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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...

Column: A new era of activism

Nikhita Ragam

February 4, 2020

Editor’s note: this column was named as a superior personal opinion column in the TAJE Best in Texas contest. Climate change. #MeToo Movement. Hong Kong protests. Rohingya Muslim ethnic genocide. Civil war in Sudan. Last year was characterized by the rise of protest culture, especially amongst teens. Time Magazine recognized 17-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg as ...

Children having children

According to the CDC, Texas had the 7th highest teen birth rate in the United States in 2018. The main reason for the state's high population of teen parents is up for debate.

Madi Olivier and Ayra Charania

February 1, 2020

Editor’s note: This story was a part of the in-depth package of our Jan. 31, 2020 issue, which was named as an honorable mention for online in-depth news/feature package in the ILPC contest.  Even though the teen pregnancy rate has declined in the past 25 years, Texas had the seventh highest teenage birth rat...

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...

Pregnant pause

Former LISD student Blaklee Briggs said that the support of her parents and boyfriend, Isiah Wright, is what helped her the most throughout her pregnancy. Today, she feels lucky to have such a supportive family, as she knows many young moms aren’t as fortunate.

Samantha Thornfelt

January 31, 2020

Editor’s note: This story was a part of the in-depth package of our Jan. 31, 2020 issue, which was named as an honorable mention for online in-depth news/feature package in the ILPC contest.  Former LISD student Blaklee Briggs felt her throat tighten as her mom parked the car. “You k...

Coach comes full circle

Sam Garza passes the ball to his teammate in his signature gold cleats. He became recognized for the bright shoes that he wore on the field throughout high school.

Adriana Pueskens

January 30, 2020

Editor’s note: this story was named as an excellent sports feature in the TAJE Best in Texas contest. It also won third place for sports in the Press Women of Texas high school contest and first place for print sports features in the ILPC contest.  April 14, 2007 On the windy Saturday night, th...

LISD considers rezoning students

Enrollment at Marcus is predicted to drop to less than 3,000 students by 2022 and then 2,650 students by 2027. LISD Superintendent Dr. Kevin Rogers said the enrollment is dropping because families are staying in the area.

Madi Olivier

January 30, 2020

Editor’s note: this story won first place for news in the Press Women of Texas high school contest and first place for print news in the ILPC contest. It was also a finalist for news reporting in the Dallas Morning News high school journalism contest. In December, LISD started discussing moving st...

Health, physical education TEKS revised for first time in 22 years

Students in health and physical education classes have been expected to learn the same Texas Essentials of Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) since 1998. The Texas State Board of Education is currently revising the TEKS and is expected to make a decision in the fall.

Madi Olivier and Ayra Charania

January 29, 2020

Editor's note: This story won second place for online news writing in the ILPC contest. For the first time in 22 years, the Texas State Board of Education is revising the physical education and health Texas Essentials of Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. These changes will determine if...

Flying past the competition

Senior Emma Eidmann presents the colors alongside other AFJROTC students, representing the Marauders prior to the Homecoming football game.

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 ...

Shoot for the stars

Senior Carol Anne Starks (middle) holds a sign with two other students attending the High School Aerospace Scholars program at the NASA facility in Houston, TX. Carol Anne’s 10-person group was tasked with studying the geography of Mars.

McKenna Cowley

December 12, 2019

“Can I look at this stuff?” senior Carol Anne Starks said. She had just arrived home from a long day of middle school. Only 11, she had recently began sixth grade. Starks was talking about the old computers laying on her kitchen table among other stray parts. Her dad had brought them home from...

Butterfly effect

LISD Locksmith Debnes Magnes credits her faith for helping her discover her passion for butterfly gardening. She wants to share it with others and always has kind words for everyone.

Madi Olivier

December 10, 2019

Editor’s note: this story was named as a superior feature in the TAJE Best in Texas contest. It also won third place for print features in the ILPC contest. LISD Locksmith Debnes Magnes often goes unnoticed as she walks through the halls, pushing her cart of tools from room to room with a bright smile. Sh...

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