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Spreading school spirit • Senior Chase Borders and sophomore brother Bryce Borders play their trumpets through the streets of downtown during the Homecoming parade. See pages 6 & 7 for more coverage of Homecoming 2020. Photo by Amy Bates.

Volume XXI, Issue I

Kilgore High School

October 7, 2020

For the students, by the students

FCS returns with high hopes Madison Donovan Junior Editor

Full circle • New principal April Cox stands with some of her outstanding students she had at the middle school. Seniors Olivia Arp, Christian Estrella, Donovan Adkins & Miah Thomas are ready to work with Mrs. Cox for a great year. Photo by Courtlyn Brown.

Providing opportunity for success New principal brings energy to face challenging year Cerenity Exline Staff Writer With a new year comes a new normal for all. For KHS, it also means a new principal. April Cox, former Kilgore Middle School principal, is now principal at KHS. Cox is excited for her first year. “I view my position as a resource to students and staff,” Cox said. “My main purpose is to provide opportunities that help all be successful to accomplish a task or goal. I am most proud that we get the opportunity to have on campus learning where students and staff can learn from the traditional classroom environment. The energy our students bring into the building is electric!” Anything new can be challenging, especially having school with the current situation. “Not only having to learn the logistics of the campus, but also to embrace the challenges of COVID and remote learning makes this year a challenge,” Cox said. Even with this new normal, Cox is adapting well from her change in positions. “While the position responsibilities are similar, I have enjoyed getting to see students grow into young adults,” Cox said. “At the high school level, there are more extracurricular clubs and organizations as well as a focus on college, career, and military readiness.” Cox is a KHS alumni and was very involved in her years at KHS. Her involvements and accolades include choir, Homecoming Duchess, Hi-Steppers, Junior Historians, Beauty and Handsome Nominee, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Rotary Club Award, Business Professionals of America, as well as Academic Top 10%. “I really enjoyed getting to be a Hi-Stepper when I was in high school,” Cox said. “The excitement of getting to participate in Friday night lights was so much fun. My Hi-Stepper sisters were a family that I still stay in contact with today. I believe it is important to become involved in clubs, organizations, and extracurricular activities.” Throughout her life, Cox has had many people in her life that were influential or left a big impact including her mom, many teachers and superintendents. “There are so many people that

have helped shape my life,” Cox said. “I would have to say that my mom is one of the most influential people in my life. She taught me a strong work ethic and consistently instills in me many characteristics that have developed who I am today. There have been many teachers in my life who inspired me to go into education. I have also had several superintendents that have pushed me to continue my education and further professional growth.” Cox attended Kilgore College before transferring to Stephen F. Austin State University where she earned her Bachelors and Master’s Degree, majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Reading. Cox spent time as a substitute teacher for Kilgore ISD and also worked at Henderson Hospital. She has also taught at Carlisle ISD and was assistant principal at an intermediate school and elementary in Henderson ISD. Outside of being principal, Cox has different community activities she is involved in. “Participating in Relay for Life (a community based fundraising event for the American Cancer Society) has been one way I feel I can give back and fight against cancer,” Cox said. In her life, the current senior class, class of 2021 has taught Mrs. Cox the most. “During the year that Pa’Sha Williams passed, we rallied together and showed comfort for each other,” Cox said. “It was during that year that I realized that building relationships and making memories are invaluable.” Throughout school, Cox had many great teachers, but one stuck out more than the rest. “I have had the privilege of having some amazing teachers, but I would have to say that my 5th grade teacher, Ms. Honor Cobb, was one of my favorites,” Mrs. Cox said. “She was caring, yet firm and would give me all of her extra worksheets to use so I could ‘play’ school. She always found a way to make learning fun.” In her free time, Cox likes to be with family at the lake and traveling, as well as watching her children participate in activities and watching college football. She also likes to try any kind of water sport. “I love going to Lake Ouachita in Arkansas,” Cox said. “Every summer since I was young, I would go there with my dad on vacation. After losing my dad three years ago, it was hard

for me to go back, but I was able to go this past summer and it put a big smile on my face.” Students want to know the things not a lot of people know about Cox. She said it is that she married her high school sweetheart, loves any kind of live music, and when she was 16, she ran her father’s brand new Camaro through the house, from the front door to the back door. Being a mother is Mrs. Cox’s biggest accomplishment. “Of all the things I will ever do in my lifetime, being the mother of two amazing children will always be my greatest accomplishment,” Cox said. During her time as a student at Kilgore High School, Cox had many great memories. “We used to have a bonfire pep rally before the Homecoming game,” Cox said. “We also ate lunch across the street from the campus (where Humanities is now) in what was called the Bulldog Cafe. Finally, our choir during my senior year went to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City.” Since she was previously principal at the middle school, she has enjoyed getting to see students that she had in middle school who are now at the high school. “It is definitely rewarding to see children grow up to be young adults,” Cox said. “In high school, it is fun to watch students discover their passions and interests.” With the current pandemic going on, Cox and the rest of KHS faculty have been doing what they can to keep the cases down in school so we do not have to go remote. “If a student has symptoms, a positive lab confirmed test, or has been exposed to someone with a positive test, they must be quarantined,” she said. “While the student is quarantined, teachers are doing a great job continuing to provide a quality education so they do not get behind.” Compared to area school districts, KHS has done very well statistically as far as confirmed cases and quarantined students and staff. “Several school districts in our area have had to close down due to an increase of cases. We are hopeful that our students will continue following all safety precautions, and we can stay in school,” Cox said. No matter the circumstance, Cox is thinking positively about this year and is ready for a great one. “I want to continue building on the rich traditions and culture of KHS,” she said.

Annual Hi-Stepper Fundraiser Oct. 17 The Kilgore High School Hi-Steppers will have their annual Sporting Clays tournament on Saturday, October 17, at Prairie Creek Sporting Clays. Entry fees are $400 per team or $100 per individual (mulligan included). Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all participants, and a raffle will be held at the event. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 from any Hi-Stepper and the items will include gifts, miscellaneous items, tools, household goods, giftcards, etc. There will also be a drawing for an amazing Pellet Grill for those who purchased a $10 raffle square. Our raffle squares have currently all been sold. Sponsorship opportunities are

available from $100 to $1,000. We already have 70 sponsors who have given their commitments to our organization, and more are coming in daily. The money raised will go towards college scholarships, all team activities, and the annual Hi-Stepper Spring Show. Anyone or any business can be a sponsor or give a donation to the Hi-Steppers for this great event. Let us support your business. From advertising opportunities to raffle tickets - we have you covered with a variety of sponsorship opportunities. Our highest level of sponsorship is Title and it is a commitment of $1,000. This year our Title sponsors are Steve & Penny Brown, Mosby Mechanical and JT Products. Thank

you for your generous sponsorships. Currently, we have around 20 teams registered for the event. We are still registering teams daily and will continue to do so even the day of the event. So, please come out and be a part of this great event. It’ll be a wonderful fall morning filled with lots of fun, great food and fellowship and a little healthy competition. If you would like to be a part of this event, text Brandi Woods at 903.932.1555 or Ginger Riley at 903.812.4992 for more details. Or, you can ask any Hi-Stepper for more information. We hope to see you on Oct. 17, and as always the KHS Hi-Steppers appreciates your support.

Different year, same traditions • Despite the conditions of this year, Hi-Steppers are carrying on their annual Sporting Clays Tournament at Prairie Creek Sporting Clays. They will be following guidelines and having a great time with their supporters. Courtesy Photo.

Fellowship of Christian Students, or FCS, started back up this year. This organization is designed to equip, empower, and encourage students to make a difference for Christ. “Clubs and organizations are there to provide a place of inclusion,” FCS sponsor Sandra Kelley said. “Fellowship is a hallmark of the Christian faith, and service is another. I hope that this group will be as much about serving the student body as it is about meeting together.” Thought there is a sponsor, this organization is completely student led, and creates a sense of community for other Christian students on campus. “I want students to be able to step up in boldness without fear of rejection and know that they have a group of people behind them in support and encouragement,” senior and leader of FCS Cerenity Exline said. FCS is welcoming of all students. In fact, it is encouraged that students in different backgrounds join. This will allow for the group to reach more students. “Even if you aren’t necessarily a religious person, I think it’d be valuable for anyone just wanting to learn more about God,” senior Rachel Bowman said. FCS will meet every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. in Mrs. Kelley’s and Mrs. Fouse’s room (both in the English hall), alternating each week. “I think other people should join FCS because of the amazing people who are here to teach us, and because of the time we get to spend with God and learning about his word,” freshman Jayden Turner said. Many of the students already involved in the organization are looking forward to what FCS is going to do for the student body. “I can’t wait for the amazing conversations we will have,” Turner Said. “It makes me happy to know that there are other believers in this school and that they love God.” The kick-off event for FCS was See You At The Pole (SYATP). It was held on Wednesday, September 25. This event focuses on students gathering together to pray, and the event is completely student organized and run.

1 “I feel like SYATP is a chance for students to show their peers that they are not afraid to be bold in their faith,” Exline said. “Even though some may know nothing about faith or God, sometimes that is where it sparks questions or ignites a fire in their heart to where they are curious about their peers’ faith.” This year’s ceremony was organized and led by Exline. FCS hasn’t been a big organization in the last few years. However, Exline was able to find a new sponsor, and speak with Principal April Cox about holding the event. “I have had on my heart for quite some time that I needed to step up at school in boldness and not in fear of rejection of those who may not believe or those who judge those who believe and show their faith,” Exline said. See You at the Pole began in 1990 as a way for students to indulge in the practices of their religion together without fear of judgement. Now, 29 years later, the quiet, international movement continues with the same goal. “I’m hoping that students take away that they’re not alone in their faith, not only in this school but across the nation,” Bowman said. This year’s student turn-out was more than it has been in previous years, and FCS leaders are hopeful for future years. The total number of people that attended See You At The Pole is around 60. “With everything that’s going on, from COVID regulations to the weather to just getting the word out, I feel like we had an amazing turnout,” junior Eryka Hopper said.


2 1) Students leading in Christ • Seniors Rachel Bowman, Cerenity Exline, and Jayden Canwright give a message during See You at the Pole. 2) Taking a moment • Junior Colby Wilkerson bows his head during the designated time of prayer. Photos by Summer McGee. All of the student leaders hope that the attending students will take with them the message that they have support among the teachers and their fellow students. “I hope that those who attended SYATP, and even those who did not, know that they are loved, they have people who care about them, and they have people praying for them daily,” Exline said. “I hope that people who do choose to step up in boldness in their faith in some way that they know they have a group of students and teachers behind them for encouragement and support.


1) Catch of the day • Sophomores Kobie Newlen and Tylar Fleming show off their catches. 2) Senior fishermen • Seniors Efrain Mojica and Daniel Estrella stand with their sponsor Chris Smith and his son after a long day of fishing. Courtesy Photos.

