Category: Features

The Standards of Beauty

The Standards of Beauty

Have you ever felt ashamed of your body due to media or the society around you? According to Chelsea Carter, who conducted a survey at Wiltshire College, 70 percent of women say they feel pressure from media to achieve the perfect body. “I believe a person’s personality is what makes them beautiful,” said sophomore Lauren Augustine. “Beauty is how they […]

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The Seniors Speak Out Loud

The Seniors Speak Out Loud

The large stage glows under the lights, and suddenly, it’s the students’ turns to shine. Taking turns, each senior English student must verbally present poetry to their classmates. Thanks to senior English teachers Emily Scott and Brian Vanderlaske, this has become an annual event. Spoken word poetry, as defined by nelson-atkins.org, is poetry specifically designed to be performed. Students in […]

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Wise Words From Number One

Wise Words From Number One

Although most people associate hard work and ambition with becoming valedictorian, that wasn’t necessarily the case for junior Zach Taylor. “Overall in life, I’ve realized how important it is to try to be successful in life. Although, I’ve also realized how important it is to be happy,” said Taylor. “I also really value time. You can be successful or be […]

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A Senior Year Full of Changes

A Senior Year Full of Changes

Senior year is full of excitement. Senior breakfast, football games, superlatives and graduation all make the final year of high school worthwhile. 12th graders usually experience these things with their close friends and family. Senior Liz Carver moved miles away, only to undergo these very things with people she had never met before. Carver  moved to Johnston County in February […]

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A Calling to Play Softball

A Calling to Play Softball

Dust whirls around muddy cleats and tired ankles. The atmosphere hums with intensity– evoking adrenaline from weary athletes. The pitcher winds up slowly, taking her time. All at once, she hurls the softball, sending it whizzing towards the plate. Chloe Dodd swings aggressively, hitting the ball past the chain-link fence. Applause violently erupts from the stands as Dodd jogs victoriously […]

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10 “Healthy” Foods That Aren’t Really Healthy

10 “Healthy” Foods That Aren’t Really Healthy

People are either dieting, trying to eat healthy or wishing they could. However, the “healthy” snacks they are biting into might not fit into the same category like they thought. 1. “Low Fat” and “Fat Free” foods are all the rage right now. The thought is that with all the bad things gone it is technically healthy. However, sugar is added to compensate […]

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Miller is a Money Maker

Miller is a Money Maker

Thirty-six hour work weeks at the golden arches were what senior Kaylyn Miller needed to finally get connected. Over the summer, Miller applied at McDonald’s and put herself into the workforce with a goal in mind– a phone she could call her own. For years, Kaylyn had an iPod touch, which sometimes worked for communication purposes, but without a Wi-Fi signal, she […]

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Coffee Made with Love

Coffee Made with Love

The sweet and bold scent of coffee lingers through the air, and caffeine buzzes through his veins. Josh Macon, brother, son and employee of Aversboro Coffee in Garner, spends almost every day like this– and he loves it. Unlike the popularized chain Starbucks, Aversboro Coffee is a locally owned business. The majority of the employees are from the same coffee-serving […]

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A Passion for Longboarding

A Passion for Longboarding

Wind rushes past his face, carrying with it blinding rain and leaves. The sound of grinding wheels pierces through the air. Halting to an abrupt stop, senior Alex Porter steps onto the wet pavement, picking up his well-worn longboard, ready to ride again. Porter has been longboarding since April 2015. His interest in the sport has quickly grown into a […]

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Miles Away From Home

Miles Away From Home

   After flying halfway across the world, Yui Yoshizumi discovered what she wanted to do for the rest of her life– learn English and become a flight attendant. To achieve the latter, a language barrier wasn’t the only thing she overcame. Yoshizumi, a tenth grader, moved to America on August 25. Adapting to the culture, adjusting to a new […]

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