2015-11-21 / The Bullhorn


Pictured are members of the communications class, first row, from left, Raylen Earwood, Luke Burton, Kate Crews, Jackson Woody, Kayleigh Long, Kassi Walker; second row, Delaney Sullivan, Carly Long, Stephanie DeVillier, Sara Coates, Madison Fuller and Natalie Walters. Pictured are members of the communications class, first row, from left, Raylen Earwood, Luke Burton, Kate Crews, Jackson Woody, Kayleigh Long, Kassi Walker; second row, Delaney Sullivan, Carly Long, Stephanie DeVillier, Sara Coates, Madison Fuller and Natalie Walters. Since Thanksgiving is less than a week away, this Bullhorn is all about us, your biweekly Bullhorn reporters, and what we’re thankful for. One of the things we’re thankful for is you, the people of Person County who read our stories and hear our voices.

By Delaney Sullivan

Bullhorn Editor

I ’m a junior at Roxboro Community

School (RCS), and the editor of the Bullhorn. I’ve been in journalism since I was in seventh-grade at my old school in Virginia, and have been a member of the RCS communications class since I transferred here in ninth-grade. Writing, every form of it, is something that I love. Having the power to take 26 letters and make people feel every emotion possible is, simply put, stunning. After I graduate RCS, I plan to get a M.A. in Mass Communications and minor in English.

There are so many things that I’m thankful for; my family, food, shelter, clothes, and other necessities, of course, are on the top of the list. I’m thankful for opportunities that I have to improve myself, and the opportunities to travel as much as I do. I’m thankful for my grandmother, who, though she probably didn’t do it on purpose, taught me more than I ever thought possible.

My friends, cousins, teachers, and experiences have molded me into the person I am today. Although people have been in and out of my life, some faster than a bullet, I want to thank them for teaching me things that I wouldn’t have learned if it wasn’t for them.

I practically have my whole life left to conquer, and that’s such a scary thing to think about. I’m thankful for the people that support me no matter what path I take. I probably don’t say it enough, but, “Thank you.”

By Carly Long

Bullhorn Reporter

I am the middle child of my family, with an older and younger sister, and a younger brother.

My parents split when I was very young, but all four of my parents love me as their own.

I have danced since I was three and have made many good friends and memories through it. In eighth-grade I began color guard, and fell in love with the feeling of the flag in my hands. I’m also involved in many clubs in and out of school. In addition, I enjoy reading, writing, and learning.

I’m thankful for everything that helps me to be a better me. My parents and grandparents have raised and supported me my entire life, shaping me into who I am today. They taught me to be kind and caring, but to stand up for what I believe in. I am also grateful for all my teachers, who have taught me more than the curriculum. Mrs. Boatwright especially has given me the chance to find my passion in photography. From when I was little, I always loved taking pictures, but with the opportunity to use more than disposable or phone cameras, I discovered I really, truly loved photography.

My many pets prove to be great models, and I am thankful for them as well. My cat’s purr is my favorite music. I am also thankful for music. I can always find a song to connect, no matter what the situation is.

Most importantly, I am thankful for God. As a Christian, I know that I am never alone and always have someone to listen and advise me. I have made many friends through church that I am thankful to have in my life. I know I would not be where I am today if not for the supportive people and opportunities in my life, and I am thankful for each of them.

By Jackson Woody

Bullhorn Reporter

M y name is Jackson Woody and

I am a freshman at Roxboro Community School (RCS).

I am thankful for many things, one being our communications teacher, Mrs. Boatwright. Not only is she our teacher, she is the director of development at RCS. She writes grants and handles the money for our Raise the Roof Campaign. She is kept busy handling both of these, and does not receive enough praise for doing so.

I am also thankful for both of my parents, Laura and George Woody. They are firefighters, available 24/7 for any kind of medical or fire emergency for anything from trouble breathing to a business on fire.

Next, I am thankful for my church family at Bethel Hill Baptist Church. They are always there to support me whenever needed, and can send encouraging texts when I need them.

I’m thankful for my friends who take time out of their lives to keep a relationship with me.

I’m very thankful for my best friend, Baylee Burton, for talking to me whenever I need someone. I will always be there for her, just like she is for me.

I am also thankful for my free time and hobbies, like sleeping, eating, hanging out with friends, talking on the phone, not doing homework, watching Netflix, playing games, and just being able to enjoy life.

I’m thankful for the sky; the sunrise is a reminder that the day is beginning, fresh and new. The sunset is a reminder that the day has come to an end; anything that happened that day is done and over. While both can be beautiful, both can be a total wreck as well.

