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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


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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


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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


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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


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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...

Serving up to a new year

Serving up to a new year

Leslie Juarez, Staff Writer

September 18, 2018


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It's officially the start of the 2o18- 2019 school year and there have been several changes, from new portable classrooms to new students and staff. New culinary teacher Margaret Marucci adds to the mix with her new take on cooking. "Mrs. Marucci teaches in a different style because she has given...

Texas mania of mums

Texas mania of mums

Rebekah Mann, Staff Writer

September 14, 2018


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For most Texas students, the idea of homecoming consists of large chrysanthemums or "mums." The large bursting flower with school colors such as navy, white and red is a Homecoming tradition. This time of year brings frantic mothers to race the aisles of Hobby Lobby in search of the perfect ribbon....

Going the distance

Going the distance

May 31, 2018


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Filled with smiles and laughs, seniors walked down the hallways for the last time May 31 in the annual senior walk. Here is a slideshow of pictures from the event.

Prom countdown

Prom countdown

Leslie Juarez, Staff Writer

May 10, 2018


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The 2018 prom is coming up and will be held on Saturday, May 12. It will be held at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill County Resort from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. The prom is themed, 'Arabian Nights'. Tickets are selling fast and prices have been increasing. There are many students who bought their prom tickets...

Color guard flourishes to state championships

Color guard flourishes to state championships

Leslie Juarez, Staff writer

March 27, 2018


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With a score of 80.76, the color guard won first place for the TECA North Zone Championships at Wagner HS on Saturday and will advance to State. The guard beat runner up Robert E. Lee HS by three points with their show called "Applause."The guard added a little more to the show by wearing masks. "The...

Barreling to success

Barreling to success

Makayla Kyner, Staff Writer

March 23, 2018


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Galloping at a breakneck pace, sophomore Megan Miller headed to state for barrel racing after hours of hard work. Miller competed in the state championship and made Nationals in Wyoming March 10. and 11. “Last year in the last rodeo, I was in 11th place and they take the top 10 to state. During that week...