February 28, 2019
The Native Voice
Do you like satisfying things? Check out our article on page 7
Abby Fookes, Co-Editor
Kalli Todd, Co-Editor
Nancy Alvarez, Co-Editor
Jenn Drabick, Assistant Editor
Liz Parrish, Web Manager
The Native Voice Staff
Olivia Peters, Staff Writer
Abi Perito, Staff Writer
Kassidy Long, Staff Writer
Zoe Campbell, Staff Writer
Lily Simpson, Staff Writer
Table of Contents
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Page 3: New Braves at Socastee
Pages 4-5: Never Again
Page 6: Girl Scout Cookies
Page 7: Oddly Satisfying
Page 8: On A Downward Spiral
Page 9: Battle of the Braves: Activity Edition
Page 10: The Only Academy We Need
Page 11: A Drop in the Stock
Page 12: Hit the Mat, Meet the Champs
Page 13: A Cure For All... Or Some
By: Lily Simpson, Staff Writer
Welcoming our new teacher, Mr. Stacy!
New Braves at Socastee
Welcoming our new teacher, Mrs. Landers!
Just recently at Socastee High School, we’ve gained some new staff members. We are so excited to welcome them and look forward to our future years with them.
Our first new staff member is Ms. Bridget Landers. Landers developed a passion for teaching in just first grade. She attended Coastal Carolina University and majored in Finance. Being a alumni of Socastee, Landers was inspired by our recently retired teacher: Lou Ellen Blackmon. Blackmon mentored and guided Landers throughout high school and college.
“As my Business Education teacher, she pushed me to be better and strive for more. After high school she was a mentor to me. She guided me towards additional education which was required to achieve my teaching dream and assisted me before interviews. She continues to support me in my current teaching role and in life,” said Landers.
Landers’ top motivator has always been her family, and now, it is her students. She loves to see students push themselves to success in her classroom. An accomplishment Landers is proud of herself for is securing her new position at Socastee High School. She is looking forward to watching students succeed and creating relationships with other faculty members.
“I hope to become a teacher than impacts students’ lives, because that is my utmost reason for teaching,” Landers exclaimed.
Our second new staff member to join our team is Mr. Tyler Stacy. At first, he was unable to see his passion for teaching. He wanted to be a medical doctor, but he ended up switching his major to English Literature. He then went to law school and ended up switching from there again. He then realized after working as a teacher's assistant in law school that he want to be a educator.
“I realized my favorite place wasn’t a courtroom or an office, but a classroom. Watching students grow and learn with my help was a wonderful feeling,” Stacy stated.
Stacy's biggest influencer is his fiancée. She supports him and he is thankful for that. One of Stacy’s accomplishments that he is proud of is an essay that is part of a book which will published by Routledge sometime within the next year. He is looking forward to getting to know students and work with the faculty.
“I know it’s cliched, but I’m living the dream right now,” said Stacey.
By: Olivia Peters, Staff Writer
Woman at a rally with a sign that reads, "Enough," calling for gun violence to stop.
It’s been one year since a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fl. shot and killed 17 people, students and staff included. Since the horrific shooting last Valentine’s Day, the Parkland community has banded together, specifically students seeking to combat gun violence and persuade politicians to enact common sense gun laws, the students created the March for Our Lives movement. According to the New York Times, the massacre, now referred to as the ‘Parkland Shooting,’ was the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.
Despite going through something as horrific as they did, the survivors of the Parkland Shooting have come together and created something so much more impactful than anyone could have ever imagined through the March for Our Lives movement. March for Our Lives’ mission statement is essentially that not one more person should be killed by gun violence, or “enough is enough” or “never again,” as chanted at gun control rallies across America. Some of the most recognizable faces from the movement include Emma González, Jaclyn Corin, Cameron Kasky, David Hogg and Alex Wind, all featured on the cover of infamous Time magazine.
While common sense gun laws may seem sensible, groups such as the National Rifle Association (NRA) and some politicians are opposed, claiming that it infringes upon citizens’ Second Amendment rights to bear arms. On the other hand, however; 76 gun control laws have been passed at the state level and some stores, such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, which stopped selling semi-automatic rifles (as used in the shooting) and banned the sale of any firearm to people under the age of 21.
