Monthly Archives: December 2011

High school students have much more to consider than ever before

Commentary by Thomas Herter Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com  For the past two generations, society has encouraged high school students to continue their studies in order to earn four-year college degrees to secure higher paying jobs following graduation. With so much evidence that college degrees provide far more opportunities, few questioned this conventional wisdom. Young adults today, [...]

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Love Sudoku? Then ‘Petite Pocket Posh’ is for you

“Petite Pocket Posh Sudoku,” Andrews McMeel Publishing. Copyright 2011. 50 Puzzles per book. $6.99. Reviewed by Kaitlin Gillespie Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com “Petite Pocket Posh” is a small, fun and convient source of entertainment. Sudoku has become increasingly popular these past few years and Pocket Posh has now released two tiny books of puzzle fun for [...]

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Tickets for BADA’s “Unto Us A Son” on sale

Times-News ELON – The Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts (BADA) will perform “Unto Us A Son” at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 20-21, 2011, at McCrary Theatre on the Elon University campus. Tickets are $10 at the door and $9 for groups of 15 or more. For more details, call (336) 584-6727 or [...]

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Merry Grinchmas: Western Alamance High School’s advanced theater students to perform “The Grinch”

 By Kaitlin Gillespie Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com ELON – The Western Alamance High School Drama Department is going to be holding a holiday event for young children on Saturday, Dec. 17, in the auditorium. The cost is $7 for children, ages 5 and up and this price includes one parent chaperone, if so desired. Children 5 [...]

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Interested in law enforcement? Then the Explorers program may be right for you

By Sabrina Otero Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com Recently, Jennifer Matherly, Burlington Detective and Explorer Post Head advisor, offered Teens and Twenties an inside look at “The Burlington Police Explorers Program,” which teaches “many different aspects of the role of law enforcement, including handcuffing techniques, defensive tactics, criminal law, traffic stops, crime scene processing and basic life saving [...]

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Good news for candy cane fans: Peppermint encourages memory

 Commentary by Lenzie Purcell Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com I remember coming into class on test days and having a peppermint on my desk. But it wasn’t until recently that I learned why. Peppermint encourages memory. The Cognitive Neuroscience Unit at the University of Northumbria in the United Kingdom found smelling or eating peppermint could be beneficial [...]

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When it comes to holiday fun, sometimes the best things are free

 Commentary by Kendall Wiggins Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com Feasts, travel and gifts — all are parts of the holiday season. All cost a pretty penny, too. The holidays offer a multitude of activities from eating to ice-skating, but people often overlook the fun, holiday activities that are completely free. Regardless of your age, Santa Claus is [...]

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Pisa is more than a leaning tower

Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series about The Elon School’s recent trip to Italy. Commentary by Michaela Meredith Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com Bright and early on Nov. 14, a group of 20 Elon School art students and chaperones landed in Pisa — the first stop on an 18-day journey through Italy. Rodney [...]

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Hanukkah Crossword book can provide lots of entertainment

“Pocket Posh Hanukkah Crosswords,” 75 puzzles. Andrews McMeel Publishing. Copyright 2011. $7.99 Reviewed by Kaitlin Gillespie Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com A little book can provide a lot of entertainment and “Pocket Posh Hanukkah crosswords” is a shining example of this. Pocket Posh books are sponsored by the Puzzle Society and are a treat for the mind. [...]

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“The Help” is an eye-opening fictional account of Civil Rights Movement

“The Help,” by Kathryn Stockett. Copyright 2009, Penguin Group Inc. 522 pages.  Reviewed by Tonisha Lewis Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com “The Help” is a bold story of purpose and change set in the segregated southern town ofJackson, Miss. This book brings a new perspective to the Civil Rights Movement, that of the black maids working in [...]

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