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Four years, forever grateful

Four years, forever grateful The last article from yours truly

Vinh Tran May 11, 2018

Prior to high school, I always thought I was a skilled writer. I won Ms. Cathy Sabol’s student of the year award in middle school and I’ve always gotten an A in English. That all changed when the Southwest...

Dear freshman me…

Dear freshman me… What I wished people told me before 9th grade

Vinh Tran May 4, 2018

Dear Vinh Tran, First of all, get rid of those tight jeans. No one thinks they’re cool and I know for sure you can afford better pants, your precious video games can wait a couple days. Anyways, there’s...

The best life lessons I learned, I learned from a dongle

The best life lessons I learned, I learned from a dongle Thank you iPhone

Vinh Tran April 27, 2018

Inspired by Robert Fulghum and his book, "All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten," I realized that the dongle for my iPhone has taught me more life lessons than any teacher. What's a dongle you ask?...

Adulthood within reach

'> Adulthood within reach 18 doesn't seem far off

Vinh Tran April 20, 2018

Although my senior year is about to come to an end, I won't be 18 until October this year. That got me thinking, what else can I do before I am officially considered an adult?. With only six months left,...

SATIRE: PRO/CON: Yodel boy: musical genius

SATIRE: PRO/CON: Yodel boy: musical genius A god amongst men

Vinh Tran April 9, 2018

To read Cassie's opposing viewpoint, click here. With each step of his leather cowboy boots, a boy walks into a Walmart in small-town Harrisburg, Illinois. Little do the neighboring shoppers know is...

An Hour In ...Photography

An Hour In …Photography Students are assigned to take background photos

Vinh Tran April 5, 2018

Photography students are using the skills they learned throughout the year to take 20 photos that can be used for desktop background photos. Of those 20, eight photos will be chosen and be put on their...

SATIRE: Owning a Hydro Flask makes you a better person

SATIRE: Owning a Hydro Flask makes you a better person More than just a water bottle

Vinh Tran March 22, 2018

I’ve begun to notice more and more people swinging around gigantic metal water bottles, called Hydro Flasks, all over campus. However, I’ve never really seen anyone drink from them. The reason why...

Are you ready for a nine to five?

Are you ready for a nine to five? Some of you aren’t ready for a job

Vinh Tran March 15, 2018

The thought of receiving a paycheck every other week is something most high schoolers dream about. However, some high schoolers aren’t cut out to start working yet. The phrase “talk is cheap” is...

SATIRE: VinhMD, the epidemic that is senioritis

SATIRE: VinhMD, the epidemic that is senioritis An in-depth exposé of the disease

Vinh Tran March 5, 2018

As the last year of high school closes, I’ve been noticing some strange behavior among my fellow peers. They seemed to have lost the energy and drive of their freshmen year and have devolved into an...

SATIRE: Love is a lie orchestrated by the government

SATIRE: Love is a lie orchestrated by the government Don’t even get me started on Christmas

Vinh Tran February 14, 2018

Every single year I try to let the people know that Valentine’s Day is just a ploy for companies to steal your money, but I get foiled every single time. Now, it’s different. I’ve cracked the code,...

Sin city: aptly named

Sin city: aptly named Las Vegas is still an unsafe environment

Vinh Tran February 5, 2018

With a gun pointed at her head, my mother hands over her purse after being robbed at her doorstep. In a couple of seconds, my mother lost a month's rent, her phone and her sanity. At that point, I realized...

SATIRE: Clothes make the man

SATIRE: Clothes make the man Price tags can substitute for a personality

Vinh Tran January 25, 2018

Every Thursday morning, I wake up in my Supreme Boxers five minutes before the new release of Supreme clothes. I put on my Supreme leather gloves and my Supreme skiing goggles so I can be decked out...

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