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Stories from Prosper High School
Rising from the ashes: activist reflects on 9/11, works to spread freedom
Features

Amanda Hare | September 14, 2020

His experience on Sept. 11, 2001
Sujo John could smell the smoke in the air. He felt the soot and ash all over him. His life was in danger, but that’s not what mattered most to him. He was terrified…

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‘Black Panther’ star’s passing affects fans, leaves parents with dilemma
Arts & Entertainment

Gabriella Winans | September 11, 2020

Parents of young fans worldwide find themselves left with a decision, following the events of Aug. 28, the date on which well-known actor Chadwick Boseman passed away, after a private four-year-long battle…

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Small business owners grow community through local plant shop
Arts & Entertainment

Christi Norris | September 9, 2020

Although COVID-19 brought about the end of many businesses on a local and national scale, the new plant shop “Famous in Oregon” in downtown Prosper grew within the community in an unexpected way.
Beginnings

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Hurricane Laura impacts families, makes landfall as Category 4
News

Gabriella Winans | September 3, 2020

When Hurricane Laura reached southern Louisiana, residents in Louisiana and Texas cities had to evacuate their homes, and those evacuations affected more than just locals – even people in Prosper had to…

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Counselors take measures to curb anxiety amid COVID-19
Coronavirus

Isabella Abraham | May 4, 2020

During this unprecedented pandemic and e-learning situation, counselors have taken steps to assist students with mental health concerns.

From setting up supportive counseling Google Classrooms for…

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Junior overcomes dancing accident, bone transplant
Features

Caleb Audia | March 2, 2020

Junior Christy Neal had an accident that changed the course of her life. Two years ago, Christy injured her ankle after a dancing accident during practice. With rapid swelling and discoloration, she was…

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Inked up
Features

Ryan Stanley | February 18, 2020

‘Be brave’ are the two words written on a faux leather bracelet once owned by teacher Natalie Merrill. While the bracelet was lost forever, the words were not.

Merrill, an audio-video instructor, along…

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‘Magic’ pill?
Opinions

Kate L. Keeler | February 3, 2020

“Feel better, Tylenol.”

“We feel your pain, Motrin.”

“Relief doesn’t get any better than this, Advil.”

Painkillers are attractive. The idea that a small pill can understand and relieve my pain…

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Students start local band, play gigs under new name Urban Sons
Features

Caroline Wilburn | January 31, 2020

Notes and noises come from every direction. Four high school students fill the space of their two-car garage while warming up their instruments for practice. Last year, starting a band existed only as…

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Disappointed but not surprised: No female directors nominated for best motion picture, best director, best screenplay for 77th Annual Golden Globes
Opinions

Katie Johnson | December 16, 2019

Editor’s Note: Article content may be offensive to some readers.

I’m dumbfounded — and so are other female filmmakers and film enthusiasts.

Despite women directing 15% of  all feature films in…

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Are ‘your’ priorities straight?
Opinions

Gianna Ortner-Findlay | November 15, 2019

In the game of life, everyone has priorities. People focus all of their attention on that thing, whatever the priority may be. And anything else that does not have as much importance is often forgotten….

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Column – Halloween is dead
Opinions

Maddie Moats | October 31, 2019

As a kid, Halloween was one of my favorite holidays to celebrate, and it garnered some of my fondest memories. I would be so excited when Spirit Halloween and other Halloween stores would finally open…

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Feline friendship, Instagram allows family to help soldier
Features

Amanda Hare | October 28, 2019

Freshman Kimora Evans’ orange-tabby cat story all began three years ago when her mom, Althea Williams, introduced her to an American soldier stationed in Germany. When the soldier, Joe Herrera, met Evans,…

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Parent alienation leads to son’s death; now, dad speaks out
Features

Gabriella Winans | October 16, 2019

The day was supposed to end in victory for Rodney McCall, but instead, Oct. 21, 2011, ended in anguish. The “quiet, late-morning air” gave into the splitting sound of three gunshots. Karen Hayslett-McCall…

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Out of the Darkness: Hope, Healing, Help
Features

Katie Johnson | October 4, 2019

When Wendy Tyler first stood on stage and looked out at the 450 people staring back at her, she was awed and grateful to know so many others understood what she and her family were going through.

Tyler,…

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Teacher journeys from Marines to FFA
Features

Isabella Abraham | September 24, 2019

Sleep-deprived and running on a single meal, Marine Corps recruit Joseph Molina trudged up the final hill of the grim 12-mile hike known as “The Crucible.” After three days of braving through rough terrain,…

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Marching band takes more than just walking in time
Opinions

Emma Hutchinson | September 20, 2019

“Do you play any sports?”

“I’m in marching band.”

“Oh, but that’s not a sport.”

Ah, yes, there it is. The fatal rebuttal to the band kid trying to pass off marching band as a sport….

