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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from James Bowie High School
Under the influence: teenage substance abuse
News

Ava Wong | October 31, 2022

A teenage student stumbles into their first period English class an hour late. Their dilated and bloodshot eyes match their flushed skin. Their hands jitter as they sit down and try to pay attention to…

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Academy standout reps Bowie
Sports

Ben Tillisch | October 26, 2022

Legs pumping, Austin FC Academy forward and would-be Bowie freshman Rowan Wells commands the soccer ball at his foot, weaving in and out desperate defenders as he churns forward toward the opposing team’s…

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Junior designs and constructs a homemade 3D printer
Features

Charlotte Koellner | October 12, 2022

The snap, crackle, and pop of pristine electricity echoes through Bowie junior Lucas Knoepfle’s bedroom computer lab as he adds the finishing touches to his latest engineering project.
First, beginning…

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Soaring through the skies towards a lifetime in aviation
Features

Noah Bihan | October 11, 2022

Overlooking the vast layer of clouds below her, senior Anni Dotzenrod shifts the control stick centered within the plane’s dashboard. She begins the exciting, yet risky, descent towards a safe landing,…

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Soccer star kicks off his senior season
Sports

Kate Davis | October 10, 2022

Walking off the field, shins covered in grass, senior Jackson Coggins finishes playing his final game in Europe before returning home to the U.S. 
When Coggins was young, his athletic journey started…

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Exchange student leaves mark
Sports

Ben Tillisch | May 18, 2022

Breathing deep, junior sprinter Mara Saprautzki tenses her muscles, awaiting the loud crack that will commence the fierce rush of adrenaline that characterizes the 100-meter dash. A long way from her hometown…

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Former Bowie students return as teachers
Features

Julia Arriaga | May 11, 2022

It’s finally graduation day for the Class of 1997 at Bowie High School. Everyone throws their caps into the air in celebration of the past four years of hard work and dedication. At the time, science…

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Friends and dedication lead junior to start making music
Arts & Entertainment

Kate Davis | May 10, 2022

Headphones on, standing in his closet, Alan Roth raps his newly written song into his microphone, which is wedged between a couple of t-shirts.

Roth, a junior, has been rapping for about a year and…

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Crypto craze captures student interest
Features

Sammie Thompson | May 6, 2022

The dishes are washed, floors are vacuumed, and all is calm in the Vega household.
Cha-ching.
Sophomore Nick Vega gets paid for completing his chores. His family does things a bit differently than the…

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Education censorship: banning books and limiting curriculum
Features

Anna Holme | April 27, 2022

Librarian Tara Walker-Leon is ready if she needs to be.
Armed with Austin Independent School District’s (AISD’s) challenged book policy, she prepares herself to defend against any possible objections…

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Restricting rights and infuriating communities
News

Mazzy Warren | April 20, 2022

Ding!

Hearing their phone go off, senior Arlo Craft checked their notifications to find a remind message from Sexuality and Gender Acceptance club (SAGA) sponsor Bree Rolfe. It was a link to a Twitter…

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Junior aims big in his journey to Hollywood
Features

Sammie Thompson | March 14, 2022

Not again.
Junior Kyan Blacklock reaches into the outer pocket of his backpack and switches his ringing phone to silent as he feels a stinging glare coming from his teacher. The call isn’t coming from…

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What’s in a name?
Features

Anna Holme | March 11, 2022

Sophomore ShaeLi Fielding knew what was about to happen. There was a substitute teacher in her class, and they had just begun taking attendance for that period. The sub starts listing off names one by…

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Dharwadker uses heart condition to inspire creation
Features

Sammie Thompson | January 7, 2022

Sitting in the room of a doctor’s office under the bright white LED lights, junior Rohan Dharwadker couldn’t believe what he was hearing.
Dharwadker had just been diagnosed with an arrhythmia, or…

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Making it in modeling
Features

Dylan Ebs | January 6, 2022

The opportunity happened because of pure chance.
Veronica Canto-Ponce, a director at ONE Management in New York, has a sister who’s a real estate developer in Austin. Her sister had just bought a house…

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Junior slams down a win
Sports

Kate Davis | January 5, 2022

Standing at the corner of the mat, breathing heavily. Looking her opponent in the eyes. Her coach and teammates hyping her up in the background. This is the moment she’s waited for all year. The High…

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Banana Sam’s joy appeals to Bulldogs
Features

Mazzy Warren | January 5, 2022

Ziipppp.

