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Math teacher Troy Wyant instructs his second period students both online and face-to-face.

Moving forward

Academic dean, principal, and teacher reflect on first semester and share plans for second
Catherine Diel, Social Media Manager February 9, 2021

Hybrid instruction this past fall semester left staff and students with questions on how spring semester will go. This was the first time teachers have had split classrooms, with some students face-to-face...

The new JROTC Commander spoke to his cadets on academic integrity.

Saluting an SV newcomer

Commander Scott Outlaw takes over open position
Mazzy Rall, Staff Writer February 3, 2021

After Commander Michael Mullen’s leaving, the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps was out on a hunt to find a new commander. The new arrival, Commander Scott Outlaw, began his new position last week.  As...

JROTC and color guard perform at this past semester's Veterans Day ceremony.

Young women in leadership

Cadets talk about their time in all-female color guard
Grace Bush, Staff Writer January 29, 2021

Senior Julie Schultz joined the color guard because she thought it was very patriotic and loved watching it.  “Competing for color guard is really fun, but it’s more difficult than you think,"...

Both school nurses, Natalie Kuhn and Cheryl Sims (pictured), tackle COVID-19-related concerns.

Nursing COVID

School nurse shares precautionary measures to dealing with pandemic
Tatum Tomallo, Social Media Manager January 22, 2021

Despite the unrelenting pandemic riding into the second semester, school nurses Cheryl Sims and Natalie Kuhn risk exposure on a daily basis to provide for the needs of students and faculty.  If a student...

Kamala Harris and Joe Biden will be inaugurated on Jan. 20.

Madam Vice President

With her inauguration next week, students and faculty comment on first female vice president-elect
Catherine Diel, Social Media Manager January 12, 2021

Kamala Harris became the first female, first Black, first South Asian United States Vice President-elect on  Nov. 7 when she and President-elect Joe Biden were announced as projected winners of the 2020...

Senior Thomas Conner was born without a radius in his forearm, but that has not limited his achievements.

Don’t doubt Thomas

Senior gives back to the community that gave to him
Emma Siebold, Sports Editor January 11, 2021

National Merit Semifinalist. Athlete. Good Samaritan. There are many ways to describe senior Thomas Conner. Thomas, born without a radius in his forearm, decided to give back to the hospital that gave...

In a farewell statement, assistant principal Dean Hofer says goodbye to faculty and staff who turned out for his retirement sendoff on Dec. 18.

Education career adds up

Assistant principal retires after 16 years in the valley
Kayla Rackley and Kylie Moss January 7, 2021

  Assistant principal Dean Hofer officially retired from Smithson Valley High School on Dec. 18.  Hofer worked in Comal for 16 years. Although he became an assistant principal, he had other...

Drew, Jack, and Elle Suermann enjoy a family outing at a bowling alley.

Without saying a word

How junior Drew Suermann is changing the lives of those around him through his autism
Rebekah Mann, News Editor December 17, 2020

The Suermanns have a beautiful house, three beautiful kids and a beautiful dog, but their lives will never be “normal.” “Most parents think of being an empty nester one day, or watching their...

Jalen Nutt weaves through the San Marcos defense. Nutt has compiled 1,661 total yards and 17 touchdowns in his first season as a varsity quarterback.

To be or Nutt to be

Jalen Nutt thrives despite position change
Jackson Posey, Sports Editor December 17, 2020
Jalen Nutt thrives despite position change
Joe Hunt (left) and Carter Hill lead the team cheer at the 2019 District meet. Hill signed with Northern Michigan on Wednesday.

King of the Hills

Carter Hill isn’t an everyday swimmer, and his accomplishments reflect that.
Parker Maroney, Staff Writer November 13, 2020
Hill was part of the 2019 200 medley relay that set the state record.
Former students Kayleigh Klinksiek and Rebekah Mann placed flowers next to Stacie Younts' bench in honor of their teacher's death. The flower vases were made by Klinksiek's dad.

Remembering Stacie Younts

Students and teachers memorialize late faculty member on the anniversary of her passing
Rebekah Mann, News Editor November 5, 2020

The metal bench sits behind the flagpoles facing the school where social studies teacher Stacie Younts taught for 22 years.  An engravement on the bench reads “In memory of Stacie Younts.” Younts...

Junior Brianna Van Pelt and sophomore Reagan Elizondo warm up for a home game against New Braunfels.

Off the court: Chapter 1

Reagan Elizondo aims for a greater leadership role, state playoff run
Tim Tschoepe, Sports Editor October 28, 2020
The Journey of Reagan Elizondo
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