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save the date • Jan. 21 – New semester begins. • Jan. 24 – Report cards issued.

hall talk “Will you make me a magic carpet?” — Freshman “I like your big toe.” — Sophomore “What type of soap do you use?” — Freshman “Over the summer all I did was watch Jerry Springer and eat eggs.” — Junior “Twerking counts as a sport.” — Senior “I bring three lunches to school because I’m fat.” — Freshman

weird facts • The can opener was invented 48 years after the can. • Cats have scent glands in their paws. • The voices of Yoda and Miss Piggy were done by the same person. • The 2013 word of the year, according to Oxford Dictionaries, is “selfie.”


If you ever feel bad, just remember you’re the entire world to your cells.”



santa’s helpers| Sorting the toys from the Dec. 2-6 Toys for Tots drive, sponsored by the NJROTC and student council,

are freshmen Jacob Kirby and Samantha LaPorta and sophopmore Brighton Gibson. “I always tell my mom that I’m grateful enough to get what I want throughout the year and when it comes time for Christmas, there are kids out there that don’t get what they want or need,” Gibson said. “I always ask my mom to donate things to them.” She also said the money spent on toys would have gone towards her own Christmas presents. Just how much was collected? About ten 30 gallon trash bags, two feet in diameter and three feet high, according to NJROTC Captain Ross Word. The winning class was Nathan Ernest’s second block, with Julie Bloss’s second block coming in second. [Photo by Katelyn Rooks]

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01.09.14 ← "I like being on SIC and

←"Being on our school's SIC

knowing what is going on in our school." – Mikayla Eckler, freshman

is a great experience." – Kylee Gain, sophomore

Freshman Mikayla Eckler, SIC Representative "School Improvement → Council is a great way to change our school for the better." – Jonathan Burlinson, senior

Sophomore Kylee Gain, SIC Representative

Senior Jonathan Burlinson, SIC Representative

"I think SIC is a great way to → get students, parents, teachers and administrators in a room together to discuss the important things going on in our school." – Kalei Strange, senior

Senior Kalei Strange, SIC Representative

Meet your school improvement council reps by

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School Improvement Councils, or SICs, have been around in every school across the United States since 1977. Their duty is to provide quality public education. Here, the SIC has improved the school in ways most may have never noticed. Recently, SIC added more picnic tables around campus, had a crosswalk painted at the main entrance and even held a taste test to improve lunch food selection. In 2003, they added 16 security cameras at the cost of $17,000. Twelve cameras were placed in the beginning, middle and end of each house, one at the 300 concourse, two facing the courtyard and one covering the office entrance. At the time, security issues were increasing and former Principal Velna Allen proposed the idea. “Security has been an issue at this campus since it opened,” Allen said in an interview with the Prowler in the March 26, 2003, issue. Along with Principal Gaye Driggers, SIC is com-

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• SIC was instrumental in getting multiple walkways covered, new crosswalks and an

promised of five teachers, four parents and four students who meet monthly. “It’s a great opportunity for students and parents to have questions answered and creates a wonderful connection with the community and staff administration,” Driggers said. Marine biology teacher Leta Watts is on her second year of the school improvement council. “It’s a good idea to have parents, teachers, the community and students come together to help improve the school,” Watts said. First year representative parent Lisa Williams says the council does big things to help the community. “It’s important to know that this isn’t a complaint committee, but a committee to tell any of your creative ideas and things that could help us improve the school and your education,” Williams said. Art teacher Jen Seay, SIC chairperson, describes her time on SIC as a great experience. “Being a part of the SIC allows me to make sure that any suggestions or improvements from my fellow teachers and my community friends are heard,” Seay said.

extra security guard. munity. • SICs across the • The Education Imstate serve as a provemnet Act bridge between the (EIA) of 1984 school and the comchanged the name

If you have any suggestions or questions, contact any student representative, parent or teacher listed in the box below. “People need to know the members and who to contact with questions and suggestions to help us improve our school,” Driggers said.

teachers & parents Parents • Tracy Huggins • Pam Fehlig • Lisa Williams • Wendy McKee

of School Advisory Councils to School Improvemnt Councils.

