Everyone has resolutions they make for the New Year, whether it is to lose 40 pounds, to eat healthier food, or to make yourself a priority. But what if this year, instead of making a resolution that will only make your life better, you make resolutions that are bigger than you. This year I asked myself “What mark do you want to leave on this world and how do you plan to achieve that in 2016?” and that is where the “365 People Project” was born. This project consists of improving one person’s day, every day for 1 year. One could do this by giving a homeless man an old jacket for the cold weather, or buying coffee for your best friend. Do something that will make a positive difference in someone else’s life. Start small. One could start by complimenting their best friend on their outfit, or their teacher on the shoes they are wearing. By starting with the people you know around you and the people you are surrounded by every day, your community will be changed forever. There are other ways to improve someone’s day, that do not require money, such as holding the door open for someone as they walk into school, helping someone with a math problem, or even just smiling at someone who looks as if they are having a bad day. To keep motivated during the project, make it a first priority by including it into your morning routine. For example, when you wake up begin to get ready, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, do whatever you do in the mornings to get ready and begin to think of the person, or people, you would like to make smile today. By making it a priority in the morning, you are bound to keep up with it throughout the year. Once you are 4-7 weeks in, branching out to people you aren’t necessarily close to will not only show your character but will also impact the community a lot quicker. Yes, there will be days when it is hard to find nice things to say about people and it will be tough some days to encourage those around us but remember: No one became poor by giving. By shedding a little bit of light into someone’s world of darkness, unconsciously allows others to do the same in their own lives and the community around them. There is no time like the present, so today, I challenge you to join me in the 365 People Project in an effort to change our community and to change the world. So now I ask you: What mark are you going to leave on the world and how do you plan to achieve it in 2016?
The Best Things Aren't Things
chelby adams, editor
When it comes to the holiday season, one may think of gingerbread men, candy canes, and ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas. A tradition of most people’s Christmas’ is to create a Christmas list for Santa, but have you ever noticed each year your list becomes shorter? There’s a reason behind it. As one grows older the things one wants aren’t tangible, they aren’t things. Many teenagers, especially seniors, are about to begin a new chapter in their lives, so they want to hold onto their family and friends’ and traditions they may have. Some things that many teenagers desire include peace, love, and happiness, especially with exams right around the corner. Others, however, want to catch up on their sleep and take an actual break on the holidays instead of doing 5 papers, 4 oral presentations, 3 aleks topics, 2 no red inks, and a partridge in a pear tree While the holidays provide one with a much needed break from school, some desire so much more than to only be homework free. As one veers further into adulthood, one may realize that the holidays, doesn't revolve around materialistic items or receiving: it revolves around the attitude one puts out, the people one spends time with, and the memories made with those people. The holidays is a time where one surrounds themselves with family and friends who fill one’s life with joy. This time of the year gives one a chance to show appreciation for those near and dear to one’s heart, but at the end of the day, what matters most is what comes from the heart, not the wallet. There are far more precious things than what your wallet can buy: smiles, laughs, hugs, caroling, baking, and even sitting the presence of those one loves. While things are nice gifts, things aren’t the perfect, or most wanted, gift.
LOOK FOR THE GOOD, SEEK THE GOOD IN OTHERS, AND BE THE
GOOD SOMEONE CAN FIND TODAY
chelby adams, editor
Everyone has bad days and days that one may wish would end, but your worst days only last 24 hours. In the darkest hour of your darkest day, it ends as the clock strikes 12. Once those 24 hours are up, the best day of your life can start. Many people, even those always smiling and laughing, feel alone and feel as if they are the only ones in the world who are dealing with their circumstances, but the good news is this: the best is yet to come. When you’re having a bad day sometimes the last thing you want to do is ask for help but without help there can be no progress. However, a way to get out of the worst circumstances is to look for the good in every situation that is thrown your way. You have the power to change the situation with a change in perception and perspective. When people are working your last nerve, remember that everyone is fighting their own demons and have their own issues they are dealing with. While it may seem impossible to avoid this person and keep your thoughts, to yourself, you need to look for the good in people. Some people come off as annoying or rude or mean because they have their own demons they are dealing with, so by giving someone the benefit of the doubt, you are allowing a little bit of their goodness shine through. Every day there is someone in one of your classes that is having a bad day, but you can help them by smiling at them, helping them with a math problem, or even attempting to have a conversation about what is going on in their life. But if you don’t have the courage to do any of this, all you have to do is be the good that someone can find today. Well here is a challenge for you: on your bad days look for the good in every circumstance, when someone is upsetting you look for the good in people, and be the good others can find today
All Types Are Beautiful
simone werter, assistant editor
Teens are subjected to many different pressures and face many struggles in their lives. A teenager’s image of themselves is largely based off of what they see. Photoshop is a tool used by photographers everywhere to manipulate their photos. From making colors brighter to implementing different effects, photoshop can be an excellent tool for making a picture even more visually appealing. Picture editing tools are great until they change how people appear. It is not a new concept. Photographers take a model, do a photo shoot, then go straight to editing. First the photographer may make the picture brighter, bump up the contrast, maybe fix a blemish here or there; now photographers go to the extreme. It’s the same process – take the picture, edit – but now when photographers edit photos of the already beautiful models, they give them a thigh gap, they give them full lips, higher cheekbones. That’s just females too; there are more defined abs for the guys, broader shoulders, maybe make them a little taller. The image of what is considered a flawless person is drilled into our minds. Along with these pictures of presumably “flawless” people is also the image of ourselves. After seeing these intensely photoshopped images, many teens do not view their looks as up to par. Body image is a huge part of one’s life. A positive body image is a necessary thing for someone to have; photoshop isn’t helping people think positively. Being surrounded by photoshopped images of perfectly made people makes one think that they must look like the models in the photos. A negative body image can lead to depression and cause one to feel as though they are not good enough, but what most people don't realize is that the pictures they see in magazines aren't real people. Yes, a model posed for the picture; physically, the photo is of a real person. The actual attributes of the model aren’t real. No one is flawless, there is no such thing as a flawless individual. One should embrace themselves for who they are. The perfect body type does not exist. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the most important beholder is the one who looks in the mirror every day. Everyone is beautiful and the manipulation of photoshop should not make one think differently about themselves.
Beginning to heal
simone werter, assistant editor
In light of the recent floods, the South Carolina community has been closer than ever. Some families were able to escape the flood with minimal damage, while others were not as fortunate. There is never a shortage of southern hospitality in the community but due to the hardships that the flood left in its wake, many people are relying on their peers for the support that they need. Socastee High School has always had a very close student body. Through tough times students have always been there for one another. In this time of need, know that your fellow students are here to support you. Do not feel as though you must internalize all of the personal struggles caused by the flood. Venting to your peers, teachers, and guidance counselors is an excellent way to start the healing process. There are many organizations that are dedicating their time to helping flood victims. The South Carolina Emergency Management Division, South Carolina Baptist Convention, and the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church are accepting monetary donations in order to help flood victims. Other associations like the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office collected bottles of water to distribute to those affected and Newspring Church accepted monetary donations, food, water, and clothing donations for the victims and their families. Though the water has receded, not all families have completely recovered. Everyone needs somebody to lean on during times of struggle. If you are having trouble recovering from the tragedies of the flood, remember that supportive southern hospitality is only a phone call away. http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/30189893/organizations-assisting-flood-victims
simone werter, assistant editor
The world is full of impulses and pressures. Teenagers are subject to a majority of these impulses and pressures; not all of which will reflect positively back on the individual. While teenagers are exposed to the actions of their peers and other sources of stimuli, children are more impressionable than the average sixteen year old. Almost all teenagers are admired and looked up to by at least one child. One should be aware of the impression they leave for the younger generation that looks up to them. Children are smarter than you think. They can tell when you’re being hypocritical and they will call you out on it. With this comes a decision about how you should act. Knowing something is wrong and doing it anyway does not teach the kids that look up to you how to discipline themselves and they will come up with the same excuses you do to avoid time out. Telling a child not to do something you do all of the time does not help them evolve into human beings with knowledge of right and wrong. It’s up to the role model (yes, that’s you) to set a positive example. Along with being a good role model comes being a good support system. From elementary school all the way through high school we are preached to about the importance of not being a bystander and are encouraged to stand up to bullying. Being a good role model doesn’t just mean being a good role model to a child, but also to your friends. If you have a friend that is being cruel to another person, don’t just brush it aside because of your friendship. If you know that something they’re doing is wrong then speak up. Don’t be afraid to speak up, that’s where problems lie. Doing what is considered “cool” isn’t always the cool thing to do. Make sure that you’re not falling for the negative pressures and that you’re showing your friends and peers how they can be role models like you.
KNowledge is POWER
chelby adams, editor
In order to be successful in your everyday life, you need to be aware of what is going on around you. Whether it's knowing what the homework for French is or knowing what the newest supreme court case ruling is: BE AWARE. Though there are somethings that you wish you could overlook, unsee, or unhear, you need to be aware of what is going on in order to participate in conversations with your classmates and best friends. There are some things, however, that shouldn’t be everyone’s common knowledge and there are some things you shouldn’t talk about in respect to the person/group of people it is about. Be educated and knowledgeable about a subject without talking down upon it to avoid creating issues between those you and those around you. Be knowledgeable and educated, but do not offend people, push your beliefs on someone else, or belittle someone from thinking differently than you because that only makes YOU look bad. Life will blindside you if you walk around uneducated and ignorant, and being blind sided isn’t the best feeling. To prevent yourself from being blindsided here are some tips:
1. Pay attention to your surroundings 2. Take the initiative to watch the news 3. Stay on top of your school work and what is going on in the classroom 4. Be aware but never ignorant. Awareness in any situation will keep you from being blindsided and will help you succeed in different aspects of your life.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”
chelby adams, editor
Freshmen: It’s your first year of high school and you’re already feeling overloaded with your schedules, but some of you dread 8:15 to come and hope for 3:20 to come faster. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Jump head first into all of the clubs and activities that Socastee has to offer, such as DECA, HOSA, FCCLA, FCA, French Club (not just for people taking French), etc.. Socastee offers much more than just your average clubs, it will give you a chance to meet new people, and will open more opportunities up for you in the future. Sophomores: This being your second year of high school you are still trying to figure out how to balance extracurricular activities and your AP classes. Regardless of the workload, stay on top of your AP classes and push yourself to do better and be better in school. To keep your head above water, learn time management skills. To make good grades in your class, put yourself out there and participate. Juniors: Don’t be afraid to put yourself first especially when it comes to colleges, GPA, SAT/ACT, and friendships. Make school your first priority and make time for all of these things at are key to your future. If you really enjoy USC because of their awesome Biology program but your parents think you should attend Clemson because of their alumni status, CHOOSE USC. Be in control of your future even if it may put you in an awkward position. Seniors: While your senior year is filled with fun things that cause you to come down with a case of senioritis, this doesn’t give you permission to slack off and not do your work because “you’re too tired” or “you don't feel like it” because “your bed seems more appealing.” Don’t allow your bed to become your comfort zone and stay far away from your comfort zone during productive times of the day. The bottom line is this: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone,” so buckle up and hold on tight because it only gets more challenging from here.
