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The Cost of Reducing School Dropout Rates

The Cost of Reducing School Dropout Rates

Braedon Harris, Co-Editor-in-Chief

April 17, 2019

Between 2010 and 2016, the National Center for Education Statistics reported a slight decrease in the high school dropout rate, from 7.4 percent to 6.1 percent, which reflects a trend been since the 1970s when the United States and the Department of Education fought to increase the graduation rate ac...

The Harrowing Truth of Leaving Neverland

The Harrowing Truth of Leaving Neverland

Paola Hernandez Olvera, Reporter

April 5, 2019

On Jan. 25, 2019, allegations surrounding the late “King of Pop”, Michael Jackson were ignited once again with the airing of “Leaving Neverland”, an HBO documentary focusing on two who accused Jackson of sexually abusing them as children. The Indiana native was previously accused of sexual ab...

Hidden Secrets to College Admissions Revealed

Hidden Secrets to College Admissions Revealed

Riley Sims, Co-Editor-in-Chief

April 1, 2019

The biggest college admissions scandal in U.S. history occurred on March 12, resulting in federal prosecutors charging 50 people for bribery. It’s estimated that parents paid around $200,000 or more to have their child admitted into prestigious universities like the University of Southern Californ...

Shipping Babies: Is it Right?

Shipping Babies: Is it Right?

Gabriella Rodriguez-Sanchez, Reporter

March 26, 2019

Baby boxes are slots made into the wall of fire stations meant to save infants from being abandoned. They are heated, padded, incubator-style holes in a wall with an internal alarm that tells firefighters to pick up the child placed inside. The average response time to the alarm is two minutes and 15...

Mascots: Friend or Foe

Mascots: Friend or Foe

Riley Sims, Co-Editor-in-Chief

January 25, 2019

Some people say to grab life by the horn, but for the University of Texas at Austin’s mascot, longhorn Bevo XV, that is not a wise idea. At the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, Bevo tried to attack the University of Georgia’s mascot, a bulldog named UGA, during a photo opportunity. Besides hooking a photographer ...

Trump’s Effect On Schools

Trump’s Effect On Schools

Gelila Negesse, Designer

January 23, 2019

It seems that almost every day President Trump says something completely outrageous that catches daily news feeds. However, after the constant hate crimes and attempted attacks that seemed to be fueled by his hate speech, there has been a shift in politics and even in how Americans interact with eac...

The Moral Obligation to Give Gifts This Christmas

The Moral Obligation to Give Gifts This Christmas

Gabriella Rodriguez-Sanchez, Reporter

November 26, 2018

Giving gifts to my family is a dilemma for me. I have a family split by literal barriers like oceans and emotional ones like divorce. Although the moral of gift-giving may not be what many people usually think about when the holidays come around, I feel like it’s a worthy topic that impacts many people ...

Picturing New Achievements

Picturing New Achievements

Litzy Casas, Reporter

November 1, 2018

Vogue is a fashion and lifestyle magazine that began as a weekly newspaper in 1892, and became a monthly publication in 1973.  Photographers and models are selected for every monthly issue, but it was not until September 2018 that Vogue had a black photographer shoot the cover featuring the star, B...

The Skinny on Diet Culture

The Skinny on Diet Culture

Riley Sims, Co-Editor-in-Chief

October 31, 2018

Social media platforms have played a big part in spreading new diet trends. Some diets claim a certain outcome and advertise their diet as a solution for weight loss. Some celebrities even endorse them and promote their results. However, many of these diets don’t promote well-balanced eating. People...

The Marginal Cost of iPads

The Marginal Cost of iPads

Riley Sims, Co-Editor-in-Chief

October 31, 2018

It’s the beginning of the school year, which means new teachers, new classes and new rules. This year, it also means students are required to pay $25 for their iPads. According to the district’s website, this fee is used for program costs, like iPad repairs. However, if students break or lose...

The Drawbacks of Standardized Testing

The Drawbacks of Standardized Testing

Riley Sims, Co-Editor-in-Chief

September 7, 2018

One of the first steps of a college application is a student’s submission of their SAT or ACT tests. Both the SAT and ACT are designed to test students’ knowledge over skills that colleges deem useful. Though colleges claim the tests even out the playing field for applicants, there have been deb...

The New Face of Royalty

The New Face of Royalty

Riley Sims, Co-Editor-in-Chief

May 29, 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding took place on May 19, in the United Kingdom. This union was a sign of change for the royal family due to factors like Markle’s nationality, race and former marital status, which contrast from past royals. The couple, however, has been praised for choosing l...