Teachers/Staff • Jen Seay • Sandra Henson • Judy Hoppe • Kim Lackee • Leta Watts • Gaye Driggers

• Source: • Source: SIC chairperson Jen Seay


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Four place in annual fall art show


The annual art show, held Dec. 3 from 5-6 p.m., featured art work from approximately 50 students. Some participants submitted more than one piece in 2-D and 3-D categories. The spring art show will be held May 6. It is open to any one who would like to enter. If you are interested in entering, please see any art teacher. compiled by

The cost of everyday items has changed drastically over the years. While some things have increased in price, others have decreased.

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the next picasso | Senior Ann Butbul takes home the prize for first place 2-D. She worked on this piece for two weeks in class. “Elephants are my favorite animal. I was really intrigued by their texture so I wanted to draw them,” Butbul said. She encourages any one who wants to be in the art show to do it. “I almost didn’t enter, but my teacher and classmates encouraged me to do it,” Butbul said. “Don’t be afraid to get judged. If you think your art work is good, then no one else’s opinion matters.” [Photo courtesy of Kristin Dutka]

venus de milo approves | Senior Marista Mercer shows off her first place 3-D art work. She was inspired to create this piece because of her love for music and completed it two weeks after she began. “Art is definitely something that I want to pursue,” Mercer said. “The best advice that I would give to someone who wanted to enter the art show would be to not give up. Believe in your own art work, and if you don’t do well this time, there will be other art shows.” [Photo courtesy of Kristin Dutka]

michelangelo would be proud | After finding out the good news, senior Rebekah Cedeño stands next to her second place art work. She worked on this piece for two weeks during class. “I will definitely continue art as a hobby in the future,” Cedeño said. [Photo courtesy of Kristin Dutka]

da vinci apprentice? | After two weeks of hard work, senior Javier Monroy wins third place in the art show. Monroy was enrolled in AP 3-D art last year and is currently enrolled in AP 2-D art. “I think anyone who wants to join the art show should definitely do it because teachers look at your piece and can give you insight,” Monroy said. “You can also show the school that you’re not just another student. You have something to offer.” [Photo courtesy Krisitin Dutka]


• In 1999 a gallon of gas was $1.22. Now the average cost is $3.12 • Gallon of Milk: • $1.59 (1987) • $.99 (1991) • $1.09 (1998) • $5 (2013) • Movie Ticket: • $1.55 (1970) • $2.69 (1980) • $4.23 (1990) • $5.93 (2000) • $8 (2013) • Big Mac: • $2.20 (1990) • $2.51 (2000) • $3.99 (2013) • Tall Mocha Frappuccino (Starbucks): • $1.25 (1995) • $3.75 (2013) • Cell Phone: • $3,995-Motorola DynaTAC (1983) • $1,000-Motorola StarTAC (1996) • $500-Blackberry 5810 (2002) • $199-iPhone 5s (with new two year contract) (2013) • Digital Camera: • $750 (1994) • $80 (average) (2013) • TV : • $849 (1980) • $917 (2013) • Source:

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Focus more on school, graduating on time staff editorial Most of us don’t like having to work hard in class. We’re in high school and our priorities consist of friends, the latest phones, who’s dating whom and getting as much sleep as possible. We don’t like to do homework or write essays. This is how our generation has defined itself.

While our state dropout rate has been decreasing for the past few years, more than 5,200 students dropped out in the 2011-2012 school year. Nationally, more than three million students drop out every year, and only 61.7 percent of S.C. public school students graduate. We need to care about school. High school is what will prepare us for college and/or the work force. The effort we make in school is just a glimpse of the effort it’s going to take in a real job, the job with benefits that will pay for our

expensive smart phones and cars. A high school drop out makes $10,000 less annually than someone with a high school diploma. We need to take responsibility. Blaming our bad grades on other things or people isn’t acceptable. We’re the ones who need to step up and take ownership for our grades and work harder if we expect to see improvement. Staring blankly at a textbook for 30 minutes a night without putting forth the effort to learn the material isn’t going to make a difference.

