Kilgore High School Mirror Issue 3 March 10, 2022

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Cheering on the Cheerleaders • As cheerleaders plan for tryouts tomorrow, March 11, we take a look back on their Jan. 13 State Spirit Competition success & Send off. Sophomores Nawny Sifford and Gabby Johns high five the boys athletic teams on their way to the UIL state competition where they placed 4th in the state. Photo by Layla Spalding.

Kilgore High School

Volume XXII, Issue III

March 10, 2022

For the students, by the students

UIL prepares for district & beyond Carlos Ortiz Staff Writer The University Interscholastic League (UIL) is a Texas-originated extracurricular program for schools across the state. There are events ranging from number sense and accounting to biology to spelling and journalism. “I love taking kids to contests and seeing their success,” UIL coordinator Johna Tritt said. “I think if more students tried UIL academics they would find success! I am very proud of our UIL teams, especially last year and this year’s team. We have had to be very flexible because of COVID, and everyone has adapted really well.” The UIL academic teams recently participated in a virtual invitational meet at Kilgore High School on March 7 as the final practice meet before district. The students who participated were in the library practicing and preparing for their events. This is a “counter” to other schools that have UIL - dedicated class periods. “I joined UIL because I love to write and wanted to see how I would compete against other writers,” freshmen Kyleigh Lewis said. “UIL

gives me the opportunity to meet other students I don’t have classes with. Competition is always a good thing because it’s a big motivator to always do my best in my event and beat area schools.” The UIL academic team’s first virtual invitational meet was also at KHS on Feb. 11. It was prepared to be a day-long practice before district. “I joined UIL in 2020, and I wanted to join because of accounting,” senior Angelica Chavez said. “My favorite thing about UIL is accounting and leaving school to go to the event. It has taught me more stuff in the real world.” The UIL academic teams participated at Stephen F. Austin University (SFA) in Nacogdoches on Jan. 28 for an in person practice meet. Several students and teams placed in their respective events. “My favorite thing about UIL is the atmosphere,” freshman Kylee Hunter said. “Everyone competing is always encouraging each other. We also have fun together doing activities while waiting for our events and during lunch. I was very nervous, but I am glad that I tested well. I am incredibly thankful that Mrs. Hague asked me to be a member of the team, otherwise

UIL Virtual Meet

Results Current Events: 1st Place Team Ryan Beddingfield - 1st Canon Gorman - 2nd Cason Cox - 3rd Sam Clements - 5th Literary Criticism: Madison Donovan - 8th Olivia Blundell - 18th Mathematics: Sara Buchanan - 5th Janette Chavez - 11th Aiden Lothrop - 14th Jose Jaime - 18th Number Sense: Kylee Hunter - 8th Olivia Harden - 13th Sara Buchanan - 14th Science: 2nd place team Thaiona Moore - 6th Madison Donovan - 11th Kylee Hunter - 12th Luis Herrera - 13th Maci McNew - 14th Daphne Crum - 17th CJ Hedges - 18th Accounting: Furqan Javed - 10th Melanie Sosa - 11th Cindy Cedillo - 12th Calculator: Jose Jaime - 7th Computer Applications: Lilian Hearon - 11th Melanie Sosa - 12th Briana Rollins - 13th Cindy Cedillo - 14th Accounting: Furqan Javed - 10th Melanie Sosa - 11th Cindy Cedillo - 12th Literary Criticism: Madison Donovan - 8th Olivia Blundell - 18th Spelling: Delaney Moses - 3rd Rachel Niemeyer - 6th Copy Editing: Madison Donovan 1st Eryka Hopper 5th Jayden Jones 7th Ashaw Bailey 8th Editorial Writing: Rachel Niemeyer 3rd Headline Writing: Madison Donovan 2nd Eryka Hopper 4th Ashaw Bailey 7th News Writing: Carly Mauldin 5th Carlos Ortiz 8th Feature Writing: Carly Mauldin 4th Kyleigh Lewis 5th

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1) The Patient Champions • UIL students and teachers wait for the bus to arrive. Photo by Carlos Ortiz. 2) Practice Makes Perfect • Senior Jose Jaime practices for his UIL event. Photo by Carlos Ortiz. 3) Representing the K • Freshman Harper Fickett, sophomore Kaleigh Newlen, freshman Mackinly Haynes, and junior Alana Mumphey perform their routine. Photo by Caden Carnes. I would have not had this wonderful opportunity. I was not sure about it at first, but I am glad that I decided to do it in the end.” On the athletic side of UIL, the UIL Cheer Team traveled to Ft. Worth on Jan. 14. The team placed 4th in 4A - Division 1. “I am very proud of how well we did at the UIL State cheer competition,” cheer captain and senior Riley Thompson said. “Although our placement did not go up, our scores improved from the previous year, which is awesome! When getting into the finalist round and top 10 the competitiveness becomes very very close. Scores get to be a tenth or hundredth of a point apart. Each year we compete, our team does better and better, and I know the girls will continue to do so after I am gone.

I hope they get to bring those rings home next year, or at least a medal. The best thing about being involved in cheer is the skills gained from it. You learn responsibility, leadership, trust, and good sportsmanship. Being in a leadership position such as captain has taught me not only many valuable lessons but also things about myself.” Cheerleaders try out tomorrow for the 2022-2023 team. We wish them the best as they build for UIL competition again. On Wed. March 23, the UIL academic competitors will compete at District. On Saturday, April 16, the UIL students could compete at Regionals. On Friday, May 6, the best UIL students will compete at State for the final meet of the school year. “My favorite thing is that it puts me up against other schools that I

might not ever get a chance to compete against in sports,“ senior Cason Cox said. “I would recommend UIL to a friend because it gives you a great chance to learn new skills and new ideas. Since I made state, it put me up for a few different scholarships.” Several students at KHS have placed at previous UIL events. An example is senior Madison Donovan placing 1st at district, regional, and state last year for Headline Writing. She is the current State Champion for 4A in Headline. “I’ve learned so much, and it’s made me a better writer,” Donovan said. “It’s been such a fun experience and some of my greatest high school memories happened there. My favorite thing is the competition. I love the validation of winning after a hard fight.”

SkillsUSA Sweepstakes:

Team places in every competition entered Jayden Jones Junior Editor

The Health Science club went to SkillsUSA District 5 Competition at Waco for from Feb. 24 - 26. Being coached in advance by Angel Galvan and Cheyenne Kirkpatrick, these students did phenomenal. The team members include:

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1) Getting Into Character • Senior Kara Malick helps senior Alan Dickson apply his stage makeup before the public performance of “All My Sons.” Photo by Ashaw Bailey. 2) One-Act Winners • Seniors Chey Tubb and Carly Mauldin and sophomore Malachi Strachan show off their medals from the One-Act district competition. Photo by Madison Donovan.

Theater performs at One-Act Play Carly Mauldin Co-Editor in Cheif

On March 3, the theater department traveled to Chapel Hill High School to take their show, “All My Sons” by Arthur Miller, to district One-Act Play. The cast began rehearsing in January. “We ran the show as often as we could, and when we were backstage, we ran our scenes together,” senior Connor Callaway said. “Being in theater is all about helping each other, so that’s what we do. I don’t think we’d have come this far if we didn’t help one another. I know that’s what got me to where I am.” The cast spent many weeks blocking where their characters would move and interact on stage. Students researched and analyzed their characters to better understand their motivations, and they attended OneAct clinics at other schools to receive constructive criticism and advice on how to improve their acting and the show as a whole. “Ms. Clemens has the most unique direction style I’ve seen in years of theater,” sophomore Malachi Strachan said. “She’s very focused on blocking in a way I haven’t seen before. Every

step we take has been thought of and is done on purpose. Blocking the show was the number one priority.” After a long rehearsal process and a public performance on Tuesday, March 2, the next step was to take their play to the district One-Act Play competition. The cast performed for an audience of local school’s theater departments and a panel of judges. The play was judged on the actor’s performances, the accuracy of their lines, and the creativity and effectiveness of the lights, sound, set, and costumes. “I am very proud of our performance,” senior Madison Donovan said. “I was kind of worried before we got here because we were never truly under time like we were supposed to be in rehearsals, but we really pulled it off, and I’m really happy with how our performance went. Even if I am a little disappointed in the few mistakes I made, I am very proud that there were fewer mistakes then any other performance so far.” After the performance, students were given critiques from the judges. The cast was given advice and insight on how they could strengthen their show, and was praised on the strength of their characters.

“I’m most proud of the scene where I read the letter with Ann because I’ve never been able to bring out that emotion before,” senior Chey Tubb said. “It never felt real to me, but once we were actually acting it felt real. I was really proud of the way that we reacted. I think it went extremely well.” The cast won’t advance from district, but several students were given awards. Senior Carly Mauldin won an outstanding crew award for sound, senior Chey Tubb won an honorable mention All-Star Cast award for her role as Kate, and sophomore Malachi Strachan won an All-Star Cast award for his role as Joe. “When I won my award it was a bit different from everyone else because instead of calling my name, they said ‘Oh, I’m going to butcher this last name,’” Strachan said. “They didn’t even finish saying my name before everyone cheered because we all knew who had the impossible to pronounce last name. It was like some sort of announcement for a famous boxer or something. I felt amazing. They hardly let a syllable of my name out before everyone was screaming and clapping around me. It was exhilarating. This was the best awards ceremony I’ve been a part of.”

Lincoln Rounsavall Kaitlyn Tryon Nicole McFarland Lily Chowdhury Jakob Davis Chris Mora Delaney Moses Jayci Pyle Olivia Blundell Kristen Kennel Daniela Nunez Nataly Huerta Fabiola Vanegas Madison Donovan Cason Cox Shanna Casayuran Janette Chavez Jared Rich Kendall Trevino Analyse Thomas Karlee Menges

They placed in every single competition they participated in. They all practice during their Health Science class period, and whenever they are able to outside of school. Their talent is evident based on their exemplary placements: First Aid & CPR: 1st - Jared Rich 2nd - Kristen Kennel 3rd - Nataly Huerta

Health Knowledge Bowl: 1st - Madison Donovan, Shanna Casayuran, Jared Rich, Karlee Menges 2nd - Delaney Moses, Kristen Kennel, Olivia Blundell, Jayci Pyle 3rd - Kaitlyn Tryon, Nicole McFarland, Lily Chowdhury, Lincoln Rounsavall Job Skill Demonstration A: 1st - Kaitlyn Tryon 2nd - Kristen Kennel 3rd - Nicole McFarland

Nurse Assisting: 1st - Shanna Casayuran 2nd - Analyse Thomas 3rd - Kendall Trevino Basic Health Care Skills: 1st - Kaitlyn Tryon 2nd - Lincoln Rounsavall 3rd - Kristen Kennel Health Professional Portfolio: 1st - Shanna Casayuran Medical Terminology: 1st - Karlee Menges 2nd - Fabiola Vanegas

Job Skill Demonstration Open: 1st - Jayci Pyle 2nd - Nataly Huerta Extemporaneous Speaking: 2nd - Delaney Moses Community Service: 1st - Madison Donovan, Olivia Blundell, Jared Rich The following students all qualify for state because of their placements during the competition: Shanna Casayuran, Jared Rich Kristen Kennel Madison Donovan Analyse Thomas Kaitlyn Tryon Lincoln Rounsavall Karlee Menges Fabiola Vanegas Jayci Pyle Delaney Moses Olivia Blundell The Health Science club will remain busy, especially with their routine Carter Blood Drives, one occurring today and the next one coming up on May 10.

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1) Waiting Game • SkillsUSA students patiently wait for the results of their competition to be shareed at closing ceremonies. 2) Smiling Celebrations • Competitors pose with medals after closing ceremonies. Photos by Amy Bates.

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March 10, 2022

One word worth change Setting goals for 2022 Lou Carlisle Staff Writer

Future focused • Junior Furqan Javed browses University of Texas in Austin’s scholarship opportunities after finishing his work. Photo by Rachel Niemeyer.

Does rank matter?

