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Odyssey of the Mind

The  Odyssey  of  the  Mind  promotes  students  to  use  their  creativity  to  solve  prob-­ lems  that  range  from  building  mechanical  devices  to  presenting  their  own  inter-­ pretation   of   literary   classics.   This   year,   seven   students,   Parker   Blome,   Taylor   Cannon,  Kyle  Guillemette,  Tracy  Mockler,  Samantha  Pollicove,  and  Mason  Story   constructed  a  structure  made  of  balsa  that  was  require  to  hold  a  considerable   amount  of  weight.  They  competed  with  other  thousands  of  teams  from  through-­ out  the  United  States  and  from  about  25  other  countries  that  participated  in  the   program.  The  Tigers  placed  third  in  the  entire  state  of  Texas.

SBISD Employee of the Month

HOSA   director   Judy   Holton   was   surprised   by   Dr.   Klussman   and   was   named   SBISD  employee  of  the  month  for  May.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Judy  is  an  amazing  person  and  I  am  so   excited  to  have  her  recognized  in  this  way,â&#x20AC;?  Principal  Lance  Stallworth  said.

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2011-2012 Class Officers Class  of  2012 President  Ali  Alvarez,  Vice  President  Samantha  Pollicove,  Secretary  Kelsey  Ca-­ david,  and  Treasurer  Katie  Redd Class  of  2013 President  Hope  Vasquez,  Vice  President  Birttany  Toy,  Secretary  Odalis  Garcia,   and  Treasurer  Rena  Dang Class  of  2014 PresidentIsaiah  Rodriguez,  Vice  President  Max  Rombado,    and  Treasurer  Boa-­ Tran  Ma &RQJUDWXODWLRQVWRWKH6WXGHQW&RXQFLO2I¿FHUV President   Tracy   Mockler,   Vice   President   Samantha   Pollicove,   Secretary   Boa-­ Tran  Ma,  and  Treasurer  Katie  Redd

Senior  supports  MS-­  150 . Gonzalez  donates  full  amount  to  Multiple  Sclerosis

that   I   would   munch   on,   and  bread  for  my  carbs.â&#x20AC;? STAFF  WRITER     Gonzalez   admitted   to             After   three   months   only   doing   the   bike   ride   of   training,   senior   Ivan   to   conquer   it.   However,   Gonzalez   decided   to   any   excess   amount   of   support   and   compete   in   money   raised   by   his   the   MS-­150   bike   ride.   ÂżYH 00$ 0L[HG 0DU-­    â&#x20AC;&#x153;In  order  to  train  myself,   tial   Arts)   was   not   kept.   I   exercised       â&#x20AC;&#x153;With   the   with   ankle,   $3,000   that   forearm,   and   I   raised   from   even   vest   the   MS-­150,   I   w e i g h t s , â&#x20AC;?   had   decided   G o n z a l e z   to   donate   the   said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  would   full   amount   to   even   run   the   cause   be-­ and   swim   cause   those   with  the  fore-­ people   need   it   arm   weights   more  than  I  do,â&#x20AC;?   as   well.â&#x20AC;? Gonzalez   said.         The   event       There   are   o c c u r r e d   medals  for  most   from   April   c o n t e s t a n t s   16th   -­   April   who   compete   17th.     The   in   the   mara-­ bike   ride   is   thon.   However,   c o m p o s e d   not   every   com-­ of   a   total   of   petitor   receives   182   miles   an   award.   which   is     Âł7KH ÂżUVW KXQ-­ split   into   two   dred   winners   days  of  work.   receive   medals,       â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their   are   and   there   are   two   main   ON  THE  ROAD  AGAIN:  Senior  Ivan  Gonzalez   silver,   bronze   g r u e s o m e   raises  money  to  sponsor  Multiple  Sclerosis.   and   gold   med-­ parts   about   DOV IRU WKH ÂżUVW the   marathon,â&#x20AC;?   Gonza-­ breaks  to  rehydrate  them-­ three,â&#x20AC;?   Gonzalez   said.   lez   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   12   hours   selves,  all  but  one  that  is. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   on   the   other   hand   and   56   minutes   it   took      â&#x20AC;&#x153;You  can  get  breaks,  but   received   a   pat   on   the   and  also,  having  to  load   my  main  goal  was  just  to   back   from   the   head   up  on  carbs  while  riding.â&#x20AC;? ÂżQLVK WKH UDFH´ *RQ]D-­ sponsor   of   British   Pe-­     The   MS-­150   began   in   lez   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;So   what   I   did   WUROHXP %3  DQG WKHQ Houston.   Bikers   went   was  stick  these  little  pro-­ he   shook   my   hand   and   as   far   as   LaGrange   the   tein   bars   in   my   pockets   took   a   photo   with   me.â&#x20AC;? By  CHELSEA  RODRIGEZ

ÂżUVW GD\ DQG WKHQ FRP-­ pleted   the   second   leg   to     Austin   on   Saturday.        â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  started  at  Bear  Creek,   but   unlike   the   triathlon-­ ÂżW SHRSOH JHWWLQJ WR WKH ÂżUVW FLW\ ZDV D VWUXJJOH for   me,â&#x20AC;?   said   Gonzalez.    Most  bikers  take  pitstop  

CONTINUED:  GOLDEN  RIBBON ...done   so   much   to   work   in   that   area   that   most   of   that   credit   falls   on   the   science   depart-­ ment.  Julie  Hummel  and   Ann   Brown   have   done   a   wonderful   job   with   their   science   students.â&#x20AC;?   Although   this   does   show   Spring   Woods   as   a   top   school,   it   is   a   bit   out   of   propor-­ tion   when   it   comes   to   the   overall   scores.   The   list   of   schools   that   were   compared   for   all   of   the   schools   in   the   greater   Houston   area   contrasts   public   schools,   private   schools   and   magnet   schools.   While   magnet   schools   are   still   public   schools,  magnet  schools   have  the  ability  to  control   who   does   and   does   not   go   to   their   school,   giv-­ ing   them   top   pick   of   the   best   academic   students   in   Houston.   This,   then,   makes  the  overall  scores  

in   favor   of   the   magnet   schools   rather   than   the   p u b l i c   schools.       â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   r e a l l y   d o n â&#x20AC;&#x2122; t   t h i n k   t h a t   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   fair   we   are   b e i n g   c o m -­ pared  to     schools   t h a t     h a v e   s u c h   c o n t r o l   o v e r   w h o   their   stu-­ d e n t s   a r e , â&#x20AC;?   M c C o -­ nn   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   think   each   school   needs   to   be   judged   on   where   they   stand   individually   and   how   they   perform.â&#x20AC;?   When   com-­

paring   both   magnet   and   public   schools,   it   is   hard   to   judge   these   schools   based   on   per-­ formance   alone.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   think   that   magnet   s c h o o l s   tend   to   be   self-­selec-­ tive  and  the   list   should   be   looked   at   with   a   great   deal   of   caution,â&#x20AC;?   Stallworth   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   like   com-­ paring   the   top   varsity   basketball   players   in   the   city   and  then  comparing  that   to  everybody  else.  So  no   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  not  quite  fair,  but  that   should   not   disparage   the   work   that   they   do.â&#x20AC;?

2010  REGIT  STAFF EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Kelley Kim BUSINESS MANAGER: Julie Bang STAFF WRITERS: Alexander Reyes, Chelsea Rodriguez, Dayana Iza, Jack Rodgers, Jason Shannon, Jessica Jones, JJ Gonzalez, Niko Corbin, Sam Lopez, Cade Bundrick Samantha Solis Advisor: Pam Karter

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Crooker  â&#x20AC;&#x153;accelerates  his  lifeâ&#x20AC;? 2007  grad  honored  by  Clinton Former  student  serves  on  the  USS  Reagan

