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The student news site of Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas

Valley Ventana

The student news site of Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas

Valley Ventana

Seniors Victoria Williams and Rowen Hamilton and junior Evie Armour perform the ending scene of the One Act play Iphigenia at the Founders Day celebration April 10.
Theater advances to region
Bethany Mann, Editor-in-Chief • April 15, 2024

Theater advanced to the region competition for One-Act play this weekend, placing second at the area competition.  The show, “Iphigenia,”...

from Bryan Goff: This is a composition I made during the eclipse (in August 2017). It shows the beginning of the eclipse all the way to totality in the center. Each photo was taken about 10 minutes apart. I took these photos at Crooked River Ranch in Oregon. I just happened to find this spot on Google maps. I am very pleased with the outcome. Photo by Bryan Goff on Unsplash
Solar flair
April 5, 2024
Junior Sayers Allen poses for a photo at the golf region competition on April 17. Photo via SVHS Golf.
Swinging it into high gear
Grayson Cook, Staff Writer • April 19, 2024

Junior Sayers Allen placed second at the girls golf regional meet on April 18, shooting 69-69-138. She placed first at district on March 28...

Olivia Fuentes will play beach volleyball at Tarleton University in the fall after signing on April 17.
Photo by Daniel Grant
Toe the sign
April 18, 2024
Senior Cole Cantu scored a total of 160 points for the boys golf team to once again be named region champions. Cantu will attend UIW to play golf.
Ranger Roundup
April 17, 2024
Brad Sowersby will make an appearance at regionals in the 4X200 and 4X100 relays. He will also be joined with Liam Magee, Caden Spradling, and Conor Drott looking to advance.
Up next, regionals
April 12, 2024
Junior Avianna Miller placed second in triple jump at districts, jumping 35-11.50.  She also placed fifth in the 100m dash with a time of 12.67, third in the 200m dash with a time of 25.53, and lastly first in the 4x100 with a time of 47.62. Miller will be seen at Area competing in triple jump, the 200m dash, and the 4x100 looking to advance to Regionals.
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March music monthly
Austen Young, Staff Writer • April 4, 2024

In Comal school district, 22.0% of students are eligible to participate in the federal free and reduced price meal program, making the federal nutrition program a necessity. Photo by Annie Spratt via Unsplash.
Texas should adopt federal nutrition program
Bethany Mann, Editor-in-Chief • April 18, 2024

This summer, 35 states will participate in a $2.5 billion federal nutrition program that will give families who qualify for free and reduced...

Wrestling coach Tim Clarkson was named the 5A Region IV Coach of the Year by his peers. Music by MorningLightMusic on YT
Wrestling coach named tops for Region IV 5A
April 22, 2024

Senior Sydney Rakowitz plays her cello at  YOSA last year. She will attend UIW in the fall with a major in music education. Photo via Sydney Rackowitz
Senior Spotlight: Cello-brating music
Alex Whelchel, Managing Editor • April 16, 2024

Senior Sydney Rakowitz is the orchestra president, but she never wanted to join orchestra. “Before middle school, I wanted to be in theater,”...

The cast and crew are having a public performance of their award-winning one-act play Iphigenia, on Tuesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. (Graphic courtesy of Smithson Valley Theatre Company)
Grecian turns
Jonathan Jones, Staff Writer • April 5, 2024

The lights ricochet off the cyc as the stage is suddenly covered in darkness. The ominous ocean blue lighting comes up as the Old Man (James...

Senior Jake McAnelly poses in front of the Pedernales Electric Cooperative building after finding out he was selected for the Youth Tour. Photo courtesy of Jessica McAnelly.
Charging the future
Bethany Mann, Editor-in-Chief • March 25, 2024

Senior Jake McAnelly will participate in the Youth Tour in Washington D.C. this June as a representative of the Pedernales Electric Cooperative. The...

Anonymous student makes $10 bucks after a Wednesday night shift.
Big shifts, small tips: High school students discuss problems with tipping
Grayson Cook, Staff Writer • March 4, 2024

Tipping can be hard. It’s difficult to decide how much is appropriate, or if it’s appropriate at all depending on the server’s performance.  According...

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The student news site of Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas
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