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At Socastee High School, there have been multiple shooting threats this year alone, which caused there to be a line of parents outside the school to sign their child out for the day. Since then, every single student has gone through the metal detector every day, no matter if they are tardy or have late arrival; for this reason, many students dislike the mandatory metal detectors, claiming that despite being on time for school, they arrive tardy to class due to the long metal detector lines in the morning. I, personally, feel safer knowing that every student goes through the metal detectors daily, though I wish we didn’t have to live in a world where this is a reality for us. In September 2010, a student came to Socastee High with a gun and pipe bombs with intent to use them, and though the resource officer was not killed or shot directly, he faced minor injuries due to shrapnel that hit the wall. Across America today, kids as young as 5 years old practice code red drills to prepare for the chance that their school may be the next on national news for yet another school shooting.
Parkland survivors continue to live their lives daily with the reality that their friends, siblings and teachers are gone, all the while doing mundane teenager things like applying for college and having their first relationships. Though they do not let their circumstances define them, they do allow it to fuel the fire that is the March for Our Lives movement.
Students go through the metal detector and get their bags checked daily.
Samoas and Tagalongs are two of the most popular Girl Scout Cookie flavors. Get your boxes before they sell out!
By: Kalli Todd, Co-Editor, Columnist
If you are not a big fan of chocolate, there is also a selection of non-chocolate cookies. For example, Lemonades are lemon flavored cookies topped with a layer of icing. Another lemon cookie option are the Savannah Smiles. Unlike Lemonades, Savannah Smiles do not have icing, instead, they are coated in powdered sugar. There is also the most basic of the Girl Scout cookies: the Trefoils. These are simply just shortbread cookies, but they are still very delicious.
This is not all of the Girl Scout cookies offered, there is also the Girl Scout S’mores, Do-Si-Dos, Caramel Chocolate Chip, Thanks a Lot and the Toffee-Tastic. There is a perfect Girl Scout Cookie for everyone, so once you find the one you love, you will be waiting for the next Girl Scout season to start. If you have never tried Girl Scout cookies, find a stand near you at https://www.girlscouts.org/en/cookies/all-about-cookies/How-to-Buy.html&sa=D&ust=1551202127792000&usg=AF
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Growing up, almost every girl has been a Girl Scout at some point. Girl Scouts of the USA is an organization where young girls earn badges, go camping and most importantly, sell cookies. Even if you have never been a Girl Scout, you have had at least one of their many cookie flavors. Some of these flavors include Savannah Smiles, Trefoils, Samoas, Tagalongs, Thin Mints and many more. Girl Scout cookie season is just getting started, so here are some of your cookie options.
One of the most popular cookies that Girl Scouts has made is the Tagalong. Tagalongs are very similar to Reese’s Cups, because of its layers of peanut butter and chocolate. However, the Tagalong also has a crisp cookie in the center, giving it the perfect crunch.
Thin Mints are probably the most well-known cookie produced by Girl Scouts. The Thin Mint is so popular that local grocery stores are making their own versions. These are thin, crispy, mint flavored cookies that are covered in a layer of chocolate. The combination of chocolate and mint make these cookies addictive.
Samoas are also very popular among the Girl Scout cookies. They are also one of the most unique cookies that the organization offers. The cookies are coated in coconut, caramel and chocolate, making it one of the most flavorful options.
Girl Scout Cookies
The video above is a compilation of different types of ASMR.
A new category of videos have been booming with popularity all across social media. This category mainly consists of soap cutting, playing with slime and even squeezing floral foam. The odd trend started with simple videos of people playing with slime, but has now escalated to paint mixing, frosting cakes and cutting kinetic sand. While it may sound a little weird , boring and pointless, there is something about these oddly satisfying videos that keep people stuck watching them in an endless loop.
“The sound is so satisfying and it soothes the soul,” said Maggie Ammons, junior.
All the videos have different factors that attract their viewers. For example, the sound of someone cutting kinetic sand or the way icing easily spreads onto a cake may be some of the many things that people find calming about these videos, but why?
Most people who are stressed or have been feeling anxious result to watching these videos to relax themselves. According to Wired.com, the imagery and sounds, qualify the videos as being “another branch of ASMR.” Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is used to describe a feeling of tingling or relaxation, often caused by a sound. ASMR can be used to relax people who have sleeping issues and help them fall asleep easier.
