The Voice of Austin High School Since 1995

Cleveland comes in clutch

Student filmmaker wins four awards

By Aliyu Alabi

   Senior, Connor Cleveland, submitted and won for multiple entries at the Fort Bend Independent School District Film Festival on Tuesday. Cleveland was a winning filmmaker, bringing home four different trophies.

   A Q&A with Cleveland went as follows:

What categories did you compete in?

"Documentary and 60 Second Short"

How many awards did you win?

"Four, 1st in Documentary, 1st in 60 second short, Best Cinematography, and Best Picture"

How long have you been working with film?

"I've been interested in film for 9 years"

What is your motivation/ Who is your inspiration?

"My best friend Arjun Gali who passed away in 2014, he introduced me to filmmaking"

Do you plan to go into this professionally?

"Yes, I will continue my passion at the University of Texas at Austin"

Where is your favorite place to film?

"Tokyo, Japan, the atmosphere is so amazing and keeps drawing me there to create"

If you could pick any location in the world to film, where would it be?

"Dubai, it is my goal to be able to make a film in the desert"

Who are some film producers you look up to in the industry?

"Spike Jonze, Christopher Nolan, and Denis Villeneuve"

How to save a life

Becoming CPR certified

By Femi Shonowo

   Most high schoolers are at the age where they could potentially benefit from becoming CPR certified. More job opportunities and high pay are possible, and they could help save a life. There are 2 different types of CPR, there are hands only and with breaths.

   At school, some principles of health science students have the opportunity to become CPR certified, inside the classroom.

   "The most important thing you have to remember is that a broken rib is normal and you have to continue and hope that it isn't a bad break that could puncture the lungs," health science teacher Lea Debarberis said.

   The steps to carry out a chest compression are as follows:

Place the heel of your hand on the breastbone at the center of the person’s chest, place your other hand on top of your first hand and interlock your fingers

Position yourself with your shoulders above your hands

Using your body weight (not just your arms), press straight down by 5-6cm (2-2.5 inches) on their chest

Keeping your hands on their chest, release the compression and allow the chest to return to its original position

Repeat these compressions at a rate of 100 to 120 times per minute until an ambulance arrives or you become exhausted

If you are to add breaths after every 30 compressions give two breaths and continue

   Any questions on how you can become CPR certified can be answered by Mrs. Debarberis or the school nurse.

Flashing lights

Second annual Mr. Austin to take place

By Aliyu Alabi

   Student council will be hosting its second consecutive Mr. Austin pageant, featuring six male contestants. Mr. Austin is seen as an untraditional approach compared to the typical female pageants.

   “Mr. Austin offers guys a chance to show off their talents while breaking the stereotype of gendered events. In student council, we plan the event around the school’s nominations and votes. After contacting the top 6 nominees, we conduct rehearsals with them and design the show to ensure that their personalities are shown by including parts like the talent, formal wear, and question portion. On the day of, all that’s left is to rally up the contestants, sit the students, and watch the crowning of the school’s new Mr. Austin,” student council vice president Polina Bandrovskaya said.

   The first-place winner will be crowned in front of other students, and all the proceeds go to a charity of the winners choosing. Contestants will be nominated by teachers who believe they embody the right characteristics of a prominent male figure. The pageant will be held on Apr. 19, during 7th period. If you are looking to witness the show, tickets will be sold on the 17th-19th during all lunches.

Open Up!

Administration’s new door policy

By Donna Keeya

   In response to recent events involving danger in the learning environment, the school’s administration has taken measures to try to better protect the school. Faculty members say that finding an efficient way to monitor everyone in the school at all times is extremely difficult, so the objective is to monitor exactly who is coming on to the campus.  Students must now enter from the front entrance compared to the side doors closer to the student parking lot. The intention of this policy is to make sure everyone entering the school is a student, faculty member, or an any other approved visitor, and that no potentially dangerous person can enter the school.

