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#GamerGate: Scandal shows decline in media ethics

#GamerGate: Scandal shows decline in media ethics

By Jack Densmore, Leander HS, Leander, Texas

December 5, 2014

Twitter has been buzzing in the gaming world these past few weeks. The #GamerGate hashtag is a tag in regards to corruption in gaming journalism. This movement mainly started after an indie gamer named Zoe Quinn allegedly had affairs with gaming journalists to boost ratings for her video game. The ...

Group pushes for more options for transgender students on overnight trips

Group pushes for more options for transgender students on overnight trips

By MaryClare Colombo, Plano Senior HS, Plano, Texas

December 3, 2014

The Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) organization recently addressed the issue of transgender rooming on school overnight trips in a letter to Principal Sarah Watkins in October. Last year, transgender student senior Sydney Dela Rosa had to room alone or room with her biological sex with no other options....

From meek to mascot: Detrick Bombarger gets rowdy

From meek to mascot: Detrick Bombarger gets rowdy

By Natalie Martinez, Vista Ridge HS, Cedar Park, Texas

November 18, 2014

Although he has been to almost every football game, most basketball and volleyball games and countless other school sporting events including an annual golf tournament since 2011, most people can’t remember actually seeing him at the games.

Honor Flight pays tribute to veterans

Honor Flight pays tribute to veterans

By Savannah Whitmer, Lovejoy HS, Lucas, Texas

November 13, 2014

Veterans from the Korean War and World War II were honored on a flight home from the nation’s capitol this week in honor of Veterans Day. Honor Flight, a nonprofit service dedicated to honoring veterans, provides a volunteer Guardian for each man and woman on an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. “Th...

Closet poet: Student rappers describe creative process

Closet poet: Student rappers describe creative process

By Anna Villano, Plano Senior HS, Plano, Texas

November 10, 2014

Inside a bedroom closet lies a microphone, a laptop and tomorrow’s outfit. Behind the noise-cancelling blankets and draped over clothes hangers, a music studio is found. Senior Rishi Patel, under his alias Reggie Poppa, has risen to fame as a local rapper. At a young age, he began writing his own...

Sleepless in school: Schedule doesn’t match sleep needs

Sleepless in school: Schedule doesn't match sleep needs

By Shalavé Cawley, Legacy HS, Mansfield, Texas

November 5, 2014

Teenagers have a hard time falling asleep before 11 p.m., and with many students waking up as early as 5 a.m. to catch the bus, a shocking number of high schoolers aren’t getting a sufficient amount of sleep.

What It Takes to Be: A base cheerleader

What It Takes to Be: A base cheerleader

By Jack Densmore, Leander HS, Leander, Texas

October 27, 2014

Spirit. Spirit is what every school needs and what every cheerleader strives to increase in their school. Junior Claire Jenkins is no exception. Jenkins is at the base position of the cheerleading squad and has been a cheerleader since the 4th grade. She has also participated in outside cheer groups...

Sexy turns scary

Sexy turns scary

By Kendall Tipton, Canyon HS, Canyon, Texas

October 27, 2014

Ten years ago, children donned costumes galore and filled the neighborhood streets. Outfits ranged from ghosts and wizards, to more gender-specific getups, such as princesses and knights in shining armor. What was not seen? Sexy hamburgers. As young adults, men find it far easier to pick a costume...

Stifled spirit: New district means controversial new restrictions and rules

Stifled spirit: New district means controversial new restrictions and rules

By Erica Cardano-Hillary, Vista Ridge HS, Cedar Park, Texas

October 21, 2014

Despite the team’s current 6-0 record and top spot in district 25-5A, the student section hasn’t been able to win when it comes to spirit.

District takes proactive measures related to Ebola

District takes proactive measures related to Ebola

By Anahi Castro, North Garland HS, Garland, Texas

October 20, 2014

Even though administrators told students not to panic, out of 2,511 students, about 500 students did not come to school.

Texas student publishes first novel — written in just 35 days

Texas student publishes first novel — written in just 35 days

By Grace Schuetze, Mansfield HS, Mansfield, Texas

October 15, 2014

Senior Taylor Thompson is just like your average teenage girl; she acts in her free time for the school theatre, watches movies, stays up to date on her favorite celebrities (Leonardo DiCaprio and Chloe Grace Moretz) and somehow found the time to write her first full length novel. “I think I realized...

