Keep Up With the End of the Year Shenanigans


The end of the school year is always a busy time. Here are the upcoming dates/events to remember for May:

May 15-19      ERB Testing, 1st– 7th Grades           

  • Please be respectful of the students testing and be as quiet as possible and keep hall activity to a minimum

May 16-18      Senior Exams

  • Lower classmen need to remember to ask teachers if they will be switching classrooms to allow the seniors to take exams.
  • Please be respectful and be as quiet as possible and keep hall activity to a minimum.

May 18           K3-K5 Last Day of School

  • Parents please don’t forget K3-K5 will be dismissed at noon
  • K5 Graduation Ceremony will take place that evening at 6:30 pm in the gym.
  • Students please come out to support our K5 students as they graduate kindergarten.

May 19           Academic Awards

  • The Awards Ceremony will be held in the gym and will begin at 1:00 pm.
  • Students please be on your best behavior and be respectful of guests attending the ceremony.
  • Seniors and Junior Marshals will practice for awards day Thursday, May 18th at 1:00 pm

May 21           Baccalaureate

  • The service will be held in the gym and will begin at 4:00 pm. Everyone is welcome.
  • The guest speaker is the Hampton Methodist Church preacher, Ross Chellis
  • Seniors and Junior Marshals will practice for Baccalaureate Friday, May 19th at 2:30 pm

May 22           1st/2nd Period Exams

                        AR Awards Day

  • Noon dismissal
  • Students who do not have to take a second period exam must bring a note to school saying they have permission to leave. Phone calls will not be allowed.
  • Grades 1-4 will participate in career day. They are allowed to dress up to represent what they would like to be when they grow up.
  • AR awards will begin at 9:30 am.

May 23           3rd/4th Period Exams

  • Noon Dismissal
  • Students who do not have to take a fourth period exam must bring a note to school saying they have permission to leave. Phone calls will not be allowed

May 24           5th/6th Period Exams

  • Noon Dismissal
  • Students who do not have to take a sixth period exam must bring a note to school saying they have permission to leave. Phone calls will not be allowed
  • Field Day
  • Last day of school

May 25           Teacher Workday/ Senior Luncheon

As a tradition, the senior class will join the faculty members for their last school meal on May 25th in the cafeteria. This year’s senior class chose pizza sticks and french fries as their last school meal.

                        Senior Graduation

  • The ceremony will be held in the gym and will begin at 7:00 pm.
  • The speaker is the Chaplin of the Citadel, Joe Molina.

The 2017-2018 Student Council Elections


On May 15, 2017 Patrick Henry Academy will hold elections for the 2017-2018 Student Council offices. The rising eight graders through rising seniors will be allowed to vote in this election. All four offices are open; President Reeves Altman and his cabinet members are preparing to step down at the end of the school year.

Each year PHA students get a chance to participate in the democratic process and are able to vote in Student Council Elections.

Of the current officers President Altman and Secretary Sarah Gohagan are seniors graduating out of position. Vice President Hunter Spielman and Reporter Ellee Mikell are running for reelection at different positions. There are currently ten students running for office. For President: Hunter Spielman and Jackson Wiggins. For Vice President: Ellee Mikell and Madelyn Corbin. For Secretary/Treasurer: Bryce Blakeney, Grace Ann Williams, and Kennedy Fairey. And for Reporter: Olivia Mikell, Abbie Wiggins, and Garrett Griner. Current Student Council sponsor Jeffery Strickland is stepping down after two years. He will be attending graduate school at the Citadel in the fall. No replacement sponsor has been found at this time.


Yearbook Day


On Thursday, May 11, the yearbook staff announced this year’s yearbook and gave them out to the students. This process was done much differently than last year, as students in grades 5-12 got out of class during sixth period and went to the gym for the event. Students were given the remainder of sixth and all of seventh period to sign yearbooks and hang out in the gym, which was enjoyed by everyone in attendance.


