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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,...

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 ...