Preparing for the future • Students & parents make their way through the College & Career Fair & KHS Showcase. Photo by Editor in Chief Carlie Massey. For more on this event visit kilgorehsmirror.com and search ‘Fair.’
Volume XX, Issue III
Kilgore High School
March 4, 2020
For the students, by the students
Black History Program held Feb. 28 National Honor Society Induction held Tues.
Staff Writer Black History Month is celebrated in February to honor achievements made by African Americans. Americans take the time to recognize those people and events that are a part of U.S. History. “Black History, to me, means that our brothers and sisters fought and never gave up to prove they are one of us,” junior Bus 21 Choir member Elizabeth Kimberlin said. “Also, it’s an example of how we should never give up and work together because change is coming.” Black History is also known as African American History Week. “Black History means a lot of work,” Mrs. Lovetta Williams said, “Too much history for just one short month! It’s when I try to share some knowledge on more than the staples of MLK and Harriet Tubman. I want all to know that Black History is made daily, not just in the past.” The Black History program was held on Feb. 28 in the KHS gym. It is important that this month is celebrated through a program at school. “I feel the program is important because it celebrates the struggles African Americans went through to be even considered equal,” Kimberlin said. This program means a lot to many people. “The program touches on some things in history that’s not mentioned in classrooms or some homes,” Mrs. Lovetta said. “It’s a chance for general awareness and observation at school.” Mrs. Lovetta worked hard to prepare for this program. She has put in months to prepare for it with the AASA students and volunteers who help create the program. “We started preparing around October,” Mrs. Lovetta said. There were students and guests
1) Singing to the music • Sophomore Jaleah Wafer sings ‘Lean on Me’ with the orchestra. 2) Words of wisdom • Senior Cameron Jackson reads a prepared message sharing what Juneteenth means to him. 3) Showing your talent • Voices of Soul members share their music with the crowd.
Light of knowledge • Displayed is the National Honor Society induction ceremony program along with a candle that will be used during the ceremony. Photo by Lesly Amaro.
Photos by Carly Mauldin & Carlie Massey.
participating in the program whether they were in groups or individual guests. “Various groups and students participated such as band, orchestra, Voices of Soul, Bus 21 Choir,” Mrs. Lovetta said. “The theme was African Americans and the Vote’ and the guest speaker was Pastor Ja Voski Ervin.” Voices of Soul also prepared diligently for this program. “We practiced a lot,” Voices of Soul sponsor Ivie Abron said. “We have been to different programs to sing ‘To God highest Praise.’” This year’s program was different
from the previous years. “Every year we have new participants and speakers who bring an array of personalities and talents into the program,” Mrs. Lovetta said. Students and guests who spoke on the microphone felt emotions that were running through them when they got to share their pride. “I love participating in the Bus 21 Choir because it’s a chance to make new friends, and I get an opportunity to open up and sing in front of others,” Kimberlin said. When groups are performing, their singing shows their honor.
Are you up to date? 3/4 Spring Hill JV Tennis Tournament @ Longview 3/5 Longview Tennis Tournament @ Longview 3/6 Cheer Tryouts @ 4 p.m. 3/7-3/16 KISD SPRING BREAK 3/8-3/22 Houston Livestock Show 3/19 KHS Blood Drive #3 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in KHS Faculty Parking Lot Whitehouse JV Tennis Tournament @ Whitehouse 3/20 Van Tennis Tournament @ Van 3/24 KISD Pre-UIL Concert @ KHS auditorium 6:30 to 7:30 FFA - CDE Invitational Contest @ SFA Kilgore JV Tennis Tournament @ Kilgore 3/25 UIL Academic Meet @ Spring Hill High School 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3/26 FFA - CDE Invitational Contest @ Tarleton University TSI Reading & Writing for Sophomores 3/27 Bell Fest Tennis Tournament @ Hurst 3/28 Kilgore Health Science Club 5K Color Dash @ Downtown World’s Richest Acre 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
National Honors Society is a very exclusive group to be a part of. To be inducted into this program, a student must have a good history of leadership, character, scholarship, and service. The requirements are that a student must have a 90% GPA or higher, must excel in all four core subjects, have strong recommendations from your teachers, have at least been involved in some form of community service/outreach and extra-curricular activities are also considered. Each candidate must have completed Algebra I, Geometry, and either be enrolled in or at least have completed Algebra II or a third year of science. Candidates must also have a clean discipline record and good attendance. In addition to these things, students also had to write a typed essay to turn in with their application. Including the essay, they have to turn in the NHS cover sheet, application checklist, community service forms, the leadership form, and lastly list their extracurricular
activities. After receiving their letter of selection, all that is left is to wait for the NHS induction ceremony. The process of students getting selected for this program is overseen by a selection committee English teacher Johna Tritt is the NHS sponsor, but she is not a committee member. She and Carl Mohn oversee committee meeetings. “We print certificates and plan the induction and reception ceremony with our NHS officers,” Tritt said. This honor society is only for the juniors and seniors. Each year new students qualify, apply, and are selected. “The NHS seniors have a very special place in my heart,” Tritt said. “I love them, and I wish them the best as they finish their senior year and prepare for adulthood.” With new members being added and the seniors graduating every year, Tritt is able to meet and get to know a lot of new, intelligent students at KHS. “I am excited for next year and seeing what students will accomplish serving our community through NHS,” Tritt said. The Induction ceremony was held in the KHS auditorium on March 3 at 6:30 p.m.
4/17 FFA Area Welding Contest @ Sam Houston University 4/21 FFA Area CDE Contest @ Texas A&M Commerce 4/25 Hi-Stepper Spring Show @ Dodson Auditorium @ 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 4/26 Hi-Stepper Spring Show @ Dodson Auditorium @ 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 4/27-4/28 Regional Tennis Tournament @ Longview 5/2 Prom @ Maude Cobb 5/4 Band Banquet 5/5 Algebra EOC @ 8 a.m. to 12:30 @ KHS 5/6 US History EOC @ 8 a.m. to 12:30 @ KHS 5/7 Biology EOC @ 8 a.m. to 12:30 @ KHS FFA Banquet @ 6 p.m. 5/11 Band Spring Concert 5/14 Choir Spring Concert @ KHS auditorium @ 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. KHS Blood Drive #4 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in KHS Faculty Parking Lot
3/31-4/1 UIL Region 4 Band Concert/ Sightreading @ Mt. Pleasant UIL District Speech Contest @ Spring Hill HS 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 4/2 Choir UIL Concert and Sightreading @ 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kilgore FFA Project show and sale check in @ 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. @ Ag Farm District Tennis Tournament @ Longview Prom Committee FERN Delivery Day 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. 4/3 UIL Orchestra Concer and Sight Reading Contest @ 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. @ Longview High School Kilgore FFA Project Show @ 5 p.m. @ Kilgore Ag Farm District Tennis Tournament @ Longview 4/4 Kilgore FFA Project Show 6 p.m. @ Kilgore Ag Farm 4/7 English 1 EOC @ 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. @ KHS 4/8 English 2 EOC @ 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. @ KHS 4/9 JV District Tournament @ Longview 4/10-4/13 EASTER HOLIDAYS 4/13 FFA Area Horse Judging Contest @ Marshall 4/14 FFA Area CDE Contest @ NTCC 4/16 TSI Math Test for Sophomores
“I feel strong to sing about what it means to us and get to celebrate the negro spirituals, Serve God the highest Praise,” Mrs. Ivie said. The Voices of Soul has a motto. “When we sing we listen to the words because they have true meanings: We stand for something and fall for nothing,” Mrs. Ivie said. The Black History Program was filled with talent and celebration. Speakers, singers, poetry readings, dancers, musicians and mimes all made the event a success. See more Black History Program Pictures on page 8 of this issue.
Tackling vapes: school introduces metal detectors
Ready to work • SRO Clint Johnson is pictured with coworker Ruger, the school’s drug dog. Photo by Faith Jones.
Faith Jones Copy Editor Despite the administration’s constant fight to prevent teens from vaping, new precautions are still being added. The school uses a drug dog - Ruger, drug testing and random searches in both classrooms and the student parking lot to keep tight reins on illegal substances in the school. SRO’s and administrators also have the right to search a student with a metal detector if they have reason to believe they have a vape on them. This addition to the school’s tools against vapes is convenient because Ruger isn’t permitted to smell students, only their belongings. “Vape use is getting worse everywhere with teens across the country,” SRO Clint Johnson said. “Ads are targeting teens because if they get you addicted now, you’ll be a customer forever.” Vaping among teens is not only a fight for administrators and educators, it’s an issue for the community. “My problem with vapes is all the people that think it’s not harmful, yet we still do not know the long term effects because it is such a new, fad drug,” SRO Richard Stanley said. The vaping problem is fairly new, and growing each year, so the administration is constantly learning ways to help prevent vape usage in the school. Last year, as far as discipline
for getting caught with a vape, for a first offense the student received one day of I.S.S. and one point against them. This year it went up to three days of I.S.S. and three points. A third offense calls for D.A.E.P. “Students adapt, and they learned real quick where Ruger can search, so we adapted with them,” Johnson said. Ruger receives constant training to keep him at his best. He has training three times a week. But students are aware of Ruger’s limitations and have learned ways around his searches. The SRO’s saw this problem and found a solution - metal detectors. “If we believe that someone has a vape and we check their bags and they don’t have a vape, then yes, I will go get the metal detector. Most of the time they admit to it before then,” assistant principal Ronnie Garvin said. Using the metal detector is the last resort. A routine classroom search is performed, and Ruger smells something on someone’s bag, but
nothing is found; SRO’s ask the student to empty his or her pockets. If even then, nothing is found and the officer has a strong reason to believe the student has a vape, they tell the student they will search them using a metal detector. If the student is female, a female administrator will use the detector. “Most of the time, students relinquish it to us because they know they are going to get caught,” Stanley said. By the end of 2017, Juul became the most popular e-cigarette in the U.S. Since then, the vaping trend has grown without the FDA being completely sure of the dangers of vaping. As of the end of 2019, 5.4 million middle and high school students vape in the U.S. “We will sit down as an administrative staff at the end of the year and review the data collected and decide if we need to move to a more strict policy as far as discipline,” Garvin said.
Donkey Basketball used as fundraiser for FFA projects Madison Donovan Staff Writer Donkey Basketball was hosted by the Kilgore Ag Backers in the gym on Feb 18. In essence, Donkey Basketball is exactly as it seems. It is a game of basketball, but it has a catch. All of the players must ride a donkey. In order to protect the donkeys and the gym floor, the donkeys must wear rubber shoes. “I had such high expectations for the game,” Spanish teacher Tristan Clements said, “It was everything I thought it would be and more.” The purpose of holding the Donkey Basketball game was to raise money for the organization that backs and supports all projects within Ag. This funding is necessary for almost everything the students do throughout the year, including the major projects in which students build and sell items
at local shows. “I love how even when I got thrown off, I just had to keep getting back on and riding,” senior Joshua Young said. “I loved the animals, and it just seemed like a fun activity to join in order to support such a good cause.” Team One consisted of community leaders. Those included Blake Stephens, Will Hale, Randy Gaut, Glenn Young, and the City of Kilgore. Team Two included educators from multiple schools. These educators were Amye Tucker, Marissa Coop, Monty Miller, Emily Bailey, Tristan Clements, Ruby May, and Victoria Morgan. Team Three consisted of seniors Maci Hatcher, Lauren Couch, Mallory Cook, Dayton McElyea, Colton Burrows, Kaden Clark, Joshua Young, Carl White, and Katy Edens. Team Four included juniors Chase Borders, Canon Copeland, Miah Thomas, Ruston Hendrickson, Carter
Williams, Kace Murphy, Samantha Linkinhoker, Madalynn Parrymore, and Makayla Rawls. “I plan on doing this again next year, and I plan to win,” Clements said, “That means that certain members of our team will not be welcomed back by me.” In the first match, Educators vs. City Leaders, the City Leaders won 4-0. “Honestly, I didn’t care,” English teacher Amye Tucker said. “I told my team that I considered it a win if I didn’t fall and break a hip, but not all of them appreciated my brand of sportsmanship.” After a close game in the second match, Seniors vs. Juniors, the seniors prevailed and won 12-11. “I love the competition of any sport especially against my friends,” Young said. “It is a great feeling to have bragging rights over your friends.”
For the final round, the two winners would battle each other, City Leaders vs. Seniors. This ultimately ended in a tie 2-2. “My dad was one of the city leaders,” Young said. “Playing against family just added more to the stakes than before.” In order to find a winner, the two groups would have a dance-off. The chosen competitors were senior Kaden Clark and Christopher “Bubba T” Terry. “All I could think was ‘how am I supposed to beat such an impressive dancer as Bubba T?’” Clark said. Donkey Basketball was a total success, and everyone, from the participants to the spectators, seemed to enjoy it. “It was fun to see everyone come together and be involved in an event even if it was something as silly as playing basketball on a donkey,” sophomore Zachary Riggs said.
Playing hard • Junior Kace Murphy gets ready to pass the ball while riding his donkey. His team went on to win the point. Photo by Madison Donovan.
