Nation Spring '21 Issue

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2-3 TOC - what's inside Staff Note- Madison Cantu 4-7 Op/Ed - VACCINES SENIOR UNCERTAINTY - Carlos Sanchez #StopAsianHate - Salinas Dinh Attendance- Charlotte O'Dell STAFF


8 - 9 PANDEMIC LESSONS- Jayda Ruiz

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MAY 2021

POSTMODERN PAINTING. Stella alternately paints in oil and watercolor

by Madison Cantu, incoming editor best effort out for all to see.

Welcome to our spring print edition of

With the help of not only our seniors,

The Nation. As a group wanted to create

but even our juniors and

a spring magazine that would be able to

photojournalism classmates we were

showcase our staff's true writing and

able to accomplish our goal and

photography abilities. This magazine

release the 2021 spring edition

features stories and articles about all

magazine to end this year on a

types of topics ranging from issues

positive note.

facing the communities around us to arts

We hope that you as a reader can

and opinion pieces.

appreciate and find some entertainment in all the planning and

Many of our staff members this year are

effort that was poured into this

seniors who will be graduating very

magazine for you to enjoy.

soon. This magazine was one of their

Thank you for reading.

last chances to let loose and put their

- Madison

"We were able to accomplish our goal and release the 2021 spring edition magazine to end this year on a positive note." - Madison Cantu, incoming editor EDITOR'S NOTE | 3


SENIORS FACE THE FUTURE By Carlos Sanchez, managing Nation editor

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OPINION| by Marlee Claes

As of March anyone 16 and up was deemed eligible for the Pfizer covid vaccine. The two-part Pfizer vaccine is proven 95% effective in preventing the Coronavirus with symptoms. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like two doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be all we will have to get, but the company did announce recently that research shows the vaccine will continue to protect against the virus for up to six months after the second dose. Pfizer announced that studies show the

by Charlotte O'Dell, Legacy editor

As the variations of the COVID-19 vaccine rolls out, we are now coming closer than ever to becoming a mask-less society. In Hays County, at press time, 329 active COVID-19 cases remain. This is a significant drop compared to the 3,000 active cases in July of 2020. As the Pfizer, Moderna, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine continue to be administered, many people feel the weight release from the constant anxiety of living through a worldwide pandemic. However, just because the vaccine is being rapidly distributed throughout

vaccine will be 100% effective in protecting

the United States, doesn't necessarily mean we will become mask-less

against symptomatic disease for the 12-15 age

anytime soon.

group once it is available.

According to the CDC website, about 74 million, or 22.3% of people are fully vaccinated in the US. In Texas alone, at press time 32% of all Texans

Many people who got the Pfizer vaccine

are fully vaccinated.

experienced side effects. The most commonly

While this seems like a large number we have to keep in mind that the US

reported side effects, which typically lasted

population is over 300 million, and in Texas the population is close to

several days, were pain at the injection site,

about 29 million people.

tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain

Governor Greg Abbott claims Texas is "close to immunity," but this is not

and fever.

the case. To abolish face masks completely, we would need 70-90% of the population to be vaccinated. But with the increasing number of anti-

Jordan Warren, 12, got her vaccine at the First Baptist Church in Wimberley. “I didn’t have any physical symptoms after—likely because I kept moving my arm a lot.” According to Jordan and to Dr. Allison Agwu, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics, specializing in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins Medicine, moving your arm often after you get your shots is a

vaccinators, we will be far from that percentage. Although Governor Abbott lifted the required mask mandate, people should still be vaccinated. Many differing opinions spark about vaccinations, but in the reality of the matter, the more vaccinations, the fewer consequences, and rules we will have to follow. Regardless of religious or personal beliefs, we are in the middle of a pandemic. Yes, there is a low death rate with COVID-19, but is the risk really worth it? As a society, we need to come together and realize that we rely on and need each other and cannot continue living life at the risk of others.

great way to reduce pain and inflammation.

