NCS starts spirit club
By Aubree Barker

Are you ready to get those hands clapping and voices raised? 

Come out and support your peers as they cheer on our fighting Cougars as a part of the Neuse Charter School spirit club. 

Jarrod Sealey, senior, is the leader of the club. "I want to be there cheering on my fellow peers as they try to set the Cougar name high," said Sealey.

Around Neuse, two of the things students try to excel at are grades and sports, and Neuse's hard-fighting Cougars deserve all the cheering on that they can get. 

Consider being a part of spirit club, and coming out to have some fun and support NCS' athletes!
 
 
Student Spotlight
By Savannah Jones
PictureSenior Mark Fang (Credit: Savannah Jones)
Q: If you had to name your single worst fear, what would it be?

A: Loneliness.

Q: If you could cure any disease, which would it be?

A: Obesity.

PictureJunior Caroline Lancaster (Credit: Savannah Jones)
Q: If you had to name your single worst fear, what would it be?

A: Dementors. They steal all your happy memories and eventually your soul.

Q: If you could cure any disease, which would it be?

A: Leukemia.

PictureSophomore Brianna Murchinson (Credit: Savannah Jones)
Q: If you had to name your single worst fear what would it be?

A: Bugs; ants, butterflies, ladybugs.

Q: If you could cure any disease, which would it be?

A: Parkinson’s Disease.

PictureFreshman Christopher Gonzales (Credit: Savannah Jones)
Q: If you had to name your single worst fear, what would it be?

A: Heights.

Q: If you could cure any disease which would it be?

A: The common cold so it would never happen again.

 
 
Staff Spotlight
By Savannah Jones
PictureGym teacher and soccer coach Eric Ahn (Credit: Savannah Jones)
Q: How long have you taught?

A: This is my second year of teaching.

Q: What’s something about you that most people don’t know?

A: I’m not from North Carolina; I’m from Pennsylvania.

Q: If you coached a sport other that soccer what would it be?

A: I would coach track.

Q: What’s the coolest thing that ever happened to you while teaching gym?

A: Someone kicked the ball once from full court and it went into the hoop.

Q: Do you have any future plans?

A: I want to be an intramural sports director.


PictureCommunications Director Karen Sheppard (Credit: Savannah Jones)
Q: What is your title at the school?

A: I am the Communications Director and the assistant to the principals.

Q: What did you do before here?

A: I worked in Kids Care Pediatrics.

Q: If there was one thing you could change about your job what would it be?

A: I would love to get paid more, I would love everyone to get paid more.

Q: What do you like most about your job?

A: I like being around the students.

Q: What is one thing about you that most students don’t know?

A: I’m Canadian.


 
 
PictureSenior Sakoyia Heath plans to start Key Club at NCS (Credit: Brad Tinker)
New clubs planned for NCS
By Brad Tinker

This is the first year that Neuse Charter School is having clubs that are entirely left to students to organize. 

This means that club ideas are only as limited as students' imaginations. All students need to do is generate student interest and find a staff member to sponsor and advise the club. 


Some students have ideas for clubs that they are trying to get off the ground.

Senior Sakoyia Heath is a senior at NCS and she is hoping to begin a Key Club, which is a club that teaches leadership through serving others and the community.

High school English teacher Rachel McInnis has agreed to be the adviser of Key Club. 

Heath hopes that once enough students are interested, the Key Club will start meet in the mornings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:50 to 8:20.

Heath said, “Our goal will be to inspire students in the club to take on leadership roles and to make our community a better place. We want to donate to the March of Dimes and other Children Miracle Networks. Join to be a part of an amazing organization.”

 
 
PictureFreshman Jimmie Sanders points out the previous location of the microwave (Credit: Tre'Shon Charles)
Microwave mayhem strikes cafeteria
By Tre’Shon Charles

The microwave was recently removed from the cafeteria due to a Board of Education policy stating that students are not allowed to use microwaves in case of injury. The removal causing controversy among Neuse Charter students.

“If you're only giving us the opportunity to bring lunch or buy Golden Corral, then the least they could do is provide our microwave so we can warm up our food,” said freshman Jimmie Sanders, student council historian.

In order to get a microwave approved, Joel Erby, high school principal, will have to go to the board and ask for permission.

“I believe that high school students should at least be able to use it," said Erby. “If they’re able to drive a car, I’m sure they can handle a microwave.”

 
 
Student spotlight
By Brad Tinker
PictureSenior Darrin Robinson (Credit: Brad Tinker)
Q: If you could go back in history, what person would you like to meet and why?

A: ”Wilt Chamberlin, because he has the record for the most points in a single NBA game.”

Q: Who in your life has influenced you the most? How did they do it?

A: “My brother, he was a star athlete in high school, is a senior in college, and has his life set.”


PictureJunior Marcus Stevens (Credit: Brad Tinker)
Q: If you could go back in history, what person would you like to meet and why?

A:” I would want to meet Jackie Robinson, because he was a great inspiration for African American baseball players.”

Q: Who in your life has influenced you the most? How did they do it?

A: “My father, Marcus.  He is a hardworking man.”


