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We Are L FAMI E editorial cartoon [MAKAYLA RIPPY]

family is not always blood-related editorial

fam-i-ly (‘fam-le): noun 1. a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head 2. a group of persons of common ancestry 3. a people or group of peoples regarded as deriving from a common stock 4. a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation ( The word “family” has numerous meanings in the dictionary and in personal connotations as well. When the word “family” comes to mind, every individual has his own definition of what family is. Images of the people you live with, the friends you talk to most, your teammates, or blood relations from far away may come to mind. The first thing you think about may not necessarily be certain people but the relationships and ties that come with the people you spend most of your days with. Familes come in all shapes and sizes. The traditional “Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister” family that was common in early television series are no longer commonplace. Mom and Dad may have gotten divorced; Mom may have gotten remarried; Dad may be overseas; Sister may have a new half-brother; Mom may have had 12 kids, Uncle Steve may have recently joined the family, etc. But what makes a family “family”? One group of people

are a family because of the DNA coursing through their veins. Another group of people are a family because of the ties they share and the memories they have together. And some groups of people are a family because of the combination of those two factors. On Wednesday, Feb. 26, Lugoff-Elgin High School endured the loss of a beloved 2013 graduate. Not only did this tragedy hit the hearts of the class of 2013 and current LE students but the entire community as well. We all watched the community come together to rmourn the sudden loss of a young woman. The community became a family. In this issue’s editorial cartoon, “What is Family?” a group of people are holding a banner that reads “Blood isn’t always thicker.” Derived from the traditional saying “blood is thicker than water,” the cartoon counteracts the traditional belief that relationships and loyalties within family are the most important ones. While family ties are strong, the meaning of the word “family” has taken on different meanings. Families do not have to be blood relations. Family can be your close friends; family can be the people you spend the most time with; family can be the school you atten or the place you work; family can be the people in the community in which you live in. The Pitchfork staff welcomes you to the fourth issue of the 2013-2014 school year, “insert issue title here.”


mercury and pcb advisory at lake wateree At the mention of Lake Wateree, what generally comes to mind are the images of swimming, fishing, riding tubes, and other aquatic sports—not that one could get cancer from eating too much of certain fish from the Lake. According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), most of Lake Wateree’s most popular game fish are polluted with PCB and Mercury, which can cause cancer if too much is consumed. However, the pollution is not as obvious as it seems. Hunter Worthington, junior, grew up at Lake Wateree and is one of many who do not see the trouble beneath the surface. “I never really noticed any pollution, other than some trash every now and then,” Worthington said, “It’s not that noticeable at all.” When preparing polluted fish for cooking, PCBs can be nearly completely removed by cutting away the fat and

baking the fish instead of frying, while Mercury can only be reduced by eating smaller fish; because larger fish usually have more contaminants in their body. This, however, means that the thrill of catching bigger fish isn’t always the best. “Catching bigger fish is a lot of fun, because I like how they give more of a fight than smaller fish,” Xan Johnson, freshman, said. “I would miss the thrill of the fight it gives if I wasn’t able to go for the biggest fish.” Not only do the contents of the water prove to be challenging for a clean, safe lake, but problems with litter also add to the pollution. A piece of land in Lake Wateree, called “Party Island,” is prominent for having litter left over after a weekend of partying, despite there being rules to aid in keeping the place clean. “People should start following the rules,” Dylan Locklear, sophomore, said, “Or more rules should be made about


the pollution, and enforced.” Lake Wateree is not facing this pollution problem alone. The WHOA (Wateree Homeowners Association), a nonprofit organization, has been up and running for many years, to help preserve the environment and beauty of Lake Wateree. Anyone who lives on the lake is allowed to join in and help with the effort. “I think WHOA is definitely a good thing because the lake is in need of people to keep it clean and maintained,” Johnson said. The Lake Wateree Association and the WaterWatch organization also aid the cause, in the hopes that Lake Wateree remains a beautiful, family friendly lake. “Lake Wateree is where I live. It is my home and is my idea of a perfect place to be.” Johnson said.

