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King of the mountain

King of the mountain

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor

March 26, 2020

A military kid, Devante Mount has leveraged his background in his quest for greatness.

Theatre knocks it out of the (Clybourne) park

Theatre knocks it out of the (Clybourne) park

Aidenne Despres and Tatum Tomallo

March 8, 2020

A quiet auditorium after a long day of performances. Five schools wait with anticipation. The contest manager is about to announce the schools who will advance to one-act district competition. “Comal’s Smithson Valley!” The auditorium erupts with applause. The class lines up onstage to receive their 1st plac...

Who are you really?

Who are you really?

Chloe Presley-Gundaker, Managing Editor

March 5, 2020

The idea of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator has been around since 1921, when Carl Jung released his book, "Psychological Types," and was later followed with the creation of the assessment by Isabel Briggs Myers. The 10-15 minute assessment makes you ask yourself questions like "what are my strengths...

Heart and sole

Heart and sole

Daniel Lackey and Margaret Edmonson

February 29, 2020

She worked on the weekends. She worked on the weekdays after school. She worked and worked and worked, accumulating more than 100 service hours in the process. All for a bunch of dirty shoes. Senior Abby Redin headed the Soles 4 Souls community service project, striving to collect pairs of shoes ...

Understanding Black History Month

Understanding Black History Month

Joey Clark, Staff Writer

February 27, 2020

The term slavery left a bad taste in America’s mouth, a healing scar many would rather forget was there. Segregation, a dark cloud dissipated years ago by the activists of the civil rights movement that have put away their signs.  Black suffrage was achieved years ago, and in many ways the equal worl...

From hopes and dreams to Harvard

From hopes and dreams to Harvard

Emma Siebold, Staff Writer

February 22, 2020

Mendez has made made many sacrifices to achieve his goals to attend the prestigious university.

French class hero

French class hero

Catherine Diel, Social Media Manager

February 21, 2020

Growing up in a Spanish speaking household in Laredo, Linda Hawkins never expected she would become a French teacher.  “My secondary, or even primary, language was Spanish,” Hawkins said. “My grandmother spoke nothing but Spanish. I spoke Spanish and English at the house.” This all chan...

Theatre department tackles 50-year play

Theatre department tackles 50-year play

Aidenne Despres, Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

In one act, production theater's "Clybourne Park" traces 50 years of societal change from utter intolerance to concealed tension between black and white people. The cast and crew will perform "Clybourne Park" for the UIL One-Act Play contest, a statewide competition with both technical and acting a...

Play ball

Play ball

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor

February 11, 2020

Senior Caleb Mosley is a real-life Troy Bolton.

Teacher shares experience at Centennial Park bombing

Teacher shares experience at Centennial Park bombing

Chloe Presley-Gundaker, Managing Editor

February 7, 2020

After walking to her car, due to an overcrowd in the concert she had attended at the Centennial Olympic Park, Chemistry teacher Kay Newsome heard one huge, loud boom, followed by panicking screams of those who surrounded her. What Newsome had just experienced was the bombing of an event that killed...

How to save a life

How to save a life

Rebekah Mann, News Editor

January 30, 2020

Coughing and turning blue, the baby boy showed signs of distress.  Without hesitation, waitress Natalie Bueno jumped into action, leaned the infant forward and placed his chest in one hand. With the other hand, she thumped the child’s back until he spit out the culprits: a piece of tape and a c...

Light work

Light work

Rebekah Mann, News Editor

January 24, 2020

Intelligent, driven, but most of all, the technology theater department’s go-to electrician - that’s senior Gracen Farmer. In Farmer’s four years in tech theatre , she gained social and life skills, but most importantly, a solid group of friends.  “She does everything,” tech theatre...