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Odyssey of the Mind
The Â Odyssey Â of Â the Â Mind Â promotes Â students Â to Â use Â their Â creativity Â to Â solve Â prob-Â lems Â that Â range Â from Â building Â mechanical Â devices Â to Â presenting Â their Â own Â inter-Â pretation Â of Â literary Â classics. Â This Â year, Â seven Â students, Â Parker Â Blome, Â Taylor Â Cannon, Â Kyle Â Guillemette, Â Tracy Â Mockler, Â Samantha Â Pollicove, Â and Â Mason Â Story Â constructed Â a Â structure Â made Â of Â balsa Â that Â was Â require Â to Â hold Â a Â considerable Â amount Â of Â weight. Â They Â competed Â with Â other Â thousands Â of Â teams Â from Â through-Â out Â the Â United Â States Â and Â from Â about Â 25 Â other Â countries Â that Â participated Â in Â the Â program. Â The Â Tigers Â placed Â third Â in Â the Â entire Â state Â of Â Texas.
SBISD Employee of the Month
HOSA Â director Â Judy Â Holton Â was Â surprised Â by Â Dr. Â Klussman Â and Â was Â named Â SBISD Â employee Â of Â the Â month Â for Â May. Â â€œJudy Â is Â an Â amazing Â person Â and Â I Â am Â so Â excited Â to Â have Â her Â recognized Â in Â this Â way,â€? Â Principal Â Lance Â Stallworth Â said.
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2011-2012 Class Officers Class Â of Â 2012 President Â Ali Â Alvarez, Â Vice Â President Â Samantha Â Pollicove, Â Secretary Â Kelsey Â Ca-Â david, Â and Â Treasurer Â Katie Â Redd Class Â of Â 2013 President Â Hope Â Vasquez, Â Vice Â President Â Birttany Â Toy, Â Secretary Â Odalis Â Garcia, Â and Â Treasurer Â Rena Â Dang Class Â of Â 2014 PresidentIsaiah Â Rodriguez, Â Vice Â President Â Max Â Rombado, Â Â and Â Treasurer Â Boa-Â Tran Â Ma &RQJUDWXODWLRQVWRWKH6WXGHQW&RXQFLO2IÂżFHUV President Â Tracy Â Mockler, Â Vice Â President Â Samantha Â Pollicove, Â Secretary Â Boa-Â Tran Â Ma, Â and Â Treasurer Â Katie Â Redd
Senior Â supports Â MS-Â Â 150 . Gonzalez Â donates Â full Â amount Â to Â Multiple Â Sclerosis
that Â I Â would Â munch Â on, Â and Â bread Â for Â my Â carbs.â€? STAFF Â WRITER Â Â Gonzalez Â admitted Â to Â Â Â Â Â Â After Â three Â months Â only Â doing Â the Â bike Â ride Â of Â training, Â senior Â Ivan Â to Â conquer Â it. Â However, Â Gonzalez Â decided Â to Â any Â excess Â amount Â of Â support Â and Â compete Â in Â money Â raised Â by Â his Â the Â MS-Â150 Â bike Â ride. Â ÂżYH 00$ 0L[HG 0DU-Â Â Â â€œIn Â order Â to Â train Â myself, Â tial Â Arts) Â was Â not Â kept. Â I Â exercised Â Â Â â€œWith Â the Â with Â ankle, Â $3,000 Â that Â forearm, Â and Â I Â raised Â from Â even Â vest Â the Â MS-Â150, Â I Â w e i g h t s , â€? Â had Â decided Â G o n z a l e z Â to Â donate Â the Â said. Â â€œI Â would Â full Â amount Â to Â even Â run Â the Â cause Â be-Â and Â swim Â cause Â those Â with Â the Â fore-Â people Â need Â it Â arm Â weights Â more Â than Â I Â do,â€? Â as Â well.