The Hawk Eye, Volume 20, Issue 1

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Hebron High School · 4207 Plano Parkway, Carrollton, TX 75010 · 469-713-5183

FALL·ING INTO THE YEAR Volume 20, Issue 1 Oct. 12, 2022


The Hawk Eye Staff contributors Brandon Birkinsha Avery Dyer Krista Fleming Hyunsol Lim Juliana Mun Henry Pham Eyesha Sadiq Emma Short Nyla Smith Heather Wheeler

Adviser

Steven Jones The Hawk Eye magazine is an official publication of Hebron High School. It is a student-produced magazine which strives to represent the student voice. We will aim to report all news relevant to Hebron High School and its student body without bias to race, religion or creed.

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CONTENTS

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News

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Sports

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Feature

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Photo Spread

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Entertainment


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR I have always over-romanticized fall. I adore putting together outfits with sweaters complementing brown and orange, going for relaxing drives while listening to Nat King Cole and watching my bank account drain as I try a pumpkin spice latte from every coffee shop within a 50-mile radius. Between the months of September and November, my love for the autumn aesthetic is my only personality trait. And there is one abstract idea that always comes to mind at this time of year: change. The weather becomes cooler, sweaters start to come out of storage and, of course, the leaves change colors. As the environment around us transitions from green to orange, a new school year has approached and a mindset shift followed. Students had to train themselves to wake up early, complete work on time and keep up a social life, after they had spent the last three months sitting in their beds, the biggest stressor being remembering to eat lunch. And especially as we continue to recover from the pandemic, change is occurring all around us. Mask mandates and conflicts that come with the controversy are fading, and some of us are still getting accommodated to changes that came from the peak of the pandemic. It seems as if all aspects of life are enduring a shift. So while, yes, this issue includes the iconic coffee and pumpkin spice latte reviews, it also covers the new school policies that were implemented this year, a feature on the new water polo coach and photos from homecoming, football games and other events that encompass the start of the school year. I cannot wait to share what our incredibly talented staff has put together for you. Enjoy. Grab a coffee and light a pumpkin-scented candle before you turn the page. Emma Short

Editor-in-Chief

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The teacher

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Heather Wheeler Reporter

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, there has been an increase of teachers leaving the profession, causing a shortage across the nation. At Hebron, 50 new faculty members were hired this year, with 75% more teachers hired than in previous years. “Teaching is already a stressful job,” principal Amy Boughton said. “Meetings, paperwork, Canvas: [it has] grown increasingly impossible to get all that done during your conference period. The love of teaching has turned into mass amounts of paperwork. I think it’s just gotten to a point now where people are [thinking,] if [they’re] going to spend this much time outside of the eight-hour day, then [they’ve] got to look at doing something else.” Hebron has lost teachers to other fields, promotions and retirements. Thirty-five new teachers were hired this year. When the year started, one position in the science department was left unfilled. Special education inclusion teacher Garrett Roberson helped manage the class until a full-time teacher was hired.

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and its effects

“I didn’t feel like there was organization within the class, so I was constantly having to figure out what we were doing that day,” Roberson said. “[I had to] to help the students; keep them from blowing off everything and [thinking] this [class] didn’t matter until we [got] a new teacher.” The pandemic also led to an issue in the number of substitutes required on campus. According to Boughton, Hebron has been able to reach a 70% fill rate for substitutes. “I believe that LISD is probably doing [its] best in [filling teacher spots,]” Roberson said. “It doesn’t seem like there are quite as many teachers that have either been vacant or that have left the profession.” With COVID-19 and the simultaneous shift to using Canvas, teachers were put under a lot of stress. The Economic Policy Institute reported low salary is also a large part of the reason why teachers are leaving. “I’m tremendously fortunate to have such high quality people around me,” Boughton said. “With the teacher shortage, I have hope that the politicians and the people who can help us increase starting teacher salaries and [provide] better benefits to draw people in [will] do it. Every time we’ve seemingly faced a really serious challenge, the whole school has risen to the occasion. Even in the most challenging of times, I have a lot of hope.”


