Wellness classes advertise
Eighth grade choir
prepares for concert
Clay students perform in
Seventh grade social
studies students study
Eighth grade basketball
Read about two students
who completed Nanowrimo
NJHS collects toys for Julian
Eighth grade science build
the tallest snowmen
Not Your Average Taco Tuesday
By Cady Armstrong, Zainab Idrees,
Sneha Srivatsa, and Mia Greyz
Who doesn’t absolutely love tacos?
Miss Sydnee Willoughby’s eighth
grade health class sure does!
They just finished working on
creating a new lunch menu choice
during health class.
Students, then, competed to have
their project selected and have that
option served on the menu on
Tuesday, December 13.
This project tested the students’
ability to create successful business
operations in the future.
“We are doing this project for a
health unit and to help better the
choices on the lunch menu,” Taylor
Holforty, eighth grade, said.
“This project will allow them to
have more freedom in the cafeteria
a n d l e a r n m o r e a b o u t
nutrition,” Willoughby said. This
project brought the students’ attention
toward what they eat everyday and
how to control themselves.
“Through this experience, we
learned what it is like to be in the
advertising sector,” Gabrielle
Lichtenberg, eighth grade, said.
This project had many benefits for
middle school, all the way to college
and forward. For example, some
students might look into the
nutritionist profession with some
extra, early knowledge.
The eighth graders just finished
helping to advertise the ‘Taco Tuesday’
held on December, 13. This helped
students see what some things
entrepreneurs needed to think about
by calling attention to their ideas.
This is the first year Willoughby
has had her class perform this lesson,
and she plans to do this in future
A handmade poster advertising the arrival of the much
awaited 'Taco Tuesday’. Poster by Hailey Krauss and
‘Taco Tuesday’ advertisements made by Michelle Zhao
and Chloe Chui.
Infographic by Mia Greyz
Story by Emma Harper and Bella Smith
The risers are set and the stage is
covered in Christmas decorations.
“It’s the most wonderful time of the
The eighth grade concerts just
finished their winter concerts Thursday,
To rehearse, the choir first warms
up, then they sight sing and then run
through all of the songs and set goals,
according to Ellen Gardner, eighth
After all the practices in the choir
room, the students spend time in the
auditorium to rehearse for the upcoming
concert as it draws closer.
“I love Rehearsals because we get to
see how our songs are coming along and
see how our actual performance will go,”
Freudenthal, eighth grade said.
All three of them are very excited
for the concert.
Griffint Scott, Freudenthal and
Gardner said that their favorite part of
choir is singing with friends.
They like choir because of singing
friends, having fun and performing.
All three students have been in choir
for their entire middle school experience,
and because of that, they have sung quite
a few songs.
Freudenthal’s favorite song out of all
three years has been “Ghost and
Goblins.” Gardner said that her favorite
song out of all three years has been
“Polar Express,” and Scott’s favorite
song has been “Elijah.”
They have all been singing since
Getting ready for the concerts, Scott
believes the practices have gone well.
“We thought that we all sang really
well and the sounds blended well
together from each of the parts,” Scott
The Magic of The Nutcracker
By: Tessa Collinson
“The Nutcracker” is a big part of any dance
studio. Every year, most studios put on this
famous ballet. It is often described as a fun and
magical production. Anna Beringer, eighth
grade, says it’s “one of [her] favorite parts of the
holiday season”. However, there are many variations
on the original ballet. Each studio puts on
a different Nutcracker. Two of the most popular
studios among students at Clay Middle School is
Indiana Ballet Conservatory and Central Indiana
Academy of Dance. IBC is strongly based off of
Russian ballet, while CIAOD is more based on
the American Ballet Theatre style of dance.
Below are some similarities and differences
between their individual productions of “The
Ancient Egypt comes alive for seventh grade social studies
By Jenny Walker and Taylor Ryan
Coffee-stained papers and crumpled up
homework is not what teachers usually like but
this has been the exception during seventh
grade social studies.
Students in seventh grade have been learning
about Ancient Egypt and all its history.
To understand the content further, they
made Ancient Egypt books.
Using 12 stations, the students completed
and learned information on all different topics.
Some stations were about mummification, while
others were about building the Great Pyramids
“My favorite part of this project was making
our own book and learning about Egypt,” Maddi
Acton, seventh grade, said.
They learned about Ancient Egypt for
about 2 weeks and got the chance to create their
own covers for the Egypt books.
Seventh grader Emmie Carlisle also enjoyed
making the Egypt books and learning about the
topic. “I liked making the cover for the books. I
printed off pictures of things from Ancient
Egypt like pyramids, pharaohs’ and pictures of
mummies,” she said.
Mr. Dan Patane has included this project in
his lessons for the past five years. Each year,
students always learn new things they never
knew before about Ancient Egypt.
Infographic by Anjali Rooney
Eighth grade basketball ‘B’ team continues successful season
Story by Matthew Witucki and
During Clay basketball games
the Clay eighth grade student
section is where the fans get loud.
