Thursday, September 30, 2010

I read the book They Cage The Animals At Night, by Jennings Michael Burch. This book is a true story of the author himself, Jennings Burch. This is all about the struggle of his childhood and the many hard times that never seemed to end for him. Jennings was a normal 8 year old boy living in a small home with his very poor family. He had his very ill mother, one brother in the hospital, three older brothers, and the youngest brother. The family was in hard times. And when it all became so overwhelming to his mother and she got very sick, all the children were split up and sent away to live in orphanages or other homes. Jennings experiences through these homes were very traumatic. Being beaten, or being lent out to uncaring families. This book is about Jennings journey to a new and better life that he grows to have. Its about the people he learns to love along the way, and the little things that gave him hope. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. You will fall in love with this story.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Student Spotlight 2

Student Spotlight #2 Veronica Nicholson

So Veronica, were you surprised that you were the student spotlight this week?

No, (laughing) I voted for myself like ten times.

So, do you know where you want to go to college at?

Probably Ball State.

And what sort of careers are you considering?

I want to be like a social worker or drug abuse councilor.

Why is that?

I want to help people.

Favorite moment in high school?

There are too many.

Most embarrassing moment?

No comment.

And finally, what advice would you give to freshman?

Be yourself.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The movie GOTHIKA (Rated R, recomended for mature audiences) is a chilling ghost story where everyone thinks you're insane when only you know the truth. A woman awakes in a mental hospital where she is told she killed her husband, but she can't even remember the events. How can you convince everyone you're not crazy when you're locked in an insane asylum?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Last week boys soccer had two games. Both teams lost to DeKalb on Monday. On Tuesday the results were more favorable. The varsity team tied Heritage, while the JV team came away with a win. This week the Knights play Homestead on Monday and Blackford on Thursday. Both games are home.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

2010 Yearbooks

The 2010 yearbooks are IN!

If you are a 2010 grad, pick up your pre-ordered/pre-paid yearbook in the office.

Starting Friday Sept. 24, 2010 yearbooks will be on sale. They are $50 (cash or check) and are on a first come, first serve basis. You can purchase a book from Ms. Donley in room A-111.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hey Teens! Do you have a creative soul? Do you enjoy writing? Are you interested in submitting your writing for publication? ! Then I have the place for you! Teen Ink, an online and print magazine written and published by teens wants your articles! Start by going online to to create an account and submit your articles! Stories can range from memoirs, short stories, poems, movie reviews and much more!

Book Review

I have just finished the book Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson. In this book, there is an average girl named Melinda, with a not-so-average secret. Melinda finds herself rejected by her friends, cut off from her parents, and no one to understand her terrible tragedy. She does her best to block out everyone in her everyday life; she stops talking, ignores her parents and teachers, blows off the one friend she does have, and her grades plummet. Melinda tries to heal, it's a long process. She tries to tear her mind away from her tragic memorie. Melinda's story is a realistic and compelling one. It's a journey for her to try to regain her joy and strength.

Resident Evil: Afterlife

The fourth installment of the "Resident Evil" franchise is now out and blowing up box offices. Fans of the game and the movie series will love the next chapter in Alice's quest to destroy the deadly T-virus and bring down the Umbrella Cooperation. This movie is rated R by the MPAA and is recomended for mature audiences.

Monday, September 20, 2010

College Spotlight: DePauw University

Nickname: Tigers
Colors: Gold, Black
Education: 45 Majors
Featured Majors: Classical Studies, Kinesiology, Geosciences 
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 10:1
Varsity Sports: 9 Men's, 10 Women's; NCAA Division III
Cost (For 2010-2011 School Year) : Tuition: $34,440; Room & Board: $9,180; Health & Activity Fees: $465; Total: $44, 085
Visit: For visiting information, call 1-800-447-2495 or email

For more information, go to

Homecoming Game

Last Friday was the big Homecoming game for the knights. This year was special because not only were the Knights playing the New Haven Bull Dogs, but they were playing former principal Mr. Molher and former vice-principal Mr. Hicks. Unfortunately the knights lost the game 23-21. It was close and a good game to watch.

In other news, at Friday's game Trever Sebring and Eden Chaney were crowned Homecoming King and Queen. The Homecoming court was made up of: Cassie Herdon, Paige Meyer, Kelsey Ahrens, Rebekah Witzig, Eden Chaney, Robert Connet, McCormic Clouser, Adam Burnison, Bobby Haddix, and Trever Sebring.

