Kilgore High School Mirror Issue 2 Nov. 19, 2021

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Leading & succeeding Senior Riley Rios, junior Sam Clements, and sophomore MaKayla Smith celebrate their 3rd place finish. Their Ag LDE Advocacy team advanced to Area held on Wed. Nov. 17 at TSTCC. See more FFA on page 7. Courtesy photo by Macie Wagstaff.

Volume XXII, Issue II

Kilgore High School

November 19, 2021

For the students, by the students

NHS welcomes new members Madison Donovan Co-Editor-in-Chief The 2021 induction into National Honor Society took place Monday, Nov. 15 at St. Luke’s Methodist Church. The organization welcomed 60 new members. These students worked hard to accomplish this achievement. “I like to think that I go beyond what is expected of a normal student, and, overall, I work hard to satisfy my own ambitions,” junior Sam Clements said. These students had to show that they exhibit the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership, and character. “Scholarship, leadership, and service are good qualities needed to be a good candidate for NHS,” senior Alicia Garcia said. “Leadership, scholarship and service can all be qualities I will be using for anything in my future.” These students had to apply in order to get in. This process includes documenting all other extracurriculars, leadership positions, community service hours, and an essay. They had to want to join and make an effort to turn all of the necessary information on time. “NHS is an organization that has an impressive program full of students who give no less than 100 percent,” Clements said. “Surrounding myself with students like this will help me with engagement in class and even bring a sense of friendly competition.” New members had no idea what to expect when it came to the induction ceremony. However, they did have a few guesses. “I expect the induction to be very regal and celebratory,” Clements said. “It will be the next big step I take in

‘Spooktacular’ show • The KHS Philharmonic Orchestra performs their music at the fall concert. Photo by Ashaw Bailey.

Ceremonial celebration • Juniors Laryna Romero, Seleste Romero, Anthony Salinas, and Reyna Vasquez wait to say the NHS pledge and become official members. Photo by Eryka Hopper.

the opportunities that come after the induction ceremony. “I’m excited because I believe getting inducted will open up new opportunities for me, and I will get to experience it with my friends,” junior Jaime Baldazo said. There are many qualities the new members of NHS exhibit. “I’m very smart, my work ethic is top-tier for things I care about, and it’s very easy for me to pick up leadership positions,” Baldazo said. Garcia has something she wants people to remember about being in NHS. “NHS is not just about sharing the accomplishments but challenging each other to develop an active involvement with the community,” Garcia said.

my high school career.” Some members had heard from last year’s inductees what to expect. “Truthfully, I have no clue what to expect at induction,” junior Axel Lira said. “I have friends from the previous year that have told me it involves a candle, but I don’t know what to expect other than that at this traditional event.” Inductees are looking forward to aspects of the induction ceremony that have nothing to do with the actual ceremony. “I’m looking forward to celebrating with my dad,” senior Analyse Thomas said. “I barely get to see him, and I would love to see him being happy while I receive such an honor.” Others are looking forward to

Orchestra performs Hauntcert Lizett Garcia Staff Writer On Wed., Oct. 27 the KHS orchestra held their first concert of the year. Because the concert took place close to Halloween, the theme was a “Hauntcert”. Students were given the choice to dress up and wear their Halloween costumes while they performed. “Most concerts are serious with a strict dress code for musicians. It’s nice to have fun and dress in costume,” orchestra director Sherry Paetznick said. All four orchestra classes also played spooky and fun music such as “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” and “Midnight Howl”.

“My favorite part of the concert was when we played ‘This is Halloween’,” sophomore Ever Sweet said. Although the KHS orchestra students have played several concerts in the past, some students still felt nervous. “I was extremely nervous, because I was the concert master, and it was the very first concert of the year,”senior Shanna Casayuran said. “I didn’t want to embarrass myself in front of all my fellow instrumentalists and everyone else in the audience, so I was anxious in the beginning. But fortunately, that feeling went away when we played our first piece beautifully; I gained the confidence that we were going to perform our best that night.”

The concert was the result of several weeks of hard work. During their orchestra class period, students would spend the majority of their time practicing their music. Students also had to practice their music on their own time. “I took my instrument home several times to practice the difficult parts in my music that I was not confident in playing. I was constantly writing on my music, so I had it all prepared before the concert,” Casayuran said. Overall, the concert was successful. Both the students and the audience enjoyed it. “Some students from other classes were backstage dancing to the music. That was pretty great,” Paetznick said. “I’m proud of all the classes.”

‘Scaring’ about our Community: KHS hosts Fall Festival Rachel Niemeyer Junior Editor

Setting up “the spook” • Junior and Student Council member Mary Katherine Adams hangs decorative spider webs in preparation for the Fall Festival.

Fun festivities like carnivals and trunk or treats are great ways to get a community involved. KHS hosted its first Fall Festival on October 26 and the turnout was incredible. Games paired with candy and costumes made for an amazing event. Organizations and clubs operated different booths and games for visitors to play. This allowed for promotion of the clubs involved and kept visitors enthralled. The crowd in the gym was wall to wall, and fun was had by all. “It is important that Kilgore High School continue to participate and seek community involvement opportunities,” Principal April Cox said. “We must be active members of the Kilgore Community and volunteer our time and resources to serve others.” Serving the community was what the Fall Festival was all about. Many students and staff members participated in bringing the event together. “Doing events like this brings joy and happiness to all as well as creating awareness of what groups

are available at the high school,” Health Science Club Sponsor Coach Kirkpatrick said. “Young students and their parents can build interest and excitement in opportunities they can be involved in when they get to high school.” Several organizations were able to get creative with their games or activities. The Art Club worked a face paint booth that was a big hit among students and their younger family members. The Cheer Team set up a spooky-themed bowling game, and the Health Science team had a game in which students would have to stick their hands into a mystery box, touch an object, and guess which body part the object was representing. “I thought the Fall Festival was a great success and brought the community together,” Cheer Advisor Coach Offerding said. “My favorite moment was looking out into the packed gym and seeing so many people of different ages dressed up and having smiles on their faces.” Many members of the community have voiced their appreciation for the festival. “After a successful event, there was a lady that came up to me and


UIL Journalism team members attend workshop in Lindale Spring Hill, Cumberland Academy, Chapel Hill, and Lindale. In the past, students have UIL Journalism attended a writing represented Kilgore well at workshop at Lindale High School on competitions. Tuesday. Last year, the Current Events, This will help participating Spelling, and Accounting teams students to prepare for upcoming UIL placed 2nd. Sophomore, now junior Academic competitions. Delaney Moses placed 1st in Spelling Students recieved professional tips and juniors, now seniors Madison on News Writing, Editorial Writing, Donovan and Cason Cox placed Headline Writing, Copy Editing, and 1st in their events. Madison is the Feature Writing. current State Champion placing 1st University Interscholastic in Headline Writing, and Cason was League (UIL) Academic Meets 3rd in the state in Current Events. All are competitions that Kilgore has three advanced to regionals. participated in for many years. Some The journlalism team members are students have even competed in hopeful to continue this success as we UIL since their years at Chandler enter the UIL season. Elementary. Although UIL takes some practice UIL is a chance for students to and devotion, it is a productive way demonstrate and showcase their to calibrate already exemplary skills. educational talents. It has a field of Not to mention, it looks great on competition for nearly every type of college applications. mind. Most universities are on the Any student is welcome to lookout for students involved in participate in UIL teams such as extracurriculars. Spelling, Ready Writing, Speech, UIL conveys a student’s Math, Current Events, Accounting, involvement in the academic world Journalism, Science, Social Studies, and the application of their mind. and more. Doing extra is important to stand out. Currently, Kilgore is competing If you are interested in UIL, in Region 2 District 16 - AAAA. see coordinator Johna Tritt in her In this district, Kilgore’s Academic office upstairs next to the Humanities competitors are Henderson, Bullard, classroom.

said that she and her grandchild had a great time and thanked me for being a part of it,” Health Science Club Officer Shanna Casayuran said. “Hearing her feedback about the event made me realize how important it is to give back to the community and see how other people enjoy themselves.” It’s typically said that third time’s the charm, but in this case, first time’s the charm. The first Fall Festival was a raging success. Principal Cox hopes to hold this event again in upcoming years. “We are hopeful we can continue to host the Fall Festival in the future,” Cox said. “I am excited to brainstorm with student groups on how we can make it bigger and better!” The Festival brought together current and future occupants of KHS. “There were so many moments that captured my attention; however, I would have to say my favorite moment was watching the way our KHS students interacted with the younger children,” Cox said. “I was so proud of our students for displaying positive engagement and patience during this event.” Check out more pictures of this event on page 9.


Rachel Niemeyer Junior Editor



Working time • Seniors Madison Donovan, Eryka Hopper, Carly Mauldin, and junior Jayden Jones wait for the next session of the UIL workshop to begin. Among other things, they wrote leads for News stories in a workshop led by Jayme Quick, Balfour Representative and former Carthage Journalism Coach. Photo by Amy Bates.

1) Feeling Festive • Juniors Iris Tores, Kalamkas Adzhikul, freshman Jaxon Woods, junior Delaney Moses, senior Carley McEntire, and Jayci Pyle work the Anchor Club booth at the derrick lighting. 2) Setting up • Junior Kalamkas Adzhikul and senior Carly Mauldin reset a tree bowling game at the derrick lighting. Courtesy photos by Christie Carter.

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November 19, 2021


The positive effects of watching horror movies workout, their study found that “The Shining” was the number one calorie burning movie, and anything with jump scares is more likely to get your heart rate up. Horror is arguably the most The positive effects of controversial film genre out there. adrenaline don’t stop there. In The dark subject matter, gore, and addition to increasing your heart rate, anxiety-inducing scenes cause most adrenaline triggers the release of people to either really love or really dopamine, a chemical that balances hate horror. Some even argue that it your emotions and boosts your could be damaging by encouraging mood. When an especially terrifying violence and creating unnecessary scene stresses your brain out, the anxiousness. adrenaline prepares your body for While it’s true that scary movies potential danger. When the scene can increase tension and anxiety, de-escalates, dopamine gives you a studies show that the thrill of a great sense of peace and happiness. The horror story can have many positive built up anxiety and tension provided effects, both physical and emotional. by horror movies gives way to a According to a study from the sense of releif. An adrenaline rush is University of Westminster, watching a great way to improve your mood. horror movies can actually help you Horror movies have also burn calories. The suspenseful scenes been shown to have many social and jump scares of many horror and emotional benefits as well. movies cause your heart rate to go Watching a really scary film can up, and adrenaline to be released. be a very emotional experience. The fight or flight chemicals your There’s a constant build up of body releases when under stress tension and release, over and over have been known to increase your again. Experiencing this with other metabolism and burn calories. people can help create stronger If you’re looking for an easy bonds, by putting the group through

Carly Mauldin Co-Editor in Cheif

Fright fest • Junior Sara Buchanan reacts to an intsense scene in The Shining. “I love the thrill of a good horror movie. It’s the best past time with friends,” Buchanan said. Photo by Carly Mauldin.

