Articles by Sarah Jumma, staff writer 2017-18

Francine Simbulan, a sophomore at Leesville Road High School, shows how tempting technology can be. Once someone's train of thought has been interrupted and they are distracted from the task at hand, it takes an average of 25 minutes to return to that task. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Jumma)

The Age of Digital Distractions

It’s the 21st century, and technology now plays a major role in our lives. From staying in touch with family to help with homework, the…


Robert B. Green, an outside linebacker coach, coaches his players the correct way to tackle. Green not only focuses on the safety of his players, but also the helps them build their leadership and administrative skills to take action when a teammate gets hurt. (Photo used by permission of The News and Observer)

Autopsy of High School Football

On September 26, 2014, Isaiah Langston, a student at Rolesville Road High School, collapsed on the football field, hours before his Friday night football game….


Wake County officials break ground on June 29, 2017 at the construction site of Willow Spring High School. The school will house overflow students to meet House Bill 13 passed by the North Carolina Senate. (Photo used by permission of The News and Observer)

The Costly Wake County Scheme

On April 25, 2017, the North Carolina Senate passed House Bill 13, which aims to lower school class sizes, while also addressing concern of specials…



Jacob Phillips, a former Leesville swimmer, standing to take his hard earned third place medal at a meet. Leesville Swim team is known for the many first place finishes taken by the girls, and the boys’ relay race pushing the team to victory. (Photo used by permission of Jack Rodgers)

Leesville Swim Team Breakdown

Starting in the chilly month of November each year, while most high school students’ alarms have not yet rung, Leesville swimmers like Jack Irby (sophomore)…


Gustavo De Oliveira, a junior at Leesville Road High School (left), gives directions to a freshman. Freshman, in most circumstances, are clueless on the first day of school. But with assistance from their peers, their high school career can be a lot more comfortable. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Jumma)

Upperclassmen advice to freshmen

High school is one of the most difficult times in a teenager’s life. Although some proceed through its challenges to pursue college, many drop out…


Another public road, ravished by excess water. Cars were blocked, which led hurricane victims to walk to their destination. Walking caused many drownings as well.  (Photos used by permission of Kelly Thai)

Houston vs. Hurricane Harvey

The headlines of the local Houston news blared early Friday morning. On August 25, while children around the United States prepared for the new school…