The Native Voice
March 22, 2018
What's it like to be in the list of the top ten best lacrosse goalies in the state? Read all about varsity girl's lacrosse goalie Micaela Cruz on pages 5 and 6!
Abby Fookes, editor
Nancy Alvarez, assistant editor
Noelle Smith, staff writer
Isabela Galeano, staff writer
Table of Contents
The Native Voice Staff
Thanks for checking out Issue 9 of The Native Voice! We hope that everyone has a safe and fun Spring Break! If there is anything you would like to read about or if there are any questions you may have, please ask one of our staff members or tweet us @SHSNativeVoice.
Pages 2-3: Attention Socastee Students Going to College!
Pages 5-6: What a Catch!
Pages 7-8: Move Over, Minis
Page 9: Socastee Screener: Whats the Hype About "Fortnite"?
Pages 10-11: Talk About Relatable
Page 12: What's Changed?
Pages 13-14: Cookie Control
Page 15: Warming Up For Summer
Page 16: The Running Hawaiian
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.
Don’t make the mistake of overlooking the opportunities that Socastee High School has to offer. This school has three distinct programs that can potentially grant students college credit before graduation day. Here is a brief summary about each program and some helpful advice from Socastee peers and staff:
The Program for the Accelerated College Enrollment (PACE) is a dual enrollment program available for qualified juniors and seniors. This program is offered by the Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) located at the Market Common or in Conway. Some classes are fully paid by Horry County while others require fees.
“I recommend [PACE classes] because it’s cheaper and you earn both college
Socastee High School has amazing opportunities in the IB Program.
and high school credit,” said Taylor Blackmon, senior and member of the program for two years.
PACE courses are transferable to any university or college. See Mr. Robert Urbaniak, the PACE organizer here at Socastee, for more information.
The Advanced Placement (AP) program is available for high school students of all grades, but it’s most commonly taken by sophomores, juniors and seniors. The program allows students to choose what college-level classes to take. Depending on the university the student applies for and the AP Exam score at the end of the course, students can potentially earn college credit for a variety of subjects.
Attention Socastee Students Going to College!
By: Isabela Galeano, staff writer
If you are interested in taking AP classes, IB classes, or participating in the PACE program, get more information at the SHS Guidance office.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program(IB program) is available for juniors and seniors. After completion, if requirements are met, students have the opportunity to get an international diploma, admission to foreign universities and advanced college credit.
“It’s probably the most rigorous program I’ve ever witnessed. It has to be for the very motivated student who wants to hit all the subjects on a very high level,” said Mr. Danny Wilson, IB coordinator at Socastee.
As intimidating as college-level classes sound, more students are becoming comfortable with the idea of earning college credit in high school. Learning about these courses ahead of time is a very crucial step. Make sure to ask your guidance counselor if you are interested in participating in any of these programs, and if you’re not sure about the difficulty of a certain course, ask the teacher or a student that took the class for advice.
“I would recommend [AP] for a student who has taken honors level courses and feel like they would like to be challenged a little bit more,” said Mrs. Frances Keller, senior guidance counselor at Socastee.
What a Catch!
At first, Cruz didn’t think much of lacrosse or even becoming the future co-captain of the team. She was first introduced to lacrosse by a former lacrosse player, Valaire Weeks, who had told her about how much fun the sport is and how you get to meet new people. Meeting new people wasn’t what caught Cruz’s attention, though, it was the courage necessary to become a lacrosse goalie, which sounded
“I started getting involved with lacrosse and that's when I broke out of my shell,” said Cruz.
Micaeala Cruz, top left (number 11), pictured with the rest of the varsity girl's lacrosse team.
like a challenge that she was willing to accept.
"I was up for the challenge, now I’m about to be the first female goalie from Socastee with a new record [number of] saves surpassing the goalie from a couple of years ago” said Cruz.
Amusing, happy and hype. These are just a few words that describe Micaela “Mica” Cruz, the co-captain of the girls varsity lacrosse team. As her senior year quickly passes by, she is destined to make the most of it.
“At [the beginning of high school], I was a shy kid, but then as I grew up I opened up more,” said Cruz.
Cruz has had a positive change in her personality since the beginning of high school. She is more outgoing and is more open to meet new people and try new things. Cruz was not always as adventurous as she is now, but as the years went by, she got more involved at Socastee and joined the lacrosse team her sophomore year.