Closing Time


Well this is it. The summer heat is fast approaching along with an occasion that seniors have been waiting for since kindergarten- graduation. Soon Patrick Henry’s seniors will embark on the next and arguably most important step of their lives. This year every young adult in the class of 2017 is planning on furthering their education, which is becoming a more common phenomenon but is still quite impressive. Soon they will face obstacles and responsibilities that were once taken care of for them by their parents. Many say that this is the end of adolescents and the beginning of true adulthood and the “real world.” However, even universities will assist students with living arrangements, meal plans, and financial aid. So when is it exactly that we grow up, or do we ever grow up at all?

The answer is one that will vary from individual to individual, but maturity is a point that everyone will reach eventually. Some like my brother, Daniel Davis, a supervisor at the Savannah River Site, always says that adulthood is reached after one has graduated college and had to experience the stresses of the world completely unassisted. This perspective completely differs from that of my middle aged forever young mother who’s stated multiple times that she is still a child, and refuses to grow up. At face value her rebellion against adulthood seems irresponsible and downright unwise. However, the true point to her words hides beneath the surface. She takes care of her responsibilities; otherwise I wouldn’t be in Patrick Henry Academy. Her point is to never forget the value of a child’s heart, and to never mistake it for irresponsibility, stupidity, or disregard.

The truth is neither high school nor college is the last call for childhood. It’s not the end of making mistakes, mayhem, or memories. It’s the beginning of taking responsibility for those mistakes and the mayhem we caused. Our childish heart will carry warily on as the pressures of the real world weigh ever harder, trying its absolute hardest to stay out of trouble and under a roof. Yes, growing up may mean the end of some things, but the child in all of us always lives on.

Dear Rising Seniors


Dear Class of 2018,

I have some advice for your senior year of high school. I know you are probably thinking that I am not much older than you, so how would I know any better. However, your senior year is a lot different than you may think. I expected smooth sailing through the school year and an easy time picking my college. By the time October rolled around, I realized how mistaken I was. Being a senior does not mean that you take easy classes all year. In fact, it means that you have to work harder than usual. Junior year was the hardest year of high school in my opinion, but that does not mean that senior year is super easy. Also, choosing the school where you will spend the first four years on your own is a very difficult decision. There are so many factors that add into it: price, majors, housing, distance, etc. From April 2016 to October 2016, I had my heart set on going to College of Charleston. Now after making several hard decisions, I have decided that I will be attending USC Aiken. Another hard process of picking a college is figuring out what you want to do with your life. At 17 and 18, you are at a time in life where you are still making mistakes and finding your way through high school. It is so hard to figure what you want to do in twenty years when you aren’t even sure you will be the same person in twenty years (more than likely you won’t be). In August, I thought that teaching was what God meant for me to do in life, but later I discovered I would not enjoy that for the rest of my life. Another important thing to remember is that you are going to college to study what YOU want to do with YOUR life. Do not let your parents or friends pressure you to go to a college or study a major that YOU know that you do not enjoy. It may hurt feelings or cause a fight, but in the end it is worth it if you are doing what you love. Another suggestion I have for you during senior year is to get a job. A job will give you responsibility (which is something you will have a lot of during senior year and the first year of college), and it will also give you some of your own money to spend. Going to a small school like Patrick Henry Academy, you have known most of your classmates since kindergarten. I know that after 13 years with the same people, they annoy you because you are all basically a family. However, for some of you this is the last year that you will see each other every day. Spend time with your classmates, go out to the movies in a big group, go to the river, or just go to someone’s house to hang out. You will be surprised how fun it is just to spend time with each other. My last piece of advice is to appreciate your final months in the halls at PHA. For most of you, it is where you spent the majority of your life. Many things will change: walls will be painted, your locker will belong to someone else, and there will be new faces walking through the hallways. Make memories during your senior year that you will be able to tell your children about one day.


Sarah Gohagan, C/O 2017

Watergate: The Sequel?


