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Myths Around the World

Emilio Lee, Photo Editer

January 30, 2019


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For as long as mankind has been on this earth, man has made stories to explain what they believed was unexplainable, to inspire the next generation with greatness and glory, and to entertain the masses. Now whether or not these stories are true or not remains to be seen, but it is interesting to look a...

Keegan’s Recipes: Gingerbread Reindeer

Keegan’s Recipes: Gingerbread Reindeer

Keegan Oldham, Senior Design Editor

December 18, 2018


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Recipe Credited To: parents.com Ingredients 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup molasses 2 tablespoons water 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon ginger 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ...

Save our Seas Act

Keegan Oldham, Senior Design Editor

November 14, 2018


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The “Save Our Seas Act” was passed in the House Sept. 27, 2018. This bill urged President Trump to move funds to begin researching ocean pollution, prevent land based pollution, and clean current marine life pollution. This kind of bill is unlike the Trump administration as it involves a large governme...

Why you should vote

Why you should vote

Shelby Lee, Reporter

November 14, 2018


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 Young voters account for half the voting population       The younger vote has the potential to sway the election. As the baby boomers decrease in size, experts assume is is a matter of time before millennials and younger become large and powerful group driving future elections. As unf...

Crossing Religious Barriers

Crossing Religious Barriers

Bianca Fairchild, Editor In Chief

October 24, 2018


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As our First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” meaning that we, the people, have the right to choose our religion and exercise it. However, the presence of religion in public schools has been a hot topic for de...

Hidden and Hurting

Eli Sorensen, Reporter

October 24, 2018


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 I entered the library one afternoon to speak with a student about a unique struggle she was facing. I found her reading alone.  When she saw me arrive, she stood to help me find a location to begin our conversation. She gradually became somewhat nervous and on edge. The topic of our discussion was...

College or Vocational: Pros & Cons

Emilio Lee, Photo Editer

May 29, 2018


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The goal of District 91 is to make all students college and career ready, but once seniors face graduation, they have to decide if college will actually make them career ready, or if pursuing a vocation is a better choice. College: This seems to be the choice teachers push most, but it really isn’t ...

Isabel Gonzalez-Salazar: More than just a painting

Isabel Gonzalez-Salazar: More than just a painting

Alejandra Salinas, Editor in Chief

May 2, 2018


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 With a pencil in hand, Isabel Gonzalez-Salazar (11) has been expressing her personal ideas on a canvas. “I started because it was a way to express myself by displaying my artwork in front of others. It granted me individuality and uniqueness,” Salazar said. Not only has she been doing drawing since sh...

Advantages of Arts in Education

Emilio Lee, Photo Editer

May 2, 2018


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 Whenever money for education is tight, school districts across the nation start to talk about cutting programs. What programs are often at the top of the chopping block? Sadly, it’s the arts. But why? Why are the arts being cast into the shadows by other programs? The arts are just as essential ...

Obesity in children under five rises

Alejandra Salinas, Editor in Chief

April 2, 2018


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 It has been found that obesity has aroused in children under the age of five. After a study conducted by the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research, it was found that one in three children are overweight before their fifth birthday. This is risky situation because if a child stays obese,...

Weight watchers offers 6 weeks free for teens

Weight watchers offers 6 weeks free for teens

Salma Gomez

April 2, 2018


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Weight watchers is offering free six-week memberships for teens between the age of 13 and 17 this summer.The requirements to join the program are to obtain a doctor's referral, to get parent/guardian signature, and to not be suffering from a chronic illness or under a long term medication. The compa...

Veganism: key to end world hunger

Cassidy Monson, Reporter

February 6, 2018


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  World hunger is obviously a huge problem; it’s an epidemic people have been working on ending for a long time. Many solutions have come up, and many pick away at the problem, but none have actually made a big enough difference to be considered successful.   According to the Food Aid Foundation, 7...

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