Blindfolded: Senior describes dealing with family disease

Blindfolded: Senior describes dealing with family disease

By Caroline Purtle, Texas HS, Texarkana, Texas

October 14, 2014

“It’s today.” “It’s today.” “It’s today.” Not today. Not again. My eyes look out the window and see a landscape of the world, then the Black Cape of Coping draws a blind to the beauty. A time of balance is blindfolded in a moment of desolation. I know one day I will remove...

In Texas Homecoming tradition, mums rule

By Sydney Turnbow and Tonea Conley

October 8, 2014

Students across the South, particularly in Texas, have embraced the tradition of wearing large flowers — usually chrysanthemums — and other elaborate combinations of ribbon, charms and symbols to celebrate their school at Homecoming as well as to express their personality....

Theatre students plan short film for state contest

The cast of

By Erienne Terpak, Plano Senior HS, Plano, Texas

October 7, 2014

A boy slides in and out of the crowds, struggling to balance the different personas he possesses, the identities only he knows about. From friends to family to teachers to strangers, he has a mask for every one of them. Seniors Jason Head and Maggie Harvey are making this vision a reality with a team...

Dark Hour haunted house brings horror to Plano

Zombies break dance on stage to entertain guests awaiting their haunt.

By Ash Thomas, Wylie East High School

October 3, 2014

Thirty-one days until Halloween, but you can get your fright on now. Located only 30 minutes away is one of the biggest and best haunted houses in the area, Dark Hour. They are open three-fourths of the year, producing eight different productions, but Halloween is the most extravagant of them all. The haunt...

Loss at 100th annual football rivalry ends 13-year winning streak

Loss at 100th annual football rivalry ends 13-year winning streak

By Jessica Emerson, Texas High School

October 1, 2014

100 tears shed. 100 hearts broken. 100 fans coping. The Texas High Tigers took their first loss to Arkansas High, in 13 years, on the 100th game played. "I'm just glad I'm not a senior. I honestly want to cry. Although I know it's not my last Texas versus Arkansas game," sophomore cheer escort Ricky...

Start the school day later

Start the school day later

By Phillip Smith, Legacy HS, Mansfield, Texas

September 26, 2014

Teens across America experience sleep deprivation. Recent studies show teenagers learn better later in the day, therefore the school board needs to make school times later. Classes begin at 7:25 a.m. in the Mansfield high schools and most buses pick up students from their bus stop around or before...

Science building gets new mascot

A bearded dragon has taken up residence in the new science building, becoming the mascot of the biology lab.

By Caroline Cravens, Leander HS, Leander, Texas

September 25, 2014

Class pets are usually pretty simple – goldfish, hermit crabs and the like. In the new science building, Dr. Rasmussen’s bearded dragon named Spyro isn’t just unusual for LHS, he’s also got a recessive trait that make him a unique shade of yellow. While most bearded dragons are brown, his yellow...

More than 100 attend ‘See you at the Pole’ prayer event

More than 100 students and others at Heritage Middle School in San Antonio gathered at the school's flag pole on Sept. 24 as part of the national

By HMS Hurricane Watch Staff, Heritage Middle School, San Antonio

September 25, 2014

Just before sunrise, some 100 students and teachers attended Heritage Middle School's "Meet you at the Pole" prayer event. The event was in sharp contrast with last year's two students who stood at the pole to pray. Students began to arrive as early as 7: 15 a.m. "I went (to the event) so I could...

Confessions of a germaphobe

H1N1 influenza virus particles

By Snovia Moiz, Cinco Ranch HS, Katy, Texas

September 24, 2014

I wash my hands four times every morning. Once after using the toilet, once before brushing my teeth, once after brushing my teeth, and finally after doing my makeup. As I sit here typing this with strep throat, I will tell you without shame that I am the person who least deserves to be sick. I follow ...

‘This story needs to be told’

'This story needs to be told'

By Andrea Duncan, Lewisville High School, Lewisville, Texas

September 15, 2014

After six years, loved ones of sisters and former LHS students Sarah and Amina Said have helped in the telling of a story in search of justice. Sarah and Amina were murdered in the back of a taxi cab in Irving on Jan. 1, 2008. Their father, Yaser, was quickly suspected for the crime and has never...

