Monthly Archives: May 2017

-30- columns

Back in the days of typewriters, newspaper reporters would end their stories with the -30- mark. Here, two Blueprint staffers mark the ends of their high school journalism careers with an L.D. Bell tradition: the “-30- column.”

Editor thankful for making ‘best decision’ to join staff

by Sami Dugdale

Being part of the Bell Blueprint was probably oneIMG_5641 of the best decisions I have made in my entire high school career.

This paper has allowed me to further my skills as a writer, photographer, and journalist, as well as teach me how to be a good and productive leader.

I am so grateful for the friends I’ve made in these past two years and I can’t wait to see the awesome work they’re going to do next year when I’m gone. (I’m making them mail a copy of the paper to me.)

I’d also like to give a big shout out to Mrs. Weiss, our newspaper teacher, mentor and the reason why I get to do what I love every day. Thank you so much for the opportunities you have given me and for the encouragement you give us all to pursue what we are passionate about.


New friends, new skills come with newspaper

by Christian Pineda

IMG_5633Being a part of the Bell Blueprint was an amazing experience for me. Although this was my first year being a part of this program, I still learned a lot.

This program furthered my skills as a writer and also a photographer.

I’ve made new friends this past year from being in this program that I’m so grateful for. Everyone in this class is awesome and will do amazing things next year when I’m gone.

I would like to give a shout to Mrs. Weiss. She let me be a part of this amazing program and taught me lots of things I can use for the rest of my life.




Buinger Tech: Center for SUCCESS

by Emma Foreman

photos by Andrew Critser

“The Buinger Tech Center has greatly prepared me for life after college.”

This is what many students have said about the Buinger Academy. With its very high and recognized population of students, the Buinger Tech Center offers classes from law and medicine to culinary and cosmetology.

Located next to Pennington Field, the Buinger Tech Center has a wide variety of specialized classes that might not be offered at the normal standard school classes.

Ready, Set, Teach is one of the many popular classes, as it offers a hands-on look into the life of a teacher in today’s education system.

Like so, the Courts and Public Systems class, which has its own court room and real life attempts at court cases, is another class offered for those students who would like to pursue a career in law study.

Bronson Read is one of the students in this class.

“The Courts and Public System class has helped me better understand the law system, and has sparked more interest in pursuing a career in that field after college,” he said.

“The courtroom that we used was the best part, and I looked forward to going and taking that class every day.”

Junior Ryan Sowell, a student at Bell, takes multiple classes at the Buinger Tech Center, one of these being Global Business.

“Right when we get into the class, we are immediately immersed into a different learning environment, almost like actual college,” Sowell said.

“Mrs. Chavez, the teacher, does an excellent job with helping, and teaching us the inter workings of the world economy.”

The Tech Center is a place for anyone looking into a specialized class for the career they wish to pursue, and is an opportunity that students should not miss out on.

Girls, boys gymnastics take on state meet


The Lady Raider Gymnastics team just finished an outstanding season, placing first at district and regionals, qualifying them for the state meet where they placed third.

With the whole team qualifying, there were certain individuals who did outstandingly well.

In fact, junior Kyleigh Prather finished first at state in all around and following behind her in 13th was senior Alexis Martin.

Prather placed top 11 in all events during the compulsory part of the meet and top 6 in all events during the optional part. Thus meaning she did exceptionally well.

Her fellow teammate also placed high in all events as well. Martin finished top 13th in compulsory and top 31st in optional.

Many of the other girls on the team placed well in certain events to contribute to their outstanding team score of a 116.500 for Meet 1 and a 112.950 in Meet 2.

“We worked really hard everyday in practice” many of the girls said, “It definitely paid off.”

—Sophie Rodgers


The men’s gymnastics team did not make state but many individuals on the team did. These individuals include Dakota Burnett for vault, Isaiah Bushman for floor, and Adam Tice for all around.

