The Magnet Tribune

The Bug: My community in 651 words

Justyne Bernal, The Bug Columnist

October 5, 2018

Filed under Opinions, Staff Blogs

I have lived in Laredo, Texas, all my life. This community has allowed me to gain a different perspective of the world. It holds a unique position between two countries that allows Laredo to have a variety of different people and cultures. Since this city has a story of its own, I am proud to have grown up here. From the downfalls to the successes, wherever life takes me, I will always take Laredo with me. Since my hometown’s geographic location is along the border with Mexico, inaccurate stereotypes are made towards...

The Bug: A student’s knowledge is not reflected by standardized testing

Justyne Bernal, The Bug Columnist

October 5, 2018

Filed under Opinions

While standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, and STAAR tests show a student’s growth, it does not reflect their full knowledge. According to the KLRN Frontline, the SAT was “first created to identify slow learners so that teachers could give them the attention they needed.” Now, the test is designed to examine and figure out what students’ weaknesses are. It is not rational to base the intelligence of a student on tests. Therefore, students should not have to take standardized tests because they are too stressful,...

After 25 years, instructor remains passionate about teaching at VMT

August 27, 2018

As Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Journalism/online media and literary magazine teacher Mark Webber has greatly impacted students’ lives for 25 years. He has been a part of the Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications...

The Bug: Say no to arming staff members on campus

The Bug: Say no to arming staff members on campus

May 10, 2018

Photograph: Students interact in a classroom. Creative Commons license It is an essential concern for guardians to know that their children are always out of harm’s way. When they send them off to school, the students are expected to learn and make joyous memories with their classmates. No pa...

Class of 2018 recalls good times at old campus (story, photos, video)

April 5, 2018

This story is also published on Best of SNO. “When we stepped off the bus at the Harding Building, an immediate feeling of nostalgia came over me. It was like I was a freshman all over again. It was a very joyous moment,” dance student Katherine Serna said as she got off the bus at the old bui...

Students show their talents at the annual Showcase

March 29, 2018

The school's annual Showcase took place at the former Laredo Civic Center (now the Martinez Performing Arts Complex) on Monday, March 26....

Henry Cuellar discusses topics he advocates for his platform

February 23, 2018

Photo: Congressman Henry Cuellar speaks to farmers in his congressional district. https://cuellar.house.gov Since 2006, Henry Cuellar has been in office as a U.S Representative for Texas 28th Congressional District and is known to be hardworking and a great voice in politics, according to The Wa...

The Bug: The toll of the 45th president

Justyne Bernal, The Bug columnist

February 21, 2018

Filed under Opinions

Donald Trump is a person who made my perspective on my country and its government shift in every way. He is a politician who does not act as he should but is still the president of the best country in the world. Being a young and careless person, I never paid attention to all the boring and long political facts that were shown to me. It was nothing but a new leader for my country being elected. The least of my concerns was who was a Democratic or a Republican or how polls work: nothing in politics mattered to me. T...

Border town Mayor Pete Saenz speaks about recent political controversies

December 13, 2017

After growing up in Laredo, Texas, and moving away for a while, Pete Saenz decided to be the positive change that he always wanted to see in the place he grew up in. With his bright outlook and respect for the border town and its future, he was elected mayor in November of 2014. Saenz creates positiv...

Laryssa Garza wins viola solo for VMT Philharmonic Christmas Concert

November 30, 2017

Filed under Features, Showcase

A competition was held to determine who would perform the instrumental solo for Oh Holy Night. VMT strings student Laryssa Garza, also a senior at Dr. Leo Cigarroa High School, won and will be performing her viola solo at the VMT Philharmonic Christmas Concert on December 18, 2017.

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