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The School Newspaper of Texas High School

Tiger Times

The School Newspaper of Texas High School

Tiger Times

Crossing guard Keith Davis directs traffic in front of the student parking lot after school released. At the beginning of the school year, a new route was approved to reduce the overflow of traffic on Summerhill Rd.
Gridlock
Story by Nicholas Spivey, Staff Writer • September 28, 2022

The roaring heat is ablaze. The town is busy as ever. As the people on Summerhill are stuck in a gridlock in traffic, students and parents find themselves wondering why they did all of this construction to begin with.  The new road was constructed at the end of last school year and was finished in the twilight hours of summer. The purpose of this was to intentionally drive out traffic on Summerhill...

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Students listen to agriculture teacher Kim Spaulding as she explains to students what FFA is and what they do.
Green Horizons
Story by Brady Greathouse, Staff Writer • September 27, 2022

There are many clubs here at Texas High School. One of them that hasn’t gotten much spotlight in past years is Future Farmers of America (FFA). This organization strives to educate students about agriculture.  “First off, it’s not all corn and cows. FFA is a leadership organization for students that is nationwide,” sponsor Kim Spaulding said. “It’s a tight knit group that brings together...

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Yosra Nseirat stands in front of the Palestine flag proud to be Middle Eastern.
Protect Palestine
Story by Joseph Haynes-Stewart, Editor-In-Chief • September 26, 2022

For what seemed like a mile, only four colors could be seen: red, white, black and green. Behind this sea of color lies not only individuals packed shoulder to shoulder, but the core message of a movement. All of these people gathered to support family, friends and those oppressed by the Israeli government in Palestine. In the center of this energetic crowd, a passionate woman’s voice could be...

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Sophmore Peyton Tullos types on the new student issued chromebooks on schedule pick-up day.
Chromebook Controversy
Story by Oviya Justin, Staff Writer • September 26, 2022

The sounds of footsteps flood the library. Chattering voices float across the room in anticipation and curiosity as students pick up their schedules and IDs, but most importantly, their new chromebooks.  In August, due to new grant funding, each student was given a chromebook issued by the school in hopes of implementing a new and easier way of learning campus-wide. “Most of our kids now are...

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Looking through the dress rack, sophomore Latreasurey Butler examines the dresses offered at the Homecoming Dress Boutique. The Prom Moms committee coordinated the boutique to encourage more students to participate in homecoming activities.
Say 'yes' to the Dress
Story by Macy Maynard September 16, 2022

The Texas High Homecoming Boutique opened for students on Sept. 16, 2022. The  Texas High Homecoming boutique provides options for any girl in need of a homecoming dress for the upcoming dance.  All of the dresses have been donated and are either new or slightly used. The Texas High Prom committee, better known as the Prom Moms, sponsored this boutique. Leanne Maynard and Melanie Cook coordinated...

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Juniors Aamireyon Moore, Keira Thomas and  Senae Walker read over the requirements needed to join THS Student Council. Clubs set up booths around the cafeteria in attempt to bring in new members.
Open Opportunities
Story by Anna Lee, Staff Writer • September 8, 2022

Texas high hosted club week for a week in late August. The school offers over 35 clubs with various opportunities for everyone. Students from each club set up a booth in the cafeteria,  patiently waiting for other students to approach them, curious about the club.  “We have had [several] students come up to us interested and excited to join something new,” junior Student Council member Senae...

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Giving = Living
Giving = Living
Story by Anna Lee, Staff Writer • September 8, 2022

Texas High School students gathered in the foyer of the Sullivan Performing Arts Center to give blood on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 2022. Health Science teacher, Joe Nolen, worked with LifeShare to put together four blood drives for the 2022-2023 school year.  “Blood donation is super important,” Nolen said. “There is a cliche that said blood is the gift of life, and these people are giving the...

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Students, staff and community celebrate as Culinary Arts Academy instructor Chef Cory House cuts a ribbon in honor of the programs new food truck. Students served food prepared in the new kitchen on wheels to attendees of the event on Sept. 1, 2022.
Kitchen on wheels
Story by Sophie Keller, Webmaster • September 6, 2022

The smell of spices and cooking meat fills the air. A motor drones on, a background noise to muffle the chattering of staff and students as they dig into their corn and tacos.  On September 1, the ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the THS culinary food truck. This has been an idea years in the making, and finally it has come to fruition. “This has been a vision of mine since I started at...

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Assistant Principal Mrs. Stark delivers a speech to juniors. The Junior Experience taught students about ACT and SAT testing strategies, financial aid, and college readiness.
The junior experience
Story by Gracie Tucker, Culture Editor • August 30, 2022

Juniors and their parents filled the Sullivan Arts Center Aug 29, 2022 for “The Junior Experience” led by the Associate Principal for College & Career Readiness, Bettie-Lynn Stark, helping students prepare for senior year.  “I feel like a great new deal of information was given to me to be better prepared for the future,” Junior Ryan Kate Walker said. “I feel very confident going...

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A multicolored brain rests in a neurodivergent womans head. The amount of women with disorders such as ADHD and autism may be vastly underreported.
Gender genes
Story by Stephanie Jumper, Editor-In-Chief • May 2, 2022

She perched on her desk observing her peers giggling, conversing, connecting. Yet most of them had no interest in engaging with her. Her mind wanted to form bonds with others, but her mouth couldn’t say the right words to form the lasting connections she longed for. Her friendship circle was the size of her eyes that watched the world treat her like an outsider. All because of traits that she couldn’t...

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A man in a graduation cap prepares for battle. The possibility of Americans being drafted for the war in Ukraine is a concern to many.
Putting a stop to Putin
Story by Doug Kyles, Editor-In-Chief • April 27, 2022

Global Pandemic. Riots in cities. Maybe, the possibility of heading toward WWIII ought to have been expected. UKRAINE­ ­— Feb. 24, 2022. Tanks, armored vehicles and artillery, all painted with a “Z,”  roll through the cities and villages of the Donbas region of Ukraine. Decades of political turmoil has finally boiled over into large-scale combat. Russia has invaded Ukraine. In the weeks...

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Assistant Band Director Steve Bennett leads the band in rehearsal.
Band sweepstakes
Story by Lourdes Quijas, Staff Writer • April 21, 2022

Marching season has ended, and it’s now time for concert season. The band gets new music for their arguably most important event, UIL. Just like athletics, the band has UIL and the same rules apply. If one has bad grades or has to go to ISS, they aren’t able to participate.  Assistant band director Steve Bennett looks through JW Pepper (an online sheet music store) and picks out three pieces...

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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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