NOCTILUCA March 2017


Immigration protests spark conversation Lawrence students explain experiences during protest Recently, in Houdini Pla- za, a protest in opposition of Trump’s immigration signing took place, causing students in the community to stand up against these policies. These are interviews that took place on that day: Rachel Geiger, Lawrence University Freshman: What brings you out here to- night? “I’m out here because I think it’s important to know there are people, in this primarily red state of Wisconsin, that think these issues are impor- tant, and that there are people out there who are backing up those affected by these issues. I went to the D.C. March, and I want to continue activ- ism through grassroots move- ments, as those are very im- portant to spark change in our society. For example, the Women’s March only started with a few women upset about an idea/policy, and they started something huge out of it. It’s also important to get involved, such as calling senators as these get people ready to do things outside of protests.” Have you been affected by these policies or do you know someone who has been affect- ed? “One of my closest friends from back home, she was a green card holder, and when Trump’s immigration ban first was in order, even green-card holders were not allowed to come back. Which was diffi- cult for her as she was consid- ering visiting family outside of the country, but now couldn’t.” Has this changed your per- spective of the community? “It made me recognize that there is a large community there for you, especially at Have something to say? Continue the conversation by sending a Letter to the Editor at By Mariya Todorova

North shines at Pulse’s Future 15 Awards Sophomore Henry Ptacek at Future 15 award ceremony . Photo used with permission by Trove Photography Ptacek and Lucas recognized by Fox Cities for community involvement The Future 15 competition was designed to highlight various young professionals in the community and shine a light on the good work they do for the Fox Cities. It’s a fairly new program; the first Future 15 awards were seven years ago in 2010. This year’s event was held on March 2, and Appleton North had two of its own represented that night: art teacher Elyse Lucas and sophomore Henry Ptacek, owner and proprietor of Hen- ry’s Buff and Shine. “It’s extremely humbling,” Ptacek said. “The only reason I’m in the position that I’m at is because of the support the community has offered me. The Fox Cities is one of the most accepting communities and I’m glad to be a part of it.” Henry’s Buff and Shine has been up and running since Ptacek was an eighth grad- er, learning the shoe shin- ing art from his grandfather. He works out of the Zuelke building downtown on Thurs- day and Saturday afternoons and has most notably shined the shoes of John Bergstrom, owner of the Bergstrom car franchise. By Ndemazea Fonkem See Fonkem , page 2 North Stars includes staff members for nomination Sugrue honored

characteristic. Now, a second branch of the North Stars program has been created. This program works in the same way except that students nominate teach- ers who they think exhibit the month’s North Nine trait. In February, Appleton North science teacher Mr. Steve Su- grue was chosen as the first North Stars staff winner for representing integrity. “It’s a good feeling to know that my students feel that I treat them with respect and that they feel like when they need help, I am available for them,” said Mr. Sugrue about being recognized. The program, which is run by Mr. Curt Salm along with other North teachers, aims to create more awareness of the North Nine throughout the school. Each month, students will be emailed a Google

with February Integrity award

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Acceptance. Achievement. Character. Compassion. Ex- cellence. Integrity. Persever- ance. Respect. Responsibil- ity. These traits represent the North Nine, the set of charac- ter traits that Appleton North students are expected to ex- hibit, both at school and in all aspects of their lives. Since 2013, Appleton North has recognized stu- dents who portray these traits through the monthly North Stars nominations program. Each month is assigned to a different trait, and staff nomi- nate students who they be- lieve exemplify that month’s

Mr. Sugrue teaches physical science to Gold team freshman. Photo by Jake Zajkowski

Form that details the trait of the month and allows them to vote for a staff member who they think best represents that trait. In February, the program received 149 nominations for 40 different North teachers who show integrity. Besides being asked which teacher they think best exemplifies the trait, students are also asked to describe how that

staff member shows the trait. “Students did a very nice job of using integrity as a part of the reason why they nominated the staff member that they did,” said Mr. Salm. Students who nominated Mr. Sugrue gave reasons such as “he is always patient with his students, willing to help, and is a great teacher” and “he is always willing to help and

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