Pathways to Success


Student Osha Weary knows the key to success does not begin with being at the top. In the following interview, Weary sits down with Michelle Leblanc to discuss what budding CEOs need to do to achieve success.

Successful with a good business mind; Co-director of Winn Dixie located in Ponchatoula, Louisiana; Michelle Leblanc excelled in all areas such as cashier, customer service manager, and also worked in the office. In less than 15 years she became co-director of Winn Dixie. I sat down with Ms. Leblanc to talk and ask questions about how she first started and how she got to co-director position.

It's not how you start the race, but how you end it.

OW: What is your educational background?

ML: I went to Southeastern Louisiana University. I majored in business management; I graduated with honors.

OW: When did you begin working at Winn Dixie?

ML: When I was a freshmen in college.

OW: Did you plan on being at Winn Dixie for this long period of time?

ML:  No, In college I thought that this would just be just my part time job but I have been here for 15 years.

OW: What did you want to be when you where younger?

ML: My mother said, I Just wanted to be the boss.

OW: What else can you tell me about your childhood?

ML: I was always the most mature one out of 3.

OW: Your dress attire is nice. I like your professional look.

ML: Thank you. Winn Dixie’s dress code for co-director, director is business casual. So I do put a lot of time and effort in my wardrobe. It sends a good message to the customers when your shirt, pants are pressed and your name tag is on. As a female in this business I try to lead by example.

OW: What are your job duties and what is your next step?

ML: I take care of everything while the store director, Rene’ Lambert is gone. My next step will be store director.

ML: I try to work on that because I am laid back but at the same time I do have to remain professional.

ML: What do you want to major in?

OW: I would like to major in law. I want to be a head prosecutor or a defending attorney.

ML: Winn Dixie Headquarters has a legal department, so if you decided to stay with Winn Dixie you could possibly work with them.

Just because your first job is not of your liking doesn’t mean you will not excel and go far. Many people have proven this such as rapper Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs and others.

Thank you, Ms. Michelle Leblanc for all your time!


Top Gospel Songs

Student Anthony Davis and Ivy Womack discuss their favorite gospel songs HERE.



Don’t Believe Everything You Read



Should future employers, dates and colleges form their perception about a person based on their networking information?

I think that Facebook, and Twitter should not be used by future employers, colleges to form perceptions about a person. This is so because so many people post fake information about themselves these days. Thus, when you observe this person’s web page you could possibly be reading false information about this particular person. Dates definitely shouldn’t make judgments about a person from their networking information. Simply, because now predators can make a profile and use false information to trick someone into thinking they’re someone that they are not. Also, that’s the main reason why so many young children and adults come up missing by seeing someone they met online in person.


How old should a person be before they use a social networking site?

I believe a person should be 16 before using a social networking site. This is so because young children shouldn’t even be allowed on a networking site. Simply because a kid would put some secretive information such as what they do every day and where they are every day. These actions cause child abduction and prove children should not be allowed on social networking sites. Sixteen should be the age because you’re more mature at that age and should know what you can and can’t post on the internet.


Should schools punish students and teachers if they post negative information about them on the web?

I believe students and teachers should be punished if they post the information at school or on the job. However, if they’re at home or off work they should not be punished by what they put on facebook. Lastly, students and teachers should not put anything negative about each other on Facebook. If they do it should not be handled in an inappropriate setting such as school. Teachers and students should handle these problems at home or in their neighborhood.

Editorial Assignment

Good evening students. This week, we’ll work on writing editorials/opinion pieces. Well all have opinions, but what makes journalistic opinion pieces different from personal opinions is that they’re grounded with facts. Every point you make has to be backed up with a fact.

This week, you will respond to a series of articles herehere and here about cyber bullying and the role social media, especially Facebook has. Should social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Myspace be used as evidence? Should future employers, dates, colleges and universities base their perceptions on someone because of what they see on their pages?

How old do you think a person should be before they start using social networking sites? Should schools punish students and teaches and employers punish their employees if they post negative content about them on the web? Do you see a difference between a blog, website and a Facebook page? Where do you draw the line?

Keep those questions in mind as you’re writing and researching for this post.

Four Common Medical Conditions You’ve Probably Never Heard Of


From the primitive cavemen to today’s brightest scientists, humans have always faced the many problems diseases pose. Some of these diseases are hereditary conditions passed on from parents to children; others occur as the result of random genetic mutations. Still others are the handiwork of microscopic organisms that have evolved to thrive inside the human body. As a teen or young adult growing up in today’s society it is hard enough to live with out a medical condition that adds stress and debilitating symptoms to your life. Many do not understand and do not seem to want to understand the condition that these young teens are facing.


