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Bull City Lights, Shine On

Staff Writer, Jules Woodward

Starting way back in the fall of 2010, Voyager Academy High School was born, and with it a chorus that would continue to amaze audiences now. Every year, they travel to different places and compete against other high schools. To compete, they have to start practices early in August. They began practice two days before school even started, to learn the choreography for their opener and closer for their competitions that would begin in the spring.

At the end of every school year, Ms. Deans and Mrs. Hobgood hold auditions for the placement classes for the upcoming year. Not only do they decide who gets into Bull City Lights, they also assemble classes to have a good balance of singing sections. The sections typically range from Soprano, Second Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Baritone/Bass. Soprano’s have the highest pitch out of the choral group. Alto’s tend to represent the females with a lower range and males are usually placed on the lower register of the scale.

Each day, they start with warm ups for their voice, just as someone would stretch before a marathon, people wouldn’t start singing without warming up. They then go through the solfege scale. The solfege is a singing exercise and can be used to practice sight reading vocal music. The solfege scale goes through an octave, and it goes like this: Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Do. Every other Monday, they practice from two to five with choreography, not only that, but Friday and Saturday they have choreography offsite from nine to four.

What is all this for? Competitions; the choral group competes in Florida in March for Nationals and the go to Virginia in March. Not only do they compete outside of school, but they also have both a Spring Choral Show and a Fall Choral Show.

Leigha Hofmann, a Freshman, decided to audition for chorus because her older brothers have participated in chorus, and Leigha was an audience member of the past competitions. She told The Viking Tide, “it looked really fun, and chorus was able to bring a group of people together.”As this is her first year, she is likely to take chorus for all four years of high school. Everyone in chorus was completely open to having freshmen in their class, even the upperclassman, who naturally tend to bend away from freshmen.

Abel Holleman, a Sophomore, was telling The Viking Tide about why he decided to audition for chorus; he said that the chorus group has the opportunity to go on some “pretty awesome trips”, as well as the fact that he enjoyed singing and dancing. He plans on taking chorus all four years of high school. This year has differed from last year, in the sense that they have harder songs, and both different and harder choreography. If students want to participate in the competitions, Abel recommends putting away a thousand dollars each year. Not to worry, there are tons of fundraisers to help decrease the cost.

Chloe Dixon, a Senior, told me about how she has taken chorus all four years of high school and she really recommends taking chorus for everyone. Chorus brings individuals of all grade levels together. Chorus also brings a family relationship for everyone, in the halls of Voyager Academy, they always say “hey” and talk to one another. She also loves to perform and she has also performed in the school spring musical for the last two years. Even though the weekend practices are a hassle, it’s always worth it when it comes to be competition weekend.

Overall, many of the student who take chorus recommend that if  a student loves to perform, would like to travel and compete in new places, and would love an easy way to meet many people, they should audition for chorus next May. If students have a couple of spare weekends, they shouldn’t forget to go out and support VAHS chorus for their Spring and Fall choral show. F

inally, don’t forget to stop by Mrs. Hobgood or Ms. Dean’s rooms to get more information later in the year on auditioning and being a member of the Lights at Voyager.

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Should Apple’s new iphone cost one thousand dollars?

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Apple released a new iPhone on September 13, 2017: The iPhone X. Before the release, the cost was rumored to be around thousand dollars. This would have been an significant increase in price compared to the average cost of previous iPhone. The average selling price of an iPhone is $605. The Viking Tide wanted to know about how the students and administrators of Voyager Academy felt about the new iPhone. We asked them if they would buy it, if Apple’s demographic of buyer change due to the significant price increase, and if the modifications of the iPhone is worth the price increase?

The significant price increase is due to the new features added to the iPhone. The major hardware changes are an edge-to-edge OLED screen, glass front and back and stainless steel frame. This is the first time Apple has put glass on the front and back. The OLED screen improves color accuracy, high contrast ratio, and true blacks. The major software changes are facial recognition, higher iPhone display resolution and wireless charging. The facial recognition allows you to simply raise the device, look at it, and swipe up on the screen to unlock the device and use Apple Pay. The iPhone X has the highest iPhone resolution ever with 458 pixels per inch. The X can now charge by being placed on an inductive charging pad.

We asked Ms.Wolfe, the English teacher for juniors and sophomores, if she would she buy the new iPhone. She said, “No, I don’t even have the new 7 and the reviews from the 7 don’t sound that great.” She went on to criticize the changes that were made to the iPhone 7 which lead to the next question; are the modifications of the phone worth the price increase? Her response was, “No, they are not they are just trying to get the money from people who are addicted to their phone.” She even went on to say that some of the new modifications, “sounded kind of creepy.” The idea that Apple is continuously trying to find new way to take people’s money was a common opinion among the people that were interviewed. Ms.Wolfe said, “it’s good to have the idea of buying quality and quantity but there is a point where that line is crossed,” and students agreed. She also believes, “There will be people that will buy it but there will also be a lot more people going another direction.”; this means that some people will have no problem buying the phone while a lot more will find an alternative option.

