College Go Week is here

The fun, exciting, extravagant college go week is finally here. College go week takes place the week of September 22nd through September 26th. Throughout the week you will hear about colleges, see teachers wearing special college go week themed shirts, and obtain a plethora of information regarding your college options. Although it may seem like it is a while away, it is never too early to start thinking about college.

College go week is about getting a head start on your future for college. Specific colleges are brought to our school to give students information about some colleges they might be interested in or interested in attending. This is your chance to plan your path to college and have a successful career. This is your chance to plan for your education beyond high school. Stay tuned for exciting college information this week!


Where to begin when applying for college

With shaking hands and an eager mind, the high school senior tears open the letter he has been waiting weeks for from his dream university, and with overwhelming happiness and shock he reads one word, “Admitted”. While applying for college can be stressful and nerve wrecking, it is equally as rewarding when students begin to receive their acceptance letters. Many students have questions like “How many schools should I apply to?”, “What is FASFA?”, and of course, “How do I begin?”.

Most students have specific schools that they wish to attend, but it never hurts to have choices. The recommended amount of schools that students should send their applications to is 5-8. The schools that students choose should all be those of which they would be happy to attend. Within those 5-8 schools, students should pick some that are more challenging to get into and others that they will likely be admitted to. Also, keep in mine that even if going away for college is your plan, you should always have a school near home, just in case.

After applying for schools, and choosing one to attend, the next step is Financial Aid. FASFA is a free application to possibly get help paying for college. Basically, FASFA looks at family income, assets, and household information to determine how much help students will need when paying for college. Applying for FASFA begins January 1st of the year you plan on attending college and deadlines are usually in March.

With all of this information, you may still be asking “How do I begin?”. Beginning may be the easiest part. First, find out all of the information needed for the applications you will fill out, then begin collecting all of that information and create a folder of every college you plan on applying to. This will keep everything organized and ready to send. At the front of each folder, have a checklist with all necessary materials, and once each checklist is completed, begin sending out applications.

Applying for college is a huge step to adulthood, and though it may be stressful, it’s important to be focused, aware of deadlines, and stay updated on all the necessary information. A year from now, the lives of high school seniors will drastically change, and all students can do is prepare for the life ahead of them. Be sure to apply to many colleges, apply for FASFA, and begin early. With this information, all students should have a better understanding for applying to college.


Mystique

Talent, dedication, and most importantly fun are all are words that must come to mind to those students who auditioned for Mystique this year.

Mystique has been an on going after school choir group since around 2002 as an alternative to the club Wolffgang. Overtime, the club developed into its own organization. The name of the group tends to change depending on the students involved. Although you don’t have to be in choir during the year to join Mystique, you do need some type of previous choir experience. Depending on how the year plays out Mystique does more than just choir concerts, they have sang the national anthem at games, at Christmas events, and ISSMA which is a solo and ensemble contest.

Congratulations to the Mystique members this year and good luck!


IUN and Purdue Calumet: college options close to home

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One third of all incoming college freshmen say they were not prepared to choose a college upon graduating high school. Not knowing the type of college or college requirements can be very stressful when choosing a college. Here are some important facts about two universities one could consider going to. These universities are Indiana University (IUN) and Purdue Calumet.

When choosing a college, location is a crucial factor. Both universities are located in northwest Indiana. IUN is located in Gary, Indiana, and Purdue Calumet is located in Hammond, Indiana. The requirements to be accepted into IUN are an Indiana core 40 diploma or the equivalent of a 2.0 average grade point average on the 4.0 scale. One must rank in the upper half of the high school graduating class in order to get accepted. One must also score above the medium established by northwest Indiana students on the SAT or ACT. Some majors IUN specializes in are arts and sciences, business and economics, health and human services, and education.
One could say that the majors a school specializes in is the main importance when choosing colleges. Purdue University Calumet major’s are technology, technology leadership and management, modeling, simulation, and visualization, construction management and engineering technologies, and organizational leadership and supervision. The requirements one has to meet in order to be accepted are graduating high school with an Indiana core 40 diploma, a minimum of a score of 900 on the SAT. Applicants with two part SAT scores can be admitted if they have a 5-subject grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
When choosing a college to attend, consider these great options that are close to home. Purdue Calumet and Indiana University Northwest are credible universities that will prepare any student for his or her future.


Book buzz at Hobart High

Students enjoy meeting the library once per month for the book club.

Books, food, and voices fills a room that would normally be in silence. The Brickie Book Club is an outstanding club that meets after school on the third Tuesday of every month in the media center.

Runner of the Hobart book club, Mrs.Lounges, meets up with students and senior citizens after school for about an hour. Every meeting is a fun filled evening. The snacks are excellent and so is the talking that surrounds the room.