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marching band participants to receive academic credit next year story [VICTORIA PHAN]

Three days a week, two hours each day, in 100 degree heat. And that is just practice. Then there are the football games, parades and competitions. “[Students] might as well get a credit for it,” Glenn Price, band director, said. Starting in the 2014-2015 school year, marching band, referred to as “Instrumental Music Band Rehearsal,” in the Kershaw County School District Career and Course Guide, will be offered as a half unit of credit at LE. According to the KCSD Course Guide, the course is from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and includes specific performances outside of regular school hours. In this class, students are to rehearse and review high levels of music and give extra performances in ensembles such as Marching Band, Brass Quintet, and Woodwind Quartet. The prerequisite to take this course is taking middle school band or an audition and is open to students in ninth through twelfth grades. Several years ago, Kershaw County offered credit for marching band, but was later removed from the list. However, there was a provision in the state curriculum that allowed “band rehearsal” to receive credit. Camden High School and North Central High School offered the half unit of credit last year. “I was unaware that Camden and North Central were doing it last year because we would have done it last year,” Price said. “I went through lengths to make it happen. I made it clear that if we were [going to offer the credit], then everybody in the county ought to play the same game.” Grades in Instrumental Band Rehearsal are determined by attendance and performance effort. Simmy Singh, freshman has been in marching band for one year and plays the saxophone. He believes offering credit for marching band will increase effort in performance compared to previous years. “I think [people who] are capable of marching the whole season will work for the credit,” Singh said. Javier Polo, junior, has played trumpet in marching band for three years. Polo believes that offering marching band for half a credit will lead to students coming to practice regularly because they deem it higher in importance. “I am happy [marching band] is a credit,” Polo said. “It keeps me [and other students] in band and motivates [us] to continue

with the band program rather than find another class for credit.” Price thinks that attendance and accountability will improve with this change. According to Price, marching band students are asked to stay after school by teachers to make up class work, which cuts into practice time. “[Teachers] do not think of marching band after school as a class,” Price said. “Now they have to. We are getting a credit for it.” Wendy Mullis, English teacher, is concerned about the limited time band students may have after school when marching band becomes a credit. She believes students may not be able to stay after school for help with papers and homework with core classes such as English and math. “I am not so sure it is the best idea [because] it may take time away from core academic courses,” Mullis said. “I know band students work very hard and put in a lot of extra time into what they do, but students in other extracurricular activities put in a lot of extra time and effort in a lot of cases. They may wonder why they are not getting credit for their activities, too.” Jenalyn Miskin, sophomore, participates in cross country and track and field. Miskin stays after school most days of the week for several hours to practice. “I can see how [having a credit for marching band] is unfair because everyone else is still working and doing [activities] after school without the credit,” Miskin said. Polo thinks that, with the credit in place, there will be a bigger gap between band and non-band students. With time, Polo hopes that people will notice the gap and start considering band as an art. “Marching band is a class outside of school,” Polo said. “There is not a class in football, so I do believe it is fair. It is not isolated. Everyone has the opportunity.” Marching band students and Price hope to see the band improve because of mandatory practice attendance, and they hope to see a rise in effort of performance as well as competitiveness due to the pressure of grades. “I am looking forward to next year,” Price said. “Marching band has a show selected and kids are actually getting a credit. We finished eleventh in the state this past year and I am looking forward to moving up.”





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Be yourself. Do not let others define you. Stand up for your beliefs. Common phrases heard from parents, friends, teachers. One student decided to give others the chance to stand in their faith and define themselves by building a prayer garden. The process for the new prayer garden began with Tyler Hand, senior, who completed a similar project when becoming an Eagle Scout. “I felt [there] was a reason God put in my mind that I should build the prayer garden,” Tyler Hand, senior, said. Hand shared his idea for a place of prayer with Casey Swails, senior, and together they spearheaded the project working with FCA to raise money and get district approval. “[Students] hope to have a place where they can gather in the mornings to pray for [others],” Susan Morris, FCA sponsor, said. After receiving between $2,000 and$2,500 from local churches, businesses and individuals as well as permission from the district, construction began on the garden on Jan. 15 The garden will be open for any student to use at any time except during classes or other scheduled activities. Other students agree it will benefit the school. “[The prayer garden] is a good idea because people need somewhere to go when they have a problem,” Myra NEWS

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Grant, sophomore, said. When the garden is finished, FCA will use it before school on a regular basis calling it “See You at the Garden,” but it will be open to any student who wants to participate. “I think [the prayer garden] is a huge witnessing tool,” Hand said. “If [people] see us out there and they hear about it, they will start asking ‘Why are you doing that,’ and that is the door to tell them why and to share [the gospel] with them.” The garden is non-denominational. However, not all students agree with the garden because they feel it is a violation of the separation of church and state. “I do not think it is appropriate because [of the] separation of church and state,” Jake Johnson, senior, said. “If there was a sacrifice garden, a lot of Christians would strongly disagree with that. It could be inappropriate for some people.” While some people oppose it, the goal is to use the garden to bring students together and give students a place to be open in their faith. “I cannot imagine anyone being offended by a garden,” Morris said. “It is not forcing beliefs on anyone else [and] is completely student-led.” According to those involved, the intent of the garden is not to separate but to unify. “I hope students can see this and understand we are doing this out of love and trying to show them Christ’s love, not just now but for the days to come,” Hand said.



