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Stories from Lovejoy High School
Review: Netflix’s ‘Malcolm & Marie’ is too abstract
Arts & Entertainment

Ryan Wang | February 23, 2021

Too often do audiences in our era get caught up in the glamorous and action-focused aspects found within movies, with Hollywood slowly evolving into more of a film factory vying for box office success,…

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VIDEO: Life through the lens
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John Falco | February 9, 2021

Ashlyn Casalegno, eighth grader at the middle school, has spent over a decade pursuing her acting dream.

This story was originally published on The Red Ledger on February 8, 2021.

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Speedy Martin
Features

Calla Patino | February 9, 2021

In the Texas World Speedway track, an eight hour endurance race in foggy weather created “Miracle Man Michael Martin.” The Valvoline Suzuki team was shooting for their 100th win when the bike crashed….

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Revving it up
Features

Mathias Alling | January 26, 2021

Junior Aidan Meek was at the track watching his dad race for years. Now, it was his turn.

He’s sitting in his rented Porsche Spec Boxster. He’s only driven it once before now.

He’s going up…

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VIDEO: Code to Success
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Chaney Kelly | December 15, 2020

A senior shares his passion for programming and creating his own video games.

This story was originally published on The Red Ledger on December 15, 2020.

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VIDEO: Mastering Mechanics
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Jake Piccirillo | December 14, 2020

A senior pursues his passion of becoming a mechanic alongside his dad.

This story was originally published on The Red Ledger on December 10, 2020.

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Buzz around bees
Features

Mathias Alling | December 11, 2020

The conditions have to be perfect: above 55 degrees, not windy and not cloudy. He puts on his bee suit, a pair of gloves and two smokers. Sophomore Gabriel Ezell opens up his beehive.  He puffs the smoke…

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Equine beastice
Sports

Calla Patino | November 20, 2020

Trot. Canter. Gallop. Walk. Three horses and three women. Hammer could be mistaken for a massive chocolate bar from the Rocky (Road) Mountains. Morez and NY Crossfire (Twix for short) are built for endurance…

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VIDEO: Budding business
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Justin Lewis | November 11, 2020

A Lucas family grows the community closer during a time when many are told to distance with their micro-farm business.

This story was originally published on The Red Ledger on November 10, 2020.

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VIDEO: Words matter
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Noah Naidoo | November 11, 2020

Dennis Lee, community storyteller, shares a lesson on pursuing your passion.

This story was originally published on The Red Ledger on November 9, 2020.

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VIDEO: Attitude is everything
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Chaney Kelly | November 6, 2020

The high school soccer coach, Ian Keeble, fights a secret battle off the field.

This story was originally published on The Red Ledger on November 6, 2020.

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VIDEO: Riding in style
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Jake Piccirillo | November 5, 2020

Junior Max Nwanebu high school student makes his own truck modification with the help of his peers.

This story was originally published on The Red Ledger on November 5, 2020.

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Rolling into Lucas
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Noah Naidoo | October 8, 2020

A freshman turned his hobby into a business during quarantine by making and selling longboards with his dad.

This story was originally published on The Red Ledger on October 8, 2020.

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Distanced Donations
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Chaney Kelly | October 6, 2020

Junior Kendall Carll finds a way to give back to a local organization, and make a difference in the community.

This story was originally published on The Red Ledger on October 6, 2020.

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Mind games
Features

Hannah Cole | October 5, 2020

It was the week before finals, two years ago. It was 4 a.m., and the world had a silent hum. Senior Chelby Inman, however, was still awake at a sleepover with her friends, a momentary respite from the…

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Leopard Pause: Masked music
Video

AnnaBeth Smith | September 24, 2020

LNN takes an inside look at band’s operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This story was originally published on The Red Ledger on September 24, 2020.

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Pound by pound
Features

Mathias Alling | September 15, 2020

15 pounds.

He’s thrilled. After months of work, dedication and self discipline, he’s finally done it.

15 pounds.