Students pack the stands and get
crazy. The fans who consistently
cheer throughout the game are
Max Mylott, Sophie Kuchik and
“We respect the opponents but
we want our team to win, so we do
what has to be done and go crazy,”
Charlie Thomas, eighth grade, said.
“My favorite part about being
playing for the B team is that there
is little pressure and that you get to
play with your friends,” Sam
Booth, eighth grade said. The B
team has really good chemistry , as
they swing the ball around the
court getting good ball movement,
which shows why they are
According to Coach Josh Cole,
there has never been an undefeated
eighth grade boys basketball team.
“It would be great to see the boys
go undefeated this year,” Coach
Jordan Cole, assistant boys coach,
The boys hope they can go
undefeated and maybe even get on
the banner in the gym.
Part of winning every game
means scoring many points, and
they do this consistently. The B
team averages 43 points a game,
which they have been improving
on throughout the season. The B
team is mainly a three point
shooting team which opens up the
the inside under the hoop.
“Once we shoot enough threes
to spread out the defense, we pass
it down low and get layups in the
paint,” Holden King, eighth grade,
said. Owen Schafer, Matthew
Witucki, and Nick Frische, have
their own nicknames. Last year,
Mr. Steven Sturgis, seventh grade
coach, created a name for the boys.
He called them the trees. The
name has stuck with them for their
middle school basketball career.
Coach Cole focuses on defense
in practice and it shows in games.
The B team only gives up around
15 points a game.
“Our great defense leads to
great offense,” Nick Frische,
eighth grade, said. Coach Cole also
preaches that we get on the
support line to help stop
penetration. The B team is
improving their defense every
Nick Frische plays defense
against Mt. Vernon.
Photo by Mia Anderson
Colton Parker is in the process of passing the ball to
Owen Schafer. Photo by Mia Anderson.
The whole eighth grade B team plays defense against Mt. Vernon. Photo by Mia
Infographic by Owen Schafer
Wrestling Season Begins
Story By Micah Nist and Owen
Last week, Clay middle school
wrestling season started up. It is a sport
available to sixth, seventh, and eighth
grade. Their first meet will be right
after Winter Break in a scrimmage at
Carmel High School against the other
middle schools, Carmel and
Since last year, the team has gotten
a new head coach: Mr. Ken Thurman.
“He is a good role model and really
inspires me to work harder against my
rivals.” Alex Golden, eighth grade, said
of him. “My biggest rival is Collin
O’Connor or Walrus as he is better
known. We are matched very evenly.”
Since the season started, the team
shared some of their experiences and
about the team so far this year.
“I joined the wrestling team again
this year because I want to stay in
shape and lose weight.” Joel Nixon,
eighth grade, said. “I have been
wrestling since sixth grade at Clay
They got new singlets this year with
a new and bold design. They have the
Clay red and black with a Trojan head
on the front with the red and black
swirled in. There are three weight
classes, the lightweight, medium, and
heavyweight classes. There are many
smaller specific classes inside these
Practices prove to be very
challenging. They consist of lots of
conditioning like running and core
Nixon and Golden both agreed that
a real major reason they joined is
because the people in it.
“Wrestling is hard, but encouraging
others is a big part and really helps you
feel better and try harder,” Golden
NJHS Toy Drive
Brings cheer to
families in need
Members bring in toys to aid in the
Holiday Season of Giving
Story and Page by Mia Anderson and Reagan VanDermark
To learn about how
NJHS is helping to
give back this holiday
season click the QR
code and listen!
Service. Scholar. Leader. Selfless.
These are all the traits that each and every
NJHS member have. NJHS, short for National
Junior Honors society, is a club all about helping
and giving back to the community!
They recently sold candy canes during lunch
and also did a toy drive to help give gifts to
children who need it.
The club meets about once every month, but
not any students are able to join.
At the end of their seventh grade year,
students fill out a form to become a member.
Once students have been accepted they then have
to maintain at least a 3.7 GPA average and
complete 3 community service hours each
NJHS is a big responsibility that many
students love doing, “I love NJHS!” Madi Fettig,
Clay NJHS Member Exclaimed.
For seventh graders, be sure to look out for
the NJHS forms coming near the end of second
semester so you can join this fantastic club.
What is the Julian Center?
Information gathered from http://www.juliancenter.org
Science students work together
to build tallest snowman possible
The Clay Classic is Clay Middle School’s student
newspaper. It is written, photographed, edited, and
designed by the students in Mr. Evan Williams’
newspaper classes. You can also find updates about
Clay on Twitter: @ClayClassic and visit us at
Clay Middle School
5150 E. 126 St.
Carmel, IN 46033
Mr. Todd Crosby, principal
Mr. Mark Smith, assistant principal
Mrs. Lori Katz, assistant principal
Mr. John Corcoran, Jr., activities director