Articles by Jill Schuler, editor in chief 2015-16

Inspired by our love for Les Miserables, my friends and I competed in Original Dramatics at the Wake County French Festival playing a group of young boys at a sleepover. (Photo Courtesy Jill Schuler)

Females should play more male roles

When the movie interpretation of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michelet Schönberg’s  Les Miserables musical came out in 2012, I immediately fell in love. For me, I…




This photo was taken on my trip last spring to the south of France. After having taken French in school, going back showed significant improvements in my ability to communicate.

PLEASE don’t use Google Translate

  Leesville is initiating a new series of summer trips beginning with 2016’s trip to England, France and Spain, chaperoned by Mrs. Scioli, Mr. Andy…



Downton Abbey’s iconic house, actually called Highclere Castle. The series is entering its final season.

Downton Abbey is back

Sunday night on PBS featured the long awaited return of Masterpiece Classic’s “Downton Abbey.” Chalked full of emotional rollercoasters and witty, passive aggressive remarks, the…




Every day during second period, students stand to say the Pledge of Allegiance. It is reminded before hand that the students are not required to say the pledge, a right however that is limited by school’s social pressures of conformity.

What is wrong with the pledge

Francis Bellamy’s Pledge of Allegiance is a symbolic part of the United States’ patriotism and history. The pledge, originally introduced in a magazine called The…


Recently, I had the opportunity to go back to where I lived in France. I spent time with old friends and went to my old school, pictured here.

Don’t be afraid to move abroad

According to the government census, few citizens claimed to have moved abroad in the past year. However, the percent of people who have moved has…








Orion’s first test launch at the Kennedy Space Center on Friday. After several delays on Thursday, the launch was rescheduled and successfully took off the following day.

Will we find life on Mars?

After Thursday’s complications, the first Orion test flight was finally launched on Friday, December. Orion successfully orbited twice around the earth before landing four hours…


One major criticism of the premature Christmas spirit comes from malls such as Crabtree. Shoppers could take pictures with Santa since November 15.

Who cares if Christmas comes early?

After October 31, malls and stores bring out the Christmas lights, songs and decorations. Then follows the constant grumbling that the holidays have been over…




One of the biggest accusations unique to Millennials is the use of social media, including the act of taking a selfie. These selfies can then be posted to social media websites, magnifying a young generation’s natural self-interest.

Are Millennials really selfish?

Sitting around the dinner table, it’s common for my over fifty-years-old parents to make comments about how ‘my’ generation does not like hard labor, and…


Along with acting and singing, Eddie has also participated in modelling. This picture is from a photoshoot for Burberry, a clothing and accessory company who tends to feature English actors.

Bright Future For Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne, at age 32, is considered a part of the new invasion of English actors, the list also including vampire heartthrob Robert Pattinson. Starting…


Scotland’s location along the north sea gives the country leeway to keep 90% of it’s oil reserves if it were to declare independence.

Scotland’s Great Decision

On September 18, 2014 Scotland voted no to declaring independence. The 84% turnout at Scottish polls was pretty evenly split, with 55% voting no to…


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Reasons to love Raleigh

…Because we have greasy spoons (Well, small, single-location eateries) America knows Raleigh as the big city with a small town feel, a reputation our city’s…



Along with his brother Hank, John Green makes videos every week online. Discussing topics from cooties to the conflict in the Central African Republic, there’s a Vlogbrothers video for everyone.

Why John Green is great

While the internet has the potential to be a source of creativity, more people tend to consume it. The internet has come with connotations of…



School has become less about learning and more about grades. It’s time for America’s school system to be reevaluated.  .

The problem with American schooling

When it comes to school and grades, I become easily overwhelmed and concerned. My mind is overcrowded with a mixture of stress and frustration. However,…


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French Club celebrates Mardi Gras

On Tuesday, March 11, the French Club held their annual Mardi Gras celebration. With a special Mardi Gras presentation, mask making, and tasting a Mardi…


The metropolitan museum of art in New York City is one of the most famous museums in  the United States. With several exhibits and collections, you can explore an array global cultures at your own pace.

Why museums are important

Older generations interact differently with culture than teens. We tend to associate age and time with slower, wiser people, making deliberate actions more suitable for…


As time has passed, technology and humans’ lives have become more interconnected than ever. As technology will inevitably continue to develop, what human skills of yours will still be important?

Can you compete with technology?

As a human with limited ability, I was critical of technology and its increasing influence on our lives. I thought about how obsessed kids at…






Raleigh’s winterfest ice rink is located in downtown Raleigh. Because of Raleigh’s warm weather, the rink is small and the price to maintain it is costly.

Raleigh’s rink extends winter cheer

Every year Raleigh holds its Winterfest which includes an outdoor ice rink and other festivities. The ice rink is open through February, extending winter cheer…



Leesville’s Model UN team poses for a picture with the college students who organized and directed the conference. The teams and supervisors were split into two separate rooms to debate and discuss Syria.

Model UN attends their first conference

On Saturday, 16 November, Leesville’s Model UN team held their first conference at the UNC center for education in Chapel Hill. The organizers of the…


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Indoor Track gets a running start

On Monday, Nov. 11, the Leesville track team held their first practice for the opening of the Indoor Track season. The practice started with an…




Calvin and Hobbes is a comic about a boy and his stuffed tiger. The constant struggle between simplicity and complexity makes the comic valuable and timeless.

Calvin and Hobbes keeps it classy

Walking into my great uncle’s living room and finding the full collection of Calvin and Hobbes made me very nostalgic. Immediately I sat on the…




Mrs. Mosley, the advisor of Model UN, talks to Sara Mirek, a Leesville student. The club provides students with the opportunity to develop skills and make new friends.

Model UN becomes a competitive team

On Tuesday, September 3, Mrs. Mosley, the club’s advisor, led one of two meetings introducing the new Model UN at Leesville. She plans to turn…


New students start Pride Launch off by mingling in the cafeteria. Meeting new people gives freshmen more confidence on the first day

Pride Launch Familiarizes Freshmen

For freshmen, the first week of school causes emotions ranging from anticipation to complete and utter terror. To describe his first impression of high school,…