Golf team continues progress on challenging courses



The War Memorial Golf Course is the practice location of the TIger golf team

By Ian Djurica, Staff Writer 

Coach Kim Burleson is getting the golf team ready for a strong year. Led by Lance Nolan and Cole Martin, the team is preparing to bring home the trophy in the upcoming state tournament.

“We practice Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays over at First Tee. Just driving range stuff and chipping and putting,” Cole Martin said. “And most of our tournament rounds are played at War Memorial golf course.”

Martin is one of nine guys on the team along with three girls: Skylar Baker, Paige Raborn, and Lauren Shepard.

Junior DJ Williams is hoping to represent the school at the state tournament in three weeks. War Memorial golf course on Markham street has always hosted the Tigers and keeps the course in top shape. The course is a par 64 with short holes and fast greens that test even the most skilled of golfers. With high quality courses and discounts to team members, War Memorial is always beneficial to Central.

After some uncertainty over who would be leading the team, Burleson took charge and is working with the players to build their skills.

“What sets our school apart from others is that Central puts an emphasis not only on improvement, but etiquette as well,” DJ Williams said.

With a certain set of rules unlike other sports, golf requires players to dress presentably and respect the rules of the game, even though there are no referees or judges. Players are expected to treat the course as well as they treat opponents.

“Whether it is good sportsmanship or dressing out, our golf team is always one of the freshest in the district,” Williams said.

Hands-on learning helps teach Biology concepts


Photo by Melissa Donham, Biology teacher

Sophomores Makenna Edwards, Raekwon Rogers, Jack Curtis, and Amanpreet Kaur (left to right) work on DNA models in their Biology class. “The students are working on a hands-on project to learn about the dehydration synthesis of polypeptide bonds,” teacher Melissa Donham said.

Ambitious entrepreneurs establish ‘XA’ design firm

Junior Quentin Anderson and senior Xavier Vaughn plan on their company being more than just a clothing line.

 Photo by Jordan Graft, Junior Quentin Anderson (left) and senior Xavier Vaughn plan on their company being more than just a clothing line.


by Simeon Simmons, Features Editor

If you don’t act on it, your idea is never going to be anything.”

These are words from wise young entrepreneurs, senior Xavier Anthony and junior Quentin Anderson, who say their success is just beginning to break surface.

Xavier and Quentin have recently been promoting their contemporary clothing line, ‘XA’ (Xavier Anthony). However, this is not their first rodeo; they have both had lines of their own prior to ‘XA’. Xavier and his partner Anthony Lemons, who attends Parkview, teamed up to create ‘XA’ with the help of Creative Director, Quentin.

Yet the brand ‘XA’ is not limited to just a clothing line; these entrepreneurs will do almost anything that calls for originality and talent. As a design firm, they are known for assisting many other entrepreneurs like themselves, including photographers, film producers and music artists. They have recently been filming a music video directed by ‘XA’ for a local rapper, known as “Lothraxx”.

“’Xavier Anthony’ is not just a clothing line, ‘Xavier Anthony’ is a design firm,” Xavier said. “We don’t like to label ourselves as a clothing brand because we do way more than just clothes. We’re doing just about anything we can. If we can get our hands on it and get a ‘piece of the pie’ we’re going to try to do that.”

The two don’t plan on “XA” being a high school fantasy, long forgotten, and immediately tossed to the side after graduation. Xavier, Anthony, and Quentin aim to take this brand where “it’s too far to reach.” After high school, they intend to focus on taking their brand to the next level, and being accepted into college to take many courses in design and business. Even though they are focused on their clothing line, that’s not what they would like to limit themselves to.

“Eventually, we’re trying to have ‘XA’ cars, ‘XA’ airplanes; when you go over the bridge, you’ll be in your ‘XA’ shirt,” Quentin said.

As all great entrepreneurs know, the primary goal of starting a business is promoting it, emphasizing on exposure, publicity and pushing the brand into the limelight. ‘XA’ has a lot of big time, upcoming projects, including a four-city tour in Arkansas to Conway, Memphis, Fayetteville and Little Rock. ‘XA’ might also attend the A3C hip-hop festival in Atlanta, Georgia with a good friend of theirs, local rapper, “Lothraxx”. The A3C hip-hop festival includes performances from artists all over America, including upcoming producers and well-known hip-hop artist.

“It’s not necessarily about getting paid; it’s not about that right now. We’re worried about getting exposure, because without exposure, we’re not going to get paid,” Quentin said.

So, you’ve wanted to start a business of your own? Exactly, how do you do that? Xavier and Quentin told their secrets to victory: staying concentrated, getting things done, and receiving the encouraging support from others who are just as passionate about the journey as they are.

“Staying consistent, staying dedicated, being a hundred percent with whatever you’re doing, making sure you have a team, because without a team, you can make it, but it’s so much more support,” Xavier said. “I don’t want to say it’s so much easier to have a team, but it makes the journey less stressful.”

Quentin and Xavier think of their design firm as more of a lifestyle and less of a project. They say they will continue to work through all the difficulties thrown their way and give their brand their all.

“’XA’ is like producing art though a lifestyle,” Quentin said.

2014 Homecoming Court Nominees

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Freshman Nominees:

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‘The Giver’ writes its own story


by Thomas Heye, Staff Writer

When the iconic utopian story The Giver by Lois Lowry was announced to have a big screen adaptation, I wondered what sort of changes director Philip Noyce would implement. Simply put, he changed far too much of the original story, and the movie didn’t’ have the same feel as the book at all.

