COLORCLAYCLASSIC| Page 2
Sixth graders think back to their
original thoughts on middle school
Students participate in annual wellness 5K
Sixth grade. The first year of a new
chapter. M aking new friends, leaving your
comfort zone, learning new things.
It?s the first day. H allways bustle with
excitement and unease. Lockers are forced
open and slammed closed.
M adilyne York, sixth grade, struggles
to get to her first class. ?It was really
confusing to get around at first,? she said.
?And you have to walk to your classes
Expectations? the fuel for both
the sixth graders? enthusiasm and
But as the
school year went on,
the 6th graders fell
into a routine of
sports, hobbies, and
daily life. Day after day went by, all too
N ow with the school year coming to a
close, reflections on the year are made.
?The teachers really helped us in
through the year because they were mostly
relaxed at the start, so we could get used to
everything," said Ollie Rosewell
And of course, they recalled favorite
?I don?t know...there were a lot of
good things that happened," Rosewell said.
A successful end to a successful year,
one most students won?t forget.
Story by Z ainab Idrees and Rebekah
Students create within their elective classes
Elective classes worked on many things throughout fourth quarter. Digital
learning classes worked on finding an issue in the school and fixing it with
technology, then they presented the idea. Performing arts students
practiced for their spring concerts. Choir worked on singing the songs for
their pop concert, which was on May 22. Concert band worked on their
spring concert music, which was on May 17. Orchestra worked on there
upcoming spring concert , which was on May 14. Mixed media classes just
finished making paper mache fish, but now they are working on basket
weaving. The ceramics class worked on clay masks, they are now going
back to a old project and glazing there ornament.
W hat are you working
on in your fourth
"Right now we
are rehearsing for
our concert on
May 17th. We are
playing the main
theme from 'The
the new 'Star Wars' song."
-Matthew Grumbacher, 7th
"In class right
now, we just
dance portion of
now we are
going to sing 'A
The girls are doing their own song
which is a mash-up of 'Halo' and
'Walking On Sunshine.' The guys
have their own song also and they
are singing 'Blame it on the Boogie.'
Our whole choir is singing a
mash-up of songs from Queen. I'm
really excited for our concert."
- Lilly Grubb, 7th
COLORCLAYCLASSIC| Page 3
What is your favorite track event?
With so many different
events to choose from,
students each find their
own favorite. Each
student has their own
opinion based off of their
event and their specific
Trent, Bella Sharer, Jacob
Katz, and Peter Suder
Why t he Trojans love t he Gam e
Positions played and their favorite aspects of the game
"M y favorite
event is the
2400 because I
"The event I
enjoy the most is
it gives me more
of a challenge."
"Playing with my
"Playing with the
team, and having
"I enjoy the 4x4
working with a
traveling to other
schools and winning."
"Playing baseball a
lot more, and
clay coil pots."
made a clay
ornament, but we
have to go back
and glaze it; we
have to paint our
masks. We also
are going to make
FAVORITE thing about 6TH grade
The current 6th
graders loved the
beginning of their
middle school career.
?All of the new
opportunities we get
D evika N athan
?M eeting new people
and making new
?H aving a lot more
Infographicby Will Spraetz and Bryce Cannon
COLORCLAYCLASSIC| Page 4 | sixth grade
After their very first year of middle
school, sixth graders look back on
the year fondly.
Time slows as the domino tips
forward, crashing into the one in
front. They cascade down, in a neat
line, pushing the ping-pong ball
forward which lifts the string
attached to the pulley system,
dropping the marble, which shifts
the placement of the wheel. The
wheel then proceeds to roll down
the plank, knocking over the pencil,
which is holding down the rubber
band. It then flicks back and hits the
ball, which finally rolls into the cup.
The sixth graders have been
given the opportunity to create their
own, one-of-a-kind Rube Goldberg
machines. Sixth grader Ella Dyre
states that she and her peers will be
using their machines to get a tablet
into a cup.
"This project teaches us how to
build simple machines using
day-to-day objects to achieve a set
goal," Dyre said.
As the days go by, the sixth
graders continue building their
projects, producing creative designs
and complex plans.