Making a splash Madeline Rivera Opinion editor

The sound of the buzzer rings throughout the indoor aquatic center – time out. It’s the fourth quarter and her team hurriedly climbs out of the water for a huddle; the air is still and quiet. Water polo assistant coach Sarah Carlile whispers strategies as she clutches a ball, the adrenaline kicking through her veins. A second buzzer rings loudly. Carlile ushers her players into the water after a group chant and glances at the scoreboard: 19-6. Despite an unavoidable loss, the rush of coaching and watching her players succeed keeps Carlile going. Since she began playing water polo as a freshman at Denton Ryan High School, Carlile has been dedicated to the sport. She initially joined the swim team, but entered preparation camps and was scouted by the water polo coach. “Water polo is a very physical sport,” Carlile said. “It’s very high [in] demand and [involves] your cardio, physicality and, of course, swimming. I played all four years in high school and in college on the Dallas Masters.” Carlile played the sport competitively on the Dallas Masters team up until she graduated from the University of North Texas. After graduation, she decided to pursue coaching and became involved in water polo professionally through the USA Water Polo organization. “Whenever I was 18, right when I graduated high school, I was approached by [a] USA Water Polo developer in the area who was trying to develop water polo [in DFW,]” Carlile said. “He’s the one that got me coaching. I’ve [refereed] all age groups [and] I’ve coached a national team for a club called Thunder Water Polo.” For the last five years, Carlile was head coach of swim, dive and water polo at Denton Ryan. After moving to Hebron for an assistant coach position, she said she believes it was the right choice. “Denton Ryan is [a] 5A [school and] Hebron is 6A,” Carlile said. “There’s a lot more opportunity to grow as a program [and sport] because there’s more students. [There’s] more resources [as

well] because we have our own pool. Denton didn’t have their own pool – they shared with the city, and it gets tight in there with four high schools.” Water polo and swim head coach Donzie Lilly was the only coach last year during the team’s club season before water polo became a UIL sport. With extra help this season, Lilly is excited to see what will come with Carlile balancing the weight of coaching all four teams. “It was very hard [coaching alone last year,]” Lilly said. “We have four teams: girls and boys varsity, then JV girls and boys. We would only do weekend tournaments, so I sometimes had [to coach] eight games in one day [alone.]” Carlile and Lilly have coached and collaborated together for their respective club teams, Thunder and Maverick, before Carlile arrived at Hebron. Together, they are planning new strategies and reteaching fundamentals in order to further expand the sport’s publicity. “I was super pumped [that Carlile was joining Hebron],” Lilly said. “[She’s] a great addition to the team and program. She brings a lot of technical and tactical value for water polo. [She has] good energy, [is] passionate and works well with [both] the girls and boys.” Varsity goalie Savana Slaughter said she believes Carlile has made a positive impact on the team’s knowledge and overall bond. Last year, Slaughter had no experience with the position of goalie, nor did Lilly. Now, with Carlile’s help, she feels more confident. “It was difficult having one coach,” Slaughter said. “You almost never got one-on-one time with Coach Lilly. [Coach Carlile] definitely created a huge bond with the girls team [especially.] We’re able to go and talk to her about things when we’re struggling.” Carlile is anticipating the outcome of the first UIL season of water polo as she coaches JV while Lilly coaches varsity, which is due to conflicting game schedules. She hopes for the team to advance to state and claim the team’s first title. “The leading decision to come down here is to advance with the times,” Carlile said. “It’s a great environment. It’s a great sport. The opportunity to exceed [and] to make it to state – [I’m] doing it for these kids.”