Teens and kids have been big fans of this new genre of videos, not so much for the relaxation, but for the creativity used to make oddly satisfying videos. The products needed to make these videos are easily accessible which also adds to the popularity. Teens and kids began to record themselves making, squeezing and poking slime, soap and foam. According to Businessinsider.com, in 2017 the Instagram slime craze “result[ed] in Elmer's shortages across the US”.
“[Oddly satisfying videos] entertains people and gives kids who are addicted to their phones another thing to look at,” said Mabry Choate, senior.
When people noticed that they enjoyed the sound of slime, then came the idea of cutting or squeezing other things that also cause a pleasant reaction. The oddly satisfying genre therefore grew and included videos of glitter water squeezing out of floral foam, watching people write calligraphy and even breaking makeup and bath bombs. In the past year, people began to steer towards more ASMR based videos. There are now videos of people doing simple things like tapping their fingers on a table or tearing a piece of paper in front of a high quality microphone that captures all the fine sounds.
The human brain can find any little thing so amusing that we created a whole new genre of videos on social media. Oddly Satisfying, while it is new and different, is only growing.
By: Nancy Alvarez, Co=Editor
Teens with mental health issues can become very overwhelmed by everyday life including school.
By: Jenn Drabick, Assistant Editor
A health issue that once focused mainly on adults is now hitting teens more than ever. The overwhelming and ever so scary feeling of dealing with a mental issues can cause many emotional and physical struggles. Teens in recent years have faced these struggles more and more causing a serious concern on what might be causing this and how it may affect the future generation.
Mental health issues may be intimidating, so many families and children don't feel comfortable sharing or admitting they are suffering from an illness like depression or anxiety. One other factor that might leave families reluctant to seeing a professional is the cost and insurance companies may be not cover the treatment. With such a high increase over the recent years of children and adolescents there has been a shortage of mental health providers. A shortage of mental health providers can cause people who experience these problems and have these disorders to have to wait longer and go through a longer process to see a mental health professional.
Many different conditions can cause adolescents and or children and teens to have a mental health issues, some of these issues can be but are not limited to: anxiety, depression and eating disorders. Some of these disorders can lead to others teens who reportedly had depression or anxiety can lead to an eating disorder or personality disorder. One major problems teens have today is what they feel is the perfect body image. Teens may feel if you don't have that perfect body image then you are not good enough, although that isn't the case because all body images are perfect. All adolescents deal with stress and other mental health issues in their own way,some may be reluctant to admit they have an issue. Many children and teens may not realize they are going through this and may look past the symptoms. Changes in sleep, change in appetite, new onset guilt, changes in energy levels and many others are examples of the many symptoms that may vary according to each individual
Society has not always been supportive in the struggles with mental illnesses but as society is starting to accept mental health issues are a growing and serious problem more people can get the help they need. While spreading awareness and making teens realize it's ok not to be perfect and something like this is not a bad thing more teens may be willing to get the help they need from a mental health professional.
On A Downward Spiral
Bf/Gf: 14 Votes
Friends: 20 Votes
A trip to the beach and a trip to the Pool are two very different experiences. Laying on the beach with the calming noise of the waves crashing onto each other, the birds swooping down to catch fish and of course the beautiful view. There are so many activities at the beach, there is something for everyone whether it be surfing, tanning, family games, looking for sharks teeth; you can never get bored! Although this sounds perfect to many, there are some people who like the convenience of going to the pool. It is usually a short drive, bathrooms available and no predators in the water. It’s usually quiet and easy if you don't have time to spend all day out. It really depends on where you grew up and which you prefer.
Pool: 11 Votes
Beach: 23 Votes
Battle of the Braves
Movie: 4 Votes
Bonfire: 31 Votes
Go Out With Friends vs. With BF/GF
Movie: 29 Votes
Board Game: 6 Votes
Watching a movie and playing a board game both tell a story and are enjoyable, but watching a movie keeps you entertained the whole time. When playing a board game, you have to wait for your turn and usually it gets boring if it takes too long. If you get bored while watching a movie you can stop and finish it later. You also need two or more people to play a board game but you can watch a movie all by yourself. The majority of people probably like movies better because board games get pretty boring especially if you've played them over an over but there are so many movies out there, you can definitely find one you've never watched.
