Do Upcoming Festivities Mean Too Much Spending?
By Hope Clem
The holiday season is quickly approaching which means everyone is preparing for the festivities. Along with the festivities, the season brings joy and a way for families to bond, which many people value.
These times do not go without controversy, though. The Christmas season is heavily marketed, and 717.5- 720.9 billion dollars is predicted to be spent just on the 2018 holiday season, according to The National Retail Federation. Due to marketing, some people feel as if the true meaning of the family gets lost behind the commercialization.
Others believe that no matter what, the true joy of family can shine through. This includes Bambi Ferrer, North Central’s librarian. She loves the holiday season, despite its commercial flaws. When talking about her holiday season, she focused on her daughter and said, “All that really matters is seeing my little girl running in, seeing the presents, and being super excited.”
But, the holidays can easily become a tough time for some. Whether it’s due to family or financial issues, the usual happy time of year looms over them. Presley Springfield, junior, mentioned, “A common practice for the holidays is to exchange gifts with the ones you care about. Although, when you don’t have a lot of money, you’re mostly just receiving gifts.”
People will always enjoy the holiday season while some will find issues with this. Whether or not this is due to commercialization is debatable, but it does seem to be a factor. There is an overwhelming amount spent at Christmas, but how it is celebrated is up to the individual.
Tis the time for giving! Celebrate the holidays with good deeds by donating a toy to the foundation, Toys For Tots.
Making the Shot!
By Ryan Hodge
As winter break grows near, the North Central soccer teams are beginning conditioning. In previous years the teams have been all female, but this year there will be a male varsity team as well.
For players, conditioning includes running laps each day and then lifting weights, usually focusing on their legs.
To most sports players, the most important thing is improving. “You just have to keep pushing yourself and your teammates to be better,” states Isahair Vera, forward and sophomore.
Vera’s biggest hope for this year is to improve and push his teammates. He says that his biggest inspirations for soccer are Lionel Messi and his family. “My family taught me in the first place,” Vera states, “and Messi is just such a good forward, he makes me want to play the same position. I’m glad there is a male team this year.”
Everyone is anxious to see how this team does and how the female teams will do. I hope all of our soccer teams will push each other to do well. Let’s hope this season is great!
Goal! This picture features sophomore, Kaleb Haven, a soccer player and goalie action, getting ready for the upcoming season.
North Central Goes Under the Sea
By Abel Mota
This year, Mrs. Johnson and her cast members have chosen to do The Little Mermaid Jr., written by Disney. Students enjoy taking part in the drama department, and they hope to be ready for the play by the second week of May.
Mrs. Johnson, the director of the plays, teaches the drama classes. She makes a list of production options, and her cast votes to determine what play they will perform that year. Then the auditions start to see who will premiere in the play.
Auditioning is something that many people may not have the courage to do, but here at North Central High, we have many talented students. Mrs. Johnson states, “a good actor is one that can embrace the character and learn all the music and choreography.” Mrs. Johnson is at the point of calling actors back because there are a lot of great performers for one part.
The drama department is a big family, and they extend open arms to anyone that would like to expand this family. Most of the new cast members join because it was recommended by a friend. Victoria Zangre, a sophomore at NCHS, also did the play last year. She mentions, “I would recommend drama; it is a good way to show your talent and get to know new people.”
The past performances have been enjoyed here at North Central. We all encourage you to go watch this play whenever the drama department has prepared their show to recognize the hard work and dedication of the actors, everyone behind the scenes, and of course, Mrs. Johnson.
Lights, camera, action! This picture features the star of the upcoming 2018-2019 North Central production of The Little Mermaid Jr.
Operation Holiday Spirit
By Abigail Catoe
The holidays are here, and North Central High School is ready. Different clubs around the school are planning events to get everyone excited. National Honor Society members made thank you notes and gift bags for the staff, and Key Club has created a week where students and staff can dress up in different holiday outfits and have bake sales so everyone can buy holiday treats.
The Key Club is working to get everyone excited for the holidays by planning different events that the students and staff can participate in. Last year, everyone was able to dress up in different holiday costumes and outfits each day of the week. Along with dressing up, the Key Club hosted many bake sales so that everyone can get the holiday treats that they crave. They are also hoping to start Operation Christmas Child soon.
Student Government is selling Christmas treats including homemade pecan pies, chocolate-covered pecans, and gift tins. Our Student Government members are hoping to raise a lot of money to give to those in need in our community so that everyone will have a great Christmas and Thanksgiving.
While Thanksgiving is just now arriving, many people are focusing on Christmas. North Central High School is always the best place to be, especially around the holidays. Walking through the halls, you can often see people willing to help each other, making sure everyone is having a great day, and giving gifts to each other and to teachers and staff. Everyone is grateful to have their friends near as the holidays approach.