It’s Time to Order Yearbooks

It is now time to order your yearbook for the 2014-15 school year. If you order your yearbook now it will only cost $35.00. Yearbooks ordered after December will cost $45.00. You will also have the opportunity to have your name imprinted on the front cover for only $5.00 more. If you have questions please contact Mr. Swink at

150 Years

Shortridge High School is 150 years old. The celebration of this monumental milestone will be happening soon. The Ridge15 Yearbook group is looking for unique Shortridge stories from alumni. If you have a story to share please submit it to Mr. Swink at or leave a comment.

“Girls Can Do Anything Boys Can Do In High Heels”

Untitled1file 1-1Introducing the Shortridge High School 2014 football team and Shantel Rodgers.

Shantel Rodgers is an easy going junior here at Shortridge Magnet High School. Shantel left Carpe Dien to become part of the beautiful Blue Devil Nation. Not only did she become a member of our beloved school,she became a running back for our football team. This is not a hobby that Shantel took up this year, she has actually been on many football teams since she was in middle school as the years went on. Shantel is not shy around her team members an never lets there size intimidate her. She is fearless. Shantel feels she is treated the same way our male football players are treated. She has even made the decision that after high school, she will continue her love for the game to have a professional career in football. Shantel has pride that nobody can take from her. She maybe short but she packs a punch. She is proof that “Girls can do anything boys can do in high heels!” – Brooke Sachau.’


New Citizens Sworn In at Caleb Mills Auditorium

Shortridge had an amazing opportunity May 2nd by being able to hold a naturalization ceremony for 82 people from 36 countries here in our very own auditorium.

Those sworn in represented countries from all over the world including Brazil, Bosnia, Russia, France and African nations. One man who moved to the U.S. from England, Russell Harwood said “I intend to spend the rest of my life here, and I think it is important to really pledge your allegiance to show that you are serious about it,”

Shortridge being school for law and public policy was the perfect setting for this important event. Students have spent a great deal of time studying about immigration and the law, so it was well timed that a large number of students  were able to take advantage of witnessing such an amazing opportunity.

Golf Team Ready to Come Out Swinging

The Shortridge Golf Team is ready to hit the links with their first match on April 9th against Gambold at the Riverside Golf Academy.  The contest will begin at 4:45 and golf etiquette is expected on the course.

The team has been practicing hard preparing for the match, meeting daily with team coach Dr. Cochran.  On April 5th the team will have its first pre-match to establish which team members will compete on the Varsity team and which ones will compete for the JV team.  The pre-match will also be used to establish the number one player on the team.  Weekly, team members will be allowed to challenge for the number one spot.

Students have been busy learning swing techniques, ball striking skills and how to improve their short game.  If you are interested in joining, there is a only a few days left to become a member, so see Dr. Cochran in room 162.

Eighth Grader Wins Writing Award

Eighth Grade Student Donyae Mosley was awarded a $250 cash prize this week for his winning essay in the 38th annual YMCA Essay Contest.

At an awards luncheon at Marian University, Mosley was presented the award after beating out students from across the district.  The competition was open to all 8th grade students.  This years topic was for students to write about who in history they could go back in time to meet, and Donyae chose to go back to meet a younger version of himself so that he could help him grow up to be a better example to his siblings.

Mr. Findley his English teacher accompanied Donyae to the awards luncheon. “I’m very proud of him,” Mr. Findley said. “He put a lot of effort into this piece and it shows what a little creativity and honesty can do for one’s writing.”


Proms from the Past

Mr. Nowling, our very own Shortridge librarian shared his memories of prom with us with hope to encourage the spirit of prom for all of us new to the experience.

The year is 1991.  A time when were mullets were cool, neons were in, and exercising was very important for some reason. But instead of the causal wear of leggings and sweatshirts, His date wore a teal gown and he matched with her in his black tux and corsage. Mr. Nowling and his date didn’t take a big fancy limo. They rode in style in his very own 1979 Chevy Monte Carlo…black. Although he didn’t remember the prom theme or song, he does recall dancing to Vanilla Ice’s – Ice Ice Baby, which he still remembers quite fluently.

Nowling never attended his own prom, But he went to both of his dates proms where says he had a ball with his beautiful date and that they danced a lot.

For Junior Prom they had a fancy dinner at the Milano Inn, borrowed a nice car and made a big deal out of the night.  Senior year however he saved his money and simply set up a romantic date at Mc Donald’s, where he and his date ate dinner on dishes he brought from home, along with a nice candle to set the mood.  His only regret…not getting to go to his own prom one of the years.