School Resource Officer (SRO) Shane VanNatter sits in a chair at the Main Street Barber Shop in downtown Carmel at the end of the 2020 No-Shave November events. VanNatter said officers from the Carmel Police Department participate in the “Shave Off” to help raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “We all go in that morning and they will shave (our beards) into patterns and stuff for us. Everybody has their photos taken and we try to raise some more money during the Shave Off, he said.

Q&A with School Resource Officer (SRO) Shane VanNatter on his, Carmel Police Department’s participation in No-Shave November

Royce Brown November 12, 2021

What is No-Shave November? “It’s a national effort to raise awareness and raise money for a number of health issues that generally affect men. We (at the Carmel Police Department) have an officer...

CyberPatriot member and sophomore David Racovan accesses a computer. Racovan said cybersecurity helps protect data and privacy and helps students stay aware of what they post online and who views it.

As Cyber Monday approaches, students, administrator discuss cyberbullying, cyber safety

Archit Kalra and Kruti Subbannavar November 12, 2021

After a cyberbullying incident over Instagram when she was a freshman, junior Ella Owens said she does not spend as much time online as she used to.  “I stopped caring about it so much,” Owens...

Freshman Regina Hyde draws a paper skull decoration for Día de los Muertos. Hyde said one of her favorite parts of the celebration was getting to eat decorated sugar skulls and other sugary desserts. Hyde said Día de los Muertos is a holiday that can help reduce the fear of death.

Mexican students, Spanish teacher share stories, traditions, feelings towards Día de los Muertos

Kruti Subbannavar October 22, 2021

Freshman Regina Hyde carefully traces the shape of a skull onto blue colored paper. She goes in with different color markers, highlighting details and adding decorations. She said the skull was to be a...

Junior Marielle Cortelyou and senior Annie Salter pose with a bisexual flag. Cortelyou, the president of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance, said she believed Bisexual Pride Day was a validating occasion.

Bisexual students celebrate Bisexual Pride Day, confront stigma

Claire He and Kruti Subbannavar September 23, 2021

President of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance Club (GSA) and junior Marielle Cortelyou, who identifies as bisexual, plans on baking heart-shaped sugar cookies decorated with the bisexual flag colors...

Freshman Braeden White (left) along with his brother, freshman Brooks White (right) and his mother, Amy White-Meadows  (middle-right) went to their grandparent’s house for a family dinner 
on May 2.

In light of Mother’s Day on May 9, students, teacher consider parenting, working through pandemic

Kruti Subbannavar May 9, 2021

For freshman Braeden White, the morning of Mother’s Day dawns the same way it has for many years before: with breakfast of citrus pancakes for his mother in bed and a necklace as a present. However,...

Jim Peterson (farthest back), co-director of theater and film who has worked at CHS since 1992, poses with the Rising Star club before the Homecoming parade in 2007. “(The Homecoming parade) was a really special time,” he said.

Students, teachers speak on feelings of nostalgia after year of non-traditional school

Kruti Subbannavar and Raghav Sriram April 20, 2021

Hybrid scheduling challenged senior Anna Pescio’s expectations for her senior year. Although she said she was disappointed not to be able to go to prom with her junior friends, she found solace in looking...

Junior Jillian Escobar poses for a photo at her home. Escobar said she believes that every woman should be given the right to express themselves in any way they see fit, whether it be conventional femininity or not. She also expressed her love for heels by saying that “womanhood is the stiletto heel.”

Transgender students deal with women’s, transgender issues, visibility

Kruti Subbannavar March 31, 2021

Lana Black, transgender girl and junior, often watches “The Watermelon Woman,” a 1996 film by Cheryl Dunye; it is one of her favorites. Black said she likes to watch films made by women as she...

12th-grader Aika Uda (fourth from left) poses with classmates and handmade candy on Valentines Day. Uda said it’s customary in Japan for women to give chocolates all the men in their lives.

Students recognize, celebrate Valentines Day in different ways

Raghav Sriram and Kruti Subbannavar February 14, 2021

Japanese students at CHS sister school talk about Valentines, White Day traditions The morning of Valentines Day in Seikyo Gakuen High School in Osaka, Japan, sister school of CHS, dawns with friends...

In preparation for Christmas, their family’s celebration around the time of the winter solstice, sophomore Catherine Byrne and her mother set up their Christmas tree. “For us, the focus is not all about the decorations and the presents and more about our religion. And we always talk about how much we care for each other and how grateful we are for each other. It’s a very sentimental 
time for us,” 
Byrne said.

CHS students celebrate winter solstice in different ways, describe cultural significance

Raghav Sriram December 21, 2020

While it might seem unusual to celebrate the winter solstice, the shortest day and darkest time of the year, many students at this school look forward to holidays around this time and have already begun...

Cooking teacher Nicholas Carter demonstrates how to toss mushrooms to senior Matt Arnold. He tells Arnold to have confidence in cooking.

CHS students talk about cooking, stereotypes, working professionally in restaurant industry

Kruti Subbannavar November 5, 2020

Every first Thursday of November, the United States recognizes something called National Men Make Dinner Day. This year, it will take place on Nov. 5. Sophomore Arthur Yeh, who is a student in Advanced...

Junior Diego Valencia (far left) participates in drills with fellow Sea Cadets as a part of the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps, an organization dedicated to teaching and training aspiring military servicemembers about naval operations and teamwork. Valencia said he hopes to enlist in the Navy after college to serve his country.

Aspiring, current military personnel consider benefits, impacts of new Space Force

Archit Kalra October 14, 2020

When Junior Diego Valencia said he was considering joining the Navy after college, he said one of the most important factors that influenced his decision was his desire to give back to his community. “Comradeship,...

Prachi Subbannavar chooses music to run to on her iPad. She has been running in the basement since quarantine started and has a preference for pop music. “She listens to pop music because mom music doesn’t exist,” Ramesh Subbannavar interjects when Prachi Subbannavar refused to comment.

Kruti Subbannavar

May 14, 2020

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