Teacher’s Two Cents

The JagWire asked these teachers this question: “If you could give one piece of advice to seniors before  college, what would it be?”

Ms. Kendra

“Be the change; take one breath at a time; be true to yourself; accept the things you cannot change; enjoy life… you only have one.”

Ms. Williams

“‘You may find happiness by realizing that life is a journey, not a destination’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson. Live in the moment, find something positive in every day and learn from the obstacles in your journey. Lastly, stop comparing yourself and your aspirations to the lives of other people. Trust in who you are and the journey that you are meant to take.”

Mr. Schendt

“Find your people, find your interests and embrace that to the fullest. Far too often students are given messages about what to pursue in college that do not actually benefit the holistic person. So my advice is simple: find the interests that make you happy and surround yourself with the people who will support you, both as peers and as mentors.”

Ms. Johnson
“Find a place in your life for doing something you love, even in the busiest of times.”

Ms. Jackson

“Go to class!”

Mr. Klakovich 

“Keep your eyes open to all the amazing opportunities that become available to you. College is much more than taking classes; it’s a time to experiment and test yourself. Don’t be so cautious; say YES!”

Ms. Paige

“Always be prepared for class…READ THE NOTES YOU TAKE!!!”

Ms. Schrader

“Be open to new experiences and activities; keep your chin up; make new friends; count on your reliable friends and family when things get tough; always make your education a priority. Making good decisions for the next chapter of your life will be very important for you in ten years!”

Ms. Watson

“Take classes that interest you, even if they aren’t always practical. You never know how or when something can change your life.”

Mr. Rahn

“My advice would be to explore as many activities and organizations as you can in your college/university. Also, the social aspects of being college student are a huge part of the experience, so enjoy that fully, but don’t let that become the priority over academics; find balance!”

Ms. Bulleri

“Make good choices, and be sure to vote.”

Madame Gaut

“I think one big advice would be to never keep for tomorrow what can be done right now. Don’t ever procrastinate.”

Mr. Cone

“The first year of college is bound to be tough emotionally. Don’t get down on yourself when you feel lonely and do feel free to reach out to mental health professionals, friends, family members and former teachers if you need a lift.”

Mr. Jester

“Start work the day it’s assigned, and you’ll be pleased with the pace of college life.”

Battle of the Biscuits

Rise Biscuits and Donuts

Location: The location at Rise is the better of the two, with lots of parking all around it. It is right smack in the middle of Carrboro, so it’s an easy walk if you live nearby.

Price: Rise doughnuts are reasonably priced, and so is the coffee. The biscuits are more pricey at nearly $5 with toppings, but they are still very delicious.

Variety: At Rise, you have a variety of biscuits, doughnuts, coffee, “hashpuppies”, salads and even chicken strips.

Time: Rise is super fast for donuts, but you might have to wait at least five minutes for your biscuit, especially  if the restaurant is crowded.

Vibe: Rise is very cute and resembles a boutique city bakery. You can go inside and sit down, and there’s even a chalkboard to draw on in the back.

Overall: Rise Biscuits is a place to go to meet your friends and have a nice meal before work or school. If you want a really fluffy but generic biscuit, Rise is for you.

Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen

Location: Sunrise’s location is farther away from CHS than Rise is, but there’s usually less traffic. The only traffic is actually the line into the drivethrough. Sunrise is on the northern end of Franklin Street, so it is not too walkable from downtown. There is, however, a small parking lot on one side.

Price: Sunrise’s biscuits are less expensive than Rise, but only by a bit; a chicken biscuit is $4.29. Overall, they cost about 50 cents less than Rise’s.

Variety: At Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen, there are a variety of biscuits as well as coffee, great sweet tea, cinnamon rolls, hush-puppies, fries, grits, sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers and small break- fast platters.

Time: Sunrise is super quick as it is a drive-through, so you shouldn’t have to wait more than two minutes for your food, but the car line itself can take upward of ten minutes.

Vibe: There is something to love about a local kitchen that serves biscuits; it’s just plain Southern. It is a family-run kitchen, with both owners being born and raised in the South. It’s just like something you might see on TV.

