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Which prank was the best? Find out about some of the good, the bad, and the ugly senior pranks over the years. See page 3.

Who’s Most Likely? Find out who was voted by the senior class to most likely be in the future. See pages 4 and 5.

A Look at the Senior Staff A final roll call of our senior staff memebers and their plans for the future! See pages 6.

Ask The Seniors! Need some advice on how to get through St. Agnes? Get the inside scoop from your seniors! See page 8.

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Seniors reminisce in their fond memories of the class of 2013! Angela Ott Sports Columnist

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s the class of 2013 prepares to take their final steps out of St. Agnes Academy and into the real world, many of them have decided to reflect on their memories as a class, as well as their class as a whole over these last four years. Some of these memories reek of sentimentality, while others have tones of humor. Either way, these memories should never be forgotten, especially as the class of 2013 leaves the premise of St. Agnes Academy to enter the real world. Upon pondering the recollections from these past four years at the school, the seniors have cultivated a hodgepodge of memories from the class of 2013, just like Dumbledore’s pensieve. Most of these include the sudden school release after their sophomore power outage, and the ultimate sudden recall back to school moments after. Others recal voting on and winning the Flo Rida concert but not being able to recieve it due to his inapropreate music. In terms of class bonding, the ever-emotional junior retreat ranked among the top factors on the list. Sprinkled

in between these years lay a plethora of fantastic and unforgettable memories, some which will be the topic of dinner conversations for the year to come, and others which will eternally rest in the hearts and minds of these future St. Agnes alums. While some upperclassmen argue that St. Agnes has helped them develop a nice work ethic, and others disagree by stating they’re still a procrastinator after all, most seniors can unanimously agree that St. Agnes helped them build a lasting group of friends which they will cherish all their lives. However, seniors also concluded that St. Agnes forever impacted their lives, and will never forget the simple statement that summed up these past glorious four years: “It was stressful.”

SHOUT OUTS: Shout out to my girl Chel-bells !!!! Much love from Meri <3 - Claire Lafferty

Shout out to Carly Stender, Lauren Shelton, Kathleen Whaley, Sarah Klein, Kathleen Beverick, Hillary Healey, Victoria Castro, Jacquelyn Carrabba, Allison Padon - Katie

Shout out to gehbauer she is the bomb like tick! - Audrey

Shoutout to the best teacher ever Ms. Ray Ray and the best counselor Mrs. Kimbo Slice - Anonymous

To advertise with The Columns, contact Public Relations Officer, Amber Ainsworth, through her email address:

amber.ainsworth@st-agnes.org

Index Page 2...................Editorial Page 3.............Senior Stuff Page 4-5......Senior Awards Page 6.........Then and Now Page 7..................Columns Page 8.................Tiger Tail

SHOPPINGBLOG.COM Preparing for the final walk: Some seniors may experience some High School Musical flashbacks while they anticipate their incoming graduation, without the singing, though.

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Editorial

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The Columns ST. AGNES ACADEMY 9000 Bellaire Boulevard Houston, Texas 77036 713.219.5400

Advisor.........................................................................................Ms. Felicia Miller Editor-in-Chief......................................................................................Kate Meyer Editor-in-Chief.............................................................................Bailie Moorhead Center Spread Editor.....................................................................Courtney Adair Features Editor...................................................................................Kelsey Siegler On Campus Editor............................................................................Christy Luspo Opinions Editor....................................................................................Kathy Lester News Editor..................................................................................Alexis Winborne Tiger Tail Editor....................................................................................Ellen Neiers Media Manager..................................................................................Rachel Yeung Media Manager.......................................................................................Kathi Bach Public Relations Manager.........................................................Amber Ainsworth Creative Fiction Columnist................................................................Isabel Sutter Entertainment Columnist..........................................................Anastasia Zuniga Food and Dining Columnist.....................................................Micaela Williams Sports Columnist...................................................................................Angela Ott

The Columns is the student newspaper of St. Agnes Academy. Its content, which is the responsibility of The Columns staff, is not subject to direct administrative approval. Unsigned editorials represent the opinions of the newspaper, while Opinions columns represent the writer’s perspective. Advertisements do not represent the newspaper’s viewpoint. The Columns, an open forum, welcomes signed letters on pertinent issues from the SAA community. The editors reserve the right to edit and decline to print letters. All writing may be submitted to Ms. Felicia Miller in room 103 or through Felicia.Miller@st-agnes.org. ADVERTISING POLICY The Columns accepts advertising that does not promote illegal services or immoral products to its readers. The moderator reserves the right to accept or deny advertising with her discretion. Contact Amber Ainsworth at Amber.Ainsworth@st-agnes.org for advertising rates and information. Upon approval of the advertisement, The Columns promises to follow through on all contracts. If advertisements are not approved, The Columns promises to refund the fee in full. St. Agnes Academy Mission Statement Rooted in the Dominican tradition, St. Agnes Academy provides a Catholic college preparatory education that encourages young women to develop intellectual curiosity, to work for social justice and to act with integrity and compassion.

