#1StudentNWI: theatre, food drive, sports, and more at Highland

#1StudentNWI: theatre, food drive, sports, and more at Highland
By: Tyler Prendergast Last Updated: November 10, 2019

This fall, the Highland Theater Company is doing a musical titled “Little Women.” The musical is based on the novel of the same name. The Highland Theater company is working hard as they attempt to bring the words to life.

The performances will take place on the following dates:

  • Friday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 22 at 2:00 p.m.

All three performances will take place in the Highland High School Auditorium. Tickets will be available online, at the door, and sold during lunch time at school during the week leading up to the musical.

Additionally, with Thanksgiving fast approaching, Highland High School (HHS) is hosting an annual food drive, hosted by Highland’s National Honors Society. Students will be able to donate non-perishable food items by bringing them to school and placing them in specially marked boxes in multiple classrooms. The food will be delivered to families in needand serve as a way for everyone to come together and give back this season.

The town of Highland is also celebrating Thanksgiving by hosting the annual Pumpkin Plod, a 10K/5Krace and marathon to celebrate the season. Those who want to participate can register early, or on race day. The race is perfect for students and community memberswho enjoy exercising. There is an admission fee of $20 for runners and $15 for walkers who register early, and $30 for runners and $25 for walkers if they join on the day of the race.

What’s Happened Recently: A Change in Sport Seasons

At HHS, fall sports, such as football, dance, cross country, volleyball, golf, soccer, and tennis, are reaching the end of their competitive seasons.

The achievements of the athletes who participate in these sports were celebrated at the school on Wednesday, November 6, during awards night. The hard work and effort of students both on and off the field was recognized, as the average GPA of all fall athletes was a 3.5.

Although fall sports are ending, that means it’s time for winter sports to begin. Highland’s winter sports include wrestling, swimming, and boys and girls basketball. Athletes partaking in these sports have started practicing for the new season as they get closer to competitive meets and competitions with other schools.

Highland students are encouraged to continually show support for the winter teams, after another successful year of cheering for the fall Trojan teams.

Student Spotlight: Noah Leep

It’s a hectic time of the year for seniors as they try to figure out their plans for college, and this is something HHS Junior Noah Leep has noticed. Leep is very focused on his academics, as he is enrolled in multiple advanced placement classes. Now that college is approaching quickly for him and all other juniors at the school, he has been doing his best to figure out his plans for the future.

“I think being prepared is really important when it comes to searching for colleges.” Leep said.

Leep is very passionate about his future and his interests. 

“My goal right now is to study psychology and become a therapist.” Leep said.

When it comes to universities, there are many things Leep is looking into, but he wants to keep his options open, although a particular one has caught his eye. 

“IU Bloomington is my top choice as or right now, but there are plenty of options out there,” Leep said. “Pricing, location, and reputation are the most key aspects of college selection.”

Leep has also learned a few things from upperclassmen who are applying, as well as from guidance counselors at the school.

“I’ve learned to look heavily into all types of scholarships. There are numerous scholarships out there, for nearly anything you can imagine,”said Leep.

Leep knows that colleges are searching for more than just good grades.

“Grades are really important, so I’ve been doing my best to work hard in my classes.” Leep said. “However, doing well on the SAT and ACT are also very important information for colleges to see.”

Leep seems to have a solid plan for what he wants to do in the future, and he believes that it’s important for students to take time to consider their future. Getting advice from professionals is extremely helpful, but even just hearing the plans from other students can be beneficial.