W.B. Ray High School 1002 Texan Trail Corpus Christi, Texas 78411 361.806.5300 http://ray.ccisd.us
December 19, 2008 Volume 57, Issue 1
All My Children: Principal makes change a good thing
Jacks of all Trades In Wendy Acox’s AP Human Geography class, Principal Cissy Perez demonstrates her expertise at the game of Jacks. “It was so much fun to see Ms. Perez’s fun side,” Tara Comstock (09) said. “And I never knew how to play jacks until she showed me how.” photo by E. Garst
by Julian Licon oud bells ring, echoing in the halls. A mass herd of students scramble, pushing their way through the crowd to their classrooms. Clothing styles vary. Mp3 players and cell phones appear during lunch periods. Yes, it is another school year, but with a few changes. As a new administration and a sea of new faces among the faculty greeted students at the start of school, students began to notice a few other changes as well. One difference noticed was the rule that allowed the students to use their electronic devices during their lunch period. In the past, despite rules against electronics, students still brought their phones and Mp3’s to school. “Listening to my iPod lets me relax from school,” Dolores Sanchez (10) said. Instead of continuing to fight the battle against electronics, administration came up with a solution. It allows students to use their phones and Mp3’s dur-
Ray Selected for CCISD’s International Baccalaureate Middle Years High School From three CCISD high schools that vied for the opportunity, Ray was chosen to host years four and five of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. Upon completing the application process this year and receiving approval, IB-MYP will commence during the 2009-2010 school year; staff development for IB has already begun. What is IB? IB stands for International Baccalaureate, which offers a high quality educational program. IB programs help develop the skills to live in a globalized society and to create a better world through education.
IB program, it must go through a very intensive process. It takes two to three years, and the school has to present a project demonstrating why they would be the best. The selection process also includes visits by an I.B. team to the school.
What are the stages of the program? The first part is the Primary Years Program (PYP) for students ages 3 to 12.
What did Ray have to do to be selected as the host for the final two years of the Middle Years Program? To be selected, an application had to be submitted. A PowerPoint about the school’s curriculum, spirit, tradition of excellence, and academic rigor was presented, and support was given from CCISD, the community, parents, and students.
The second part of the program is the Middle Years Program (MYP) for students ages 11 to 16. Baker Middle School offers the first 3 years of this program. Ray will offer the last two years of the MYP. Finally, students ages 16 to 19 graduate from the Diploma Year Program. Students have to complete the three core requirements of an extended essay, theory of knowledge, creativity and action service. What is the benefit of graduating from an IB program? Graduating IB leads to qualification that is equal to two years of college and is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities, opening up greater possibilities for scholarship and admission to those universities. How is a school picked to host the IB program? For a school to be picked for an
How will the IB-MYP program affect our school? IB will increase the level of academic learning and curriculum across the board. All will benefit from the rigorous curriculum and more chances to excel. Will only 9th graders participate next year? Yes, only 9th graders will participate in the program next year. How will students be added to the program in the following years? CCISD students in the Athena program at Baker may choose to continue in the IB-MYP at Ray, and students from other schools can test into the Athena program. researched by Corinne Kelley
ing their lunch period as long as they keep the cafeteria and courtyard area clean. “Ms. Perez letting us use our phones and mp3’s seems like she is fair and openminded,” Ashley Perez (11) said. Many point to Ms. Perez, new head principal, as the source of these positive changes. Some students recognize her as making the school better. “She is working really hard on trying to change any negative dynamics we have at school,” Sarah Fox (11) said. Students perceive Perez as wanting our school to be safe and secure. In addition, some describe her as having a noticeable compassion for our school. “I like Ms.Perez as our new principal; she interacts with us and makes us feel comfortable around her,” Desiree Perez (12) said. With all these changes students have noticed, it comes as no surprise to hear how Ms.Perez feels. “I see all the students as my own children, and all I want is what is best for them.”
