The Maroon

Composing with Passion

Sophomore JJ Tagle plays the cello in his own composition that hew wrote for two cellos and a violin. Tagle actually plays the upright bass in Orchestra but wanted to brach out and expand what he new about music.

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

Newspaper students show their honorable mention award for online news site.

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

Senior Jason Ling performs surgery on a broken body in the haunted house. As an acotr he has to keep up a stone cold face in order to scare the incoming groups.

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

Temperatures went below 40 degrees on Nov. 1, 2019.

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

Sugar skulls are made out of actual sugar pressed into a mold and decorated with icing, feathers, and paints

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...

Academy Field Trips Cause Scheduling Issues for Student Athletes

Kylie Baber-Gonzalez and Evan Myers

October 23, 2019

The academy model was implemented at Austin High to help create communities among students; however, it has caused issues for some student-athletes, including scheduling conflicts and missed games due to academy field trips. Not all coaches and admin agree on whether or not the academy model is at the...

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

Design by Kylie Baber

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

Photo courtesy of Ria Sopala on Pixabay.

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

New to the swim team, Ryan Goodwyn shows off his collection of swimming memorabilia.

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...

New Year Brings Changes to Pep Rallies

Senior Djavan Ploetz-Aponte competes in the whip cream bubble gum challenge at the first pep rally.

Brianna Bady and Denisse Vargas

September 16, 2019

The Pflugerville pep rally kicked off the year's football season and also gave students a glimpse of what’s to come in future pep rallies. While last year only two rallies were held and interactive activities were not incorporated, new developments approved by Principal Amy Taylor and curated by head ...

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