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News 10/25/19

An Annual Tradition at the NCLA: Powderpuff and a Bonfire 

By: Mason Harmon 

As posters are hung and student council notifications are sent out, the season has arrived for the NCLA’s annual high school powderpuff game and bonfire. On Friday, Nov. 1, high school student council will host both events starting with the powderpuff game at 5:00 p.m. followed by the bonfire at 6:30 p.m.IMG_2868

For many in student council, the events mark a truly exciting time as they embark on this year’s full itinerary of sponsored activities. High school student council Vice President Christine Parker is probably the most passionate member and one who is looking forward to all this year has in store, but mainly these events.

“I would like a lot of students to be here for the bonfire and powderpuff game supporting and showing their school spirit,” Parker said.

In addition to hoping for a great turn-out at this year’s events, Vice President Parker also is hoping for good weather as she reflects on last year’s bonfire.

“Last year’s bonfire never happened because it got rained out a couple of times,” Parker said. “I would like for it to happen and for people to come and enjoy their time. As a part of student council, I know we’re trying to provide activities for students to be involved in.”

IMG_2873Fortunately, though, last year’s powderpuff game went off without a hitch and made for some great memories. 

“Powderpuff was really fun, a lot of the students were involved whether they were playing, or cheering, or just in the stands watching because it’s fun for the students to be involved with the game,” Parker said.

Parker is wanting to encourage every high schooler to come out and support the student council, but more importantly the student body as a whole.

“I would encourage all high school students to come out to these events, because you only live through high school once, and you want to be able to look back and see how much fun you had with some of your closest friends,” Parker said.

 

NCLA’s Fifth Annual Trunk or Treat

By: Mason Harmon 

This Friday, Oct. 25, the NCLA will host its fifth annual Trunk or Treat. The event will officially start at 6:00 p.m. and last till later in the evening with lots of fun and family-oriented activities. 

These activities include a pumpkin decorating station, DJ Party Panda dance party, a costume contest with prizes, and spooky stories in the garden after the pumpkin patch closes.  

In addition to sponsoring these great family ventures, the Falcon Community Supporters are also coordinating some great vendors for the event. Gunny’s Hotdog Cart will be serving multiple types of hot dogs, chips, drinks, and other great food along with Bungalow and Brews Beverage Trailer serving coffee and hot chocolate.

As the final piece of this great family event, the Falcon Community Supporters will also be opening up a pumpkin patch in the school garden at 5:30 p.m. before Trunk or Treating officially begins. The pumpkins will be sold between $1 to $5 and all the proceeds going to the Community Supporters. 

All students and families are welcomed and encouraged to come out and support the school and to enjoy some wonderful family time at a delightfully spooky event.

 

 

PSAT Next Week

By: Cydney Leister 

On Wednesday, October 30th, a group of NCLA high schoolers will be taking the PSAT/NMSQT. The test is being taken on the make up date due to the original testing date falling on the school’s fall break. 

“The PSAT challenged what I thought I knew and I think it prepared me to take the PSAT again later in my academic career,” commented Ally Mattingly, an NCLA Junior, on her experience with the exam.

The PSAT is a preliminary SAT and is intended to give students exposure to SAT style tests. It is slightly shorter than the SAT, taking 2 hours and 40 mins, but gives test takers a better understanding of the quick pace and types of questions found on the SAT.

“While it was stressful, it did help prepare me for this year,” said Emma Wolfe, NCLA Junior.

The PSAT offers Juniors that take it a chance at 180 million dollars in scholarship by earning a National Merit Scholarship; regardless of grade level, the exam is a beneficial experience academically. 

“The Grinder” Cafe brings a jolt to NCLA
By: Ellison Schuman
New changes are being made to how Grinder days work at the NCLA. Due to the long lines at the coffee truck in the morning, the Grinder will be getting to the school earlier and opening up their second window to make the process faster.

If you are wanting to go to the truck during first period, your teacher will give you a pass to prove you are leaving to get coffee.

“At least this way we know where the students are at, so if they’re needed we know where to find them,” said Mrs. Orenstein.

The NCLA has come to know “The Grinder” truck very well. This mobile is Greensboro’s first ever organic bean coffee truck to serve 100% organic Fair Trade Arabica beans that are locally sourced, roasted and served.

“The Grinder” has a wide variety of drinks that can be prepared hot, iced or blended with tons of flavor options. From Organic Espresso, smoothies, frozen drinks to pastries, they keep their prices affordable, ranging from $2 to $5 to ensure that everyone can get what they want.

“My favorite thing to get from the Grinder is an iced caramel macchiato,” said junior, Lily Reiter.

Chick-fil-a Tries to win Cheese Game too
By: Gideon Vandyke
The Chic-Fil-A Mac and Cheese: it’s the gooey cheesy side that pairs perfectly with your Chic-Fil-A chicken.

On August 12, Chick-Fil-A announced their all new mac and cheese. Last year Chick-Fil-A tested this new side in a few cities across the United States: Houston and San Antonio, Texas, Nashville, Phoenix and Baltimore and this list also includes one of our near neighbors – Greensboro.

I was able to try the mac and cheese and all I can say is it was very good and satisfying  for a small. The price came in at about $2.35 for a small. which is just slightly more expensive than the classic Chick-Fil-A waffle fries, which come in at $2.09 for a large.

But, you can get it as a side with any lunch or dinner meal, kids meal or by itself. You can also have it catered for large gatherings.

According to the Chick-Fil-A, their mac and cheese is, “The first permanent side addition to the menu since 2016 –  is a classic macaroni and cheese recipe, featuring a special blend of cheeses including cheddar, parmesan and Romano. It is baked in a restaurant each day.”

The Chick-Fil-A mac and cheese is one of those things you have to try for yourself to be able to experience its goodness.

Favorite Halloween Candy
By: Rebecca Avila
Halloween is about scariness, cool costumes and candy. The loads of candy is what everyone is looking forward to on Halloween and of course hanging with friends is good as well.

“My favorite types of candy are KitKats and gummy worms. I like sour things like sour gummy worms, and Kit Kats because they are just the right amount of chocolate,” said Cydney Leister.

People can trade candy if not satisfied with what they have. Finding people willing to trade their candy for yours can be difficult but rewarding if you both go home happy.

“When I get Hersheys with almonds, I always trade for a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup any day,” said Etornam Agbemabiese.

Having piles and piles of candy are good because you have snacks for days and having the best candy at your disposal hands down can make the day of anyone.

“My favorite Halloween candy is KitKats,” said Amelia Maxey.

Creatable World
By: Cydney Leister
Mattel, a toy industry known most notably for Barbie and Hot Wheels, has recently added a new toy to their ranks, the Creatable World:Doll.

This new doll is a branch off of Barbie, but is intended to welcome all kids to play regardless of labels. The doll is made to be adjustable to reflect its owner with adjustable hair lengths and a variety of outfit choices.

“I think that it’s really cool, and it’s a nice idea to give everyone an opportunity to express themselves and play in a fantasy world they create,” commented Lily Davenport, a NCLA junior.

Barbie is noted for her increasing representation in a variety of careers; however this doll hopes present that kids don’t have to be held to any specific focus but can explore an ever changing world they create.

“I think it is a good idea to have it, just because I feel like Barbie dolls and stuff are always you can be an astronaut or you can be that,” said Harley Frazier, a NCLA sophomore, on the subject.

The creator’s hope for the doll is to create a new type of toy section that isn’t separated by labels, but is open to each child’s own imagination. This is a sensitive decision in the current world with mixed reactions and exaggerations; however the basic idea appears to receive a positive response.

Cover photo and gallery below submitted by Ian Arnold.

 

Cross Country Regional Preview

By: Olivia Brown

The top seven NCLA boys and girls are going to the NCHSAA 1A Midwest Regionals on November 2nd in Dobson, at Millennial Charter Academy. They’re going to compete and have to beat a set time of under 18 minutes to qualify for the NCHSAA 1A State Championship. unnamed (11)

“It’s the top few people on the team that goes and it’s a bigger meet than usual. A lot of kids from different schools have a chance of going,” Brooke Bandy said.

Cross Country is a very popular sport at the NCLA. Cross Country is a competitive sport for boys and girls. The runners would usually compete at 1.5 miles to 3.1 miles in a certain amount of time. 

“I think some of the boys might win,” Jayden Dewald said. 

The list of girls that are running are Brooke Bandy, Laura Richie, Emily Vroom, Mary DeHeart and Jaden Dewald.

NCLA Boys Basketball Returns

By: Jackson Faenza

The North Carolina Leadership Boys basketball team is soon underway with their first game at Clover Garden on November 6.

“I am excited for the season because I will be a starting Point Guard” said Wendell Newton, sophomore.IMG-4150

“I am ready for the season because I am going to be a Team Captain, which is gonna be a great leadership opportunity for me,” said Titus Brannan, Senior.

The team last year suffered a losing record of 9-19, winning just four games at home last season. The team scored about 46 points a game, 27 rebounds a game, and with roughly 10 steals in a game.

One thing we need to improve is taking care of the ball on offense.  We had way too many turnovers,” said Coach Shoemaker.

The team kept their spirits up through the season and kept playing their hardest despite the record.img-4155.jpg

“For our team to succeed this year we need everybody’s 100% and for everyone to show dedication, trustworthiness, and perseverance,” said Titus Brannan.

The team is hoping to rebound this season. They have been practicing a lot and even played in a few basketball jamborees this summer.

The team’s first home game will be against Chatham Charter on November 12. Chatam is coming off of a 27-5 season and was undefeated at home last year.

Girls Volleyball Senior Night

 

Boys Soccer Senior Night

 

 

 

 

News 10/04/2019

A Tribute to Mrs. Reaves

Brooke Bandy

It was announced on September 17 that the beloved Latin teacher, Mrs. Reaves, was going to be resigning, effective at the end of the first quarter, after teaching at The NCLA for five years. 

“She’s one of the best teachers here,” said Junior Wen-Shin Lee.

“Mrs. Reaves is like the mom at school I never had and she always takes time to talk about our personal problems,” said Junior Megan Queen.

“What I will miss the most is just having her there because she has always been someone that I know I can talk to about anything,” said Senior Ashlyn Rice. 

During her five years at the school, she has made many memories. Some of these stick out above the rest.

“I love the Saturnalias, the graduations, and anytime I’ve had a new class. I love the beginning of the year because I love meeting my new students and seeing the people that I’ve had before and reconnecting. The Caesars and Senators was really fun, watching everybody get so competitive about it, even my earlier years when we would go around carolling in the school,” said Mrs. Reaves. 

Her students have made some fun memories during her time here as well.

“It was when we were doing scansion,” said Lee.

“My favorite memory isn’t actually in her class, but a couple of years ago we went to the Festival of Lights at Tanglewood together and that’s probably my favorite memory,” said Rice. 

One of her students’ favorite things about her is how supportive she is.

“She’s come to a lot of my volleyball games and I can hear her yelling even though she has no idea what she’s yelling about,” said Queen. 

The reason she came here five years ago was because of her good friend, our own middle and high school technology and video production teacher, Eric Gonzalez.

“Eric Gonzalez was the one who talked to me about coming here. There was an opening and he had talked to me about how much his girls loved it and were excited about the NCLA from the time they started the NCLA,” said Reaves. 

Her favorite thing about teaching at the school over the years has been her students, saying, “My babies, my kids, even the present company included.” 

Her favorite thing about teaching here at The NCLA is also the thing she will miss the most. “The same thing… ” referring back to her favorite thing about teaching here,“ … it’s the interactions, it’s the knowing what’s going on in everybody’s lives and being apart of that,” she said. 

Mrs. Reaves has made a huge impact on the school as a whole with her kind spirit and positivity, and she has even lead some students to want to pursue teaching as a career.

“Mrs. Reaves is actually the person that made me decide that I wanted to be a teacher because of how she has always treated me and I want everyone to have someone in their life like her,” said Rice.

Coffee with the Principal

Gideon Van Dyke

Coffee With the Principal is a new monthly event for parents to learn about all things happening at the NCLA from Mrs. Faenza.

This past Friday, September 27, was the first meeting and it went smooth with a good attendance of parents and very informational questions.

I think it went well,” Mrs. Faenza stated.

Mrs. Faenza has used this approach before with students called “Lunch with the Principal.” Now she is trying it with the parents. If you want to learn more about what’s happening at The NCLA this is the way to do it.unnamed (8)

My goal is to allow parents to ask the source questions they have on their minds and get an honest legitimate answer.  I want to have a transparent relationship with our school family,” said Mrs. Faenza.

The parents submit questions mainly about the school. “What is the news on the new building,” one parent asked.

“I learned of the idea from an admin collaboration group that I belong to,” Faenza stated.  “I am a part of an online administration group and saw that this idea was tried at another school.”

From the perspective of an onlooker, this experience is a very relaxed environment where all questions were valued and Mrs. Faenza answered them to the best of her ability. She gave the parents a sort of comfort in knowing they are heard and an active part in their child’s school career. 

They meet every month on a friday from 8 to 9 a.m.

 

K9 Unit Visits NCLA Hallways, Parking Lot

Mason Harmon

Many students were taken by surprise, last Friday, Sept. 27, when a drug-sniffing dog and its Kernersville Police handler were spotted on campus. The K-9 and its handler were inspecting the parking lot and middle school building hallway, checking high school students’ vehicles and lockers.

Many questions have been raised by students as to why the K-9 was brought to the NCLA and if there were any illegal substances found. Due to confidentiality, however, most of these questions have remained unanswered. 

Assistant Principal Steven Lebrecht has made sure to limit conversation around the topic by only making a few statements about it.

“There’s no privacy being invaded,” Lebrecht said. “Students shouldn’t be doing that stuff in the first place and definitely don’t need to bring it on campus, because it will be found.”

