All about Basketball Sweetheart on page 3!
The Native Voice
February 8, 2018
Page 3: Basketball Sweetheart
Page 4: Greatest Showman, Great Musical?
Pages 5-6: Madam Mayor: How HERstory has Been Made In Myrtle Beach
Pages 7-8: Valentine's Day Gift Guide
Pages 9-10: Big Food Bites: Fives All Around
Page 11: Have Challenges Gone too Far?
Page 12: Boujee On A Budget
Pages 13-14: Alabama Might not be Conservative
Page 15: A Reason, A Season, A Lifetime
Page 16: Socastee Screener
Page 17: Class Reunions
Page 18: Running Hawaiian
Table of Contents
The Native Voice Staff
Thanks for checking out Issue 7 of The Native Voice! Please join us in welcoming our two new members, Noelle and Isabela, to our staff. As always, if you have anything you would like to read about, please reach out to us on Twitter @SHSNativeVoice.
Abby Fookes, editor
Nancy Alvarez, assistant editor
Noelle Smith, staff writer
Isabela Galeano, staff writer
Noah Glasgow, guest writer
Each class nominates people from their grade to become a prince or princess, then from there the rest of the students vote for the finalists. These finalist then make a video of themselves asking for the student body’s votes so they can win prince, princess, queen or king. The winners of each class and the entire student body are not announced until the halftime of a certain basketball game.
“I was very surprised, I didn't even know I nominated until I got the piece of paper saying I was in the top five,” said Natalia Guardado, sophomore.
All of the finalists then line up in the middle of the basketball court with their escort and eagerly wait to find out who the winners are with the rest of the student body. As each prince and princess is announced, they receive a crown, a sash and applause from the crowd. Finally, after each class prince and princess has been announced the king and queen are announced.
The Basketball Sweetheart King was JJ Jones, freshman, and the Queen was Deja Scott, junior. Edward Tucker won senior prince, and the senior princess was Indya Clyburn. Junior prince was tied between CJ Armstrong and Luke Caswell, and Laney Rikard won junior princess. The sophomore prince was Emmanuel Scott, Mikayla Mitchell is the sophomore princess, Tibryn Lewis won freshman prince, and Nicky Farinas won freshman princess.
Having school traditions like Basketball Sweetheart allow the student body to create and share more high school memories with their fellow classmates and friends. Being involved Basketball Sweetheart is a great opportunity for everyone.
From left to right: Nicky Farinas, Mikayla Mitchell and Luke Caswell.
Socastee High School has many traditions that make up the schools identity. During basketball season, Socastee has the student body nominate and vote for a senior prince and princess as well as a junior, sophomore and freshman prince and princess. They also vote for a queen and king for the entire student body; tradition is known as basketball sweetheart.
“I [kind of] knew I was going to be nominated but it was exciting and it was a nice feeling,” said Alex Collins, senior.
By: Nancy Alvarez, assistant editor
Photo Credit: Mrs. Donna Mitchell
“The Greatest Showman,” a movie that involves every mood that you would want for a movie or musical. This movie has love, sadness, excitement, humor and songs that represent and capture what the mood is for each scene. This film came to theaters on Dec. 8, 2017, and was directed by Michael Gracey. “The Greatest Showman” also was nominated for “Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Musical or comedy.”
Hugh Jackman, an Australian actor and singer, plays P.T. Barnum and was nominated for Best Actor for the Golden Globes. This musical is the story of his life and how he impacted the lives of many. Charity Barnum, played by Michelle Williams, met Barnum when they were kids; it’s a story of true love. Eventually, they end up spending their life together.
To give you an insight on who P.T. Barnum actually was, he was the owner of the Barnum American Museum from 1841 to 1868. According to A&E Television Networks, in 1871, “he launched the traveling spectacle that would eventually become the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.” Barnum was born in 1810, and in old age, dies from a stroke in 1891.
