STAAR tests, the importance of

Sophie Enloe, Reporter

January 23, 2020

STAAR, State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, is required testing for Texas students in grades 3-12. Launched in 2011 at a price of $3 to $7 per student, STAAR costs the state of Texas $90 million annually to administer. Students are concerned about their future and wonder if the money would b...

December 19th, the day of the meeting

Kimberlann Gilley, Business Manager

January 14, 2020

On the night of Dec. 19, the monthly school board meeting was held. During the meeting, performers were recognized, band students Bryce Rojas and Alicia Patton were recognized, and Sophie Enloe won the Christmas card decorating contest and earned $50 because of it. A surprise recognition was given to Mrs. P...

Cyberbullying

Kimberlann Gilley, Business Manager

December 20, 2019

Cyber bullying is an increasing problem in today’s teenagers/society, I know this as I am a victim of cyber bullying.  If you've ever been a victim of online bullying, you've probably been told: “oh, they are just jealous” or “they like you” or something along the lines of there's somethi...

Test Exemptions

Holden Loper, Reporter

December 20, 2019

Being exempted from midterms means you don’t have to take a certain test of your choice because you have missed less than four days of school and have been passing your classes.  Freshman- 2 Exemptions  Sophomores- 3 Exemptions Juniors/Seniors- All tests are Exempt Important Notice-...

Mid Term Opinions

Sam Payne, Editor-in-Chief

December 13, 2019

In the next week, the newly installed midterms are to be conducted at the school Dec. 17 through Dec. 19. This is the first time we have had them since their absence in the past, and because of this, it has raised many questions.  “A midterm is taking all the cumulative things that you have learned throughout the ...

Senior Quiz Team Results

Darren Dawkins, Reporter

December 6, 2019

On Thursday, November 21st the Senior Quiz Team competed at area nine contest. The team placed fifth as a whole, and Jakoby Holder ranked fifth as a high individual.

Livin’ a ‘New Life’

Alexia Jordan, Reporter

December 6, 2019

Elizabeth Duke is a youth pastor at New Life Church in Batson, Texas. “I have been a pastor for six years now,” Duke said. Duke wants to make a positive impact on the youngsters’ way of life.   “I want to be able to influence teens to be an example for them and be there for them w...

A sweet Christmas in Sour Lake

Charley Nugent, Managing Editor

December 6, 2019

Every year Sour Lake holds an annual Christmas parade, and this year it will be held on Dec. 14. You can start off the day by eating breakfast with Santa at Goodies Cafe, and then at 3 p.m., you can head to Lions Park for food and games. Later, there will be a parade with different floats and candy that...

High school midterm testing schedule

Sam Payne, Editor-in-Chief

December 4, 2019

On December 17,18 and 19, high school students will follow a different schedule in order to allow enough time for  midterm testing.  Mr. Michael Smith, principal, distributed the schedule to teachers on Dec. 1. Day 1 (Tuesday, December 17th) 7:55-9:37 1st Period (98 Minutes) 9:41-11:27 2...

A ‘Weld-Off’

A ‘Weld-Off’

Darren Dawkins, Reporter

December 3, 2019

On December 13th, there will be a trailer build off in the school parking lot. There will be 10-15 teams from schools all over Texas. They will bring their own welding machines and all of the items needed to put the trailer together. This event is about 6-8 hours long, and the goal is to complete the tr...

Sleep

Quinton Whitestar, Reporter

November 22, 2019

Sleep is one of three things that humans need in order to survive and thrive. Teenagers need more sleep than any other age group, around 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night. However, only 15% get the recommended minimum of 8 ½ hours of sleep. So how does a lack of sleep affect teenagers, and how does ...

Scores for FFA

Darren Dawkins, Reporter

November 22, 2019

Senior FFA Quiz Team 2nd place and advancing to Area Jakoby Holder (1st Place High Individual, earning the top score in this event) Jessica Holder Courtney Hebert Cameron Musselwhite   Senior FFA Creed Speaking 4th Place Courtney Hebert   FFA Broadcasting ...

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