ith the uniforms hung, the hatboxes closed, and outside practices ended, the band’s marching season is now over except for tonight’s last football game. The band had been preparing for the UIL marching competition since the end of July at summer band and ended two weeks ago when they didn’t advance to area finals. “I thought we would make it to finals, but you can’t win them all. I was disappointed, mad and sad all at the same time,” sophomore drum major Rebecca Garza said. Some members of the band said they would have done some things differently if they had gotten another chance. They just weren’t ready to quit marching. “I would have made the band work a little harder. There are always things we could have done differently, but I think it’s all about taking the good with the bad. I now have a goal set for the future of the band-to win the Sweepstakes award,” Garza said. But they also did other things in the name of preparation. “In preparation for UIL, I memorized the music and drill, and the drum line worked together. A week before region and area contests, some dedicated band members came and practiced every morning at 7:15 before school. All the preparation helped the band for sure. The more practice we did the better we got,” senior Miles Locke said.
FOLLOWING ORDERS Junior head drum major Chelsea Derrick leads the band at the area preliminary competition. The band competed in the area marching contest on Oct. 24. “It was nerve racking having to stand on the podium and direct. It was a lot of pressure knowing that the band relied on me to start off correctly or else everything could possibly fall apart. All in all, it was a great experience being able to direct at the area preliminary competition,” Derrick said. (Photo by Laura Kubena)
However for some people advancing to state was a lifelong dream that fell short. “Eight years ago when the band advanced to state, I knew that was one thing I wanted to do when I got into high school. Two years ago when we barely missed state, my goal was to make it my senior year. I knew that this was the last chance I would have so I worked hard at every practice,” Locke said. “As they year progress, I realized that we weren’t the best band, but we could still be successful with what we had. I was skeptical that we would even make it to area. When we did, I knew we probably couldn’t make state, but at least we could make the finals. When I found out we didn’t, I was disappointed but not heartbroken. I was proud of how far we got with what we had. Of course we could have gone farther, but we did our best and just came up a little short,” Locke said. Senior Miles Locke is not the only one who felt that the band fell short. “We are cursed. This year and two years ago we missed going to state by one. We always end up just missing our band competitions by one,” junior Corrinne Mica said. “It was really disappointing to have gotten so close. I think we had the ability to advance if we just would have worked harder. It was up to every individual band member to work hard to help us reach our full potential. If we would have done just that, I think we could have broken the band curse.”
chool. No matter what you may think of it, it is a place where we come to learn. But what we don’t want to learn or see is couples involved in public display of affection, better know as PDA. Last time we checked that subject was not listed in the course outline. What PDA is defined as is up to whoever is watching or the couple who is doing it. In our opinion, PDA is a show of strong show of affection that demonstrates that a couple is more than just friends. Many couples here at school have a problem drawing the line between what is appropriate and what is not, and that should be stopped. The school is not a couple’s retreat. It is not offensive even if a couple demonstrates a quick good by, but some students are going overboard. If you
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cannot do it in front of your parents, you probably don’t need to do it at school. Do your classmates a favor and save the really lovey, dovey stuff for outside of school. Lately there has been a rise in students getting in trouble for PDA. Teachers and administrators are patrolling the halls more to discourage the really lingering goodbye hug or kiss when couples leave each other and head off to class. In fact some people have already gotten into trouble, but most of them were not actual couples, but just friends giving each other hugs. This is not PDA so hopefully teachers and administrators will be able to tell the difference because now giving hugs to anybody might result in you getting in trouble. Mr. Wenglar recently made an announcement stating that all PDA will result in an immediate ISS, but we hope the teachers will see the difference between PDA and a quick good morning hug. We don’t want to have to stop greeting our friends or family members with a quick hug, but we do know that real PDA between couples should be stopped. We go
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to a small school where more than half of all the school population is related in some form or fashion. To say now that relatives and friends can’t hug to say good morning or have a good day seems too harsh. In fact the New York Times states that hugs help maintain health, relieve stress and help people live longer so this display of affection can’t be too bad. Hopefully the innocent greetings or good byes will not be stopped, but the ones inappropriate for school will.
