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Stories from Lewisville High School
Tuning cars as fine as strings
Features

Lucas Martinez | December 13, 2019

He’s got a routine.

Like most other head orchestra directors, Bill Zauner begins every day by tuning the violins and cellos, as well as leading students in warm-up exercises. However, his life…

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Blooming into an artist
Features

Andrea Plascencia | December 11, 2019

An ordinary day in her life smells like paint and charcoal. Ah yes, the sweet scent of creativity and self-expression. Some people depend on their morning coffee for a sense of stability. To her, art is…

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Moo-ving forward
Features

Andrea Plascencia | December 3, 2019

It’s Monday morning. For the majority of people, mornings are accompanied by the frantic clatter of alarms. Those people reach over in desperate attempts to stop the god-awful ringing. Five more minutes….

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Column: Let me be normal
Opinions

Lizeth Godinez | November 14, 2019

My friend found out.
“You’re gay? Cool, now I have a gay best friend.”
She’s known me for years but minimized me to just the gay friend.
I’m more than that.

A random guy talked to me…

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Running for gold
Features

Clarise Tujardon | November 11, 2019

Sweat drips down his neck as he attempts to catch his breath. He isn’t going to give up. Not now, not ever. He has trained for this marathon for years, and he isn’t going to let his hard work be for…

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Leading the crowd
Video

Valerie Benzinger | November 7, 2019

This story was originally published on Farmers’ Harvest on November 7, 2019.

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Voicing happiness
Features

Alexandra Canizales | November 7, 2019

His voice lowers, then rises again during rehearsals. Tongue twisters allow him to work his voice so he can perform to the best of his ability. The walls of foam lock in the sound and he feels at peace,…

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Figuring it out
Features

Andrea Plascencia | October 30, 2019

It was a sticky, hot Independence Day in 1992. Inside a garage that evening were two brothers with a hobby. A pastime which should have been nothing more than that, merely just a way to keep themselves…

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Committing to excellence
Sports

Andrea Plascencia | October 29, 2019

Twelve years. Twelve years is the time it took to arrive at this destination. What began as a mere pastime is now the center of her world. The blood, sweat, tears and countless hours of practice are all…

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Dancing up the ranks
Showcase

Valerie Benzinger | October 22, 2019

Halftime: the moment every drill team dancer counts down to in excitement.Friday night football games are known for their intense rivalries, raging crowds and overpriced concessions, but for senior Farmerette…

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Finding her tempo
Features

Andrea Plascencia | October 21, 2019

It’s halftime.

She makes her way over to the podium, finds her place and waits. This is it. For the next few minutes, she carries an important task: keeping the band in time.

Under the bright lights…

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Review: ‘The Politician’ reveals dark side of politics
Arts & Entertainment

Rachel Blake | October 8, 2019

Odd, overdramatic and just plain weird sums up Ryan Murphy’s newest original series on Netflix, “The Politician.” After producing TV classics such as “Glee” and “American Horror Story,” Murphy…

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Creating a difference
Features

Clarise Tujardon | October 1, 2019

Every year, 16 teachers from around the nation are nominated for the National Life Changer Award, an annual award that recognizes teachers for their hard work. By going to the website, anyone can nominate…

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Editorial: Defying stereotypes
Opinions

FarHar Staff | September 27, 2019

Lesbians can only be extremely masculine or feminine. 

Gay men can only be flamboyant.

Bisexual characters are unfaithful.

Transgender characters don’t have any other personality traits.

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Column: Recovering from tragedy
Opinions

Katie Chappell | September 17, 2019

One of the first things I do after I wake up, whether in the morning or after a nap, is check my phone. The evening of Saturday, Aug. 31 was no different, other than the flood of notifications on my screen.

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Dedicating his life to the game
Sports

Anna Velazquez | September 17, 2019

The sound of people cheering in the stands seems distant. He focuses on the quarterback, waiting for the ball to be thrown his way. The eighth-grade wide receiver watches as the ball leaves the quarterback’s…

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Taking students back in time
Features

Rachel Blake | September 16, 2019

A large collection of records on the walls and Elvis Presley posters bring life to what would otherwise be another dull, pale-colored U.S. history classroom, but it isn’t the vinyl and the Elvis paraphernalia,…

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Committing to coaching
Sports

Valerie Benzinger | May 15, 2019

The sun sets slowly in the background as the Fighting Farmer baseball team lines up together on the field, brought out by head baseball coach Mike Campbell. The opposing team, the Hebron Hawks, is…

