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LAMAR LIFE Volume 19 Issue No. 6


5 West Point Academy


-Kramer receives an Lauren Koong appointment to West Point Editor in Chief Academy Class of 2022

10 Fond Farewell

Anthony Luna Assistant Editor Class of 2019

-Leech sisters leave Lamar together

12 Standing on the Top -Valedictorian works her

way to the top

14 Gala at the Garden

-Seniors celebrate prom in

Marbella Cano Yasmean Refat Class of 2020 Class of 2021 Sophia Diaz Kendall Sullivan Class of 2021 Class of 2020 Madeleine House Andrea van Ravenswaay Class of 2019 Class of 2019 Angela Huereca Daisy van Steveninck Class of 2020 Class of 2019 Alexander Landowski Class of 2019 Lamar Life Magazine and Lamar Life Online are


18 Headed to Loyola -Natalie Butler receives tennis scholarship 2

Student Media Adviser Cynthia P. Smith csmith41@houstonisd.org

student publications of Lamar High School, an IB World School. The purpose of both publications is to inform and stimulate constructive thinking among students, faculty and the community. From fine arts to sports, Lamar Life staff members hope to responsibly ascertain and report facts and conduct ourselves as professional journalists. Opinions expressed in Lamar Life Magazine and Lamar Life Online are not necessarily those of the staff, advisor, Lamar High School administrators or advertisers. Opinions, tips and letters to the editor are welcome and can be submitted by emailing LamarLifeOnline@gmail. com.The staff reserves the right to edit letters for clarity or liability. Names may be withheld upon request and at the editor’s discretion.

Letter from the editor By Lauren Koong Editor In Chief


elcome to the final chapter. To the seniors that are graduating this year, congratulations. I am proud of what you have accomplished and I wish you the best as the final chapter of your high school experience closes. To the teachers and students that are transitioning to the new school building next year, good luck and have fun. You are moving into a new school, a new style of teaching and learning and a new chapter. This year, we have been through so many ups and downs together. We have suffered through the loss of friends and family, but out of this, we bonded together in our grief and created a safer school. We watched sadly as Dr. James McSwain retired but joyfully followed Principal Rita Graves as she took the reins and expertly navigated our school through so many changes. We have cheered on our teams, watched our teachers retire, made new memories and learned many life lessons. We have gone to football games, a candlelight vigil and school concerts. We have laughed, cried, celebrated, screamed. We have gone through all kinds of emotion, from joy to sadness laughter to tears. It has been my honor as the editor-in-chief of Lamar Life Magazine to see our staff cover the events that shaped our school, from the IB Ambassadors to the soccer team to Creative Writing Club. We have worked hard to interview, write and report on everything that goes on in our school. I am extremely proud of our staff and the many magazines we have published. For me, this past year has been full of new ex-

periences. It was my first year in high school, my first year living in Texas and my first year as editor of our magazine. I learned so much and have grown as a person in so many ways. I made so many new friends and memories. I would like to thank Ms. Smith, our incredible advisor and teacher, who has worked tirelessly to get each magazine finished. She is the support system, backbone and the blank of the magazine. I would also like to thank Anthony Luna, my assistant editor, who is graduating this year. He was always there when I needed him and all of us on the magazine staff will miss him and wish him all the best as he starts a new chapter in his life.

Finally, I want to say thank you to the magazine staff. They have worked hard to write stories for every edition and have put in so much time and effort in each of their pieces to make the magazine what it is.