Burnett, a sophomore, qualified for vault in his regional meet. The day of compulsory he scored a 9.9 and the day of optional he scored an 8.8. This gave him a total score of 18.7 putting him 27th out of 94 contestants.

Bushman, a sophomore, qualified for floor during regionals. The day of compulsory he scored a 9.00 and the day of optional he scored a 9.05. This gave him a combined score of 18.05 putting 38th out of 89 contestants.

Junior Adam Tice was the only L.D. Bell gymnast to qualify for all around. He placed 21st on floor, 53rd in pommel horse, 39th on rings, 33rd on vault, 36th on parallel bar, 21st on horizontal bar, and 20th all around out of 167 contestants.

Having no seniors on the team, there is huge potential for this team in the future.

—Christian Pineda

Runners qualify for area

by Christian Pineda

L.D. Bell Track has turned it around this year with multiple competitors qualifying for area, a track meet to see who goes to regionals.

Senior Ricky Walton qualified for the 4×1, 4×2, and the open 200. Also, senior Christion Nealy qualified for the 4×1 and 4×2.

“I am extremely happy I get to continue my track season,” Walton said. “Area is something I’ve worked for all season.”

While preparing for area, track practices had a different vibe.

“I run about three 500’s, three 300’s, or four 240’s a day,” Nealy said. “Depends on what Mama Honc says.”

Preparing yourself for an upcoming meet can be a bit stressful, but they are committed and ready for anything the coaches throw at them.

“Stretching, practicing hard, hydrating and getting in the cold tub is how we stay healthy,” Nealy said.

Although the process can be difficult, the athletes’ coaches prepared them for greatness.

“I train hard and then rest,” Nealy said.

This was his first time qualifying for area so he intended to go out with a bang.

These two athletes are very excited and humbled to have this great opportunity.

Softball builds a great friendship

by Sophie Rodgers

Junior Peyton Newman and sophomore Kallie Erwin have been playing varsity softball together for two years in school and 11 years total.

Outside of their high school team, they play together on a select team named Batbusters Gold Graves 16U.

Along with softball, they also played volleyball and basketball together when they were younger.


(courtesy photo)

“We are really good friends,” Newman said. “And I do believe it is mostly because we have played sports together for so long.”

“Our brothers played baseball together when we were little so we would always hang out at the baseball fields, which is another reason why we are such great friends,” Erwin said.

Although they are different ages, they hope to attend the same college and continue playing softball together.

“I think it would be awesome to play at the same school in college,” Newman said.

“Having the opportunity to play with your best friend for so many years is something not a lot of people have the chance to do,” Erwin added.

With Peyton playing first base/outfield and Kallie being a pitcher/middle infielder/outfielder, they only have one position in common. However, their friendship helps with communication on the field.

“Being such great friends is a benefit to have because we know a lot about each other,” both girls said.

With multiple girls being on both Varsity and JV, the two girls set a leadership example for both teams.

Their friendship is a great benefit to the program.

Scholarship Corner

compiled by Laramie Knox

Amber Gutermuth

Gutermuth has been playing the violin for 13 years and is currently the concertmaster of the Varsity Symphony Orchestra at Bell. She plans to attend UTA to become a music teacher for children.

“I’m excited to enter a more mature environment,” Gutermuth said.

She received $40,000 from the Presidential scholarship and is excited to start a new chapter of her life while also getting to stay close to home.

Cameron Kostopolous

Kostopolous received offers from many schools (including $50,000 to University of Texas at Austin) but has committed to the University of Southern California.

Even though he’ll be nearly 1,500 miles away, Kostopoulos will miss his southern roots and family at Bell.

“There’s nothing like Bell Band,” Kostopoulos said.

The class of 2017 valedictorian plans on becoming a film producer.

Maggie Rolf

Maggie Rolf plans on majoring in environmental science at TCU, and plans to be a lawyer in the future. She received $64,000 from the Faculty Scholarship and stopped all her other college applications once she found out.