â€? Gonzalez Â said. Â Â Â Â The Â event Â Â Â There Â are Â o c c u r r e d Â medals Â for Â most Â from Â April Â c o n t e s t a n t s Â 16th Â -Â Â April Â who Â compete Â 17th. Â Â The Â in Â the Â mara-Â bike Â ride Â is Â thon. Â However, Â c o m p o s e d Â not Â every Â com-Â of Â a Â total Â of Â petitor Â receives Â 182 Â miles Â an Â award. Â which Â is Â Âł7KH ÂżUVW KXQ-Â split Â into Â two Â dred Â winners Â days Â of Â work. Â receive Â medals, Â Â Â â€œTheir Â are Â and Â there Â are Â two Â main Â ON Â THE Â ROAD Â AGAIN: Â Senior Â Ivan Â Gonzalez Â silver, Â bronze Â g r u e s o m e Â raises Â money Â to Â sponsor Â Multiple Â Sclerosis. Â and Â gold Â med-Â parts Â about Â DOV IRU WKH ÂżUVW the Â marathon,â€? Â Gonza-Â breaks Â to Â rehydrate Â them-Â three,â€? Â Gonzalez Â said. Â lez Â said. Â â€œThe Â 12 Â hours Â selves, Â all Â but Â one Â that Â is. â€œI Â on Â the Â other Â hand Â and Â 56 Â minutes Â it Â took Â Â Â â€œYou Â can Â get Â breaks, Â but Â received Â a Â pat Â on Â the Â and Â also, Â having Â to Â load Â my Â main Â goal Â was Â just Â to Â back Â from Â the Â head Â up Â on Â carbs Â while Â riding.â€? ÂżQLVK WKH UDFHÂ´ *RQ]D-Â sponsor Â of Â British Â Pe-Â Â Â The Â MS-Â150 Â began Â in Â lez Â said. Â â€œSo Â what Â I Â did Â WUROHXP %3 DQG WKHQ Houston. Â Bikers Â went Â was Â stick Â these Â little Â pro-Â he Â shook Â my Â hand Â and Â as Â far Â as Â LaGrange Â the Â tein Â bars Â in Â my Â pockets Â took Â a Â photo Â with Â me.â€? By Â CHELSEA Â RODRIGEZ
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CONTINUED: Â GOLDEN Â RIBBON ...done Â so Â much Â to Â work Â in Â that Â area Â that Â most Â of Â that Â credit Â falls Â on Â the Â science Â depart-Â ment. Â Julie Â Hummel Â and Â Ann Â Brown Â have Â done Â a Â wonderful Â job Â with Â their Â science Â students.â€? Â Although Â this Â does Â show Â Spring Â Woods Â as Â a Â top Â school, Â it Â is Â a Â bit Â out Â of Â propor-Â tion Â when Â it Â comes Â to Â the Â overall Â scores. Â The Â list Â of Â schools Â that Â were Â compared Â for Â all Â of Â the Â schools Â in Â the Â greater Â Houston Â area Â contrasts Â public Â schools, Â private Â schools Â and Â magnet Â schools. Â While Â magnet Â schools Â are Â still Â public Â schools, Â magnet Â schools Â have Â the Â ability Â to Â control Â who Â does Â and Â does Â not Â go Â to Â their Â school, Â giv-Â ing Â them Â top Â pick Â of Â the Â best Â academic Â students Â in Â Houston. Â This, Â then, Â makes Â the Â overall Â scores Â
in Â favor Â of Â the Â magnet Â schools Â rather Â than Â the Â p u b l i c Â schools. Â Â Â â€œI Â r e a l l y Â d o n â€™ t Â t h i n k Â t h a t Â itâ€™s Â fair Â we Â are Â b e i n g Â c o m -Â pared Â to Â Â schools Â t h a t Â Â h a v e Â s u c h Â c o n t r o l Â o v e r Â w h o Â their Â stu-Â d e n t s Â a r e , â€? Â M c C o -Â nn Â said. Â â€œI Â think Â each Â school Â needs Â to Â be Â judged Â on Â where Â they Â stand Â individually Â and Â how Â they Â perform.â€? Â When Â com-Â
paring Â both Â magnet Â and Â public Â schools, Â it Â is Â hard Â to Â judge Â these Â schools Â based Â on Â per-Â formance Â alone. Â â€œI Â think Â that Â magnet Â s c h o o l s Â tend Â to Â be Â self-Âselec-Â tive Â and Â the Â list Â should Â be Â looked Â at Â with Â a Â great Â deal Â of Â caution,â€? Â Stallworth Â said. Â â€œItâ€™s Â like Â com-Â paring Â the Â top Â varsity Â basketball Â players Â in Â the Â city Â and Â then Â comparing Â that Â to Â everybody Â else. Â So Â no Â itâ€™s Â not Â quite Â fair, Â but Â that Â should Â not Â disparage Â the Â work Â that Â they Â do.â€?
