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Sound Sea Manteo High School MAY 2017 VOL. 36 , ISSUE 4


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Wilting Rose: school’s first college counselor “petals” off Two years ago Seth Rose ventured into uncharted waters when he became the county’s first college adviser. Little did he know how much of an impact he would have on his students and graduates during the short time he’s been here. Rose started advising our students on their plans after high school back in August of 2015. For the past two years he has worked with juniors and seniors to help them, not only with preparing for life after high school, but being a support system and friend to many students. “[He was like my] big brother,” senior Shumure Flowers said. “Mr. Rose was a big help. He has prepared me for college by teaching me to learn as much as possible about it and teaching me that independence is a big step.” This year’s graduating class had Rose’s guidance during both junior year and senior year. These students were able to get one on one time with Rose during IT, lunches, after school, and through the halls.

“Rose was able to talk to me pretty much whenever I needed it, whether it be during IT, after school or a late night email asking for help. He gave me beneficial advice every step of the way,” senior Sydney Pearce said. “He definitely helped to make me feel way more confident in myself during my college search.” Rose graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in May 2015. Becoming a college adviser was his first job out of college. And he knew going into it he had a time limit since the position cycles every two years. “I had no idea of what to expect when I got the job,” Rose said. “I was just excited to leave college, start fresh in a new place, and have a job I believed in with some responsibility.” Throughout Rose’s two years of traveling between the three Dare County high schools, he has made many connections with students and staff that changed him. He has learned that high school students will talk to him about almost everything. “At this job I learned that high school kids are hilarious and that each student is going to figure

ON THE COVER: College Counselor Seth Rose celebrates college decision day with members of the MHS Class of 2017. On May 16, seniors represented the college they plan to attend at a breakfast hosted by Rose. Joseph Lewter

in this issue...

Sprinting into Spring 5k and Fun Run...3 Career and College Promise program grows...4 Senior David Weaver saves a life...4 H20BX waterpark to open this summer...5 Career counselor Rosie Rankin set to retire...6 Students get creative with promposals...6 Students’ summer plans...7 BFFL...8 Social media impacts beauty industry...9 Sneaking out...10 Hats off to the Class of 2017...11 Year in Review...12

out their own route that is best for them after high school,” Rose said. The job of college adviser left a powerful mark on Rose and he wants to stay within the field of helping students in high school. “This job has been so good to me - it’s going to be hard to give it up entirely. I would like to work with seniors next year, whether as a college adviser or in some other capacity,” Rose said. Rose never expected to have such close relationships with the students. Giving nicknames to students and making inside jokes with different students was commonplace for Rose. He wasn’t just a college adviser, he was a support system for many of the students. “I think I will remember a lot of my students for the rest of my life. The different relationships I had developed with kids might be my favorite thing I have had in life so far,” Rose said. One of the biggest rewards for Rose is seeing some of the great places the students end up. For some students, the college process can be a struggle and the outcome for them can be uncertain, but with Rose’s guidance, they were Hannah Anglin Editor-in-Chief Katie Gruninger Web Editor Brittany Nieman Managing Editor Joseph Lewter Graphics Editor Sarah Pritchard Adviser Staff Writers Bella Bartell Dylan Berry Willa Brown Grace Cobb Ella Corbett Averi Creef Camryn Creef Topanga Daniels Dana Davenport Chrissy Dooley Brittany Farence Sophia Farrow Watson Harvey Caroline Haywood Olivia Hines Dakota Meekins Caroline Mode Maiya Ribeiro Lizzy Rotchford Catherine Saunders Bailey Southard Ashtyn Wescott Lara Cate Wright

able to see every option for after high school. “I like to imagine running into students years from now, and seeing what their lives are like, especially for the students I know had to struggle through the process or had the odds against them,” Rose said. Rose doesn’t plan to leave as soon as possible either. He will spend the summer on the Outer Banks. He also has been studying for the GRE since he would like to start a Master’s program in Public Policy in the fall of 2018. For whoever comes next in Rose’s position, he advises them to not take the job too seriously and to have fun with it. “Manteo High School is a great place to work, the staff are supportive and the students let you be yourself,” Rose said. “Have fun, do your own thing, don’t take yourself too seriously. Find the students who need your help and do all you can for them.” Although Rose was only part of the school’s family for two short years, his presence will have a lasting impact on the students who were able to reach higher after leaving high school.

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Second annual color run sprints towards success Averi Creef Staff Writer In March 2016, the color run was established by the Student Government Association and National Honor Society as a joint effort to help students in need. The run allows community members, students and staff to have fun while supporting fellow students. This year, junior Seth Hash was the reason for the second annual color run, aptly named Sprinting into Spring, to help him with medical bills from his many doctor appointments and lung surgeries. Over the last year, Hash has had multiple lung crashes. These culminated to a surgery in an attempt to aid his lungs. “I had about four inches of my lungs cut out to remove the ‘blebs’ to avoid more lung crashes,” Hash said. “The hospital was good but the food got pretty bad after a while.” On March 25, over 100 runners for the 5K showed up to run. Whether they all know Hash or not, they were there to support him, and the run came out with successful results. Not only did the funds from the run help him, there were quite a few local sponsors/businesses that pitched

in to help out. “I was overwhelmed with joy and knew it would help a whole lot. And I am extremely thankful for the support!” Hash said. There was also a Fun Run for children 12 and under after the 5K took place. The 37 kids who ran in the Fun Run this year circled the track in hopes of finishing under the colorful balloon arch. Volunteers sprinkled the children with powder, and each runner, in the 5K as well, got a medal. The Easter Bunny, played by senior Chris Day, made a special appearance too. “It was absolutely wonderful to run in the color run with my son, Blake,” EC teacher Melissa Hand said. “He had such a great time getting all of the color thrown on him and seeing the Easter Bunny. I enjoyed it because I was able to keep an eye on him even when he ran out ahead of me. I also loved the fact that it was in support of one of our own! Overall it was a great event that I will look forward to next year! Maybe we will be at the point to do the 5K next year!” At the end of the day, Sprinting into Spring raised over $2,300 for Hash. The check was presented to him and his family by color run coordinator, senior

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Senior Brittany Nieman presents a check with the proceeds from the color run to junior Seth Hash and his mom, Melissa. “It felt really good to give Seth and his family the check,” Nieman said. “Our color run was a success and we were able to give him more than we anticipated.”

