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The online student news source of Lovejoy High School

The Red Ledger

The online student news source of Lovejoy High School

The Red Ledger

Take 2: Nicaragua diplomacy, national park renovation

The Take 2 series features brief weekly updates on the state or nations relevant news for the community.
Hannah Gonzalez
The Take 2 series features brief weekly updates on the state or nation’s relevant news for the community.

Broken Nicaragua, Taiwan ties: Nicaragua cut its diplomatic ties with Taiwan yesterday, only recognizing The People’s Republic of China over territorial dispute. The Nicaraguan government described Taiwan as an “inalienable part of the Chinese territory” in its statement yesterday. This decision marks the end of any contact or relationship between Nicaragua and Taiwan. The Nicaraguan government signed to re-establish ties with The PRC, enforcing no contact with Taiwan. 

Significance: Taiwan and China held separate governing bodies after the Chinese civil war in 1949. Nicaragua established diplomatic ties with Taiwan in the 1990s. Over time, The PRC has decreased the number of allies with Taiwan. The decision currently leaves Taiwan with 14 countries that officially recognize it as a sovereign nation. This move is a break at Taiwan’s attempts of isolation. 

Cleaning the Great American Outdoor (Act): The Great American Outdoor Act sets aside $1.6 billion yearly for the next five years to clean and renovate some of the nation’s national parks. This act begins after the legislation passed in 2020 by congress. The renovations range from fixing safety risks to making monuments new again. 

Significance: These renovations are three years in the making, and have just begun. Last week, Rockport Massachusetts Halibut State Park’s remodel marked one of the first renovations, alongside the $3.8 million dollar Jefferson Memorial makeover. The Act plans to renovate the Statue of Liberty, The Grand Canyon, Yosemite and more parks throughout the country. 

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Lindsey Hughes, Editor-In-Chief
Third time’s a charm, right? Well, let’s hope so because the 2021-2022 school year is the third and final year for senior Lindsey Hughes on TRL. With the inevitable senioritis already in action, Hughes hopes to skillfully perform the duties of Editor-In-Chief and keep this multi-award winning publication at its high standard. On the off chance that she isn’t in the newsroom, you could probably find Hughes playing games with her PAL, hanging in Eairheart’s room or working at Jamba. Hughes is a part of NHS and works as vice-president of COOL club. While she won’t admit it, Hughes loves the thrill of UIL journalism competitions, but her love for writing doesn’t stop there. She is working to hold a creative writing camp in hopes of sharing her love and passion with kiddos. Hughes will stop at nothing to put a smile on others’ face, whether it be through hand written letters or more popularly, brownies on “brownie friday.” With only one more year to enjoy high school, Hughes plans to make the most of it with her friends and family by her side.
Parker Post, Editor-In-Chief
Parker Post is skipping into her senior year and third year on staff with a whole lot of excitement and an equal amount of fear of peaking in high school, both a result of her need to make this year her best one yet. Post loves all things pink and sparkly and spends every second with her five best friends (shoutout to "My Friends ring emoji").  Throughout her years of high school, she has mastered power naps, talking an ear off, and creating hundreds of unfinished projects that have all now extended their deadline to “at some point in my life”. She looks forward to continuing the power duo in working alongside the UIL state writing princess, don’t fact check that, Lindsey Hughes as the Editors-In-Chief and leaving their legacy behind in their final year on staff.
Hannah Gonzalez, Graphics Editor
Mama Mia, here we go again. As she takes her last ride in the TRL classroom, Hannah Gonzalez is ready to end this year with a bang. Gonzalez serves as a Co-Graphics editor for the third year in a row and this is her fourth year on staff. When she’s not making killer graphics, you can most likely find Gonzalez on the volleyball court, at FCA meetings, in school or going for a joy ride in the Jeep that she named “Beep.” Although TRL is life, Gonzalez also enjoys going for late-night ice cream runs, watching early morning sunrises, going to church every Sunday morning and going on an occasional lake trip. To add to her list of accomplishments, Gonzalez has won three state championships and is looking for a fourth. With her happy planner by her side, Gonzalez is looking forward to kicking procrastination to the curb as she conquers her final year as a high school student. 

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