America is the land of the second chance, and when the gates of the prison open, the path should lead to a better life,” George Washington said.. The West Wateree Virtual Academy is a new approach to an alternative education. This new academy offers a second chance for middle and high school students before they are sent to CLC. Students can be placed in the academy if they accumulate at least four to five level twos. The schedule mimics traditional middle and high school. Students have two teachers, one math and one English, but they spend the majority of their time on Apex. Students typically participate in the program for half a nine weeks, and the longest a student has ever stayed was 9 weeks. Tyler Waltz, senior, was a former student of the academy. He realized the academy helped him avoid going straight to (bottom): While touring the exhibit, Tommy Ford, senior, listens to the information about the Holocaust being presented. “I learned that it was not just Hitler’s hatred of the Jews that caused [the Holocaust],” Ford, said. “There were a lot of factors that went into it.”

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CLC. At the academy he got a chance to earn his academic credits back. “I got a write up and was put into the academy,” Waltz said. “I feel that the academy helped me because [I did] not just [get kicked] out of school.” While the Academy helps students avoid expulsion it also teaches them to adjus to different situations, be better citizens and help outside of school. “ [It was] hard for me because I dislike being on computers, and I [learned] every day to adjust to it,” Waltz said. North Central and Camden high schools have programs similar to this one. “We have had success so far, and we have learned a lot throughout this program,” Gene Cameron, administrator, said. “We hope the program will continue to grow. This is an everchanging program and an opportunity for the students to photo by ALLISON BARNETTE have their second chance.” The discrimination that took place during the Holocaust had happened, before and it continues to happen today. The violation of the human rights never stopped. Student docents were elected by teachers and went through an application process in order to lead tours in the Anne Frank: A History for Today exhibit, from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, and to teach others about the tragic story of Anne Frank and the Holocaust. This opportunity helped some see a greater value in retelling the story. “[The exhibit] gets us thinking about what we can do to create a better society,” Emma Russell, sophomore, said Coy Gibson, 2010 graduate, interned with the Anne Frank House through. Gibson believed LE would be a good candidate for the exhibit, so he asked Tommy Gladden, principal, in spring of 2013 to host the exhibit. When in need of a teacher to take on the task of organizing the exhibit Sharon White, world history teacher, offered to coordinate. Details such as finances, location arrangements, and signing up classes to visit were involved in making the exhibit happen. “I think everybody needs to know the story, and most people do find it interesting,” Sharon White, history teacher, said. “But I think the missing piece is how is it still happening? There are neo-nazis, anti-semitism ,and there is genocide of other people in our world today. It has to do with being educated about what motivates people towards hatred and inhumanity” Lakayla Dixon, junior, appreciated having the opportunity to share how treating others can have a large impact on society. “History repeats itself; all we can do is try to keep it from happening,” Dixon said. “We need to be knowledgeable.”



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inside look at a student-created organization story [MAKAYLA RIPPY]

Clothes for the Cold has collected 50 winter jackets and Imagine having to endure the cold winter months without created four different drop boxes around Kershaw County at going indoors to seek the refuge of heating systems. Now imagine doing it without any kind of winter apparel—no jackets, Bank of America in Camden, United Way, Food Lion in Elgin, scarves, mittens—nothing. This is what homeless people have to both Wing Shacks and LE. They have also been recognized on the Kershaw County Facebook page, Food Lion’s Twitter endure every day during the winter. Brooke Stout, junior, was talking with her father one day when account, and in the Kershaw County Current. However, Stout’s the issue of homelessness came up in the conversation. They personal goals are far more important to her. “I want to get more students involved and help as many began sharing ideas about how families as I can so we can grow so to help and eventually decided to “It was hard at times because big that other high schools will want create a non-profit organization for no one wanted to help, but I have to do it as well,” Stout said. high school students called Clothes Helping the homeless community definitely learned that I can not For The Cold to provide winter could be as simple as donating new apparel for people who cannot give up, because what I am doing and used winter apparel such as afford it. here is a good thing.” scarves, blankets, jackets, and boots. “Clothes For The Cold is there to -Brooke Stout [sophomore] However, difficulties arise when those help people in need,” Stout said. who say they are going to help end “I feel like I am doing good in the up not keeping their word. world, and it makes me proud of myself. I am always happy to “I think it is disappointing when someone comes to me help others in need.” saying they would love to help out and get involved but then In order to get the organization up and running, Stout and her father obtained the necessary permits and then publicized disappear when it comes time for us to actually do something,” the organization by reaching out to others in Kershaw County, Stout said “It is just troubling.” Despite how much of a challenge it has been for Stout, she including Bank of America in Camden, Fwood Lion in Elgin, has learned from the experience and hopes more students will United Way, The Wing Shacks in Elgin and Camden, and get involved to help her help the homeless. Tommy Gladden, principal. “It was hard at times because no one wanted to help, but I “It is really cool to have all of these public places have definitely learned that I cannot give up because what I supporting us, and we are so happy to have them by our am doing here is a good thing,” Stout said. side,” Stout said.




