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Smith Wins Region Teacher of the Year By: Amanda Cordero
a teacher’s value is often underappreciated. But the Houston / Bay Area region decided to take matters into their own hands and show their appreciation for their local teachers.
Mrs. Pepper Smith, freshman
pre-AP English teacher and UIL cohead sponsor, won the 2013 Region 4 (Houston / Bay Area) Teacher of the English teacher Pepper Smith was named Region Teacher of the Year.
Year. The Region 4 Teacher of the
Year is selected from 150 school dis-
Oftentimes, teachers are taken
for granted. Working long hours, dealing with parents and kids, and often juggling sponsorships and coaching,
tricts within the Houston / Bay Area region.
“Each district selects an
The Latest and Greatest Gadgets By: John Jacobs
Every year it seems that
the public is barraged with new “technological advances” and things that will “change the world for ever”.
Rarely do these hefty
promises make it to store, recycled models of the old items are often the common product among cell phone manufactures and designers, but when a truly innovative product does break through the wall of mediocrity then it seems the innovations are adopted and are soon in every new product.
The iPhone has become a
phenomenon that bridges the gap between young and old.
Every year thousands of
people around the world line up outside apple stores waiting say and night to get their hands on the newest product iPhone.
This year the iPhone 5 has
come out and once again millions were sold and Apple success continued.
The newer sleeker and taller
iPhone has drawn praise from critics for being faster than ever, but some claim that it is the same item and the
elementary and a secondary [high
feel the same way about her.
school] representative,” said Smith.
“These teachers submit eight essays
said Candace Tat, freshman. “She
on various aspects of teaching.”
makes you look at things from a point
of view that you would have never
Later, a Region 4 committee
“I love Mrs. Pepper Smith,”
selects six elementary and six high
thought of. She’s great.”
school finalists. From those twelve,
two teachers are chosen, one for el-
perks. The recipients had a diner
ementary and one for high school. The
and awards ceremony hosted in their
results are released in August
honor on August 8. But Mrs. Smith’s
favorite part of winning is just like
“I was shocked, humbled,
Of course, winning has its
and proud when I found out that I
her: more fun.
was chosen as he teacher of the year,”
Smith said. “My favorite part of my
cream!” Smith said, grinning mischie-
job is the kids.”
“We all got Blue Bell ice
It’s obvious that her students
Congratulations to the Boys Cross Country team who won third place at the State Meet in Round Rock. Senior Ryan Teel won first place and Senior Levi Kessler won eighth place.
real sell phones are Androids.
Android and Apple fans have
become devout enemies that refuse to give any credit to the opposing product.
Android fans claim that the
iPhone 5 is not as customizable as current Android phones.
Apple fans claim the iPhone is
faster and just a better product overall.
Both phones have barrowed a
lot of ideas and innovations from each other from the beginning of the smart phone era and both are better products for their customers because of the innovations of their competitor.
Every year it gets harder and
harder to determine what is a product worth buying.
The constant competition
in every technological department forces companies to push the limits of current tech to innovate and make something the public will buy.
Congratulations to the Lady Mustang Volleyball team for a great season this year. They made it to the State Tournament in Garland where they won third place.
NaNoWriMo By: Amanda Cordero
Stephanie Ngo, sophomore,
is many things: high school student, self-appointed nerd, dancer, pianist. But for the month of November, Ngo is also a novelist.
Ngo is participating
in National Novel Writing Month, affectionately known as “NaNoWriMo” to amateur writers. NaNoWriMo›s challenge is to write a 50,000 word novel between November 1 and November 30. Last year, over 256,000 people participated, with 36,843 of them actually meeting the word count. This year, Ngo is vying to be one of those who finish their novel. This is her first year participating in NaNoWriMo.
Ngo, whose inspirations
include Dianna Wynne Jones, is writing a fantasy story, modeled after her favorite genre.
«My story is basically about
three teenagers and a literal journey
published novels, including Erin
try it,” Ngo says encouragingly. “If
of self-discovery,» Ngo says, grinning
Morgenstern›s The Night Circus
50,000 words in a month sounds too
cheekily. «Also, there›s some magic
and Marissa Meyer›s Cinder (both
crazy, there is a program that allows
and politics and teenage angst. But it›s
novels were on the New York Times
you to set your won word goal. Try
mostly about adventure.»
