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  • Believe with No Limits

    Believe with No Limits

    Megan Garcia, Editor-In-Chief and Entertainment Editor

    October 19, 2017

    “Amen.” My nights as a child didn’t end with a final goodnight to my family or swipe of my phone as it does now; instead, right before I would settle for bed, I kneeled in front of the cross hanging above my pillows. ...

  • Westwood Wipeout

    Westwood Wipeout

    Kelley Beeler, Reporter

    October 18, 2017

    The Mavericks went head to head against the Westwood Warriors on Friday, Oct. 13 but fell 27-62. “We put in our best that we could,” senior Kai Huang said. “I think that their offense played with a bit more power than ...

    Mcneil Varstiy football vs Westwood

  • Striving for Scholarship

    Striving for Scholarship

    Sumin Son, Editor-in-Chief, News editor

    October 13, 2017

    Fifteen McNeil students earned National Merit Semifinalist qualifying scores from the 2016 October PSAT. “National Merit Semifinalist status is something to be proud of because it is a high-value recognition by a respectable or...

  • HoCo Court Takes the Field

    HoCo Court Takes the Field

    Amy Gonzalez, Reporter

    October 6, 2017

    A red carpet lay across the gym floor for the winners to line up on. A loud, crowded gym at the pep rally on Sept. 15 held the excitement of the underclass court dukes and duchesses. The announcer read off the results: freshmen...

    Seniors Jack Graves and Natalie Barnes pose for a picture after being crowned homecoming king and queen.

    Bahiya Khan

  • Read Outside of the Box

    Read Outside of the Box

    Megan Garcia, Editor-In-Chief and Entertainment Editor

    October 4, 2017

    There are some books that from the first sentence, the first page, the first chapter the reader is immediately hooked from start to end. Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee, a novel that I was initially reluctant to begin...

  • Forbidden Tales

    Forbidden Tales

    Uzma Pathan, Reporter

    October 2, 2017

    The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. These are all titles on a long list of banned books. “The reason we celebrate Banned Books Week is to...

    Banned books week library display

Swinging It

Swinging It

Victoria Trunick, Photo Editor

October 18, 2017No Comments

Sophomore Kimberly Tran keeps her eyes on the ball as she leads the varsity Maverick tennis team in their match against Klein High School. The tennis team, led by coach J...

  • Something to Wine About October 6, 2017
  • The Breakfast Club September 29, 2017
  • Thrilling in Pink May 31, 2017

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Westwood Wipeout

Westwood Wipeout

Kelley Beeler, Reporter

October 18, 2017No Comments

The Mavericks went head to head against the Westwood Warriors on Friday, Oct. 13 but fell 27-62. “We put in our best that we could,” senior Kai Huang said. “I think th...

  • Striving for Scholarship October 13, 2017
  • News in Brief October 11, 2017
  • Ridin’ Solo October 9, 2017

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Believe with No Limits

Believe with No Limits

Megan Garcia, Editor-In-Chief and Entertainment Editor

October 19, 2017No Comments

“Amen.” My nights as a child didn’t end with a final goodnight to my family or swipe of my phone as it does now; instead, right before I would settle for bed, I ...

  • Fidget spinners spur frenzy June 2, 2017
  • Mary May 10, 2017
  • Just Ask May 1, 2017

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We the People Donate

Miracle Cox, Reporter

October 5, 2017No Comments

As Mavericks worried about their friends and families in the affected areas after Hurricane Harvey slammed into Rockport Aug. 25 and stalled out over the Houston area, they...

  • The Link Between October 3, 2017
  • Senior-itis: the inflammation of seniors’ brains, inducing procrastination and focus deficit September 25, 2017
  • Where Are They Now? September 20, 2017

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Varsity Volleyball Ravishes the Raiders

Varsity Volleyball Ravishes the Raiders

Amy Gonzalez, Reporter

September 15, 2017No Comments

The varsity volleyball team went head-to-head with the Vista Ridge Raiders on Aug. 29 at home. They took the win 3-2. “I felt very strong that we were going to win tonight,” soph...

  • Leading the Pack May 19, 2017
  • Lady Mavs Finish Season with Win May 5, 2017
  • Close Loss Against Georgetown May 3, 2017

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HoCo Court Takes the Field

HoCo Court Takes the Field

Amy Gonzalez, Reporter

October 6, 2017No Comments

A red carpet lay across the gym floor for the winners to line up on. A loud, crowded gym at the pep rally on Sept. 15 held the excitement of the underclass court dukes and ...

  • Read Outside of the Box October 4, 2017
  • Students light up the night at HOCO 2017 dance September 29, 2017
  • The Show Starts Now June 5, 2017

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Excelling On and Off the Field

Excelling On and Off the Field

Larissa Herold, Copy Editor

June 20, 2016No Comments

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...

  • 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