Jessica Wiegandt, Lord Botetourt High School, senior editor
Elena Hernandez, Cave Spring High School, social media editor
The Edge staff voted to honor the following students for their work on The Edge this year:
Roshni Lalchandani, Cave Spring High School, junior editor
Hannah Vandegrift, home school, junior editor
Hayley Boland, Lord Botetourt High School
The Edge staff gathered on the roof of The Roanoke Times building for a staff photo during their final meeting of the year.
Jessica Ross, Lord Botetourt High School, senior editor
Natalie Horn, Cave Spring High School
Shivani Chati, Hidden Valley High School, social media editor
Cassandra Kuhn, Lord Botetourt High School
Priyanka Pugazhenthi, Hidden Valley High School
Ciara Mulcahy, Patrick Henry High School
It’s half past midnight. The city lights contrast against the dark skyline. People walk noisily on the cobblestone streets, passing dimly lit bars and strolling through domed archways that open into a large public square. They window shop around the edges or choose to sit in open-air cafes, where they enjoy a drink and a few local tapas. The Spanish flag waves in the night air below the face of the clock. This architectural masterpiece captures every eye with its enchanting glow.
I recall the first day I walked into The Roanoke Times, up the steps to the newsroom to be a part of The Edge staff. It was after seeing a photograph I took of a young girl, who appeared to be flying over a wooden bridge, published on the back of the Extra section of The Roanoke Times. Encouraged by a feeling to explore my creativity in a new way, I applied.
Even before starting school, most children learn to count numbers and develop an understanding of addition and subtraction. With that, they start their initiation into the discipline of mathematics.
Studying, in general, can be done anywhere. Some students study at home, where a closed bedroom door can block out most interruptions. Some prefer more public settings, such as a friend’s house, library or park.
In today’s fast-paced world of modern communication devices and social media, communicating with others can be accomplished with ease. For example, Facebook groups offer a closed area for small groups of people to communicate about shared interests. As a result, members of a group are able to collaborate with one another to discuss topics that may be valuable to them.
As the end of the school year approaches and standardized tests are just around the corner, I have been getting roughly six hours of sleep each night. I am a sophomore, so I have the easy year in high school.
Every day the speed of life increases, and there is less and less time to enjoy the moment you are in. With the stress of SOL testing and finals, students can struggle to find the happy moments in their daily lives. But for the past few years, an Internet movement has been helping remind individuals that they have something positive to look forward to every day.
While some people feel more comfortable laying low and staying out of the spotlight, Cave Spring High School sophomore Brenna Harman does not mind making her bubbly presence known to everyone in the room. She is comfortable with people and is hardly fazed by being surrounded by strangers.
I’m one of those introverts who deals with a fair bit of social anxiety. Not nearly as severe as others, of course, but more than the average extrovert would have to deal with.
Over the years, the introvert has garnered a reputation as being a person who may dislike people, doesn’t like talking and would rather read a book at home than go out with friends.
Over the past few years, a different kind of concert has become somewhat popular: a house concert.
I noticed this firsthand when a girl in my Spanish class asked me what time it was. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with asking what time it is, I just found it odd, as she was wearing a watch on her wrist.
A trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles is usually the first opportunity for teenagers to register as organ donors. Registration consists of simply checking a box on the form of basic personal information necessary for receiving a learner’s permit. This choice is conveyed on an official driver’s license as a heart symbol.
There are currently more than 2.8 million Girl Scouts, and of those, few scouts make it as far as those in Roanoke’s Troop 127. After starting their journey 11 years ago as Daisies, the now high school girls have been fundraising and preparing for a trip to London through the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
Some might think my taste in music is peculiar, but I think it’s not as different as most people assume.
As the spring season officially begins, everyone starts planning for the annual prom. The event has been a high school tradition for decades, each year being more extravagant than the last. Wardrobe, photos, food — everything must be perfect. The planning that goes into this one night has morphed prom into a season of its own.
As the prom season begins, girls start looking for the perfect dress and guys get fitted for a tux. With these stressful and exciting events comes possibly the most important part of the season — the “promposal.”
Last summer, four days after school let out, I set off on a trip of a lifetime with my friend Makenzie. We had been planning the trip for a year and the time had finally come. I said goodbye to my family and we set off to Singapore, an island off the southern coast of Asia.
