Lamar Life: Volume 21, Issue 6

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Issue No. 6 | May 2021



Lauren Koong.......................Editor-in-Chief Kathryn Stone.....................Assistant Editor Mason Hartley..........................Photo Editor Mikal Nazarani...........................Copy Editor

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Letter from the Editor


his year, as we all know, was a whirlwind of unprecedented events. We spent the majority of the school year learning from the comfort of our homes. We weathered through a global pandemic and a winter snowfall that resulted in the loss of power and water for millions. We watched the Black Lives Matter movement take off and saw an attempted coup at the Capitol. We held inductions and ceremonies virtually and cheered on our teams from behind a screen. Through each event, Lamar Life covered it all. To all the graduating seniors, congratulations! I know this year may not have been what you hoped but you made it! I wish you all good luck on the next chapter of your lives. To the teachers who struggled through a year of virtual teaching, thank you so much for your patience and continuing to help us learn throughout all the uncertainty of this year. In this hectic year, Lamar Life has evolved beyond my wildest dreams. Despite the obstacles, we were still able to publish our issues online and in print, something that I am incredibly proud of. We progressed from a newsmagazine to more of a human interest magazine, creating more interactive layouts and spreads. We overcame challenges together, making new memories along the way. We focused more attention on our design and graphics, while the quality of our stories improved. I can confidently say that this year’s magazines were unlike anything we had ever done before, with each issue outdoing the last. I would like to thank Kathryn Stone, the best assistant editor I could ask for. Without her, our magazines this year would not have been as well-developed or as timely as they were. I would also like to thank Billy Stone, who is Lamar Life’s greatest supporter. Next, I would like to give Ms. Harper a huge shout out. Despite this being her first year as our journalism advisor, she did an incredible job and I am so grateful for her guidance and the freedom she gave me in shaping the magazine to what it is today. Lastly, I would like to thank everyone on the Lamar Life staff who contributed to the magazine. Without them, we would not have a magazine at all. Even through the pandemic, they worked tirelessly at home to finish stories, peer review and create graphics. As my third year of being Editor-in-Chief of Lamar Life Magazine comes to a close, I cannot stress enough how proud I am of this year’s staff and the issues we produced. We have come so far, grown so much, and it has been my honor to see the magazine evolve to what it is today. I cannot wait to see what next year holds.

From, Lauren Koong, Editor-in-Chief




Graphic by Lorraine Bombarde


Feature by Mikal Nazarani


hen it comes to our relationship with ourselves, a common feeling of existential dread or internal conflict seems to almost always be that of identity, and asking the larger question of “who am I?” and “where do I belong?” While it is perfectly human to desire mental clarity on the matter, such fixation on concretely defining who we are isn’t always the best allocation of thought and resources, and can even lead to more confusing, equally existential questions. As a collective society, we have become a little obsessed with labels. They are convenient, simple words and adjectives we can use to neatly define ourselves and others. From something as prominent as your political party affiliation to something as little as your zodiac sign, labels allow us to take nuanced and complex personalities and beliefs and place them into well-defined, simple boxes. However, this enthusiasm surrounding the use of external sources in defining ourselves prompts the question of whether or not such excessive labelling is healthy to ourselves and others in the long run. “We use a variety of external affiliations to identify ourselves, it’s human nature,” Theory of Knowledge teacher Edis Moreno said. “Our brain is wired and conditioned in a way that the more something fits in somewhere, the more comfortable you are with that and that’s just the way that we are.” So, while it’s naturally instinctive to find comfort in labels, there still is the possibility that putting ourselves and others into these boxes makes it difficult for us to ever get out of them and evolve. “For some, you do find comfort and joy, and you find freedom in those identifications and labels, and for others, there are a lot of constraints,” Moreno said. Some of those constraints may include feeling as though you don’t have any room to grow, or feeling tied down to a certain label, especially when that label was placed on you by someone else. This dilemma prompts the larger question of where does our obsession with

identity come from in the first place? Obviously there is a natural element to this, but it seems as though our fixation with such a personal issue has only accelerated in the past few years, and seems to have become more so linked with insecurity than natural curiosity. The process and development of identity begins right at early childhood development. “From a young age, you’re very impressionable,” Moreno said. We are naturally curious when we’re younger, and as a result we’re curious about ourselves, and our environment helps to play a role in deciding how we grow up to be as individuals. One of the most prominent environmental factors are the numerous social media platforms and applications most of us have in our pockets. Our psychology is constantly being manipulated so that we focus most of our attention on what these apps have to offer us, which in most cases is a fabricated landscape that can portray superficial labels and stereotypes. However, it is important to note the positives of social media, and how it can sometimes enable us to have more freedom in expressing ourselves to the world. Social media gives us the tools to portray ourselves however we want, and for a lot of people that can provide a lot of comfort and clarity. “There are some ways that social media can help individuals in their identification and in them feeling comfortable with themselves,” Moreno said. “But at the same time, it’s important to acknowledge the other side of the coin and that is the fact that it does perpetuate those same labels, affiliations, bubbles, etc.” An increasingly worrisome issue revolving around social media is the surge of personal biases that come with it, with individuals being exposed to customized news feeds designed to confirm predisposed biases and assumptions, forcing us into these social bubbles where anyone outside that bubble can be seen as a threat. This issue is more prominent in the

political landscape, but it can still perpetuate false narratives and perceptions towards other people, their preferences, and their way of presenting themselves. It is extremely important that we are aware of such programming, and are able to break out of such a mindset, for it will only reinforce the stigmas and stereotypes perpetuated in our society. “By examining bias, we’re able to have more meaningful conversations, we’re able to break the stigmas around identity and labels, or maybe even bring it to the light and make it more of the center of conversation,” Moreno said. Our identity is constantly evolving and developing as we take in new experiences and new knowledge, and further explore ourselves and the world around us. Yet the process of figuring out ourselves can sometimes feel incredibly overwhelming, especially in social environments such as high school. In high school the pressure to fit into a label can feel immediate, when in reality we should be focusing on our singularity, with a disregard for conforming or settling on one’s identity so quickly. “Once you stop worrying about where other people want to place you and the labels other people want to give you, it’s extremely freeing, and you’re able to love yourself better, you’re able to embrace your individuality,” Moreno said. While this fixation of finding a sense of self or sense of belonging can lead to insecurity and internal conflict, and stigmas are still present in our culture, it is important to realize and give credit to the recent shift taking place in how we view our obsession with identity, particularly amongst younger generations. “Historically, there’s been a suppression of identity. And now, it’s turning into celebrating your uniqueness, and identifying it, and being proud of it,” Moreno said. “Yes, there is an obsession with identity, but I think that obsession is slowly turning from more of a negative light, into more of a positive light.”