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Crooker Â â€œaccelerates Â his Â lifeâ€? 2007 Â grad Â honored Â by Â Clinton Former Â student Â serves Â on Â the Â USS Â Reagan
Â Â â€œIt Â is Â safe Â to Â say Â that Â By Â JESSICA Â JONES ended Â up Â requesting Â ored Â by Â the Â former Â presi-Â anyone Â who Â serves Â in Â 200,000 Â of Â the Â clips Â for Â dent, Â Dinh Â has Â a Â lot Â to Â be Â Â the Â military Â faces Â risks Â Â Â Â STAFF Â WRITER nation-Âwide Â distribution Â proud Â of. Â As Â her Â group's Â that Â those Â of Â us Â in Â the Â in Â their Â clinics Â as Â a Â part Â medical Â clips Â help Â curb Â After Â her Â graduation Â Â Â Spring Â Woods Â has Â civilian Â world Â do Â not,â€? Â of Â their Â Prevention Â of Â the Â spread Â of Â HIV/AIDS Â in Â 2008, Â former Â student Â had Â its Â many Â talented Â Heiser Â said. Mother Â to Â Child Â Trans-Â in Â Swaziland, Â she Â can Â and Â intellectual Â students Â Â Â Back Â at Â home Â Crooker Â Cindy Â Dinh Â went Â on Â to Â do Â great Â things. Â She Â graduate Â from Â its Â doors. Â has Â his Â wife Â and Â two Â was Â accepted Â into Â the Â Many Â make Â it Â further Â than Â twins. others, Â just Â like Â former Â Â Â â€œI Â see Â his Â family Â on Â a Â prestigious Â Rice Â Uni-Â student Â Kelly Â Crooker. regular Â basis Â and Â I Â have Â versity's Â programs Â of Â Â Â Crooker, Â a Â petty Â the Â pleasure Â of Â watching Â Sociology, Â Policy Â Stud-Â rd RIÂżFHU Â class Â in Â the Â his Â twin Â sons Â ies, Â and Â Global Â Health Â Navy, Â is Â on Â board Â the Â now Â that Â they Â and Â was Â the Â Harry Â USS Â Reagan Â which Â are Â living Â S. Â Truman Â scholar Â in Â currently Â sits Â off Â the Â in Â Houston Â 2010. Â Most Â recently, Â coast Â of Â Japan Â to Â help Â while Â Crooker Â she Â was Â honored Â at Â a Â relief Â victims Â from Â the Â is Â deployed Â conference Â held Â at Â the Â natural Â disaster Â that Â hit Â on Â the Â USS Â Clinton Â Global Â Initiative Â the Â country. R o n a l d Â University. Â This Â meeting Â Â Â His Â assignment Â is Â R e a g a n , â€? Â brought Â undergraduate Â and Â graduate Â students Â to Â make Â sure Â that Â the Â Heiser Â said. generators Â on Â board Â Â Â Crooker Â together Â to Â discuss Â work Â properly Â at Â all Â does Â a Â lot Â of Â pressing Â global Â issues Â times. Â traveling Â due Â and Â to Â celebrate Â the Â Â A Â 2005 Â graduate, Â to Â his Â job, Â but Â young, Â brilliant Â minds Â Crooker Â attended Â it Â is Â all Â worth Â of Â America. Â Dinh Â was Â a Â Houston Â Community Â it Â due Â to Â his Â part Â of Â a Â team Â that Â cre-Â A Â MEETING Â WITH Â A Â FORMER Â PRESIDENT: Â Dinh, Â College Â right Â after Â high Â e v e r y d a y Â ated Â a Â medical Â device Â school. Â learning Â in Â that. Â After Â developing Â pictured Â next Â to Â Clinton Â on Â the Â far Â right, Â is Â recognized Â Â â€œI Â donâ€™t Â think Â my Â son Â the Â nuclear Â a Â prototype, Â student Â for Â her Â global Â initiative Â in Â front Â of Â the Â entire Â conference. Â Â had Â any Â intention Â of Â program Â that Â interns Â were Â sent Â to Â being Â what Â he Â is Â today. Â gives Â him Â the Â four Â African Â countries Â mission Â of Â HIV/AIDS. Â Â now Â say Â that Â she Â has Â im-Â He Â just Â went Â to Â HCC Â to Â o p p o r t u n i t y Â to Â demonstrate Â the Â At Â the Â conference, Â after Â Â pacted Â global Â health Â as Â a Â get Â his Â basics Â and Â see Â to Â advance Â in Â product's Â uses. Â Swazi-Â meeting Â and Â being Â hon-Â young Â American. Â land's Â Ministry Â of Â Health Â where Â life