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What toMauro holds for Hillary

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Deep blue walls and light red oak shelves are filled meticulously with pictures and plaques awarding service and proud politicians. Garry Mauro sits relaxed at his desk filled with papers, comfortable in the stress of a political campaign. Mauro is fluent in the language of politics: The “nitty gritty” of signing bills and gaining supporters,…

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Passing up the race: Students share stories of racial “passing”

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It was one of the first weeks of sixth grade when Lanna Ahlberg found herself at school talking on the phone in Traditional Mandarin with her Taiwanese grandmother. Hanging up the phone,  Ahlberg found a number of girls staring at her. “In sixth grade, a lot of people thought I was Hispanic or white because…

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Talking Turkey: Sophomore celebrates with unconventional Thanksgiving tradition

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It’s Thanksgiving Day. The parades have ended, the turkey has been cooked and eaten, the potatoes have been mashed, the football has been watched, and the last slice of pumpkin pie has been reduced to a few crumbs. To many, this may seem like a Thanksgiving well spent, but to sophomore Ava Lindquist-Sher, the fun…

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Between homes in different cities

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Sophomore Shilah Chhadua packs her luggage for the third time this month to ride a plane  182 miles from Austin to Dallas, where her biological father lives. Every first, third, and fifth weekend of every month Shilah goes through the process of packing, going through security, waiting for the long process that is claiming her baggage…

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The Spoke unbroken for fifty years

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The year was 1964. Gas cost 30 cents per gallon. The Beatles were embarking on their first world tour. Americans were fighting the war in Vietnam. Neil Armstrong had not yet walked on the moon (and wouldn’t for another five years).  Where the Ann Richards School is today stood a race track. Red Lobster was…

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What the world was like when Rosetta was launched

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10 years, 8 months, and 18 days ago, space probe Rosetta left Earth. The date was March 2nd, 2004. It was a Tuesday and my sixth birthday was exactly one week away. Ten years later,  I’m 16 years old and Rosetta lands on the nucleus of a comet, leaving the 2004 Earth far behind. There’s no…

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My three thousand mile humble abode

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When we roll our suitcases full of fleecies past the side of the house, into the basement and through the yellow bedroom, it feels like the year is beginning again. It feels like this is where I’m supposed to be, where, despite the year going by, things seem mostly the same, but only a little different. Because…

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Varsity Volleyball Hitter Plays Cousin in Bastrop Game

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The Ann Richards vs. Bastrop Volleyball game this past Friday received a lot of buzz for obvious reasons– both teams undefeated, Bastrop being new to the district this year– but what most people didn’t know was that STARS varsity outside hitter, Ally Reznicek (11), was playing against her cousin, Quinn Blackwell (10), who’s a hitter…

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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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The LBJ (Little Black Jacket) Library

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The air hits me like a crispy slap in the face as the door of my favorite clothing boutique swings shut. That’s right; it’s fall and with it has come a whole new slew of shopping. The new season is especially important to the students of the Ann Richards School. It’s the optimal time to…

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Top 10 Coffee Myths

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We see coffee every day. Teachers carry Starbucks cups with them to class, our parents get grouchy if they don’t have their daily cup, and the (new! flavorful! creamy!) Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino is advertised on posters on the windows of your favorite coffee shop. However, the more commonplace coffee becomes, the more we may…

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Halloween Costumes Walking the Neighborhoods This Season

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In the crowded cafeteria, frantic and excited voices talk about everything from the early release on Halloween day to candy preferences, and of course, costume choices. Halloween is nearly here, and as the big night inches ever closer, ARS girls are scrambling to put the finishing touches on their costumes or start throwing something together.…

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