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Becoming a community

Becoming a community

By Josselin Ramirez and Stephanie Rosas

May 14, 2019


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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 throughout the community. Though it is not an original idea, Franczvai was inspired by another organizatio...

Celebrating the cultures of students, SCHS introduces first-ever Diversity Rally

Celebrating the cultures of students, SCHS introduces first-ever Diversity Rally

By Melina Kritikopoulos, Santa Clara High School

May 9, 2019


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This year, Santa Clara High School’s annual second semester renaissance rally was replaced by a Diversity Rally, on Friday Apr. 12, preceded by a week-long celebration of the many cultures at SCHS. The week and rally come with a theme – “Here, I am at home” – that is presented in the style...

Girl power

Girl power

By Sydney Wong, Lovejoy High School

May 9, 2019


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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 year, she surpassed her own record by becoming the first girl to qualify twice. Then, at this year’s...

Update: Controversy around Tom Ricks grows as Kirkwood responds to pastoral letter

Update: Controversy around Tom Ricks grows as Kirkwood responds to pastoral letter

By Thomas Birmingham, Maisie Bradley, Izzy Colón, and Logan Crews

May 9, 2019


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Grant Trokey, 2016 KHS graduate, had attended Greentree Community Church for as long as he could remember. For two years during high school, he played with the worship band a few times a month and attended camps with the church. Then, at age 18, he came out as gay. Within a month, he found he was no...

Color guard goes global for world competition in China

Color guard goes global for world competition in China

By Avery Shelton, James Bowie High School

May 5, 2019


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Right around the time when students start preparing themselves for AP tests and spring finals, the color guard team is getting ready for a trip to Beijing, China to compete at Winter Guard International (WGI). After receiving an invitation, the color guard team is set to be the first All-American team to a...

Child Development Inspires Students to Pursue Careers in Teaching

Child Development Inspires Students to Pursue Careers in Teaching

By Anna Stewart, Rockville High School

May 4, 2019


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It appears to be the typical high school classroom, but walk past the desks and promethean board, and watch as the room suddenly transforms. It becomes filled with cubbies, bright bulletin boards with a letter and theme of the week, puzzles, blocks and even a class pet rabbit.   This is the child...

Sophomore Andres Cancel’s Family Recovers From the Devastating Hurricane Puerto Rico

Sophomore Andres Cancel’s Family Recovers From the Devastating Hurricane Puerto Rico

By Sarah Zimmerman, Francis Howell North High School

May 4, 2019


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Wind howling outside, Andres Cancel’s grandmother pushes against the pressure on the other side of the door with all her strength. All she remembers is the water rising. Then she blacked out. That was all the stress she could handle. They had enough water for two weeks. Enough food for two weeks. Enough g...

New charging stations expands electric vehicle access

New charging stations expands electric vehicle access

By Rito Pineda, Akins High School

May 2, 2019


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In November, Austin Energy celebrated the “EVs for Schools” initiative with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Akins new electric vehicle charging station. The event featured speakers like Jackie Sargent, Austin City Council Member Ann Kitchen as well as various Austin ISD administrators. They spo...

Beloved Principal Ray Aponte will leave South on a high note

Beloved Principal Ray Aponte will leave South on a high note

By Kinsley Wilcox-McBride, South High School

May 1, 2019


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On March 19, beloved Principal Ray Aponte made a huge announcement: with the end of the 2018-19 school year, he will officially end his time as principal of South High. Aponte has served as South’s Principal for the past five years. “I was really struggling with it all the way up until December o...

Principal Responds to Allegations of Cover-Up

Principal Responds to Allegations of Cover-Up

By Emily Lu, Westwood High School

May 1, 2019


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After website 71 Republic published a story titled Exclusive: Westwood High School Covers Up Shooting Incident on Monday, April 15, Principal Mario Acosta responded with a statement emailed to the Westwood community, maintaining that the story “contains inaccurate and misleading information.” The arti...

