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How Technology Affects Teens

How Technology Affects Teens

Trinity Flaten, Co-Writing Editor

July 10, 2019

Society is constantly growing and expanding with technology advancing. It has become a common stereotype that technology is ruining this generation’s lives. Many believe that it has gotten in the way of relationships with other people and impacted social skills for the worse. But that may not be the...

Predictions for the Rookie of the Year Award

Predictions for the Rookie of the Year Award

Max Van Drunen, Sports Editor

June 24, 2019

New beginnings. These are the stories that start every National Basketball Association (NBA) season. Looking back, three rookies in particular have already shown that they can take this league by storm. Luka Doncic, Trae Young, and the number one overall pick, Deandre Ayton, are the leagues undeniable...

National Honor Society Too Accepting

National Honor Society Too Accepting

Trinity Flaten, Co-Writing Editor

June 12, 2019

The National Honor Society (NHS) is an organization designated to honor outstanding high school students. Students accepted into the organization exemplify scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Students are also selected into the organization based on their grade-point-average (GPA). NHS...

Elizabeth Warren’s Wealth Tax Explained

Elizabeth Warren’s Wealth Tax Explained

Billy Mykel, Reporter

April 2, 2019

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...

Student of the Month is Unnecessary, Meaningless

Student of the Month is Unnecessary, Meaningless

Trinity Flaten, Reporter

January 24, 2019

Student of the Month is an award the school gives one student in each grade every month. Each month is given a character trait like integrity and students who exhibit that trait are chosen to receive the award. The Student of the Month award is an unnecessary achievement and is not a proper way to r...

How the Government Shutdown Affects the American People

How the Government Shutdown Affects the American People

Billy Mykel, Sarah Crowder (Graphic), and Trinity Flaten (Graphic)

January 10, 2019

On Christmas morning, as millions of Americans celebrated the holiday season with their families, President Trump drew a metaphorical line in the sand as he refused to sign in to law several budgets to fund the government over disputes of the border wall. These events have led the government into a ...

Do Grades Define Intelligence?

Do Grades Define Intelligence?

Ashlynn Roberts, Reporter

December 14, 2018

In a world where college acceptance rates are slimming down and the difference between each class rank is steadily shrinking, good grades are more vital than ever. What used to be a major accomplishment is now an expectation of all students, and many current high school students are feeling the pressu...

Gifted, Talented Program Limits Opportunities, Shows Few Results

Gifted, Talented Program Limits Opportunities, Shows Few Results

Sarah Crowder, Reporter

December 7, 2018

Schools across the country have Gifted and Talented (G/T) programs filled with “naturally gifted” kids who receive special attention and curriculum. The Texas Education Code defines one of these students as "exhibiting high-performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area; pos...

Too Restrictive?

Too Restrictive?

Ashlynn Roberts, Reporter

November 14, 2018

In the United States, 96 percent of schools with internet access monitor students’ activity online, in the hopes of preventing “sexually explicit content.” Although web filtering should be used in all schools, many school districts take it to the extreme by blocking educational websites and video ...

Is the Top Ten Percent Law Necessary?

Is the Top Ten Percent Law Necessary?

Faith Stapleton, Senior Reporter

September 21, 2018

Texas legislature voted in Texas House Bill 588, often referred to as the “Top 10% Rule,” in 1997 as law. This law is deemed controversial by many and there have been several attempts to repeal it since, the latest being in 2017, with a new bill to completely eliminate the law by Senator Kel Seliger,...

Students “Under Pressure”

Students “Under Pressure”

Trinity Flaten, Joe Walsh (Headline Writer), and Mark Mirelez (Headline Writer)

September 17, 2018

As students progress through middle school and high school they tend to join many extracurricular activities like band, theater, and athletics. With students being in multiple activities, they are often pressured to find time for both or to drop one. “My freshman year [I was] in football. [I] definitely [felt pr...

Band Takes a Stand

Band Takes a Stand

Trinity Flaten, Reporter

September 5, 2018

Football season has begun and to make room for fans and students, the band and drill team have been moved to smaller stands next to the permanent stands so the school can sell more general admission tickets. The band and drill team are school programs and should not be moved. The band and dril...

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