Overall: Sunrise Kitchen is the place to go when you’re in your pajamas, on the go or just want to sit in the car with your friends and listen to music. If you are looking for a real Southern biscuit or meal, this is the place for you; they’re homemade and fluffy — one of the best I’ve ever had.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Pizza Places: Reviewed


by Niya Fearrington

As teenagers, we are always looking for something fun and cheap to do with friends. My personal favorite is getting pizza. The best pizza restaurant is the famous Italian Pizzeria III, otherwise known as IP3.

Location: The restaurant is located on the west side of Franklin Street, so it’s easily accessible to most CHS stu-

Price: Being highschool students, most of us don’t have a steady income, so price is very important when deciding where to hang out. The prices at IP3 are very affordable, with two slices of cheese pizza and a drink costing only$5. What a steal!

Value: You might think, just two slices? However, the size of each slice is out of this world! One slice of pizza is bigger than my entire hand. Imagine… two ginormous slices of pizza, not to mention the fifteen topping options. All with endless refills of your favorite Pepsi products, lemonade or homemade sweet tea, and the small ice cubes seem to make the drink taste better, especially for all the ice chewers.

Variety: Now, don’t get attached to the pizza because this Italian pizzeria  offers way more than just that. They serve everything from illustrious Italian pasta dishes like manicotti to more American cuisine like cheeseburgers. Other options include a variety of sandwiches and salads to hold you over if you’re not too hungry.

Time: You will never have to wait more than ten minutes for lunch or twenty minutes for dinner on a busy day. As a senior, one of my favorite things to do is to call ahead and request my order. By the time I arrive my food is being packaged up. With a 50 minute lunch period, this gives IP3 an advantage over other local lunch spots.

Vibe: Great pizza and great prices mean nothing if the vibe is off. The walls at IP3 are plastered with photos of UNC alumni, aerial looks of Franklin Street and images from one of the most important nights of the year: the UNC v. Duke basketball game. This lets you know that you’ve set foot in a Chapel Hill favorite.

On both sides of the entrance two TVs constantly air athletic games, making it a great place for you and your family to enjoy dinner while watching your favorite sports team. On top of all this, the employees complete the experience. Brothers Angelo and Vincenzo Marrone have run IP3 since 1980, making the atmosphere like that of a true family.

Overall: IP3 is a place for the people. Hot pizza, loaded with cheese to perfection, at a reasonable price sounds too good to be true. And if you’re not in the mood for pizza, there’s a plethora of other food options. If you haven’t had an opportunity to eat at this wonderful spot, you should really stop by.

Pizzeria Mercato

by Lily Ervin

Price: The price for each pizza varies, from $13 to $17 for a whole pizza: a bit pricier than IP3. But if you go out with your friends, obviously you could split the cost. For a whole pizza, the price is pretty good, especially after you’ve tasted it.

Variety: Mercato has a nice variety for a pizza place, from pizzas to their salads, and drinks to desserts. If you are not in the mood for pizza, there are other options too. There is antipasti (the first course in an Italian meal), including pork belly and sausage and piatti, which is like lasagne. Unfortunately, you cannot purchase by the slice like at IP3, but you can  split one pizza between two people, so one slice at IP3 is about two slices at Mercato.

Mercato’s desserts are all so delicious and fancy. My personal favorite is the bodino, which is caramel and chocolate Italian

Vibe: Whether you’re walking in on a busy night or a chill afternoon, the vibe at Mercato is always fun. Going with friends or family, you’ll always feel welcome. The wait staff is super nice and friendly, typically what you see in the town of Carrboro. If you sit at the bar, you can watch and listen to the chefs making the pizzas in the ovens behind the counter. Or, sit by the window to see the people of Carrboro while enjoying your meal.

Wait time: Overall, the wait time is fairly short. During the day, Mercato is not as busy as at night, and the wait time is very short. At night, the restaurant is more crowded; it’s the only specialty pizza place in Carrboro, and it’s really good. But for a busy place, you will not have to wait longer than 25 minutes in my expe rience. You can always get a drink while you wait and stand or sit outside on a nice night.