Obama takes oath January 20 by Kerri Lewis On January 20, 2009, the newly elected President of the United States, Barack Obama, will take the constitutional oath of office during the Presidential Inaugural Ceremony. As re-elected presidents are sworn in each term, Barack Obama will be the 69th president sworn into office. He will also be the first African- American to be sworn into office, making this one of the most significant inaugurations in American history. Yearbook Editor Brittni Peña (10) was invited by the Congressional Young Leaders Conference to attend the Presidential Inauguration. “I plan on gaining more knowledge about presidential elections, and basically learning how to be more of a leader,” Brittni said. Since most Americans don’t have the luxury of attending the inauguration, here are a few facts to know. Why do we have inaugurations? Many believe it is to celebrate the achievements of the elected president. Has every president been inaugurated? Yes, every president since 1789 has been inaugurated. Do re-elected presidents have inaugurations? Yes, presidents who get reelected get re-inaugurated. Information provided by: http://inaugural.senate.gov/history/ chronology/index.cfm
Where is the inauguration ceremony? The inauguration ceremony is held in Washington, D.C., at the West Front of the White House. What happens on inauguration day? The inauguration day agenda includes a morning worship service, vice presidential swearing in ceremony, presidential swearing in ceremony, inaugural address, luncheon, parade, and ball. What is the Presidential oath of office? “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Who can go to the ceremony? The general public can attend the ceremony. Also the President-elect can invite anyone he likes to; those special people will get to stand on a specially built platform just for this event. What celebrities will attend the inaugural ceremony? Some of the celebrities invited will include Anne Hathaway, Spike Lee, Beyoncè, Jay-Z, Kerry Washington, Susan Sarandon, Jane Krakowski, Alfre Woodard, Barry Levinson, Dana Delany, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Peter Sarsgaard.
2 - Editorials
El Tejano A Dollar Short
December 19, 2008 Volume 57, Issue 1
El Tejano W.B. Ray High School 1002 Texan Trail Corpus Christi, Tx 78411 361.806.5300 x245 http://ray.ccisd.us Managing Editors Robin Medina Andrew Vasquez Editorial Board Kimberlie Casarez Julian Licon Robin Medina Andrew Vasquez Staff Briana Betancourth Joshua Covarubiaz Christina Davis Corinne Kelley Kerri Lewis Victoria Villarreal Adviser Elise Garst Mentor M.V. Bell Principal Cissy Reynolds-Perez
El Tejano is published by the sixth period newspaper class of W.B. Ray High School. Unsigned editorials reflect the opinion of the El Tejano editorial staff. Articles with bylines reflect the opinion of the writer only. None of the materials in El Tejano should be considered the opinion of the faculty, adviser, school administration, or board of trustees of the Corpus Christi Independent School District. El Tejano welcomes signed letters to the editor. Unsigned letters promote anonymous attacks on individuals without forcing the writer to be accountable for what has been said; therefore, any request that a letter be printed without a name will not be honored. Publication of letters is subject to the laws of libel, obscenity, incitement, and copyright. El Tejano reserves the right to edit letters for length and repetition. Advertising is accepted from the community. El Tejano reserves the right to refuse any advertisement it deems offensive or inappropriate for a high school audience. Ad rates available upon request. All pictures and stories are property of El Tejano and may not be reproduced without permission.
Recession dampens hopes for college financial aid by Andrew Vasquez The media has been mercilessly bombarding us with the controversy that is derived from the financial crisis currently taking place on Wall Street. To the typical student, these economic hiccups are of little concern. However, what most teenagers are unaware of is that the repercussions from this economic plunge will have an inevitable effect on their futures. The Wall Street recession began with the crash of the housing industry. Many homeowners obtained their houses through loans they could not afford and were not qualified for (sub-prime) and were later unable to repay those loans. As a result, the banks which first issued the homeowners the money never received their payments. Due to a shortage of money, banks across America have been unable to give out further loans to individuals and private businesses that do qualify for them. Although students do not have to worry about obtaining home loans, there is still the matter of getting a loan for college. The inability to acquire a loan leaves today’s high school and college youth at a disadvantage. Many students turn to alternative methods of funding their college education such as government subsidized loans, government grants, student loan companies, and academic and athletic scholarships. However, there are still a great deal of students who depend on loans from private banks to pay for college, as well as to make up for the remainder of the finances that were not met by the aforementioned sources. Even students who depend entirely on their parents for financial security are indirectly affected because the parents are experiencing a decline in net worth due to this economic turmoil. Despite these monetary drawbacks, a great deal of the teenage society still shrugs its shoulders and turns its back on the problem. This can be credited to the popular adolescent assertion that is simply stated, “I have no interest in politics or the financial state of this country.” Moreover, many students disassociate themselves from the issue by asking the question, “I do not plan on going to college, so why should I worry about the economy?”