The science classes bustle with
activity as students bring in a variety
of materials from home. Sixth
grader Elizabeth Palmer and her
team have brought in dominoes,
balls, cardboard rolls, and
marbles.With two more class
periods left, they are about half way
done and right on time.
"I like this project because it
gives me a chance to express my
creativity," Palmer said. "Project
based learning is a very efficient tool
because it helps me actually see the
things we're learning about, not just
read about it."
Throughout the length of this
project, the sixth graders have been
learning skills like planning and
problem solving in addition to the
main science concepts.
Student N aomi Fields has
worked on her project with her
friends, experiencing many
difficulties while progressing. But,
along with these, difficulties, she has
also been experiencing pleasure and
"You have to set up your project
all over again every day," she said.
"Even though it gets easier, there are
"H aving longer
electives in the
day, so we can get
more stuff done."
Solving simple problems
with complex machines
a couple parts our group struggles
Fields also gives an insight on
some of the pros of this project for
the students. "It's really fun to make
something and try it over and over,
and then there is that moment when
your project finally works," she said.
Fields' experience through this
project has taught her how to
combine several types of energy to
make the Rube Goldberg project
he Rube Goldberg project has
been a part of the sixth grade science
syllabus for many years and is always
a unit much anticipated by the
students. It is one of their best
memories of the year. This year, the
students learned a lot about the
transfer of energy along with
problem solving skills, planning
skills, coping with failures, and
This project is an important part
to the students' education and an
amazing part of the curriculum.
Story by Sneha Vashistha, Matthew
Rao, Evelyn Girardi
(Top) A sixth grade group gets ready to test
their machine. (Right) Sixth grader Sophia
builds her project.
"I think it will be
more fun because
we get to meet
new people and
-N oah Smiler
Students share what they
are most excited about for
this upcoming school
"What are you most
looking forward to in
her group work
on their project.
(Above) Tyler Dougherty,
Evan Blakely, Carter
Beamon, Drew Brenneman
and (Left) Ella Crist,
Cassidy Wolffis, Madison
Philley work on their
design their project.
COLORCLAYCLASSIC| Page 5 | sixth grade
We asked sixth
school they went
to before coming
Students from all
three teams were
asked what their
favorite classes were.
Language Arts - 3%
Social Studies - 25%
Science - 10%
Wellness - 44%
Electives - 4%
By Sneha Vashistha, Matthew Rao, and Evelyn Girardi
The sixth graders have
changed a lot over this
school year. ?I like middle
school a lot better than
elementary school, because
there is so much more
freedom," Sibbe Kenney,
sixth grade Team Avengers,
Ava Sharer a student on
team Titans said, ?I think
sixth grade is better because
you get to meet way more
Even though Kenney
and Sharer love middle
school they both said they
would change the time in
between classes to longer
because they said they were
always rushing to get to their
Ṫhe biggest change
students had to get used this
year was location.
?The main difference
between elementary and
high school is changing
between classes during the
day instead of having all our
classes in the same room,"
Zach Arbuckle, sixth grade
Team Avengers, said.
As their first year of
middle school has come to a
close, these students look
back at some positives and
negatives. These students
appreciated/enjoyed having a
bit more freedom compared
to elementary school. And
while the freedom was nice,
one of their biggest fights
was being able to open their
In all, the current sixth
grade students had a good
start to their middle school
career and hope to continue
Ṡtory by Will Spraetz and
Students from sixth grade
reflect on their goals,
Goals Coming into Sixth
The Make a Wish
If you could travel back in time, what advice would
you give your younger self?
Students reflect on the past
year and share what they had
By Zainab Idrees and Rebekah Allison wish they'd known
(Top) Devika Nathan, Kayla White, Charlotte Andrews work on their recording for the
Jacob H aisley
Goals Coming into Sixth
Get good grades
Making new friends
By Sneha Vashistha, Evelyn Girardi , and Matthew Rao
"Don't be scared
and be confident."
"H ang out with
COLORCLAYCLASSIC| Page 6 | seventh grade
What was your
Seventh graders have done
multiple fun projects this
year. Here are some of their
By Nyle Nasir, James
Lenos, Cooper Rigney, and
The mock trial
because it was
pretending to be
someone in a
Doing all the labs
because it's just a
able to use a
was really cool.
