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Girls swimming finishes season, boys head to sectional
By ISAAC BURSON
OPS staff writer
The Vincennes Lincoln High School girls swim team began their sectionals on Feb. 2 at Jasper High School. The swimming Lady Alices concluded their season at sectional finals.
Senior Susan Skinner advanced to finals in the 50 freestyle and the 100 Breaststroke. Senior Jenna Cummins advanced in the 100 Free. Seniors Jessi Donovan and Sydney Mathias advanced in the 100 freestyle. Donovan also advanced in the 200 freestyle. Lincoln’s relay team advanced in the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay.
Ending the season, Skinner placed second in the 50 freestyle and fourth in the 100 breaststroke. Mathias placed third in the 200 freestyle and fourth in the 100 freestyle. Donovan placed second in the 100 freestyle and sixth in the 200 IM.
Donovan also swam a 56.04 in the 100 freestyle, breaking the previous school record.
Lincoln’s relay team placed third in the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay.
The Lincoln boys swim team finished their home meet on Feb. 6 against Evansville Reitz, Evansville North and Mt. Carmel by placing ahead of the Illinois school. Nate Kaffenberger and Robert Jones finished first in two events each.
Kaffenberger finished the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle in first place and Jones placed first in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle.
Gage Cooper also finished second in the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke.
The boys will begin their sectionals on Feb. 16 at Jasper High School.
Filed Feb. 10, 2017
Lincoln dance kicks into second competition
BY JADEN FIELD
OPS staff writer
The Vincennes Lincoln dance team has been working hard for the past few weeks to perfect their dances for competition. They compete today at Greenfield.
A contest on Jan. 14 at Avon was canceled due winter weather.
At their first competition at Crawfordsville they placed first in jazz and sixth in kick. They are trying to improve their kick routine from their last competition in Crawfordsville. They have changed their kick routine to hopefully aim for a higher placement. The girls are polishing their dance and their musicality, said explained their faculty sponsor, Bailey Hacker.
They will be competing in jazz category AA and kick category 3A. The songs they will be dancing to are “Burlesque” and “Grown Woman.”
Captain Jaelyn Barton thinks they are prepared for their next competition and knows how they place today depends on many factors.
“It depends on how many teams are there,” she explained. Fellow captain Miranda Ryder said the girls are very excited and are glad to compete again.
Ryder, Mattie Franklin, Barton and Madison Heiden will also compete in solo competition. Franklin, Barton and Ryder will compete in the small group ensemble.
Franklin is excited and hopeful that it will be a great competition.
“We have competitions for the next three weekends in a row, so hopefully it will be a good start,” she explained. “I have danced with Miranda and Jaelyn for years so I love getting to do a special routine (the small group ensemble) with them.”
“I am a little nervous going into it, but we should do well!” said Heiden.
She had to completely change her routine for her solo with only two weeks to work on it.
“I’m excited to compete it for the first time but also a little nervous,” she added.
The next competition is the Feb. 4 at the Jasper Invitational.
Filed Jan. 27, 2017
Choir performance to air on WTWO
By ELI ARNOLD
OPS staff writer
Once a year the Lincoln show choirs, Accents and Lincoln Singers, televise their holiday performances.
Gretchen Bruner, the choir director, said, “It’s good exposure for our program and another opportunity for our students to perform.”
This year the Lincoln Singers came together to bring Christmas cheer with songs like “Underneath the Christmas Tree,” “At Christmas” and “Silent Night.”
Accents presented “What Christmas Means To Me,” “Snowfall Lullaby” and “Mary Did You Know.”
Their production will be available for anyone and everyone to see Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on WTWO channel 2.
The students practiced these songs at other events and become comfortable with them before the recording. This annual events simply demonstrates fun for them and viewers whilst demonstrating all of the work they put into their routines.
A camera crew came to Lincoln and recorded the students performing in Ader Auditorium.
Elizabeth Stiles, said, “I wasn’t nervous because we had already had the concert. It was just cameras and me and my friends singing, dancing, and being goofy.”
Filed Dec. 15, 2016
Paulk crowned Mr. Alice 2016
By Jessica Pfoff
On Nov. 17, Lamarr Paulk was crowned Mr. Alice in the Interact Club’s held the third annual pageant.
This year’s Mr. Alice pageant supported the VCSC Elementary Schools PTO Programs and the Lincoln High School Secret Alice Program.
There were 19 contestants competing for the crown of Mr. Alice.
“When they announced my name as Mr. Alice 2016, I was actually shocked because I thought they had said Grant’s [Oexmann] name, so I was standing there clapping, and then realized I had won,” Paulk said.
During the pageant the cast of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” performed, and the cast of “Annie” performed “It’s a Hard Knock Life.”
Faculty from the VCSC elementary schools served on the judging panel.