School-wide searches by K-9’s are nothing new for North Carolina schools, but they do come with their own legal guidelines. These searches can be done randomly without any specific person or group targeted or they can be done with “reasonable suspicion” that something illegal will be discovered.

In both circumstances, the searching of lockers comes down to the school’s policy on lockers and whether or not they are personal or school property. Additionally, according to the ACLU North Carolina, searching a student for illegal items is also allowed but can be denied if the student chooses. 

 

New Hope for Softball 

Mason Harmon

As fall sports draw to a close, NCLA students and faculty are already looking forward to Spring season athletics, high school softball namely. For so many, last year’s lack of a high school softball team was detrimental to morale and school spirit.

This year, however, NCLA Assistant Principal Steven Lebrecht is hoping to avoid what happened last year.  

“We only had, I believe, six or seven young ladies, that were willing to play and ideally you need about 14 or 15 to play to make a team. You need to have a minimum of nine and we didn’t meet the minimum so we couldn’t have a team last year,” Lebrecht said. 

In addition to avoiding what happened last year, Assistant Principal Lebrecht and NCLA Senior Aubrey Harmon are also pushing for high school girls to try-out for the team.

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Perspective HS softball players at last week’s interest meeting.

“Let myself or Mr. Shoemaker know so we can make sure we have a team,” Lebrecht said. 

“I hope that everyone who showed up to the interest meeting will try out. If we have enough for a team I hope it’s the beginning of many more seasons rather than being on and off as it has been,” Harmon said.

As the last part of their desire for an HS softball team, many students, including Harmon, are hoping to inspire other high school girls to try-out for the team.

“Softball is an amazing way to bond not just as a team but through friendships that will last a lifetime. Although there are some who have never played, it is definitely worth trying,” Harmon said.

 

October Break is almost here!

Jackson Faenza

October break is fast approaching on October 11. The NCLA made a “fall break” into the calendar and everybody loves it. It is a one week right after the first full quarter of school ends. I asked some kids where they are going for fall break.

Some people said they are going out of state for fall break. “I am going to Connecticut to visit family” said Kenna Porto, 10th grader. 

Nora Wood, a 10th grader, said she is going to Washington DC for the one week vacation.

While some people are just taking it easy and taking a relaxing trip. “I am going on a fishing trip” said Jonathon Floyd, 10th grader.

Some people choose to stay in the comfort of their home like for example when I asked Katie, a 10th grader, where she is going for the one week fall break she said “Nowhere.”

As you can tell many people to choose to do many different things for the one week fall break for example go out of state, to the beach, to florida, and even just stay in the comfort of your home. Whatever it is people sure do love this fall break for many different reasons and people are sure looking forward to it in 2 weeks.

 

Living 10/04/19

Dixie Classic Fair Returns

By: Mason Harmon

The Dixie Classic Fair will start on Friday, Oct. 4, and runs until Sunday, Oct. 13.This highly anticipated event is held annually on the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds 

Tickets for people between the ages 12-64 are $10, children from 6-11 are $5, and kids under 5 get in free. If you are looking forward to the rides, you can buy a $10 ride ticket that has 30 credits, or you can buy an unlimited ride voucher for $35.

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Photos courtesy of DCFair.com

There are many rides, vendors and attractions at this family-fun event. Some of these famous rides include the Fireball 2000, the Giant Wheel, and the Sky Flyer. 

There are other forms of entertainment options such as the demolition derby, rodeo’s, figure 8 racing, and tons of live music performances.

Fall Trends

By: Rebecca Avila

Fall started on Sep. 23, 2019. Fashion, television, and music are hitting the market for fall. 

Flannel is back and being integrated into more styles than just jeans. 54020_CYSI

“…with Khakis, as a skirt, statement pants, knotted, girly kick, around the waist, western vibes, and as a blazer.” are the ways flannel has increased this year. 

The weather in the fall is a little chilly and staying indoors watching tv shows will keep you occupied.

The Morning Show is “Fall’s most anticipated series” according to Entertainment Weekly. See is a “epic apocalyptic saga” according to The Oprah Magazine. Batwoman “is the most anticipated October series” according to the Hidden Remote.see_s1_cover_artwork_horizontal_copy

While on some fall adventures, the music aspect will be covered. 

“Graveyard” by Halsey and “Glorious” by Ella Henderson are some songs to listen too. An anticipated album about to release is Kanye West’s new album, “Jesus is King”.

The Pizza Wars Have Ended

By Gideon Van Dyke

It’s no surprise that pizza is one of the favorite foods of modern high schoolers and college students. 

In celebration of National Pizza Month, Nick Williford and I went on a journey to find the best of the commonly ordered pizzas, and our selection included Dominos, Pizza Hut and Papa Johns. 

We critiqued each pizza to find out our favorite. unnamed (7)

Pizza Hut, in our opinion, was the worst because it costs the most and because it was thin and felt cheap. This was very disappointing because it smelled so very good, yet tasted so very bad.

“This pizza is actually bad, bruh,” said Nick.

Next, we have Dominos. Dominos had a good crust and sour sauce with cheese that tasted fresh. This automatically and utterly decimated Pizza Hut.

Last but certainly not least, Papa Johns, this pizza was our personal favorite because it came with dipping sauce and a banana pepper. This gave it extra fancy suburban points. It also came the hottest, so when we got it the cheese was still stringy. 

Therefore, out of the three, Papa John reigns supreme!

 

 

 

News 10/04/19

A Block Schedule With Some Mixed Feelings

Mason Harmon

This past Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 10th and 11th, the NCLA implemented its new once-monthly high school block schedule. With the schedule’s roll-out there have been mixed feelings. Even regarding the purpose of it, there has been a divide between the student body and the NCLA administration.

NCLA Assistant Principal Steven Lebrecht described the schedule by saying, “The main purpose is for teachers to be able to utilize that time for Science classes to do labs, for Math classes to dive deeper into the material, and for A.P. classes to do practice exams.”

Unfortunately, many students did not perceive it the way administration intended.hallway Mason

“The only purpose I see is just so people are forced to join a club,” NCLA Junior Maura Perkins said.

In addition to the divide over purpose, the NCLA administration and student body also differ on its initial rollout. 

“I feel like nobody knew what the heck they were doing. I just think it was chaotic,” Perkins said.

The NCLA administration had a different take.

“I think it went well, hearing from teachers and some of the students. Some of the teachers I talked to really enjoyed being able to get into the material, doing bigger and better activities that you can’t normally do in a 45 or 50 minute class period. It seems like some of the students that I talked with really enjoyed it and it didn’t seem like it was too long,” Lebrecht said.

Hopefully, the new schedule can be ironed out, along with the communication issues, but in the meantime, the NCLA administration asks students to be patient with the new schedule and see how it goes in the future. 

“You can’t really make a judgment on preconceived notions, chances are those that didn’t like it probably went into their class period thinking this is going to stink. Give it a chance and give the teachers a chance to get used to it.” Lebrecht said.

 

Results are in for the High School Student Council Election

Mason Harmon

The election results for high school student council are officially in and there are high hopes for this year’s council-led activities. High school students should expect some changes from previous years as the council tries to incorporate the whole student body.

Newly elected student council President Annie Ellis wants to emphasize this idea as a hope for this year’s council. 

“I plan to have things to get the student body more involved and increase school spirit,” Ellis said. 

In addition to seeing the council striving for a larger student body involvement, high school students should also expect some changes in the council’s responsibilities. 

“Student council will be in charge of the prom this year, and it will be in very capable hands and I know that because we have some very dedicated council members and we will also get some help from other responsible students to make it the best prom it can be,” Ellis said. 

As a final change to this year’s council, students are being encouraged to talk with their councilmen and share ideas for future events and feedback on past ones.

“I think the whole point of having new fun activities that people enjoy is to have students bring them up to us and if we’re able to make those follow-through then I think that we would be able to increase school spirit and participation and that’s the greatest thing we want this year,” Ellis said.   

 This year’s council seems to be off to a great start and it’s only a matter of time to see what activities are instore for HS students. Below is a list of each newly elected high school student Councilmen:

President: Annie Ellis

Vice President: Christine Parker

Secretary: Mason Harmon

Treasurer: Callie Foust

Senior Representative: Jodi Rickert

Junior Representative: Cydney Leister

Sophomore Representative: Abigail Brannan

Freshman Representative: Etornam Agbemabiese

Hurricane Dorian Help

By: Olivia Brown

Recently Hurricane Dorian has had a major impact on a lot of places in the U.S, as well as, and especillay, the Bahamas. The category 5 hurricane left 2,500 people missing, 54 people dead and the rest were injured from the debris. But a pilot named Kyle Farewell has decided to take a stand and help them. 

“Today we’ve got four generators, we have the nose and the tail filled with snacks and water” Farewell said …

Farewell will be taking his own plane and flying to the Bahamas to give them donated materials to the people. He wants to help other people because he was also affected by the hurricane, it damaged his house and yard so he sympathises with the people of the Bahamas. 

Opinion: The New Lunch Schedule

Nick Williford

Lunch has changed, some say for the better, some say for the worst. Personally, I don’t care about it too much as long as I get time to eat.

I interviewed a few students to see how they feel about lunch being “an hour,” and having tutoring for 1st or second half of lunch.

“I honestly do not care, I eat your food anyway, but I like that it feels like lunch is longer,” said Derek Shull, a junior at NCLA. 

I feel the same way, it does feel like lunch is way longer than it was last year, with more freedom.

“I like being able to leave and go get lunch somewhere else or just leave,” said Michael Cespedes, a junior at NCLA.

I believe most people have a positive opinions on lunch, and I believe this was a nice change of pace. 

Therefore, we really do hope NCLA doesn’t switch this lunch system up.

National Honor Society Becomes an Active Chapter 

Brooke Bandy

On April 9, an induction ceremony for new National Honor Society members took place at our school. At the start of the 2019-2020 school year, the NHS chapter here at The NCLA officially became an active chapter. 

What does being an active chapter mean? This means that the chapter will now be actively participating in community service and partaking in National Honor Society events and requirements. 

Community service is going to be big for the group. “I haven’t ever done NHS, so I’m helping Mrs. O, but I know that we’ve talked about doing more community service as a group, so that’s kind of our focus this year, to get those students exposed to a wider variety of different kinds of community service,” said Mrs. B.G., one of the teachers running the chapter. 

There are already some plans in the books for community service later on in the year, including a blood drive. “We’re supposed to work the blood drive the whole time that it’s here so we’re just trying to get it scheduled because I think the lady initially wanted to do it in December, but that’s not really a good time for us. We’d kind of like to wait until we get into the new building where we have more space, so hopefully early next year we’ll be doing the blood drive, and then we’ve got a few other things planned,” said B.G. 

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National Honors Society members, from left to right: Mason Harmon, Brooke Bandy, Mrs. Orenstein and Cyd Leister.

Many people are looking forward to this year and having the ability to participate in the National Honor Society. NHS Co-President, Mason Harmon, hopes that it will bring the school together and gather support from students. “I’m hoping to really bring this chapter into an active part and I really am hoping that we can stress the importance of student activity here and stress the service aspect of NHS … maybe we’ll team up with student council a little bit too really bring the school together to incite school spirit, and just really strengthen the understanding of what the NHS is,” said Harmon. 

Harmon’s goals as president this year is to focus on serving the community and the student body. He said, “My goal for this year is to make sure that this first year of nhs as an active chapter goes well we get through some of the leadership issues the struggles on it we can work out some kinks we’ve never had to deal with before and really that we focus on serving our community and the student body as a whole.” 

B.G.’s goal is to get to know students that she hasn’t had the opportunity to teach yet. “Getting to know the students I haven’t taught before. That’s like a personal goal for me,” she said. 

Overall, the excitement to get started with activities for our NHS chapter is overwhelming. “I’m most excited about seeing how much support we’re going to get from the student body and see the ideas and the great things so many of our NHS members are going to put forth this year because we have so many members. I think we can do some wonderful things, and I can’t wait to see what we’ll do,” said Harmon. 

 

News 9/20/19

Finally, an Hour Lunch

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By: Mason Harmon

As the NCLA officially opened its new Middle School building this semester, a new lunch schedule has been put in place for high school students. This schedule now allows students an hour for eating lunch, tutoring, and even participating in extracurriculars, and it’s getting some positive feedback. 

“I am really glad that it is an hour, because it gives you time to chill and most public schools and other schools around here don’t get that opportunity,” NCLA Senior Ellison Schuman said.

Even NCLA Assistant Principal Stephen Lebrecht is happy with the hour lunch.

“I think it benefits the high school students, especially with an hour. It gives them a chance to get some tutoring done, particularly for those students who can’t stay after school for whatever reason,” said Lebrecht. 

In addition to the already popular hour lunch, NCLA administration has plans in the works to soon implement its tutoring and extracurricular policies. Since the first day of school, high school students have simply been given an hour just for lunch, but now that the school year has begun, administration is ready to implement its originally advertised plans. 

“I would imagine that eventually we’ll start to see some clubs being offered, some tutoring sessions being offered and that way students have the option of first lunch or second lunch and going places for tutoring or to be apart of a club,” Lebrecht said.  

After the new lunch policies are implemented, administration hopes to keep them as HS students move into the new high school building.

“I think everything is going to be the same, it’s still going to be an hour lunch and we’ll still have our clubs, but there should be more room, hopefully, for everybody to enjoy their lunchtime,” Lebrecht said.

Unfortunately, even with all these positive benefits some students have been upset with the recent policy to not allow visitors for HS lunch. 

“I have a lot of friends who want to come see me and the only time they can come is during lunch because we have a whole hour, and they can’t now,” said Schuman.

Even with student unhappiness, administration has made the new policy in the best interest of the student body. 