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Nov. 6, 2009
Lou Limas - News Editor
Bugles, Pretty Expensive Birthday Party Ends With Hungry Teens
Getting Citations Over Cufew Violation
hese days you can’t look left or right in town and not see a cop. The crackdown on enforcement may be due to stricter officers, pressure to keep the streets safe or maybe to the new fleet of officers that have seemingly spawn out of nowhere. About a week ago some friends of mine were stopped because they were out past our town’s midnight curfew. We were parked at Shell after a night of good old American-type of fun. The plan was to get some Bugles before we went back to our friend’s house. When we stopped at the Shell station, a buddy of ours’ also on his way home pulled in with his lady friend. While I walked over to his window to give him a shout, the chaps I went there with went to get the Bugles.
That’s when my friends started to come back because of a drop box at the door. They had just decided it wasn’t worth the trouble of pressing the button and waiting. Right as they were turning around to come back to the car so we could head home, we saw a cop pull in. I didn’t think it was a big deal. We were out a little late, but none of us were doing anything wrong. We were just getting eats. As I heard everybody asking each other what kind of trouble we could get into, I just sat there, calmly, knowing that most of the time when people are out after curfew they are just told to go home, especially if they weren’t doing anything to cause trouble. As constable Baker approached our vehicles he ran through the usual, How old are you, What are you
doing out number. But just when I thought he was just going to let us go, two more police cars pulled in. One was a sheriff. I was surprised when I saw that and when I saw the looks on my friends’ faces. In the end what happened was six curfew violations and one failure to identify (the wrong information was purposely given). It wasn’t quite what I had expected from a trip to, the gas station for Bugles, but I guess there is a lesson to be learned. The snacks aren’t worth it. Hopefully this can be a warning to those of you who think you can get away with breaking curfew. Maybe you can; maybe you can’t.
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s children we all have our own special “escapes” from life. Imaginary friends can be a big part of finding ourselves and understanding what makes us special. When I was a little girl, I loved to play dress up and pretend to be someone I wasn’t on a daily basis. I would be anyone from the mean lady on “Casper” to Cinderella. Where The Wild Things Are is a prime example of the dream that every little kid tends to have. It was originally published in 1963, and some teenagers read this very book as a young child.
“Having read the book helped broaden my imagination and find my own far-away land where anything was possible,” junior John Demny said. “To see the book being brought to life in a motion picture is amazing because maybe it can help children find themselves and set their dreams free. Maybe adults or even teens still in high school, who have lost their childhood innocense in dreaming, will rediscover the kid in their hearts and begin to wonder and dream again Inside every, there is a “whild thing,” and this movie can help us find it.”
At a cross country meet a couple weeks ago, Lou (Limas), Zach (Sprague), Nick (Guerra) and I were talking about Mexican food. Zach said he wanted some green sauce, but Nick said it was guacamole sauce. The two started arguing over whether or not they were the same thing or two different sauces. Then Lou jumped in and said they were different, but Nick wouldn’t listen. So Lou started hitting Nick until he finally agreed it was green sauce and not guacamole sauce. So to play it, you walk up to someone and get in their way while making clicking noises with your tongue until they say green sauce. -sophomore Thomas Garcia
One day I was bored and felt like hitting someone. So I thought about what letter most words start with and came up with B. So pretty much if you say a word that starts with a B, you have to say buttermilk or else someone will hit you until you do. -senior Isaac Gideon
A couple months ago, Mac slapped me on my neck really hard. I wanted to hit him back, but I couldn’t because I’d get in trouble. So I came up with apple slaps. Every time Mac sat down, stood up, or walked through a doorway I slapped him in the back of the neck. So basically if you walk through a doorway, sit down or stand up, you have to wipe your neck or else someone gets to slap it. -senior Isaac Gideon
The dart game is really old, but it start up again this year. You say someone’s name and if they look, you make a circle with your hand and pretend to shoot a dart at them. If they are still looking when you shoot them, they are dead, which means they have to fall on the spot and lie there still until someone pulls out the dart. -senior Lou Limas
This game is really random, and its origins are unknown. When you play it, you say “swiper no swiping” to someone. If they don’t say “Oh man!” you hit them.