Donald Trump crossed a line.  Firing James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, was a grave mistake for the President of the United States to make.  On Tuesday, May 9, Comey saw news coverage of his termination, believing it to be an elaborate prank.  This belief was promptly proven incorrect when he received his termination letter from the president.  The letter stated that the president had lost trust in Comey because of the handling of the Hilary Clinton email scandal, contradicting his praise for Comey reopening the investigation before the election.  The White House pivots on who made the decision.  Originally, it was said to be the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.  Later, Trump expressed that “[Comey] wasn’t doing a good job,” implying that the decision had come from the president himself.  Many speculate that the real reason of the termination came from Comey’s persistence on digging into the investigation on President Trump’s collusion with Russia.

The termination letter pictured here leaves several questions unanswered and leaves even more of them unclear.

The last and only other time a similar situation occurred was in 1973, when Richard Nixon ordered the Attorney General to fire the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal.  Elliot Richardson, the Attorney General, resigned, and the Deputy Attorney General, William Ruckelshaus, soon followed suit.  Granted, the situation is not identical, but it draws some striking parallels.  The timing is just too suspicious.  Trump fires Comey right after the latter requests more funds to investigate a scandal involving the former?  That sounds an awful lot like a cover-up.  Even if it is not, the bad PR hurts the president.  It would be stupid to make such a decision like this unless the president felt threatened.  Comey did not handle the investigation of Hilary Clinton’s email server as competently as he could have, but it is still ethically unsound for the leader of the free world to fire a person investigating him.  At best for the president it looks bad.  At worst, it helps confirm that Trump did have ties to the Russians.  Whatever the truth really is, President Trump will have a rough time ahead of him because of this decision.


NBA Draft Prospect’s Dad releases $500 Shoes


Lavar Ball, father to three basketball standouts including one that will likely be going third in the upcoming NBA draft, has had a rough relationship with many people in the basketball community and is usually ignored for his exaggerated statements and belief that his sons are the best basketball players ever. Recently however, Ball tried to get a billion dollar shoe deal for all three of his sons, but naturally no company agreed to the deal, especially since two of the brothers are still in high school. Ball is also known to have a very big mouth saying things like his kids are better than Steph Curry and LeBron James, but saying these types of things only made the shoe companies stay away from him even more and put a lot of pressure on his sons. Since he couldn’t get a deal with any company, Ball decided he would release the shoes on his own with his Big Baller Brand at almost $500.

Lavar Ball’s son, Lonzo’s, shoes, the ZO2 Prime currently retail at any extremely high $495 online. The shoes come as Lonzo is entering the NBA draft after his freshman season leading UCLA to the NCAA tournament.

This high price has only drawn even more criticism from the basketball community with major stars like Shaquille O’Neal even calling him out for pricing a shoe so high when kids are the ones buying them and even Michael Jordan’s shoes doesn’t sell for that much. Naturally Ball responded by saying that Jordan couldn’t sell the shoes because he wasn’t his son Lonzo Ball.


PHA Graduates 16, Sends them all off to College


On May 25, PHA will graduate 16 seniors. All of them have exciting plans to continue their education! Robbie Poston and Leanora Bishop will attend the Technical College of the Lowcountry, Alex Jones will study and play baseball at the University of South Carolina Salkehatchie, and Claire Manuel will pursue Graphic Design at Lander University in Greenwood. Six Patriots- Adan Curiel, AAron Powell, Leanna Tebeau, Sarah Gohagan, Madison Banks, and Reeves Altman- will attend the University of South Carolina Aiken. Mitchell Hanna will enroll at the Citadel; Timothy Koweleski, Carlie Taylor, and Tyler Morehead will continue their education at the University of South Carolina’s main campus; and Julianna Corbin and Gill Griner will enroll farthest from home at Clemson University.

Though the excitement of college is evident in the seniors’ minds, especially as they wrap up their last few classes at PHA, the close-knit class is apprehensive about leaving each other. Self proclaimed class philosopher AAron Powell had the following things to say about bidding his classmates goodbye.

