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Kaitlyn Greer brings color to Perry halls

Lucas Ferdinand-McDonald, Page Editor

December 2, 2019

When senior Kaitlyn Greer found out she was nominated onto the homecoming court, she believed it was “an amazing opportunity I never knew I wanted.” She had never been on the court, and she was not expecting her nomination. ...

Teachers seek future alternatives to current “track” system, hope to adapt to student needs in class

Gabriel Beasley, Page Editor

November 25, 2019

The English department recently formed a committee in order to take a closer look at the school’s tracking system for English classes.  “Tracks” refer to the specific courses provided along the general path of Engli...

Q & A with Andre Carson

Krissy Brzycki, Page Editor

November 25, 2019

The FOCUS had the chance to ask Representative André Carson some questions that have particular relevance to the student body.    Our student population is 60% white, 20% Asian, over 10% Hispanic and 6% black. What is your messa...

Academic Team starts season strong

Daniel Billheimer, Reporter

November 22, 2019

The Academic Team is feeling optimistic about its season and is ready to tackle all of their matches. Last year, the Academic Team was division champion and has started this season strong, defeating Southport in its second ...

Teachers rally for Red for Ed, school remains in session

Gabriel Beasley, Page Editor

November 22, 2019

Teachers across Indiana huddled outside the statehouse Tuesday to protest for improved school funding, increased teacher pay and changes to standardized testing.  The rally, championing the Red for Ed movement, came soon after ...

Renewed AAC takes on toy drive

Alejandra Aguilar, Reporter

November 22, 2019

The African American Club is back this year after a period of searching for a new sponsor. During the break, African American students did not have a place where they could talk about issues and topics affecting their communit...

From the Renaissance period to punk-rock

Krissy Brzycki, Page Editor

November 22, 2019

Soft twinkle lights strung upon trees frame the stage, providing a stark contrast to the chain link fence that sits in the background, against a neon-lit graffiti wall telling its readers to “escape.” Theater arts teacher Ashlee DeGraaf hopes to...

Motivational speakers inspire change

Daniel Billheimer, Reporter

November 22, 2019

Perry Meridian High School should have more motivational speakers come talk to the student body. When we were in middle school, we came over to the high school numerous times for motivational speakers, including MojoUp and Nick Vujic...

Semester turnover stifles learning styles

Danae Suarez, Reporter

November 22, 2019

In about a month, students will be leaving for winter break. When they return, a new semester will begin. As with every semester change, some students will be placed in new classrooms with different teachers. In my four years, ...

Students deserve mental health days

Jaelyn Reynolds, Page Editor

November 22, 2019

Does the mental health of teachers supercede that of students? Comparing the teacher contract to student policies, one might come to this conclusion. And with high school students under so much pressure, a predetermined numbe...

Girls basketball opens seasons with renewed focus

Danae Suarez, Reporter

November 22, 2019

Sometimes, less is more.  While only 18 players comprise this year’s girls basketball team, coaches and players remain optimistic about the changes they envision for the team’s culture.  “We are putting more of an e...

Student athletes receive hard-earning scholarship

Sonia Ventura-Mendoza and Lucas Ferdinand-McDonald

November 22, 2019

Junior Jayden Taylor has been playing basketball since he was five years old.  Now, the colleges he watched as a youngster have come calling for him.   Taylor has verbally committed to play at Butler University on a ful...

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