Local Teen Acts Globally

Gracie Fillet

May 9, 2020

Through the troubling times, there are people that rise to the occasion and volunteer to help others in our communities. Emelie, currently a freshman at Memorial, has put her 3D printer and her interest in the STEM field to considerable use. During this pandemic, Emelie has used her time to truly serve her community by creating adjustable face mask buckles that are much more comfortable to wear during long hours than elastic.  Recently, Emelie has been exploring the world of healthcare as a profession in the future, creating these buckles were her contribution to serving medical professionals on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic. Adjustable buckles that could fit into surgical face masks seemed an opti...

Chili’s Curbside Pickup Goes Above and Beyond

Haniya Ali

May 6, 2020

With the recent COVID-19 outbreak, restaurants have been forced to close their dining areas, leaving them to rely on their drive-thru and curbside pickups. My family recently ordered dinner via curbside pickup from Chili’s, located at 8250 SH-121 S in Frisco, and their service was one to applaud. Chili’s officially closed all dining areas on March 24th and has been constantly disinfecting high traffic areas in the parking lots since. We were able to order our food through our phones, rather than waiting for an employee to approach our car and take our order like other restaurants have started to do. The menu options were slightly limited due to the amount of customers coming in and out, however, there was a fairly short wait...

Pakistan Finds Eco-Friendly Way to Tackle Unemployment

Kelsey Byrd, Staff writer

May 4, 2020

One of the infinite number of consequences correlated to the COVID-19 crisis is the rise in unemployment from professions across the globe. The sheer amount of job loss has already rattled once-sturdy economies and has threatened looming recessions on other countries. This stark effect of an even a starker causation proved to be mountable in the face of Pakistani determination however, as the country launched an ingenious way to negate the incline of unemployment. This April, Pakistan hired thousands of recently laid-off laborers to help plant trees to assist the 10 Billion Trees project.   In 2014, the Billion Tree Tsunami was launched by the Pakistani government. The goal was to help replenish the nation...

The Power of Books

Gracie Fillet

April 30, 2020

“A room without books is like a body without a soul” - Marcus Tullius Cicero. What Cicero meant by this was that he had hoped that books that he read would change and enhance the way that we thought, feel, and connect with others. Others have taken their own spin on it, choosing to craft the meaning as books are immortal. A room with books is a room with millions of lessons and virtues that can enhance someone’s knowledge if you only open it up. Books to me are a way to escape from reality and delve into a different world for only five minutes or hours depending on how much you decide to read. Books can be interpreted or stereotyped as these long boring stories that we have to read in high school or those s...

Stolen Dreams Promo

April 28, 2020

Scientists’ Discovery Could Save Great Coral Reef

Kelsey Byrd, Staff writer

April 27, 2020

The groundbreaking discovery comes from a group of researchers in The Florida Aquariam’s Center for Conservation in Apollo Beach. In a collaborative effort to save the endangered reef, scientists were able to grow ridged cactus coral in human care. This is an unprecedented achievement, being as it has been extremely difficult for researchers to be able to even study coral. “We are losing coral species faster than we can learn about them,” senior coral scientist at the Florida Aquarium Keri O'Neill told CNN. Nevertheless, this April the impossible was rendered possible as scientists were not only able to reproduce ridged cactus coral, but record the process on video to help whereas previously there was no photos,...

Swiss Man Shows Support for the World in Mind-Blowing Projections

Kelsey Byrd, Staff writer

April 20, 2020

It’s a breath-taking sight to behold. Utop the grand Matterhorn mountain on one of it’s devine peaks, is splayed the dazzling projection of the American flag. A rich red colors the visible stripes and the sparkling white stars stand-out beautifully in parallel to the solid somber blue of the sky laid out behind the mountain. The snow that coats the Matterhorn makes the flag look powerful, invincible in the face of a devastating blizzard. The image of the flag itself may be simple, but the emotions it evokes and the message behind it are anything but. The Swiss village behind the deed tells the world one meaningful sentiment- ‘We are with you.’   Starting on the night of March 24, light artist Gerry Hofstetter...

How Corona has Cleaned Up

Lauren Adkins

April 3, 2020

Clearer skies, less polluted water, and lower carbon emissions are all strongly tied to the same thing many believe to be destroying the world as we know it: COVID-19. Thanks to the enforced life of simplicity that derives from social distancing, Corona has helped tremendously in the fight against climate change. Scientists are even claiming that corona has been the long awaited solution to climate change.   The waters in Venice’s canals are clear for the first time in years, and the skies in China have turned from gray to blue thanks to factories shutting down. Nasa’s documentation of pollution over China portrays that pollution is down 10-30%. Something so ugly and unpredictable has led to the beautification...

Living with Corona

Lauren Adkins

April 3, 2020

Waking up, but not around 8, instead at 11 o’clock. Getting ready for the day, but instead of a casual outfit, it’s sweats and a shirt. Going to school, but instead of leaving the house it’s within your own living room. This is the revised life that teens have adapted to in light of the current pandemic. In my opinion, COVID-19 will forever be remembered as the era when time stopped.   For many, the strictness of enforced quarantine has brought with it much sadness in relation to concerts, parties, and other large public groups being cancelled. But for others, corona has created a whole set of struggles unforeseen by many. This has included many being put out of their jobs, which has made it difficult...