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Arguing their way to the top: Three students attend speech and debate competition

Arguing their way to the top: Three students attend speech and debate competition

Brooke McKelvey, West Linn High School

May 3, 2017


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Everyone has an opinion about global topics such as nuclear power, free speech, housing and ethical issues. For speech and debate, three members recently took their opinions to the state competition and fought for their side. “The current topic was on whether or not the United States should guarantee...

Campus community mourns death, celebrates life of W. Charles Akins, school namesake

Campus community mourns death, celebrates life of W. Charles Akins, school namesake

Thomas Cross, Akins High School

May 1, 2017


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Dr. Charles Akins, “a true legend and trailblazer” according to Austin ISD trustee Paul Saldaña, passed away Wednesday morning. Dr. Akins served in Austin ISD for more than 50 years as an educator and administrator. He is especially known for overseeing the integration efforts at L.C. Anderson...

New college application process introduced

New college application process introduced

Kailyn Pedersen, Benilde St. Margaret's

April 28, 2017


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Chances are, anyone who has even thought about applying to college has used the Common Application. This application, usually referred to as the “Common App,” is exactly what it sounds like—common. Around 700 colleges use this application, but just recently, about 90 colleges have pioneered a new...

Look Closely Before Taking the Big Leap

Sarina Harlow, Kettle Run High School

April 27, 2017


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Finding the perfect college can be a tough. In order to help rising college freshmen make the decision, the counseling department offers juniors and seniors excused absences to visit colleges. “Seniors are allowed three visits each term, to any college that they choose, during their senior year,”...

Junior Vicky Marshall raises autism awareness through rally for brother

Junior Vicky Marshall raises autism awareness through rally for brother

Maddie Hoffmann, Parkway West High School

April 25, 2017


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Students gathered at the middle school in support of Mark Marshall, a 12-year-old boy who has been a victim of bullying due to his autism. School has been anything but fun for Marshall for the past few months. Students bullied him at the isolation of the bus stop, and made fun of him while playing...

Religious persecution persists worldwide

Religious persecution persists worldwide

Matthew Bailey, Cathedral Catholic High School

April 25, 2017


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Religious persecution may be nonexistent at Cathedral Catholic High School, but ASL teacher Mr. Dano Kaufmann is no stranger to the effects of secular oppression. “I grew up in Israel and South Africa, and I came to the United States in my teen years,” Mr. Kaufmann said. “I’d wear a yarmulke...

MCPS, WMHS stand by Obama’s order on transgender bathroom use

MCPS, WMHS stand by Obama’s order on transgender bathroom use

Jubilee Robinson, Watkins Mill High School

April 17, 2017


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President Donald Trump withdrew President Barack Obama's executive order that students could use whichever gender-separated public facility that they identified with. Now, it is up to the states to decide which bathroom one has to use. This is particularly harmful to the genderqueer* community. “I...

72 years later

72 years later

Michael Korsh, Lily Smith, and Samantha Horowitz, Hopkins High School

April 12, 2017


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“Nazis rule.” Someone had broken into the dorm room of Avi Shaver, HHS alumnus, at the University of Minnesota on Feb. 8 and scrawled that message on his whiteboard, along with a graphic illustration of a swastika and a concentration camp. That night, Shaver was hit with a harsh reality: anti-Semitism...