By Phoenix Jackson
In the second overtime, the win was made by the girls’ varsity soccer; the girls played at Eastern View on Wednesday, April 14, 2014.
The first goal was made by the home team within the first fourteen minutes. The goal didn’t bother the foxes; they reset and were ready to play again. Foxes played strong and were aggressive getting onto the ball.
Girls varsity had good runs with the ball taking it down the field, but was pressured making the ball go out and having the opposite team throw-in the ball. The standing score of the first half was 1-0 Eastern View.
The beginning of second half, senior, Gabrielle Caron, had a shot on goal and made it in under the cross bar. Fans visiting and the junior varsity team stood up in excitement of tying the game.
With nine minutes left of second half Eastern View had managed to pass defenders and was one-on-one with the senior goalie, Brieanna Bancroft. Bancroft dove for the ball pushing the ball out and giving time to the defenders to get the ball back.
At the end of second half, the score was 1-1 having to go into overtime. Resetting the clock with five minutes the ball had made it down both sides of the field attempting to score. After the clock ran out and additional five minutes were added.
Only two minutes and thirty seconds remaining, junior, Christina Jones had made a game winning goal. Jones had said she was shocked that she made the goal for the team.
Freshman on junior varsity, Cindy Jeffers said “I was excited and thrilled for the win of the varsity team.” The girls varsity soccer had left Eastern View with the score 2-1 King George.
By Anthony Howard
King George High School student music artist Devon Cook on the verge of taking the spotlight; his song was recently played on a radio station in Florida.
Eighteen year old senior, Devon Cook aka 2 R3AL is a hip-hop/rap music artist and raps with a group F.O.S. which stands for Freedom of Speech. Devon knew he wanted to make hip-hop/rap music when he was nine years old; continuing his passion for music he recorded his first song at the age of fifteen. Devon is inspired by old school artists Tupac, Biggie, and Nas. Curious about where he had come up with or got the name 2 R3AL Devon said, “From my older brother, how I’m always telling the truth on real subjects.” Devon also likes to rap about real subjects, try to stand out, be himself, and someone that people can relate to when listening to his music.
“It takes more than what you think.” Referring to writing, it’s not easy; Devon has shown where hard work has got him. On the Mondays of the last two weeks, Devon was able to be heard on the online radio, 365live.com, playing his recent song “The Game Keeps Calling Me.” “It’s a big opportunity, I like to thank God for it,” said Cook.
Devon is also in the process of making music videos too for two of his songs. Being on camera recording takes a lot, “It’s a thought process; a lot of thinking, ideas coming from the writer and producer even remembering what to do, say, and write the script. You have to have that chemistry between you and the producer to make a product just like in the studio.”
When it comes to criticism 2 R3AL takes it to a certain point where it won’t change him as a rapper, trying to be himself. When his music is ready to listen to, 2 R3AL wants to get feedback from his closest friends before he publically releases it.
2 R3AL also makes songs with other artists outside of King George to be featured on songs. When he teamed up with Khalil Conway to make a song that got everyone’s attention, 2 R3AL called this “a power move for marketing;” he picks certain artists to be on songs so that he can get the most feedback from the public.
His plan after high school is to attend a college with music production and pursue his rap career. With his confidence boosted after filming the two music videos, Devon is in the process of writing more songs. In the future, Devon would like to see himself as a millionaire at the age of twenty-six and even have his own recording label like artists Dr. Dre and Jay-Z.
By Anthony Howard
Students asked how minimum wage could affect them and the economy as the government continues to plan on rising minimum wage.
Recently the government is debating on whether to raise minimum wage for workers in the U.S. King George students that do work want this opportunity; for instance, Chad Richter, who works at the Dahlgren Burger King, Lena Easingwood, who works at the Dahlgren Arby’s, and Cody Bell who works at the King George Subway
All three were aware that the minimum wage increase might go into effect. They also knew what this meant for their jobs if increased; that it would be better money but fewer hours on the job. According to the Free Lance Star, the government’s plan will lead to workers being laid off by their companies to leave for the more experienced.
