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An all-too familiar past: unfolding two of the past centuries’ deadliest pandemics

(top)Seattle drugstore employees gather downtown amid 1918's influenza pandemic
(bottom)Pedestrians crossing the streets of downtown New York City mid- COVID-19 pandemic, 2020

By Gabi Rodriguez, Features/ Sports Editor

May 13, 2020

With the global population enduring the unwelcomed arrival of COVID-19, our lifestyles have unanimously veered into a bender. We find ourselves in an age with no guidelines, where the amount of honors classes and life experience seem to fall short of preparing us to live in the wake of a pandemic. This...

Operation Facetime Fiesta: a virtual birthday celebration

On April 17th, 2020, I threw my first online birthday party via Zoom.

By Gabi Rodriguez, Features/ Sports Editor

April 28, 2020

Currently, reality is like the bag of frozen peas at the bottom of your freezer: frozen and never to leave the confines of its residence. Yet, just because life has seemingly paused doesn’t mean that the world has stopped spinning. The clocks still tick, the days still crawl forward, and evidently, th...

My orbit: what COVID-19 means for an immunocompromised household

Cesar Rodriguez commences another day of work in his new, but familiar environment.

By Gabi Rodriguez, Features/ Sports Editor

April 16, 2020

Cesar Rodriguez was one of the first people sent home from work not long after the first COVID-19 cases began to infiltrate Harris County. Not only has he worked at the MD Anderson Cancer Center for the past 20 years, but he is now one of their cancer patients. As the pandemic of the century takes f...

Teacher of the Year Joshua Garcia- inspiring a lineage of teachers and students

Chemistry teacher Joshua Garcia is CVHS' 2020 Teacher of the Year.

By Gabi Rodriguez, Features/ Sports Editor

March 6, 2020

If you’ve ever heard spirited cheers wafting down the hallway- or seen cans exploding into a chemical madness on your snapchat story- it probably came from Mr. Garcia’s room. The Pre-AP/AP Chemistry teacher likes to keep his classes well-spirited while transmitting a critical understanding of the...

Carnegie’s First Annual Talent Show

MCs Rakesh Oberoi and Jiya Ghorpade commence the first Carengie’s Got Talent Show

By Gabi Rodriguez, Features/ Sports Editor

February 17, 2020

It’s Friday, and students are streaming into the school gym. Yes, it’s the start of the weekend, and yes, it’s voluntary, despite inclined belief. However, the gym has lost its identity. Instead, a crisp red carpet trails one's eyes to a wooden stage that beams beneath the glow of the spotlight. All ...

111 days later and a student killed- HISD finally enacts security measures at Bellaire H.S.

The streets around Bellaire H.S. are now empty in the evenings after the Jan 14 shooting.

By Gabi Rodriguez and Vivian Huynh

February 7, 2020

Recent headlines have publicized the demands for increased security on HISD schools after a student shot senior César Cortes at Bellaire High School on January 14. But many are not aware that these demands started almost half a year ago. Last semester alone, 3 gun-related incidents occurred on Bella...

Girls varsity volleyball unseat top tier, leaving the court with a season to remember

The 2019-2020 Varsity Girls Volleyball team.

By Gabi Rodriguez and Allegra Fernandez

November 15, 2019

The girls volleyball team topped off the season placing 2nd in the district, allowing them to advance into the elite UIL playoffs. With a striking final of 22 wins to 5 losses, the team mercilessly defeated top tier schools Lamar and Westside twice each, and took another set from rival Bellaire HS for th...

Islamic Student Forum President Yazan Numan Speaks Out Against Travel Ban, Breaks Stereotypes

By Vivian Huynh and Gabi Rodriguez

November 13, 2019

CVHS junior Yazan Numan and his family didn’t plan on making time for extra security checks the first few times. Neither were they prepared for the anxiety that came with the fleeting notion that their flight may take off without them. Miraculously, they didn’t miss any. These “spontaneous” tr...

Biscotti and Butterscotch On Your Way To School

Biscotti and Butterscotch On Your Way To School

By Gabriela Rodriguez

October 2, 2019

There’s a chance you pass by Blonde Biscotti daily to and from CVHS. Tucked into the corner of West Gray and Columbus Street, the coffee shop opens its doors as early as 7am until 5pm Tuesday through Friday and 8am to 5pm on weekends. Take a step inside, and take in the airy atmosphere greeting...

Freshman Survival Guide

By Gabi Rodriguez, Features/ Sports Editor

September 24, 2019


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