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Volume 9 Issue 6

Senior Edition

“All great American writers were newspaper people.” John Gould


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Farewells

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These past few years have been something and I can’t believe it’s all over now. College is right around the corner and I have to say I’m going to miss this place, it has brought me a lot of memorizes that I will keep them forever. 1. Good-bye Caley Frye, the past two years have been fun especially in newspaper. Good luck next year in newspaper and band hope everyone gives you a hard time JK. I’m going to miss you Jeniga and seeing you jerk lol!!!!! 2. Maria Huerta, I swear I always thought you didn’t like me but you may still not like me but it’s Ok I’m still going to miss you and good luck next year being photo editor! 3. Maesen Ash, you so funny, you are always so mean to everyone and it makes me laugh so hard. Hope you have fun next year and get your stuff together ;). And remember if something isn’t working it’s because it’s Thursday NOT FRIDAY!!! 4. Brent Matula, you almost got beat up when you almost messed up my computer when I was trying to write this, and I will miss you going off and getting me donuts after school. Good luck next year being trumpet section leader that instrument that I hate some much lol! 5. Mr. William Anderson, you are so random and funny, and I’m going to miss that. You take some good photos and your going to go far with it, good luck next year in here.

Dear Crosby High School, It’s finally time to go. The past four years I’ve spent here have been tumultuous and strange, but looking back now, there were definitely moments I think I’ll always remember fondly. Really, I regret now not getting involved in extracurricular activities earlier on in my high school career, because that’s how I met all of my closest friends—through Newspaper especially. I learned so much through UIL Literary Criticism, and most of my favorite memories are from our frequent trips to invitationals (even if it meant waking up at ungodly hours of the morning). And Ms. Shaddix’s impromptu “Humanities” class was definitely my favorite period of the day! All of our Japanese culture studies (naturally headed by myself) have inspired a real interest in origami in me. It’s a great way to relax when I get stressed out, which is all too often. In summary, if there is one piece of advice I would give to my underclassmen, it would be to get into clubs as soon as you can; it’ll make high school an infinitely better experience. As for me, I’m looking forward to becoming a new person in college—but never forgetting the people I met or the things I did here. Sincerely, Colleen Gilmore

Well we have made it through high school like a hurricane. The wind was strong but we were able to withstand it. I thought senior year would be easy sailing after all we’ve been through but I also realized we are officially adults now having to fend ourselves once we leave. It’s scary being on your own but altogether exciting. Our year has been…rewarding especially graduating from Crosby and though we may have not gotten the respect we deserved we still have our determination and once we get our diploma we’re free. We are free to decide where our lives will head us in the future. College, jobs, investments, apartments, dorms, studying, hard work; It will all come into fruition in our life once we leave high school. I tried this year to remember everyone’s faces and remember who I graduated with. I may have had my good and bad moments with you guys but it’s all part of the past. Though we all had our problems back then it’s all water under the bridge from here. We’ll be heading separate ways and whatever hostile attitude we had towards each other will soon fade. We must know that once we leave and ten years later at our reunion we’ll laugh at all the things we’ve done as seniors and continue to progress through our lives doing whatever we may. I will always remember you seniors. Even if I forget your last name and soon your first, I will always have a yearbook and facebook to check and see who the students I graduated were. We all have thing we share in common and that is a goal once we walk off that stage. We are seniors but once we touch that piece of rolled up paper and fold it in our hands and throw our caps in the air we are finally college students ready to take on the world and whatever it throws at us. Kelsea Pipkin


