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Alejandra Wait

Alejandra Wait has 30 articles published.

Alejandra, also known as Ally Wait, is the sports, satire, and our voices editor of the Polaris Press. You will often find her badly budgeting, procrastinating, playing soccer, and making other people laugh. She laughs for about 8-9 hours a week and prefers eating with spoons and bowls. Spoons and bowls are the way to win this friendly senior’s heart.

About Alejandra Wait

Alejandra, also known as Ally Wait, is the sports, satire, and our voices editor of the Polaris Press. You will often find her badly budgeting, procrastinating, playing soccer, and making other people laugh. She laughs for about 8-9 hours a week and prefers eating with spoons and bowls. Spoons and bowls are the way to win this friendly senior’s heart.

Her most recent posts:

How to Prepare for College: for Smarties

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As a senior, I realized that there are aspects of applying to college that you do not hear from advisors or parents, or you hear it but it is not emphasized or paid attention to. These are things that only a senior in March, or a current college student, might tell you. I hope reading…

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Competing for fair competition: Staff Editorial on 2018-2020 athletic UIL placing

in ARS News/Basketball/Cross Country/Editorials/News/Our Voices/Showcase/Soccer/Sports/Staff/Swimming/Track & Field/Volleyball by

Every two years on February 1, sports, arts, and academic UIL (University Interscholastic League) districts are evaluated and redistricted by the UIL board of directors. Every two years, The Ann Richards School is moved up to 6A based on the board’s interpretation of school type. Every two years, Ann Richards Coach, Meg Brown, appeals this…

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A moment of reflection: How mindfulness practices have prepared me for life after high school

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A visitor stepping into the dark small gym, lit only by faint yellow Christmas lights strung on the ceiling, would be pleasantly surprised at the sight of one hundred or so students practicing yoga. However, eleven years ago–when Ann Richards was just in our beginning–the visitor would have been startled and speechless. Over the past…

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Alumni day 2018: Question & Answer with Graduates

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Rosalinda Casso-O’hara Class of 2013 Q: How would you define life after Ann Richards? A: Well, by the time we graduated I was like, ‘I’m tired and I don’t know what I’m doing next.’ But college is so much easier than Ann Richards. By the time I had left ARS I had already done Capstone,…

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It’s not easy being green; How politics threaten my connection with nature

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I woke up before the morning light could penetrate the trees around me. As I shivered underneath multiple layers of clothing I made tea over a dying fire. Within minutes my family was overlooking Bryce Canyon as the sun rose over it, changing colors every few minutes. As I looked into the ever-changing canyon I…

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Strumming along: Ukulele club booted up by members of the class of 2019

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Any given day at ARS you may hear the uplifting, tropical-sounding, in-sync strumming of ukuleles, most notably found by the library in the mornings. This band of ukulele players has created a ukulele club, practicing after school every other Tuesday. Founding member Isabella Baladez (11) began playing the ukulele because her role model, Rebecca Sugar,…

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Making the rounds: Campus cop upgrades to circular desk

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On a typical school day, anyone can see security officer Ms. Samara Anderson at her new desk at the front entrance or walking the hallways, or hear her announcing “get to class” and laughing with students. “Being at [Ann Richards] was my first time being at an all-girls school, so it was different, but within…

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The story is Bond… Austin ISD Bond; Details on the package being voted on in October and November, 2017

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Austin Independent School District has been around since 1881, the 130 schools ranging from 136 years old to just a few years old. Even the oldest buildings have been minimally renovated since their original establishments, and AISD now has the chance to modernize all of the schools in need throughout the district. This opportunity is…

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Dream team: Teacher sponsors of multiple political science programs join forces

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The very first meeting for Youth and Government (YAG) this year was in Ms. Jill DiCuffa’s classroom, suited for a maximum of 30 students and filled with upwards of 50. This is the largest number of students to participate in the program since it began at Ann Richards nine years ago. During this meeting, the…

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Changing the principles: Principal Goka announces retirement, Waugh to step in

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The large gym bustles with tired anticipation. By the end of the second day of school everyone is exhausted but with the excitement of starting a new school year. Ann Richards students are used to unexplained assemblies in the large gym. It is part of the excitement of going to ARS: you never really know…

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Racing into the new season: 2017 Cross Country team increases numbers and prepares for first meet

in ARS News/Cross Country/News/Showcase/Sports by

Photos by Alexandra Lopez (10), Madeline Schell (12), and Ahna Stewart (11). The first cross country meet of the season for the Ann Richards team was originally held on Saturday, August 26, 2017. Due to Hurricane Harvey’s strong wind and rain, the meet was cancelled. The next meet, an AISD Invitational for only high school…

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Dressing for Success: Juniors wear business formal attire, preparing for internships in May

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Every year, for a few days in April, the whole school watches as ARS juniors strut in business formal clothes to practice for pathway internships interviews. Junior STARS class is a right of passage for Ann Richards students; it is filled with preparation for college entry exams and internships that act as a transition from…

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