Thankfully scientists and our government have created not only a

When reflecting on her shot, Jordan said,

historical scientific advancement with the COVID-19 vaccine, but have

“Everything hit me about five seconds after the

provided us with something that could end so many people's sufferings.

vaccine, and I thought about how much progress

The United States has done an amazing job administering and

we’re making. I feel very blessed to have gotten it.”

distributing the vaccine and we should be proud to be a part of this terrible but monumental moment in history.

If you, like Jordan, are a high school student

Even though this pandemic has brought out the worst for a lot of

looking to stay safe in this time of Covid,

Americans, we can overcome challenges and work together to ensure

VaccineFinder is a great resource. Just remember

something like this will likely never happen again.

if you are 16 or 17, be sure to exclusively select the Pfizer vaccine.

*The FDA has now approved Pfizer for children 12+ along with the CDC & DHS.

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As you scroll through your social media feed, you’re approached with posts containing numerous videos and interviews from both the elderly and the young who faced ridicule, mockery, and senseless violence simply because they’re Asian. These large numbers of attacks all go unprovoked. In the past year, Asian hate crimes have skyrocketed to a whopping 3,800 attacks according to Stop APPI Hate. The reports also showed that 68% of the hate crimes were verbal harassment and name-calling, while 11% contained physical violence. Leaders of the organization say that the statistics are much higher since a lot of cases go unreported. Ever since COVID-19 spread and drastically touched the lives of others all across the world, rage and racism towards the Asian community brewed. The needles hate only amplified when racist commentary made by former president Trump, referred to the Virus as “The China Virus,” and “Kung-Flu.” Words matter. Especially words from the person who held a position of power in the country, the influence and demeanor of that person affects the lives of many. The Asian-American students of Hays CISD voice their grievances over the matter, encouraging their peers and community to join the movement of #StopAsianHate. Dillon Tran, 10, said, “Violence should never be resorted to, especially if it’s something that is false,” referring to the racially motivated incidents, and how the blame of the pandemic fell on Asian-Americans. “I worry for my parents when they go out in public spaces without me. I want to be there to protect them by verbally standing up for them,” Angie Song, 11, from Johnson HS expresses her concern over safety. Although she believes her parents could defend themselves if an unfortunate situation is presented, she still worries since her mother speaks broken English. She knows “there will be sick people out there that can take advantage of that.” Song’s wish is for others to understand that even if the stereotypes of Asians are seemingly harmless, they are far from it. They hurt us in ways that outsiders can’t see, she said. Writer’s Note: Usually when I’m writing a formal article it must be from an impartial, observer’s point of view unless it was an opinion piece or review. But this time I’m inserting myself in the narrative because the hate that the AAPI community has faced is something that has hit close to home. Even though Buda is a small suburban city, and the chances of me being attacked are slim, I still fear going out in public spaces alone. We should not have to fear for our friends, family, and for ourselves simply because we are Asian. Many microaggressions and stereotypes are normalized to enable racism toward us. The adversity we face cannot be glazed over. This is nothing new. We are not your ‘model minority,’ your fetish, or a virus. Your hate is a virus. I, along with many others, ask for those who are not Asian-Americans to reflect and to be more mindful of the AAPI community, and the circumstances surrounding us. Fighting racism is more than supporting businesses and a single hashtag. Fighting racism is about dismantling harmful rhetoric, educating others, educating ourselves, and practicing the power of compassion. We are stronger when we are together, and united with love. Resources: If you or a loved one experienced a hate crime, you can report it here: Your voice matters. You are heard. You are seen.

