Articles by Ray Youman, staff writer 2016-2018


Through the Lily Pads

It was the first warm Saturday morning of the year, with 70 degree temperatures and a sun unshielded by any clouds above. The wind smacked…


Guns simply aren’t going away

First and foremost, I would like to express our sympathy for the victims of the Parkland shooting this past week. Guns are a sensitive topic…




Scioli’s Economic Extravaganza

The Civics and Economics course at Leesville is an engaging class that teaches students the basic principles of the American political structure and economy on…




First NTHS Meeting for Leesville

Leesville hosted its first annual National Technical Honors Society (NTHS) meeting on Friday, October 27. NTHS aims to foster professional relationships and experience between high…



Concrete and Gold Album Review

The Foo Fighters have remained a rock powerhouse since their formation in 1994, consistently releasing chart-toppers, Grammy-winning albums, and timeless hits that have solidified their…


Want to Serve? Join Key Club

Situated in an upper income area, Leesville is considered by many to be a school with a pretty privileged populous. Many students here want the…



The RompHim: Trend or Bust

A new craze in men’s fashion has taken the internet by storm. Dubbed the “RompHim” by the creators ACED Design, the male alternative to the…


(Happy) Memorial Day?

This past weekend, students at Leesville and nationwide received an extra Monday off of school in honor of Memorial Day. For many, the extra day…


Mural of Memories

Outside of the halls of Leesville stands a larger-than-life interpretation of the Leesville Pride. Situated near the parking circle by the Junior and Senior parking…


Über-Controversial

It’s Friday night, and thousands of busy, anxious, and sometimes drunk people are waiting for their Uber. Pinned as one of the most innovative transportation…


DAMN. Album Review

Kendrick Lamar is the most influential rapper alive today. He is a figure that captivates the ears of millions when he does so much as…


iSpy

We, as a student body, have grown up surrounded by technology. Ranging from desktop computers to mobile phones and even wearable devices, humans now have…


My Generation

We Leesville students live under a roof alongside those who are generations past. Our grandparents are baby boomers, our parents Gen X’ers, and our older…


The Brier Creek Dilemma

Brier Creek is a public town center located in North Raleigh. It provides for the shopping, dining, and living needs of thousands of North Raleigh…




Gamble Wins CAP 8 Diving Meet

Pike variations and tuck flips captivated the audience in the stands at the Willis R. Casey Aquatics Center. And when the splashes finally settled, it…


Affirmative Action: Helping or Hurting?

Generally speaking, Affirmative Action works to provide special benefits for those potentially or historically disadvantaged through differing racial, sexual, ethnic, gender, or religious backgrounds and…


Copycat Apps

One of the biggest apps of December, “Houseparty”, is taking Leesville students by storm, allowing up to 8 people to “facetime” each other at once….


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Outside: A Short Story

It was the weekend of October 30. Halloween was right around the corner, and my fourteen-year- old cousin, his dad, my dad, and I were…



The Job Disparity

For many students, obtaining a first job represents a big leap of one’s journey into adulthood. It is a shining symbol of independence, one that…


College Tours: The Ultimate Guide

According to a recent study done by The National Center for Educational Statistics, there are 4,726 public and private universities available for students to attend…




Ben-Hur movie review

The tale of the plight and resurrection of a hero from Jerusalem,  Ben-Hur has been retold through the big screen time and time again after…