Articles By: Melanie Langness

Steffens wants her classmates to laugh out loud when they see her on graduation day.

Graduating with Style

Tradition? That’s formal and boring. The high school graduation ceremony has long been viewed as a time to recognize the achievements of teenagers who successfully completed grades 9 through 12. Long gowns and caps represent the school’s official color while giving an air of academic formality to the event, with sashes and tassels being used to denote individual students’ accomplishments […]

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Cell phones can be used to increase productivity

The academic year has come rushing to an end, and students of all grade levels are struggling to turn in their final assignments. Procrastination is a beast that can be hard to fight off, and grows nastier and nastier as it becomes coupled with distraction. Parents and teachers love to blame the cell phones ever-present in teenage lives. They’re right… […]

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A Year of Memories

A Year of Memories

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“Wilder Mind” Falls Flat

“Wilder Mind” Falls Flat

The British rock band Mumford and Sons released their third studio album on May 4, 2015. “Wilder Mind” falls into the trap of radio-friendly 2015 American “rock n’ roll.” The album combines the genre’s most common elements– big percussion moments, electric guitars, warm melodies, and superficially endearing lyrics– to create a work that’s altogether “fine,” but nothing special. Listening to […]

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Photo by Melanie Langness.

A Ceremony to Remember

Teal balloons floated off into the horizon, waving in the breeze. The peaceful scene was only broken by quiet tears, as family and friends remembered deceased students, letting their memory and a hopeful message be represented with the soaring ribbons. On May 15 at 6 P.M. the Senior Student Government Association (SGA) hosted the annual Memorial Garden Ceremony in the […]

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(From L to R) Seniors Suki 
Pannu, Riley Andrews and Shelbey Sparrow pose in a model Cameroonian helicopter.

The Senior Class Visits the NC Zoo

Lions, otters and bears, oh my! The senior class visited the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, N.C. on May 18 for their “Senior Trip,” a special field trip for graduating seniors who paid their class dues to celebrate successfully completing four years of high school. Senior trips are a traditional rite of passage for twelfth graders across the nation. AP […]

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Art by Melanie Langness

A Comparison

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Art by Melanie Langness

Comma

It’s bravely holding back tears after falling off the bike, An insignificance It’s stopping on the edge of the diving board before plunging in for the first time, A hesitation It’s discovering a warped and melted easter egg from three years ago, A continuance The fear of walking into a brand new school with curly pigtails, Learning The fizzling friendships […]

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What Alumni Wish They Knew Before Heading to College

What Alumni Wish They Knew Before Heading to College

Starting college can be a scary experience, and all incoming freshmen hunt for advice from any source available. Alumni from the classes of 2014 and 2013 provided their biggest lessons they learned in college, both socially and academically, to help calm that feeling of “I wish I knew.” The new social environment college presents is based on both being around […]

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Photo courtesy of the Morehead-Cain foundation.

10 Tips for College Newbies

With roughly half of the Class of 2015 attending a four-year college or university in the fall, many students walking through the upstairs commons are distracted from the daily academic and social elements of high school as thoughts of their future on a college campus rush through their heads. Starting college can be a scary adventure, a bumpy road full […]

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