After students returned from Spring Break, many realized that something was different. Allergies, dirty cars, and yellow extremities were all in high supply. The culprit? Pollen.
2010 has reigned in a variety of pluses for Leesville students: new classes, prom plans, and the hope of graduation persuade students to persevere through the duration of the school year. Now, however, there may be one more thing to slow them down—an increased pollen count.
Remi Olagoke, sophomore, said, “Everyone on my softball team has been complaining about allergies and I’ve been having nosebleeds. I think it’s the increased pollen that is affecting me.”
According to the News and Observer, the average pollen count is between 1000 and 1500 granules. This year, however, the count has exceeded 3000.
In Winston-Salem the count is even higher, reaching almost 10,000 granules.
Brittney Glover, senior, said, “I’ve never seen pollen this bad. Somehow it even gets on my feet when I’m wearing shoes. I can’t imagine what it would be like to live in Winston-Salem right now.”
Amy Wedge, a Leesville English teacher, agreed. “I took a lot of precautions this year to avoid allergies, but I still found that the pollen caused me to use my inhaler more—it really bothered my asthma more than usual.”
To the relief of the community, though, April showers cleared away a large percentage of the pollen, alleviating allergies and other qualms.
Cameron Steagall, senior, said, “I thought the pollen this year was extremely excessive. Now that it has rained I can finally ride in my car with the windows down again. Hopefully it won’t be this bad next year.”