Students register to vote for upcoming election

November 6 is election day across the country. There are 435 empty seats available in the House of Representatives and 35 seats in the Senate along with many statewide and local positions. Those 18 or older and who are registered are eligible to take part in the election have been encouraged to vote.

No “I” in team: Volleyball girls unite as they enter 6A play

Unity. Team work. Single mindedness.

The volleyball team encompasses what it means to work together toward a single goal. After moving up to 6A, the coach and team knew they had to become stronger, faster, and smarter than ever before. The team has risen to their own expectations and has entered district play as a force to be reckoned with.

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my: Peta takes aim at freeing animals from their cardboard prisons

PETA, a group scorned equally by animal rights activists, vegans, hunters, and just about everyone else, zeroed in on Nabisco’s Barnum’s Animal Crackers as their latest crusade target. The animal cracker’s classic packaging depicted circus animals in cages as a reference to Barnum and Bailey’s Circus. Now, at PETA’s request, Nabisco has removed the bars to allow the animals to roam free in an open field.

Bases loaded: Viking baseball family creates legacy of support, love of game

Legacy. Generations. Vikings. Family. With nineteen members in the Guest/Kubichek family, blue and silver runs deep. As a pitcher on the Viking baseball team, senior Kobly Kubichek controls the flow of the game from the mound as his teammates look to him for leadership and he finds support from the other eight players on the field. Within his family unit, Kobly experiences many of the same qualities found on the field as each member of his family supports him and cheers him on helping him to the next step in his journey as a baseball player.

Weight of world on their shoulders: Senior powerlifters show strength of character in competition, supporting teammates

Beads of sweat break out across their brow. Their jaws are clenched as each second ticks by until they are clear. The judge signals that it was a clean lift and they drop the bar to the ground with a resounding crash. Seniors Kaywin McCall and Mark Vavra work day in and day out to perfect the craft of powerlifting and push themselves further than they ever thought possible.

Second season stranger than first: Netflix original series continues to captivate audiences

CAUTION: Spoilers ahead!
Every nerd’s dream-show finally returned to Netflix for a second season, filled with “Dungeons and Dragons” references, telepathy, and my personal favorite-government conspiracies. If you haven’t guessed what show I’m referring to, then get out from under that metaphorical rock and watch Stranger Things. Season two of Stranger Things just came out and after watching it, I have so many questions.

Murder mystery: Thespians perform improv whodunit

Murder. A whodunit mystery presented by the theatre department shocked both the theatre group and the audience. Law and Hors d’oeuvres is an improv show put on by the thespian group in the Blue Bistro as a murder mystery dinner theatre. The show was done in an improv style, preventing even the cast from knowing who the murderer was beforehand.

Not saved by the bell: Learn from past mistakes for fresh start

“No regrets” was my motto last year, and I lived by that. Now that I look back on it, I regret getting C’s and D’s in my classes. I regret lying to all the teachers when I skipped to hang out with my friends. Those people I used to skip with aren’t even my friends anymore. I’ve come to ask myself: “what was the point?” I didn’t gain anything from slacking I did in my classes, even when I did go to them.

Sophomore digs position on volleyball team, contributes to team success

Varsity sports are frequently dominated by upperclassmen who have both the skill level and experience to eclipse younger players, but sometimes a young player demonstrates the ability to earn their spot on the team.

Web-slinging disaster: Homecoming not an event to remember

This summer Spider-Man: Homecoming came out in theaters as Hollywood’s love for sequels continues to earn money. Over the years, there have been a total of seven Spiderman movies. Being the superhero fan that I am, I decided to watch this one in theaters. Although the main character Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is very attractive, I still didn’t enjoy the movie like I did the others.

Some things never change: Netflix revitalizes old series, gains new viewers with universal themes

High school cliques. What typically comes to mind are the stereotypical geeks, bad boys, freaks, and full of these the run-of-the-mill popular teens in school. Freaks and Geeks is a tv show centered in a high school full of these old school cliques, who are trying to fit in and gain a reputation. The show is based on the idealistic high school vision we all had instead of the real high school experience.

Whole new world: Student perspectives broadened by foreign travel

Some people dream of traveling the world, while others are content with staying where they are. As a person who has traveled to a different country, I can say I am one who dreams to continue traveling the world. The feeling of not being stuck in one place while seeing new customs, traditions, and cultures makes it worth spending money on a plane ticket. I would love the opportunity to study abroad and think any student who has the chance to should take advantage of it.

British comedy series finds success state side, leaves audience laughing

From Jim putting office supplies in jello as a prank for Dwight, to Angela and her cats, The Office is one of my favorite shows on TV. With comedic characters like Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute, and Kelly Kapoor viewers, are sure to laugh at least once. The Office has many great comebacks and great relationships. They definitely stepped out of their comfort zone of American TV when making this show.

Videography captures students passion, provides opportunity to create memories

Reducing the pregame, game, and postgame to a short thirty-second segment that tells the entire story takes both talent and dedication. Junior Jeannye Aguilar has found her niche in the video technology class where she excels at transforming big moments on campus into even bigger memories on screen.

Senior helps lead volleyball team toward undefeated season

As the volleyball team begins the second half of district play, they are undefeated having only lost one set to College Station and sweeping the rest, senior Emily Hubacek serves as a leader on the team. As Emily looks to her collegiate career where she will play at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, she stays focused on the task at hand as the team works to place first in district and go deep into the playoffs.

Veggie tales: Student struggles to deal with criticism of personal choice

On Tuesday, July 29, 2014 I made the decision that would change my life forever. I became a vegetarian, and in that moment the harassment and the ignorance started from my friends and peers. I made a personal decision that day without knowing what kind of reaction I would receive. I watched a video on Youtube that I was recommended called “If Slaughterhouses Had Glass Walls”, and it was life changing. It showed graphic images that no 12-year-old should see, like pigs being beaten with their babies and cows being hung upside down and having their necks slit. It was horrific and educational at the same time.