New school slated for completion in July Story by Andrea van Ravenswaay


he 20182019 school year, is the last Lamar students will be in the buildings we call Lamar. The new Lamar is going to bring a lot of change, not only to how Lamar looks but how it is going to run for the betterment of the students. “The nature of small learning communities creates a much more personalized approach for kids,” principal Rita Graves said. You get to know your classmates, you get to know your teachers and your teachers get to know you. Your principal and academic deans get to know you, you get to know them and that more personalized feel helps kids stay connected and be more engaged.” The school might be changing but students’ classes will remain relatively the same -- with four-period block schedules and the same classes offered but with a twist. “We will still have the fours block periods each day, so an eight period schedule,” Graves said. “(You will) still go out of your neighborhood and go into your neighborhood depending on what class your taking but all of your core courses will be taken within your neighborhood with one of the four academic teachers in the neighborhood part of an interdisciplinary team. Students will be able to become prioritized and specialized now that class sizes are smaller, faculty and students can create a more focalized education and tight-knit neighborhoods allow students to know their classmates.


“Right now, I think kids feel some anonymity in the school because they’re one of 3,100 and there is some anonymity in that,” Graves said. “But being one of 200, there is less anonymity, there is more opportunities for teachers to recognize when a kiddo is not being their best, not meeting their goals and I think that is going to be the biggest change and I think it is going to positively affect the outcomes of the kids.” Not only will a new learning style help to foster the students’ education but a new way to make sure IB is fully explored and emphasized within Lamar. “The new interdisciplinary teams are going to help the MYP (and DP) tremendously,” Graves said. “It is going to give our teachers an opportunity to really work together and look for authentic connections between the disciplines… making that interdisciplinary curriculum real world so you can see the connections between what you see at school and what happens around you. Every single science class will be in a science lab, a fully equipped, fully functioning lab.” The new school building is on its way, ready to be completed in July and ready to be moved into in early August, perfect timing for the first day of school of the 2019- 2020 school year. “We are well over 85 percent (done) now,” Graves said with a smile. “I go over about once a week… and they are making such great progress every day. We are set for a major completion date in early July with occupancy around August 1.”

Nick Kramer makes it to West Point Story by Lauren Koong


enior Nick Kramer made Lamar history as the only person from this year’s graduating class to be appointed into the United States Military Academy. Getting appointed into the prestigious academy, which only accepts about 9 percent of all applicants, has been a goal of Kramer’s for about four years now. “I was relieved and excited about my appointment,” Kramer said. “I had been waiting and checking day after day and then finally got a call saying I was being accepted and the whole process was finally over. For me, it means a lot because it’s a great opportunity but it’s really just an opportunity to serve and give back to the country upon graduation.” There were many obstacles that Kramer had to overcome to get to this point. The biggest was the application, which requires essays, a Department of Defense Medical examination, a physical fitness test and a nomination from a senator, member of Congress, Secretary of the Army, Vice President or President. “It was certainly hard,” Kramer said. “I was a little too honest about an allergy that I thought I had and ended up spending months trying to correct my mistake. It is a very in-depth application and takes your full attention if you want to get noticed by the academies. It really was a fight having to go to many different doctors and get lots of tests just to correct one mistake.” Kramer has been a part of the school’s JROTC program since he was a freshman, which has helped him learn to lead and decide his future. “I think the biggest way that JROTC has prepared me for the future is giving me an introduction to Army leadership and how the Army is structured,” said

Kramer. “Getting to wear the uniform and learn the customs and courtesies will come in handy too. Getting to interact with current and former soldiers let me form my opinion about whether or not the Army would be a good fit for me. I also had the chance to lead and learn to plan events and work with diverse groups of people to get things done.” Many of Kramer’s friends, family and mentors gathered to congratulate and celebrate Kramer during his appointment ceremony. “I am grateful for the people who put on the ceremony and got to be a part of my acceptance and my appointment,” the senior said. “It was great to have friends, family, teachers and mentors all in one place to celebrate with. My parents played the biggest role in helping me get into USMA. They always supported me and helped me make appointments and keep in contact with West Point to help grease the wheels, so to speak, and get my name in front of the admissions committee. I definitely could not be where I am without them.” Sen. Ted Cruz, who nominated Kramer, could not make it to the ceremony but sent a representative on his behalf. “Senator Cruz sent a representative and I was grateful that he cared enough to do so,” said Kramer. “I was especially grateful though that he held my slot open for so long and kept faith in me.” Sgt. R. W. Bray, Senator Cruz’s representative, gave Kramer a personal letter from Cruz as well as a short speech. “Every generation has given us haunting reminders that freedom isn’t free,” Bray said. “For some people it was Normandy, for some people it was probably Vietnam, others probably the Cold War. For my generation, it was 9-11. I think it’s powerful though, when a young man who has not had those monumental occasions still answers the call, so this is something special.”


