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.
The development of the science, technology, engineering and math professions is vital to America’s leadership and the world’s economy. STEM careers , such as software development, IT management and engineering, can enhance innovation for future generations.
On Nov. 11, 2013, a fatal car crash involving four young adults took place on Merriman Road near Cave Spring High School. The driver, Dominique Lorenzo Young, now serving time in prison, was a student at Cave Spring.
The timeless designer Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”
Underachieving, dressing down, thoughtless and uncoordinated: the true essence of “grunge.”
I’m excited for summer for a couple of reasons. First, it’s only early March and I’m already sick of the cold. Second, Harper Lee, famed author of the classic “To Kill A Mockingbird,” is publishing a new book.
Spells of warm weather this winter have offered an exciting glimpse into what spring will bring in the coming months. Moderate to high temperatures will become typical, rain will come and the landscape of the Roanoke Valley will begin to change. However, it’s not just the landscape that will change.
Everyone on Earth is different in physical and mental aspects. Every human on Earth also has a story, or a past experience of something that they never forget; maybe they even have a special treasure that holds a meaning. Edge staffers set out to find these people on the streets of Roanoke.
Where do teens hang out nowadays? After school or on weekends, where do they go to meet friends and have a good time?
Main streets can be the hub of a town or city. Cars go up and down the street at all times, with people walking or shopping on the sidewalks next to small, independently owned stores. But for small towns, it can be difficult to accommodate everyone.
Botetourt County is a large area in the Roanoke Valley region. Though it covers a lot of miles, some teens say there isn’t much to do. Recent construction on U.S. 220 near Lord Botetourt High School has opened up some opportunities for fun, but some teens in the area still find themselves bored with no where to go.
The current teenaged generation will make executive decisions for the City of Roanoke in the future. Therefore, an environment that provides an opportunity to meet others and share positive experiences will be essential for the city’s outlook.
The New River Valley is home to two universities: Virginia Tech and Radford University. The area is composed of several cities and towns, specifically Blacksburg, Radford and Christiansburg. Because of this, localities such as Blacksburg and Radford contain adequate entertainment opportunities.
Award season is upon us, and with it comes my excitement and envy of stars as they gracefully walk the iconic red carpet. The men straighten their ties, and women glance coyly at the trains of their designer gowns.
On Jan. 25, eight high school Key Clubs, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke, came together to help raise awareness and collect donations to help support UNICEF and The Eliminate Project to provide maternal and neonatal Tetanus shots around the world.
In today’s competitive job market and college application process, it is important to have good interview skills.
Voices lift up and rise to the ceiling of the duPont Chapel at Hollins University, but this isn’t a religious service. his is the Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir, and they will travel to Salt Lake City to perform on February 28 at the American Choral Directors Association’s National Convention.
In 2007, David Karp was 20 years old. He wasn’t in college or searching for a career or trying to figure out his life. He was too busy building and launching his own website: a multimedia blogging platform called Tumblr.
As the new school semester begins, many seniors will commit to college. However, a serious “disease” may accompany the deposit: senioritis.
A high school forensics team doesn’t examine dead bodies — they practice a different type of forensics, one that involves public speaking and acting.
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” “The Great Gatsby.” “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” “Harry Potter.” “The Diary of Anne Frank.” “The Grapes of Wrath.” “To Kill a Mockingbird.” “Brave New World.”
Many teens in today’s society grasp onto what they know best, straying from the idea of stepping out of the box and experiencing new ideas and concepts.
Most kids wish for snow days as a way to take an unexpected day off of school. However, when I was younger, I never wanted the snow days because I knew that the more we were out, the more work we would have to do when we returned.
As a new tradition, my family voyages across the Caribbean Sea on a cruise during Christmas. This year, we visited Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Key West and the cruise line’s private island, Half Moon Cay.
Music is an important aspect in many people’s lives. Whether playing or listening to it, music is used as a way to better oneself.
