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Genoa Central High School 2024 Senior Perspective

When my guidance counselor asked me to write this article, part of her description really resonated with me. I asked her what I should focus on, and she said, "Maybe something that happened to you or changed you." This experience has been the most eventful part of my life, and I am incredibly thankful for its impact on my perspective. I learned that obstacles are really opportunities for growth. This was a hard lesson for me as a Type-A perfectionist who wanted to excel at everything immediately.

TISD 2024 Senior Perspective

Starting high school, everyone wants the same thing—to belong. It may sound cliché, like the start of a Disney movie, but it's a truth that stands the test of time. This desire for belonging extends beyond high school; it's a central theme of the teenage years. Whether as an athlete, artist, leader, photographer, or scholar, everyone wants to find their place. I, like many of my peers, have struggled to discover my role not just in school but as a person.

TISD Class of 2024 Top Ten Graduates

VALEDICTORIANNashita Naureen Kalam has been named Valedictorian for the 2024 Texas High School graduating class. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Kalam. … Nashita is an AP Scholar with Honors, an SAT Hall of Fame Honoree, a Superintendent’s PSAT Scholar, a Texas Scholar, a Distinguished Achievement Program graduate, and an H. Ross Perot STEM Academy graduate.

A Taste of Tradition

Bryce's Cafeteria was an iconic establishment that embodied Southern hospitality and home-cooked meals. For over 86 years, it was more than just a place to eat; it was a beloved institution where generations of families gathered to share meals, celebrate milestones, and create memories. … Founded in 1931 by Bryce Lawrence, the cafeteria started as a modest dining hall in downtown Texarkana with a simple mission: to serve delicious, homemade food at affordable prices. Bryce's dedication to quality and friendly service quickly earned the cafeteria a loyal following.

Ashdown High School 2024 Senior Perspective

Reflecting on my years at Ashdown Public Schools, I can't help but feel a deep sense of gratitude and pride for being part of such a nurturing and empowering community. From elementary to high school, the journey has been filled with invaluable experiences, personal growth, and countless memories that have shaped who I am today. Looking back from today, I see how much growth they have provided me, how much confidence they have instilled in me, the passions they have allowed me to uncover, and the sense of purpose I have now found through self-discovery.

Ashdown High School Class of 2024 Honor Graduates

Valedictorian— Bannon Price … Bannon is the son of Jennifer Sansom. … At AHS, he was involved in the Student Council (Vice President), Class Officer (President), National Honor Society (President), Beta Club (President & Treasurer), SkillsUSA (State President, Vice-President, and Treasurer) (Chapter President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Parliamentarian + 3X State Champion and National Top 15 Competitor), Future Business Leaders of America (2 Time President, Secretary + 3X State Medalist and National Qualifier), Gifted and Talented, AHS Student Voice Advisory Council

Extending a Hand of Faith and Friendship

Follow along for some words of encouragement, my friends. I call you all friends because it is my heart’s duty and ministry to do so. As Jesus said, “I call you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father” (John 15:15). … Today, we are facing so many changes and obstacles that everything seems hard. We stress out knowing we may not make it to the next paycheck or worrying about bills, children, lack of sleep, and health. My words to you today are to remind you it’s not you, and it’s probably not something you can control that is making you upset.

LEISD Class of 2024 Top Ten Graduates

… Roger Latney—Valedictorian …

Parents

Regina Walker

School Activities

… • UIL Academics … • Student Council … • Spanish Club … • HOSA … • Band … • Talent Search … • National Honor Society …

… Markus Smith—Salutatorian …

Parents

Nichole Smith and Aaron Smith

School Activities

… • Basketball … • National Honor Society … • Gifted and Talented … • Student Advisory Committee …

… Natalie Coronado …

Parents

Victoria Coronado and Gilberto Coronado

School Activities

… • Leadership … • Powerlifting … • UIL Academics … • Student Council … •

LEISD Senior Perspective 2024

High school is often described as a transformative period in a young person’s life. It is a time marked by significant academic, social, and personal development. As I entered Liberty-Eylau High School in 2020, I faced challenges such as virtual school during the first semester of my freshman year. I expected high school to present me with smiling faces and determined teachers, but as I walked the halls with face masks and scared eyes, I knew how much of an impact the coronavirus had on us. … Many students decided it was best to learn virtually, away from the germs at school.

Bougie Grubs Honey-Drizzled Sweet Potato Boats

INGREDIENTS

… • 2 large sweet potatoes, halved … • A handful of fresh spinach … • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter … • 1/3 cup of blue cheese, crumbled … • 1/4 cup of shelled pistachios, crushed … • Honey for drizzling … • Fresh basil, finely chopped, for garnish …

INSTRUCTIONS

… • Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). • Bake Sweet Potatoes: Place the sweet potato halves on a baking sheet and cut side up. Bake until they are tender and start to caramelize, usually around 25-30 minutes, depending on the size.

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