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KEEPING THE

BA LANC E Peyton Kuschmeider Reporter

Arriving at school at 6:00 a.m. and leaving at 8:00 p.m. may seem like a long school day, but that is freshman Rubyna Jooma’s normal. Arriving home and having barely enough time to do homework or even shower may sound stressful, but that is Jooma’s normal. Raising money by baking and selling cake pops is not on most student’s radar, but that is Jooma’s normal. Jooma has decided to commit her free time to volleyball and band, while also running a small cake pop business outside of school to raise money for the education of children in Pakistan. This all follows the passing of her late father, due to a car accident in the summer of Jooma’s sixth grade year. “I think after [my dad’s passing,] I started distracting myself by being super busy and taking on a whole ton of stuff,” Jooma said. “I’ve always been a part of honors classes, but I’ve never taken on so many extra curriculars until that happened. At first, it was just a way for me to avoid the emotions, but now it’s a new lifestyle and how I like to spend my days.” Jooma’s time is constantly consumed by the activities she’s doing. She said she is always busy, but she loves it. The only problem for her has been getting to places, as it is hard for her mother to drive her everywhere. “It’s constant morning and night,” Jooma said. “It’s usually volleyball in the morning and band [at night.] I actually really like it; I love being busy. Sometimes it can be a lot, but [I’ve] just developed it into my schedule [and] it feels natural now.” Jooma plays volleyball on the freshman B team. Her mornings are usually consumed by practice, and Thursday nights are usually consumed by games. “High school is pretty demanding of any student’s time, especially as freshmen get acclaimed to it,” assistant volleyball coach Brian Barowsky said. “In addition to that, Rubyna elected to pursue two of the most demanding extracurricular activities. I can’t even imagine how much time management and careful planning that she already embodies at a young age.” On top of volleyball, Jooma is a mellophone player for the marching band. Rehearsal begins at 4:30 p.m. and usually ends at 7:30 p.m. However, Jooma usually stays after rehearsal is over to practice her marching assignments independently and with the help of upperclassmen. “I think Rubyna is very result-driven,” head band director Andy Sealy said. “She has high expectations for herself. She also has a very broad view [and] she wants to experience a lot of things, so she’s determined to get what she

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can and hold up her end of her performance or athletic responsibilties.” Outside of the multitude of activities she’s doing in school, the last bit of her freetime is consumed by her small business. Jooma bakes and sells cake pops in order to help out with her mother’s fundraiser. “I started it during the summer to help my mom,” Jooma said. “She has a fundraiser to sponsor kids in Pakistan [and] their college education. One of her donor’s dropped out, and he [sponsored] five students, so she had to pay all that herself [and] I wanted to help out.” Jooma said she has big dreams for the future. She hopes that the multitude of activities will make her a better person, and benefit her dreams for the future. “I want to go to Harvard,” Jooma said. “I’m not sure exactly what field I want to pursue yet, but I know I want to help people and do something of service. I just want to be known as a hard worker and someone who is [kind] to everybody.”


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A devastating personal experience sparks a passion for natural disaster relief

Complete ruin, utter shock and no way of knowing what would come next – that is what junior Lily Falconer experienced after enduring the relentless nature of two Category 5 hurricanes on the island of St. Croix in the late summer of 2017. In her time reflecting on the emotional toll these disasters had on her life, she decided she wanted to do something she hopes will give other people a sense of comfort and support following one of the worst moments of their lives. “[The hurricanes were] terrifying,” Lily said. “You don’t understand how bad hurricanes [are] until you live through [one.]” The Falconer family moved to St. Croix, an island that is a part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, from Carrollton in February of 2017. Only seven months after their arrival, both Hurricane Irma and Maria struck the island, destroying everything in sight. The Falconers’ power went out for 119 days, rendering any sort of communication with the outside world inaccessible. After a week trapped inside their home by a 14-foottall mudslide, the Falconers got on a mercy flight to the United States and returned to Carrollton, unsure of what would come next.

animal, an activity book, both normal and colored pencils and an encouraging handwritten card. With the support of the National Charity League and some of Lily’s friends and family, Cozy Crates has received overwhelming support, along with ample donations and volunteers eager to help prepare boxes. “[Lily] has done a lot of volunteering in the past, but this is something that’s hers,” Lily’s mother and Cozy Crates co-owner Robyn Falconer said. “She genuinely wants to help other people, especially kids. She’s set a goal and has really achieved it. She sees a purpose.” According to Lily, volunteer and close friend junior Camille Jones has been “extremely supportive” throughout the process of starting Cozy Crates. Jones has often volunteered for the organization by tying blankets together to be sent in the boxes. “The kids that these [boxes] are going to are going through such hardship at a young age,” Jones said. “It’s just so cool to know that I get to help them.” Jones, who has been in favor of the idea of Cozy Crates ever since the concept came up, said that she is so proud of Lily for what she is doing. “Cozy Crates is just such an amazing organization led by great people,” Jones said. “Lily is such an inspiration [to me because of] this.”

