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Holiday Crossword

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By Mekenzie Shields

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Holiday Activities Checklist

by Aliyana Gonzalez

Wondering how to get into the Christmas spirit this season? Here are a few activities that you could do with your friends.

  • Invite some friends over and gather around a bonfire for some s’mores and a good time.

Inexpensive Gifts for the Holidays

By Donovan Clemon

Holiday gifts don’t have to break the bank. Check out these items, $15 or less, that emphasize it’s the thought that counts.

Stuffed plush animals ($4+)

Any gift cards ($10+)

Duck bill hats ($7)

Graphic socks ($6)

Homemade painting (free)

Ugly sweaters($15)

Candy ($2+)

Homemade cards (free)

Mini backpack ($15)

Gift baskets ($10+)

Craft Fair brings thousands to campus

—photos by Laramie Knox

Sponsored by Bell’s Family and Consumer Science Department, the Bell Craft Fair brings thousands of shoppers, vendors, and students together on the first Saturday of December.

This year’s fair on Dec. 2 featured a variety of vendors, a number of student helpers, and performances by campus music groups.

The craft fair, a Bell tradition, raises funds for the campus as well as individual student groups who help and run their own booths.

Bored over break? Check out these suggestions

H-E-B students have two extra days in this year’s Thanksgiving break. Looking for something to do with that extra time? Check out these options.

  • Attend the Downtown Fort Worth Christmas tree lighting at Sundance Square at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18.
  • Watch Stranger Things.
  • Read a book or two, such as The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini. (If you’ve finished The Kite Runner, there is also a movie you can check out too.)
  • Hang out with family and friends, relax, and catch up on your schoolwork. (Obviously you are going to try to have a lot of fun over the break, however it is important to stay on top of your homework, especially since it’s a week long break. You don’t even have to spend a lot of time studying; An hour a day can never hurt. And if you aren’t assigned homework, your teachers will appreciate it if they don’t have to spend a day to review material you may have forgotten over the break.)
  • Watch Breaking Bad in bed all day.
  • Recreate past family photos.
  • Eat out with friends at Abuelo’s.
  • Be kind to service workers in various restaurants and retail.
  • Go to Fort Worth and go to the zoo, and to Sundance Square.
  • Shop for Christmas presents.
  • Pre-purchase Christmas décor.
  • Go Black Friday shopping.
  • Have a family pie-making contest.
  • Make leaf drawings.
  • Help at a canned food drive.
  • Have a contest to see who can make the biggest leaf pile.

RAIDERS RESPOND: Halloween Traditions

What is your favorite Halloween tradition?

My favorite thing to do on Halloween is trick or treating because I like to hang out with friends.

—Malik Ali


One of my favorite activities to do is eating candy because who doesn’t like candy.

—Ana Cortez


Dressing up is the best part of Halloween because it brings me back to when I was a kid.

—Tejah Pernverton


I love candy!! Why? Because it’s sweet.

—Ruby Marinero


My family and I love putting up decorations all over my house and giving out candy to the children.

—Sammy Torres


Going to see very scary movies with my closest friends and giving out candy are my favorite traditions on Halloween.

—Catherine Radford


All I do on Halloween is go to my cousin’s house and just play basketball until the sun is down.

—Mohamed Awadalla


My parents don’t celebrate Halloween so I go out with my friends around 7 p.m. and come back at 12.

—Ninfa Luiao


My friends and I love going to costume parties and staying up all night.

—Mady Bishop


My favorite tradition is pumpkin carving because I like to express my creative side.

—Caroline Adcock

L.D. Bell: A Place of Culture

By Emma Foreman, assistant editor

From trips to Italy and Germany, to Spain and Portugal, the various programs and classes at L.D Bell offer a wide variety of opportunities to gain cultural and foreign experiences.

Last year, the IB classes of 2017 and 2018 travelled to multiple places in Italy, including Rome and Florence. Students were able to see some of the most memorable and historic sights in the world such as Vatican City, the Coliseum, and the Doma.

Kirsten Kinzlmaier, currently a senior at Bell and IB student, went on the trip last year.

“While being in Italy, I experienced the amazing aspects of Italian culture,” she said. “The food, architecture, and people there all caused me to open my mind up to the world.”