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March 4, 2020
How to be joyful Smart Technology Is the internet making us smarter?
Carlie Massey Editor in Chief
Happiness is something everyone wants to achieve. Happiness is defined as short-lived bursts of excitement and contentment. However, happiness does not last forever. What does last throughout the ups and downs of life is joy. Joy is constant and does not appear in short bursts like happiness. But how do we have joy? How do we get to a place where we are joyful even when times are not happy. Below are tips and tricks to show how to achieve joyfulness. 1. Be kind Being kind is not the same as being nice. Going out of your way to treat everyone differently can be exhausting. However, being kind is different. Being kind is sharing a smile to someone in need, holding doors open for people, helping someone pick something up that they dropped. 2. Don’t overload your schedule Sleep eight hours a night, eat enough, drink enough water, exercise every once in a while. Don’t say yes to too much. Tell people no if you have too much going on. 3. Try to not blow your money on things you don’t need Spending money on unnecessary things can make you stressed and panicked. Your budget will get tight, you’ll have unnecessary worries over bills, your savings, and your bank account in general. Spending money on things that you don’t need isn’t a good idea all around, but it can really suck the joy out of one’s life. 4. Stop comparing Comparing yourself to those you consider to be better than you can be demeaning and can hurt your self-confidence. On the other end, comparing yourself to those you consider less-than can boost your ego too much. It is not the kind thing to do, and tip #1 is to be kind. Comparisons are toxic and are the last thing that a joyful person needs in their life. 5. Maintain your relationships Maintain your good relationships. Check up on your friends, & make time for your family. Try to smile at strangers every now and then. Not only will this make you more joyful, it will bring light into others’ lives as well. 6. Manage your time wisely Managing your time as well as not overloading your schedule are both important to being a joyful person. When you manage your time wisely and budget time for yourself as well as others in your life, you will be joyful. 7. Try to tell the truth always Telling the truth rather than lying will allow your conscience to rest. Lying can be stressful and keeping up with lies can lead to a web of ideas, feelings, experiences that are false and can keep joy from entering your life. 8. Clean your space often You don’t have to clean every single day, but picking up every now and then can be inspiring, it can create a sense of calmness, and it overall can
Carly Mauldin Stafff Writer A long, long time ago people lived their lives without technology. Every day was a struggle to survive. If they wanted to eat, they had to kill something. If they wanted to go somewhere, they had to walk. If they wanted shelter, they had to build it. They had to do everything on their own. Over time, agriculture made it possible for people to settle down and start to form real societies. People started specializing in specific skills. This allowed them to hone in on their craft. People found ways to make their work easier, safer, and more efficient. Fast forward a few thousand years and now we rely on technology in every aspect of our lives. Today, we pick up food in our big cars, go home to our cozy houses, and turn off our brains to our favorite show on Netflix. We are definitely not struggling to survive anymore. Basically, technology does all the heavy lifting for us, physically and mentally. It has a major role in just about every industry and field of study, giving us the tools to get work done faster and more efficiently. It shapes our social lives and the way we interact with each other. It’s completely changed the world we live in. Perhaps the most wonderful thing that technology has given us is our seemingly infinite supply of knowledge. We have all the information in the world in our pockets. The internet searches through thousands of websites and archives, sorting and filtering all of
Finding Joy • Freshman Rachel Niemeyer jumps for joy. “It takes a lot less effort to be happy and positive than to have a negative outlook on everything,” Niemeyer said. Photo by Carlie Massey. every good thing that happens to you. bring joy into your life. 9. Smiling It takes nearly a month to form a habit. Forcing yourself to smile every day for a month will turn smiling into a habit, and that habit will relieve stress, boost your mood, and help your relationships in a positive manner. 10. Eat food when you are hungry and drink water when you are thirsty Cut back on Taco Bell, McDonalds, Dr. Pepper, and Coke. Instead, opt for a healthier option such as chicken and broccoli and a tall glass of water. It will help your body feel more energetic, and you will wake up feeling refreshed. Not to mention, you’ll save some money in the process.
15. Be open-minded If you think pizza is the best food on the planet, but your best friend disagrees, don’t use all of your energy trying to change their opinion. Accept what they believe, and move on. It will increase the amount of joy in your life, allow you to save your energy, and your friendship will grow stronger. 16. Be grateful Be grateful for small things that go on in your day-to-day life, don’t wait for a major event to be grateful. Being grateful every day will push you to be more joyful.
17. Follow your dreams Following your dreams includes doing some soul-searching, looking deep within yourself and finding what will bring you the most joy in the long 11. Exercise I’m not saying go for a mile long run. If you follow your dreams, joy run every single day or lift thirty will follow. pound weights, but try to get a walk in 18. Work to better yourself every day, or every other day. Do an at Bettering yourself will eventually home workout, take a walk, find a way to fit exercise into your schedule - but lead to joy. Bettering yourself does not mean that if you get skinnier, remember not to overwork yourself. work out more, get a girlfriend or boyfriend then you will finally be 12. Don’t be afraid to be joyful. Bettering yourself is loving vulnerable If you’re in an argument and how you are currently, and wanting you’re wrong, admit you’re wrong! to be a better person purely because If you’re in an argument and you’re you want to change any bad habits right but the other party refuses to you have. Love yourself through your apologize, be the bigger person and let flaws and work to be a better version it go. First, you’re showing that other of you. person how they can grow as a person, 19. Don’t hang around people and second, you will feel better by just letting it go (or apologizing), and who exhaust you This sounds bad, but it’s true. If third, you just showed everyone that you are so comfortable in yourself there is a Debby Downer in your life that you aren’t scared to show off your that just won’t leave you alone, there’s a chance they’re sucking the joy out vulnerability. of you. It can be exhausting to be around them. Don’t feel pressured to 13. Accept your mistakes Making a mistake is not the end stick around that Debby Downer in of the world. Accepting your mistake your life. Be kind to them, show them and moving on without holding a love, but it is not your responsibility grudge against yourself will make life to hang around them if they are not so much better, and it will allow joy to lifting you up. enter your life. 20. Remember that life is always changing 14. Celebrate Nothing ever stays the same. If If you make an A on a test: Celebrate! If you get your driver’s you are in a bad situation right now license: Celebrate! If you wake up and it looks like there will never be joy in the morning: Celebrate! Try your in your life, that’s not true. These tips hardest to be grateful and excited for along with time and effort can bring joy into your life.
it in seconds, so that we can learn what we need to learn as fast as possible. Technology makes it easier than ever to learn, so one would assume that we are smarter because of it… but are we? The average IQ, even of children born into high IQ families, has been declining in most western countries. The answer isn’t really yes or no. Technology has the ability to make us either very intelligent, or very not. It’s all in how we use it. Technology allows us to accomplish so much in such a short amount of time, but because so much of our work is done by a computer, it also takes away our understanding of how things work. It can be a major distraction as well. Trying to get work done on your phone can be really hard to do with constant notifications, as well as the temptation to check social media. It’s so easy to start mindlessly scrolling and lose track of time. The internet is perfect for procrastinating. Furthermore, especially in school, Google makes it too easy to plagiarize. We can look up anything and just copy the first thing we see without having to actually really learn anything. We don’t have to use our brains as much, even in academic settings. The most visited website in 2019 was Youtube, showing that most people are not on the internet to expand their minds outside of school and work either. Social media takes up the majority of American young people’s free time. The issue isn’t necessarily that social media is making us dumber. There’s nothing inherently wrong with spending time on these sites.
The problem is when we only spend time on these sites. With technology doing most of our work for us, we aren’t being encouraged to think. Our brains are rarely challenged as they should be in everyday life, so we need to be making a conscious effort to push ourselves. Our brains are a muscle, and muscles get weak if you don’t use them. In the last one hundred years, the world has been exploding with innovation and change. It’s so important to keep that going. Think about all the amazing things people have accomplished without computers. Now, imagine how much more we can do now that we do have those resources. Technology should not be used as an excuse not to work hard. Let it help you work harder. There are so many wonderful tools online to help us gain new skills and knowledge. Duolingo is a great way to learn different languages quickly. Websites like Khan Academy offer wide varieties of courses on everything from Algebra to art. The iPhone cameras are almost as good as expensive real ones. Why not teach yourself photography? Use iMovie and learn how to frame a shot. The possibilities are endless. If everyone challenged themselves to find something that really interested them and made good use of all the many advantages that we have today, the world would get so much better. We all have so much potential. We just have to learn to truly utilize technology instead of allowing it to turn our brains off. Find what you’re passionate about and be great at it.
Using Your Resources • Senior Lauren Couch completes her homework using technology. “If I could not use technology to do my work, it would take me double or triple the time to do anything,” Lauren said. “Technology has made me smarter because it gives me extensive access to things that I would not have access to without it.” Photo by Carly Mauldin.
The art of compromise: how to find middle ground Madison Donovan Staff Writer It seems like the world is constantly disagreeing about everything. Not only that, the disagreement is often times looked at as “if you don’t agree with me, you must be stupid.” This can be detrimental to any environment, whether that be home, school, or work. In any of these environments, compromise is vital for the corresponding relationships. These could be with coworkers, friends, family members or your partner. It’s important to know when to stand your ground, but it is just as important to know when to find the middle ground. Here are a few simple ways to compromise with the people around you. You should start by trying to figure out where each of you stand on the topic. Try to see things from the other person’s point-of-view by stepping into their shoes. Envision what the experience is like for the other person and what may be driving their actions. This can be accomplished by actively listening to the other person as they talk. To better understand where the other person is coming from, you need to listen effectively. When the other person is speaking, really listen to them. If you can, make eye contact with the other person. Ask them open-ended questions to
understand what they are looking for in this compromise. When prompted with open-endedness, people are able to expand their ideas. Be sure to communicate your own needs assertively. The other person can’t read your mind, so you have to be willing to state your needs. Asserting your needs includes speaking clearly and succinctly rather than beating around the bush. Be sure to be clear about your nonnegotiables. There are some aspects of your life that aren’t up for negotiation. They are the issues you absolutely won’t concede on, such as your religion, values, or even sentimental items. Use a calm voice and tact to explain your non-negotiables so that you don’t seem rude or offensive. Now, on to the hard part. Finding the common ground between the two of you may be the most important aspect of compromise. Figure out the points on which you both agree. Doing so helps maintain a sense of cooperation on the issue. It also helps you come to some sort of agreement. If you are trying to compromise with a person you are close with, remember to take turns. Close relationships often involve more collaboration than those between relative strangers. If you’re trying to reach a compromise with your partner, family member, friend or coworker
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with whom you’re on friendly terms, try the turn-taking approach. You also might want to try offering an exchange. See the compromise like a gift swap. Basically, this method works with a “You give me this, and I give you that” mentality. Offer something of relatively equal or desirable value to the other person in exchange for what they give you. Remember, it is important to stay flexible during this time. More than likely, both sides of an compromise will have to sacrifice something. Here are a few small tips to keep in mind throughout the compromise process. Stay solution-focused. Once you’ve figured out where each of you stand, there’s no reason to look back and dwell on the problem itself. Instead, focus on how you can resolve it. Be respectful of the other person. Compromise becomes virtually impossible when you’re angry or aggressive. To make sure your compromise is successful, aim to show respect for the other person and their ideas, even if you don’t agree with them. Breathe deeply if you need to get your anger under control. Even if it’s just for a few minutes, take the time to calm down if you’re feeling irritated or tense. Try deep breathing while counting silently to yourself.
Drop the win-lose perspective. Each of you will have to make concessions in a compromise. If you go into the discussion hoping to “win,” your behavior won’t seem approachable or cooperative. Don’t always try to be right. When you want to win, you’re not listening to the other side of the argument or conversation. Suspend your need to be right and listen to your partner, friend or coworker. Be willing to change. It’s one thing to say you’re willing to compromise, but another thing entirely to actually act on that change. A major part of compromising is actually following through with the resolution. This will show others that you’re willing to compromise completely, not just make false promises in order to end a fight. Rethink your expectations. Keep your emotions in check and think about what you really want. Is it important you stand your ground so firmly, or would everything still be okay if you gave in a little bit? Finally, let things go. Don’t hold so tightly to all the past wrongs the person may have done to you. The saying is “Forgive and forget”, not “Forgive but hold a grudge”. To some people, compromising comes easily. For others, it might take some work. Following these tips will allow for everyone to get better at the art form that is compromising.
Staff Writers Yesenia Ramirez Ryan Cartwright Carmen Vazquez Jada Franklin Lesly Amaro Stephanie Canchola Cerenity Exline Kendall Dunn Madison Donovan Angelica Chavez A’Niya Williams Carly Mauldin
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Finding middle ground • Sophomores Sofia GomezHernandez and Heaven Cantu demonstrate how they compromise. Beforehand, they were arguing on how to properly do their history project. Photo by Madison Donovan.
