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"It does feel like a whole part of you is completely missing," Jodie Gibson said about her and her late husband, Principal Scott Gibson.  On the day people celebrated the love of their lives Jodie Gibson shared what life was like with her husband, Scott Gibson.  They met in college at a school dance.  Jodie wasn't sure about where she wanted their friendship to go, so, she put it in God's hands and prayed for guidance.   "A young couple, not thinking that any tragedy would come our way," Jodie Gibson said about beloved coach and Principal Scott Gibson.  view article arw

Professors and students on the Doha campus are devastated by the Board of Regents’ sudden decision to shutter the school by 2028.  Students and faculty at Texas A&M University’s Qatar branch are slamming the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents' abrupt decision last week to wind down the Doha campus after more than two decades.  At a Texas A&M faculty senate meeting Monday, several professors from Qatar called for more answers and a clear transition plan for staff and students there, many of whom they say are devastated by the decision. view article arw

A painting called "Warriors of the Great Spirit" by CCISD student Eliza Hoffman won grand champion. Sion Joo from Pearland ISD was named reserve grand champion. view article arw

East Texas high school football legend Patrick Mahomes entered rarified air on Sunday at Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. He led the Kansas City Chiefs over the San Francisco 49ers in overtime 25-22 on Sunday, and the former Whitehouse High School (Texas) standout became the fastest player — and the first from Texas — to win three Super Bowl MVPs. Mahomes finished going 34 for 46 with 333 passing yards, two TDs and 66 rushing yards, and led the game-winning drive from his own 25 by completing 8 of 8 passes, capped by a three-yard short toss to Mecole Hardman for the winning score. view article arw

Marcelo Sotomayor designed a toy car to give a three-year-old boy more independence. view article arw

More than 16,000 babies were born in Texas in 2022 than in 2021, a new study from the University of Houston shows.  More Texas women had babies after the state banned nearly all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, leading the state’s fertility rate to increase for the first time since 2014.  The 2022 fertility data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, analyzed by the University of Houston, offers the first concrete look at how many more women ended up carrying pregnancies to term as a result of the 2021 law.  More than 16,000 additional babies were born in Texas in 2022 compared to 2021, which comes to a 2% increase in the state's fertility rate. Fertility rate is measured as births per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44. The group that saw the largest increase was Hispanic women between the ages of 25 and 44, with an 8% increase over 2021. view article arw

College hopefuls are already waiting longer than usual for their financial aid offers this year, due to the delayed release of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). But what applicants may not realize is that this year's FAFSA also comes with a big mistake – one that will lower the amount of federal financial aid many receive unless it's remedied soon. The U.S. Department of Education is wrestling with whether to fix this mistake in time for this year's financial aid applicants. A last-minute FAFSA change of this magnitude could further delay college aid offers, but it would also mean many students would qualify for more help. view article arw

   Talia Natterson is a sophomore at Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences, a private school in Los Angeles, California. She writes for her school publication, Crossfire.