With charred memories, student rises from ashes of house fire

With charred memories, student rises from ashes of house fire

By Cortney Wood, Rider HS, Wichita Falls, Texas

June 12, 2014

It happened while she was at school. A’Driana Beaver laughed with friends and conversed over lunch while firefighters smothered the flames that had engulfed her home, unknowingly to her. Completing a normal day at school, A’Driana hopped into her father’s car. It smelled of smoke. She...

Murals used as teaching aides will be lost in construction

Murals used as teaching aides will be lost in construction

By Siandhara Bonnet, Leander HS, Leander, Texas

June 10, 2014

The new science building isn't the only new aspect of the school under construction. Next year, we'll also have new room numbers, different wings, a new air conditioning system, and the walls will be painted over. The sad thing is that some teachers in those hallways have been in their rooms ...

Students splurge on tennis shoes

Junior Giovanni Donio shows off just a few of his prized Jordans. He has been collecting shoes since his freshman year.

By Stephanie Zuniga, Akins HS, Austin, Texas

June 9, 2014

Sneaker boxes pile up to the ceiling with shoes that have never been used. Trading, selling and buying goes on at shoe conventions, which contributes highly to the sneaker head culture. Prices for the hotest editions pairs range from to $300 to even $1,000. Sneakerheads start off building their collection...

Science teacher who loves coming to work named Teacher of the Year

After 18 years of teaching, AP Biology teacher Sherri Wagner is awarded teacher of the year.

By Emily Burleson, Cinco Ranch HS, Katy, Texas

June 6, 2014

Eighteen years may seem like a long time for lesson planning, lecturing, learning, but Teacher of the Year Sherri Wagner does not see it that way. “It’s new and changing all the time,” Wagner said. “I enjoy that. I always say I love coming to work because it changes but it’s just fun for...

Art student receives Gates Millennium Scholarship

Art student receives Gates Millennium Scholarship

By April Valdez, Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications and Fine Arts, Laredo, Texas

May 29, 2014

Visual Arts student Lizeth Terrazas said she cried when she found out she received a Gates Millennium Scholarship this spring. Just 1,000 students nationwide receive this award yearly. "I didn’t think I was going to get it because I was one out of 52,000 people that applied," Terrazas said. "I...

Spencer Wiley: Born to lead the choir

Spencer Wiley: Born to lead the choir

By Claire Kyllonen, Leander HS, Leander, Texas

May 23, 2014

Spencer Wiley stands before his students, his hands at the ready. With one look he has command of the room around him; 28 pairs of eyes stare fixedly, waiting for his mark. Not one word. Not one sound. Then, the music begins to play, and suddenly the room is enveloped with the resonating melodies and...

#BringBackOurGirls spreads awareness, calls for change

#BringBackOurGirls spreads awareness, calls for change

By Kori Adair, Canyon HS, Canyon, Texas

May 23, 2014

An inky night surrounds a boarding school in northern Nigeria. Engines rumble as trucks edge toward the school. The sound of gunshots shatters the stillness of the night, followed by shrill screams of young women pulled from their beds and their education into a nightmare. Members of Boko Haram abducted...

Simple color takes on new meaning when touched by cancer

Simple color takes on new meaning when touched by cancer

By Josh Collins, Canyon HS, Canyon, Texas

May 13, 2014

Logan Hinders walked by another booth selling more Pink Out shirts. The Pink Out pep rally and game were the very next day, but Logan had no intention of participating or even attending. Tomorrow was just going to be another day. However, within 24 hours, those pink T-shirts would mean his mother’s...

‘Because the Internet’ stands apart from the usual

'Because the Internet' stands apart from the usual

By McKenzie Brown, Rowlett HS, Rowlett, Texas

May 9, 2014

“Because the Internet,” Childish Gambino’s fourth project, might be his best. The album has a mix of jazz, dubby static, R&B and rap. Gambino shows a newfound confidence by talking about Internet culture with fluency and ease. “V. 3005” and “Telegraph Ave” show his unique sense of style ...

First steps taken to curb teen suicide rate

First steps taken to curb teen suicide rate

By Nelsen Saavedra, Travis HS, Richmond, Texas

May 8, 2014

The silence has gone one for far too long. Homophobia, discrimination, verbal assault, hate crimes, it all must end. Any efforts that will provide and supply the impetus needed for change to occur is crucial.

