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  • Reaching the Finish Line

    Reaching the Finish Line

    Larissa Herold, Editor-in-Chief

    April 6, 2017

    The track and field team has had a solid season, with all divisions placing well at the meets it has attended. The team competed in its last invitational meet of the season, South Austin Relays, on March 31, and is preparing f...

    Varsity sophomore Jaden Maul attacks the curve in the 4x800m relay, breaking free from the pack.

    Jacob Avner

  • Life Without Coffee

    Life Without Coffee

    Sumin Son, News and Opinions editor

    April 3, 2017

    In a world ruled by marking periods and deadlines, adults and even students seek energy drinks and coffee to find the energy needed to go to work or stay up completing homework. Coffee, in particular, has become synonymous to the mo...

    Caffeine drinks disrupt the human body's sleep cycle and can thus lead to poor health and lower productivity.

  • Divide and Conquer

    Divide and Conquer

    Alejandra Fraire, Copy Editor

    March 30, 2017

    It’s finally here. After a sneak peak of the two popular songs “Shape of You” and “Castle on a Hill,” the album Divide by Ed Sheeran was released on March 3. The 16 songs on the album tug at your heartstrings with its mix of...

  • Lights, Camera, Pageant

    Lights, Camera, Pageant

    Larissa Herold, Editor-in-Chief

    March 28, 2017

    The spotlights are on and the line of boys spans the cafeteria stage, anxiously awaiting the pageant results. “And the 2017 Mr. Maverick is…” Student Council hosted its annual Mr. Mav pageant March 2 in the cafeteria. The b...

    The boys who competed in the annual Mr. Mav pagaent celebrate after a night of fun performance.

    Mariah Ortega

  • Not Just Another Reboot

    Not Just Another Reboot

    Megan Garcia, Reporter

    March 24, 2017

    The very first thing audiences are introduced to in Riverdale, the CW’s newest drama, is the sudden death of the star quarterback. This is a far cry from the 1940s original Archie comics, also set in the town of Riverdale,...

  • Lesson in Coding

    Lesson in Coding

    Alejandra Fraire, Copy Editor

    March 23, 2017

    A peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a favorite meal among kids, was made on Feb. 7, but not by human hands. It was made by a robot programmed by Dave Effland’s Principles of Information Technology classes. The class had rece...

  • The Day After

    The Day After

    Sumin Son, News and Opinions Editor

    March 22, 2017

    It’s no surprise that the past election has caused nationwide controversy. Whether you are elated or distressed by the result, it’s undeniable that numerous Americans worry for the future of America. As of last month, ...

    1984 rose in popularity after Trump won the election.

One Choice Is All It Takes

One Choice Is All It Takes

Megan Garcia, Reporter

Students Against Destructive Decisions hosted a demonstration on March 29 of the aftermath of a car wreck caused by drinking brought to life before juniors and seniors at...

April 17, 2017No Comments

  • Girl Power Back in Time March 27, 2017
  • That’s A Wrap January 19, 2017
  • The Great Pumpkin November 7, 2016

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Larissa Herold, Editor-in-Chief

Despite the uncertain start to the District 13 6-A track meet, held back by delays for a storm in the area, the track team competed on April 11 and 12 at Pflugerville High ...

April 17, 2017No Comments

  • Around the World in 120 Minutes April 11, 2017
  • Academic UIL team advances in 8 events, takes 3rd overall April 7, 2017
  • A Little Bit of History April 4, 2017

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Netflix’s ‘Deidra and Lainey Rob a Train’ tells heartwarming story, lacks depth

Luisa Perry, Entretainment editor

Sydney Freedman’s sophomore film Deidra and Lainey Rob a Train tells the story of Deidra Tanner, a high school senior who takes care of her sister Lainey and brother Jett...

April 7, 2017No Comments

  • Life Without Coffee April 3, 2017
  • Time to Breathe December 8, 2016
  • Smart Snack decision limits fundraising food options November 16, 2016

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Picture Perfect

Alejandra Fraire, Copy editor

Art was the main event of the day Feb. 4 at Cedar Ridge High School. Several art pieces of various types were submitted to the Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) - which...

March 27, 2017No Comments

  • Easter becomes newest member of campus admin team January 31, 2017
  • May the Tooth be with You January 9, 2017
  • Twirling Dresses, Bodies Express Mexican Culture December 6, 2016

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Reaching the Finish Line

Reaching the Finish Line

Larissa Herold, Editor-in-Chief

The track and field team has had a solid season, with all divisions placing well at the meets it has attended. The team competed in its last invitational meet of the season...

April 6, 2017No Comments

  • Final Game for Seniors March 1, 2017
  • Thrill of Victory February 15, 2017
  • Trippin’ Up the Tigers February 13, 2017

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Netflix’s ‘Deidra and Lainey Rob a Train’ tells heartwarming story, lacks depth

Luisa Perry, Entretainment editor

Sydney Freedman’s sophomore film Deidra and Lainey Rob a Train tells the story of Deidra Tanner, a high school senior who takes care of her sister Lainey and brother Jett...

April 7, 2017No Comments

  • Divide and Conquer March 30, 2017
  • 25 Years and Counting March 29, 2017
  • Lights, Camera, Pageant March 28, 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

  • A Worldly Experience May 2, 2014
  • Swimmer Accepts Scholarship to UMBC December 22, 2013
  • Choir Student Goes for Gold October 17, 2013

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The student news site of McNeil High School
The student news site of McNeil High School