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Texas stays red with Ted

Texas stays red with Ted

Rebecca Covington, Editor-in-Chief

November 7, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

After standing in long lines, facing bombardment of various campaigns' material and triple checking the selected boxes on the ballot, millions of Americans fulfilled their responsibility as citizens and could only wait to find out who would represent them in their government.  In the weeks leading up to and on Nov 6, Tex...

Patriotism reflected through color

Patriotism reflected through color

Daniel Lackey, Staff Writer

November 6, 2018


Filed under News

Leading up to Veterans Day, a national holiday commemorated on Sunday, Nov. 11, SVHS, once again, offers up a week of opportunity for students and faculty to express individual feelings of patriotism for the US military through colors beginning Tuesday, Nov. 6:   Tuesday, Nov. 6: wear green for the army. ...

Band and color guard eXecute at competition

Band and color guard eXecute at competition

Leslie Juarez, Staff Writer

October 31, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

This past weekend on Saturday, the band and color guard competed in the Area D UIL Competition at Heroes Stadium. Out of 33 of the best bands from South Central and Central Texas, the band and color guard made the top 10 finals that evening. This is the first time in the school's history that the...

For safety’s sake

For safety’s sake

Taralynn Gates, Daniel Lackey, Staff Writers

October 30, 2018


Filed under Features, News

May 18, 2018, 7:40 a.m. Seventeen-year-old student Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire, killing 10 high school students and injuring another 13 at Santa Fe High School. This event marked the 22nd school shooting in the United States in 2018. The shooting at Santa Fe took place in the Houston area, only a few h...

Red Ribbon Week arrives

Red Ribbon Week arrives

Daniel Lackey, Staff Writer

October 22, 2018


Filed under Multimedia, News

After last week`s nipping temperatures and icy drizzles lies national Red Ribbon Week, which features even more opportunities to dress up and showcase individuality. While the actual annual event begins Tuesday, student council started the celebration today with crazy sock day. Cozy, colorful, bland...

Band, color guard march into area

Band, color guard march into area

Leslie Juarez, Staff Writer

October 17, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Smithson Valley High School Band and Color Guard advanced Oct. 20 to UIL Area Marching Competition and will perform at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Heroes Stadium in San Antonio. A came a week after sweeping the Comal Classic Marching Contest at Canyon High School. The band and guard competed against...

First grading period ending soon

First grading period ending soon

Leslie Juarez, Staff Writer

October 15, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

As the month of October begins, students are scrambling to get their grades in the right place before the end of the six week grading period. The end of a grading period is crucial, especially for those in an extracurricular activity. Half of a student's semester grade is determined at this point....

Banned Books Week celebrated

Banned Books Week celebrated

Skylar Butts, Staff Writer

September 27, 2018


Filed under News, Uncategorized

A required novel for freshman English at this school might never reach other students' hands. “To Kill a Mockingbird” ranks No. 7 on the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2017, according to the American Library Association. ALA sponsors Banned Books week this week. “Who determines what’s ri...

Every drop counts

Every drop counts

Laney Rendon, Editor-in-Chief

September 26, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

A legitimate excuse to get out of class is something that grabs the attention of any student. Whether it be for a field trip, sports or even to help to community, students are interested. However, a needle in your arm, digging for a vein, may sound scary, but it might just be the price to pay to ...

Parading towards a day off

Parading towards a day off

Daniel Lackey, Staff Writer

September 26, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

There will be no school on Friday Sept. 28 thanks to the the traditional Comal County Parade set to last from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m in  New Braunfels. The Ranger Band has been selected to be at the head of the annual procession. While the parade is a focal point for celebration, it is actually a part of the bi...

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,...