Two Broke Girls: Students pinch pennies to make ends meet

Being poor sucks – we’re just going to put that out there. When you’re poor, you can only afford the necessities and there’s very little room for much else. The poverty line keeps moving lower and lower as the distribution of wealth is skewed in favor of the rich who make money off of the working class without them even really trying. This means that there are a lot of low-income families in the United States, and low-income students never really speak up about it because they don’t want to be seen as someone who needs to be pitied.

Movement against sexual harassment gains power, provides voice

A voice speaks up in a crowd of silence, giving others the courage to speak for themselves and tell their stories. Soon, a flood of voices, stories, anecdotes, accusations, and more come crashing in. They bring attention to one of the biggest issues facing America. There’s power in numbers.

Diving In: Senior, freshman find success with creation of diving team

It’s 6:30 AM, 34º outside, and the sun still hasn’t broke the horizon yet, but divers are already in the pool working to perfect their craft. Since diving is a part of the swimming overall competition, teams who don’t have any divers do not earn points toward the team competition. Swim coach Glen Williams saw this as a problem the team could rectify and has started developing divers on the team.

Gaming the system: Nintendo capitalizes on Pokemon franchise with Ultra

In a world where animals have the ability to beat up other animals for either survival or showing their love for their trainer, the world of Pokémon is full of wonder and curiosity. For a little over twenty years, the Nintendo franchise has been enjoyed by children and adults alike, giving them a sense of […]

New hobby is bees knees: Senior finds passion in beekeeping through 4-H spin club

Bees swarm around their white box home as they fly in and out working on their honeycomb. Senior Sydney Wilkinson enjoys the buzzing of bees as she maintains their home and helps foster a healthy atmosphere for them to live. What started as a way to meet a school requirement has transformed into a life-long passion while also helping the environment.

Ice ice baby: Winter Olympics dominates mainstream summer games

From blades on ice to skis on snow, the Olympic Winter games is more entertaining to me than the Summer Olympics. It could be because of my emotional attachment to them and the nostalgic value they hold, but they will always melt my cold and frozen heart every time I have a chance to watch them.

‘Bear’ing weight on offense: Senior lineman to play at Baylor University

High school athletes await the day where the college of their dream signs them to play the sports they’ve spent years of their life working to perfect their best abilities, while playing games almost every Friday night against teams that might be bigger and stronger, and keeping that drive and school spirit in mind with every yard line crossed. Senior Ylijaah Hall is experiencing that after Baylor University signed him to play football next season.

Baby Driver’s soundtrack provides two hour getaway

I’m not really a fan of action movies. I’ve never really liked the explosions and loud surround sound screeching of tires on pavement and bullets shooting through glass, or the cruelty of the antagonist in a cliche situation in which the female lead is taken hostage. Over the summer I saw a movie that was an exception to that. Baby Driver is a crime-action film from director Edgar Wright who also brought the world movies like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World adaptation.

Waste of safe space: Real issues overshadowed by trivial disagreements

Reliving a traumatic experience at the mention of a specific word or phrase, noise going off, or the sight of a familiar face is nothing to take lightly. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a very real concern, is taken seriously in most cases and is appropriately accommodated for serious cases via safe spaces. Safe spaces are a good idea for those who need a place to calm down from panic attacks, PTSD attacks, or harassment. However, over the past five years, there’s been the used and public opinion of safe spaces.

Behind the scenes: Senior works with local station to gain professional skills

Each night local news anchors come into the homes of community members delivering polished versions of news events, weather, and sports. These people frequently become celebrities in small towns, but there are dozens of other people who go into creating the broadcast. Senior Maya Turner works behind the scenes to help create the evening news programs for KAGS, a local news station for Central Texas.

Building on the future: Architectural design students advance to state level competition

Architectural design students, sophomore Jose Torres and senior Russell Oplinger, competed in the SkillsUSA architecture competition held in Beaumont earlier this month and advanced to the state competion. Jose placed 1st in the architectural drafting project while Russell earned 2nd in the same event to advance to state. Russell also earned 1st place in computer […]

Gen Y is this happening: Box offices full of remakes, old ideas

The older generation asks this generation many good questions, like: “Why are you teenagers so lazy?” and “Why is this generation of music so self-centered?”. One of the most important questions is: “Have you seen the original?”.

Fairy tale wedding: Art teacher proposal, wedding inspired by fictional interests

Creativity is in every aspect of life, whether we want to admit it or not. Art teacher Samantha Bennett understands that concept well, by taking creativity and making a living with it, but also incorporating it into her everyday life. Whether it be a doodle on a random piece of paper, or her entire wedding, creativity plays an important role in her life.

American Idiots revived: Green Day returns to roots with Revolution Radio

Starting in 1987 and hailing from Anaheim, California, the punk rock band Green Day has influenced the minds of teenagers for three decades. Over the years of international success with young and old demographics, the plethora of songs cover a range of topics from punk-rock love songs to political statements that resonate with not only the band members, but their audience.

