Bump, Set, Spike!

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The exhilarating rush as you spike a ball into the opponents field and nobody hits it, you hear your team cheer for you as a point is added to the scoreboard. This is the amazing feeling that hobart high schools girls volleyball team experiences every single game multiple times. Mrs.Slough (also known as Denton) is the current varsity volleyball coach and she states “The season is going alright so far and they have the actual game down but our team needs a lot of work on our mental game because mental state and attitude is a big contribution to a win or loss in a game.” The lady brickies current score is 3 wins 4 losses “Our team has had some setbacks but we plan to have a successful season” said a player.

In volleyball there is some main terms that maybe you should know there is one term called a kill which could be either a spike (When an offensive player attacks the ball with a one-arm motion done over the head, attempting to get a kill.) or just a simple tip of the ball over the net and the leading person for number of kills on the varsity team is 39 kills lead by Jessica Parlok “Shes the go to hitter for when we need a kill on the team” states Coach Denton (Slough). Another useful term to know is called a dig, a dig is a defensive play where you dive for the ball and keep the ball in play, the leading person for number of digs is Rhylee Beshears with a consecutive total 100 digs “She is the backbone of the team and the anchor that keeps the team held down when the game gets rough and we need some inspiration.”

All in all, the lady brickies do expect this season to be a good one “It doesn’t even have to be about playing good, it could be about the fact that you just made so many friends that you can trust to have your back when in a game and you just form a special bond that you wouldn’t be able to form if we weren’t playing volleyball.”


Just the beginning for girls’ soccer

Girls soccer season is underway at Hobart High School. Although, the girls soccer team lost their first game 3-0 to their opponent Wheeler, they showed a lot of potential. They have many returning talented players and only lost three seniors. The girls have a lot of experience and are competitive. Coach Newell has found a new way to motivate her players this year. She will be giving out Dairy Queen gift cards to the players who make the most goals during a game. Coach Newell also stated that the girls are very good at helping each other out if they are struggling and cheer each other on to be successful. Keep an eye on this talented team as they continue to progress throughout the season.


Schools out!

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When it comes to this time of year, all you ever hear is “School is over in (Enter Days Here) then, I will be stress free!” However, perhaps if there was a way you could still retain the knowledge you have without having to learn over the summer while staying stress free? I’m sure at this time you’re wondering what this amazing thing could be? That amazing thing is called chess. Chess originated from the two-player Indian war game, Chatarung, which dates back to 600 A.D. In chess you have a total of 18 pieces on your side of the field as does your opponent. The name of the chess pieces are Pawn, Rook, Knight, Bishop, King, And Queen with the king being the most important of all of the pieces. The objective of the game in chess is to effectively trap the king without any other piece be able to move to block the trap (Checkmate), seems simple enough right? Wrong. Now you may be wondering, “Chess will not help me” or ” I’ve tried it before and I was very bad at it.” Now that may be the case but hear me out, I’ve been playing chess now for a total of about 6 months, in this 6 months I’ve noticed a vast amount of improvement in my cognitive ability. Chess may seem like a game but it is more than just a game, chess is a very good way to improve many skills that you may lack right now. In chess you need to have the ability to have immense strategy to subdue your opponent into checkmate. In this small amount of time I’ve played chess I’ve not only noticed an improvement in my strategic skills but also my critical deep thinking skills, my observation skills, my ability to handle stress, and my “what if” skills. Now, allow me to elaborate further on these improvements. When you play chess you need to be able to observe the board in such a fashion that requires you to critically think on your next move while being able to handle the stress of an impending loss and the stress of trying to get out of the loss, onto the “what if’ skills, with the “what if” skills, these allow me to be able to think that maybe the thing I’m doing right now isn’t the best option for me ethically or morally such as slacking when I should be doing my schoolwork. I hope this has intrigued you as learning about chess did for me 6 months ago, and remember maybe instead on focusing on a tan or something else that maybe does not require that much brain functionality, just remember, you have school again in 2 months and you still have to learn!


Boys’ golf defeats Griffith in conference match

Last week Hobart had a conference match against Griffith and played exceptionally well. It was the last JV match for the Brickies and they were also looking to go out strong with a win. The varsity team played on a very tough course, but handled it very well. The lowest score of the day went to Andrew Barras who had a score of 44. Barras had been struggling before then and this match hopefully got his confidence up just in time for sectionals. The Hobart varsity team ended up winning by about 10 strokes.

The JV team also played very well for their last match of the year. Going into this match they had only lost one match against Munster so they were having a pretty good year overall. The JV players played on a little easier course than varsity and had a fun time playing it. The lowest score for the JV players went to Broyce Cosme with a score of 38. Jacob Kollross also had a very good score of 39. The Brickies dominated the Panthers and beat them by more than 20 strokes.