“The biggest issue would be security, making sure we can monitor where everybody’s at. It was easier last year when everybody’s in the same building. Now that we’re going to be in three separate buildings, being able to monitor who’s coming in is going to be a little bit more difficult, and at least for right now, it’s probably a good idea to hold off on the visitors,” Lebrect said.

 

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New School Year, New High School Student Council

By: Mason Harmon

This Friday, Sept. 1, high school student council elections will be held. With these elections taking place it will mark a new chapter in the history of NCLA’s HS Student Council.

As last year’s high school student council ended its term, elections were unable to be held. As a part of this year though, each high school student will be allowed to vote for new members of the council to represent them. This year, however, comes with a new rule on student council size.

 

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Instead of previous years when size was dependent on interest, this year’s HS Student Council will only allow one elected member per position. This decision was made to ensure efficiency and a streamlined design for council efforts. In addition to this new rule there are also some new teachers handling the council.

Mr. Walsh, HS History, and Mrs. Kerr, HS English, are now the staff sponsors for the Council and will oversee its operations throughout this year. Both of them have high hopes for this year and are ready to make this year’s council one of the school’s greatest. As a part of their aspirations for this year they have already been approved to start planning Spirit Weeks, the school’s annual Powder Puff game, and annual Homecoming dance.

Other events are in the works, but in the meantime a new high school student council must be elected. Campaigns have already been announced and it will be up to each high schooler to determine who will best represent their interests. Here is a comprehensive list of candidates:

  • Freshmen Representative: Etornam Agbemabiese.

  • Sophomore Representative: Jadyn DeWald, Abigail Brannan, Naudia McKoy, Hannah Small, and Elissa Segers.

  • Junior Representative: Cydney Leister

  • Senior Representative: Hannah Lee, Jodi Rickert, Chloe Glover, and Olivia Pulliam

  • Treasurer: Callie Frost and Selah Smith.

  • Secretary: Mason Harmon and Lindsey Mueller.

  • Vice President: Macey Green and Christine 

  • President: Kirby Dunn and Annie Ellis

 

New Teachers at The NCLA

By: Cydney Leister

One of the benefits of going to a smaller school is the sense of community, or even family between the students and staff. This new school year the NCLA has been bestowed the honor of welcoming new members into that family.

The high school got a handful of additions in the form of lovely new teachers. Bergsma, Landphair, Pillen, Hartzell, Roberts, and Birchenough cover a portion of the new members of the NCLA family.

Hartzell is a past science researcher who high schoolers now have the honor to have as a science teacher. She was introduced to teaching through her husband and has only worked in charter school, though has been impressed with the NCLA.Hartzell new teachers Cyd

Bergsma grew up Randolph County, NC and is the new teacher of exciting classes like Food and Nutrition. She believes that her coming to the NCLA is a great opportunity. 

Bergsma and Hartzell had only positive things to say about their new positions at the school

“It’s really awesome that I have administration that believes in me,” said Bergsma. “I hope that I am here a long time.”

“The school is beautiful and the equipment and the resources are really beneficial,” said Hartzell. 

Bergsma has big plans with her foods lab this year and has high ambition for her future here.

“I hope to get our program up and running and we add more teachers to it,” Bergsma stated.

Hartzell looks forward to get to know the student body and building upon the school itself in the coming year and beyond. The amount of trust that is placed in the high schoolers here and the integrity they show impresses her. Bergsma new teachers Cyd

“I look forward to getting to know my students,” said Hartzell. “I would like to grow the AP science program.”

Hartzell and Bergsma, as well as the other new high school teachers are signs of the NCLA’s growth as a school and a community. With the addition of these great minds only great things must be to come for the future of the school.

 

Over 250 New Students Enrolled

By: Ellison Schuman

The recent expansion of the NCLA has not only brought new buildings, but has also brought many new faces. In just this school year, over 250 new students have been enrolled in grades K-12.

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It is always difficult being the new kid, especially in a school where everything is in the process of changing. Freshman Celeste Paradis gave her view of her first impression and her feelings about what’s upcoming for the NCLA:

“Honestly I was scared to come to this school. I had never been to a charter school before, but everyone has been really nice.” Said Paradis. “I am really excited for the new high school, the school that I went to before was really old, so I think it’ll be a good experience.”

With an evolving school, there is always room for constructive criticism so the environment can be better for everyone. And although Senior Mackenzee Garwood had many positive things to say about the school, she did have some critiques. 

“I wish that there were more electives to choose from.” Said Garwood. “But overall everyone has been really nice and helpful. And I like how the class schedules are set up.

With the upcoming high school, the NCLA hopes to have an even greater percentage of new students in the following years.

 

No More Mountain Dew at the NCLA?

Ellison Schuman

Many changes have already taken place for the NCLA and it is only the 3rd week of school. From new buildings, new teachers, a new lunch schedule, to even a new drink provider. If you are someone who depends on a caffeinated drink like Mtn. Dew to get you through the day, then you might have noticed that you’ve been unplugged.

Recently, the Pepsi vending machines usually located in the multi-purpose room have been shut off. There have been new Coke machines placed in the “garage” as replacements. You may be wondering why the sudden change, but Mrs. Wood can assure you that it is for a good reason.

“We switched to using Coke because they use aluminum over plastic.” Said Wood. “Recently, we’ve decided to get rid of plastic bottles and even the plastic silverware. The school really wants to help with the conservation.”

Mrs. Wood and Mrs. Faenza were seen displaying their “Save the Turtle” T-shirts on Friday and those are a part of the new program “Leadership Friday’s.” Every Friday, the students that are currently taking Leadership and CAP learn about the different ways they can help protect the environment.

Please help the NCLA by using the new recycling and trash bins that have been placed in the classrooms. Save the turtles.

 

New High School Building Update

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By: Gideon Vandyke  

The new high school project is almost finished and for most students and administration, they can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

The new building project has been going on for about a year now. It took a year and a half of planning by the administration. The project started in April and according to Mr. Lebrecht, “The building should be done no later than January.” 

The crews have been working all summer to get this major project done and ready for all the high schoolers to move in, and also let the middle schoolers have the new middle school building to themselves.

The new building will include a new gymnasium facility, and also some nice science classrooms. This also lets teachers get comfortable in their own rooms. For the moment, the teachers and the highschool students are borrowing the current rooms from the middle school. 

A lot of high school students are excited to move into the new building. Mr. Lebrecht stated, “I’m excited for the students to have their own building.” 

The students are ready to have their own building and can’t wait until next year, but hopefully sooner than later. Mr. Lebrecht stated, “It is awesome to see where the school started in 2013, to where it is today with all of the students and multiple buildings.” 

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Virginia Foxx visits the NCLA

By Brooke Bandy

On this past Wednesday, April 24, the 5th district House Representative Virginia Foxx visited our school. She opened up the conversation talking about her childhood, how she grew up in a poor household, and then how long she has been in office.

Working in Washington D.C. and living here in North Carolina seems like a crazy drive for a job in Congress, right? ““I come home every weekend … I’m in DC usually Monday through Thursday and Tuesday through Friday,” said Foxx.

Virginia Foxx has been in politics for over twenty years. She was elected to the State Senate in 1994 and served there for a decade before moving on to the House of Representatives. Since her election in 2004, she has served fourteen years in the House of Representatives and has spent two of those years as Chairman for the Education and Workforce Committee. “I’m the lead Republican on the Education and Labor Committee, which is a real challenge right now to stop a lot of bad legislation that’s being passed and some of it i can’t stop but we’ll do the best that we can with it,” said Foxx

 

She then moved on to discuss the Constitution and its importance to legislature. She pulled out her pocket Constitution and said that the legislation portion of the Constitution has more pages delegating its powers than all of the other branches, proving its strength.

She also brought up the tenth amendment, which states that any power not specifically given to the federal government is reserved to the states. She said that because of this amendment and our republic, the government is the car and the people are the drivers.

Once she had finished speaking, she allowed students to ask questions. One student asked what the key was to getting elected as many times as she has been. “Stay close to your constituents, respond to the constituents,” said Foxx.

Being so close to her voters and supporters means going around to schools in her district and interacting with the people she represents. “Oh gosh, I was at Piney Grove yesterday and I’m going over to East Forsyth right now, and so I probably do two or three a month,” said Foxx.

Going to as many schools as she does, Virginia Foxx sees a lot of students. Seeing this many students means she sees a whole lot of views on politics. “I do think students are being swayed a lot by the comments being made about free tuition, free college, paying off loans, it’s like a siren song too, I’d say to students too … it’s a false promise,” said Foxx.

Foxx introduces many bills every year and plans to introduce more this year. “I will probably introduce several bills, again, I have introduced several bills,” Foxx continued, “There are thousands (of bills) introduced, but only hundreds are passed.”

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Virginia Foxx speaks at the NCLA.

 

 

She hopes to encourage students to get more involved in their government as a result of her school visits. “If you don’t get involved, you may get a government you don’t like,” said Foxx.

When asked about her plans for the next couple years, she responded simply, “Doing my job, as I’ve been doing for the last 14 years.”

For anyone interested in going into politics, Foxx sometimes allows people to shadow her in Washington D.C. during her workday. She also gave some great advice to people who are interested in becoming politicians. “Start at the local level, do internships,” said Foxx.

Having Virginia Foxx at our school is a huge deal, and should not be taken for granted by the students. However, you may be wondering, what are we supposed to get out of these visits? “I hope you will remember … you are the drivers of the government,” said Foxx. She also added, “I hope you will be a little more interested (in politics/government), as a result.”

 

 

Editorial: The Lack of Mental Health Services for Teenagers and the Prevalence of School Shootings

By Jessica Zhong

One of the issues most frequently brought up in the aftermath of a school shooting is mental health.

We ask, “How could we have prevented this?” and fail to acknowledge the root of the problem, which is the accessibility of firearms and lack of mental health services for teenagers in the United States. Each issue is equally important and go hand-in-hand.

High school students have a school-associated violent death rate that is nearly 14 times higher than that of elementary school students, which could have to do with the fact that roughly half of all lifetime mental disorders start by the mid‐teens and three‐fourths by the mid‐20s.

It should also be considered that exposure to violence in schools can have an adverse impact on a student’s mental well-being, among other factors such as genetic predisposition to mental illnesses or the environment they are in.

Some gaps in child mental health care are economics, manpower, training, services, and policy. The point is that it is entirely possible to lower the probability of a school shooting occurring by mitigating the causes and effects of mental illness.

Notice we say “lower the probability” rather than “prevent.” Dual action is required to prevent a school shooting, and the other idea is that students can’t commit these crimes without a firearm.

Mental illness and gun control are intertwined in America’s gun laws. The very heart of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is to prevent people that could potentially harm themselves or others from owning a firearm.

Up to 60% of perpetrators of mass shootings in the United States since 1970 displayed symptoms including acute paranoia, delusions, and depression before committing their crimes.

People decry gun laws for being too lenient and say the government must enforce stronger background checks and ban certain weapons. Others solely blame the perpetrator’s mental disorder as the cause for that particular shooting.

One could argue that a person has to be “crazy” in order to commit extreme acts of violence. Homicide offenders are more likely than victims to have expressed some form of suicidal behavior prior to the offense.

If suicidal ideation and mental illness are risk factors for violence, measures have to be taken to treat both. Not everyone can go to a therapist, and there is a stigma on mental illness that prevents people from talking about it.

Talk therapy is frequently cited as the most effective treatment for depression, personality disorders, and other mental disorders. There is a way to offer this to every student in a school: support groups.

Student support groups have done fairly well in high schools and universities. Information discussed remains confidential and the students benefit in that they know they aren’t alone in their problems.

Support groups can also result in giving students practical coping skills and reducing depression and anxiety.

NRA president Wayne LaPierre blamed “delusional killers” for gun violence in the United States. He called for a national registry of persons with mental illness.

As out-of-line as this statement is, LaPierre does have a point. This is where NICS comes in, which doesn’t allow people hospitalized for psychiatric reasons to purchase a gun. So LaPierre’s “solution” already exists to some extent. But not all hospitals report their patients to the background check system, and there are some other loopholes.

The law that states individuals whose “principal motive” is to make a profit need a Federal Firearms License (FFL). Anyone can sell a gun from their home, online, at a flea market or at a gun show without an FFL and the customer doesn’t need to complete a background check. Gifting guns also bypasses this law.

The “gun show loophole” is detrimental to the nation’s primary goal of only keeping guns in the hands of good people because background checks are not required. In fact, 1 in 5 gun transactions occur without one. Federal law allows sales to proceed by default if a background check isn’t completed within three days, even from licensed dealers. It goes without saying that our current background check system is inadequate.

Universal background checks would require all transactions to go through NICS. It would deter those with a criminal record or history of severe mental illness from obtaining a gun. This is not a foolproof plan in that most mass shooters pass background checks to acquire firearms.

However it couldn’t hurt to have universal background checks, especially considering how quickly a background check can be conducted (90 seconds). And it does work: In 2017 about 181,000 transactions were denied because the individual was prohibited from purchasing firearms.

Those individuals include people with severe mental illness as discussed before. The problem with society is the lack of knowledge of mental illness, creating stigma and causing less people to seek treatment.

In fact, a child or youth’s psychiatric disturbance isn’t what usually sends them to a mental health professional; social functioning, school-related issues, socioeconomic status, and other issues not always associated with mental illness can strongly influence referral.

Pediatricians are oftentimes the first people a child will disclose their psychological distress to, which stresses their role in children’s mental health and detecting signs early.

The first step in helping a person with a mental illness would be to realize there is a problem. After that it is a matter of having resources available to them, which may include talk therapy, medication (if the condition proves to be treatment-resistant to other therapies), or support groups.

If we were to implement support groups in schools, it would be beneficial to the students, but every school would differ slightly in the group’s structure.