#23: mORE TO LIFE THAN BASKETBALL
chelby adams, editor
At a young age Haley Altman, sophomore, found something that was fun, new, and exciting. She found her passion: basketball. Altman has been playing since she was six years old and has loved the game ever since. With everything from ball drills, running well over 500 miles, and hearing the constant roar of her past and present coaches, she found a home away from home: on the court. “[Basketball] is a really fun sport and helps with your communication skills and builds friendships stronger than no other,” said Altman. Altman has made countless friends through basketball because every team she has been a part of has become a part of her family. “We all bond over the same love and passion: basketball. Friendships aren’t hard to create when you have something in common,” said Altman. Last year as a freshman, Altman was a starting Forward and this year, as a sophomore, has been named co-captain along with remaining starting forward. “She is a natural leader. She is a leader through her actions and verbally. She has a positive attitude and always leads by example, on and off the court. Plus, she’s just awesome,” said Coach Lewis, assistant varsity basketball coach. While Altman loves basketball, soccer is a close second so she never really has an offseason. “As soon as basketball is over, I play soccer. However, over the summer and at the beginning of the year (before the season starts), I have pre-season workouts,” said Altman. When she does have some free time, it is spent with Caroline Gamble, sophomore and Altman’s best friend. “We do everything together and have been by each other’s side since the 4th grade. Life without Haley would suck,” said Gamble. There isn’t much they have done apart; Gamble goes to as many games as possible to support Altman, they both spend almost every weekend together, nearly every family function each have the other is bound to be there too. There isn’t much they don’t do together. Behind every great player, there is an even greater drive and it just so happens Altman’s drive comes from her dad. On the 24 day of February of 2015 Harry Altman, Altman’s father, passed away and her life hasn’t been the same since. “He was at every game, whether it was soccer or basketball. He was always making sure I was playing to the best of my ability and critiquing me to better my game,” said Altman. This season has taken a toll on Altman considering her circumstances. She, however, makes the best of every situation and knows he's never too far away. “While this is the first season he isn’t in the stands, I know he’s with me, on the court, throughout every game. This season is for him,” said Altman. Regardless of the struggles, she may face, Altman always brings everything she has to the court and gives every game her all. She is a player and a person that all people should view as a role model. Altman’s fortitude and character make her a great player, teammate, friend, and daughter.
chelby adams, editor
Above Ryan Jonas, Jonas' brother (left) and Jonas have a strong relationship and Jonas considers his brother his biggest inspiration.
Football is, without a doubt, the most popular sport at Socastee and where there is a popular sport, talented athletes follow. Dalton Jonas, senior, is a wide receiver and strong safety for our Braves. He has been playing since he was in second grade and has loved the game ever since. “I have played many positions but kick off return is my favorite because the adrenaline that comes with playing this position is unreal. It really makes me love the sport even more,” said Jonas. Beyond Jonas’ high school football career, he has goals and aspirations for himself. “My biggest long term goals are being a successful father, family man, and business owner so I can give to the less fortunate,” said Jonas. Jonas’ future has two paths: University North Carolina Charlotte or Charleston Southern University. He plans to continue his sports career at whichever school he chooses. “They have a great atmosphere that would keep me focused and help me maintain my goals,” said Jonas. Taylor Karnap, senior, is Jonas’ best friend and also plans to attend CSU next fall. Both Jonas and Karnap would like to continue their athletic careers together on the same field. “I’ve known Taylor since sixth grade at Forestbrook Middle School. We weren’t really best friends in middle school, but we knew about each other and then football brought us closer and now I can honestly say he’s my brother,” said Jonas. Good company and a support systems are an important part of being a successful athlete and person. Having people around you to lean on and share moments can get you through the hardest days. “My brother, Ryan Jonas [is my biggest inspiration because] he has been the biggest part of helping me get to where I am today. I look up to him in every aspect possible,” said Jonas. Something that not many people know about Jonas is that he is the first cousin to the Jonas Brothers through his dad’s side. “It used to be something that everyone thought was so cool in elementary school, but they aren’t as popular anymore,” said Jonas. Jonas loves his team with everything he has and refuses to give up on them. “I can think of numerous great words whenever it comes to my family, but the one that stands out most is loyalty. By never letting me show anything but my best, they push me to be successful.,” said Jonas. Jonas and Karnap are always together; on and off the field. They both have found something they love to do together. “He [has a] true love for the game and is always wanting to do more to help the team out. We play the same positions so we are around each other all the time. We know we have each other’s back on and off the field,” said Karnap. Jonas is nothing short of talented and has nothing but a bright, promising future ahead. Starting his athletic career in second grade and continuing it on into college alongside his best friend.
A Mile in the Shoes of Nick LeFever
chelby adams, editor
Nick LeFever, junior, could be described as committed, loyal, strong willed, competitive, but most of all, a leader. “He pushes us and encourages us to do our best. He is willing to go the extra mile to make sure we are doing our bests even if that means picking us up at 5 am to go run as a team,” said Keahi Mendoza, junior and cross country teammate. LeFever has been running cross country since he was in 7th grade and has played tennis since his 8th grade year, but cross country has always been his favorite. “It helps me clear my head and allows me to get better with every run,” said LeFever. LeFever’s inspiration for running started with Chris Derrick’s story. Chris was a below average varsity runner his freshman year to the fastest high school 5k in America of 13:55 by his senior year. “My goal is to break 16 minutes for a 5k race and run at a division 1 school,” said LeFever. LeFever’s personal record is 17:43 but is “nowhere near what it will be by the end of the season.” But while his PR is important to him, the rest of the team’s PR’s are just as important and he tries his best to make that known. “Whenever I finish I always stand by the finish and wait on my teammates to cheer them on. I want to encourage my teammates and push others to realize their full potentials in other aspects of their lives,” said LeFever. LeFever and some of the other cross country runners, like Mendoza and Elijah Lawson, junior, run before school at 5 AM in order to work on their times and to bond together as a team. “He’s been on the team longer than any other male junior has yet so he knows how to motivate us and to get us moving. He’s taken this season more serious than last so he really pushes us to work harder and to work as a team,” said Mendoza. LeFever is the captain of the cross country team and shows his leadership even on the off days. “He pushes other runners to accomplish more. He has high intensity workouts and leads from the front of the pack. He has higher limits. He pushes himself more and takes advantage of his off days to work on skills that are necessary for him to be a better runner,” said Robert Urbaniak, cross country coach. While his determination comes from himself, his motivation stems from the competition. “I know I am not the best runner out there but my goal is to be the best. The best way to reach the top is to look at your biggest competitors and focus on keeping up with them. Some of the best competitors from around the county are Shane Mooney from Conway, Ethan Epstein from Myrtle Beach, and Michael Pieterse from Carolina Forest who happens to be one of my best friends,” said LeFever. Off the course, LeFever is involved in Young Republicans club and History club. “I am very passionate about politics and enjoy debates,” said LeFever. LeFever is the type of person who never gives up on those around him. He never fails to exceed in school, athletics, and friendships. “He’s a great student, player, and person in general. He’s committed, devoted, and passionate about everything he does. I’m lucky to be able to call Nick LeFever one of my best friends in the whole world,” said Brent Glasgow, junior. Who is Nick LeFever you ask? The guy who aspires to change the world by helping people see the good in themselves and push themselves to be far better than they ever imagined they could be. Nick LeFever is the student-athlete who strives to be the best and for those around him to succeed.
Taylor Karnap is no Benchwarmer
simone werter, assistant editor
Above Karnap competes alongside his fellow Braves against Waccamaw High School at the Kick Off Classic held at Conway High School. Picture Courtesy of: Taylor Karnap
Karnap (right) and Cole Renfrow (left), senior, practice side by side preparing for next week's game. Photo By: Simone Werter
Although it is only the beginning of football season for our Braves, athletes have already been given the opportunity to show their skills. Socastee High School does not shy away from placing some of the spotlight on its beloved athletes. Taylor Karnap, senior, is a wide receiver for the Braves. Within the few games played so far this season, Karnap has proven himself to be an excellent competitor. “Taylor [has] done an extremely good job this summer in preparation for the season and developing his catching abilities; his athletic abilities have really improved, [and] it’s propelling him to be one of the best receivers in the area,” said Doug Illing, football coach. Karnap has been awarded both the offensive player of the game ball against West Brunswick, and the special teams player of the game ball against New Hanover within the early stages of this season. “I appreciate the fact that [I] was considered for the award[s],” said Karnap. During the first game of this season, Karnap had 6 receptions for a total of 173 yards. “I think that’s my best achievement,” said Karnap. Athletics are certainly a significant factor of Karnap’s life. Not only is he a football player, but he is also on the baseball team. “To me, baseball is calmer, and it’s more mental than physical,” said Karnap. Though natural talent and athleticism add to an athlete’s performance, a good relationship with their coach helps mold them both as athletes and as individuals. “Coach Bailey is my best friend, [and] my receiver coach,” said Karnap. Karnap’s coaches also think very highly of him. “I think he’s a diamond in the rough. He’s got a lot of great qualities about him. He could play college football on the next level, and I think he will continue to show that as the year goes on and make a name for himself. I think he’s a caring individual and he cares about others,” said Illing. There is no doubt that Karnap is a very talented athlete. “Taylor is a tremendous athlete, his hands are unbelieveable, he can catch anything thrown at him,” said Dalton Jonas, senior. Teamwork is also a defining characteristic for any athlete. By definition, a team is “a number of persons associated in some joint action.” Being a member of a team builds relationships among people who are dependent on each other. A good teammate not only encourages their teammates, but also challenges them. “Taylor is a great competitor, he makes me keep my eyes open on the field and have a great look out for what’s going on and keep my head up at times when it’s hard,” said Jonas. A team member also has to be aware of the team’s situation as a whole. “We’re young, but everybody’s stepping up. Some people have to do some new things, but [we’re] getting somewhere,” said Karnap. Karnap does not want to be known solely for athletics. “I want to be remembered for athletics and academics. I want people to think ‘he’s smart, but he can also play’,” said Karnap. As far as college plans go, Karnap is interested in attending Charleston Southern University. “I love Charleston, and [Charleston Southern] showed a lot of interest in me over the summer,” said Karnap. After college, Karnap has simple, yet heartfelt, aspirations. “In the future I just want a nice family-- a nice family and a nice house,” said Karnap. Not only do Karnap’s teammates and coaches recognize him as a talented athlete, but they also recognize his stellar character. “As an athlete, he’s got great route running mechanics that allow him to get open. As a person, I think he’s got a great attitude, great character. He works hard, he’s determined-- all of the assets it takes to be successful, he represents those,” said Illing. Karnap has been playing football since the third grade, and within that time frame he has made friendships through the game that he loves. “I’ve known Taylor since sixth grade at Forestbrook Middle School. We weren’t really best friends in middle school, but we knew about each other and then football brought us closer. Now I can honestly say he’s my brother,” said Jonas. Taylor Karnap has great things ahead of him. Due to his dedication and hard-working personality, he is sure to grow as both an athlete and a person.
