FFA Takes Christmas into Its Own Hands
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By: Stephanie Lino-Perez
Every year Future Farmers of America (FFA) participates in Angel Tree.  Angel Tree is a program that helps children who are less fortunate. Angel Tree is also a program that is with the …

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Forestville Students Steal the Show
December 12, 2014 – 3:14 PM | No Comment
FRES student Mallory Alford holds an arabesque with fellow ballerinas.  Photo courtesy of Lori Anderson.

FRES student Mallory Alford holds an arabesque with fellow ballerinas while modern, hip hop, and African groups look on. Each elementary student performed with her own high school group of dancers during this set.
Photo courtesy of Lori Anderson.

By: Nicole Ferraro

FRES students Ava Anderson, Ella Anderson, Jayla Anderson, and Mallory Alford were excited to perform with KHS Dance. Photo courtesy of Lori Anderson.

FRES students Ava Anderson, Ella Anderson, Jayla Washington, and Mallory Alford were excited to perform with the KHS Dance team.
Photo courtesy of Lori Anderson.

If anyone has watched the dance team perform lately, they might have seen a few unfamiliar faces. Four students from Forestville Elementary joined the Knightdale Dance Team for a very special performance.

While thinking of an idea to perform for Pieces of Gold, an arts show hosted by Wake County, the idea occurred to dance adviser Cathy Wills to invite some young girls from Forestville. After asking around, the team learned three teachers from Knightdale High School have daughters who dance and attend Forestville Road Elementary School. English teacher Gayle Alford’s daughter Mallory is a first grader, attendance manager Antoinette Washington’s daughter Jayla is a third grader, and English teacher Lori Anderson’s two daughters Ella and Ava are in fourth and third grades respectively. With parent permission and permission from their principal, the girls began attending weekly Wednesday practices to learn their choreography.

FRES student Jayla Washington gets down with the other African dancers.  Photo courtesy of Lori Anderson.

FRES student Jayla Washington gets down with the other African dancers.
Photo courtesy of Lori Anderson.

The idea behind the piece was four young girls are playing with their toys when their “mom” tells them to start cleaning up. As they put their toys back into their toy box they hear a loud knock. The young girls go to open the box, where a live ballerina fairy appears. The fairy puts a magical spell on the door and dancers of all styles run into the room. Each girl danced with a different style. Mallory was a ballerina, Jayla an African dancer, Ella a hip hop performer, and Ava a modern mover. High school students choreographed each dance for the performance. Ella Anderson, the hip hop dancer, said, ”It was really cool dancing with all the high school students and learning the hip hop dance. I really appreciate them teaching me the dance. It makes me want to take more dance lessons in the future.”

FRES student Ava Anderson and other modern dancers move onto centerstage.  Photo courtesy of Lori Anderson.

FRES student Ava Anderson and other modern dancers move onto centerstage.
Photo courtesy of Lori Anderson.

The girls and the dance team auditioned for Pieces of Gold, a local arts competition held by Wake Education Partnership, on December 4th and then performed the dance in the winter recital on December 11th. Unfortunately, the team did not make the cut for Pieces of Gold but enjoyed working with the young girls and modeling different styles of dance. The collaboration with the elementary students was definitely a worthwhile experience for all involved.

FRES student Ella Anderson performs with the hip hop group.  Photo courtesy of Lori Anderson.

FRES student Ella Anderson performs with the hip hop group.
Photo courtesy of Lori Anderson.

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Louis Looks for Leaving Students
December 11, 2014 – 5:10 PM | No Comment
Louis Looks for Leaving Students

 
By: Dylan Bobbitt

The end of the semester is approaching, and with the workload slowing down, so is students’ work ethic. Many students think that they can make a quick escape through the parking lot and …

Knightdale Tramples Wake Forest
December 11, 2014 – 5:05 PM | No Comment
Knightdale Tramples Wake Forest

 
By: Deon Bridges
Knightdale High School Varisty Basketball Team works its way to start off the season 5-1 after getting its fifth win against Wake Forest High. The Knights dominated Wake Forest 70-57 on Tuesday night. …

Decorate Your Tree With Traditions
December 11, 2014 – 4:57 PM | No Comment
Decorate Your Tree With Traditions

By: Kori Robertson
This holiday season, instead of just putting up a tree and throwing random ornaments on it, start a new family tradition.  Many families all over the world who celebrate Christmas have their own …

Polyvinyl Chloride or Cyprus? It’s your call.
December 11, 2014 – 4:39 PM | No Comment
Polyvinyl Chloride or Cyprus? It’s your call.

By: Shane Hardy and Leah Yuhas
Christmas time is around the corner and people are getting into the Christmas spirit. One of the symbols of Christmas time is the tree. Many people spend time looking for …

Antonio Watson Steals The Spotlight
December 11, 2014 – 4:37 PM | No Comment
Antonio Watson Steals The Spotlight

By: Elizabeth Snotherly and Jamare Silver
So far Knightdale’s men’s varsity basketball team has a record of five wins one loss without even starting conference games yet, which is very impressive seeing how they have been …

Disney World Here We Come!
December 11, 2014 – 4:34 PM | No Comment
Disney World Here We Come!

By: Alexavier Lucas
Here at Knightdale High School the dance teacher Mrs. Catherine Wills and her dance students are going on an amazing trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida after Christmas. They leave on December …

Let’s get into the Holiday Spirit
December 11, 2014 – 4:32 PM | No Comment
Let’s get into the Holiday Spirit

By: De’Shawn Grandchamps
All of us have different holiday traditions around this time of year. Some people have special Christmas festivities they part take in and some people don’t even celebrate Christmas. Around Knightdale there are …

Christmas Is on Its Way
December 11, 2014 – 4:31 PM | No Comment
Christmas Is on Its Way

By: Ricardo Solis
Christmas is on its way and there are many people who are excited for it. Many people think the best way to spend this holiday is with family and friends. whether it’s the …

Uh Oh, Here Comes Christmas Stumbles onto Knightdale’s Stage
December 11, 2014 – 12:57 PM | No Comment
Uh Oh, Here Comes Christmas Stumbles onto Knightdale’s Stage

By: Lindsey Boyette and Venea King
The Knightdale Repertory Theatre has been working diligently for the past two months on the Christmas musical Uh Oh, Here Comes Christmas that debuted on December 4th. The rehearsal process …

Shadow and Bone Slides into the Library
December 11, 2014 – 12:43 PM | No Comment
Shadow and Bone Slides into the Library

By: Michelle Huang
One of the many books in our Knightdale library is Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo.  This book rates a seven out of ten, due to the story, characters, and the setting.
The story is …