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Josephine Montminy Shows Off Her Award Winning Goat

Josephine Montminy Shows Off Her Award Winning Goat

Willa Roberts, Staff Writer

May 8, 2019

Junior Josephine Montminy has found a passion for raising animals, specifically one goat named Ferdinand that she trains and displays at state-wide livestock shows. Montminy has grown up around animals, leading her to discover her interest in showing and her desire to pursue a career in the environm...

Counseling Staff is not One Size Fits All

Counselor Sherri Patton-Grubb

Katarina Carrico, Staff Writer

February 25, 2019

Counselors are there to help, but there are different types of counselors, who are tasked to deal with certain areas of a student’s academic life. Sherri Patton-Grubb is a wellness counselor, meaning she focuses more on the mental health of students. “I get here about 8:00 and meet with stude...

Lydia Heisel Takes a Closer Look at National Parks

Photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Angie Black, Editor In Chief

January 10, 2019

It is not often that students have the opportunity to branch out and interact with the lands around them. Junior Lydia Heisel was given the chance to learn about the National Park System and see history first hand. “I think this is a great opportunity for teenagers to be able to interact with the N...

20 People per Minute Physically Abused in the U.S.

Statistic provided by the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey

Katarina Carrico, Staff Writer

January 9, 2019

According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S. During one year, this applies to more than 10 million women and men. Abuse is an important yet misunderstood subject often not talked...

Low Wages Lead Teachers to Second Jobs

Low Wages Lead Teachers to Second Jobs

November 15, 2018

Teachers all over America walked out of their classrooms to raise awareness about low wages and the financial distress they’re put in. As of 2018, the annual salary for an Austin teacher is $55,261 according to With the average living cost in Austin being $53,225, it’s barely enough t...

Phone Addictions Affect 50% of Teens

Students sneaking their phones is a common site around campus.

Katarina Carrico, Staff Writer

October 19, 2018

In a test done by Common Sense Media, 50 percent of teens admit to cell phone addictions. Although phones can be very practical, there are many physical, social, and emotional side effects from using cell phones. According to a New York Times report, on average both teens and adults check their phones e...

Travel THAIme: AGS Seniors to Travel to Thailand

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Xander Christou and Willa Roberts

October 19, 2018

The Academy for Global Studies senior class will be travelling to Thailand instead of China this year on an eight-day-long service-oriented trip to the north region in an effort to boost service learning. The new senior trip was planned by the AGS director and EF Tours and is tailored to the AGS curr...

Cooney Takes Over Debate, Model UN

Debate and Model UN teacher Lauren Cooney assists a student during class.

Willa Roberts, Staff Writer

September 7, 2018

New Debate and Model UN teacher, Lauren Cooney, has lived and worked all around the world, gathering insight and experience bringing her to her current role at Austin High School. Ms. Cooney has taught for the majority of her life and has found her passion for learning and travel. “I actually st...

Seniors Consider Benefits of Taking Gap Year

Lauren Ward, Staff Writer

February 23, 2018

Senior year is the time where everyone starts attempting to figure out what they want to do with the rest of their life, and a large part of this decision is whether or not to go to college. There are many reasons to go down the higher learning path, but there are also many down sides. For some s...

Junior’s Love of Shoes Pays Off

Junior's Love of Shoes Pays Off

Auston Abrego, Creative Director

February 22, 2018

Waking up before the sun on a Saturday morning sounds bizarre to most students who would rather sleep in, but junior Chris Brand starts his Saturdays off early to head to raffles at local shoe stores to secure enough shoes to resell on his online store “Starting in 7th or 8th grade I found that...

Telley: An American Gladiator

Bryan Sak, News Editor

February 21, 2018

Not all teachers begin their careers teaching. Chemistry and environmental science teacher Deena Telley was working as a chemist in Norman, Oklahoma when she discovered an opportunity to appear on FOX’s American Gladiators. “I saw that one of the tryouts was in Phoenix, Arizona, and my husband said ‘Well...

Choir Competes in Solo & Ensemble Competition

Maddie Gaynor, Staff Writer

February 8, 2018

Choir students competed in the solo and ensemble competition January 30th, 31st, and February 1st. The students had the opportunity to compete with a solo piece or work with others for an ensemble piece. Students were given a score from 1 to 5, 1 being the best score possible, and after had the opportunity t...

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