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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.

Wednesday 01/14/2015
New Year OTE
Posted: January 14, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Urban Outfitters’ edgy style brings harsh scrutiny
Posted: January 14, 2015 - 12:00 am

While clothing is often used to make a statement, one retailer has received some negative feedback on its sense of style.

High school athletes use winter break as a 'play-cation'
Posted: January 14, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

X Games are all about shredding the slopes
Posted: January 14, 2015 - 12:00 am

January is the peak month for ski resorts, especially for the city of Aspen, Colorado, as the 2015 Winter X Games take place.

Wednesday 01/07/2015
A is for Asexual
Posted: January 07, 2015 - 12:00 am

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' stands for more than most people assume
Posted: January 07, 2015 - 12:00 am

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.

Out and about: Roanoke area teenagers discuss sexuality and gender identity
Posted: January 07, 2015 - 12:00 am

Growing up, Haley Arnold preferred wearing boy’s clothes. She played with toys that were typically geared towards boys.

Wednesday 12/17/2014
A place to grow from acorn to oak
Posted: December 17, 2014 - 12:00 am

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.

'Pan' teaser trailer features whitewashing of classic character
Posted: December 17, 2014 - 12:00 am

“Peter Pan” by J.M. Barrie is one of the most beloved children’s classics.

Christmas creep effects how people celebrate the season
Posted: December 17, 2014 - 12:00 am

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.

Wednesday 12/10/2014
Heroine, Nobel Laureate, and Teenager: Meet Malala
Posted: December 10, 2014 - 12:00 am

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.

Aim for happiness when choosing a career path
Posted: December 10, 2014 - 12:00 am

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.

A little bit ugly
Posted: December 10, 2014 - 12:00 am

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.

UNC Asheville offers a welcoming campus
Posted: December 10, 2014 - 12:00 am

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.

Wednesday 12/03/2014
Dreaming of snow
Posted: December 03, 2014 - 12:00 am

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.

Tuesday 12/02/2014
Amanda Kinser, Hidden Valley High School
Posted: December 02, 2014 - 10:30 pm

Amanda Kinser, Hidden Valley High School

Brandon Taylor, Lord Botetourt High School
Posted: December 02, 2014 - 10:30 pm

Brandon Taylor, Lord Botetourt High School

Thomas Galyen, Hidden Valley High School
Posted: December 02, 2014 - 10:30 pm

Thomas Galyen, Hidden Valley High School

  • The Edge is a weekly page produced by teens from Roanoke and New River valleys during the school year. The blog is a companion to that page.
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