DISSECTION IN ACTION
Photos by Nyle Nasir, James Lenos, Cooper Rigney, and Chris Nae
Story by Darcy Davis,
Margaret Cannon and Leah
Some math problems may
seem hard for you, but for some
of our seventh grade students,
it?s as easy as "pi".
Students H arry Zheng and
Daniel Tian have already met
the challenges of a tenth grade
Both students are excelling
in geometry, a class that tenth
graders often struggle with. For
Tian, he doesn?t find geometry
to be especially challenging.
?I think it's interesting to
have a challenge,? he said.
H is other classmate, Zheng,
said the best part about being
challenged in math was, ?The
excitement when you finally
solve a hard problem.? Both
students perform exceptionally
well, led by teacher, M rs. Koren
Both math students Tian
and Zheng both agree that they
enjoy being challenged with
such a tough math class.
N ot only are these seventh
graders being challenged in the
math room, but a great number
of other seventh grades will be
taking Spanish 1, which is a
ninth-grade level curriculum
next year for their language.
?I'm excited to be
challenged with a language that
will benefit me and use in
different parts of the world,?
Kendall Schmidt said.
Another seventh grade
student Will Garner said, ?It
will be interesting to be
challenged and learn a new
language that can help me
communicate with students at
Clay that might not know
Both Schmidt and Garner
both agree that taking a
language will help them in the
M any more students at Clay
will be reaching their full
potential by taking classes that
will help them be ready for the
future, as well as high school,
while still attending middle
the World by
If you have heard of Fortnite, you know it has
recently been put in the spotlight for it's
popularity. So we went around the school to
see how many people actually play the game.
By Nyle Nasir, James Lenos, Cooper Rigney, and Chris Nae
COLORCLAYCLASSIC| Page 7| seventh grade
In seventh grade
President Harry S.
Truman is on the
stand. One group of
students acts as the
jury, while the other
is split up into
PURPLE: 57% of seventh
graders play Fortnite
ORANGE: 43% of seventh
graders don't play Fortnite
Q: What is
Truman on Trial?
A: A project
roles in the
Q: What did the
students have to
research of the
perspective of an
the time of the
PURPLE: 29% of seventh graders play on PC
ORANGE: 31% of seventh graders play on XBOX
BLUE: 30% of seventh graders play on PS4
Q: How does this
A: Students get to
RED: 8% of seventh graders play on mobile
COLORCLAYCLASSIC| Page 8 | eighth grade
Up, Up, and Away
Eighth graders look back at their
time at Clay
The campaign is on. Over ten
candidates are running, but only
two can win. It?s a competition for
the two Carmel H igh School
A meeting was held on M ay
8, and it was the official start date
for the campaign. Students
running are required to get 50
student signatures, 5 teacher
signatures, 1 guidance signature,
and 1 parent signature.
Up until the election on M ay
24, students were allowed to
advertise. They could make five
posters to hang up in the school,
as well as have a speech ready on
Kirby Biggs, a student
running, said that she wanted to
be on Senate because she would
love to have the leadership
experience in high school. She
plans to relate to other students to
win over votes in her speech.
Another student running,
Dhillon Parikshak, wanted to be
in Senate so he could be able to
plan and participate in school
events. H is plan is to have a strong
After the speeches on M ay 24,
eighth grade students returned to
their classes to vote on who they
thought would be the best two
candidates for Carmel H igh
Story by Nyle Nasir, Chris Nae,
James Lenos and Cooper Rigney
What was your
The eighth graders have
been at Clay for three years
now, and they have a lot of
fun memories to share.
By Emmy Brown
I liked the field
trip in seventh
grade grade to
because it was so
cool and fun.
In seventh grade I
did a study on Mr.
Stewart's diet. It
was really fun
because I tried to
get him to eat
I liked the
trip because it
was fun and
COLORCLAYCLASSIC| Page 9 | eighth grade
Get to know the 8th Grade
Colton Brown, eighth
grade, sketches out his
idea in ceramics. "We
are making lanterns. I
like this project because
we got to choose our
travels to Kings
Island for Music
at the Parks
What is your favorite part about being
on the team?
"Playing with my
friends is the best part
of being on the team."
