Drive of Honor
Today, Sergeant Ray Lambert, a participant in D-Day, is speaking at the NCLA as part of the Drive of Honor ceremony. The event is in relation to Veteran’s Day this coming Monday and is the school’s way of giving recognition to the veterans within its community.
“The first year in this building, this campus, we decided to honor veterans and that we were part of Civil Air Patrol. At the time it just made sense to honor veterans and to instill that in the student body,” Mr. Lebrecht commented.
The student band and chorus will play music in honor of the occasion while the rest of the student body gather to hear the words of the honored guests.
“Performances by the band, the chorus. We will have some speakers, the veteran will speak, and Mrs. Faenza will have a few words,” said Mr. Lebrecht.
The event brings out the local veterans, many with kids or grandkids that are students at the NCLA.
“I think one of the things I enjoy is seeing all the veterans. The ones you don’t necessarily know are veterans, as parents or as relatives. Seeing them at the breakfast and talking to them and getting to know more about them,” said Lebrecht.
The Never-Ending Fire Drills
Within the past month, the NCLA has experienced three fire drills and with them, questions have been mounting. Speculation has swirled with the only fact being that two of the drills were not scheduled.
Many students have been wondering what occurred in both instances and have asked questions, but most of their inquiries have been met with silence. Thankfully, though, the majority of students are taking a positive outlook on it.
“I’m glad that the school is worried about our safety, but I just wish that information would be communicated to students so that it doesn’t seem like both instances happened for no reason,” Senior Audrianna Clayton said.
Fortunately, answers are starting to come out about what occurred in both unplanned instances. Vice-Principal Steven Lebrecht has put much of the speculation to rest in the last week explaining what went on.
“The alarms went off and we needed to have the fire departments come out to check to make sure everything was okay. They were, I guess you would say, false alarms, but nonetheless we still needed to have them come out and take a look,” Lebrecht said.
Although, the exact cause of the alarms may not be disclosed, Mr. Lebrecht did clarify the response measures taken by the fire departments in such instances.
“The response from the fire departments depends on what type of call it is, it is my understanding, that the alarm will send out certain signals, that they will look at and when they get those signals, it determines who arrives. Sometimes they send a call-out to multiple departments, especially since the one down the road is a volunteer department and it isn’t staffed all the town,” Lebrecht said.
In conjunction with answers, surrounding the fire drills Lebrecht also stressed importance of student safety during them.
“We need students to go out quietly, stay organized, particularly during drills so that if we ever have an actual fire alarm or we actually have a fire and we need to evacuate, it is not chaotic and students can get to safety and so that students can all be accounted so that no one has to go back into the building to look for students,” Lebrecht said.
Ongoing Changes To Student Parking
As construction has progressed on NCLA’s new high school building, a sense of accomplishment has swept over many, but for some students, it has come with a fight for parking. Since the school year started, many students who park closer to the construction site have had their spots taken by workers and foremen.
For NCLA administrators, this has been an ongoing issue, but one that Vice Principal Steven Lebrecht has handled with patience and is finally seeing come to an end.
“We communicate with the construction managers to inform them of where to park and where not to park and we tell them that numbered spaces are not for workers. However, when new crew members come on for new trades sometimes that message may take a little while to get to them. We do the best we can to protect those for students and we just ask that students be patient,” Lebrecht said.
In a proactive step, the school has already marked more spots earlier this year to meet the expected demand of student drivers.
“We have typically had 60 to 70 drivers and we are heading above that number with the increased number of high schoolers so we anticipate to fill-up those new spots by the end of the year,” Lebrecht said.
To continue with the school’s proactive measures, administration is already looking into student parking after the high school building is completed. Thankfully, it seems nothing will change.
“As of right now there will probably not be any change in student parking when the high school building is completed. I don’t believe that the parking lot in the high school section will be large enough for student parking, so most likely students will stay in their existing area and we’ll work on a protocol for getting to the high school building,” Lebrecht said.
This past Tuesday, Nov. 5, 92 local elections happened all over the state of North Carolina.
This year was a municipal election year, meaning that only local elections happened this year. Next year all of the big federal elections, like the presidential and senate elections, will take place.
One local seat that was decided by this most recent vote was for the Mayor of Kernersville. The mayoral race was between three candidates: Dawn Morgan, Christine Federico, and Irving Neal.
The new Mayor of Kernersville North Carolina is Dawn Morgan.
These elections are held after every term of two years, meaning that the last election for mayor was in 2017.
Not many people knew these elections were happening. But some students had parents voting. Freshman Rebecca Avila stated, “My parents voted for Kernersville Mayor and Alderman.” Another student, Mason Hamon said, “I’m going to with my Grandmother to vote today.”
Another seat that was being run run for was for five Kernersville Aldermen seats.
One of the races that was local B. J. Barnes, a long term sheriff in Guilford county, won the mayoral race in Summerfield, North Carolina.
Rising Drug Trends Among Teens
Insight Human Services recently held a “Drug Trend” meeting at the NCLA to inform the parents and teachers of rising drug trends among teens. Insight is a non-profit treatment center located across North Carolina whose purpose is to prevent and treat those with drug and mental health issues.
Joshua Bondy, a program specialist at Insight presented a well-informed slideshow at the meeting focusing specifically on vaping, marijuana, alcohol, and prescription drugs.
“I provided parents and teachers with information on some of the risks/consequences related to each drug, some of the concerns we have regarding teen access to these drugs, teen perception of the risks associated with the drugs, tips for talking with teens about these drugs, and tips for reducing access to substances in the home.” Bondy said.
The use of e-cigarettes has become a major concern this year due to the amount of people ending up in the hospital with lung illnesses. According to livescience, the outbreak’s total number of cases has risen to over 1,400 along with a 33 person death toll.
The NCLA has been taking serious precautions regarding this epidemic. It’s their goal to make sure the students aren’t exposing themselves to these dangerous chemicals.