The answer is simple. The series of events that have transpired on Wall Street has had a ripple effect on all forms of commerce in the country. This means that taxes as well as prices on common goods everywhere have escalated astronomically in a brief period of time and will continue to do so until the problem is repaired. Jobs will become scarcer as people have less money to spend on goods and services. For a young adult that is preparing to go out into the real world for the first time, this is a significant adversity. The cost of living anywhere in this country will certainly reach unprecedented levels as consumers have less money to spend. With such outrageous living expenses such as gasoline, a person with no college education that is attempting to live independently in the real world for the first time will have little chance to focus on anything else other than earning enough money for the basic necessities of life. Whatever monetary dilemma directly affects a portion of out nation’s economy, affects our entire economy as well as the global economy. The autonomy of being a young adult means that the luxury of being supported by one’s parents and having them fret over financial woes for us will soon come to an end. Students need to possess more concern in the events taking place around them. After all, the consequences of those events will have an impact on the future of those students.
New administration mandates pep rallies by Kimberlie Casarez As a senior, I want to enjoy my last year and the spirit that resides in this school. Pep rallies are usually intended to boost everyone’s energy for any upcoming game, but in the past it turned out that only about half of the student body ended up going to the pep rallies. Why is it that so many people don’t want to get the best out of school life? I do not have the answer to that, but through out my years here on campus I have noticed that not many people come out to support our teams. Therefore, it does not make the experience too satisfying. This year,
however, the new school policy says that pep rallies are mandatory for everyone, and I have to admit that I definitely agree with the policy. I think it is a great idea! When I look to the other side of the gym and see a huge crowd and everyone in it is participating, it makes the entire atmosphere that much better. I say it’s no big deal to stay an extra thirty minutes at school, having fun and being as loud as I want! It is the most positive source of fun here on campus, and I thank the administration for helping more students to see that! The gym should be full of cheering, spirited spectators
Dear El Tejano, I am writing this letter to ask for the student body’s help in making sure that W.B. Ray High School stays out of trouble with the law. There is a new federal law that is referred to as the “FMNV law.” FMNV stands for Food of Minimal Nutritional Value, otherwise known as foods that are NOT nutritious (pretty much the delicious fattening food many of us like to eat). Under this law, parents are not allowed to bring
photo by Victoria Villarreal
and mandated pep rallies are the solution for this. If more kids could realize just how important student support is
to our athletes, they would be more than willing to come out and yell just a little bit louder!
