Robert E. Lee High School’s

The Traveller

Issue #12

May 2014-2015

Articles written by the students of Mr. Brown’s Photojournalism classes. Edited and uploaded by Lee High Senior Emma Sue Sims.

We hope you enjoy the last issue of The Traveller for the 2014-2015 school year. If you have enjoyed what we have created please like, share, and follow. When the new editor arrives in the fall of the next school year, we will continue to share exciting work with our school and the world. Enjoy your summer and next years students will be back with you in the fall!


 grad caps

Senior Graduation Party of 2015

By: Hannah Flavin

The senior graduation party is soon approaching and I want to give the 411about the party. The graduation party is on Thursday, June 4th from 7:00-10:00 P.M. The theme is Hawaiian Luau and it is taking place in the Lee High Gymnasium.

Some of the activities at the party will include an obstacle course, limbo, giant jenga, and other fun games. There will also be great music and good food. There will be a photo booth present as well so that you and all your closest friends can capture such a great memory. Raffle tickets will also be drawn and prizes given out to the winners.

This is an awesome way to win things for college if you are planning to attend after Lee High. It will also be a nice way to celebrate the end of the school year and graduation with all your closest friends one last time. Don’t miss out on this great experience!

Summer Jobs

By: Willson Baxley

Most of the seniors that are preparing for the next step in their lives are beginning to comprehend the reality that they will be needing to get some cash in their pockets fast. So, it is time to start looking for a summer job. There are plenty of part-time job opportunities for every high schooler in the Valley, but they just have to find them. Many employers are specifically looking for part-time employees for summer work because most businesses need an extra pair of hands in the summer time.

Many of us can be rather picky about our summer job choice, but remember that it will only be for two or three months of work. It is not too late to start looking for a job in the area whether it be at a restaurant, a grocery store, a farm, or even just babysitting. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends, family, or teachers if they know of any opportunities or even if they need help because they could be the gateway to your next paycheck.

Prom Court 2015

By: Natalie Fitzgerald

This year, the prom theme was old hollywood. Beautiful lights were strung about the room and cardboard cutouts of classic famous people were lined up against a wall. A hit with the students was the photo booth and snacks and drinks were quickly gobbled up. Of course, halfway through the dance, prom court was brought to the stage and the winners were announced.

Senior Court                                                                                              Junior Court

Claire Venn – Alex Kearney                                                                      Summer Woodard – Bradley Freeman

Anne-Charles Dod – Josh Spradlin                                                         Anna Lightner – Phillip Grau

Emma Sue Sims – Nate Larramore                                                        Taylor Knighting – Jaylen Williams

For the junior class, Bradley Freemen and Summer Woodard were pronounced prince and princess.


For the senior class, Emma Sue Sims and Nate Larramore were pronounced prom King and Queen.

king queen

Washi Tape

By: Mari-Peyton Kouchinsky

Awash new crafting sensation is sweeping across the nation. Washi literally meanwashhs “Japanese paper.” Before there was washi tape, washi paper was commonly used for origami, scrapbooking, and decorating. It is generally made from bamboo, hemp, rice, or wheat. Traditionally, it was made from the gampi tree. Finally someone had the brilliant idea to to
transfer these fun prints and creative ideas on to tape. This tape usually differs from common tape because it can be reused and does not generally leave behind sticky residue. Washi tape is the perfect tool to have in your crafting tool box because it can be used for hundreds of projects. These fun and practical tapes can be found online and in craft stores near you.

Riots in Baltimore

By: Chelsea Church

Twenty-five year old Freddie Gray died while in custody of the police, which led to multiple riots and proteriotsts in Baltimore, Maryland. The handling of these outbreaks led to more disaster. Many people anticipated destruction would occur from this death, which could be a reason it got so bad. Since people knew this was going to happen, there should have been extra precautions done to prevent these riots from happening.

The riots sparked from high school students posting on social media about a “purge.” The police shared that there were going to be many gangs and groups banding together to attack the police. They had to decide whether to hold back to avoid more violence, or to stop it before it happened. They definitely did not expect these children to get to this level of violence.. The riot escalated quicker than expected and authorities were not prepared.

There were 300 police officers at the Mondawmin Mall in order to stop the riot from happening. Their main challenge though was the age group. Kids from the ages of 14 to 17 came out to make trouble. This is difficult because they are old enough to know better, but they are still kids which makes it hard to use force on them.

