Kinston Highâ€™s student newspaper 2601 N. Queen St., Kinston, N.C.
Volume 4, Issue 6
Interim LCPS superintendent Mazingo to take permanent post By RESITA COX Editor-Âin-ÂChief
The boys basketball team celebrates its victory in the 2A state championship game, played Saturday, March 10, at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh. (Tim Hargett // The Viking Press)
2012 CHAMPIONS Third title in 5 years caps remarkable run By HAYLEY VERMILLION News Editor
Amazing Â is Â an Â understate-Â ment Â when Â used Â to Â describe Â the Â success Â of Â Kinston Â High Â Schoolâ€™s Â athletic Â programs Â this Â year. Â Â â€œThis Â school Â has Â always Â had Â great Â athletes, Â but Â we Â were Â re-Â ally Â able Â to Â capitalize Â on Â their Â abilities Â this Â year,â€? Â Athletic Â Director Â and Â varsity Â basketball Â coach Â Wells Â Gulledge Â said. Â Throughout Â the Â 2011-Â2012 Â school Â year, Â sports Â have Â been Â very Â successful. Â Â In Â the Â fall Â sea-Â son, Â the Â football Â team Â played Â LQ LWV ÂżUVW VWDWH FKDPSLRQVKLS game Â at Â N.C. Â Stateâ€™s Â Carter Â Fin-Â ley Â Stadium, Â falling Â 21-Â14 Â to Â West Â Stokes. However, Â the Â Vikings Â were Â QRWVDWLVÂżHGZLWKMXVWRQHVWDWH championship Â showing. Â Â With Â basketball Â season Â right Â around Â the Â corner, Â the Â athletes Â and Â coaches Â geared Â up Â to Â be Â just Â as Â successful Â as Â football Â had Â been. The Â girlsâ€™ Â and Â boysâ€™ Â varsity Â teams Â set Â high Â expectations Â
early Â on Â in Â the Â season. Â â€œWe Â set Â our Â short Â term, Â as Â well Â as Â long Â term Â goals, Â at Â the Â beginning Â of Â the Â season,â€? Â Gulledge Â said. Â â€œWe Â had Â to Â talk Â about Â it Â often Â and Â believe Â in Â it.â€? The Â girls Â fell Â just Â short Â of Â a Â championship Â game Â when Â they Â lost Â in Â the Â regional Â ÂżQDOV JDPH to Â Jordan-Â M a t t h e w s . Â Â Though Â a Â heart-Âbreak-Â ing Â loss, Â they Â did Â make Â it Â farther Â than Â the Â women Â ever Â have Â in Â the Â history Â of Â Kinston Â High Â School. Â â€œOur Â kids Â have Â put Â in Â a Â lot Â of Â time, Â theyâ€™ve Â worked Â hard Â in Â the Â weight Â room, Â and Â theyâ€™ve Â received Â coaching Â well,â€? Â said Â Hubert Â Quinerly, Â head Â coach Â of Â the Â girlsâ€™ Â team Â and Â defensive-Â coordinator Â for Â the Â football Â team. Â â€œItâ€™s Â just Â been Â a Â blessing Â to Â be Â around Â such Â great Â kids.â€? Â For Â the Â boys, Â a Â hard-Âfought Â
battle Â and Â overcoming Â 37 Â turn-Â RYHUV LQ WKH UHJLRQDO ÂżQDOV against Â Reidsville Â paved Â the Â way Â for Â a Â 58-Â55 Â win Â against Â Cuthbertson Â at Â Reynolds Â Coli-Â seum Â in Â Raleigh Â for Â their Â third Â VWDWH FKDPSLRQVKLS LQ ÂżYH years. As Â al-Â ways, Â there Â were Â stand-Â outs Â on Â WKH ÂżHOG and Â court Â this Â year, Â but Â head Â c o a c h e s Â Nick Â An-Â derson, Â Quinerly Â and Â Gulledge Â all Â agree Â that Â the Â players Â on Â each Â team Â worked Â together Â to Â make Â it Â so Â far Â into Â their Â seasons. â€œWe Â all Â had Â to Â lean Â on Â each Â other,â€? Â Anderson Â said. Â The Â coaches, Â as Â well Â as Â the Â athletes, Â also Â agreed Â on Â one Â other Â component Â over Â the Â year. â€œWe Â have Â a Â great Â group Â of Â Â
Full story on Pg. 12
See CHAMPS pg. 4
It Â didnâ€™t Â take Â long Â for Â news Â to Â spread Â that Â Dr. Â Steve Â Mazingo, Â in-Â terim Â superintendent Â of Â Lenoir Â County Â Public Â Schools, Â was Â expected Â to Â drop Â the Â â€œinterimâ€? Â from Â his Â title Â in Â favor Â of Â a Â permanent Â position Â as Â the Â countyâ€™s Â top Â school Â administrator. â€œI Â was Â actually Â not Â an Â applicant,â€? Â Mazingo Â said, Â â€œbut Â of Â course Â the Â ERDUGFDQJRDERXWÂżOO-Â ing Â the Â job Â of Â superin-Â tendent Â however Â they Â feel Â is Â best Â to Â do Â so.â€? Mazingo Â came Â out Â RI UHWLUHPHQW WR ÂżOO D position Â vacated Â by Â the Â resignation Â of Â Dr. Â Terry Â Cline Â over Â the Â summer Â and Â planned Â to Â do Â so Â only Â until Â the Â school Â system Â could Â ÂżQGDIXOOWLPHUHSODFH-Â ment. Â However, Â upon Â
Dr. Steve Mazingo (Megan Towery // The Viking Press)
receiving Â the Â call Â from Â the Â board, Â Mazingo Â changed Â his Â mind. Â â€œI Â took Â the Â job Â as Â an Â interim Â and Â really Â never Â thought Â about Â staying Â being Â that Â I Â am Â retired,â€? Â Mazingo Â said. Â â€œBut Â I Â re-Â ally Â enjoyed Â being Â here Â which Â is Â why Â I Â am Â con-Â sidering Â taking Â the Â job Â on Â a Â permanent Â basis.â€? Even Â before Â taking Â the Â job Â full-Âtime Â be-Â came Â a Â possibility, Â Maz-Â
See MAZINGO pg. 4
Track remains condemned as other maintennce needed By RESITA COX Editor-Âin-ÂChief
for Â next Â year.â€? Bryant Â must Â present Â a Â budget Â to Â the Â school Â board Â each Â year Â of Â things Â the Â school Â needs Â money Â for. Â According Â to Â Bryant, Â the Â track Â is Â number Â one Â on Â her Â budget Â list. Â â€œIt Â really Â just Â depends Â on Â what Â the Â entire Â dis-Â trictâ€™s Â budget Â looks Â like Â as Â to Â rather Â it Â gets Â Âż[HGÂ´%U\DQWVDLG The Â Lenoir Â County Â School Â Board, Â interim Â
Kinston Â High Â Schoolâ€™s Â track Â team Â is Â still Â home-Â less. While Â track Â season Â is Â underway, Â the Â con-Â demned Â track Â surround-Â ing Â the Â Kinston Â High Â IRRWEDOO ÂżHOG KDV \HW WR be Â touched, Â meaning Â all Â track Â meets Â this Â season Â are Â at Â other Â schools. Â â€œIt Â has Â been Â presented Â to Â the Â Board,â€? Â Princi-Â pal Â Angela Â Bryant Â said, Â â€œand Â it Â is Â on Â my Â capital Â outlay Â project Â budget Â See TRACK, pg. 7
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The Viking Press 2601 Â N. Â Queen Â St. Â / Â Kinston Â N.C. Â 28501
The Â Viking Â Press Â is Â the Â award-Âwinning Â student Â publi-Â cation Â of Â Kinston Â High Â School Â and Â is Â published Â entirely Â by Â KHS Â students Â as Â a Â public Â forum. Opinions Â expressed Â in Â The Â Viking Â Press Â are Â solely Â those Â of Â the Â writer Â whose Â byline Â ap-Â pears Â above Â each Â story. Unsigned Â editorials Â represent Â the Â majority Â opinion Â of Â The Â Vi-Â king Â Press Â staff Â as Â a Â whole Â and Â GR QRW QHFHVVDULO\ UHĂ€HFW WKH views Â or Â opinions Â of Â any Â Lenoir Â County Â Schools Â employees. Some Â material Â courtesy Â of Â American Â Society Â of Â Newspa-Â per Â Editors/MCT Â Campus Â High Â School Â Newspaper Â Service.
Mission Statement The Â Viking Â Press, Â for Â the Â purpose Â of Â allowing Â the Â voices Â of Â all Â students Â to Â be Â heard, Â be-Â lieves Â in Â complete, Â unbiased Â reporting Â and Â strives Â for Â hon-Â est, Â open Â dialogue Â in Â the Â KHS Â community.
