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COVID-19 encourages socially conscious behavior among students, community

Janvi Bhatia, Carmel HOSA activities co-chair and junior, poses with her sister, sophomore Rhea Bhatia, and Ty Talatin at a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society event. This was pre-lockdown.

Leah Tan

May 21, 2020

Prior to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States, Janvi Bhatia, Carmel Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) activities co-chair and junior, said she frequently volunteered at hospitals. However, since the first restrictions were imposed, Bhatia has been unable to  physically volunteer there. This, however, has no...

Students should actively reach out to friends through virtual platforms despite increased physical distancing

Students should actively reach out to friends through virtual platforms despite increased physical distancing

Grace Xu

May 21, 2020

To be quite frank, I’m a massive introvert. If there were a kitchen in my room, I’d probably never leave—and what’s more, I’d be content with not having to leave. So when this quarantine started, I was, of course, disheartened, considering the global crisis we’re currently in and whatnot,...

Later school start times next year will allow students to sleep longer, improve overall well-being

Later school start times next year will allow  students to sleep longer, improve overall well-being

HiLite Staff

May 21, 2020

On May 18, the Carmel Clay Schools (CCS) school board passed the resolution to move CHS and all CCS middle school start times from 7:50 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.. The school day will end at 3:45 p.m. instead of 3:05 p.m. As numerous studies have shown, later start times are associated with several benefits,...

Students should receive weight of class if changed for following year’s class

Students should receive weight of class if changed for following year’s class

Kiersten Riedford

March 20, 2020

Disheartened. That was the emotion the students in my Accounting I class and I felt last year after we were told the following year’s (this year’s) class would be counted as a dual-credit course. I can still remember the students in the class immediately asking, “Why can’t we get the credit ...

In light of World Agriculture Day on Tuesday, students in agriculture stress importance of maintaining industry

Junior Max Chang mows the grass along the box plots on his farm, NuJac Gardens. Chang said the maintenance of a farm requires many responsibilities including this one.

Leah Tan

March 20, 2020

Although Indiana is a state commonly known for its agricultural industry, Carmel tends to stray far from representing that stereotype. However, for junior Drew Sanchez, agriculture is a topic of interest, so much so that he wishes to pursue a career in it. “Most people think when I want to pursue an agricul...

TEDx to secure sponsors, finalize details for April 18 conference

Allison Hargrove, TEDx co-sponsor and social studies teacher, works at her computer during SRT. Hargrove said, “I am really excited for the upcoming conference. I think the leadership team has really done a lot of good work leading up to this event, and I think it will be a success. Plus, I really like the theme.”

Rhea Acharya

March 9, 2020

According to Sarah Konrad, TEDx president and junior, the club will continue to finalize the details for its upcoming conference at its meetings that take place every Monday until 4 p.m. in Room E235. This conference is scheduled for April 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Studio Theater.   Konrad...

CCPL renovation reflects libraries’ attempt to meet changing needs of students

Ella Joliet, Teen Library Council member and sophomore, volunteers in the QUEST Lab at the CCPL. The library offers a variety of volunteering opportunities for teenagers.

Leah Tan

February 21, 2020

Despite the common misconception that libraries are silent spaces for those who wish to solely read books, today’s libraries have transformed significantly to provide a wide array of services and resources for people of all ages. For students like Nicole Segaran, Teen Library Council (TLC) and seni...

Conflict, confrontation are healthy, allow people to stand up for themselves

Conflict, confrontation are healthy, allow people to stand up for themselves

Sowmya Chundi

February 21, 2020

Growing up, I always thought the right thing to do in any argument was to be diplomatic and maintain the peace. I was shy and quiet and avoided any sort of argument like the plague. Honestly, I remember feeling neglected and ignored by people, but rather than voicing my concerns, I kept letting it slide...

Students should not lie about race on college applications in order to receive advantages

Students should not lie about race on college applications in order to receive advantages

Sowmya Chundi

January 23, 2020

This past October, as part of the Operation Varsity Blues college admissions scandal, Marjorie Klapper was sentenced to three weeks in prison for falsely claiming her son was African-American and Hispanic to increase his chances of getting into a top college. The case caused an outcry from minorities and ...

CHS should incorporate International Tolerance Day into Culture of Care for students

CHS should incorporate International Tolerance Day into Culture of Care for students

Sowmya Chundi

November 15, 2019

Tomorrow marks the United Nations’ International Tolerance Day, an occasion dedicated to “strengthening tolerance and fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples.” At a time when we often criticize the internet for creating divisions and distrust, International Tolerance Day is a go...

After Indianapolis designated one of most wasteful American cities, Carmel community works to spread awareness, defy stereotype

After Indianapolis designated one of most wasteful American  cities, Carmel community works to spread awareness, defy stereotype

Sowmya Chundi

October 24, 2019

In his free time, sophomore Ethan Stoehr is an avid recycler and plastic collecter. In his room, Stoehr has bins full of plastic waste spanning from salad forks to shampoo bottles. He said that by creating a “plastic stockpile,” he’ll try and convince his mom to stop buying plastics once she ...

The Right Outfit: Halloween costumes should be cautious toward sensitive subjects but not restricted because of fear of cultural appropriation

The Right Outfit: Halloween costumes should be cautious toward sensitive subjects but not restricted because of fear of cultural appropriation

Sowmya Chundi

October 24, 2019

Just last year, Auli’i Cravalho, the actress who played Moana, declared it “absolutely appropriate” for kids to dress up as the Polynesian princess as long as it was in the “spirit of love.” But people were quick to dismiss her opinion, saying it doesn’t speak for everyone, and that there...