Brittany Nieman. Nieman and the SGA worked to make the run successful for both the runners and for Hash, and the end result showed the support of the Manteo community. “I was really pleased with the final turnout and what we were able to give Seth. It was stressful to not know how the numbers will change. But, I was happy with the amount of people that showed up

the day of,” Nieman said. Community and business sponsors: Shawn the Plumber. LLC, The Master’s Craftsmen, Davenport Builders Inc., the Grounds Guys, Outer Banks Pest Control, Casey & Robbins Attorneys At Law. PLLC, Carolina Dunes Real Estate, D & M Flooring, Resort Realty, Island Xpertees, Debbie Pardue, Charlie and Jennifer Nieman. 1. Freshmen Courtney Daniels and Libby Robertson and senior Lindsay Jones make their way through Mother Vineyard portion of the race. The three girls play soccer and decided, along with a few other team members, to run the race together. “I enjoyed the color because it made it more enjoyable than just running by myself” freshman Courtney Daniels said. “I also enjoyed running with my friends to help out a friend.” 2. Sophomore Josh Houston sprints toward the finish line after completing the 3.1 mile race. “This was my first time doing a race, and I really enjoyed it,” Houston said. “[Plus], it felt good to support my friend Seth” 3. Melissa Warner, senior Hannah Anglin’s mom, goes in for a high-five with volunteers. Warner is an avid runner and supporter of Manteo. “I decided to run the color run because I had never done one before and it’s always good to support young people when they are doing community service to help others,” Warner said. 4. Junior Jasmine Ratcliff makes her way to the finish line with teachers Lisa Serfling, Patricia Holland, and Stephen Nichols. The four celebrated the end of the race by holding hands through the finish line. “The color run was a great experience for me and for my friends. There was a positive spirit throughout, and it was even better sharing it with my fellow teachers. We finished the race strong, satisfied, and striated with crazy colors. I will do it again next year,” Nichols said. Photos by Bella Bartell


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New program places students in higher-level courses Dakota Meekins Staff Writer Thanks to a new program, students entering as freshman can now come in with high school classes under their belts. The program, called Career and College Promise (CCP) was introduced in 2015. The program’s future looks bright, as more and more classes are being offered each year at the middle school for students who want to participate. “I’m glad I was able to take these classes, because it pushes you ahead and you are able to take harder classes at a younger age,” freshman Lizzy Rotchford said. “I get to take two AP classes next year and some [freshmen] are taking COA classes.” For students, the program allows a broad range of classes for motivated students. The available classes for middle school students to take include Maths I and II, Earth and Environmental Science, and English I. At the pace the program provides, these eighth graders can enter high school ready for honors and AP courses, including AP Biology. “I am glad I took AP Biology this year, it is a very interesting class,” freshman Emily Haupt said. “The advantages now that I have already taken it is that it opens up more classes to me for next year.” Students enrolled in these AP upperclassmen classes, do not just take them with the other students in the program. Once in high school, these students are put in these classes with the upperclassmen who are also

enrolled in them. “Being in classes with upperclassmen is great, and it feels like a normal class,” freshman Blake Gard said. “I like taking upper level classes because it puts me ahead of others my age.” For teachers, this means they are teaching a tenth grade, or sometimes higher, curriculum to ninth grade students. “The freshmen in my English 10 classes have blended seamlessly with the sophomore students,” English teacher Kassie Mount said. “They were ready for the rigor of high school classes and have held their own!” Due to the advanced track the students are put on, their junior and senior year schedules open up the opportunity to take face-to-face or online classes at College of the Albemarle. These classes can give students college credit, and save them the money and time when they get to college later down the road. “This program can help students save money on college expenses and get some of their general education requirements away before they go to college,” guidance counselor Pam Yelle said. This year’s freshman class entered with the largest amount of students the school has had in this program. “[These classes are] totally different from any other high school class, much more work,” freshman Max Janesik said. “But it’s a really different and interesting experience from my other classes.” Not just any student can take these classes. There are a few requirements that

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In his English II class, freshman Zeke Marshall reads “Oedipus” aloud. “I certainly do enjoy the opportunity to learn at an upperclassman level,” Marshall said. “My studies have matured me as a whole.”

must be met for students to take the courses. The students must be recommended by their teachers showing that they are able to take these classes and are mentally prepared for the challenge. This programs provides students the opportunity to get started on their college career without having to pay tuition, and have the possibility of graduating high school with an associate’s degree. “With students taking these classes early on, it allows students to get into more in-depth and more challenging classes,” Yelle said. This program helps students finish high school with an Associate of Arts or Science College Transfer Pathway or an Associate of Arts or Science Degree. All they need to do is get their foot in the door.

