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Life Under Isolation Takes Hit on Teens’ Mental Health

Life Under Isolation Takes Hit on Teens’ Mental Health

Gelila Negesse, Co-Editor-in-Chief

May 18, 2020

On April third, the Garland Independent School District (GISD) announced that the rest of the school year would be closed and completed through online learning in response to the growing COVID-19 threat.  For teens in Dallas and all across the world, this means the engrained day to day routine of s...

Essential Workers on the Front Lines of the Pandemic

Essential Workers on the Front Lines of the Pandemic

Gabriella Rodriguez-Sanchez, Photo Editor

May 12, 2020

Millions of essential workers are responsible for providing as well as transporting resources for people nationwide during the COVID-19 global pandemic.   According to the Department of Homeland Security, essential workers are anyone who works in communications, chemical, critical manufacturi...

All Things COVID-19: General Info

All Things COVID-19: General Info

Gelila Negesse, Co-Editor-in-Chief

April 7, 2020

With the novel COVID-19 virus, better known as the pandemic coronavirus, spreading rapidly, countless measures have been taken around the world to reduce infections. Below is a simplified guide to information, precautions, and rules regarding the coronavirus.  Click HERE for a school, local, and statewid...

All Things COVID-19: Regional Updates

All Things COVID-19: Regional Updates

Gelila Negesse, Co-Editor-in-Chief

April 7, 2020

NATIONAL UPDATES  Taking the lives of thousands and living millions in quarantine, whether self-isolated or in hospitals, the coronavirus has taken hold of the U.S, with the number of cases reaching number one, passing Italy and China.  The Numbers: The United States has a total of 1,622,114 c...

Companies Confront COVID-19

Companies Confront COVID-19

Katie Keovongphet, Reporter

April 7, 2020

With the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, quickly spreading across the United States, many industries have faced hardships and medical supplies, such as masks, have become scarce. As a result, companies like Tesla, Google, Apple and others have teamed up to help fight COVID-19 worldwide.  “We have extr...

COVID-19 and Our Impact on its Spread

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Julius Perez, Reporter

April 7, 2020

As media coverage on the global pandemic increases, terms like social distancing and “flatten the curve” have been thrown around on news networks and social media to describe the speed and spread of the coronavirus strain COVID-19.  With so many different outlets of information readily available ...

Switching Up Solar Energy

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 prototype of 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,...