My mom is my rock, protector I’m extremely lucky to have my mom. She’s my everything. She’s taken on both parent roles for me for 12 years. She’s protected me through everything and anything. She’s been there for me when I’ve been mad. She’s been there for me when I’ve cried my eyes out. She’s been there by my side for my whole life, and I know she always will be. I can’t think of anyone else who’s ever actually listened to me cry about something stupid that I’m upset about. But she’ll sit right through the whole thing, and you know what she tells me after my little crying fit? “That’s a pretty stupid thing to cry about.”

Usually this ends up with me laughing with her at myself. She always knows the right thing to say, even when I don’t think it’s right at the time. And don’t even get me started on the times when I talked to her about a guy I used to like. I would get really excited and after I was done telling her about him, she would say something like “So when are you two getting married?” “We’re flying off to Vegas tomorrow afternoon,” I would say. Then we’d both laugh and just start joking with each other about which celebrity I would look good with. When I’d ask her, she’d say one of the guys from One

We need to step it up. Studying. Trying. Showing effort. These are all things that will help us get the scores we want. “Trying” isn’t doing a project the night before and hoping for the best. “Trying,” defined by Merriam-Webster, is “making an effort to do something: attempting to accomplish or complete something.” And that’s just what we need to do. It’s time we put effort back into our grades and school work. After all, we’re setting ourselves up for the rest of our lives.

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Direction or Emblem3 to which I would get extremely smiley and giggly. But then she’d say “just kidding” and laugh her head off while I’d sit there with a frown on my face, and she’d laugh even more. But even though we joke with each other a lot, we know when it’s time to be serious with each other. We’re always there for each other no matter what. I love my mom with all of my heart.

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The Prowler opens their own time capsule

Let’s go back in time: The features staff dug up a variety of stories The Prowler covered over the past 17 years, from school changes to the daily lives of students. Below are a few that caught our fancy. riding around | Having a little fun, sophomore Samantha Custer and junior Kristin Fisher take a ride around the Walmart parking lot. The two re-enacted the cover picture of the original “Wild on Walmart” photo. “I had a lot of fun driving Kristin around the parking lot,” Custer said. [Photo by Jake Thaxton].

WILD ON WALMART by kristin fisher features editor Back in 2001 the features section covered a different kind of story. Staff writers James Beard and Curt Shumate went on a mission to spend the entire night at WalMart. Their only problem was there was more boredom than excitement there. Their journey began at 7 p.m. when they began roaming the aisles. At 8:50 p.m. they ran into what they called “creatures of the night” which were shoppers wearing spotted purple leopard print, fur coats and shades even though it was dark. Some of their friends decided to show up around 9 p.m, as they headed towards the toy section talking on toy cell phones. Around 10 p.m. a former WalMart associate gave them the inside story on what it’s like to work at WalMart. The former associate told them WalMart will accept nearly anything as a return. Beard and Shumate, mistaken as workers, were also asked for help in finding items. At 1 a.m. the boys began losing track of time

and loaded up on caffeine and Raisinets to stay awake. Soon after they began cart racing, while policemen kept watch. They claimed the only excitement at WalMart is man made. They wore blue fuzzy slippers while they read books carrying an attaché case, of course, unpaid for, while getting dirty looks from employees. At 4:30 a.m. a security team kicked them out. Their mission was not over yet so they packed up their bags and fled to another WalMart. They arrived at the new location at 5 a.m. and noted that they were greeted bitterly. Apparently everyone in WalMart early in the morning is angry, according to them. They both reached complete boredom in their final hours and resorted to reading children’s books. Finally at 7 a.m. the sun began to rise as they hopped into their shopping cart to take the cover picture for the story. Although they were able to pull this story together in 2001, today with crime and hightened security the way it is now.

Security cameras added in spite of objections by

samantha custer opinion editor

During 2003, the School Improvement Council voted to install a 16 camera surveillance system in and around the campus at the cost of $17,000. Principal Velna Allen proposed the idea to the council. The suggestion wasn’t favored by all. Teacher Todd Scholl, a member of the council, voted against the measure. “While I think we have had problems with security, I don’t know how much security cameras are going to solve those

security problems,” Scholl said. “For example, one of the worst things that’s ever happened in American history, in terms of school violence, was at Columbine, and they had security cameras.” Some other students and teachers were against the measure as well, but some students like senior Richie Agle supported the cameras. He felt it might cut down on student smoking. Teacher Doug Williams, who was a part of the School Improvement Council, favored the idea and thought they would add more safety to the school.