At the NCLA, a small group of seniors will lead discussions, but will intervene minimally. There should be a separate group for middle schoolers and high schoolers due to size and age-appropriate topics for both groups.

A school support group has yet to exist, but when it does, we’ll follow up with the results.

And hopefully someday we’ll have no more shootings, but only when new legislation is passed.

This is a call for universal background checks that closes loopholes and a call for more support groups in schools.

Sources:

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/194436

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1925038/

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/386889

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https://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/major-depression-health-well-being/psychologists-wish-you-knew-about-talk-therapy/

https://www.dw.com/en/8-facts-about-gun-control-in-the-us/a-40816418

https://www.nraila.org/get-the-facts/background-checks-nics/

https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/694290.pdf

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What’s it like Working in the FBI?

By Brooke Bandy

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an FBI agent? To work closely with the people who help to protect our nation?

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, more commonly known as the FBI, is a government agency that protects the people of America and the Constitution from “foreign  intelligence operation” (fbi.gov), spying and cyber crimes. They also combat terrorism on the national and international level, as well as national white collar crimes, violent crimes, and criminal organizations here and abroad.

Getting into the FBI is definitely a process. You have to be at least 23, have a college degree, three years of work experience, and be a U.S. citizen. In order to be hired, there are many steps: an application, a test similar to the SAT, a formal interview with four current agents, a writing test, the fitness test, a drug test, a polygraph test, and finally, a huge background check (which could take up to a year).

The fitness test is one of the most known steps during the hiring process. There are four events, which consist of 1 minute of sit-ups, a 300 meter sprint, as many consecutive push-ups as you can do, then a 1.5 mile run. There is a five minute break between each event. You get scored on a scale 1-10 for each event and must have a minimum of 12 points total.

“I think the fitness test is a very challenging test,” says Matt O., a current FBI Special Agent and Fitness Advisor.

Matt is a supervisor of a counterintelligence and cyber squad. This means that they work to prevent espionage and spying.

“Right now, I am a supervisor of a squad, which a squad is our basic unit of agents that do investigations, and that’s the main thing the FBI does is investigate crimes, federal crimes, and what we would call threats to national security,” he says.

Prior to being a squad supervisor, he was a regular agent investigator, who are the people that open and work on cases and solve the crime. “This May will be 15 years, it’s hard to believe,” said Matt, talking about how long he’s been with the agency.

There are many jobs within the FBI one could look into. “Not everybody’s a special agent, I  know in the movies that’s all they ever focus on, but there’s actually quite a few more employees in the FBI who are not agents, than those who are, and they do a lot of really good work that doesn’t really get recognized in those TV shows and movies,” said Kevin M., another FBI special agent.

Kevin specializes in counterterrorism, but there are many other opportunities if you wanted to go down the special agent path. “There’s various other things you can work as a special agent like white collar crime, or counterintelligence, or drugs, many different areas that you can choose from,” says Kevin.

Being a special agent requires some pretty good people skills. “One day you could be talking to a drug dealer, or a Congressman, the next day I might be talking to a neuroscientist, then the next day I might be talking to the ex-wife of someone who’s gotten themselves into some trouble, and all of those people have different motivations for why they might want to talk to us or might not, but the most important job of an FBI agent is to be able to talk to anyone under any circumstance,” said Matt.

Special agents sometimes have to travel for extended periods of time. “Right now, my job entails going overseas quite a bit, I’ve been to Iraq with the FBI as well as the army. Now I’m getting ready to go to southeast Asia for three months with the FBI,” said Kevin.

A misconception people get about the FBI is that they are trying to hurt certain political parties. “Almost everyone in the FBI wants to stay completely out of politics and just do investigations and take bad people off the streets,” said Matt.

Despite travelling and being away from home for so long, the effect of the work is very rewarding. “The stuff that we’re doing in my unit is very important and very impactful, so it makes you feel good about yourself because you’re doing work that really makes a difference,” says Kevin.

Being in the FBI has many ups and downs, but one thing remains consistent: their drive to protect America. “The thing that I like most about the FBI is the mission we have, which is basically to protect the American people, to protect the Constitution, and provide protection to citizens by whatever methods we need to. That is always done through some sort of investigation,” says Matt, “I’ve been fortunate to work with good people in every job I’ve had.”

If someone didn’t want to go into the federal law enforcement business but were interested in what the FBI does, state and local police stations might have special task forces that work closely with the FBI. Tom S., a Louisville Metro Police Officer, became one of these task force officers in 2004.

“I was never a federal agent,” he said, “I had all the powers of a federal agent.” At the federal level, FBI agents can only enforce federal laws, so if they need to arrest someone under a state law, they don’t have the authority. The state or local police come in and may be able to help arrest the suspect under a state law.

There was only one downside to working so closely with the FBI – paperwork. “We do a lot of police reports, but the FBI functions on a much higher level of documentation and you don’t do just one report of what you did, sometimes there’s three or four versions of that report depending on the information you get,” says Tom.

Sometimes, people watch TV shows about the FBI and automatically assume everything is correct and accurate. This is definitely not the case. “No, and I should preface that with saying that I don’t watch a whole lot of them because they’re so inaccurate, but the ones I have watched they don’t get right,” Kevin says, “They always show the FBI agents showing their badge and their gun. That’s almost never the case in real life. We try to hide the fact that we’re an FBI agent until it’s time to reveal that.”

They also show agents in suits only, but according to Kevin, they try to blend in as well as they can. “Anything I’ve ever seen is overdramatized … I’ve heard Quantico was awful and that it was nothing like Quantico, the FBI Academy, really. I’ve seen a couple episodes of White Collar, that’s okay, it’s about solving crimes, it is overdramatic,” says Matt.

Television also misrepresents the way FBI officers talk to the criminals or people they’re dealing with. “They’re also really disrespectful in the movies and TV shows in the way they talk to people. We’re very respectful and polite. We don’t berate the criminals when we’re talking to them and tell them how bad they are,” says Kevin.

Instead, the FBI agents talk very logically to the people they pick up and speak to them as people. “Unlike sometimes you see in the movies or tv shows, FBI agents are always very respectful to even the worst criminals. We’re very respectful to them, we’re very polite when we talk to them.” said Kevin.

Speaking respectfully and calmly to criminals or the people has its payoffs. “By the time we made it to the jail, in my car, she had invited me to eat at her restaurant in Hawaii because she was, I guess, taken aback by the respect that I showed her,” said Kevin, talking about a time he arrested a woman at an airport.

Overall, the FBI is a great long term career. They have a huge variety of jobs and fields one could go into. “The good thing is it’s really fun work, and really good work,” said Matt.

 Spider-Man Out Of The MCU

 By: Olivia Brown

On August 20, 2019, it was announced that Spiderman will not be in any more Marvel movies due to the fact that they couldn’t agree on the profits. Spiderman is a well known Marvel character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he was first seen in the movie Captain America: Civil War (2016) and last seen in Spiderman: Far Far Home (2019).

“Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise. We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film” Sony tweeted following the events.

Many people were upset about Sony taking away Spiderman from the MCU and took to Twitter and started the hashtag ‘#boycottsony’ blaming Sony stating they are being “unfair’ and ‘unreasonable.”

Disney and Sony have been discussing this issue for months, Disney wanted 75% of the money and the rest go to Sony; but Sony wanted the money to be split 50/50. Disney did not agree with these terms, so they disbanded from Sony.

Recently Tom Holland went to the D23 Expo to promote his new movie “Onward”. He didn’t say anything about the situation but he did state: 

“It’s been a long week,but I just wanted to let you all know…I love you 3000”

There are some sources saying that Sony and Disney are still negotiating profits and trying to come to an agreement but it isn’t going very well. For now we will have to settle for no more Spider-Man in the MCU.

47 Meters Down: Uncaged Movie Review

By: Rebecca Avila

47 Meters Down: Uncaged hit theaters on  August 16. It is the sequel to the movie 47 Meters Down. 

The first 47 Meters Down was about two sisters, Kate and Lisa who take a vacation to Mexico. Kate wants to go diving with Great White sharks so the sisters go cage diving and have a great time until the cage breaks from the boat and they fall to the bottom of the ocean surrounded by sharks. Lisa survives in the end but Kate isn’t so lucky. 

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47 Meters Down: Uncaged still has the same idea. 4 friends, Sasha, Mia, Nicole and Alex, go to a diving site of Mayan ruins that has been recently discovered. They take a dive to soon find out that a shark is down in the ruins.

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They try to go back out the way they came but the cave collapses so their best bet is to try to find Mia and Sasha’s dad who is the person who discovered the ruins who is also working in another part in the ruins as well. In the end, Sasha and Mia survive. Nicole, Alex, Mia and Sasha’s father Grant and his team Ben and Carl don’t make it.

In my personal opinion, do not spend your money to go to see it in theaters. To me, the actors stuck to the script way to much, they never gave personality into the script. The facial expressions of the actors were amazing to say the least.

In one part of the movie, Sasha, Alex and Mia have to get to a cave to find a way out but the current is really strong so it can prove difficult. The scene is a hole with a very strong current going in circles. The water spinning in circles started to look fake and instead of bubble, they look more like lines. It was overall not a good scene.

For this movie, I would give it three out of five stars. The suspense aspect was on point, but some of the acting and some scenes just didn’t hit the mark in my personal opinion. 

 

VMA’s Lose Over Half Their Viewers

By: Olivia Brown

The Video Music Awards is an event that many people watch to see their favorite artists and actors. There were many people at the VMA’s on August 26, such as Zendaya , Normani, and Taylor Swift.

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On the red carpet many people had on some good outfits such as Shawn Mendes, who was wearing dark teal suit by Dolce & Gabbana. Lil Nas X wore a sparkling cropped suit jacket with a matching hat and cowboy boots, and Lizzo was wearing a custom made red dress with a red feather boa.

The viewing of the VMA’s went down by 5.4 million views this year. This was a drastic change from their usual 10.9 million views each year.

People feel like the viewing went down because of host Sebastian Maniscalco. He made a lot of really corny jokes about teenagers being on their iPhones and influencers, despite being in a room full of influencers. He then went on to mock Millennials and Gen-Z’s and their “sensitivity” stating:  

If you feel triggered or you feel offended by anything I’m saying here or anything the musical artists are doing, they’re providing a safe space backstage where you’ll get some stress balls and a blankie and also Lil Nas X brought his horse which will double as an emotional support animal. If you’d like to talk to your ushers they’ll send you back to where that’s happening.”

Upcoming Clubs at the NCLA

Cydney Leister

The beginning of the school year is a time of changes and new things. It is also an ideal time to try something new or continue building upon a passion.

Clubs are a great outlet within school to explore new things, or dive deeper into passions.

This year is an exciting time for clubs at the NCLA as they are working much different than before. According to Mrs.Wood, an administrator at NCLA, clubs will play an important role in this year’s high schoolers lives.

“The flex lunch time is going to include a lot of new clubs that teachers have volunteered to do,” said Mrs. Wood. 

With all this new dedicated time to clubs it is an ideal time for the high schoolers to expand their horizons or really hone in on their skills. Crosby scholars, National Honors Society, Student Council, Fitness and Wellness Club, DND Club, and more.

Students even pitch ideas for a club that centers around their interests. 

“The application is on the website. Anybody who wants to start a club needs to find a faculty sponsor to help guide them. As long as they have four students and proof they can turn it in to me and we can move them along,” said Mrs.Wood.

This an exciting time with the growing opportunities available for high schoolers

Cross Country Season Starts Strong

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NCLA senior Timothy Woodleif races in the year’s first event.

By: Nicholas Williford

Now that sports are finally kicking off, Cross Country has got a lot to say. These athletes train very hard and run countless hours and miles to insure their success in the meets. 

They recently have done very well with their latest meet.

On August 29, Giovanni Torres came 8th place out of 104 boys, highest of all the Falcons.

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NCLA junior, Emily Vroom, running in the first meet.

“I could’ve done better, and will work harder to be better next time,” said Giovanni. 

Overall the Boys came in 4th place and even though there’s more room to improve, this is a fantastic start.

On the girl’s side, Jadyn came in 15th out of 68 girls, and this is also a great number.

Overall, the girls came in 5th place.

Make sure to pop out at the next meet to see our cross country team do their thing!

 

NFL 2019 season preview

By: Giddeon VanDyke

The NFL: most people associate it with a sunday afternoon, cool weather, and a nice warm cup of chili. Thankfully, after 7 long months, it’s that time again. 

The kickoff game was Sept. 5th, between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears, but a majority of the games kickoff on Sunday.

There is some big new names in the league, players that were amazing in college and have now moved on to the big leagues. Here are a few of the top first round picks: Kyler Murray, from Oklahoma, going to the Cardinals. Nick Bosa from Ohio State went to the San Francisco Forty Niners. Also a fellow North Carolinian coming from Duke is Daniel Jones, who went to the New York Giants.

Here are some things to look out for as the season starts:  our very own Cam Newton suffered a left foot sprain in week three of the pre season against the New England Patriots. Many people were concerned it might be a season ending injury but according to Coach Ron Rivera he should be expected to start by the time of the season opener. 

Colin Cowherd, a very popular Fox Sports radio host, has the Panthers going 7-9, Atlanta winning the NFC South at 9-7 and Philadelphia winning the NFC conference.

Boys Soccer Looks to Turn Around Season

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The NCLA boys soccer team.

By: Jackson Faenza

The North Carolina Leadership Academy boys soccer team struggled last season with a 5-11 record. This season they lost their first three games, but then went to beat Triad Baptist 9-0, sparking what Coach Shoemaker hopes is a turnaround for the team.

“I hope they understand, how we played in that game, even though we were much better than them, that they understand the concepts that were teaching as far as the game. Hope they understand how they won is just as important as winning,” Shoemaker said.IMG950056

Coach Shoemaker is also waiting to name players he has been surprised so far by in the young season.

