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Senior reflects on JLab experiences

Senior reflects on JLab experiences

Elise Coleman, Editor-in-chief

May 2, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Wake up. Brush teeth. Put on clothes. Eat. Go to school. Repeat. This has been my daily routine for four years. Throw in 40 football games, eight band concerts, and trying to balance five clubs, and I have pretty much summed up my high school career. As taxing and stressful as it seems, I have...

Sex education should be offered in Texas schools

Sex education should be offered in Texas schools

Anahi Castro

May 2, 2014


Filed under Opinion

In Texas, an extremely conservative state, teen birth rate is the third highest in the country, just below the District of Columbia and New Mexico. Students are underprivileged in receiving sex education and often seek further information elsewhere. Unfortunately for many students, the best resources...

Staff editorial: GISD doesn’t need to change start times

December 18, 2013


Filed under Opinion

During its Nov. 27 meeting, school board president Larry Glick presented the board with a proposal that would potentially change high school start times to around 9 a.m. This proposal comes during a national trend that schedules later start times for high school in order to improve student performance....

“The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” Review

Lynne Diaz, photographer

December 15, 2013


Filed under Raider Reviews

For director Peter Jackson, releasing a film with a such a big fanbase wouldn't be a first. From the author J.R.R Tolkien, "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug" was released Dec. 13 to many awaiting fans. Any book-based film always has the pressures to exeed to the original stories and pay as much respect...

Senior explains unexpected way social media affects self-image

Nayely Vallejo

December 2, 2013


Filed under Opinion

Every time I open Facebook, I will always see a picture or meme that enforces the fact that larger woman are more beautiful than thinner woman. I see things such as “Guys don’t like skeletons, they like curves” and “Real men like curves, only dogs go for bones.” As a thin girl myself, quotes...

“Catching Fire” movie review

Anahi Castro

December 1, 2013


Filed under Movies, Raider Reviews

“Catching Fire” is the second installment of the Hunger Games trilogy. In the first movie, “The Hunger Games,” the post-apocalyptic North America is transformed into Panem accounting with 12 districts. The districts are divided by their specialty like agriculture and coal miners. As punishment...

Student reveals how social pressure impacted self perspective

Student reveals how social pressure impacted self perspective

Patty Castillo, photo illustration by Shayye Robertson, Photo Editor

November 26, 2013


Filed under Opinion

Don’t call me fat. Don’t call me ugly. Don’t tell me I’m “big.” I know I am. It doesn’t help that I have to listen to the thin, fragile high school girls call themselves fat or heavy just because they actually ate breakfast.  I let their ignorance fade and listen to the voice that gets...

ARTPOP review

Abraham Deleon

November 26, 2013


Filed under Music

Review: Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP After selling three successful albums, releasing 13 platinum singles over five years, and going on a three worldwide tours for each album, Lady Gaga returns with her next musical installment to the world. ARTPOP is Lady Gaga’s fourth album, and has taken fans and pop cu...

Surviving Anxiety

Elise Coleman, Editor-in-Chief

November 26, 2013


Filed under Opinion

My eyes are wide, and my knuckles are white, gripping the wheel for my dear life. My chest is tight, my mind isn’t right it’s telling me something I can’t fight. Somehow, I make it home, just in time to collapse on the sofa, where I lay in utter silence, heart racing, and mind pounding trying to...

For My Alma Mater; Senior advocates school spirit, positivity

Alma Lopez, Assistant editor

October 15, 2013


Filed under Opinion

Some of the Mam’selles try to hold in their giggles as the Raider Rowdies mimic their pre-game routine. I look back and I see my fellow Rowdies on the football field lined up in the middle of the two rows of sparkly-uniformed Mam’selles, the football players huddled up at the very end of our line....

Cookies ‘n crean ice cream pops recipe

Elise Coleman

May 23, 2013


Filed under Raider Reviews

You will need: Popsicle sticks Small paper cups Oreo cookies Cookies n’ cream ice cream Small bowl Steps: Crush a couple of cookies in the bowl until they are crumbs Fill small cups with ice cream;  leave about 2-3 cm for cookie crumbs Sprinkle crumbs on top of ice cream (add pr...

Senior reflects on past four years, looks forward to success

May 23, 2013


Filed under Opinion

Coming out of middle school, I had two main choices on where to go to high school, Garland or North. I am glad I chose North because of the amazing four-year journey it has taken me on. During my past four years, I haven’t been the most school active person nor most dedicated toward my grades. I am...