“It doesn’t take but one student being kidnapped from this campus until we have a major problem on our hands,” he said. In the end, the cameras were installed and the council decided to wait a year to get feedback from the students and then they would revisit the issue. Now that the cameras have been a part of the school for some time, assistant principal Kristin Altman shares her input on the cameras. “[It’s a] preventative tool because students are aware that all of the campus is being filmed,” she said.

keep your head up | Looking up at the cameras senior Luke Hecker re-enacts the picture from the 2003 story in the Prowler, “They’re Watching.” In the original story the cameras were brand new and were unwelcome to some. [Photo by Samantha Custer]


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Most are in the dumps at pumps


shock sets in| Getting ready to pump gas into a friend’s car, senior Jake Thaxton pulls out his phone to share how low the gas prices are. During Christmas break Thaxton and his family went to Ohio and made sure to fill up their tank before they left. Currently New York and Southern California have the highest gas prices at an average of $3.68 per gallon. “$2.97 is the lowest price I’ve seen in a while for that gas station, others are more expensive,” Thaxton said. Senior Ryan Custer agreed with Thaxton. “I spend so much money on gas that I barely have enough for leisure activites,” Custer said. Some students who drive to school tend to be drawn to bigger trucks, which also leads to burning more gas and spending more money. A lot of students have to cut back on their spendings just to keep up with gas prices. [Photo by Samantha Custer]

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On Sept. 29, 2005, the Prowler ran an article on escalating gas prices. Gas prices on average were around $2.80 per gallon and that was considered record breaking. The state was paying $2.26 per gallon for diesel for busses opposed to 96 cents in 2004, according to State Department of Education Transportation director. Students shared different ways on how to save money for gas such as car pooling, cutting back on shopping and being less frivolous with their spending. Because of the sudden increase, CFHS was limited to only top priority field trips. Principal Velna Allen also explored the possibility of two cross country teams at neighboring schools sharing activity busses for far away meets. Students still deal with high gas prices. Junior Michelle Crane and her family take advantage of Kroger gas points at every opportunity. They buy all gift cards there and receive double points for those and they do their weekly grocery shopping there as well. Recently they had so many points that they got 50 cents off each gallon, making it $2.54 per gallon. “We keep track of how much gas we have and when my mom and I get low, she calls me to meet her so we can both fill up at the same time to take advantage of all our points,” Crane said.

High school takes over entire campus by bianca jones-longin feautres writer

changing the marquee | Putting up the letters on the marquee, senior Logan White updates new events for the school. Before the middle school moved off campus to Black Water and Ocean Bay, the marquee on the left was for the high school and the one on the right was for the middle school. All that changed in 2007 when the campus became just a high school. “Even though I wasn’t here for the school split, it is a lot better now with one school,” White said. “It would be really crowded if we had two schools in one.” [Photo by Samantha Custer]

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Because enrollment increased Principal Velna Allen was faced with the problem of severe overcrowding. Half of the campus housed Carolina Forest Middle School and the other half the high school. A proposal to convert the entire campus into a high school and build two new middle schools was made. The other option would be to keep the school the way it was and build one new high school and one new middle school. Students and staff offered positive thoughts about the campus becoming one high school. It opened up new opportunities for class options, athletics and room for classrooms or other needed spaces. Half of the middle school moved out to Ocean Bay Middle in December of 2006. The other half moved to Black Water Middle in May of 2007.