Law limits lunch deliveries outside food to any students other than their own child. For example, students cannot share pizzas, cakes etc. in the cafeteria during lunch shifts/school hours. The CCISD Food Services Dept. recently sent principals a reminder that schools around Texas have been forced to pay stiff fines for violating this law. Therefore, effective January 6, 2009, we will begin to enforce this law a lot more strictly (no more pizza & hamburger
deliveries for you & your friends during school hours). Until now we have basically been giving warnings. Thank you for your help in keeping Ray High School out of trouble with the FMMV law. It’s not “our” law; it’s the “Federal” law, and we have to follow it. Your principal, Ms. Cissy Reynolds-Perez
Opinions - 3
December 19, 2008
Car accident leaves friends missing charming Regino
Christopher Raymond Regino Sept. 24, 1991 - Sept. 28, 2008
by Kimberlie Casarez “Chris was very charming and popular; he could charm a hall pass out of anyone! I knew him for three years, and I was extremely saddened by his death. The one thing that I will always remember is the way he would look at me, wink, blow a kiss, and then say, ‘It’s ok, Miss,” Debra Logue, one of Chris’s teachers said. Christopher Regino passed away September 28, 2008, as a result of a car accident. He was
only 17 years old. To those who knew him, and even to those who did not, his passing came as a shock which affected many. Chris’s friends described him as a great person, inside and out, and someone who knew what it was to enjoy life. He was always making someone laugh. “Chris was a good, funny friend, somewhat like a brother, and I was torn apart by his death,” Monica Garcia (11) said. Chris was described by those who knew him best as someone
Fairanna Novella McLawhorn passes away shy of 17th birthday by Kimberlie Casarez It’s Friday afternoon and the loud sirens of an ambulance fill the parking lot at school. Students wonder what could possibly be the cause of this. Minutes pass and the sirens are gone, all thoughts of what has just happened vanish and every one retreats to their studies. Monday morning arrives and students tune into Texan TV as usual, but one announcement in particular attracts everyone’s attention. Fairanna Novella McLawhorn suffered a seizure at school on Friday, November 14, 2008. That seizure led to her death just two days later on Sunday, November 16, 2008. Fairanna, whose 17th birthday was just over a month away, was best described by Cacee Loveday (9) as, “…a fun and loving person who always had a smile on her face.” One of the people who knew her best was her English teacher Felisha Jackson. She knew Fairanna very well and had lots of time to interact with her. She even has a picture of Fairanna hanging on her Christmas tree as an ornament. “I loved her. She was a student who stood out to me. One time I was out on a training seminar and the next day when I returned Fairanna came up to me, gave me a great big hug and told me that she had missed me. Ever since then, I learned to
look for her everyday,” Ms. Jackson said. Fairanna was also described by one teacher as a socially shy person who wanted people to like her. “I went to middle school with Fairanna and kids would always pick on her. Now as I look back, I wish I would have stood up for her,” Jesse Turrubiates (11) said. Perhaps sometimes we don’t realize the limited opportunities we have in our lives
who took the good with the bad and somehow still managed to keep smiling. He was a face that many knew and a face that many will truly miss. “I really miss him a lot; he changed me forever,” Josh Rivas (12) said. Although his death came suddenly, his time on earth was memorable to his family and friends. Students showed their respect by wearing shirts with his picture alongside his favorite saying, “Livin’ life in the slow
lane”. Administration encouraged a wall in the main hall to be dedicated to him, where students hung posters up with messages that said things like, “R.I.P. Chris; I’ll never forget you.” A student is gone forever from these halls, but one thing that seems clear is that his memory will live on in the minds and hearts of his friends and teachers.
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Fairanna N. McLawhorn Dec. 27, 1991- Nov. 16, 2008 to really get the time to know someone or be kind to them. Fairanna’s passing will be sure to remain a reminder of this lesson.
