February 14, 2019
The Native Voice
Worried about running alone? Check out our article on the dangers of running on page 8.
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: Prom Preparations
Pages 4-5: Nunca Te Rindas
Page 6: To Vaccinate, or Not To Vaccinate: That is the Question
Page 7: Battle of the Braves: Music Edition
Page 8: Dangers of Running
Page 9: A Memorably Mortifying Musical
Pages 10-11: Empowerment. Advocacy. Community.
Page 12: Spraying the Drugs Away
Pages 13-14: Pen and Paper vs. Hashtags and Tweets
Page 15: Prom?
it. Suits are not cheap either. Often times, boys will end up renting their suit in order to reduce the cost. Boys also have to buy their shoes and they are expected to buy the food at the restaurant that they go to before prom, which isn’t always cheap.
Along with money, there is also the stress of time. Juniors and seniors are required to go to first block before they are dismissed on prom day. Then after that, you have to start getting ready. You need to make sure that all of your appointments line up. Then, after you are ready, you need to take pictures and go out to eat.
While all of the money and stress may seem like a lot, prom is a major part of the high school experience. It is a great excuse to get dressed up and spend the night with your friends. Not going to prom could be something that you regret later in life. This year, prom will be on April 12, so start deciding now!
Now that we are in February, many are starting to realize that prom is approaching in the next two months. It is time for people to decide on whether or not they want to attend the event. If you decide to go to prom this year, then it might be time to start preparing.
The prom preparation process has a lot of steps to it. For the boys, there is finding a date or a group of friends to go with. Most of the time, the boys have to come up with a cute promposal for their date, if they choose to go that route. Then, the boy has to find a tux, decide between a tie or a bow tie and then pick what color they want it to be.
The process for girls is more complex. They have to start by picking a dress that they love. This is probably the most difficult part for girls, because there are so many different options and colors. There is ball gown, mermaid, fit and flare, a-line, sheath and many others, and each one suits different body types. Then, after they find their perfect dress, they have to pick shoes and jewelry. When it gets closer to prom, they have to decide what to do with their hair, if they want their makeup done, if they are getting their nails done, if they want a spray tan and where they are going to take their pictures.
After realizing all of the work that is required, some people may debate on whether they want to go to prom in the first place.
The main negative aspect of prom, especially for girls, is the money. The amount of money that goes into getting ready for one night is unbelievable. Dresses can be hundreds of dollars, and then there is also the cost of alterations if the dress doesn’t fit perfectly. Don’t forget about the cost for shoes, jewelry, hair, makeup, nails and spray tan all added to
Promgirl.com is a great website for buying dresses online. They do free returns and have all sizes and colors!
By: Kalli Todd, Co-Editor, Columnist
By: Lily Simpson, Staff Writer
Nunca Te Rindas
The results are in, and your 2018-2019 Miss Socastee is Diana Itzel Maya Espinosa. Espinosa has always been encouraged by her family to keep going, even if she fails. The positive outlook she has on life takes her to the next level of success. She loves being around her family, and while growing up with two younger siblings, Espinosa has always been an amazing role model.
As her Hispanic culture has always told her, “mantén una sonrisa en tu rostro, siempre perdona cuando la gente te haga mal y sé un alma feliz,” that's exactly what she decided she was going to do. When with her family and celebrating holidays, Espinosa loves making jokes and eating all different types of food.
“My favorite part of my holidays and my culture is definitely the food. I love hanging out with my family, and when we’re together, we love making jokes and have a great time. We like when our older relatives tell stories about when they were younger and how different it was,” Espinosa exclaimed.
Nobody really expected Espinosa to win because they knew that she’s not a pageant girl. She enjoyed going out of her comfort zone and felt that maybe her actions would inspire others to go out and completely enjoy their high school experience.
“I think people were really surprised when I won... [especially] the people who know me [and] the people I grew up with. They don’t see me as a pageant girl or doing anything like that. It was definitely out of my comfort zone,” said Espinosa.
Diana is always motivated by her soccer team to do what inspires her.
Growing up, Espinosa was always taught life lessons.