Story by Sophia Diaz

McIntyre retires after 30 years


ita McIntyre, the face of the art department for 37 years, is retiring. Over the years she has helped students form their artistic process and has played a big role

in some of her students’ lives. McIntyre admits that even though she is the teacher, her students have taught her some things in return. “Teaching is like a hobby,” she said. “I get to interact with teenagers. I get to interact with parents and I get to watch people learn that they’re creative.” Spending more time with her family along with dealing with medical issues prompted McIntyre’s retirement. She was having doubts about making this big decision but after talking to Principal Rita Graves and discovering that there will be two new art teachers next year, she knew that this was going to be the right thing to do and that the art department would be left in good hands. Still, it was not easy for her. The veteran teacher said she went back and forth trying to make a decision because she loves her job and loves Lamar. She loves being able to teach teenagers and loves that this is a very diverse school. “I’m going to do all things that I haven’t had the chance to do while I’ve been working full-time,” said McIntyre when asked what she planned on doing after retirement. She will dedicate her time to watching after her


father in Missouri and doing things she has not been able to do yet. She enjoys spending time with her creative sewing group, painting, cooking, traveling and spending time with her dogs. “Never underestimate your everyday interactions with people because you never know when someone’s gonna come years later and tell you, you made a difference in their life,” she said. During the 37 years of teaching, McIntyre has learned many valuable lessons and has noticed several changes in students’ education. She faces different situations with students each day and each one has taught her something different. She has realized that technology has evolved over the years and will only keep evolving from here but she is glad that the student will always remain. “Never assume that the first two or three years is what teaching is like. You gotta give yourself time to settle in. Remember that you’re not trying to control the kids, you’re trying to guide them,” says McIntyre to all future teachers. McIntyre will always look back at the years that she spent as an art teacher and will always be thankful for being able to play such a big role in their lives. She enjoyed the way spending time with her students and helping them find their inner artist made her feel. “To all my students,” she says, “keep growing, keep learning, don’t stop and be creative. Your creative outlook will keep you sane.”

FFA show highlights Story by Marbella Cano


All-female officer team leads National Honor Society


ational Honor Society’s officers made history this year with it’s all-female officer team. NHS president Nicole Mut felt it was a milestone as more women are taking over once male-dominated fields. “I am pursuing a career in engineering. This field is extremely male-dominated and it will take a lot of confidence in myself to be respected and heard. Luckily, being a leader of such a large organization has instilled a lot of confidence in me and taught me how to put a foot down and not be intimidated,” Mut said. The all-female officer group has promoted community service and was knowledgeable about the importance of representing the school and their place on serving as ambassadors for the school. “The best part about being an NHS Officer is the feedback I get from community members,” Mut said. “Our chapter is so huge that we are very impactful and we are great ambassadors to Lamar. So many event coordinators have reached out to me to express their gratitude and compliment the dedication and maturity of our members.” Treasurer Sara Frank highlights that being an officer for the National Honor Society is all about responsibility, commitment and being able to work with others efficiently, as well as making changes to the club. “By being an NHS officer, I have acquired many skills, especially regarding working in a group. There (were) six NHS officers and sometimes we had different ideas and goals. This can be difficult to navigate but we were always are able to compromise in the end. Therefore working and leading in a group is a very important skill that I have acquired,” Frank said. “It also helped me obtain skills dealing with being in a position of power in an organization. Obviously, with power comes responsibility and being an officer showed me that you


Story by Angela Huereca must take your responsibilities seriously. When I have a career, I will always remember how important it is to be responsible and follow rules, such as treating all members fairly and completing my own tasks.” Being in a leadership position didn’t stop the critcs, the officers admit; however, it only made them stronger. This has made them learn how to problem solve under pressure, strengthen their communication skills and develop a deeper connection with their community for future leadership positions. To the 2019-2020 officer team, Nicole Mut has some advice. “My one piece of advice to the next officers is not to forget the mission of Lamar NHS. Don’t let yourself or your members forget, It’s not all about how it looks on your resumé, it’s about helping those that are in need.”