    â&#x20AC;&#x153;It   is   safe   to   say   that   By  JESSICA  JONES ended   up   requesting   ored  by  the  former  presi-­ anyone   who   serves   in   200,000   of   the   clips   for   dent,  Dinh  has  a  lot  to  be     the   military   faces   risks        STAFF  WRITER nation-­wide   distribution   proud   of.  As   her   group's   that   those   of   us   in   the   in   their   clinics   as   a   part   medical   clips   help   curb   After   her   graduation       Spring   Woods   has   civilian   world   do   not,â&#x20AC;?   of   their   Prevention   of   the   spread   of   HIV/AIDS   in  2008,  former  student   had   its   many   talented   Heiser  said. Mother   to   Child   Trans-­ in   Swaziland,   she   can   and   intellectual   students      Back  at  home  Crooker   Cindy   Dinh   went   on   to   do   great   things.   She   graduate   from   its   doors.   has   his   wife   and   two   was   accepted   into   the   Many  make  it  further  than   twins. others,   just   like   former       â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   see   his   family   on   a   prestigious   Rice   Uni-­ student  Kelly  Crooker. regular  basis  and  I  have   versity's   programs   of       Crooker,   a   petty   the  pleasure  of  watching   Sociology,   Policy   Stud-­ rd RIÂżFHU    class   in   the   his   twin   sons   ies,   and   Global   Health   Navy,   is   on   board   the   now   that   they   and   was   the   Harry   USS   Reagan   which   are   living   S.   Truman   scholar   in   currently   sits   off   the   in   Houston   2010.   Most   recently,   coast  of  Japan  to  help   while   Crooker   she   was   honored   at   a   relief   victims   from   the   is   deployed   conference   held   at   the   natural  disaster  that  hit   on   the   USS   Clinton   Global   Initiative   the  country. R o n a l d   University.  This  meeting       His   assignment   is   R e a g a n , â&#x20AC;?   brought   undergraduate   and   graduate   students   to   make   sure   that   the   Heiser  said. generators   on   board       Crooker   together   to   discuss   work   properly   at   all   does   a   lot   of   pressing   global   issues   times.   traveling   due   and   to   celebrate   the     A   2005   graduate,   to   his   job,   but   young,   brilliant   minds   Crooker   attended   it   is   all   worth   of  America.  Dinh  was  a   Houston   Community   it   due   to   his   part  of  a  team  that  cre-­ A   MEETING   WITH   A   FORMER   PRESIDENT:   Dinh,   College  right  after  high   e v e r y d a y   ated   a   medical   device   school.   learning   in   that.   After   developing   pictured  next  to  Clinton  on  the  far  right,  is  recognized     â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   think   my   son   the   nuclear   a   prototype,   student   for  her  global  initiative  in  front  of  the  entire  conference.     had   any   intention   of   program   that   interns   were   sent   to   being  what  he  is  today.   gives   him   the   four   African   countries   mission  of  HIV/AIDS.     now  say  that  she  has  im-­ He  just  went  to  HCC  to   o p p o r t u n i t y   to   demonstrate   the   At   the   conference,   after     pacted  global  health  as  a   get  his  basics  and  see   to   advance   in   product's   uses.   Swazi-­ meeting   and   being   hon-­ young  American.   land's  Ministry  of  Health   where   life   took   him,â&#x20AC;?     the  service. Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   mom,   Christy     â&#x20AC;&#x153;Deciding   to   Crooker  said.   serve   is   such   TOP  SCHOLARSHIPS      While  attending  HCC,   an   important   Crooker  was  told  about   decision   and   Emily Groce: Clemson University- $36,000 ($9,000 per year) the   Coast   Guard   and   those   who   Silverio Ramirez: George Washington University SAVING   A   LIFE:   Kelly   Crooker   gets   Navy,   but   ultimately   put   on   any   decided   to   go   for   the   blood   drawn   during   a   drive   conducted   u n i f o r m   Presidential Academic Scholar: $15,000 Navy.   for   the   Armed   Services   Blood   Program. s h o u l d   University and Alumni Award: $25,000    He  signed  with  them   be   given   Houston Endowment Jessie Jones Scholar: $16,000 (spread over four years, so in   2006,   and   did   not   respect   for   4K a year) JHW WR ÂżQLVK KLV +&& the  service. WKHVDFULÂżFHVWKH\PDNH David Alvarado: University of Houston-$26,000 education.   The   risk   of   being   on   and   the   risks   they   take   Speech and Debate: $750 (various local/state competitions)   Current   teacher   John   the   USS   Reagan   is   not   in   serving   our   country,â&#x20AC;?   Samantha Fuller: University of Houston â&#x20AC;&#x201C; $46,000 Heiser   has   been   a   minimal.   Due   to   the   Heiser  said. family   friend   of   the   natural   disaster   that   hit     No   matter   where   life   Samantha Solis: Housotn Baptist University - $42, 000 ($10,500 per year) Crookers  and  has  known   Japan,   the   USS   Ronald   takes   you,   always   take   Tracy Garcia: Houston Baptist University- $72,000 (scholarship) and $5,500 Crooker  since  he  was  in   Reagan   is   in   danger   of   full   advantage   of   the   Ă&#x20AC;QDQFLDODLG  elementary  school. being   struck   by   mother   opportunities   given,   just   Tori Kimmel: A&M- $10,000 per year and $1,000 for Freshman year from      â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  am    very  proud  of  the   nature.   Regardless   of   like   former   SWHS   tiger   A&M career   path   that   he   has   natural   risks,   the   fact   Crooker  did  . Juan Castilla: University of Texas at Austin- $15,000 covered already taken  in  the  military,  as  I   of   serving   the   country   Misty Bruno: Johnson and Wales- $32,000 ($8,000 each year) am  of  all  former  students   is   already   something   Dayana Iza: The American Musical and Dramatic Academy-$16,500 who   make   the   decision   dangerous. By  DAYANA  IZA STAFF  WRITER

to  serve,â&#x20AC;?  Heiser  said.      When  entered  into  the   Navy,   Crooker   began   his   two   year   training   in   nuclear   power.   After   completing   the   program,   he   was   given   the   job   and   now   is   in   charge   of   overlooking   the   generators.   Though   he   is  settled  with  the  job,  he   continues   to   advance   in  

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Students  make  campus  feel  like  spring

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Generous  life  skills  students  bring  beauty  to  school

By  JESSICA  JONES STAFF WRITER        Throughout  the  year,   three  new  gardens  have   popped   up   around   the   school   seemingly   by   magic.   Truth   is,   it's   not   magic,   it's   the   hard   work   done   by   the   life   skills   students.   As   they   learned   about   the   earth   and  plants  in  class,  one   of   their   teachers,   Mat-­ thew   Boane,   decided   that  they  could  learn  the   most  about  the  environ-­ ment   by   getting   their   hands  dirty  out  in  an  ac-­ tual  garden.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   life   skills   staff   in-­ spired   me   to   do   this   project   because   they   are  actually  avid  garden-­ ers   themselves,â&#x20AC;?   Boane   said.       After   bringing   beauty   to   three   different   areas   around   the   school,   in-­ FOXGLQJ WKH ÂżQH DUWV KDOO and   both   sides   of   the   auditorium,   the   students   are   making   a   garden   of   their   own   outside   of   their   classroom.   To-­ mato   plants   are   their   main  crop,  but  they  also   KDYH FDUURWV DQG Ă&#x20AC;RZ-­ ers.  Teacher  Cathy  Mor-­ ris  has  been  helping  the   kids  as  they  create  life.

CARRYING  A  BIG  LOAD:  Living  Earth  Technolo-­    gies  dropped  off  a  large  amount  of  soil  out  by  the   track  that  the  students  then  had  to  move  to  the   garden  location.

LENDING  THEIR  HANDS:  After  the  grueling  task  of   transporting  the  pile,  the  studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  hard  work  paid  off   as  they  began  to  dig  and  plant  their  gardens.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We   are   practicing   this   year  to  make  a  truck  gar-­ den.  This  is  all  an  experi-­ ment   to   teach   the   kids   how  to  care  for  a  garden.   Our   goal   in   the   future   is   to  be  able  to  actually  sell   the  crops,â&#x20AC;?  Morris  said.     This   will   require   a   lot   of   upkeep,   but   the   kids   have   really   taken   to   the   hard   work   of   gardening.   They  are  grateful  for  the   donations   they   received   that   made   this   project   possible.   Living   Earth   Technologies,   right   off   Tanner,   contributed   a   truck  full  of  soil  that  was   dumped   in   the   parking   lot.   The   students   had   to     transport   all   the   dirt   to   designated   areas,   which   was  the  hard  part  of  the   process.   Morris   recalls  

the  quick  change  of  atti-­ tude  that  occurred  when   the   truck   left   and   a   big   pile  of  soil  remained.         â&#x20AC;&#x153;When   the   dump   truck   came,   they   were   so   excited.   But   then,   when  they  had  to  move   LW WR WKH ÂżQH DUWV KDOO the   thrill   quickly   went   away,â&#x20AC;?  Morris  said.         After   receiving   the   soil   that   would   give   their   gardens   life,   the   students   continued   to   accept   donations   to   plant.   Many   teach-­ ers   donated   seedlings   and   Lowe's   generously   gave  the  class  plants  at   a   reduced   price.   They   couldn't  be  happier  with   the   kindness   of   others   when   it   came   to   this   project.

     â&#x20AC;&#x153;The  best  part  of  the   gardening   was   when   ZHSODQWHGĂ&#x20AC;RZHUV´OLIH skills   student   Cassidy   Howton  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;My  favor-­ ites  are  the  red  tulips!â&#x20AC;?    After  a  year  of  service,   including   participation   in   Feed   The   Children   at   the   beginning   of   the   year   and   a   Galves-­ ton   clean-­up   project   at   the   end,   the   life   skills   class   has   learned   a   lot   about   hard   work   and   the   rewarding   feeling   that  accompanies  it.  As   their   gardens   begin   to   develop,   the   students   will   watch   as   their   ef-­

forts  come  to  life.  Along   with   all   his   classmates,   student  Jacob  Fabian  is   looking   forward   to   har-­ vesting  the  crop.     â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tomatoes   are   tasty,   so   when   they   come,   we're   gonna   eat   'em!,â&#x20AC;?   Fabian  said.          These  students  sure-­ ly  deserve  to  taste  their   success.   After   all   their   hard   work,   the   entire   school  gets  to  enjoy  the   beautiful   gardens   the   lifeksills   students   have   created.  Their   teachers   are   very   proud   of   them   as  the  goals  of  the  proj-­ ect  comes  to  life.

WORKING  HARD  FOR  THE  ENVIRONMENT:   Student  Cassidy  Howton  begins  the  process  of   transfering  the  dirt,  carefully  placing  each  scoop  in   the  wheelbarrell.


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Ladies take home experiences of new â&#x20AC;&#x153;worldâ&#x20AC;? German students, Niewendick and Zeppenfeld, share information on year in America

Q&A

cause  I'm  friends  with  the   girls   in   my   soccer   team.

