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...

Lonestar High School Scare

Lauren Adkins

November 13, 2019

  On November 13th, 2019, Lonestar High School was under close watch in the hours of 9am-10am. Students reported a student had been showing off what appeared to be his gun on the bus on the way to school. About 2,000 students were put into a mandatory lockdown and lockout drill until further notice, and around 15 police cars could be seen surveying the perimeter of the school. The surrounding schools- Stafford Middle School, and Phillips Elementary School- also followed the lockdown protocol as an extra precaution. At 10:20 a.m., Frisco PD released a statement saying the issue had been “resolved”, but without any other explanation. The student in question has been located, and no one was harmed.  This...

Removing the Stigma from SPED

Kelsey Byrd, Staff writer

October 18, 2019

Nerves, terribly awkward ice-breaker games, lack-luster lectures and questions of my place of origin- these are the reliable aspects that I know will occur every time at the beginning of a school year. While the first aforementioned three aspects are common themes of every student’s experiences, most American teens don’t have to face the last one, the frequent ask of “Are you British?” However, if you have a speech impediment such as I do, probing questions are just a factor of life that comes with living with a speech disability. It is not just kids who suffer from a speech impediment who have to face uncomfortable questions, but rather many of the students who are enrolled in SPED programs. Fellow SPED kid...

We Got Spirit! Yes We Do?

Lauren Adkins

October 2, 2019

Black and gold, brave and bold, go fight win!    This is the chant that represents the Warriors here at Memorial. Outsiders observing would assume that Memorial High School is filled with confidence regarding our ability to take down the competition and to support any mountain our fellow Warriors have to climb. In reality, the students here would say that the atmosphere is all around ineffective at creating any sort of palpable excitement circulating around football games or homecoming. When looking around at pep rallies, many students can be seen standing with their arms crossed and shoulders slumped in defiance of any enthusiasm to be displayed. In my opinion, more emphasis should be put on the excitement...

Saving the Planet, One Zero Waste Product at a Time

Gracie Fillet

October 2, 2019

Nobody is surprised to find that the Earth is in a highly critical condition at the moment. Global warming, air pollution, and waste disposal are major environmental concerns that we need to keep an eye on. Different countries have already implemented environmentally friendly laws to try to save the planet in this time of crisis. “What can I do to help?” you may ask. You can start with these five small but highly impactful changes.  1. Use a reusable shopping bag. A research study done in 2015 by National Geographic estimates that 8 million metric tons of plastic ends up in the ocean every year. In a year, the trash you can save by using one single reusable bag is 170 plastic bags. Imagine the difference.  2. A...

Trump’s Telling Tweets

Kelsey Byrd, Staff writer

September 26, 2019

(Note: This article is categorized as an Op-Ed. As such, all opinions are that of staff writer Kelsey Byrd’s, and do not reflect the ideas or thoughts of Memorial High School nor the MHS Journalism staff team as a whole.)   If you have been on social media recently or you are in touch with local news channels and papers, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the fires raging in the Amazon Rainforest. The headlines tell a grim story, with daunting warnings of the repercussions of an Amazon-free world and disturbing photos of burnt trees and ash-covered grounds. These dire stories, however, didn’t seem to sway the always-stubborn Trump, judging by his ever-so-Trump response to the situation (delivered in Trump f...

History Repeats Itself

Kelsey Byrd, Staff writer

September 26, 2019

(Note: This article is categorized as an Op-Ed. As such, all opinions are that of staff writer Kelsey Byrd’s, and do not reflect the ideas or thoughts of Memorial High School nor the MHS Journalism staff team as a whole.)   No matter what place one calls home, a dark history of unrepentant brutality and viciously served inequality are sure to be a part of any country’s history. The past is often heavily morbid; a somber reminder of the inexplicable circumstances our ancestors faced. With that said, the majority of the world acknowledges their past mistakes, their previous rabid dictators, and then work to move on to make a hospitable, peaceful current state of being. But what if it’s not the past, but...

How to Keep a Conversation

Isaiah Foster

May 15, 2019

Do you ever try to have a conversation with somebody but it goes nowhere? It’s hard to learn about a person when they only know a few words or have a limited vocabulary;  that will always be just enough to pass by, and without depth. Don’t blame them, it’s the life we live in. People talk through abbreviations and emojis. Times have changed, and so have conversations. However, you can keep a conversation by giving somebody a compliment or bring up timely news to talk about. One easy way to give the conversation some spice is to give someone a compliment. For a thought, try telling them something that’s physical or something about their personality. This might be hard a first because we usually do this...

Why Rebel Against ID’s?

Roshni M., Staff Writer

April 18, 2019

ID badges are important in this day and age to provide security in schools, as stated in the Frisco ISD Memorial High School handbook. ID’s can help teachers and staff identify if a certain person is supposed to be in the school or not. Many people come in and out of school for reasonable purposes, such as photographers for school pictures, electricians, or advisors, etc. It’s easier to determine visitors and students from people who don’t have permission to be in the school. ID badges can also be used for school activities to make it easier for everyone. ID badges can help when checking out a book, buying a lunch, or getting into school related events. This way lunch lines become faster, since the kids can...

Power Points During Advisory

Mai Tran, Staff Writer

April 18, 2019

Going over the slides during advisory with the whole class might make people uncomfortable or even bore them. However, the purpose of these power points is to build social skills, build a comfortable environment, and talk about life skills that aren’t normally talked about in class. For example, it gives students the chance to talk about not only school, but life. Students can learn important skills before leaving high school such as self-care. They are also taught how to help others they notice need help. It might seem pointless now, but what you learn from the power points will most likely become of great use once you leave.

Why Canvas is your best friend

Why Canvas is your best friend

April 18, 2019

Most schools have begun to use the cloud based learning system better known as Canvas. Canvas can be an amazing platform for student-teacher interactions combine that with easily shareable information such as slides or worksheets and you get a great tool for teachers and students alike. However most people students in particular, don’t like canvas and that could be due to the fact that “Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” -Mary Shelley and she’s right...

Is Closed Campus lunch really so bad?

Is Closed Campus lunch really so bad?

April 18, 2019

Off-campus lunch is a hot topic within the student body at Memorial High School, with many students disagreeing on the closed campus policy during school hours. From a students perspective, it would be pretty sweet to get to leave during lunch to go enjoy some good food and take a brain break from classwork, but from an administrators point of view, this would not be a practical or safe idea, having the students best interest in mind. In the FISD Memorial High School Student Handbook, the districts’...