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Twirling for a Cause • Freshman Olivia Arp and sophomore Diamond Smith twirl for a crowd of community members and cheerleaders during SAFFE Day. See more pictures from the event and read about SAFFE Day on page 9.

Volume XVIII, Issue I

For the students, by the students

Cheering our dogs New year brings additions to stadium rules, Student Section

Learning Lab opens for first week of tutoring

Fatima Amaro

Bailey Green

Staff Writer The Student Section has decided to rekindle its efforts to effectively cheer the football team by encouraging students to show their school spirit by dressing up and winning prizes. The students who want to lead this charge will be sophomores McKinley Gregg, Joe Rodriguez and Madison Robins. “Well, my friends and I noticed how a Student Section hadn’t really been put together in a while,” sophomore Mckinley Gregg said. “Football is one of the main sports that students can get together and be loud and proud.” They created a Student Section Snapchat and Instagram that everyone can add and follow to know updates on upcoming games and events. (They invite you to add them and follow them @khs.studentsection.) “We want to encourage students to make this their section, full of school spirit and cheering for the KHS

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Here’s to old KHS • The crowd stands up to honor the Alma Matar song before the Chapel Hill game. Photo by Lindsey Cassity. Bulldogs,” administrator Stephanie Richard said. The rules have been renewed and enforced this year to keep students safe and in order while others are trying to enjoy the game. “We as a Student Section, feel this organization is just what we need, this spark of enthusiasm and cheers for our school and team athletes,” sophomore Joe Rodriguez said.

This section and its rules benefit our students with joy and our players with that extra push that lets them know we are proud and want them to win. “I would love to see the school get together as one and engage in school spirit during football games,” sophomore Madison Robins said. “LGK!”

Beginning this week, a new program called Learning Lab has been inducted. Learning Lab strives to create a structured environment in which students can complete assignments outside the school day, in the library from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.. “I decide to start this so that kids who are failing their classes or need extra help with their homework can have better access to tutorials

...It’s hard when you don’t know how to do something and are unable to get help.

after school,” assistant principal Stephanie Richard said. “Sometimes they just need access to computers to do computer lab work.” Richard’s goals are for this decision to help students be more successful, bring their grades up and overall, give them a place after school to come and find help that some of their homes can’t supply. “A lot of kids were struggling, especially with math,” Richard said. “I couldn’t even help my own kids at home with math because that isn’t my strongsuit.” With the setting up of the Learning Lab, NHS students are being invited to assist and earn volunteer hours by tutoring students in different subjects, especially with math. “Often students can explain problems to other students more effectively than adults can,” Richard said. “If they want to help, they can contact me, and I can schedule them for a certain day.”

~ Richard

Big night for little girls • Senior Bailee Barton and some of the mini Hi-Steppers line up, preparing to cheer on the football boys as they get ready to enter the field and begin the night’s football game. Photo by Lindsey Cassity.

Staff Writer On October 6, the HiSteppers hosted the young girls from their annual mini camp on the field at R.E. Saint John Stadium. The camp was held the Saturday before on Sept. 30, which included a total of 105 campers who signed up, and 95 campers who attended. “It was an amazing experience as always,” senior Kara McKinnon said. “The kids were hard workers and we all had a blast.” The mini camp not only meant something for the children that attended, but also for the Hi-Steppers. “I got to relive what it was like coming to the camp as a kid,” sophomore Chloe Whipple said. “My favorite part was kicking across the

up2Date KEY for Calendar Events: Home Games Away Games Events

10/13 VBall vs Spring hill V Football @ Carthage 10/14 Pewitt FFA Shooting Contest

10/16 Teacher In Service day (No School)

10/17 Region 4 Marching Contest Volleyball @ Chapel Hill

10/18 School Picture day Grades 9-11


9/JV Football @ Henderson

10/20 V Football vs Henderson

10/21 Hi Stepper Clay Shoot

10/24 Fall Festival Orchestra Concert

10/25-27 Harvest Festival Livestock Show

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floor.” The Hi-Steppers and the kids all learned a thing or two from attending camp. “I learned that patience is key, especially if you want to make something of yourself,” freshman Carter Williams said. “I bonded with most of the kids and it really helped with keeping them focused on the tasks at hand.” They worked with the kids on the basics of dance and their victory line routine which they performed at the game Friday. They even had a talent show circle with the pre-k, kindergarten, and first graders. “I got the joy of watching the children have fun,” junior Lanie Long said. “And I hope to instill them with the love of dance but most importantly that they have fun with the Hi-Steppers.”

10/28 KISD Mini-Twirler Clinic Saturday for Science

10/29 KHS Career Day Harvest Festival Sale of Champions

11/2 9/JV Football vs. Center

11/3 V Football @ Center

11/6 Senior Financial Aid Night

11/7 FFA District LDE Contest 11/9 9/JV Football @ Bullard 11/10 V Football vs. Bullard 11/14 FFA Monthly Meeting

New Management:

Changes in administration create fresh motivation, goals Bailey Green Editor in Chief

This year and last, our campus has promoted one administrator, Principal Charles Presley, and acquired several other new administrative staff, including Stephanie Richard, assistant principal of academics; district truancy coordinator DaMesia Starling and truancy officer Danny Mitchell. Each brought their own changes to the routine. “Any changes we make at KHS are designed to give our students a better opportunity to be successful,” Presley said. “The four years a student spends in high school [are] a time to spend with the classmates and create memories that will last a lifetime, but we must always remember that the most important reason we are here is to prepare our student body for the future and to equip

them with the skills they need to be successful.” In addition to the changes that have been apparent to the student body, this year also brought the addition of Mitchell and Starling. Located in the main office, Starling oversees student truancy, along with other, lesser known, responsibilities. “My duties are to investigate each case of compulsive absences and conference with the students and parents in regards to offer support to prevent truancy statuses,” Starling said. “I am also the campus homeless liaison which includes providing resources and aids to our homeless students.” Her goals are to improve attendance and impact the academic success of all students by “creating positive relationships with parents, students, and staff” while enforcing the Texas

compulsory attendance laws. Richard similarly brought up relationships with the student body. “The hardest part is that I don’t get to spend as much time with students as I would like,” Richard said. “The best part of my day is when I get to interact and work with the students.” When asked if they had anything they wanted to say to students, Starling said to “make every day count,” and Presley had the following to say. “I am very proud of our students,” Presley said. “We are off to a great year, and I would like to commend, not only our students, but also our faculty and staff for the positive attitudes and hard work that everyone put forth. I am excited about the opportunities that we have this school year.”

Juniors attend leadership conference at UT Tyler

11/15 KHS Club/ Organization Picture Day FFA Area LDE Contest 11/17 Early Release Day

11/20 - 24 Thanksgiving Holiday (No School)

12/1 FFA State LDE 1 1) Hard at work • Students make a plan to show leadership in an academic environment. From left: Juniors Destiney Mendez, Katelynn Knight, Emily Salazar, 2 Noah Cantrell, Ja’neece Mumphrey. Photo by Sydney Bates. 2) Young leaders • From left: (top row) Juniors Austin Huckabee, Sydney Bates, Brannon Russell, Bailey Downing, Jayme Butts, Jordan Blanks, Jaidyn Lewis, (bottom row) Katelynn Knight, Destiney Mendez, Emily Salazar, Noah Cantrell, Ja’neece Mumphrey and Shelby Thompson. Courtesy photo.

12/5 KHS Winter Orchestra 12/8-10 Area VI FFA - Leadership Greenhand Camp Scrooge! The Musical 12/11 Kilgore FFA Animal Validation 12/12 Kilgore FFA Annual Chili

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Starting off School with New Rules

Everyday academics • Sophomores Meliza Vega and Alison Rashidi in Health Science work on a station and learn about the human anatomy. Courtesy Photo.

