Writers at Work• UIL Journalism team members attended a practice meet on March 7, at which sophomore Dayton McElyea took 2nd place in Editorial Writing. From left: Freshman Serena McDowell, sophomores McElyea and Carlie Massey and freshman Faith Jones. See more about UIL on page 10.
Volume XVIII, Issue III
March 9, 2018
Kilgore High School
For the students, by the students
Teens participate in Grim Reaper project Teresa Medina Staff Writer
“Every 18 minutes a teen dies,” guest speaker Eric Love said. He said this as one of the driving forces behind the Grim Reaper project, intending the event to show high schoolers that their lives matter and can be taken in any moment. In order for us to realize and correct one another, he came to our school and selected the students in the health classes. The day before the Grim Reaper Event, the school sent a letter to all the parents to explain the project, just in case anyone were to post a picture on social media that someone had ‘died’ at school. The health class chose students inside that class for the project, and the rule was to not talk all day. “It was frustrating because I couldn’t tell anyone what happened,” freshman Alexis M. Anderson said. The silence signified that questions couldn’t be answered by people in real life who died. It’s hard to answer things like ‘why
1) Sworn to silence • Guest Eric Love asks freshman Alexis Anderson how she felt when she couldn’t talk to anyone all day after “dying” in the Grim Reaper project. 2) Behind the scenes • Excellent Teen Choice director Sharon Roberson-Jones helps teen with his death sign for the project. 3) Speaking out • Sophomore Maxine Barrios speaks to freshmen and sophomores about the effects of drunk driving. Photos by Bailey Green and Mackenzie Proctor.
did they pass away’ and ‘what they could’ve done differently.’ This program helped a lot of our students realize the reality of teen deaths and how they leave such a loss. Suicide is one of the most common death types in U.S, and this was the death that freshman Bailey Hedges ‘received’. When teens die from suicide it not only affects that person but their loved ones. “I feel like people don’t take suicide seriously until it actually happens,” Hedges said. This was meant to represent that when someone chooses suicide, we don’t know what was truly going on because we may have seen them as happy in our eyes. This project helped students be aware of the dangers around us. “I look at drunk driving differently [now],” Anderson said. Learning from this project, students realize that we need to appreciate each other and see the good with the bad in our peers, knowing that someone could be taken away from us at any time.
FFA tractor tech team makes it to state competition Emily Salazar
up 2Date KEY for Calendar Events: Home Games Away Games Events
03/12 - 03/16 Spring Break
JV White Baseball vs. Whitehouse
JV Red/V Baseball @ Athens
V Baseball vs. Silsbee
JV/V Softball vs. Hudson
Teacher In Service Day (No School) V Boys Golf @ Canton JV Red Baseball @ Whitehouse
V Girls Soccer @ Canton Boys Soccer @ Carthage JV/V Softball @ Gladewater V Girls Soccer vs. Carthage
Hi-Stepper Audition Practice
JV Tennis @ Whitehouse Hi-Stepper Audition Practice JV White Baseball vs, Chapel Hill
FFA has countless competition teams that go up against different schools throughout the year. This year, they created a new tractor tech team. This team consists of four members: freshmen Chase Borders, Ruston Henrickson, Chance Pond as the alternate and sophomore Josiah Hoskins. They are coached by Ag teach Andrew Bolton. These guys work together as a team and try to figure out what is wrong with a given broken down tractor, and once they have done that, they have to fix it. On Dec. 1, the tractor tech team traveled to Sam Houston State University for the FFA State LED Contest. They qualified to compete at the state competition. “The competition went very well,” sophomore Josiah Hoskins said. “It is the hardest one we have been to yet and it was a great learning experience
1 for the whole team.” As far as competing in the state competition, the team has been practicing as much as they can. Since this is the first year of having a tractor tech team, they are nervous about going to state. “I’m nervous about going to the competition, but I know my team, and I will do our best,” Hendrickson said. Luckily, the tractor tech team learns different types
of mechanical issues and how to fix them with the resources they have, such as tools and equipment. They learn practical, real world applications that may help them with future situations. “I like knowing that I’m learning a skill that will come in handy when I’m older,” Borders said. “I enjoy working on tractors.” Bolton is looking forward to enhancing this team into
1) Hands on • The tractor team gets experience working on a tractor. 2) Practice makes perfect • The tech tractor team members practice for the upcoming state competition meet. Photos by Dayton McElyea. perfection and preparing it to perform even better in competition. “I’m looking forward to building off of all the knowledge we have gained this year,” Bolton said, “This is the first time Kilgore has has a tractor tech team and we have learned so much in a short time. We look
forward to being even more competitive next year.” On March 11-12, the tractor tech team will travel to Houston and take part in the Texas FFA Tractor Technician State Career Development Event.
Junior bassist joins orchestra in NY for one show Editor in Chief
Surrounded by splendor • Junior Jacob Stone takes a picture with his father Jeremy Stone and mother Lorri Stone at Carnegie Hall to save the memory of his oncein-a-lifetime concert opportunity. Courtesy Photo.
On October 31, he received a text message from his mom that read only, “OMG JACOB.” He expected he knew what it was about but feared it meant rejection, so he checked his inbox and found an email from the Honors Performance Series, the first line being: “Jacob Stone, Congratulations!” He had achieved his goal. After receiving an opportunity via mail to audition for the Honors Performance Series’ New York City Concert at Carnegie Hall, junior Jacob Stone did so and received notification in the fall that he had earned his spot. He performed in the NYC concert last month on Feb. 4. “Playing at Carnegie Hall was even more magical than I imagined,” Jacob said. “I knew whenever I stepped on the stage, I had to take it all in because it would be over
before I knew it. So I filled my senses with every aspect of it that I could take in.” The event did not fly under the radar of KISD. The school board awarded Jacob the “I Believe in You” Award on Nov. 13 for his achievement. “It really gave me perspective on how much my community really cares,” Jacob said. “I didn’t think people would really care as much as they did about my accomplishment, so to be presented an award like this, I feel like I have everybody on my side, and nothing can hold me back from accomplishing my goals.” The only thing left was to get funding for the trip to his concert site. “My mom’s best friend set up a GoFundMe page that was shared all over Facebook,” Jacob said. “The amount of support we got was outrageous, and thanks to the generous hearts of our home here in
Kilgore FFA Project Show & Sell JV White Baseball vs. John Tyler
V Boys Golf @ Martin Mills V Girls Golf @ Martin Mills JV Red vs. Bullard
Taking on Carnegie Hall Bailey Green
Boys & Girls Track @ Hallsville V Tennis @ Van Hi-Stpper Audition Tryouts Jv/V Softball @ Chapel Hill V Girls Soccer @ Waskom V Baseball @ Chapel Hill V Boys Soccer @ Waskom
East Texas, I was able to raise enough money to go to New York without having to worry about watching the pocketbook at every meal.” While in New York, he went ice skating at the Rockefeller Center and went on a cruise around the Statue of Liberty, among many other things. Finally, the night of the concert came. “My favorite part of the concert was right after we all struck the final note of the grand finale,” he said. “There was a moment of instant reflection, where I thought about everything leading up to that moment. The few seconds of silence before the uproar of applause and the standing ovation were so beautiful, and I thought to myself, ‘I really did it. I really just played Carnegie Hall, and did it well.’” Jacob plans to audition for a performance at the Sydney Opera House in Austrialia and make a career in music.
JV Boys & Girls Track @ Whitehouse JV Tennis Tournament JV/V Softball @ Bullard V Baseball @ Bullard
V Boys & Girls Track @ Whitehouse V Tennis @ Spring Hill JV White/V Baseball vs. Gilmer JV/V Softball vs. Gilmer
School Holiday (No School)
School Holiday (No School) Area FFA Horse Contest JV White Baseball @ Central Heights JV Red Baseball vs. Spring Hill
Area FFA Forestry and Land Contest JV/V Softball @ Spring Hill V Baseball @ Spring Hill
Boys and Girls District Meet @ Spring Hill V Tennis District Tournament @ Longview
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Black Panther: behind the mask Jasiaha Boaz Ad Editor For some, the latest Marvel superhero movie, ‘Black Panther’ is just another exhilarating movie. For the African American community, the movie stands for so much more. The Black Panther poses as a symbol of strength. Hollywood has put us in the shadows for too long. Now, for once we have a superhero movie where majority of the cast, the lead role (Chadwick Boseman), and the director (Robert Coogley) are African American. We have something to look at and say: “Our people accomplished this.” We, the African American community, see this movie as a chance to represent our culture in an ‘Afrofuture’ way. Afrofuturism is a cultural philosophy of science and history that explores the developing intersection of African/African American culture with technology. In July 1966, the Black Panther was created during the Civil Rights movement but he was made to show everybody that more than one race can pose as a role model to everybody because even superheros experience difficult times inwardly and outwardly. When I went to go see the Black Panther movie as a fan of Marvel, I noticed that
2 1) Warrior Falls • In a desperate battle to secure the throne, T’Challa fights vigilantly for his life. Photo found at http://collider.com/blackpanther-new-images 2) Premiere Night • Junior Jasiaha Boaz goes to watch the latest Marvel movie at the 4 Star Cinema. Photo by Colten Jones.
the theater did not consist of mainly African Americans, but there was a mixture of multiple ethnicities. The creators of The Black Panther hero, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, and Jack Kirby, didn’t create the Black Panther to divide their fans. Instead, they intended to bring unity amongst the people in a time where the Civil Rights movement was in effect. What I see in T’Challa is both a leader that takes up the responsibilities of a king and a warrior. Michael B.
