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Hail (Weather Weekly)

Hail (Weather Weekly)

Kristjan Feltes, Weather Reporter

May 21, 2019


Filed under Front Page, Opinions

Loud banging during a storm? Sounds like hail. How does hail form? Hail forms when rain is carried high up in the storm due to an updraft, into the colder parts of the atmosphere where it freezes into a ball of ice. Hail then falls when the updraft can no longer support the weight of it or when the up...

Does Class Size Matter?

Does Class Size Matter?

Ashlynn Roberts, News Editor

May 20, 2019


Filed under Front Page, Opinions

Crowded classrooms, noisy hallways, and never-ending lunch lines are daily problems at large schools, where students are merely a number in their class rank and a name on a roll call paper. However, students at small schools are able to thrive in classes where they know each classmate and teacher pers...

A Hero, a Golf Club, and a Disappointment

A Hero, a Golf Club, and a Disappointment

Billy Mykel, Reporter

May 16, 2019


Filed under Front Page, Opinions

      A tale of unprecedented heroism came to a close on May 6, 2019 as President Trump awarded professional golfer Tiger Woods with the Medal of Freedom following his victory at this year’s Masters. A story which followed the all so familiar plot of a tall man bending in brokenness only to rise agai...

Microbursts (Weather Weekly)

Microbursts (Weather Weekly)

Kristjan Feltes, Weather Reporter

May 15, 2019


Filed under Front Page, Opinions

Time to talk about microbursts and what they are.  Let's start off with the what. A microburst is a weather phenomenon where a storm that has a strong updraft suspends hail and water droplets high in the core of the storm. When the updraft weakens, it can no longer hold the core in place and the core ...

Elizabeth Warren’s Wealth Tax Explained

Elizabeth Warren’s Wealth Tax Explained

Billy Mykel, Reporter

April 2, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Front Page

In light of an increase in American unemployment rates and government spending, Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren has purposed a new wealth tax on the so-called ultra-rich. With a massive amount of partisan controversy building around the legislation, as well as the uncertainty of the contents...

Fog (Weather Weekly)

Fog (Weather Weekly)

Kristjan Feltes, Weather Reporter

March 7, 2019


Filed under Front Page, Opinions

We all have driven through fog, but how does fog form and what does it do? Here is a brief overview of the different types of fog: freezing fog, fog over water, mountain and valley fog, super fog, advection fog, and radiation fog.  For the most basic type of fog, it forms when there's a lot of w...

Heat Waves (Weather Weekly)

Heat Waves (Weather Weekly)

Kristjan Feltes, Weather Reporter

February 27, 2019


Filed under Opinions

Have you ever been through multiple days at 90°F? Well if you have, you have likely been through a heat wave. A heat wave is a span of hot weather that lasts for two or more days and exceeds the historical temperature averages in the area. A heat wave is the result of trapped air underneath a hi...

Are Class Ranks Important?

Are Class Ranks Important?

Ashlynn Roberts, Reporter

February 27, 2019


Filed under Front Page, Opinions

In today’s society, high school students find themselves drowning in a world of competitive SAT/ACT scores, GPAs, and class ranks. With colleges continually shrinking their acceptance rate, students are feeling the pressure to get the grades and some are willing to do whatever it takes to make the c...

Crazy Texas Weather (Weather Weekly)

Crazy Texas Weather (Weather Weekly)

Kristjan Feltes, Weather Reporter

February 19, 2019


Filed under Front Page, Opinions

Crazy Texas weather is something we all experience. One day it feels like 32°F and the next day it's 75°F. As Texans, we ask ourselves "What's up with this roller coaster ride of temperatures?" Well, I will explain this as simple as possible. Texas is a massive state with various terrains and cli...

The Venezuelan Crisis

The Venezuelan Crisis

Billy Mykel, Reporter

February 12, 2019


Filed under Front Page, Opinions

On Tuesday, Jan. 22, Vice President Mike Pence declared the United States’ “unwavering support” for protests against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, and as of Feb. 4,  both the United States and the European Parlament have recognized his rival, Juan Guaidó as President. At the same time ...

Why You Should Volunteer at Night to Shine

Why You Should Volunteer at Night to Shine

Faith Stapleton, Senior Reporter

February 4, 2019


Filed under Front Page, Opinions

Friday night, everyone is royalty. It is a special night for our special needs students and volunteers can help make it the best night of their lives.   Night to Shine is a program created by former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, founder of the Tim Tebow Foundation. The program is a memorable prom n...

Subzero Weather (Weather Weekly)

Subzero Weather (Weather Weekly)

Kristjan Feltes, Weather Reporter

January 31, 2019


Filed under Front Page, Opinions

Have you wondered what  -40°F + would be like?  First off, for subzero temperatures to occur their needs to be a polar vortex that's unstable. This means that extremely cold air from the North Pole will dip South thanks to the jet stream. Now, wind chills can make it feel far worse depending on how fa...

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