The Hawk Eye

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...

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

Senior starts business to help family

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...

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.

Students experience changes at jobs due to COVID-19

Fast-food workers’ experiences with the pandemic
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...

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.”

Drum major dreams

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...

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

Worrying for two

Math teacher prepares for birth during pandemic
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,...

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.

From the field to the future

Freshman makes development academy
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...

Lin holds a sign with the word


Junior shares story of crossing the border
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...

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.”

Keeping up with Cooper

New yearbook teacher joins staff at semester
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...

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.

Digging up a legacy

Junior bonds with dad through fossil collecting
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...

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.

Getting “personol”

Junior creates one-of-a-kind 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...

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.”

Painting away the pain

Sophomore holds art workshop for mental health awareness
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...

Art 1 teacher Valento Mennsfield grades his student’s art pieces. This is Mennsfield’s first year working as an art teacher at a high school.

Teacher Tea: Mr. Mennsfield

Art teacher shares his experience teaching high school
Leila Olukoga, Reporter January 30, 2020

Eight-year-old Valento Mennsfield always wanted to emulate his father. He found his father’s work ethic to be his best quality. One night, Mennsfield curiously walked into the living room to find his...

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