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March 4, 2020
January Student of the Month Alison Rashidi is Student of the Month for January. Alison has been on the honor roll all four years of high school. She is ranked 9th in her class, is a SkillsUSA District winner for the Health Knowledge Bowl, SkillsUSA State Health Knowledge Bowl and a part of the National Honor Society. One of her favorite school activities is SkillsUSA. “I believe it is a great opportunity to further enhance my knowledge for my future career,” Alison said. Alison believes she was selected for student of the month due to her rank in the top ten percent. Alison also believes that participating in SkillsUSA made her stand out. “I compete in the Health Knowledge Quiz Bowl with three teammates, and I compete in Medical Terminology,” Alison said. “My team and I were national qualifiers for 2019 the SkillsUSA Health Knowledge Quiz Bowl.” Alison’s accomplishment of being in the top ten students is due to hard work, but also is motivated by her family. “My sister was ranked seventh in her class, which was very inspiring to me,” Alison said. Her sister isn’t just her inspiration but is also influential
to her. “She is always there for me when I need her,” Alison said. “She’s inspired me to work hard.” One of the biggest impacts Alison has had is from head softball coach and health science teacher Cheyenne Kirkpatrick. “She has been my teacher since sophomore year, and we have been on three trips together throughout my high school experience,” Alison said. “She always has a positive attitude, and she is very caring for each of her students.” One of the her favorite classes is dual-credit medical terminology. “This semester course included the various activities to learn medical terminology in an interactive and enjoyable way,” Alison said. A class that Alison will miss will be physics because she says she learns a lot and enjoys the class, too. “My teacher Mr. Obsorne is very caring for each of his students. It seems as though everyone is friends in that class because we all laugh together even if we are confused about the material we just learned. I look forward to that class every day,” Alison said. Her favorite memory of her time in high school is her sister’s wedding. She enjoys spending her
spare time with her sister. “When life brings me down, the special place I like to go to is my sister’s house because playing with her puppies cheers me up,” Alison said. Like most seniors, Alison is looking forward to graduatin, but it makes her nervous, too. “The thing I fear the most about graduating is the new changes that come with being in college compared to being in high school,” Alison said. The Bible verse she lives by is Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” She said just having these words to motivate her is another way to keep going in stressful times. In ten years Alison sees herself having already graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree and working on obtaining her master’s degree. Alison plans to attend Stephen F. Austin State University and major in biology. “It is a great pre-doctorate school,” Alison said. “I want to be a dentist or work in the medical field, also I am very passionte about biology.”
~ Teresa Medina
Alison Rashidi January Student of the Month Luis Baldazo is the January Student of the Month. In his spare time he enjoys vibing with his dog and playing video games. Luis loves participating in his extracurricular school activities. “I enjoy the KTV news show that we produce every week because I have a good time gathering footage and such,” Luis said. He is an aid for Tristan Clements, who has had one of the biggest impacts on his life. “We have discussed a lot. I’ve known him for a long time, and he’s really changed my perspective on a lot of things,” Luis said. Luis plans on going to college but he hasn’t quite yet put the finger on which school he wants to attend. “I still have my options open at the moment. I am trying to decide between A&M or KC,” Luis said. “I think I will attend KC since it is close to home.” Luis’s biggest challenge is like many high school students and adults for that matter. “My biggest challenge has been overcoming procrastination,” Luis said. Luis’s dad is the most influential person in his life. “I really learned the value of hard work and perseverance from him,” Luis said. “He inspires me to be a better version of myself.” Luis is involved in scoreboard class both in and out of school.
“Working the scoreboard during football games was pretty fun as well as going on the field and working a camera,” he said. Luis plans to major in Mechanical Engineering or Process Technology. “It depends where I go what I major in. At A&M, it would be Mechanical Engineering and at KC I would do Process Technology,” Luis said. Luis has two best friends that he loves cherishing his moments with. “I met Ivan through DC PreCal and Calvin through Xbox,” Luis said. Luis has been active in UIL Academics in high school. “I’ve been on the UIL 1st place team for current events,” Luis said. Luis said he can see himself vibing in 10 years. “Hopefully I will have my degree and be working a job I like with a happy family,” Luis said. The teacher who has taught Luis the most is math teacher Matthew Williams. “He has taught me a lot about math,” Luis said. “He is also willing to help me whenever I have questions about math.” When Luis graduates, he will miss some of his high school classes and friends. “I’m going to miss scoreboarding class,” Luis said. “I had so much fun in there.” With graduation just around
the corner, Luis has fears. “I fear graduating and parting away from my friends,” Luis said. When times get rough, Luis loves to relax at one of his special places. “I love to go outside,” Luis said. “Being outside helps me clear my thoughts.” Luis has one special talent. “I am A semi-decent whistler,” Luis said. “I enjoy doing it.” There are three things that Luis hasn’t told anyone. “I own a banana suit, an Australian shepherd, and I am secretary of the chess club,” Luis said. There’s one quote that Luis will stick with when he graduates. “(Chattering sound) - Perry the Platypus; Life is like a sandwich, no matter which way you flip it, it’s still a sandwich.” If Luis could sit down with one person, and talk to them it would be the founder of Subway. “I would sit down with the founder of Subway and ask him why he thought a sandwich place was a good idea,” Luis said.
~ A’Niya Williams
January Employee of the Month January’s employee of the month is Todd Bondurant. He’s head girls soccer coach, a math intervention teacher, and is assistant cross country coach. He was born in Orlando, Florida but grew up in Longview. He went to Spring Hill High School. His favorite high school activity was running track because he loved to run in the FCA meet (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). His most memorable moment of his high school experience would be his district track meet. “It’s a long story but I will never forget it,” Bondurant said. After graduating high school he went to Texas Tech to get his bachelor’s degree and got his masters degree from Liberty University in Religious Education. His favorite community service groups that he has gotten involved in are Hwy 80 rescue mission, Jesus Burger, and the boys and girls club. “God calls us to be his hands and feet,” Bondurant said. Coach Tom Wait is the person who has made the biggest impact on him while working here at KHS “When I need a friend to talk to he is always there,” Bondurant said. His best friend is his wife Paula because they do everything together. When it comes to the most influential person in his life it would have to be his dad. “My dad taught me how to be a good husband to my wife and how to have good work ethic,”
Bondurant said. Two quotes he lives by are “The measure of a leader is not what you do but what others do because of you.”- anonymous and 2 Corinthians 5:7 “We walk by faith, not by sight.” When he’s not teaching or coaching in his spare time, he likes to fish with his son and watch TV with his wife. In ten years he sees himself retired and fishing on the lake. Three things students might not know about Coach Bondurant are that he has three grandkids, he’s legally blind, and he’s not able to drive at night.
~ Lesly Amaro
March 4, 2020
February Student of the Month Senior Spencer Thompson was selected as February’s Student of the Month. Spencer believes he was picked for Student of the Month due to his ‘school capabilities and intellectual mind.’ Participating in extracurricular activities as well as achieving high grades is not always easy. “My biggest challenge during high school is playing sports yet maintaining good grades,” Spencer said. Spencer’s memories make him proud of his high school years. The most influential person in Spencer’s life is his father. “He pushes me to succeed,” Spencer said. All of Spencer’s teachers have had the biggest impact on him. “They all pushed me to do my best,” Spencer said. Spencer enjoys participating in baseball as an extracurricular activity. “My favorite school activity is baseball to exercise and have fun,” Spencer said. Spencer’s favorite out of school activity is disc golf. “It helps me get outside and enjoy the environment,” Spencer said. Spencer plans to attend Texas A&M next year because he said
he fits in there. “At Texas A&M I plan to major in biology to become a dermatologist,” Spencer said. Spencer’s best friend is Carl White. “We share the same hobbies and look at things similarly,” Spencer said. His favorite community service he has done was the Senior Breakfast in May 2019. “I got to see all my senior friends grow up and move on,” Spencer said. The class and teacher that taught him the most was pre-cal with Coach John Heffner who is now retired. In his spare time, Spencer enjoys being outside. “I like to get outside and do something like fish, disc golf, hike, etc.,” Spencer said. One of Spencer’s special talents is Kendama. Kendama is a traditional Japanese toy. It has a handle, two cups attached opposite of each other, and a ball tied to the toy with a string. The purpose of the game is to get the ball into one of the cups without touching it. Three things people do not know about Spencer are how tall he is, the fact that he plays disc golf, and that he can dunk a basketball. Spencer will miss being a
counselors’ aide the most. His biggest accomplishment is graduating with a 100+ grade point average. After graduation, Spencer fears going to the doctor without his mom the most. If he could sit down with anyone and talk to them, he would sit down with Carl White. “We have good conversations and I enjoy them,” Spencer said. Carl thinks Spencer deserves Student of the Month. “Spencer is a role model for his friends and shows you can play sports and still perform high in school,” White said. “We are friends because we check and balance each other and have the same ultimate goal to be successful in life no matter what.”
~ Ryan Cartwright
Spencer Thompson February Student of the Month
The Student of the Month for February is Sydney Chowdhury, who is involved in SkillsUSA, is a cheerleader, is an all A honor roll student, and is a part of the National Honor Society. After she graduates high school, she plans on attending Texas Tech and majoring in biology. “I want to become a doctor to help people,” Sydney said, “Texas Tech has a great biology program and opportunities for medical school.” Her biggest accomplishment would be being able to graduate at Kilgore College this year with her certification for Nursing Assisting. “In ten years I see myself, hopefully at a hospital doing residency and being benevolent,” Sydney said. Throughout her high school career she has grown to love the CNA program. “I get to do it with my friends and develop lots of real world skills,” Sydney said. Aside from being her favorite school activity, the CNA program is also the thing she will miss the most when she graduates. “I will miss CNA class because we have a lot of fun together and our instructor is really funny,”
Sydney said. However, the teacher who has left the biggest impact on her is former KHS history teacher Danny Stanley. “He is always so kind and understanding, and he worked really hard to make sure we understand everything and learn as much as possible,” Sydney said. Her most memorable moments throughout high school would be when she was cheering. “I loved cheering at football games with my sister and friends,” Sydney said. If she is not in school or working in the nursery at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church you can find her reading books with her sister. “I like to read and be with my sister,” Sydney said, “We’re both book nerds so we enjoy discussing books together.” High school always comes with challenges, and the biggest challenge for her would be time management. “My biggest challenge has been managing everything and keeping my good grades while trying to do everything,” Sydney said, “I’m afraid of becoming too overwhelmed and folding under
pressure when I graduate.” Her favorite community service project has been the Health Science Color Run. “Spraying the color was a lot of fun and the run promoted a healthier lifestyle,” Sydney said. Her favorite out of school activity would have to be her Youth Group. “I love the people and everything I learn there,” Sydney said. The most influential person in her life would have to be her dad. “He worked very hard to get where he is and he has taught me so much,” Sydney said. If she had the opportunity to sit and talk to one person in ther entire world, she would choose Mahatma Ghandi. “He did so much and had a lot of peaceful insight,” Sydney said. The quote she lives by is “I myself am made entirely of flaws stitched together with good intentions,”~Augusten Burroughs.
~ Carmen Vazquez
February Employee of the Month Library aide Lovetta Williams (Mrs. Lovetta) has been selected for February’s Employee of the Month. She does not feel like she’s “going to work”when she comes here since she loves her job. “I do my part as an employee and ‘mother’ of all children at KHS, just as many of us do,” Mrs. Lovetta said. After high school she attended Stephen F. Austin State University to major in business marketing and minor in information systems. She enjoys being a library aide. “I enjoy instructing students, getting first hand looks at new books, organization, and the right to refuse service,” Mrs. Lovetta said. If she could change anything it would be to not ‘babysit classes.’ Experience and learning new things is something that can be gained while working. “I learned that many do not realize the value of the school library and take advantage of the resources offered,” Mrs. Lovetta said. Starting a new job can be nerve-racking, and Mrs. Lovetta hs some advice. “Advice that I would give to myself before working at KHS is to not take things literally or too serious, and know that nothing is written in stone,” Mrs. Lovetta said.
Challenges are expected everywhere when working to show improvement and master an activity. “My biggest challenge is wearing multiple hats, taking on duties as assigned, like subbing and proctoring tests while still having my own duties to perform,” Mrs. Lovetta said. A community involvement that she has helped with is AASA (African American Student Alliance). “I enjoy interacting with the kids and community when we participate in MLK day and SAFFE day,” Mrs. Lovetta said. The most memorable memory while working at KHS would be ‘the best worst prank of 2011.’ For Williams, the most influential person and who she has always admired the most in her life would be her mother. “Her personality, style, spirit, outlook on life, faith and as well as education has influenced my thinking and way of life,” Mrs. Lovetta said. Horuchel Jones and Renee Justice Jackson are Mrs. Lovetta’s best friends who she has shared many memories with. “These ladies have shared so many life experiences with me, good and bad. We vacation annually together, we also share a cabin with our husbands every new year,” Mrs. Lovetta said.
