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Should we worry about terror in the desert?

Should we worry about terror in the desert?

Kate Finegan, Copy Editor
May 16, 2016
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Death in the name of terrorism experienced a global increase of 80 percent between 2013 and 2014, and, due to Arizona’s ties to terrorist activity in the past, the state remains under scrutiny by the FBI as a potential hatchery for extremism. “Islam is a war of eternity,” said Detective Ken Stefanisin,... Read more »

Wednesday, May 4th

May 4, 2016
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Campus Business Hey Falcons – it’s time to celebrate your AWESOME teachers. Teacher Appreciation Week is this week! Grab your phone and take a selfie of you and your teacher and write a quick note on how awesome they are. Your pics will be posted on CCUSD’s social media platforms –... Read more »

The Benevolent Ms. Beverly

Lucas Aikin, Creeker Editor
March 14, 2016
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Melissa Beverly has been counseling Falcons for over 10 years now, and if anybody knows their way around a distraught student, it is her. However, Beverly’s first run in with counseling was not straight out of high school. “Ms. Beverly has always been helpful in getting me where I want to go after h... Read more »

Upward Spiral

Kayla Christensen, Staff Writer
March 14, 2016
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Baton twirler Rachel Rodriguez, a junior, stands in front of hundreds of students in a sparkle dress, with the shakes, but still catches the baton in her sweaty palm and the crowd screams with enthusiasm. Rodriguez started twirling at the age of four and has stuck to it for 12 years. “I met Rach... Read more »

Spring time at singh Farms

Erika Richwagen, Staff Writer
March 14, 2016
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Singh Farms, located off East Thomas Road in Scottsdale, provides a variety of fresh fruits and veggies for any palate. The farm, situated on 20 acres under dozens of mesquite trees, offers fruits, veggies, jams, honeys, and several types of pastries and bread. Open only on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:0... Read more »

NFL coach breaks the glass ceiling

Erika Richwagen
March 14, 2016
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As of January 20, the world of football has done something that many view as controversial, and additionally as “tradition-breaking.” The NFL hired its first ever full-time female coach. Kathyrn Smith was hired as the quality-control coach for the Buffalo Bills, only the second NFL team to ever hire... Read more »

Hard on the hills

Annalee Barnett
March 14, 2016
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Students of Cactus Shadows prepare for the upcoming season of the mountain biking team by practicing four days out of the week at multiple locations around the Cave Creek area. Practice sites include the Cave Creek recreational park, Browns Ranch, Spur Cross, and the Sonoran Preserve, which is only 23... Read more »

Tracking progress

Ryan Heiliger
March 14, 2016
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Many athletes on the track team follow a strict schedule when it comes to race day, while others have completely bizarre regimes. Before their races, runners have to prepare as early as two days before by hydrating, eating right, and resting. Some athletes are very cautious with what they do before their... Read more »

Full-riding high

Rebecca Mejia
March 14, 2016
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The All-Star, Nest leader and varsity baseball player, Ben Rodenberg, has received a full-ride baseball scholarship to Creighton College. “They have a great baseball program, which is Division 1. They also have the nicest college baseball field in the nation,” said Rodenberg. Rodenberg has been playing... Read more »

High school shooting sends shockwave across Arizona schools

Destiny Serviss
March 14, 2016
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In an apparent murder-suicide, two 15-year-old girls died on February 12 at Independence High School in Glendale, Arizona. Although the motives are unknown, the two girls were in a relationship. According to friends, the girls had been dating for two years. In a statement released to the public, Glendale... Read more »

Sports fields to see major changes

Ryan Heiliger
March 14, 2016
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Starting mid-March, the Cactus Shadows sports complex is being expanded and improved upon greatly. About 15 additions and improvements will be added to the stadium area, the baseball fields, and the tennis courts. Changes range from new resurfacing to completely demolishing some structures. The money... Read more »

APPL test offers chance to prove biliteracy

Lauren Haggar, travel editor
March 11, 2016
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A major thing that connects people to other people is being able to communicate. The Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages or AAPL ensures that language is paramount for all high school students. AAPL is designed to test Spanish, French, and Chinese students proficiency in their... Read more »

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