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“Move out of the way man. I gots to get some Skittles.” – freshman “I only have 10 hours to learn how to kiss.” – senior “If I could have a little cinnamon bun babies, I so would.” – junior “It hurts to be a gangsta.” – junior “Shut your mouth. I can see your tonsils.” – junior “Just hit the machine and run.” – freshman “Your lips are so big you could use deodorant for chapstick!” – senior “Put your band-aid on before I get AIDS!” – junior “He was just asking for a spin-kick to the face.” – senior “Let me tell you a secret. I swear I won’t lick your face this time.” – freshman “I see Jesus’s face in my pancakes, and he said he loves you.” – sophomore “I can’t wear yellow pants. My butt will look like an Easter egg.” – freshman compiled by bianca jones-longdin



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“One time in elementary school I fell asleep on the bus and didn’t get off so I had to ride around with the high schoolers.” – Emmy Hood, senior

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“Some kid lit a cigarette on the bus and the bus driver caught him and made him put it out.” – Ann Butbul, senior

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01.09.14 When kids drove the bus by libby pence and tori creekmore centerspread editors It’s hard enough having to get yourself to school on time, but try having to get a bus full of students there along with you. This was true for English teacher Renea Stephens and other teachers who drove school busses when they were just in high school. “If the bus was late, you were in trouble,” Stephens said. Stephens was a substitute bus driver in 11th and 12th grade, getting paid about $2.90 per hour. Although Stephens didn’t work the full-time position and only drove occasionally, her brother, Charles Brooks, did. “He used to go down muddy roads and he would slide into the ditch frequently,” Stephens said, “and then he would call his friend with a tractor and pull it out.” In addition to driving the route, the drivers also had to keep their busses clean. Brooks got his students to clean it. “Girls would fight to sweep it out for me,” Brooks said. And some girls even gave him gifts. “The first grade girls would give me cologne for Christmas and get mad if I didn’t wear it,” Brooks said. M e d i a specialist Wendy Calcutt drove the bus when she was 17, e a r n ing about $120 a month. It was also Calcutt’s responsibility to keep the bus clean . “ I used to have to climb up on to the roof of the bus and mop it. It was one of the scariest things I ever did as a bus driver because I could not get down from the top of the bus,” Calcutt said. Science teacher Billy Wilder drove the bus when he was 17 and was paid about $80-90 a month. “Now, keep in mind that this was 45 years

9 ago,” Wilder said. “Gas only cost 25 cents then so I still had money to go out on the weekends.” Wilder also said it was not as difficult then. “There was a lot less traffic then,” Wilder said. “Half of my stops were on dirt roads.” “The good thing about driving the bus was we got out 20 minutes early because you had to drive to the elementary school, which got out earlier, and then back to the middle school and high school which were right next to each other,” Wilder said. Yearbook adviser Abbie Whitney drove the bus when she was 16 and 17. “It was the first time I ever had responsibility for someone else but me,” she said. “I was scared one time when it was snowing. There was a road with a steep hill down and then another one up, with a lake on the right and a drop-off on the left, and I remember thinking, ‘What do I do.’” Whitney’s father was a truck driver and had taught her how to drive such a big vehicle. “He gave me special training for safety issues and how to use the mirrors on the bus while driving,” Whitney said. She navigated the hill safely in the snow perhaps because of her dad’s training. Assistant Principal James Baxley drove the bus from his sophomore through senior year. “Kids were so bad I pulled over and the principal dove up so he got out and chewed them out. They were good for a few days then,” Baxley said. “I stopped and picked up my girlfriend, now my wife, and she rode it with me to control them a little bit.” Principal Gaye Driggers drove a school bus part of her sophomore, junior and senior year. “When it was cold, I had to scrape the ice off the windows. I couldn’t run it without driving it because it would waste gas,” Driggers said. Driggers’s favorite memory was when she got bogged down on a dirt road. “The mud was up to the axel,” she said. She couldn’t stop the bus, or else she would be stuck in the mud. Therefore, when a stop came up, she had a kid jump off at his stop while the bus was still moving. Chief Academic Officer of Horry County Schools Cindy Ambrose was 15 when she first started to drive the bus. Ambrose also remembers the roads not bring paved and getting stuck in the mud. “I had to walk leaving the students unattended to the nearest home to use the phones to call the bus office to let them know the bus was stuck,” she said. “I left a high school student in charge of the bus and the kids until I could return to the bus.” Ambrose did not find it hard to drive the bus. “I had learned to drive on a two-ton farm truck so I was experienced with large vehicles,” she said. The most difficult thing for her was reporting students for discipline violations. “Your friends got angry with you,” Ambrose said. Today, student bus drivers sound as foreign to this generation as gas costing 25 cents. Perhaps this generation’s stories of iPhones, Twitter and Facebook will sound as foreign to students in another 30 years.