Talk with top ten seniors Rachel Niemeyer Junior Editor

As the end of the school year approaches, upperclassmen are beginning to enter the wide, wide world of college admissions. With this, class ranks can often weigh heavy on the minds of those applying to universities. It can become easy for rank to become an area of anxiety with arising questions like, ‘Will this affect my college acceptance?,’ ‘How can I improve my rank?,’ and ‘How much does rank really matter?’ Zeroing in on yourself, your progress, and your rank and involvement can help you and your grades soar. Although it may seem pointless now, your rank and involvement can help you in the long run, whether it be in contribution to scholarships or in selection to a private, prestigious university. “Colleges don’t look at just your grades. They look at your involvement as well,” senior and third in her class, Karlee Menges said. “They want to know that you are going to be a good asset for their own community and programs.” According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), class rank is classified as a “next most important factor.” Today, colleges tend to look at things like test scores, overall GPA, grades, curriculum, etc. However, private colleges are known to consider rank as

less paramount and observe more factors relating to involvement and community service. “In every scholarship, it asks about community service,’’ top ten ranked senior Abby Hattaway said. “Without involvement in your community, you will miss out on lots of scholarships.” By now, most students have discovered that scholarship providers pay close attention to overall averages and standardized test grades. In attempts to appeal, many seniors put a considerable amount of diligence into their final year. “I have always made sure to make at least A’s in all my classes from as long as I could remember,” Hattaway said. “I can get lots of scholarships for my grades.” The top of the class can often receive something called a full ride scholarship. This is an award that grants total payment towards all expenses regarding college. Being among the peak students can increase your chances of being considered for scholarships like these. Obtaining this title, however, does not come easy. “Even before ranks were really a thing, like in freshman year, I had my eyes on the prize. I wanted that very top rank,” senior, and first in her class, Madison Donovan said. “I had to work really hard every year to maintain this rank.” Achieving a high rank requires standards and self-discipline, but with this, it is easy to forget that

nobody is perfect and that, at times, breaks are needed. Being overwhelmed can only impede progress in the future. “Have strict standards and know that you can reach them, but also don’t be too harsh on yourself,” Menges said. “Work as hard as you can while still enjoying your high school life.” Time management and balance is such a big key to staying afloat and having time for fun in high school. Putting things off until the last second can mean sacrificing time that could have been spent having fun rather than doing schoolwork that could have been done during its allotted time. “Focus on one thing at a time and try not to procrastinate,” Hattaway said. “Start trying early because you will wish you did.” Far too often, students can fall victim to having eyes bigger than their stomachs. It isn’t difficult to sign up for things you are confident you can handle at the time and then become overwhelmed later on. Procrastination is also a notorious enemy of progress. “You’re going to be trying your hardest for those top spots, but it can be easy to lose yourself in it,” Donovan said. “Take breaks when you need it. The work will be waiting for you when you’re ready.”

when it comes to the words that they decide to choose in the One One objective is usually on the Word philosophy. Your word could minds of people who want to make be something simple like “patient” a change for the new year whether or “kind,” but for some, a phrase they want to change themselves or a like “let go” or “be better” has a habit of theirs. more powerful effect. I have always found it helpful It can be a great challenge to stick to selct a key word for my goal or to your chosen word, but it is not objective. I have a word for this impossible. Setting small reminders year: forgiveness. Many people or even repeating small affirmations need forgiveness in their life. It can aid you sticking to your goal. certainly helps me to forgive and I know some of my closest not hold grudges. friends who are doing the same who Living the one word philosphy are trying to carry out their goal. means all year you attempt to live Some of their words are “changed” by that word. It can change your and “faithful.” outlook on your day to day life, What you say sticks with and it can change how the people people, and that’s a fact. One word around you see you as well. Words can have such a huge imact on can have such an impact on people. someone’s year or day. I mean, I’ve seen it happen. I know this happens to some It’s honestly a cool thing to see people because I’ve seen people and some people’s words have completely turn around their changed me. Forgiveness, for attitudes based on something said. example. I’m actually focusing on I think that our goal should forgiveness, and it’s been the best. always be to build the people You don’t deal with a whole bunch around us up, and the best way to of people talking about drama, and start doing that is to be a forgiving it allows me to focus on me and on person. my school work. An interview with sophomore People have different feelings

Maggie Quine reveals her word and her reasons for chosing it. “My word is “overcome” because I want to overcome the things I go through in life and all the struggle I have,” Quine said. “I want to power through them.” We all have words that are meaningful to us. People can often use the same word as you but with different meaning or connotation. It is important to keep your word and objective in mind all year. It can become very easy to lose sight. “I have to remind myself in situations that I can overcome something when I’m struggling or having a hard time,” Quine said. Although they can seem insignificant, words and ideas have the power to soothe, encourage, and make us push ourselves into reaching our full potential. A word can be a source of comfort and a catalyst for change in our lives. People setting goals with words are slowly changing the world and what is being put out into the world. Positivity is needed now more than ever.

“ Overcome

what you can before it overcomes you.” sophomore

Maggie Quine Worthwhile words • Sophomores Maggie Quine’s word of the year is “OVERCOME.” Photo by Lou Carlisle.

The Topping of Topics

Students’ hot takes on pineapple on pizza Carlos Ortiz Staff Writer

Pizza is a universally beloved Italian food. However, the toppings are what divides people. Pepperoni, jalapenos, mushrooms, and more are somewhat controversial yet accepted toppings. The one topping that rightfully deserves the crown of pizza controversy is pineapple. The origin of pineapple on pizza started in 1962 in Canada, and has since reached south to the United States and overseas to the rest of the world. The idea of pineapple on pizza is that the two major flavors presented counteract each other; the sweetness of the pineapple and the savory of the actual pizza. They are supposed to counteract each other with every bite, making it a beautiful experience no other pizza can fully deliver. As a person who loves both pizza and pineapples, this should be a match made in heaven. However, this isn’t the reality for both my taste buds and a good chunk of the population. What ruins the sacred harmony is America’s best friend when it comes to making fast food: grease. The grease often drowns the pineapple to a soggy, undesirable state. The ruined pineapple also stains the pizza itself, making the pizza bad as well. Granted, all taste buds are different, so people will taste the same food differently. However, in a survey that over 160 local KHS students filled out, over ¾ decided that they did not like pineapple on pizza (pie chart is on the right). Despite the fact that I am not into pineapple on pizza, there are still some local exceptions: Fourth and last place on my list is Little Caesars. As a pizza restaurant who is the embodiment

KHS students were asked what they thought of pineapple on pizza.

Here’s what they said...

Pro-Pineapple Pineapple adds a sweet and savory aspect to boring pizza. - junior Ani Garner It adds a bit of flavor to the already exquisitely mouth-watering sauce. - junior Jonathan Aquilar It adds a little bit of sweet to make it a sweet and salty type of taste. - sophomore Kai Tucker

Anti-Pineapple I don’t want soggy fruit on my pizza; pizza isn’t meant to be soggy. - junior Grayson Cavel I personally feel that the taste of the pineapple just ruins the taste of the cheese, tomato sauce, and the crust of the pizza. - sophomore Jaden Kime Pineapple on pizza is disrespectful to the culture that pizza originated from. - senior Angel Rosales

Want a slice of the action? Scan this QR code to answer the survey. Be on the lookout for a follow up in the kilgorehsmirror.com

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of quantity over quality, it’s no surprise that they are dead last. Their “Hawaiian” pizza, the toppings being composed of pineapples and ham, is the perfect example of why I don’t like pineapple on pizza: the grease. Granted, I think all of their pizza is drowned in an unhealthy amount of grease. Third place goes to Mazzio’s. Although not as greasy as Little Caesars, it is still far too much grease for what I believe what the average person should regularly consume. Both their pineapples and the pizzas themselves are also lackluster. Second place goes to Dominos. They are the definition of an average pizza. You are never impressed with their pizza, but you are also never disappointed either. While their pineapples aren’t vomit inducing, they are still not an ideal pizza topping compared to the other options that they create. First place is reserved for Pizza Hut. As the best pizza place in Kilgore (in my opinion), it’s no surprise that they end up as my number one pick. Their pineapples are not bad. In fact: I dare say they are edible on pizza. “No One Out Pizzas the Hut,” as they say; there is one place that actually one place that does. The real first place rightfully goes to Peddler’s Pizza. They don’t serve pineapple on their pizza, so therefore, they automatically win. As a more local pizza brand, I feel like they should be included on this list, even though they don’t have the topping in my editorial. Their pizzas, while not my favorite, are a very close second. Their more simple direction to pizza is what makes them so great; focusing on the quality over quantity.

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Staff Writers Lizett Garcia Carlos Ortiz Lou Carlisle Ali Dunn Layla Spalding

Kilgore High School 301 N. Kilgore Street, Kilgore, TX 75662 903.988.3901, ext. 2137 www.kisd.org/khs Student Population 1146 Volume XXII, Issue 3 March 10, 2022 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

Pizza Time! • Freshman Santiago Morales eats a pizza with pineapple as a topping. Photo by Carlos Ortiz.

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January Student of the Month

Melanie Sosa was the January Student of the Month. Melanie is in the science club, La Bamba, NHS, and in KHS Web Design. She also includes herself in UIL accounting, computer applications, and Model UN. As busy as Melanie is, she always tries her best at her grades. She is an all-A student and is in the top ten percent of her class. She is also the first in her family to speak English, go to school, and soon to attend college. She said high school is most definitely a challenge. “The biggest challenge in high school is the imposter syndrome; I constantly feel like I don’t belong,” Melanie said. Melanie has had the pleasure of helping her community by doing community service at the Longview Arboretum. Also, she and a group of friends went to help the groundskeepers. “We dug holes, potted plants, and made a huge cement sculpture,” Melanie explained. High school experiences are always going to be remembered, not only because of the events, people, and activities. However, the teachers that make high school experiences important and memorable will also be remembered. “Sherry Lockman has had the biggest impact on my life,” Melanie

Melanie Sosa

said. “I have had her for four years and seven class periods, and they have been a blast. She is really supportive in everything I do, and has always given me advice in times of need.” Melanie’s goal has been to graduate, make good grades, and get a scholarship to get into a good college. “I plan to attend Texas A&M next year,” Melanie said. “I can’t wait to be an Aggie. All around me, I have had the privilege of having amazing Aggies guide me throughout high school. I plan to follow in their footsteps.” Melanie has made a decision about after her time at A&M as well. “I am majoring in Business Administration. I never expected becoming a “business” person, but after opening up to new experiences, it is something I find myself to really enjoy,” Melanie said. As a businessperson, Melanie said she wants a job she enjoys. “In ten years, I hope to have job security, to be financially stable, and to be a business analyst,” Melanie said. Melanie has an emotional and fun side outside school. “In my spare time, I enjoy watching movies and listening to music,” Melanie said. Melanie is looking forward to graduation like many seniors, but for her, this is a big accomplishment. “I think my biggest

accomplishment is yet to happen. Honestly, the only thing I would consider as an achievement is being the first in my family to graduate high school,” Melanie said. Memories from high school will be a part of her for the rest of her life. “I feel like everyone else here is going to forget about the material we learned, and the strangers we saw in the hallways,” Melanie said. “However, I am going to remember the close bonds I made with people I love, the random car drives at midnight, horrendous acting when we play charades, and the laughs I shared with my friends.” With all of this, It is no doubt Melanie’s hard work and dedication has taken her places. Melanie looks to scripture for her greatest quote. “Romans 8:18 - For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us, is the quote I live by,” Melanie said.

~ Layla Spalding

January Student of the Month Ethan Drury was January’s Student of the Month. Drury is a varsity basketball player and loves spending time with his friends. He is a cashier at Brookshire’s, and when he’s not working or at school, he likes to read books, play disc golf or basketball, and sleep. “I love to read,” Drury said. “It’s very relaxing and whenever you put time into reading, you can always learn something new.” Drury has made so many memories throughout his high school years, and as he reaches his departing moments, he is looking ahead. After he graduates, he plans to attend UT Tyler. “I want to go to UT Tyler because it’s close and has a good engineering program,” Drury said. “I plan to major in Mechanical Engineering because there will be a lot of good job opportunities once I leave.” While at school, Drury has enjoyed volunteering and community service. “I loved volunteering at the concession stand for baseball and Clean Up Kilgore,” he said. “I had fun with my friends and it was for a good cause.” Drury is a very academically-

devoted student, and has received many distinguishable awards and honors for his commitment to learning. “I can’t think of a distinct moment or accomplishment from over the years, but I have always worked very hard to stay in the top ten,” he said. Drury values and reflects upon everything he has learned up to his senior year. He often reminisces on his time in Humanities. “I made so many memories in Humanities, and it encouraged me to think outside the box,” Drury said. “Mr. Mohn always wanted us to look deeper into things.” As a basketball player, Drury has learned the significance of tenacity, practice, strategy and teamwork. “I have always looked up to Coach Coleman,” Drury said. “He has taught me the importance of hard work, and has shaped me into the man I am today.” Drury is ninth in his class and has worked very hard to obtain that rank. “I am very proud of my grades,” Drury said. “It wasn’t easy, but I am very thankful that I pushed myself to put in the hard work.” Drury’s senior year has proven to be a feat that hasn’t been all that easy on him.