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living in the shadows of older siblings



On the first day of class, the teacher starts roll call and stops as she recognizes the name; the younger sibling of a former student. Students are compared to older siblings by teachers and friends, but they find different ways of dealing with it. When teachers get the younger sibling of a former student, they may expect him or her to be like the older sibling, in academics and behavior. Hannah Burris, freshman, gets compared to her older brother, Blaine Burris, junior, by teachers and his friends. They expect her to do as well in school as he does. “[I get] annoyed [when people make these comparisons] because I am not exactly like my brother,” Burris said. “I like math and science, and he likes history and English.” Although it bothers her when she is compared to her brother, they still get along very well. “[We have] a close relationship,” Hannah said, “We are really close friends, but we still fight about stupid stuff. Like Burris, Deanna Furniss, sophomore, is compared to her older sister, Stephanie Furniss, 2013 graduate, by her mom and teachers. They expect her to do as well in school as Stephanie and have similar personality traits. Stephanie made all As and high Bs when she was in high school while Deanna makes Bs and high Cs. “Sometimes it is good [being compared to her],” Furniss said, “It kind of hurts sometimes. She is more

academically inclined [than I am].” Furniss uses the criticism as motivation to do better in school rather than a reason to stop trying. “It does not feel good when someone says [I] should be doing at least as well or better than [Stephanie],” Deanna said. “It motivates me to try to compete with her.” In most cases, students are expected photo courtesy of JOSH SINGLETON by teachers to act like their siblings, whether as a wallflower or class clown. Jasmine Lowery, senior, believes her teachers expect her to act like her brothers, Adam and Jimmy. “[Adam and Jimmy] have attitude problems, and my teachers expect me to act like them,” Jasmine said. Having siblings well-known around the school, though, is different from having a photo courtesy of JOSH SINGLETON sibling who is popular in the community and the state. Josh Singleton, junior, gets compared to his older brother, Jared Singleton, Wofford football player, by his friends and family, members of the community, teachers, and football coaches. “Coaches expect me to be as good as Jared,” Josh said, “He was a star player [in high school].” Josh does not mind being compared photo courtesy of BLAINE BURRIS to his brother because he respects Jared and is proud of all of his accomplishments. “It is a good thing [being compared to my brother],” Singleton said, “He is respected around the community and he is popular. It is great to be compared to him because people assume I have these qualities.” photo courtesy of BLAINE BURRIS

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Long Way From Home student talks about sister in out-of-state college story [MATHESON DEESE ]

Someone you have known your whole life has just moved 935 miles away from you. That is almost a 15-hour drive. For Andrew Diehl, junior, that is exactly what happened. Andrew’s older sister, Amanda Diehl, is now a freshman in Dallas, Texas. “We do less together not that she is gone,” Diehl said.. “[I miss] our weekly family movies.” The LEHS alumna decided to move in with an aunt living in Dallas in order to pursue a degree in nursing. She does not plan to visit her family for the entire year that she has classes because it is too far for her to travel. Though miles


away, she has not forgotten to give Andrew some tips. “She says college is hard.” Diehl said, “The classes are long and there is a lot of work.” Even though he gets to talk to her often via cell phone calls and texts, Andrew still feels like his home is empty without his sister. “Our house is empty without her, even though she was always gone and busy,” Diehl said. “I am happy she gets to do what she wants, but it still feels empty.”

