NOCTILUCA December 2016

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December 2016 Vol. XXII

By Nora Ptacek Issue III Kindness is always the answer

Norths artists flourish outside of school

The 2016 election rivals the election of 1800 and 1824 as be- ing the most contentious Presi- dential election inAmerican his- tory. For the majority of the past year, Americans witnessed po- larizing presidential primaries which foreshadowed the even more polarized general election. Now, it is over. On Nov. 8, Americans elected Mr. Donald


Trump to the Pr e s i dency of the Unit- ed States of A m e r i c a . Along with a seat in the Oval Office, Ame r i c a n s gave Pres- i den t -El ec t Trump a Re-

Nora Ptacek, Senior Editor- in-Chief

Above, North senior and ballet dancer Abbey DesRochers practices her arabesque, and left, one of sophomore Simon Garb’s signature portraits. Photo above by Caroline Holmes and photo at left courtesy of Simon Garb.

publican House of Represen- tatives, Senate, and presum- ably Supreme Court. Secretary Clinton and President Obama both congratulated the Presi- dent-Elect on his victory and reminded the American people that they must support a peace- ful transition of power. After the electionof President- Elect Trump, protests broke out across America and acts of hate became more numerous. Whether this is a continual re- flection of the dissatisfaction of the American electorate or the result of Mr. Trump’s campaign rhetoric is up to discussion, but what remains clear is that Amer- ica is in a spot of deep division. And we, as students, must work not to let that division affect the way we treat each other. No matter the victory or loss of our favored candidate — kindness is the answer. No matter the religion, race, or gender of our peers — kindness is the answer. No matter the decisions of our government — kindness is the answer. This is not to say students should stop advocating and vocalizing their beliefs; that is needed nowmore than ever. It is to say that each person deserves respect in these conversations. School is a safe space for all students. While work to mend bridges begins at the national level, Appleton North needs to do the same locally.

From art to dance to music, students’ talents reach beyond classroom

By Sophie Mariano

tinct social groups within high schools. In each of these examples there is an “artsy” group, with the kids who take the art classes or act in the school plays. Ap- pleton North is no different.

We have an accredited theater program, a well known music department, and a variety of art classes. Students are able to thrive in the arts at school. How- ever, there are also students

who walk the halls that are excelling in the arts com- pletely independent from any programs through North. See Mariano , page 2

C lassic movies like “The Breakfast Club” and even “High School Musi- cal”, yes, “High School Musical”, depict the dis-

Creative writers test their skills through novel-writing

Creative writers at Apple- ton North and in other high schools across the globe spent the month of November com- posing as they attempted to complete an entire novel before Dec. 1. National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is a project in which participants from 633 regions on nearly every continent unite with the common goal of writing a 50,000 page novel solely in the month of November. Begin- ning on Nov. 1, participants were encouraged to write at least 1,667 words a day, which is about three pages of writ- ing, in order to reach the final word count before the end of the month. NaNoWriMo students compose novels in November By Ally Price

“It’s an excuse mixed with a motivator,” said North senior Skye Iwanski about her first year doing NaNoWriMo. “It gets me to make time to write, which can be hard.” NaNoWriMo provides par- ticipants with a great deal of freedom in the writing process. Novels can be written on any topic, and works are broken down into more than 15 genres, but authors can choose if they feel their piece doesn’t fit well into a single category. “I have always wanted to do everything,” said Iwanski about her piece, which she classified as action, adventure, mystery, and fantasy. “I was the kid who selected all the colors when drawing, so of course I couldn’t just write in one genre.” As well as giving writers a definitive goal of finishing their novel, NaNoWriMo also provides pep talks and sample prompts on the website for anyone facing writer’s block.

Participants of National Novel Writing Month are seen meeting at the Appleton Public Library to write together. Photo by Jake Zajkowski

The website also lends a place where participants can con- nect with other writers in their region, which for Appleton’s writers is the Fox Valley region. “NaNoWriMo gives you a community so you aren’t by yourself,” said Appleton North sophomore Jake Zajkowski, who is participating inNaNoW- riMo for the third year in a row. “You can get positive feedback from other participants, which

is actually helpful since they’re doing the same thing.” Writers were encouraged to finish writing their novels within the 30 days of Novem- ber, but it did not need to be a polished piece. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to complete a rough draft; participants can al- ways go back and polish their work later, but the purpose is

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