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by Charlotte O'Dell, Legacy editor

At the end of April, Hays High school sent an email to parents explaining the new attendance changes, meaning we now have to attend all Zoom classes during the day, instead of being counted present for simply doing the daily classwork. For me, this was an extremely frustrating change at the very end of the school year. Along with many other students, this change affected our jobs and livelihood. I myself have a job where I was available to work at all times of the day because I would always be able to finish my school work before or after my shift. Since the school decided to tell us two days in advance instead of maybe a week, I've now had to change my entire work schedule and frustrating my management and co-workers. Due to Zooms being mandatory, I have let my staff down and created a gap in our schedule. We are already understaffed at my job, so this news was not taken lightly. While attending zooms, most of the classwork is self-explanatory and really needs no class time to be taught. I would be able to get my school work done in two hours and be able to relax before work. I have many shifts that start at 4:30 so if class runs late, I will be late for my job. We have struggled this entire year, especially seniors, to time manage and adapt to the pandemic, but Hays High School has not made that exceptionally easy. Not only will other students and myself be affected, but our jobs will suffer tremendously by having to change and reschedule several other employees' schedules and hours. I have been working almost five days a week, over eight hours a day to ensure I can pay for college and be able to pay bills, but now this will be extremely limited due to the un-professionalism and disorganization of the district. Most students affected by this change all have jobs. All in-person coded students and virtual must not miss more than three days between April 26th and May 24th in order to be eligible for incentives such as exam exemption. The change comes with the District policy that at least 68.4% of students be in-person for at least eight days each during the last six weeks of school. Meeting that goal means the district would receive $7 million in funding. However, students argue that the last-minute change is not fair. "It's very unfair the school had to throw this situation on us only weeks before graduation. We've had a difficult year already and we don't need more stress." - Vanessa Jimenez, 12th "I think the school let us know about it too last minute, and the school district doesn't realize that since COVID changed the school system. Students started time managing school and work differently." - Catherine Danford, 12th "This was way too short notice and puts way too much extra pressure on asynchronous students." - Emma Pettiette, 11th "I don't think it's fair, everyone looks forward to senior year to exempt and now everyone most likely can't with the change." Cambria Henry, 12 "The new attendance rules have stressed me out personally, and made it more difficult for me to go to work and join Zooms at the same time." - Hailey Jones, 12th

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IN A YEAR OF PANDEMIC photo Jayda Ruiz




Quarantine definitely caught everyone by surprise last year. The world seemed to be put on pause on March 13, 2020. We all thought we’d just be getting “an extra two weeks of spring break!” Little did we know it’d be much more than that. With the full year of quarantine we’ve all changed, grown and spent more time reflecting within ourselves. Who would’ve thought that we wouldn't be able to eat inside our favorite restaurants? Or hang out and have a party with friends? Don’t forget about the drive-thru birthday parades. It just really affected all of us differently. Mainstream singers

photo Mariela Lopez

and performers had to cancel tours and concerts. TV shows and

photo Abigail Munoz

movie production came to a halt. It was like we were in some apocalypse-type movie. This year has taught me to not really care about what others say, to not try to change myself for other people. Quarantine has also taught me how to have patience, how to care for others, how to truly appreciate the little things in life that we all might overlook, like the laughter of a friend or the embrace of a loved one.

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I wanted to know what others have learned this year so I made a google form. Here are the responses:

“The pandemic has taught me that life will never be static, which is why we must appreciate the little things; for the little things aren't that little once it's gone.” - Salinas Dinh, 12th

“The biggest lesson I have learned during the pandemic is that we all need to come together to stand up for minorities and people that need help. Standing up to racism and defending people of color is so important. We all need each other to stand together, not against each other.” - Alex Howard, 11th

“I think overall, we've all learned one big lesson. We all need to work together as a society. Masks are in place to help stop the spread of COVID. If we all work together and wear our masks we can hopefully get a little closer to a normal school year starting in the fall.” - Haleigh Gathright, 9th|


“Being a virtual student is very hard, but rewarding. I realized that I have a tendency to avoid assignments that overwhelm me. I wake up late and miss Zoom calls and I push work off. This has caused me to work on my selfdiscipline. I learned to teach myself to manage my sleep, push myself to keep doing work, and try my best to communicate with teachers. I still struggle with this, but I’m proud that I managed to persist throughout this school year without giving up.” - Grey Delgado, 12th

“Experiencing this pandemic has been one crazy rollercoaster, but through this difficult time I have been able to learn to take others into consideration when it comes to their health and when they are in need.” - Bella Gallegos, 11th