Overall presentation: At Mercato, everything’s meant to impress. Right away your table gets a large glass pitcher of water, which is something I have always liked because I like to serve myself water when I need to.

Their menu is easy to read and not too long, so you don’t have to decide between so many choices. They have roughly ten choices of pizzas, and you could always add on more toppings. I am always very content with how my pizza looks and tastes. All the pizzas are adorned with toppings to make them look like a masterpiece, and the flavors match the presentation.


Teachers share college stories

Kendra Hargett-Chamblee

Fayetteville State University (Fayetteville, NC)

Q: How did you decide on the college you went to?

A: My brother was attending Fayetteville State University, and I just followed in his footsteps. I was inspired to go there by him.

Q: Is there something you wish you knew before you went to college?

A: Looking back, the only thing I wish I knew before I went to college was to take advantage of different organizations, like sororities and different social groups and stuff like that.

Q: What’s the best/worst part about your college experience?

A: My best experience was how I went into early childhood education, and I had the opportunity to work and do my student teaching with third graders. That was very rewarding, to actually go into student teaching and actually feel what it was really going to be like. It was a good experience prior to graduating. The worst part of my college experience was I had to take a photography and art class. Of course, I cannot draw! I had to spend a lot of time working on that.

Q: Advice you want to give others before they go to college?

A: Study hard, pay attention, make good choices, ask questions [and] utilize the
library. I spent a lot of time in the library, so that’s something positive.

Ryan Severance
Mount Vernon Nazarene University (Mount Vernon, Ohio)

Q: How did you decide on the college you went to?

A: As I was picking colleges, I actually only had two in mind my senior year. My top choice was Indiana Wesleyan and my second choice was Mount Vernon. My mom told me I had to visit Mount Vernon or I wouldn’t be able to visit Indiana. Mount Vernon was a school I didn’t want to attend whatsoever. But when I went to go make the choice, Mount Vernon was the only school that was going to allow me to double major. While I was there, one of the math professors approached me and asked what I wanted to do. The friendliness and the outreach of that professor was one of the main reasons why I chose Mount Vernon; that school had professors that legitimately cared about their students.

Q: Is there something you wish you knew before you went to college?

A: There is a lot when it comes to just weird financial things that are attached to college. There is a lot of making decisions on loans, are you going to get loans… everyone jokes about the “adult things” they never teach you; there’s a lot of that that I kind of wish you knew. Once you go to college that might be the first time you have to do your taxes by yourself. There’s more budgeting that is involved in college, just a lot of small things that when you’re in high school that get over- looked. And then suddenly when you’re in college, there’s a lot of stuff you have to experience for the first time.

Q: Is there something important others should bring to college?

A: In a way it sounds weird, but bring yourself. The store can replace everything else, but not losing your identity when you go to college is probably one of the biggest things not to forget.

Q: Advice you want to give others before they go to college?

A: Don’t be scared by the idea of college. Yes, there’s gonna be very scary things; yes, it costs a lot of money (lots of financial issues that are going to be apart of it), but embrace it. It’s going to be one of the coolest times. I grew more in college than I did in high school. As an individual you’ll find out who you are, and just go in head first. Take every advantage to go meet people to get out of your dorm room, and just get your work done. Because there are so many scholarships out there just for doing your work. You will thank yourself when you get free money to pay for your school, but at the same time enjoy it. Find those friendships, don’t get caught in a bad relationship, find those people you can center yourself around which are good role models that you can have fun with but also have serious conversations. And just don’t take the four or five years for granted: enjoy every moment. Give it the best you have. Because in the end, you will make it.

Student Spotlight: Ben Gerhardt

Q: How long have you been playing an instrument/been in orchestra?

A: In orchestra, I’ve been playing for about 10

Q: What was your inspiration for starting to play?

A: I was really into pirates, and I really wanted to be a pirate. I saw the movie Master and Commander, and I was too young to get any of the plot, but it was a movie about pirates and there was a violinist in it, so I was like “Okay, if I wanna be a pirate, I have to play violin.” Also, the movie Music Man is one of my favorite movies of all time, and I used to pretend to be Harold Hill. So, that inspired me to play violin too.

Q: Do you plan to continue your musical career?