By; Nancy Alvarez, assistant editor
Just two years later here she is, not only co-captain of the varsity team, but also the number six leading goalie in the state. While it’s an amazing honor to have that title, it wasn’t easy for Cruz. Being a goalie takes a lot of energy, hand-eye coordination and more than anything: mental strength. Micaela Cruz quickly learned how much pain comes with being a goalie after her first few weeks when she had to learn how to handle the pain of the lacrosse balls hitting her, especially during a game.
“[I was] shocked [to be top 10 in the state], I wasn’t expecting to even be on the list. I didn’t think something like that would happen...I’m also a little proud because it takes hard work to be a goalie,” said Cruz.
Micaeala Cruz warming up for the game against Wacammaw HIgh School on Thursday, March 15, 2018.
Not only has Micaela Cruz learned how to be a better player, she has also developed life skills that will help her in the future. Lacrosse has taught her better leadership skills and how to handle pressure during stressful situations. As Cruz’s last year being on the team is quickly slipping away, she has shown everyone how hard she can work and how much the sport means to her. Even when she misses a goal or gets hit, she manages to keep playing like the score is 0-0, despite the pressure that is put on her.
While both items are the same price, $3.59 when bought as an entree, there is a significant difference in the amount of food given. The Hash Brown Scramble Bowl comes in the same container as the grilled chicken nuggets. The serving size is perfect if you are hungry, but you don’t want a large portion of food. It is filling, but it is not too much food to handle.
Although the Hash Brown Scramble Bowl is not as large as the Burrito, it is still very tasty and great for if you want something lighter.
You are able to taste all of the ingredients in every bite of the Hash Brown Scramble Burrito.
Move Over, Minis
You see it in the hallways every morning, and it’s usually on your mind after school. What is it? Chick-fil-A. Chick-fil-A sandwiches, Chick-fil-A fries, Chick-fil-A biscuits… the list goes on and on. At Socastee High School, Chick-fil-A is one of the most popular places to grab a bite to eat both before and after the bell rings.
Typically, chicken biscuits and chicken minis are the two most popular breakfast items, but in
By: Abby Fookes, editor
the past few months, Chick-fil-A has released new items: the Hash Brown Scramble Burrito and the Hash Brown Scramble Bowl. Both items contain the same ingredients: scrambled eggs, cheese, Chick-fil-A hash browns and your choice of either sliced chicken nuggets or sausage. A packet of jalapeño salsa is also included with each item. Although these items have been available for a while, most people continue to stick to the original biscuits and minis, so, instead of ordering the Chick-fil-A classics we decided to give the two new additions a try.
Hash Brown Scramble Bowl
The Hash Brown Scramble Burrito is the same as the bowl, except the ingredients are enclosed in a warm tortilla. At first, I wasn’t sure that having a burrito first thing in the morning would be appetizing or enjoyable, but I was severely wrong. The burrito was large, and filled with the hash browns, scrambled eggs, shredded cheese and chicken. It is perfect for when you are on the go and in the mood for a sizable serving of food for breakfast.
Hash Brown Scramble Burrito
While the bowl and burrito are both great in the morning, I was not a fan of the jalapeño salsa on either of the items, just because it was not something that felt was a necessary addition to the meal. I do love salsa, but it is not as pleasant first thing in the morning.
Chick-fil-A, as always, never fails to create delicious menu items. Breakfast is served until 10:30 a.m., so head over to Chick-fil-A to try these new menu items.
When side-by-side, the size difference between the Hash Brown Scramble Burrito and the Hash brown Scramble Bowl is noticeable.
Favorite Chick-fil-A Breakfast Item
“It’s terrible, the game is awful” -Marcus Moore, junior
What's The hype About "Fortnite"?
“It’s really annoying and slow.” - Alexianna Latta, sophomore
By: Noelle Smith, staff writer
“Who tryna run squads?” -Zane Ott ( Mclovin ), sophomore
“The grind never stops” -Trey Rocky, freshman
“It's the tupidest game I’ve ever heard of. Takes boyfriends and guy friends away.”
