Curious about the Senioritis Tour for the Class of 2019? Find out more on pages 9-10.
May 23, 2018
The Native Voice
Abby Fookes, editor
Nancy Alvarez, assistant editor
Noelle Smith, staff writer
Isabela Galeano, staff writer
Zoe Campbell, guest writer
The views, opinions, positions or strategies expressed by the authors and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, positions or strategies of The Native Voice at Socastee High School.
Table of Contents
The 2017-2018 school year is finally coming to an end. Whether your year was amazing, agonizing or just plain awful, it is over, and summer is here! The Native Voice would like to wish the Class of 2018 the best of luck in the following years, and we look forward to creating more publications in the coming school year.
Pages 3-4: Say Goodbye to A Senior: A Lot of Love for Lawson
Pages 5-6: "I'm Fine"
Page 7-8: Defying A Disability
Page 9-10: Socastee's Rite of Passage
Page 11: Burn! (Not the Funny Kind)
Page 12-13: The Ongoing Media Influence
Page 14: Zen Ten
Page 15: Socastee Screener: What is the Best Vacation Spot for the Summer?
Page 16: Country Coming to Carolina
The Native Voice Staff
Senior year is filled with emotional goodbyes and sweet memories. Moving forward is a big step for seniors across the nation, and this year, we are saying goodbye to Amariah Lawson. Lawson is a Socastee Singer, lacrosse player and a musician in Socastee’s band.
“Performing [for singers] is always a fun thing because the adrenaline, the passion for performing, and sharing it with your friends and family,” said Lawson.
Her favorite dance number is “Don’t Stop Believin’” because it’s a classic, and she had McKenzie Hatcher,her favorite dance partner, by her side. Amariah Lawson has also played lacrosse for four years and was a co-captain for the 2018 season. She had been playing for a total of 10 years, and she got signed to play at Coker College.
By: Noelle Smith, staff writer
Photo Credit: Amariah Lawson
Say Goodbye to A Senior:
“Since I’ve been playing [lacrosse] I have never scored until freshman year, and it was against Myrtle Beach [High School]. I used to go to Myrtle Beach, and it was kind of awkward with the girls I used to play with [that] I was [now] playing against. I remember going in for a shot and I made it, so I looked eye to eye with the goalie and she gave me a hug because she knew that was my first goal. It was a good moment,” said Lawson. From her four years of playing lacrosse at Socastee, this was her favorite moment.
A Lot of Love for Lawson
Amariah Lawson, center, performing with the Socastee Singers.
Amariah Lawson, number fourteen, playing during game against Carolina Forest High School.
“[I will miss] being in the sports, pep rallies, concerts, and all the other performances,” said Lawson
her work, and she is always doing more in her school with mentoring and other clubs and activities. She is still taking college courses for other masters degrees, so she’s always working,”
Her mom is a hard worker who still provides for her family, but cares about her children getting the education they need.
Lawson is a senior that will graduate on June 5, 2018 sand start a new chapter in her life, and now, we will have to say a bittersweet goodbye to Amariah Lawson.
Amariah Lawson loves how most people love Socastee High School as much as she does; they inspire her as much as she would want to make the same impact on the students. Amariah revealed that her mom inspires her the most because “she has five kids now and she never stops with
Everyone goes through tough times in life. Whether these times take place over weeks or hours, everyone knows what it’s like to experience them. Some people, however, struggle everyday of their life and have to constantly battle with mental illnesses.
People all around the world from every age group and background suffer from mental disorders including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, Adult Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD), Schizophrenia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, eating disorders such as Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge-Eating Disorder and personality disorders such as Borderline Personality Disorder and Multiple Personality Disorder, among several others. While each of these illnesses is different, there is one thing they all have in common: the misconception that those who suffer from them can control what is happening to them.