“I think it should be increased just like everything in government, there are negative sides and kinks but within time it will have a positive impact,” said Easingwood. There are a lot of advantages and disadvantages in whether or not minimum wage should be increased; however, there are more pros than cons.
“I think they should still increase the minimum wage because it could possibly be a way to help the economy. By giving more people money means that they will go out and shop and spend their money which helps spread out money across America which could make sense; I wouldn’t be surprised if this was what would be debate in Capitol Hill right now,” said Bell. In order to aid the economy the raise in minimum wage would work in a cycle, by giving workers money to buy products that they need.
The focus on minimum wage is not over yet; while congress and other Americans debate on its effect on the economy. This is even bigger now than it has been; According to CNN, President Barack Obama has just recently signed a bill to increase overtime pay to $10.10. With this in effect, even more people argue for or against minimum wage being approved in the U.S.
By Kaylee Aldredge
Most people listen to music that is appealing to them while they are driving. Also, most teens have smart phones that can play music which makes the radio less listened to. Instead of flipping through channels on the radio station, people prefer a phone or CD.
Teenagers and some adults are very tech savvy with phones. So while driving, the phone is plugged into the auxiliary to listen to any music wanted. Many like to have an option of what to listen to and be able to choose, and the radio can’t always do that.
Radio stations don’t always play music that teens to want to hear. Also, there can be static when listening to a radio station. “I make CDs with my favorite songs on them because I hate listening to the radio,” said senior Amber Deegan.
On a cell phone app such as Pandora, any genre of music can be played. If a certain song is playing and isn’t favored, the song can be skipped. “When I’m in the car, I listen to music on Pandora because it always plays music I like and never repeats like the radio does,” said senior Andre Brown.
Another type of way to listen to music is songs that are downloaded onto a phone. The music of choice can be played and skipped as many times as needed. It gives a variety of different music types that can be played depending on what is downloaded.
“I listen to music that is downloaded on my phone because I chose every song, so I know I’ll like it,” said senior Madi Leahy. There are many different ways to listen to music in the car or at home. All teens interviewed do not prefer the radio.
A phone can also avoid commercials like on the radio. This is why people choose to use a cell phone to listen to music. It is understandable that people like to be able to choose what type of music is played.
By Christina Jones
In the spring of 2016, a new SAT will bring a lot of hope for many students. Many of them will be taking the new SAT and are very excited for the new changes being made. The new changes will include; an option of taking the test online or paper, focusing on new relevant useful words in life, and optional essay, and it will remove the penalty for getting wrong answers.
Breanne Albertson, a sophomore, said, “I will be graduating the year the new SAT comes out, so I will not really be affected by it but I think that it sounds like a good change.” Many other students who are sophomores, juniors, and seniors have said the same thing as Albertson did because the SAT won’t come into effect until after they have graduated.
Victoria Dixon, a freshman, had a much different response than Albertson because she will be taking the new SAT. “I think that adding relevant words are good because they will be words I will actually be using in real life and outside of High School,” said Dixon.
Sarah Webster, another freshman, added comments on how excited she is as well. “I’m so excited about the new SAT because the essays are optional and I’m not very good at writing”, says Webster.
Webster is an honor student who is planning on going to a good college and she says by the new SAT coming out, she should be able to get a good score in order to get into a good college. “A lot of my upper classmen friends have told me how hard the SAT is now and how glad I am to be taking the newer one,” said Webster.
Many of the high school students are excited for the new SAT coming out in the spring of 2016 while others are not so excited. Most of the students who are not so excited for the new SAT are upperclassmen or sophomores, students who are about to or already took the current SAT.
Amber Deegan, a senior, is not very excited about the new SAT. “I took the SAT almost a year ago and it was one of the hardest tests I have ever taken; especially the essay part, so I’m not happy about them changing the test soon as I’m about to graduate,” said Deegan.