A swimming start

Fishing team begins season with tournament riding in a boat and fishing to meet your catch requirements to beat other schools’ teams. While some kids just simply fish “Each team member fishes and in their ponds out in their friends’ ultimately is competing against each pastures, these students have taken other and other schools,” Smith said. their passion to the next level. Students “They are fishing for the heaviest 5 7th-12th grade have joined together fish stringer and big bass in an 8 hour under the direction of Chris Smith to day.” form a new KHS fishing team. Kilgore had numerous placings for On Saturday, September 26, their team members in this tournament students participated in a fishing and others. Kobie Newlen placed tournament at Lake of the Pines. 37th, Carlee Pieper placed 49th, Not all team members participated Daniel Estrella and Efrain Mojica The members of the fishing team are placed 52nd, Braeden Thompson and senior Efrain Mojica, senior Daniel Kaleb Coker placed 64th, Johnathan Estrella, freshman Carlee Pieper, Rosas and Nathan Hooten placed sophomore Kobie Newlen, junior 65th. Carlee Pieper did not attend the Braeden Thompson, junior Kaleb September 26 tournament but she has Coker, junior Johnathan Rosas, and attended others and will be attending freshman Nathan Hooten. some in the future. “Fishing is something I am very “I joined the fishing team because passionate about,” Chris Smith said. “I I thought it would be a good learning wanted to show the students that there experience, and I love to fish,” Pieper is more than just traditional sports that said. can earn them scholarships.” The tournaments these kids This is the first year that the team participate in happen at lakes around is official. While it is not technically a East Texas and the teams can compete sport with a ball it can be considered a in high school organized tournaments strategy sport. or open ones. They have a few lined “It is a competitive sport that up for the year. involves a ton of practice and a little “The tournaments take place on knowledge of science as to time of Lake Bob Sandlin, Lake Tyler, Lake year and fish behavior,” Smith said. O’ The Pines, Lake Palestine, Toledo Being on the fishing team entails Bend, Sam Rayburn, Wright Patman,”

Olivia Arp Editor-In-Chief

Smith said. “We can fish some open tournaments that anyone can join.” These tournaments serve as competition but also show students that they can contribute to a team by doing something they simply enjoy. “The thing I like most about the tournaments is the feeling of bringing a big fish into the boat, because I know that I’m contributing to the team,” Efrain Mojica said. The fishing team can serve as a fulfillment of interests. “I joined the fishing team because I have the desire to catch big fish,” Nathan Hooten said. If students would still like to join the fishing team, they must see Chris Smith. “They will have to see me and get a packet to fill out and a parent signature, a check for $100, they will have to have a boat captain who is over 18,” Smith said. “Each tournament costs $40 to enter.” This different sport has great opportunities and serves as an experience “I decided to join the team because I have always thought it was a pretty cool sport,” Mojica said. “You should join the team because the prizes that are up for grabs are huge, and even if you don’t win, the experience of being out there is worth it.”

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Get to know us! 1)

Rachel Niemeyer, 10th


Payton Berger, 12th

“I consume about 20 strawberry kiwi Capri Suns a week.”


Carly Mauldin, 11th


Carmen Vazquez, 12th



“I’m ambidextrous. Most people know me as a lefty, but I actually do everything with my right except for writing.” 9)

Carley Dollins, 12th

“I’m a very big K-pop stan!”

Madison Donovan, 11th


Faith Jones, 12th


“Despite my inability to park and drive well, I can be found on the streets; watch out.”

Kayla Ridge, 10th

“I have two cats! Groucho and Missy. They love to be cuddled and steal my pillows.”

The Mirror Staff Writers Carley Dollins Carmen Vazquez Cerenity Exline Lesly Amaro Ryan Cartwright Jayden Jones Addison Wood Kayla Ridge Rachel Niemeyer

Jayden Jones, 10th

“I have been collecting giraffe items since I was a toddler, and I have accumulated about fifteen things in said collection.”

“My favorite hobby is reading, and my favorite books are contemporary fiction.”

“My right foot is bigger than my left foot.”

The Mirror adviser is a member of TAJE. The Mirror is printed at the The Henderson News. The Mirror staff distributes 1,000 copies to the students and the community, free of charge. Editor’s note: Students of the month and Teacher of the month are chosen by administration & faculty committees.

Addi Wood, 10th

“I’ve always wanted a pet chicken.”

Ryan Cartwright, 12th

The Mirror is a member of the Interscholastic League Press Conference ILPC and earned the Award of Achievement from ILPC and UIL in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. The Mirror earned the Award of Honor in 2007 and 2010. The Mirror earned the Award of Distinguished Merit in 2008, 2014, 2015 & 2016. In 2014, the staff was nominated for a STAR by the ILPC.


Lesly Amaro, 12th

“I enjoy watching and playing any softball. I also can play almost every position except pitcher.”


“I plan on going to college out of state.”

“I love seafood!”

Cerenity Exline, 12th


Olivia Arp, 12th

“I spend all my money on concert tickets and merch.”

“I love music. My favorite genre is Indie.”



Kilgore High School 301 N. Kilgore Street, Kilgore, TX 75662 903.988.3939, ext. 2137 www.kisd.org/khs Student Population 1146 Volume XXI, Issue 1 October 7, 2020 KISD Superintendent Dr. Andy Baker Principal April Cox Bulldog Publications Adviser Amy Bates Editors Olivia Arp- Editor in Chief Faith Jones- Managing/ Copy Editor Payton Berger- Sports Editor Carly Mauldin- Junior Editor Madison Donovan- Junior Editor

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The Mirror is the student newspaper of Kilgore High School and is published in print form four times a school year by the advanced journalism class. This publication shall strive to serve the interests and needs of the readership and to be fair and accurate. Staff members were selected after completing one year of journalism. Comments and views expressed in The Mirror reflect the thoughts of individual writers and do not reflect the opinions of other students, staff members, faculty, administration or the Board of Trustees. The Bulldog with Mask graphic on page one is courtesy/creation of Amy Anderson and Tracy Wingert and KLEM1410.com. We are not responsible for people not wearing masks in Courtesy Photos. We do our best to make sure mask guidelines are followed in our photography, but if a student is pictured without a mask, we make sure our photographer is 6 feet or more away from the subject and the photograph takes no longer than a couple of minutes to shoot. The athletes pictured fall under the mask/COVID safety guidelines laid out by the UIL and our ISD. See the editors in Room #124 if you have questions. The Mirror welcomes signed letters of opinion, but retains the right not to print them. *It is the policy of Kilgore ISD not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its vocational programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

Health and Wellness

October 7, 2020



What’s the deal with masks?

How face coverings prevent spread of COVID-19 Madison Donovan Junior Editor

Hitting the streets • Fitness trainer & former KHS Bulldog Austin Head exercises in front of downtown Chicago Theatre. Courtesy photo by Emma Zanger.

Getting & Staying Healthy:

Alumni speaks about career in fitness

Stay fit past high school Cerenity Exline Staff Writer After graduating Kilgore High School in 2012, alumni Austin Head began his career in fitness and has been excelling. Austin Head is self-employed as a fitness trainer and lives in Chicago, Illinois. He is a Master Trainer, Group X Trainer, as well as a Spinning Certified Instructor. In high school, Head was involved in football and theatre. “I believe my class had the first musical in over 10 years at KHS,” Head said. “I played Ren McCormick in ‘Footloose’ & received Best Lead Actor in our annual competition with KHS Theatre.” Fitness was not his career of interest while he was in high school; he found the interest soon after. “I got into fitness after my senior year at KHS,” he said. “I was very active with football, then basically stopped all activity. I felt lethargic and wanted to get back in shape. I joined a gym close to my house and then fell in love with group fitness classes.” Although he has not always been interested in fitness, Head says he has always been in “fitness,” and defines fitness as helping people. He has had an example of helping others his whole life by watching his mother, Debbie Head, care for their family. He has a twin sister Peyton, as well as two older

siblings who are twins. “I grew up with a mentally handicapped brother, Josh, and helped my mom with him growing up,” Head said. “When I moved to Chicago, I felt this void in my life. I started personal training, and I knew that’s what was missing. I fell in love with helping people and the energy it provides.” In the fitness business, Head has become well-known, and his business has reached across the globe. “I own my own Virtual Bootcamp business with clients all over the world...from Chicago to Israel,” he said. “I am also on a lot of Chicago TV shows such as WGN’s Healthy Living Chicago, The Jam T.V., etc.” The current pandemic has not slowed down business for Head, but rather helped it take off. He went from working at a gym in Chicago teaching 30 classes a week as well as training 15 clients at the same time and having a podcast, to being able to slow down and figure out exactly what he wanted to do. “This pandemic has allowed me to take a deep breath and really evaluate what I want in my life,” Head said. “My vision is now to impact as many people as I can in Chicago, and this year my community has grown so much so that the Chicago Tribune wrote an article on me and what I’m doing in fitness.” Head has been featured on multiple media outlets including

The Chicago Tribune, WGN “Living Healthy Chicago”, and Living Healthy Chicago’s Facebook “5 Tips to Staying in Shape at Home.” Some advice Head gives students currently in high school is to find something that you like and stick with it. Whether it is running, cycling, group fitness, or anything else to keep you fit, just do it. “Personally for me I love group fitness, but find something that you like,” Head said. “What helps me is having a friend to workout with. Accountability is one of the biggest things, so having a friend you can count on is a huge win. And, you can always take a Virtual Bootcamp class with ME!” Head has an Instagram account with the username @Austin_Head where you can see his Virtual Bootcamp and more info and advice on staying fit. In regards to having a fitness career, Head gives advice to students interested in following that pathway. “First, I would tell you IT’S THE BEST CAREER EVER! & start learning NOW,” he said. “Look up personal training certifications. (I am NASM certified) Then get involved at your local gym.” Head is willing to answer any questions related to fitness or the fitness industry, and would love to help out. The Mirror is proud to feature this lifelong Bulldog and hopes that his story can inspire our students.

Drawing through the stress • Shelby Maring draws in her journal during her teacher aide period. Maring enjoys journaling in her free time as a source of stress relief. “I enjoy journaling because it occupies my mind and is also very calming,” Maring says.

Staying mentally healthy during global pandemic our day to day routines. Although keeping the body physically healthy is imperative, mental health is equally as important. During this time, several students, After spring break, most students’ when they aren’t at school, have been lives changed in ways that they’d isolated at home. It has been very easy to lose track of our mental health and never expect. This worldwide pandemic has become secluded, but mental health completely turned lives upside down professionals recommend several and inside out, but there are some ways to keep up with our minds during this time that can be anxiety-filled. positive things to come out of it. The Mayo Clinic heavily advocates Since quarantine started, several students have had the opportunity to using different self-care strategies to try new hobbies, nurture their mental analyze both our physical and mental health, and take some longer than health. Some of these include: limiting expected, but much needed time off. Several things that seemed like a our screen time, eating healthy, pain at first have now become the new sticking to a stable sleep schedule, normal. For instance, now sanitizing and avoiding harmful substances like often and wearing masks in public drugs, tobacco, and alcohol. It is also suggested that we limit places have become incorporated into

Rachel Niemeyer Staff Writer

any sources of heavy stress. For some, this might mean restricting their exposure to news sites that tend to cause negative thoughts or anxieties. Staying busy is also an effective way to occupy an anxious mind. A way to do this to try new things and experiment with new hobbies. Paradigmtreatment.com mentions some great stress-relieving hobbies and activities including cooking, hiking, journaling, doing puzzles, and yoga. These times of COVID19 are not making life easy on anyone, but there are people who care. Never hesitate to talk to a trusted friend, teacher, or adult if you are feeling down and need help. If you feel you’ve no one to talk to, contact the Mental Health Hotline at 1-800-662-HELP.