CHANGE ISN'T ALWAYS A BAD THING
elaina marcucella, staff writer
Most people dread change, but change is good because it helps us adapt. Change opens up new opportunities for individuals which relieves them of their tiring everyday lifestyle. Wake up. Go to school. Go home. Repeat. After people have lived through their everyday wear and tear lifestyles, they often see change as the light at the end of the tunnel. The outlets of change that are most often the easiest to go through are usually a switch in diet or style, although others may seek change in a different aspect such as a new outlook on life. In some cases change can negatively impact one, although they may try their hardest to avoid it, they simply cannot. Some may feel that all negative changes can do is hinder their growth as person. “Change can be bad sometimes because [one] might make changes in their life that make their life more complicated or dangerous,” said Gigi Moreira, junior. No matter what, change is beneficial, and it is essential to opening new doors in life. A big, small, negative, or positive change will always benefit one, even if it is only in the long run. “Short term change could be useful [compared] to long term change because one small change could contribute to a bigger, better future,” said Malvina Cela, senior. With the start of a new year, everyone should aspire to change one thing. Mixing up your wardrobe by pairing prints and patterns you have never paired together before can give you a new look for this year. Another form of change is letting go of what you no longer need. You could start by letting go of toxic people in your life whom you no longer see a positive friendship with. Believe it or not, distancing yourself from frustrating relationships will help clear your mind and further benefit you in ways never imagined. It will truly feel like a weight has been lifted off your chest. Changing your school habits is a good way to make a positive change in the new year. Start by dedicating yourself to studying even it is just for 10 minutes. Another achievable goal is to improve your test scores by a few points. Don’t underestimate what an extra 5 test points could do to your overall class average. In order to gain those few extra points, study for a few extra minutes, by doing this you accomplish the goal of dedicating yourself to studying and improving your test grades. With changes happening very quickly in the new year it is easy to get overwhelmed. Being intimidated by change is common because whether one likes their everyday life or not, they are used to it and they know what to expect from it everyday. “People avoid change because it is scary and they don't know what is going to happen,” said Cela. Also, when making changes do not underestimate your will power whether you're changing your lifestyle, clothing, or diet. The new year is a good time to focus on what you need and, most importantly, what you need to change.
DON'T SCREAM, JUST BREATHE
simone werter, assistant editor
If you’re reading this, you are about to take your final exams. It’s also very likely that students just like yourself have waited until the very last minute to study. While this habit is one necessary to break, let’s be honest; no matter how many times we say that we won’t wait until the night before an exam to crack open a textbook, we always do. “At the end of this semester, I only have one actual exam which is a midterm for IB chemistry. However, I also have an essay due soon that serves as my final in TOK (Theory of Knowledge). Though I do not have much now, I will have two full weeks of testing at the beginning of May for IB exams and then AP exams later in the month,” said Callie Keen, senior. It is important to understand all that you need to do in order to be prepared for your final exams. Asking important questions about content being tested on the exam is something that need to be done as soon as possible, not moments before the exam. “Don’t wait until the last minute to ask questions, because you might not get the answer you want to hear,” said Amanda Urbaniak, English teacher and newspaper advisor. For finals, preparation is key. There are different studying techniques that one could explore, with all of these options it is important to know what method works for you. “I review all of my notes I have taken throughout the year. Basically, I study the same way I did for each individual test in the class, just all at the same time for the final. I also review all of my old tests and quizzes,” said Keen. Students often become extremely stressed during final exams, but, regardless of the stress that they cause, final exams are necessary tools. “They are necessary because they are summative assessments that allow teachers and students to know if knowledge was gained throughout the semester. And they are used to give feedback, especially if teachers need to change their practice or approach to students,” said Urbaniak. When studying for exams, utilize all of your materials. Look at the notes you have taken and whatever handouts a teacher may have provided you with. Making your own study guides is, also, a very helpful tool. If you take adequate time to study your effort will reflect in the grade you receive for your final exam. Along with studying, the night before exams it is crucial to get a good night of sleep so that you are refreshed for your exam the next morning. Eating breakfast also gives you the necessary nutrients that will help you be at the top of your game. While final exams can be stressful, it isn’t anything that you aren’t capable of handling. You have learned this material throughout this semester, and you know more than you think you do. Keep these tips in mind as you’re working towards preparing for your final exams and know that keeping a positive attitude will help you succeed.
CELLPHONES NO MORE?
morgan gasque, staff writer
“Hello? Can you hear me?” “Why are you calling me in school?” “Because no one here cares if I use my phone.” This is a common recurrence at Socastee High, with the lenient cell phone policies, students often take advantage of the privileges they are given. Although they are allowed to use their cell phones in the hallway in between class changes, break, lunch, and even in class, students are using their phones to the point where it’s becoming a complete distraction to education. “A lot of students use their phones during class for educational purposes such as Kahoot!, or Google Classroom. So by taking them away, those students will be without,” said Jada Bowen, junior. Starting January 19, 2016, Socastee High is enforcing a no cell phone policy. This policy bans all cell phones while class is in session. It’s still unclear whether or not students are allowed to use their phones at break or lunch. But what is for sure is all cell phones will be banned during class time, and students cannot take them to the restroom with them. This new policy is causing huge controversy among students and teachers, and is starting to spark tension in the building. Many students do not believe the changes will be beneficial to the student body. One of the main concerns students are talking about is theft. “Leaving my phone in my bookbag while I go to the bathroom, is like leaving $500 in my bookbag while going to the bathroom, absolutely ridiculous,” said Dakota Hudgens, junior. This level of high interaction leads to lower test scores because students are more focused on conversation than assignments. That is why many teachers stand behind and support the new rules. Others may support the change, but do not think that it will ever be achieved with the way things are today. “There [have] been many new policies here at Socastee, but no one ever really follows with them. Leggings and the 30/30/30 rule? Those rules never followed through, and I think the cell phone policy will do the same,” said Alexa Willsey, junior. While some students and faculty members are skeptical about whether or not the new rules will be enforced,others think that they're going to send their last in-class text message soon. Socastee High School’s cell phone and bathroom policy changes are rapidly approaching us. These new policies could benefit the school by increasing test scores or it could cause trouble with the student body, we will all just have to wait and see.
HONORING OUR VETERANS: SHS EDITION
Rechal Patel, guest writer
Jackson Calhoun is a well respected coach and leader at this school. Aside from his leadership in our school, he is more respected for his humble attitude and his time spent in the military serving our country.
Every year we have a day to celebrate our veterans and their bravery in protecting our nation. We are fortunate to have many veterans here at SHS that are willing to share their experiences. Among these people, one special veteran is Jackson Calhoun who has described his journey on being a part of the force. Calhoun started serving in the marine corps in 1989 and continued to serve for the next four years. The Marines are a part of the US Department of the Navy; their job is to protect the nation from threats at sea. In order to be a part of the marine corps, Calhoun went through a series of preparations and training courses. He first had to pass the ASVAB test. This test measures your aptitude in a variety of different fields pertaining to military occupations. Then he had to pass simple physical standards. Calhoun explained that the only thing he did not get to do is fly because he did not have that perfect 20/20 vision. Calhoun wasn’t always sure he wanted to join the marine corps. In the end, he never regretted it. “I felt like I was doing my part at that time, and I’m glad we still have our freedom and liberty,” Calhoun said. He feels good knowing that he made America a safer place to live. However, this is not to say that he didn’t have to overcome any fears. He explained that he had to overcome the fear of dying, which is a common fear in being a part of the force. He overcame that in a week due to the intense training and preparations. The biggest issue for him was not being able to attend certain family functions. He made a commitment to serve his country and always stuck by it. He didn’t like missing Christmas but did it anyway to fight for his nation. Calhoun shares a memory from his military experience of when his grandfather died during the Gulf War while he was training in the field. Calhoun explains how he couldn’t come home to honor him. “It showed me that as important as I may be, what’s better for the majority, means more than what’s best for me,” Calhoun stated. He also tells us how combat affected him. He appreciates simple things that others may overlook. “You look at things differently when you’ve been shot at,” Calhoun stated. Calhoun now teaches physical education at Socastee High School. "Serving has helped me to become a better teacher," said Calhoun. He’s been exposed to many lifestyles, cultures, and religions. He’s fought in four continents and three oceans. “Exposure to all that makes it easier for me to tolerate things that aren’t mainstream,” Calhoun explained. Advice that Calhoun offers to anyone who wishes to join the force is to make sure it’s what you really want. “It is a big commitment and always do your best at it,” said Calhoun. Jackson Calhoun is an inspiring role model to the students at Socastee and we will always respect and honor his bravery.
The final "games"
mackenzie runyon, staff writer
The fourth and final movie based off of the “Hunger Games” trilogy by Suzanne Collins, “Mockingjay Part 2”, hit theatres November 20th, 2015. The movie picks up where the previous, “Mockingjay Part 1”, left off with its cliffhanger of an ending. Tensions are high along with the stakes as the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, who is now a symbol of the rebellion, must lead her fellow rebels in the fight against the capitol to defeat President Snow. During rebellion, many characters are fighting their own personal battles as well, including Katniss’ love, Peeta Mellark, who was last seen in the previous movie as being “hijacked.” Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss Everdeen in this thrill-seeking adventure movie, once again leaves the audience in amazement of her phenomenal portrayal of a teen rebel archer. This being the fourth movie of the series, Lawrence had plenty of time to really find her character, and couldn't have done a better job of it. Although the acting was much like all the other movies, fantastic, the plot differed. While the original “Hunger Games” had a much more lively plot, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats, this movie moved at a much slower pace with not nearly as much action. In the first three movies, the characters faced more physical battles such as the actual hunger games, but the plot for this movie left the characters facing more mental battles than anything else. While it was still entertaining, it just didn’t have the same level of thrill as the others. This movie is rated PG-13 meaning it is for ages 13 and up although it more suited for teens and young adults. It is directed by Francis Lawrence who has directed many other great films such as “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (2013), “Mockingjay Part 1” (2014), and “I Am Legend” (2007). Though not as good as its counterparts, this movie is worth watching. So go out to the theatre as soon as possible to watch it and may the odds be ever in your favor.
morgan gasque, staff writer
People sometimes name it the most wonderful time of the year; carols, crafts, lights, gifts, a lot of food, and a lot of love. Many forget what the holiday season is truly about. The holidays are the time for spreading joy, helping those in need and giving back to those, whose gifts may not always be recognized. “Every Christmas my family takes stuff to different organizations to send to the homeless, children in Africa, soldiers overseas, etc; and it’s super cool, I personally enjoy it a lot,” said Kristina Alcorn, senior. This holiday season, there are many opportunities to give to the community. Though you may have to cook a feast for your family, it would not take much time or money to bake a batch of homemade cookies to give to the local firefighters that perform simple acts of kindness every day. “Personally, I don’t think people should give back just because it’s the holiday season. People are always in need,” says Nathan Reichard, senior Another way to give back this season is to show your love and appreciation for the people who fight for our country every day. Holiday cards can be a cost-effective way to let the troops across seas know that they are in your thoughts, and to show them a little love. With the gift season approaching, many will be getting the latest-on-trend apparel. To make room for the new, you could get rid of the old. Many think a good way to eliminate that old clutter is to simply donate it to second-hand stores such as Goodwill, but the most effective way to go out with the old, and in with the new, is to take your outdated apparel to the local street reach for the homeless. “It really doesn’t take much to get others in the holiday spirit like you are. Everyone deserves to feel the feeling of Christmas time. All the joy and happiness should be everywhere,” said Kasie Ingram, junior. Many people do not get the opportunity to spend the holidays with their family and are cut off from the family full holiday experience. This holiday season takes the initiative, to give back and volunteer because all it takes is one smile and a helpful hand to change one’s perspective on life. So take some time out of your day to make someone smile this holiday season, it’s totally worth it.
