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Cruisin’ to the Show

Cruisin’ to the Show

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

Going APES over new space

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

Teaching for the Stars

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

Third Times A Charm

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

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 Sets New Precedent

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

Starting From Scratch

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 Finalist Speaks to Fine Arts Students

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

Lone Male Gymnast Competes on Female Dominated Squad

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

Tech Theatre Gets New Workshop

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...

Senior Develops Passion For Art

Senior Develops Passion For Art

February 15, 2017

By Isabel Costian Senior Anna Maupin’s precise fingers made confident strokes to blend the stoic man’s rounded jaw. As she finished shading his bronzed face, she realized that for the first time, her vision had come to life on watercolor paper. As Anna stared at the piece at her green wooden...

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