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’...

The Benefits of Attending Advisory Tutorials

Lexi Thomas, Staff Writer

March 8, 2019

Every student likes a little extra time to hang out with their friends. Whether crowding around each others’ tables at lunch, exchanging snatches of conversation in the halls, or sending off quick texts before the bell rings, everyone likes a little bit of social time. However, the advisory tutorials should not be ignored or dismissed in favor of having fun and relaxing. Some students feel as though they need the free time that advisory provides to relax a little before their next class, and that it helps them better get through the day. However, the rest of the day would be much less stressful with the knowledge that everything has been taken care of already. FISD feels that advisory should be used for its intended...

Why We Need Mandatory Advisory

Kirsten Shin, Staff Writer

March 8, 2019

High School students in Frisco ISD are required to attend advisory, which is a short class between second and third period, on every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. However, many have complained about it, saying it is unnecessary and they instead should be able to go to tutorials or do something else that is more useful. Although they may not realize it now, advisory helps students in many different ways and teaches valuable lessons. Mandatory advisory provides an environment for students to talk about relevant issues and reflect on themselves. During the advisory period, there is always a power point prepared. It covers varieties of topics related to mental health, stress, anxiety, self-care, coping mechanisms as...

Canvas Lends a Helping Hand

Bri Martinez, Staff Writer

March 8, 2019

The more teachers use canvas the more benefits we see. Canvas benefits students a lot, especially when they are absent and need to catch up or even review a lesson. When students are absent, canvas allows them to go see exactly what they missed so they can address their teacher about it. Also, when you don’t completely grasp a concept canvas allows you to look back on previous lessons from your teacher. Although many say canvas is difficult and not “user friendly,” that's only because canvas is a new software for everyone. When teachers get familiarized with it canvas will be more organized. If you can't find something on canvas just ask your teacher to find it easier. Typically most things are separated...