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Dear Crosby High, Despite having our senior picnic, our senior magazine, and any remotely interesting field trips taken away from us – I actually liked being a part of Crosby High School. I’ve learned over the years that it’s not how competent the staff members are, or how boring or fun a class is that makes the school. What ultimately makes high school interesting is the students, and Crosby High School has some of the best. I’d just like to give a shout out to the whole senior class who were so nice and so supportive and who willingly covered my butt whenever I didn’t exactly come up with five minutes of presentation material for a project. Seriously guys, class of 2011 was the best ever and, as sentimental and cheesy this sounds, I’m actually going to miss a lot of you guys. Have fun and good luck! Signed, Ashley Feack Crosby High, I can’t even begin to express how excited I am to go to University of Texas at Arlington, and though I can’t say that this school has been perfect, it has taught me how to accept all sorts of people. It’s kind of funny, actually. You would think that because our school is so small, the students inside of it would be relatively similar. Not quite. I’ve met all sorts of people here. The opinions circulated here are drastically different, the experiences that every individual went through in their own way their own, and this has helped me to see another person’s perspective with a little more clarity. I’m going to miss Class of 2011, and I can’t deny that I’m curious what path everyone will take. My friends and I have already decided to try to stay in touch through letters. We’re pretty old school, but it is undeniably fun. As for where I’m going, I plan to get a doctorate in Neuropsychology. I’d like to travel to New Zealand, as well as Europe, Iceland, and Norway, perhaps as a simple tourist. Maybe I’ll arrive as a member of the Peace Corps, anything is possible. I smile with giddiness at the thought of going sky diving. If I survive that, it’d be really fun to free fall, but I’ll take it one step at a time. I give a special shoutout to Aaron Williams, who I’m going to undeniably miss. I love you so much, and don’t worry, we’ll keep in touch. I’ll write you letters! To Caley and Maeson, I know you’ll take newspaper to heights never reached before. Your determination and patience is something to be admired. To Ms. Shaddix, I’m sure you already know you’re my favorite teacher. We’ve had alot of laughs and I’ve really enjoyed 6th period throughout the years. Somehow you even managed to make Literary Criticism fun. I’ll miss you! Thank you for being an ear to listen during hard times. I really appreciate it. My advice to underclassmen is to enjoy the ride. Freshmen year is a breeze, Sophomores get a wakeup call from the amount of work unexpectedly pressed upon them, Juniors experience the horrid reality of SATS, TAKS, and AP tests, and Seniors… Senior year can be paralleled with the feeling one gets when a roller coaster takes a 90 degree drop from the sky. Exciting, terrifying, and it goes by in what feels like a fraction of a second. Have fun with it. Try not to get too caught up in the drama of everyday life, because at the end of this ride, trust me when I say it doesn’t matter. Signed, Danica Womack

Dear CHS, You’ve had to deal with my awkward stages in life; my super eyeliner stage, my wannabe gothic stage, and my “had-to-be-straightened” hair stage. Through all of it I was here, unfortunately, being teased and taunted by the staff and students. Through all the stupidity of my former youth I have become a stronger person. You’ve taught me well in the ways of politics and life, and though I’m sure it was unintentional, it was a very helpful lesson. You’ve shown me that the rules and expectations change as you age. If I had to give any advice to the under classmen I would tell them to take advantage of any and all opportunities they possibly can. Specifically for the freshman: don’t be afraid to be yourself! You are who you are and nothing and no one can change that. For the Sophomores: You’re not an adult yet so calm down and enjoy the time you have. When life finally catches up you’re going to wish you had more time. And, finally, for the Juniors: Life’s going to crash into you soon so beware. Special thanks to the underclassmen I’m leaving behind; Aaron Williams, Nancy Garcia, Frida Manzo, Brian Cromeans, Jordan Comeaux (even though he’s no longer here), Raymundo Mendez (My future brother-in-law), Meagan Morris, Victoria Wukasch, and Brent Matula. Without you, my senior year wouldn’t have been as awesome as it was. I’m taking a special trip from England just to visit you guys! Good Luck! You’ll need it. Sincerely, Brandy Lozano


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News

Glitch cuts mission short Aaron Williams

cut short due to a glitch in sensors that detected carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide censor is crucial because of the importance that astronauts do not give out large amounts of carbon dioxide as too much could be fatal to those exposed. Endeavor, launched on Monday, May 16, was sent to the International Space Center to deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer—a device used to measure cosmic rays. Studying cosmic rays provides information about dark matter and antimatter that exist in the universe, potentially leading to the discovery of the origin of the universe. Repairing the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer as soon as possible could only lead to scientific discoveries being revealed faster. Within five hours of a six-anda-half hour planned mission, the glitch was apparent in the spacesuit of Gregory Chamitoff, veteran, experienced dive master and instrument repair pilot. Even though levels might not have been extremely high, NASA decided to call off the repair mission just in case something dire would occur. Chamitoff’s partner during the mission, Drew Feustel, asked for an extra forty-five minutes to repair the antenna on the space station. Deciding it would take too much time, controllers decided to cancel the mission for now. NASA issued a clean-up task and the Endeavor is expected to return within the beginning of June.

