Articles by Anne Cushman, senior editor, 2012-13

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ProStart class gets head start

Leesville has introduced a new repertoire in their culinary classes this year, Prostart, which focuses on restaurant management and culinary arts. In just its first…


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My soccer journey

Coming into high school, I had one goal, pun intended — to make the varsity soccer team. As tryouts in spring approached, my nerves grew…



Dani Youmans, senior, performs a solo for the dance showcase last Tuesday. She was using it as an audition for a solo in the spring concert.

Dance showcase wows

On Tuesday, April 23, Leesville Road High School and Middle School dance classes combined to put on a showcase for family and friends. The showcase…


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Tragedy entertains

It’s like a train-wreck. You don’t want to watch, but you just can’t turn away. Why? Why do we find ourselves fascinated by accidents, sadness,…



The Following is a new TV drama on FOX. The show follows the chase to stop a serial killing cult.

Viewers follow The Following

Kevin Bacon, most famous as the resident bad boy dancer in Footloose, is starring in his first TV show, The Following. The show centers on…



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Senior break breaks boredom

Exam week is a great week to be a senior. With Leesville’s senior exemption policy, the oldest kids, who stayed on top of their work,…


In 2012 many historical thriller movies came out. Some of these movies include Argo, Zero Dark Thirty and Act of Valor.

Based on a true story…

“The whole country is watching you, they just don’t know it.”  -Jack O’Donnell, Argo Unfortunately, that is often the case when it comes to those…



The Beatles, *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, and One Direction are all iconic boy bands. These musical groups have basically created a new genre for themselves.

Boy Bands

Throughout time, herds of girls have been screaming, fantasizing, chasing, fainting, and crying over one basic concept: boy bands. Each generation comes with their own…


Preston Nix, senior, goes to work on the Senior Class Council float. Students spend hundreds of dollars on their homecoming floats each year.

Olympics float into Leesville

A major aspect of Homecoming week is the procession of student-made floats that represent different clubs and grades at Leesville Road High School. Hours of…




The boys rest on the bench at a home game. Their sense of camaraderie on the bench portrays how well they get along in the game.

Men’s soccer smashing season

The Leesville men’s varsity soccer team is starting the first half of the season strong with a 8-4 (4-2 in conference) record. Paul Dinkenor, coach,…



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Class of 2013 intersection frightfully good

The first week in August, a group of determined seniors took to the Leesville/O’neal intersection to officially mark their territory. Every year, seniors paint the…





The versatile rubber shoe is slowly making a comeback. Crocs revenue from 2011 is reached approximately $1 billion.

Crocs making a comeback

Despite many prejudices, Crocs have infinite potential. Some believe the versatile and conventional shoe has gone “out of style,” but certain Leesville students are attempting…


Ashley Kendrot is a freshman at Leesville Road High School. She recently made the varsity team at Leesville and also on the ‘96 CASL Elite team.

Freshman girl makes the cut

Ashley Kendrot: just a freshman girl wishing to enter into the intense high school women’s soccer realm. Her journey began on Tuesday, February 14. Kendrot…


The Environmental Club periodically devotes their time to clean up our campus. This week, the members tackled underneath the stadium bleachers.

Environmental club improves our atmosphere

Tuesday, April 10, the environmental club held an after school campus clean up. Leesville’s campus receives these sorts of spruce ups periodically throughout the year…


Fans crowd around to be as close as possible to their idols, One Direction. Making signs and screaming are just one way that teenagers show their love for particular celebrities.

It’s okay to be obsessed

Obsession: something every teen goes through, whether they admit it or not. That one celebrity that you would marry in a second; no questions asked….


In the past year, studies show that the number of e-readers sold has nearly doubled. This new technology is changing the face of books fast.

Bookstore now “Nook-store”

What happened to the days when you would feel crisp pages of a book underneath your fingers and hear the rustling of the page turning…




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Prom Dress Drive

Because of movies and television, almost every girl dreams that one night when she can dress up, look beautiful, and stand side by side her…


Hilburn Academy is making some major changes including transforming into a STEM program. The plans are supposed to be coming into action for the 2012-13 school year.

Hilburn undergoes hefty changes

Hilburn Academy, formerly known as Hilburn Drive Elementary, is transforming into a school containing grades K-8. In addition, the school will receive a major technological…


Dr. Stone teaches his AP class about environmental science. According to mathandscience.org, students who take at least one AP class in high school have a 59% chance of graduating from a four year college.

AP classes: important or impossible?

Advanced Placement classes. A major stress factor for many high school students. For the student wishing to receive those six points for their GPA, they…


Courtney Johnson, senior soccer player, is signing her official commitment to West Point Academy on  National Signing Day. This is the last and biggest step of the whole recruiting process.

Recruiting: rigorous yet rewarding

A question many high school athletes struggle with is whether or not to play sports on the next level, at college. Despite common beliefs, recruiting…


Nathan Wright, senior, practices hard to get ready for the season. Their first match is on February 28 against Enloe.

Men’s tennis is set

Leesville’s men’s tennis team is working hard to break into the tops of the Cap-8 ranks this year. After a week of tryouts, February 13-17,…


Camille Churchwell works hard on her AP class work. According to mathandscience.org, students who take at least one AP class in high school have a 59% chance of graduating from a four year college.

AP classes: Important or impossible?

Advanced Placement classes. A major stress factor for many high school students. For the student wishing to receive those six points for their GPA, they…


The Leesville Library is a great environment for learning. However, the library lacks a large variety of students.

Leesville library: a hidden gem

“What a school thinks about libraries is a measure of what it thinks about education.” That poster hangs on the door of one of the…


The Harry Potter franchise has made $6,369,976,303 worldwide and that is just on the movies. That combined with the books, memorabilia, and theme park, it definitely seems unnecessary to have ridiculous prices on souvenirs.

Universal parks exploit fanatics

Being a huge Harry Potter fan, I decided to venture into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter while in Florida for winter break. I knew…


Sean Bryant tells Natalie Williams one of his daily puns. Puns are a way to let out your witty remarks.

Puns sweep the school

Did you hear about the guy who got hit in the head with a soda can? Luckily it was only a soft drink. Puns, or…


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Principal’s chat informs parents

Parents came to Leesville on November 26 to attend the Principal’s Chat. It is a meeting wherein parents get the chance to have a personal…



The grapple is a strange fruit that is suppose to taste like an apple mixed with grape. It is created through infusing grape flavor into a regular gala apple.

The grapple disappoints

After a lengthy, exhausting day of high school, the only thing I wanted to do was sleep. Fate had a different plan. There was a…


The 80’s classic, Footloose, was remade into a updated, entertaining movie. The movie brought in 15,500,000 opening weekend. Photo courtesy of amazon.com

Footloose re-vamped and reviewed

The recreation of the beloved 80’s musical, Footloose, was released on Friday, October 14. I had rather low expectations because remakes rarely live up to…



Arkell Kenney, junior, practices skills during tryouts. The first basketball game is November 22 at home against Apex.

Boys basketball builds expectations

The Leesville men’s varsity basketball team has high hopes for the 2011-12 season. Kris Sherrod, junior, said, “I’m really looking forward to the season. We…




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Women’s golf keeps par

The Leesville Road High School women’s golf team has been working hard since first stepping onto the course this summer. In their first match, and…




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Lions pounce on golden hawks

On Sept. 1, the Leesville varsity men’s soccer team racked up another win to bring them to a 4-1 record. The team pulled out a…


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Seniors chalk up class spirit

On Thursday Aug. 25, the first day of school, confusion awaited students driving into the parking lot. Seniors had decided to cover all the parking…