By: Abby Fookes, editor
“The perception of mental illness won’t change unless we act to change it,” according to an article published by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
All too often, individuals who live with mental disorders are seen as dramatic and are often told to ‘just get over it.’ But what a (far too large) amount of people believe is that victims bring it upon themselves. This is inaccurate and extremely crass, considering the people who believe this often have no clue what it is like to struggle with a mental illness.
Those who suffer from depression often feel out of place compared to others, much like a burnt out bulb in a strand of glowing lights.
Suffering from mental problems can often feel like you are showing your illness to the world, even if you are trying to conceal it.
For several sufferers of mental disorders, the illnesses begin early in life, usually in the teenage years. Since this period in one’s life is stressful anyway, it can be extremely difficult for people to understand and learn how to cope with their mental illness.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “20% of youth ages 13-18 live a with mental health condition [and] one-half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14.”
An extremely eye-opening view of mental illnesses is shown in the new Twitter hashtag #ThingsPeopleHaveSaidAboutMy
-MentalIllness. Hattie Gladwell, a reporter for Metro, started this hashtag by Tweeting: “Quote this tweet with the most unhelpful/insensitive thing someone has said to you about your mental illness…”
The amount of responses was extraordinary, and by reading just a few of the replies, it becomes evident that the recognition and awareness of mental illnesses needs to be improved greatly. The month of May is Mental Health Month, which, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is meant to show people that they are not alone in their battles.
“[The] stigma [of mental illness] is toxic to [an individual’s] mental health because it creates an environment of shame, fear and silence that prevents many people from seeking help and treatment.”
Since it is Mental Health Month, begin to regularly check in on those around you to make sure that they are doing well. Remember that anyone can say ‘I’m fine’ as a cover up for how they are really feeling. If you are worried about a friend or loved one, reach out to them. Although it may take time for them to open up, you may end up being the reason their life begins to get brighter.
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Griffin’s hard work paid off when his high school career came to an end. The bigger picture started becoming a reality: college football. While it was not easy for Shaquem to be noticed by college recruiters, he never gave up. His love for football is not only what got him into the University of Central Florida (UCF), but also what would soon get him drafted into the National Football League (NFL).
Defying A Disability
By: Nancy Alvarez, Assistant Editor
Faced by many challenges, Shaquem Griffin has pushed through all of life’s hardships, despite not having a left hand. Being the youngest of twins, Griffin was born with an amniotic band wrapped around his wrist. While doctors had the opportunity to operate, the twins’ parents decided the risk of losing one of the children was far too high and denied the operation. Due to the amniotic band, Shaquem left hand was always extremely sensitive to touch and pressure. At the age of four, Griffin’s parents decided to end the agonizing pain he was suffering by amputating his left hand.
Like most twins, Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin, were two peas in a pod. They would always be together in daycare, school, sports, clubs and anything they were involved in. In their eyes, there was no future without one another. From a very young age, they both loved football. Shaquem amputation only encouraged him to try harder while playing football. He never stopped going over plays, practicing footwork, lifting weights, running or anything else he could do to become the best football player he could.
“...I was going to play football regardless… after [getting my hand amputated] I knew I was going to play again. The pain was gone,” said Griffin to the Los Angeles Times.
Shaquem Griffin does not let his disability define him.
So when Shaquill began to receive scholarships from college teams, he knew he had to deny any school unless his brother was going to play with him.
“We were a package deal, it started when we were young. That was [the] type of bond we had. When scholarships came in, we kept it the same way,” said Shaquill Griffin to the Los Angeles Times.
“We were a package deal, it started when we were young. That was [the] type of bond we had. When scholarships came in, we kept it the same way,” said Shaquill Griffin to the Los Angeles Times.
Although he was demoted and reshirted during his second year of being on the team, nothing stopped his desire to play football. Shaquem excelled during his time in college; in 2017, he won the Senior Class Award and assisted his team during their winning game at the Peach Bowl in January of 2018. Playing for UCF only encouraged Shaquem to prepare for the NFL. After training for months, Griffin showed all his skills at the NFL Combine. He completed a forty yard dash at an impressive 4.38 seconds and bench pressed 20 reps of 225 pounds. Pushing himself to the best of his ability is what caught the attention of the Seattle Seahawks coaches.