Jordan’s character Killmonger said, “They knew death was better than bondage.” When I heard this, it took me back to US history when the Africans were being transported by boats. In the movie, there were a lot of points about slavery. This should not draw us away from each other and bring back the past because we fought hard to obtain the rights that we have just so we can sit on the same bus as other races. In the movie the protagonists were overthrown and were forced to unite with an old
technology hurting our education? Is technology Mackenzie Proctor Staff Writer We were born into a world where technology is everywhere. We grew up with it. It is the center of our attention. It helps us answer questions that we have and is a very big help to medical science as well. “I grew up interested in technology,” junior Maria Morales said. “I hear what people say about it, that it’s bad and students who are in still in school should not have access to it while they are in classes because they use it in unfair ways. Technology is not bad, it’s the way people take advantage of it that makes people think of it in a negative way.” Technology is a great source of information to have on our side. People often judge it as if it ruins our education because we have full access to it and we use it unfairly in our classes, but that is not the case. “I love the advances to the technology we have; it’s often used to better one’s education and to help it progress more,” junior Rylie Mann said. I know technology has
saved my life many times and without it our education would not be nearly as good. “I’m glad we have the ability to have access to the technology we have,” junior Destiny Mendez said. “I use it for everything. It helps me with school and the troubles I have with subjects.” I believe the advanced technology we have is a great help. I do not believe it hurts our education. Technology is there to help us, not hurt us. “I try to keep my grades up but sometimes between the work I have to do in my other classes, sports, and at home, it’s hard to study for all the things I have to study for, so I use the Internet to boost my knowledge before I take a test or a quiz over something,” sophomore Meliza Vega said. The advances we have developed are great tools to help us with the things we
need during school. “I don’t know where I would be without the technology that we have today,” senior Gracie Gossage said. “If I’m behind on something and don’t have enough time to get it done, I can multi-task with technology and use it to help me catch up.” People our age often get stereotyped about how much we use our technology. People say we would not be able live without our phones or our technology. We use it to help us in school, to look up questions and to help us with our education. Technology helps better our education; it does not ruin it or tear it down. Technology is taking us to the next level. We need teachers, but we also need google and quizlet and other forms of technology.
Just google it • Junior Jasiaha Boaz uses technology in class. Photo by Mackenzie Proctor.
antagonist to defeat their common enemy. This should bring us together, not divide us. We shouldn’t try to make it to where only a certain few can see the movie, but encourage others to go see the movie so we can all find the mutual standpoint and see the movie as a symbol of heroism. The controversy that is flying around that only African American people can see the Black Panther shouldn’t be the cause of another national outbreak. From the movie T’Challa
said, “What happens now determines what happens to the rest of the world.” I see this as a powerful quote that should cause a ripple in our society. T’Challa is different from other superheroes like Hancock and Black Lightning that were civilians and worried about self problems until they took up the mantle of “hero.” T’Challa was born in royalty and trained his whole life to become a warrior and the future king. When his dad died, he faced problems with himself and questioned
whether he was ready or not to move on without his dad. He also faced the problem of taking care of an entire country as the new king. This shows that T’Challa isn’t just an average superhero, but he is more so a person who goes through everyday problems like us, and that makes him more relatable in the world. When I think of T’Challa, he reminds me that with a calm mind and a heart of determination I can face anything that gets in my way and improve to form myself into a better person.
Gun violence demands change Chloe Hillman Staff Writer In light of the recent events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida where a gunman walked into the school and killed seventeen people and wounded fourteen more, protesters and students across America are standing up for what they believe. Many students who experienced the shooting, and even some that didn’t, are hoping to make waves at Congress. They bring with them heartache and wishes for a safer future. They believe the way to achieve this is through better gun control and persistence. These kids are going to Congress to express their views on gun violence, hoping that lawmakers do something to make them feel safe. Some people believe that gun control means they will not be able to own a gun in their home at all, when in reality gun control could only take away automatic weapons. “For a person to set foot into a school or any other place and know they are going to harm somebody is completely absurd,” sophomore Rori
Bigos said. “What’s really sad is that we are unable to even practice safety drills because it would give a possible shooter the basic layout of where everyone will be in the event of a shooting.” Schools are supposed to provide safety and comfort to students and family members for eight hours a day, five days a week. Nobody should ever take that away. The students hope that lawmakers do not ignore the pleas for help from these kids, who have been through an extremely traumatic event. Lawmakers should look for any way to provide support for them. A person’s life is meant to be more precious and valuable than anything on the planet. This year, too many school shootings have already taken place. This is only the third month of the year. Why are we sitting here watching with horrified expressions as children get killed by their peers or community members in a place that is supposed to be safe? Or anywhere, for that matter. Students shouldn’t have to worry about being shot at school.
After the massacre at Columbine High School in 1999, people promised to never again let something such as this happen again. After Sandy Hook, they promised the same thing. And once again, after Parkland, Florida people are promising a better future. It seems as if school shootings happen too often. It’s time to stop promising and start acting. Empty promises won’t get us anywhere, but action will. “There will be no change if there is no action,” sophomore Kayla Butler said. “Why do gunmen kill so many innocent people? There can be no possible gain from this except for a lesson. But we won’t learn from the horrific events if we don’t watch and listen.” Students who are concerned should ask questions. They should get involved and be aware of their surroundings. It is up to everyone to keep his or her eyes open. KISD has a plan in place to keep students safe. Teachers have gone through safety training with school resource officers and know what procedures are. Making sure students are safe is a number one priority.
SOCIAL MEDIA: a toxin or a tool? Juan Martinez Staff writer
A person cannot walk down a street or pass from one side of the school to the other without seeing a phone in someone’s hand. People everywhere, especially teenagers, are consumed by social media, whether posing for pictures to post on Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, etc. or posting some opinion or update on their life. People spend most of their time on their phones texting or Facetiming friends, binge watching their favorite shows, or even watching their favorite Youtubers. Social media has made a huge impact on today’s
society because of this...and it is not all good. “I definitely think that social media is an addiction,” freshman Peyton Berger said. “We use it in our everyday lives.” The rise of social media usage has become “toxic” to us because we tend to believe any information given to us through social media, regardless of if it is proven true or false. Facts that would cause people to raise their eyebrows if said aloud for some reason pass that scrutiny easily when they exist as a shared article on Facebook. With this being the case, falsified news sites that used to be no more than harmless parody now have a foothold
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to endlessly confuse anyone with weak education who uses social media sites. While some people strongly believe that social media has become an addiction, others disagree. Many believe that it isn’t an addiction and rather that use of social media is simply how people in the current day and time express themselves and communicate with one another. “I don’t believe that its toxic or ‘addicting’ because we tend to use it as a platform to express ourselves especially when I send memes to my friends,” junior Jaci Bateman said. As a new generation of people grow up, this becomes increasingly true. People put their entire lives on social
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media, to a harmful point. Individuals who fail to see that lives as portrayed on social media are not the same as people’s lives in reality, are especially in danger. Allowing people to compare themselves to each other’s online personas this way has a danger of adding to people’s dissatisfication with their own lives and adding to the ranks of the angry and sad Americans. Whether or not they realize the danger of getting too caught up in social media culture, some individuals challenge themselves to stay off their phones by deleting apps and just keeping it for messages and phone calls. Where it happens, this discipline is valuable, but
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other people are not able to make this decision because they feel too attached to their phones or even feel empty without it. “I think I would be willing to try, but it’d be pretty hard for me,” Berger said. “I often feel lost without my phone, so I’m not sure how I’d be without it for a week. That’s how I communicate with friends and a lot of school work is done on it.” This dependency is another problem. The fact of enjoying social media has no harm, but where people start to feel like they can’t live without it, can become harmful. In the end, there are always going to be positive and negative things about social media because half of the
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world believes that using it daily is an addiction, but some people consider social media not addicting or negative. Social media is a medium where everybody and anybody from anywhere can express themselves, but problems arise when people sacrifice their individuality for popularity. “I love the media, even though its something so strong and powerful I tend to be careful with the things I do. I also communicate with my friends with love and laughter,” junior Axel Anaya said. Negative or positive side effects, it all depends on how social media is viewed and used. Love it or hate it, it all comes down to the person behind the device.
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January Student of the Month January’s student of the month is Elijah Williams. He is a member of the Reflector Staff and the National Honor Society. He is also a part of the varsity baseball and basketball teams. After he graduates, Elijah plans to attend Kilgore College then transfer to a four-year university to major in finance because he “loves learning about cash.” Throughout high school, everybody is bound to have a class they have grown to love, and Elijah is no exception. “I enjoy animation because my friends really make the class enjoyable,” Elijah said. He also adds that he has grown to love yearbook, alongside animation because he is “just a natural at both.” The teacher that has left the greatest impact on Elijah is BJ Wood, his previous animation instructor. “Mr. Wood was a good teacher and friend to me,” Elijah said. With tests to take, extracurricular activities to attend, and graduation looming ahead, it can all
be quite overbearing. Like many students, Elijah gets through his daily life as a high school student with the help of caffeine. “I drink coffee daily to ensure that I am prepared for my daily challenges,” Elijah said. His favorite high school memory is just getting to spend time with his friends. Furthermore, a defining experience that made this past year memorable to him was getting to go to a “The Neighborhood” concert with his girlfriend. “It was the best thing I ever did in my life,” Elijah said. Before Elijah graduates, he would like to thank KHS. “I would like to thank the people of KHS for letting me have a great life while in your presence,” Elijah said. When a student of a month is asked about what he or she is most nervous about graduation, many give typicals answers like tripping on stage or ruining their gown, but Elijah is worried about much bigger things.
