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The Dispatch

The student news site of James Bowie High School

The Dispatch

23% fewer
students of color were 
admitted to highly 
selective schools 
after affirmative 
action was 
banned. 80% 
of all U.S college students were white in 1976. By 2016, that percentage has dropped to 57%.

The race of the races

Ava Wong, In-Depth Editor June 7, 2022

Jane Doe keeps her head down as her college counselor questions her about her college plans. “Jane? Are you there?” says the counselor. The truth is, Jane has no college plans. She never expected...

Even when the violence subsides, many are left to pick up the pieces of their mental health.

The Face of Domestic Violence

Isabella del Nido, Double Truck Editor June 1, 2022

An ongoing court case showcases the ins and outs of abusive relationships Each day, you walk down the halls and see the same thing. Regularly you see two people walking close, maybe even holding hands,...

The most hotly contested books are targeted by parents and conservative politicians.

Education censorship: banning books and limiting curriculum

Anna Holme, Editor-in-Chief April 25, 2022

Librarian Tara Walker-Leon is ready if she needs to be. Armed with Austin Independent School District’s (AISD’s) challenged book policy, she prepares herself to defend against any possible objections...

Many individuals with unique or foreign names have had experiences with their names being labeled as “hard-to-pronounce.”

What’s in a name?

Anna Holme, Editor-in-Chief March 9, 2022

Sophomore ShaeLi Fielding knew what was about to happen. There was a substitute teacher in her class, and they had just begun taking attendance for that period. The sub starts listing off names one by...

The ‘Bowie Cares’ program gives out free packaged snacks for teachers to keep in their classrooms for student utilization.

Bowie Cares for student hunger

Corinne Piorkowski, Editor-in-Chief March 7, 2022

Senior Mia Brelsford’s stomach growled. Her teacher droned on in AP macroeconomics class about supply and demand graphs, and all she could keep her mind on was her persistent hunger. She forgot to...

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.


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...

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