Junior Sam Frederick is ready. He steps into the school building, another Friday down. As he walks down the halls, students give him smiles and fist-bumps; people even shout out his nickname,…

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Downtown cultural center pays tribute to student’s family
Features

Sophia Sanchez | January 4, 2022

It’s 2009. Nic Lee’s hands are linked with his mom’s as they look at an old photo on the wall. An upbeat song is playing in the background as the rest of their family members dance. Lee, a current…

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Gentrified
Features

Anna Holme | December 17, 2021

Austin housing prices skyrocket as pre-existing communities are being pushed out
She has six brothers and two sisters. A father who works below minimum wage. She was told she would have to move out because…

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‘The Doors Are Always Open’ at Bowie High School: How Safe is Bowie Really?
News

Arushi Sharma | December 14, 2021

It started off as a normal Friday with the 9:05 am bell.
Thirty minutes later, sophomore Martin Piorkowski’s substitute teacher was singing loudly to the song Toxic by Britney Spears on a karaoke…

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Swantner shines on Star Dance squad
Sports

Kate Davis | December 7, 2021

Walking off the field with his head held high, JV Star Dancer junior Luka Swantner’s adrenaline wears off quickly as the Austin High football fans begin to verbally harass him.

They shout disparaging…

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America divided
Features

Anna Holme | December 2, 2021

Political polarization impacted by media bias and perceptions
Senior Caroline Rasmussen has heard the same story before. The election was stolen. Her step-grandma has been sending her conspiracy videos…

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CLIMATE CHANGE: rising temperatures with a rising generation
Features

Anna Holme | November 3, 2021

Droughts, rising temperatures, floods, heat waves, storms. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), these are a few of the symptoms of climate change. National Geographic defines climate…

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Passion drives McDonald to create music
Features

Sammie Thompson | November 1, 2021

Sitting down in front of the small electric piano, she adjusts her microphone to a perfect height. She places her hands on the black and white keys, takes a deep breath, and begins to play.
During quarantine,…

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‘No one’s looking out for those kids’
Features

Dylan Ebs | October 28, 2021

Caulin Wagner knew something was wrong when he felt extreme pain in his left leg.
Wagner, a senior, went to his doctor and was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a common type of bone cancer.
“When I realized…

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New program SOARS above prejudice
News

Arushi Sharma | October 22, 2021

Beginning the 2021-22 school year, the Bowie administration has formed a campus-wide initiative called Students Organized for Anti-Racism (SOAR) with 30 faculty sponsors, including teachers and counselors,…

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Rising Unrest
Features

Rae Gray | April 26, 2021

On January 6 a violent mob of insurrectionists stormed the United States Capitol while it was in session to certify the electoral votes for the 2020 Presidential election. Reported and fact-checked by…

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Derek Chauvin guilty of murder in George Floyd’s death
Derek Chauvin Verdict

Arushi Sharma | April 26, 2021

After nearly 330 days of protesting and public outrage, ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted on all charges brought against him for the death of George Floyd. Floyd was killed on 25…

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“Land of the free, home of the brave”
Features

Faith Lawrence | April 20, 2021

Capitol insurrection, the President banned from social media, Democrats controlling the Senate, a new President, the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine, a Presidential impeachment trial, and over 25 million…

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State legislative session commences
News

Cade Spencer | April 12, 2021

Just an 18-minute car drive from campus, the Capitol  stands as the center of Texas’ democracy and political establishment. Traditionally, inside the building’s chambers, 181 representatives and legislators…

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One Year Later
Video

Izzy Rejino | March 15, 2021

Today marks exactly one year since schools closed due to the pandemic. The Dispatch staff and Bowie community reflect on the year in quarantine.

This story was originally published on The Dispatch on…

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A rare snow day for Austin residents
News

Max Muzny | March 1, 2021

Despite the blackouts and pipe bursts caused by the cold, the residents in Austin were able to experience an authentic snowy winter right at their front door for the first time in decades.

On Presidents’…

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Winter storm in Texas
News

Corinne Piorkowski | February 19, 2021

Below freezing temperatures, roads slick with ice, and power and water outages are what people across the city of Austin have been experiencing in the past few days.

