A Project for Better Journalism chapter


Vote the Right Way

February 20, 2020 4:39pm | Tristan Beach

*This is an opinion piece and reflects views of the author. Do you think you know the enemies of the United States? ISIS? Russia? Certain government agencies that handle foreign and domestic information? Politicians in Washington, D.C.? No. The enemies of the United States are […]

Marts Joins Tompkins Music Department

February 20, 2020 3:55pm | Nicole Ruopp

A large room is filled with multiple students in an array of chairs playing melodies that beautifully interact together. The euphonious sounds fill not only the room, but the entire art hallway. Two leaders stand in front of the students directing and assessing the musicians. […]

Academic Decathlon Qualifies for State at the Regional Competition

February 12, 2020 4:36am | Nicole Ruopp

The Tompkins Academic Decathlon team will head to San Antonio to compete in the state competition in several weeks. They competed in the regional competition on February 7 and 8. Here they came in fourth and even beat Seven Lakes. They are not only Tompkins’ […]

HOSA Members Advance to State

February 12, 2020 2:14am | Nicole Ruopp

The Tompkins chapter of the HOSA organization competed at the Area 2 conference February 7 and February 8 for the first time in school history, and they will be sending two students to the State competition. It will be in Galveston on April 1-3. The […]

Seniors Officially Sign to Continue Athletic Careers in College

February 6, 2020 4:18pm | Nicole Ruopp

Nine seniors formally signed with colleges on February 5. They are continuing athletics at their respective universities below. The following were present at the event (Left to Right): Connor Kinslow (Football) – University of New Mexico Elina Sinz (Golf) – Auburn University MonRay VanDerWalt (Baseball) […]

Houston Texans Honor McVey

February 6, 2020 2:09am | Nicole Ruopp

Head football coach Todd McVey received two distinguished honors from the Houston Texans which led to a nomination for a national award this school year. The Houston Texans organization presented McVey with the Coach of the Week award and later the Coach of the Year […]

Celebrate Best Buddies

February 4, 2020 3:48pm | Emma Vergara

A smile spreads on their faces as they enter the room, excited hollers exit the room. They hold gifts and plates of food for the whole group to enjoy. Their buddies wrap their arms around them in an excited manner, smiles filling the room. Junior […]

Arumilli’s Growing Passion for CompSci

February 4, 2020 3:30pm | Vaishnavi Bhat

Everyone has an interest, something they devote a lot of time to, and enjoy doing. For junior Abhinav Arumilli, it’s computer science. Along with many other students, he was first introduced to programming and computers in 8th grade, and instantly fell in love with the […]

Swimming and Diving Are State Bound

February 4, 2020 2:42am | Nicole Ruopp

After the recent regional competition, eight contenders are heading to the State meet in a couple weeks, including one diver, five swimmers, and two alternates. In addition, several school records were set. Spanning the entire season, the two teams broke 6 records, and at Regionals […]

Tompkins Selects Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year

February 2, 2020 10:58pm | Nicole Ruopp

Every academic term, Tompkins teachers have the opportunity to nominate a fellow educator for the renowned Teacher of the Year Award. After nominations, all staff members vote to choose one to receive the honor. Brita Valadez won this year’s award. She started at Tompkins during […]