Best and Worst of College Majors

Cyd Leister

High School is coming to an end and college is around the corner, and with it comes the decision of what to study. Deciding a major is a big decision in a students life so it is best to be informed.

When it comes to deciding a major many factors play a role, such as interests, job outcome, and income. 

The lowest value majors are based on their unemployment rate and median salary. This information is from NCES released in 2018. 

The four lowest value majors are liberal arts and humanities, english language and literature, criminal justice, and fine arts. 

This should not discourage anyone that is interested in these fields as this does not guarantee they won’t succeed in these paths. There are also multiple different majors that can lead to similar careers. 

Most sources suggest that majors related to engineering, medicine, computer and technology are the best when it comes to employment and well paying salaries.

It is important to consider how general or specific a major of study is. If it is too general then it can lack skill training to get into a field, while if it is too specific then the amount of jobs are limited.

Students should also take in their personal desires and goals. Some majors can be lucrative and hard to find proper education in and can require more education to get into their intended career field. 

“You should major in whatever you’re passionate about and going to work hard in. Because without the hard work you won’t make it,” Mrs. Orenstein said.


The Algebros

Emily Viers 

Mrs. Pillen and Mrs. Landphair are two of the NCLA highschool math teachers. 

Mrs. Pillen teaches Math 1 and 2, along with Precalculus. She has always enjoyed math and loves sharing that passion with her students.     

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Mrs. Pillen Teaching

“My favorite part about teaching is helping students understand topics they have never enjoyed and making math fun,” Mrs. Pillen said. 

She has taught for 10 years and has been teaching here at the NCLA for two of those years. 

“I have always liked math, it has also always been easy for me. It’s never a new topic, it builds. You have to know one concept to move onto the others and it consistently has an answer,” Mrs. Pillen said.

The pandemic has made this year challenging as both Mrs. Pillen and Mrs. Landphair had to make adjustments to fit their students’ needs for the best possible education. 

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Mrs. Landphair Teaching

“The most challenging part of this year was finding a way to make the content accessible to all students knowing that students all have different learning styles,” Mrs. Landphair said. 

Mrs. Landphair has been teaching Math 1 and 2, as well as Foundations of Math 2 for two years here at the NCLA. 

“My favorite part about teaching is definitely my interactions with the students, I love being able to see the growth that occurs within the students over time,” Mrs. Landphair said. 

Mrs. Landphair has not always been good at math, it took time and effort to get to where she is today. 

“I struggled with math all through school until I reached high school. Once things started clicking it felt great, I started to enjoy it. I found a passion to help other students reach that point as well,” Mrs. Landphair said. 

Mrs. Pillen and Mrs. Landphair both have a drive and desire to help students succeed in math. They sacrifice their time so they can further students’ education in the best way possible.  

“Always work your hardest, if you put forth a 100% effort, the reward awaits,” Mrs. Landphair said. 


Vaccine Passports Impact Summer Travels

Grayson Bright

On May 10, 2021 the FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine to be administered to adolescent people to fight against the pandemic. 

With this announcement, many airlines now ask that their travelers be vaccinated to travel across countries, only if their destination requires them to be vaccinated.

As of May 1, the Bahamian government implies that all visitors and residents need to be vaccinated. 

On April 19, the Greek government required visitors to be vaccinated and have a five day quarantine period. The countries can check for proof of vaccination and covid-19 tests through two apps, CommonPass and IATA Travel Pass.

“Well I think having to be vaccinated isn’t the best idea because you have to have the vaccination cards and people will forge them, so I think it would cause more problems than creating a solution,” Sophomore Colby Brown said.

Some airlines such as Qantas Airlines and United Airlines are testing several apps that will show proof of a covid-19 vaccination when traveling through these airlines. They too are using CommonPass and IATA Travel Pass.

The IATA Travel Pass was created by the International Air Transport Association to help keep verified covid-19 tests and vaccinations on one’s mobile device.

This will allow easy access for the traveler to show proof of their vaccinations and covid-19 tests. The app is available on apple and android devices.

CommonPass is a program developed to help hold your vaccination proof and testing for all diseases. This program can be used for almost anything needing proof of testing or vaccination. The app is also available on both Apple and Android devices.

“I feel it could be used more in the future if something like this happens again as they develop the apps to be more safe holding people’s information,” Brown said.


Duck Duck Juice Review 

Ellie Gibhardt 

Duck Duck Juice is a newly opened “smoothie and juice bar” located in Kernersville on Old Winston Road. I went this past Monday afternoon to try it out.

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Photo of the Duck Duck Juice menu

 It wasn’t too crowded and the wait was about ten minutes from the time we ordered to the time we got our food. We ordered two smoothies, a smoothie bowl, and a veggie bowl. 

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Duck Duck Juice Smoothies: “The Blue Ribbon” (left) and “Crown Me” (right)

The first smoothie I got was a 9oz, 121 calorie “The Blue Ribbon” for $4.50. This smoothie is made with peaches, blueberries, banana, house-made almond “mylk” and maple syrup. This one tasted like a berry smoothie, so if that’s what you like I’d recommend this. Although it was pretty good, I think I prefer the other one we ordered over it. Overall I would give it an 8/10.

