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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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Army Black Hawk touches down
Features

Peter Dang | December 17, 2019

Texas National Guard demonstrates aviation to JROTC and STEM classes
The morning sun shines across the field, the skies are clear, the air cool and brisk. From the Northwest a US Army Black Hawk helicopter…

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Audio

Austin Civatte | November 18, 2019

In episode 16 of The Dispatch Podcast, host junior Austin Civatte sits down with two students profound in TikTok and VSCO, two new social media trends and stereotypes that have taken the Bowie campus by…

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Autonomous cars in Austin fuel concerns for driver safety
News

Samantha Thompson | November 15, 2019

Austin: a city overflowing with live music, bats, and “Keep Austin Weird” stickers, can soon add self-driving cars to its growing list of unique sights.
Austin is the third city to be announced by…

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Ladden astounds the Internet with his mystical illusions
Features

Anna Holme | November 11, 2019

The idea of magic shows and magicians has been a topic of entertainment for decades. From simple party tricks to sold-out shows, this genre is well-received by many. But with the advent of social media…

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Breeding bulldogs brings in big bucks
Features

Mia Folkers | November 7, 2019

Entering his home, he is greeted by eight energetic dogs, each bursting with happiness due to his arrival. The excitement from the canines creates a warm-hearted feeling and an immediate interest in their…

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Teen model seeks opportunities in L.A
Features

Miranda Cardenas | November 6, 2019

With bright lights shining on him as he strikes pose after pose, the camera’s shutter can be heard clicking picture after picture as a crew stands by with various lights and outfits to make sure everything…

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Gun control triggers heated debates
News

Marisa Salazar | November 4, 2019

Perspectives clash as recent gun violence sparks newfound interest and widespread discussion
In wake of the El Paso and Odessa-Midland shootings that claimed the lives of 30 people, gun violence laments…

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State votes in over 800 laws following latest session
News

Peter Dang | October 23, 2019

Following the 86th legislative session, an excess of 1,000 bills were passed and sent to the office of Governor Greg Abbott. 820 bills were either signed into law or were allowed to become a law without…

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Beekeeper keeps community bee-utiful
Features

Rae Gray | October 22, 2019

GETTING STARTED
Over the past six months, junior Jayden Wu has been working to preserve bees in his own home. After hearing that bees are dying, Wu started the process of becoming a beekeeper.
“I decided…

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The power of coding: junior produces apps
Features

Amorah Schultze | October 22, 2019

The breeze carried chlorine from the pool, soft waves lapping at the shallow end, enticing anyone to step in for a swim. But he was too preoccupied with his computer, the sound of a keyboard as steady…

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The stewing storm of sweet smoke
Vaping

Peter Dang | October 8, 2019

A teenage boy hides away in a bathroom stall as he slowly takes a small device from his pocket. Lifting the e-cigarette to his mouth, the boy inhales a puff of smoke. As he exhales, a light haze of sweet…

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Young filmmakers showcase their talent
Features

Dylan Ebs | October 8, 2019

Millions of teens go to the movie theater every year, with millions more watching movies on Netflix and other subscription services. But what if you had the opportunity to work on one of these movies?…

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Junior entrepreneur sparks up profits
Features

Mia Folkers | October 3, 2019

The heat is rising, soy wax simmers into a bubbling magma. He gently pours the soothing fragrances of lemon, lime, and jasmine into the pot. Finishing up the wax, he secures the thin wick to the bottom…

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Raise in teacher salaries
News

Anna Holme | October 1, 2019

Over the summer, the Texas Legislature passed a bill that would raise teacher salaries across the state. This raise also applied to various other school staff members, such as janitors, librarians, and…

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Broken glass fuels focused fundraiser
News

Cade Spencer | May 16, 2019

Glass lay broken on the ground as an estimated 75 windows were shattered around the Bowie facility. This vandalism that struck campus on Dec. 13, 2018 caused the school community to call for increased…

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Silver Star captain leaps into spotlight
Features

Abbie Brien | May 14, 2019

Walk to center stage. Don’t trip. Keep a smile on. Hands behind your back. These thoughts race through senior Kristin Hauck’s head as she hears thunderous applause and prepares to perform. 

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Color guard goes global for world competition in China
News

Avery Shelton | May 5, 2019

Right around the time when students start preparing themselves for AP tests and spring finals, the color guard team is getting ready for a trip to Beijing, China to compete at Winter Guard International…

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Video

Amara Robertson | April 17, 2019

This story was originally published on The Lone Star Dispatch on April 6, 2019.

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Student takes part in state campaign
Features

Maddy Rice | April 9, 2019

It’s six p.m. on a Friday night: the football team is getting hyped up for a game, parents are unwinding with a glass of wine on the couch, and downtown Austin is bustling with life. Senior Taylor Bhuiyan,…

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NHS community service programs provide for peers
Features

Rachel Baschnagel | March 18, 2019

From painting walls, to editing essays, to distributing teacher badges, National Honor Society (NHS) members are directly offering assistance to the community in any way they can. Bowie has a working team…

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Immigration
Features

Abby Ong | March 11, 2019

GOV’T SHUTDOWN
In what was regarded as fearfully similar to children throwing temper tantrums, the government shutdown in early January lasted 35 days. The record-breaking shutdown occurred when Congress…

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Taking a chance on “Mamma Mia!”
Arts & Entertainment

Preston Rolls | March 8, 2019

Bright neon colors of the dance floor glint off sequin-coated costumes, captivating the audience.
The lights come up and the music swells as cast members scramble into position for the Starlight Theatre…

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Bringing love through baking
Features

Avery Shelton | March 4, 2019

Chocolate covered strawberries, truffles, brownies, and more are just a small sampling of the Valentine’s Day treats available to order from the culinary classes for their annual fundraiser.
The culinary…

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Political Polarization
Features

Abby Ong | March 1, 2019

Headline after headline grows more and more bizarre, provoking heated arguments between both sides as people jump to defend their beliefs and the decisions made. Others stay silent, choosing to ignore…

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Senior guard assists varsity to victories
Sports

Naya Tillisch | February 20, 2019

The high pitched squeak of basketball shoes sharply changing directions on the court fills the air as number five swishes the ball through the net, making the amount of points she’s scored individually…

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Choir co-president directs for nostalgia
Arts & Entertainment

Mikayla Zellner | December 11, 2018

The sound of music from all genres resonates throughout the theatre, choreographed dancing dazzles the audience, and nostalgia fills the minds of people in the auditorium. These are just a few aspects…

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Kicker: a leg above the competition
Sports

Sam Blas | December 11, 2018

The ref hands him the ball. The band is playing their music, the crowd is chanting their chants, and the coaches are yelling their orders. He gets in his steps. He looks over to his coach.
Breathe.
Then…

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