Brickies defeat Pirates in sectional opener

Thursday our Brickies baseball team beat the Merrillville Pirates in commanding fashion with a final score of 10-0. In the win Braden Niksich threw a 5 inning no-hitter before the mercy rule came into effect. Niksich was able to use a strong curve ball to his advantage and have his way with the Merrillville Pirates lineup as the Bricks advance to the next round of ssectionals Niksich said after the game that in the last inning it was definitely on his mind. Offensively Nick Bokun led the way with 2 RBI and the combined six Merrillville errors also helped lead to a W. The Bricks will take on the La Porte Slicers in the sectional semifinal which will be played Friday May 30th at Chesterton High School


Tips for final preparation

Finals is just around the corner and though it might not seem like the most fun time of the school year, we all need to get passing scores. Here are a few tips on how to prepare for finals.

1)  Start studying at least a week before finals. Staying up all night the night before won’t do anything but make you tired.
2) Organize. Start by making an agenda for which subjects to study each night and which subjects you may need to study more.
3)  Make flash cards or outlines to help you study. Highlight areas of importance or where you struggle with.
4) SLEEP. On average, most people need at least 7 hours of sleep to be able to function. Tests are designed to make you think.Make sure to get to bed early the night before a final.
5) Stay calm. When first seeing the test it may seem overwhelming and if you run into a question you’re not sure of, skip it. Answer questions you know first then go back and answer the questions you’re unsure of. They’re no problem with taking time and clearly reading the questions.

With all these tips you should do great on the final.


Summer concerts

The summer of 2014 seems to look very bright for all those music lovers. It seems as if we went through months and months of snow storms, school cancellations, below freezing temperatures, and mountains of snow, so that we could all come together this summer and all share one love. The love of music! Nothing compares to the feeling of being taken over by the music, the crowd going wild, and the goosebumps rising on the back of your neck. This year there is something for everyone. If you like Hip-Hop and Rap there will be artists like Wiz Khalifa, Hoodie Allen, Future, and Kendrick Lamar performing.

You can also check out the line up list for this years Super Fresh Hip-Hop Fest. For those of you who can handle a real crazy time the Spring Awakening Festival and the North Coast Festival is just the thing for you! Also don’t forget Miley Cyrus’s return Bangerz Tour  concert on August 14! Personally I believe that this summer is perfect for all of us hippies, hipsters, and pop punks. It will be an unforgettable summer with artists and bands like The Black Keys, Vampire Weekend, Jack Johnson, Queens Of The Stone Age, Two Door Cinema Club, Matt & Kim, Passenger, and All Time Low!!! And I’m not stopping there, make sure you have your calendars cleared for the HOTTEST music festivals in Chicago! Starting off with Pitchfork Festival July 18th-20th, followed by Warped Tour July 19th, Lollapalooza August 1st-3rd, and finishing off with Riot Fest September 12th-14th. This will fore sure be an important time in music history for a lot of various genres of music.


Beautiful Paradise

Imagine that you are sitting on a beautiful sunny beach. The bright sun is beaming down on you, the ocean water is clear crystal blue, palms trees are swaying in the wind, and you hear nothing but the windy breeze.

You are in Paradise. Aruba, One Happy Island.  Aruba is a beautiful island located 27 miles off the coast of Venezuela. Aruba has sandy white beaches on both the west and southern coasts of the island and beautiful clear ocean water. There are six cities and towns located in Aruba.  The cities are,  Oranjestad,  Paradera, San Nicolas, Noord, Santa Cruz, Savaneta. Citizens of Aruba speak many languages.  The official language is Dutch, another common language is Spanish. English grew in Aruba due to tourism.

The weather is perfect in Aruba. Aruba has clear blue skies, bright sunshine and cooling winds. Aruba only receives 16 in of precipitation from October through January. There are a few brief showers happen on some days.  The temperature year around is in the 80′s, Aruba is known for it’s winds blowing from Northeast and Southeast.

When you go on vacation in Aruba, there is many activities you will enjoy! Aruba beaches are great for families, there are many activities and sites that you can visit. The tour sites are butterfly farm, you could go scuba diving, enjoy boat rides and water sports, there is many more activities that you can enjoy or you can just lay on the beach and enjoy the beautiful breeze.  There are many hotel resorts that you can stay at and have a beautiful ocean beach view. At the Holiday Inn, there are amazing restaurants and some are on the beach. Every night there is always a theme night, for example; BBQ night, Caribbean nights, and even carnival night. If you are looking for a good vacation spot, visit beautiful Aruba, one happy island!


The school year is coming to an end

Say goodbye! I’m not quite sure how it approached so fast, but it happened. I’m sure we were all counting down the days. Well, the end of another school year is finally here…

When this school year began, we all walked in with a positive attitude. I believed it was going to be a good year, and looking back at it now, it sure was. This was all made possible by my awesome friends and great teachers that I have had the privilege of getting to know. I sure hope everyone also had a great school year too. If not, there is always next school year. From all the sporting events I attended with friends, all the dances, Spring Fest, the talent show, and so much more. My sophomore year has definitely been a year to remember.