In her spare time she enjoys learning Search Engine Optimization, reading and online shopping. When life brings her down she likes to curl up in her ‘she shed’ to feel better and uplift herself. “I like it there because I’m surrounded with all things me, my screen, alexa and my husband doesn’t even knock on the door to bother me, he just texts me,” Mrs. Lovetta said. Goals and accomplishments in life are essential to keep going and feel proud of what is achieved. “Becoming an adult and no longer being in need of financial help from my mother is my biggest accomplishment,” Mrs. Lovetta said. In ten years years she sees herself doing the same as everyday “but hopefully with a grandchild,” Mrs. Lovetta said. A quote and guiding thought that Mrs. Lovetta lives by would be “Never take the blame or credit for something you did not do,” and “If you’re going to pray then don’t worry; If you’re going to worry then don’t pray.”
~ Yesenia Ramirez
Style Show 5
March 4, 2020
Yearbook staffers junior ShaDestiny Chism & sophomore Shai Lacy model for Calamity Jane’s.
Senior handsome Sam Witt stops for a quick pose during his presentation.
Sophomore handsome Jake Thompson displays his intricate tuxedo jacket.
21s t Annual Kilgore High School
A Touch of Fame & Fashion, Talent and Style Show, & Beauty and Handsome Presentation
Senior beauty Ja’Da Abercrombie does a heel pop while being presented.
Lovely Sponsored by Anchor Club & Reflector Staff
Sophomore beauty Faith Bonds stops and models her beauty dress.
Thank you to Calamity Jane’s War Bag, De Rigueur of Kilgore, Everything That Blings, MLS Boutique, Cavender’s of Longview, KRUSH of Longview, Lillies & Lace, That Girl’s Boutique, The Tuxedo Company & Trendy Chicks Freshman Layla Spalding sings ‘Baptized’ as her talent act.
Hi-Stepper officers junior Carter Williams, senior captain Julia Greene & junior Hailey Espinoza dance their trio.
Senior Anchor Club members Makenzie Gardner and Jade East model dresses by Lillies & Lace.
Junior handsome Kyle Wheeler is serious during his presentation.
Dance Technique performs their pom dance for friends & family.
Yearbook junior staffers David Moreno & Cindy Contreras model for MLS Boutique and Lillies & Lace.
Yearbook staffers junior Skyelar Howell, sophomores Kilee Menges and Isabel Hogue, and junior Scotlyn Hampton model for Trendy Chicks.
Freshman Jaime Baldazo hams it up on stage.
Junior Andi Fadhil Anwar performes his skit that consisted of a reading, traditional dance from Indonesia, and TikTok dances.
Freshman beauty Jayci Plye beams with radiance towards the audience. Photos by Teresa Medina, Faith Jones, Carlie Massey & Breanna Flournoy
6 Academics & Organizations
March 4, 2020
UIL Team travels to Hallsville, competes in practice meet Carlie Massey Editor in Chief On Feb. 18 the UIL Academics team travelled to Hallsville High School to compete in the Tournament of Hearts practice meet. Sophomore Madison Donovan palced 2nd overall in science and 1st in the sophomore category. Senior Justiss Ross placed 4th in social studies. Estrella Martinez placed 6th in computer applications. Angelina Luccous placed 6th in accounting. Senior Carlie Massey placed 1 st in feature writing and 2nd in new writing. Donovan placed 1st in headline writing. Sophomore Eryka Hopper paced 6th in headline writing. Junior Olivia Arp placed 6th in news writing. The Journalism team placed 2nd overall. “The UIL team has grown so much in the past couple of years,” High School UIL coordinator Johna Tritt said. “I’m proud of everyone who continues to compete and progress. I’m excited to see what our results for the District meet are.” Junior Ruben Estrella competed in current issues and events, science, and mathematics. “I’ve been competing since I was a sophomore,” Estrella said. “Honestly, I don’t prepare. I usually just wing my competition, and I actually end up doing fairly well. I enjoy spending time with friends, but I also enjoy it because it allows me to expand my range of knowledge.” Students who want to compete in more than one event are able to do so, like Estrella. “I competed in current events because it’s easy, but it also teaches you about what’s going on with the
world,” Estrella said. “I chose to compete in math and science because they are my best subjects. It also allows me to be more exposed to how complex each can become. Before the actual competition commences, I usually feel a little bit anxious. It all tends to go away once I’m actually competing, though.” The UIL team is divided into different categories based off of different subjects. Those different categories form teams, such as the journalism team, the current events team, etc. Each of those teams can place as a whole. “Once I receive my results, I feel quite proud of myself and my teammates,” Estrella said. “I know that they all worked really hard and that they’re representing our school well.” Junior Cayce Crawford participated in extemporary speaking for the first time. “I did improv speaking in middle school and some friends encouraged me to do a similar event, and I went for it,” Crawford said. “It’s lots of fun to meet people and spend time with friends. To prepare, I stress for a long time and take a lot of notes.” Students who compete in the same event each year have the ability to progress by learning from past mistakes. “I competed in poetry UIL and watched the persuasive speaking competition,” junior Brooklyn Hall said. “I competed last year, and it was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed poetry and using it to tell whatever story is needed for the topic.” Hall has competed in competitions such as listening skills, spelling, and the One-Act play. “I, of course, enjoy how we get days off of school, but I think the
2 1) Making preparations • Sophomores Madison Donovan, Ashaw Bailey, and Eryka Hopper watch as UIL science coach Courtney Hague reivews them. 2) Helping out • Journalism coach Amy Bates and sophomore Angelina Luccous discuss accounting, Lucccous’s UIL event. Photos by Carlie Massey.
1 experience of getting out of your comfort zone with your friends,” Hall said. To prepare for her events, Hall reads poetry. “I also like to do a short Tik Tok dance before speaking to get my nerves out,” Hall said. “I’m always extremely nervous before performing. I’m afraid of the idea that I might advance but at the same time I really enjoy being considered a fierce competitor.” Junior Jessica Sanjuan competed in Mathematics for the second year in a row. “I like meeting new people and being placed in a new environment. I pay more attention in class and practice during advisory to prepare for my events. I feel proud of myself even when things don’t turn out well.” Senior Anushka Pradhan has been
competing in ready writing, spelling, and vocabulary since her sophomore year. “I competed in ready writing because I wanted to get better in my creative writing and spelling abilities,” Pradhan said. “I enjoy challenging myself in areas I am trying to better myself in and additionally. I like meeting new people who share similar positions.” To prepare for her events, Pradhan uses Quizlet to study spelling and vocabulary. She also looks through old power points to see possible prompts for ready writing. “Before I compete in my competitions, I am usually nervous but confident in my abilities,” Pradhan said. “After I compete, I usually feel impatient as I wish to know how I did right after, but I also feel relieved as I am done with competing.”
Tournament of Hearts Competitors Ashaw Bailey Jaime Baldazo Luis Baldazo Ryan Beddingfield Rachel Bowman Lauren Couch Cayce Crawford Madison Donovan Ruben Estrella Canon Gorman Jessica Sanjuan Brookyln Hall Eryka Hopper Faith Jones Angelina Luccous Estrella Martinez
Mazy Martinez Carlie Massey Shawn May Rachel Niemeyer Daniela Nunez Anushka Pradhan Jaydn Griffin Jayci Pyle Kayla Ridge Justiss Ross Kendall Sloan Melanie Sosa Leticia Velljo Mackenna Watkins Olivia Arp Cason Cox
Media competes in SkillsUSA Cheerleaders celebrate UIL, prepare for try-outs Jada Franklin Staff Writer
We got skills • Media students take a quick team picture before heading off to Waco for District SkillsUSA competition. Photo by Courtlyn Brown.
Cerenity Exline Staff Writer On February 6-8, the media department took several students to the District 5 Leadership and Skills Conference held at Texas State Technical College in Waco. Of the students who competed in the district competitions, three teams made it to the podium. The game design students took both first and second on the podium, with Wanya McIntyre and Alex Czarnieki taking first and Kalen Ray and Omar Guana taking second. Both of the game design teams will be advancing on to the state competition that will be held during April in Corpus Christi. One of the broadcast teams took third including Jimena Pina,
Ivan Moran, Luis Baldazo, and Luis Campos. The other broadcast team included Kristal Loredo, Josiah Hoskins, Shawn May, and Arabella Spradlin. Throughout the school year, Kilgore High School Media department keeps you up to date with the production of KTV. With a new episode created each week, the KTV tries to keep students in the know of all the many things happening at KHS. The students on the production team keeps track of everything that happens at KHS, do interviews, and work hard to provide the campus with news each week. To keep up with each episode of their news cast, they have created a Facebook page, KTV - Kilgore High School News Show, where they post their video each Friday for the public to watch.
On Jan. 17, the cheerleaders went to the Forth Worth Convention Center to compete in State UIL. They competed with all 4A schools across the state. They placed 21 out of 80 teams. “Being a cheerleader is all about having lots of spirits and being supportive and enthusiastic for our peers,” co-captain and senior Katy Edens said. “UIL state is our chance to shine and compete for ourselves.” The Cheerleaders have been preparing for UIL since October. “My team practices every day and some weekends and holidays, too,” co-captain and junior Shelby Maring said. “We spent a long time perfecting and improving our choreography.” The UIL competition itself consists of a cheer, a band chant, and a the school’s fight song. “I was nervous and excited,” Edens said. “I kept encouraging the team and praying that all of our stunts would hit. We had practiced for so long, and I was ready to do my best.” Maring tore her ACL in October and was unable to perform with her group at UIL, but she still went as part of the team. “It was weird to not perform with them, but I felt proud to see their success,” Maring said. “It was interesting to see the competition from an outsider’s perspective.” Maring didn’t let her injury stop her from supporting her team.
“For me, I was just really excited to cheer them on while they performed,” Maring said. “For my teammates, I don’t think they were too nervous because they practiced so much and it was like muscle memory.” Teams who place 1-20 advance to finals, and KHS fell short by one, but hope to break into the top 20 by next year. “Being one away from making finals was difficult to take, but I’m very proud of our team for being the smallest squad to place as high as we did,” Edens said. The team is now shifting their focus to cheer tryouts which are March 6. In order to try out, candidates have to wear a white shirt, red shorts, and a red bow. They have to do an entrance, tumble, jump, cheer, and in a group they do a cheer and a dance. Tryouts will begin at 4:00 p.m.
1 1) Celebrating success • The cheerleaders and Bulldog Crew celebrate their results at State. 2) Cherished memories • Cheer sponsor Nikki Offerding, Assistant Principal Ronnie Garvin, Principal Charles Presley, Trainer Red Ganus & the team gather in celebration. Courtesy Photos.
Competitors bring home the Gold
SkillsUSA students earn awards at district convention SkillsUSA Medalists
Health Knowledge Bowl First Place Medalists Mackenna Watkins Sydney Chowdhury Anushka Pradhan Alison Rashidi Second Place Medalists Ruben Estrella Juan Vega Cerenity Exline Emma Taylor
Community Service First place Medalists Cerenity Exline Cason Cox Madison Donovan
Medical Terminology First Place Medalist Mackenna Watkins
Basic Health Care Skills First Place Medalist Shanna Casayuran
Outstanding SkillsUSA Member Cerenity Exline
Health Occupations Professional Portfolio First Place Medalist Shanna Casayuran Cason Cox
First Aid & CPR
Second Place Medalist Delaney Moses
Second Place Metalist Kristen Kennel
First Place Medalist Jared Rich First Place Medalist Anushka Pradhan
Job Skill Demonstration
Stephanie Canchola Staff Writer On Feb. 6 - 8 many high school students in the Health Science program went to compete in the Skills USA conference. Skills USA is something that provides educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds kids’ self1 confidence, work attitude and communication skills. High school students get the chance to explore careers as well as gain skills they will later need in their careers. Students looking for a career in the health science fields get this great opportunity to learn and practice skills for those careers. These students study and prepare before attending and try their best when competing. This group of students is very bright and remain excited for their futures. This year health science students returned to compete in Skills again and placed. Some are headed on to state. See results to left.
1) Celebratory Poses • SkillsUSA members relax with their hardearned medals. 2) Dream Team • Seniors Alison Rashidi, Sydney Chowdhury, Mackenna Watkins and Anushka Pradhan advance to State. Courtesy Photos.
Academics & Organizations 7 page
March 4, 2020
Students Solving World Problems Model UN competes; brings home numerous awards Olivia Arp Managing Editor Model UN is an academic event where students solve world problems as representatives of certain countries. These students are to work together with other ‘countries’ to write resolutions to a global problem their countries face. On Jan. 30 and 31 Model UN participants traveled to Region 7 to compete against other schools by ‘solving’ world problems. After the competition, Model UN members brought back a total of 15 awards. Team members were as follows. Freshmen Rachel Niemeyer, Hannah Grimes, Jayden Jones, Delaney Moses, Kyndal Collins, and sophomore Ryan Beddingfield represented the Dominican Republic. Freshmen Sam Clements, Kenneth Exline, sophomores Madison Donovan, Canon Gorman, and senior Scott Silvey represented Equatorial Guinea. Juniors Hylyn Lumpkins, Faith Jones, Olivia Arp, and Rachel Bowman represented the Bahamas. Freshmen Bethany McWilliams, Kayla Ridge, Olivia Hardin, and Rosemary Rodriguez represented Ireland. Sophomores Sofia Gomez, Avery Lemaire, Kinley Hampton, and junior Cerenity Exline represented the United Kingdom. Freshman Addison Wood and sophomore Cason Cox represented Kuwait. Sophomores Alexia Sosa, Kendall Trevino, Michael Rodriguez, Shanna Casayuran, Janette Chavez, and Melanie Sosa represented Zimbabwe. “Model UN gives people an opportunity to experience the idea that you are solving a problem that is affecting people worldwide,” Grimes said. In committee rooms, students speak on a wide range of topics depending on what committee they are in and what the committee is focused on. In WHO (World Health Organization) delegates discuss how they would solve health issues. “The main problems that were addressed in my committee [WHO] were depression, mental illness, cardiovascular diseases, and other medical related problems,” Grimes said. In UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) topics centering around education are discussed. Things like how to get more teachers in third world countries, educating women, and the importance of trade schools. “I joined UNESCO, a committee focusing on education, as that subject is incredibly important to me and the issue is prevalent everywhere in the world,” Bowman said.