Socastee Throughout the years
rechal patel, guest writer
Socastee High School is among the top high schools in SC. It is known for its many sports, clubs, and academic activities. It first started out small just like any other high school, but over the years it was able to achieve greatness. Socastee High School, which was first known as Socastee Academy was established in 1890. This academy consisted of a two-story rectangular building with an auditorium upstairs. It was limited to boys at first and provided only private tutoring. The first graduating class was the one of 1916 consisting of four graduates. In 1927, Socastee became recognized as an accredited school and made additions to its structure. The basement was made into restrooms and 4 new classrooms were added. Later in 1937, a brick structure was built and more additions came along with the growing enrollment of students. Throughout the years, Lakewood and Saint James Elementary Schools opened, which reduced the school to grades 9-12. The building built in 1937 was a long brick structure that in which one of our staff members, Helen Edwards, curriculum coordinator, got to work in. Edwards described the school saying it was all wood on the inside and there were wooden stands throughout the building. She explained that there were huge windows and the gym was behind the new wings that were built on each side. At that time, Edwards taught full-time. On November 15, 1977, SHS experienced a fire- the cause of which is still unknown. It had been a full 40 years since its original brick construction and the fire destroyed the administrative offices, six of the classrooms, and the gym. Edwards explained how she had to go across the street to teach at the Methodist Church and how, later, portables were amassed to continue the flow of education. Later in August 1982, the current structure of Socastee was built. Socastee was a high-succeeding school right from the start. The Socastee area back then was rural and many of the students were kids of the retired air force members. “Students from the air base did not have a high school in their area, so many of them came to SHS. They were from military backgrounds and parents pushed them to do well. This is what drew me to the student body and the school,” Edwards says. From her experience over the years, she described the changes in the students and how culture has impacted their learning aspects. The current principal of SHS is Dr. Paul Browning who has been with the school since 1998. He decided to become principal for SHS because their IB program enticed him. He’s been here long enough to witness change and evolvement in the past 18 years. According to Dr. Browning, there were 1,800 students enrolled in the school when he first started. In 2003, it reached up to 2,000 students. However, when Saint James opened, the number reduced and now it is at 1,650 students. Aside from numbers, Dr. Browning also stated that there has been a “monstrous increase in technology.” This impacted learning and availability of tools greatly; this is now the 3rd year Horry County has been issuing out iPads and Dell Venues. “I don’t think I’ve made any [improvements to the school], however we’ve made a lot. We’ve always had high graduation, AP, and IB passage rates, and we’ve led the district in EOC and SAT scores” said Dr. Browning. Dr. Browning also claims that in his years of experience, the biggest change he has witnessed is the relationship faculty members have with students and how it has greatly soared. “That is the hallmark for me,” he states. Maintaining good relations is an important aspect to the Socastee team, and in doing so Socastee has made a name for itself and has made multiple appearances on national charts. Socastee is among the two schools in Horry County that offers the International Baccelature (IB) program (the other being Aynor High School). SHS has been a part of the IB World School since January 1997. Socastee is also very well known for their band and Singers. Their band has earned superior ratings every year at the Newberry College Jazz Fest and won the Best High School Jazz Band on the East Coast award in 2009. The Socastee Singers are the advanced choir who also have earned Superior ratings two years consecutively at the Festival Disney Competition. This school receives recognition for their achievement in academic activities as well. In 1988, SHS won the national Mock Trial Championships in Dallas, Texas. The school also has many clubs that are well-known within SC; some of these include DECA, Beta Club, Drama Club, and Academic Team. The ROV (Robotic Operate Vehicle) club has travelled to international competitions after winning their regional competition in 2010. Along with clubs and organizations, Socastee has a variety of sports to offer too; these sports include wrestling, baseball, golf, football, tennis, lacrosse, cheer, swimming, volleyball, dance, and track, as well as an athletic training program. “[The best part about Socastee is that] there is something for everyone whether it’s athletic, dealing with the fine arts, or ROTC,” said Dr. Browning. The thing that allows Socastee to participate in so many events is its population. Edwards states, “I think that we are at a perfect size. We are large enough to offer a variety of programs, sports, clubs, and activities that small schools are unable to. I really think that 1,500 is magical number in size.” Socastee has always been a warm and inviting school. There excellent staff members and an involved student body. SHS has acquired greatness and will continue to do so in its years to come.
Directioners are made in the a.m.
elaina marcucella, staff writer
One Direction has risen to the top again with the release of their fifth album, Made In The A.M. released on November 13, 2015. This is the band's first album without Zayn Malik, who withdrew from the band in March 2015. Leading up to the release of Made In the A.M., the band released multiple singles. Drag Me Down was first released on July 31, 2015. Following the upbeat chart-topping tune was Infinity released on September 22, 2015, and Perfect released on October 16, 2015. These singles truly shined a light on the band’s vocal ability and gave a preview of what was to come on the album. History was the last single released before many major promotional album sneak peeks. Leading up to the long awaited release, live listening parties were hosted all around the country. These gave fans a chance to get a first listen before the official release. Also, each band member released video statements giving an insider's opinion on each song and how it was created revealing their excitement for the album's release. “You guys are incredible and I really really hope you love our album as much as we love it. xxxxx,” tweeted Niall Horan. After Made In The A.M. was officially released fans were left stunned by the amazing vocals produced by the group. Many doubted the band's ability to recover from the loss of Malik, as he played such a heavy role in their sound quality. Upon the day of release the album topped the iTunes chart and left a mark on their career in the music world. Made In The A.M. delivers a sound unlike they have ever produced before. This album features upbeat songs such as; Drag Me Down, Wolves, and History. Also, the album is well balanced with the addition of slow paced songs such as; Love You Goodbye, A.M, and Hey Angel. With the addition of a change in sound comes a change artistry. Made In The A.M. features some songs that hold a deeper meaning than they have produced in previous albums and also a few song that are dedicated to their fans. Although the band started young, this album shows oblivious maturity. One song that stands out next to the rest is Hey Angel. This song is a reflection of wondering if holding onto the past is truthfully worth it in life. Everyone should give Made In The A.M a listen, fan or not. One Direction has stepped up their game and is giving a whole new reason to turn heads. Made In The A.M. is available for download on iTunes and Spotify.
Foreign Language: expanding your horizons
chelby adams, editor
Many high school students are required to take a foreign language course to graduate which leads to suffering through the course junior and senior year when one already has a touch of senioritis. However, there is a method to the madness: it helps one in the real world. “[Knowing a foreign language] leads to learning another culture and it starts to broaden your horizon. It makes us realize that there are other people out there,” said Kelly Chilson, french teacher. Colleges, especially in South Carolina, look for things that set one apart as an applicant, such as IB/AP classes, honors classes, and foreign language. By taking foreign language courses in high school, one begins to see that the world isn’t as small as we think it is. Foreign language courses can take one where they want to go, whether it is overseas, across the country, or even in one’s hometown. “It's helped me realize what I wanted to do for a career choice. I chose to pursue French first and then teaching. It helped me have a choice,” said Chilson. Studying abroad is offered in college to broaden your horizons and give students a chance to experience a different culture. Many people around the world speak more than one language fluently. Why is that? Their governments quickly realized how important breaking the language barriers around the world is. “I would like to be a doctor and travel the world and possibly go to other countries and work so studying abroad during college would help me get accustomed to a different culture more easily when I decide to travel for work,” said Hailey Pimental, junior. More immediate pros to knowing a foreign language are helping one in their English classes or even on nation-wide tests, such as PSAT, ASVAP, SAT, and ACT. “Knowing cognates from other languages like Spanish and Latin helps to figure out synonyms and definitions of vocabulary words in other classes,” said Pimental. Foreign language helps students around the world realize that there is more to life than their little bubble of the town they live in. It helps expand students horizons and leads them to dictate their futures.
thanksgiving break: what to do when the leftovers are gone
mackenzie runyon, staff writer
With Thanksgiving coming, students are giving thanks to the school for giving them a five-day fall break. Instead of going to class for seven hours, you get to spend the entire day doing what you want. This opens up many possibilities for spending time with family, friends, and also bettering yourself in the community. “I find, over Thanksgiving break, it is important to spend time with my family and be aware of everything there is to be thankful for,” Crystal Hernandez, Freshman. Spending time with family and close friends is one of the most common ways to spend this school-free time. Families all over the country come together to celebrate, give thanks, and eat massive amounts of food. Coming together as a family is one of the most important things one can do during this special holiday. “Over Thanksgiving break I watch football with my family because there is nothing better than football,” said Tyler Crouse, Senior. Football is another thing that Thanksgiving is well known for. Before sitting down to eat their delicious dinner, many families gather around the T.V and watch the big games that take place on Thanksgiving day. Other televised programs that are great to watch as a family are the parades, one of the biggest being Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. After the food has been digested and the parades are over, the most famous, yet chaotic night of the year arrives: Black Friday. People, push, pull, and pounce to get the best gifts at the best prices for their loved ones, and sometimes even themselves. Although the savings are great, the massive amounts of buying tend to take away from the thankful spirit of Thanksgiving. Although being with family comes with the holiday season, sometimes family time can become too overwhelming, especially when you’re surrounded with relatives from all over asking questions of every aspect of your life, but taking a break from the family isn’t always a bad thing. Many people feel they do not have a large number of things to be thankful for and definitely do not have an extra-large turkey roasting for their families, much less a kitchen table to put it on. There are programs right here in Myrtle Beach set up to help those people, such as the Community Kitchen of Myrtle Beach. Volunteering is always welcome at this kitchen and many others like in the area, though, helping out doesn’t always mean giving your time. Donating food items and kitchen products are a great way to give back during this giving time. Items accepted as donations include:
Salad Dressing (Preferably gallon size)
Vegetable or Chicken Broth
Green Beans (Preferably large #10 cans)
Carrots (Preferably large #10 cans)
Green Peas (Preferably large #10 cans)
Corn (Preferably large #10 cans)
Grits (5-pound bags)
Sugar Packets – 2,000 count.
Sausage Gravy Large #10 cans
Margarine or Butter
Daily Chef Coffee Creamer (3.75 # or equivalent)
Salt (25 # bags)
Daily Chef HD Food Service Foil – 500 ft.
Large Roll of Plastic Wrap
The holiday season is a time for giving. This Thanksgiving, spend time with your family and others close to you; also, finding time to help the people in your community makes one’s holiday even more special.
Post Don't Roast: Cyberbullying
morgan gasque, staff writer
In this generation, technology plays a tremendous role in everyday life. With social media at an all-time high, teens tend to put their feelings and thoughts on their social media accounts. Most of the time, these feelings and thoughts are negative and/or about a peer(s), and that’s where the term cyberbullying comes into play. “At Socastee, I feel like cyber bullying should be taken more seriously due to the occurrences that have taken place in the past. People are just so cruel and don’t think before they act,” Katelyn Highsmith, junior. Most students think that posting something mean about their peers is just all fun and games. What they don’t realize is how it could in turn be harmful to the victim. For example, in many school districts there have been multiple Twitter accounts that bash students, schools, and sports teams. These accounts do not benefit the student body on any behalf, they only allow cliques and social status to develop even further into the school system. “I’m afraid that not all students and teachers appreciate the seriousness of bullying on social media. These platforms are a large part of teens reality and should be treated as such,” said Steven Barbour, IB history teacher. This is not an issue that should be put on the back burner in today’s world. Despite some students beliefs, the solution to this problem is simply closing a screen or turning off a phone. Bullying is a difficult situation to determine an overkill in enforcement. When one’s feelings and personal emotions are put into concern there is no extreme it becomes each to their own. “The term bullying is taken to the extreme. Bullying is a recurrence of events unless the first encounter is very severe. It’s becoming less of an issue, people just seem to speculate all the little things,” said Tyler Crouse, senior. Cyberbullying has gone beyond those borders and the true solution to this is teaching students that any form of humiliation is not a joke whether they interpret it to be or not. Putting an end to the constant online terror is vital to the overall self-esteem, relationships, and well-being of students because it has a recurrence to bring out the worst in people. Social media should be used to promote positivity and the good things we do every day. Student bodies nationwide should give this ongoing issue some in-depth thought as we venture through today’s world with technology constantly evolving.
