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Clarinets scale to state: seniors speak from experience

Kiana Garcia, staff writer

April 5, 2012


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There are nearly 65,000 high school musicians in Texas who try out for state level competition every year, with only 300 to 400 qualifying. Against these odds two Cougar clarinet players made it to state, each for multiple years. Senior Anne Theil qualified for State all four years of high school, a...

Past pranks, future pranks

April 5, 2012


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Senior pranks have been a tradition among the graduating classes from high schools and colleges, usually involving mayhem and outrageous tricks. Mostly thought of as a final distinguishing mark of their class to the school, these pranks require lengthy planning and careful consideration. If too chaotic,...

Foreign fantasy becomes reality

Ana Gutierrez, staff writer

April 5, 2012


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The lines get shorter as hands scribble the last bits of information on the rectangular, light-blue sheet. The sounds of voices and suitcases rolling barely drain out the questions coming out of the officer’s mouth, each inquiring about more information than the one before. On the far right the lines...

Palmer dribbles her way onto McDonalds All-American Team

Palmer dribbles her way onto McDonalds All-American Team

Camryn Fuller, staff writer

April 5, 2012


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The sound of shoes squeaking on the freshly polished floors, along with the piercing slam of a basketball pounding against the ground fills the gym as senior Megan Palmer makes her play. The Rice University signee does not hesitate to showcase her remarkable basketball skills, as recognized by the McDonald’s...

Opont forced to leave Haiti, welcomed by team in Katy

Opont forced to leave Haiti, welcomed by team in Katy

Madeline Brisson, Staff Writer

April 5, 2012


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On Jan. 12, 2010 an earthquake left Port-au-Prince, Haiti devastated. Houses and buildings crumbled; over 200,000 people were killed and around 300,000 were injured. With chaos and wreckage ravaging the streets, it was clear the earthquake would leave not only a damaging effect on Haiti’s capital ...

Cougar Stars tune in for annual Spring Show

Cougar Stars tune in for annual Spring Show

Gabrielle Deckelman, Staff Writer

April 5, 2012


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The curtains begin to rise as the quiet pitter-patter of dance shoes fill the room. All is silent as the lights flicker and suddenly the stage is filled with 78 dancers, each with a smile shining to the back row. The lights have managed to catch the sparkles of their dresses as they leap through the air...

Shatter the Silence: Students raise awareness to fight sexual slavery

Shatter the Silence: Students raise awareness to fight sexual slavery

Elizabeth Hale, Staff writer

April 5, 2012


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    Human trafficking, or the act of recruiting, transporting, or receiving a person against their will for the purpose of exploiting them, has affected the United States and other countries throughout the world, and has had devastating consequences, according to the UN Global Initiative to Fight...

Got stress? : Four surprisingly effective ways to relieve stress

Got stress? : Four surprisingly effective ways to relieve stress

Ana Gutierrez, Staff Writer

February 9, 2012


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According to Body and Soul, a website on health and happiness, blowing up a balloon requires full use of the diaphragm through deep and slow breathing, which then reduces the heart rate and relaxes the muscles in the body. “As I blew into the balloon I got all pudgy,” senior Brian Johnson said....

Letting the good times roll

Letting the good times roll

Ebone' McCall, Entertainment Editor

February 9, 2012


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Mardi Gras, also referred to as Fat Tuesday and Shrove Tuesday, is a celebration that occurs worldwide with people who want to indulge in all things they would give up for Lent—throwing festive parties and cooking celebratory food—between the Christian Epiphany and Fat Tuesday. Fat Tuesday is to ...

Internet regulation, piracy bills hit close to home

Internet regulation, piracy bills hit close to home

Shiva Mirzahaidar, staff writer

February 9, 2012


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With the recent delay of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), the debate about the government’s role in regards to internet regulation and piracy has gained the attention of media outlets and students. The bills would decrease the content available for download, including ...

Cheating on rise as students compete for top rankings

Cheating on rise as students compete for top rankings

Madeline Brisson, Staff Writer

February 9, 2012


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Staring blankly at the test, the jumble of unknown words and equations triggers panic and stress. The student’s lack of studying has set him up for failure. The thought of the look on his parents’ faces when he comes home with a failing grade brings shivers down his spine. Anxiety and desperation hits...

Motivation for learning: Teachers inspire students despite facing classroom hardships day to day

Motivation for learning: Teachers inspire students despite facing classroom hardships day to day

Kiana Garcia, staff writer

February 9, 2012


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Certain subjects have inspired many educators. Algebra II and AP Calculus teacher, Bruce Eaton, said he has always felt like a good teacher. "School was always a good experience for me," Eaton said. "I enjoyed elementary school, I enjoyed junior high, and I liked high school. In high school I felt I...

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