Photo Credit: Diana Itzel Maya Espinosa
This year’s Miss Socastee, Diana Itzel Maya Espinosa, is determined and confident. The pageant taught her that you don’t have to be a pageant girl to do something out of your comfort zone, and to be yourself and do your best, it doesn't matter who you are. Going into the pageant, she was scared that she might embarrass herself, but she came out feeling like a queen, literally.
Espinosa looked flawless throughout her pageant experience. We are so proud to have her as a representative of Socastee.
Espinosa has always been extremely involved with sports and clubs. Currently, she is in DECA, The Mind and Muscle Club, ICDC and HOSA. She also plays soccer in the spring. She doesn’t just attend these clubs to socialize, she competes with them and tries her best to be as involved as possible. She believes it's really important to get involved in school.
“Soccer always keeps me motivated, because when you’re always on the field with a group of girls, you’re pushing each other to do their best and always trying to find ways to work together as a The pageant taught her that you don’t have to be a pageant girl to do something out of your comfort zone, and to be yourself and do your best, it team,” Espinosa states.
By: Olivia Peters, Staff Writer
Only two months into 2019, there have already been 79 reported cases of measles, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The state of Washington even declared a state of emergency in Jan. due to a large outbreak they experienced. Many of these cases occur largely due to those who travel abroad and unknowingly bring the disease back with them, or those who are unvaccinated and spread the disease to others.
Vaccines prevent nearly two to three million deaths per year, proving their effectiveness against diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and measles. Many harmful diseases, such as polio that afflicted President FDR, have been nearly eradicated thanks to rapidly improving immunization technology.
In recent years, some parents have chosen to opt-out of vaccinating their children, but according to The New York Times, states such as California, West Virginia and Mississippi have passed legislation that does not allow parents to opt their children out of vaccinations for religious or personal reasons. Some reasons parents choose to opt-out of vaccines include: belief that it causes autism, that they simply don’t work or even that natural immunity is better than immunity from a vaccine.
Anti-vaxxer is a newer title to describe a person who is strongly opposed to vaccinations, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary. The anti-vaxxer movement has been partially fueled by a 1998 study that links the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps and rubella) to children developing autism. Coincidentally, the doctor behind that study, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, lost his license to practice medicine because it was found that his published study is completely false.
Hanne Rolles, a pharmacy technician at CVS, says that despite being vaccinated as a child, she has not received any shots in “over 5 years,” apart from receiving a flu shot when she first started working at CVS in 2016. After receiving her flu shot, however; Hanne says that she was “extremely sick for 3 months.”
According to the CDC, the flu shot reduces the risk of getting the flu by 40-60%. In other words, the flu shot is not a 100% preventative measure, but still lowers your chances of catching the illness. Getting your yearly flu shot also enables you to protect those from the virus who are too young to get the shot, like babies. There are cons to the flu shot as well, such as getting a different strain of the virus than the specific strain the shot protects from. But like any medication, there are side effects. When deciding whether or not to get your flu shot this year, or any vaccine for that matter, use your best discretion and do your research.
Parents are now torn on whether or not to vaccinate their children.
To Vaccinate, or Not To Vaccinate: That is the Question
R&B: 17 Votes
Alternative: 11 Votes
Pop: 21 Votes
Rock: 8 Votes
Battle of the Braves
Country: 10 Votes
Rap: 21 Votes
R&B vs. Alternative
Classical: 17 Votes
Jazz: 11 Votes
While both genres of music may seem very different, they have many things in common, which is why many people find it difficult to choose between these two genres. Pop music is normally very upbeat and all about the sound and the catchy lyrics. Rock music tends to be more fast pace and some people don’t find that as enjoyable.
Classical and jazz can be considered the first music genres that people listen to in life; they both have such an authentic sound. Jazz, however, normally has a more uplifting sound and can be more enjoyable, while classical is used to relax and focus, for the most part.
Country vs. Rap
Classical vs. Jazz
Country or rap music? It’s hard to choose for many. Both can have very meaningful lyrics and a catchy beat. The slow pace of country music can be the deal breaker for some, but the storytelling of each song in both genres is worth the while.
