The Fight for Equality

A poem by Ellie Greer on feminism: "Toxic words. False representations. They permeate the depths of society, tainting the image of 'feminist.' Equivalent to the cruelest of words. The harshest of insults. Media has twisted the very foundation of gender equality so that it amounts to nothing more than man-hating radicals."

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Something Like Nostalgia

A poem by Kate Hirschfeld: "I went through a period of time where a lot of the poetry I wrote had a nostalgic tone. This is one of those poems, but rather than writing nostalgically about the past it’s about the present moment."

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Only For a Moment:

A poem by Kate Hirschfeld: "This poem was inspired by the moment right after the end of the movie Lady Bird. It just felt like time stopped and it kinda took my breath away for a second."

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Beto O’Rourke Wants to Tear Down My House
Beto O'Rourke speaks on June 17, 2018. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune

Beto O’Rourke Wants to Tear Down My House

An Op-Ed by McCallum student Elyjah Johnson: "I’m black, 16, and have lived in Austin my entire life. Everyday, my neighborhood in South Austin becomes more gentrified, and in the 2000s, Beto O’Rourke would have torn down my home."

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Austin Climate Strike Draws Youth Activists to the Steps of the Capitol
Photo by John Anderson, The Austin Chronicle

Austin Climate Strike Draws Youth Activists to the Steps of the Capitol

On the afternoon of September 20, throngs of protestors filled the steps of the Capitol, braving the sweltering heat. Among the crowd were high school students from across the city, various environmental groups, and University of Texas (UT) students.

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Reading on the Go 2018!
The reading on the Go bus traveling to different schools in the Manor Independent School District. Photo by Litzy Rea Valdez 2018

Reading on the Go 2018!

Check out Litzy Rea Valdez's winning art design and commentary for Reading on the Go, a 2018 MISD initiative that turned a school bus into a mobile library.

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Clashing Horizons
"Clashing Horizons" by Litzy Rea Valdez

Clashing Horizons

By Litzy Rea Valdez: "This particular piece was shot in the moment when the sun began to set and the tinted clouds began to drift east. With such bold colors clashing on the horizon, this was a sight to behold. As an MISD student, the Manor Red and New Tech Blue were proudly represented along 290, where this picture was taken. I hope to see more amazing sights to come along this route in the countryside. For any novice photographer, this scenic space is a must to capture such mesmerizing moments."

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I Am From

Litzy Rea Valdez is a skilled artist who enjoys spending time drawing and sketching out ideas for her next project. Besides pursuing graphic design with the desire to develop her skills…

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Alebrije
"Alebrije" by Litzy Rea Valdez

Alebrije

By Litzy Rea Valdez: "This colorful creature is known as an Alebrije. There is a grand story behind its origins in Central Mexico. When I encountered it during SXSW, I was quick to take a shot with a concert in the background. The contrasting colors make for a complementary shot."

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¡Hey Monica!

Litzy Rea Valdez is a skilled artist who enjoys spending time drawing and sketching out ideas for her next project. Besides pursuing graphic design with the desire to develop her skills…

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Glow

By Luis Castillo Perez: "This photo was taken during my time at SXSW 2018. There were these little balls of lights hanging above a bar, and I really liked the design of them..."

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A Day Outside

By Luis Castillo Perez: "This a photo taken from the porch of my aunt's home. It looked like a day outside, so I quickly grabbed my camera and tried to find a way to capture it, and ultimately I ended up focusing on a bull head that was resting by the porch."

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Peace on Earth
Digital Artwork by Carla Lavache.

Peace on Earth

Digital art by Carla Lavache, a former student at Manor Senior High School. "I started this logo as a drawing for a scholarship I was doing. The prompt was 'a hope for the future,' and I wanted to hope for a future of peace. I wanted the world to experience what it would be like to live freely--to be able to walk outside without fear of being robbed."

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Midnight
Art by Anthony Womack

Midnight

Anthony Womack is a junior at Akins High School. "I just draw stuff, mainly people, and try to push boundaries by thinking outside the box, yknow?"

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Yakuza Boi
Illustration by Anthony Womack

Yakuza Boi

Anthony Womack is a junior at Akins High School. "I just draw stuff, mainly people, and try to push boundaries by thinking outside the box, yknow?"

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2006 Edge
Art by Anthony Womack

2006 Edge

Anthony Womack is a junior at Akins High School. "I just draw stuff, mainly people, and try to push boundaries by thinking outside the box, yknow?"

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Pedo Pig
Illustration by Anthony Womack

Pedo Pig

Anthony Womack is a junior at Akins High School. "I just draw stuff, mainly people, and try to push boundaries by thinking outside the box, yknow?"

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Austin Lights

By Ian McClure: "I shot this beautiful photo at Austin's Blanton Museum of Art of Ellsworth Kelly’s 'Austin.' I checked out the museum in mid-February to see this long awaited project. The inside of the building was like being in a rainbow, reflecting on the celling. Seeing other artistic designs within the building's architecture was amazing. I used a Canon 80D with a Canon EF 24 - 105mm F/4 IS ll USM lens. This photo was photoshopped lighting wise to get a cinematic effect with the colors and scene."

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