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Stories from Vandegrift High School
Working the polls
Features

Katie McClellan | November 13, 2020

The sun isn’t up yet, but seniors Gaby George and Mardi McCollum are. They’re scanning identification, checking registration and printing ballots. 

It’s Election Day and students across America…

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Seam your dream
Features

Kate Denning | November 4, 2020

As a child, Vandegrift alumna Kelsey Zaroff spent many hours crouched in front of the TV screen, watching white dresses swirl around, black-clothed consultants trying to get every detail perfect, and brides…

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Student reflects on BLM experience
Features

Katie McClellan | September 18, 2020

George Floyd’s name rang loud through the tension as protesters voices rose up into the sweltering summer air, chanting for justice. Signs scrawled with the phrase “I can’t breathe” held high,…

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District excuses absences, cancels student group trips to help reduce coronavirus risk
Coronavirus

Natalie Brink | March 16, 2020

To help reduce the risk of students contracting the coronavirus, the district decided last night at the Board of Trustees meeting it will count all today’s absences as excused. This morning, after two…

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ACC extends spring break amid coronavirus fears, potentially switches to all online courses
Coronavirus

Natalie Brink | March 16, 2020

After University of Texas extended spring break over fears of coronavirus, Austin Community College has extended its spring break until March 29. When classes resume on March 30, they potentially could…

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Keeping it cool
SNO's 18 Under 18

Kyra Bachick | March 2, 2020

Walking into Tomlinson’s with a box full of his product, Pupsicool, a woman stops junior Nico Canosa, thrilled her dog’s favorite treat is being restocked. 

Being part of the company Pupsicool…

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Sailing to a new land
Features

Harshita Avirneni | February 19, 2020

They sat in a circle, anxious for class to begin. All they knew was their competition play had been chosen. They waited as director Celeste Schneider stood in front of the class and made the big announcement,…

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Senior breaks school record twice in swim
Features

Codi Farmer | February 6, 2020

He looked down at his lock screen one last time before he took his position on the diving block.

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58.31

58.31

He repeated these numbers to himself over and over again, he was determined…

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Oh Em Geography Bee
Features

Kyra Bachick | January 29, 2020

A drop of sweat trickled down his face as the lights blared and the audience stared. His knees trembled as he walked up to the microphone. It was time to answer the final question. 

Freshman Nihar…

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Sophomores perform at White House
Features

Katie McClellan | January 7, 2020

Surrounded by Christmas trees, lights and the faint whispers of passerby, sophomore Anna Zavelson’s voice fills the air of the grand White House hallway as sophomore and pianist Joey Painter accompanies…

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Junior’s songs stream worldwide
Features

Eilla Reid | October 28, 2019

His petite fingers struggled to wrap themselves around the neck of the guitar to form his first chord of many. With big dreams to pursue, this was the first step to discovering his unforeseen love for…

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Senior becomes first student in school history to direct main stage play
Features

Codi Farmer | October 21, 2019

The lights dimmed and the curtain opened. She sat back into her seat to see her months of hard work put together for the first time. This was the first step towards her future.

Senior Kayla Stewart…

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Performing for the President
Features

Codi Farmer | October 4, 2019

Their hearts pounded in their chest as thousands of voices echoed throughout the stadium. This was the biggest crowd these 21 girls had ever performed for. This was their senior year and the entire world…

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Senior narrows down top 5 schools
Sports

Kyra Bachick | October 3, 2019

The squeak of the shoes and the scream of the crowd gets him amped up. It’s his last year of high school basketball. All he can hear is his coach calling plays as he runs down the court to get a three…

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Swimming straight through summer
Sports

Katie McClellan | September 20, 2019

Shannon Bagnal stands on the deck, waiting for her heat. She looks up and sees the VIP deck where all of the Division 1 college coaches are watching her. She can feel the pressure, the energy, the intensity…

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Making a statement
Features

Priya Gregerson | May 17, 2019

As they stride down the hall, people admire their different hues. They are blue moons in a calendar of anonymous phases. No matter how many days students see them, whether it’s the first time or the hundredth…

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Ranting through life
Features

Harshita Avirneni | April 18, 2019

Nerves flooded through her as she sat at her computer ready to publish. She wasn’t sure if it was good enough for her audience. It had been almost two years, and with every click, she hoped to help someone…

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A “pass” at the Elite 11
Sports

Sumerlyn Yudell | February 22, 2019

In the fall, more than 14,000 high schools put 11 players under the bright lights to play tackle-football on Friday nights. Each team is led by a quarterback, a point man the players can look to for direction…

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Living history
Features

Natalie Brink | February 21, 2019

The soldiers march toward the German border to face the Siegfried Line. Behind the German defensive was the Rhine River, and right above was the Ludendorff Bridge. This capture would shorten the war. As…

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Ice Breakers
Features

Priya Gregerson | February 7, 2019

Not everyone has to dream of a white Christmas.

During winter break, sophomore Julia Jones visited her Grandparents in Uppsala, Sweden. Julia and her family usually visit Sweden in the summer months,…

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A king is crowned
Features

Claire Lawrence | February 7, 2019

Fingers ache after the endless hours of non-stop rehearsals. Sweat drips from his forehead as he squints at the bright sun above, remaining focused on his instrument. After a while, he hears his name called…

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Student photographer Elaina Eichorn captures precious Vandegrift memories
Arts & Entertainment

Cady Grace Wynn | December 19, 2018

She’s on the field every Friday night, at both home and away games, right on the 50-yard line, but you may have missed her tucked behind her Nikon camera.

Senior head manager and team photographer…

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A miracle on stage
Arts & Entertainment

Claire Lawrence | December 13, 2018

The black and white words in a thick script ran wild throughout the actors’ minds as they line up one by one at the front of the stage. Lights beam down on their faces, showing their heartfelt emotions….

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The show must go on
Arts & Entertainment

Harshita Avirneni | November 9, 2018

Nerves filled the air as the actors paced back and forth, as the circumstances were not what was expected back in September when rehearsals had first started. Everyone was anxious, rerunning lines and…

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FFA veterinary science team to compete at nationals
News

Natalie Brink | October 31, 2018

In the smallest classroom in the school, tucked away in the back of the CTE wing, four students stand over stuffed animals and laminated pictures from the internet and books. They know they will soon compete…

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