Articles by Connor Choate, Editor in Chief 2014-2015







Ferguson’s well-rounded classroom

One innovation sets Trey Ferguson’s math classroom apart from the rest: Ferguson’s classroom has no desks. Instead, Ferguson has round tables. “I don’t like math…



The times are a-changin’

Redemption begins with a fall from grace. Don Draper has fallen from grace; what now? Mad Men’s season six ended with Draper (Jon Hamm) on…



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Q&A with Chad Broer, Colorado principal

For an administrative opinion about the legalization of marijuana, we talked to Chad Broer, an assistant principal at Chatterfield High School in Littleton, Colorado, outside…


The Goldfinch is a triumph

It took me a few days after finishing Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch to decide I was, in fact, going to write a review. And once…


Les Mis exceeds expectations

NC Theatre’s current production of Les Misérables was exceptional, especially considering the immensity of the musical. Les Misérables, set during the French Revolution, is the…


Osage triumphs

Tracy Lett’s August: Osage County, the Pullitzer award-winning play, may have translated to the screen victoriously, but every aspect was not a victory. Set in Osage…


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Shakespeare, or what you will

On 44th St. in Manhattan, between Sixth and seventh avenue, lies the Belasco Theatre, currently putting on two rather recognizable plays: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Or…


A remedy for boring lunch spots

On E. Hargett next to Moore Square sits a quaint diner called Remedy. The red door and signature lights welcome entry to an intimate, casual…



Word of the Year speeches

After much grueling deliberation, the Oxford English Dictionary named “Selfie” as the word of the year for 2013. “Twerk” was one of the many contestants…


Is Thinkspace the future?

Students read books written by other people, watch movies made by other people and learn information in school discovered by other people, but, at school,…



The League review

The League embarked on its fifth season with the start of this year’s NFL regular season, and it’s looking great. The League follows a fictional…


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Hopscotch

At the end of every summer, downtown Raleigh plays host to over 175 bands during the Hopscotch Music Festival. Hopscotch was September 5-7 and included…



Artsplosure Review

Every year since 1980, downtown Raleigh has hosted the Artsplosure Festival. Artsplosure, which was May 17 through 19 this year, fills Moore Square, City Plaza…



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Fun with Phone-banking

Volunteering has become an essential part of high school. Colleges expect hours, many clubs require them and students try their hardest to meet goals around…


The race to beat boredom

From a young age, everyone is programed to go, go, go. Whether it’s school, sports or extracurriculars, many children’s schedules are planned with no time…


Senator Hagan visits Leesville

April 26, 2013 Senator Kay Hagan visited Leesville to speak about a bill she will soon be introducing to the Senate. Hagan, a former NC…


Hagan visits Leesville

April 26, 2013 — Senator Kay Hagan, D-NC, visited Leesville to speak about a bill she will soon be introducing to the Senate. Hagan, a…


Teens, technology and research

At some point during any course, a high school student will be assigned a research project. We all know the kind — the in-depth reports…


PDQ raises the bar for fast-food

New to Raleigh this winter, on the outside, PDQ looks like a typical fast-food restaurant. The drive-through looks standard, and the building’s facade looks normal….


A case for John Irving

Salinger, Steinbeck, Fitzgerald and Hemingway are all readily recognized and praised as great American authors. There’s one name — though not necessarily in the same…


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High hopes for men’s tennis

In addition to new players, this year’s men’s tennis team will be starting the season with a new coach. Kyle Myers, who will replace Dr….



Zero Dark Thirty kills it

Everyone knows Osama bin Laden’s name, and after Zero Dark Thirty, they know how the CIA killed him. Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty depicts the…


Foster student finds new home

Jamie Durham is a sophomore at Leesville. She takes classes like anyone else does all the same work. Her only difference is the home she…


Inside the CSA

The Christian Students Association — or CSA — met Thursday, January 10 to discuss faith with their peers. Erin Hutchinson, junior and club co-president, ran…


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Kwanzaa celebrates African culture

Kwanzaa, a week-long celebration spanning from late December to early January, is celebrated around the United States and Canada to honor African heritage. The first…


Foreign students come to Leesville

To have the experience to learn in a foreign country is an incredible opportunity — an opportunity many students across the world partake in each…



Hitchcock is Psycho — in a Good Way

Hitchcock, directed by Sacha Gervasi, tells the love story between director Alfred Hitchcock (played by Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) isolated…


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Is college right for everyone?

Ever since the first day of elementary school, everyone has been working towards a seemingly universal goal: college. Everyone knows universities can consistently put graduates…




Tim Burton’s latest triumph

In Tim Burton’s latest animated movie Frankenweenie, the main character, Victor (Charlie Tahan), loses his dog, Sparky, when he is run over by a car….




The women’s golf trio

This year’s women’s golf team may be small, but they have heart. The team consists of three players — Alison Boegel, sophomore, Kristen Jones, junior,…


Volunteering at the DNC

This past Labor Day, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. I volunteered with the Planned Parenthood Action…


New year, new English teacher

A new year brings new teachers to Leesville — including Karen Harker of the English department. Karen Harker, who started her third year of teaching,…