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Viking Press Staff Editor-Âin-ÂChief Resita Â Cox Co-ÂEditor Tommy Â Tsao News Â Editor Hayley Â Vermillion Sports Â Editor Kyle Â Brown Feature Â Editor Kenneth Â George Entertainment Â Editor Malasya Â Grajales Opinion Â Editor -XOLD*ULIÂżQ Business Â Manager Anna Â Hill Copy Â Editors Megan Â Towery Anniken Â Williams Reporters Akyra Â Allen Tim Â Hargett Daquante Â Jones Angelo Â Keyes .KDGÄšDK7KRUQH Adviser Michael Â Moon
Letters welcome The Â Viking Â Press Â welcomes Â letters Â to Â the Â editor. Â Submis-Â sions Â must Â be Â 300 Â words Â or Â less Â and Â must Â be Â signed Â by Â the Â au-Â thor. Â The Â Viking Â Press Â reserves Â the Â right Â to Â edit Â letters Â for Â content Â and Â length. Â
OUR TAKE More technology, less awareness? IPhones, Â iPods, Â iPads. Â It Â can Â easily Â be Â assumed Â that Â as Â teenagers Â we Â have Â at Â least Â one Â of Â the Â many Â Apple Â products Â that Â are Â so Â popular Â not Â only Â in Â the Â United Â States Â but Â also Â around Â the Â world. Â Our Â generation Â is Â so Â tech-Â nology Â driven Â that Â we Â tend Â to Â forget Â where Â the Â things Â we Â use Â as Â mere Â entertain-Â ment Â may Â come Â from. Â Yet Â the Â question Â we Â must Â ask Â ourselves Â is: Â Do Â we Â actu-Â ally Â care Â where Â they Â come Â from? Â Though Â many Â of Â us Â may Â not Â be Â aware, Â consid-Â erable Â controversy Â has Â aris-Â en Â as Â a Â result Â of Â published Â accounts Â of Â sub-Âstandard Â working Â conditions Â at Â an Â Apple Â manufacturing Â facility Â
in Â China. Â Several Â major Â media Â outlets Â have Â reported Â harsh Â working Â conditions, Â long Â hours Â and Â low Â pay Â that Â have Â combined Â to Â result Â in Â so Â many Â attempt-Â ed Â suicides Â at Â the Â plant Â that Â the Â factory Â had Â to Â install Â nets Â between Â buildings Â to Â dis-Â courage Â people Â from Â jump-Â ing Â to Â their Â deaths. As Â teenagers, Â it Â seems Â that Â the Â way Â we Â receive Â our Â iPhone Â is Â the Â least Â of Â our Â worries. Â But Â at Â what Â point Â do Â we Â put Â down Â our Â Apple Â products Â and Â take Â a Â stand? Â If Â we Â have Â come Â to Â the Â point Â where Â we Â are Â inseparable Â from Â our Â electronics, Â it Â can Â easily Â be Â said Â that Â our Â genera-Â tion Â needs Â to Â reconsider Â our Â
morals Â and Â our Â priorities. Of Â course Â it Â could Â be Â ar-Â gued Â that Â simply Â putting Â down Â our Â Apple Â products Â would Â not Â really Â make Â a Â change Â in Â countries Â on Â the Â other Â side Â of Â the Â world. Â The Â initiative Â it Â takes Â to Â take Â a Â stand, Â however, Â is Â what Â matters Â the Â most. Â Most Â peo-Â ple Â have Â no Â idea Â who Â made Â their Â iPhone, Â or Â for Â that Â mat-Â ter, Â how Â it Â was Â made. Â Are Â we Â asking Â you Â to Â give Â up Â your Â phones Â and Â music Â players Â as Â a Â whole? Â No, Â the Â point Â that Â is Â being Â made Â is Â to Â take Â the Â time Â to Â become Â in-Â formed. Â As Â American Â teenagers Â we Â can Â sometimes Â forget Â that Â something Â as Â small Â as Â an Â iPod Â
Nano Â is Â a Â huge Â luxury Â that Â other Â teenagers Â across Â the Â world Â would Â die Â for. Â Some-Â times, Â it Â turns Â out, Â workers Â are Â literally Â dying Â to Â produce Â these Â items. Â While Â understanding Â the Â harsh Â conditions Â and Â spread-Â ing Â awareness Â about Â them Â PD\EHRQO\WKHÂżUVWVWHSLQ many Â on Â the Â road Â to Â labor Â re-Â IRUPDWOHDVWWKHÂżUVWVWHSLV being Â made. Taking Â the Â time Â out Â to Â cherish Â the Â electronics Â we Â have Â simply Â shows Â our Â ap-Â preciation. Â Critics Â may Â say Â we Â canâ€™t Â do Â much, Â but Â we Â believe Â that Â we Â can Â at Â least Â do Â something. Â Be Â informed. Â Be Â grateful. Â Be Â aware.
from the adviserâ€™s desk
Kinston High a special place to work Let Â me Â begin Â by Â saying Â this Â LV WKH ÂżUVW WLPH , KDYH HYHU written Â something Â for Â pub-Â lication Â in Â The Â Viking Â Press. Despite Â working Â as Â a Â pro-Â fessional Â journalist Â for Â two Â \HDUV SULRU WR ÂżQGLQJ P\ way Â into Â the Â classroom, Â I Â do Â QRWFRQVLGHULWP\MREWRÂżOO space Â in Â our Â newspaper. Â I Â had Â my Â turn Â in Â the Â newsroom. Â Itâ€™s Â my Â staffâ€™s Â turn Â now. But Â once Â in Â a Â great Â while, Â I Â feel Â compelled Â to Â say Â some-Â thing. Â This Â time, Â I Â feel Â com-Â pelled Â to Â share Â my Â thoughts Â with Â all Â of Â our Â readers. Without Â the Â slightest Â dis-Â respect Â toward Â any Â of Â the Â previous Â newspaper Â staffs Â that Â have Â come Â through Â in Â my Â four Â years Â as Â the Â journal-Â ism Â adviser Â at Â Kinston Â High Â School, Â this Â is Â the Â best Â group, Â collectively, Â that Â I Â have Â ever Â worked Â with. Â I Â am Â immense-Â ly Â proud Â of Â each Â and Â every Â one Â of Â the Â young Â men Â and Â women Â who Â are Â in Â my Â class. In Â the Â space Â to Â follow, Â I Â want Â to Â take Â a Â few Â minutes Â to Â share Â with Â you Â some Â of Â the Â accomplishments Â of Â students Â I Â have Â the Â privilege Â and Â the Â pleasure Â to Â work Â with Â on Â a Â daily Â basis. Senior Â Resita Â Cox, Â our Â editor-Âin-Âchief, Â has Â worked Â harder Â in Â the Â last Â two Â years Â
to Â improve Â as Â a Â scholastic Â journalist Â than Â many Â profes-Â sional Â writers Â will Â work Â in Â a Â career. Â She Â has Â attended Â re-Â gional Â and Â state Â workshops Â at Â ECU Â and Â UNC, Â and Â she Â was Â among Â a Â handful Â of Â stu-Â dents Â chosen Â from Â across Â the Â nation Â for Â a Â summer Â journal-Â ism Â institute Â at Â George Â Ma-Â son Â University Â in Â Washing-Â ton, Â D.C. She Â is Â a Â published Â writer Â and Â a Â great Â all-Âaround Â stu-Â dent. Â As Â a Â result Â of Â her Â hard Â work, Â a Â panel Â of Â judges Â -Â-Â Â professors Â at Â UNC Â -Â-Â Â selected Â her Â as Â the Â stateâ€™s Â high Â school Â journalist Â of Â the Â year, Â a Â very Â prestigious Â honor. Â (See Â our Â story Â on Â Page Â 1.) Meanwhile, Â our Â co-Âeditor, Â senior Â Tommy Â Tsao, Â was Â VHOHFWHG DV D ÂżQDOLVW IRU WKH Morehead-ÂCain Â Scholarship, Â the Â most Â prestigious Â merit-Â based Â scholarship Â offered Â at Â UNC-ÂChapel Â Hill. Â While Â Tommy Â didnâ€™t Â receive Â the Â scholarship, Â heâ€™ll Â earn Â plenty Â of Â merit Â scholarships, Â and Â KLV SODFH LQ WKH ÂżQDO URXQG is Â somewhere Â a Â KHS Â stu-Â dent Â hasnâ€™t Â visited Â in Â several Â years. And Â the Â classroom Â isnâ€™t Â the Â only Â place Â our Â student Â jour-Â nalists Â are Â excelling. Â Two Â of Â our Â current Â staff-Â
ers Â (seniors Â Kyle Â Brown Â and Â Angelo Â Keyes) Â will Â play Â for Â a Â state Â championship Â in Â Ra-Â leigh Â this Â weekend. Â By Â the Â time Â you Â read Â this, Â I Â hope Â weâ€™ll Â be Â boasting Â about Â our Â third Â boysâ€™ Â basketball Â title Â in Â the Â last Â six Â years. Â (Both Â played Â for Â a Â state Â champion-Â ship Â in Â football Â in Â Decem-Â ber, Â and Â both Â are Â excellent Â students Â in Â addition Â to Â being Â ÂżUVWFODVVDWKOHWHV
Senior Â Hayley Â Vermillion, Â our Â news Â editor, Â was Â a Â mem-Â ber Â of Â the Â girlsâ€™ Â basketball Â team, Â which Â played Â in Â the Â UHJLRQDO ÂżQDOV IRU WKH ÂżUVW time Â in Â school Â history Â last Â week, Â and Â she Â will Â certainly Â make Â a Â strong Â case Â for Â be-Â ing Â our Â conferenceâ€™s Â player Â of Â the Â year Â in Â soccer Â for Â the Â second Â year Â in Â a Â row. Â Seniors Â Kenneth Â George Â (feature Â editor) Â and Â Tim Â Hargett Â were Â part Â of Â a Â soc-Â cer Â team Â that Â hosted Â a Â home Â SOD\RII JDPH IRU WKH ÂżUVW time Â in Â school Â history Â in Â the Â fall. 6HQLRUV-XOLD*ULIÂżQRSLQ-Â ion Â editor) Â and Â Anniken Â Williams Â (copy Â editor) Â were Â UHJLRQDO TXDOLÂżHUV RQ WKH tennis Â team, Â and Â senior Â Me-Â gan Â Towery Â (copy Â editor) Â narrowly Â missed Â qualifying Â for Â tennis Â regionals.
Business Â manager Â Anna Â Hill Â couldnâ€™t Â take Â this Â class Â both Â semesters Â due Â to Â her Â rigorous Â IB Â schedule, Â but Â she Â continues Â to Â help Â us Â produce Â a Â quality Â product Â on Â her Â own Â time. Â It Â is Â only Â a Â matter Â of Â time Â before Â senior Â Malasya Â Gra-Â jales Â (entertainment Â editor) Â is Â recognized Â at Â the Â state Â and Â national Â level Â for Â her Â excel-Â lent Â design Â work Â in Â our Â pub-Â lication, Â and Â reporters Â Akyra Â Allen, Â Daquante Â Jones Â and Â .KDGÄšDK 7KRUQH KDYH UH-Â peatedly Â showcased Â their Â skills Â in Â this Â publication. We Â stress Â that Â this Â publica-Â tion Â is Â for Â you, Â our Â students Â and Â staff, Â and Â part Â of Â our Â philosophy Â is Â to Â highlight Â as Â many Â people Â as Â we Â can Â in Â print. Â Far Â too Â often, Â that Â results Â in Â the Â accomplishments Â of Â our Â own Â news Â staff Â taking Â a Â back Â seat, Â but Â theyâ€™re Â doing Â too Â many Â great Â things Â for Â us Â to Â ignore Â their Â impressive Â re-Â sumes. Consider Â me Â the Â proudest Â adviser Â in Â North Â Carolina. Â Sincerely, Michael Â W. Â Moon Journalism Â adviser Kinston Â High Â School
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Schools should move to 21st century
ECW wing challenge truly insane By KENNETH GEORGE Feature Editor
fter Â being Â open Â for Â only Â a Â couple Â of Â years, Â East Â Coast Â Wings Â has Â quickly Â become Â a Â cornerstone Â in Â Kinston. Â It Â is Â special Â because Â it Â is Â not Â only Â exclusive Â to Â the Â east Â coast, Â it Â is Â exclusive Â only Â to Â the Â state Â of Â North Â Carolina. .QRZQIRULWVĂ€DYRUV of Â wings, Â East Â Coast Â Wings Â has Â a Â variety Â of Â dishes Â to Â offer. Â From Â burgers Â to Â chili Â cheese Â fries, Â East Â Coast Â Wings Â knows Â how Â to Â how Â WR IXOÂżOO \RXU KXQJHU Their Â most Â infamous Â dish, Â the Â insanity Â wing, Â has Â hor-Â ULÂżF VLGH HIIHFWV EXW PDQ\ people Â still Â want Â to Â take Â the Â challenge. Junior Â Jordan Â Keeble Â is Â among Â the Â victims Â of Â the Â $1.89 Â wing. Â â€œIt Â was Â the Â hottest Â thing Â in Â this Â world,â€? Â Keeble Â said. Â â€œt Â was Â crazy Â hot. Â It Â made Â me Â cry.â€? Â Before Â ordering Â this Â â€œtreatâ€? Â a Â waiver Â must Â be Â signed. Â Once Â all Â the Â paper-Â work Â has Â been Â completed, Â customers Â have Â a Â chance Â to Â take Â on Â the Â wing Â for Â an Â opportunity Â to Â win Â a Â t-Âshirt Â and Â a Â photo Â on Â the Â restau-Â rantâ€™s Â â€œWall Â of Â Flame.â€? â€œI Â really Â want Â to Â try Â the Â insanity Â wing Â because Â it Â will Â allow Â my Â taste Â buds Â to Â experience Â hotness Â like Â never Â before,â€? Â senior Â Sherine Â Davis Â said. Â Even Â though Â the Â task Â sounds Â very Â exciting, Â the Â number Â of Â people Â to Â suc-Â cessfully Â take Â down Â the Â wing Â barely Â reaches Â double Â ÂżJXUHV If Â you Â think Â you Â can Â handle Â the Â most Â insane Â challenge Â in Â Kinston, Â East Â Coast Â Wings Â sits Â on Â 3021 Â N. Â Herritage Â St.
