The Hook’s Top Ten Most Read Stories of 2020

  1. Riverside Principal Moves On – Ella Whithaus 

Riverside Principal Tonya Williams Leathers announced on Thursday, November 12 that she will be stepping down at the end of the semester in January. She will be taking a job as a High School Area Assistant Superintendent. Her new role will be to lead principals across Johnston County Public Schools.

  1. Searching for Clarity – Elijah King 

Durham Public Schools has rules to prevent discrimination, but do these rules do enough to address individual safety in schools? 

  1. Riverside’s 2020 Teacher of the Year – Elizabeth Williams

Personal finance teacher Andrea Cooper is Riverside’s 2020 teacher of the year. 

  1. Riverside Welcomes Emily Ericson – Ella Whithaus 

12 years ago, Emily Ericson’s car broke down in Durham, NC. Now, she’s fallen in love with the community and is teaching English at Riverside.

  1. New English Teacher Excited for Online Challenges – Eva Flowe 

Laura Brady, a first year English teacher at Riverside, had to dive head first into online learning this year.

  1. Tea Time: Joe Biden Visits Riverside (Podcast)  – Emmer Rice and Ella Whithaus 

In our first episode of the year, we discuss Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s visit at Riverside High School with special guest, Principal Tonya Williams Leathers. We explore many topics, including: why Riverside was chosen, security measures, COVID-19 measures, Ms. Williams Leathers’ personal encounter, and Biden’s Cookout order. 

  1. #Coronabreak Diaries: Stay-at-home is a Privilege – Kaitlyn Busch 

Most of us have been sitting at home for over a month now. We’ve had lots of time to grieve what we’ve lost – daily interactions with friends and teachers, sports seasons, prom, graduation, the end of a school year that is, for seniors, their last. But while I reflect on what I’ve lost, I also think of the things I’m grateful to have had in the first place. 

I think of the opportunity to go to school at all, while 15 million school-aged girls like me worldwide will never enter a classroom. 

  1. New Media Coordinator Excited to Start Her “Dream Job” – Kaitlyn Busch 

Riverside’s newest media coordinator Alyssa Putt has always had a gift for putting the right book in the right hands at the right time.

  1. “Say Their Names”: A Student’s Letter to Joe Biden – Jakyies Evans 

Dear President-elect Biden, Congratulations on your election win. You’ve named racial equity as one of your top priorities. I think you should start with the case of Breonna Taylor and the tragedy that occured in Louisville.

  1.  The Mann of the Hour – Xavier Harris 

The Riverside band has a great legacy, and that’s all thanks to Steve Mann.

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