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The Dispatch

The student news site of James Bowie High School

The Dispatch

The student news site of James Bowie High School

The Dispatch

Vandalism and tagging have been common around campus this year, especially in bathrooms. Custodians and administrators have been diligent about removing the damage, but some have cost the school much-needed money.

Maturity and behavior broken by social isolation

Corinne Piorkowski, Editor-in-Chief December 15, 2021

Brijette Galvan peered around nervously. It was the first day of high school, and her first day being back in person for school in almost two years. Tall buildings, chaotic directions, countless hallways,...

Three buildings constructed this century dominate the Austin skyline, overshadowing homes on the East side that have been around since the 1950s. Many long time Eastside residents are being pushed out of their homes for new developments.

Gentrified

Anna Holme, Editor-in-Chief December 14, 2021

Austin housing prices skyrocket as pre-existing communities are being pushed out She has six brothers and two sisters. A father who works below minimum wage. She was told she would have to move out because...

Polarization doesn’t just extend to political parties. Recently, the term “media polarization” has been coined to describe the way news outlets have become more partial and are shifting people’s viewpoints further apart.

America divided

Anna Holme, Editor-in-Chief November 30, 2021

Political polarization impacted by media bias and perceptions Senior Caroline Rasmussen has heard the same story before. The election was stolen. Her step-grandma has been sending her conspiracy videos...

According to a recent poll, the majority of Bowie students are politically left-leaning.

Digital credibility crucial for Gen-Z

Corinne Piorkowski, Editor-in-Chief November 25, 2021

Senior Brodi Tokar checked his phone one winter afternoon, immediately his phone was filled with notifications from different news outlets; something had happened at the United States Capitol involving...

In the midst of a climate change crisis, many younger generations have been speaking out and promoting activism.

CLIMATE CHANGE: rising temperatures with a rising generation

Anna Holme, Editor-in-Chief November 2, 2021

Droughts, rising temperatures, floods, heat waves, storms. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), these are a few of the symptoms of climate change. National Geographic defines climate...

This year, the new and renovated athletic facility opened for all sports teams.

Timeline for five-year construction project

Corinne Piorkowski, Editor-in-Chief November 1, 2021

Deeper dive into the impact of the creation of the new athletic facility on all sports teams At the beginning of the 2021-22 school year, the new athletic facility opened for the use of sports’ teams...

Isolation. Separation from friends. Interrupted routines. Canceled extracurriculars. Prolonged time indoors. Endless hours spent staring at a computer screen doing busy-work. Little things like hugs and parties, no longer considered safe. Missing out on a year’s worth of activities.

Mental health: COVID-19

Faith Lawrence, Editor-in-Chief May 24, 2021

One year of quarantine has proved to be detrimental to teen mental health, but the widespread release of the vaccines gives students some hope Isolation. Separation from friends. Interrupted routines....

On January 6 a violent mob of insurrectionists stormed the United States Capitol while it was in session to certify the electoral votes for the 2020 Presidential election.

Rising Unrest

Rae Gray, Managing Editor April 21, 2021

On January 6 a violent mob of insurrectionists stormed the United States Capitol while it was in session to certify the electoral votes for the 2020 Presidential election. Reported and fact-checked by...

Alia E. Dastagir, a New York National correspondent, wrote that “it is a difficult time to celebrate America” in an article published by USA Today in July of 2020. Dastagir questioned what it means to be an American, who qualifies, and how Americans should act and found that, despite political polarization in the U.S., 90 percent of people surveyed in a 2018 Grinnell College National poll agreed that being a “real American” meant treating people equally.

“Land of the free, home of the brave”

Faith Lawrence, Editor-in-Chief April 9, 2021

Capitol insurrection, the President banned from social media, Democrats controlling the Senate, a new President, the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine, a Presidential impeachment trial, and over 25 million...

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