Articles By: John Piland

Helping From Home

Helping From Home

Filled with joy, one student was ecstatic at the results yielded by his efforts to help his local community. Each Semester, English IV teachers Brian VanDerlaske and Emily Scott assign a “Kindness Project” in which students must complete three acts of kindness and document them to present to their peers at a later date. Students can perform an endless variety […]

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A Scholarship Hole in One

A Scholarship Hole in One

Gripping the club and swinging with precision, senior Grace Olmstead lands a hole in one to Mount Olive University, where she will soon play golf. Olmstead, who has been golfing since she was a child, recently won a scholarship to play at a private institution — the University of Mount Olive. The scholarship makes winning students a member of the […]

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‘Justice League’ Review

‘Justice League’ Review

Following in the footsteps of this year’s Wonder Woman and the wake of last year’s Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League is an enjoyable, action-filled experience, but with a noticeable distribution blemishes. One of the greatest changes in Justice League from former DC Cinematic Universe, or DCEU, films, is the tone. Last year’s Batman v Superman received plentiful […]

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Giving Thanks to Those Who’ve Helped

Giving Thanks to Those Who’ve Helped

Thanksgiving rolls around, and families across the United States prepare to gather and share thanks with one another. So, too, do students and friends. High school and the teenage years can be stressing times for many youth. How each affected youth copes with their life struggles is different, but there is often someone to come along and help them out […]

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From Broadcast to SRO

From Broadcast to SRO

Interacting with people day by day, going home each night to parent three children all on her own, Deputy Sheriff Adriane Stone enjoys her living as a School Resource Officer. Deputy Stone serves as a resource officer at six schools in Johnston County, but she wasn’t always in uniform, policing and helping students through their daily lives and struggles. Before […]

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Stranger Things 2 Review – Semi-Spoilers

Stranger Things 2 Review – Semi-Spoilers

One year after the disappearance of a fowl, man-eating monster, an evil far more treacherous is planting its roots, readying its attack on the small town of Hawkins, Indiana. The second season of Netflix’s hit show, Stranger Things, is now out, all nine episodes available to watch. Questions left over from the finale of the first season are answered, backstories are […]

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Justice League Run Time — Doomsday or Hope?

Justice League Run Time — Doomsday or Hope?

Film critics, moviegoers, and long time fans of the D.C. comic universe revel in mixed emotions as the running time for the anticipated Justice League film is revealed. After a week of rumors ranging from around to two hours all the way to three hours of screen time, the official running time of the new Justice League film, formerly directed […]

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Reader Cats Read for the Prize

Literature opens the door to discovery, and now students can pursue their wild nature by diving into mysterious worlds. The Reading Challenge, a contest set up by librarians Anissa Holm and Yvette Davis, aims to encourage reading among young adults despite the busy schedules some may have. “We wanted a way to encourage reading around students’ schedules,” Holm said. “This gives […]

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Overcoming the SAT

Overcoming the SAT

College approaches, and with it, entrance exams filling students with dread. The SAT is one of two main standardized tests colleges and universities use to evaluate students’ “preparedness” for college. Often shrouded in a cloud of dread and fear, the test can be intimidating, what with it’s reputation as a major factor in college admissions. However, there are many ways […]

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One Year a Senior

Twenty Eight August, 2017 — seniors begin the final 36 weeks of their high school career. What lies ahead is a heap of anticipation and the unknown. I have been a senior for a little over a month. Going into my senior year, I knew my grades would have to remain high, and that I would be thrust into a […]

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