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Joanne Chavali

Joanne Chavali, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Co-Editor-in-Chief Joanne Chavali is here at the final frontier of her high school career. She has endured too much stress for a 17-year-old to face, an endless stream of homework assignments and three painful physics projects too many. There’s a valley that separates her junior year from college and she can either fall into the senioritis river and climb back out just in time for the next chapter of her life to begin, or she can build a bridge across. Even the path beyond is shrouded over in the many insecurities she faces about her future. While she may not have decided which way to get past the valley yet, she does know that she can walk in success on her future path and overcome the challenges it holds whether they be college or grad school after that, or even attempting to bleach out the latest hair dye from her shower. If you manage to find her relaxing, she’s probably sipping tea, or watching a classic angst movie from the 90’s. If you catch her in a panic, you may see the taillights of a car heading for downtown Houston (and her brother).Senior year: the final frontier of the real teenage experience. She hopes to make it a wonderful journey.

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A small rodent in one of the carefully planned biomes inside the Houston Zoo still attempts to dig itself out and escape from its enclosure. Repeated signs of escape generally stem from little to no stimulation provided for the animals.

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June 2, 2017
A slightly overweight meerkat perches uncomfortably on its tail for an unnatural amount of time, showcasing a symptom of ARB. Meerkats are a social mammal and generally live with a bigger colony. In giving them their social needs, the zoo also made their living situation more cramped with the larger amount of animals.

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June 2, 2017
Finding relief from the sun in the shade closest to the gates, a cheetah rests no less than three feet away from guests. Their enclosure is about the size of a bigger backyard while they are the fastest land animal on the planet with speeds reaching 70 miles per hour.

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June 2, 2017
The bear in a different part of his routine, makes the same gestures. He walked to the opposite side of his enclosure, and got as close to the edge as possible, then tested the air.  ARB is usually treated by placing toys or other ways for the animals to distract themselves. Though the bear enclosure had an elaborate obstacle course and a ball, this bear still showed signs of ARB.

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June 2, 2017
Community members celebrate the official opening of Willow Fork Park with food, fun and game. The park technically opened early last November, but they hosted the grand opening April 1.

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June 2, 2017
The park spans over 32 acres of land that was empty prior to construction. Bonds funded this project which is part of Phase 2 of the districts improvement plan. It contains rolling hills, disk golf, a playground and a man made lake for fishing or kayaking.

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June 2, 2017
Berripop offers frozen yogurt or cotton candy on the Texas spring day of the park opening. Familiar food shops served park goers.

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June 2, 2017
Uberrito, also located in Lacentarra, serves nachos and burritos to paying customers.

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June 2, 2017
Milkweed plants offer food for the monarch butterflys offspring. As said in the picture, the eggs are laid on these plants and the caterpillars later eat them. There are multiple other signs in the park noting the additions to the land.

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June 2, 2017
Princesses Snow White and Cinderella station near the opening of the park to welcome guests, especially children, with a photo. Other princesses were spotted around the path.

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June 2, 2017
Princess Tiana from 2009 New Orleans based Princess and the Frog appears near the Mardi Gras tents of the park. Children could also had a photo opportunity with her.

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April 1, 2017
Princess Belle, protagonist of recent live-action movie, Beauty and the Beast, stands with a child as her mom and a professional photographer takes pictures.

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April 1, 2017

Building a legacy

February 13, 2017
Portrait cards sell for $1.00. Each card take Muzaffar about 10 minutes each to make.

Cards for a cause

January 5, 2017
Sherrie Christian played by junior Skyler Sadler waits in the wings for her cue at dress rehearsal. Christian moved to California from the Midwest to become an actress and instantly hits it off with Boley (Boyd).

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October 13, 2016
Waitress #1, played by senior Hannah Fallin, protests as Franz Klinemann, played by senior Diego Villanueva, begins to take measurements of The Bourban room while Stacee Jaxx (Stewart) performs for the crowd. The bar was forcefully seized from Dennis Dupree (Regner) by the Klinemanns push for clean living.

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October 13, 2016
Senior Adriana Salazar joins the chorus of a song. Cast and crew member will often sing or dance along backstage as the action plays out center stage.

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October 13, 2016
Cast members dance along to the beat as the show opens on The Bourbon Room, a Hollywood bar in jeopardy of being replaced by clean living.

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October 13, 2016
Stacee Jaxx played by senior Kiara Stewart rocks out as fog envelops the band. The prop stage built onto the actual stage allows Jaxx (Stewart) to perform for The Bourbon Room. Boley asked Jaxx to play at the bar to raise money.

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October 13, 2016
Drew Boley played by senior Dylan Boyd opens for Stacee Jaxx (Stewart), a rockstar about to split from his original band at the Wednesday dress rehearsal. The two end up as love rivals, both fighting over the attention of Sherrie Christian (Sadler).

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October 13, 2016
Drew Boley played by Senior Dylan Boyd sings one of his many songs as he tries to win the affections of  aspiring actress Sherrie Christian.

