It takes a village

Thanks to Communities Supporting Schools, more than a dozen mentors were trained in the Goldsboro High School Media Center Wednesday afternoon. Some are former GHS students. Others are stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. But all of them will soon become a part of ensuring GHS students are prepared for life after graduation. Pride senior writer Korrie McEachern is working on a story on the mentors — and the mentor program. It will publish on GHSPride.com later this week. In the meantime, here are some photographs from the event.

Photos by SHY FRANKLIN, LALA DICKENS, and KYLA GREENFIELD

Making moves

Photos by SHY FRANKLIN and CHRISTINA RICHARDSON

Goldsboro High School students practice a dance routine they are perfecting for the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair Talent Show during Third Block on Monday. Jennifer Sinrilis, Awnya Greenfield, and Karen Greene choreographed the routine.

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.”

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

 

Walking the walk

By SHY FRANKLIN and KYLA GREENFIELD

Members of the community were on the Goldsboro High School campus on the first day of school. They cheered students on and told them they would have their backs. Operation Unite Goldsboro founder Mark Colebrook continued to deliver on that promise Tuesday, as he returned to campus to meet with students and hear their concerns. Pride senior writer Korrie McEachern’s story on Colebrook’s mission is in progress. Until then, here are some photos taken Tuesday.

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Photos by SHY FRANKLIN

Cheering for a cause

By KORRIE MCEACHERN, JHAZMINE LASSITER and JULIAN LUCAS

The numbers tell a story.

One Brody Morton hard count that drew the Charles B. Aycock defense offside at the end of the game and gave the Cougars the ability to clock it.

Two Xzavior Bowden touchdown runs.

Three wins already this season for a Goldsboro High School football program that won zero last season.

Thirty yards pulled in on an amazing one-handed snag by Andrew McNeill.

Two hundred fifty-two rushing yards added to Bowden’s already impressive season stat sheet.

But there was one number that seems bigger than them all.

Friday night at GHS was about more than a rivalry football game. For members of the Cougar cheerleading team, it was a chance to give back. The young ladies wore special T-shirts and sold foam fingers — all to make sure a donation ended up at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

When it was all said and done and the donations were counted, the results left everyone amazed and in awe. The goal was one hundred dollars. The ladies surpassed — and nearly doubled — it. And when the check is sent, thanks to their effort and the compassion of the crowd, the amount will read one hundred seventy.

GHS’ cheerleading coach Bethany Stewart was so proud of her girls for exceeding their goal, but before the game, she was nervous because the seat cushions that were supposed to be sold as part of the fundraiser had not been delivered yet because of Hurricane Harvey.

“I want us to reach it and I think we will, but I am a little bit nervous about it, since the seat cushions aren’t here yet. They won’t be in (until) Monday. We actually thought they wouldn’t couldn’t come in at all,” Coach Stewart told the Pride before the game. “We were told Wednesday that they were actually destroyed by the flood, and we were called Thursday and (told) they’ll be here on Monday. We are very excited to get them, but we wished we would have had them before (the fundraiser).”

More stuff to sell means a better chance of hitting the goal, she thought. But members of her team overcame the adversity, just as they hope the two Wayne County children currently being treated at St. Jude do.

“Through this process we found out about these two (Wayne County) kids who are at St. Jude’s, and it’s great for the girls to give back. Truly it takes a lot … to care enough to give back. I knew about it, but I asked them if they wanted to do it and they said yes,” Coach Stewart said. “They are the ones who wanted to do it. It makes me proud of my girls.”

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Photos by TYLER KEARNEY

After the storm

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By MR. FINE’S NINTH GRADE ENGLISH I CLASSES

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.