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How to write notes for your needs
How to write notes for your needs
Story by Gracie Tucker, Staff Writer • November 13, 2021

Everyone believes their classes to be difficult at every grade, yet when you reach high school, your standards for hard work are blown out of the water. Never doubt the power of trial and error. Just like you would in any class when your teacher says “get ready to take notes,” you need a piece of paper, colored pens or highlighters and a pencil. The materials needed for taking notes differ depending...

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That time of the month
That time of the month
Story by Brynne Chandler, Staff Writer • November 9, 2021

A woman’s period goes by many names. There is the obvious, of course: a period, a menstrual cycle. There are the less well known ones like Aunt Flo or shark week.  But somehow all of them bring on a feeling of disgust. Girls are taught from a young age to hide their periods because it’s something that society doesn’t want to know about. Boys must be taught to be disgusted by the mere mention...

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Support makes all the difference
Support makes all the difference
Story by Staff November 2, 2021

Dear parents, This isn’t for all parents. This is to the parents that dismiss their children’s passions in order to encourage their own. This is to the parents who are skeptical of their children when they mention their mental problems. This is to the parents that believe that if their child isn’t perfect 100% of the time, then their child will never be well again. This is to the parents that...

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We dont want you
We don't want you
Story by Zoe Rushing, Design Editor • October 28, 2021

Spikes on benches and sidewalks, sharp, jagged rocks scattered on bridges, benches cut in half, all of which exist in the world we live in. It sounds like something from a horror movie, seats and floors designed to be as uncomfortable as possible. Why would someone create such a thing? It’s called hostile architecture, a type of architecture that is designed to limit unlawful behaviors and stop...

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Senior Margaret Mutoke lounges on a couch with her deceased grandfather
You can’t call eternity
Story by Margaret Mutoke, Staff Writer • October 20, 2021

It was a hot summer night. I stood outside, feeling the stickiness from the humidity on my skin, the Cicadas sang their loud repetitive song. I looked up at the stars hoping that he was going to get better. Lewis Thompson was my grandpa. He had this loud voice that you could hear from downstairs. He was my whole world.  Growing up my parents worked at the United Nations. Due to their jobs, they...

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Flipping the script
Story by Aislyn Echols, Opinion Editor • October 6, 2021

From higher education to high heels, there is a question of where commonly placed gender norms in our society came from. What some people don’t realize is that a lot of these gender norms were actually meant for the opposite gender. Pink vs. blue One of the most identifiable gender differentiators is that blue is for boys and pink is for girls, but this actually didn’t come about until after...

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Sophomore Nashita Kalam expresses the pressure she feels to succeed in school as a daughter of immigrants.
Foreign pressue
Story by Nashita Kalam and Allyson Smith September 29, 2021

You’re up late studying for a quiz you have the next day. You decide that you’ve done enough and you finally go to sleep at 1:30 a.m.  The next day you take the quiz, feeling confident that you did well. Your whole day is going great until you check your grades.  Your heart drops. The 100 you expected turned out to be a 60.  You panic. The first thought that comes to your mind is, “...

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Junior Joseph Haynes-Stewart comments upon the inaction and disappointing policies of the current Democratic Party.
A Democrat on Democrats
Story by Joseph Haynes-Stewart, Staff Writer • September 24, 2021

We elect our leaders for change, and all we get is complacency. We actively go out of our way to vote, support and even campaign for those we believe in. Yet, we continue with the status quo. This tolerance for inaction is what plagues modern politics and especially this current administration. Unbeknownst to most, Texarkana is having a mayoral election. This along with upcoming midterms calls into...

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One nation under flames
One nation under flames
Story by Reese Langdon, Feature Editor • September 17, 2021

Nearly twelve billion dollars in damages. One hundred twelve million tons of greenhouse gases released for generations ahead to suffer through. Eleven million gallons of fire retardant, causing chronic health problems for those in the surrounding area. Four million burnt acres. Ten thousand destroyed structures. Thousands of homeless and injured animals. Thirty-one lives lost and counting.  That...

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Not just another suicide story
Not just another suicide story
Story by Macy Maynard, culture editor • September 10, 2021

Suicide. That word grabs attention, doesn't it?  They broadcast the horrible stories about suicide. They interview the families and show it as a tragedy. They talk as if the person was their best friend, when in reality they didn't know the person existed. They post about remembrance and say how God always has a plan. They like, comment and share it. But 24 hours later the Instagram story disappears....

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Two Georgia coaches have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a 16-year-old who died after practice in the heat.
The ultimate price
Story by Kailyn Williams, Staff Writer • September 1, 2021

In Clayton County, Georgia, on Aug. 13, 2019, tragedy struck. During a basketball workout in 97-degree heat, 16-year-old Imani Bell “leaned into a handrail and fell limp” due to a heart attack caused by extreme heat.  Two years later, her coaches, LaRosa Asekere and Dwight Palmer, are being charged with murder, cruelty to children, involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct.  Seeking...

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I wouldnt have made it through this year without these two (or without my disposable camera).
There’s always something...
Story by Peyton Sims, editor in chief • May 28, 2021

High school. If I had to break down the entirety of my four-year-long experience to someone, words simply would not capture each and every incredible moment. It’s the people. It’s the experiences. It’s the deadlines. It’s what happens outside of Room 50A and B when we’re kicked out by Smith or Potter at the end of the day. Pictures hang from the newspaper bulletin board, polaroids are...

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A taste of culture
A taste of culture
Story by Assad Malik, video editor-in-chief • May 28, 2021

Somewhere between my birth and enrolling in “First Baptist Preschool” at the age of 4, I noticed a peculiar aroma lingering around members of my family. Not a pungent or sour smell, but it followed me from place to place, embedding itself in the fibers of my tiny Levi’s jeans. Born in Pakistan in the ‘60s, my mother and father faced tremendous challenges. While American children spent their...

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A loner has no regrets
A loner has no regrets
Story by Maria Rangel, staff writer • May 27, 2021

High school is supposed to be the best time of our lives. It’s marked by the teenage years–that perfect mixture of youth, no responsibilities and being just on the brink of full independence.  Incoming freshman are filled with bright expectations–they dream about blinding stadium lights on Friday evenings; drives with their friend group around town with the car radio blasting; the token band,...

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All praise to publications
All praise to publications
Story by Caden Rainwater, Sports editor • May 27, 2021

A teenager gets four years. Forty-eight months jammed full of decisions hurled at us that make or break our future. What we do and think is constantly monitored, what we say is limited, and what we wish for is often denied; however, for these four short years we get our own free trial for “Life.”  At the door of high school we are greeted with a “no pressure”, because one’s entire future...

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