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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…




Pictured above is a baby goat named Zeke that lives on the McDaniel’s farm. Zeke had to be bottle fed about four times a day. (Photo courtesy of the McDaniel family)

Goats: Your Not So Average Puppy

The McDaniel’s farm has multiple different animals including cats, dogs, horses, chickens, and goats. Lots of goats. As if forty adult goats weren’t enough, there…



Above is a photo of tech-theatre hard setting up for the spring musical, Bring It On. The new sound system -- including the stacked speakers on the side of the stage -- will greatly benefit the quality of this demanding production. (Photo courtesy Will Hollerung)

Koka Booth Benefits Leesville Theater

A generous contribution made by Koka Booth has brought much-needed equipment to the LRHS Auditorium. As Koka Booth Ampitheatre — a premier venue for concerts…


At Leesville, and other schools in Wake County, cameras will be installed in buses to monitor student behavior. By June, every bus should have a camera system installed. (Photo courtesy of Erin Darnell.)

Cameras to be Installed on Wake Buses

Recently, Wake County school system officials decided that every school bus used for morning and evening transportation will have a system of cameras installed to…


An F can be detrimental to your GPA. Even on the weighted scale, an F will always count as a zero.  (Photo used with permission from flickr user amboo who?.)

How Much Does GPA Really Matter

Many students’ biggest worries can be traced back to one little thing, only three letters long, that holds the power over our future — our…



On the cover of his latest album, a dejected Lamar looks at an angle towards the viewer. The title, DAMN. above his head conveys the emotions he seems to struggle with. (Photo courtesy of Hypebeast.com)

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…


Nathan Gamble committed to run for the University of Alabama on April 24. (Photo courtesy of the Gamble family)

Gamble Commits to Run for Alabama

Nathan Gamble has been a part of the Leesville Men’s Cross Country and Track teams for the past four years. Now, following four fall Cross…


A “If you see something, say something!” poster located outside student services. If you suspect anyone of suffering from child abuse, tell an adult immediately. (Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Spear)

No Excuse for Child Abuse

April was Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, meant to bring attention to the thousands of children who experience abuse annually. No child deserves to suffer…


The theme song “Bill Nye Saves the World” was written and recorded by Tyler, the Creator, an award winning artist. It wasn’t nearly as catchy as the original theme from “Bill Nye the Science Guy” though. (Photo Courtesy of Netflix)

Bill Nye Attempts to Save the World

Everyone in the American public school system knows who Bill Nye is. Chants of “Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill!” can be heard in science classes across…


Lana Del Rey released a cryptic video explaining her reasoning to her upcoming album: Lust for Life. The video is full of messages, hints and references to what could be in the new album. (Screenshot courtesy of Maddy Leen)

Lust for Life Preview

March 30, 2017, Lana Del Rey posted a three part video on her Instagram, and posted the link on her Twitter. The video is black…






While we may not notice it, trees make up a significant part of the landscape, even that of the area surrounding Leesville. Pictured here is a thicket of trees adjacent to the faculty and bus parking lots. (Photo courtesy of Michael Beauregard)

The Importance of Trees

Trees are important. Very important. Not only do they provide homes for a plethora of wildlife, lumber for the construction of homes and businesses, and…








Melanie Hupp documents the harsh weather about to hit on her snapchat story. The Pride had to persevere through the heavy rainfall in order to pull out a win.  (Photo Used Permission of Melanie Hupp)

Pride Women’s Soccer Bounces Back

Prior to spring break, the Pride women’s soccer team suffered two back-to-back losses causing them to drop to third in the conference. Both Wakefield and…


Evan Provost, junior, scrolls through his phone as he waits on the bus. He believes he is alone. (Photo courtesy of Ray Youman)

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…




The WCPSS traditional calendar for the 2016-2017 school year. All of the breaks between February and March were taken away due to weather. Photo Courtesy of schoolcalendars.org

Students need a break

Everyone knows the feeling: second semester is dragging on and spring break seems like it can’t come soon enough. This year, though, that wait seems…



After completing the escape room, the staff gives you an opportunity to take some silly pictures with your group. Each group is given a maximum of one hour to escape the room. (Photo Courtesy of Cayley Kennedy)

Tic Toc Escapes Review

Tic Toc Escape, located in downtown Raleigh, brings a whole new meaning to a “little hole-in-the-wall” wonder. I had heard about how fun and exciting…





These are just a few examples of what I ate during the day. Since all animal products are restricted, my diet included a LOT of fruits and vegetables.

Trying Veganism

Day 1 (Monday) Breakfast: Glass of Almond Milk, Rice Chex, strawberries Lunch: Spinach salad, sweet potato fries, ketchup, mixed nuts, apple Snack: Popcorn, handful dried…




Leesville Liaisons give tours to eighth graders, future freshman nervous and excited for high school. If freshmen ever have any questions or concerns they should ask a Liaison, teacher or their counselor. (Photo courtesy of Erin Darnell)

An open letter to future freshmen

Dear Future Freshmen, The end of eighth grade is fast approaching. Soon, you’ll be taking your final EOGs or EOCs and nervously asking each other…





A senior rests after hours of what has likely been grueling work. Resting, also known as taking a break, is one of the tragic symptoms associated with Senioritis.

Senioritis hits Leesville

Every year, without fail, a certain disease plagues the graduating class of Leesville Road High School, an illness that spreads faster than that weird flu…