Finally, I am thankful for the life I have. I take everything in my life for granted, when there are people in third-world countries that don’t have enough food for a meal, or clothes on their back. I am slowly learning to appreciate what I have because there are others that can’t even fathom owning anything close to it.

These are the things that make my life a beautiful, monstrous, catastrophic wreck of good and bad memories, people and times.

By Kassi Walker

Bullhorn Reporter

I am a freshman at Roxboro Community School, and am thankful for a lot of things; my sister would have to be a big one.

My little sister Ashlyn Walker, who is constantly getting on my nerves, is just 13 months younger than me, which only makes the nagging worse. Whatever I do she wants to do to. Don’t even get me started on her stealing my clothes. Even though she gets on my nerves so much, I would not change her for the world. I wouldn’t know what to do without her. She is my rock. I couldn’t imagine what life would be without her - probably a whole lot quieter, but that wouldn’t be much fun.

Ashlyn is my little cheerleader. When I was little I hated getting my blood drawn and every time I had to get it done I would cry and cry, just dread it, and sure enough, there was Ashlyn holding my hand saying, “It will be ok sissy, you got this.” Little memories like that make me treasure her all the more.

I am thankful for people who have come into my life and even though they may have not stayed with me, without them, I would not be who I am today. We take the smallest things for granted. I know I do. I take my mom for granted; like her hanging my clothes. I don’t think about it until I see her doing it. When my Nana was my age, the only thing she got for Christmas were a bag of fruit and a paper doll. That may not seem like a very good Christmas, but to her that was everything. She waited all year for that. No, they weren’t the richest people, but I guarantee you they were the happiest. That story taught me a lot. It taught me to not take everything for granted and to be happy with what I have, because there are people out there who don’t have a place called home, but they still smile and are happy for what they have.

By Kayleigh Long

Bullhorn Reporter

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my many blessings.

This year at RCS, I am a sophomore and a member of the AP Academy. Also, I am a member of Beta Club and the FFA. At home, I live with my mom, dad, dog and cat.

I am thankful for my loving family. My mom and dad are always there to support me, no matter what. They comfort me when I am feeling blue, and assist me in attaining my goals. I am thankful for my pets, Bobby the cat and Chance the dog, who shower me with love and affection. I am thankful for my friends, who are always eager to help me and keep me positive without asking for anything in return. And lastly, I am thankful for my teachers, who guide me on the path of knowledge and prepare me for the future ahead.

By Luke Burton

RCS Videographer/Bullhorn Reporter

I am a junior at Roxboro Community School. This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for all the people in my life, such as my parents, my grandparents, my sisters, my friends and my teachers.

Each and every one of them has helped shape who I am today. I am lucky to be a part of a wonderful family that has supported me through the difficult times in my life, and I am thankful for my teachers who have believed in me since day one.

To my family, I am thankful for their constant love. It has gotten me through the difficult times of my life. And I am thankful for them supporting me, even when I constantly switch between what I want to be when I grow up. Believe me, I could not get very far without them.

To my friends, thank you for giving me the best times of my life. These memories are extremely important to me and I will not forget them. To my teachers, thank you for taking a chance and believing in me when no one else did. You have given me courage and, most importantly, belief in myself.

My teachers have taught me that I can do anything I set my mind to, even when it’s difficult.

Even though it may not seem like I am always thankful and even though I may, from time to time, think I am owed something, I try to keep in mind that I am more fortunate than others. I have a family and friends who love me. So, thank you.

By Madison Fuller

Bullhorn Reporter

I like to think of myself as a grateful human and I try my best to never take things for granted.

I am thankful for a multitude of things: orange and pink skies, my home, chocolate, Dr. Pepper, my laptop, those really soft blankets, the smell of pumpkin, sweat pants, grilled cheeses, correct grammar, photographs, nice hugs, puns, and many more things. However, I am most thankful for all the different people I have met in my life.

Throughout the 5,693 days I have been on this earth, many people have been involved and they have all taught me different life lessons that I continue to use every day.

I am thankful for the most important female figure in my life who has never failed to give me advice, take my side even when I’m wrong, and argue with me when I’m in an argumentative mood (or even when I’m not in an argumentative mood). She loves me unconditionally, which has taught me that love really does have the ability to last for eternity.

I am thankful for the important male figure in my life who provides me with the roof above my head and the shoes on my feet.

I am thankful for the group of girls who hurt me because they taught me that pain is temporary. They taught me that holding grudges does not fix anything and that letting go is the best option in certain situations. They’ve taught me that sometimes you need to get rid of the toxic friendships in your life and that happiness will soon come afterward.

I am thankful for former friends who taught me that you need to treasure the good things in life. They’ve taught me that keeping in touch doesn’t always save friendships and that a simple smile in the hallways will go a long way.

