School Life

Local march reflects national movement

By Jaclyn Bartlett
Times-News correspondent


The March For Our Lives event was held in downtown Greensboro, along with cities across the nation, on March 24, 2018. [Jaclyn Bartlett / Times-News correspondent

   March 24, 2018 will go down in history as the day millions of people worldwide joined together to participate in the March for Our Lives.
This student-run demonstration was held in multiple cities throughout all 50 states.
In Greensboro, more than 3,000 gathered despite the rainy weather to advocate the need for better gun control. The march began in Government Plaza where students handed out signs and orange ribbons to new arrivals while contributors young and old conversed, sharing their stories and their motivation for taking part and speaking out about this issue.
At 2 p.m., marchers made their way down Elm Street toward LeBauer Park, drumming and chanting together as one powerful voice that the “The NRA has got to go” and “This is what Democracy looks like,” creating an inspiring sense of unification that seemed to take hold of the entire street.
Upon arrival at the park, the organizers — all of whom were 18 years old and younger, including Dominic Patafie, Claire Haile, Sydney Pierce, Nico Gleason, Maura Toole, Anne-Joy Cahill-Swenson, Cameron Neale, Tejas Santanam, Praveena Somasundaram and Mohammad Haveliwala — shared speeches and poems highlighting the importance of taking action to solve this issue by voting and encouraging others to vote as well.
The experience was truly eye-opening for students and adults. It provided our generation with pride and hope that one day schools across America will be as they were intended — a safe place for the youth to grow and learn.

Jaclyn Bartlett is a junior at The Hawbridge School and a Teens & 20s writer.

National Walkout Day: Teens Take Action


Mason. Covington, 16, shares the details of Gina Montalto, 14, one of the 17 victims who died in last month's school shooting in Parkland, Fla. during an afternoon remembrance ceremony on March 14 in Mebane. [Steven Mantilla / Times-News

Sayer Kirk waits for students to finish walking out of Williams High School before addressing students and faculty during the National Walkout event on March 14 in response to last month’s massacre of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fl. Kirk read out the names of the 17 vicitims while students bowed their heads in silent prayer.
Students stood on the lawn of Williams High School for 17 minutes as the names of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School vcitims were read out. [Steven Mantilla / Times-News

Entertain & energize – that’s what Salt and Light hopes to do in its shows


Salt and Light will perform as part of the fourth annual Future Farmers of America (FFA) fundraiser on Friday, March 9, 2018, at Southern Alamance High School. [Photo submitted

By Lydia Pankratz
Times-News correspondent

   Salt and Light is an all-sibling bluegrass band based in Graham.
The band includes Parker, Daniel, Morgan, Kyndal, Garrett and Norah Moore.
“Basically, we’re a group of six siblings who love what we do, and endeavor to entertain,    energize and edify our audiences at every show. Even though we’re not a gospel band, our name, Salt and Light, comes from Matthew 5:13-16, which essentially sums up what we try to be every day,” Parker said.
Salt and Light has been performing together since May, 2014.
The band will perform at 6:30 p.m. March 9, 2018, at Southern Alamance High School during the fourth annual Future Farmers of America (FFA) Bluegrass Night, which will also feature the bluegrass band, Sideline. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults and $10 for students.
Teens & 20s had the opportunity to talk to the band recently about what makes it unique as well as the upcoming show.
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