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They met at five years old. They were just friends at first, but they soon became brothers. Jordan King, junior, and Michael Dinkins, junior, became step brothers when King’s dad married Dinkins’ mom when they were five years old. King and Dinkins maintain a close



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relationship through playing football. They played recreational football and continue to play on the high school varsity team with King playing safety and Dinkins playing defensive line. “We definitely have an advantage because we always have someone to practice with our own age,” King said. “It is pretty great knowing I have someone to go home and [talk] with every night about football.” According to King, people do not compare the two as often because they have different body types and play different positions. “We don’t seem to be compared to

much as we have grown older,” King said. “We definitely want to be better than one another.”



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daughter deals with dad over seas story [RHAEGAN HALL]

“Out of every one hundred men 20 should not even be there, 70 are targets, nine are the real fighters, and one is a warrior who will bring the others back to their families,” Heraclitus. Jasmine Sexton, freshman has experienced her dad being across seas and away for months at a time for the military. “When my dad leaves I usually call all the time and skype or facetime,” Sexton said. The longest time Sexton’s dad has been gone is one year and two months. She has learned to adapt to her dad being absent from her life. “I have learned to make relationships and develop stronger communication skills,” Sexton said. Sexton’s dad does not always make it home for holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving or birthdays. “When he is not here for holidays we have something called a daddy doll with his picture in it, and we take it everywhere,” Sexton said. Sexton has had to step up and be the second parent to her three younger siblings. She has comforted them and helped them through it. “I always feel kind of devastatedm, but I get over it because I know it will be over soon,so I stay strong,” Sexton said.

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move to America makes family closer story [VICTORIA PHAN]

Whenever they left, they left the rest of their family in Egypt. Susan Abdelmeguid, sophomore, moved from Egypt to the United States with her mother, father, brother, sister, and uncle when she was in kindergarten. “Since we are from Egypt, we get to travel [as a family] more, and I also speak two different languages,” Abdelmeguid said. “However, I do not get to see my family from Egypt [often].” Abdelmeguid keeps in touch with her family in Egypt through Oovoo and Skype. Every two to three years, Abdelmeguid and her family take trips to Egypt. During the visits, the whole family often spends time together by having big dinners and going out to eat. “I am not that close with my family in Egypt,” Abdelmeguid said. “[The move from Egypt to America] made me and my family here get closer.” Abdelmeguid keeps close relations with her mother and father, and sometimes talks to her uncle. She maintains a lovehate relationship with her 14-year-old brother and tries her best to be a good role model for her 8-year-old sister. “It is nice to have someone to be there and open up to,” Abdelmeguid said.




As the winter sports season approaches, wrestlers walk down the halls carrying jugs of water to stay hydrated, some of them several pounds lighter than they were before wrestling started When joining the wrestling team, each wrestler is assigned a weight class. At LE, Peter Hemingway, head varsity wrestling coach, conditions the athletes before the season begins and assigns their weight class based on their new weight after conditioning. Hemingway encourages his wrestlers to gain muscle rather than weight for health purposes. According to takingcharge.csh., nutrients in food are essential in growth development and maintenance of body functions. If a nutrient is not present, aspects of function and human health decline. “The nicest thing is to be able to eat like a normal person, and to wrestle and practice hard and what you get down to is about where you should be,” Hemingway said. “Almost everyone is like that, but that is in a perfect world and that is what I try to do.” According to wrestler Alex Register, freshman, the wrestling coaches in middle school did not instruct their wrestlers on how

to be eligible to compete in their assigned weight class. As a result, many wrestlers developed unhealthy habits for making weight. “If [wrestlers] do not eat, it will mess up their performance because they will not have the nutrition and energy to practice correctly,” Register said. Since becoming the head coach Hemingway has worked to teach wrestlers to using a healthier technique for making weight. Hemingway relies on positive peer pressure from the older wrestlers on the new wrestlers, to encourage healthy weight management. Some wrestlers, like Bryan Robinson, freshman, listen to Hemingway’s method of maintaining weight. Robinson takes protein supplements and works out to gain muscle strength. “Unhealthy [methods are] not good,” Robinson said. “[Dropping] 10 to 20 pounds is not healthy.” Register and Nick Amador, junior, wear extra clothing during practices to lose water weight through sweating. Amador makes sure he eats healthy and does not eat an excessive amount of food. “I do not want anybody to hurt

themselves losing weight,” Amador said. “If [wrestlers] go home and [lose weight in unhealthy ways], then there is nothing we can do to stop them.” Larry Robey, senior, tries to lose all of his weight at practice. When he weighs himself at the end of practice and his weight is not where he needs to be, he does not eat or drink the next day. “[I feel] tired physically and weak mentally [when trying to make weight,” Robey said. “It is not good, but [I have] to do what [I have] to do.” According to Hemingway, other schools lose excessive amounts of weight in the beginning of the season, making their performance better than the teams using methods similar to LE. “I keep pointing out to the team over and over again [that] those same teams in February are not wrestling or not wrestling well because their bodies can not lose lots of weight all season long and still perform, Hemingway said. “That is why we are horrible in December and [do well] in February because we are not [losing weight all season long].”

