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Senior’s home damaged in Rowlett tornado

Senior’s home damaged in Rowlett tornado

Emily Molden, Reporter

February 9, 2016


Filed under News

The days after Christmas are usually spent with family and relaxing before the new year starts. However, senior Tessa Toler’s house was struck by a tornado on Dec. 26. While she was away for the holidays, Toler’s home was destroyed by the storm. “We walked in the house, and the ceiling in the kit...

Junior helps victims

Junior helps victims

Clarissa Moreno, Photographer

February 8, 2016


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Junior Deja Sanchez and a group of friends donated to people in need after a tornado disaster in the Rowlett area on Dec. 26. Donating supplies is just another one of the many ways to help disaster victims, like cleaning up debris and helping set up shelters for the affected. "[We] went to Walmart and ...

Junior affected by tornado

Junior affected by tornado

Lillian Tram, Business Manager

February 5, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase

After the Dec. 26 tornado hit Rowlett, junior Michelle Juby assessed the damage to her house and then went to help. Due to her knowledge of first aid and CPR from classes that she had taken, Juby assisted the injured people. "There was this guy that wasn’t breathing and me and two other guys pu...

A Change in Plans

A Change in Plans

Edith Perez Lopez, Designer

February 5, 2016


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On December 26, 2015 it was a busy day when a tornado struck and ruined the homes and lives of many Rowlett residents. At the time many were out on vacation or exchanging gifts, but senior Whitney Cole was celebrating her 17th birthday. Phone alerts and notifications are sometimes disregarded and...

The Race Against Time

The Race Against Time

Hannah Majerczyk, Reporter

February 3, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase

There are only a few minutes before a tornado hits a house in a once calm neighborhood. When sophomore Brian Nguyen and his brother’s lives were on the line, Nguyen had to react fast before the tornado hit on December 26th, 2016. Fortunately, he found a safe place in the laundry room to hide for protection....

Library lessons for all students

Library lessons for all students

Miranda Molina, Reporter

December 21, 2015


Filed under News, Showcase, Staff

Moving tables around and setting up chairs, librarians Debbie Reed and Ginny Parr prepare the library for the lesson. Hosting educational student lessons has been a long-time tradition. Sometimes it’s English classes but sometimes it’s not. When teaching a lesson, the librarians will keep in touch...

The history and origins of Christmas

The history and origins of Christmas

Amy Pham, Co-Editor-In-Chief

December 21, 2015


Filed under News, Showcase

The Origin of Saint Nicholas People believe Saint Nicholas was born around 280 A.D., near Turkey. As a result of his growing reputation for being kind, word of him spread. It is said that he saved three sisters from being sold into prostitution by buying them a dowry, allowing them to be married....

Safety, security high priorities in school rules

Hannah Majerczyk, Reporter

November 6, 2015


Filed under News

Students are required to wear clothing and follow rules in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. When it comes to why these rules were made, Assistant Principal Robert Quach said it boils down to one simple thing. Safety. Schools do not make the rules, the school district does. The principals...

School named AVID National Demonstration school

School named AVID National Demonstration school

Karla Romero, Reporter

April 8, 2015


Filed under News, Showcase

As the school waits to be certified as an AVID National Demonstration school Thursday, many wonder why the certification matters. Co-coordinator of the program, librarian Mary Archer seems confident the school will receive the recognition as well as benefit students in the long run.

Teacher dress code

Eden Amberber, Reporter

November 26, 2014


Filed under News

In an increasingly diverse nation where what we wear is paramount with self-expression, many schools are taking actions on teacher dress codes. Teachers at the school do not have a strict dress code but are influenced by their job and know they have to dress appropriately for their job. English teacher...

Bond election affects band

Bond election affects band

Karla Romero, Reporter

November 21, 2014


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Ruth Varghese As part of the GISD Bond that was passed on Nov. 4,  the school will receive money to put toward the fine arts programs, specifically band and orchestra. “They won’t purchase any instruments or anything like that with this money,” band director Todd Toney said. “It’s strictly construction, which is kinda nice, because the o...

Mr. North Garland

Mr. North Garland

Beth Mauthe, Reporter

November 17, 2014


Filed under News, Showcase

The beginning of a new tradition is taking place this year for the male senior class. With the need of a new fundraiser to replace their usual candy selling, DECA sponsor Kimberly Adams decided to bring a Mr. North Garland Pageant to the school that she hopes will continue annually. “I’m wanting...