Pop vs. Rock
By: Nancy Alvarez, Co-Editor
Both R&B and alternative have very mellow beats, which is the exact reason so many people are attracted to them. Alternative not only has an enjoyable sound but the lyrics can also be very meaningful, on the other hand, people can relate to the R&B lyrics more often than alternative.
Remote areas, like the one pictured above, are places that people should be more aware of.
By: Abi Perito, Staff Writer
When asked what the most dangerous sport is, most people will say football, rugby or even boxing, but there is one sport with a danger that is hiding just behind the shadows. Running, the solo sport that is principal to one’s health, resulted in 58 percent of runners reported being subjected to harassment while jogging.
Most women must take into account the time of day and where they are running to avoid being targeted as a victim of harassment. This discussion was recently sparked by the death of Mollie Tibbets, a college student who went on a jog through the streets of her city at night, and was found dead more than a month later. Women from all over America no longer felt safe when going on runs at night, or even in secluded areas.
Women are not the only ones that can face danger while running though. Recently, incidents have occurred where animals have been attacking runners during their jogs through nature trails. A man in Colorado was running last week when a mountain lion pounced on him, and he was forced to kill the animal in a fight for survival. This caused many runners to heavily scrutinize the trails that they were running on before heading out.
The difference between men and women’s safety during runs is the type of disturbance that they are likely to experience. While women are more probable to receive a form of sexual harassment in the form of catcalls and being followed, men are more probably to face attacks in the form of wild animals and everyday criminals. Although the threats are different, they still qualify running as a dangerous sport, and it is necessary to take caution before planning a run.
As a runner and a teenage girl, my parents do not allow me to go on runs at night at all, and if I go on runs by myself, it has to be in an area that other people can always see me and I must bring my phone and another tracking device for safe measures. These are just a few precautions that one can take to avoid situations as the ones above, but runners can also prevent predicaments by running in groups, bringing weapons such as pepper spray or a small knife, always telling someone where you are running and when they should expect you back or changing your running route consistently so that no one can memorize where you will be.
It is a harsh reality that runners are no longer able to feel completely safe in doing what make them feel safer, more relaxed and happy, but by being aware of the dangers that one can face, it is hopeful that these situations can be avoided. It is important to face these dangers headfirst, and not discontinue the sport because of the fear that others have incited in you.
Dangers of Running
By Kassidy Long, Staff Writer
A Memorably Mortifying Musical
This year, Socastee High School has decided to put on a lesser known musical than in previous years; The Addams Family.
The Addams Family is a musical comedy based upon The Addams Family characters created by Charles Adams in his single-panel gag cartoons, which portrayed a ghoulish American family that has a bond with all things grim. In the musical, young Wednesday Addams has fallen for Lucas Beineke, a typical all-American boy, and her ghoulish family is resistant to this undesirable relationship. They wish Wednesday to stay within their family traditions, but by the end the Beineke family and the Addams family become one.
"Publicity [is one of the struggles when it comes to musicals]. We want as many people as we can to get the experience and to get to be apart of it,” said Farrah Beaudry, Socastee High School’s Chorus teacher. Mrs. Beaudry is the Producer of the musical. She has been working long and hard to make this musical as spectacular as expected.
Abigail Perry is the hired choreographer for the musical, but is also one of the makeup artists and costumers. She is very enthusiastic for people to see “just how funny this show is” and how the sets, costumes and dancing “transforms it into a whole new world”.
“We are actually building the costume plot from scratch which is really exciting. We typically rent a costume plot, so there’s a lot of creative minds going into creating the costumes. The sets, we have such a community presence in our shows now, there's parents in there right now building sets because they just all come together, parents and community members, and so everything about what goes into it. And of course you have the raw Socastee talent that's standing on stage as well as running the lights, running the sound. I think it's really cool that our shows are completely student run, so there's somebody making that microphone come on, someone making that light come on, it’s not just what's going on on stage, and i think our community has really embraced that, supports us, and thats whats exciting: every time they walk into the doors to see the next thing we’ve created, so that's really cool,” said Mrs. Beaudry.