Awards Received Projects
Maps 2nd- Ireland 3rd- Equatorial Quinea Collage 3rd- Zimbabwe Original Artwork 2nd- Equatorial Quinea 3rd- Bahamas Digital Media 1st- Equatorial Quinea 2nd- Ireland
UNODC 2nd- Olivia Arp WHO 2nd- Hannah Grimes FAO 3rd- Janette Chavez UNEP 3rd- Madison Donovan
Best Speaker 2nd- Scott Silvey Best Delegation 1st- Equatorial Quinea 2nd- Dominican Republic
In FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization) topics such as food Successful days of delegation • Model UN members get together insecurity, water pollution, effective before day two of General Assembly. After this picture, participants crop growing, and air pollution are went and debated in assembly. Photo courtesy of Johna Tritt. discussed. high school level. “I picked FAO because it involves speeches, speak in committee, and “I decided to participate in Model the health situation all over the world create projects. UN because when we were in middle “Each delegate is a crucial and I have many great ideas on how to component to a country,” Niemeyer school my teachers got me into the improve it,” Chavez said. creativity projects,” Ridge said. “I In UNIDO (United Nations said. “Everyone made sure we worked love a challenge and consider it fun.” together and had everything done well Industrial Development Organization) For others, this was their first the delegates discussed top resources and on time.” time ever competing in Model UN. Each country has a head delegate. in relevant countries and how to profit Many joined because of the interest off those resources to help poverty These head delegates are to be the it sparked. leaders of their country and make sure rates. “It seemed interesting and would “I’ve always picked UNIDO everything is in line for their country get me in a competition for debate to win. because I’m most familiar with “I personally was the head delegate with others,” Silvey said. how those resolutions are written,” Model UN is a great way to of my delegation [country],” Grimes Lumpkins said. experience the views of others in a UNEP (United Nations said. “My role was to make sure safe form of debate. Environment Program) discussed everyone was on task, sign us in, get “It allows us to see political views problems dealing with the our belongings, get our awards, etc.” On the second day delegates are of our generation and what our world environment. The main topics centered required to participate in General struggles with,” Silvey said. around deforestation and pollution. Model UN brings people together “I was in UNEP which means I dealt Assembly. In General Assembly (GA), to notice the world around them and resolutions that passed the previous with environmental issues,” Niemeyer help them learn to work together. said. “I chose this committee because day are brought up once again and “They will enjoy working with I’ve always cared deeply about the debated on. These debates determines other people from other schools which resolution passes or fails in GA. environment and wildlife.” “I was nervous because I had to and that increases the chance of This year a new committee was teamwork,” Casayuran said. “It leads offered called UNODC (United talk in front of people I didn’t know to more inputs and opinions that they, but I thought it was pretty cool,” Nations Office of Drugs and Crime); themselves, wouldn’t have been able this committee replaced UNHCR Hampton said. to think of.” General Assembly gives mixed (United Nations High Commissioner Model UN will begin again next feelings because of how difficult it for Refugees). In UNODC delegates year. See Mr. Mohn at the beginning discussed illegal trade, drug usage can be. “I don’t like General Assembly of the 2020-2021 school year to get and how to prevent it, and human much,” Donovan said. “General involved. trafficking. “Model UN exposes students to Assembly is more nerve wracking. In “UNODC was a new committee ideas and issues they don’t normally committees, I feel like the atmosphere so I decided to try it out,” Casayuran think about,” Model UN sponsor Carl said. “The topics that were going to be is more relaxed.” Mohn said. “Students who participate For many competitors this was not introduced really interested me.” in Model UN gain real-world skills their first year doing Model UN. The As a delegate the goal is to gain and experience that lead to life-long points for their country/team. They program is started in middle school learning and preparation for higher and it is encouraged to continue to the are to write resolutions, pro/con education.”
Choir goes to Solo & Ensemble Carly Mauldin Staff Writer On Feb. 7, the choir loaded a bus and headed to Marshall High School to compete in the annual Solo & Ensemble competition. They had just about a month to rehearse their songs, so it’s been an intense few weeks for these students. Preparing for the contest took a lot of out of school work, individually, as a class, and with director Phillip Nix. “First, I had to learn the words,” junior Milisha Wiley-Timms said. “I did a German piece so it was pretty hard. On my own time I figured out the right way to pronounce every single word. It was time consuming because I had to rewind over and over. Another way I prepared is by having the music play over and over. If I’m doing my work in class I would just listen to it over and over and at home, I would do the same thing.” “I also made sure not to drink anything but water so nothing would coat my throat and make me sound bad. My biggest challenge was figuring out how to say the word because the letters sound different than they do in English. For example, ‘zum’ in the song is really supposed to sound like ‘tsum,’” Timms said. The day of, they sat in the cafeteria and practiced, anxiously waiting for it to be their turn to perform. Most of their day was spent in anticipation of those few important moments in front of the judges. “I was most nervous for who was going to be my judge“and if they were going to be stern or laid
back,” senior Marcos May said. “The most difficult part was just the wait and anticipation of performing our song.” Singing in front of anyone, especially judges, can be terrifying. These students had to find their own way to calm themselves down and do their best despite their nerves. “I was about to start panicking, but then I said to myself, ‘You know your song. You’ll be okay.’ Just like that I stopped worrying,” May said. Choir’s hard work paid off, because they walked away with a total of six superior ratings on class one solos, as well as two superior ratings on class two solos. “I honestly didn’t expect to make a one.” Wiley-Timms said. “I just went to have fun, not knowing that I was going to walk out with a one. I didn’t know I did that good.” Six students will be advancing to the state competition in June. They will perform their songs for the judges again alongside some of the best young singers in Texas. “I’m excited to go to the competition and try my best to get a good score,” sophomore Kara Malick said. “What I really need to do to prepare is the week before, drink lots of tea and water, and practice, practice, practice.” “I remember my late papa told my granny ‘Mimi couldn’t sing for nothing, but that teacher up at that schoolhouse is a heck of a teacher cause Mimi can sing now,” Wiley-Timms said. “I definitely hear it myself that I’ve become way better. I have learned to never doubt yourself because if you believe you can do it then you can.”
Do Re Mi • Seniors Shelby Woods, Marcos May, Cameron Jackson, and sophomore Bryan Harter practice their ensemble piece. Photo by Carly Mauldin.
8 Black History Month Program
March 4, 2020
African Americans and the
ote “The only way to make changes in the U.S. starts with those two letters...US.” Ja Voski Ervin Senior Sha Darria Tennison finishes her Praise Dance in emotional tears.
Guest Speaker & Pastor Ja Voski Ervin speaks on the importance voting to make your voice heard.
Sophomore Whitney Hunt & junior Sarah Kosel pray and welcome everyone to the program.
Senior Aligah Colbert reads a poetry selection to the crowd.
Junior Elizabeth Kimberlin sings a solo part during the Bus 21 Choir’s performance.
Band director Cliffton Walker conducts the band in playing the National Anthem.
Freshmen Kenneth Exline, Ryan Howell and Aiden Lothrop play with the orchestra.
Junior Chamya Sammons and senior Maliyah Holland re-enact court events concerning African Americans fighting to vote.
Senior AASA president & vice president Kaleigh Sammons and Kysiah Sept indroduce the program.
Drumline performs a cadance for the crowd.
Tristan Clements sings “Lift Every Voice and Sing” accompanying the orchestra.
Junior speaker Ciaira Guyton gives one of the messages.
Senior Skyler Day gave a message about the 15th Amendment.
Junior foreign exchange student Eliane Fenita dances a traditional dance from her home country Mozambique, Africa.
Senior Davondrick Crowe shares his Mime Praise Dance.
Senior speaker Teresa Medina speaks about black suffrage.
Photos by Carly Mauldin, Carlie Massey, Olivia Arp & Courtlyn Brown
Sophomore speaker Shai Lacy
Senior speaker Alicia Jones
Senior Naydelin Armendariz gives a message about voting.
Senior Aleah Callaway introduces Pastor Ervin.
March 4, 2020
Foreign exchange student performs at Style Show Junior Andi Fadhil Anwar speaks, dances for his act in talent show Carlie Massey Editor in Chief The stage lights shine down on him. His palms sweat and his feet touch the cold floor. In front of him is a single microphone. With a deep breath, he walks forward. He talks to the crowd just as he had rehearsed earlier. Then, he dances. He performs what he knows - a traditional dance from his home country. Then, he is pleased to hear the crowd’s applause. His heart seems to burst with excitement. He moves on to a Tik Tok dance that sends the crowd wild. Never had so many people clapped for him. The music stops, as does his dance. He waves and bows, then exits the stage feeling lighter than ever before. Junior Andi Fadhil Anwar is a foreign exchange student from Indonesia. “I just felt like going out of my comfort zone and trying new things that I’ve never seen or felt, meet new people and shape my personality to be better,” Andi said. Andi participated in the 2020 ‘A Touch of Fame and Fashion’ Style Show. He danced a cultural dance from Indonesia as well as a variety of dances made famous on a platform called Tik Tok. “Honestly, I still don’t know why I decided to be a participant in style show,” Andi said. “I think because it’s just new and kind of different so I think this is a good opportunity to make friends instead introducing culture from my country.”
Andi lives in a host home with two other girls and another foreign exchange student. “So in this host family I live with two sisters, they are Robin and Imari, they’re in middle school,” Andi said. “And also I live with another exchange student, Elaine.” Andi loves to dance in his free time. “Yes I do, I don’t know why I do exactly, I just like to listen to music and learning different things,” Andi said. Andi enjoys listening to music and watching movies. “I don’t have a special kind of music, I just listen to random popular music,” Andi said. “Honestly, living in Kilgore influences my taste in music because there’s lots of Hispanic people here and I’ve never heard Hispanic music before, so it’s unique music and I like the rhythm.” Andi also enjoys watching movies in his free time. “I don’t really like American’s TV shows, because I don’t like to watch series. So, I just watch horror movies on Netflix,” he said. For his extracurricular activities, Andi participates in FHLA and is a member of the prom committee. “I have enjoyed going to Kilgore,” Andi said. “The atmosphere, I just feel like that I’m surrounded by nice people at home and also school.” Andi chose to be a part of prom committee because his school in Indoneisa does not do prom. “I just like to try something new,” Andi said. “And it worked, learning how to use teamwork, be disciplined
2 1) Sticking with his roots • Junior Andi Fadhil Anwar dances a traditional dance from Indonesia. 2) Keeping up with trends • Andi shows off his moves by dancing to a selection of Tik Tok dances. Photos by Carlie Massey. and many other things.” Andi can speak Indonesian, English, and is currently enrolled in Spanish. “To be honest, since coming here, I want to learn French or German or Italian,” Andi said, “but because in high school we just have Spanish, I just took that.” Andi has taken up tennis as one of his electives. He has placed 3rd at a meet in Spring Hill. “For the first time, I wanted to join basketball,” Andi said, “but I just realized that I’m wearing eyeglasses that might be a struggle for me. So, I decided to play tennis, because it’s like badminton and I’ve been playing badminton since I was seven years old
until middle school.” Andi has accomplished many things this year. Those include, medaling in a tennis match, dancing in Style Show, being selected for the National Honor Society, and ‘meeting amazing people here.’ Andi’s parents inspire him the most. “They always support me to do anything,” Andi said. “So I feel like I need to be someone in the future by doing something different.” With the school year coming to a close, a challenge Andi will soon be facing is leaving to go back home. “I still have almost four months left, and I feel like I don’t want to go back to my country because in here I
feel like home, surrounded by good people.” Andi remembers his first day here as ‘the most unforgettable day of his life.’ “I remember there’s a girl who showed me my classes,” Andi said. “Still I couldn’t remember until the next two weeks. And also, I was a little bit confused about the language because I never expected people speaking really fast.” Andi wants to go to medical school. “I want to get a doctoral degree,” Andi said, “but because it’s expensive, if I can’t get a scholarship in my country, Indonesia, maybe I’ll study abroad to get International relations
degree somewhere. But I wish I can get it in Europe.” Andi plans to dream big once he graduates high school. “I want to become a doctor, or work in international relations,” Andi said. This year, Andi has learned how to open himself up and be more social. “It’s taught me to be independent and trying something new and have empathy to other people,” Andi said. Andi’s true ambition is to change people’s lives. “I just want to be an inspiration for everyone nearby me, no matter what is my job in my future, I want to be a good role model,” Andi said.
