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AP Test Cost Questioned by Students

AP Test Cost Questioned by Students

River Ginko, Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

By now, students who are enrolled in their high-level Advanced Placement (AP) classes have either paid the initial AP test cost or emailed Isabelle Salazar to cancel their test. The deadline for AP test registration came on Nov. 1. The concern that students face is whether to pay the $94 per test fees...

Debate Season Starts Off Strong

Debate Season Starts Off Strong

Aidan Acuña, Staff Writer

December 2, 2019

Austin High’s debate team hosted its annual Stephen F. Austin Speech and Debate tournament (SFASD) on October 25th and 26th. The two-day long competition included some of the highest-ranking debate students in the area. Although Austin High students didn’t participate directly in the competition,...

Composing with Passion

Composing with Passion

Angie Black, Editor in Chief

November 24, 2019

Putting the pen to paper and writing out a song that’s meaningful is a challenge, but knowing that the piece will be performed in front of college professors and Austin Symphony Orchestra (ASO) players make it an even more daunting task. “[This project] gives me the freedom to do what I want to...

Staff Travels to San Antonio for Journalism Workshop

Staff Travels to San Antonio for Journalism Workshop

Denisse Vargas, Copy Editor

November 18, 2019

The journalism staff had a writing-packed weekend at the San Antonio Texas Association of Journalism Educators (TAJE) convention, where they had the opportunity of entering writing and photography competitions, as well as attending intensive writing classes and individual workshops. Many instructors...

Homecoming Dance Lands on Annual Monster Concert

Homecoming Dance Lands on Annual Monster Concert

Angie Black, Editor in Chief

November 18, 2019

Live music, good food, carnival games, and a haunted house take over the east side of school on Oct. 19 to celebrate Halloween and raise money for the orchestra. This year the Homecoming Dance was be held on the same day. “I’m excited because it gives the students an opportunity to all come...

Chilly Weather Rocks Austin

Chilly Weather Rocks Austin

Angie Black, Editor in Chief

November 3, 2019

Austin is known for its volatile weather in the fall, which can go from high 80’s down to the 50’s within hours. This Nov. 1, the temperature fell below 40 degrees, breaking the previous records. “The cold is nice, but now it fluctuates so much that I can't really enjoy it,” junior Cassandra...

Dia de Los Muertos

Dia de Los Muertos

Evan Craig, Staff Writer

November 2, 2019

As October comes to an end, the recognition of the dead is back again. In the Mexican tradition, Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead celebrates the return of the dead and the forgotten. Sophomore Vanessa Beccora celebrates Dia de Los Muertos by setting up an altar. "An altar is something dedicated...

New Advisory Period Added “to maintain a semblance” of Academy Identity

New Advisory Period Added “to maintain a semblance” of Academy Identity

Emanuel Quinones and Logan Gordon-Smith

September 25, 2019

In order to build a stronger community within the different academies, a new advisory period has been added to the school week. One period of advisory will be reserved for academic advising, the other for SEL lessons.  “[The academy directors] felt like one advisory period wasn't enough, we wan...

Amazon Fires Continue to Bring Destruction

Amazon Fires Continue to Bring Destruction

Belle Dilger and Evan Craig

September 25, 2019

The Amazon Rainforest has been burning for several weeks. The Amazon produces 20% of the earth’s clean air, and is a vital part of the world's ecosystem. Without the forest, the world will be forced to make major changes. The Brazilian government is under a lot of scrutiny for the fires and how they have...

UNICEF Club Works to “make a change in their community and around the world” 

Katie Harwood, Staff Writer

September 19, 2019

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Club is a new club started by juniors Honore Nelson and Katherine Jones. The club was created to raise money for UNICEF, an organization that donates to support lower socioeconomic families in developing countries around the world.  ...

Maroon Editors Strive to Build Audience

Maroon Editors Strive to Build Audience

Aidan Acuña, Staff Writer

September 18, 2019

The Maroon has been the trusted news source of the school since 1928. With more than 90 years of history, last year might go down as one of the most underwhelming. With only one printed issue and irregular online news posting last year, the new Maroon staff is working hard to make a comeback.  ...

Goodwyn Brings 36 Years of Experience to Swim Team

Goodwyn Brings 36 Years of Experience to Swim Team

Juan Montelango, Staff Writer

September 16, 2019

Joining the staff this year as swim coach and ACS English teacher, Ryan Goodwyn is not used to being the new kid.   Goodwyn recently moved to Austin after living in College Station for 35 years. He is a former A&M swimmer and has been coaching for 23 years and teaching for 21. He began swimm...

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