I make my school day fun by making fun of the funny things that teachers say and do. Like in Senor’s whenever we play Yo Gane, I’ll laugh and joke around about the silly imitations and descriptions he gives us about the cards he draws. - senior Josh Falco
I make my day fun by randomly waving at Scott (Powell) in Algebra. It’s funny because everyone looks at us like we’re stupid. We also randomly say stuff like cookie monster to each other, which is hilarious because Scott always gets in trouble for it. -sophomore Courtney Walker
I joke around with Mr. Ardis, and Mrs. Kovar, when I see her. I also like to draw on teachers’ white boards. And, when I get the chance, I run to the tech office and joke around with them. Also, Becca (Garza) and I will sometimes start singing random things during band class. -junior Corrinne Mica
Whenever I’m sitting in class and get bored, I start to think about old memories. Occasionally I’ll remember a really funny one and just bust out laughing in the middle of class. Then when people ask, they bust out laughing. And within five minutes the rest of the class is laughing too. -freshman Kylie Horelica
tudying and working hard trying to keep the state tradition alive, the tractor mechanics teams competed in their first competition in Austin County on Oct. 10. The first mechanic team placed 2nd, and the second team placed 7th. Members had to go through a long grueling day of written tests, component tests, and working as fast as they could to repair an RTV. “I think that each one of the guys has great potential. It makes me excited to see the enthusiasm, the dedication and the effort they put into everything,” FFA advisor Mark Daigle said. However, Daigle isn’t only just the advisor and ag teacher preparing his tractor mechanic team members for competition. He was also a member of the state champion tractor mechanics team in 1990, his senior year. “Things have definitely changed with the competition since I was in high school here. The prizes given out for the championship have changed drastically. When my team won state, we received about $200 worth of tools to contribute to the ag shop. When last year’s tractor mechanics team won state, they received $2000 worth of tools and a $20,000 scholarship opportunity for each team member,” Daigle said. To win all those prizes the boys definitely have to continue to work hard for the state competition on March 8. “All of us on the tractor mechanics team have the same period together. It’s easier for us to get with each other to study and become familiar with the mechanical parts of the tractors and RTVs,” senior Justin Tielke said. Even though they all work hard to learn the information, it’s not always an easy task for them when it comes to competition time.
PAY ATTENTION Advisor Mark Daigle works with seniors Justin Tielke and Jacob Spitzmiller during the first-period ag class to get them familiar with the RTV parts that will be in the competition. “Mr. Daigle really helped me understand the way the RTV engine worked. His way of explaining things was simple and easy for me to understand, ” Tielke said.
“The hardest part of the competition for me is the written test. It’s hard for me to have to sit still and remember all the book information. I’d rather be working hands on with the tractor or RTV parts,” senior Jacob Spitzmiller said. Most of the boys seem to agree with Spitzmiller about the written test definitely being the hardest part. They also agree that they joined the team because they all had some type of experience or interest in tractor mechanics. “I became interested in the team because I have always been interested in mechanical activities like working on tractors and cars. I also have had a lot of experience with the kind of mechanical work that is required on the tests sthought
that I might as well put it to good use,” senior Zach Rivera said. Daigle has high hopes for all the boys in the coming up competitions that begin again in January. “I have been teaching for eight years, and I have taken eight tractor mechanics teams to the state competition. One of the teams won 5th, another 2nd and two teams have won the state title, in 2006 and 2009. I’m hoping that this group of bright boys will be able to bring home another state title for our school,” Daigle said. Team members are seniors Zach Rivera, Jacob Spitzmiller, Kaylum Brzozowski, Justin Tielke and juniors Ben Anderson and Cody Kohleffel.
