GENESIS The Student News Site of Elkhart Memorial High School Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:00:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Do you know how to apply to college? It’s okay neither do we. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 13:00:11 +0000 For seniors, fall is extremely stressful. They’re trying to keep their grades up, live up every senior moment, and most importantly apply to college before the strict deadline of Nov. 1 approaches. Unless, of course, students do not want to be considered for scholarships they can wait until around January to submit their college applications, but who doesn’t want free money? 

The pressure is on and time is running out, but do our students even know how to apply? If so, do they have all the skills it takes to finish these rigorous applications? 

For a large group of students, the answer is “no”  because we were never walked through how to fill out a college application and what is needed when doing so. We did sit through a 30 minute presentation at the beginning of the school year, but it was not enough. The information was thrown at us extremely fast not giving us the chance to comprehend everything that needs to be done. 

Seniors should be given time at school (during the school day) to apply to colleges with counselors on hand to aid with any questions that may come up. Even if some seniors may go through the application process without a hiccup, it doesn’t mean they know everything that is needed even after their application is sent. 

Students need to know that their transcripts and test scores have to be sent and they need to know how to send them. Naviance is not easy to navigate and it is wonky and inconsistent when it comes to searching for colleges to send transcripts to, not to mention, every college has their own individual requirements.  

Students can’t do what they don’t know they have to do!

The beginning of the school year can be stressful for seniors because of applications to college, but with a little help applying, things could go a lot smoother in Charger Country. 

So counselors? Teachers? Administrators? Someone. Help us before we miss out.

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Struggling to write? The Writer’s Block can answer all your questions Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:54:12 +0000 Writing can be a difficult task for many students. Trying to emote what one is thinking through words and having it make sense is not as simple as it sounds.

But resources aren’t limited at Elkhart Memorial because Language Arts teacher, Todd Efsits has started the Writer’s Block.

“The Writer’s Block becomes much of a sanctuary or a haven for writing, [more so] than other places like a classroom or the library during tutoring,” Efsits said.

The Writer’s Block provides an atmosphere for students to simply write, without any distractions. Then, if they need it, Efsits is on hand to give feedback or to talk through ideas.

As a composition teacher, Efsits has found that students often struggle to find the perfect place to write, or they aren’t given the time during class to get one-on-one help from their teacher, but the Writer’s Block provides these opportunities and more.

It allows writers to feel safe and free in a writing environment without the restrictions that the traditional classroom might put on students.

Sophomore Rowlan Palmer goes to Writer’s Block, not to work on his homework, but instead to work on his own creative, independent writing projects.

“The Writer’s Block has helped me overall by just being a place to get out of the world for an hour and really tune-in to my creative aspect,” Palmer said.

Besides providing the opportunity for creative freedom, Efsits explained that the Writer’s Block provides a focused environment.

[Writer’s Block is] a place where you can focus. Do you have that at home? No? Then you have it here.”

— Todd Efsits, Composition Teacher

This is particularly important because in many cases students don’t really get one hour of class time to just sit down and write that paper, poem, song, or whatever it may be. What about college application and scholarship essays? Those are all written outside of class, but the Writer’s Block can help with those too.

Senior Mariana Villasenor attended Writer’s Block to work on her college essays.

“It’s a quiet environment so you can concentrate on your writing and work efficiently,” Villasenor said. “You also don’t need to stay the whole hour, you can just stay for the amount of time you need. Then if you get stuck on something, or need someone to revise what you’re working on, Mr. Efsits is always happy to help.”

The Writer’s Block looks to provide students with a community of support so that writing doesn’t seem like such a daunting task. It is located in Room A118 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. every week Tues., Wed., and Thurs.

“I think one thing that makes our school good is we are a community,” Efsits explained. “I think one thing that can make our school even better is to create more places where there is academic community.”

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We all “Scream” for Day Four of Spooky Movie Reviews Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:22:04 +0000 I can confidently say that “Scream,” the 1996 slasher film directed by Wes Craven is ONE of the greatest scary movies of all time. You will not change my mind. Opening the door for a new genre of horror, the film has an ironic angle that plays with the idea of poking fun at scary movie stereotypes through an actual horror film. With numerous big-name actors such as Neve Campbell (Sidney Prescott), Courtney Cox (Gale Weathers), David Arquette (Dwight Becker), Skeet Ulrich (Billy Loomis), and Matthew Lillard (Stu Macher), the film clearly did not struggle with finding an audience. 