Want a voice, cast your vote! Brandy Lozano Page Editor

To vote in Texas, you must be regis-

tered. Simply pick up a voter registration application, fill it out, and mail it in at least 30 days before the election date.You are eligible to vote if: You are a United States citizen You are legally registered to vote in Texas You are at least 18 years old on Election Day You are not a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole) You have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

Judgment Day Hoax

Aaron Williams

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NASA’s mission on the Endeavor was

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Seniors, The CHS cougarpolitan is proud to have writen for your entertainment for the last four years. Know you all will be dearly missed and are wished happiness and success. Fulfill your dreams! Sincerely, Cougarpolitan Staff

During the middle of May, the voice

of Christian Radio, Harold Camping, had preached about a specific day: May 21, 2011. Camping said that on that Saturday, God was going to establish Rapture, sending those who are worthy to Heaven and letting those who are unworthy to experience seven years of Hell. Camping, a multi-millionaire who invests in the needs of dedicated Christian consumers, spent his savings in advertising the day of Rapture and how it’s “not too late to redeem yourselves” in the United States and areas in the Middle East. Some people have begun to believe that they need to prepare for the end, while others began to turn towards their belief, questioning how Camping could possibly know the exact moment of God’s descent. However, when the clock struck 6pm— the time Camping told the world that God will come down—nothing seemed to change. The public began to question Camping’s prediction, wondering if there will actually be Rapture anytime soon; his only comment was that we were all being judged “spiritually”, and the actual event will not happen until October 21st. Nobody so far has seemed to believe him. Some of the public who believed him have already gotten rid of a few of the necessities, such as their jobs, houses, or even their own lives. Camping is now being questioned whether or not he will remain in the position of power in the Christian community.

Seniors welcomed to graduation! Megan Morris News Editor

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hat’s something fun I can do after graduation that is exciting, safe, and I can win tons of cool free prizes? Two words—Project Graduation. On June 2, CHS will be home to Project Graduation, an adult-supervised and alcohol-free program that allows newly-graduated seniors to celebrate their commencement free of possible danger. Students will be locked into the school to enjoy such attractions as a hypnotist and raffles of prizes which in the past have included flat screen TVs, I-Pods and laptops. One can purchase their raffle tickets with the cougar bucks given to them with admission or earned through their volunteer work. All seniors are guaranteed a gift card and at least one gift. Admission to project graduation is free and lasts from10:00pm to 6:00 am, but once the doors are closed at 11:45 pm they will remain locked until the event has ended. And best of all…SENIORS ONLY!


May 2011

Entertainment

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Movie Reviews Water for Elephants Insidious Brent Matula

Reporter Insidious is a suspenseful hor-

Maesen Ash

Page Editor

Robert Pattinson has done it again with another dramatic movie that will leave you breathless. In Francis Lawrence’s film, “Water for Elephants”, Pattinson stars as Jacob, a young man who quits veterinary school after his parent’s untimely death and is left with nothing. His life changes when he runs away to the circus and becomes the care taker for the animals. Jacob’s entire goal was to be able to spend more time with the mysterious woman who is the circus’s star act. Pattinson later falls in love with Reece Witherspoon’s character, Marlena, the boss’s wife. Their love grows stronger when the circus encounters a new star, an elephant named Rosie. Trouble arises for Jacob when Marlena’s husband, August, the ring leader, grows suspicious. This movie is filled with drama and a forbidden romance that will leave you wanting more.

