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Cardinal Connection

The student news site of Melissa High School

Cardinal Connection

Miranda Sirota

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief

Miranda Sirota is a senior this year at Melissa High School. This is her third year writing for the Cardinal Connection. Miranda is also involved in other extracurriculars including Band, HOSA, NHS, academic UIL, and Book Club. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, cooking, and binge-watching her favorite TV shows. After graduating, Miranda plans to study Dental Hygiene to become a registered hygienist.

All content by Miranda Sirota
Junior Owen Hollenbeck squats 700 lbs at the Community High School powerlifting meet on Feb. 16. Hollenbeck won first place in his weight class lifting a total of 1,685 lbs.

Cardinal Brief: Feb. 26-March 1

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
February 23, 2024
Students in Mrs. Slentzs physics classes build newspaper chairs on Jan. 26. Each group had to test their chair to see if it could hold a person sitting on it for five minutes.

Cardinal Brief: Feb. 19-23

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
February 16, 2024
Senior Jordy Vasquez dribbles the ball down the field in the home match against Greenville on Feb. 2.

Cardinal Brief: Feb. 12-16

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
February 9, 2024
The Lady Cardinal Powerlifting Team competes at the Prosper meet on Feb. 1.

Cardinal Brief: Feb. 5 – 9

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
February 2, 2024
The cast of Bullets Over Broadway: The Musical closes their performance. Melissa Theatre is hosting four shows total, Jan. 25, 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. with a matinee also at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Cardinal Jazz Band is providing live music via a remote orchestra pit. Visit www.melissaisd.org/melissatheatre for tickets.

Cardinal Brief: Jan. 29 – Feb. 2

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
January 26, 2024
Teacher Spotlight: Melanie Fox

Teacher Spotlight: Melanie Fox

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
January 22, 2024
Senior Mercer Ashley dominates his Lovejoy opponent on the mat, 17-3, in a dual on Jan. 18. Overall, the Cardinals defeated the Leopards 55-18.

Cardinal Brief: Jan. 22-26

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
January 19, 2024
The cheerleaders perform their competition material at the pep rally on Nov. 2, 2023. The MHS Competitive Cheer Team finished in 6th place (out of 64 teams) in class 5A at the UIL Spirit State Championships held in Fort Worth on Jan. 5-6.

Cardinal Brief: Jan. 15-19

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
January 12, 2024
Students get back to learning after the winter break in new classrooms. The second floor of the four-story expansion opened on Jan. 3 for classes previously housed in portable buildings.

Cardinal Brief: Jan. 8-12

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
January 5, 2024
Cardinal Brief: Dec. 18 - Jan. 5

Cardinal Brief: Dec. 18 – Jan. 5

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
December 15, 2023
Melissa Theatre performs Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. for the elementary campuses on Dec. 8. They will have two public performances, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 5 p.m.

Cardinal Brief: Dec. 11-15

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
December 8, 2023
[Opinion] Holiday Gift Ideas

[Opinion] Holiday Gift Ideas

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
December 4, 2023
Junior Kennedy Stout (23) takes it to the hoop in a home match against Celina on Nov. 21. The Lady Cardinals won the game 55-48.

Cardinal Brief: Dec. 4-8

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
December 1, 2023
Sophomore Anthony Thornton (4) drives the ball down the court in a home game against Paris on Nov. 10.  The Cardinals lost the game 34-32.

Cardinal Brief: Nov. 27 – Dec. 1

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
November 17, 2023
Long John Silver (junior Logan Venner) and Jim Hawkins (junior Cici Allo) gaze at the stars during Melissa Theatres performance of Treasure Island. The show debuted Nov. 9. Two more performances are scheduled for Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. and Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets online at www.melissaisd.org/melissatheatre.

Cardinal Brief: Nov. 13 – 17

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
November 10, 2023
Junior Nena Kpea spikes the ball over the net in the final home game against McKinney North on Oct. 24. The Lady Cards finished in 2nd place in district, won bi-district Oct. 30 and play for area on Nov. 3.

Cardinal Brief: Nov. 6 – 10

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
November 3, 2023
Seniors JoJo Miller and DK Abrams are crowned the 2023 Homecoming Queen & King during halftime of the varsity game against Greenville on Oct. 20.

Cardinal Brief: Oct. 30 – Nov. 3

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
October 27, 2023
Seniors Kolby Schulz and JoJo Miller, two of the homecoming court nominees, wave to the crowd during the annual parade on Oct. 18.

Cardinal Brief: Oct. 23-27

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
October 20, 2023
ASL 3 and 4 students attend Deaf Deaf World in Fort Worth on Oct. 12 to practice their skills and immerse themselves into the world of a deaf person. Juniors Josh Fine and Alexander Patricoff order lunch from the Early Beardy Cafe, which is named after deaf actor Sean Beardy.

Cardinal Brief: Oct. 16-20

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
October 13, 2023
Students donate blood at the fall drive sponsored by HOSA on Oct. 4.

Cardinal Brief: Oct. 9-13

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
October 6, 2023
Students and faculty members gather at the flagpoles before school on Sept. 27 for the annual See You at the Pole event.

Cardinal Brief: Oct. 2-6

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
September 29, 2023
Students pose with their National Recognition awards from College Board.

Cardinal Brief: Sept. 25-29

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
September 22, 2023
Juniors and seniors visit different booths for colleges and the military at the College Fair held on campus Sept. 14.

Cardinal Brief: Sept. 18-22

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
September 15, 2023
Students in the Bird Cage, the student section at Coach Kenny Deel Stadium, cheer on varsity football as they play against Argyle on Aug. 25.

Cardinal Brief: Sept. 11-15

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
September 8, 2023
Senior DK Abrams breaks away for one of his touchdowns of the night. The Cardinals defeated Argyle 50-14 in their inaugural game in Coach Kenny Deel Stadium on Aug. 25.

Cardinal Brief: Sept. 4-8

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
September 1, 2023
Melissa continues to grow rapidly

Melissa continues to grow rapidly

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
November 1, 2021
Color guard members dress as airline flight attendants for this years band show titled Flight 2021.

Band prepares for ‘Flight’

Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
September 30, 2021

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