Adams Central High School competed in the area Academic Super Bowl sponsored by the Indiana Association of School Principals on Tuesday night at Leo HS. Adams Central captured the area division 3 title. The interdisciplinary team of Sammi Shappell, Alexis Bloom, Olivia Plasterer and Jonathan Schwartz placed 1st in the event. The English team of Olivia Plasterer, Sydni Wolpert, Abigail Bertsch and Kaylee Olmsted placed 2nd. The Math team of Alexis Bloom, Jadon Evans and Bailey Liter placed 3rd. The Social Studies also placed 3rd led by Olivia Plasterer, Jonathan Schwartz and Sydni Wolpert. Both the Fine Arts team and the Science team placed 5th in the competition. Fine Arts team is composed of Sammi Shappell, Mahima Millington and Paige Suman. The Science team was also represented by Bloom, Evans and Liter.
The Water Situation
The Renovation Project
A large-scale renovation project has been in the works for several months at Adams Central, but many are still confused about what it details. Dr. Stiglitz describes the project in an interview with the Jet Stream.
By: Ashton Butler
Spring Break is just around the corner, and for many of us, it can’t come soon enough. High schoolers are starting to feel the burn-out that comes with constant classes, and we could all use the break. Everyone has their own plan for their time away from school, and everyone is going about it differently. We asked some students what they planned on doing, and here’s their responses! From splashing along the beach to chilling at home, Spring Break is sounding like a blast!
“I’m spending Spring Break with my friends; this is the first year we aren’t vacationing.”
“My family is going on vacation to Palm Springs, Florida. We’re going to visit my grandparents.”
“My parents and I are vacationing in Michigan. I love the Great Lakes and seeing Detroit, even if it’s a little beat-up”
Scholarship deadlines are near
By Sarah Wampler & Ashton Butler
Seniors! The year is coming to a close, and as it does you are being faced with beginning your preparations for college. One of the many preparations that lies ahead is applying for FAFSA.
So, what exactly is FAFSA? FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Basically, it is an application that you fill out to see if you are eligible for student financial aid. If so, you will be given various amounts of money, all depending on how much you need it.
Applying may take some time, but it definitely isn’t hard. First, you must go to fafsa.ed.gov. You are going to want to make sure that you have all of the required documents on hand. These would be items such as your social security number, 2015 federal income tax returns, W-2 forms, bank statements, and records of your investments. If you are at the website given above, you are going to start filling out the application. You will be asked which colleges you may attend at some point in the application, so make sure you have it narrowed down to a few select ones. The application from there on out is very self explanatory. All you need to know is the basic information about yourself that most other scholarship applications would ask for.
If you are awarded money, you will receive a financial aid award letter from each college that you have been accepted to. Then you are free to accept the money, if you wish. You do not have to take the money, even after you have been awarded it, but it is recommended that you take the aid from FAFSA before taking out any loans. This is because loans come with a price tag, and you will eventually have to pay them back.
FAFSA is a great help to anyone. Even if you do not feel you will be eligible for the financial aid, it doesn’t hurt to try. If you do end up applying, know that the deadline for the 2016-2017 school year is on March 10, 2017 by midnight. If you do not submit your application by that time, you will not be able to receive any financial aid until the 2018 school year.
Good luck, too all seniors as they begin their journey to college!
With our first college semester vastly approaching and our bank accounts drained from much-needed nights out with friends, scholarships of any amounts can certainly come in handy. Here are the four best sites for searching for scholarship cash — along with one scholarship from each to get you started!
Zinch is a college student’s one-stop-shop for scholarships that are creative and fun to apply for and win. To apply for scholarships via Zinch, you’ll have to create a username and profile that will help the site find scholarships that are specifically relevant to you! One of Zinch’s most popular awards is the Weekly Three Sentence Essay Scholarship, where applicants must generate a 280-character essay while vying for $1,000 of cold, hard cash.
Fastweb is another terrific, resource where you’ll find thousands of scholarships. Not only does Fastweb offer award, it features helpful career planning services and learning tools for its registered users! One of Fastweb’s most recently featured scholarships is the “Natural Disaster” PSA Video Contest, a $3,000 scholarship offered to creative undergrads with an eye for cinematography and knowledge of the consequences of natural disasters.
