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Don’t sound the alarm

Don’t sound the alarm

Jack Padgett, Entertainment Editor

December 18, 2017


Filed under News

The fire alarm was pulled three times over the last week, and students forget the significance of the alarm as well as the consequences they face for pulling it. rstly, the fire alarm is not meant to help a student get out of a test or chat with friends. The alarm is only meant to be pulled if some...

Brilliant bunch at Bandera

Brilliant bunch at Bandera

December 11, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

At the Bandera meet on Dec. 2, new and returning UIL competitors took the one hour drive to compete in the first meet of the year. Throughout the competition, the team would hear the school's name for the many placements which lead to them bringing home third place overall sweepstakes. Here is the...

Junior places fifth in job interview contest

Junior places fifth in job interview contest

Rebecca Covington, Opinion Editor

December 7, 2017


Filed under News

When Clayton Elbel interviews for his next job, he will not only have experience in working hard but also in interviewing. On Dec. 2, Elbel placed fifth in the state in the job interview contest for the Texas FFA Leadership Development Event at Sam Houston State University. At the competition, members submit a resume ...

Stocked up

Stocked up

Makayla Kyner, Staff Writer

December 7, 2017


Filed under News

The junior varsity dance team, the Silverados, is collecting stockings in order to give back to those who don’t have a home this holiday season. Collecting began the day school started after Thanksgiving break, Nov. 15 and will continue until Dec. 15. The designated collection box is in room A111....

Silver Spectacular

Silver Spectacular

Jack Padgett, Entertainment Editor

December 6, 2017


Filed under News

The school dance department will be hosting a Winter Spectacular show. The show will feature the Silver Spurs, Silverados, SVHS dance department classes, SVMS Sweethearts and SBMA Silver Stars. Tonight doors to the Varsity gym will open in 6:45 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:15 p.m. with an ad...

Off to the races

Off to the races

Emma Sipple, Co-Editor in Chief

December 4, 2017


Filed under News

Voting for class officers will be Wednesday during lunches. For freshman class president, the choices are McKay Rust and Lindsay Patti. Sophomores Emilee Chillres and Nicole Sandoval are both running for class president. For secretary, Catherine Haegelin and Chelsea Starkey  are running for the...

High grades pay off

High grades pay off

Laney Rendon, News Editor

November 14, 2017


Filed under News

Of the 1.5 million juniors in the nation who took the Pre-SAT test in October 2016, only 16,000 were named National Merit Semifinalists. Seniors Jerry Fang and Ben Hanscom received the honor of being named National Merit Scholars. "It’s such an honor to be able to share this with so many of my classma...

Exchange affirmed

Exchange affirmed

Leslie Jaurez and Makayla Kyner

November 14, 2017


Filed under Features, News

Junior Jesper Steenholdt from Stenlose Privatskole, Denmark is the first foreign exchange student on the debate team. “I just started learning debate last week.” Steenholdt said. “Smithson Valley HS is a pretty big school and someone that is new can easily get intimidated at first.” Jesper states that...

Out for blood

Out for blood

Laney Rendon, News Editor

November 14, 2017


Filed under News

Not many people can say they saved more than one life in a lifetime. However, 134 students did just that Oct. 5 and 6 when they rolled up their sleeves to donate blood and saved 402 lives. Family and Community Services sponsored the blood drive to benefit the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center. FACS, ...

Off song and prayer

Off song and prayer

Emma Black, Staff Writer

November 14, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

After learning her friend Maddie Carlson would give her testimony during Fields of Faith, senior Anjelica Rios knew she had to be there to support her friend. “The last time I went to Fields of Faith was freshman year, so going in I kind of knew the general idea of what was going to happen, like w...

Turkey Revolution

Turkey Revolution

Jack Padgett, Entertainment Editor

November 3, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

Next week the school begins the turkey feather donation. All donations raise money for families in the area who can’t afford Thanksgiving dinners. Last year the school raised almost $6000. After Pre Calculus teacher Richard Rathburn's retirement the heir to the turkey monarchy is undecided, to...

Financial aid meeting commences

Financial aid meeting commences

Emma Sipple, Co-Editor in Chief

October 5, 2017


Filed under News

Deadlines  for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for schools in Texas are early this year and students are advised to finish their applications as soon as possible after Oct. 1. These changes will talked about along with grants and scholarships tonight in the auditorium from 6 to 8. This...