The Native Voice
April 30, 2018
See what it's like to be a "100 Meter Star" on page 3!
Abby Fookes, editor
Nancy Alvarez, assistant editor
Noelle Smith, staff writer
Isabela Galeano, staff writer
Noah Glasgow, guest writer
Table of Contents
The Native Voice Staff
As school is beginning to wind down, it is imperative that you finish strong with passing grades in all of your classes. If you have any questions or have anything you would like to read about in our next issue, which will be the last issue of this school year, please ask a staff member or Tweet us @SHSNativeVoice.
Page 3: A 100 Meter Star
Page 4: Say Goodbye to A Senior: Singing Away Senior Year
Page 5: It's Shorter Than You Think
Page 6: Senior Timeline
Pages 7-8: Do you Really Need It?
Page 9: Which is the Coolest?
Pages 10-11: Strike on Syria
Page 12: Socastee Screener
Page 13: Prom Recovery
Page 14: "Love, Simon" Equals More Love in the World
Page 15: The Running Hawaiian
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and occasionally on the weekend. The team often travels to rival schools in which each member competes in their choice of event.
What is this track star’s specialty? The 100 meter sprint. She always competes in the first heat of every race, putting her against the best opponents from every school. All throughout spring, Arnold has demonstrated incredible talent as a sprinter--a feature her coach has observed.
“She loves to run...she tries hard and works hard at practice. I think she is a very good athlete,” said Van Arrington, Socastee’s track team coach.
On relay events, the team often places the fastest sprinter for the last leg of each race, and Arnold never fails to finish out strong. Along with diligence and determination, Jermaisha Arnold also plays her part in being a good team member. She always shows support for her teammates and respects her opponents.
With all the competitive drive and great sportsmanship, this track star is sure to reach a bright future beyond the 100 meter mark.
By: Isabela Galeano, staff writer
A 100 Meter Star
When I asked Jermaisha Arnold, sophomore, what she loved the most about being on the Socastee Varsity Track team, she didn’t hesitate: competing. For someone like Arnold, the track field is the perfect dance floor. She stands as one of the fastest sprinters on the team, and in track meets, Arnold always proves herself a tough opponent to beat.
“In seventh grade, a lot of people would tell me that I was fast. I [participated] in some track events, but it was in tenth grade when I really started taking it seriously,” said Arnold.
There is no doubt she takes the sport very seriously. She has further aspirations from being in the track team beyond the thrill of competition.
“I want to get a scholarship. That is a big dream [for] me,” said Arnold.
For any person, especially athletes, determination and ambition are key components for a successful career--two traits that describe Arnold. Practice sessions are typically held five days a week,
Jermaisha Arnold at at Myrtle Beach High School on April 26, 2018.
Photo Courtesy of: Nathan Ramirez
In the past three years, he has said that the singers have accomplished “probably around 30 performances.” The singers have done a winter show, spring show and they also travel to local places around the county to perform for people, such as performing at Chick-fil-A for a fundraiser.
Ramirez commented that he feels “sad I’m moving forward and a lot of people are staying here, going separate ways from everybody else. [I’m] definitely going to try and leave my mark.”
While it is sad to see this Socastee Senior move on, he is without a doubt going to have several great achievements in his future.
Singing Away Senior Year
Nathan Ramirez, left, in the spotlight with McKenzie Hatcher, right, in "Beauty and the Beast."
This year, Socastee High School is saying goodbye to senior, Nathan Ramirez. He is a singer and dancer at Socastee and participates actively in Socastee Singers. This is Ramirez’s third year as a Socastee Singer, and he has enjoyed every second of it.
Ramirez says he initially joined singers to “hang out with his friend McKenzie Hatcher,” but later found his love for the group. He also played the character Lefou in the Socastee’s production of “Beauty and the Beast.”
He said that the person he looks up to the most in Socastee Singers is his friend McKenzie Hatcher because “he’s a great dancer and a great singer, and I love watching him. He’s very fluent with everything and I hope that sometime I’ll be able to be as good as him.”
Nathan Ramirez traveled with Socastee Singers to Orlando, Fla., to compete at Universal, which is also his favorite memory he has shared with Socastee Singers. Along with the trip, they went to a murder mystery dinner, Volcano Bay and the Universal and Island of Adventure parks.
