What Cary High Students Are Saying About School

By: Students of Cary High with the help of Regan Sumy

A big thanks to all the Cary High students who participated in this survey; this piece would not be successful without you all. I know this year has been extremely different from any other school year…ever! Keep persevering your way through, and keep your eyes on the prize–you got this! Let’s look into what students have expressed about this school year including: their cohort, grade, favorite and least favorite memory, any hopes, and recognizing a teacher. 

Anonymous 

  • Cohort?
    • Virtual
  • Grade?
    • Senior
  • Best thing about this school year?
    • “Waking up later, since I don’t have a first period.”
  • Least favorite thing about this school year?
    • “Having to pay attention harder during class because everything was more hands-on during in-person school.”
  • Any hopes for the remainder of the school year?
    • “I hope I finish the school year with good grades.”

Emerson Phillips

  • Cohort?
    • Virtual
  • Grade?
    • Junior
  • Best thing about this school year?
    • “The best thing about school this year has been being able to take tests in my pajamas!”
  • Least favorite thing about this school year?
    • “My least favorite aspect of this school year has been not being able to connect as well with my classmates.”
  • Any hopes for the remainder of the school year?
    • “Before this school year ends I hope that most of us get vaccinated!!”
  • Teacher Appreciation
    • “To Frau Reher: Thank you for teaching us German this year even though it’s been super difficult online!!”

Anonymous 

  • Cohort?
    • Virtual
  • Grade?
    • Junior
  • Best thing about this school year?
    • “Sleeping through the first period every day has done wonders for my mental and physical health. I love how my first periods have been really easy so I still have an A in first.”
  • Least favorite thing about this school year?
    • “I really miss the camaraderie of hustling through hard assignments together. I miss my friends.”
  • Any hopes for the remainder of the school year?
    • “UNC becomes test optional.”
  • Teacher Appreciation
    • “Shoutout Stephanie Jessee for being the kindest and most patient AP Lang teacher. She is so patient, and she makes her students feel like she cares because she does.”

Sarah Cain

  • Cohort?
    • Virtual
  • Grade?
    • Freshman 
  • Best thing about this school year?
    • “I think the best thing for me this year in terms of being off-site would have to be not having an overloading amount of work to do and being able to be more relaxed when I am working on assignments.”
  • Least favorite thing about this school year?
    • “My least favorite thing about being off-site all year is not being about to go to clubs as we normally could on-site, and not being able to go to classes with my friends like I normally would on site.”
  • Any hopes for the remainder of the school year?
    • “I have nothing really that I am really hoping for by the time school ends this year right now.”
  • Teacher Appreciation
    • “I just want to say a big thank you to all of my teachers and all the teachers of Cary High School. You all are doing so much to make sure we are able to get anything done this year and trying to keep things as together as possible for all the students of the school so that we all have the possibility to learn this school year! I appreciate the time you all the time and work you put into making this bad situation as productive and worth it as possible. Thank you!”

Noah Tomczak

  • Cohort?
    • 2B
  • Grade?
    • Sophomore 
  • Best thing about this school year?
    • “Probably having the opportunity to go back into campus to see a few familiar faces, as that was not possible online.”
  • Least favorite thing about this school year?
    • “Not having the true face-to-face experience with the teachers.”
  • Any hopes for the remainder of the school year?
    • “I’m hoping that more of us will be able to go back to campus safely, as being on campus with only 200 students doesn’t feel like school, if you know what I mean.”
  • Teacher Appreciation
    • “I just want to say a huge thank you to all my teachers, including Mrs. Whitley, Mr. Kinsey, Mr. Mann, and Commander Erickson, for making this semester easy going and not stressing considering this semester has mostly been online. Don’t give up on all that you do!”

Benjamin Passiglia 

  • Cohort?
    • 3C
  • Grade?
    • Sophomore 
  • Best thing about this school year?
    • “Definitely JROTC. We started doing practices in person before school even opened up in person.”
  • Least favorite thing about this school year?
    • “Math. I dislike math so having to do it online made it worse.”
  • Any hopes for the remainder of the school year?
    • “Getting to school in person with a full classroom.”
  • Teacher Appreciation
    • “Mrs. Culbreth, thank you for pushing the school to do orchestra in person. Meeting up has really helped me and I appreciate it. It’s important to play music in person, so with that possibility open to people, it’s amazing.” 

Jessica Paredes 

  • Cohort?
    • 3C
  • Grade?
    • Sophomore 
  • Best thing about this school year?
    • “Getting more free time to study and staying home.”
  • Least favorite thing about this school year?
    • “The fact that if I needed help for any class, I couldn’t just call my teacher. Appointments needed to be made and it was a slower process.”
  • Any hopes for the remainder of the school year?
    • “We can all be in school and see all of our friends again.”
  • Teacher Appreciation
    • “Mr. Bryant, although I am not very excited or good at math, you make it my favorite class to be in :).” 

Johanna Ramirez-Perez

  • Cohort?
    • Virtual
  • Grade?
    • Junior
  • Best thing about this school year?
    • “The best thing this school year has been joining the lacrosse team, I made many new friends and I got to spend some time outdoors. We only had two games this season but it was a blast just being apart from the team.”
  • Least favorite thing about this school year?
    • “My least favorite aspect of this school year was not being able to see my friends and living my junior year in person with them.”
  • Any hopes for the remainder of the school year?
    • “I’m hoping that we can go back to campus for some small events.”
  • Teacher Appreciation
    • “I appreciate Mrs. Kimberly for always being understanding and giving us days to catch up on work. You really make me want to be in class, and you keep the lessons straightforward. I really appreciate all your hard work towards helping us. Thank you!”

Naila Din 

  • Cohort?
    • 2B
  • Grade?
    • Junior
  • Best thing about this school year?
    • “Being able to go back to school in some way and being able to participate in sports. To be able to go back to school has been very helpful for me when asking questions to teachers and seeing my friends that are in my cohort—things I couldn’t necessarily do in online school. Also, playing volleyball, despite the pandemic, has been a great way for me to still stay active, and I am very grateful that our season wasn’t canceled and instead postponed.”
  • Least favorite thing about this school year?
    • “This school year, I struggled a lot with time management and motivation for my school work. In previous years, I’ve kept up with my homework and my grades, but this year it’s been a struggle for me and a lot of people, and it sucks that I’m not like how I used to be with school.”
  • Any hopes for the remainder of the school year?
    • “I’m hoping that we will be able to go off campus for lunch, which would make school a little bit more normal.”
  • Teacher Appreciation
    • “All counselors: I want to thank you all for all you have done this year for the students to continue to be involved within the community—most notably, the class Google Classrooms that provide information with summer programs and new opportunities for students to check out. I have been able to apply to many programs and be aware of events that I would have certainly not known about without your guys’ help. Thank you!”