The contestants had a variety of reasons to take part in the event.
“I was convinced by fellow peers to compete in Mr. Alice, and the thought of being the newest Mr. Alice had an effect on my decision,” freshman Colton Neighbors said.
During the week leading up to the pageant, students voted at lunch for the People’s Choice winner, which went to Nate Kaffenberger.
“I wasn’t expecting to win people’s choice, and I thought it was cool. I thought Mr. Alice was a really fun experience, and I liked the variety of talents everyone had,” Kaffenberger said.
During the pageant the contestants did an opening dance number, wore an outfit of choice, and the top seven contestants were asked an interview question.
Paulk sang “River Deep, Mountain High” as his talent and donned a tutu on his leg as his outfit of choice.
While walking on stage for outfit of choice, the contestants were escorted by an elementary student.
Sophomore Evan Combs was escorted by his little sister, Claire, a third grader at Franklin Elementary.
Claire tumbled onto the stage while Evan followed behind wearing a blow up T-rex costume for his outfit of choice.
Senior Grant Oexmann showed off his school spirit during the pageant by singing and dancing to the Lincoln High School fight song, and he wore the Big A costume for his outfit of choice, and was asked “How do you feel about Jasper?” as his question.
He responded, “I’d rather be here, than in Jasper,” alluding to the epitaph on Gunner Wyman’s grave.
Freshman Brian Sievers did a skit from Saturday Night Live by Chris Foley for his talent, and the skit had everyone in the audience laughing as he portrayed the terrible motivational speaker who jumps on a table.
“I chose to do this skit for my talent because Chris Foley is my favorite comedian, and my role model,” he said.
If you don’t have stage fright, you should really think about doing Mr. Alice,” Sievers added.
Over $2,000 was raised for the elementary PTO programs.
Filed Nov. 21
Superintendent race may be tight
By HANNAH WILLIAMS
OPS news editor
On Nov. 8, Indiana residents will not only be voting for the next president of the United States of America, but also the next Attorney General and Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Hoosier state.
Perhaps the most publicized of the two raices is that for Superintendent of Public Instruction.
A superintendent of public instruction is elected for a four-year term and runs the Department of Education for their state. The incumbent is Democrat Glenda Ritz.
Ritz is currently running for reelection as the Democratic nominee and was unopposed in the primaries. One of the main ideas of her campaign is to focus on an education agenda instead of a political one. She hopes to make high quality Pre-K available in school corporations, work towards a 91-percent graduation rate and treat teachers better.
Ritz won in a landslide in 2012, a referendum from voters who wanted a change from the education policies of Republican Tony Bennett.
The Republican nominee is Jennifer McCormick. McCormick hopes to put students before politics, provide schools with quality tools to assist in learning, and develop a credible statewide assessment system.
There is a lot of controversy surrounding what will happen in the superintendent of public instruction’s office. During Ritz’ term critics have accused Pence of taking away a lot of the superintendent’s power as head of the Department of Education by signing a law that delayed the implementation of Common Core. Later Indiana became the first state in the nation to quit using Common Core standards. Additionally, he created Center for Innovation and Career Education, which acted as a second board of education with its own funding, and in 2014 made motions to have Ritz removed as chair of the State Board of Education.
An attorney general is a legal officer who represents a state in legal proceedings and gives legal advice to the government. Indiana’s current attorney general is Greg Zoeller. Zoeller was elected in November of 2008 and is now in his second term of office. He will not run for reelection for a third term.
The current candidates for the attorney general nomination are Democratic nominee Lorenzo Arredondo and Republican nominee Curtis Hill.
Arredondo retired from his role of the judge for the 31st Circuit Court of Lake County after serving for 24 years. He was unopposed in this election for the Democratic nomination for attorney general. According to his website, Arredondo supports harsher laws for fraud and sex offenders. He also wishes to end discrimination of race, age, gender, religion, etc., fight tax cheats, and keep criminals behind bars.
Hill won the Republican nomination for attorney general in June. Hill is a former president of the Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys and has been deputy prosecuting attorney since 2002. He wants to control government outreach, keep families safe from drugs and crime, and protect Indiana residents from victimization.
Filed: Nov. 6
Three run for uncontested school board seats
By JESSICA PFOFF
OPS in-house editor
Election day is approaching, and current Vincennes Community School Corporation School Board members are preparing for that day. There are three current school board members that are up for reelection in uncontested races: Barb Toole, Karla Smith, and Aaron Bauer.
“I decided to run for school board again because the school renovation project started, and I wanted to be involved in seeing through the completion. I wanted to be a part of a major investment made in our VCSC school children and school faculty and staff,” Toole said.
All three members have been instrumental in planning and implementing the current renovations and additions to the four elementary schools.
