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Senior Installs Meditation Garden to Provide Students Stress-Free Space

When senior Jake Parrish had to come up with a project for his Eagle Scout badge, he immediately thought of an old idea he had about providing a place at RHS for students to escape stress and reduce anxiety. Talon Photo by John Hydrick
December 16, 2019

When senior Jake Parrish had to come up with a project for his Eagle Scout badge, he immediately thought of an old idea he had about providing a place at RHS for students to escape stress and reduce anxiety....

Cruisin’ to the Show

Senior Esgar Angel works on car during first period auto tech class. Photo by Chad Byrd
February 15, 2019

Walking into the famous annual Las Vegas car show for the first time, auto tech students Samuel Howard, Esgar Angel and Navid Alam were immediately captivated by the big rimmed trophy trucks modified for...

Going APES over new space

Seniors Alexis Koladycz and Sarah Jackson measure soil in the new greenhouse. “We were trying to determine the quality of the soil,” Koladycz said.
December 10, 2018

  Hands streaked with dirt, Kathleen Cutting works on her soil lab measuring pH levels with colorful tabs filled with chemicals in the new greenhouse that sits on the roof. The 2016 bond granted...

Teaching for the Stars

Physics teacher Derek Hammons explains gizmos activity, a lesson where students interact on their computers and follow along with the board, on his last day as an RHS teacher before leaving to work for NASA. Photo by Chad Byrd.
November 21, 2018

When physics teacher Derek Hammons visited the Johnson Space center, he saw the original Apollo control room which would send his career on a new trajectory. Hammons attended a teacher space camp called...

Third Times A Charm

New law teacher Chris Bufkin listens to his student present a case. Talon photo by Daphne Lynd
September 30, 2018

The law classroom has looked the same for the past six years, located in downstairs B-hall, trophies standing on every cabinet and banners screaming past successes hanging on the walls. For the past several...

Senior Learns of Naval Academy Acceptance from U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions

Senior Mark Mercer sits in Principal Chris Choat's chair as he has a conversation with U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions about his acceptance to the U.S. Naval Academy. Photo by Chad Byrd
April 17, 2018

After being called to the principal's office, senior Mark Mercer settled into Principal Chris Choat's chair for a phone call with U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions. He had no idea that he had been accepted...

New Law Teacher Sets New Precedent

New Law teacher Brian Sheguit critiques a direct examination while freshman Natasha Kokkodil acts as the judge.
February 15, 2018

As a police officer reads Law teacher Brian Sheguit his Miranda rights, he tightens metal handcuffs around his wrists. Mr. Westfall announces that a substitute teacher is on the way. Shocked, the students...

Starting From Scratch

Good is working to bring a new vision to the culinary magnet including an on-campus restaurant and more hands-on experiences for her culinary students.
February 1, 2018

Pots and pans clatter as students dressed in white bustle around the kitchen. Amid the sound of chatter and the buzz of appliances, new culinary teacher Kathryn Good helps a student ice a chocolate cake. Good...

America’s Got Talent Finalist Speaks to Fine Arts Students

America's Got Talent semi-finalist Mandy Harvey plays one of her orginal songs on the ukulele for fine arts students in the auditorium. Harvey lost her hearing when she was 19, but after ten years of practice and training she is performing again. Talon Photo Alex Nowak
January 8, 2018

Mandy Harvey was on her way to becoming a music educator when she lost her hearing at age 19. Instead of leaving behind her dream of pursuing music, however, she decided to start performing. Harvey,...

Lone Male Gymnast Competes on Female Dominated Squad

Junior Phoenix Everett is the only competing gymnast to represent the male gymnastics team. He joined his freshman year, and now as a junior, he competes alone for his school.
December 6, 2017

Phoenix Everett is his own team. When his school's name is called at a gymnastics competition, he is the only one to slather chalk on his hands and stride towards the 6 1/2 foot parallel bars. When...

Dr. H Chosen for PolarTREC Expedition for Antarctica Research

Dr. H Chosen for PolarTREC Expedition for Antarctica Research
November 1, 2017

Luz Obregon eagerly pulled an oversized suit over her head meant to protect humans from some of the harshest environments on earth – the same suit physics teacher George Hademenos will wear during an...

Tech Theatre Gets New Workshop

While tech theater teacher Donny Covington watches, junior Payton Fondren-Jones uses a radial arm saw in tech theatre's workshop. The workshop was expanded and updated over the summer. Talon Photo by Alauldin Alhaddad
October 12, 2017

By Marian Patterson As part of last years bond cycle, the Tech Theatre Magnet's workshop was expanded and updated over the summer. “They knocked out the wall to the classroom, cause the shop was...

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