“It is still early in the season and we played such a hard schedule in the start, so probably after a couple more games, I will be able to see.”

Shoemaker said he set two goals for the season: getting young players ready for the future and just have winning record.

There next home game is September 3, against Statesville Christian, so come out and support your NCLA boys soccer team.

Volleyball With big Wins to Start Year

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The NCLA volleyball team

 

By:Jackson Faenza

The North Carolina Leadership Academy volleyball team started off the season with a huge win over 4A school Ragsdale and have been trying to keep up the momentum ever since. 

“We really kept the intensity up throughout the game, we kept great attitudes, and we communicated really well,” sophomore Norah Wood said.volleyball jackson

They lost their next three games, but sit at 3-3 and are looking for ways to improve and continue the winning ways.

“Our hitting percentage, need some improvement,” Coach Hoff said.

But when asked what the team is doing well on right now, she had a lot to say.

“Right now we have over 92 digs in 4 games, we have over 30 aces, so our defense it doing really good right now,” Hoff said.

Some goals she said she set at the beginning of the season were to  reach a certain hitting percentage number and getting their freshman setter, Jenna Clayton, and getting her equipped to play at the varsity level.

It is still early in the season and the team still has a lot to prove. 

Space Crime

By: Nicholas Williford

           Space is cool and somewhat terrifying. What can be more terrifying than your wife being thousands of miles from earth?

Thats easy! Your ex-wife accessing your bank account thousands of miles from earth.
According to CNN, “NASA is examining a claim that an astronaut improperly accessed the bank account of her estranged spouse from the International Space Station.”

Isn’t that crazy?

Not only was she trying to steal his money, but she wanted to steal his kid too. Again according to CNN, “Worden’s parents then brought another complaint with NASA’s Office of Inspector General, alleging that McClain had improperly accessed Worden’s private financial records and conducted a “highly calculated and manipulative campaign” to gain custody of Worden’s son.” She is doing all this before her all-woman space walk.

Even though she claims she is innocent, we will find out by the judge’s ruling. The moral of the story is don’t divorce an astronaut before she goes into space, wait until she’s home first.

Back to School Trends

by: Rebecca Avila

Summer has ended and the school year has begun. Kids are coming back to school with new styles and trends to kick off the 2019 school year.

Everybody now has become eco-friendly, metal straws and reusable containers have had a big high this year.

Another item that has hit this school year is Hydroflasks of all colors and sizes.back to school Rebecca

When it comes to fashion, according to Lexi Antieau, “scrunchies, white Vans and Air Force Ones are the trends this summer and school year.”

“Tik Tok and Vsco no doubt are the apps on trend this year.” said Ellie Gibhart.

For boys, the trends most likely will be different from what girls think are trendy. According to Etornam Agbemabiese, “I would have to say that shoes are really the most trendy, like Vans, Yeezys, and Adidas, especially the Adidas NMD shoes.”

It is still the beginning of the school year but trends will come and go. How many of the trends will stay will be the question now.

 

 

The Pumpkin Spice Latte’s Earliest Return Yet

By: Brooke Bandy

August 27 will go down in history as the earliest return of Starbucks’ infamous pumpkin spice latte. The date was announced on Starbucks’ official Twitter, saying “It’s official. PSL returns 8/27!” 

The popular seasonal drink is a good indicator that fall is right around the corner. “It just puts me in the mood for fall. Getting a pumpkin spice latte is a key asset to fall starting and I love the hype surrounding the pumpkin spice lattes,” said Junior Christine Parker.psl brooke

Recently it’s felt more like fall in the mornings, but the return of a popular fall drink a month before the official start of autumn seems a bit excessive. For some, it seems like people are rushing the end of summer and heading into fall too quickly. 

“I think they kind of are. Pools just closed yesterday, Labor Day, and they’re already out,” said Junior Megan Queen. 

While some see this as a rush into fall, others may see the strategy and timing to the return of the pumpkin spice latte. “I think they were timing it right because once school starts, summer ends. They released the pumpkin spice latte right when school started and everyone is ready for a new season,” said Parker. 

“I think it’s pretty exciting, however I don’t drink them as often as other coffee drinks, so I am probably not going to get one this week even though they came out early. But I know many people who are very excited,” said Queen. 

Despite some people being upset or indifferent that Starbucks brought this drink back so early, others are excited for the start of a new season. “I am really excited that they are back earlier than ever,” said Parker. 

Starbucks has also announced a new fall themed drink, called the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, which has vanilla syrup, pumpkin cream cold foam, and pumpkin spice topping. 

Are Airpods Really Worth $160?

 By Christian Le

So, whether you have airpods or don’t, are airpods really worth the $160? I will judge airpods on there battery life, range, are waterproof, and how many decibels you can hear with them, and compared to the Powerbeats 3, and Beats X. 

The “airpods” have a 24 hr with the case but just a constantly playing music at 50% they will last for 5 hours before you have to put them back on the case to charge. The “airpods” have a future where when they die you put them back in the case for 5 mins you can use the airpods up to an hour off of 5 mins of charge. 

To charge to “airpods” you can use the lightning cable or if you have the Gen 2 “airpods” you can use a Qi wireless charger. 

The “beats X” have an 8 hour of use before they die, when they die you can charge them for 5 mins and get up to 2 hours of use. The “Beats X” use a lightning cable to charge as well but they don’t have the wire Qi charging feature the “airpods” have. 

The “PowerBeats 3” have a 12 hour of use before the die and you have to recharge them again. You can get 1 hours of use out of 5 mins of charge on the “powerbeats 3”. The “Power Beats 3” use a micro usb(android Charger). 

Most bluetooth devices have a 30 feet radius but, all of these devices have the “W1” chip which boosts the range from 30 feet to 100 feet. 

Apple has not claimed there airpods are waterproof nor are they water resistant. The “Beats X” is water resistant and the “Powerbeats 3’ are water resistant and sweat resistant. 

The “airpods” can make from 20-17300 decibels of sound. The “Power Beats 3” can make sounds from 22 hz to 17300 hz and the “beats X” can make sounds from 60 to 17200 hz.

So my final conclusion is that they are all similar headphone and it’s done to preference for someone that works out and run a lot the “powerbeats pro” would probably be the best, and for casual listing the “beats x”, and the “airpods” they are both great for casual listing but at the end of the day it’s all down to preferences.

Album Review: Hollywood’s Bleeding

Ellison Schuman

Post Malone recently dropped his 3rd album, “Hollywood’s Bleeding”. It has already been proven to be one of this year’s most popular, along with his previous albums remaining in the tops of the Billboard chart.

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He has been very secretive about this album, so we weren’t exactly sure what to expect. Malone revealed all 17 tracks and features on September 6, including artists such as Halsey, Travis Scott, Young Thug and even Ozzy Osbourne.

Although he claimed he wasn’t trying to make “hit records”, 4 of the songs have been released as singles. Three of which have been featured in the Top 5 Hits: “Sunflower”, “Goodbyes” ft. Young Thug, and “Wow.” Personally, at least half of the album could easily top the radio charts, despite the fact that he wrote a majority of it within 3 days.

We all know Post Malone is the king at writing the most relatable lyrics, and he definitely did not disappoint in this album. Even in his more peppy, upbeat songs he manages to convey his sad, depressing yet relatable lyrics. In “A Thousand Bad Times” he sings “I had a thousand bad times so what’s another time to me?/ You try to burn my house down but what’s another house to me?”

Personally, I admire his ability to express his feelings in different ways. He gives us so many different sounds, and no song is the same. If I had to critique any of the songs, it would have to be “Circles” and “I’m Gonna Be.”

 With “Circles”, there is nothing special about the song. It’s all very boring and bland. And “I’m Gonna Be” is too repetitive for me. I understand that it’s supposed to be a song about confidence and uplifting, but when you only have to hear the song once to know all the lyrics, there’s a problem.

Other than those couple “filler” songs, I genuinely loved this album. Overall, I would give it an 8/10. These are my personal favorites from the album: “Die For Me” , “Hollywood’s Bleeding” , “Take What You Want”, & “A Thousand Bad Times.”

Is IT truly worth it?

Cydney Leister

The horror community was left in anticipation after the release of It in 2017. The modern movie adaptation of Stephen King’s novel left viewers with hints of there being more to come of the beloved “losers.”

With the recent release of It Ch.2 viewers new and old have rushed to the theaters to see what the notorious clown had in store this time. However, some may still be on the fence on whether the new movie is worth the watch so here is the information on if It Ch.2 is truly worth it.

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The recent movie adaptations of Stephen King’s novels have brought the stories into a new light with CGI and other modern filming technology. These advancements have given filmmakers a greater ability than ever to truly bring the horrors of the mind to the big screen.

 It Ch.2 is definitely not a movie for the faint of heart as there are new layers of gore in this film than its predecessor. Fair warning to any emotional viewers, like myself, there is definitely some upsetting content.

Pushing some of the horror aspects aside to take a closer look at some of the other aspects of the movie. Even with it being a nearly three hour long movie it keeps its audience interested with scenes that even at times gore keep you from wanting to look away, as well as well placed humor throughout.

The story is made up of scenes of the children cast viewers became familiar with in the previous movie and the new adult cast. These cuts from past to present and vice versa are well crafted to not create confusion but instead adds a deeper layer of subplot underneath the main story. 

If your one to enjoy some gore and a fairly interesting story then It Ch.2 is a movie for you. On the other hand if your more emotionally inclined or easily upset I’d recommend looking into another flick for movie night.

 

Iphone 11 Released

Rebecca Avila

September 10, 2019 – Apple revealed their new products in their September keynote. They showed their new gaming system, Apple Arcade, Apple TV+ streaming service,the new iPad, the new Apple Watch series five and the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro. 

The iPhone 11 has new and improved cameras. The two cameras are for wide and ultra wide shots. The camera app also now comes with a night time mode to improve your photography during the night times. The screen of the iPhone 11 allows for a better ultra hd experience. The phone is also more protected than ever with the heavy duty glass and is water resistant up to 30 minutes and to two meters of water.  The phone comes in the colors of purple, yellow, green, red, white, and black. 

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The iPhone 11 Pro has cameras that are held to high standards. One telephoto, wide camera and an ultra wide camera. The screen is 6.5 inches with an astounding super retina XDR screen that will allow you to see every little detail. The phone is also water resistant for 30 minutes and can go up to four meters in depth. The phone comes in midnight green, space gray, silver and gold. 

According to Etornam Agbemabiese, “ The iPhone 11 Pro is a great upgrade for people who have older iPhone models…the iPhone 11 is the best phone for everyone who doesn’t want to pay $1,000.”

The price for the iPhone 11 is $699 and the iPhone Pro is $999. The iPhone 11 will be released Friday,  Sep. 20.

NCLA Skate Night

Cydney Leister

 

 

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Falcons flew down to the SkateWorld in Kernersville this past Monday night. It was a lively turn out of the younger students of the school. Students were racing around the rink, or staying at a safe distance from the railing. No matter where they found their place skating, smiles were seen all around. Skaters were given the opportunity to play games such as limbo, while occupied by music and vibrant party lights. The NCLA kids sure know how to party the Mondays out of them.

D23 Expo Updates:

Brooke Bandy

For the past decade, Disney has put on an exposition, called the D23 Expo, where members of the official Disney Fan Club come together to hear new announcements, see new footage and celebrate the magic of Disney. 

This year’s expo was from August 23-25 and was held at the Anaheim Convention Center. All of the announcements were extremely overwhelming, but we’re here to give you the rundown. 

Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, is set to launch on November 12 of this year, and will have every Disney movie or show you could possibly think of. The Chairman of Director to Consumer Products, Keven Mayer, confirmed that Disney+ will have all Disney movies, Pixar movies, Disney Channel shows and original movies, and everything else Disney owns, within a year of its launch. 

Hilary Duff, the star of the Disney Channel TV show, Lizzie McGuire, is reprising her role. The show takes place with Lizzie as a thirty year old living in New York City as a decorator apprentice. Kristin Bell will also be taking on a new Disney+ show, called Encore!, where she brings old high school theater groups back together to perform one final show as adults. image

Along with Kristin Bell and Hilary Duff, Jeff Goldblum will be starring in his own show on the new streaming service. It’s titled The World According to Jeff Goldblum and will be about his experience with different things and his take on them. It will be a 12-episode series. 

Another new show coming to Disney+ is Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian. It releases the day of the launch and will be another extension to the “Star Wars” universe. The series occurs five years after The Return of the Jedi and is all about one Mandalorian bounty hunter. 

It was also announced that  Disney also released new Star Wars content and announced new shows and movies. The animated TV show, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, will have new episodes starting February 2020, after a six year hiatus. They also released new footage from the new Star Wars movie. 

Rogue One’s Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk will be reprising their roles as Cassian Andor and K-2SO. The next series is going to be a prequel to the Rogue One trilogy. 

Among these new Star Wars announcements, the biggest is a major role reprisal. Ewan McGregor will be reprising his role as Obi Wan Kenobi in an untitled Star Wars series that will be streamed on Disney+. 

Though the Star Wars franchise had some major announcements at D23, they simply could not top Marvel. At least six new shows were announced, with brand new footage from some. All of the Star Wars movies and shows will be on Disney+. 

Three of the new shows introduce brand new characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These include Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk. There are also shows with already existing characters, like the Scarlet Witch and the Winter Soldier. 

Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, talked about the first animated show in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s going to be called What If and will be about what would have happened if certain events in the MCU happened differently and will explore alternate universes. For example, one of the episodes will be about if Peggy Carter took the superhero serum instead of Steve Rogers (AKA Captain America). 

There are also some familiar faces returning to the MCU, but this time on the small screen. Sharon Carter and Helmut Zemo are reprising their roles and returning to star in the new show, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. This show will follow Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson on their adventures post-Endgame. 