“I’m excited,” Rolf said. “I can see the finish line to graduation.”

Rolf is excited to continue her education while staying close to her family, which includes three younger siblings.

“They’re my best friends,” Rolf said.

Jasmine Nguyen

Jasmine Nguyen has been offered a $96,000 scholarship known as the “President’s Scholarship” from the University of Dallas for four years.

Nguyen is also considering schools such as University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas at Arlington. She hopes to pursue a major in computer/electrical engineering and hopes to work in the engineering field.

Ariel Riley

Ariel Riley has been offered a $20,000 band scholarship as well as a $6,000 academic excellence scholarship from the University of Mississippi.

Riley plans on attending this university and pursuing a major in biology in order to become a neurologist.

Josh Crow

Josh Crow has been offered a $32,000 academic excellence scholarship from Oral Roberts University. Although this is his top school, Crow is also considering Texas A&M.

His intended major is biology 2, which involves zoology, botany, and other environmental sciences, with a minor in journalism.

He hopes to get his masters and possible PhD in zoology and work for National Geographic or in the research department of a zoo.

Miracle League changes lives

by Sophie Rodgers

Miracle League is a co-ed baseball league in Southlake for special needs children and adults. This league gives these amazing people the opportunity of a lifetime.


Pineda poses with one of his players. (courtesy photo)

“It makes me really happy to be out there with the players during the games,” said Dwayne McDonald, head coach of the Giants Miracle League team. “I am pretty sure I have a big smile on my face the whole game.”

In 2007, McDonald’s daughter, Amber, started playing for Miracle League in Arlington. In 2011, he helped develop the “Competitive” division for the league to accommodate the older players that had outgrown the smaller field.

Senior Christian Pineda had the chance to be the assistant coach for the Giants.

“I have multiple people in my family that have special needs,” Pineda said.

He did his Senior Project over the different types of special needs and enjoys being able to make a difference in these peoples lives.

McDonald and Pineda both plan on coaching in the future.

“We always want the players to have fun no matter what,” Pineda said. “It’s a great feeling to help everyone have a chance to play to the best of their ability.”

Each player is always ready to learn something new everyday and loves going to their games.

“The players love to be there and are always excited to participate,” Pineda said.

No matter who you are or what you do, you are welcomed to come play or volunteer for this outstanding organization.

Making the Team: Fredrick makes history as third male cheerleader at Bell


Fredrick performs with varsity cheer at the Raiderette spring show. (photo by Sami Dugdale)

by Sophie Rodgers

Junior Keirin Fredrick is the third male student to ever make the cheer team here at L.D. Bell High School.

“I’ve wanted to cheer since the seventh grade,” Fredrick said. “The stunts, flips, and choreography interested me.”

Being the only male team member is an opportunity not a lot of people can have. There are many positives but just one negative that can be fixed.

“The only hard thing is the uniform situation, but we’re figuring it out,” Fredrick said.

He feels very welcomed by the rest of the team and is extremely excited for the upcoming season.

“I’m most excited for pep rallies because we get to show off our routines and I just love to perform,” he said.IMG_5158

Early morning practices are something that he enjoys because he knows that they will make him and the team better in the long run.

With many goals in mind for next season, Keirin has some things he wants to get better at.

“I have lots of goals for flips but also jumps, dancing, and really everything,” Fredrick said. “I want to improve my tumbling and also learn new tricks.”

Also, he is very committed to the team and process of improving.

“I want to show everyone that I’m not just doing this for social class, I am doing it because I am an athlete and cheer is my sport,” Fredrick said.

He can’t wait for everyone to see what the cheer team’s got!

NOTE: This story originally stated that Fredrick is the second male cheerleader at Bell. He is the third, following Cody Hoffman and Cody Roberts. We apologize for this oversight and thank the cheer mom who pointed out this error.