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My Trip to Disney with Marching Band

My Trip to Disney with Marching Band

January 16, 2019

Over Christmas break,the marching band went to various Disney parks and Universal Studios to march in the “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas time” parade at Magic Kingdom. Before we left on Friday, we had three practices. During these practices, we practiced the piece “Freedom,” which is what we played during the parade and marching for long periods of time, so we would get a feel for what...

Dunbar is a Penitentiary? I Don’t Agree

Dunbar is a Penitentiary? I Don’t Agree

December 17, 2018

On Dec. 12 the Lexington Herald-Leader reported on a story about students who presented to lawmakers data they had collected via a survey to our student body. In their presentation they said the survey indicated major problems with the recent addition of metal detectors to our school. The article begins, "Instead of feeling more secure from walk-through metal detectors and daily bag searches ...

Why Being the Middle Child is the Best

Why Being the Middle Child is the Best

December 16, 2018

In the highly controversial argument of who is the best child, a lot of people say it’s the oldest because they get whatever they want, and others say it’s the youngest because they get away with everything. But, obviously, the middle child is the best. Maybe I’m just biased because I’m the middle of five, but then again, wouldn’t I know the best? With the oldest siblings, parents a...

My Journey with Rania

My Journey with Rania

December 14, 2018

I recently got a brand new puppy and her name is Raina. She is an Australian Shepherd and a Blue Heeler mix. She has loads of energy and is very smart. Right now I’m at the stage of crate training and potty training Raina. This has been a learning experience for both her and for me. In the past I have helped potty train other dogs, but never my own. Let me tell you, it is hard at first...

Texas A&M v. LSU

Texas A&M v. LSU

December 12, 2018

For Thanksgiving break, I went to Texas to visit my family and attend the Texas A&M vs. LSU game. My father’s side of the family consists of many former students of Texas A&M. Every time we visit Texas, we always visit significant historical markers, like the story of Cynthia Ann Parker, one of my sister’s favorites.  College Station, Texas, is like another home of mine. This trip my Uncle W...

This will get you ready for YOUR college interview

This will get you ready for YOUR college interview

December 10, 2018

There’s nothing more stressful for graduating students than the idea of college. Where do they want to go? What scholarships should they investigate? What college is the best fit? Without a doubt, stress is on the rise. When I recently applied to college, I thought the stress would have ceased after clicking the submit button. However, a couple weeks after I submitted the application, I checked...

“Unsafe, Vulnerable, and Belittled”: The Legal Rights of Transgender Students

“Unsafe, Vulnerable, and Belittled”: The Legal Rights of Transgender Students

December 4, 2018

As a transgender male, I worry every day about losing my life because of being who I am, and some of my biggest worries have come from other students, and even some teachers, at my school. Students don’t realize that when I walk the hallways I hear them whispering things like “Pinocchio” and “freak.” They think I don't see their stares, but I do. Some teachers purposefully do not use...

Horse and Goat: An Unlikely Friendship

Horse and Goat: An Unlikely Friendship

December 3, 2018

I've grown up around horses, and I have always been fascinated by them. My father is the one to blame for this. He would always take me to the stables and teach all about the sport. And, to this day, it's one of our favorite pastimes. Every time I would go to the stables, I would always see some horses with a small companion… a goat. I always wondered “Why in the world are there goats on a hor...

School Makes Reading Less Enjoyable

School Makes Reading Less Enjoyable

November 15, 2018

Whether it was bedtime stories with parents or just a random book with a cover that grabbed our attention, reading has been a part of students' lives for a long time. Then school began, and reading turned into a chore. Instead of taking the time to enjoy a book, we spend time stressing about the work that goes along with it. For instance, starting in middle school, we had required summer rea...

No Halloween Masks Allowed

No Halloween Masks Allowed

October 30, 2018

While many high school students have given up on the notion of going door to door getting candy from neighbors, some still have a desire to keep Halloween a playful and fun experience, while others feel they have outgrown the tradition. “I'm staying home because I think that going out and asking for candy is silly, given that I don't even like candy that much,” sophomore Ben Chen said.  Ac...

I Went on 17 College Visits

I Went on 17 College Visits

October 25, 2018

The college application process can be both exciting and stressful. I just sent in my eleventh and final (as of now) college application and while it feels like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders I am now filled with new feelings of anticipation and excitement. Where will I get accepted? And once I get accepted how will I know which school is the perfect school for me? I have found...

The Stress of High School

The Stress of High School

October 24, 2018

For many students, the mere thought of checking their grades fills them with dread, not because they’re necessarily bad, but because many of these students are pressured by their parents, friends and especially their school to get perfect grades with little to no room for imperfection. The stress that many students are facing due to the extreme amount of pressure to get perfect grades is taking...