I am thankful for my very best friend, who keeps me sane every single day and keeps me smiling even when I want to cry. He has taught me to never give up on myself and to always look at the bright side. He makes me a better person.

Hundreds of people have walked in and out of my life; only a few have stayed.

I have had toxic frenemies, unforgettable friendships, and loving relationships, and throughout it all, I can positively say I will never regret meeting any person.

By Natalie Walters

Bullhorn Reporter

I am a 14-year-old freshman at RCS. I was born and raised in North Carolina and currently live with my mom in Roxboro. I went to North End Elementary School before coming to RCS for middle school. I enjoy going outside for walks every day and being with my friends and family. My favorite subjects are science and math, and I like going to Science Club after school on Tuesdays to learn more about the subject. This year has been a new and interesting experience so far, and I look forward to seeing how the rest of it will go.

I am thankful for everything I have and get to do. I get to attend school and learn new things almost every day, and I feel that having great teachers and classes has taught me a variety of new skills throughout the years. I know that I will gain more experiences and knowledge in my next three years of high school. I am grateful for each one of my friends and family for always being there for me, and also for my health. I’m thankful for the small joys in life like beautiful sunsets and music. I get to live in a wonderful place with amazing people where I can be myself, and that is something that I appreciate every day.

By Raylen Earwood

RCS Videographer

I am a high school senior at Roxboro Community School. I enjoy video games, movies, puzzles, books, and drawing cartoon characters. Nerdy high school student – that’s me.

It often takes a harsh turn of events to wake us up, to make us reevaluate our lives and appreciate what we have. You realize what matters most and who you really care for. Yet when things are going well, it can be easy to overlook the great things and people in our lives.

We can take for granted our health, the relationships we have, and the comfort we live in. The tiny things are what make up the biggest parts of life.

I find it wise to look for what makes us smile, and cherish them because nothing lasts forever. It’s not the money, toys, or delicious food that make it a great time to be alive.

That is why this year I am thankful for being alive, and able to see what makes my life so great – the people who stand and have stood with me.

By Sara Coates

Bullhorn Reporter

T his Thanksgiving,

I am overwhelmed by the amount of things I have to be thankful for.

I am thankful for my parents, as well as my family, for always loving me unconditionally and supporting every decision I make. I am extremely thankful for the lessons being a foster sister has taught me, and the children it has allowed me to meet, who remind me to be thankful for every little thing I have because they often come with nothing. I am thankful for my best friend because he is everything a best friend should be. He is a smile full of hope and happiness that remind me to never give up on myself, and multi-colored eyes full of never ending love that remind me he will always be there when I need him; he is patient, tolerant, and undeniably remarkable.

I am thankful for my love of photography because it allows me to escape the world and freeze the moments which please my perfectionist tendencies. Along with this, I am thankful for Mrs. Boatwright, who has pushed me to reach my full potential. I am also thankful for all of my teachers and my education in itself because without it I wouldn’t know to question everything. I am even thankful for my dyslexia because it has provided me with a new outlook on life, literally.

I am grateful for all the small things in life, such as the sun for continuing to come up every morning and face a world full of cruelty and hate to light up the hopeful places hidden away. Not only the sun, but the sunrises and sunsets too for showing me true beauty. The moon for showing me I can survive silence and solitude. Winter for allowing me to experience the cold, and summer for rescuing me from it. I am thankful for infatuation because it allows me to fall in love with a little piece of everyone I meet, along with the little optimism I have in my pessimistic, anxiety ridden body for allowing me to see a little good in everything bad.

I am especially thankful for each new day I am given to have a second chance and start over. We aren’t entitled to anything, but we are given lots. The smallest things in this life are the ones we have the most gratitude for. It’s a good life, even when it’s not.

By Stephanie DeVillier

High School Yearbook Editor

I am the high school yearbook editor, so I don’t usually write for The Bullhorn. I am a senior who changes her mind on a daily basis from, “what I want to be when I grow up” to, “where I want to call home for the next four years of my life.” I am so indecisive, which is why writing this is really hard. But, if I have to sum it up, I am thankful for each person that has walked into my life.

Everybody has taught me a different life lesson and made me into the person

I am today. From friends and family to teachers and bosses, all of you have made a positive impact on my life. To my friends, thank you for showing me how to be positive at all times and live life to the fullest. To my family, I don’t know what I would do without you guys, seriously. I know you are there for me no matter what, through thick and thin, so thank you. Teachers/ bosses, you guys are the ones who push me to limits I thought I couldn’t reach. When it comes down to it, you all taught me there is so much I should be thankful for, but because I wanted to pick one thing, I pick you guys. So, thank you.

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