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The xx “I See You” Review

The xx recently dropped their new album “I See You”, which is making a noise in mainstream music billboards. The UK trio is known for…



Elizabeth Gamble nails a Forward 1 ½ Pike en route to her podium finish. One of the more advanced dives, this trick requires perfect timing to avoid flopping. Used by permission of Lori Campoli Photography.

Gamble Wins CAP 8 Diving Meet

Pike variations and tuck flips captivated the audience in the stands at the Willis R. Casey Aquatics Center. And when the splashes finally settled, it…






Lou and I (Center-Right) pictured at the 2016 Envision Experience. Our Native American ancestry makes us eligible for college discounts and scholarships not available to others of different backgrounds.

Affirmative Action: Helping or Hurting?

  Generally speaking, Affirmative Action works to provide special benefits for those potentially or historically disadvantaged through differing racial, sexual, ethnic, gender, or religious backgrounds…


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Review: Split

Night Shyamalan’s latest work of horror, Split, has topped the box office on its opening weekend. Split follows the story of a man with Dissociative…


Leesville now has new laptops for students to use during classes. The new ThinkPad Ultrabook laptops are a significant upgrade to the classroom.

Leesville receives new laptops

On Tuesday January 3, Leesville received eighty-four laptop carts — one for each non-CTE class. After a much needed improvement to the technology in the…


Lou and I (Center-Right) pictured at the 2016 Envision Experience. Our Native American ancestry makes us eligible for college discounts and scholarships not available to others of different backgrounds.

Affirmative Action: Helping or Hurting?

Generally speaking, Affirmative Action works to provide special benefits for those potentially or historically disadvantaged through differing racial, sexual, ethnic, gender, or religious backgrounds and…





The student driver car that is used for the driving portion of driver’s education. Students must complete 30 hours of classroom learning and 6 hours of driving in order to take the test to receive a permit. (Photo courtesy of Erin Darnell.)

Delays in Driver’s Ed Set Back Students

Drivers Education, provided by Jordan Driving School through Wake County, is experiencing more delays after recovering from the shutdown. Wake County Drivers Education was shut…



Passengers is a highly anticipated movie that was released in theatres towards the end of December. The film was classified as a fantasy/science-fiction film. Photo Credit to Teaser-Trailer.com

Passengers Review

Looking for a new life, 5,000 passengers go on a 120 year journey to another planet very similar to Earth called Home Base 2. When…


The official movie poster depicts the women behind America’s quest to space. The movie has mixed reviews but is overall a great comedy-drama the family can watch.

Hidden Figures Review

“Hidden Figures”, adapted from Margot Lee Shetterly’s true story, is an inspiring, hopeful, and uplifting movie about three African American women who help America win…


Amrita Dey, AP English III student, gave her speech and presentation on Friday, December 16. She spoke to her classmates about her interpretation and research on religion.

Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

As students begin to take harder classes throughout their high school career, they are faced with bigger expectations from teachers. This is includes having to…


The college student panel was organized the PTSA. Former Leesville students from University of South Carolina, UNC Wilmington, NC State, UNC Charlotte, and UNC Chapel Hill discussed topics such as summer classes in college.

College Student Panel

Some seniors at Leesville have already begun to prepare for their upcoming college experience as this school year flies past the halfway point. To help…



The New Year’s Eve celebration at downtown Raleigh started in 1992. At the first celebration, only about 20,000 people showed up, now, almost 75,000 people come to ring in the new year. (Photo courtesy of Grace Newton)

Acorn Drop — New Years, 2016

People throughout the United States celebrate New Year’s differently, specific to Raleigh is the acorn drop. Between 50,000 and 75,000 people travel to downtown Raleigh…



A student studies for the SAT on Khan Academy. The College Board and Khan Academy have teamed up, helping make study schedules for students. (Photo Courtesy of Ben Zahavi)

Juniors Prepare for the SAT

  As the second semester of junior year starts, students begin to worry about the SAT, a part of the general college application process. The…





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Local art supply store, out of business

Sitting humbly on South Glenwood Avenue is an art store named Askew-Taylor Paints. The store, after generations of providing Raleigh with art supplies and inspiration,…


IHOP and Waffle House both have appealing qualities, but which restaurant is better? The two restaurants have both been in business for over 58 years and have over 3,750 locations combined. Stock Photo courtesy of WikiMedia.

Food Friday: IHOP vs. Waffle House

With no school on the weekends, many Leesville students go out to breakfast with their friends, but the question is where? In the first edition…


Houseparty pictured on the left, with the app’s successor pictured on the right. Notice the similarities between the layouts and the difference in the app creators.

Copycat Apps

One of the biggest apps of December, “Houseparty”, is taking Leesville students by storm, allowing up to 8 people to “facetime” each other at once….



Leesville has a long list of student athletes who fill up team rosters, Cross Country is a fall sport that has a guys tem and a girls team. XC demands a lot from a student athlete's body, so it is recommended to follow the tips below. (Photo Courtesy of McKenna Daley)

Tips for a student athlete

With a full day including school, sports practice, and the stress of maintaining a healthy body, how does a student athlete do it? Here are…






Between the two establishments, there are over 297 locations nationwide. Steak-N-Shake has been around since 1934, while Cook-Out was founded in 1989. Stock Photos courtesy of WikiMedia.

Food Friday: Cook-Out or Steak-N-Shake?

In this edition of Food Friday, the question of Cook-out or Steak-N-Shake will be explored. Both restaurants are known for their milkshakes, but when put…


The men’s and women’s varsity cross country team run at the regional meet. After running a strong race, the men’s team placed fourth and the women’s team placed third.

Cross Country Season Overview

As cross country season comes to a close, no one can deny the incredible progress the men’s and women’s cross country teams have made since…


Above is part of the poster for the new Star Wars Anthology film, Rogue One. Rogue One’s plot revolves around the rebellion and how they steal the plans to blow up the Death Star.

Rogue One Review

Disclaimer: Below is a review of the new Star Wars movie, Rogue One. This article may contain spoilers. The talented directors and producers at Disney…


Voting is one of our greatest privileges as Americans, every person should vote if eligible.

Why Do We Vote?

Why do we vote? Did we really want to support a loud mouthed businessman or another politician with a shady background? For many people, voting…


Some reality t.v. sways audiences to believe that the show is real through the name. The Real Housewives of Orange County is a popular reality t.v. show that focuses on the upper class and successful of Orange County rather than the middle to lower class and ordinary.

The “Real” in Reality TV

From news to a scripted show about cats, television over the years has widely expanded its realm. However, one of the most popular and intriguing…


During the Leesville Liaison annual cookie decorating party, the liaisons munched and mingled with the new students. Throughout lunch, new students and liaisons alike decorate cookies in shapes of classic holiday figures.

Christmas Cookie Celebration

This holiday season, the liaison held a cookie decorating party on December 14, 2016 in the Breezeway during all of SMART lunch. Throughout the year,…



JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem opened in 2011 to host track meets. The Leesville indoor track and field team has been traveling to the track facility to continue racing during the period between cross country and outdoor track.

A Look into Indoor Track and Field

Leesville’s indoor track and field team has been working hard to prepare for upcoming competitions. Because there is not an indoor track in or near…




A promotional poster for Sing pictures the movie’s main character, Buster Moon, a koala who puts on a singing competition at a local theater. Sing first opens in theaters across the country on Wednesday, December 21. (Poster: Photo courtesy of www.singmovie.com)

“Sing” Hits a High Note

A recurring plot in many children’s and family movies seems to be about talking animals, real and animated. When I first saw commercials for Sing,…