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Students compare regional Christmas customs

December 13, 2013 8:03am |

 The snowstorm poured fresh layers of white on the ground outside. For the umpteenth time, Jimmy Do wondered when it would stop. He wanted to spend Christmas at home, not in an airport. Now a senior, Do was 15 when his parents sent him to boarding […]

Clubs’ holiday events encourage bonding

December 13, 2013 8:00am |

A bright, eager smile graced senior Tiffany Tang’s lips. It was choir’s annual Secret Santa gift exchange and she wanted to know who had gotten her name. One of her best friends, senior Bill Nguyen, stepped forward into the circle and handed her an envelope. […]

Holiday spirit fuels volunteering

November 22, 2013 12:05pm |

The nostalgic sounds of tinkling bells and festive holiday songs drift through the streets as decorations and sparkling Christmas lights cast a warm glow across the rosy cheeks of joyful teenagers and the grateful hands of the less fortunate. Christmas, the season for giving, is the […]

Siblings who stick together guide each other

October 16, 2013 8:52am |

Nurse Carol Wiley scrolled through the profiles in front of her. She was gathering information on the most recent Kerr applicants before presenting the files to Principal Greg Freeman. Already a few names have been marked. Soon, she glimpsed a familiar face and did not […]

Making the Transition Easier: New staff settles in

October 16, 2013 8:37am |

As the bus screeches to a sudden stop, students take a deep breath, fix their new ‘do, brush their almost wrinkle-free pair of Levi’s, and collide with cold air. It’s the first day of school, and they, whether freshmen or returning upperclassmen, are confronted with […]

Senior Parade tradition

May 29, 2013 9:30am |

Seniors gather in the cafeteria at the beginning of first period. They get dressed up by their buyers and prepare themselves for humiliation. The parade starts as they march through the hallways during first period to entertain the rest of the campus in their wackiest costumes. The […]

All the racket about the jacket

April 26, 2013 8:54am |

“It looks so ugly…on one side it looks really plain and the other side looks really full,” junior Laura Vu said. It is bulky, heavy, and hot—so since “we’re in Texas, it’s hot as it is…I’m probably never going to wear it outside of school,” […]

Teachers reflect on the places they’ve gone

April 9, 2013 8:12am |

“You’re a young lady,” her father said once. “You don’t need to be messing around with tools!” But Kathleen Kilmer preferred many things over being a young lady. As a girl, she hated the dresses “young ladies” wore—they bunched up in the most annoying way […]

Financial Aid Facts

April 8, 2013 8:13am |

The different types of financial aid: Grants and Scholarships: Financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. Grants are usually need-based. Scholarships are usually merit-based. Federal Pell Grant: Awarded to undergraduates with a maximum of $5,500 and is based on cost of attendance, status as full […]

Tough decisions put electives against academics

April 8, 2013 8:12am |

Heading to Room 328 for course selection during her junior year, senior Abby Lam thinks about college and her future. Approaching closer and closer only tore her more apart; a difficult decision had to be made. More art classes or more academic classes? In high school, students have […]