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  • The Show Starts Now

    The Show Starts Now

    Larissa Herold, Editor-in-Chief

    June 5, 2017

    The lights in the audience dim as the stage lights brighten, illuminating the rows of students spilling off the stage. A collective intake of breath, a suspended silence. Then the singing begins, pure and in perfect harmony. ...

  • Fidget spinners spur frenzy

    Fidget spinners spur frenzy

    Sumin Son, News and opinions editor

    June 2, 2017

    A simple three paddled spinner has dominated social media and altered students’ daily lives. Fingers endlessly long for the smooth, gliding feel of the object, and bystanders desire the plastic trinket. The fidget spinner has...

    Fidget spinners gain popularity in the classroom and work environment.

  • A Tale as Old as Time

    A Tale as Old as Time

    Alejandra Fraire, Copy Editor

    May 31, 2017

    The Disney princess came alive in the recent release of the action movie Beauty and the Beast. This classic movie was well produced as a live version portraying the original quite accurately. It included several famous actors, inc...

  • Leading the Pack

    Leading the Pack

    Larissa Herold, Editor-in-Chief

    May 19, 2017

    The track and field season came to an end in April. Qualifying members of the varsity track team competed at the District 13/14 6A Area Meet in Marble Falls on April 19 and the Region II Meet on April 28 and 29. At area, the g...

    Hurdlers Reed Hartle (11) and AJ Dillett (12) work hard to advance to the regional-level meet in the 300m hurdles.

    Jacob Avner

  • Partners in Crime

    Partners in Crime

    Megan Garcia, Reporter

    May 12, 2017

    Recently I have started to read books in pairs, matching the similar plots, characters, themes of novels to make for a double feature reading experience. Take my two favorite detective novels, A Study in Charlotte by Brittany...

  • Engineering Competes at TEAMS

    Engineering Competes at TEAMS

    Alejandra Fraire, Copy Editor

    May 9, 2017

    Engineering students achieved success at the Test of Engineering Aptitude Math and Science (TEAMS) competition, ranking high in the state and in the nation. The four varsity teams and two junior varsity teams competed in Febru...

  • Shock Value vs. Honest Portrayal

    Shock Value vs. Honest Portrayal

    Luisa Perry, Entretainment editor

    May 8, 2017

    Netflix’s latest original hit 13 Reasons Why follows the aftermath of a high school student’s death. Much like the novel by the same name, 13 Reasons Why has been praised by audiences for a realistic portrayal of teenage a...

    Promotion poster for "13 Reasons Why"

    Netflix

Thrilling in Pink

Desirae Gonzalez, Reporter

At the Pink Out pep rally on Oct. 28, Sapphire Dancers and selected teachers perform Michael Jackson’s Thriller in the spirit of Halloween. ...

May 31, 2017No Comments

  • One Choice Is All It Takes April 17, 2017
  • Girl Power Back in Time March 27, 2017
  • That’s A Wrap January 19, 2017

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Students Recognized in Secondary Art Show

Tiffany Sawruk, Reporter

Several McNeil student's art-work were recognized at the Secondary Art Show displayed at the PAC from May 11-16. “I’m very proud of them,” art teacher Marisa Marsico said....

June 7, 2017No Comments

  • Keeping Up With the Times June 4, 2017
  • This is How We Do It June 3, 2017
  • Fidget spinners spur frenzy June 2, 2017

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Fidget spinners spur frenzy

Fidget spinners spur frenzy

Sumin Son, News and opinions editor

A simple three paddled spinner has dominated social media and altered students’ daily lives. Fingers endlessly long for the smooth, gliding feel of the object, and bystand...

June 2, 2017No Comments

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2 Mavs awarded National Merit Scholarships

Desirae Gonzalez, Reporter

The National Merit Scholarship program awarded two finalists with National Merit Scholarships. Seniors Larissa Herold, valedictorian of the 2017 senior class, and Judy Guan...

June 6, 2017No Comments

  • Picture This: McNeil Merit May 16, 2017
  • OAP comes up short after advancement in District April 27, 2017
  • Just Say No April 25, 2017

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Leading the Pack

Leading the Pack

Larissa Herold, Editor-in-Chief

The track and field season came to an end in April. Qualifying members of the varsity track team competed at the District 13/14 6A Area Meet in Marble Falls on April 19 and...

May 19, 2017No Comments

  • Lady Mavs Finish Season with Win May 5, 2017
  • Close Loss Against Georgetown May 3, 2017
  • Freshman advances to tennis regionals May 1, 2017

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The Show Starts Now

The Show Starts Now

Larissa Herold, Editor-in-Chief

The lights in the audience dim as the stage lights brighten, illuminating the rows of students spilling off the stage. A collective intake of breath, a suspended silence....

June 5, 2017No Comments

  • A Tale as Old as Time May 31, 2017
  • Casting JonBenét takes new approach to true crime story May 30, 2017
  • A Cultural Exchange May 22, 2017

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Excelling On and Off the Field

Excelling On and Off the Field

Larissa Herold, Copy Editor

Senior and varsity football player Zach Epstein was recognized as Time Warner Cable News’ Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of April 25. The TWC News Scholar Athlet...

June 20, 2016No Comments

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The student news site of McNeil High School