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urn on the spotlights and cameras and step into a princess world. It’s not everyday that just any girl gets to be involved in experiences that make people get excited about. Senior Libby Vincek won the title of Miss Teen Lone Star State last June in Irving, TX and is getting ready for the national level competition. However, to get to this point didn’t happen over night. She had to put a lot of time and preparation into becoming a member of royalty. “A friend suggested going into this so I went for it. In preparation I had to get ads, go shopping for clothes and accessories and when it got closer to the pageant, I had to get some coaching,” Vincek said. After preparing for the pageant, Vincek also had to do different activities there to get the feel of things. “Going into my first pageant I had no idea what to expect. When I got there, I went to a tutorial session where all the past queens gave tips to people who needed help. The information I got from them was a huge asset to winning the title,” Vincek said. “Along with the main contest, there were also two other mini-contests I entered. In the talent contest, I placed 3rd performing a Broadway dance number that my friend
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Jessica choreographed. The other one was a photogenic contest where I was a finalist.” After going through all the minicontests, the final and main contest was the event all the preparation lead up to. For Vincek, winning was the dream she always had. “I was really surprised because I was doing it for the experience. I didn’t think I would win since there were lots of girls at the pageant,” Vincek said. “I was so proud of myself because I achieved a big goal that I had always wanted to reach. When I won I started to cry because I was excited and I knew it would open many doors for me.” In winning the Miss Teen Lone Star State, the next door has been opened for Vincek to compete in the American Coed Pageant for Miss American Teen Coed. “I am nervous because I know all the girls that are going to be there will know how to act since they would all be the winners from their state. I mostly worry about speaking into the microphone because it is hard for me not to use words such as like and umm,” Vincek said. Even though she finds it nerve wrecking, she is also extremely excited to go spend her break in Florida. “I am looking forward to the pageant, but I am excited to go and spend the Thanksgiving break with my family at Disney World, including my cousin Samantha, who works there,” Vincek said.
On the wake of the multiple Game of The Year winner comes the highly anticipated sequel. COD: Modern Warfare 2 is a direct storyline continuation of the first Modern Warfare and is sure to bring more of the fast paced, first-person shooting action youâ€™d expect. *Out Nov. 10
A novel by Roald Dahl, The Fantastic Mr. Fox is the story of a band of animals banding together to make ends meet by stealing meals from a local farmer. The farmers, tired of sharing their chickens with him and his family look to get rid of them all. *Out Nov. 6
After a disaster during Bellaâ€™s birthday, Edward leaves her to protect her from the dangers that the vampire world brings. Jacob comes and tries to mend her broken heart. But will he be able to separate her from her longing ties to the vampire world? *Out Nov. 20
Lou Limas- Feature Editor
SPARKLE AND SHINE Seniors Morgan Kramr and Miles Locke receive the traditional title of Band Beau and Sweetheart that was voted on by the entire band. “I was excited and surprised because I didn’t think I would get Band Sweetheart. It meant a lot for me to win a title for my senior year, especially for band because throughout high school, it has been a big part of my life. I have put a lot of time and effort into it,” Kramr said. “As a child, I dreamed of achieving such a honor as Band Beau. Five years ago my brother won the same honor, and it was then that I set out to follow in his footsteps. Getting the award has put my name in history for future generations to see,” Locke said. (Photo by Clifton)
DRAMA AT THE RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL A. Junior Kaytlin Roberts enjoys a chew with a Renaissance Festival candy shoppe worker. Roberts stopped to share some of her giant pixie stick after she bought one with her friends at the festival. The Drama Club went to the Renaissance to see what it was like to see people that have to be in character all day and get to experience what it was like to be around in the middle ages. “Everyone was really weird at the Renaissance, but it was a lot of fun. About that worker, we were trying to walk by her. We heard her yelling candy at us, and who would pass up candy,” Roberts said. (Photo by Emily Sharp) B. Junior Larissa Wilson tries to climb a rope bridge at one of the many game booths at the fstival. Wilson stopped to do Jacob’s Ladder, a rope bridge balancing game, for the chance to win a prize. “We stopped at Jacob’s Ladder because they were giving out free maze passes. If you paid for one try on Jacob’s Ladder, all of your friends got to go into the maze. I did it because my friends asked me,” Wilson said. (Photo by Emily Sharp)
