• Harry Potter movie is too hyped

    By Kerry Skiff

    The hype around "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" is too excessive. The way the film industry has broadcasted the movie discourages excitement among those loyal fans who were going to see it anyway, and it doesn’t attract any new audiences.

    Deathly Hallows Part 2 will attract the same audience that watched all seven movies. Most are great fans of the books, and they saw the films to experience the enchantment of the novels. Others only watched the films and were hooked on the charms of the wizard world.

  • Harry Potter is not too hyped

    By April Winebarger

    Harry Potter. The British boy-wizard’s story is so well known that even American Muggles recognize his name. His adventures are recorded in seven internationally best-selling novels, which have been adapted into eight movies. The last of these is coming out July 15, and everyone is talking about it.

    Some say this last movie has far too much publicity, but many young fans, including myself, are hailing this as the end of their childhood.

  • Sylvia Stuckey teaches during the week and shows dogs on the weekend

    Many times students only associate their teachers with their school or classroom, but teachers have lives too. Some of them have interesting jobs or fun hobbies outside the classroom.

    Sylvia Stuckey teaches special education and digital photography at James T. Alton Middle School. She loves teaching but it can sometimes be demanding and stressful and she looks forward to her weekends.

  • HCS assesses success as end of school year approaches

    By Nannette Johnston

    After today, Hardin County Schools students only have 11 more days of school in this academic year … only 11 more days. Can you believe it? This year has flown. 

    Students at our 22 schools and other educational facilities have accomplished wonderful things this year. Their road to success is paved with their hard work and perseverance. 

    It has been a big year for us at the district level as well. Some of these undertakings include:

  • Students adjust to dorm life, roommates

    Going to college often means not only moving from home; it means entirely new living arrangements with a stranger in many cases.

    Regardless of whether or not a freshman knows the roommate, establishing ground rules and being considerate can go a long way to making the dorm experience enjoyable.

    “I think the biggest thing is just to be aware of how your roommate likes things and what you expect in return,” Katie Meek, a Western Kentucky University student, said.

  • Tips from college freshmen to new high school grads

    Going to college includes many new experiences for students, but one factor that remains constant is the need to make time to study.

    In fact, according to University of Kentucky student Jackson Reeves, the studying element of college life is significant on a different level.

  • Not enough time in the day: EIS adds 20 minutes

    Although this information was featured in our district’s recent insert to The News-Enterprise (The Panther Edition), the insert is distributed only to a portion of the readers in the greater community. As a result, I’ve elected to share this information so the entire community will have access.

  • Getting involved, making friends improves college experience

    Many graduating seniors soon will be freshmen at college, leaving behind those days of trying to fit in and make new friends, right?


    College freshmen have a similar task and it might be a little more daunting since college students might be living away from home for the first time.

    University of Kentucky freshman Desirae Duncan said she couldn’t stress enough how important it is for incoming freshmen to get involved in campus activities and meet others.

  • AP Classes give students a head start

    By April Winebarger

    For most students, the early days of May mean getting ready for summer break. But other students have an additional stress before they can think about tanning.

    These students will take Advanced Placement (AP) exams from May 2 to May 13. More than 30 subjects are available. Students in AP classes who have chosen to take the exam have been preparing through the entire school year, maybe during the previous summer, for this two- to three-hour test.

  • April's student editor

    Savanna Bolin is this month's student editor for Rising Voices.

    A junior at Central Hardin High School, Savanna enjoys listening to music and attending concerts. She is a loyal Justin Bieber fan.

    Her future career interests include music and journalism.

    As editor for the April issue of Rising Voices, Savanna led discussion and assigned stories and photos.

    She joined Rising Voices to gain experience, knowledge of journalism techniques and new friends.