Â took Â him,â€? Â Â the Â service. Kellyâ€™s Â mom, Â Christy Â Â â€œDeciding Â to Â Crooker Â said. Â serve Â is Â such Â TOP Â SCHOLARSHIPS Â Â Â While Â attending Â HCC, Â an Â important Â Crooker Â was Â told Â about Â decision Â and Â Emily Groce: Clemson University- $36,000 ($9,000 per year) the Â Coast Â Guard Â and Â those Â who Â Silverio Ramirez: George Washington University SAVING Â A Â LIFE: Â Kelly Â Crooker Â gets Â Navy, Â but Â ultimately Â put Â on Â any Â decided Â to Â go Â for Â the Â blood Â drawn Â during Â a Â drive Â conducted Â u n i f o r m Â Presidential Academic Scholar: $15,000 Navy. Â for Â the Â Armed Â Services Â Blood Â Program. s h o u l d Â University and Alumni Award: $25,000 Â Â He Â signed Â with Â them Â be Â given Â Houston Endowment Jessie Jones Scholar: $16,000 (spread over four years, so in Â 2006, Â and Â did Â not Â respect Â for Â 4K a year) JHW WR ÂżQLVK KLV +&& the Â service. WKHVDFULÂżFHVWKH\PDNH David Alvarado: University of Houston-$26,000 education. Â The Â risk Â of Â being Â on Â and Â the Â risks Â they Â take Â Speech and Debate: $750 (various local/state competitions) Â Current Â teacher Â John Â the Â USS Â Reagan Â is Â not Â in Â serving Â our Â country,â€? Â Samantha Fuller: University of Houston â€“ $46,000 Heiser Â has Â been Â a Â minimal. Â Due Â to Â the Â Heiser Â said. family Â friend Â of Â the Â natural Â disaster Â that Â hit Â Â No Â matter Â where Â life Â Samantha Solis: Housotn Baptist University - $42, 000 ($10,500 per year) Crookers Â and Â has Â known Â Japan, Â the Â USS Â Ronald Â takes Â you, Â always Â take Â Tracy Garcia: Houston Baptist University- $72,000 (scholarship) and $5,500 Crooker Â since Â he Â was Â in Â Reagan Â is Â in Â danger Â of Â full Â advantage Â of Â the Â Ă€QDQFLDODLG elementary Â school. being Â struck Â by Â mother Â opportunities Â given, Â just Â Tori Kimmel: A&M- $10,000 per year and $1,000 for Freshman year from Â Â Â â€œI Â am Â Â very Â proud Â of Â the Â nature. Â Regardless Â of Â like Â former Â SWHS Â tiger Â A&M career Â path Â that Â he Â has Â natural Â risks, Â the Â fact Â Crooker Â did Â . Juan Castilla: University of Texas at Austin- $15,000 covered already taken Â in Â the Â military, Â as Â I Â of Â serving Â the Â country Â Misty Bruno: Johnson and Wales- $32,000 ($8,000 each year) am Â of Â all Â former Â students Â is Â already Â something Â Dayana Iza: The American Musical and Dramatic Academy-$16,500 who Â make Â the Â decision Â dangerous. By Â DAYANA Â IZA STAFF Â WRITER
to Â serve,â€? Â Heiser Â said. Â Â Â When Â entered Â into Â the Â Navy, Â Crooker Â began Â his Â two Â year Â training Â in Â nuclear Â power. Â After Â completing Â the Â program, Â he Â was Â given Â the Â job Â and Â now Â is Â in Â charge Â of Â overlooking Â the Â generators. Â Though Â he Â is Â settled Â with Â the Â job, Â he Â continues Â to Â advance Â in Â
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Students Â make Â campus Â feel Â like Â spring
Generous Â life Â skills Â students Â bring Â beauty Â to Â school
By Â JESSICA Â JONES STAFF WRITER Â Â Â Â Throughout Â the Â year, Â three Â new Â gardens Â have Â popped Â up Â around Â the Â school Â seemingly Â by Â magic. Â Truth Â is, Â it's Â not Â magic, Â it's Â the Â hard Â work Â done Â by Â the Â life Â skills Â students. Â As Â they Â learned Â about Â the Â earth Â and Â plants Â in Â class, Â one Â of Â their Â teachers, Â Mat-Â thew Â Boane, Â decided Â that Â they Â could Â learn Â the Â most Â about Â the Â environ-Â ment Â by Â getting Â their Â hands Â dirty Â out Â in Â an Â ac-Â tual Â garden.