To be put in a room with roughly the same people for over a decade of years, and in the blink of an eye leave those people for what most likely is forever, is an odd ritual. If you think entirely too much like myself, it’s one that, to say the least, takes some getting used to. But it’s an experience unique to Patrick Henry. You grow up with these people. You become comfortable around them. They become family. You make more memories than are memorable, and then in one final hoorah of a year, after so much more is left to be said and done, you leave. You start all over. You forge new bonds under more stressful circumstances and in a larger, more stressful environment. Life goes on, you become busy with the endless business of the world, and eventually those people you once considered family drift away only to live in long, silent car rides, stories we tell our children, and those solitary moments late at night that we all know so well. We carry on our own lives seldom thinking about but never forgetting those that molded us into who we are.

*drops mic*

“Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened” –Dr. Suess


Got Games?


Ballz is a new game brought to the app store by ketchapp available for both android and ios devices. The minimalist design feels nostalgic and reminds players of the old school game Brick Breaker. It has a simple layout and offers in-app purchases; while it is easy to play, it is hard to get a high score which adds to the game’s addictive nature. The game is endless, free, and fun! BALLZTo play, simply swipe down and aim at the bricks on the screen- the objective is to break as many bricks as possible before they reach the bottom. There are also small circles to collect called “balls” which will make breaking the bricks easier if you have more of them. The numbers on the bricks represent the number of times they must be hit before disappearing; the numbers increase in each round. This strategic game is free in the app store, so download it today!


The False Claim of Fidget Spinners


Lately, Patrick Henry Academy has been flooded with fidget spinners, the latest fad that has taken the world by storm. The fidget spinner is a toy that sits like a propeller on a person’s finger, with blades that spin around a bearing. Most people find it either mesmerizing or completely obnoxious. After the bottle flipping challenge came about I did not think anyone could come up with something more annoying and pointless- I was wrong. ClaireFidget spinners are the most popular among younger students, specifically middle schoolers, who claim to use them because it “helps them focus.” In my opinion, fidget spinners are falsely marketed and claim to help students pay attention, when in reality, the toys only distract students more. Even if they do help one student focus, more than likely the toy will distract others and cause them to focus on the spinner rather than the task at hand. To all of the parents reading this, if your child wants a fidget spinner to help them “focus,” please do not waste your money.

What happened in the years the Seniors were born?



January 7         Monica Lewinsky signed affidavit denying she had an affair with President Clinton.

February 3       Stamps commemorating Princess Diana went on sale in Britain.

February 23     Osama bin Laden published a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders.

February 26     Oprah Winfrey found not guilty in beef defamation trial.

April 22           Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened at Walt Disney World.

May 14            Last Episode of Seinfeld on NBC aired.

June 5              “The Truman Show” was released.

June 6              TV show “Sex and The City” premiered.

October 29      Space Shuttle STS-95 went into space with seventy-seven year old John Glen on board.

November 17 Whitney Houston released “My Love is Your Love.”


January 7         The Impeachment Trial of President Bill Clinton began in the US Senate.

January 31       “Family Guy” first aired on Fox.

February 23     Eminem released his first major record album “The Slim Shady LP.”

March 31         “10 Things I Hate About You” was released.

May 8              Nancy Mace became the first female cadet to graduate from The Citadel military college.

May 19            “Star Wars: Episode 1- The Phantom Menace” was released in theaters.

June 18-           “Tarzan” premiered in the US.

July 8               “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” the third book of the series by J.K. Rowling was published.

July 16             John F. Kennedy Jr. and family died in a plane crash.

July 27              Tony Hawk was the first skateboarder to a land a “900.”

August 12        Shakira recorded her first live album.

September 22   “The West Wing” debuted on NBC.

November 13   “Toy Story 2” premiered in the US.

It is hard to believe that most of the PHA’s seniors are at least seventeen, possibly eighteen. When they were born, so many things seemed “new” and “trendy.” Now, these things are on the verge of being two decades old!




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