A Letter From the Sports Editor, Rigley Willis

Well, here we are, the last paper of the 2020 year, and it’s a special one for sure. COVID-19 has caused the 2020 school year to suddenly end without any means of a heads-up. And while, yes, we are still attending school virtually within the safety of our own homes, it feels as if everything has been turned off, rather than paused. The sports world … Continue reading A Letter From the Sports Editor, Rigley Willis

Open Up Schooling to More Than Linguistic, Logical Intelligence

Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences is widely accepted in the field of psychology. Dr. Gardner’s research suggests that schools and standardized tests only focus on two out of the eight types of intelligence.  This leads to students not being able to reach their full potential and can lead to self-esteem issues. Schools need to be making an effort to teach everyone’s learning … Continue reading Open Up Schooling to More Than Linguistic, Logical Intelligence

A Girl With a Mission: Feeding the World Starts Here & Now

It all started with a servant’s heart and an idea. The desire to help others using my knowledge of agriculture led to the creation of Center of the Plate, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing meat protein to help feed food-insecure families in my community of Dripping Springs, Texas. To date, we have been able to provide meat protein for more than 50,000 meals. My work … Continue reading A Girl With a Mission: Feeding the World Starts Here & Now

Should We Tell the Freshman? Inside the Truman Experiment

*originally appearing in satirical April 1 edition The Truman Show was a movie released June 5, 1998. This movie is about Truman Burbanks and his life in a life size TV set. Truman is constantly being recorded by hidden cameras all over the “town,” recording every hardship, love interest, and any emotions that Truman endured. However, Truman Burbanks is the only one who does not … Continue reading Should We Tell the Freshman? Inside the Truman Experiment

Slow Fresh Fish Get Fried: Freshman Disastrous Hallway Courtesy

*originally appearing in satirical April 1 edition The resurgence of an epidemic, something no one wants nor dreams of, yet in this school, we are seeing one of the worst epidemics coming back into the student body’s consciousness. Every weekday morning, I find myself in the same situation, walking slowly behind a dozen freshman obsessed with some new relationship or some coach’s new decree, making … Continue reading Slow Fresh Fish Get Fried: Freshman Disastrous Hallway Courtesy

Homework Load is Too Much

There has been an increase in the amount of homework assigned to high school students. The University of Michigan conducted research that suggests the amount of homework students have doubled in the past thirty years. The amount of homework assigned to students is overwhelming. The Princeton Review’s Student Life in America survey reported 50% of students feeling stressed and half of these students claimed homework … Continue reading Homework Load is Too Much

How Personal is Too Personal?

In high school classes, it’s common for the teacher to try to get students’ attention through uncommon means. It starts with an icebreaker on the first day of school, then it’s a project about your favorite things, then it’s a personal essay on your family – and for some students, that’s too much information given out against their will. Although these kinds of facts may … Continue reading How Personal is Too Personal?

Inside Attendance: What’s Good and What’s Bad About the Priority on Attendance

Attendance has steadily decreased by an average of .3% each year since 2012 and stands at 1% lower than the state average 95.7%, according to Texas Academic Performance Reports. Surrounding schools like Lake Travis High, Austin High, and McCallum fall below our percentage, so whats the big deal?  School funding in Texas is heavily tied to the average daily attendance (ADA). The school receives a … Continue reading Inside Attendance: What’s Good and What’s Bad About the Priority on Attendance