   Students and faculty have been informed not to open the side doors for anyone, but the doors are still opened for people daily. Students in the outdoor portable classrooms have no way to go inside during class hours unless someone opens the door for them.

   “The door policy doesn’t affect me because people still open the doors. I think it’s pointless because it doesn’t prevent anyone from coming into the school,” junior Samantha Oliver said.

   The door rule is the first of many changes the administration plans to implement to make the school a safer place.

Project Runway

Annual Prom Fashion Show set to Take Place

By Aliyu Alabi

  On Mar. 9, the PALS will be hosting their annual " Prom Fashion Show" during 7th period. The essence of the show is to model different dresses and suits to give students ideas for their potential prom outfits. The proceeds go to the Cinderella Cinderfella Houston charity organization. This year, the show will be hosted by Reagan Reddick and Mike Navarro. If you are looking for “excitement, fun and games, clout" or simply to get out of your 7th period you should think about attending. Tickets for the show are on sale every day at all three lunches for $3 until Mar. 7. 

Tennis Tyrants!

Juan Forero and Shaun Moore order a pizza at the tennis tournament, on Friday. "I hate fruit on my pizza," Moore said.


Doggie Dub

Half day turns into a school-wide lip dub

By Aliyu Alabi

     On Friday, every student participated in Austin’s high production lip dub. The lip dub included every club, sport, and organization offered at school. Lip syncers had auditioned a month prior to the event and were each assigned a specific portion of the school to perform in. No traditional classes took place that day due to the event taking up the entire half day.  

    The student lip dub committee consisted of Zaeema Ali, Connor Cleveland, Donna Keeya, and Ammar Dukka. Cleveland was behind the camera, filming, the day of as well.

   “The entire lip dub team has been having meetings and planning this event since November. To actually see what we all had envisioned come to life was such a rewarding experience,” Keeya said.

   The lip dub consisted of six songs which were "Thunder" by Imagine Dragons, "Black or White" by Michael Jackson, "Mi Gente" by J Balvin & Willy William Ft. Beyonce, "Stronger" by Kanye West, "Feel This Moment" by Pitbull Ft. Christina Aguilera, and “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz.

   The much-anticipated release date for the video is Feb. 23, and it will premiere on the KAHS News YouTube channel.  


Sentimental Singing 


The classes were full of singing students on Wednesday. "I love singing Valentines," Ali said.


 Back to Business

DECA prepares for the promising route ahead

By Femi Shonowo

   DECA, also known as Distributive Education Clubs of America, is an association of students interesting in marketing developing leadership skills, vocational understanding, civic consciousness, and social intelligence. All students enrolled in marketing education courses are encouraged to become involved with the DECA program. Involvement in DECA offers students leadership training and a chance to compete in local, state, and international events in multiple marketing occupational areas - all designed to stimulate and motivate classroom interest and vocational competence. Through DECA, students also have the opportunity to participate in social functions, meet many business leaders in the community, and to apply for scholarships which may be used to further their education for careers in marketing.

   This season 51 of our students have qualified in their divisions for the state level DECA competition. In order to qualify students must perform well at a more local level, and then advance to the state level.  “Kouros helped me prepare for regionals, now Dallas won’t see what coming”, state-qualifier Mohammad Baig said. 

School is taking its course!

Course selection season starts  

By Femi Shonowo

   During course selection, it is essential for many students to register for the classes to optimize their high school experience. While some students are working towards college admissions, others are trying to strategically choose the easiest classes possible. No matter where on the spectrum you fall, knowing the courses offered can enable you to make the best decision, personalized to your individual needs.   

   Before selecting AP classes, look into specific colleges and majors that you’re interested in, and see if they will accept an AP exam credit. "I took Pre-AP and AP English and math classes all four years, and the main college I want to attend won't accept the credit," Nura Ojelade said.

   When it comes to electives, there is a variety to pick from. They can be a potential opportunity to experiment in various career paths that you may want to pursue. However, there are certain electives that are required for every student in order to graduate. These required credits include one art credit, one physical education credit,  a speech and health credit, and two foreign language credits, all of which can be obtained in a variety of ways.   