“I got COVID earlier this year,” Drury said. “As a social person, it was hard for me not to be around my friends.” Drury has enjoyed experiencing his high school years with all of his friends. “I don’t really have a ‘best friend, but I have a good friend group,” Drury said. “We all like hanging out, and we have good laughs together.” Drury is a big believer in living in the moment. He always does his very best to seize each day. “Life is too short to be taken seriously,” Drury said. “You never know what could happen, so you should do what you can to enjoy the moments you’re given.” Drury is an optimist and constantly looking ahead to the future. He is apprehensive, but very ready to face the world outside of high school. “The real world is very intimidating,” Drury said. “Being an adult always seemed so far away, but I’m ready to see what’s out there.”

~ Rachel Niemeyer

Ethan Drury January Employee of the Month

La’Tamera Fry

The January Employee of the Month was La’Tamera Fry. She teaches Anatomy Honors, Sports Medicine, and is the head girls athletic trainer. She always works with humility in her step. “I just do my job to the best of my abilities and stay out of trouble in the process,” Coach Fry said. Coach Fry grew up in Mansfield, Texas and graduated from Mansfield High School. Fry earned her bachelor of science degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and her masters from UT Tyler. “My most influential teacher was Dr. Burken, the program director at the University of Mary HardinBaylor,” Fry said. “She was the first person to take the time out to actually teach me how to study to fit my learning style.” Coach Fry has earned her B.S. in Athletic Training and her M.E.D. in Health and Kinesiology, the scientific study of human body movement. “The class that taught me the most (in college) was Global Epidemiology,” Fry said. “It taught me about different practices and conditions on a global scale. It helps to look outside of our own little worlds.” Coach Fry was an athletic trainer for football, basketball, and track

for all four years during her high school years. She was also in the band her freshman year as a clarinet player. She played softball pitcher, right field, and shortstop during her freshman and sophomore years. As a KHS employee, she likes to be involved in a variety of schoolrelated activities such as sports and the Fun Runs. “I enjoy athletics, but I really enjoy the Style Show,” Fry said. “I enjoy seeing the students all dressed up and seeing some of our more hidden jewels in the talent show that may otherwise go unnoticed.” Coach Fry is most proud of all of the relationships with her coworkers and students that she has formed over the years. The person who gave Coach Fry the biggest impact at KHS is assistant principal Timothy Banks. “Mr. Banks has been looking out for me since I met him,” Fry said. “He gives me advice, he is always checking on my parents, and he has always encouraged me to go past what I think I am capable of. Plus, he never forgets my birthday! I am very grateful for him.” Coach Fry’s mother, Patricia Fry, is the reason why Coach Fry loves athletic training so much. And, she considers La’Toya Hollins, her sister, to be her best friend.

“My sister is an awesome human being,” Fry said. “She calls me on my stuff when I’m being extra, and she inspires me to be better. She is my personal hype woman. My mother is my bestie; she has always supported me. She never hesitates to correct me when I am wrong and challenges me to be better when she knows I could do more.” Coach Fry grew up in a Christian family that went to church, but never took it seriously until 2012, when she was depressed. Once she accepted Christ as her savior, she has tried to become a positive icon for her peers. Her greatest accomplishment was deciding to truly follow Jesus Christ. “I knew my relationship with Christ wasn’t where it needed to be at the time,” Fry said. “I was dealing with a lot of emotional issues, so I knew I needed him more than ever.” When Fry has spare time, she likes to catch up on sleeping, cooking, reading, and creating objects like lotion, hair products, and natural skin care products. “I’ve always wanted to demo a house,” Fry said. “I think it’s just fun to tear up stuff. I’ve watched a lot of HGTV in college, and I have always wanted to try it.”

~ Carlos Ortiz


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February Student of the Month The February Student of the Month was Ashaw Bailey. He is in the NHS, takes honors classes, has participated in the Style Show, and has been a class favorite for two years. Whenever he has spare time, Bailey enjoys spending time with his family. The most influential person in his life is his mother. “She has always been hard on me regarding grades, but I look up to her because she has influenced my life in so many ways that make me want to be a better man,” Bailey said. A guiding thought that he lives by is “Even when people are mean or rude show them kindness.” When life brings him down, he goes to his sister’s house. “I tell her mainly everything, and I tell her what is happening in my life and she will help me with it,” Bailey said. One of the biggest challenges he has faced was the time during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It was a hard time for me when I wasn’t able to be with my friends,” he said. At school, Bailey is involved in several school activities such as orchestra and yearbook. However, his favorite is Bulldog Krew. “This is an activity that I have made some friends in and it has given me good experiences,” Bailey said. Bailey has met and made several

Ashaw Bailey

friends throughout high school. His best friend is Kaleb Coker. “We have been friends for over ten years and I wouldn’t change anything,” Bailey said. “ He has been there for me, and he is like a brother to me.” His most memorable memory of his high school experience occured at a track meet. “I almost forgot my race, but I made it in time,” Bailey said. Bailey has had several great teachers; however, Mrs. Tucker stands out the most because she has had the most positive impact on him. “She is one of the best teachers that I’ve had and one of the kindest people I know,” Bailey said. “She has impacted my life in so may ways that she makes me feel like I can do anything.” Out of all the classes he has taken, he feels like he has learned the most from PreCalculus. “I have learned not only math but some life stuff, too,” Bailey said. What he fears the most about graduating is not being able to see his friends and his favorite teachers. Yearbook is the class that he will miss the most. “We do a lot of stuff in there and the people there are like family, and we have each other’s backs,” Bailey said. After graduation, Bailey plans on attending Tarleton State University because it looks appealing to him and

will give him a chance to make new friends. In ten years, he sees himself doing good with his own business. “I want to major in business because I feel like it would be good for me to experiment, and I would be able to start my own business someday.” One of his biggest accomplishments in his high school career is being in the top sixty-five people in the class rankings. “I have been rewarded with a lot of stuff, but the biggest accomplishment I have had was just making someone’s day better,” Bailey said. Despite all of his accomplishments, what makes him the most proud of his time at KHS is his friends. “I have friends here that will have my back with anything and at Kilgore High School the time that I spent here will be in my memories forever,” he said.

~ Lizett Garcia

February Student of the Month A February Student of the Month was Madison Weaver. She is a Hi-Stepper officer and an all A honor roll student. “I believe that I am a good student in class and put my all into each class,” Weaver said. “I turn in all of my work, I am quiet and don’t disturb class, and I make good grades,” Weaver said. Being an involved student has sometimes been a challenge for Weaver. She has had to work hard to stay on top of her schoolwork and extracurriculars. “My biggest challenge has been trying to keep my grades up while also having dance practices, work, and church activities all at the same time,” Weaver said. Despite the challenges it presents her, Weaver believes that her involvement in the Hi-Stepper program has grown her as a person and a student. “I have grown and gained much more confidence and my time management skills have improved because of all of my activities after school,” Weaver said. Weaver has a strong support system at home and is very close to her mom. “My mom is the most influential person in my life,” Weaver said. “She is a very inspirational and motivating person. She supports me in everything I do.”

Hi-Stepper director Sara Nash has been the most impactful teacher to Weaver. “Mrs. Nash has had the biggest impact on me because I have had her class for four years now, three being on the drill team,” Weaver said. “She has taught me so many life lessons through dance and other times with her personal stories. She has taught me to be persistent, confident, and to express myself.” Weaver has many close, supportive friends, but she feels that her best friend is her boyfriend, Chase Lewis. “Chase is there with me through it all and has been by my side for a few years,” Weaver said. “He has always been there for me and he cares for me and loves me.” Drill Team is Weaver’s favorite extracurricular that she is involved in. “Polishing and teaching dances, and dancing with my team puts me in a better mood,” Weaver said. “The officers and I get to choreograph and watch each team member grow in their dance ability. It is amazing to experience.” Dance is a big part of her life in and out of school. “I am involved in a dance studio that I go to on Wednesday and some Saturdays,” Weaver said. “We work on three competition dances in team and before that we do ballet. It gives me the opportunity to dance with different

people on a smaller team.” Outside of school and dance, Weaver enjoys working at Kilgore Small Animal Hospital. “I love working with animals and getting to expand my knowledge in the vet world,” Weaver said. “I continue because it teaches me new things and I get to take care of and spend time with cute animals.” She has big plans for the future and plans to continue working with animals. The next step for Weaver is college. “I plan on going to Kilgore College to try out for Rangerettes and finish my basics,” Weaver said. “I then plan to go to A&M because of the great vet school. I plan to major in Veterinary Medicine.”

~ Lou Carlisle

Madison Weaver February Employee of the Month

Courtney Clements

The February Employee of the Month of is senior counselor Courtney Clements. “I’ve worked at KHS since 2009, so there have been a lot of co-workers and students who have really made an impact on my life,” Clements said. Before working at KHS, Clements graduated from Sabine High School, attended Kilgore College, and received a degree in mathematics from Texas Women’s University. Later, she received a masters in school counseling from Stephen F. Austin University. “A million years ago when I was in high school, I was in band, a cheerleader, on the yearbook staff, and in the National Honor Society,” Clements said. “I was pretty nice to people, so I got awards like class favorite, homecoming queen, and stuff.” Outside of school, Clements runs a faith based community service ministry called 20/20 Vision Ministries with her husband. “We have organized a few prayer events and have joined other churches, ministries, and organizations on projects that serve our community,” Clements said. “I want to be more involved with it when I retire.” In her spare time, Clements has many hobbies. She especially likes to stay active and catch up on her favorite shows. “I like to workout even though I haven’t had a lot of time to do that

lately,” Clements said. “I’ve recently taken up mountain biking, but I usually walk through the scary parts. I also LOVE crime shows.” When life brings her down, going outside always makes her feel better. “When I get a little down, I like to go for a walk so I can be in nature,” Clements said. “I love seeing the beauty of God’s creation. It takes my mind off the little things.” Clements has a strong support system in her life of friends and family. “I have a couple best friends: my husband and my friend Megan who I have never not known. She has been in all of my favorite childhood memories. My sister who is crazier than I am. My mom,” Clements said. “My biggest accomplishment is my son, Sam. He is probably the best person I know.” Faith is an important part of Clements’ life. A guiding quote that she lives by is Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” She says Jesus is the most influential person in her life. “He has taught me more about love, trust, mercy, grace, and forgiveness than anyone else ever has,” Clements said. “I strive to be like Him every day.” In ten years, Clements hopes that

she’ll be able to spend more time with her family. “In ten years, if it’s the good Lord’s will, I will be retired and traveling with my husband to see our kids and grandkids who are spread out all over the country,” Clements said. Looking back on her time at KHS, Clements is most proud of the connections she has made with students. “Nothing makes me more proud than seeing my students succeed especially the ones who have a rough start,” Clements said. “I love to see how they figure out that they have something inside of them that makes them want to do better for themselves.”

~ Carly Mauldin


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March Student of the Month

Carly Mauldin

The March student of the month is Carly Mauldin. She is an ambitious and devoted student when it comes to school and extracurriculars she’s involved in. “I suppose I’m motivated, and I can be passionate about what I’m involved in,” Mauldin said. Mauldin has had her fair share of troubles when it comes to high school, just like everyone else. “I think my biggest challenge in high school has been learning how to slow down and make the most of everything,” Mauldin said. “I feel like I’ve been speeding through the past few school years, so I’ve been trying to work on appreciating what I have when I have it. Senior year has been so much fun because I’ve learned to appreciate where I am in life.” Although most seniors have developed a severe case of senioritis, there are always the little things that have made them thankful for being a part of the community in Kilgore. “Over the past four years I have accomplished many things, but I’m most proud of the ways that I’ve grown as a person,” Mauldin said. “I think that I’m walking away from high school as a better friend and a more motivated person. I’m really grateful for my time at Kilgore High School.” Along Mauldin’s journey, she has met many people and had many friends. One of those friends happens to be one of the most influential people in her life.

