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By Jessica Wiegandt, Lord Botetourt High School
Alternative rock is the category, and Starfish Prime fits the bill.
Patrick Henry High School juniors Sam Roller and Kian Khalilian are credited with starting the group four years ago. Soon after, sophomore Nick Anguiano and juniors William Merten and Sam McGhee joined.
“I played guitar and Kian played the guitar and we thought it would be cool to start a band,” Roller said. “Then I called up Nick one day and he came and played drums. I didn’t start Starfish Prime, but I put together what eventually became Starfish Prime.”
Roller said there were many variations of band member line-ups before the all of the current members were in the band. Starfish Prime wasn’t formed until Merten jokingly signed up.
Merten chose the name off of the long list of possibilities and Starfish Prime was the one the members like the most.
And when the original bass player quit the band, McGhee decided to join.
“I didn’t even know how to play bass,” McGhee said. “I played trombone in band. But when they mentioned it, I thought it would be cool; so now I play bass.”
Over the years, there have been new members to join and others that have dropped out. But these five boys have stuck together for the past two and a half years.
This past month, we asked teens around Southwest Virginia to show us who they are by taking a photo — but with one catch! Instead of asking for the type of photo you’d see in a traditional school yearbook, we wanted their photo to use objects that represent their personality.
We received a variety of shots, from sports-related to musically themed to the more abstract — each with its unique story to tell. Do you see a part of yourself in any of the photos below?
– The Edge
To see more submissions, click on the Read More link at the right. Read more »
Teens, don’t forget to send us your photo showing us who you are through objects. The deadline is Sunday.
Send your high-resolution photo to email@example.com, along with your full name, school and grade.
We’ll feature the photos on the Edge blog in our very own personality yearbook, and select photos may be chosen for print on The Edge page, published Wednesdays on the back of the Extra section.
For more examples of photos taken by our Edge staff members, check out our previous blog post.
Photos and story by Alexandra Rouse, Salem High School
A heavy jacket, sweat pants, a goofy knit hat and snow boats were only some of the items that were in my survival kit for an annual winter vacation to our family’s camp in New York.
No, not the skyscrapers and Times Square New York, but the all natural Upstate New York.
When we arrived to the isolated camp site in the middle of the woods, my dad, sister and I were left alone with four cabins, a main lodge, an outhouse and – more notably – no electricity.
I expected a foot of snow but ended up with just frigid 19 degree weather. Day by day, I grew accustomed to not only sitting on a frozen outhouse toilet seat, but being at peace with the wilderness.
On Day Two in particular, I decided that I needed to escape the grips of Mother Nature’s cold whispers, so I took a walk up the unpaved road leading into the camp with only my camera in hand. Read more »
Your original photo could be published in The Roanoke Times!
We’re collecting photos for a personality yearbook for our blog. Select photos may be chosen for print on The Edge page, published Wednesdays on the back of the Extra section.
THE MISSION: Take a photo using objects that define your character.
WHAT WE NEED: Email your photo, along with your full name, school and grade, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo should be at least 200 DPI. (In other words, use the highest setting on your camera.) One submission per person. We reserve the right to not publish photos that are obscene or offensive.
DEADLINE: Sunday, March 31
QUESTIONS? Send us an email or talk to an Edge staff member at your school.
Check out the photo gallery below for some of the photos our Edge staff members took to represent themselves.
Text by Alexandra Rouse, Salem High School
Block scheduling or seven period scheduling? AP or IB?
The local school districts differ in the classes, teachers and schedules that they provide for their students, but they all have one thing in common: a certain structure their students must become accustomed to.
Though high school students must follow a repetitive schedule, with so many options, it’s likely that no two schedules are alike.
The extracurricular activities and courses teens choose to take on also have an effect on whether their day is chaotic or laid back. Due to teenager’s hectic schedules, they rarely get to step foot in other schools besides their own.
To give a glimpse of our lives inside and outside of school, staffers shot photos telling the story of their daily routines, from the minute they wake up until they prepare their toothbrush before bed for its nightly fight against plaque and cavities.
A Day in the Life for Alexandra Rouse
By Claire Gross, Lord Botetourt High School
Winter through the common eye is all too often perceived as nothing but waves of never-ending bleak weather and bareness.
But behind the lens, the simplicity of nature’s beauty is manifested. All of the sudden, an entire new world of stunning sights is exposed, truly proving the elegance and allure of this overlooked season.
Each photograph shows the phenomena which surround our lives everyday, proving that even the simplest objects can hold an immense amount of beauty when given a closer look.