With in-person school beginning, and new regulations being put into place on campus, it is important to recognize why those regulations are there. Masks are extremely important to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Different masks provide different amounts of protection, and it’s important to note that any mask provides more protection than none. Wearing a mask isn’t a restriction of our freedom. Rather, it helps us to regain freedom by reducing virus transmission in a community and making every interaction safer. Freedom for people to go to work, attend school, interact with others, and most importantly freedom from illness and fear. If they sneeze, cough, clear their throats, or even speak, they can spread the virus to others. Masks trap the virus droplets in their fibers. When combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing, face masks help prevent people from unknowingly spreading the virus. For example, during an interaction between two people, one of which is infected, and neither are wearing a mask, the chance of spreading the virus is 90 percent likely to happen. This is because there is nothing to trap the particles that the virus travels on. In a similar situation, if the healthy person is wearing a mask, but the infected person is not, the chances of the spreading the virus is 70 percent. Cloth masks are meant to trap the air particles that carry the virus, not block them from entering others’ space. They do protect people slightly, but it’s not a substantial amount. In contrast, if the infected person was to wear the mask, the chance of spreading the virus is 5 percent. The mask was able to catch the particles, and protect the people around them. However, if both of the people in this situation were wearing masks, the chance of spreading the virus becomes 1.5 percent. Both people are protecting themselves and each other. Make it a habit to wear a face mask every time you leave home, and especially when you may come into contact with others. Although you may think it is easy to keep six feet from others outside, it’s not always possible. A common type of mask is the regular surgical mask. This is a loose-fitting disposable mask that protects the wearer’s nose and mouth from contact with droplets, splashes and sprays that may contain germs. A surgical mask also filters out large particles in the air. Surgical masks may protect others by reducing exposure to the saliva and respiratory secretions of the mask wearer. The most common type of mask is a cloth mask. A cloth mask is intended to trap droplets that are released when the wearer talks, coughs or sneezes. Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus when they are widely used by people in public settings. This is the most accessible to most people because it can be made out of regular fabric found around anyone’s house. The best mask is one you will wear properly. It should be comfortable and cover the nose and the chin without slipping. Whether it ties at the back of the head or loops over the ears with elastic is not important, as long as it stays in place. A mask that requires constant adjustment can be unsafe. The CDC recommends that you wear a cloth face mask when you’re around people who don’t live with you and in public settings when social distancing is difficult. Something as simple as putting on your mask properly can prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here are a few tips to putting on and taking off a mask: Sanitize your hands before and after you put your mask on and take it off. This prevents the germs from the outside of the mask to infect the body. Place your mask over your nose and mouth. This prevents exposing other people to the germs you have. This greatly limits the rate of transmission. Don’t touch your mask while wearing it. This prevents any bacteria or viruses from taking residence on your hands. They will stay there until you wash your hands. Remove the mask by the stings around the ear, and don’t touch the front of your mask. Going back to the suggestion before, this happens in order to prevent your hands from carrying the disease. Regularly wash the mask. This prevents bacterial buildup inside of the mask and ultimately prevents mask acne “macne”. Wearing masks is an easy way to show that support for everyone else in our community. Lead by example by wearing one. You want to be visibly someone who’s respectful of others around you. Together, we can make a difference and limit the spread of COVID-19.

Junior Analyse Thomas “This mask is super comfortable, super cute, and super cheap.”

Junior Gabrielle Rivera “This is the most accessible mask that I could find so that makes it amazing.”

Senior Jordan McGee “This type of mask makes it easier to eat during lunch and get a quick drink during class.”


4 Opinion

October 7, 2020

The good, the bad, the coffee Addi Wood Staff Writer High school is full of early mornings and late homework-filled nights. If you’re anything like me, you rely more on caffeine than sleep to get you through the day. Coffee helps with energy, focus, and alertness. That’s why I am here to help you. To figure out where the best coffee in Kilgore is we have to take into account a small town with limited opportunities in reference to our coffee needs. To do so, I will take into account these four factors: price, taste, convenience, and hours of availability. The categories of coffee we will be comparing from each will be a cold drink (Iced), a hot drink (latte/ cappuccino), and a frappuccino. Starting off with the price: if money is your factor then the most economical choice would be McDonald’s in all three categories. If you’re trying to get the most bang for your buck then Dunkin’ wins with its iced coffee and frappuccino, while McDonald’s keeps its title in latte/

cappuccino. On to taste, where opinion is the key factor. For iced coffee, Dunkin’ has a sweeter taste than McDonalds but for the most part they taste the same. KC Brew’s iced coffee is where they differ from the rest. Their iced coffee is a darker shade of brown inferring there are fewer ingredients in the mix even if you ask for milk and sugar. This gives it a more bitter taste, almost as if it’s just straight coffee chilled instead of the others which are very sweet and tan in color. For latte and cappuccino, I didn’t notice a difference in taste between the brands. They all tasted really good to me. With frappuccinos there are definitely some differences between the three. I noticed that the McDonald’s frappe was a lot thicker in consistency. This made it super hard to drink, and I had to let it melt a bit before I was able to finish it. Dunkin’ and KC Brew, on the other hand, were really good, and I couldn’t tell a difference. Next in the list is convenience, If you are coming off of 1249 onto 259 then KC Brew and McDonald’s

would be the most convenient, with Memi D’s only being a bit longer to get to. But if you’re coming off of 2204 onto 259 then Memi D’s and McDonalds would be your most inconvenient stop. Going to KC Brew from that way would be going the opposite way and would be definitely inconvenient. This makes McDonald’s the most convenient place out of all four. Last, we have hours of availability. KC Brew opens the latest out of the three at 7:30. And, with class starting at 8:00, this means you might be getting to school right on time. I know a lot of us get to school right when the bell is about to ring. But, people like me want to get to school early and chill in the parking lot with friends. KC Brew is off of my list for coffee in the morning. But, KC Brew does stay open until 7:30 so you definitely get an after school drink. If I had to pick a winner, I would say Dunkin’. The price and taste each got really good ratings. Let The Mirror know if your favorite is different by emailing us.

1 1. Senior season • Senior Hi-Steppers Lesly Amaro, Estrella Martinez, Hailey Espinoza, Carter Williams, Micah Davidson, Chelsea Pierson, and Cindy Contreras take a group picture together before taking the traditional senior panoramic photo. They wore their matching shirts & boots like Hi-Steppers have for years before. 2. Up, up, and away • Seniors Rachel Bowman, Ramiyah Dunn, Jaiden Thompson, and C’ara Watson look up and smile big at Mr. Loudermilk, the photographer, through their masks during senior panoramic photo session. Cheerleaders chose to wear their uniforms and show their Kilgore Bulldog Pride. Photos by newspaper staffers Addi Wood & Rachel Niemeyer.


The lucky ones Expresso yourself • Junior Carley McEntire shows us her Memi D’s latte and rewards card. Courtesy Photo.

Happbeaness in a cup • Sophomore Kylie Offerding poses with her McDonald’s iced coffee. Courtesy Photo.

Don’t worry, Be frappe • Sophomore Isabell Witt sips on her KC Brew frappuccino. Courtesy Photo.

Brewtiful smile • Sophomore Maddi Riley loves her Dunkin’ iced coffee. Courtesy Photo.

Why students should feel grateful this school year Faith Jones Managing Editor

“In light of COVID-19…”, “We regret to inform you that we have to cancel the event, but due to COVID restrictions…”, “Social distancing must be maintained and masks must be worn at all times...” These phrases are heartbreaking and disappointing, yet the reality is COVID19 means change. Even now, change is good. It teaches us to not become complacent or comfortable. It’s motivating and ensures improvement. It is tough in the beginning, but at the end it’s appreciated because we can all learn things from change. We all have had common hopes of overflowing pep rallies, crowded and cheerful stands at football games, and constant classroom selfies with friends but these memories look quite different this year. Photos conceal our faces with masks, pep rallies are live streamed, and the stands at football stadiums are only at 50 percent capacity and fans’ excited, proud faces are covered by masks. While disappointment is easy to feel, we ought to feel lucky. The

sad truth is that we are some of few schools in the country that get football, volleyball, tennis, and cross country this fall. We got to dress up for homecoming week, participate in the homecoming parade, and watch our homecoming queen be crowned on the field at our homecoming football game. These things are fun and traditional, but unnecessary. If we don’t get a homecoming, students won’t suffer from going without. We all need to learn the difference between a want and a need. What we wanted was a normal school year. First day of school pictures without masks, pep rallies flooding with students, parents, and teachers, homecoming and prom dress shopping excitement. These things don’t affect our education even though they provide us joy. What we need is to take advantage of school and having teachers available to answer questions, to take notes and learn as best we can to get ahead since we may have fallen behind in material last year. Students need to work hard to understand how to use Google Classroom. These are absolutely necessary because if school has to go remote there won’t be a warning or time to prepare. We’ll

be at school one day and suddenly at home with loads of questions that would be so much easier to get answered if we were still attending school. Despite the downfalls of this pandemic, we have learned to appreciate the opportunities we do get - such as waking up and going to school each morning, sitting in a classroom with classmates and teachers because any day this could change. If attending face-to-face school is no longer something the district is comfortable with because of the pandemic, we will make a smooth transition to remote learning. So, seniors, treat every day as if it could be your last day walking the historical, memory-filled halls of KHS. Juniors, don’t rush through each day looking forward to an epic senior year because it will all be over too soon. Underclassman, embrace each of the four years you have here. High school only happens once, so regardless of dress code, internet problems, or a pandemic - learn to love KHS, you won’t regret it. Remember and appreciate the 2020-21 school year - we are all officially a part of history - and don’t forget that everything this year is a privilege. We’re the lucky ones.

Adjusting to CHANGE: Class periods longer, no more advisory Kayla Ridge Staff Writer KHS does not have an advisory period for students this fall. Last year, the high school had a 28-minute advisory block added to their 8 period schedule, with each class period being approximately 45 minutes in length. This has caused student discussion around the school. Some students want advisory back, others not so much. April Cox, principal, and the KHS staff discussed the need to cut out the advisory period from last year when they met in May. “Advisory periods, when implemented effectively, are a great time for teachers to provide re-teaching, pre-teaching, or enrichment activities, but we had to do what was best for our school, students, and staff,” Cox said. Teachers who met with Cox felt that the majority of students might not have been using the time as effectively as having those minutes added to class. Some students feel advisory was needed for teachers to re-teach concepts that students were unable to be taught since they missed the last nine weeks of the 2019-2020 school year. They believed that this would be crucial for the students. Johna Tritt, Humanities English teacher, agreed on the decision to add time to each class. “Students said a lot of what they did during that time was hang out with friends and talk. I agree that they do not always see each other during school, but that time was meant for work not play,” Tritt said, “So I believe that the decision to

Time to teach • Humanities teacher Johna Tritt applies the time given back to her class, due to no advisory period this year, to lead a class discussion on the subject of the day. Photo by Kayla Ridge. replace that time for class purposes was a great idea and that the students will have more time to learn new things.” There was a lot of planning to do for the extra 28 minute advisory block last year. Teachers had to take time out of their day to schedule the maximum of 10 students in each class. With this out of the way, teachers will have the needed time to focus on their remote learners this year. “We attempted to have UIL practice, tutoring, and help students with their work when we had advisory,” Tritt said. “That was

going well for the first nine weeks up until students who were not on the schedule walked into the classes. They interrupted the learning experience that the scheduled students needed.” Teachers have a lot to deal with already this school year. They have to make sure that their rooms are completely clean every day, as well as paying attention to their students to make sure that they are keeping everyone safe. “I am glad that I do not have to worry about the advisory period affecting this year,” Tritt said. “I already had too much to deal with.