MACKENZIE WILSON “She’sgoingtochangetheworldandmove mountains.”

Feature by Lauren Koong


ith a 5.8% acceptance rate, Princeton is one of the most elite universities in the United States, almost impossible to get into, with students across the country vying for a competitive spot. Senior Mackenzie Wilson defied the statistics and was accepted into Princeton University, where she will attend in the fall. “When I got accepted, I was so excited,” Wilson said. “I literally jumped out of my chair and screamed. I was in such a big state of shock. It just felt like everything I worked for really came to life and was worth it, all those long nights, waking up at 6 a.m. trying to finish my application.” For Wilson, Princeton was the right match for her. “I didn’t decide on Princeton until August going into senior year,” Wilson said. “I had a cousin that graduated from Princeton and I have a current cousin who’s a senior there and the way they talk about it is great; they really love it. I actually got to visit the summer before my junior year and I just fell in love; I found myself taking notes during the tour. I visited three other schools and I just did not care enough to take notes and that’s when I knew and decided I wanted to go.” With her heart set on Princeton, the application process was the next hurdle to

tackle. “Overall, the application process was intensely stressful and anyone that says differently is lying,” the senior said. “I was running on about three hours of sleep the entire college process. I would go to bed at 2 o’clock, wake up at 6 and I had volleyball - it was intense. I would definitely say that deadlines sneak up on you fast and that’s going to be really stressful.” To get through the experience of applying to college, Wilson stresses the importance of work-life balance for better mental health. “For me, it is all about priorities,” Wilson said. “There are some days where I just knew I had a lot of schoolwork to get done so I had to put my social life on the side; I couldn’t go hang out with my friends. But there are some other days where I was like, ‘I deserve to hang out, I can’t pressure myself into just deteriorating my mental health over schoolwork,’ so I would go hang out with my friends then just come back and finish my schoolwork. I think overall, I had a really good social-academic life balance and I worked really hard to have that balance.” Along with taking a rigorous course load, Wilson also participated in student council as president and was a Sunday school leader at her church. “She’s going to be a leader,” said stu-

dent council advisor Denetris Jones, who worked with Wilson for two years now. “She has the ‘it’ factor. Whatever field she goes into, she’s going to change the world and move mountains because that’s the type of character, energy and passion that she takes to the table. And she doesn’t give up. That’s what I like about her; she’s persistent but she’s professional.” Jones was the first teacher that Wilson told about her acceptance to Princeton. “I was ecstatic,” Jones said. “I don’t think anyone on this campus besides Mackenzie deserves it more because she’s such a hard worker and is very passionate about what she does. She’s a great leader, thinks things through, and she always makes decisions regarding everyone involved, not just for herself. I’m going to miss her so much” While Wilson is sad to leave high school and all her friends, she is excited for this next chapter in her life. “I am so nervous but really excited for college,” she said. “New Jersey is far but I’m really excited to be able to experience something different than what I’m used to. I’m also excited to challenge myself at a school that’s clearly academically challenging and to be around people as passionate as me.”



Women’s lacrosse goes to State Semifinals Sports Feature by Mason Hartley


he women’s lacrosse team made it all the way to State Semifinals after being 8th seed going into the playoffs with a 5-3 record. They had to overcome the #1 seed in the state from Austin to get into the semifinals. The team overcame several obstacles during the season to make it into the postseason. “This year we had a really young team,” junior Mackenzie Gill said. “So really just getting comfortable playing at the Varsity level and creating strong bonds was a struggle at the beginning, but we quickly went from being players to being a team.” Senior Delany Costa spoke about the challenges the team faced due to the pandemic. “The most challenging part of the season was being unable to practice and play games with the peace of mind I had in previous years,” Costa said. “Even though outdoor activities are low risk, I was still afraid of getting sick sometimes, and that worry kind of distracted from my ability to immerse myself.” The team had to play a tough set of opponents in the regular season with a few games sticking out to the players. “Our strongest opponents were probably St. John’s and Kinkaid because they have great team chemistry and stick skills,” junior Lola Somera said. The rivalry with St. Johns and Kinkaid gave the team great competition.


“They were really tough opponents, but we ended up going farther in the state championship than they did, which felt great,” Costa said. “We played them towards the end of the regular season and put up a good fight during the first half, but ultimately lost,” Gill said. “We then played them again in the Houston Area Championship game and once again lost, finishing second.” Most agreed that the most memorable part of the season was their win against Klein, which qualified them for state. “The most memorable part of the season was when we won against Klein high school and knowing we were going to states,” goalie Dominique Pouncy said. “The most memorable part of the season was qualifying for state against Klein,” junior Sasha Arlinghaus said. “I think I can speak for my team when I say we were nothing but ecstatic.” Costa, who is going to play on her college’s club team, was very proud of what the team had accomplished. “We were the last seed in the postseason,” Costa said. “We really were the underdogs - we only got into states because we beat Klein, who was undefeated until we had our second game against them in the playoffs. Despite being such a low seed, we did better than all the other Houston teams in the playoffs, which was a great feeling.”


