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Smiling, endocrinologist Dr. Deepa Ponnusamy sits at her office desk. Ponnusamy is one of many medical professionals to start implementing remote visits for patients into her job following the pandemic. “[Remote visits are] huge, because it feels like people who live far away are able to afford care, [due to] a hybrid of [remote] visits and face-to-face visits,” Dr. Ponnusamy said. Photo courtesy of Dr. Deepa Ponnusamy

Teleworking: How a Physician Combats Inaccessibility

Bella Yi, Reporter December 9, 2023

The patient picked up the call from the McDonald's drive-through.  “[He was] looking at the menu when I called,” Dr. Deepa Ponnusamy said. As the patient’s endocrinologist, she is trying to...

As a line of members looks on, HOSA Vice President Sophia He ‘25 cuts and serves cake for those who attended the social. For He and the other officers, the social was designed to provide community for members as well as raising money.

HOSA Revitalizes Members with Post-Testing Social

Sabrina Kim, Heritage Section Editor December 8, 2023

After the program’s competition testing that accompanies the end of the first semester, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) officers and members came together to celebrate with a social on...

Focused, Shrey Birmiwal 25 prepares for his event at the Longhorn Classic debate tournament. Birmiwal and his partner Siyona Jain 25 worked diligently to in hopes of garnering a victory in their event.

Speech & Debate Finishes Second Overall at Longhorn Classic Tournament

Scott Seamon, Managing Editor December 8, 2023

On Friday through Sunday, Dec. 1-3, the Speech & Debate team competed in the “Longhorn Classic” tournament at the University of Texas at Austin. Debate competed against 130 schools across the...

With gloved hands, club members Ava Poursepanj 26, Nathan Aguilar 26, and Sydney Daigle 26 pry open the squid specimen. Club members studied the internal structures of squids, including the gills, jaws, and digestive tract.

Anatomy & Dissection Club Gets Their Hands Inky for Squid Dissection

Prima Changwatchai, Community & World News Editor December 7, 2023

On Friday, Dec. 1, Anatomy & Dissection gathered to dissect squids in Mr. Scheiber’s room before school. Shifting the club’s focus from studying simpler organs, such as the sheep heart dissection...

Smiling wide, Benjamin Chang 26 poses proudly for a picture in an EMS truck. An aspiring anesthesiologist, Chang volunteers with the EMS to heighten his passion for medicine.

“I’m Not Scared of Anything”: Sophomore Benjamin Chang Saves Life as EMS Volunteer

Mishree Narasaiah, Reporter December 4, 2023
Abandoning all fear and letting instinct kick in, Benjamin Chang ‘26 implemented the skills he mastered to save a 74-year-old man’s life in a high-stakes situation. Unaware he would emerge a hero that day, Chang had been volunteering with the EMS when he received a call from a concerned son, terrified that his father’s heart had stopped beating. 
Checking out the fundraiser table, Robotics sponsor Mr. Hulsey admires the ornaments being sold. Using their new laser printer and fallen branches from a freeze last winter, the Robotics program created sustainable, engraved ornaments to fund their projects and materials.

Robotics Club’s “Christmas Crafts” Fundraiser Curates Festivity

Avi Rajesh, Reporter December 3, 2023

Practicing sustainability while spreading holiday cheer, the Robotics Club is holding their Christmas ornament fundraiser, "Christmas Crafts", for two weeks, starting Monday, Nov. 27, after school...

Through a Zoom call, Ashlan Armstrong joins Neurodiversity and Neuroscience Clubs meeting. Ms. Armstrong, who works at Greenleaf Neurodiversity Community Center, attended the meeting to educate students about neurodivergent individuals.

Broadening Mindsets: Neuroscience and Neurodiversity Club Hosts Speakers

Mishree Narasaiah, Reporter November 26, 2023

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, Neuroscience and Neurodiversity Club held their second meeting of the year after school in Dr. Plocher’s room. The club invited guest speakers from Greenleaf Neurodiversity...

In the library, students work on story drafts as part of a National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge. The library offered Flex sessions throughout November to motivate students to make consistent progress on their writing goals. “It can be hard to commit to writing a long story, but this program helps to keep me consistent and follow through with my writing and also gives me a goal to try and reach,” Maddy Yendle ‘26 said.

Library Hosts National Novel Writing Month Meetings

Trinity Osmer, Reporter November 22, 2023

On Oct. 23, the school library posted a National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) flex for anyone wanting to write a novel of their own. The librarians showed presentations of the novel writing process,...

Readers browse through the books available for purchase at the Texas Book Festival. After attending author panels, readers could purchase books from the authors they just listened to and get their new books signed.

Texas Book Festival Fosters Literary Camaraderie

Hannah McDonough and Katie Ring November 22, 2023

On Nov. 11 and 12, white tents and rows of chairs lined Congress Avenue and the Capitol grounds for the annual Texas Book Festival. The festival was first started to bring readers and authors together...

Gathering flowers, sophomores Karen Chen, Iris Chen, and Avery Chen make bouquet arrangements to take home. The flowers were brought to Grateful Gathering by a parent volunteer, and bouquet-making was the last activity of the event.

IB Celebrates Thanksgiving Break with Grateful Gathering

Lena Boas, Extras Editor November 19, 2023

Aromas of food and spices from around the world wafted through the school as more than 300 eager pre-IB and IB students arrived in the cafeteria on Thursday, Nov. 16 for the annual IB Grateful Gathering...

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