“Scream” encapsulates a high school vibe, tainted with a psycho masked killer. After the gruesome killing of a popular girl at school, the community is taken over by fear, and as more and more students are murdered, the intensity and mass confusion rises. Sidney Prescott, the main character, begins to get stalked by said psycho killer right around the anniversary of her mother’s murder. 

The film’s use of satire and comedy intertwined with pure eeriness makes for an exceptional combination. The humor is that of a sarcastic group of teenagers, but it is used in the context of a city under the attack of a serial killer which adds a whole separate layer of irony. Somehow, the humor adds to the eeriness as it just makes the whole plot seem more realistic. Altogether a nice touch to the script. 

A handful of major plot twists and unexpected scenes are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. You will find yourself wanting to solve the murders as much as the characters in the story. 

“Scream” combines so many different genres of film that upon its release, it totally brought new life to the horror scene. Not only was is it categorized as horror but also thriller, dark comedy, slasher and mystery. The mixture of all different elements made for an amazing and fresh film. 

Some have tried to argue that it is not a quality horror movie just because it is not as “scary” as they would have liked. Sure, it may not leave you shaking and scared to the core, but that is not even the point of the film. The fear comes with the understanding that this is very possible and realistic. Don’t believe me? 

Well, this movie is actually loosely based off a real serial killer that terrorized a college campus in Florida. He was known as “The Gainesville Ripper” and he murdered five students from the University of Florida.

The Scream franchise eventually stopped making movies after the fourth film came out in 2011. Their reign continues still, enough for Netflix to stream all four movies, 20+ years later. There is no debate when it comes to this movie. Not just a personal favorite, but clearly a favorite among others.

“Scream” will undoubtedly continue to be a classic in the horror world, thanks to the modern spin, the dark satire riddled throughout, the classic gore, and the intensity of the mystery. A solid 9/10 rating from me, it just has all the right ingredients. The only thing left to ask is, what’s your favorite scary movie?

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Day Three of Thirteen Spooky Movie Reviews: “The Blair Witch Project” Sun, 20 Oct 2019 21:31:13 +0000 The original “Blair Witch Project” (1999) directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez, was a cinematic masterpiece for it’s time. Having a budget of only $60,000, the movie ended up grossing over $248 million! In my opinion, Myrick and Sánchez used the introduction of the internet in the 1990’s to utmost perfection when it comes to advertisement. 

The “Blair Witch Project” was released to the U.S. on July 14, 1999, an era where the internet was finally becoming a vastly used resource. Where Artisan Entertainment, the movie’s distributor, created a website that seemingly planted the idea behind the urban legend of the Blair Witch who resides in the woods of Maryland. Which also included the history of the witch, and a background of three film students who went missing…the same film students represented in the movie.

The movie starts out as innocent as it seems. Three college film students: Heather, (Heather Donahue) Michael, (Michael C. Williams) and Joshua (Joshua Leonard) set out to the woods of Maryland to create a documentary about what they considered to be the myth of the Blair Witch. Nothing bad could possibly happen, right?

The whole movie is seen through the eyes of the physical cameras the actors use, which adds another effect to the storyline and truly makes it feel more real, like a documentary. No zoomed out, wide shots or perfect angles, just straight up perspective where the viewer really gets absorbed in the moment. During the night scenes, the 1990’s technology had a hard time picking up  any type of light. However, I think this was on purpose because these scenes could be considered the most powerful.

As the movie progresses, the main characters can be seen to exponentially become more frustrated with each other. 

Whether it’s just a dark scene with dialogue between the characters, or a walking day scene, every minute of the film draws the viewer closer and closer in, causing them to create their own theories of what is really going on.

This continues all the way through the final seconds of the movie. With the last couple minutes holding such pandemonium that it is quite hard to take anything in at all.

Until the final scene, when Heather finally makes it down to the basement to catch up to Mike, but instead you see the figure of a man in the corner. And then the camera drops… 

Is it really the Blair Witch? Were they set up by town folk? Or one of their own that has just gone crazy?

I’ll leave the questions for you to decide your own theory, but regardless the cliffhanger you are left with is one to be thought on for a long period of time.

Loved this movie to death, and it rightfully deserves 10/10 Greenfields for not only it’s time but it’s uniqueness.

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Day Two of Thirteen Spooky Movie Reviews: “Get Out” Sat, 19 Oct 2019 18:15:33 +0000 Oh man do we have a banger here. Not only have I watched this movie multiple times, but I’ve found another way to be left traumatized afterwards. But I don’t want to get caught up on the horror aspect of this movie, because if you look closer, you’ll find the message that director Jordan Peele was trying to send to his viewers in “Get Out.”

