Articles By: John Piland

A Freshman Among Staff

A Freshman Among Staff

Coming from McGee’s Middle, Katherine Moynihan is one of many new staff members this year. Taking up the new role of freshman councilor, she is here to help usher in to the next four years of their lives. Moynihan first became inspired in mental health in high school when a counselor gave “uninspiring statements” to her and her friends. “I decided […]

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Fact, Fiction, First Fridays

Fact, Fiction, First Fridays

Wheels clatter down the hall, metal shelves carrying a forest of imagination. West Johnston is entering its second semester of the book cart, otherwise known as First Friday, hosted by librarians Yvette Davis and Anissa Holm. The book cart saw its debut as a West Johnston tradition during the second semester of the 2016-2017 school year. Every first Friday, the school’s […]

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Mexico Devastated by Earthquake

Mexico Devastated by Earthquake

After one century, a monstrous tragedy strikes Mexico once again. The strongest Earthquake to hit Mexico in one hundred years hit last Thursday, September 7. Its epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean 60 miles off the coastal city of Mapastepec, Chiapas, the 8.1 magnitude quake spread out across a wide radius, its tremors stretching as far as Mexico City. Reports say […]

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Sagebrush Steakhouse

Sagebrush Steakhouse

Residents of Johnston County, North Carolina are no strangers to barbecue and steak, what with restaurants like Smithfield’s, The Redneck BBQ Lab, and Outback Stakehouse among others. However, in the neighboring Harnett County town of Dunn lies a little known restaurant by the name of Sagebrush Stakehouse. This family restaurant provides customers with a plethora of steak, brisket, chicken, and […]

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Forty Years in the Making…

Forty Years in the Making…

The universe of Star Wars is one filled with lore created over the decades following the series’ release in 1977. Upon Disney’s acquiring of the franchise and Lucasfilm in 2012, the movie empire reset the Star Wars canon (factual in-universe events). In 2015, to celebrate the release of the first motion picture Star Wars film since 2005’s Revenge of the […]

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Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge

Geographically occurring wonders are always sight to behold, casting awe into the minds and hearts of those who see them. The naturally occurring bridge in Natural Bridge, VA, a town named after the arch itself, is no exception. At about 500,000 to one million years old, this geological rarity is the result of a collapsed cave roof. When I first […]

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A Totally Eclipsing Experience

A Totally Eclipsing Experience

An eclipse of the sun is always a beautiful sight to behold — but to view a total eclipse is something on an entirely different level. Owing thanks to modern scientific advancements, scientists and eclipse enthusiasts alike are able to determine the dates, times, and paths of solar eclipses decades before they occur. For years, said enthusiasts have been prepping for the […]

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College in the Mountains

College in the Mountains

The start of a new year means the rise of a new junior and senior class. While the former still has a good two years ahead of them, their elders in the twelfth grade have mere months before going off to college – and even less time to chose where they wish to study. As the time for graduation grows […]

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