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

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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

Students were asked to wear green on Monday to recognize National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month. (Graphic made via Canva)

Student headspace

Bethany Mann, Staff writer October 12, 2021

A constant state of nervousness and anxiety: that's how freshman Isabella Hickey feels she lives her life. She was first diagnosed with major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder when she...

Comal Independent School District teachers watched human trafficking videos are part of their training.

The rise of human trafficking

Joey Clark, Copy Editor October 6, 2021

“Don’t talk to strangers.”  It’s a phrase drilled into the minds of children as soon as they can walk. In elementary school, 6-year-olds learn not to hop into lone, white vans and that candy...

Junior Colin Doyle crams in studying in the locker room after swim practice.

The double life

Emma Siebold and Parker Maroney September 30, 2021

 For many students, a typical school day begins around 9 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m.  High school students participating in athletics often get to school before sunrise, and they don’t leave until...

FCCLA members Ashley Villarreal and Aly Pelletier chat with seniors Joyce and Japka.

Senior Social Sunday

Emily Krupa and Giavanna Herrera September 30, 2021

On Sunday, September 26, members of FCCLA spent a day with the senior citizens at the Bulverde/Spring Branch Activity Center. The theme for the day was “You’ve got a friend in me”, and both the seniors...

Isabella Riveron visiting a small village while traveling in Austria.

Student returns to states after 5 years abroad

Bethany Mann, Staff Writer September 27, 2021

Isabella Riveron lives a nomadic life; she has never moved with the intention of staying in one place permanently. That is, until now. “It gets harder the older I get,” Riveron said. “Knowing...

Suicide awareness posters are located around the school with QR codes for students looking for help.

Students and faculty show support during Suicide Prevention Month

Emily Krupa and Giavanna Herrera September 21, 2021

September is Suicide Prevention Month, and its goal is to try to help young people who suffer from depression and suicidal thoughts. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people between the...

Floral design student Mayson Goodwin laughs and makes homecoming mums for the upcoming game. They made the mums to keep or donate to fellow classmates.


Giavanna Herrera and Emily Krupa September 10, 2021

Texas homecoming has become synonymous with mums-wearing. Homecoming mums have become a staple tradition for high schools all across the state. The homecoming mum tradition started in the 1930s, and...

Listed above are the spirit days preceding September 11s homecoming dance.

Get your spirit in gear

Emily Krupa and Giavanna Herrera September 4, 2021

After this past year’s dance was cancelled because of COVID-19, homecoming returns in full force next week. The homecoming football game starts at 7 p.m on Friday against El Paso Eastwood. Voting...

Toe-tapping in the back of the end zone, Trevon Moehrig tips an interception to himself. Moehrig, a Smithson Valley alum, is widely expected to be selected in the first round of this weekends NFL draft.

Tre’s anatomy

Jackson Posey, Sports Director April 29, 2021
Tre’von Moehrig is more than meets the eye
Conner Stevenson, Anna Johnson, Julie Schultz, and Alyssa Meffert receive ROTC scholarships.

A final award

Mazzy Rall, Staff Writer April 28, 2021

 The National Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps annually selects grant scholarships to some senior cadets. Out of the 150 senior cadets in the Ranger Battalion, four were given the scholarship...

Sophomores Mason Mock and Ainsley Miliken decorate stickers to put outside of classrooms. On the stickers, students wrote phrases such as This is a safe space or Your mental health matters.

A united front

Emma Siebold, Sports Editor March 29, 2021
As political and social environments change outside of school, the culture of Smithson Valley is altered with it. The S.U.R.E Club is always accepting new members who hope to educate students and create a safe and diverse learning environment. 
Siblings Ryan and Sage Benca square off in the snow. Both compete for the schools wrestling team.

The Battlin’ Bencas

Parker Maroney, Staff Writer March 26, 2021
The Benca siblings are finishing their stay at Smithson Valley, and they intend to go out with a bang.
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