Watch Movies vs Have a Bonfire
Watch a Movie vs. Play a Board Game
Going to a bonfire and watching a movie are two completely different activities. A bonfire is outside, usually only in the winter, and keeps you nice and warm. It's a great way to sit and talk to your friends, listen to music, or just enjoy the calm crackling sound of the fire. Movies are a great way to pass time and are really entertaining but sometimes it's hard to pick a movie you and your friends will like. Even though the company is nice, you don't get to talk to your friends and make memories. The biggest difference between the two is, you can watch a movie whenever you want and you don't need other people there to make it fun but at a bonfire you really only have fun if you have friends there.
The beach vs. The Pool
By: Zoe Campbell, Staff Writer
When going out with your friends, you make great memories and build better relationships. You can also do these things with your boyfriend or girlfriend, but the main difference is, when or if you do breakup with your boyfriend or girlfriend, your friends are going to be the ones that are there for you. Many people would rather spend time with their friends because they will always be there for you.
Netflix rating and lots of publicity. This series can honestly be enjoyed by anyone, especially those who love action television shows and movies. Netflix is already rumored to be starting on a second season of the original series, but nothing has been completely confirmed yet.
are called One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six and Seven until their mother assigns them normal names later in life.
As adults, the siblings come together after their father’s death, facing several obstacles along the way. They must build trust with one another and work to prevent what is believed to be the end of the world.
Even though “The Umbrella Academy” has not been available for long, it already has an extremely high
Photo Credit: IMDB.com
"The Umbrella Academy" became available on Netflix on February 15.
The siblings come together due to the death of their father in the beginning of season one.
“The Umbrella Academy” is a Netflix Original Series that became available on Feb. 15, 2019. The series consists of one season of ten episodes: each episode being roughly an hour in length. “The Umbrella Academy” is based on a book series by Gabriel Ba and Gerard Way. It falls into several categories, including action, armageddon, time travel and dysfunctional family.
The series revolves around, you guessed it: a dysfunctional family. The family is not like any other, however. The children - all seven of them - were adopted by the world’s most eccentric billionaire. The seven children were picked by their adopted father, because they were seven of forty-three babies who were all born on the same day, at the same time and born to mothers who had not been pregnant at the start of that day.
Their father tried to adopt as many of the children as possible from around the world and returned home with seven. The adopted children would grow to be a part of what their father turned into a school for those gifted with special abilities: The Umbrella Academy. The children are gifted with abilities such as manipulation, teleportation and even time travel.
Early in life, they do not have usual names. Instead, they
By: Abby Fookes, Co=Editor
The Only Academy We Need
China’s great beauty displaying it's great economic wealth before it's fall.
By: Kassidy Long, Staff Writer
China’s displayed stock market in Shanghai.
Drop In The Stock
China has one of the largest economies in the world, just second to the United States. But in recent months, China’s economy has slowed down. Authorities are not sure how serious the situation is just yet, but if it is to have a major impact on the economy, this could have a ripple effect not just on the U.S., but every country China trades with.
The CEO of the China Beige Book, a U.S. based economic advisory firm, says the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures posted by China’s communist government are “unreliable”. Gross Domestic Products are the value of the goods produced and services provided within a country each year. If the GDP is unreliable that could also have a major impact on the stocks of China as well.
This economic slowdown has also impacted it's consumers. The Chinese are known to have “economic optimism”, said Matt Rivers, a CNN correspondent, and have always saw economic opportunity. But now, China’s trade war with the U.S., is causing China’s slowest GDP growth rate since 1990 and the main stock market losing more than a quarter of it's value, there has been a sudden spread of worry throughout China.
Many simple consumers have noticed a change in the market. Dozens of businesses are struggling with payments and now barely have enough for basic necessities. Many businesses,such as Gyms, have already been forced to close due to not being able to pay their payments.
The Chinese have been in the habit of paying everything upfront and full-price, but now they are resorting to apps that help them make monthly payments for things, such as cars and cell phones.
Now that money is very limited for consumers, many luxury brands expect to have a rough 2019. Since early 2018 car sales in China have already started decreasing and Smartphones have been down 15%. At this point consumers are cutting out nonessential things to be able to afford the basic necessities which could have a big impact on sellers and producers.