Gotta Catch ‘Em All: Pokemon Go app links multiple generations

Children of the ‘90s dreamed about wanting to be the very best like no one ever was just like Ash Ketchum. The thought of catching a real life Pokemon has been the fascination of fans of the franchise ever since the first set of games came out in 1998. Rumors of an app to make that dream a reality debuted in April 2015 and filled longtime fans with anticipation to finally be able to become a Pokemon master. July of 2016, Niantic and The Pokemon Company officially released the app Pokemon Go for Android and iOS users across the U.S.

Better than Christmas: Halloween lasts full month filled with candy, costumes, childhood memories

Along with the leaves and cool breezes, October is a month that gives rise to the Fall spirit. However, that’s not the only spirit that rises in the tenth month of the year. The age old tradition of dressing up in costumes and going house-to-house looking for candy for the sake of a child’s enjoyment is usually what comes to mind when talking about Halloween, but for an ever growing group of people, Halloween is so much more than that. It’s about the scary, the spooky, the freaky, and the weird.And it’s not just one day; it’s the entire month.

Literacy leads to learning

It’s understandable that high school teens don’t have a desire to read anything other than the text messages and tweets on their phones, because many of the reading requirements set by schools and English teachers are classic novels that aren’t relatable or even interesting to their generation.

Inequality, double standards still exist despite progress

Societal standards for both men and women have become a growing issue now in the day and age of social media and television. A man can run around with his shirt off, but if a woman does it, it becomes indecent. If a man cries, he’s a sissy, but if a woman does it she’s just a normal emotional woman. Men and women are held to such irritating social standards that aren’t fair to the opposite gender, it makes it hard to tell what’s exactly wrong or right.

Dance, Dance Revolution: Boy breaks new ground joining drill team

Music booming through the speakers, people in the stands cheering, and girls in sparkly outfits are the images usually synonymous with high school drill teams. The Shy-Anne’s are the spitting image of that, only there’s one addition: a boy. Sophomore Andrew Medina is the first male dancer for the Shy-Anne’s team, and is no stranger to dance.

Merc with a mouth: Marvel movie makes mark at box office

Breaking box office records for an R rated movie by earning over $132 million on opening weekend, the friendly neighborhood anti-hero Deadpool made his Marvel movie debut on Valentine’s Day weekend. Crashing his way onto movie screens and into audience member’s hearts, the walking ball of sarcasm and spite made history for being the first R rated movie provided by Marvel.

Freeze frame: Photography student captures emotions through digital media

Sweat drips from bodies as they’re pressed together, jumping to the rhythm that will leave them deafened by the end of the set. Smoke from the fog machine pours into the crowd as the lights blind everyone in the venue. The sound coming from the overly huge amps reverberates off every surface it can causing the ground to shake to the beat of the drums. Cellphone flashlights light the darkness of the pit like a galaxy of people. From the roaring crowd of a concert venue to the football stadium, and everything in between, there’s no shortage of opportunities for picture perfect memories to capture and senior Bridget Craig has positioned herself to be part of those moments.

Life long quest: One gender’s journey to find the Holy Grail

Finding a pair of jeans that fit just right is like finding the Holy Grail for a girl. Once a girl finds the perfect pair, she has to be prepared to pay a hefty price for the denim that fits over her lower half. Jeans are an essential in any wardrobe, but the struggle is real.

Gotta rock ’em all: Danish rock band with unique sound gains success through multiple genres

Rockabilly, Punk Rock, Rock n’ Roll, or Heavy Metal? Why not all four? Danish rock group Volbeat probably asked the same thing when trying to think of a sound for their band that now has gained worldwide recognition. Despite being mistaken for a Pokémon of the same name by people who’ve never heard of them, the name is actually a mixture of the words “volume” and “beat”.

Language acquisition inspired by teacher’s passion, experiences

Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache. German language, hard language. German teacher Jan Krammer doesn’t want that statement to intimidate students from learning German. With her cultural experience and dedication to teaching high school students a second language, she inspires her students to venture into the world of languages through both words and culture.

Stuff your turkey, not your stockings

As the end of October comes to a close, the spooky Halloween month fades into November. November marks the beginning of two months of the living nightmare that is the Christmas season. Now, you may ask, why does the Christmas season start in November? Well to tell you the truth, it starts in early October, or even earlier. Why does it start so early? It’s because people think they need to feel holiday cheer before it needs to be felt.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the big screen: Popular book, finds success as movie adaptation

In a world where vegans get special powers for being vegan and people can literally burst into coins, a certain Canadian has a hard time getting the girl in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. This story tells the tale of the awkward and dorky Scott Pilgrim as he tries to defeat the seven evil exes […]

Making the grade: 55 students named AP Scholars

Pencils racing, hands cramping, pens dispelling ink to a lined page. The overwhelming fear of messing up that no one cares to admit, the feeling of anxiety when the clock is counting down the seconds test takers have left to bubble in their answer sheets or put the last few words of their essays together. […]

No win situation: America seen as over-involved, self-absorbed

Lately I’ve noticed a lot of people on Tumblr have started to bash Americans, despite Tumblr being made and maintained by Americans. What bothers me the most is that the non-Americans (and even some Americans) are calling us “ignorant” and “stupid” for not knowing about the world’s problems to the depths that they think we should. One post that really struck a nerve with me was one that stated that Tumblr needed to stop being so “America-centric”.