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Moving with a Mission

Bonnett and his companion attend a wedding while serving in India.

Quinn Berry, Staff Writer

June 9, 2020

While the average 19-year-old is off studying at college or beginning a new job, some choose to put these plans on pause to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS), many alumni included. Beginning at the age of 18, boys can opt to serve the LDS church for a two year...

Alumna Samantha Walkoff gains fame through TikTok

Back at home from college, you can find Samantha
 Walkoff rehearsing a short skit on TikTok done by majority of 
other teens around the world today. According to Sensor Tower in 2020,  
the TikTok app has been downloaded over 1.9 billion times worldwide. 
“ I'll definitely keep making TikTok videos for fun,” Walkoff said. “Now I have 
been using it to pass time.”

Tasneem Nasufovic, Staff Writer

April 21, 2020

It was a Monday afternoon and 2018 alumna Samantha Walkoff decided to create a TikTok during her break between classes. She went about her day as normal. The next morning, when she awoke, she saw that she had more than a million views. Walkoff created a short video that gained more than seven millio...

Senior Claire Christensen says “auf wiedersehen” to life in the US

Getting ready for takeoff, senior Claire Christensen waits to board her plane and travel to Frankfurt, Germany. Christensen completed classes at semester and is planning to use her free time in Germany to learn German and explore the country and culture. “[I’ll face] all the new challenges of moving somewhere new, plus the struggles of being in an unfamiliar country with a new house, new neighborhood, making new friends, a language barrier and the cultural differences,” Christensen said.

Sammi Milholland, Convergent Media Writer

February 5, 2020

Suitcase in hand, passport ready, senior Claire Christensen is leaving everything and moving her life to Frankfurt, Germany with her family. However, moving across the world takes more than just packing up and leaving as Christensen quickly realized.  “We’ve had to sell our house and complet...

Your college may not be the perfect school for you… and that’s okay

2019 alumna Nell Jaskowiak looks over college brochures, weighing the benefits and drawbacks of each school. Jaskowiak plans to attend a state school in the fall. “I feel like so many kids take college for granted,” Jaskowiak said. “I think kids don’t realize how amazing it is to pick good schools to apply for and have good choices to choose from.”

Fatema Rehmani, Awards Coordinator

December 13, 2019

2019 alumna Nell Jaskowiak’s post graduation plans, like the majority of the senior class, consisted of heading straight to college in the fall. Her university of choice was Rhodes College, where she intended to major in Environmental Science. After years of preparation for college, Jaskowiak looked forwa...

Alumna Audra Hartwell returns to reverse roles from player to coach

JV tennis coach Audra Hartwell gives sophomore Betsy Weaver parade line up details before the Homecoming parade begins. Hartwell made a point to her players about having fun while also competing at a high level. “ I want tennis to be the best part of their day because it keeps them coming back,” Hartwell said. “I want them excited to come to practice or a match.”

Tre Bell, Staff Writer

September 24, 2019

Turning right at the stoplight into 14653 Clayton Road is not out of the ordinary.  Gearing up in Columbia Blue Longhorn apparel seems like an old habit. After a six-year hiatus from playing softball and running cross country, during high school, 2013 alumna Audra Hartwell has returned to coach the JV gi...

Alumna Summer Albarcha: Instagram icon for modest fashion

Posing for a picture by the Steinberg Ice Rink in partnership with Uber, alumna Summer Albarcha shares the image on her blog. Albarcha posts regularly on the site, as well as on her Instagram and YouTube channel. “Use social media as your portfolio in anything you do,” Albarcha said. “[Your social media] is out there for companies to see when applying to jobs, so it’s best to make it a reflection of yourself or the traits you’re trying to portray. For example, if you’re applying to a fashion job, you might want to have a fashionable Instagram to show your taste and styling work.”

Fatema Rehmani, Staff Writer

May 9, 2019

Creating lookbooks, traveling to fashion weeks worldwide, replying to emails, editing content or just updating her site, alumna Summer Albarcha, class of 2014, has built a name for herself in the fashion world. With more than 512,000 followers on Instagram—a continuously growing number—Albarcha has g...

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