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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...

Rising humanitarian recognized

Rising humanitarian recognized

Laney Rendon and Jack Mobley

May 3, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

From non-profit art shows as a kid, to clothes donation groups in high school, now senior Kaitlyn Ecoff was recognized for her volunteer work, when  she received the Prudential Spirit of Community Award in the auditorium, Friday, April 28. With her parents and brother in the audience, Ecoff was given he...

Research course preps for college

Research course preps for college

Rebecca Covington, Staff Writer

April 28, 2017


Filed under Features

Ta expand students’ horizons and introduce them to higher level researching, A new program named Advanced Placement Capstone will be offered in the 2017-2018 school year. AP Capstone includes AP Seminar for the first year of the program and AP Research the second year of the program. The course...

Culinary puts tastes to the test

Culinary puts tastes to the test

Imani Rose, Staff Writer

April 21, 2017


Filed under Features, Photos

Lauren DeLoach's culinary students served up sweet, savory and everything in between during their culinary taste testing Friday in the Blue Star Cafe. DeLoach had her students select dishes that had special meaning or would show off their culinary skills. Cheena Gabriel spooned chipotle short...

Senior of many talents

Senior of many talents

Sydney Braswell and Rebecca Covington

April 20, 2017


Filed under Features

Senior Georgeanna Hoey doesn't know what boredom is. Violinist in the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio Philharmonic. Competitive figure skater for San Antonio Figure Skating Club. A model and a former track athlete. Oh, and a slew of Advanced Placement classes and 5Ks thrown in for good measure. ...

Shattered Dreams program gives second chance

Shattered Dreams program gives second chance

LJ Haider, Alex Alvarado, and Laney Rendon

March 10, 2017


Filed under Features, News, Photos, Showcase

One truck upside down, another car bashed in and frantic students screaming. Crushed cans, broken glass and shattered dreams scattered across the scene. Juniors and seniors came from their second period classes on Thursday to watch the aftermath of a mock teenage drunk driving accident as part o...

Consequences for drunk driving

Consequences for drunk driving

Megan Myles, Design Editor

March 10, 2017


Filed under Features, Photos, Showcase

A person is legally intoxicated with BAC of .08 or higher. First offence has a $2,000 fine with 180 days in jail and a loss of driver's license.

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Warzecha teacher of the year

Warzecha teacher of the year

Jack Padgett, Staff writer

February 22, 2017


Filed under Features, Showcase

Junior physics teacher Ms. Warzecha was named teacher of the year. She teaches five sections of regular physics 1 and one section of AP physics 1. For Warzecha, teaching had always been a passion of hers. “When I was in high school, during the summer I would help out the summer basketball camp ...