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A Voice Like No Other: This is Tapiwa

A Voice Like No Other: This is Tapiwa

Whitney Patterson, Associate Editor

November 6, 2017


Filed under Features

Perhaps you have stumbled upon one of her Hozier cover videos on Twitter, distinctly marked with colorful, artistic graphics. Maybe you have noticed the hashtag #VoteTapiwa trending on social media. Or you might have watched her sing Adele’s ‘One and Only’ at the last pep rally of the 2016-2017...

Humanitarians Help Victims of Harvey Heal

Humanitarians Help Victims of Harvey Heal

Whitney Patterson, Associate Editor

October 5, 2017


Filed under Features, News, Top Stories

Drooping palm trees, trunks broken and leaves filled with water are now commonplace in Corpus Christi. Piles of debris haphazardly strewn along the roadside decorate the streets of Houston. Battered houses, yards flooded with sand from nearby beaches, adorn the coastal town of Rockport. The entirety ...

The Art of Making Best Buddies for a Lifetime

Maddy Courtright, Staff Writer

September 29, 2017


Filed under Features

Smiles galore, flowing through the door. The room fills with laughter and chatter as everyone gathers for the first meeting of the year. Members of Best Buddies were eager to start a new year of activities. This club pairs students together so they can build relationships throughout the school year. “Be...

Students Changing the Lives of Families Brick by Brick

Dana Sung, Staff Writer

September 29, 2017


Filed under Features

Habitat for Humanity is an organization that gives hands-on experience and a personal touch for the volunteer and the recipients. And everyone in this school is offered this chance through the school’s chapter. “Habitat for Humanity is a service organization,” Sponsor and Advanced Placement Envi...

Teacher Feature: Amanda Tambourine

Avery Klatsky, Staff Writer

September 29, 2017


Filed under Features

Where were you born? I was born in Cherokee, Iowa. What college(s) did you attend?      Northwest Missouri State, the University of Nebraska, Richland Community College, and the University of Texas at Dallas. Why did you decide to become a teacher? I have not always loved math...

American Sign Language: Speaking with Hands

American Sign Language: Speaking with Hands

Allison Eisenberg, Staff Writer

September 29, 2017


Filed under Features

The room is quiet but it is not silent. The colorful language of American Sign Language (ASL) fills the room it is an experience happening right on campus. “It is a beautiful language and you would learn it for the same reason that you would learn Spanish or French,” club president, Holly Bourque...

Keep Swimming: A Teacher Swims Across the English Channel

Keep Swimming: A Teacher Swims Across the English Channel

Lizzi Price, Co-Editor-in-Chief

September 29, 2017


Filed under Features

With ice-cold water smacking her face and seasalt numbing her mouth, assistant swim coach Amanda Poland attempted to swim across the English Channel Aug. 21. How did you get the idea for swimming the English Channel? Ken Pipkin, a masters swim coach I’ve known since college, told me it would be a good id...

Preschool: the Perfect Prep for Future Teachers

Preschool: the Perfect Prep for Future Teachers

Whitney Patterson, Staff Writer

March 31, 2017


Filed under Features

Situated in the main building is a vibrantly decorated room filled with art supplies, groups of small desks and educational posters illustrating types of transportation and the letters of the alphabet. Between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., this already colorful room becomes even more vivid a...

Training With JROTC

Training With JROTC

Michael de Silva, Staff Writer

March 30, 2017


Filed under Features

An incoming generation of young adults is bound to have new leaders. Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) gives adolescents skills they can use to take charge and make the future a better place for each other. “I joined JROTC so I could meet new people with different talents that are...

Students’ Spring Break Adventures

Students’ Spring Break Adventures

Sriya Reddy, Associate Editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under Features

This spring break, many students traveled and experienced different cultures and adventures around the world. Here are some pictures from their journeys.

Just Swinging Around

Violet Krause, Staff Writer

March 29, 2017


Filed under Features

The stylish, twirling and dancing students have all joined together to share their passion for swing dance and friends by forming a club under the wing of last year’s teacher of the year winner, physics teacher Jeff Wolfe. The club consists of both juniors and seniors who meet every Monday for prac...

Say Yes to the Prom Dress

Say Yes to the Prom Dress

Sana Hameed, Co-Editor-in-Chief

March 29, 2017


Filed under Features

Cascading tulle and a flurry of ruffles. A shock of colorful gemstones in an array, decorating the bodice or a simple draping fabric. A warmer, deeper tone or a lighter, more airy color. A sleek, sophisticated look or a flouncy ensemble fit for a princess. With so many choices and prom steadfastly approaching,...

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