Years Playing: 8
"Playing with my friends
and being able to
represent the school."
Years Playing: 8
"Just playing baseball
with my teammates and
winning a lot of games."
Years Playing: 8
"I like the coaches and
all the kids who are
spray paints a
All Photos by
Years Playing: 11
"It's fun to represent
our school, Clay."
Ryan Pauley Years Playing: 9
Top Left: Hallie Reeves,
cuts out letters for an
N JHS project. Bottom
Left: Eighth graders help
out with a project for
spray paints a
pot for N JHS.
pots to the shed.
COLORCLAYCLASSIC| Page 10 | Baseball
Int o The
Batter, Batter, Swing!!!
Why do you like playing for Clay?
?I like playing for
Clay because we
get to work
together to win
games and it?s a fun
environment to be
around and to be
with your friends.?
?I like playing
for Clay because
I?ve known the
kids there for a
long time, and
it?s fun playing
?I like playing
because I like
-Alex Russo, 8th
By Quincy Stephenson, Bailey Capella, Olivia Penman, and Jenna Collins
Those are the sounds of
the a team ready to roll. The
eighth grade Clay Trojans
baseball team is more
prepared than ever for this
After a 6-7 season last year
as, the Trojans tried to improve on
their record from the seventh grade
With many familiar faces
returning, such as catcher and
shortstop Drake Shelburne, they had
some goals which they failed to
achieve last year.
?I want to have a winning
record,? Shelburne said.
And he was not alone in that goal,
with teammates James Ross and Grant
Bricking, two more of the 13 players
returning from last year's team also
aim their sights high. Their coach,
M r. Derek Dial, too, believes they can
improve their record.
?Our team has strengths in our
defensive capabilities, and is a bit thin
on pitching, but the pitching we have
is strong,? Coach Dial stated. ?Yet, I
think one of our strongest parts is our
chemistry and character.?
In order to be as prepared for this
season as possible, many of the players
worked on their game in the off
?I hit a lot in the cages in order to
make sure my swing was ready,? said
first baseman Griffin Wolf. ?I wanted
to make sure I had my rhythm and
timing ready for the season."
The work they put in has a visible
benefit. As Jonathan Stroh put it,
?Our team is a lot better than we were
last year, and it's a lot more fun. All
around, our team has improved from
our season last year."
The Eighth Graders have put in
the work in order to have an improved
record this year. As third basemen
Ryan Pauley said, ?I think we have
the chance to be really good this year."
Story by Daniel Cunningham, Eli
Hewitt and Max Corby
Top Left: Drake
runs to home plate
and scores for the
runs to first base
"Hit t ing is t he
elem ent of
Above: Ryan Pauley gets ready to bat. Left: Xander
George steps up to home plate. Below: Jonathon Stroh
stands by home plate.
Photos by Bailey Cappella and Quincy Stephenson
Eighth grade team finds unity on, off the field
The crowd cheers as the ball flies into the sky. The
player runs from base to base leaving only a trail of dust
behind. Teammates yell from the dugouts. The smell of
fresh popcorn lingers in the air. Clay M iddle School
eighth graders have known one another for years now.
They know each other as friends and classmates, and
now teammates. To the players, this isn?t just a team.
?We all trust each other, and we know we can be
successful together,? Connor Padjen, eighth grade said.
Getting along is key to being successful. If your
team doesn?t get along, your team won?t play well
together. On the contrary, not getting along but being
able to work together and overcome the issues makes an
even stronger team.
?They are working really well together. We have
overcome some adversity here and there,? M r. Derek
Dial, coach, said.
Practices are a good time for the team to bond
before games. The idea of knowing how everyone plays
and who plays best with whom is essential for the
Trojans to cooperate as a unit.
Clay also has an amazing advantage having coaches
work at the school. According to Padjen, it?s a really
good resource to be able to find a coach and talk to
COLORCLAYCLASSIC| Page 1| Baseball
them during the day.
Clay?s baseball team is very close and it shows on
and off the field. The way that they all can
communicate with each other helps build a strong
team. Trust, confidence in each other, and
determination. That?s what makes Clay?s team great.