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4 - New Beginnings
Overcoming struggles alters students’ lives
by Kimberlie Casarez t’s 7 a.m. on a school day. Eliza Valdez (12) opens her eyes and just lies there for a while. About 10 minutes passes as she snuggles in her comfy bed. Then she eventually gets up to begin getting herself ready for a regular school day. Eliza is a typical high school student. Like most, she makes pretty good grades and has a plan for her future. But for many teenagers in today’s high schools, things are not as simple. Many teens struggle with overcom-
ing adversities and finding a new way to cope with high school as they adjust to the changes in their lives. It’s 6 a.m. on a school day. “I wake up always in a rush, I have to get both myself and Adlene dressed, run to the bus stop, drop her off at the day care and then head to class, and I still have to be on time,” Crystal Sepulveda (12) said. Crystal makes B’s in class, studies culinary arts, and is a mother to a one-year old daughter. According to her, the hardest thing about being a teenage mother who is still attending school is being away from her daughter. “There’s not enough time with Adlene and I have to work to support her too,” Crystal said. Working part-time at Whataburger, striving to pass all of her classes and making sure she has all of her credits in order to graduate and move on with her life is hard enough. Add to all of that the responsibility of raising a child as well. With all of that responsibility, it is easy to see why statistics show that only about 1/3 of teenage mothers graduate from high school. According to the 2005 report from the Department of Agriculture, the cost of raising a child to the age of 17, which includes, housing, food, transportation, health care and child care, will be approximately $500,000. Statistics also show that the annual income of a high school dropout would only be approximately $18,900, which over the time period of 17 years, only Seizing the moment adds up to about $331,300. That Crystal Sepulveda (12) bonds with her daughter. Each morning she uses the last few still leaves the parent $178,700 minutes before class starts to spend quality time with Adlene in the nursery. “The time I spend with Adlene in the morning before school helps me get through the day, short in raising their child. and I know she’s in good hands.” photo by Kimberlie Casarez
“I spend about $250 a month on my daughter. My advice to anybody who was planning on becoming a teenage parent is to wait to make sure that the child will be financially supported,” Crystal said. Despite the unexpected change in her life, she did not give up and still continues to work to reach her goals in both her academic and personal lives. Teenage pregnancy is not the only challenge that today’s students face. The people in the halls might seem like they are just like any other student on campus, but many of those students might be struggling with their own challenges. One such challenge might be the lure of drug use. “I did drugs all day every day; it was just a routine,” Angel Guerra (10) said. About a month ago, a typical night for Angel was going out and partying, which included the drug use. She was hardly ever at school, and her grades were continuously dropping. “I decided to change my ways because I had a near death experience that I never want to go through again. I also have a son that I want to do better for,” she said. Angel feels that she has pretty much gotten her life back together and straightened things out. She attends school regularly and has even picked up her grades. She has been sober for a while, but she continues to struggle with the symptoms that come from wanting to relapse. “I sometimes wake up both sweaty and cold, not because I am sick, but because I am actually sober rather than being on a drug, which is what my body is already used to,” Angel said. There are students who struggle everyday to move forward; that person could be the classmate that hides everything behind a smile. Perhaps as students there is a lesson to be learned from Crystal and Angel. No matter what the challenge is, facing it and overcoming it is within the average student’s power. “Although I struggle every day to support myself and my daughter, as well as come to school everyday and keep up my grades, I would not change a thing about my life,” Crystal said. “The struggle only makes me stronger for my years to come.”
“Change is the essence of life.
Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.” -author unknown
How are drug related offenses and criminal behavior linked? Nearly 80 percent of all prisoners in America are incarcerated for drug related offenses. Ten million people have been arrested for marijuana related offenses since 1965.
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New Beginnings - 5
Teen Pregnancy in Perspective
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A Day in the Life of a Teenage Mother by Robin Medina “My eyelids feel like lead . . . close. No, no, no, stay awake . . . Ayden needs his bottle. Okay, what do I need to do today? What is today? Do I have work? I probably need to take Ayden to the doctor; I think he’s getting sick. Does my sister have work today? Could she take me and Ayden to the doctor? What do I need to do right now? Finish feeding Ayden, wash bottles, give Ayden and me a shower, get ready for school . . .” At 6 a.m., while the city is quiet and most students are sleeping in their beds, Stacy Young’s (12) thoughts are buzzing as she is feeding and changing her 5-month-old son, Ayden. Her life has seen some serious changes since having her son. Work, school, friends, and now her son add to her list of responsibilities. Take a glimpse at the journal that shows a day in the life of a teenage mother.
6 a.m. I wake up to feed,
change, and get both myself and Ayden ready for the day.
7 a.m. I give Ayden a bath; then I get in the shower.
8 a.m. I’m washing bottles, preparing a bag for his daycare, and rushing to get ready. I go to the day care, sign in, make sure he’s okay, and leave him for the day.
9 a.m. I have Preparation for Parenting class. Today in class we talk about the expenses that come along with having a child. Diapers, formula, wipes…yeah, that seems about the right cost.
10 a.m. I am now in
English class, focusing on the task.
11 a.m. I am in Culinary Arts, baking pumpkin bread right now.
