Valley Ventana

To my dad, a veteran…

To my dad, a veteran…

Chloe Presley-Gundaker, Managing Editor

November 11, 2019

One vivid memory I have from my younger days was the day my father left for Iraq the first time. I didn’t really have much of a concept as to what was going on until I saw him getting on the bus. When it finally hit me, I started running as fast as I could, wanting to give my father one last hug bef...

In loving memory of Mrs. Younts

In loving memory of Mrs. Younts

Rebekah Mann, News Editor

November 7, 2019

I am at a loss for words. I not only lost one of my favorite teachers, but one of my most amazing friends. Stacie Younts has been my teacher for almost a year and a half, and in that short time she has impacted my life in an unexplainable way.  She not only cared about my academic life, but made ...

When discussion is shut down

When discussion is shut down

Chloe Presley-Gundaker, Managing Editor

November 5, 2019

If you told me a year ago, I would eventually become as politically skeptical as I am now, I would have laughed at you. As a freshman and sophomore, I grew to believe my beliefs were grounded and unchanging, and I refused to look at anything else that differed. Now that ideology has changed, as I...

Positive review

Catherine Diel, Staff Writer

October 28, 2019

  Dig, by A.S. King, follows a group of teens and an elderly couple: the Shoveler, the Freak, CanIhelpyou?, Loretta the Flea-Circus Ring Mistress, First-Class Malcom, and Gottfriend and Marla Hemmings. Their stories seem unrelated, however throughout the story, clues relating the group are sp...

Injustices to the Student Journalists

Injustices to the Student Journalists

Catherine Diel, Social Media Manager

October 24, 2019

Student journalists all over the US are fighting for their rights. The New Voices Laws will be under debate in 2021. These would lessen the power of the Hazelwood case, which allows school administration to censor content they deem contradict community norms. The movement, however, started with student p...

Streetwear line offensive

Streetwear line offensive

Rebekah Mann, News Editor

October 11, 2019

In 1999, 13 people were killed at Columbine High School. In 2007, 32 were killed at Virginia Tech. In 2012, 26 at Sandy Hook Elementary. In 2018, 17 at Stoneman Douglas in Florida. And three weeks ago, a clothing company released a hoodie line glorifying these tragedies. New York-based...

One pint at a time

One pint at a time

Chloe Presley-Gundaker, Managing Editor

October 10, 2019

Madison Hodges and I had signed up for the blood drive weeks before this, each eager to help donate to a greater cause. It wasn't until this moment that I started to second guess myself. Will the needle hurt? Am I going to pass out? Will I even be able to donate? These questions, along...

We Are One

We Are One

Wyatt Tomallo, Sports Editor

May 13, 2019

As the final buzzer sounded and the Prosper Eagles’ bench cleared, I could do nothing but stare. Stare at what could have been: the excitement, joy and happiness of becoming a state champion lacrosse team. As the lacrosse team lost to Prosper 11-5 in the state championships, I felt what all my other brothers...

Graduation meltdown

Graduation meltdown

Laney Rendon, Editor-in-Chief

May 7, 2019

It was never a matter of if I’d be going to college, as privileged as that might sound, but more so where I’d be going. But even now, after deciding my college future, stress - along with my graduation cords - hangs heavy around my neck. This weight on my shoulders doesn’t come from the ...

Brothers in arms

Brothers in arms

Wyatt Tomallo, Sports Editor

April 18, 2019

The morning drizzle dampened the trees and driveway outside my house. The chill in the air was the type of cold that makes you think twice about going outside in the first place. I thought "Whatever," grabbed my gear, and headed out to the lacrosse fields at 5:30 a.m. Today’s practice was day ...

Top 10 horror movies

Top 10 horror movies

Emilee Johnson and Skylar Butts

April 15, 2019

Between the classics and the newbies, horror movies have inevitably shaped pop culture. Whether you hide under the covers at every scare or you embrace the spine-tingling sensation of pure terror, the love of a good adrenaline rush has drawn people to theaters all around the world. Here, we have com...