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October 13, 2016
Joey Primo, played by junior Micah Boyd, finally has a chance to sing for adoring fans. Throughout the play, Primo constantly tried to get the mic. He was also an overenthusiastic protester, often reprimanded by Lonny Barnett (Davis).

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October 13, 2016
Senior Joya Atallah begins to fix Boyds hair during intermission. His hair style changes from Act 1 to Act 2, so dress rehearsals like this one allow hair stylists to practice getting an actor ready for the stage.

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October 13, 2016
Junior Anna Claire Galli and senior Cecily Lazaro apply makeup to Elyssabeth Pratt who played thhe mayor and one of the Venus-A-Go-Go dancers between acts.

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October 13, 2016
Set crew moves the backdrops between scenes to show the differences between the settings of The Bourbon Room and the street outside. Set crew is also responsible for building the entirety of the set.

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October 13, 2016
Junior Sydney Lavigne, co-crew head of set and senior Jose Zoghbi, Student Technical Director, dab as junior Rachel Regner, who plays Dennis Dupree, owner of the Bourbon Room, prepares to go onstage. Crew often dance along to the rockin music of the 80s showcased in this production.

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October 13, 2016
Hilda Klinemann, played by junior Kaia Helmer, stops Anita Bath, played by senior Madeline Swift, from setting herself on fire in protest of the changes to Sunset Boulevard. The two are actually pitted against each other by their different moral compasses, but their love for Franz (Villanueva) ultimately solves their rift.

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October 13, 2016
Lonny Barnett, played by senior Cody Davis, consoles Boley (Boyd), as it seems like nothing is going his way. Barnett is the narrator of the play, but it is also later revealed that he is in love with Dennis Dupree (Regner).

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October 13, 2016
Crew members Anna Medina and Arya Bhakare rest for a few moments in between scene changes. They are a part of the team that moves the set, adjusts lighting and sound, and lowers and raises the curtain.

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October 13, 2016
Franz (Villanueva) looks shocked as his mother, Hilda, (Helmer) threatens to hit him. He breaks into Hit Me With Your Best Shot  after the realization. Villanueva was a hit in the musical as he received standing ovations from a loving crowd.

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October 13, 2016
Actresses Helmer and Fallin wait backstage for their cues as the rest of center stage is illuminated by a show light. Light and sound crews were headed by sophomores and co-crew heads Amna Rehman and Matthew Humphreys, and senior crew head Ruaraidh MacLeod.

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October 13, 2016
Assistant principal Kay Fenn explains how each cupcake was different from its competitors.

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April 11, 2016
Judges discuss the cupcakes after tasting and carefully looking at each presentation. The panel of judged consisted of assistant principal Kay Fenn, and librarians Denise Bassham and Penny Mather.

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April 11, 2016
Sophomore Abby Comin and Senior Bonnie Holt and her teammate stand with their winning cupcake presentation.

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April 11, 2016
One team decided to structure their presentation around Starbucks coffee.
These cupcakes really capture the essence of Starbucks, Kay Fenn said. The presentation is a little messy, but the taste is amazing.

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April 11, 2016
One team presents their cupcakes off a design based on pandas.

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April 11, 2016
Students taking part in the competition create a set-up where they place their cupcake creations to make a beautiful display.

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April 11, 2016
Students drizzle chocolate and caramel on top of their Starbucks inspired cupcakes as a finishing touch.

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April 11, 2016
Bonnie Holt finishes off her panda cupcakes with a small mouth in black icing.

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April 11, 2016
Freshman Blake Alcede carefully places his cupcakes as presentation is very important in the judging process.

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April 11, 2016
Juniors Bianca Chavez and Venae Gonzalez speak to their teacher, Melinda Kowalczuk, after decorating and tasting their cupcakes.

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April 11, 2016
These chocolate cupcakes, topped with white icing and granulated sugar, serve as the base for a panda design.

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April 11, 2016
Competitors pile whipped cream on top of their Starbucks inspired treats in a bid to make them more resemble the chains iconic frappuccino.

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April 11, 2016
Juniors Julia Douglas, Venae Gonzalez, Bianca Chavez, and Angela Franco begin the decorating process of their cupcakes.

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April 11, 2016
This years Academy Awards came under fire from critics who accused it of being too white.

Sins of Hollywood

March 16, 2016
The three wrestling coaches end the sendoff and walk behind the procession.

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February 19, 2016
Seven wrestlers are headed to state, after a fierce competition at regions.

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February 19, 2016
Swimmers on their way to state wear maroon shirts showing where they are headed.

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February 19, 2016
There are 14 swimmers making there way to next level of UIL competition where they will compete against the best athletes in the state.

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February 19, 2016
Bass drums sounds a beat as the miniature parade make their way to the rotunda.

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February 19, 2016
The tenor drums join the sendoff, and play a beat for onlookers.

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February 19, 2016
Band members are a part of the procession. These snare players march through the hallway.

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February 19, 2016
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