The best part of singers to him is “seeing everybody and being able to be everybody's friend, and being able to dance with people and get closer to people I probably wouldn’t [have gotten close] to if I was not in singers.” Ramirez also mentions that there are no cliques like there are in the other classes, and “it’s all like one big family.”
By: Noelle Smith, staff writer
Another thing that won’t be the same is the environment. Just like having your family close to you makes you feel more at home, so does knowing your fellow classmates. In high school you know everyone for the most part, maybe not personally, but you’ve been in the same classes since middle school or before, so going to a different school where there might not even be people from your state attending is intimidating.
“[I will miss] all of my friends and family [and] I will miss the atmosphere of high school,” said Alex Collins, senior.
Just think of all the little things that you won’t be able to experience anymore in college. For those of you who are going to go or went to a college far from home will understand the struggle of being away from your family and friends. Being away from family is probably one of the hardest things to deal with in college (other than student loans of course). Sure, you can call and FaceTime them but sometimes you just need to talk to them in person.
Most teens dread going to high school because it’s too early, too long, not fun, too hard, and the list continues. The only day almost no one will complain about is graduation day. Everyone is ready to get out of high school, go to college and continue on to a new chapter of their lives, which sounds great and all, but going to college is so different from high school that you might wish you never left.
It's Shorter Than You Think
“I [will] miss my lacrosse girls and seeing them in the hallways all the time,” said Micaela Cruz, senior.
College will be a great experience and is going to teach you many life skills, but there will be no other time in your life like high school. At times it may feel like it will never end, but don’t rush it; enjoy all the slow days at school, participate in sports and clubs, go to pep rallies and football games because soon enough, high school will be over, so you should make memories anytime you can.
Constantly being around friends and family is just one of the many things that people take for granted in high school. Having that constant support is something that keeps you motivated throughout the school year. Once you graduate and live on a campus far from home, you’ll realize all of the other things that you won’t be able to enjoy as much while being a college student.
By: Nancy Alvarez, assistant editor
College pennant banners.
By: Isabela Galeano, staff writer
Countdown to Graduation
Steering wheel covers can be stylish and prevent a steering wheel from becoming sizzling in the summer and numbing in the winter. But, if you do not purchase a good quality cover, it could slip while in use and cause an accident. Several new cars also have technology that includes heating steering wheels, which means winter mornings will not be as much of a hassle. Having a steering wheel cover is based on personal preference, and while they do have some positives, they are not absolutely necessary in life.
“[I like PopSockets] because they are versatile and fun to play with, [but] you don’t really need one on your phone, it’s a personal preference,” said Morgan Heleine, freshman.
Do You Really Need It?
PopSockets come in a variety of colors and designs, so finding one to match your phone case should be no problem.
By: Abby Fookes, editor
PopSockets, heat-protecting products and steering wheel covers. What do these products, as well as countless others, have in common? They are useless. While this may offend some who swear by these items, take a moment to sit and reflect on what purpose these products have.
PopSockets are used as something to help you hold your phone or allow it to sit up. They do make holding your phone easier and reduce the chance of dropping and cracking your screen, but do you actually need one in order to function? The answer is no. You could easily live a long, exciting and PopSocket-free life and never once be in a life-or-death-situation where a PopSocket is the deciding factor.
While these are only a few products that many use on a daily basis, they come from a long, ongoing list that grows larger everyday. Although these products were created based on the intention of making life easier, you can live without them if you absolutely had to. There is not, however, any shame in using these products, because although they may seem useless, we cannot live without them.
Like PopSockets, steering wheel covers come in a variety of colors, patterns and even textures. They are sold at all auto parts stores and have a wide price range, so there is something available for everyone.
Last, but certainly not least, are heat-protecting sprays and creams. While they may allow you to feel better about constantly straightening, curling and blow drying your hair, and could possibly slow down the damaging process, there is no real way to prevent all damage heat tools can do to hair.
“[Heat protecting products are useful] so your hair does not become damaged, [but I could live without it] because nobody needs to straighten or curl their hair,” said Zoe Campbell, freshman.
“I don’t think [steering wheel covers] are useful. I feel that it’s extra you have to deal with when driving, and you already have enough distractions while driving,” said Jack Calhoun, sophomore.
Mister Softee's chocolate soft serve cone.
