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...

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...

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...

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...