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friends’ or girlfriends’ sign to evaluate the chances of a successful relationship. Take math teach Elizabeth Moore, for example. Even though she only looks at her horoscope once in a while and has never checked out the compatibility between her husband and her, the stars are in their favor. Their signs are Virgo and Pisces. This relationship is said to be a perfect example of “opposites attract.” An astrological comparison of the two signs shows they have completely different characteristics. Moore and her husband met in high school and have been together since they were 15 so the stars were correct in this case. There are others who don’t believe in horoscopes. Take senior Trey Johnson, for example. Johnson’s zodiac sign is Cancer, represented by a crab. Their personality traits are gentle, kind-hearted, romantic and

3. What sign can make itself sick worrying over totally imagined problems?

sensitive. “I don’t believe in horoscopes because I feel like they’re not true,” Johnson said. “They shouldn’t affect how someone lives their life.” He’s never been interested in looking at his horoscope, matching the compatibility with his friend and relationship or going to his horoscope for advice. “I don’t check my horoscope because I don’t want it to affect how I look at my day,” Johnson said. “There would be nothing to look forward to.” Senior Dakota Forsythe agrees with Johnson when it comes to horoscopes. He doesn’t believe in them either. “Horoscopes don’t know your life so there is no way they can tell you how your day is going to go,” Forsythe said. “The only reason people believe in horoscopes is because they look at their horoscope every day and then live their day by what it told them.”

7. Before being ruled by Pluto, what planet was Scorpio ruled by? 8. Pisces is ruled by what planet?

2. Besides Taurus, what other sign is ruled by Venus?

4. What sign rules the heart? 5. Extreme stubbornness is associated with which sign? 6. What color is Aries associated with?

9. What sign is known as the “Diplomat of the Zodiac”? Answers: 1. Pisces 2. Libra 3. Virgo 4. Leo 5. Taurus 6. Red 7. Mars 8. Neptune 9. Libra

1. What sign’s astrological glyph is a pair of fish held together by a cord?

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In 36 short days, Valentine’s Day will be here. With that in mind, the Prowler staff scoured the Internet and tweeted out to you for your best advice on WHAT TO BUY AND WHAT NOT TO BUY your sweet thing for Valentine’s Day. by elva taço entertainment editor

Sending cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts started in the UK.

The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately 190 million Valentines are sent each year in the U.S.

For Males:

For Females:

• Chocolates – food? He’ll take it. • Gift cards – He doesn’t have to spend all of his money? That’s a yes for him! • Movie tickets – A free movie? Yes! • A card with money in it – Free money? He’ll love it! • Wallet – He needs somewhere to hold his money. • IOU for a homemade dinner – You’re gonna make him food? Heck, yeah, he’ll like it! • Bow tie – He’ll look spiffy in it. • Cologne – Make sure it’s his favorite kind.

• A bouquet of flowers that you selected yourself – It shows you actually took time to pick something. • Perfume – Make sure you know what kind of perfume she likes before. • Michael Kors watch – You are the best! • Her favorite candy – Yum! • A sweet letter – Awwwwwh! That’s so thoughtful! • Necklace or Bracelet or Earrings she likes – Something from Kate Spade is nice.


For Males: • • • • 220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.

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Spa treatment – What? Gag gifts – I’m not 10 anymore. Flowers – uh…Thanks. Matching PJ’s – You want him to wear matching clothes? All matching clothes are a bad idea. Self-help books – There’s no way he’s going to read this. Gift baskets – You’re giving him some thing covered in ribbons and bows? Something you made – Well, now he has to wear it/use it. Teddy bears – No. He’s not a little kid. Rival team’s jersey – You’re not serious, are you? Socks – How about no?

15% of women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.

Esther Howland was given credit for sending the first Valentine card.