E-Cig problem spurs policy change

E-Cig problem spurs policy change

By Sorayah Zahir, Rowlett HS, Rowlett, Texas

May 5, 2014

After a long string of electronic cigarette-related issues on campus this year, the administration has enacted its first e-cig policy. “Administration was fed up with the fire alarms and the city said it’s too much crying wolf,” Assistant Principal Shae Creel said. Last month, the fire alarm...

Texas student finds Chess Club is more than just a game

Texas student finds Chess Club is more than just a game

By Nelsen Saavedra, Travis HS, Richmond, Texas

May 2, 2014

In life, people can encounter unexpected occurrences that potentially lead to satisfying results. Travis High School student Randy Van knows this concept all too well. Van is currently a part of Chess Club, an after-school activity that teaches students the basic principles of the strategic game of...

Land of broken dreams

Land of broken dreams

By Lauren Bally and Estrella Gonzales

May 1, 2014

In a matter of seconds, everything that Julio Arroyo and Luis Vargas had worked toward since middle school had vanished. Their years of JROTC and their dreams of the Army ended in rejection.

A 180-mile ride helps people with Multiple Sclerosis

A 180-mile ride helps people with Multiple Sclerosis

By Sydney Thomas, Klein HS, Klein, Texas

May 1, 2014

The sweat runs down junior Lawrence Mangaoang’s face and drenches the white shirt with red and blue stripes that separates him and his team from the rest. He gazes at the beautiful scenery that lines the designated bike path and he thinks back on the opening gate. The large banner welcoming the bikers...

Wizards, witches, muggles welcome at Harry Potter theme park

Wizards, witches, muggles welcome at Harry Potter theme park

By Tasha Brown, Canyon HS, Canyon, Texas

April 30, 2014

Universal’s Islands of Adventure lies almost deserted. The Amazing Spider-Man has a 20-minute wait. Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat has a 10-minute wait. But after passing the Lost Continent, people line the streets, dressed in robes or shirts proclaiming Ravenclaw, Slytherin, Gryffindor or Hufflepuff. A castle, framed by a town of crooked chimneys and snowy rooftops, welcomes all who wi...

Winning battle with brain cancer alters view on living

Winning battle with brain cancer alters view on living

By Avery Cummings, Canyon HS, Canyon, Texas

April 29, 2014

The hospital room glowed white around me, the news of the diagnosis hanging grimly in the air. I had barely turned 7 years old when I started to become incredibly sick. For one week, I threw up and slept endlessly. My parents began to worry. We traversed to the pediatrician, her eyes confused. We...

Planning a perfect Promposal? Follow these rules

Planning a perfect Promposal? Follow these rules

By Lyndsey Hill, Klein HS, Klein, Texas

April 23, 2014

Although some girls began their prom countdown on their first day of high school, other less enthusiastic students are still getting their prom plans together. This has left them scrambling to find the perfect dress, make reservations, and even find dates. What was done two generations ago with a...

Tour teaches student rights, features Mary Beth Tinker

 Mary Beth Tinker addresses students during her Tinker Tour stop in Amarillo, Texas, on April 9.

By Allison Koontz, Canyon HS, Canyon, Texas

April 18, 2014

A black strip of fabric and a pink slip of paper led a shy 13-year-old girl from Des Moines, Iowa to the Supreme Court after being suspended for wearing prohibited armbands to school. Almost 50 years later, Mary Beth Tinker, the once-shy girl, spoke in front of more than 750 students on a stop Wednesday,...

Science teacher finds happiness through writing poetry

Megha Shah teaches by day and writes poetry by night. The aquatic science/marine biology teacher's book of poems

By Arij Khanjee, Travis HS, Richmond, Texas

April 18, 2014

The search for happiness takes many forms, and aquatic science teacher Megha Shah found hers through writing poetry. The Most Wondrous of Things was published in paperback and ebook formats last summer and is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Nook and other outlets. The book was...

March Madness: Harrison twins lead Kentucky to Final Four

March Madness: Harrison twins lead Kentucky to Final Four

By Adrian Martin, Travis HS, Richmond, Texas

April 4, 2014

Last March, Aaron and Andrew Harrison led the Travis boys basketball team to the Texas 5A State Championship game. The playoff road was challenging, but they rallied and Travis was victorious with a 46-38 win over South Grand prairie. This March, the twins are on the cusp of striking gold again as...