1st lunch shift. I am sitting, talking, and discussing the weekend; work is frustrating. The baby got his shots…Life is boring…Well, I did hang out with that guy this week end…yup, got my new car.
4 - 6 p.m. I am doing
the baby is sleeping; if I’m really lucky, I’ll get some sleep.
In economics class I think about how full I am from lunch, wondering what I have to do after school…wondering how Ayden’s doing… does he still have a fever?
I am getting out of school; heading out to the parking lot to meet my sister. Next, I go to get Ayden from daycare, sign him out, and get our stuff. Time to go home and feed Ayden. Monday, thank God no work today.
Baby is cranky; I’m trying to get him to sleep. If he doesn’t sleep, then I will try to teach him how to crawl or just play with him.
chores and running errands like paying bills online, doing dishes and laundry, cleaning the car, washing more bottles, and going to the grocery store.
6 - 10 p.m. If I’m lucky
12:45 a.m. I wake up to feed and change the baby; I am trying to get some sleep.
2 a.m. Yet again I am up
to feed and change the baby; still trying to get some sleep.
4 a.m. One more time, I
wake up to feed and change the baby; will I ever get back to sleep?
6 a.m. The routine begins
again; it’s the story of my life.
photo by Robin Medina
“I feel both a
responsibility and a duty, as school is about to end, but life as a mom has just started.”
6 - Lifestyles & Entertainment
n i l ’ y t s e e r
BMXers risk all for passion
by Corinne Kelley
“No Rollerblades, Skateboards, or Bicycles allowed,” reads a white tin sign with black lettering, above the school’s main entrance. However, in the bike rack is a row of neatly lined multicolored BMX bikes. At 4:06 p.m., when school is over and the bell has rung for the last time that day, a group of students linger in front of the school. Despite the sign, the BMX bikes have been unchained and their owners are working at mastering their sport. BMX can be painful at times as these bikers practice to perfect their crankflips, tire taps, 360’s, lard yards, manuals, cyclones, gaps, dark sides, and hoppers. “[It takes] patience, time, cuts, and bruises,” Casey Garcia (11) said, in reference to what it takes to perfect those Twister tricks. Working to perfect Bicycle Moto his trick, Michael Martin (12) performs Cross (BMX) a cyclone. To do a was invented cyclone, the BMXer during the rides on one side of the bike in a circular early 1970’s in course. “It grabs California when peoples’ attention, a few youthful Martin said. courtesy photo bike riders
started to imitate their motor cross motorcycle heroes on their bikes. In 1976, instead of imitating motorcyclists, riders began to copy skateboarder tricks with their bikes, and freestyle BMX was born. The sport soon gained popularity and young people everywhere, like James Morales (11), embraced the hybrid sport. “I saw someone do a trick, thought it would be fun to start, and have not stopped since,” Morales said. Corpus Christi does not currently have an area for BMX riders to practice. The city banned bikes from the Cole Park Skate Park due to safety concerns about the crumbling concrete caused by the bicycles’ pegs. Instead, BMX riders make due with what is around them by using benches, curbs, walls, or handrails to gain leverage for tricks, which can be a violation of some property codes. Despite these violations, bikers don’t think they are doing anything wrong. “We don’t hurt anybody at all and people love watching us. We’re entertaining,” Ashton Guerrero (10) said. Despite the pain associated with mastering tricks and the occasional trouble they get into, BMX is a sport these bikers feel passionate about. That passion makes it all worth it for them.
When you see an unclaimed text book in the hall, you… A) take it to Mr. Knoy. B) throw it away in the trash.
2. When a student in front of you drops her stuff on the floor, you… A) help her pick them up. B) make a fart noise when she bends over.
You have a big exam and didn’t study for it, so you… A) try your hardest and hope you pass B) staple the answers to the bottom of your shoe and hope that no one sees
4. You’re running late to your class that’s in the
science building, so you… A) park in your assigned parking spot in the student parking lot. B) park in the spot reserved for the handicapped.