B. FAMILY MATTERS Junior Shawn Goff is escorted by his parents, Michael and Adrienna Goff, onto the field before the football game against Brazos. Student athletes, as well as scheerleaders and trainers were recognized by family or loved ones before the football game on Parents Night. “When I was walking onto the field my parents made me stop and take a picture when they saw Matt Clifton,” Goff said. Band seniors were also recognized with their parents at halftime. (Photo by Clifton)
CHEERLEADERS WIN BIG Sophomore Anna Srubar sells tattoos before school with all of the profits going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. On Tuesday the E.B. cheerleaders found out that they were the top squad of NCA/NDA’s Top 5 Teams, chosen because they donated the most money to the organization-$1839. They were awarded with a $500 NCA check as well as a $500 donation to their local chaper of Make-A-Wish to help a local wish child. Srubar was a recipient of the Make-A-Wish foundation when she was
SEE U IN THE DARK After an 18-wheeler ran into a power pole on Highway 60 last week, the power went out in the entire town and school. Classes were dark for about an hour so the students stayed in the hallways. “I was reading my Food 2 book. It was nice to have a break from a regular school day and relax in the dark,” junior Kasey Svatek said. (Photo by Alli Bradley)
WHY I OUGHTA!!! In third period Theatre Arts class, the class performs a vocal excercise for actors called Opera. In the excercise, junior Kris McCain and teacher Marjorie Tydlacka pretend to be brother and sister in a car wreck where McCain crashes her car. “I was bustin out a low C note saying Sorry about crashing your car, I knew when I took it I was going too far. I really enjoyed showing my inadequate vocals to my fellow classmates,” McCain said. (Photo by Brenda Stelzel) WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM Sophomore Nathan Korenek and freshman Haley Socha enjoy some delicious ice cream as a reward for bringing their decorations to give to the needy. They participated in the FBLA fall and Christmas decoration drive. “I was putting lots and lots of sprinkles on my cookies and cream ice cream because that was the best. I brought my ornament as a donation for FBLA because we were told we were going to get ice cream if we did. I really like ice cream,” Korenek said. The students donates over 50 items to Rags and Riches Resale Shop in Wharton. The profits of the sales from that shop are used to buy things for the clinets of Texana. (Photo by Brenda Stelzel)
PRIZED COLORING Senior Amanda Kirkscey hands out prizes to the boy and girl winner of the coloring contest in Mrs. Robinson’s class. For Red Ribbon Week, the National Honor Society sponsored a coloring contest for grades K-4th grade. Senior Amanda Walters was the chairman of the project. A boy and girl winner was chosen from each class, and these winners were given a toy and candy. (Photo by Clifton)
t’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Superman. Wait, that’s not Superman. It’s just another one of the bionic students seen at school. A number of high school students affected by medical issues were required to have surgeries. These students then received the healing power of metal. Ranging from screws and rods to plates and pins, metal has become part of these students’ everyday lives. It seems that metal does arouse different experiences for most bionic students. “At the Oahu Airport I set off two metal detectors,” senior Amber Gertson said. “I told the security guy that I had metal rods in my legs. He said OK, but still seemed suspicious which made me nervous, so I left quickly after getting my stuff.”
Friends of the walking, talking almostrobots have different superstitions about the metal pieces. “We always joke that when somebody doesn’t have cell phone service they can put their phone by my back,” senior Hillary Blazek said. “Some people swear that they get better service.” The surgeries gave different people different feelings. Some found it nerve racking. “I was nervous about what I could and could not do. I didn’t know how I would feel different,” freshman Haley Socha said.
However, to others surgery was just a nuisance. “I was mad. It was annoying and irritating because it was a pointless hassle to have the surgery,” senior Isaac Gideon said. And ﬁnally, if you want to stay away from majority of these troubles and circumstances, senior Austin Matura has one piece of advice, “Eat more calcium and drink more milk.” Want today’s weather forecast? Maybe you should speak about the up-coming weather with any of the natural meteorologists here on campus. These qualified students have metal in there body that is supposed to give them a sixth sense. With winter just around the corner, this should come in handy.