Finally as a reminder: the JV Football team will be playing at tonight at New Haven with kick off at 6:30 p.m. The Freshman team will play the Bulldogs this Thursday at Norwell at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Heroes vs. Villians

Heroes vs. Villians by laurenklansek, made at


Guess what everyone it's TACO DAY!

Homecoming Week

Left: Addie Johnson takes flight on Super Hero day!
Middle: Jennifer Harrison, Ethan Weikel and Alexis Searles celebrate Black Out day.
Right: Ross Matthews and Mitchell Wilson go to work on Career day!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Book Review

I have just recently finished the book Notorious by Cecily Von Ziegesar. This is the third novel in the list of the "It Girl" series. These books add on to Cecily's previous series, "Gossip Girl". In Gossip Girl, Jenny Humphry is the quiet, slightly awkward freshman trying to earn a reputation of being wild and spontaneous. When Jenny transfers to a boarding school called Waverly Prep she becomes the one person she's dreamed of being her whole life. She's more outgoing, making cooler friends, guys flirt with her, and she enjoys all the new attention she is getting. Waverly is the school for the rich and famous, where your only as hot as your latest scandal. Jenny quickly catches on and is beginning to enjoy her time at Waverly. She had her two new best friends, her roommates, Callie and Brett, and she even had a little crush already. Until she finds out that her crush is her roommates ex-boyfriend. Then there are rumors that the infamous Tinsley Carmichael is returning to Waverly. Once she sees that Jenny has stolen her best friends, her room, and her popular lifestyle, you can't expect Tinsley too be kind to Jenny. Of course there are more problems in this book than just Jenny's drama. This book has it all, teacher affairs, parties, punishments, love, lust, and scandal. I would recommend this book to anyone you loves a dramatic tale.

Boys Soccer

Norwell had two more soccer games last week. On Monday they played East Noble. The JV played first and lost. Then the varsity played second. They remained scoreless in the first half. Norwell struck first in the second half on a goal scored by Brandon Johnson, but East Noble followed up the score with two of their own. With two minutes left in the game, Jaron Moser tied up the game, and sent the game into overtime. Both overtime periods went by scoreless, so the game was to be decided by penalty kicks. The first round of five kicks per team ended in a tie. So, it went to sudden death penalty kicks where Norwell lost in the first round. On Wednesday the Knights face Northrup. The JV lost 4-1. Austin Cooley scored for the Knights. The Varsity lost their game 3-1. Jaron Moser scored. This week the Knights face Dekalb on Monday and Heritage on Monday. Both games are away.

Monday, September 13, 2010


When Nerds Attack
Today Norwell is crawling with nerds. They are everywhere. In fact there are so many because of homecoming week that it is near impossible to steal their lunch money. It seems as if everyone is a nerd. If you are wondering what the rest of this week will bring read on.
Tuesday = School-wide Blackout
Wednesday = Career Day
Thursday = Heroes v. Villains
Friday = Norwell Spirit

Boys Cross-Country: Blackford Invitational

Over the weekend, the Boys Cross-Country team competed at the Blackford Invitational. While some of the team was battling injuries as well as illness, they finished 9th in the Open Division. Senior Alex Cushman finished with a time of 16:19. Brandon Long and Ben DeVoe posted impressive times with 17:06 and 17:47, respectively. Complete results of the race can be found here. The teams next meet is Saturday, September 18 at the Yorktown Invitational.

Norwell Football

This past Saturday the Norwell Knights Football team traveled to Lucas Oil Stadium to play the Bellmont Braves. For the first half of the game the team was able to put up a strong defense and was ahead 9-0. The game ended with a win for the Braves at 17-9.

KILLERS movie review

The movie KILLERS (Rated PG-13), starring Kathrine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher is an action/adventure/comedy that throws everthing at you in a big bang! Jenny (Heigl), a young woman on a vacation meets Spencer (Kutcher) who just happens to be an agent who wants nothing more than a normal life. After meeting Jenny, Spencer is sure he can live the normal life...until a bounty for 1.5 million dollars is on his head and ends up dragging Jenny for the ride. Enjoy KILLERS, it will absolutely kill you with laughs!