Maria Morales Staff Writer

New school rules have been getting a lot of hate this fall. Missing the past hasn’t gotten easier for some students. In spite of that, instead of focusing on all the negativity, we

should lighten the mood and focus on the positivity of the policies. First off, it’s nice to keep in mind that all the new rules weren’t meant to harm us, but the opposite, which is to keep us safe and do us good. Such as the, “no holes in jeans” rule. The upside to the

new rule can be that it helps to protect our skin from any harmful spills. The “no off the shoulder shirts” rule was probably made because of the fact that it would be very easy for anyone to pull down an off the shoulder shirt and embarrass the person

wearing it. “I personally think that [the policies] were put into place because nobody really took the rules that seriously last year,” junior Mikela Peterson said. This year the rules got a bit more strict. The tardy policy states that one tardy gets an admission to after school detention. The more tardies a student receives, the more chances there are that they get suspended. Last year, being tardy to class was a very common action among students. As a result of our actions, we have brought the rule upon ourselves. An upside to the situation is when exemptions come around tardies will most likely not be the main issue. “The administration wants to put things back in order,” sophomore Daisy Salazar said. The main purpose of going to school is to get an education, not to just stand around in the hallways. The administration is just trying to make sure that all of us get an adequate education for the sake of our futures.

“I feel as though the new school rules were invented because the school district wants KHS to thrive as an academic school as well as a sports school. In my opinion, the new rules have influenced students to do more in the classroom as well as stay in the classroom,” junior Ja’Neece Mumphrey said. The guidelines are also disciplining students to be more academic.The more work being put in the more success will show. “The regulations make the learning environment somewhat easier,” junior Carlos Muniz said. The new school guidelines make being on time seem like a piece of cake. Being on time is also a great trait to have when going into the workforce and also shows responsibility. “With time, the new rules are going to seem like as if they were never there,” junior Jaci Bateman said. Later in the school year the new school regulations will not be seen as a huge load having to be carried, but instead they will seem

straightforward and effortless. The regulations are helpful because of the fact that the punishments are intense. One hour of after school detention is intense punishment. However, having after school detention for three hours or more is even more brutal. The intensity of the punishments help inspire students to not want to be tardy to class. Another upside to the tardy policies is that they help clear up the hallways quicker. No more having to continuously wait behind slow walkers. Everyone has somewhere to head to ever since the rules were enforced. Instead of looking at the regulations with a bitter taste in our mouths, the regulations should be looked at as a helpful guides that will benefit our futures in a long run.

Truth behind the screen: Harsh reality of cyberbullying Teresa Medina Staff Writer Cyberbullying is a big thing in our generation, since we’re all connected through social media somehow. The problem is that people get overconfident behind the screen instead of talking things out maturely. There is no need to hurt or insult anyone because we are all humans, and we have feelings. People have to pretend to be someone they’re not, and it’s sad that people can’t express themselves because they are scared of being judged by society. Cyberbullying can lead to suicide. Not everyone has a perfect life and for people to assume it’s fine to make someone feel bad about themselves is not good. As hard as people try to ignore it, deep down inside it will hurt. We teens just have to keep our heads high and go on with our days and think about the positive things in our lives. One of the reason maybe that people cyberbully is so they can see you hurt and

suffer, but you have to show them that what they say to you has no effect on you. Things may come off badly as they look on the screen, But why would people bring

someone down just for them to feel guilt later on. We need to start building ourselves up, instead of tearing us apart. We try so hard to feel accepted by our

“I think that it’s immature, and we shouldn’t do it at all. If you’re going to have social media, it’s to socialize, not to make fun of people,” freshman Daniel Estrella said. “Texting through online can come across the wrong way. Talking online could hurt someone worst then telling them in person,” freshman Sarah Kosel said.

peers and the Internet, but at the end of the day it’s how we feel about ourselves, not what we are getting recognized for. The golden rule is to ‘Treat others the way you want to

be treated.’ People should not disrespect anyone if they don’t want to be disrespected. Six percent of students in grades 6-12 have experienced and reported cyberbullying.

“Online bullying is overrated and shouldn’t take place. Some may consider it okay because it’s online and ‘meaningless.’ Truly, it hurts and is just as effective as any other bullying. That’s a negative,” junior Joshayla Conway said.

“It’s simply not cool. Treat people the way you want to be treated. That’s the golden rule,” sophomore Tyler Herndon said.

“Online bullying is a very bad thing. It’s just the same as real life bullying. It may not be physical, but it still hurts someone,” junior Maison Landaverde said.

In the state of Texas there are 17.7% of students that have considered suicide due to it. By reducing these percentages, we can help by just being kind to one another.

“I think online bullying is just as bad or even worse than when it is done in person. It can hurt people and cause them to have low self esteem,” senior Kaitlin Word said.

“I think it’s dumb because why would you bully somebody, Treat someone the way you want to be treated,” sophomore Dominque Colbert said.

Culture of digital Communications: Focus on fighting bad journalism, not fake news Colten Jones Senior Editor As online publications struggle to stay afloat, empty articles become more and more vapid and eye-catching, boasting titles like, “OMG, Here Are All The Amazing Celeb #TBT Photos From This Week (Buzzfeed),” and, “Definitive Proof Kaia Gerber Is Cindy Crawford’s MiniMe (Cosmopolitan).” Even more reputable news sites like The Washington Post can take advantage of delicate social issues in order to draw readers, dropping headlines like, “We don’t think Michelle Jones could change because we see black moms as monsters (Washington Post).” Yes, that’s an actual headline from an actual major news corporation whose slogan boasts, “Real Journalism Matters.” The list only continues, though. Headlines

from prominent media companies The New York Times (“Why Teenagers Today May Grow Up Conservative”) to The Associated Press (“Which pop superstar turned up for jury duty in Manhattan, only to get quickly dismissed?”) The clickbait culture continues to become more and more ingrained in mainstream media.

live in “anWeeranow of ‘nothing journalism.’ ” Quality over Quantity

Besides donning flat out disgusting and painful to read headlines, these articles are especially toxic when they sacrifice accuracy for controversy, the illusion of importance and ultimately money. The trashy and widely ignored, other than for the sake of pure shock value, tabloid journalism of ten years

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ago has seeped its way into almost any and all digital communication outlets. The same techniques, like creating a curiosity gap in headlines by leaving out the ‘who, what, when, where and why’, that once lured readers into tabloid publications are now luring in those seeking the news from trusted publications. If clickbait techniques and empty content are widely frowned upon, why do major corporations continue to do it? Like almost any other corporate motivation for a dirty practice, the motivation is money. The model for clickbait goes a little like this: use a headline or some other method of getting readers to the article, build up as much digital traffic on the website as possible, let the money roll in from all the advertisement revenue. The mindset has shifted to a “quantity over quality” position. In short, the

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stories themselves don’t need to matter or say anything of importance as long as people are clicking. The troubling thing is, this model will only continue as long as it keeps making money.

easy to forget ”thatIt ismisinformation is just as dangerous as no information.

New Values, New Problems As a result of the financial success of hollow content from major communications companies, we now live in an era of “nothing journalism”. A once vital medium to the American public is now, for the majority at least, dominated by fluff pieces with no other intention than to meet a quota. The journalistic values of yesteryear (tact, poignancy, honesty and good

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reporting) have been replaced with a value set based upon quantity, instant gratification and sensationalism, and we the readers are ultimately the ones who suffer. The negative effects of bad journalism have broader implications than seemingly harmless clickbait that may be at most an annoyance to many people. With so much focus on the fake news phenomenon, it is easy to forget that misinformation is just as dangerous as no information at all. Being uninformed, filling our time and heads with information like “Which celebrity’s dog are you most like? Take the quiz!”, leads to a public with a lot of potential political influence missing out on making their voices heard by not even having knowledge of what is going on around us. The only ones that can fix this however, is us.

