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Disney is a Broken Record

Disney is a Broken Record

By Ryan Dyke, Coppell High School

December 27, 2018


Filed under News

In recent years, Disney has been releasing more realistic versions of its classic animated “Disney Renaissance” films. Many of these movies we remember watching as kids and still see as good movies today, including The Little Mermaid (1989), The Lion King (1994), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin ...

The Next Generation of Voters

The Next Generation of Voters

By Kasandra Tapia, Middle College High School @ Santa Ana College

December 27, 2018


Filed under News

The moment we turn 18 is the moment we are seen as adults in the eyes of the law. Most teens will think about all the things they can buy and legally do. However, most do not think about their newly gained freedom to vote. Senior Paola Fierro is a part of the Latinx community and was able to vote...

Seventh-grader runs 50 5K’s in 50 days for charity

Seventh-grader runs 50 5K’s in 50 days for charity

By Natalie Zgurich, Baldwin High School

December 27, 2018


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There are professional athletes who hate the idea of running. Seventh-grader Kenzie Hirt puts them to shame. Hirt, who attends Harrison Middle School, just completed a streak in which she did a 5K run -- roughly three miles -- every day for 50 days straight. And she did it all for charity. Hirt...

The Dirty Laundry of T.M. Landry

The Dirty Laundry of T.M. Landry

By Grace Poster, Triton High School

December 27, 2018


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A young college applicant sits patiently at the edge of a table. With his chin on his forearm, a computer screen illuminates his face. Dozens of fellow students gather around him. His eyes stare intently for a millisecond, he takes a deep inhale, and instants later, he jumps up from his chair, ecstatically...

After Pittsburgh massacre, Aspen’s houses of worship consider adding more security

After Pittsburgh massacre, Aspen’s houses of worship consider adding more security

By Sophie Schlosser, Aspen High School

December 27, 2018


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Under the Chabad Jewish Community Center’s stately chandeliers and white vaulted ceiling, a standing-room-only crowd of Jewish and non-Jewish mourners gathered in remembrance of the Pittsburgh massacre victims and to discuss the safety of Aspen’s places of worship. In one of the deadliest attacks...

Junior nabs $50 in French trivia Kahoot

Junior nabs $50 in French trivia Kahoot

By Rahul Rupani, St. John's School

December 27, 2018


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If you can identify that a 2CV is a classic French car known as a Deux Chevaux or name a French-speaking African country that does not touch the Sahara (Burkina Faso), then félicitations! You are on a path to success in the AATF's Francophone Trivia Contest 2018. Junior Mia Fares was one of 15 finali...

The Turnout: Students participate in political process

The Turnout: Students participate in political process

By Dee Carreon, Akins High School

December 27, 2018


Filed under News

Rigged system. Lame candidates. Political gridlock. These are all reasons why young people say they often do not vote. In the past elections, voter turnout in Texas was in general and especially among young people, very low. During the 2012 elections, only 46.9 percent of eligible voters had participated,...

Stacy Danielson Lives On

Stacy Danielson Lives On

By Deana Trautz, Cedar Park High School

December 26, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

That’s just the way Stacy was. These 23 characters form a message that countless parents, friends and Celebrities have expressed about their former director, Coach Stacy Danielson, who passed away from colon cancer in July. For 17 years, Danielson led the Celebrities through practices, pep ra...

Cheerleaders wave goodbye to basketball season

Cheerleaders wave goodbye to basketball season

By Kabe Teague, Granite Bay High School

December 26, 2018


Filed under News

 As the stunt season approaches, the cheer team is looking forward to a combination of fun and success. This year however, they won’t be leading chants at the end of the basketball courts.   When finding out about this news, many cheerleaders felt disappointed.   “I was kind of sad because...

Sweet bling

Sweet bling

By Enoch Olajimi, Wylie East High School

December 26, 2018


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Class of 2020 held its annual ring ceremony Thursday, Nov 29. Juniors were presented with their elegant and deeply refined class rings by their most influential teachers to celebrate their progress in high school and upcoming graduation. Junior Camden Sipe was presented with the sweetest ring of...

