• Point/Counterpoint TOMS vs. Sperry Top-Sider: Sperry Top-Sider

    By Michael Niemeyer

  • February Student Editor

    Alexis Piscatello is this month's student editor.

    Alexis is a 17-year-old senior who is homeschooled. She is involved in choir, dance and JOOI club.  She also volunteers by playing the piano for Helmwood Healthcare church services.

    She enjoys singing, needlecraft, creative writing and piano. Alexis hopes to someday have a career in journalism, vocal performance or musician.

  • Point/Counterpoint TOMS vs. Sperry Top-Sider: TOMS

    By Autumn Sandlin


    Oscar Wilde once said, “fashion is merely a form of ugliness so unbearable that we are compelled to alter it every six months.”

    Many fashion trends come and go and come back and fly back into oblivion again. If you walk through just about any place with a congregation of teenagers you’re most likely going to catch one of them wearing TOMS. 

  • The Blurb

    Rising Voices' take on everything entertainment

  • Involvment in government clubs

    By Savanna Bolin 

    Negative assumptions are commonly made about the careless agendas of today’s teenagers. However, many local teens are taking advantage of opportunities to prove those judgments wrong.

  • Young Cooks: Fashionable baker Mallory Simon

    Armed with a KitchenAid mixer and an iPhone, Mallory Simon, 15, likes to bake.

    Donning a brown and pink polka dot apron that matched her outfit, the Elizabethtown High School freshman whipped up a batch of snickerdoodle cookies while explaining her love for baking one afternoon after school.

    Most of the time she searches through the family recipe box before baking but this time she went to the web and pulled up the recipe on her iPhone.

    She often goes to the web for a recipe when she’s bored and looking for something new.

  • Grade school students get into swing of golf

    Standing on the makeshift greens, the third-grader putts the golf ball, attempting to shoot it over a hump, through an opening in a cutout of a bear and into a tray.

    Instead he misses the hole and knocks down the cutout.

    “I killed the bear,” the student shouts, as he walks away from the area and allows a classmate waiting in line to take his turn.

  • January Student Editor

    Michael Niemeyer is this month's student editor.

    Michael is a 16-year-old junior who is homeschooled. He is involved with Boy Scouts, ECA Soccer, Teen Court, his church youth group, RYSA soccer and Faith Homeschool.

    He enjoys guitar, reading and soccer and hopes to become a doctor or lawyer.

    Michael joined Rising Voices to improve his writing skills and develop a more varied writing style. He also wants to inform his peers trough writing and gain a better idea of how the news media works.

  • 2012: End of the world theory lacks facts

    By Michael Thompson

  • Point/Counterpoint: Snow, hate it

    One recent afternoon at school, a few classmates nearly trampled my desk in their rush to crowd around the window. What caused this stampede? A few flakes of miserable snow.

    As they squealed with delight, I shuddered. They saw pretty specks of white fluttering from the sky while I saw dandruff accumulating on everything.

    Call me the Grinch, but I hate snow with a livid passion. I want to move far, far away to a land where it doesn’t exist. Like Florida.

    Why do I harbor such hatred for this miracle called snow?