“The Greatest Showman” is a movie that demonstrates the struggles, accomplishments and disappointments to others he made, as well as his family life and friendships. Zac Efron and Zendaya make an appearance in the movie as well. Efron plays Phillip Carlyle, a man who always “played by the rules,” and Zendaya
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plays a tightrope circus act in the film. This movie is a combination of all genres and is a must see! “The Greatest Showman” will rock your world as it includes musical numbers, compassion, hardships, and disappointments. Many people have been amazed by the this movie and I think you will as well.
By: Noelle Smith, staff writer
Greatest Showman, Greatest Musical?
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By: Noah Glasgow, guest writer
Mayor Brenda Bethune
Madam Mayor: How HERstory has Been Made in Myrtle Beach
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Myrtle Beach has made some weighty steps towards progress and equality for women in politics on November 21, 2017. Mayor-Elect Brenda Bethune, a political novice, ousted the three-termed mayor, John Rhodes, in the runoff election, becoming the city’s first female mayor.
In her victory speech, she dedicated her win to the residents of Myrtle Beach, but especially her mother.
Bethune came out on top in the general election two weeks prior to the runoff with 39% of the vote. Incumbent Mayor Rhodes came in second with 30% of the vote. Neither candidate met the 50 percent plus one needed to win the election outright so a runoff election was to be held.
As the results trickled in, it became transparent that Bethune would be Myrtle Beach’s new Mayor. The final vote reported that Bethune had won every precinct as well as the popular vote being 67% to 33% in favor of the newcomer.
“I told somebody I have not had this kind of butt whooping since my grandmother had a switch. So, the voters have spoken. I respect their vote,” quote Rhodes.
Mayor Rhodes watched the returns in the Council Chamber, but an anonymous source reported saying that “All night, the room felt tense.”
The Mayor-Elect’s focus was on an increase for public safety and pro-business legislation as her platform during the campaign. Bethune, being a business owner herself (Better Brands Inc.), especially resonated with residents of the Grande Dunes. As a businesswoman, it’s only natural for her to run the city like a business, doing everything she can to have the benefit outweigh the risk. Not only that, but her experience leads many residents to believe that the city’s economy will flourish as well. Although all six council seats and the mayorship are nonpartisan, Bethune’s platform is a definite conservative approach to solving the city’s problems.
Brenda Bethune has actually endorsed an idea that would transform how Myrtle Beach City Council elections are held. Currently, the six seats are all elected at-large (by the entire city) but the Mayor-Elect has proposed having the city divided into single member districts, like a Congressional District.
“We need common sense leadership that will work to make our home the safe family beach we once were” said Mayor-Elect Bethune.
Bethune grew up in a lower-class family along Oceanfront Boulevard. Despite the odds set against her, the Mayor-Elect rose up to the challenge and became a successful entrepreneur. As the owner of Better Brands Inc., an establishment specializing in the distribution of alcohol, Bethune has played a large role in building the economy in Horry and Georgetown Counties. Not only that, but her family, as well, has lead to the success of many local and state charities.
The Mayor-Elect has extensive community involvement as well, including serving on multiple boards and even given the “Distinguished Citizens” award for all her philanthropic service to the Boy Scouts.
The residents of Myrtle Beach are very excited to see Brenda Bethune as the next mayor. Her inauguration is set to be held on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at 1 p.m. in the Council Chambers located in City Hall.
For those who are interested in attending, City Hall is located on 937 Broadway St, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. Anyone with questions or concerns can call City Hall at (843)-918-1012 or email them email@example.com.
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By: Abby Fookes, editor
Valentine's Day Gift Guide
Candy in general is a great, and inexpensive, way to enhance your Valentine's Day.
Chocolate is also a great go-to for an additional.
For some, finding gifts to give on Valentine’s Day for that special someone can be rather difficult, but if you are having trouble finding the perfect present to give to the one that you love, you are not alone. You are most likely severely over thinking because you want the gift to be perfect, but in reality, Valentine’s Day gifts are easy to find.