THE METAL CULPRITS
(front row) Amber Gertson, Shane Munoz, Austin Matura; (middle row) Hillary Blazek, Haley Socha; (back row) Issac Gideon, Colby Floyd (pictured below Danielle Stavinoha and
“I’m real lazy and fat, and I sometimes do my work. But not usually.” -sophomore Zack Jalowy
“One time back in the day I tried to get my work done before the day it was due. That didn’t work out too well .” - senior Josh Falco
“I procrastinate 95% of the time except in chemistry. In that class, I procrastinate every single day.” -junior Candrea Hayes
“I sometimes even procrastinate the day after the work is due.” - freshman Barbie Wright
rocrastination. To some students it is a way of life. Others do not even know what it means. To those lucky few, check out the definition on the right of the page. It seems like a good number of high school students wait to the last minute to finish, or in some extreme cases, even start their work. This procrastination business seems to be a major epidemic around here and even affects the best students. So why is it so contagious? Maybe some people just forget about their work. Maybe others just choose not to do it. Or even maybe it is a genetic trait that gets passed on to children. “I procrastinate every second of my life and my cousin, strong man Miles Lee, is directly responsible,” sophomore Zack Jalowy said on the idea of procrastination being a genetic trait. On the female side of the fence in this procrastination discussion is freshman Barbie Wright. “I just feel like I can do the work right before it is due. I feel like I don’t need time to prepare,” Wright said about her procrastination problem. Despite the lack of treatment centers for this disease, a few procrastinators have a support group in the form of their parents. “I would be way worse about procrastinating, but my mom (Coach Bush) keeps me in line and on track,” Wright said about her parental unit’s help in the fight against procrastination. Though it may not be a war, it sure seems to be a battle not to wait until the last minute to do schoolwork. However, the upside to procrastination are the priceless excuses heard when work is forgotten.Those excuses are entertaining for everyone, even non-procrastinators.
DO YOU DO THIS?
unior Kaytlin Roberts recently joined an award-winning dance crew, Marvelous Motion, out of Houston. After attending dance here for many years, Roberts decided to try something new. “My dance teacher heard about this workshop in Houston so a few of us went. The class was taught by Philip from the show So You Think You Can Dance. My teacher wanted to see if I could get more experience with a different kind of dance, so I started going to classes there to develop my dancing,” junior Kaytlin Roberts said. Dancing was definitely not something new for Roberts. She has been dancing since the age of four. “I’ve always liked dance ever since I was little because whenever I dance, I can just be me and not worry about anything else. It helps me relieve stress,” Roberts said. Even with a love for dance, she wasn’t sure at first about joining the dance crew. “I didn’t really want to join personally. I just liked to go there and dance, but they
asked me to dance with them on their team. Even though I’m the only dancer under 18, I joined, and it has been a good experience for me,” Roberts said. Going from dancing here at home to Houston is a big transition, especially being in front of the bigger crowds. Marvelous Motion has been performing at colleges and dance crews around the Houston area. “Dancing in front of the big crowds of random people makes me extremely nervous, but I just have to make myself focus. I end up having fun and forgetting everyone is out there watching me,” Roberts said. Big crowds weren’t the only change for Roberts. The style of dance in Houston has been a very different experience. “Dancing in EB is a more controlled dancing environment with set steps. In Houston, I get to put more personality into my dance, and the moves are just made and not as structured. The biggest difference is that in Houston it is hip-hop dancing, and that is what I like best,” Roberts said.
FLEXIBIITY IS THE KEY Junior Kaytlin Roberts stretches before dance practice. She attends dance at least three days a week. “I always try to stretch really well, especially after I pulled my hamstring last year during a practice,” Roberts said. (Photo by Svatek)
Focusing while learning a new technique to improve her dancing skills, junior Kayltin Roberts attends a Monday night dance session.. “I really like putting our moves to the music because I really get to feel it,” Roberts said.
