Articles By: John Piland

Solo: A Ruff Around the Edges Story

Solo: A Ruff Around the Edges Story

Only five months after its last film, Star Wars is back in theaters to make the Kessel Run. The much anticipated Solo: A Star Wars Story released last week to a very mixed reception. Judging by a vast number of the reviews, such as those from Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB, for anyone who has yet to see the film for […]

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The Mosaic

The Mosaic

The Mosaic literary magazine is back in full swing, filled with work from artists across the school. The Mosaic existed in previous years before going on a hiatus. Wishing to revive it, senior Anna Howell did just that. When setting out to create a literary magazine, there is almost always a set theme in mind, and Howell’s project, which can […]

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Deadpool 2 Review

Deadpool 2 Review

Breaking not just the fourth wall, but the box office as well, Deadpool 2 is a sequel that will make you laugh so hard you wish you wore your brown pants. Seldom does a sequel match up to the original, and Deadpool 2 is without a doubt a major. exception. David Leitch’s follow up to the 2016 knockout blockbuster featuring […]

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Teachers March for Change

Teachers March for Change

Teachers from across the state rallied in the heat of May for changes in teacher pay and education funding. On Wednesday, May 8, teachers from across North Carolina gathered in Raleigh to fight for improvements in educational funding. This comes after teacher walkouts in Colorado and Arizona, education protests in Oklahoma and Kentucky and a successful teacher strike in West […]

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A Rising Star

A Rising Star

Taking notes in the classroom and hitting notes on stage, freshman Abigail Stephens is a rising star. Freshman Abby Stephens may be a student, but she lives what some may call a double life. When she’s not working on school, spending time with friends and family or pursuing other activities, Stephens is working on her career as a musician. A […]

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Original photo by Ashley Short; Edited by John Piland

An Aspiring Actor

Becoming different characters and pushing his vocals to the max, senior Casey Hartley is a boy with a love for performing. For nearly all of his life, Hartley has been singing. He began at church, but would later expand his horizons years later. “My career really began my freshman year of high school when I did chorus and my first […]

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Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year

Walking up in perplexion, senior English teacher Brian Vanderlaske is the Johnston County Schools teacher of the year. Each year, the Johnston County Public Schools district holds the Flame for Learning Award Banquet, in which one teacher from the county is awarded the Flame for Learning Award and designated the district teacher of the year, alongside a total cash prize […]

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Featured: Junior Kaitlyn Pendergraph

Free Audiobooks Are Back

As summer vacation rolls around and students are released from school, two groups work together to provide a new take on reading. Each spring, around the end of April and beginning of May, SYNC Audio Books for Teens and Audiofile team up to provided free audiobooks to youth. “SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13 and up,” […]

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Infinity War: Balanced Perfection (No Spoilers)

Infinity War: Balanced Perfection (No Spoilers)

After nearly 10 years and 18 films, the stories and characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe all come together in the culmination of the decade. This review will contain no plot spoilers for the film. Oh boy. I’m still trying to absorb everything after seeing Avengers: Infinity War. The film is just so massive. In the simplest of terms, this […]

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Future Paths

Future Paths

With graduation lurking just around the corner, seniors begin solidifying their future after high school. The one question almost all students face throughout their high school career is what they plan to do after graduating. In most cases this question does not refer to what they want to do in life, but what they want to do in the years […]

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