Delirium

Rachel Cessna

Copy Editor

Delirium by Lauren Oliver is a sad love story with a bittersweet message about both the pain and happiness that love can bring. The story is set in a future where humans are modified to feel nothing so they won’t be debilitated by their own emotions. The reader follows the life of 17-year-old Lena Holoway as the day of her procedure gets closer and closer and she has to fight harder and harder for her love and for her life. Delirium is brilliant and has strong, well rounded characters, though leaves something to be desired in the story

building department. While the reader may be touched by the characters, their forbidden love, and the decisions they are forced to make about themselves, each other, and the world around them, the story itself could have been added to and built on. Overall though, the story was heart warming, thought-provoking, and well written. The book is the first in a trilogy; according to blogspot.com, the following books will be called Pandemonium and Requiem. Pandemonium is set to come out in 2012 and Requiem has no set release date as of yet.

ror movie about a demonic possession of a little boy named Dalton Lambert. Dalton doesn’t know it but he is a well traveled little boy who goes from one world by day to another at night. Neither he nor his parents Renai and Josh know that Dalton’s dreams are actually a way of him traveling from one world to the next. His parents are afraid for him though once Dalton goes into a coma and won’t wake up, leaving

his parents to think Dalton is extremely sick. Soon Renai starts to see spirits around the house and believes their house is possessed. She then convinces Josh to move homes, but little did she know the possession would follow her to the next house. The movie was extremely entertaining and continuously sent chills up the audience’s spine. Audiences weren’t sure of what would happen next, making it a great thrill seeking movie for those people who weren’t faint of heart.

Congrats Graduates of 2011!


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Colleen Gilmore Copy Editor When a new console emerges on the market, it’s not uncommon for some games to be forgotten in the flood of its initial releases. Konami’s Shadow of Destiny (known to the world outside of North America as Shadow of Memories), released in the States on March 5, 2001,

only about six months after the PlayStation 2 came to American shores, is one

Ashley Feack Assistant Editor

Mood Ears Made by the Japanese Neurowear, Necomimi is the product where fashion and technology meet each other. The concept idea aims to reach a form of “augmented human body” with the help of brainwaves and biosensors. And it’s only the beginning. Neurowear claims to develop other various items in the future. But how does Necomimi work and what is it good for? The ears on the headband stand up when the wearer concentrates or sees something interesting. And when the user relaxes,the decreasing brain activity makes the ears fall down. So by simply showing your actual mood this extraordinary clothing accessory It can boost up your social life, it can help on your dates, it can arrange a first contact with the boy next door. As the Tokyo-based Neurowear claims (or to be honest: overstates a little) they created a new human’s organ, a brand new communication tool that augments human’s body and ability. This cat’s ear shaped machine express your condition before you start talking.

Features of many overlooked gems; however, this murder-mystery adventure game has found new life in a recent port to the PlayStation Portable. The game revolves around preventing the protagonist’s death, but in Shadow of Destiny, there’s a little more sophistication to the process than the usual slaughter of monsters and selfproclaimed villains. The main character, Eike Kusch, is no sword-wielding warrior, and it’s up to the player to foresee and take preventative action against attempts on his life. Naturally, this is easier said than done, and players are not expected to succeed on their first try. When Eike is stabbed to death in the first few moments of the game, he awakens in a dark stone room and is greeted by Homunculus, a mysterious character who seems to have some personal interest in Eike’s survival. Intentions aside, he presents Eike with the game’s most critical

Zombie Ant Apocalypse!

Originally thought to be a single species, called Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, the fungus is actually four distinct species—all of which can “mind control” ants—scientists announced Wednesday. The fungus species can infect an ant, take over its brain, and then kill the insect once it moves to a location ideal for the fungi to grow and spread their spores. Hughes and colleagues made the discovery after noticing a wide diversity of fungal growths emerging from ant victims, according to the March 2 study in the journal PLoS ONE. “It is tempting to speculate that each species of fungus has its own ant species that it is best adapted to attack,” Hughes said. “This potentially means thousands of zombie fungi in tropical forests across the globe await discovery,” he said. “We need to ramp up sampling— especially given the perilous state of the environment.”