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power is in “ The our hands, it’s up to us now to do something about it.

Fixing The System

As readers, we are at a sort of interesting intersection. The two paths before us: apathetically letting this journalistic trend continue or taking action. To make change happen, we more or less are going to have to save us from ourselves; the readers have to be the ones to demand better journalism. For the sake of the individual and the American public as a whole, we must take the responsibility of making things better for today and beyond. The ball is in our court, the power is in our hands, it’s up to us to now do something about it.

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September Student of the Month Ankit Chahal is involved in NHS, UIL, Model UN, Science Club, Art Club, FHLA, LaBamba, Citizens Bank Board and is an editor for the newspaper, so it is no wonder she is September’s Student of the Month. Ankit plans on attending the University of Texas at Austin or Texas Tech University where she plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in management information systems and then she will get a master’s degree in the technology field. The class that has made the strongest impact on Ankit and the one that she will miss the most is newspaper. She is the founding editor of the new online edition of the school newspaper, The Mirror Online, which can be found at She says this is a feat she is proud of. “I have grown to love newspaper,” she said. “It has been a part of my life for three consecutive years. I would like to thank Mrs. Bates for always being there when I needed her, especially during this senior year.” As far as teachers, Andy Marshburn has left the biggest impact on her. “Mr. Marshburn taught me that there is a life outside of

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getting good grades all the time,” she said. “He encouraged me to follow whatever goals I set for myself, giving me the reassurance that I could achieve anything.” Ankit’s looks up to her mother. “Hands down, my mother is definitely my role model,” she said. “She is everything I wish to be as a person - she is hardworking, independent, smart and the most trustworthy person. Each day, I try to do as much as I can to make her proud of me.” Ankit thanks her parents, brother, friends and teachers for teaching her key lessons about life. Ankit attended boarding school for three years. She was born in Houston but educated in India until the fourth grade, and she is a “die hard” LA Lakers fan. Ankit hopes to leave a bit of her experiences behind after she graduates. “I hope to leave behind all the lessons I learned,” she said. “I also want to leave behind a bunch of love and good luck to my number one supporter, my little brother Jaipal. I’ll always be here for you, even if I say I am not going to pick up the phone when you call me in college.” Ankit lives her life by the quote: “Guess you lose some and win some, long as the outcome is

income.” ~ Drake. “Sometimes the failure will set you up for success,” Ankit said. Ankit is particularly interested in history, her favorite subject. She describes herself as being “a huge history nerd.” “I love learning about the past and why the present is the way it is,” she said. “It is something my dad and I have connected over the years on.” One of Ankit’s biggest accomplishments is being ranked in the top ten and achieving all “A’s” throughout high school. In Ankit’s spare time she likes to “hit up food joints and just eat good food.” Ankit’s said 2017 was a memorable year. “I lost a lot and gained a lot,” Ankit said. “I gained a lot of life lessons that I will forever be thankful for, as they taught me a lot about myself and just life in general.” When it comes to graduation, there are a lot of things to be nervous about. It’s the final step into adulthood, which can be nerve racking. “I think, apart from tripping on stage in front of thousands of people,” she said. “I am the most nervous about not being ready for it.”

~Brandon Fugler

September Student of the Month Another of September’s Students of the Month is Graham Tyra. He is involved in several activities inside and outside of school. This includes the varsity tennis team, NHS and LaBamba, of which he is the president. After graduation, he plans to attend the University of Texas and major in aerospace engineering. “I enjoy the process and it is satisfying to have a successful project,” Graham said. More than other teachers, B.J. Wood has left the biggest impact on Graham’s life. “He has taught me so much, not only about production, but about life,” Graham said. One certain elective that Graham has grown to love in the past four years is game design. “I have a chance to really be creative and make whatever crazy idea I can think of,” Graham said.

The class that he will miss the most is also Game Design. “I’ve been part of it since the program started to begin to growing,” Graham said. Amongst all the memories that he has made, the most memorable moment for Graham was the state trip for game design. “We had achieved the goal we had been striving towards all year,” Graham said. Graham sas that the thing that gets him through daily life as a high school student is his faith in Christ. “I always try to work hard have faith that I can get through,” Graham said. Someone that Graham would love to have a conversation with is Jesus. “I would want to know what he has to say about my life and what I need to change,” Graham said. What Graham will miss the most about KHS is hanging out with all his friends during school. “I will miss my friends because they help overcome things in high school and they made it a lot fun through it all,” Graham said.

As a senior, Graham hopes to leave one thing behind. “I hope to leave behind an example of how high school should be lived because it is hard to make it through high school,” Graham said.”I want to remind some of the younger kids to prepare to learn how to study for dual credit classes and to not procrastinate.” Three things that not many people know about Graham are that he likes photography, he is in the top ten and he plays tennis. “It’s an honor to be in the top ten because I work really hard for it,” Graham said. “I also work hard in tennis. I will always remember the good times with my team and winning district in singles.” The thought of graduation doesn’t make Graham nervous at all. “This chapter of my life is coming to a close, but the next one is about to begin, and I’m ready for it,” he said. “I thank my family for always keeping me on task and for bringing out the best in me.”

Graham Tyra

~Nayeli Montes

September Teacher of the Month

Amy Bates

Between being the adviser to the Mirror and Reflector staffs, teaching her journalism classes, sponsoring the Prom Committee and coaching for journalism UIL, being a wife to a football coach and mother to two girls, Amy Bates can now add Teacher of the Month to her list. After earning an Associate of Arts degree at Kilgore College, Bates transferred to Stephen F. Austin to earn her bachelor of arts in English and history. Post graduation, she taught at Pine Tree, Fairfield and Gladewater Sabine before landing here to teach in the school she graduated from. “Kilgore is where I grew up,” she said. “Giving back to this community is my favorite thing about my job. I love the Bulldogs and the people of Kilgore. ” As a teacher, Bates strives to be approachable. “I want students to feel comfortable enough with me to ask me questions and explain what they are struggling to learn or do,” she said. “I can’t imagine teaching without building relationships

with my students first.” In the classroom, she enjoys empowering students to be leaders while they are still in school. “On my staffs, the students are learning life skills in a ‘safer’ environment than out in the real world,” she said. “Letting go and letting students lead is one of the hardest thing a teacher can do, but it teaches more than any teacher-driven lecture could.” Apart from teaching high school students, Bates said being a wife and mom has brought her so much joy. “My girls and my husband don’t always get the best of me,” she said. “They get me after deadlines are met, papers are graded and UIL meets are over. Sometimes, I am worn out when they finally see me. I am lucky they love me anyway.” In college, Bates tutored the SFA Lumberjack football team. “It was a pretty fun part time job,” she said. “It gave me my first experience with helping others learn a subject I loved. Not all of the guys ended up

liking English, but they were more confident to try hard on the next paper, which was a great feeling for me as a tutor.” Bates has some advice for others about fear. “I let fear stop me from doing some things during my life,” she said. “Don’t do that. Be brave, and don’t let the fear of failure stop you from trying something new.” Bates leans on the scriptures and has great faith that any good in her life has come from God. She also loves the quote, “Bloom where you are planted.” It has always touched her heart. “Always thinking that you will be happy when ‘this happens’ or when ‘this changes’ is dangerous,” Bates said. “You have to learn to make the best of every day where you are. Stop waiting. Stop complaining. Choose to be happy now. Be a blessing to others. I am trying to every day. I am not perfect at it, but it is always my goal.” ~Ankit Chahal

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October Student of the Month

Cameron Stephens

Besides being in National Honor Society, winning first place in Computer Applications at District UIL and being a part of the Citizens Bank Student Bank Board, senior Cameron Stephens is also October’s student of the month. “I am involved in orchestra at school and outside of school I am a active member of my church and work regularly at JCPenney. I have grown to love welding (metal shop). When I originally signed up for the class I was apprehensive that the class would be to much, but it has become very enjoyable.” Cameron Stephens said. Cameron said senior year is sometimes busy, but no one does it alone. “I’d love to thank my parents and teachers before I graduate for allowing me and pushing me to get as far as I can,” Cameron said. Cameron will leave behind many cherished memories to look back on. “The year 2016 was memorable to me because it was the first year I had gotten a job and bought my first car," Cameron said. "It wasn’t until 2017 the title got transfered to my name."

