Ginsburg leaves a legacy to America

Several IJHS teachers paid tribute to Justice Ginsburg by wearing copies of her signature lace collor in her memory

BY LILLI FLEMING – Gender equality is a phrase that suggests all men and women were created equal. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a very successful woman who fought for what she believed in. One of the things she fought for was gender equality. The United States v. Virginia case was one of the many gender equality cases Justice Ginsburg fought for.

The United States v. Virginia involved a university in Virginia that didn’t follow gender equality rules. The Virginia Military Institute (VMI) is a prestigious military college. Before 1996, VMI had a stringent male-only admission policy. Justice Ginsburg stated that this admission policy violated the 14th Amendment Equal Protection Clause because it failed to show “exceedingly persuasive justification”. The state of Virginia wanted to fulfill the requirements of the equal protection clause and created the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL).

However, Justice Ginsburg was not pleased with this adjustment; Ginsburg declared, “The VWIL program is a pale shadow of the VMI in terms of the range of curricular choices and faculty stature, funding, prestige, alumni support, and influence.” She felt women should have the opportunity to attend VMI. Chief Justice William Rehnquist agreed that striking down the VMI admission policy was fundamental. But, he also stated that if Virginia would have offered duplicate standards and quality at VWIL and VMI, the infraction of the 14th amendment would no longer stand.

After this, the high court dismissed any laws that included the denial of women’s entry if the law was put into place only because women were not men. When these laws were rejected, VMI wanted to privatize their university. If they did this, they would be exempt from the 14th Amendment and the new ruling. In response, the Department of Defense (DOD) warned VMI that they would withdraw all ROTC programs at the school if they privatized themselves. Luckily, the Board of Visitors at VMI voted and revised the admission policy to allow women into the school prior to Congress prohibiting the DOD from removing the ROTC programs. VMI was the last all-male public college.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg opened up opportunities for women by fighting for what she believed in – gender equality. Many women would not have served our country if it wasn’t for Justice Ginsburg. Furthermore, she didn’t stop at gender equality in the military. Ginsburg fought for gender equality in all places, such as women’s voting rights, women’s rights to own property, and even women’s rights to own a credit card. 

Justice Ginsburg passed away September 18, 2020, but her presence and her impact on gender equality rights will not be forgotten.

Football season comes to a close

    BY GABI ISENBERG –  Despite COVID-19, IJHS was able to make sports safe for players and coaches. School sports such as soccer, cross country, and football are now in session. The IJHS football team won their first game on September 16th. They won 3 games and lost 3 this season. And with new mask policies and safety procedures in place, this season might be the hardest of all. 

“The only time you don’t have to wear a mask is during a game while you’re on the field. It’s annoying sometimes, but it’s still fun.” said football player Rocco Cosentino (8th). 

Although there are safety precautions in place, the players still enjoy the game.

“I just all around love the sport,” said Mason Ploskunak (8th).

    With the incoming group of 7th graders, the team has to work with their new players while still following guidelines. Plus, masks are just the beginning. There are restrictions in place on how many people can be watching the game. IASD’s website said, 

“Social distancing will guide our decision regarding capacity limits, and masks will be required for all spectators at all home events, indoor and outdoor alike.”    

All across the country, protests broke out for students to be able to play sports this year. The movement sparked under #letthemplay and parents and kids alike protested for students’ right to play sports this year. Rallies were held in places like St. Louis, Frankfort, Lansing, and others. Although they were not held in Indiana, there were posts on Instagram, Facebook and other social media outlets that showed support for the movement. Now that they have that right, it’s important to make sure everyone is safe while playing their sport. Masks, frequent cleaning of equipment, and live-streams of high school Volleyball and Football are just some of the things that IASD is doing to make sure that sports can continue safely. 

The football season concluded on October 21st, 2020 for our Junior High students. We are proud of our IJHS team and all the hard work they put into this difficult season. After winning half of their games this season, it’s clear that not even a virus can stop these players from doing what they love. 

IJHS Forensics team members take top three places in their categories

The IJHS Forensics Team not only placed in all four of the categories they competed in at the Five County Junior High Forensics League Tournament held Thursday, November 12, but four members placed first in three of them. 

In the most competitive Impromptu category, freshman and forensics team veteran Abbie De Salvo once again placed first.  Eighth grader Vania Ali tied DeSalvo, moving up from fourth to first place.

Timothy Birch also placed first in the Informative category, again continued with a perfect score of 4. 

In the category of Poetry, eighth grader Abigail Jozefowicz won her first-ever blue ribbon, moving up from third place.  Third-year competitor and IHS freshman Delia Salser took second place.