By: Nancy Alvarez, assistant editor
Of all the ice cream flavors in the world, it’s pretty hard to choose just one favorite, but what’s harder than choosing a favorite ice cream flavor? Choosing between frozen yogurt and ice cream. Some people might say there is no difference or that both are just as good, but that is not the case.
“I prefer ice cream...you can never go wrong with it, it's delicious,” said Sophia Caspento, sophomore.
Many people prefer ice cream over frozen yogurt since there are more ways to eat ice cream. Anytime you go to an ice cream parlor, there will always be a counter with endless toppings for your ice cream cone. There are so many toppings that taste good with ice cream but shouldn’t even be an option for frozen yogurt. But you won’t always be in the mood for the classic waffle cone, which is fine since there are millions of other options. Whether it be a sundae, banana split, float or milkshake, you will definitely find something to please your appetite. On the other hand, frozen yogurt offers more flavors .
Which is the Coolest?
“[I prefer] ice cream because it has a better flavor and is more refreshing,” said Mabry Choate, junior.
Since frozen yogurt has so many flavors, you wouldn’t need as many toppings. Not only does frozen yogurt offer more flavor options, but they are also healthier. While not all frozen yogurt flavors are healthier than ice cream, most flavors tend to be the healthier option. For example, the average half a cup serving of vanilla ice cream is 137 calories, while it is only 114 calories for frozen yogurt, which is why many people prefer to eat frozen yogurt.
“I like frozen yogurt more than ice cream because you can add more toppings and there is a variety of flavors,” said Jennifer Drabick, freshman.
Just because ice cream may not be as healthy or frozen yogurt may not have as many toppings doesn’t mean you cannot love both. Whether it be a hot or cold day, both will satisfy your cool dessert cravings.
Frozen yogurt is typically fruity, but also comes in sweet flavors.
DOUMA, SYRIA- On April 14, 2018, President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, along with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom and President Emmanuel Macron of France, successfully launched a missile strike on the city of Douma, Syria.
Syria is a complicated place to say the least. With all that is happening in that country and region, it is important to understand a few basic facts before making generalized assumption. First, the Syrian Arab Republic is a powder keg of cultural, religious and political diversity. Situated in the Middle East, bordered by Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey, there is no surprise that conflict springs up in the tiny, oil-rich nation. Second, Syria has been known to be unstable. Kurds in the northeast making territorial claims, ISIS terrorizing innocent civilians in small patches at the Israeli and Iraqi borders, armed opposition militias fighting for a democracy and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad allegedly using chemical weapons on his own people. Lastly, the United States is involved because we are a beacon of hope for others to see not the world as it is, but as it should be. As the leader of the Free World, it is our duty to expand democracy world-wide and bolster basic human rights. Sadly, it isn’t as easy as it sounds.
For that, we can thank the United Nations (UN). The UN has a pretty easy set up. It is almost like a bicameral legislature here in the United States. It is composed of the General Assembly, which is where all 193 countries participate, and a Security Council, which is composed, on a rotating basis, of select nations and five permanent members. The Big 5, as they are called, is composed of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China and Russia. These five nations were selected because, at the time, they were considered the five most powerful nations at the UN’s conception. These permanent members have a special privilege like no other. They stay on the Security Council and their veto can override any resolution despite being in the minority.
"The U.S. military, in conjunction with British and French forces, struck three sites in Syria in response to a suspected chemical attack in the town of Douma last week" - CNN
Strike on Syria
By: Noah Glasgow, guest writer
Russia is deeply intertwined with Syria and President Assad. As previously mentioned, Syria has oil reserves which many nations have interest in. And despite Russia having the largest natural gas reserves in the world, oil equals profit maximization. When the world first heard of President Assad’s dastardly attack on his own people by launching chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction, US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, took straight to the Security Council and made aware of what was being committed. She showed photographs of children who were suffocated by the poison gas and said, “[i]t is time for all civilized nations to stop the horrors that are taking place in Syria and demand a political solution.” Despite all of this evidence, Russia still vetoed any sanctions imposed on the Arab Republic. This has led to international conflict between the Big 5 taking sides. The United States, United Kingdom, and France support sanctions while the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation are standing firm with the Assad regime, although China is staying out of this conflict.
