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Banjo in the 21st century

If it weren't for events like Finally Friday and the Blues festival here in Camden, the immaculate name of bluegrass might've already faded into memory. History survives in the twangs of fiddles and the strums of mandolins, so bluegrass still lives on. It lives on through the musicians that choose to carry the art with them around the nation and in our hometown. I'm one of those musicians, tasked with carrying that music with me wherever my banjo and I do roam. As long as we, the modern bluegrass musicians, breathe, the art form breathes with us.

May 23, 2017 | By Cooper Ellis, Camden High School C-I high school columnist | High School Columns


Looking back on a great year

Getting to my junior year seemed to take an eternity, but as quickly as it started, it is now coming to a close. This year has flown by and while it has gone by in a blur, I am thankful for all of the opportunities I have been given during this chapter of my life.

May 12, 2017 | By Emily Seay, senior Lugoff-Elgin High School | High School Columns


Looking back

I can't believe that I am almost done with high school. People always say that time will fly by, but I never realized how fast it does until now. Graduation will be bittersweet. I am excited to start college and make memories at Winthrop University, but I am also scared of the unknown. Looking back at all of the memories I have not only at North Central High School, but also at North Central Middle School, always puts a smile on my face.

April 28, 2017 | By Jacob Mathis, NCHS C-I high school columnist | High School Columns


A holocaust by any other name

As far as high school history classes go, students are bound to end up watching a film about the Holocaust on the off day that they're not occupied by a worksheet or test. Films reassure students that the harrowing events leading up to the second World War were very much real. The visuals associated with the mass genocide of the Jewish people -- that of cramped train cars and men with guns and barbed wire and death -- tend to evoke a lot of emotion out of people. As a high school student myself, I know those emotions tend to display ...

April 21, 2017 | By Cooper Ellis, Camden High School C-I high school columnist | High School Columns


Like books?

Have you ever gotten lost in unknown (perhaps nonexistent) places? Have you fallen in love with people you have never met? Have you been so in tune with something that you refuse to believe that it is all false and fictional? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, it is probably a result of one thing -- a book.

April 14, 2017 | By Emily Seay, senior Lugoff-Elgin High School | High School Columns


Spring Fever 2017 -- a new season is right around the corner

It's that time of the year again -- the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and warm air is swirling in the air. There is new life roaming the earth and animals roll out of hibernation. The time will soon change -- Sunday to be exact. Elementary, middle and high school students alike struggle daily to focus in school. They may find themselves staring out the window daydreaming about afternoon plans or wishing they were outside engulfed in the sunshine and warm air. This happens every single year as a result of the season change. This is a concept everyone ...

March 10, 2017 | | High School Columns


Steering the ship…

Considering my occupation as a meager student in high school, I've had few chances to partake in managerial positions. I suppose that's a natural occurrence for anyone who's only spanned 18 years of lifetime but I have found myself contracted into an unnatural occurrence. It is now my duty, as Senior Editor of the Palmetto Leaf, to manage a team of 10 students in order to produce the high quality reading material that is our school newspaper. As the semester progresses, I'm learning the sorts of ins and outs of running a team of people.

February 17, 2017 | | High School Columns


Beyond the Crown

It is that time of year again when school pageants are in full swing -- shopping for outfits, having alterations made, making appointments for hair, nails and make-up. Then there's enduring hours of practice, learning new dances, getting the "walk and turn" down to a science, all the while you just "keep smiling" -- it is truly a crazy, fun time!

February 10, 2017 | Emily Seay | High School Columns


Taking journalism class was a total mistake.

I originally signed up for art class and was shocked that I was suddenly plopped into a class that I had no prior interest in whatsoever. I remember being freaked out by how scary the requirements for the class sounded, going within the same day to find out if I could switch classes, and feeling disappointed when my guidance counselor told me that art class was full and I was stuck in journalism.

January 20, 2017 | Anna Mock | High School Columns


My experience as a first time voter

Normally, Election Day is on the first Tuesday of November, and because the first day of November fell on a Tuesday, I would have been too young to vote -- 17 years and 364 days too young. Then, to my joy, I learned that the date in which we elect our public officials was moved to the second Tuesday of November. This made it where I was now eligible to vote. I was elated.

November 18, 2016 | | High School Columns


Senior year at North Central High School

Senior year. Those two words in the same sentence are what every student waits to hear from the time they walk through the doors of high school until they take their final walk across the stage. Seniors have all of the perks; dismissed a solid two minutes before the rest of the student-body, running for homecoming/prom king and queen, and being recognized as a senior athlete.

October 28, 2016 | | High School Columns


Words can hurt more than sticks and stones

We have all heard the famous rhyme of sticks and stones, insinuating that the pain of a broken bone hurts more than being led to believe that no one will ever fall in love with you. Bullying comes in several forms and is most prominent but by no means limited to the bullying that takes place at school. For if a student breaks in a school and no one chooses to hear it, do they make a sound?

October 21, 2016 | | High School Columns


All Aboard

The day you "graduate" fifth grade, you never think of going back. Never do we have to walk through those doors again, or in the hallways. No more being an elementary kid! Bigger and better things lie ahead and there is no turning back. But oh, how things can change over time…

October 14, 2016 | Emily Seay | High School Columns


Football: more than just a game

It is something we, as teenagers, never ponder. It never crosses our mind, and is rarely brought to our attention. We think we are invincible and that we will live forever. That is, until it happens to someone. Someone we can relate to. They walk through hallways like we do. They go to classes like we do. And for some, they step out into the athletic realm like we do. It is only when it happens to those among the high school world, that it impacts "us" all. "It," in this sense, is death.

September 09, 2016 | Emily Seay | High School Columns


The best teachers leave a life-long impact on their students

Throughout my life, I have been taught by many teachers. They all have made some impact on my life, good and bad. However, through this journey, I have discovered many qualities a great teacher has which many teachers do not.

February 19, 2016 | Megan Cash | High School Columns


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Life lessons learned

Twelve years.

September 22, 2017 | Jessica Reynolds, NCHS C-I high school columnist | High School Columns


Bass guitar provides love at first pluck

There is an unusual sight during halftime of Camden High School's football games this fall.

September 15, 2017 | | High School Columns


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