Depending on the type of person you are shopping for, you may want to purchase a personal or customized gift, a gift that they would be able to use or even a gift involving food; you can never go wrong with food.
If the person you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with is someone who loves items that are made specifically for them, a customized gift is the way to go. Although this can sound difficult, it is one of the easiest and best gifts to put together. Etsy is a website where people create and sell handmade items, and personal gifts such as jewelry and other items can easily be purchased for a reasonable price online and shipped directly to you.
someone who fits into this category, a practical gift is the way to go. Practical gifts are items that can be used over and over again for a long time, such as a heated blanket, a watch or a nice and reusable cup, such as a Tervis or YETI.
While personal and practical gifts are great to give on Valentine’s Day, you can almost never go wrong with food. Whether it is a trip to their favorite restaurant or a gift card to the place they go often, it is an almost foolproof way to make your Valentine’s Day a success.
No matter what gifts you may give or receive this Valentine’s Day, all that really matters is that you truly care about the person that you are celebrating with. Valentine’s Day is not about how much money you spend or how many gifts you are able to give, it is about proving to your loved one(s) how much you appreciate them.
You can also make something for your girlfriend or boyfriend, such as a collage, a card or any other cute do-it-yourself project you come across on Pinterest. Customized or handmade gifts are also perfect for when you would like to get someone a present for Valentine’s Day when they say you don’t have to get them anything, because most of the time, that is a terrible lie.
Some people are not as interested in personalized gifts as others, so if you are giving a present to
Flowers are a beautiful way to show affection, especially on Valentine's Day. Although roses are the norm, any kind of flowers will do.
Once again, The Native Voice staff is out and about trying big food. This issue, we went to Dave and Busters to try their Fives All Around appetizer. This specific appetizer has five different appetizers that consist of quesadillas, wedges with salsa, pretzels with hot dogs, three dipping sauces, crispy seasoned tots, and some chicken wings for only $23.29.
When we planned on going to Dave and Busters, we thought we were just going for some good food, but little did we know how much more Dave and Busters has to offer. Not only does Dave and Busters have multiple menu options for both kids and adults, but they also have a great variety of arcade games for the whole family. The entire restaurant has such an uplifting mood because no matter where you look, people are having a great time.
Big Food Bites: Fives All Around
The Fives All Around appetizer at Dave and Busters had quite an impressive spread.
The dipping sauces were good as well, but the only issue we had was the soggy pizza sauce, it just did not go well with the pretzel. Even though we were not big fans of the big appetizer plate, it is a very convenient item if you're going with a group of friends because there is enough food for everyone.
The appetizer was enormous; there was plenty of food for everyone!
Our waitress was very nice and was quick to refill our drinks when needed one. The food also did not take a long time to come out of the kitchen. The appetizer plate was big; it covered nearly half the table. There was so much food that there were even some leftovers, but as a picky eater, I would not recommend ordering that appetizer.
The quesadillas had jalapeños, which was not stated in the meal description, and since I do not like jalapeños, it was very an unpleasant taste because I was not expecting it. The tater tots were also topped with some jalapeños and cheese. The wings were full of flavor and the hotdog pretzels were also good.
Tide Pods, much like every other type of laundry detergent made, contain very dangerous combination of chemicals that could result in serious health
Tide also makes liquid detergent, among other products.
Tide Pods are now on sale, as they will be taken off shelves Feb. 1, 2018.
complications, or even death. According to wired.com, Tide Pods contain materials such as fatty acid salts, which is also known as soap, mannanase, which can take care of stains that contain guar gum (a thickening product found in several salad dressings), subtilisin, which gets rid of stains caused by the human body and several other ingredients that work wonders for the clothes that you layer on the outside of your body, but are less than helpful for the organs you hold inside.
“I think [eating Tide Pods] is a really dumb challenge. I don’t understand why people would want to risk being chemically poisoned,” stated Anna McGrath, junior.
