Articles by Helen Phillips, staff writer

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On Quotes

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” — Franklin Delano Roosevelt Except for spiders, car crashes, sharks, rape, drowning, terrorist attacks and…


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On cannibalism

Do you ever wonder what the little pieces of goldfish crackers are doing at the bottom of the bag? The spare head, the extra tails?…


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The death of the paper

I first read about the Boston Marathon bombings online as they were happening. There were live updates by the minute about the death and injury…




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The insurmountable divide

In the United States, and across the world for that matter, there are various divides. There are divides between Duke fans and Carolina fans, between…




Failure is typically looked down on and seen as embarrassing and upsetting. But failure can actually be good--failure is a great learning experience and is often the key to success.

Why failure is good

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”– Michael Jordan Using the words of Michael Jordan,…


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The problem with iPhones

According to a survey by Nielsen, 66 percent of Americans between the ages of 24-35 have a smartphone. The advantages of smart phones are obvious–easy,…


Time Magazine named Malala Yousafzai as the Runner Up to the Person of the Year. Despite Obama’s various accomplishments, Yousafzai should have been named Time’s Person of the Year.

Why Malala should have been #1

Time Magazine named Barack Obama as the 2012 Person of the Year, calling him “the symbol” and “the architect of this new America.” Author Michael…


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The rise of online colleges

Colleges and universities have been the cornerstone of American education since Harvard was founded in 1636. Yet technological advances and easy access of the internet…


Santa Claus flying through the air, as depicted by the movie Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. While some worry that lying to children about Santa Claus hurts kids more than it helps them, research proves that kids who believe in Santa are better at understanding others’ viewpoints than kids who don’t believe.

Why the Santa lie is a good lie

He’s had the chest pains for weeks, but doctors don’t make house calls to the North Pole … There comes a time in every child’s…



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The argument for affirmative action

As college admission representatives receive applications from students across the US, many are faced with the difficult decision of who to accept. Many students appear…


Leesville womens’ soccer team won the Cap 8 Conference Championships last season due to the athletes’ hard work and close-knit community. High school sports teams provide not only athletic but also academic benefits, especially since student-athletes have higher GPA’s than nonathletes.

The benefits of high school sports

  An article on usnews.com found that 55.5% of all high school students played a sport during the 2010-2011 school year. But after examining the…


English as a Second Language (ESL) students hold up flags representing their home country. There are over 40 students in ESL.

ESL students work together

There are a mix of communities at Leesville: the athletes, the theater kids, the artists, the ESL students and the AP scholars, to name a…


This chart shows how in 2008 more women were enrolled in college and graduated with bachelor degrees than men. As women become more educated, many are faced with the decision of whether or not to marry down.

Are women forced to marry down?

Over the past several years many statistics have been published detailing the number of men and women graduating from college. According to an article on…


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NHS supports JDRF

National Honor Society met Monday, Oct. 15, for a presentation on the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Marianne Corocoran, a Kids Walk Coordinator for JDRF,…


Officers of the Environmental Club gather before the meeting on Oct. 2. The club works to help local organizations, such at the Neuse River Cleanup Project.

Environmental Club seeks to serve

Environmental Club met Tuesday, October 2 after school to do more than just socialize and enjoy some tasty snacks. Instead, the club decided see how…


Listening to music while doing homework is something many students do. Studies show that classical music stimulates the brain, helping students process information faster.

Music stimulates student minds

With Chris Martin singing “Yellow” in my ear, I turn up my ipod and set out to conquer my homework. It’s routine for me, as…



Listening to music while doing homework is something many students do. Studies show that classical music stimulates the brain, helping students process information faster.

Music: helpful with homework

With Chris Martin singing “Yellow” in my ear, I turn up my ipod and set out to conquer my homework. It’s routine for me, as…



Abby Tarnowski (center), sophomore, and Jessica Merdes (right), senior, race to the finish in a Leesville cross country meet against Broughton. Tarnowski and Merdes were both happy with their races.

Caps outrun Pride

The Leesville Cross Country team lost to Broughton’s XC team Wednesday, Sept. 5. After a tough 5k (3.1 miles) on the Leesville course, Broughton just…




Kristen Nelson, junior, stands next to her decked out car. Nelson says her car’s decorations help her get in the spirit for Christmas, her favorite holiday.

Christmas spirit surrounds LRHS

As the much anticipated break grows nearer, many students at Leesville are breaking out Christmas decorations and reviving yearly traditions. For many students, Christmas decorations…


The perfect Christmas trees are found at Booger Mountain off of Lynn Road. Yet Christmas trees do more than just decorate a home; they bring families together.

The joy of Christmas tree shopping

Burton Hills once said, “The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree….the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” Yet…


Topped with whipped cream and chocolate, the peppermint mocha at Starbucks is the perfect drink for the season. And at only $3.75 for a tall, the peppermint mocha is definitely a bargain. Photo courtesy of starbucks.com

Peppermint mocha delights

On an unusually warm day for December, I walked into Starbucks after track practice. I don’t like coffee, so I planned on buying peppermint hot…


Donna Chow takes notes at the Model UN meeting. The club met on Thursday, Dec. 1 and plans to meet again Dec. 16.

Model UN club meets again

The Model UN club met Thursday, December 1 to discuss the rules of order for their caucus (a debate)  next week. Since Model UN is…


Madison Jackson, 4, poses as Dolly Parton in one of her several beauty. Photo courtesy of www.dailymail.co.uk pageants. Jackson was featured in the TLC show Toddlers and Tiaras.

Toddlers and Tiaras: too much?

Many researchers, as well as parents and other adults, believe children are growing up too fast. Younger girls are striving to look older by wearing…


Block scheduling provides many benefits, one including the greater number of classes offered than traditional. Yet traditional scheduling has advantages too-a longer time to forge a relationship between student and teacher.

Block scheduling: the pros and cons

Block scheduling is a program based off of two semesters that are four classes each. Traditional schedules are different in that seven to eight classes…


Cam Bachelor, senior, edits her short story for the Raleigh Fine Arts Society Literary Contest. The contest ends January 11, 2012.

Literary contest commences

The Raleigh Fine Arts Society Literary Contest is a short story writing competition held for high school students in Wake County. The contest starts Oct…




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Nature: grace and freedom

Various studies show the positive effect nature has on humans. A study done by Rachel and Stephen Kaplan from the University of Michigan has shown…




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Contagion infects theaters

Contagion, a science thriller, was released in theaters September 9, 2011, and has made over 45 million dollars. The film has a famous, well-rounded cast:…