“One of the most inspirational people in my life is my friend Madison Donovan,” Mauldin said. “I really admire her work ethic. It amazes me how she’s able to accomplish so much and still make time for her friends.” Mauldin truly enjoys movies and music. They hold a very dear place in her heart, which means she takes what they may say and lives by it. “I think my favorite move quote is, ‘Be excellent to each other and party on dudes,’ from the movie Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,’’ Mauldin said. “That’s the stupidest way to say it, but it’s actually good advice, and a great movie.” Not only is Mauldin a fan of movies and music, but she’s an avid admirer of the arts and tends to partake in such activities. “Outside of school I really like to watercolor,” Mauldin said. “We learned some of the basics in Art 1, and I liked it so much that I got a set for Christmas last year. I’m still learning, so I’m not the best, but I really enjoy it. Nothing is more relaxing than putting on some music and painting.” Mauldin is a Co-Editor in Chief for the Mirror and enjoys writing for it. She is even takes part in Journalism UIL. “I achieved first place in feature writing at the Centex Invitational meet two years in a row,” Mauldin said. Mauldin has big plans for the future, but the next step for her is college. “I plan on attending DBU in the fall,” Mauldin said. “It’s a beautiful campus, and

there’s such a great community there. I immediately felt very at home when I toured. I can’t wait to live there!” Mauldin plans on continuing down this road of creativity once she goes to Dallas Baptist University. “I want to major in graphic design,” Mauldin said. “I love anything creative, and the little bit of design experience that I’ve gotten from newspaper and my other electives has made me fall in love with it.” After graduating from DBU, she wishes to have a family of her own and thrive in her community. “In ten years I hope to be married, living in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and working as a graphic designer,” Mauldin said. “I want to live in a cute, aesthetic apartment and be a regular at some small, local venues. I can’t wait to live somewhere with so much live music.” Mauldin has many friends and admirers in her life. “It’s impossible for me to pick a best friend because all my friends are so wonderful,” Mauldin said. “I’m so grateful for Jayden Jones, Madison Donovan, Sara Buchanan, Rachel Neimeyer, and Gracey Crawford. All of these people have made my senior year so much fun. I’m very grateful for my friends.”

~ Jayden Jones

March Student of the Month The March student of the month is Jake Thompson. He has received many honors and awards like being an NHS member and a 4-year Handsome in the annual Style Show, as well as being a member of the basketball team. “I feel like I was chosen as the student of the month because I am nice to everyone, and I try my best in school,” Thompson said. His proudest accomplishment while being a student at Kilgore is his sport. “I am the most proud of my efforts and achievements on the basketball court,” Thompson said. “I get to do what I love with the people I love.” Thompson was just named 1st team All District and also earned Academic All District. Although he has enjoyed playing basketball all four years of high school, it has also proven to be a challenge. “My biggest challenge has been balancing school work with sports,” Thompson said. Although many teachers have been able to reach Thompson, the most influential teach he has had is Johna Tritt. “She does so much for me,” Thompson said. “She helps me out when I need it.” Thompson believes that the most

influential person in his life is his dad. “My dad is the most influential person in my life because he pushes me to be the best man I can be,” Thompson said. Thompson’s favorite out-of-school activity is working out. “It’s good for the mind and body,” Thompson said. “It takes my mind off of things.” After high school, he plans to attend college at Texas A&M for engineering. “It has a good program for what I plan to do, and it is a good college town,” Thompson said. “I chose engineering because I enjoy and do well in math classes.” In ten years, Thompson sees himself settled down. “I see myself as an engineer and settled down with a wife and maybe even kids,” Thompson said. Thompson’s best friend is Thomas Hattaway. “He’s my best friend, and has been for a long time,” Thompson said. “He wants to see me win.” During the summer, he helps out around a ranch. “It’s outdoors away from the city,” Thompson said. “Sometimes, it can be relaxing, and it’s a way to learn new skills.”

His favorite community involvement activity is the Hi-Stepper Skeet Shoot. “I get to see people with great skill do what they do,” Thompson said. In his spare time, Thompson likes to do a number of activities. “With the free time that I have, I like to shoot around the basketball, workout, and play the game,” Thompson said. The class he will miss the most is second period college ready from his junior year. “This class had all of my friends, and we made great memories,” Thompson said. One thing that Thompson is the most fearful about graduating is starting over. “I’m the most afraid of being away from home in college, and having to find new friends,” Thompson said.

~ Madison Donovan

Jake Thompson

March Student of the Month The March student of the month is Alex Clay-Chavez. He has received many honors such as Defensive Lineman of the Year 2021, Preseason District MVP 2021, 3 year varsity football, and the A and B Honor Roll. “I was chosen because I work hard, and I am respectful to my teachers,” Clay-Chavez said. The hardest challenge Clay-Chavez faced in high school has been staying focused on school work. “My biggest challenge has been staying focused on school and keeping my grades up,” Clay-Chavez said. His biggest accomplishment in high school was earning a scholarship to play football in college. “That has been a dream of mine since sophomore year,” Clay-Chavez said. His favorite school activity is football. “It’s taught me more than just football. I have learned life lessons that will help me in the future,” Clay-Chavez said. There are many activities that ClayChavez enjoys outside of the classroom or football field. “I love to hang out with my girlfriend and friends,” Clay-Chavez said. “I love to eat, draw, play video games, and research about cars.”

There is no one person that has been the most influential in Clay-Chavez’s life. He is thankful for the entirety of KHS, but his coaches have influenced him the most. “Coach Fuller, Coach Lyons, Coach Lane, Coach Loper, Coach Dean, Coach Wood and Coach Cooley,” Clay-Chavez said. “They have gone out of their way to make sure I have what I need and to help me be successful. They have made me the person I am today.” A quote that Clay-Chavez lives by is ‘It’s worth it.’ “This is something I tell myself to remind me that I need to keep working hard to reach my goals,” Clay-Chavez said. Clay-Chavez plans to attend Missouri Southern State University in the fall. “I received a football scholarship to play there,” Clay-Chavez said. “I went for a visit, and I loved it!” While at Missouri Southern State, he plans to earn a degree in business. “I want to be an entrepreneur,” ClayChavez said. “I know how to hustle and work hard.” Clay-Chavez has big hopes for his life in ten years. “I want to be working in a successful business,” Clay-Chavez said. “Hopefully, I’ll be playing in the NFL. I’ll be married and live happily ever

after.” Clay-Chavez’s best friend is Kaileah Pierre. “She’s been there when it counts,” Clay-Chavez said. “I enjoy being around her. She’s my better half. She keeps me in line.” His job outside of school is yard work and contracting. “My favorite part is making money and learning new things,” Clay-Chavez said. When life gets Clay-Chavez down, he escapes into music. “Music helps lift spirits if I’m feeling down and also being with my girlfriend,” Clay-Chavez said. There is a lot that is going to change when the time comes for graduation, but Clay-Chavez is excited for what the future holds. “I will miss KHS, but I am very excited about my future and going to MSSU,” Clay-Chavez said.

~ Madison Donovan

Alex Clay-Chavez March Employee of the Month

Sherri Hunter

March Employee of the Month is Sherri Hunter. She teaches Law Enforcement and is here for her first year at KHS. Hunter says the qualities that she thinks she has that allowed her to be selected as the Employee of the Month are that she loves helping students learn about law enforcement, and she hopes that her enthusiasm and passion ignites a student to look at all points of view in different situations. “I am most proud of my connections with students. I hope they truly know just how much I care for them and their future,” Mrs. Hunter said. Hunter was involved in extracurriculars and received high honors from her high school in Colony, Texas where she graduated including: being an honors student, playing volleyball, basketball, and track, being a member of NHS, getting straight A’s, and graduating number 11th in her class out of 451 students. Her most memorable moment of high school was from times she spent with her fellow teammates as they were all very close and had much fun together while involved in sports. Afterwards at the University of Texas, Hunter earned her bachelor of science in economics degree and a

minor in Spanish. She also worked the night shift in a jail at night while studying during the day in order to pay for tuition. Hunter says that a quote that she has lived by is: “The world may check for unkindness, but God applauds love. His applause counts.” Outside of her job here as a teacher Hunter says her other jobs include being a mother and a wife. Hunter says Christ has been the most influential person in her life. “He saved me,” Hunter said. “I strive to make Him proud.” Hunter likes to spend time with her husband and their two children. Her daughter, Kylee, is a freshman and her son, Kiefer, is an 8th grader. She enjoys spin classes and her Peloton bike. She also says her husband is her best friend. “He is my rock, my confidant and my biggest cheerleader and encourager,” Hunter said. Her favorite community involvement is to her church, Forest Home Baptist Church, where her family and herself have been for almost 12 years. “I love helping church members who are elderly,” she said. “I love helping with church events like our

Nativity Drive Thru.” Three interesting facts that not a lot of people may know about Hunter are: she retired from 20 plus years of law enforcement that she is extremely proud of, she’s had double hip replacements in February 2021, and that if she hears music from the Bee Gees, she will immediately start dancing! Recently Hunter has received another award. She was named The Patterson Chevrolet KISD Outstanding Employee of the Week. As a teacher and person, she loves to be learning. “It is not a class, but working in a jail while I was in college taught me so much about life. It was full of eye opening experiences that made me mature and understand the real world better,” Hunter said Hunter’s most influential teacher, she says, was her field training officers at Denton Police Department. “They gave me a phenomenal foundation of knowledge and safety that helped me have a successful law enforcement career,” Hunter said.

~ Ali Dunn


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March 10, 2022 Senior Kaden Parham

Gigi Nash shows great emotion during her Talent act.

Kyleigh Lewis dances for her talent.

Juniors Dominic Rosas, Damarion VanZandt and Matthew Tyeski Senior have fun on stage. Caden Carnes and junior Gracie Wheeler show off their reindeer tails.

Freshman Eva Lewis Freshman Cadence Trimble, sophomore Lucian Johnson, senior Jeremiah Key, Logan Deeks, junior Karter Bocanegra play the drums.

Sophomore Aiden Domorad, senior Kailey Jones, junior Gracie Wheeler, senior Caden Carnes model in Style Show

Senior Javoria Easley

Senior Cailey Brown

Freshman Jae’la Williams

Sophomore Andrea Torres

Junior Sam Clements sings “Isn’t She Lovely” for his talent.

Freshman Chris Williams grins while Mrs.Cox introduces him.

Senior Jessica Baker models during the Style Show.

Sophomore Kai Tucker surprises the crowd with his appearance on stage. Junior Axel Lira

Junior Ashtyn Lucas dances.

STYLE SHOW 23rd Annual

Senior Jaleah Wafer prepares to sing Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’.

Night at the Movies LeTourneau University Belcher Center Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022 Junior Trent Lopez, sophomore Aiden Domorad, juniors Alex Nabor, Jaime Baldazo, seniors Ashaw Bailey, Caden Carnes and Jose Jaime perform a kickline in Style Show.

Sophomore Rylee Moore bends back during her performance.

Junior Drew Adamez Juniors Iris Tores & Kalamkas Adzhikul vogue.

Senior Madison Weaver shares beautiful dance expression to “I guess I’m in Love.”

Junior Kynlie Gillispie beams.

Seniors Cason Cox, Shanna Casayuran, junior Kenneth Exline, freshman Kyleigh Lewis, junior Axel Lira, director Sherry Paetznick, freshman Julia Olive and senior Zachary Riggs play in an Orchestra Ensemble.

Junior Maddi Riley, seniors Madison Weaver, Abby Hattaway, Tessa Audas and Averi Woods dance as the Hi-Stepper Officers to open the show.

Juniors Alex Nabor, Jayci Pyle, Jaime Baldazo, seniors Zadie Vega, Eryka Hopper & Katherine Shupe do the Editor Walk in the Style Show.

Senior Abby Hattaway performs her solo to “Get Dat” by Rayelle. Sophomore Lizett Garcia plays the violin.

Photos by senior Madison Donovan, juniors Layla Spalding & Jayden Jones, and KMS instructor Dennis Jacobs.


Black History Assembly

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Senior AASA president Shai Lacy introduces the program.

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Speaker Terrell G. Edwards holds up his book ‘Vegetable Soup for the Soul.’

Orchestra plays ‘Lift Every Voice.’

Junior Aniyah Willis reads poem ‘Still I Rise.’

Sophomore Grace Reese reads the poem ‘What ‘What Black History Means to Me.’ Me.’

Senior Jaycee Pierce performs ‘Hustler.’

Freshmen Cody Wahrmund and Mason Anderson perform the poem ‘Booker T & WEB.’