Cameron said she will miss her friends next year. "One of my favorite things about KHS is getting to see my friends every day and enjoying moments with them,” she said. It has taken a lot of time to decide what future degree she will strive for in college. “I plan to get a triple major in engineering because in an effort to pursue my interest I need the application of multiple areas and engineering provides both the science and technology components necessary in each field,” Cameron said. Free time isn’t something Cameron always gets, but when she does get a moment to herself, she does something she likes. “In my spare time I enjoy an odd mixture of cooking, reading, watching tv, knitting, cleaning and basic gardening,” Cameron said. Just as high school went quickly, Cameron knows the next years will pass quickly as well. “In ten years I see myself settling into my house and beginning to create my ranch after having a well paying job for five years,” Cameron said. In high school, your friends

end up knowing the most about you, but others may not know anything at all. “Three things not many people know about me are that I love horses, I dislike peanut butter and I enjoy eating escargot,” Cameron said. Cameron uses three words to describes herself. She is motivated, orderly, and hardworking. “I am motivated because there are goals I wish to accomplish. They can only be accomplished through hard work and being orderly, it’s essential for working in an efficient manner.” Cameron said.

~ Zaria Jackson

Photo by Brandon Fugler.

October Student of the Month Colten Jones is October’s Student of the Month. He is involved in NHS, is an editor for The Mirror, and is a flag runner for the varsity football games. He is also a part of FHBC’s Worship Band. Colten plans on majoring in psychology and then moving on to medical school to pursue a career in psychiatry. “I just feel called to the mental health field," Jones said. "It's a big issue in our country that we like to ignore but simply can’t." Outside of school, Colten has many other things he does like playing his instrument, hanging out with friends, and even taking naps. “I play guitar very badly and a few other instruments," Colten said. "I spend a lot of time at coffee shops with friends (Bridge 281 blows Silver Grizzly out of the water) and I’m a big fan of naps.” Throughout his four years of high school, he’s made as many memories as he could with the greatest people in his life. “I don’t think I can pick just one high school

memory," Jones said. "What makes high school special are the smaller, important moments with great people that can’t happen at any other point in life other than these four years." Colten's biggest accomplishment was during his sophomore year when he was a part of the USBWA National Journalism Conference and had an all access press pass to the Final Four. A quote that Colten lives by is, “Keep rolling under the stars, for life is holy and every moment is precious.”~Jack Kerouac. Colten said he meditates every day, he has broken, sprained, chipped, and torn a few tendons in his ankles several times, and he used to be really short and chubby until the beginning of his sophomore year. He has a message to leave behind. "Never miss an opportunity to make someone's day a little better and to not take yourself too seriously, there’s more to life than high school," Colten said. He said his biggest goal in life is to live a life based on loving others more than

himself. "To quote Kendrick Lamar, 'When are we going to understand that we are put on earth to love?'" Colten said. He said he would love to sit down and have a conversation with Kanye West. "I'd love to sit with the old Kanye. The man is a genius and inspiration," Colten said. As graduation approaches he is most nervous about the fact that he might trip. “The good chance is that I’ll trip," Jones said. "Also the crushing reality that I have no idea how to be an adult, and the knowledge that my decisions matter now, but, yeah, mostly tripping." The people he would like to thank are his family for always supporting him no matter what and a few people in particular that have made high school worth it. "I'd like to thank Reed Presley, Mackenzie Chowdhury, Kaitlin Johnson, Walker Langley and Jackson Mauldin for making high school both bearable and memorable," Colten said. "You all mean the world to me," ~Juan Martinez

Colten Jones Photo by Juan Martinez.

October Teacher of the Month

Diana Key

October’s Teacher of the Month is Diana Key. She teaches a variety of biology classes, including AP biology, biology and pre-Ap Biology. She is also the coach for the UIL Academics science team. She attended Southern Arkansas University and got a bachelor of science in engineering for general science and minored in biology. She grew up and spent most of her childhood in the town Texarkana, Arkansas. “The city motto is ‘Twice As Nice’ because part of the city is in Arkansas and the other part is in Texas,” Key said. ”My favorite thing is driving on State Line Ave. If you are driving north you are in Arkansas, and if you’re driving south, you are in Texas.” During high school, she was involved in various clubs and organizations. She was involved in NHS, French Club, Nike Club, Pep Squad, Future Teachers of America, Yearbook and Newspaper staff, Powder Puff football, and was involved in her

church youth group. Even though she was a busy student, she appreciated a variety of music genres. “I liked lots of genres of music: Led Zeppelin, Three Dog Night, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Commodores, Bread, Marvin Gaye, Temptations and the Bee Gees," Key said. "I was also a huge Elvis fan. I still am." There might be a few things that people don’t know about Key. She was in active duty in the Army for six years. “I consider it a privilege to serve my country,” Key said. After many years of education, she decided to pursue a career as a teacher. “My favorite thing [about being a teacher] is getting to know my students and investing time in their lives,” Key said. “My students enrich my life.” Key wanted to teach a subject that she enjoyed growing up. “I have always liked nature, and biology was my favorite subject in high school and college,” Key said. As a teacher, Key uses her platform to help guide her students into the right

direction. “My approach is to give students opportunities for success, and provide as many tools as possible for them to reach that success,” Key said. A quote that Key lives by is very important to her. “Have a grateful heart," she said. "Every person has unfortunate circumstances, and every person has things for which to be thankful. Focus on what you do have, not what you don’t have. Count your blessings and appreciate them.”

~ Emily Salazar

Photo by Emily Salazar.


Meet the Staff


October 13, 2017




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Bailey Green

Editor in Chief

Kaleb Jett Sports Editor

Dayana Sanchez & Ankit Chahal Design Editor

Maria Morales

Online Editor




Colten Jones Copy Editor

Emily Salazar & Hailie McGuire

Teresa Medina

Junior Editor

Junior Editor

Zaria Jackson

Carlie Massey Mackenzie Proctor Daniel Sifford & JasiahaAdBoaz Editor

Fatima Amaro

Juan Martinez

Chloe Hillman

Nayeli Montes Brandon Fugler Yesenia Ramirez Patrick Langley


6 New Faculty & Staff

New Faces



DaMesia Starling Truancy Coordinator

“I am most excited about working with the students and parents of Kilgore.”

Andrew Bolton

AG Teacher

“I plan to impact KHS by helping my students to learn and grow and by taking them to new places to experience a variety of new things.”

Marcy Boyce Art Teacher

“I am excited to meet the kids and get to know the staff. It’s like great big piece of drawing paper that I get to fill in!”

Jayme Bradley ISS

“I am excited about getting the opportunity to mentor the students and to try to discipline them so they can achieve their goals in life. ”

Lizetth Alaniz Inclusion Aide

“I am excited because I’m the youngest aide, so I get to work with people that used to be my teachers.”

October 13, 2017

Faculty & staff new to Kilgore share their excitement about joining the Bulldog family.

LaRonda Lee Content Mastery Aide

“I am most excited about learning all the new students and how I can best teach them in a fun and active environment.”

Terry Benson

Social Studies Teacher

“I plan to impact KHS just by being approachable and available to students, helpful and lending a listening ear if need be.”

Kathy Homeniuk Part Time Chemistry

“I am excited about teaching Robotics and Chemistry and getting to work with a great group of science teachers.”

Jason Gunn

Special Ed. Inclusion Teacher

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to come back to the school I graduated from to teach and coach.”