Stayin’ alive: senior David Weaver puts CPR skills to use Sophia Farrow Staff Writer David Weaver is our town’s very own student hero. The night of Oct. 29, 2017, Weaver saved a man’s life. Recently, the public has been informed of the brave act Weaver performed that night. Weaver was with senior April Moss and junior Olivia Hines on his way to pick up Moss’s sister, when he saw in his rear-view mirror, a man go off the side of the road and drive into the ditch across from CVS in Manteo. When Weaver saw this happen, he immediately turned around and went to the scene. When he arrived at the truck, Weaver had his girlfriend dial 911. Along with the help of another man who had stopped, Weaver went into the ditch and pulled the injured man out of his car and up the

embankment. “I turned around because I knew that something bad had happened. It was how I was raised, to help others. I just did what I needed to do,” Weaver said. Once at the top of the embankment, Weaver took note of the man’s vital signs and determined that the man was in need of CPR. Weaver promptly started to perform CPR, as he was taught in his athletic training course that he had taken at school. Weaver performed CPR on the man until an ambulance and MedFlight arrived. The man, Skip Teeple, was then flown out to Virginia. “I never thought I would use CPR when I took the class, but am glad I learned how to,” Weaver said. “My dad taught me to keep my cool, that it is better not to be full of nerves.”

Without Weaver having executed this brave act, events would have taken a sharper turn for the worse. At the hospital it was said that Teeple had a six percent chance of survival, and if it was not for Weaver then Teeple would have died. A few days later, he was going to visit a friend in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Virginia and found out that Teeple was in the same hospital. At the hospital, David met Teeple’s wife who expressed her gratitude towards David, and he got to check on Teeple’s condition. “When I went to Virginia to see a friend, I didn’t realize that he was at the same hospital,” Weaver said. “He was still unresponsive when I checked in. I saw his wife, who was on the phone and she was very grateful.


I went and visited him and met his family and best friend Angel.” Weaver keeps in contact with the Teeple’s and has been over to see them occasionally at their house.

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H20BX waterpark to make splash this summer


Grace Cobb Staff Writer Students will be able to make a splash this summer at the new H20BX waterpark in lower Currituck. Construction began in September 2016 and according to the water park’s website it will open summer 2017. “I can’t wait for it to be open, I feel like it’s going to be fun and packed all the time because we have never had something down here like this,” freshman Libby Robertson said. “I rode by recently and noticed that they have almost all the slides up and I just hope it opens soon.” The waterpark will offer many activities. Plans include multiple water slide complexes, a large wave pool, adventure lagoon and lazy river, and a FlowRider surf attraction. “I am excited about the new water park since it’s so close and the new FlowRider surf attraction sounds cool because I like to surf,” junior Tommy Tillett said. Over two acres will be dedicated to a children’s adventure area with a double entry wave pool and other interactive play areas. There also will be 50 private, wait-serviced cabanas with food and beverages. Retail venues will be offered as well. “I can’t wait for the park to open because it sounds like a lot of fun and I will be able to take my little sister since it has a big children’s area,” sophomore Hailey Merritt said. The H20BX Waterpark will set a maximum daily capacity of 4,0005,000 guests. This 45 million dollar project will endeavor a pool of fun with plenty of room for all families to come visit. Students are very excited about the waterpark. Currently, the closest two water parks are in Williamsburg, Virginia. These two parks are Water Country USA and Ocean Breeze. The H20BX water park will only be 30 to 45 minutes away from Manteo. “The location for the new water park is great since I’ll be able to drive myself and some friends and still have enough time to leave and come home and do something at night,” junior Josie Fry said. It gives children of all ages something to do during those hot summer days when the beach is too hot. During the summer months, the Outer Banks attracts a lot of tourists. The development of this waterpark will hopefully be a major draw for visiting families. “I think the waterpark will be a lot of fun and I am really excited about it opening because it’s something new,” junior Max Allison said. “[Plus], I won free passes from after prom to go to it!” The Outer Banks newest family attraction is accepting applications for full-time year round and seasonal positions. Teens that need a job or are just looking to make a little bit of pocket money can apply.

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Construction on the new H20BX waterpark continues May 15 as the opening date looms closer.

Seasonal jobs include: lifeguards, park services, security, guest services, retail, maintenance and food and beverage. In addition, internship opportunities in marketing and human resources will be available. To its employees, the H20BX waterpark offers flexible work schedules, food discounts, and that the employee and their family can enjoy. “H20BX is looking for student workers for tons of different positions,” career counselor Rosie Rankin said. “These jobs come with lots of perks including a season pass, discounts for food as well as team food and fun nights. This is a good opportunity to get in on the ground floor of the area’s newest addition to vacation fun.” The Outer Banks has never had anything like this so close to its beaches and it will be an attraction that will get a lot of attention from the kids on the beach. Although it doesn’t look like it’s going to be finished by its expected date, it is on schedule and hopefully people can expect to visiting the waterpark by this summer. “I’ve been working with McCall’s Construction on the waterpark on the weekends,” senior Walker Parks said. “We’ve been working really hard to stay on schedule, and it looks like it’s going to be a really fun time for all of us.”

How do you feel about the new waterpark opening in Currituck this summer?

“I am so stoked about the new waterpark opening up in Currituck because now I won’t have to drive 3 hours to go to one. I’m most excited about the clear water slide that you can see as you go down it” - Skylor Burke

“I’m excited for the new water park because it’s going to be splash-tastic. I am most excited to get to go on all of the water slides.” - Rachel Midgette

“I am excited for the new waterpark because I cannot wait to splash around and refresh myself from the hot summer sun. I am excited to ride on the biggest water slide they have.” - Dandre Davis

“My dad is the engineer helping build the waterpark. I’m really excited to see how it turns out and to go on all the rides.” - Avery Herom


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Counselor retires, looks forward to bucket list, private work Chrissy Dooley Staff Writer As the school year comes to end, so does Rosamond “Rosie” Rankin’s career in public education. R a n k i n came to Manteo Lifetouch High School in 2005. She started as a Family & Consumer Science Teacher. After seven years in the classroom as a Parenting and Child Development and Early Childhood Education Teacher, she began her current position as the Career Development Coordinator in 2009. “Teaching was both rewarding and challenging. I loved having the opportunity to get to know students in the classroom,” Rankin said. “Transitioning to the Career Development position allowed me the opportunity to work with more students as I shared information about careers, provided opportunities for career exploration and of course, senior projects.” In her current position, she helps students make decisions regarding what they plan to do after high school by offering individual career counseling, career related field trips, internship opportunities and career interest inventories. She also organizes job fairs to help students find opportunities for both summer work as well as volunteer opportunities. Helping students prepare for the

