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Journalism Mac & Cheese Debate

March 5, 2020

Occupation Station

Lauren Adkins

March 3, 2020

Entering the work world in high school is intimidating for many teenagers. From the tedious application process, to the nerve-wracking interview- the principle of having a job while also attending high school is fundamental because it teaches you financial and time management, establishing a strong work ethic, and many other life skills that are a necessity in life.    The first issue that arises is deciding where to apply. Finding a job that you’re interested in that’s also hiring, filling out the pages of personal infomation while convincing the potentional employers that you’re fit for the position seems like a chore. When deciding where to apply, more is more. Any location that even remotely p...

Memorial Media Reviews

Haniya Ali

February 13, 2020

Barney’s Brunch House is a local brunch restaurant located in McKinney, TX. I have been there countless times and I am always pleasantly surprised by how delightful the food and service is. It took 20-25 minutes to be seated due to the restaurant always being busy. I recently ordered the classic French toast with a side of waffle fries and a glass of iced sweet tea. The French toast was warm and flavorful and was served with whipped butter as well as maple syrup, however, it tasted slightly of eggs. The waffle fries were crispy and savory, and the sweet tea was very refreshing. It took a bit longer to get served, however, the employees were very friendly and the order was correct. The restaurant was very clean...

Off-campus lunch? Off the table

Off-campus lunch? Off the table

February 7, 2020

Several students dream of the freedom to simply walk out of school, get in the car with their friends and spend a much needed free lunch period in the midst of a stressful day at one of their favorite places to eat. But, here at Memorial High school, this luxury is often the subject of debate and questioned before students can all go zip off to a McDonald’s near them. The staff and administrators of Memorial High school, in Frisco,  Texas strictly believe that students should not be given ...

Let’s Go Ahead and Talk About Hats

Let’s Go Ahead and Talk About Hats

February 7, 2020

Frisco Independent School District has a belief system. Within this system, there are a few principles listed regarding the goals of the district. Occasionally, there are students who seem to find difficulty within FISD’s procedures, one of which being the policy on hats and how they are to not be worn within the building. This adamant policy regarding the dismissal of hats worn in the school building is reasonable. The district has the right to enforce this procedure and the outcome of such is mor...

Phones Distract

Phones Distract

February 5, 2020

How long has it been since you’ve looked at your phone? one minute, maybe two? You could be reading this on your phone as we speak. In today’s up-to-date and speedy society phones have very quickly taken a cozy place in people’s lives. As their companion, anxiety sponge, and most important item. They are very useful indeed, however, do they do more harm than good? In regards to the safety and health of our youth and current students, I believe they can cause more serious long term effects and ...

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...