Seniors, Camryn Dunn and Caitlin Leggett, both said no to buying the phone, but for very different reasons. Camryn’s main problem is that, “they add things that are stupid.” She felt that the previous changes that have been made were unnecessary. For example, she felt that removing the headphone jack was useless because now people can not charge their phone and use their headphones. Referring back to what Ms.Wolfe said about Apple trying to get people’s money, Apple took away the headphone jack to give incentive to buyers to buy their new bluetooth earphones that did not require a jack. Unlike Camryn, Caitlin’s main problem was the price. She said, “No, that is .1 of my yearly college tuition.” She is currently working on college applications and the last thing she is ready to do is spend a thousand dollars on a phone.

We asked Mr. Ingram, the APES & Earth and Environmental teacher, if he would buy the new iPhone. He said, “I’m not paying a one thousand dollars for a phone,” and went to say even if he got a raise he still would not. He believes that Apple is heading in the wrong direction by following the competition. To elaborate he said, “their business model is based off innovation and giving the consumer what they want before they know what they want but instead they are following what the competition has already done.” He was saying that the new features on the IPhone X have already been on android phones. For example, in 2009 Palm released their smartphone, “Pre” that came with optional wireless charging. Phones with wireless charging are not new at all; they have been around for eight years. We then asked him, “would Apple’s demographic of buyer change,” and his response was, “Overall less people will change but at the end of the day if someone wants an iPhone then they’ll buy an iPhone.”

Overall, teachers and students were not willing to spend thousand dollars on the new iPhone, but they all had different rationale on why they would not. Many people really love Apple’s device, but do not love the price especially the fact that they keep increasing.

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VAHS Yearbook: Behind the Scenes

Staff Writer, Camryn Dunn

Who could possibly be thinking about the Voyager Academy High School 2017-2018 yearbook? Well students need to start placing orders sometime soon. Yearbooks are now on sale for only $55. However, starting September 29th the price is going up to $60. The price will continue to rise throughout the school year. This year the yearbook staff has decided to make the theme “Behind the Scenes.” Their goal is to take students, staff, as well as families behind the scenes of a small school. This is unlike the previous yearbook staff members.

This year, the staff has really taken on social media marketing. From Instagram and Twitter accounts, to their own email where students are encouraged to send in photos that they would like to be included in the yearbook. This year the staff has set many sales goals. New teacher Mrs. Kreisman is taking over for Mrs. Deans, not only teaching yearbook, but also teaching marketing. Her plan is to really teach the yearbook staff how to properly and effectively market the yearbook.

Creative efforts of marketing have already happened. Last week, the yearbook class constructed fake parking tickets and place them on students windshields. The tickets included information on how much the yearbook was and also where to buy it. The yearbook and marketing classes are also working together to film a commercial that will be shown to not only students and faculty, but families as well on exhibition night. The commercial will be advertising the yearbook for this year and giving information on how/where you can purchase one.

Senior, Taliek Pratt in charge of sports coverage said, “This year in yearbook the students really have a say. We love pitching ideas to each other and giving each other feedback on how to be better. I’m excited that I can cover the Varsity basketball team as well as other sports this year.” Senior, Diamond Champion the member on the yearbook staff in charge of marketing stated “This is my first year taking yearbook and what I really like about it is how Mrs. K lets us really take charge in our roles that were assigned. She’s gives us freedom and responsibility which is cool.” The yearbook this year is going to be different compared to previous years with the unique theme, so make sure you buy yours now while it is on sale!

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One Tree Hill says final goodbye

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The struggle of seeing a favorite Netflix show removed from the line-up is a real one. However, for the most part, Netflix has kept one show that is a personal favorite for several VAHS students.  One Tree Hill is being officially removed from Netflix starting October 1st, 2017. That means that you have a little under a month to binge watch your favorite episodes. From the Tree Hill High School State Championship episode, to Peyton and Lucas’ wedding.

The local tv show, filmed in Wilmington, NC that ended in 2012 is still being watched by a whole new generation of kids. Even though the show has already ended, many young people are just now starting the show due to commentary from older generations.  The show has been on Netflix for almost ten years now.

While Netflix continuously removes viewers favorite shows, One Tree Hill has always remained. Fans have taken on Twitter to show their frustration. Popular accounts such as “Tweet Like A Girl” posted about Netflix now being a joke since they are removing the show. The tweet received almost 9,000 retweets.

Senior, Kassidy Ball expressed how she felt on this situation, “I’m angered! I feel devastated! I watch it all the time and it’s always been my favorite show. I’ve cried like 5 times since I found out.” Another senior, Hannah White stated, “I don’t understand why they would take away the show. It’s so popular and everyone loves it so it makes no sense why they would take it away.”

The group mainly affected by the removal of the beloved show is specifically teenage girls. Another tv show teenage girls love, also rumored to be removed from Netflix is Gossip Girl, which stars fans favorites such as: Blake Lively, Chace Crawford, Leighton Meester, and Ed Westwick.  

If Netflix continues to remove these viewers most loved shows, some viewers will be forced to cancel their subscription. Fans have already stated on social media that they are prepared to boycott the platform if One Tree Hill is not kept available to stream. Hopes of One Tree Hill making a reappearance on the streaming site seem to remain.