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5 things to know before election season

5 things to know before election season

Jackson Posey, Staff Writer

September 21, 2018


Filed under News

Midterms 2018 are here, and they could shape the foundations of America for years to come. Students turning 18 before Nov. 6 have the ability to make their voice heard by voting. Here is everything you need to know before then. 1. How to Register Texas makes registering especially easy for first-t...

Equipped to quit or persevere

Equipped to quit or persevere

Rebecca Covington, Editor in Chief

September 20, 2018


Filed under News

The odds were stacked against Stephen Mackey. Born to a teenage white mother and an older black father in a racist community, he faced expectations of him to fail, to not graduate high school, never attend college, become a teen father, and end up in prison. “I had to learn that I was not a mistake,...

Tracking the truth

Tracking the truth

Makayla Kyner, Staff Writer

September 19, 2018


Filed under News

New technologies have made tracking possible, but only a few years ago this was not something that could be done. This new idea is creating conflict considering parents are not sure whether it is an effective and beneficial thing to do. With new technology giving access to knowledge on the where...

Homecoming court announced

Homecoming court announced

Alex McArthur, Autumn Young, and Samantha Gonzales

September 14, 2018


Filed under News

Senior Madi Forbes and Logan Smith carried away the sash and crown Friday as the homecoming court was announced during halftime of Friday's game. Forbes was on hand to receive her accolades, but Smith was in the locker room getting ready for the second half of the football game. Jacob Cox and Tara...

Marching into the season

Marching into the season

Leslie Juarez, Staff Writer

September 5, 2018


Filed under News

After two months of rehearsals, the marching band and color guard is ready for the brand new fall season. The marching band and color guard performs at football games, parades, the Comal County fair  and marching competitions. This organization typically starts off the season by performing a traditional...

Counting from the start

Counting from the start

Daniel Lackey, Staff Writer

September 4, 2018


Filed under News

The beginning of the 2018-2019 school year has taken off and features a surplus of fresh incoming students and teachers mixed into the population batch. For this year, the school contains a whopping total of 2,872 students. Contributing the most to this number is the freshmen class, with 774 enrollees seeki...

School shooting leads to questioning on safety

School shooting leads to questioning on safety

Joseph Romano and Bobby Palomin

May 29, 2018


Filed under News

In the wake of the most recent shooting at Santa Fe High School, the conversation regarding how to protect the lives of the youth of America continues to rage on. While the finite details of what policy needs to be changed is still up for debate, state and district leaders explore ways to keep students s...

‘Arabian Night’ out

‘Arabian Night’ out

Wyatt Tomallo and Hudson Murphy

May 14, 2018


Filed under Multimedia, News

    With nearly 750 tickets sold before prom on Saturday night, organizers of the event had their hands full to get the JW Marriott ballroom ready for an Arabian Night. And their efforts were not wasted. "The crowd was pumped to the max," junior Bryce Petro said. "Everybody ...

Prom countdown

Prom countdown

Leslie Juarez, Staff Writer

May 10, 2018


Filed under Features, News

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...

AP testing begins

AP testing begins

Rebecca Covington, Opinion Editor

May 7, 2018


Filed under News

"Review time" has settled on advanced classes, with teachers preparing students for upcoming exams. For students in these classes, College Board AP exams are more important than finals, and the journey to get a score of 3,4, or 5 determines whether or not a student receives college credit for the course....

Cloud hangs over vaping devices

Cloud hangs over vaping devices

Makayla Kyner, Staff Writer

May 4, 2018


Filed under News

The vape gets shoved into his backpack, and he feels a rush of adrenaline. He hasn’t even vaped yet. The rush of not getting caught almost acts as the hit itself. “My freshman year I wasn’t really into it,” senior Steve Wragg* said. “But now, it’s all I do. I do it for the buzz. It’s...

Color guard auditions to be held

Color guard auditions to be held

Leslie Juarez, Staff Writer

May 2, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

As the season is about to come to an end, the color guard is looking for new recruits. The guard will have two mini flag camps at the SVHS band hall from 4:30-6 p.m. The first camp was Friday, April 27. The second camp will be on Thursday, May 17. At the flag camp, the guard instructor and the current...