Articles by Ashley Tysiac, junior editor 2017-18



Going on a tour of a college can expose prospective students to the campus atmosphere. On tours, people can view class buildings, such as Tillman Hall at Clemson University. (Photo courtesy of Ashley Tysiac)

The Benefits of College Visits

Before deciding on a college to attend, many high school students travel to different schools and take tours. College visits can be very beneficial to…






Players get together after being selected to the 2017 Leesville girls soccer team. This season’s team consists of three freshmen, eight sophomores, seven juniors, and four seniors, most of whom have experience playing at the varsity level.  (Photo used by permission of Rachel Golden)

Girls Soccer: A Tradition of Dominance

The Leesville Road girls soccer program is known for their long-lasting tradition of dominance and excellence. Having won multiple state titles and conference championships, the…


Grace Countie, junior, celebrates after winning the 50m free at the 2016 NCHSAA 4A Swimming Championship. Countie has won three individual state swimming titles and holds the state record in the 50m freestyle. (Photo used by permission of the News and Observer)

Conversation with a Champion

Leesville Road’s Grace Countie is one of the top elite swimmers in the state of North Carolina. She has won three individual NCHSAA 4A state…







A promotional poster for Sing pictures the movie’s main character, Buster Moon, a koala who puts on a singing competition at a local theater. Sing first opens in theaters across the country on Wednesday, December 21. (Poster: Photo courtesy of www.singmovie.com)

“Sing” Hits a High Note

A recurring plot in many children’s and family movies seems to be about talking animals, real and animated. When I first saw commercials for Sing,…



My grandparents, Ken and Sally Tysiac, keep the military awards earned by Bernard Tysiac, my great-grandfather, in a display case inside their home as recognition for his brave service. Tysiac was a World War II veteran and earned many accolades, including the Purple Heart. (Photo used by permission of Josie Krzywda.)

Veteran’s Day: A Personal Story

On November 11 each year, Americans across the United States spend time to pay respect to veterans who served our country. It is a day…


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Gamble runs away with CAP-8 XC title

On October 18, Nathan Gamble, a senior at Leesville, ran away from the competition and placed first at the CAP-8 men’s cross country meet. It…




The Leesville girls tennis team is celebrating their victory after defeating Sanderson and winning a share of the CAP-8 title. It is the team’s first ever conference title in program history. (Photo used by permission of Casey Bombien)

Girls Tennis Wins First Ever CAP-8 Title

On Thursday, October sixth, the Leesville women’s tennis team won the CAP-8 conference title after defeating Sanderson. Winning 5-4, the team was able to clinch…





The members of the 2015 LRHS Girls Cross Country team with their NCHSAA 4A Girls Cross Country Championship third place trophy.  Although Leesville lost four of their top seven runners to graduation, they are still considered to be the 12th-best team in the state this season by MileSplit. (Photo courtesy of Audrey Hemming)

Girls XC: The Tradition Continues

  The Leesville girls cross country team has had a very strong squad for the past few years. They have finished top ten in the…