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Repping the right way: Why Love, Simon is an important teen comedy

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  Love, Simon is an upcoming film based off the book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, written by Becky Albertalli. The movie follows Simon Spier (Nick Robinson), a closeted gay 17-year-old high school student, and his experience balancing school, friends, family, a pen pal, and his sexuality. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is…

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Toxic Stan Twitter: Online community abuses social media platform

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In 2019, it is estimated that there will be 2.77 billion social media users worldwide. The growth of social media in the 21st century has had many positives: people around the world use it to keep in contact with friends and family, as a form of entertainment, or even a news source. With a rapid…

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Daring delegates: Ann Richards students take on Youth and Government State Conference

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    Claudia Luong (11) takes a bite out of a cookie while waiting outside the Texas State Capitol. Luong competed in the judicial branch in Youth and Government, specifically district court, the highest level of court a team can participate in. Photo by Becca Alonso.
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    From left to right: Charlen Puon (10), Xiemena Sifuentes (10), Eleanor Jeansonne (10), Mia Clark (10), and Sierra Walton (12). Students pose for a picture during the second day of Youth and Government State Conference. All of these delegates worked in the media branch of government, which was divided into three sections: broadcast, social media, and print. Photo by Becca Alonso.
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    Alexis Miller (11) prepares her testimony as a witness before her trial. Photo by Becca Alonso.
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    Ann Richards students hold hands in prayer Saturday morning, looking upon the portrait of former governor Ann Richards. They were headed into their first round of judicial cases. “I feel like Ann Richards is going to guide us through the day. She’s a leader and she inspires me,” Savannah Wallace (11) said. Photo by Becca Alonso.
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    Eleanor Bailey (12) speaks during a legislative session Friday morning. This was her first year in Youth and Government and she has already changed her future plan based on the experience. “I’ve always known that I wanted to be a changemaker,” Bailey said. “I want to help as many people as I can. I was thinking medicine, but I’m thinking politics now. You can only cure one person at a time with medicine, and thousands with politics.” Photo by Becca Alonso.
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    During the worst flu epidemic since 2009 (Wall Street Journal), it’s no surprise the controversial issue of mandatory flu vaccinations surfaced on the Senate floor. The Senate chambers were bustling Friday afternoon at the Capitol as the committee discussed how to efficiently implement a healthy regulation of vaccinations. Photo by Becca Alonso.

The smell of coffee and freshly printed paper wafted through the Renaissance hotel this weekend as 1300 students from all over Texas gathered for the 71st annual YMCA Youth and Government Texas State Conference. 50 students from Ann Richards participated in the event, making for the biggest delegation in the state.

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Lights, camera, color: Capturing student makeup looks

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For the month of February, the Polaris Press is producing weekly content approaching the idea of beauty from varying angles. This week, we bring you a photo gallery featuring fellow classmates in images that explore color and makeup. Click on the gallery to get started!

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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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Music in the metropolis: Upcoming concerts taking place in Austin

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BROCKHAMPTON- This band is a mix of rap and classic boy band songs. Their music is happy at times and mellow at others. A typical BROCKHAMPTON song is a well-rounded upbeat rap song. BROCKHAMPTON has four albums out, all of which are on Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora. The first one is All American Trash,…

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Take a steaming sip: Your guide to the taste, color, and flavors of coffee

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Walk into a coffee shop. You hear the shouts of baristas, the whirling of a distant blender, the sound of espresso being made. Look at the walls. Dozens of coffee bags line the interiors, all with different descriptions. Columbian, Blonde, Fair-Trade, Italian Roast. Even when buying coffee at the store, all of these phrases jump…

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The family that plays together: Sister soccer legacy takes place at Ann Richards

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Balancing athletics and academics is an obstacle faced by countless high school students, but the Hruby sisters have got it down to an art form. Collectively, Sofia (class of 2015), Lucia (class of 2017), and Olivia (9) have been involved in almost every sport offered at Ann Richards. Olivia and her sisters have been playing…

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Spooky pooches: Annual Howl-O-Ween Bash takes place

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Grab your costumes and your love of animals: The annual Howl-O-Ween Bash is back and ready to help out all of your favorite animals. The event occurred on November 1st, 2017, and was hosted by the Ann Richards Chapter of the National Honors Society (NHS). Outside the courtyard doors, different events were displayed such as…

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Where in the world is she?: Ms. Goka’s life in retirement

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  Starting her life in retirement, Ms. Goka is taking a well-earned vacation.   Ms. Goka is off to a new start after retiring from her job as principal at Ann Richards.  Goka kicked off her adventure in Portland, Oregon where she visited her daughter Emiko and Emiko’s boyfriend. They went to the Portland Symphony…

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In the Driver’s Seat: Women of Saudi Arabia granted right to drive

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On September 26th, 2017, King Salman of Saudi Arabia lifted the country’s restrictions on women driving. The ban was lifted after years of women’s rights advocates pushing for a change in legislation, including,18 years ago in 1990, women protested by driving their cars around until the police stopped them. Women’s rights have always been up…

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Food for the soul: Senior’s speech touches on the impact of music in her life

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Before 9th grade morning meeting commenced on September 20th, it was just another Wednesday for the students in attendance. However, senior Mariana Monroy sat to the side, nervous and impatient for the clock to strike 8:55 am. The previous week, her Senior Speech rehearsal was an emotional experience for her classmates, and while her topic…

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