For Females:

• Nothing – Come on, guys. • Gift card – Might as well give her a gift certificate or $5. • Cash – Better than a gift card, but still not good. • Fake flowers – Gee, thanks. • Gym membership – What are you try ing to say? • Heart-shaped pizza – Is this what the gym membership is for? • Pink game console – Is this for her or you? • A picture of you – She sees you all the time. She doesn’t want this. • Ex-girlfriend’s necklace/bracelet – Are you serious or just stupid?

In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine.

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Lacrosse team ready to begin second season by

macey imming sports writer

After winning only two games last year during their first season, the lacrosse team plans on turning things around. “The first year was rocky,” senior Austin Kelly said. “We learned how to focus and play together.” Head coach Adam Gross, who was their assistant coach last year, hopes to make an impact on the lacrosse team this year. “I have been playing my whole life and have been coaching ever since my son was old enough to play,” Gross, who also played lacrosse in college, said. “I’m coaching here because my son is a freshman this year and goes to the academy and I have always loved lacrosse. I plan on doing a lot of conditioning and new drills to get them ready for the season.” Senior Abel Wilson said the transition to a new coach will be smooth. “He was the assistant coach last year so he knows how we all operate and we know him,” Wilson said. Kelly is optimistic about the season, “I feel our team this year will be better than last year, and we hope to turn some heads,” Kelly said. “We have a good group of players and we have the talent to be a good team.” Wilson agreed. “We have a lot of commitment this year compared to last year,” he said. “I think we will win more games than last year because we are getting more practice in and we have more time this year. We only lost three seniors so a lot of us played together.” The seven seniors on the team hope to provide leader-

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signing off| It’s a big day in the Forest for the Lacrosse Team. Seniors Austin Kelly and Ed Lytle are surrounded by their team Dec. 11 after both signed with Coker College. “It’s a really good school. The coach can help me grow academically and physical in lacrosse,” Kelly said. [Photo by Kylee Gain ] ship, and the captains, Wilson and senior Ryan Custer, also hope to make an impact. Last year there were about 1.5 million lacrosse players in the U.S. which was up 37 percent from 2008, the largest jump in team sports, according to a Sports & Fitness Industry Association survey. Lacrosse is a growing sport especially in the South. “Lacrosse is catching on because people see the physicality of the game and how fun it is to play,” Kelly said. Senior Ed Lytle added to that. “It’s catching on mostly because it’s a Northern sport and more families are moving here from the North,” he said. Two of the team’s seniors have committed to play in college. Lytle, defense, and Kelly, goalie, both signed Dec.11 to play at Coker College. “It feels great and it’s an honor as one of the first to be recruited who played on the team,” Kelly said.

Even though they chose Coker mainly because of lacrosse, other aspects also contributed to their decision to sign there. “It was a small school and one of the few schools that has my major and lacrosse,” Lytle said. Kelly agreed and said he likes that it is a small school as well. “It’s a really good school. The coach can help me grow academically and physically in lacrosse,” Kelly said. These two are the first to be recruited from here to play lacrosse. “Today is a big day, to have two to sign to play college,” Gross said at the signing. “The future is bright and these two set the groundwork. Hopefully we will have more to sign.” This season they will have 13 games; seven home, six away. The first game will be Feb. 24 against Socastee.

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Home against Socastee, 5:30 p.m,

• 3/28 @ Hilton Head, TBD

• 3/8

Home against Dutch Fork, 2 p.m.

• 3/29 @ Bluffton, 10 a.m.

• 2/24 @ Socastee, TBA

• 3/15 @ Rock Hill, 1 p.m.

• 4/2

Home against Waccamaw, 5:30 p.m.

• 2/26 Home against Porter Gaud, 6:30 p.m.

• 3/20 @ Waccamaw, 5:30 p.m.

• 4/4

Home against River Bluff, 6:30 p.m.

• 3/22 @ Richmond Northeast, 1:30 p.m.

• 4/5

Home against Academic Magnet, 1 p.m.

• 3/1

Home against Hammond, 1 p.m.


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• Who is your favorite athlete? Kevin Durant, small foward for the Oklahoma City Thunder. • What is your favorite place to eat after a game? I like to go home and eat pasta. • What is your favorite movie? “Rudy,” because at the end of the movie he achieves his utilmate goal.