â€œAttract, Â retain, Â and Â de-Â velop Â 21st Â Century Â Profes-Â sionals.â€? This Â is Â one Â of Â the Â goals Â of Â Lenoir Â County Â Public Â Schools Â as Â copied Â straight Â from Â the Â school Â systemâ€™s Â of-Â ÂżFLDOZHEVLWH By Â saying Â that Â students Â are Â expected Â to Â become Â â€œ21st Â century Â professionalsâ€? Â this Â implies Â that Â they Â will Â use Â progressive Â methods Â and Â me-Â diums Â of Â learning. This Â would Â include Â using Â digital Â media Â to Â read Â books, Â using Â the Â Internet Â for Â re-Â search Â or Â using Â computers Â and Â tablets Â to Â take Â down Â their Â notes. While Â many Â teachers Â do Â allow Â their Â students Â to Â use Â material Â from Â the Â Internet Â for Â projects Â and Â papers, Â this Â usually Â takes Â place Â outside Â of Â the Â classroom. Â The Â challenge Â that Â I Â see Â with Â trying Â to Â â€œde-Â
Tidbits with Tommy Tsao velop Â 21st Â century Â profes-Â sionalsâ€? Â is Â bringing Â the Â new Â age Â into Â the Â classroom. Not Â all Â students Â have Â ac-Â cess Â to Â bringing Â a Â laptop Â to Â school;Íž Â however, Â it Â is Â clear Â that Â most Â students Â (at Â Kin-Â ston Â High Â School, Â at Â least) Â have Â some Â sort Â of Â portable Â electronic Â such Â as Â a Â smart-Â phone Â or Â iPod. Â These Â devices Â have Â a Â wide Â array Â of Â mobile Â applications Â that Â have Â more Â than Â enough Â capability Â to Â re-Â cord Â notes Â or Â instantly Â search Â Google Â for Â an Â answer. It Â does Â not Â make Â a Â lot Â of Â sense Â to Â me Â that Â a Â student Â is Â not Â allowed Â to Â look Â up Â the Â
meaning Â of Â a Â word Â in Â what Â would Â take Â seconds Â on Â their Â phone. Â Instead, Â he Â or Â she Â would Â have Â to Â take Â much Â ORQJHUĂ€LSSLQJWKURXJKKXQ-Â GUHGV RI SDJHV WR ÂżQG RQH word. A Â counterargument Â that Â often Â arises Â here Â is Â that Â this Â method Â is Â â€œlazy.â€? Â I Â do Â not Â re-Â DOO\VHHKRZĂ€LSSLQJWKURXJK a Â book Â exerts Â any Â more Â ener-Â J\WKDQPRYLQJ\RXUÂżQJHUV along Â a Â screen. Other Â opponents Â say Â that Â being Â able Â to Â access Â to Â in-Â formation Â that Â quickly Â is Â on Â the Â same Â level Â as Â cheating, Â but Â the Â Internet Â has Â access Â to Â the Â same Â information Â as Â a Â text Â and Â more. Â The Â Internet Â should Â really Â just Â be Â treated Â as Â a Â different Â source. Teachers Â need Â to Â incorpo-Â rate Â technology Â into Â their Â curriculum. Â In Â doing Â so, Â they Â can Â teach Â students Â how Â to Â
properly Â use Â them Â for Â educa-Â tional Â purposes. Kinston Â High Â School Â had Â the Â new Â addition Â of Â getting Â Wi-ÂFi Â in Â all Â of Â the Â classrooms Â this Â year. Â Why Â was Â it Â put Â in Â place Â if Â we Â are Â not Â allowed Â to Â take Â full Â advantage Â of Â it? The Â rules Â clearly Â state, Â as Â the Â administration Â has Â re-Â cited Â to Â students Â many Â times, Â that Â electronics Â are Â allowed Â on Â campus Â but Â not Â out Â dur-Â ing Â the Â instructional Â period. To Â develop Â into Â 21st Â cen-Â tury Â professionals, Â technol-Â ogy Â should Â be Â embraced Â and Â not Â swept Â away Â like Â some Â 18th Â century Â school Â child Â that Â should Â be Â seen Â and Â not Â heard. It Â is Â good Â that Â LCPS Â is Â set-Â ting Â up Â goals Â of Â a Â progressive Â learning Â environment. Â Now Â they Â need Â to Â follow Â up Â on Â that.
Technology and relationships often at odds Kind words with Khadijah Thorne
Technology Â has Â made Â the Â world Â an Â easier Â place, Â but Â for Â couples, Â not Â so Â much. Â Insecurity Â is Â mainly Â the Â cause Â for Â that. No Â matter Â how Â much Â love Â or Â trust Â a Â couple Â swears Â to Â have, Â questions Â like Â â€œWho Â are Â you Â texting?â€? Â or Â â€œCan Â I Â have Â your Â password Â to Â your Â phone Â (or Â Facebook Â or Â Twitter)?â€? Â always Â seem Â to Â come Â up. Â Whenever Â the Â answer Â is Â â€œno,â€? Â the Â asker Â may Â begin Â to Â wonder Â what Â their Â part-Â ner Â is Â hiding. Â With Â these Â simple Â questions, Â the Â trust Â is Â quickly Â destroyed Â and Â the Â controversy Â begins. Men Â and Â women Â are Â inse-Â cure Â individuals Â and Â some-Â times Â social Â networks Â can Â easily Â add Â to Â their Â worries. Â Persistent Â problems Â arise Â such Â as Â not Â texting Â your Â VLJQLÂżFDQW RWKHU HQRXJK or Â not Â â€œshowing Â enough Â loveâ€? Â on Â their Â social Â site. While Â it Â all Â seems Â im-Â mature, Â we Â are Â all Â guilty Â of Â carrying Â on Â with Â the Â non-Â sense. Â Technology Â is Â certainly Â necessary, Â yet Â it Â can Â some-Â times Â cause Â a Â tremendous Â
â€œWhen you are chatting with other people on social networks or tex-Â ting the conversa-Â tion can easily go too far.â€? -ÂAniya Rouse
â€œA relationship is nothing without communication. Social networks and phones help keep communi-Â cation in the rela-Â tionship.â€? -ÂTimothy Berry
â€œIt ruins relation-Â ships because status updates are often misin-Â terpreted.â€? -ÂMaxine Smith & David Monk
Viking voices We asked these Kinston High students the following question: What impact does technology have on your relationships? amount Â of Â problems Â in Â any Â type Â of Â relationship. Â Today Â when Â you Â do Â not Â answer Â your Â cell Â phone, Â you Â immediately Â get Â a Â fol-Â low Â up Â text Â â€“ Â as Â if Â you Â would Â respond Â to Â a Â text Â if Â you Â didnâ€™t Â answer Â your Â phone. Â This Â generation Â is Â so Â reli-Â ant Â on Â technology Â that Â we Â would Â be Â lost Â without Â it. Â
For Â example, Â during Â Hur-Â ricane Â Irene Â when Â elec-Â tricity Â was Â down Â everyone Â almost Â went Â crazy Â without Â their Â electronics. Â Â Some Â of Â us Â even Â sat Â in Â our Â vehicles Â for Â hours Â burning Â gas Â just Â to Â charge Â our Â gadgets. It Â all Â comes Â down Â to Â the Â fact Â that Â technology Â has Â a Â lot Â of Â negative Â effects Â that Â come Â with Â the Â positive Â
â€œI do not have a cell phone, Facebook or Twitter and not having any of that henders even having a relationship nowadays be-Â cause that is what every-Â one bases their relationship around.â€? -ÂLukiss Brooks
ones. Â As Â young Â adults Â we Â should Â learn Â how Â to Â keep Â technology Â from Â driving Â our Â relationships Â or Â ruin-Â ing Â our Â friendships. Â Along Â with Â technology Â comes Â responsibility Â and Â we Â all Â need Â to Â learn Â how Â to Â han-Â dle Â both. Â
4 The Viking Press - March 2012
IB class of 2011 returns to Kinston High for annual award ceremony BY TOMMY TSAO Co-ÂEditor
Junior Sarah Walker, shown with drama teacher Clay Raines, recently won a Shakespeare monologue contest in New Bern. As a result, Walker will compete in a national contest in New York in April. (Contributed photo)
ingo Â had Â many Â goals Â he Â want-Â ed Â to Â accomplish Â for Â the Â school Â V\VWHPDVVXSHULQWHQGHQW â€œI Â really Â think Â we Â can Â do Â a Â better Â job Â in Â the Â high Â schools Â in Â preparing Â the Â students Â for Â FDUHHUVDQGFROOHJHÂ´KHVDLG â€œI Â think Â that Â we Â do Â a Â good Â job Â in Â helping Â those Â kids Â who Â want Â to Â go Â to Â college, Â but Â I Â think Â we Â are Â missing Â some Â opportunities Â to Â help Â students Â DFKLHYHRWKHUFDUHHUSDWKVÂ´ Recently, Â the Â state Â came Â out Â with Â a Â new Â career Â path Â known Â as Â â€œcollege Â promise,â€? Â which Â will Â permit Â more Â pro-Â grams Â in Â high Â school Â similar Â WRHDUO\FROOHJHV7KHSDWKZD\ does Â not Â solely Â lead Â students Â WR FROOHJH ,W DOVR KHOSV EXLOG FDUHHUVNLOOVLQVSHFLÂżFDUHDV â€œI Â really Â look Â forward Â to Â putting Â those Â (college Â prom-Â ise Â pathways) Â into Â place Â and Â making Â sure Â our Â students Â take Â advantage Â of Â all Â of Â what Â our Â community Â college Â has Â to Â of-Â fer Â and Â give Â them Â some Â dif-Â ferent Â pathways Â to Â choose,â€? Â 0D]LQJRVDLG He Â also Â hopes Â to Â start Â pre-Â paring Â the Â students Â of Â Lenoir Â County Â for Â their Â after Â high-Â school Â plans Â as Â early Â as Â mid-Â GOHVFKRRO 7KH RIÂżFLDO DQQRXQFHPHQW RI'U0D]LQJRÂśVQHZSRVLWLRQ will Â be Â made Â at Â the Â upcoming Â school Â board Â meeting Â to Â be Â KHOGRQ$SULO
seniors, Â and Â that Â led Â to Â great Â chemistry Â on Â all Â the Â WHDPVÂ´*XOOHGJHVDLG 0RQLTXH/RIWRQDJUHHG â€œWe Â were Â really Â close, Â HYHQWKHFRDFKHV7KHFKHP-Â istry Â was Â awesome,â€? Â said Â /RIWRQDMXQLRUSRLQWJXDUG
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The Â IB Â graduates Â of Â 2011 Â returned Â to Â Kinston Â High Â School Â for Â a Â ceremony Â to Â receive Â their Â IB Â diplomas Â or Â FHUWLÂżFDWHV This Â is Â an Â annual Â ceremo-Â ny Â that Â takes Â place Â every Â January Â to Â reward Â these Â stu-Â dents Â for Â taking Â IB Â courses Â over Â their Â junior Â and Â senior Â \HDUVDW.LQVWRQ+LJK The Â students Â must Â return Â to Â Kinston Â High Â in Â the Â win-Â ter Â because Â the Â IB Â examina-Â tions Â take Â more Â than Â two Â months Â to Â be Â processed, Â graded Â and Â returned Â to Â the Â VFKRRO Each Â year Â at Â the Â cere-Â mony, Â IB Â Coordinator Â Ron Â Owens Â arranges Â for Â recent Â graduates Â to Â discuss Â how Â rigorous Â academic Â program Â of Â Kinston Â High Â School Â has Â EHQHÂżWHGWKHP With Â so Â much Â success, Â the Â end Â of Â the Â 2011-Â2012 Â school Â year Â will Â be Â rather Â bitter-Â VZHHW7KHIRRWEDOOWHDPZLOO graduate Â 16 Â seniors, Â the Â girlsâ€™ Â basketball Â team Â will Â graduate Â six Â and Â the Â boysâ€™ Â basketball Â WHDPZLOOJUDGXDWHQLQH Â â€œI Â will Â miss Â playing Â sports Â with Â some Â of Â my Â best Â friends,â€? Â Derek Â Rivers, Â a Â se-Â nior Â linebacker Â and Â basket-Â
(Tommy Tsao/ The Viking Press)
2011 Kinston High School graduates Rebekah Sparrow, Brianna Rhodes, Abbye Reynolds, Olivia Holloway, Mack-Â enzie Brown and Alex Frankfort were among the IB diplo-Â ma candidates who returned to the school.