    For those who are purely counting on academic success to get accepted into the college of their choice, picking the right courses isn’t the only factor to consider. According to the college and career advisor, Laura Jeffrey, "Universities don't look at grades alone. Someone with a 4.0 GPA, with no activities, is pretty much overlooked when selecting students for admission".


Hard at Work

Insight on student jobs

By Femi Shonowo

   Getting a job in high school is a way to gain work experience and can be a steady source of income. Many students on our campus are currently balancing school and part-time jobs. The two most commonly worked jobs at Austin are McDonald's and Whataburger. Both restaurant chains offer student benefits, including scholarships that incline students to apply.

   A factor to consider when applying to jobs is how close in proximity you are to the location. Working close to your home and school environment could potentially make your life significantly easier when it comes to balancing your time. "My parents were ok with me working at pizza hut because its right next to the school so I don’t need to go that far and its safe," Eric Taylor said.

   A problem working students tend to have is scheduling between work and school. After school jobs' hours can vary, and it’s important to consider how much of your time you can afford to spend working. "This week sucked. I had to work Sunday through Thursday. I work like 30 hours on average,"  Gigi Premjee said.


Fed Up!

Should students be allowed to leave campus for lunch?

By Aliyu Alabi

  Austin High School has not been able to maintain a positive reputation for its fine dining or appetizing lunch options. As a result, many students pack their own lunch, or just don't eat at all, because they see no better alternative. Some other schools in Texas have policies allowing their kids to eat lunch outside of school. When the conversation comes up here on campus, students, and administrators tend to have different opinions.  

  "I think having lunch outside of school is good because most people don't exactly like what the school serves, and it gives students a chance to not be in school all day," said junior Kaitlyn Koroleski.

  "I definitely think we should leave school for lunch," added senior Morgan Winters. "The cafeteria does not provide healthy, good enough food, plus if they let us leave they will provide us with more time because we already don't have enough time."

   Administrators offered different thoughts of an off-campus lunch break.

  "I don't think students should be allowed to leave campus during lunch because first of all, you don't have enough time, and then driving back and forth is dangerous especially when we are responsible for your safety," said assistant principal Mrs. Khan.

  "Due to safety concerns, I would say no to off-campus lunch. Also, there isn't a lot of options around us, and students wouldn't have enough time to go and come back in time," said principal Dr. Quadri.

   Brandon Shiba flies his drone, at the football field, on Wednesday. "Andreea come look," Shiba said.

Final(s) Showdown

Tips to help you prepare for finals week

By Femi Shonowo

  The end of a semester at school brings forth exams, meaning its time for cramming, stress, and sleepless nights. It can be a hard time for many especially if you don't have a set method of studying or don't know how to study at all. Here are some tips that may be useful to make your final exam experience less of a pain.

1.  Pick a place and time to study somewhere you won't get distracted

2.  Study every day study, a section of each subject a day

3.  Plan your time, take a set amount of time on each section

4.  Discover your learning style, you probably should already know but in case you don't try revising the material in different ways until one sticks

5.  Review and revise, review everything that you study at least twice before your exam

6.  Take breaks

7.  Ask for help, ask for someone to quiz you

8.  Stay motivated, make sure you don't get distracted and keep your end goal in mind

9.  Add it up, add everything you've studied up before the exam

10. Look after yourself, eat well during the period of exams you will be taking, and sleep early


Trump Potentially Places

Gasoline Near An Open Flame?

Israel declared as the new capital of Jerusalem

By Mohammad Baig

Top Palestinian officials condemned US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying the decision would bolster extremists' calls for holy wars and delegitimize the United States as an arbiter in the peace process, according to Laura Smith-Spark and Andrew Carey of CNN.

Last week Trump officially recognized Israel as the capital of Jerusalem, creating a riot all around the world. People have been creating peaceful protests, due to the majority of the attendees supporting Palestine. Civilians claim that this might be Trump’s least rational idea yet. Politicians, around the world have put their input as well.