Reader of the Month Lorena Sutherland -Junior-

Peace out, St. Agnes Kate Meyer Editor-in-Chief

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hroughout my junior and senior years of high school, I have written more articles than I can count, but this one is my last. In my final editorial, I just want to recall the things that have shaped me over the past four years. First, despite the stress, allnighters and mistakes in the newspaper that have often haunted me until two o’clock in the morning, I am going to miss so much about The Columns and the staff. To the people who have taken the time to read the paper, bless you. The staff always puts so much work into it and we really appreciate your support. I will definitely miss the sense of joy you get holding the end product of hours of editing and revising. Even more, I am going to miss the staff. They are a group of enthusiastic, creative, fun-filled girls who know

how to get their work done. I know they will go far in whatever they decide to do life. Being a part of The Columns has taught me responsibility and more importantly, how to sacrifice for others when part of a team. Now, I have to credit my parents for pushing me to join journalism in the first place, but they have done a lot more for me than just that. My whole life my dad repeatedly told me I was smart, whether I believed it or not. But he also said that nothing could replace hard work. He encouraged me to set high expectations for myself. Then, there is my mom. I have no idea how she puts up with all of my crazy ideas. When I was little and I told her I wanted to ride horses, she put in hours of her time to let my dream come true. Someone had to drive me to all those horse-back riding lessons. And when I told her I wanted to attend Texas A&M University more than anything, she encouraged me try as hard as I could to make that

dream come true too. I am so lucky those two put up with my crazy personality. Then, there are my teachers who have been AMAZING. I love all of their quirky, fun-loving personalities. Where does St. Agnes find these crazy people anyways? Special shout out to Mrs. Fritsch…hi. You know you will miss all my greetings next year! As much as I have complained about St. Agnes over these years (my parents and friends can testify to that), I have obtained the tools here that I will need in the real world. As cheesy as it sounds, during my time at this school I have learned that I can do anything I put my mind to. Hard work is everything and no one can take it away from you. I wish every one of my Academy sisters the best in her next step of life. And to those not graduating yet, hang in there. Graduation comes faster than you think so appreciate the time you have left in high school. Peace out, ladies.

Wait...was this due? Bailie Moorhead Editor-in-Chief

**Unfortunately our respectable senior has contracted a SEVERE case of Senioritis and did not write a farewell article. We still love you Bailie!

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Best senior pranks of all time

Kelsey Siegler Features Editor

he endless tradition of St. Agnes senior pranks brings much excitement to the end of the year. The girls’ 2012 prank: “let the dogs out” brought all kinds of puppies and golden retrievers and posted dog posters all over campus; they did not have much freedom at all because of the previous years’ mishap. The class of 2011 put female undergarments everywhere and posted comical photos along lockers and everywhere else. The faculty, students and staff were devastated to see that these girls actually accidentally broke the famous Jesus statue at the end of the hallway. The statue had been there for nearly one hundred years so it was quite hard to replace. It took a whole school year to find a new statue replacement and at the cost of tuition and any money found. Another memorable prank came in 2012 when the seIsabel Sutter Creative Fiction Columnist

where of seniors eating and drinking in the library with the caption “eat and drink in the library.” Back in those far-off years, food and drink were forbidden in the library. It was fun to find new flipped things all day long – the seniors were quite thorough and turned almost everything that could be moved upside down. The practice of the STAFF PHOTOGRAHPER/KATHY LESTER senior prank remains Throwback: The famous Jesus statue falls to pieces. a classic senior tradiniors turned the whole school tion. The girls want to upside down. Seniors flipped leave an impression of humor posters, picture, and desks up- and for their class to be rememside down before school started. bered in this way; it is the one Some classrooms’ desks were time that they get to rebel and stacked in pyramids. Among do something funny so they other things, there was a flow take seize the moment. The of forks planted in the court- pranks are fondly remembered yard. This crazy, eclectic prank by seniors and underclassmen culminated in pictures every- alike for many years to come.

