Articles by Jacob Phillips, staff writer 2015-2016


Nathan Gamble committed to run for the University of Alabama on April 24. (Photo courtesy of the Gamble family)

Gamble Commits to Run for Alabama

Nathan Gamble has been a part of the Leesville Men’s Cross Country and Track teams for the past four years. Now, following four fall Cross…



Wipperman and his friends dressed up as bananas at many Leesville events. Here, pictured left to right, are Kendall York, Timmy Wipperman, Brock Johnston, and Matt Papanestor. (Photo Used by Permission of Emma Sheppard)

Wipperman Finds Bananas Appealing

  Timmy Wipperman can be seen sporting a banana costume at most Leesville events. Wipperman has become synonymous with the yellow fruit over the last…




Ellie Taylor works on a animal physiology lab at NC State wearing a Leesville Pride Athletics Club shirt. Taylor and two other Leesville students now study at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.

Leesville Students Excel at NCSSM

In August of 2015, three Leesville students left the Loonies to join the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. These three juniors–Abbott Gaddy, Ellie…


As the flu and winter colds come around, seniors are faced with an important decision: whether to stay home and recover and lose their exemptions, or come to school, keep their exemptions, and risk spreading their disease.

Are Senior Exemptions Worth Sickness

Every student has their school’s exam exemptions policy memorized. At Leesville, underclassmen watch seniors walk out the door without taking their end-of-year tests. Leesville’s policy…



Betsy Devos, pictured with President Trump after her official nomination. DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education on February 7, 2017.

DeVos Nomination Causes Stir in Congress

On November 23, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump picked Betsy DeVos as his nominee for the Secretary of Education. DeVos, the head of the Michigan Republican…


President Donald Trump announced Executive Order 17369 on January 27, which stopped the immigration of visa-holders and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries. This has created controversy over the powers of the president compared to the courts.

Trump Immigration Ban Causes Controversy

On January 27, just seven days after Donald Trump took office, he issued Executive Order 17369, an executive order about immigration–you can read the full…


Following the AP exam, what can the AP Latin students do? How about paint symbols of gods and two columns? (Photo Courtesy of Jacob Phillips)

AP Latin students make art

Following the AP Latin exam, the class of six was faced with a conundrum: what to do with the empty last two weeks? AP Environmental…





AP Exams are a daunting, stress-filled time of the year for many students. However, they also provide an opportunity for students to prove their mastery of a college-level class.

Why are students scared of AP Exams?

AP Exams are a big part of every spring semester. Because of block scheduling, most AP teachers are scrambling to finish a year’s worth of…


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Presidential Candidates PiktoChart

The presidential nomination races for the Republican and Democratic party started last year with nearly thirty total candidates–far more than the two that Americans must…


The Lion Gate at Mycenae stands for strength and unity. While the newspaper was named “the Mycenaean” by chance, there are many connections between the ancient city and Leesville.

What is Mycenae?

Mycenae First fact: Leesville has a student-run school newspaper. Second fact: It’s called the Mycenaean. Third fact: You have no idea what Mycenaean means, stands…



There are many people who believe in the learning power of failure. However, I believe it would be better to not fail in the first place than to fail and attempt to recover.

“On Failure” Response

http://themycenaean.org/2014/03/jesters-thoughts-on-failure/ I refuse to welcome failure. I abhor and fear and detest failure. I do believe that failure is wrong; I cannot embrace it, I…


The Political Club hosted a Voter Registration Drive. This enables young adults to vote, providing another opportunity for political action.

Leesville Students Prepare to Vote

Leesville students have many avenues for political action. Aside from various personnel actions, like emailing legislators and simply talking to the constituents, Leesville students have…



The Leesville student parking lot was covered with ice and snow the day students came to school. Photo courtesy of Daniel Bomgardner.

School or sNOw School?

Wake County Public School students spent Friday, January 22, and Monday, January 25, home from school due to snow. Winter Storm Jonas shed layers of…