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A new world vision to end world hunger

A new world vision to end world hunger

Laney Rendon, Editor-in-Chief

April 16, 2019


Filed under News

The annual 30-hour famine began last night at midnight and will continue to tomorrow morning with a breakfast in senior dining for all who participated. Family and Community Services(FACS) students set up booths in the senior dining hall and rotunda last week for sign ups. "With this famine I believe...

Spins for wins

Spins for wins

Leslie Juarez, Staff Writer

April 5, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

After months of practicing and weekly competitions, the Winter guard will compete at the TECA State Championships, located at Southwest HS with junior varsity performing at 2:26 pm and varsity performing at 7:41 pm. This past weekend at the Earl Warren HS TECA Contest, the junior varsity guard received 10th p...

District releases 2019-2020 academic calendar

District releases 2019-2020 academic calendar

Daniel Lackey, Staff Writer

April 5, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

Sleeping soundly, nestled up in warm, bountiful blankets, then snaking an arm through the edges  to ram a finger on the snooze button. For those gripped with the doom of doing so for another two months, the thought of fast-forwarding to the 2019-2020 school year and repeating the trend for another nine...

UIL academics dominates District 26-6A

UIL academics dominates District 26-6A

April 2, 2019


Filed under News, Uncategorized

UIL Academics competed at district on March 30 and brought home district, academic and journalism sweepstakes as well a runner-up speech sweepstakes. Eleven students and four teams are headed to region on April 13. First place teams included: current events, mathematics, number sense, and science. For a complete list of the winners, see below: Accounting - second place team 4th P...

Bye bi-district

Bye bi-district

Taralynn Gates, Staff Writer

March 29, 2019


Filed under News

After dominating in the previous two rounds, zone and district competition, Production's "GINT" advanced yet again. Competing against two schools they encountered the last two rounds, and a additional three schools from Austin, they held their ground and earned second place. The cast and crew continued ...

District champions

District champions

Taralynn Gates and Jackson Posey

March 25, 2019


Filed under Entertainment, News

Six schools. Three sink, three swim. At some point, it comes time to take off the training wheels and ride on to victory. And Smithson Valley Theatre did just that. Dazzling the crowd with pulsing lights and vocal feats, raw emotion and unchecked terror, the cast strutted off the stage with a well-dese...

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...