The People of China Continue to Persevere

Kelsey Byrd, Staff writer

March 27, 2020

On March 17, early in the morning, so early that the sky still is painted black from a lingering night, forty-three medical workers load buses to return to their homes in the Shaanxi Province. It marks the end of their journey in Wuhan, a journey marked by unmeasurable heroics and profound bravery as doctors and nurses helped combat the deadly spread of COVID-19 in the birthplace of the virus. While far from over, the crisis in Wuhan has abated to an extent that some of those who came from distances long and far to help Wuhan no longer have to give their assistance. While the bus pulls out of the hospital driveaway, some of the medical workers begin to sing as tears belonging to an indescribable emotion cascade down their face...

The World Stands Still

March 19, 2020

Around January, a mysterious new respiratory illness began to spread rapidly throughout China. At first, through it´s ambiguity, little was known about it other than it mirrored symptoms of pneumonia and was suspected to have originated from one of Wuhan´s wet markets, a birthplace of the previous SARS epidemic. In an effort to quell the growing inevitability of spread, the city of Wuhan was closed in hope that disease would not escape China's borders. Then in the end of January, a few cases popped up outside China, such as in Japan, Thailand and the United States. Come February, those few cases became thousands, with the situation evolving  into an unforeseen, unstoppable pandemic. Now, halfway through March, eve...

Together Thailand Stands

Together Thailand Stands

February 20, 2020

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand - Dozens of traumatized, battered and tragedy-stricken Thais are gathered outside a morgue. They sit in flimsy chairs, and they sit with the understanding of what awaits them indoors. Their loved ones lie dead; forever gone from a world where a soldier has enough anger in his heart to end the lifetime of 29 strangers in a shopping mall. Those killed leave their relatives in a permanent state of after- where their families and country will have to adapt to a reality colored that much darke...

Holocaust Memorial Day: Honoring the Lives Lost

Kelsey Byrd, Staff writer

February 4, 2020

It can seem that every second, the world grows increasingly more chaotic and unfocused. With headlines run rampant by stories of political corruption, enviornmental crisises and the persistent presence of discrimination in societies, the time put aside to remeber our arguably more messy history is scarce. Every Janurary, though, there comes a day that the world and it’s leaders come together in unified solemness in remeberance of the millions of lives lost in the Holocaust. This year was no different, as Holocaust Memorial Day reached it’s 75th anniversery, once again reminding humanity that the stories of the past should never be the possibilities of the future.    The official establishment of an I...

Review: Lady Bird

Gracie Fillet

January 23, 2020

Lady Bird (2017)  Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut is a phenomenal coming of age story about a vibrant, strong-willed girl as she goes through her first love, first heartbreak, and truths behind what it means to be popular all wrapped up in an hour and 35 minute emotional cyclone. Set in Sacramento, CA, Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) is a high school senior with dreams about going to a college in “a city with culture” and ultimately leaving her hometown despite her mother’s feelings towards it due to financial struggles. In typical teenage fashion, Lady Bird ditches her best friend Julie (Bernie Feldstein) to be able to become friends with the most popular people (Timothée ...

Oscar Nominations Attract Controversy (Again)

Kelsey Byrd, Staff writer

January 23, 2020

Oscar season has come to an end, following the freshly announced contenders for the glamorous annual award show, and with it comes the now expected internet outrage over what movies do or do not deserve the acclaim. This typical conflict over competing cinema is a harmless and welcomed aspect of award shows. However for many, this year’s contenders seem to speak at an inner bias and prevalent sexism as women and people of color are shunned from several key categories.    The most prestigious and paramount award of the night is the heavily sought after Best Picture category. This year, like several before it, was filled to the brim with male lead and male directed films, with eight pictures that were directed by men (Joker, 1...

Fires that Devastate Australia Unite the World

Kelsey Byrd, Staff writer

January 14, 2020

Someone who is not privy to the situation would think the photos were a depiction of hell. With orange haze all around and tremendous flames seemingly devouring any life in sight, the once lush and vivacious countryside now scorned to a landscape of desolation and ash. The photos and videos that have circulated on social media illuminate the grave situation Australia faces as over a million acres are engulfed in a historic megafire. Alongside pictures of torched wildlife, the knowledge of the gravity of the bushfires have spread, with news outlets writing on how the bushfires have claimed the lives of one billion animals and killed twenty six people. With this information being common knowledge, people from around the g...

Q & A  with a recovering addict

Q & A with a recovering addict

December 3, 2019

Since 2000, the U.S. drug overdose death rate has gone from 6.2 per 100,000 people in the year 2000, to 14.7 per 100,000 in 2014. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 19.7 million Americans (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2017. But what about those who have recovered? Here, I have interviewed someone who went down the ‘drug road’ and turned their life around.      When did you discover drugs?  When I was 13 years o...

Stories Worth Telling

Kelsey Byrd, Staff writer

November 19, 2019

  It’s the gut-wrenching finale of A Monster Calls, the blood-soaked battles in the climax of The Return of the King, and the sentimental conclusion of the Harry Potter series. A well-written book has the power to resonate and impact readers for a lifetime. The sheer power of books to sway and alter a reader’s perspective on life and to install hopeful moral is indisputable. What book-worms do find conflict over, is what books fall in the category of soul-improving, and which ones are better left untouched. In this article, we explore the diverse selection of literature that has settled deep into the soul of it’s reader and found itself worth a reliable mention.    Often times, books act...

Nothing but Good Vibes

Kelsey Byrd, Staff writer

November 1, 2019

Sometimes life just sucks. Even if you are fortunate in every aspect of the word, there will be the inevitable lows that come in the package deal of being a human living on this earth. For others, however, those lows span into years; those hard moments harden into every moment and the times where you have your head held high become increasingly shorter. It is these types of circumstances that often weigh one down and anchor one to the pessimistic idea of a never-ending story of darkness. However, for many people, and in fact for many at this school, this is not the case. This is not to say that they do not suffer impoverished or challenging backgrounds, but rather they anchor themselves not to their own pity, bu...

Time Machine

Time Machine

October 25, 2019

A Time Capsule Interview with my future self Where did your music taste come from? My music taste definitely came from my pops. He’s put me on ‘real rap’ since the day I could understand English. I did a deep dive research on all rappers from 80’s to 90’s to even 2000’s. And the ‘real struggle rap’ was the type of rap I’ve always been interested in.   What kind of skills have you picked up throughout life? I learned new languages, bettered my soccer skills, obviously, ...

Warriors Hope to Swim out with a Win during FOCO week

Warriors Hope to Swim out with a Win during FOCO week

October 18, 2019

On Friday, October 18, 2019 at 7pm the Memorial Warriors will take on Lake Dallas at Memorial Stadium. Memorial hopes to come home with the win as it is their Forthcoming game. Memorial(1-6) hope to overcome their losing streak with a win over Lake Dallas(1-5) tonight. Tickets are 8$ for students and adults if you are wanting to go. Come out and support your Memorial Warriors for their Forthcoming game.