Curtain’s up


The Goldsboro High School choral program has been in incredible hands so far this year, as Victoria Ruffin-Atkins made her triumphant return to the Cougar family. From the county fair to pre-football game pep rallies, her students have been shining – and the public is taking notice.

After their first-place finish at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair, Mrs. Ruffin-Atkins talked to the Pride and said she felt the students were “well-deserving of their placement and that they exceeded my expectations.”

One of those students, Tanasha Hall, agreed.

“I was really excited because all of our hard work paid off,” she said, but added that she wished the team could have been challenged to bring out their best. “I was disappointed that we didn’t have a competition. I feel like weren’t really challenged. Maybe we would’ve been better if we would’ve gone against someone.”

Her teacher echoed those sentiments.

“Although I doubt anyone would have defeated the Show Stoppers, I wish they would’ve had some type of competition so they could’ve really felt that flame a little more.”

But make no mistake. Competition or not, the Show Stoppers will be feeling that flame tonight when the public will be treated – for free – to the group’s latest performance at 6:30 p.m. in the GHS auditorium. The Pride will be there covering the event. Join us!



Senior send-off

The Goldsboro High School volleyball team is currently playing against conference foe James Kenan, but the Lady Cougars have already had an emotional night, as the team’s seniors were honored before the match.

The following shots were taken by Pride photojournalist Ze’Mirah Harris. Good luck, ladies.

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Victoria says: “Crown ’em”

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We went back in time, found our twin, and got wacky.

You’ve eaten all the candy. And the Takis. And the donuts.

Now, it’s time to cast a vote for your favorite Princess, Prince, King, and Queen.

Click the link. Make your picks. Winners will be announced Friday. Good luck to all those who made the list:

Homecoming Week kicks off


Afros, sideways ponytails, and plenty of posters were seen across the Goldsboro High School campus Monday, as Homecoming Week kicked off with “Throwback Day” and the beginning of campaigning for Homecoming Court.

Check back in for more coverage – especially on Friday when the Cougar football team hosts conference rival Clinton.

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Superheros, Football and Royalty


Get ready.

It’s time to pass down the crown.

That’s right. Homecoming is here.

Friday night, based on your votes, Goldsboro High School will announce its new king and queen during halftime of the Clinton game.

But we have several days of craziness to get through before that happens.

Yep. Spirit Week starts Monday.

Tomorrow, on “Throwback Day,” you can dress up like anyone from any era — the 70s, 80s, Roaring 20s, etc. Tuesday, you’ll be seeing double, on “Twin/Triplet Day.”

Things will get out of control Wednesday, as we continue the age-old tradition of “Wacky Tacky Day” — when people show up in the weirdest, most over-the-top outfits ever. And Thursday, on “Cartoon/Superhero Day”, Superman, Wonder Woman, and maybe even Slenderman, will be walking the halls.

Class battles will close out the week as on Friday, “Class Color Day” will see us wear our respective class colors and compete in field events ahead of the Pep Rally.

Then, we’ll be ready to take on Clinton, hoping to end a two-game football losing streak that saw the Cougars barely fall to James Kenan and East Duplin.

But wait! We saved the best for last.

For the first time in recent memory, the Homecoming Dance is back!

For five dollars, or fifteen Cougar Cash, students can dance their Saturday night away. We wondered what brought about the decision to have a have a dance after so long, so we asked Homecoming guru Mrs. Burnetta Barnes.

She told the Pride that, “A lot of schools had dances for homecoming. Goldsboro did, too, at one point, but  we stopped for some reason. We thought it’d be a great idea to bring it back for the student body.”

After a little more research, we found out that the idea actually came from chorus teacher Mrs. Victoria Ruffin Atkins.

She told the Pride that the idea was part of the school’s attempt to continue to “change the narrative.”

“I recommended the dance because a lot of students tell me that high school was boring for them,” she said. “There are no dances and nothing for them to get excited about. Homecoming is just the beginning of a new day. Hopefully the Cougar Parliament and I, along with the SGA, will be able to put on more dances and have more events here at the school.”

The dance will be from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, so be sure to come show your Cougar pride! And if you’re not a student and are just planning on coming out to the game, be ready. There are other surprises lurking that will make you proud to be a member of the Cougar Family.

Bowden, Cougars thrash Aycock 35-14

After trailing 14-0 at the half, the Goldsboro High School football team woke up and put up 35 unanswered points to top rival Charles B. Aycock in Pikeville. More on the game will be published this weekend, but until then, the following photographs are among the Pride crew’s early favorites and were taken by photojournalist Shayla Greene.

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Positive reinforcement


Starting Tuesday, Goldsboro High School students will have another reason to do well in class, show respect to teachers and peers, and be good sports during athletic competitions. The “Cougar Cash” initiative, a creation of Media Center Coordinator Katie Kimble Johnson, will arm teachers, administrators, and staff with fake money that can buy students very real prizes if they are caught doing the right thing.

Normally, people only focus on the students that do what’s wrong, Mrs. Kimble Johnson said. But starting tomorrow, those responsible for handing out the “cash” will have a new outlook.

“We want to reward students who constantly do good in their classes and are doing what they are supposed to do,” she said. “We wanted to create something more positive that highlights the students that are doing the right thing.”

The cash can be used to buy everything from snacks to an extra gym period, but the big prizes — like Beats headphones and gift cards — will be won through a raffle held at the end of the semester. So while students who want to use their cash more quickly can get a fast bag of chips, those who choose to save their money can win big.

In fact, learning the value of saving money is part of the reason the program was created. The Media Center will also serve as a “bank” where students can deposit their Cougar Cash using deposit slips, Mrs. Kimble Johnson said. That process will help teach us how to use a bank account for when we graduate and move on into the real world.

To get students excited about the program, those who earn Cougar Cash this week can buy raffle tickets with their money to be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card. Not a bad deal for doing the right thing.

So put away those cellphones and take your earbuds out. Focus in class and help your friends when they need someone to lean on. You never know who’s watching. And if you’re lucky, you might just have a new pair of Beats around your neck before Christmas break or a gift card in your pocket.