Articles by Jonathan Spear, staff writer 2017-18

Sidney Credle, second from right, poses with friends during an “America Out” themed football game against Garner. Credle hopes to follow in his brother’s footsteps and gain acceptance into the prestigious United States Naval Academy. (Photo used by permission of Emma Shepperd)

Credle aims for Naval Academy

When Sidney Credle was a ninth grader, he was enrolled in Mr. Kelly’s aerospace class, and his brother, Austin, was beginning the application process for…





Chipotle’s queso was released around the country after much anticipation. Chipotle’s queso has been widely criticized for its taste and texture. (Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Spear)

Liquid gold or liquid mold?

It has taken more than two decades for Chipotle to release their own queso, and on September 12, the Mexican grill chain rolled out the…


The senior wall features a design meant to capture a lion’s regality. The wall took over 44 hours to complete, but the hard work proved to pay off. (Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Spear)

25 Years of Incred18ble

This summer, the class of 2018 continued the 11 year tradition of the senior wall. The wall greets students and visitors alike to the Pride…







A “If you see something, say something!” poster located outside student services. If you suspect anyone of suffering from child abuse, tell an adult immediately. (Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Spear)

No Excuse for Child Abuse

April was Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, meant to bring attention to the thousands of children who experience abuse annually. No child deserves to suffer…



Zack Blakeman, freshman, shields the ball from a defender in a game against Wakefield on March 21. The team’s attack is led by three talented freshmen who have already made major contributions through goals and assists. (Photo used by permission of Lori Campoli)

Freshmen lead lacrosse attack

The Pride men’s lacrosse team had its most successful season in its five-year history last spring and reached new heights as a team and as…








The official The Accountant movie poster. The Accountant has had mixed reviews from viewers and critics but has been praised for its action and suspense.

The Accountant Review

Rate: ★★★★ The Accountant, premiering in October 2016, is a gripping film that never surrenders an action-packed moment. The movie, starring Ben Affleck and Anna…



Luca Menozzi, senior, passes a Spartan defender in the second half.The Pride’s second win of the season over the Spartans solidify their second place position in the conference rankings.

Pride Complete Season Sweep Over Sanderson

In a dramatic in-conference matchup, the Pride men’s soccer team emerged victorious over the Sanderson Spartans in a 2-1 overtime thriller at Marshall L. Hamilton…



Jacob Daft, left, poses with family members after shaving his head for the Saint Baldrick’s foundation. This is the ninth time Daft has shaved his head in partnership with Saint Baldrick’s.

St. Baldrick’s battles cancer with a shave

The Saint Baldrick’s foundation raises millions of dollars each year to contribute to the battle against childhood cancer through several head-shaving events. The participants raise…



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Pride Soccer Looks to go Back to Back

The 2016 men’s soccer team has high hopes and expectations for this season, and with a skilled roster, aims to echo last season’s successes. The…



Coach Eric Johns receives a pass during a game for Jacksonville State University. Leesville is proud to boast a number of former college athletes on the teaching staff.

Pride Teacher Athletes

When we think of athletes in school, we think of student-athletes. However, do we ever think about the teachers that used to be student athletes?…


Rachel McIrvine , sophomore, and Sam Timmons, sophomore, beside their campaign posters in the school stairwell. This year, students voted using their student email instead of the traditional paper ballots.

Students campaign for student council

During campaign season at Leesville Road High School, masses of campaign posters and stickers filled the halls. On April 11 and 12, students had the…



The unfilled 68-team bracket for the NCAA Tournament. In the month of March, the prospect of creating a perfect bracket is always a popular thought.

Madness in March

In the eyes of college basketball teams, March Madness means the ultimate achievement: the national championship. However, for fans, the basketball tournament signifies ousting friends…


The Key Club has hung posters around the school encouraging students to donate to the Food Drive. The Food Drive is supported by Wake Relief, a volunteer organization serving the community since 1975.

Wake Relief Food Drive

The LRHS Key Club is partaking in the Wake Relief Food Drive from March 7 to 24. The purpose of the food drive is to…


Hayden Reed, freshman, prepares to serve against Broughton High School. The young team will have to play to their best potential if they want to have a successful season. (Photo courtesy of Josh England)

Men’s Tennis Season Underway

The Men’s Tennis Team has high hopes for this season, and with a deep and skilled roster, looks to improve from last season’s woes. The…






Dr. Mash, a Latin teacher at Leesville Road High School. Mash shows superior dedication to teaching, and aims to guide and challenge his students. (Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Spear)

Dr. Mash Named Teacher of the Year

On November 2, Dr. Mark Mash was named Leesville Road High School’s Teacher of the Year. A Latin teacher, Mash earned this admirable award through…


Mr. Eric Fitts, principal of Brentwood Elementary School. Mr. Fitts has had a positive and resounding effect on the school since he became principal in 2013. (Photo Courtesy of Wake County Public Schools).

WCPSS names principal of the year

Mr. Eric Fitts from Brentwood Magnet Elementary school was named the Wake County Public School System’s 2015 Principal of the Year on October 7. Mr….


This political cartoon stresses that mass shootings have become too frequent in the United States in comparison to other countries. Many supporters of gun control believe that serious action needs to happen to stop these events from becoming a part of everyday life. (Photo Courtesy Adam Zyglis)

Controversy over gun rights

It’s an argument that has become commonplace in the United States: the controversy over gun rights and control. Over the last couple of years, citizens…




The heart eyes special effect (above) is one of the most popular amongst Snapchat users. Snapchat’s new update, with an array of new features, gives the user a more interactive experience. (Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Spear)

Snapchat unveils new update

Snapchat, the popular app used for instant photo messaging, unveiled an update that includes many new features. This update has taken social media by storm,…


The senior wall displays a creative design, making it an empowering statement on school grounds. A group of seniors worked strenuously for two weeks to complete the wall. Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Spear.

Seniors complete senior wall

This summer, the senior class of 2016 continued the nine-year tradition of creating a senior wall. The wall greets students, teachers, and visitors alike, with…