Best Seller list). Not all NaNoWriMo
20,000 words instead.”
parcipants become bestselling authors,
Ngo is busy, busy, busy. Juggling
but there are other rewards to be
seem like too much, the support that
school, homework, extracurricular
Ngo receives is just as plentiful.
activities, AND a 50,000 word novel
requires a lot of time management.
Ngo says. «The point is that you›ve
about literature,” Mr. Reed, Ngo’s
«I try to get as much homework done
written 50,000 words and didn›t
former freshman English teacher, said.
in school as possible, and I stay home
stop! The major bragging rights from
“She’s a great writer and I’m sure
all weekend and write,» Ngo says,
writing a novel - in a month, as well! -
that whatever she writes will be very
rolling her eyes. «It also helps that I›m
are a nice perk.»
a fast typer.»
support NaNoWriMo as a way to
a month of scribbling down words.
similar to running a marathon. And
introduce their students to the writing
It’s a challenge of passion and a
like a marathon, when times get tough,
and editing process.
celebration of creativity.
frustration and doubt often abound.
is a wonderful way to encourage
a challenge to complete,” Ngo says,
powerful force against my novel,”Ngo
reading and writing,” Mrs. Hillier,
her fingers tapping impatiently on her
says. “I can’t help but wonder how
sophomore English teacher, said.
desk, as if itching to return to typing
awful my words are, but I just push
However, many students may the
her story. “But at the end of the day,
writing process intimidating, even
it’s discovering a little bit more of
who you are as a person and what you
have to say to the world.”
Like all high school students,
NaNoWriMo, to many, is
“My own self doubt is a pretty
Many completed NaNoWriMo
works have gone on to become actual
The Road to Gold
By: Sarah Evans
Kaitlyn Stafford on the beam does a back walkover.
After fracturing her foot, a young gymnast will continue her struggle towards her goal of being the best: being an Olympic athlete.
Just one year ago, Level 9
gymnast Kaitlyn Stafford suffered a crippling injury after a dismount forcing her to take a step back in order to heal, but just a few months later
«Really, I expect satisfaction,»
Many English teachers
“I think that this organization
“My biggest tip is just to
Though the word count may
“Stephanie is so passionate
NaNoWriMo is more than just
“NaNo, on the surface, is just
she made a miraculous comeback
hour training week she has a lot on her
my greatest encouragers,” Kaitlyn
by qualifying for the state level
said. “We always support one
difficult,” Stafford said. “I get out of
Stafford said. “I worked really hard to
school early for off-campus P.E. and
on the path for gold since she could
overcome that injury and it all payed
go straight to practice.”
walk, and now, it is just a matter of
off in the end.”
motivation, dedication and sheer talent
Kaitlyn has little time to dedicate to
“It was a great feeling,”
Olympic gymnast Kerri
“My schedule is very
With very little extra time,
Stung is Kaitlyn’s role model and
her friends, but she always finds a
inspiration, similar to Kaitlyn, she
too suffered a injury but kept pushing
out,” Kaitlyn’s friend Samantha
Bishop said. “But she is always there
“At the Olympics on her first
“Its hard when she cant hang
vault she tore two ligaments in her
for you if you need something. She’s a
foot,” Stafford said. “Then, on her
second vault she landed on one foot
and won the gold”
toll on Kaitlyn, but she always finds
a way to overcome the small voice in
With such high aspirations,
So much dedication takes a
Kaitlyn’s schedule is always full;
her head telling her to give up.
between Pre-Ap classes and a twenty-
“My friends at the gym are
another.” Kaitlyn Stafford has been
that will continue to push her forward.
Feature and News
Marissa Persaud By: Sevren Lab
“I’m not going to miss
anything about high school,” senior Marissa Persaud said. “I mean, I enjoyed it, but I’m ready for the next step. I’m looking forward to branching out and going somewhere else. Friendswood’s kind of a bubble.”
One look at Marissa’s long
dark hair and big brown eyes, and you wouldn’t be surprised to hear that she is a model and a pageant girl, but there is much more to her than that. She’s got a strong mind, a passion for creativity, and she’s not afraid to dream big.
“After high school, I plan
on going to college and studying journalism,” Marissa said. “I love writing and sharing my opinions.”
Before discovering her love
for journalism, Marissa spent two years on the high school drum line. She quickly realized that band wasn’t the right thing for her.