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device—the time-traveling digipad. Using this, Eike is able to return to times prior to his demise and manipulate circumstances to his advantage for when the fated moment re-emerges.

But as Homunculus is quick to point out, simply avoiding death is not enough; Eike’s true goal must be to uncover the perpetrator of these attempted murders. As a result, his time travels span more than just the immediate moments

Crappy Teaching!

A Hartford teacher accused of forcing students to clean the classroom toilet with paper towels and a cleaner with bleach is on administrative leave. For two years, Catherine Saur required any student who used the bathroom to clean the toilets, even if they only went to the bathroom to wash their hands, the Hartford Courant reports. Jane Russell complained when her son had an allergic reaction to the cleaner and told her what his Kennelly School art teacher was requiring student to do in the bathroom of a portable classroom, the newspaper reports. Principal Peter Dart sent a letter to parents on Monday that said the teacher had been requiring students to clean the bathroom for the past two years. He said he did not endorse or know about the practice before May 17, when it was reported to authorities. Saur, reached by telephone at her home Tuesday morning, declined to comment.

prior to his death. The mystery surrounding these crimes is a full-blown web spanning centuries of the town’s history, and Eike’s journey takes place on four time planes: 2001, 1980, 1902, and 1580. Soon, a murdery mystery transforms into a story of self-discovery and the interwoven tales of generations of the town’s inhabitants. Overall, Shadow of Destiny was well received. While criticized for its lack of traditional action, the game was praised for its excellent plot and voice-acting. However, ratings for the new PSP port of the game have tended to be lower. If a PS2 or PC version is reasonable available, going with the original may be the better choice.

Nanananana BATMAN!

A warning to those of you out there who feel the need to dress up as your favorite superhero and attempt to fight real criminals in real life: Don’t do it. Seriously. Not a good idea. Go play video games, or let off some steam at the gym. Dressing up as Batman and lingering around your neighborhood waiting for bad stuff to happen isn’t exactly what the sophisticated among us would label “a good use of one’s time.” One such gent learned this the hard way when he was caught “hanging from the wall of a downtown business” in Petoskey, Michigan. The 31-year-old was dressed in a really bad homemade Batman costume, and carrying with him a baton, a can of chemical spray and lead-lined gloves. Needless to say, police arrested him for trespassing and possession of dangerous weapons. Williams is supposedly a ‘comic book entusiast’ who describes himself in his MySpace page as ‘a pretty easy-going guy. I like to help people when I can, especially my friends’. He was arrested earlier this year for dressing up as the Crow—another character from a graphic novel.


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Horoscopes

Maesen Ash & Caley Frye

Page Editors Aries (Mar 21- April 20) Spend some of that great emotional energy you’re filled with on reinventing yourself. It doesn’t have to be anything huge, but you’ve been hoping for a change. Taurus (April 21- May 21) If you’re romantically inclined, now is the time to take the next step. You’re as attractive as can be, and most likely someone is waiting for you to say something or at least show up. Gemini (May 22- June 21) Your mental prowess is strong right now, and you should be able to understand even the most complex ideas in your toughest class. It’s a great time to take exams and finish projects. Cancer (June 22- July 22) Your social needs are stronger than ever, and you should make a few solid connections with folks you may not know all that well. You may not have millions of friends but your core posse is totally devoted to you. Leo (July 23- Aug. 21) You’re having way too much fun at the moment. Whatever’s happening should surprise you you won’t necessarily be able to predict much of anything after this day is over. Virgo (Aug. 22- Sept. 23) No matter what you do, you are going to end up in conflict with someone close. It won’t be the end of the world, but you may want to try to calm everyone down before it really heats up.