Anonymous 

  • Cohort?
    • Virtual
  • Grade?
    • Senior
  • Best thing about this school year?
    • “Although senior year was definitely different than other senior years, the drive-thru thrown by the school has definitely been something small to look forward to.”
  • Least favorite thing about this school year?
    • “Having to go online and less personal interaction.”
  • Any hopes for the remainder of the school year?
    • “Prom but maybe in-person graduation.”
  • Teacher Appreciation
    • “Love you Ms. Keller! Your class is so much fun and your spirits and positivity is always radiating. You’re the best!” -Z 

Anonymous 

  • Cohort?
    • 2B
  • Grade?
    • Sophomore 
  • Best thing about this school year?
    • “Not having to wake up as early.”
  • Least favorite thing about this school year?
    • “It’s a lot harder to focus because there are more distractions at home, and it feels like there’s more work.”
  • Any hopes for the remainder of the school year?
    • “I hope we will at least be reduced to 2 cohorts instead of 3.”
  • Teacher Appreciation
    • “I appreciate all my teachers because I know it’s harder to teach right now with less student interaction :).” 

Nihar Godthi

  • Cohort?
    • Virtual
  • Grade?
    • Senior
  • Best thing about this school year?
    • “I think that online school has allowed us to move at a more personalized pace and it gives us time to do more things outside of school.”
  • Least favorite thing about this school year?
    • “It’s been difficult to learn over video calls, and I hate that I’m missing out on my last actual year of school.”
  • Any hopes for the remainder of the school year?
    • “I’m hoping that we get an in-person graduation.”
  • Teacher Appreciation
    • “Hey Mr. Jessee, thank you so much for leading the Speech and Debate team through a very difficult year. You’ve worked way harder to make this work for all of us, and everyone on the team appreciates what you do for us.”

Anonymous 

  • Cohort?
    • Virtual
  • Grade?
    • Sophomore 
  • Best thing about this school year?
    • “I’m able to do work in my sweat pants and in bed.”
  • Least favorite thing about this school year?
    • “It’s harder to focus since I’m in my own house.”
  • Any hopes for the remainder of the school year?
    • “My grades becoming all A’s.”
  • Teacher Appreciation
    • “Mrs. Duncan English 2 Honors – you were the first person I saw in the morning and you were never in a bad mood, so thanks for letting my day have a good start.”

Anonymous 

  • Cohort?
    • 1A
  • Grade?
    • Freshman
  • Best thing about this school year?
    • “Playing on the lacrosse team because it gave me the chance to meet people from school without being in school and because it was something relatively “normal” to do to get myself out of bed every day.”
  • Least favorite thing about this school year?
    • “Online learning 100%. My grades are dropping because it’s harder to pay attention in online class than an in-person class, and it’s not fun, as you don’t get to work with/be with other people.”
  • Any hopes for the remainder of the school year?
    • “I hope I can go to a sports game at some point before the end of the year!”
  • Teacher Appreciation
    • “Ms. Brown- it’s been great to be in your class this year, and it was nice to talk to you at lunch in person the other week!”

Isabella Rivera

  • Cohort?
    • 3C
  • Grade?
    • Senior
  • Best thing about this school year?
    • “Finally going back and seeing some of my favorite people.”
  • Least favorite thing about this school year?
    • “Online school :/ There are so many distractions at home like my phone or my loud, constantly barking dog. I’m also not the greatest at time management.”
  • Any hopes for the remainder of the school year?
    • “The decision of a traditional graduation (very doubtful but a senior can hope).”
  • Teacher Appreciation
    • “Mr. Yasick, thank you for creating an environment in your classroom that has made me feel so safe and welcome. I’m truly honored that I could spend the last four years as a part of your chorus.”

Anonymous 

  • Cohort?
    • Virtual
  • Grade?
    • Freshman 
  • Best thing about this school year?
    • “A few good teachers who put effort into our learning.”
  • Least favorite thing about this school year?
    • “Not seeing friends, having teachers who don’t try very hard for us, and overall just having a tough time understanding everything and not getting stressed out about it.”
  • Any hopes for the remainder of the school year?
    • “My family will get vaccinated and hopefully I’ll be able to see not only them but also my friends.”
  • Teacher Appreciation
    • “Thank you Ms. Davies for putting in the effort and helping us learn even though it’s not ideal.”

Lily Goodman 

  • Cohort?
    • Virtual
  • Grade?
    • Freshman 
  • Best thing about this school year?
    • “The freedom to use my own learning strategies and flexibility.”
  • Least favorite thing about this school year?
    • “The isolation from teachers and other students.”
  • Any hopes for the remainder of the school year?
    • “Everything goes to plan, and things slowly get better.”
  • Teacher Appreciation
    • “Dear Ms. Blackburn, I enjoy learning math in your class, and you always make it worthwhile.”

Anonymous

  • Cohort?
    • Virtual
  • Grade?
    • Senior
  • Best thing about this school year?
    • “Being able to have more flexibility with school work, and being able to do school from wherever.”
  • Least favorite thing about this school year?
    • “Not being able to learn a single thing and having a huge amount of assignments that I learn nothing from.”
  • Any hopes for the remainder of the school year?
    • “Some semblance of a fun graduation.”
  • Teacher Appreciation
    • “Shoutout to Coach Ro for being super helpful and really listening to his students.”

Avery Phillips

  • Cohort?
    • Virtual
  • Grade?
    • Sophomore
  • Best thing about this school year?
    • “The best thing about this school year has been the ability to work on whatever work I needed to finish if I had free time in any other class.”
  • Least favorite thing about this school year?
    • “My least favorite aspect of this school year has been not being able to see my friends as often.”
  • Any hopes for the remainder of the school year?
    • “I’m hoping that everyone can be safely vaccinated and that school for next year can be confirmed.”
  • Teacher Appreciation
    • “Thank you to Mr. Bryant for making math fun and more understandable than it ever has been for me, which is a hard thing to do virtually!”

Dae Williams

  • Cohort?
    • Virtual
  • Grade?
    • Senior
  • Best thing about this school year?
    • “Being able to get out of school earlier.”
  • Least favorite thing about this school year?
    • “Online school.”
  • Any hopes for the remainder of the school year?
    • “Senior prom :(.”
  • Teacher Appreciation
    • “Mr.Nantz, thanks for being the bomb.com. Your class is the besttttt!!”

Thomas Fisher

  • Cohort?
    • 2B
  • Grade?
    • Sophomore
  • Best thing about this school year?
    • “Actually talking to the teachers-they’re all really nice!”
  • Least favorite thing about this school year?
    • “Online.”
  • Any hopes for the remainder of the school year?
    • “A decision or plan to go back full time.”
  • Teacher Appreciation
    • “Kimbo (Mr. Kimberly) is by far the best teacher I have ever had! He’s funny, nice, and also mean in a toned-down way. I love his class because it’s always fun and we really get to know him and he really gets to know us throughout his class. Kimbo’s class is full of energy and I wish we had more teachers like Kimbo!”

