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Kaylie Ritter, Staff Writer/Designer/Videographer

Junior Kaylie Ritter is the 16-year-old daughter of Nicole and Clay Ritter. She enjoys singing, playing the piano, participating in cheerleading, FFA, basketball, cross country and track. Ritter likes to spend her spare time singing and playing the piano or being with family and friends. She is an active member in her church and youth group at the First Baptist Church of Groom.

You may contact all staff members at [email protected]

Ritter was writer of the week for Week 11 during the 2016-17 school year.

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Pictured above are cops securing the Borderline Bar and Grill after the mass shooting that occurred on Nov. 7, 2018. This tragedy left 13 dead and 18 injured. I don’t believe in living my life in fear of what could be, but I personally make myself aware of my surroundings and the entry and exit points as well as being observant of persons who stick out or appear to have a separate agenda than those who are gathered, Carson County Sheriff Loren Brand said.

Tragedy in California

November 26, 2018
Pictured above is the Senior Chapter Conducting team, made up of Katelyn Burger, Kaylie Ritter, Mallie Williams, Logan Burger, Laurel Fields, Braxton Johnson and Halle Barkley. This team placed second at district and are heading to compete at area on Saturday, November 17. Im really excited about this contest, junior Kaylie Ritter said. Weve come a long ways since we first started.

I Believe…

November 13, 2018
Staff writer Kaylie Ritter shares the importance of voting in the article above. Every vote counts so dont forget to vote at the Midterm Elections on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

To Vote or Not To Vote?

November 2, 2018
Senior Cutter Babcock and junior Whitt Ward rush the Silverton Owls offense during the game on Aug. 31.  The Tigers won 58-6 and will play again this Friday in McLean. The pressure is on them, we have nothing to lose, senior Adrian Hendricks said.

All We Do Is Win

September 4, 2018
The Word Cloud pictured above includes ideas from the  latest column by sophomore Kaylie Ritter, who has been addressing gun control issues and  their ties to mental health. Since Ritter started this series right after the Las Vegas shooting, there have been two other horrific gun-violence-related tragedies. Most of the events included throughout this column all have a connection to mental health. Mental health in the U.S. must be addressed at some point before we have any hope of success in combating this threat, Carson County Sheriff Loren Brand said.

Deadly Thoughts

December 13, 2017
Tigers Today - Dec. 5

Tigers Today – Dec. 5

December 5, 2017
Tigers Today - Nov. 29

Tigers Today – Nov. 29

November 29, 2017
Tigers Today - Nov. 21

Tigers Today – Nov. 21

November 21, 2017
Tigers Today - Nov. 17

Tigers Today – Nov. 17

November 17, 2017
This Word Cloud represent ideas found in a column Kaylie Ritter wrote to give an opinion on the current gun debate over legislation surrounding firearm sales, which has been reignited since the mass shooting incident at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Nov. 5. Ritter covers this issue and presents her opinions. During the research stage of her writing process, Carson County Sheriff Loren Brand submitted his take on the topic to Ritter. I cant see that additional laws would do anything more than confuse the situation more, Brand said. Reinforcing the current laws makes the most sense, but it can be made confusing by political influences.

Enforcing the Rules

November 16, 2017
Tigers Today - Nov. 15

Tigers Today – Nov. 15

November 15, 2017
Tigers Today - Nov. 7

Tigers Today – Nov. 7

November 7, 2017
There have been several debates over the issue, Should guns be banned or left alone? Many believe  they should to stop violence, but others strongly disagree. In the attached editorial, Kaylie Ritter takes on this issue. I dont think they should ban guns because the people doing bad things with guns dont care about laws, sophomore Katelyn Burger said. Theyre just going to get guns somewhere else.

To Ban or Not to Ban

November 1, 2017
Tigers Today - Sep. 28

Tigers Today – Sep. 28

September 28, 2017
Tigers Today - Sep. 19

Tigers Today – Sep. 19

September 19, 2017
Tigers Today - Sep. 13

Tigers Today – Sep. 13

September 13, 2017
Tigers Today - Sep. 5

Tigers Today – Sep. 5

September 5, 2017
Tigers Today - Sep. 1

Tigers Today – Sep. 1

September 1, 2017
Freshman Katelyn Burger reaches out to hearing-service dog Haven. Havens owner, Bill Rupert, rewarded her for staying still while small-animal management students pet her. It was really cool seeing how she (the dog) reacted to hearing the bell and alarms, freshman Kaylie Ritter said.

Working Like a Dog

March 20, 2017
Columnists Kaylie Ritter reminds her readers of the following truths: Our words leave marks on everyone we speak to. It is our choice if it will be a good or bad mark. Words have power over everything.

The Wonder of Words

February 20, 2017
The Ritter kids smile for a family picture. The Ritters are one of the many families in Groom ISD that have four generations. I love my big family, third-grader Taylor Ritter said. I want to stay here when I grow up and have the fifth generation.

Growing Up Groom

January 24, 2017
Creepy Clowns have been gaining much attention worldwide, and  in the last few weeks, Panhandle residents have been affected for both good and for bad. While Groom has received  no direct clown threats, Sheriff Loren Brand said Groom students should still be vigilant even though crime rates often are lower in small communities. Growing up in a small town, youre isolated from a lot of the world, Brand said. Youre not immune to the dangers of the world, but there is a lesser chance of harm.

Not Clownin’ Around

October 11, 2016
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