His weight is displayed on the blue backlit screen on his scale. He’s looking…

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Passion has no age requirement
Features

Calla Patino | September 4, 2020

In the heat of the summer, the doorbell rings. A small, Venya Raju holds a sign-up sheet explaining that she is conducting an art class this summer for first and second graders. By the end of the summer,…

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Tapping into greatness
Features

Kelsey Carroll | May 19, 2020

When Ray Cooper thinks of admirable teachers (and he knows he can’t name everyone), a select few cross his mind immediately.

Keith Christian, who is “just a great teacher.”

Andrew Stallings,…

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Celebrating change amidst COVID-19
Coronavirus

Suvwe Kokoricha | April 24, 2020

Ramadan fasting will begin on April 23 and end on May 23 this year. For Muslims, this lunar month is a sacred time to focus on bettering one’s self as well as to celebrate with family and friends. 

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Editorial: Building maturity through confusion, fear
Coronavirus

The Red Ledger Staff | March 24, 2020

With the Coronavirus pandemic provoking panic across the globe, the American Generation Z population experiences its first real crisis. With our own eyes, we are experiencing an all-encompassing, controversial,…

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Video: Talent To Spare
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Chaney Kelly | March 9, 2020

Many of us got stuck on a childhood t-ball or soccer team, but this lovejoy student found something else right up his “alley.” LNN takes to the lanes.

This story was originally published on The…

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Video: The Sky’s the Limit
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Nathan Fowler | March 5, 2020

Flying model airplanes is a timeless childhood activity, but what happens when we grow up? LNN takes you above and beyond in this feature.

This story was originally published on The Red Ledger on February…

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District parent runs for Congress
Features

Suvwe Kokoricha | February 5, 2020

Nov. 5, 1968: James M. Collins (R) beats Robert Hughes (D) to represent Texas’ 3rd Congressional District on Capitol Hill, flipping a seat that had been a Democratic stronghold since the Civil War.

Nov…

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A Date to Remember
Features

Suvwe Kokoricha | January 23, 2020

Annastacia Daugherty walks into her master bedroom with her son, Owen, by her side. Tim Daugherty lies sick in bed, his mind foggy. Annastacia shows Owen to Tim, talking about his new “big boy pants,”…

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Video: When Life Gives You Limits
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Chaney Kelly | January 10, 2020

At some point in time, we all go through something that questions our ability to overcome. One of our teachers here at LHS finds himself facing another trial in everyday life, but how he carries on is…

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When life gave Zoe lemons
Features

Suvwe Kokoricha | November 13, 2019

Fourth-grader Zoe Grall doesn’t walk, but glides up a ramp in front of a captive audience of family, friends and well-wishers. As red ‘record’ buttons are pressed on phones, Zoe mounts a quarter…

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In the mud
Features

Suvwe Kokoricha | November 13, 2019

Don Lange’s draft number is 29. He doesn’t want to go to Vietnam though, so instead of letting himself be drafted, he enlists. His assignment–Vietnam.  

Lange’s plane touches down at Tan…

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Video: Teacher’s Pet
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Chaney Kelly | November 11, 2019

Everybody needs a best friend, and the children of Lovejoy Elementary have a furry companion to share their ups and downs with everyday.

This story was originally published on The Red Ledger on November…

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Video: Finding Your Forte
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Arya Raju | November 7, 2019

Bringing his talents to the chamber orchestra during his first year at Lovejoy, a sophomore knows how to put the pedal to the metal, but with music.

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Guo for the gold
Features

Audrey McCaffity | November 5, 2019

Starting from a young age, Will Guo’s interest in academics began to form eventually leading him to skip a grade and remain in the valedictorian spot.

When Guo moved from Portland, Oregon in the eighth…

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Itching for life
Opinions

Shivani Radhakrishnan | October 29, 2019

I told my friends that I missed going to school.

They incredulously asked me, “You miss school?”

I missed my life. In fact, I was itching for it.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been…

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Column: In a word, cancer
Opinions

Justin Maroney | October 9, 2019

Maybe this is the time to write this all down; maybe it’s not. I don’t know how my thoughts on all of this are to change, and I still can’t say how it all will feel when it ends, but I can say that…

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Column: Under my skin
Opinions

Karina Li | September 27, 2019

Throughout the span of the 11 years I’ve been in the American education system in a Texan suburb, I’ve consistently been one of the few, if not the only, Asian people in a class. People always look…

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One district, under Goddard
News

Suvwe Kokoricha | September 27, 2019

Michael Goddard is crying. Not because someone died. Or because he’s exhausted. He’s crying because he has just found out that he is Lovejoy ISD’s new superintendent. 