“I am nervous that I will be too successful when I graduate,” Elijah said. “So many people will want to hang out with me.” In ten years, Elijah sees himself living in a mansion with lots of money while sipping on a Coca Cola. “After I graduate, I am hoping that I leave behind failure, and hope to succeed at everything,” Elijah said. ~Dayana Sanchez
Courtesy Photo by Kris Dobbins.
January Teacher of the Month January’s teacher of the month is Pre-AP English II and English II teacher, Carey Murphy. “My favorite things about teaching English is exposing students to great literature and helping them find their voice through writing,” Murphy said. Murphy graduated from Kilgore High School and then attended Kilgore College as a freshman and then transferred to Sam Houston State University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. She also has a Masters in School Counseling from Lamar University. Mrs. Murphy’s favorite thing about being a teacher is that she gets to meet so many new people. “I find that the students I meet each year, often teach me way more than I teach them,” Murphy said. She feels like her job as a teacher is to help students understand how to help themselves. “When I have a struggling student, we work together to find ways to overcome the obstacles in front of them,” Murphy said. “Sometimes it is content, but often they
are facing obstacles such as excessive absences or multiple missing assignments that are negatively impacting their success in my class.” One of her most memorable moments of being a teacher would be when she was teaching welding. “I had a student who was disabled and was in a wheelchair,” Murphy said. “He had limited use of both his legs and his arms, but wanted to weld. The other students in the class helped and we outfitted him in his safety gear, covered his chair and legs with a fire blanket and helped him weld on a trailer we were building in the shop. The laughter that came out of that young man as he worked was so uplifting that it still makes me smile.” Murphy grew up in Kilgore and she has an immense amount of love for her hometown. As a freshman and sophomore in KHS she was a Hi-Stepper and a varsity cheerleader her junior and senior year. “I was active in 4-H, Texas High School Rodeo Association, Pineywoods Rodeo Association, Student Council, and National Honor Society,” Murphy said. “I was also a member of The Mirror staff.”
In high school, her hobbies included riding horses, running barrels, poles, and goat tying. “Rodeoing and attending horse shows were times I look back on fondly, as quality time with my parents and sisters,” she said Her most exciting memory from high school was probably when a few of the boys decided to release several opossum into the gym while the Hi-Steppers were holding morning practice. “Girls were running everywhere and yelling about how big the ‘rats’ were,” Murphy said. “It was pretty great.” Her endearment towards KHS is the history her family has made here. “My grandfather, who is 90, attended school here, as well as my grandmother, my dad, my aunt, and my sisters,” Murphy said. Murphy leaves an impact on her students. “Be kind to everyone you meet. They’re all fighting a battle you know nothing about,” is a quote Murphy lives by.
Photo by Fatima Amaro.
January Student of the Month
Senior Addison Phillips is January’s student of the month. She is the 1st lieutenant of the cheerleaders, the yearbook copy editor, treasurer of NHS and she is also involved in many other clubs. Addison plans on attending Texas A&M University to major in Biology with a Bachlor of Science degree and a minor in Music. She hopes that ten years from now she will be working on her residency in a hospital for her future career as a pediatric oncologist. “I want to become a doctor, so I thought biology would be a good major, and I absolutely love music so I could not leave it behind in high school,” Addison said. Orchestra has taken a special place in her heart and she has grown to love music. “I have learned to appreciate classical music and how to express myself through it,” Addison said. There are many teachers whom Addison will miss
after she graduates, but the ones that have made the biggest impact on her are John Heffner, Andy Marshburn and Natalie Threlkeld. “They have taught me so many life-long lessons,” Addison said. Addison is involved in many extracurricular activities, so sometimes it is difficult to keep up with school work. “My biggest accomplishment as a student is pushing myself academically and maintaining good grades despite the things I am involved in,” Addison said. The thing that gets her through daily life as a high school student is having something to look forward to. “I look forward to A&M, and knowing Jesus is with me every step,” Addison said. Before she graduates, she would like to thank Mrs. Threlkeld. “I would like to thank her for being someone I can go to when I need her,” Addison said. “She has taken me as
her own and made my senior year so enjoyable.” As a senior, she hopes to leave a good example for others after she graduates and starts a new chapter of her life. “Also I hope to get rid of any negative thoughts and emotions towards anything that has happened to me in high school,” Addison said.
Courtesy Photo by Meagan Hendrix.
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February Student of the Month February’s student of the month is Nicholas Hoskins. Nick is involved with drama club, science club, Hope Initiative, UIL One Act Play, Academic UIL, his church’s missionary trips, Leadership Training for Christ, Bible class, theatre and welding. With a well-established basis for success, it is Nick’s time in the spotlight. Nick plans on attending Kilgore College for two years to earn his welding degree and hopes to attend Princeton University afterward. Math and science are the subjects that have affected Nick the most, and they are his favorites. “I really enjoy anything related to math or science.” Nick said, “Mathematics and science both reveal so much about life. It surprises me to see all of the order behind the chaos of our natural world.” In ten years, Nick hopes to have finished college and have a job. “I hope to be married by then, too, and maybe have a child,” Nick said. Nick plans on majoring in biology and biochemistry. “I have always wanted to work in a lab on diseases or designing chemical formulas,” Nick said. “I believe that those majors will sufficiently prepare
me for this field.” “I like my life, and am content For two years, Nick has been in most situations,” Nick said. a part theatre and hasHigrown “The stimulus I get from just Asofpresident of the to love it. Steppers, senior class student being alive keeps me desiring to Kallie). “The entire process of continue traversing through each council president, One quote that KaraAnchor lives creating abe: play, acting, club president, editor of the day.” by would "It'sthe better to lights, sound, andyou set,are is student so Nick’s role model is a personal yearbook staff, honor be hated for what enjoyable to me,” Nick said. friend of his. and 2017 Miss Kilgore, than be loved for what you “You are free to add your own “I had a very close friend it is no wonder that Kara are not." personal flairs, makes who taught me a lot about iswhich December's “IMcKinnon always choose to be things so the much constructing the person I wanted student of the month. myself in bestmore wayunique.” I can In his spare time, Nick to be,” Nick said. “She is a really A certain elective that Kara be,” Kara said. enjoys reading has class grown to and lovekeeping is yearbook devout Christian who had the The she will miss himself strongest relationship with God because she loves the most busy. is drill team.to hang “I like to do odd projects, do that I’d ever seen. I hope that my out with her friends, taking “I love getting to spend yard work,and play video games pictures a book faith can emulate hers.” two periods withpublishing my best every inday,” a while, and Nick is not nervous about full once of important memories. friends every Kara listen to music,” Nick said. graduating, though walking The teacher that has left said. Nick’s biggest goal is to get across the stage might make his the greatest impact on Kara Besides drill team Kara into heaven. would be her former drill team heart race. will also miss football “I hope IMrs. leave people at “I’m not really that nervous teacher Coleen Clower. games because she “[loves] KHS being happy to have met about graduating, other than “In two years she taught me cheering on the class of me,” Nick said. responsibility, actually walking on stage to good morals, 2018.” Nick loves 2017 music, flowers, and character," Kara said. "I receive my diploma,” Nick said. What made most and gardening. Before Nick graduates, he never would have thought a memorable for her would genre of music drill favorite team director teach would like to thank a few of his be “My participating in thecould Miss is me Indie Folk,” Nick said. the best pageant life lessons and teachers as well as his parents. Gregg County as “I really like flowers and plan to “I would like to thank leave the biggest impact on Miss Kilgore. do some gardening, and I want Mr. Mohn for making me me like she did.” “Seeing the red shirts, to adopt when get older.” If given theI chance to have a think often,” Nick said. “Mr. posters, and Bulldog heads wouldI will like to agohistorical to Marshburn for recommending conversation with is aNick memory cherish Iceland. me those books, Coach Heffner figure she would choose forever,” Kara said. “The hills and icy waters for keeping things light, Mrs. Whitney Meeting atHouston. Whataburger seem peaceful,” Nick said. love hergame music, after a“Ifootball is especiallyWhitfield for being so good to “Certain spots look like me, Mrs. Key for being such a the song 'I Have Nothing',” her favorite KHS traditionthe perfect to sit, read, and neat person, and my parents for Kara place said. because she loves coming think.” In her spare time Kara loves teaching me most of who I am. I together after a win. What keeps Nick going especially want to thank one of to sleep, watch Criminal What gets Kara through throughout the day is his desire my dearest friends who changed Minds, and hang out with her daily life as a high to her continue to(a.k.a. seeher people and my life more than they will ever friends The OG school student is friends. learn more each day. 5: Rachel, Avery, and know.” ~ Brandon Fugler “They always haveKatie, a
Nick Hoskins Photo by Brandon Fugler.
February Student of the Month February's student of the month is Marybel Castañeda. Marybel has worked her hardest to stay in the top of her class since junior high to her senior year of high school. Marybel would like to go to Tyler Junior College and wants to become an ultrasound technician. “I would like to be the one who takes the images of the babies and tell their parents how they are doing and eventually reveal their gender,”said Castañada. Marybel sees a bright future for herself after she gets her dream job going and having a happy life being successful in the field she is in. "I see myself happy with life in the career I hope to have. Hopefully I will own a home and maybe be married with a family," Marybel said. Marybel loves to read books and novels in her spare time which is one of the reasons her English class is her favorite. She also enjoys hanging out with friends and listening to music in her spare time. “My favorite subject is English because I like reading novels and learning to write better,” Marybel said. "Mrs.