A "key question is what should be our response?" Pakistani Prime Minsiter Shahid Khaqan Abbasi asked on Wednesday  at the OIC summit.

At the summit, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinians won't accept any role for the United States in a peace process with Israel "from now on".

 Net Neutrality: Should you be worried?

Americans are worried about life wife without net neutrality 

By Aliyu Alabi

On December 14 the FCC will vote on the preservation of Net Neutrality s this is a brief insight on the issue.

What is Net Neutrality? 

Net Neutrality is a law that forces internet service provider to enable access to all websites and applications regardless of the source.

What is a world without Net Neutrality look like?

-If it wasn't enforced service providers could block your access to certain websites of their choosing

-Internet service providers could cut down your internet speed

-Service providers could also spike their prices 

-Countries without Net Neutrality include Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, China, and Japan

What can we do?

-Contact your State- Level politicians

-Sign the petition on

-File a comment with the FCC

-Spread awareness on social media

-Donate to impactful organizations

Declining Class Sizes

Austin's student population reaches all-time low

By Donna Keeya

  This school year there are approximately 2,200 students at Austin High School. With the trend of class sizes decreasing each year, The school's population has not been this small since the 1990s' when the school first was established.

 Factors of declining student population include the construction of new high schools in the area, as well as the gradual aging of the local homeowners, many of which have owned their home for over a decade. For the most part, older homeowners have older children, who have already graduated high school.

As the size of the student body continues to decrease, there has been discussions regarding if the school should switch from being classified as a UIL 6A school to a UIL5A school. The University Interscholastic League classifies schools as 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, or 1A based on class size. Potentially dropping from 6A to 5A would mean that school organizations, such as sports, would compete against different teams and would completely change the school's athletic dynamic.


Bulldogs Behind the Books

 2017-2018 Teacher Of The Year Nominees

By Aliyu Alabi

Jonathan Monk

Teaching Experience: 5 years

Subject: Psychology, AP Psychology, and U.S History.

Hobbies: Playing soccer, playing with my dog, and playing with my dog.

Favorite Movies: " Howl's Moving Castle", "The Lord Of The Rings", and
" Second Hand Lions"


Janis Bellon

Teaching Experience: 12 years

Subject: Pre-Ap English 1

Hobbies: Listening to music, Traveling, and Reading.

Favorite Movie: "Jackie Brown"

Stephanie Russell

Teaching Experience: 7 years

Subject: English 1

Hobbies: Hanging out with her baby and family, eating food, and dancing.

Favorite Movie: "She's The Man"

One In a Billion

The 2017-2018 Senior Class President

By Femi Shonowo

  Last week, Billion Tekleab was named the senior class president and is ready for the responsibilities and tasks that come along with the position.

  "I really didn't think I was going to win, so I was super surprised and really happy when I won," Tekleab said.

  The position of class president is not one of glamor fame but is more about helping the students and giving them a voice as well as a friend to talk to.

  "The position doesn't have benefits but I'm allowed to do what I love by helping students and being someone that they can talk to and help students better than I otherwise could because I have the position," Tekleab said.

  Being class president isn't an easy task. Each class president is assigned certain projects that must be completed before graduation.

  According to Tekleab, "There are senior projects I have to do and complete that are somewhat tedious but I can handle them by graduation".

  Finding every student in your grade level after they disperse into the world of employment can be difficult, but Tekleab seems prepared to do so.

  "I've been trying to follow as many people as I can on social media but maybe ten years down the line I will have a team that can find the students," Tekleab said.

  For students who need someone to talk to Billion Tekleab wants you to know that you can talk to her and that she is ready to help with situations concerning academics and other matters.

One Moore Year?

Celebrating Coach Moore's Birthday

By Donna Keeya

  On Nov. 8 The Legend Sponsor, Shaun Moore, will be celebrating turning another year older. The Oklahoma native is quite humble and prefers not to advertise his birthday, but every year many students and colleagues still continue to go out of their way to help him celebrate. Moore has been teaching The Legend staff for the entirety of their journalistic careers, and they are very happy to spend his birthday with him. 