By Qiara Stewart
King George has expanded within the past four years by adding places like Wal-Mart, Five Guys, Poncho Villa, Vinneys, Steamers, Game Stop, Sweet frog, Verizon stores, CVS, Sheriff’s Department, Fire Station, and many more places. Before they were built here, there weren’t many places for people to go. If someone wanted to go eat somewhere nice, someone have to either go to Fredericksburg or Maryland.
“I like the changes because they’ve added places for us to go,” said freshman Kameron Phillips. Teenagers and even young adults love to go out and hang whenever they can. It’s beneficial to us because there are more places for us to socialize together.
“I don’t have to drive to Wal-Mart that’s not in our county,” said junior Whitney Allen. With Wal-Mart being in Dahlgren, it brings people down from Laplata, MD, and all over King George, Caroline County, Montross, and Colonial Beach to that one store. By everyone going to Wal-Mart, that gives half of all the other business around to get business.
“No, because it would just get a lot more boring,” said senior Trey Byrd. Everyone would have to go out there way to do major grocery shopping that a local corner store wouldn’t be able to supply.
According to The Journal Press Website (http://www.journalpress.com/index.php/king-george-and-dahlgren/planning/3341-sheetz-site-plan-approved-at-rts-3-206-intersection), the county permitted there to be a Sheetz gas station across from the Fast Mart next to the Middle School. “I think it’s unnecessary because there is one five miles down the road from fast mart,” said senior Christian Porter.
“Yes, it would be a great pit stop for kids before and after school,” said senior Natalee Melendez. Even though it would be a great spot for people to stop after school, there is already one within just 5 minutes from the school.
By Kenzie Ludwig
This winter has been the worst winter that King George has had in 5 years. Resulting from these horrible snow storms, there hasn’t been a full two weeks of school since January. However, following these horrible snow storms are even stranger weather changes. Just the other day, it was 70 degrees and Monday there was no school, because a snow storm delivered 2-6 inches of snow. Many people don’t know whether to buy shorts or to buy extra gloves for storms that are supposed to occur next week.
“The roller coaster temperature changes and unexpected amounts of snow were fun at first, but now it’s getting old. The cancellations are making school, an already difficult task, even harder to try and catch up,” said junior Daniel Habron. The weather has pushed back tests, SOLs, exams, and has caused teachers to cram chapters into just a few days. Students are struggling to catch up and with a snow day every week it makes it that much harder.
Other student athletes are struggling with not only school but with work on the field as well. Freshman Alyssa Nease said, “The weather has definitely been challenging to us as we kick off the season, but I know my girls are willing to push through it if it means another great soccer season.”
The unbalance between cloudy/ cold weather and sunny/warm weather has turned many people around. “The 70 degree weather is wonderful!” said Senior Jacob Perkins. One day for the past couple of weeks the weather has eased up, and everyone that was not enjoying the snow could enjoy a day without it. “The snow was fun at first, but like most things that happen over and over, it’s boring and redundant now. Mother Nature needs to make up her mind,” said senior Emilee Brancheau.
Schools haven’t had this many snow days in a long time. The school systems are confused as to how to make all of them up. Stafford county schools are adding 25 minutes to the end of their day and many students there are protesting. While we don’t have to make up any days as of right now, the fear of another snow storm knocking out more school is still lingering over the school boards heads.
What are they going to do if another storm strikes and causes school to be out for even longer? Will students have to go to school on Saturdays, or add on time like Stafford did, or worse extend school into spring break or summer? Senior Mekayla Thompson offered her opinion and said, “I think they might extend the school day longer as oppose to taking days off from our spring break.”
Many parents can’t take any more days off of work to stay home and take care of their children. Many students are done playing in the snow and watching endless amounts of movies. This weather will hopefully warm up before cabin fever takes over the whole county.
