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In the zone

In the zone

Taralynn Gates and Jackson Posey

March 8, 2019


Filed under Entertainment, News

The room is black. Standing in a circle, connected by hands. Eyes closed, ears open, listening to the director’s words and feeling his hands on their shoulders as he speaks to them. The fate of the work that was put into the show over the last two months is about to be decided as they prepare to s...

Shattered Dreams

Shattered Dreams

Leslie Juarez, Staff Writer

March 6, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

In an attempt to dissuade students from drinking and driving during their Spring Breaks and throughout the rest of their lives, the Family and Community Services program will host Shattered Dreams, a two day program that includes a mock crash and mock memorial to emphasize the effects of driving distracted...

SPUD week returns

SPUD week returns

Laney Rendon, Editor-in-Chief

March 5, 2019


Filed under News

Students Performing Unselfish Deeds (SPUD) week will take place March 25-29. Family and Community Services (FACS) classes made a goal to raise $7000 that week for the designated beneficiary Seth Permenter. Permenter was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a malignant tumor of bone when he was in the fourth...

Braingers’ old record under stampede

Braingers’ old record under stampede

Laney Rendon, Editor-in-Chief

February 26, 2019


Filed under News

Three circle lunch tables. Seven advisors. Students of all grades. Yet all these had one thing in common: they were in New Braunfels this past Saturday, Feb. 23 for UIL academics. The results are listed below: Accounting: 5th place - Junior Skylar Hoover Calculator Applications: 4th pla...

Testing the water

Testing the water

Taralynn Gates, Staff Writer

February 20, 2019


Filed under News

With SAT School Day around the corner, juniors begin preparing for standardized college admissions test. The school district provides the day to test juniors on March 6, but students can take steps to maximize their scores. College Board provides links to show what to expect, as well as resources with tips...

An honor better than joules

An honor better than joules

Skylar Butts, Staff Writer

February 13, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

Every year, one teacher is chosen to represent the school. Nominated and voted upon by colleagues, this year, Keven Harshbarger is the lucky educator given the award. “You have to be nominated,” Harshbarger said. “Some other teacher has to submit your name. And then they give you this questionn...

Soles for Souls

Soles for Souls

Leslie Juarez, Staff Writer

February 11, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

On Feb. 4, the student led service project, Soles for Souls Shoe Drive began taking donations. "The most common type of shoe is a gently used shoe and those are the shoes that are sent to third world countries," the student leading the project junior Abigail Reddon said. The purpose of this cause...

Varsity guard snatches first place

Varsity guard snatches first place

Leslie Juarez, Staff Writer

February 4, 2019


Filed under News

As the announcer introduces them, the guard scrambles to set the floor and their equipment set so they can get into position for the very first performance of the season. Silence fills the air as the guard stays stone still and the music is being prepared to play. Mixed emotions fill the girls heads...

Coloring is the new wave

Coloring is the new wave

Laney Rendon, Editor-in-Chief

January 31, 2019


Filed under News

It is everywhere. Hovering the halls, leaking into classrooms, always in the back of students’ minds. Stress. It is stress and it has been a problem for high school students since the start of freshman year. Luckily, librarian Amanda Trussell has found a solution: coloring. A large coloring sheet can be found in the l...

District issues mandatory clear-bag policy

District issues mandatory clear-bag policy

Daniel Lackey, Staff Writer

January 17, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase, Sports

Comal ISD recently issued a solution to growing safety concerns on Jan. 7: a clear, easy-to-see-through bag required for attendees of sporting events taking place in all three high schools in the district, which allows personal belongings to be plainly visible to security personnel. “We saw this a...

Winter break festivities

Winter break festivities

Leslie Juarez, Staff Writer

January 14, 2019


Filed under News

Students had different ways to celebrate when school was let out for winter break. Some prefer to keep it simple and stay local over break. "I went out with family to the movies a lot. I got to watch Wreck it Ralph 2 and Mary Poppins Returns," senior Annabelle Sanchez said. "On New Years we went...

The right combination

The right combination

Leslie Juarez, Staff Writer

December 11, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Over the years, students have been questioning the lockers that are in the C wing hallway. Questions include, "Why don't we have lockers anymore?" Assistant Principal Dean Hofer said that due to the school’s growth, the hallways got more narrow. They were removed around the 2008-2009 time frame...