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Many families will not be able to celebrate Christmas this year; high prices for gifts, holiday food and decorations make it nearly impossible for many families to have the celebration they want, especially with COVID-19 causing a rise in unemployment.
Holiday donations
Story by Katey Pappas, staff writer • December 16, 2020

As Christmas day approaches, children and families all over begin to anticipate the gifts, food and cheer that come with the holiday season. However, not every family will be able to experience these wonderful things this season. With the COVID-19 pandemic raging, unemployment rates are incredibly high.  Many families will not be able to celebrate Christmas this year; high prices for gifts, holiday...

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The demand for a coronavirus vaccine has been here since March, yet now when we are in the early stages of the vaccine being released to the public, many turn their head in fear or suspicion.
Rumor has it
Story by Phoebe Neff, copy editor • December 15, 2020

The demand for a coronavirus vaccine has been here since March, yet now when we are in the early stages of the vaccine being released to the public, many turn their head in fear or suspicion.  This isn’t unwarranted for several reasons, such as the fact that this vaccine has been developed in a few months while it takes years to develop other vaccines. Many also worry about what’s in it, if...

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In years past, there has been a reckoning that comes with the end of the semester.
Escaping exams
Story by Doug Kyles, news editor • December 15, 2020

In years past, there has been a reckoning that comes with the end of the semester. As the days wind down until Christmast break, the academic stress on students usually does anything but that. However, the school has extended a lifeline to students, at least for this current exam season. Students will now be allowed to exempt semester exams this winter as long as they are passing the class; no form...

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There are so many different theories about the development and spread of COVID-19. A few of the common ideas include: China made it on purpose, it was created to sabotage the 2020 election and the virus developed from bats.
Conspiring the corona
Story by Reese Langdon, staff writer • December 11, 2020

Lions. Tigers. Bats. Oh my!  There are so many different theories about the development and spread of COVID-19. A few of the common ideas include: China made it on purpose, it was created to sabotage the 2020 election and the virus developed from bats. Some students believe in these theories, and some have also formed their own.  Scare Tactic? “The coronavirus is being used to bring fear...

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The Salvation Army Angel Tree sits in the middle of Central Mall. Donations will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 11.
A season of giving
Story by Bailey Hawkins, advertisement editor • December 8, 2020

For children, the magic of the holidays begins with the story of Santa Claus and the anticipation of seeing gifts under the tree on Christmas morning. But due to COVID-19, more than 20.6 million Americans have filed for unemployment relief, seven out of every 10 Americans have polled that this holiday season is “more difficult than normal.” Many people have taken up extra hours at work or seasonal...

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ASL Honor Society and Leader-In-Me are spearheading the Christmas Service Project.
Offering holiday help
Story by Aislyn Echols, opinion editor • December 4, 2020

ASL Honor Society and Leader-In-Me are spearheading the Christmas Service Project. This project is meant to help families who are struggling around the holidays, even more so due to the impact of COVID-19. The goal is to help provide canned and boxed foods, other shelf-stable items, family games, card games and cash that the families may use for other food items. They invite all other clubs and organizations...

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California resident Tiffany Esquino, however, recognized and took the opportunity to help make a difference by volunteering to participate in the Moderna vaccine trial, a study to eradicate the coronavirus.
A shot at a cure
Story by Graci Henard, staff writer • December 1, 2020

Control is something many have lost in 2020. With COVID-19 infecting approximately 11 million people in the U.S., it seems there is nothing citizens can do about it. California resident Tiffany Esquino, however, recognized and took the opportunity to help make a difference by volunteering to participate in the Moderna vaccine trial, a study to eradicate the coronavirus. “I really feel strongly...

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Senior Aaron Montano practices for All-region through the computer screen. This year, All-region is planned for Dec. 9.
Choir and COVID-19
Story by Emma Allen, staff writer • November 20, 2020

Due to the pandemic, many events have been made virtual this year, including all-region auditions for choir, band, jazz band and orchestra. For the auditions, each group must learn challenging music, perform it for a set of judges and, if the judges deem it so, will participate in a concert with the top ranking performers in each section. From there, auditions for area and state are a possibility.  Every...

