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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer

Jack Padgett, Entertainment Editor

October 10, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Multimedia

With the latest Star Wars movie coming to theaters Dec. 15 the first trailer was just released Oct. 9.  The trailer focuses on Rey's training with Luke Skywalker, then cuts to various familiar characters. Something exciting for new and old fans is the locations in the trailer seem to be brand new. As...

Mala Luna returns with Future, Migos

Mala Luna returns with Future, Migos

Laney Rendon, News Editor

September 28, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

Mala Luna music festival returns to San Antonio on Oct. 28-29 at Nelson Wolff Stadium. The 2017 lineup includes today’s biggest hip-hop artists for these two days of music, such as Future, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Migos. Afrojack, Carnage, Khalid, Borgore, Playboi Carti, Kali Uchis, Ugly God, Smokepup...

Stephen King’s IT floats to theaters

Stephen King’s IT floats to theaters

Laney Rendon, News Editor

September 18, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

With a fear of clowns, voluntarily going to see the new Stephen King’s IT seemed like a dumb thing to do. Expecting to be beyond scared, I was surprised to find myself laughing almost every few minutes. Now directed by Andy Muschietti, the new film differed from the original’s pure seriousness wit...

Five apps you NEED this summer

Five apps you NEED this summer

LJ Haider, Social Media Editor

May 30, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Too many passwords, not enough money, expensive cell plans and bad maps apps: a preview of problems dreaded in the hopefully perfect summer. Luckily, some app creators have come to the rescue, giving a safe place to store passwords, a database of cheap gas stations, a social media maps app and more. ...

Five fun things to do this summer

Five fun things to do this summer

Alex Alvarado, Staff Writer

May 30, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

After nine months of of hard work, Summer is rolling around again. The weather is getting nice and school is almost over. Here are five things you can do during the hot,sunny Summer break. Blanco State Park About a hour away from San Antonio, start the summer on a good note by paying a visit to the Blanco State ...

More Life, More Music

More Life, More Music

Bobby Palomin, Editor

May 30, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Hip-hop superstar Drake released his seventh studio album “More Life” which exploded on the scene getting more first week online streams than any other album in history. But is this wild popularity due to the content of the music or the popularity of Drake as a cultural icon? The album is very long...

School’s got talent

School’s got talent

LJ Haider, Social Media Editor

May 9, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Twenty minutes after the talent show was supposed to begin, audience goers waited in their cloth seats wondering why the show hasn't started. Student Council advisor Christopher Helkey breaks the tension and introduces the first comedy act. The talent show commences with acts from may bands, dance ro...

STUCO sets stage for talent show

STUCO sets stage for talent show

John Garza, Staff Writer

May 5, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

The student council will host the student talent show and showcase over 25 different students and groups tonight at 7 p.m. The last talent show that the school carried was in 2015 and hosted by the Spanish Club. This time, the student council took over and will reward those who showed most talent...

On the ballroom floor

On the ballroom floor

Emma Sipple and John Garza

May 2, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Juniors and seniors packed the dance floor at the 2017 prom Saturday at the JW Marriott. King Josh Adkins and queen Ann Mark received their crowns as senior superlatives were announced.

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Percussion Pop

Percussion Pop

John Garza, Staff Writer

April 28, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

It was assistant band director Jeffrey Yates who is responsible for the overload of percussion instruments in the senior dining hall. He will also be responsible for leading the band concert tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the auditorium. "Percussion Pop" will feature songs written and performed by Toto,...

Get prom concierge service with app

Staff Reports

April 27, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

The JW Event Concierge team wants to hear from prom attendees, even before they arrive for the big event on Saturday. The Grecian Garden-themed prom takes place 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the JW Marriott San Antonio, 23808 Resort Parkway. Tickets are on sale in the senior dining hall through Frid...

Silver Spurs ready to shine in Spring Show

Silver Spurs ready to shine in Spring Show

Laney Rendon and Jack Mobley

April 26, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

A typical season for most sports lasts a few months (sometimes a semester), but that isn’t the case for the dance team. Being a Silver Spur is a yearlong commitment. “I don't think people realize our season starts in July during the summer practices then goes all the way until late April to do...