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“Wonder” encourages embracing differences

“Wonder” encourages embracing differences

Rebecca Covington, Opinion Editor

December 18, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

Based on the R.J. Palacio novel of the same name, the PG rated "Wonder" is a movie that follows 5th grader Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), a child that has a facial genetic abnormality, and his family. The Director Stephen Chbosky was able to take a best selling book and turn it into an emotional rol...

A review of ice and fire

A review of ice and fire

Emma Sipple, Co-Editor in Chief

December 18, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Over the course of two years, I finished A Song of Ice and Fire the five book series by George R. R. Martin, finishing the fifth book A Dance with Dragons during Thanksgiving break. I loved every minute of the series.    A Game of Thrones: The story opens in Westeros, a land where su...

“Justice League” movie review

“Justice League” movie review

Wyatt Tomallo, Sports Editor

December 13, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

On November 17th DC Comics finally made their second big break with the jaw dropping film, Justice League. DC Comics recently struck gold this past year with the whole Batman vs Superman storyline which lead fans to believe that Justice League was going to be extraordinary. Unfortunately that was not the ...

“War & Leisure” album review

“War & Leisure” album review

Bobby Palomin and Hudson Murphy

December 12, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

R&B singer Miguel released his fourth studio album “War & Leisure” following the success of his hit single “Skywalker” featuring rapper Travis Scott. The album rose amongst the top of the charts thanks in part to melodic beats that go from a vibrant and tropical feel like on the song ...

Rapper Jaden Smith releases “Syre”

Rapper Jaden Smith releases “Syre”

Emma Black, Staff writer

December 8, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Multimedia, Uncategorized

“So, you think you can save rap music?” Actor, rapper and singer Jaden Smith, son of acclaimed actor and rapper Will Smith, said he hopes to in his second album “Syre.” Smith presents the theme of the album in the tracks “Breakfast” and “Hope,” in which he goes into detail about himse...

Marvel releases Avengers: Infinity War trailer

Marvel releases Avengers: Infinity War trailer

Laney Rendon, News Editor

November 29, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Honestly, I don’t know where to begin. It's all so exciting! But I’ll try with: the new Avengers movie trailer, Avengers: Infinity War, was released this morning after Marvel Studios released the trailer teaser last night. The teaser included fan reactions to previous trailers of individual marvel s...

Movie season continues to ‘ragnarok’ on

Movie season continues to ‘ragnarok’ on
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Jack Padgett, Entertainment Editor

November 14, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

As the holiday season draw closer the theaters continues to fill with new movies. Down below are 6 of the big films to be released in November and December.

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Infinite possibilities for new music group

Infinite possibilities for new music group

Jack Padgett, Entertainment Editor

November 14, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Multimedia

New rock band Saving Forever released its first single, “Million Ways.” The catchy tune will surely follow you; however, lyrically, the song seems to lack variety and substance.Even though the band is labeled as a rock band, the song has more of a rock/pop blend to it. Teen brothers Khaden Harri...

Star crossed success

Star crossed success

Jack Padgett, Entertainment Editor

November 9, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

The Tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet is reenvision by the school theater department.

Music festival experience

Music festival experience

Laney Rendon and Rebecca Covington

November 2, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

After exchanging my ticket for a wristband, opening my bag to be checked, and filling my camelback at the free water station, my friend and I walked to the right stage to join the crowd. It was the first music festival we’ve attended. The first day, Saturday, Isabella Rodriguez performed first at...

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer

Jack Padgett, Entertainment Editor

October 10, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Multimedia

With the latest Star Wars movie coming to theaters Dec. 15 the first trailer was just released Oct. 9.  The trailer focuses on Rey's training with Luke Skywalker, then cuts to various familiar characters. Something exciting for new and old fans is the locations in the trailer seem to be brand new. As...

Mala Luna returns with Future, Migos

Mala Luna returns with Future, Migos

Laney Rendon, News Editor

September 28, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

Mala Luna music festival returns to San Antonio on Oct. 28-29 at Nelson Wolff Stadium. The 2017 lineup includes today’s biggest hip-hop artists for these two days of music, such as Future, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Migos. Afrojack, Carnage, Khalid, Borgore, Playboi Carti, Kali Uchis, Ugly God, Smokepup...