The musical is set to open to elementary and middle schools March 5 and then to the public on the March 7 and continue through the March 10. Each show starts at seven o’clock each night and also at three o’clock on March 9 and 10. Ticket prices have three ranges: to sit in the first six rows and in the center three it costs $18, for the next six rows is $15 and the last six rows at the top and general admissions is $12.
Come see the daunting, chilling, unnerving, spine-tingling showing of The Addams Family where darkness is beauty and normal is an illusion.
The ancestors of the Addams Family in the musical.
The Addams Family musical will be March 7-10 at SHS.
Photo Credit: creativecommons.org
By: Abby Fookes, Co-Editor
“I hope there is a significant raise in salary [for teachers], and I hope that [teachers] are listened to and understood,” said Mrs. Kelley French, art teacher and an active member of Red for Ed and SC for Ed.
Empowerment. Advocacy. Community.
The Fight for Quality Education in America
In the early months of 2018, teachers began going on strike. They started to walk out of their classrooms, or simply not go at all, to protest the unfair wages, archaic supplies and slashed budgets that teachers across the United States have to live with.
Teaching is without a doubt one of the most important and challenging careers that a person can choose to pursue. The men and women who work in this profession are constantly educating the young minds of America and shaping the future of our country, but for some reason, teaching is one of the most under appreciated fields in the United States.
Socastee teachers supporting Red for Ed and SC for Ed together.
Photo Credit: Mrs. French
According to the National Education Association (NEA), 71 percent of people believe that salaries for teachers are too low, and one out of five teachers has to take on a second job, simply to support themselves and their families. The Red for Ed movement, which is a division of the NEA, recognizes and seeks to change these depressing statistics.
Photo Credit: neatoday.org
Red for Ed has been gaining support across the United States; what began in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, Kentucky and North Carolina is now rapidly spreading across the country. Even as recent as days ago, teachers in Colorado went on strike to support this movement and other teachers across the country. South Carolina also has a statewide organization that supports this movement called SC for Ed. SC for Ed also strives to promote empowerment, advocacy and community as well as fight for quality education in South Carolina.
“The passion that these educators have to better the state’s education, which affects children… which [eventually] affects our community [is my favorite part of the movement]. If education gets better, everything else gets better too,” said French.
Teaching is a noble profession that very few have the skill and motivation to do effectively. These individuals are truly talented; they deserve high, livable wages and appropriate materials and funds to make learning interactive, engaging and interesting to the students of America. Encouraging the Red for Ed movement means standing with educators across the country. These individuals are building the framework for future of our country, and they deserve the support of everyone who provide it.
If you would like to join teachers in the United States in Red for Ed and SC for Ed in the fight for a stronger education system, visit neatoday.org/redfored/ and scforeducation.blogspot.com/.
Photo Credit: scforeducation.blogspot.com/
The above picture is the life saving medicine that reverses the affects of a drug overdose
Narcan, also known as Naloxone, is a life saving drug that is becoming way to familiar in the United States. It is used to treat narcotic overdoses in emergency situations caused by opioid drugs. Some drugs such as heroin, fentanyl and prescription pain meds such oxycodone can cause these overdoses. Narcan can be administered by emergency responders or bought over the counter at Walgreens or CVS in 46 states. Generic Narcan can cost anywhere from $20 to $40 per dose, while professional Narcan kits can cost $130 to $140 for two doses, although prices may vary according to what different insurance policies may cover.
Drug overdoses spiked in the United States in the 1990s, and in the last few years, they have become increasingly common. In the 1990s, pharmaceutical companies claimed opioid drugs were not addictive, therefore, many doctors started prescribing them at greater rates, revealing that these drugs can become very addictive. The most recent abuse of opioid increase led the government to call the problem a global epidemic. In 2017 alone, 70,237 deaths were caused by drug overdoses, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “[o]pioid overdoses increased 30 percent from July 2016 through September 2017 in 52 areas in 45 states,” and “[e]very day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.”
