The Rider Chronicle

‘Farthest Thing from Paralyzed’

‘Farthest Thing from Paralyzed’

Kiersten Scott, Co-editor

June 1, 2015


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Dr. Hailey, my optometrist, studies me “this is the third eye infection I’ve seen this year,” he said. The right half of my face was paralyzed at birth and while I have regained almost complete muscle control my right eye still can’t close fully on its own. “You poor thing,” he said. “Because you can’t blink properly your eye is chronically dehydrated.”

She Almost Died: Near Death Experience Gives Sorge A New Calling

She Almost Died: Near Death Experience Gives Sorge A New Calling

Sara Sorge, Guest Reporter

December 15, 2014


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At 4 a.m. on April 20, 2013, my mom rushed me to the ER. I remember thinking as we pulled up to United Regional that the whole experience was surreal. When I got to the hospital the doctors said I was hemorrhaging uncontrollably, but they didn’t know why so they hooked me up to an IV, gave me a...

75-hour Challenge Leads To Band Audition

75-hour Challenge Leads To Band Audition

Lane Maddox, Reporter

December 12, 2014


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“Letter N, you may begin your audition,” the room monitor says to the girl next to me. I sit in the ready chair to her right, my palms sweating, as I try to control my breathing and will my heartbeat to slow down. I wipe my clammy hands on my jeans, trying to maintain my composure. You can do...

The Call That Changed My Life

The Call That Changed My Life

Cintia Vickery, Reporter

December 12, 2014


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May 27, 2014. As I woke up from a deep sleep, I felt a knot in my throat. I went to school, and I was unusually quiet. As I sat down in my classes, I felt out of place and uneasy. Something was not right, I just felt as if something bad was going to happen at any moment. And I was not ready for it....

I’m A College Kid

I’m A College Kid

Alyssa Matthews, Reporter

December 12, 2014


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“All your life you’ve been treated like special little snowflakes,” The Professor says as he locks both doors. “It is my job to tell you that you’re not special at all.” 80 hot sweaty kids, dressed in everything from midriffs to freshly pressed tuxedos listen attentively, hanging on the...

Last Year. Alone.

Last Year. Alone.

Samantha Harbottle, Reporter

December 1, 2014


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Senior year is supposed to be exciting and something to look forward to. You are nervous about prom and who is going to ask you. You have all these senior activities that will make great memories for you to look back on in the future. There is just one thing wrong. My parents made me move to a comple...

Exchanging Perspectives: Goodbye

Exchanging Perspectives: Goodbye

Abbey Hood

November 10, 2014


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My exchange journey is coming to an end, and I have really mixed emotions about this. On one hand I am super excited to see all my family and friends again, but on the other hand I am extremely sad to say goodbye to all my friends here. I have had such an amazing time here in Wichita Falls, which has...

Exchanging Perspectives Part 2

Exchanging Perspectives Part 2

Abbey Hood, Reporter

October 20, 2014


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In Australia I lived right by Lake Albert so the front of my house was all glass making it easy to admire the view. I recall sitting at the table eating Weet-Bix for breakfast when all of a sudden a group of five kangaroos go hopping by, one with a joey in its pouch. I would always take my time admiring...

Exchanging Perspectives Part 1

Exchanging Perspectives Part 1

Abbey Hood, Reporter

October 10, 2014


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When I first found out I had a host family I was over the moon, and then I found out they lived in Texas. I was originally very hesitant but I decided to stay open minded and say yes, which was one of the greatest decisions I have ever made! Texas is nothing like I originally imagined. For some unknown...

It’s More Than Just A Challenge

It’s More Than Just A Challenge

Emily Carroll, Co-Editor

August 22, 2014


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The pick kept slipping through his hands. As he tried over and over to play his guitar, cousin Kent realized the lack of feeling in his right thumb. He thought it was just a case of arthritis, which would have made sense at the age of 55. After a while, the ability to simply hold a cup was a struggle....

Coping With Celiac’s

Ashlynn Giles, Reporter

March 14, 2014


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It started at Christmas. I passed out in the bathroom and my uncle had to knock the door down. I woke up on the couch with a cold rag on my head. I missed Christmas junior year. I spent it in bed. Sick. Sick wasn’t that unusual for me, but I didn’t understand why. The doctor wanted to...

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