“I did not like band,” Marissa
said. “After I did it for awhile, I found out I had a spine problem. I couldn’t even walk for more than ten minutes at a time, but people accused me of faking it. It was horrible. I didn’t like it, so I quit. After that, I found
Now that she’s found what
she loves, Marissa has got big plans for her future. Nothing will be able to stop her from chasing her dreams. and achieving her goals once she graduates.
“My dream would be to
graduate from the University of South Florida and become a beauty journalist,” Marissa said. “They have a really good writing program there, and there are a lot of opportunities for internships. I’d also like to get a cosmetology degree to help with beauty journalism.”
Her ambitious goals don’t
stop there. Marissa knows what she wants to do for the rest of her life, and she plans on doing it.
“In fifteen years, I see
myself married with kids working for Glamour Magazine,” Marissa said. “I always loved Glamour Magazine. I like Seventeen too, so I’d probably write for Seventeen after that.”
High school has been fun,
but Marissa’s ready to get out. Her senior year is almost halfway over, and it will be a thing of the past before
The Mighty Mustang Band
you being there for practice,” Chance
solidation team or other wise know as
the PFC Flyers.
“It really helps the team to play better
when everyone is there.”
well the past few years,” sophomore
Brevin Morris said. “We placed fifth
and on the weekends.
place last year.”
have a tradition,” Brevin Morris said.
Pearland and Friendswood
Games are on Friday evenings “Whenever we win a game we
high school students come together to
“We sing our team song.”
make up the Flyers.
hockey teams from places such as
“This is my first year on the
The Flyers play against other
team,” Brevin Morris said. “Even
Sugarland, Willowbrook, Clear Lake,
though I have played hockey for five
and anywhere from the greater Hous-
High school students can join
“We just played in a fundrais-
the team as a freshman but the team
er tournament in September,” Brevin
isn’t restricted just to boys, girls are
Morris said. “We played against Clear
allowed to play too.
Lake, Sugarland, and the Woodlands.”
“The team gets along well
The team is looking for a
together,” Senior at Pearland High
great season this year and hoping to
School Chance Turner said. “Most of
place well in tournaments.
us have been on the team together for
playing again,” Chance Turner said.
The team has practices every
Monday and every other Wednesday
“Everyone is excited to be
“With the new players we hope to do play better this year.”
won two championships and earned
in the state marching contest.
all superior ratings at UIL.
majors for the band,” Brenan said. competitive season.”
They finished twenty-two
great season,” junior Brenan Region
overall, but out of the twenty-one
said. “It was definitely one of our
bands finishing ahead of them all but
three were 5A bands.
“Everyone did there best,”
Alamodome for their last
junior Nick Hughey said. “In these
competitions you can only hope for
“I am one of the drum
the Pearland and Friendswood Con-
“The team has player fairly
“The team really depends on
of nine 5A bands that are competing
an amazing show and good results.
The band competed in the
escape from the bubble and live her
“I help conduct the band during the
It is the beginning of a new season for
has finished its marching season with “I thought this year was a
By: Ashlyn Brisbay
she knows it. Soon, it will be time to
Marching Season Over for Band By: Ashlyn Brisbay
PFC Flyers Start Season
The band had finished ahead
“We did better at smaller
Overall the Mustang Band
“We are all like family,”
competitions,” Brenan said. “But I
Brenan said, “We have certainly
am still happy for how well we did
gotten closer over this competition
throughout this entire season.”
Popular Hangout Place By: Casey South
The new Friendswood
Whataburger after games,” junior
tradition is going to Whataburger
Caroline Johnson said, “I get to eat
after the football game every week.
and hangout with my friends.”
The students enjoy going there to
socialize and see everyone after the
students love Whataburgers
“It’s just the cool place for
All of the high school
“Whataburger is always
everyone to hang out after football
so packed after the games,”
games,” senior Hailey Salyer said,
sophomore Kaitlyn Poole said,
“but everyone always seems to go
The restaurant is always
jam packed with all of the high
school students, there barely any
a good gathering after the football
room for everyone to sit down.
games, I think it will continue
through the next years.
“I love going to
Seniors Marley Goodwin, Lindsey Loveless, Lauren Loveless, Danielle White, and jC Hunt hang out at Whataburger after the football team wins.