oung kids everywhere, running up and down the field on practice days and Saturday, game day. Parents screaming enthusiastically from the sidelines in desperate support for their children who are fully equipped in their soccer uniforms. High school students are also on the field. But this time, not as fans or supporters, but as officials and coaches. These high school officials, coaches specifically, were members of the National Honor Society. Mrs. Carolyn McGuire is the sponsor for both NHS and the local soccer organization, the EBYSA. “When the soccer teams were short on parents willing to coach, we recruited NHS members because the hours that they put into practices and games counted for the service hours that our club requires,” McGuire said. The NHS service hours require the service to be voluntary so the coaches did not receive payment in monetary value. The season is roughly two months long, ranging from Sept. 1 through the last Saturday of October. “The point of the soccer organization is to teach the kids to be good sports, how to play the game, and to teach them the concept of teamwork,” McGuire said, “And I feel like the students that I recruited were able to do that.” Senior Anna Persyn was one of the two student coaches. She shared leadership of her team, Pink Lightning, with the other student coach, junior Kacee Krenek. “We called our team Pink Lightning because our uniforms were pink, and because we were fast,” Persyn said. This was Persyn’s first year to be a coach, and she was asked to participate in the organization by Mrs. Linda Hlavinka. “I told her that I would like to coach because I really used to enjoy playing soccer when I was little. We actually get to
play with the girls during practice to help teach them new skills,” Persyn said. She described the experience as fun, easy, and sentimental. “I was really touched when one of the girls on our team had a party and brought her friends to the game. They were all saying There’s Anna so GO PINK LIGHTNING I knew that she had told During the last game, senior Anna Persyn and junior Kacee them about me. Krenek’s soccer team, the Pink Lightning, huddle up to discuss And that really meant a lot their strategies. (Complimentary photo) to me,” Persyn added. Persyn and Krenek both agreed that the most important thing was for the kids to have fun, especially since they were still little and are just now “Mrs. McGuire asked me to referee learning. my freshman year. I thought it Junior Kacee Krenek, the second and would be fun and easy money, and last of the student coaches, also began coaching this year when Anna asked her to now I’ve been doing it for four years.” coach with her. “We practiced on Tuesdays, usually - senior Elexis Delgado from 6–7 p.m., and our games were on Saturdays,” Krenek said. She described it “I really just needed money for gas as a generally fun and easy experience. “The hardest part, which isn’t even hard, but I enjoy watching the little kids have fun, too.” was dealing with parents,” Krenek said, “But we were there for the girls to have - sophomore Abby Alexander fun, and to try not to let the opposing team score a goal.” tudent referees were paid $6 per game, and usually refereed four games per day. The referees had to set up the soccer fields before the games, and then clean everything up after the games were over. All referees were given a rulebook to study when they signed up, so no experience was necessary for them to become referees.
“I was asked to fill in for Abby one weekend. I agreed just to have a new experience, and I love little kids.” - sophomore Courtney Smith “Well, I knew that I would be available on Saturday mornings, I wanted some money, and I have nothing better to do.” - freshman Austin Lee
junior Christy Acevedo
all sports are coming to a close, and with that comes the beginning of basketball season. The Brahmarettes are already hard at work to make sure they are at the top of their game at the beginning of the season, which starts on Tuesday. “Coach (Ronnie) Schmidt has taught us what we need to know to be successful. We’ve learned a lot of new things that we didn’t know before that will help us win our games,” junior Emily Thurman said. “Everyone practices hard and is very dedicated. This year’s team is going to be a fun team.”
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Though last year’s team didn’t fair so well, the Brahmarettes feel confident about their team and about the season. “This year for sure we want to beat last year’s record of 2-10. Other teams lost many seniors, but we have a number of returning starters,” senior Anna Giannetti said. “We’ll be good because we mesh well together. Also because Coach Schmidt taught us new drills we can really use in games.” Though the Brahmarettes have many starters coming back, the loss of two
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seniors has made quite an impact on the team. But they just put that behind them and are working to get better. “We lost Bev and Tara; they had the leadership factor. But Flo, Anna, and Robin will probably take over their roles,” Thurman said. “That gives us a fighting chance in district.” The players know what they have to do, which leaves them feeling confident about the upcoming basketball season, which tips off Tuesday against Palacios. “It’s going to be tough, but we improve every year. Hopefully we can do it again this year,” Thurman said.