Academic Feature by Kane Kinney

Koong wins first place at State for UIL Academics


amar Life Editor-in-Chief Lauren Koong not only advanced to State for UIL Academics, but won the editorial writing event, becoming State Champion. At State, Koong was assigned a prompt about whether students should continue to wear masks in school even though the mask mandate in Texas has been lifted and had 45 minutes to write an editorial article about it. “I got really lucky because that is actually something I was going to write a piece on for Lamar Life anyways,” the junior said. “I already had a lot of background information on that and knew what I wanted to say.” Finding out that she won was a huge surprise to her. “Because of Covid, it took a couple days for them to release the results, so I just didn’t think about it,” Koong said. “When Ms. Harper sent me the results, I was shocked. I thought I did so badly so it was crazy to find out I won. I almost started crying.” In order to make it to State, Koong had to place in the top three at Districts and Regionals. Junior Kathryn Stone also made it to Regionals and went to State with Koong for moral support. “I genuinely think I would not have won if it weren’t for Kathryn,” Koong said. “We went to breakfast and lunch before my event and she really calmed down my nerves. She also played me hype music to help me get in the headspace I needed to be in.”

UIL writing takes a certain level of focus and determination, especially to win State. “I would say time and prioritizing is a really important strength of mine when competing in UIL,” Koong said. “But sometimes I get sidetracked because they give you a lot of information in the prompt and interviews, so I need to work on that.” Many of the skills she learned for UIL has helped outside of the competition, especially in school. “Being able to write with a time constraint really helped for the AP Government test,” Koong said. “The FRQs were really easy for me and I had like 20 minutes at the end where I was just doing nothing because I’m used to writing with a time limit from UIL.” Koong says she prefers UIL writing over writing

for school. “I like UIL writing more because of the structure and prompts,” she said. “The UIL prompts are really good and thorough. I also like them because they give you the best interviews with way better quotes than I could get in a real interview.” While this was not the first time Koong made it to State for UIL Academics, it was the first time she won. Because of the pandemic, the state meet was not held in Austin like it usually was, but in Cypress. “I hope next year that I make it back to state,” Koong said. “I want to go back to Austin.”




& Senior Thomas Schultz was named this year’s valedictorian, with the highest GPA in his class.


Senior Dean Toumajian earned the title of saludatorian, a close second behind Schultz.


Feature by Daniela Pearl


ith many students aiming to obtain high grades and focusing on their studies throughout the year, being ranked first and second of this year’s senior class is no easy task. However, through hard work and focus, seniors Thomas Schultz and Dean Toumajian surpassed their peers and were named this year’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian respectively. Schultz, who is pursuing the IB diploma, will be attending the University of Texas at Austin as an architectural engineering major in the fall. His overall academic goal was to have options for universities. Schultz’s title as Valedictorian, along with his outstanding grades, allowed him to be accepted into the schools he wanted. “I didn’t plan to be Valedictorian exactly,” Schultz said. “I just wanted to get all A’s in each of my classes and things just worked out the way they did. I am very fortunate for that.” According to Schultz, he was able to maintain his grades by submitting all of his assignments on time and studying hard. Despite his efforts, he did face some academic challenges when he missed two weeks of school in his junior year. “I had a lot of makeup work and I missed two exams, which were hard to make up,” Schultz said. “I worked hard after those weeks and I got through it.” While Schultz is proud to be recognized as valedictorian, he understands that the title will not mean much in college. “While I am very happy to be the Valedictorian, it doesn’t mean

that much to me going forward because I’m going to have to restart again in college next year,” Schultz said. “It certainly is a great accomplishment, but I am going to have to forget about it pretty soon and reset.” According to Schultz, the best advice he can give is to “take the right classes.” “Make sure when you’re meeting with your counselors that you are getting the highest classes that you can, 5.0 classes,” Schultz said. “Also take classes that you have interest in learning about, otherwise it’s just not worth it. Make sure to do your best in school and get all A’s, that’s the only way.”

Similar to Schultz, Toumajian wasn’t planning on being the salutatorian. “I went into high school knowing I wanted to get all A’s and my family encouraged me to go for number one,” Toumajian said. “However, the classes I chose to take weren’t for the purpose of being number one. My focus was just to maintain good grades and I ended up here.” Toumajian, who is also hoping to obtain the IB diploma, will be majoring in political science at Rice University in the fall. Toumajian

placed his focus more towards his extracurriculars opposed to his academics because he was confident in his academic ability. “Getting into Rice was really about showing that I got good grades and focused on extracurricular activities that fulfilled me,” Toumajian said. “You know, showing that I took really hard courses, four HLs, and I participated in many clubs. Again, nothing was preplanned, it was just ‘do well and you’ll succeed.’” When Toumajian was informed of his final ranking, he was unsurprised. “I always knew that it was definitely a possibility for me to be Valedictorian or Salutatorian,” Toumajian said. “I’m not unhappy about being number two as it’s still a great accomplishment, but it wasn’t the goal. My dad teased me about being number two but I know he is still very happy for me.” Even though Toumajian doesn’t hold the top spot of this year’s senior class, his high ranking and academic excellence were very advantageous for his college applications. “The schools I applied to wanted high academic achievement,” Toumajian said. “Beyond that, both Thomas and I are going to prestigious schools that are really competitive. So once you’re there, you are competing with your peers academically at a level beyond the competition in high school. I want to take my confidence in my academic abilities with me into college.”

Graphic by Lorraine Bombarde


lunchtime volleyball is


Feature by Mason Hartley


ine, mine, mine!” is often heard throughout lunch after a group of students decided to start playing volleyball on the front lawn. The group has grown in popularity and regularly has 20-30 people playing at one time. The group started with a few players trying to start a volleyball club but it quickly grew and became a staple of the 2020-2021 school year for in-person students. “We have been playing since November,” sophomore Noah Myers said. “I’ve met a lot of new people and made a lot of new friends from the group. It was pretty surprising and cool to be honest because now there are over 20 people playing.” Myers had started the group first semester when students went back to school. “I started the group,” Myers said. “First semester there was literally no one here and I was just bored so my friends and I were creating the volleyball team for the school and I was in a club, so I just brought a volleyball and see how that goes. Eventually it built up slowly.” Senior Dominic Lehighton also was there for the start of the group and helped get it started. “At first this started because Noah, me and some other kids were trying to start a boys team, a club to play competitively,” Leighton said. “So it started as practicing and then other people wanted to join and it kind of just turned into a more fun casual thing to do during lunch.”