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player returns to discover team did not come with her story [RHAEGAN HALL] As the weather turned colder the anticipation increased for the returning season. The smell of the gym, the squeaking of the shoes on the freshly polished floor, and the familiar faces that were unfamiliar. Tiera Hodge, sophomore, returned for her second year on the varsity basketball team but never imagine that she would be the only returning player. “[At first] it upset me a little, [but] I eventually got over it and stayed dedicated to my team,” Hodge said. Hodge believes the reason for their absence was they graduated, or that classes became difficult or more important to them. However a higher percentage of them just decided not to return. Being the only returning player, Hodge saw an opportunity to step up and be the leader on the team. However, after tearing her ACL she was out for a few games. She still managed to motivate her teammates from the bench.

“[I look up] to Tiera,” Sage Mcleod, freshman said. She is always pushing us and encouraging us.” McLeod is under the impression that since Hodge is the only returner from last year that the standards are set high for the new comers to progress and grow as a team. “We had to restart [so] we could learn to play with each other, because we were all so young,” Alyssa Weems, freshman said. Duncan, head coach, was surprised by the number of players in ninth and tenth grade. She presumed that they would grow together as a team, but the work and effort had to be put in. “Basketball is about building future leaders and dealing with difficult situations,”Duncan said. They have focused on communicating with each other and working on fundamental skills. “[The team] will grow together, [even though] we will have some growing pains on the way,” Isis Melvin, junior said.

This season Hodge believes was an eye opening experience and a great change for her to step up and lead her team. “[Basketball] is my escape from everything,” Hodge said. “Never give up and stay committed to the sport even if [they] are playing with people [they] do not know.”



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Set three goals: a big goal that may be impossible to attain but still a goal time, a moderate goal a time that requires full effort to achieve, but is possible, and a minimum time that must be hit.

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Just Another High School


Step one: Find a play. Step two: Auditions. Step three: Rehearsals. Step four: Opening night. All of the steps listed above are the steps it takes for a drama production to come together. First, a play must be chosen. This year, it is Just Another High School Play. The basic premise this year is that it is opening night for a high school show and the director has gone missing, leaving the students to their own devices to put on a show for the audience when they have not rehearsed and nobody knows what they are doing. The play usually has to have more female roles than male roles because normally there are not as many actors as there are actresses. In this year’s production there are total of 16 people acting, five actors and 11 actresses. “We had a hard time finding male actors because despite how good [an actor] might be in class, when [we] want them to get on a stage in front of strangers and people they know, they seem to be opposed to that,” Robert Bliss, junior, said. The next thing that must be taken into account when picking a play are the production requirements, like set and costuming. Any sets or props that are built must also be stored and there is not a lot of storage so that is a limiting factor. Anything that has to be built must be paid for, the smaller budget again plays a part in the choosing. This year the set is small, only a few black boxes, and props this year have all been bought or donated. Costumes are modern day school clothes with symbolic costume pieces (hats, capes, etc.). Once a play has been found, it must be broken down into its production components. What has to be built, what has to be bought, and what can be donated are all things that have to be taken into account. ENTERTAINMENT

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behind the scenes look at upcoming drama production

“There is not a huge budget, so a play requiring a large set or big costumes, such as a period musical, would be difficult to put on,” Julie McCallum, drama teacher, said. Next up: step two, auditions. The audition process varies from play to play. Usually, those auditioning read a scene. If the audition is for a musical, performers have to come in and sing two or three of bars of a song. This year the 16 people who tried out had to read lines from a scene. “The audition process for me was scary because it was my first time ever auditioning for anything and I was scared that I would not make it or even be a good actress but after I got to see everyone who was trying out, I calmed down,” India Rogers, sophomore, said. A basic rehearsal starts after school at 3:45. A total of about twenty-seven hours is the amount of time the cast had to rehearse this year. Usually, the show is divided up into segments and on certain days performers practice certain segments. The segments get bigger until the cast is practicing act one and act two. As soon as those are polished they start running the full show, and, finally, they add in props and costumes. Opening night this year is March 20 at seven. The final product is going to be different from the performances of previous years. Instead of a character-centered drama, which is about characters and the situations that happen to those characters, this year the play is more situation-centered. This means the main focus is more on a situation and how it affects a large group of characters rather than all about the characters. “One great thing about working on this production is that we are like a big, dysfunctional family now,” Courtney Meadows, junior, said. “We have worked really hard so everyone should come out opening night and watch!”