When you see Ms.Gasiorowski come out of the restroom with her dress in her underwear, you… A) tell her before she walks out. B) wait till she goes in the hall way and tell everyone and laugh. You find a $100 on the floor, so you… A) spend it at the mall on yourself. B) spend it at the mall on Christmas presents. If you get more A’s, you’re nice If you get more B’s, you’re naughty survey by Victoria Villarreal & Briana Betancourth
New Location 5706 McArdle Rd. • Corpus Christi, TX 78412
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Sports - 7
December 19, 2008
Texan Triumph: by Andrew Vasquez The jingle and crinkle of mums was heard as crowds of students and parents filtered through the narrow ticket booths at Buccaneer Stadium. Fans took their seats in anticipation of the Homecoming game against the Rockport-Fulton Pirates. As the stadium lights illuminated the field and stands, fans raised hand-made signs. One sign that read “Don’t mess with the Texans” undoubtedly summed up the general attitude of the spectators. The Texans did not fail to meet the expectations of their fans with a victory over their Pirate adversaries. On Friday October 17th, the team defeated the Rockport Fulton Pirates at Buccaneer Stadium with a score of 47-13 to progress one step further in their hunt for the playoffs. Under the offensive leadership of quarterback O.J. Sanchez (12), the team scored in their first offensive series. Sanchez hit receiver Isaac Lugo (12) with a pass that Lugo ran 62 yards down the sideline for the first touchdown of the game. The passing game was also aided by receivers Josh Gonzalez (12) with one touchdown, Jovan Gonzalez (12) with two touchdowns, and Sean Commons (12) with another touchdown. Lugo later scored an additional touchdown with 11:31 remaining in the fourth quarter.
With the assistance of his offensive line, running back Albert Carrillo (12) progresses towards the end zone. That night the Texans defeated new 4A district opponents Rockport-Fulton 47-13. “Most people think that moving to 4A was an advantage, but I think it was a disadvantage because the teams were tougher,” Carrillo said. photo by Andrew Vasquez
“I have a good relationship with my receivers. I feel that I can count on them to catch passes and execute their assignments”, Sanchez said. Kyle Jackson (12) followed up the opening touchdown with a successful field goal kick.
He went on to kick an additional four successful field goals throughout the remainder of the night. “Before I make a kick I always clear my head. I don’t want to lose the game over one point, so I do my best to make each
Homecoming Victory Pushes Toward playoffs
kick count”, Jackson said. The aerial aggression was not the only factor that contributed to the team’s win. Running back Albert Carrillo (12) kept the Pirate defense in hot pursuit by rushing for 156 yards and scoring a touchdown. His efforts manipulated the Pirate defense and allowed Sanchez and his receivers to put their passing game into play. Carrillo credits his successful efforts to his long history with his teammates. “We have known each other so long and the fact that this is our last year drives us to give it our best effort”, he said. With their victory against Rockport, the team progressed to a majority 2-1 district record in their attempt to make it to the playoffs. Success came on the heels of the recent transition from our previous 5A classification to this season’s 4A classification. Offensive tackle Adrian Reyes (11) said, “I think that switching from 5A to 4A was harder because we faced better teams than we would have back in 5A.” However, not all members of the team agree with this assertion. Offensive guard Riley Bonilla (12) said, “I think it leveled the playing field for our small team; however, we’re disappointed that we didn’t get to play the traditional rivalry games against King and Carroll.”
Then there are also those who feel that the recent change has had no effect on their season whatsoever. “I feel it is the same and that we have no advantage or disadvantage,” Isaac Lugo said. Switching districts was not the only change the team had to adapt to this year. Under the direction of new head coach Randy Perez, the athletes have had to adjust to a new coaching style, as well as a different method of playing. “I think the greatest obstacle we faced this year was dealing with the transition of a new coach and learning all the new defensive schemes”, Carrillo said. Despite these changes, the team’s overall sense of unity has remained the same. According to running back Michael Caldera (11), “We communicate very well on and off the field. We focus on the game and work as a team, not just as individual players.” Their unity and overall focus seemed to be steering them in the right direction as they advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 35 years. Though they ultimately lost to the Alice Coyotes, their teamwork and adaptability was evident all season and was undoubtedly what brought them so far.