One of the parts that everyone enjoys is that every grade level can play together and everyone is welcome to join. “It’s pretty cool to see all the grade levels playing together because normally it is separated by grade level, so few people know people from other grades,” Myers said. “It’s cool to be able to bring all of them together and everything.” Other original members felt similarly, citing inclusiveness as a main aspect that makes this group unique. “It seems cool, I have never really thought about it because I usually stay friends with people in my grade level and now more recently, I have been becoming friends with people from other grade levels,” junior Isaac Harris said. Some, like sophomore Scarlet Hauck, were new to volleyball when they joined the circle. “I started playing for the physical exercise and I wanted to try it out and it was fun,” Huck said. “My favorite part would have to be volleyball and the people we get to play with and hang out with.” While the pandemic negatively impacted most, this lunchtime volleyball circle was born from it and is now an integral part of school. “I think it is very interesting to see an easy way for different grade levels to connect,” Leighton said. “I think my favorite part of the group is that it is a casual thing, and everyone can join in and have fun even if they aren’t that good.”


Graphic by Mace Klein PLAYLIST

Songs of the Summer With the end of the school year comes the beginning of summer, a time for relaxation, new experiences, and reflection on a tumultuous and quite frankly weird year. For many this year has been one of frustration and isolation, and for others, perhaps one of introspection and growth. Regardless of your experience, summer now marks a new beginning, one where we can move forward while still looking back on the past year. And of course, such a time for simultaneous fun and reflection requires good music, to symbolize and capture the year of covid and new experiences.

Mikail Nazarani


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5 songs, 16 min 12 sec

TITLE Levitating (feat. DaBaby) Dua Lipa, DaBaby


Ace Noname, Smino, Saba


I. The Worst Guys Childish Gamino


A-Punk Vampire Weekend




Pretty much a given, this song was one of the most popular tracks played all year. The 80’s influence in instrumental and mood mixed with DaBaby’s verse, presents a perfect clash of old and new, future and nostalgia.

A more laid back, cheerful track, Noname employs her unique perspective and wit to casually cruise over a soulful, easygoing instrumental, with Saba adding a powerful, mesmerizing verse, proving to the world their skilled abilities as rappers and wordsmiths.

Easily my favorite track off of Gambino’s album, Donald Glover radiates so much energy and goofiness as he lazily haves fun rapping carefree with Chance’s support over gorgeous, soft chords, with a surprising but welcomed guitar solo at the end as the instrumental transcends just good production.

A preppy, guitar driven band, Vampire Weekend’s self titled debut was easily one of the best alternative albums to come out that year. The lead vocals often loud and carefree, songs such as A-Punk sound like they were made for summer, with fun yet complex guitar riffs and catchy yet timeless lyrics. credit: Discog

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Venturing into the realm of house and dance music, Kaytranada’s 99.9% is easily one of the best dance records of the last decade. Kaytranada’s immaculate production mixed with his talent for picking the perfect guests to back them up creates a fiesta bowl of music, with a large variety of flavours, or in this case, sounds, all coming together to create a cohesive and colorful musical experience.

Ana Torchia



ANA AGUIRRE From first generation student to Posse Scholar


Feature by Sofia Puccini


f anyone embodies a first-generation college student success story, it’s senior Ana Aguirre. Despite personal hardships and the added COVID stress factor, Aguirre excelled beyond her wildest dreams in the college application process. After several rounds of nerve-racking interviews and application phases, the Posse Foundation, which “identifies, recruits and trains individuals with extraordinary leadership potential”, selected Aguirre for the prestigious title of Posse Scholar and a full-ride scholarship to the University of Virginia. Aguirre says getting the scholarship is the most challenging thing she’s ever done, as it pushed her really far to show herself to a group of people that she didn’t know and put herself entirely on the line to get rejected or accepted. Throughout her academic journey, Aguirre faced unique barriers that made her outstanding accomplishments all the more impressive. “Being a first generation student, being dyslexic, and going to like a predominantly white elementary school meant being told at a young age that I was different in many ways,” Aguirre said. “It was really hard, but I’m still here and I overcame all those struggles. I know others in similar situations can too.” Aguirre’s dyslexia has been hard for her to overcome since she was a child, but she maintains a positive outlook. “Having to compare myself with other students in school and their performance was one of the hardest things to deal with,” she said. “However, I learned to see that I’m doing the best I can, and that’s the only thing I can do.” According to the Posse scholar, the University of Virginia is a perfect match for her aspiring career. “My plan for the future both college and career wise is becoming a nurse in the nursing program at UVA, which is one of the few schools that has a designated col-

lege for nursing that covers many different paths to nursing,” the senior said. Aguirre was encouraged to apply to the Posse scholarship by EMERGE, a free, nationally-recognized program for first-generation and low-income high schoolers that helps them plan their post-high school life at a higher institution. “I applied to EMERGE in my sophomore year, and they are amazing,” Aguirre said. “They help you throughout the whole college process and guide you to where you need to go. They are a helping hand; they will not do ev-

were there when I got the call and was told I was going to go to UVA under a full tuition scholarship,” Aguirre said. “My family is a low-income family since I’m first generation, so being told that you mean something and that you can do something by getting a merit scholarship is amazing; it’s the most rewarding thing to be told, ‘we believe in you’, that ‘you deserve this’. I would not be where I am without my family.” Though Aguirre never regretted doing the scholarship and is very happy with where she’s going, the uncertainty she felt in the process cannot go unmentioned. “The early decision to apply was stressful, because the scholarship is a re ally binding decision; it’s a scholarship where if you accept, you’re going to that school and there’s no way out of it,” Aguirre said. “The anxiety part of college applications can really take you down, but you have to fight it. Either you can fall into the darkest hole, or you can crawl yourself out of it and become stronger by doing so.” Though Aguirre’s experience with the scholarship came with some additional stress to the college application process, she learned valuable lessons along the way. Aguirre says the main piece of advice she would give to other first generation students is to not give up and be self-disciplined. “I know it’s so easy just to say, ‘I’m done, I’m so tired, I can’t do this anymore, I just want to sleep, I just want to have fun’. It’s easy to just let go of everything, but if you do, you’re giving up on everything you’ve worked so hard for and your parents, who came from a different country to America to try to give you a life they never had,” she said. “You must be grateful for that; you have to work for yourself, of course, but also to make your parents proud and show them that what they did was for something.”

