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Stories from Marcus High School
Fashion forward
Features

Muna Nnamani | March 2, 2021

As senior Jaelon Dennis walked into Lewisville High School as a freshman, people stopped to stare.

He wore ripped black jeans and white Air Force 1’s. His black shirt sported gold spots. A gold chain…

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Bisexual student dates while closeted from parents
Features

Madi Olivier | February 26, 2021

*Names have been changed to protect the identities of those involved

At Kate’s* house, sound is everything.
It’s the reason she and her girlfriend, Sarah*, prefer to stay there. Kate has the top…

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True colors
Features

Shriya Mukkavilli | February 23, 2021

Junior Sydney Battiste didn’t know how her mom would react to her coming out as pansexual and genderfluid at 11. Her mom was supportive when other family members came out before, but Sydney still had…

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Ball in a new court
Showcase

Hyunsung Na | February 23, 2021

It may surprise people to find out that former professional basketball player James Singleton played more chess than basketball growing up. The recently hired coach brought his love for the chessboard…

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Finding focus
Features

Madi Olivier | February 22, 2021

Sophomore Charley David describes living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, as starting each day with a blank sheet of notebook paper. The tasks she needs to complete are like her…

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Finding pride
Features

Madi Olivier | February 17, 2021

Recent trends show that today’s teenagers are more likely to identify as LGBTQ+ than previous generations. In 2017, GLAAD found that 20 percent of people between the ages 18 and 34 identify as LGBTQ+….

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Column: Rebounding racism
Opinions

Hyunsung Na | December 28, 2020

The only reason I got into basketball was because I grew fast early. My 5’4” frame allowed me to dominate the fourth grade playgrounds, but my height gave me something else too. When you’re the tallest…

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Leaping ahead
Features

Sophia Craig | December 21, 2020

Pure anger coursed through senior Tristan Finn’s veins as she pushed through her solo for the fifth time. She was 14, too sick to stand up straight, but she had to keep dancing. She was being punished…

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Back on the pitcher’s mound
Showcase

Madi Olivier | December 18, 2020

When freshman Chris Noe threw a tennis ball down the hospital hallway as an eighth grader, he didn’t think about his leukemia.

In his mind, he was on the pitcher’s mound, glove on one hand, baseball…

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Test questions
News

Madi Olivier | December 17, 2020

The future

Board member suggests drug testing

Board of Trustees Vice President Tracy Scott Miller sparked the discussion of drug testing on campus when he shared his goal of implementing…

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Race in our media
Arts & Entertainment

Muna Nnamani | November 9, 2020

At the beginning of the summer, the Black Lives Matter movement sparked protests and opened up conversations about race, and people started turning to media choices to learn more about race relations.

If…

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Traveling heroes
Features

Madi Olivier | November 3, 2020

A thick cloud of smoke blocked the sun as the Flower Mound Fire Department firefighters worked against the flames of the August Complex wildfire in the Mendocino National Forest last month. The wildfire’s…

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Rookies in the ring
Features

Madi Olivier | November 2, 2020

Although America has a history of low voter turnout from the younger generations, students have recently become more politically engaged, especially with the upcoming presidential election. In a poll of…

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Taking stride
Sports

Madi Olivier | September 25, 2020

If anyone glanced through the window of the cross country team’s bus in July 2016, they wouldn’t have seen anything special.

They were on their way home after training in the Woodlands. Athletes…

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LISD postpones in-person classes
News

Madi Olivier | September 2, 2020

In-person learning will be delayed until at least Sept. 8 throughout the district. All students, including those who signed up for in-person or virtual plus learning, will start their classes remotely…

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Column: Other
Opinions

Reya Mosby | May 22, 2020

“Reya isn’t fully Black or fully Indian, so she’s nothing.”

This phrase is all too familiar to me. I’ve heard it from friends, acquaintances, strangers and even myself. 