Homecoming, student council, and other organizations plus the new rules and safety precautions that us teachers have to follow is a lot to take in this year. Without the advisory period to plan for that gives us teachers a little break.” Bethany McWilliams, a sophomore, has an opinion of her own. As well as do some other students who participate in extracurricular activities. Quite a few students at the high school participate in things such as: All Region, Solo and Ensemble, sports, clubs and organizations. “The advisory period was more than just a free period to hang out

with friends,” McWilliams said. “For a large portion of students and teachers, it allowed for a more handson personal learning experience that students could request, and the students to work on areas of their studies that they did not have time for.” Some feel the advisory period helped students dedicate time to their extracurricular activities and improve upon their skills. The students got to be taught more than they could in class which increased their accuracy. “The advisory time helped me immensely,” McWilliams said. “I was able to catch up on work I had due for class and ask my teachers about

the work we were doing in class. I was able to practice my music for the band, which I otherwise wouldn’t have time for.” A few students of Kilgore High school are trying to figure out a way to bring back the advisory period without disturbing this year’s schedule in any way. They are also trying to figure out how they would be able to do so without increasing the quarantine percentage of the school. Justice Beall, a junior who attends video game design is one of the students who wants to bring back the period. “I did not realize that the extra help last year was a positive outcome until there was not a choice to have it this year,” Beall said. “It really opened my eyes to the fact that I and the other students of this school evolved around that extra time to make sure we were keeping our grades up. If I had a choice I would definitely bring it back.” Sara Buchanan, a sophomore, believes that the advisory period was not as good as people thought. She believes that the extra period in the day was not as helpful to the students as the extra time being put into their classes. “The extra time during class helps me to process more information needed in my Algebra I class,” Buchanan said, “I did not understand Geometry during the long spring break, and it would have been difficult to follow what my teacher would be teaching.” The advisory period was a great advantage for some students who used it well. Those students will work now to find time to participate in extra activities and get help in classes while dealing with the change.

5 Exploring the virality of TikTok Entertainment

October 7, 2020

Payton Berger Sports Editor It’s hard to tell when TikTok transitioned from being an app we downloaded as a joke to an app that has completely overtaken our culture. Regardless of the exact time it happened, it has already left its mark on our generation. TikTok was originally a lip syncing app called Musical.ly, but it was merged into TikTok on August 2, 2018. Many current high school students remember being on Musical. ly in middle school, and obsessing over famous musers like Jacob Sartorius and Loren Gray. At the time, the app mainly consisted of lip syncing to popular songs with the addition of hand motions and editing transitions. However, the app has shifted a lot since it’s origin. It’s impossible to classify the app as one thing, for there’s unlimited content options on it. The app is genius in the way it’s perfected its “For You Page,” which caters to each individual’s interests. It’s almost impossible to find someone with the exact same For You Page as someone else. In addition to the technology of the For You Page, there are also different sides to TikTok. These sides were never established by the creators of the app themselves, but the users of the app began creating them to

clarify to others where they belonged on the app. The two main sides are Alternative TikTok and Straight TikTok. The alternative side is classified as the “good” side of the app. It’s where people get famous from being entertaining rather than simply being attractive. Despite its name, Straight TikTok has nothing to do with sexuality and is actually used to categorize dull and uninteresting videos on the app. Straight TikTok is known to include mostly lip-syncing, dances, and point-of-view (POVs) videos. Some of the most popular creators can be divided into these categories. Creators such as Emmy Hartman, Claire Drake, Chase Rutherford, and countless others have taken over Alternative TikTok. They each make comedy videos or simply record themselves telling a story. Charli D’Amelio, Addison Rae, Chase Hudson, and Noah Beck hold the throne on Straight TikTok. Their dance and lip-syncing videos garner millions of views and likes. They captured the attention of extremely young fans, and they’re definitely profiting from it. Despite there being two main sides of the app, there’s actually countless subsections of the app. Categories can range from Harry Potter, BTS, workout tips, gardening advice, city aesthetics, and fashion all on one person’s For You Page. The fact that

there are so many categories for people to fall into shows the true beauty of the app as a whole. TikTok has also become another way for content creators to make money. Sponsorships and brand deals have fallen into the laps of these creators, and it’s proving effective. Forbes estimates that Addison Rae takes home $5 million a year, and Charli D’Amelio earns $4 million in the same time frame. It’s also important to point out that Addison is 19 years old, and Charli is only 16. The amount of money these teenagers have made from the app is mind-boggling to some. These two have worked with major brands like Hollister and American Eagle, and Charli even created her own drink to be sold at Dunkin Donuts called “The Charli.” These two obviously have a great marketing team to have amassed such an empire in a short amount of time. Regardless of how much success the app is having now, it makes one wonder how long it’ll last. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen an app that’s main focus is posting short clips blow up. The Vine mobile app was one of the most popular apps during its running time from 20132016. However, it came to its eventual downfall when the app’s formula became almost too repetitive. Creators were only allowed seven seconds of camera time per video, so it was

hard to make extremely thoughtful or compelling content. Many people mourned the loss of Vine, and there are thousands of compilations titled “RIP Vine” on YouTube. After Vine “died,” many people wondered if there would ever be a Vine 2. In my opinion, TikTok is that and much more. Although millions of people love the app, it’s faced a lot of challenges these past few months due to privacy issues. There’s been the threat of the app being removed off the American app store multiple times now, but

COVID restrictions have made most students bored out of their minds with absolutely nothing to do, or so they think. There are actually loads of fun activities to do without making the commute to Longview or Tyler. Four Star Cinema here in Kilgore offers half price tickets on Tuesdays. Meaning, you can have a luxury viewing of a new box office hit for only five dollars which makes it the perfect, inexpensive after-school activity. A problem, though, can be selecting a movie that is worth the time and money that will be spent watching it. Most recent movies have been up to the mark, but one newer film stands out especially for a younger, teen crowd. Words on Bathroom Walls directed by Thor Freudenthal focuses on a skitzophrenic senior in high school, Adam, portrayed by

Even though some students may not be able to sympathize with Adam, they will still be able to relate to some of the ups and downs that he and other characters have. For instance, several students have begun or are new to dating, and this movie really highlights and

What The Crucible can teach us about America today

Arthur Miller’s 1953 play The Crucible has become an American classic. On the surface, it is a story about The Salem Witch Trials. A young girl and her friends are caught dancing in the woods, and when talk of witchcraft starts, she capitalizes off of the fear and sparks a hysteria that would change her small community forever. It’s relatively common knowledge that this story was an allegory for the red scare and the HUAC trials that were going on when Miller wrote the play. At the time, America was very scared of Communism taking over, so a committee was formed to identify Communists in the government. This committee started to convict people that they suspected may hold that ideology, despite usually having no real evidence. This fear of both Communists and the consequences of being suspected to be one caused tensions to grow in communities all over the country. People no longer trusted their neighbors and friends. Many people were willing to accuse anyone to protect themselves. Miller creates a parallel between these two points in history. He shows that even though close to three hundred years had passed between the Salem Witch Trials and the HUAC trials, people hadn’t really changed. The Crucible is about more than witches and court rooms. The Crucible is about what happens when people let fear and ignorance overshadow truth and justice, a sentiment that is becoming more and more important every day in America. Big things are happening every day in the U.S....protests, quarantine, and an upcoming election, just to name a few. America is on the edge of major change, but nobody really knows what that’s going to look like. All of the

emphasizes being up front and honest with your partner through the way Adam and his new romance, Maya, communicate. A great movie-watching experience has several defining points, and this film captured them all. One notable part to me was when Adam decided to take matters into his own hands instead of discussing how he was feeling with Maya or his mother. The audience got to see the consequences, and how Adam could have done things differently. Another prominent part was when Adam’s stepdad, Todd, who was mainly seen as an adversary, pulled through for Adam and made him realize that he never gave Todd a chance, so towards the end of the movie, it’s very elevating to see their relationship strengthen. This remarkable cinematic piece is highly recommended if you are looking for a captivating watch, or just an all around feel-good film.

Coming soon to


October 7 Hubie Halloween October 14 BLACKPINK: Light Up The Sky October 15 Social Distance October 16 The Trial of the Chicago 7 October 23 Over the Moon

Adam and Maya during the dance scene. LD Entertainment

Witch hunting Carly Mauldin Junior Editor



Words on Bathroom Walls review Charlie Plummer. Adam has to navigate a new romance, transferring to a private school, family conflicts and, of course, the struggles and burdens that accompany coping with his mental illness. This movie is filled with touching moments, and an amazing plot.

for a lot of people. People will always complain about technology and how much of our time it consumes, but I think TikTok has helped many people come to terms with their identity and interests in a safe environment. Sending someone a TikTok that reminded you of them has become a love language of its own. The app has brought more people together than I could ever explain, so I hope it continues to grow at a steady pace and make positive updates in the future.

1) Securing the bag • Senior Jaylon Guice poses with his Coldest Water Bottle that he got a brand deal with through TikTok. 2) Can’t look away • Senior Ruben Estrella scrolls though Charli D’Amelio’s TikTok account. Photos by Payton Berger.

Teen romance with a twist Racehl Niemeyer Staff Writer

every time it’s mentioned it finds a way to get sorted out. Regardless of what side someone falls on or the legality issues it has faced, the app is addictive. It’s easy to spend hours on it without realizing how much time has passed. It’s proven to be the perfect distraction from reality for many people. I personally feel like TikTok will only go up from here. The content on the app is only improving with time, and it’s provided a safe space


uncertainty is causing division in our country, and every day we get closer to the election, the tension grows. A similar tension was growing in 1692 and in 1953. In Salem, it was the potential of witchcraft that caused this, and many years later it was the threat of communism. The common thread throughout all three of these points in history is a looming, scary, and mysterious threat to society, and the fear of the unknown. America is in act one of The Crucible. We are right on the verge of something. Now it’s up to the people to decide if that something will be positive or negative. It’s been shown time and time again that fear clouds our judgement and can lead society down a bad path, so it’s the responsibility of the American public to hold on tightly to reason and morality. As a society it’s important to see the power of unity. America will only truly grow if everyone chooses to grow with it, which means, even when it’s hard, trying to accept each other. Hate has to be met with love, and in stressful times, it’s so crucial that the inherent value of human life is not forgotten.

At the beginning of The Crucible, Reverend Hale, a pastor in the area known for his exorcisms and witch hunting, comes to Salem and claims that there are, in fact, witches there. However, by the end of the play he comes around and tries to fight the court because even though he believes in the threat of witchcraft, he sees that the value of human life has been forgotten by the community. Hale states that, “Life is God’s most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it.” Not everyone’s literal lives are on the line right now, but our society needs to be slow to attack the livelihoods of others as well. The Crucible is a compelling, insightful, and deeply moving story. The takeaway of that story was not only important during the red scare. It’s important now as well. As a country, we can choose to learn from our past mistakes and move forward. Question what society pressures you to believe, be slow to anger, and hold onto truth. That is how America can become greater than its current circumstances.

