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California Addresses Cause of Wildfires

California Addresses Cause of Wildfires

Billy Mykel, Reporter

November 11, 2019

California governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Oct. 28 as massive wildfires threatened counties across the state. California is currently facing over 11 fires that are quickly gaining size and destructive power. The Kincade fire, the biggest of the 11, has scorched over 76,100 acres ...

Mentions In Media

Mentions In Media

Sam Mykel, Junior Reporter

November 4, 2019

 NCAA officials recently started to allow NCAA athletes to profit off of their name and likeness. With this new act, college athletes all across the United States can get rewarded for their efforts.  NCAA athletes deserve to be paid for the use of their name and image in media.   If athlet...

Put a Hold on Bathroom Passes

Put a Hold on Bathroom Passes

Trinity Flaten, Co-Writing Editor

October 25, 2019

Many teachers throughout the school allot students two or three 'bathroom passes'. These passes are the only times students are allowed to go to the bathroom in that specific class. When passes are not used students can earn bonus points on grades. Bathroom passes should not be allowed as they put...

Where There’s Smoke

Where There’s Smoke

Billy Mykel, Reporter

October 21, 2019

In the midst of a growing epidemic of e-cigarette use, which is beginning to deal serious damage among U.S. teens, several states have banned, to varying degrees, vaping.  Texas, and the rest of the United States, should join the ban against e-cigarettes. The main reasoning behind the vaping ...

Standardized Testing, Nonstandard Performance

Standardized Testing, Nonstandard Performance

Gracie Hurst, Junior Reporter

October 16, 2019

The SAT, or Scholastic Aptitude Test, is designed to be a college entrance exam that can be used as criteria to determine whether or not students are admitted. The SAT's purpose is to evaluate students based on their erudite and diligence. The SAT is not meritocratic or an accurate representation...

Vaccine Hesitancy Creates Global Issues

Vaccine Hesitancy Creates Global Issues

Sarah Crowder, Co-Writing Editor

October 7, 2019

Measles is a highly contagious, potentially deadly disease, and the United States is having its biggest outbreak of the disease in 27 years. According to the CDC, as of Sept. 5, 2019, there have been a reported 1,241 cases in the U.S. Much of this is due to vaccine hesitancy, which the World Health Organiza...

An Inquiry into the President

An Inquiry into the President

Billy Mykel, Reporter

October 4, 2019

Democrat majority party leader, Nancy Pelosi, announced on Sept. 24 the beginning of a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump. This occurred following a growing controversy involving a phone call between himself and the President of Ukraine about his political rival, Joe Biden.  Presiden...

Building Blocks

Building Blocks

Gracie Hurst, Junior Reporter

September 25, 2019

Many schools have a normal seven classes per day schedule. However, other schools have an A and B block schedule with alternating days or a four by four year.  A and B block days would be more beneficial for students. A and B block schedules benefit students because it allows a teacher to teach and t...

Apple Unveils New Products

Apple Unveils New Products

Nicholas West, Junior Reporter

September 13, 2019

Apple officially unveiled its fall 2019 line of products on Sept. 10. Along with new products, Apple is offering new services this year for its users. They’re introducing a new Apple Watch, finally giving a revamp to an older product for a great price, making some great updates to existing products, a...

Texans’ Fans React to Recent Trade

Texans’ Fans React to Recent Trade

Sam Mykel, Junior Reporter

September 6, 2019

The NFL’s offseason has started to heat up recently, especially for the Houston Texans. They decided to sign veterans Bradley Roby and Tashaun Gibson to start in their up and coming secondary, but let experienced players Tyrann Mathieu and Kareem Jackson walk.  On Aug. 30, the Texans made hurrican...

Problems With Parking

Problems With Parking

Trinity Flaten, Co-Writing Editor

September 5, 2019

To make the process easier, the administration decided on a new way to assign parking. Students will now be automatically assigned a spot after filling out an online form and submitting pay rather than standing in line on registration day and picking their own spot. The parking should have been assigned like p...

Mixing it Up at Sonic

Mixing it Up at Sonic

Ashlynn Roberts and Jaclyn Harris

July 24, 2019

Sonic is known for its flavorful hamburgers, delicious tater tots, and one-of-a-kind drink combinations. According to  Sonic commercials, the fast food company proudly serves over 168,000 drink combinations. But how strange can these drink combinations be? We spent an afternoon sampling some of Sonic's...

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