â€œIt Â was Â surreal,â€? Â alumna Â 0DFNHQ]LH %URZQ VDLG Âł,W didnâ€™t Â feel Â like Â I Â was Â sup-Â posed Â to Â be Â up Â there, Â but Â Iâ€™m Â
glad Â I Â got Â a Â chance Â to Â talk Â to Â [the Â current Â IB Â candidates] Â since Â I Â know Â [they] Â will Â ac-Â WXDOO\OLVWHQWRPH
EDOOSOD\HUVDLG Âł7KLV FODVV ZDV VR VSHFLDO Everyone Â knew Â of Â the Â ex-Â pectations Â that Â we Â had Â and Â these Â young Â ladies Â produced Â in Â a Â big Â way Â for Â our Â pro-Â JUDPÂ´ 4XLQHUO\ VDLG Âł7KH\ have Â set Â the Â tone Â for Â our Â bas-Â ketball Â program Â for Â years Â to Â FRPHÂ´ Overall, Â the Â success Â that Â many Â of Â Kinstonâ€™s Â athletes, Â
coaches Â and Â fans Â have Â ex-Â perienced Â in Â the Â past Â year Â is Â something Â they Â will Â never Â IRUJHW â€œWe Â have Â been Â spoiledâ€Ś the Â community, Â the Â coach-Â es Â and Â the Â players, Â and Â we Â should Â cherish Â the Â opportu-Â nities Â given Â to Â us,â€? Â Gulledge Â VDLG
5 - The Viking Press - March 2012
Prop. 8 ruling in California overturned By ANGELO KEYES Staff Writer
Same-sex marriage was al- lowed in California for six months after the California Supreme Court reversed a state ban in May 2008. The decision made by the jury of the U.S. 9th Circuit
Court of Appeals ruled out that Proposition 8 is violat- ing the U.S. Constitution. According to The Los An- geles Times, Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect on California. The ruling upheld a deci- sion by the retired Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker which reversed the
Junior Anjania Harris: “Yes, because some people can’t help who they love.”
Information from CNN. com and latimes.com was used for this article.
170 Kinston High students were asked if same sex marriage should be legalized.
Junior Camisha Dickens: “No, because it is a sin.” Junior Deandria Bryant: “I think everyone should be entitled to happiness and if WKH\ ÀQG KDSSLQHVV LQ WKH same sex then so be it.”
ballot measure in 2010. After all this the Proposi- tion 8 rule was pointless and cleared the way for same-sex marriage to resume in Cali- fornia.
A man killed himself at this Bojangles on Herritage Street on Thursday, Feb. 23. (Tommy Tsao/The Viking Press)
Yes No 71%
Lt. Gov. Dalton visits with The Viking Press By RESITA COX Editor-in-Chief
Lieutenant Governor Wal- ter Dalton stopped by The )UHH 3UHVV¶ RI¿FH RQ WKH DI- ternoon of March 9 to discuss his run for governor. While other nominees may have had many months and possibly years to prepare for their campaign, Dalton only announced his candidacy a few weeks ago.
Despite this disadvantage, Dalton spoke of many plans he has for North Carolina, especially the educational system. Dalton spoke on his hopes to expand the growth of North Carolina’s education from the traditional “grave- yard method” of having stu- dents sitting silently in rows to integrating more technol- ogy, such as online courses. “Under my leadership I
4 students shot by peer at Ohio high school By RESITA COX Editor-in-Chief
On Feb. 24, a school shoot- ing took place at Chardon High School in Ohio. T.J. Lane, a 17-year-old student from the school has been ac- cused of killing three students and injuring two others. Lane appeared in Geauga County Juvenile Court on March 6 for his court date in regards to the charges he received. They include the murders of Demetrius Hew- lin, 16;; Russell King Jr. 17;; and Daniel Parmertor, 16;; and the shootings of two oth- er students. The motive of the shooter is still unclear and Lane told police that he did not the stu- dents he shot, as he picked them randomly. But some of the victims had been in
school with him since at least middle school. Although the reasons for his actions are not yet ex- plained, Prosecutor David Joyce has said Lane “was not well.” Student sources have said that even thought Lane was quiet, he wasn’t mean or evil. In fact they were surprised that he would do something like this. Lane will not face the death penalty if convicted though because in 2005 the U.S. Su- preme Court ruled that ex- ecuting juveniles is uncon- stitutional. Lane’s hearing will take place March 19, determining whether or not he should be tried as an adult instead of a juvenile. Information from The As- sociated Press was used in this report.
think that you would see that we would begin to modern- ize the classroom more and use technology to an even greater advantage and to try to customize education to al- low students to move as rap- idly as possible,” Dalton said. Dalton’s primary reason for being in Kinston was to attend a local Democratic Party event hosted at King’s Restaurant.
Man commits suicide at Kinston Bojangles By RESITA COX Editor-in-Chief
7KH IDPLO\ LGHQWL¿HG WKH body after almost two hours of the death. They told The Free Press that he “was a decent person who treated everyone with respect.” Investigators concluded that the victim had died GXH WR D VHOILQÀLFWHG JXQ- shot wound. The victim was found dead inside of a Chev- rolet Lumina.
Just a couple of hundred yards away from Kinston High at the Bojangles on Herritage Street, a man took his own life in the parking lot on Feb. 23. According to The Kinston Free Press, the man was preparing to celebrate his birthday by visiting family in town. The restaurant remained Information from www. opened as KPD took blood kinston.com was used in this samples and examined the article. crime scene.
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JROTC program passes mandatory inspection %\'$48$17(-21(6 Staff Writer
Kinston Â Highâ€™s Â JROTC Â pro-Â gram Â passed Â its Â mandatory Â in-Â spection Â in Â February. The Â inspection, Â held Â ev-Â ery Â three Â years, Â is Â called Â the Â Regional Â Formal Â Inspec-Â tion Â (RFI). Â Inspectors Â from Â Ft. Â Bragg Â visit Â the Â campus Â to Â ensure Â the Â program Â meets Â highly Â regulated Â standards Â for Â JROTC Â programs. Â Inspectors Â look Â for Â good Â communication Â skills, Â leader-Â ship Â skills, Â military Â bearing, Â cadetsâ€™ Â knowledge Â of Â their Â jobs Â and, Â most Â importantly, Â leadership. Â The Â inspection Â itself Â is Â worth Â 600 Â points Â and Â the Â brigade Â normally Â aver-Â ages Â about Â 584 Â points. Â To Â pass, Â the Â program Â cannot Â lose Â more Â than Â 24 Â points, Â meaning Â a Â minimum Â passing Â score Â is Â 576. Â The Â inspection Â is Â sched-Â uled Â and Â conducted Â by Â bri-Â gade Â personnel. The Â Viking Â battalion Â con-Â
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sists Â of Â Cadet Â LTC Â Tajahn-Â Williams Â as Â the Â battalion Â commander, Â Cadet Â CPT Â DaQuante Â Jones Â as Â the Â com-Â
pany Â commander, Â Cadet Â 1SG Â Antonio Â Sutton Â as Â the Â First Â Sergeant Â Â and Â Cadet Â CSM Â Duane Â Mills Â as Â the Â Sergeant Â
Major. Â The Â Viking Â battalionâ€™s staff Â consists Â of Â Cadet Â CPT Â Tâ€™Keyha Â Haddock Â as Â the Â S-Â1, Â Cadet Â CPT Â Jamarkus Â Gray Â as Â the Â S-Â2, Â Cadet Â CPT Â Yolonda Â Davis Â as Â the Â S-Â3, Â Cadet Â CPT Â William Â Sutton Â as Â the Â S-Â4 Â and Â Cadet Â CPT Â Kayla Â Charles Â as Â the Â S-Â5. The Â Color Â Guard Â was Â led Â by Â Cadet Â CSM Â Mills Â and Â the Â Drill Â team Â was Â led Â by Â Cadet Â CPT Â DaQuante Â Jones. With Â a Â little Â less Â than Â two Â months Â to Â prepare Â for Â the Â RFI, Â LTC Â Joseph Â Tyson Â and Â MSG Â Anthony Â Hargett, Â JROTC Â in-Â structors, Â worked Â extremely Â hard Â with Â the Â cadets Â from Â last Â semester Â to Â train Â new Â cadets Â that Â have Â just Â entered Â the Â program Â this Â semester. â€œBeing Â that Â the Â semester Â just Â started Â in Â January Â and Â in-Â spection Â was Â Feb. Â 21, Â it Â was Â challenging Â trying Â to Â train Â new Â cadets Â to Â meet Â the Â re-Â quirements Â for Â RFI, Â and Â this Â ZDVWKHLUÂżUVWWLPHEHLQJH[-Â posed Â to Â JROTC,â€? Â Cadet Â Jay-Â
quway Â Gaddy Â said. The Â inspection Â failed Â last Â year, Â so Â Kinston Â was Â given Â VL[PRQWKVWRJREDFNDQGÂż[ things Â that Â didnâ€™t Â meet Â the Â requirements. Â In Â November Â 2011, Â LTC Â Tyson Â came Â out Â of Â retirement Â to Â assist Â MSG Â Hargett Â to Â get Â ready Â for Â this Â inspection. Â Tyson Â had Â spent Â 20-Âplus Â years Â as Â the Â senior Â army Â instructor Â (SAI) Â of Â the Â Viking Â battalion. Â This Â inspec-Â tion Â was Â really Â important Â be-Â cause Â Kinston Â could Â have Â lost Â the Â program Â had Â it Â failed. Failure Â was Â not Â an Â option, Â however. â€œSpending Â 20 Â plus Â years Â in Â active Â duty Â Army, Â I Â retired Â and Â came Â back Â to Â give Â back Â to Â the Â community Â by Â teaching Â JROTC,â€? Â Hargett Â said, Â â€œand Â motivating Â young Â people Â to Â become Â better Â citizens.â€? â€œIt Â was Â an Â honor Â to Â pass Â the Â inspection. Â The Â cadets Â worked Â hard Â and Â Iâ€™m Â proud Â to Â say Â that Â their Â hard Â work Â paid Â off,â€? Â LTC Â Tyson Â said.