-Ramsey Platt, senior
“On a scale of 1-10 on stupidity, its an 11” -Amelia Hatley, freshman (left)
By: Nancy Alvarez, assistant editor
Talk About Relatable
There are a lot of situations that anyone can experience at anytime, whether it be a funny, bad or upsetting situation, most people experience small bumps in their daily lives, but no one ever talks about the everyday situations that are overlooked by most people when they’re actually life threatening(not really). These life threatening situations are also known as first world problems, and no one can relate to them unless they have experienced them. These problems include, but are not limited to:
When your iPhone charger breaks.
When your metal water bottle smells like wet metal.
When you can’t watch Netflix because too many people are streaming it at once.
When your drink gets watered down because all of the ice melted.
When you eat all of your popcorn before the movie starts and you have to go back and wait in the long line to get more.
When nothing on your phone will load.
When you can't skip a song on Spotify because you've used up your seven free skips, and $10 a month is a lot of money to spend on Spotify premium.
When the barista at Starbucks messes up your order or misspells your name.
When you can’t take anymore pictures because your storage is full.
When you step in water...while wearing socks.
No Internet connection? Almost painful to imagine.
When you leave your phone charger downstairs, upstairs or in another room.
When you ask for no pickles, but they give you pickles.
When your white shoes get dirty the first day you wear them.
When you don’t have your raincoat on the one day that it rains.
When you can’t find any socks that match, or even worse, run out of no-show socks.
When your friend asks for a hair tie and you know you’ll never see it again.
When you forget where you parked and you walk around the parking lot for 30 minutes trying to find your car.
When someone takes your unassigned (assigned) seat in class.
When you fix a bowl of cereal but don’t have enough milk.
When you haven’t finished rinsing the shampoo out of your hair and the hot water runs out.
These problems are just a few of the not-so-great events that could ruin your day. If you cannot relate to these first world problems, you
probably just haven’t experienced them yet, but don’t worry, because it is highly likely that you will soon be exposed to the first world problems most people run into on a daily basis.
Goodbye, hair tie. See you never.
It has been over a month since the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and since then, the victims, their families and thousands of other people across the country have been demanding change. What has actually changed, though?
Delta Airlines, MetLife, TrueCar and countless other companies have cut ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA).
Stores such as Walmart and Dicks Sporting goods have raised the minimum age requirement for a gun purchase to 21 years old.
Students and activists around the United States have arranged peaceful protests such as the March For Our Lives and National School Walkout Day.
The #NeverAgain movement has gained momentum and become a major platform for gun control activists.
Several students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, such as Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, have made appearances and given incredible speeches and interviews on major news networks.
President Donald Trump has sparked controversy by suggesting school districts should arm teachers.
On March 13, 7,000 pairs of shoes were placed on the yard of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. to honor the lives of children lost to gun violence since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Sandy Hook, Connecticut in 2012. This technically did not change anything, or at least not yet, but it has at least showed how much gun violence is present in the United States.
Schools across America are taking safety more seriously that before by implementing metal detectors and creating support groups.
While it has only been a little over a month since the shooting, there is no doubt that this wave of survivors and activists will not stop fighting until a change has been made.
Ranking of Cookies:
1. Thin Mint
These mint cookies earn first place for their wide popularity. Even though they are named ‘cookies,’ these treats are actually wafers. They are also the healthiest Girl Scout Cookie you can buy. It’s no secret why these ‘cookies’ are on the top of the list.
2. Samoa / Caramel Delites
Cookies with coconut, chocolate and caramel? I think yes. Samoas were originally called ‘Caramel Delites,’ but nobody really knows why the name was changed.
3. Tagalongs / Peanut Butter Patties
Tagalongs are a peanut butter treat you could have anytime and anywhere. The cookies covered in chocolate and have a delicious peanut butter spread on a cookie.
4. Trefoil / Shortbread
Never underestimate this cookie as boring and plain. Although it has no real flavor, it has the simpleness of the classic cookie.
Girl Scout Cookies are in season, and not only are they ruining your body, they are also ruining your spring break funds. The cookies have been selling since the year 1917, and they do a good job at destroying the size of your wallet and your waist. Even though these sugary treats are so good for your taste buds, they are not good for getting your spring break or summer bod in. Each year, 200 million boxes of the cookies are sold; it’s like a gold mine. The treats have a ton of calories in them, with each serving being just two cookies. Approximately, there are 130-170 calories for every two cookies. Studies show that the Thin Mints are the healthiest, with just 160/130 calories for four cookies.