Were   there   any   issues   BY  SAM  LOPEZ ZLWK ¿WWLQJLQ IRU\RX"   STAFF WRITER It   wasn't   really   hard   for   PH WR ¿W LQ EHFDXVH QR-­ Walking  into  school  with   body  treated  me  different. no   clue   of   who   you'll   meet,   how   people   will   treat   you,   or   what   you   What   do   you   think   will   may   be   introduced   to   be  the  most  memorable   can   be   somewhat   inti-­ experience   or   detail   madating   for   anyone,   but   try   doing   that   in   a   you'll   remember   completely   different   most?   country.   For   foreign   ex-­ I   guess   my   soc-­ changed   students,   Lisa   Zeppenfeld   and   Laura   cer   games   and   Niewendick,   their   expe-­ my   choir   con-­ riences   differed.   With   certs   and   my   the   new   customs   and   styles  of  talking,  the  two   trips   with   my   girls   eventually   became   host   family   are   used   to   the   American   the   most   memo-­ ways   of   living   and   they   will  now  go  to  their  home   rable   experiences.   towns   in   Germany   with   a   bucket   full   of   memo-­ Do   you   think   ries   and   new   friends   to   keep   in   touch   with. you'll   come   back   again?   Q&A: Lisa YES!   I   will.   Maybe   What  sports  and  extra   I   will   take   my   fam-­ curricular   activities   ily  someday  to  show   have   you   participat-­ them   everything.   ed   in   while   at   Spring   But   I'm   sure   I'll   come   Woods?   back.   Maybe   even   I'm   playing   soccer   and   move   to   America. made   the   JV   Team!   I'm   also   in   Choir   and   just   What   things   have   went  to  UIL,  how  exciting. you   learned   here   in   America   that   you   can   Were  people  accepting   take   back   home   to   of   you   in   your   class-­ Germany?   es?   Also,   have   you   I   have   learned   lots   of   made   good   friends   things,   especially   liv-­ here?  I  had  no  problems   ing   without   my   par-­ and   most   of   my   class-­ ents   made   me   re-­ mates  didn't  even  notice   ally   independent.   I   also   that   I'm   not   American.   learned   that   you   should   I   made   some   friends   be   more   spontane-­ in   every   class   and   be-­

ous   and   do   fun   stuff. Would   you   say   that   your  experiences  here   i n   America  have   s o m e h o w   c h a n g e d   you?   Yes,   they   h a v e   changed   me   a   lot.   N o w   that   I  

ferent?   The  weather  in  Germa-­ ny  is  like  the  total  oppo-­ site.   We   have   a   really   long   and   cold   winter   and   it   snows   about   three   months   in   Germany   and   we   have   a   l o t  

o f   r a i n   a n d   h a r d l y   h a v e   p e r a -­ in   the  

k n o w   h o w   m u c h   tem-­ d i ff e r -­ t u r e s   ent   life   can   9 0 ' s .     b e ,   I   try   to   Q&A: d o   e v e r y -­ Laura thing   I   want   and   W h a t   I   also   appreciate   s p o r t s   m y   family   in   and   extra   G e r m a -­ c u r r i c u -­ ny   more.   I   lar   activi-­ t h i n k   ties   have   I've   grown   up   a   you   participated   lot   since   I'm   here. in   while   at   Spring   Woods  and  which  one   Is  the  weather  any  dif-­ was  your  favorite?  

Hill constructs family tree . 2OGGRFXPHQWVOHDGWRLQWHUHVWLQJĂ&#x20AC;QGV

BY  ALEXANDER  SANCHEZ their   ancestral   blueprint.   STAFF  WRITER Most   of   the   family's   his-­

  Trying   to   trace   down   your   ancestors   and   putting   together   the   ultimate   family   tree   is   no   easy   task,   but   it   is   subsequently   a   very   rewarding   experience.   We  have  all  at  one  point   in   our   lives   wondered   from  where  and  who  ex-­ actly  we  came  from,  but   most  of  us  give  up  at  the   thought   of   working   on   such   a   tedious   project   and  do  not  even  attempt   to  start.     Luckily,   junior   Thomas  Hill  has  offered   to   share   his   experience   in   constructing   a   seven   foot   family   tree,   rang-­ ing   from   Scottish   Baron   Fitzrobert  from  the  early   1000s,   and   tracing   his   ancestry's   migration   across   Europe   and   at   long   last   to   America,   ending   the   tree   with   his   current  family.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Besides   the   fact   that   family   is   the   most   important   thing   in   our  lives,  it  is  interesting   to  learn  how  we  came  to   be   where   we   are   now,â&#x20AC;?   Hill  said.   The   Hill   family   was   lucky   in   that   they   did  not  have  to  start  from   scratch   to   begin   pulling   together   the   pieces   for  

tory  was  recovered  from   old   documents   and   sto-­ ries   passed   on   through   generations.   It   was   Eu-­ nice  Nelson,  Hill's  grand-­ mother  (better  known  as   Mamaw),   that   began   to   organize   the   documents   and   put   together   what   ZRXOG EHFRPH WKH ¿UVW

ROOTING  THE  TREE:  

Thomas  Hill  reviews  his   ancestry.     steps   toward   the   colos-­ sal  family  tree.     â&#x20AC;&#x153;When   we   used   to   visit   Mamaw   in   the   summer,   there*   was   re-­ ally  nothing  to  do  but  lis-­

ten  to  old  stories  that  she   was  told  as  a  child,â&#x20AC;?   Hill   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;After   she   passed   away,   we   decided   to   write   down   her   stories   and   gather   up   her   col-­ lection   of   documents   to   start  our  family  tree.â&#x20AC;?   Most   people   nowadays  don't  have  the   time   to   do   any   research   on   their   ancestors.   Oth-­ HUV VLPSO\ GR QRW  ÂżQG any   interest   in   look-­ ing   back   at   their   fam-­ ily's   past,   and   probably   couldn't   tell   you   who   their  great  grandparents   were.   For   Hill,   there   comes  a  sort  of  pride  to   the  whole  experience.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Call   me   senti-­ mental,   but   it's   for   the   legacy   of   my   descen-­ dants,â&#x20AC;?  Hill  said.   When   research-­ ing  a  family's  past,  there   is   always   something   extremely   or   at   least   moderately   interesting   that   one   discovers   in   the  process.  For  the  Hill   family,   there   were   sev-­ eral   of   those   instances,   including:   the   signing   of   both   the   Magna   Carta   and   Declaration   of   In-­ dependence,   participa-­ tion  in  each  of  the  United   States'   wars,   and   even   discovering   some   rela-­ tives   tied   to   a   Native   American  tribe.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just   by   looking  

at   me,   you   would   think   that  I  was  only  of  Scottish   descent,â&#x20AC;?   Hill   said.   Who   would  have  guessed  that   I   have   Spanish   and   Na-­ tive   American   blood   in   me  as  well?â&#x20AC;?   Over   the   centu-­ ries,   stories   have   been   passed   on   through   gen-­ erations,   such   as   the   one   of   Civil   War   sharp-­ shooter   Lafaette   Jones,   who   literally   walked   across   Texas   carrying   a   ÂżIW\ SRXQG VDFN RI Ă&#x20AC;RXU for  his  family  to  eat  with.   Although   this   story   was   only  passed  on  verbally,   Mrs.  Hill  explains  the  im-­ portance   of   document-­ ing   and   writing   down   information   that   can   be   saved  for  future  ages.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   cannot   stress   enough   how   important   it   is   to   write   down   infor-­ mation,â&#x20AC;?   Mrs.   Hill   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nowadays   we   rely   too   heavily   on   technology,   and   if   we   were   to   lose   all   of   our   information   in   some   malfunction,   there'd  be  no  way  of  re-­ covering  it.â&#x20AC;?   Leaving   behind   something   for   future   generations  can  mean  a   lot.  It  gives  us  a  chance   to   let   our   stories   contin-­ ue   being   told   long   after   we  have  gone,  and  also   documents   how   life   was   for  us  during  our  time.  

I   participated   in   Ten-­ nis,   Theatre   and   the   FNHS.   My   favorite   was   Tennis,   because   it   was   fun   to   learn   a   new   sport   and   partici-­ pate   in   tournaments. Were   people   accept-­ ing   of   you   in   your   classes   or   do   you   think  they  had  certain   expectations   of   you?   In   general,   everybody   in   my   classes   were   re-­ ally   nice   from   the   be-­ ginning.   I   don't   think   they   had   any   expecta-­ tions,  but  they  were  re-­ ally  interested  in  where   I   was   from,   what   was   different,   and   what   I   liked  better. Have   you   made   good   friends  here?   I   made   some   really   great  friends  here  and  I   invited   them   to   stay   at   my   house   if   they   ever   happen  to  come  to  Ger-­ many  . Was   it   hard   for   you   WR ¿W LQ DW ¿UVW"     It  was  really  hard  for  the   ¿UVWIHZZHHNVEHFDXVH I  missed  my  friends,  my   family,   and   my   home.   I   also   met   new   people   every   day   and   didn't   know   who   would   be-­ come  my  new  friends.  I   knew  I  would  get  home-­ sick   in   the   beginning   even  before  I  got  here,  

so  I  was  prepared  and  it   got   better   pretty   quick. 'R \RX IHHO FRQ¿GHQW about   your   experience   here?   I   can   honestly   say   that   my   time   in  America   was   the   most   exciting   time   of  my  life,  so  far.  I  got  to   experience   a   completely   different   culture,     live   with   an   amazing   host   family   for   a   year,   and   made   some   friends   for   life.   I   would   do   it   again   if   I   had   the   chance. What   do   you   think   will   be   the   most   memora-­ ble  experience  or  detail   you'll  remember  most? I  don't  think  I  can  decide   on  one...  I'm  really  going   to   remember   and   miss   the  American  high  school   life.   It's   so   different   with   all   the   school   spirit,   competitions,   and   it's   so   much   more   important   than   in   Germany.   Also,   everything   my   host   fam-­ ily   and   my   friends   have   done   for   me,   I'll   never   forget   them.   I   think   my   favorite  memory  was  the   Houston   rodeo,   where   I   just  saw  so  many  things  I   have  never  seen  before. Do   you   think   you'll   come  back  again?   I   want   to   come   back   as   soon   as   possible   to   visit   everybody  I  think  I'm  go-­ ing  to  miss  it  a  lot!

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Words  of  Encouragement   Wilson  advises  seniors  to  make  their  destiny

 $IWHUEHLQJLQWKHHGXFDWLRQÂżHOGIRUWHQ years,  economics  teacher,  Christa  Wilson  has   seen  many  faces  in  and  outside  the  classroom.   Although  she  meets  new  faces,  not  once  has   she  stopped  striving  to  make  an  impact  on  a   studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  life.  At  the  end  of  every  year,  Wilson   shows  a  slideshow  to  her  students.  Being   a  senior  teacher,  the  slideshow  advises  her   students  to  persevere  and  strive  for  success.    

Mrs.  Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Advice  to  Her  Students:   1)   Be  nice 2)   Be  a  hard  worker 3)   Be  humble 4)   Always  have  a  plan 5)   Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  burn  bridges 6)   Try  not  to  be  judgmental,  you  never  know 7)   Have  fun!  Smile!  Laugh!   8)   Be  positive 9)   Be  able  to  accept  â&#x20AC;&#x153;noâ&#x20AC;?  for  an  answer 10)   Play  the  game 11)   Protect  your  credit 12)   Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  blame  others 13)   Have  respect 14)   Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  lie 15)   Have  integrity 16)   Have  faith 17)   NEVER  NEVER  NEVER  give  up 18)   (Winston  Churchill)


â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am going to go to Vietnam, find a summer job, and hang out with my friends at the pool!â&#x20AC;?