Everything you ever wanted to know about scholarships

• 100% of surveyed SAA ghosts, writing science fic- (like the Starbucks scholar-

seniors say they have received scholarships for college, mostly for merit. • Some SAA seniors have received scholarships for leadership, like Leighann Westfall who received a scholarship from Northwestern State, or for their work in technology, like Mary Baronitis who received the Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology from University of Rochester for $40,000. • You can get scholarships for weird things—for studying

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1. an institute which teaches at the highest level possible; has both undergrad and graduate programs 4. disease that strikes 4th year high schoolers, causing procrastination and laziness 6. seniors spray each other with this substance that looks a whole lot like whipped cream 9. SAA mascot 10. Competitive touch football game between juniors and seniors 11. you got to dress her up in the first few weeks of school, but do you still remember her name?

tion, owning a llama, majoring in candy making, being a great duck caller, or loving Star Trek. Natalie Diala even won a scholarship for being related to her uncle!! • Your favorite businesses might be giving out scholarships – students can win money from the 99 Cent Store, Coca-Cola or Starbucks. • These scholarships are usually based on merit (like the Coca-Cola scholarship) or on leadership

ship) but sometimes they are just a random drawing (like the 99 Cent Store). • Think you cannot win a scholarship because your grades are not that great? Think again. The David Letterman scholarship is for average students who have creative brains. It is worth $10,000. • Want a scholarship for doing practically nothing? Scholarship.com has a drawing for telling a friend about its website.

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I, Natalie Diala, will the Mr. Silberman’s favorite student position to Mitchell Nwokedi, and all my love to my little sister Lizzie Duble! I, Kayla A. Sloan, leave my amazing 3 paragraph thesis statements to Mrs. Gehbauer to weep over while I am gone. Maybe one day I will be good enough to write about pot babies like Jonathan Swift... I, Lauren Tucci, will my sister, Julia Tucci, the nickname “Tucci” so that she doesn’t have to go by “mini Tucci” any more. I, Rachael Lanier, will to Marina Ibraheim my spot on the Quiz Bowl team and the position of most enthusiastic senior in orchestra. May the vultures be with you! I, Kate Meyer, will The Columns and an awesome senior year to Kathy Lester and Ellen Neiers. I also will that my little sister, Isabel Simpson, has adventurous car rides without me and that plenty of boys wave to her on the freeway. I, Jacquelyn Carrabba (JC), will 1st base to Lynsey Campos. Have fun next year, I know y’all will do amazing. I’ll miss you so much!!!! I, Bailie Moorhead, will third base to Halle Butler. I know y’all will make us proud next year! Love you and crippled crew for life! I, Courtney Adair, will all my hair bows to Cecelia Wilkerson and Kelsey Siegler. I, Francesca Bosco, and I, Emily White, will the golf team swag to Alexis Winborne and Lauren SteffesKeep it real.

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Amber Ainsworth has been a part of The Columns

Staff two years now and is the current Public Relations Manager. She is an avid and passionate dancer since she was three years old! She has been on both the Tiger Girls and Remix dance team her at St. Agnes and apart of other dance teams as well. Amber plans to attend a college that will help her to become a journalist one day. Good luck girl!

Anastasia Zuniga

Not only has she achieved her dream of attending the University of San Diego in the fall of 2013, but she also will be saying goodbye to many good friends she made at the Academy, she leaves behind all her junior snuggling partners in Journalism class, and will never forget the frequent cafeteria runs she shared with Angela Ott.

Bailie Moorhead is the current editor-in-chief of the

St. Agnes Academy newspaper, The Columns. She is a senior at the Academy and also participated in the Texas Junior Statesmen of America where she was the Director of Special Activities as a junior and then in charge of the Junior Statesmen of America twitter account as a senior and will be attending The University of Texas at Austin and majoring in journalism. Bailie plays softball at St. Agnes and will enjoy doing it as a pastime in the future.

Christy Luspo

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is the current media manager for The St. Agnes Academy newspaper, The Columns. Christy has been a member of the journalism staff for the last two years. She has also been a member of the St. Agnes Academy tennis team, which claimed the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) State Title for 2013. Christy plans on attending Blinn team at Texas A&M in the fall of 2013.

Courtney Adair

is outgoing and funny, has been in journalism for two years. Courtney is creative and fun, something anyone who has ever read her centerspread knows. She works at Parker School Uniforms and is going to University of Arkansas. She plans to major in communications/public relations. The journalism staff will miss her sense of humor, her hideously frightening Christian Parenting baby and, most of all, Courtney herself.

Kate Meyer will be attending Texas A&M, a school

she has strived for throughout high school. Kate is taking her horse, Cherokee, with her. She is an all-around country girl. Besides riding horses, she loves Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride and she is attracted to every single male country singer there is, but who can blame her? Kate also hates feet and loves “zorses”. Kate is a fun, genuinely nice person that will be missed not only at St. Agnes but also on the Journalism staff.