Ria Devgon 

  • Cohort?
    • 2B
  • Grade?
    • Senior
  • Best thing about this school year?
    • “The best thing is coming back on campus to see my teachers and actually feel like we’re having a kinda normal school year. I’m glad to come back to campus for my last year of high school.”
  • Least favorite thing about this school year?
    • “My least favorite is not being able to have the teacher-student time in person because I like to learn with the teacher with me so that I can see how it’s done and ask questions to them at that time.”
  • Any hopes for the remainder of the school year?
    • “I hope to continue to go in person and have a normal graduation.”
  • Teacher Appreciation
    • “Dear Mr. Banyas, although I haven’t been the best student in Calculus, I’m glad I decided to take Calculus. I’ve seen a whole new world of math which I’ve never seen before, and it’s made me much more interested in the aspect of math and the applications! This class has also shown me that I have a lot of work to do in my skills as a mathematician and having you as a teacher who is willing to be tough in order to make them succeed is a teacher I’ve always loved having! In the future, I hope to be a better mathematician and I’ll always remember this class as a moment I saw that I needed growth. Thank you for showing me this new world of math and making me fall in love with math again! I appreciate all your hard work to teach all of us!” -Ria Devgon

Anonymous 

  • Cohort?
    • 3c
  • Grade?
    • Junior
  • Best thing about this school year?
    • “Nothing.”
  • Least favorite thing about this school year?
    • “Everything.”
  • Any hopes for the remainder of the school year?
    • “That I don’t get held back.”

Seth

  • Cohort?
    • Virtual
  • Grade?
    • Freshman
  • Best thing about this school year?
    • “Being able to stay home and not have to wake up super early to get to class on time.”
  • Least favorite thing about this school year?
    • “The amount of stress and lack of motivation to actually do my school work.”
  • Any hopes for the remainder of the school year?
    • “Corona basically goes away and we can finally do stuff normally (hopefully without masks).”
  • Teacher Appreciation
    • “Ms. Richards: Thank you for being the best and most understanding teacher I have had in a long time. You helped me learn and understand the information without drowning me in school work.”

Anonymous 

  • Cohort?
    • 3c
  • Grade?
    • Senior 
  • Best thing about this school year?
    • “Not having to deal with anybody in person.” 
  • Least favorite thing about this school year?
    • “Everything else. I usually hate school but this time I hate it x100.”
  • Any hopes for the remainder of the school year?
    • “Not sure, maybe a prom would be nice.” 

Anonymous 

  • Cohort?
    • 3C
  • Grade?
    • Sophomore
  • Best thing about this school year?
    • “I really like how the teachers have taken extra steps and worked hard to engage their students, even in a virtual learning environment!”
  • Least favorite thing about this school year?
    • “Being online and missing out on typical social interactions has been hard.”
  • Any hopes for the remainder of the school year?
    • “4s and 5s on AP tests!”
  • Teacher Appreciation
    • “Mrs. K Duncan, thank you for all your hard work! You go the extra mile to help us learn in English 2 Honors :).” 

26 students. 26 backgrounds. 26 opinions. Thank you to the 26 of you who took the time to help me create this article. Remember to look on the bright side and smile. I hope you all have a good rest of your school year!

The Underrated & Underrepresented: Women in Sports

By: Amarah Din

The month of March is dedicated to the recognition and appreciation of the woman’s experience, past and present. Women have been put in positions of struggle in numerous areas ranging from politics to the media, from the workplace to sports. And there is still much more. Yet, it isn’t often that we see praise for resilience of women.

Today, March 8th, is the official International Women’s Day. Cary High School has a strong student body, and it would be a disservice not to recognize the accomplishments of our female students on this day. So, to celebrate them, let’s take a look at what six female athletes at Cary High have overcome in the world of sports.

Abigail Harris

What sport(s) do you play?

  • I’ve been a cheerleader since I was 7 years old and enjoyed every moment of it!

Do you play for school, a recreational team, or club/travel?

  • I am on the school cheer team, but when I was younger I cheered for a recreational team called the Wake County Cowboys.

What’s something you love about your sport?

  • I love the fact I get to put on a performance! I enjoy putting on a huge smile and pumping up the energy at games with cheers and jumps. I love competing too, being the center of attention and getting to show off your skills in hopes to beat out other squads.

How have you seen yourself grow as you have played in your sport? 

  • I think I learned how to be a team member by being a cheerleader. In cheer, you can’t just rely on yourself to be good, you have to think of the team as a whole because if one person is missing a move, the whole team looks off; I learned to sync with others because of cheer.

What barriers are there for women in your sport? 

  • Despite cheer being a female dominated sport, it was originally a man’s sport, and some of that influence can be seen in the cheer world today. Many think to be a strong stunter you have to be a man, but I push to break that stereotype by showing my strength when stunting.

How have you or your teammates overcome these barriers?

  • At Cary, the cheer team is all female, which breaks the stereotype that men might have stronger stunts because we are able to hit a lot of the same stunts other schools might do with men. As a team, we push to improve our stunting skills and I think it shows in our skills today!

If you could give a message to a young female athlete, what would you tell her?

  • I would tell her to not be timid when thinking about standing apart from those in your sport; women are capable of so much so don’t be afraid to do what you love, even when others think you shouldn’t be doing it!

Margot Langenbach

What sport(s) do you play?

  • Volleyball, used to swim.

Do you play for school, a recreational team, or club/travel?

  • Volleyball – Cary High V Defensive Specialist; Sand/Beach Volleyball – Club, Southern Sands

What’s something you love about your sport?

  • I love how it allows people to take their mind off of other pressing issues in their lives for an hour or two. The way sports offer another area of achievement is special, especially when school or life as a whole feels quite stagnant.  While I am absolutely left in the dust by the 15 year-olds during conditioning, which is super embarrassing, exercising is good for lifting spirits. Practice is also another social environment, and it is excellent to meet new people!

How have you seen yourself grow as you have played in your sport?

  • As I grew older, it became clear I was not genetically blessed to succeed in higher levels of athletics. Nor did I have the dedication and competitive attitude, but I have become better at creating a nice team dynamic. It is strange to adapt to how your team or partner manages defeat or mistakes.

What barriers are there for women in your sport?

  • Especially in younger age groups, volleyball is a sport dominated by women.  There are rarely any discrepancies between the caliber of male and female practices at Southern Sands, but as in all sports, coaches will seek out those with ‘potential’ and funnel attention toward them.

How have you or your teammates overcome these barriers?

  • Charisma is an important skill. While I would not consider a lack of attention at practice a barrier for myself, (I just go to practice for fun honestly) those who strive to play in college or at a national level benefit enormously from being optimistic, open, and engaging those around them.

If you could give a message to a young female athlete, what would you tell her?

  • GO TO PRACTICE! I sometimes dread going then end up leaving having had fun.

