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Life outside ‘the bubble’

Life outside ‘the bubble’

Ayra Charania

March 15, 2020

Junior Angela Abraham’s mind was clouded with worries as she sat on the couch. The TV flashed images of her family’s flooded hometown, Kerala. Citizens were trapped, left to either starve in their houses or be bitten by water snakes. Abraham saw that some were able to escape by raft, but she was...

Over hurdles and fences

Over hurdles and fences

Adriana Pueskens

March 13, 2020

The Bridlewood stables were filled with horses. Senior Ashleigh Jooste, then 10, held on as her horse jumped over a fence in the ring. But she suddenly realized her body wasn’t in the right position, causing her to fall off. Jooste had been riding for a year and was thrown off before. A week earlier,...

Mirror image

Mirror image

Samantha Thornfelt

March 12, 2020

Staring at the face in the mirror, tears rolled down Ryann Taylor’s cheeks. Her eyes continued to well up as she thought of the cute, button-nosed girls she’d seen in her classes. They were perfect. They’d never have to change. Ryann hated her nose. She had since she was 6. She had never liked...

Finding hope without a home

Finding hope without a home

Ayra Charania

February 4, 2020

Leah* never thought she would find more safety in her car than her home. She was parked in the middle of the pitch black Walmart parking lot, laying in the back seat of her truck with only a pillow tucked below her dark black waves and a pair of thin clothes. The heat choked her breathing and the ...

Starting a new chapter

Starting a new chapter

Madi Olivier

January 31, 2020

For the past 18 years, Marcus has been like a second home for English teacher Mindy Sample. In addition to working with students, she watched her daughters graduate and her husband coach the football team to one of the first Battle of the Axe wins. She was there when Marcus Smart dominated the basketball ...

A second chance

A second chance

Madi Olivier

January 31, 2020

Editor’s note: this story was named as a superior feature in the TAJE Best in Texas contest. The man he saw in the mirror wasn’t him. He barely recognized himself in the overweight college freshman who stared back. He still felt like the high school senior who played football. Back then, he was 6...

Small blessings

Small blessings

McKenna Cowley

January 31, 2020

Editor’s note: this story was named as a superior news feature in the TAJE Best in Texas contest. Highland Village resident Kristie Baysinger went outside with her kids and called 911 while her husband tried to tame the flames in the attic with a water hose. After the operator told everyone to e...

Pregnant pause

Pregnant pause

Samantha Thornfelt

January 31, 2020

Former LISD student Blaklee Briggs felt her throat tighten as her mom parked the car. “You know you don’t have to do this,” LeAnn said. “This is your choice. This secret will stay between us.” Blaklee sat quietly in the car. She held back tears as they walked inside the building....

Branching into Christmas season

Branching into Christmas season

Ayra Charania

December 23, 2019

Flower Mound resident Kim Berg passed one lonely tree every time he commuted to work at the airport during the holiday season. It was off to the side of Highway 121 and had a single garland wrapped around it. “It would just put a smile on my face,” Berg said. “Just imagine how many other people got satisfaction having seen that one...

STEMinism

STEMinism

Ayra Charania

December 16, 2019

Sophomore Rhea Karumuru was an introvert trying to be an extrovert. She fiddled with the zipper of her leather jacket.  Up. Down. Up. Down. She tried to do it discreetly, wanting to appear collected. Karumuru awkwardly stood in the conference room, taking in her surroundings. It was crowded with members of If/Then She Can, an...

More than metal straws

More than metal straws

Nikhita Ragam

December 16, 2019

As environmental awareness has increased worldwide, millions of teens have united to address the issue of climate change. Junior Katherine Eddleman is one of them and has promoted the cause of climate activism by starting the Environmental Club. While in San Antonio for a volleyball tournament around...

Flying past the competition

Flying past the competition

Adriana Pueskens

December 12, 2019

She could see the blinking lights of instruments in the cockpit and hear the muffled transmissions of the plane through her headphones. As the plane lifted off, senior Emma Eidmann felt the ground fall beneath her as the sky opened up. To her, the earth from above was calming. Climb. Gain altitude to ...

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