Micaela Williams has grown by becoming involved in

even more extracurricular activities like journalism, Mixed Chorus and engineering team. Next year she will attend the University of Texas at San Antonio and after that she will transfer to UT Austin, double-majoring in engineering and journalism and in her free time belting out “He Never Failed Me Yet” to her adoring fans.

Rachel Yeung though a quiet member of Journalism

staff, always brought great ideas and kindness every single day. Ever since her mother brought Panera bagels on her birthday last year, the whole class has revered Rachel as a goddess who brings delicious food during the otherwise grumpy hours of the morning. She will attend the University of Texas at San Antonio in the fall.

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FOOD AND DINING

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Change in the ESPaNgela Waters

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his is the final article of my high school writing career. I am going out with a bang. While I was growing up, my dad never bought the fun cereals. We only had Honey Bunches of Oats and Cheerios. /Plain/ Cheerios. He never bought syrup, because it contained harsh chemicals that would apparently eat our bodies from inside out. We had to eat pancakes with honey. Honey, which is produced by bees, which sting people and cause harm. The product of harmful creatures, slathered on my pancakes and waffles. The horror. We never had apple jelly. Why? I don’t even know. Ramen noodles were banned for two years because of the MSG content. So I am about to go off to college and naturally, I am tempted by the new options in front of me. And yet...the sinister restrictions my father placed on our family have conditioned me. I tried syrup on pancakes recently, after years of not having it. It was not pleasant. I have become my father. The mentality of a 51-year-old man trapped in the shell of a 17-year-old girl. I buy salads on /my own/ now. I find myself buying grape juice more often than sodas. I even jog to some classes. It’s a light jog, not a real one, but it counts. I don’t remember who I used to be, but this is who I am now. My dad ended up winning. He may not know this, but he prepared me for college in the best possible way. My study habits still need work, but I feel confident that I will make the right food choices. Now to tie it to the public, because writing for a newspaper means you have to make everything relevant to everyone else’s lives. A chunk of us are zipping off to college, where we are expected to go wild with our new eating freedoms. I say, when you are caught up in the middle of a food decision, summon your parents’ faces into your heads and think of what they’d want you to do. Remember your parents. Enjoy the food. But be safe about it.

Peace out Girl Scouts!

Angela Ott Sports Columnist

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very year on the first Saturday of May, thousands of people attend the famed Kentucky Derby held in Louisville, Kentucky. This year, the Derby will be celebrating its 139th birthday. Since part of my family hails from Louisville, I have had some experience with the Derby; however, if you are a bit confused

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about the whole ordeal, let me break it down for you. If you are into some elaborate fashion, the Derby is for you. Not only do some of the classiest dressers in the US appear at the Derby, but an unofficial competition also occurs for the showcase of hats. Only at the Derby will you see hats that could pay for a college fund; birds’ nests, flowers and ribbons are just some of the ornaments sprinkled around the race track. Women can pay up to thousands of dollars just to wear one of these colorful creations. According to my Grandmother, the best deal for derby hats comes from buying your own hat and taking it to a craft store to get adorned by a professional (yes, that is a thing in Louisville). Now to the main focus: the horses and the races. There are several races leading up to the celebration, with the Derby being the last. Each year, around twenty horses come to Churchill Downs (the race track) to compete for the desired roses, which are draped over the winning horse. The much anticipated race lasts only about two minutes and

ENTERTAINMENT

Gossip Girl

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ell, this year has been fun, and writing this column has definitely been a privilege. Maybe you guys noticed the senioritis seeping through the past few months, but the time has come for my last column. Hopefully, next year, the new entertainment columnist will be as fun to read as I was (hehe), and

is only about two kilometers long (about one and a half miles), but ten other (slightly less important) races occur on that spring day. To this day, the fastest record at the Kentucky Derby was set by Secretariat in 1973 (the one they made the movie about) at a time of one minute, 59 seconds, and 40 milliseconds. Keep in mind that the fastest human record for the two kilometer race is set at six minutes, and the average race for us normal people is about ten minutes. After a horse wins at Churchill Downs, he or she will go on to Preakness States, then the Belmont Stakes to go on to compete for the coveted Triple Crown. The last Triple Crown winner was in 1978, although 2012’s “I’ll Have Another” (the name of the horse) got fairly close. I could talk forever about the Kentucky Derby, and I have barely covered anything at all in this article, but I hope my little column has sparked an interest for you in the grand Kentucky Derby. I hope that my year as a Sports Columnist has at least made sports a little more tolerable for you.