60 Minutes photo by RACHEL DROZE


people get injured and not able to wear socks at trampoline park story [LEYIA GRANT]

Over 60 trampolines. One hour. The HiWire. HiWire trampoline park at Plex Indoor Sports in The Village at Sandhills opened in Nov. 2013 and has become a popular past time for students with over ten different activities, including the open jump field with over 60 connected trampolines, trampoline dodgeball, and a flying trapeze. At HiWire, customers are not allowed to wear socks while they are on the trampolines to prevent jumpers from slipping and getting hurt.. Some students see this as a health hazard. “[Not wearing socks] is pretty disgusting with all the sweat [on people’s feet],” Alex Cervantes, junior, said. According to Anson Cantrell, HiWire manager, the

Book vs. Movie


ampire Academy, by Richelle Mead, centers on the lives of two teenage girls, Rose and Lissa, who are struggling to survive not only high school but the magically world they live in. Lissa belongs to a race called the Moroi who are living vampires who possess an affinity for one of the four elements, earth, fire, water, or air. As Rose, a dhaphir (half Moroi, half human), trains to become a guardian to protect Lissa from undead vampires called Strigoi, Lissa works to discover her affinity and master her magical talent. The book draws on an audience ranging from 14-18 using relatable high school drama to attract teens and enough fighting and action to attract a male audience as well. Over all the book was an easy read and I recommend it for anyone looking for a new twist on the world of vampires.

trampolines, mats and anywhere anyone has walked are sanitized every night using a commercial sanitizer. Amanda Droze, sophomore, recognizes the need for safety. “I felt a little bit nasty because of all the people without shoes on, but [since having bare feet] is for safety reasons, it is okay,” Droze said. Despite the safety measure, HiWire has seen injuries ranging from rug burns to broken legs. Branden Mixon, sophomore, was injured at HiWire while trying to do a backflip when he landed on his neck, kicked himself in the face, and broke his toe. “[My friends and I] were shocked but laughed because the way I fell looked funny,” Mixon said. The staff at HiWire does their best to help injured customers by having first-aid supplies such as ice-packs and crutches. “[The workers] brought me crutches and told me to go to the emergency room,” Mixon said. “They were nice and gave me a VIP pass to go back.” According to Ron Javon, HiWire employee, the main goal of the staff is to ensure safety by recognizing and addressing potential problems before they become injuries. “It is [a] job you cannot work if you do not like interacting with people,” Javon said.

Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead review [RACHEL DROZE]


he movie version of Vampire Academy focuses primarily on the comedic side of the story honing in on the jokes and the sarcasm seen throughout the book and eliminating the more serious aspects of the story line. This shift in tone causing the movie to attract a younger audience than the book does. However, the movie hits the highlights of the book and does a good job keeping the story moving and holding the viewers’ attention. Few differences are seen within the characters themselves and the plot line sticks close to the sequences seen in the book. Overall, the movie is very good and I recommend it for students who want a good laugh as well as a good story.



Rules Are Rules

staffer believes rules need to be enforced consistently opinion [LEYIA GRANT]

At the beginning of every school year we’re all dragged into the auditorium for our class meetings so administrators can talk about all of the rules and expectations for the school year. This would be fine if those rules were actually enforced. After being a student here for two and a half years, I’ve noticed a recurring problem. We are tricked into thinking that the rules are going to be enforced year after year. While some of the more trivial rules, like not having our phones out in the cafeteria and the hallways are taken seriously, rules such as the dress code are overlooked. Page 17 in the handbook on the front of our agendas states: “Lower garments should be of adequate length (below the fingertips) to assure modesty.” “Pants must be worn at the natural wasitline and undergarments are not to be visible..” “Shirts must be tucked in to the extent that belts or waistbands are clearly not visible at all times unless it is clear that a weapon or contraband cannot be concealed under the shirt.” “Sleeveless attire cannot reveal undergarments. Shirts cannot be tight, low cut or show cleavage. Shirts should be loosefitting and fully cover the upper body. Tank tops, halter-tops, shirts with spaghetti straps, and see through shirts will not be allowed.” Administrators pass students breaking these rules every day, and, while some take the time to point it out, others fail to do so. Page 21 states, “LEHS is a closed campus school. Students must stay on the school grounds from the time they arrive until they are officially dismissed. Students are not allowed in the parking lot except when arriving or



