Articles by Griffin Morehead, staff writer

Students sleeping while in class.  Children cannot function well while on a limited amount of sleep, caused by schools starting extremely early.

Should school start later?

*SLAM* The impact of a textbook on my desk jolts me from a blissful and relaxing nap, one I sorely needed. My reasons? I’d had…


Intelligence quotient, or IQ, is a measure of the potential for someone to learn.  A person can find out their IQ by taking tests that typically involve pattern recognition and mathematics.

The ways we measure intelligence

How do we, as humans, measure intelligence? The memory and ability to spout off facts? Common sense? Both indicators of intelligence, but is there a…


This is one of the sides of the cube that makes up the game “Curiosity-- What’s inside the cube?”.  So, what exactly does it mean to be curious in the modern world?

Curiosity in the modern world

What does it mean to be curious? Curiosity is defined by dictionary.com as “the desire to learn or know about anything; inquisitiveness.”  Children commonly express…


Students are let out of school for 10 weeks every summer.  Summer vacation impacts the education of students by losing the equivalent of three months of material.

Do breaks break students?

With summer vacation coming up, it’s only natural that students should question what effect breaks really have on our education. Students argue that breaks give…



A picture from Psy’s new music video “Gentleman.”  The video features Psy performing a number of tricks on his dates before finding a woman just as tricky as he is-- the song brings up an interesting point about being chivalrous and a gentleman.

Gentlemen and the death of chivalry

It’s not just a catchy tune.  Psy’s new song, “Gentleman” seems like a simple song about tricks and jokes, but actually comments on today’s society…


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Community or 4-year college?

While in high school, students face one of the biggest decisions of their life: what college?  Before this, however, students must choose a type of…


Mother Mother opens the concert with riveting keyboard solos and perfectly-pitched vocals.  The crowd exploded after the long wait for the doors to open.

Going AWOL with AWOLNATION

Listening to the radio is all well and good, but some bands are meant to be seen in concert– AWOLNATION is one of those bands….


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MOOCs– The Future of Education?

Hailed as the future of education by colleges, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are slowly coming into prominence around the world. Many colleges, including Yale,…



The American College Test is slowly taking over from the Scholastic Aptitude Test as the dominant standardized test for determining college readiness.  WCPSS is now offering the ACT free of charge to all juniors.

Leesville holds free ACT

The Wake County Public School System is now offering the American College Test (ACT) free of charge to all juniors. The ACT is an alternative…


A picture of the Strickland Road Park in Raleigh, NC.  What makes this park great is the variety of climbing equipment for kids to explore, while the lack of moving parts make this playground less risky.

Do playgrounds harm creativity?

Which is more important: the safety of children or their creativity? The answer to this question could alter the face of childhood for years to…


Corporal punishment is allowed in schools in 19 states, most of them in the south.  Some believe that corporal punishment is more effective at controlling students and preventing bad behavior.

What if LRHS had corporal punishments?

Corporal punishment is defined simply as a physical punishment that involves causing pain in order to deter bad behavior.  Physical punishment is not explicitly prohibited…


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Ready for AP testing?

AP tests are a big deal.  A single day, a single exam, determines whether the course counts for college credit or not. The tests are…


Students cut and fold paper during the French Club valentines service project.  The group made over 100 valentines to deliver to the Sunnybrook nursing home.

French valentines for the venerable

French Club spent the afternoon of February 5 making valentines for the patrons of Sunnybrook Nursing Home in Raleigh. This is one of the service…



Swimmers launch themselves into the pool during the swim meet on December 4.  Swimmers are disqualified if they leave the wall before the starting signal.

Swimming suffers stiff loss

They boarded the bus at 5 o’clock, ready to swim.  The Leesville swimming team faced off against Panther Creek, Cary and Athens Drive on December…


Enjoying an amazing deep-fried cinnamon roll wrapped in bacon, the newest food item at the fair.  The item was first created by Butch Benavides, a cook from Texas, at the Big Tex Choice Awards.

Deep-fried deliciousness

Following the tantalizing scent of fried dough and other delicacies at the North Carolina State Fair, I wind up at the end of a never-ending…





The College Board’s AP program allows students all over the country to earn college credit during high school.  AP classes are typically more difficult and fast-paced than high school classes.

AP Classes: Why take them?

The warning bell reverberates through the halls as the typical AP student enters the building.  Cursing his bad luck, “Joe Bob” sprints for the main…


Students socialize following the French Club Meeting on September 11, 2012.  The meeting had 31 attendees, the largest number of people to attend a meeting since 2010, at their inaugural meeting of the 2012-13 school year.

