Articles by Arielle Emery, Staff Writer 2009-2011




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Explaining gas pump myths

With gas prices rising by nickels and dimes every day, each trip I take to gas station is increasingly depressing.  The cost to fill up…


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Portable bananas?!

Bananas are the new portable fruit!  Conveniently packaged into single servings for easy transport, bananas are now sealed by a plastic wrapper to contain the…


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Unknown effects of hookah

In an effort to reduce the percentage of smokers nationwide, in 2009 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) passed a law was forcing cigarette companies…








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Seniors drop second semester classes

As college acceptance letters arrive in the mail and first semester recently came to a close, many seniors are dropping their “filler” classes in lieu…


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Winterfest: a Harry Potter Yule Ball

Senior Class Council and Executive Council are beginning to make preparations for the Winterfest Assembly and dance, scheduled to take place February 11-12, 2011. The…





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Phillips starts Film Club

On Friday, November 5, Leesville’s newly-formed film club had their first meeting, led by advisor Mr. Robert Phillips. Film Club is an extension of a…


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Where heart attacks are born

It’s a well-known fact that half of our country is overweight and more than a quarter are considered obese.  Or to be a little more…










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Pride Launch benefits incoming freshmen

On August 23, Leesville hosted the first annual “Pride Launch,” an open house specifically for freshmen and their parents.  Students were dropped off at 8:30…


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Class of ’11 paints senior wall

From 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. every weekday morning between August 10 and August 21, volunteers from the class of 2011 painted the Senior Wall.  This…



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Krispy Kreme reopens… finally

After being closed almost a month for renovations, the Krispy Kreme of downtown Raleigh re-opened on Tuesday, June 1, 2010.  Located on the corner of…


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“Perfect Match” very accurate

Perfect Match, by Jodi Picoult, tells the story of a mother who must choose between protecting her son and allowing the justice system to give…



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Key Club paints a paw print path

Upon arriving to school on Monday morning, many students looked down to notice a trail of blue and green lion paw-prints leading from the main…



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No more Saturday mail?

Strolling to the mailbox on a Saturday afternoon soon may be a luxury only our generation remembers.  During the past two years, the U.S. Postal…


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Blockbuster no longer king of movie rentals

Ten years ago, business at Blockbuster, Hollywood Video, and similar establishments was booming: not only did these companies rent out newly released games and movies,…


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Google offers scholarships for doodles

Doodle 4 Google is a competition where Google invites kids of all ages to use their artistic talent to decorate the Google homepage logo.  Google…


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Pepsi Throwback Returns

The Throwback line of Pepsi products, which are made with real sugar rather than high-fructose corn syrup, are back again for a limited time.  The…



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New Versions of Monopoly Unnecessary

In celebration of Monopoly’s seventy-fifth anniversary, Hasbro and Parker Brothers decided to “redesign” the American classic by eliminating the signature aspects of the game.  In…





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Juniors Victorious in Penny War

The Penny Wars of 2009 ended successfully on Friday, December 11.  The total amount of money raised was around $435.  All the money donated will…


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Spotlight on an ESL Student

Imagine moving from India and submerging oneself into the culture, language, and schooling of America.  This is exactly what Rohit Khosla, junior, did when he…


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Paying for Grades a Bad Idea

If schools took donations for grades, various programs that require extra funds might thrive, but students’ motivation and quality of education would drastically decline. Leesville…


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New teacher takes over class

Leesville gained a new staff member this week when Ms. Rebecca Jones, a first year teacher, took over Mrs. Breeden’s Honors U.S. History and Law…


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Christmas Here Too Early

The moment I walked into Target on Halloween night, I knew something was wrong: Christmas was here, but it was only October!  Alongside the discounted…


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2009 the First Year for DST Change

Daylight Saving Time is the system of changing the official local time by one hour for the duration of the spring and summer months.  The…