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leaving. The parking lot is an unauthorized area and is off limits to students during the school day. Students are not allowed to leave campus for lunch under any circumstances.” While there are some justifiable exceptions to this rule, such as injuries keeping people from making it to and from the annex, CCTC and ATEC classes, there is a surprisingly high number of students driving to and from the annex everyday and leaving during lunch to get fast food. Regarding the policy of withdrawing from a course, the handbook states on page five that “with the first day of enrollment in the course as the baseline, students who withdraw from a course within three days in a 45-day course or five days in a 90-day course will do so without penalty. Students who withdraw from a course after the specified time shall be assigned a WF, and the F (as a 61) will be calculated in the student’s overall grade point average.” I have heard of multiple occasions when students were able to drop a class after the first five days of the class without being penalized. I was in a class in which a student dropped without getting a withdrawal fail. It has become increasingly difficult to follow the rules when they are not consistently enforced. We have rules to keep us safe, and we have administrators to enforce these rules. It isn’t fair to the students to ignore rules that are in place for their safety. It isn’t fair to ignore the rules that directly effect students’ class ranks and GPAs. All of the school rules should be taken seriously or they shouldn’t be in place.


Get the grade. Get the grade. Get the grade. Get the grade. This is what our education system has come to. Grades. Numbers. GPAs. You walk into a classroom these days and all anybody wants to know is the right answer, if there is any extra credit, what they need to say to get an A. We have slowly turned into a generation of robots. Programmed to spew answers instead of think. To do things automatically. To never question anything. To float through life, oblivious. I hate school. When I say I hate school, do not misunderstand me. I do not mean I hate learning: I hate what school has become. I hate the stress and pressure to be perfect and to get a 100 in everything. I just don’t understand why we are put under so much pressure to get a number on a report card. Why should my mental health deteriorate because of the stress of something that shouldn’t even matter? Since when is a generation of stressed out robots better than a generation of thinkers, people able to solve the problems our world is going to throw at us? Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying learning is not important, because it is, and you should always try your hardest.We all need to know things like math and science and everything else that school is trying to teach us, but why are we staying up hour after hour stressing over making a number on a sheet of paper? According to a recent study conducted by the American Psychological Association, 83 percent of teens report that school is a somewhat or significant source of stress, and 10 percent of teens report receiving lower grades than they are capable of due to stress. The pressure to get the grade has become more important than our values. On top of the stress there’s cheating because no longer is honor more important than a grade. How many students, honors and AP included, do you believe have cheated at least once in their school career because the number has become more important than the actual material? A grade-oriented environment is associated with increased levels of cheating (Anderman

and Murdock, 2007), and grades, whether or not accompanied by comments, promote a fear of failure even in high-achieving students (Pulfrey et al., 2011), according to alfiekohn. org. Not only is there stress and cheating, but no one truly seems to care about learning. In a study by Wendy Grolnick and Richard Ryan in 1987, grades tend to reduce the quality of students’ thinking. The students may skim books for what they’ll “need to know.” They’re more likely to ask if something will be on a quiz or a test than to wonder if what they have just been taught is true. In one experiment, students told they’d be graded on how well they learned a social studies lesson had more trouble understanding the main point of the text than did students who were told that no grades would be involved. Even on a measure of rote recall, the graded group remembered fewer facts a week later ( Our system is flawed. We’re pumping out machines, not humans. Does that not scare anyone? Are any of you afraid for our future? The real world doesn’t have answers as simple as A, B, C, so why aren’t we being prepared for that? There are some truly great minds that just might not be the best at giving the correct answer on a test. It is such a waste to let them float through school being ignored. We should be improving those minds, not ignoring them because they can’t pass a standardized test. Einstein once said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” So wake up. Realize you do not need to worry about a number. Realize, instead, you need to worry about the quality of what you are learning. Please, realize you need to use what you have learned to speak up and pay attention to what is happening around you. And above all else, realize a grade does not define you. You are not the number a flawed system says you are. You are so much more, and grades do not matter nearly as much as people think they do.

staffer encourages students to focus on learning rather than grades opinion [MATHESON DEESE]

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