Senior Ashaw Bailey reads the poem ‘A ‘A Black Man.’ Man.’

Kayla Anthony, Whitney Hunt, Ny’Kayla Hooper, Alayia Wheat, and Shai Lacy.

Senior Deiontae Lacy speaks at the podium.

Alumni Jaida Thurmond, Diamond Smith & senior Whitney Hunt perform ‘Annointed ‘Annointed Praise.’ Praise.’

Senior Italy VanZandt sings ‘I Have Nothing.’

LaTamera Fry, Annette Wiley, Kathy Bowden, Michael Boatman and Tristan Clements listen to students.

Senior Whitney Hunt and junior Sam Clements perform ‘Stand Up’ from the movie Harriet for the assembly crowd.

Pictures by Bulldog Publication members Jayden Jones, Rachel Niemeyer, Carly Mauldin, Eryka Hopper, Emily Jimenez, and student Melanie Sosa.


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Entertainment

March 10, 2022

Fritz Hager is on fire Jayden Jones Junior Editor Recently aired on American Idol, Fritz Hager is a local musician from Tyler who has released a single and an E.P. - or extended play - with Mauldin Productions. He’s promoted his music on TikTok and Instagram within the past few months leading up to his EP release, which he has said will “speak on insecurities, love and heartache, every existential crisis that a person would struggle with in their 20s, and most importantly how to come to terms with and overcome them.” He has also been mentioning his appearance on American Idol, the airing date unknown at this time. His single, “All My Friends,” released Feb. 25, will now accompany his already released single, “Open Waters.” This incredibly catchy song encompasses how he wishes to be achieving more than he currently is. The unsatisfying aspect that his life is going nowhere, and that he hasn’t accomplished as much as he should have at this point in his life. It’s a look into feeling inferior when comparing yourself to people around you who are succeeding. The song is like therapy in the form of a melody, allowing the listeners to vent and get rid of their worries by screaming along with the lyrics. It’s incredibly

Spotify • Fritz Hager’s song playing on one of the many platforms it’s offered on. Photo by Jayden Jones. relatable, not to mention yell-able, and is extremely recommended. The song has more melancholy lyrics that are balanced with the song’s upbeat instrumental. The drums, electric guitar, and bass in the background aid the catchy lyrics by making the tune behind it, which carries extremely well. The intro begins with him being upset about how nothing he does is relevant, how he’s just, “in my room writing songs, going nowhere, something’s wrong.” The reason for writing this could be that he is in a rut, not able to get out of this never-ending cycle in his life. The everyday routine has begun to drain

they’re wandering in a dark forest without a flashlight. The same idea continues into the second verse when he says that he’s “writing songs that no one hears, thinking back on wasted years.” It’s explaining how he feels that the time he’s spent chasing his dream hasn’t paid off and has been a lost cause. The frustration felt when no matter how hard you’ve tried and it still hasn’t paid off is evident in this lyric, in which you can hear the exasperation in his voice as he sings it. There is a sense of uselessness that could be conveyed while listening that both fills and empties this void while simultaneously validating your feelings. “I’m living for a feeling,” is touching on how he’s just trying to get to the next day without feeling as numb as he has been. There isn’t anything that makes him feel alive anymore, so he’s chasing that feeling over and over to make life worth it. While all of the negative notes of not feeling like enough and as if he can’t catch up with his friends who have accomplished so much creates a more negative atmosphere, he counters that sense while he wraps the song up. His attitude in the last line contrasts the rest of the song, and it gives a more hopeful perspective by singing, “All my friends are getting older. I’ll be there soon. I’m getting closer.”

him and make him question most things in his life, especially when looking at where his friends are in comparison to himself. Once it goes into the chorus, Hager sings, “Is my sky falling down? Is there weight above the clouds? How can I find meaning now when my sky is falling down?” This is all alluding to the fact that his life is overwhelming right now. There’s nothing he sees for himself, and he’s questioning what his purpose here is in general. Many could relate to this sentiment, especially someone in their adolescence trying to find themselves but feeling as though

Dark Review on the Dark Knight:

Thank her for being a friend Rachel Niemeyer Junior Editor The world experienced a tremendous loss on Dec. 31, 2021. Betty White passed away of a stroke on New Year’s Eve at the age of 99, shortly before her 100th birthday. This was a devastating way to start the year, but with this loss, there is something gained, too. People all over the world are reflecting on just how much an impact Betty White had on them. Known for her long career and philanthropy, White became an entertainment icon, a welcoming figure, and “America’s grandmother.” She is especially recognized for her loveable character Rose Nylund on the Emmy and Golden Globe awardwinning show “Golden Girls.” In “Golden Girls,” White and her co-stars managed to make emotional and social situations very real and comprehensible things for their audiences. The show helped watchers to realize that growing old doesn’t have to be this heart-rending, melancholic thing that it is often made out to be. “Golden Girls” aired in 1985 and was a concept that 80’s TV had not yet seen. The show was centered around senior women and friends Rose Nylund (portrayed by Betty White), Dorothy Zbornak (portrayed by Bea Arthur), Sophia Patrillo (portrayed by Estelle Getty), and Blanch Devereaux (portrayed by Rue McClanahan) all living together in Miami. Fans enjoyed watching the lively characters navigate old age and each other. In addition to the loving nature of the show, “Golden Girls” was among the first shows to discuss social taboo at the time like innerracial marriages, deportation, addiction, prejudice, and more. Her impact transcended the screen and the NBC network. She practiced what her character preached. Rose was a very curious, kind, and affectionate person. White always looked for the best version of everyone she encountered.

“Kindness and consideration of somebody besides yourself keeps you feeling young,” Betty White told journalist Katie Couric in a CBS Sunday Morning interview in 2011. White never stopped putting people before herself, nor did she ever not encourage people to do what they love and adore. Betty White was in show business for over 70 years. During those decades, she made her mark on Hollywood and made it a point to promote kindness and consideration for the people around her. White’s legacy and compassion has been prevalent through many decades and generations. When White began her career, America was navigating World War II. She was ambitiously trying to land modeling and acting gigs at that time, but she decided to put her dreams on hold and join the American Women’s Volunteer Services in support of the war effort. At her start, White mainly focused her career on radio shows and jobs on television. In 1952, she became host of the sitcom “Life With Elizabeth” and she later was a cast member of the sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Throughout her life, White has been one of the most prominent and generous promoters and advocators for animal rights and anti animal cruelty foundations. She has even been known to turn down roles in which there was a possibility for the mistreatment of animals on set of the filming site. White was known for being one of the biggest contributors to the Los Angeles Zoo and devoted much of her life to saving and protecting endangered species. White has shared several of her philosophies for leading a long, happy life. One of these is simple, yet often overlooked; always keep your glass half full rather than half empty. In an interview for Metro Magazine, she implores all to accentuate the positive in life and not the negative.

The Batman proves to be disappointing Jayden Jones Junior Editor Lou Carlisle Staff Writer I’m secretly a big D.C. Comics fan. Name any superhero, and I will almost certainly be able to tell you their strengths and weaknesses. The concept of superheroes and villains is something I have always found entertaining, mainly because of my dad. He is a huge D.C. Comics fan, and throughout my childhood we watched the movies together. His love for superheroes, in a

way, rubbed off on me. Unless you’re living under a rock, The Batman movie came out on March 4. Everyone was so excited to learn that the plot of the movie, which features Catwoman, follows the concept that Batman is finding himself and becoming someone new. Although he has experienced self growth, there are still moments when he is struck with the spontaneous urge to fight. This adds a thrill to the movie that many couldn’t wait to see. Another important thing to look at is who Batman was leading up to this movie. In The Man of Steel and Justice

“Bats” at it again • New movie, The Batman, is out now at Kilgore theaters. Photo by Lou Carlisle.

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League Batman was played by Ben Affleck, but he retired. For the new movie they hired Robert Pattinson, who is much younger. The rest of the cast is extremely popular. There likely isn’t one person who chooses to watch the movie that wouldn’t be able to recognize at least one actor or actress. From John Turturro to Jayme Lawson, there is someone for everyone. The new movie itself is nearly three hours long, with a total screen time of two hours and 56 minutes. There was a rounded $128.5 million debut at the North American box office this weekend. This movie has already become the best opening of 2022 thus far. There is now even a comparison to the previous movies The Dark Knight and The Batman. Because of such a big movie being produced now, there are so many opinions going around online about the movie, many of which are negative. One of the most popular things I’ve heard about the movie is that it is too much of a slow burn and the directing could’ve been a bit more creative than what was given. Others have been saying the opposite, and think that it was a creative way to direct the movie an that the action in the movie was totally worth all of the hype. Some critics have even gone as far as saying that this movie is barely a superhero movie, and it was the Bat’s “greatest sin.” Another opinion given is that The Batman does the old tale a new justice. With all the hype this movie has accumulated in the past few years, it was definitely not worth the wait. The movie was anticlimactic and disappointing to the average viewer. The ratings the movie has earned online ratings of four or five stars, while the critics’ opinions have varied immensly. There are many plots in the movie that are dead ends and just seem to be time-fillers to make the movie longer, which was extremely unnecessary. The runtime of this movie makes it nearly impossible to sit through and watch in one sitting without having to use the bathroom in between scenes. There was no point in stuffing extra scenes that serve no purpose. It made the movie almost dreadful. Ultimately, one’s opinion can only be drawn once they watch this movie and experience it for themselves. All I can say is to not go in there with the high hopes of seeing what has been publicized to be so amazing for years. Whatever your plan for the break, we think that seeing a movie with a friend in a recliner seat, eating movie popcorn with butter, and relaxing mid-semester is highly recommended.

We Believe in the BULLDOGS! Good luck in Spring Sports!

Pals and confidants • Algebra II teacher Kathy Bowden reminisces over a Golden Girls episode after grading papers. Photo by Rachel Niemeyer.


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Kai Kicks Cancer Student Council to help hold fundraiser for Tucker family Carly Maudlin Co-Editor in Cheif Earlier this year, sophomore Kai Tucker was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. As he’s begun his treatment journey, KHS and the community have rallied around him. Many fundraisers have gone on to support Kai and his family through this challenging time. One of the many groups working to support Kai is StuCo. “Kai is a very key member in StuCo and a good friend to everyone,” StuCo member Xsavier Ortiz said. “It’s really important to us to do our part and try to help him in any way we can.” StuCo has started several school fundraisers to help raise money for Kai’s treatment. The first fundraiser they started was Hat Day on Feb. 2. Students were able to pay two dollars to their first-period teachers to wear a hat to school. StuCo was able to raise almost $900, which went directly to the Tucker family to pay for Kai’s medical expenses. “I decided to donate and wear a hat because I thought that it was a cool way

to support a great cause,” senior Kendall Trevino said. “I thought it was awesome to see so many students giving and showing their support.” In addition to Hat Day, StuCo has created opportunities for the community to give back and support Kai by teaming up with the softball team. “Coach Kirkpatrick and the softball team have graciously offered to let us collect money for Kai at home softball games,” StuCo sponsor Johna Tritt said. “The weather hasn’t really cooperated, but we feel like we’ll have a good chance to do that after spring break. Officers say we’ll have some student volunteers go out with a collection jar and a poster to see if we can raise some money for Kai.” StuCo is continuing its fundraising efforts with a new project. They have just begun their main fundraiser of the spring, which is selling Kai Kicks Cancer bracelets. “We think it’s a great way to show our care for Kai and his family,” StuCo member Janet Chavez said. “We thought it was a neat way for people to show support. They can even wear the bracelets at the Kai Kicks Cancer 5k.”

The bracelets are on sale now at the front office & with many teachers. Students who want to get involved and help raise money can buy a bracelet for three dollars. “I think that any time we have a student at KHS that has a need then the student council has a responsibility to step in and help where we can, so when Kai was diagnosed we think it was just kind of natural to ask to do a fundraiser,” Tritt said. “We have raised money and supported many other students going through similar situations in previous years. I think we’ve got to give back to each other and this is a way that we can show teacher Amye Tucker and Kai and their family that we love them and support them and are praying for them. If it was one of us, we wouldn’t want to go through that alone.” Student Council encourages all students to try their best to support Kai and his family. “You can buy Bracelets. You can say a prayer,” Tritt said. “You can send an email to Kai because he still checks them. Just show your support and realize that none of this is ever planned.”

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1) Farm Fresh • Senior Riley Rios presents produce. Photo by Kylee Lakey. 2) Having a Cow • Junior Eli Arp shows a cow. Courtesy photo. 3) In Uniform • Sophomore MaKayla Smith, senior Riley Rios, and junior Sam Clements. Photo by Kylee Lakey.

