Short-lived stage: High school should be stepping stone in life, not claim to fame

If one thing is certain, it’s that there needs to be a instruction manual for incoming high-school freshman – how to do this, when to do that, what’s important and what’s not going to matter in ten years – because we all know that it would save everyone a whole lot of time and effort. Unfortunately though, there isn’t. Kids are left to learn manual-worthy lessons on their own; some lessons are learned by experience, some by association, and some simply by observance.

Over the course of four years, high school can fill that theoretical manual pretty full, but perhaps the most important lesson one could learn from that manual may not be realized until late in the high-school career, or even afterward: to not let high school be the center of the universe.

Showcasing skills: Senior follows passion, secures spot on Texas A&M softball team

Athletic expertise, academic ability, creativity, and the passion that backs each of these qualities are all things which define a person, molding them into who they are or who they eventually will be. This is especially true for senior Erica Russell, whose athletic passion has turned a life-long dream into a reality on the softball field.

Save those dimes, it’s college time

A college acceptance means a lot of things for a student; it marks the time for filling the closet with school colors, buying dorm essentials, setting up a credit card, planning out a course schedule, looking into all the interesting intramural sports and student organizations offered on campus – the list is endless. However, though it can be lost in the midst of excitement, a college acceptance also means an extraordinary monetary commitment.

Virtually inseparable: Embracing a new age of friendship

This past October, I met my best friend.

Yes, you read that correctly – read it several more times if you must. No, we did not become best friends after we met, we were best friends already. How, you ask? Technology is a wonderful thing. It has the power to connect two very similar people – so alike that it’s scary, actually – who are separated by 1,337 miles and would never know each other otherwise. Call it weird, question why I can’t make a best friend in my own city (let alone my own state), offer to sign us up for the TV show Catfish – I’ve heard it all before.

Act on ambitions: Taking opportunities despite doubts pays off

During last year’s running of the Snowball Derby – the most prestigious Super Late Model race in the country – I was simply a spectator. That’s more than most people can say, however, as the race isn’t televised and is therefore only truly accessible to those who make the trip to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida to watch it. But this time around, in the 46th-annual running of the race, I was introduced to a whole new side of the event, and of racing itself: I returned to Five Flags Speedway with a media credential and a crew that had bounds more experience with doing at-track race coverage than I.

Deck the halls with boughs of discourse

“Fa la la la la, la la la la.”

It’s December 1st and I’m about to fa-la-la-fall off a cliff as a last resort to escape the Christmas music that’s playing in every public place I walk into.

No-sleep November: Student sacrifices free time, rest for annual novel-writing competition

“I think it’s just amazing how you can create something when there was previously nothing, and you can make people feel things that they wouldn’t otherwise feel through written word.” That is the reasoning behind junior Madison Hines’ passion for writing novels, and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), an annual competition for novelists of all […]

Realizations from Romania: Mission trip opens eyes, teaches gratefulness

Summer: a time for heading to the beach, soaking up some sun, going on vacations, and getting away from school for a couple of months. When we think of summer getaways, however, an impoverished area on the other side of the world isn’t exactly the first thing to come to mind. While it doesn’t sound like the typical thing to do while on vacation from school, seniors Cassidy Lovett, Kinsey Craig, and Julia Kwasnica joined their youth group from First Baptist Church on a ten-day mission trip to spread the Gospel in the village of Coman in Romania.

Zumba Fitness: dance off the pounds, and have fun doing it

An hour on the treadmill to get a daily workout in sounds like a blast, right? Wrong. That is, unless you’re a running enthusiast – which, truthfully, most of us aren’t. And even for those who are, stationary running still doesn’t sound like very much fun.

Tricky trap: DIY tab terrorizes, traumatizes

It functions as a girl’s dream closet, personal cookbook, future house plan, wedding-day checklist, workout motivation, and everything in between. Most notably, though, Pinterest is the database of basically every “Do-It-Yourself” project known to man (better yet, woman). The DIY projects featured on Pinterest are so enticing and look so very simple, but the fact […]

More than just a sport

Racing isn’t just a sport. It’s a lifestyle, centered around a sport. Racing is something that gets in your blood, and stays in your gene pool for generations down the line. For those who haven’t experienced racing first hand, racing seems like it is simply “left turns for a few hours”, but it’s so much […]

Minimizing mistakes: Students, staff responsible for safety of school

Our number one priority, on a daily basis, is to make sure our students are as safe as possible,” principal Lamond Dean said. “So there is a response [plan for] anything that there may be a concern [about].” Most people like to believe that students are fairly safe at school everyday, and that’s the goal […]

Appreciate each moment, present is a gift

In the midst of the freezing winter months, people dream of summer vacations, bikinis, pool parties, and trips to the beach. Most want to trade in those fuzzy boots for a pair of sandals, and feel sand between their toes rather than snow under their feet. Yet, in the midst of summer, we long for the frigid winter, bonfires, and the chance to bring the newest pair of Ugg boots out of our closets.

Life lessons derived from teaching, problem solving, encouraging competition

School – necessary and very beneficial indeed, we can all attest to that. But by the end of a long school week, nearly everyone is exhausted and ready for the weekend, and most of us make it pretty obvious with our demeanor. However, for algebra II teacher and football coach Matthew Rice, that quality isn’t apparent. Everyone has their bad days, but Rice minimizes those days as much as possible, and doing what he loves helps him to be successful in that.

Family unscathed by opinions, basks in popularity created by show

Like it or not: we’ve all heard of, and most of us have even watched TLC’s hit show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

The reality show follows Toddlers and Tiaras star Alana Thompson in her daily life, which some regard as entertainment while others deem to be – well, repulsive. The Thompson family’s everyday activities – such as fixing roadkill for dinner, washing their hair in the sink, and playing the “guess who’s breath” game give viewers a look behind the scenes at the odd life of the young pageant queen, with a lot of laughs along the way.

There is an ‘I’ in swimming: Self-reliance, determination, individualism prosper through sport

Swimming: a self-motivated, individual sport where one’s performance is based solely on their mindset and work ethic. This aspect of the sport is what makes or breaks one’s success, and for sophomore Brittany Thurstin it not only makes her, the individualistic attitude required of swimming carries over into other facets of her life. Swimming not […]

Winning a sweepstakes: Is it possible?

Ever walked through an aisle at the grocery store, seeing multiple opportunities to win an inconceivable amount of money, or a dream vacation for doing something as simple as entering a code from a box or a bottle cap?

Sic’em Bears:Student prepares to enter Big XII after graduation

The Viking Fight Song rings throughout the stadium, and cheers from the cheerleaders echo simultaneously with those of the fans as Chris Johnson takes the field for one of his last games as a Viking. The atmosphere of high school football will be all but a memory for Johnson at the end of this school year when he retires his blue and silver jersey for a green and gold one.