Officers Michelle Mut, Surina Belk-Gupta, Nicole Mut, Erin Satterwhite, Kirsty Leech and Sarah Frank led the 2018-2019 National Honor Society.

Story by Kendall Sullivan


also had their own personal motivation for choosing the path of being a NHS Officer rather than continuing ith the end of the year at hand, NHSoffito be a member. This choice was not an easy or lightcers began to hand over their duties to rising leaders, hearted decision, as it meant their 2019-2020 school the 2019-2020 NHS Officers. With Claire Duval as year would drastically changed as they took up these treasurer, Will Derden as vice essential leadership duties. president, JC Young as presi“I wanted an officer position dent, Natalie Yokely as historibecause I wanted to contribute to an, Kristen Salinas as webmasmaking NHS the amazing orgater and Grace Yee as secretary, nization it is,” Vice President Will NHS is well equipped for its Derden said. next year of service. Yokely loved the social media A new year comes with NHS aspect of her position. officers teaching new members “I wanted to be historian beand old members alike what it cause I thought it would be cool means to be a part of NHS, as to handle more of the arts part J.C. Young well as learn more themselves. of NHS,” she said. “For example, “I hope that kids in NHS will I would run the Instagram and learn what it means to be leadpromote NHS as a community ers in their community” is the message being spread by organization.” officers - creating leaders through community contribuThe incoming officers said they appreciate all of the tion and service over the course of the school year. help they received from outgoing officers as well as the One of the most important motivations the officers club’s sponsors. have is their specific wants of what they want to share “All the current officers have been helpful,” Derden through their duty next year, as well as what they want said. “But Kirsty Leech, the current vice president, has to come out of it. These ranged from continuing service been the most helpful to me.” outside of school, becoming active in a community and Yokely said she worked alongside Surina Belk-Gupeven realizing how important helping others in small ta. ways creates big change. “She has been shown me her meme collection and “I want students to take away the idea that service is creativity that she uses throughout the year,” Yokely something that they should continue to do, even when said. “Ms. Chen, one of our teacher supervisors, has they are not actively in NHS,” President J.C. Young said. also been teaching me about all of the official rules of “I hope NHS, as well as helping me write emails.” that they As the year comes to a close, Lamar NHS will unbids a final farewell to the past officers for the derstand last time and welcomes the new officers. With that commonths of preparation and careful considermunity ation over how Lamar’s chapter can become service is even stronger in the community, the 2019-2020 a crucial Lamar National Honor Society is well equipped part of to become even more of community oriented life.” capable of great things. Each NHS officers Grace Yee, J.C. Young, Claire Duval, officer

“I hope they will understand that community service is a crucial part of life.”

Natalie Yokely and Kirsten Salinas. Not pictured vice president Will Derden.

