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I tried every food available to me at a typical Christmas dinner.
A delicious(?) Christmas
Story by Emma Allen, staff writer • December 14, 2020

I’m not a fan of a lot of food; however, I find eating very enjoyable. It has to be the right foods, like perhaps chicken strips. But at most Christmas dinners, I’m not going to find chicken strips, so what am I supposed to eat? Therefore, I have taken it upon myself to solve this problem. I tried every food available to me at a typical Christmas dinner. Ham: 9/10 This is a classic. I actually...

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The unending "circle" of buying or rescuing kill pen horses.
Adopt or shop
Story by Sophie Spakes, managing editor • December 9, 2020

As all of my friends know, I love animals. If I was given a choice to adopt or shop and had the resources and money to do both then I would. I would adopt because I want to be able to help the animals in the shelter and try to give them a nice life after being abandoned. I would also shop for a dog because I want to have a dog that I would train them for what they do best. Unfortunately, as...

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Six years ago, I met my best friend, Randi now we
Living with my best friend 
Story by Makenzie Hofert, staff writer • December 7, 2020

Six years ago, I met my best friend, Randi, but back then, we were just two little kids who decided to swim together. Now, we’re roommates. I never really made friends easily as a child due to being so closed off and shy, but Randi was friends with everybody. She was the first person I met in middle school to actually have a conversation with me and attempt to befriend me. We quickly clicked and...

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According to the Environmental Working Group, "595 cosmetics manufacturers have reported using 88 chemicals, in more than 73,000 products, that have been linked to cancer, congenital disabilities or reproductive harm.
Scary cosmetics
Story by Katey Pappas, staff writer • December 6, 2020

There has been a massive growth in the number of clean beauty products on the market in the last few years and with good reason. According to the Environmental Working Group, "595 cosmetics manufacturers have reported using 88 chemicals, in more than 73,000 products, that have been linked to cancer, congenital disabilities or reproductive harm." Many of these chemicals are hidden in everyday beauty...

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Whether it’s your “basic human rights” or “all your guns,” Americans on both sides are told every four years that the future of their freedom and democracy is on the line.
The case against polarization
Story by Doug Kyles, news editor • December 1, 2020

Whether it’s your “basic human rights” or “all your guns,” Americans on both sides are told every four years that the future of their freedom and democracy is on the line. Yet, save for a few major exceptions, the quality of life for most Americans will stay relatively the same when our nation shifts leadership.  This is because of the nature of the presidential office. Of course, everyone...

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the word “Hispanic” is often assumed to equal “Mexican.” In reality, though, Spanish-speakers come from a variety of countries. My family is from Colombia, and as a non-Mexican Hispanic living in East Texas, it’s always been hard to identify myself with kids my age. 
I’m not from around here (or there)
Story by Maria Rangel, staff writer • November 16, 2020

As you walk into your favorite Mexican restaurant, you’re met with vivid decorations of sugar skulls, the sound of a Mariachi band blasting trumpets and the aroma of flautas and street tacos. You take pride in that you’ve embraced another culture and find the Hispanic decorations beautiful and the food delectable. However, you don’t realize that these things are mainly Mexican and don’t define...

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Remote student Nazaret Vasquez listens to publications adviser Rebecca Potter while she addresses the newspaper and photography staff. Because communication is a vital component to the curriculum of publications students, they often join the in class discussion and planning via Google Meets.
At home learning isn’t easier
Story by Katey Pappas, staff writer • November 12, 2020

The other day when I was at school, I was asked how I did on a math test. After studying for hours the night before, I was able to pull off a 100. This was not the case for some of the in-school students. They said things like “Oh, you used notes, right?” “How? (insert “genius” name here) only made a 50!” “That is so unfair. Y’all get more study time.” Ugh. The amount of times...

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For the first ten weeks of school, students who arrived early were allowed to remain in their cars; however, administrators are now in full-throttle to prevent students from staying in the parking lot before the first bell.
Parking problems
Story by Graci Henard, staff writer • November 5, 2020

There’s a saying that a few bad apples ruin the whole bunch. That’s what has happened with students sitting in their vehicles before school starts. For the first ten weeks of school, students who arrived early were allowed to remain in their cars; however, administrators are now in full-throttle to prevent students from staying in the parking lot before the first bell.  Students should not...

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photo illustration.
Facts over feelings
Story by Braden McKinnon and Reese Langdon November 3, 2020

Without a doubt, this election has many controversies associated with it. Major political events that have been emphasized this year are racial rights, justice issues, tax fraud, more recently, the death of Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg and much more.

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Sophomore Macy Maynard practices tennis while wearing her face mask. Whether people like it or not, masks are required on and off of campus to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Masking the problems
Story by Katey Pappas, staff writer • November 2, 2020

Amidst the wonderful COVID-19 pandemic, a common misconception that has been going around is that masks cause health issues. Just the other day, I had a family friend— an adult— try to tell my parents that people would die from masks because “they give you CO2 poisoning.” This is a very false statement. Masks are helping people stay safe. No, doctors aren’t telling you to wear them so they...

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Females being subjected to male abuse has always been an all-too-common occurrence in society, so much so that it is sometimes simply seen as an inevitable part of life.
Relationship abuse is an issue in high school too
Story by Maria Rangel, Staff writer • November 1, 2020

Females being subjected to male abuse has always been an all-too-common occurrence in society, so much so that it is sometimes simply seen as an inevitable part of life. Although many advances have been made in gender equality, female inferiority is still an issue in today’s world. One of the ways this inferiority occurs is in abusive relationships. This is often associated with adult life, something...

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OVID-19 has changed every life in the United States. What started out as a virus affecting just a few people spread to millions, and it’s arguable a large portion of the increase is due to people ignoring science. 
Ignoring Science
Story by Katey Pappas, staff writer • October 30, 2020

7,188,071 cases.  205,942 deaths.  While these are the numbers, COVID-19 has changed every life in the United States. What started out as a virus affecting just a few people spread to millions, and it’s arguable a large portion of the increase is due to people ignoring science.  Science is something that should never be ignored and when it is, bad things happen. For the first few months...

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Halloween is  speculated to be a useless holiday that doesn’t need to be celebrated. However, I believe Halloween should be celebrated and given more appreciation for all that it brings. 
Cause this is thriller
Story by Zoe Rushing, staff writer • October 30, 2020

Children rush through neighborhoods decorated with cobwebs, while teens creep through haunted houses scattered with monsters and families huddle up for horror movies filled with jump scares. Halloween is celebrated by people of all ages in many unique ways.  Even with all these entertaining events, Halloween is still speculated to be a useless holiday that doesn’t need to be celebrated. However,...

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With the release of the fifth book of the Twilight series,
Bella, Edward and abuse uncensored
Story by Emma Allen, staff writer • October 26, 2020

Over the past few months, the “Twilight” books and movies have been regaining traction in light of the announcement and release of the fifth book, “Midnight Sun.” Fans and haters alike have flocked to social media, professing their excitement or contempt, producing memes by the dozens and ridiculing the acting in the movies. But rarely are people bringing attention to the biggest issue. No,...

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Senior Graci Henard practices her drives during practice. Henard has faced the trials of applying to college during a pandemic.
A test in patience, perseverance
Story by Graci Henard, Staff Writer • October 14, 2020

My parents did everything right. They entered me in the highest quality tournaments, knowing college coaches would be watching. My dad and I began emailing college coaches at age 13 so they would know me when looking at tournament results. They got me a membership to the best country clubs in the area.  They did everything right in order to get me to play golf at the collegiate level. The summer...

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