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Hall Local Cubing Expert

Many students at PHS have their own hobbies they enjoy outside of school. These hobbies might include skateboarding, drawing, or painting. However, for junior Michael Hall, his hobby is cubing with Rubik’s cubes.

Hall began his cubing journey in the late summer of 2017 when he was scrolling through eBay searching for things to purchase. He came across a standard 3x3x3 Rubik’s cube for only two dollars. Hall remembers solving his first cube and all obstacles and struggles that came with it.

“When the cube arrived, I stayed up all night completing my first solve using the beginner’s method,” said Hall.

Since Hall has been cubing for roughly six months now, he has formed opinions on which parts he enjoys and which parts are his least favorite. Memorization is key to become an advanced cuber, and Hall learned that lesson fast.

“My favorite part about cubing is memorizing the algorithms, then getting to see how some simple algorithms can solve a complex cube. I also enjoy the mental challenge that cubing brings,” said Hall.

After some time in the cubing world, Hall has set up some goals in his mind. By the end of the year, Hall’s goal is to consistently solve a standard 3x3x3 Rubik’s cube in under 20 seconds. His best time is 25 seconds, but he averages around 35 seconds to solve. Since purchasing his first cube on eBay, Hall has bought nine more cubes. All his cubes are very unique in shape and size and are as follows: the standard 3x3x3, 2x2x2, 4x4x4, 5x5x5, Skewb, Pyraminx, Megaminx, Mirror cube, 3x3x1 cuboid and Square-1.

“Each cube takes a different amount of time to solve, based on the difficulty. However, a lot of the cubes use the same algorithms to complete, so that is a plus side,” said Hall.

Hall discovered his hobby for cubing when he took a chance in trying something new. When taking this chance, he realized how much he enjoyed cubing. Hall’s passion for cubing will carry on throughout his life and can benefit him in many mental aspects of his life.

“I would like to put to rest the myth that cubing is extremely hard and involves a lot of math. Cubing involves virtually no math, only the memorization of algorithms and the intuition to put the right piece in the right spot. Anyone can learn to cube,” said Hall.


Story by Jace Ingle

Sophomore Avery Owens Reflects on Youth Council

Sophomore Avery Owens loves making a difference in her community. Owens is an active member of the Orange County Youth Council, also known as OCYC. She has been a member for three years.

“I had several friends signing up at the time, and I thought it would be a good experience for me. I really wanted to try something new, and it felt good knowing that I was going into it with some great people,” said Owens.

The group has monthly meetings, and at each meeting, they make a donation to a different charity.  Youth Council also rings the Salvation Army bells. OCYC makes sure to recognize people in the community who are making a difference through Golden Deeds.

“Youth Council impacts the community by donating to local charities, helping at local events, and providing philanthropy education for the county’s fourth grade students. Youth Council members give their time, talent, and treasure to the community through various means,” said OCYC leader Destany Pingle.

With the work, comes some play. Christmas parties and summer outings hold some of Owens’ favorite memories.

“My first Christmas party in OCYC we played a game where a present is passed around the circle while a story was being read, and somehow Jalyn Engleking ended up with an avocado at the end of the night, it was a very fun time,” said Owens.

Fun and games aside, Owens loves being so involved with her community and knowing she is making a difference.

“I always know I can count on Avery to do whatever she can, even on short notice. This year, the Youth Council decided to give presentations to the seventh graders for National Philanthropy Day, and even though it was short notice, Avery was one of two Youth Council members there to help with the presentation. She makes helping a priority,” said Pingle.

Owens recommends joining the Orange County Youth Council if you are looking for a fun way to help your community.

“Take the opportunity, apply as an eighth grader because it is definitely easier to get accepted,” said Owens.


Story by Kaden Lewellyn


‘Once Upon a Mystery’ Debuts Tomorrow

Get ready to know all of the secrets behind a not-so-happily-ever-after at the new “Once Upon a Mystery” production from the Orange County Players. Jillian Keen, Chantay Long, A.J. Lopez, Makayla Chism, Gavin King, Scott Caruso, Krista Tedrow, Alex Milligan, Ryleigh Anderson, Summer Ford, Ellie Sims and Tyler Thornton will be starring as fairy tale characters in this dinner theater fundraiser hosted by Tri Kappa.

Tomorrow, the doors open at 6 p.m. at the Community Center. Guests will turn the clock back to royal times as they learn about the mysterious disappearance of Cinderella and Prince Charming throwing a ball to find a new bride. While some of the kingdom’s residents query how the prince could move on so quickly, others spring at the thought of earning their spot as the new princess in the castle.

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 a person.

“If anyone thinks they’ll be up for dinner and a show or knows someone else who might enjoy it, it will be a fun evening,” said drama director Maria Wishart.


Story by Gracie Walls

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