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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
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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Unique senior photoshoot addresses pandemic
Coronavirus

Mia Folkers | April 15, 2020

With school coming to a close, you are finishing your last months of senior year, ready to embrace summer vacation. Graduation is around the corner, and you make plans with your friends for your senior…

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AISD incorporates a pass/incomplete system into online learning
Coronavirus

Faith Lawrence | April 9, 2020

*An update from The Dispatch Editors: Although resolutions 8.1A, 8.1B, 8.2, and 8.3 were passed during the AISD Board meeting on Monday, March 7, the district is currently drafting an official announcement…

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AISD schools to begin remote learning on April 6
Coronavirus

Cade Spencer | April 6, 2020

Since the AISD school facilities were closed on March 13, students have had no required school attendance or activities. However, on April 2, Bowie Principal Mark Robinson sent an email to all Bowie parents…

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All STAAR tests for 2019-2020 cancelled, graduation requirements changed
Coronavirus

Faith Lawrence | March 31, 2020

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released information on Wednesday, March 18 regarding the 2019-2020 school year, State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests and graduation requirements.

On…

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What it is like to graduate in the midst of a global crisis
Coronavirus

Cade Spencer | March 30, 2020

In just two months, senior Sarah Israel was expecting to hear her name called and to take the traditional walk across the stage at graduation. This long-awaited rite of passage would represent more than…

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The College Board announces changes to 2019-2020 AP exams
Coronavirus

Cade Spencer | March 26, 2020

On Friday, March 20, the College Board announced that they have put several new policies in action for the 2019-2020 Advanced Placement (AP) exam administration in order to allow students to still be successful…

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Shoe reselling kicks up a major profit
SNO's 18 Under 18

Mia Folkers | March 24, 2020

Walking into the store, you imagine the perfect pair of shoes in your head. Searching through every pair, you finally find the perfect pair of kicks. You quickly ask for the pair in your size to find they…

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Ready Set Teach aid rescues student
Features

Cade Spencer | March 24, 2020

On Mondays and Wednesdays, senior Cyn’torreya Smith spends first and second period as a teacher’s aid for a second grade class at Baranoff Elementary. Although Smith spent weeks in CPR and First Aid…

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Austin-Travis County restaurants and bars closed, gatherings of 10 or more banned
Coronavirus

Faith Lawrence | March 19, 2020

Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt announced early Tuesday, March 17 that all restaurant dining rooms and bars in the Austin-Travis County area will be closed and gatherings…

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Coronavirus in Austin causes AISD school cancellation
Coronavirus

Cade Spencer | March 18, 2020

On March 12, two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) were revealed in the Austin community. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the term “presumptive” signifies that…

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Juniors step up as little league coaches
Sports

Izzie May | March 17, 2020

Around the school, he is known as Atticus Kohler but to his young baseball team the kids know him as Coach Kohler
Attending after school practices and traveling on Saturdays for games are all part of…

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Coronavirus: All the updates you need to know
Coronavirus

Cade Spencer | March 17, 2020

As the Austin community and nation continue to take action to contain and treat the Coronavirus, a variety of changes and policies have been implemented to halt its spread. In the past 24 hours, there…

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Silver Stars trip to L.A. cancelled due to Coronavirus precautions
Coronavirus

Faith Lawrence | March 12, 2020

Austin Independent School District (AISD) released an announcement in the morning of Wednesday, March 10 stating that it will be suspending all domestic travel to states in which COVID-19 (Coronavirus)…

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Equestrian jumps to new heights
Sports

Naya Tillisch | March 2, 2020

She gracefully bounces up and down while trotting through the course before flying through the air in the perfect position to help her horse jump as high as it possibly can. Junior equestrian Juliane Payne…

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Citizens debate how to solve the homeless crisis
News

Dylan Ebs | February 24, 2020

After two stabbings involving homeless individuals in Austin, the controversy around the homelessness crisis has entered the mainstream again. In early January, a homeless man went on a stabbing spree,…

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Behind the Scenes: Big Fish the Musical
Video

Izzy Rejino | February 3, 2020

This story was originally published on The Dispatch on January 31, 2020.

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Spanish and French Honor Society volunteer at a shelter for women and their children
Features

Cade Spencer | January 31, 2020

The joyous sounds of a child’s laughter fill the air as a young boy attempts to score a soccer goal on a teen peer. Quickly, the ball approaches the goal until it escapes the grasps of the teen and hits…

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Junior debater dominates opponents
Features

Miranda Cardenas | January 29, 2020

Nick Van Lente finds a passion in arguing about difficult issues and voicing his opinions
Scrambling to prepare cases, waking up at 5 a.m. and running down unfamiliar school halls frantically trying to…

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Artisan makes fashion statement with unique earrings
Features

Sammie Thompson | January 21, 2020

Miniature plastic babies, while commonly used as decorations at baby showers, are not typical in the world of jewelry. However, senior Chloe Bluemel combined these items to create her own style of jewelry.

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Photographer captures chic candids
Features

Mia Folkers | January 17, 2020

It was the middle of a warm day when she took the photo. She had the camera positioned just right, and all the settings of the camera were perfect. In just a few minutes she would capture pictures of all…

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Toxic Masculinity
Features

Marisa Salazar | January 9, 2020

Societal stigma surrounding stereotypical male behavior challenges the definition of masculinity
On the brink of a new decade, traditional gender norms may be regarded as having undergone major progressions…

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