French Club Kicks Off The Year

French Club had their first meeting of the year on Sept. 11, 2012.  The meeting began with the officers introducing themselves to the attendees. Some…


Students wishing to join Key Club received many forms, including an hours sheet and an information sheet.  Key Club is a service program for high school students.

Key Club kicks off

The LRHS chapter of Key Club had their first meeting of the year on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.  Key Club is a student-led service organization…



An example of some source code written by a programmer. This code is in turn converted into machine code, which the computer can read and run.

Creators vs. consumers of technology

Computer programming is a process by which someone, called a programmer, writes code that computers use to run and operate.  In my spare time, I…


Dr. Muttillo speaks at the Awards Day Ceremony on May 10, 2012.  The Ceremony honored many Leesville students for their accomplishments both this year and throughout their high school careers.

Leesville honors its top students

Leesville held an Awards Day on May 10, 2012, to celebrate the achievements of students both this and past years.  Most of the awards were…




Common Core is a list of standards relating to what students are expected to learn.  These standards let parents and teachers know what they can do to help students.

Common Core – what is it?

Over the course of thirteen years, from kindergarten through senior year, students are expected to learn a monstrous amount of information.  This information is divided…


Some students use iPads and eTextbooks in classes.  These eTextbooks are lightweight, portable, and updated continuously.

Coming Soon: eTextbooks at LRHS

With technology evolving all around us, it is only a matter of time before Leesville High upgrades to eTextbooks.  As stated in my earlier article,…



eHow is a website that pays people to make how-to articles and videos and has many sources for information.  Used as a secondary source for school, eHow can be very useful.

eHow provides know How

In the search for information, a student will use just about any source that they can call “reliable” and that contains what they need.  More…



Apple recently introduced a new update for their iBooks app that allows textbooks to be bought and created. This update includes many new features and revolutionizes the textbook industry.

New Apple e-books: e-nnovative

Recently, Apple updated their application iBooks to include textbooks and announced a new application called iBooks Author, allowing students and teachers alike to build their…


The Aerospace club meets every two weeks, typically on Tuesdays, but a few time on Thursdays.  William Dunne, freshman and prospective club member, uses a flight simulator during the meeting.

Aerospace club soaring to new heights

The Aerospace Club had a meeting this past Thursday, January 26.  However, only three members showed up to the meeting, causing the planned activity, a…



The Eurodam, a cruise ship on the Holland America Line, set sail from Fort Lauderdale on December 3, 2011.  The food on the ship was incredible, including the desert extravaganza, pictured above.

Eurodam: simple yet elegant

When I learned of the plans to celebrate my grandmother’s birthday by going on a cruise I was ecstatic.  It wasn’t simply the fact that…


Families and dancers mingle shortly after the Winter Concert.  The concert was a triumph for the dance department here at LRHS.

Winter dance concert a success

The LRHS Dance Department had their Winter Concert this past Thursday and Friday, December 15 and 16, in the LRHS Auditorium.  This concert featured all…


Leesville’s Dance Department has been a source of talent since the school’s opening in 1993.  Photo Courtesy of Facebook.com.

Dance showcase wrap up

The Leesville Dance classes performed a showcase on November 21 at 7 p.m. in the Black Box.  This was a free event; people who attended…


The Freshman council has many important jobs around the school, including the planning of dances.  Their booth was one of the more popular at the fair, as they were offering free candy, guaranteeing attendance and interest.

Fall Club Fair at Leesville

Leesville had a Club Fair November 4 in the Multi-Purpose Room–East Building.  The Fair is an annual event that enables students to choose a club…




orehead_MySister’sSATThe SAT is one of the most important tests a student will ever take.  Many companies make a profit selling books that promise to increase your score.

SAT: Important for Colleges?

Many believe that a good score on the SAT will help you be accepted into colleges.  This is true. However, the SAT is not actually…


The Jostens ring order form. Photo courtesy of Griffin Morehead

Class ring divide

On Sept. 13 and 14, the main lobby was full of students looking to buy class rings.  The tradition of buying and wearing class rings…


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Spirit Week repetitive for a reason

Because of possible racial and/or cultural offenses, our executive council had a difficult time coming up with any new ideas for Spirit Week themes and…


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A plethora of candidates

Descending the main staircase, one cannot help but notice the sheer number of posters amassed on the wall opposite, and laying on the floor.  They…


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School needs replacement mats

The track coaches left the pole vault mats under the main bleachers all summer, where they were exposed to the sun, rain and trash underneath…