Leandra Phillips Counselor

“I love working with teenagers. I am excited to get to know more of the Kilgore High School students.”

Krystal Kirkland Choir Director

“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with so many wonderful students.”

Karl Kilgore

Math Teacher & Golf Coach

“I plan on helping the students of KHS by using my 26 years of teaching to help educate and motivate students to learn and do things they never knew they could.”

Danny Mitchell

Truancy Manager

“Just being myself. I never meet a stranger, and I love to talk and meet new people.”

Laura Gutierrez Computer Lab Aide

“I’m excited to inspire and help students prepare for their future. Also, I love the school spirit of this district.”

Meredith Raines Special Ed Case Manager

“This is actually my 17th year of teaching. I love learning a new job and what it’s all about. I have enjoyed meeting new students and parents.” Photos by Dayana Sanchez & Hailie McGuire.

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New Faculty & Staff

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Ben Wheatman Anatomy & Biology Teacher

“I plan on making this school year the best and to help the students and interact with them more at school.”

Nanette Sampson Social Studies & Girls Athletics

“I hope to incorporate more technology in my classroom and also help students be successful in the future.”

Brian Rapp Life Skills Teacher

“I want to impact my students by providing them with the resources and tools for learning and meeting their goals at school and life.”

Amanda Craven Office Aide

“I am looking forward to getting to know students and interacting with them.”

Leticia Fraga Spanish Teacher

“I am excited to work at KHS because I love to work with high school students.”

Charles Raby

Part Time Chemistry Teacher

“I plan to make chemistry fun and informative from real life situations and experiences.”

Tom Wait

Science & Head Boys’ Soccer Coach

“My hope is to be a positive influence on the students and athletes at Kilgore.”

Lisette Rocha ESL Aide

“I plan on impacting these students by helping them break the ice and to have more confidence.” Ms. Rocha is pictured with her brand new baby, Melanie, who was born on September 22.

Jeff Coleman Social Studies & Head Basketball Coach

“I like to be positive. I hope to set an example and create a good atmosphere.”

Henry Brown

History Teacher

“I am excited to meet new people.”

Leslie Green



Office Aide

“Everyday something exciting is happening. I decided to work at KHS and other campuses to work with the nurses.”

Christopher Gossage Math Teacher

“I plan on being the best teacher I can possibly be to better my students’ learning.”

Dewana Dorsey English Teacher

“I am excited to work at KHS because the students are awesome and the administration is supportive.”

Jason Bragg CTE Teacher

“I am excited to build positive relationships with students.”

Josh Carlisle Social Studies Teacher

“I plan to impact KHS by forming positive relationships and encouraging communication.” Photos by Hailie McGuire, Juan Martinez & Patrick Langley

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8 Feature

October 13, 2017

Juan Lira spends his summer days at UT Tyler Jasiaha Boaz Ad Editor Most people’s definition of summer is going out and having fun. Juan Lira’s definition is going to be an intern for the UT Health Science Center at Tyler - Research and Clinical Internship. Research. Juan went to the research and clinical internship to get a better hold on what he wants to study when he goes to college. “The Research and Clinical Internship was mostly about shadowing health care professionals and doing scientific research,” Juan said. When Juan went to shadow these professionals at UT Tyler, he gained an upper hand on what he’s to expect in the health care business. “One of the main purposes of the internship was to expose students to the several subdivisions within the medical field,” Juan said. The term “medical field” encompasses several different occupations. Juan learned about the many different fields in

medical research like being a cytotechnologist. The internship was one month long. On Mondays and Tuesdays, he shadowed professionals. During the other weekdays he went to the Biomedical Research Center to study Aluelar Type 2 cells and lung organoids with his assigned scientists. “Out of twenty-one high school and college students in the internship, I was the only one who had the honor of working with monolayers of AT2 cells in my lab,” Juan said. When measuring the resistance of the AT2 cell mono layers, he found that each had different cell mediums. He tracked their resistance throughout days. As an intern, he learned how to become more responsible and that it takes a lot of dedication in order to be successful in the medical field. “I also learned how to play Texas hold’em with my new friends (during lunchtime of course),” Juan said. Juan decided to intern for UT Health Northeast because he is planning to major in biology when he goes to college and then go to medical school afterwards to become a

dermatologist. “I wanted to get a glimpse of what the medical field entails and to see if it is something that I would like to pursue. Also, this will look good on college resumes,” Juan said. Having this internship under his belt he’ll have a better understanding of what to do and what to expect such as how to interact with patients. Some may see the medical field as boring: just taking/ prescribing medicine and going to the doctor to find what’s wrong with you, but it’s so much more. Juan made new social networks with these medical professionals. He can use these networks for references when applying for college. “The most interesting part of the internship was getting to see a variety of health cases firsthand. I met patients who had brain cancer, kidney failure, melanoma, diabetes, etc. Some were also in the process of undergoing plastic surgery,” Juan said. During his internship, Juan learned a lot and experienced firsthand situations most high school students do not get to see.

1 1) Last day of learning • Juan Lira takes a group picture with his fellow interns and professors in their lab coats on their final day. Courtesy photo. 2) Cold distribution • The professor takes a nitrogen from the main tank and distributes it out to smaller tanks, creating a small fog of cold air. Courtesy Photo. 2

Summer in Spain: Choir Camaraderie Adventure of a lifetime Two junior girls earn

chairs in All Region

Besties take chairs together • Junior Kate-lyn Riley and sophomore Lexus Harrington pose for a picture after All-Region auditions at North Lamar High School. They didn’t find out their results until later that day. “I’m very proud of them,” choir director Krystal Kirkland said. “They worked hard for this, and they deserved it.” Courtesy photo.

Bailey Green Editor in Chief


1) Seeing the sites • Mojica documents her time enjoying the beauty of Zaragoza, Spain with a smile and a picture. 2) Travelling companions • Mojica spends time with her new friends Angeline Lee and Rozenn Pensec at a restaurant during one of her trips. Courtesy photos.


Yesenia Ramirez Staff Writer

Each summer, people want to have an adventure. Each summer ESL Aide Karla Mojica wishes for the same, and she gets it. Mojica spent this past summer in Spain working as an AuPair, which is a stay at home nanny who works for 30 hours a week in exchange for free room and board in another country. Apart from being an AuPair, Mojica took Spanish classes while she was living in Logroño. While in Spain, she was fortunate to visit Zaragoza, San Sebastián, Eltziego, Aranjuez, Ezcaray, Madrid, La Guardia, Navarro and

Aranjuez. “I loved the friends I made while I was there, along with all the different places I got to visit,” Mojica said. “Every day was a new adventure.” Despite all the places she visited, her favorite place was San Sebastian.

“I only have one life, so I want to make the most of it.” “I got to spend loads of time on the beach; it had the most beautiful landscape with lots of green, and there was a festival and beach soccer tournament going on,”she said. Her favorite memory from the trip took place on her

second to last day there. “The town of Aranjuez was truly magical like a fairy tale kingdom. We were able to walk around the king and queen’s residency grounds. It had beautiful Romantic statues and gardens full of exotic flowers. I wouldn’t trade that day or trip for anything. I got to see a small part of the world that I never in my life imagined I would be in,” Mojica said. Mojica has always wanted to travel the world, and every time she gains the opportunity to do so-she takes it . “I only have one life, so I want to make the most of it by learning from different cultures, learning new languages, and while I’m doing that I’m also learning about myself,” Mojica said.

