Above & Beyond: Beck educates, inspires students

by Taylor Smith/Online Editor 

There is a commonly believed saying that those who can’t do, teach but Ginger Beck, an English teacher at Hamilton Learning Academy proves that the best teachers can do both.

Ginger Beck, a native of Greenville, Mississippi, is in her 14 year as a teacher. Her career as a teacher has not hindered her from exploring her other issues outside of teaching. All of her interests ranging from country music, art, to creative writing.

Prior to beginning her education career, Beck attended University of Arkansas at Monticello where she received her Bachelor’s in English and secondary education. She later earned a Master’s in Creative Nonfiction.

Beck’s relationship with teaching is just as unique as the rest of her. Unlike many of her peers, teaching was not what she always wanted to do.

“I never really consciously set out to do it. I just did it. It called to me and I answered,” Beck said. In school I always helped my peers when they were having trouble, but I was by far not the teacher's pet. I did do AmeriCorps before completing my degree and did a lot of tutoring with elementary and middle school children during that time.”

Drama goes green for next generation

Drama teacher Kimberly Dade took her classes to Wilson Elementary School on Friday April 22. The purpose of the field trip was to teach the children about conservation and protecting the environment. The Central students began by showing what litter is like in public areas by spreading some trash item along the schools library floor.

School trips offer new experiences, learning

The first stop on our adventure in France was Nice, which had gorgeous beaches and extravagant shopping.

by Anna Norman/Voices Editor

Everyone loves fieldtrips.  From day trips to out-of-town museums, to volunteer opportunities down the street, virtually any student will jump at the chance to miss a little school and have a lot of fun.  It’s a happy situation for everyone (besides teachers of course).

No field trip is more fun, however, than those that require a suitcase, a plane ticket, and a passport.  School trips to other countries provide students with a lot of fun and a whole lot of learning opportunities, often for a much cheaper price.

Every year, Spanish teacher Timothy Hughes takes students in Spanish classes on a trip to Guatemala over spring break, giving them an opportunity to practice their language skills and experience a new culture.

I was fortunate enough to go on a similar trip to France my junior year with former French teacher Jan Nixon, and the experience was irreplaceable. I’m also lucky enough to be able to go on Art History Teacher Jennie Cooper’s trip to Italy this summer. 

 Most school trips like this are done through EF Tours, and although they are slightly cheesy and a bit touristy, they are definitely a great way to travel the world as a student.

Relay relies on teamwork, trust

Andre Bailey and Terence Jones practice their handcuffs for an upcoming track meet. The Tigers chose to switch up the relay order, requiring extra work from the seasoned runner. 

by Thomas Heye/Sports Editor (photo by Thomas Heye)

For most athletes, track is an individual sport. They will start on their own, run on their own, and finish on their own. On each team however, four athletes are grouped together, the fastest possible combination, in order to compete and win the 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter relays.

Central’s 4x100 meter relay is composed of seniors Winston Heard, Richard Hayes, Joshua Lacey, and sophomore Andre Bradley.

“It’s hard to not get caught up in the hype,” Heard said. “You have to stay focused on the baton and getting the handoff right.”

Legally Blonde production dazzles crowd: breathtaking performances steal show

Star player Anna Grace Estes as Elle Woods evolved from a seemingly dim-witted sterotypical blonde to a smart, indepedent woman. Her evolution was perfectly depicted through colorful costumes, sensational choregraphy and melodic numbers backed by a diverse-chrous.

by Markayla Johnson/Staff Writer (photo courtesy by Thomas Heye)

Anime offers gateway for common interests

Similar to Netflix and Hulu, Crunchyroll is website that offers a wide selection of anime and drama to users who sign up as a regular or premium member. However, since advertisements appear every five or ten minutes for regular members, most people visit various websites for free streaming videos.

by Cameron Thomas/Lifestyle Editor (photo courtesey of  Google Images)

Day in the Life: Yasmine Rahman strives for greatness

Rahman replicates the hands that create her masterpieces and hard work.

by Jada Henry/Staff Writer

Junior Yasmine Rahman walks through the halls each day with a perceptive view of her surroundings. Not only does she see what the average eye does, but her creativity allows for a multidimensional outlook of her surroundings, feeding her artistic spirit.

Musical artists embrace black culture, adds spark to ongoing movement

The controversial performances of both artists Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce, were viewed nationally, their subliminal messages giving mixed emotions among watchers. The responses ranged from shock to pride to even some being offended.

by Simeon Simmons/Master Designer and Taylor Smith/Online Editors