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

Bethany Mann

Bethany Mann, Editor-in-Chief

Bethany (she/her) is a junior and in her third year on staff. She has won numerous awards in UIL writing, ILPC, TAJE Best in Texas and is on the All-State Journalism staff. Additionally, she is a ballet dancer and performs in her dance studio's annual ballet productions. Her favorite past time is dissecting pop culture with her older sister. Bethany is looking forward to a great year!

All content by Bethany Mann
The state bound wrestling team poses for a photo after their send off on Feb. 14.

Wrestlers head off to state

Bethany Mann, Editor-in-Chief
February 14, 2024
The Grammys will take place Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. CST, and comedian Trevor Noah will host. Photo via Grammys website.

Students share Grammy 2024 predictions

Bethany Mann, Editor-in-Chief
February 1, 2024
Athletic Secretary Donna Moore answers emails at her desk in preparation for Fridays state final football game against the Aledo Bearcats.

The woman behind the team

Bethany Mann, Editor-in-Chief
December 13, 2023
Senior Austin Ison hands junior Aubree Pipkin her certificate for placing second in the Papa Johns Slice of Art contest.

‘Pizza like no other’

Bethany Mann, Editor-in-Chief
November 17, 2023
The Marine Corps Toys for Tots program was established in 1991 and is recognized as a non-profit organization.

NJROTC hosts annual Toys for Tots drive

Bethany Mann, Editor-in-Chief
November 15, 2023
Senior Kaela Stevens fights for a chair during the game of musical chairs at the pink out pep rally.

All pinked out

Bethany Mann, Editor-in-Chief
October 27, 2023
After footballs 54-17 win against Seguin, then junior Davis Kuhn holds his helmet up for the playing of the schools alma mater.

It’s more than just a game

Bethany Mann, Editor-in-Chief
August 28, 2023
Senior Garrett Blanchard (right) leads his team in a disaster simulation for the final part of the Community Emergency Response Team program. CERT was established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 1993 to better prepare young people for high stress and dangerous situations.

Preparing for catastrophe

Bethany Mann, News/Feature Editor
April 6, 2023
After receiving a plaque Wednesday from Stephan Rahm, clinical director for Bulverde Spring Branch Fire & EMS, senior Jack Mudge gets congratulations from EMT/paramedic D. Moyer. Moyer was among the emergency medical personnel who responded to the call for a heart attack where Mudge performed CPR and saved a mans life.

Stayin’ alive

Bethany Mann, News/Feature Editor
March 6, 2023
News/feature editor Bethany Manns (front) best friend is her sister, former editor-in-chief Rebekah Mann (back). Rebekah is a freshman in college, and Bethany continues to struggle being the only child in the house.

Never grow up

Bethany Mann, News/Feature Editor
February 16, 2023
The 281 expansion began in March of 2019 and will conclude in April of 2023.

281 construction to finish in April

Bethany Mann, News/Feature Editor
January 23, 2023
Junior Charlie Hamilton works on a custom computer build for Chazy Designs.

From the ground up

Bethany Mann, News/Feature Editor
January 5, 2023
Protection from censorship is vital for all student journalists and is needed in Texas.

Speak your mind

Bethany Mann, News/Feature Editor
October 31, 2022
77 is more than just a number for senior Colton Thomasson. Its his identity. For four years, the star player has brandished 77 on his back, his chest, his helmet, and in his heart.

Touching lives

Bethany Mann, News/Feature Editor
October 11, 2022
Long-term substitute Martha Coons teaches English IV in Amber Sladeks old classroom.

Help wanted

Bethany Mann, News/Feature Editor
September 19, 2022
The Heartstopper show was released to the Netflix platform on April 22.

Heart = stopped

Bethany Mann, Staff Writer
April 28, 2022
Donate to the Go Fund Me to help ease the Fuller familys expenses.

Hometown hero

Bethany Mann, Staff Writer
March 28, 2022
Do you know your Ranger trivia?

Senior decisions

Bethany Mann, Staff Writer
March 10, 2022
One Of Us Is Lying was released to Peacock on Oct. 7.

Simon says

Bethany Mann, Staff Writer
February 16, 2022
Craft club members cut plastic bags during their morning meeting.

Weaving new way to help

Bethany Mann, Staff Writer
February 11, 2022
Interested players gather for the first Cornhole Club meeting Nov. 4.

Last bag standing

Bethany Mann, Staff Writer
November 10, 2021
The ‘Dune’ movie was released on Oct. 22. It is available to watch in theaters and on HBO Max.

Building the House of Atreides

Bethany Mann, Staff Writer
November 2, 2021
The ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ movie was released to theaters on Sept. 24.

Anybody have a map

Bethany Mann, Staff Writer
October 18, 2021
Students were asked to wear green on Monday to recognize National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month. (Graphic made via Canva)

Student headspace

Bethany Mann, Staff writer
October 12, 2021
Former student Katelyn Obregon gives blood during the 2020 blood drive.

Annual blood drive set tomorrow

Bethany Mann, Staff Writer
September 27, 2021
The Hes All That movie was released to Netflixs platform on August 27.

He’s (not) all that

Bethany Mann, Staff Writer
September 7, 2021
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