Top Ten Calorie Burning Movies According to the University of Westminster

1. The Shining:

6. A Nightmare on Elm Street:

184 Calories

118 calories

2. Jaws:

7. Paranormal Activity:

3. The Exorcist:

8. The Blair Witch Project:

161 calories 158 calories

4. Alien:

152 calories

5. Saw:

133 calories

111 calories 105 calories

9. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 107 calories 10. [Rec]: 101 calories

a vulnerable situation together, and providing a memorable, shared experience. Finally, horror movies can help you explore and face your fears. The wide variety of topics and subgenres of horror should cover just about every fear and phobia a person could have. Horror movies provide an outlet to experience something that scares you in a safe environment. This is similar to exposure therapy, a method of therapy meant to help patients face their fears through safe exposure to something that causes anxiety. Doing something that scares you and coming out of it totally safe is how you can start to overcome your fears. It’s true that horror movies cause fear and anxiety. However, I believe that many of the negative opinions about the genre come from a misunderstanding of how our brains work. Experiencing negative emotions in a safe, controlled environment can be healthy. Horror movies allow you to process your fears and emotions, and improve your physical and psychological health in the process.

Improving with Involvement Being active in school activities makes you a better student Layla Spalding Staff Writer Carly Mauldin Co-Editor in Chief As a freshman and sophomore, I was never really involved in school activities. However, I came into my junior year open-minded. I decided to get involved, and now I am involved in various clubs such as newspaper, Voices of Soul, Hype Squad, and art. Getting involved is a great way to make friends, grow as a person, and potentially get scholarships. Kilgore High School has a variety of clubs and organizations. Some of our many clubs include: AASA, which stand for African American Student Alliance, Hype Squad, a club that hypes up pep rallies and encourages school spirit, KBAD, an antidrug club, LaBamba, a Hispanic Heritage club, Voices of Soul, a gospel choir, and many more groups. These clubs are made up of diverse groups of students from different grades and backgrounds. Joining a club is a fantastic

way to put yourself out there and meet new people. It’s easy to feel like you see the same people every day in your classes, so putting yourself into a new group can allow you to meet people you wouldn’t otherwise know. Getting involved in different school clubs can not only be beneficial from a social perspective, but it can also help you get to know yourself better. I didn’t think that I liked the things I do now, but I put myself out there and tried something new. Now, I have gained so many fun hobbies and abilities I never knew I was capable of. Clubs and organizations encourage you to try new things and give you the resources and support of your peers to succeed in that area. They can help you to realize your potential and grow as a student and a person. Clubs are also great things to put on college applications. Colleges aren’t just looking for students who are strong academically. They are looking for well-rounded students who do many different things. Being

involved in many clubs shows colleges that you care about things like the arts, your school, and your community. Being a part of something other than just your enrolled, core classes is an amazing opportunity. It shows that you love your school, and it shows Bulldog Pride. Being a member of a respected and fun club creates a memorable high school experience.

Getting involved really made my high school experience so much better. I made so many of my close friends and made so many memories in these organizations. I don’t know what I would do without them.

are chosen by administration & faculty committees.

Lizett Garcia Staff Writer High school can be tough. Going from class to class, working on assignments, and getting my homework done usually leaves me feeling tired or stressed. When this happens, I put in my earbuds and shuffle my favorite Spotify playlist. Listening to music is something that is important to many high school students, myself included. Music keeps me motivated and happy. Although music is important to my personal life, does music benefit my education in any way? In order to keep my grades up I need to study, do homework, and turn in assignments on time. However, it’s music that helps me accomplish this. Music tends to keep me more focused on my school work. Whenever I’m allowed to listen to music in class, I can really concentrate on my assignments. Instead of it being totally quiet, which makes me feel uncomfortable, I have my music playing in the background. I really enjoy the feeling of listening to my favorite songs while I work.

The Mirror

Award of Achievement

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The educational benefits of listening to music

Mirror Newspaper senior editor, Hope Initiative & Health Science president, StuCo, NHS, La Bamba, FCS, and Science Club member

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Jamming out

- Senior Madison Donovan

Making Music • Seniors Whitney Hunt, Jaleah Wafer, Italy VanZandt, and Ky’Ara Luckerson, and Junior Khloe Davis, stand together to represent the Voices of Soul organization. See Mr. Clements if you are interested in joining. Courtesy photo.

The Mirror earned the Award of Honor The Mirror earned the Award of Distinguished Merit

Staying focused • Sophomores Geonni Dominguez, Jacob Contreras, and Alfredo Barron listen to music while they work on an assignment in Google Classroon. Photo by Lizett Garcia.

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Kilgore High School 301 N. Kilgore Street, Kilgore, TX 75662 903.988.3901, ext. 2137 Student Population 1146 Volume XXII, Issue 2 November 19, 2021 KISD Superintendent Dr. Andy Baker Principal April Cox Bulldog Publications Adviser Amy Bates Editors Carly Mauldin - Co-Editor in Chief Madison Donovan - Co-Editor in Chief Rachel Niemeyer - Junior Editor Jayden Jones - Junior Editor

I also feel more calm when I listen to music. Doing work for eight class periods straight is tough. Not to mention having to remember deadlines and homework. Sometimes I’m so busy thinking about all this other work I have to do that I begin to feel anxious. If I feel anxious, I can’t concentrate on what I’m currently doing. This could result in me getting a bad grade on my work. The solution to this problem is listening to music because it temporarily relieves any current anxiety I have. Although some may think that listening to music while working is inefficient and distracting, it all depends on the person. Music makes me feel focused and calm. Some people may feel distracted with music, while others might have emotions similar to mine. It also depends on how good you are at multitasking. For those who are good at multitasking, they can easily listen to music while working on something else. However, some people find this challenging. Everyone has a different perspective. Others may also argue that listening to music may be distracting to others around you.

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There is an easy solution to this problem: earbuds or airpods. Both earbuds and airpods are small and barely visible. With this decreased visibility, other students are unlikely to notice them or be bothered by them. Unlike when playing music from your phone’s speakers, the only person who will be able to hear the music playing is you. This makes listening to music a minimal distraction for those around you. Not only do I listen to music, but I also make music. I play the violin in the KHS orchestra. I usually practice my violin after school and on the weekends. By doing this, I earn practice grades, improve my performance, and get high grades on my playing tests. This all contributes to my overall grade in orchestra. It also allows the orchestra to sound better as a whole group. Music will continue to be an important part of my life even after high school. After graduation, I plan on going to college and majoring in music theory. As for my career, I want to be a professional violinist. Instead of using music as a distraction, I choose to use it in a way that it benefits me and my education.

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November 19, 2021


Favorite Film Fun


Seasonal movies make the holidays Lou Carlisle

Staff Writer

It’s that time of year when we get the seasonal movies out for a rewatch. What once was old is new again, and we love every minute of it! Whether you like watching John Carpenter’s Halloween movie, the first real Halloween movie dated back to 1978, or Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas that was filmed in 1993. Everyone loves celebrating with a good movie marathon. And of course, I can’t forget about Hocus Pocus, about three witches coming back to life and chasing these kids around on a Halloween night film back in 1993. It’s really an adorable movie. It perfectly sets the mood for a night of trick-or-treating. Also, does anyone remember the little ghost who was trapped in a house for years with his three ghost uncles? If not, it’s Casper the Halloween Ghost film back 1993. If you want to get really spooked, the Conjuring 3 released earlier this year is really something to watch to get really scared.

It says it is based on a true story, which adds to the fright of Halloween. There’s something about this time of year that makes seasonal movies extra special. The holidays that come right after each other make everything better. Next week, we have Thanksgiving which doesn’t seem to get any attention like the other holidays. I’m guessing that everyone knows that it’s almost all about food. I feel like I know more Easter movies than Thanksgiving movies. When Christmas rolls around every year, there’s a new Christmas movie or a TV show. However, it wouldn’t be Christmas without Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer the movie, which has stood the test of time since it debuted way back in 1964. What I’m talking about is the animated version. If you think about it, how they did it was really interesting and hard because they had to move the figures after every shot. This makes this classic that much more amazing. The comedy Home Alone is another classic and is the best movie to watch around this year.

Who doesn’t like to watch a kid home alone and stop an intruder coming into his family home while the family is gone for a Christmas vacation? It gives that good family feeling and it just brings out the joy in the season. And what would be best is to have a train right outside your house and take you all the way to the North Pole. Polar Express is the best movie to watch to get that elementary feeling of going to school in your pajamas and drinking hot chocolate back in second grade. All this great holiday content and we haven’t even looked into the music! We all know that we will definitely be getting our heads filled with Mariah Carey every time we enter a store to shop. These are just some things that are unique about watching and listening to all the great movies that happen from Halloween to Christmas. Down time to relax and watch movies just makes everyone appreciate these seasonal holiday favorites that create the spirit and the feeling of the holidays. See you at the movies or on the couch.

Contemplating Coco • Liz Couch’s 7th period Spanish class enjoys the Disney movie ‘Coco’. Photo by Lou Carlisle.

TSF performs at KHS The students and staff of Kilgore High School would like to thank the Roadshow cast of the Texas Shakespeare Festival for the two plays they performed on our campus on Monday, Nov. 8. We appreciate you and enjoyed your performances

of ‘As You Like It’ & ‘Twelfth Night’. Find out more about the Texas Shakespeare Festival by going to or following Texas Shakes on Instagram. Photo by KHS Mirror Staffer Carlos Ortiz.

Holiday wacky world records Ali Dunn Staff Writer Thanksgiving is a time for being grateful, kind, and gathering with friends and family. Food and activities are also a big part of this holiday and the Guiness World Record has many great Thanksgiving milestones. The first edition of The Guinness Book of Records was published in Great Britain on Aug. 27, 1955 and quickly became a popular favorite. This is a reference book published yearly that lists both human achievements and the extremes

Record-setting • The latest issue of Guinness World Records. Photo from amazon. com.

of the natural world. Looking at the incredible records that have been set, readers can see how much Thanksgiving means to people and how exciting it can be. Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks and helping others, as well. All of the food made for the records shown to the right were donated or taken to people in need and shelters who would ration out the food to people who either don’t get a Thanksgiving, are physically and/or mentally incapable of making their own Thanksgiving food, who just for those people who need a little more love and care during the holidays. “My favorite Thanksgiving World Record would have to be the largest family reunion because family is important to me and it amazes me how they were able to have a family that big and be able to celebrate together,” junior Tanya Joyner said. Use the time during Thanksgiving to be with your loved ones and show how grateful you are for them and for what they do for you and others. Get together with family and friends and try to see if you can break any of these wacky but festive records.