Davis always makes it fun." Marybel has many of her family members behind her supporting her but Marybel's MVP role model would be her aunt. “My aunt has shown me to never give up on my dreams, even if it seems completely impossible,"said Marybel What keeps Marybel going through the day is knowing after high school there is a whole world for her to continue to go through to get to the next stages of her life. "It is hard knowing that this is my last semester before I go to college and into the real world where it will be much harder than it is now," Marybel said. Marybel is very proud of what she has accomplished through her four high school years and her junior high years as well. "I am proud of being able to stay at the top of my class all throughout my junior high and my high school years," Marybel said. Marybel has enjoyed her years here because she has had the chance to meet new people and friends and getting to hang out with them is her most memorable moment.
“I made new friends at school and it made look forward to hanging out with them,”said Marybel What Marybel will miss the most is the memory and times she spent with her friends and the help and time spent with her teachers. “I will miss the time I spent with my friends and the teachers that helped me along the way,”Marybel said. Before Marybel graduates and heads into the next chapter of her life, Marybel would like to thank her teachers and the support her family gives her. “I would like to thank my teachers and family members for pushing me and believing in me even if I didn't believe in myself at the time."
~ Mackenzie Proctor
Marybel Castañeda Photo by Mackenzie Proctor.
February Teacher of the Month February's Teacher of the Month is Danny Stanley. He attended several colleges and universities. He went to Kilgore College, East Texas Baptist College, UT Tyler for Kinesiology, Southwestern Baptist for Theology/Church History, and Texas A&M - Texarkana majoring in Educational leadership. “Someone mentioned that I should think about becoming an AP since I spent so much time trying to encourage other teachers,” Stanley said. As a new teacher at Longview, he had to figure out a lot of things on his own. “That planted a seed in my mind and soon I enrolled in a Master’s program,” Stanley said. He was raised in Kilgore and then moved to Hallsville where he graduated. “I still consider Kilgore as my hometown,” Stanley said. Despite not living in Kilgore most of his life, he stills loves it. “I think that my favorite thing about it is just having so many friends and acquaintances and feeling a part of the community,” Stanley said. Throughout high school, Stanley was involved in basketball, tennis, Fellowship
of Christian Athletes, and NHS. Although he was a busy student, he was into cars and was very active in his church youth group. The most memorable moment for Stanley in high school was when his senior English teacher tried to get him to join Future Teachers of America. “I told her that there was no way that I would ever become a teacher,” Stanley said. His favorite thing about being a teacher is the interactions that he has with students. “If I did not feel as if I were able to contribute some positive energy and life into others around me, I would do something different,” Stanley said. As a teacher, his approach on helping out students is watching students discover things for themselves. “I try to help by encouraging them to persevere until they can figure things out,” Stanley said. His most memorable moment as a teacher is when he was about to address a large group of parents and his zipper broke. “I just had to untuck the shirt and go on with presentation,”
Stanley said. His favorite unit to teach is Reformation. “I admire the courage and message of Martin Luther and others that stood up to the status quo of the church,” Stanley said. The thing that makes Stanley different from other teachers is that he is a career changer. “Most of my life has been spent out of the education field, and I was certified as a teacher through an alternative program,” Stanley said. "Because of this, I came into the education field 7 years ago with a mindset that I knew nothing about teaching and would therefore have to be both a student and a teacher." Stanley says that he believes "You are either part of the solution or part of the problem." Stanley's knows his favorite thing about teaching. "I firmly believe that for me, teaching is more of a calling than career," Stanley said.
~ Nayeli Montes
Danny Stanley Photo by Nayeli Montes.
March 9, 2018
March Student of the Month Kyle Kaczmarek is involved in several activities in school, such as scoreboard class, band, FHLA, and science club, so his Student of the Month title is much deserved. “Scoreboard is a class I’ve really grown to love because I enjoy making videos and watching them on the big screen at games,” Kyle said. Though he isn’t sure where he would like to attend college, he plans on majoring in engineering because he wants to build things and is good at math. “I’ve always been good with numbers, and I like to make things,” Kyle said. The teacher that has made the strongest impact on Kyle throughout the years is BJ Wood. “Mr. Wood has always had faith in me,” he said. Kyle credits his mom as being his role model. “She raised two kids all on her own and went to
college while doing it,” Kyle said. His favorite thing about KHS is being able to see the people he cares about every day. “Something I’ll miss about high school is seeing all of my friends and especially my girlfriend everyday,” he said. Being with his friends and the thought of taking a nap when he gets home is what helps him get through the daily struggle as a high school student. 2017 was a memorable year for Kyle because of a group chat with his friends called Voices of Stress. “Shout out to all the members of Voices of Stress,” he said. His most memorable moment in high school was when he moved up eleven spots in class rank. “I finally made it into the top ten thanks to hard work,” Kyle said. His biggest life goal he has set for himself is aimed
more towards his future children. “I would like to be able to give my kids anything they want one day,” he said. At some point in his life he would like to travel. “I would love to go anywhere with white and clear water. I’ve always wanted to go somewhere like that,” he said. When it comes to walking across the stage at graduation, there are many things to be nervous about. “Out of all the things I worry about, I’m just afraid I will trip in front of everyone,” Kyle said. Kyle lives by the mindset that “whatever happens, happens, and you can’t change what is bound to occur.” Before he graduates, Kyle would like to thank everyone who kept him on track and pushed him to make better grades.
~ Chloe Hillman
Photo by Juan Martinez.
March Student of the Month Four year member of the HiSteppers, two-year lieutenant, NHS member, student council member, Citizens Bank Board member and KHS Dogs Pound member Kallie Slayter is March’s Student of the Month. And with all she is involved in, it is no wonder why. After high school, Kallie plans on attending Stephen F. Austin University and majoring in nursing. “I’ve always had a passion for nursing because when I was born ten weeks early, I had a whole team of nurses that took care of me, and I want to do the same for others,” she said. Kallie’s favorite class is anatomy. “It’s cool to learn about what goes on in our body,” Kallie said. The teacher that left the biggest impact on Kallie was Coleen Clower, her freshman and sophomore years’ drill team director. “She taught me everyday life lessons that I will use the rest of my life,” Kallie said. Kallie’s favorite elective is her Hi-Stepper class. “I love going to a class every afternoon with my friends,”
Kallie said. “Being on a team, and dancing with them.” Pre-cal is the class Kallie will miss the most. “Coach Heff is the best, tells the funniest jokes and makes his students enjoy math in a different way,” Kallie said. Kallie’s friends are what she will miss the most about high school, along with the family environment at KHS. “I love all the school spirit and how everyone supports each other,” Kallie said. Kallie’s favorite quote is “Don’t change so people will like you; be yourself and the right people will love the real you.” “I have always stayed true to myself,” Kallie said. For Kallie, focusing on the positive and blocking out the negative is what gets her through life as a student. In her free time, Kallie enjoys watching Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, taking naps, and hanging out with her friends. Her most memorable high school moment is being a part of the Dog Pound. “I loved coming together to support our peers,” Kallie said. “This is one thing I will definitely miss.”
Kallie’s biggest accomplishment is being in the top 10% while still enjoying her extracurricular activities. Kallie’s role model is her mom due to her selflessness. “She has the most genuine heart and puts others before herself,” Kallie said. Kallie’s favorite KHS tradition is going to Whataburger after the Friday night football games. Kallie would describe herself as outgoing since she loves to talk to people, optimistic because she always sees the positive and creative due to her ability to think outside the box. In ten years, Kallie sees herself working as a pediatric nurse practitioner. She hopes to be married and starting a family. The biggest fear Kallie has about graduation is falling while receiving her diploma. Before she graduates, Kallie would like to thank her parents. “I’m thankful and lucky that they have been my number one fans and support system these past 18 years,” Kallie said. ~Carlie Massey Courtesy Photo.
March Teacher of the Month This month, Jerry Timmons earns the teacher of the month award. He is a coach at KHS and has been teaching here for two years. “It feels great to get this award. This is an award I can take pride in receiving,” Timmons said. “I love working at KHS. This is where I want to be. The students and my players also motivate me. I want to see them be successful and make a difference, that’s my goal.” He has been teaching and coaching for eight years. “Coaching helps me learn more about my athletes personally,” Timmons said. “I am also able to tell them more about me and be a caring adult for them everyday, I think that this is important because I might be the only caring adult that they see all day in their eyes.” Coach Timmons went to Gladewater High School and went to college at Texas A&M Commerce. “My favorite thing about KHS is the teachers that I work with. I have met a lot of teachers that not only make my day better, but also give me insights that help me be a better coach and teacher.”
Timmons said actions are more important than words. “Coaching allows me the platform to engage with my students on a different platform,” he said. “It also allows me to show them that I care about them, rather than just saying it.” Timmons said he comes to work each day planning to make it great. “I come into work with the thought of everyday being a new day, and it is up to me to make it great or let it become terrible,” he said. “I always do my best to make it great.” His wife was his main inspiration to become a coach. “My wife was actually the person who talked me into becoming a coach,” Timmons said. “She always knew I wanted to make a diference somehow. She also knew that other than my parents, the person that I looked up to the most was the coach that I had in high school. She was smart enough to see that I worked well with people and believed in me enough to think that I would be a good coach and stayed on me about it until I changed my major.” Timmons said rules and expectations that teachers and
administrators have are because we want students to succeed. “Students should understand that at the end of the day, your teachers and administrators just want what is best for you,” Timmons said. “We don’t want to make your life more difficult, it is actually the complete opposite. We do these things because we want you to have a better life as an adult and get all of the success that you deserve.” The Kilgore Bulldogs basketball season ended in playoffs. “Wins are awesome, but having my four boys look up to my players means much more to me,” Timmons said. “We truly are a family. I love every single one of my players and tell them that all the time. I enjoy being a part of their lives and having them be a part of mine.” Coach Timmons believes in relationships. “Teaching, in my opinion, is all about having a good relationship with the students. I have a lot of relationships not only with my students and players, but also with all of the students that cross my path on a daily basis.” ~Patrick Langley
Jerry Timmons Photo by Patrick Langley.