NHS incoming officers set their sights on a new school year 9

Moving forward... Leech sisters bid farewell to Lamar


Story by Madeleine House

emma Leech, a bright and intellectual young lady, and it gives me a fan in the stands.” Jemma and Kirsty are not the only two in their has cerebral palsy which limits her motor functions. home who are graduating. Kirsty has a twin brother, After six years of high school, extended through the Rory Leech, who attends the High School for the Perspecial education system, she is graduating hand in forming and Visual Arts (HSPVA) and is also graduathand with her younger sister, Kirsty. ing. “It has been amazing to watch Kirsty turn into such “From my point of view, it’s going to be a terrifying an amazing senior. She’s an incredibly gifted student, change when Kirsty and her a fantastic athlete and an allbrother, Rory, go off to colaround nice person to be with,” “I’ve always been the chief twin lege but I know they’ll be sure communicated Jemma Leech. keep in touch with me every Jemma and Kirsty have been volleyball cheerleader but to day. If they miss a day, there will through thick and thin and are be trouble!” Jemma said with a now I’ll be cheerleading preparing to finally graduate smile. together. from a distance.” Kirsty said there is something “Given the circumstances, we special about graduating with haven’t had the ‘classic’ experiher sister. ence of getting to share classes Jemma Leech “I think there’s definitely but there is something very comsomething metaphorical or forting about knowing that there symbolic about (graduating tois someone in this building that gether) in that Jemma has been with me my whole life. you can go find and that is genuinely waiting to go see She’s been the person I can turn to and she’s the peryou after school,” Kirsty said.“It also helps with all of my extracurricular activities, Jemma never fails to show son I can go and bother, the person I can cry with or scream with,” she said. “I think this is a period where a up and be there for support and that’s a benefit for lot of siblings tend to have competition or grow apart both of us. Jemma has a chance to show school spirit or seek independence but that’s not something I have never felt with Jemma. I’ve always known that we’re on each other’s side and that we’re each other’s ‘person,’ so to speak. I don’t know if high school has changed our relationship so much as affirmed that our relationship is one that will be so dear to both of us, forever.” The two sisters share an unbreakable bond that graduation and no amount of distance will break. “I’ve always been the chief volleyball cheerleader but now I’ll be cheerleading from a distance,” Jemma Leech emotionally communicated.


Story by Sophia Diaz


heerleaders, football team and student council took a field trip to the Houston Food Bank to participate in their Volunteer Appreciation Week event. Throughout the whole week, the Food Bank held different spirit days for their volunteers. They had superhero day, twin day, jersey day, camo day, crazy hat day and per rally day. Students from other schools volunteered to go and spend the day over there to pack food for those in need. They were working nonstop for two hours and packed 100 boxes of food. Those boxes were later going to be taken to nursing homes, hospitals, hunger-relief charities, given out to people who live on the streets, etc. “Knowing I had the opportunity to help people is truly fulfilling because I am fortunate enough to have resources that others aren’t able to have and to be able to help them is both fulfilling for the soul and the community,” said sophomore Heinrick Gonzales when asked how he felt after his experience at the food bank. The cheerleading team put on quite a show as well. The freshman, JV and varsity teams put together a few

cheers and even had games for the audience to play. They had people go up to play musical chairs, freeze dance, had a three-legged race and a mini-cheer competition. Everyone was so pumped about this pep rally, that even the staff from the food bank went up to play some of the games. They had a DJ and small prizes everyone could take home. “I really enjoyed the pep rally,” sophomore Yasmean Refat said. “The cheers and challenges that they had like the freeze dance was really fun to watch and cheer on. The workers and volunteers were very ambitious and watching them try to attempt the cheers was really funny.” Going on this field trip definitely taught everyone a few things. After the food bank, everyone went to The Breakfast Klub and had lunch. Getting to spend time with classmates while still being able to help the community was what made this trip so fun and busy.

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Amara Sen takes the number one spot Story by Yasmean Refat


ith the 2018-2019 school year coming to an end, seniors are packing up and getting ready to head off to college. This year’s valedictorian Amara Sen is ecstatic being the top student in her class. “I feel honored. I truly feel that upon learning of my status I was only motivated to further excel in my studies,” she said. Amara’s time at Lamar has definitely taught her some things that she can use in the newest chapter of her life. “One thing I’ve learned about the different kinds of intelligence one can possess, specifically that, people do not need to be ‘book smart’ to be intelligent,” she said. When the term valedictorian is heard usually the first couple of things that come to mind anti-social or a nerd but Amara doesn’t seem to mind. “I’m not antisocial as people would think. I go to parties and have fun with my friends but I think that thought is just what comes along with being valedictorian,” Amara explained. “I don’t really mind though people think things about me in a positive connotation. They tend to look up to me.” When asked what steps she took to earning the top spot in her class and whether she had any hardships, Amara shared this. “I have a learning disability and I pick up information quickly but I struggle with short term memory and attention. It’s not easy for me to pay attention,” she said. “A lot of things consist of me


