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Dark Lane Demo Tapes: Even darker than it appears

Dark Lane Demo Tapes: Even darker than it appears

By Alexandra Silva, Staff Writer

May 12, 2020

Drake has been one of the most sonically predictable pop star of the most recent decade and furthermore a work in progress. From collection to collection, year to year, he draws from a standard palette of ill-humored R&B and puffed-chest rap, sincerely charged hip-jump and solid soul. He continues to...

Yay or Nay to the TikTok Coffee

I decided to put the TikTok frappé recipe to the test. Now it's your turn.

By Alexandra Silva, Staff Writer

April 27, 2020

These are not normal times. There are those who are thankfully only suffering from cabin fever yearning to go out on a sunny day and hang out with friends or go to a coffee shop to get work done. Some may feel restless and have an itch for creativity. Why not attempt to make the now trending, now reno...

Confronting Feelings of Guilt and Helplessness During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Shoppers find empty shelves and a desolate environment at HEB grocery store.

By Alexandra Silva, Staff Writer

April 13, 2020

I wake up well after all my teachers’ office hours, way past noon, just me in my house without worry striking my conscience. I then get to choose what I want to go with my cereal: almond, 2%, silk? Not everyone is as lucky as I am, there are those unfortunate who are struggling to put food on the t...

Lexy Silva’s Top Three Tik Tok Dances

Lexy Silva's Top Three Tik Tok Dances

By Alexandra Silva, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

Tik Tok, the app that took everybody by storm. Formerly known as, this app continues to break records for social media. The app ranges from acting, singing, comedy, to its most popular content, dancing. The comedy content, leaves those to the question, is Tik Tok the new Vine? If so, Tik To...

“Jumanji: The Next Level”- Camels and Mandrils- Oh My!

By Alexandra Silva, Staff Writer

January 30, 2020

The sequel movie in the reprised franchise of Jumanji, “Jumanji: The Next Level,” directed by Jake Kasdan is an entertaining blend of comedy and adventure, guaranteeing a laugh and a rush of escapade. The previous Jumanji movie, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” ended with a feeling of rel...

Art Review: An Impressionist Autumn at the MFAH

By Alexandra Silva, Staff Writer

November 14, 2019

A revolution in organization. Progressive politics. Immigration. The international stage. Postwar. Consumer culture. The transition to the modern era from the late 19th century to the early 20th century was an  era of controversy, pain, and progression. These times created the artists we continue to know...

Carnegie’s Annual Halloween Pep Rally Dances- A Hit or Miss?

By Alexandra Silva, Staff Writer

November 13, 2019

You walk into the gym the first thing you see is the entrance to Dracula’s house, you sit on the floor and are thrusted into the world of Halloween. Every corner of the eye is a different costume. Music of the season playing so loud you couldn’t even hear yourself think. It all starts off with ...

FDA to Crackdown on Unauthorized Flavored E-Cigarettes

FDA to Crackdown on Unauthorized Flavored E-Cigarettes

By Alexandra Silva and Jonathon Morales

October 19, 2019

In the summer of 2017, CVHS student Buddy* overdosed on Xanax and ended up unconscious in the hospital. “When I realized what was occurring, in my head I was like, wow, like am I really that stupid to like, be here right now, and like I could have actually died,” Buddy said. For Buddy, it was...

“It: Chapter 2”: Nostalgia For 90s Teens and Hope for Teens Today

By Alexandra Silva, Staff Writer

October 3, 2019

  On August 26, the highly anticipated sequel to the 2017 “It” movie, based on the Stephen King novel, miniseries, and movies, was released. This movie brings back a lot of the spooky elements of the original frightening story of a shapeshifting demon, manifesting itself mainly in the for...

Girl’s varisty volleyball looks to unseat the district’s top 3

The 2019 Varsity Volleyball team at one of their practices, preparing for their first game

By Alexandra Silva, Hilary Nguyen, and Carys Reyes

September 26, 2019

For over 10 years, the CVHS varsity volleyball team has placed 4th in district. The team is determined to make that streak end this year. “To take someone’s spot at district, either Lamar, Bellaire, or Westside,” said the girl’s varsity volleyball coach Miyuki Scott when asked what was th...

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