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March 9, 2018
FHLA visits UT Tyler for annual campus visit Daniel Sifford Staff Writer
The FHLA club visited UT Tyler on Feb. 15. The FHLA students first arrived at the main building. There, they met a tour guide that quickly escorted them to the auditorium. The tour guide made a speech that included UT Tyler’s living conditions, scholarship programs, types of majors, clubs and degree programs that they offer. “College is hard only if you make it hard,” Erick, the tour guide, said. After the presentation, the club was ushered through the campus. They also got to enter the University Center where they got the opportunity to view the different fast food restaurants UT Tyler has to offer. “I enjoyed getting to hang with [my friends] and getting to see the inside of UT Tyler.
Getting the knowledge of the school and seeing the inside, and hearing what they have to offer was great,” junior Shania Pierce said. The students got a tour of the engineering wing, the medical wing, and the marketing wing. They also got to check out the school’s basketball court, the gymnasium and the cafeteria. The students even got to witness a simulation of birth, although they didn’t see it in action, it was still a very good experience to see something like that happen. They closed the college tour with a trip to Cici’s where they enjoyed some delicious pizza. While they were eating, they shared their experiences at the college trip with everyone at the table. “I think it is really important for FHLA to visit different campuses because it gives the members an idea of what college can be like,” FHLA vice president Perla Vasquez said.
1. FHLA owns the UT Tyler basketball court • Touring the campus makes the club think about their futures and what they might accomplish. 2. Students enjoy themselves in front of the fountain on campus • The FHLA students learned that college life in a beautiful environment like UT Tyler is a possibility for them. Photos by Maria Morales.
Model UN attends conference, two students earn medals Dayana Sanchez Design Editor
Model UN travelled to Region 7 for the annual Model UN conference on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. This conference allowed different ‘countries’ to work together to solve global issues. The countries from our school were: Bolivia, Spain, Senegal and the Dominican Republic. “It was my first year participating in Model UN,” senior Ankit Chahal said. “I’m lucky to have been chosen as a leader for one of the conferences.” Once there, the participants were divided into committees that represented their countries. “Working in committees was a good opportunity to get
to know people you wouldn’t normally hang out with,” senior Hali Tackett said. Each committee member worked on resolutions and later presented them in front of other countries. The members of other countries later gave either pro or con speeches for a specific resolution. The entire assembly of countries then voted on whether to pass the specific resolution. “It was my second year attending Model UN,” senior Juan Lira said. “I was better prepared this year to make speeches.” On the final day, the committees presented the resolutions passed and awards were presented. Several delegates were awarded recognition including two from our countries.
Sophomore Olivia Arp won second place for overall speaker at the conference for UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientifical and Cultural Organization), and sophomore Kate-lyn Riley was awarded first place overall speaker for FOA (Food and Agriculture Organization). “It was my first time placing,” sophomore Olivia Arp said. “It makes me proud to know that I was one of the two that placed from our school.” Overall, the Model UN conference proved a huge success, according to sponsor Lance Homeniuk. “I am very proud of the students who participated,” Lance Homeniuk said. “They did an outstanding job representing their countries and school.”
1. Model UN • Students who attended the conference pose for a group picture after two days of hard work. 2. Medalists • Sophomores Olivia Arp and Kate-lyn Riley hold up the medals they were awarded. 3. Ready to work • Students from ‘Bolivia’ and ‘Senegal’ look over their resolutions before they begin their long day of debate. Photos by Dayana Sanchez.
New teacher, new goals
Scoreboard class starts to film soccer games Brandon Fugler Staff Writer
On Jan. 30, the Scoreboard team filmed their first soccer game. Scoreboard is a class that films games and creates commercials and animations for the scoreboard. Starting this semester the class has a new teacher, Nic Moore. This year marks the start of Moore’s teaching career. “I love it,” Moore said, “Every day is different and there is always something to look forward to.” For returning students, this was quite a change that took some getting used to. It is not easy to adjust to a new teaching method, and it can put a lot of pressure on the teacher. “Mr. Moore is nice,” junior Kourtney Ford said. “I was pretty happy when I saw him stepping up and filling in after Mr. Wood left.” The Scoreboard team has worked hard to film as many
games as possible and have encountered problems along the way. “We’ve had to cancel filming a couple of times because of the weather,” junior Bailey Lothrop said, “but other than that there haven’t been many problems.” Scoreboard creates commercials and animations during the games. The Scoreboard team also projects commercials from companies such as Brookshire’s, Geonix and Energy Weldfab. “I enjoy collaborating with the different companies,” senior Vijay Sohal said, “it is a fun and a unique experience to help out companies around Kilgore. I feel like a professional.” Other than working with companies, the students have grown to like Moore. “It was hard losing Mr. Wood, but Mr. Moore has gotten along with all of us from the beginning,” junior Cekemian Fuller said, “He relates well to all of us, so we all learn together and really grow from it.”
2 1. Scoreboard team works on projects • From left to right, senior Kyle Kaczmarek, senior Vijay Sohal, senior Ruben Martinez and junior Kourtney Ford work on the computers. Photo by Bailey Lothrop. 2) Helping Hand • Instructor Nic Moore helps Jonathan Rosales. Photo by Brandon Fugler.
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Junior Victoria Shipman is presented as a beauty.
Sophomore Trinity Bradshaw models a dress.
Junior Vanessa Zarazua sings “Never Enough” from The Greatest Showman.
Seniors Braden Grush, Addison Philips & Elijah Williams dance to the GhostBusters theme song.
Senior Braeland Williams performs his talent act.
Senior Beauty Bailee Barton blows a kiss.
Seniors Kallie Slayter & Avery Gorman model outfits from Emily Rae’s in Longview.
Sophomores Leticia Vallejo Sanjuan and Anushka Pradham pose together for the cameras.
Senior Jordan Butts opens the show by singing “Oceans” by Hillsong United.
Junior Saidie Hamblen smiles for the audience while being represented as a beauty.
Junior Carley Ganus and sophomore Brayden Johnson work the crowd on the runway.
Sophomores Kathryn Edens, Carl White and Maci Hatcher model clothing from Tux and Prom at 101 and The Tuxedo Co.
Members of yearbook staff and Anchor Club gather together to finish off Style Show.
Freshman handsome Jeffery “Kyle” Wheeler is presented.
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Senior Austin Adams shows off his muscles to the crowd.
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8 Black History Program
Voices Of Soul choir sings during the Black History Program.
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Sophomore Davondrick Crowe performs an interpreted mime.
Shay Sophomore Sha Tennison performs for the crowd doing an interpretive dance.
Seniors DeHaven Grant and Patrick Buddy Jackson recite a poem.
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Senior Rita Cardoso performs the poem â€œStill I Riseâ€? by Maya Angelou.
History Program Sophomore Davondrick Crowe plays the drum for a Voices of Soul performance.
Senior Britton Jordan plays the drums for Voices of Soul.
Seniors Aaliyah Gaona and Jonathan Shepherd recite a poem.
Junior Keilly Resendiz reads a poem. Photos taken by Emily Salazar & Maria Morales.
March 9, 2018
Wonderful RYLA experience with Maria Morales Staff Writer Life experiences are different among each and everyone of us. They define our life choices and help build our concept of what right and wrong are. Getting the fabulous opportunity to attend RYLA was amazing, and it had a life-changing effect on my life. It will be a time that I will forever cherish in my heart. The camp started Feb. 9 and ended Feb. 11. RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is an organization that chooses high school juniors to attend a camp that helps them build better leadership skills. Juniors Jayme Butts, Brandon Fugler, Perla Vazquez, Carlos Muniz, and myself were chosen to represent our school district. We had not one clue of what our weekend would consist of. No one really knows what the meaning of RYLA or what it is really about until they’ve had the experience first hand. Arriving at RYLA was similar to walking into a foreign country. I was so amazed and confused all at
once. My good friend Carlos and I were escorted to the RYLA camp by our teacher Cheyenne Kirkpatrick. We had just competed in a Skills USA competition prior to arriving to the camp. Carlos and I were introduced to our cabins by a senior leader named Bubbles. She gave off a very cheery vibe. Right off the bat, the camp gave off a confident, bold and astonishing energy. Arriving outside of the dining hall, senior RYLA leaders tried their best to help random awkward juniors (including myself) bond by introducing us to mind games. A few games that were introduced were black magic, the stick game and make a number with two sticks. After a while of trying to figure out the mind games, everyone was rushed into the dining hall. We were all assigned to a random table with strangers. Our team leader ‘Powers’ tried her best to help us bond by asking our RYLA names, I decided upon ‘Morals’ because it sounded like my last name. We all decided to call our team the purple cobras and then began the evening with an astounding speech by one of the RYLA founders.
Later on that same day, my teammates and I participated in various trust fall activities that made us grow closer as a team. It had felt as if I’d known them for years instead of just hours. Their facial features looked so distinct from when I first laid eyes on them. That first day there helped me build not just trust but a unbreakable bond between people I first saw as strangers. The second day was very eventful we went on a trip into the forest and visited various obstacle courses. Our RYLA leaders Penny, Powers, and Ireland expected the purple cobras to overcome all of the obstacles as a team. Every obstacle struggle just made our accomplishments stand out more. By the afternoon, we were all filled with the feeling of satisfaction for the obstacles we would overcome. Later that afternoon the leaders lead us to a small room and handed us cards, “You’re supposed to finish the sentence” Powers said. That night everyone let out how they really felt and showed so many emotion towards their achievements, goals and disappointments.