Every meeting students and senior citizens discuss the previous book that was read. Then they will get assigned a new book. Sometimes the book can be a classic book or a new book that just came out (a list will be provided). This months book is Divergent. Divergent is a new book with a high rating. Everyone is excited to read Divergent and discuss it together next month.

Just about anyone can join the club- anyone can join at any time. If you enjoy reading or discussing common interests with your peers, consider joining the club.


Hobart Brickie Football falls to Kankakee Valley Kougars

Our Hobart Brickies faced a long, nervous bus ride to Kankakee Valley on Friday night. With confidence and pride Hobart took the field to warm up. The parents, students, and cheerleaders were all bundled up and excited for the game to begin.

After kick off, Hobart started on the 45 yard line. With the first down. Beginning in the first quarter, Noah Smith made the first touchdown of the game! Making it 7-0 with the extra point. Soon to follow in the second quarter, KV scored a touchdown making it 7-6. After Hobart recovers a fumble, Jared Zanolla makes a 22 yard pass to Monte White making it 13-6 with only 8:21 left in the first half! The crowd was cheering and just as excited as the team was. Shortly after, KV ran in for a score. Making it 14-13 after the two point conversion. At Half time, KV leads 21-13.

The crowd returned to the stands after getting hot dogs and hot chocolate after half time. A touchdown was made by KV making the score 34-13, blocking the extra point by the Brickies. Soon after, a Hobart touchdown was made by Satterfield! KV still led 34-20. In the beginning of the fourth quarter, Luke Budzielek punted for the Hobart Brickies making that first down KV. KV made a long run making it first and goal. KV scored. KV was still in the lead with the score 40-20. Although, Hobart is still was not giving up, Monte White made another touchdown with the score now 40-27!

Time quickly ran out on our Brickies. With sweat running down their faces, they make it a close game. There are more games to come this season so the Bricks are keeping their heads held high. The boys loaded the buses for the long ride home. Coming this Friday the Bricks will take on Andrean at the Brick Yard at 7 pm. Come out to support our boys! Bricks don’t break!


Hola, Mrs. Greenwood

Welcome, Mrs. Greenwood, to Hobart High School. Originally from Gary, IN, she is prepared to make students college and career ready. Mrs. Greenwood has been hired to teach Spanish this year at HHS and we are lucky to have her.

Mrs. Greenwood has studied from Butler University, to Indiana University Northwest, to even abroad study in the University of Salamanca in Spain. She also encourages students to study abroad as well, as she thinks that students can gain more experience in a more diverse environment. This comes from an experienced teacher, as well; she has previously taught at Hammond as an ELL coach and Thea Boman Leadership Academy, teaching Spanish in grades 5-12.

Mrs. Greenwood is a hard-working teacher dedicated to the success of her students.

As she said in an interview: “When I thought about teaching somewhere else, I had considered Hobart because of the many good things I have heard about the Brickies. I felt very welcome upon coming here, as the staff has helped me as well as the friendly Foreign Language department.”

It’s apparent that we can look forward to a year of laughs and success. Mrs. Greenwood, here’s to you.


Air Jordan 11’s

Imagine yourself filling out the raffle ticket to receive your first pair of retro Jordan’s. You’re patiently but anxiously waiting on the call to confirm that foot locker has reserved a pair just for you. Especially with the retro Jordan 11 ” Legend Blue” dropping this December, everyone one is hoping to experience that moment. Everyone who loves Jordan’s and who are fans of the Jordan brand, would love to get their hands on the retro 11’s, coming this holiday.

December is usually a big time of the year for The Jordan Brand. Releasing its most popular version of the Retros, it is highly anticipated; especially for the sneaker heads. The shoes however, were original released back in 1996 when Michael Jordan himself wore them in the NBA all star game. Then the shoes were re issued back in 2001. Now they are making a comeback but this time with a different name.

The shoe itself seems so slick and smooth looking. It has a full grain upper sole, a white-patent overlays, a black lining and light blue accents on the tongue and the Jumpman logo. To Finish off the look, at the bottom of the shoe has a smooth light blue translucent out sole and the number 13 on it in Roman numeral . They look good in the box, but even better on feet.
The shoes have said to released on December 20 2014. People would love to get their hands these hot exclusive Retro Air Jordan’s. People will be standing in line with their money ready to pay and exchange for the shoes to add to their Jordan collection. This will be a great early Christmas gift to put under the tree.


Welcome Mr. Greenberg

Hobart’s well known teacher, Mr. Balash has been out on leave due to being sick. As a substitute for Team Sports, his good friend Mr. Greenberg has filled in till further notice.

Mr. Greenberg doesn’t have that much experience teaching at Hobart, although he grow up here as a Brickie he explained that he never had taught before until Mr. Martinson asked to be the substitute fill in.

Being in the gym was something Greenberg very much liked to do. Growing up he was always active playing sports with the kids in the neighborhood and local parks. He fit perfectly for the job.