Thanksgiving Guinness World Records Largest sweet potato pie weighed 703 pounds and 4 ounces (April 7, 2018) Heaviest turkey in the world weighed 86 pounds and was named Tyson (Dec. 12, 1989) Fastest turkey carving is 3 minutes and 19.47 seconds (June 3, 2009) Largest pecan pie weighed 41,586 pounds (May 22, 1999) The fastest time anyone has eaten 500 grams of cranberry sauce was 42.94 seconds (Aug. 19, 2016) Largest serving of mashed potatoes weighed 2,641 pounds (June 20, 2015) The world’s largest inflatable parade is the Macy’s Annual Thanksgiving Parade in New York City Largest serving of green bean casserole weighed 1,009 pounds (Nov. 20, 2019) Largest pumpkin pie weighed in at 3,699 pounds (Sept. 25, 2010) The largest family reunion consisted of 4,514 people (Aug. 12, 2012)

Super Smash Bros:

The Ultimate Conclusion Carlos Ortiz

Junior Writer

Beginning again • Junior Maddi Grace Riley streams Red (Taylor’s Version) before the start of first period. Photo by Rachel Niemeyer.

Return of RED Rachel Niemeyer

Junior Editor

Queen of heartbreak and lyricism Taylor Swift released the rerecording of her 2012 album RED on Friday. This album is familiar, yet also contains things never heard before. Red (Taylor’s Version) has all 30 songs that were meant to be released with the original. This includes acoustic versions and ‘from the vault’ songs containing collaborations with other artists such as Phoebe Bridgers, Chris Stapleton, and more. Most importantly, every song in this album is owned by Taylor Swift. In June of 2019, entrepreneur Scooter Braun acquired the Big Machine Label Group along with the rights to all of Taylor’s albums from 2006-2019. These include Taylor Swift (2006), Fearless (2008), Speak Now (2010), RED (2012), 1989 (2014), and reputation (2017). Braun sold Taylor’s old masters which is every record from Taylor Swift to reputation. This was estimated to be worth over $300 million. Taylor has alluded to this robbery of her discography on her social media accounts, her new music, and in acceptance speeches. For example, in the song “the lakes,” a bonus track on folklore, Taylor Swift intentionally remarks, “I’ve come too far to watch

some name-dropping sleaze tell me what my words are worth.” Although this was never confirmed, fans of Taylor Swift (also called Swifties) know that this was not an accidental, subtle lyric. In this day and age, it is important to support ethically-owned music. By rerecording her albums, Taylor Swift is establishing creative ownership. Currently the music owned by Taylor Swift, in order of release, is Lover (2019), sister albums folklore (2020) and evermore (2020), Fearless (Taylor’s Version) (2021), the Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version) single, and of course, Red (Taylor’s Version) (2021). Swifties have speculated that Taylor’s album, Speak Now may be the next that she rerecords. Currently, the price for an autographed Red (Taylor’s Version) CD is $20.10. 2010 was the year of Speak Now’s release, and the price is advertised in a bright purple font, Speak Now’s iconic color. Taylor has always been one to leave “easter eggs’’ on her website and in her music, so no Swiftie believes this is coincidental. Along with the release of RED, Taylor is trying something she never has before; stepping into the wide world of directing. On Saturday, Taylor released her “All Too Well” short film written and directed by the

multi-tasking woman herself. This film was released with leading actors, Teen Wolf and Maze Runner star Dylan O’Brien and Stranger Things star Sadie Sink. Many people quickly speculated the age difference between the two. Sadie is 19 while Dylan is 30. This is very true to Taylor’s relationship at the time of the original album release. Taylor was dating actor Jake Gyllenhaal who was nearly 10 years older. As of recently, Taylor has backed away and retreated from the concept of writing songs based on her real life and romantic relationships in favor of telling beautiful stories through lyrics and melodies. Albums folklore and evermore are purely fictional. In Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions on Disney+, Taylor breaks down each song and dissects her reasons for certain lyrics. She wrote the album during a time of struggle, and wanted people to be able to immerse themselves. “We just want to thank the fans,” Taylor said in her Grammy acceptance speech for winning Album of the Year with folkore. “You guys met us in this imaginary world that we created, and we can’t tell you how honored we are forever by this.”

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate is a platform fighter video game developed by Bandai Namco Studios and Sora Ltd., and published by Nintendo. It is the fifth and latest installment of the Super Smash Brothers series. Smash Bros. offers a large variety of characters from some of the most influential franchises in all of gaming history such as Mario from the Super Mario Brothers series, Steve from Minecraft, and many more. As of now, the full roster consists of 89 characters (including the echo-fighters and all of the dlc characters). “It is a very fun and very impressive game,” junior Drake Williams said. “The amount of games represented in Smash is crazy. I continue to play Smash because it keeps me close to my friends who live far from me.” The latest and final character is Sora from the Kingdom Hearts series. Kingdom Hearts is an action roleplaying video game developed by Square Enix. Kingdom Hearts is a collaboration between some of Square Enix’s major properties and the Walt Disney Company’s major properties. What makes Sora’s inclusion so surprising is the fact that Disney would let Nintendo use their property in a non-Disney game considering their stingy history with their IP’s. “While I haven’t played his series, I feel like Sora is perfect,” senior Isaiah Hardin said. “Sora represents the fans excited and overjoyed for the character they have known for years. It

just feels natural.” One of the pleasures of being a Smash Brothers fan is the anticipation of a new character. Every Nintendo Direct, a Nintendo themed pre-recorded presentation announcing updates coming to games and announces new ones, Smash fans unite to discuss which character they think would be announced and imagine how they would play like. However, the most surprising conclusions are the characters that seem impossible to be included. Smash Bros. Ultimate has a lot of inclusions that were considered lost causes, such as Simon from Castlevania and Ridley from Metroid. A good example is when Steve from Minecraft was announced, which was so jaw-droppingly surprising that Twitter crashed for a few hours due to the abundance of tweets about his inclusion. “The most surprising character to be included is Min-Min,” Hardin said. “If it was an Arms character I thought it would be Spring Man. Terry Bogard is a close second though. I would have chosen either Geno from Super Mario RPG or Masked Man from Mother 3 to be the final character.” What’s so special about Smash Bros. is how every character in the game is unique from one another, so anyone can have a favorite character that they enjoy that is different from their friends and colleagues’s favorite. The roster is ginormous, so it could be nerve-wracking trying

to find your favorite character. The best general advice is to try every character and see who you enjoy the most. “My favorite character is Ganondorf from The Legend of Zelda because he is a very heavy character with powerful attacks,” Junior Benjamin Howell said. Outside of the standard game mode, there are a plethora of other game modes including classic mode, special smash, and horde mode. The most fleshed out game mode is the World of Light campaign. World of Light is a single player mode where the player builds a team of spirits (a booster that gives you raw power and an extra benefit) against CPUs with stronger spirits. As you progress through the campaign, the world starts to open more. “World of Light in concept is very cool, however it’s execution leaves much to be desired,” Williams said. “I myself have never completed it.” Even though the series is at its most hype and prime, it will be difficult trying to top the game that has “everyone” included. It would be upsetting to no longer have everyone included in future installments. The state of the franchise is even more in limbo due to Masahiro Sakurai has officially stated that he doesn’t see a new Smash Bros. game anytime in the near future. “I feel it was good, but I don’t know how they’ll top it in the future,” junior James Craven said.

Playing on the go • Senior Isaiah Hardin plays Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the bus. Courtesy Photo.



4 Spotlight

November 19, 2021

November Student of the Month The November Student of the Month is Abby Hattaway. Abby has accomplished many things in her high school career, but the reason she believes she is student of the month is because of her dedication to her schoolwork as well as the extracurricular activities. “I work hard to keep up my grades, and I love representing my school as best I can,” Abby said. Being involved in so many things can cause stress or challenges especially with extra activities outside of school. While being involved in so much is exciting for Abby, it can get a little overwhelming to juggle all of these activities. She wants to prioritize school and maintain her good grades. She manages to do it all with excellence. “Keeping up with my school work and dance is the biggest challenge during high school,” Abby said. “Almost every day I take dance after school, so finding time for homework is often hard.” Being raised in Kilgore and knowing the people she’s about to graduate with, Abby truly enjoys her peers. She takes pride in her grade and their enthusiasm. “I am most proud of me and my classmates for bringing school spirit back and being the best class ever,” Abby said. She not only adores her classmates, but also her mother. Abby’s mom is someone she takes inspiration from. “The most influential person in my life is my mom,” Abby said. “She raised me to be a strong independent woman like she is. She is who I look up to most.” The person she looks up to at school is Mrs. Sara Nash. Abby has received much

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advice from her and enjoys their time together. “Mrs. Nash has had the biggest impact on my life for sure,” Abby said. “She is my biggest role-model and mentor, and she will never understand how much I look up to her. She has shaped me into the woman I am today, and I don’t know where I would be without her.” Abby is the captain of the Hi-Steppers, so when asked what her favorite school activity is, nobody would be shocked to hear it is drill team. “My favorite school activity is Hi-Steppers because it’s always fun living out my dream with my 28 other best friends,” Abby said. Out of school, Abby stays very involved in her church. “My favorite out of school activity is being involved in my church,” Abby said. “The people at First Presbyterian Church in Kilgore are the best church family to have.” Abby is a busy bee in and out of school. She has had many accomplishments in her time in KHS including all A’s for 3 years, KYKX Drill Teamer of the Week, 4-year Class Favorite, 4-year Beauty Nominee, Student Body President, Student Council Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Class Presidents, Miss Kilgore 2021, NHS Secretary, Hi-Stepper Captain, Homecoming Queen, and now Student of the Month. Going along with her dancing aspirations, Abby wants to be a future Rangerette. “I plan on attending Kilgore College to audition for the world famous Kilgore

College Rangerettes,” Abby said. While attending Kilgore College, she plans to major in something that would help the future children of America. “I plan to major in education to hopefully make a difference in the future lives of the next generation,” Abby said. Currently, Abby truly enjoys being included in events held within our community. “I really love the Lighting Of the Derricks downtown,” Abby said. “It’s a great way to kick off Christmas and celebrate our great little downtown. So many people come every year.” Throughout the years, Abby has had many influential people and classes. One of the most influential ones that holds the crown for her would have to be Humanities. “Humanities is the class that has taught me the most because of Mrs. Tritt and Mr. Mohn,” Abby said. “They did and continue to do so much for the kids and community of Kilgore. I will never be able to thank them enough for all the support they have given me and the lessons they have taught me.” Sometimes the best way to express yourself is through some form of art. Abby’s art of choice is dance. “I go to dance when life gets me down,” Abby said. “It’s a great place to let go and get my emotions out.”