Now, I’m not going to lie to you, the movie is a lot more creepy than it is straight up horror.

I feel like what “Get Out” does the best that other scary movies aren’t doing much of anymore is sending a message. The scare factor Peele was going for with actor Daniel Kaluuya, who plays Chris, and his girlfriend in the movie Rose, Allison Williams, is quite simply the horror that comes with enslavement. I feel that Peele wanted his viewers to see that slavery is still an issue in society, and while the likelihood of a black man’s white girlfriend hypnotizing and enslaving him is incredibly narrow, the premise of the situation is that slavery still exists in this world.  

Peele definitely does a great job of establishing the fear in Chris’s character. As the movie begins, Rose introduces Chris to her family. As Chris begins to meet Rose’s family, he notices that they have a black groundskeeper named Walter (Marcus Henderson). Chris starts to have suspicions about Rose and their family because it seems as if Walter has absolutely no freedom over what he’s doing. Stranger things continue to happen as Chris meets the family. While he’s there, the family has an annual meeting with a bunch of random white people no one cares about. Chris meets another black male named Logan (Lakeith Stanfield), who came to the get together with a white lady who was much older than him. Chris notices how strange Logan is acting and decides to take a picture of Logan, but forgets that the flash is on. Logan sees the flash and begins to panic and yell the ironic phrase, “Get Out.”  

Now, I don’t want to ruin the movie for you, so I think I’ll leave the rest for you to experience on your own.      

As horror movies seem to have lost their touch and convert to mostly just pointless jump scares, I advise you not to lose hope in them yet. There are a few movies out there like “Get Out” that will scare you to no belief. At the same time, managing to give a realistic feel and message out to the viewers. I give the movie 9/10 Greenfields for its ability to make me never want to date a white girl again.

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Elkhart Memorial: Our last homecoming Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:44:42 +0000 Elkhart Memorial’s last homecoming before the merge was on Oct. 4. Students displayed their school spirit before the football game by dressing up for spirit week, participating in Class Olympics, and competing in a dodgeball tournament.

There was a pep-rally with all Memorial students at the end of the school day as well as a float competition, a royalty crowning and performances by the marching band.

Here are some photos from our LAST homecoming:


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Day One of Thirteen Spooky Movie Reviews: “The Exorcist” Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:09:22 +0000 Starting today and going through the 31st, myself and select GENESIS staff members will be reviewing some of the most iconic horror movies of all time. All of us (excluding Mrs. Greenfield) are long time movie junkies, film enthusiasts and Nickelodeon freaks. From creature features to psychological thrillers, serial killers to cave demons: we review ‘em all. These are the Thirteen Days of Horrors from us here in GENESIS. Happy Halloween Chargers.

1973’s “The Exorcist” is an interesting take on modern supernatural practices and on how religion secures its role in the American family. William Friedkin’s directorial effort really shows true in this film, hauntingly voyeuristic shots in stark contrast with intimate close-ups of inconceivable nightmares. For the time of release, this feature took audiences for a whirl, both in controversy and in the 441 million made in the box office. Moviegoers, Christians, helicopter parents, and critics all smited this film for its depiction of real world horror and supernatural enticement. 

So let’s explore this a little bit deeper: William Peter Blatty wrote the novel that the screenplay was based on, and he also happened to write the screenplay. As far as plot goes, he hits this out of the park. Actress living with her 12 year old daughter named Regan, and living through the horrors of an awoken possession via an ancient amulet and a ouija board. It should come as no surprise here that Regan (Linda Blair) is the victim of possession here, as she’s an innocent young child and the story depends on her to carry emotional weight. 

The crux of this dilemma comes in the form of Father Damian Karras, a psychologist Roman Catholic priest. After extensive exams, doctors believe that Regan can only be cured by way of psychological healing, and perhaps the best way would be an exorcism. Father Damian Karras has the troubles of being certain of the needs of an exorcism and the struggles of being pushed to the ends of his faith.

Now, I won’t spoil the film for anyone, but I will review it.

For 1973, the acting in this film is top-notch. Jason Miller’s performance of Damian Karras is stellar and 100% believable, I can sense his fear and his loss of faith is living, tangible.

Our stand-out star is most definitely Linda Blair, her shocking delivery of possession, childlike terror, completely destroyed all natural characteristics and illustrated the pain in the family so true to form. 