Noyce did, however, made a few genius decisions as director. First, he filmed the first act in a limited black and white, showing various colors as the protagonist Jonas, played by Brenton Thwaites “discovers them.” The movie also has excellent casting, with Jeff Bridges as “The Giver,” the protagonist’s mentor, and Meryl Streep who plays an excellent bad guy.

The movie could’ve benefited by staying closer to the source material, failing in many aspects to do this. First, Noyce decided to make the story more of a Hunger Games/Twilight forbidden love story. It’s disappointing that the movie strayed from the heavy symbolism the book featured, and that screenwriter Michael Mitnick decided to completely forgo the cliffhanger ending of the book. Instead of the climax being over fear of Jonas dying, it becomes fear of his “romantic interest” dying.

Also, the casting of Taylor Swift as Rosemary, the Giver’s deceased daughter, simply distracts and confuses the audience, which is only a first of many errors by Mitnick and casting directors Venus Kanani and Mary Vernieu. Another mistake was casting of Alexander Skarsgard, who plays Jonas’s father Skargard fails to be a strong character, simply becoming a fragile father, who’s main role in the movie appeared to be long stares into the audience, and looking confused.

Now don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t an awful movie; there were many good parts too. The casting of Odeya Rush as the female protagonist is masterful, and she plays her role excellently. Also, the movie has a few scenes they use as a “flashback” of sorts, where the movie took popular video clips, or as they call them “memories” and the audience watches them. The first clip; one of sledding, is excellent as the stark color it features stands out in a black and white first act. Also, the later clips that feature skydiving and families being happy are excellently done, actually sparking excitement in a relatively dreary and slow film.

When the cards fall, The Giver remains a decent film, backed by a couple of great moves by Noyce and very strong source material. However, it is plagued by a plethora of bad decisions, such as the casting of Taylor Swift, and a weak storyline, that feels like it was taken directly out of The Hunger Games or Divergent. The resulting movie begs the question of what it could’ve been in the hands of a different director.

Ginny’s Declassified National Honor Society Survival Guide

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By Ginny Greer, Managing Features Editor

“Attention National Honor Society: Your service hours are due no later than next Thursday.” More than a few of us groan when we hear this announcement in early May.

All throughout our day we keep thinking to ourselves ,“Oh my stars and stripes, I have to get twenty volunteer hours in ONE WEEK?”

Contrary to what our parents might be yelling at us as we break the news that we will be spending the weekend re-shelving books at the library, our procrastination is not always the result of indifference to humanity. With a year crammed full of research papers, science fair, and AP coursework, it is easy to let something we have the entire year to do get pushed to the back burner.

But I don’t think that twenty service hours begrudgingly completed at the eleventh hour is what our Honor Society leaders have in mind when they implore us to “give of ourselves.”

Here are a few ideas on how to complete the required volunteer work for various clubs in a way that will be morally fulfilling and manageable.


Sure, you can collect an hour or two at a dozen different locations and get the necessary documentation to maintain membership in your clubs. But it is much better to pick a cause that is important to you—assistance to the elderly, mentorship to young children, political activism—and become a regular volunteer at a venue that promotes this cause. Start early in the year doing research to find out where your talents are needed in the Little Rock community and make a phone call to the Volunteer Coordinator of that organization. Try to arrange your schedule so that you can show up on a regular basis to serve. This way, you can build a relationship with the people you are helping, which will make your work more meaningful to you and them both.



When you show up to an organization to offer your service, the members of that organization are (naturally) more focused on what you can do for them than what they can do for you. It is important that the time you give is logged at the organization so that when they are writing your letter in the spring, they have hard proof of the time you gave throughout the year. Each time you check in to your volunteer site, politely remind whoever is in charge that you need to sign in, and before you leave, remind them that you need to sign out. If possible, keep a copy of your log sheet at home so that there is a spare in case the site’s copy is misplaced.



Remember that giving of yourself is more than just showing up. Organizations appreciate volunteers who demonstrate a bright spirit and an open-minded attitude. Make an impression on the people you serve by asking what you can do to help right off the bat rather than waiting for someone to give you an order, shutting off your phone and giving your full focus to your work, and completing your assignments with enthusiasm and engagement.


Every time you show up to volunteer you are building a reputation for yourself and for Central. Even a small number of apathetic or rude volunteers from a particular school can be enough to give an organization a bad impression of the school as a whole. Be mindful of how you conduct yourself when volunteering and you will be more likely to make organizations want to help you get your documentation and be receptive to volunteers from Central in the future.



Callahan Hirrel


Callahan Hirrel is one of the two Executive Editors of The Tiger. The senior enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and soccer, as well as just hangin’ out. He plans on going to college, and entering into the field of astrophysics. Callahan is a professional pizza man at Vino’s Bar and Pub.

Dwayne Joseph


Dwayne Joseph is one of the two Executive Editors of The Tiger. The senior enjoys playing drums, writing, and playing video games. Dwayne plans on attending college, majoring in journalism, and becoming a broadcast news analyst. There are many fun facts about Dwayne, but the one he finds most crucial to his identity is that he LOVES Ramen Noodles.

James Wisener


James Wisener is one of the two Online Editors for The Tiger. The senior enjoys playing guitar, hunting, and watching Netflix. James plans to attend the University of Arkansas and to become a dentist. He enjoys bullying younger staff members and arguing with Ms. Holiman.

Tom Coulter


Tom Coulter is one of the two Online Editors of The Tiger. The senior plans on having a career as a print journalist. Tom enjoys reading, watching movies, playing football, and practicing the piano. Tom plans on watching all top 250 movies on in the near future, and loves his dog Jessie more than life itself.