By Kaylee Aldredge
Many people may not know of the abandoned renaissance fair. It is on route 3; a little bit past Sealston Elementary school. It is hidden deep in the woods of Sherwood Forest.
According to Roadtrippers.com it opened in 1996. It had to close down in 1999 due to hot summers and a lot of rain which made the area swampy. Because of the bad weather, a lot of money was lost.
Not too many people have heard or even seen it. “I found out about it while I was driving to Fredericksburg,” said senior Madi Leahy. There is a sign at the entrance but it is very worn down and almost unreadable.
There are many interesting things at the fair. There is a jousting arena and even an abandoned ship sitting in the water. It was all designed to fit the theme of the fair and make people feel like they were actually at a renaissance.
The first thing that is noticed is a decomposed ticket booth window where the tickets were sold. Deeper into the woods are building that cannot be accessed anymore. Many of the towers are still standing but are starting to get covered in grass and vines.
In 1996, when it opened, it cost up to $5 million to purchase and renovate. Since it was opened over summer time, the workers had trouble staying in their costumes because it got so hot. “I would have loved to work there, minus the heat, because that kind of stuff interests me” said Leahy.
The most recent owner filed for bankruptcy in 2013 after being purchased for roughly $1.3 million dollars many years ago. “I would definitely go if it was still open!” says Leahy. If chosen to go, it is advised to wear orange because it is now leased to a hunting club.
There are many people that are just curious and want to see the amazing buildings and be taken away by the fair but there are signs that clearly state that it is private property and trespassers will be charged. Most abandoned places and buildings are covered in vandalism, but the fair in Sherwood Forrest has little to none. Which is how the beauty of it is still alive.
By Deveon Evans
The King George NJROTC Rifle Team was very happy when they finished in 2nd place in the Navy National Championship match held this past weekend. The event took place in Camp Perry, Ohio; the team members who were in the event include Hunter Cushman, Carrie Richbourg, Ben Frith, and Jenna Heiston.
Carrie Richbourg took the win in as much as she could, saying, “We could’ve done better but we did the best that we could. The experience was like any other match, long tiring and fun; I was expecting to come in 3rd or 4th place because of the scores we’ve been shooting at practice, but we didn’t.”
Hunter Cushman who placed in first place at the match says, “In my head it wasn’t about everybody else, as long as I did my best then I’d worry about where I placed against everyone else.” It seemed like he wasn’t fazed about his win, “It was just another match, shoot a practice like a match and shoot a match like a practice. I’ve been to Nationals all four years and it’s nice to go and shoot against people from different states in ROTC units.”
Cushman also says that “As a team we did fairly well even though we didn’t shoot the high end of our average, but we did fairly well.” Cushman was the individual gold medal winner, with an overall score of 1115 before finals he won first place for the navy.
By Jaylen Brinson
Is it the excitement of having a license, feeling like one is growing up, or just the thrill of listening to music?
Most KG students enjoy the experiences they have with being able to drive to school. Those students that participate in extracurricular activities use this opportunity to the fullest because they don’t have to wait on their parents to pick them up after work late.
“I feel grown up. I have more freedom and it makes me really ‘feel’ like a senior,” said senior, Monica Brandts. Driving to school gives students an older feeling as if they are going to an early morning job. “I get to wake up later and I get to school quicker,” said senior, Mollie Schmidt.
Driving to school can avoid having to wait for school buses to pick up every individual student. Therefore students can leave their houses later and get some extra time to sleep because they only have to rely on themselves to get to school.
“It’s like my first chance at freedom, and I don’t feel like I’m being rushed. Girls love driving because it allows us to take longer in the morning on days we want to look cute,” said senior, Bre Lewis.
Being able to drive to school could give KG student motivation to get up and come to school on time. That period of relaxation in the car by themselves is much needed before a long day of school.
By Kaylee Aldredge
Opting out is a very effective way to help seniors who have jobs that require being there before school usually ends. Graduating seniors or juniors can leave school early, or get to school late with permission. Many students opt out of first or fourth block.