WandaVision is another new Marvel show being created exclusively for Disney+. The creators have said it’s nothing like the MCU has seen before and will have many familiar faces. According to Buzzfeed, it will be “half-classic sitcom and half-MCU epic adventure.” 

With all of these exciting announcements surrounding Marvel, Tom Holland made an appearance to promote his new animated movie, Onward, amidst the Disney and Sony troubles. He thanked the fans for being so good during the turmoil and ended by saying the now infamous phrase, “I love you 3000,” which melted fans’ hearts. 

Disney also announced some new movies of their own. In March 2020, a new animated film with Pixar, called Onward, will be released starring Tom Holland and Chris Pratt voicing the leads. Another movie starring Will Smith will come out in late 2020, titled Soul,  about a middle school jazz teacher who ends up separated from his soul. 

It was also confirmed that Emma Stone will play Cruella de Vil in a new live action prequel to the 101 Dalmatians movie. It will take place in the 1970s and supposedly will have a 70s grunge feel to it. 

Disney also released new footage and trailers for upcoming films. There was a trailer for the new live action Lady and the Tramp movie, which will be released on November 12, 2019. 

A trailer for the movie, Noelle, starring Anna Kendrick, was also dropped at D23. Noelle is a Christmas movie about Noelle, the daughter of Santa, going on the hunt for her brother, who turns up missing around Christmas time. 

They also showed footage from the new Frozen sequel, which is set to come to theaters on November 22. Along with the Frozen 2 footage, they showed some of the live action Mulan movie, which, despite the controversy surrounding some of the missing characters and songs, supposedly looked to be really good. 

There is also a Disney original animated movie coming out in November 2020, called Raya and the Last Dragon. It is going to be about a warrior who must find the last dragon of her country. 

Along with all of these fantastic announcements about new movies and shows, Disney also announced some renovations they’re making to the Walt Disney World parks. Epcot Center is going to be redone, there will be a Moana water themed experience, a brand new Mary Poppins ride, a backwards Guardians of the Galaxy rollercoaster, an all new space restaurant, a Ratatouille ride, and Spaceship Earth, a classic Disney World ride, will be getting a makeover. 

There will also be a new Star Wars hotel in Epcot. It will be an immersive experience and, apparently, almost like a cruise ship. It was originally the Star Wars Hotel. 

One of the biggest moments of the D23 was the Disney Legends Induction Ceremony. This year, many fan favorites were inducted from all corners of Disney. The people inducted were, Wing Chao, Robert Downey Jr, Jon Favreau, James Earl Jones, Bette Midler, Kenny Ortega, Barnette Ricci, Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Ming-Na Wen, and Hans Zimmer. 

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Middle School Sports off to a Great Start!

By: Gideon Van Dyke     

 Fall sports for middle school are in full swing. Two of the sports that are in season are Middle school boys soccer, Volleyball and cross country. 

The middle school girls volleyball team won in 3 sets last friday against Summit. 

It’s a great group of girls! We have been focusing on the fundamentals and each player is improving every single day, which is exciting to see,” said head coach Mrs. Hilliard.

“We aren’t cutting corners and are being disciplined about doing things the right way.”

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Middle School Volleyball Team

Another sport that is big right now is the middle school cross country team. Their top runners were: Will Swisher 13:02, Ethan Miller 13:16, Dallin Tucker 13:57, Donovan Smith 14:16, and Levi Peters 14:43.

The top three girls are Caitlyn Hanna 22:06, Lana Nieaber 24:14, and also Aubrey Glover 24:25.

Their coach, Mrs. Reavis said “These kids have put in a tremendous amount of effort, day in and day out. They are persistent and do not give up. I’m so proud of each and every team member.”

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Coach Weigel with middle school soccer said we had a very strong core group of players  from the previous season. “I’m looking to take another strong step in the players development to prepare them for the High School soccer team in the future. Our players are working hard on moving the ball quickly around the field to make the game easier to control.

With Cameron Podger and Nick Sherrell leading the group, Coach Weigel feels the season has been a great learning experience.

“(Those) two command the best of all the players and accept nothing less,” Weigel said. “The boys have really come together to form a tight bond to make it a successful season thus far. As a team we are only as strong as our weakest link. All boys are working very hard on the field for each.”

iStudent’s Favorite College Football Team: Poll Results

By: Olivia Brown

Football season is here and that means that a lot of student’s favorite teams will be playing week in and out. So I decided to ask around the school and see what their favorite college football teams were.  

The Falcon Live staff put out a poll on the Instagram account (The Falcon Instagram) people had to pick what their favorite football team between Clemson and Alabama. The Poll results came in and 84% of students like Clemson and 16% of students like Alabama. 

“I would say Clemson is the best team because it’s not Alabama” Amelia said.TarHeelFoot-logo

A few days later the staff also put out a poll between two college football teams,UNC and NC State. The results also came that 66% of students like UNC and 34% of students like NC State. 

“I like UNC because I’m a UNC fan” Jackson said 

Now we are going into our third week of football season and people are very excited to see who’s going to win this weekend between Georgia and Notre Dame.

New Block Clubs

Ellison Schuman

Along with the new block schedule also came an opportunity for students in 6-12 to get involved in a club. There were 13 different clubs to choose from including “Debunking Disney”, “Lifesmarts”,  “Coloring Club” and many more.

We got to experience what these clubs were going to be like a couple weeks ago, and most are really excited for what’s in store for the future. The most popular clubs were “Christmas Club” and “Flag-football”. Many students were able to give an opinion on why they feel their club is the best:

“Christmas makes a lot of people happy. Said Christmas Club member, Brooke Bandy. “And having it once a month will lighten up our days because it’s the happiest time of the year.”

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Flag Football Club

“All the other clubs seemed boring.” Said Flag-Football member Rebecca Avila. “This club was more exciting and keeps us active.”

These clubs were originally created by the teachers of the NCLA, and they came up with ideas that they felt would be useful or entertaining to the students. Mrs. Birchenough gave her reasoning on why she believes her Coloring Club will be beneficial to her members:

“With the amount of anxiety teens experience today, coloring club is a way to slow down and practice mindfulness.” Said Birchenough. “This club promotes being present, living in the now instead of the past or the future that we so often waste our energy on.”

Students will get to attend their club once a month, at the last period of their second block day. Administration plans to run this block schedule throughout the whole year, including when the new high school is complete.

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Friday the 13th Superstitions

By: Rebecca Avila

Friday the 13th. A day of superstition and supposedly bad luck. Movies have been made and things have been classified to be involved with the 13th.

“Paraskevidekatriaphobia” is the phobia of being scared of Friday the 13th.

The origin of the date being superstitious comes from the story of Jesus’ last supper, being that the 13th person on the list for the supper, Juda, went behind Jesus’ back and Jesus was crucified the next day: a Friday.

To start the superstitions of Friday the 13th, crossing paths with a black cat on Friday the 13th does come with bad luck for the rest of the day.

“There is something weird about 13 in a weird way, yes there is a lot of bad things that have happened associated with that number and they generally are bad things,” said Cydney Leister.

According to a recent poll, “hospital admissions for traffic accidents were 52% higher on Friday the 13th than Friday the 6th”.

Friday the 13th hasn’t had a good reputation following it but it could truly just be our imagination or just really big coincidences. This past Friday was also the first Friday the 13th of the year. The moon was at its highest and this event hasn’t happened since January 2006.

The next Friday the 13th will be in December and with a possibility of another full moon.

 

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Jeep Gladiator

By: Gideon Vandyke

On November 28, 2018, Jeep brought most of the car community’s attention to the release of their new product – the Jeep Gladiator.

The Gladiator is Jeep’s revamp of the classic Jeep Gladiator that was sold from 1962 to 1988. 

This truck was built for off roading, and some of the offroad statistics on this truck are that the jeep comes standard with a Heavy Duty Dana 44 Axle, it is equipped with locking front and rear differentials, fox shocks and elatroncily disconnecting sway bars.

And that’s just a small list of all the accessories that come stock from the factory on the Jeep Gladiator.   

Some stats on this truck: The price is for the base model  $33,545 msrp, gas mileage about 17 city/ 22 highway and it also has 3 different models:  The Sport, Sport S, Overland, and Rubicon. 

The popular car guys from Top Gear said that the suspension gives it a very comfortable and quiet ride.

So, if your in the market for an off-road capable truck, and have, at minimum, almost $34 grand to spend this is the truck for you.

2019 Hangout Spots

By: Jackson Faenza

Where do kids hang out after school in 2019?

Lauren Maness, a sophomore, said that she thinks people love to hangout at Target.

Ashlyn Dellacona, a sophomore, said she thought it was the mall where kids like to hangout most of the time.

Emily Greene, a junior, and Marc Hedrick, a sophmore, both said they thought it was Cookout or Sheetz.

Many kids in Kernersville love to go to Cookout and Sheetz on Friday nights and hang out with their friends there.

There are many different places to hangout all around as you can see, so maybe go try to hang in a new place with your friends some time!

NCLA Putt-Putt Night

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The Great Sandwich War:

Popeyes vs Chick-Fil-A vs Zaxby’s Chicken Sandwiches

By: Jackson Faenza

This weekend I tried the chicken sandwiches from Popeyes, Chick-Fil-A, and Zaxby’s. And I am here to tell you what I think about all of them.

First I will start with Chick-Fil-A, I love their chicken sandwiches so much. Their 

img-4021.jpgchicken there is just so good and everybody loves Chick-Fil-A. In my opinion, I thought 

their bread on the sandwich was the best also.

Now to Zaxby’s, there chicken was the worst in my opinion. I did not likIMG-4018e it, because I don’t really like Zaxby’s to begin with. They put tomato and lettuce on their chicken sandwich, it made it really nasty.

Finally, Popeyes – that was my first time eating at a Popeyes. The chicken was very crispy and really good. It came with sidesimg-4019.jpg also which were really good. I would have to rank the Popeyes chicken sandwich with Chick-Fil-A’s. They are both equally as good!

But, I encourage everyone to still go out and try all their chicken sandwiches because they were all good.

 

 

NC State Fair Returns:

Cydney Leister

The NC State Fair will be returning to the fairgrounds in Raleigh for its 152nd year. Gates open on Thursday, Oct. 17 and remain open until the 27. 

The fair has been around as long as Canada has been an independent country – and with good reason. 

“I really liked the food. I didn’t ride anything,” said Lily Davenport, a high schooler who went on last year’s State Fair trip.

Fried foods are a staple of United States fairs. Fried pickles, Blooming Onions, Funnel Cakes, Fried Oreos and a Krispy Kreme Donut Burger are only a sneak peek of the food provided at the brightly colored stands.

“I liked being able to hang out with my friends and enjoy the rides,” commented Ally Mattingly, a NCLA junior.

The most notable ride at the State Fair is the Skygazer ferris wheel amongst many other rides such as roller coasters and spinning spaceships. Guests can enter rides with tickets or wristbands that work on all the open rides.

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Anakin Lester at the 2018 NC State Fair.

“We annually go to State Fair as Havenhill farm to win money showing livestock,” said Anakin Leister, NCLA freshman.

North Carolina’s farmers gather at State Fair to show off livestock and agriculture. Guests are given the opportunity to milk cows and view the years best of the agricultural world.

Youth livestock shows are put on for students to win scholarship money. The kids often have trained for the competitions most of the year and guest can spectator these presentations.

Ruby Rose Casted as Batwoman:

Ellison Schuman

The pilot of the “Batwoman” series will premiere on The CW, Oct. 6 2019. The CW is home to other widely known DC shows like The Flash, Arrow and Supergirl.

“Batwoman” is based off of the DC Comics character Kate Kane who is known as Batman’s cousin.The premise of this series is set 3 years after Batman disappeared, leading his cousin Kate to continue his legacy and protect the streets of Gotham City as “Batwoman.”MV5BNTFlYjVlZmEtODhhMS00MjA4LWI1MjEtNGJkMWQ1YWZiY2QzXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNDQ0MTYzMDA@._V1_

Australian model and actress Ruby Rose has been given this tremendous role, as the first openly gay superhero in a TV series. Rose is known for her roles as inmate Stella in Season 3 of Orange is the New Black, Calamity in Pitch Perfect 3, and her more recent role as an undersea scientist in The Meg.

“I think she’s a good choice because she’s a strong female who is bringing diversity and equality to TV screens.” Said Senior, Hannah Gonzalez.

In a recent interview with Hollywood Reporter, Rose says:

We want everyone to watch this, especially young people, who can identify and relate to people they’re watching on the screen and hopefully be empowered by that.”

 

Mario Kart Tour

By: Olivia Brown 

On Sep.  25, 2019 many people’s favorite video game was on the app store. Mario Kart Tour has been on mobile for a week and it is the number 1 ranking game in the Apple and Android store. Many people were happy because their childhood was being accessible to them. You can race against your friends and people all over the globe.

Super Mario Kart first came out in 1992. It was a racing video game developed by the popular developer Nintendo for their game system. It sold 8.93 million copies worldwide, making the game the 4th best selling game of all time.unnamed (9)

 In 2009 Super Mario Kart was re -released by Nintendo on the Wii console. You could play in different modes such as multiplayer and single player mode. In multiplayer mode, you can play with up to eight different players.

Many people are also disappointed with the game. One thing people don’t like is that you have to pay $4.99 to get rubies,to get more tracks,characters and karts that would be locked. Another thing people don’t like is the steering. In the game when you’re trying to steer it’s really hard turn. 

“The game is great, they just need to fix the steering” said junior, Brooke Bandy. 

 

Falcons Soaring High

By Nick Williford

High School Boys Soccer in currently on fire! They are currently on a four-game win streak. They have 11 wins, 4 losses, and 1 tie.

