>>  Do They Stand A Chance?

BY: MELISSA SHAIA


As the winter season is approaching each school is eager to announce the excitement of winter sports. One really big sport that many seem to enjoy is basketball and at Stonewall Jackson High School students seem take basketball very seriously. I have actually had the opportunity to speak with a few individuals that are a part of the basketball team and see their point of view of how this season is going to play out. I came up with a few creative questions to as the players and for the most part they seem to have come to an agreement on what will happen throughout the season. The questions that were being asked were, " Who do you think has a strong chance of being starter this year?, Do you think that this season will be stronger than last season?, What are your expectations for the season?". The first player that was interviewed was senior, Nate Waddy. When asked who he thinks will be starters for the season he replied with, " Myself, Antonio Warner, Jordan Gibson, Quintan Moore, and Clinton Boxley." Nate believes that this year will be even stronger than last year and that there is definitely a chance that the team will be going to states. Overall, Nate feels hopeful this year, and that if lucky they will take home the championship ring. The next player I got to interview was Micheal Kinsel, a sophomore at SJHS. He believes that Brandon Prichett, Meeko, Mike Goree, Jared Stubbs, and Rahim Woni would be the chosen one next. Micheal also believes that this year will be way stronger that last year. Micheal's overall goal is to win all games possible and if not all games then atleast 13/16 games if possible. Another player that was interviewed was Jayden Mckenzie, another sophomore at SJHS. He believes that Antonio Warne, Jordan Gibson, Dashad Mason, Nate Waddy, and Isaiah Folks are the guys on the team that have the better chance of being the starters. Like the other players that were interviewed, Jayden also believes that this year will be stronger. Overall, he feels that the team is definitely capable of making it all the way to states. The last player I got to interview was senior, Jordan Gibson. When asked about the starters he replied with a completely different answer compared to the other players, he replied with, " I think we have many players this year who can contribute effectively this year. The starting lineup will most likely change from game to game depending on how we matchup with other teams." He also believes that because of new key additions to the team, they should be very hard to beat. Overall, he feels like these past two years were close because they ended up losing the game before the states and he knows that this year will be different and the team will be able to get over that hump.

>>  Legalizing Marijuana

BY: MELISSA SHAIA


There has been a lot of controversy around the idea of making marijuana legal everywhere in the United States. Some people believe that marijuana has no profound consequences and everyone should be able to obtain it anywhere, anytime. I was asked to come up with a series of questions that included the idea of legalizing marijuana and see what each person's views are to complete this task, I went around Stonewall Jackson High School and interviewed a couple of students who, in the end, had different views when it came to the idea of marijuana. The first student interviewed was Javion Lewis, a freshmen at SJHS. When it came to the main question of if marijuana should be legal, his response was yes, that it should be legal. He believes that many people are against it because it's considered a gateway drug. He feels that if marijuana were to become legal in Virginia, that it wouldn't cause any serious problems. The second student interviewed was senior Alex Risko, and he felt that legalizing marijuana wouldn’t be a problem. He feels that many people think it's dangerous because it has a bad rep. He also feels that if marijuana were to become legal it wouldn’t cause any problems or issues. The third student that was interviewed was also a senior, Keegan Daley, and he felt that marijuana should be legal no matter what. He feels that people think it's dangerous because they were told it was bad by anti-drug groups and people's views didn’t change with time. When asked what he thought if marijuana was to become legal, he said he believes that it wouldn’t cause any problems, but it would cause pure happiness. The last student interviewed was Douglas O' Donnell, and he believes that marijuana should be legal. He feels that people think it's dangerous because of the way it makes people feel when they use the drug. He feels that if marijuana were to become legal that it would probably create new problems, but the older problems would eventually go away .