Articles by Erin Darnell, staff writer 2017-18

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…




Teachers are requesting school supplies like those pictured above, as well as antibacterial wipes, hand sanitizer, etc. Some teachers may request tennis balls, which will be used on the legs of chairs and desks to prevent scuffing of the floors. (Photo courtesy of Erin Darnell)

Teachers Request Supplies

As the school year begins, a request will echo through many classes at Leesville: “Please bring in school supplies from my wishlist.” The teachers at…



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…



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…




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…




Carlyle Ivey, student teacher, helps Jackson Webb, sophomore, with his performance task in English class in order to improve his skills. Ivey is a student teacher for Monica Wilkerson and is assisting her with her English II Honors and Academic classes this semester. (Photo courtesy of Erin Darnell)

Student Teachers at Leesville

When it’s time to pick classes, some students tend to register for some classes based on the teacher, and his/her reputation amongst students and the…





Isabel Daumen turns in her AP Exam Registration form to Student Services in the morning before school started. The form can be found on the Leesville website.

Leesville Students Register for AP Exams

In May, students participating or have participated in an Advanced Placement class have the opportunity to take the AP exam correlating with their past or…


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…






Pictured above is an English I class discussing their current book, Fahrenheit 451. English I is just one of the many courses required to take a North Carolina Final Exam this year. (Photo courtesy of Erin Darnell)

North Carolina Requires New Final Exams

  Starting this school year (2016-2017) North Carolina’s State Board of Education has decided to reinstate final exams for certain courses. Before, teachers collaborated on…


Early voters line up outside Lake Lynn Community center to cast their vote. (Photo used by permission of John Balla. )

Two Hour Delay on Election Day

All over the country, citizens 18 and older will flock to the polls on November 8. Due to the amount of voters in North Carolina,…


Rhianna Thomas, an underclassman, poses with her sister, Ally Thomas, an upperclassman. Rhianna is a freshman this year and Ally is a junior.

Upperclassmen vs. Underclassmen

The universal fear that all freshmen going into high school seem to have: : ‘Will I be picked on?’  In the movies, the upperclassmen of…


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New App Combats Bullying in Schools

‘Sit With Us’, an anti-bullying app, has been gaining popularity at Leesville. The creator of the app is Natalie Hampton, a 16 year old from…


Leesville students challenge each other to a game of Kahoot. Kahoot is a popular learning tool in classrooms around the country.

Kahoot in Leesville Classrooms

Kahoot is a quiz-based learning tool used in classrooms around the country to inspire competition and interest in a particular subject. Students log in through…