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Niko  VS.  Comedy  Sportz   Team  Corbin  and  Team  Frazier  face  off  in  a  match  to   the  death

By  NIKO  CORBIN STAFF  WRITER

some   of   the   games.       Being   that   I   am   well   versed   in   the   comedy   of   greats   like   Dave   Chappelle,   Bill   Murray,   and   Adam   Sandler,   I   found   that   being   funny   translates   well   from   one   club  to  another.  With  my   newfound   knowledge   of   the   sport,   my   idolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  

excitement.   I   knew   it   was   time   to   start.   It   was   time   to   face   Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   team   in   a   comedy  battle  to  the  death.     The   games   began   suddenly.   I   was   surrounded   quickly   by   a   Ă&#x20AC;XUU\ RI ODXJKWHU 0DUN and   his   team   seemed   to   be  on  their  game.  My  team   was   ready,   strong   and  

practiced   this   game.   Then   I   heard   it,   the      There  comes  a  point  in   chant   of   my   name   every  manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  life  when  he   coming   from   my   fans   must  embark  on  an  epic   (mainly  JJ).  So  I  jumped   quest.   Frodo   delivered   in   and   unleashed   my   the   ring   to   Mordor,   Luke   jokes   upon   the   world,   destroyed  the  Deathstar,   and   the   world   returned   and   Woody   found   his   the   favor   by   laughing.   friends  a  new  home.  My   We  thought  that  victory   quest  is  a    little  less  epic,   was   in   hand,   but   the   but  my  challenge   audience   had   not   is  as  great  as  any   chosen  the  winner.   of   these   great   The   ref-­-­who   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  were.  I  will   sure   was   bribed-­-­ set  out  to  achieve   chose  Mark  and  his   my   goal   to   team   the   victors.   become   known       Though   I   was   for   being   funny   defeated,   I   held   at   this   school.   I   my   head   up   high   will  train  tirelessly   and   started   to   both   by   myself   walk   off   stage.   As   and   with   the   I   left   people   were   Comedy   Sportz   c o m p l e m e n t i n g   team,   and   in   the   me.   Mark   and   the   end,   I   will   go   up   rest   of   the   team   against   arguably   were   saying   how   the  funniest  dude   good   of   a   job   I   at   our   school,   did,  and  even  Mrs.   Mark   Frazier.   Hibbert  contributed   Will   I   conquer   to   the   verbal   my   foe?   Will   accolades.  Though   my   quest   be   as   this  loss  brings  my   epic?  Will  people   Niko   VS   record   actually   think   STARE  DOWN:  Seniors  Mark  Frazier  and  Niko  Corbin  size  each   to   a   whopping   0   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   funny?   Only   other  up  for  a  match  that  could  change  the  world  of  comedy  forever. and   three,   I   would   time,   and   this   consider   this   a   article   will   tell.   moral  victory.  I  held   7KHÂżUVWWKLQJ,OHDUQHG teachings   and   myâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; willing   to   do   anything   to   my  own  with  one  of  the   was   that   there   was   no   I   sometimes   less   than   win.  We  narrowly  escaped   funniest  dudes  around,   in  Comedy  Sportz.  It  was   goodâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;humor,   I   felt   GHIHDW LQ WKH ÂżUVW URXQG and   went   the   distance.   not   done   by   one   mere   that   I   would   be   ready.   as   fellow   debater   and   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   glad   I   chose   to   do   man,   but   rather   several   Then   again,   I   have   comedian   Leslie   Cavasos   Comedy   Sportz   last.   men   (and   women).   The   been   wrong   before. was  able  to  take  Mark  out.   It   was   one   of   the   most   challenge   had   been   set       My   date   with   destiny   The   team   and   I   were   not   fun  times  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  had  doing   forth.   Mark   and   I   chose   was   on   a   day   that   most   as   fortunate   the   second   this.  With  this  being  my   teams,   then   we   went   quests   seemed   to   come   time  around.  Mark  and  the   ÂżQDO 1LNR 96 , ZRXOG head   to   head   in   a   real   to   a   head,   Monday.   others  out-­funnied  us.  The   like   to   say   thank   you   match,  and  the  audience   Normally   I   try   not   to   get   VFRUHKHDGLQJLQWRWKHÂżQDO to   the   teams   that   put   chose  the  winners.  I  had   super   nervous   before   I   round   was   seven   to   zero. up   with   me   and   let   me   one   week   to   prepare   have   my   competitions,       The   whistle   blew   and   it   train   with   them.   I   hope   for   this   epic   battle.   My   but   hearing   the   roar   of   was   time   to   start   being   I   entertained   you   all   training   consisted   of   the   crowd,   my   stomach   IXQQ\ $W ÂżUVW , KHVLWDWHG enough  to  not  think  that   the   team   teaching   me   VWDUWHG WR Ă&#x20AC;LS ZLWK to   jump   in.   I   had   never   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   bad   at   all   sports.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am planning on going to Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska, rehearsing and performing in Houstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center Stageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wizâ&#x20AC;?, attending debate camp, visiting my family in Mexico, and hopefuly going on a mission trip!â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am planning to go on an a road trip with my friends to visit colleges.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am going to work my butt off so I can get the money to go to Puerto Rico. I am aslo going to prepare for debate next year, so I can be ready for the first tournament.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am going on a road trip to California and Louisiana! When I come back to Houston, hopefully I will find a summer job, then I am off to Texas A&M Univeristy Corpus Christi.â&#x20AC;?


College  Tips

Guidelines  for  success  while  meeting  university  challenges

 +DYHDXQGHUVWDQGLQJDERXW\RX¿QDQ-­ cial  situation-­    Beware  of  how  exactly  you   are  going  to  be  paying  for  school.  Know   how  much  money  you  will  have  on  a  day   to  day  basis.

5)  Get  packing-­  Don’t  wait  til  the   last  minute.  Only  pack  the  essen-­ tials,  don’t  over  pack  with  every-­ thing  in  your  room.  Chances  are   you  will  be  in  a  lot  smaller  room   than  you’re  used  to.

7)  Two  weeks  notice-­  Let  your  sum-­ mer  job  employer  know  when  your   last  day  will  be.  Give  them  time  to   look  for  a  replacement. 4)  Required  reading-­  Get  a  list  of  the   reading  for  your  classes.  You  don’t   want  to  start  school  behind  your   class  mates.   es eg e   l l o hil e   t  c os So  w nsur M r-­   s.   o  e cto ation cal  t o e  d niz ysi t  th mu a  ph alth. i s e  im t   Vi 2)   uire  it  ge eat  h q t r re ur  a in  g yo u’re   yo

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1)  Contact/get  to  know  your  room-­ mate-­  Build  a  relationship  with   the  person  you  will  be  spending   the  year  with.  Decide  who  will  be   bringing  what.


Kelsey  Radabaugh

Grant  Bridges

Seleh  Serrano

Q:  Was  being  a  top  student  your  goal  since   freshmen  year? Yes,  it’s  actually  been  my  goal  since  I  was  in   6th  grade. Q: How long did it take you to decide on the school you will be attending? Where will you be going? I  will  be  attending  Texas  A&M  University.  It   didn’t  really  take  me  long  to  decide.  I  love   the  campus  and  they  have  a  great  chemistry   program. Q: What other organizations were you a part of in high school? How did they interfere with your VFKRROZRUN"+RZGLGWKH\EHQHÀW\RX" I  played  on  the  volleyball  team  for  four  years   of  high  school.  I  had  to  stay  up  late  to  make  up   for  lost  time  due  to  games  or  practices,  but  the   experiences  helped  me  learn  time  manage-­ ment. Q: What was your favorite memory of high school? My  favorite  memory  is  probably  my  10th  grade   homecoming.  I  had  a  really  fun  time  that  night   and  I’ll  never  forget  it. Q: What do you plan on majoring in? What are your career plans once you graduate? I  plan  on  majoring  in  chemistry.  After  I  gradu-­ ate  from  college,  I’ll  probably  work  in  the  oil   industry  or  maybe  I’ll  be  a  teacher.

Q:  Was  being  a  top  student  your  goal  since   freshmen  year? Very  much  so.  I  can’t  stress  how  important  that   it  was  to  work  as  hard  my  freshmen  year  as  all   my  other  years  in  order  to  graduate  at  the  top. Q: How long did it take you to decide on the school you will be attending? Where will you be going? A&M  had  always  been  a  school  of  interest   for  me.  Once  I  decided  to  go  into  aerospace   engineering,  I  knew  it  was  the  school  I  wanted   to  attend. Q: What other organizations were you a part of in high school? How did they interfere with your VFKRROZRUN"+RZGLGWKH\EHQHÀW\RX" I  was  very  involved  in  the  band  program  for  all   four  years.  I  learned  a  great  deal  about  leader-­ ship  and  working  hard  for  a  goal  through  the   program,  and  in  addition  how  to  manage  my   time  between  school  and  work. Q: What was your favorite memory of high school? Being  the  head  drum  major  in  the  band  was   one  of  the  greatest  experiences  I’ve  ever  had. Q: What do you plan on majoring in? What are your career plans once you graduate? I  plan  on  majoring  in  aero  engineering  working   for  an  airline  company  like   Boeing.

Q:  Was  being  a  top  student  your  goal  since   freshmen  year? Yes,  I  wanted  to  prove  to  myself  that  I  was   capable  of  achieving  it. Q: How long did it take you to decide on the school you will be attending? Where will you be going? ,GLGQ¶WUHDOO\KDYHDVSHFL¿FVFKRROXQWLOVHQLRU year.  After  a  summer  camp  at  Texas  Tech,  I   decided  that  was  where  I  wanted  to  go. Q: What other organizations were you a part of in high school? How did they interfere with your VFKRROZRUN"+RZGLGWKH\EHQHÀW\RX" I  was  involved  in  tennis,  NHS,  French  National   Honor  Society,  and  volunteering  at  West-­ wood  Elementary.  It  was  hard  to  balance  my   schedule  sometimes,  but  I  got  to  meet  a  lot  of   people. Q: What was your favorite memory of high school? I  loved  being  involved  with  French  and  all  of   activities  we  did.  We  have  we  have  grown  to   EHOLNHDIDPLO\,¶YHPHWSHRSOH,GH¿QLWHO\ want  to  keep  in  touch  with  after  high  school. Q: What do you plan on majoring in? What are your career plans once you graduate? I  plan  on  majoring  in  education.  I  would  like  to   be  an  elementary  billingual  teacher  and  maybe   write  a  book  someday.

