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The student news site of James Bowie High School

The Dispatch

The student news site of James Bowie High School

The Dispatch

Austins city-wide special election fills new positions
Austin's city-wide special election fills new positions
Mazzy Warren, Editor-In-Chief • June 6, 2024

Austin voters flooded the polls on Saturday, May 4, to cast their ballot in the Travis County Joint General and Special Elections. This ballot combined minor elections among multiple cities in Travis...

COMPETITION CLASHES ON CHESS BOARD: Senior Issac Hoke concentrates on his chess game against sophomore Nathan Musat. No Place For Hate hosted a community fair for clubs to encourage inclusion and acceptance at Bowie.
No Place For Hate hosts community fair
Charlotte Koellner, Executive Editor: Content • May 29, 2024

Walking into the courtyard, junior Sydney McBurnett was ecstatic to see that she and her classmates’ hard work and planning had come to fruition to produce Bowie’s first-ever community day. As student-constructed...

Bill 17 bans DEI offices on campuses
Bill 17 bans DEI offices on campuses
Savannah Riggins, News Editor • May 22, 2024

On June 17, 2023 Texas Senate Bill 17 was passed. Following it’s passage, the impact of Texas Senate Bill 17 is reverberating throughout the state’s educational landscape, promoting a wave of reactions...

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION:Senior Brighton Toland, camera in hand, shoots for the stars. Toland plans will be working for The Merman Film company following graduation.
Brighton Toland steps into bright lights of Los Angeles
Sophia Sanchez, Executive Editor: Writing • June 7, 2024

Barbies in hand, script in mind, and iPad ready for action, a young Brighton Toland prepares to create her best stop-motion film yet. Years later, Toland now a senior about to graduate she prepares, to...

PRODUCT OF IMAGINATION: Raven Kemenesi reads The Murder in My Garden, her self-published poetry book that delves into her introspective thoughts. She found inspiration for her poetry in everyday life, the experience of growing up, and nature; such as the roses that surround her.
Poet debuts with dynamic publication
Charlotte Schwarte, Feature Editor • June 3, 2024

  A glow lights senior Raven Kemenesi’s face as she studies the computer in front of her. She types word after word out, silently mouthing the words to test the sound. After the last period,...

READY FOR TAKE-OFF: Junior Evan Leeper sits tall and ready in a Cessna 172 preparing to knock out some of his mandatory flying hours to obtain his pilots license. Making ahead start toward his dream job of being a cargo or commercial pilot Leeper is inching closer to obtaining his license around July.
Making a Leep towards the sky
Isabella Verette, Feature Editor • May 31, 2024

The roar of the engine, the sound of flight control, and the elevating feeling of lifting off the ground are nothing new for junior Evan Leeper. Leeper has been working on obtaining his pilot’s license...

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GOING ALL IN: Senior Resiser Johnson completes crucial hand off  to Joshua Flournoy. They qualified for the Nike Track Nationals in June.
Crossing the finish line & qualifying for nationals
Kate Davis, Print Co-Editor-in-Chief • June 4, 2024

Breathing heavy, wind blowing in his hair, sweat dripping down his back, senior Resiser Johnson pushes through the last stretch of his race. Despite the burning in his legs, he goes faster, knowing he...

UP TO THE PLATE: Junior Josh Gonzalez locks his eyes in on the pitcher, mounting his feet on the base. His full focus all on the upcoming pitch, Gonzalez became Bowie’s breakout player of the season after steeping in for Jaden Corzine after his injury.
Baseball breakout into stardom
Michael Vienneau, Sports Editor • May 27, 2024

Feet back in the box, eyes completely locked in to the once domineering pitcher, Junior Josh Gonzalez plans to make his mark for his team. In a year full of crazy accomplishments and injuries, the Bowie...

RUNNING FOR GLORY:  Freshman Ellie Grigsby finishes an important hand-off to keep Bowie’s chances of winning alive. Grigsby had a very successful first track season as a bulldog.
Freshman Lady ‘Dawg track hotshot
Caroline Baxter, Dispatch Reporter • May 21, 2024

Running towards victory, Freshman Ellie Grigsby completes a hand-off during a relay at a track meet. Grigsby is a multi-sport athlete and is one of the most successful freshmen at Bowie. Grigsby hasn’t...

WEAPONS UP: Sophomore Gabriella Bochey, sophomore Will Olenick, and senior Austin Ikard pose with their Nerf guns. Their team, the Adderall Annihilators, lost in the third round of the Nerf war.
Students fiercely compete for annual Nerf championship
Savannah Linscomb May 20, 2024

Foam bullets fly through the cool spring air as students engage in stakeouts, battle, and dueling. Bowie Nerf War is back for 2024, bringing new rules to the age old tradition. Seniors Lucas Burcham and...

CAKE TO THE FACE:  Lillian Joy, Tess Roadman and Caroline Otstott end the play Crimes of the Heart by smearing cake onto each others face. They are participating in Bowie’s one-act plays, short productions directed by seniors that delve into emotional topics.
Seniors use their shows as a platform for awareness
Asher Hagan, Executive Editor: Arts & Graphics • May 17, 2024

As senior Olivia Taylor looks around at people lined up to audition, the nerves of directing their own theater production start to creep up. And as the next person steps up to audition, they push the feeling...

CELEBRATION STATION: Senior Finnegan Alexander stands center stage, with flowers, balloons, and a sash, after being named the winner of Bowie’s Got Talent. Alexander performed a rendition of My Way by Frank Sinatra.
School tradition returns to the stage
Charlotte Schwarte, Dispatch Reporter • May 8, 2024

Gazing down on the audience stretched before them, the spotlight brightens on the performers' faces. On Saturday, March 30, the Student Council and the fine arts programs sponsored Bowie’s Got Talent...

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