Articles By: Summer Lanier

Stuck in a Cycle of Shootings

Stuck in a Cycle of Shootings

School shootings have become a recurring nightmare we are condemned to repeat. Americans have fallen into a cycle where shootings occur and no changes are made before another makes the news. We no longer are surprised when reports are made concerning a new disaster. As a nation we have become desensitized to shootings and indifferent to put an end to […]

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A Special Spin on Prom

A Special Spin on Prom

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Deaf Performance Night

Deaf Performance Night

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North Carolina: What are You Waiting For?

North Carolina: What are You Waiting For?

Thunder crashes and torrential rains fall, as winds rush by, displacing all in their path. Citizens listen from within their homes to the sound of disaster outside. Rain is followed by thunder and thunder is followed by wind, until finally silence prevails. Images of such a storm resonate with North Carolinians. The flood waters are long gone, but the effects […]

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Teachers’ Off The Clock Jobs

Teachers’ Off The Clock Jobs

Teachers get summers off, go home in the middle of the afternoon, and are paid well. They have it easy, right? For some teachers these are myths, as data from the National Center for Education Statistics reports that about 16 percent of United States teachers are forced to work an additional job outside of the school system. North Carolina in […]

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Seniors Say on their Trips

Seniors Say on their Trips

During a student’s senior year their hard work is recognized as various events are hosted to celebrate achievements of the graduating class. In the spring all seniors are excused from class and invited to attend a picnic and field trip with their peers. On April 16 senior Student Government advisor Kimberly Drown shared a mass email with the class of […]

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New Face of NHS

New Face of NHS

For years the National Honors Society has been a club where membership is based only upon merit and a student’s academic standings. With qualifying grades and the payment of a small club fee, students can become members at the annual induction ceremony. This year advisor Elizabeth Gurkin has implemented new steps to the previously simple induction process with hopes of […]

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Prom Royalty

Prom Royalty

On Friday, April 13, prom court nominations were announced. A googleform, open for one day, was sent to all seniors was the sole factor in determining who has a chance at becoming prom royalty. Six girls and six boys won the majority vote and will represent the senior class at the upcoming dance on Friday, April 20. “I really was […]

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Front: Julieta Romero, Summer Lanier, EIC Lauren Augustine. Back: Sydney Beasley, Kaitlyn Pendergraph, Nich Wilson, Ethan Giangreco and EIC Makayla Brown

The jOURney to Becoming a National Sample

The student-produced yearbook, the Prowler, was named a national sample for the third time. This is a very select group representing fewer than three percent of the publications Balfour produces each year. It takes months of preparation to develop the theme and design of a yearbook. Since the theme is critiqued and must carry throughout the whole book, editors begin planning […]

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Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Each afternoon musical rehearsals are in full swing as the cast sing and dance on stage. Behind the curtains another group is hard at work. Students in the art club are preparing props for the musical’s set to ensure that a glass slipper is the only thing missing on show night. “It’s cool to be able to work backstage,” senior […]

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