School Life

Williams grad a finalist in global science competition

By Alexandria Gaines

   You can hear the excitement in Sam Cryan’s voice as he talks about being one of 29 semifinalists in a global science competition.
“I was having lunch with one of my friends when I started talking about math, as happens when I start talking with my friends, and they interrupted me telling me about this Breakthrough Challenge and I had never heard of it before,” Cryan said.
Cryan, a Williams High School graduate, talks about how grateful he is to be a part of this competition as he rushes between his classes on his first day at Princeton University.
“It’s just like a dream,” he said.
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From drab to fab: Tips on decorating your dorm room

By Katie Farrell
Times-News correspondent


Flowers, fresh or faux, add a warmth to any space. Create this do-it-yourself project using a mason jar and flowers. [Katie Farrell / Times-News correspondent

   Though August has come and gone, college students all across the country are still in search of easy, cheap and do-it-yourself   décor that will make their dorm rooms or apartments look like they belong in a magazine spread.
While it may be tempting to spend $30 on that mini, porcelain dog statue, it doesn’t make much sense in the grand scheme of   things. It is much more beneficial for you (and your bank account) to scour through Pinterest for do-it-yourself (DIY) projects   that fit your style.
And, if you’re too busy doing your first week assignments and don’t have time to look through Pinterest, here’s a mix of four   easy, cheap and do-it-yourself decorating ideas.
1. Get some flowers — Everyone loves flowers, so why not have some in your room? One of the easiest things you can do to   brighten up your living space is to add bright flowers to it. Purchase a mason jar, a bag of river rocks or stones and fake flowers   from the dollar store and you have a DIY that will make your room feel like home.
2. Spice up your bulletin board — Most dorm rooms have a bulletin board on the wall, but did you know it can be an easy way   to personalize your room without breaking your building’s rules? With a bulletin board, a few push-pins and photos (ticket   stubs or travel tickets are cute, too) you can turn your wall into a memory board so you aren’t too far from things that make   you happy.
3. Painted canvases — You don’t have to be Picasso to add some paint to your walls (you don’t have to break university rules, read more…

Creative and cost-effective: Thrift stores offer savvy fashions

By Avery Aguila
Times-News correspondent


These Mossimo Supply Co. shorts retail for between $7.49 and $15, but Avery Aguila purchased them for $3.49 at Goodwill in Mebane. [Ian Jones / Special to the Times-News

 The start of a new school year often means empty pockets from back-to-school shopping.
But for all the savvy fashionistas out there, this is an opportunity to be creative as well as cost-effective with shopping at thrift stores.
Thrift stores have a bad reputation to a lot of people, often being seen as cheap, tarnished or unclean places to go.
But I recently decided to put that to the test by finding out, do thrift stores save you money while offering quality product?
I visited Living Free Ministries and Goodwill, both in Mebane.
At Living Free Ministries, a retro yellow tank top by the brand American Eagle Outfitters was purchased for $2.99. Unfortunately, this brand no longer carries that exact tank top, but carries many others similar to it. On the American Eagle Outfitters website, the prices ranged from $14.99 to $24.95.
At Goodwill, a pair of gray shorts by the brand Mossimo Supply Co. was $3.49. The exact shorts couldn’t be found on its website. What I did find was that Mossimo Supply Co. sells their women’s shorts for $7.49 to $15.
My final, and proudest, purchase was a pair of Nike Juvenates. These shoes were $2.99 at Living Free Ministries. The original retail price (found on is $85 before any mark downs.
None of the clothes were damaged. The shoes had been scuffed on the undersides, but it did not affect the appearance.
Thrift stores definitely save you money, while offering not only quality products, but a fun time shopping.

Avery Aguila is a sophomore at Eastern Alamance High School and a Teens & 20s writer.

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