Spiking it Up


Senior volleyball player proves her worth despite struggles

The ball is thrown high in the air, WHACK, it’s a spike.

“I wanted to start playing volleyball in fourth grade but they kept pushing the age back so I could not start until seventh grade,” senior Haley Miller said.

Coaching difficulties gave Haley an opportunity to rise to leadership and become an example for the rest of her team.

“Freshman and Sophomore year we struggled with coaches so it helped me step up and become a leader because I went from being captain of JV to being captain of Varsity,” Miller said.

Some athletes decide to extend their season, and play volleyball  year round by joining a club to perfect their skills outside of the normal season.

“Playing club got me 100% into volleyball and it  pushed me over the edge and I love The Academy because …
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Unique Forms of Storytelling


Sixteen year old Sandiya Sajan uses her passions of dance and writing to tell stories with a deeper meaning.

Dance is a way where people can tell stories and express themselves through a different form apart from speaking. Dancers can tell stories of their lives or of different cultures and time periods of history. Sandiya Sajan, a rising junior at Carmel High School, has spent most of her life expressing herself through dance. She has been doing a form of traditional Indian dance, Bharatanatyam, since she was three years old and another style, Mohiniattam since she was 12.

“My mom wanted me to be able to connect with my culture a lot more, with my first few years being here [United States] if we ever came back here I would have that connection with the culture [from India],” said Sajan.

The …
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