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Freshman Linnie Lee, junior Ka’Leah Williams, freshman Dominique Ware and junior Kris Simington exhibit their award-winning prosthetic leg at an FCCLA conference in Dallas.
Convening for careers
Story by Stephanie Jumper, Editor-In-Chief • April 14, 2022

Their hands operate in unison, perfecting their creation of dixie cups and cardboard, swiftly placing tape to cement their work. Sure that it bends in the ways it is supposed to and does not bend in the ways it shouldn’t, they step away from the finished piece and await results. Soon after, they approach the camera as one, grins shining across their faces as the judges voted in their favor. Freshman...

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Senior Beth Dietze and her mother gather treats for refugees in Ukraine.
Helping hand
Story by Sydney Watts, Staff Writer • April 8, 2022

Ukrainian citizens are currently trying to make their way across the Ukrainian-Polish border to seek refuge, many of them with starving stomachs, nowhere to call home and minimal clothes in their possession. They are also subject to human trafficking, particularly the women and their children.  Senior Beth Dietze just returned from an eight day mission trip in which she and her mother provided...

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Members of TISD cheer as the orange ribbon is cut, signifying the opening of the new welcome center.
A warm welcome
Story by Joseph Haynes-Stewart, News Editor • March 11, 2022

Officials and community members flooded the newly-renovated room with a sentiment of excitement and anticipation. This was a time for celebration as Texarkana Independent School District officially opened its new welcoming center on Kennedy Lane last Thursday. “We're excited about it because it provides another tool for us to use to better serve our families who are coming into the district and...

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Sophomore Jaden Muniz purchases a pie from Lily Sanchez at the Pi Day bake sale. The Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society members sold pies to raise money for scholarships.
Lunch got a little sweeter
Story by Nashita Kalam, Staff Writer • March 10, 2022

Mu Alpha Theta hosted their 10th annual Pi Day fundraiser on March 9-10. Students lined up at the table during their lunch to buy a variety of pies that ranged from succulent apple to refreshing lemon meringue. The earnings will fund the club’s scholarships.  Mu Alpha Theta club members were required to bring pies ranging from individual to extra large servings on the morning of the fundraiser....

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Sophomore Tyler Unger as Bull, senior Dane Bullock as Edward Tulane and sophomore Riley White as Lucy travel together during a scene in The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.
Rabbit on the run
Story by Gracie Tucker, Staff Writer • March 8, 2022

Bright lights shine down as sweat glistens on their foreheads. The announcer calls the name of the show about to be performed for the first time. Nerves are all over the place as the clock starts, and they have 40 minutes to perform without a second more. The cast will host a public performance of “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” on Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. Tickets can be acquired...

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The SARM shortcut
The SARM shortcut
Story by Doug Kyles, Editor-in-Chief • March 7, 2022

If you’re a teen boy, and have spent relatively any amount of time on social media like TikTok or Instagram, you’ll quickly find those with the most clout on their pictures and videos look nothing like yourself. The seemingly standard of six-pack abs and biceps the size of footballs has the potential to distort young men’s mind in ways that result in a dangerous cycle of body dysmorphia, and...

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Locals line an overpass in anticipation for the “Freedom Convoy”  to stop in Texarkana. Those in support of the truckers raised funds and gathered supplies for their journey across the country to DC.
Honk for freedom
Story by Doug Kyles March 3, 2022

Over a thousand Texarkanians lined the interstates of I-30 and I-49 Wednesday afternoon in support of the South Eastern branch of the “Freedom Convoy” on their path from Little Rock to Shreveport. This convoy is self-declared to stand for all things American; however, the convoy, now mainstream across the country, took inspiration from the Canadian convoy that headlines made famous months ago.  “It's...

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The gate to Carver Terrace stands as the barrier between the toxic, abandoned neighborhood and the rest of Texarkana.
Texarkana's toxic truth
Story by Phoebe Neff, Editor-in-Chief • February 25, 2022

West Third Street: the site of an environmental tragedy right in the middle of town. From 1903 to 1961, it was Koppers Co., a wood treatment facility. In its near 60 years of its activity, it leached deadly chemicals into the ground such as creosote, zinc and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. From 1964 to 1993, it was Carver Terrace, a charming, predominantly Black neighborhood in the center of Texarkana. Since...

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Driving to victory
Driving to victory
Story by Sophie Keller, Staff writer • February 18, 2022

The sounds of motors whirring and metal clashing against metal fill the room. People crowd around the fields, straining to see the metal contraptions fighting over plastic goals. Everyone watching is filled with adrenaline. A timer goes off, and the sounds of machines are instead replaced with an uproar of applause, yelling, and cheering. The Texas High robotics club hosted their first competition...

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New class takes flight
New class takes flight
Story by Kamryn Jean, Staff writer • February 17, 2022

Aviation students will be introduced to yet another opportunity to further their aeronautic education. The Tango flight program will provide students the chance to build a plane and will be offered next year as another STEM class.  “The Texarkana Board of Trustees approved a partnership with Tango Flight, an innovative course in which students build virtually all of a full-sized, fully operational...

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The College Board recently announced that the format for the SAT will be shorter and entirely online beginning in 2024.
Putting it to the test
Story by Nashita Kalam, Staff writer • February 16, 2022

After constantly writing personal essays, submitting transcripts and counting up community service hours, there is only one more component left to complete the college application process: submitting a standardized testing score, but there was one problem. In 2020, many testing centers for the ACT and SAT shut down because of COVID-19, causing panic for seniors. In response, a significant number...

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Desks sit empty in classes across the Texas High School campus on January 11, 2022 because  of sharp rise in COVID infections within Texarkana ISD. Sixty-nine percent of students attended school Tuesday.
TISD closes campuses to minimize spread of COVID
Story by Liberty Maldonado Cowan, Staff Writer • January 11, 2022

With the rapidly rising COVID cases and continuous shortness of staff, Texarkana ISD sent an email to students and parents notifying them that the district would close Jan. 12-Jan. 15. Monday, Jan. 17, is the district’s Martin Luther King Jr., holiday. After receiving word that Texarkana, Arkansas School District would be closing for a week, TISD students couldn’t help but wonder if their school...

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Officially offensive
Officially offensive
Story by Sophie Keller, Staff writer • December 17, 2021

When students come into the library, librarian Brooke Ferguson hopes they’ll see something offensive on the shelves. This way she knows there’s something for everyone in her library. However, there are some legislatures that don’t agree with this mindset. The Texas Association of School Boards has received multiple letters from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in regards to the removal of “obscene”...

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Efforts in education
Efforts in education
Story by Stephanie Jumper, Editor in chief • December 16, 2021

Standing against her classroom’s whiteboard for hours on end, she instructs classes full of eager-eyed learners through some of life’s most essential skills. After several periods of explaining the ins and outs of finances and valuable lessons for adulthood, she may finally rest, but those eight hours of school are only a fraction of her responsibilities. Teacher Pamela Hamilton is this year’s...

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Career and technology teacher Pamela Hamilton speaks to one of her classes. Hamilton was recently named Career and Technical Association Texas Area 3 Teacher of the Year
Discovering DECA
Story by Brynne Chandler, Staff Writer • December 13, 2021

Distributive Education Clubs of America, aka DECA. Everyone’s heard the name. Everyone knows that if you’re in DECA, you might be dismissed early on work release. But that’s not all the organization does. DECA is an organization that allows its members to see and interact with the adult world they are going to enter soon. “DECA is a nationwide organization that was formed in 1946. It was...

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