Is Where
the Heart Is

Illustration by Selena Qian

Senior Haley Glickman has spent her years at CHS fully immersed in the performing arts. Glickman, as an active theater member and Ambassador, has performed in 14 plays and countless choir concerts.

Glickman said she often stays after school until 5:30 p.m., but on Wednesdays, she stays until 9 p.m. for Ambassadors practice. Additionally, she said she often has to go to school early in the morning to work on choreography or on weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to rehearse. However, Glickman said she has become accustomed to her tight schedule.

“Honestly, I’ve done theater for so long that I’m used to not having a lot of time (and) I’m really good at time management,” Glickman said. “I think I’m pretty solid in that department. You just have to really maximize your time.”

Senior Megan Kress said she also has a tight schedule. As a varsity cross-country runner and a middle-distance runner for women’s track, she said she has also become acclimated to an activity-filled lifestyle, though she sometimes still feels stressed by her schoolwork because she stays after school until 6 p.m. for cross-country and track practice, as well as for meets, which last several hours.

Above: Senior Megan Kress (right) runs with teammates, who she says have become her family.

Photos by Divya Annamalai

“It can be a lot, especially this year, as a senior with college applications and stuff as well,” Kress said. “But, I think it’s just made me really good with my time management. I know when I need to do things, and I kind of have a time slot to do them, so it’s helpful.”

Glickman said her level of involvement in performing arts made it her second home.

“I feel like I kind of have free reign of these halls; I’ve spent four years here,” Glickman said. “I’m so freaking involved that I just know all these teachers, (and) they know me. I say, ‘Hey.’ I sleep here. I eat here. The only thing I don’t do is actually live here, but I’m pretty close to that point.”

According to counselor David Mikesell, students who are involved in extracurricular activities not only find an area of interest but also forge friendships. Because of that, he said he typically encourages students to join one or two clubs, as participation in clubs gives students a sense of self and community.

“I think that the more you’re involved, you just, you feel more a part of the school,” Mikesell said. “School really should be more than just 7:50 (a.m.) to 3:05 (p.m.), so to be able to participate in extracurricular activities, to be involved in clubs or performing arts, I think really those kids connect with the school.”

Kress said she agrees with Mikesell that participating in cross-country and track has helped her meet new people and make friends.

“All my best friends are runners, so basically it’s who I’ve been with for the past four years,” Kress said. “We spend every day after practice together, meets on the weekends, and then when we’re not at practice or at meets we’re hanging out outside of that, so we’re always together so it’s like a family.”

Glickman said she has also made many friends, not only because of their shared interest in theater and choir, but also because of the long hours spent together.

“It’s not, ‘Have I made friends?’ It’s, ‘Have I made a family?’ And I know that’s cliché, but when you spend a lot of time with people, you become a family in a sense,” Glickman said. “Not the sense that we all love each other and we just want to hug each other all the time—in the sense that I know everything about everyone, and we’re there for each other when we need to be. We get annoyed with each other. We fight. It’s quite literally a family setting. The goods and the bads.”

As the school year comes to an end, Kress must prepare for college. She said leaving the friends she’s made in cross-country and track at CHS will make her feel mixed emotions.

“I’ll probably cry, I’ll probably be sad, just because it’s been so special to me, such a big part of my life,” Kress said. “It’s part of me, but I think I’ll be happy if I know I gave it my all and it’s kind of bittersweet just because it’s the end. But it was just so good the whole time.”

“It’s not, ‘Have I made friends?’ It’s, ‘Have I made a family?’ And I know that’s cliché, but when you spend a lot of time with people, you become a family.”Senior Haley Glickman

Though Kress said she will miss her friends, she looks forward to attending St. Louis University (SLU) and said it will not be difficult to find activities to be involved in, especially because she already knows people there.

“I for sure will miss all my (cross-country) sisters. They’re everything to me, but I know I’ll make new teammates and bonds there at SLU, so I’m excited,” Kress said. “I think it’ll come naturally. I’m going to be running at SLU, so it’ll be a good transition.”

Bobby Greaser ‘15 said it wasn’t difficult for him to transition from high school to college, but it can be for others. Greaser was Freshman, Sophomore and Junior Class president as well as student body president, on the Dance Marathon Executive Committee, president of Fantasy Sports Club, WHJE member, a speech team member, House member and Economics Club member. Greaser said his involvement at CHS helped him find new clubs and friends at his current school, the University of Notre Dame.

Furthermore, Greaser said his participation in Economics Club at CHS inspired him to major in finance and economics.

Glickman also said her involvement in performing arts has influenced her choices for her future career; she plans to obtain a bachelor of fine arts in acting.

Unlike Kress, who said she will feel sad to leave CHS, Glickman said she felt prepared and excited for her college auditions and college in general after performing in “The 39 Steps,” her last show at CHS.

“I feel like I’m ready to move on, and do (acting) at a collegiate level, which is good,” Glickman said. “The good thing about (the CHS theater program) is that they teach you everything they know, and then when you’re ready, (the teachers and mentors) are like, ‘There you go. There’s your push. Go out into the world.’”

Mikesell said it is common for CHS graduates to visit CHS, simply due to the relationships they’ve built over their high school career.

“It is hard to let go, and school is no different than any other aspect of your life,” Mikesell said. “I mean, if you move from one location to another, it’s kind of hard to say, ‘This is it’ and cut it and move on.”

Greaser said he has visited CHS twice since his graduation in 2015, where he talked to old teachers as well as some of the school Senate members.

“It was a lot of fun,” Greaser said. “It was good to reconnect. You know, you try and make sure that even though you don’t live in Carmel anymore, the connections and friendships that you’ve made there will last a while.”

Greaser said although he misses CHS, he enjoys what college has to offer. 

“I’ve made some great memories (at CHS), obviously there are people who are still there who I miss; underclassmen, teachers, and some main events that I got involved in, I was really passionate about and loved,” Greaser said. “But, I mean college is awesome too. I’ve made great memories here, and it was nice to move on and start a new chapter of my life. It was a great four years, and the next four I’m sure will be even more fun.”

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