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Let the present take the precedent

Let the present take the precedent

Kelsey Tasch, A. N. McCallum

March 31, 2018


Filed under Opinions

Five schools in the Austin Independent School District are facing the repercussions of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., that cost a life on Aug. 12. Shock waves were sent throughout the country, prompting the removal of monuments and buildings with Confederate connections. AISD...

What “Black Panther” means to the black community

What “Black Panther” means to the black community

Ava Butler, Summerville High School

March 30, 2018


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Imagine this, a young black child, boy or girl, walks into a movie theater. They pay for their tickets, buy some snacks, and sit down in the theater. As they sit through previews they are on the edge of their seat waiting for the movie to start. Finally, it begins. “Black Panther” sets up the...

Call Ed: Pushing down on me, pushing down on you

Call Ed: Pushing down on me, pushing down on you

Logan Crews, Kirkwood High School

March 28, 2018


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When Dr. Michael Havener, KHS principal, established two upcoming no-homework weekends, students and teachers responded loudly. The trial came from an effort to release pressure on students so their mental health doesn’t suffer. The debate about how much is too much for high school students to handle...

Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

Claire Boysen, Kirkwood High School

March 22, 2018


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When our administrators and teachers discuss issues in teenage culture, whether it be in a classroom or assembly, they talk about things like substance abuse, mental health and bullying. But they are forgetting something crucial. They barely touch on the topic that 44 percent (90/204) of KHS students...

School Shootings from the Perspective of a High School Student

School Shootings from the Perspective of a High School Student

Drew Meyerson, Freedom High School

March 21, 2018


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At least seventeen people are dead. Consider that fact, for just a moment. At least seventeen lives were taken at the hands of a nineteen-year-old with a gun. Reports are still coming in, but teachers and students alike were subject to a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, a school located less...

Elementary school, bitterness, and true love: examining Valentine’s Day

Elementary school, bitterness, and true love: examining Valentine’s Day

Anna Catherine Kueng, Tunstall High School

March 17, 2018


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When I was in fifth grade, I remember receiving a holographic Valentine’s Day card that said “you’re a cool cat.” I believed it, too. I thought being called a “cool cat” by a guy was a straight shot to a relationship by the next February. After all, I would be starting middle school and...

‘No Place for Hate’ Campaign Falls Short of What We Really Need

‘No Place for Hate’ Campaign Falls Short of What We Really Need

Ari Beckett, Sage Creek High School

March 14, 2018


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Bullying is a silent, invisible disease that plagues our school. Some even believe it doesn’t happen anymore or doesn’t exist. When someone does something to harass or degrade another person, they don’t do it in front of other people for fear of getting caught. In the rare cases there is a ‘witness,’...

Marching moves society forward

Marching moves society forward

Sangam Sharma, Clark Magnet High School

March 13, 2018


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Everywhere I turned there were people, packed close together on Hill Street like sardines. People talking on phones, saying, “I’m near the International Jewelry Center, can you see me? Can you see me? I’ll find you.” People chanting, people in costume, and people holding cell phones over the...