FAST FOOD: FILLING YOUR STOMACH AND YOUR
morgan gasque, staff writer
Many people think that fast food jobs are beneath them, when in reality, they are excellent places for starting off employment. At the ages of 14 through 16 you are in the early stage of adulthood, and are not qualified for many options for a real career. The typical job at this age is fast food. In this generation, working in the fast food industry is considered a less than glamorous means of making money; but it is not. Fast food jobs open the door to many learning opportunities that everyone should have before joining the highly professional workforce. One of the advantages of working in fast food is developing better people skills. As an upcoming adult, teens should take advantage of a fast food job and see it as a way to develop better communication skills. Instead of being shy and nervous, you will learn how to communicate with the public better. This is one of the many basic skills that will help guide you through the workforce. These fast paced jobs come with long (or short) shifts that will also teach teens time and money management skills. After you get your first paycheck, you’re probably tempted to spend it on things you would like to have, rather than things you need. While working in fast food, you learn how to manage your money according to your needs. How much you need to save for gas, your phone bill, school events, and also knowing how much you can spend on your own time on things you would like to have. Time management is needed for everything; school, work, sports, even day to day plans. Luckily, a job in fast food will teach you how to manage your time better. Knowing when to get up, start getting ready, when to leave, etc. With all these skills, you learn how to endure a great deal of responsibility. The skills you learn while working in fast food, will benefit you for the rest of your life. Having a job in the fast food industry teaches you the life skills necessary to being a successful adult. Not only will the skills learned while working in fast food be rewarding to you in the future, but they are useful during your high school and college career. Fast food jobs are known to be the most stereotyped jobs out there, so next time you’re asked “Would you like fries with that?”, think about the person who’s asking it, and how that simple, yet didactic job has impacted their lives, in ways they don’t even know yet.
simone werter, assistant editor
Adele's song "Skyfall" set the scene for the popular James Bond movie of the same title. PC: creativecommons.org
Adele has ended her four-year hiatus from the music business and finally released a new song to her deprived fans. Hello went to the top of the charts almost immediately and Adele fans couldn’t be happier. Hello has taken the world by storm and is probably the song that the person sitting next to you is humming. The Rolling in the Deep singer’s new song is the perfect combination of belted out notes and lyrics about love and loss. Though love songs are extraordinarily popular, Adele’s voice causes the emotions portrayed in the song to be even more personally felt. Not everyone has experienced a lost love or an event that requires closure that is not always available, but the incredible voice of Adele is able to make anyone feel every emotion that is poured into the words that she sings. It is no surprise that Adele’s new hit became so popular so quickly. Adele’s album 21 sold over 25 million copies worldwide. Hello became number one on the Billboard Hot-100 list when it debuted, feeding Adele’s music-hungry fans with the familiar sound of her voice that they craved. Previous hits by Adele include Set Fire to the Rain, and Rolling in the Deep; these songs, like Hello, portray a message of love and loss. Fans welcome this song to Adele’s library of hits. This vocal powerhouse’s new album, 25, will be available on November 20th. Say Hello to Adele as she returns to the stage.
"Service above self...see the ability not
mackenzie runyon, staff writer
Socastee High School is full of many clubs and after school activities, but one particular club is new to the 2015/2016 school year, The Junior Civitan Club. This club is centered around helping others with disabilities. The Junior Civitan club used to be a part of Socastee High School years ago but, unfortunately, dwindled out as years past. This year Jennifer Ainsworth, the special needs teacher, has brought the fun-filled club back to the school and is now its advisor. The meeting is held by club president, Kaitlyn Mccarty, sophomore, and vice president, Ashley Jones, sophomore. “The Junior Civitan Club is a service club for young people dedicated to serving individual and community needs with an emphasis on helping people with developmental delays. We have so many general education students that volunteer in our special needs classes and Special Olympics that bringing the Junior Civitan club back to Socastee's campus is the perfect fit. Our students have many ideas to facilitate awareness of our special needs population and this club will give them that opportunity to bring their ideas to Socastee's campus,” said Ainsworth. The club's goal is to make the world a better place along with giving its members leadership training, personal growth, and altogether a whole lot of fun. It participates in many field trips and after school fundraisers to help with the special needs kids at this school and elsewhere in the community. One of the club’s biggest projects is to fundraise for research for developmental disabilities at The Civitan national research center. “In the club we attend events with the special needs kids such as trunk or treating and a homecoming dance. We also go to fundraisers for special needs events such as dance-a-thons and festivals,” said Jones. Junior Civitan Club’s Socastee branch consists of 40 hard working students who are willing to take the time to serve the community in any way they can. The club meets in Ainsworth’s room once a month to go over upcoming events for its members. “By doing outreach programs, fundraising, volunteering, local projects and helping others with disabilities, this club helps the community. It is a fun way to help and you feel great, like a new person when you do helpful things,” said Mccarty. The Junior Civitans are always looking for new members to join the family. Joining this club is a great way to help everyone, including yourself. Being a part of a program such as this one trains you to be a leader in every aspect of your life, not to mention the joy you bring to every child you help.
Motivation is the key to success
elaina marcucella, staff writer
Maintaining grades, meeting deadlines, after-school activities and trying to keep up with personal responsibilities can take a toll on anyone. With all motivation lost most students trade school work for catching up on missed episodes of a favorite tv series. Although staying motivated can be difficult at times, self-motivation is a necessity in all parts of one’s life. . Not allowing procrastination to get the best of you will only work in one’s benefit. This will not only help get current assignments done but will put one in the habit of staying on task and completing assignments within the deadline. *quote* With the first quarter over, one might have received a grade that was shocking or was just two points shy of what one was working towards. Now one may be thinking about that one homework assignment one blew off out of pure procrastination. “I try not to let my grades get bad, It’s honestly disappointing to me if I get a B or below, but if I did I would do everything I can to get it back up. Even if it took staying up every night doing makeup work,” said Katie Petit, senior. Tackle this quarter and make assignments a priority over the next binge session of Scandal, but don’t lose sleep over the little bit of effort one could've used to get those two points or made a passing grade. Start setting goals to achieve better grades than before and after you've set personal goals, it’s time to take on some good studying habits. It takes 21 days to get into a habit so this will not be the easiest task, but it will be worth it. “The best technique I have developed over the years to aid in staying on task while doing school work is to set a certain amount of time that you're going to do school work like, for example, tell yourself you're going to do an hour of schoolwork set a timer and begin. Then reward yourself with something you like whether it be a 30-minute tv show or whatever,” said Meghan Maples, senior. These habits will become the base of your second quarter success. Stick to them and don’t give up. Just remember: it will be for the best in the long run. Giving up on the once a week Netflix binge will do you some good despite your reluctance. Motivation is key in this process. Find a motive, whether it’s getting into your dream college, being able to play a sport or a person you admire. “My motivation is my future. In order to be successful in the future I need to be successful now by getting good grades,” said Maples. Other students plan to go different routes after high school and have other motives when it comes to succeeding in school. “[What motivates me to do well in school are] the goals that I’ve set for myself, for example, joining the military,” said Maria Benstorff-Mejia, senior. With your goals, motivations, and studying techniques ready to go, you will be set for success in the second quarter. Staying on task and keeping your grades where you want them will be a continuous effort but at the end of the quarter it will all pay off when you're not searching for extra credit to bump up your grade.
Senior Privileges, some say they are one of the most exciting things about their last year in high school. A new senior privilege is being instituted for the class of 2016, senior parking. Dr. Paul Browning, principal, and other administrators challenged the senior class to come up with a new privilege and received an idea that was inspired by other high schools around the country. Previously, seniors have always had the ability to park closer to the school with their special parking sticker. But added onto that benefit, seniors are now being assigned parking spaces which they are able to design and paint to express themselves. Senior students were randomly assigned a number for their space, and required to park only in that space along with the option of designing it. Restrictions are necessary when it comes to creative expression; parking spaces are required to be school appropriate. “Anything your momma wouldn’t wanna see [cannot be painted],” said Dr. Browning. Students are expected to be mature enough to know what is and is not acceptable to represent and display on campus. The seniors seem to love the idea of this new privilege. “It’s something cool no other seniors have been able to do before,” said senior Beka Booth. This class likes the fact that they are starting something new that no one at Socastee has done in the past. “It is the start of a new tradition,” stated Nick Koonce, senior. Dr. Browning revealed that he has a positive outlook on the new privilege. This brand new opportunity gives the seniors another chance to express themselves. “It’s a trial run, but if it works it will continue. I enjoy the idea because it gives the seniors the ability to express their creativity,” said Dr. Browning. Many questions have arose about whether or not it is required to park in assigned spots. Consequences are scheduled to follow when students do not follow the rules by parking in another student’s space. “If students do not wish to participate they will be able to park next to the student parking area alongside the underclassmen” said Dr. Browning. Cole Renfrow, senior, expressed that he believes five dollar tickets should be issued to people who don’t park in the right space. Koonce added his opinion by stating, “tickets should be like $20 to prevent it from happening again.” Booth, Koonce, and Renfrow agreed that not everyone is going to follow the parking rules. “People will be mad they got assigned bad spots so they might park in others,” said Booth. As far as what is being painted some seniors are still stumped. “I’m not sure what I’m going to paint--maybe a Clemson paw,” said Renfrow. A common idea that many have already begun painting is student’s initials, which is what Koonce plans to paint. Booth took another approach. “I’m going to paint a bomb pop,” said Booth, “it’s because I love bomb pops and they simply describe me, everyone knows I love bomb pops!” Socastee is always looking for new ways to allow students to express themselves and have a more enjoyable high school career. This new senior parking privilege is intended to do just that. If this works out, it will continue for years to come.
NATHAN SYKES WON'T "SYKE" YOU OUT
morgan gasque, staff writer
Nathan Sykes was previously a member of the band "The Wanted" but has recently came out as an independent performer. PC: creativecommons.cc
From Born to Dance, to The Wanted, to a solo artist, Nathan Sykes is getting more and more popular by the day. With an overwhelming following of fans, his career as a soloist will be a great one. Nathan Sykes is a 22 year old british pop/R&B artist who was formerly associated with the band The Wanted. The Wanted made their debut single in 2009 with a song called Glad You Came, which hit number #1 on the charts in the UK. Their career was history from there, they went worldwide. Hitting the stage in multiple countries from 2009-2014. Sykes was only 16 when the band was first formed, in 2014 The Wanted decided to take a break. Being 22 and having a very special talent, Sykes decided to go solo. The pop/R&B artist released his first song as a solo artist with singer Ariana Grande called Almost is Never Enough in 2013, which was on her album Yours Truly. Two years later, Sykes released his single Kiss Me Quick, which flew all the way to #1 on the US Dance Club Songs Chart. Kiss Me Quick is a jazzy, upbeat, fun song for teens everywhere. The 22 year old heartthrob is very popular in the UK and across Europe. With his dark brown hair, hypnotizing hazel eyes, baby face, and very slim build, Skyes has been popularly mistaken for being younger than he is. “To be 22, Nathan’s voice is very mature, but he literally looks like a kid. You would never expect that voice to come out of him,” said Taylor Barnett, junior. His voice is known for being very deep and soulful. Because The Wanted was not very well known, not many people know who Nathan Sykes is. “A lot of people have no idea who The Wanted is, or Nathan Sykes for that matter, but he needs to be bigger than he is. His voice is great,” said Katelyn Highsmith, junior. Sykes’ music will definitely make you want to dance. Though he is not widely popular in the US, he is an up and coming artist who is bumping up the ranks here at home.
