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After school was shut down last year, sophomore Caroline Lehmann struggled to meet the demand of AP classes and felt isolated.

Inching forward

Pandemic, isolation impacts sophomore's mental health
Muna Nnamani April 13, 2021

Last spring, sophomore Caroline Lehmann rested her head on her pillow and tried to sleep. But her mind wouldn’t stop racing. I still have to turn in Canvas assignments. I’m not ready for...

It has been about a year since the COVID-19 pandemic put students' lives on hold, causing an increase in anxiety and loneliness.

Lost connections

Sophia Craig and Shriya Mukkavilli April 12, 2021

The pandemic has taken a toll on students’ mental health. According to a study done by the KFF, a national health polling institution, 56 percent of young adults reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive...

Kate began to suspect she was bisexual in middle school. She is now dating another girl but is not out to her parents.

Bisexual student dates while closeted from parents

Madi Olivier February 25, 2021

*Names have been changed to protect the identities of those involved At Kate’s* house, sound is everything. It’s the reason she and her girlfriend, Sarah*, prefer to stay there. Kate has the...

Junior Sydney Battiste came out when she was 11 years old. She identifies as bisexual.

True colors

Junior reflects on coming out to friends and family
Shriya Mukkavilli February 23, 2021

Junior Sydney Battiste didn’t know how her mom would react to her coming out as pansexual and genderfluid at 11. Her mom was supportive when other family members came out before, but Sydney still...

Increased acceptance and representation has opened the door for more teens to identify as LGBTQ+ than previous generations.

Finding pride

LGBTQ+ identity increases among teens
Madi Olivier, Sophia Craig, and Shriya Mukkavilli February 16, 2021

Recent trends show that today’s teenagers are more likely to identify as LGBTQ+ than previous generations. In 2017, GLAAD found that 20 percent of people between the ages 18 and 34 identify as LGBTQ+....

Editorial: Drug testing isn’t the best option for students

The Marquee Staff December 23, 2020

Editor’s note: This story was a part of the in-depth package of our Dec. 16, 2020 issue, which was named as a superior in-depth package in the 2021 TAJE Best of Texas contest. We tried drug...

Board of Trustees Vice President Tracy Scott Miller announced his idea to randomly drug test students in late October to help reduce drug abuse in schools. However, it is unclear if his plan will gain enough support to be voted upon or approved by the school board.

Test questions

Discussion of reviving student drug screening arises in district

Editor’s note: This story was a part of the in-depth package of our Dec. 16, 2020 issue, which was named as a superior in-depth package in the 2021 TAJE Best of Texas contest.

Teenagers have become more active in politics in recent years, especially with the upcoming presidential election.

Rookies in the ring

Political involvement increases among students
Madi Olivier October 30, 2020

Editor's note: This story was included in the portfolio that was named superior in the 2021 TAJE Best of Texas contest. Although America has a history of low voter turnout from the younger generations,...

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.

Crafts for a cause

Junior starts non-profit to sew masks
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...

Editorial: COVID-19 pandemic shouldn’t be blamed on race

Marquee Staff April 27, 2020

Ever since the coronavirus entered the United States, it has forced widespread closures and caused drastic changes. With the outbreak affecting life as we know it, some have used the place of...

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.

Beyond the location

Coronavirus impacts junior's family
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...

The Flower Mound Sally Beauty Supply posts flyers announcing changes being made due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 21.

Texas governor reopens retail businesses

Ayra Charania April 27, 2020

Texas coronavirus cases peaked on April 22 — April 26, with zero shortages in hospital beds, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Additionally, the state is projected...

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