Highly Spirited Fans Go Over the Top
Hip, Hip, Hooray!
Joseph Munoz (12) celebrates a touchdown during the Homecoming game on October 17. Joseph’s enthusiasm for the team stemmed from being a former football player. “Those were my friends and [teammates] and I will do whatever it takes to support them,” Munoz said. photo by Kerri Lewis
THEN Received a big peppermint candy stick Football team captains lit the “T” Skits over the PA on game day Seniors walked the perimeter of the gym First row of student bleachers at Buc empty Candy stripes on jerseys Students link pinkies and sway
by Kerri Lewis The stadiums lights flicker on and illuminate the field. Hundreds of fans eagerly take their seats. School colors and encouraging signs are displayed by the masses. As the opening kickoff approaches, parents and students alike give off an exuberant cheer. Such spirit for student athletes is admirable. Unfortunately, this is not the Ray side of the stadium. Instead, on the Ray side, a significant amount of stadium seats are empty and very few school colors and signs are displayed. This leads one to ask , “Is our school spirit diminishing?” According to Joseph Munoz (12) it is. For example, this year, due to poor attendance at pep rallies, our administration decided to hold pep rallies during the school day. “It’s sad that we have to make pep rallies mandatory; people should want to go,” Munoz said. While a lack of fans at games and the need to make pep rallies mandatory seem to point to declining spirit, many argue that there is still a lot of student support for the school and our athletic teams. “There [are] plenty of people with school spirit,”
Traditions Most spirited students Burning of the “T” Tex and Mary Lou Senior Walk Honoring fallen Texans Football Uniforms Alma Mater
Jennifer Villarreal (11) said. To support that theory, one needs only to look at students such as Dylan Ramirez (11), who continue to support the team. In fact, the existence of the Bleacher Creatures says to many that Texan Pride is alive and well. The Bleacher Creatures is a group of highly spirited students who participate in cheering for the football team at the games. The Bleacher Creatures usually dress up in theme related costumes and paint their faces. “[They’re] a really good part of school spirit, and they make the games a lot of fun,” Villarreal said. Dylan Ramirez decided to become a Bleacher Creature, “… to carry on tradition and to support the athletic teams.” Despite the debate, one thing is for certain. The football players appreciate the support of their fans. “It gives us a boost of motivation to see that our crowd is cheering for us,” Roman Pena (12) said. School spirit may have diminished in the masses, but as long as individuals such as Munoz, Villarreal and Ramirez maintain a strong show of school spirit by going to pep rallies and games, the Texan spirit will live on.
by Victoria Villarreal
Sit on the spirit couch Principal lights the “T” Skits during pep rally by mascots Seniors meet in the middle of the gym floor Tradition remains unchanged Tradition remains unchanged Tradition remains unchanged
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by Kim Casarez Circles and different kinds of organic shapes fill the white space on the paper that hangs on the wall near the “T” on the third floor. The art depicts “students” sitting in desks, ready and willing to learn. “Isn’t school grand,” and “Nothing here but the insanely educated,” read the messages in the piece. For the past thirteen years, Ricardo Ruiz’s (11) life has consisted of art. Whether it is op-art or painted portraits, which are his favorites, he sees art as a way to kill time. He was introduced to the hobby by his father, who is also a painter and the one that Ricardo looks up to the most. “Even though I have my own style, I learned mostly everything from my dad,” Ruiz said. Most artists’ goal is to have their work exhibited publicly. Though his work adorns the halls of the third In Just a Moment! floor, he has not had an Ricardo Ruiz (11) adds new elements to an op-art piece that he created outside art official art exhibit put up in instructor Sherry Taylor’s classroom on the his honor yet. However, he third floor. It took Ricardo under 25 minutes is expecting to take that step to design the 47” x 54” mural. photo by Kim Casarez within the next year. “My potential goal is to become a decent artist in California,” Ruiz said. “Drawing brings me happiness.” So the next time you walk through the halls and notice this mural, take the time to see past the surface and realize that there is more to the piece than just lines. It is a work of heart.