Sophomore becomes Longview District Officer Carly Mauldin
There was a time to be serious and represent this organization maturely, but there were also many moments Sophomore Riley Rios’ mother when we were able to meet others and used to love participating in the FFA gain lifelong friendships and bonds.” program, and Rios decided from a This year Rios has stepped up and young age to follow in her footsteps. taken a leadership position. She is Today, Rios has been involved in Ag currently the Sentinel of the Longview most of her life. District Officer team. “I have been showing livestock “As a district officer, I am and participating in Ag science since responsible for serving my district to the fourth grade, and I am happy to my best ability and making a positive say it is one of my greatest passions,” impact,” Rios said. “I do community Rios said. “Depending on the path you service projects with my team, we host take, you can do many different things important meetings and events for the from, mechanics to animal science to chapters within our district.” leadership. Personally, I participate in To get this position she had to Ag science, leadership, and compete run against fellow chapter officers to in various contests throughout the become Kilgore’s District Candidate. year. It’s very time consuming and Next, she took a test, was interviewed, it’s not just something you can leave and had to write an application. at school. It’s a class that reaches past Finally, she had to give a speech to a the school yard and into your home crowd of over 200 people. life.” “In all honesty, I was afraid to Rios loves all of the many stand up in front of a crowd,” Rios opportunities she gets to learn, lead, said, “but at the same time, I’ve and compete in Ag. always wanted to be a mentor and She also loves FFA for the touch the lives of others. I’ve always community that she gets to be a part of. wanted to be a leader and I knew that Ag students have many opportunities I had to step out of my comfort zone to meet all sorts of new, interesting to become one.” people all the time. Rios’s hard work has allowed her “My favorite part is definitely to be part of an all girl officer team. the social aspect,” Rios said. “It has “My new officer team is by far pushed me out of my comfort zone my favorite part,” Rios said. “I’m and really made me a people person.” excited for this new experience. We She has had many opportunities to have a great group of kind, intelligent, make fun and meaningful memories at beautiful, and passionate young events as a result of FFA. women.” “My favorite memory is attending Being a district officer comes with the Texas State Convention during a lot of responsibility, and Rios is up the summer,” Rios said. “While we for the challenge. She has many goals were celebrating Texas state FFA as a and plans for the upcoming year to whole, we were also bonding with our better herself and the program. officer team and making connections. Staff Writer
Looking the Part • Sophomore Riley Rios poses in her FFA uniform. “My name was annonced as one of the new district officers in front of our entire district,” Rios said. “I felt excited and thirlled to serve as a district representative.” Courtesy photo.
“I hope to become more comfortable around large crowds and less afraid to be myself,” Rios said. “I hope to leave my mark on Longview district by reaching out to others who may feel like they don’t belong. I want to include and make friends with everyone so that they feel like they will always have a place in FFA. I am very excited to reach out and touch the lives of the people I will cross paths with in my future. I plan to serve others and be a mentor for my peers.” Rios plans to take the leadership skills she’s learned in Ag with her to college. She has many big goals and dreams, and she believes that FFA has prepared her to face them in her future. “I plan to either attend the Air Force Academy or Duke University to become a pediatric geneticist. I feel that being so involved in this organization will set me apart from other applicants because FFA creates honest and diligent workers.” FFA is a program that teaches students integrity and morals, and shapes them into hard working young adults ready for the workforce. Rios is thankful for everything Ag has taught her in the many years she’s been involved, and she’s ready to use her position to give back. “It has shown me the true value of hard work, responsibility, and love,” Rios said. “Love is something that is easy to give, something everyone needs. Loving is easy. It’s a powerful thing created by God himself. He has truly shown us the ultimate act of love by giving us his one and only son. We were put on this earth to love one another. I am going to fulfill my destiny and spread love through Longview District and its members.”
Athlete of The Week awarded to senior soccer player
Luis Martinez recognized by Trinity Mother Frances Ryan Cartwright Staff Writer
In January, Trinity Mother Frances and Christus Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine recognized senior Luiz Martinez as the Athlete of The Week. Luis is a student-athlete who is on the boys’ varsity soccer team. So far, the season has started out strong for Luis. To most, being named as Athlete of The Week is a great award and high honor for athletes around East Texas. Luis has earned many awards throughout his time here at Kilgore “I was proud of Luis,” varsity soccer player and teammate Isaiah Ramirez said. “He deserved it for what he does on the team and in school.” Luis is a 3-year varsity starter. Last season Luis had four goals to go along with 12 assists. He was an all-regional, all-district and allEast Texas finalist. He was chosen for this award for his work at school as well as his work on the field for soccer.
1) Taking care of the ball • Luis protects the ball from a Lindale opponent. 2) Aggressive intention • Senior Luis Martinez gets the ball past the defenders. Photos by David Moreno. Not only is Luis a strong player, he is also a good student in the classroom as well. “I was happy for him,” soccer assistant coach Juan (J.D.) Perales
said. “He definitely deserved it for what he has been producing on the field and also the kind of teammate he is to the others.” This year he and his teammates
look forward to working harder and making it back to where they were last season and making it past the regional finals. “He is very hardworking in his
classes and tends to stay to himself at times,” Perales said. Hopes are high for this year’s team as they look to make it back to state and win it all. This season Luis
feels like he has improved in a way where he helps more during games being the middle while controlling the game more than last season when he was outside. Luis has improved in many ways and looks forward to showing his improvement on the field this coming season. “I believe we will be a good team and we have good chemistry and connections,” Luis said. “This year’s team has potential.” Luis has improved his strength and his visibility on the field. “On the field, he is aware of his teammates at all times and is able to get them the ball easily,” Perales said. “Luis is always a step ahead of the opposing team.” Luis’s goal is to make it to state and go further than last year when they reached the regional finals. In school Luis is involved with Future Hispanic Leaders of America (FHLA), K-BAD and is also part of the cross country team. “He does well in being in attendance with each of his extracurricular activities and shows leadership on and off the field,” Perales said. Luis Martinez is a student athlete who is worth imitating. He does his best in every area of his life.
March 4, 2020
P.S. I...Don’t Know if I Still Love This?
Netflix sequel garners mixed reviews from fans Payton Berger Sports Editor Netflix’s highly anticipated original movie “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” premiered on Feb. 12. The film is a sequel to the 2018 hit “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” The series is based on a book series of the same name by Jenny Han. The film starts with the main character, Lara Jean, finally going on her first real date with Peter Kavinsky, whom she pretended to date in the first movie. The two continued to strengthen their relationship while also facing typical high school relationship issues. Lara Jean is having a difficult time with Peter because he’s still getting over his ex, Gen. She’s experiencing all her firsts with Peter, but he’s already done everything with Gen. Later, Lara Jean gets a letter from John Ambrose McClaren, one of her previous crushes, in reply to the one that she wrote to him in sixth grade. She’s hesitant to write back, and Peter doesn’t seem too fond of her responding. However, fate brings Lara Jean and John Ambrose together when they discover they’re both volunteering at the same nursing home. Here, their
relationship blossoms and Lara Jean questions her feelings for both Peter and John Ambrose. Eventually, Lara Jean’s insecurities get the best of her and she ends things with Peter. On their break, she kisses John Ambrose, but she immediately regrets it and realizes she’s not over Peter. In typical high school romantic comedy fashion, Peter comes in and saves the day and the two make up. The film holds an approval rating of 74% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 57 reviews, with an average rating of 6.56/10. This is a rather large drop from the film’s predecessor, which received an approval rating of 97% based on 67 reviews. Nick Allen of RogerEbert.com gave the film 2.5 stars out of 4, and wrote that “its enjoyment will depend largely on whether you want Peter to be the main boy that Lara loves, or not.” I personally think the movie was better than the ratings it’s receiving. I most definitely am biased, for I read the books before the films came out and have supported the franchise from the start. However, I think the movie provides a rather accurate portrayal of high school love. High school relationships are as
dramatic as shown in the film, and teenagers’ emotions are extremely high. It was almost as if Lara Jean’s world was over when she broke up with Peter. Critics have described the scene as “dramatic,” but it’s exactly how a break up feels to a high school student. I agree that the sequel was underwhelming in comparison to the first, but it has its own charm. The actors, cinematography, soundtrack, and overall aesthetic of the film win my heart over each watch. It’s reminiscent of iconic 80s movies that I grew up watching with my mom, and I know I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for it. The film is a guilty pleasure watch, and should not be regarded as some piece of cinematic art. It’s a cute movie that provides a two-hour escape from reality. Whether you’re team Peter or team John, it’s sweet to see Lara Jean choose her first love and who made her the happiest overall. (But honestly, team Peter all the way.) A third and final film based on Han’s book “To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Lara Jean” has already been filmed and is awaiting a release date.
Plot to reveal truth Yesenia Ramirez Staff writer The tragedy of Hamlet is a play with a rollercoaster of emotions, written by William Shakespeare that many have loved throughout the years. The play’s message is about how revenge can lead to serious and deadly consequences. Hamlet is the main character who is the prince of Denmark, and the ghost of his father who is haunting him to tell him that someone in their family is responsible for his death. Hamlet the king of Denmark was killed by his brother Claudius who poured poison in his ear while he was sleeping and later married the queen to take the throne and everything the king owned. The ghost in his madness pressures Hamlet to seek revenge on the man who took his throne and queen, which Hamlet agrees to do so. Claudius and the queen start noticing Hamlet’s behavior has been strange lately, and Claudius knowing the truth, tells two of his friends to keep an eye on him and watch his acts. The queen later finds out what his now new husband did, but she tries to deny everything and chose to not believe, but she is given strong clues and knows very well what her husband has done but tries to hide it. When Polonius, the Lord Chamberlain sees the actions of his
daughter toward Hamlet, He sees that Hamlet writes her poems and sends her gifts. He doubts Hamlet’s love for her daughter Ophelia because of his recent actions towards her and warns Ophelia about hamlet, but lets her decide her own decisions and she chose to be with Hamlet. Later Ophelia finds out Hamlet’s true feelings for her, and Hamlet confessed that in reality he never loved her. Hamlet gets full of doubts and questions if the ghost is, in reality, his father or an evil spirit haunting him to take him with him. He finally decides to test his uncle and queen to reveal the truth in a play in which a scene, actors are going to resemble how Hamlet imagines Claudius killing his father and see their reactions to it. When the play started and the scene where the king was killed arrived, Hamlet watched Claudius closely and when the scene came up, Claudius quickly got up and left the theater. When Hamlet saw this, he got up as well and followed him to kill him since the reaction he gave was reassuring Hamlet of his uncle’s wrongdoings but he found Claudius praying so he decides to wait. When Hamlet goes to confront her mother of knowing what Claudius did and not doing anything about it he found someone in her bed-chamber which he guesses is the king and stabs through the fabric killing him but found out he killed Polonius thinking
it was the king. Ophelia after finding out that her father dies, she goes into a deep depression which resulted in her drowning herself in the river. Hamlet gets immediately banished to England and Claudius demands the king of England to kill Hamlet. Hamlet later returns after pirates attacked his ship to England and Claudius sets a plan to secure Hamlet’s death this time. The king pours poison into a drink which Hamlet is later supposed to drink during a sword fight. The fight begins and Hamlet scores the first hit and is offered a drink which he declined and instead the queen takes a drink from it and is slowly killed by the poison. Hamlet is later wounded in the fight but does not die immediately, in which Hamlet took a sword, stabbed Claudius and made him drink the rest of the poisoned drink. Claudius died at the moment and Hamlet dies immediately after achieving his revenge. This play has so many meanings that can be taken depending on the personal life and has been recommended because of its message to the audience. Overall the lesson of the play is that taking revenge can lead to serious and deadly consequences. Making appropriate decisions, and forgiveness can be the most powerful weapon that can make life turn in a better direction.
Looking for good read? • Visit the library to check out a copy of Hamlet. Photos by Yesenia Ramirez.
Junior Hailey Espinoza “I liked it, but it didn’t involve as many events. The first one had more details, but the second one was one storyline the whole time.”
Junior Kyle Wheeler “To me, the plot was mellow. The character arcs didn’t expand, and I wasn’t very satisfied with the ending.”
Senior Madison Celley “I liked this one better than the first because I really like Jordan Fisher as an actor, and he was sweeter than Peter Kavinsky.”
English Teacher Amye Tucker “I did not like it as well as the first, but I appreciated the continuation of the story. I’m definitely glad she chose Peter over John.”
