Articles by Heidi Kreis, editor in chief 2016-17









Dr. Chip Stone leads a discussion with his AP Environmental Science class. Teachers like Stone make Leesville great

Leesville receives its performance results

The News & Observer recently released the results from the “state education leaders” analysis of public school performance. For the 2015-16 school year, Leesville Road…


Anne Marie Cawley, sophomore, Natalie Carpenter, Rachel Golden, and Cayley Kennedy, juniors, snapped a quick photo to capture their prom night. The girls, all in different prom groups, stayed at the prom for approximately one hour.

Leesville’s “night among the stars”

Leesville students, adorned with formal tuxedos and elegant dresses, gathered at the Wake County Shrine Club on Saturday night, April 30. Attendees experienced a “Night…




Leesville’s ITS wins first place for their one act show “The Diviners”.  The troupe competed against other troupes from all over the state.

Leesville’s ITS wins big at states

Leesville’s International Thespian Society (ITS) competed in a statewide competition the weekend of March 18. The troupe won a superior or excellent in all Independent…



Leesville is home to three sets of teacher couples. Although there is a stigma around dating (or eventually marrying) a coworker, these teachers know how to make their relationships work.

Being married to a coworker

“It all began with hall duty in the fall of 1994…I was a second year teacher from the other side of the state…she was returning…


Pictured above are the four Editors in Chief: Jill Catalano, Emily Dolegowski, Lindsay Lehman, and Hallie Hnatek, all seniors. These students have been apart of the creation of three yearbooks and are currently in their sixth semester of the class. Photo Courtesy: Emily Dolegowski

The Menagerie broken down

Twenty-five students dedicate a full school year to the creation of the Menagerie, Leesville’s yearbook. With the help of Ms. Joni Amerson, English teacher, the…



The College Fair gave students the opportunity to speak to representatives personally about their programs, requirements and admissions. The event concluded at 9 p.m..

Students prepare for college

Leesville’s PTSA held its first College Planning Night and College Fair on Tuesday, January 26, evening in the auditorium. The event featured three guest speakers…








Leesville students commonly use computers, laptops, iPod touches and flip cameras for classroom projects and research. In such a digital age, teachers have attempted to put all of their class activities online.

Giving the option to go digital

The Wake County School Board instituted a new policy to promote internet safety. The policy requires parents to provide written consent for their student to…



Released in 2011, Snapchat has an estimated 100 million monthly users who combined send over 400 million “snaps” a day, most being selfies. However, the Mycenaean promises to not flood your Snapchat feed with selfies, but instead with credible news!

Introducing Snapchat to the Mycenaean

Snapchat is quickly becoming an innovative, popular platform for sharing news and events. Top news sources such as CNN and Cosmopolitan have started spreading news…



MTV was originally created to broadcast popular music amongst teens. The network gradually developed into a channel with music and a variety of TV shows aimed at teens and young adults.

The “reality” of MTV

What attracts teens to reality TV?   Money. Cribs and My Super Sweet 16 became popular because they gave insight into the lifestyle of the…


At Splash, each class provided a more focused, personal learning environment by limiting the number of students. The classes were seminar-style and lasted for fifty minutes.

Splash day at Chapel Hill

UNC-Chapel Hill hosted its own Splash on Saturday, April 11. Splash was created in 1957 by MIT students who hoped to teach children in their…


Hello Barbie costs $74.99--triple what an average Barbie doll costs. The doll has the appearance of the original Barbie: model-skinny, long blonde hair and bright blue eyes.

Barbie comes to life

Mattel has managed to make all of our creepy doll nightmares come to life with Hello Barbie, the doll with WiFi. The WiFi connection allows…



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Dr. Huber on study drugs

Leesville’s psychologist, Dr. Huber, weighs in on study drugs in high school: What are some steps that the school would take if someone was abusing…


Zung is pictured with her friends from Pennsylvania, hugging her goodbye before she left for North Carolina. Zung is able to visit her friends a few times a year to catch up.

A new ‘home sweet home’

Leesville has a little over two hundred new students every year. Nadara Albanese, school counselor, explained that a new student’s top priority when starting school…




Maddy Leen and Alex Shearer (top) spent two weeks together at the beach with Shearer’s family. Lauren Nann and Carlos Reyes (bottom) are shown smiling together, obviously happy.

Teen love

According to Stage of Life, 92% of teens hope to get married sometime throughout their lives. Although almost all teens want to spend their life…


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Six more weeks of winter!

February 2, 2015, at Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, PA, the most famous groundhog–Punxsutawney Phil– saw his shadow. The Inner Circle president, Bill Deeley, proceeded to…


Students signed up for an audition time on a list outside the theatre room. This is one of many steps taken to prepare for Legally Blonde’s premiere on April 16.

Legally Blonde production begins

Leesville’s theatre department is in the process of casting for this years spring musical, Legally Blonde. The decision to perform Legally Blonde excited many, as…


Wicked is a prequel to the well known childrens movie, The Wizard of Oz. Wicked, which premiered in 2003, is also one of the most popular Broadway musicals.

A very “popular” musical

The musical The New York Times called “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” traveled to the Durham Performing Arts Center. Wicked, the story of the Wicked Witch of…


This picture captures Brittany Maynard before and after most of her treatments.  The photo on the right is a screenshot of her video which can be found here.

An option for terminal patients

terminal [ter-muh-nl] adj. : causing, ending in, or approaching death; a point of part that forms the end Brittany Maynard was a 29-year-old woman suffering…


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CVS stops tobacco sales

CVS prides itself on the pharmaceutical and day-to-day care they offer.   CVS is the second largest drugstore in the country.  This announcement to stop the…


Some little friends and I swimming in Camp Kanata’s pool on a hot July day, what could be better?

The importance of summer camp

Dear Parents, I am writing this open letter to parents to encourage you all to sign your children up for summer camp once they come…


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Foreign exchange students at Leesville

Imagine moving across the world for 10 months– no family, no friends, different culture? Foreign exchange students start their American experience without the things they…


Phillips teaches first-semester students in his classroom. The nine-year veteran of the English department received his first Teacher of the Year award in 2014.

Leesville’s Teacher of the Year

Leesville rewarded Robert Phillips, English teacher, with the 2014-15 Teacher of the Year award. The award is given to a teacher at Leesville who exemplifies…


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The sweetest time at Leesville

“I am not sharing; instead I will personally eat all forty-five.” Students save their dollar bills and coins to be able to purchase a World’s…


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Accidents can happen

Wake County has been suffering the past few weeks dealing with seven deaths, six of which were caused by car accidents. Aside from the six…


Madison Hoffman, Kierra Angell, and Chandler Craig sit together wearing some of their favorite Walmart shirts, on a Wednesday of course!

Self-made spirit days at Leesville

Parents might question why their child is asking for an $8.99 shirt from Walmart rather than clothes from a more expensive store.  “Why do you…


Celebrate My Drive is happily powered by State Farm Insurance, they too would like to see all drivers creating safer roads.  Winners of Celebrate My Drive will be announced around November 15, 2014.

Celebrate My Drive at Leesville

Leesville is participating in Celebrate My Drive in hopes of creating a safer school and surrounding community.  Leesville also has the chance to win 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.

Leesville adds more female sports

Four more women’s sports have been added to Leesville’s athletic program this school year.  The addition of these four teams will create an opportunity for…