TENNIS IS A GRAND SLAM
mackenzie runyon, staff writer
All sports are exciting and challenging in their own way, but tennis is a grand slam. Although women’s tennis is not as widely recognized as most sports such as football and basketball, it is one of the most personally rewarding sports out there. "[Tennis] helped me a lot with time management between school and everything else. I also learned how to take on a positive attitude in life no matter if the outcome be good or bad,” said Caroline Johnston, junior. In tennis there is no referee or judge to call the ball out or keep the score. Everything is on the honor system meaning trust and honesty are huge factors. This makes it very easy to cheat and call that game winning ball out even though is was clearly in the line, but just because it is easy to do, does not not mean that it is a regular occurrence. "Although lying about the ball being in might help you, if you have to cheat then you don't deserve to win," said Kristian Case, junior. Tennis is played in singles or doubles, meaning you either play a game one on one or a team of two facing another team of two Although in singles you do play by yourself, to win a match you must depend on the rest of the team. By the end of the match, whichever team has won the most games wins the match, so encouraging and helping your teammates is rewarding. "Tennis has taught me to always be honest and encourage my teammates to do their best," said Case. Tennis is also a very mentally and physically challenging game. It may seem as though it is a lethargic easy-going sport, but that is not the case. In a singles match one player must cover a 39 ft x 27 ft court, while in a doubles match 2 players must cover a 39 ft by 36 ft court, which does call for a lot of running and merely no time for resting keeping the players in shape. "Tennis does keep me in shape. It keeps me moving constantly, but at the same time makes me feel good,” said Lili Lekani, freshman. So the main question is who would want to play such challenging sport? Well, Socastee High School has 11 girls who excel in it. After putting in countless hours of practice and training, Socastee’s Girl’s Tennis Team won their region tournament and also have a record of 12-0. Meaning they haven’t lost a single match! They will continue into playoffs 10/28/15. Come watch and cheer on our Lady Braves Tennis Team as they hit their way to the top.
SALUTE TO THE TROOPS
chelby adams, editor
JROTC is dedicated to ensuring that our school pays the veterans the respect they deserve. PC: Valentin Saenz
Caitlin Buchan (middle) is privileged with the opportunity to be apart of JROTC and help with the veterans day assembly. PC: Caitlin Buchan
Veterans Day is a day across the country that we celebrate the service of those who are currently enlisted in the military or have been in the past. Veterans Day is the day we honor the veterans who fought for their rights first hand and who defended our country and our freedoms as a country. The weight of our country and freedoms are held by those who fought for our rights and our freedoms. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the time during World War I was known as “The Great War” and officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. However, “The Great War” ended seven months earlier when a temporary cessation of hostilities between Allied Nations and Germany on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Because of this, November 11 was officially named Veterans Day. “We celebrate Veterans day to give recognition and thanks to all of those who have served in this country's military,” said Caitlin Buchan, sophomore. For many, Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor those who have defended the freedoms of our country, to show our support for our troops, and is a holiday that hits home for people across the nation. “I believe that in order to show support for our veterans and military we should always make sure that our veterans have clothes, food, a roof over their head and treatment for any military related health issues such as PTSD, Depression,etc.,” said Buchan. Buchan is in JROTC and aspires to be in the military when she is older. “My mother, my grandfather and my grandfather's father were in the Air Force, my uncle was in the Army and my grandmother's father was in the Marines. I'd like to join the Air Force because if i did that would make 4 generations of service in the Air Force within my family. I'd also like to travel. When you're in the Air Force you can be stationed all over the world,” said Buchan. Socastee High School is never shy when it comes to recognizing our veterans and showing support for their families. Each year, Socastee has a Veterans Day Assembly where soldiers from all branches of the military are honored. At this assembly, certain students are selected from Band and Orchestra to play specific songs that represent each branch of the military. As these songs are played, faculty and staff members who have served are recognized for their service and are honored for defending our country. “My favorite part of the Veterans Day Assembly is the tremendous response the students provide to the staff members as they are introduced and recognized for their service to our country,” said Colonel Andy Kiracofe. Colonel served for 25 years in the US Air Force as a Transportation and Logistics Officer. His father served as an Infantryman in the US Army in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was awarded the Silver Star for heroic actions with his unit and the Purple Heart for injuries he received during action on the island of Okinawa, Japan. Veterans Day is a day to celebrate and thank those who have served for our country and to honor those who have paid the ultimate price to protect our freedoms. On November 11 remember to thank a veteran for their service and commitment to the USA.
elaina marcucella, staff writer
October is national Breast Cancer Awareness month and like every year awareness is being raised to show support for all survivors, raise money for research, and help all families and friends impacted by the disease. This year multiple organizations will be putting together annual races, walks and fundraisers to contribute to finding the cure. The Susan G. Komen fund, (one of the most widely known breast cancer organizations) raises money towards screening, education, treatment, and support for all patients and all others impacted by this life threatening disease. Unite For Her, another non profit breast cancer awareness organization which is dedicated to filling the gap between medical and personal research (established as nonprofit in 2009), hosts an annual gymnastics meet in support of breast cancer awareness and also a 5k run. If you have checked up on your live snapchat stories you will have seen the “Get Your Pink On” live story, showing walkers, speakers, and supporters from across the nation at fundraising events. These events included the 3-day 60 mile walk; snapchatters here shared their reason for walking and expressed the importance of self examinations and further research on the disease. Socastee students and athletics are also showing there support this month. Each fall sports team is sporting their pink gear from whether it's a sock, bow or gloves. “I think it’s good that Socastee supports breast cancer because it is a very serious issue that affects almost everyone around you.” said Megan Faris, junior. Varsity cheerleaders have been sporting a pink pom-pom alongside the usual gold. Also, all cheerleaders have switched out their black and gold bows for a pink bow along with a adding pink sock to show support. Lady Braves volleyball have been sporting their share of pink along with a winning streak. Girls golf was also seen showing their support to find a cure. “[I do like wearing pink in support of breast cancer awareness] It’s good that we do because it shows patients with breast cancer that there are people out there that support you.” said Megan Faris, junior. The football team has incorporated pink into their game day gear as well. Some players have been sporting pink gloves, socks, and other pink attire. Although, wearing pink is not the only thing they are doing to help the cause. All players are donating a dollar per pink clothing item worn during the game. “I wear a lot of pink during our pink-out game so everyone can notice that i'm playing for it. Also, I wear it for the people who still fight it everyday and the people who died from it or survived it. I think about any of my friends, family, or just anyone I may of know that has/had breast cancer and just play for them,” said Zach Shear, junior and varsity football player. Not only are the athletes showing their support but some of the lines on the field have been painted pink along with the pink ribbon in acknowledgement to breast cancer awareness month. Everyone is making strides to help battle this disease, whether it is by walking in remembrance of a loved one or wearing pink to show support for those of who have had any encounter with breast cancer.
Alessia cara is "here" to stay in the music world
elaina marcucella, staff writer
With new music coming out almost everyday, old favorites and new artists are making an inevitable return this season with some of the best tracks of 2015. New artist, Alessia Cara is on the rise with her new EP “Four Pink Walls” climbing the charts. “Four Pink Walls” features the breakthrough single “Here” and four other contemporary R&B hits. Formerly known as Alessia Caracciolo, a nineteen year old singer/songwriter from Brampton, Canada, Cara started her career out on Youtube covering famous artists songs in 2009. Cara worked towards success with every upload, subscriber, and view. This opened up the door into the music industry for the her; she soon signed with Def Jam Recordings and her career took off. “Here” (released in 2015) appeared on the Canadian Hot 100’s at number 20 and received a gold certificate from Music Canada. “Here” also placed in the top 50’s on the Billboard Hot 100’s. She recently hit the stage at the Life is Beautiful Festival to perform “Four Pink Walls” but surprised fans with a shocking new song “Scars To Your Beautiful.” An empowering piece focused on feeling confident and encouraging self-love. “Here” is not the only success featured on the EP. Each song brings a smooth, modern R&B sound to the composition. Cara carries the abilities to relate to all listeners through her lyrics. Every song covers a topic or situation everyone has been through, whether it is love or friendship Cara’s voice sends a message that speaks to each individual. “Four Pink Walls” is a composition unlike any other. Cara’s voice is warm and brassy but not harsh. You will never experience a voice like hers anywhere else. While listening you get to understand Cara on a real life level, her music connects you to her true self. One song that stands out among the rest is “Seventeen”, because Cara speaks about how fast life goes by and how much the life lessons her mother taught her when she was a child impact her life now. While she is a contemporary R&B artist, those who tend to stray away from that genre should not stray from this. Cara’s voice will attract listeners who favor the pop genre and also listeners who prefer the hip hop R&B genre. This EP will definitely keep her current listeners wanting more. Those who never heard of this star on the rise should most definitely give “Four Pink Walls” a chance as it will instantly make anyone a fan.