â€œThe Â life Â skills Â staff Â in-Â spired Â me Â to Â do Â this Â project Â because Â they Â are Â actually Â avid Â garden-Â ers Â themselves,â€? Â Boane Â said. Â Â Â After Â bringing Â beauty Â to Â three Â different Â areas Â around Â the Â school, Â in-Â FOXGLQJ WKH ÂżQH DUWV KDOO and Â both Â sides Â of Â the Â auditorium, Â the Â students Â are Â making Â a Â garden Â of Â their Â own Â outside Â of Â their Â classroom. Â To-Â mato Â plants Â are Â their Â main Â crop, Â but Â they Â also Â KDYH FDUURWV DQG Ă€RZ-Â ers. Â Teacher Â Cathy Â Mor-Â ris Â has Â been Â helping Â the Â kids Â as Â they Â create Â life.
CARRYING Â A Â BIG Â LOAD: Â Living Â Earth Â Technolo-Â Â Â gies Â dropped Â off Â a Â large Â amount Â of Â soil Â out Â by Â the Â track Â that Â the Â students Â then Â had Â to Â move Â to Â the Â garden Â location.
LENDING Â THEIR Â HANDS: Â After Â the Â grueling Â task Â of Â transporting Â the Â pile, Â the Â studentsâ€™ Â hard Â work Â paid Â off Â as Â they Â began Â to Â dig Â and Â plant Â their Â gardens.
â€œWe Â are Â practicing Â this Â year Â to Â make Â a Â truck Â gar-Â den. Â This Â is Â all Â an Â experi-Â ment Â to Â teach Â the Â kids Â how Â to Â care Â for Â a Â garden. Â Our Â goal Â in Â the Â future Â is Â to Â be Â able Â to Â actually Â sell Â the Â crops,â€? Â Morris Â said. Â Â This Â will Â require Â a Â lot Â of Â upkeep, Â but Â the Â kids Â have Â really Â taken Â to Â the Â hard Â work Â of Â gardening. Â They Â are Â grateful Â for Â the Â donations Â they Â received Â that Â made Â this Â project Â possible. Â Living Â Earth Â Technologies, Â right Â off Â Tanner, Â contributed Â a Â truck Â full Â of Â soil Â that Â was Â dumped Â in Â the Â parking Â lot. Â The Â students Â had Â to Â Â transport Â all Â the Â dirt Â to Â designated Â areas, Â which Â was Â the Â hard Â part Â of Â the Â process. Â Morris Â recalls Â
the Â quick Â change Â of Â atti-Â tude Â that Â occurred Â when Â the Â truck Â left Â and Â a Â big Â pile Â of Â soil Â remained. Â Â Â Â â€œWhen Â the Â dump Â truck Â came, Â they Â were Â so Â excited. Â But Â then, Â when Â they Â had Â to Â move Â LW WR WKH ÂżQH DUWV KDOO the Â thrill Â quickly Â went Â away,â€? Â Morris Â said. Â Â Â Â After Â receiving Â the Â soil Â that Â would Â give Â their Â gardens Â life, Â the Â students Â continued Â to Â accept Â donations Â to Â plant. Â Many Â teach-Â ers Â donated Â seedlings Â and Â Lowe's Â generously Â gave Â the Â class Â plants Â at Â a Â reduced Â price. Â They Â couldn't Â be Â happier Â with Â the Â kindness Â of Â others Â when Â it Â came Â to Â this Â project.
Â Â Â â€œThe Â best Â part Â of Â the Â gardening Â was Â when Â ZHSODQWHGĂ€RZHUVÂ´OLIH skills Â student Â Cassidy Â Howton Â said. Â â€œMy Â favor-Â ites Â are Â the Â red Â tulips!â€? Â Â After Â a Â year Â of Â service, Â including Â participation Â in Â Feed Â The Â Children Â at Â the Â beginning Â of Â the Â year Â and Â a Â Galves-Â ton Â clean-Âup Â project Â at Â the Â end, Â the Â life Â skills Â class Â has Â learned Â a Â lot Â about Â hard Â work Â and Â the Â rewarding Â feeling Â that Â accompanies Â it. Â As Â their Â gardens Â begin Â to Â develop, Â the Â students Â will Â watch Â as Â their Â ef-Â
forts Â come Â to Â life. Â Along Â with Â all Â his Â classmates, Â student Â Jacob Â Fabian Â is Â looking Â forward Â to Â har-Â vesting Â the Â crop. Â Â â€œTomatoes Â are Â tasty, Â so Â when Â they Â come, Â we're Â gonna Â eat Â 'em!,â€? Â Fabian Â said. Â Â Â Â Â These Â students Â sure-Â ly Â deserve Â to Â taste Â their Â success. Â After Â all Â their Â hard Â work, Â the Â entire Â school Â gets Â to Â enjoy Â the Â beautiful Â gardens Â the Â lifeksills Â students Â have Â created. Â Their Â teachers Â are Â very Â proud Â of Â them Â as Â the Â goals Â of Â the Â proj-Â ect Â comes Â to Â life.