A: Oh yes, absolutely. I mean I’ve been playing for a really long time, where I do a lot with it. I don’t know if it’s going to be my sole profession, but I know I’m always going to play violin.

Q: What is your favorite musical memory at Carrboro so far?

A: One of my favorite musical memories was our last concert of the year. It wasn’t the best concert, but we did a key symphony piece with all the teachers, so Jester was up there playing tambourine, and the Assistant Principals. Klakovich was nailing the kookoo. He is a musical guy; I never picked that up in class. It was a lot of fun to play that piece with them.

Q: Do you have any advice to the freshman or incoming freshman in the CHS orchestra?

A: Yeah. Be excited! If you’re excited about something stay excited; don’t let anybody rain down on your parade.

Q: Do you have any inspiration for why you play violin?

A: I’ve had a few major ones. My violin teacher, he’s been in the North Carolina symphony, he has been incredibly inspirational. One person I worked with over the summer who told me this one quote for music that I probably will never forget as long as I live: “If it looks easy, it’s hard and if it looks hard, it’s hard.” So basically, just everything is hard. And it’s so true, because when you see a piece of music like Barber’s Adagio for String, which is one of the most beautiful things of all time, the notes are easy, everything looks easy, but it’s impossible to do it well.

Donut dilemma

Krispy Kreme, in my personal opinion, is the reigning champion and best donut chain is home to America’s favorite donuts. Established in 1937, in Winston Salem, North Carolina, Krispy Kreme’s delicious donuts are at the heart of every American. It’s “rival,” Dunkin Donuts, is the home of stale donuts that taste like bread. And, unlike Krispy Kreme, their donuts do not melt in your mouth.

Not to mention, Krispy Kreme donuts are made right in front of you along a chain that children and families can watch while they eat. Dunkin Donuts are shipped from factories and then put in shelves just to sit and wait a while before anyone actually wants them.

A fond memory I have is going to Krispy Kreme early in the morning before school with my sister and father. When we walked in, delicious smells wafted from the kitchen.

Families like mine have been going to Krispy Kreme for generations. From birthday parties to silly occasions, you can even wear Krispy Kreme paper hats.

Krispy Kreme is also a part of American culture. Their boxes and special occasion donuts symbolize what America is about. For every holiday, Krispy Kreme releases colorful themed donuts. But where are the black and orange sprinkled Dunkin Donuts? The holiday boxes? The truth is, Dunkin Donuts needs to get its act together if they even want to compare to Krispy Kreme.

Krispy Kreme also cares about students and wants them to do well. For every A a student earns, they can get a free donut!

Carrboro and Chapel Hill citizens need to bring back Krispy Kreme to our triangle. Krispy Kreme is more than a donut shop; they care about you, they bring together communities, and most importantly, they satisfy your tastebuds.

Carrboro Music Festival

On September 23 and 24, the streets of Carrboro were lined with 29 artists and

Many students from Carrboro High School joined in on the fun, including Anna Kemper, senior, Clara Ruth Logan, junior, for the festival.

“At the festival everyone was dancing, everyone was really excited and people were paying attention to the bands and were having fun together,” said Logan.

“It was just really cool to see them all perform, and it was all local bands.”

Some of the most popular artists the Carrboro Music Festival had seen were the hip hop groups, and the classical music, and even jazz.

“There was mostly classical music and guitars, the jazz was fun to listen to,” said Kemper. “This man in Superman underwear walked out.”

Clara Ruth spent Sunday night at Cat’s Cradle, where they were having the hip hop variety show.

“Something surprising to me was there was a whole bunch of people at Cat’s Cradle,” said Ruth. “It was really full [in the backroom].”

The hip hop rap was a big hit. Many food trucks, and local restaurants were near the action, ranging from Glass Half Full to the Napoli pizza truck.

“At Open Eye, it was nice to get coffee and listen to music,” said Kemper.

“Carrboro citizens were riding their bikes and walking around, it was nice to see everyone in the community. There were even people with rollerskates, and wearing funky outfits.”

Both Logan and Kemper felt that the Carrboro Music festival brought the community together. Next year they are excited to see new faces in the crowd.