“I have learned to be patient with the process, and to not take anything for granted.” - Reagan Gilbert, 12th

“A huge lesson I have learned from the pandemic is just to take life day by day, you never know what tomorrow holds.” - Amber Curtis, 11th

“When people are doing absolutely nothing and they still ignore you when you need help, it’s best not to pay attention to them either. You should still be kind and polite to them on the surface as you would anybody else, but always make sure to remember the difference between them and the people that are always there for you just as much as you are there for them.”

photo Ramon Sandoval

-Lalo Amador, 10th

“I learned that in the pandemic you shouldn't slack off because it ends up causing more work.” - Heidy Hernandez Castilla, 11th

“I’ve learned the lesson of friends and the outside world.” - Jae Whitaker, 11th

"Through the pandemic I have learned that the people who want you in their life will make the effort to reach out to you even when you aren't together every day."

photo Estrella Tinajero-Arvizu

- Marlee Claes, 11th

Jayda Ruiz is a junior. This is her first year as a Hays HS Media staffer. You can listen to her 'Morning Bunch' podcast

I learned that people’s opinion of me doesn't matter as much as I thought it did. I'm just living life” “

contributions from 2020 on

- Ash Smith, 11th

photo Laura Fleming-Holcomb

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SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY GIVES BACK by Sarah Brager, Nation editor

Volunteers from the Spanish Honor Society (SHS) partnered with local organization Hays Latinos United (HLU) at Chapa Middle School on Sat., April 10 to distribute free COVID relief to the community. The organizations worked together to set up a no-contact drive-through in front of Chapa where they provided PPE bags, food, water and an opportunity to register for the COVID vaccine.

HLU was established in October 2020 in response to the hardships many communities have faced from the COVID pandemic, and the organization specifically intends to connect with local, under-represented communities. HLU's primary purpose is to provide and information and resources that can safely guide the local Latino community through the pandemic, which makes them a perfect partner for SHS.

“On top of being a great academic organization, SHS is a way to celebrate and give back to the Hispanic community,” SHS President Eliana Galan, 12, said.

HLU will hold more distribution events at local schools, and it is likely that SHS volunteers will continue to partner with the organization in order to maintain outreach with the Spanish-speaking community. HLU uses Facebook to relay information to the community, and further information regarding COVID vaccines and future events can be found there.

"HLU was heavily grateful to receive student involvement, and it's important that we the students work with them during this time of uncertainty for our community. Organizations like HLU give young people an outlet to pursue a passion in community service," SHS Vice President Victor Falcon, 12, said.

SHS is currently looking for new members to replace the many seniors that will be graduating this year. The honor is similar to that of the National Honor Society (NHS), but SHS specifically seeks out students devoted to serving and learning about the Hispanic community.

"SHS is the only organization on campus currently dedicated to helping the Hispanic community through service projects, and that promotes the Hispanic cultures which represent a huge portion of our student and staff populations" SHS sponsor Erlinda Delgado said.




Mikey Boudin and Lexi Myers placed in high jump at the District track meet. Boudin






competition in May. photo Twitter Boudin at District. photo Bryant




Rebel softball finished the season with a 21-9 record. This after temporarily being in the top spot in 26-6A for some time. photo Twitter




Hays Wrestler Lianna Molina took 2nd place and advanced to Regionals. photo Bailey Christian sports photography


Rebel baseball finished 4th in District, with a 17-14 record. (Adrian Ramirez, left) photo Ana Webb


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Put this on your summer fun calendar-- the musical Mamma Mia!, combining the talents of all three district high schools: Hays, Lehman, and Johnson. Due to COVID, this makes things easier considering there will only be one musical being put up instead of three. The department is taking precautions to make sure the musical is done COVID-safely. When Sam Stringham, 12, was asked about precautions, he said “We’ll be wearing singing masks. Singing in a mask is hard.” Sam will be playing the major role of Sam Carmichael, and said he “couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s going to be so fun!” Putting on a musical is hard work, especially during a pandemic. Zoe Reyna, 12, is the stage manager and works closely with Lorey Stewart, the musical’s director. She talked about many different ways that they are trying to do something different with the musical, one way was bringing in help from the former middle school choir director, Ms. Moore. Ms. Moore comes to the high school to help the cast learn the music for the show. Zoe said this “has been really fun for a lot of the kids in the musical that first found STORY & PHOTOS EMMA RICE

their love of singing with her.”

