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    Sensei Aoyagi: Japanese Teacher

    During the last school year, Yoshimi Aoyagi, the Japanese teacher at East and Chapel Hill High School, won three statewide and national awards. In 2017, she was one of three teachers nationally to win the Elgin Heinz award, an award designed to honor teachers who further understanding between Americans and Japanese. Sensei Aoyagi has been teaching Japanese in the district for 11 years. She is a nationally merited teacher and is known for her high expectations and creating an inclusive classroom environment. For some, these accomplishments, awards and praise might go straight to one’s head, but students say that’s not the case with Aoyagi. “She told us she wasn’t going…

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    Hollerin’: A N.C. tradition

    October, 18, 2016. Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina. A lone man stands at a microphone, wailing his lungs out. This is the last cry of a dying Carolina tradition: hollerin’. Fifty years ago, in rural N.C., before cell phones, before sirens, there was hollerin’. Farmers would call their children and their cows with melodic, whooping cries that resounded across pastures, around barns and through the woods. Each person’s holler was as individual as the people themselves, with calls that are impossible to capture in words. And these unique calls were showcased for 47 years at the National Hollerin’ Contest in Spivey’s Corner, the undisputed hollerin’ capital of the nation. As Ermon…

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    The Science Behind: The Dangers of space

    For thousands of years, people have been obsessed with exploration. They traveled across land and sea to find not only new resources but new places to settle. When land space ran out, people started to look at places outside of our planet that could possibly be suitable for humans to live. However, scientists have discovered that it is not easy, and they face many challenges such as space debris and radiation. Space debris surrounds Earth and includes man-made objects that float around in space, and there are thousands of pieces in Earth’s orbit. “Space is actually essentially empty,” said Gerald Cecil, a professor at the University of North Carolina at…

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    Senior wins science award

    Photo Courtesy of Emily LiuThe amount of questions regarding our planet, its environment, and its climate have increased within the past couple of years as new opinions and studies disprove global warming. However, despite these resurfacing concerns, Emily Liu, a senior and an active advocate for the health of the environment, has worked to bring attention to the science and effect of climate change on ourselves and the environment. Liu was recently awarded the President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for her studies involving North Carolina’s climate. The award was given to 16 participants from K-12 across all 50 states for their outstanding environmental…

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    Slab City: A desert community harboring society’s outcasts

    Slab City, California is a refuge. A place where society’s outcasts can live without judgement. For many, it’s the end of the road. Those who have burned all their bridges in life still can still find a home in Slab City. Residents of Slab City, or Slabbers, often call their home “The Last Free Place,” as the presence of law enforcement is few and far between. Slabbers make their own decisions, often veering from the law, and from what would be acceptable in society. Simply put, Slabbers do what they feel is right for them. People come to the dusty desert town for different reasons, but for many it’s a…