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For Â the Â third Â straight Â year, Â .LQVWRQ+LJK6FKRROÂżQLVKHG in Â the Â top Â two Â at Â the Â Neuse Â Regional Â Libraryâ€™s Â annual Â Quiz Â Bowl Â competition. Â Following Â a Â victory Â in Â 2011 Â DQG D VHFRQGSODFH ÂżQLVK in Â 2010, Â the Â Vikings Â earned Â second Â place Â in Â this Â yearâ€™s Â competition, Â falling Â to Â South Â /HQRLULQWKHÂżQDOURXQG 7KHWHDPKDVQHYHUÂżQLVKHG outside Â of Â the Â top Â three Â in Â ad-Â viser Â Clay Â Stilleyâ€™s Â four-Âyear Â tenure Â as Â the Â teamâ€™s Â coach. â€œIt Â feels Â great Â to Â have Â a Â championship Â caliber Â team,â€? Â Stilley Â said. Â â€œThe Â level Â of Â TXHVWLRQV ZDV PRUH GLIÂżFXOW and Â more Â music Â based Â this Â year.â€? Â 'HVSLWH WKH GLIÂżFXOW\ RI the Â material, Â Stilley Â said Â he Â thought Â his Â team Â was Â well-Â prepared Â for Â the Â yearly Â com-Â SHWLWLRQ EHWZHHQ ÂżYH DUHD schools Â -Â-Â Â Kinston, Â North Â Lenoir, Â South Â Lenoir, Â Bethel Â Christian Â Academy Â and Â Ar-Â endell Â Parrott Â Academy. Stilley Â said Â he Â had Â â€œmixed Â feelingsâ€? Â about Â the Â outcome Â of Â this Â yearâ€™s Â Quiz Â Bowl. â€œI Â was Â happy Â we Â got Â second, Â
EXW,ZRXOGKDYHORYHGÂżUVWÂ´ he Â said. Senior Â Dan Â Irvin, Â the Â teamâ€™s Â captain, Â said Â he Â was Â disap-Â pointed Â the Â team Â couldnâ€™t Â de-Â fend Â its Â 2011 Â title. Â â€œItâ€™s Â disappointing, Â but Â we Â had Â a Â good Â year Â and Â a Â good Â come Â back,â€? Â he Â said. Â â€œThe Â questions Â were Â harder. Â We Â just Â didnâ€™t Â get Â lucky.â€? )ROORZLQJDÂżUVWURXQGORVV to Â Parrott, Â the Â team Â fought Â EDFNWRWKHÂżQDOURXQGWRIDFH South Â Lenoir. Â Kinston Â de-Â feated Â the Â Blue Â Devils Â in Â the Â
ÂżUVWURXQGEXWFRXOGQÂśWKDQJ RQ IRU WKH ÂżQDO YLFWRU\ WKDW would Â have Â given Â them Â the Â title. Now, Â Kinston Â will Â look Â to Â the Â future. Though Â the Â team Â will Â lose Â four Â seniors Â to Â graduation, Â the Â Vikings Â will Â return Â sever-Â al Â members Â of Â the Â team Â next Â year. Â â€œIâ€™m Â excited Â but Â nervous Â EHFDXVH , KDYH WR ÂżOO 'DQÂśV shoes,â€? Â sophomore Â Ann Â Bing-Â (Contributed photo) ham Â said. Â â€œI Â love Â Quiz Â Bowl. Â I Â got Â to Â hang Â out Â with Â cool Â /HIWWRULJKW4XL]%RZOPHPEHUV'DQLHO,UYLQ(GZDUG1HV-Â EHWK &DLWO\Q :HVW DQG 'LOORQ 3HUU\ ZDLW IRU WKHLU WXUQ WR people.â€? Â FRPSHWH
from page 1 superintendent Â Dr. Â Steve Â Maz-Â ingo Â and Â the Â director Â of Â mainte-Â nance Â for Â Lenoir Â County Â Schools Â are Â all Â aware Â of Â the Â condition Â of Â the Â track Â and Â are Â all Â working Â to Â Âż[LWDVVRRQDVSRVVLEOH <HW ZLWK RWKHU DQG SRVVLEO\ more Â important, Â maintenance Â SUREOHPV DURXQG .LQVWRQ +LJK DGGUHVVLQJ LVVXHV FDQ EHFRPH D juggling Â act. Âł7KLV \HDU WKH ELJ IRFXV IRU WKHGLVWULFWKDVEHHQÂż[LQJOHDN\ roofs,â€? Â Bryant Â said. Â â€œSo Â things Â like Â our Â track Â did Â not Â make Â priority Â this Â year. Â When Â you Â put Â a Â track Â versus Â a Â leaky Â roof, Â leaky Â roofs Â are Â always Â going Â to Â take Â priority.â€? French Â and Â Spanish Â teacher Â Di-Â ane Â Bowen Â just Â recently Â had Â her Â leaky Â roof Â of Â almost Â 20 Â years Â tem-Â SRUDULO\Âż[HG Bryant Â had Â set Â up Â an Â appoint-Â ment Â with Â the Â director Â of Â mainte-Â nance Â to Â look Â at Â damages Â within Â the Â school, Â aside Â from Â the Â track, Â earlier Â in Â the Â school Â year. â€œI Â walked Â him Â around Â the Â school Â with Â our Â head Â custodian,â€? Â Bryant Â said. Â â€œBy Â doing Â that Â we Â ZHUH DEOH WR SRLQW RXW DOO RI WKH missing Â tiles Â and Â the Â ceiling Â tiles Â and Â when Â you Â can Â put Â a Â picture Â
News WR D SUREOHP \RX W\SLFDOO\ JHW D return.â€? Almost Â half Â of Â Bowenâ€™s Â ceil-Â LQJWLOHVZHUHPLVVLQJEHIRUHWKH district Â provided Â funding Â to Â re-Â tar Â the Â roof. Â According Â to Â Bowen Â rain Â would Â literally Â pour Â into Â her Â classroom Â via Â the Â hole. Âł7KHEXLOGLQJQHHGVDQHZURRI entirely,â€? Â Bowen Â said. Â 7KHRIÂżFHDQGFODVVURRPEHVLGH Bowen Â is Â also Â in Â the Â same Â condi-Â WLRQEXWKDV\HWWREHÂż[HG With Â other Â minor, Â and Â a Â few Â PDMRU SUREOHPV ZLWKLQ HDFK EXLOGLQJÂż[LQJWKHWUDFNEHFDPH a Â secondary Â issue. Â In Â the Â interim, Â the Â track Â team Â KDV EHHQ SUDFWLFLQJ RQ WKH IRRW-Â EDOOSUDFWLFHÂżHOGDVZHOODVUXQ-Â ning Â around Â the Â campus Â and Â through Â the Â parking Â lot. Â They Â also Â are Â required Â to Â hold Â each Â meet Â away. Â â€œIt Â is Â certainly Â disappointing Â for Â our Â student Â athletes Â not Â to Â have Â something Â to Â run Â on,â€? Â Athletic Â Director Â Wells Â Gulledge Â said. Â 8QOLNH PDQ\ VFKRROV .LQVWRQ +LJK KDV D ODUJH QXPEHU RI VWX-Â dents Â involved Â in Â the Â track Â pro-Â gram. Â According Â to Â Gulledge, Â there Â are Â almost Â 65 Â athletes Â in-Â volved Â in Â indoor Â and Â outdoor Â track. 7KH WRWDO FRVW WR Âż[ WKH WUDFN ZLOO OLNHO\ H[FHHG
Gulledge Â said. Â In Â addition Â to Â the Â high Â cost, Â timing Â and Â weather Â also Â plays Â a Â role Â in Â laying Â down Â a Â new Â track. Â â€œYou Â have Â to Â look Â into Â situ-Â ations Â where Â you Â can Â only Â lay Â a Â WUDFN GRZQ EHWZHHQ DQG GHJUHHV DQG LW WDNHV DERXW WKUHH weeks Â to Â do,â€? Â Gulledge Â said. Â â€œSo Â you Â canâ€™t Â do Â it Â in Â the Â winter Â time Â or Â the Â height Â of Â the Â summer.â€? Gulledge Â also Â said Â that Â the Â track Â KDGQRWEHHQUHVXUIDFHGLQDERXW \HDUV +H VDLG WKDW PDLQWDLQ-Â ing Â facilities Â within Â the Â athletic Â department Â is Â a Â constant Â concern. Â â€œItâ€™s Â just Â like Â a Â roof Â on Â a Â house,â€? Â Gulledge Â said. Â â€œIf Â you Â neglect Â certain Â things, Â over Â time Â youâ€™re Â going Â to Â end Â up Â spending Â more Â money Â in Â the Â long Â run. Â You Â can Â VSHQGDOLWWOHELWRIPRQH\WRNHHS things Â up, Â or Â you Â can Â spend Â a Â lot Â of Â money Â at Â the Â end Â when Â it Â com-Â SOHWHO\EUHDNVÂ´ Aside Â from Â the Â issue Â on Â the Â WUDFN ÂżHOG SUREOHPV VXFK DV WKH OLJKWV RQ WKH EDVHEDOO ÂżHOG EHLQJ RXW RI FRGH DQG WKH J\P Ă€RRU QHHGLQJWREHUHVXUIDFHGVWLOOSHU-Â sist. Â Despite Â these Â and Â other Â con-Â cerns, Â academic Â needs Â will Â always Â take Â a Â priority Â over Â Â athletics. â€œWhen Â you Â have Â a Â school Â with Â a Â room Â like Â Mrs. Â Bowenâ€™s, Â where Â it Â rains Â inside Â of Â the Â classroom, Â I Â
7 - The Viking Press - March 2012