  Besides advising The Legend, Moore is the yearbook advisor, as well as a tennis and basketball coach. In his free time, Moore always motivates his students to try their best and empowers them to succeed. "I'll make you famous," Moore often says.   

Project Give4Sadaqa

 By Mohammad Baig

   A group of local kids that attend our  Austin High School have started a charity project. Their main objective is to raise money for building water wells in third world countries. They got this inspiration from when a local leader at their mosque, Zain Khan, had lost his mother.

  Khan’s mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and passed away 6 months later. That took a big toll on the group of teens, which ended up inspiring the project called “Give4Sadaqa.”

  Sadaqa meaning 'charity', is the concept of voluntary giving in Islam. Described in the Holy Qur'an as 'a beautiful loan’, sadaqa encompasses any act of charitable giving done out of compassion, love, friendship or generosity. It can be given to anyone, and it has no limits or guidelines.

  Currently, they raised over $1500, an amount that continues to increase. They will reveal the completion of their first project at Maryam Islamic Center on November 17th. Thie founders hope that this is their first step into something bigger and better.

  “Baig leads the whole group, and motivated all of us during the beginning,” Junior  Shamroze Zakaria said. 


Release of the latest Call of Duty

  By Mohammad Baig 

  Call of Duty: WWII is an upcoming first-person shooter video game developed by Sledgehammer Games and published by Activision for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The release date is set for Nov 3.

  The game derives from Call Of Duty: World at War, which was released late 2008. Currently, Call Of Duty is on a 3-year cycle with Sledgehammer Games, Treyarch, and Infinityward. This year Sledgehammer Games has introduced World War 2. According to recent twitter polls from @CallOfDuty, their audience hasn't been more excited for this COD since Black Ops 2.

  Call of Duty: WWII focuses on the actions of a 12-man squad of the American 1st Infantry Division from 1944 to 1945 in the European theater of conflict, at a time when the Allied forces were starting to gather strength on their march into Germany. The campaign will cover fighting in occupied France and Belgium, and across the Rhine river valley into the heart of Germany. Some of the iconic historical battles covered in the campaign will be the Invasion of Normandy (D-Day), Liberation of Paris, Battle of Aachen, Battle of Hürtgen Forest and Battle of the Bulge. Although the story is primarily set in 1944 and 1945, some parts of it will "touch on" events that happened from 1940 to 1944 to "help set the stage for the narrative and establish the characters."

  In the single-player campaign, players primarily play as two soldiers of the 16th Infantry Regiment: Private Ronald "Red" Daniel and his best friend, Jewish American, Private First Class Robert Zussman. Additional playable characters include Rousseau, a female Maquis leader of the French Forces of the Interior, and Major Arthur Crowley, a British Special Operations Executive officer. Daniels' and Zussman's platoon mates include Technical Sergeant William Pierson, and platoon leader, 1st Lieutenant Joseph Turner. Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell and offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva are set to make a cameo appearance in the game.


Seeing Red

Truth behind Ribbons 

By Mohammad Baig

October 26, 2017

  Drugs are medicines or other substance which have physiological effects when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body.

  Red ribbons symbolize drug awareness, therefore we have an entire week dedicated to it. It all roots off from when a DEA agent, Enrique Camarena, was murdered. In response, parents and the youth decided to wear red ribbons in order to display their commitment towards anti-drug use. In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Drugs harm your body and are highly addictive. 

  Red Ribbons also promote anything else that is harmful to your body including alcohol. The usage of drinking and drugs in teens has drastically increased over the years. It continues to increase each year due to peer pressure and ease of access. 

MSA Seeks Sponsor, Credibility


 By Mohammad Baig 

October 18, 2017


   MSA has been trying to find a sponsor, yet has not been able to.