No Guarantees in love

Movie review of new Netflix film Carmen Vazquez Staff Writer

It gets very complex when it comes to dating in today’s society. “Dating” is a stage of romantic relationships in humans whereby two people meet socially with the aim of each assessing the other’s suitability. However, this situation has changed dramatically over the years. In the past, we saw how people met each other, went on dates and then ‘dated’. Now, we see how online dating has become a huge part of today’s society, and the Netflix show: “Love, Guaranteed” is a great example to use. Here we can see how using an online dating app does not always go as planned. “I don’t think online dating apps work because getting to know someone behind a screen isn’t reliable,” senior Mauricio Gonzales said. “When you want to date someone, I think it’s better if you know them in person because you have a better connection with them and not behind a screen.” The two main characters of this romantic comedy are Rachael Leigh Cook, as Susan Whitaker and Damin Wayans Jr. as Nick Evans. Mrs. Whitaker is a lawyer who works day and night, even on the weekends, just to help her clients as much as possible. Then, we have Mr. Evans, who is a deep pocket bachelor who hopes to sue a dating website for its empty promise of love. Mr. Evans has gone on almost 1,000 dates but unfortunately has not found love yet. However, when Mrs. Whitaker takes over the case, it fires up and so do their feelings for each other. Although many people would like to experience online dating others would not take the chance. “Online dating scares me because you never know who is actually behind the screen,” sophomore Alice Cervantes said. “I feel like some Where does the story take you? • By transporting readers people come to a point in their life to 1692 Salem, The Crucible challenges readers to see the modern where they feel everyone around them is boring so they decide to go on an world through the eyes of the past. Photo by Carly Mauldin.

online dating app where they have more options.” Since the app guarantees love no matter how they find it, conflict arise as Mr. Evans falls in love with Mrs. Whitaker. They decide it is better if they stop seeing each other until the day of court. During court everybody seems to be supporting Mr. Evans’ decision on suing the dating app; however, on the last day in court Mr. Evans decides to drop all charges and declare that he has found love with his lawyer. He states, “I didn’t meet Mrs.Whitaker through the site I met her because of it.” Mrs. Whitaker confirms her feelings for him as well and agrees on giving it a chance. “It’s not a risk to fall in love, it’s a

risk not to,” Mr. Evans said. At the end of the case the owner of the dating app, Tamara Taylor, suggests that both Mr. Evans and Mrs. Whitaker become the new face of Love Guaranteed. The biggest question some people might have is “Can a dating app guarantee love?” I take my stance on there not being guarantees when it comes to love at all. A relationship requires effort from both people, communication, but above all trust. Real love requires risk. One of the biggest lessons this romantic comedy taught its audience is that there are no guarantees in love, but love does guarantee a happy ending.

Nextflix romantic comedy: “Love, Guaranteed.”

6 Homecoming Court


Homecoming 2020 The Court with a Twist

Cristina Rosas shares her excitement about winning Homecoming Queen with her escort and father Baldo Gutierrez.

October 7, 2020 Homecoming looked a little different from previous years. Students wearing masks the whole week and incorporating their maks into their dress up day outfits, the community homecoming parade and pep rally had to be altered with only the parade commencing, and the most obvious difference was the absence of the Duchesses from the field on Homecoming night. This year, per UIL regulations, only the eight princesses and their escorts were allowed onto the field. Despite missing out on being presented during pregame, there was plenty of celebration to be found during the week. The week’s pep rally was for seniors, each duchess and princess were presented at the pep rally, the duchesses were presented on the big screen during half time, the entire court recieved sashes, and many other school spirit-filled events took place. Even though homecoming was a little different, we can appreciate that KHS was allowed to have a homecoming at all, and we will forever remember Homecoming 2020.

Skyelar Howell with father James Howell as escort.

Emma Taylor with father Eric Taylor as her escort.

Maria Whitaker with brother Rolando VĂĄzquez escort.

Alexis M Anderson with father Chuck Anderson as escort.

Carter Williams with father Vic Williams as escort.

Miah Thomas with brother Seth Thomas as escort.

Jaiden Thompson with mother Tiffini Gomez as escort.

2019 Homecoming Queen Diamond Smith crowns the 2020 Homecoming Queen Cristina Rosas.

Princess Jaiden Thompson - Cheer

Princess Skyelar Howell - Yearbook

Princess Christina Rosas - Cross Country

Princess Emma Taylor - Sports Medicine

Princess Carter Williams - Hi-Steppers

Princess Maria Whitaker - Soccer

Princess Miah Thomas - Basketball

Princess Alexis M Anderson - Volleyball

Duchess Idaira Castillo Health Science

Duchess Olivia Arp - National Honor Society

Duchess Grace Vasquez Orchestra

Duchess Ramiyah Dunn Track

Duchess Makayla Rawls Future Farmers of America

Duchess Courtlyn Brown Golf

Duchess Carmen Vazquez Future Hispanic Leaders of America

Duchess Faith Jones Newspaper

Duchess Samantha Linkinhoker - Student Council

Duchess Brooklyn Hall African American Student Alliance

Duchess Ronda Traywick - Shooting Team


Duchess Milisha Wiley-Timms - Choir

Duchess Chelsea Pierson Baseball

Duchess Rachel Bowman Theater

Duchess Elizabeth Kimberlin - Band

2020 Homecoming Court

Duchess Mary Bess Mercer Tennis

Duchess Edith Moran Art Club

Duchess Maxine Barrios - Voices of Soul

Duchess Jaycie Villanueva Softball

Duchess Kayla Whatley - La Bamba

Photo Credits: -Yearbook Staff Senior Halie Hanks -Newspaper Staff Senior Carley Dollins -Yearbook Staff Senior Editor Courtlyn Brown -Bulldog Publications Adviser Amy Bates

Senior Kaden Kenney

Senior Brian Brown

Senior Jacari Banks

Senior Josh Kennel

Senior Cayden Croley

PINK OUT - Oct. 5 - Stadium

Duchess Payton Berger Prom Comittee

Homecoming Week

October 7, 2020



Offense gets ready to execute a play to score.

Humanities 2 students and teachers show off their school spirit on Green and Bling dress up day.

Freshman Jackie Kimberlin performs the pom routine at the pep rally.

English teachers Natalie Threlkeld and Emanuel Ibanez get wacky for Twister Tuesday.

Hi-Steppers perform stand routines during the Homecoming pep rally.

Seniors Miah Thomas and Jaiden Thompson show off their spirit overalls and hats.

Football players wait on the coin toss.

Seniors Michael Daniel, Chance Meyers, Jack Bolding, and Christian Estrella dress as the T Birds with English teachers Alice Crocker & Amye Tucker for Which Witch is Which dress up day.

Band marches the Homecoming parade playing the KHS Fight Song.

Health Science teacher Angel Galvan runs through the gym during the scarecrow race.

Junior cheerleader Faith Bonds marches through downtown during the Homecoming parade.

we’ve got spirit yes we do we’ve got spirit how about


Junior Hi-Stepper officers Tessa Audas and Madison Weaver strike a pose during the officer dance at the Homecoming pep rally.

Freshman Ashtyn Lucas dances through the streets with the Hi-Steppers during the parade.

Sophomores dress in their grade level color for STORM dress up day.

Sophomores Julianna Escamilla and Kaiden Pierre show their school spirit.

Drum majors senior Alexis T Anderson and junior Avery Lemaire lead the band through the streets of downtown.

Senior football players Jacari Banks, Francisco Morales & Adrian Alford wave to the crowd.

Senior drumline member Jaylon Guice plays the tenors during the Homecoming pep rally.

Juniors Kylee Lakey and Summer McGee wear their grade level color for STORM dress up day.

Seniors Skyelar Howell and Scotlyn Hampton & junior Brie Hampton dress in animal print for Lions, Tigers, and Bears Oh My dress up day.

Senior color guard member Jordan McGee performs a flag routine.

Senior Shadestiny Chism shows off her spirit overalls on STORM dress up day.

Junior Avery Lemaire uses a symbol during one of the cadences during the Homecoming pep rally.

Senior Donovan Adkins

Senior Christian Estrella

Senior Dalton McElyea

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Starting senior quarterback Dalton McElyea gets ready to make a pass to his receivers.

Photo Credits: -Yearbook and Newspaper Staffs -Newspaper Editor Madison Donovan -Yearbook Editor Courtlyn Brown -Yearbook staffer Kayla Rios


8 Spotlight

October 7, 2020

August Student of the Month The Student of the Month for August is Miah Thomas, who plays volleyball, basketball, and softball for the school. She has received Academic All District, 1st Team All District, team captain, and had the honor of representing the Lady Dogs basketball as their Homecoming Princess. “I appreciated being able to represent the basketball team at homecoming, because I got to show people how disciplined and respectful our program is,” Miah Thomas said. Even though she is not sure what college to attend, she hopes to major in Biology. “I plan to major in Biology, and I want to go into the medical field,” Thomas said. “In ten years I see myself living a very successful life that I worked very hard to get.” Throughout her high school career she has grown to love playing basketball with her teammates. “I love playing basketball, because it takes my mind off things and is my passion,” Thomas said. The teacher that has taught her the most during her high school career would have to be her junior English III teacher, Amye Tucker. “Not only did she teach English,

Miah Thomas

but she taught us how to love all Her best friends are Jaiden people and never judge,” Thomas Thompson and Alexis M. Anderson. said. “They have been there for me However, the class she will miss through it all,” Thomas said. “I am the most will be Mr. Croxton’s so thankful for their friendship and anatomy class her junior year. “I met my best friend in that class love them tremendously.” However, when life brings her and I want her in my life forever,” Thomas said. “My favorite memory in down, her go-to person is Thomas that class is me and Jaiden’s ‘tea time’ Donham. “I like to go to Thomas Donham every day.” because even when I’m upset he Aside from being her basketball coach, Coach T. (Trushundra McGill) always knows how to cheer me up,” has been the teacher that has had the Thomas said. Her biggest accomplishment is biggest impact on Miah’s life. “Coach T has shown me what it’s balancing sports and academics and like to truly care about people and has doing well in both. “I like doing good in sports and taught me so much about life,” Miah being a role model to those watching said. Miah said that her mother Brenda me,” Thomas said. What she fears most about Thomas is the most influential person graduating is adulthood. in her life. “I fear leaving everyone I’ve “She’s always worked very hard grown up with and being all on my for everything we have and does her best to give me the world,” Thomas own,” Thomas said. The quote she lives by is, “The said. pain that you’ve been feeling can’t Although she does not have a job, compare to the joy that’s coming.”Miah enjoys painting and having a Romans 8:18 good time. “I like to paint in my free time from school,” Thomas said. “It calms me down and is very fun. I also like hanging out with my friends and singing.”

~ Carmen Vazquez

August Student of the Month Kace Murphy is the August’s student of the month. He is very active in school and is excelling in his academics. He plans to attend SFA, Tarleton, or A&M to major in agribusiness. He wishes to do a “job he loves with the people he loves.” He is most proud of his involvement in FFA. He is FFA President, Area VI FFA Officer, Longview District Officer, and HLSR Supreme Scrambler. “I’ve been given so much by the organization, I just want to give back,” Murphy said. He is also involved in the NHS and is involved in several college classes. One of his favorite teachers is Mrs. Albertson, who taught him dual credit History. His other favorite teacher who doubles as the teacher that had the greatest impact on him is Coach Jay Dean. He taught a freshman Biology class, which was by far his preferred class. He enjoyed it so much because of the way Coach Dean approached his teaching. “He challenged us to think for ourselves and had us make our own connections,” Murphy said. While being able to adapt and overcome in many situations, Murphy says one of the things he’s been most challenged in would be his college classes. He is taking courses at college levels which can be difficult at times. “My biggest challenge has definitely been trying to keep up with all the college assignments,” Murphy said. The class he’s going to miss the most will

be his dual credit off days during the week. They wouldn’t have much to do during their off days, so they might joke around with each other to pass the time a little quicker than usual. “My favorite memory would be messing around with my two best friends,” Murphy said. He finds the football games in high school especially memorable. When on or off the field he always has a great time no matter what. “They’re always fun, playing or watching,” Murphy said. Murphy has a job in which he helps maintain a few of the local cemeteries. Most of the cemeteries he works on are in Kilgore. “I get paid, that’s pretty much it,” Murphy said. Outside of school and work, Murphy enjoys listening to music, messing around outside, being able to help out around his church, First Presbyterian Church of Kilgore, behind the scenes and going to Camp Gilmont, located in Gilmer. “It’s a great way to meet people and hang out during the summer,” Murphy said. His best friend is Ruston Hendrickson. They’ve been through a lot together for quite a while now and continue to stick with each other. He likes hanging out and listening to music with him whenever he’s able to. “We’ve gotten into and out of so much trouble so many times,” Murphy joked. He is most grateful for his parents and

everything they have done for him. They helped him become the person he is today. He is very thankful to have them as the people that helped raise him. “They’ve sacrificed so much for me, and I can’t thank them enough,” Murphy said. When life might get him down, Murphy goes to a place he’s very familiar with. His own mind. It’s a soothing place to go when stressed or upset. “It’s calming, most of the time,” Murphy said. After graduating high school, Murphy is nervous about life after college. The stress that will come from being an adult is hard to face. “I’m most fearful of making it after college,” Murphy said. He really enjoys living life to the fullest when able to. “I like to get out there and do things,” Murphy said. One quote Murphy lives by is “There’s always someone better, be that person.” This encouraging quote is something he repeats in order to push himself to be the very best version of himself he can possibly be.

