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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

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. His idea culminated in a meditation garden installed in the courtyard between A and B halls t...

Cruisin’ to the Show

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

Megan Smith and Sasha Mulisa

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 off road races.Auto tech teacher Mark Mester took his students to the Specialty Equipment Market As...

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.

Daphne Lynd

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 the AP Environment Science (APES) program a new space, one that came with a rooftop greenhouse,...

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.

Daphne Lynd

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 Lift Off early last summer where he began to pursue the idea that a job with NASA might actually...

Third Times A Charm

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

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 years, the main changes have been the teachers leading the program. As a first generation college...

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

Isjina Luckett

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 into the United States Naval Academy, and was about to get the news. "I didn't know because I received...

New Law Teacher Sets New Precedent

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

Cathy Agarwal

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 watch the officer arrest their new law teacher.This year, Sheguit aims to teach law with a more ...

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.

Cathy Agarwal

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 is working to bring a new vision to the culinary magnet including an on-campus restaurant...

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

Elle Weeks

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, former America's Got Talent finalist, spoke with fine arts students as well as students with disabilities...

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.

Cathy Agrawal

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 he grips the bars and hoists himself into a handstand, the guys on the opposing teams shout his name. Everett...

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 expedition to Antarctica in November. As an applicant to the PolarTREC program last December, Hademenos...

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 really small, so taking out the wall connecting the theater classroom opened it up,” senior Morgan...

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