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Amazon Locker is one of several new programs the company has launched in hopes of expansion. The ground-breaking progress that the Internet giant has made recently is a major benefactor for the future of the company. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)

Amazon HQ2 in Raleigh

The retailer giant Amazon released a statement in early September announcing the proposal of a new major project, enticing many cities around the United States…


As the baseball postseason comes to a close, the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers face off in the 2017 World Series. (Photo Courtesy of Michael Beauregard)

It’s World Series Time

After a long postseason, the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers face off in the 113 World Series. The Astros managed to beat out the…


Rianna Gillies, a freshman at Leesville, works on a worksheet in health class. Health and Physical Education is a class that all students must take to graduate, but freshmen are often the only ones enrolled. (Photo courtesy of Natalie Gore)

Freshmen Against the World

While everyone’s experience is different, high school will always have a major impact on every person. Freshman year is especially memorable. Not only is it…


A frightening yet satisfying to look at display of Halloween decorations of a front yard in Wood Valley. Halloween will continue to get spookier during the month of October. (Photo courtesy by permission of Gabby Thonglert)

Halloween spooks its way into Leesville

Candy, jack-o-lanterns, and spooky monsters are just a few of the things that immediately come to mind when one thinks about Halloween. The holiday is…


The Autonomic Nervous System runs throughout your body and controls many daily functions. When someone has dysautonomia, the nerves in their body are damaged and are unable to function properly. (Photo used by permission of iStock)

Dysautonomia Awareness Month

October is National Dysautonomia Awareness Month. Dysautonomia is an umbrella term that describes the breakdown of the Autonomic Nervous System  which controls many of the…


Emily Lockhart, New York Times bestselling author, presents her workshop titled ‘Techniques for Storytelling and Tapping into Your Creativity’. Specifically designed for students, her workshop provided tips for students when creating art. (Photo courtesy of Erin Darnell)

Creativity at Leesville

On Tuesday October 3, second period English classes gathered in the auditorium to listen to Emily Lockhart — better known as E. Lockhart — a…


Students in NTHS gather around for their first meeting in the 2017-2018 school year. Recognized for their achievements in their CTE classes, NTHS members receive both scholarship opportunities and cords at graduation time. (Photo courtesy of Ray Youman)

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…


Leesville Road High sophomore Maximus Buico running in the cross country Cap 7 Championship. The Leesville cross country boys team placed third in the district wide competition. (Photo used by permission of Paul Buico)

Cross Country Impresses At Cap 7

On Tuesday, October 17, the Leesville Road High cross country team faced off against our district’s best at  the 2017-18 Cap 7 Championship. Leesville’s own…


Tying your right shoe before your left shoe is a common superstition among athletes in any sport. Superstitions are everywhere, and many people believe in them and their effects. 
(Photo courtesy by Chelsea Dinkenor)

Superstitions: mental or a must?

Whether it’s a certain song that has to be listened to before a game or a specific order in which your shoes have to be…





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)…


Emma Holloway misses class time to restore the senior wall back to its original state. Seo Young (not pictured) also helped Holloway recreate the piece. (Photo Courtesy of Izzee Akers)

Senior Wall Vandalized

  On Thursday, October 19, students walked their normal routes to their first periods, just expecting another usual day at Leesville Road High School. But,…



All of the officers pictured had their own personal motives for creating this awesome new club. From left to right (top row) Kyelar Lemons, Jordan Blankenship, Janie Chamberlin, Sarah Lasson, (second row) Jill Pretsch, and Emma Watson. Not pictured: Mackenna Brunick. (Photo courtesy by Chelsea Dinkenor)

First Animal Rescue Club at Leesville

Paws for Pride was introduced to Leesville during the 2017-2018 school year. Currently the club has over two hundred members signed up to join, generating…


This past summer, a group of Leesville Road High School students and teachers traveled to Peru and visited Machu Picchu, pictured above.  Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is the site of ancient Incan ruins in the Andes Mountains.  (Photo used by permission of Isabel Daumen)

The Benefits of Travel

For thousands of years, humans have been on the move.  According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, the average American drove 13,476…


Students display their senior crowns. Each crown shows the students unique personalities and artistic skills. (Photo used by permission of Lucy Leen)

Senior Crowns are back

During the week of Homecoming, Leesville Road High School students have plenty to do, especially the seniors. For them, this includes the tradition of the…


Graybeal recreates the 1997 photo with his high school friends in May 2017. (Photo used by permission of Geoffrey Graybeal)

Alumni Spotlight: Geoffrey Graybeal

Geoffrey Graybeal was a student at Leesville from 1993-97 and wrote for the Mycenaean as a staff writer and Co-Editor in Chief. Below is a…


Addison Bordeaux (left) and Camryn Brockman (right) pose with a person dressed up and working at panic point. They decided to go to panic point on opening night-- nearly 4 weeks before Halloween-- to take advantage of the shorter lines.

