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Serving up to a new year

Serving up to a new year

Leslie Juarez, Staff Writer

September 18, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

It's officially the start of the 2o18- 2019 school year and there have been several changes, from new portable classrooms to new students and staff. New culinary teacher Margaret Marucci adds to the mix with her new take on cooking. "Mrs. Marucci teaches in a different style because she has given...

Texas mania of mums

Texas mania of mums

Rebekah Mann, Staff Writer

September 14, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

For most Texas students, the idea of homecoming consists of large chrysanthemums or "mums." The large bursting flower with school colors such as navy, white and red is a Homecoming tradition. This time of year brings frantic mothers to race the aisles of Hobby Lobby in search of the perfect ribbon....

Prom countdown

Prom countdown

Leslie Juarez, Staff Writer

May 10, 2018


Filed under Features, News

The 2018 prom is coming up and will be held on Saturday, May 12. It will be held at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill County Resort from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. The prom is themed, 'Arabian Nights'. Tickets are selling fast and prices have been increasing. There are many students who bought their prom tickets...

Color guard flourishes to state championships

Color guard flourishes to state championships

Leslie Juarez, Staff writer

March 27, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

With a score of 80.76, the color guard won first place for the TECA North Zone Championships at Wagner HS on Saturday and will advance to State. The guard beat runner up Robert E. Lee HS by three points with their show called "Applause."The guard added a little more to the show by wearing masks. "The...

Barreling to success

Barreling to success

Makayla Kyner, Staff Writer

March 23, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

Galloping at a breakneck pace, sophomore Megan Miller headed to state for barrel racing after hours of hard work. Miller competed in the state championship and made Nationals in Wyoming March 10. and 11. “Last year in the last rodeo, I was in 11th place and they take the top 10 to state. During that week...

Spinning into state

Spinning into state

Leslie Juarez, Staff Writer

March 9, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

The winter guard performed at Dripping Springs HS for the WGI Competition on  March 3. According to wgi.org , the guard scored 69.320 for the preliminaries. The guard's scores have been increasing ever since their first competition this season.   According to TECA.com , the guard scored 52.750, w...

Color guard steps into second place

Color guard steps into second place

Leslie Juarez, Staff Writer

March 2, 2018


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The winter guard will perform at Dripping Springs High School in Austin for Winter Guard International on Saturday. The guard spins back into the game after receiving sixth place at the previous competition (Winter Guard International at Canyon High School) by winning second place at the Texas Edu...

Winter Guard Changes the Game

Winter Guard Changes the Game

Leslie Juarez, Staff Writer

February 22, 2018


Filed under Features

The winter guard represented the school by winning first place at their first competition on Jan 27. The show was titled "Applause." “Most shows use depressing and nonfiction to get emotion from the audience," senior Carlie Gothard said. The guard used a more "upbeat" theme for the show to attract...

Marksmanship team preparing for nationals

Marksmanship team preparing for nationals

Emma Sipple, Co-Editor in Chief

February 9, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

Sitting, then kneeling, then standing, junior Grant Pattison fires 20 shots which are judged on a electronically scored range. As team commander, Pattison will lead his team to national competition in Arizona Feb. 8-10. “Well my main goal for this year is to get to a team to go to nationals in t...

Steps to surviving the CAs

Steps to surviving the CAs

Leslie Juarez, Staff Writer

February 6, 2018


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Common Assessments, tests that make sure that students are learning what they need to in the school year, are coming up soon in February.  Here are some studying tips from 20 Study Strategies for Finals: Get plenty of sleep- Staying up late can affect your concentration and your grade. Getting plenty ...