Daylight savings: out with the old and in with the new time?

Daylight savings was a proposal of Benjamin Franklin. But we did not initiate time-saving until 1918 in the United States. This process begins with the second Sunday in March when we set our clocks an hour ahead. The first Sunday in November is when we set our clocks an hour back.   Daylight savings was…

Hocus Pocus, wedding rings, and mashed potatoes

What are Halloween traditions to you? Is it dressing up and getting candy? Is it going out to a Halloween bash? Do you visit a pumpkin patch in search of the perfect orange specimen? Those traditions are up to you to decide for this festive holiday. Halloween originated in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain…

Graffiti in Yadkin, an Editorial review

 People have been expressing themselves for hundreds of years through various methods, including writing poetry and novels, composing music, and creating art in the form of sculptures and paintings. A controversial form of expression, however, is graffiti art. While some see it as vandalism, in reality, it is just another form of expression, but on…

Disasters strike: local reactions to world-wide catastrophes

For centuries, hurricanes and other natural disasters have rampaged across the world, destroying lives, families, structures, and wildlife. Since its founding, our country has faced hundreds of natural disasters, ranging from hurricanes and earthquakes to tornadoes and blizzards. The most recent of these have been three events, all directly affecting North America within a short…

Nap time or Ram time?

Ram Time is a controversial topic. Some students appreciate the extra time to catch up on assignments or check grades, others perhaps not as much. Yet there have been rumors for years of Ram Time coming to an end. What would go in its place? An extra break? Longer lunch time? Would we start school later?…

FHS: a senior’s retrospection and prospection

We seniors at Forbush High School are in the midst of our last two weeks of free, public education. Each period brings us an hour and one half closer to the end of over twelve years of learning and growing alongside each other. Graduation is just around the corner, and we find ourselves immersed in…

A note from the student editor: a senior year perspective

We made it. Well, almost. At the beginning of this year, I felt the excitement that only a senior could feel. In the past, I simply experienced the same sort of indifference for the first day of school, but this year was different as I knew that in nine months I’d accept my diploma and…

Spring break anticipation 

As the weather begins to warm, all students can think about is what they are doing after school, and so students begin to lose their focus in the classroom… which is no surprise to their teachers. It’s a reoccurring theme each school year. Mr. Stephen Brown, a Starmount math teacher, put this type of anticipation into…

Beta state conference: fun or fail?

The NC State Beta Convention a statewide conference for Beta Clubs all over North Carolina. These clubs get together to celebrate the importance of Beta, including its four pillars on which it is established: achievement, character, leadership, and service. Furthermore, according to its tenants, “the National Beta Club is the largest independent, non-profit, educational youth…

Tinsel or Turkey?

From watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to sharing hot chocolate around the Christmas tree, this time of year seems to put everyone in a more merry state of mind. However, when it comes to the timing of decorations, a group of thirty juniors at Starmount High School had opinions on this topic; their responses…

Kylie Jenner’s Lip Challenge

Question: What do you think about Kylie Jenner’s lip enhancement challenge? My friends have been pressuring me to do it, but I’m scared I’ll look like a blowfish or something. What should I do? Answer: Kylie Jenner is a beautiful and independent woman, but her “lip challenge” is something I wouldn’t advise you to do….

A Senior’s View: The Last First Week of School

For many seniors, the last first week of school is the worst time of the year, but for me as a senior, it’s like a second birthday. The beginning of the end is finally near! Senior year is something that I have been counting down the days to since the start of my freshman year….