'TIS THE SEASON FOR PUMPKINS, COSTUMES, PUMPKINS, CANDY, AND
morgan gasque, staff writer
As Halloween approaches, the students of Socastee get ready to decorate their pumpkins for the annual pumpkin decorating contest. Art teacher, Kelley French, hosts the contest for her Art II and III students to see which Brave has what it takes to be the best pumpkin decorator there is. The artsy Braves get to decorate any kind of pumpkin of their choice, but there is a catch, they cannot cut into the pumpkins. The art has to be a 3D composition. Meaning they have to turn the pumpkins into a 3D object. “The students have to get pretty creative since they can’t carve into the pumpkins like anyone else on Halloween,” said Katelyn Highsmith, junior. The way that the pumpkins can be kept 3 dimensional is with clay. With the clay, one can mold shapes, fire them in a kiln, add them to the pumpkin, and paint them. The pumpkins do not have to be Halloween related. Meaning students can make the pumpkins anything they would like, just as long as they’re school appropriate. When the pumpkins are done and displayed in the library a week before Halloween, they will be will be judged by the staff. Students are also allowed to view them any time they would like. There are 4 categories, and judges will declare a winner for each. The categories are “Most Halloweenie”, “Most Scary”, “Most Creative”, and “Most Humorous”. The category “Most Halloweenie” is based on the festivity of halloween. The category “Most Scary” is based on the most skin-prickling pumpkin. The category “Most Creative” is judged off of individuality and creativeness, and the category “Most Humorous” goes out to the quirkiest, most original pumpkin. Another catch is that every pumpkin has to have a backstory. French always makes sure that there is no emotionless artwork. Every pumpkin has to have a reason for the way it is. The image you get with the pumpkins “story” really lets you feel the emotion behind the artwork, and the artist. There is always method to French’s madness. This contest is a big hit at Socastee, so if you are in the general area of the art hallway at Socastee, be sure to stop my French’s room and check out the not-so artistically challenged Braves, and a week before Halloween be sure to stop by the library and take a peek at the super decorative pumpkins. They are definitely worth the five minutes it would take you to stop by.
is twitter a time bomb?
mackenzie runyon, staff writer
Tick. Tick. Tick. Before you go to bed there is one thing that almost everyone feels the impulsive need to do, check your phone, more specifically, check your preferred social media app. In today’s society people go on social media as many times a day as they blink. “I check my Instagram probably over 60 times a day on average,” said Caroline Johnston, junior. There are many popular sites now that are classified as “social media”. Some of which are Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat. Having these apps allows you to post what you are doing, along with checking in on your friends and family members. These sites may seem like a blessing, but they have changed many things in a negative way. One of the biggest is relationships. “Twitter and things like it cause many fights from what I’ve seen or heard,” Rosemaria Serradimigni, junior. Social media has changed the way people meet and interact. Nowadays it is perfectly acceptable to say that you met your friends or even significant other online. Although it may be normal, it is not always the most reliable or safest method to use when forming relationships. When meeting people on social media sites, one can never really trust anything that they are being told. “I don’t trust what people say on their profiles. Half the time it’s just lies to make themselves look better,” said Brandon Rodgers, junior. Instead of going out and meeting people in person, many people meet others by “sliding into their DMs”. Although that may be fun to say it’s not always the most romantic way to explain how you and your boyfriend/girlfriend met. “I want to meet my boyfriend in a cute way not online,” said Serradimigni. Social media also causes many fights and ends many relationships. By allowing others to see what you are doing, who you are with, and who likes your posts, opportunities for speculation arise. If someone likes your picture and your significant other sees it they may get angry even though you have no control over who likes the picture. Being able to see what your friends or boyfriend/girlfriend are doing almost all the time may seem like a good thing, but think again. This causes more jealousy and hurt feelings than anything else. Seeing that all your friends are together and you were not invited, or finding out that your boyfriend/girlfriend lied when they said they weren’t feeling good and couldn’t hang out because they are out with their friends usually does not end too well. Social media has also made it easier and more acceptable for people to be antisocial. You don’t even have to talk to people to find out what they are doing, just check their social media sites. Even when you do go out with friends, it usually consists of everyone constantly on their phone because they “have to check Twitter” or “need to see how many likes they have on their Instagram picture”, and if everyone isn’t already checking their sites, they are trying “to take the perfect selfie to post” or “update their profile” so people who don’t really care know what they are doing 24/7. So in five minutes when you go to check your Twitter for the 500th time today and see a new person has “slid into your DMs”, think if you really want to talk to and go out with someone who only has the time to talk to you through the internet.
The Lady braves bumping up the ranks
chelby adams, editor
Before every game, the team eats together and creates memories that will last a lifetime.
Our Lady Braves have a winning record of 16-1 (as of October 13th, 2015) and have definitely stepped up and shown their talents this season. The team consists of 14 girls anywhere from 9th to 12th grade. The starting line up is Dale Rogers, senior, Eden Dukes, senior, Megan Faris, junior, Krysta Tesone, junior, Mary Duval Guest, senior, and Anne Martin, junior. Though this season has gone so well, there have been setbacks that have helped them in their comeback. “Our only loss this season was against Myrtle Beach High, but since then the coaches have brought different coaching styles and drills to make us better,” said Hine. As each game passes, the team’s desire for Region AAAA Champs and State Champs have grown even stronger, but each player has additional goals for themselves. “Making the North South team, being a region player, state player and Toast of the Coast player of the year again, and also to get over 30 kills in a game,” said Rogers. “And I wish to be a Region AAAA player again, Get more than 50 assists in a game,” added Hine. Rogers is the team captain and is a key component to the team. She has the determination of a bull and she has a passion for volleyball that stems from her roots, but behind every great athlete there is an even greater support system. “Being in sports all of my life I have been determined to get better and push myself but if my dad wouldn’t have taken me to all of the practices, privates and just going to the gym on the weekend, I wouldn’t be the player I am today so he has been a big part of this journey,” said Rogers. Most players have already played well over 5 years and have gained experience through Recreation leagues and club leagues like Grand Strand Juniors. “I have been playing volleyball since 2nd grade and began playing at GSJ in 6th grade. It has given me the experience needed to play well in high school season and in the future,” said Rogers. While the team does win and lose together, they are just a close knit off the court. “We are a family and we look out for eachother. If someone is having an off day at practice or someone isn’t acting themselves outside of volleyball, we are all concerned for them and try to help out as much as possible,” said Martin. Volleyball is a sport that requires speed, agility, strength, and most importantly teamwork. In order to play well as a team, you have to get along outside of practice and really understand your teammates. “The relationships that you make with your teammates definitely help you on and off the court,” said Martin. The incredibly talented Lady Braves are leaving their mark on every court they have played and are changing Socastee’s perspective on volleyball for the better.
all photos were provided by: Dale Rogers, Katelynn Hine, and Anne Martin.
Transforming the hallways
chelby adams, editor
Most students dread going to class, especially when they feel like it has no relevance in their daily lives, but what if there was finally some connection from your life outside of the classroom? Here’s the answer: bridging the gap between art and what you’re learning in your classes. “I want to connect the inner classroom and curriculum with something the students pass everyday: the hallways. I want students to become interested in reading and their subjects and realize that art is in every aspect of their life,” said Kelley French, IB Art teacher and Art Club leader. In order to bridge this gap, Art Club students will be painting some of the lockers along the English hallway as the spines of books in order to incorporate art in other subjects. “I hope the students will make the connection on their own and realize how art can be intertwined with all subjects,” said French. In order to get the students involved, anyone is open to join Art Club to participate in painting the lockers. “We encourage anyone to join Art Club. We will make a place for anyone,” said French. The idea to paint the lockers as spines of books came about as Suzanne Troiani, English teacher, sent French a picture from Pintrest of a middle school who painted their lockers which have been sealed for a decade due to the lack of use. When the idea came about, French emailed Sarah Ray, English department head, and her idea spread like wildfire amongst the English department and there the planning began. “I wish to have a combination of classics and newly published novels that pertain to our curriculum,” said Ami-lyn Ward, English teacher. The painted lockers will finally link the inner classroom and the outside art world around the school. In the future, French hopes to connect other subjects with the art world as well.
the boo-tiful holiday of halloween
mackenzie runyon, staff writer
The leaves are falling, the temperature is dropping, and we all know what that means, fall! With fall comes Halloween, a holiday full superstition and tradition.Trick or treating and dressing up are just a couple of the many Halloween traditions. Where these traditions come from, though, is unknown to most. “[Halloween] is one of my favorite holidays, but I don’t know where it came from, ” said Kristian Case, junior. You may think you have a clue about the origins of Halloween, but you could be wrong like so many others out there. It is commonly mistaken that the spooky traditions started 2,000 years ago with the Celts. Although their celebration of Samhain resembles traditions of Halloween, such as their dressing up in animal skins and leaving out food is similar to our wearing costumes and trick or treating, there is no proof that their ancient customs influenced the Halloween we all know today. Halloween actually started in the U.S. in the 20’s and was not nationally recognized until the late 40’s, but don’t be mistaken, it was not the same goofy holiday we have come to know and love. From the mid 19th century to the late 40’s, Halloween was all about the trick without the treat. Children would dress up on the night of October 31st and go out on the streets playing destructive “tricks” on the people of their town. These tricks became more intense from year to year, such as vandalizing street lights and putting honey on people’s door steps causing them to slip and injure themselves. The pranking became so intense that the residents would open their doors to the pranksters and offer them “treats” hoping that this would stop them from proceeding with the trick. “Forget about the trick, my favorite part of Halloween is the treat. I love candy,” said Kaitlyn Reeder, junior. The treats were also very different from the candy children receive today. They would get things such as fruit, nuts, coins, cookies, and sometimes toys. It was not until the 1950s that candy was soloed out as the one and only treat of Halloween. So this Halloween while you are traumatizing your younger siblings with fake spiders and scary masks, think back and remember how time has grown and changed this holiday to morph it into the “boo-tiful” traditions we have now.
"The Girl with jesus in her smile"
chelby adams, editor
DeAnna Mason's trip to India was solely based around spreading the Gospel of Jesus to people who may have never heard of Jesus or will never hear of Him again. During this trip, Mason met people who she connected with who she wouldn't have had the chance to meet if it wasn't for this mission trip.
Photo Credit/Photo Courtsey of: DeAnna Mason
our snapchat story
morgan gasque, staff writer
The app Snapchat has people going crazy, but not just for any reason, a new update. Snapchat is an app for sharing pictures, videos, and messages. You can take a picture or video, and add a caption or drawing. Then you can send it to a friend and/or add it to your story to share with your friends. Snapchat friends can view snaps for up to 10 seconds, and then it goes away. The app released on October 22, 2012. It is very popular to kids and teens, but there is something weird about it. They don’t make any money! The creators were offered 3 billion dollars for the company by the creator of facebook but turned it down. They still have yet to explain why. It started out with just picture taking, a caption, and a time limit. In 2013 the creators then added filters, text sizes, front facing flash, and added emojis. As of September 16, 2015, Snapchat now has something called “lenses”. Using facial recognition, they have these lenses/filters to alter the user's face. Seven lenses are included, and the filters change every day! Most teens are excited for this new update, but some aren’t. “I think the new Snapchat update is doing too much. All it needs to be is simple filters, and a caption. These new face things are too much, all snapchat needs to be is pictures and a caption. It got really old after a day.” Said Ashleigh Dean, Junior. On social media, many people are talking about how they don’t like the new update. People think that the creators of Snapchat are just doing too much to the ap, and how they miss the old, simple Snapchat, but others like the new changes! “It’s very different. Sometimes I think that it is unnecessary for them to do all that, but it’s fun to mess with when you’re bored.” Said Maddie Tucker, sophomore. This update is very different for snap-chatters who have had the app for a long time. Users are surprised by this new update, because it’s a very new addition to what the app usually is. The app none the less amuses the public, and we will all continue to sit in class, in the car, and at home, with our mouths wide open, staring at our phones while looking just as ridiculous as you would, stapling your finger.
meet mr. dewalt
elaina marcucella, staff writer
Dewalt is the yearbook adviser and also teaches English 1. He is new to the school this year and came from Waccamaw High School.