Teonni Key

What sport(s) do you play?

  • I play basketball.

Do you play for school, a recreational team, or club/travel?

  • I played varsity basketball for Cary all 4 years & travel basketball since I was 9.

What’s something you love about your sport?

  • I love basketball’s competition level and that it brings people together. 

How have you seen yourself grow as you have played in your sport?

  • I have seen myself develop a great work ethic and become more confident.

What barriers are there for women in your sport?

  • Women in sports do not get as much recognition as men’s teams.

How have you or your teammates overcome these barriers?

  • My teammates and I have worked hard regardless and didn’t worry about getting recognition for it.

If you could give a message to a young female athlete, what would you tell her?

  • Success does not come with a lot of sacrifices. If you work hard, stay focused, and love what you do, there are no limits to what you can achieve.

Jacquelyn Pham

What sport(s) do you play?

  • I’m a swimmer!

Do you play for school, a recreational team, or club/travel?

  • I swim for Cary High’s swim team.

What’s something you love about your sport?

  • I love the uplifting, team atmosphere of the sport of swimming and the serenity that comes after crushing a difficult practice or performing well at a meet.

How have you seen yourself grow as you have played in your sport?

  • Over my swimming career, I’ve learned that swimming is more of a mental sport than it is a physical sport. By eliminating self-doubt and having a positive mindset, I’ve been able to accomplish many of my athletic goals. I’ve taken this shift in mindset to my everyday life and education, which has led me to become more optimistic about the goals I hope to achieve in the future.

What barriers are there for women in your sport?

  • One of the biggest barriers for women in the sport of swimming is body image. With the immense amount of training swimmers do, both in and out of the water, our physique can drastically change. With these changes comes the challenge of accepting our new body image and maintaining healthy eating habits, all while still being able to enjoy our sport.

How have you or your teammates overcome these barriers?

  • Having conversations with others and following social media accounts that promote body positivity, especially for female athletes, has been a large learning outlet when it comes to overcoming these struggles. I’ve learned the significance of properly fueling our bodies with the right foods and learned to be kind with the words we use to describe our body.

If you could give a message to a young female athlete, what would you tell her?

  • To all the young female athletes out there, work hard and never discredit any of your accomplishments, even if they seem small.

Colleen Quinlivan 

What sport(s) do you play?

  • Softball, cheer, and dive.

Do you play for school, a recreational team, or club/travel?

  • I am on the school team for all 3 sports, club for diving, and I did 5 years of rec softball. 

What’s something you love about your sport?

  • I love the team dynamic in softball. You really become as close as family throughout the season and every person is always lifting you up even when you make a mistake. It’s a great learning environment!

How have you seen yourself grow as you have played in your sport?

  • I think I have seen myself turn into a leader over the years. I always played with girls that were older than me so I was never able to take up those responsibilities until high school softball. I loved learning from the upperclassmen when I was a freshman and now I love being a positive role model for the younger girls.

What barriers are there for women in your sport?

  • I think in any women’s sport there is a stereotype that we are not as competitive or strong as a male sport so it is a constant challenge to ignore those who doubt you and push yourself to prove them wrong. 

How have you or your teammates overcome these barriers?

  • My team has played so competitively in the past 4 years. We constantly push ourselves in practice so that when we show up to games we are as prepared as we can be. While working hard together, we win together.

If you could give a message to a young female athlete, what would you tell her?

  • I would tell her that she is not limited by anybody else’s opinions of her or what she loves to do. I would want her to use the challenges that she faces to push herself to reach her goals.

Ella Vitaglione

What sport(s) do you play?

  • I play women’s lacrosse.

Do you play for school, a recreational team, or club/travel?

  • I used to play for a rec team up until high school when I joined the women’s varsity lacrosse team at Cary High.

What’s something you love about your sport?

  • Lacrosse is a great stress reliever for me. It takes all my attention away from my problems and helps me calm down. 

How have you seen yourself grow as you have played in your sport?

  • I feel like when I first started lacrosse, I was very shy but as the years went on, I learned to be more confident in my abilities in lacrosse and socializing. It has taught me to be riskier and assertive. Especially when I started playing high school lacrosse, it helped push me to be more confident in myself and not letting small mishaps bring me down.

What barriers are there for women in your sport?

  • One of the “dress codes” for games for women in lacrosse is wearing a skirt. This has been in place for years, but many people see us wearing skirts and sort of think less of the sport and think of it as girly when in some situations it can be dangerous. It’s not that I don’t like skirts, which show a bit of femininity, but it can be frustrating sometimes when people judge our sport or think less of it because we wear skirts instead of shorts. I also feel that lacrosse doesn’t get a lot of media. There are successful lacrosse teams, but I’ve never seen them on a news channel or anything. It’s always soccer, basketball, and football. So, I feel like that can be a barrier to getting people interested in lacrosse because we never hear about it.

How have you or your teammates overcome these barriers?

  • Throughout the years I’ve played, everyone always hears comments about how we wear skirts and how it’s weird, but I’ve learned that brushing it and just saying yeah so what is the route usually taken. There isn’t much to retaliate with, but it can get annoying.

If you could give a message to a young female athlete, what would you tell her?

  • My message to a young female athlete would be that don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try a new sport or position. If you want to try something, do it, don’t listen or think about what other people might think.

While men and women may run the same marathon, their paths will undoubtedly look different. Being a female athlete is not easy, but these six girls—and many more—have worked hard to get where they are now and deserve the same love and recognition as any male athlete does.

Movies to Look Out For in 2021

By: Alexis Cope

The Golden Globes have passed. The Oscars aren’t for another two months. What’s next?

In this realm of skewed normality we call the 2020s, I, for one, have found comfort in many movies and TV shows, have explored many movies and TV shows, and have begun keeping tabs on several new titles coming soon. 

In keeping with the theme of the upcoming Academy Awards, I’ve compiled a list of some of the most anticipated films to look forward to as the year goes on. 

In order of release date:

Raya and the Last Dragon

The newest animated feature film from Disney’s studios, Raya and the Last Dragon follows Raya through her life and she embarks on a quest to find the one thing that can unite the divided people of her land.

Starring: Kelly Marie-Tran, Awkwafina, Sandra Oh

When: March 5

Where to watch: Theaters and Disney+

Black Widow

Only the second film centered around a female lead in the Marvel Universe, Black Widow follows the hero’s adventures with both evil forces and her own family in the bleak winterscape of Russia.

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour

When: May 7

Where to watch: Disney+

Cruella

Disney’s latest live-action reboot of an animated classic, Cruella looks at the story from the villain’s point of view, weaving a visionary, slightly manic new tale.

Starring: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Kirby Howell-Baptiste

When: May 28

Where to watch: Theaters and Disney+

In the Heights

The movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first hit musical, In the Heights will be a vibrant and rhythmic exploration of the highs and lows of the human experience in New York’s Washington Heights.