“One day I’m going to be called ‘Shaquem Griffin the football player’ and not ‘Shaquem Griffin the one-hand wonder,'” Griffin told Today.
Shaquem Griffin was speechless when he got the amazing new that he was the newest addition to the Seattle Seahawks, the team his twin brother is a part of. Not only is he reunited with his brother, but he made NFL history. He is the first football player with one hand to be drafted into the NFL. Although this is a very honorable title, he doesn't want to be for his disability,but because of his talent. Shaquem Griffin will be a name people remember because he has pushed through everything to reach his goals, and so far, he has accomplished them.
Shaquem Griffin pursuing his dreams by playing football.
Socastee's Rite of Passage
time for final exams week. This year, however, instead of the usual 150 to 200 participants, only 84 seniors made the trip to Orlando, Fla. What caused the sudden drop for the graduating class of 2018?
Mr. Greg French, Socastee High School’s Senioritis Tour coordinator since 2000, proposed that this year’s price for the seven day tour was what kept so many students from signing up.
“This year [the cost] was $550 and that’s what really turned people away,” said French.
Although the price reached a record high, compared to Disney’s regular charge per person for a week, Socastee seniors still got a decent deal.
Besides the higher price, the Senioritis tour no longer includes someof the features that made the trip so popular.
“Disney used to have Grad Night [and] close the whole park from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.,” recalled French.
Socastee seniors have finally returned from their famous Senioritis Tour to Disney World and Universal Studios. As a tradition, at the end of every year, graduating students get the chance to go to two of the most fun and magical places in the world as a sort of ‘going away party.’ After a week full of rides and games, students return to school rested just in
By: Isabela Galeano, staff writer
Attire from previous Senioritis Tours.
Photo Credit: Brianna Turner
Gardens, Dollywood, Carowinds, Six Flags, multiple waters parks or even a combination of different amusement parks. Having more options available will make the trip more appealing since each graduating class will have a different preference each year.
“[Disney] was really fun, but I enjoyed Universal more...it just flowed faster. But all in all I had fun, especially at the senior night dinner and with the cool fireworks” said Kyla Gunnell, senior, class of 2018.
Socastee is also working on making the trip more affordable in order to include as many seniors as possible.
“We want everyone to go,” said French, “that’s why we have scholarships set aside [for the trip].”
This traditional rite of passage is seeing some changes for the better. Next year, Socastee expects to have an even bigger ‘going away party’ for the graduating seniors--the perfect celebration to wrap up their high school career.
Disney World’s Grad Night has offered graduating seniors a long night full of rides, dance parties and concerts since 1972. The event would even feature popular artists like Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Backstreet Boys and many more. Unfortunately, Disney stopped hosting the graduation party in 2011, which could be another reason why so many seniors skipped out on the trip this year.
Looking onto next year, there going to a be a couple of changes to Socastee’s Senioritis Tour.
For starters, students will get the opportunity to actually vote for a destination. As opposed to only having one option, seniors will get to choose between Disney World, Universal Studios, Seaworld, Busch
Cinderella's Castle in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
(Not the Funny Kind)
A wide variety of sunscreen can be found in nearly every grocery and convenience store at a variety of prices.
If you make the mistake of avoiding sunscreen and spend a day in the direct sunlight, sunburn is most likely a part of your near future. Sunburn is painful, makes you peel, makes you look like a lobster and worst of all, it can cause cancer.
“Too much UV radiation from the sun or sunbeds can damage the genetic material (the DNA) in your skin cells. If enough DNA damage builds up over time, it can cause cells to start growing out of control, which can lead to skin cancer,” according to Cancer Research UK.
When it comes to the sun, there is no reason to take risks. Don’t let people tell you that sunscreen simply doesn’t matter, and don’t let yourself get burned so it can turn into a tan. Be safe this summer instead of sorry; wear sunscreen as much as you can.