The Purple Cobras
After all the commotion, we headed for the dining hall and chowed down on some delicious ice cream. The next day we woke up ready to tackle on whatever life threw at us. Planned activities for the day were zip lining, rock climbing and more activites that involved wearing harnesses. Sadly, we weren’t able to do any of them because of the thunder, rain, sleet, and snow that day. We spent the remainder of the day in the dining hall playing games. As it came time to say our goodbyes we all were heartbroken. We exchanged hugs, contact information and promises to keep in touch. Leaving RYLA made me realize how the people there were so centered and how they cared so much for higher education and their futures. Everyone there inspired me to try my best and be the best. The energy there was incredible. It was such a delight to attend the camp. I would like to thank the Rotary Club for electing me to go; it will be an experience that I will forever cherish in my heart.
Smiling faces • RYLA staff, club members and students are enjoying and dreading the last day of camp.
Purple spirit • The Purple Cobras strike a pose after doing a few activities during the second day of camp.
Annette Wiley: up close and personal with her work she said. Wiley is proud to be working here because after all, high school can be hard. She believes that it isn’t always going to be a bad experience and to succeed we have to try. “The teenagers keep me young at heart. I learn so much from them,” she said. While the years go on there’s always new things and we have to teach one another the new ropes. Her advice to high schoolers is to get good grades and have a good attitude.
Although room 215 was her “home,” now she’s moved to the DEAP which is her new home at work. Although she loves her her job, she’s’ also started her own clothing line. The clothing line contains t-shirts with a leopard ‘A’ on it, and other designs. She loves to craft. Wiley says she hasn’t bought earrings in in a long time due to her making her own. “I design all my earrings to match whatever I am wearing; shout out to Ms. Bennie and Mrs. Phyllis,”
I will never forget the day I met my best friend. His mother had just given birth in my parents bedroom. I remember sitting in the living room worried for Ayvette, the family Doxen who had gone into labor about an hour ago. I don’t think I’ll ever forget hearing the sound of her feet hitting the tile in the kitchen as she headed toward the living room. I perked up a bit and stood as I saw her. In her mouth, being held by the scruff of his neck, was a puppy. She brought the newly born Doxen-Chichiwawa mix to me, and as I sat down to pet and comfort her, she set the puppy in my lap. I had never been so excited! She trusted me enough to bring her newly born puppy to me, I followed her, holding the newborn, back to my parents’ room to see that there were three other puppies. As sad as it was for me, we got rid of three of them. However, we got to keep one, and my parents decided to let me pick. Of course, we ended up keeping the one Ayvette had brought to me. We named him Oscar and he became a valued member of our family and my best friend. He’s small, but he protects me nonetheless.
Since before I was in middle school, I knew I wanted to be a member of FFA in high school. Last year, I figured I would start out raising something “easy” for the Project Show, so I chose rabbits. Starting out, I thought it would be pretty easy- just feed them and prepare them for show. I realized pretty quickly it was more than that. I knew next to nothing about market rabbits and raising them for sale. My four rabbits were fairly small and didn’t seem to grow much during the time I had with them - no matter how much feed I gave them. I worked hard practicing showmanship maneuvers with my rabbits over the month I had them. When the day of the Project Show came, I was pretty confident in my rabbits. When I saw the other rabbits there, I started to freak out inside because some of them were almost twice the size of mine. After the judge had seen all of the rabbits, I knew I was near the bottom and didn’t have a chance at making the sale. I knew, though, that the showmanship competition was going to take place later that day and I was determined to do my best in that. When it came time for the competition, my rabbit and I did pretty good, but I was still unsure of placing. It turned out, I won the senior showmanship and I realized my hard work had paid off. I learned so much during this experience and am looking forward to raising rabbits again at this year’s Project Show.
“Growing up may be hard but when you are surrounded by the people you love and care for then it’ll all be right,” Wiley said. “Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ARK, Professionals built the TITANIC.”
Cute & classic • Wiley poses for her faculty picture, wearing her clothing line. The bridge to self-discovery is a long one. Sometimes, you are even thoroughly convinced that it is riddled with holes that your foot will eventually get lodged in. You fear you will never make it off. I have tripped, stumbled, and made so many clumsy movements on this bridge to my true self. I would catch myself stifling a laugh at something that my “idols” would never think was funny, and I would purposely go blank. I never realized there was an underlying truth simply in the way my eyes sparkled when I watched that unpopular movie. Before now, I never once thought to turn around and look back. I finally turned around. I realized that everyone I had been trying to copy were right there with me. Their roads to self-discovery were not completed either, and the truth leaked into my mind. I was not alone. Every person needs a friend to walk with them, to listen to them, to inspire them. Spreading kindness and embracing the differences in each and every person is a giant step in discovering yourself. Carry each other.
I begged my parents for a dog ever since the tragic loss of my puppy Claire on my 17th birthday. I finally found a litter of German Shepherd puppies, and I knew that I needed one. Now that I was able to put a picture with my proposal my dad said yes. I went to pick a puppy out in July. I picked the most calm one because I know German Shepherds have a tendency to be wild. I named her Kona. Kona goes everywhere with me and is like a best friend. She is such a huge blessing in my life and came at the most perfect time. We cannot wait to journey at the University of Arkansas together next fall...because there is no way I could leave her behind.
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years. You might see Wiley wearing bows often, and it’s because of her daughter being in those activities. She didn’t want to throw them away, so she started recycling them and adding leopard to the bows. When she is not crafting, she is being flexible at work. Wiley’s been in many job descriptions at KHS such as counselor’s assistant, custodian, mentor for young ladies, receptionist, etc. “In one word...I am a gopher...a Jack of all trades and master of none,” she said.
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HUMANS OF KHS
Staff Writer Annette Wiley has been working here for19 years. She’s dedicated to helping students around her in many ways. She loves seeing us succeed and become better. “What puts me in a good mood is seeing kids reach for the sky and always doing their best,” Wiley said. Wiley has two kids and saw them graduate here. That makes KHS a little more special to her. Her daughter Antwanette, was a Hi-Stepper and a Cheerleader for two
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March 9, 2018
Media, medical terminology students compete at Skills, USA Bailey Green Editor In Chief Twenty-seven media and medical terminology students traveled to Texas State Technical College in Waco to participate in the Skills, USA Regional competition. The
trip took place on Feb. 8 to 10 with advisors Nicholas Moore and Cheyenne Kirkpatrick and chaperone Jason Bragg attending. Results are as follows: Both Health Knowledge Quiz Bowl teams will advance to state.
The gold team included juniors Carlos Muniz, Hailee Jo Lewis, and Shelby Thompson and senior Juan Lira. Silver team included sophomores Mackenna Watkins, Kaden Downing, Anushka Pradhan and Sydney Chowdhury.
Bronze - Juan Lira 5th - Hailee Jo Lewis
Medical Math Bronze - Britton Jordan (state qualifier) 4th - Angie Chirino 5th - Maria Morales
Medical Math Bronze - Britton Jordan 4th - Angie Chirino 5th - Maria Morales 7th- Yajayra Aleman
First Aid & CPR Gold - Hailee Jo Lewis (state qualifier) Bronze - Sydney Barnes 4th - Kaden Downing
Medical Terminology Gold - Carlos Muniz (state qualifier)
For Interactive Application and Game Design, the gold team included seniors Hunter Truitt, Anthony Riley, Jackie Lopez and Bailey Green. Silver team included juniors Kevin Kruger, Rodney Bodine and Tristan Bradshaw and senior Lane Schatz. Both teams will advance to state. In 3D Visualization and Animation, the silver team included seniors Faizon Forth and Mikaila Williams and will advance to state.
1 1) Heading out • Skills, USA participants gather at the bus to take the drive to Waco for Regional competition. Advisor Nicholas Moore stands at left. Photo courtesy of Cheyenne Kirkpatrick. 2) Group thinking • Seniors Mitchell Molandes and Kyle Kaczmarek (left side) discuss filming plans with volunteer actors senior Graham Tyra, juniors Kevin Kruger and Rodney Bodine and senior Anthony Riley. Photo by Bailey Green.
The Broadcast News Production gold team included seniors Mitchell Molandes, Graham Tyra, Kyle Kaczmarek and Elijah Williams and will advance to state.
UIL Academics travels to practice meets before district Carlie Massey Staff Writer The UIL team began preparing for the season in January, heading to a practice meet in Lindale. On Feb. 10 the team headed to Hallsville for their second official practice meet of the year. Sophomore Dayton McElyea placed third in ready writing, senior Nicholas Hoskins placed second in science, senior Cameron Stephens placed third in computer applications, and sophomore Kristal Loredo placed sixth in computer applications. “I’m feeling very positive,” Cameron said. “The last couple of tests have been very easy. I found out my computer didn’t run access [Microsoft Office]. I spent five minutes doing the word portion of the test and the remaining twenty-five figuring out how to download access.” Returning competitors feel they have the advantage of prior knowledge to how the meets go. “I feel more experienced now than I did last year,” Dayton said. “I feel more confident going into each event. The more I do it the better I get at managing my time.” Those who placed were
surprised and content with the results. “I didn’t think I did very well at first, but my score said different,” Nicholas said. “I was very excited when Mrs. Key brought me my medal and I can’t wait for the real deal.” Practice meets are more lenient than a real UIL meet due to how students are able to switch up which events they are competing in. “I’m surprised because I didn’t think I placed,” Kristal said. “I think I’ll compete in more events next time now that I know how it goes.” By the middle of competition season, the UIL team has grown to support and love each other, becoming a family away from home. “My favorite part of practice meets is meeting new people and talking to old friends,” sophomore Lexus Harrington said. “But it’s really empowering to watch everyone congratulate each other.” UIL meets are meant to make students use their brain, and look at things from a different perspective. “I felt like it was a little challenging, but then again it was easy,” sophomore Ciara Hopper said. “I like how it challenges your mind and makes you think.”