~ Jayden Jones

November Student of the Month The November student of the month is Cason Cox. He is a fourtime class favorite, a state UIL Academic competitor, a Model UN Overall winner, and has made the All-Region Orchestra for the past four years. “I feel that I try to show honesty, responsibility, and a great work ethic,” Cason said. During his spare time, Cason likes to hangout with his friends and family. He also enjoys water sports, specifically surfing and wakeboarding. At school, Cason is involved in several clubs/organizations such as orchestra and Model UN. His favorite school activities would be either football or baseball. “I love competing and football and baseball allow me to do that,” Cason sasid. Cason has earned several accomplishments during high school including achievements in football, baseball, and UIL. He was also a Model UN Security Council honorable mention and went to district, regional, and state for UIL Academics. “My biggest accomplishment in my four years of high school was going to state for current events UIL,” Cason said. Besides being very involved in

school, Cason has also helped in serving the community in several different ways. “I absolutely love helping with science day and seeing the little kids,” he said. Cason’s most memorable moment from his high school experience was when he went to skills USA. “I liked going to Skills USA since there were a lot of people from health science and media,” he said. The biggest challenges Cason has faced in school would be time management and procrastination. “I will wait until the last minute to do everything,” Cason said. Many teachers have had a positive impact on Cason; however, the teacher that stands out to him the most is Carl Mohn. “Mr. Mohn has had the biggest impact on me as a person because he has taught me how to think about complex topics and how to properly research,” Cason said. The class Cason feels he has learned the most in is Humanities because it is very hands-on and engaging to him. It is also the class he will miss the most once he graduates. “There are so many memories to count. Every day was amazing

in there,” Cason said. After high school, Cason plans on attending college and majoring in either biomedical sciences or biology so he can get into medical school. “I want to attend either Texas A&M or TCU because they are close to home, and I love the schools and traditions,” he said. In ten years, Cason sees himself doing a residency for surgery. “The thing I fear the most about graduating is the uncertainty of the future,” he said. A guiding thought that Cason lives by is ‘control what you can control’. The people who have had the biggest influence on Cox’s life would be his parents. “My parents have taught me how to be a good person and how to become a great man in the future,” Cason said.

~ Lizett Garcia

Cason Cox November Employee of the Month Cheer sponsor and college readiness instructor Nikki Offerding has been chosen for the November Employee of the Month. She has many qualities that may have gotten her selected. “The qualities I have are being a hard worker, being dependable, and caring,” Offerding said. “And I’m dedicated to my job. I love the students and the school.” Nikki Offerding attended Tatum High School, and she was involved in a lot of extracurricular activities. She was cheer captain, a member of NHS, Key Club, and Student Council. She received a number of honors as well including class favorite, homecoming duchess, and prom queen. “My favorite activity that I was involved in during high school was cheer,” Offerding said. “It’s a passion of mine.” In fact, Offerding’s favorite memory from high school has to do with cheerleading. “The most memorable moment in my high school experience was cheering at the state game in the Astrodome,” Offerding said. Offerding says her biggest challenge while working at KHS is work-life balance.

“My biggest challenge has been not putting my work before my family, but also getting to know all the stuff in the different departments,” Offerding said. She also has many proud moments as a member of the KHS faculty, but she has one with the cheerleaders that stands out. “My most proud moment is when the KHS cheerleaders received first place in fight song and fourth place overall at state in 2021,” Offerding said. The most influential people in Offerding’s life have been her parents. “They raised me in a Christian, loving home, and they are great examples of how I should live,” Offerding said. A quote she lives by is Phillippians 4:13. “It says I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” Offerding said. She has a very distinct idea of herself in the next ten years. “I see myself retired, and I will, hopefully, get to travel with my husband,” Offerding said. Offerding doesn’t have a single best friend. “I have a few best friends who are very close to me, and I know I can trust,” Offerding said. “One of those is my husband.” As far as doing a service in

the community, there is one community involvement that Offerding has helped with before she was moved by. “I have helped serve Saturday Bread, and it is a humbling experience,” Offerding said. There are several things that Offerding likes to do in her free time. “I like to watch movies and workout in my spare time,” Offerding said. She has a special place she likes to go when life gets her down. “I like to go outside and look at God’s beautiful creation,” Offerding said. She says there are a couple of interesting things that most people don’t know about her. “One thing people don’t know about me is I married my high school sweetheart,” Offerding said. “Another thing is I am shy and don’t like talking in front of people.”

~ Madison Donovan


November 19, 2021

Ryan Beddingfield is the Student of the Month for December, and he is proud to be one of the highest achieving students in his class. He has several skills he believes he was chosen for. “I was most likely chosen for my integrity and honesty, for responsibility and also work ethic,” Beddingfield said. High school is the time of achievement, and Beddingfield’s experience is no different. He has an achievement that he is the most proud of. “The biggest accomplishment is being in the top 10% while being involved in so many activities,’’ Beddingfield said. Beddingfield has received many honors throughout high school. In Model UN, he received 3rd place in the Security Council, and in UIL, he was a part of the 1st place team. “I would say that my biggest challenge in high school would be staying on top of my work,” Beddingfield said. “And, more recently, staying healthy in a time of such sickness.” Parents are a strong and guiding force for many students. Beddingfield says his parents are the people that have impacted him the most.

“I would say either my mom or dad is the most influential person in my life. My dad has taught me so much, and my mom takes care of me,” Beddingfield said. High school teachers have a huge impact on students and benefit their lives in many ways. The teacher that has the biggest impact on Beddingfield has been Johna Tritt. “I have had her as a teacher for all four years of high school. She has become family to me,” Beddingfield said. He plans to attend University of Mississippi next year. “I want to go there because it is somewhere new, and I love the environment and campus,” Beddingfield said. “I plan to major in Accounting and then get a law degree.” In his four years at KHS, his favorite community service activity was working the new Fall Festival. “I really enjoyed working at the KHS fall festival, and I got to hang out with my friends,” Beddingfield said. Seniors looking back often have a memorable class that brought everyone together. There are many things that Beddingfield will miss about high school, but one of the

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The December student of the month is Sofia Gomez. She is an honor roll student, NHS member, and senior class president. She is involved in many clubs and electives such as La Bamba, Science Club, Model UN, the Unity Committee, and Yearbook. “My favorite school activity is yearbook,” Gomez said. “I love having the opportunity to take pictures of different school events, from football games to club meetings.” Being such an active and involved student has presented Gomez with many obstacles, but she has learned to adapt and overcome them. “My biggest challenge during high school has been time management,” Gomez said. “Being involved in many organizations definitely fills up my schedule with more stuff than I can do. The pressure of academic excellence is also a challenge as anything below an A is failing in my eyes.” There are many teachers that have helped Gomez throughout high school, but there is one teacher that stands out to her. “Mr. Northcutt definitely impacted me throughout the four years I’ve had him,” Gomez said. “He is the sweetest soul who is

always understanding of everything. I’m definitely going to miss him once I graduate.” Gomez has had many opportunities to give back to her community with the various clubs and organizations she is involved in, but her favorite service activity was SAFFE Day, her sophomore year. “I always enjoyed volunteering on SAFFE Day, but that year was definitely the most fun out of the others,” Gomez said. Her clubs are not the only thing that Gomez is succeeding in. She is also very dedicated to learning and her school work. The class that she feels she has learned the most from in high school is her Honors Algebra 1 class from freshman year. “The teacher that taught me the most was Mrs. Garrett, since I scored a perfect 100 on my Algebra 1 STAAR test that year,” Gomez said. “Her teaching method really helped me my freshman year.” Outside of school, Gomez has many hobbies. In her free time, she likes to paint, put together outfits, listen to music, watch videos, and read. When life gets her down, her favorite thing to do is call her grandma. “The most influential person in

my life is my grandma, back in Mexico,” Gomez said. “The majority of the lessons I’ve learned in life come from her. She always pushes me to be my best.” Family is one of the most important things to Gomez. Her best friend is her younger sister. “She’s always there when I’m at my lowest and when I’m at my highest,” Gomez said. “She knows everything that happens in my life, and she’s always there to help me through everything.” After high school, Gomez plans to attend KC for one year before transferring to Texas A&M. She has already been accepted to her top schools. “I plan on majoring in psychology with a Bachelor of Arts,” Gomez said. “I want to be able to help people suffering from mental health as others have helped me. In ten years, I see myself working as a therapist with a stable home and family.”

The December Employee of the Month is Allison Shaw. She teaches U.S. History and World History Honors. She has been teaching for 20 years, including teaching here at KHS for two years. “I hope my qualities I have that allowed me to be chosen were my excitement and love of teaching as well as being a team player and collaborating with my colleagues,” Shaw said. “What makes me most proud working at KHS is when students tell me how much they are learning in class.” Shaw was born in Dover, Delaware and spent her first six years there. Her dad, Anthony Shaw, was in the Air Force, so they had to move to Atwater in California, a small farm town, where she grew up. She attended Atwater High School, where she played volleyball, basketball, and softball and won many defensive awards. She graduated college at California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, California with a major in Liberal Studies and History. She then received her Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Education.

“When I taught high school in California, my classes were a part of a community service where we received a family to help,” Shaw said. “My students really worked hard and were able to give this family food, clothes, furniture for the house and a used car.” Shaw loves to spend her spare time in the great outdoors hiking, or relaxing at the lake or ocean. She also loves to shop with her two daughters. Shaw’s son is in the Air Force, so they don’t see each other often, but they usually like to travel with each other. “My biggest accompilishment has been being a mom,” Shaw said. “It is the hardest, most challenging job, but the most rewarding. I hope to see myself traveling and spending more time with my family in ten years. I would like to travel to Italy because that’s where my dad grew up.” According to Shaw, the biggest challenge working at KHS was getting used to the size of the school, which made it difficult to get to know everyone on campus. “My colleagues in the History Department have had the biggest impact on me,” Shaw said. “They make work fun, have a great work

ethic, are always willing to help, and have made me feel a part of a team.” Shaw’s high school economics and government teacher was the most influential teacher to her because it made learning in general fun for her. The most influential person in her entire life has been her dad. “He immigrated to the United States from Sicily, Italy,” Shaw said. “He had to adapt to a new culture and language, which isn’t easy. He has always taught the importance of family and hard work. If I am feeling down, I call home and talk to my parents. They always have the best advice.”

~ Carly Mauldin

biggest ones he will miss is his student aide period. “This is my favorite class because I have a lot of my friends in there,” Beddingfield said. One of Beddingfield’s most memorable events in high school has to do with baseball. “My most memorable time in high school is the last varsity district game when we hit a walk-off run to rule the other team,” Beddingfield said. Graduating high school can bring a lot of fears to the table. Beddingfield is no exception. “What I fear most about graduating is not knowing what is coming next in my life,” Beddingfield said.

~ Lou Carlisle

~ Carlos Ortiz

6 Dress Up Days


English teacher Candice Fouse, juniors Jayci Pyle, Danna Requena, Delaney Moses, & Rylan Copeland wear black.

Junior Makajah Mumphrey wears Pajama pants on Pajama Day.

November 19, 2021

Stay Drug Free!

- Red Ribbon Week -

Throw Back Day Pajama Day Hat Day Jersey Day Black Out Senior Brendon Shannon & Junior Karter Bocanegra twin with each other on Hat Day.

Senior Caden Carnes and junior Gracie Wheeler show off their reindeer tails.

Freshman Abigail Abbott, & Sophomores Harvey Allums, Aiden Domorad, & Jakob Davis wear their jerseys.

