Setting a standard

The heat didn’t stop the Goldsboro High School JROTC from doing its thing Friday afternoon.

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Special effort

From PRIDE staff reports

Zaire Edwards knows he has to be ready when the Goldsboro High School football team takes on Nash Central tonight. It was, after all, his defense — four tackles, a fumble recovery, and a blocked extra point — that helped the Cougars hold off Charles B. Aycock in a 19-18 thriller last Friday night.

But knowing what’s on the line this evening in Rocky Mount didn’t stop the young man from waking up early and reporting to the Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course long before the first bell rang at GHS this morning. He wanted to “contribute,” to “give back.”

“I just want to do whatever I can,” he said.

Volunteers from Cougar Nation were among those who showed up at the course Friday to lend their hands to a good cause: the Special Olympics. Sixteen-year-old GHS junior NyWon Bass was one of them.

“If they can do it, I know I can.” – JABARIA WILSON

He signed up because he believes in helping others and wants to maintain his reputation as a “good person” who “(people) can depend on.” And when he applies to college — perhaps Fayetteville State or the University of Alabama — to pursue a career as an athletic director, he wants admissions officers to understand the kind of person he aims to be.

“I want them to know I have some diverse extra-curricular activities,” NyWon said. “So they know I’m not a one-dimensional person.”

Volunteering for the Special Olympics has a deeper meaning for Jabaria Wilson. The 16-year-old has a cast on his wrist and hasn’t been able to suit up for the Cougar football team during its recent winning streak.

“When they told me I couldn’t play, I’ll admit, I cried a little bit,” he said.

But witnessing the Special Olympics — and being around athletes who, every day, greet adversity as simply another opportunity to persevere — is inspiring.

“If they can do it, I know I can.”


From left: Zaire Edwards, Jabaria Wilson, NyWon Bass and Coach Stephens.


After the storm

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The trees scattered across the Goldsboro High School campus danced in the wind Monday, but the weatherman said Hurricane Irma was gonna miss us.

It might rain tomorrow. A few trees could even fall. But the flooding wouldn’t come. Not this time.

We weren’t so lucky in October 2016. Hurricane Matthew closed down our school and the other schools in Wayne County. Most of us lost power. So even though Irma won’t hurt us, we know other storms are out there somewhere. And the only way we can be ready is to remember.

As we pray for the people facing what we faced in 2016, those of us who take Mr. Fine’s English I class wrote reflections about Hurricane Matthew so we could keep those memories close. Some wrote stories. Others put together poems and spoken word pieces. Here is what we went through:

After Matthew, Zhaniya Hudson and her family “had to get heat from the car when we was cold.” They “didn’t have power for two or three weeks” and getting food from the store was hard because “the store had no power so stuff was going bad. Drinks wasn’t cold.”

And Lala Dickens remembers how “it rained so much it came through the door and the whole carpet was wet. Soaked.”

Tiana Brewington expressed her memories with an emotional poem:

“Kids crying.

Parents confused.

Thinking, ‘Oh no. What should we do?’

No food.

No lights.

No air.

No clean clothes to wear.

If you looked at me now,

You won’t be able to know my story.

Just know I made it.

And God has the glory.”

And Terrique Hodges wrote a poem of his own and turned it into a spoken word piece recorded by Mr. Fine. You can listen to it by clicking on it below these words.


With a little help from Communities in Schools, the Goldsboro High School family came together Friday morning to celebrate its leader — and birthday girl — Marcia Manning.

But staying true to form, GHS’ principal did not use the spotlight to honor herself — opting, instead, to laud the men and women who turned out to start her special day on a high note.

Mrs. Manning talked about the quality of instruction teachers have been providing to the school’s student body so far this year, and how excited the teenagers were about their classes and extracurricular activities. And she applauded the staff for its commitment to helping every Cougar in the pride set goals for life after high school.

Not a bad way to end Week Five. Happy birthday, boss!


Making a statement

The Goldsboro High School varsity football team isn’t the only group anticipating Friday’s matchup with Charles B. Aycock. The varsity cheerleaders circled this game on their calendars, too. And the action that unfolded during the crew’s Wednesday practice left little doubt. These ladies are ready to do what they do best.

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