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ARS students react to Joan River’s death

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Joan Alexandra Molinsky, known as Joan Rivers, died September 4, 2014. Rivers was undergoing surgery on her vocal chords on August 28 when she stopped breathing. Rivers was taken to the hospital, and had been on life support for the past week. Rivers was in movies such as Shrek 2 and The Smurfs, and the TV show Fashion…

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Ann Richards Admin unveils new Bring Your Own Device policy

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The Ann Richards School unveiled a new “Bring Your Own Device” policy on Wednesday of last week, and has been introducing each grade level to the new system day by day. “We’ve wanted to do this for a long time,” said Assistant Principal Waugh*, who has been introducing the policy to each grade level. “It was…

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Ann Richards Varsity Volleyball team starts season

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The Ann Richards School Varsity Volleyball team started their new season with their first district game last Tuesday, August 26th, versus Travis High School. “I’m so excited,” said Maura Cosgrove, coach of the Ann Richards Varsity volleyball team.  “I’ve been looking forward to this season since the last season ended.” Cosgrove’s Varsity team won the 4A…

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The Brand New High School Class

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As the school year started this back up, a new set of ninth graders came in, eager for what the new level of school had coming for them. “I thought high school would be just a dream and I would still be in the eighth grade,” Kelsey Atkins, incoming ninth grader said, “but I was…

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Faculty encourages creativity by chopping down wall: The Ann Richards Maker Space

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Two weeks before students began the steady stream into the Ann Richards School, a core group of teachers and administrators brainstormed ideas for shop tables through the noise of a wall being chopped down in the eastern corner of the school. This was the first part of building the Ann Richards Maker Space. In April 2013, Ms. Waugh…

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6th graders experience first day at Ann Richards

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One hundred and forty-six sixth graders came for their first day of middle school at Ann Richards on Monday, August 25. They participated in many of the school’s first-day rituals.  “I think I had a pretty good day,” said Olivia Benavidez, an incoming sixth grader at Ann Richards.  When asked about their emotional state the morning…

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11 new teachers arrive at Ann Richards

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ARS welcomed 11 new teachers on Monday. The school now has 60 teachers, more than it has ever had before. To many of the new teachers, Ann Richards made a very good impression. “I loved the Starwalk,” said Ms. Collins, the new Algebra I teacher. “The front entrance where all the cheerleaders were inviting everyone…

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Interview: Nigerian-American Sophomore Helen Onuorah Shares Thoughts on Nigeria’s Tragedy

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“That could have been me.” Students throughout the Ann Richards School discuss their disbelief on the matter of the April 15th kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian school girls, however few have the same insight and connection to the news story as high school sophomore, Helen Onuorah. Onuorah is the daughter of two Nigerian expats and…

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Students Show Appreciation, Wash Teacher Cars

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*Go to Instagram (@ARS_Press) and Twitter (@ARS_Press) to see photos from this event* ” We should have a student appreciation week,” said one six grader as she washed a teacher’s car. For teacher appreciation week the Student Council hosted the first ever teacher appreciation car wash. Teachers moved their cars to the west parking lot,…

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Senior College Shirt Day

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Casey Garcia “My gut says I need to be at Brown.” Casey Garcia looked for colleges out-of-state. She was accepted into UT Austin, Brown, SMU, Fordham, New York, and UT Dallas. Casey was torn between Brown and UT Austin, and ultimately chose Brown. Casey looks forward to meeting people from all over the place, the…

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The City of Austin Takes Stormy Davila to D.C.

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The murmuring of smalltalk fills a conference room. Elected officials from all over the nation exchange business cards, shaking hands on their way to a public safety committee meeting, or later, a workshop on  immigration reform. Most of the people attending this conference are politicians with years of experience in government behind them, but Stormy…

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Student Council Elections: Summary of Candidates

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Student Body Prez: Alexis Taylor: Wants the school to be student governed Wants to be with us and help us for the journey ahead “It always seems impossible ’til it’s done.” Toni Akunebu: Encourages “outside the box” thinking Wants the school to connected Wants new traditions Student Body VP: Georgia Hernandez: Promises to communicate with everyone…

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