Starring: Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Stephanie Beatriz

When: June 18

Where to watch: Theaters and HBO Max

Old

M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller, Old tells the story of a family’s beach vacation that turns horrifying as each of them suddenly grow years older within the space of the day.  

Starring: Alex Wolff, Eliza Scanlen, Thomasin McKenzie

When: July 13

Where to watch: To be announced

Dune

A reboot of the book and subsequent 1984 film, Dune follows Paul Atreides as he steps into his destiny and leads a group of nomadic tribes into battle for control of their desert planet, Arrakis. 

Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Jason Momoa

When: October 1st

Where to watch: HBO Max

West Side Story

From Steven Speilberg comes a colorful reimagining of the classic musical tale of the rivalry and forbidden love between the street gangs the Jets and the Sharks in 1950s New York City.

Starring: Ansel Engort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose

When: December 10

Where to watch: To be announced

Cary’s Cupid: First Names A-H

Dear…

ALEXIS COPE AND SARAH GOVERT: i’m so glad i get to spend this crazy school year with y’all as editors in chief. i can’t wait for what the rest of the year has in store. happy vday ❤ (Love, Amarah Din)

ALEXIS KVIRING: happy v day jeeba leeba! (Love, Anonymous)

ALIZ GUTIERREZ RODRIGUEZ: Hope this valentines is a great one for you because you deserve it!  (Love, Anonymous)

AMARAH DIN: thank you for the wonderful 6 years of friendship! you’re so kind and always a joy to be around! happy valentine’s day! ❤ (Love, Izzy Rivera)

AMARAH DIN, HARRISON BROWN, ELLA VITAGLIONE, GRACE LAMB, SARAH STEVENS, ZITTLALY SANCHEZ: Happy Valentines Day! Thanks for being such great friends and amazing people. Love y’all ❤ (Love, Kaitlin Fowler)

ANDREA SOO-HOO: roses are red, violets are blue, i love failing ap lang with you (Love, Sophia Ly)

ANDREA SOO-HOO: you’re super cool, thanks for sticking with me since freshman music appreciation class ❤ (Love, Gabby LeBron)

ANDREJ LOZEVSKI: Love you bestie (Love, Anonymous)

ANIAH WOODARD: oh my good lord, you’re so fine 🤤🤤 you’re like a ray to my sunshine, jelly to my peanut butter. girl, i’ve been thinking about you all day long… but you haven’t for me since i can’t tell you who i am 🤫 (Love, Anonymous)

ANIYAH BOULWARE: HEY ANIYAH YOU PROBABLY THOUGHT NO ONE WOULD DO IT EVEN THOUGH YOU POSTED IT ON YOUR STORY BUT HERE WE ARE AHSJFKGK ENJOYYYY ILYSM (Love, Anonymous)

ANIYAH BOULWARE: Happy Valentine’s Day❤️ (Love, Blythe Schick)

ANIYAH BOULWARE: hey bestie 🧍🏾‍♀️ (Love, Makayla Mazyck)

ANNA BURGGRAFF: I love you Anna bae, thanks for helping to bring me closer to God. U da best g birdbath (Love, Maddie Alger)

ANNA BURGGRAFF: HI BAE happy valentines day ❤ hope you’re having an amazing day :)) i know the past year hasn’t been easy but i’m so proud of how far you’ve come and i can’t wait to see what you do. love you so much <333 (Love, Kenzie Dingess)

ANNA CURTIS: yo what’s up. your hair in your profile pic is really cute. it reminds me of a friend’s hairstyle. hope you have a good life and better grades than i do. (Love, Richard Williams)

ANNA SALDIVAR: 1 year in, and it feels like it hasn’t been that long. I’m never bored around you and you always look out for me, I appreciate you and everything you have helped become. You truly are my star (Love, Anonymous)

ARTEM TIKHOMIROV: Hey Artem so I’m sure you’re wondering who this is but I just wanted to say that I’ve always thought you were cute and really chill. Btw yeah you know me 🙂 (Love, Anonymous)

AVA ADAMS: Hey love, I just wanted to let you know that you’re one of the few people that I trust and love dearly. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me and for being there at my highest and lowest. I love you so much (forever and always) and I miss you ❤ (Love, Leslie Augillon)

AVA RAICH: happy valentines day ava ❤ (Love, Anonymous)

AVERY PHILLIPS: chocolate strawberry time?? happy valentine’s day!! (Love, Anonymous)

AVERY PHILLIPS, AVERY WRIGHT, LILLIE JESSEE, AND SOPHIA MORRIS: Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Thank you for all being the best friends I could ask for. Love you!! (Love, Regan Sumy)

BANKS RUSSELL: Roses are red, violets are blue, since you dropped ap psych, i no longer like you👎🏻 (Love, Anonymous)

BECCA NEILL: I am enamored by your presence. You are captivating. Eternally yours. (Love, Anonymous)

BECCA NEILL: What if I wrote my credit card information here. I’m just kidding I won’t do it I promise. Becca i hope you have an okay day. (Love, Madeline McGee)

BENJAMIN GOODRIDGE: happy valentines day, ben. thank you for being my friend through all four years of high school, even though we got off to a bit of a rough start. love you so much (Love, Adrian Neill)

BENNETT PERRY: happy valentines day bp. I love you to the moon (Love, Anonymous)

BLAKE WILSON: Happy Valentine’s Day bro! Thank you for being my fake bf when I needed one❤️ (Love, Anonymous)

BLYTHE SCHICK, RILEY TINGLE, RACHEL MOSER, ALEXIS COPE, JOLIANA FAVALE, AND GABBY LEBRON: Happy Valentine’s Day! I love seeing all of you and I miss you all so much!! (Love, Sophia Morris)

CALEB WERGHIS: Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope it’s a good one (Love, Anonymous)

CAMILLE BROADWELL, MADDY MCGEE, ANNA CURTIS, AND OLIVE MORTON: I love you guys!! (Love, Anonymous)

CAMILLE BROADWELL: First I sweep your wifey up then I take your daughter ride around a broomstick yea that’s Harry Potter. Wait til I drop these flames (I never … with lames) no sauce, no paper, no clout, juice. (Love, Madeline McGee)

COLE MEADE: loser, have a good day…okie (Love, Anonymous)

COLLEEN QUINLIVAN: Hey bestie I love you sooo much!!!!!! You’re my valentine<3333 (Love, Carsyn Gilmore)

DOMINIC MOORE: i’ve had a crush on you for 18 days. please call me (Love, Isabel Foster)

DYLAN YOUNG: HI DYLAN!! I wanted to do these for all my friends so that they know they’re loved and appreciated! Happy Valentine’s day!! (Love, Cin <3)

ELIANA SHEHATA: I’m Batman and you’re Robin in my heart 

-xoxo your secret admirer (Love, Anonymous)