DANCING QUEEN Something all the seniors can agree on is this musical means a lot to them. Alena Hernandez, 12, plays Tanya and is the dance captain. She said, “I’m most excited to go out there and put on one last show. This is the last time I'll ever perform with the people I've been performing with for six or seven years now. This show just really means a lot to all of us, and I cannot wait to jump in. “It’s really exciting for all of us to get a chance this year to have a show like this after all the department has taught us and all we’ve gone through together. When we perform Mamma Mia! it won’t just be entertainment for us. It’s our last opportunity to showcase what we’ve been taught and who we’ve become together because of the theatre department.”

SHOW OPENS IN JUNE Ticket sales opened May 1st and seating is limited. You can buy tickets for $10 through the theatre department’s website: All tickets must be purchased in advance. Shows are June 18-20, & 24th - 27th, with matinees on the 26th & 27th. Check out their website for more information.

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CAST DONNA Taylor Witt Understudy/Ensemble - Kennedy Roberts SOPHIE Allie Meredith* Understudy/Featured Dancer - Khloee Romero* TANYA Alena Hernandez* Understudy/Ensemble - Diana Rivera ROSIE Julia Hall Understudy/Ensemble - Marlee Claes SAM

Sam Stringham

Understudy & Clergy - Hosea Downing BILL

Jared Brown

Understudy & Eddie - Riley Fall HARRY Tate Kirschner Understudy & Nick - Johnny Ford SKY

Tristan Stewart

Understudy & Pepper - Zach White PEPPER Zach White Understudy & Dusty - Emiliano Esquivel Ugarte EDDIE Riley Fall NICK

Johnny Ford

DUSTY Emiliano Esquivel Ugarte ALI LISA

Allyssabess Burks Hannah Zuniga* KIM

Zoe Zuniga*

CLERGY Hosea Downing ENSEMBLE BeBe Davis Lilah Rodriguez Marina Armendariz Abigail Benson Salinas Dinh Carson Ponder Charlie Bruno *FEATURED DANCERS - Featured during musical numbers Alena Hernandez (Dance Captain)


Allie Meredith (Assistant DC) Khloee Romero Hannah Zuniga Rachel Grover Zoe Zuniga 28 CAST CREW STAGE MANAGER - Zoe Reyna ASST. STAGE MANAGER - Ivy Clamons LIGHTS - Makaylah Scobee SOUND - Celeste Gonzalez MICS - Giulianna Coco SPOT 1 - Isabel Corona SPOT 2 - Kiera Cousins STAGE/HOUSE - Sarai Diaz (Stage Crew Head) STAGE/HOUSE - Maddie Moffitt (House Manager) STAGE/HOUSE - Cat Suarez STAGE/HOUSE - Kassidy Ethridge 11 CREW


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MR HAYS By Reagan Gilbert

Jake Jackson (top right) said, "My favorite part was getting to see all of my friends in one place again." Ellis Taylor (top left) said, "Mr. Hays was a great time and we had a lot of people come out and support. My favorite part was the talents and seeing what everyone had in store."

