Articles by Brendan Marks, Editor in Chief, 2012-13

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Dance Ensemble takes NYC

For the ten seniors in Dance Ensemble, the school year is almost over, their high school dance careers nearly finished. Still, before they left Leesville…



Sean Bryant celebrates with his Prom date, Natalie Williams, after his promposal. For the fortunate few who are asked via promposal, the experience is one that will stick with them for many, many years.

Promposals dominate Leesville

With Spring Break officially over, AP exams fast approaching and graduation just around the corner, we, the some 500 graduating seniors of Leesville, are in…


The original cast of Splash includes a variety of celebrities, ranging from NFL star Ndamukong Suh to Baywatch babe Nicole Eggert to NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Splash airs every Tuesday night on ABC at 8.

Viewers dive into Splash

As my avid fans will attest, and as I will shamelessly admit, I have a slight obsession with reality television competitions. The Voice, The Sing-Off,…








Executive Council poses for a photo after weighing in at the FBCENC. Leesville raised enough money and food to support a single person for over 370 years.

Food drive finishes, feeds thousands

2,980 pounds of food. $8,662 in donations. Over 45,000 meals. After nearly a month of fundraising, Leesville Road’s food drive finally came to an end…



The decadent delight known to all as the Krispy Kreme Bacon Cheeseburger, slathered in chocolate syrup and powdered sugar. A mere 50 cents more than the average Krispy Kreme Bacon Cheeseburger, this new food creation added well over 1500 calories to my counter.

State Fair calorie challenge

The challenge: one day at the State Fair, 10,000 calories. Go. When I first heard of the infamous 10,000 Calorie Challenge on the news, I…




Fantasy football, which began this past weekend, is available online at espn.go.com and several other sites. Certain fantasy football leagues carry over from year to year, while others dish out cash prizes for champions.

Fantasy football fun for fanatics

The 2012 NFL fantasy football season is officially underway– let the games begin. For the innocent few foreign to fantasy football, the system is simple….


AGT shows true talent on TV

AGT shows true talent on TV

Finally, a winner. As my devout readers (and closest friends) know, I have a strange love, some say addiction, to television singing competitions. From The…



Duets, a new television singing competition, forces contestants to sing duets with superstars. Duets airs on ABC on Thursday nights at 8 pm.

Duets doesn’t quite do-it

After months of hype and anticipation, the time finally came. It was time. Time to do-it. When Thursday night rolled around, I found myself reclining…






The Voice airs on Monday nights on NBC at 8:00. The finals for Season Two will air on Monday, May 7.

Fans want to hear The Voice

Here we go again. This past fall, as many of my diehard fans already know, I wrote a scathing review of NBC’s The Sing Off,…



Like Pictionary, Draw Something allows players to draw pictures of words for their opponents. Players can work with a variety of different marker sizes and colors, more of which become available the longer you play.

Draw Something paints Leesville

Angry Birds, Words With Friends, even Temple Run – all three had their moment of glory, their time in the limelight as “the game.” Now…



Dr. Dixon shows his Leesville spirit after only one day on the job. Before coming to Leesville Road, Dixon served as the interim principal at Middle Creek, Wake-Forest Rolesville, Reedy Creek Middle, and Carrol Middle.

Leesville welcomes Dr. Dixon

The end of an era is oftentimes met with harsh criticism, disappointment and a reluctance to change. However, with every parting of ways comes the…



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Capital Pride hopefuls on pitch

Capital Pride held their annual auditions in order to select the students who will represent Leesville Road for the 2012-2013 school year. Mrs. Covington, chorus…





Everyone's favorite heartthrob takes the snap from under center. Tebow's throwing stance is a major topic of discussion amongst critics.Photo courtesy of everydayjoe.com

Tebow, woah

It’s called Tebowmania. Tim Tebow. College superstar. Heisman Trophy winner. National champion. First-round draft choice. Starting NFL quarterback. On Sunday, January 8, Tebow earned himself…


Santa gets the reputation of being a sweet, old man, but in actuality, he is a semi-creepy, "shushing," bearded fellow that sneaks into the house in the middle of the night and leaves presents for the children. Suspicious? I think so. Photo courtesy of onwardstate.com

Secret Santa: Ho Ho Hoax

As a Jewish teenager at Leesville Road, Christmas confuses me. Plastic Christmas trees. Multicolored flashing lights. Tinsel and garland from Dollar General. The overwhelming commercialization…


Caroline Gentry stiff-arms an Apex defender last year. Based on her performance during the 2011 season, Gentry was named the North Carolina women’s soccer player of the year and eventually to the All-American team.

Caroline Gentry named All-American

When Caroline Gentry woke up on Monday, December 5, she knew something had happened. “By the time I checked my phone before school that morning,…







Leesville Road busts out of the tunnel on Senior Night, October 28. The Pride went on to defeat Wake Forest-Rolesville 41-16 and claim the outright Cap-8 conference title. Photo courtesy of Michael Frink.

Pride football wins Cap-8

Blistering cold, constant rain, even seemingly insurmountable injuries– nothing could stop the Pride. With Leesville Road’s 41-16 victory over Wake Forest-Rolesville on Friday, October 28,…



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“He said” on cheating

Dear Girls, Cheating is not okay. It is, without a doubt, the worst thing you can possibly do to your guy; it strips him of…




Photo courtesy of Marjorie Jenkins.

Golf wins States

On Tuesday, May 10, the Leesville Road men’s golf team defeated Myers Park High School by four strokes to win the NCHSAA 4-A State Championship…




Photo courtesy of Brendan Marks.

Officer Manson: real life hero

Growing up, Officer John Manson always dreamed of becoming a policeman — catching bad guys and being the hero. Now, after almost nine years on…