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Tuesday 04/28/2015
On the Edge: Favored band visiting the US
Posted: April 28, 2015 - 10:15 pm

Some might think my taste in music is peculiar, but I think it’s not as different as most people assume.

Prom night a season all its own
Posted: April 28, 2015 - 10:00 pm

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.

Moments make up couple's promposal
Posted: April 28, 2015 - 10:00 pm

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.”

Tuesday 04/21/2015
On The Edge: Memories of trip will stick around for a lifetime
Posted: April 21, 2015 - 10:16 pm

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.

Why there: An Edge staffer's experience in Vietnam
Posted: April 21, 2015 - 10:04 pm

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.

Tuesday 04/14/2015
On The Edge: Sephora a hoped-for convenience
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 10:00 pm

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.

Monograms put personal stamp on belongings
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 10:00 pm

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.

Lilly Pulitzer brand makes leap to Target on Sunday
Posted: April 14, 2015 - 10:00 pm

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.

Tuesday 04/07/2015
UVa student from Patrick County turns life around after dealing marijuana in middle school
Posted: April 07, 2015 - 10:14 pm

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.

On the Edge: The season of bugs is upon us
Posted: April 07, 2015 - 10:15 pm

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.

Music festivals provide variety of summer experiences
Posted: April 07, 2015 - 10:00 pm

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.

Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
Posted: April 07, 2015 - 9:50 pm

“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.”

Tuesday 03/31/2015
On The Edge: Expression through nail art
Posted: March 31, 2015 - 10:30 pm

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.

Hidden Valley High School to stage 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying'
Posted: March 31, 2015 - 10:15 pm

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.

Did you know: Some out-of-the-ordinary college scholarships
Posted: March 31, 2015 - 10:15 pm

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.

Lord Botetourt student shares foreign exchange experience in Japan
Posted: March 31, 2015 - 10:10 pm

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.

Snow doesn't dampen Patrick Henry High School production of 'Legally Blonde'
Posted: March 31, 2015 - 10:05 pm

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.

Cave Spring students overcome time crunch to stage production of 'Annie'
Posted: March 31, 2015 - 10:00 pm

Actors and actresses are resurfacing for the spring to contribute their theatrical talents in Cave Spring High School’s musical performance of “Annie.”

Tuesday 03/24/2015
Is Roanoke Southern?
Posted: March 24, 2015 - 10:00 pm

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 .

On The Edge: Sweet tea not always a way of life in Southwest Virginia
Posted: March 24, 2015 - 9:54 pm

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.

Tuesday 03/17/2015
Teens report less sleep than needed, studies find
Posted: March 17, 2015 - 10:00 pm

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.

On the Edge: Handling the senior year stress overload
Posted: March 17, 2015 - 10:00 pm

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.

Springtime Longing OTE
Posted: March 17, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Wednesday 03/11/2015
Women in STEM breaking stereotypes
Posted: March 11, 2015 - 12:00 am

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. 

Cave Spring High School still feels effects of November 2013 Merriman Road crash
Posted: March 11, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Tuesday 03/03/2015
Fashion hits rewind for Roanoke, New River Valley teens
Posted: March 03, 2015 - 11:45 pm

The timeless designer Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”

Grunge fashion back in style in 2010s
Posted: March 03, 2015 - 11:35 pm

Underachieving, dressing down, thoughtless and uncoordinated: the true essence of “grunge.”

Willing summer to come sooner for Harper Lee's 'Go Set a Watchman'
Posted: March 03, 2015 - 11:32 pm

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.

Wednesday 02/25/2015
Winter gives way to spring sports, leaving lasting memories
Posted: February 25, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Residents of Roanoke: Humans of New York meets Star City
Posted: February 25, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Wednesday 02/18/2015
Malls have lost their luster as teen hangout spots
Posted: February 18, 2015 - 12:00 am

Where do teens hang out nowadays? After school or on weekends, where do they go to meet friends and have a good time?

Salem - where teens grab a bite but often pass through - wants feedback on its downtown area
Posted: February 18, 2015 - 12:00 am

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 teens think public transportation could be a benefit
Posted: February 18, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Organizations unify Roanoke teen community in addition to greenways, other facilities
Posted: February 18, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Teens in New River Valley spend summer outdoors, get creative in winter
Posted: February 18, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Wednesday 02/11/2015
Red Carpet anticipation becomes cherished tradition
Posted: February 11, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Talent show raises money for international vaccination efforts
Posted: February 11, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

How to ace your first interview
Posted: February 11, 2015 - 12:00 am

In today’s competitive job market and college application process, it is important to have good interview skills.

Tuesday 02/10/2015
Roanoke Valley Children's Choir sings from Star City to Salt Lake
Posted: February 10, 2015 - 11:00 pm

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.

Wednesday 02/04/2015
Tumbling through Tumblr: An Edge guide to using the popular microblogging site
Posted: February 04, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Warning: Senioritis slays work ethic
Posted: February 04, 2015 - 12:00 am

As the new school semester begins, many seniors will commit to college. However, a serious “disease” may accompany the deposit: senioritis.

Kids who talk to walls: An interview with high school forensicators
Posted: February 04, 2015 - 12:00 am

A high school forensics team doesn’t examine dead bodies — they practice a different type of forensics, one that involves public speaking and acting.

Wednesday 01/28/2015
Restricted reading spurs debate in schools
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 12:00 am

“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.”

Student lives out passion in sports, language
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Senior year makes snow days more enjoyable
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Wednesday 01/21/2015
Christmas cruise a new family tradition
Posted: January 21, 2015 - 12:00 am

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 that makes you happy might not be improving your mood
Posted: January 21, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Scheduling Savvy: Seven periods set-up provide daily reinforcement
Posted: January 21, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Scheduling Savvy: Semester switch provides block scheduling break in Botetourt
Posted: January 21, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Scheduling Savvy: Roanoke County's recent switch to block scheduling a plus
Posted: January 21, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

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