ELLIE BELL: Happy Valentine’s day Eleanor!! Thank you for being the sweetest person ever. Love you kitty girl ❤ (Love, Anonymous)

EMERSON PHILLIPS: I love you!!! (Love, Anonymous)

FRANCES ANNE DOMAGTOY: You are such an amazing person and friend. I hope this Valentine’s Day is amazing, ily bro❤️ (Love, Anonymous)

GABRIELLA RODRIGUEZ-LEBRON: Hey I miss you I’m sure I’m with you by the time you read this but I’m very glad to have you and happy almost-one year (Love, Bennett Perry)

HANNAH ALPS: My Gal Pal since freshman year who I walked aside when we would make jokes about Mr. Woods. We had the best times together when we hung out at Dave and Busters late at night And ran out on the sig. You are my girl and only will be until we graduate D: jk..:) Peekaboo! forever <3. (Love, Josh Doyel)

HANNE HANSEN, AVA PETERS, CHARLEY GILEWICZ, AVERY WRIGHT, AVERY PHILLIPS, REGAN SUMY: Happy Valentine’s Day! You guys are all amazing and perfect and I hope you have a great day! (Love, Sophia Morris)

HARRISON BROWN: Our freshie daily walks are so missed. Going on four years love you so much<3. Really went through the annoying freshman stage to the annoyed seniors:) ily. (Love, Anonymous)

HENRY LETOURNEAU: From the moment I laid my eyes on you I knew you were the one. What a plot twist you were. Forever yours. (Love, Jessice Ryall)

HOLLYN BEATTY: Love u bestie (Love, Lindsay Gorman)

Cary’s Cupid: First Names I-P

Dear…

JACK MORGENSTEIN: love u bb ❤ (Love, Anonymous)

JOCELYN MORGENSTEIN: can we like, marry each other? i love talking to you so much 🙂 i genuinely believe ur perfect xoxo (Love, Anonymous)

JOHANNA JOSEFINA RAMIREZ-PEREZ: Here you are despite it all, you sure have come a long way. Hope to see you soar high! So much love for ya!! ❤ (Love, Anonymous)

JUAN PATIÑO: I’m so happy to reach a year with you, and also having our anniversary near Valentine’s Day. You always make me want to be a better person for you, myself, and others. You deserve all the good things coming to you. Te amo mucho, babi! (Love, Anonymous)

JUSTINE MOESCH: habadabadoo! (Love, Anonymous)

KATIE ARLEDGE: Love you girl and happy Valentine’s Day!! From your bestie❤️ (Love, Anonymous)

KATIE WOOLWORTH: Happy Valentine’s Day Katie! Hope it’s awesome! (Love, Anonymous)

KEVIN ORTIZ-LEON: Your sweet friendship refreshes my soul ❤️ (Love, Anonymous)

KIMBERLY FOWLER: Happy Valentines Day! I couldn’t ask for a better sister, love you bestie. ❤ (Love, Kaitlin Fowler)

LILLIAN HUFFSTEDTLER: Happy valentine’s to my beautiful girlfriend of three years ❤ so lucky to have you babe ily (Love, Sam Weisz)

LILLY HUFFSTEDTLER AND SAM WEISZ: my fascist females!! i love you two so so much, thank you for sticking by my side for all of high school even when I was an incredibly annoying freshie. (Love, Sarah Govert)

LINDSAY LYNCH: Hey Bin Happy Valentine’s day!! I hope you have the best day ever, love you kitty girl ❤ (Love, Anonymous)

LUKE MINOR: You are so funny and adorable. I wish you would notice me. XOXO (Love, Anonymous)

MADDIE GROVESTEEN: I hope neil patrick harris comes to your house to wish you a happy Valentine’s day xoxo ❤ (Love, Natalie Arndt)

MARIA OLMEDO: Sup loser (Love, Adam Harris)

MARY PEELE: Happy Valentine’s Day Mary! You’re such an amazing friend and person and I hope you have a wonderful day❤️ (Love, Anonymous)

MATTIE GREEN: Happy Valentine’s day Mattie!! Thanks for being my best friend, I love you so much!! Church and YG are so much better with you. (Love, Anonymous)

MEGAN: I first fell in love with you at the game place near the planet fitness, and had our first date at Barnes and Noble bookstore. It could not get any better until we graduate together. (Love, IBA)

MIA MESE: Happy valentine’s day! You’re amazing and I’m so glad I have you ❤ (Love, Gabby LeBron)

MICHAEL MCGUINNESS: Love you bro, you’re my favorite brother!!! (Love, Mackenzie McGuinness)

MIKAYLA JOHNSON: I know it’s not a singing Valentine but I wanted you to know today that you are cared for, loved, valid, appreciated and trusted. I adore ya and I hope you have a wonderful day!! (Love, Lauren Burke)

MILES CRANE: i love you dummy, i miss you a lot. hope you have a good day! i’ll see you soon loser (Love, Dayanara Lopez-Diaz)

MILES CRANE: you’re cute…sometimes (Love, Anonymous)

MISSY BRITO-ARZOLA: Love is in the air and your friendship makes me smell the love of life the way God created it! (Love, Anonymous)

NADIA SNESAREV: Hey Boo, I hope you have a great valentine’s day!!! (Love, Anonymous)

NAILA DIN: I voted for you for Junior VP you seem very cool best of wishes (Love, Anonymous)

NAILA DIN: hey naila! thanks for being the best little sister i could ever have! love you ❤ (Love, Amarah Din)

NATALIE ARNDT: Please let me touch your toes king Julian 🥺🥺(Love, Anonymous)

NIHAR GODTHI AND JACK MORGENSTEIN: thank y’all for sticking with my ridiculous talkative self since the cary tourney freshman year!! speech and debate and high school has been so much more fun w you guys, and i can’t wait to play so much more catan and jackbox in college (i WILL be winning). (Love, Sarah Govert)

NIHAR GODTHI: Roses are red, politicians are hogs, my guy, you’re kinda pog (Love, Jack Morgenstein)

NIHAR GODTHI: Don’t talk back to… – Asian Sarah 🙂 (Love, Anonymous)

OMAR SABIR: You my dawg u sexy beast (Love, Jax Fuller)

PATRICK JESSEE (MR. JESSEE): You’re one of the best teachers I have ever had, and I’m very appreciative for all that you’ve helped me with for Research and Speech & Debate! You give very helpful constructive feedback to help me grow and let me know when I’m already doing great work to know that I’m on track 🙂 (Love, Naila Din)

Cary’s Cupid: First Names Q-Z

Dear…

QUINN GROVES: I am so incredibly grateful to have you in my life and I hope you know how much I love having you as one of my best friends! Love you Quinny and I can’t wait until I can actually give you a safe hug! (Love, Anonymous)