1. Kayla J. from Indiana suffers from a condition known as Intracranial Hypertension. This condition is characterized by the increase of pressure in the brain.

The IH project website was created by Miss Kayla to help raise awareness of this condition.

This video is of a young girl named Emma who at the very young age of 8 was diagnosed with this condition. There is no cure. One in one hundred thousand will be diagnosed.


2. A very common medical condition that gets misdiagnosed very often is Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (given the nickname of POTS). This condition is a subcategory of Dysautonomia. Dysautonomia is a medical term often utilized for a group of complex conditions that are caused by a dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system.

DYNA Kids was designed to  change in improve the lives of their DYNA members and their families; change in the community-at-large, to foster awareness and a better understanding of dysautonomia conditions; and change in the future, to encourage compassionate care, efficient diagnosis, and reliable treatment of childhood dysautonomia.


3. Diabetes is a life long disease that deals with high or low levels of sugar in the blood. There are two types of diabetes type one, also known as juvenile diabetes and type two.  Type 1 diabetes is believed to be an autoimmune disease. The body’s immune system attacks the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes has strong genetic links, meaning that type 2 diabetes tends to run in families. Several genes have been identified and more are under study which may relate to the causes of type 2 diabetes. The singer Nicholas Jonas from the Jonas Brothers was diagnosed with diabetes.

Nick wrote the song “A Little Bit Longer” about his diabetes.


4. Scoliosis is also known as curvature of the spine. There are only three forms of treatment for this deformity. Do nothing, wear a back brace, or have surgery. Doing nothing is not usually suggested and wearing a brace will most of the time only keep the curve from getting worse not correct it (there are few exceptions). Surgery is a very risky decision and is usually considered as a last resort. My interview was done with Gabriella N. who has had scoliosis since she fell down a set of steps at the age of 8.




Gabriella N. is an upcoming sophomore that is moving between two schools at the present moment. Her vivacious nature and loving spirit make everyone that she is around become friends with her naturally. She has scoliosis; in my interview I found out the different ways that it affects her.


Willow: At what age did you get scoliosis?

Gabriella: I was 8 years old.

Willow: Do you recall what caused the scoliosis?

Gabriella: I fell down a set of stairs.

Willow: How has scoliosis affected your day to day life?

Gabriella: Some days I can’t sit straight and at night I can’t lay straight.

Willow: Do you go to therapy? Does the therapy seem to help?

Gabriella: I go some days but not all the time; it helps a lot.

Willow: Are there any activities that you cannot participate in?

Gabriella: I can’t run to fast or do planks.

Willow: What part of your spine is the curve located?

Gabriella: I have a Thoracic curve which means that the vertebrae that are connected to my rib cage are the ones affected.

Willow: Do you have a C curve or an S?

Gabriella: I have an S curve.

Willow: Do you have to wear a back brace?

Gabriella: Thankfully not.

Willow: What degree is your curve?

Gabriella: I honestly have no idea.

Willow: Has scoliosis caused any other medical problems for you?

Gabriella: I am extremely anemic.

Top Five Movies


1. I Am Number Four

“I Am Number Four” has been a big seller at the box office, with a worldwide total of $144,492,830. The movie has a good concept to think about, what would you do if you were the next one on the hit list?  Being that it is original and not a remake it brings comic book and super hero fans a new interest.

2. X-Men: First Class

Ever wondered who were the first members and mutant of the X-Men in the Marvel Comics world?  Well, you could get the first issue of the X-Men comic but they might come off a bit pricey. So what to do now well get the you local movie theatre and go see “X-Men: First Class.”  Showing how its was for Charles Xavier, Magneto, and Mystique you will see a different kind of X-Men. Filled with action and story this will be something you will enjoy.

3. Insidious

I am a fan of horror movies which usually don’t frighten me. Lately horror movie are so predictable, and if you are like me this will all change when you go Insidious. Insidious is not only a horror movie but a great thriller. This movie will keep you heart racing and you mind wanting more.

4. Scary Movie 4

Sydney Prescott is back again in ‘Scream 4.” In this movie, the ordinary Ghost Face murder standing behind you waiting to turn around. This movie has unexpected and twist and turns you wouldn’t believe.

5. Bad Teacher

Cameron  Diaz is back again,  instead of the ogre princess In the comedy Bad Teacher you can expect to laugh throughout the movie, also starring Justin Timberlake thing get a little shaking and out of hand. Bad Teacher is the summer movie to see.