FUNDRAISER On April 10th, senior class of '21 held their 'Mr Hays' at the Grace Lodge located in Buda. The competition consisted of many categories such as, swimwear, evening wear, a joke, talent, and a question at the end. Contestants William Agnew, Nate Green, Jake Jackson, Corey Vester, Ellis Taylor, Grayson Winter, and Tyson Hatnot competed to win the titles "Mr. Congeniality," "Mr. Talented," and "Mr. Hays." When the results came in, Ryan Bovey announced Grayson Winter as Mr. Congeniality, Tyson Hatnot as Mr. Talented, and overall winner Nate Green as Mr. Hays. The contestants were escorted by Madison Hammond, Reagan Gilbert, Cambria Henry, Taea Oglesby, Gracie Bankston, Kierra Evans, Darci Kaminski, and Catherine Danford. The night consisted of a steak dinner served by senior boys, and friends and family gathered to laugh and enjoy the show. The show was very comical and was streamed live for those who could not attend. | 14


MASQUERADE An alternative to the school-sponsored prom was hosted by parents on May 1st at Old Town Kyle, with a Masquerade theme. (Top) Students share a song. (Bottom L to R) The Prom court: Ellis Taylor, Cambria Henry, Reef Doss, Billy Blackwell, Emma Rice and Chance Baker. SHELBY WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY @HTTPS://SHELBYWPHOTOGRAPHY.PIXIESET.COM/

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Sarah Brager, out-going Nation editor

As a student journalist that completely lacks tech-savvy abilities, working on Hays media virtually this year has been my worst nightmare; pitch meetings on Zoom just don’t work. And yes, I am a future journalism and media studies student that can’t wrap her head around basic computer skills. I suppose in a way I’m grateful that the pandemic threw me in the deep end of digital journalism - it’s good preparation. Given that this is likely my last article as Nation editor, I’m going to do the cheesy thing and thank everyone on staff for their hard work during this unconventional school year, my seniors especially. First, to Charlotte. You did such an incredible job with the yearbook this year (like seriously, it’s my favorite since I’ve joined the staff). I know it was probably stressful to put that together from home, and I’m sorry I didn’t pitch in as much as I should have. You are a fantastic yearbook editor. To my favorite ladies, Andrea and Salinas. You brought style to the Hays media staff, and I thank you because I’m completely lacking in that department. Your columns and photos always brightened up our magazine pages, and you never failed to get opinionated. I love it. Most of all, thanks for always making me feel loved. To Carlos and Alex, managing editor and photo editor: thank you for always bringing ideas to the table and never failing to produce excellent content. Carlos, your reviews and editorials are always a pleasure to read (please continue writing them while you’re at college). Alex, your pictures always amazed me, and thank you for going out and getting interviews when I didn’t want to. You both are going to do incredible things next year. To the rest of the staff, I know we didn’t get to work together as closely, but I notice and appreciate all of the work you do. Our publications are amazing because you guys represent and commemorate the best of your high school experiences. Underclassmen, enjoy normalcy next year - I know you will do so well running things. Finally, to Ms. Fleming. Thank you for always encouraging us to produce the best content, and for working so hard when we were slacking. I know you devoted a lot of weekends to perfecting our stuff (sorry Holcomb family). I feel so lucky to have had a teacher that I also consider my friend. I look forward to taking my experience with the Hays media staff to UT next year, and I can’t wait to hear about everyone’s accomplishments. See you at graduation! - Sarah served as Nation staff editor for 2 years, a contributor to Legacy yearbook for 3 years. She will attend the University of Texas in Austin this fall - Goals: "move out of Texas after I graduate college (maybe live abroad for a bit) and become a reporter for a newspaper/magazine; I hope to travel a lot for work and hopefully work my way up to an editing position. Also, it's a fun little goal of mine to write a book but I have no idea what it would be about." - turn the page to see more staff farewells

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Hays Media seniors Class of '21 Matthew Marrero

Legacy staffer, photographer

Carlos Sanchez

Nation managing editor & staffer for 3 years Will attend University of North

Goals: "I want to become an IT manager, go into the technology field of some kind. Hopefully become a real-estate broker later. Travel dreams: "I really want to travel to Utah with my friends and go travel nearby to some western states, searching for trails, taking pictures all the fun."

Goals: "To publish my entire The Anti Fever trilogy, get married, and be able to support my own family with my work."

Texas, majoring English Creative Writing

Jessica Garcia

Legacy writer & photographer

Zackary Turk

Legacy staffer

Travel dreams: "Greece because ancient Greek culture has really impacted my life and has helped me so much."

