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Senior Mya Johnson stands with Senior Marcellus Dennis after being named homecoming queen. Mya was crowned at the MacArthur home game to make up for missing the homecoming game after being contact traced. Talon Photo by Mallory Derrick Photo credit: Mallory Derrick

Homecoming Queen Leaves Before Halftime Ceremony Due to Contact Tracing

Leila Saidane November 12, 2020

As tears streaked through her makeup and down her cheek, senior Mya Johnson's dress twinkled under the stadium lights as she sat in her mom's car during homecoming halftime festivities. She was able to...

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

Senior Installs Meditation Garden to Provide Students Stress-Free Space

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....

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

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...

Seniors Alexis Koladycz and Sarah Jackson measure soil in the new greenhouse. “We were trying to determine the quality of the soil,” Koladycz said. It was really cool because you dont think about soil having so many qualities, but there are actually a ton.” Talon photo by Lea Von Toerne

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...

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.

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...

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

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...

Senior Mark Mercer sits in Principal Chris Choats 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

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...

New Law teacher Brian Sheguit critiques a direct examination while freshman Natasha Kokkodil acts as the judge. I’ve just been here a semester so far, so I’m still learning the best way they learn, Sheguit said. Ive enjoyed it because they’re all very bright, they’re all very capable, and they’re all very talented. I like seeing that in them [and] being able to further develop it.

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...

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.

Its been very exciting, a little crazy and overwhelming, but overall, really good, she said. This environment is a lot different than your normal classroom. Theres a lot of learning by doing. Sometimes we fail, and thats how we learn.

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...

Americas 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

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,...

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. I feel like its is a team sport, He said. When we compete, its individual, but were really a team – were a family.

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...

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...

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