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Alyssa Cerda

Alyssa Cerda has 26 articles published.

Aly Cerda can often be found spending time with friends, seeing live music, and working tirelessly in the clubs they are active in. They have been on the newspaper staff since their sophomore year of high school, and are currently in their senior year as Social Media and PR Editor. Outside of newspaper, they are co-captain of the cheer team, board member of GSA, member of Youth and Government, and Youth Leader for Real Talk. They enjoy being on newspaper, collaborating and using social media as a tool to instantly break news to the public.

About Alyssa Cerda

Aly Cerda can often be found spending time with friends, seeing live music, and working tirelessly in the clubs they are active in. They have been on the newspaper staff since their sophomore year of high school, and are currently in their senior year as Social Media and PR Editor. Outside of newspaper, they are co-captain of the cheer team, board member of GSA, member of Youth and Government, and Youth Leader for Real Talk. They enjoy being on newspaper, collaborating and using social media as a tool to instantly break news to the public.

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Adventures in the sunshine: 5 Studio Ghibli movies to animate your summer

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Studio Ghibli is a Japanese film studio based in Tokyo. The studio is popular for its head director Hayao Miyazaki and his anime films that entertain people of all ages and portray unique, emotional stories. These films are award-winning works that have received accolates and acknowledgments from around the world, including Japanese Academy Prize for…

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It’s okay to be scared: A reflection on packing my bags and leaving Austin

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In less than a month, I will be graduated from high school. In less than three months, I will be moving away from my mom’s house into a room with someone I have yet to meet. This is not unique to my situation – thousands of people do this every year. Graduation is quickly approaching…

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Guess who’s back?: Former ARS teacher Pamela Mathai surprises students in Real Talk meeting

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Real Talk is an organization that focuses on educating the ARS community on social issues and amplifying youth voices through educational dialogue and respect. The organization came to be two years ago after Ms. Pamela Mathai, a former social studies teacher, spoke to students weekly about issues surrounding race that impacted them. Originally, the group…

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Rising up from under: Cities destroyed by Hurricane Harvey recover

in Beyond Our Walls/Local News/News/Showcase/Travel by

After Hurricane Harvey hit on August 17, 2017, and lasted until the beginning of September, a number of Texas cities have been ruined. The impact of the cyclone destroyed homes, outdoor areas, and local businesses. Some of the most affected areas include Houston, Port Arthur, Corpus Christi, and Rockport, all in different ways. We were…

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Tearing It Down: Austin’s Castle Hill approved for relocation

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With its unfinished foundation from the 1980’s, Austin’s famous ‘Castle Hill’ is facing demolition after a unanimous vote to clear out the Graffiti Park. The park has been a local attraction since 2007 when it was approved for public use. The graffiti park has many visitors each day from locals and tourists, being especially busy…

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Spring into poetry: Celebrate the new season with new reads

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Spring is the perfect time for a fresh start, and what better way to do so than to indulge yourself in a new genre? Poetry could help some learn and heal while helping others explore their own creativity. In no particular order, here are a few titles to get you started. Milk and Honey- Rupi…

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Break the Bank: College students and paying off tuition

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College tuition has consistently risen the past few years. One year of attending a four-year public university can be around $20,000, and can begin to go over that amount when out-of-state tuition is factored in. The average cost of attending a private university gets even higher, being $34,740 a year. Around five years ago the…

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Break the Bank: College students and paying off tuition

in Beyond Our Walls/Editorials/News/Our Voices by

College tuition has consistently risen the past few years. One year of attending a four-year public university can be around $20,000, and can begin to go over that amount when out-of-state tuition is factored in. The average cost of attending a private university gets even higher, being $34,740 a year. Around five years ago the…

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In a year: Reflecting on growth since Trump’s inauguration

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A little over a year ago, I was preparing for Trump’s inauguration after he was elected President of the United States. After being filled with raw emotion, I poured my heart into an editorial speaking about what I hoped was to come. In the year since Trump’s inauguration, I’ve noticed a downfall in our society…

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Money Hungry Changes: How Youtube prioritizes revenue over consumers

in Beyond Our Walls/Editorials/Entertainment/Our Voices by

In the generation of internet fame, it’s important to trace back the roots of our social media platforms and how they started. A popular video website, Youtube, has been getting a lot of attention over the year for its stars, policies, and how quickly it’s changed from being user first to income first. Youtube has…

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Changes for the mind: Ann Richards begins changes to address mental health

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The Ann Richards School is known for its rigorous course work and high academic standards, however students struggle with stress under the high expectations for their performance at school. Throughout the first semester, administration has taken different approaches to ensure the best mental health for all their students. One of these approaches was seeking student…

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Implicitly there: How implicit biases affect students

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Jamie Langley teaches third period AP English. The class is focusing on the lyric Citizen, by Claudia Rankine, which focuses on the issue of racism in America. Photo by Alyssa Cerda. Learning in the classroom is different for everyone. Depending on your background and who you are, the way you are taught could differ from…

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