“ It was really hard, but I’m still here and I overcame all those struggles.” Ana Aguirre erything for you, because that’s up to you, but they will help you and introduce you to internships, jobs, scholarships, and more. They take high school kids and send them to colleges they never dreamed that they would be able to go to: they will send them to Ivy League’s if they try hard enough.” Aguirre says the biggest inspirations and supporters of her academic career have definitely been her parents and siblings. “My family has been there through the best and worst of it. They were there when I learned I had dyslexia, and they


POST LHS FEST The rain did not stop the success of the $70,000 alternative to prom

Feature by Ethan Martinez


ll year seniors anticipated LHS Fest, the alternative to prom that was organized by the Parent-Teacher Organization, or PTO, with a $70,000 budget. However, on the day of the event, Houston faced stormy weather, with on-and-off rain, leading students to question whether or not the event would still go on. Becky Zavala, a PTO member, and her peers had to pull some strings last minute to ensure the event would be adaptable to the weather and remain enjoyable to the students. “The committee was extremely concerned about the weather; we constantly monitored the radar and we revised our plans several times to accommodate any impact that rain would have on the event,” Zavala said. “We also ordered ponchos last minute to help. I think the tents really provided shelter and allowed the kids to still have fun regardless of the rain. We also were lucky and got a couple of hours of no rain.” Despite the weather, hundreds of seniors still showed up, many of them seeing each other for the first time in over a year. “It feels like we are finally done with the pandemic,” senior Alayana Basurto-Sanchez said. “Being able to go to huge gatherings and see friends I haven’t seen in over a year gave me 2019 vibes.” LHS Fest was far from the traditional prom. Instead of having a stereotypical dress code of tuxedos and gowns, LHS Fest offered a carnival-like experience with various rides and games where you can earn prizes. “LHS fest did not have the traditional prom feel,” Basurto-Sanchez said. “I really wanted to bring a date and dance like a normal prom but considering the circumstances we were in, LHS fest was definitely the best option available. I never would have thought that I would be riding different rides while wearing a poncho, but 2020 was able to make that possible and I am grateful for that.” With a $70,000 budget and many different COVID restrictions in place, most seniors feel that LHS Fest was a fun alternative to prom. “LHS fest was very well organized and planned,” senior Annice Applewhite said. “In my opinion, I think it was better than a traditional prom because it was less formal and had more activities. Being able to see some of my friends I have not been able to see for over a year was very exciting. Overall, I am happy that we were the one and only class to be able to experience such a different, but fun prom.”




TurnOn, TuneIn, TapOut Untitled (figures cut in paper), Levi Bicas Individuality, Emilia Sterkel The Hate Box, Grace Jones

Wire Spine, Natalie Mafridge

The Hand of the Screen, Mason Hartley

Eyes to See, Eliza Crawford


The Great Escape, Kathryn Stone

Feature by Kathryn Stone


even students have accomplished a goal many artists only dream of doing: having a piece show in a museum. Seniors Mason Hartley, Emilia Sterkel and Natalie Mafridge, juniors Grace Jones, Eliza Crawford, and Kathryn Stone and sophomore Levi Bicas all had works of art chosen to be a part of the show “Turn On, Tune In, Tap Out” at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. The show exhibits pieces that answer the prompt “How do you define ‘the screen’, does ‘the screen’ protect you or hold you back, and how can you crack ‘the screen’?” “My piece hangs on the wall like a tapestry,” Crawford said. “I used magazines, string, paper, blindfolds, and a wooden rod. It symbolizes how ‘The Screen’ can blind us from reality and how we should open up our eyes and look away from ‘The Screen.’” The prompt was set by the Contemporary Arts Museum’s Teen Council, a group of Houston-area teens who work to curate shows and get involved with the museum. The Teen Council puts out an open-call for an exhibition every other year with almost no boundaries to entry. “It is easy to enter and has very few rules – students are free to approach the subject matter in almost whatever way they feel is the most effective, including large scale sculptures and installation work,” art teacher Robert Stiles explained. This freedom of approach allowed for students to let their creativity shine. “My piece is a computer monitor and a computer keyboard with acrylic paint all over and cut up teddy bears coming out of the computer screen,” Jones said. “I used acrylic markers, a broken computer monitor and keyboard, wire, and teddy bears.” Each student implemented their personal approach and aesthetic. “My piece is a man made of chicken wire struggling against a screen

wrapped around his head that is composed of blue cellophane emanating out of an old iPhone,” Mafridge said. “There are wires made of yarn going through his body and plugging him into a framed socket on the wall.” With the works of art comes the meanings behind them, which for this show might be the most important aspect. The prompt this year was conceptual, which meant the meanings had to take precedent over the physical pieces. “It is conceptual so students have to wrestle with a complex theme or concepts and figure out the best way to approach the subject,” Stiles said. “Ini-

“Seeingstudent artworkon displayinagallerywhere someof thegreatest contemporaryartistsof thetwentieth centuryhaveshowntheirwork isquiteathrill.” RobertStiles

tially this is the biggest challenge.” The students rose to this challenge and crafted their pieces from personal and relatable experiences. “It symbolizes how ‘The Screen’ can blind us from reality and how we should open up our eyes and look away from ‘The Screen,’” Crawford said. “My piece illustrates the platform that technology provides and the “evil” corners of the cyber world where many hate crimes happen through cyber bullying,” Jones said. “It also contrasts with the positivity that could be spread through technology and encourages viewers to be that change and positive presence on social media.”

