The student news site of Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas

Valley Ventana

The student news site of Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas

Valley Ventana

The student news site of Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas

Valley Ventana

Juniors Valerie Mendez and Jordan Jones slump over their Spanish textbooks. (Photo illustration)

Stop telling juniors that junior year sucks

Emma Siebold, Managing Editor September 27, 2021
Shoutout to all the current juniors–we’ve got this. Everyone’s so negative about the hardships that we face, but all you have to do is convert that pressure into motivation.
Senior Jackson Posey pets an alpaca at a local petting zoo exhibition. Posey promised to shave his controversial mustache upon raising $1,000 for hurricane relief.

How to shave a life

Jackson Posey, Sports Director September 17, 2021
How public outcry about my facial hair led me to start a charity drive
Many students are continuing to wear masks on campus, despite the district lifting the mandate.

Bring back the mask

Rebekah Mann, Managing Editor March 11, 2021

The decision made Tuesday evening is appalling.  The Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees announced their decision to not require masks in response to Governor Greg Abbott lifting the...

Grace Bush and Alex Dewees search for their valentine hearts in the halls. Student council put up a heart for every student and faculty member though the hallways.

A lonely valentine

Mazzy Rall, Staff Writer February 12, 2021

It’s that time of the year again where there are chocolates and roses in the stores, hearts on the walls, and the constant question, “Who’s your valentine?” No one wants to feel alone during...

This form of currency has been around for a long while, but it still remains crucial.

To penny or not to penny

Tyson Sawyers-Williams, Guest Staff Writer February 6, 2021

Americans waste over six billion pennies a year with a desire to be rid of them. However, they could very well be hidden gems in our society.  Pennies are ignored, discarded as trash, and often rejected...

Managing Editor Rebekah Mann discusses gender mistreatment she has witnessed and experienced. Graphic made through

Basic human decency

Rebekah Mann, Managing Editor January 28, 2021

My 14-year-old sister was riding the bus home two weeks ago when a sixth grade boy looked her in the eyes, moaned, and said, “You make my nipples so hard.” I think the worst part about this is that...

Adapting to COVID-19 has been strange so far, but its a relief knowing that its temporary.

COVID caught me

Daniel Lackey, Editor-in-Chief January 20, 2021

The doctor was blunt: "Well, looks like you have the COVID," she proclaimed a split second after stepping into the consultation room. (And yes: she did insert "the".) Stunned, my dad and I were no...

The FBI is requesting information regarding individuals sparking violence at the Capitol storm via released photographs. Tips can me made on the FBI website.

Attack on democracy

Rebekah Mann, Managing Editor January 8, 2021

Radical supporters of President Donald Trump raided the Capitol building Jan. 6, wreaking havoc by breaking through windows and sitting at government officials desks to protest the counting of electoral...

For both remote and in-person learners, finals take place Dec. 16-19.

7 Tips for Finals (because 7 means perfection)

Catherine Diel, Social Media Manager December 10, 2020


During early voting and election day, junior Presley Berry worked at the polls and observed the election process firsthand.

From the front lines

Presley Berry, Staff Writer November 7, 2020

In arguably the most important election in our nation’s history, I had the privilege of being a poll worker. I truly got to appreciate the hard work and dedication so many wonderful people give to...

midterm 2018 stickers voting

Make voting more accessible

Hannah Velasquez, Staff Writer November 2, 2020

Mail in ballots have been a discussion this year due to Covid-19. To receive a mail in-ballot you need to meet certain requirements. We think mail in ballots should be more open or accessible for people.  Supporters...

The World Trade center features a 9/11 memorial. The retaining wall and Survivor Steps can be seen here.

9/11 Remembrance needs to be in schools

Rebekah Mann, News Editor September 11, 2020

School wide 9/11 memorials should be mandatory. In a time of controversy, when flying the American flag can be seen as a political view, September 11th is the one day everyone should take time to remember...

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