A Fallen Hero

A Fallen Hero

By Alexa Fisher, Dallastown Area High School

May 1, 2019


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Benjamin Hines, Dallastown graduate 2006, was killed in Afghanistan on Monday April 8. He was one of three marines who died in a Taliban attack near the American base. Hines was just 31 at the time a roadside bomb hit near the Bagram Airfield. A member of the reserve unit out of Harrisburg-CO E...

Life on hold

Life on hold

By Nick Einig, De Smet Jesuit High School

April 30, 2019


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The diagnosis He was hurting, he had a lump in his neck, chest pains, night sweats, and felt so uneasy that he couldn’t hold down a meal. He went to see a doctor but he already knew what it was. “We came home from the hospital that day and I got a call and I knew there was something ...

Standing in the wake of devastation (Part 1)

Standing in the wake of devastation (Part 1)

By Kelly Wei, Coppell High School

April 29, 2019


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Fifty are dead. Fifty more wounded. On March 16, a pair of mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand suffered what might have once been considered unimaginable, but is now rapidly becoming the new norm. In the wake of the Christchurch shootings, perpetuated by Australian Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old self-proclaimed white su...

Biology teacher Tina Gaser places in physique competition

Biology teacher Tina Gaser places in physique competition

By Devon Schroeder, Baldwin High School

April 29, 2019


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A lot of teachers at Baldwin take advantage of the weight room or enjoy working out to maintain physical fitness. Biology teacher Tina Gaser, however, is on a whole different level. Last week Gaser competed in the figure portion of the Organization of Competition Bodies  Physique Competition at...

Students, Teachers Protest MCAS Question

Students, Teachers Protest MCAS Question

By Laura Dupuis, Mount Greylock Regional School

April 28, 2019


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During the English Language Arts MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) exam this spring, sophomores encountered a narrative essay prompt based on a passage from the novel The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, and students were asked to write a journal entry from the perspective of an ...

ASL to be introduced at Mason

ASL to be introduced at Mason

By Megan Clinton and Emma McDonald

April 26, 2019


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On January 15, 2018, the school board unanimously approved the American Sign Language (ASL) I course for the 2019-2020 school year. The course itself was taken out of the Program of Studies at Mason due to the lack of student interest and enrollment over time. 2011 was the last year that the course was...

Native American Regalia: Culture vs. Code

Native American Regalia: Culture vs. Code

By Maddie Manning, Ada High School

April 26, 2019


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Latta High School's Native American population have found themselves in the midst of controversy in recent weeks. Chickasaw student Tvli Birdshead wanted to honor his Native American culture and heritage by decorating his graduation cap and gown with feathers, beads and the Chickasaw Honor Society cord...

After 12 Years as Principal, Finley King (’83) Takes Flight Into New Career at Delta Airlines

After 12 Years as Principal, Finley King (’83) Takes Flight Into New Career at Delta Airlines

By Preston Fore, Chattanooga Central High School

April 24, 2019


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Schools are defined by their leadership. The responsibility comes down to the principal to make the tough decisions that can make or break a school. Thankfully, Central High School has been fortunate to have Mr. Finley King as principal for the past 12 years. King has embodied Central for most of his...

The new “Wellness Center” can give MCHS students the help they need

The new “Wellness Center” can give MCHS students the help they need

By Anthony Robledo, Middle College High School @ Santa Ana College

April 24, 2019


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Many students have dealt with obstacles in their home life that prevent them from succeeding in the future. Even worse, they may feel that they are required to push through the challenges all on their own. These issues can become problematic and hold some students back from reaching their full potential....

A Toy Story

A Toy Story

By Jalen Gomez, Cedar Park High School

April 23, 2019


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Freshman, basketball player, Student Council member and as of this February, presenter at the Toy of the Year Awards. Due to his recent work with inventing toys, Riley Pritzlaff won an opportunity of a lifetime this year to present at the famed TOTY Awards on Feb. 15. The TOTY Awards, which are administered...

Under the weather?

Under the weather?

By Annika Prom, Mountlake Terrace High School

April 23, 2019


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Families found themselves stuck indoors during most of February due to the winter storm dubbed the “snowpocalypse.” As a result of the handful of snow days, the school year is now set to end on Thursday, June 27, the fifth snow make-up day. It could have been worse. The graduation dates throughout the...