What’s really crazy about the Tide Pod Challenge is that people have actually died from eating the laundry detergent swirls. Several, actually, yet people still continue to take the challenge and face serious health risks.Here is some advice for anyone who is thinking about taking part in the Tide Pod Challenge: don’t do it. It is not safe and you could seriously harm yourself. It’s 2018, everyone, so let’s stop eating laundry detergent and do something a little more productive with our time.
Have Challenges Gone Too Far?
Over the past few weeks on social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, it seems as if you cannot scroll more than a few minutes without seeing a news story, post or video about Tide Pods or the Tide Pod Challenge. What people, teenagers in particular, have been doing is eating the Tide Pods. Yes, you read that correctly, eating them.
In case you are not familiar with what a Tide Pod is, it is basically an easier, less messy form of laundry detergent. The idea is that instead of having to pour and measure the detergent, all that is needed is simply to toss in one of the pods into your load of laundry, and let the washing machine do the rest of the work.
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Prom: the one night of the school year where young women and men dress in expensive suits or dresses and get their hair and makeup professionally done. Dresses and suits can cost up to $ 1,000, and this is not including additional items such as shoes, accessories, hair and makeup. There is a way, though, to make prom not as expensive as anyone expects: going on a budget.
Prom on a budget can make people assume that your dress or suit won’t be pretty or classy; just plain. This, however, is not the case. Prom can be just as elegant and not be as expensive compared to all of all your friends.. Dresses can be found on local websites like JC Penny, DIllards, Sears, Promgirl.com and many more. For the record, not all of the dresses on the websites you find will be inexpensive, but just keep scrolling and you’ll find the dress that fits for you.
Hair and makeup can also be done on a budget if you know someone who could do it for a low price. You could also have a friend or family member that knows how to style hair do yours for free. Salons such as Stephanie’s Salon and Day Spa or That Curl Salon & Spa are great examples on companies that can style hair for reasonable prices for Prom.
Makeup can be tricky to find cheap prices at, but a lot of local salons will be able to help you get the glamor look that you’ve been searching for. Some people think it’s hard to find a color for eyeshadow that matches perfectly with your dress, and if you go to a salon, they’ll be happy to do that for you.
Now for guys asking what suits to wear to match their prom dates dress for a low price, local shops are the way to go. Old Navy, Macy’s, Kohl's, JCPenney, Sears and many more will have the ideal suit you’re looking for without the price tag being in four digits. Hair for guys is usually relatively simple, depending on if you have short or long hair. Usually, for guys with long hair, it’s in a ponytail and slicked backed, and for the guys with short hair, it’s slicked backed so it’s out of your face.
Prom isn’t just about the dress or suit you wear, it’s about spending quality time with your friends and having a fun night. The price is just a number, but how you see yourself and spending time with friends is more important than the clothing and accessorizing. Just be yourself and everything should come easily after that.
Boujee On A Budget
Elegant prom hair can easily be achieved with the help of family members and Pinterest.
The Heart of Dixie is known for a stupendous amount of things: Harper Lee, George Wallace, the Crimson Tide, and ruby red Republicans. But believe it or not, Alabama might not be Conservative.
You might be thinking, “Fat chance! This is the fake news President Trump is talking about.” I can assure you, it isn’t. If you haven’t heard already, something unlike anything seen before in this century, Democrat Doug Jones won the special election to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ seat in the Senate. For a state that has voted red in every election since 1980, you would find it almost impossible for a Democrat to win.
Although Congresswoman Terri Sewell is a Democrat representing Alabama’s Seventh Congressional District, what makes this election so special is that Senatorial seats are elected statewide. With this knowledge at hand, I want to justify my claim to you that Alabama isn’t as red as you think it is with some demographics.
Every state has two senators, in Alabama it’s Republican Richard Shelby, who used to be a Democrat but then switched parties, and now Democrat Doug Jones. Before Donald Trump picked Jeff Sessions as his Attorney General, he was Alabama’s other Senator. Pictured to the left is Jeff Sessions election map in 2014. Granted no Democrat ran against him, but only because he was so popular. Pictured to the right is Doug Jones’ election map in 2017. As you can see, there was a very different outcome.
