Journalism at RCS: In the know and on the go

The RCS Journalism staff is committed to keeping the student body, parents, and the community informed about our school, our students and staff, and school events. 

Twice each month, we publish The Bullhorn, a page dedicated to RCS people and events, in The Courier-Times newspaper. We also publish student highlight articles on the RCS Web site, and blog about current events in and around school.

The journalism staff also writes and, in conjunction with the technology department, broadcasts morning announcements on RCS TV. 

Kayla Baker

Hola!  I’m Kayla Baker, a current junior here at Roxboro Community School. I am an aspiring journalist – hoping to major in mass communications and minor in Spanish. My favorite activities involve singing, hanging out with friends, and going to church. One of my favorite quotes is, “Everybody’s at war with different things...I’m at war with my own heart sometimes.” –Tupac

Mackenzie Boston

Hi, I’m Mackenzie Boston.  I’m a proud junior Bulldog at Roxboro Community School (RCS) this year and I’m enjoying RCS journalism so much. My favorite activities include volleyball, spending time with family and friends, and laughing.  Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog!

Maggie Harper

My name is Maggie Harper and I am a sophomore. I like listening to music and reading. In the future I hope to attend Appalachian State University, majoring in communications and media.

Ashlee Haden

I am Ashlee Haden and I am 15 years old. I love hanging out with friends and getting to know new people. I am shy at first, but once I get to know you better I converse easily.

Kaitlyn Elliot

Hello! My name is Kaitlyn Elliott and I am a junior at RCS. I like spending time with friends, getting to know new people, and shopping. I am an outgoing person and enjoy trying new things. I don’t talk very much when I first meet someone, but once I am around you for awhile I am very talkative and have a great personality.

Kaitlin Dixon

Hello there, I’m Kaitlin Dixon. I am a senior this year, and I want to publish a novel one day. My favorite quote is; “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it is better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” –Marilyn Monroe.

Hannah Lunsford

Hi, I’m Hannah Lunsford.  I love playing soccer, tennis, and being happy.  I’m a very cheerful person and I love being here at RCS. Go Bulldogs!

Anderson Clayton

Hello, my name is Anderson Clayton and I attend RCS as a sophomore. I love to read, write, play basketball, hang out with my friends, and volunteer at Grandville Medical Center. I am a very cheerful person, and talking is my specialty. Have a totally fabulous day, Bulldogs!

Alexandra Robinson

My name is Alexandra Robinson and I am a sophomore at Roxboro Community School. I enjoy photography and music. In the future, I have hopes of attending Appalachian State University.


Holiday Extravaganza major fundraising event for RCS

By Anderson Clayton, Assignment Editor

 Roxboro Community School’s (RCS) annual Holiday Extravaganza will be held on Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Holiday Extravaganza will have a raffle drawing, silent auction, and vendors with items to be purchased for Christmas gifts, along with stew by the quart and barbecue sandwiches.

 When asked what the steps in making this event possible were, Melissa Lowery, PTSO past president and head of the event said, “To get the raffle ready would be the first step so we can hurry and send them out for the public to purchase.”

 In the raffle, there are 10 prizes and more than one chance to win.

 The silent auction is one of the main contributors to the money made at the end of the event. Every teacher is asked to donate a basket to the silent auction with items in it relating to the subject that they teach. Parents and the community are also encouraged to donate their own basket.

 Lowery explained that to be a vendor, the price is $30 along with a donation to the silent auction worth $30 as well. To get vendors, the PTSO board members go through a process of starting an email campaign asking everyone who purchased a booth last year, do the same again. By spreading the word, new and interested vendors contact Lowery asking if there is still room for their booth.

 Stew will be sold by the quart along with barbecue sandwiches for a variety of choices.

 Last year, the Holiday Extravaganza raised over $17,000. This money is put into a budget and divided among teachers, students, and emerging technology. Each teacher is given $150 to purchase supplies for his or her room. The students that are going on school-sponsored trips can request money to help aid them with the cost of the trip. This money also goes toward emerging technology, giving RCS the advantage of remaining “in the know” with the latest technology.

 To make changes from last year, Lowery said there will be more decorations such as wreaths and stockings to help “give it that Christmas touch.”

 When asked how long preparation for the event takes, Lowery stated, “It is our major project. It takes six to eight weeks of preparation. We pull in parents and other board members to help with the groundwork of the project.”

 Lowery added that her goal is to make sure everything that day goes smoothly, and the people enjoy the event. 

Nicole Long, future business leader

By Anderson Clayton

Bullhorn Assignment Editor

 Roxboro Community School senior Nicole Long took a voyage of a lifetime this summer. She attended the Martha Guy Summer Institute at Appalachian State.

This summer program is designed specifically for rising seniors who have an interest in majoring in business. Only 24 students are accepted in the state.

 The Summer Institute lasted three weeks total. The first two weeks consisted of taking business classes and going through different workshops on campus. The last week participants went to Washington D.C. for three days and New York for four. The students were introduced to elite business alumni who had graduated from Appalachian State.

When asked about her trip, Long said, “It was amazing. Everybody who was there deserved to be there.”

 Long said she gained communication skills, business skills, organization skills, and everything she felt she would need to succeed in anything. She said it gave her a feel for the campus, what college life was going to be like, and a sense of independence. 

Youth Legislative Assembly

By: Kaitlin Dixon

Bullhorn Reporter

 Glenn Hutchins, Kate Branch, Darby Madewell, and Nicole Long Youth Legislative Assembly (YLA) members shared what they enjoyed about the assembly. Long said that she enjoyed the leadership opportunity offered and found it interesting to hear opinions from all over the state. Hutchins agreed with Long; saying that the assembly became a kind of family.

 Branch enjoyed getting to be a part of the mock government. She said that YLA was a rewarding program, and that she was happy to participate.

 Madewell said the leadership and legislative experience and the opportunity to meet people from other counties was what interested her.

 YLA is a mock government consisting of 200 students from different schools statewide. Here the students create mock bills, discuss the pros and cons of the suggestions, and vote on the bill. Students are generally picked to join the YLA if they display an above average academic standing in both grades and behavior.

 There are ten committees formed in YLA; Education, Environment, Children and Family, Civil Rights, Human Sexuality, Health Affairs, Science and Technology, Substance Abuse, Youth Affairs, and  Judiciary.

 According to the YLA members-their experience will help them in the future. YLA has given them an opportunity to discuss and learn about current events, and they believe that these things will help them make better voting decisions.