Anxiously listening for familiar names from a speaker who would tell her whether or not anyone from Kilgore had made the All-Region choir, sophomore Lexus Harrington nearly missed her own. She was called back to reality with frantic slaps from the friends on either side of her, one of whom was about to hear her own name as well. They would go to the All-Region Choir performance together. Harrington and junior Kate-lyn Riley will participate in the concert at Mount Pleasant on November 11 after earning sixth Alto chair and fourth Soprano One chair, respectively, at their competition last Saturday. On November 28, they will audition again, this time for Pre-Area in hopes of making it all the way to All-State Choir. “I started crying [when I found out I made it],” Riley said. “I looked like a mess. I didn’t think I was going to do that great, to be quite honest. When they called my name, it was an ‘ahh!’ moment.” For the audition, they had to sing three prepared songs, some in foreign languages, and site read a piece of music they had never seen, which, according to choir director Krystal Kirkland, “is scary. It’s hard.” Now that they’ve finished with that, the girls are on to preparing for their concert. “Really, we just have a CD with the voice parts on it,” Harrington said. “We practice with the voice parts and try to perfect that before the performance.”

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On the day of their crucial audition, Riley and Harrington spent most of their time waiting for their time slot and results and only what feels like 2 minutes actually performing. To keep the nerves away, Riley killed time playing games with White Oak kids. “You definitely bond with people from other schools because you’re all in the same boat,” Harrington said. From here on, Riley will be doing a lot of mingling with choir kids. She plans to stick with music into college and possibly into a career. “I want to major in computer

programming but have a choir degree so that if computer programming doesn’t work out, I’ll have something to fall back on,” Riley said. In the future, they may fall back on their choir experience, but for the upcoming concert, the girls will be leaning on the friendship between the two of them. “It’s one thing to make it, but it’s another to make it with one of your best friends,” Harrington said. “We’re mentally there for each other because it’s so stressful. You’re just sitting there waiting.”

Clubs and Organizations

October 13, 2017



FHLA organizes Hispanic Heritage Festival Event strives to bring community together Emily Salazar Junior Editor On Tuesday, FHLA hosted the Hispanic Heritage Festival at the City Park. FHLA has brought the community together to celebrate a dynamic culture. FHLA put many hours of preparation. They created games for children to play, dance performances, and much more. It is exciting for FHLA and for their sponsor, Julie Haufler. “It’s always exciting for our club to participate in the festival and for our community. We come together to celebrate a rich culture,” Haufler said. Each Hispanic Heritage Festival that FHLA has hosted has Folklorico dancing. It is a highly popular dance in Latin America and is a great performance to watch.

A handful of FHLA members learned and rehearsed a dance to perform in front of the crowd at the festival. “It was an honor to be able to bring out some of our culture by dancing,” senior Lesliee Del Angel Chavez said. The dance was choreographed by junior Sanjuanita Fajardo Yanez and ESL Aide Karla Mojica. “I feel like it is something special because you can meet new people,” Fajardo said. “I feel happy because everyone has done a good job.” There were also more dance performances from different grade levels, so there were younger kids performing in the festival as well. Of course, with each performance, there are emcees to introduce them. This year, the emcees were seniors

2 1) Baila • The dancers from FHLA pose together for a picture after their performance. 2) Play • Juniors Perla Vazquez and Carlos Muniz help the kids participate in a game. Photos by Dayana Sanchez.

1 Lesliee Del Angel Chavez, Angie Chirino and junior Perla Vazquez. Vazquez was announcing the performances in Spanish, while Chavez and Chirino translated in English. “I was excited to be announcing the performances and think it is amazing that Lesliee and Angie translated it in Spanish!” Vazquez said.

FHLA also created games for the children that attended the event. There are different booths with all types of games. FHLA members grouped together to arrange the games and help organize them. “I really enjoy spending time with the kids and watching them have fun,”

junior Juan Martinez said. “I’m glad to be part of a club that does these types of events. I was happy to help out.” At the festival, there was also a hot sauce competition. It was a competition between Spanish speakers and English speakers. Sherry Lockman participated in it.

“I’m excited about the hot sauce contest,” Lockman said. “I entered a long time ago and won. This time I made it hotter.” The winner of the Hot Sauce contest was Norma Castillo. The Hispanic Heritage Festival brings the community together and educates others about the Hispanic culture.

Downtown Kilgore holds annual SAFFE Day Zaria Jackson Staff Writer The annual SAFFE day event was held on Commerce Street at The World’s Richest Acre on Saturday, Sept. 16. It is also known as Kilgore Fire Department’s Special Abilities Family Fun Event. It is a one day festival of free activities, customtailored for our heroes: children and adults with special needs and special abilities and their families and care providers. There were many clubs and organizations that participated in SAFFE day, such as Anchor club, drama club, PASS, FHLA, softball, cheer, drill team and many more. “The best part of the day was seeing my students in drama club serve the community and make children smile by painting their faces,”

drama club sponsor Sally Perkins said. This event presented many opportunities to enjoy a fun day and meet new people. “There were a lot more people than I thought there would be,” freshman PASS student Kason Hill said. “It was a chance to meet new people, have fun and help.” Junior Anchor club member Cassidy White had an amazing time working with the kids, helping people and just being a contributing part of a community event. “I want to be a kindergarten teacher one day, so working with these kids and getting to know them makes me happy and gives me experience for the future ahead,” White said. It’s not every day they hold an event like SAFFE day and give everyday citizens the opportunity to take part, so whenever the chance comes, the community and students

1 2 1) Parade time • Hi-Steppers and cheerleaders participate at SAFFE day. Carley Ganus, Mackenzie Chowdhury, Gracie Gossage, Irelyn Williams, Micah Davidson, Saidie Hamblen, Brannon Russell, Kallie Slayter, Kourtney Ford, Jayden Mankins, Payton Day, Kara Mckinnon, and Avery Gorman march in the parade. 2) Face painting • Sophomore Jordan Callaway paints faces for at SAFFE day. 3) Seniors Craft making • Seniors Pooja Patel, Kara McKinnon and Katie Slayter from Anchor club made bracelets for SAFFE day.

3 come together in a big way. “It is really an amazing time to be with people and

it is great it was that the community and schools came together to help out and

make this happen,” White said. “It was a tremendous help not only for us but, for

the families and friends who got to come and be a part of 2 SAFFE day.”

Band strives to prepare for UIL Competition Hailie McGuire Junior Editor After ten weeks put into preparing an eight minute marching drill, the high school band strives to perfect every tiny detail for their UIL Competition drill. They will head to Mt. Pleasant Tues., October 17. Tomorrow, they head to Pine Tree Pirate Stadium for PreUIL marching contest. Since the end of July, the band has been learning all required fundamentals in order to put their marching drill onto the field. “I have a tremendous amount of confidence in our students and their work on the UIL drill,” band director Cliffton Walker said. “The


Left, right, left • Band works on marching and facing commands at band camp. Photo by Emily Salazar. key is improvement; and the improvement is there weekly, daily, minute by minute.” Although there are some weaknesses in preparing for the competition, there are even more stronger moments, making things advance at a fast, balanced pace. “I have a high level of

confidence in the portion of UIL drill that we now have on the field,” assistant band director Don Gamble said. Despite the band’s anxiety for the competition, the upperclassmen are striving to guide the underclassmen in order to keep the good reputation that the band has

worked hard over the course of several years to develop. “I’m really just scared of us messing up,” junior Jordan Blanks said. “But I believe the underclassmen are the best I’ve seen since I’ve been a part of this organization.” Something that makes the long hours of band bearable

are the friendships made during it. “I feel like I got a lot closer to my section leader Cruz Daniel,” freshman Juan Vega said. “He’s like the brother I never had, and I’m so happy band has given me so many opportunities.” Band still continues to

strive for excellence, even if it means blood, sweat, and tears. “With everything that I am, I want nothing more than the absolute best for them,” Walker said. “I truly feel the best of the best are right here in our very own band hall.”



Emily Salazar, 11, Jasiaha Boaz, 11, Dayton McElyea, 10 show off their favorite college on College day.

October 13, 2017

Sophomores Taylor Tackett, Macey and Madison Robins, and ChloeWhipple are Mean Girls on Movie Monday.