RAELYN DOBYNE: hi raelyn :))) i love you so much!!! hope you have an amazing valentines day wife i’m soo proud of you for how far you’ve come and can’t wait to see what you do in college ! i’m also VERY excited for all of our upcoming college adventures :)) anyways LOVE U HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! (Love, Kenzie Dingess)

REBECCA NEILL: i love you!! (Love, Anonymous)

RICHA PURANIK: i love you so much, thanks for being there for me since seventh grade ❤ (Love, Adriana Aguilar)

RICHARD WILLIAMS: yo you’re a pretty cool guy you know that (Love, Richard Williams)

RYAN VAN HEUGTEN: Happy Valentine’s Day bro! Thanks for being a chill guy to hangout with in band and talk to. Hope you have a great day! (Love, Anonymous)

SAKIYAH ANDREWS: Best friend ilysm! I don’t know what I would do without you. Have a great valentine’s day.💗 (Love, Allyson Crater)

SAM BRYANT: Broooo… ❤ (Love, Aidan Price)

SARAH GOVERT: I know you already have a valentine but I wanted to let you know that I love you so much and thank you for all your love and support! ❤ (Love, Izzy Rivera)

SARAH GOVERT: Happy valentine’s love!! have an amazing day bestie i hope to see you again soon and give you the biggest hug ❤ (Love, Sam Weisz)

SARAH GOVERT, SOPHIA LY, JENN ADAMS, AND KAYLA ENGLER: luv u bb girl (Love, Nihar Godthi)

SARAH HARDIE, LILY CHAMBERLAIN, THERESIA BENNET, ALLISON FAIRLEE: Love you nerds, y’all are the light of my life. (Love, Claire Barnett)

SIERRA AKIR: Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you have a great day❤️ (Love, Anonymous)

SOPHIA LY: happy valentines day to my calc and research queen, I’m so glad we’re friends 🙂 (Love, Gabby LeBron)

SOPHIA MORRIS: You’re literally an amazing friend and I love you so much! Happy Valentine’s Day❤️ (Love, Anonymous)

SUMMER WESTBROOK: Hey thexthy. Happy valentines. (Love, Olivia Haroldson)

TASHA ABRAHAM: Thanks for being my someone to cry with on Sunday. College at uncc or state ig🙄 is going to be the best! Love you girl ready to blast tswift!! (Love, Anonymous)

THOMAS FISHER: Happy Valentine’s Day! (Love, Blythe Schick)

ZANII WILKERSON: we’ve gotten so close ever since your basketball season started. can’t wait to cheer you and the imps on at the football games. happy v day 💞 go go go #5 (Love, Anonymous)

ZITTLALY SANCHEZ: Happy Vday Z 💞💞💞 (Love, Anonymous)

A Look Into The Past: The Cary Towne Center

By: Avery Phillips

At the end of January, the Cary Towne Center, once known as the Cary Village Mall, closed once and for all. The students of Cary High have a personal connection with the Cary Towne Center as it has been a hotspot for socializing since the 1980’s. Even when the mall was deemed “dead,” students would often meet after school and use the walkways and empty lots as a place to meet with friends. But, believe it or not, the Cary Towne Center was once full of stores and bustling with activity. Have you ever wondered what used to be in those empty lots? Let’s take a look back in time and see. 

Time-Out Arcade

Time-Out was a popular arcade chain that could be found in malls all around eastern America. The arcade’s name was originally Time-Out Tunnel, which was appropriate considering the design. The arcade’s entrance and pathways had a rainbow-like tunnel theme and the interior was colorful and fun. Time-Out’s peak in popularity was between 1979 and 1984. 


Rite-Aid

Though it may be difficult to imagine now, there once was a Rite-Aid pharmacy at the front of the Cary Towne Center. Though it offered a variety of everyday use items generally found in drugstores, it was set apart from its competitors with their sale of mixed nuts in a revolving heating rack. The pharmacy offered a place for students to grab a variety of necessities such as school supplies and snacks pre-Harris Teeter.

Cousin’s Pizza

Cousin’s Pizza was a big hit at the Cary Towne Center during the 80’s and 90’s. They had an open kitchen so the customers were able to watch as employees flipped and threw dough into the air. Students could often be found stopping by during their lunch break.

Aloha Restaurant 

According to @Laurenwins on City-Data.com, Aloha Restaurant was “Chinese with a vague Hawaiian theme.” They had open candle flames on the tables in which chicken or pork wrapped in aluminum could be cooked over.

Honorable Mentions:

K&K Toys

Not to be confused with KB Toys, who was also in the mall at the same time, he similar names are purely coincidental.

The Surf Report

This store was designated for beachwear and surf boards. 

Family Bookstores

This local bookstore was later replaced with B. Dalton Booksellers.

COVID-19 Quarantine 101

By: Regan Sumy 

We’re all coming to the point where we want quarantine to be over, or at least remove some boundaries. Whether you wish you could go to the mall with your friends, get into a routine of going back to school on a normal basis, or simply take a walk with a neighbor without distancing and wearing masks, we’re all feeling the same way. 

I know I am ready for all of those changes, but for a better future, we must do better now. I get it, you’re over living through a world pandemic, but we have to make smart decisions for a bright, healthy future. Together, we can be better. 

I decided to make a list of things you can do in quarantine (at home, by yourself) to prevent boredom, keep your mind and body in a healthy state, and remind you of the world outside of technology: 

-Turn on “vibey” lighting, your favorite playlist, and dance in the mirror.

-Put all electronics on the other side of your room, and crawl into bed for a good nap. 

-Sit on your back porch and listen to a podcast or read a book accompanied by the sound of nature.

-Write a letter to a friend, family member, or your favorite celebrity. 

-Get out a sheet of paper and write down everything you are thinking about – then shred it up and recycle it. 

-Do a workout (optional- get a friend on FaceTime or Google Meet to join you!)

-Turn on relaxing music and do a yoga or stretching session. 

-Do some coloring, drawing, painting, or anything related to your favorite style of art.

-Write a short story, poem, journal entry, etc. on what is happening in your life at that moment.

-Walk around your house and say something positive to everyone (yes, even pets). Just make someone laugh!

-Freestyle on any type of instrument (yes, your vocal cords count too).

-Get dressed up and do an at-home photo shoot. 

-Do a craft! Sewing, knitting, Legos, origami, or anything else really.

-Play a board game with your family (or set up a Kahoot game on Google Meet or Zoom to play with family and friends)

-Bake or cook a new recipe. 

-Cook a meal (or dessert) for your family. 

-Go through your room- clothes, junk drawers, all those nooks and crannies. Out with the old and in with the new!

-Clean everything in your room- bed sheets, clothes, desks, mirrors, door handles. 

-Clean your bathroom (if it is shared, see if the person you share it with will help!)

-Take a bath, paint your nails, and do a spa day!

-Go out in your yard and run around, practice your favorite sport, or play with your pet.

-Offer to help someone in your household with something (a chore, work, etc.)