Lizzy Villa, 8th grade, won third place in the Prose category..

Ms. Robyn Bailey-Orchard, Forensics coach. would like to thank former Forensic team competitors Luca Cosentino, Loughlin Pagnucci, Olivia Seo, and Sara Welch for serving as judges and helping with forensics practices.

Wildfires rage out west

    BY JEANICE HILL-  Wildfires-a dangerous force of nature not to be messed with. It’s a shame that they occur almost every single year. California is the main hotspot for wildfires, especially in the summer. How are they started? How can we prevent them?

It is just like a forest fire, but way worse, they are extremely deadly and take thousands of gallons of water. Wildfires can be created by humans, but they can also be caused by climate change. Certain climates, mostly extremely hot climates can cause forest fires, it is more common for it to be caused accidentally by a human, but it can be caused by the heat. When it gets so hot, it can catch a dry leaf on fire, and that creates a domino effect on the forest. Although they are usually stopped in at a minimum of two days, they can take longer, especially depending on the size of the fire, the size and strength are both important to the length of time it will take to put out the fire. With fires raging in the west, some people wonder if there could be a wildfire in their area, and that is extremely possible, but it will most likely be an accident by a human if you live up in the northeast region of the U.S. In California though, it can be caused by how hot it gets down there. Although there were a few up in the northern part of the U.S. during the heat spell of 1901, unless something like that happens again, it will most likely not be caused by weather. Although Weather forecasters cannot predict when wildfires will break out, but they know that three conditions must be present for a wildfire to burn: fuel, oxygen and a heat source. Firefighters refer to these conditions as the fire triangle. The fire triangle is something that can warn people that the conditions where they live are suitable for a wildfire, and if it causes one it does, and if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.

    Although it might surprise you, it is almost always the people who love the outdoors who cause the Wildfires. They are camping and hiking  and boating, but when they start a fire, they often think that the fire will just burn out, and not do anything about it. Well, this theory is wrong, it has been accidentally conducted many times, and since California has the best conditions, they most often occur there. We may not mean to start them, but we do. The only way to stop them is to bring your own water to the fire, it’s always okay to have extra water. Sand can also help to put out wildfires, it doesn’t require any oxygen, and it can’t catch on fire. You should also make sure that the area you are camping in is clear from any rubbage of sorts, fallen leaves, shrubs, sticks. It’s best to just create a ring around the fire, and to not have the forest burn down, it is always worth it to clean the area up a little bit, before starting the fire.

Crimson Arrow announces winner of annual Scary Story contest

Congratulations to Gianna Boyer (7) for her winning entry “18 Broad Street.” This is the second year Boyer has won the contest! We are pleased to publish her work below.

18 Broad Street by Gianna Boyer

The engine murmured in my ears, and the road was packed full of cars. I could see a sign about a hundred feet away. It was wooden and read “Entering Salem” with a blue logo in the center. A certain type of electricity coursed through my veins while passing the sign. I still can’t identify if it was excitement or nervousness of moving to a new town, but something just made me feel uneasy. 

My eyes scanned the street looking for a dark house projecting the numbers 18 on the porch column. I stopped my vehicle at an old home which was not at all what I pictured. The wind rustled through my coily hair. Leaves of all colors littered the trees and the dirt trail laying in front of me. I shoved my hands into my pockets and squinted at the sun. My foot kicked the truck door shut behind me. The crisp autumn air filled my lungs.

 The patches of grass were thick and brown, and half-dead mums surrounded the walkway in wooden pots. Dark wood covered the house up until the black door. A note was taped to it.

I opened up the paper not knowing who it was from or for. It was just said help. It was probably just some kids trying to scare me. I crumpled it up into my jean pocket and under the tattered welcome mat, I found the key, just as I was told. My hand grasped the doorknob, but the door wasn’t locked, it just flew right open. Chills rolled down my body as I walked in. It was alright inside, minus the dark green paint color and the weird feeling growing inside of me. The ping of my phone made me jump.

My mom texted me, “How’s the house? Send pictures. Hope it’s not haunted…I’m joking.”

I tapped the camera button and took a picture. When I went to admire it, I realized there was a weird green glow, probably from the walls and two neon circles in the middle. I shrugged, sure that it was just the sun’s reflection. Suddenly, a loud noise startled me from behind. I opened the door to find a couple, probably in their early 40’s holding a brown basket wrapped with shiny plastic. 

“Welcome to the neighborhood,” The woman cheered, her arms outstretched in front of her holding the gift.

“Oh gee thanks,” I replied, accepting it.