This year the IB class will be traveling to France and England.

Other organizations provide similar experiences like this for students, including the various foreign languages classes here at Bell who offer educational trips that are correspondent to each language.

It is experiences such as these that make the students of LD Bell globally knowledgeable and open-minded to the various cultures, people, and traditions of the world.

PHOTOS: Raiderette Spring Show

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—photos by Sami Dugdale

The Raiderettes presented their 2017 Spring Show during A and B assemblies on April 7. Evening performances were that night and April 8.


The 2016 Bluepy Awards

In honor of the movie awards season, the Blueprint staff has made their own unique awards for films that might not have made the cut for the Oscars or Golden Globes.

Best Heartwarming Animation


After facing discrimination based on her size and being told her whole life what she can and can’t do, Judy Hopps, the first rabbit on the police force, seizes the opportunity to solve a mysterious case with help from a sly fox.

Best Movie Musical

La La Land

Set in Los Angeles, this jazzy musical revolves around the everyday lives of actress, Mia, and musician, Sebastian, and explores what is more important: love or the spotlight.

Best Sci-Fi

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Several years after her father, an imperial scientist, is taken away from her, Jyn joins the Rebel forces in a mission to steal the plans to reveal the only way of destroying the most powerful weapon in the galaxy, the Death Star.

Best Long-awaited Sequel

Finding Dory

When Dory remembers that she has a family out there possibly looking for her, the trio go on yet another journey across the ocean to find where they may be located, with the help of Bailey, and anxious beluga whale, Destiny, a near-sighted shark, and Hank, a cranky octopus.

Best Sing-along Movie


A spirited daughter of the village chief sets off on a voyage to fulfill her ancestor’s quest. With the help of demi-god, Maui, the two travel the ocean in order to return something that might save the fate of the island.

Best Fantasy

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

In year 1926, a group of extraordinary wizards and a single muggle set out on an adventure to return a number of misplaced magical creatures and continue to keep the wizarding world a secret.

Best Historical Film

Hidden Figures

Three brilliant African American women working for NASA set to work on one of the most influential space projects in history: launching John Glenn into orbit. If successful, the U.S. will represent a serious opponent in the Space Race.

Movie with the Best Spaceship


Set in the future, this movie tells the love story of two individuals who have awoken too early from their hibernation pods. Trapped on a spaceship heading to a different planet, they must find a way to go back to sleep or pass the 100 years left together.

Best Movie within a Movie


A woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores an unworldly subculture surrounding a video tape said to kill the watcher seven days after viewing. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and makes a horrifying discovery by doing so.

—compiled by Sami Dugdale and Emma Foreman

Date night on a budget

by Sami Dugdale

Tensions can get pretty high as you try to come up with a date idea that won’t break the bank. For those who like the lavish on this special occasion, kudos but this is not for you. For the savers, enjoy.

A Trip on the Train

Take the TRE (day passes are $10) to a Dallas art museum. There are free museums such as the Dallas Museum of Art. After, eat at a restaurant nearby or if you’re in the Dallas Arts District, the food truck vendors at Klyde Warren Park.

Fort Worth Fun

You could also visit some of the art museums in Fort Worth such as the Kimbell and Amon Carter. These museums are free and there are other attractions in the area as well, such as the Water Gardens or Botanical Garden.

Buffet of Flavor

Go to Dallas’ Trinity Groves, a center for a large variety of local businesses who create new and unique food ideas. You have your choice between Spanish Tapas, Middle Eastern, Latin-Asian fusion, Central-American, Italian, vegan, and sushi, all of which are located in one long strip.

Dinner and a Show

Enjoy some live music at a coffee bar such as Buon Giorno or Roots, both of which are very homey. You could also visit a restaurant such as Chicken Scratch, where they serve delicious southern cuisine, or Buttons Café, a haven for some mouth-watering soul food.

Just the Show

Get all dressed up to go see play at a local theater such as Bedford Onstage or Artisan Center Theater, where they offer a variety of different productions and entertainment.

Movie Night In

Stay in and have movie marathon, whether that’s watching every Star Wars movie or just bingeing a bunch of sappy classics, and make something quick and easy to snack on.