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Teen Pregnancy

Teen Pregnancy

Paola Hernandez, Reporter

December 1, 2017


Filed under Features

   According to DoSomething.org, there are nearly 750,000 teen pregnancies in America each year.    In Texas, 35,000 teens get pregnant per year, and in Garland there are about 53. The birth rate in teens since the 1990s has dropped nearly 50 percent, but are still out of control.   ...

From the Bottom to the Top

From the Bottom to the Top

Emily Molden, Photo Editor

December 1, 2017


Filed under Features

Separated from the main body of band, standing tall on a platform, senior Jesse Aguilar raises his white gloved arms at the command of the band director. In unison, the four drum majors begin to conduct. The road to drum major wasn’t one without trials and tribulation. Aguilar started off high sc...

Seniors’ Path to Graduation

Seniors’ Path to Graduation

Gabriella Rodriguez-Sanchez, Reporter

October 31, 2017


Filed under Features

Each year around the country about 3.6 million seniors graduate high school. Many of these young adults debate going to college, joining the armed forces, or working for a company right away. As of 2016, 69.7 percent of high school graduates were enrolled in colleges and universities. However, it can...

ASA: A New Club with Purpose

Braedon Harris, Co-Editor-in-Chief

October 31, 2017


Filed under Features

As the fire alarms went off, students evacuated the building. Teachers followed behind, pushing the students out of the nearest entrance, nothing was rushed, and things moved calmly and slowly. It was just a fire drill, and in this case schoolwide dismissal. Why does this matter? This just happened...

Basketball Player Accepts Offer to Play on Collegiate Level

Braedon Harris, Reporter

August 30, 2017


Filed under Features, Sports

Walking off the unfamiliar campus, senior Alexis Chapman never thought she'd find herself here.   Chapman, a varsity basketball player, will be going to the University of Northern Colorado to compete in women's Division 1 basketball.  After visiting the campus, she received an athletic sc...

Student Participates in Summer STEM Program, Meets World Acclaimed Inventors, Scientists

Student Participates in Summer STEM Program, Meets World Acclaimed Inventors, Scientists

Eden Amberber, Co-Editor-in-Chief

March 24, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

While most students spend their summer lounging by the pool, junior Rhiannon Roberts spends hers at the National Academy of Future Science and Technology Leaders conference in Boston, Massachusetts. “I got a letter in the mail from the academy inviting me and that was the first time I had ever heard...

What it’s Like Being a Twin

What it’s Like Being a Twin

Jeffrey Candelaria, Designer

February 24, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

T he saying, “two is better than one” is true for twins Marilyn and Melissa Jimenez. For 16 years, they have had the pleasure of being identical twins. Though they admit that there are some struggles with being a twin, they say they would never want to change a thing. “It’s always fun being...

Raider Art Goes to Big Apple

Raider Art Goes to Big Apple

Miranda Molina, Reporter

February 23, 2017


Filed under Features

As Skutt, a company responsible for making pottery wheels, ceramic kiln and glass kilns announced a Peep Show contest for students to create functional ceramic peephole plug that fits into a kilns, students were eagerly getting to work with their pieces for the contest. A peephole and plug play many...

Haircut for a Cause

Haircut for a Cause

Karla Romero, Co-Editor-in-Chief

February 1, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

Last November, Special Education teacher Mrs. Michelle Sargent came back from Thanksgiving break with shorter hair. She’d donated the rest to Locks of Love in honor of her dear departed friend, Ms. Shannon Odom. “You can also donate money to them,” Sargent said. “Locks of Love is great becau...

Young Love

Young Love

Karla Romero, Co-Editor-in-Chief

February 1, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

The summer before her senior year Valentina Grajales Martinez and her boyfriend of more than two years started talking about the possibility of getting married once she graduated. Soon after the school year started, they decided to get married over winter break instead. “It’s not because I’m pregnant or anyt...

Keeping it in the Family

Keeping it in the Family

Miranda Molina, Reporter

January 4, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

In the morning, in an office the size of a closet, English as a Second Language (ESL) and Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) teacher Cynthia White gets ready for the day. She signs into her computer and her daughter, senior Annie White, passes the time, talking about her day before the...

Student celebrates Islamic festival

Student celebrates Islamic festival

Riley Sims, Reporter

January 3, 2017


Filed under Features

Freshman Leena Siraj celebrates Eid, the Islamic festival, with her family every year. “We usually go to the convention center and pray, and then we go home to a after-party,” Siraj said. “Then we just have fun with our family and friends.” Growing up, Siraj witnessed fellow classmates...