  MSA stands for Muslim Student Association. It's a club that derives from Islam, however it welcomes any student from any religious background. They have socials, play games, and spread the truth about Islam. Islam is known for having its sole proprietorship be peace.

  "We are trying to find a sponsor for MSA," said Vice President Fathima Noorden

  For the past three years, MSA has had a constant one-year substitute sponsor. They attempt to sustain a sponsor each year but haven't succeeded.

  "The seniors screw us up every year!" the President Shayan Sajid said.

  The whole MSA team tries to put in the effort every year to cooperate with the school and the sponsor. However, toward the end of the year, the senior officers have been blamed for a dwindling reputation.

  "Our reputation is ruined, but our new team is actually committed," Sajid said. 


Breast Cancer Awareness

By Femi Shonowo

October 18, 2017

 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Last Friday,  at Austin high school students were participating in a pink out dress up day for breast cancer awareness. Many students participated and wore pink.

  Many people still don't know the severity of the disease. Breast cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to rapidly grow. These cells usually form a tumor that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt a lump. The tumor is malignant (cancerous) if the cells can grow into or invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant areas of the body.

  We can all raise awareness by dressing in pink, posting something about it on social media, or donating to a breast cancer awareness organization. If we all participate in a pink out, or any awareness event we can fight this disease as a nation and show support to victims of this terrible epidemic. 


Red Ribbon Week

By Aliyu Alabi

October 18, 2017

  Red Ribbon Week commemorates the fight against drugs, and we are campaigning with dress-up days. Here are the dress up days for Oct. 23rd through Oct. 27.

Monday: Meme Monday

Tuesday: Twin Tuesday 

Wednesday: Pajama Day

Thursday: Red Out 

Friday:  Hawaiian Day 

  Make sure to show up and participate!

Victory in Friendswood

By Aliyu Alabi

October 6, 2017

    The SFA Marching Band earned another win, last weekend, at the Friendswood Band
Competition. This is the third consecutive year our band has won this marching contest, and as a school, we couldn't be more proud.

    "It's been a rough start to the year for us, with the hurricane and the full staff change, but that isn't a reason for us to slow the roll. We all love performing again and our first competition, prize or no prize, is always a fun one, for the freshman and seniors especially. The number of hours put into this performance is nothing compared to the amount of love and respect we have for all the bands who have pushed through and made it this far. Friendswood always brings back the best memories, because, for us, it's our first ever
performance. Anybody can march a show, but to perform a show, to make people feel things through music and auxiliary, to have a crowd on their feet, and to leave judges speechless so early in the season is an honor very few bands get to experience. Friendswood is where you find some of the best band geeks ever and even though the breaks are a little short, the one thing everyone loves doing is making new friends for a few hours. On behalf of all the bands who competed, it's gonna
be a heck of a season," Malavi Patel, a junior in our band said.

   The band will continue to compete throughout the marching season and hope to bring back another win from Lake Conroe. 


Living with Leukemia

By Femi Shonowo

October 5, 2017

   Sophmore Justin Stout has been living with strict medical restrictions for years now. Within the past three years, he has been diagnosed with a form of cancer called lymphoblastic leukemia and has experienced an acute liver failure, which later led to a liver transplant.

   Stout, said that when he found out he needed a transplant he was worried, but eventually calmed down after the operation was over. The past couple years were rough, but Stout feels confident with the support of his family and friends.

   No matter how bad things get, Stout won't let his adversity stop him from being a normal teenager. Like many others, Stout enjoys playing video games, watching television, football, hunting, and art.

   Stout hopes to go to Texas A&M to become an oncologist to help kids going through situations similar to his. He feels that despite his difficult circumstances, his family, friends, and community have been an incredible support system, and he tries to spread hope to others by remaining happy and positive. 


What is FAFSA?

  By Mohammad Baig 


   The FAFSA is a free online application for financial aid eligibility for college. It’s used by schools to put together your federal student aid package. This package can include grants, work-study, federal student loans, and even state and school financial aid.

