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Chalking up a life in the gym

Chalking up a life in the gym

By Sadie Hobbs and Sofie Lie

March 30, 2015

Cody Jaspers (‘17) is used to the feel of chalk coating his callused palms, as spending countless hours at the gym has become routine. While most students head home after the final bell, Jaspers spends three hours familiarizing himself with sore muscles and parallel bars, fully immersed in gymnastics. “My...

Stepping between worlds

Stepping between worlds

By Kaitlin Maloney

March 16, 2015

For most athletes, trying to balance schoolwork with three-hour practices and a 10-minute commute home is difficult enough. However, senior twins Carly and Hayley Mangan travel 45 minutes each way to practice at their Irish step dance school in Montville, CT. They make the commute four to five days...

Domo arigato: two robotics stories

Domo arigato: two robotics stories

By Nick Gee and Brooke Vincent

March 2, 2015

Here are a couple cool stories from schools with an extracurricular you don't hear about too often: Robotics Club! We couldn't pick just one, so here's a sampling of both. Wylie East High School finished seventh in the qualifying rounds of the FIRST Tech Challenge, a national robotics competition. (Th...

TALON Racing advances in FormulaOne competition

TALON Racing advances in FormulaOne competition

By Johanna Dakay

February 19, 2015

After months of late hours designing and working in the manufacturing shop, Akins TALON Racing team took their Formula 1-styled model racecar to the track in January to go head to head against schools from across Texas. At the regional meet held at the Circuit of The Americas racetrack, TALON Racing...

Saving the world one conference at a time

Saving the world one conference at a time

By Elijah Zawatsky

February 17, 2015

Public speaking is a vital skill to have in the modern world of business and commerce; however, according to the Washington Post, it is America’s number 1 fear. 25.3% of Americans claim to fear speaking in front of a crowd. Model United Nations (MUN) seeks to remedy this. “Model UN is a learning...

Building a (robotics) team

Building a (robotics) team

By Lilia Wood, Glen Rock High School

February 4, 2015

The robots may be made of metal and circuit boards, but the Glen Rock High School Robotics Team is built of hours of hard work, preparation and engineering ability. This is the team's first year at Glen Rock. Late last year, former middle school students wanted to continue competing in robotic competitions...

The pageantry prism

The pageantry prism

By Anabelle Baxter, Summerville High School

January 23, 2015

This winter, Summerville High School will host a momentous event of unique significance. Picture dazzling girls bursting with vivacious positivity, frantic nervousness, and uncontained excitement. Imagine a wonderstruck audience under hypnotic awe as they witness the brilliance of both inner and outer...