Apex High School is a blend of arts. There are visual artists, the musically talented, the vocally impressive, and so on. What most people forget is that the culinary arts are also included among the art forms. The use of sauces add an array of appealing colors to the blank canvas of a plate. It is a masterpiece, and the cook is the master. But with art comes practice. The state has installed an Honors Culinary class to Apex High School. Students who want more of a challenge than the current culinary classes offer can sign up for a more in-depth curriculum, which will prepare students for the competitive culinary field. With the class, chefs-in-the-making are trained with more projects and independent work. They will visit food industries to observe first-hand and get an idea of how today’s food industries operate. Students will also have a co-operative job in place of their fourth period .The class’s focus will be training students to become hardworking, strong, and confident leaders. These are traits that are required in a busy kitchen environment where chefs are not only cooking but are also running a business.
Culinary is a very competitive field; hence the classes are held with the same rigorous speed. Ms. Erica Hoskins refers to the popular show Iron Chef and says how there are ongoing competitions in class. Also, the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a club where students put their best food forward and compete in skill competitions that promote Family and Consumer Science.
Aside from the expectations, the Honors Culinary class shows students how fun the culinary field can be. As students become familiar with the busy environment, Hoskins says they, “learn to hustle” and end up coming together as a “tight-knit family” with their classmates. As Hoskins talked about the class, shouting can be heard between students and see students approaching Hoskins with questions. “A lot of shouting happening,” Hoskins says as the uproar in the back of the room continues, which brings up the point of communication. Honors Culinary, or any culinary class of that matter, prepares students to develop proper life skills like communication, working within a group, etc. Even if students do not plan to become chefs in the future, they are introduced to experiences that will help them be successful in everyday life.
Hoskins states, “Every single person can cook”, in response to the question whether being able to cook is a learned or inherent talent. Culinary students live by the Julia Child quote that is imprinted on their shirts, “No one is born a great cook; one learns by doing.” Any Apex High student, who has any interest in culinary arts, is encouraged to join the Honors Culinary class. One never knows what they might learn about themselves.”
Grace Fendrick, Cameron Goz
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Cary was winning 34-31 in overtime. Grayson Boyd was injured at a crucial point in the game. Sophomore backup quarterback Duke Fruehauf ran onto the field as cheers of “Duke! Duke! Duke!” came from the Cougar Crazies. One play was all the team needed to win homecoming, and one play is all it took for Fruehauf to complete a pass to Ian Boyd and win the game. It was a homecoming ending that no one will forget.
Cary came out strong in the first half, quickly intercepting a pass and getting up 17-0 on the Cougars. By halftime, Apex had cut the Imps’ lead to six points. Senior runningback Isaiah Totten said that the thing that changed for him was his mindset. “I just thought, ‘We’re not going to lose to Cary.’” The second half and overtime progressed with the lead changing six times. The Imps held Apex to third down and forced a field goal. Nathan Davis kicked it in from the thirty-five-yard line with less than seven seconds left in the game to tie it.
High school overtime is set up a little differently than it is in college or the NFL. In high school football, the teams get the ball on the ten-yard line and have four downs to score a touchdown. They do have the option to kick a field goal on fourth down in overtime, which Cary used to pull ahead of the Cougars 34-31. Two plays later, Grayson Boyd had to leave the game with severe leg cramps.
The entire stadium was on edge and nervous as Fruehauf took his place on the field for a big third down play. The completed pass to Boyd sent the Cougar Crazies, the football team, and all the parents into a huge celebration. The stands went wild with cheers, hugging, and glitter while the team ran to the endzone to congratulate Fruehauf and Boyd.
Totten says the momentum the team gained from the win against Cary will help them against Holly Springs High School on Friday night. For him, games against the Imps have usually been close, especially the game in 2013 when he was a sophomore. “We were expecting a good game, but we also were expecting it to be easy like last year.” The pressure of homecoming and a huge crowd was a big deal for the team too. Especially for the seniors, losing homecoming to Cary would be a blow.
The Cougars take on the Holly Springs Golden Hawks on Friday, September 22, 2015. Holly Springs and Apex both have a 3-2 record this season. The Cougars will have to defeat the Golden Hawks at their homecoming in heavy rain and winds. A win against Holly Springs will significantly boost the Cougars’ chances of making the playoffs.
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The Triangle area of North Carolina has a vibrant music scene, and the Hopscotch Music Festival has been a staple in the triangle area for six years. From big names such as The Flaming Lips and The Roots to acclaimed local groups, Hopscotch has always highlighted a wide range of music. This year’s festival, which took place Sept. 10-12, was no different. TV on the Radio and Dwight Yoakam headlined the festival, but there was something for everyone. Hopscotch offers music fans the unique experience to see both X, a legendary punk band, and hip-hop favorite Pusha-T perform in the same weekend.
Hopscotch was started six years ago by Greg Lowenhagen, a former Indy Week employee who designed the festival as a “…nationally recognizable festival” for the Triangle. In 2010, the first festival was headlined by Public Enemy and Broken Social Scene and established Hopscotch as a major music event. While the major headlining acts receive the most attention, a lot of the festival’s fun comes from going to local venues like the Lincoln Theatre and the Hive. These shows are more intimate and allow eclectic acts to come through to the area.
Carlitta Durand, who hails from Durham, opened on Friday for TV on the Radio and Tycho. The Raleigh based indie-rock band Jack the Radio also performed at the Hive on Friday, bringing their unique blend of genres to the Triangle.