Sprit Week Calendar

Spirit Week

  1. Nerd Day

  2. Blackout

  3. Career Day

  4. Hero or Villain Day(today)

    School Spirit Day

Friday, September 10, 2010

College Spotlight: Huntington University

Nickname: Foresters
Colors: Green, Black
Education: Over 70 majors
Featured Majors: Education, Marketing, Communication Studies
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Varsity Sports: 14 NAIA
Cost (For 2010-211 academic year): Tuition: $21,850; Room and Board: $7,430; Activities Fees: $480; Total: $29, 760
Visiting: For visiting information, call 1-800-642-6493 or go to

V-Bally Ball

The Norwell Lady K Volleyball team (11-3) are swimming in the "W's" this week. Tuesday the Lady K's took the Bishop Dwenger Saints to five games, emerging victorious, 3 games to 2. The very next night, the Lady K's hosted the South Side Archers and sent them home with a royal spanking, 3 games to none. The Lady K's started out struggling this year, but seem to have hit their stride. Let's all cheer on the Lady K's as they make our school proud.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Teacher Spotlight Mrs. Carr !

Teacher Spotlight!
Mrs. Carr

Photo by : Taylor Goodpaster

How do you like Norwell?
I like it very much, but I miss Ossian

What is the worst thing about it?
I don't get as much exercise, and they keep the library frigid

What is the best thing about it?
Seeing my old students I've had before, and meeting new ones. I don't know everyone, they all grow up and look different now

What's your favorite t.v. show?
any baseball game especially games with the Cardinals!

Norwell Boys Soccer

Norwell's Boys soccer team had two games last week. First they played at Marion on Tuesday. The varsity team ended up losing this game 0-2. And the JV lost 0-5. But the Knights came back with a better showing on Thursday at New Haven. The varsity team won 2-0, and the JV came up just short at 0-1. Jacob Meyer and Adam Lambert each had goals in this game. Jacob was assisted by Briar Bolinger. The varsity team's record now stands at 5-4, and the JV are 0-8-1. This week the Knights host East Noble today and Northrup on Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Student Spotlight #1

Student Spotlight: Adam Datema

Our professionally trained journalist staff sat down with Adam in order to dig deep and discover what really makes Adam Datema, Adam Datema.

So Adam, how was your summer?

Awesome. I watched the world cup.

How's soccer going this year?

Its a building year.

Were you surprised you were chosen as the student spotlight?

No. I'm fantastic.


What are your plans for after high school?

I'm undecided on the college I want to go to, but I know I want to major is psychology and I plan on getting a masters in counseling.


Like psychiatry.

Why Psychiatry?

Because I want to help people.
What's your most embarrassing moment?

When I was four I decided to climb a tree to retrieve a pine cone. Well, needless to say I fell, but not all the way to the ground. My underwear caught on a branch, leaving me suspended in mid air, screaming 'help!' The worst part is the entire time my brother was screaming for my parents to go get the camera.

So, team Edward of team Jacob?

Team Sharkboy.

And lastly, what advice would you give to freshman?

Enjoy high school because its going to fly by. I know everyone says that, but its true. Don't be too serious. Read a good book. Don't do drugs.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Boys Soccer

Last Thursday the Norwell's boys soccer team played at Jay County. The varsity team played first and claimed a victory. They won four to zero. Goals were scored by Briar Bolinger, Luke Batdorff, Aaron Seman, and Paxton Lehman/ Jason Miskin. JV played the second game. They fought hard throughout the game and came close to winning but unfortunately did not. So, the final score of their game ended up being one to zero in favor of Jay County. This game improved the Varsity's record to 4-3 and drop the JV team to 0-6-1. The next game is tomorrow Tuesday, September 7 at Marion.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Friday Night Football

The Norwell students were so inspiring that some of the Carroll fans tried to join in cheering for the Knights!

After Norwell's touchdown the student section rushed down to the track to do push ups.

Norwell Students came out to support the Knights last Friday night

This past Friday the Norwell Knights played the Carroll Chargers. The game ended in defeat with a score of 14-6. The Knights fought to the end and held off the Chargers until the third quarter when the Chargers scored their first touchdown.

Friday, September 3, 2010

College Spotlight: Manchester College

Nickname: Spartans
Colors: Gold, Black
Education: 55 areas of study
Featured Majors: Accounting, Computer Science, Philosophy
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14:1
Varsity Sports: 19 NCAA Division III
Cost: (For 2010-2011 academic year) Tuition: $24,100; Fees: $820; Room: $5,400; Board; $3,460 (full-meal plan); Total: $33,780
Visiting: To schedule a visit, call 800-852-3648 or e-mail,

Nested in the small town of North Manchester, Manchester College is 35 miles from Ft. Wayne and 100 miles from Indianapolis. The 125 acre campus is shaded by large oak trees. Buildings on campus are no more than a 5 minute walk away using the sidewalks paved throughout the campus.  