Love in a Photograph Carmen Vazquez Staff Writer The movie “Photograph” was released on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2020. The two main actors were Issa Rae as Mae Morton and Lakeith Stanfield as Michael Block. This is a movie over their love story, and Mae’s mother’s love life with Isaac. In this Movie both love stories are told going back and forth. Mae Morton’s mom, Christina, was a photographer who left her hometown of Louisiana to find a new job as a photographer in the city of New York, leaving behind her life and her lover Isaac. When Christina dies from cancer she leaves 2 letters, one for Mae and one for her father. Mae grew up believing her father was someone else, but in the letter Christina left for Mae, she tells her the truth about her past life in Louisiana and talks about Issac, revealing that he was her real father. Michael is a writer who is covering the life of Christina, and that is where he meets
Mae, after getting to know each other better they fall in love. Sadly, Mae is afraid to say how she really feels, just like her mother. Christina loved her photography career but was not too good with love. She said, “I wish I was as good at love as I am at working. I wish I didn’t leave people behind so often.” When I was watching this movie I was thinking about many different love stories, and I think many can relate to what she was saying. In this generation or in this society it is hard to find true love. It’s hard to fall in love, so you tend to leave people behind because you are afraid of being hurt. As the movie goes on Mae falls more in love with Michael. Unfortunately, every love story comes with difficulties, as Michael applies for a better job in London, distance threatens to split the young couple apart. After Michael was accepted at his new job, they get into an argument where Mae says, “I don’t want to get together, just to break up.” In my opinion that is correct. I, as well,
Picture perfect • Junior Carmen Vazquez holds her movie ticket in front of a bouquet of flowers. “This movie is worth the ticket,” she said. Selfie Photo by Carmen Vazquez.
would love to have a long-term relationship. Sadly nowadays I feel like most people get in a relationship just to be in a relationship. They don’t really love each other, but they are afraid to be alone. You hear many teenagers say stuff like “Love is fake,” or “Love is blind.” This is because people’s mentality is changing we tend to see how love is nothing like it used to be before. In today’s relationships we see people losing communication, and trust, they also tend to fall out of love very quickly. In my opinion in this generation we do not value feelings at all. I love hearing stories of how my dad got my mom to fall in love with him. Back then they appreciated everything, from a nice dinner out to just a simple flower. One of the biggest lessons my parents have taught me is to appreciate the little things, because sometimes those are worth the most. We see our grandparents or even our parents, and we can tell they are so in love with each other. It’s unbelievable how much love has changed in the past years, and movies show it, too. After Michael moves to London for his job, it is hard for Mae to forget him, so she decides to take action and fight for their love so she invites him to a concert, when they are there together you can feel the love they have for each other. After Michael says, “You know we will always come back,” you know their love is true. I love watching romance movies and to see Mae beat her fear of loving and actually fighting for her love life was great. This movie is great for you to watch with your love, especially during the season of love: Spring! I think God will send you the correct person; you just have to have patience and trust in him, and do not force anything for he has plans for you. Know your worth, and do not settle for less. And when you find your person, remember to trust each other, and to have good communication, and never fall out of love. Do not be scared and instead fight for your love. Love is real, but you have to put the work in a relationship to keep the love alive.
Down and Across: A story of self-discovery Madison Donovan
Reading along • Sophomore Jermaine Rooney reads Arvin Ahmadi’s Down and Across. “I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this book, but it exceeded all of my expectations,” Rooney said. Photo by Madison Donovan.
Staff Writer Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi follows the story of Scott Ferdowsi. As a 16 year-old entering his final year of high school, Scott is having troubles figuring out the rest of his life. He has a track record for quitting. His parents blame it on his lack of determination, and he blames it on his overly strict parents. While his parents are away for the summer, Scott sneaks off to Washington, DC, seeking guidance from a famous psychologist who claims to know the secret to success. He never expects the adventure that is about to unfold all while opening his eyes to fundamental truths about who he is and who he wants to be. At first glance, this book doesn’t seem like any more than the average contemporary novel, but it is so much more. Just by reading the short summary on the back of the book, the difference became clear. It talks about a character that is extremely relatable, but different at the same time. Unlike typical protagonists, Scott doesn’t have everything figured out. He doesn’t know what college he wants to go to. He doesn’t even know what cereal he wants half of the time. He is just an upcoming senior who doesn’t have everything figured out.
Readers who are also trying to figure out their lives will relate to Scott’s quest for independence and purpose, while being reminded that it’s okay not to have everything figured out while still in high school. But that’s where the similarities stop. Scott takes a huge chance. He travels from Philadelphia to Washington, DC by himself. This is a much bolder move than most teenagers would have done. Scott’s impromptu trip to Washindton, DC was meant to last two days, but he ended up staying a month. This is all due to the girl he met on the bus ride there, Fiora. She is a freespirit who loves crosswords. When their paths crossed it was obvious that they would affect each other in a profound way. “I couldn’t resist imagining my life as one of those coming-of-age movies,” Scott daydreams on the bus, “and Fiora as the quirky, twodimensional female character, written in solely to help me discover my full potential. The idea was nice.” Fiora helps Scott make the connection from crossword puzzles to the real world. “The thing about life is we don’t get to draw the grid; we take the rows and columns we’re given,” she says. “What we do get to do is fill the cells. And rather than filling mine with
anxiety over medical school or Greek politics, instead of feeling trapped by my circumstance, I fill them with arbitrary words.” All of the characters within the book are unique. From reckless Fiora, a college student from a troubled family to the generous and politically ambitious Trent, whose dream is to work with Senator Renault Cohen. Not to mention, Scott is Iranian-American. The overall message that grit is within us all, that failure is both inevitable and productive. For example, Scott’s month in DC is filled with unpredictable adventures, new friendships with a diverse group of people, and many revelations. Within this month, he faced many setbacks, but he was able to use this failure to benefit himself and others. Scott’s uncertainty, and his panic over that uncertainty, will resonate with high school readers faced with the impossible task of figuring out what they want to do with their lives. The supporting characters’ efforts to juggle their own aspirations with their unique baggage will feel equally familiar. Most of all, Scott’s spontaneous trip, and the lessons he learns about grit along the way, will help young readers, like us, relieve their own anxiety about the next steps in their lives.
Health & Wellness11page The acne struggle Coronavirus: it’s more than a meme March 4, 2020
Finding true solutions Jada Franklin Staff Writer While growing up many teenagers deal with acne. Acne occurs when the pores of your skin become blocked with oil and bacteria. It starts during the mid-teenage years and typically goes away in the early 20s. To get rid of acne you can get over the counter creams and cleansers such as Clean and Clear, Neutrogena, Aveeno, and more. You can find these kinds of products at your local Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, or Brookshires. Acne can cause stress and has the ability to bring one’s self-esteem down, making young people not want to deal with it anymore. Sometimes acne gets
overwhelming, and someone struggling has to go to the dermatologist where they will decide on what will be the best solution for acne. According to Verywell Health, teens struggle with acne due to school work, tests, friends, family, and stress overall. Eating junk food & drinking sodas can lead to acne as well as stressful situations. “I stopped drinking sodas and started drinking more water,” senior Keli Cole said, “When my face used to break out it would give me low self-esteem.” Washing your face in the morning and at night can reverse the struggle of dealing with acne and lessen the time stressing over it. “I wash my face when I wake up and before I go to sleep,” junior Janiya Franklin said.
from person to person. It spreads between people who are in close Staff Writer contact with one another, when only Take a minute to think about all about six feet apart. You may receive the germs on your hands or even on the virus by simply touching a surface the chair you’re sitting in. Germs are that has a the virus on it and touching everywhere; everything you touch has your own mouth, nose, or even your some form of germ left from the last eyes, even though you may not think that is way it could spread. person who touched it. The coronavirus is thought to Keeping you and your surroundings clean is a thing we should practice and be most contagious when one is do. Practicing good hygiene in your the sickest, or most symptomatic, everyday life should be a normal thing although the new form of coronavirus that is going around can spread before that everyone does. Putting on perfume or scented people show any symptoms. Everyone on social media seems lotion shouldn’t eliminate taking showers and washing your hands. to make every possible meme and Washing your hands or taking a joke about the coronavirus, but it is shower also shouldn’t be ten second definitely not a joke at all. There have been almost 80,000 coronavirus cases things we do. Good hygiene is crucial to your worldwide with over 2,000 deaths and overall health and wellness. It helps only about 18,000 people being able lower the risk of disease, illness, and to recover. No matter what your thoughts are other medical conditions caused by on the coronavirus, you still need to the effects of poor hygiene. If you are not one who take precautions so you do not get practices good hygiene, your body sick. Take good hygiene seriously can accumulate bacteria that can contribute to diseases such as athlete’s and protect yourself from any given foot, head lice, or even the well- disease or illness. Every chance you get, wash your hands and practice the known coronavirus. The coronavirus spreads mainly simple good hygiene that will keep you healthy.
Staying clean • Washing hands is an important part of not getting sick. Washing away the germs on your hands keeps you healthy and well. Photo by Cerenity Exline.
Boys hygiene from a girl’s perspective Self care is not just a feminine thing Stephanie Canchola
“Clean and Clear Night Relaxing and moisturizer and Clean and Clear sugar scrub.”
“I use Watermelon Clean and Clear acne face wash.”
“I used X-Out face wash to clear up my acne.”
“I use Rodan & Fields acne care.”
Staff Writer Okay, boys, this is coming from a girl’s perspective, but let’s discuss hygiene. Don’t get me wrong, being and staying clean is a necessity for both genders. Taking showers, washing your hands, and brushing your teeth shouldn’t be things we do in ten seconds. Spraying body Axe all over yourself shouldn’t eliminate you taking showers and being genuinely clean. Washing your hands and keeping your nails clean also shouldn’t be something that weird or deemed unnecessary. Trust me, seeing dirt all up under your nails and dead skin coming off your fingers is not healthy. I’m not trying to hate on you, but help you. In this society, it’s usually unheard of for boys to go to the nail salon or be proud of your looks without being considered conceited. But, practicing good hygiene and staying clean benefits your health and just you as a person. Taking care of your body, hair, nails, and teeth is also super important and isn’t just a ‘girl’ thing. I think everyone should take the time to do these things. A shower isn’t just washing your body and hair in ten seconds with an all in one shampoo. Take an extra minute to thoroughly wash your hair and and wash off all of the sweat and dirt off of your body. Take an extra few minutes or even just seconds after the shower to
clean your nails and brush your teeth. I’m not saying all boys are like this or need to hear this. Some guys have great hygiene and take of their health amazingly. I’m also not saying all girls are perfect in this area either. If someone gets something out of this story, I would want the takeaway to be this: it’s acceptable to take care of your
nails, hair, skin, and hygiene. I’m also not saying this is what you ‘need’ to do. All people have a choice on how they live and how they take care of themselves. These are just coming from my observations and experiences with having younger and older brothers. Taking care of your body and having good personal hygiene habits
Super smells • Axe is great, but it should not be used as a replacement for a shower. Photo by Stephanie Canchola.
also help prevent illnesses and infections from that bacteria that’s not being cleaned off. Having poor personal hygiene habits could give you body odor, and greasy skin. These sound like minor problems, but they could lead to more serious health problems. Following basic personal hygiene habits isn’t that hard, and it helps your overall health. Figuring out what works for your skin is great and helps you in the long run. Doing basic things like washing your hair, brushing your teeth, and trimming your nails helps you and your body. It’s not embarrassing or weird to take care of yourself. Figuring out what works for your skin is great and helps you in the long run. Getting your nails done, buying face wash, and asking about what’s good for you is okay. There’s nothing embarrasing about taking care of yourself and wanting to be clean. In this day and age it’s normal for everyone wanting to take care of themselves. Girls and guys are so accepting of everyone doing whatever they want, even if it’s considered a ‘boy’ or ‘girl’ thing. Don’t let thinking something is weird or not accepted stop you from doing things for yourselves. Being clean should be something you do for yourself and your health. Don’t do it because you think it makes you more attractive, but because it’s good for you.
Girls, we have the resources for you:Period! Faith Jones Copy Editor Girls, it’s time to talk about that dreaded time of the month. So commonly dismissed as inconvenient cramps, bleeding, and mood swings with occasional cravings for an abundance of chocolate and junk food, the menstrual cycle is a year-round battle. Hormones, hormones, hormones. Guys and mature women tend to dismiss something so important as an explanation for why teenaged girls are moody, when hormones are the base of what everyone is. They’re in control of chemical releases that make one feel happy, sad, tired everything. They even determine the route of menstruation. Estrogen and Progesterone are released from the ovaries which causes a girls uterine lining to build up. The purpose of this lining is to prepare the uterus for the development of a baby. When a baby is not conceived at the end of the cycle - the lining is released, thus the period. Typically this is a 28 day cycle, and the process is repeated. Though, abnormalities can cause things to not
go so smoothly. Often times, girls experience discomfort during their period and write it off as menstrual cramps, but occasionally a painful period is a sign of a problem. Recognizing and diagnosing these issues is more difficult than it ought to be because girls aren’t aware of the signs they should be looking for. Such problems range from ovarian cysts, endometriosis, and premenstrual syndrome. It is important to recognize symptoms and speak with a gynecologist concerning these things because, often, if untreated these can lead to infertility in the future. Ovarian cysts are fluid filled sacs attached to an ovary as a result of ovulation. An egg is released to be fertilized but instead becomes attached to a reproductive organ. They are extremely common and typically go unnoticed as the resolve on their own. If symptomatic though, they can be problematic - requiring surgery. Symptoms include unusual abdominal pain close to and during a period, irregular periods, and bloating. Most times, a gynecologist will recommend hormone therapy to prevent ovulation which stops the cyst from growing, giving it a chance to dissolve.