The boys started 0-3 with loses to 3A powers Mt. Tabor and Southwest Guilford and then Caldwell Academy. Boys have had a huge season scoring 63 goals since being shut out the first 3 games. IMG950056

They have a diverse group of guys from freshman to senior, starting four freshmen, four sophomores, one junior and two seniors most nights. 

The Falcons have had their share of injuries this year, but because of the depth of the team, they have been able to overcome players missing several games. 

The Falcons’ defense is anchored by Freshmen Sweeper Felix Salgado, and Center Stopper Reily Porto. 

Offense has many guys having good years, including Sophomore David Truhe, who is controlling midfield. Freshmen Anakin Leister (13) and Zach Donath (12) have led the Falcons in scoring.

“We are working hard for every game and put it all on the field,” said David Truhe. They let everything go on that field to insure their success.

“This is a fun team to watch. The play solid defense and exciting offense that puts a lot of pressure on opposing defense. This team has overcome adversity and has responded with a ‘Next Guy Up’mentality.  It has been a joy to see this team rise up to their full potential,” said Coach Shoemaker.

 

Cross Country Celebrates Seniors

by Nick Williford

The Cross Country team’s Senior Night was last Thursday, Sept. 26. This is always a big event for every school athlete. This is the last year that the seniors are playing for this school, and they are appreciated and recognized on this night.

 

 

“I have coached Jodi Rickert and Gio Torres all 3 years of XC . It has been an honor to coach them. They are the captains of the team. I also coached Christian Lopez all 3 years,” said Coach Rickert.

“Kya Hargan, Timothy Woodlief and Logan Mason joined them team last year and have been a great addition.”

There are some veterans in this line up that were there since the beginning of Cross-Country, and some are newbies, such as Trey Payne and Daniel Garmon.

Senior night was a fun time, some students bought the seniors gifts, and Coach Rickert bought them crazy socks that they wore for their meet. 

Everyone ran well, with Giovanni Torres coming in first overall.

After they finished, they went to Dario’s to celebrate their good work.

“I love and appreciate all of them,” said Coach Rickert.

 

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By:Brooke Bandy

The United States Women’s National soccer team played one of their Victory Tour matches in Charlotte just a few months after their fourth Women’s World Cup win. They played Korea Republic at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The United States won 2-0 with the goals being scored by Mallory Pugh and Allie Long. At halftime, ‘99 World Cup champions Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy hosted a shootout with youth players in celebration of Allstate becoming a partner with the U.S. Soccer Development Programs.

 

 

 

 

Varsity Volleyball Senior Night Approaches

By: Rebecca Avila

Varsity volleyball is coming to an end with senior night approaching.“Being my last year on the volleyball team its tons of fun, but also very sad.” said Lydia Saunders. 

Coach Hoff and Coach Fisher were not available for comment.

“Coach Fisher and Coach Hoff have had a major impact in my life… they have helped shape me into the person I am today…” said Lydia Saunders.

Lydia Saunders has made five kills this year. 

“I see everything as being my last time doing it and I enjoy the time I have had.”

Kyley Perkins has made 62 kills this year. 

“I am incredibly thankful for the ability to grow as a captain, a teammate, and a passion, on and off the court,” said Lydia Saunders.

Audrey Harmon has made eight kills this year.

“I can see the difference from where I was when I started to now. I am so grateful for everything they have done for me and the team.”

Senior night is on Oct. 10 against the Forsyth Home Educators. Right now the girls are 10-5. 

Favorite NC Halloween Attractions

By Rebecca Avila

The month of October has been labeled the “spooky season” mainly because of Halloween. To get into the spirit of Halloween, people seek fun and thrilling places to get spooked.

Spooky Woods, Woods of Terror and SCarowinds are where people can get scared and have a thrilling time.

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“ Spooky Woods is better than Scarowinds,” said Will Kauffman. 

 To have a good time, you just have to pick the right place to go.

According to Amelia Maxey:

“Spooky Woods was really fun and they had parts that were scary so it was worth going.”

The scary factor is what will make your time at any attraction enjoyable even if scary isn’t your thing. 

“Woods of Terror was really scary, I wasn’t expecting it to be that bad but the tight spaces were scary.” 

If looking for another fun Halloween experience, North Carolina Zombie Hunt in St. Pauls and The Haunted Farm in Hendersonville are definitely worth going to.

The Addams Family Movie Review

By Brooke Bandy

The Addams Family movies have been apart of many peoples’ childhoods, and they’ve just added a new one to the collection. 

On October 11, the star-studded kids movie, The Addams Family (PG), was released to theaters. Some well known actors and actresses voice the kooky family, including Finn Wolfhard (Pugsley), Chloe Grace Moretz (Wednesday), Charlize Theron (Morticia), Bette Midler (Grandma), and Snoop Dogg as Cousin Itt. 

This film has a 43% on Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango. It made $30,300,007 on opening weekend and has grossed $44,908,904. It has an 86 minute runtime and was directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon. 

The movie starts with a backstory of how the Addams came together, which was nice to see as it’s never been fully explained. We see Gomez and Morticia’s wedding getting crashed by civilians who don’t accept the marriage and want to kick them out of town. As the newlywed Gomez and Morticia leave their town, they drive to New Jersey and find Lurch, an escapee from an asylum which they see up on a hill. They drive up to the asylum and decide that this is their home. 

Throughout the movie, we see many things not talked about in the previous Addams Family movies. One of these is Wednesday and Pugsley’s schooling, which they call cage schooling. They don’t really learn anything other than the skills their parents deem most important. We also see the entire Addams can, not just Grandmama and Fester, but the extended family when they all come together to watch Pugsley complete his transition to an Addams man. 

Pugsley and Gomez’s relationship is something that’s one of the main points of the movie. Gomez tries to help Pugsley with his sword dance to protect his family, while all along the way teaching him that he doesn’t have to follow tradition to protect his family, he can do it in his own way. TAF_FB_skin

The movie is most definitely aimed for younger children. There was a lot of references and themes younger kids would enjoy, like super vibrant colors and lots of social media talk. There were a few nods to the 1991 Wednesday, who is more dreary and bleak, like Wednesday’s hair being braided in nooses, shooting Fester with arrows, and her constantly straight face. Despite these physical characteristics, the creators changed some personality points about Wednesday.

We are introduced to Margaux Needler and her daughter, Parker, who hates her life in the perfect town of Assimilation. Wednesday befriends Parker and ends up going to school with her in town, which soon creates Wednesday’s middle school rebellion and she dresses up in bright colors and runs away. This didn’t seem like a move Wednesday Addams would traditionally make, but it makes sense if you’re not comparing. 

Morticia Addams was more of a frontal character in this movie. It centered largely around her and Wednesday’s relationship, as well as Gomez and Pugsley’s. It realistically depicted these caring parental relationships in typical, spooky Addams Family fashion. 

There was a big push to the negative side of social media. The movie shows Margaux pretending to be random people that live in her town and convinces the townsfolk to destroy the Addams’ house simply because it didn’t fit her idea of perfection. This is slyly teaching kids that social media can influence people whether they are aware of what they are reading is true or not. 

There were a few things that felt like they didn’t quite work in the movie. Pugsley’s voice didn’t seem to fit Pugsley’s looks. Finn Wolfhard’s voice is just a little too deep to be playing a preteen. It also had the same plot as a lot of kids movies nowadays. The kids want to live a different life away from some kind of controlling force and go through a mild rebellious phase, during which they find out said controlling force is actually the bad guy. 

The Addams Family movies have taught the same lesson throughout the series, which is that it’s okay to be different. This newest addition shows Wednesday and Parker embracing who they are no matter what society tells them. It’s about embracing and accepting everyone as they come and that forcing people to change will only result in failure. 

Spooky Movies

By Jackson Faenza

There are so many classic Halloween movies that people love to watch. Some people enjoy watching the funnier halloween movies such as Halloweentown.

While others enjoy watching the more classic scary movies such as IT, Scream, Halloween, the Friday the 13th franchise, and The Shining.

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“I like watching The Shining because it makes you think and is less gory,” said Kenna Porto.

“The Strangers 2 is my favorite because it is thrilling and easy to make fun of,” said Ashlyn Dellacona.

There are so many great horror movies coming out this Halloween season such as IT Chapter Two and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

Netflix is also coming out with a number of different horror movies this season such as In the tall grass, Eli, Haunted, and 1922, which is based on a Stephen King novel.

Not everyone loves horror movies. Some people refuse to watch them because they hate being scared. 

“I refuse to watch horror movies when my family watches them,” said Ahmara.

Whether you are gonna watch some of the classic horror movies like Carrie or Poltergeist, or even go out to see some new ones such as IT chapter two. People to this day still love to go out and watch horror movies. 2018 was the first year horror movies passed $1 billion at the box office. They are also drawing more attention of younger viewers studies have found!

Middle School Halloween Dance

By Giddeon VanDyke

Attention middle school students! There will be a middle school Halloween dance this Saturday, Oct. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m in the NCLA gymnasium.

This dance will include a costume contest that will be categorized into 3 different criteria and there will be a winner for each. The categories are scariest, funniest, and the most original.

“The student council has been working hard to but this dance on,” said Mr. Sparks.

The middle school student council has been meeting to come up with ideas to make this dance more fun and interesting. 

A few things to look forward to at the dance: they are are having pizza and desserts brought in by parents, it only cost $10 at the door, and there will also be a DJ who is none other than Mrs. Wood’s husband, Mr. Wood. 

So all middle schoolers come out for a  spooky Halloween themed night of dancing, food, music, and fun!

Top TV Streaming Services

Rebecca Avila

Streaming services have been coming into the scene more and more. There are over 100 different streaming services now, including Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, Apple TV+, Disney+ and more.

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 “I think Apple TV has some great premium shows with amazing actors.” said Etornam Agbemabiese. 

30 percent of voters on Instagram said Hulu was the best streaming service.

 “I had the free trial for three months and during that period of time I really enjoyed the shows that were streaming.” said Maria Fleak. 

 65 percent of voters on a Instagram poll said that Netflix was the best streaming service. 5 percent of voters also said HBO and Prime Video are good streaming services are good. 

 “I love Netflix, it has all my favorite shows are on there and it’s a real time waster when I’m bored.” said freshman, Camryn Earnhardt

There were colorful responses to a Instagram poll on which streaming service is the best.

“Netflix by far. True OG of all the streaming services. Goated. None of the new boys can top it.” said kingjames.ota. 

Jesus is King: Album Review

Olivia Brown

Recently Kanye West came out with his 9th album  Jesus is King. A gospel album with 11 tracks on it. Kanye has talked about his christianity whether it be him speaking or in his music since April of 2019, when he got baptized.

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The songs on the album have a very churchy but hip hop vibe it to. For example in one of his songs,Follow God, he raps about how he struggles to live a religious life and follow God’s way of life. Kanye also talk about his disagreement with father stating “Screamin’ at my dad and he told me ‘It ain’t christ like’. But nobody never tell you when you’re being like christ.” 

In another one of his songs, Hands On ft Fred Hammond, I think that he feels judged by people because he’s making a Christian album. In the song it said “Said I’m finna do a gospel album. What have you been hearin’ from the christians? They’ll be the first ones to judge me. Make it feel like nobody love me.” Ever since Kanye’s Sunday Service performance that he did, he received extreme backlash from it because it was “weird and out of character” for him to do.

Most of the songs on the album are very good. They’re not too long and not too short. In my opinion, it’s the perfect album to listen to regardless of your beliefs. Overall I would give this album a 9/10. My personal favorites are “Everything we need”, “Hands on” and “Use this Gospel”. 

My Chemical Romance Reunion

Olivia Brown

After six years since they have been broken up, My Chemical Romance has finally announced they will be going on tour for a concert in LA. My Chemical Romance was a band that formed in 2001,consisting of band members, Frank Lero,Gerard Way,Mikey Way and Ray Toro. The band signed Eyeball records and release their debut album I Brought You My Bullets,You Brought Me Your Love in 2002, after changing in to Reprise Records the following year.

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Over the years the band has made many popular albums that have been #1 such as The Black Parade, which was a double platinum, Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge and I Brought You My Bullets,You Brought Me Your Love. On March 23, 2013 the band officially broke up, one month after they released their new song.

On October 31, 2019 the band’s social media accounts deleted all of their posts and posted a black and white picture with an angel that has the words “Return” written on it. The caption read “Like Phantoms Forever…”, referencing their 2002 EP album,with a link to where fans can buy tickets for their concert in November . 

This sparked the internet to go in a frenzy. Many fans of MCR were so excited about the announcement causing the tickets to sell out in 24 hours. 

“I cannot believe they are getting back together”  Briana said 

Serial Podcast Host Speaks at Wake Forest

Brooke Bandy

Sarah Koenig, host of popular podcast Serial, spoke at Wake Forest University last night. Serial is one of the most downloaded podcasts of all time and has millions of listeners every season. 

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Sarah Koenig first got into broadcast journalism when she was covering a story about underfunded schools for a newspaper she was working at. She only really knows what podcast style broadcast journalism because that’s all she’s ever worked in. “I remember driving really far to some school and reporting on this thing and listening to the radio and hearing This American Life, it was on, I didn’t know what it was, I came in part way and I just was like what was that, why am I doing this when I could be doing that?” said Koenig. 

With her podcast, they came up with the structure and form of how they wanted to cover the story, then her and her team found the story. 

“I wish that I had a dignified answer for how we come up with topics for Serial, but I don’t … it took a while until we settled on a little bit of a eureka moment like “Oh, we’ll do a serialized documentary, that’ll be our format,” and so we came up with the form of it, but then we had no scoop, we had to see what the story would be, how could we try this idea out and I had already been reporting a little on the Adnan Syed case,which was the topic of season one … that was very simple and it worked,” said Koenig. 

