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Creating a Safe Learning Environment for Students

Staff Editorial

June 13, 2016

Filed under Editorials, Opinion

High School should be a safe place for hormone-filled teenagers to grow as individuals and learn how to conduct themselves in the professional world. However, recent events have exposed that high school can and has been used as...

The Water in Our Names

Christine Zhu, Guest Writer

June 3, 2016

Filed under Columns

My sister and I have water in our names. Three brush strokes. Our Chinese identity. My water is calm, clouded - misted - Meng Meng. Her water is clear, reflecting the sun - bright - Ying Ying. This has made all the difference. Fo...


Christine Zhu, Guest Writer

June 1, 2016

Filed under Columns

My neighborhood smells like asphalt. And from what I can remember, it’s always smelled that way - lonely, pungent and sharp. My house stands on one side of the asphalt, small, red, and dim. On the other side, stands a park....

Ignorance turns a restroom into a political warzone

Jude Benham, Reporter

May 27, 2016

Filed under Opinion

Schools across the country have fallen to political turmoil over the growing transgender protections that have been recently given to students who were not born the gender they identify as. On May 13, the Obama administration is...


Anastasia Kinnebrew, Guest Writer

May 23, 2016

Filed under Columns

Anastasia, a biblical name of Greek and Russian origin which means “one who will be reborn” or “resurrection.” A beautiful name given to russian nobility back during the era of imperial Russia, and given to young girl...

Humphrey Drive

Anonymous, Guest Writer, Creative Writing

May 9, 2016

Filed under Columns

I’ve been told by my mother that long ago, when my parents first bought our two-story brick house, several years before I was born, my neighborhood did not exist. It was out in the middle of the countryside, fields all around....

Anti-Gay, Islamophobic, Creationist Front-runner for Texas Board of Education

Jude Benham, Reporter

March 30, 2016

Filed under Columns, Opinion

In early March on super Tuesday, voters across Texas went to local polls to vote for party delegates. Many Republicans looking to place a ballot for Cruz or Trump also casted important votes concerning education - members to join the...

Sorry for Breaking the Internet

Griselda Maya, reporter

March 6, 2016

Filed under Opinion

Phoenix, Arizona, has captured the attention of the nation thanks to six girls from Desert Vista High School. The group rearranged themselves to spell out “ni**er” after posing for their senior panoramic. The photo was meant to be kept among friends on Snapchat for 24 hours, but the...

Will Power

Sumin Son, Reporter

March 4, 2016

Filed under Opinion

Many people have gone through difficult situations. Looking back, they realize that what they have come to achieve should be impossible, yet the goal was reached and the dream obtained. The reason why we are able to do the impossi...

The Longest Drive

Luisa Perry, Entertainment Editor

March 4, 2016

Filed under Columns

Throughout my life, I have been on many car drives and by far, the longest drive was the one from my house to my best friend’s funeral. What actually was a 10-minute trip felt like 10 years. As we pulled up to the church, the...

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