The Patriot Press

FANDOMS Club brings a bit of magic to Mondays

Logan Allen, Staff Writer

January 26, 2015

I can still remember my first Sorting Feast of my first year. The lights were dimmed, and the floating candles warmed the room with an enchanting golden glow. The scowling sorting hat glared at me from its slouching perch on the stool, and I fidgeted my hands nervously with the ends of my black sleeves,...

Keeping school spirit “We Are One” after football season

Jacqueline Rayfield, Opinion Editor

January 26, 2015

Every Friday night at the beginning of the school year goes about the same. The bell rings at 2:16 and everyone excitedly scurries off in different directions to their weekend activities, but at 7:00, we are all back at school, packed into the stands. Everyone cheers on the team and enjoys themselves...

The importance of procrastination

Brittany Toombs, Staff Writer

January 26, 2015

Tumblr. Twitter. Trivia Crack. Instagram. And the holy grail of all holy grails: Netflix. These lifelines are a blessing and a curse. They hold our fascination during “short breaks” from CROs and “quick check-ins” in-between math problems. If every mile I scrolled on Tumblr was equal to me running...

The all-day effects of all-nighters

Betsy Faris, Staff Writer

January 26, 2015

One of the worst feelings in the world is the minute you realize its 10:45 and you are not even half way done with whatever assignment your teachers plagued you with this week. Everything starts out fine: the adrenaline (aka massive amounts of caffeine) kicks in as the time creeps away slowly, and every...

How to sleep smart

Anne Wu, Staff Writer

January 26, 2015

All of us have experienced it before: the moment when the awful wailing of your 6:00 AM alarm blasts your eardrums like the enraged cries of a cat being bathed. The valiant battle waged between willpower and the delusional belief that “just five more minutes” of sleep won’t hurt. The agonizing...

Back from the dead

Allie Bowe, Staff Writer

January 26, 2015

The week before finals is relaxing. The only homework there is to do is study. Teachers give time in class to review, and try to help prepare for the test of the semester. There’s even time to hang out with your friends and relax before the stressful week that determines your grade’s fate. Oh...

Use the holidays to have a social life

Lucas Maier, Staff Writer

December 10, 2014

As we go into the holidays, a time normally seen by your average high school student as a light at the end of the tunnel, many look forward to the glorious break (2 whole weeks!) it as nothing more than an opportunity to stuff their faces with cookies and eggnog. And there’s certainly no issue with...

Counterproductive college mail helps no one

Anna Malesis, Managing Editor

December 8, 2014

I was just a naïve, young sophomore, and as I sat there, bubbling my personal information into my PSAT answer sheet on an early fall morning, I made a horrible, yet all-to-common, mistake that ravaged the next year of my life. I signed up for College Search. By checking that one, seemingly harmless...

Being stuck behind busses

Gabby Messina, Staff Writer

December 8, 2014

As I rush out of the house each morning I make a concerted effort to get on the road before the dreaded busses, but this is not always possible. When I realize that I’m stuck behind them, I curse wildly to myself, knowing that my drive will now take about ten times longer. Isn’t it funny how perspectives...

Self-expression in the form of bucket hats

Taylor Jackson, Sports Editor

December 8, 2014

Lately mornings have been around 30 degrees, give or take a couple (but mostly take). Snow dusts the ground and ice covers my car so entirely that I’ve got to start defrosting it about twenty minutes before I leave, and opening my left rear door is literally impossible. Christmas junkies have been...

Winter wariness pays plentifully

Ian Page, Senior Writer

December 8, 2014

The winter season is upon us now in full force; ice coats the sidewalks, snow covers the trees and yet there they are. The students, who despite being presented with insurmountable proof that winter is here still insist on wearing shorts, t-shirts and even in extreme situations, tank tops. Anti-freeze...

When is the appropriate time to begin listening to Christmas music?

Lorrin Johnson, Feature Editor

December 8, 2014

There are two types of people in this world: Christmas music enthusiasts—like myself—and those who think there is “a time and place” for such tunes. We’ve reached the point in the year, post-Thanksgiving and within the universally accepted month of Christmas cheer, where festive music is...

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