October 1, 2018

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Japanese Exchange Student: ASK Not What He Expected, But He Enjoys it

By Konosuke Nakata Since I was a child, I have been studying English, and my cousin studied abroad in Australia for a month. After she came back to Japan, she spoke English fluently. I thought that she was so cool, and I wanted to speak English like her. This is one reason I chose to […]

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September 27, 2018

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New High School Managers Thriving at ASK

By Kyana Rojas and Brandon Miller The ASK Academy has had its fair share of new Project Managers; in the 2018-2019 school year, ASK hired seven new managers that are going to help teach and shape the scholars who attend. Sadly, scholars had to say goodbye to beloved teachers such as Mr. Crawford, Mr. Gullett, […]

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September 24, 2018

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Scholar: Cultural Insensitivity Calls For More Representation At ASK

The opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints expressed by the various authors and columnists in this section do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of The Catalyst.   By Zanier Griego When I started at ASK in the seventh grade, I was excited. I was ready to make new friends and be around people who […]

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September 24, 2018

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A Year in Austria Broadens Scholar’s View

ASK Academy scholar Nathan Maass spent all of last year studying abroad in Austria. He is back at the Academy this year as a senior. The Catalyst’s Skylar Morales spoke with him about his experience as a foreign exchange student. The Catalyst:  Why did you choose Austria to study in? Nathan Maass: “(The German) language […]

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May 17, 2018

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Manger of the Month: ‘I Love the Lightbulb Moment’

Project Manager Valerie Zink loves to study the mind of scholars and making their brains burst with her vast knowledge of literature. Zink has been teaching the middle school scholars at The ASK Academy for three years. She teaches three different classes: English, math, and social studies. This year, Zink teaches English to 6th grade […]

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May 8, 2018

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Senior: Learn to Find Value in Your Own Interests; Stop Searching for Existential Approval

As the seniors finish up their high school career this Thursday, they have written letters of advice and reflection of their time here.  Dear Underclassmen, You are not unique. Your problems, achievements, desires and feelings, no matter how little you have heard of them before, have been feared, acquired, sated and suppressed in every possible […]

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May 7, 2018

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Senior: Manager Your Time, Set Your Goals Early, and Leave the Distractions outside of Class

As the seniors finish up their high school career this Thursday, they have written letters of advice and reflection of their time here.  I dedicate this letter specifically to incoming freshman at the ASK Academy, as well as any students whom this may benefit. There are many different brands of advice that, while they have […]

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May 7, 2018

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Senior: High School Chewed Me Up and Spit Me Out–I am better Because of It

As the seniors finish up their high school career this Thursday, they have written letters of advice and reflection of their time here.  Dear Underclassmen, High school–a time most sought after those middle school years of endless teasing and countless hours of awful jokes that made zero sense. A time in which you start to […]

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May 7, 2018

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Farewell From the Class of 2018

As the seniors finish up their high school career this Thursday, they have written letters of advice and reflection of their time here. First up is Trinity Madrid who warns of the plague that is senioritis.  Dear Underclassmen, I am going to start off by saying do as I say, not as I do. It […]

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