The History of Valentine’s Day

Cydney Leister

The Origin of Love

Valentine’s day, most are familiar with the day, may it be bitter towards it or giddy with love, but why is the day celebrated. According to Valentine’s day has quite an interesting and mysterious origin that is a mix of Christian and Roman tradition.

It is known that the day is in honor of St.Valentine, however, it is unknown which saint it really is as there are records of 3 different saints with similar names. Along with not knowing which saint it could be, it is a mystery as to why exactly the saint is honored.

One legend is that the Emperor of Rome, Claudius II, believed that single men were better soldiers so he banned marriage. The St. Valentine would perform weddings in secret insight of the Emperor’s demands. He was eventually discovered and beheaded for disobeying the law. 

Others argue that the true St. Valentine is a bishop from Terni; who was also put to death by Claudius on the outskirts of Rome.

Another possible origin is that St.Valentine was helping Christians escape the harsh rule of the Romans, but was discovered and incarcerated. It is speculated he fell in love while he was in jail and wrote the first valentine. 

Regardless of the true origin St.Valentine and the holiday grew popular within Europe. 

In the early days of the holiday, Christians would throw a ceremonial feast in mid-February. It is speculated that the date was truly meant to reveal the Pagan holiday Lupercalia and convert the Pagans to Christianity. 

Lupercalia, the Roman Valentine’s day celebrations often on Feb 15. It was a fertility festival dedicated to the god of agriculture, as well as the founders of Rome, Romulus, and Remus.

The festival began in a cave where the priest would sacrifice a goat for fertility, and a dog for purity. The hyde of the goat was dipped in sacrificial blood and individuals would take the strips and lightly slap women and crops with it. 

There was also a tradition in which eligible ladies would put their names in a barrel or canister, for young bachelors to draw from. These pairs would often end in marriages. 

It wasn’t until the middle ages in France and England was Valentine’s day, Feb 14, declared a holiday of love.

The first recorded Valentine as a romantic holiday was English poet Geoffrey Chaucer in 1375. In the 1400s, the tradition of Valentines began. 

These traditions obviously over to the United States and Canada through colonization. However, the holiday only began to be popular in the 17 hundreds but was a common tradition among friends and loved ones by the 18 hundreds.

Valentine’s Day has gone through many changes throughout the years and is often now marked up as a money grab holiday, but that has not stopped celebrations. The love is still present today may it be through Valentine greeting cards, or crazy specials, such as a free wedding at Denny’s in Las Vegas. 

Dark Chocolate to Brighten Your Valentine’s Day

Cydney Leister

With the arrival of Valentine’s day, it appears as though hearts and chocolates are everywhere; one reason may be that Feb 14 is also national filled chocolate day. Here is a quick and easy recipe for homemade dark chocolate for those with a special someone or just want to treat themselves.


Amount of Chocolates depends on mold size

½ cup of coconut oil

½ cup of cocoa powder

½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

4 tablespoons of honey

filling (in this case marshmallows)

other possible ingredients include things like cinnamon, peppermint, etc.

Melt the coconut oil at a low to medium heat, in a saucepan.  After the oil is thoroughly melted the cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and honey are added. IMG-5500

Once thoroughly mixed additional ingredients can be added at preference. 

After the chocolate reaches a creamy smooth consistency remove from heat. Slowly pour the chocolate into a semi-flexible mold, stopping halfway to insert the filling before fully completing the mold.

The chocolate should then be refrigerated for at least an hour to set. Once the chocolate has fully hardened it can be removed from the mold and packaged, or eaten. 

Cheerleaders to Take Over Chipotle

Nicholas Williford

NCLA Cheerleaders need your help! 

If you’re reading this, go to the Kernersville Chipotle on Feb, 24, from 4-8 p.m.

When you go, make sure to mention the NCLA so that the money goes to the school.

“Selah loves Chipotle,” said Annie Ellis. This is clearly one of the favorites among the cheerleaders.

Wen Shin works at Chipotle as well, so if you go to Chipotle, you have a high chance of seeing your peers.

Chipotle is known for its tacos and Mission-style burritos, and you can get some of the finest Mexican food there, so if you are into that, this is the place to be.

“I kinda like eating at Chipotle sometimes,” said Derek Shull. Even Derek enjoys a little guacamole every once in a while.

The Truth Is Out Cupid

Column by Mason Harmon

Since today, Feb. 14, marks Valentine’s Day it is apt that a column is written to give an accurate account of what the special day really is and what it should be. For most the holiday is all about showing love to their significant other.

In the context of that ideology it seems sweet and heartfelt, but let us all be real here, Valentine’s Day is something far from what it is advertised to be. The reality is that the majority of couples only experience a few truly meaningful Cupid Birthdays.

The rest of those Valentine’s Days are made out of last-minute gifts, trips to the drug store at the eleventh hour, and an abundance of over-priced jewelry. Simply ask your parents or think about your own relationship and you will see it plain as day.

It is the actuality of the holiday that so often is not discussed or shared and it needs to be. Every year, singles feel a sense of loneliness and sadness at the fact that they do not have a special someone to share the day with.

The saddest part is, the bachelors and bachelorettes of the world should be the happiest on Feb. 14. It is the one day a year when a person can wake early with some popcorn and watch a soap opera of relationships play-out live.

At the best extreme singles can watch the cheesiest dates and tackiest expressions of love on full display. On the worst extreme, singles can watch husbands and boyfriends scramble for last-ditch gifts and see relationships fall apart over an expensive dinner.

Granted, this is all just overblown satire, but the reality is clear, Valentine’s Day is not what it is all cracked up to be and that is the way it should be seen. People need to stop worrying so much and stressing about it.

Instead, each person should make it what they want. If couples want to enjoy the cheesy shows of love and affection, by all means. If singles want to enjoy the humor of the day’s activities even better, and if friends want to go out together to just have some company let it be.

The most important thing is that the day means something to each person. Valentine’s Day has been over-marketed for too long and it is time to get back to the initial meaning of the day, love. 

So for this holiday let us show love the best way we know-how, in a creative and fun manner, but most of all making sure to show how much we care. Single, dating, or married we all love, is it not about time that we show it to those that mean the world to us? 

Watch Your Google Photos

Rebecca Avila 

Google is the system that most schools use. Especially the North Carolina Leadership Academy who surrounds itself by the use of google chrome. 

On Nov. 21 through Nov. 25 of 2019, there was a  “technical issue” with google photos. The bug was discovered five days later but Google seemed to not say anything until the first week of Feb. 2020. 

Photos that were backed up on the 21 through the 25 of Nov.2019 were “leaked” according to google. People’s private photos were put into other albums. 

“We are notifying people of a bug that may affect users who use Google Takeout to export their Google Photos content between November 21 and November 25,” said Google about the issue. 

The number of people that did get their photos leaked was about “0.01 percent” according to Google.

“I think that it should be illegal and Google should not have kept it quiet for so long,” said Maria Fleak.