WorkKeys Career Readiness is another part of Rankin’s job. This test is to seniors that earn a concentration in a Career Pathways such as architecture & construction, health sciences or information technology. The test involves demonstrating proficiency in reading for information, locating information and applied mathematics. Many businesses and industries require their future employees to complete this series of tests since it demonstrates that the future employee has the skills on board to both perform the job as well as absorb and share information with others. “Ms. Rankin was very helpful in scheduling my job shadowing and she has always been so kind to me,” senior Megan Jones said. “I will miss her very nice and sweet spirit.” Rankin is also the co-coordinator of the senior project, working to set up job shadows, presentations and coaching students through the project. “Internships vary with student’s career interests each year we’ve had students work with scientists at CSI, vets in the community, bodywork and mechanics and a host of others. I think one of the most interesting internships was with a local oyster farmer,” Rankin said. She also serves at the testing coordinator for the career and technical department. For this, she schedules testing, trains teachers and makes sure all the CTE students take the test and have any special services they may require. “Testing is a very important part of school accountability and making sure that students testing experience is as stress free as possible is an integral part of the process,” Rankin said. After retirement Rankin plans to spend more time traveling, reading and working in

her private counseling practice. She has been providing private counseling for about six years now. “My travel bucket list includes a trip across the United States and maybe with luck a tour of some of the European countries such as Italy, England, Ireland and France,” Rankin said. “I am excited to be a part of Outer Banks Inner Journey which is a counseling practice dedicated to helping people improve their emotional health and wellbeing. Our practice includes mental health & substance abuse counseling, mindfulness work, parenting information and even workshops focused on increasing creativity.” In Ms. Rankin’s 12 years here, she has developed close relationships with her colleagues and they will miss her. “Ms. Rankin is a very supportive colleague who wants to help students and adults in any way that she can,” guidance counselor Marie White said. “She has an easy going personality and good sense of humor. There are days when it gets hectic in guidance, and Ms. Rankin always is calm and helps the rest of us stay that way. She has helped both Mrs. Yelle and myself with understanding the career pathways and how to help the students at MHS with this. We will really miss her.” Like the others who are retiring with her this year, she is looking forward to her retirement but knows she will miss aspects of this job. “Most of all I’m going to miss the students and faculty here at MHS,” Rankin said. “It has been extremely rewarding to be a part of helping students determine their career and educational goals.”

Promposals: the first step to a great prom night By Olivia Hines Staff Writer As spring approaches, so does the million dollar question “Will you go to prom with me?” But in today’s world, asking isn’t enough. Promposals are the new norm. Defined as an elaborately staged request to be someone’s date to prom, promposals continue to gain popularity. “I think [promposals] are popular because they give you a chance to be original and to make someone feel special,” senior Jenna Zottoli said. “It’s something that can make their day or even their week.” Promposals take many

different forms. With the internet, students can find ideas for promposals that suit their intended date’s interest. “I found my idea on Pinterest and I decided it would be nice if I prom-posed to a very close friend,” junior Angela Anacleto said. From the classroom to the soccer field to home, promposals can take place anywhere. “I know [senior Christine Diaz] loves soccer, so after the game against Northeastern, I ran over to her with a sign that said ‘Will you kick it with me at prom?’” junior David Gradeless said. “I surprised her in front of all the fans at the soccer game and the soccer team.”

Promposals: 1. Madison Kebschull and Jacob Carter 2 Eric Williams and Alexandra Byers 3. Aaliyah Elliott and Zane Edwards 4. William Dong and Emily Pack

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Summer plans, have me a blast Lara Cate Wright Staff Writer It’s the end of the last day of school and summer break has officially started. Now what can students do with all of their free time? We’re told “there’s 104 days of summer vacation,” but, with only 77 days of summer break, the hunt is on for fun and new ways to spend each moment in the sun. Students have different opportunities for summer jobs during break on the Outer Banks. Dare County’s permanent population is about 35,000, but it can rise to more than 200,000 during the summer. Because the Outer Banks thrives on tourism, there are many jobs that tourism brings to students during the summer, especially when it comes to fishing. “I started working on the Ann Warrick when I was 18,” senior Dorian Clark said. “I learned pretty quickly about bait and tackle. The money in fishing jobs is really good and I plan to use that money when I go to college.” Other water jobs include lifeguarding at one of the many pools or on the beach. Being a lifeguard is an optimal job for someone who likes to swim or likes the water. Members of the swim team often continue their love for the water by being a lifeguard. “I will be giving swim lessons to kids and lifeguarding at the YMCA,” junior Gabi Gilbert said. “I am on the swim team so I spend a lot of time there. I know the aquatics director and she offered me the job. I am really excited about this job because I like being around people and I like being outside so this is a good medium.” Outdoors, not only near the water, is where many students, like sophomore Bryce Davenport, like to spend their summers. Davenport mows lawns at rental houses for money to spend on his truck. “I like mowing yards because it is a way to make easy money and I enjoy it,” Davenport said. Working in retail, restaurants and babysitting are common among teenagers too. Popular restaurant jobs at Lone Cedar, Tale of the Whale, and Owen’s include bussing