FFA at work Students participate in dress up days for National FFA Week

website says that FFA is “a dynamic youth organization that makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal Since January, FFA has been growth, and career success through involved in many different activities. agricultural education.” The FFA motto There were six events held or is “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, attended by FFA in January alone. Earning to Live, Living to Serve.” From Jan. 6-7 there was an FFA “My favorite thing about being in Gregg County Show, there was a Longview District FFA Convention Jan. FFA is the memories and experiences you can make,” junior Bryce Borders 12, a Fort Worth FFA Ag Mech Show said. from Jan. 14-17, a Heifer Show from National FFA Week was Feb. 20-27 Jan. 20-24, a Lambs and Goats Show and they had a FFA Theme for the from Jan. 21-24, and a Fort Worth whole week of it. They created dress Barrow Show from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3. up days to get people involved, too. This group is always at work. “FFA Week is a way to remember In February they had already the accomplishments of our alumni attended a Barrow Show, only now and celebrate all current members/ to have to plan for project show by having a mandatory meeting that they supporters,” Senior Zach Riiggs said. During FFA Week, students had to attend in order to be in the involved can participate in multiple show. theme days for a week. Starting off FFA stands for Future Farmers of on Sunday we had “Kick Off”. “The America. The Texas FFA Association

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1) Hand in Hand • Senior Avery LeBlanc works in class while wearing her Kai Kicks Cancer bracelet. Photo by Carly Mauldin. 2) Standing in Support • Seniors Chebon Meeks, Gage Chism, and Chloe Collinsworth show off their Hat Day hats. Photo by Carlos Ortiz.

Big Picture” was the theme for the following Monday and Tuesday’s fantastic theme was “My Texas FFA Day.” Wednesday was “Gifting Gratitude” while Thursday’s was “Reach Out and Represent.” Friday was “Move Forward and Give Back” and the whole week ended with Saturday’s theme as “That’s a Wrap! FFA Forever.” “My favorite dress up day was Texas Day. I dressed how I would for a livestock show which is nicer clothes than a normal day. I like this because it shows others that just because we are agriculturally related, that doesn’t mean we can’t look sophisticated,” Zach Riggs said. The Kilgore Show is March 26. This is when the Ag students take the animals they raised and the projects they built to display for their own show. It will occur at the Ag Farm and is their biggest event of the year. Be sure to support FFA by attending the show.

Orchestra students compete in solo & ensemble Lizett Garcia Staff Writer On Saturday, Feb. 26, the KHS Orchestra went to compete in the Solo and Ensemble Competition at Tyler Legacy High School. Students who participated in the competition had been working hard for weeks to perfect their music. “I had been looking forward to playing my piece and giving it everything I have,” freshman Kyleigh Lewis said. The Solo and Ensemble competition is very different from orchestral music. Students have to play their music independently without relying on the orchestra. “In orchestral music, some instruments rarely get the melody, like the second violins, violas, cellos, and bass. So when it’s Solo & Ensemble time, everyone gets to work on a solo where they get the melody for an entire piece of music that is written just for their instrument,” orchestra director Sherry Paetznick said. The solos students have to play come with challenges and require focus. “I think the most challenging part for me was memorizing the whole piece,” Lewis said. There are three levels of solos: class one, two, and three. Class three solos are the easiest and class one solos are the hardest to play because they are professional level. “The hardest solos are several pages and professional level. They have musical notations the students have never seen before, like double sharps and double flats, strange time

signatures like 6/4 and 12/8, and difficult rhythms,” Paetznick said. Students were able to choose which solo they wanted to play. Students who are playing a class one solo will need to play it by memory. If a student scores a one, a superior rating, on a class one solo, they will qualify for the State Solo and Ensemble Competition at the end of the school year. “I chose a class one solo because my goal is to earn a one with it memorized so I can go to state this summer,” Lewis said. Students chose which solo they wanted to play several weeks in advance so that they could have time to practice. “I take lessons every Monday, I practice during class, and find time at home to practice,” Lewis said. Students were also given time to practice to prepare for the competition during their orchestra class period. “We’ve had many class days to work on solos, and I go around to help them as needed,” Paetznick said, “I also call students into my office to play along with the YouTube video or a video of the piano accompaniment so they know how that sounds. They’ve also had a couple of grades on sections of their solo to keep them moving along with their preparation.” Certain songs require a piano accompaniment. Local Pianist David Berryhill has been coming in and playing the piano accompaniment with students. “Working with a musician of that caliber is always rewarding and beneficial. It’s a completely new experience playing with piano. Students have to learn to project their sound to be heard over the piano.

They must be very accurate with their counting to remain with the piano,” Paetznick said. “Overall, I see students gain confidence after the experience of playing with an accompanist.” The judges rated students on a scale of one to five with 1 being the highest. Students who score a 1, superior rating, on their solos receive a medal. “I always hope to score a one, but I mainly want to walk out knowing that I gave it 100%,” Lewis said.

The following students recieved a 1st division rating on a class three solo: Trenton Marks, viola; Nathan Lockridge, cello; Sarah Gardener, cello; Ivania Gomez, cello; Morgan Smith, viola; Paula Garduno, viola; Holly Dowell, cello; and Vaughn Wright. Three students recieved a superior rating and qualified for the State Solo and Ensemble Competition: Kyleigh Lewis, violin; Julia Olive, cello; and Axel Lira, viola.

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1 1) Stand together • Solo and Ensemble participants take a photo together at Tyler Legacy High School. Courtesy photo.

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2) Reaching goals • Sophomores Trenton Marks, Nathan Lockridge, Sarah Gardener, freshmen Ivania Gomez and Morgan Smith receive their medals. 3) Medals galore • Freshmen Paula Garduno, Holly Dowell, and Vaughn Wright smile with their new awards. 4) State qualifiers • Freshman Kyleigh Lewis, juniors Julia Olive, and Axel Lira take a picture with their medals. Courtesy photos.


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March 10, 2022

Catching up with COVID: still in the news Jayden Jones Junior Editor

Coming up on two years since the world changed and quarantine happened, there is still lots in the news about COVID-19. Coronavirus cases skyrocketed in early Jan. leading many schools, including KHS, to shut down for a day or so and deep clean their campuses for the safety of their students and faculty. On Jan. 3, there was already an apparent rise in cases compared to fall of 2021 with a shocking 164,200 new confirmed cases, a 158,736 difference from Nov. 11, according to the CDC. Since then, there has been a severe 160,554 drop in cases, the daily count for March 6 being 3,646. There was a new variant discovered, the Omicron variant, during the return from holiday break. While there is a 74% less likely chance of ICU admission and 91% less risk of death because of the booster shots and vaccinations, the rise in cases had led to overwhelming hospitalizations for this illness. Experts had believed this skyrocketing of cases was due to gatherings for the holidays. The lowest number of deaths weekly in 2021 was 1,539 and the highest being 25,996. This weekly statistic has a chance of increasing if people choose to not take the vaccinations and take the precautions the CDC has recommended for everyone. Not only has this virus spread like…well, a virus, but it has evolved past the disease the vaccine was originally formulated for due to its ability to attach to the ace-2 receptor, a protein the virus bonds to, in four more ways than the vaccine accounts for. There are currently 3 different vaccinations for COVID, 2 of which are doctor recommended. According to the CDC, Pfizer

and Moderna are both preferred by doctors, but Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen shot is only given in specific occurrences. In order to qualify for the Pfizer vaccine, you can be 5 years old, however, for the booster, you must be 12 or older. For the other two, there is an 18 and up recommendation. The only reason one is recommended to receive the J&J Janssen vaccination is if you have an allergic reaction to an ingredient included in the other vaccines or if there is a shortage of the other two types of vaccines. Many doctors have noted, according to UC Davis Health, that their younger patients have reported wishing they had gotten the vaccination, asking themselves why they hadn’t originally listened after they had become hospitalized. Omicron is affecting the upper respiratory tract and causes milder symptoms than previous versions of coronavirus, which some experts suspect is because of the vaccines and increased natural immunity. Omicron is likely to become - and might have already become - the dominant strain in the US with Omicron estimated to be greater than 90% of the cases recorded. There is also a remaining unidentified variant of COVID that is Omicron-like, but is likely around 30% more contagious. There have been even more tourist restrictions being placed to protect everyone from the spread. Though Omicron is less likely to kill younger people who are infected, including students in high school, many high schoolers’ families are older and therefore more likely to become infected and have serious symptoms. Omicron has been proven to be more contagious than the original virus, so people should remain cautious and keep in mind the possible symptoms. Though Americans’ autonomy is very important, we must consider how our choices may affect the lives and health of others we are around.

To allow for people’s autonomy regarding the vaccine, one preventative measure KHS and other schools have taken was to temporarily shut schools down until the spread of Omicron lessoned. With the decrease in cases recently, there could be the possibility of people becoming less strict of the preventative measures they decide to take. This choice could be detrimental to everyone affected by COVID. In order to maintain this low rate of cases, the US should continue to do what they’re doing to sustain the community. The CDC has a chart that informs everyone of the precautions they should take depending on their health. If one is low risk, they should stay up to date with the vaccinations provided and get tested depending on the symptoms extracted. If they are a medium risk, one should talk to their healthcare provider to inform themselves of their need to wear a mask, and other precautions. They should also get the vaccinations and get tested when symptoms are contracted. If they are a high risk patient, the CDC recommends wearing a mask when they are inside and around people. People should also regularly get tested if they acquire symptoms and get the vaccination. Other provisions should be discussed with a healthcare provider depending on how risky their illness/ illnesses may be. It’s recommended that people don’t lose sight of the possibility of a sudden rise in cases once again. There is still so much unknown about COVID-19, so it’s best to remain safe when out in public. Hand sanitizer, hand soap, face masks, vaccinations, and somehow toilet paper reminiscent of early 2020, will be your best friend in order to remain healthy and well in this time of adversity.

Finding a pimple solution

Six ways to get rid of, prevent acne Lizett Garcia Staff Writer Acne is a common problem faced by many teenagers. Acne occurs when pores become blocked by either bacteria, oil, sweat, or makeup. This build-up causes the pores to become irritated, forming acne. Other common causes of acne include stress, eating too much junk food, or changes in hormones. Acne can be overwhelming and lower people’s self-esteem, making them feel self-conscious. Although the struggle with acne may seem endless, there are solutions. 1. Keeping a skincare routine A skincare routine is one of the easiest ways to prevent acne. Washing your face twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, is an example of a basic skincare routine. You can wash your face with regular soap, or you can use cleansers from brands such as Neutrogena, Clean and Clear, or Aveeno. If you have sensitive skin, finding the right cleanser can be tough. You can use cleansers such as Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, which is great for sensitive skin. Natural soap is also a good option because it doesn’t contain harsh ingredients. Be sure to moisturize after washing your face. Although applying moisturizer may seem like it will cause more acne, it actually aids in preventing it. If your skin is too dry, your oil glands will produce more oil, which in turn can allow acne to form. If you don’t have time to wash your face, you can use makeup remover. It will take away any makeup that may

block your pores. You can use makeup remover wipes or cleansing water. 2. Pore strips Besides washing your face, pore strips are another good way to control acne. Pore strips clean and prevent other pores from becoming clogged. There are a variety of pore strips available and some of them are made for specific things such as blackheads or oil control. There are also pore strips for certain parts of your face such as your nose or forehead. Look for pore strips that contain witch hazel or charcoal because these ingredients are very effective when it comes fixing acne. Pore strips are avaliable online and at several pharmacies. 3. Acne stickers or patches Acne stickers are a great way to get rid of acne. They reduce the size and redness of pimples, and make your skin less irritated. All you need to do is put them on at night, and in the morning your acne will be less visible. Acne stickers can even be worn during the day, just make sure you leave them on for at least six hours. There are different brands of acne stickers, but a great brand of acne stickers are Starface Hydro-Stars available online at starface.world. 4. Drying Lotion Drying lotion, as its name implies, dries out acne. Like acne stickers, drying lotion reduces the size of pimples. However, it also heals and prevents the spread of acne. One of the most popular brands of drying lotion is Mario Badescu Drying Lotion available at several online stores. Drying lotion is applyed directly on top of a pimple in a small amount using a Q-tip. It is important to not

shake the bottle of drying lotion. You can also use rubbing alcohol as an alternative to drying lotion. The rubbing alcohol will have a similar effect to drying lotion because it will dry out acne, but it will also disinfect and get rid of bacteria. However, be sure to only use a little rubbing alcohol because too much of it can irritate the skin. 5. Face masks Several face masks are made for certain things such as hydrating your skin. However, certain face masks target acne. When choosing a face mask, be sure to look for keywords such as “exfoliating”, “antibacterial”, or “anti-inflammatory”. A common ingredient used in face masks is tea tree oil or green tea because of their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. 6. Over-the-counter treatments There are several products available at pharmacies that can help treat acne. The most effective acne treatments will contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide remove excess oil and dead skin cells. However, benzoyl peroxide helps kill acne causing bacteria. You can find several over-thecounter products including face washes and creams at local stores such as Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, and Brookshires. If you are still concerned about your acne, you can visit a dermatologist and get a medicated acne treatment made specifically for you.

