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After weeks of rehearsing, the cast of “Bring It On!” performed on April 26, 27, 28, and 29. For the first time in Leesville history, the musical entered the Triangle Rising Stars Competition and was nominated for Best Ensemble. (Photo used with permission of Katrina Tarson)

“Bring It On!” Wins Best Ensemble

In the week of April 23, Leesville Road High School preformed “Bring It On!”. The musical was entered into Triangle Rising Stars, a competition dedicated…




Fan clap along with Volbeat’s rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire”. Volbeat accompanied big-name bands like Def Leppard, Soundgarden, The Offspring and Avenged Sevenfold throughout the weekend (photo courtesy Will Hollerung).

Carolina Rebellion Rocks Charlotte

On May 5-7, the Carolina Rebellion concert festival rocked Charlotte Motor Speedway to its core. Marking seven years since its debut, the three-day event consisted…



Summer is a time for new experiences and amazing memories that’ll last forever. Two months isn’t a long time, so it’s important to have plenty of plans to spend those fleeting days wisely.  (Photo courtesy of Briana Stone-Houze)

10 Things You Can Do In The Summer

When school lets out and summer break begins, teens are left with no obligations (unless they of course have a job), so what happens as…



Going on a tour of a college can expose prospective students to the campus atmosphere. On tours, people can view class buildings, such as Tillman Hall at Clemson University. (Photo courtesy of Ashley Tysiac)

The Benefits of College Visits

Before deciding on a college to attend, many high school students travel to different schools and take tours. College visits can be very beneficial to…


From May 4-June 30,  Future, Migos, ASAP Ferg, and more are expected to host 30 concerts around the nation. Raleigh was the seventh on their tour. (Photo Courtesy of Live Nation)

Future’s Nobody Safe Tour Review

On Saturday May 13, Future and other top rap artist performed at Walnut Creek in Raleigh. From the opening of the ticket sales, the concert…



Pictured above are the new Spring Inductees. With over 40 new thespians, ITS has a wide aray students with many different skill sets for theatre.

ITS Inducts New Thespians

This past week, Troupe #5540 of the International Thespian Society (ITS) held its Spring Induction ceremony. With over 40 new members, the officers had their…



The yearbook staff gather to take a picture in their matching tie-dye’s before the rush of students to pick up their books. Yearbook is a year-long, application based, class that is run by students with Joni Amerson as their staff advisor. (Photo used by permission of Joni Amerson)

Yearbook Distribution Day

Here’s to us, and here’s to the Menagerie staff for producing an amazing yearbook this school year. The 2016-17 yearbook, titled “Here’s to US,” was…


The television show, Shots Fired,  was released this year, March 22. It’s an explosive, yet chilling series, that is full of mind boggling events.

Shots Fired TV Review

Shots Fired is only ten episodes in, and I’m hooked! The show is a 10-hour event series, each episode depicts one of the 10 hour…



After years and years of waiting the North Hills time capsule is finally ready to open. After 49 years of waiting, everyone is welcome to watch and participate in the big event. (photo courtesy: North Hills website)

It’s about time

On June 8, North Hills is unearthing their time capsule that was buried 50 years ago. What a fun activity to kick off summer break!…


Pictured above is an action shot of Elise Hall pole vaulting in the NCHSAA State meet. Her jump landed her on the podium, taking third place. (Photo used by permission of Elise Hall)

Elise Hall Vaulting to Success

After finishing the state meet with a new personal record (PR), Elise Hall is ready and nervous with anticipation for New Balance Nationals this June…


Wesley Zemonek, a junior at Leesville, peers into Falls Lake on his day off. Many students travel to nearby waters such as Falls, Jordan, and Gaston lake to get away for the weekend. (Photo courtesy of Ray Youman)

(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…


Carson Rainey dips her paintbrush as fellow seniors get to work. A painting of a multicolored lion, the artwork is a near replica of that of the one painted by the parking circle outside. (Photo Courtesy of Ray Youman)

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…






Many juniors at LRHS will be visiting colleges this summer. These five tips will help you excel at visiting schools. (Photo used with permission from Seth Ilys)

5 Tips for College Visits

This summer, many juniors will be visiting colleges across the US, trying to find out which one fits them best. Here are some tips for…




A bulletin in the main hallway of Leesville that shows the percent of students admitted to all the North Carolina schools with a certain GPA. Photo courtesy of Drew Walczyk

The College Struggle

Almost every senior in high school had Thursday, March 30 marked on their calendar as the last bit of college acceptance letters poured in. This…


Ordinary civilians, such as Tyler Stocum, a junior at Leesville, can download the Uber Driver app and become their own “licensed” taxi driver. They can then pick and choose which routes to provide service to, as well as the riders that they transport. (Photo courtesy of Ray Youman)

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…



Britt Robertson stars as Sophia Amoruso in Netflix’s new show Girlboss. The show follows Amoruso’s trials and tribulations living in San Francisco while trying to start a fashion company. (Photo Courtesy of The Independent)

Girlboss Review

Netflix’s new show Girlboss, an adaptation of the bestselling book #Girlboss, hit America’s screens on April 21. The show is a fictional retelling of Sophia…


Pictured is the album art for Blondie’s Pollinator, released May 5th. It’s their first since 2014’s Ghosts of Download. (Photo Credit to BMG)

Blondie’s Pollinator Tires Out Quickly

Musical entities that endure for decades, age with the eras are always worth consideration. Artists who can’t hold back the drive to create throughout their…


Jordan Riley helps students at Leesville Road Elementary School as a part of Book Buddies. Book Buddies has been meeting twice a week since November. (Photo Courtesy of Maggie Pollard.)

Book Buddies tutor fifth graders

If you’re looking for a new way to volunteer your time with young children, Book Buddies may be the best place to go. Book Buddies…


Acrylic nails have become a huge  trend among teens and young women. Like everything else, there is a good and bad side to acrylic nails. (Photo Courtesy Kyla Stone Houza)

Pros & Cons Of Having Acrylic Nails

    What are Acrylic Nails? A combination of liquid monomer and powder polymer is what forms the acrylic nail. Essentially it forms a hard…


Students are required to keep a log with the name of their service opportunity, the date, time (or monetary donation), as well as the signature of a sponsor of the activity. Students may also receive hours by attending Key Club meetings.  (Photo Courtesy by Isabel Daumen)

Students turn in hours for Key Club

Key Club is “an international student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership.”  At Leesville, Key Club…




S-Town, a hit new podcast from the producers of This American Life, explores the life of John B. Mclemore. The podcast has been at the top of the charts since its release at the end of March. (Photo courtesy of S-Town Podcast)

S-Town does not disappoint

If you’re like me, a podcast may not be your ideal listening or entertainment material. But when I kept hearing great reviews of the podcast…


Since the beginning of 2016, continuing into 2017, the Great Barrier Reef and other coral reef ecosystems all over the world are dying due to coral bleaching. Coral bleaching occurs when the habitat is disrupted by either an environmental or human change. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

The truth about coral reef ecosystems

Through both Mr. Phillip’s AP English III class and Dr. Stone’s APES class, I have had the opportunity to research and formulate questions concerning the…


Music plays a large part in the self-discovery of every person. Music is also used to help people relate or connect with others that tend to be like them in some ways.  (Photo courtesy of Kyla Stone-Houze)

Music & Identity Development

Does music play a part in the identity development of today’s youth? Or is music chosen based off personality? Music tends to have a large…