Tori  Kimmel

Kelley  Kim

Cameron  Blome

Q:  Was  being  a  top  student  your  goal  since   freshmen  year? It’s  hard  to  remember  freshmen  year,  but  I   knew  for  sure  I  wanted  to  make  straight  A’s...   comparing  myself  to  my  classmates  really  kept   me  from  burning  out  or  getting  discouraged. Q: How long did it take you to decide on the school you will be attending? Where will you be going? I  didn’t  decide  until  I  got  all  my  decisions  in   March.  Deciding  which  school  to  go  turned   out  to  be  pretty  simple,  because  I  had  two  top   choices  and  I  was  accepted  into  one  and  wait   OLVWHGRQWKHRWKHU6R,¶PRI¿FLDOO\DSDUWRIWKH Aggie  class  of  2015! Q: What other organizations were you a part of in high school? How did they interfere with your VFKRROZRUN"+RZGLGWKH\EHQHÀW\RX" I’ve  been  involved  primarily  with  my  church,   debate,  Humanitarian  Society,  and  NHS.  It   taught  me  to  manage  my  time  or  else  suffer   the  consequences  of  procrastination. Q: What was your favorite memory of high school? I’ll  always  remember  the  trip  to  Harvard  for   Debate.  The  competition  was  exhausting,  and   we  got  so  little  sleep  that  I  was  able  to  run  on   ¿YHKRXUVRIVOHHSIRUWKHQH[WZHHNV Q: What do you plan on majoring in? What are your career plans once you graduate? I’ll  go  in  as  a  biology  major,  but  I  might  change   it  to  microbiology  or  molecular  and  cell  biology   later  on.

Q:  Was  being  a  top  student  your  goal  since   freshmen  year? Absolutely.  You  have  to  start  early  because   every  grade  counts.  The  competition  is  what   makes  your  grades  worth  it. Q: How long did it take you to decide on the school you will be attending? Where will you be going? I’m  currently  on  the  waiting  list  for  Rice,  and   accepted  McComb’s  business  school  in  UT   Austin.  However,  I  really  want  to  try  and  trans-­ fer  out  my  sophomore  year  to  an  out  of  state   institution-­-­Columbia  is  my  dream  school-­-­and   I  plan  to  study  more  than  anything  next  year. Q: What other organizations were you a part of in high school? How did they interfere with your VFKRROZRUN"+RZGLGWKH\EHQHÀW\RX" I  was  heavily  involved  in  Debate  which  took   all  of  my  weekends,  but  it  was  very,  very  well   worth  it.  I  was  also  involved  in  Newspaper,   NHS,  Senior  Women,  Orchestra,  and  Tennis.   None  of  these  got  in  each  other’s  way  because   I  managed  my  time  well. Q: What was your favorite memory of high school? 'H¿QLWHO\P\WULSWR+DUYDUG¶VGHEDWHWRXUQD-­ ment  this  past  February. Q: What do you plan on majoring in? What are your career plans once you graduate? I’m  down  as  a  prospective  business  major,  but   that  isn’t  where  my  passion  lies.  I’m  changing   my  major  to  English  and  possibly  a  minor  in   philosophy.

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Q:  Was  being  a  top  student  your  goal  since   freshmen  year? Yes.  My  parents  always  taught  me  to  work  as   hard  as  I  possibly  could  and  to  not  waste  any   of  my  talent.  I  became  dedicated  to  my  school   work  and  made  it  my  goal  to  maintain  straight   A’s.  Sadly,  I  didn’t  achieve  my  goal,  but  I  was   very  close. Q: How long did it take you to decide on the school you will be attending? Where will you be going? I  am  going  to  the  University  of  Texas  in  Austin.   I  have  been  a  longhorn  fan  since  I  was  young   and  have  been  planning  to  go  there  my  whole   life. Q: What other organizations were you a part of in high school? How did they interfere with your VFKRROZRUN"+RZGLGWKH\EHQHÀW\RX" I  played  basketball,  baseball,  and  football.  I   spent  a  lot  of  time  practicing  instead  of  study-­ ing  but  it  helped  me  learn  to  manage  my  time Q: What was your favorite memory of high school? Basketball  season  my  senior  year  was  really   IXQ,WZDVP\¿UVW\HDURQYDUVLW\,KDGDORW of  friends  on  the  team  and  everybody  seemed   to  like  each  other.  The  atmosphere  was  loud   and  energetic.  It  was  nice  to  actually  play  in   front  of  a  large  crowd! Q: What do you plan on majoring in? What are your career plans once you graduate? Chemical  engineering.  I  plan  on  making  a  lot   of  money  at  a  large  corporation.


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1.  Accomplished  art  students  pose  with  their   pieced-­together  tiger  and  principal  Rick  Rivera. 2.  The  completed  spirit  project  designed  by  the   Art  I  classes.  It  now  hangs  in  the  10th/11th  grade   RIÂżFH 3.  Art  teacher,  Crystal  Fiocchi,  is  very  proud  of   Scholastic  Silver  Key  winner  Elizabeth  Gomez   and  Scholastic  Gold  Key  winner  Walter  Mata,   honored  at  the  Board  of  Trustees  meeting. 4.  Sophomore  Candace  Edgley  and  seniors  David   Alvarado  &  Scott  Glezen  act  together  as  a  dys-­ functional  family  in  theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  production  of  And  the   5DLQ&DPHWR0D\ÂżHOG 5.  In  the  show,  senior  Mark  Frazier  plays  Nathan   :LOOLDPVWKHÂżUVWEODFNPDQWREHDFFHSWHGLQWRD state  university. 6.  Senior  Scott  Glezen,  playing  Carl  Murphey,   FORVHVWKHSOD\ZLWKDUHĂ&#x20AC;HFWLRQRIKLVOLIHLQ0D\-­ ÂżHOG0LVVLVVLSSL 7.  Orchestra  proudly  stands  for  a  group  photo   after  receiving  a  superior  rating  at  Lone  Star   Showcase  of  Music  held  in  San  Antonio. 8.  After  UIL,  varsity  choir  was  congradulated  for   recieving  straight  1s  at  competition. 9.  Senior  Matt  Nesloney  recieved  an  award  for   making  All-­State  mixed  choir.  He  was  the  only   choir  member  from  our  school  to  accomplish  this. 10.  Yearbook  students  Kendall  Hudson,  Stepha-­ nie  Martinez,  and  Luis  Soto  sell  their  hard  work. 11.  Teacher  of  the  year  Matthew  McConn  gives   an  inspirational  speech  to  the  NHS  inductees  and   their  guests. 12.  The  new  members  proudly  pose  behind  the   ÂżYHVFDQGOHVUHSUHVHQWLQJVFKRODUVKLSVHUYLFH leadership,  character,  and  citizenship. 13.  1+6RIÂżFHUVSDVVHGRQWKHWRUFKWR incoming  students. 14.  Seniors  Kelsey  Radabaugh  and  Genesis  Pe-­ rales  saved  lives  at  the  spring  blood  drive. 15.  Photography  classes  pose  together  after  a   ÂżHOGWULSWRWKH0HQLO&ROOHFWLRQDQG)RWRIHVW 16.  The  junior  team  smiles  together  despite  loos-­ ing  the  Powderpuff  game. 17.  The  glory  belongs  to  the  senior  team  as  they   celebrated  a  27-­0  victory  in  the  Powderpuff  game.


New  Summer  Movies  for  2011

Cadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Picks

May  6th,  2011   For   those   of   you   NOT   in   the   loop,   super   hero   movies   are   sweeping   the   near   future   and   it   is   going   to   be   totally,   one-­ hundred   percent,   good   old-­fashion   AWESOME.   Thor   is   topping   the   list   this   summer,   among   others,  as  the  continuing   string   of   Marvel   super   hero   movies   for   super   heros   that   will   all   be   featured  in  The  Avengers   movie   of   summer   2012.   In   my   professional   opinion,   Thor   just   might   be   the   best   super   hero   Ă&#x20AC;LFN RI WKH VXPPHU Why   is   this,   exactly?   With   an   outstanding   cast   of   academy   award   winners   and   nominees,   a   distinguished   director   and  a  solid  cast  of  writers,   this  movie  may  just  blow   away   other   blockbusters   of   the   summer   such   as   Captain   America:   The   First   Avenger   and   Green   Lantern.   All   in   all,   this   movie   has   potential   to   not   only   win   an   award,   but   also   be   one   of   the   best   super   hero   movies   of   all   time.

 May  26th,  2011                  What  can  I  say?  Every   time   a   cast   of   comedy   and   action   movie   actors   come  together  to  make  a   ridiculous  action-­comedy   for  kids,  I  am  there.  This   summer,  Kung  Fu  Panda   2   will   be   no   exception.   The   trailer   for   this   movie   presents   a   plot   line   that   is   usually   seen   in   childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   movies,   with   limited   twists   to   ensure   an   entertaining   NLGÂśV ÂżOP SDFNHG ZLWK laughs   and   fun.   Keep   in   mind,   however   that   this   is   a   movie   aimed   for   young   children.   Although   entertaining,   I   recommend   seeing   this   one   with   a   younger   sibling.   It   will   compare   WR WKH ÂżUVW .XQJ )X Panda  in  the  sense  that   most   sequels   do,   if   you   ORYHG WKH ÂżUVW RQH \RX may   not   like   this   one.   However,   this   movie   may   be   able   to   top   the   last   because   of   an   addition  to  the  cast,  Gary   Oldman.   However,   the   likelihood  of  this  addition   making  the  entire  movie   better   seems   quite   low.