Practice meets prepare the teams for District in March. “It was fun and challenging to compete with different people,” sophomore Sabrina Hardt said. “I feel like I could’ve done better, but I did well. I feel that I’m more prepared than I was before.” Freshmen joining UIL have the opportunity to try new events each year before permanently picking a subject to participate in. “Science is one of my best subjects,” freshman Cerinity Exline said. “And I plan on doing science UIL again.” UIL students experience failure, which helps them grow as a person. “Not all of the events have sufficient time to be completed if you have not studied,” sophomore Leticia Vallejo said. “Placing doesn’t matter, but the effort is what counts.” The school is now taking on a prose and poetry team again. “I came to UIL with absolutely no experience in prose,” freshman Rachel Bowman said. “But I returned with a better idea of the event, and plan on participating again next year.” The students who participate in this event are given the chance to grow and learn more, through critiques and friendships. “It’s my last UIL season
1) Posing after victory • Senior Nicholas Hoskins shows off his medal from the Emory meet. 2) Practice meet Snapshot • Participants take a group photo at the Hallsville meet. Pictured are freshman Rachel Bowman, junior Vanessa Zarazua, freshman Cerinity Exline, sophomore Kristal Loredo, sophomore 3 4 Dayton McElyea, senior Ankit Chahal, sophomore Ciara Hopper, sophomore Leticia Vallejo, Hoskins, sophomore Sabrina Hardt, sophomore Lexus Harrington and senior Dayana Sanchez. 3) A moment for the books • Freshman Samantha Linkinhoker shows off her 2nd place Feature writing medal from Emory. 4) Hard work pays off • Freshman Faith Jones placed 4th in Editorial writing at Emory. Photos by Diana Key & Carlie Massey. poetry UIL,” junior Vanessa Zarazua said. “I worked really and I’m thankful for all failure, which helps them hard to prepare for it. Once I the opportunities I’ve had grow as a person. was actually up there, I met throughout the years,” senior When students go to UIL, people I was competing with Ankit Chahal said. “I’ve giving their event 100% of and they were really sweet, so gained a lot of knowledge and their effort, they emerge with I wasn’t as nervous. I didn’t made new friendships.” a sense of pride, even if they advance, but having Rachel Not every student on a UIL do not end up placing. with me as a prose and poetry team places, some experience “This is my first year doing buddy made it worthwhile.”
One Act cast, crew travels to Van ISD for Clinic Juan Martinez Staff Writer On Feb. 22, the One Act Play cast and crew visited Van ISD and performed their show, Still Stands The House, for a clinic. Practices began in midJanuary, leading up to district on March 10. “Last year we had a new teacher and were trying to adjust,” junior Brandon Fugler said. “This year we know the terrain. My character, Bruce, grew up on a farm. He’s very passionate about his childhood, and so am I.” The cast has a team of crew members backstage that help the play run smoothly. “I’m very confident in what I have to do backstage,” senior Alyssa Vanhoose said. “It’s very stressful, but fun. I can’t wait for district.” Because of the small cast and crew, the One Act team has a family feeling to it, everyone is able to feel safe
and welcome. “Being in the play is just a really great experience,” junior Shania Pierce said. “We’re like one big family. I love being there for my peers and helping them prepare for district.” Senior Braeland Williams finally got his big break in the fall play Scrooge, and is reappearing on the stage as Arthur Manning in the One Act play. “My character is important because he sets the tone for the play,” senior Braeland Williams said. “He has people on the edge of their seats. I feel a little nervous about district because of the large audience we will have.” The cast and crew have been working hard, dedicating every moment to perfecting their parts. “I feel like everything’s coming together,” freshman Brooklyn Hall said. “Carlie as
Ruth is so passionate at one point, like is almost brings me to tears.” Bringing a character to life takes lots of emotion and the ability to empathize in order to portray your character. “My character and I are both very excited and happy,” sophomore Carlie Massey
said. “But she’s way better at showing that than I am in real life. Bringing my character to life has proven to be quite a struggle and a challenge, but nothing would be fun if you didn’t have to work for it. I’m confident enough in myself to say I can make my character the person she is by district.”
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1) Captured in the moment • Junior Brandon Fugler as husband Bruce Warren and sophomore Carlie Massey as wife Ruth Warren practice at a clinic at Van ISD 2) Between the lines • Senior Olivia Lemaire as sister Hester Warren and senior Braeland Williams as real estate agent Arthur Manning practice their parts before performing.
March 9, 2018
Lady dogs bounce back Kaleb Jett Sports Editor On March 6, the Lady Dogs had their annual senior night against Gladewater. It was an emotional night for a lot of the girls, but you couldn’t tell by watching the game. Senior Leslie Bennett opened the scoring in the 32nd minute, and after that the girls couldn’t be stopped. The score at halftime was 6-0. They started the second half strong, scoring two goals in under 10 minutes. The final score was 10-0 and a night to remember for those seniors. “I was sad,” Bennett said. “I’ve played all four years on varsity and the idea of me leaving behind Coach Hagan and the rest of my team is heartbreaking.” On Feb. 23, the girls traveled to Spring Hill for round 2 of district, but Spring Hill wasn’t going down without a fight.
The Panthers scored early in the first half off of a free kick which left the Lady Dogs down 1-0. The Dogs did all they could but left with a 3-1 loss against Spring Hill. “It felt bad to lose to them; there’s been such a big rivalry between our two teams for so long, and we’ve always come out on top,” senior Jade Norris said. “It’s not nice being on the other side of that outcome. Ever since that loss, we’ve come together more as a team. Our practices have been more serious, and we’ve been more successful on the field.” The girls are more alive and ready than ever to take on whoever gets in their way. “It’s always fun playing a rivalry match because each team has so much to lose,” Bennett said. They will face off against the Lady Lions in Henderson tonight, so come out and cheer on your team to a district championship.
1) Defend • Junior Brandon
Whitaker goes to kick the ball. 2) Dribble • Freshman Emma Taylor takes on Tatum defender. 3) Defend • Junior Jasmine Wheat defends the ball from the other team. 4) Score • Senior Kaitlin Word shoots the ball for the goal. Photos courtesy of Elijah Williams.
Hinojos takes on a Lufkin defender. 2) Lead the way • Junior Captain Raul Cedillo plays long ball across the field. 3) Trust in prayer • Team gathers for a prayer before playing the opening game of the Longview tournament against Forney. Photos by Carley Ganus.
On March 6, the Dogs hosted Gladewater for game three of the second round of district. The Bulldogs dominated the game with a score of 12-0, making their season record 162-6 and district record 8-0. It was also senior night where goodbyes were said to all the seniors, and they were recognized for their last season as Bulldogs soccer players. “It’s my first and last year as a Kilgore player, but I’m glad to spend my last year as a bulldog,” senior Jonathan Hinojos said. “The transition from Longview to Kilgore was a different experience, but now I feel as if I’ve been here all throughout high school.” Friday, March 2, Kilgore faced off against Tatum to start the second round of district. The Dogs had a slow start but made up for it when junior Raul Cedillo scored in the 27th
minute to give Kilgore a 1-0 lead. Not long after, senior Jonathan Hinojos scored, making it 2-0. It stayed that way the rest of the game, giving the Bulldogs another win. “We came in the game focused and ready, and the score said it all,” senior Vijay Sohal said. The team has been preparing and working hard at practice day by day. They hope to keep the legacy going and become the only team in East Texas to return the state tournament four times in a row. “I’m extremely proud of how far the team and I have come,” freshman Tray Epps said. “I hope I get the privilege to help the team defend our title at State and prove that we are still champions.” Kilgore will take on Henderson tonight in a rivalry match at home, come out and support the Dogs.
go out to one of the bigger tournaments on our schedule and play like we did says a lot about our team this year. I have high hopes.” Riding on this wave of momentum, varsity was back in action on March 2 at Wills Point, where they placed second. “Wills Point and the way we played out there was a good sign,” senior David Chavarria said. Although they came up just short of taking the gold against Wills Point, this tournament is an opportunity for the team to grow. “Losing to our rivals, Wills Point, in the finals was hard, but losing is part of the sport,” Chavarria said. “We have to move forward and learn from our losses in order to grow into
better players.” Varsity tennis hoped to continue their streak of success, when they played yesterday in Longview. “I am looking forward to all the upcoming matches because they will be my last ones,” senior Pooja Patel said.
Swing • Senior Graham Tyra plays ball back across to opponent.
Lady Dogs end on a good play Ankit Chahal Online Editor The girls’ basketball team ended their season on Feb. 6 playing at home in Kilgore. They suffered a loss against rivals Henderson with a score of 25-46. They ended their season with an overall standing of 17-14. “As a team, we’ve come a long way since last year,” senior Tianna Holland said. “Coach Coleman is a great coach, and we couldn’t have made it this far without him.” The team played under new leadership with Jeff Coleman. “We had a very good year,” Coleman said. “Overall the team made some very good progress. I really enjoyed working with the group of young ladies.” More adjustments will be made next year with the graduation of two key senior players. “Tianna Holland and D’Shira Rossum, both of these young ladies played the post position for the team last season,” Coleman said. “So we will have to replace them.” To prepare for the upcoming season, the girls regularly attend each practice to become a better team. “I wish the team all the luck for next year,” Holland said.
