Senior Assassins Begins

By Jessica Zhong and Kelsey Wiley

A new tradition has emerged at the NCLA: Senior Assassins. It has been implemented in nearby schools in the past, but this is the first year the NCLA is holding its own game.

The basic premise of the game involves squirting your “target” (as assigned by the administrators) with a toy water gun in order to eliminate them from the competition.

The goal of the game is to avoid being squirted by your assassin (the person who has been assigned to “kill” you). So far, Ryan Absher and Noah Herbert have been eliminated.

When all but one person has been eliminated, the administrators of the game will declare a winner. The winner will receive a $25 Visa gift card.

The game began on March 27 at 11:59 p.m. As of April 1, two people have been eliminated and several assassination attempts have been made. There is a rule that states that shooting your assassin in self-defense grants you three hours of immunity, so many attempts have been unsuccessful.

There will be two rounds of gameplay. The first round will end 4/26 at 11:59PM. (the night before prom.) The second round starts 4/28 (the day after prom).

The game will be played no later than June 1. However many players remain at this point will split the prize money.

Senior Assassins has instilled a sense of anticipation among the participating seniors at the NCLA. A “kill” attempt was made at lunch outside of campus on Friday.

“So I woke up at 6 and I went over to Ryan’s house, and I shouldn’t say this but my mom gave me the address, then I parked two blocks away and I went in on foot and I had a lot of camo on and face paint. I was waiting in forest in his backyard and waited there for an hour and a half. Then he parks in the garage so I put a trash can in his driveway to get him out of his car and then when he pulled out he was going towards the trash can, he saw the trash can and got out to move it and I ran out of the woods and shot him with two water guns.” said Brooks Parker.



Should 16 year olds vote?

By Cheyanne Alston

In the past year there have been many officials and legislators who proposed the idea that sixteen year olds should be able to vote. Most recently was this past February in Oregon. When proposing the amendment, Oregon state senator Shemia Fagan said:

“It’s time to lower the voting age in Oregon and give young people a chance to participate at the ballot about decisions that affect their homes, their clean air and clean water future, their schools, and as we’ve seen, their very lives.”

Fagan has been one of many who used the youth activism for Parkland, Florida when they challenged lawmakers on gun control when 17 student were killed by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Another reason pointed out was if you allow them to drive, register as an organ donor, and pay taxes they should be able to vote on these issues that already concern them.

“16 year olds shouldn’t be allowed to vote because they are just now starting to get freedoms like driving and I think too much freedom at once wouldn’t be could for the majority. Also they are not mature enough to handle that responsibility, I know 20 some year olds that should have that responsibility because they don’t know about who they vote for,” said Charlotte Bullock, 12th grader.

Do you think 16 year olds should be able to vote?


I’m joining the Army for Journalism

Ellison Schuman

Recently, I decided to take the same route as my brother and join the Army. All my life I thought I had the perfect plan. I was going to college to get my bachelor’s degree in Journalism and be a writer in New York. That was until I became aware of all the advantages that came with being a journalist in the Army. I made a “Pro’s and Con’s” list to really understand what I would be getting into.


The Army pays for your college education if you choose to get a degree
Travel around the world
Retire by mid-40’s and still getting paid afterwards
Not having to worry about where your next meal is coming from or where you’re going to sleep
I get to do what I’ve always wanted to do

Going through basic training
Dangers of the job
Not being able to see family/friends as much as I would want to

A journalist in the army is classified as a “Public Affairs Mass Communication Specialist”. The responsibility of this career is to assist with the Army public affairs programs through news releases, newspaper articles, Web-based material and photographs for use in military and civilian news media.

In order to become a Communication Specialist, I have to go through 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 12 weeks of AIT (Advanced Individual Training). Basic Training is the recruit training program of mental and physical preparation for the US Army. AIT is where you will learn the skills to perform your Army job after Basic Training. This is where you’ll receive hands-on training and field instruction to make you an expert in that specific career field.

Before you go into Basic Training, it is required to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) test. To enlist in the Army, you must get a minimum score of 31, where the maximum score is 99. This test measures your knowledge in 10 different areas, and will assess which jobs you are qualified for. For me I would have to get a 107 in the General Technical portion.

Overall, I think this is a good choice for me, and I recommend it for anyone who has had any interest in being in the Military. Most people are blind to the many jobs that the military has to offer. It’s not just fighting in wars and blowing stuff up.

Personally, I am very nervous/excited for the whole process, but it’s a great way to travel, write, and not have to worry about much.