During summertime in Myrtle Beach, temperatures can range anywhere from the low 80s to upper 90s, with some highs climbing into the 100s. While temperatures and ultraviolet rays, or UV rays, have no correlation, UV rays tend to be higher in the summer and fluctuate daily.
The ultraviolet index ranges from one to ten, with 11 being the absolute highest, or extreme, level. You can find the UV index for the area on weather apps, the Weather Channel and almost any other weather source. But let’s face it: when you go to the beach, pool or any other outdoor area, you probably don’t check the UV index for the day. Sometimes, you may not even check the temperature, because more likely than not, it’s going to be hot.
But why would you risk having a fun day at the beach turn into horrendous pain and terrible disappointment all because of a sunburn? You shouldn’t, especially because sunscreen takes less than three minutes to apply to your face and body, and you can always apply some before you leave your home or while you are getting ready for your time out of the house. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “[you should] apply sunscreen to dry skin 15 minutes before going outdoors.” This means that you have no excuse. Before you leave home, take the necessary two minutes to apply sunscreen.
The Ongoing Media Influence
As long as anyone can remember racism has always been a problem; the big question is, when will it finally end? Over the last few years, it seems to be racial problems in society are returning to the way they were. Many people say the younger generation holds the power in their hands for the future, and so far there are many young people proving they are worthy of the task by standing up for what is right, voicing their opinions and protesting no matter what others or the majority says.
News outlets, movies, social media and even TV shows impact the way young people see the world around them. Anything can affect someone's point of view, but racism should never be influenced by what kids and teens see on TV. Part of this issue is not recognizing the problem.
There have been companies that produce commercials that are not racially appropriate and may not even realize that there is an issue with the ad until after making it public. For example, in 2011, Dove created an advertisement that had three women lined up in the middle of the image, positioned behind them were two big signs that said before and after. But this advertisement was not okay because they had the woman of color underneath the ‘before’ image and the Caucasian women underneath the ‘after’ image. Not only did they have the women in that odd order but the caption at the bottom said “visibly more beautiful skin from the most unexpected of places- your shower.” The caption at the bottom just made the ad seem like they were trying to say that lighter skin is more beautiful. Just imagine how discouraging that is to young girls around the world. Backlash from the ad forced the company to publicly apologize for the incident. Dove is not the only company that has made commercials that are racially inappropriate, but what are commercials like those teaching the youth of the world?
When kids see commercials like those, they’re going to think that that’s okay, that that is how the world see people of color and once again we ask; when are companies and brands going to stop making people of color feel like they are less? Discriminative commercials are only adding to the problem of racism.
By: Nancy Alvarez, assistant editor
Sadly, commercials are not the only things on TV that are putting people down because of their race; movies and shows are also adding to the current issue. Racism is not limited to just one race, and anyone can experience racism. There have been some shows and movies that make racism look like only one group of people are affected by it. This is also one major aspect of racism that is making the whole issue worse.
Another issue that adds to racism is victimizing your race. Victimizing your race is when you single out your ethnic group for unjust reasons. By no means am I saying that people who have experienced racism are only victimizing themselves, I would just like to point out that in order to decrease the amount of racism we see in the world today, people cannot allow others or themselves to use their race as justification. Even if you are part of the majority, that doesn’t mean you all act the same, which goes for any topic, not just racism, and shows and movies that showcase this behavior are only encouraging this stereotype. Not all people are racist, not all people victimize their race.
H&M, a clothing retail store, received plenty of retaliation after releasing images of their new jungle themed hoodies they offered for little boys. In one of the images, the company pictured an African American boy wearing a hoodie with the words “coolest monkey in the jungle.” Some people were quick to call the company racist, but others did not see an issue with the image.
According to BET, the boy’s mother, Terry Mango, stated that she had “been to all photo shoots and this was not an exception..." therefore she was aware of what her son was modeling.