Coach’s battle with cancer inspires boys to go bald

Coach's battle with cancer inspires boys to go bald

By Cortlyn Dees, Canyon HS, Canyon, Texas

April 3, 2014

The smell of Christmas scented candles filled the air and a small space heater warmed the living room. The sounds of Monday night football and the laughter of 13 teammates were drowned out by the low buzz of a white electric clipper. Clumps of hair fell to the ground, and slowly the pile of locks grew...

Teacher shares passion for running

Teacher shares passion for running

By Nabeel Jawad, Klein HS, Klein, Texas

March 27, 2014

Mr. Benignus has his bow ties, Coach Turks has his mustache, and Mr. VandenBelt has his ponytail. “I started growing it around four or five years ago,” said advanced placement psychology and duel credit U.S. history teacher Garret VandenBelt, commonly referred to as Mr. V. “No students have...

Sophomore artist achieves success through talent, passion

Sophomore artist achieves success through talent, passion

By Sanah Jivani, Klein Collins HS, Spring, Texas

March 25, 2014

Her hands effortlessly flow across the canvas as she depicts her thoughts on paper. Her passion stems from her grandfather, who was also an artist. Art plays a major role in her life, shaping her as a person. She dedicates hours to her work, until she knows she has created a masterpiece. Sophomore...

‘Dr. Luigi’ fails to break new ground

'Dr. Luigi' fails to break new ground

By Drew Gilman, Tombell HS, Tombell, Texas

March 21, 2014

Its common knowledge that Luigi has always been overshadowed by big brother Mario in every facet: Mario saves the Princess, drives the go-karts, and excels in every sport. This time Luigi is trying to strike back by getting his Ph.D. and becoming Dr. Luigi! What better way to cap off the “Year of Luigi”...

Students enjoy freedom of online and blended classes

The new LISDblendED program provides an alternative to the traditional classroom setting. Several students who have taken online classes discussed their experiences.

By Fernanda Galera, Lewisville HS, Lewisville, Texas

March 17, 2014

Cindy Nguyen liked the freedom; she didn’t need to show up to class every day. Marilyn Castro could enjoy the comfort of her home while completing assignments at her own pace. Josue Varela was able to catch up on his sleep. Jimmy Nguyen had the chance to manage his time and schedule. All these...

Wrestling with love

Brittany Marshal shows off her medals. The junior is a three-time district and regional wrestling champion and begins competing in the state tournament today. Allison Grimaldo photo.

By Laura Godinez, Lewisville HS, Lewisville, Texas

March 14, 2014

No sound. No voices. Nothing. No crowd chanting her name. No teammates cheering her on. No coach giving her advice. Her heart’s beating faster and faster. Thump-thump. Thump-thump. Thump-thump. She hears the whistle blow. Tweeeeeeet. Her heart beats one last time, hard. Thump. Then i...

Augmented reality allows videos to ‘play’ on yearbook pages

Augmented reality allows videos to 'play' on yearbook pages

By Florencia Caceres and others, Travis High School

March 6, 2014

What if we could see newspaper and magazine photos like they appeared in the Harry Potter movies, as videos that came alive right on the paper? What if your teacher was giving a presentation using the projector and a dinosaur from millions of years ago showed up on the screen looking very hungry? Or...

Schools consider allowing trained faculty access to guns on campus

Schools consider allowing  trained faculty access to guns on campus

By Mason Miller, Groom HS, Groom, Texas

February 26, 2014

The debate rages throughout the state, across the nation, and even here at Groom School. Guns on campus -- are they a good idea or not? The state, with its approval of Senate Bill 1857 last year, has made firearms in the hands of specially trained administrators and teachers legal. Some school districts,...

Dangers of distracted driving dissected

Dangers of distracted driving dissected

By Megan Parman, Klein Collins HS, Spring, Texas

February 17, 2014

Imagine driving the entire length of a football field at 55 miles per hour. Now imagine doing it blind. That 100-yard drive would take about 4.6 seconds, which is also the average amount of time spent sending or reading a text while driving according to Distraction.gov. There are three main types of distracted d...

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