Sophomores Malachi Pierce, Mathew Hardy, & Jordan Pierce show off their hats outside.

Seniors Carley McEntire & Abby Hattaway wear their sport shirts on Jersey Day.

Senior Karlee Menges, junior Olivia Blundell, Seniors Tessa Audas, & Averi Woods dream of a nap on Pajama Day.

Spanish teacher Liz Couch wears a cowboy hat on Hat Day.

Junior Layla Spalding & Sophomore Hayden Patton

Seniors Javoria Easley and Makajah Mumphrey style their throwback outfits.

Sophomore Xsavier Ortiz wears a cat head mask during lunch.

KHS students enjoy Throwback Day.

Athletic trainer La’Tamera Fry & junior Trent Lopez wear jerseys.

Juniors Mallory Mixon and Ty’keria Haynes get ready for the black out pep rally.

Spanish teacher Juan Neco & freshman Abigail Abbott on Pajama Day.


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Receptionist Yolanda Contreras wears her Texans jersey

Junior Alana Mumphrey shows her Black Out outfit to the class.

Senior Maelee Pilcher participates in Black Out Day

Sophomore Zander Short goes all out for throwback day.

Coach Kirkpatrick, junior Kristen Kennel, & senior Riley Thompson are styling on pajama day.

Carter Barton, 9, & Kayleigh Beets, 10, on Hat Day.

Junior James Hardin works in game design on Hat Day.

Juniors Niya Washington and Brittaney Arreguin sport throwback bandanas.

Sophomore Millard Wiley walks to class in his throwback outfit.

Freshmen Jaylyn Brazzel, Addison Pierson, and softball coach Cheyenne Kirkpatrick participate on jersey day.

Juniors Dezavion Williams & Bobby King dress up on Throwback Day.

Sophomore Bailee Burns & Humanities teacher Amye Tucker wear their Jerseys.

Photos by Aiden Domorad, Alex Nabor, Carly Mauldin, Gracie Wheeler, Jaime Baldazo, Jessica Baker, Jose Jaime Katherine Shupe, Kilee Menges, Layla Spalding, Lizett Garcia, Olivia Blundell, Trenton Lopez.

FFA Fall Activities

November 19, 2021

Sophomore Karleigh Murphy plays corn hole with a little friend.

Junior Eli Arp shows off his sheep to the judges. Junior Bryce Borders talks to a judge about his rabbit.

Junior Garrett Lumpkins, sophomore Karleigh Murphy, junior Kyndal Collins, sophomore Nicholas Foster, junior Kenneth Exline smile behind junior Sam Clements and senoir Zachary Riggs with their awards.



Harvest Festival 2021 Livestock show successes by KHS’s FFA students

Senior Zachary Riggs

Junior Eli Arp guides his sheep into position.

Sophomore Karleigh Murphy shows off her winnings.

Senior Riley Rios and Ag teacher Macie Wagstaff celebrate a buckle.

Senior Riley Rios focuses on the judges.

Sophomore Karliegh Murphy directs her cow.

Senior Zachary Riggs with his gorgeous cow.

Sophomore Nicole McFarland speaks with the judges.

Junior Skylar Greenburg preps her cow.

Junior Kyndal Collins sits with her award winning build.

Junior Eli Arp enters through the gate with his animal.

Senior Riley Rios & Macie Wagstaff after showing the sheep.

Senior Zachary Riggs and sophomore Karleigh Murphy present their wins.

Junior Eli Arp holding his cow for presentation. Sophomore Nicholas Foster in front of his project.

Courtesy Photos by Macie Wagstaff & Dennis Pickering.



We are Thankful

I am thankful for all my teachers that are willing to come to school every day and teach me and my friends. Those teachers would be Coach Payne, Mr. Graham, Mrs. Paetznick, Ms. Clemens, Mrs. Kay, Mr. Smith, Mrs. Kelly, and Mrs. Fish. Autumn Theiss Thank you, Alexis, for loving yourself and inspiring other to do the same. You may not see how inspiring you are to me and others, but we do see you! Love you. It may sound cliche, but I am thankful for everyone that has encouraged me to pursue my dreams. I appreciate the little things, like the “Congratulations” on my big accomplishments or the “Great job” on my little wins. I’m thankful for the teachers that have taught me, not only about academic materials, but also about life. Their words will forever will be in my heart, and I am very thankful that I learned so much from them. Shanna Casayuran I would like to thank the Volleyball coaches for giving me confidence and at least giving me a shot to be on a team. It’s been since 7th grade that I played a sport. I may not have played a lot, but I am thankful for the times that I did play. Marissa Pilkington I am thankful for my family and friends. Gage Chism I want to say thank you to myself for pushing me to go the extra mile this school year over coming all those milestones to just get where I am today. You are doing such a great job with yourself and others. Keep pushing yourself to be the best you can be because at the end of the day only you got you and there is no one better then you. You are doing great things in life. All your other years in high school may have stunk, but you are making this last year the best by far. Keep pushing because your days in high school are coming to an end. Let’s be great so we can succeed in the real world. Thank you for having my back when no one else would. Thank you. I love you. Makajah Mumphrey I am thankful to have wonderful friends that will always be by your side even through the tough times. They are the nicest people I know, and I love spending time with them. I’m so happy to have them in my life. I’m glad I’ve met wonderful, amazing people like them. I love all my friends and will never forget all that we do. I love to help out and make people happy. Please don’t bully and make people feel bad about themselves. Help people out and make them smile. Soon, you’ll start to feel better about yourself without even realizing you felt bad. I hope all of

you have an amazing school year and inspire people to follow their dreams. Love you all and can’t wait to see you making a difference in someone’s life. See you all in the hallways when we’re heading to our next class. Shelby Rosson To all of my wonderful students, I want to thank you for being yourselves, pushing yourselves to be the best you can be everyday, and for bringing joy to 120 every single day. I see you when you struggle through the stress of classes, when you’re going through breakups, and when you’re questioning who you are truly meant to be. I empathize with you in these moments and I pray for you to find guidance and peace. You make my day every day, whether by silly jokes, YouTube videos, relatable moments, or just a smile or hug on a hard day. Your encouragement means the world to me and I love seeing your faces. Thank you for being brave enough to share your lives with me, and not just your assignments. Each of you are wanted, loved, needed, and admired here at KHS. I hope you believe that too! You are ALWAYS welcome in room 120 and my inbox is always open for advice, encouragement, or hype! You are the BEST. I love you! Mrs. Fouse

I couldn’t have wanted or asked for anyone better than you because you have inspired me to be a better friend, son, brother, and student. I can’t wait to graduate with you this year, and I hope that I can help you the same you’ve helped me. Nathanneal Hampton I am thankful for friendships. Ellie Campos

Thank you to my dear friends, Cristian, Israel, Cayden, Ahmon, Kayla, Christena, William, Ivy, Chris and Baylee. All of you have been there for me when I have felt like crap. You have always told me to keep pushing on in life when I wanted to give up. You have been there when I was crying, and you always found a way to make me laugh when I was in a dark place. All of you have helped me push through freshman year, and I hope you can do the same for my sophomore year. I love you all, and I’m glad we became friends. I would also like to thank my favorite teachers, Mrs. Fouse, Mr. Seibel, Mr.Clements, Mr.Hicks, Coach Darby, Mr. Northcutt, and Coach Coleman. These teachers have all made my class time really enjoyable, and I learned a lot from them. I really enjoyed being in the classes with my freshman year teachers, and my now sophomore I am thankful and I want to say thank teachers. You guys are amazing, and I you to all my teachers, coaches, and love you all as teachers. my friends who all trust me and love Alexander Diggs for believing in me and bring their positivity to me to know how much I To all my friends, Natalie, Leslie, want to be the best for everything I do. Hailey, BreAunna, Mckenzie, Kenzie, I just want to thank them for praying Daphne, Chris, Cristian, Cayden, for me when I have a big moment that Jayden, Case, Paige, and Sheba. comes to me to make it the best days. You have all been there for me when I They even believe that I’ll do amazing needed you, and you light up my day. in a sporting event, and I appreciate I feel better when I talk to all of you. them for all of these positive and You guys are amazing, and I am so thankful vibes, and to believe that I glad to have met you. You have been will always be great to them. there for me when I was hurt or felt Danna Requena down. You guys are amazing, and I love each and every one of you! Thank Thank you Mrs. Dowell for bringing you for being there for me! me lunch every once in a while. And for my favorite teachers, Mrs. Holly Dowell Fish, Mrs. Tucker, Mr. Rhoads, Ms. Clemens, and Mrs. Nash, you have To my fellow co-workers in the taught me so much already, and you History Department, are the best. I am glad to be in your Thank you so much for checking on class. Even though I have only been in me while I was out with Covid. I felt high school for a few months. the love. Thank you! Ms. Benson Paten Temari Diggs I want to give thanks to all my teachers for everything they do. I want to give thanks to my coaches for pushing me to be better. I want to give thanks to all my friends who make my days better. Most importantly, I want to give thanks to the Piggies. Y’all are the homies. Jaime Baldazo Dear Taryn Younger, You are the best friend any one could ask for as you have helped me fight many battles since me met, and I know your fighting a battle yourself, and I just wanted you to know that

I want to thank my best friend Mackinly Haynes for always putting up with me. Kenslea Fickett Thank You to Dr. Baker for being a great superintendent and giving your time for the school. All of KISD is thankful to have you. Connor Baker Thank you for always being there for me and having my back during hard times. Danica Bell