Story by Gillian Thompson and Jennifer Karakash
7t h grade
baseball t eam
hopes t o bring
hom e w ins
Cam Carmichael, seventh grade,
steps up to the plate. He wipes his
brow and prepares for the pitch. The
ball flies through the air at 68 miles
miles per hour.
Carmichael drills the ball, and it
looks like it's going over the fence.
This is the ideal hit for everyone
on the team.
Once Clay gets three outs, they
run to the outfield to take their
Josh Balanoff, seventh grade,
stands his ground at second base ready
for the ball to come at him. Balanoff
gets a ground ball and launches it to
his teammate at first base.
?Out!? the umpire yells the ball
got to first base just in time. Tripp
Schroeder kneels behind home telling
M ax Cossel to throw a curve. Will
Heldt stands in the outfield waiting
for a fly ball. Here comes that ball and
Will snatches it out of the air and the
team wins the game.
These are just some of the
positions and boys that make up the
Coach Ryan Snyder said the team
is determined, has high character, and
all the boys put the team over
themselves. Snyder also said the team
will have a strong season once they get
they?re pitching down.
M ost of the boys on the team have
been playing since they where 5 or 6.
?The coaches have taught me how
to position myself on the high school
size fields," Carmichael said.
The team is ready to play out the
rest of the season and only bring home
Story by Luke Miller and Joe Ehret
Seventh Grade Baseball
Eighth Grade Baseball
(Left to Right) Max
Cossel pitching, Tripp
Schroeder warming up
to catch, Ryan Roop
hitting the ball, Case
Sullivan playing short
stop, Kenny Brunlett
up to bat, boys warming
up to hit.
Back row: Coach Boggs, Tripp Schroeder, Cam Carmichael, Cade
Williams, Carter Klein, Will Heldt, Ryan Snyder. Middle row:
Ryan Roop, Max Cossell, Kenny Bruntlett, Gabe Young. Front
row: Josh Balanoff, Cole Smitley, Josh Thomas, Case Sullivan, and
Back row: Coach Steven Sturgis, Johnny Curry, Jonathan Stroh,
Grant Bricking, James Ross, Connor Padjen, Coach Derek Dial.
Middle row: Drake Shelburne, Xander George, Daniel
Cunningham, Griffin Wolf, Ben Holdcraft. Front row: Diego
Francisco, Ryan Pauley, Alex Russo, Robert Sapienza.
COLORCLAYCLASSIC| Page 12 | Softball
"Do your best and have
fun," Annie Thompson
"Don't let other's game
effect yours," Maddie
"Don't brag about your
loses," the team agrees.
"Treat everyone with the
same respect," Maddie
"Stay focused," Chloe
"Play your own game, but
also play together," Ella
Infographicby Emmy Brown
The eighth grade softball team is
back in action, and ready for a new
he Clay eighth grade softball team is
ready for action. After years and years
T with the sport, the 14 players are
playing to win. After last year?s
season, three wins, the team is ready
to prove that they can do better and show
?I?ve been playing for eleven years,?
M addie Stacy said. ?M y dad played
baseball in college, so I just got into it.?
Stacy said she loves softball and is so
glad she stuck with it all these years.
?I like the pressure and how fast paced
it is,? Stacy said.
She informed that softball is really fun
if you know the strategy and can deal with
everything while under a lot of pressure.
?M y mom played for Carmel, so I
wanted to try it,? M addie Tuttle said, ?I?ve
been playing for ten years.?
Tuttle said how she loves playing and is
especially ready to win after last year.
?There is a lot of strategy,? Tuttle
explained. She said how the game really
makes you think.
?I really like the team atmosphere,?
Ella Ohrvall said. She says that the game is
so fun because you get to play it with not
only other people who love the game, but
The girls also said how they are really
happy with the team compared to last year.
Last season the girls only won three games,
this year they are doing much better.
?We are playing a lot better than last
year,? Annie Thompson said.
She explained how the team has
improved on playing together, and it is
?It?s fun to work as a team,? Chloe
The team is going out strong as
Trojans in hope of becoming Greyhounds
next year at the H igh School. Some of the
players have worked their entire softball
career to become players on the H igh
Story by Emmy Brown
We looked at the stats of this year's eighth grade team to
see how well the team has played.
COLORCLAYCLASSIC| Page 13 | Softball
What are you looking forward to in the season?
