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Alyssa Cerda

Alyssa Cerda has 19 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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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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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

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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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Freaky phobias: Weird phobias of the ARS students and staff

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Art by Kai Bovik. Phobias are common in our daily lives. People can be scared of many things. Some shriek at roaches, others spiders. Some hurl at heights and others shiver in the dark. But what about the phobias that people have that aren’t so common? Things that are constantly in our daily lives there’s…

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Tech Changes: ARS helps provide students with devices

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An “Academic Space” poster is hung outside of a classroom as a reminder for students. These posters are seen all around school outside multiple classrooms. Photo by Alyssa Cerda. The Ann Richards school is having new technology changes in place this year with rewriting old policies, new online classroom programs such as Blend, and providing…

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South Asia floods: Over a thousand dead in South Asian Countries

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People affected by floods in Balurghat in West Bengal. Photo from BBC. South Asia has seen heavy downpour and dangerous storms recently resulting in multiple floods around the continent and many lives lost. Mumbai has seen its heaviest rainfall in 15 years due to a monsoon that hit towards the end of August. The rainfall…

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Needing to allocate: Why an imbalance of coverage shows prejudice

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Art by Kai Bovik   Recently our world has seen a lot of tragedies. Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, leaving Houston in floods and devastating the city. While this event hurt and affected many beyond the population of Houston, killing 82 at least, and is tragic, it’s important to note that around the same time as…

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Let’s put health first: High school teens are working harder today, and their minds are taking the toll

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Artwork by Danny Armendariz (10). Over the years, school has become more challenging and time consuming for students. According to Business Insider an average high school senior today graduates with around 27.2 credits, while the average high school senior in 1990 graduated with around 23.6 credits. In that time, there has also been an 8%…

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Blurred lines: The effect of prejudice and opinion on facts

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Different political beliefs are extremely common. We are taught (or at least should be taught) to respect people, even when their beliefs differ from ours. We are taught that freedom of speech is our right and we are allowed to voice our opinions, but when do these teachings begin to harm us? At what point…

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FemiNO: Non-intersectional feminism and its harmful effects on diverse women

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Katie Guttenberg holds a sign showing support of trans women that reads “Support your sisters not just your cis-ters” at the New York City Millions Women march. Photo by Jon Guttenberg. Feminism is defined as “the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes”. This definition shows how feminism is…

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