and waiting tables. During the summer, students are likely to get tipped more by tourists, so the monetary opportunity restaurants give students is hard to resist. “Bussing tables is good money if you aren’t old enough to wait tables,” senior Isaac Reber said. “Restaurants are a good trade in this area, they’ll always be busy because of the tourism industry. You can start out bussing tables and work your way up over time.” Some students like working in restaurants for the socialization too. “I like working in a restaurant because I like to meet new people everyday and help others,” junior Mariah Maqueda said. With summer, comes the dreaded family road trip cliche seen in movies and TV shows. Despite this stereotype of family vacations, sophomores Blake and Blayden Parrish look forward to 8 days spent in Canada. “I’ve never been outside of the country,” Blake said. “It’s exciting to go somewhere new and I’m happy to finally be going.” Traveling out of the country is an option for some students and their families, but traveling to other states is often a cheaper, yet still exciting, experience. Going to Florida, seniors Mackenzie UlmerMeekins and Skylor Burke plan to spend their days in the sun. “We’re going to Florida to celebrate graduating high school. We’re staying in a good hotel and go with the flow. Skylor wanted to go and she invited me to tag along. We get a break from work and school and I’m very excited,” Ulmer-Meekins said. Summer break provides students with an opportunity to go to athletic and academic camps. There are camps at different colleges in the state and out of the state. The camps range from a week, to a few weeks, to a month. At these camps students have to opportunities to stay in dorms and meet new people. “I can’t wait to get the college experience this summer at Chapel Hill. I’ll be there for five weeks and I’m taking freshman English so that’ll be out of the way. I am excited about meeting new people and seeing the people I have met in previous years. I am staying

in the Granville Tower dorms,” junior Donovan Twyne said. Two juniors, Everett Meekins and Angela Anacleto, get to experience Governor’s School for six weeks over summer break. Meekins will spend his time studying math, and Anacleto will enjoy her days learning about Spanish. Though Governor’s School is an educational camp, both Meekins and Anacleto are excited about the weeks. “I’ve heard a lot of good things about Governor’s School from my friends like Columbus [Dong]. I went for math because it was the topic I was most interested in,” Meekins said. The work to get into college doesn’t stop when school lets out. Volunteer hours are required for many college-bound students, and the summer break is a perfect time to build up their resumes with volunteer opportunities. “Any time you can do something good for people you should do it, you need to be able to do things that are good for other people that don’t have an obvious award for yourself,” college adviser Seth Rose said. The Outer Banks Hospital has a volunteer program that allows students interested in not only in the medical field, but humanities, to get up close with patients, doctors and medical procedures. The SPCA also allows students interested in veterinary medicine to get an in-depth look at life in a shelter home. “I volunteer monthly at the SPCA to get experience with helping animals. It’s scientifically proven that playing with kittens will calm you down, so I went after tests to distress,” senior Shelby Foster said. “I’ve accumulated a lot of hours over the years and I included it on my college applications.” With only 77 days of schoolfree fun, students make the most of it. Earning money for college and the coming school year is what some like to focus their break on, while others work towards furthering their education and volunteering their time for the greater good. No matter what students do during their summer break, they share one common thread: they don’t want their break to end.


“I’m going to Peru for about a month this summer. Me, my family, and some friends are going to visit Machu Picchu, I’m really excited.” - Katherinne Rabanal

“I’m going to Europe for two weeks. We are going to London, Paris and Rome. I’m most excited about going on the under water train and seeing the cool buildings.” - Will Cruden

“I’m going to Georgia to a Georgia Tech camp to learn about robotics. I will be there for 3 weeks and while I’m there I will learn to build robots.” - Max Janesik

“I’m going to the UNC Jazz Workshop at Chapel Hill. I wanted to experience more about jazz like it was at All-District and All-State.” - Eric Williams

“I’m going to the Bahamas. I got a scholarship through Questbridge to go to a school there. I’m going to learn about sustainability and marine biology.” - Savannah Midgette


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Let me tell you about my best friend... Brittany Farence Staff Writer Friendships are as unique as the individuals involved. They each have their own story. Each one has a beginning, middle, and in some circumstances, an end. Friendships begin in different places. Some friendships are developed instantly, while others may have a rocky start. “At first, Olivia [Walter] and I hated each other, but once we got to know each other, we became best friends and have been ever since,” freshman Allison Lassiter said. Friendships can be lifelong and start at an early age, or they may not develop until later in life. Some of the most lasting friendships get their start as early as meeting in daycare or preschool. Being together at such an early stage in life helps create unbreakable bonds. These are the friends that become family. “Me and my best friend, Catherine Sanders, met at daycare, around the age of 1 or 2,” freshman Brianna Landazuri said. “We have always been best friends, we’ve had our ups and downs but I love her no matter what. Every rough patch we’ve had, we’ve always worked through.” Bonds can be created through shared interests. Many friendships begin by participating in extracurricular activities together. These friendships don’t limit themselves to only two people; they may include a whole team. Baseball or softball fields, basketball or volleyball courts and dance classes are great places to make new, lasting friendships. These are the places you get to know people you may have seen around but never had the opportunity to interact with. “When I was in 5th grade, I had to be moved up a dance class because some people quit to do sports,” freshman Averi Creef said. “I made a friend really quickly and we’re still really close today. She was automatically super nice and welcoming to me, considering I was the baby of the class. She made me feel like I wasn’t out of place.” Many friendships form in