~ Jayden Jones

Kace Murphy Photo Courtesy of KG Photography.

August Employee of the Month


Jennifer Hattaway

with now is Hearts Anonymous which is an organization that supports all of the KISD students. Her children Abby and Thomas are both actively involved in extracurricular activities at Kilgore, with Thomas being involved in sports, and Abby being involved in the KHS Hi-Steppers, and both of them being in Student Council. “My children Abby and Thomas make me proud every day,” Hattaway said. Hattaway’s happy place is the beach. “In July, we spend a week in Orange Beach,” Hattaway said. “It is my favorite place with my favorite people.” If Hattaway could sit down and talk with anyone, it would be her Gigi. “She is in a nursing home, and I can only see her through a window because of COVID,” Hattaway said. “I would love to sit and talk with her.” Hattaway says her coworkers have the biggest impact on her. “I’m fortunate to work with awesome people in the KHS counseling office,” Hattaway said. Hattaway lives by the quote “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be,” by Abraham Lincoln.

~ Ryan Cartwright

Senior Jaylon Guice Freshman Jackie Kimberlin Junior Isabella Jimenez Senior Kayla Whatley

Eighth grader Shasta Wilson & senior Olivia Arp

Senior Hylyn Lumpkins & other band members.

Sophomore Allyson Hallett

Sophomore Trent McDaniel

Senior Elizabeth Kimberlin

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Jennifer Hattaway is one of the counselors at KHS. She grew up in Carthage, Texas and graduated from Carthage High School. Hattaway went to Panola College/Texas A&M-Commerce majoring in Education. She worked for the Dean of Enrollment Management at A&M-Commerce while in college. Hattaway was selected Employee of the Month for August. “I am honored and humble to be chosen,” Hattaway said. “There are many deserving people at KHS. It’s a great place to work.” Seeing students succeed and reach their dreams and goals is what makes Hattaway proud of working here. The most influential people in her life are her parents. “They have always been supportive and shown unconditional love,” Hattaway said. Her best friend is her husband Trey. “I am thankful I get to do life with him,” Hattaway said. Her biggest challenge working at KHS has been this year. “Remote learning has been a challenge,” Hattaway said. “It has been difficult making the master schedule work for the students and teachers with things changing daily.” Mrs. Hattaway was the Student Council President in high school. Her favorite community service that she is involved


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September Student of the Month David Moreno is September’s Student of the Month. David believes that he got chosen for student of the month because of his hard working mindset and the way he puts others before himself. While in high school he has received top 10% of his class, all A honor roll, Class Favorite his sophomore and junior year, and got chosen as a handsome his junior year in the A Touch of Fame & Fashion Style Show. After high school he plans on going to Texas A&M or Texas Tech. He’s not sure what he wants to major in but he’s considering business His favorite school activity that he’s involved with is yearbook. “It’s my favorite because I love taking pictures, especially at soccer games,” David said. His favorite community invlovedment that he has participated in has been helping the FHLA club in the Hispanic Heritage Festival. “It feels nice to be able to help celebrate my people,” David said. In high school, students face a lot of challenges. For David it has been maintaining good grades while also trying to enjoy

David Moreno

his time in school as much as possible. “I do everything I can to have good grades,” David said. “One of my biggest accomplishments is getting in the top 10% of my class. I never thought it would be possible.” In school the teacher who has impacted his life has been Mrs. Tucker. “She has always made me try my hardest and believe in myself,” David said. Due to COVID, David’s AP English class was cut short his junior year with Mrs.Tucker. This is the class he will miss the most. Now in life outside school, the person who has influenced David’s life has been his mother. “She’s always been there for me and has always treated everyone with kindness and respect,” David said. If David ever needed a shoulder to lean on he knows he can count on his two best friends Hailey Espinoza and Daniel Estrella. “They both have always been there for me and gave me some great memories,” David said. In his spare time he enjoys listening to music or spending time with his friends. When life brings him down, David likes to

hop in his car and drive around town with the music on full blast. The quote that has been guiding him is “Die with memories, not dreams.” Anonymous. “In ten years I see myself out of college, somewhere out of state, hopefully living a successful life,” David said. A class that has taught him the most in his time at KHS has been band. “Being in the band for so many years has given me a lot of life experience that has helped me a lot,” David said. After Graduation there’s, graduates walk out of R.E. St John’s Stadium with questions like...what happens now. David doesn’t think he will be different. “I have a little fear for the future because for the first time in my life I will have complete control in what I want to do,” David said.

~ Lesly Amaro

September Employee of the Month Bulldog Publications adviser and journalism teacher Amy Bates has been selected for September’s Employee of the Month. She isn’t sure why she was chosen. “I love what I do, and I hope and pray people see that in the way I live my life,” Bates said. “I’m happiest when I’m working with my students and with my coworkers at KHS.” Bates attended Kilgore High School. She participated in many activities in the school such as student council, band, color guard, National Honor Society and Future Teachers of America. The activity she learned the most from, however, is yearbook. “When I was in high school, I was the editor of my yearbook,” Bates said. “It was the hardest thing I have ever done, but it was the most rewarding.” Her most memorable moment of her high school was hard for Bates to choose. She enjoyed being on the student council and the activities they got to participate in. “I enjoyed being on the Student Council, and doing the morning announcements,” Bates said. “I also got to say the prayer on the loud speaker at a football game once.” It was difficult for Bates to choose the most influential teachers she has ever had because she had many who influenced her. She decided to choose two: former KHS Counselor Janie Terrell and former

Trig teacher John Heffner. “Janie taught me to write tighter and be more concise, and Coach Heff taught me to never quit and to always have faith,” Bates said. “I will work hard as long as I teach to be as great of an influence on others as they were on me.” The most influential person in Bates’s life is her mother, Jackie Fout. “She is the most selfless person I know,” Bates said. “She gives and never expects anything in return. She lights up every room she enters.” Bates loves working at KHS, and her favorite school activity that she is involved in is Bulldog Publications. “I like seeing students lead the group, and I especially love when they help each other,” Bates said. “Developing their strengths, they always produce publications KHS can be proud of.” She is the most proud of the students that have come through her classroom as her students. “When they walk into my classroom and my life, I try to do my best to help them get where they want to go in life,” Bates said. “Seeing them graduate, do jobs that they love, and raise families: that is what gives me joy.” She also believes this is her special talent. “I think a talent I have is making sure my students leave my class

happier and better than when they arrived,” Bates said. “And that’s by God’s Grace. He gives me strength and any good I do in this world is from Him.” Her biggest challenge while working at KHS is people who don’t get involved. “I want everyone to find something they are passionate about learning and do something that motivates them,” Bates said. Overall, Bates loves her job at KHS because of all of the activities she is involved in currently. “I’m not sure I could or would want to work anywhere else because I’m really invested here,” Bates said. “Doing newspapers, yearbook, journalism, and prom keeps me busy and happy.” In ten years, Bates sees herself relaxed and happy with her family. “I will likely be retired and enjoying the time with my family,” Bates said. “Maybe grandchildren, if I’m lucky and my daughters choose to get married and have kids.” Bates’s biggest accomplishment in life is raising her daughters. “I’m proudest of raising two beautiful daughters Drew and Sydney with my husband Andy,” Bates said. “They love the Lord and are kind and hardworking young women who will make the world a better place. They make me laugh and we have so much fun together now that they are grown.”

Amy Bates

~ Madison Donovan

September Student of the Month


Shelby Maring

maintaining a respectful and educational environment,” she said. The humanities class taught her so much as well as has led her to the major she plans to study in the future. Outside school the most influential persons in her life are the K-pop Idols that she follows because they are very inspiring and push her to work hard to achieve her dreams. Her biggest challenge throughout high school has been trying to stay focused and motivated while also managing time for herself and her hobbies. Outside of school she loves journaling, drawing, and weightlifting at the gym. Her biggest accomplishment in the four years of high school has been being able to maintain her grades and friendships over the years. “I have a group of friends that I am super close with,” Shelby said. “Payton Berger, A’Viana McIntyre, Carley Dollins, Lauren Couch and I all have very similar interests and sense of humor.” Her favorite community involvement has been working at SAFFE day every year.

“It’s fun seeing everyone come together and play games,” she said. What she fears most about graduating is that she won’t get to see the faces of people she has seen everyday for so many years. “The change will be strange, but I like new starts so I’m sure I’ll adjust well,” she said. The quote she lives by is “Though my soul may be set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”- by Sarah Williams. It reminds her to hold on to the memories and lessons she had learned in hard times. She has had many memorable moments during her high school years, but her favorite was having her close friends with her in Mrs. Tucker’s English class and her Humanities classes. Although she had a great time in high school she is very excited to see what the future holds for her in her college years.

~ Carley Dollins

Junior Madison Latham Junior Madison Weaver

Freshman and sophomore cheerleaders

Freshman MaKayla Smith, Senior C’Ara Watkins & Freshman Bryonne Brooks

Junior Tessa Audas

Senior Estrella Martinez

Junior Carley McEntire

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Senior Shelby Maring was selected for September Student of the Month. She is involved in the National Honor Society, was the captain of the cheer team her junior year, and has been a Class Favorite for two years. After graduating, she wants to attend the University of North Texas where she plans to major in International studies with a concentration in regional studies. “I’m interested in learning about different cultures, languages and the world in general,” Shelby said. She is getting the chance to travel with Kilgore College in the Spring to Japan. She has been wanting to travel to Japan for years, and she’s extremely excited to have the opportunity. “I’m so excited to experience a completely different culture so far away,” she said. Mrs. Tritt and Mr. Mohn have been great teachers that have taught her so much in the two years she has been with them. “They give great advice and have a good connection with their students while still


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October Student of the Month Senior Chase Borders has been selected as the Student of the Month for October. Chase is a three-year honor roll student, a National Honor Society member, an FFA reporter as well as a Secretary and Vice President. Chase plans on going to a university after he graduates. He is still on the fence as to what he will major in, and is questioning science or engineering, but Chase definitely wants to attend Texas A&M University. The activity Chase enjoys the most here at school is FFA. “My favorite school activity is FFA because of all the awesome people I meet, and things I get to do,” he said. Chase is also involved in a number of activities outside of school. One of these is attending church. “I really enjoy church because I can get closer to God and develop my relationship with him,” Chase said. The school year is going by quickly and Chase has made many memories and good friends here. He has had fun at Kilgore and will certainly miss some of his favorite classes.