Alabama Might Not be Conservative
In that very blue strip near the bottom of the state is where most of the African American population resides. In almost every election that there is a Democrat running, that strip goes blue. In fact, a large portion of Representative Sewell’s district contains those counties. You might have looked at the maps right there and thinking, “How in the world did Jones pull this off?”
Good question. When the Senatorial Special Election was beginning, the media only covered the typical Republican candidates because it is almost certain that they win. The Senator at the time, Luther Strange, an appointee by Governor Kay Ivey, was running to be elected in his own right. He even got President Trump to endorse him. But when the votes were tallied in the Republican Primary, former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore, had clearly won.
As stated before, it was an almost certain win for Judge Moore. He was able to connect to the Conservatives of Alabama. Doug Jones, meanwhile, campaigned in a hard primary against very qualified candidates. Jones did win his primary but his campaign lacked a certain ability to rally core Democratic support and get them to vote.
Just as the nation began to put this election on the backburner and focus on other upcoming election, an astonishing allegations from multiple women came out against Judge Moore, though not all at once, for sexual assault. Though Moore denied these allegation, Alabamians across the Yellowhammer state didn’t know whether to believe him or not.
The media, naturally, jumped all over this story which led to donors nationwide supporting Doug Jones’ campaign. Even former Vice President Joe Biden endorsed him. When Jones was finally ahead in a recent poll, the GOP did everything in their power to distance themselves from Moore, except the President who firmly stood by him.
Come election day in November, the stakes were high. If the rumors are true, is it better to have an alleged pedophile who agrees with your ideologies in the US Senate or a US attorney who prosecuted Klan members for the murder of innocent African American girls but doesn’t share your views? With a terrible voter turnout, the election could have gone either way, but Alabamians spoke and elected Doug Jones. More specifically, black, female Alabamians spoke. These women came out in record numbers to keep Moore out of office.
So this leads me to my claim that Alabama might not be Conservative. Even though voter turnout was low, a Democrat was still able to win. This leads many, including myself, to believe that voters don’t go to the polls simply because they think the chance of their preferred candidate will lose, just because they live in an area dominated by a one-party system. This election proved those notions false. If a Democrat can win in a ruby red state, a Republican can certainly claim victory in a sapphire blue.
Even though I am ineligible to vote yet, but trust me I’m counting down the days, I cannot urge enough to the adults who can that your vote does matter. You can flip a state, or kick out a xteenth termed congressman. Our founders developed a system where your voice is not only heard but has impact as well.
Pictured above, Doug Jones
people you care about. Though, the longevity of any friendship is very hard to predict. It may feel like certain friendships are so strong they will last forever. Others may seem fleeting until something brings you closer together. Many have experienced the grave disappointment of losing a close friend. The bonds we create can tighten or loosen. Is there something that makes one friendship more meaningful than another? I’ve begun to explore these ideas as the end of my senior year approaches.
Everyone says you will meet your best friends in college. A year in the life of a high school student moves at a brisk pace. Interests, goals and priorities can change just as quickly. Throughout our journey to discover ourselves as individuals, we develop a network of friendships along the way. Some friends become closer, while others remain acquaintances. Good friends take an interest in each other’s lives. They share advice, ideas, secrets and have mutual respect. I’ve been honored to have high school friends; it’s important to cherish relationships with
A reason, A Season, A lifetime
A friendship can provide you with a gift. There is something to be gained from the world around you if you keep your eyes open. It’s important to appreciate the gifts you are granted by others - a smile, a tear, a memory, a song, a lesson or a new passion. The reward of feeling appreciated for what you give others is what makes friendship really special. Unfortunately, feelings of resentment, jealousy, frustration, envy or even guilt could arise and spoil a perfectly good friendship. Close friends are those who communicate well and can get through the bad times together.
