Articles by Madison Hoffmann, senior editor 2015-2016



Protesters gather at the intersection of Franklin St. and Columbia St. to call on Governor McCrory and the state legislature to repeal HB2. Last week, a portion of the bill was repealed but protests will continue until the bill is entirely scrapped. (Photo courtesy of the News and Observer)

Discrimination Feature

Age. Race. Parental status. Disability. Gender identity. Political affiliation. Sexual orientation. Physical features. Religious beliefs. These simple ideas have become grounds for unrelenting discrimination in…


The seniors pose for a picture in Marshall L. Hamilton stadium with Coach Paul Dinkenor. The winner of the Millbrook v Leesville game will decide the first place spot in the CAP-8.

Senior Night

As the Pride women’s soccer season is getting to the home stretch, the last home game is rapidly approaching. The final game played at Marshall…


Dolegowski poses for a picture in the city of Prague. She traveled to the Czech Republic for a ten day trip with the Campus Crusade for Christ.

Dolegowki’s trip to Prague

Most students spent their spring break lounging on the beach before heading back to school. Other students, such as Emily Dolegowski, a senior, focused her…





Emma Berg posing with her button making kit and modeling some examples of Berg’s Buttons. Bracelets can be purchased for $1 or $2.

Berg’s Buttons

Emma Berg doesn’t consider herself a young entrepreneur, though she could. What started off as a personal hobby has recently transformed into a small side…


Eric Fitz, Graham Holmes, and Carson Conklin enjoying the last snow day. The first snow day is being made up on February 15.

Rescheduled days released for snow days

The effects of winter snow resulted in shutting down most of Raleigh after Governor Pat McCrory declared North Carolina in a state of emergency. Wake…






The redesigned SAT is being released for the first time in March of 2016. Some changes taking place include an optional essay, a new grading scale and no penalties for guessing on questions. (Photo courtesy of wsoctv.com)

College Board Makes Changes to the SAT

The most well-known test among high schoolers is morphing into something “highly relevant to your future success” according to collegeboard.org. The SAT is regarded as…









Chip Stone, Ron Lowry, Louis Newton and Cramer Boswell, UNC alumni and football players in the late 1960s, pose for a picture at the base of the bell tower. Stone was a three sport athlete at UNC; he also played soccer and baseball.

The life of Dr. Stone

Dr. Raymond “Chip” Stone is something like a legend in the halls of Leesville. Ask any student about Stone, and you will hear things that…



Mrs. Blackwelder, Noaam Zahavi and Emma Berg working on their STAR event. The winner of the competition in Greensboro will go on to compete at the national event in Washington D.C.

Update on Leesville’s FCCLA

FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America) is one of Leesville’s most popular clubs with an average count of 30 members in attendance per…



The varsity men’s lacrosse team listening to the national anthem before the game begins. The Pride are undefeated in the CAP-8.

Men’s varsity lacrosse update

After all of the out-of-conference games were rained out, the Pride is off to a perfect start to the season in the CAP-8, holding a…



This is the logo created by teachers participating in Red4EdNC. T-shirts with this logo are available to be purchased on their website.

Red4ed

Every Wednesday, the normal blue and green of Leesville bleeds red. “Red4ed on Wed” is a way students and teachers peacefully protest the recent changes…



Nationwide’s commercial on preventable childhood accidents was one of the advertisements that brought a level of seriousness to the 2015 Super Bowl. This year, an average of 114.4 million people viewed the Super Bowl and its commercials.

2015 Super Bowl Ads

This year the Super Bowl commercials took a new approach than that of the usual comical advertisements that so many viewers anticipate. Most of the…



Coach Mike Krzyzewski instructing Grant Hill, former Duke and NBA player. Coach K won his 1,000th game Sunday and now holds a record of 1,000-308.

There’s Only 1K

Mike Krzyzewski, Duke’s head coach, picked up a new nickname Sunday after he snagged his 1,000th career win. Now Coach K goes by the name…


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Breaking A Sweat into 2015

The start of a new year comes with the lacing up of old tennis shoes and the signing of gym membership forms. This fresh start…



No. 1 ranked Alabama will play No. 4 Ohio State and No. 3 Florida State will play No. 2 Oregon both on New Years Day. This is the first time college football has ever had playoffs.

College football adds playoffs

College football has gone through the biggest innovation the sport has seen in decades. 2014 is the first year college football will hold playoffs. The…


A diagram of the location of the pituitary, hypothalamus and adrenal glands. These are the parts that stimulate the symptoms of stage fright.

The science behind stage fright

Mind blank, palms sweating, heart pounding? No, you’re not having a heart attack–you’re experiencing the common symptoms of stage fright. Almost everyone has experienced the…



Having a cluttered binder like shown above is one of the main reasons why students are disorganized with their school work.

Saving the grade

With the end of first quarter officially finished, it brought on an excessive, unwanted amount of stress to pull up final grades to achieve something…



The Ebola virus under a microscope.

Ebola in the U.S.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest outbreak ever recorded in history. It has reached five countries so far which include Guinea, Liberia,…


The green out at the first home game of the season.

Mixing it up in Looneyville

Another Friday night lights is quickly approaching, and yes, I bet you can probably guess the theme: green-out. It is understandable that a green-out is…


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The NC State Fair: The October Classic

Every October, North Carolinians flood the NC State Fairgrounds to partake in rockin’ concerts, thrilling rides and greasy eats. This year, the NC State Fair…


Jordan Brady holds one of his many prized vinyl Beatles albums.

Brady loves the Beatles

Even though The Beatles started five decades ago, Jordan Brady, a sophomore, is still their biggest fan. “My dad introduced them to me at a…



Officer Hill writes a ticket for a parking violation. Hill performs a variety of jobs including patrolling campus, checking lunch passes and writing parking tickets.

The icon of Leesville security

If you go to Leesville Road High School, you know officer George Hill. Chances are, he knows you, too. Hill has been keeping the Pride…


Michael Spear, Leesville’s midfielder, dribbles past Lee County defender on Monday night’s game. The Pride went on to win the game 4-0.

Men’s Soccer

After multiple games being rained out, the Pride is starting off the pre-season with a two and one record and is preparing for their CAP-8…