“I’ll miss my Ag Leadership class because I’ve had it with the same people the last three years, so we’ve all developed a bond,” he says. Along with the memories, Chase has also grown in academics and has developed as a student. “I learned the most in biology because that’s been the class I was most interested in,” Chase said. It’s important for students to have adults that they can look up to. Chase is blessed to have several impactful and influential people in life. One of these is his father. “My dad is the most influential person in my life because he works hard and treats everyone with respect,” he said. The KHS staff also has additionally had a positive effect on Chase. He says that Mrs. Tucker has had the biggest impact on him. “She always has a positive, happy attitude,” he said. Although adults are wise and knowledgeable, it can be advantageous to have a best friend closer to your own age. Chase says his younger

brother, Bryce, a sophomore, is his closest friend. “I know he will always be there for me,” he said. Chase has made several big achievements during his time at Kilgore. “My biggest accomplishment is being involved in band, tennis, baseball, FFA, and NHS while still being 13th in our class rankings,” Chase said. Being accomplished can come with its worries. Chase fears that after he graduates, he may not be successful in college, but he gains a great amount of encouragement from one of his favorite quotes. “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you,” he said.

~ Rachel Niemeyer

Chase Borders October Employee of the Month The October Employee of the Month is Carl Mohn. He teaches Humanities and Bible and helps lead Student Council, Model UN, UIL, and NHS. Mohn attended Hallsville High School where he played football and basketball and ran track. He was on the honor roll and graduated in the top ten percent of his class. Graduation is his most memorable high school moment. “High school was fun for me,” Mohn said. “I had good friends and enjoyed my time, but I was interested in what was next. Graduation, then served as the transition to the next thing. Also, it poured the whole ceremony, so it definitely stands out as memorable!” After high school, Mohn attended ETBU and majored in religion. He origionally planned on a career in ministry, and worked at different churches while in college. Since then, he has gone back to school three times. In his many years of schooling, Mohn gained an appreciation for learning and discovering. “I took a Philosophy of Religion course in Seminary

Carl Mohn

that made me wrestle intellectually with what I believe and where those beliefs came from,” Mohn said. “It challenged the way I think and helped me stretch my mind out of my comfort zone.” He carried that lesson with him into the way he teaches the Humanities program. His classes focus on research and critical thinking. “I am most proud of the Humanities program,” Mohn said. “Mrs. Tritt and I have worked to create a true learner-centered environment where students can express their own voices and stretch their creativity to show what they have learned. We think this is the best way to encourage lifelong learning.” Mohn plans on staying in education for many years to come. He is interested in the future of education. “I think the current trends in education are shifting the whole focus to virtual classrooms,” Mohn said. “I believe this will open greater opportunities for student engagement. I would like to be a part of what’s next in education.” Outside of school, Mohn stays busy. He likes to read, hike, and snow ski. He even plays a little

guitar. He and his wife love Disney World and often vacation there. They like to watch movies and detective shows together. Mohn also volunteers with organizations like 2020 Vision Ministries. “This is a group of people from different churches and backgrounds who want to see revival come to Kilgore,” Mohn said. “We believe the Gospel of Jesus is the most important thing and want to see God’s kingdom grow.” Mohn has accomplished a lot so far, both in his personal life and at school. He works to make a difference in the lives of his students and continues to have a positive impact on KHS everyday. “I don’t really think of my life as a series of accomplishments,” Mohn said. “There are things I’m proud of: being married for twenty years, finishing grad school, pastoring a church, teaching at KHS to name a few. I like to think about life as a series of opportunities. I’m always looking for the next opportunity while working hard at the one I’m currently in.”

~ Carly Mauldin

October Student of the Month Senior Zoe Craven was selected as the October Student of the Month. Craven is most proud of her accomplishments as a freshman. “Going to state in three different sports as a freshman is what I’m most proud of in my time at Kilgore High School,” Craven said. Throughout her life, the most influential person to her has been her mom. “She is caring and always does her best in anything she does,” she said. At school, the teacher who has had the biggest impact on her is Coach Fry. “She has been there when I have needed her and has done so much for me,” Craven said. In school, her favorite activity is playing soccer. Craven has received the All-District Midfielder twice, her sophomore and junior years. “My favorite school activity is soccer because I love the game and spending time with my teammates,” Craven said. Craven lives by a passage from Proverbs.

“‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.’ Proverbs 3:5-6,” Craven said. Craven plans to major in Sports Medicine. In ten years, she sees herself being an athletic trainer. “I want to help athletes get better and back to what they love doing,” she said. “I plan to attend TJC because it has a good medical field program and a good soccer team. It will also help me get into UT Tyler.” Outside of being a student, Zoe occasionally babysits. “I like getting to know the kids I babysit and spending time with them,” she said. Her best friend is senior and classmate Emma Taylor. “Emma Taylor has always stayed with me even when I know it was hard at times and has always been a true friend,” she said. In her spare time, Craven enjoys playing sports, spending time with family and friends, reading, painting, and fishing. She also enjoys helping coach a community girls soccer team.

“It was fun coaching them and seeing them improve,” Craven said. After high school, Craven will miss athletics and all the memories she made there the most. Her favorite memory is from cross country. “Getting first in the cross country meet as a freshman was most memorable,” Craven said. Before the pandemic, she was most looking forward to going to playoffs for soccer as well as going to prom. Due to the pandemic her sports seasons were cut short, but she passed the time by spending time with family and babysitting. The pandemic also affected her college plans. “I wasn’t able to tour some schools that I wanted to,” Craven said. Although many things changed because of the pandemic, Craven feels she has grown through the process. “I have learned not to take things for granted because you never know when they can be taken away from you,” she said.

~ Cerenity Exline

Zoe Craven Photo Courtesy of Marc Bailey.




October 7, 2020

Sister, sister

KHS twirlers pair up with KMS twirlers Faith Jones Managing Editor This year, not many things are the same. For twirlers, though, changes made have been unassociated with COVID-19. In years past, the organization chose to do twirl sisters within the high school twirlers. But for the 20202021 twirling season, they decided to switch it up a little bit by having KMS-KHS twirl sisters. Sisters were chosen anonymously by drawing a piece of paper with a name on it. The girls exchange gifts, offer advice and support to one another, and have attended one anothers games. “In past years, we used to do sisters but they were through high school only,” senior and head twirler Olivia Arp said. “With middle school sisters, we get to serve as mentors and encourage these younger girls to carry on the Kilgore twirling program.” In lieu of the pandemic, the girls have to wear masks at games, are not able to attend or perform at away games, and can’t do exchanges. An exchange is a move twirlers do. It involves tossing a baton to someone else. This move isn’t allowed to be executed because it’s impossible to sanitize the baton before it lands in the



hands of another twirler. “I got interested [in twirling] when I saw two of my friends twirl and watching the middle school twirlers,” freshman Jacqueline Kimberlin said. Jacqueline and senior Kayla Whatley are both first year KHS twirlers. Jacqueline twirled both years in middle school and this is her first year as a high school twirler. Kayla was on color guard her freshman and sophomore years, so senior year she chose to try twirling. “This is my first year twirling, so everything about it is kind of different,” Whatley said. “We have to wear masks and we don’t get to do as much. The instructor is what got me interested in twirling.” There are many uncertainties in all organizations this year. For twirling, specifically, they aren’t sure when competitions will take place and if they’ll have competitions at all. “This year has been very uncertain and we actually don’t know when our competitions will take place. Something we do know is that we get to be there for our middle schoolers,” Arp said. “I love getting to mentor these girls because I absolutely love getting to be a twirler. I’m so glad I get to encourage these girls to love an organization as much as I do. Seeing them grow as twirlers makes me ecstatic.”

Academics & Organizations Tech-Talk The ins and outs of Google Classroom Jayden Jones Staff Writer Students are back at work in school like never before. Today, teenagers across the country are learning to use different forms of technology to reach their academic goals and full potential. One tech tool that has been adopted by KISD is Google Classroom. “Google Classroom is the best option for learning in today’s environment,” sophomore Sam Clements said. “If you miss a day of school you still have all of your work on hand at almost any time. Organization of work has never been easier.” From Panama to China, Google Classroom is now a staple piece in learning all around the world. Google Classroom is a free, online program which Google developed to help aid educators in creating, issuing, and grading assignments. It ties together many features of Google including Drive, Docs, Slides, Forms, Calendar and more. All that is needed in order to get on Google Classroom is have a Google account. When going to the Google Classroom website, log in using a school email, and select student. There are two ways to join a class

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‘Family’ photo • Kilgore High School twirlers pose with Kilgore Middle School twirlers at the middle schoolers’ first home football game half-time performance. Courtesy photo.

School is back and so is AASA. AASA stands for African American Student Alliance. The club is all about fun, fellowship, networking, and pursuing goals for personal success. AASA is multicultural and therefore “multi respectful,” AASA stands together. So far this year, it has been pretty slow because of all the COVID19 guidelines and requirements, so nothing has been planned as of right now. AASA is a club that students of all grades can join. Club dues are $20 and you get a club shirt. An activity that they have planned is a night where they go out to eat and get to know each other more, kind of like an icebreaker to allow the group to feel comfortable with each other. Some other benefits include discounts at certain places. AASA members will have the opportunity to gain community service hours through Goodwill, The Boys & Girls club, and various other places in Kilgore. A challenge the club, and people

on Classroom. Click the plus on the top right corner of the webpage, and submit a personalized code from the teacher. Another way to join a class is to simply have an invite from the teacher. When a student manages to get into the online class, there are three different sections on this page. There is the Stream, Classwork, and People which are located at the top, center of the screen. “I love the way everything is so organized and easy to handle,” senior Estrella Chavaria said. “Everything is made the easiest possible way for both students and teachers.” On Stream, there could be an introduction put there by the teacher, or the weekly agenda. When looking at the left side of the screen there is the word ‘Upcoming’, and this will update when anything uploaded is due. “I personally think it’s excellent to have the upcoming assignments and when they’re due on Google Classroom,” junior Jason Madden said. “It’s a fast and organized way to keep up with your work. It allows you to prepare for assignments in an orderly fashion. Struggling to stay organized is a challenge with papers, but with Classroom I find it a lot less stressful to find assignments and make sure they’re completed on time.”

nationally, are facing is having to wear a mask. “It was a little hard getting use to but we’re getting good with wearing masks,” senior Janiya Franklin said. It has been a challenge to get the word out to the freshmen and sophomores about the benefits of joining the African American Student Alliance club. “Juniors and seniors are all on board, but it was tough when they were underclassmen as well; unless they had a sibling or relative as a member already. I’m pretty sure they are overwhelmed with everything in high school,” club sponsor Lovetta Williams said. With school starting back and students getting used to all of the new guidelines and requirements of masks and social distancing, it has been hard to be able to plan activities for the upcoming school year. Right now, even though everything is going slowly, they still plan on doing some community service work and making goody bags for the football boys on Fridays. They are trying to find more ways to allow remote learners participation in club

Getting work done • Sophomore Chris Martines and sophomore Alex Nabor work together on Google Classroom. Photo by Jayden Jones. On Classwork, there are all of the uploaded assignments from the teacher. There may also be PDF documents, slideshows, etc. to help throughout the school year if the teacher chooses to upload them. “I think PDFs and videos help visual learners more than just reading instructions. Optional PDFs and videos could help certain students to understand what they are learning,” freshman Maggie Quine said. In the People section, a student can take a look at who all is in the online class, and the teacher(s) in charge. When on the Classwork section, if a student is wanting to complete an

assignment, he or she can click on the assignment they wish to finish. From there, on the right side of the screen, there is a box titled “Your Work”. In that box, there is a button that says Add or Create. Click that button and select what type of presentation you want to use to complete it. Once done with the assignment, there is a button to push that says “Submit.” Google Classroom is a quick and easy way to digitize the learning experience unlike before. People are able to access school in places like a grocery store, something many people thought would never happen.

sponsored activities. “In AASA, and I’m sure every club on campus, we are trying to find ways to incorporate our remote learners as much as possible,” senior Brooklyn Hall said. Newly elected president Sarah Kosel and newly elected officers Chamya Sammons, Ciara Guyton, Janiya Franklin, and Shai Lacy have been coming up with new activities that will keep it fun while at the same time following the Covid-19 guidelines.

