Indiana Area Senior High School

New Club Takes On Spirit Week

By JENNY TODD

Student Advisory Council is a new club at IHS this year. They have been observing and watching how things run at IHS and wanted to make a difference.

For it being their first year and getting a late start the SAC has already started and accomplished such great things. They had a goal and worked so hard to make sure it happened. As a new club it is hard to be respected or get the word out compared to some of IHS older clubs. 

Since starting this club students have been working hard on a spirit week. MarCha’ Ellis is one of the clubs main organizers and said, “ As the committee was being formed, we wondered what we could do to make the end of the school year a little fun. The committee came up with having a spirit week for prom (since we never had one for prom) and activity during lunches just for people to have some fun (even though we couldn’t have them that week, we plan to have sometime in the future).” MarCha’ has a positive attitude and looks on the bright side of what this week might look like for her and the club. She said that “We made sure to get it out beforehand and encouraged people to participate in it.” 

IHS Student Madeline Shirley poses with her baby carriage for anything but a backpack day [Photo Courtesy of Jenny Todd]

The activities that took place April 25th-29th (prom week) were in order;  Loungewear day, Come as your not day, Decades day, Bring anything but a book-bag day, and lastly Hawaiian tacky tourist day. Students planned to have events like lunchtime yoga, kickball, and other activities to get you moving. Due to the weather, these events were not able to take place. The club hopes to have them happen later this month. 

Tamiera Willamson was another student who helped work on making sure this was a successful event. She says,  “SAC came up with the activities to help students get their mind off of school for a little bit and focus on their mental health. We picked activities that we thought the students would enjoy! For spirit week we thought long and hard about what theme days we wanted to do. The other SAC members and I combined all of their ideas together and ended up having an amazing spirit week layout.” It is great to have a club that is so willing to put the students’ needs in perspective. When asked about her motivation she said, “My motivation was seeing the school come together to participate in the activities and the spirit days. Seeing the outcome and the happiness from everyone kept me even more motivated and looking forward to the next day.” It is extremely important that our school is doing things to put a smile on the students’ faces. The most popular day this week was definitely “anything but a backpack.”

As time goes on there is so much more hope for what this club will accomplish and it would be great to see new members willing to get involved. What these students did as a small group is definitely a foreshadowing for what is to come. 

You May Also Like...

Dr. Laird departs: IHS says goodbye to a true trailblazer

By EMMA SHEERAN Dr. Julianne Laird, the orchestra and choir director at IHS, has spent decades in the Indiana Area School District. She has taught at almost every building, led generations of students to success, and cared for every student that passed through her classrooms. Now, she prepares to retire on January 27. It is an understatement to say that she has enormously impacted the community at IHS, and she will most certainly leave a great legacy behind. For some students, Dr. Laird was the kickoff of their music career. “She has been influencing my music-making since I was very young, starting me on violin,” says junior Joey Baunoch. Dr. Laird sees the potential in everyone, somehow always knowing when a student has some secret potential that even they may not be aware of. It’s a sixth sense exclusive to her. She continued to support and educate Baunoch through high

Read More »

IATV morning broadcast provides daily information to students

By ELLA BARLEY Every morning at Indiana Area High School, the daily announcements are presented to students, faculty, staff, and administrators through a short daily video called the IHS Webcast. Typically, the information provided in the webcast is the recent news regarding sports, organizations, and upcoming events such as Spirit Week and other seasonal activities. Students are chosen to participate as on-air talent as well as technical crew and directors, and as a result, the webcast is almost entirely student-run and in many ways is a collaborative effort by many at IHS. This year, despite being involved in so many classes and extra-curriculars here at IHS, seniors Alyssa Carloni and Cadence Ullman proudly and selflessly serve as directors for IHS Webcast by working and communicating with IHS Digital Media and Productions teacher and coordinator Mr. Erik Puskar. After receiving any information or guidance from Puskar, both Carloni and Ullman independently

Read More »

Student perspective on overdue recognition of IHS staff

By KRISTEN KELLY Students at IHS have recently taken notice of school community members that bring a lot of great things to our school and are working to bring some of these individuals to light. So many staff members may not be getting the attention they deserve, from cafeteria staff to custodians, and even to our building subs such as Dr. Schwartz.  Junior Andre McClurg mentions, “Many staff members don’t get the appreciation they deserve, especially security officer Mr. Webb and our custodial staff. Even our bus drivers do so much and I’ve yet to hear them complain. I think we could rectify the situation by doing appreciation weeks for these people just like we do teacher appreciation weeks.”  Many agree with McClurg, stating that they think the librarian, tech staff, and secretaries, especially Ms. Smyers and Mr. Shirley, are often taken for granted. Senior Destiny Brewer commented, “It’s as

Read More »

High Arrow Staff Spotlight: Addison McAfee 

By LIZZIE OLSEN This year The High Arrow Staff has gained several talented new journalists. Addison McAfee, a freshman here at IHS, has been producing articles for The High Arrow throughout this year. She has been working hard to get her name out there, so let’s shine some light on this first-year reporter. Addison has enjoyed writing from an early age, her favorite topics being what’s happening at IHS, student extracurricular activities, and details about the Indiana Area. So far, Addison has written articles on the Drama Club, Athena Club, and is currently working on a spotlight article about Dr. Shwartz.  The experience writing for The High Arrow has been overall very positive for Addison, as she enjoys getting to inform our school on the latest events. Addison explains how the High Arrow caught her interest, “I thought getting to write for something that is a resource for people in

Read More »

High Arrow Staff Spotlight: Caroline Porter

By SKY STEVENS Senior Caroline Porter is a first-year reporter in the High Arrow. She has previous experience though having been a reporter for the junior high Crimson Arrow for two years previously. So far, Porter has worked very hard on all of the articles she has gotten out. Porter finds the aspect of learning something new and being able to share it with others the best part of journalism. She claims this is what motivates and excites her most about being a reporter. Although writing in journalism is something that brings joy to Porter, this is not what she has envisioned for her future. A pathway into the education field is what interests her the most, either in History or English. Although not a definite plan is set into stone, she has much passion and interest in a future with teaching and sharing valuable information with others. Senior Emma

Read More »

Swimming into the season

By SYDNEY ANDERSON Swimming and Diving are back at IHS for the winter season. Meets for the team take place mostly on Thursdays,  with occasional meets on Tuesdays or Fridays. Coming to home meets is a great way to support the IHS swim team. Practices take place Monday through Saturday when there aren’t meets. Swim practices take place at the field house on IUP campus and occasionally at Zink. These consist of a variety of distances. Swimmers work on individual skills such as kicking, pulling, drills, endurance training, starts, and finishes. These practices are run by head coach Sarah Brown and assistant coach Skip Griffith. Diving practices are run by IUP student and coach Allison Brownlee. When Brownlee is unable to make it to practice, divers complete ab workouts or conditioning at the field house. Typically practice for the divers takes place at Zink where divers work on forward, back,

Read More »