if not, sorry. Not my problem. Just kidding, I would probably feel a little guilty that I didn’t inspire someone to be as witty, original, and perfect as me (end sarcasm). Senior year has been fun and I am glad I got to express my love for entertainment to you guys through this paper. I am honestly quite surprised that I was able to refrain from writing everything there is to know about the Kardashian family, secretly sobbing over Blake Lively’s marriage to Ryan Reynolds, fangirling over Beyonce, or expressing my love for basically every guy in Hollywood. You know, the important stuff. It was actually kind of hard, that is why I wrote about what to do in Discovery Green Park even though we basically cannot do anything there. Anyways, I am sorry if I ruined the Gossip Girl ending for anyone. It had a spoiler alert so I do not feel too bad, but just in case it makes someone feel better, I have apologized. Thank you to

my friends Emma Berno, Danielle Wilson, and Megan Jamieson for giving me ideas and critiques on what to write, and thanks to the awesome juniors of Journalism for making me feel like a good writer and for allowing me to make this column short. I wish all of you entertainment addicts the best, and best of luck to the next columnist. You know you love me, and I definitely love you all.

Time to say Goodbye :)

Thank you so much for reading our newspaper this year y’all! We cannot wait for a new volume next year... Sincerely,

Final Exams are coming up, girls!! Start getting all of your papers together...It’s almost summer!!

The Columns Staff

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Trinkets Final Edition

Isabel Sutter Creative Fiction Columnist

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practically hopped off the Metro and into the steel wilderness of downtown. Dodging stray Starbucks cups and McDonald’s French fries, I made my way past the rows of tightly packed condominiums and sandwich shops. A block later, I arrived at a building covered with green peeling paint. I pulled the cold, heavy door open wide and looked in: narrow halls, broken lockers, torn posters. It looked perfect. I stopped at a short girl with black braids in the hall to ask where room 7B was and was directed to make a series of confusing turns. My dazed eyes gave me away and the little girl said, “I’ll just show you where it is.” On our way she kept up an eager chatter about her pet rabbit, her little brothers, her best friend, all while throwing in interjections about how excited she was about the first day of sixth grade. I didn’t tell her but I was just as excited as she was. She left me at my classroom door. It felt like I’d had time to take a breath and then the first bell rung. My class rolled into its desks like the tide rolling onto the seashore. I stood up in the front of the class and suddenly I felt unsure. My legs wobbled and my breath came shakily. How could I get a classroom of kids to respect me, or even like me, when I couldn’t get myself to do either of those things? But I took a deep breath and I thought about someone from a long time ago. And I thought about how the most important thing about her was how when she squinted her eyes in thought or wrinkled her nose in amusement, she meant it. No plastic smiles, no perky “I’m fines,” no lies. I raised my chin in confidence and grinned at my class. But before I could get a syllable out of my mouth, a little girl’s voice in the back corner said, “Look, I’m in your class, Ms. Yates!” A short girl with two black braids was smiling at me. And I smiled back.


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Kelsey Siegler Features Layout Editor

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Ask the Seniors

Should I care about how I look (like wearing make-up and stuff) even though it is an all girls school? Or should I save that for dances and homecoming?

What is one thing someone told you that you really wished you had listened to?

No one at St. Agnes cares about how they look at school anymore. Messy buns, no makeup, and hobo attire is all a part of the St. Agnes look that you should get used to ASAP. Surprisingly, St. Agnes girls clean up pretty well on the weekends or at dances even though we usually look like trolls at school.

Do you think you will actually wear your class ring after you graduate?

Are junior and senior year really hard?

Yes! Veritas

Junior year was pretty difficult for me because I had challenging teachers. Junior year was also hard because it was difficult to balance all of my SAT/ACT prep work, extracurricular activities, and social life all on top of my grades. But I think once I got the hang of it I was fine. For me, senior year has been my easiest year. That might also just be because I have senioritis, though.

Build a good foundation for your grades freshman year!

What is the hardest year academically? Junior year was my hardest year, but it really just depends on your teachers.

Is it more helpful to have an open lab during Senior or Junior year? Junior year is really challenging so it would be helpful to have an open lab so you can get productive and have more time to study. But first semester of senior year can be stressful because college applications can take over your life, so it would be convenient to have an open lab then as well. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really up to you!

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Seniors you will be missed!!! Crossword Answers:: (ACROSS) 1. university 4. senioritis 6. shaving cream 9. tiger 10. powder puff 11. little sister (DOWN ) 2. roommate 3. prank 5. major 7. dorm 8. college

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