Dual Enrollment: Is It Worth It?

Cyd Leister

The North Carolina Leadership Academy offers dual enrollment classes with Forsyth Tech Community Colleges. These classes give High School students an opportunity to get exposure to college-level classes and stand out against their fellow peers.


Dual enrollment is a process in which High School students will take both normal classes at their high school, as well as classes at a local community college. These classes can be used to meet high school graduation requirements or simply to explore college-level courses. The credits earned can be carried over into college and take the place of some first-year classes.

There is debate on if these classes are a good choice and how they compare to Advanced Placement classes. NCLA senior Mercy Newnum shared her thoughts on the subject.

“I would say dull enrollment is worth it because when you get to college you don’t have to take all the generic classes. For example, junior year I took a speech class, which was really hard because I don’t like speaking in front of people. But at the same time, everyone in the class was from the NCLA so it made me more comfortable,” Newnum said.

Dual enrollment allows students to take classes in a smaller, more familiar environment, which can be helpful when it comes to a difficult course like Speech. 

Compared to Advanced Placement courses, dual enrollment is a better option to gain college credits. In Advanced Placement classes, the credit is only earned if the student gets a 3 or higher on the final exam. Also, different scores equal different credit amounts at each college. 

“I would say it is worth it because you can just get a lot of credits out of the way. You do it for two years you’ll have a lot of credits. And you can skip your freshman year of college. And you get to save money,” Mercy Newnum said.


Thrifting is Fun and Environmentally Friendly

Nora Wood

While it’s always been around, thrifting has recently reached peak popularity amongst younger generations. Even our NCLA students are into it! Whether its  home decor, books, clothes, or even fabric, thrift stores have everything.

“I love thrifting. It’s somewhat calming and therapeutic,” senior Becca Nordstrom said.  “When I’m walking around, I always have an Airpod in. You can also thrift with friends, which is really fun too.”

The nature of thrift shopping is fun in itself. When finding high-quality clothing for cheap, take advantage of it. When going to thrift stores, there is never the same thing, there is new stuff to look for every day. The randomness of thrifting makes the experience fun. For those who love to shop, shopping can be more pleasurable without taking a big hit in the bank account.

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“Our best find was probably a really nice dirt bike at a year sale for $200. My brother rode it for a long time. Then we still resold it and made money,” sophomore Skylar Maness said.

Thrifting not only provides a cheap stress-relieving outlet for those who need it, but it also encourages greener lifestyles. Every day, people are becoming more and more environmentally conscious in the decisions they make. Buying second-hand clothing helps keep plastic out of landfills and continue to decrease the worldwide demand for textiles, which most of the time end up getting wasted.

According to data from the Environmental Protection Agency, “In 2018, 17 million tons of textile waste ended up in landfills in the United States alone.” As a community, limiting our textile waste can be the steps towards bettering the environment.

Almost every local city in North Carolina has at least one Goodwill. There are also many other local consignment stores all over Kernersville. These stores include Next Step Ministries Thrift Store, Union Cross Thrift Store, Fabulous Finds, Smith & Co. Consignment, Tiquer’s Alley, and so much more.


Galentine’s Day

Galentine’s Day is just around the corner and it is celebrated on February 13, the day before Valentine’s day. Even though Galentine’s is a made-up holiday it has become very popular throughout the past years.

Galentine’s Day is a day where ladies celebrate ladies. Many groups of girls will go out to lunch or dinner and have a good time together. This fake holiday originated from the show Parks and Rec in 2010.

“Galentine’s day is celebrating your friends and the friendship everyone shares,” Brooke Bandy said.

Normally people don’t get each other extravagant gifts on Galentine’s instead they might get their friends candy and a card to show their appreciation for that person or just use their presence as a present.

“I celebrated Galentine’s this year by going out to dinner with some of my good friends and we had an amazing time talking and hanging out,” Bandy said.

With many school events getting canceled Galentines offers an excuse for friends to hang out with each other.

“Some of my friends and I are going to have a sleepover and go get lunch the next day and take cute pictures in downtown Winston,” Juliana Peters said.

In a poll on Instagram, reported that out of 32 girls, 78% are planning on celebrating Galentines this year.


Annie Ellis’ Senior Project

Emily Viers

Annie Ellis is a senior at the NCLA.  Every year, seniors have big school projects they have to complete, as it helps them explore and take action on the things they are passionate about. For her senior project, she chose a canned food and supply drive to help give back to the community. 

“So we seniors have senior projects, I ended up choosing mine on the homelessness and community involvement,” Annie Ellis said.

Ellis was inspired by her church as they worked with local homeless ministries and began to notice the impact it had made.

“They were able to find jobs for several people which probably changed the course of their lives for the good. It was just really awesome seeing how they were actually able to make a tangible difference in people’s lives really made an impact on me,” Ellis said.

This canned food and supply drive benefits the homeless community and the High Point Kernersville area. 

There are many available options to donate whether that can be canned foods, supplies, or maybe even both.


  • Canned Food- Vegetables, fruit, meat, soups.
  • Necessities- Sugar, flour, rice, pasta, snack items
  • Hygiene supplies- Shampoo/Conditioner, toothpaste/toothbrushes, Deodorant

Any of these items can be dropped in classrooms or at the front office.

“I am basically collecting boxes right now and the donations are given to the front office and I collect them at the end of the day,” Ellis said. 

All donations go to the Crisis Control Ministries in Kernersville. The drive starts February 8 and goes through the 26.


DIY Valentines Heart Cake

Ellie Gibhardt

With Valentine’s Day being less than a week away, it’s a good time to start thinking about something someone can appreciate! This year I made a heart-shaped valentines cake. The recipe is pretty simple to make and it doesn’t take too long either! 

Here are the ingredients for the cake: 

  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk 

The following are some other things I used for this recipe: 

  • Icing (mine was premade) 
  • Sprinkles (they have heart sprinkles at Publix) 
  • Heart shaped cake pans (they also have these at Publix) 

Recipe steps: 

  1. Grease two cake pans and preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Combine all of the dry ingredients.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the butter and sugar.
  4. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Next add the vanilla.
  5. Now alternate adding in your flour and buttermilk.
  6. I added my heart sprinkles before I put the batter into pans. 
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 
  8. Let the cakes cool in the fridge before you ice/decorate them. 

My sister made chocolate covered strawberries the same day I made this cake so I used them to help decorate. I also sprinkled powdered sugar on the top and put white chocolate around the bottom. I would definitely recommend making this cake to eat on Sunday!