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Senior Edward Nesbeth stands in the KHS parking lot, ZKHUH VHQLRU -XOLD *ULIĂ€QÂˇV -HHS UHVWV RQ RQH RI VHYHUDO large pot holes. guess Â you Â have Â to Â prioritize Â what Â ZRXOGEHWKHÂżUVWWKLQJDQGWKHQ the Â county Â is Â going Â to Â spend Â their Â DWKOHWLFVZRXOGEHVHFRQGÂ´ money Â on,â€? Â Gulledge Â said, Â â€œand Â I Â would Â say Â certainly Â the Â classroom Â
Viking Press editor Resita Cox named stateâ€™s top high school journalist; will compete in nationals By DAQUANTE JONES Staff Writer
6HQLRU 5HVLWD &R[ ZDVQÂśW DOZD\VVXUHVKHZDQWHGWREH a Â journalist. In Â fact, Â she Â didnâ€™t Â enroll Â in Â DMRXUQDOLVWFRXUVHDW.LQVWRQ +LJK6FKRROXQWLOKHUVHQLRU year. The Â editor-Âin-Âchief Â of Â The Â Viking Â press Â is Â more Â than Â making Â up Â for Â lost Â time, Â as Â VKH ZDV DZDUGHG WKH Rachel Â Rivers-ÂCoffey Â N.C. Â +LJK6FKRRO-RXUQDOLVWRIWKH Year Â last Â week. â€œShe Â works Â harder Â than Â anyone,â€? Â newspaper Â advis-Â er Â Michael Â Moon Â said. Â â€œItâ€™s Â great Â to Â see Â that Â hard Â work Â recognized Â with Â such Â a Â pres-Â tigious Â award.â€? &R[KDVZRQPDQ\DZDUGV for Â her Â outstanding Â writing. In Â tenth Â grade, Â she Â won Â a Â state Â writing Â contest Â called Â /HWWHUV DERXW /LWHUDWXUH ,W was Â at Â that Â point Â that Â she Â re-Â alized Â she Â was Â actually Â good Â at Â writing Â and Â this Â was Â some-Â thing Â she Â would Â enjoy. &R[KDVDOVRLQWHUQHGZLWK 7KH )UHH 3UHVV RI .LQVWRQ and Â has Â attended Â state Â and Â national Â journalism Â work-Â
shops Â at Â ECU, Â UNC-ÂChapel Â +LOODQG*HRUJH0DVRQ8QL-Â versity Â in Â Washington, Â D.C. +HU LPSUHVVLYH UHVXPH VHW her Â apart Â from Â other Â distin-Â guished Â applicants Â in Â the Â VWDWH EXW &R[ VDLG VKH ZDV still Â surprised Â to Â learn Â she Â had Â won. Âł:KHQ 0U 0RRQ ÂżUVW called Â me Â and Â told Â me Â I Â won, Â , ZDV VKRFNHG EHFDXVH , didnâ€™t Â have Â much Â time Â to Â get Â P\ SRUWIROLR WRJHWKHUÂ´ &R[ said. Â â€œEven Â though Â the Â con-Â tent Â was Â good, Â I Â just Â didnâ€™t Â feel Â as Â if Â I Â would Â win.â€?
+HU FODVVPDWHV ZHUHQÂśW nearly Â as Â shocked Â to Â hear Â that Â she Â had Â won Â the Â award, Â ZKLFK FDUULHV D FDVK scholarship Â with Â it. â€œIâ€™m Â proud Â of Â her Â accom-Â plishments, Â and Â it Â makes Â me Â want Â to Â work Â harder Â so Â that Â I Â can Â reach Â that Â level Â in Â jour-Â nalism Â one Â day,â€? Â feature Â edi-Â WRU.HQQHWK*HRUJHVDLG Said Â Moon: Â â€œResita Â is Â a Â ter-Â ULÂżFZULWHUDQGDQHYHQEHW-Â WHUSHUVRQ:HDUHEOHVVHGWR have Â her Â leadership Â in Â our Â classroom.â€?
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Senior Resita Cox interviewed Sen. Kay Haganâ€™s (D-ÂN.C.) press secretary during a national high school journalism conference at George Mason University. Cox was select-Â ed as the North Carolina high school Journalist of the Year in late February, an award that comes with a $2,000 schol-Â arship. (Contributed photo)
8 - The Viking Press - March 2012
Buie arrives at Kinston High as teacher and coach BY ANNA HILL Business Manager Disoriented Â and Â in Â pain, Â Ryan Â Buie Â struggled Â to Â re-Â main Â conscious. Â Â After Â being Â thrown Â a Â pass Â in Â a Â pre-Âseason Â scrimmage, Â he Â suffered Â an Â injury Â that Â would Â put Â him Â on Â the Â bench Â for Â the Â rest Â of Â his Â high Â school Â football Â career. Years Â later, Â Buie Â is Â an Â as-Â sistant Â coach Â for Â one Â of Â the Â top Â high Â school Â football Â teams Â in Â North Â Carolina Â and Â the Â same Â schoolâ€™s Â base-Â ball Â team, Â and Â he Â is Â teaching Â Civics Â and Â Economics Â class-Â es Â during Â the Â day. Â Â Though Â heâ€™s Â one Â of Â Kin-Â ston Â High Â Schoolâ€™s Â newest Â teachers, Â Buie Â says Â heâ€™s Â ad-Â justing Â to Â it Â quickly. â€œI Â adjusted Â by Â jumping Â right Â in,â€? Â Buie Â said. Â â€œFoot-Â ball Â helped Â me Â get Â adjusted Â quickly.â€? For Â those Â who Â know Â Buie, Â this Â comes Â as Â no Â surprise. Â Â His Â love Â of Â sports Â goes Â all Â the Â way Â back Â to Â his Â pre-Â
school Â years. Â â€œIâ€™ve Â been Â play-Â ing Â sports Â since Â I Â was Â able Â to Â pick Â up Â and Â throw Â a Â ball,â€? Â he Â said. Â â€œItâ€™s Â always Â been Â an Â important Â part Â of Â my Â life.â€? Not Â only Â does Â this Â coach Â enjoy Â being Â a Â part Â of Â the Â ac-Â tion, Â he Â is Â often Â a Â spectator Â at Â East Â Carolina Â University Â football Â games, Â his Â alma Â ma-Â ter. A Â season-Âticket Â holder, Â heâ€™s Â very Â passionate Â about Â ECUâ€™s Â team, Â and Â not Â so Â keen Â on Â opposing Â forces. When Â asked Â how Â he Â feels Â about Â teams Â other Â than Â ECU, Â Buie Â said, Â â€œI Â have Â a Â strong, Â passionate Â dislike Â for Â the Â University Â of Â North Â Carolina.â€? His Â roots Â are Â strong Â here, Â but Â North Â Carolina Â isnâ€™t Â the Â \HDUROGÂśV ÂżUVW KRPH Originally Â from Â Virginia Â Beach, Â Buie Â says Â the Â lifestyle Â here Â is Â much Â different Â than Â the Â one Â heâ€™s Â used Â to. â€œVirginia Â Beach Â is Â a Â lot Â
e Â is Â the Â kind Â of Â teacher Â that Â teaches Â through Â his Â humor.â€? 6RSKRPRUH(YDQ+RRG bigger Â than Â anything Â you Â see Â in Â eastern Â N.C.,â€? Â he Â said. Â Â â€œThereâ€™s Â a Â lot Â more Â to Â do Â and Â a Â faster Â pace.â€? Â Back Â in Â Virginia, Â before Â he Â traded Â textbooks Â for Â grade Â books, Â he Â was Â more Â of Â a Â self-Â proclaimed Â â€œclass Â clown.â€? â€œI Â liked Â to Â talk Â and Â have Â a Â good Â timeâ€”but Â I Â always Â knew Â if Â I Â was Â pushing Â it Â too Â far Â and Â when Â to Â stop,â€? Â he Â said. This Â witty Â side Â of Â Buie Â is Â GHÂżQLWHO\ VHHQ LQ WKH FODVV-Â room. â€œHe Â is Â the Â kind Â of Â teacher Â that Â teaches Â through Â his Â humor,â€? Â sophomore Â Evan Â Hood Â said. Athlete, Â teacher, Â and Â role Â model, Â Ryan Â Buie Â is Â a Â dy-Â namic Â addition Â to Â the Â KHS Â staff Â with Â a Â personality Â to Â match.
(Megan Towery // The Viking Press) Mr. Ryan Buie works with a student on a civics lesson. $Ă€UVW\HDUWHDFKHUDQGFRDFKDW.LQVWRQ+LJK6FKRRO Buie has cultivated a reputation as a teacher who can EXLOG D PHDQLQJIXO UDSSRUW ZLWK VWXGHQWV ERWK RQ WKH IRRWEDOODQGEDVHEDOOĂ€HOGVDQGLQWKHFODVVURRP
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Seniors, Â order Â your Â cap Â & Â gown Â ASAP
Deadline Â for Â ECU, Â WSSU, Â and Â ASU Deadline Â for Â Financial Â Aid
Make-Âup Â day Deadline Â for Â UNC Â Charlotte
Entertainment Whatâ€™s New?