Endometriosis can have the same symptoms; lower abdominal pain, abnormal periods, fatigue, nausea, and very surely leads to infertility if not caught early. Inside of a uterus
is the endometrium, which thickens and is released during menstruation. Sometimes this lining gets where it shouldn’t be and builds up on the outside of the ovaries, uterus, and
of infertility at hand the surgery is no worry. Three small incisions are made in the belly to allow a camera and small tools to take a look at what’s going on and remove any lesions. According to endometriosis.org, 176 million women in the world suffer Ready for that time with endometriosis. This is a battle not • Nurse Melissa fought alone. Leblanc shows off Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) feminine products she is a completely normal thing has for when girls are women struggle with 90 percent of women experience it, according to unprepared for their period while at school. womenshealth.gov. The bloating, headaches, and moodiness are “This happens at least completely expected in the days once a week, and if it’s leading up to and during a woman’s a surprise we call home period. PMS, though, is no reason to see a doctor. Over the counter pain and send the student home so she can change medications for cramps and headaches, or have her parents bring a heating pad for discomfort, and a bowl of your favorite ice cream are a change of clothes. I perfect ways to treat this syndrome. keep feminine products Truly, if you are experiencing anything out of the ordinary regarding and extra clothes here. your period see a doctor and express If the student has your concerns. Only you know your concerns I sometimes body. Ladies, keep your head up. refer her to a doctor,” Periods are tough and make women Leblanc said. Photo by tougher. Without the pain and Faith Jones. bleeding, there would be no miracle of life.
fallopian tubes causing painful lesions. This is hard to diagnose because more often than not, laproscopy is necessary to determine it and surgery is frightening. However, with the odds
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On the come up Championship on the mind Girls soccer strives to take district back Boys soccer kicks off to a good start Payton Berger Sports Editor
The Lady Dogs varsity soccer team started off their district season with a 5-0 win against Sabine and a 13-0 win against Gladewater. The Lady Dogs are working to keep this success going all season and make their way towards a state championship. “Our goal is to take district back,” Coach Todd BonDurant said. The team has high hopes for the season. They’re working hard to keep a winning streak. “My goals are to get closer as a team, become district champions, and make it to the state tournament and win it,” junior Zoe Craven said. The Lady Dogs are working hard daily through practices, and they prepared for the season with scrimmages. The team is also making a point to come together as a team. “We not only have been working hard and focusing but also getting to know each other,” junior Maria Whitaker said. The team is constantly working to develop new strategies to benefit the team throughout the season. “We’re learning how everyone on the team plays so we can be more successful in the games,” junior Emma Taylor said.
The girls are determined to advance farther than the previous season and take back their title as district champions. “My goal is to try and be the best captain I can be and lead my team to state and win it,” senior Sarah Loomis said. The dynamic of the team has also shifted since previous years. The team is making an effort to bond and become a family. “This year we’re working better together than last year,” Taylor said. “We’ve come together as a team, and we’re starting to play as one.” The coaches and players all agree that the team had to form a bond before they could compete successfully. Their bonds have been strengthened through overnight tournaments and team dinners. “My favorite memory this season has been the Christmas parade because we were all together,” junior Jackie Estrella said. Although the district season has just begun, the team has already competed in many high energy games. They prepared through intense games against teams like Nacogdoches, Lufkin, Jacksonville, and Hallsville. “Our game against Hallsville was the best so far because even though we were missing some players we still played very well together as a team,”
junior Madison Alford said. The season is bittersweet for the seniors on the team, and they’re determined to make this their best yet. “My senior year has definitely started to hit me because it’s my last year and my last season on a soccer field with my high school team,” Loomis said. The JV team faces New Diana at New Diana tomorrow at 5, and the varsity team faces Waskom at home on Friday at 5. Go out and support your Lady Dogs.
1) Making a move • Senior Luis Martinez dribbles the ball down the field. 2) Trapping the ball • Junior Izaiah Ramirez beats his opponents to the ball. 3) Taking a shot • Senior Wanya McIntyre prepares to shoot the ball at the goal. Photos by David Moreno.
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1) On the move • Junior Zoe Craven sneaks behind her opponent during the first district game. 2) Heads up! • Freshman Lesly Herrera prepares to trap the ball. 3) Head to head • Junior Madison Alford beats her opponent to the ball. Photos by Scotlyn Hampton.
The varsity soccer boys are currently undefeated with a record of 5-0. The district season started with a 5-0 against Sabine at home. The boys are working hard to be ready for their upcoming district games. Friday night they defeated Sabine away 4-0. “We have the ability to continue in that winning fashion and hopefully play our best in soccer when we get to the state playoffs,” varsity soccer coach Tom Wait said. Both coaches have high hopes for the team this season. “I feel that the team will exceed expectations by performing to the best of their abilities and taking each game as if it was their last,” junior varsity coach JD Perales said. Members of the team have already made countless memories, but the seniors are experiencing mixed emotions throughout their
final season. “It’s kind of sad, yet exciting,” senior captain Wanya McIntyre said. “It hurts to leave the family I’ve established here, but I’m also ready to start the next chapter.” The boys are also determined to make this the best season yet. “My goal is always to improve every single day,” junior Efrain Mojica said. “I hope to help our team to get to Georgetown at the end of the season and come home with a state title.” The team feels that their best game so far was a win against Midlothian Heritage. “The game was back and forth,” junior varsity coach JD Perales said. “The boys came up big in the last 15-20 minutes to get the win despite a few defensive errors in the game.” The team is taking district preparation very seriously and practicing daily to improve. “We’re playing lots of matches, maintaining our fitness, and continuing to get better with each practice and game,” Wait said. The team has also bonded and
become a family. “This team is my brothers, and I wouldn’t trade them for the world,” McIntyre said. The boys are extremely appreciative of the work Couch Wait puts in to make them a better team. “Practice is always fun, but Coach Wait lets us know when it’s time to get serious,” Mojica said. “He helps us out in any way possible, and we are all very happy and grateful to have him as our coach.” The team feels as if this could be their best season since winning the state championship in 2017. “We are looking the best we ever have in my opinion, and we’re always looking to improve,” Mojica said. The team was ranked 4th in the region 2 4A Rankings by the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches in January. “There is a strong winning tradition here and that makes my coaching job very enjoyable,” Wait said. The boys play Waskom at home this Friday at 7 pm. Go out and support the Dogs as they fight for the district championship!
it to round two of playoffs Senior girls reflect on their final season Boys basketball makes ups and downs, wins and losses, but have accomplished this season. I wish
Senior night • Varsity team dedicates the night to the seniors. Photo by Zadie Vega.
Carmen Vazquez Staff Writer The girls’ varsity team is coached by Trushundra ‘Shun’ McGill, who has been coaching basketball for 8 years. “I love coaching this team, because they have great chemistry and have become amazing young women throughout this season,” Coach McGill said. Basketball season ended and the senior girls played for their very last time on a high school basketball team on Monday, Feb. 17 against Pleasant Grove. “I’m sad that I played my last game already,” senior Sabrina Hardt said. “It came so fast I wasn’t prepared
to realize this, but it was a great year.” This season was great and a lot of memories were created. “My favorite memory would have to be when we played Gilmer at their place and our offense was dominating,” Coach McGill said. “We had all of their fans silent.” Basketball is an aggressive sport and throughout the season the girls faced many great teams however their biggest challenge would have to be Bullard. “They are a very coachable team,” Senior Aligah Colbert said. “They have shooters, but they could have been beaten by our team.” The person who has had the biggest impact on senior Jada Abercomie’s basketball career throughout high school would have to
be Coach Coleman. “He has had the biggest impact on me because he taught me more about the game of basketball.” Jada said. A team is a group of people forming a single unit to help each other succeed whether it is in a game of sport. “I would describe my team as serious but playful at the same time,” Aligah said. “We were serious when necessary.” Some advice seniors would like to say to the upcoming basketball players would be: “To listen, and to believe that everything will all workout,” Sabrina said. “Everyone has a role and even the bench helps your team, but above all have a great season when you come.” Everybody is differrent on the court but together they make everything work out. “It’ll be hard to replace what we have,” Coach said. “But I would like to wish them the best of luck in life after high school.” Goobyes are always hard, but the seniors do wish the upcoming player the best of luck. “Continue to grow together and keep working hard,” Jada said. “I love y’all forever.” The seniors will miss Kilgore Lady Basketball. “Thank you for all the great and wonderful things that y’all have taught us and all the great advice about the real world.” Aligah said. “Good luck on the future years of Kilgore Lady Basketball.” #15 #40 #13 signing out.
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On Feb. 28, the boys basketball team played round two of playoffs against Quinlan Ford at TJC. “I’m very pleased with this basketball performance,” Coach Jeffery Coleman said. “I’m happy about the team.” The boys lost 49-44 in the final moments and ended up in third place. “It’s upsetting that my last game was a loss, but I am pretty satisfied with my team and my preformance,” senior Rowdy Rieke said. “The hustle was there.” This season meant a lot to senior Jeramiah Hoskins. “I am very blessed to have been able to make it to round two with this group of guys this year even though we didn’t get where we planned to get,” Hoskins said. “We had a lot of
I wouldn’t want to go to war with any other groups of guys. Love all of y’all.” Hoskins plans to play basketball after high school. “I have been talking to a couple of schools here and there, nothing official yet though,” he said. The most inflential person in senior Kaden Thrower’s basketball career would have to be Coach Coleman. “Coach Coleman embodies hard work; it’s not all basketball with him,” Kaden said. “He has taught me how to be a hard worker an a respectable man.He always expected and pushed me to be the best version of myself.” This team has grown together to become better. “These young boys became leaders, they did what we needed them to do, and they did a great job,” Coach Coleman said. “I’m just proud of the team and everything that they
them the best.” This basketball season was one to remember and all the seniors have left to say is: Thank you. “I want to thank Kilgore basketball for the past four years. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to play the game I love. I thank the coaches for investing time in me, and I thank my teamates for putting it all on the line for each other,” Kaden said. “To my young guys, keep going and strive for better than we did this year, and Thomas carry on the love I have for this game.” The game was intense on Friday, and the teamwork by the Dogs was fun to watch. “I will miss my seniors,” Coach Coleman said. “And I’m looking forward for my young people coming through.” #10 #11 #35 signing out.
Varsity • The 2019-2020 Bulldog Basketball team was one for the books. “We have been through a lot on and off the court,” Hoskins said. “We have grown so much together and created a bond that will stay with me forever.” Photo by Jaida Thurmond.
Senior starter takes softball field for one final season of play Cerenity Exline Staff Writer
Sweet spot • Senior Kristen Wilson waits for the perfect pitch. Photo by Jimena Espinoza.
Teammates chanting from the dugout, cleats on tight, and LED lights shining. These are feelings that will last senior Kristen Wilson a lifetime. After four years of being a varsity starter, Kristen’s time as a Kilgore High School softball player is coming to an end this season. “Softball has been my life since I can remember, so for this to be the last year it’s very bittersweet,” Kristen said. Kristen has been playing the game she loves since she was three years old and is the varsity pitcher for the softball team. “My favorite part about softball is the adrenaline rush of making a good play or hitting a good hit,” Kristen said. Wilson first found her love for the game from her dad and has played ever since. “My dad was a really big impact on my softball career, and he’s the reason that I loved the game,” Kristen said. “He gave me everything I needed to learn the game and love the game.” Although the season has just
begun, Kristen thinks highly of how the season will turn out and is determined to make it her best. “We have the potential to do very good as long as we work hard and apply the things we learn in practice to the game,” Wilson said. Throughout the years, Kristen has developed close relationships with her teammates and they have become extremely important to her. The team has become like a family to her. “Being with the girls is the most entertaining yet motivating time,” Kristen said. “We all know how to push each other and we all have a pretty good bond with one another.” Five varsity starters graduated last year, so the team has had to make several adjustments to make the team successful. While challenging, the team is working hard to better themselves for the upcoming season. “We are having to move people around to new positions to make up for some we lost last year,” Kristen said. Over the course of her high school career, Wilson has had 9 shut out games and struck out 376 batters. She has also had 27 putouts and 122 assists. On the offensive side, Wilson has
had 74 runners batted in, 103 hits including 22 doubles, 4 triples, and 8 home runs. Although Kristen does not plan on continuing her softball career after high school, her life outside of softball has been heavily impacted by the game. “Softball has given me the best friends, taught me many life lessons, and made me who I am today,” Kristen said. The hardest part about her softball career ending will be leaving her teammates. “I love my teammates, and I have grown such a close bond with them,” Kristen said. So far this season, the softball team has participated in the Carthage Tournament that was held Feb. 20-22 and the White Oak Tournament Feb. 27-29, as well as various scrimmages and pre-district games. The team will travel to Elysian Fields Thursday for their final tournament before the start of district. The softball team begins their district games against Spring Hill on the road on March 17. During Spring Break, you could support them at home on March 12 against Mabank.
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