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#GamerGate: Scandal shows decline in media ethics

#GamerGate: Scandal shows decline in media ethics
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...

Group pushes for more options for transgender students on overnight trips

Group pushes for more options for transgender students on overnight trips
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...

From meek to mascot: Detrick Bombarger gets rowdy

From meek to mascot: Detrick Bombarger gets rowdy
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
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,...

Closet poet: Student rappers describe creative process

Closet poet: Student rappers describe creative process
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...

Sleepless in school: Schedule doesn’t match sleep needs

Sleepless in school: Schedule doesn't match sleep needs
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
Eight years of dedication
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...

Sexy turns scary

Sexy turns scary
Halloween costumes raise hemlines, eyebrows
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....

Stifled spirit: New district means controversial new restrictions and rules

Stifled spirit: New district means controversial new restrictions and rules
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
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
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...

Blindfolded: Senior describes dealing with family disease

Blindfolded: Senior describes dealing with family disease
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...

In Texas Homecoming tradition, mums rule

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...

Theatre students plan short film for state contest

The cast of
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...

Dark Hour haunted house brings horror to Plano

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

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

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

Start the school day later

Start the school day later
A recent study from the American Academy of Pediatrics proves students perform better later in the day
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....

Science building gets new mascot

A bearded dragon has taken up residence in the new science building, becoming the mascot of the biology lab.
Bearded dragon finds a new home as biology lab class pet
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...

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
Only a few students showed last year for the same event
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...

Confessions of a germaphobe

H1N1 influenza virus particles
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...

‘This story needs to be told’

'This story needs to be told'
Documentary focused on former students' murder to premiere Sunday in Dallas
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...

With charred memories, student rises from ashes of house fire

With charred memories, student rises from ashes of house fire
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...

Murals used as teaching aides will be lost in construction

Murals used as teaching aides will be lost in construction
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...

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.
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...

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.
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...

Art student receives Gates Millennium Scholarship

Art student receives Gates Millennium Scholarship
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...

Spencer Wiley: Born to lead the choir

Spencer Wiley: Born to lead the choir
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....

#BringBackOurGirls spreads awareness, calls for change

#BringBackOurGirls spreads awareness, calls for change
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...

Simple color takes on new meaning when touched by cancer

Simple color takes on new meaning when touched by cancer
Senior celebrates mother's recovery
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...

‘Because the Internet’ stands apart from the usual

'Because the Internet' stands apart from the usual
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...

First steps taken to curb teen suicide rate

First steps taken to curb teen suicide rate
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
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...

Texas student finds Chess Club is more than just a game

Texas student finds Chess Club is more than just a game
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...

Land of broken dreams

Land of broken dreams
Seniors at Longview High School in Texas face uncertain futures after losing opportunity to join Army
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
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...

Wizards, witches, muggles welcome at Harry Potter theme park

Wizards, witches, muggles welcome at Harry Potter theme park
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...

Winning battle with brain cancer alters view on living

Winning battle with brain cancer alters view on living
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...

Planning a perfect Promposal? Follow these rules

Planning a perfect Promposal? Follow these rules
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...

Tour teaches student rights, features Mary Beth Tinker

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

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
Megha Shah has book of poems published in paperback and ebook formats
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...

March Madness: Harrison twins lead Kentucky to Final Four

March Madness: Harrison twins lead Kentucky to Final Four
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...

Coach’s battle with cancer inspires boys to go bald

Coach's battle with cancer inspires boys to go bald
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...

Teacher shares passion for running

Teacher shares passion for running
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...

Sophomore artist achieves success through talent, passion

Sophomore artist achieves success through talent, passion
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...

‘Dr. Luigi’ fails to break new ground

'Dr. Luigi' fails to break new ground
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...

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.
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...

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.
Valentine's Day marks start of journey to state championship goal for accomplished junior wrestler
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....

Augmented reality allows videos to ‘play’ on yearbook pages

Augmented reality allows videos to 'play' on yearbook pages
Aurasma brings pictures to life
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...

Schools consider allowing trained faculty access to guns on campus

Schools consider allowing  trained faculty access to guns on campus
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...

Dangers of distracted driving dissected

Dangers of distracted driving dissected
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...

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