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No Longer Terrified, Ready

“I never once thought that despite all the sadness that surrounds someone, it could inspire such happiness. I knew it existed and it happened to people, but I didn’t think it would happen to me (as cliché as that sounds). I’m excited to start at Midwestern and I feel so blessed by all of the support I have gotten from my people. Thank you for everyone that had a hand in my life up until this point, the teachers, my friends, the people I interviewed, everyone. It’s a bittersweet goodbye, but one I’m okay making now.”

Cortney Wood, Co-Editor-in-Chief

May 23, 2016

The countdown is on. Only a handful of days linger until the final bell rings on May 27 and I am finished with high school forever, and I’m finally okay saying I am a senior and I am ready to graduate. It took a lot for me to sit down and actually write my first column that was in the January/February...

STAAR Restricts Students’ Learning

STAAR Restricts Students’ Learning

April 22, 2016

College demands facts and information and not the confusing packet that results in a non-crediting score, the STAAR. Many of the lesson plans in place in core classes have been shortened to accommodate for the tests sponsored by the state. The teachers tell us what ‘might’ be on the tests...

Eyes On The Road

Eyes On The Road

Cortney Wood, Co-Editor-in-Chief

April 22, 2016

Despite the facts that one in five crashes in Texas each year involve distracted driving and eight people die a day in the United States because of distracted driving, people continue to drive two ton machines with their eyes glued to their phone to pick the next song they will jam to in the car. Everyone...

Spring Back Into Class After Break

Spring Back Into Class After Break

March 11, 2016

Spring break starts soon, and every student, teacher and staff member will book it out of this building with their sights set on relaxation. But, although Netflix will run for the next nine days straight, after everyone returns from the well-deserved break, don’t fall into the trap of just skirting...

Make Your Voice Heard

Make Your Voice Heard

February 12, 2016

There are only 272 days until the 2016 Presidential Election. When the day finally arrives on Nov. 8, the United States will choose the next leader of the nation. The voice of this generation rides on the seniors. As they transition into adulthood, the seniors need to register to vote to ensure that...

Terrified, But Ready…I Guess

“It’s weird because as crazy and loud as I am, when it comes to taking pictures, I’m anything but center stage. If I’m the one in the selfie, it’s usually a goofy face in 100 different pictures on somebody’s phone because I blew up their camera roll. I don’t like pictures of me, so whenever there is a genuine picture, it’s going to be a group picture with the people I love most.”

Cortney Wood, Co-Editor-In-Chief

February 12, 2016

Take a bow, the grand finale, the last lap. The ways of saying it are endless.  It’s the end. Senior year. This is the first time I have written those words, and I hate that. I graduate this year, and it terrifies me. I’m the exact opposite of every other senior. Everyone I hear ha...

There’s No Place Like Home

In 2012 my family went to the Amazon jungle for my 14th birthday. We kayaked the river, played with monkeys, held macaws, and climbed a 100-meter tree then zip-lined through the jungle.

Makayla Schnaufer, Reporter

December 18, 2015

Little Screen, Big Distraction

Little Screen, Big Distraction

December 18, 2015

WFISD set in place a new cell phone policy before the start of the year which allows students to use their phones during lunch and between classes. However, students are abusing this freedom and are using their phones non-stop throughout the school day. This is frustrating teachers and disrupting ...

Uprooted: Secret Life Of A Military Kid

While living in South Korea, senior Miranda Darné was able to see the DMZ and step into North Korea by entering the Joint Security Area.

Miranda Darné, Managing Editor

December 18, 2015

We entered a small room filled with other children like my siblings and I. Sadness was etched on their faces. I was old enough to know what was going on, so when my parents tried to cheer me up I wanted none of it. A man opened the door and started rallying the others saying it was time to go....

Infamous Infestation

Infamous Infestation

November 20, 2015

8:49 p.m., Tuesday, October 27th. They sat grouped around a computer, chatting as they finished up the October paper deadline.  Two editors and their adviser, completely unsuspecting of what was about to drop down on them. Literally. It crawled its way out of a hole in the ceiling, right above...

Boots Off The Ground

Chris Greenwood rappels from the top of Treadwell Tower at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.
Photo provided by Colonel Kuhl.

Chris Greenwood, Reporter

November 20, 2015

I thought the Wednesday of Sept. 23 was going to be a blast because I was ECA from school. I wasn’t thinking about the tower that I was to rappel from that same day. I’ve always been scared of heights, and I missed school only to be terrified beyond belief. Being enrolled in the JROTC (Junior...

Water In The Third World

Water In The Third World

Savannah Dickson, Reporter

November 2, 2015

Living in Wichita Falls, we think we know what a water crisis is. As a town we went through a stage five drought which meant recycled toilet and shower water, dead ugly lawns and no trips to the lake. However, the 2.5 billion people who don’t have clean enough water to remain healthy would consider...

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