The German Club is excited to finally get to fulfill and carry out plans that they could not last year due to COVID
-19. The sponsor, Mr. Hudson is planning their annual Grillfest on September 13 at the Newburgh Lock and Dam. Although they could not do much of anything last year, they are hopeful to keep doing events such as going to Gerst Haus in Evansville for a German meal, and Swonder more towards winter. They had their first meeting this week where they had about 50 members come join and they voted on the club t-shirt and introduced club officers.
This year's club president is senior Meera Bhatia. She has been in the German Club since her freshman year. She took German her freshman year because it was a new and different concept than she had ever studied before and became very interested in it. She joined this club because she got to enjoy all the fun events while also being with her friends.
“Herr. Hudson is a great teacher," said Bhatia.
There are two vice presidents this year named Abby Hagan and Evan Bockelman. Hagan joined this club because she believes it is an interesting language, but she also loves to learn about the culture. Bockelman has taken German all four years of high school and for his senior year was excited to step into the leadership role and get to help plan the events he had always enjoyed. The treasurer of the club, Madelyn Jorgensen, loves being able to help out with the finances and background planning of the club. All of the club members, including junior Reagan Kelly, are ecstatic to see how this year plays out and they are glad to be a part of such an interesting club.
“I had always wanted to take German and once I learned about this club and joined, I enjoyed taking the language so much more," said Kelly. "I loved being able to see how the culture and food we learn about in the classroom really is."
Over the past few years, former Hollywood star Brendan Fraser has started to make a comeback in the movie industry.
Born in 1968, Fraser began acting in the early 1990’s with roles in hit comedy films such as Encino Man and George of the Jungle. In 1999, he rose to international fame with the lead role in the adventure film The Mummy, which grossed over $400 million worldwide.
Fraser followed this success with two sequels to The Mummy, both of which were commercially successful. He also starred in hits such as Crash and Journey to the Center of the Earth, establishing him as a viable leading man for adventure and action movies.
Following a string of personal issues including a divorce, constant injuries from stunts during filming of 2008’s The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and a possible case of harassment by a Hollywood executive, Fraser’s stardom in Hollywood rapidly declined. This combined with movies of his such as Dudley Do-Right and Looney Toons: Back in Action becoming major commercial failures destroyed nearly all of the standing Fraser had in the film industry.
After having numerous surgeries, Fraser began to take time off from acting before returning to the profession with minor roles in projects such as G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and The Affair. He began to make waves in the industry in 2019 when he began starring in the DC Comics and HBO Max series Doom Patrol. The role brought Fraser some modest success and popularity, as the public began to take notice again.
In the past two years, Fraser’s comeback has come in full force. He was tapped to appear in the Steven Soderbergh crime thriller No Sudden Move alongside big names such as Benicio Del Toro, Ray Liotta and David Harbour. Following this film receiving very positive reviews, Fraser seemed to be on top of the world. He has since signed on to star in the Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler) film The Whale. In even bigger news, Fraser has recently been announced as a member of the cast for Martin Scorsese’s new star studded movie Killers of the Flower Moon alongside Leonardo Dicaprio and Robert De Niro. While not much is known about his role yet, fans have nothing but hope for the project. Scorsese is widely seen as one of the best directors of his generation, meaning Fraser starring in one of his movies can only bring positivity and raise his status in the film industry.
Fraser has also seen a wave of support online as of late, with him tearing up during an interview in which he was told that the internet is rooting for him. With all of the hardships he has been through, everyone is hoping for him to find success and return to stardom.
Layla Leigh Wandel
Trippie Redd finally dropped his newest single “Miss the Rage” featuring Playboi Carti. The song is a single for his upcoming album Trip at Knight. The song was teased for a long time and finally after a few months of waiting it was released.
The song is really good. It’s not a song that focuses heavily on lyrics but it’s just a song that’s meant to hype you up. However the verses are still quite enjoyable by both artists, Trippie's verse, in my opinion, goes "harder" than most of his songs usually do. His verses are usually more understandable and usually more about emotional experiences like love and loss, however, he does occasionally do a trap song like this and they’re almost always good. It is extremely catchy once you learn the lyrics.
As springtime rolls around, many sports are pushed to the outdoors: baseball and track. However, Castle High School and many around the area hold something called Unified Track. Unified Track is the joining of high schoolers of all abilities participating in various track and field events.
Due to COVID restrictions, all spring sports were cancelled and pushed to the next year. This was devastating news to many, but greatly hit home for the athletes in Unified Track. Many including freshman KayLynn Stuckey said she missed out on her favorite part, “bonding with the team.” Her and all others cherish the time spent in practices and events and hated to see their season taken away. Good news came though when Castle High School sent out how they would be able to normalize this year’s sport seasons. From then, the athletes and coaches have been able to practice almost three times each week and participate in events across the area.
At these track meets, student athletes participate in shot put, 100-meter dash, long jump, 4x1 and 4x4 relays all with the support of their teammates. At their first track meet held in Mount Vernon against both Boonville and Mount Vernon, the weather was spotty and there was potential for a cancellation. However, in their all combined efforts, Castle came home with a win. All members had a great celebration on the bus ride home and cherished being alongside their teammates after a great meet.
We also heard from another athlete, Senior Jordan Greene as he said his favorite part is “making the kids smile and seeing them have a good time.” This team is full of fun and caring people and provides much laughter to all involved. It is a great way to help around Castle and make great memories along the way.
Lainey Browning and Caden Drone
DISCLAIMER: This is a satirical work of journalism and not meant to be taken as the truth or an accurate representation of the Castle Lancer’s opinions on films.
The annual Academy Awards ceremony took place on April 25th, with many new movies winning a lot of awards.
This last Sunday, March 14, the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards were held with a limited audience of just the performers and nominees. Hosted by Trevor Noah at the Los Angeles Convention Center, as opposed to the usual location of the Staples Center, there were tons of huge records, singles, videos, and artists up for the awards. I, of course, have my personal issues with the Grammy’s, however it is still an awesome experience to see everyone be awarded for their musical talents.
In the past year, education has taken a crazy turn. This time last year we did not have a clue we would still be functioning in a hybrid learning environment or the effect that would have. Without the help and support of our teachers and staff, we certainly would not be able to continue learning successfully. Over the past week, our Student Council has gone to extra levels to ensure our staff receives their well-deserved cherishment. Appreciation week included all aspects of our staff. The Student Council thanks the men and women who keep the school functioning on the level it does, even in a crazy year like this one! Special thanks to the Student Council teacher representatives for ensuring this week happened smoothly.
The Student Council couldn't do things as they normally do due to the circumstances, but they have made the best of it and planned out individual treats and goodies that can be safely passed out. One example of the things that the Student Council did was on March 16 every in person student got a free cookie from the cafetera. There was also a gluten free option so all students could get a treat. Another thing the Student Council did was put together treats for the teachers and put them in their mailboxes to reduce contact between people.
According to Hannah Ryan, Student Council president, on Thursday, March 18 “[they] organized a teacher appreciation breakfast that included fresh fruit, Donut Bank donuts, and coffee! Members of the Student Council set everything up, helped serve and welcome teachers, and cleaned up afterwards.” Another member of Student Council, Logan Barton, remarked that the appreciation week is “a way to show that we notice [our staff] and are extremely grateful for all they do.”
It is very important that everyone in the building knows they are appreciated because everyone plays a key role in keeping the school functioning as well as it does. Appreciation Week is something the Student Council puts on every year, and COVID-19 was not going to stop them this year from showing how thankful they are for our students and staff.
Layla Leigh Wandel and Ashley Hudson