. Whoa.

According to Swift’s label record, Big Machine Records, she simply wasn’t being paid enough. Swift earned between $0.006 and $0.0084 per stream on Spotify, while making 70% of her sales from iTunes and physical copies of her music.

In a Wall Street Journal editorial, Swift discussed her distaste for free music and streaming.

“Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that music should not be free,” Swift said.

Although I believe artists should be paid for their music, the last thing Swift needs to be concerned about is her income.

Swift’s newest album, 1989, was released on October 23, and has since sold upwards of 500,000 copies. It has been the number one album on iTunes since its release, and has sold the most copies in its first two weeks since Eminem’s ‘The Eminem Show’. She was also listed in Forbes 100, an annual list outlining the world’s richest people, with $64 million in earnings from June 2013 to June 2014

As the title of the album shows, Swift’s ideals of music are different than today’s. Over 1.26 billion songs were bought digitally in 2013, and the number is set to go up for 2014.

Swift is one of the most successful musicians of our generation, and digital music and streaming are only getting more popular. In order to keep up with demands, Swift should eventually put her music back on Spotify.

Tom Cotton visits Central, promotes youth involvement

Tom Cotton addresses the crowd while visiting Central on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. The senator's visit was sponsored by guidance counselor Debby Bonds and Central's Teenage Republicans club.

Tom Cotton addresses the crowd while visiting Central on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. The senator’s visit was sponsored by guidance counselor Debby Bonds and Central’s Teenage Republicans club. Photo by Ethan Dial

by Katie Kumpuris, Staff Writer

Students crowded into the auditorium on October 29 to hear Congressman Tom Cotton speak on the importance of public service, some hoping to debate, and some hoping to be entertained. However, no controversy unfolded, because limitations were set on questions while Cotton had the floor.

“It’s young people getting involved in politics that really makes a difference,” Cotton commented.

The Representative began by urging the students to take an active role in their civil future by voting, campaigning, and serving their community. Cotton applauded the past 12 generations who have shaped the United States, and revealed their secret to success- hard work and passion. He believes that these two attributes are the building blocks of the American legacy. And Cotton is running for Senate to take responsibility for that legacy.

“You never know what the Lord is going to put in your path,” Cotton said.

He told of his unexpected time in the military and encouraged the audience to serve this country. While Cotton’s beliefs were at some points obvious, he seemed to try to separate his message from his political views.

“Nothing is more rewarding than serving for something greater than yourself,” Cotton said.

Cotton ended his speech by thanking the students and then posing for multiple pictures before hurrying off to his next event.

Blair “The Fish” Bish commits, signs to swim at Arizona

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(from left) Adelle Simmons, Kim Burleson, Yvonne Bish, Blair Bish, Jeff Bish, and coach Patrick Nalley.

Photo by James Wisener, Online Editor

Senior Blair Bish signed his letter of intent to swim next year at the University of Arizona on Tuesday, November 18. Bish chose Arizona over Tennessee, Georgia, Louisville, and Missouri State. As an Olympic Qualifier for the 2016 Olympics, Bish couldn’t be more excited about what the future holds for him. “I couldn’t be going though a better program to prepare for the Olympics,” Bish said.

 

Kilwin’s offers a sweet downtown deal

Staff writer Brooke Perkins enjoys the turtle apple from Kiwali's. Photo by Melissa Joiner

Staff writer Brooke Perkins enjoys the turtle apple from Kilwin’s. Photo by Melissa Joiner

by Brooke Perkins, Staff Writer

As downtown Little Rock develops into a more appealing place for people of all ages, the variety of restaurants and shops becomes larger, making it easy for family-owned places like Kilwin’s to thrive.

Kilwin’s is a nationally franchised store, established in 1947. However, it’s new to the Little Rock area. It opened right across from the River Market at 415 President Clinton Ave on August 17.

Open seven days a week, Kilwin’s offers a quiet, bright, kid-friendly escape from reality. With over 32 flavors of ice cream, ranging from Toasted Coconut to Raspberry Sorbetto, the store satisfies even the most exotic tastes.

They have a wide variety of fudge, which patrons can sample, including Butter Pecan and Turtle, and the people’s favorite, Razorback Mud. Along with fudge, they have everything you can think of dipped in chocolate, from pretzels and strawberries, to Oreos and almonds.

Perhaps their best seller is the caramel apples. I happened to enjoy the Turtle apple, which was dipped in caramel, drizzled with milk chocolate and topped with pecans. The staff offer the option of changing the topping to dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate.

Kilwins has an array of popcorns, taffys, and toffees. Along with these, customers can choose from different sundaes, milkshakes, malts, and beverages such as hot chocolate, lattes, and plain sodas.

Though I would love to be selfish and keep all of the Kilwin’s goodness to myself, their work is just too good to be hidden. There’s no doubt that it will become one of the hottest ice cream joints in town.

