There is an easy remedy to this problem, and it comes in an uncommon art form: the newspaper.
In fact, one of Leesville’s best kept secrets is called The Mycenaean, a student-run newspaper that pumps out articles on a daily basis.
This may seem like a horrifyingly arduous task, but the students, sometimes called staff writers, do it out of the goodness of their hearts.
“The manner in which I write definitely may seem convoluted, but that’s the beauty of being a part of something bigger than myself,The Mycenaean staff,” said Jonathan David Wendt I, Senior, Amateur Writer.
Not all students share the benevolence and selflessness of Wendt; in fact, Alex Stewart, resident rude girl, feels quite differently.
“I hate people. I hate newspapers. I hate teachers. They called me the Grinch, but I hate him too. I hate puppy dogs and candy-canes, and everything good,” she said.
While the clashing personalities may at first seem problematic to the seamless operation of a newspaper class, in actuality, it is precisely the opposite.
The schism of the writers’ personalities makes for an excellent, timeless, diverse paper that both the angelic and satanic can appreciate.
The Mycenaean features an intricate infrastructure with its own leadership system. The hierarchy has four editors serving under the head-honcho, the Editor-in-Chief.
“Um… I really like leading newspaper. It’s totally fun. I totally make sure that everyone is good friends and has a totally great time! And like, I really like making sure the paper is totally readable before we publish it,” said Kelly Williamson, Editor-in-Chief.
Newspaper is likely the most under-appreciated curricular event in high school. All the glory goes to clubs and events such as football, Model UN and Yearbook. In reality, without Newspaper, the school would not function properly.
Leesville students also share insight about the newspaper: “It’s uh… It’s pretty good. I like reading articles and stuff,” said an anonymous sophomore.
Staff insight is perhaps a little more valuable. Robert Phillips, English Teacher, spoke his mind: “The writing is fair, and the reporting is good. I wish [the staff] pushed the envelope a little more; I don’t see as much controversial topics as I’d like.”
Newspaper keeps students and staff in check by constantly waiting for them to make a mistake, so they can write about it.
Without the Mycenaean and their staff, Leesville Road High School would fall apart.
Will Bennett is a remarkable staff writer who was recruited from his early days. In fact, before Bennett could even speak, the Mycenaean took serious interest in him. While many consider this practice to be unethical, the Leesville editors disagree. Alex Stewart claims that his contributions to the staff have been “Pullitzer Prize” worthy.
In addition to his writing, Bennett enjoys animals, Freshberry Frozen Yogurt, Hip-hop music, and long walks on the beach. He can often be found on his seaside estate composing original music, writing moving poetry, and balling with old basketball greats like Larry Bird and Michael Jordan.