These riots got way out of hand. As a citizen, there is a right to protest; however, these people took advantage of that. There is a difference between peaceful protest and destructive protest, which is not okay. The police did try to take control, but it definitely was not an easy task.

This was one of the many riots that occurred in Baltimore. The riots kept progressing and getting worse. This is sad and unfortunate that it came to this, but it is slowly calming down and regaining peace, but every police involved incident does spark a little fire.

Senior Capstones

By: Jordan Huffer

As a junior asvt Shenandoah Valley Governor’s school, we are currently in a two week seminar preparing us for our senior capstone. A senior capstone is a project all seniors at Gov School must do, that incorporates their Gov School curriculum. The project must be something that takes time, it cannot be done in a day, and must service the community in some way. One may also take part in a mentorship as a capstone. Capstones are a way to help the community, and to leave a mark wherever you help. Currently we are looking at a lot of power points, and a lot of examples of projects. We are learning who to contact, and how to talk to them or what to say. Senior capstones are a large part of senior year at SVGS, and preparing for these projects is very important.

Plastic to Oil

By:Philipp Grau


For years there  have been arguments about Global Warming through CO2 emissions and trash in the ocean. There have also been worries of there not bring enough oil for human consumption.What if we had the technology to find a solution for all these problems? Blest Corporation, a japanese company, after fifteen years of researching, experimenting, and trying found the solution .  The company found a way to get around burning the plastic which causes poison gases, like CO2 and PVC.

These gases pollute our valuable planet everyday and also increase the risk of diseases and aggravate respiratory ailments such as asthma and emphysema. They may also cause rashes, nausea, headaches, or damage in the nervous system, kidney, liver, or in the reproductive and development systems. The machinethey designed converts plastic to oil. It works by melting the plastic under pressure, after that the gas molecules get directed into a closed water container through a pipe, the molecules cool down and because oil. Since oil is lighter than water, it floats so it is easy to separate the two liquids. After separating the oil from the water, you can distillate the oil by a method called Fractional Distillation. With that you can get Gasoline, Diesel ,and Kerosene.This invention doesn’t just protect the earth from pollution but it also saves resources.

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                                                        Summer Plans of 2015

                                                        By: Jordan Mooneyhamy

Looking for something to do this summer? Here are some ideas just to do in Virginia:

  1. Volunteer in your community; there’s always something to do to help out!
  2. Get employed; it’s a great way to spend time making money.
  3. Visit colleges; it’s always a good idea to get an idea of where you would like to go.
  4. Go to the park; you can exercise or feed the ducks.
  5. Swim! The park pool has a cheap admission and you can stay all day! (Be sure to reapply sunscreen)
  6. Go shopping; there’s always a mall to hit or a sale to catch.
  7. Have a picnic; it’s always a good, peaceful meal.
  8. Get ice cream; there are plenty of places to get ice cream in Staunton.

Spring/Summer Recipe

By: Claire Venn

As spring and supopmmer roll around, cookouts and many outside events are taking place in the beautiful warm weather. I have found a dessert recipe online that is fluffy and very yummy; Heavenly Angel Food Cake. This light, cake dessert can be served as a whole or cut into miniature bite size pieces. You will have your guests begging to come back for more! When preparing this dessert, it should only take about fifteen minutes. You will need two and a half cups of sugar, one and a half cups of all-purpose flour, one fourth teaspoon salt, two and a half cups of egg whites, one teaspoon cream of tartar, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, one teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, lemon cream cheese frosting, and if you want to add a pretty garnish on top, you can add gumdrop rose petals, or fresh mint leaves. This recipe will take 35 minutes to bake and one hour to cool. First preheat your oven to 375*.

 Line bottom and sides of a 13- x 9-inch pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides of pan. (Do not grease pan or foil.) Sift together first 3 ingredients. Then you will want to beat egg whites and cream of tartar at high speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold in sugar mixture, 1/3 cup at a time, folding just until blended after each addition. Fold in vanilla and lemon juice. Spoon batter into prepared pan. (Pan will be very full. The batter will reach almost to the top of the pan.) Finally, bake at 375° on an oven rack one-third up from bottom of oven 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Invert cake onto a lightly greased wire rack; let cool, with pan over cake, 1 hour or until completely cool. Remove pan; peel foil off cake. Transfer cake to a serving platter. Spread Lemon-Cream Cheese Frosting evenly over top of cake. Garnish, if desired. This yummy dessert will impress your guests while impressing your wallet as well!