I am biracial…

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Senior column: Dark chocolate
Opinions

Nikhita Ragam | May 18, 2020

In a bustling cafeteria of nose-picking, immature third-graders, I sat with my peanut butter sandwich, quietly nibbling on it, amongst the girls from my class. Macey, a rambunctious basketball…

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Leaving a legacy on and off the track
Sports

Madi Olivier | May 8, 2020

The school is mourning the death of long-time Head Cross Country, Track and Field Coach Steve Telaneus, who died on Thursday, April 30 at age 60. His winning legacy and dedication to his students and…

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Crafts for a cause
Coronavirus

Adriana Pueskens | April 29, 2020

Similar to many students in quarantine, junior Maddie Felan has been keeping herself busy with new projects. However, instead of spending her free time finding new hobbies, she’s decided to create…

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Live out loud
Features

Renee Gomez | April 28, 2020

A couple walked the waxed white floors of the mall as the scent of over-salted pretzels wafted through the air. In the bustle of it all, they held hands without rings as their kids joined the overall commotion,…

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Beyond the location
Coronavirus

Ayra Charania | April 28, 2020

Junior Maggie Ku sat in her classroom, listening to her friends’ conversation while working on her assignment. They were discussing how the Corona beer stock dropped when the topic of coronavirus came…

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Denton County issues stay at home order due to COVID-19
Coronavirus

Madi Olivier | March 26, 2020

Yesterday, Denton County Judge Andy Eads announced a stay at home order for the county in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 25. 

The order is currently…

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Podcast: Quotes from Quarantine – Episode 3
Coronavirus

Madi Olivier | March 24, 2020

Quotes from Quarantine – Episode 1

This story was originally published on The Marquee on March 23, 2020.

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Podcast: Quotes from Quarantine – Episode 2
Coronavirus

Madi Olivier | March 24, 2020

Quotes from Quarantine – Episode 1

This story was originally published on The Marquee on March 22, 2020.

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Podcast: Quotes from Quarantine – Episode 1
Coronavirus

Madi Olivier | March 24, 2020

Quotes from Quarantine – Episode 1

This story was originally published on The Marquee on March 21, 2020.

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National tests postponed due to coronavirus
Coronavirus

Shriya Mukkavilli | March 20, 2020

College Board recently released a statement on how they would accommodate schools who closed due to COVID-19.

Schools that will still be open in May will follow the scheduled testing dates, but schools…

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LISD closes schools due to COVID-19 pandemic
Coronavirus

Madi Olivier | March 18, 2020

Earlier today, LISD Superintendent Dr. Kevin Rogers released a statement announcing that all LISD schools will be closed through April 3 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, he stated that students…

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LISD reacts to COVID-19 outbreak
Coronavirus

Ayra Charania | March 16, 2020

The district is planning to make a decision as to whether they will extend spring break by March 21. 

“We will continue evaluating the latest information and make a decision toward the end of spring…

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Changing tides
Sports

Madi Olivier | March 13, 2020

Every day at 4:45 a.m., swim coach and natatorium manager Shannon Gillespy is greeted by the smell of chlorine as she steps into her office at the LISD Westside Aquatic Center.

A large window takes…

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Mirror image
Features

Samantha Thornfelt | March 13, 2020

Staring at the face in the mirror, tears rolled down Ryann Taylor’s cheeks. Her eyes continued to well up as she thought of the cute, button-nosed girls she’d seen in her classes. They were perfect….

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Filtered reality
Features

Madi Olivier | March 12, 2020

Impact of social media

The popularity of social media among teenagers allows smartphones to do what only scalpels and syringes once could. Apps like Snapchat and Instagram let users alter their…

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Let’s get ready to tumble
Sports

Adriana Pueskens | March 9, 2020

The arena is half-full with spectators there to see the tumblers. The place is filled with the sound of feet hitting the trampolines, and competitors practicing their routines on the floor.

Senior Quinn…

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Being a person of color is not a crime
Opinions

Reya Mosby | February 24, 2020

Red and blue lights and the words “BREAKING NEWS” appeared on the TV. My dad’s eyes were glued to the screen as it displayed a picture of a young black boy.

