Fallon Parrish, 9
Going into homecoming, I honestly had no idea what to expect. My friends that are sophomores told me that it’s basically a dark, sweaty area of people grinding on each other. I’m not going to lie, but when I heard this I wasn’t as excited as I once. When I first walked into the dance, I finally understood what everyone was talking about. There was a big clump of upperclassmen in the middle of the floor and groups of freshman and sophomores around the outskirts. As the night progressed, the dance floor began to become more crowded and somehow my friends and I got pushed to the middle of the floor . There were so many bodies pushed together that it was so hard to breathe and I was sweating so much. By the end of the night they had ran out of water and I became so dehydrated. Even though it seems like I hated homecoming, I didn’t. It was fun getting dressed up, going to eat and dancing around with friends. This was my very first homecoming and it is one I’m sure I won’t forget.
Irelyn Rogan, 10
Our galaxy themed homecoming is right around the corner! This year, it is on October 13th. I hope everyone is as excited as I am! At this time everyone is getting their suits, dresses, and shoes ready for the big day. As most of you know, Monacan and Clover Hill High School have already had their homecomings, so new trends have started to pop up.
For girls, floral dresses have been a huge hit this season. Many people have been wearing short length dresses that have a colorful, floral pattern. Another really popular trend that is that dark blues, reds, and greens are the colors season! Additionally, many of the dresses have been sleeveless due to the warmer weather we have been having. When it comes to shoes every girl is different, but neutral colored and chunky heels have been a must!
The guy’s fashion has been a lot of navy blues, deep reds, and grays. Whether it’s a navy blue suit and a gray tie or vise versa, they have been super popular! Many guys have tried out bow ties instead of the traditional long tie, which is a fashionable and unique accessory for guys this homecoming season. Classic brown or black dress shoes have continued to stay in style. I hope that everyone has an “out of this world” night at homecoming!
Zoë Broderick, 9
Many studies have shown that retention rates go down dramatically during the summer, but with nine months of the school year to learn, is it really that bad to give kids a continuous break? If our school were to switch to a year round academic plan, it would completely throw off the culture of American students.
The teenage brain is accustomed to nine months of school and three months of summer. Changing that after years of it being ingrained as a cornerstone of American schools would throw off academic rhythm. The students agree too. According to an online poll, 70% of students say that they would prefer to stay with the current school schedule of eight months of school, three months off. They say the cons of year round school greatly outweigh the pros. Students want summer for a mental break, a time where they can just be themselves, and school should not get in the way of that.
Fallon Parrish, 9
Hurricane Florence was a monstrous storm that hit North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Bermuda, Cape Verde, West Africa, Atlantic Canada, and Eastern United States. The storms lasted from August 31 to September 19, 2018.
t began as a tropical storm over the Cabo Verde Islands off the coast of Africa, and made landfall as a Category 1 storm in the on September 14 over Wrightsville Beach, North Caroline. The highest the wind speed got up to was 140 mph, or 220 km/h. Florence is the sixth-costliest Hurricane to date, with more than $38 billion in damage. The death toll was 36, with 26 in North Carolina, eight in South Carolina, and two in Virginia.