Monthly Archives: December 2012

Carolina Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ is mesmerizing

Reviewed by Kendall Wiggins Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com DURHAM — Most of us know the story behind the beloved ballet “The Nutcracker,” but the Carolina Ballet’s performance of this holiday classic Dec. 29 at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) was nothing short of spectacular. Elegant, intricate choreography, an awe-inspiring set and a little bit of Christmas [...]

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Turning the page: Teens & Twenties writers share aspirations for the New Year

Times-News Jan. 1, 2013, marks a new year and in keeping with that, some of the Teens & Twenties writers jotted down what they hope to accomplish in 2013:    One of my New Year’s resolutions is to get a job and save money so I can take a spring break trip during my senior year. — [...]

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Student of Month enjoys volunteering

By Rebecca Herter Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com Emily Thouin, December’s Student of the Month, has been described as “having an incredible heart for the needy and elderly.”    “Emily wants to make a difference in the world and works hard to accomplish that each and every day,” said her mother, Joy Isley.    A junior at River [...]

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Send us your artwork

If you’re a high school or college student who enjoys drawing or painting, send your original artwork to us at Teens & Twenties artwork search, c/o Charity Apple, 707 S. Main St., Burlington, N.C. 27215 or email her at capple@thetimesnews.com. Photos sent by email must be high-resolution (200 to 300 DPI). For more details, call [...]

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Make 2013 ‘greener’ than 2012

Commentary by Rachel Anne Spencer Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com    As this year comes to a close, it is important for us to review and consider the ways we can go green in 2013 and the years to follow. I hope everyone will resolve to go green and will be able to do so successfully thanks to [...]

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End of the world as we know it?

I personally do not believe that the world will end Dec. 21, 2012. If the Mayans were that sophisticated, you would think that they could have somehow predicted the downfall of their own civilization and averted the situation altogether. After all, “no one knows the day or hour,” but if the day really is the [...]

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Christmases past & present: Teens & Twenties writers reflect on favorite traditions, gifts

Times-News Today and tomorrow, families will gather together and exchange gifts, share meals and make memories. Some Teens & Twenties writers offer their favorite Christmas memories and gifts from past Christmases: A few years ago, I woke up and went downstairs to see snow on the ground, which was really unusual. But it definitely made [...]

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‘Clown’ shares the Good News

By Kaitlin Gillespie Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com When people hear the word clown, many times images of Stephen King’s “It” or creepy clowns pop into people’s minds. Well, Matt Clapp is a different kind of clown. He doesn’t have a costume, per se, as many people don’t like costumes, and the only thing he wears is [...]

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Take the opportunity to ‘bless someone today’

Commentary by CJ Click Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com Do you ever change the radio station when the hosts start talking excessively? I do most of the time. For some reason, as I was listening to a Christmas station a while back, I decided to listen to what a caller had to say. I’m glad I did [...]

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Raising awareness: Western High teacher creates bracelets that draw attention to child abuse

By Kaitlin Gillespie Times-News correspondent teens20@thetimesnews.com When students hear the name Mrs. Wrenn at Western Alamance High School, lots of words come to mind. One definition however, that may not automatically pop into a person’s brain is child abuse advocate. Chrystal Wrenn, an English and creative writing teacher at Western, is a designer of rubber [...]

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