Hits Allowed: 33
Batting Average: 0.370
Possible Outs: 117
Runs Allowed: 23
Strike Outs: 64
On Base Percentage:
On Base Percentage +
Sophie Cassidy Phoebe Schuetz Lily Sullivan
"I am looking forward to
hanging out with my
team and the end of
"I am looking forward
to hanging out with
my friends and
"I am looking
forward to winning
games and having
Seventh grade team bonds
?When I?m up to bat, I feel really
confident and know that if I think well
about it, then I will get a good hit.?
This is what Ryan Rosenbloom, a
seventh grade softball player, said about
how she feels when she is up to bat.
Batting and trying to score is one of
the many pressures these girls face while
playing. In order to overcome some of
those pressures, the team has created
Seventh grade softball players have
already made many new bonds and
friendships with each other with the five
weeks they have had this season.
Phoebe Schuetz said her favorite part
about being on the team is, ?H anging
out with all my friends, and having fun
at practice and in games.?
Another softball player here at Clay,
Lily Sullivan, said that the softball team
has a special way of preparing for games.
?We have this thing that we do
before our games, it?s called
Pop-See-Ko. It?s where everybody does
a small dance,? Sullivan said. This makes
the team excited for the game and ready
Each person on the team has a
different nickname that their teammates
gave them. They also say they usually
stretch and talk about what they would
like to improve on, such as batting and
catching, during the game.
As you can tell, this team has made
several bonds by working together which
have helped them improve as a team.
The team will continue to make
many more memories and
improvements throughout the season.
Story by Rachel Popowics, Kendall
Schmid, Ellie Overbeck
Seventh Grade Softball
Eighth Grade Softball
"M y favorite
position to play is
"M y favorite
position to play
"M y favorite
position to play is
Back row: Coach Nemeth, Ryan Rosenbloom, Kaela Moon, Becca Carlton,
Izzy VanZ etta, Mackenzi Nix, Coach Lloyd. Middle row: Phoebe Schuetz,
Maggie Myer, Kylie Upton, Lily Sullivan. Front row: Emma Couch, Lucy
Broughton, Sophie Cassidy, Phoebe Smock, Lauren Lloyd
Back row: Coach Nowlin, Chloe Rogers, Abby Siddens, Maddie
Tuttle, Emmy Brown, Coach Stacy. Middle row: Dayton Schnase,
Jules Everett, Emily Whittington, Ella Ohrval, Maddie Stacy. Front
row: Mia Straatman, Mallory Palmer and Karina Stolz.
COLORCLAYCLASSIC| Page 14 | TRACK
What events do
Ally Richey Charlie Leedke Nat han St ergar
Which event is
Track started, runners
thirsty for victory
The runners are low, as the gun is
drawn into the air. They take their place, as
they dig their spikes into the track and start
with their bodies low, waiting for the
sound of the gun. Jake Reasoner, eighth
grade, takes off as he runs in the varsity
heat of the 4x8.
Track season has started and the team is
on the hunt for the sweet taste of victory.
Jake Reasoner, Chloe Tapnio, both eighth
graders, are members of the 2018 season
team roster. The season goes on for about 8
weeks, starting in late M arch and ending in
All varsity runners strive to win in each
of their events. Reasoner said that he joined
track to stay in shape during his off season
of football and basketball. Reasoner
participates in events such as high jump,
4x8, and 800.
?The hardest part of track is definitely
the last 250 meters of the 800. Your legs
give up and feel as if they are just about to
give out,? Reasoner said.
Tapnio runs in the girls varsity 100.
Her personal record consists of a 14.3,
which allows her to run the varsity races. ?I
decided to do track to be with my friends
and get a good workout in at the same
time, she said.
Tapnio is looking forward to the Red
and White Relays meet the most, eager to
see what events she might be able to run in.
M r. Todd Stewart, girls sprinting track
coach, has been coaching the sport for
about 7 years now. Stewart enjoys coaching
the 400 sprint the most, in being able to see
the girls push themselves and balance their
speed and endurance at the same time.
?I?m looking forward to county the
most. It?s a great experience for the runners
to push themselves and strive for a new PR
while competing against the best in the
county," said Stewart.