It was pretty basic. A jar of peach jam, fuzzy socks, hot chocolate mix, chocolate, and a map.

“My name is Tina and this is Bill,” she said.

“I’m Lara.”

“Where did you move from?” Bill asked, while moving his fingers.

There was seriousness in his voice. 

“Columbus, Ohio,”

“Oh, a newcomer,” he retorted, “Do you know about the house?”

“Oh umm…no I don’t believe I’ve heard anything except it was built in the late 1600s.”

“Hun, don’t spook her,” Tina whispered to Bill, “She just moved here, give her time to settle in.”

“No, she needs to know, it is her house.”

“Know what?” I asked. 

Silence.

“We really must be going now,” Tina added, “It was nice meeting you.”

I waved and they left. What’s in that house that’s so bad? Why can’t they tell me? It’s probably just a bunch of folklore and myth. I know about the witch trials, but that can’t be real. Can it? Questions started racing through my mind. Are the witches really haunting this house? Is it haunted? What about all the ghost stories in this town? Are they real? I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. Don’t worry, Lara, you will be fine. Deep breath in…Are ghosts really real?…Deep breath out…Is that what that weird lighting was? No, Bill is just another prankster…or was he?

I lay on the air mattress that night, wide awake. I can’t think about anything other than the words Bill had spoken. Even the slightest noise made me jump. I forced my eyelids shut and ignored the fear inside of me. The cold air of the night was seeping underneath my blanket, but I didn’t care. 

Shrieks rang out, screaming for help. A familiar green glow came into view and I could feel the drafty, emptiness. Orbs flew towards my face. I was drenched in sweat and tears. 

I only received about four hours of sleep. My eyes were outlined with dark bags and my stomach felt completely empty. I changed my clothes and decided to get out of the house and go explore town. I need a distraction from last night. Was it just a dream? Was it all in my imagination? My mom texted me again.

“How was the first night? Cozy? Did you sleep well?”

My fingers typed back, “Not very well, just nervousness.”

I hopped into my truck and drove a few blocks down to the Salem Museum. A big dark brick castle stood in front of me. Two bare trees guarded the walkway and so did a large copper statue. A massive cathedral type window decorated the exterior along with a wooden sign engraved in yellow that said, “Salem Witch Museum.” 

Inside was a long hall with light floors that was covered with pictures and artifacts. 

“Hello, welcome to the Salem Witch Museum,” A lady greeted me.

“Hi, I am looking for stories of the witches coming back and haunting the older townhomes.”

“Oh yes, that section is down the hall to the left. Hope you find what you’re looking for,”

“Thank you,”

I had no clue what I would find in that aisle. Hopefully, there was nothing in my house, but you can never be too sure. I came across a gray wall with lots of newspapers and articles framed. In big black letters, the wall said, “They will come back.” My shoulders tightened and my jaw clenched. 

I found one article about this girl who kept seeing glowing orbs roaming through her house and screams followed her into the night. Everyone thought that she was going mad. My eyes quickly skimmed for the address; it was 18 Broad Street. 

I immediately left the museum and decided to grab a cup of coffee next door to soothe my nerves. The menu had all different types of drinks, but I chose straight black. They handed me the cup and I took three gulps. The bitter taste spread through my mouth. 

That night whenever I tried to go to sleep, something strange filled me. It was a bit of courage and fear. My mind turned black and my eyelids closed. 

A soft glowing figure laid before me. Her hair was pulled up into a tight bun and a long black dress flowed down to her ankles. 

“I was innocent!” She screeched, “Don’t hang me, help! I’m not a witch!”

Another figure took her place, but she was wearing a black bonnet.

“No, stop drowning me! I’ve had enough! Mercy! I’m not a witch!”

Her hands clasped around my body. Her eyes screamed for help. I just stared at her in terror. She started sobbing, and I still just stood there. I couldn’t believe what was happening. I saw her get dragged into the river. Men and women screamed around her shouting inhumane things at her. Then, four women got hung right next to her. 

Everything changed after that. I saw the first woman again healing an ill child with plants. The second woman appeared helping a woman give birth. My mind was filled with hundreds of women helping people and then they were executed because of witchcraft. It was awful. All I could do was stand there, and then I screamed.

IJHS honors veterans

IJHS social studies teacher Mrs. Candice Lockard wouldn’t let anything, let alone a world-wide pandemic, keep her from organizing IJHS’s tribute to veterans.

With contributions from several teachers and students, Mrs. Lockard created a video program in place of the annual Veterans Day assembly, maintaining a tradition important to the school and community.