studying on my own time and I’m also just not that lazy - like I can be lazy. I take naps every day after school but when it’s time to get stuff done, I get it done.” Amara will be attending the University of Texas to study Computer Science on the Pre-Med track. “I’m just like anyone else,” Amara said. “I like to be lazy at times and just hang around. I don’t just study all the time.”

Salutatorian heads to Texas A&M


lot goes into becoming the school’s salutatorian. One must work hard, efficiently and passionately to arrive at this feat - it is not an easy task. Rebecca Zivley is now number two out of a class of more than 700 and she recognizes the work and com-

mitment she has put into reaching this point. “I’ve put a lot of hard work into my academics,” Zivley said. “I feel as though my work has paid off. It is a massive achievement and both my family and me are proud of the work I have put in.” Zivley started off her high school career relatively lost like the rest of her class. Lamar was larger than her other schools and especially scary because of this. However, this did not take away from Zivley’s drive and ability to push herself as hard as she could. “I’ve always enjoyed school and that’s made me

Story by Daisy van Steveninck want to take higher level classes and maintain good grades,” Zivley said. “Education is so utterly important and I’ve always recognized how much I value it.” Zivley initially aimed to take advantage of all of the classes here and in doing so, prepare herself effectively for college. She saw the IB curriculum that was offered and wanted to use it to help her grow as a student and person. Her goal wasn’t necessarily to get to the top of her class, rather to do as well as she could with the resources she was provided. “I wasn’t always aiming to be at the top of the class,” Zivley said smiling. “I wanted to have a competitive college application and taking IB classes and making good grades in those classes has helped me prepare for college in that way.” Throughout her career here, Zivley has enjoyed a number of different classes and explored a wide variety of subjects, some which were required and some which she chose to take. “Physics class had been a really influential class for me,” she said. “I learned a lot about problem solving from that class and it’s prepared me for the field I want to go into.” After high school, Zivley plans on studying engineering as her dream job is to become an engineer. “Physics really did help me determine what I wanted to do and it also helped me develop the skills I need to be an engineer,” the salutatorian said. Along with her grades, Zivley has excelled in other areas. This year, she was part of the IB council, which she believes was so important to her because it gave her a leadership role within the school. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being an IB ambassador, because I feel that I’ve been able to influence other people’s IB experiences as well as my own.” Zivley said. Zivley believes that by learning to maintain high grades she will be able to thrive in a work environment later in life because she knows the stresses that comes with working under pressure and knows that she can confidently remain on top of her work even in stressful situations. “This is a personal achievement. It’s something I can look back on and remember how hard I worked. I feel like I’ve achieved something great and I am so grateful for my high school experience and the place that I am at now,” she said.


An Elegant Affair

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King and Queen

Gala At The Garden


Gala At The Garden


Best Buddies Prom By Anthony Luna


tudents in the Life Skills classes got to dress up for a prom of their own. There were smiles and laughter as the students entered their “prom.� The event proved to be a success.


Loyola bound... Butler’s dedication earns her a full-ride tennis scholarship


Story by Alexander Landowski

hen the coach in any sport claims that they are in awe of their ability to compete, you have a pretty special athlete. Such is the case with Lamar’s star tennis player, Natalie Butler, and her coach Jeremy Davison. After four years of hard work and competitive zeal, Butler has been awarded a scholarship to play tennis at Loyola University in New Orleans. Having really only begun playing tennis in the eighth grade, her rise to the level of team captain is somewhat of a meteoric climb - especially when you consider that entering high school, her primary focus was academics. It was just this year that she really decided that she wanted to play tennis in college. Picking Butler as team captain was an obvious choice for Coach Davison. “She is a fantastic teammate and an exemplary student and athlete,” he exclaimed. The captain’s role was an enjoyable one for her but it also carried a significant amount of responsibility for her as the only senior on the team. “There was difficulty at the beginning of the year on the guy’s side and I kind of helped,” she said. “My little brother’s on the team, so I wanted to help make the team better