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the classroom. Students bond over their interests in certain subjects, and even their frustrations. “I met Skylar [Williamson] during math class,” junior Mary Marchitelli said. “We started talking and I found out she played softball. When softball started we weren’t so close, but as the season went on we became really good friends.” Moving to a new town can be stressful and overwhelming. It can also be a good experience if you’re up for meeting new people and having new experiences. All it takes is meeting that one person who helps you fit in and find other friends. They can help you meet new people and gain mutual friends. “When I first moved here my dad and Josh Tolson’s dad worked together, so Josh introduced me to his friends. He made me play baseball which helped me meet new friends and my friend group expanded from there,” senior Will Cruden said. New neighbors can spark new friendships. Not to say that

you will hit it off with all the neighbors, but chances are you will become friends with some. Neighbors make great friends; they look out for each other and are always around when you need them. “Growing up in the Nags Head Pond/Acres area has given me some of my closest friendships,” senior Brittany Nieman said. “Even though we’ve made new friends over the years, we always know we can come back to each other when we need it.” Parents may also be the ones to introduce friends to each other. When parents have children around the same time, their kids tend to grow up together. When the parents spend time together, their children usually do too. This helps friendships grow from a very young age. “Will [Brown] and I were already friends after going to preschool together, but since our moms were friends, our families would go on trips together and we’ve stayed friends because of that, along with being in sports

and school together,” junior Caz Wheeler said. Starting a new job or having new colleagues at your workplace create an opportunity for friendships to blossom. Your new co-workers could be people you are acquainted with, but never had much communication with. Working together gives you an outlet for getting to know each other. Who knows, you may have a lot in common. Work could be the place you meet your best friend. “I think friendship in the workplace is important because it makes going to work more pleasurable,” junior Tessie Dough said. “It’s important to go to work happy and ready to work. Having a friend at work makes you look forward to it everyday.” Not all friendships can stand the test of time, but those that do should be treasured. If you are fortunate enough to find that one person who will stick by your side through thick and thin, you will never have to face the world alone.

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Social media makes up a beauty revolution


Caroline Haywood Staff Writer Do you ever go through Instagram and wonder how the makeup trends you see started? From contouring and highlighting to barely there, makeup trends range from bold to practically nonexistent. “Some of the most recent trends with makeup right now are eyeliner, highlighter, and matte colored lipstick. I choose to wear eyeliner and highlighter because I love doing makeup, it’s what I do on my free time. They change over time because they get boring and something new always comes out,” freshman Gardenia Lopez said. Makeup trends come and go, and some of the popular ones right now are back from the past. To make ones’ eyes pop, winged eyeliner can be applied. The use of black or any color on the eyelid is both classic and open to interpretation. This technique is also called “cat eyes”. “I like winged liner because in my opinion when I wear eye shadow it creates a very clean edge. Thus, making my eye makeup less messy,” freshman Nautalia Arteaga said. Matte, or liquid, lipstick dries on the lips and maintains a finished look for a long time with a variety of colors. Over time, the popularity of these lipsticks has heightened with celebrities like Kylie Jenner being big fan of matte lipsticks. Jenner even has her own makeup company with her liquid lipsticks being a popular favorite. “The formula is really good in her makeup,” freshman Averi Creef said. “I like the texture and it smells really good. The colors have a lot of pigment and it lasts for a really long time.” Long gone are the days of the over-plucked 90s eyebrows, thick is in. Bold eyebrows are another popular trend right now. This involves filling in eyebrows

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with an eyebrow pencil to help them become more defined. “I like to fill them in so they are fuller and look more put together,” junior Jessica Hicks said. “I keep my eyebrow shape, I just make them a little darker in a subtle way.” In art, the use of lighting and shading is called chiaroscuro. This has trickled into the makeup community as highlighting and contouring. Both help define facial features. It’s popularity on Instagram has reached an all-time high, with the hashtag “contouring” being used over 1.1 million times. “Yeah, I like it because it gives you a more defined look. I do it because I like it and it makes me feel like my makeup is complete,” junior Tessie Dough said. The popularity of certain makeup trends depends on its ability to circulate through posts and grab the attention of as many people as it can. This circulation stems from well-known makeup artists, often seen on social media. “I like to follow makeup artists on Instagram because

it gives me some inspiration,” freshman Angel Martinez said. “The ideas I get from them vary. Some ideas could be as simple as what colors compliment my eye color or skin tone or what products to purchase. I usually find them by browsing through my search feed and finding things I like.” Many makeup artists on Instagram now have their own brands, like Huda Kattan (also known as hudabeauty) and Jeffree Star. These social media stars make their own brands of makeup, which tend to be pricey, but for cost-effective makeup lovers, there’s always the tried and true drugstore makeup. Drugstores offer a variety of brands of makeup but more popular ones include CoverGirl, Maybelline and L’oreal. “Honestly it doesn’t matter what brand you use, they’re all the same. It just depends on what brand you choose that works best for you, it’s also less money because nobody will ever know the difference,” freshman Ally Gurrola said.

The debate of drugstore vs high end is one where there’s no clear answer. High end, though expensive, often has better quality. High end makeup includes brands like tarte cosmetics, Urban Decay and NARS. These brands are famous for being cruelty-free, unlike many drugstore brands, and thus, their price goes up. “I like using high end makeup brands because they’re better quality even though you’re paying more. They also have better ingredients in them and are better for your skin,” junior Drew Harper said. “Some of my favorite brands include MAC for lipstick, Tarte for eye shadows and benefit for mascara.” For some makeup users, quality is the most important factor for deciding which makeup to use. Makeup works differently for each individual person, and junior Brinli Clark is a believer of using what works best. “I don’t think the quality [of the makeup] matters, it just depends on the styles of makeup. If it works for you, use it,” Clark said.


