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Best Stories of 2019-2020

Best Stories of 2019-2020

Sydney Haulenbeek, Paxton Coley, and Janelle Camba

June 5, 2020

As this is our final post of the school year this story varies from our normal, as it is a commemoration of our journalists on the work they have done as well as is a showcase of their best pieces. It takes a significant amount of time to research, produce, and edit every piece that goes up each day, an...

School Closure Devastates Student Body

VBCPS informs students that schools are closed for the rest of the year.

Janelle Camba, Editorial Assistant

March 27, 2020

On March 23 Governor Ralph Northam announced a groundbreaking change that made students’ hearts drop: all Virginia schools would be closed for the rest of the academic year. After a mere week in quarantine, students had already expressed their boredom, looking forward to their return to Kempsville...

Making Room for Social Distancing

A screenshot of part of a filter made by Snapchat and the World Health Organization to highlight certain tips that will reduce the spread of infection.

Cate Benedict, Staff Writer

March 26, 2020

Social distancing is being seen in many ways throughout the world. Whether it be the prevention of handshaking, or the cancellation of schools, the increase of space between others can help to reduce the spread of COVID-19.   On Sunday, March 15, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) endorsed...

Kempsville High School is Starting a Debate Team

Jenkins prepared a slideshow to introduce the different debate styles, as well as the positive impacts of joining a debate team.

Jack Shupe, Staff Writer

March 9, 2020

English Teacher Charlotte Jenkins is rekindling the idea of a competitive debate team at Kempsville High School. The Debate Team will compete against other Virginia Beach Schools in different styles of debate, such as Lincoln-Douglas (one-on-one debating).    Jenkins hosted an interest meeting for the D...

“To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” Loses the Balance Between Drama and Romance

Photo courtesy of BETTINA STRAUSS/NETFLIX

Janelle Camba, Editorial Assistant

February 25, 2020

In the summer of 2018, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” was a smash hit among teens, prompting a sequel released February 12, 2020, and a third movie in the making. In the sequel, “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You,” Lara Jean is thrown into an entirely different love triangle and ...

Young Republicans Invite Congressional Candidate to Kempsville

Ben Loyola (R), speaking about his campaign to the Young Republicans and other students at Kempsville

Paxton Coley, Managing Editor

February 13, 2020

On Tuesday, February 11, Congressional Candidate for the 2nd district of Virginia Ben Loyola came and spoke to students at Kempsville High School in association with the Young Republicans Club. “My parents instilled in me the importance of education,” said Loyola, introducing himself, “My first...

Pasta for Pennies Raises Money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Student Series

Poster promotes the Pasta for Pennies program.

Janelle Camba, Editorial Assistant

February 10, 2020

For 23 years, Kim Manoso, marketing teacher and DECA sponsor, has organized the Pasta for Pennies fundraiser. Each year, students contribute donations that go toward the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Student Series. These donations fund a range of services such as finding cures for blood cancers or givi...

“The Circle”: A Show For and About the Next Generation

Photo Courtesy of Netflix

Janelle Camba, Editorial Assistant

February 4, 2020

Most high schoolers start the day in the same way: on social media. We spend hours combing through Tumblr posts and scrolling for miles on Instagram. In fact, it’s not uncommon to be told by adults that we’re “wasting our time.” But Netflix found a way for us to put our years of experience wi...

Coming Together Through Culture: Patricia Hansen Casquinho

Patricia Hansen Casquinho,15, is from Hamburg, Germany, but was born and raised in Portugal, as her father is Portuguese. Casquinho came to America and hoped to share her culture as well as learn more about Kempsville’s during her stay.

Mylynn Hopper, Staff Writer

January 24, 2020

Most people dream of traveling to a different country at some point in their lives. However, some students have taken the initiative to use the time of their youth to travel and learn more about the world one country and school at a time. Many students, like Patricia Casquinho, have decided to use a foreign e...

EBA Student Starts Nonprofit to Plant Trees in Kempsville Area and Beyond

Evan Nied handing out saplings to departing Kempsville students at the end of the day on December 13 as part of his Planting Shade mission

Paxton Coley, Managing Editor

January 15, 2020

In Kempsville’s Entrepreneurship and Business Academy students work to start and build their own businesses. Sophomore Evan Nied, however, has already started, and been running, a flourishing nonprofit called Planting Shade.   “My goal is to plant as many trees as possible,” says Nied,...

Please Don’t “Remind” Me

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Sydney Haulenbeek, Editor in Chief

January 3, 2020

My phone doesn’t ping - I’ve set it to mute, because of the constant alerts - but it does flash, lighting up on the couch beside me to remind me of the economics test. The text pops up among others like it, snuggled with reminds for AP classes. It’s a Wednesday evening, and I’m studying for the test...

Kempsville’s Santa Claus Doubles as a Security Guard

Mr. David Springstead, dressed as Father Christmas, stands in front of the Christmas tree set up in the foyer. It previously displayed the bulbs for “Be a Santa to a Senior,” which was sponsored by Kempsville’s security team.

Sydney Haulenbeek, Editor in Chief

December 20, 2019

It’s Thursday, December 19, and Santa is outside the Kempsville High School cafeteria, watching students and fist-bumping an occasional smiling passerby. Unfortunately, this Santa isn’t from the North Pole; rather, he is Kempsville’s security assistant and drama club director, Mr. David Spring...