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Breaking societal norms
Features

Stephany Jara | May 14, 2019

Sitting in front of his mirror, his left hand reaches out for the small tube of concealer and the other goes for a soft brush. He starts off by applying dots of concealer on his face, carefully blending…

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Becoming a community
News

Josselin Ramirez | May 14, 2019

Lewisville Soup is a new community event created by art teacher Nicole Franczvai. The main idea of Lewisville Soup is to bring people together to share their ideas on how to create a better environment…

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Column: Being a gay minority
Opinions

Anna Velazquez | April 19, 2019

I sat on my front porch, hands in my lap as my legs swung back and forth. I could feel the sweat running down my forehead due to the Texas sun radiating on my face and body but I didn’t care.

I let…

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Future Farmers of America members gain agricultural experience
Features

Valerie Benzinger | April 14, 2019

Becoming a future farmer

A Future Farmers of America (FFA) member walks into the barn and is instantly met with the sounds of pigs squealing. He makes his way to the pig pen where he sees six…

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Seeing the world from a new perspective
Features

Anna Velazquez | March 28, 2019

She sits in her living room, glasses resting on her nose as she watches television. Multiple news reports flash across the screen, focusing on the 2016 presidential election. With that comes the topic…

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Playing the rhythm to his heart
Arts & Entertainment

Edna Hernandez | March 18, 2019

He moves his fingers gracefully across the piano while feeling the rhythm through his veins. The audience awes at his perfect execution of the song. He stands up from his piano and bows to the crowd with…

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Drawing futures
Video

Dallas Nguyen | March 1, 2019

This story was originally published on Farmers’ Harvest on November 28, 2018.

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Connecting with music
Features

Anna Velazquez | February 27, 2019

Bright lights. People speaking loudly. Plates and silverware clattering. There’s too much occuring around her. Eyes going in and out of focus, a dizzy feeling overtakes her; everything begins to become…

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Shining a path of happiness
News

Rachel Blake | February 15, 2019

Night To Shine is a yearly prom put together for special needs members of the community and is hosted by hundreds of churches from around the globe for approximately 100,000 guests. This year’s annual…

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Tuning in new options
News

Edna Hernandez | February 12, 2019

Streatz & Beatz is a new food truck that was implemented into all LISD high school campuses. The plan was brought up as of last year and implemented this fall with the goal of providing students a…

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Editorial: Breaking society’s standards
Opinions

FH Staff | February 1, 2019

No tattoos. No piercings. No colored hair.

These are words you always see or hear.

You see it in the manual under the dress code section of your new job or school.

You hear it at school, work…

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Becoming Joslyn
Features

Stephany Jara | January 2, 2019

He sits in his garden, individually picking daisies from the damp soil, creating a crown of flowers in his ruffled hair. To him, flowers mean feminine and feminine feels right. Content and distracted,…

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Setting standard of excellence
Sports

Valerie Benzinger | November 16, 2018

After a 27-21 win against Hebron High School at Max Goldsmith stadium on Friday, Nov. 2, the Fighting Farmer football team secured a spot in the playoffs for the first time in 11 years. The victory on…

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Students learn they’re one in the same
Features

Madison Ward | November 7, 2018

After being a fan of the blog “Humans of New York,” a collection of stories from individuals found on the streets in New York City, English teacher Madelyn Johnson was inspired by 2018 alumna Marissa…

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Fighting through the ranks
Sports

Valerie Benzinger | November 6, 2018

The sound of the bell breaks the silence, signaling the beginning of the sparring match. Two teenage boys stride toward each other, gloved hands protecting their faces. Powerful strikes are thrown and…

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Acting out her part
Arts & Entertainment

Stephanie Rosas | October 29, 2018

The sound of her heart pounding reaches her ears as she walks into a room full of kids ready to audition. She receives her name tag with her audition number and waits 15 agonizing minutes for her name…

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NCTC firefighting program begins inaugural year
Features

Marissa Redding | October 19, 2018

A group of students dressed in firefighter uniforms stands outside as the instructor calls two of them over. One of the students carries an ax and the other carries a Halligan bar, which is placed in the…

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Winning against stacked odds
Sports

Somari Carr | October 5, 2018

The sound of plastic cups being slammed onto tables echo throughout a large room filled with determined cup stackers. Senior Sarah Raptis is taken aback by all of the competition gathered at the 2018 AAU…

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