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International Women’s Day brings another protest

International Women’s Day brings another protest

By Juan Villanueva | Big Stick Editor | Every year, women, men and children gather around the world to celebrate Women’s History during March. The celebration dates back to 1911, during the time when women first began fighting for their rights. A landmark year was 1920, the year that women finally gained the right to vote with […]

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Two students qualify for state at VASE

Two students qualify for state at VASE

By Dominick Jayassi | Art students competed at the regional Visual Art Scholastic Event on Feb. 11. Their hard work was recognized with 67 regional medals. In addition, two students, junior Daira Macias Navarro, and sophomore Lacie Parries, had their artworks advanced to state. “I just painted an abstract kind of work that resembled the […]

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TR to honor largest group of Summas in school history

TR to honor largest group of Summas in school history

By AJ Ballard | Seventy-eight seniors are graduating this year with a GPA of 100 or higher, qualifying them for Summa Cum Laude. This is the biggest group of Summa graduates in Roosevelt history. By taking Pre-AP and AP classes and earning high grades, students were able to end up with averages over 100. “[Being a […]

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TR Community Garden Comes to Life

TR Community Garden Comes to Life

By Lizbeth Cuellar | As the year progressed the grass and plants in the middle of the bus circle disappeared. Why all of a sudden it became dirt over night? A few months ago it was rumored that construction was beginning to build  a new garden provided for the community, with the efforts of the science […]

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Features

Penney tells stories, inspires students

Penney tells stories, inspires students

By Austin Cohea | Jason Penney was raised in a small town in England  – in fact, the fifth smallest town in England. He was born in Colorado; then two years later, moved to England. Then to California for first grade, and back to England again to start second grade.   It’s been a life […]

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Barbizon Modeling Agency comes to San Antonio

Barbizon Modeling Agency comes to San Antonio

By Caylin Coleman | Roughly 300 made-up beautiful young women, from ages 13 to 18, are in attendance for a placement in the highly prestigious Barbizon modeling and acting school. One young woman in particular is senior Brooke Finch, a Patriots varsity dancer. Finch initially felt no pressure and pretty confident until seeing the sea of […]

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School works to promote bullying awareness

School works to promote bullying awareness

By Randy Castillo | All through Angel’s* high school years, she would be bullied in class by the same students who bullied her in middle school. She would get her schedule changed to escape these students. Then in one situation she was put in a new class with friends of these bullies. It was a […]

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Strehle leads by example

Strehle leads by example

By Desiree Flores and Mayra Gallegos | Survivor of cancer, courageous, and an amazing personality. Gene Strehle has been teaching geometry 13 years but that’s not the only thing he’s done. Strehle has had such an impact on students’ lives, and is able to do what he does with the motivation of his students and […]

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Sports

Basketball team heads into second round

Basketball team heads into second round

By Sarai Love | After beating Vista Ridge by two points on Tuesday, the varsity boys basketball team is looking forward to the next round, and reflecting on their steps to make it this far. Senior John Maag scored 68 points  in the regular season. “This [the basketball court] is a place where I can be […]

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Basketball looks for next win in tight district race

Basketball looks for next win in tight district race

By Mayra Gallegos | The varsity boys dropped to 17-9 and 4-3 in district after playing Johnson on Jan. 23 at the Blossom Athletic Center.  The boys lost with the score of 55-70. “I feel like we didn’t execute what we were supposed to do, that’s why Johnson got the edge over us,” junior Osiris Watson […]

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Making a splash

Making a splash

Swim team off to great start | By AJ Ballard |

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Agosto makes difference on, off field

Agosto makes difference on, off field

By Ana Calderón | Luz Agosto began playing softball at a very young age in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. At only six years old, she began playing in an all boys baseball team which she played for nine years. To her it was a unique experience, to be out on the field competing with boys, which not everyday […]

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Entertainment

Evanescence – “Lithium” holds truth about depression

Evanescence – “Lithium” holds truth about depression

By Tori Pulliam | Released in 2006, Evanescence has gifted their audience with “Lithium.” A song of metaphorical yet literal lyrics and expressions, it speaks of the pending departure of depression, but yet its host does not wish to let go of it either. Those who suffer from depression know exactly how it feels to wish […]

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Cinderella fits just right with audience

Cinderella fits just right with audience

  By Naomi Gutierrez and Mayra Gallegos| We all know Cinderella, but the way these students played their roles made the story a million times better. Cinderella was a family-friendly act that was funny and loving. Believe it or not the students worked really hard to stay in character. Opening informally Jan. 25, the musical […]

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One to Try: Gallant Ology

One to Try: Gallant Ology

By Randy Castillo | An upcoming artist with so much potential, amazing, powerful and relatable lyrics, Gallant’s second album “Ology” gives us a brighter look at what R&B has in store for us. Christopher Gallant started his music career in Los Angeles California in 2013 when he self-released his first debut EP “Zebra,” which in turn led […]

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Sarah McLachlan – “Possession” reveals love and longing

Sarah McLachlan – “Possession” reveals love and longing

By Tori Pulliam | Released in 1993, Sarah McLachlan’s “Possession” has shown many emotions and stories within its lyrics, but one story truly stands out. She tells a story of love, passion, and longing for an endless night, a story of fear for how the future may go, and how life would go on even […]

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