You know how you always seem to receive a new, complimentary gift after so many purchases at that favorite beauty counter of yours? ScholarshipPoints works the same way! The site’s users rack up points through a rewards system, making them eligible for different scholarships according to how many points they have earned. ScholarshipPoints offers a rolling, monthly $1,000 for its members and a quarterly $10,000 scholarship.
Scholarships.com is a wonderful resource. If you’re looking to transfer to a school that is dying to recruit you and offer you scholarships, this is the site to visit. The site allows you to pinpoint specific scholarships by your major, year in school and location, increasing your chances for receiving awards and saving you tons of time. For meticulous proofreaders and aspiring editors, you may want to check out the Proof-Reading.com Scholarship Program featured on Scholarships.com! Although an essay is required, the $1,500 you could earn is definitely worth the time spent behind the keyboard.
The changing times of the Jet Stream
The Jet Stream has been in print for 50 years, since 1968. Although the atmosphere at AC has been fairly consistent, a lot has changed in in the area of the student newspaper.
The early volumes of the Jet Stream were printed on news print. It was written by AC students and likely printed by one of the local newspapers. The articles were typed on old manual typewriters and taped together to create the layout of the newspaper. The pictures were shot with film cameras and developed in a dark room here at the school. If you look at the sign over Mrs. Beer’s closet, you will see the old “dark room” sign. Once developed, prints would need to be enlarged and printed for publication.
At this time a pub room would have 4-5 typewriters at a table along the wall. It would have a dark room for pictures. A layout station would be littered with exacto knives, tape, glue, light table, cutting board, scalograph, grease pencil and grid board. It would likely have stock border designs to frame stories.
The Jet Stream functioned that way for about 15 years. In the late 1970’s copier quality improved to the point to where AC could start printing “in house”, and the Jet Stream took on the shape and size you are familiar with today. Past editors still remember a mix of agony and relief as they stood over the copy machine scanning all the pages. They were still limited by no computer technology, so most cover were hand drawn and headlines were written with a sharpie.
Jet Stream staffs continued to physically “cut and paste” articles and pictures through the 80’s and 90’s and scan the print to a copy machine. Early digital cameras showed up in the late 90’s with poor picture quality and clunky file sharing. “New” Sony cameras that boasted 1.3 megapixels cost the newspaper staff $800-$1000. The first computer shows up in 1984, but it would be almost 20 years before graphics and programs would be useful for publications.
Not until about 2000 did Adobe make a major contribution to publishing when they launched Photoshop and In-Design. For the first time, the newspaper staff could create the stories and place the pictures on a digital layout. This new genesis in printing still had it’s draw backs. Students were able to write their stories and place pictures, but if they published multiple stories on the same page, they have have to take turns at the computer and work together to fit it all together. After all the individual pages were complete, all the files were saved on a flash drive and given to the editor to put together.
The pub room also changed during this time. A small room where the library computer lab is currently located, contained 6 desktop computers and its own copy machine to produce the Jet Stream. The dark room was replaced by a memory card reader and a scanner. The room was often dark and music often playing. Jet Streams were being pumped out on a bi-weekly basis, with sporadic specialty issues for Christmas or Prom.
Finally, the print job would be sent to the printer and the staff would gather together and fold and collate all 500 copies for distribution. Think paper cuts and ragged tempers as the birth of each issue was a traumatic experience.
One last change occurred in the history of printing the Jet Stream. In the fall of 2010 AC started New Tech and each student had a laptop at their disposal. Over the course of the next 2 years, the Jet Stream was created on Pages and printed from Mr. Anderson’s computer in 1 complete print job that was stapled and collated by the copy machine. Initially, Jet Streams were distributed to all classes during SAP every other Friday. After picking up hundreds of unread Jet Streams on the floor, we shifted to distributing during lunch and printing considerably less papers.
Now, the Jet Stream is changing with the times once more. We printed our last Jet Stream in November of 2016. The new Jet Stream will be offered online with this link on the school website and the goal is to update the news feed several times a week. This will give us a chance to publish timely AC news and take advantage of color photography. Be patient with us as we find a new rhythm to publishing the Jet Stream