“I decided to run for school board again mainly because I believe the children of this community are our future. I wanted to be involved in the process of providing them the opportunity to believe they can do anything and help them reach their goal,” Smith said.
Both women have found joy in their roles as board members.
“I enjoy watching the seniors go through graduation, so proud of their accomplishments! I know it may sound crazy but I really enjoy the board meetings because we usually hear all the innovative and exciting implementations each school has put in place for educating all their students. The board meeting also allows each school to honor students that they have excelled in an activity, project or subject matter,” Toole said.
“The VCSC is the absolute best. Working with all the staff and administrators is great. Everyone wants the best for all students. Most recently the school improvement projects have a joy to be a part of it. It is certainly a positive for students and our community,” Smith said.
Bauer could not be reached for comment.
Filed: Nov. 3
Opinion: Going third party is an option
By TOBIAS FLORES
OPS staff writer
With Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton being the focus of this election thus far, it is hard to see why third party candidates would be just as fit to be president as Trump or Clinton.
Voters, more than anything, want a president with the ability lead their country, and the one skill every leader has to have is problem solving skills as well as being able to create a plan for those problems that they feel is the best.
The top issues for the presidential election, according to Pew Research Center, are the economy, foreign policy and terrorism. All of which third party candidates have plans for.
As far as the economy goes, Libertarian nominee, Gary Johnson says that he will will propose create a plan in which there are, “No gimmicks, no imaginary cuts in the distant future. Real reductions to bring spending in line with revenues, without tax increases.”
Johnson campaign’s plan to resolve the issue of terrorism is to “cut off the funding on which violent extremist armies depend.” As far as foreign policy, Johnson’s campaign propose “He will repair relationships with our allies. And he will only send our brave soldiers to war when clearly authorized by Congress”
Green Party candidate Jill Stein has also devised a plan for the economy, saying she will “guarantee economic human rights, including access to food, water, housing, and utilities, with effective anti-poverty programs to ensure every American a life of dignity.”
As far as foreign policy her campaign proposes a policy “based on diplomacy, international law, and human rights.”
As for solving the issue of terrorism terrorism, Stein’s campaign also proposes a plan to “stop U.S. support and arms sales to human rights abusers, and lead on global nuclear disarmament.”
Filed: Nov. 6
Volleyball looking for strength in senior leadership
By LEXI EDGIN
OPS features editor
Many people do not quite understand how much work the Lincoln High School volleyball team does. Looking on the surface, you see a strong group of girls in new uniforms. However, this year’s team is facing changes in more ways than one, all while putting their heart into their sport.
Lincoln’s volleyball team is a group of hardworking girls who practice almost everyday of the week, unless it is game day or a Sunday. The team describes their practicing as face paced and intense, but anyone who knows the work ethic of these girls could have told you that.
The team, however, has been making some adjustments.
Along with the current uniforms gracing the court for the first time this year, the volleyball team also began working with a new coach, Kathy Doane.
Originally the junior varsity coach of 2014, Doane took a year off before stepping up to lead the 2016 varsity team. Despite the changes, the team is coming together.
Many of the girls believe that the chemistry of the team has changed as well. This year, everyone is getting along and having a lot of fun.
Senior member Abbie Lunsford said, “This is the best team I’ve been a part of. We all get along, work together, and play like a family.”
As far as the team’s strongest players, the volleyball girls agree that the seniors all bring something to the table. Their superior skillsets, which include leadership and dedication, brings up the team and keeps things positive. The whole team is looking forward to finishing out a great season.
Lincoln’s volleyball team’s record as of Sept. 14 was 9-8, and they are looking to have a winning record, win sectionals this year, and of course, beat their toughest opponent: Jasper.
The next home game is Monday in Alice Arena against Shakamak. Junior varsity starts at 6 p.m.
Filed: Sept. 16, 2016
By JASMINE ZELLER
OPS staff writer
Adviser’s note: Due to limited space, an abbreviated version of this review ran in the print edition on Sept. 17. Here is the full review.
“Pete's Dragon” is a great movie because of the story, the special effects, and it’s moral lesson. The movie was one of the best movies I have ever seen surprisingly. At, first I didn't really want to go see it, but I'm glad I did.
The story is mostly about a four-year-old boy named Pete who lost his parents in a car wreck and has lived in the forest with a dragon, named Elliot, for six years since. That was until this one girl named Natalie saw him in the forest and his life is changed forever. It stars Bryce Dallas Howard as Natalie’s mother Grace, Oakes Fegley as Pete and Oona Laurence as Natalie.
The special effects were really cool in the movie, especially the ones about the dragon. The dragon actually is shown in the movie as an animal with fur, which is different because it’s easy to show a dragon with scales. I think it makes him seem more real and lifelike.
There is also an effect in which Elliot becomes invisible and camouflages himself so that he can hide from others. The dragon behaves like a dog, and even has paws instead of claws.