The island of St. Croix was in ruins after Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017. Several trees were knocked over and stripped bare of their leaves. Photo by Lily Falconer

“Everything looked dead,” Lily said. “There were no leaves on any trees [and] you could see into your neighbor’s backyard through the trees, something you couldn’t do before [the storm.] I didn’t know what was really going on outside until we had to drive to the airport. It felt like an apocalypse.” Lily said that the storms took a large toll on her mental state. She wanted to find a way to make a change, some way to help others who were going through what she’d gone through. After settling back down in Texas, Lily decided she wanted to find a way to directly support other hurricane survivors in the future. During the spring of 2022, she founded a non-profit charity organization under the name “Cozy Crates” with a mission to serve and comfort as many children in need as possible with handmade care packages. Each box contains a Cozy Crates backpack, a soft hand-tied blanket, a stuffed

Juniors Lily Falconer and Camille Jones tie blankets to go in Cozy Crates boxes. The two meet with a group every week to get the blankets ready for packing. “They take a really long time to make,” Falconer said. “We have a group that comes over every Monday night specifically to tie blankets and watch TV.” Photo by Robyn Falconer

Not only does Lily want to provide support for affected families, she strives to raise awareness of the emotional impact of natural disasters on survivors. After doing research on relief-focused organizations, she noticed they were mostly supply donations and rarely focused on mental health. The effects that hurricanes can have on victims aren’t talked about very often, Lily said, but she expressed a desire to change that. “Seeing [the kids] in front of you is so different than just sending the boxes down [to the coast,]” Lily said. “I empathize with what they’re going through, and I want to see it through.” After close monitoring of the recent

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Hurricane Ian, both Lily and her mother decided that it was safe enough to face the destruction caused by the storm. The team headed down to Fort Myers, FL on Oct. 3 to personally deliver the comfort crates to children and their families. “It was the most beautiful experience being able to give [the kids] the boxes,” Lily said. “The kids loved them and were so excited. It was almost like Christmas morning for those few minutes.”

Siblings grin with their new stuffed animals from the Cozy Crates boxes that were delivered to a shelter set up at South Fort Myers High School. Lily said that the family, whom her and her mother got to hand-deliver their boxes to, had nine young kids. Photo via Lily Falconer

While they were delivering boxes through an American Red Cross center located at South Fort Myers High School, Lily and her mother had the opportunity to connect with and provide comfort to multiple families affected by the hurricane. Lily said that many of the mothers at the shelter were very appreciative of what they were doing and many of the mothers started to cry. According to Lily, one of the mothers said, “I’m just so happy to see [the kids] smile again.” The two ended up delivering boxes to four different shelters and distributing all of the 100 boxes they brought on the first day of their trip. “Being in front of the people I was personally affecting was transforming in a way I’ll never forget,” Lily said. “I don’t feel like a victim of the storms anymore, but more of someone well-equipped to understand and help others who go through the same thing [I did.]”

Visit the Cozy Crates website to learn more about the organization and how you can contribute!

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Changing Seasons These photos showcase the different events that have taken place so far this year, ranging from the World of Foodies festival to the homecoming game. Junior colorguard dancer Isabella Wilson performs during the band’s halftime show. The color guard used its flags from last year’s show, “Penstriped,” for this performance. Photo by Peyton Kuschmeider

Freshmen viola players Emma Tran and Desiree Asare pose before walking with the orchestra as the parade begins. The orchestra program walked as a group, with some people in alien costumes, and featured flags for all their instrumental sections. Photo by Hannah Mathew

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COLUMN:

Homecoming ruined by stress of preparation Peyton Kuschmeider Reporter

As a kid, I dreamed of growing up and being able to participate in major high school events such as homecoming or prom. I would steal my mom’s dresses and admire myself in the mirror, even though they were double my size. I would put on dressup tiaras and pretend I was homecoming queen. I thought everything was going to be perfect. However, as I got to high school, the dark reality of the homecoming experience set in. It wasn’t perfect. The dresses I wanted either didn’t fit or were too expensive, and on top of that, I couldn’t find a date. I was rushing to plan everything out and make it all perfect. It felt like time was moving at the speed of light, and it was impossible to get anything the way I wanted it. I spent so long stressing and planning that homecoming wasn’t even enjoyable once I attended. As a female, dress shopping is the worst thing imaginable. It seems like every dress that I would fall in love with was an unrealistic fantasy. I would find a dress that was everything I’ve ever wanted, but the second I put it on, I would stare at my reflection with tears in my eyes. It looks so beautiful on the hanger, but on a woman’s body it looks completely different. It seems like dresses always hug your curves in the wrong way, or zipping them up is the biggest challenge in the world. Every female knows the feeling I’m talking about. The feeling of your reflection morphing in front of your eyes as you