How to know if you are eligible for FAFSA:

- Be a citizen or eligible noncitizen of the United States.

- Have a valid Social Security Number.

-Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or have completed homeschooling.

- Be enrolled in an eligible program as a regular student seeking a degree or certificate.

- Maintain satisfactory academic progress.

- Not owe a refund on a federal student grant or be in default on a federal student loan.

- Register (or already be registered) with the Selective Service System, if you are a male and not currently on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. (Students from the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau are exempt from registering; see for more information.)

- Not have a conviction for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (such as grants, work-study, or loans). If you have such a conviction, you must complete the Student Aid Eligibility Worksheet to determine if you are eligible for aid or partially eligible for aid.

 How to apply for federal student aid:

1. Begin your FAFSA process by creating an FSA ID at It’s your personal code for submitting the FAFSA when you’re ready. Your FSA ID will give you access to FSA online systems and can serve as your legal signature.

2. Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible. Federal student aid applications can be submitted starting Oct. 1 at Federal financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so know your deadlines and apply as early as you can to maximize your financial aid.

3. Think local. College and state financial aid deadlines vary by state. Check your state’s financial aid deadlines.


4. Apply for the FAFSA annually. You need to fill out the FAFSA each year that you are—or plan to be—a student. The FAFSA is used by schools to put together your financial aid package for one year of college.

For more information about FAFSA or applying to college, feel free to talk to our college & career advisor, Ms. Jeffery.



Homecoming Week Dress Up Days

By Donna Keeya

Bulldogs, as homecoming season approaches, don't forget to prepare your costumes for the spirit corresponding days. The spirit days are from Oct. 9 to Oct. 13 and are the following themes:

Monday: Superhero vs. Supervillain 

Tuesday: Tacky

Wednesday: Walt Disney

Thursday: Class Color (Freshman: yellow, Sophomores: purple, Juniors: green, Seniors: red)

Friday: Pink Out (Mum Day)

Make sure to participate and show your school spirit!

Doc in the Dawg House

By Sakerin Azam

    At the end of the last school year our former principal, Mary Ellen Eidson earned a promotion as a district administrator. Which left a position open, for Dr. Rizvan Quadri. Dr. Quadri plans to be hands-on and well-known to the student body. One can see him everywhere in the halls.
      "I was first inspired to go into the healthcare field because my father is still a physical therapist, which was his calling," said Quadri.  "I later realized that it wasn't mine, so I took a step back and decided to go into a different field where I can impact young individuals."

      Quadri earned his degree at Lamar University, becoming well versed in the education field.

    "Education appeared to me while he was working at Census Bureau back in 2000 as a recruiter. I went to a school district to use their facility to test people, and a lady approached me and said that I would make a great teacher."

     In high school, Quadri was in many clubs such as the key club, art club, Spanish club, student council, and was the school mascot.

     "One piece of advice I would give my younger self is to learn to take better notes. I would highly recommend taking the time to learn how to study, how to take notes," Quadri said.

     Quadri also bilingual. He is very comfortable speaking Urdu as well as English. His grandparents are from Pakistan.

     When asked about the health benefits of the cafeteria food Quadri claimed, "the food is healthy in the sense that it follows nutritional guidelines."

Quadri says he loves interacting with students and is very excited to be working at Austin.

7.1 Earthquake Trembles Mexico

By Donna Keeya  

  On September 19th, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 devastated Mexican ground. Happening very close in duration to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, the impact of the earthquake was even more groundbreaking. 

  Our school's own, Bo Wilson, had family affected by the natural disaster. "We have a big family group message, and we were just talking, and all of a sudden my grandma said that there was an earthquake in Mexico City, but they're all okay," Wilson said. 

  Wilson later went on to say, "I thought they were joking, but when the videos started sending I was shocked,". 

  No members of Wilson's family was hurt, with the exception of damage to his grandmother's apartment complex. 

  The earthquake actually fell on the anniversary of a 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico 32 years prior. The disaster actually didn't directly hit Mexico City, but due to the condition of the soil, the impact there was definitely felt.   