“I was going through some trouble with recently coming out as transgender,” Bicas said, whose piece uses paper sectioned into different layers to show his isolation. The pieces don’t come with the artists’ explanations attached which grants viewers the experience of coming up with one themselves, resulting in the classic long-stare-into-the-artwork-for-10-minutes. These stares are common at the show, with museum-goers all searching for an understanding of the works that have encapsulated the experiences of many. “It was very cool to see my work in a museum and watch people view and react to it in person,” Mafridge said. Students were not the only ones excited. “Seeing student artwork on display in a gallery where some of the greatest contemporary artists of the twentieth century have shown their work is quite a thrill,” Stiles said. The show is testament to the hard work and creativity of the artists, who spent anywhere from one day to two weeks completing their pieces. “ It was unbelievable,” Jones said. “I felt very accomplished and like a serious, professional artist with my piece on display.” Pride was not the only emotion felt surrounding the show. “I really didn’t expect [my piece] to be selected,” Hartley said. “I haven’t been an avid artist for long and I felt that a lot of other pieces were different and better than my piece. I was super surprised to see that email in my inbox.” The greatest part of this experience? “I think that just being able to be accepted as a newer artist and make it into a museum is amazing,” Hartley said.

‘Turn On, Tune In, Tap Out’ will be showing until the beginning of August, 2021. Admission is free.


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his year from April 22-24, Lamar hosted its 61st annual FFA Show and Auction. In a collective effort between 25 students, the Lamar FFA raised $63,000 up from $48,000 last year by selling student projects in the front lawn of Lamar. Due to circumstances with Covid-19, many students in the FFA have not been able to stay connected with each other. The Show and Auction meeting helps repair served ties and bring the students back together, “The week of events for the Lamar Show and Auction allowed me to get closer to fellow members while also allowing me to get to know some since the pandemic hasn’t allowed us to engage as we normally would,” junior Jewlyann Cruz said. “The entire experience from winning and/or losing along with selling projects that we have made bonds with this year, allowed us to become closer with one another.” The FFA Show and Auction event was an entertaining experience and serves as an unforgettable memory for its participants. “My favorite part of our Lamar show was showing my goat and winning Grand Champion, after spending this school year getting him into his top condition,” Cruz said. “Participating in the Lamar FFA cookoff with Kelly Saucedo and Verniqua Hickerson was also very exciting, we stayed at the school overnight to cook a brisket and ended up winning Grand Champion Reserve.”


Feature by Kimberly Anderson


he Best Buddies program participated in this year’s Houston Friendship Walk, at Houston’s First Baptist Church, where 40,000 people went to join their communities and walked to support this program. This walk not only helped raise thousands of dollars, but also helped expand these programs all around the area. “My family and I went to the event to support,” junior Angel Cobb said. “They are very active people, so when I told them about the event, they insisted on going. It was an overall great experience and I will be going to more in the future. It was a fun walk surrounded

by all of these people who are there for the same reason you are. It is just a lot of love being spread and it felt amazing being a part of it.” This year, the organization raised over $70,000 to expand and raise more awareness to this cause. One of the top 5 individuals who donated was junior Sophia Rassin, who is a member of the Lamar Best Buddies club and raised $1,825. “Best Buddies is definitely the most important organization that I am a part of,” Rassin said. “When you are a part of Best Buddies there is truly a noticeable impact that you make. With Best Buddies you see first hand how much you improve your Buddy’s day. Being a part of

the club not only do I feel like I have affected some of the buddies’ lives, but they have changed mine.” Best Buddies is an organization that allows students to help those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, befriending them and forming significant friendships. “I joined best buddies for myself,” junior Ari Diaz said. “I thought this was the perfect opportunity to make great friendships with students at Lamar and watch myself grow with them! Best Buddies is such a fun club to be a part of, I definitely recommend it to any incoming freshman or anyone struggling to make friends.”



Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19):

Explore the ways in which you can express yourself, sort out, and solve any problems you have with others and with yourself. This month try to connect with others, commit, and don’t overthink.

Most compatible with: Taurus and Virgo Lucky numbers: 22, 43, 12, 21

Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18):

You will experience enjoyable and emotional moments, which might lead to a roller-coaster of emotions, but you will discover new things about yourself. You will continue to progress and advance in your work, projects, relationships, or creative outlets.

Most compatible with: Gemini and Libra Lucky numbers: 33, 50, 16, 30

Pisces (Feb. 19 - Mar. 20):

You might have started this month overwhelmed with thoughts, but now try to seek comfort on something or someone. This month you should try to relax and detach yourself from those thoughts without losing your focus on studies and interests.

Most compatible with: Cancer and Scorpio Lucky numbers: 7, 39, 48, 41

Aries (Mar. 21 - Apr. 19):

You might find yourself becoming curious or finding interest in new things or people. Use this curiosity to help yourself, your work, and your relationships.

Most compatible with: Leo and Sagittarius Lucky numbers: 3, 38, 49, 23

Taurus (Apr. 20 - May 20):

Review what you spend your money on and how you can make more money. You may even find new interests. If you do, pursue them. This month you will be presented with many new opportunities, use and benefit from them.

Most compatible with: Pisces and Cancer Lucky numbers: 36, 5, 28, 15

Gemini (May 21 - June 20):

Last month others felt distant, but now is your time to communicate, reach out to others, and fix any relationship problems. This month you will be busy but you will have time to catch up, don’t stress.

Most compatible with: Leo and Libra Lucky numbers: 20, 37, 9, 19

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Cancer (June 21 - July 22):

You will find yourself sharper than usual and decision-making will come with ease, regardless look out for yourself. This month you should calm down and settle, collaborate with others, and know your limits.

Most compatible with: Taurus and Virgo Lucky numbers: 40, 32, 6, 34

Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22):

You should aim higher, and don’t stop yourself too soon. Think about your decisions thoroughly and be aware of your surroundings. This month you will flourish when it comes to public image, and rebuild yourself.

Most compatible with: Capricorn and Cancer Lucky numbers: 14, 47, 27, 8

Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22):

You might have slowed down last month, now is the time to get work done, you will feel ambition and a drive that will help you. This month you’ll face some challenges, but you should stand your ground and follow your intuition.