Juniors Brannon Russell & Saidie Hamblen dress up as Kevin from UP and Piglet from Winnie the Pooh for Movie day.

Teachers Jason Bragg, Sherry Lockman, Tracy Herron, Amy Bates, Mary Grush & Benjamin Wood celebrating Tropical Thursday.

Sophomore Tyler Herndon. juniors Keanin Rosas and Damien Parker showing Bulldog spirit on Homecoming day. Nick Guess does his regular routine of brightening up the room with his smile on Tropical Thursday.

Juniors Tye Howell and Mackenzie Proctor twinned as a cute nerd couple on Twin Tuesday.

Sophomores Naydelin Armendariz and Teresa Medina dress up on Twin day.

Junior Seven Tolbert smiles big on Tropical Thursday.

Teachers Blanca Sheek, Cheyenne Kirkpatrick and sophomore Madison Ross.

Junior Mariya Mitchell participates in Movie Monday.

KHS Celebrates HOCO Daisy Vega voted Homecoming Queen, Band Sweetheart Double Royalty • Daisy Vega escorted by her mother Veronica Vega is pictured after she is crowned Homecoming Queen. At half time, she was also awarded Band Sweetheart. “It was such a great night, and the fact that my mom was by my side made it even better,” Daisy Vega said. Photo by Lindsey Cassity.

Fatima Amaro Staff Writer

Senior FFA Princess Daisy Vega was crowned Homecoming Queen and awarded Band Sweetheart on Sept. 15 at R.E. St. John Stadium. “I was not expecting two wins in one night,” Daisy said. “I was not even expecting one win. I felt both honored and loved to be chosen by my classmates.” Daisy feels like everyone’s last year of high school should be memorable, and she is thankful that she has amazing friends in her life to make her last year great. “I’m going to try my hardest

to make my last year one of the best,” Daisy said. She has been in band for the past seven years and has loved every single thing about it. “It has honestly been an extremely big part of my life, I’m going to miss being part of the football games,” Daisy said. “Especially the pep rallies.” One of the things she is going to miss the most about band is all of the quality time with her closest of friends. “My friends and I have made some pretty great memories throughout these past years and I know we’re going to continue making more,” Daisy said. “But until our final year comes to an end, I’m just going to enjoy what is left of it.”

Besides band and FFA, Daisy is involved in many other different extracurricular activities, such as varsity tennis and FHLA. “Keeping up with every single thing is kind of a struggle, but when you love something you try your hardest to commit to always being there, no matter the case or situation,” Daisy said. After she graduates, she plans to attend Kilgore College for two years and then transfer to SFASU in Nacogdoches. “At the moment, I’m honestly not sure what I want to study, but hopefully I’ll have everything figured out when the time comes,” Daisy said.

Photos by Lindsey Cassity, Sierra Byrd, Fatima Amaro, Bailey Green & Maria Morales.

Senior duchesses Alexis Smith and Payton Day pose for a quick pic.

Daisy Vega, her mother Veronice, 2016 Homecoming Queen Krislyn Ivory and Principal Charles Presley take a picture after the ceremony.

Hi-Steppers prepare to walk out of the Bulldog inflatable before the game to Victory lines.

Senior yearbook duchess Jordan Butts rides in a Corvette.

Senior Avery Gorman cruises downtown through the Homecoming parade.

Senior Drama Club duchess Bailey Green enjoys the Homecoming pregame preparations.

Senior Athletic Training duchess Jade Norris smiles at the crowd in the parade.

Senior Voices of Soul duchess Tayla Green escorted by her father.

Senior Princesses Tianna Holland, Kara McKinnon, Queen Daisy Vega, Princesses Addison Philips,Rachel Clower and Leslie Bennett pose celebrate after the presentation of the Homecoming court.

Senior La Bamba duchess Amy Canchola standing beside her father, Rafael Canchola.

The crowd fills up the stands to support our Dogs.


Sports Feature

October 13, 2017

Striding for success The varsity cross country boys and girls ran in their district meet Wednesday. The boys won district for the 5th year in a row. The girls placed second overall. There were 17 runners who received medals. The team also had a meet at Katy Ranch in Pine Tree on Sept. 23. The Bulldogs placed 2nd. Freshman Zoe Craven placed first with a time of 12:27.99. “I’m working hard to improve my time and beat Gilmer,” Craven said. Freshman Christina Rosas came in third with a time of 13:12.29. “Next meet I want to place in the top three, and win first as a team,” Rosas said. Freshman Jacqueline Estrella placed twenty second with a time of 14:45.16

Cross Country Roster Boys Varsity and JV Fernando Baldoza Victor Rangel Elijah Williams Kaleb Jett Dominick Rudman Vijay Sohal Treylon Stephenson Diego Huerta Diego Hernandez Seth Thomas David Nunez Samuel Kosel Christian Vega Sahej Sohal Christian Canchola Rowdy Rieke Carter Garcia Raul Cedillo Carlos Muniz Octavio Salazar Brayden Woodard Noah Odom Mitchell Molandes Brallan Bazurto Austin Bain Michael West Antonio Nunez Michael Daniel Alexis Castillo Maicol Pena Abraham Enriquez Luis Martinez Ab Herrera Kasen Hill Jagger Bryant Juan Luna Jack Bolding Juan Huerta Jose Perez Jose Canchola Jordi Contreras Jovany Gonzalez Jace Smitherman Josh Fletcher Ivan Castillo Jose Rodriquez Hunter Bonnette Hunter Bonnett Gregorio Alvarez Giovanni Rodriquez Gavino Baldoza Francisco Martinez

Off Season

Girls Varsity and JV


Zoe Craven Skyler Day Skyelar Howell Roxana Rosas Paloma Silva Meliza Vega Maria Whitaker Leslie Bennett Jackie Estrella Hayley Kawaja Gracie Clower Grace Vasquez Britney Castillo Brianna Alverez Ana Galvan Alyssa Richardson Emma Taylor Courtney Younger Ciara Hopper Christina Rosas

Photo by Mackenzie Proctor.

Daniel Sifford Staff Writer

“I’m glad I made it through the race,” Estrella said. Freshman Austin Bain came in seventh place with a time of 18:41.19 “My goal for the next meet is to get a better time,” Bain said. Senior Joshua Fletcher came in eleventh place with a time of 18:59.39. “I am practicing every day to get a better time,” Fletcher said. Junior Gregorio Alvarez placed 22 with a time of 19:27.08. “I am trying my best to help my team,” Alvarez said. The first district meet was Oct. 11 at Gilmer Elementary. “I have really high hopes for district this year,” Fletcher said. “I am working really hard, along with the rest of the team, to be at the top of the game and placing as high as possible.” The team looks ahead to the regional meet by making each race a battle to improve.


“Coach Hagan is determined to go to state this year and she is working us harder than last season.” Ashley Castillo, 11

Photo by Daniel Sifford.

1 3 1) Maintaining his position • Freshman Austin Bain keeps his pace, making sure no one passes him. 2) Hyping up the fans • Senior Elijah Williams gives a thumbs up before his race. 3) District Turnout• The team celebrates their district showing. 4) Home stretch • Junior Jovany Gonzales sprints on the last stretch of the race, passing two opponents and cementing his spot. Photos by Mackenzie Proctor & courtesy of Rhonda Fletcher.



Love at first Spike:

1) Hit • Freshman Alexis Anderson hits the ball. 2) One Team, One Dream • The JV & varsity teams pose for a picture together. 3) Serve • Junior Shelby Page serves the ball. 4) Huddle • The freshmen give confidence to one another during the huddle. Photos by Mackenzie Proctor & courtesy of Gayle Cassity.

