- Written by Nicholas Sharp
- Category: Sports
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The ACHS Student Council has purchased a new Elkay ezH2O water bottle filling station located near the library. It was installed at the beginning of November. The filling station keeps track of and displays the number of 20 oz. plastic water bottles saved. Students have said that it helps a lot, especially for basketball players who need to fill up their bottles before and during practices. The filling station is more efficient than the old fountain making it easier to fill up water bottles in between classes.
The Elkay company has been in business since 1920. According to the Elkay website, the filling stations were introduced in 2010 and gained popularity for their ability to reduce plastic bottle waste headed for landfills.
- Written by Donovan Delaney
- Category: School News
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On November 14, the Advanced Biology class went to a lecture about cancer and genetics in Terre Haute, Indiana. Sam Rhine led the three and half hour lecture.
One of the first things we talked about is the cure to cancer. What is the cure for cancer? First off, there won’t be a single cure for cancer. There are over two hundred different types of cancer, and most likely, each one will have a different cure.
We talked about the cause of cancer as well. Cancer occurs when gene mutations occur. Gene mutations can be caused by smoking, a lack of exercise, radiation, and more. The DNA gets damaged which causes an unbalance between mitosis and apoptosis. Mitosis is the production of cells while apoptosis is the removal of unneeded cells. When this unbalance occurs, an abundance of cells form. This is called a tumor.
Some tumors form over a long period of time. For example, the colon cancer tumors don’t usually reach a life-threatening stage until they have been in your body for about 30 years. When a tumor forms, it then invades surrounding cells. The cancer is then able to get into the blood or lymphatic system infecting other organs and tissues. This process is known as metastasis and it is very dangerous.
We also talked about treatments to cancer. Chemotherapy is one treatment, which consists of medication or a combination of medications that induces apoptosis in the cancer’s cells. The downside is this affects the good cells, too. Chemotherapy can weaken your immune system and this often causes the patient to get infections that the body would normally fight off. Other complications such as anemia can occur too.
Radiation, another treatment for cancer, works by damaging the cancer’s DNA. It is similar to chemotherapy when it comes to damaging cells. It also damages healthy cells and that can lead to some of the same complications that chemotherapy has.
One of the more intriguing things we talked about was gene editing and the tool that allows scientists to edit genes known as CRISPR. One thing scientists are working on now is replacing defective genes with functioning genes. A baby born in twenty years may have no chance of acquiring cancer. If a defective gene gets detected in the embryo, it could be replaced with a working gene. Although this is where science is heading, there are some moral issues to address. If the gene that controls whether or not you get Huntington’s disease can be changed, the gene that controls how tall you get could be changed too. If you could, would you change your child’s genes to increase their IQ by twenty points? This may be a question that parents in twenty years will have to answer.
- Written by Kolby Pemberton
- Category: Girls' Basketball
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Your 2017-2018 Lady Indians basketball team is looking great so far! They have a good group of extremely talented girls. Coach Katie Lurkins is really excited about this season. She told reporters, “‘Dreams don’t work unless you do.’ The Lady Indians have big dreams this season and are taking steps toward them through practice. I’m excited to see what big goals can be reached by this awesome group!” Helping Coach Lurkins with the team this year are assistant coach Chris Guse and helper Grace Ziegler.
The team this year consists of 15 amazing girls. Each senior gave a quote regarding what they expect from the team this year. Ashley Goecker (#24) says, “I have high expectations from our team this year. This group of girls have played together for many years, and the team chemistry is high. We have big goals and I plan to achieve those goals.” Jacie Hosick (#12) says, “We have a lot of great girls on this team. We have grown up together, and I think we will mesh really well. I expect more than just good games, I expect a lot of wins this season!” Shelbi Stone (#10) says, “We have always been a young team with nothing to lose, but this year we have a lot more experience and confidence within one another. Our chemistry on the court has been really shining through so far and that makes me excited for the season. Not only that, but we hold each other accountable, and I feel like that makes us such a strong team.”
You’ve met the seniors, now let’s meet the rest of the team! This year’s freshmen are Abby Goeckner (#25), Taylor Mette (#13), Brooke Runge (#30), and Kassidy Pemberton (#15). The sophomores are Mary Guse (#34), Rachel Jackman (#40), and Allyson Hardiek (#32). Last but certainly not least, this year’s juniors are Tinley Mette (#22), Leah Mayhaus (#42), JoAnna Schultz (#20), and Makayla Crow (#14).
The Indians started off their season Monday night at home against Windsor-Stew Stras with a 54-25 victory. They also faced Vandalia Tuesday night at home and were victorious with a score of 42-28. The Lady Indians will face Charleston Thursday night here at home with the JV game starting at 6:15 p.m. and varsity to follow. Come out and support your tribe!
- Written by Jake McBride
- Category: Opinions
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Let’s face it: shakes taste delicious but are not healthy. They are crammed with empty calories and sugar. If you have been looking for a restaurant that serves healthy shakes and smoothies, then Smoothie King is just the place for you. Smoothie King doesn’t just have traditional smoothies and shakes; instead, they have smoothies that suit your purpose. Whether you are coming from the gym wanting some protein, wanting more vegetables in your diet, or just wanting to relax, Smoothie King has something for you. I will be giving my review of Smoothie King in this article.
I ordered my shake from the drive through. Once I pulled up to the menu, the worker over the intercom was quick to tell me to order whenever I was ready. I decided to get their 20 ounce Slim-N-Trim Chocolate shake. I had previously went to Smoothie King’s website to look at their menu to get an idea of what I wanted. To my surprise, the ingredients and nutrient facts of all their products were shown. I did not ask for anything to be added to my shake. I had to wait about 5 minutes for it to be made. I have to say honestly that I didn’t care much for my shake. It seemed to have a watered down chocolate flavor with a hint of banana. I probably should have asked for sweetener to be added to my shake.
Maybe I just ordered the wrong shake. Smoothie King offers so many different flavors of their shakes and smoothies, so I cannot say that Smoothie doesn’t serve good beverages. I have only been to Smoothie King once, so there are many more beverages I am sure I can try that would taste better.