The graduating class of 2014 will be a class to remember and I’m sure they know that they have left a permanent mark on this school and will never be forgotten. I know the seniors are ready to graduate and get on with starting their lives out there in the real world, if they haven’t started working on that already.

Next year is hopefully even better than this year.

But before we even discuss next school year, Summer 2014; we re coming for you! I hope everyone has a fun and safe summer!


Buffalo Wild Wings: pricey but worth it

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This week I ate at the popular Buffalo Wild Wings or simply B-Dubs in Portage. Popular for its signature sauces and seasonings and providing the sporting event atmosphere the restaurant has become a popular choice for teens and young adults. On a Friday night there is almost always a packed house, but with a full venue means a more sporting events need to be accommodated which is no problem with their several high-def television around the restaurant. The variety of sports shown range from baseball, basketball, to sometimes Rhythmic jujitsu. With the atmosphere and energy, it is hard not to enjoy your visit.

When I first walked in on a Friday night I knew it would take a few minutes for my party and I to be seated due to the usual Friday night crowd from my previous visit. It was refreshing to see the workers hustling and bustling about trying their best to provide fast and efficient service while being energetic. Once seated aside from the occasional loud laughter from another table the cheers and jeers from spectators intently watching the sporting events is tolerable and just adds to the overall experience. The server took our drink order and came back with our four drinks swiftly and took our food order and the night officially begun.

It took about 15 minutes for our order to get cooked and brought out to us which seemed quickly with the various games on the screens even though my favorite team was losing. The honey barbecue with a basket of fries came out piping hot and smelled and tasted heavenly. The food is definitely a strength for this food chain and it’s easy to see why so many people rave about the wings. The food really compliments the sports themed element and the special sauces and seasoning just boost the appeal.

By the time my dining experience had come to end and the check situation needed to be resolved and leftovers needed to be boxed up the night was satisfactory to say the least. With the quality service that provided swift drink refills all night long and delicious food, Buffalo Wild Wings is rightfully among one of the top choices in the area. The only complaint is that the food may be a little pricey. But with a full stomach and even leftovers that are just as good the day after; no complaints are in order. The overall experience makes it hard not to consider many more visits to Buffalo Wild Wings.


Are finals too stressful?

As the school year comes closer to an end, it seems that students become more stressed. The end of the year can be stressful for many reasons such as: worrying about passing your classes, getting into college, turning in all your papers, and getting a job. Teachers always harp on students about how important grades are and some students do not realize that their grades are low until it is too late. Also, I believe that one of the biggest stress factors on students at the end of the year is finals.

 

Finals can be stressful on so many different levels. They can determine whether or not one passes or fails that class. Also they can determine if that student gets credit for that class. The way the scoring system works at Hobart High School is that one 9 weeks is 40% of your grade, the second 9 weeks is also 40%, and the final is 20% of your grade. That may not seem like a lot, but, in all actuality, it can really affect one’s overall grade. 20% can move a grade two letter grades down if it’s a bad score. That could be stressful because one test can change your overall grade.

 

Also, another rule we have at HHS is you have to pass two of either the first 9 weeks, the second 9 weeks, or the final. That means for some students, they must pass the final to get credit. That can be very stressful worrying how one test will determine if you passed the class.I do not believe it is right to place that much amount of stress on teens. With the way society is now-a-days, stress is everywhere and in everything teens do. Adding on how one test will determine if you pass that grade or not is too much. It should be an overall evaluation of your grade throughout the year.


Red Robin: an outstanding place to dine

Last week I went to the popular restaurant Red Robin for my younger brother’s birthday. Being a boy, he wanted to be tough and go eat a big burger for his birthday. I was automatically excited because I love their endless steak fries. I was right to be excited; the cleanliness, service, and food quality were outstanding.

When I arrived at the restaurant, the Hostess greeted me with a big friendly smile that instantly made me feel welcome. She sat us at a table far from all the other customers and was very friendly the whole time. Then we met our waitress, she treated us more like old friends than customers. She sat and talked with us while she took our orders and even told my step mom she looked 30. Very flattering, but definitely not true. She was also very fast, and efficient. Our glasses were always full and she never got annoyed by my countless questions and needs. Also, they whole staff sang “Happy Birthday” to my younger brother with an incredible amount of enthusiasm and gave him free ice cream.

The restaurant was very clean. Even the parking lot had no garbage and even very few pot holes. The windows were sparkling, which made the lighting very bright and made the atmosphere feel very open and welcoming. I didn’t see any dirty tables or crumbs on the floor, and the restaurant was reasonably busy. All of the plates and glasses were clean, which is a huge plus. We all know how disgusting it is when we suddenly realize our cutlery has food residue on it.

The most amazing part of my visit, of course, was the food. I got the Royal Robin Burger and steak fries, and they were awesome. Nothing was burnt, everything was cooked flawlessly. The burger comes with an egg, which was fried and not too runny. My burger wasn’t too dry or too pink on the inside. If you want a good burger you should definitely go there.

All together, my trip to Red Robin was a very pleasant experience. I would go back any day of the week!