for them; so, we worked it out.” She’s hopeful that she’s leaving the team with the understanding that it doesn’t matter what your lineup is. Davison has guided Butler for the past three seasons and has found her very coachable and highly competitive. According to him, she responds very well to criticism, although her manner in doing so is a bit unusual. “When you give her corrective criticism, she kind of laughs,” he said, “and takes everything with a grain of salt --- but, she is very methodical and precise when it comes to making corrections and taking advice.” Coach Davison is well-aware of the pedigree of tennis players in Butler’s family, which becomes even more obvious to him when he watches her on the court. Being a competitor himself, he greatly admires the way she approaches the most difficult matches. “I’m in awe of how she responds in different situations,” he exclaimed. “To watch her be able to battle and the way that she has responded in match play is remarkable!” For Butler, her senior year has been even more special because her brother John is on the boy’s tennis team, although it didn’t start out that way. “It was interesting playing my little brother,” she said. “We didn’t get along at first, but it all worked out.” The siblings became mixed doubles partners and were victorious all the way to regionals this spring. Following a successful high school career, Butler is excited about the challenges and opportunities at the next level. To the coach who has seen multiple athletes come into the program with the focus and determination that it takes to be offered a college scholarship, Davison is not all that surprised by the success of Butler. Simply stated, “She is something special.”

“It was interesting playing my little brother. We didn’t get along at first, but it all worked out.” Natalie Butler


Story byAlexander Landowski


hen you hear that your opponent in a sporting contest has taken to social media to insult and deride you, it might make you shrink and let the pressure of the moment overwhelm you. With the baseball team, however, nothing could be further from the truth. After defeating Jersey Village and Katy in the first two rounds of the Region III playoffs, Lamar was facing the daunting task of playing Memorial, a team ranked team 8th in Texas and 82nd nationally. Rather than talking trash back at the Memorial players on social media to retaliate for what they posted about the Texans, they responded where it really counts --- on the field and vanquished this highly touted team. The team was well aware of all of the trash talk coming at them from Memorial, and according to Senior leader Sam Frank, “there was a lot of talk within the group of guys that wanted to send something back to them.” Realizing that approach wouldn’t do anything towards helping them achieve their goals, however, they decided “that we would just let our play do the talking.” After heading to the regional semifinals to play Kingwood, they got the last laugh. Unfortunately, the team’s streak would end there. Coming into the season, the senior-laden team was dedicated to surpassing what they experienced in the previous season.

Under the supreme guidance of Coach David Munoz, expectations were high from the outset. “We knew this season could be special when the season started,” Munoz stated. “We had senior leadership, good chemistry, athletes and pitching that combined, have us where we are right now.” Where that is, is a team that finished the regular season with a stellar 18-3 record. According to Frank, the focus was on developing chemistry from the start. “We were really focused on making sure that everyone was on the same page, and it was evident in the fall,” he said. The team faced adversity during the season in dealing with injuries to senior hitting stars Brendan Cumming and Victor Hernandez, as well as reliable and effective pitcher, Jake Arthur. Instead of feeling sorry for themselves, the team rallied to put together their memorable season. When asked who the MVP of the regular season was, Frank without hesitation mentioned Junior Drew Woodcox, who provided incredible offensive firepower. “Without Drew we might not have made it through our regular season to make it into the playoffs,” Frank said. You may have seen Texans players walking around campus sporting blonde hair. Even the mostly-conservative Coach Munoz hasn’t tried to modify this playoff trend and the boys are buying into it in a demonstration of a unified group. “It’s about the team,” a confident Frank said.

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