1) Kick • Freshman Maria
Tennis reaches midpoint As athletics at KHS rolls into the spring season, tennis begins to hit the midpoint of its schedule in stride. Feb. 23 and 24 the varsity team traveled to Bryan for a two day tournament where they finished fourth out of twenty teams. “The Bryan tournament was more than just a tournament. Although it was a great meet and we all competed very well, what sticks to my mind are the teammates and memories,” senior Daisy Vega said. With the end of season not far around the corner, this was a key performance for tennis’ postseason hopes. “Bryan was big for us,” Vega said. “Being able to
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Dogs dominate district
Basketball boys end season Patrick Langley Staff Writer Boys basketball had a good season, making it to playoffs after three long years. “My highlight of this season was making the playoffs. It’s been three long years since we have,” senior Hunter Bonnette said. The team came together, and worked hard this season. “My goal was to be better in all areas and to make the playoffs. I worked hard every day and made that a reality,” Bonnette said. They exceeded expectations when they beat Chapel Hill in the first district game. “The turning point of this season was when we played Chapel Hill. Even though most people expected us to lose, we pulled through and won the game,” Bonnette said. “We showed everyone that we could overcome the odds and work together as a team,” Junior Samuel Kosel said. “The strongest player this
season in my opinion, was the team. We worked hard in the off season and got better every day in order to achieve our goals. We felt the need to show that kilgore is not just a football school, but we can play basketball, too.” Kilgore lost to Center in the round of the playoffs. “I enjoyed this season a lot,” senior Elijah Williams said. “We worked together and
did some amazing things as a team.” Coach Timmons says they are a family. “Wins are awesome, but having my four boys look up to my players means more to me than anything” coach Jerry Timmons said. “I love every one of my players and tell them that all the time. I enjoy being a part of their lives and them being a part of mine.”
Player Stats 2017-18 Player Nesba Brown Deontrae Wheat Nick Hooper Patrick Jackson Samuel Kosel Treylon Stephenson Elijah Williams Octavian Mckee Seth Thomas Hunter Bonnette Byron Templeton Jerimiah Hoskins
Player # Total points 0 53 1 204 2 30 3 62 4 82 5 10 11 97 15 128 24 237 25 75 32 7 35
Watch and observe • Juniors Mariya Mitchell and Jamaria Thomas watch their teammates. Courtesy Photo.
Coach’s Picks Coach Coleman recognizes key players from this season
Tianna Holland, 12 Mariya Mitchell, 11 Jamaria Thomas, 11 Jade Abercrombie, 10
Miah Thomas, 9
“Worked hard on the post” “Big on defense” “Team leading scorer” “On the board with rebounds”
“Helped Jamaria in the backcourt”
1. All set • The team is pictured on the court, waiting to play at Spring Hill High School. 2. Shoot • Sophomore Jerimiah Hoskins shoots a basket. 3. Dribble • Junior Samuel Kosel prepares to take the ball down the court. 4. Score • Senior Hunter Bonnette shoots a free throw in the game against Gladewater. Photos by McKinley Gregg & Madison Robins.
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March 9, 2018
Track takes over SFA: team participates in first meet Kaleb Jett Sports Editor
On March 3, the track team traveled to SFA to compete in the first track meet of the season. They performed pretty well, placing 3rd overall. They were supposed to compete in the Pine Tree track meet but it was canceled due to bad weather and wet conditions. “When I found out the track meet got canceled I was a little bit upset,” senior Jamie Patton said. “On the other hand it gave us more time to train and be prepared for the next meet.” The track team has been training relentlessly so that they can go far this season as a team and not just in separate events. “No team can outdo the team we had last year; last year everyone was so motivated towards their events that they would train on their own time outside of school, but this year’s team has heart and wants to work hard and wants to get better,”
Patton said. Longview will be hosting a meet today at the Longview stadium. “My hope for the season is to make it as far as we can as a team,” senior Josh Fletcher said. “We have some events that are stronger than others so we push each other in a positive way so that we all get better.”
1. Jump • Freshman Alexis T.
Anderson clears the pile in her first high jump attempt. 2. Almost there • Junior Victor Rangel strides out the final stretch of the race. 3. Just keep going • Freshman Austin Bain pushes through the finish line in the 3200 heat. 4. One last push • Sophomore Skyler Day rounds the curve in an attempt to place. 5. Finish • Freshman Christina Rosas makes her way toward the finish line. Photos by Mackenzie Proctor & Symonne Brooks.
Swing Batter Batter Swing Golf putts into soggy season Ankit Chahal Online Editor
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On March 2-3 the Lady Dogs played in the Pine Tree Softball Tournament. The girls started the tournament off right by beating the Sabine Cardinals 6-2. “It was a good game. We played hard and played very well as a team which lead us to getting a victory in the end,” junior Bailey Downing said. After the game, the team had to start warming up for their next game against the Joaquin Rams. They won with a score of 4-1, and built their confidence for the game on Saturday, which they won 5-0 against the Jefferson Bulldogs. “I feel as thought we are finally coming together and playing as a team and this tournament really was a big confidence booster for all of us. We had a really good tournament and had a lot of fun and it showed,” junior Hailee Jo Lewis said. The Lady Dogs said they had an amazing tournament this weekend. In the last game they lost against Pine Tree 4-5, However, it was a very good game for both teams. “I’m looking forward to seeing what this season brings in the future,” sophomore Kristen Wilson said. This will be the last tournament for the team as they embark on their journey into making it to playoffs. They played against Nacogdoches this past Tuesday.
2 1. Varsity • Softball girls smile at the camera before their game. 2. Junior Varsity • JV Softball girls pose together after a win in the Longview tournament. Photos courtesy of Stephanie Wilson.
1.Miah Thomas 1.Madison Campbell 2.Elizabeth Idlett 3.Brook-lynn Henderson 3.Bailey Downing 6.Alexis M. Anderson 4.Alyssa Whittington 8.Jaycie Villanueva 5.Jaley Skiles 9.Jordyn Hampton 7.Genna Cavanaugh 10.Chamya Sammons 8.Bailey Hedges 13.Cerenity Exline 9.Tra’kaila Graves 14.Zahria Smith 10.Kristen Wilson 15.Shakyrra Hamilton 11.Destiney Mendez 16.Shakirra Hamilton 15.Tayla Green 17.Jenifer Loredo Avalos 16.Janae Moore 18.Jessie Villanueva 17.Hailee Jo Lewis 19.Diamond Smith 19.Mackenzie Harrison 21.Gracie Gossage
Under the leadership of a new coach, Karl Kilgore, the golf team is in midst of their season. “I’m excited about having the chance to build the golf program here at Kilgore HS,” Kilgore said. “I’m also pleased to have such a great group of kids to be on this team.” The team previously competed in the Woodhollow course in January. “The first meet was definitely a learning experience, I think, for everyone,” senior Bryce White said. “We hope to learn and practice harder, so we can all get better.” This past week, the varsity boys played at the Oak Forest course in Longview, and the girls traveled to Lindale to play at Garden Valley. “It was nice to finally compete after a long hiatus and the rain,” junior Mackenzie Cavanaugh said. The rain may have washed down their practice time, but it has been unable to wash down the team’s hopes. “We have a lot of work to do, but I think that the golfers are finally beginning to understand that we have a long way to go if we are going to compete for a district title,” Kilgore said. On their road to district, the varsity team will be competing at Van Zandt Country Club in Canton on March 19 and 20 and Pine Springs in Tyler on March 26.
1. Chipping • Junior Mackenzie Cavanaugh eyes the ball before she makes her shot. 2. Focus • Sophomore Lauren Bryant gets to ready to make her shot. 3. Hit • Junior Austin Huckabee assesses his shot. 4. Driving • Senior Jax Brantley looks on at his ball after hitting it. Photos by Lindsey Cassity.
One Step Closer: baseball hits the season off strong Jasiaha Boaz Ad Editor
On Feb. 26 the varsity baseball team held the lead for the first six innings against Whitehouse. In the seventh inning they started to slip, then Whitehouse took advantage of the situation to secure the lead. “We got a little too comfortable and lazy on the field,” senior Ren Reynolds said. The Varsity team couldn’t come back the rest of the game to obtain their win and ended up losing 9-8. “I think it was a good learning experience and I’m glad it happened now rather than later in the year,” Reynolds said. March 1-3 the baseball team participated in the Oil Belt Tournament here in Kilgore. The varsity team showed out and won all three of their games putting them up the ranks. “We plan on going in head strong to come out with three wins like the Oil Belt Tourney,” senior Elijah Williams said On March 8 through 10 Kilgore varsity baseball will compete in the Edgewood Tournament. As all, the Kilgore baseball
teams progress through the season with their hard work and dedication along side their love for the sport. The team plans to work on improving their personal skills and come together as a team to meet their one goal - becoming state bound. Their lengthy run in the playoffs last year further adds to their effort. “I plan on working diligently to train myself to achieve my personal goals,” junior Gus Witt said.
1. Mile hour pitch • Senior
Ren Reynolds pitches the ball to the opposite team. 2. Maximum effort • Junior Gus Witt waits as he puts his full concentration into hitting the ball in order to give his team a lead 3. Full capacity • Senior Trea’Drick Clayton focuses on the incoming ball in a desperate swing to hit to the maximum of his abilities. 4. Strike out • The outfield team prepares themselves for a possible hit from the opposing team as sophomore Chase Hamptom goes to pitch the ball. Photos taken by Bailee Barton.