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Senior Javier Rodriguez- Son of Immigrants- Is Awarded a Full Ride as a Questbridge Scholar

Javier Rodriguez displays his congratulatory email letter from Questbridge Scholarship, showing he is a 2020 recipient.
November 12, 2020

October 21st was a typical Wednesday for most students, but for senior Javier Rodriguez, it was the day that determined the path he would take towards college and beyond. Emails were sent out to Questbridge...

Limitless Minds- Juniors Monica Balakrishan and Madeline Hsu expand the local chapter of this non-profit tutoring service for struggling Houston-area students

CVHS juniors Monica Balakrishnan and Madeline Hsu appear on KHOU News to share information on Limitless Minds, a non-profit chapter they started back in April to help tutor students virtually.
November 12, 2020

While most students were hunkering into a long season of isolation and silence behind their cameras for virtual learning, CVHS juniors Monica Balakrishan and Madeline Hsu, along with Bellaire H.S. junior...

‘Work that poll!’ Senior Adjoa Asare Recounts Her Experience as a Poll Worker for the 2020 Elections

Adjoa Asare working as a high school tech Electronic Support Specialist at a Harris County polling site.
November 12, 2020

Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church in the Heights neighborhood of Houston, Texas: long lines, hundreds of people, and flag-flying protestors from either side, standing the mandated 100 feet...

For the love of soccer: Junior Camille Marlin shares what it takes to compete in U.S. Club Soccer

Junior Camille Marlin, in the center, plays midfielder for the competitive club Houston Dash Academy 04.
November 12, 2020

If you've seen junior Camille Marlin around campus, then you know, she is always ready to play soccer. Marlin is a midfielder for the elite club Houston Dash Academy 04 girls soccer team, which plays competitively...

A mentor among his troops and his students- CVHS science teacher Antonio Arredondo shares his experience in the army and in the classroom

Before entering teaching, CVHS biology and chemistry teacher Antonio Arredondo donned this uniform, serving in the army for 20 years.
November 12, 2020

  In his first year teaching at CVHS, chemistry and biology teacher Antonio Arredondo is setting his goals high to help shape his students to be able to achieve their path to become whatever...

How to College: First Gen’s Intern – Shree Kamani

In addition to her internship with How to College: First Gen, Shree works with the March for Our Lives, Students for Refugees, Red Cross, and more advocacy and activism work.
November 12, 2020

        The situation was every man for himself. Hours of work put into building an academic stronghold could collapse at the expense of one failure. Performance status...

From Trayvon Martin to George Floyd to the March on Washington, Black Student Union president Ashton Brown chronicles his growing activism for racial justice

Ashton Brown attending the Black Lives Matter March on Washington in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
November 12, 2020

  Black Student Union president, junior Ashton Brown, was only about 9 years old when the 17-year-old African-American Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by vigilante police in 2012. At that...

Varsity volleyball captain Li Bahler channels her fighting spirit to lead a fresh team this season

Varsity volleyball captain Li Bahler going for an attack against Debakey High School this season.
November 12, 2020

Captain of the CVHS varsity volleyball team, junior Li Bahler, can't remember a time when she hasn't been playing volleyball.  “My sister started playing at the YMCA, you know, and I used to...

How to Teach Calculus with a Baby in Your Arms

Calculus teacher Stephanie Chen continues communicating with students online while her 6-month-old son Jacob sleeps in her arms.
CVHS teachers Stephanie Chen, Charlotte Haney, and Rachel Bohenick share their struggles parenting and teaching during the age of coronavirus.
November 12, 2020

  With a newborn child in her lap, CVHS calculus teacher Stephanie Chen takes on the task of teaching an entire class while having to tend to her child’s needs at the exact same time. She...

From a lemonade stand to a school-wide social media campaign, senior Viana Rodrigues has been advocating for breast cancer awareness from a young age

Senior Viana Rodrigues wears her pink attire in memory of her grandmother who passed from breast cancer and also to raise awareness among women in her social media campaign.
November 12, 2020

        CVHS senior Viana Rodrigues never had a chance to meet her grandmother. Her grandmother and her namesake passed away, due to untreated breast cancer, only a...

Senior Kailley Clifford- Spreading cultural diversity to Houston’s Youth

Kailey Clifford
November 12, 2020

If you have visited Asia Society’s Texas center especially during one of their events such as the Night Market you will know how culturally diverse it is, a CVHS student part of Asia Society’s...

Through the lenses of junior Humza Hanif: A summer of chronicling the Black Lives Matter protests

Photographer Humza Hanif captured images at a local Black Lives Matter Protest in the summer of 2020
November 12, 2020

One Saturday morning during the summer, when protestors poured into the streets following waves and waves of other protests that rocked the nation junior Humza Hanif was inspired to capture this day...

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