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Sneaking out: what’s the allure for teens? Dylan Berry Staff Writer

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Sneaking out. It’s a decision nearly every teen has made. The excitement of going against parental orders, or following them has crossed the minds of many teenagers. Some may say sneaking out is a chance where they can be in charge of their actions, as if they didn’t have their parents watching over them. The sense of defying one’s parents and going to have fun is tempting to each teenager and the feeling of breaking the rules is exhilarating. “I sneak out because my mom and dad don’t let me go out. I am 18 and my mom and dad make my curfew 9:30,” an anonymous 18 year-old-boy said “I’d rather them say ‘no, you can’t go’ instead of telling me I have to be home at 9:30.” Teens sneak out for various reasons. They can become bored while their friends are out having fun, they want to go out and just go anywhere, or they sneak out for the thrill of it. Some teens manage to sneak out and sneak back in without getting caught, however; others are not as successful. “I don’t have a curfew, but a lot of my friends do. When we [the ones who don’t have curfews] are going out, it makes them want to sneak out even more and they ask those of us who don’t to pick them up so they can get out without getting caught,” an anonymous 17-year-old girl said. Teens seem to hangout later at night rather than in broad daylight. While their friends are out, they tend to encourage others to sneak out past their curfew. The more people that encourage this the more tempted the other is to leave. “I’ve been tempted to sneak out once or twice [but] it’s not that easy when I have a curfew of 11:30,” an anonymous 18-year-old girl said. “When my friends who don’t have curfews are going out it makes us want to sneak out more.” Once someone successfully sneaks out, they may continue to do it because they know that they are able to get away with it. This risks could become more serious because they are starting to trust in themselves more.

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“My parents get really mad when they find out that I sneak out, I only sneak out when it’s really worth it. And I’m always cautious and make sure I have a way back in,” an anonymous 18-year-old boy said. Teens who sneak out often don’t consider the amount of pain they cause their parents when their parents figure out that they have been disobeying them or the repercussions that might follow their decisions. After learning of such actions, parents might lose trust in their children and feel discipline is necessary. Deception and sneaking out go hand-in-hand. To plan a secret night out, a cover story in needed. The classic “I’m at a friend’s house” is the go-to excuse for many teens. “I used to tell my mom I was spending the night at a friends house and then go see my then boyfriend or go to a party,” an anonymous 18-year-old-girl said. “I waited for my mom to go to sleep [because] she is a really heavy sleeper, so I [didn’t] caught. In my opinion, it is easier to be open and honest with my mom now. There are always things that teens can’t tell their parents, and sneaking out is the only option.” For the teens without a curfew, the danger of sneaking out is not clear. They have the

ability to leave at will, and for their friends with a curfew, the temptation to leave and join the “free” can be too much. “I know what I should be doing and what I shouldn’t be doing when it comes to later activities,” an anonymous 17-yearold girl said. “As for my friends that do have a curfew, they are still able to go out and have fun in the limited time they have.” A parent’s reaction to their child sneaking out can vary. While some parents focus on the lies, deceit and danger accompanying sneaking out, others see through the actions of their children and get to the root issue: trust. As a teen gets older, there’s the unwritten rule that with age comes trust. There can be a compromise between parent and child, leading to a reasonable curfew and rules both can agree on. “As I have gotten older, my parents seem to let me do more with my friends at the later hour,” an anonymous 15-year-old boy said. “My parents and I discuss the time that I need to be home each time I go out and the rules that I have to follow.” Sneaking out is entirely up to the student, and sticks with them through their younger years. What they do later at night is up to them, but the act of sneaking out will be what stays with them.


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To the MHS class of 2017, this one’s for you... Willa Brown and Elizabeth Wheless Staff Writers For 720 days, the members of the senior class, and you, have made memories that helped define your high school experience. Whether it may be getting into the college of your dreams, receiving a substantial scholarship, scoring your last touchdown on the football field or attending prom in the spring, these four years are filled with exciting, emotional events. “My favorite high school experience was getting to meet new people and having fun with my friends and especially hanging out with my teachers,” senior Asiana Pledger said. Friendships are also strengthened during these four years. Though freshman year brings uncertainty when it comes to finding friends, in later years of school, you experience adventures that often bring you and your friends closer together, and these friend groups are solidified. “I met my crew sophomore year when we used to pick on each other during class. What started out as joking around turned into a good friendship. Now, we are thick as thieves,” senior John Marroquin said. “When you’re in high school, you become close with people through class, sports and other after school activities.” These years play an important role in determining who you become later in your life. The work ethic you developed over the course of high school can help in college, graduate school or in the jobs you have when you’re older. Whether you take AP classes, all honors, or COA courses, these challenging (or not so challenging) classes helped you to find out what you like to study and what you want to stay away from later down the line. “As students progress through high school they begin to figure out where they are strong or weak academically,” guidance counselor Marie White said. “I think this helps students sometimes decide an area they want to work in after high school. Students begin to learn more about themselves; what they like and dislike and that begins to help them decide about their future.” Memories aren’t all you’ll take away from these four years. During your time here, you have learned many skills and lessons, whether or not you’d like to admit it. Your AP US History class taught you that narrative writing isn’t all that you have to offer, and that history can be fun. Your extracurriculars let you explore what you love and take a break from the hectic academic schedule you endured. Even though that schedule was hair-pulling, nail-biting and plain stressful at times, it taught you that you can handle much more than you ever thought possible. “Students develop lifelong skills in high school that will impact their success in life,” guidance counselor

Pam Yelle said. “These skills include integrity, perseverance and compassion. Simple things like being on time, and showing respect for others who may depend on you. When we take responsibility and own up to our mistakes, the people around us develop respect for our integrity.” Seniors, you’ll be able to look back on past memories of your four years here with fondness, or embarrassment, or anger and everything in between. These memories will hold a special place in your hearts, regardless of how stressed you were or how much you just wanted finals to end during those moments. Even during a time when all you were thinking about was college and your next step in life, something grounded you and made you appreciate the time you’ve spent here and the people you’ve spent it with. Many memories developed through your involvement with extracurricular activities. Whether you participated in a club, wrote for a school publication or tutored for Mathletes, getting involved allowed you to meet others and find common interests. For senior Cici Coletti, some of her favorite times took place with other members of Stage Left. “We were the tightest group of friends and [I have] so much love for Connie Rose, Grace Davis, Sydney Childress, and all the people [I’ve] grown up doing theater with,” she said. Special events and school functions like Homecoming, Prom and sports’ senior nights keep the nostalgia high on your list of high school moments. Especially as seniors, going all out and showing your maximum school spirit is a sort of unintentional, unspoken rule of senior year. “My favorite senior memory was homecoming week because it was when everyone went all out for spirit week and they were really excited about who the winner was going to be,” senior Meghan Jones said. “Also, it was fun going to the football game and seeing who won king and queen.” With a monumental year in athletics, there are multiple sports moments you can look back on and smile about. A record breaking year for the track team let seniors have a year t o remember. The re-creation o f the men’s

