Man’s Best Friend? Mavericks share their unique pets

Ashley Swedlund, Reporter

September 11, 2019

Dogs and cats have always cast a shadow over the many different and unique pets that are just a great as any cute golden retriever. Reptiles, hamsters, birds, tarantulas and ferrets are often overlooked, because they are more difficult to care for or the animal itself has a bad reputation. But there are a...

Bryan Ruiz: From a Boy to a Soldier

Bryan Ruiz: From a Boy to a Soldier

Victoria Tzanev, Reporter

September 6, 2019

While many typical teenagers spent their summer traveling, hanging out with friends or just sleeping all day, 17-year-old Bryan Ruiz (12) was an exception to that.  This past summer, Ruiz went into basic training for the National Guard as a boy and walked out as a man.  “I signed an eight-year...

A Prince for a Princess

A Prince for a Princess

Darian Johannsen, Online Editor

April 24, 2019

Prom court was announced on Tuesday, April 16. Ten seniors were voted on to the court, one of those being senior Josue Barrios. His prom wishes came true when senior Bianca Rodriguez-Caskey asked him to prom in the competition gym with a sweet poster. The two met through the Special Rodeo, an event...

Student Musicians Take Risks

Diego Hernandez, Reporter

April 4, 2019

Like many things, music is one of the key things that plays into our everyday lives, whether it’s major or minor. People often have a song that reminds them of a certain place, time or even person. Here at Morton Ranch, there are some students that create their music and want to implement that same...

Eight Brains Are Better Than One

Eight Brains Are Better Than One

Darian Johannsen, Online Editor

March 20, 2019

It’s a Saturday morning. You’re sitting at a table with two of your competitors from other schools. With only a pencil in your hand, you wonder if the studying you’ve been doing all month is going to pay off. You’re aware there is nothing you can do about it, but you can’t help but worry i...

Frederica Freestyles Success

Frederica Freestyles Success

Stephen Heller, Editor-in-Chief

March 7, 2019

As all students know, school takes up a lot of time; more than we want it to. No one likes having to sit down after a long day and start to work on homework. This is further true with advanced classes. AP classes are notorious for being rife with homework. Those who are in extra-curriculars know...

All Things Morton Ranch: Mavericks

All Things Morton Ranch: Mavericks

Darian Johannsen, Online Editor

March 6, 2019

Stephanie Gomez (11): “When I was a freshman, I had a friend and she was having a political argument with someone. I said something and she made me feel very small and dumb because I didn’t know a lot about politics at the time, or anything socially. After that, I never wanted to feel small again so...

A Great Debater

A Great Debater

Nina Martinez, Reporter

February 26, 2019

Junior Donnie Smith recently participated in a debate tournament and got first place in humorous interpretation. Humorous Interpretation, which is often shortened to “HI,” is a section in debate tournaments in which debaters have to memorize 10 minutes of a funny play provided to them. They must...

Teacher of the Year: Mr. Bunte

Teacher of the Year: Mr. Bunte

Stephen Heller, Editor-in-Chief

February 22, 2019

Every teacher you’ll meet in your life will have differing approaches to their jobs. However, every once in a blue moon a teacher comes around that isn’t there just to do a job. They truly care about the subject they cover, and the students in their classes. They want people to learn, excel and...

A Teacher to Remember

A Teacher to Remember

Helen Le, Guest Reporter

February 14, 2019

At 4 am, Ms. Stephanie Staicer begins her day. With a cup of coffee in her hand and a stack of papers, FRQs, worksheets and a calendar filled with lesson plans, packed neatly into her bag as she begins the school day. Holding a Master’s in Biology, a brain filled with scientific expertise and a...

All Things Morton Ranch: Fall sports work hard in the offseason

All Things Morton Ranch: Fall sports work hard in the offseason

Darian Johannsen, Online Editor

February 12, 2019

Junior Dayana Rodriguez, junior varsity volleyball team captain, said her favorite part of working during offseason is, “ the hard workouts because you can see the sweat dripping on the mat and it just makes you feel like you’re doing something good for yourself.”   Dayana hoped to get out of offseason, “a really successful vol...

All Things Morton Ranch: A day in the life

All Things Morton Ranch: A day in the life

Darian Johannsen, Online Editor

February 7, 2019

My first period, AP Environmental Science with Mrs. Grossman, where I learn about the environmental impacts of human actions. Mrs. Grossman said her favorite part of the school day is the personal bond she makes with her students. “I like seeing my students that actually enjoy coming to clas...

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