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Are you bored during lockdown?

Are you bored during lockdown?
May 23, 2020

The coronavirus canceled your spring break plans, sporting events, concerts and late night rendezvous. While restrictions are slowly being lifted, we are still facing a summer with no schoolwork but plenty...

Mixed Media Madness: Color Pencils

Mixed Media Madness: Color Pencils
May 18, 2020

Although I love art, I’m not always a big fan of coloring. After just a short while, my hands can get extremely tired. I procrastinate, and that’s how I forget to finish coloring the piece. Also, my...

Mixed Media Madness: My first time using a drawing tablet

Mixed Media Madness: My first time using a drawing tablet
April 30, 2020

When I first started drawing digitally, it was on my small phone. My fingers slid across the screen repeatedly and it was a huge struggle until I got the hang of it. Not too long ago, a friend of mine...

My fur-friends and me during lockdown

My fur-friends and me during lockdown
April 30, 2020

Let me start with introducing you to my Auntie’s dog Sassy. She is still a puppy. Can you believe that this big animal is still a puppy?  Sassy was actually going to be sent to the Humane Society...

Life as a student journalist: TIPCUP and the LQTQ format

Pinion staffers from 2017 bundle copies of the paper to give out to students and staff.
April 22, 2020

Elements of Newsworthiness For an article to be considered newsworthy, it must meet at least three TIPCUP standards. Timeliness - is the story published around when an event took place or is going...

Vo’s Concerns: COVID-19

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
April 7, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has taken over the lives of many worldwide and is ruining our society. It causes people to have difficulty in having a normal lifestyle and results in things like remote education...

Life as a student journalist: Story Ideas and Pitch Sessions

Editors from the 2018 Pinion staff, Anela Chavez and Alexandria Buchanan lead a pitch session and offer feedback to reporters.
March 26, 2020

Finding story ideas Many reporters find it difficult to come up with story ideas. There are, however, many ways to find story ideas.  There are many events happening around the world and at McKinley...

Why I am in band

Being in a band or orchestra requires commitment and dedication.
March 19, 2020

Everyone has reasons they do what they do. I did everything purely because my older cousins did them. My whole life, I was always told to do everything that they did. They were the smart ones, always being...

Vo’s Interests: Flute

The flute is one of many instruments used in a band. It is a part of the woodwind family and produces sound by blowing air across its mouthpiece.
March 1, 2020

Studying music has been my passion since I joined the Central Intermediate’s band during sixth grade. I chose to play the flute because the sounds produced from the instrument made me reminisce about...

Mixed Media Madness: Sketchbooks

Mixed Media Madness: Sketchbooks
February 12, 2020

Let’s just say, not every page in my sketchbook is neat, fancy, or perfect. I either have the best linearts or hideous faces and non-proportional anatomy drawn everywhere. It’s safe to say that many...

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