June  3rd,  2011  Powerhouse  superheros   the   X-­Men   are   returning   for   a...prequel?   Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   right,   a   prequel.   And   while   this   prequel   completely   violates   the   idea  of  what  the  original   story  line  is  for  the  comic   books,   I   do   honor   and   respect   it   and   I   will   give   it   a   chance   at   being   a   decent   movie.   Having   such   a   large   group   of   iconic   heros,   X-­Men:   First   Class   seemed   GLIÂżFXOW WR SXOO RII EXW after  watching  the  trailer,   I   retain   my   hope.   This   movie   features   young   and   rising   actors,   such   as   Skins   star   Nicholas   Hoult,   and   a   star   in   the   new   movie   Battle:   LA,   Lucas   Till.   Just   by   seeing   the   early   stages   of   development,   the   movie   seems   to   have   a   decent   following   and   great   special   effects.   Combined   with   great   actors   such   as   Michael   Fassbender   and   James   McAvoy,   this   could   be   picture   perfect   for   super   hero   movies.   7KLVPRYLHZLOOGHÂżQLWHO\ be   worth   watching.

July  1st,  2011     Movie   goers   already   know   what   to   expect   when   they   hear   the   name   Michael   Bay.   Predictably   this   will   be   nothing   but   bad   acting   and   explosions,   and   we   will   love   every   second   of   it!   Transformers   is   about  giant  transforming   URERWV ¿JKWLQJ HDFK other   for   the   sake   of   the   human   race.   That   is   all   you   need   to   know.   The   trailer   offered   little   information   of   an   actual   story,   but   what   excites   me   most   is   what   appears   to   be     a   pterodactyl   transformer,   which   means   Dinobots!   This   movie   offers   little   in  the  ways  of  story,  but   offers  a  lot  in  the  way  of   action.   The   only   reason   ZH ZLOO JR VHH WKLV ¿OP is  to  be  entertained,  and   that   is   exactly   what   you   will  get.  If  you  want  good   acting   and   character   development,   go   see   a   Daniel   Day   Lewis   movie,   but   if   you   want   explosions   and   high-­ octane   action,   go   see   DQ\ 0LFKDHO %D\ ¿OP

July  15th,  2011  7KLV LV WKH ÂżQDO WDOH RI WKH ER\ZL]DUG ZKR ÂżUVW captured   our   hearts   in   ERWKERRNDQGÂżOP+DUU\ Potter,   teenage   wizard,   VHWV RII RQ WKH ÂżQDO OHJ of   his   epic   journey   to   destroy   the   evil   wizard   Voldemort,   whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   hell   bent  on  trying  to  destroy   the  world.  This  is  setting   up  to  be  a  pretty  intense   movie.   From   what   I   hear,   there   is   a   lot   of   HSLF ZL]DUG ÂżJKWV LQ WKH book,  which  will  translate   IDQWDVWLFO\RQÂżOP:KHQ this   movie   comes   out,   , DP JRLQJ WR EH ÂżUVW in   line.   The   ending   of   the   last   movie   sent   chills   down   my   spine   in   anticipation.   From   ZKDW ,ÂśP WROG WKH ÂżOP series   differs   a   lot   from   the   text,   so   I   canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   wait   to   see   what   happens.     Hang   on   for   one   of   the   best   conclusions   to   a   movie   saga   since   The   Lord   of   The   Rings.   Many   fans   may   be   sad   to   see   Harry   and   his   friends   go,   but   I   for   one   am   excited   to   see   how   they  will  make  their  exit.

Nikoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  Picks

June  17th,  2011     Hal   Jordan,   Air   Force   ÂżJKWHUSLORWÂżQGVDQDOLHQ power   ring   that   turns   anything  he  can  imagine   into   reality.   With   a   story   like  the  Green  Lanternâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s,   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   no   surprise   that   he   KDV ÂżQDOO\ PDGH LW WR WKH ELJ VFUHHQ $W ÂżUVW this   movie   looked   like   another   cheesy,   campy   super   hero   movie.   Then   the     four   minute   footage   was   released   DQG UHYHDOHG WKH ÂżOP to   be   an   outer   space   epic.     Green   Lantern   looks   to   match   not   only   Avatarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   visual   affects   toe  to  toe,  but  The  Dark   Knightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   action   as   well.   The   clips   that   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   seen   of  this  movie  show  a  lot   of  potential  to  be  a  great   super-­hero   movie.   With   such  high  standards  set   by   The   Dark   Knight,   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   hard   to   release   comic-­ ERRN EDVHG ÂżOPV EXW this   one   looks   to   be   promising  for  those  who   are   fans   of   the   comics.   People   who   are   not   IDQV ZLOO ÂżQG WKLV ÂżOP equaly   as   entertaining.

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By  CADE  BUNDRICK STAFF  WRITER       Sweat.   Heat.   Thirst.   Art.   Music.   Summerfest.   Few  words  can  describe   what   it   is   truly   like   to   experience   new,   unheard   of   music   when   it   is   live   and   in   your   face.   Houstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   annual   Free   Press   Summerfest   began   three   years   ago   and   is   growing   with   every   show   that   is   held.   The   event   is   a   two-­day   long   experience   of   both   independent   and   major   label  music  from  the  local   and   national   scene.  The   event,   organized   by   the   local  Free  Press  Houston   newspaper,   recognizes   and   promotes   bands   from   across   the   country   and   the   world.   In   past   years,   the   festival   has   featured   such   acts   as   The   Flaming   Lips,   Girl   Talk,   Of   Montreal,   Slim   Thug   and   hundreds   more.       The   experience   that   Summerfest   offers   is   unlike   any   other.   For   such   a   cheap   and   reasonable   price,   and   such   great   bands,   it   would   be   wrong   to   pass   up   this   event.   Attending   this   festival   ensures   the   discovery   of   new   music   and   new   friends.  

The   people   involved   in   Summerfest  are  devoted   to  making  the  community  

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IN  YOUR  FACE:  Local  rapper  B  L  A  C  K  I  E  likes  to  perform  in  the  crowd. a   better   place   and   creating   an   event   that   every   Houstonian   can   look   forward   to.   Not   only   does   this   festival   support   such   great   causes   as   local   music   and   local   business,   but   it   also   forces   people   to   get   out   of   their   niche   and   socialize   with   some  

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amazing   people.   Since   the   country   and   created   last   year,   the   festival   more   recognition   for   has  added  more  stages,   unheard   of   bands.  

more   bands   and   more   endorsement.        Since  its  beginning,  the   festival  has  grown  at  an   enormous   rate,   causing   its   popularity   to   also   grow.   Summerfest   has   impacted   the   musical   community   by   exposing   independent   and   major   label  artists  from  across  

The   festival   has   been   able   to   bring   together   people   and   businesses   located   in   the   Houston   area   and   solidify   a   unity   within   the   community.   Thanks   to   the   festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   growing   size,   there   is   an   increasing   number   of   vendors,   bands,   and   attendees.   Last   yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  

festival   totaled   around   30,000   audience   members,   making   it,   RIÂżFLDOO\ WKH ELJJHVW music  festival  in  Houston   for  2010.      For  those  of  you  music   lovers  out  there  who  can   appreciate  a  good  show,   going   to   Summerfest   is   like   appreciating   thirty   good   shows   per   day   for   the   price   of   one.   Not   to   mention,   free   food   and   drinks   all   around.   The   festival  sits  on  the  edge  of   downtown   in   Houstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Eleanor  Tinsley  Park  on   the   Buffalo   Bayou.   The   atmosphere   of   the   park  

and  the  Houston  skyline   creates   an   experience   that  you  just  can  not  get   at  other  venues  such  as   South   By   South   West   or   Austin   City   Limits.   This   festival   sits   you   in   two   massive   natural   amphitheaters   and   blasts   you   with   enough   crazy  music  to  keep  you   FRPIRUWDEOH IRU WKH ¿UVW weekend   of   summer   break.  The  festival  takes   place   on   June   4th   and   5th   from   11AM   until   10PM  and  is  the  perfect   party   to   kick   off   your   summer  break.


Key  to  success  overlooked

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Problem,  solution  for  high  school  and  beyond

By  KELLEY  KIM EDITOR-­IN-­CHIEF  Growing   up   with   my   own   t i g e r   m o m ,   I â&#x20AC;&#x2122; v e   b e e n   c o n -­ ditioned   t o   always   reach   for   perfectionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not   for   the   image   or   reputation,   but   for   self-­satisfaction.   The   Eastern   work   ethic   that   has   been   drilled   into   my   brain   has   pulled   me   a   long   wayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all   Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   throughout   high   VFKRRO UHÂżQHG VNLOOV LQ multiple  instruments  and   languages,   a   successful   debate   career,   and   a   ÂżYH SDJH UHVXPH , ZDV always   told   that   where   thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   a   will,   thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   a   way,   but   when   I   look   around  Spring  Woods,  it   seems   as   if   the   student   body   lacks   a   will   to   begin   with.   Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   get   me   wrongâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;there   are   a   select   few   who   desire   to   learn   the   unknown,  

but   the   intellectual   curiosity   and   student   initiative,   in   general,   seems   to   be   dead.       The   Organization   for   Economic   Co-­operation   and   Developmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Programme   for   International   Student   Assessment   (PISA)   report,   which   compares   the  knowledge  and  skills   of   15-­year-­olds   in   70   countries   around   the   world,  ranked  the  United   States   14th   for   reading   skills,   17th   for   science   and   a   below-­average   25th   for   mathematics   in   2010.   I   personally   believe   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   the   studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;   duty  to  take  the  initiative   to   get   a   good   education   and  be  actively  involved;Íž   however,   it   has   to   be   Âż[HGIURPWKHFRUHRIWKH problemâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;our   attitudes.       7KH ÂżUVW V\PSWRP RI our  epidemic  of  laziness   is   our   rampant   lack   of   activity.   It   startles   me   that  hardly  anyone  wants   to   establish,   much   less   JHW LQYROYHG ZLWK H[WUD curricular   activities   that   colleges   swoon   over,   such   as   Academic  