Odd Â Future The Â O.F. Â Tape Â Vol. Â 2 Release Â Date: Â 3.12
â€˜Death over designerâ€™ tragic side effect of chasing latest trends
The Â All-ÂAmerican Â Rejects B.o.B. Leona Â Lewis Kids Â in Â the Â Street Strange Â Clouds Glassheart Release Â Date: Â 3.13.12 Release Â Date: Â 3.26.12 Release Â Date: Â 3.27.12
Odd Future impresses with instrumentals By KENNETH GEORGE Feature Editor
Odd Â Future Â is Â one Â of Â the Â most Â controversial Â groups Â in Â the Â music Â LQGXVWU\ :LWK Ă€DJ-Â ship Â artists Â Tyler Â the Â Creator, Â Hodgy Â Beats, Â and Â Earl Â Sweatshirt, Â OFWGKTA Â has Â re-Â ally Â become Â known Â for Â its Â almost Â horrorcore Â sound. Â â€œThe Â Internet,â€? Â which Â is Â two Â members Â of Â Odd Â Future, Â Syd Â and Â
Matt Â Martian, Â just Â re-Â OHDVHG WKHLU ÂżUVW DOEXP together Â called Â â€œPurple Â Naked Â Ladies.â€? Even Â though Â they Â are Â not Â as Â well-Âknown Â as Â Frank Â Ocean Â or Â Ty-Â ler Â the Â Creator, Â I Â was Â still Â pretty Â excited Â for Â this Â album. Â After Â be-Â ing Â digitally Â released Â on Â December Â 20, Â 2011 Â hard Â copies Â dropped Â on Â January, Â 31. Â After Â giv-Â ing Â the Â CD Â a Â few Â listens Â it Â impressed Â me Â a Â lot. Â I Â
would Â buy Â it Â for Â the Â in-Â strumentals Â alone. A Â lot Â of Â the Â tracks Â are Â not Â particularly Â long, Â with Â more Â than Â one Â coming Â in Â at Â under Â two Â minutes. Â The Â length Â is Â made Â up Â for Â though, Â as Â the Â music Â is Â so Â good Â the Â repeat Â button Â will Â be Â used Â a Â lot. Â â€œVisionsâ€? Â and Â â€œFastlaneâ€? Â are Â two Â tracks Â that Â really Â stood Â out. Â What Â really Â made Â me Â a Â fan Â of Â this Â album, Â oddly Â enough, Â is Â how Â
the Â beats Â kind Â of Â drown Â out Â the Â artist. Usually Â that Â wouldnâ€™t Â be Â a Â plus, Â but Â since Â Syd Â has Â such Â a Â soft Â voice Â and Â the Â instrumentals Â in Â this Â album Â are Â amazing, Â it Â works Â out Â perfectly. Â Though Â under-Ârated, Â this Â album Â proved Â to Â be Â very Â good. Â Iâ€™d Â like Â to Â hear Â more Â music Â from Â â€œThe Â Internetâ€? Â as Â I Â was Â very Â impressed Â from Â their Â debut Â album.
Project Â Â X Comedy Rated Â R Release Â Date: Â 3.2.12
Dr. Â Seussâ€™ Â The Â Lorax Drama, Â Thriller Rated Â PG Release Â Date: Â 3.2.12
Silent Â House Drama, Â Thriller Rated Â R Release Â Date: Â 3.9.12
John Â Carter Fantasy, Â Action Rated Â PG-Â13 Release Â Date: Â 3.9.12
one Â of Â the Â best Â to Â re-Â lease Â this Â year. If Â you Â cannot Â take Â profanity Â and Â rudeness Â then Â this Â is Â not Â a Â movie Â you Â want Â to Â see. Â Like Â Paranormal Â Ac-Â tivity, Â Chronicle Â and Â several Â other Â recent Â titles, Â this Â movie Â takes Â place Â through Â the Â view Â of Â a Â video Â camera, Â which Â adds Â a Â very Â re-Â DOLVWLF IHHO WR WKH ÂżOP giving Â the Â viewer Â the Â feeling Â of Â really Â being Â
there. From Â the Â previews Â some Â people Â would Â probably Â get Â the Â idea Â of Â a Â happy-Âgo-Âlucky Â SRLQWOHVV ÂżOP 3URMHFW X Â is Â not Â that Â movie. Â It Â actually Â has Â a Â really Â in-Â teresting Â storyline Â that Â will Â keep Â you Â focused Â on Â it Â the Â entire Â time. Project Â X Â is Â outra-Â geous, Â yet Â nothing Â that Â happens Â is Â shock-Â ing. Â From Â street Â riots Â DQG Ă€DPH WKURZHUV WR
Project X takes outrageous to new level By KENNETH GEORGE Feature Editor
Project Â X Â is Â a Â work Â of Â art Â that Â any Â teen Â would Â want Â to Â paint. Â Director Â Nima Â Nourizadeh Â took Â par-Â tying Â to Â a Â whole Â new Â OHYHOZLWKWKLVÂżOP Project Â X Â is Â full Â of Â crude Â humor, Â raw Â com-Â edy Â and Â realistic Â acting. Â With Â this Â combination, Â the Â movie Â proves Â to Â be Â
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a Â midget Â coming Â out Â of Â the Â kitchen Â oven, Â it Â takes Â everything Â too Â far Â in Â all Â the Â right Â ways. Â A Â lot Â of Â the Â actors Â are Â unknown Â to Â the Â audi-Â ence Â but Â still Â captures Â you Â immediately, Â giv-Â ing Â you Â a Â feeling Â of Â someone Â you Â know. Â Almost Â every Â little Â thing Â is Â right Â about Â Project Â X, Â as Â it Â perfectly Â captures Â a Â teenagerâ€™s Â idea Â of Â the Â perfect Â par-Â ty.
A l m o s t every year Musings there are with new trends Malasya being re-Â Grajales leased. Most of the time, it is teenagers trying their hardest to keep up. One of the major questions dealing with this: Why? Why is this generation so eager to follow others and their possessions of materialistic things? Fashion happens to be one of the most important things to teenagers because it expresses individuality. Individuality is what separates us from everyone else. In my opinion though, teenagers are begin-Â ning to lack individuality and beginning to jump on â€œbandwagons.â€? They are just following everyone else. We are losing our uniqueness attempting to impress our peers. After all, that is the main reason why people are copying others, right? Everyone is different for a reason. We all have a different purpose to contribute to our community, society, or maybe even the world. So why not just be ourselves? Why not dare to be different? Individuality should be one of the many internal character-Â istics that no one should be able to take from us. Why are we giving it away? It is understandable to want things that are being released because you like them but doing anything outrageous just to have them is ridiculous. Rapper J. Cole once used the phrase â€œdeath over designer,â€? referring to recent situations of people killing each other for the latest fashion. On Dec. 22, a young man by the name of Tyreek Waters was murdered over the new Jordan 11â€™s: Concords that were being released early the next morning. Does this mean society in our generation is taking it too far? The answer, of course, is yes. Fighting and killing others for things that retail at $100 or more but only costs about $10 to make is taking extreme to the next level. Is it really that serious? Instead of try-Â ing to keep up with everyone else, how about we try to learn about the more im-Â portant things in life, like what is going on around the world. Out of the many ques-Â tions that were asked, will you be willing to ponder about any of them? We should begin to think about what make us dif-Â ferent from anyone else and cherish that. Maybe, sooner or later, we may be able to gain our individuality back.
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Waters adjusts to teaching high school BY JULIA GRIFFIN 2SLQLRQ(GLWRU Stuck between teacher and peer, being an intern for high school classes can be tricky. However, Kinston High’s newest addition, intern Nichole Waters, has seemed WRDGDSWÀDZOHVVO\ Waters is still enrolled at ECU and is currently work- ing toward her goal of be- coming a high school teach- er. Her love for students and drive to motivate people is what triggered her passion for teaching. Being close in age with high school students can sometimes pose a problem when looking for respect and recognition of authority from students. ³6RPHWLPHV LW LV GLI¿FXOW when it comes to respect,” Waters said. “I get along with the students really well but sometimes when you try to get serious with them it is a OLWWOHGLI¿FXOW´ Luckily she has not found the task too hard to over- come. Most of her students have really enjoyed the tran- sition from their regular for- eign language teacher to the new intern. Waters has been working
with French teacher Diane Bowen since the beginning of the 2011-12 school year and started observing and teach- ing in Spanish teacher Sandra Baker’s class two weeks later. For Waters, this is an ir- replaceable learning expe- rience. Being a high school Spanish teacher, Baker has already gone through the in- terning process and she un- GHUVWDQGVLWVVLJQL¿FDQFH “It is extremely important because it is actually what you are going to be doing. It is a chance to teach but you still have support from your lead teacher,” Baker said. In the classes Waters has full responsibility of teaching the class. This is an intimidat- ing job because she is now responsible for the students’ education and grades. Stu- dents say she is very inter- active with the students by playing games and holding conversations involving the entire class rather than just having a lecture based style of teaching. For the students, the transi- WLRQKDVQRWEHHQWRRGLI¿FXOW Junior Jasmine Lovick said she is thoroughly enjoying the change in the classroom. ³,W ZDV QRW UHDOO\ GLI¿FXOW
to adapt to her teaching style because they are similar,” Lovick said. “Ms. Waters just came in where Ms. Baker left off and it has not been really GLI¿FXOWDWDOO´ The students like having someone who they feel they can relate to. They feel like since she is a student herself, she understands exactly what they are going through and how they feel. So far for Waters her expe- rience at KHS has been one she will never forget. She has grown immensely from being here and hopes that she will continue to learn more and more each day. “I think the students here are great and I think it has taught me a lot of patience that I did not have before coming in,” Waters said. “I also think that they have helped me adjust to the teach- ing a whole lot better than I thought I would.” Although not all the stu- dents are aware of the chal- lenges that interns face, Wa- ters has had an extraordinary experience at Kinston High since she has been here. She -XOLD*ULIÀQ7KH9LNLQJ3UHVV
looks forward to one day hav- Spanish intern Nicole Waters works with junior Damien ing a classroom of her own Williams on a recent assignment. and hosting an intern herself.
Juniors quietly claim top of 2013 class BY MEGAN TOWERY &RS\(GLWRU Actions speak louder than words, particularly when it comes to juniors Brittany Roberts, VeQuain Joyner, and Alexis Williams, all members of the IB Programme. Not only do these students balance various activities both inside and outside of the school, but they silently com- pete for the top three ranks of their class. Williams is part of the varsity basketball and soc- cer teams and recently got trained to volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club. Listening in class, asking a lot of questions and studying are her tips for doing well in her classes. The seemingly quiet stu- dent is not how others per- ceive her, something she ad- mits when she says, “I’m not quiet. I joke a lot.” Along with reading and lis-
Juniors Vequain Joyner, Brittany Roberts and Alexis Wil- liams work together in a science class.
tening to music Williams also said “I can’t dance but I love to dance.” She plans to attend a four- year university after she graduates and become an OB- GYN. Williams expresses a little bit of her humorous personal-
ity by adding that her favorite weekend activity is, “shootin’ pool.” Joyner, another Boys and Girls Club volunteer, partici- pates in football, basketball and baseball at Kinston High School. Joyner is an usher at his church, Post Oak, and said
that he has to have his time well organized in order to juggle so many responsibili- ties. “We’re really close friends,” Joyner said of his class- mates Williams and Roberts. “We’ve been friends since like elementary school.” These modest individuals get their work done quietly and spend their free time par- ticipating in various sports, hobbies or volunteer work. “I want to become a doctor and graduate from Carolina,” said Joyner about his future aspirations. Of the three, Roberts is probably the most talkative. “I love to talk,” she said. “I talk all the time. I’m not quiet ever though everyone thinks so.” Roberts is an all-star cheer- leader and she sings in her church’s choir. In order to manage her re- sponsibilities, Roberts tries to get all her work and studying
done ahead of time so she can have more time to socialize. “We’re really close friends. We love to play together all the time,” Roberts said. They know when to joke around and enjoy their time together but more important- ly when to get serious, even if they’re not all exactly sure what they want to do when they graduate. “I think I want to be a doctor or maybe a neonatal nurse,” Roberts said. “Maybe a teacher.” Teachers and students may not know much about the three assiduous students in regards to their personal life and interests due to their qui- et nature. It does not take many words for these students to make a big impression on their teachers and peers. It’s important to know a little bit more about the outspoken or candid students at KHS. Everyone has a story.