Each athlete has their personal
preference on what events they enjoy doing
and participate in. Blake Williams, eighth
grader, said he enjoys participating in high
jump rather than running at the meets.
M any join track just for the fun of it
and to be with friends, while others do it to
stay in shape and work towards running in
the meets. The team will continue to work
each week, in order to win the upcoming
meets and prepare for city and county.
The 1600 (One
What is your PR in
your favorite event?
12.4 seconds in
the 100 meter
Top left: Tarun Bhamidipati, eighth
grader, attempts to jump over the high
Top right: Eighth grader Jake Reasoner
carries the baton as he finishes his final
lap in the 4x8.
Middle left: Chase Arbuckle, eighth
grader, takes off as he approaches the
long jump pit.
Middle: Chloe Tapnio, eighth grader,
sprints towards the finish line placing
first in the 4x1 relay.
Bottom left: Seventh grader, Allie
Richey, jumps over the hurdles fighting
for a first place finish.
Bottom right: Kendall Osborne and
Gretta Hyle, seventh graders, pass the
baton to hold first place in the 4x4.
(Right) Josh Baxter
jumps at the City
Reserve Meet at
throws the shot put
at City Reverse
Meet at Carmel
Photos by Evan
What type of
track event are
Having many different types
of events to participate in,
students tend to fall into
specific categories based off
of what they're good at.
Information taken from Mr.
Kenney, track coach, he
states approximately the
number of students in each
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Infographicby Valerie Trent, Bella Sharer, Jacob Katz, and Peter Suder
"The bus rides to the meets
because it's fun and we jam
-Bailey Cappella, 8th
"The meets were always my
favorite part because I liked
the competition. It was also
just fun to hang with
-Quavion Galbreath, 7th
"I liked being with friends
and meeting new people.
Also the away meets were
-Brooklyn Ash, 7th
Track has many different events,
like hurdles, but some are mentally
and physically harder than others.
?Hurdles are mentally harder than
most events, like sprints, which are
easy. Watching your steps and
keeping track of the count and when
you need to jump is what makes it
challenging,? Grace H ahn, eighth
For the track events at Clay,
runners prepare in many different
ways. Some students prepare by
eating certain foods, running
different lengths, and doing various
stretches and warm-ups. M egan
M oulton when starting track went in
a different direction.
?Preparing for track, I did
basketball the season before. I also did
two runs a week. Also when it came
to drills, I worked hard during them
so when it came to events I was
Track meets are some of the
students favorite times during track.
?M eets are fun because you get to
see all your hard work pay off by
getting personal records,? H ahn said.
Other students agree that
achieving personal records is there
favorite part of track.
?The long running is the hardest
part of all the events do,? Lucas
Lemme, eighth grade, said.
M any students also get nervous
before races. H ahn also said that ?fear
comes on me and nerves try to get to
me before I run.? N erves are very
common before races because
students have pressure put on them
by coaches, fans, and other runners
before they run.
After the first meet, many
students had already achieved their
personal records. The coaches of the
Clay track team are hoping that every
single student works hard to achieve
their personal goals and records.
Story by Emma Corra, Savanna
"I liked to run in the away
meets and getting a new P.R .
-Alex Gastineau, 6th
"Going to the away meets to
see other teams and making
new friends is really cool. I
also like achieving new P.R .
-Sophia Stoneking 6th
"'M y favorite was running in
varsity meet for the first time.
I loved the rush when I could
help contribute to my schools
score. It was something
special and indescribable."
-Evan Sanders, 8th
Boys Track Team
Girls Track Team
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Eighth grade students learn the
beginning of the line dance during one
of the stations at the Dance
Marathon. Photo by Bailey Cappella
Sixth grade girls stop and pose for a
photo during a station at Dance
Marathon. Photo by Bailey Cappella
On the right: Sixth graders
play a game during one of
the stations at Dance
Photo by Bailey Cappella
Top: Z ach Struve does an
activity during Dance
Seventh graders play a game
with cups during Dance
Marathon. Photos by
Above: High schoolers reveal the amount of money Clay raised at Dance
Marathon. Left: Seventh graders decorate a poster with their hand prints for
Dance Marathon. Photos by Bailey Cappella