Goals: "To be a nurse." Travel dreams: "I would travel to see the northern lights, just to experience them."

Goals: "Graduate college and become successful." Travel dreams: "Greece, for its natural beauty."

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Hays Media Seniors Class of 2021

Andrea Delgado

Legacy writer, photographer, fashion editor for 3 years

Alejandro "Alex" Martinez

Nation staffer, Legacy Photo editor for 2 years Will attend Texas Tech, majoring in architecture

Goals: "I'm looking foward to more freedom." Travel dreams: "I would go to California because I love the beaches there."

Goals: 6 years at Texas Tech "I'm looking forward to making new memories and making more friends." Travel dreams: "Yucatan because of its rich history and nature."

Goals: "I want to become a filmmaker." Emma Rice

Legacy writer & photographer

Reagan Gilbert

Legacy staffer for 3 years & business manager for 2 years

Travel dreams: "Anywhere where the northern lights are visible."

Goals: "To own a business of my own after college." Travel dreams: "Greece because i've always dreamt of going there, and it was where my favorite movie Mama Mia was filmed."

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Hays Media Seniors Class of 2021

Goals: "I only wish to lead a fulfilling life filled with experiences, and long lasting smiles."

Salinas Dinh

Nation columnist, Legacy writer, photographer, section editor for 3 years

Ava Parra

Nation staffer, Legacy photographer & reporter

Madelyn Krafka

Nation Staffer, photographer for 2 years, Legacy sports editor this year

Travel dreams: "If I could travel anywhere I would go to London, England because it has been my "dream city" ever since I was a little kid. ...It is the heart of novels. "

Goals: Have a successful job, and happy life. Travel dreams: "I would go to Hawaii because the ocean is beautiful and I want to try a coconut from there."

Goals: "I'm looking forward to living on my own and meeting new people. Moving to Florida is probably the scariest thing I'm going to have to do, but I'm happy I get to do this." Travel dreams: "Hawaii, it just seems so beautiful."

Angela Ramos

Goals: To work and go to ACC

Legacy photographer Travel dreams: "Cancun cause it gets lit."

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Hays Media Seniors Class of 2021

Julie Mendez

Goals: "I will get my major in education and a minor in art so I could be a teacher, or art teacherwhere-ever the wind takes me."

Legacy writer, photographer Travel dreams: "I would love to travel to Hawaii. It's so beautiful and tropical, vibrant colors, natural art to the eye, I know I would be a good experience."

Raymond "RL" Iglesias

Goals: "Make a name for myself."

Legacy staffer Travel dreams: "Egypt, to see the pyramids and travel deserts."

Nathan Green

Legacy staffer

Goals: "Finish college and get a great job then start a clothing line." Travel dreams: "If I could travel anywhere it would be Paris for the fashion, art museums, and food."

Alyssa Allen

Legacy writer, photographer & video editor for 2 years

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Goals: "I'll be attending Blinn College, and then transferring to university to graduate with a bachelors degree in psychology. I'll go to graduate school and THEN medical school. I plan on becoming a pediatric psychiatrist." Travel dreams: "I would go somewhere with tall woody forests. somewhere like Washington state, or anywhere that gives off the same vibe as the settings of the twilight movies."

FAVORITE MEMORIES "I would say my favorite

memorie s were in Mrs. gy class junior ye of my fri ar. I had ends in many that clas s like M addie Ha Baker, An mmond, abelle G Izzy uerrero, Ashlynn Ruston, and Nate Ellis Taylo Cerna. r, We wer e alway s messin g around and having a good tim e." Wensman

n's AP Ps ycholo

-Reagan Gilb

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by Madison Cantu, incoming editor

Summer is right around the corner and people will soon retire their winter clothes and reach for their summer shorts and tops. Every year when the temperatures start to rise, you will undoubtedly see an increase in colored clothing such as warmer tones and pastel colors. Here are my Summer 2021 fashion trends:


3-PIECE BIKINIS Many retail stores have been seen selling bikini sets that come with a coordinating beach skirt that pull the whole look together and provide more coverage.