“We are planning to have dinner in October at a restaurant of their choice. Sort of an ice breaker and a chance to get to know each other outside of school,” Williams said. Sadly, college tours have been on hold for now and the College Fair at Maude Cobb has been canceled. It is a tough year. AASA is a social group in a non-social environment. “We are students coming together in support of our fellow black students,” senior Chamya Sammons said.

Attentive and Present • Students gather in the library before Mrs. Lovetta begins the first African American Student Alliance meeting. Photo by Ryan Cartwright.

12 Sports


October 7, 2020

Volleyball team sets precedent in district season Addi Wood Staff Writer Junior Ashton Vallery gets ready to serve the ball and the crowd goes silent as she dribbles the ball. She takes a deep breath, then the ball flies over to the opponent’s court and the play begins. The Kilgore crowd goes crazy cheering for their team. ¨I find the team’s weakest link and of course make her my target,” Vallery said. “When I was younger I used to have to think about my toss and make sure everything was perfect, but now it has pretty much become a routine. Almost like tying a shoe, you don’t really have to think about every step, it kind of just flows. The main thing I think about when serving is taking my time, aiming for my target, and focusing.” When the ball comes back over, it’s up to one of the back row players to get the ball to the setter. Key’Deriana “Keke“ Roy sees that the ball is coming towards her and begins to shift her feet to get the best angle to the ball. The ball flies off of KeKe´s arms and soars to the setter. “I take deep breaths in and out and say to myself ‘you got this, don’t do nothing extra, get the ball to the setter,” Key´Deriana ¨KeKe¨ Roy, senior backrow player, said. The setter then decides who they want to set up. Miah Thomas gets a perfect middle set and then it starts. Miah waits at the 10 foot line for the set and then, 1.. 2.. 3.. steps and she’s in the air. Her arm extends up and then the ball slams down into the opponent’s court.

“When I’m about to hit the ball I’m thinking to myself, I have to snap and get this down so we can get this point and rotate,” Miah Thomas, senior middle player, said. COVID-19 put a scare on everyone with how we thought it would affect the sports season. But, as Jasmine Vasquez says, ¨Covid hasn’t really changed the season as much as I thought it would so it kind of feels like everything’s going to be good.¨ Vasquez is a first year volleyball player as a sophomore. She plays back row. ¨I let myself know that I’m allowed to make mistakes and it’s okay,” she said. “It’s definitely nerve-racking but it’s always fun and exciting to know that I am capable of playing on varsity. I just practiced every day, when and whatever I could.” Midway through the season, the Lady Bulldogs are ready and heating up district play. “The season is going pretty good,” senior outside hitter A’Viana Mcintyre said. “We started off not as what we would have wanted. But, we are improving every day and progressing more and more,¨ On Oct. 2, the varsity played against Tyler High School. With 27 kills, 5 blocks, and 52 digs, the Kilgore Lady Dogs came out victorious in their 3 match game. This makes them 3-3 and 4th place in district as of right now. Their next game will be a home game against Cumberland on October 9. Varsity will start at 6:30.

Roster Varsity #1 Riley Rios #2 Miah Thomas #3 Ashton Vallery #4 Alexis M. Anderson #5 A’Viana Mcintyre #7 Alexis T. Anderson


#8 Bryonne Brooks #9 Shadestiny Chism #10 Catherine Dennis #12 Skye Cotton #13 Key’Deriana “Keke” Roy #14 Cailey Brown #16 Jasmine Vasquez

JV #2 Kaitlyn Porter #3 Summer Hayden-Epps #4 Isabell Witt #5 Kynlie Gillispie #7 Hallie Gaudet #8 Alana Mumphrey #9 Ashtyn Lucas #10 Skylar Greenberg #12 Addi Wood



1) Pregame laughs • The Varsity team laughs together before the game starts. 2) Block party • Junior Skye Cotton and senior Shadestiny Chism double block together. 3) Ball up • Senior A’Viana McIntyre serves the ball to the Lions. Photos courtesy of junior Shai Lacy.

#13 Catherine Dennis

Freshman #1 Elisabeth Carlisle #3 Brooklyn Wilkerson #4 Taliah Vinson #5 MaKayla Smith #7 Jolee Herrin #8 Journee Moore #9 Madisyn Howell #10 Constance Stifford #12 Haily Posey #13 Mylia Dean #14 Mayce Huey

Cross Country speeds through District Bulldogs Football faces Mabank Friday Carley Dollins Staff Writer The cross country team has started off with a great season. The boys and girls varsity teams placed first at the Mike Darby Invitational and Hallsville meet. The team has been practicing very hard. The team has been running 6-8 miles for a hard workout. “The results of our training have shown how we rank in the Region, district and healthiness of our overall team,” Coach Emanuel Ibanez said. Sophomore Aidan Shupak says that this season the team has improved. “The team is much closer and we are doing everything we possibly can in training to get the competitive advantage over the other teams,” Shupak said.

At the Hallsville meet the varsity boys and girls and the JV boys placed first and the JV girls placed second. Senior Cristina Rosas and Austin Bain placed first in their heats. At the Mike Darby Invitational meet Rosas also placed first in her heat and Bain placed second. They have been very motivated to win meets this year to try and get as far as they can in regionals and possibly state. “This year, I want to make some of the new freshmen class have some appreciation and love for the sport,” Shupak said. “I feel that our team will be very successful in the future based on how much the new kids feel about the sport.” Senior Zoe Craven sat out this season due to tearing her ACL. Zoe is one of the top runners, so it has had a

major impact on the team. “This season has differed from the past years because we had lost our top runner, Zoe, to an ACL tear causing us Ryan Cartwright as a team to pack up during races and Staff Writer practices,” Rosas said. Even though this season has been changed because of COVID19 the It’s Football season. boys and girls are still finding ways From loss to win, the Bulldogs to have fun. From riding on the bus to funny locker room moments, they have improved each week. It was not the best start for the are still making the best out of this Bulldogs losing their first home season. “As a team, we run together after game to 2019 State Champion the event and just talk about the race. Carthage, but they bounced back It’s great for team bonding,” Rosas and beat Terrell 26-7 and they were not done there. The next week they said. The boys and girls will be went into Alvarado and handled competing in Spring Hill on Friday, business beating the Indians by a Oct. 16. score of 45-0. Make sure to come out and support “We’re definitely passing a lot your Bulldogs. more,” senior Donovan Adkins said about what Kilgore is doing differently this season than last season. Friday Sept. 18 was Homecoming for the Bulldogs. Cristina Rosas was

crowned Homecoming Queen and the Bulldogs were playing football against the Gladewater Bears. The game was a back and forth game all night, but it came down to the wire with Gladewater returning a fumble to the house with around 2-3 minutes left in the fourth quarter. This season the Bulldogs have been focusing more on the passing game and the defense is playing with a lot of speed. “We have been really good at times, consistency is always our focus,” Coach Wood said. Even though the Dogs may have lost they still did well. Quarterback Dalton McElyea threw 19-28 for 349 yards and 1 touchdown. The Kilgore offense put up 418 yards of offense. Trayveon Epps led the way for Kilgore with 49 yards rushing. McElyea completed passes to five different receivers. Donovan Adkins 5 catches for 92 yards, Jermaine Roney 5 catches for 76 yards, Brian Brown 1 catch

for 34 yards, Cade Pippen 3 catches for 22 yards, and Trayveon Epps had 3 catches for 115 yards and a touchdown, also Davin Rider had a rushing touchdown. District play began Sept.25 with the Bulldogs beating the Palestine Wildcats by a score of 49-28. “We are pleased with where we are in all three phrases, we’ve improved,” coach Mike Wood said. Kilgore is now 3-2. October 2 was their bye week and the next game is Friday, Oct. 9 against Mabank at home with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. “Everyone is equal until proven different,” senior Brian Brown said on who may be the toughest matchup throughout the season. Expectations are high for the team as their goal is to compete for a district championship. This year’s division is tough as a whole so it should be fun to see how the season plays out.

2 1) Ready to finish • Senior Cristina Rosas gives it her all as she’s about to finish the race. Photo by Kayla Rios. 2) Kick it into high gear • Senior Austin Bain pushes himself to finish the race. Photo by Ashaw Bailey.


1) Set hut • Quarterback Dalton Mcelyea gets ready for the hike. 2) Game Ready • Bulldogs get down and ready for the first play of the game. Photos by Courtlyn Brown.

Tennis swings into district play Young team gains experience during new season Payton Berger Sports Editor




1) Down and ready • Sophomore Bryce Borders runs to move the ball. 2) Game face • Senior Madalynn Parrymore returns the ball to her opponent. Photos by Jayci Pyle. 3) Send it • Sophomore Drew Adamez goes up to serve. Photo by Jayden Jones.

The tennis team is currently 1-2 in district play, and they are determined to make this season a great one. “Our goal is always to finish as high as possible in district, and then see how far we can make it in playoffs,” head coach Jason Maroney said. The team has been practicing since the summer and constantly working on gaining experience. The team plays many matches agaisnt one another to imitate a real match. “We have been practicing every day after school and playing matches to prepare us for district,” senior Madalynn Parrymore said. “We have a young team this year, so they have been getting good practice for their years to come on varsity.” This year has been different for the tennis team for a multitude of reasons, but especially with the new varsity players. “This season has differed in the fact that I’ve never had a varsity this young or inexperienced,” Maroney said. “We are getting better as we gain experience, but as far as wins/losses, it’s been tough.” Each member of the team has set their own personal goals for the season, but they are all determined to succeed as a team. Teamwork is an extremely important value to the

team. “My goals for this year are to make it as far as possible in team tennis, and hopefully go to area in individual tennis in the spring,” senior Chase Borders said. Every sport has had to adjust this year, but the team is making sure to take the necessary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “All the players have done a pretty good job of wearing their neck gaiters when they are supposed to,” Maroney said. “They can pull them down while they are playing, but when I go talk to them, or if they are on the sideline, they have to pull them up.” The team is also not allowed to shake hands with their opponents before and after the game, but they’ve adjusted by doing “air high fives” or touching rackets. Despite many new regulations, the team is determined to make this season memorable. “I hope that this season we can be in the top two in our district, and we’ve been working really hard to prepare,” senior Mary Mercer said. The seniors are working to set a great example for the younger players on the team. “I’m really proud to be a senior on the team,” Borders said. “Being a senior means other people look up to me, so I have to be careful with my actions.” There are only three seniors on the team, and they’re all feeling surreal

about their final year on the team. “It’s weird being a senior on the team,” Mercer said. “I’ve made a lot of good friends during my time on the tennis team.” Seniors are also feeling bittersweet with this being their final season. They’re all determined to cherish the memories they make in their final year. “I want to enjoy this season as much as I can. I want to cherish the moments we have left this year,” Parrymore said. The coaches are also sad to see the seniors go, and they want them to have a great final year. “My main goal for these kids is to see our seniors have a great year,” Maroney said. The team has also bonded throughout their time together, and the players have started to see their teammates as more of a family. They’ve all formed close friendships with one another. “I’ve formed some of my best friendships the past four years, and I’m so thankful for that,” Parrymore said. “Every year there are people that I become closer with, and I even met one of my best friends through this sport.” The team’s next scheduled match is on Thursday, Oct. 22 against Kaufman in Kilgore at 3 p.m. Go out and support the Bulldogs.

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