Articles by Brittany Thurmbuchler, staff writer 2014-2015

The use of electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or e-cigs, has rapidly increased among middle school and high school students within the past year. Although they may be considered as safer than tobacco, e-cigarettes do cause long-term effects especially in adolescents.

Vaping is a habit

It’s no secret that many teenagers are exposed to and/or participate in dangerous activities: These may include drinking underage, taking illegal or prescription drugs, or…


The VIP for a VIP team visited the Leesville senior class on Thursday April 9 to promote safe driving. The assembly was broken down into two parts: one in the auditorium which mostly consisted of informational videos and stories and one in the student parking lot which was a simulation of a car crash.

VIP team visits Leesville seniors

Shuffling into the auditorium, the senior class anxiously waited to see what the VIP assembly was going to be all about. The VIP for a…


The junior varsity and varsity Leesville cheerleading teams traveled to Heritage High School on Saturday, January 24 to compete in the annual Wake County Cheerleading Competition. Varsity placing first in their division.

Cheerleading from a male’s perspective

The varsity cheerleading team first adopted male cheerleaders in the 2012-2013 winter season. Shelly Reathaford, the head of the cheerleading program and coach of the…


“To inspire students’ love for learning and ensure that they have the necessary skills to be self-reliant citizens who can think critically and solve future challenges.” This banner, bearing the Leesville mission statement, hangs in the front lobby.

AdvancED coming to Leesville

Every year a new class of graduates from Leesville receive their diplomas in June, signifying the four years they spent in high school. However, students…



Prom is quickly approaching the students of Leesville. Students are anxiously waiting for their proposal to prom, or, their “promposal.”

Perfect promposals

Prom has always been considered one of the biggest and most important events of high school. Students spend an excessive amount of money on dresses,…


With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, the Leesville chorus students are busy preparing their songs and selling their cute and catchy singing valentines in order to raise money for the chorus program. The singing valentines will be distributed Thursday, February 12.

Spreading the love through song

As students settle into their second semester schedules, Valentine’s Day is slowly but surely around the corner, and the students at Leesville know it’s that…


The Leesville Dance Ensemble strikes their end pose as they finish another spectacular performance at the varsity men’s basketball game. Dance Ensemble is now preparing for another basketball game performance and two spring performances.

Dancing on the basketball court

Between their Homecoming performance and winter concert, the Leesville Dance Ensemble has spent the past few weeks working hard to prepare for their most recent…


Auditions for the honors theatre class, also known as Main Stage, were held this past week. The list of names of members for the 2015-2016 school year was posted a few hours after auditions were complete.

Main Stage auditions: the final cut

Auditions for the honors theatre class at Leesville, more commonly known as Main Stage, took place January 23 and 26 for the 2015-2016 school year….


The junior varsity and varsity Leesville cheerleading teams traveled to Heritage High School on Saturday, January 24 to compete in the annual Wake County Cheerleading Competition. The junior varsity cheerleaders took home the third place trophy, while the varsity cheerleaders placed first in their division.

The battle for best in the county

This past Saturday, January 24, all of the cheerleading teams in the county went head-to-head to see which team is the best in their division…



The Spanish department at Leesville adopted 6 children this year for the holiday season. Students are encouraged to donate money, toys and clothes to provide a Christmas for the children.

Spanish spreading Christmas cheer

The Christmas spirit is spreading through the city of Raleigh while people prepare for the most joyful season of the year. Hanging up lights, decorating…



The Leesville Varsity Co-ed cheerleading team traveled to the Raleigh Convention Center on Saturday for the NCHSAA Cheerleading State Championship competition. Their hard work paid off as they took home the first place trophy.

Dominating the state one routine at a time

This past Saturday, November 15, the Leesville Varsity Co-ed cheerleading team dominated the mat at the NCHSAA Cheerleading State Championship competition. The team, full of…


This year’s yearbook will be the first to include a senior quote page. Seniors throughout the school are buzzing with excitement and curiosity as they discuss what their quote should be.

A quote to sum it up

A buzz of excitement fills the air every year on the day of the release of yearbooks. People flip through each page looking for themselves,…


Camille Brockschmidt (left) and Kirsten Smothers (right) are co-captains of this year’s Leesville gymnastics team. They are working together to make the team more organized and efficient.

Flipping into the winter season

As the fall sports season wraps up, the winter sports season is only just beginning: Among the various winter sports is gymnastics. The Leesville gymnastics…


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Soarin’ and flyin’ with Robson

Courtney Robson, senior, has done what most teenagers never think of doing: she is in training to receive her private pilot license. Training for a…



There will be a new sport offered at Leesville this school year. The sport, called STUNT, is a new option that will be offered to all girls during the spring season.

An exciting spring sport for girls

High schools across Wake County plan to incorporate STUNT into their spring sports season. Wake County is the first in North Carolina to offer the…


The Leesville Dance Ensemble works together as team to prepare for their upcoming performance at the Homecoming pep rally. They look forward to future performances, hoping to leave their audience in awe.

Dancing their way through the year

With Homecoming  up on us, the school is in a hurry to prepare for spirit week, the pep rally and the homecoming football game. The…



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Spanish National Honors Society meets

The first meeting for members of the Spanish National Honors Society was held Monday, September 22. The first half of the meeting took place in…


Othman Fatfat enjoys his new phone after school at carpool.  His phone runs faster thanks to the speed of data reception on the iPhone 6.

¡Spanish club fiesta!

The first Spanish Club meeting of the new school year was held on Monday, September 15. Students from all grades gathered in the breezeway between…


Shafwat Islam discusses upcoming events for the members of Key Club this year. Key Club will be getting involved with many new organizations and will offer more hands-on activities.

New year for Key Club

The first Key Club meeting of the year was held on Tuesday, September 2. Students from every grade piled into the auditorium during SMART lunch…


The Leesville varsity co-ed team performs a pyramid as they cheer on the football players in the first game of the season

An exciting year to cheer

The Leesville varsity co-ed cheerleading team officially began their season August 4 when teams were selected after the tryout process. The varsity co-ed team traveled…