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
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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 Wandel and Ashley Hudson
This year at Castle High School, BPA, or Business Professionals of America, has taken a different turn. This club includes many students around the U.S. and many here in our hometown. Our sponsors Alicia Gilkey and Angela Cluck’s hard work make it possible for this club to take the strides it does.
Throughout the year, our students at Castle High School work to gain their knowledge on various events to be able to perform in their final competitions. Various events include Fundamental Word Processing, Business Law and Ethics, and Digital Marketing Concepts. Sophomore, Lauren Pellerito participated in one of these events and said she “enjoyed the event very much and hopes to do it again next year.” To prepare for the event she took classes this past summer that taught various instructions needed for the competition.
Another student at Castle, senior Eshan Goel, placed fourth in his event at state, C# Programming, and will be competing nationally. He gave his thoughts about competing virtually rather than in person saying, “there is an entirely different feel about going to Indianapolis for 3 days to compete compared to sitting at home and just taking a test for 2 hours.” Many students also felt this way and were sad to not work alongside other BPA members. However, another senior, Cameron Andrews vocalized his appreciation for Mrs. Gilkey and Mrs. Cluck saying, “I am so grateful that [they] were so dedicated to us and always encouraged us to succeed!”
Even though the circumstances were not parallel to last year, all the students shared many positive experiences that will turn into lasting memories. Junior Alexis Hall says her favorite part was the “awards ceremony and eating breakfast with other members of the club as we all celebrated our wins.” Almost all of the students who responded said traveling to Indianapolis for the weekend was the most memorable part. Being able to meet new friends and make memories is something they all missed dearly.
Overall, BPA is a great club for anyone going into business later on in life. It provides real world experience for high schoolers by engaging them in competitions and various activities. All students in this club recommend joining as it also looks great on college applications.
Lainey Browning and Caden Drone
The weekend of February 19th and 20th, Castle wrestler John Purdy headed to Indianapolis for the state championships. Here as he got ready to wrestle he said his nerves were very under control and he did not seem nervous at all. He was the only guy at Castle that qualified for state and he is in the 170 lbs weight class. After wrestling four people, winning three rounds and losing the second he placed fifth. Although he didn't win, he says that going up to state gives him a goal to work toward throughout the season. Going up to state also gives him new competitors to go against giving him another challenge.
Throughout this whole season the boys have been working very hard. Their scores each match kept improving as the season went on and as they improved. The boys wrestling coaches: Coach Harmon, Coach Deters, and Coach Oberst are also always pushing them in practice and in the weight room to improve them and make them better. The wrestlers season only lasts about four months but many train all year to get ready for their season. Although many of the boys will admit it is a very tough sport for them mentally and physically, they feel very proud of themselves seeing all their hard work pay off and watch themselves improve.
Some of Castle's hardest schools to go against are Mater Dei and Franklin Central, but when the boys go they try their best and put their all into their matches. A junior at Castle describes his season this year as “The season didn't end how I wanted but it was a fun year. Not being able to have fans definitely made it different, but i'm glad we got to wrestle,” says Evan Reff. This shows how with Covid, like many other sports, there was a limited amount of spectators. This may have been discouraging for the matches because the wrestlers were used to being cheered on from the stands and this year a lot changed. Although they did not have fans, the boys still had a good season with many accomplishments and are excited to have another season next year, with hopes that fans will be able to watch from the stands.
Castle’s boys swimming and diving team finishes their season off with a sectional title and multiple state qualifying times. After a long and hard season of training, the boy's hard work finally paid off.
Swimming and diving has conquered many tough challenges this year regarding COVID-19 restrictions. Not only were spectators not allowed, but the swimmer’s meets were limited as well. Varsity swimmers were able to swim about three quarters of the usual number of meets while junior varsity swam in only two.
Junior varsity member and team captain of the boys swim team, Colton Tang, says despite the challenges they “definitely put in the work no matter what.” Training up to eight times a week, the boys made sure to see results when championship season came.
Their first large meet following conference was sectionals. Tensions were extremely high leading up to this meet. Bryce Eckert, a senior varsity member, highlights how “since [they] lost this meet last year, our goal all season was to make a comeback this time.” And of course, they did just that.
Starting off the meet was the 400 medley relay which consists of a fifty yard swim of each stroke. Castle placed second in this event, leading us off with a large sum of points, just behind Boonville. After that it was mostly up to individual swims and having the energy of champions.
After a long day two days of swimming, the Castle boys won sectionals. Additionally, they qualified four individual boys for the IHSAA state championship the following weekend. Seth Cannon (freshman) qualified in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, Saaketh Reddy (sophomore) in the 200 individual medley, Owen Metzger (sophomore) in the 500 freestyle, and Caleb Beaven (junior) in the 100 breaststroke.
Caleb Beaven, junior varsity swimmer and team captain, is excited to lead many of the boys to their first state championship and get them excited for the seasons to come. Additionally, Beaven is “looking forward to hopefully returning to normal for his senior season.”
All in all, the boys swimming and diving team had a fantastic season with many first place finishes, personal best times, and great memories along the way. Although their season ended on a high note, the boys are more than ready to work even harder next year.
Trippie Redd released the deluxe version of his October 2020 album, Pegasus in February and it is titled Pegasus: Pegasus vs Neon Shark Presented By Travis Baker. The title is often shortened to just “Neon Shark” and I will be using the shortened version for this review. The album consists of 14 new rock and roll inspired songs with 26 songs being on Pegasus already bringing the song count to a whopping 40.
As stated the new songs are rock songs as Trippie Redd wanted to experiment with the genre. He is a rapper and heavily associated with the emo rap subgenre. Machine Gun Kelly is another rapper who has been experimenting with rock and roll and he has two features on the album. Trippie Redd isn’t going into the rock genre permanently, these songs were just him experimenting as an artist.
Neon Shark has been teased as a project for a long time however he didn’t start teasing it more until late 2020 around the time he announced the sequel to his 2018 album Life’s a Trip. The one and only single released for the deluxe album was “Dreamer” and it’s a song that I really enjoy. My favorite song on the deluxe is “Pillbreaker” though. The new songs are all really good, however they don’t really transition well with the somber mood of the Pegasus songs compared to the very upbeat and excitement of the new songs.
Overall I really enjoyed the project. I am a little biased because Trippie Redd is my favorite artist of all time. Despite him being a rapper he created some fantastic rock songs and you could really tell he was excited and had so much fun with the music. This album is definitely one of his best. While it’s not better than his 2018 projects Life’s a Trip and A Love Letter to You 3, it is better than his last two projects (not counting Pegasus), A Love Letter to You 4 and !. Overall I rate this project an 8/10 as not every song from the main album was great but the rock songs were amazing.