Most compatible with: Libra and Gemini Lucky numbers: 13, 26, 35, 2

Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct 22):

As start developing your relationships you will feel the need to push yourself. However, it is important that you don’t lose your happiness or energy. This month focus on your personal life, what makes you happy, and opening up to others.

Most compatible with: Gemini and Leo Lucky numbers: 17, 25, 44, 4

Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov. 21):

You might be focused on others’ and your relationships, but you must remember to be kind and straight forward all while being able to explain yourself calmly. This month your intellect and your ambition will thrive, let them guide you.

Most compatible with: Cancer and Pisces Lucky numbers: 18, 29, 10, 31

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It is time to leave bad habits and relationships behind, don’t let anybody hold you back from your goals. This month be disciplined and assertive, but also ask for help when you need it.

Most compatible with: Leo and Libra Lucky numbers: 1, 46, 11, 24


LAMAR LEGACY 4 people 3 generations 2 names

1 family

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ne of the most unique aspects about Lamar is how students graduate feeling like a family. However, for the Church-Shilstone clan, Lamar is literally their family. Having sent three generations to the same school, their extensive legacy began with Charles Church, class of ‘58, passing onto Max Shilstone III, and then to his two children, Max Shilstone IV and Charles Shilstone, who are current students at Lamar. “I think to be able to send your children to the same school that’s got memories for not only the parent but the grandparent says a lot,” said Shilstone III, who graduated in 1973. “Both my wife and I are very involved in Lamar; we do it because we want to support our children but also we are very fond, especially me, having gone there, of the memories and to be able to give back to the school when it gave so much to me.” Returning to his alma mater as a parent instead of a student allowed Shilstone III to see the many changes that Lamar has undergone. “The school now is different with modifications,” Shilstone III said. “A lot of what I remember - they don’t really do anymore. Two of the things I really enjoyed was eating lunch on the front lawn, which is not allowed

anymore. The other thing was we parked on the west side of the school and the mornings were a big deal where we would all park close to each other and we knew each other and we would all converse and socialize before going into school.” For this family, creating a legacy at Lamar is incredibly unique. “I think it’s really cool having so much legacy at Lamar,” sophomore Charles Shilstone said, who is the youngest member of the Church-Shilstone family to attend Lamar. “I remember coming here in elementary school for a reunion with my dad. My grandfather tells me how different it is now and the way the football team and everything was structured back then.” Along with school legacy, there is also a legacy of Lamar football in the Church-Shilstone family, starting with Charles Church. “I was a football player and I think my favorite memories were of Fred Pepper, who was our head football coach,” Church said. “We went to the state quarterfinals in ‘57, ‘58. We used to have the best team in the city.” Continuing the tradition, senior Max Shilstone IV followed in his grandfather’s football footsteps. “My grandfather was definitely

one of the biggest factors in why I continue playing football,” the senior said. “When he was playing for Lamar, he wore the number 55 and I wanted to do something to honor him, so in my athletic career at Lamar, I also wore the number 55.” The tribute to Church’s football career was nothing short of touching for the patriarch. “I’m really proud of Little Max and his football accomplishments at Lamar,” Church said. “I was extremely gratified to see that he got that number. I still have my 55 jersey from my senior year and to see him out there playing on the field with that number made me awfully proud.” While the future is uncertain, Shilstone IV hopes to continue the tradition of legacy at Lamar. “It really depends where I go after college but eventually, it would be great to have a fourth generation at Lamar, so it’s definitely something on my bucket list,” Shilstone IV said, who will attend Trinity in the fall. “I think the community aspect of Lamar makes it what it is today and I know people like Coach Lindsey and Mrs. Graves create that environment at Lamar so it’s something that I know will continue for decades.”

CharlesChurch, classof ‘58(left) andMaxShilstoneIV,classof ‘21(right) playingfor theLamar football teamintheir respectivenumber 55jerseys


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ne of the most underappreciated people at school are the custodians. They play a significant role in keeping the school running smoothly, so it is only fair to shine a bright light on them in our Humans of Lamar issue. “The custodians are like the grass roots that make the flower blossom, that gets all the nutrients,” Jones said. “But unfortunately they are overlooked at times.” Every day, the custodians work hard to keep the school clean, which has been especially important during the pandemic to stop the spread of COVID-19. “I sweep the hallway, clean the classroom, mop, and vacuum,” custodian Maria Arias said. “And clean up the areas during lunch time and breakfast time.” Not only do our custodians take care of cleaning the campus, but they also help set up for all major events, from sports banquets to


LHS Fest. “They are the invisible pieces that hold everything together,” director of communications Denetris Jones said. “If the custodians weren’t there to help me, there would be no way I’d be able to do

plain about anything. They are just always available and ready.” Although the custodians are often not recognized for all of their hard work, students are making an effort to display their gratitude for them. The Student Council recently organized a Custodian Day for the custodians to thank the custodians for their dedication. “They provided breakfast for them, we provided flowers for them,” Jones said, who is also the Student Council advisor. “They were so happy just for someone to just recognize and to appreciate them.” There are many things that students and staff can do to make life easier on the custodians. “Please help us keep this campus clean,” Plant Operator Ricardo Garza said. “It is a big campus, since now we have a all that by myself. And then their parking garage too. It really would attitudes are just absolutely wonhelp a lot if they would put the derful! They’re always positive, trash in their place instead of just they’re always willing to help, they dumping it out of cars. Clean up love the kids, and they never comafter yourselves.”