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pick apart every detail of yourself, thinking thoughts like, “Is that what I really look like?’’ or “Why can’t I be skinnier?” However, when I would find a beautiful dress that actually fits, I’d look at the price tag and it was no longer an option. On average, homecoming dresses cost $50$100, sometimes more. That doesn’t account for the cost of shoes, nails, jewelry, makeup or hair products women use as well. For many people, this presents a financial burden that is sometimes impossible to achieve. With all that work put into looking perfect, you should have someone to impress, right? There’s so much pressure around finding a date. It seems like everyone else has one, but it’s nearly impossible to find one yourself. Homecoming usually falls around the second or third month of the school year, which doesn’t leave much time to get to know new people. If you don’t have a date from the year prior, you’re probably stuck going with friends. While that can still be fun, it somewhat defeats the purpose of it being a romantic dance. The stereotypes surrounding homecoming usually portray the idea that you need to have a date to slow dance with or have fun with, and if you don’t, you’re not experiencing it to the fullest. Homecoming is supposed to be special. We’re supposed to dance the night away without a single worry in the world, but deep down the stress of homecoming will always get to me and ruin what’s supposed to be a magnificent night.


THE HORROR -VERSE “Halloween”: A movie with more to offer than just cheap scares Shehzil Imran

Social media manager Welcome to “The Horror-Verse,” where I bring to light both the good and bad movies of the horror genre. If you too love horror movies, but hate wasting your time on the vast amount of sub-par ones, this blog is specifically catered to you. As a horror movie fanatic, I’m always appalled when I hear that a lot of my friends and family who enjoy horror haven’t watched a classic like John Carpenter’s “Halloween.” However, I soon realized that I myself hadn’t watched the original movie since I was 12. Now, with “Halloween Ends” being released on Oct. 14, it felt like this was the perfect time to refresh my memory. “Halloween” follows Michael Myers (Nick Castle) as he breaks out of Smith’s Grove Sanitarium 15 years after he killed his older sister on Halloween night. He spends his night of freedom returning to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, and terrorizing the local babysitters, especially Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis).

The movie begins with the death of Michael’s sister, which ends up being incredibly anticlimactic for an opening scene that’s supposed to show us how the main character ended up where he did. Immediately, I got the feeling that this movie wasn’t going to live up to its reputation. Even throughout the movie, almost all of the death scenes felt cliché and like they were following a routine. Michael would catch the victim off-guard and we would watch them meet an awkwardly slow death. This became repetitive to a point where the scenes just became silly — even laughable — and my sister and I would pause the movie simply to discuss how annoying it was to not see more creative methods to evoke fright from the viewer. Though I find these types of scenes to be one of the most important aspects to slasher movies, I’ll admit that I still understand why “Halloween” has become such a classic movie.

What “Halloween” lacks in fear is made up through its unique cinematography, iconic music, thought-provoking subtext and bringing the genre as a whole one of the best — and most well known — “final girls” to date, Laurie Strode. The use of the loud and fast-paced music, mixed with Dean Cundey’s camera-work throughout the movie, is what managed to make those seemingly underwhelming scenes keep me on the edge of my seat, anticipating when Myers would strike and appear on the screen. That, along with the purposeful avoidance of Myers’ backstory, made the movie something to be discussed after watching. I couldn’t stop wondering what drove this child who seemed to have a decent life to become the infamous force of evil that he is. It’s mysterious and enthralling. Though “Halloween” lacks the scare-factor to compare with today’s standards, its underlying themes and attention to detail prevail to make this movie a must-watch for any newbie in horror. I truly can’t wait to see what’s in store for what seems to be a bittersweet end of the iconic franchise.

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Battle of the Brew: Madeline Rivera

Opinion Editor

Pumpkin Spice Latte

The iconic pumpkin spice latte is now available for consumers to enjoy at chain coffee shops such as Dunkin’ and Starbucks. After its debut in 2003 at Starbucks, the pumpkin spice latte has dominated the coffee industry. Perhaps the most popular seasonal drink on its menu, Starbucks has been the sole provider for over a decade – until Dunkin’ released its version in 2020. Since then, a two-year feud has been brewing between the shop’s avid supporters. As somebody who regularly drinks coffee, it feels almost embarrassing to admit that I have not tried a pumpkin spice latte before. I prefer bitter-tasting coffees, so it never crossed my mind to order one in the past. However, I love to push myself out of my comfort zone and ultimately decided to settle the debate once and for all on who is the true pumpkin spice latte connoisseur: Dunkin’ or Starbucks. The scale of rating will include the following: affordability, flavor, size and smoothness and will be compiled into a score out of 10. Both iced and hot versions, ordered in the smallest size, will be included.