Goddard has been through…

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International audition
Sports

Hannah D'Iorio | May 29, 2019

Dressing into her red uniform top that reads “Mexico” across the front in white letters, senior Celeste Soliz begins to get ready for the game. She slips on her white pants and red cleats and takes…

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Video: State Of Play
Video

Michelle Liu | May 20, 2019

From Hot Topic to Orphan Train to Grease, the theatre department has provided both laughter and tears for the community. But the drama students here also have a competitive side. Michelle and Andrew take…

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Girl power
News

Sydney Wong | May 8, 2019

Powerful performances are nothing new to senior Ally Carraway.

Last year, she broke a school record by becoming the first girl from the district to qualify for the 5A state powerlifting meet.

This…

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Schoolhouse Rock
Video

Sophia Heussner | May 4, 2019

Teachers and administrators need strong relationships to make a school successful, but some of our district employees have a connection that is truly “harmonious.”

This story was originally published…

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Growing the Game
Sports

Kendall Carll | May 2, 2019

Kendall and Haidyn take us to the field of a sports program that is growing in the Lovejoy community.

This story was originally published on The Red Ledger on March 25, 2019.

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Review: ‘Shazam!’ shocks audiences with hilarious comedy, relatable characters
Arts & Entertainment

Grant Vogel | April 23, 2019

In DC movies, Superman causes billions of dollars of property damage in literal earth-shaking fight scenes. Aquaman fights poorly animated fish people in epic ”Lord of the Rings”-esque underwater battles….

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A Lifesaving Lesson
Video

Chaney Kelly | April 3, 2019

Here at the high school, students have many opportunities to explore their future career plans, and the Emergency Medical Services program is no exception. Chaney and Grant take us to the class that teaches…

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Six for six
Showcase

Alexis Russell | February 25, 2019

Senior Night has come and gone and now the reality has set in: this ride won’t go on forever. These guys have spent six years playing together, but from here on out, every game has the potential to be…

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Running West
Sports

Arushi Gupta | February 14, 2019

It wasn’t until senior Jake Chamberlin answered a certain phone call that he considered attending the school he will soon call home- West Point.

After six years of running with the track team, Chamberlin’s…

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Certified to salsa
Features

Abigail Lund | February 12, 2019

A new gym membership and attendance in a Latin dancing class is all it took for senior Lyndsey Toft to fall in love with Zumba.

After becoming a member at Lifetime Fitness, Toft signed up for a Zumba…

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Review: ‘Glass’ storyline ‘crumbles under the weight of high expectations’
Arts & Entertainment

Grant Vogel | February 9, 2019

After setting the stage 19 years ago with his second major theatrical release, “Unbreakable,” M. Night Shyamalan has returned in “Glass” to conclude the story of reluctant hero David Dunn (Bruce…

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Video: Dedication to Dance
Video

AnnaBeth Smith | February 6, 2019

LNN’s AnnaBeth Smith and Shivani Radhakrishnan show us freshman Lauren Utley’s journey performing as Clara in The Nutcracker.

This story was originally published on The Red Ledger on January 25, 2019.

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To Model A moment in time
Features

Abigail Lund | February 4, 2019

With the turn of a key, roar of an engine, and the spin of a steering wheel, the Dallas Model A club have kept a part of the past in the present. The members spread appreciation for the 1920-1930s…

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Video: Special Sounds
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Chaney Kelly | January 31, 2019

LNN’s Chaney Kelly and Grant Vogel take us to the orchestra room where a new program offers special needs students musical opportunities

This story was originally published on The Red Ledger on January…

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Video: Hardware Hobby
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Jackie Carroll | January 30, 2019

LNN’s Jackie Carroll takes us into band director Paul Heuer’s garage where he revs up his hobby.

This story was originally published on The Red Ledger on January 23, 2019.

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