Articles by Nia Doaks, staff writer

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Music to my ears: The Weeknd

Abel Tesfaye, known by his stage name The Weeknd, is a Canadian singer and record producer. Originally, in 2010, Tesfaye uploaded songs to YouTube under…



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Music to my ears: Drake

Actor. Singer. Recording artist. Rapper. Songwriter. Aubrey Drake Graham, who goes by the name “Drake”, is an incredibly versatile artist. He was born in Toronto,…


National pancake day

On Tuesday, February 5, people could go to IHOP, dine in, and eat pancakes– for free. National Pancake Day at IHOP is a tradition that…



Music vs. mall shoppers

Recently, I was shopping when a thought occurred to me: Why do stores in the mall play music? What kind of demographic do they advertise…


The horrors of car towing

It’s a Friday night. I park my car downtown, at a McDonald’s (at about 10pm), and walk across the street to a cafe. I’m out…


Voices against violence

Leesville’s digital media class was given a chance to shed light on the idea of an abusive relationship. On Tuesday, February 28, Mr. Korreck’s Advanced…


Music to my ears–Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars (born Peter Gene Hernandez) is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. Mars was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii by a family of…



Does order matter?

In a world that is constantly changing and evolving technologically, the purchase of CDs is slowly declining. With the introduction of iTunes, iPods and iPhones,…


Apparel class takes to the runway

Instead of taking a test on the unit, Mrs. Blackwelder’s third period apparel class is making dresses– out of trash. The Apparel I class is…


Music to my ears– Kendrick Lamar

  Kendrick Lamar is an American hip hop recording artist from Compton, California. He first gained major attention after the release of his fourth mixtape,…



Let Me Explain tour stops in Raleigh

“Let me explain….” Kevin Hart used this catch phrase many times throughout his comedy show on Saturday, October 27 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh….


Why do we laugh?

Let’s face it– we all love to laugh. Stand-up comedians do a great job of tapping into human emotions and making us break out into…


One Paranormal too many

This third sequel of the first Paranormal Activity was somewhat disappointing. Paranormal Activity 4 follows the same formula as all the others: A first-person account…


Crowning royalty at Leesville

The time that every senior looks forward to from the beginning of high school is finally here– their last Homecoming week. There is Spirit Week,…


Music to my ears– Frank Ocean

Christopher Francis Ocean, better known as Frank Ocean, is a neo-soul singer-songwriter who was born in New Orleans. He has released one major album, channel…



Why is sleep important?

Sleep is important and necessary for human survival; however, people can’t seem to get enough of it– especially kids who are high school and college-age….


Technology– helpful or harmful?

Technology is big part of people’s everyday lives. Teenagers, in particular, rely on their phones for communication, homework help and entertainment. In the working atmosphere,…




Club Paradise tour postponed

Drake’s “Club Paradise” tour was supposed to make its way to Raleigh on May 22, at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavillion at Walnut Creek….



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Sports “inside the walls”

In college, it might be hard for some people to keep moving and stay active. In order to do this, there are a number of…





First period full of traveling scenes

Every year, traveling scenes go around to different classes to perform in front of them. Usually, there’s about one or two scenes that come to…



Silent House: dark and confusing

A woman is trapped in her family’s supposedly haunted lake house (hence the title, Silent House) with no one there to protect her. The windows…



Dos Taquitos gets dos thumbs up

Have you ever wanted to go to a really authentic Mexican restaurant but didn’t know where to find one? I did, and my search ended…






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Hip hop influences teenagers

Media can have a lot of influence on people’s lives. Music, especially, is very powerful. It can tap into people’s emotions and change the way…


Art to Wear fashion show

On Tuesday night, April 11, N.C. State designers took their ideas to the runway in the annual Art to Wear fashion show. This is the…


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Some teachers prepare to retire

Here at Leesville, a few teachers are choosing to retire after this 2010 – 2011 school year. These teachers include Dr. Dubay, Mr. Harvell, Mrs….


Beads for Life: a student ambition

It’s a wonderful thing to see people of our generation giving back to the community. Elizabeth Kelley, a junior, was recently spotlighted in the News…





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PAC Sports Camps

Summer is fast approaching as the high school sports seasons come to an end. Athletes are beginning to think about their next season and how…


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Winter sports wrap-up

Leesville winter sports are at the end of their season. Wrestling, swimming, and girls and boys basketball seasons are all coming to a close and…


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Online Dangers

Imagine this: seeing a picture of yourself on the Internet, with mean and hateful comments about you so that everyone can see. It’s a website…