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Mission Trips Matter (But Leave the Heroism at Home)

Junior Grace Edwards took a trip to South Africa over the summer and described how it “really took a toll on [her] heart to see the harsh conditions that they had to live through, and yet they were still so joyful and grateful for life.” Her group brought the townships meal kits and got to interact with them face-to-face, fostering meaningful connections and completing important service projects. Moments like these are life-changing, exciting and important; however, it’s important for those going on mission trips to assess their own intentions and impact meticulously.

Holley Murray, Literature Editor

March 29, 2019

A simple refresh of an Instagram feed around June or July each year reveals the false glamour of everyone’s lives: one friend spent two weeks in the Bahamas, another went backpacking in Europe, and yet another posed for a beachside picture with Justin Bieber in Los Angeles. Among all of those shimmering s...

Top News Countdown

Top news stories from the national and global perspective

Hailey Yarbrough, Editor-in-chief

February 24, 2017

Giraffes move toward “silent extinction” A conservation group reports that giraffe populations are falling fast and by 40 percent in the last 30 years. The main causes of why these gentle giants disappear so quickly point toward habitat loss, illegal hunting (poaching), and civil unrest in the ...

Former Portuguese P.M. Antonio Guterres to be U.N. Secretary General

Many advocacy groups looked to see a woman in the United Nations’ highest office, and there was no shortage of female contenders – seven of the 13 candidates were women – but in the end, Guterres won out. Women make up an increasing portion of the U.N. staff; 34.8 percent of the secretariat staff are women. Photo from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=potB0voQzNg.

Jack Scott, Staff Writer

October 25, 2016

On Thursday, Oct. 6, the 15 members of the United Nations Security Council met in New York City and agreed that former Portuguese Prime Minister and former head of the U.N. High Commission for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, should succeed Ban-Ki-moon as the U.N. Secretary General. The choice was reaffirmed b...

Michael Phelps Set for a Huge Comeback in Rio

Michael Phelps grinds out an early morning practice in his new training center at Arizona State. Screenshot from video here: https://youtu.be/Xh9jAD1ofm4

Jack Dalmolin, Staff Writer

March 22, 2016

The crowd erupted with energy as Michael Phelps began to close in on the Serbian star, Milorad Cavic, in the Beijing Aquatic Center. As the Olympians neared the wall, the tension in the aquatic center boiled over.  In a split second decision, Phelps took a short stroke into the wall just as Cavic finished...

Why is Toyota so Successful?

Toyota makes excellent trucks and cars that are very reliable. Trucks and SUV’s are able to go off road and explore very different places in the world.

Bailey Young, Staff Writer

October 20, 2015

Toyota is the best and most reliable company, especially considering there are 29 other car companies. Toyota was invented in August of 1937 by Kiichiro Toyoda. Toyota, as a corporation, has become one of the best in the world to manufacture cars that last.  The unorthodox manufacturing company helps the Japanese make the best vehicles possible for customers all over the world at a low cost. Toyota is now the world’s largest carmaker, passing Chevrolet and Ford. With Toyota being so...

DPRK Detains South-Korean-born Student

“I hope that I will be able to tell the world how an ordinary college student entered the DPRK illegally, but, however, with the generous treatment of the DPRK, I will be able to return home safely,” Won-moon Joo said.

Matthew McFadden, Staff Writer

May 11, 2015

In April, 21-year-old Won-moon Joo, an American student with a South Korean citizenship, illegally entered the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), more commonly known as North Korea.  In an exclusive interview granted to CNN, Joo recounted crossing the border from Dandong, China, a city ...

Israel and Gaza: the Endless Cycle

Masked Hamas militants parade their weapons through the streets of Gaza.

Ethan Simmons, Staff writer

December 15, 2014

Recently, tensions in Israel and Gaza have erupted in an incredible show of violence. It has now escalated into a full ground offensive by Israeli troops into Hamas held Gaza. It all started when three Israeli students were kidnaped and subsequently killed in the West Bank on June 14th. Israel was convinced the killings were carried out by Hamas supporters, in ...

Elegance is Dead

Neon flowers rest in a garden by a suburban home. They flourished there for many months before the biting cold wilted them away.

Hailey Yarbrough, Sports Editor

December 9, 2014

  The world is a garden, Green, lush, and fruitful. Through many centuries, The gardeners invented a word to define the flowers: Beautiful. In the eyes of the cultivators, Beauty is many things: From the delicate white daffodils, Fiery orange marigolds, Deep blue delp...

Simple Charity Does Incredible Work at North Forsyth High School

Simple Charity has raised money for in many different ways this school year including the fundraisers and food drives. It has also hosted a big car wash and yard sale to boost the money raised, and the program is now well on its way to the $100,000 goal.  Photo used with permission from Josh Martin.

Austin McIntosh, Staff Writer

November 16, 2014

Simple Charity is a nonprofit organization started by a movement of students at North Forsyth High School in 2014. These students feel that American schools, today’s youth, and even the majority of our culture have set far too low standards for helping other nations across the world, so they built...

Zombie Apocalypse

Don’t be a lifeless person because you were afraid.

Chase Samples, Staff Writer

May 19, 2014

I woke up early Saturday morning with my hair thrown everywhere, feeling like a filthy pig that had rolled in mud. My mom yelled, “Tony you up?” I sat up in my bed. I yelled down to her, “Yes mom, I’m up.”  It was my 17th birthday and I was hoping it would be the best one so far. I wal...

Latest in Ukraine

Kiev threatens to sue Moscow over gas prices, as Ukraine imports most of its energy from Russia.

Sam Dobrotka, Staff Writer

May 15, 2014

On Tuesday May 13th, seven Ukrainian soldiers were ambushed and killed near the city of Kramatorsk, the latest violence coming out of eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry blamed the attack on “terrorists,” or pro-Russian separatists. The attack follows the vote on Monday in the eastern U...

Ebola Outbreak-Where Did it Come From?

Maddie Highland, Staff Writer

April 30, 2014

More than 120 people in West Africa are suddenly dead. A new strand of Ebola is becoming a more and more common murderer. What is Ebola? Ebola is a virus that causes organs to fail and internal bleeding in its victims. Some even think this could have begun in December, but somehow went under the radar. ...

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