The Longhorn Robotics Team

Danwanth Jeyakumar and Andrew Choi

We are Longhorn Robotics Team #13274, the official robotics team of Leigh High School since 2017. The team is composed of a diverse group of students of all ages and backgrounds who currently attend Leigh High School. The primary goal of the club is to teach people about competitive robotics and robotics in general. We prepare students for FTC (First® Tech Challenge) which we have usually around February. This year we will be competing in a qualifying tournament on April 10th. 

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Microorganisms: A Hidden World Of Wonders

Caden Sherman

Introduction

One of the most important natural resources is water. It acts as a source of hydration for all living things and it can serve as a habitat for many. Oceans, rivers, lakes, ponds, and many other bodies of water are some examples. However, what microscopic life lives in the water? Are there miniature beasts that inspired tales of sea monsters? Or is it all just fantasy? Well, bodies of water ranging from still puddles to raging oceans all contain some form of microscopic life. The microscopic life can range from simple single-celled organisms to complex multicellular life forms. Either way, they are all essential parts of a natural ecosystem. Some examples of microorganisms include diatoms, ciliates, and rotifers. These creatures and their fellow microorganisms are many times smaller than a grain of sand, but they are an interesting part of the world.

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Vaccine Distribution

Natalie Bachman

While vaccine production was a feat in itself, mass distribution is a long anticipated procedure that we have now been faced with. Although vaccines typically take years to produce, the two main distributors, Moderna and Pfizer, produced the vaccine in a few months. With no hard plan, though, the general public may not be able to receive doses until summer or fall of 2021.

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Leigh’s Mock Trial Team

Dhruthi Mahesh

Have you ever wondered what happens in a courtroom trial? Mock Trial is a club that simulates a court in session where students are given a criminal case and asked to argue their assigned position in front of a judge against another school. Members of mock trial meet with attorney coaches, and are responsible for committing their time to attend practices, practice competitions, as well as the final competition. 

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Drain The Oceans: Review

Skylar Long

The TV show by National Geographic, Drain the Oceans is a series of 45-minute episodes on various topics ranging from the incident that wiped out dinosaurs, to battleships from World Wars I and II to aircraft that crashed in the ocean. The TV show features sonar scanning of the seafloor and using the data to create 3D images and to look at shipwrecks under the waves in places where humans can’t dive safely. Or in some cases remove the layers of the earth to reveal the shipwrecks underneath. There are three seasons to the series. Each season is around ten episodes. The series can be found on the National Geographic Channel as well as on Disney+, Vudu, and Amazon Prime. Drain the Oceans tries to cover the historical background of the shipwreck, answer the question of how the wreck got there, and what happened to cause the ship or other vessels to sink. 

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Beyond Our Planet: 2020

Natalie Bachman

2020 was undoubtedly an unusual year, throwing its own set of twists and turns. Amid a pandemic, civil rights movements, and a presidential election, humanity still managed to explore the world we live in – or rather, what lies beyond. Despite the raging pandemic, the aerospace community managed to further space exploration, and establish our knowledge of the vast universe we live in.

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Ringing In A Lunar New Year

Karen Guo

The Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival in China and East Asia, is a traditional holiday that people in Asia celebrate at the beginning of a new year on the lunar calendar (a day normally falls between late January and early February on the solar calendar). The solar calendar counts the time it takes for Earth to orbit the sun once in a year. Similarly, the lunar calendar also counts the time it takes for Earth to orbit the sun, but the difference is that it counts the length of time it takes for the moon to orbit around Earth as a month while counting the time it takes for Earth to orbit around the sun at the same time. Hence, there is no specific day to this holiday because it is based on the lunar calendar, not the solar calendar. For example, in the year of 2020, Lunar New Year occurred on January 25, 2020. Yet, this year – the year of 2021 – it will occur on February 12, 2021.

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The Threats of Deforestation

Dhruthi Mahesh

Forests cover around 31% of the land we live in. The Earth is home to hundreds of species of animals, purifies the air, and provides reservoirs for water. It also acts as a sink for carbon dioxide which would otherwise end up in the atmosphere, and is the site for a lot of recreational activities we partake in.  However, these forests are slowly disappearing, and in its place are industrial factories, buildings, and residential houses. 

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As Cases Rise, Mental Health Suffers

Li Yen Ho

Tackling mental health has already been an uphill battle for decades. Adding on cases of seasonal affective disorder, most prominent in the winter, can make a person feel dark and gloomy, even in what would be considered a normal year. In general, young adults aged 18-25 are most susceptible to mental illness, though specifics depend on a person’s environment, family history, and cannot be blindly generalized. The stress, anxiety, and fear present in the COVID-19 pandemic only add to the brew of mental illnesses. A person can easily slide down the slope of depression or anxiety, protected from physical illness but thrust into an environment of mental ones.

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