People see things like that commercial as racist because that's what people want to see it as. Your point of view has a lot to do with what you see as racist and what you do not. Many people in society today can make anything into a racial issue, and calling someone or something racist is not helping anyone. Racism is a very delicate issue that should not be used as any sort of justification.
Not everyone is the same; not everyone is racist. People can have their own beliefs, but if we as a society do not allow diversity, what will the future hold when young people see hateful, discouraging themes in the media? In order to move forward as a community, we have to accept people for who they are, not what they are.
so it won't be as long, sharpen the prongs and smooth the rough edges the hammer might have made. If you make it out of toothpicks, just stick them into the cork in a row, then cut a hole for the popsicle stick and glue it.
Now that you have your fork completed, you can take the box and pour the sand into it. Put the amount that you want into the box, I recommend leaving about half an inch left at the top so the sand does not overflow. Next, get your rocks and other decor and lay
newspaper, setting it on the concrete ensures that it won't stick to anything.
Do you wish that sometimes you could just sit back and take a couple minutes to relax at work? Well now you can with this tabletop zen garden. All you need is an old box or container (I spray painted mine black and it looked really good), enough sand to fill it up with about a half of an inch left at the top, a rake, some rocks and whatever else you would like to put in it.
First, if you would like to spray paint your container, go outside with some newspaper and the color spray paint you want. Usually, this takes about 20 minutes to dry, and then you can flip it and spray the other side. Make sure your container does not stick to the
By: Zoe Campbell, guest writer
The candles lit in with rings around the objects.
While this is drying, you can work on the rake. For the rake there are three options, you can buy one, make one out of an old fork or make one out a popsicle stick, toothpicks and a cork. If you choose to make one out of a fork, you will need an old fork, a hammer, a rubber mallet, a hard surface with a sharp edge, a dremel and some safety glasses. First, take the fork and completely flatten it.
Then, place it so the prongs are hanging over the side, and hammer it so it bends like a rake would (you might need to use pliers). Next, use the dremel to trim the fork
them out however you want; I added tea candles and the outcome was really pretty. Lastly, smooth the sand around and make the patterns you want.
You can put this zen garden on your work desk, homework desk or give it as a gift. This is a great way to use only ten minutes in your day to simply calm yourself down and relax. You can alternate the rocks or put colored sand into your garden if you want a change. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!
A fork making designs in the garden.
“Florida because it’s sunny and it has the perfect weather.”
“Hawaii because it’s a pretty island."
-Estefany Garces, freshman.
“Disney World because of the new Toy Story Land coming up.”
Mckenzie Hatcher, senior.
Where is the Best Vacation Spot for the Summer?
-Alexia Smalls, freshman.
“The beach because I like to go there to relax.”
-Olivia Rickenbrode, freshman
“Costa Rica because it’s pretty.”
-Maddie Davis, freshman.
“Outside making money because money is king!”
-Austin Byrd, sophomore.
2018 CCMF Lineup:
James Barker Band
The fourth annual Carolina Country Music Festival (CCMF) is coming to Myrtle Beach, S.C. June 7-10. It’s filled with concerts, food, drinks and it is located on the beach. Famous country musicians such as Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Zac Brown Band, Cole Swindell and many more to entertain country music fans from around the nation.
The environment for CCMF includes people dancing and singing, but the amount of people that get intoxicated there is rather harsh in numbers, so it is not recommended you bring children under the age of 16 to this event. Country music can be rather exciting, but the tickets are expensive. General admission tickets for 3 days can cost up to $189 per person, and the prices only increase from there.
If you cannot afford the prices of admission, you could easily go to the beach with your friends or family and listen to the music without seeing the people in concert. Parking is also a separate fee for CCMF; the tickets for just a single day pass is $24 per vehicle. The parking will be tight considering people from around the nation come to listen to their favorite country music artists.
The lineup includes a variety of people from the musicians you hear on the radio to coming up artist that have just started their journey of fame and fortune.
Zac Brown Band
Dee Jay Silver
Country Coming to Carolina
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