With the high increase of drug usage, reversing the effects of an overdose using Narcan has become a necessity for law enforcement and emergency personnel. Police officers have begun not only carrying the drug for overdose victims, but also for themselves, because coming in contact with synthetic fentanyl just by touch can cause a reaction or overdose. Drug overdoses are becoming very common in today's society, along with the controversy on selling Narcan over the counter, because it may cause many more problems than there already are.
By:Jenn Drabick, Assistant Editor
Spraying the Drugs Away
First president, George Washington
Pen and Paper vs. Hashtags and Tweets
By: Zoe Campbell, Staff Writer
Second president, John Adams
Over the years, our presidents have had their own set of goals, all different in their own way. Some were more alike than others, but all presidents have one goal in common which is to make the United States better. Every president has their own take on what they need to do to make the United States better.
Presidents from the past have focused more on solving problems that affect everyone and bettering the United States for every social class.
George Washington, the first president of the United States, lead the military in the American Revolution. He served in the military which shows he was willing to put himself in others shoes and work hard to make our nation better. Washington also wrote the U.S. constitution, which established America's government and laws. It also assured particular basic rights to citizens.
John Adams also helped lead the American Revolution and negotiate the Treaty of Paris in 1783 which then ended the American Revolution. Adams began his career as a lawyer, which means that he was good at negotiating. He served as the first vice president, then served a term as the nation's second president. Adams took a different take on making America better: he used his knowledge from law school and applied it to end a seven year long war.
Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, was the author of the Declaration of Independence, which declared our independence from Great Britain. He was the governor of Virginia, U.S. minister to France, U.S. secretary of state, and vice president under John Adams.
Presidents: Now and Then
Third president, Thomas Jefferson.
Current president, Donald Trump
Forty-fourth presidetn, Barack Obama
George H.W. Bush’s goal was to make America “a kinder and greater nation.” Like Washington, Bush felt the responsibility to contribute to his country by serving in war. According to ushistory.org, he flew in 58 combat missions in World War II and survived many plane crashes while serving.
More recent presidents have been more focused on solving problems that help a certain social class, whether it be lower or higher classes.
Barack Obama was the first African-American president in office. Most of his accomplishments in office solved problems the lower class faced. In his early years, he ended the 2008 recession, which, according to the balance.com, extended unemployment benefits. He also reformed health care, which helped the lower class who could not afford healthcare before this act.
President Trump, our current president, has focused mostly on upper and middle class. According to Real Clear Politics, Trump raised middle class wages, which mostly only helped citizens who work in offices or an administrative setting. According to cheatsheet.com, president Trump’s tax cuts and job acts funds will go into the pockets of the upper class and corporations.
Presidents in the past have had similar mindsets to each other and kept the interest of the people in mind. However, recent presidents have focused on what would be best for certain social classes.
By: Liz Parrish, Web Manager
With prom right around the corner it's time to start thinking of themed promposals.
Prom season is officially here, which means it’s that time when you start seeing promposals everywhere. Promposals can be a very difficult thing to accomplish, there are many aspects that go into the “perfect” promposal.
When planning your promposal, make sure you know your partner well. If your partner is a shy person, it probably isn’t a good idea to ask them in front of a large crowd. There are, however, ways you can plan a more private way of asking. If you prefer asking in a more creative way, or a way involving food, there are also many ways to accomplish this.
When asking in an extravagant way, it may be more up your ally to have your significant other go on a scavenger hunt that leads to the final destination: you and a sign. Or, you could make a path with all the things he or she likes leading to the sign. With many ways to spice up traditional ways of asking someone to prom, the possibilities are endless.
If you want to go more of the creative route of asking, you could make a themed poster centered around a movie, or even an object such as sunflowers. When making a themed poster, try to incorporate something that your significant other likes.
There is always the food route if these options aren’t appealing to you. Dunkin Donuts has come out with a fun way using donuts to prompose. With their custom prom donuts, asking your crush is sweet. Chick-fil-A is also a great way to ask. There have been many Chick-fil-A themed posters floating around the promposal world.
However you prompose, make sure you are having fun and enjoy prom.
Photo Credit: Camryn Finley
This is a great example of a food themed promposal.
-Picture Credit: Emily Cook