As usual, the mix of venues and genres made Hopscotch’s sixth festival a blast for those who attended. There is also no shortage of great local music for music fans who could not make it. Cat’s Cradle, a Chapel Hill live music venue, will be featuring big acts like Destroyer, Cannibal Ox, Archers of Loaf, and MURS this month.
Miss America 2015, Kira Kasantsev, passed her title on to the new placeholder on Sept. 13. Betty Cantrell, previously Miss Georgia, earned her title after an intense competition for the crown, despite facing what most people are considering a bad question during the Q&A portion.
Cantrell owned the talent portion of the competition as she delivered a beautiful opera performance of “Tu Tu Piccolo Iddio.”
Following the talent portion of the pageant, Cantrell was asked if she thought New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, cheated in the 2015 Super Bowl. She then responded, “If there was question there, then yes, I think he cheated. If there was any question to be had I think he definitely cheated, and that he should’ve been suspended for that.” Even though her answer might be seen as bizarre, the viewing public still stood by Cantrell as they thought the question itself was bizarre.
Along with the crown, Cantrell received $50,000 in scholarship.
Overall Cantrell is so thrilled to bring the crown home to the peach state, being the second Miss Georgia to win Miss America. “I couldn’t be happier to represent my state,” she said.
As for Miss North Carolina, she was the only Southern state representative to not place in the top fifteen. However, she still did well in the competition.
Congratulations Miss Georgia, or shall I say Miss America!
In June of this year, America became the twenty-first country to legalize gay marriage. Before this decision, gay marriage was something the states would determine legal or not. Now that this law is put in place, the federal government has complete control over this and no state legally has the right to say no. Kim Davis, Rowan County Kentucky county clerk, spent jail time for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses. She has said that it was against her Christian beliefs and she would not comply and did not want her name on any document to do with this. However, she stated that but if her co-workers would sign for it, then it was out of her control. Davis says this refusal is due to her deep Christian roots, and by standing her ground, she was exercising freedom and also doing this for other people who believe the same way as her.
Whether you are a movie buff, a keen editor, or you just enjoy watching movies, come to the first Film Club meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22 in pod E from 2:30 p.m. until 3:15 p.m.
Senior Taylor Tyson has been interested in film for several years and wanted to form a club that focuses on movie discussions. During the summer, Tyson contacted fellow senior Yasmine Campbell, who broadened Tyson’s original vision for the club. Campbell suggested the club create movies and videos for various clubs and athletic teams of Apex High. Tyson explained the goals of Film Club are “to expand students’ knowledge of cinematography by exploring different aspects of film” and “to relate social issues or fix a visual need through film and the creation of films.”
The Film Club will hold multiple types of meetings. The first meeting of each month will consist of watching clips from films and discussing the cinematography. The following meetings will alternate each week and will include brainstorming and creating films for clubs and athletic teams of Apex High.
Media and film are expanding vastly, and through the years, film is transferring to new mediums. How many YouTube videos are watched every day? Whether you simply like watching movies or are interested in learning more about making and editing films, be sure to check out the new Film Club. For any questions regarding Film Club, contact either Taylor Tyson at email@example.com or Yasmine Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Led by Advanced Research and Forensics teacher, Ms. Alex Mann, the debate team has begun their second year of meetings and competitions. Senior Daniel Pan is the head of the team this year.
“You wake up earlier than you would for school and meet with the team at a previously chosen location; then you drive there together. During competition, you are entered into either a speech category or a debate category and you will perform four rounds of whichever one [category] you were entered in.” This is the process the debate team goes through at competitions. Pan joined the debate team because “I like verbally slaying people. It gives me more satisfaction than physical fights because good debates can leave behind mental scars of being roasted with words.” Pan’s best memory was during a crossfire—when speakers talk directly to each other—with student Abbey Veit. He trapped her in a question so difficult that she threw her pencil against the table due to frustration.
Grace Fendrick, Cameronn Goz
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Despite a few rocky non-conference games to open the season, the Cougars varsity football team beat Athens Drive High School to start conference play last Friday. They started out the game a little slow, only scoring one touchdown in the first quarter. By halftime though, the Cougars were up 27-0 thanks to a one-yard run by Ian Boyd and a thirty-yard pass from Grayson Boyd to Hart Simpson, both of which occurred in the last three minutes of the half. The Cougars increased the lead by another touchdown before Athens Drive was finally able to score a touchdown off an interception with seven minutes left in the third quarter. The Jaguars scored two more touchdowns in the final five minutes, missing one PAT to have a final score of 44-20.
“We’re going to start a run,” Coach Graham said. “We’re trying to do something big this year and win the conference.” The Cougars made it to the playoffs in 2014 for the first time in five seasons. They made it to the second round and lost to rival Green Hope High School. Highschoolot.com has listed Apex as a team that is currently on the bubble for the playoffs, despite only being four weeks into the season. The win against Athens boosts the Cougars’ chances of making it to the playoffs, but there are many games left to be played that could be difficult for the team. The final game of the season is against Middle Creek High School, whose varsity football team is ranked seventeenth in North Carolina. Every game from this point in the season on is important if Coach Graham’s goal is going to be achieved.
The next game for the Cougars is Friday night, Sept. 18. This is the homecoming game against Cary High School. With a continued good offensive performance, the game should be a great one for Apex fans to attend.