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Switching Up Solar Energy

Katie Keovongphet, Reporter

February 26, 2020

  The world’s first solar panel appeared in 1883, yet it only accounts for 1.6 percent of the United States’ total electricity generation. Hopeful for a future society that will primarily run using clean energy sources, researchers at the University of California, Davis are working on a ...

Chinese AI Prevents Suicide

Chinese AI Prevents Suicide

Katie Keovongphet, Reporter

February 21, 2020

Approximately 800,000 people worldwide commit suicide every year, causing the World Health Organization to encourage governments worldwide to take preventative action. In China, Huang Zhisheng, a professor at Vrije University of Amsterdam, created a nonprofit artificial intelligence (AI) bot that helps...

Microplastics in Marine Life

Microplastics in Marine Life

Katie Keovongphet, Reporter

February 21, 2020

  UN News states that over 51 trillion microplastic particles pollute the sea, and marine organisms are beginning to come across them more than ever before. With the rapidly growing amount of plastics, scientists are beginning to question the currently unknown harm they might bring to humans. Plastic...

Needing Affection to Make a Connection

Needing Affection to Make a Connection

Gabriella Rodriguez-Sanchez, Photo Editor

February 20, 2020

Weighted blankets are one of the most requested Christmas gifts according to 1010DATA with children, teens and elders waiting to open up their presents and find a hug-like experience.   The need for affection by every human is a growing topic of debate as some doctors even believe that it is a...

Administration Shake-Up Fosters Schoolwide Change

Administration Shake-Up  Fosters Schoolwide Change

Gelila Negesse, Co-Editor-In-Chief

November 22, 2019

In society, the word “change” holds a negative, and oftentimes threatening, connotation. Change is, with fairness, often met with fear and ambiguity. However, through time, change can bring along the opportunity for a clean slate and an era of new beginnings. Towards the end of the 2018-2019 school...

Being Mindful of Mental Health

Being Mindful of Mental Health

Katie Keovongphet, Reporter

November 22, 2019

According to SchoolDigger.com, North Garland High School is ranked as the second best high school in GISD. Being such an academically competitive school full of high achievers, it’s not a surprise when students begin to feel mentally or emotionally overwhelmed.  “First step is just walking in the door,...

Simply Staying Cyber Safe

Simply Staying Cyber Safe

Katie Keovongphet, Reporter

November 22, 2019

October marked the beginning of National Cyber Security Awareness month in the United States. With the increasing influence of social media on teens, it supports the idea of bringing a safe and secure online experience to all Americans. This year’s theme is, “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.” It ...

Gen Z Fights Climate Change

Gen Z Fights Climate Change

Ingrid Vanegas, Reporter

November 22, 2019

  From Sept. 20 to 27, 150 countries took part in the Global Climate Strike, a school walkout for young children to call out leaders who are ignoring the climate crisis. As concerns over the climate continue to rise, youth around the world are becoming more aware of what this means for their...

Dallas Cop Convicted of Murder

Dallas Cop Convicted of Murder

Devorah Segura, Reporter

November 22, 2019

On Sept. 6, 2018, at the Southside Flats in Downtown Dallas, Botham Jean was in his apartment eating ice cream on his couch, when Amber Guyger, an off duty Dallas police officer, entered through his front door and fatally shot him in the chest. Afterward, Guyger alleged that she entered his apartment ...

Consideration For a Universial Basic Income

Consideration For a Universial Basic Income

Julius Perez, Reporter

November 22, 2019

What if you automatically received a $1,000  check from the government every month, free of charge? No it’s not a form of welfare, and it’s not a version of a tax cut or benefit. It is real money, all yours, no strings attached. It’s called Universal Basic Income (UBI), a system where you and e...

An Establisment of Corruption

An Establisment of Corruption

Julius Perez, Reporter

November 22, 2019

The U.S government was founded as a mechanism for opposing political corruption and putting real power into the hands of the people. But today, it isn’t uncommon to hear people claiming that U.S politicians are corrupt liars, and it isn’t a coincidence that the phrase “lying like a politician” i...

2020 Presidential Race Kicks Off with Riveting Debates

2020 Presidential Race Kicks Off with Riveting Debates

Julius Perez, Reporter

October 2, 2019

Over the past four months, presidential hopefuls for the democratic nomination have contested against one another in the first of multiple debates. The debates, organized by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), included 20 of the highest polling Democrats running for office in 2020. Candidate...