Students help “pop” world record for largest bubble

Students help “pop” world record for largest bubble

By Juliana Fimiani, Mayfield High School

April 23, 2019


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Students in Kim Thompson’s and Bill Selent’s math 4 physics class are trying to break the Guinness world record for the world's largest bubble. These math 4 physics students are working with Gary Pearlman, the former record holder for the world's largest indoor bubble. Pearlman, a Mayfield resident,...

Nerf Wars: Annual senior assassins competition tests players’ aim and friendship

Nerf Wars: Annual senior assassins competition tests players’ aim and friendship

By Sam Weinheimer, Downers Grove North High School

April 23, 2019


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It was a brisk and mellow night when senior John Landry bolted out of theater rehearsal to pursue senior Shea Pauley, his target. He drove to Pauley’s friend’s house and waited in his car. After Landry saw figures move outside from his car, he got out and raced toward them. With Nerf N-Strike...

College admissions scandal: ‘It’s exploitation and fraud’

College admissions scandal: ‘It’s exploitation and fraud’

By Viktoria Wulff-Andersen, Danbury High School

April 23, 2019


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With college fast approaching for seniors and on the horizon for underclassmen, the news of a college admissions scandal came as a shock when headlines broke earlier this month. The scandal was uncovered by federal officials, and features Hollywood actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, among...

Chemistry Teacher Competing in the Jeopardy! Teacher’s Tournament

Chemistry Teacher Competing in the Jeopardy! Teacher’s Tournament

By Joseph Mook, Round Rock High School

April 22, 2019


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The process to become a contestant on “Jeopardy!” has become more accessible over the years as the game has grown their online presence. However, the newfound accessibility does not make the task any easier. Future Jeopardy! Contestant and resident chemistry teacher Julia Bailey knows this better...

Young Conservatives Club Encourages Political Discussions at Woodside

Young Conservatives Club Encourages Political Discussions at Woodside

By Taila Lee and Emma Chiu, Woodside High School

April 22, 2019


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Woodside’s Young Conservatives Club aims to create a politically open environment on campus, especially for those whose views differ from the liberal majority of the Bay Area. Jack O’Hara, a Woodside senior, founded the club in early February 2019 and currently serves as president. Members have...

Budget cuts severely diminish professional and curriculum development plans

Budget cuts severely diminish professional and curriculum development plans

By Abby Banks, Stillwater Area High School

April 19, 2019


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The school board voted 5-1 to cut $348,000 from the district's budgeted professional development (PD) days at a March 7 business meeting. This was on top of the $500,000 cut with combined PD and curriculum development budget that occurred Dec. 20, 2018. This cut accounted for roughly 56 percent o...

125 Students Serve Lunch Detention on First Day of New Tardy Policy

125 Students Serve Lunch Detention on First Day of New Tardy Policy

By Emily Nagy, Rockville High School

April 19, 2019


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Senior Emely Reyes rushed through the halls attempting to make it to first period before 7:45 a.m. after forgetting her art assignment in her car. Frantically, with her painting in hand, she weaved through students trying to make it to her art class. After unsuccessfully beating the bell, Reyes, still...

$100,000 Surprise

$100,000 Surprise

By Amanda Lu, North Allegheny Senior High School

April 19, 2019


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On Saturday, March 30th, hundreds of North Allegheny students gathered in the NASH gym and cafeteria to celebrate TigerThon, an annual dance marathon supporting UPMC's Children's Hospital and Pennies from Heaven. Typically, TigerThon raises around $30,000 a year. This year, the event raised over $100,000...

Demands for safer streets gain traction

Demands for safer streets gain traction

By Helen Moore and Katherine Esterl

April 19, 2019


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Leaving a chorus concert in February 2016, Principal Dr. Betsy Bockman and her daughter, then freshman Elizabeth, waited for the light at the intersection of 10th Street and Monroe Drive. They spotted a student, a peer of Elizabeth’s, waiting to cross on her bike. Dr. Bockman, then principal of Inma...

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