Articles by Taylor Penezic, staff writer 2016-17


Explorer Post programs allow young adults to learn about different careers and gain hands on experience. While Explorer Posts can be found all around the country, the Raleigh area has a few of their own.

Explorer Post Programs

“Exploring” is an interactive career based program of Learning for Life, a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. The programs are designed for youth…





The Jobs for Life program meets twice a week at a local church for unemployed men and women seeking jobs. Three volunteers are playing with children while the adults are attending the Jobs for Life class.

Jobs for Life Program

Every Monday and Thursday night through the months of September to November, a group of men, women, and children meet at Millbrook Baptist Church for…



Numerous clothing products are locally made in North Carolina. Purchasing locally made items benefits the economy and the environment.

Buying Locally Made Clothing

Many people purchase local food at farmers markets and are willing to spend a few extra dollars to support their community farmers. The Raleigh Farmer’s…


Colleges and military representatives visit Leesville throughout the year. The visits are held in the Career Center or in the Media Center conference room

Colleges visit Leesville

Throughout the spring and fall, colleges around the country host events at Leesville sponsored by the Career Center. The Career Development Coordinator, Ms. Canada, works…




The Moral Monday protest on May 16 focused on the controversial law, House Bill 2. There were approximately 450 protesters and 11 arrests. Photo courtesy of News and Observer.

Students protest on Moral Monday

Moral Mondays are protests that started three years ago in North Carolina as a response to actions by the government. In 2012, NC elected Republican…




Soett-Luz Torres, a senior, has competed in FCCLA STAR events for three years. On the left, Torres was competing her sophomore year and on the right Torres was competing her senior year.

FCCLA member goes to Nationals

Soett-Luz Torres, a senior at Leesville Road high school, is an active Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) member. Since her sophomore year, Torres…


Fashion week is an industry wide event where designers release their new collections. The most noteworthy fashion weeks are in New York, Paris, London, and Milan.

Fashion Week Review

Fashion week: an industry event where fashion designers, brands, and houses release their latest collections in runway shows to the most prestigious and prominent buyers….



Students have started registering for classes for the 2016-2017 school year. Guidance counselors will help every student during the process.

Students start registering for classes

Previously, students received a class registration packet to begin thinking about what classes they want to take for the 2016-2017 school year. In the packet…


From left to right: Arnotts department store, Temple Bar restaurants, Malahide Castle, Malahide gardens, Newgrange, Dublin. Ireland has something to offer for all people of different ages. (Photo courtesy of Taylor Penezic)

Traveling in Ireland

Dublin is a fairly small city that has lots of tourist attractions within walking distance of downtown. For the sites that are too far to…



As 2015 is ending, these public figures can reflect on the great amount of success they have had this year. They will hopefully have just as much success next year.

2015’s most Fascinating People

2015 has been a big year for many people in different industries like sports, fashion, music, religious, political, and more. The following people have encountered…


The Saving Grace walk against animal abuse was held at Lake Lynn. All profits from the walk proceed directly to Saving Grace Animals for Adoption.

Saving Grace Walk Against Animal Abuse

Saving Grace’s third animal Walk Against Animal Abuse was Saturday, November 14 at Lake Lynn. Saving Grace is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless…


Free People is a bohemian inspired clothing and accessories line. Free People is also closely related to Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters is the parent organization.

Trending stores for teenagers

Every student here at Leesville has a unique sense of style and purchases their clothes at different stores. Some students shop at different places because…



The Haunted House at Panic Point includes six different attractions with various ‘scare’ levels. Panic Point has dozens of haunters throughout all the attractions except the Corn Maze.

The Haunted House at Panic Point

During October, Haunted Forest at Panic Point is open for guests seeking a thrilling experience. Haunted Forest at Panic Point, commonly referred to as Panic…





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Candy Chang’s confessions

Almost everyone has hopes, insecurities, anxieties, or regrets that we keep a secret. Candy Chang, an artist, created an opportunity to anonymously confess these secrets…


Candy Chang created an art project where participants could anonymously confess by writing on a plaque. The plaques would be placed on the walls of the exhibition for people to observe.

Candy Chang’s confessions

Almost everyone has hopes, insecurities, anxieties, or regrets that we keep a secret. Candy Chang, an artist, created an opportunity to anonymously confess these secrets…


Family Career Community Leaders of America, FCCLA, promote proper social media etiquette through a project.

Social media for FCCLA

Social media affects Leesville as a community. In a survey conducted from a classroom, 100% of students said they have seen a harmful post and…


Jessica Kane, blogger recently posted this photo on instagram and was considered “brave” for it. Kane is a strong advocate for spreading body positive messages.

Jessica Kane’s blog goes viral

Jessica Kane is a body confidence advocate, feminist, plus-size woman, and fashion blogger. Her blog, The Life and Style of Jessica, has gained popularity after…


Always launched the campaign #fightlikeagirl to show how a young woman’s self-confidence decreases while going through puberty. Empowering women through advertising is said to have a direct impact on the self-esteem of many women.

Women empowerment through marketing

Advertisements and marketing campaigns that empower women make a positive difference in two ways. They improve how women feel about themselves and how the company…


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Shelley Jackson’s skin project

In 2003, Shelley Jackson, an artist and writer, launched the Skin Project, a novella that is published solely in the form of tattoos on volunteers…



Drug Abuse Resistance Education, DARE, teaches students the risk of prescription and recreational drugs. Instructors of the program are local police officers.

Effectiveness of anti-drug campaigns

The anti-drug campaign called Drug Abuse Resistance Education, otherwise known as DARE, was established in 1983.  Starting with students in fourth or fifth grade, DARE…


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Miss Universe 2014

The 63rd Miss Universe pageant was held on January 25, 2015 in Doral, Florida.  Contestants from 88 countries and territories around the world competed to…


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DECA Club competes in Districts

Leesville’s DECA Club traveled to the Raleigh Convention Center to compete in the District Competition on December 8, 2014. Leesville falls into District 3 and…


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Voter apathy

Only forty-four percent of the registered North Carolina voters filled out a ballot for the midterm election.The United States fought long and hard for democracy,…



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Driver’s Ed raises tempers

Teenagers are known to be reckless drivers. In hopes of avoiding accidents, Jordan Driving School requires thirty hours of drivers education, also referred to as…


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Walking to end animal abuse

On Saturday, November 15, the Leesville DECA club partnered with Saving Grace, a nonprofit organization who rescues dogs. DECA club members and Saving Grace volunteers…


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Hairstyling for the Play

Most students know about Set Crew for the play, but not everyone knows about Hair Crew. Hair Crew is in charge of the hairstyles that…


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Sexism in Modern Day

Whether we want to admit it or not, sexism is still alive today. If it is the lyrics to popular songs that degrade women or…


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The American Heart Association

Justin Penezic, my brother, was diagnosed with congential heart disease at only two weeks old. Congential heart disease is a problem with the structure of…



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Moving from South Korea

Yesle Hahn and Seyung Jung lived across the world for most of their life before they moved to Raleigh, NC. Although the moved 7,114 miles…


The 2013-2014 French Club posed for a photo at the North Carolina Museum of Art. (Photo used with permission of Kyra Doody.)

French Club has first meeting

The first French Club meeting was on September 8 and had many returning students, as well as new students. While participating in French Club, students…