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LGBT community met with various reactions

LGBT community met with various reactions

Chloe Presley-Gundaker, Staff Writer

March 8, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

Taking a deep breath, nerves on edge, she was unsure what response she would get. Walking through the halls, holding hands with her girlfriend, she knew what they were thinking: the smirks, the snarls and the questioning looks said it all. No one ever knows the response they will get when they take that...

Living, breathing, sleeping soccer

Living, breathing, sleeping soccer

Daniel Lackey, Staff Writer

February 15, 2019


Filed under Features, Profiles, Showcase, Sports

Whether it be driving to the school to coach girls’ varsity soccer at sunrise or manning club by sunset, one fact remains for Coach Jason Adkins: his life revolves around the blood, sweat and tears that goes with instructing soccer for sixteen years as a head coach for the Lady Rangers. Throughou...

Kicking goals into the future

Kicking goals into the future

Rebecca Covington

February 14, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

Damita Mendoza knows what pressure is. Her heartbeat echoes in her ears as she ties up her cleats, fingers fiddling with the laces. She remembers these words to herself: Do not get discouraged. Do not forget your role. Just brush the grass off your legs and keep running. Keep leading. As one of thr...

Sibling success

Sibling success

Laney Rendon, Editor-in-Chief

February 5, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

Unlike most UIL students, senior Ross Stoutamyer competed alongside his older brother his freshman year. Being an athlete outside of school whereas his brother focused on band, the both of them thrived in their academics. Ryan Stoutamyer may have graduated and left this school two years ago, but his e...

Senior shines away senior year

Senior shines away senior year

Makayla Kyner, Staff Writer

January 25, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

Since 1849 in Comal County, Cody Elbel’s family has been running a farm operation. As a part of the FFA program for nine years, competing in steer showing (SAE), creed speaking (LDE), meat judging (CDE), three tractor restorations (SAE) and varsity shotgun Ag381, Elbel’s life revolves around agricultur...

PDA embraces controversy

PDA embraces controversy

Daniel Lackey, Emilee Johnson, Chloe Presley-Gundaker, and Skylar Butts

January 24, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

The unmistakable presence of couples materializes in every space imaginable: lined up against the walls of A,B,C and D wings, upstairs or downstairs; at A, B, and C lunches; nestled in tight nooks and crannies; before, during, and after school. In between passing periods, partners attempt to take advantage of the ...

Psst! This is what we really, really want

Psst! This is what we really, really want

Joey Clark, Staff Writer

December 21, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

For those not in the holiday spirit, the sound of sleigh bells and the smell of fresh pine and sugar cookies can only mean crowded malls, frantic shopping, and a perpetual headache until Dec 25. Agonizing over what gift to get the person who claims to “not want anything,” the most wonderful t...

Christmas sweets

Christmas sweets

Daniel Lackey, Leslie Juarez, and Chloe Presley-Gundaker

December 19, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

Nothing says Christmas like a sugar-coated confection decorated with icing and sprinkles, and those sweets bring sweet memories of family traditions and festive times. Through the halls and classrooms on campus, visions of sugar plums danced in the heads of students and staff alike. Here's a ...

Teacher puffs away old habit

Teacher puffs away old habit

Taralynn Gates, Daniel Lackey, Skylar Butts, Chloe Presley-Gundaker, and Emilee Johnson

November 15, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

When math teacher Ellen Lloyd started college at Southwestern University, she also started smoking. “Back then we didn’t know about the health hazards,” she said. “It was just kind of the thing to do and a lot of kids were doing it, I guess. Unfortunately I got hooked on it.” For 16 year...

ROTC lends a helping hand

ROTC lends a helping hand

Chloe Presley-Gundaker and Emilee Johnson

November 2, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

About 50 students already have donated to this year's Toys for Tots program sponsored on campus by the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. JROTC also will collect toys tonight at the football game. Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve that distributes toys to...

For safety’s sake

For safety’s sake

Taralynn Gates, Daniel Lackey, Staff Writers

October 30, 2018


Filed under Features, News

May 18, 2018, 7:40 a.m. Seventeen-year-old student Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire, killing 10 high school students and injuring another 13 at Santa Fe High School. This event marked the 22nd school shooting in the United States in 2018. The shooting at Santa Fe took place in the Houston area, only a few h...