Band performs at Collin Jazz Fest Feature by Kimberly Anderson


he Collin Jazz Fest was established in 1993 and since then has always one of the best and biggest highlights out of the whole year! This year the Lamar Jazz Band was invited to perform virtually at this festival, along with other talented and amazing students from across the region. There were many performances and even a special guest, Andre Hayward who performed an evening concert and included a masterclass for students to participate in. Hayward is a world-renowned jazz trombonist who has performed for a variety of other amazing artists including Roy Hargrove and Joe Williams. “I learned that sticking to what’s written on the page is boring,’’ senior Adelle von Grabow said. “No two of the same Jazz solos should sound alike. Jazz is one of the best genres of music to express yourself and your style in.” Grabow earned a scholarship and a seat at the Collin College All-Star Jazz camp this upcoming summer. Students were given a 45-minute performance slot to perform virtually for the festival. This festival may not give out the typical first through third place trophies, but they do have a way of recognizing those students who shined through the crowd. They gave out plaques and outstanding performer certificates to the deserving students, which included two of Lamar Jazz Band students. Luke Schoppe earned “Outstanding Soloist” on the Trombone. Jayden Walker earned “Outstanding Soloist” as a vocalist. “Participating in this festival was awesome!” junior Jayden Walker said. “It took a lot of practice and collaboration as a group, but it was worth it in the end because we all had a good time. When I found out that I won an award for Outstanding Soloist, I was a little shocked but overall happy that my hard work paid off.” This was an incredible educational festival the students were able to be a part of. The experience allowed many to improve while also having fun at the same time. Although, due to Covid, this is the first virtual Jazz Festival, it was definitely one to remember. “The Lamar Jazz Studio worked hard to make at least one ‘peak performance’ happen during this difficult year,” Director Matthew Siefert said. “They did so at the Collin Jazz Festival which allowed virtual performances, feedback sessions, and master classes with renowned trombonist Andre Hayward.”

Outstanding Soloist, Jayden Walker

Outstanding Soloist, Luke Schoppe




or most students, balancing school and a social life is hard enough. However, sophomore Franklin Wu has no trouble balancing extracurriculars. Wu not only participates in tennis and debate at school but also fights for climate change as a social activist outside of school. Wu is in charge of overseeing the youth side of action in an organization called the Citizens Climate Lobby. “The goal of our organization is that we are trying to build political will for carbon pricing,” Wu said. “That is basically a policy to place a fee on things that have carbon emissions and that would drive down carbon emissions over the next ten years to reach the parish temperature target.” It was his own life experiences


that got Wu into the fight for climate change. “Definitely as a Houstonian, looking at events like Hurricane Harvey which was one of the third major floods in the past three years,” Wu said. “It was something that affected me on a personal level, and I think that that’s what got me involved in the beginning. Seeing the devastating impact that floods have, especially on us Houstonians.” According to Wu, one of the most difficult aspects concerning youth involvement in activism is bridging the gap between youth voices and adults. “We are representing what our generation wants and our desires are what’s going to build the future. We are going to compose what is going to happen in terms of policy

for the next decades as we grow up and fill those positions,” Wu said. However, it is not always easy to balance school work and a social activism career. “I have to adapt to that situation which may involve rescheduling and finding better ways to incorporate student life,” Wu said. Wu believes that it is crucial for our younger generations to step up and join the climate cause because it will end up falling on our hands in the future. “In terms of inheriting this very polluted environment and rising ambitions I do think it is something we should be worried about,” Wu said. “The urgency of the issue is going to lie in our hands because what the adults are doing right now is not going to be enough.”

Mace Klein

Family Recipes


Family recipes are found in almost every household, whether it’s comfort food, favorite meals, or traditional food. These recipes all have a meaning and sharing them with others not only preserves tradition and culture, but it helps others obtain new memories or experiences with them. Each of these recipes that were shared have an emotional connection and/or memory with these students, teachers, and their families. They represent their culture, heritage and historical background.

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Arepas - Arianna Balz

Ingredients 2 cups of warm water aize flour/masa 2 cups of areparina/m 1 pinch of salt

Steps 0 F. Preheat the oven to 35 salt in a large bowl e th d an Place the water th a spoon. thoroughly. tle by little and stir wi consistency, knead it Add the maize flour lit tle lit a s ke til you obtain ta gh dou e until th palms of your hands un e th th wi em th After three minutes or sh ua sq of an orange and then Form spheres the size . ter me dia in s he to the arepas. t four inc nutes; uncover and back circular arepas of abou mi e fiv for d ere cov k t and coo minutes. em in the oven for ten Place them in the skille th t pu n ca u yo , hy nc to be cru If you want the arepas g. minutes. 10 5for l tuff” it with the fillin Let them coo y around so you can “s wa e th of 4 3/ pa are e Finally cut th Arepas are originally from South America. They are found in Venezuelan and Colombian cuisine, they are maize/white corn “food pockets” that can be either crunchy and/or soft and are stuffed with salty, sweet or plain fillings. Arianna Balza Bravo shared this recipe that was taught to her by her mother and her grandmother, “They said it was in our veins to make such a nice dish for our family and others, it means a lot to me because it reminds me of where I come from and many memories of my family when I used to live with them in Venezuela,” sophomore Balza Bravo said. Arianna’s personal recommendations: “Arepas can be eaten with anything you want! Meat, avocado, eggs, cheese, chicken, beans, and other delicious extra ingredients. I personally believe that you should always eat the arepa while it’s hot and it’s recently out of the pan because there is nothing worse than eating a cold Arepa. You will lose the great experience of eating the soft and warm dough with butter.”


Egg Soufflé

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This recipe is an original recipe, it was created by Carmona’s father. “He wanted to try something new with breakfast instead of the standardized scrambled eggs and bacon.” Sophomore Carmona said. “To me, this recipe is a piece of my father I’ll always remember. Anytime I hear ‘egg soufflé,’ I think of my dad. I like it because it’s sort of different from your normal American Breakfast. It’s a little mix of it so you can get all the breakfast flavors in one bite.” Carmona said. Brooklyn’s personal recommendations: “It can be served with some breakfast croissants, but it’s also good by itself in a bowl or plate. (You can also add some salsa or sriracha sauce if you like to add a little spice)”

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This is an original Alsatian/French recipe, that makes a pizza-like tarte made by rolling bread dough out into an oval and covering it with fromage blanc or crème fraîche and toppings. “I’ve liked this recipe because it reminds me of France and my father. My dad learned this recipe back when he lived in France and taught me it when I was little and had gone to visit him.” Itzel’s personal recommendations: “The toppings can be changed to your liking as long as you don’t add tomato sauce. It should be eaten when it is warm, but not fresh out of the oven, and you should pair it with a fresh drink since it can be dry if it doesn’t have enough creme fraiche. ”


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