Picture Courtesy of: Kyle Dewalt
There is a new teacher on the block, Kyle Dewalt, an English and yearbook teacher here at SHS. The great reputation and historical features of Socastee High School are what caught Dewalt’s eye. “It’s very big and diverse but very welcoming and open. Almost like a big family,” said Dewalt. After completing a bachelor's degree of science and education at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. Dewalt currently working on obtaining his master’s degree in education which he will be receiving by December of this year. Having to manage school and work, like most students here, can get very hectic but Dewalt pulls it off. “School and teaching take time management”, said Dewalt. Growing up, learning and teaching have always been a passion of Dewalt’s, so it's just a given that he has always wanted to be a teacher. “In middle school I realized; I really liked teaching and learning. I was very involved in school at the time,” said Dewalt. With a mindset like this, it's hard to believe this is only Dewalt’s fourth year teaching. “I always enjoyed school so I knew I wanted to be involved with school in some capacity,” said Dewalt. Being the new guy isn't always easy, especially with the weight of the yearbook on your shoulders, something students wait for all year. “It’s pressure to make things correct but I have good resources to help me accomplish that,” said Dewalt. These resources also indicate changes in the yearbook itself. “Using online InDesign has come with challenges but it's making our lives easier using one program,” said Dewalt. Dewalt was the assistant editor of his high school's yearbook and he believes that taking part in that helped him prepare for things in the real world such as time management, deadlines, and organization. Dewalt also enjoyed the creative aspect of the yearbook and how it is a document of the school's history. “Being involved opened up more doors in life for me,” said Dewalt. A day in Dewalt’s class could be described as “Chaotic but learning happens.” best said by himself. He keeps his students motivated by redirecting their attention often, making sure to be organized and keeping them working towards a goal, whether it be an assignment or an overall improvement in grades. “[My teaching style is] relevant to what is going on in the world, I like to connect things to the students’ lives, then draw it all back to what we’re studying,”said Dewalt. There is always a bit of nostalgia when helping high school students, whether it's through teaching or putting a year's worth of events and records together for the yearbook. “[Teaching/ Yearbook] makes me value my teachers and all I have learned. I miss being a student but I enjoy teaching and watching students grow,”said Dewalt. Reminiscing on his high school years, Dewalt’s 11th grade science teacher left a lasting impression him and shed light on the beauty of being an educator. “Although I knew I wanted to become an English teacher, she taught me what a good teacher was and all the effort that went into teaching,” said Dewalt. Everyone takes something away from their high school experience. These lessons we learn aren't always academic. “Hard work is just as valuable as what you know,” said Dewalt. According to Dewalt he sometimes struggled with academics in his highschool years but with hardwork and dedication he succeeded. Though he is still new, Dewalt will definitely see more yearbooks in his time here and become a favorite at Socastee.
juniors begging for mercy
simone werter, assistant editor
Class of 2017, your junior year will not be a breeze. Junior year is very intense for all high school students, no matter how much some people don’t want to admit it. Your junior year involves many different things: PSAT/NMSQT prep, college fairs, SAT’s and ACT’s, class rank, as well as purchasing your class ring. “Junior year is when reality sets in because you’re not an immature high school student anymore and you’re starting to really pay attention to what’s going to happen in your future,” said Robb Urbaniak, junior guidance counselor. It is not abnormal to feel as though your life is being rushed. As a junior, I can sympathize with this sentiment. Immediately upon entering the 2015-16 school year, juniors were bombarded with talks of class ranks, Ed Op Day, and class rings. “Junior year is definitely making me realize how close the end of high school is,” said Sarah Myres, junior. With all of these things happening while our noses are still peeling from summertime sunburn, it’s like we are given the first month of school to plan out the rest of our lives. Ed Op Day was our first step in the college application process (yes, we all hear your inner screams through this computer screen), but it is better to start now than stress eat your way through senior year panicking because you don’t know where you want to go to college and think you’re going to spend the rest of your life on your parent’s couch. “[Ed Op Day] was cool. It gave us an experience that we normally don’t get and gave us an opportunity to go and interview people from different colleges that we normally wouldn’t get a chance to [talk to],” said Austen Sauceda, junior. Now’s the time to start thinking about a lot of things, like scholarships. There are three scholarships that every student should know about: LIFE Scholarship, HOPE Scholarship, and Palmetto Fellows. “For LIFE Scholarship you have to meet two of the three criteria: you have to a 3.0 grade point average, rank in the top 30% of your class, or have an 1100 on the SAT. Palmetto Fellows you have to meet all three criteria; you have to have a 4.0 grade point average, rank in the top 6% of your class and have a 1200 on the SAT. HOPE Scholarship is when you graduate high school with a 3.0 you can get $2,800 to go to a four year college,” said Urbaniak. No matter how much you argue with your mom, she’s more than likely still going to make you take some type of PSAT, SAT, or ACT prep class (even if it’s just to get you out of the house). Prep classes offer an opportunity to ensure that you will do well on your college entrance exams and also gives one a better chance at earning more scholarships (which means more free money for college and more pocket change to spend on whatever adventures you deem worthy). Yes, you’re probably going to be biting your nails, pulling your hair out just a little bit, and most definitely having the occasional “Netflix and Cry” fest with your best friend over all of the junior year stressors. Don’t let these things control your year. Believe it or not, there’s a balance between having a panic attack and actually having fun during your junior year. “Don’t stress, just take things one step at a time. Don’t get ahead of yourself, keep doing what you’re doing but know that there’s a plan out there and stick to the plan of when you need to worry about SAT, ACT, [and] when you need to worry about college applications, when you need to worry about college visits. You’re going to get a lot of advice from a lot of different people but if you just stick to the plan you’ll be okay,” said Urbaniak. Sometimes, it’s easy to think that while everyone puts on a brave face, you’re the only one that’s absolutely overwhelmed by this year so far. This is not the case. Everyone is freaking out, they may not show it, they may deny it, but they are. You’re not by yourself in this black hole of papers and numbers. There may be days where you feel like your brain is so frazzled you could just miss the paper and staple your finger, but you can get through it. No, you’re not expected to plan the rest of your life in the early stages of a single year, and no, you’re (most likely) not going to spend the rest of your life on your parent’s couch. This year isn’t made specifically to traumatize and send you into a mass panic; it’s function is to provide you with a cushion for your senior year. As high school students, procrastination is no foreign topic, and though you may want to stay up for hours “only watching one more episode” instead of worrying about college because it’s “so far away”, this is your reality check. “[Having a lot of things immediately in the beginning of the school year] doesn’t make me feel rushed. I feel like, if anything, it helps us learn more about colleges and it gives [us] a broader horizon of colleges,” said Sauceda. Would you rather spend a little time cramming for SAT’s and thinking about college now, or wait for crunch time and hope that your dream university has a slot left when you apply the day before applications are due? The choice is yours.
mOST ANTICIPATED MOVIES
morgan gasque, staff writer
In the past month, rumors have been going around social media about sequels for famous movies. But not just any movies. Disney movies. The rumors have been confirmed for movies such as “Incredibles 2”, “Toy story 4”, “Finding Dory”, “Cars 3” and many more. You would think little children would be excited for these new movies, but I’ve come to find that more teenagers are looking forward to these sequels than anyone else! Alexa Willsey, junior, thinks teenagers are more excited for these children's movies. “We’ve waited so long! All these movies came out when we were just kids. We’ve waited long enough,” said Willsey. Pixar has made us teenagers wait long enough for these sequels. Kimberly Minor, junior, will be attending these movies. “Most definitely. I feel like I’m going to be the only teenager in a line full of kids though,” said Minor. If you are a fan of the “Incredibles” movies, you should remember that the first movie ended just as the Parr family came across a new villain named the Underminer who declared war on peace and happiness. As the Parr family rushed off the stop him, the movie ends. Whether “Incredibles 2” will pick up that story, or some other one, remains a mystery. The release date for “Finding Dory” is set for June 17, 2016. The first movie Finding Nemo was a big hit which has made over $339.7 million. The movie took the crown as the highest-grossing animated movie in history, but maybe “Finding Dory” will take that crown when it releases. Many people predict the new “Toy Story” movie will be a love story, but because the film is in the very early stages only time can tell. These are just a few most anticipated Disney movies coming in the future. Children, teenagers, and even adults are excited for these movies. Most of them are sequels, but the long awaited sequels are the best ones yet.
THE BEAUTY BEHIND THE WEEKND
elania marcucella, staff writer
August is ending and the “Beauty Behind The Madness” is revealed. Abel Tesfaye, also know as The Weeknd, has recently added another record to his current six that are already out. “Beauty Behind the Madness” was released on August 28, 2015. The album has been given a four and a half star rating on Itunes and has hundreds of reviews. “Beauty Behind The Madness” contains 14 songs, including four top charting singles and features some award winning artists. “Can't Feel My Face”, released on June 8th, 2015, is spending its 9th week in a row in the Billboard's Hot 100’s and is now one of the 14 incredible tracks. Also, at the top of the charts and on the album is “The Hills”, released May 27th, 2015, “Often”, released June 24th, 2015, and “Earned It”. All four singles topped the charts and now debut for a second time on “Beauty Behind The Madness.” Also making their debut in collaboration with The Weeknd are Lana Del Rey, Ed Sheeran and Labrinth. Kanye West even collaborated in the making of the song “Tell Your Friends”. Each of these artists hold their own voice in today's music industry. Thus adding another level of talent to “Beauty Behind The Madness.” This album provides listeners with a new sound, uncomparable to The Weeknd’s other six albums. Tracks vary from upbeat and fast, to slow and relaxed. This album will definitely attract new listeners and have old fans returning. Along with each catchy song comes a new meaning as the whole albums discusses relationships, life, and love. “Beauty Behind The Madness” is unique from cover to cover. Each track holds the ability to change the atmosphere of a room. This album may not be for listeners who only like pop music, as The Weeknd’s creation usually fall in the alternative R&B category. Those of who weren't a fan of the previous albums should most definitely give “Beauty Behind The Madness” a listen as the sound varies from track to track and is much different in comparison to previous albums. Whether you're a returning fan, new fan, or just discovered the many talents The Weeknd has to offer, you should check out “Beauty Behind The Madness.”
First mcsteamy, now mcdreamy...now im mcneedy
mackenzie runyon, staff writer
Nothing will ever compare to the heart wrenching drama, classic story lines, and let’s not forget the “McHotties” that the medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” has to offer, but after the season 11 finale, the show’s fans are eager to fill the gap that was left by the death of the show’s leading man, Derek Shepherd. Throughout the 11 seasons of “Grey’s Anatomy” many of the main characters have been killed off, leaving the majority of its viewers feeling empty. “I think it, [killing off the characters,] hurts the viewers because so many of the people we love are now gone,” said Hailey Pimental, junior. With the characters dieing-off, regular “Grey’s Anatomy” viewers are looking for other options to satisfy their drama and man-candy needs. Luckily, there are other shows that air during “Grey’s Anatomy’s” off season that seem to fit the requirements. “'Teen Wolf' has drama similar to Grey’s [Anatomy],” said Katelyn Price, junior. “Teen Wolf” is a drama series that airs on MTV every Monday from 10 to 11 (though season 5A has recently ended, 5B will return in the winter) . Unlike “Grey’s Anatomy,” with its new seasons comes new characters while most of the old remain constant. Although “Teen Wolf” is of the werewolf genre rather than medical, it still has many of the same factors that make up Grey’s Anatomy, like heart wrenching story lines, but with its own touch of horror. If medical dramas are what you prefer, there are still other shows out there that have similar takes on the genre as “Grey’s Anatomy.” “The Night Shift” is a medical series aired on NBC that was released in the spring of 2014. It highlights the lives of doctors that work in an E.R during the night shift. This show keeps the hospital chaos of “Grey’s Anatomy” while also keeping its main characters in tact. “The Night Shift” was recently confirmed for a third season, but has not yet been stated when it will be released. For all the viewers of “Grey’s Anatomy” that are still wearing their black veils for the loss of McDreamy, it’s time to put them back in the closet and move on with a new series, new drama, and new gorgeous guys. “Grey’s Anatomy” may not have a replacement, but there is always a close second.