Leesville Students Take On Panic Point

In high school, students may feel like they’ve grown out of dressing up and trick-or-treating. A fun alternative to the scary tradition is going to…


Fall is the shortest of the seasons (to many Raleighites, anyway), but there is no shortage of things to do during those precious few weeks it lasts. Many people enjoy the activity of selecting and carving pumpkins for Halloween. (Photo Courtesy of Michael Beauregard)

Things to do this Fall in Raleigh

As the leaves begin to turn, and the temperature begins to drop, Raleigh enters the season of fall. Although Raleigh only experiences fall weather for…


Caption: Students celebrate Homecoming with a green out, traditionally occurring on Friday of Homecoming week. Parade floats contributed to by students tour around Leesville Elementary, Middle, and High School and end at the football field where everyone gathers for a pep rally. (Photo courtesy of Kaitlyn Stocum)

Another Successful Homecoming at Leesville

Every October during Homecoming week, Leesville celebrates their school spirit with Spirit Week. Past themes have included Disney Week and Blast from the Past. Freshman…



Leesville’s annual blood drive is right around the corner. Leesville athletic gym will soon be packed with people eager to donate. (Photo courtesy Kyla Stone-Houze)

Blood Drive returns to Leesville

The annual blood drive, hosted by the American Red Cross, will be on Tuesday, October 17. The Leesville gym will soon go from being a…


The current seniors who will be returning to Powderpuff this year. The tournament will take place on November 1, at 5 pm. (Photo used by permission of Baldwin Bell)

Powderpuff football returns

October is the month where football season is in full swing, and it is no different for the Powderpuff teams at Leesville. A homecoming tradition…


In the above image you can see the fun and energetic college students from North Carolina State University that Leesville is lucky to have as the area's Young Life leaders. Ashton Hepburn (top left), Lizzie Mann (top center),(from bottom left to right) Anna Boggs, Lauren Kinlaw, Carley Sedar, Zane Hamstead, and Hunter Simpson. (Photo used by permission of Leesville Young Life)

Leesville Young Life

Leesville Young Life for the 2017-2018 school year has begun! Young Life club is a Christian based organization that  welcomes all Leesville High Students. The…




Angela Scioli combs through work at her current classroom in trailer one. She teaches both  AP Government and Civics and Economics classes. (Photo courtesy Jacob Polansky)

Educators Of The Future

Each year the staff of Leesville Road High School votes on the winner of the coveted “Teacher Of The Year” award. This award is given,…


The day after football star Cole Coleman announced his commitment to Elon University via twitter, he wore clothes featuring his future school from head to toe. Coleman will continue his education in the field of communications. 
(Photo courtesy of Chelsea Dinkenor)

Elon University welcomes Cole Coleman

Cole Coleman, a football star for Leesville Road, committed to Elon University on September 27. After lots of careful consideration, he accepted his full scholarship…




Typically, Speech and Debate meetings consist of small-scale debates. However, at this meeting, candidates for leadership positions preformed speeches before the club voted for officers. (Photo courtesy of Isabel Daumen)

Speech and Debate Club Holds Elections

On Friday, Oct. 6, Speech and Debate Club held elections in order to prepare for upcoming club events, such as a tournament at Cumberland Polytechnic…


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…


Reese Layh, Leesville sophomore and Executive Council member, counts money during SMART Lunch that students in Executive Council collected from first period classes at Leesville Road High School.  The Executive Council will donate the money to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), which will then use the money to help researchers find a cure for Type One diabetes.  (Photo courtesy of Sydney Tucker)

Leesville raises money for a good cause

From September 25–29, the Leesville Road High School Executive Council collected money from each first period class to donate to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,…




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…



On September 22, Leesville faced Cardinal Gibbons, in a not so close game. The game took place on Gibbons’ newly renovated astroturf field.  (Photo courtesy of twitter user @leesvillefb)

Gibbons Dominates Leesville Football

On September 22, Leesville traveled to face the Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders for their first round of conference play. Leesville had notable plays and fought until…


The PSAT is typically taken by juniors who want to qualify for scholarships or practice for the PSAT. Students can also create a college board account for more information about the PSAT. (Photo courtesy of Isabel Daumen)

PSAT Registration at Leesville

On September 5, students began registering to take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Students have until September 20 to register for the…


As the school year starts, the executive board of Spanish Club is already planning the meetings for the rest of the semester. During the school year the club meets about once a month with meetings revolving around Spanish culture. (Photo courtesy of LRHS Spanish Club twitter)

New Year, New Club

  As the school year begins, many different clubs are making their first debut, but one is already beginning their twenty-second year here at Leesville….


Profesora Richards, a new addition to the Leesville Spanish department, is enthusiastic about joining the Pride. As she grades homework for the day, the students are chatting to her in Spanish about their plans for the weekend. (Photo used by permission of Isabel Daumen)

Bienvenidos Profesora Richards!

While the Leesville community was brokenhearted when Senora Sollie left at the end of last year, Profesora Richards is proving to be a worthy replacement….



One of the many trophy cases at Leesville Road High School portraying the achievements of the students throughout the years. The majority of the trophies shown is state championship, or conference championship awards. (Photo Courtesy of Chelsea Dinkenor)

Setting and Meeting Goals

Every successful school year is achieved through setting and meeting goals– which provide a standard that students can push themselves to meet. For many students,…




The Leesville Road High Pride Players Club official poster board under construction. Pride Players Club was a massive success at the freshman orientation Pride Launch, largely in part to the attendance of (left to right) Brenna Murray, Rose Sande, Lauren Sande, Hannah Arostegui, Josh O’Donovan, and Hannah Woody as pictured. (Photo Courtesy of Pride Players Twitter account)

Where Community Service Meets Athletics

Student athletes at Leesville are constantly working to maintain grades, sports, and social lives. With such busy schedules, many find it difficult to find time…



Chipotle’s queso was released around the country after much anticipation. Chipotle’s queso has been widely criticized for its taste and texture. (Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Spear)

Liquid gold or liquid mold?

It has taken more than two decades for Chipotle to release their own queso, and on September 12, the Mexican grill chain rolled out the…