This new tradition has been
Of Mice and Men By: John Jacobs
only show for one weekend.
auditorium traveled back in
time into The Great Depression
and physically draining,” ensemble
of the early 1930s, when jobs
member Jenny Plackemeier said.
were scarce and the unemployed
“It’s a lot different than last year.”
resorted to migrant work. That’s
where Lennie and George lye,
of people that would sing or talk in
two out of work men traveling
an in sync tone that would set the
through California searching for
mood, setting, or let the audience
possibilities. George, a smart but
know about an important event in
uneducated man, constantly tends
to Lennie, a large man who has
limited mental abilities and cannot
there and looked pretty,” Jenny
control his strength. This drama
Plackemeire said. “But it was an
filled tale stirs emotion in audience
amazing thing to be apart of.”
member regardless of age, gender,
huge crowds and appraisal
from many students. The new
“I saw all kinds of people
“It’s draining, emotionally
The ensemble was a group
“Basically we stood
Of Mice and Men drew
crying as they walked out.”
two-weekend showing was a
Crewmember Samantha McHenry
success almost doubling regular
said. “It felt good knowing we
made something that could touch
people like that.”
and practice,” Ensemble member
Shae Blehm said. “But the
This year for the first time
“It was a lot of hard work
the Theatre Department is having
experience was amazing and im
five shows throughout two weeks
happy I was a part of it.”
instead of the regular three that
Junior Kailyn Kelledy and Maggie Geiler hang out at Whataburger.
The Lariat Staff Editors
Kaitlyn Kaufhold Cole Willbanks Ross Wegner
Ashlyn Brisbay Sarah Evans Sevren Lab Ross Wegner
Amanda Cordero John Jacobs Casey South
Photagraphy Madi LeBouef
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Friendswood Dominates Goose Creek By: Ross Wegner
Last Friday was the last
receiver Walker Williams had three
Homecoming game for all seniors
catches for 58 yards, and Michael
at Henry Winston Stadium. The
Montalvo drilled a 25-yard field
exciting Friday night-lights game
goal to put Friendswood up two
was between the Mustangs and
scores in the fourth quarter. Some
Goose Creek Memorial.
other Key members of the offense
also helped out on the defensive
“We knew there would
be some distractions with
side of the ball such as, sophomore
homecoming and a good team,”
running back/linebacker Sam
Quarterback Jordan Wood said.
Longbotham and center/defensive
“But we put it all behind us and
tackle Dylan Vail, and of course
made sure we got the win.”
Jordan Wood, who played
quarterback and safety.
When the game ended,
Wood had rushed for 155 yards and
“This week we have a
three touchdowns on 17 carries.
huge game ahead of us and it is
His final touchdown came midway
important that we prepare well
through the fourth quarter after
for the number one state ranked
he jumped over a Goose Creek
Dawson Eagles,” Senior Aaron
linebacker to seal the deal.
“He really is a great player,
looking to upset the number one
never know when he will make a
ranked team and silence the critics
that believed they would have
another downfall season. “Our defense started growing more and more confident as the night went on,” Koopmann said. “When we play hard and fly to the ball, several guys can step up and force some turnovers.” Friendswood held Goose Creek to just 240 total yards of offense, heading into their toughest challenge of the season against Class 4A’s top-ranked Pearland Dawson (7-0, 4-0).
24-7 Victory over Goose Creek, which moved them into the third place spot in District 24-4A. Wood also had a scare in the second half.
“Honestly, I didn’t breathe
for a minute,” Friendswood head coach Robert Koopmann said. “But the trainer told me it wasn’t a joint injury, and I knew he’d be fine.”
Wood suffered a minor
Homecoming Queen Jillian Bergeson and her escort Jordan Wood.
Cheerleaders Ashton Clement, Rachel Steed, Abby Livesay and Maggie Geiler.
Football Sweetheart nominees Maggie Geiler and Alissa Ratcliff with Football Sweetheart Anna Griffith.
Wranglerette Grand Marsahl Kayla Peterson during the Homecoming Pep Rally.
Homecoming Queen nominees Peyton Yager and Andrea Tovar with Homecoming Queen Jillian Bergerson.
The Mustangs will be
Junior Dillon Cline said. “You
Wood led the team to a
Anna Griffith reacts to winning Football Sweetheart.
injury when he landed on his tailbone and had the win knocked out of him, causing the crowd to silence.
“It was a great team win,”
Junior Walker Williams said. “Everyone did their part and we came out with a much better outcome than when we played the Texas City Stings.”