Starbucks, Iced Price- $4.25

Starting off with the classic, I was taken aback by how expensive it was for a drink as small as it was, but that’s Starbucks for you. The drink came with the choice of whipped cream or none, though I chose to include it. I took the first sip and was pleasantly surprised with the amount of flavor. There was no need to stir the whipped cream into the drink to make it more flavorful, sweeter or smoother to sip. The drink left me wanting more and I honestly wished I ordered a bigger size. The downfall of this drink, however, is its price. No matter how good the drink is, the price adds up astonishingly quickly. I’d rate this a solid eight out of 10.

Starbucks, Hot Price- $4.25

With the same price to its iced version, the hot pumpkin spice latte was just as delicious. I wouldn’t recommend buying this until it becomes colder, though. It felt weird drinking a hot drink while 90 degrees outside, but that may be just a personal

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preference. I’ve never had a knack for hot coffees, but this drink was pleasant. I would definitely order it again before it leaves the menu. leaves the menu. Smooth sip, good flavor and decent size for a small. What’s not to love? I chose to keep whipped cream on mine and it definitely helped cool off the drink once I stirred it in. Once again, the price is my dealbreaker. Since I’m not too fond of hot coffee, I’d rate this a seven out of 10.

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About 30 cents cheaper, the hot version of pumpkin spice latte at Dunkin’ did not impress either. I wasn’t too sure if it was the coffee or the pumpkin flavoring, but upon first sip, it was bitter and disgusting. I couldn’t drink more than a few sips. I tried to love it and give the drink a chance, but it wasn’t quite as smooth as Starbucks’s recipe and, overall, it just felt wrong. This deserves a three out of 10.

Dunkin’, Iced Price- $2.99

Right off the bat, the price is what intrigued me. Although it is only a dollar and some change cheaper, every cent matters if this is a drink you will be purchasing regularly. The size was a bit bigger than Starbucks, which makes the price even better. However, I was extremely disappointed. From the first sip, my face naturally winced. The sweetness overload was extreme. I could practically taste the syrup they used after mixing multiple times. It was as if they were overcompensating to make it taste more pumpkin-like. I tried to give it the benefit of the doubt by stirring the whipped cream into the drink. Only then did it become somewhat drinkable. It was smooth and creamy upon sipping, but definitely still too sweet for me. I’d rate this a whopping four out of 10.

Conclusion

I’ve got to admit, Starbucks has had over a decade longer than Dunkin’ has to master the recipe for the ‘perfect’ pumpkin spice latte. However, Dunkin’ clearly needs to take notes because Starbucks is easily the true winner. I mean, who’s surprised?


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With the arrival of the school year and the fall season approaching, it’s safe to say that a comfortable work environment is important to have as class work piles on. Here are five Wi-Fi-equipped coffee shops near Hebron High School that are great for study groups or solo sessions.

The Dragonfly Coffeehouse Not only is this shop close to Hebron, the coffee is great and the calming atmosphere inspires productivity. It’s very quiet and the staff is welcoming. The only downside is that it closes at 5 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. on weekends. However, there is plenty of seating and a recently released seasonal drink menu, including the pumpkin spice latte, cinnamon roll cold brew, pumpkin chai and apple cider. It has yummy bagels and spicy avocado toast, and the space is relaxing.

Coral Reef Coffee Company

One of the calmest shops of the five, Coral Reef Coffee Company is the perfect place to go if you need somewhere quiet to work. Everything about the shop is relaxing, from the stuffed animals available for community use to the jazz music that plays in the mornings. Its bakery items are quite tasty as well, my personal favorite being the blueberry muffins. The store has a wide selection of coffee drinks on its menu. Although it’s the furthest away from the school, it’s a great place to pound out work or study effectively in a group.

TURBO Coffee - Pizza & Wine

Located in the Shacks right off of Windhaven, TURBO is a coffee shop with house-made pizza, tea, smoothies and desserts that is just down the road from Hebron. Open until 10 p.m. every night, the shop offers both indoor and outdoor seating. It has a family aspect that makes the environment an easy and comfortable space to work in. Its employees love a good conversation and value any opportunity to connect with customers; they are often willing to help you pick out a drink you will enjoy based on your preferences. This is a great place to come with a group for some evening bites and caffeine.