Friendships may or may not last, but that’s largely out of our control. Students move away, change schools, change classes, get into different sports or just choose a new path. With change being so constant, we get used to the revolving door of faces. Exchange students come here already with the idea that they’ll make friends for a season and then leave to go back home. For the rest of us, graduation day will be the last time we’re all together. After we’ve signed our last yearbook and vowed to keep in touch, a new journey will begin with all of us heading in different directions. Starting college or a full time job requires a brand new routine. Once familiar with your new surroundings you may look around and notice new friends and different acquaintances. What you may not notice is how much has changed in merely one or two years. What ever happened to those people from high school? How many of them are still my friends? Who pretended to be my friend but really wasn’t? Perhaps only in retrospect can we answer the question of who has graced our life for a reason, season or a lifetime.
By: Isabela Galeano, staff writer
Sam Bricker, junior,
"A brand new car would be pretty good. I'm very high maintenance."
Tyler Cartner, sophomore,
"I would love a day of just hanging out with my boyfriend, nothing else."
Cheyenne Collins, freshman
"A teddy bear."
By: Abby Fookes, editor, and Nancy Alvarez, assistant editor
Alex Collins, senior,
"Chocolate and a big bear."
Alana Caston, sophomore,
"A big teddy bear."
Michael Bordonaro, junior,
"A foot massage."
What is your ideal Valentine's Day gift?
Often our high school experience consists of a series of mortifying memories about our exhausting transition into the “adult life.” Exams, due-dates, disturbing yearbook pictures, braces, awkward romances, mentally draining and toxic friendships—the whole package. As disturbing as a high school recap every ten years after graduation sounds, class reunions are still a thing. I have come to wonder what the ultimate purpose of these get-togethers are and why they are still an ongoing tradition.
For starters, I have taken a look at the logistics behind the creation of one of these events. Mrs. Zeneta Carr, a social studies teacher here at Socastee High School, granted me several key details about the process of a high school reunion. Basically, the student body president and student council of a specific graduating class is in charge of setting up the whole event and contacting the former students. Often, when contact information has changed or is no longer available, other methods are used to reach out to the students.
“With the way technology is, Facebook is always a way of communication,” said Mrs. Zeneta Carr, “Often we invite the teachers [too], it’s cool to see them.” Socastee High School encourages students to call the school in order to find out the date and location of a class reunion.
Afterwards, I began to assemble some recollections of the reunions from our Socastee staff members. The music, food, activities, dinners, and general ambient is unique to each one.
“It was a whole weekend of things,” recalled Mrs. Helen Edwards about her thirtieth year reunion, “they started out into the Friday night football game and then they had a kind of picnic where if you had children you could bring them.” They then went on to wrap up the event with a Saturday night dinner. “The kind of ‘cliques’ you would call were still there, but I saw a lot more mingling” she added. This brought up a concern of mine.
Would the reunions consist of several tight cliques and a few hoovering outsiders with blurred faces? Would it end up being a boasting contest of whom has the nicest suit or the biggest diamond ring? I spoke to Mrs. Donna Mitchell, an English teacher here at Socastee that formerly attended the school, and she addressed those same concerns.
“You have to figure out what the purpose of a reunion is for you” she said, “Is it to show off what you’ve done and what you’ve become? Or is it to reconnect and live those older memories?”
Once again, it depends on the individual, as most things tend to do. The opportunity to watch the transformation your classmates go through is there. It is what the notorious tradition provides you with. What is done with this opportunity is completely up to the individual. If college was your dance floor, but high school was a bucket filled with cow manure and you feel there is nothing for you to gain—don’t go or do go. If you regret not staying in touch with a certain individual or you feel like laughing off the choices your friends and your young-dumb-self made—go or don’t. If you’re in town and don’t have anything better to do or you are single and ready to mingle—don’t be late. At the end of the day, a class reunion will just be another event in the “adult life” that, hopefully, by the time you receive your Facebook invitation, you have managed to get a hold of.
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