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The group of wizards position themselves to prepare to cast a spell. The performance "Puffs" was held in the Sullivan Performing Arts Center Nov. 7-9.
Third or nothing! 
Story by Peyton Sims and Cate Rounds November 18, 2020

Spells have been cast. Battles have been fought. Friendships have been formed. And as a result, the curtain must fall. On Nov. 7-9, the Tiger Theatre Company put on the play “Puffs”, following the life of Wayne Hopkins and his friends as they try to survive 7 years at a certain magical school. This “Harry Potter” inspired comedy was one of the first mainstage productions that was directed by...

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Substitute David Persons patrols his temporary class of students at the desk. Subs are being hired by the dozen due to the increase of teachers being out due to COVID-19.
Subbing through COVID-19
Story by Reese Langdon, staff writer • November 17, 2020

You know the feeling. You are headed to your next class, dreading having to sit quietly and listen to your teacher lecture about mitochondria this and slope-intercept form that. You walk in, and then you see them. Subs. All your grief goes away knowing that you will be able to do little classwork and sit by your friends with no questions asked. However, a sub’s role should be reconsidered this...

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Due to COVID-19, many colleges nationwide have decided to not make the ACT/SAT a requirement, leaving seniors all across the country confused about what they should do instead, how this decision will affect the college application process and how they should go about the process considering these new standards. 
Tests that once meant everything
Story by Logan Diggs, managing editor • November 15, 2020

The ACT/SAT are renowned as a test taker’s worst nemesis; luckily, this year's class won't have to rely on the test to determine their fate as prior graduates would.  Due to COVID-19, many colleges nationwide have decided to not make the ACT/SAT a requirement, leaving seniors all across the country confused about what they should do instead, how this decision will affect the college application...

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Custodian David Ames fogs a room that a symptomatic student has previously been in. When someone tests positive for COVID-19 or leaves campus due to an unidentified illness, the rooms that student attended are sanitized with disinfect.
Operation sanitization
Story by Peyton Sims, editor in chief • November 14, 2020

No one's routine is the same amidst this chaos. When the last bell rings, students storm off campus. However, there are people staying behind so students can safely return the following day. In order to follow mandatory health precautions, custodians are remaining on campus after hours to maintain a safe environment.  “We’ve been using a lot more disinfectants, gloves and masks,” custodian...

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Doug Brubaker speaks to an audience in the Sullivan Preforming Arts Center.  He was announced as the TISD Lone Finalist on Nov. 10.
Bringing in Brubaker
Story by Doug Kyles, news editor • November 10, 2020

Every single hand raised, and that was it. Through a unanimous vote on Nov. 10 at a TISD School District Board of Trustees meeting, Dr. Doug Brubaker was approved as the lone finalist for the position of Superintendent of schools. This was following the resignation of previous Superintendent Paul Norton in July of this year.  Through extensive qualifications and obvious professionalism, Dr. Brubaker...

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What democracy determined
What democracy determined
Story by Doug Kyles, news editor • November 3, 2020

As the country’s contentious contest winds down today, it’s become clear that though today is National Election Day, we may not receive results on the presidential election for some time. What can be determined and interpreted, however, are the results of Texas High’s mock presidential election; the consensus of 343 votes is a divided student population.  Joe Biden won the mock election....

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Consider the amount of schools that have gone test optional because of the disruption COVID-19 caused on standardized test taking. Although seniors still face many challenges compared to those of past graduates, they should still acknowledge the importance of FAFSA.
Better now than later 
Story by Logan Diggs, Managing editor • November 3, 2020

As the end of the first semester approaches, seniors face numerous different deadlines to apply to their colleges of interest. The admission process taking place this year is unprecedented. Consider the amount of schools that have gone test optional because of the disruption COVID-19 caused on standardized test taking. Although seniors still face many challenges compared to those of past graduates,...

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