Though her podcast became so widely known because of its true crime focus, Koenig was never interested in true crime, but rather criminal justice. 

“There certainly was a portion of the audience who wanted more of the same essentially, another who-done-it, another murder mystery, we weren’t interested in that. I have never been interested in crime or true crime frankly, at all. I’m interested in criminal justice, I’m very interested in our system, but I don’t enjoy a murder story particularly,” said Koenig. 

The first season, following the story of Adnan Syed, blew up with over 400 million listeners. The Serial team did not anticipate this reaction, comparing it to the caliber of the War of the Worlds event. 

“There was a very serious part of it that was hard to grapple with and worrisome for us wit what have we done, who have we wronged. We’ve brought a lot of attention to people who didn’t expect it, and in some cases didn’t deserve it, just a lot of scrutiny and speculating about “Oh maybe she did it, maybe he did it,” but we’re like “Woah, woah, woah, real people with lives, stop it!” and posting their information online … we had no idea it would be in the millions, we were thinking if it were in the couple hundred thousands, that’d be great and then it just became millions and millions and we just sorta lost control of our story in terms of being able to protect anyone who was in it,” said Koenig. They lost control over who was protected in the story and caused major privacy issues. 

This caused big changes in privacy for season two. “We wanted to be very careful the second time around. If we were going to do it again, we were going to build it in such a way that we weren’t exposing people in that way and building protections and I think that was part of the reason for going in such a different direction,” said Koenig. 

Season two was about Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner of war who walked off his Army base. She went into the podcast with only one tape and figured it was going to be a short glimpse into what it’s like to be a prisoner of war. As her research and fact checking continued, her contacts to the story expanded and sparked her interest. 

“It was definitely a challenge. We initially were sorta like “Oh, it’ll be a shorter thing, maybe four tosix episodes, just use Bowe’s tape” it’ll be a weird look into what it feels like to be a prisoner of war for five years. I mean it was obviously a very intense and unique experience … we need to fact check some of the stories Bowe is telling in the tape about specific incidents that happened … it kept getting bigger and I felt a real fondness, a real affection and I did feel a connection, especially to some of his platoon mates, that’s kind of where I felt like was my way in,” said Koenig. 

While forming the episodes for season two and talking to more of Bergdahl’s platoon mates, she began to realize the effect of trauma and PTSD on these soldiers, and how that affected her. “I was so interested in how they were thinking about not only their lives as soldiers in war but also about Bowe and how they felt about what he did and whether their feelings were changing over time or not,” said Koenig. “I remember the thing he said, he was really shy too, it was hard for him to make that call, I think the thing he said, he kind of admitted “Look, I thought about walking off too.” This was such a taboo thing that Bowe did it, and just for him to admit that a lot of us thought about doing messed up stuff while we were there, I felt like it was really great for him to admit it and admit it very broadly and to a huge audience and also kid of to himself, and to go against all the guys who talked to me … going against the wave of hatred for Bowe … it was a brave thing to do, but it brought home to me as well how traumatized these young people were and are from those wars, and I guess we sort of talk about it but more in a clinical way, or a VA way,” said Koenig 

Season three was influenced by a book called Courtroom 302. This season talked about the court system in Cleveland, OH. before this idea came up, she was completely unfamiliar with Cleveland. Her and her team wanted to make Cleveland like its own character in the new season. This season brought up some interesting topics, like the lack of data in courtrooms and how sentencing, according to courtroom faculty, depends on who the judge is. “Julie was talking and saying “well what’s a normal sentence for that crime,” … it was a guy, he had very ineptly mugged a bunch of people … they had guns … nobody got hurt, they got $200, and they guy got fourteen years for it and his lawyer though that  was a pretty good number … I started asking around and all the judges were like Oh, well it just depends on the crime, depends on the room, depends on the judge,” and so we just tried to see what the studies have been … we got nothing, there’ll be small studies here and there but nothing comprehensive … you get judges training … and honestly, sentencing is like a two hour workshop, like they get no training with sentencing,” said Koenig. ”

Though her work has a massive following, she doesn’t think fame has affected her or whether or not people choose to partake in the podcast. “It works all ways it’s funny … a lot of people have no idea who I am … there’s a judge I spent a lot of time with, Judge Gall … he just didn’t bother to find out who I was for such a long time … I’m always very  clear with people, like if you talk to me, please know that potentially many millions of people are going to hear this … it hasn’t gotten harder to get people to talk,” said Koenig. 

She also doesn’t feel much of a responsibility to find the truth once they’ve got everything recorded and researched. Not usually to a huge degree, I feel a responsibility if they come to me and say, “People are stalking me,” and if I can protect them in any way I’ll do that if they ask me personally … it’s not a common thing. Mostly no, it’s like when it’s over, it’s over.” said Koenig. 

At the end of her talk, the discussion was opened up to the audience. 

Top TV Streaming Services

Rebecca Avila

Streaming services have been coming into the scene more and more. There are over 100 different streaming services now, including Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, Apple TV+, Disney+ and more.

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 “I think Apple TV has some great premium shows with amazing actors.” said Etornam Agbemabiese. 

30 percent of voters on Instagram said Hulu was the best streaming service.

 “I had the free trial for three months and during that period of time I really enjoyed the shows that were streaming.” said Maria Fleak. 

 65 percent of voters on a Instagram poll said that Netflix was the best streaming service. 5 percent of voters also said HBO and Prime Video are good streaming services are good. 

 “I love Netflix, it has all my favorite shows are on there and it’s a real time waster when I’m bored.” said freshman, Camryn Earnhardt

There were colorful responses to a Instagram poll on which streaming service is the best.

“Netflix by far. True OG of all the streaming services. Goated. None of the new boys can top it.” said kingjames.ota. 

Jesus is King: Album Review

Olivia Brown

Recently Kanye West came out with his 9th album  Jesus is King. A gospel album with 11 tracks on it. Kanye has talked about his christianity whether it be him speaking or in his music since April of 2019, when he got baptized.

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The songs on the album have a very churchy but hip hop vibe it to. For example in one of his songs,Follow God, he raps about how he struggles to live a religious life and follow God’s way of life. Kanye also talk about his disagreement with father stating “Screamin’ at my dad and he told me ‘It ain’t christ like’. But nobody never tell you when you’re being like christ.” 

In another one of his songs, Hands On ft Fred Hammond, I think that he feels judged by people because he’s making a Christian album. In the song it said “Said I’m finna do a gospel album. What have you been hearin’ from the christians? They’ll be the first ones to judge me. Make it feel like nobody love me.” Ever since Kanye’s Sunday Service performance that he did, he received extreme backlash from it because it was “weird and out of character” for him to do.

Most of the songs on the album are very good. They’re not too long and not too short. In my opinion, it’s the perfect album to listen to regardless of your beliefs. Overall I would give this album a 9/10. My personal favorites are “Everything we need”, “Hands on” and “Use this Gospel”. 

My Chemical Romance Reunion

Olivia Brown

After six years since they have been broken up, My Chemical Romance has finally announced they will be going on tour for a concert in LA. My Chemical Romance was a band that formed in 2001,consisting of band members, Frank Lero,Gerard Way,Mikey Way and Ray Toro. The band signed Eyeball records and release their debut album I Brought You My Bullets,You Brought Me Your Love in 2002, after changing in to Reprise Records the following year.

gettyimages-114568850.jpg

Over the years the band has made many popular albums that have been #1 such as The Black Parade, which was a double platinum, Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge and I Brought You My Bullets,You Brought Me Your Love. On March 23, 2013 the band officially broke up, one month after they released their new song.

On October 31, 2019 the band’s social media accounts deleted all of their posts and posted a black and white picture with an angel that has the words “Return” written on it. The caption read “Like Phantoms Forever…”, referencing their 2002 EP album,with a link to where fans can buy tickets for their concert in November . 

This sparked the internet to go in a frenzy. Many fans of MCR were so excited about the announcement causing the tickets to sell out in 24 hours. 

“I cannot believe they are getting back together”  Briana said 

Serial Podcast Host Speaks at Wake Forest

Brooke Bandy

Sarah Koenig, host of popular podcast Serial, spoke at Wake Forest University last night. Serial is one of the most downloaded podcasts of all time and has millions of listeners every season. 

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Sarah Koenig first got into broadcast journalism when she was covering a story about underfunded schools for a newspaper she was working at. She only really knows what podcast style broadcast journalism because that’s all she’s ever worked in. “I remember driving really far to some school and reporting on this thing and listening to the radio and hearing This American Life, it was on, I didn’t know what it was, I came in part way and I just was like what was that, why am I doing this when I could be doing that?” said Koenig. 

With her podcast, they came up with the structure and form of how they wanted to cover the story, then her and her team found the story. 

“I wish that I had a dignified answer for how we come up with topics for Serial, but I don’t … it took a while until we settled on a little bit of a eureka moment like “Oh, we’ll do a serialized documentary, that’ll be our format,” and so we came up with the form of it, but then we had no scoop, we had to see what the story would be, how could we try this idea out and I had already been reporting a little on the Adnan Syed case,which was the topic of season one … that was very simple and it worked,” said Koenig. 

Though her podcast became so widely known because of its true crime focus, Koenig was never interested in true crime, but rather criminal justice. 

“There certainly was a portion of the audience who wanted more of the same essentially, another who-done-it, another murder mystery, we weren’t interested in that. I have never been interested in crime or true crime frankly, at all. I’m interested in criminal justice, I’m very interested in our system, but I don’t enjoy a murder story particularly,” said Koenig. 

The first season, following the story of Adnan Syed, blew up with over 400 million listeners. The Serial team did not anticipate this reaction, comparing it to the caliber of the War of the Worlds event. 

“There was a very serious part of it that was hard to grapple with and worrisome for us wit what have we done, who have we wronged. We’ve brought a lot of attention to people who didn’t expect it, and in some cases didn’t deserve it, just a lot of scrutiny and speculating about “Oh maybe she did it, maybe he did it,” but we’re like “Woah, woah, woah, real people with lives, stop it!” and posting their information online … we had no idea it would be in the millions, we were thinking if it were in the couple hundred thousands, that’d be great and then it just became millions and millions and we just sorta lost control of our story in terms of being able to protect anyone who was in it,” said Koenig. They lost control over who was protected in the story and caused major privacy issues. 

This caused big changes in privacy for season two. “We wanted to be very careful the second time around. If we were going to do it again, we were going to build it in such a way that we weren’t exposing people in that way and building protections and I think that was part of the reason for going in such a different direction,” said Koenig. 

Season two was about Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner of war who walked off his Army base. She went into the podcast with only one tape and figured it was going to be a short glimpse into what it’s like to be a prisoner of war. As her research and fact checking continued, her contacts to the story expanded and sparked her interest. 

“It was definitely a challenge. We initially were sorta like “Oh, it’ll be a shorter thing, maybe four tosix episodes, just use Bowe’s tape” it’ll be a weird look into what it feels like to be a prisoner of war for five years. I mean it was obviously a very intense and unique experience … we need to fact check some of the stories Bowe is telling in the tape about specific incidents that happened … it kept getting bigger and I felt a real fondness, a real affection and I did feel a connection, especially to some of his platoon mates, that’s kind of where I felt like was my way in,” said Koenig. 

While forming the episodes for season two and talking to more of Bergdahl’s platoon mates, she began to realize the effect of trauma and PTSD on these soldiers, and how that affected her. “I was so interested in how they were thinking about not only their lives as soldiers in war but also about Bowe and how they felt about what he did and whether their feelings were changing over time or not,” said Koenig. “I remember the thing he said, he was really shy too, it was hard for him to make that call, I think the thing he said, he kind of admitted “Look, I thought about walking off too.” This was such a taboo thing that Bowe did it, and just for him to admit that a lot of us thought about doing messed up stuff while we were there, I felt like it was really great for him to admit it and admit it very broadly and to a huge audience and also kid of to himself, and to go against all the guys who talked to me … going against the wave of hatred for Bowe … it was a brave thing to do, but it brought home to me as well how traumatized these young people were and are from those wars, and I guess we sort of talk about it but more in a clinical way, or a VA way,” said Koenig 

Season three was influenced by a book called Courtroom 302. This season talked about the court system in Cleveland, OH. before this idea came up, she was completely unfamiliar with Cleveland. Her and her team wanted to make Cleveland like its own character in the new season. This season brought up some interesting topics, like the lack of data in courtrooms and how sentencing, according to courtroom faculty, depends on who the judge is. “Julie was talking and saying “well what’s a normal sentence for that crime,” … it was a guy, he had very ineptly mugged a bunch of people … they had guns … nobody got hurt, they got $200, and they guy got fourteen years for it and his lawyer though that  was a pretty good number … I started asking around and all the judges were like Oh, well it just depends on the crime, depends on the room, depends on the judge,” and so we just tried to see what the studies have been … we got nothing, there’ll be small studies here and there but nothing comprehensive … you get judges training … and honestly, sentencing is like a two hour workshop, like they get no training with sentencing,” said Koenig. ”

Though her work has a massive following, she doesn’t think fame has affected her or whether or not people choose to partake in the podcast. “It works all ways it’s funny … a lot of people have no idea who I am … there’s a judge I spent a lot of time with, Judge Gall … he just didn’t bother to find out who I was for such a long time … I’m always very  clear with people, like if you talk to me, please know that potentially many millions of people are going to hear this … it hasn’t gotten harder to get people to talk,” said Koenig. 

She also doesn’t feel much of a responsibility to find the truth once they’ve got everything recorded and researched. Not usually to a huge degree, I feel a responsibility if they come to me and say, “People are stalking me,” and if I can protect them in any way I’ll do that if they ask me personally … it’s not a common thing. Mostly no, it’s like when it’s over, it’s over.” said Koenig. 

At the end of her talk, the discussion was opened up to the audience.