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Due to the resignation of head football Coach Drew Hummel Nov. 11, Principal Gaye Driggers and Athletic Director Boe Rainbow have begun the search for a new moving on| Standing on the sideline with freshman Stephen Akel (#54), sophomore Anjel Perez (#65) and junior Tristan Hill (#45), head football coach. The open position was posted on the head coach Drew Hummel watches the special teams coverage Horry County Schools website Dec. 9, during the West Florence game Nov. 1. Hummel resigned Nov. 11. after the high school postseason football A new head coach should be hired by early spring, according to principal Gaye Driggers. [Photo by Elva Taco] games concluded. “I’m waiting to post the position after the state cham- parents. pionships to allow all interested coaches an equal opShe also met with junior football players. portunity to apply,” Driggers said in an interview Nov. “I met with the juniors because they are going to be 25. the leaders next year,” she said. The new coach should be hired by early spring, DrigJunior Zaki Harris knows what he wants the new gers said. coach to achieve. “I would hope to have the new coach “I would like to see this new coach hired in time for him to get his coachchange the whole program around and “Every year hope to have a better season and especialing staff in place before spring practice that I’ve been here ly a better record than we have had in past begins in early May,” Driggers said. As of Dec. 2, before the job was there has been a new seasons,” Harris said. Junior Will Brunson echoed that sentiposted, Driggers said she had already offensive coordinator. ment. received approximately 35 emails Coach Hummel has “Every year that I’ve been here there about the position, some as far away been here all three has been a new offensive coordinator. as Pennsylvania, Colorado, Texas and years, and I would Coach Hummel has been here all three Flori--da. Driggers and Athletic Director Boe Rainbow stressed that all must like to see a new years, and I would like to see a new coach apply through Horry County Schools coach come in and come in and change the program around,” before they will be considered and inBrunson said. change the program terviewed. Driggers and Rainbow know what they around.” “We have to go through the district want in the new coach. office.” Rainbow said. “Driggers and I “I want to hire a coach, someone who will brunson can come in and generate excitement for have to post the job through the South junior the players and start a new tradition for Carolina Athletic Coaches Association the team,” Driggers said. then through the South Carolina AthRainbow added to that. letic Association of Athletic Administrators, and then Ms. Driggers will post a deadline. After that we will be“We want someone who can build a quality program. gin to screen the applicants and if they meet the criteria, Were not looking for someone that wants to build their we will select a number of applicants that will be inter- resume,” Rainbow said. “We are looking for someone viewed. Then we will set up the interviews, and the new who has experience and has a good record and shows coach will be named.” that they are good at what they are doing” After Hummel’s resignation Driggers met with the The new head coach should be hired by the end of Booster Club and answered questions from members and January or the first of February, Rainbow said.

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01.09.14 Jturkey showdown| In celebration of Thanksgiving, math teacher Jan Hucks and science teacher Billy Wilder pass out turkey legs for the turkey leg eating competition Nov.22, sponsored by the student council. The senior class won with the juniors following closely behind, and Kasee Poat, Jessie Strickland, Ryan Frank and Mark Manicone were the participating seniors. “It was really fun and simple,” Poat said. “I was just like ‘eat, drink, eat, drink.’”[Photo by Grace Timmons]

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Kho, ho, ho | The show choir performs one of the numbers in their Christmas Spectacular show Dec. 13. Advanced show choir has rehearsals during school and after school, and women’s, intermediate and mixed show choir have rehearsals during school and on days before the show. “It was good seeing Mr. McBroom on Friday and seeing him light up when he watched us perform,” freshman Keyvin Smith said. [Photo by Grace Timmons]

To celebrate the holiday season students like junior Nancy Ann Angel dressed as a Native American Nov.22. Students could also dress as Pilgrims, but Native Americans were the more popular of the two. Dressing up went with the day’s turkey leg eating competition. “I did it for school spirit,” Angel said. “I kept getting weird looks because no one else dressed up.” Another dress up day, but not holiday related, was Clemson v. Carolina day. Students and staff showed their support for their favorite team by wearing their favorite Tiger or Gamecock gear. “I just happened to wear my Carolina hoodie that day,” freshman Ben Phillips said. [Photo by Grace Timmons]

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