The other smoothie I tried was a 16z, 220 calorie “Crown Me” for $8.00. This smoothie is made with pineapple, raspberries, peaches, banana, the house-made almond mylk, and maple syrup. I think this smoothie was my favorite thing we got. It was very pink and sweet. I really liked the pineapple with the raspberries. I would recommend this smoothie too, I would give it a 9/10. 

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Duck Duck Juice Smoothie Bowl: “The Superfood Bowl”

Another thing we tried was a smoothie bowl, called “The Superfood Bowl.” It’s made with acai, strawberries, banana, almond mylk, maple syrup, and pink salt. It also comes with toppings, those of which include banana, strawberries, their house-made granola, chia seeds, coconut flakes, chopped pecans, and coconut nectar. I really liked the smoothie bowl as well… it tasted very good and fresh. The toppings went well with the smoothie. I would recommend it, and give it an overall 7/10. 

The last thing we tried at Duck Duck Juice was the 532 calorie “Teriyaki Tag Bowl” for $10.00. This veggie bowl includes brown rice, black beans, broccoli, carrots, spring onion, sesame seeds, house-made crackers, and house-made teriyaki sauce. 

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Duck Duck Juice Veggie Bowl: “Teriyaki Tag Bowl”

This bowl is the sort of thing that I wouldn’t recommend if you’re really hungry but if you’re looking for something light and fresh it would be perfect. I wish there had been more teriyaki on it because you can tell the flavor was there, but it still tasted a little bland because of how little there was. The only thing in it that’s cooked is the rice and the beans, and the rest of the vegetables are completely fresh. Overall I would give it a 7/10.  

The food was good and all of it tasted very fresh, so I would recommend trying it out. However, I don’t think I’ll go too often because it gets a little pricey. But other than that if you ever want a good smoothie or something light to eat, I would suggest going here.


Staying In Shape During The Summer

Cade Shoemaker

As the school year comes to an end and the weather starts to heat up, it’s important for athletes and non athletes to maintain their physical fitness. For those who don’t play sports, daily physical exercise is important for health and wellness. Athletes commonly use the summer period to workout and build upon attributes that will help them in their following seasons.

Arguably the most important step, and potentially the hardest way to stay healthy through the summer, is determining what you fuel your body with. That’s why Coach Weigel, the high school health and P.E. instructor, is adamant about students getting a sufficient amount of water in their bodies. 

“Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate,” Weigel said. “Your body is made up of 70% water, so you should be drinking around 64-100 ounces of water each day depending on how much you exercise”.

“For everyone, but especially athletes, I would stay away from sugary, carbonated drinks that are high in caffeine. Though you are putting liquids in your body, these drinks will actually dehydrate you,” Weigel claimed.

As for the actual food side of the diet, he recommended a few tips to remember. First of all, it’s important not to skip breakfast. He also recommends eating more than just 3 meals a day. 

In fact, Weigel mentioned eating up to 3 meals plus 2 or 3 snack-like meals everyday. Though this sounds like a lot of calories, he stated that it matters more about what you’re eating then how much you’re eating.

“I don’t think students need to focus as much on their caloric intake, but instead what food they are eating the most,” Weigel explained. “I would recommend eating lots of lean proteins, and dark green vegetables while also staying away from starches, sugars, and especially grease”.

The next steps in maintaining health and wellness is daily exercise. For those who are not actively playing sports, they should still be getting nearly an hour of exercise everyday.

Either through walking, working out in the gym, or doing cardio exercises at home. However, if students don’t have access to gym equipment, there are still plenty of options to stay in shape.

“I highly recommend looking up and completing workouts from Youtube videos,” Weigel mentioned. “Completing about 30 minutes of body weight and or core exercises each day, along with 15 minutes of cardio will keep the average person in shape all year.”

On the other hand, there are student athletes that use the summer as time to build muscle, lose weight, and or gain speed and agility while working on sport specific skills. For students that fall under this category, Coach Weigel mentioned a couple of things to keep in mind. 

“First of all, athletes should not lift to put on a ton of muscle mass while sacrificing their mobility. Instead, they should workout on sport specific movements that allow them to compete athletically, while also gaining the strength to help them in their specific sport. The best way to do this is by consistently doing plyometrics and agility while also lifting heavy weights,” he said.

To perform at a high level you should train like an athlete, not a bodybuilder. That’s why Coach Weigel recommends flexibility and explosive strength training over workouts that only gain muscle mass and hinder movement. However, he wishes someone had told him this during his highschool years, as he was introduced to weightlifting at a much older age.

“I regret not lifting weights sooner. I was not introduced to weightlifting until my freshman year in college,” Weigel said. “Not only did I gain weight and strength to better compete, I also added 12 inches to my vertical thanks to plyometric training”. 

If students are just trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, begin to take better care of their bodies, or working out to become better athletes, it all starts with consistent exercise and good nutritional habits.

“Personally I workout as a hobby, to obtain the hotties, and to get that big body,” student athlete David Truhe jokes.