Lack of Motivation

Dear Lex Tayler
I have no motivation to study for school. Every year I try to set goals to study more but it just never happens. What can I do? This lack of motivation is starting to affect my grades. I know I need to study, but I just don't. Please Help!!

Lack of Motivation

Dear Lack of Motivation,

I suggest you find a special place where you can just be alone and relax. Maybe like your room with music on, or outside on a great day. Sometimes with sports, chores, and school your life can be hectic, try rewarding yourself for doing your work. (for every 1/2 hour of studying, 10 minutes of texting?) Encourage yourself and say "I'm almost done!!" Have a set time everyday and adhere to it strictly school related so you can't plan other things around it. Let me know how things go? :)

Your welcome, Lex Tayler

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Powder Puff Football

That's right, this year there will be powder puff football during homecoming week. The game will be either Tuesday the 13th, or Wednesday the 14th. It is flag football and the game will be out on the football practice field. If you are a junior or senior girl interested in playing, go to the office to pick up a permission form. The permission forms have to be turned in next Tuesday. As of right now it looks like there are going to be two senior teams and two junior teams. Make sure you come out and enjoy the game. Cost to get in will be $1 and make sure you bring your own seating.

Thursday, September 2, 2010


Coming Soon!

Teacher Spotlight

comment below the post for your nominations RIGHT NOW!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Golden Knights

Pictured above is Norwell's Campus Life director Tony Chaney
Golden Knights has started up again! For anyone who doesn't know what Golden Knights is, I'll explain. It is Campus Life based program on Wednesday mornings. This year the group meeting at 6:45 am in the planetarium (the double doors in the hallway behind the auditorium). Breakfast is served at each Golden Knights, followed by a devotional usually led by Tony. Golden Knights officially started up this past Wednesday and will be taking place on a consistent basis from now on. Everyone is welcome to come and check it out!

A Week of Victory for the Lady Knights

The Lady K's (9-3) have gotten 3 more victories this week. Monday, the Lady K's beat the Southern Wells Raiders, 3 games to none. The first two games were a landslide victory for the Lady K's, winning both games 25-10. In the third game, Southern Wells fought to stay alive, getting their first lead of the night. The Knight's fought back, winning 27-25. Tuesday evening the Lady K's played the Wayne Generals, defeating them 3 games to 1. The Lady K's started the night off by winning the first game 25-16 to which the generals responded by taking the next game, 27-25. Determined not to lose this game, the Lady K's won the next two games, 25-23 and 25-17. Thursday night the Lady K's dominated the South Adams Starfires, winning 3 games to none.

Norwell Boys Soccer

Last night the Norwell boys JV and Varsity soccer teams played Bellmont. The JV team was the first to challenge the braves. A scene from their game is pictured above. The knights struck first in the first half. Keifer Windle scored on a beautiful shot. So, the JV knights left the first half with a one goal advantage. The second half turned out to be a hard fought battle. Both teams pushed hard throughout the last thirty five minutes, and both teams had several good shots on goal. However, Bellmont was the only team to turn on of those shots into a goal. They tied the game up part of way through the second half. The Knights fought for another goal to take the win but came up short. So, the game ended in a one to one tie. The Varsity game turned out better results for Norwell. Briar Bolinger was able to capitalize on a scoring opportunity to allow the Knights to walk away with a one to zero victory. Norwell's next game is tomorrow, Thursday September 2. They take on Jay County.

Busy B

.Dear Lex Tayler,

Lately I've been having trouble handling all of my responsibilities. Between my job, school, and chores it seems that I never have enough time. Not to mention I never get enough sleep! Do you have any suggestions for me that could help me juggle all of my responsibilities?

Thanks, Busy B.

Dear Busy B.,

Firstly, I want to stress the importance of sleep. If you don't get enough sleep then you won't be able to complete any of your tasks in a timely or efficient manner. It may seem like staying up until midnight will help you get ahead, but all that it really does is make you more tired the next day, creating a vicious cycle of monotony. Talk to your parents about chores. See if you can work something out so you're both pleased. Perhaps talk to your boss and see if you can cut back your hours, so you can fit in more school and sleep.

Your welcome, Lex Tayler