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Lily DiFrank

Lily DiFrank has 18 articles published.

Lily will spare no details when it comes to her knitting, and she is just as meticulous with her writing and editing. When she's not working out the logistics and minute kinks of the Polaris Press, this water baby is swimming freestyle for the ARS Varsity Swim team or exercising her flair for the dramatics in ARS’ annual one-act play. Her essential items include Cold-Brew Coffee, classic oldies music, and of course, a pen and paper. She is excited to be a part of the Journalism community for the second year in a row, and as of this fall a member of the editing team.

About Lily DiFrank

Lily will spare no details when it comes to her knitting, and she is just as meticulous with her writing and editing. When she's not working out the logistics and minute kinks of the Polaris Press, this water baby is swimming freestyle for the ARS Varsity Swim team or exercising her flair for the dramatics in ARS’ annual one-act play. Her essential items include Cold-Brew Coffee, classic oldies music, and of course, a pen and paper. She is excited to be a part of the Journalism community for the second year in a row, and as of this fall a member of the editing team.

Her most recent posts:

Shipping out: How Ms. Shipman encourages students to learn differently

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“Spanish is an alive language,” Spanish teacher Ms. Kelsey Shipman says. Ms. Shipman, or Ms. K, is a new teacher at the Ann Richards school. On top of teaching Spanish III and and 7th grade creative writing, she also teaches an after-school Spanish class for students who went to dual-language elementary schools.   Ms. Shipman…

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Ask Ann: School survival tips and tricks

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Q: I’ve been so stressed out with school lately and when ever I try to talk to them about it they just tell me that school isn’t that bad and to stop being so dramatic. What do you do when your parents don’t understand the stress you are under? A: Not having your parents understand…

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Take Care: 18 self-care tips for 2018

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Now that a new semester has begun some students are already feeling the stress and burden of going to school. Sometimes, when things get hectic in our lives we forget to take a step back and just focus on ourselves. In light of the new year, here are 18 tips to improve your self-care in…

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Jumping in: New beginnings for ARS swim team

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For the first time in ARS history, the swim team is going to not be practicing with Austin High. We started practicing with Austin High swimming at  the Texas School for the Deaf six years ago. Paige Robbins, alumni of the class of 2013, was the first swim team member and the person who started…

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Final Strech: How to end the year off right

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The final stretch of the school year is here. Summer is approaching and that means finals and the end of year rush. ou may be dragging your feet and your motivation might be dwindling, but drag your feet no longer:here is some advice on how to end the year off right and prepare for finals.…

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Bonded together: ARS student and staff opinions on AISD bond

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AISD proposed a bond to remodel several schools in need of improved learning environments. Ann Richards is one of the schools on the bond, and if it passes the school will undergo a renovation. This bond, which asks for extra money from taxpayers to do something that is more than what they are already paying…

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The future is female: What Women’s History Month means to me

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When I first came to Ann Richards, it wasn’t because it was an all girls school, and that I knew the significance about the school being an all girls school. It was because I wanted a good education. I am, in fact, getting a good education, but I also got something more: knowledge about history…

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Pennies for Powell: Putting a face onto an ARS cancer survivor

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On March 3rd, (add year here) Mary Elizabeth (M.E.) Powell (9) woke up with a sore throat and didn’t think much of it. She brushed it off, as well as the lack of energy, as allergies. On March 4th, she knew something was wrong. Powell’s energy was drained barely being able to make it from…

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Lonely love: How to spend Valentine’s Day alone

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Valentine’s Day: it can either be the loneliest or loveliest day of the year. For most Ann Richards students, due to the lack of boys (for those of you who like them), mountains of school work, and extracurriculars, we are on our own. So, here are some ways to not be a sad, little moping loner on…

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Dynamic Duo: Two eighth graders organize a student protest against Donald J. Trump’s Inaguration

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‘On Friday January 20, 2017, many Ann Richards students participated in protests against Donald Trump being inaugurated. These protests were a Blackout Day and a walk out. Many other schools around the U.S. also participated in these acts and others of civil disobedience. The faculty members respected students rights to participate in both forms of…

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Survival guide: How to survive the holidays in a family tsunami

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It’s the holiday season. We get two weeks off of school to relax and most likely spend some good old quality time with family. This means your grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, the whole shabang. This also means that you might be walking into a lion’s cage of family and friends if you are not on…

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A pretty sweet adventure: Middle school UIL play Two Donuts

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This wonderful middle school play is about a little boy named Pepito. His grandmother had recently died, but came to him during a dream. She gave him two Guatemalan worry dolls named Modesto and Ridiculo. Who granted him three wishes. Pepito’s first wish was to go to Guatemala. Instead he got sent to Cuate-Mala. While…

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