PictureSophomore Maurice Watson (Credit: Brad Tinker)
Q: If you could go back in history, what person would you like to meet and why?

A: “Martin Luther King, because without him black and white people would not get along. It would be like back in the day.”

Q: Who in your life has influenced you the most? How did they do it?

A: “My mom, Christy. She influenced me because she gets me prepared for the real world and tells me how tough it will be, she basically wants me to be successful.”


PictureFreshman Paul LePage (Credit: Brad Tinker)
Q: If you could go back in history, what person would you like to meet and why?

A: “Thomas Edison, so I could see how he created the light bulb, and those who helped him.”

Q: Who in your life has influenced you the most? How did they do it?

A: “My mom, she taught me the basic ways to study, oversaw my homework, and told me what to do to pass my grade.”


 
 
Staff spotlight
By Allison Burke and Savannah Jones
PictureScience teacher Carl Collie (Credit: Savannah Jones)
Carl Collie, science teacher

Q: How long have you been teaching?

A: 6 years

Q: What’s the weirdest thing that ever happened to you?

A: “I was a coach and we had an away game, and I went to the wrong school.”

Q: What is something about you that most students don’t know?

A: “I came into teaching later in my life, before I came into teaching I was in project engineering.”

Q: If you had to have a job that had nothing to do with science, what would it be?

A: “Somebody that travels the world studying ancient cultures and civilization.”


PictureMath teacher Jordan Gill (Credit: Allison Burke)
Jordan Gill, math teacher

Q: How long have you been a teacher?

A: Two full years.

Q: Have you had any other jobs besides teaching?

A: Yes. I worked in a library for three years, and I worked as a go-­cart attendant. That was the worst job of my life.

Q: What's one interesting fact about yourself?

A: I’m a huge sports fan. I’m an incredible dancer. I’m three seconds off the Mario Kart world record.

Q: Strangest thing that happened to you while teaching?

A: I dropped a marker on my tie and ruined it.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: I love watching sports. I like to play video games if my wife lets me. I like to read. I like to play ultimate frisbee.

Q: What do you like most about being a teacher?

A: I enjoy that I get to do math every day, and I love to see things click when students get their “aha” moment.

Q: What do you like most about math?

A: You can be extremely creative with it and solve problems.

 
 
PictureFrom left, seniors Ashlee Rouse, Kyle Austere, Restyn Martin, and Miranda Phipps are looking forward to graduation (Credit: Aubree Barker)
Neuse Charter School graduates first class of seniors
By Audree Barker

From kindergarten to their senior year, Neuse Charter School's first graduating class is approaching their future.

NCS' seniors are considering joining the military, traveling the world, going to college, or joining the workforce. 

Senior David House said, “My plan after high school is to go to the military. I want to learn to trade so I can use it in the future.” 

“I would like to go to UNCW, to study marine biology. ... I would get to see things that not everyone gets to; it would just be fun to do," said senior Jourdan Sanders.

Neuse Charter School will certainly be wishing the seniors the best through the rest of the school year and beyond.

 
 
Student spotlight
By Brad Tinker
PictureSenior Sakoyia Heath (Credit: Brad Tinker)

Q: If you could possess one supernatural ability, what would it be?
A: I’d be mentally quick, so I would be able to do my homework really fast. 

Q: If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?
A: I would wish to make it into any college of my choice after I get out of high school, so I could get a great job.

PictureJunior Tyler Stanley (Credit: Brad Tinker)

Q: If you could possess one supernatural ability, what would it be?
A: I would have the power of possession, so I could make people do stupid things.

Q: If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?
A: I’d wish for Mike Tyson to be my bodyguard, so no one would try to take my lunch money.

PictureSophomore Leighton Richardson (Credit: Brad Tinker)

Q: If you could possess one supernatural ability, what would it be?
A: I would fly, so I could go to the beach faster. 

Q: If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?
A: I would want to fly.

PictureFreshman Owen Edwards (Credit: Brad Tinker)

Q: If you could possess one supernatural ability, what would it be?
A: I would want to see the future; it would help with sports and marital arts.

Q: If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?
A: I would want a fusion reactor so I could combine hydrogen atoms to make helium, releasing a lot of energy through nuclear fusion.

 
 
Staff spotlight
By Sakoyia Heath and Tre'Shon Charles
Beth Miller, history teacher

Q: How long have you been teaching?
A: This is year 18.

Q: Did you always want to be a history teacher?
A: In high school I decided that I love history and politics.

Q: What is a fun fact most students don’t know about you?
A: I flew an airplane when I was 16.

Q: What is your political party?
A: I vote on the person not the party.

Q: What are some memorable moments as a teacher?
A: Developing relationships with my students and friendships with my colleagues.

Daniel Casey, guidance counselor

Q: How long have you been a guidance counselor?
A: 4 years

Q: What made you decide to become a guidance counselor?
A: Mine was horrible at his job and I wanted to be better than him.

Q: What is something students don’t know about you?
A: I was a concert pianist and I know 4 languages.

Q: Do you plan on being a guidance counselor forever or do you plan on changing careers later in life?
A: I plan on being a guidance counselor for maybe another year or two.

Q: If you decide to change what career would you pursue?
A: Principal.