He was shot and killed by a police…

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Finding hope without a home
Features

Ayra Charania | February 4, 2020

Leah* never thought she would find more safety in her car than her home. She was parked in the middle of the pitch black Walmart parking lot, laying in the back seat of her truck with only a pillow…

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Children having children
News

Madi Olivier | February 4, 2020

Even though the teen pregnancy rate has declined in the past 25 years, Texas had the seventh highest teenage birth rate in the United States in 2018, according to the CDC. Only Mississippi, Louisiana,…

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Targeting faith
Features

Reya Mosby | February 4, 2020

Within the past few years, mass shootings have increased throughout the country. Places of worship have become a target, especially in Texas, the home of the first recorded mass church shooting and the…

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A second chance
Features

Madi Olivier | February 3, 2020

The man he saw in the mirror wasn’t him. He barely recognized himself in the overweight college freshman who stared back.

He still felt like the high school senior who played football. Back then,…

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Small blessings
Features

McKenna Cowley | February 3, 2020

Highland Village resident Kristie Baysinger went outside with her kids and called 911 while her husband tried to tame the flames in the attic with a water hose. After the operator told everyone to evacuate…

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Pregnant pause
Features

Samantha Thornfelt | February 3, 2020

Former LISD student Blaklee Briggs felt her throat tighten as her mom parked the car.

“You know you don’t have to do this,” LeAnn said. “This is your choice. This secret will stay between…

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Coach comes full circle
Sports

Adriana Pueskens | January 31, 2020

April 14, 2007
On the windy Saturday night, the Marauders were down 2-1 in the state soccer championship. Marcus had never made it this far in the playoffs. With only 10 players instead of the usual…

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Health, physical education TEKS revised for first time in 22 years
News

Madi Olivier | January 30, 2020

For the first time in 22 years, the Texas State Board of Education is revising the physical education and health Texas Essentials of Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for students in Kindergarten through 12th…

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Flying past the competition
Features

Adriana Pueskens | December 13, 2019

She could see the blinking lights of instruments in the cockpit and hear the muffled transmissions of the plane through her headphones. Below her lay miles and miles of green fields in rural Delaware,…

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Shoot for the stars
Features

McKenna Cowley | December 13, 2019

“Can I look at this stuff?” senior Carol Anne Starks said.

She had just arrived home from a long day of middle school. Only 11, she had recently began sixth grade.

Starks was talking about the…

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Butterfly effect
Features

Madi Olivier | December 11, 2019

LISD Locksmith Debnes Magnes often goes unnoticed as she walks through the halls, pushing her cart of tools from room to room with a bright smile. She shares positive messages throughout the day to encourage…

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Look for the light
Opinions

Reya Mosby | December 10, 2019

I sat in the back of the newsroom and stared blankly at the salad in front of me, rubbing my fingernails together and biting the inside of my lip until it was raw.

We were on deadline. I should be working,…

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Finding the best of both worlds
Opinions

Sanskriti Dwivedi | October 31, 2019

“Ewww,” said one of my classmates while poking at the dahi vada I’d brought for class that morning. “It’s so slimy! What even is this stuff?”

We were in Humanities getting ready for our…

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Helping halos
Features

Adriana Pueskens | October 29, 2019

Danay Navinsky had been feeling a pain in her stomach for a couple of weeks, so her family, including daughter senior Alexa Navinksy, decided it was time to go to the hospital. They waited in the room…

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In perfect harmony
Features

Shriya Mukkavilli | October 29, 2019

Before starting, the room buzzed with friendly conversation. As the bell rang, the orchestra and special needs students formed a half-circle around the podium. Once the lesson started, everyone broke off…

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Tamed and trained
Features

Madi Olivier | October 29, 2019

The grass flattened beneath the mustang’s hooves as he trotted across the pasture. Senior Maddie Trussell walked beside the brown horse, Beau. She gripped the rough rope of his halter, leading…

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Swimming against the current
Sports

Samantha Thornfelt | October 28, 2019

Senior Emma Vega felt good as she dove into the pool at the start of the race. She was confident. Emma had swam this race hundreds of times and knew exactly how to pace herself.

As she kicked off the…

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