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Spinning Into Action

Spinning Into Action

Leslie Juarez, Staff Writer

December 18, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

After a season of marching in the fall, the color guard is ready to step into winter guard season. Color Guard uses a variety of equipment, such as flags, rifles, and sabres, to make a visual presentation in a show. In the fall, color guard performs with the marching band during football halftime. Wh...

Promoting the importance of a promise

Promoting the importance of a promise

Rebecca Covington, Opinion Editor

December 18, 2017


Filed under Features

Keeping promises and honoring commitments are measured as values of worth. Family, friends, and businesses use these to determine an individual's trustworthiness. To prove the importance of keeping your word, Superintendent Andrew Kim invited students from Spring Branch and Smithson Valley middle sch...

Internet “open” for business

Internet “open” for business

Emma Sipple and Jack Padgett

December 15, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality in a three to two vote yesterday. Net neutrality is a set of laws preventing internet providers from throttling the speeds of any website or blocking sites. In addition, it prevents internet providers from charging an extra fee for visiting a website. Since t...

Hopes of kindness spread

Hopes of kindness spread

Makayla Kyner, Staff Writer

December 12, 2017


Filed under Features

Holding slips of paper inside envelopes on a board outside the library, school librarian Amanda Trussell started Randoms Acts of Kindness (RAK) as a way to spread more love around the school.   “I put up the board hoping that people would get the idea of what kind of things are nice, that was re...

Unmasked

Unmasked

Leslie Juarez and Makayla Kyner

November 14, 2017


Filed under Features, Multimedia, Showcase

Gallery of pictures from the homecoming dance.

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Flood of support

Flood of support

Emma Sipple, Co-Editor in Chief

November 14, 2017


Filed under Features

Bright orange five gallon buckets dotted the AG barn as students and teachers gathered together to prepare the flood buckets for send off to South Texas. Assembly lines were set up as students sorted the supplies, stuffed them into buckets and cataloged what supplies were still needed to fill the buck...

Exchange affirmed

Exchange affirmed

Leslie Jaurez and Makayla Kyner

November 14, 2017


Filed under Features, News

Junior Jesper Steenholdt from Stenlose Privatskole, Denmark is the first foreign exchange student on the debate team. “I just started learning debate last week.” Steenholdt said. “Smithson Valley HS is a pretty big school and someone that is new can easily get intimidated at first.” Jesper states that...

Bringing science to life

Bringing science to life

Chloe Presley-Gundaker, Author

October 6, 2017


Filed under Profiles, Showcase

Just like Smithson Valley High School has new students, the school also has new staff members that are new as well, and they also are having to adapt to their new environment. Over the time of the second week of school, I interviewed a few of them, so you can get to know them, like they are getting to ...

Fields of Faith set Oct. 4

Fields of Faith set Oct. 4

Emma Black

September 28, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

To praise as a community, on Oct. 4 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Ranger Stadium, students and staff will gather at Fields of Faith to enjoy music, pray, and testify. Coach Lisa Daigle is the staff organizer of Fields of Faith and has students leading testimony and praise. Paul Brant from the Bulverde Baptist C...

Getting stats on new teacher

Getting stats on new teacher

Chloe Presley-Gundaker, Author

September 20, 2017


Filed under Profiles

Just like Smithson Valley High School has new students, the school also has new staff members that are new as well, and they also are having to adapt to their new environment. Over the time of the second week of school, I interviewed a few of them, so you can get to know them, like they are getting to ...

A look at global politics

A look at global politics

Emma Black, Staff Writer

September 15, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

With a chance to speak to revolutionaries in Mexico, senators in the USA, and college professors at Princeton, Brandon Warren got a taste of global political education at the highest level. Warren, a junior, attended the “The Global Issues in the 21st Century” program at Princeton over the summer. ...

Reporting truth, learning with professionals

Reporting truth, learning with professionals

Emma Sipple, Web Editor

May 23, 2017


Filed under Features, Opinion/Editorial, Showcase

Texas legislators submitted a bill which protects student journalists from administrative censorship in public schools. The bill does not protect articles containing libel, obscenity or slander as in the case for professional publications. The bill also includes a retaliation clause protecting faculty who d...