Staunton Jams

By: Kat Carr

Picture taken by local hair salon co-owner Noelia Nunez.

While some people were getting ready for prom, others were at downtown Staunton for the annual Staunton Jams celebration on May 16th from noon to 10pm. Each year there is a large variety of musicians and activities for the kids and if you get hungry there are plenty of family owned restaurants ready to provide you with their own style of gourmet food.

Sophomore Jacob Warner discussed his experience at Staunton jams. He said that he’s gone a few years in a row and he’s always enjoyed it. He enjoys listening to the music, talking to friends, and eating at Baja Bean. English teacher, David Marino said that he enjoyed his experience as well. He enjoys sitting on the sidewalk with either a soda or Gatorade and relaxing while listening to the local bands. Junior Collin Yurish likes Staunton Jams especially for the walking around and eating at the local downtown restaurants. If you missed this year’s event, be sure to go to next year’s for good music and fun for everyone.

Senior Day

By: Abbey Kincheloe

Seniors in chorus performed ‘Stand By Me’

This past Friday, Lee High School was given the opportunity to celebrate our seniors! This senior day was a combination of all things good: music, laughter, and even some tears. The underclassmen sat in awe as many seniors won significant awards and talked about their future plans. Who would have known that Alex Kearney has had perfect attendance since kindergarten, or that in the class of 2015 sat the first student to ever attend an Ivy League school, Cady van Assendelft? The assembly moved forward with an emotional speech given by president, Angela Bailey, who reminded us that if we never suffered through the rain, we would never be able to lay in the flowers. After the senior speech was th
e senior song which was done beautifully by the members of the chorus class. they invited us to stand by them as the class of 2015 begins their exciting journey. Finally, to end an excellent senior day came the superlatives. Here are the results!

Superlative Winners 2015

Most Athletic: Angela Bailey and Alex Kearney IMG_3534

 Most School Spirit: Lauren Smith and Willson Baxley


Biggest Flirt: Hannah Flavin and Jay Fitzgerald


Best Dressed: Ruthie Schultz and SethBerry


Class Clown: Adrian Gilmer and Dalton Dabney


Most Original: Kari Issacson and Jake Riddle


Best Personality: Claire Venn and Hunter Purcell


Most Talented: Hannah Crider and Graham McDowell


Cutest Couple: Emma Sue Sims and Nate Larramore


Most Likely to be Successful: Cady van Assendelft and Gus Hollberg


Community Service Projects at Lee High School

By: Junior Jordan Mooneyham and Senior Willson Baxley

The students of Lee High School have been active in trying to improve the environment of the high school by doing student led activities. Some examples are the upperclassmen helping to develop student leadership and the new tulip garden that was planted in front of the school. A major foundation of these activities come from the student led group called, “The Lee Leaders”, which is supervised by our assistant principal, Mrs. Lori Swortzel; furthermore, this group is made up of students who have volunteered to participate in the various activities the group has organized.

Throughout the 2014-2015 school year many students have been involved in many clubs such as; Key Club, Student Council Association, Future Business Leaders of American, Fellowship of Student Athletes, and the National Honor Society. All of these organizations have participated and organization events such as; the canned food drive, the blood drive, and clothing drive. Many of these ideas are thought up of the students within the clubs/groups, and their supervisors/sponsors help them organize these events.

Lee High has a lot of leadership from the students composed of each grade level whether it be on the field, in the classroom, or outside of school. These leaders take the role of setting good examples for the lower classmen and peers amongst them, and also being involved with the many clubs that are available to all students at Lee. The facility of Lee High School tries to make sure that these leadership skills get passed on to the rising classes of Lee, so that this strong leadership does not fail.


The brand new Tulip garden planted in front of Lee was organized and completed by the plus-block classes of Mr. Shutt, Mr. Marino, and Ms. Tacy. These red tulips really bring a refreshing and vibrant look to the bushes and trees in front of the building, and the school really appreciates the work and time that was put in by all three classes to make that project a success.


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