Class of 2018 gifts two new murals to the SCHS campus

Class of 2018 gifts two new murals to the SCHS campus

By Cleo Chow, Santa Clara High School

December 26, 2018


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While the Class of 2018 may be gone, the school will bear their mark for years to come. Two new murals, intended to liven up the campus and motivate school spirit, are being gifted by last years’ seniors. The new murals are of an SCHS bruin and the school name. The bruin will be painted on the upper...

LGBT students weigh differing support needs

LGBT students weigh differing support needs

By Emma Trone, University of Chicago Laboratory High School

December 26, 2018


Filed under News

The results of the health and wellness survey have confirmed what many students have anecdotally suspected: a lot of  U-High students are not just attracted to the opposite gender. But only a few more than a dozen students, mostly freshmen and sophomores, gather in C211 every Friday lunch for Spectrum,...

Students raise funds to support family affected by fire

Students raise funds to support family affected by fire

By Destiny Montgomery, Altoona Area Junior High School

December 21, 2018


Filed under Middle School, News

On Oct. 12, a home went up into flames causing a family to start their lives over. One of the family members living in the house was seventh grader Bailee Miller-Dicken. She was not home when the fire happened, she was spending the night at a family member's house. “When I found out that...

The right combination

The right combination

By Leslie Juarez, Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas

December 21, 2018


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Over the years, students have been questioning the lockers that are in the C wing hallway. Questions include, "Why don't we have lockers anymore?" Assistant Principal Dean Hofer said that due to the school’s growth, the hallways got more narrow. They were removed around the 2008-2009 time frame.  ...

GSA Aims to Eliminate Gendered Graduation Robes

GSA Aims to Eliminate Gendered Graduation Robes

By Liam Lee, Woodside High School

December 21, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Just before Woodside’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) meeting, Woodside senior Zeejai Leonard borrows a bathroom key from English teacher Tony Mueller. Students who want to use a gender-neutral bathroom have to get a key to unlock it from a teacher and walk to one of the few staff bathrooms available...

Man threatens violence against OPUSD

Man threatens violence against OPUSD

By Kellen Beckett, Oak Park High School

December 20, 2018


Filed under News

Summer programs across the Oak Park Unified School District were shut down Wednesday, July 11 due to a threat against the school that was posted on Facebook. The threat was posted by Morton Green, a parent of a former Oak Park High School student. Green blamed his son’s recent passing on his experience...

Out with the gold, in with the new

Out with the gold, in with the new

By Anusha Rao, Oak Park High School

December 19, 2018


Filed under News

The Class of 2019 will see a major change at their graduation: uniform black robes for all genders. The black robes will replace the goldenrod robes worn by girls in previous years. This decision stemmed from the Oak Park Unified School District’s recent dress code policy change, which attempts...

Let’s talk race

Let’s talk race

By Grace Farley and Dani Orloff

December 19, 2018


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For junior Victoria Caraballo, conversations about race and equity have previously been uncomfortable, but she said open dialogue, like the un- censored race panel, fosters healthy discussions regarding race. “I think that even just starting up a conversation in class or starting a conversation...

West Delaware Students Save French Program

West Delaware Students Save French Program

By Gavin Drees, West Delaware High School

December 19, 2018


Filed under News

After much discussion, French I will remain in the Program of Studies after the school board voted against phasing it out on Nov. 12. If the new proposal had passed, current students enrolled in the French program would have been able to complete their French education. However, students wishing to...

Mega lunch is more than messes

Mega lunch is more than messes

By Reu'Niya Chatman, Melissa High School

December 19, 2018


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Mega Lunch is a time for students to better themselves academically and have fun, but recently the messes that come with Mega Lunch have raised concern among members of staff and administration. A warning has been issued out to the entire school regarding Mega Lunch. Students have been abusing this...