Libra (Sept. 24- Oct.23) Something’s gotta give and you’re smart enough to find a way to make it give in your favor! Think big and see if you can discover how to provide yourself with the most leverage. Scorpio (Oct. 24- Nov. 22) If a friend or an acquaintance is acting strange, you need to keep it as positive as possible. If you just talk smack out of the gate, they’ll shut you down faster than you can come up with a rebuttal. Sagittarius (Nov. 23- Dec. 22) Even if you’re bursting at the seams, you need to keep quiet for a day or two. People aren’t ready for the truth -- far from it -- but if you hang on for a while, things will turn in your favor. Capricorn (Dec. 23- Jan. 20) You can get fired up over a good mystery, and there’s something you’re not sure of that needs to come clear. You may want to drag a friend into your investigation, because a few more eyes could certainly help. Aquarius (Jan. 21- Feb. 19) Not all of your friends get along with each other. Guess whose job it is to keep the peace? You! Power struggles will flare up here and there, and they won’t help anyone. Pisces (Feb. 20- March 20) You can clearly see what you want, and that’s the most important part of getting it. You can opt to take action but you won’t get far. You’re still in the dreaming phase.

Ask Annie

Annie Anonymous

Reporter There is this guy I like and he told everybody that I’m a loser. I’ve had a crush on him forever. We dated once before but it was a long time ago, and he still denies it. I care about him, I’m not stalking him. How do I make him see that?

-Well, that is embarrassing but explain to your mom what you just explained to me. If she still doesn’t get it, I’m sorry but you pretty much have to endure what your mom decides to put you though. I hope it work out!

“He dumped me right before prom!”

So I was -If this guy dating is being that this guy rude, drop for a year him. Leave him and we alone. He’s planned rude and no to go to good anyway. prom toIf you can’t find gether. I someone who bought cares about you, start looking for someone who does. my dress, mask, purse, accessories, limo and even the ticket, but last FriYou deserve better I’m sure. day night… he dumped me. What do I My mom recently walked in on do now? I’m a senior, should I go with me wearing my sister’s underwear. I’m someone else even though I miss my ex or return everything? Exa guy. It was cept the dress, it cannot only out of cube returned. riosity, I was just wondering -I would still go. Bring if they were a friend and have fun, comfortable. Now she wants to send me to counsel- you’re a senior! Senior prom is a one ing, and doesn’t believe I was just curi- time chance. Go and be proud. Hold your ous. She thinks its an everyday obsessive head up and take your best friend! Move thing. How do I stop this misunderstood on for the night, once your home, it will problem? all be just a memory.

“You deserve better.....”

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Embarrassing Moments

Annie Anonymous

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When I was about thirteen years old, I had my new boyfriend come over. We were playing outside and I explained to him that I could talk to birds. Suddenly, I noticed a baby bird on the grass in the backyard of my neighbor’s house. I climbed on the fence and began to chirp. The baby bird hopped away but I proceeded to call to it and out of nowhere, the momma bird appeared. It flew violently at my head and once landed, it began flapping its wings. I ran inside screaming, with tears streaming down my face and while he laughed, I ran to my room. Great first visit to my house. -Thirteen and having guys over? First off, bad start. Back to the point though, if the baby bird was hopping away from you, leave it alone. It obviously doesn’t want you. Your unnecessary determination led to your embarrassment. When I was fifteen, my parents decided to take me to Sea World. I had felt a little odd, but I ignored it. My stomach began to hurt and a booming headache came out of nowhere! Later, I went swimming and rode rides when, the unthinkable happened. I got on the tallest slide, my parents got everyone’s attention by yelling happy birthday and as I

slid, a long strip of red was left behind me. It was my fifteenth birthday, and I was on my period. -The warning signs for your period should be obvious. You’re fifteen; grow up. You should know when it’s coming. Honestly, I feel sorry for you but you sort of walked right into that one… or slid into it. This year I was taking my TAKS test. I was really nervous so I seriously took my time. After lunch, I went back to work, more focused than ever. I was the last one taking the TAKS and felt awkward. Everyone looked angry and impatient. Normally, I wouldn’t have cared but my crush was one of them, sitting behind me. After the test, I felt relieved. I put my head down and fell asleep. Soon after, I was awakened by the classes’ laughter. Suddenly I smelt a horrible odor. And it was coming from me. My crush stared at me in disgust. -Honestly, that’s just horrible. That’s a truly embarrassing moment. There’s not much I can say except, poor guy. Thing about it this way, now you have something to laugh about!