“Winning against Brazos this year would definitely have to be my highlight this season. Not only did we beat our rivals, but it was all around a good game. Getting there was hard though. Whether it was at practice or in an actual game, I always had to block out everything that happened during the day. It really helped me play my best.” -senior Tyler Dawson “I got to play more defense this year so I would have to say that was the highlight of my season. It took a lot of hard work, and I really had to focus more. But it really paid off when I got to play. I’ve lost weight and gotten faster, so that helped me play at a more college level.” - senior Adam Kubena
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“As a senior it was really important to beat Brazos so my highlight of this season was beating our rival team. Since the beginning of the season, our team has really came together and started to work as a unit. It was a tough season, but I think we all did our best and played well.” -senior Alex Wasek “The coolest part of this season for me was running out with the flag at the beginning of the Brazos game. Since it was the last home game of the season, it was an honor. It really helped me get pumped up for the game against our rivals.” -senior Tyler Sainz “Making starting defense was the best part of this season for me. It took hard work and a great deal of practice and dedication, but it was definitely worth getting to start. I’ ve gotten a lot better since the beginning of the year, and I wish we could have had a little more time to prove our ability.” -senior C. J. Clifton
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own at the The Brahmarettes also took finish line of the 1st place, overpowering 2nd district crossplace Weimar by 43 points. country meet They also took six of the top it may have 10 spots. Individual results seemed as if the East Bernard were Amanda Walters-1st runners were the only ones place, Christy Acevedo-2nd, competing. One after another, Kelsey Merritt-3rd, Kayla maroon jerseys passed by the Tovar-5th, Kristen Gertson-7th, finish line without other teams Megan Kovar-8th, and Lauren even close. Hlavinka-23rd. The teams dominated the Senior leader Amanda meet held in Weimar last week Walters was pleased with and ran past the competition both her team and personal easily, winning district for the performance. second year in a row. With “I was really proud of these wins, both varsity teams everyone because they qualified to run in the regional improved their times from the meet tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. last time they ran this course. 7 in San Antonio. I was also happy with myself The Brahmas placed 1st, because I met the goal I set for beating 2nd place Brazos by 57 myself,” Walters said. points. The boys took six of The junior varsity girl the top 10 spots overall. The captured 1st place as well with individual results were Nick Melody Jenkins running in 1st, GuerraKena Harris1st place, 2nd, Lindsey Patrick PittsCampbell2nd, Zach 3rd, Candrea rd Sprague-3 , Hayes-4th, Thomas Kelsie GarciaKresta-8th th 5 , Davis and Emily BadgerThurman8th, Miles 12th. th Locke-10 The junior and Tyler varsity Dawson-21st. REAPING THE REWARDS boys also “Our team Senior Miles Locke accepts his 10th had a good just killed,” showing as place medal after the district crossjunior runner country meet. Locke also received a Louis Limas gold medal for the team performance. placed 3rd, Guerra (Photo by Matt Clifton) said. “If it Nathan weren’t for Korenek-4th, us working Eric Rileyhard, and Mrs. Walters 9th and Brady Babin-17th. pushing us, it wouldn’t have The varsity cross-country happened.” teams are looking forward to
(front row) Patrick Pitts, Zach Sprague, Nick Guerra; (back row) Kelsey Merritt, Amanda Walters, Christy Acevedo
the upcoming regional meet. The Brahmas didn’t lose any seniors from the regional champion team from last year. They are particularly confident in the team’s chances of repeating their regional title. “Going to state has been on our minds since the summer. Anything less, and we will be disappointed,” junior Zach Sprague said. The boys’ team has been rolling over all the other competition, finishing only behind larger 4A and 5A teams along the way. Earlier this season at the state invitational meet they finished ahead of Wall, last year’s state champion. Wall beat the
Brahmas by 20 points at the state meet last year. “Beating Wall has been the highlight of our season. I was hurt for that meet, but I still enjoyed our team’s victory,” junior Davis Badger said. The girls’ team is also competing with all their runners from last year. They have enjoyed success this whole year, winning 1st place in most of their meets this season, and they are expecting a good showing at regionals. “We should do well at regional because we have put in the time and work,” senior Kelsey Merritt said. “We can do well when we need to.”