I’m enjoying being a sub so far, as the kids this year are good and all my classes are great! I’m excited for how the rest of the year is going to go,” he explained in an interview.

Be sure to welcome Mr. Greenberg to HHS this year.


Our beloved Yohan

The Hobart Brickies very own mascot, Yohan is one of the most unique and devoted team mascots across the nation. Yohan is also one of the reasons our school has so much school spirit. This years Sophomore student, Tamaryea Hamilton has decided she want to take on the position of being our mascot.

On Friday September 12, Tamaryea played in her first game at Kankakee Valley, against the Cougars. As she was nervous for her first game she looked for good ways to pump up the crowd, with halftime dance moves and the perfect mix of energy to add to the school event. As the crowd seemed to like what she was doing, Ms. Swafford said she’s a shoe in for the job. After the game Tamaryea took tons of pictures with the students, kids, and families. She talked about how much she enjoyed participating in it and likes the feeling of being involved in school events. She’s ready to Brickie Up with school sprit and be our Yohan every game. Come check out the Hobart Brickies and our beloved Yohan next Friday at 7:00 pm, as our football team takes on Andrean at home.


Katy Perry: a tour to remember

The album Prism by Katy Perry has been listed for 688 weeks in 20 different charts. With this being said, it’s no surprise that Perry brings in thousands of fans at every concert in the Prismatic World Tour. While her California Dreams tour was candy-themed fun, Prism brings fans Prismatic fun, a trip to Egypt, a cat-themed world, a heartfelt acoustic session, a throwback to the 80’s, and A hyper neon dance party. Her goal with this tour was to be closer than ever with her fans, and while successfully attaining this goal, she ensures all fans leave there with twinkles in their eyes, and happiness in their hearts.

Perry begins the concert with a Prismatic theme. She sings her songs “Roar”, “Part of Me”, “Wide Awake”, and “This Moment/Love Me”. During this set she focuses on introducing herself and what she stands for as an artist. With flashing lights, nonstop movement, and her prismatic light up costume, this is the set that sets the mood for the rest of the night.

When the next set began, Katy brought her fans all the way to Egypt to perform “Dark Horse”, “E.T.”, “Legendary Lovers”, and her first single “I Kissed a Girl”. She entered the stage by mechanical horse wearing a gold headband, and other Egyptian attire. During this act it tells a story of two Pharaohs fighting for the love of the Pharest, while her female dancers are dressed as mummies who chase her around the stage. By the end of this set, Perry is hooked to a rope and raised into the air to mimic how one would look if abducted by aliens.

After Perry and her dancers disappear for a quick costume change, she returns in a pink body suit and a cat mask. All of her dancers are dressed as cats as well, and the stage is full of cat houses and balls of yarn. During this set she sings “Hot N Cold” and “International Vogue Smile”. She ends this segment by having one of her dancers dump a giant glass of white confetti on her before she exists the stage.

While it has all been fun up until this point, Perry attempts to show a more serious side during her acoustic session. She enters the stage with pastel rainbow hair and a bright glittery dress, and offers two different fans in the pit to take a “selfie” with her on the way across stage. After this she begins what she says is her “favorite part of the show”, when she gets to communicate with fans, talk about herself, and even eat pizza with a fan. She then sings her songs “Thinking of You”, “The One That Got Away”, and “By the Grace of God”. While singing her slower songs she asks that everyone shine their flashlights on their phones to “light up” the stadium.

To bring the show to a close, Perry does two scenes that are very much alike. These particular acts include songs “Walking on Air”, “Birthday”, “Megamix Dance Party”, “It Takes 2″, “TGIF”, “TIHWD”, “Teenage Dream”, and “California Gurls”. Perry creates an 80’s vibe on stage with colorful costumes, and nonstop dancing. During this particular act there is a dance cam which looks for any fans that are dancing and displays them on the big screen. This is a wonderful end to the show because it leaves fans feeling positive and full of excitement.

Over all, the Prismatic World Tour is meant to bring happiness and harmless fun to thousands of people every night. Perry has a great deal of love for her “Katy Cats” (fans), and she puts in a lot of effort to create such extravagant shows for them. This show in particular is definitely one to consider for anyone looking for a good time.


Girl’s bowling is underway

Accuracy and speed are a few things the girl’s bowling team needs to make it down the slick, greasy lane. With only one shot to get a strike, the pressure to perform is on.

Varsity bowling player, Maryssa Carey, has a good feeling that this year will be a great season.

Maryssa stated in an interview “We are going on with a strong team”.

The Hobart High School girl’s bowling team practices once a week together as a team. Then it is up to all the girls to practice on their own to get ready for game day. The first bowling meet will be on the 24th of this September. Be sure to come out and support the girls as they begin their season at Camelot Lanes.