Spirit week brightens up school, students

Senior Rachel McAlister poses as an elderly woman on Old Timers Tuesday during football spirit week. Photo by Melissa Joiner

Senior Rachel McAlister poses as an elderly woman on Old Timers Tuesday during football spirit week. Photo by Melissa Joiner

 

by Lily Jones, Staff Writer

Pajamas, costumes you’ve been planning all week, and everything out of the ordinary. Do you know what that means? Spirit week.

Students love spirit day because they are able to dress in unique and unusual ways, while also showing off their school pride.

“I like spirit week because it’s fun to see everyone’s different costume, and it makes the whole week more exciting,” freshman Annie Knight said.

This fall, the football homecoming spirit week days were Movie Star Monday, Old Timer Tuesday, We Woke Up Like This Wednesday, and Thriller Thursday. Officers of student council first brainstormed the days, and then Principal Nancy Rousseau was given a list to accept or decline ideas. Then, ten ideas for days were given to the greater Student Council to choose their favorites. The four days with the most votes were then selected.

“As a student council member, it makes me really happy when people dress up and have fun with the days we create,” sophomore CJ Fowler said.

For movie star Monday, students were dressed as everything from iconic and classic stars, such as Marilyn Monroe, to Disney characters like Pocahontas. Some boys could be seen sporting button down shirts and a box of chocolate to portray Forrest Gump, while many girls donned black outfits with their hair in a bun and wearing a string of pearls to appear as Audrey Hepburn.

“My favorite spirit day was Movie Star Monday, mostly because I was surprised and pleased about how many people dressed up,” junior Jonah Rose said.

Tuesday, students dressed as old-timers, some using props like walkers and wigs. When looking around the hallway, there were so many pillow stuffed beer bellies and long skirts with panty hose in the hallway that one might have wondered if Central was a nursing home or high school.

“My favorite day was definitely Old Timer Tuesday; I really loved getting an idea of what class reunions will be like in the future,” sophomore Gwyneth Hladik said.

Pajama day, or ‘we woke up like this Wednesday’ was taken from a popular Beyonce song which was a hit among the student body. The halls were flooded with flannel pants, onesies, and robes. Wednesday was also the day of the PSAT, so many students enjoyed testing in their pajamas. This was one of the most popular spirit days this past spirit week.

“I love pajama day because of how cozy and comfortable you are during class,” sophomore Brittany Tian said.

Thriller Thursday was full of spooks and gory splendor. Students boasted face paint and fake blood galore. Many students used this day to show us their makeup skills and wear ripped and ‘stained’ t shirts.

“I had so much fun dressing up like a zombie. It’s amazing what no sleep and makeup can turn you into,” sophomore Anya Ali said.

However, a four day week meant no black and gold day, which is normally the Friday of spirit week. As a staple of all Spirit Weeks, not having this day seemed odd, as if the week had unjustly been cut short. Although there was no black or gold around the halls, the Central student section filled the stands with school spirit at the Homecoming game Friday evening.

Overall, spirit week was a success with tons of student involvement.

“I liked spirit week because it’s different from everyday outfits and we’re able to be creative,” Gwyneth said.

Future of Basketball Homecoming dance up in the air

Jurnee Taylor and Kylon Nichols were the basketball homecoming King and Queen last year. While the homecoming court will definitely still take place, the homecoming dance is likely to be cancelled. Photo by Ethan Dial

Jurnee Taylor and Kylon Nichols were the basketball Homecoming King and Queen last year. While the Homecoming court will definitely still take place, the Homecoming dance is likely to be cancelled. Photo by Ethan Dial

by James Wisener and Tom Coulter, Online Editors

As most Central students can agree, homecoming festivities such as games, spirit week and dances, are some of the most popular events that take place all year. However, there are reports that this year’s basketball homecoming dance will not take place.

“We are probably not going to have a basketball homecoming dance because the football homecoming dance did not generate enough revenue to justify the dance, and traditionally the basketball homecoming has even less people,” senior Rachael Schaffhauser, a member of Principal’s Cabinet, said.

The basketball homecoming game as well as spirit week activities will continue to take place regardless of what happens to the dance. The cost of renting the Scimitar Shrine Temple, the location of the dance in the past, is around $1800, which is paid for with ticket sales. Students’ lack of attendance at the football homecoming dance is mainly to blame for the probable cancellation of the basketball homecoming dance, according to Principal Nancy Rousseau.

“I think that students will be disappointed if we don’t have a basketball homecoming dance this year. The cancellation would cause students to become more involved in school sponsored activities in the future,” senior Addison Yee said.

The Student Council is brainstorming ideas to raise money for the dance, including a staff versus students basketball game.

“The student council is planning to try to recover the losses from the football homecoming dance. It’s disappointing that this is required,” senior Student Council member Augusta Fitzgerald said.

Many students and staff members are trying very hard to make this dance happen but as of now, the 2014-2015 basketball homecoming dance may not take place.