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Homecoming - Spirit Week

By: Julia Rowland 

The time for spirit week outfits, Homecoming dances, and competitive football games rapidly approaches, so AFHS students should be very excited for the fun and unique Spirit Week ahead.

October 7th: On Monday, be sure to dress like a friend, or several friends, for Multiples Monday. Enjoy spending the day dressing as a twin, or a triplet, or even a sextuplet. Becoming close to friends by dressing identical can help students enjoy the first day of Homecoming week. On that same day, Seniors will be able to pick up their tickets to the homecoming dance, if they purchased them online, in the auditorium lobby with a receipt during lunch, or after school in room 1238.

The Patriot Post wall in the cafeteria gives a schedule of the fun dress-up themes for AFHS’s homecoming week.
The Patriot Post wall in the cafeteria gives a schedule of the fun dress-up themes for AFHS’s homecoming week.

October 8th: After a very unique Monday, Tuesday will have arguably the most relatable theme yet: Vine/Meme/Tik Tok Tuesday. The school will be permitting, and encouraging, students to dress up like their favorite media influence's or meme moments, so don't miss out. Tuesday will also allow Juniors to pick up their tickets in the auditorium lobby, only with a receipt, or after school.

October 9th: The creative theme for Wednesday will be: absolutely nothing. No school on Wednesday! That would be the perfect time for parade organizing or float decorating for students wishing to participate in the AFHS homecoming parade. What better way to show school spirit?

October 10th: After a very well-deserved day off, those still not in the mood to change out of their PJ's won't have to. Pajama Day has been reintroduced to high school and will be occurring on Thursday. Feel free to come to school in comfy, but appropriate, pajamas and practice quadratic equations snuggled up with a blanket. During this day, Sophomores get their turn to pick up their ordered dance tickets in the auditorium lobby, with a receipt, or after school.

October 11th: After a very unique and interesting week, Friday's theme has been declared Patriot Pride, each student should try to wear red, white and blue to show school spirit. During lunch, Freshman will finally have the chance to pick up tickets in the auditorium lobby, so hang on to the receipt.

On Friday, the Homecoming parade lineup will start at 3:30pm at Apex Nature Park. The event officially begins at 5:00pm and ends at AFHS Student Parking lot. Stick around after the parade for food, games, and St. Baldrick's Fundraiser as soon as the parade ends near the tennis courts behind the school. Don't leave just yet! At 7:00pm there will be an unmissable football game: Apex Friendship vs. Apex. Come show AFHS some support and cheer on the team.

October 12th: The day of dancing, diners and drive-ins finally arrives on Saturday, October 12th. To attend the AFHS Homecoming dance, show up at school with a ticket and ID in hand at 8:00pm to enter through the main doors by the front office. The doors close at 9:15pm and will not reopen, so make sure to arrive before then. The dance ends at 11:00pm, and remember, there will be no reentry throughout the dance. Only 750 people can attend due to limited space and the fire code.

Look for any extra information on posters around the school or ask Ms. Wooten for more details. This AFHS Homecoming week will be a memorable, unique, and entertaining time for all, so show some school spirit by participating in these unifying activities starting October 7th.

Fun and Games at NC State Fair 

By Madison Stone

Mentions of the annual NC State Fair brings to mind images of brightly colored carnival games, golden funnel cakes topped with powdered sugar, and a Ferris wheel that will test anyone with a fear of heights. From Thursday, October 17th, to Sunday, October 27th, the fair will bring together people young and old to enjoy the activities and revel in the excitement.

History

The NC State Fair had its start in 1853, when the State Agricultural Society decided to hold a four day long event that would bring over 4,000 fairgoers. After a brief break from 1861-1868 due to the Civil War, the fair reopened in 1869 and continued until 1942 where it again was put on hold during World War II.

Much has changed as evidenced by even a small set of facts. In 1895, the main attraction of the fair, chicken incubators, brought people from all over the surrounding area, and not until 1884 did the fair first use electricity.

Prices have also changed drastically. In 1960, adult admission cost $.75 and child admission cost $.35, around $6.50 and $3.03 in today's money. Now anyone ages 13-64 can expect to pay from $10-$13 for admission.

What's New?

This year, fairgoers can look forward to many exciting additions being unveiled. The fair has announced the debut of the State Fair SkyGazer, a new 155 foot tall Ferris Wheel. Fairgoers can also eagerly await new entertainment such as Bandaloni. According to www.ncstatefair.org, "Bandaloni is an amazing, jaw dropping 100% live musical one man band show with loads of audience interaction, humor and astounding novelty tricks executed on his custom made guitar and drum rig."

Visitors should also look out for the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Boom Run where Paul Bunyan Lumberjacks will race across logs over 4 feet of water. The fair has also announced a performance from the Street Drum Corps, a world-renowned, high energy, drum and percussion show formed in Los Angeles in 2004 that performs on musical tours, performing art centers, festivals, theme parks, sporting events, fairs, cruise ships, military bases, private parties, schools and colleges.

