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    Brag About Your School: Frisco's Memorial High School

    Students get an opportunity to brag about the things they love about their school campus every Monday as NBC 5's Wayne Carter dedicates a day to celebrate a North Texas School. This week, Wayne is at Memorial High School in Frisco where students are encouraged to set goals and achieve them. (Published Monday, May 20, 2019)

    When the bell rings at Memorial High School the students don't always immediately hit the books.

    A recent class got started with students breaking out their cellphones, talking to their peers and taking some time to set goals.

    "We're leaving a video message for ourselves to check halfway through the summer to see how we are doing with the steps we wanted to take," teacher Brent Holtrup said.

    Holtrup challenged his students to better themselves in some way and make a pledge to follow through

    Brag About Your School: Frisco's Memorial High School

    [DFW] Brag About Your School: Frisco's Memorial High School

    Students get an opportunity to brag about the things they love about their school campus every Monday as NBC 5's Wayne Carter dedicates a day to  celebrate a North Texas School. This week, Wayne is at Memorial High School in Frisco where chemistry students get a hands on experience.

    (Published Monday, May 20, 2019)

    "I think it's extremely important and helpful to the student as high schools a time of finding yourself and truly becoming an adult and maturing," student Kaylyn Wilson said.

    It happens in almost all the classes here, and is a requirement from principal Jennifer Redden. Redden's campus is in its first year of existence.

    Students may have needed a boost to feel united, and could benefit from personal growth too.

    "It's really important that we teach them how to problem solve and critical think, so when they graduate they're prepared for whatever lies ahead of them," Redden said.

    The students said it's working, but it's authentic and self-driven.

    High school students and smart phones go hand in hand. Young people love snapping photos and sharing them to the world in seconds.

    Brag About Your School: Frisco's Memorial High School

    [DFW] Brag About Your School: Frisco's Memorial High School

    Students get an opportunity to brag about the things they love about their school campus every Monday as NBC 5's Wayne Carter dedicates a day to  celebrate a North Texas School. This week, Wayne is at Memorial High School in Frisco spending time with the Warriors and finding out how they work together as a team.

    (Published Monday, May 20, 2019)

    At Memorial High School, they're going back in time a bit, learning about cyanotypes

    "They used it in the 1800s," student Caleb Ramos said. "It's how they took pictures."

    It's a joint class, half of the students are in an advanced art class, the other half advanced chemistry. They're working together hand painting and taking photos, using chemicals that react to light.

    The art is brought out into the sun where the photo, created with invisible light gets "burned in" to the paper.

    "We submerge it in water so we can see the photo, then put it in hydrogen peroxide," Ramos said.

    The art students are experimenting with a craft rarely used these days, while the chemistry students are trying to understand the chemical reactions at work to create the photos. The teachers are watching them work together and achieve success.

    Brag About Your School: Frisco's Memorial High School

    [DFW] Brag About Your School: Frisco's Memorial High School

    Students get an opportunity to brag about the things they love about their school campus every Monday as NBC 5's Wayne Carter was live at Memorial High School in Frisco taking a look at projects where students use stop-motion and solar-powered cooking.

    (Published Monday, May 20, 2019)

    "There is meaning behind it, it's more than just this pen and pencil situation they can see the real world applications behind it and having to work with a group that has a different goal than them," teacher Brynn Stephens said.

    Student Tess Sakakini got so into it she started to experiment with even more art.

    "To be able to apply it to something you do in life, like photography and art, it was cool to see it in the world," Sakakini said.

    Memorial High School's mascot is the Warriors. The school focuses on heroes, like fire, police and the military, and recognizing the work they do to build a better society.

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