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Decisions, decisions, decisions

Decisions, decisions, decisions

Jack Mobley, Staff Writer

November 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

For starters, Laney knew nothing and I was wearing a crop top. With a Halloween party on my mind, and Laney’s incisive voice rambling about a school project, anyone could tell we clearly weren't ready to vote. But there was a column due by the end of the week. So nevertheless, we voted. It w...

Texas’s low pay unfair to public

Texas’s low pay unfair to public

Laney Rendon, Editor-in-Chief

November 5, 2018


Filed under Opinion/Editorial

A common rite of passage for high school students is to get a job. It is hard to find someone who doesn’t know someone who is employed. Whether a student works part time, or manages to work nearly full time if they are in co-op, a class designated for teenagers in school to gain access to leave early t...

Does daylight saving save time?

Does daylight saving save time?

Taralynn Gates, Staff Writer

November 2, 2018


Filed under Opinion/Editorial

As people prepare to turn their clocks back an hour on Nov 4, the argument of whether daylight saving time should continue arises. Daylight saving in the United States dates back to 1918, and the nation continues to jump forward each March and fall back each November by an hour.  Daylight savings is ...

Teen drinking and its consequences

Teen drinking and its consequences

Rebecca Covington, Editor-in-Chief

October 18, 2018


Filed under Opinion/Editorial

I am 17 years old. The majority of my classmates, the class of 2019, are also 17 years old. Constantly, we are told how much our actions define us, and how our actions will continue to follow us, especially in the age of social media. Brett Kavanaugh was 17 years old when he allegedly committed mul...

Fall season spicing things up

Fall season spicing things up

Leslie Juarez, Staff Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

Autumn officially began on Sept. 22 and only after a few short weeks after, there have already been several noticeable changes. Whether it is the fallen leaves, the pumpkin spice flavoring in almost every sweet dessert or maybe even the shift in the weather, students are in shock. "My favorite part...

Which sign is right?

Which sign is right?

Kylee Bridges, Staff Writer

September 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

Games in Ranger Stadium have one thing in common: students holding their "guns up," waving their school pride in the air as the school song plays. However, some students hold one finger up and other students hold two fingers up. This might be because at feeder middle school Spring Branch, the school...

From pot roast to skillet queso

From pot roast to skillet queso

Laney Rendon, News Editor

May 11, 2018


Filed under Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

New flavors of chips are the new wave. Coffee, bacon and milk chocolate don’t sound like your average "Lay's" flavor, yet they still hit the market. H-E-B recently came out with three new flavors, letting their employees roam the store and hand samples out to customers just trying to buy some brea...

News editor remembers dog

News editor remembers dog

Laney Rendon, News Editor

May 10, 2018


Filed under Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

We used to have a dog. Tootsie was black, about the size of a of a lab - she was probably half lab, I don’t really remember - and she had pointy ears and a purple tongue. She looked a lot like my neighbor’s dog, Tokyo. The fact that their names were rare for dogs and both began with a T entertained...

Online user, beware

Online user, beware

Rebecca Covington, Opinion Editor

April 23, 2018


Filed under Opinion/Editorial

Data breaches seem to dominate the media, with new websites losing customer and user information everyday because of hackers. The age of putting personal information, such as social Security numbers and credit card information online, which means putting trust into websites to protect data. In recent ...

Tragic anniversaries

Tragic anniversaries

Leslie Juarez, Staff Writer

April 19, 2018


Filed under Opinion/Editorial

They call it "America The Beautiful." That does not mean it is perfect. On April 20, 1999, in Littleton, Colo., two teens began shooting inside Columbine High School, killing 13 people and wounding 20 more. At the time, it was the worst shooting in U.S. history. On Feb. 14, another massive shooti...

8 ways to celebrate Earth Day

8 ways to celebrate Earth Day

Laney Rendon and Rebecca Covington, News Editor and Opinion Editor

April 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

Earth day is this Sunday, April 22. Earth Day has been celebrated for 47 years, since 1970. In 1969, a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California pushed Senator Gaylord Nelson to introduce Earth Day to the United States. 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary, so it would be great if the world has seen ...

On the wrong side of the laws of physics

On the wrong side of the laws of physics

Emma Sipple, Co-Editor in Chief

April 17, 2018


Filed under Opinion/Editorial

As I watch the physics students carry their rubrics and guidelines for the boat project, I am filled with a sense of nostalgia - nostalgia in the sense that I am glad I am no longer in physics because all my projects were disasters. First was the catapult. I drilled and fitted together a catapult...