Roanoke Catholic School offers seven, 49-minute-long class periods per day. Students take a math, science, English, theology and history or social studies class all year round. Some electives are offered year round, while others are offered as semester classes.
Block scheduling is a common way to organize classes in high schools across the United States. Botetourt County is one of the school districts around the Roanoke and New River valleys that uses this scheduling format.
There was a time when all Roanoke County Public School students associated a regular school day with seven periods, each lasting 45 minutes. Students began their school day at 8:25 a.m. and ended it at 3:05 p.m.
Every new year the tradition is to make a "New Years Resolution" that most people end up breaking the second week of January. In my opinion the new year is about bettering yourself and making realistic goals. I think a lot of people do the whole "resolution" thing for the recognition on social media. The draw of being able to say "this year I want to lose 100 pounds" creates buzz. I believe that is unrealistic and you shouldn’t just want to make a change in your life because you want to be a part of the New Year bandwagon and gain attention. This year I think everyone should focus on themselves and the things that are going to make everyday life more positive and enjoyable.
While clothing is often used to make a statement, one retailer has received some negative feedback on its sense of style.
For most students, the arrival of winter break welcomes a promise of family, sleep and fun holiday cheer. The same cannot be said for most student athletes, however.
January is the peak month for ski resorts, especially for the city of Aspen, Colorado, as the 2015 Winter X Games take place.
The LGBT acronym has many variations — including LGBTA, GLBT and LGBTQ (the Q for questioning or queer). All of these are acceptable, but the letter “A” in particular is too frequently forgotten. While sometimes used to refer to “allies” (or people who support the LGBTA community), “A” actually stands for asexual.
LGBT is an acronym that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. Most people simply associate the acronym with the word ‘gay,’ but it is much more than that.
Growing up, Haley Arnold preferred wearing boy’s clothes. She played with toys that were typically geared towards boys.
Students stand under the shadow of enormous oak trees while a man approaches them dressed in a satin robe. He places an acorn in the palm of their hand and tells them that they will return to this very spot four years from now to celebrate their graduation.
“Peter Pan” by J.M. Barrie is one of the most beloved children’s classics.
Before Thanksgiving had even passed, Christmas was on the minds of millions. Stores and families were practically skipping over the fall festivities to decorate their trees and hang up lights. However, some people are not as eager to dive in to the Christmas season so early.
In October 2012, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by Taliban members in Pakistan at the age of 14. However, through personal will, medical intervention and the support of people throughout the world, she recovered.
In kindergarten, my class was asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Our drawings were hung in the hallway for our parents to see at Back to School Night. I remember seeing many pictures of ballerinas twirling — a typical career aspiration for a five-year-old.
The tradition of the ugly Christmas sweater has gained popularity in recent years and is starting to show up in stores as they become a fashion trend. People love to wear these sweaters to show off their enthusiasm for the holidays.
The hustle and bustle of city life does not appeal to me for college. However, I also don’t want to be completely isolated. I recently visited the campus of the University of North Carolina – Asheville, and was happy to find a school that blends the location in the Blue Ridge Mountains and proximity to a fair-sized city.
Cold temperatures, early mornings and the feeling of windburn I get after a good run are the best parts of the approaching ski season. I was able to build my way up to a couple of black diamonds last year, but this year I hope to achieve the most difficult one of them all — the double-diamond.
Amanda Kinser, Hidden Valley High School
Brandon Taylor, Lord Botetourt High School
Thomas Galyen, Hidden Valley High School
Dr. John Kendall Costain passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.
Pearl Mae Goodbar, 92, of Lexington, Va., passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Golden Living Nursing Home in Buena Vista, Va.
Marian Price Vaught passed from her earthly existence on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Commonwealth Assisted Living in Abingdon, Va.
Maxie Leon Young, 72, of Austinville, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel, Hillsville, Va., 276-728-2041.