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One Small Step, One Giant Leap

One Small Step, One Giant Leap

By Shaun Wood, Arts & Entertainment/ Opinion Editor

May 12, 2020

From door-to-door sales and cookie booths, the Girl Scout cookie sales that come once a year have always been a comfort to Americans all across the nations. And now the Girl Scouts are giving back to the essential workers of the nation the best way they know how: through the delicious taste of Thin Mints, Caramel Delights, and more.  This quarantine has struc...

A Way to Escape the Current Crisis into Another World

Haley Solano's online book club is easy to engage with and features a wide array of books for book lovers like me.

By Shaun Wood, Arts & Entertainment/ Opinion Editor

April 28, 2020

Ever since I was young, reading has always been a solace of mine. It got me through a lot of tough times. When I was a kid and had trouble making friends; when I was in middle school and school was causing huge pressures; the summer before 9th grade when I was terrified of the change that was happening...

Online Schooling: A Comparison Between the 3 School Levels

My family working on online assignments in close quarters from home.

By Shaun Wood, Arts & Entertainment/ Opinion Editor

April 15, 2020

In history books, there are whole chapters devoted to instances where pandemics have swept the globe, like the Black Plague in the Dark Ages, or the Spanish Flu in 1912. Now in 2020, these tragedies have jumped off the page and into our lives, and now we have transferred from in class books to online...

Poetry Club Members Enter Slam Poetry Competitions

Kechi Mbah performs one of her poems at a local Poetry Slam.

By Shaun Wood, Arts & Entertainment/ Opinion Editor

March 3, 2020

“When people call me quiet or shy I get annoyed/Not because what they’re saying is wrong,/But because what they are saying is right.” This excerpt is from “Tongue”, a poem written by Kechi Mbah. In her poem, she writes about overcoming her shyness and breaking out of her shell. She found ...

Carnegie’s Wildlife Projects: A Creativity Showcase

Carnegie's most recent art car

By Shaun Wood, Arts & Entertainment/ Opinion Editor

February 13, 2020

When a student is in their senior year, they are understandably stressed, because they are realizing that there is a huge change coming up in their lives. So it makes sense that they would gravitate to classes that they would enjoy, like Ms. Ford’s Wildlife Class. And part of that class is the upcom...

Norman Rockwell: American Freedom

Saturday Evening Post collection, Norman Rockwell

By Shaun Wood, Arts & Entertainment/ Opinion Editor

February 6, 2020

Norman Rockwell was one of the lucky people that knew exactly what to do and had the talent to do it. At age 14, Rockwell enrolled in art classes at The New York School of Art (formerly The Chase School of Art), and was commissioned his first piece: a design for a Christmas card. And now, almost a century...

Thanksgiving Around the World

By Shaun Wood, Arts & Entertainment/ Opinion Editor

November 19, 2019

My Thanksgiving is simple. Turkey, tons of food, surrounded by family. Basically, what comes to mind when a person would think of Thanksgiving. But not everyone’s Thanksgiving looks like that. For different cultures or different parts of the USA or even different parts of the world, Thanksgiving can...

#TakeItBack Through an Artist’s Creation

The latest installation of the Astros mural project.

By Shaun Wood, Arts & Entertainment/ Opinion Editor

November 4, 2019

With tensions rising high due to the end of the 2019 World Series being so near, its no surprise that fans are starting to go above and beyond. Whether it’s painting their body orange, or having huge Astros-themed parties, or even trying to distract the Nationals players, the citizens of Houston are...

What’s up with the PTO lunches?

What's up with the PTO lunches?

By Shaun Wood, Arts & Entertainment/ Opinion Editor

October 20, 2019

Lines would wrap around the corner of the snack bar and into the hallway. Friends joining friends, having to shove through the crowd in an attempt to get to safer ground. Volunteers shouting above the clamor for “Exact change please! Exact change!” This was the life of a Carnegie student on Tuesda...

Common Bond: An Inner City Paradise for Baked Goods

The varieties of Macaroons are far from short at Common Bond.

By Shaun Wood, Arts & Entertainment/ Opinion Editor

October 7, 2019

Growing up, I have never been able to turn down a sweet treat, much to my poor parents’ chagrin. A myriad of chocolate cookies ranging from crispy to chewy and everything in between, fresh pies baked by my aunts at holidays, the dense and delicious delicacies that are Costco cakes, the dense grocery...

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