The Chinese Government is now relying heavily on it's consumers spending to support the economy, but many are still weary of the economy's stability. Though there may be a small solution: cutting taxes, it has not been confirmed yet.
Now, Chinese consumers can only hope that their country is able to pull through in this time of economic despair, and resume their place as the second largest economy in the world.
Photo Credit: CJ Armstrong
Hit the Mat, Meet the Champs
By: Liz Parrish, Web Manager
After a season of tough wins and even harder losses, some of our own Braves (CJ Armstrong, Tyler Ward and Javin Hackett) headed to Anderson, SC on February 22-23 for the 2019 5A SC state wrestling championships.
Socastee wrestling has accomplished many great things this season.
CJ Armstrong, Tyler Ward and Richard Baddoo are the team captains this season, and have lead the team of 20 wrestlers through an extraordinary season, which saw them win the Region VI 5A title. The team consists of three seniors, four juniors, two sophomores and 11 freshmen making this a very young team. The Braves have won 20 of the matches they have participated in so far.
CJ Armstrong is a senior this year, and has been wrestling for five years.
“It feels great to be able to represent myself and my team by making it to make states,” said Armstrong.
He enjoys being on the team and being around his friends and coaches. CJ finished states in fifth after suffering an injury in his last match.
Javin Hackett has been wrestling for 11 years and likes training and messing around with his friends. He has been wrestling his whole life and and enjoys traveling with his team. Javin finished eighth in states.
Tyler Ward has been wrestling since third grade, and he is excited to have been able to come this far. Wrestlers who have this kind if experience agree. Tyler’s favorite part about wrestling is how disciplined you have to be to be good at it. He finished his high school career with a second place finish in the state championship.
“This past season has set a foundation for years to come, with a young team and being able to win the region, I am proud of how well we’ve done,” said Armstrong.
With the rest of the team members being a majority of freshmen, the future of the Socastee Braves wrestling team looks bright and strong. We look forward to more successful seasons and what our wrestlers will bring to the mat in the 2019-20 school year.
The Socastee Wrestling team is majority freshman but that hasn't stopped them from a great season.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection, and it can lead to genital warts and multiple forms of cancers. There are at least 100 different types of this disease, and 14 of them cancerous. Type 16 and 18 account for over 70% of cervical cancers and pre-cancerous cervical lesions. Aside from the risks that reside in HPV in accords to cervical cancers, it has also been found to cause cancer in other parts of the body.
Although the issue is not as present in America due to recent vaccines, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in under-developed countries, where it accounted for 311,000 deaths in 2018. One of these countries that has been impacted immensely by HPV is Mexico.
Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has an approved HPV vaccine that is available in the United States and works to prevent nine different strains of the virus. This vaccine has been very forthcoming in protecting the population against the virus, but only if they are vaccinated before coming in contact with it.
The extent of scientific studies and prevention experiments are not as vast in the third world countries that HPV is most prominent in, though. This is why the research that Dr. Eva Gallegos conducted involving photodynamic therapy, using lasers and a double concentration of delta-aminolevulinic acid, was so groundbreaking in its treatment of cancerous cells in deeper tissue.
Dr. Eva Gallegos and her team, who are based at the National School of Biological Sciences in Mexico, discovered and tested a non-invasive cure for the STD that affects so many. Prior to her work on HPV, Gallegos has studied the effects of photodynamic therapy on tumors that are prominent in breast and melanoma cancer. Once these studies proved successful, she moved to her work on eradicating HPV.
Gallegos and her team reportedly completely eliminated the virus in 100% of patients that carried the HPV virus, but didn’t show any premalignant lesions of cervical cancer. She also treated those that were both infected by the virus and possessed lesions, and those that had lesions, but no sign of HPV. In each aspect and stage of HPV and the cancer that it caused, Gallegos sustained results of over a 50% rate of cured patients. The version of PDT that Dr. Gallegos uses works so well because it is able to focus mainly on the cancerous cells, without killing the other healthy cells around the lesions.
Because of the vaccine that the United States currently has, the FDA is weary on approving the treatment that Dr. Gallegos has found. The FDA also wants to make the public aware of the fact that because of the large distinction in strains of HPV, there can be no promise that this one treatment will be able to cure each strain.
Children in the US are currently receiving vaccines to help protect against HPV.
By: Abi Perito, Staff Writer
A Cure For All... Or Some