The Hawk Eye

A Bandemic Experience

Assistant band director Zack Anderson gives directions to the concert band as they practice marching outside. Anderson is the primary director for Concert I and II and was hired prior to assistant director JP Wilson’s departure. “No one’s got this all figured out, and we’re continuing to figure all of it out as we go,” Anderson said. “I think the one thing that remains the same in all of this, is that we're all doing it together.”

Sarosh Ismail and Andie San Luis

September 16, 2020

After working in the field for six years, assistant band director Zack Anderson is no stranger to the directing world. However, when he was hired in the spring, he was thrown in for an unexpected loop: a pandemic. Anderson joined the staff as the new assistant band director amidst the COVID-19 pande...

Principal reflects on her first year on staff

Principal reflects on her first year on staff

Hailey Dirks, Web Editor

May 23, 2020

In the calm before the storm, principal Amy Boughton stands in the hallway just before school starts to welcome students. The bell rings, and a flood of students rush through the main hallway. She feels pure joy as she gives high fives and guides the stragglers to their first period classes. Celebrati...

Senior starts business to help family

Senior Makena Butler poses with one of her spray paint pieces. She is wearing a mask to protect against Covid-19.

Yasmin Haq, Editor-in-Chief

May 22, 2020

Like many students under quarantine, senior Makena Butler has found herself with a lot of extra time on her hands.  To stave off boredom, Butler began taking up old hobbies like spray painting and jewelry-making. Butler had all the tools to create things, but she didn’t know what to do with it u...

Students experience changes at jobs due to COVID-19

Junior Ellory Liles and two of her coworkers pose together for a photo with their required face masks and gloves. “We are all required to wear face masks and gloves no matter what position we are inside the restaurant,” Liles said.

Leila Olukoga, Reporter

May 8, 2020

After an eight-hour school day, junior Ellory Liles suits up for a shift at Chick-Fil-A. Used to the 15-hour workweek, Liles carries on serving meals, cleaning kitchens and working the drive-thru. That is until the ravaging pandemic changed her work schedule to 35 hours a week. With schools closed ...

Drum major dreams

Although she was initially just excited to be there, senior Abby Rieger was grateful that she chose to be a part of Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps after attending the audition camps. “The organization is truly like a family,” Rieger said. “Whether that means being great friends, holding each other accountable, being there for emotional support, pushing each other to be better all the time or whatever other positive aspect a family could bring to your life.”

Kate Haas, Managing Editor

May 2, 2020

In one phone call, senior Abby Rieger’s entire summer was booked. One month later, a global pandemic emptied her schedule again.  Rieger, a three-year drum major, was offered a drum major position for Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, a competitive member of Drum Corps International. DCI is...

Worrying for two

Snipes sits in her classroom on the day she became 33 weeks pregnant. She is currently eight months pregnant.

Henry Hays, Reporter

April 23, 2020

People have many things to be concerned about in today’s world - lock down orders, overfilled hospitals, online work and school as well as a lack of general supplies. Now imagine, adding on top of that, the birth of your first child.  In the midst of the Covid-19 outbreak, pre-calculus teacher Abri...

From the field to the future

Freshman Eleanor Hays poses with a soccer ball. She plays soccer for the FC Dallas U-16 development academy for Girls. “The development academy focuses on developing our skill and our talent so we can go farther with soccer into college and possibly professionally,” Hays said.

Kate Knauff, Reporter

March 13, 2020

Three years ago, Eleanor Hays was one of the many girls who anxiously waited for her turn to show the coaches what she's got. As she approaches the field with a few of her former teammates, she knows it is now or never. She runs through the drills and scrimmages with her small tryout group, hoping to m...


Lin holds a sign with the word

Yasmin Haq, Editor-In-Chief

March 13, 2020

  Editor’s note: To help protect her identity, the pseudonym “Lin” is used to refer to the main source in this story.   They had minutes to cross before border patrol would be back. 11-year-old Lin and her mom ran toward the chain link fence that seemed to tower over them and began climbing. As they reached the top, Lin’s pants got caught on...

Keeping up with Cooper

Yearbook adviser Madalyn Cooper helps a student with their design template. It is Cooper’s first time teaching at a school with a four period class schedule.	“I am used to teaching eight periods a day, so having the for period block period was new to me,” Cooper said. “So everything was strange at first, and it took a lot of getting used to.”

Arisha Hirji, Reporter

March 4, 2020

New yearbook teacher Madalyn Cooper waits patiently as her students walk through the door. As more and more students walk in, she is overcome with a wave of excitement and nervousness. Cooper started teaching at the beginning of the spring semester as the new yearbook adviser after the previous adv...

Digging up a legacy

Junior David Howe stands in front of a shelf of fossils he and his dad have collected. He holds up a fossilized fish that his dad will be selling.

Hailey Dirks, Web Editor

February 26, 2020

A young boy digs his shovel into the dirt by the creek. He searches for a flash of white bone from a prehistoric fish or the spiraling curves of an ammonite to reveal itself from the thick mud. Once he finds something, his dad instructs him how to gently clean it. Finally, he reveals a fossil, and it is ...

Getting “personol”

Junior Ethan Pettengill looks through a selection of hats at Goodwill. Pettengill has a clothing line named “personols,” which he creates by refurbishing vintage clothing.

Malley O'Carroll, Reporter

February 12, 2020

After tennis practice, junior Ethan Pettengill goes home, completes his homework and starts designing his next collection for “personols.” He spends hours at the thrift store looking for the perfect vintage pieces to repurpose into something unique. Pettengill started his clothing line with th...

Painting away the pain

Sophomore Unaiza Khakoo poses with a jean jacket she painted. Khakoo will sell art pieces like this to raise money for an organization named Art From the Streets as a part of her Girl Scout gold award. “The gold award for Girl Scouts is the highest project you can do and the highest honor you can achieve,” Khakoo said. “In the project girl scouts are told to choose an issue they see in their community and find a way to combat it.”

Kate Knauff, Reporter

February 10, 2020

As sophomore Unaiza Khakoo’s hands grip the paintbrush, she thinks about what her next piece will be. She listens to the steady swish of the paint against the canvas, and feels her stress slowly slip away. To earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, Khakoo has started a painting class geared toward middle a...