Impact

Throughout history, the fair has been a symbol of unity and coming together for good. In 1965, despite the Civil Rights Movement and subsequent unrest, African-American and white 4-H groups competed together at the fair for the first time. Furthermore, in 2009, fairgoers donated a record 222,956 pounds of food on Food Lion Hunger Relief Day to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC. Today, the fair serves as a document of North Carolina throughout the ages. As the official website says, "Beyond the bright lights of the Midway, the N.C. State Fair has focused on celebrating our state's agricultural heritage." The Village of Yesteryear attraction proudly displays antique farm machinery, historical photos, and traditional Native American crafts such as hand-coiled pottery, beadwork and stone carving.

Discounts

There happen to be many available options for students and families who wish to enjoy the fair on a budget. On October 18th, students can take advantage of a $8 admission ticket by presenting their school identification or their 2018/2019 report card at the ticket booth. On Food Lion Hunger Relief Day on October 24th, fairgoers can get in for free by bringing six cans of food as a donation. Also, for all active-duty service members, reservists, retirees, National Guardsmen and their dependents, a daily military discount will be available.

Get involved

For high school students who wish to get involved, the fair has many options. Many students from Wake County, as well as surrounding areas, choose to partake in competitions and horse shows. Competitions exist for almost every area of interest: baking, art, crocheting, writing, and even pumpkin carving. For students who may be less competitive, the fair has released an official 2019 scavenger hunt. You can print a list off of the website and choose from three options: Elementary, Middle, or High School. Countless scholarships have also been made available for many areas of competition as prizes.

Senior vs. Freshman First Day

By: Julia Rowland

The end of summer marks the beginning of a new school year filled with academic resolutions to be broken by week three, new pencils to be broken by week two, and first day jitters to be remembered throughout the year.

The first day of school holds vast differences for Freshmen, who have just begun their high school journey, and Seniors, who, at this point, often just want to get it over with already. When asked about their first day of school this year, these Seniors and Freshmen gave a variety of different answers.

Sofia Swenson (12)
Sofia Swenson (12)

"When I was a freshman, I didn't know my way around very well...Now that I'm a senior, although I was nervous, it was more of an excitement because it was my last year." 

Addison Tate (9)
Addison Tate (9)

"It was pretty good. It was really overwhelming and there were a lot of people, but I think I'm really excited about having that many people. It was a lot bigger than I expected. The hallways looked bigger at open house than at school and stuff."

Lilly Adkins (9)
Lilly Adkins (9)

"My first day was really stressful, but I have an older sibling here so he helped me a lot and I made new friends, too. It was pretty much what I expected...but it's so much bigger than middle school."

Benjamin Rowland (12)
Benjamin Rowland (12)

"I guess I came in knowing what to expect. I was much more relaxed than I was on the first day [when] I had no idea what to expect from my fellow teachers and classmates."

Lilly Podvojsky (12)
Lilly Podvojsky (12)

"I remember my first day of Freshman year when I went into school feeling really nervous about starting at a new school. My first day of Senior year has been significantly better, because I already know what to expect and I'm excited to be one step closer to graduation!" 

Zachary Culpepper (9)
Zachary Culpepper (9)

"I got lost a couple times, but it went kinda smoothly. It was fine. It wasn't terrible or anything like in the movies. It was ok. I didn't expect anything bad, obviously."

Teachers New to Apex Friendship

By: Julia Rowland

As stressful and nerve-wracking as first days can be for students, first day jitters do not pertain only to them. Numerous new teachers have joined the AFHS staff this year with stress about beginning the year with new minds to mold, new hallways to navigate, and new protocol to learn.

Ms. Joyce, English
Ms. Joyce, English

When asked about how to describe her first day here, Ms. Joyce, English, said, "My first day was incredibly overwhelming in the sense that I am learning new protocol, and although we had a week of teacher workdays, I still don't know how things work here, so that was overwhelming. But overall, every teacher that I meet is really happy to be here, so the first day was a positive experience."

Ms. Brooks, Dance
Ms. Brooks, Dance

Ms. Brooks, dance, had a similar experience, stating, "I would describe my first day as very welcoming and supportive. I have a really amazing arts team that made me feel welcomed and feel like I had all of the tools I needed to be successful the first day. I also had an opportunity to meet some of my students prior to the first day which then helped the transition from meeting everyone new all at once."

Ms. Carmanate, English
Ms. Carmanate, English

Ms. Carmanate, English, also had a positive first day, answering, "Lovely and it went smoothly. It was pretty much what I expected. [Previously] I worked at West Millbrook Middle School. I taught language arts. [Now] it's a lot more students. My classes were a lot smaller last year, a lot younger kids, so it was not a lot more hand holding this year.

Mr. Whitley, Tech Theater
Mr. Whitley, Tech Theater

Mr. Whitley, tech theater, also feels excited to be here this year, saying that his first day was, "Exhilarating, yet terrifying. It was really exciting seeing all of these new faces and having a classroom to call my own, but it's an intimidating first step to make, being a recent graduate, but I couldn't imagine myself at any other school, so I was very excited to be here. I had a lot of nervous energy that first day that carried me through, but it was still an exciting experience."