Getting out after second is very useful because students start the day off early and get plenty of things accomplished. If students have to go to work, going straight there after second is helpful. “It gives me more leisure and more time to focus on my job,” said, senior, Madi Leahy.
Going to school late, usually after first block is another way to opt out. Students would be able to get a few more hours of sleep and start the day a little later. How does opting out work exactly? First, the student need parent and guidance approval before able to opt out.
Having enough credits will help if opting out is an interest. To opt in and out, all that is needed is signing into the computer in the office and under “reason” click opt. It gives seniors a responsibility to get to school on time and when needed. If seniors worked hard enough as underclassmen and don’t need that many more credits, opting out is the best way to go to school but not take classes if it isn’t needed.
If a senior only has two required classes, why take more? There are many benefits to opting out and many senior really enjoy it, depending on the person. “I have a lot of free time to do whatever I want or when I have to work it makes it easy,” said, senior, Amber Deegan.
“It’s nice because I can get to work and make money earlier in the day,” said, senior, Dylan Beckham. Most seniors enjoy being able to be in charge of when to get to school and when to leave, opting out helps doing just that.
By Christina Jones
Every year, the senior class does a senior trip and the class of 2014 is trying to think of different places that they would want to go. This year, the seniors had a survey on where they would want to go for their trip. The options on the survey included, Kings Dominion, New York, and Hershey Park. Though the seniors had several options, many had their own opinion on where they would want to go.
“I would feel great doing a senior trip, since I have wanted to do it for three years as an underclassman,” said senior Anthony Howard. Other seniors, Blake Clift and Bri Lewis, have mentioned that they would love to do a senior trip, but they would rather do one with their friends and no one else.
A lot of the seniors such as Howard, Clift, and Lewis have the same idea of what they would want to do. All of the senior questioned said they would prefer not to go to an amusement parks and they would want to do an overnight trip.
Kaylee Aldredge and Qiara Stewart, two more seniors, had said going to New York is a trip that they have always wanted to go. Another senior, Jaylen Brinson, thinks that going to Myrtle Beach would be a perfect place for a senior trip.
Many of the seniors have the same thoughts on the price. Howard, Aldredge, Clift, and Brinson had all said they would be willing to pay for a senior trip but only if the price is right and the place is somewhere they would enjoy. On the other perspective, Christian Jones, a senior, says, “I would rather not pay any money on a trip and save my money for college and more important things.”
By Jacob Brown
In Friday’s Conference 22 Semi Finals game, the Varsity Boys’ Basketball team scored a 51-39 triumph over the Fauquier Falcons. Senior Guard, Sam Sharpe led the Foxes in scoring with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Elijah Barbour led the Falcons with 9 points, 5 assists, and 2 steals. The Foxes were able to pull down 28 rebounds, more than half of them were defensive rebounds. The Foxes played excellent defensively throughout the entire game, but struggled on the offense side of the ball. The Falcons forced 14 KG turnovers.
Senior Forward Phenomenon, Anthony Howard Jr., had 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assist. 12 of Howard’s 16 came in the first half as the Falcons had a very difficult time stopping him. Although, the Falcons held Howard to just 4 points in the second half. After the game Howard was asked how he and his teammates felt about their win over Fauquier and he responded: “We felt really good out there on the court, we came together as a team and played outstanding defense. Personally, I am very proud of my team.”
Head Coach, Darren Berkley, was asked prior to Friday night’s team win against Fauquier if he felt his team was ready for tonight’s game. Berkley responded: “Yes, I think our practices this week have gotten better as the week progressed and we haven’t played in a week and a half (due to inclement weather), so hopefully we are well rested and enthusiastic.” After the game Berkley was asked how he and the team felt about moving on in the tournament. “We (the team and coaching staff) are excited about the opportunity to go to Regions and compete for a championship,” said Berkley.