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Race and Coronavirus in America

The virus that

By Ashton Brown, Staff Writer

May 13, 2020

COVID-19 and it’s rising death toll have become matters of concern for every person on Earth, after achieving pandemic status. Unfortunately, in America, the concern is greater for some groups of people than others. Recently, networks like CNN have been casting segments of slideshows, displaying some ...

Tips on how to focus on work amid distractions at home

I tidy up my workspace before I get started my

May 10, 2020

Many of us find it hard to focus on work within the comfort of our own home, but why is that? It can be due to many things that distract us, such as family, pets, a TV or your phone. People stuck in quarantine suffering from this problem are wondering just what they can do to be able to focus, and thi...

Quarantined for the Better

A view of my goal-setting wall during the pandemic keeps me motivated to use this time productively.

By Ashton Brown, Staff Writer

April 16, 2020

There’s a soft bang that comes from my bedroom. Then there’s another. My mom calls me from her room downstairs, probably to ask what all the noise I’m making is, but I ignore the call. Frustrated, she makes her way upstairs to my room, busting open my door, only to see me with my headphones in...

The New Online School System Used by HISD May Not be Effective For Every Student

Students have to communicate through Teams or other video calling apps.

By Carys Oriana Reyes, Staff Writer

April 16, 2020

The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has caused the president to issue a stay at home policy, schools to close, and nonessential workers to work from home.  Now essential items such as toilet paper and disinfecting products are scarce and have limits when you buy them. All students across the ...

Social Distancing Is Not In My Vocabulary

From left, Patrick Nguyen, Lamar Qaddumi(me), Ammer Qaddumi

By Lamar Qaddumi, Staff Writer

April 14, 2020

Quarantine at the Qaddumi residence does not involve a lot of social distancing. We were advised to stay home and away from large crowds starting on March 16, but we already had our spring break Austin plans, and no virus would stop us from having a good time. We left for Austin on March 19 and came...

Corona Changes Time

By Matthew Manders, Staff Writer

April 14, 2020

By late afternoon on March 12, 2020, HISD announced that the district would be closing for a quite long period of time due to the rapid spread of Coronavirus. This was the beginning of a downfall. Spring Break was just starting and kids and families were asked to stay put. My Mother was still working...

Quarantine- And How to Survive it

While the stay at home order may seem like a prison sentence, it doesn't have to be.

By Jonathon Morales, Staff Writer

April 14, 2020

Long days of boredom, fatigue, and lack of motivation have affected many of us who don’t have school or work to go to. Slowing the speed of everyday life can be exhausting and is especially noticeable when you have nothing to do besides lay down and watch Netflix all day after you finish what you h...

How The Snell’s Handle COVID-19

How The Snell's Handle COVID-19

By Donovan Snell, Staff Writer

April 14, 2020

Since the outbreak has started, things have changed in the Snell household. With only two members in the house, resources aren’t much of an issue. The main issue is how to spend the day.  Mrs. Smith-Snell, the mother of the house, spends from 8-6 working from home and staying connected wit...

The Secret Life of Pets During the Pandemic

My dog Lucky enjoying his time with our family.

By Cameron Hart, Staff Writer

April 14, 2020

Being stuck in quarantine has been stressful to everyone, and we’ve all been affected by it. Students have all been forced to adapt to online classes, while adults have had to adapt to working at home, but how have our pets reacted to this? Since everyone has been spending more time at home our pets have...

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...

Adjusting to Our New Normal

Maria Amaya ready to go skating

By Maria Angelica Amaya, Staff Writer

April 10, 2020

It all started with a small virus in a city of China called Wuhan. so many people it was just another virus with not that many deaths and yeah it was contagious but it didn’t seem that serious. then it started becoming a global pandemic it seems like every country had at least one case of the corona...

Political Discussions Need to Be Regulated on School Campuses to Prevent Hate Speech

This picture shows Kaitlin Bennett on a school campus interviewing students.

By Ashton Brown, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

Free speech is heavily discussed in our country today. Of course, we are well versed with our First Amendment Rights. Our First Amendment gives all people the right to freely express themselves without government persecution. However, with the openness of the news, it has turned everyone into a poli...

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