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

Alex Whelchel

Alex Whelchel, Managing Editor

Alex is a senior and in her second year on staff. She is a member of the UIL journalism team and has won many awards through it. She has also won TAJE, ILPC and Best in Texas awards. She is a member of NHS and Key Club. Outside of school, she plays soccer for a club team. 

All content by Alex Whelchel
Efren Junior Arizmendez wins first in state on Feb. 16 after not losing a single match. Photo courtesy of SV Wrestling

Pinning the win

Alex Whelchel, Managing Editor
February 28, 2024
The girls soccer team placed first in the Ranger classic tournament on Saturday.
Photo via @SVABC_GSOCCER on X

Girls soccer wins Ranger Classic

Alex Whelchel, Managing Editor
January 11, 2024
Toys are being collected by NJROTC for their annual Toys for Tots drive.

Toys for Tots drive extended to Dec. 13

Alex Whelchel, Managing Editor
November 30, 2023
New members hold up candles to signify their induction into the National Honor Society. Photo via NHS Instagram

New members inducted into NHS

Alex Whelchel, Managing Editor
November 16, 2023
1st Lit. Megan OLeary addressed veterans and high school students during Thursdays annual Veterans Day ceremony in the auditorium.

Defining ‘veteran’

Alex Whelchel, Managing Editor
November 10, 2023
Wrilyn Shippey plays center back for the soccer team and will be continuing her career at Angelo State University. Shippey, although nervous about graduating early, is ready to begin this new chapter in her life. “[I’m looking forward to] just being part of a team,” Shippey said. “There’s nothing better than having built in friends, being part of a team and having something to work for.”

Kicking it up a notch

Alex Whelchel, Managing Editor
November 1, 2023
Sophomore Cyanna Cavazos dances with friends at Saturdays Homecoming dance.

Once upon a homecoming

Alex Whelchel, Managing Editor
October 16, 2023
Small Town in Style takes place at 6:30 p.m. April 6 at The Gardens of Cranesbury View.

Fashion show with a heart

Alex Whelchel, Staff Writer
March 27, 2023
Chemistry and AP Enviornmental Science teacher, Kay Newsome, has a classroom covered in corgis.

Corgis, caverns & chemistry

Alex Whelchel, Staff Writer
February 23, 2023
Junior Avery Pipes selects her classes for the 2023-2024 school year via School Link.

Course selection due Friday

Alex Whelchel, Staff Writer
January 24, 2023
Final exams will take place next week on Dec. 14-Dec. 16 with no exemptions avaliable.

Finals: Study tips and techniques

Alex Whelchel, Staff Writer
December 9, 2022
Sophmore Cameron Smith, junior Isabelle White, and junior Kaela Stevens win second at the Greenhand floral design skills team competition.

Flowering into new things

Alex Whelchel, Staff Writer
November 11, 2022
The display of Hayley Ferros new jewelry line, Down South, is available in the student store.

Down south

Alex Whelchel, Staff Writer
October 28, 2022
After Mia Perez won first place in girls district 5k.

Running up the ranks

Alex Whelchel, Staff Writer
October 20, 2022
Roadwork on Texas 46 extends for two miles from Bentwood Drive to Farhills Drive.

Construction on Texas 46 begins

Alex Whelchel, Staff Writer
October 18, 2022
Junior Jada Cano pictured with her power soccer teammates at her last game.

Cano touch this

Alex Whelchel, Staff Writer
October 5, 2022
Comal County Fair Duchess Claire Schaeferkoeter celebrates with fair queen Peyton Wirebaugh and princess Jacy Welch.

Courtly af-fair

Alex Whelchel, Staff Writer
September 22, 2022
Freshman Olivia Kronowit poses for Haute magazine at last weeks meeting.

Lights, camera, pose

Alex Whelchel, Staff Writer
September 21, 2022
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