Due to the winter storm that has…

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Thinking about thrifting
Video

Izzy Rejino | February 9, 2021

With the help of social media, thrifting has gained a lot of popularity. Students who thrift share their thoughts and experiences.

This story was originally published on The Dispatch on February 5,…

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The generational gap
Features

Faith Lawrence | January 28, 2021

Hated discussion about politics with her parents, both sides intensely arguing in support of their perspectives on  abortion, climate change, the Black Lives Matter movement, or which Presidential candidate…

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Captain’s story of strength unites the team
Sports

Mia Folkers | January 28, 2021

As each player rushes to the field for warm-ups, he studies the opponent and reviews the general plan for the first quarter. Knowing the game so well, he understands the expectations of his team, and has…

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Champions on and off the field
Sports

Naya Tillisch | January 22, 2021

Kyle Walter, an 11-year-old born with activity-dependent neuroprotective protein (ADNP) syndrome, was adopted by the Bowie football team last year through an organization called Cheyanna’s Champions…

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What do students want to see from Biden?
Video

Natalie Cullen | January 21, 2021

Today marks the date of President Joe Biden’s first day in office. Students reflect on what they want to see from Biden and what his first priority in office should be.

This story was originally published…

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Extremist supporters of President Trump invade Capitol in failed effort to halt confirmation of the President-elect
News

Anna Holme | January 11, 2021

Tensions climaxed as extremist supporters of President Donald Trump rallied at the nation’s Capitol in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 6. The chaos interrupted the U.S. Congress who were gathered…

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Junior keepers diving for Bold
Sports

Naya Tillisch | December 3, 2020

Fans fill the stands, erupting into celebration as a player breaks through the opposition’s defense and shoots the ball into the back of the net. This is exactly what junior goalkeepers Zach Kos and…

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Austin City Council approves reallocation of APD budget
News

Carey Wooley | December 1, 2020

All summer long, downtown Austin was filled with a roar of voices from Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests. Off of I-35, where the Austin Police Department (APD) headquarters are located, BLM protesters…

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Student slacklines and soars to new heights
Features

Corinne Piorkowski | November 16, 2020

Balance, core strength, patience, and concentration are all characteristics needed to participate in the sport of slacklining. For senior Jovi Smith, these qualities are second-hand nature as she walks…

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Senior raises funds for BLM movement
Features

Miranda Cardenas | November 12, 2020

From nationwide protests to ongoing debates and conversations, there is something new in headlines every day. Out of these headlines come more topics, issues, and organizations that make up main events…

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The importance of character in politics
Features

Faith Lawrence | November 10, 2020

When early voting began on Tuesday, Oct. 13, registered voters faced a difficult decision: voting for the next President. Between the main two candidates, President Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential…

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Political participation promotes personal pride
Features

Mia Folkers | November 5, 2020

As the early morning shift starts, she watches as hundreds upon hundreds of unknown faces enter the building. As she tries to keep up, she quickly works to organize everyone to the open machines so they…

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J.K. Rowling’s “Troubled Blood” sparks controversy
Arts & Entertainment

Azul Lin | October 23, 2020

Controversy over J.K. Rowling’s new book, “Troubled Blood,” featuring a male murderer who takes advantage of female victims by crossdressing as a woman himsef, has sparked from comments she made…

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Beirut explosion survivor tells her story
Opinions

Lucciana Choueiry | October 23, 2020

August 4, 2020 was a day we thought would be just like any other in the city of Beirut, Lebanon. I woke up, had my breakfast, and then went with my mom into town to shop for a few things. At around 5:45…

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Young voters reflect on the upcoming election
Video

Izzy Rejino | October 19, 2020

Managing editors Natalie Cullen and Izzy Rejino ask seniors who are eligible to vote about the upcoming election.

This story was originally published on The Dispatch on October 16, 2020.

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Students foster pets during quarantine to support shelters
Coronavirus

Mia Folkers | May 8, 2020

Opening your front door, you watch as a new puppy curiously runs to explore every room in the house. As its small paws quickly travel into your room, you imagine the millions of pictures and memories that…

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Adolescent Addictions
Features

Faith Lawrence | April 20, 2020

You wake up on a Saturday morning and take out your phone to scroll through TikTok for several hours before getting out of bed. After getting ready, you make a cup of coffee and go back to bed, turning…

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