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November 19, 2021 I am thankful for wonderful students that have made the transition from 6th Graders to Seniors so effortless. I have such a wonderful group of students and I love coming to school everyday and teaching them! I am also thankful to have such a wonderful team to work with. I love working with them everyday and getting to be a part of their work family! Mrs. Miller Dear Mr. Williams, Thank you for being the best teacher I’ve had during all 4 of my high school years. That’s a lot to say considering that’s 4 years, but I do mean it. Thank you for understanding mine and your other students’ mental issues, and when we come in and just need to put our head down. Your’e considerate to all of us, and everyone should appreciate all that you do. Many teachers don’t take time out of their day to see how the student is doing, so I’m truly thankful for you. You create an environment for students that is welcoming. Thank you for the way that you teach the way you do. You don’t just give us the answers or the easy way out; you sit and help each student until we get it. Thank you for being you. Gabrielle Rivera To the Hi-Steppers. I am beyond thankful to work with ALL 28 of you! Your talent shines under the Friday Night Lights. What the audience does not see is your dedication to each other. You lift each other up on the hard days. You consider each other family members and meet each other needs. You work extremely hard every day in the heat. You push past injuries to perform. Each of your unique personalities are what make the 20212022 Hi-Stepper Team successful! Mrs. Nash I’m thankful for my friends and family. Robyn Smith I am thankful for all the friends I have and the experience I had with those friends. Without those friends, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be here right now. I am mainly thankful for the support over the years I’ve had for my music. Cayden Bodine (CM Bodine or Wynaut Bodine) I am extremely thankful for the opporunity to work with amazing teachers and administrators and to do what I love everyday. I am even more thankful for precious students who make it all worth it! Johna Tritt I thank to all the people that have made school worth it. For example, I’d like to thank my friends that stuck around, those friends that were understanding enough to put up with me. I know that I can be awkward, but I try my best to fit in with the people that surround me to be able to fill included. I’d like to thank all KISD staff for

being understanding and patient with us despite the drama that stirs up the school at times, you stuck around to settle everything. Jesus Castillo I´m thankful for everyone because I have been happier than I ever have. Jacklyn Craine Dear Morgan. I’m sorry I didn’t start appreciating you sooner. You’ve been with me from the start, and you’ll be with me for the rest of my life. It’s been your bones who’ve stood for me in my hardest struggles, your skin who’s endured my bruises and scars. Not anybody else’s. So I want to say I’m thankful for you. It’s hard to be thankful for anyone else, when I can’t be thankful for myself. But I’ve learned that I should be. Because at the end of the day, you have carried me through my hardest battles and you’ll keep doing it. You never gave up on me, so I won’t give up on you. Love, Morgan Smith Thank you, Coach O, for helping me and the KHS cheerleaders become not only better cheerleaders but also better people. Thank you for all the time you put in for us and always make everyone feel included. Thank you for everything you do for us. Love you, Coach O! Carter Barton I want to thank my dad. He’s always been there for me and my family when we need him. He’s a good dad. He taught me many things while growing up. He will always make sure that I’m always in the right place, and if not he’ll teach me how to do it correctly. I’m very thankful for my dad. Tiffany Rodriguez I’m thankful for the majority of my teachers for always assuring that their students understand their work and assignments. Shaun Casayuran Thank you to my parents for always being there for me no matter what! Kyleigh Lewis Thank you, Mr. Rapp, for working side by side with me for 6 years. Not only have you taught me and your students every day something new in history, geography, and politics but you also guided me into being a better person and you have gone above and beyond as a friend. You are a true blessing in all of our lives. LaRhonda Lee Thank you to my friends for sticking with me and helping me. Ace Autrey After probably the most hectic year, I can truthfully say I am thankful for my students and co-workers who have kept me grounded during some trying times. I wish my students knew how

much they mean to me, even when I am not the kindest. I am thankful for my family who are always there for me when I need them. I am thankful for my job, which some days is hard to love; but somehow manage to miss it when I am not here. I am thankful for my daughter, Amelia, who teaches me more than she knows. Thankful for my wife, who is my best friend, and sees me through flaws. Lastly, I am thankful for the “6 figure math teachers” who always find a way for remind me that I am where I am supposed to be. Angel Galvan To all my coworkers who have made this a wonderful place to teach, Thank you. You keep me going from day to day. To all my students in the past who have shared your accomplishments over the years, Thank you. You are my balance and help me remember the end-game. To all my current students who work diligently to learn all we have to accomplish this year, Thank you. You are the greatest! Keep it up. MjBoatman To the Newspaper & Yearbook StaffsWorking with all of you every day is a privilege. You are the best people, and to be a part of your education is an honor. I love you! To the Faculty & Staff at KHSThank you for everything you do to help our students become the people they were meant to be. You go above and beyond, and I see the extra effort you pour into them. It is an honor to work with you. To my dear family & friendsYou make me feel like the luckiest person in the world. I am loved and prayed for and lifted up by you every day. Thank you for filling my life with JOY. To my BulldogsWhat a PRIVILEGE it is to wear the RED AND WHITE. There is not a better place to be. Go get your dreams. We are cheering that they all come true. I AM #KILGOREPROUD! Love you, Mrs. Bates Thank you to Madison Donovan for being a great Co-Editor in chief, and also the sole reason this newspaper is happening. I do not have the brain power at this point to handle everything going on this year. Also thank you to Jayden Jones for making me a Swiftie. The ten minute version of All Too Well is a masterpiece. Carly Mauldin First, I want to give a HUGE thank you to Carly Mauldin! I don’t think I could survive newspaper deadlines without you. You are literally the only reason I have made it this far. Thank you for always lending an ear to listen to me rant. You’re the BEST! Secondly, I want to thank my best friend Heaven Cantu. We might not get along all of the time, but I do love you. And finally, I would like to thank my little brother Lucas. Thank you for bringing joy to my life every day, even though it can be annoying. Madison Donovan

November 19, 2021

KHS Gives back to the Community



~ Fall Festival ~ Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021

6 - 8 P.M. Media teacher & coach Jason Bragg along with coach Kate Bragg show off their pirate costumes with their daughter Addy Grace.

KHS Gym Games, Candy, Booths Junior Sam Clements prepares for kids to play the FFA game. Junior Rosemary Rodriguez paints a kids face at the Art Club booth.

Senior Shanna Casayuran explains the Health Science Club booth to children.

Senior Analyse Thomas interacts with kids while helping at the Health Science Club booth.

Humanities teacher Amye Tucker & junior Mary Katherine Adams direct people to the Haunted Hallway.

Senior Kendall Trevino and freshman Lincoln Rounsavall practice their health skills in order to impress the guests.

Junior Addi Wood and senior Carley McEntire show off their golf outfits for their game.

Senior Nabor Venegas, Kendall Dunn, Zaelen Matthews, Marcaelin Caraway, and Daverion Franklin show off their Halloween spirit.

Junior Bryce Borders explains the FFA game. Senior Kara Malick puts some scary special effects makeup on a little girl’s face at the Theatre booth. Sophomore Yareli Canchola and senior Sofia Gomez enjoy the Yearbook Photo Booth.

Seniors Connor Callaway, Kara Malick, and junior James Hardin show off their costumes.

Freshmen Kallie Cooper & Abigail Weaver practice their game for the night.

Seniors Luis Baker, Gabby Rivera, and Jessica Baker show off thier smiles for a picture.

Softball coach Cheyenne Kirkpatrick makes a balloon animal for a patient little girl.

Sergeant James McDowell stands for a picture with his daughter.

Science teacher Courtney Hague shows off her newborn baby at the fall festival.

Junior Eli Arp expalins the FFA bean bag toss.

Senior Kilee Menges & junior Jaime Baldazo banana out at the fall festival.

Senior Ashaw Bailey helps a little girl set up for the NHS pumpkin game.

Photos by Alex Nabor Layla Spalding Gracie Wheeler Zadie Vega Eryka Hopper Jaime Baldazo Alexis Schulz & Other Bulldog Publication staffers.


10 Academics & Organizations

November 19, 2021

1) Practice makes perfect • Freshman Serene Morales and senior Connor Callaway rehearse their lines. 2) Getting into character • Sophomore Malachi Strachan runs through a scene. Photos by Carly Mauldin.

It’s a wonderful show Theater department prepares for Christmas play Dec. 14 Carly Mauldin Co-Editor In Chief

The theater department continues to prepare for their upcoming performance of It’s a Wonderful Life. The cast has been working after school every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday to memorize their lines and get their blocking down. “So far we’ve walked through the scenes to try to learn where our characters are supposed to be on stage,” junior Sara Buchanan said. “Mrs. Clemens gives us some feedback and direction as we go through the scene.” The cast is learning to go beyond just knowing their lines, and create fully formed characters and dynamics with other characters. “We’ve met after school most days to get the blocking together, but the most influential thing has been keeping each other responsible and giving each other ideas for playing out characters,” sophomore Malachi Strachan said.

Many students are excited to be a part of a production again. “My favorite part about the rehearsal process is that it builds anticipation for the show,” junior James Hardin said. “I look forward to getting to work on my acting and getting to interact with the other cast members.” Senior Connor Callaway is excited to have the role of Clarence, because he feels that it will grow him as an actor. “I think that being a somewhat outside presence is really fun,” Callaway said. “It’s something you don’t really get to do in most performances. I feel more connected to the audience, which is just how I like it. I think that this is a good opportunity in a lot of ways. My role is an extremely unconventional one, and I think it’ll help me grow as an actor and learn how to perform in this sort of situation - where I’m walking around in the audience, you know? Fun stuff.” This show provides the cast the opportunity to sing, dance, and even do a little stage combat. “My favorite scene to watch is definitely the one where Clarence and

a police officer fight, and Clarence straight bites the man,” freshman Serene Morales said. “I just find it hilarious that this scrawny little old man fights this, what I believe to be a pretty well-built officer, and just straight starts biting him. It is incredible, and I think Connor, our actor for Clarence, does a wonderful job at the scene.” Senior Alan Dickson has his first lead role as George Bailey in the play, and he is excited to perform with the rest of the cast. “Everyone’s working really hard on memorizing and blocking, and I think we’re gonna do great,” Dickson said. “We’ve got spunk.” The cast will perform It’s a Wonderful Life on Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets will be available for 5 dollars in the lobby. “Honestly, I think this is gonna be the best performance we’ve put on in a long time,” Callaway said. “It’s a nice Christmas show, a good way to relax after taking some finals, and it’s a way to show appreciation to the people who have spent months working on this show just to entertain whoever watches.”

Giving it a spin • Jackie Kimberlin twirls with the band at R.E. St. John Stadium. Courtesy Photo.

Give it a twirl

Head twirler challenges herself Rachel Niemeyer Junior Editor

Leading with confidence is the key to any successful team. Sophomore and Head Twirler Jacqueline “Jackie” Kimberlin makes it a point to maintain this philosophy. Being a twirler has proven to bring difficulties. Despite them, Jackie has managed to strive for excellence and make the best of all situations. Being a sophomore as well as Head Twirler is evidence of what advantages skill, determination, and leadership can bring you. Twirling is a difficult and tedious art that requires time management, practice, resilience, and versatility. Each time Jackie practices, performs, or competes, she views it as an incentive for fine-tuning her skill. “I believe being the twirling captain gives me more opportunities to become better by challenging myself,” she said. Oftentimes, anything short

of flawless can feel like a defeat or failure. Being involved in any organization in general can bring a desire for perfection in what we do. It can blind us of the fact that we will almost always make mistakes. “One football game, specifically, I remember feeling as if I did horrible. I couldn’t help but cry,” Jackie said. “This pushed me to practice the routine more and perfect it.” Jackie believes that there is always room for improvement. She uses mistakes as a chance to better and enhance her performance. Without examining yourself to see what can be done better, no progress will be made. Being Head Twirler while only a sophomore gives Jackie a lot of room for development until her senior year. Jackie loves twirling and doesn’t believe that it is a habit she will break anytime soon. Even with stomach butterflies, performing is some that Jackie can’t get enough of. “Before every performance I get very nervous,” Jackie said. “But the moment the music starts I feel all my

fears fade away and the only thing I am focused on is my tricks.” Being Head Twirler comes with responsibilities. Of course, leading your team, but as well as helping them in areas in which they can improve. Kimberlin is one of two twirlers. The other part of this dazzling duo is junior Anai Zarate. Throughout the year so far they have impressed crowds at halftime, and created cherished memories. “My favorite memory from this year so far is completing a full 3 baton section with no drops and hearing the crowd cheer,” Jackie said. Jackie is so thankful for all the blessings participating in twirling has brought her. She is only in the middle of her high school career and is bound to add even more to her list of accomplishments. “I enjoy twirling because it makes me feel free and it gives me an adrenaline rush that I haven’t found anywhere else,” Jackie said.