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Kicking with a Cause
Sports

Kennedy Wyles | September 18, 2019

Childhood cancer survivor uses football to raise money
He was just 10 weeks old, and varsity kicker Brad Larson was back in the hospital, battling acute megakaryoblastic leukemia (M7 AML). After three…

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Pique Episode 2 features behind-the-scenes ‘listen’ with Nico Ray
Audio

Katie Johnson | April 2, 2019

Episode 2 of the “Pique” podcast features an in-depth conversation about senior Nico Ray’s documentary “When Worlds Collide.” Ray goes into detail about his experiences with “Kids Prosper Kids,” explaining…

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Aspiring senior architect wins $10,000 scholorship
News

Ryan Stanley | February 26, 2019

There were six scholarships to give out. Five had already been awarded, and the grand prize, a $10,000 scholarship, awaited its lucky recipient. With her hopes down, senior Arya George said she couldn’t…

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Junior offensive tackle commits to play college football
Sports

Ana Arredondo | February 21, 2019

After receiving his first offer from Colorado Boulder during his sophomore year, offensive tackle Jake Majors said he knew he wanted to continue playing football far after his high school career.

Majors,…

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Counselors, parents meet to discuss teenage communication book
News

Isabella Abraham | January 30, 2019

Parents gathered to discuss the ins and outs of raising teenagers at the counselors’ first book study session Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 9-10 a.m. in the library. As the meetings continue, the counselors…

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Student starts ‘soleful’ petition </br>to go shoeless after being dress-coded
Opinions

Katie Johnson | January 28, 2019

Noah Paape isn’t the typical sophomore. He’s got the long hair, painted nails, eccentric fashion taste and lack of shoes to prove it. The 15-year-old goes almost everywhere shoeless, from playing on-stage…

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Sophomore golfer heads to college-level tournament
Sports

Grace Williamson | January 25, 2019

Sophomore Haili Moore is approaching this tournament just like it’s any other. But, her nerves remind her that it’s one of the biggest competitions of her high school golf career – so far.

In her second…

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Senior kicker plays in Under Armour All-America game
Sports

Ana Arredondo | January 25, 2019

When Cade York first started to play football, he said he believed he would be kicking soccer balls at the collegiate level instead of making field goals. But, after attending the Kohl’s Kicking Camp in…

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Girls’ cross country – A job well-run
Sports

Grace Williamson | December 28, 2018

Aubrey O’Connell, 17:59. Sadie-Leigh Gonzales, 19:12. Tatum Castillo, 19:21. Madison Christy, 19:36. Emily Kern, 20:13. Alexis Svoboda, 20:17. Kirstin Towle, 22:02.

Girls cross country made district…

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It’s worth buying: ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ by The 1975
Arts & Entertainment

Katie Johnson | December 14, 2018

After two years, the group  The 1975 is back with another heavily awaited album. “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships” dives into the societal need to project oneself online as well as lead singer…

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Engineers gear up for 2019 ‘Solar Car Challenge’
Features

Grace Williamson | December 13, 2018

The high school’s “Mighty Engineer Club” will race their solar car at the Texas Motor Speedway July 15. The Solar Car Challenge is a product of a 15-month cycle, including participating in specific workshops,…

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Students encounter new faces, tight spaces
News

Kennedy Wyles | November 28, 2018

Prosper’s immense growth has resulted in changes throughout the community. With more than 2,289 new students this year and a rate of 19.3-percent growth, administration representatives said they continue…

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Senior cooks up future career </br>through culinary arts program
Features

Maddie Moats | November 2, 2018

After years of practice and dedication to culinary arts, senior Bella Alicea knows the path she wants to take. As it turns out, it all traces back to holidays in with her grandmother, carefully crafting…

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Surroundings change, music remains same
Features

Kennedy Wyles | November 1, 2018

Moving overseas can bring fear of the unknown, but for senior William Lewis, this experience introduced him to a newfound love.

Initially a tuba player, Prosper band has brought Lewis new opportunities,…

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Boating accident changes student’s life
Features

Ryan Stanley | October 30, 2018

Pinned against the wall with the boat crushing him, junior Trett Johnson had no idea what his life-threatening injury would entail.

After spending July 3, 2017, on the lake with his family, Johnson…

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Senior sword fighter draws new interest to sport of past
Showcase

Ryan Stanley | October 29, 2018

While other students find their home on the court or football field, senior Will Rosar finds his with a sword in his hands.  

Will started sword fighting, specifically known as historical European…

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Democratic candidate answers student questions at ‘Town Hall Forum’
Midterm Elections

Haley Medeiros | October 23, 2018

U.S. House 3rd District Democratic Candidate Lorie Burch answered students’ questions and told the Oct. 3 “Town Hall Forum” audience one of her goals included earning their trust.

Government students…

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Senior reflects on his coming-out story, its impact
Features

Neha Madhira | October 18, 2018

LGBT+. This acronym gave him a place to fit. This acronym helped him identify with something, so he could sink back into his “own skin” and keep up the confidence those who knew him said he always had….

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