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Behind the scenes Managers play important role for Vikings teams By HAYLEY VERMILLION News Editor
Everyone Â knows Â the Â Kin-Â ston Â varsity Â boys Â basketball Â team. Â Â While Â the Â players Â and Â coaches Â receive Â all Â in Â the Â spotlight, Â Â what Â goes Â on Â be-Â hind Â the Â scenes Â is Â something Â that Â rarely Â gets Â attention. Â But Â according Â to Â coach Â Wells Â Gulledge, Â his Â team Â of Â managers Â holds Â a Â very Â signif-Â icant Â spot Â on Â the Â team. Â â€œThe Â managers Â are Â the Â backbone Â of Â our Â program,â€? Â Gulledge Â said. Â Being Â such Â an Â integral Â part Â of Â the Â team, Â the Â managers Â must Â be Â just Â as Â dedicated Â as Â the Â players Â out Â on Â the Â court, Â if Â not Â more Â so. Â Â â€œOn Â home Â game Â days, Â Iâ€™m Â at Â school Â from Â 7:40 Â a.m Â to Â 11 Â p.m. Â Â With Â such Â long Â days Â my Â JUDGHV DUH GHÂżQLWHO\ DIIHFW-Â ed,â€? Â manager Â Daniel Â Heck, Â a Â sophomore, Â said. The Â day Â is Â loaded Â with Â re-Â sponsibilities, Â according Â to Â
(Daquante Jones // The Viking Press)
Basketball managers Tavonn Wheeler, Brad Herring and Daniel Heck (left to right) watch as the boysâ€™ basketball team warms up before a recent home game.
Heck. Â â€œWe Â set Â up Â the Â gym, Â pull Â out Â the Â bleachers, Â set Â up Â the Â scorersâ€™ Â table Â and Â the Â score-Â ERDUG ÂżOO ZDWHU ERWWOHV UROO out Â the Â mats, Â sweep Â and Â take Â care Â of Â injured Â players,â€? Â Heck Â said. Â Â Even Â with Â all Â of Â the Â respon-Â sibilities Â and Â work Â involved, Â
each Â manager Â does Â it Â simply Â because Â he Â enjoys Â it. Â Â It Â is Â not Â a Â paid Â job Â -Â Â simply Â volunteer Â basis Â -Â Â but Â they Â do Â get Â some Â EHQHÂżWVRIZRUNLQJVRFORVHO\ with Â the Â team. Â Â â€œAs Â managers, Â we Â get Â all Â SOD\HU EHQHÂżWV , JHW WKH shoes, Â the Â suit, Â and Â I Â donâ€™t Â have Â to Â pay Â for Â anything, Â all Â
the Â way Â up Â to Â a Â champion-Â ship Â ring,â€? Â Heck Â said. Â 7KHVH EHQHÂżWV DUH QRW WKH only Â reason Â Heck Â is Â complet-Â ing Â his Â second Â year Â as Â a Â man-Â ager Â for Â the Â boysâ€™ Â team. â€œI Â knew Â it Â would Â help Â my Â reputation Â at Â school,â€? Â Heck Â said. Â â€œIt Â helps Â me Â to Â learn Â the Â game, Â too. Â Â Itâ€™s Â the Â only Â sport Â I Â love Â and Â my Â teammates Â are Â like Â a Â second Â family. Â They Â make Â me Â feel Â like Â Iâ€™m Â part Â of Â the Â team, Â like Â Iâ€™m Â important, Â but Â people Â that Â arenâ€™t Â on Â the Â team Â donâ€™t Â really Â understand Â my Â importance.â€? Nakeil Â Williams, Â a Â senior Â on Â the Â basketball Â team, Â spoke Â highly Â of Â the Â team Â of Â manag-Â ers. Â â€œWell, Â you Â know, Â hav-Â ing Â managers Â takes Â a Â lot Â of Â pressure Â off Â the Â players. Â The Â freshmen Â on Â the Â team Â should Â be Â especially Â thankful,â€? Â Wil-Â liams Â said. Â â€œIf Â there Â were Â no Â managers, Â duties Â would Â fall Â on Â them.â€? Speaking Â of Â being Â â€œthank-Â
fulâ€?, Â gratitude Â is Â something Â the Â managers Â donâ€™t Â get Â too Â much Â of. Â Â â€œItâ€™s Â a Â thankless Â job Â by Â many, Â but Â one Â of Â the Â most Â ap-Â preciated Â jobs Â from Â a Â coach-Â ing Â standpoint,â€? Â Gulledge Â said. Â â€œThey Â must Â be Â trustwor-Â thy Â and Â dedicated Â to Â some-Â thing Â that Â is Â not Â always Â in Â the Â limelight.â€? Â Â Each Â one Â of Â the Â managers Â acts Â on Â these Â qualities Â daily. Â Â They Â use Â their Â drive Â for Â suc-Â cess Â and Â winning Â as Â a Â way Â to Â get Â through Â all Â of Â the Â â€œgym-Â keepingâ€? Â tasks. â€œGetting Â another Â champi-Â onship Â ring Â is Â my Â motiva-Â tion,â€? Â Mikenda Â â€œDashâ€? Â Mc-Â Carter, Â a Â long-Âtime Â manager, Â said. â€œSeeing Â basketball Â through Â the Â teamsâ€™ Â eyes Â and Â having Â â€˜Kinstonâ€™ Â across Â my Â chest Â is Â enough Â for Â me,â€? Â Heck Â said. Â
Staff Â writer Â Angelo Â Keyes Â contributed Â to Â this Â report.
Spring sports round-up Soccer undefeated through four games By ANGELO KEYES Staff Writer
Despite Â waiting Â for Â several Â key Â playesr Â to Â ÂżQLVK EDVNHWEDOO VHD-Â son, Â the Â soccer Â team Â began Â its Â year Â with Â a Â 3-Â0-Â1 Â mark. Team Â captains Â Hay-Â ley Â Vermillion, Â Becky Â Irvin Â and Â Caitlin Â West Â Â have Â played Â together Â since Â their Â freshman Â year Â and Â are Â key Â con-Â tributors Â to Â the Â team. Â Â Vermillion Â was Â the Â Eastern Â Plains Â Confer-Â ence Â Player Â of Â the Â Year Â last Â year Â and Â has Â hopes Â of Â getting Â a Â conference Â championship Â this Â year. â€œWe Â have Â a Â lot Â of Â young, Â inexperienced Â players Â this Â year, Â but Â they Â are Â catching Â on Â
to Â the Â game Â quickly,â€? Â Vermillion Â said. Â â€œWe Â have Â a Â lot Â of Â potential.â€? Though Â youthful, Â the Â team Â plays Â with Â the Â poise Â of Â a Â team Â that Â is Â much Â more Â experi-Â enced. The Â team Â credits Â much Â of Â its Â success Â to Â a Â rigorous Â condition-Â ing Â program, Â which Â includes Â the Â infamous Â â€œVikingâ€? Â -Â-Â Â a Â two-Âmile Â circuit Â around Â the Â campus Â that Â the Â team Â runs Â before Â practice Â each Â day. Â Â The Â team Â will Â use Â ev-Â ery Â competitive Â edge Â to Â its Â advantage Â against Â conference Â rivals Â North Â 3LWW %HGLQJÂżHOGDQG Tarboro Â as Â the Â Vikings Â attempt Â to Â return Â to Â the Â state Â playoffs.
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(Kyle Brown // The Viking Press)
Youthful softball team struggles early
(Kyle Brown // The Viking Press)
Damien Williams delivers a pitch against Wal-Â lace-ÂRose Hill in the Vikingsâ€™ season-Âopener at Grainger Stadium. (Story by Kyle Brown, sports editor)
Sophomore Rebecca Boyette delivers a pitch DJDLQVW :DOODFH5RVH +LOO GXULQJ .LQVWRQÂˇV Ă€UVW home game of the year. (Story by Khadijah Thorne, staff writer)
The Â baseball Â team Â began Â its Â season Â with Â a Â 1-Â3 Â record Â and Â picked Â up Â a Â 9-Â7 Â win Â at Â Jones Â Senior Â to Â snap Â a Â three-Â game Â skid. Though Â wins Â have Â been Â rare Â early Â on, Â the Â team Â has Â lofty Â goals. â€œI Â wants Â to Â win Â more Â
Youth Â is Â the Â key Â word Â for Â this Â yearâ€™s Â softball Â team, Â which Â has Â no Â seniors Â and Â only Â four Â juniors. Other Â team Â goals Â are Â learning Â the Â game Â and Â improving Â daily Â for Â a Â squad Â that Â began Â its Â
games Â than Â last Â year Â and Â be Â a Â senior Â leader Â supporting Â my Â team-Â mates Â throughout Â the Â whole Â season,â€? Â senior Â Leslie Â Wade Â said. â€œWe Â have Â huge Â po-Â tential Â to Â become Â a Â great Â team,â€? Â assistant Â coach Â Ryan Â Buie Â said.
season Â 0-Â4. Â â€œI Â want Â the Â team Â to Â be Â better Â at Â the Â end Â of Â every Â day,â€? Â coach Â Mi-Â chael Â Moon Â said. â€œI Â hope Â we Â can Â come Â together Â and Â win,â€? Â sophomore Â captain Â Re-Â becca Â Boyette Â said.
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Keepin’ it cool with Kyle Brown
All they do is win
Play as many sports as you can during high school
KHS 56, R. Rapids 38 KHS 66, Topsail 48 KHS 77, Croatan 62 .+6%HGGLQJÀHOG KHS 71, Reidsville 61 KHS 58, Cuthbertson 55
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Road to Raleigh Boys and girls playoff results
Girls .+6%HGGLQJÀHOG KHS 42, Farmville C. 32 KHS 75, Northeastern 44 KHS 52, Bunn 51 J. Matthews 61, KHS 28
Players’ perspective (Staff photo // The Viking Press) The boys’ basketball team gets hyped during a pep rally before the state championship game, played at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh on Saturday, March 10.
Vikings win third state championship By THE VIKING PRESS
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Andrew Lopez “Coming back home to the stomping grounds, it’s a great accomplishment you work your whole life to be No. 1 in the state.”
Christian Pridge “It felt great to make history. We hope to have started some- thing so we can make it further next year.”
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Senior Caroline DeBruhl shoots a free throw.
March 2012 edition of The Viking Press