KHS blood drives, phlebotomy class “It’s a beautiful day to save lives.” Layla Spalding Staff Writer Rachel Niemeyer Junior Editor

Blood work • Health Science Club members check in and assess students coming to give blood at the first Blood Drive of 2021. Photo by Olivia Blundell.

The Health Science Club has sponsored many blood drives over the years. Members of the club, about 70 students, sign up for shifts during the school day to aid students giving blood and assist Health Science Club officers to ensure everything runs smoothly. “Kilgore High School students and staff have donated 114 units of blood which is enough blood to save over 300 lives,” said one of the Health Science Club sponsors and Phlebotomy teacher Angel Galvan. All students in the Health Science Program learn the importance of phlebotomy and blood donation. Currently, there are 31 students enrolled in the phlebotomy certification program. “This is the third year that we have had the phlebotomy program at Kilgore High School,” Galvan said. “We currently only have one phlebotomy class, but we are hopeful to grow the program.” It is an interactive class, teaching students how to make a puncture in a vein, how to draw blood, and how to use proper etiquette in the hospital setting. This experience can be a great opportunity for their future.

“I hope to gain the knowledge of how to be a healthcare professional and learn hands on,” senior Analyse Thomas said. The phlebotomy class helps students prepare for their future by showing them how to practice talking to patients, doing transfusions, blood donations, and more. “I’m learning a lot of things that I need to know for school and the medical field,” senior Karlee Menges said. “It’s also helping me get my foot in the door, and allowing me to actually get into the field.” This class is very beneficial for seniors, not only because it teaches them something new before going into college, but it also gives them exposure to something new. “I advise everyone to take this course, it’s a very great learning experience,” senior Yamila Valenzula said. This course paves students’ way for their future healthcare careers and hospital occupations. “Students taking this course can be eligible for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician certificate upon completion of this certification and program,” Galvan said. “Students can start working in a hospital laboratory. There, they can get a head start on their medical careers.” See Mr. Galvan for more information.

Health and Wellness

November 19, 2021

Chew on This:

1) Choose the Chew • Many different brands of gum wait to be purchased on the store shelves. 2) Extra, Extra!• Polar Ice Gum is displayed for your viewing pleasure. 3) Iced Out • A package of gum is opened in wait to be chewed by a few of you. Photos by Jayden Jones.

Positive effects of chewing gum Jayden Jones Junior Editor The one thing every student has in their backpack is chewing gum. Thousands of years ago, gum served a different purpose. The Mayans and Aztecs used a natural tree gum, similar to the sap from a tree, they called “chicle” to originally put things together by using the sticky properties it had. Now, this gum-like substance has since been transformed into what we know as chewing gum and is carried in the bags of students nearly everywhere. When compared to the 1840s version of gum, not much has changed since then, including the purpose of which we chew the gum. From decreasing anxiety to removing nausea, this confection has a wide variety of effects on the human body. High schoolers are typically stereotyped to be more anxious and worried than the average adult, as shown by the 13% difference between teens and adults having an anxiety disorder. This is why so many teenagers are probably chewing gum. Neurocore Brain Performance Centers sharest that blood oxygenates our brains, and when we chew gum it increases our blood flow. The now improved blood flow correlates to decreasing anxiety and bettering the

way the brain functions. This is also known to affect concentration and memory. The chemical cortisol is also released when chewing gum, furthering the effects it has on levels of anxiety and frustration. PMC labs has recently done a study regarding the awareness of subjects while chewing gum. The study found that those who were chewing gum when a loud noise was heard had less of a reaction than those that weren’t, proving that gum is an excellent way to decrease stress from an external factor. It’s already well-known that most students and people with anxiety enjoy fidgeting, whether it be chewing the inside of their lips or picking at their cuticles. They often don’t know what to do in order to curb that urge. Chewing gum is an excellent way to fidget with a lesser chance of harming yourself. There are many flavors of chewing gum, including a few that happen to be minty. Mint is known to help soothe the stomach and aid in removing nausea for many people. While in the car or right before a big test, chewing gum would be an excellent time to pop out a piece of Trident and chew to your heart’s content. This way, not only will you become less anxious but your stomach will also be a bit more at ease and relaxed. A lot of doctors recommend their patients chew gum

prior to many procedures to relax their nerves and stomachs. Dentists are often seen chewing a piece of sugar free gum while working on a patient or even waiting for one. Gum is able to improve breath and lessen plaque acid which allows for stronger teeth and less tooth decay. XyloBurst, Peppersmith, Glee Gum, Trident, and Orbit are all ADA approved brands that dentists often recommend to their very own patients. While some argue that chewing gum could promote tooth decay, they fail to mention that the gums that cause this are gums that include sugar. Most, if not all, gums recommended by doctors are sugar free and still have all of the positive effects mentioned above. Even if sugared gum is preferred, as long as there is proper dental hygiene practiced, and it’s chewed in moderation and not excessively, then the effects shouldn’t be too severe on the teeth. It’s possible that the reason chewing gum is so popular is because people don’t realize the positive effects it can have on them in the long run. It’s an excellent way to innocently promote mental health and physical health. To think it all started with something as menial as tree sap...

These Bulldogs are dog tired A few reasons teenagers are more tired than ever Carlos Ortiz Staff Writer Sleep is the body’s natural way of recovering from a long, exhausting day. However, there is an issue when students from all over the campus are acting tired all day. There is a common problem that is apparent: teenagers are lacking precious beauty sleep. There isn’t any one specific reason for this epidemic, but rather a multitude of small reasons that all add up together. Extracurricular activities can be great by putting you in a social group, challenging yourself, and can look very good to a future college or job employer. Despite all of the positives, there is one major drawback to joining any extracurricular activity: the out-of-school time the activities usually take. What that can lead to is a lack of valuable sleeping time. Homework in general is also a big factor in sleep deprivation; especially Dual Credit and more challenging classes. “I play tennis and I am a part of National Honor Society, Student Council, Science Club, Health Science Club, Hope Initiative, La Bamba, and Model UN,” senior Janette Chavez said. “I have a part



time job. Yes, they take up most of my time.” Another major non-school related factor is phone usage. According to, American teenagers spend an average of seven hours and twenty two minutes per day on their cell phones (not including the screen time for school/ work purposes). All of that blue light that modern screens emanate (especially at night) can make sleeping difficult. “I usually go to sleep at around midnight,” senior Melanie Sosa said. “This is due to finishing homework or my pretty unhealthy relationship with my phone. I spend an average of five hours each day on my phone.” Despite all of the earlier listed issues, both teens at KHS and teens in general are not truly understanding the importance of sleep. According to, teenagers should get around 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night, while most get around 6. The main reason that your body sleeps is because it gives the brain a well deserved rest after keeping you alive and well throughout the day. It also refreshes the body so it is more alert and ready for the next day. Not having enough sleep can cause grumpiness and are more vulnerable to heart problems.

“Sleep recharges you essentially,” Sosa said. “How you start your day really correlates with the type of sleep you get.” If you or someone you know are currently struggling with sleeping, you are not alone. According to, 70% of teenagers don’t get enough sleep. There are numerous ways to make yourself sleepier at night; the most common method is music/noises. Popular music includes lofi and lullabies; popular noises are heavy rain and ASMR. A popular short term solution is taking a nap, but it could make someone feel worse or not tired at night. The final resort for most people are melatonin gummies/ tablets/pills that release melatonin into the brain, forcing you to be tired [note: using melatonin constantly each night can make your body dependent to the extra melatonin, and require it each night and also constant headaches]. “Having a bad night of sleep has given me less motivation and less energy to do anything relating to a social life,” Chavez said. “When I am able to get an hour of naptime, my energy restores, and I sleep later to get all my work done.”

A “five minute” nap • Junior Ryan Howell takes a quick nap before first period begins. Photo by Carlos Ortiz.

Any way the wind blows How weather affects our health Madison Donovan Co-Editor-in-Chief It’s that time of year again. The temperature starts to drop, and the sky seems to be a bit more dull. Fall changes into winter. It is a beautiful time of year, but it can bring struggle with it. The weather has been proven to affect the health of everyone. Here are some of the ways the recent changes in weather can affect a person. 1. It can affect people’s mood Mood is heavily influenced by the amount of light that is available. This means that as the day shortens and the amount we are in the sun lessens, there is a possibility that people experience a seasonal slump. Fewer hours of sunlight can cause your internal clock to be off which causes the off feeling during the colder months. There are multiple ways to combat this mood. For instance, exercise in the morning for just 15 minutes can help release endorphins, or the happy hormones in the brain. 2. Allergies Weather influences the severity of allergy season because symptoms are largely caused by pollen and mold, which are affected by temperature and moisture. For instance, a warmer than usual winter allows trees to pollinate sooner, causing symptoms to appear earlier and people to suffer longer, and hot spells in spring can result in more intense periods of pollen released. Rain can be a blessing or a curse for seasonal allergy sufferers, depending on when it happens. A wet spring promotes quick plant growth, which can bring on allergy symptoms to appear quickly and intensely. But rain can temporarily ease itchy eyes and a runny nose by washing absent airborne pollen. 3. Skin Conditions Winter is often the season of skin’s discontent. The dry outdoor air and indoor heat cause the skin to lose moisture and become red, dry, and itchy. Many common skin conditions, including rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis, can be difficult during this time. On the other end of the spectrum, hot temps and sun can also aggravate these conditions and skin in general by dilating blood vessels and increasing blood flow to the skin, or better known as sunburns. There are ways to prevent these issues! Hydrate, moisturize, and protect. Pat moisturizer on damp skin right after you shower to seal in moisture. If you’re in a dry climate or during seasons with low humidity, consider using a humidifier. When you’re outdoors, wear sunscreen, and if it’s windy, protect your face with a scarf to prevent chafing. 4. Aches and Pains Have you ever heard the saying “I can feel the storm coming in my

bones”? Well, there is some truth to it. A fall in barometric pressure may cause the shock-absorbing parts of your joints to become overly extended and achy or painful. Chilly weather also can tighten muscles. Staying warm is crucial. Heat boosts blood flow, stimulates skin receptors that improve pain tolerance, and relaxes muscles. Exercising regularly helps ward off symptoms, too. Inactive joints and muscles can get stiff and painful. Yoga has been shown to improve chronic back and neck pain as well. 5. Asthma Any kind of extreme weather: high heat and humidity, dry wind, rain, and bitterly cold air, can trigger an asthma attack. Asthma is an inflammation of the airways, and extreme weather changes the type of air you’re breathing, which can irritate the airways. Very humid air, for example, is heavier and harder to breathe. Cold, dry air dehydrates parts of your airway, causing them to narrow and restrict airflow. Airborne allergens like mold and pollen like stated earlier can also cause an asthma flare-up. People with asthma should keep an

eye on the forecast and limit outdoor activity when triggers are strongest. 6. Headaches and Migraines A fall in barometric pressure, which happens before a front or storm moves in, is such a strong predictor of a migraine attack in some people that they’re referred to as migraine meteorologists. Both wind and sunlight have also been shown to trigger migraines. Dehydration caused by high heat and humidity can be another trigger for migraines and headaches in general because dehydration may play a role in the overall inflammatory process. If you know a storm is on the way, taking a long-acting pain reliever may help avoid a migraine. New seasons are fun and beautiful to watch. Seeing the trees change colors from summer to fall makes everything worthwhile. Still, the season’s changes might not be as beautiful for other people. They can bring pain and struggle. It’s important to remember that the changes in weather can affect health. And always remember, no matter what the season, be safe and stay hydrated.