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Volleyball Roster 2017-2018 Freshman Freshman ShaDestiny Chism C’Ara Watkins Madison Campbell Alyssa Whitington Keyara McKee Cerenity Exline Alexis Anderson Heavenly Caldwell Carley Dollins Shelby Maring Payton Berger

JV JV Maliyah Holland A’Viana McIntryre Aligah Colbert Bailey Hedges Genna Cavanaugh Madison Alford Miah Thomas Alexis Anderson Trinity Bradshaw Key’Deriana Roy

Varsity Varsity Ja’Da Abercrombie Jamaria Thomas Symonne Brooks Lauren Bryant Dayton McClyea Rylie Mann Haley Page Mackenzie Cavanaugh Lindsey Cassity Tiana Holland Nicki Rawls Skyler Day

Raul Cedillo, 11

Lady Bulldogs play each match to win Mackenzie Proctor Staff Writer It is game day. The Lady Dogs play this afternoon at home as hosts to Spring Hill. They have asked for a packed gym and lots of support. And, frankly, they deserve it. Their records are varsity 3-4, junior varsity 4-2, and freshmen 4-2. The ladies have started their season off strong by competing against many rival teams and trying their best to win, never giving up. During their practices, the girls work hard toward achieving their goals to be a successful team. “Dubs, dubs, dubs - that’s all we want,” junior Shelby Page said. Volleyball has proven to be an outlet to most of the team because it helps reduce all of the tension that builds up and is a way to allow them to enjoy the game. “It has become a way to relieve stress,” Page said. Five years ago, when Page was in 7th grade, she got into volleyball with hopes of making new friends. She now enjoys being on the court with her friends and playing the sport that she loves the most. “What inspires me is being a


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“We are putting in the work and trying to stay focused since we have a big target on our backs.”

Lacy Coldiron

“Last season was a big learning year. We had a lot of new faces on the varsity team. This year, we get to improve on what we already know. Our theme this year year is ‘precision.’ Our attention to detail and focus on making the little things better has made big differences in our play.”

junior on JV. It makes me want to work that much harder to get up to varsity,” Page said. Volleyball is filled with girls who are sharpening their skills. The girls that go that extra mile. The girls that never give up. The girls that know even though they may lose the game, they still win in each others’ hearts. The girls that know even if they lose, with their team, they win in the end anyway. “Volleyball is extremely eye opening,” junior Rylie Mann said. Mann is a varsity junior and has played volleyball for five years. She has been on varsity for 2 years and is planning on playing volleyball after high school in college. “Volleyball has shown me that you can come back from anything,” Mann said. Mann’s middle school coaches inspired Rylie to play volleyball, but her teammates inspire her to continue playing. “It has taught me communication skills, to work hard and a different level of communication,” Mann said. The team believes that alone they can do little, but together they can do a lot. Come support the volleyball team this afternoon at home. They host the Spring Hill Panthers and seek their next district win.

Pink Out Game October 20, 2017 Wear pink and join the Bulldogs in raising breast cancer awareness.



October 13, 2017

No boring moments watching Bulldogs play Kaleb Jett Sports Editor


The Bulldogs are 4-1, coming off last week’s win against the Chapel Hill Bulldogs 42-35. “I enjoy games like the Palestine and Texas High games because it allows us to go out and play our hardest versus a team that is trying to reach the same goal as us,” senior Jaime Patton said. “For most of us, with it being our senior year, we’re playing our hardest every game.” It has not always been easy for the dogs. They played one of their toughest games against Texas High. On Sept. 22, Kilgore tried to defend their undefeated streak as they took on the Texas High Tigers but fell short in double overtime and lost by a field goal. “It was a good game all around. We played our hearts out to come out on top, but Texas High wouldn’t go down,” Patton said. The Bulldogs have played


1) Slamming the competition • Senior Sebastian Mumphrey tackles Texas High reciever. “Making a tackle feels good because I get to stop the play,” Mumphrey said. “I like knowing that the other team didn’t score because of me.” 2) Stop and stare • Junior Nesba Brown watches as his team scores. “I encourage them to keep their heads up no matter what win or lose,” Brown said, “and to play their hardest until the final whistle blows.” 3) Respect • Seniors Javorie Hamilton, Patrick Jackson, and Jonathan Shepherd take a knee while waiting to enter the field. 4) Set • The defensive line prepares to defend against Texas High offense. Pictures by Jordan Butts & Lindsey Cassity. 3

some tough teams, but some of their hardest competition is yet to come. “In my opinion we are one of the best teams in East Texas because we are united in one way and one goal,” senior Coby Slayter said. “We really don’t have a weakness. The only way we can be beaten is by a better team. I’m looking forward to playing against Carthage. They have had a good season so far, also, so it will be one of our greater challenges.” There were a lot of questions going into the season about how the teams would do without some key players that graduated last year, but several underclassmen have stepped up to fill those positions. The team is not letting anybody or any team stop them from getting what they want without a fight. Tonight the dogs will face off against Carthage in Carthage at 7:30 p.m. Drive out and support the Bulldogs.




Tennis leaves district; bound for Bi-District Ankit Chahal Senior Editor The varsity team competed against Gladewater Oct. 10 and won with a score of 19-0. “I am putting in a lot of hard work because this is my last year in high school playing tennis, so I want to end it good,” senior Jordan Butts said. “Next week we start Bi-District. I am curious to see how far our team can go.” On Sept. 12, the varsity tennis team started off the district tournament with a loss against Spring Hill with an overall score of 13-6. “Spring Hill is a difficult team to beat, but we put in a lot of hard work and dedication into each of our matches, so that is all that matters,” senior David Chavarria said. “Plus, it showed us our weaknesses that we can correct in order to win future district matches.” Sure enough, the team bounced back with an impressive victory against Bullard with a score 13-6.

“It felt good to win after our loss to Spring Hill,” junior Tristan Dobbs said. “I have high hopes for the season and I hope to make it to the State tournament with my boy.” The Bulldogs are now 1-1 in district and 5-5 in the season. JV is currently 4-1 in the season. “I really like being on the team because not only do I enjoy tennis but I feel like our team is like a family, and that is really nice,” freshman Tania Montes said Varsity will begin bi-district next week. “I am practicing a lot and putting in a bunch of hard work to do good this year because it is my senior year,” senior Graham Tyra said. “I want to leave a lasting impression before I leave.” The tennis team plays Monday at Nacogdoches High School where they will face Lufkin Hudson at 11 a.m. “I feel pretty nervous and excited about Bi-District,” senior Pooja Patel said. “I want our team to do good and go far since it is my last year.”


1) Forehand! • Senior Daisy Vega anticipates the ball. “I intend to make every moment on the court count,” she said. 2) Allyson Wilkins cracks jokes between sets. 3) Reach! • Senior Graham Tyra jumps in the air to swing the ball. “The match was hard but not too hard,” Tyra said. 4) Head in the game! • Junior Hernan Galvan waits for his opponent to serve. “I enjoy playing doubles with Tyra,” he said. 5) Serve! • Junior Tristan Dobbs prepares to serve the ball to his opponent. “I am looking forward to the season,” he said. 6) Seniors Vega & Pooja Patel enjoy their sport and their team. Pictures by Jordan Butts.




Tennis Roster Varsity David Chavarria Trystan Dobbs Graham Tyra Maison Landaverde Hernan Galvan Kaleb Sanderson Jack Tyra Jordan Butts Pooja Patel Allyson Wilkins Daisy Vega Cheyenne Jones Mary Mercer Madalynn Parrymore


Kelton Kelley William Bennett Kalen Ray Jairo Alavarez Chase Borders Reese Dailey Chance Meyers Erik Vazquez Jorge Baldazo Sean Howell Hunter Wilcox Alec Smith Dylan Venabale Jose Brown Samantha Linkinhoker Rori Bigos Victoria Hampton Tania Montes Chloe Hillman Lillyan Garrett Serena McDowell



Mirror 2018 issue 1  

The Kilgore High School Mirror staff produced newspaper.