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King of the Hills

Joe Hunt (left) and Carter Hill lead the team cheer at the 2019 District meet. Hill signed with Northern Michigan on Wednesday.
Carter Hill isn’t an everyday swimmer, and his accomplishments reflect that.
November 13, 2020
Hill was part of the 2019 200 medley relay that set the state record.

Off the court: Chapter 2

Maddie Dennis gets ready to serve against the Clemens Buffaloes
Maddie Dennis speaks on what it means to be a team
November 9, 2020
The story of Maddie Dennis

Remembering Stacie Younts

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.
Students and teachers memorialize late faculty member on the anniversary of her passing
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...

Off the court: Chapter 1

Junior Brianna Van Pelt and sophomore Reagan Elizondo warm up for a home game against New Braunfels.
Reagan Elizondo aims for a greater leadership role, state playoff run
October 28, 2020
The Journey of Reagan Elizondo

One goal in mind

Senior forward Helene Farris kicks a ball in her LEE uniform. Farris will play a key role on this year's team.
Senior Helene Farris has overcome obstacles on her path to stardom
October 21, 2020
Senior forward Helene Farris has overcome obstacles on her path to stardom.

All’s well that ends, ‘Wells’

Brothers Kasen (center left) and Jarek Wells (center right) pose for end-of-year  photos. The two share a last name, but they're
Star athletes Jarek and Kasen Wells aren't just brothers - they're best friends
June 6, 2020
Jarek and Kasen Wells are brothers, but their connection runs deeper than blood

This is…Lucy Capt (Part I)

This is...Lucy Capt (Part I)
NHS sponsor, AP teacher, and former coach reflects on her journey before, during, and after her time at SV
June 3, 2020

  Before Smithson Valley: The College Years   Texas A&M freshman Lucy Capt wrestles with her mind. Business...or history? History...or business? Since graduating as her class’s salutatorian...

This is…Lucy Capt (Part II)

This is...Lucy Capt (Part II)
NHS sponsor, AP teacher, and former coach reflects on her journey before, during, and after her time at SV
June 3, 2020

  During SV: Struggles and Revelations   Tap. Tap tap tap tap. Tap tap. Tap. Tap.  It’s early November. Night falls. Capt’s at home, at her desk, typing up the program for the previously...

A fish’s view

A fish's view
Freshmen share their perspectives of the pandemic
May 11, 2020

Crystal blue skies are way up high, out of sight, out of mind. Murky water clouds the eyes of the little fish as they swim along. The fish are smaller than most others in these waters, fresh to a new setting....

Adapting to reality

Freshman Iris Bradbury photographs the front of the school for a Journalism I assignment on April 5.
Students reflect on changes brought forth from COVID-19
April 18, 2020

  "I'm happy and all, but I'm a little worried for next year because we'll probably be behind. And what about orchestra? How am I supposed to get into honors program?" freshman Riley Brown...

King of the mountain

Devante Mount fights for a layup against New Braunfels. Mount was a key starter on basketball's first playoff team in a half-decade.
Devante Mount has overcome obstacles on his path to greatness
March 26, 2020
A military kid, Devante Mount has leveraged his background in his quest for greatness.
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