Athlete aches • Senior Kendall Trevino holds her knee that she injured from strain in Cross Country. When weather gets cold, her knee starts to ache and she needs a brace. “It isn’t bad most of the time, but it always hurts in winter,” Trevino said. “Just the life of an athlete, I guess.” Photo by Madison Donovan.

12 Sports


November 19, 2021

RUNNING STATE Two cross finish line Ali Dunn Staff Writer





1) Keeping the pace • Senior Ryan May maintains his running pace to finish the race. 2) To the very end • Freshman Ruby Almanza crosses the finish line with relief. 3) Pushing on • Almanza quickens to pass her opponent. 4) Finally finished • May crosses the finish line for Cross Country for the last time in his high school career. Photos by Josue Rosas, volunteer photographer.

Running past the finish line, out of breath, Ryan May and Ruby Almanza realize they had just run at State in Round Rock on Nov. 6. This pair both also placed 15th in the race at the Regional Cross Country Meet in Grand Prairie. Everything led up to this moment and they finally ran their big race: State Championship. Almanza says she was very surprised because she did not think she would make it, but was very happy when she heard she had. Almanza is a freshman runner, which makes this an amazing accomplishment and should open up many opportunities for her. She has won 4th place in the Hallsville meet, 3rd during the Pine Tree meet, and 1st place at the Tyler Legacy meet this year. “My brother and I always ran together, and he was my motivation to run cross country,” Almanza said. This is May’s fourth year running and as a senior qualifying for State, this is the best way for him to leave

behind a legacy for future athletes interested in Cross Country. Last year hit everyone hard, especially schools and their sports as Covid hit. Cross Country was fortunate to still come back stronger than ever this year despite the troubles of last year and the chaos it instilled. This shows the perseverance of the athletes and dedication of the coaches as they continue to excel and show their school spirit. The Cross Country team has been a thrilling sight to watch as not one but two of their athletes qualified for State. This is nothing new for Kilgore High School Cross Country as they have always been accomplished. The boys team has won the District Championship the past 5 out of 6 years. Coach Phillip Lane, who has been at Kilgore for 18 years, and Coach Todd BonDurant, who is in his 3rd year here, have been coaching these young athletes to be the best they can be and to push themselves to do better than before. Most sports consist of a team of athletes coming together to win and surpass others. Cross Country can be seen as both a team and individual sport as you’re running by yourself

but you practice and run for not only yourself but also for your teammates and school. Working together off and on the track helps to push themselves to meet their aspirations and for Almanza and May it was more than they could imagine. May says he gets his inspiration to keep running by knowing that if he doesn’t run then he gains nothing and that he strives to be the best he can be. The runners have to run an average of 2-3 miles and possibly a 5k depending on the course which is incredibly vigorous, but their persistence, hard work, and training under their coaches pays off in the end. Having a good work ethic and strong teamwork can really change the outcome of any sport as we have surely seen in the recent showings by Almanza and May. “I prepare for my runs by going to practive every day, and I had to think positive and push myself during races,” Almanza said. May says his favorite part about running cross country is the chemisty the team has and that is the reason he keeps running and will continue in his future.

Bi-District champs, we chant Layla Spalding Staff Writer Tonight the Bi-District Champion Bulldogs will face the Stafford Spartans in an Area match up in Houston. The overall 10-1 Dogs kick off at 7 p.m. to face an overall 7-4 Spartan team at Sheldon ISD Stadium. Both the Dogs and the fans are ready. This season has been one to remember, throughout Kilgore football history. The football teams all worked through blood, sweat and tears, and still come out on top by working together. Inspirational coaches have led the way and pushed the players to their full potential. “Through the workouts, the coaches really pushed us everyday, and Coach Fuller

inspires me,”quarterback Damarion VanZandt said. “He always talks about how great of a team we can be, and it makes me want to work harder to accomplish that.” Football is not only a sport to the Dogs. This has developed into a family. Being a part of the team shows the players how to work together, run through obstacles, carry the weight of school, games, and get better each and every day. It is an accomplishment, to not only for the coaches, but the players as well. “The accomplishment that has been the most beneficial for us, is that we are working together as a family, and our energy,” runningback and cornerback Sage Orange said. “We’ve gotten better at loving each other to become not just

a great team but a big family.” Defeating Lindale and becoming District Champions is a title that the football team gets to hold and remember. The Bulldog players have worked hard this season, and it hasn’t only impacted the crowd, but Junior varsity players as well. “We plan to work harder to win more games, and be ready for a comeback,”JV wide receiver and cornerback Zander Short said. “I am looking for us to get better as a team, and getting back on the field.” The Dogs plan to continue to come together as a family and show every other team we are Bulldog Strong. See you all in Houston. #ALLIN

Girls Basketball team bonds Lou Carlisle Staff Writer Jayden Jones Junior Editor The basketball girls have been practicing since volleyball season started their first game. The anticipation has been making all of them eager. The girls’ first game was on Sat. Nov. 6 against Gladewater. The head varsity coach is Coach T (Trushundra McGill), the JV coach is Coach Q (LaQuisha SlatonKindle) and the freshman coach is Coach Grant Payne. Their seniors are Ny’kayla Hooper, Jada Dennis and D’shailynn Lacy. The score for that game for JV was 37-32 and the Varsity score was 59-29. There were a few injuries during the game, but they managed to bounce back with thrill and fought hard. The girls had a home game on Nov. 9. This was their first home game and they hosted Hallsville. Only the JV and Varsity played. The score for JV 14-37 and Varsity’s was 24-71.

1) On the Run • Freshman Maurine Witt dribbles the basketball as she makes her way across the court. 2) Protecting • Kilgore’s Jada Dennis runs the play with Hallsville on top trying to take it. Photo by Zadie Vega & Lou Carlisle.

Varsity only has two freshmen, Maureen Witt and Phenix Rivers. Due to injuries one of them wasn’t able to play until the Nov. 12 game away at Texas High. Coach Q has really been pushing her JV team to their very best. They have been working hard and have been dedicated. She makes sure her team understands the plays and that they have also been practicing accordingly. At the end of each practice, JV and Varsity will play a little scrimmage to work on what they practiced. The seniors have been working hard so this season will be remembered. They have been helping out the new members on the team to make sure they’re aware of what’s going on. N’ykayla Hooper always helps keep up the stats like for scoring when scrimmaging and is very skillful in a game. D’Shailynn Lacy is their own cheerleader. She is always ready for the game with her teammates and ensures that they’re always pumped up and excited to play. Jada Dennis

is aggressive and fast; she always goes for the ball, and she doesn’t wait a second to react. “I feel good about the start of my season,” Hooper said. “We got a lot that needs to be fixed, but at the end of the day we will get there. We need to work on a lot, coming from me. The main thing will be becoming a team and playing like a family.” These seniors have made an impact. “I’m proud of my seniors and want to have a successful season,” Coach T said. Coach T said they are working hard. “I feel we have to work harder than ever before, and I’m excited for the challenge with this group of girls,” Coach T. said. “I’m very grateful for my new staff, and I see great things happening from them and us in the future.” Together, the girls teams have become amazing friends and that bond will only continue to grow as the season continues. The Lady Bulldogs travel to Tyler today at 4:30 p.m.





1) Mr. Texas Football Player of the week • Senior Davin Rider jumps for a sprint. 2) Showtime • Players gather to run on the field. 3) Protection • Junior Isaiah Ross holds the ball from defensive hands. 4) ‘Bout to go • Quaterback Damarion VanZandt calls to start play. Photos by Yearbook photographers Alex Nabor & Sofia Gomez.

- Basketball Roster -

Freshman Girls:

Jae´la Williams-9th Tajah Dennis-9th Jayden Turner-10th Brooklyn Wilkerson-10th Maria Bayo Martin-10th Rickera Guinn-10th Auniyeah Matlock-10th Karleigh Murphy-10th Trainzai Frierson-9th Dakotta Kopp-9th Jasmine Baldozo Martinez-11th

Managers: Brady Reeves Ashaila Lewis A’Moriyel O’Neal

Girls Varsity:

Manager: Lou Carlisle-10th

Athletic Manager:


Matthew Riley-11th Alexander DeSantiago-11th Rylan Copeland-11th Javoria Easley-12th Jake Thompson-12th Clarence “CJ” Ingram-12th Ethan Drury-12th Thomas Hattaway-12th Bobby King-11th Tate Truman-10th

Girls JV:

Frances Maurine Witt-9th Phenix Rivers-9th Summer Hayden-Epps-11th Bryonne Brooks-10th Fyndi Henry-11th Ny´Kayla Hooper-12th Kristen Kennel- 11th D´Shailynn Lacy-12th Maggie Quine-10th Jada Dennis-12th Jazmine Vasquez-11th


Boys Currently in Action:

Kenslea Harper Fickett Kaylee Hartnett La´Sonja Hooper Kylee Hunter Dakota McDowell Kiara Spradin Cadence Trimble A´nydria Williams Da´keylie Williams Kassidy Oliver

Alyssa Armendariz-11th

Head Coach: Jeffrey Coleman BASKETBALL NEXT WEEK Tues. Nov. 23 Kilgore vs. Rusk at home Fresh 12 noon, JV right after, Varsity 2:30 Sat. Nov. 27 Kilgore @ Pine Tree Fresh @ noon, JV @ 1 p.m., Varsity @ 2 p.m.

A word with junior Tennis player Annabell Garvin

Varsity Volleyball team preps together before starting their game.

Freshman Brooke Couch spikes the ball.

Junior Isabell Witt prepares for the incoming ball.


Q: What is your place on the ladder in tennis? A: I’m currently in the number 2 spot. Q: How many people did you have to play to get where you are right now? A: I had to play against 5 other players to secure my position. Q: How long did it take to get up the ladder? A: It took around 2-3 weeks which was much longer than we expected. Q: How do you think you’ve improved so much within the past few months of playing? A: I played people who were better than me and took private lessons. Playing people more advanced really taught me how to train my stamina and never give up. Q: What advice would you give someone who wants to improve themselves in their own sport? A:I would play people who are better than you, even if you know you’ll lose. You should also take lessons and practice whenever you can.