Although Hawaiian print shirts are often viewed as tacky vacation outfits, I think we will see increase of subtle yet fashionable hibiscus flowers on tops.



The infamous 1960s headscarves trend has been around for a while and from what I've seen, will not be leaving soon. A rise in the popular 1990s claw hair clips has also been used more by teenagers and even young adults.

CROCHET TOPS AND BAGS I have seen a rise in websites posting articles about the comeback of crochet tops and how to style them. I think sporting selfcrocheted bags will make a statement but also simultaneously blend in with others in the crowd.



SWEAT SHORTS & LIGHTWASH DENIM JEANS Denim jackets are often seen coming in and out of style, but this year on cool summer nights people should turn to their trusty denim jackets for some warmth and comfort.

Every summer people tend to lean more towards showing more skin and I think halter tops and midi skirts are going to be the go-to.


OVERSIZED SHIRTS & SWEATSHIRTS I believe this trend will be popular with everyone. It is comfortable and always in style.

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SUMMER MOVIES by Jaden Ramos

SPIRAL Opens May 23rd Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, starring two of the most comedic characters in the movie world- Samuel L Jackson as veteran detective brash and Chris Rock as detective Ezekiel Banks as a sadistic mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in the new movie Spiral. Rated R

FAST AND FURIOUS 9 Opens June 25th. Directed by Justin Lin starring Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) facing off against one of a most vicious and most skilled assassin, Jakob Toretto (John Cena) in this action packed adventure. Rated PG-13

MORTAL KOMBAT Opened April 23rd. Directed by Simon Mcquid. A mysterious tournament of ancient martial artists, Liu Kang (Ludi Lin) summoned to Earth as a competitor. Rated R

DEMON SLAYER MUGEN TRAIN Opened April 23rd Directed by HaruoSsotozaki. A story about Tanjiro Kamado (voiced by Natsuki Hanae)a young boy on a mission to turn his sister back into a human after being turned into a demon by an evil master who slaughtered his family in an act of revenge. Rated PG-13

UNHOLY Opened March 24th. Directed by Evan Spiliotopoulos. When a girl unexpectedly gains the power to heal the sick after a visit from the Virgin Mary- a journalist turns up and soon begins to wonder if there's something more sinister behind the miracles. Rated PG-13

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BAILEY GOLDEN ASTHMAINSPIRED BY CLAIREL ESTEVEZ’S “AN EMBER IN THE GIRL” With you, I have learned Not everything is gold, And the spindles made At a small man’s hands Were but specks of misery You decided to hold. I’ve learned of your tears That flood the streets like a river And the scars that crawl your body, Snaking at the neck, Tighter and tighter and tighter, Until it’s me flailing downriver. I’ve learned your definition Of love And your wrong from rights, However, shadowing the ideals of other Cotton clouds adrift the blue-hued sky, Never fit me like a glove. Sacrifice me if you so desire, But know I was never yours And stand in my way like a roadblock Preaching your “holy sermons,” Just remember, the spindles you spon Were also my love -Aurora Hudson

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photo Ayva Gonzales, photojournalism

I am offering this torment Poem by Roxy McKinney Inspired by Jimmy Santiago Baca I am offering his torment to you, With no choice for you to accept or deny It comes as emotions And as perceptions of omens and situations It comes as mental breakdowns And self-doubt and deprecation. I hate you, Just as much as I hate that it won’t stop, The never-ending chain of life and trying your best Only to be rewarded with nothing meanwhile. They say it ends alright, but how will I know Until the end, assuming I won’t give up by then. I hate you, Just as much as I hate knowing that although Others do really care for me, I think they don’t, And I don’t understand how they ever started; I am merely but another person in this world, Living amongst so many others who are better and They







happier, They could understand better, they could love Harder and with someone other than me, With







softer. I hate you, Just as much as I hate that I can’t stop, I can’t stop living in a daze, Like a zombie or a slave, Only to make life easier and less painful, So









painful, So I will not recognize the torment; But I will always remember, I hate you.

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