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District Looks to New App to Curb Vaping

District Looks to New App to Curb Vaping

Destini Grayer

October 3, 2019

In an to effort give students an anonymous way to report things like vaping, bullying and violence, a district committee unveiled an app named "Anonymous Alerts" at the beginning of the school year.The RISD website says “Anonymous Alerts® allows students or parents to quickly, easily and anony...

Theatre Magnet Changes Name

Theatre Magnet Changes Name

Mia Lynn

October 2, 2019

In hopes of more accurately representing the program, the Theatre Magnet chose to change their name to The Theatre Collective. A committee including the theatre directors, current and past students, and parents had three meetings where they discussed the future of the program and its importance to the co...

Comedian Jeff Dunham returns to old stomping grounds

Comedian Jeff Dunham returns to old stomping grounds

Megan Smith

March 22, 2019

The biggest library fine Jeff Dunham ever paid was $10,000. As a little boy he wandered up to the Dallas Book Mobile, a traveling library sponsored by the Dallas Public Library, and checked out a book on ventriloquism. He read the book, taught himself how to be a puppeteer and never returned it. Years la...

BluePrint Gallery

BluePrint Gallery

Daphne Lynd and Brooklyn Samuels

March 1, 2019

Senior Lily Flandorfer’s six by four foot canvas was exhibited at the Blue Print Gallery in Dallas after hours of slaving away as she sketched, painted and perfected the piece. Blue Print sponsors a student event that stretches across the metroplex, where students are given the opportunity to sell t...

Archilla Makes Directorial Debut with ‘Legally Blonde’

Archilla Makes Directorial Debut with ‘Legally Blonde’

James Nagele

February 25, 2019

With the roaring applause dying down, director Erik Archilla walked onto the auditorium stage, flowers in hand, to congratulate the seniors of his first-ever musical.The Theatre Magnet chose Legally Blonde, a musical that has a strong message about women empowerment, as their spring play along with a ne...

RISD Board Settles Lawsuit, Changes How Board Members are Elected

RISD Board Settles Lawsuit, Changes How Board Members are Elected

Megan Smith

February 19, 2019

After a lawsuit was filed by former board member David Tyson to change the district's at-large voting system, RISD board members voted unanimously on Feb. 5 to settle and move to a single-member district system for school board elections. The agreement provides for a new electoral system consisting...

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,...

Football Finishes with 5 Wins

Football Finishes with 5 Wins

Caeden Sargent

November 30, 2018

After notching five wins, the most in Head Coach Greg Pel's tenure, the football team will head into the off season with ever-growing expectations for continued improvement. Missing the playoffs by only one game, varsity finished the season 5-5, and 3-4 in district play. "After the win against...

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...

One Win Away

One Win Away

Caeden Sargent

November 9, 2018

This season comes down to one of the most hyped football games in Richardson's history tonight at Eagle-Mustang Stadium against rival Lake Highlands.The matchup is the final game of the regular season has major playoff implications. Both the Eagles and Wildcats will go into this must-win game with reco...

So long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen

So long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen

Daphne Lynd

November 8, 2018

After teaching German in RISD for 11 years, teacher Kevin Smith got a call notifying him that German would no longer be offered as a class. “I kind of wondered what I was going to do because I had been a German teacher for so long, and it's kinda like ‘who am I’ if I'm not a a German teacher,"...

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