Avery Dyer Reporter

The Perc Coffeehouse

The Perc is a vintage and rustic craft coffee house in Old Town Lewisville. It has fresh coffee and lots of seating, including an indoor space lined with historic signs and low-key music coursing through the speakers. Outside, there is a two-story covered seating area with a view of the town courthouse and a rainbow mural wall. The shop has an appetizing selection of bakery items to go with its recently-released fall menu, including the maple vanilla cortado, toasted marshmallow latte, orange spice tonic, cozy flannel cappuccino and apple chai-der. Many people come here to get work done, so it can be a bit difficult to find parking right outside the shop. However, there is ample parking in the vicinity, so it’s often not much of a problem. Its hours are quite welcoming to after-school study sessions as well.

Parks Coffee Roastery & Cafe A family business established in 1986, Parks Coffee is a local in-house coffee roastery that takes its customers’ needs into account. It has an open seating area by the coffee bar and there is a separate seating area in the back of the shop dedicated to those who need a quieter place to work. As to be expected with an in-house roastery, its coffee is fresh and its staff is friendly. It’s located close to Hebron, but it closes at 5 p.m. every day. However, good food, amicable staff members and a brand new seasonal menu will make your journey worthwhile.

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Five movies and shows

Fall

to help you into autumn

Hannah Mathew Reporter

Fall has been one of my favorite seasons since I was a kid. From colorful leaves to candy corn, the season is perfect. These movies and shows have been things I’ve rewatched every year when this season begins. Here’s a list of classic fall movies and shows that will get you into the fall spirit.

“Coraline”

I first saw this movie as a kid, and it has been in my head ever since. “Coraline” is the perfect animated fall movie to immerse yourself in. The movie follows Coraline (Dakota Fanning), a bright eleven year old girl. Her family moves to a new house and she finds a portal to a parallel world. The world seems perfect, but it is hiding something sinister. The entire setting and background are perfect for fall; the eerie setting and dark themes throw you into a hauntingly beautiful world, making this movie an instant classic.

“Dead Poets Society”

“Dead Poets Society” is a movie that follows Mr. Keaton (Robin Williams) as he becomes the new English teacher at an all-boys preparatory school. The first time I watched this, I bawled my eyes out -- watching the growth and plot of this movie was a lot to take in. This movie is full of emotion and great acting, and it has a captivating story. The plot-filled movie is a perfect example of a well directed piece. It keeps its autumn feeling by pulling us through the start of their school lives, and its constant feelings of new freedom and emotions make you feel like you’ve stepped through a row of trees shedding their leaves in the fall.

“Gilmore Girls”

“Gilmore Girls” is a show that tells the story of single mom Lorelei Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and her daughter Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel). After moving, they both go after their own ambitions: Lorelei’s love life and Rory’s path to Yale. The show displays their journey through different stages of their lives, and gives entertaining and relatable content. Watching this, I felt really connected to their journey, and going back to this show feels like meeting an old friend. It’s comforting seeing their journey and life events progress from the start. From Rory heading to school, and the constant changes and growth, to the almost constant autumn setting, this show oozes feelings of this great season.

“Matilda”

“Matilda” is a movie about Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson), a girl with extraordinary intelligence and powers. The movie follows her and her teacher, Miss. Honey (Embeth Davidtz), who tries to help her out of her rough family situation. I’ve seen this movie rerun on TV so many times, and I’ve never gotten tired of it. The movie is a classic that is filled to the brim with a great plot; watching Matilda make her way out of what was thrown at her as a young child made it feel like I, too, was on a journey. The themes and school setting are all perfect for autumn in the way that you get the back-to-school feeling, and the muted settings and dull places made it feel like a late October day.

“E.T. the Extra Terrestrial”

“E.T. the Extra Terrestrial” is a movie about an alien stranded on earth. The alien finds a young boy named Elliot (Henry Thomas) who takes care of him. I’ve seen this film multiple times, and I still feel all the hurt and happiness with it. From wholesome interactions to an overarching conflict, this film has everything to keep someone engaged. The movie is heartwarming, wholesome and gives a nostalgic feeling, which is perfect for autumn.

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