There are morals and lessons that you can learn from this movie. The movie shows characters trying to prevent deforestation, something people are still trying to prevent that from happening all around the world.
Also, in the movie everybody is scared of Elliot when really he is a really nice dragon. That just proves that just because something seems scary doesn't mean that it is.
Natalie's grandfather, Mr.Meacham, tells a story about how he met the dragon and no one believes him until they see it. Just because something seems fake or unreal, doesn't mean it is.
The movie it shows how brave Pete is and how he lives his adventure. It just shows to not to be scared and to live your life.
The movie is a great movie for all ages and it especially would be great to watch with your family. It makes you really look at life in a different way and the nature of it all is just beautiful. The movie even made me cry a few times.
“Pete’s Dragon” is released by Walt Disney Pictures and is rated PG.
Placed: Sept. 16
New program to improve attendance
By ANASTASIA KELLER
OPS copy editor
New to Lincoln High school this year is the attendance rewards program. The nickname for this program is the “A” Team.
This program is to encourage students to be active at school and want to be at school. Terri Thompson, business teacher at Lincoln, is in charge of this program.
Thompson explained, “We started this program because we need to reward students who go to school because they are doing it the right way.”
To qualify for this program Lincoln students must have a 90 percent attendance record. Students cannot have any suspension from Lincoln to qualify. Also, any student who has been assigned detention or Friday night school for tardiness does not qualify for the “A” Team.
To receive rewards and participate in the program students must be passing five out of seven classes.
The attendance rewards program does weekly drawings and rewards. Students who are eligible will be drawn for many prizes and on the morning announcements,at Lincoln, they will announced.
The prizes include an iTunes gift card, restaurant gift cards, front of the line cafeteria passes, special parking spots, lunch with a favorite teacher and more.
During the months of September, November, January, and March, each grade will participate in a class war. The grade with the highest attendance rate will win pizza and breadsticks for lunch.
Separate from the class or grade wars, there will also be a contest for first period classes. Each month all the first period classes will be grade by attendance. The first period class that has the best attendance rate will win the Big A Attendance traveling trophy and doughnuts.
Lincoln has two main goals for this program.
“We want to raise the overall attendance rate and target the group of students who struggle with attending school and reward them for raising their attendance rate,” said Thompson.
Filed: Sept. 9
Band season begins September 10
By LEXI EDGIN
OPS features editor
Since late April 2016, Lincoln High School’s marching band, the Pride of the Green, has been putting in countless hours to perfect this year’s 2016 show, “What Goes Around.” The show’s six minutes features all original music, which is rare for Lincoln’s marching shows. It also includes several soloists, a rather large, moving prop and unconventional color guard equipment.
While these new bells and whistles are new to POTG, they are not the only thing that set this year’s show apart from years previous.
Pride of the Green’s 2015 show “Ascension” featured three soloists, an arrangement of four songs, and followed the band in a search for the Gates of Paradise. The show finished ninth out of 11 at state finals in November, setting up the band for even greater things in 2016.
“What Goes Around” is centered more around the concept of circles, ripples, and arcs, which is a step outside of the box for POTG. In recent years, many of the band’s marching shows focused on telling a story and following a plot. Moving away from this trope has been a difficult but rewarding journey for the band.
Senior band member Tad Petts expressed what many band members are thinking.
“The band continues to try harder things and gets better as a result. Our drill is harder than we’ve ever had before, and the music is some of the most challenging as well,” he said.
Band director William Marsh believes that these band members, however, are willing to put themselves to the test.
“There is a lot of individual work going on during enrichment period and outside of our normal class time. The guard has been working outside of class and have been having sectionals on their own time,” Marsh said of the band’s work ethic.
Marsh is ready to see the band come together and click to create an amazing show.
Pride of the Green will be competing the first two songs of “What Goes Around” for the first time Saturday, Sept. 9 at Evansville Central High School, 5400 N First Ave. The band performs at 9:24 p.m. EST, with awards at 10:30 p.m. EST.
Filed: Sept. 9
The Old Post Sentinel is a student newspaper, with all copy and stories written by Lincoln High School students.
Fall 2016 Staff includes:
News Editor: HANNAH WILLIAMS
Opinions Editor: BRITTON DUDASKO
Sports Editor:PARKER MCNEELY
Featured Editor: LEXI EDGIN
Copy Editors: ANASTASIA KELLER and EMMA MARTIN
Online Content: KAITY MCCOY
In-house edition editors: ABIGAIL KIFER and JESSICA PFOFF
Staff Writers: MYA ANDERSON, ELI ARNOLD, TOBIAS FLORES, KARA HEDRICK, MADISON HEIDEN, ISSAC JONES, and JASMINE ZELLER
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