Re-examining History with the Romans

Why do we resonate so much with Rome’s Republic––a Republic which barely resembles our own, and a Republic that fractured after a century of civil war and was then diluted to symbolism for the rest of its imperial history? The answer is simple, and it doesn’t just pertain to Rome.

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Alaina Nesby

Alaina Nesby is a junior at Akins High school studying music and composition. She currently plays over 10 instruments and is in the top orchestra and guitar ensembles at school. She is enrolled in multiple college courses and is excelling academically as well. She aspires to help and inspire others through her music.

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Ellie Cohen

Ellie Cohen is a current junior at Westlake High School. She has dabbled in creative writing in the past, winning the Scholastic Art and Writing National Silver medal for her short story in eighth grade; today, however, she prefers nonfiction writing...

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Impeachment Reaches Fever Pitch in Austin, TX:

Austinites gathered in front of City Hall on the evening of December 17 in support of President Donald Trump’s impeachment. Demonstrators carrying signs and waving banners flooded the outdoor plaza and the sidewalk, chanting slogans and criticizing the president to the tune of Christmas carols.

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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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Reaching Nonetheless

A poem by Kate Hirschfeld. "This poem was inspired by an instance when I dropped a glass in my kitchen and my entire family (and all of my pets) came from across the house to see what happened and if everything was okay. It was a weird moment but I thought it was beautiful in how it showed the innate instinctual compassion and care in people."

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Sex Ed Should Educate Teens About Sex, Right?
Photo by Muliadi Soenaryo. Taken from the original Trib Talk article.

Sex Ed Should Educate Teens About Sex, Right?

An op-ed by Gaya Rajamony. "My experience with sex ed in public school was terrible. It was held in the worst-smelling gym imaginable, and every five minutes during the uncomfortable presentation, someone would giggle or groan. But the worst part is that it taught me nothing about sex. Sure, I learned what a uterus looks like, but I didn’t know the mechanics of sex, how to prevent disease or how to avoid teen pregnancy. In fact, most of my sex education came from the internet, as I googled terms the kids at my middle school threw around."

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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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