17 Places to go in Austin Texas

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Taya Thornton

Of all the crazy, wicked, and weird cities in the world, Austin Texas has a special place in most southerners hearts. There are endless opportunities in this city and many wonderful places to go. That includes places to eat, hike, swim, and relax. There are even places to have a nice cup of coffee with cats surrounding you if you’re into that. Here are 17 places to go in Austin Texas if you ever happen to find yourself in town.

1. Head to Hamilton pool for an afternoon of relaxing, natural pool time.


2. See over 1.5 million Mexican Free-Tailed Bats fly from under the Congress bridge at dusk.

3. Take a dip in the giant year-round natural spring in the heart of downtown, Barton Creek Pool.


4. Dig through antique objects and see how many crazy finds Uncommon Objects has to offer.


5. Hike up to Mount Bonnell and look what view the city has to offer.


6. Check out the sea of Burnt orange at a University of Texas home football game.


7. Lean back, get comfy and be served delicious food while you watch a movie at the alamo draft house.


8. Get a chance to sing your favorite song that not everyone knows at Karaoke Underground.


9. Do the full loop of the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike trail.


10. Get lost in the wonder of the Cathedral of the Junk.


11. Spend an hour or two drinking coffee with some adorable cats at Blue Cat Cafe.


12. Check out the endless amount of food trucks all over the city.


13. Head over to Torchy’s Tacos for a bite to eat.


14. Sit down at HopDoddy’s for a delicious burger and a milkshake.


15. Explore the shops on South Congress and visit the legendary “Willie For President” mural.


16. Stop by Hey Cupcake and get an oversized treat.


17. Pack a picnic and relax in Zilker park with the dog community, otherwise known as Zilker Bark.


Sweater Weather

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Skylar Schanen

Although we live in Texas which is moderately chilly, in other places it is freezing. In the northern Indian city Mathura the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center are making an immense effort to keep their elephants warm. How are they doing this? Well by making colossal sized sweaters that take roughly about four weeks to make. So far they have only made three but they are busy like bees at the Center. At this Center they lodge about 20 elephants that they have rescued from traffickers, bad circus environments, and other terrible scenarios. Since these elephants have suffered some extreme circumstances this makes them more prone to pneumonia in the bitting cold of winter. With these sweaters these elephants should be able to have a cozy, agreeable winter.

Jk Rowling and What She’s up To

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Skylar Schanen

JK Rowling and What She’s up To

For all of the Harry Potter fans out there I have some marvelous news!!! JK Rowling has recently given us something to look forward to when she declared at the end of 2016 that she was working on a new project. The even more impelling news came about now that she showcased a painting that is posing as the muse to her book. The painting is by an artist whose name was Harmen Steenwyck who lived from 1612-1656. The painting is called “Still Life: An Allegory of the Vanities of Human Life”. The painting is a very intriguing one and is painted with oil on oak panel. It is a superb example of something called a Dutch ‘Vanitas’ painting. In a ‘Vanitas’ painting they place caution to not put a lot of stress on being wealthy and to abuse the pleasures in life because that will only lead to obstacles in the journey to redemption. In the painting we catch a glimpse of a Japanese sword and a sea shell (both shadow wealth). A scull is also exhibits worldly possessions. The painting is one that you could stare at mesmerized for hours. So the mystery continues but we be euphoric about the future because just by seeing her inspiration we already know that we are going to be in for a reading delight.




Aesa art show

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Fine arts night at Aesa
Tuesday, April 12

The Aesa fine arts night show was a success. About 45 people showed up to the event. More people showed up than ever expected. It had a great turnover. The exhibit showed the art classes paintings to parents. The art was hung on the walls around the map room with the names of the piece and the name of the artist. They were all captivating and excellent pieces of art. The students were able to choose what they wanted to paint. It was their best art from the whole semester.

There was also a play the students put together called “the worst Christmas pageant ever”
The Play had the students from the drama class in it. They started practicing in January and it payed off. Some students had to have multiple roles, and they killed it. It was an amazing show. The parents all loved it and were proud of their kids.

Seamus Caskey

Senior Kyle Brown Selected as National Merit Scholarship Finalist

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kyle-brownAESA Prep Academy may be small, but its students achieve on a grand scale. Senior Kyle Brown has been selected as a National Merit Scholarship finalist, one of only 15,000 seniors in the country to receive such a distinction.

“I do consider it an honor to be a part of such an elite group on a national level, especially coming from such a small school,” says Brown. AESA Prep Academy, in southwest Austin near the town of Dripping Springs, keeps its enrollment around 100 students in grades 2 through 12 so that students can receive more individualized attention. “The teachers at AESA have played a big role in helping me achieve this.”

Brown, who is interested in pursuing a degree in neurobiology, will go on to compete for 7,400 Merit Scholarship awards. Brown has twice won AESA’s Most Significant Person in History competition and has been voted most distinguished speaker at the school’s Model UN. He is being courted by Ivy League schools and other prestigious universities throughout the country.

Approximately 1.5 million juniors entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2014 preliminary PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as the initial screening of program entrants.

“We are thrilled, but not surprised, that Kyle has received this great honor,” says Barbara Garza, AESA Prep Academy’s head of school. “Kyle is our first National Merit Scholar, but with the students coming up behind him, I’m sure he won’t be our last.”

Solo the Baby Goat

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post_goat02The Niccums brought up a special visitor on Friday – Solo, the baby goat!  It was one of the cutest things I have ever seen and the kids so enjoyed it.

Thank you so much for sharing Solo with us Lilly!


Still Digging Soil

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We are having the best time with our soil unit!  We learned about the layers of soil using all sorts of fun and edible examples.  I bet if you ask your kids what the marshmallows represent they’ll be able to tell you.  Ask them about the mini m&m’s too!


AESA Students to Compete Abroad

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Screen Shot 2015-08-08 at 5.10.43 PMEight students from AESA including 3rd year student Leighton Allen recently made the USA “14 and Under Team” that will be participating in international events in Europe.  Events include an exhibition with the Great Britain team, an event  presented by the International Tennis Federation in Bristol England, and the most prestigious international competition: “Les Petits As” in Paris France.

Holiday One-Acts

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AESA’s Drama Class put on a wonderful showcase of Theater Acts on Friday, Dec. 5th. They performed three plays: The Santa Claus Chronicles, King Midas and the Golden Touch, and Soapy Smith’s Winter Wish. Carol Horn, AESA’s Drama Teacher, and our students did a fabulous job on the play!