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Sports

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A Year in Review Will Anderson Reporter

Jessica Curtis The football season of 2010 was a season to remember because of great plays, hoard working players, and extraordinary highlights. The Varsity football players fought hard enough to win district 19- 4A champs, Bi- District Champs, and Area champs. The Freshman B-team went 4-0 and were crowned district champs. . Crosby JV started with both an A and B team but due to a shortage of players at the other schools, the JV B-team was cancelled. Their over all record this season was 4-6. The Freshman A-team ended their season with an outstanding record of 8-1-1 but they fell short of achieving the district championship title. They lost to Barbers Hill whose record was 9-0-1.

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The Lady Cougars Varsity Volleyball team was able to work diligently to defeat their opponents and win 19- 4A champions, and Bi- District champions. The Lady Cougars volleyball team had some outstanding players win district titles this year. Volleyball All-District Honors of 2011 are: 1st team • Jessica Travis • Haley Dodd • Jordan McArdle • Harlie Wooten • Shelby Willis • Stacey Luciani • Kristina Merka • Jordan Sparks

2nd team • Harlie Wooten • Shelby Willis

Newcomer of the Year for the District • Kristina Merka

Honorable mention • Staci Luciani

The Crosby Cougars Boys Varsity Basketball team achieved District Champions and Bi- District Champions. The Most Valuable Player for the team this year is Keynan Willis. These players wouldn’t be able to be as successful as they are without the Coach of the Year, Coach Edwin Egans. The Boys Varsity All-District honors are: 1st Team • Tenarius Mills • TJ Stewart

Newcomer of the Year • TJ Stewart

Honorable Mention • Kevin Bass • Keldrick Williams • Paul Singleton • LaChad Chatmon

The Crosby Cougars had a successful track season. Many runners improved their overall times, highest and longest jumps, and throws. With hard work, Crosby had many athletes place in many events. Tianna Thompson placed 3rd in shot put in the last meet and Paul Singleton placed 1st in the last meet. They both were qualified for Regionals. At the regional meet, Paul Singleton got 6th place out of 20 runners in the 100 meter dash. Tianna Thompson hurt her knee and was not able to compete at the regional meet. Freshman, Austin Walter, placed 1st in the 100 meter dash every time he competed. Callie Walker went to every meet with the desire to win, and came back from each meet with a medal in pole vaulting. Torre Manuel injured his knee during the football season, but came to track practice everyday and ran hurdles to the best of his ability.

Offensive Player of the Year • Jordan Sparks


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Every ending is a new beginning; Starting with the players Will Anderson Reporter

Dominic Merka

Jessica Curtis Reporter

Sport: Football Q: If you could, what would you change about this football season? A: I wish we wouldn’t have look passed goose creek because I think we were thinking about Dayton a week ahead. I think we should have stayed focused on goose creek and taken it 1 game at a time.

Joe Jack

Sport: Football Q: What did you do to prepare yourself for the games each Friday night? A: After the pre-game dinners I would sit in the locker room listening to my music and going over my jobs in my head.

CJ Hammond Sport: Soccer Q: Is there any college you wanted or planned on attending? A: I plan on attending Bacone College on soccer scholarships and I am majoring in Medical Imaging.

Forrest Tyler

Sport: Football Q: Do you plan on carrying this sport to college? A: No, I lost interest in the game. I got 2 scholarships from junior colleges asking for me to walk on but if there is no love for the game, why waste anybodies time?

Ryan Badgett

Sport: Baseball Q: What did you do to prepare yourself for each baseball game? A: I listen to my favorite songs, stretch my arms, and clear my head and just think about the game I am about to play.

Faith Hoisanger Sport: Softball Q: Do you think you were prepaired for this softball season? A: Physically I was prepaired because I worked out a lot at summer workouts, but mentally it was harder to stay focused because I knew I had a lot of other stuff going on at the same time.

Staci Luciani Sport: Softball Q: Have you gotten any scholarships? If so, where to? A: Yes, I got a scholarship to Galveston Community College.

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Prom 2011

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Midnight Mystery

COUGARPOLITAN Volume 9 Issue VI  

Senior Issue 2011