Decathlon,   Model   United  Nations,  a  variety   of   honor   societies,   and   more.   Our   service   clubs   are   hanging   by   a   thread   and   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   primarily   because   of   a   lack   of  

dream.   If   there   isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   a   club   that   matches   your   interests,  start  your  own.   Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   let   the   thought   of   impossibility   stop   you   from  being  well  rounded,   because   it   certainly  

has   become   entirely   acceptable   instead   of   shooting  for  the  A.            So  whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  the  solution?   Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   actually   very   simple:   listen   to   your   teacher,   do   your   work,   and   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   let   the   thought   of   impossibility   stop   you   from   being   well-­rounded,   because  it  certainly  doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  hurt  to  try.â&#x20AC;? interest   to   get   involved   LQWKHÂżUVWSODFH     The   cure   to   this   laziness   is   to   spread   your   wings   and   try   out   other   activities,   but   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   let   them   be   just   UHVXPHÂżOOHUV 'RQÂśW centralize   all   of   your   attention   on   one   thing;Íž   focus   and   dedication   are  impressive  qualities,   but   having   initiative   and   diversity   to   couple   them   is   even   better.  Also,   the   key   to   being   prepared   for   post-­high   school   life   is  to  have  an  idea  as  to   what   the   future   will   look   like   and   join   activities   that   can   help   build   this  

doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  hurt  to  try.          The  second  symptom   is   our   lack   of   intellectual   curiosity.   Granted,   there   are   a   few   out   there   who   yearn   for   the   newest   information,   but   for   the   majority,   our   eyes   are   set   so   low   that   just   achieving   bare   minimum   seems   to   be   perfectly   okay.   Too   many   times   have   I   seen   my   peers   be   glad   that   they   barely   passed   or   not   even   do   any  work  in  class  simply   because   they   â&#x20AC;&#x153;just   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   feel  like  it.â&#x20AC;?  Laziness  has   become  such  a  common   lifestyle  at  our  school  that   simply   passing   a   class  

forget   what   youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   aiming  for.  I  know,  doing   work   might   sound   like   a   terrifying   idea,   but   what   will   be   lost?  The  newest   TV  episode  of  Glee  might   seem   more   enticing   than   calculus,   AP   FKHPLVWU\ DQG GHÂżQLWHO\ Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hamlet,â&#x20AC;?   but  trust  me,  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  possible   to   keep   a   balance   of   interests.   You   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   have   to   lock   yourself   in   a  room  and  play  a  piano   piece   until   it   is   perfect   or   even   be   drowned   in   the   pages   of   your   WH[WERRNV WR EH GULYHQ As   a   student,   success   comes   with   a   price,  

and   I   strongly   suggest   that   underclassmen   give   education   a   bigger   chance   than   what   many   students   are   giving   it   credit   for.   0DNH D IHZ VDFULÂżFHV Personally,   I   found   fun   in   the   eventual   feeling   of   accomplishment   and   recognition,   which   is   well  worth  my  initial  input   because   I   know   how   it   feels   and   I   know   that   it   will   be   there,   waiting   for   me  at  the  end.        In  todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  world,  each   graduating   class   is   having   to   face   higher   standards   each   year   to   be   able   to   compete   for   a   job   and   make   a   decent   living.   This   is   why   I   am   outlining   the   problems   of   our   student   body   and   what   I   believe   can   be   improved   for   our   academic   culture   in   order   to   save   the   future   generation   from   kicking   themselves   in   regret.   Have   a   plan,   take   a   chance,   and   give   it   all   you   got   while   youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re   here-­-­youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll   be   glad   that   you  did.

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thing.  Minh  A.  Luong,  an   assistant   professor   in   the   Ethics,   Politics,   and   Economics   program   at   Yale   Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Center   for   International   and   Area   Studies   puts   it   this   way;Íž   â&#x20AC;&#x153;college   admission   directors  are  relying  less   on  grade  point  averages   and   standardized   test   scoresâ&#x20AC;?.   Did   you   know   that   in   1988   Harvard   University   rejected   over   50%   of   its   applicants   with   perfect   scholastic   Aptitude   Tests   and   80%   who  were  valedictorians?   Dean   of   Admissions   at   the   University   of   Pennsylvania   put   it   best   when   he   said   â&#x20AC;&#x153;we   realized   one   of   the   better   predicators   of   success   is   the   ability   to   dedicate   oneself   to   a   task   and   do   it   well.â&#x20AC;?         In   short,   the   easiest   way   to   get   scholarships   is   by   working   on   your   grades.   If   you   keep   up   with   your   work   from   day   one   of   freshman   year,   day  one  of  senior  year  all   \RXKDYHWRGRLVÂżOOLQD number  on  an  application   and   money   will   come   to   you.   However,   you   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   have   to   be   what   has   become   known   as   the   â&#x20AC;&#x153;perfectâ&#x20AC;?   student   for   one   to   get   money.   There  are  plenty  of  non-­ academic,   non-­need   based   scholarships   that   basically   hand   out   cash   for   easy   requirements.   Not  to  mention  that  if  you   focus   your   high   school   career   on   selecting   an   activity   not   on   what   you   think   looks   good   on   a   resume,   but   rather   something   you   need   to   develop  as  a  person  and   FDQ GR H[FHSWLRQDO LQ FDQÂżOOLQDFDGHPLFJDSV

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STAFF  WRITER

     At   the   p e a k   of   my   f r e s h -­ m a n   year,   I   thought   it   would   be   cool   to   do   something   special   for   my   school.   For   me,   that   meant   giving   something   back.   I   ran   for   president   of   Student  

STUDENT   council;͞   an   RUJDQL]DWLRQ VSHFL¿FDOO\ run   by   students,   for   the   rest   of   the   student   body   ZLWKDQDXWKRULW\¿JXUHWR help   guide   them   on   the   right  track.            During  my  sophomore   election,   I   lost   my   presidency   to   another   member,   which   I   was   ¿QH ZLWK EHFDXVH LQ return,   I   became   vice   president.   When   taking   on   such   a   major   role   in   an   organization,   time   management   is   very  

enough   people   ran   for   DQ RI¿FH DQG WKRVH who   did   automatically   got   their   positions   they   ZDQWHG 7KDWœV ¿QH however,   what   becomes   problematic   here   is   a   lack   of   responsibility.   If   a  student  has  the  status   of   being   something,   such   as   president,   they   should   be   meeting   the   standards  by  committing   themselves   to   strict   attendance,   not   just   as   much   as   they   have   time   for  in  their  own  schedule.  

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The  group  is  titled,  STUDENT  council;Íž  an  organization  spe-­ FLÂżFDOO\UXQE\VWXGHQWVIRUWKHUHVWRIWKHVWXGHQWERG\ZLWKDQ DXWKRULW\ÂżJXUHWRKHOSJXLGHWKHPRQWKHULJKWWUDFN´ Council   (Stu-­co)   for   the   class   of   2011   and   kept   my   status   up   to   date   for   two   un-­consecutive   years.  By  my  sophomore   year,   I   dropped   to   vice-­ president,   but   was   still   active  in  the  club.  Now  it   has   come   down   to   this:   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  my  senior  year  and  I   DP QR ORQJHU DQ RIÂżFHU for   Student   Council,   but   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  kept  close  with  a  lot   of  the  underclassman  in   the  organization  and  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   realized  that  there  isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  a   lot  going  on  anymore.              This  isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  my  â&#x20AC;&#x153;donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t-­do-­ it-­passâ&#x20AC;?  to  those  who  are   thinking   about   joining.   Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   what   this   school   needs   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   more   people   in   the   organization   because   from   what   I   hear,   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   approaching   a   downfall.  A  lot  of  people   FRXOG SRLQW WKH ÂżQJHU at   coordinator   Melissa   Schmitz,   but   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   not   her   fault   that   people   do   not   attend   meetings   or   care   to  join.  The  group  is  titled,  

important   for   either   position.   But   due   to   a   lack   of   attendance   at   our   Stu-­co   meetings,   I   was   convinced   that   our   president  did  not  deserve   the  position.  Now  that  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   graduating,   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   noticing   some   of   the   junior   and   VRSKRPRUH RIÂżFHUV WKDW FXUUHQWO\ KROG RIÂżFH WKDW attend   meetings   rarely   are   up   for   re-­election   again.   This   shows   how   the   organization   is   coming  up-­short.   While   discussing   this   matter   with   underclassmen,   I   was   informed   about   the   elections  this  year.  Some   say   they   rallied   up   their   friends   to   help   them   advertise   and   get   their   name   out   there.   Then,   I   was   told   by   others   that   all   they   did   was   appoint   themselves   as:   president,  vice  president,   treasurer   or   historian.   If   this   ever   occurs,   it   usually   means   that   not  

      Likewise   over   the   past   four   years,   Student   Council   has   become   an   unknown   club,   and   that   isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  what  it  was  created   for.   The   organization   was   created   to   â&#x20AC;&#x153;allow   students   to   become   leaders   within   the   school   and   community,â&#x20AC;?   coordinator   Schmitz   said.  Which  means  these   underclassmen   need   to   step   it   up   and   reset   the   bar   for   themselves   and   the   organization.   With   that   being   said   and   new   elections     on   the   rise,   I   truly   hope   for   the   best   for   this   organization   in   the  years  to  come.  It  has   been  an  honor  for  me  to   be  a  part  of  the  group  for   the  past  three  years,  and   I   would   like   to   wish   the   XSFRPLQJ RIÂżFHUV JRRG luck.   Just   remember   to   be   persistent   in   all   that   you  want  to  accomplish.


