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Reaching for the STARS

Reaching for the STARS

January 16, 2017


Filed under Features, Lead, News, Recent Stories

By Isabel Costian Senior Miranda Gavitt took a sip from her pink travel coffee cup as she gazed through the window of her lab, keeping a watchful eye on her experiment. Her necklace, shaped like a caffeine molecule, sparkled in the fluorescent lights of UT Southwestern’s Moss building. Six months later, lo...

Start of a New Era

Start of a New Era

November 28, 2016


Filed under Fall, Features, Lead, Sports

By Kazi Nassif When Greg Pels, the new head football coach, landed in Richardson, it finally felt like home. He'd moved three times in the previous 21 months, but this move was different; it was permanent. He was hired to be the school's athletic coordinator the same day he interviewed, making...

Dazed and Confused

Dazed and Confused

March 21, 2016


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By Kazi Nassif With his head spinning and blurred vision, peewee football player Keith Wright struggled to pull himself up off of the grass. He saw his teammate motionless beside him with coaches huddled all around. Though he didn't know it at the time, he had just sustained his first of many concus...

Culinary Student Aired On TV For Creating Own Recipe

Culinary Student Aired On TV For Creating Own Recipe

March 3, 2016


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By Caroline CluissThe hot studio lights of Fox 4 News brightly reflected off of junior Bernedett Marin's white chef coat as she spread pinto beans and queso fresco onto a chalupa taco shell. She was careful to smile and keep her eyes focused on the cameras as she demonstrated how to make Taco Pizza,...

Seniors Direct Original Music Video for Former American Idol Finalist

Seniors Direct Original Music Video for Former American Idol Finalist

February 23, 2016


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By Chase Karacostas After more than a week of preparation and planning, Communications Magnet senior Poom Wattanapan arrived at school one Saturday to begin filming an original music video for American Idol finalist Trevor Douglas only to find that the auditorium was locked and the AC was off. Wattanpan and hi...

Law Magnet Student Explores Career Paths

Law Magnet Student Explores Career Paths

February 12, 2016


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By Chase Karacostas Senior Hosanna Yemiru walked into Hope Cottage, a non-profit teenage pregnancy crisis center she found through Peer Internship Program for an interview. She wasn’t asked about her work ethic or her past experience, but simply if she felt passionate about the work the center ...

Desperados Dance on With New Director

Desperados Dance on With New Director

January 8, 2016


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By Heiress SmithAs the students of the Desperado team walked inside the familiar room with their friends on the first day of school, they were greeted by an unfamiliar face-Jacklyn Simone, the new director of the Desperados at Richardson. "I was so excited and so nervous at the same time," Simone said...

Tips for Snagging that Seasonal Job

Tips for Snagging that Seasonal Job

December 9, 2015


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By Anne GarseaThe weather's getting colder, the leaves are changing, and "Now Hiring" signs are popping up all over the place. Most high school students need extra money, whether for a car, college, or just some spending money. There are only so many seasonal jobs up for grabs, so here are some tips ...

Xpress Expresses Themselves With a New Style of Dance

Xpress Expresses Themselves With a New Style of Dance

December 8, 2015


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By Sydney Brown After a performance by the dance group Xpress, senior Kyjaun Stringer took a moment to look at the cheering crowd. He then looked at the other members of the group surrounding him and knew the group that once nearly broke up had finally arrived, and was strong as ever.The hip hop dance gr...

Former NFL Player Quan Cosby Inspires AVID Students

Former NFL Player Quan Cosby Inspires AVID Students

November 21, 2015


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By Chase Karacostas When Quan Cosby enrolled at the University of Texas, he had already played more than four years of professional baseball. Although he decided to switch sports and join the football team at The University of Texas, academics were his main focus. “Taking AP classes was prob...

A Beautiful Mind

February 11, 2015


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By Haley Yates Kennedy White watched as dozens of kids lined up, excited to get his autograph in their copy of the first children's book he had illustrated. As they approached, Kennedy thought to himself, "this opportunity may never come again." He had the idea to have the kids sign their names...

New Teachers Take On Tech Theatre

February 3, 2015


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By Mubarrat Choudhury Creating the set for "Fiddler on the Roof," sophomore Chasyn Andrews-Philbin was stuck on the design for the exterior of the barn and the ceilings for the buildings. Tech Theatre teacher William Covington tweaked the original design for the barn to make it large and abstract...

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