Decisions, decisions • There are a variety of acne products avaliable for low prices at stores like Wal-Mart, CVS, and Walgreens. Photo by Lizett Garcia.

Working Without Stress • Senior Kara Teel listens to music while studying for a test. This is one way she studies without stressing herself out. “Listening to music is how I relax when I have something to worry about at school,” Teel said. Photo by Madison Donovan.

Stop the stressing Tips to limit extra anxiety Madison Donovan Co-Editor In Chief

Stress and anxiety are common experiences for many people. In fact, millions of teenagers in the United States say they feel stress or anxiety daily. Many people deal with stress every day. School, family issues, health concerns, and financial obligations are parts of everyday life that commonly contribute to heightened stress levels. Minimizing the chronic stress of daily life as much as possible is important for overall health. That’s because chronic stress harms health and increases your risk of health conditions such as heart disease, anxiety disorders, and depression. These 10 coping strategies might be able to reduce stress: 1. Get more physical activity If you’re feeling stressed, regularly getting more exercise may help you. Several studies have shown that participating in aerobic exercise like walking, running, or swimming can reduce overall stress levels. In fact, these studies have shown that engaging in physical activity helps reduce stress levels and improve mood, while a lack of movement may lead to increased stress, poor mood, and sleep disturbances. Start with something that you enjoy. You’re more likely to stick with it! 2. Minimize screen time Using devices has become unavoidable in today’s society. While these devices have become a necessity, they have been linked to an increased level of stress. Many studies have shown that excessive use of a smartphone has been linked to stress and increased mental health issues. In fact, this has proven to be true in both adults and children. It’s important to minimize the amount of screen time in order to promote a healthier sleep cycle and limit stress levels. 3. Have a self-care day Having a day to yourself can always help lower stress levels. There are plenty of activities that can be considered self-care. For

example, taking a bath, reading a good book, and lighting a candle. Studies show that people who engage in self-care have lower stress levels and improved quality of life. Taking care of yourself is important to living a healthy lifestyle. Don’t think that self-care has to be complicated. It can be whatever helps you relax as long as you are able to take the much-needed break. 4. Reduce your caffeine intake Caffeine is found in coffee, tea and energy drinks, and it stimulates the central nervous system. Consuming too much caffeine can lead to increased stress levels because it affects sleep. People have different thresholds for how much caffeine they can tolerate. If you notice that caffeine makes you jittery or anxious, consider cutting back by replacing coffee or energy drinks. 5. Spend time with your friends and family Social support from family or friends can always help with lowering stress levels. Having a social support system is important for your overall mental health. If you’re feeling alone and don’t have friends or family to depend on, social support groups may help. Consider joining a club or sports team or volunteering for a cause that’s important to you. 6. Learn to say “NO” Not everything that has the potential to stress a person within that person’s control, but there are some stressors that people can control. Putting too much on your plate can increase your stress level and limit the amount of time you have available for self-care. The first step to lower the type of stress is learning to say no. Being selective about what you take on, and saying “no” to things that will unnecessarily add to your load, can reduce your stress levels. 7. Learn to avoid procrastination Staying on top of your priorities and avoiding procrastination is another strategy to manage your stress. Procrastination can reduce your productivity and force you to scramble to catch up. This might

lead to stress, which can have a detrimental impact on your health and sleep. If you find yourself procrastinating frequently, it may be beneficial to develop the practice of establishing a prioritized to-do list. Set reasonable deadlines for yourself and work your way down the list. Work on the tasks that need to be completed today and block off time for yourself. Multitasking or switching between things can be stressful in and of itself. 8. Spend time in nature Spending more time outside may help reduce stress. Studies show that spending time in green spaces, such as parks and forests, and being immersed in nature is a healthy method to handle stress. In fact, these studies show that spending as little as ten minutes in nature can improve mental health, such as feeling stress and happiness. Hiking and camping are excellent choices, but not everyone enjoys them or has access to them. If you don’t enjoy these activities, you can go to local parks and botanical gardens to find green places. 9. Practice deep breathing Your sympathetic nervous system is activated by mental stress, and your body goes into fightor-flight mode. Deep breathing exercises may assist in activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which is in charge of the relaxation response. Deep breathing aims to bring your attention to your breath, slowing it down and making it deeper. Your lungs totally expand and your belly rises when you breathe deeply via your nose. This lowers your heart rate and makes you feel calmer. 10. Practice mindfulness Mindfulness refers to practices that help you stay in the present moment. Meditation is one of the best ways to practice mindfulness. Meditating on a regular basis, even for short periods of time, can help you improve your mood and reduce stress and anxiety symptoms. If you want to practice meditation, there are many books, apps, and websites that can teach you the basics.


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Sports

March 10, 2022

Basket of Goals Team wraps up season Layla Spalding Staff Writer

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1) Shoot to score• Kilgore makes a layup as Henderson tries to block it. Photo by Layla Spalding. 2) Aim to win• Clarence Ingram prepares to shoot a basket. Photo by Alex Nabor. 3) Prepare • Zander Short observes his teammates and opponents. Photo by Layla Spalding. 4) Maneuver • Javoria Easley defends the ball to make a layup as Thomas Hattaway readies for the rebound. Photo by Layla Spalding. 5) Pass the Ball • Jake Thompson looks for a free pass. Photo by Alex Nabor.

The Bulldogs have been headstrong all basketball season. Throughout wins, losses, and injuries, the team stayed strong, and fought for every game. They came out with wins, as they worked harder each practice and game. The Kilgore Bulldogs Basketball teams, freshman through varsity competed against Pine Tree, Palestine, Chapel Hill, and Henderson as well as Paris in Playoffs. There are many more, but those are the most memorable games this season. The best part of being a part of a team is the family that you create. The friendship and brotherhood you learn and develop is remarkable. That is what a team is all about, learn your mistakes and fix them to come out on top the next time. The team says Coach Coleman leads them to become greater. “My favorite part of being a part of the team is bonding with the players, they are like brothers to me,” Point guard Zander Short said. Throughout the season, one of the memories throughout the season will be what inspired you to keep moving forward, never giving up on your dream. The shocking reality breaks through, no matter lose or win, it’s always hard to come out on top. “Even when we were at our lowest, we still managed to get over the obstacles,” Clarence Ingram said. On Feb. 22, 2022 Kilgore Bulldogs went against Paris Wildcats for the first round of Playoffs.

Kilgore lost by the score of 70-59. The game was fast-paced and Kilgore pushed Paris the whole game. Every basket counted. Senior Thomas Hattaway made many of those. “The learning process at the beginning of the season and learning how to win is important in the game of basketball,” senior forward Thomas Hattaway said. The seniors have given a lot to this program, and their leadership will be missed. Seniors are Ethan Drury, Daverion Franklin, Javoria Easley, Thomas Hattaway, CJ Ingram, and Jake Thompson. Coaches are grateful for their dedication to the team and program. All-District Awards did not ignore the Dogs or their season. Offensive MVP C.J Ingram 1st Team Jake Thompson Thomas Hattaway Second Team Daverion Franklin Honorable Mention Jayden Sanders Javoria Easley Ethan Drury Bobby King Academic All District Ethan Drury Thomas Hattaway Jake Thompson

Tennis tournaments now afoot Jayden Jones Junior Editor

The spring season has quickly arrived, as has tennis season. The spring season isn’t team tennis but is rather more independent. There are singles - where only one person is playing a match, doubles - where two people of the same gender are playing a match, and mixed doubles - where mixed genders are competing against one another. The varsity team consists of: Drew Adamez Bryce Borders Grayson Cavel Hudson Cavel Angelica Chavez Janette Chavez Gage Chism Lily Chowdhury Kenneth Exline Annabell Garvin Luis Herrera Avery LeMaire Axel Lira Jayci Pyle Arely Rojas Allison Williams The team has already traveled to play in Tyler and Hallsville. More recently, they played March 3 at the Longview tournament. The difference between the fall and spring season of tennis is the ‘team’ aspect of tennis. In the spring, each player is also only listed to play either singles or doubles. “You’re better able to focus on one of the two types,” junior Bryce

Borders said. While playing tennis, there are specific things that the players may encounter that are difficult. They must adapt and overcome said obstacles quickly in order to win their matches. “The biggest challenge is adapting in different matches and figuring out how to beat different people with different playing styles,” Borders said. In order to be able to overcome those challenges, each player must get their fair share of practice, especially for the consistency needed in a match. “I play pretty much every day outside of school because, well, that’s the only way I can improve,” G. Cavel said. “By constantly practicing and bettering yourself along the way, you improve yourself.” Sometimes the members of the team make friends during those many practices. Oftentimes, it’s what you least expect that you end up enjoying the very most. “I would say the friendships I’ve made with people along the way has been the best part of being on the team,” G. Cavel said. The varsity team is playing at the Eastman Tournament today in Longview, and will be going to Bryan on March 23 for the Bryan Rudder Tournament. Go and show your support by attending if you’re able, and maybe take up a racket yourself over your week off for Spring Break.

1) Ready or Not • Junior Annabell Garvin prepares for the ball to be passed over the net. 2) Smiles While You Wait • Juniors Grayson Cavel and Bryce Borders wait for opponents to get to the courts. 3) Small Celebrations • Borders and Cavel shake hands after winning the point. 2) Serving Up Aces • Senior Angelica Chavez tosses the ball perfectly for an amazing serve. Photos by Jayci Pyle.

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Soccer prepares for playoffs Carly Mauldin Co-Editor in Chief

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3 1) Taking the shot • Junior Angel Rico advances across the field towards the goal. 2) He shoots, he scores • Junior Isaac Gutierrez scores a goal. 3) Celebrate good times • Senior Adrian Estrella shares his passion shortly after a score from Kilgore. Photos by Sofia Gomez.

Since the start of their season in early January, the boy’s soccer team has been going strong. So far (at press time) the team has a record of 18-2-2 overall and 9-0 in district. “I think we’re doing exceptionally well,” junior Jaime Baldazo said. “I think our biggest improvement could be finishing, but the development will come. I’m most proud of my goal against Pittsburg this season. It felt good after being knocked out by them in the second round last season.” Through every game and practice, the team has one goal: to make it to state. “I haven’t felt nervous yet for any game this season, as I am confident that throughout the district we will come out with a successful ending,” senior Ricardo Cedillo said. “Beyond this ending though, playoffs will be waiting for us, and that is truly what I am excited for. My biggest dream as a player has been to one day finally be able to receive the gold medal labeled ‘State Champs’. I am certain that my current team has the ability to perform at a top-tier level, and I have all my faith set that perhaps this year will be set for remembrance.” When they’re not winning games, the team works hard in practice to make sure they are

constantly learning and improving. “We always work a bunch of different things during practice such as shooting, set pieces, fullfield play, etc.,” Baldazo said. “The most challenging thing for me is overcoming the pressure. On JV I never felt much pressure, but on Varsity it’s different. There’s more at stake, so you have to play as best as you can.” In March, the team is scheduled to go against Spring Hill, Carthage, Center, Sabine, and Henderson as they continue on through the season. “Sabine and Henderson are always tense games that we know will be hard,” senior Adrian Herrera said. “When we play them at their house, the crowd always adds fuel to the fire. Regardless of that, we always play as composed as we can and do what we need to do. Regardless of where we end up, I want us to go out fighting, giving 110% mentally, physically, and emotionally.” As the spring season advances and the last home games occur, the team is getting ready to say goodbye to their seniors. On Tuesday March 1, the team honored their players at Senior Night. “A tradition at Kilgore during senior night has always been to celebrate the seniors in a great way,” Cedillo said. “The Girls’ and Boys’ seniors usually line up with their parents in the middle of the

field. The underclassmen athletes surround the line and make a path in which the seniors can walk down facing the Kilgore fans. Attending senior night made me finally realize that it is almost time for me to hang up my cleats. This realization is hard to accept, but I am grateful that I have enjoyed the long ride and never taken any moment for granted.” Throughout the season, the team has shown great dedication to their sport and their teammates. Their performance within the next month will determine whether or not they are able to progress to the Playoffs and continue their season. “The team has worked tremendously hard throughout the current season, and every day at

practice we strive to perfect our touches on the pitch,” Cedillo said. “We can all somewhat relate to the famous Vincent Van Gogh, as in the way that he dedicated his life to his art, and lost his mind in the process. That is sort of what is slowly happening to the team players. As the season progresses, every player begins to prepare for playoffs and to take on any opponent with great confidence. Our only dream is to finally hold up that wooden plaque with ‘State Champions’ emblazoned on the front in gold letters. When this day comes, all of the hard work will have been worth it.” The men’s soccer team will play away games against Sabine High School tommorrow, and Henderson High School on March 19.