Another attack, the one that led to the missile strike, was reported and President Trump decided to take matters into his own hands. The French, along with the British, launched a successful series of missiles into the city, destroying key targets that are suspected to host the alleged chemical weapons. Reaction to this has been quite divided with some, like the Russians, commending the President’s actions as there were civilian casualties. Others support his move on Syria as a way to send a message to Assad and his supports that fight for democracy is stronger than ever and cannot be halted by chemical weapons.
According to the War Powers Act, the President of the United States has the ability to send the US Armed Forces or weapons in the US Arsenal into any location for up to 90 days until Congress must approve such an action. This fight on ethnic cleansing has elevated President Trump’s approval rating to over 50 percent for the first time since he took office in January of 2017. Some might add that not only are his approval ratings rising, but America’s confidence in him as our Commander in Chief, that he’s looking Presidential.
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"Tide Pods," Carson Stout, junior.
"Kermit," James Shaughnessy, sophomore.
What's the Best Vine/Meme?
"Yodeling Walmart kid," Presley Keays, freshman.
"Free Shavacado," Talia McDonald, sophomore.
"Fortnite memes," Edward Tucker, senior.
By: Noelle Smith and Isabela Galeano, staff writers
"Road work ahead," Anna Walker, junior.
Photo Credit: Mrs. Adams
in 100% acetone, which can be bought at most stores, put the cotton ball around the nail and wrap the top of the finger in aluminum foil. Let your nails soak for 10-15 minutes, and your nails should come right off afterward.
No matter how your prom night went, the aftermath is without a doubt overwhelming. While situations that arise after prom night may not be serious, they certainly need to be taken care of eventually.
Problem: Acrylic or Gel Nail Removal
Prom was a few weeks ago, therefore, some ladies may still have their gel or acrylic nails that are ready to come off. While it is tempting to chip off the nail polish, or even rip the whole acrylic nail off completely, that is not a wise decision. Forcibly taking them off can damage your fingernails and sometimes cause pain. The best way to remove acrylic or gel nails is to soak a cotton ball
Problem: You Have Nothing to do With Your Dress or Tux
Everyone spends an huge amount of time putting together their perfect prom outfit, most likely only to wear it once. If you have this problem, the best idea is to hold onto it until prom season comes around once more. Then, you will be able to either sell your dress or tux at a reduced price and put that money towards your new prom look. You can also donate your dress or tux to a prom fundraiser.
Problem: You Spent All Your Money On/At Prom
Between your dress or tux, shoes, accessories, dinner and other expenses, total ending costs can add up quickly. However, the school year is slowly, but surely, coming to an end, which means you can begin looking for summer jobs. Getting a summer job will allow you to earn all of your money back in no time.
Prom is one of the most important events in our high school career, therefore, it is crucial that everything goes as planned both before and after the event. But, no matter what predicament you may run into after prom night, the solution is most likely simple and easy to solve.
Donating your prom dress or tux is a great way to make room for a new one, all while helping someone in need of their own prom outfit.
Frank Ocean once said, “I believe that marriage isn’t between man and woman but between love and love.”
A few years ago, the debate about legalizing gay marriage began, and a lot of people were against the fact that two individuals of the same sex can fall in love. However, a movie came out this year that gave some people a different perspective.
“Love, Simon” revolves around a teenager, Simon,coming out. He has his difficulties, but ultimately ends up showing the world his sexuality. This movie has been a standing point for teenage kids battling their decision to come out to friends and family. The story line of “Love, Simon” has the world looking at
“Love, Simon” Equals More Love In the World
gay people in a different way. Some people have found that when a person does come out to the world, it can make their life harder than you just accepting that that’s who they are inside. “Love, Simon” is a heartfelt movie about his journey with his friends and family obtaining the fact he is gay. The movie goes through him coming out to his parents, and them eventually learning to accept that their son is gay.
More people today seem to be fine with individuals coming out and sharing their sexuality. At schools, some kids (especially teenagers) are very judgemental about topics like this. “Love, Simon” stands out from the rest because it’s a real world problem that has been around since the 1970s. Acceptance was a big part in the of the movie diagram and is what most people worry about when coming out. The process of coming out is very long and it could take days, months or years before an individual actually does. “Love, Simon” has come to show the world that being gay should be accepted. The movie stands not just for individuals, but for everyone in the world who is a part of the LGBT community.
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Running Hawaiian 5K is on May 19, 2018 at the NMB Park and Sports Complex.
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