The Girl Scout Cookie Organization has been underrating the most favorite cookies of the population. Popular flavors like Berry Munch, Toffee-tastic, Cranberry Citrus Crisps, Rah-Rah Raisins, and more have been discontinued. More people every year are wondering where their favorite cookies went and why they got rid of them.
This is also a new flavor that has been brought into the Girl Scout world. These cookies are chocolate dipped at the bottom and are very light. This cookie is great for tricking people into thinking it’s okay to eat half a box because they are so lightweight.
Toffee has its flavor in the category only being second to caramel. This cookie is gluten-free, and it’s also 140 calories for every two cookies. Toffee is very sugary and has downsides to
5. Savannah Smiles
This Girl Scout Cookie is one of the new flavors that was released this year. This lemon drop treat is delicious, but it’s okay to have a few at a time because these are one of the least calorie filled with only 140 calories in 5 cookies!
eating them all the time. Just don’t eat too many of them at once; in two cookies, there is 229 calories.
8. Do-si-dos / Peanut Butter Sandwich
Although these aren’t being sold this year, these are the original peanut butter cookies and they’re the one of many underrated sellers for Girl Scout Cookies in the past.
This cookie is gluten free and has a mix of peanut butter and oatmeal ingredients. This treat was once very popular a few years ago, but was discontinued. It’s also one of the more underrated cookies.
10. Rah-Rah Raisins
These cookies are not gluten free, but have oatmeal and guess what? Raisins. A lot of people underrated this cookie because most people prefer chocolate chips instead of raisins.
In conclusion, Girl Scout Cookies are delicious, but dangerous. Don’t eat too many, or your summer body might turn into your winter body. Spring break is just around the corner, so don’t give up your money on getting rid of your summer/spring break figure. Girl Scout Cookies are a blessing and a curse, don’t get tricked.
Samoas, Thin Mints, Tagalongs and S'mores are just a few favorite Girl Scout Cookie choices.
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Warming Up for Summer
Spring break is only a week away. Leaving town and going on fun excursions is fun, but it always comes at a cost. If you’re like me and you never got around to saving up enough money for those plane tickets, then you will be blessed with a vacation week close to home. With tourist season starting up in Myrtle Beach and residents leaving town, many jobs will be opening up, making April the perfect opportunity to get started on your savings.
Babysitting is a great place to start. Not only are the hours easy to work with, but the payment is generous too. According to the website Sokanu.com, the average child-care worker in South Carolina makes a median hourly wage of $8.90. Location can also be a perk of babysitting if you decide to find work around your neighborhood. Besides taking care of the children, other responsibilities--doing the laundry, helping with homework or shopping--might be included with the job. Always make sure you are comfortable with the hours, payment and responsibilities.
Pet sitting is another great way to get started on your savings--especially if you’re an animal lover. The services required can include grooming, walking, bathing, vacuuming and other responsibilities. Dog walking services are the most common. If you choose to take on the challenge of pet sitting, make sure you know what types of pets you are comfortable caring for.
If you’re interested in teamwork, the restaurant business is the way the to go. There are plenty of options and positions available for you and your friends. Besides cooking and working the kitchen, you can be a server, a host, work the cash register or bus the tables. Whether it is a fast food place or a local diner, being a restaurant member has many perks. The restaurant business can grant you with serving skills, cash from tips and sometimes free or discounted food.
There are also other quick and easy ways to make money over spring break without having to go job hunting. Websites such as eBay are always open to sellers and buyers, making the website a great way to make a profit off the items you no longer use. A yard sale is also an effective way to make money the old-fashioned way. The key is advertisement; put flyers around your neighborhood and post ads on Craigslist in order to bring in the customers.
Always be aware of the transportation and time schedule you have available before committing to a job. Whichever job you choose does not have to be permanent, but getting a head start this spring break is crucial for a fun-filled summer vacation. Good luck!
Running Hawaiian 5K is on May 19, 2018 at the NMB Park and Sports Complex.
To sign up or volunteer, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/SC/NorthMyrtleBeach/TheRunningHawaiian
For the student discount, apply the code "BravesXC" when signing up.
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