tennis team cemented this year, and its creators, as legacy holders for years to come. The multiple conference champion titles earned by our soccer, women’s tennis and women’s cross country teams allowed for seniors to leave the team with lasting memories. “Out of my four years of high school, the moment that stands out the most to me was when our varsity basketball team beat Plymouth,” senior Shumure Flowers said, “I was only a sophomore and I was on the JV team, but that was such a close game and a really tough team.” The last year of high school is most definitely a year to remember for every senior. Many seniors this year were involved in important events this past year, that they will be able to hold with them for a lifetime. Senior Emma Alter finished her high school career with accomplishments in not only music, through attending All-District Honors Band, but in photography too, with one of her photos being chosen for the Virginia Symphony playbill in April. “[All-District] was important to me because I was able to see the musician friends that I had made over the years and I was able to come together and play with them,” Alter said. “[When I won the photo contest] I was so shocked because I had forgotten about it. I was the first student to be recognized for sending in a picture.” Not only did friendly relationships help define your senior year, romantic relationships added memories, both bittersweet and heartwarming, to your last year of high school. “My favorite memory as a senior was the soccer promposal that my boyfriend David did after the soccer game,” senior Christine Diaz said. “It completely caught me by surprise and it took him forever to promposal me- I just wanted to see what he was going to do already!” So here’s to you, seniors. Your four years of laughter, tears, hard work, broken hearts, major accomplishments, major mistakes, life lessons and tough love have all lead you to be the people you are now. “We know that the ability to persevere in the face of challenges is one of the most important keys to success,” Yelle said. “Overcoming challenges increases a person’s self-confidence which increases happiness and overall satisfaction in life. Lastly, compassion for others and ethical behavior help us to develop stronger relationships at work and at home.” You are now the graduates of this high school. The school you’ve come to appreciate. Though you may not come back to these halls after you graduate, the memories you’ve had within the building will live on. Here’s to the lessons you’ve learned and the people you’ve met along the way. You’ve earned it.


Year in Review

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Ashtyn Wescott Staff Writer

September 2016 China partnership brings over seven students from China to learn and live with six MHS students October 2016 Hurricane Matthew hits Girl’s tennis team wins conference champs for first time in 17 years Let’s Glow Redskins Homecoming pep rally November 2016 SGA food drive brings in over 500 pounds of food December 2016 Boy’s soccer wins conference championship Girl’s basketball beats Pender in playoffs Eddie Twyne retires January 2017 School and district POL competition Lindsay Daniels and Robin Winnett leave February 2017 DECA members attend their first conference Boy’s tennis comes back from seven year hiatus Members of Model UN attend their first conference at ODU March 2017 Odyssey of the Mind wins 1st place at regional competition Dare County Parks and Rec. and MHS Softball team put together the 1st softball camp Selected Math students travel to ECSU and Chowan math competitions “The Phantom of the Opera” opens with rave reviews ABC band for selected band members Sprinting into Spring 5k Color Run and Fun Run to benefit junior Seth Hash Sydney Pearce gets admitted to Yale University and Josh Pack gets in to Duke University April 2017 MHS Band, Chorus and Strings wins awards in Williamsburg competition. Band 1st place Superior, Strings 1st place Excellent, Chorus 2nd place Excellent and Eric Williams with an Outstanding Musician award Girl’s soccer conference champs Six Mathletes traveled to states at NCSSM Third annual MHS Spelling Bee is won by seniors Albert Hurley and Garrett Basnight May 2017 Senior Chandler France goes to states for golf The school yearbook, “Authentic” is released June 2017 Rosie Rankin and Mary Berry retire

1. After making it to the regional tennis competition, seniors Hannah Anglin, Brittany Nieman, Katie Gruninger and Lindsay Jones celebrate with their coach, Lindsay Daniels. “Deciding to play tennis my senior year was something that I will never forget with my best friends,” Gruninger said. (courtesy of Hannah Anglin) 2. Members of the MHS Wind Ensemble receive a Superior rating at the Williamsburg’s competition. With a band of only 15 people, being awarded a Superior rating was a big deal for the band and director April Rife. “It was amazing winning not only 1st place but a superior rating,” junior Kelsea Sexton said. “Superior is the best there is so that was definitely a good feeling for the band. Overall, we had an amazing year between our marching and concert season. There was a lot of hard work put in.”(courtesy of April Rife) 3. Before the “Let’s Glow Redskins!” pep rally, seniors Christine Diaz, Meghan Jones, Skylor Burke, Jorge Jimenez and Courtney Meekins wait to enter the gym. “I really enjoyed blacking all out and watching my friends and making fools of ourselves,” Burke said. (Sarah Pritchard) 4. Prom King and Queen, seniors John Marroquin and Christine Diaz, dance to “Just the Way You Look Tonight” after winning. (Lifetouch) 5. Senior Devon Hollins performs as the Phantom in Stage Left’s spring production of “The Phantom of the Opera.” (Bella Bartell) 6. Junior Drew Harper and her Chinese exchange student, Jiggles, attend Lisa Serfling’s biology class. Harper joined the exchange program and is hoping to visit China next summer through the program. (Katie Gruninger)

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