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When Johnson isn't on a shoot with a client or friend, she uses her tripod to capture creative self portraits. In this one she's stepped into a winter wonderland as her setting.

From passion to profit: Niah Johnson’s love for photography has turned from just a hobby to a business

October 9, 2020

To take a picture is to capture a moment of light. Releasing the shutter is an invigorating action that catapults flashing brightness into a magical box. An image is formed entirely by the sun. Some may say that one must possess this light themselves to capture it. Junior Niah Johnson is a gifted photographer and certainly possesses this light, as some of her clients and friends say. 

Student’s return from breakout rooms in Mr. Cole’s block 3 class.

Homebound: Due to COVID, teachers are confined

October 9, 2020

This year, several teachers have decided to teach from home rather than in school due to a variety of reasons, from living with someone at-risk and needing to stay home, to being forced to stay home du...

Jazz teacher Bethany Robinson’s Jazz 4 class rehearses using their Plexiglass stands.

Stand shields and safety: Senior Vincent Hammer creates stand covers to protect students

October 8, 2020

You are sitting in the middle of your band class wondering how the world as a musician has become increasingly more dangerous due to COVID-19 with the risk of air leaking out of your instrument and the sides of your classmates’ mouths. There are ways to keep yourself and others safe during band classes: bell covers, social distancing, wearing masks whenever not playing, but what if you’re in a small classroom where it is difficult to socially distance? NHS Senior Vincent Hammer came up with a solution to this problem—plexiglass shields that cover the entire music stand to keep any air from escaping and getting to those around you. 

Kiana Siefert steals the ball from the opposing team. As she sprints down field, she takes the ball to score.

COVID-19 versus Noblesville Millers: The need to keep players healthy has caused practices and games to look a little different this year

October 8, 2020

The need to keep players healthy has caused practices and games to look a little different this year For many athletes at Noblesville High School, sports are an outlet to relieve stress and anxiety. Since...

Madison Tomes shows off her handmade jewelry.

The trend, entrepreneurship: Three teenage girls start small businesses

October 7, 2020

As a teenager, how does one make money? Teens can choose from part time jobs, allowances, and small services like walking dogs for your neighbors. But what some NHS students did was take their creativity and utilize it to make money.

Nicole Liu stands in front of King's Garden. The door of the takeout restaurant has been altered to adhere to COVID precautions.

More than just a restaurant: During quarantine, King’s Garden had to put the “family” in family business

October 7, 2020

It’s March 13th. School just shut down and all anyone wants to talk about is the mysterious, new pandemic. Nobody seems to be going out anymore. You don’t know what will happen or how it will happen. All you know is that things are changing fast and you need to adapt quickly. Businesses know they have to adapt even faster.

Junior Porter Scott and senior Lilli Howell work on CPR dummy.

Emergency medical services at NHS:

October 6, 2020

“This is fine, you're supposed to be unconscious.” junior Porter Scott teases as he helps strap in another student onto a gurney. A medical stretcher sits in the middle of the room, and three students assemble around it in an attempt to secure the fourth with complicated straps and buckles. They practice lifting the gurney up and down mimicking a real life emergency, and the fourth student lies still, neck brace and all. 

Junior Chloe Hurst takes a picture by her at home workspace. She describes the online schedule as “self paced”.

School from home: Noblesville students enroll in Edmuntum learning program

October 6, 2020

Just over seven months ago, back in March, life at NHS was functioning normally. Students, parents, and school staff gathered on a cool Friday night in the Mill to watch the Millers take on the rival Carmel Greyhounds in the sectional. COVID-19 was making its way into the United States, but nobody could’ve predicted the effect the virus has had and what was in store the next couple of months. Full days at home all week, no teachers, no class times. For many students at NHS, this is what COVID-19 era education looks like. 

Shortly after being released from the hospital, Griffin Smith poses in his backyard. Smith's doctors are amazed at his progress.

Life after a stroke: Senior Griffin Smith stays strong in the face of adversity

October 5, 2020

Most teens’ summers are usually filled with family fun, trips to beaches, and the freedom of being a teenager. For senior Griffin Smith, this was not the case. Tragedy struck Smith and his family one afternoon this summer.

Equipped with signs and megaphones, NHS students took to the square to protest.

Breaking the silence: This summer, Noblesville held its largest public protest against racism

October 1, 2020

From injustice comes an outraged nation, and from an outraged nation comes change. After the murder of George Floyd, a wave of protests would ring loud, clear, and defiant from every state in the country to confront a history of systemic racism. 

A graduator's goal: When seniors graduate early, the outcomes and current emotions are substantially different

A graduator’s goal: When seniors graduate early, the outcomes and current emotions are substantially different

October 1, 2020

When the thoughts of graduation pass your mind, we think of the warm spring air with our parents snapping pictures of the end of our lives as children. We think of the need to pack our bags to leave in the next few months. We send ‘thank you’ notes to people we haven’t talked to in years and won’t for many years to come. We think of seeing the people we grew up with, the hundreds of students in caps and gowns. But this year, in the warm spring air, the graduating class of 2021 will be a little thinner. Many eligible students opt to graduate at the end of their first semester. 

Sophomore Reis Sjoholm pictured alongside her high-risk father, Eric Sjoholm.

Coping with COVID: Students at NHS learn how to cope with living alongside high-risk relatives during the ongoing pandemic

September 30, 2020

For the first time in what felt like forever, the world stood still as pure and utter silence fell upon the formerly bustling cities. What was once a crowded marketplace is now an empty abyss; highways lie stagnant; and the occasional person is seen walking lonesome, seldom removing the cover that shields their face. Everything stands still, yearning to sense the comforting feeling of the world turning yet again. Welcome to the unpredictable and downright dreadful time that is sure to make its way into future history books: the year of 2020. This year has offered a rather apocalyptic world — a world that is nothing more than unlively, lonesome, and damaged due to the ongoing pandemic classified as COVID-19.

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