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Dictator editor reinstated, staff prepares for worst

Dictator editor reinstated, staff prepares for worst

LJ Haider, Online Editor

October 20, 2017


Filed under Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

In witty response to my column from last year, I am still convinced that our now Co Editor-in-Chief is still a tyrannical dictator who plays her fellow editors like puppets. Behind that perfect smile and well dressed honors student is the empress who stops at nothing to perfect the paper and earn us r...

On the road again

On the road again

Emma Sipple, Co-Editor in Chief

September 25, 2017


Filed under Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

My mother sat in the driver’s seat, my 13 year old sister in the passenger seat, and my 10 year old sister and I sat in the back seat of the car we christened “Tim” in the parking lot of a TJ Maxx in Denton Texas.   My sister tells my mom to turn around and there is a man standing o...

True Tenacity

True Tenacity

Zach Dimmitt, Sports Writer

September 20, 2017


Filed under Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

The sold out Coliseum fell into a hushed roar, a roar that held emotion and intense anxiety all in that singular moment. The USC Trojans and Texas Longhorns had been at war for four quarters and an overtime, seeing themselves both stuck at 24 a piece. The Trojan’s freshman kicker Chase McGrath trotted on...

Set down the phone

Set down the phone

Emma Sipple, Web Editor

May 30, 2017


Filed under Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

As summer starts, teen car crash fatalities increase throughout the summer months and driving while distracted remains the cause for teen crashes and fatalities. This summer and beyond, make sure to stay off your phone while driving. According to a report by the AAA Foundation for traffic safety,...

Reporting truth, learning with professionals

Reporting truth, learning with professionals

Emma Sipple, Web Editor

May 23, 2017


Filed under Features, Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

Texas legislators submitted a bill which protects student journalists from administrative censorship in public schools. The bill does not protect articles containing libel, obscenity or slander as in the case for professional publications. The bill also includes a retaliation clause protecting faculty who d...

Time to vote is now

Time to vote is now

Emma Sipple, Web Editor

April 25, 2017


Filed under Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

Construction begins on new portables behind the bus ramp and the portables behind B-wing receive an update. Across the district, numbers continue to swell as more people move into the area, with all four high schools at 99 percent capacity, and the elementary schools growing. In short, the people need to vo...

Not just for show, for life

Not just for show, for life

Jack Mobley and LJ Haider

March 31, 2017


Filed under Opinion/Editorial

“Canyon High School… Lake Travis High School… Hays High School." The sound of our defeat still burned my earlobes like a numb pain, as my cast and I began the long bus ride home at 1 a.m. Some cried, some cursed, some sat unable to fathom our loss, but all felt the terrible strife of not advancing...

March Sadness

March Sadness

Bobby Palomin, Editor

March 24, 2017


Filed under Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

It seems every pick I made this year has ended up wrong and has left me frustrated but, for some odd reason, still watching the tournament with unrelenting attention.

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Love, Hate and Clinique Days

Love, Hate and Clinique Days

Jack Mobley, Broadcast

March 10, 2017


Filed under Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

“Theater is work. Some actors say they lose 3 to 5 pounds a performance. But, hey, that’s a great way to get skinny.”,  Jerry Knight- a Texas UIL Legend- jokes with Smithson Valley High School's 2017 One Act Cast during a clinic at Jefferson High School on Feb. 18, 2017. There is only one ...

Pledge to patriotism

Pledge to patriotism

Dakota Perelstein, Staff Writer

March 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

About 125 years after the creation of the Pledge of Allegiance, we probably need to have State of the Union about our wonderful pledge. The Pledge of Allegiance is still incredibly vital to our society and country, and while it seems to be turning increasingly decadent to many citizens, it is during ...

Slam Duncan Yes

Slam Duncan Yes

Bobby Palomin, Editor

February 17, 2017


Filed under Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

NBA analysts widely regard Future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan as the greatest power forward to ever play the game of basketball. Not only is he the face of the San Antonio Spurs organization but the city of San Antonio itself. With five championship rings, two MVP awards, and 15 all star selections, Dun...

Pros and bonds

Pros and bonds

Bobby Palomin, Editor

February 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

School board members have some heady decisions to make in the next few weeks - decisions that will have an impact on this district addresses growth and overcrowding on this campus and others. Of the four options, listed as A,B,C, and D, option A is the best option for the future because it will not...