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Changing tune

Orchestra Director Allison Washler executing beats and tempos.

Muna Nnamani

September 29, 2020

Like many other school departments, the performing arts will be making changes to their curriculum for COVID-19 to ensure student safety and productivity. “We are doing what we can to make this a growth year and not just a ‘survive and maintain’ year,” Assistant Choir Director Drew Howard said. ...

Going virtual

English teacher Ashley Gandy spends each day in her empty classroom teaching virtual classes.

Sophia Craig

September 28, 2020

English teacher Ashley Gandy has taught classes full of students for the last 14 years. However, this year she sees an empty classroom as she gets ready for her day. The desks are stacked and pushed to the front of the room, and the students are at home in their pajamas.  This year she only teaches ...

Crafts for a cause

Junior Maddie Felan (left) recently started the non-
profit organization All in for Children with her brother, Nick Felan (center), and his girlfriend, Elizabeth Garcia Creighton (right). The group sews masks for children in hospitals.

Adriana Pueskens

April 28, 2020

Similar to many students in quarantine, junior Maddie Felan has been keeping herself busy with new projects. However, instead of spending her free time finding new hobbies, she’s decided to create a non-profit organization called All in for Children to help make masks for kids in hospitals. While...

Live out loud

Head Softball Coach Christy Tumilty and her daughter, senior Kamdyn King, at the 2019 Marquette Christmas show.

Renee Gomez

April 28, 2020

A couple walked the waxed white floors of the mall as the scent of over-salted pretzels wafted through the air. In the bustle of it all, they held hands without rings as their kids joined the overall commotion, spiraling in and out of the toy stores and ever-distracting kiosks “Hey, are you guys sister...

Beyond the location

Junior Maggie Ku's father, who also experienced the SARS outbreak, says the lockdown caused by COVID-19 has been significantly more strict relative to regulations during the SARS outbreak. He has been unable to leave his house except to grab essential items like food and water and has had to have his temperature checked at every building he enters.

Ayra Charania

April 27, 2020

Junior Maggie Ku sat in her classroom, listening to her friends’ conversation while working on her assignment. They were discussing how the Corona beer stock dropped when the topic of coronavirus came up. While filling in her answers, Maggie faintly heard one of her friends whisper to the othe...

Life outside ‘the bubble’

Officers Angela Abraham, Fiona Chung, Destiny Simpson, Renee Gomez, Neha Yawalkar, and sponsor Kaitlyn Wilson stand together. They discussed education in third world countries during the February meeting.

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

Senior Ashleigh Jooste guides her horse, Max, over a jump at a 2019 competition. She plans to study to become a large animal vet in the future.

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

Graduate Ryann Taylor hated her nose since she was 6 years old. She begged for a rhinoplasty for years before getting the procedure at 15.

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

Paper snowflakes decorated with encouraging messages hang on the ceiling of Kyle’s Place during Christmas.

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

English teacher Mindy Sample has been in education for 25 years, 18 of which were as a Marauder. Some of her favorite memories are from her time on campus.

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

Two years after surviving complications of weight loss surgery, Corey met his wife. They have a 2-year-old son. Before the procedure, Corey never really considered that he’d ever have the opportunity to have his own family.

Madi Olivier

January 31, 2020

Editor’s note: this story was named as a superior feature in the TAJE Best in Texas contest and it won second place for features in the Press Women of Texas high school contest. It also won first place and Tops in Texas for online features in the ILPC contest.  The man he saw in the mirror wasn’...

Small blessings

From left to right: Mariah Baysinger, Kristie Baysinger, Lucy Baysinger, Orrin Baysinger and Wyatt Baysinger. The Baysingers have received around $11,000 from the community donating to their GoFundMe.

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...

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