Leading up to my trip, I had a lot of people ask me “Why?” I couldn’t really answer the question. I was skeptical myself. I had chosen — out of an offer to travel anywhere in the world — to go to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
When I first heard that Sephora would be opening in JCPenney at Valley View Mall, I couldn’t contain my excitement. I quickly texted my friends to spread the good news. We always find amazing products at Ulta, another store at Valley View, so it could only be to our advantage for another beauty shop to open.
Step into the latest fashion craze: monograms. Dogs, babies, men and women are covered from head to toe in their initials. The trio of letters seen hanging from necks and passing by on handbags does not stand for a designer brand name; they are a simple way to personalize anything. Some may say it is just a fad, while others hope it will stay in style forever.
The clothing company Lilly Pulitzer is expanding its horizons this spring. The brand is launching a line for Target, expected to hit stores Sunday and aptly named Lilly for Target.
Many people go through hardships in their lives. Some people aren’t always able to get past those hardships, but that is not the case for Josh Duncan.
With the warm rays of spring in the air and blooming flowers on every path also comes the onslaught of tiny, pesty bugs sneaking their way into just about every place I go. Now, I’m not one of those girls who freaks out every time a fly gets near me, but I’m not one of those girls who are immune to their appearance either.
Summer is on its way, and with it comes a new season of music festivals. Friday marks the start of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and many more await.
“Down a path worn into the woods, past a stream and a hollowed-out log full of pill bugs and termites, was a glass coffin. It rested right on the ground and in it slept a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives.”
Edge staffer Elena Hernandez has used nail art as a form of expression. Here she has painted the Japanese symbols for smile, love, peace and luck with black nail polish.
The popular Broadway musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” will be staged by the students of Hidden Valley High School on April 17-19. The production, which involves about 30 students, is directed by Beth D’Alelio.
Some organizations offer college scholarships to students on the basis of their unusual talents, interests, creativity or even food choices. Some of these may appear strange at first, but they may be worth a try for those who are looking for something new or out-of-the-ordinary.
This February, I received the opportunity to travel to Japan with a teacher, Sarah Kerr, and another student, Mallory Wohlford, as part of Lord Botetourt High School’s student exchange program. I traveled to a city in northern Japan called Sapporo, which is best known for the 1972 Winter Olympics. This nine-day trip was the first time I had ever been out of the United States, so it was a headfirst dive into international travel for me.
The show must go on, but this winter it was the snow that went on — and on. Despite that, the Patrick Henry High School students involved in the play “Legally Blonde: The Musical” didn’t stay home and wait for it to melt.
Actors and actresses are resurfacing for the spring to contribute their theatrical talents in Cave Spring High School’s musical performance of “Annie.”
Growing up in the Roanoke Valley presents a unique childhood experience in a city surrounded by mountains and countryside. Due to the juxtaposition of urban and rural environments, some local high school students identify with aspects of country culture .
It seems like just about every time I’m behind someone in line at a fast food restaurant they order sweet tea. Why is this? Maybe it is because sweet tea is more than just a drink to those living in the South; it is a way of life.
With the stress of report cards, GPAs, college applications and more, teenagers often find themselves going above and beyond to keep up with school. A heavy course load can mean hours of homework every night, and some students find themselves pulling “all-nighters” to save their grades.
I will never forgive the people that told me senior year is the easiest. It’s hard and overwhelming, at least for me. I learned the hard way that going and going and never taking a second to breathe is not the right way to live.
I have come to find that I have an internal feud for the duration of winter. While I have a special place in my heart for the joys of sledding and building snowmen and skiing, the dreary, cold and overcast days of winter create a massive longing for spring.
Gary Alan Hampton, 58, of Piney Creek, N.C., passed away Thursday, July 2, 2015. Arrangements by Twin County Funerals, 276-236-9009.
Virginia LeEllen Yeatts, 68, of Roanoke, passed away Friday, July 3, 2015. Services will be 4 p.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015, at Salem Kingdom Hall. Arrangements by Valley Funeral Home, Peters Creek Rd. NW, Roanoke, Va., 540-562-1182.
Thomas Wayne Aliff, 71, of Roanoke, Va., passed away Sunday, July 5, 2015. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at Lotz Salem Chapel. Arrangements by Lotz Funeral Home, Salem, Va., 540-389-9208.
Dorothy Beatrix Montgomery, 78, of Riveria Beach, Fla., died Saturday, June 27, 2015. Funeral Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015, at Nicely Funeral Home Chapel, Clifton Forge, Va., 540-862-4157.