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By  JJ  GONZALEZ  AND  SAMANTHA  SOLIS STAFF  WRITERS

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LAUREN  DANIELS What   is   your   round   sport   for   me.   average   throw   in   My   coachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   motto   is   both  events? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eat.   Sleep.  Throw.â&#x20AC;?   Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   like   the   story   of   In   shot   put,   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   in   my   life!   Throwing   the  45ish  range.  And   requires   plenty   as   far   as   discus,   its   of   training   if   you   more   in   the   140ish   want   to   be   range.   It   changes   successful,   from  day  to  day. so   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   w i l l i n g   What  has  been  your   to   do   drive   in   getting   whatever  it  takes. better   and   how   much   have   you   Between  the  two   improved  since  the   events,   which   beginning   of   the   one   do   you   season? prefer  and       why? Besides   being   naturally   extremely   competitive,   with   the   support   of   my   O h   coach   and   dad,   gosh,   thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   it   drives   me   a   tough   one.   to   be   my   Both  are  tons  of  fun,   b e s t   but   if   I   absolutely   a n d   had   to   choose   p e r fo r m   one,   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d   probably   my   best.   I   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   have   to   go   with   know   what   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d   do   discus.   The   without   those   guys.   funny   thing   is   So   far   the   season   Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m   actually   has  turned  out  to  be   better  at  shot   a  great  one  not  only   put.   Shot   for  me,  but  the  track   put   basically   comes   ERH Ă IPH XIEQ EW E naturally   with   me   whole.  I  have  added   where  as  discus  takes   tons   of   distance   a   lot   of   hard   work   to   my   throw   this   and   determination.   season. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   why   I   love   it.   What   can   I   say?   I   How   much   time   like  a  challenge.   do  you  have  to  put   into   making   your   throw  better? Throwing   is   pretty   much   my   life   and   basically   is   a   year-

Ruth Giraldo What  do  you  think  about  when   running?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Running the curve fast, and picking up my knees.â&#x20AC;?

Briana Bonner Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  the  biggest  challenge  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   faced  in  having  to  rely  on  three  other   people?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making sure I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drop the stick when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re passing it because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m second leg.â&#x20AC;?

ROMAN RODRIGUEZ Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   your   beginning   of   the   current   average   season? throw   in   both   events? My drive is being the best I can be 59ft in shot put. to get to state, and 160ft in the discus. hopefully medal over there or win state. In the discus 15 feet. In shot 5 feet. How   much   time  do  you  have   to   put   into   making   your  throw  better? A lot, but I make sure I work hard in the weight room, and also in the throwing ring. I put many hours day in and day out bettering my throw. Between   the   two   events,   which   one   do   you   prefer   and   why?

W h a t   h a s   been   your   drive   in   getting   better   and   how   much   have   you   improved   since   the  

Shot put, because I believe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the more aggressive event. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just expect to go in the ring and throw far. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to get pumped up and psyched to throw far. You have to be a in the circle somehow, someway. It takes a lot of effort to get that heavy ball out there.

Imani Webster In  what  grade  did  you  start  running   competitively?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started my 7th grade year at Spring Oaks middle school.â&#x20AC;?

Isaiah Montez How  much  time  do  you  have  to  put  in   to  making  your  throw  better?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;5 or maybe 6 days of working harder and getting better.â&#x20AC;?


A who-to-look-for guide for Spring Woods’ 2011-2012 season as picked by the coaches

With  the  2010-­11  school  year  coming   to  an  end  and  the  class  of  2011  leaving,   many   varsity   teams   are   losing   their   best  players,  creating  a  need  for  an-­ other  leader  to  step  up.  The  students   shown  here  are  the  athletes  who  are   expected   to   step   up   as   selected   by   their  respective  coaches. Note:  Some  coaches  declined  to  comment,  so  their  sport   does  not  have  a  player  listed  here.


The  American   Musical  and   Dramatic  Academy ‡ Dayana  Iza

Angelina  College ‡

Lakresia  Gadison

Austin  Community         College ‡

Houston ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡

Gino  Caprille ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡

Michael  Acosta David  Alvarado Sebastian  Arras Julie  Bang Rachael  Bradley Theresa  Dao Cristyan  Elias Fabian  Flores Sam  Fuller Scott  Glezen Ivan  Gonzalez Dominique  Guzman Judy  Jaramillo Brittney  Jenkins Mohamad  Kachmar Harold  Lai Gustavo  Lucio Daniel  Jesus  Mago   Rodriguez  Santa   Maria  Hitcher Walter  Mata Ronnie  Mekela Claudia  Miranda Loan  Nguyen Eduardo  Rodriguez Veronica  Rojas Cammie  Serres Ana  Sevilla Michael  Tran

Baylor ‡ ‡ ‡

Juan  Castilla Mollie  Musgrove Vivian  Perez

Blinn ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡

Dallas  Hansford Morgann  Holmes Cody  Matecki Dwight  McCrimmom Jason  Shannon Kennedy  Simpson Keith  Smith Deniss  Valero Nelson  Walton

Brigham  Young ‡

Juliette  Call

Clemson ‡

Emily  Groce

Drexel ‡

Victoria  Kimmel

George  Washington ‡

Silverio  Ramirez

Houston  Community   College  (cont.)

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Houston  Baptist Falaq  Gaither Tracy  Garcia Jessie  Roman Victor  Sanchez Samantha  Solis Jeffrey  Suarez Sarah  Young

Houston  Community   College Valerie  Acevedo Eldy  Aguilar Vanessa  Aguilar Chelsea  Alarcon Gabriella  Aderete Ernest  Alexander Javier  Andino Monica  Apolinar Karla  Arvizu Luis  Ayala Ingrid  Barahona Daniel  Barrientos Ivan  Batres Kate  Benavides Canda  Blanco Jessica  Blanco Brittany  Boutarfa Courtney    Boutarfa Jazmin  Cabrera Eslie  Casteneda Ashley  Cervantes Johana  Cespedes Ivett  Chavez Irving  Cobix Emerson  Cortez Alexis  De  Leon Zoraida  Dumit Gerardo  Echeverria Cinthia  Elias Noorein  Farooqui Rodrigo  Galicia Rigo  Gallegos Carlos  Garcia JJ  Gonzalez Cyndie  Guardado Robert  Hamm RaLynn  Haynes Cristel  Hernandez Heather  Hernandez Jarett  Hernandez Melanie  Jagdeo Allison  Jubert Lauren  Laguna Sharona  Le  Blanc Priscilla  Limon Eva  Lopez Gabriela  Lopez

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Dunia  Martinez Evelyn  Martinez Jorge  Martinez Heather    McFeaters Elizabeth  Melgoza Taylor  Melville Vicky  Mena Marta  Mendez Zachary  Metzler Sandra  Molina Sarahi  Mondragon Diana  Navarrete   Ramirez Lisbeth  Navarro-­ Najera Evelia  Nestor Susan  Nguyen Juan  Nieto Nikki  Ozan Alejandro  Perez April  Perez Priscilla  Phillips Yaneth  Pineda Miranda  Pozos Selena  Puente Beatriz  Quiroz Angela  Raymundo Vanessa  Razo Christopher                   Resendez Karen  Rivas Desiree  Robinson Carmelo  Robles Cynthia  Rodriguez Emmanuel                       Rodriguez Neri  Salgado Javier  Sillero Cecilia  Silva Amanda  Simmons Lizbeth  Torres Adrian  Trujillo Jose  Vasquez Rosa  Vasquez Jose  Velasquez Mark  Walters Nancy  Zamorano

Louisiana  State ‡ ‡ ‡

Allison  Bixler Josselyn  Conde Emma  Russell

Lubbock  Christian ‡ ‡

Keila  Ramon Kimberly  Rodriguez

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Military Luis  Duran Cesar  Guajardo Juan  Hernandez Blake  Jeffries Sam  Lash Augustine  Lopez Deadrean  Martin Rafael  Sauceda David  Unrath

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Navarro  College Joshua  Jones

Stephen  F.  Austin ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡

Sam  Houston ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡

Miguel  Flores Ana  Garcia Citali  Juarez Ana  Lopez  Juarez Ayman  Mohammed Tahra  Sanchez Stephanie  Silva Adriana  Zuniga

Chani  Blair Sylvia  Fernandez Mystique  Hammett Mauricio  Leon Cendy  Martinez Rodrigo  Rico

Southwestern Oklahoma ‡

Texas  Arlington ‡ ‡

Misael  Garcia Abraham  Jiminez

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Texas  Dallas Alejandra  Martinez

Texas  San  Antonio

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Alyssa  Colorado Tyler  Eggerman Josue  Lemus Van  Anh  Pham

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Texas  Tech Ross  Krueger Jose  Razo Selah  Serrano

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Texas  Woman’s Stephanie  Suarez Leah  Walker

Catherine  Willis

Mark  Frazier

Houston-­  Dowtown ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡

Robert  Arnold Ruth  Cepeda Meshara  Crofton Janette  Cruz Agustin  Duran Reyna  Flores Melissa  Franco Michael  Martinez Toby  Otorubio Farzaana  Phillip Estefania  Ramon   Renoj Carolina  Rodriguez Karen  Rubio Jose  Sanchez Whitney  Simmons Christopher  Smith   Green

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Texas Eduardo  Angel Cameron  Blome Justin  Guillot Selvin  Monroy Megan  Peterson Nicholas  Ruff Bryan  Sapon

St.  John’s Oklahoma  Christian ‡

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Alex  Richardson Tampa

Kaitlyn  Whitten ‡

Max  Gerall

Texas  A&M

Johnson  &  Wales ‡ Misty  Bruno Lamar ‡ ‡

Jason  Lainez Joel  Lopez

Prairie  View  A&M ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡

Jasmin  Calderon Tony  Dinh Brian  Gray-­Sparks Lesley  Laynes Demetrick  Nichols Estenfania  Razo Jasmin  Rocha

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Rice Kelley  Kim

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Grant  Bridges Viviana  Hernandez Amanda  Mueller Matt  Nesloney Kelsey  Radabaugh Beverly  Socop

Lone  Star ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡

Jazmin  Araujo Omar  Ardon Ana  Caceres Jessica  Carrillo Gelnda  Coxic Ricardo  Cuevas Elizabeth  Garcia Kelly  Garcia Leticia  Garcia Alejendra                         Hernandez Jeanne  Ho Sebastian  Laguna Huy  Le Carlos  Lopez Maritza  Lopez Susan  Martinez Colby  Raymond Stephanie  Rivera Caitlin  Rochow Hector  Tapia  Acosta Jesus  Torres

Texas  A&M  Courpus   Christi ‡

Rocky  Mountain  College   of  Art  and  Design ‡

Ashley  Favor

Texas  A&M  Kingsville ‡

Abraham  Rosales Joselyn  Sandoval

Jeffrey  Solis

Texas  State

San  Jacinto  College ‡ ‡

Kelton  Axtell

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Niko  Corbin Amanda  Firenza Chelsea  Rodriguez

Tyler  College ‡

Fabian  Moffett


The Regit- May 2011