Girls’ soccer coach

Todd BonDurant

This season is a rebuilding season for us. We are a young team with lots of freshmen this year having to start. This season is all about coming together as a team. We are starting to peak at the right time. The girls are starting to come together.

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Golf team starts season strong Jayden Jones Junior Editor

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1) Lining Up • Junior Bobby King Lines up his golf club, getting ready to swing. 2) A Different Perspective • Senior Canon Gorman squats before he readies to line up for the shot. 3) Straight Through • Senior Logan Deeks assures that his line of fire is right on point where it needs to be. Photos by Bulldog Publications Staff members Kynlie Gillispie and Preslie Day.

The Golf team had a tournament in Sabine Wednesday at Tempest Golf Club. They continue to build momentum approaching district. The team consists of seniors Logan Deeks, Cooper Harrison, Canon Gorman, junior Bobby King, and sophomore Jayden Pyle. Being led by KHS alumni coach Grant Payne, these players are guided in order to perform to the best of their ability during each tournament. The team placed second in their tournament on Feb. 28 at Alpine Golf Course in Longview where Bobby King also placed first. With it being King’s first time to place first, he’s said he is just looking forward to winning even more in the future and setting goals for himself to continue to achieve. “Placing first was nice, but I would rather focus on keeping this up for state,” King said. Everyone knows that practice makes improvement, including King. He said he knows how important staying consistent is when it comes

to a sport. “I try to practice outside of school as often as I can when I have the time,” King said. Sometimes, even the best players need a reason to keep going and remain persistent in their sports’ journey. “My dad motivates me to try harder in golf,” King said. “He’s the reason I keep pushing myself in the sport.” King knows what he’s doing when it comes to golf, which is no secret. Even though he is knowledgeable, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any difficulties regarding the sport. “Learning to hit the ball the same way over and over again is the most difficult thing about golf,” King said. “Consistency is key with it.” Other students might want to try something different, like golf. Trying new things may sound scary, especially if you have never picked up a club. King has some encouraging advice for students who may want to try out golf. “They should try it,” King said. “Trying a new sport, or anything new, couldn’t hurt too much.”

- Golf Roster Seniors: Logan Deeks Canon Gorman Cooper Harrison Juniors: Bobby King Jr. Sophomores: Jayden Pyle

Baseball prepares for district season Madison Donovan Co-Editor in Chief

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1) On the Run • Senior Wyatt Woodley runs out of the starting position for his race. 2) Running Along • Sophomore Emily Beason runs her leg of the relay race. 3) Pushing Through • Junior Danna Requena fights to finish her long distance run. 4) In the Zone • Senior Jermaine Roney puts his full effort into finishing his race with a good placing. Photos by Sofia Gomez.

Track team competes in various meets Madison Donovan Co-Editor-in-Chief

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The track team participated at the Buckeye Relays track meet at Gilmer High School. The boys won second overall at the track meet. The boys had multiple first place winnings in several events. The girls also had a good day as well. They had multiple placing in long distance events as well as field events. “I expect my season to go well by improving more and more to beat my records and impress my coaches,” junior Danna Requena said. The track teams have participated in three track meets already. They plan to compete in another tomorrow starting at 1:30 p.m. at Longview High School. “The entire team is looking forward to the Longview meet,” senior Wyatt Woodley said. “I suppose that it is partly because their football team won state a few years ago.” The team will have two more track meets following Longview before they reach district. District will be held April 11 and 13 at Bullard High School. “The only meet I’m really looking forward to is the district meet because there’s so much competition,” Requena said. The people who advance out of the district will continue on to the area meet. The location is unknown

for this track meet, but it will be held April 21. “I really want to qualify for the area meet cause I want to keep running to improve as much as I can,” Requena said. “If I keep doing well then I’ll have a great chance because I put my mind to it.” Some members of the team would like to thank their fellow runners for helping them grow. “My teammates Ruby Almanza and Gemma Sanchez have helped me develop my skills,” Requena said. “They help me to keep doing my best and improve more because they force me to keep up, beat many opponents and finish strong on the hardest runs.” The boys have a teammate that has helped them through the hardest losses and the easiest wins. This person is Sage Green. “He always keeps good spirits and it has spread throughout the entire team like gossip in high school, and it has warmed all of our hearts and keeps us motivated no matter what struggles we may have,” Woodley said. Track members have a few words for anyone interested in participating in the next coming years. “If you love to push yourself to get better, Kilgore’s track team is a great experience and there will never be anything else like the feeling of being with friends, at a track meet, cheering on your other friends,” Woodley said.

- Softball Roster JV:

Varsity: Mackenzie Cooper-Jones - 12th Kaitlyn Porter - 11th Kilynn Higginbotham - 11th Shanna Casayuran - 12th Jada Dennis - 12th Thaiona Moore - 9th Honey Allen - 11th Catherine Dennis - 10th Nawny Sifford - 10th Cailey Brown - 12th Eva Ray - 10th Emma Propes - 9th

Varsity Manager: Kamaria Rider - 12th

JV Manager: T’Ajah Dennis - 9th

Scarlett Lewis - 9th Khole Davis - 11th Baylee Bonds - 10th Kenslea Fickett - 9th Breaunna Wall - 9th Preslie Day - 10th Addison Pierson - 9th Honey Allen - 10th Rickiera Guinn - 9th Shaun Casayuran - 9th A’Moriyel O’Neal - 9th Brianna Dunn - 11th LaSonja Hooper - 9th Aniyah Polk - 9th Tynk Frierson - 9th Abigail Lagunes - 9th Danica Bell - 9th Jakayla Perez - 9th Jaela Williams - 9th

Coaches:

Cheyenne Kirkpatrick - Head Coach Rafael Lebron - Assistant Coach Rebecca Davis - Assistant Coach

The baseball team has just finished competing in the annual East Texas Oil Belt Tournament. They came out with a 3-1 record for the tournament. Overall, the boys have been able to hold on to a season record of 4-3. Their district games have yet to begin, but many of the boys are looking forward to the season ahead of them. “I expect us to have a great season as long as everyone stays healthy,” senior Matthew Conner said. The first district game will be Friday, March 18. One boy in particular says that he is trying not to think ahead, and he tries his hardest right now to win the games in front of him. “I am expecting us to do well in district, but as of right now, I am taking it one game at a time,” senior Cason Cox said. “You can’t look too far ahead, or you will lose sight of the now and the things you have to do to prepare.” Other boys have their sights set on state. “I have high expectations for this season,” senior Colby Wilkerson said. “My goal is nothing short of state, and we have the guys to do it.” All of the boys have been working together as a team and individually to grow for the season. “We have been working really hard on fundamental skills, and even though it has rained a lot throughout our pre-season, we have still found ways to practice,” Cox said. Other players have been working on the mental side of the game. “I’ve been working on trying not to psych myself out,” Conner said. Many of the players would like to thank their coach for pushing them to the next level. “He’s challenged us to be better than the guys that came before us,” Wilkerson said. “And, we plan to do just that.” One player in particular has a comment about their workout

1) Strike Out • Sophomore Tate Truman pitches the ball against New Diana during the East Texas Oil Belt Tournement. Photo by Kilee Menges. 2) Million Dollar Arm • Senior Trenton Wolf warms up his throwing arm for the long game ahead. Photo by Kylee Lakey.

routines. “He challenges me to be the best player I can be,” junior TrentLopez said. “And he makes us do so many push ups. It’s crazy.” Along with their coach, many of the players have also been able to pick a teammate that helped them grow alongside their love for the game. “All of my teammates are amazing and they all expect the best of me, but I would say Ryan Beddingfield has been there for me the most,” Cox said. “He has cheered me up when I am having a bad day on the field, and he just does everything possible to keep me focused on the end goal.” Some players named multiple people that helped them grow the most. “I couldn’t pick just one,” Wilkerson said. “Matthew Conner is my best friend, and we push each other all the time. The other would be Gage Nichols because he has worked hard to get where he is, and it drives me to work just as hard.” One player in particular would like to thank his entire team for helping him grow. “The whole team has helped me develop my skills,” freshman Coye Kennedy said. “We all help each other get better day by day, encouraging and pushing others to be better.” There are many life lessons to be learned from baseball, and many of the boys have been affected by these lessons. “I’ve learned that you’re going

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Tournament time for the Lady Bulldogs Ali Dunn Staff Writer

1) Pitch Perfect• Freshman Thaiona Moore sets up to pitch a strike during the Longview Tournament. Photo by Dani Nunez. 2) Hey Batter, Batter! Swing! • Senior Cailey Brown stands at the ready to catch the ball at first base. Photo by Ali Dunn.

to fail,” Lopez said. “You always have to keep on pushing forward, no matter what struggle you’re having.” Many of the players have been participating in baseball since they were children. This gives them a lot of memories of the sport to look back on. Wilkerson remembers these times fondly. “My favorite memory is playing with my dad during my younger years,” Wilkerson said. “He has taught me everything I know, and playing with him was the most fun I’ve ever had while playing.” Other players reminisce about their team. “My favorite memory is playing with my brothers through all the heartbreak and challenges we face,” Lopez said. It is the last year playing for many of the seniors, and they have very conflicting feelings about the end of their high school baseball career. “I’m excited, but also a little sad,” Wilkerson said. “It’s been fun growing relationships with these guys, and I’m going to miss it.” The players would like to leave a piece of advice for any boy hoping to play baseball in high school. “I have a few things to say to the future of Kilgore High School baseball,” Conner said. “Stay with it. Love the game, and it will love you back. Have a strong mind, and don’t wear your feelings on your sleeve. And finally, do extra. You can always get better at something.”

Softball has been doing their best against all the competition they have faced the past few weeks. They had their season opener on Feb. 15 against Pine Tree with a score of 10-9. As of right now varsity’s record is 5-13. “One thing I want to improve on is my batting average improvement,” senior Cailey Brown said. The varsity has had other wins so far. During their Sabine Tournament, they beat Arp by a score of 14-1. During their Longview Tournament, they went three for three against Cumby, Gladewater and Commerce. Cumby’s score totaled out to 8-0. Gladewater was 4-3 with an extra inning and Commerce was beaten with a score of 7-2. “My favorite thing about softball is getting to make memories with my best friends before we graduate,” sophomore Preslie Day said. Both teams are very close with each other as well as with their coaches. The team practices every week inside and outside of school to keep up with good habits, conditioning, working on game situations and technique, etc. Mackenzie Cooper-Jones, a senior on the team, says her favorite quote about softball is: “Your team becomes

your family, the ball becomes your best friend, the field becomes your home and the game becomes your life.” The players have to be on their A-game and be responsible all the time is a must for being on the softball team. Players must also try to remember they are representing their school and team in public so must also try to keep up good appearances in and out of school. The coaches hold the players to a high standard and push the players to be their very best. “Softball has influenced me to be confident, dependable and coachable, as well as be disciplined,” Brown said. The captain for the Varsity team is Cailey Brown. The JV captain is Baylee Bonds. The girls on both teams got to vote on who they thought showed the most leadership and coachable attitudes. Being a captain means the player has to be responsible for their other teammates, make sure they are leading the team in the correct direction as they are looking to the captain for guidance. The captains hope to help their players grow into the sport and into themselves. “Something softball has taught me for the real world is to work hard for things you want and never give up. Keep striving for success,” CooperJones said.