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Three reasons to do IB

Three reasons to do IB

by Kyle Gehman, Editor-In-Chief

January 9, 2017


Filed under Columns, Featured

Most IB students will complain about all of the sleepless nights, mountains of homework and breakdowns that come with IB. However, overlooking these things, there are many reasons that being a part of the IB program is helpful and useful in preparing for college and careers. 1. Community Feeling ...

Movie Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Movie Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

by Austin Graham, Assistant Editor

December 20, 2016


Filed under Reviews

When you’re making a puzzle, getting to the end and finding out that there is one piece missing can be extremely aggravating, but finding it is a huge relief. Rogue One is that missing puzzle piece to the “Star Wars” series, filling in a gap between the two trilogies and earning itself a 4.5/5. ...

Movie review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Movie review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

by Bri Branscomb, Staff Writer

December 8, 2016


Filed under Featured, Reviews

The movie follows the story of Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who comes to New York for reasons relating to his creatures that he carries around in a magical briefcase. Mayhem ensues once Scamander’s creatures get loose in the city, and cause all sorts of problems. The film was a very enjoyable one ...

Book review: I Am Zlatan

Book review: I Am Zlatan

by Kyle Gehman, Editor-In-Chief

November 28, 2016


Filed under Featured, Reviews

I Am Zlatan is an autobiography by famous Swedish soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimović and is told by David Lagercrantz. It receives 4.8/5 stars. He’s known for his acrobatic karate style goals, cocky personality and having one of the most fun names to pronounce. This book, however, dives more int...

Taking a stand

Taking a stand

by Kyle Gehman, Editor-In-Chief

November 28, 2016


Filed under Columns

As third period begins everyone is talking about how nervous they are for the test we are about to take, that they can’t believe the homework is due today and about that new movie they're going to see with their girlfriend after school. But then the loudspeaker gives those three beeps, students sta...

Sit down, speak up

Sit down, speak up

by Bri Branscomb, Staff Writer

November 18, 2016


Filed under Columns

I remember in Kindergarten, after just having learned the pledge, I was walking along a street with my grandmother and saw the American flag hanging from a building. I stopped dead in my tracks, placed my hand on my heart, and recited as much of the oath that I could remember. When I had said the last words...

Hitting the books

Hitting the books

by Kyle Gehman, Editor-In-Chief

October 25, 2016


Filed under Columns

There are a lot of ideas and myths for studying, but here are my top 5 tips for when you’re doing homework or studying. Day It’s Assigned Since there is an A day B day schedule, a great way to stay ahead and keep up with your work is to do your homework when it gets assigned to you. It ...

Entertainment review: House of Torment

Entertainment review: House of Torment

by Kyle Gehman, Editor-In-Chief

October 18, 2016


Filed under Reviews

The House of Torment is a popular Halloween activity here in Austin that has begun to grow in popularity and fame around the nation due to it’s scary monsters and haunted houses. The haunted house through it’s intense costuming and great design earns a 3/5. Recently, House of Torment was voted...

Top 5 activities for October

Top 5 activities for October

by Kyle Gehman, Editor-In-Chief

October 16, 2016


Filed under Columns

The temperature starts to drop, the leaves start to fall, and all the decorations for Halloween start appearing in stores. October has finally arrived which means all of the great activities that go with this month are here as well. Hiking With the weather starting to drop into the low 70...

Understanding the nominees

Understanding the nominees

by Gigi Allen, Staff Writer

October 14, 2016


Filed under Columns

Mock elections are coming up for students to elect their version of the president. Voting will begin on October 27th and students are being educated on what the candidates stand for. Their second presidential debate revealed a lot about the two and how they may do in the future for their final presidential...

Movie review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Movie review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

by Austin Graham, Assistant Editor

October 12, 2016


Filed under Reviews

In a twist and turn of events, going from reality to a secret world for special people, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a fantastic movie. Everything and every aspect of this movie is great, which earns it a 4.8/5. The movie, which is based off the book by Ransom Riggs, takes place...

To say or not to say the Pledge of Allegiance

To say or not to say the Pledge of Allegiance

by Gigi Allen, Staff Writer

October 5, 2016


Filed under Editorials

In multiple supreme court cases, the first amendment has been used as a defender for students rights. One of those rights is not saying the pledge of allegiance. In the Supreme Court case West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, it was stated that, “Free speech in this case meant the ri...

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