Those were my favorite ideas, and I have even done some over quarantine. I highly encourage you to choose something (though it doesn’t have to be from this list) and give yourself the sensation of being productive. Personally, it has been hard not to just sit around watching TikTok or scroll through Instagram all day, but I am becoming mentally healthier because I chose to spend time away from screens. And, as I said before, I highly recommend doing the same thing. 

Thanks for reading! 
Want some more ideas and inspiration? Check out Amarah Din’s “Bored? A List of Things To Do”

Rapper MF DOOM Pronounced Dead at Age 49

By: Malachi Williamson

Recently, the well respected rapper Daniel Dumile, mainly known by his masked persona, MF DOOM, has passed away. His wife, Jasmine Dumile, told the public through various social media posts. Jasmine released this statement on DOOM’s instagram:

“The greatest husband, father, teacher, student, business partner, lover and friend I could ever ask for. Thank you for all the things you have shown, taught and given to me, our children and our family. Thank you for teaching me how to forgive beings and give another chance, not to be so quick to judge and write off. Thank you for showing how not to be afraid to love and be the best person I could ever be. My world will never be the same without you. Words will never express what you and Malachi mean to me, I love both and adore you always. May THE ALL continue to bless you, our family and the planet.”

The news was released December 31, 2020, two months after DOOM died on October 31, 2020, giving his wife and family time to grieve. No cause of death has been stated. 

MF DOOM was born in London in 1971. He and his family moved to Long Island, New York when he was a kid, and he started performing and producing hip hop as a teenager under the stage name Zev Love X. He and his younger brother Dingilizwe, known as DJ Subroc, formed the group KMD and put out a critically acclaimed debut album, Mr. Hood, in 1991. Their second album was set to release in 1993, but DOOM’s brother died after being hit by a car. Five years later the rapper re-emerged as MF DOOM, wearing a mask modeled after the Marvel villain Dr. Doom.

DOOM spent his whole career wearing his signature mask. This was due to him wanting to place an emphasis on what he sounded like in his music versus what he looked like, as he stated in an Red Bull interview. He also said, “the mask really represents to rebel against trying to sell the product as a human being,” referring to corporate companies giving their artists “gimmicks” to start selling music. DOOM or any of his alter egos didn’t really get personal in his music so as to not lead back to him as a person, making him a lowkey presence in the industry and leaving nothing connected to his name. He worked on his personas alone and built the image of being the “Supervillain” of rap.

MF DOOM’s most acclaimed albums are Operation: Doomsday, where he talks about his return to the rap scene after KMD disbanded. The album Mm..Food talks about a plethora of topics such as backstabbing friends, bad rappers, and women all incorporated with food bars; Madvillainy is about DOOM being the “illest villain” accompanied by Madlib production. He is praised for his lyrical prowess, off kilter flows, and complex rhyme schemes displayed in these albums. His influence spreads far and wide in the rap industry, most notably in rappers such as Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, and Joey Bada$$. 

Many artists and celebrities have expressed their condolences across social media, like Aminé and Adult Swim who tweeted out “RIP MF DOOM,” Tyler, The Creator tweeting “safe travels villain,” and Q-Tip tweeting “RIP to another Giant your favorite MC’s MC .. MF DOOM!! Crushing news…”.

Sources: https://medium.com/@bradleydlambert/understanding-mf-doom-the-best-mc-with-no-chain-ya-ever-heard-2a05c713df1d

Acing Her Way to Furman

By: Regan Sumy

Ava Augustson, a senior at Cary this year, has recently launched her volleyball career. She is the captain of the varsity team this year and was awarded “Player of the Match” four times this season and “Player of the Season” last year (2019 season), and she was even named “Athlete of the Week” by the News & Observer. Ava has decided to continue her volleyball career as a Paladin at Furman University. 

When did you begin playing volleyball?

Ava states, “I started playing volleyball when I was probably 9, but I started playing at the national level when I was in 8th grade.” 

What is your favorite aspect of playing the game?

As most athletes feel, they love the entirety of the game, but Ava specifically feels like her “favorite aspect of playing volleyball is the feeling of getting a kill/block or even a perfect pass in a super important tight match, and turning around from the net for all of my teammates to be screaming and cheering.”

What is your fondest memory of playing volleyball at Cary?

Ava says that her favorite memory while playing volleyball at Cary was during her “sophomore year when we almost took a set from Green Hope (who are now a 5-time state championship team) even though we lost- it’s always such a fun match when it’s super close.” A big part of Ava’s morals that make her a great player is that win or lose, she continues to show leadership and radiates positivity. 


Did playing club volleyball outside of school increase your passion and motivation towards the game? 

Ava is currently playing at the popular NC volleyball club, North Carolina Volleyball Academy, which she has been playing on the top national team for 3 years. She says that her experiences playing club have “absolutely motivated me to want to play at the next level in college. I wouldn’t be half the player I am without the coaching and support from my teammates, who are now my best friends if I hadn’t played club.”

Who are the people that have helped you progress the most?

Just like amazing teachers in the classroom, volleyball is taught by amazing coaches. Without teachers and coaches, it would be harder to learn new skills. The people who are playing with you also play a big role in your development. Ava takes consideration into how important her coaches have been in her volleyball career so far as she states, “I think the most influential people in my volleyball career have been my amazing coaches, Coach Goodloe and my club coach, Jon Garner, who have taught me everything I know about the sport. Also, my teammates are important because they are who I look up to, simply for their drive and work ethic, which have influenced me a ton.” 

What are some motives of why you chose to sign with Furman?

Ava explains that she “decided to choose Furman not only because the campus and location are so beautiful, but [she] fell in love with the culture and team when I took my official visit. [She] automatically felt super comfortable with all the girls and the coaching staff. It also doesn’t hurt that the education is great.” 

Were there any other schools or places you were interested in attending?

As most high schoolers have experienced or will in the future, choosing your college (or after-high school plan) is not an easy task. Whatever you choose to do tomorrow will forever affect the rest of your life. Ava tells us that “when I began my recruiting process I had in mind that I wanted to travel far from home to try and live in a new state, so I was looking at a lot of schools in Florida, New York, New Jersey, and California. But as I progressed in my process and I began going on official visits and meeting the teams and coaches, I realized other factors need to impact my decision besides location- such as the coach, team, and honestly the value of the scholarship you are getting for the education the school has.”

What do you plan to do once you are at Furman?

Starting to begin a new chapter of her life and volleyball career, Ava has had to do some serious thinking about what she wants to do after college. She states, “I’ve struggled with figuring out what I want my major to be, but I am now leaning more towards the medical and science field. Therefore, I will most likely major in Biology or Health Science so I have a good amount of career options to choose from after I graduate.” 

**A big thanks to Ava for interviewing with me, and best of luck on your journey! Feel free to continue with her journey with her by following her Instagram account, @avaaugustson! Congratulations and go Paladins!