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Light work

Light work

Rebekah Mann, News Editor

January 24, 2020

Intelligent, driven, but most of all, the technology theatre department’s go-to electrician - that’s what senior Gracen Farmer is. This is Farmer’s fourth year in tech theatre where she has gained social and life skills, but most importantly, a solid group of friends.  “She does every...

Academic alacrity

Academic alacrity

Daniel Lackey, Editor In-Chief

January 17, 2020

Getting five hours of shut-eye every night is a luxury for senior Audrey Pauletti. In spite of this four-year reality, Pauletti managed to earn a spot as a National Merit Commended recipient in October while advancing to the second round of District band auditions early December, even advanced to the...

Femnazism: a feminist story

Femnazism: a feminist story

Catherine Diel, Social Media Manager

January 15, 2020

In the words of Saturday Night Live’s ‘This Is Not A Feminist Song’, “The world, it needs an anthem, for all of women kind. A song to fight. A song to right the wrongs of all of time.” Feminism: the advocacy of women's rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes.  “My definition of femini...

Long nights, determination, and art

Long nights, determination, and art

Chloe Presley-Gundaker, Managing Editor

January 9, 2020

Art has always played a major part in Jaxson Derr’s story, defining everything he does, with little to no break in between.  “Ever since I watched the Pixar films, and superhero films and stuff like that, I knew I wanted to be in that realm in terms of art,” Derr said. “So there wasn’t r...

Deck the halls

Deck the halls

Meggan Muzquiz, Photo Editor

December 6, 2019

  The much-sought after butcher paper cart made its reappearance Friday while teachers and students glued, pasted and taped garland, lights and ribbons - all in a quest to win Student Council's door decorating contest. Judging takes place Monday, so competitors stayed after school Friday ...

A fight to the finish

A fight to the finish

Emma Siebold, Staff Writer

November 13, 2019

Sara Scott, a junior on the team, placed fourth overall in state.

Heroes in the hallways

Heroes in the hallways

Tatum Tomallo, Staff Writer

November 11, 2019

When the campus gathered at Ranger Stadium today for Veterans Day, teachers and staff members sat in the area reserved for veterans. Among them was Orlando Dona, a college algebra and statistics teacher as well as a retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who takes his military philosophy into the class...

Behind the scenes of ‘Middletown’

Behind the scenes of ‘Middletown’

Aidenne Despres, Staff Writer

November 6, 2019

In the shadows of the auditorium are the people who work the hardest. The unseen heroes that bring light and life to the actors onstage.  Technical director* James Black was hired this year to be in charge of the crew*. He and his student techies build set pieces in the shop*, control lights in the...

From the fiddle to the front podium

From the fiddle to the front podium

Virginia Price, Staff Writer

October 24, 2019

For orchestra director Richard Helsley, music has always been a big part of his life; he cannot imagine life without it. At the age of three, Helsley constantly pestered his parents and other musicians about playing an instrument, when his family finally gave into his constant badgering; they allowe...

Sophomore strives to lead section

Sophomore strives to lead section

Jake Perez and Joey Clark

October 18, 2019

The new director’s student leadership team sheet, taped by the band door, announced the next year’s leaders. Sophomore Emily Armstrong made her way through the crowd. Her eye caught on the name she sought: her own.  Armstrong earned the role as tenor saxophone section leader, an unusual accompli...

No argument here

No argument here

Rebekah Mann, News Editor

October 2, 2019

Madly driven, incredibly motivated, and passionate: that’s how senior Maddie Aguilar is described by her debate teammates. Aguilar joined debate as a freshman wanting to fill a blank spot in her schedule.  Now, she is the defending district debate champion, a two time regional qualifier in extemporane...

Tuning towards the 2019-2020 orchestral season

Tuning towards the 2019-2020 orchestral season

Virginia Price, Staff Writer

September 26, 2019

 There is no escaping the sounds of Richard Helsley telling his students to practice their instruments every night when they get home . Or the ringing of out-of-tune string instruments through your ears. Helsley, teacher of the Smithson Valley Orchestra program, claims that this school year will be a...