Valley Ventana

Flying from state to state

Avianna Trinidad high fives Coach Ulbricht after a good jump

Tim Tschoepe, Sports Editor

May 17, 2020

A dream. That's where it all starts. For Avianna Trinidad, it started back in middle school. When she realized that she could pole vault higher than the boys. “At my very first meet I jumped 8’10, while most of the boys only jumped 7’’she said. “From there, I reached higher heights and real...

A fish’s view

A fish's view

Catherine Diel, Social Media Manager

May 11, 2020

Crystal blue skies are way up high, out of sight, out of mind. Murky water clouds the eyes of the little fish as they swim along. The fish are smaller than most others in these waters, fresh to a new setting. But just when they thought they were surviving in the big sea, COVID-19 made a splash, muddyin...

The hearts behind home plate

The softball team poses before the 2019-2020 season. The team was 13-6 before COVID-19 shut down the season.

Tim Tschoepe, Sports Editor

May 4, 2020

As the sun fades in the Texas hill country, high school sports teams have to go on without a season. One of those teams is the softball team. Being one of the programs under a new coaching staff, they were really looking forward to having a season this year. The team was fresh off a win against rival N...

Tips for quaran-teens: staying productive

Tips for quaran-teens: staying productive

Aidenne Despres, Staff Writer

April 22, 2020

Online school can be overwhelming, and it is easy to lose motivation when you don’t know where to start. Here are six ways you can be more productive in quarantine and better manage online assignments all supported with resources on why these steps are scientifically proven to work. Wake up o...

Make plans now for modified AP tests

College Board made changes to the Advanced Placement exams so they can be taken online.

Joey Clark, Staff writer

April 20, 2020

With schools ground to a halt because of the Coronavirus, College Board is offering modified Advanced Placement testing for at-home exams and restricted the material on the test to only curriculum covered up until early March. Test Preparation College Board offers free AP review videos on Youtube (https:...

Enchanted Garden

The theme for the 2020 prom is Enchanted Garden, so enjoy this virtual tour of what would have been.

April 18, 2020

Welcome to the 2020 Virtual Prom, complete with decorations, dresses and dance songs

Adapting to reality

Freshman Iris Bradbury photographs the front of the school for a Journalism I assignment on April 5.

Daniel Lackey, Chloe Presley-Gundaker, and Rebekah Mann

April 18, 2020

  "I'm happy and all, but I'm a little worried for next year because we'll probably be behind. And what about orchestra? How am I supposed to get into honors program?" freshman Riley Brown said. “I feel both sad and happy; sad that I don’t get to be with my friends and my football ...

Governor closes school for remainder of academic year

Per Gov. Greg Abbott, the school will remain closed the rest of this academic school year.

Daniel Lackey, Chloe Presley-Gundaker, and Rebekah Mann

April 17, 2020

"Texans are battling a colossal challenge—an invisible enemy that has tested our lives and our livelihoods—but overcoming challenges is part of who we are as Texans." - Gov. Greg Abbott 

Calculating a solution

Calling the TCP hotline is the first step towards acquiring a TI-Nspire calculator.

Daniel Lackey, Editor-in-Chief

April 16, 2020

The TI-Nspire Calculators students are so familiar with using day after day (the ones that quietly sit in their charging stations awaiting the chance to be functionable for the next flood of students who need them— the ones with a variety of attractive features not present on other calculators) can...

The thrill, temptation and hearsay of ‘Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness’

Chloe Presley-Gundaker, Managing Editor

April 15, 2020

Although the plot was over exaggerated, it’s very unique and original. One thing the show did do was provide enough shock value that kept viewers grasping for future episodes.

King of the mountain

Devante Mount fights for a layup against New Braunfels. Mount was a key starter on basketball's first playoff team in a half-decade.

Jackson Posey, Sports Editor

March 26, 2020

A military kid, Devante Mount has leveraged his background in his quest for greatness.