Collaborative efforts ensure safety

Collaborative efforts ensure safety

By Morgan Torre, Londonderry High School

December 19, 2018


Filed under News

Anyone who stayed after school Wednesday afternoon, whether it was for sports, clubs or extra help, had the chance to see how effective the school safety procedures are in a non-drill scenario. At 3:07 p.m., the school went from being in “secure campus” mode, to “lockdown” mode, and even to the...

T-shirt design winner selected

T-shirt design winner selected

By Whitley Brown, Duncan Middle School

December 19, 2018


Filed under Middle School, News

The theme was "Dreams Don't Work Unless You Do." The design was simple. And the winner was sixth-grader Brooklyn Rowell. Rowell's T-shirt design was selected by a vote of Duncan Middle School students through a contest for "best T-shirt design." The voting was open to all DMS students. Additionally,...

Students react to Southern border crisis

Students react to Southern border crisis

By Erik Wallin and Kazi Begum

December 19, 2018


Filed under News

DHS's Latino students say it's painful to watch images of Honduran migrants attempting to cross into the United States and facing tear gas from U.S. Border Patrol. Tijuana, a city located in the north of Baja California in Mexico, is typically known for its bustling main street, wrestling arenas,...

Unheard Perspective

Unheard Perspective

By Cole Hume, Cathedral Catholic High School

December 18, 2018


Filed under News

The recent unearthing of misconduct committed by clergy members, in particular priests in Pennsylvania, has led to hundreds of guilty sentences, sparking a polarizing dialogue involving the church, wounding the reputations of clergymen across the world, and making the Catholic Church the center of attention. “My...

Students and local seniors bridge age gap in Wayland

Students and local seniors bridge age gap in Wayland

By Joanna Barrow and CJ Brown

December 18, 2018


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A new program at WHS called “Sages and Seekers” brings together local seniors, or “Sages,” and high school students, or “Seekers.” The program is intended to help bridge today’s generation with longtime residents. By fostering discussion and sharing experiences, the students and seniors...

Science department braces for upcoming coursework changes

Science department braces for upcoming coursework changes

By Andrew Yung, Granite Bay High School

December 18, 2018


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  Three years ago, high schools across California changed their math curriculums to Common Core, bringing in Integrated Math and ditching the traditional Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 sequence.   Now, another statewide change to the high school curriculum has been made – this time in the sci...

1Million Project provides free tablets, internet to students who need them

1Million Project provides free tablets, internet to students who need them

By Vicki Wong, Watkins Mill High School

December 18, 2018


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Students took a survey in English classes to potentially qualify for a free tablet with internet access as part of the 1Million Project, starting on Friday, November 16. The survey was available to all students. Sprint launched the 1Million Project in October 2017. They aim to give mobile devices...

Trio of teachers reinvent AP English

Trio of teachers reinvent AP English

By Janssen Transier, McCallum High School

December 18, 2018


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Tom Watterson taught AP English Literature to seniors in Room 110 for 12 years. It would have been a challenge for any one teacher to replace him, so language arts department chair Diana Adamson knew from the beginning that she wasn’t going to replace Watterson with one teacher. And it’s not just...

Meet the new school kiosk

Meet the new school kiosk

By Bonifacio Yuzon, Tigard High School

December 17, 2018


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Many students noticed the appearance of a large wooden desk earlier this week at the intersection between the Main Hall and North Hall. “We thought we probably need to have a better adult presence in the halls,” Principal Andy Van Fleet said. The desk was added with the intent of providing a plac...

St. Elizabeth’s new assisted living facility aims to keep residents in Carroll County

St. Elizabeth’s new assisted living facility aims to keep residents in Carroll County

By Jordan Ladd, Delphi Community High School

December 17, 2018


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St. Elizabeth, a local nursing home in Delphi, has recently opened up the doors of its new $4.5 million assisted living facility. Paid for by Trilogy Health Services, a premier healthcare company in the Midwest, St. Elizabeth was chosen from multiple facilities to receive the new residential area. A...

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