Ellen Burstyn, as the mother, Chris McNeil, was a great choice in casting but unfortunately a forgettable one. Most of the characters in this movie are quite forgettable truthfully, I got a vibe of distress during the tense moments, but I was just completely underwhelmed by a lot of the acting– it didn’t really seem believable. 

The cinematography in this movie was really good: not groundbreaking but completely decent. The special effects in this film were UN-R E A L. For 1973, I couldn’t believe the amount of perfection in the make-up effects, the visualization of levitating and heads spinning: mesmerizing. 

I firmly believe this movie has a temporal spot in horror cinema and in film making as a whole.

It paved the way for many movies after it, namely “Poltergeist,” “The Last Exorcism” and 2018’s “Hereditary.” The whole genre of horror haunting and possession was founded and created upon William Friedkin’s adaptation of The Exorcist. 

Despite some minor gripes on some of the actors choice in delivery, 1973’s “The Exorcist” is a timeless masterclass work on American horror cinema. We’ll start off Day One of Thirteen with a fantastic 9.5/10 Greenfields. Happy haunting Chargers!

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EMHS Class Olympics Fri, 18 Oct 2019 12:00:57 +0000 On Wednesday Oct. 2, EMHS held their annual Class Olympics. With activities like tug of war, limbo, the five legged race, knock out, cup stack, pass the Lifesaver, leapfrog, mummy wrap, balloon pop, and blindfolded musical chairs, classes competed for the win.

Check out the gallery below!

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Have no fear…of the better Fri, 11 Oct 2019 13:33:04 +0000 Change is terrifying. I mean, imagine doing something and having no real knowledge of what the outcome will be. That is scary!

For me, college is something that falls under the category of terrifying change. Moving away from my parents and inching closer towards independence sounds like an altered episode of “Naked and Afraid.” 

But in reality, this huge change is a life altering experience that should never be passed up. 

In college, people make new friends, learn more about themselves, and even try new things. Many people call college the best time of their life.

Think about that! We are terrified of the best time of our life. 

From the start, you are assigned a friend (your roommate). How great is that!? 

Then within the first week or so, there are events planned specifically  for the freshmen to get used to their new environment. This stands as a great opportunity for meeting new people. 

Moving on from your high school friend group and meeting new friends is not a bad thing. It is a great opportunity. 

“I mean the first couple of days are kinda awkward because you seriously don’t know anybody,” EMHS alum and University of Indianapolis freshman Brian Ketchum said, “but once you get to know people, it’s awesome.”

College does not have to be scary, it is just new. 

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What’s the deal with the Amazon rainforest fires? Fri, 11 Oct 2019 13:23:00 +0000 The Amazon is well-known for its rainforests and its biodiversity, but in mid-August, it suffered a disaster. The rainforest that covers over 5.5 million square kilometers is now in danger as multiple wildfires have broken out.

The Amazon rainforest includes its thousands of rivers, river towns, and 19th-century architecture which are all under threat as these fires burn through forests recklessly. The Amazon that exists in nine developing nations has the potential to go from affecting many to affecting all.

In September, NASA , released data from their Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) to illustrate the health of the ozone layer and the concentration of aerosols in the atmosphere. The highest level of aerosols, which could impact the health of people, were found off the southeastern coast of Brazil.

Many celebrities and well-known influencers such as Bernie Sanders and Lil Nas X have taken action by sharing a #PrayforAmazonia giving awareness along with millions of others as these wildfires destroy the rainforest at a rapid speed. 

 “I think it’s important for people to know and understand a couple things,” Jenny Summers, an Environmental Science teacher at Elkhart Memorial High School said. “First of all, the fires that we’re concerned about have been set intentionally, and are not being prosecuted by the Brazilian government.”

Summers then went on, to explain the fact that some people have set fires to clear land for farming because they are trying to combat poverty and starvation.

“All of this information is terrible,” Summers said. “but we also need to understand why people are doing this. Living so far away from the Amazon, it’s very easy for us to assume that the people cutting down the forests are doing it for ‘no good reason’.”

However, she also explained that while the intentions of those who set the fires may have been good, there could be long-lasting negative effects of their actions.

“Unfortunately, the soil in the Amazon isn’t actually good for farming – it doesn’t have the nutrients that plants need to grow for longer than a few years,” Summers said. “which means that after just a couple years of farming, the land can’t be used anymore. If we want the forest to grow back, it could take up to 40 years for each area that’s been deforested.”

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