See the sea, not the dorm wall

By Aliyu Alabi

     Have you ever considered studying overseas? With college applications out now it might be something you want to consider. 

     "One of the most relevant rewards of studying in a foreign country is the experience," said Jennifer Chong, Spanish teacher. "It is well known that different countries have different experiences and landscapes to offer. Would you rather live in a dorm that the view is just other dorm buildings or would you rather wake up to view of a beach."

      These are just one of things that one could experience while studying overseas. Another thing one could experience is the culture. For example, studying in Spain will allow you to experience things, such as Running of the Bulls or Falles. Studying abroad introduces you to a whole variety of fields to study. "It's very easy to study abroad, most schools have a program to go through," Chong said.

     This is something you would want to consider if the field you're interested isn't offered in domestic colleges. Also studying abroad can introduce you to new ways of doing things you already are familiar with, which could help make life easier and efficient.

     If you're really interested in studying overseas, feel free to visit the helpful links below, or talk to Señora Chong in C2.

8 or X?

By Mohammad Baig 

      On September 12, 2017, Apple held a keynote speaking about the release of the new iPhone 8, 8 plus, and the 10 year anniversary, iPhone, X. You can choose between T-mobile, Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, or the "buy without a carrier" option. Each phone comes with the lightning port headphones, charger, and the phone is embedded in glass.

    The iPhone 8 and 8 plus are currently on pre-orders, with 3 finishes, gold, silver, and space grey. They have 2 base models which consist of 64 GB and 265 GB. The iPhone 8 ranges from  $699.00 to $849.00 with a 4.7-inch display and the iPhone 8 Plus ranges from $799.00 to $949.00 with a 5.5-inch display. iPhone 8 Plus's camera is drastically better with multiple extra features compared to the iPhone 8, however, there is a steep increase of the price that comes along with the phone. 

     This year is Apple's 10 year anniversary. Due to that occasion, they had decided to release the iPhone X. The iPhone X includes all of the same accessories as the previous iPhones, however, the biggest difference is the actual phone. With the price starting off at $999.00 and being limited down to 2 finishes, you might say, "what in the world was Apple thinking?" However, this article might change your mind. The iPhone X is a full glass embedded phone with a camera that has a 4K capability. The base models are 64 GB and 265 GB, and you can pick between silver or space grey as a finish. The most prominent physical changes have to be the vertical camera and the head-to-toe OLED display. This is the biggest screen Apple has ever produced for an iPhone. The actual size of the iPhone X is somewhere between the size of an iPhone 8 and an 8 Plus. However, the size of the actual display is 5.8-inches! Due to the adjustment of the new display, Apple can no longer produce Touch ID for the iPhone X. Nevertheless, that doesn't mean Apple didn't have something to make up for it. Apple this year also introduced Face ID. Face ID claims that only one in a million can unlock it. Compared to Touch ID, with a one-out-of fifty-thousand unlock ratio, this is a huge positive change. The iPhone X will be released in November.

Recovering From Harvey

By Donna Keeya

Hurricane Harvey made landfall late August 2017 and devastated the Houston area. With 68 dead, and damage to over 40,000 homes, the impact of Harvey was greatly felt. The Austin High School received very minimal damage by comparison to others including the local community. The Village of Oak Lake is just one of the local neighborhoods that experienced flooding during Harvey.

   Many clubs including, PALS, Student Council, Spanish National Honor Society, and more all encouraged members to visit local damaged houses and do what they could to help, but the number of volunteers who actually showed up to help the flood victims was much higher than anticipated. The streets were full of high school students eager to give back to the community. The students were able to help multiple families recover from damage to their homes, and helped the victims feel some sense of normalcy. 

   Although recovery from the hurricane will be a long, tedious, process, the Bulldog community has proved to be strong. From financial donations to volunteering, or even just sharing some heartfelt words, the actions people are taking are very evident. The students and staff's dedication and kind actions will not be forgotten in the years to come.

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