WORKING Â HARD Â FOR Â THE Â ENVIRONMENT: Â Student Â Cassidy Â Howton Â begins Â the Â process Â of Â transfering Â the Â dirt, Â carefully Â placing Â each Â scoop Â in Â the Â wheelbarrell.
Ladies take home experiences of new â€œworldâ€? German students, Niewendick and Zeppenfeld, share information on year in America
cause Â I'm Â friends Â with Â the Â girls Â in Â my Â soccer Â team.
Were Â there Â any Â issues Â BY Â SAM Â LOPEZ ZLWK ÂżWWLQJLQ IRU\RX" Â STAFF WRITER It Â wasn't Â really Â hard Â for Â PH WR ÂżW LQ EHFDXVH QR-Â Walking Â into Â school Â with Â body Â treated Â me Â different. no Â clue Â of Â who Â you'll Â meet, Â how Â people Â will Â treat Â you, Â or Â what Â you Â What Â do Â you Â think Â will Â may Â be Â introduced Â to Â be Â the Â most Â memorable Â can Â be Â somewhat Â inti-Â experience Â or Â detail Â madating Â for Â anyone, Â but Â try Â doing Â that Â in Â a Â you'll Â remember Â completely Â different Â most? Â country. Â For Â foreign Â ex-Â I Â guess Â my Â soc-Â changed Â students, Â Lisa Â Zeppenfeld Â and Â Laura Â cer Â games Â and Â Niewendick, Â their Â expe-Â my Â choir Â con-Â riences Â differed. Â With Â certs Â and Â my Â the Â new Â customs Â and Â styles Â of Â talking, Â the Â two Â trips Â with Â my Â girls Â eventually Â became Â host Â family Â are Â used Â to Â the Â American Â the Â most Â memo-Â ways Â of Â living Â and Â they Â will Â now Â go Â to Â their Â home Â rable Â experiences. Â towns Â in Â Germany Â with Â a Â bucket Â full Â of Â memo-Â Do Â you Â think Â ries Â and Â new Â friends Â to Â keep Â in Â touch Â with. you'll Â come Â back Â again? Â Q&A: Lisa YES! Â I Â will. Â Maybe Â What Â sports Â and Â extra Â I Â will Â take Â my Â fam-Â curricular Â activities Â ily Â someday Â to Â show Â have Â you Â participat-Â them Â everything. Â ed Â in Â while Â at Â Spring Â But Â I'm Â sure Â I'll Â come Â Woods? Â back. Â Maybe Â even Â I'm Â playing Â soccer Â and Â move Â to Â America. made Â the Â JV Â Team! Â I'm Â also Â in Â Choir Â and Â just Â What Â things Â have Â went Â to Â UIL, Â how Â exciting. you Â learned Â here Â in Â America Â that Â you Â can Â Were Â people Â accepting Â take Â back Â home Â to Â of Â you Â in Â your Â class-Â Germany? Â es? Â Also, Â have Â you Â I Â have Â learned Â lots Â of Â made Â good Â friends Â things, Â especially Â liv-Â here? Â I Â had Â no Â problems Â ing Â without Â my Â par-Â and Â most Â of Â my Â class-Â ents Â made Â me Â re-Â mates Â didn't Â even Â notice Â ally Â independent. Â I Â also Â that Â I'm Â not Â American. Â learned Â that Â you Â should Â I Â made Â some Â friends Â be Â more Â spontane-Â in Â every Â class Â and Â be-Â
ous Â and Â do Â fun Â stuff. Would Â you Â say Â that Â your Â experiences Â here Â i n Â America Â have Â s o m e h o w Â c h a n g e d Â you? Â Yes, Â they Â h a v e Â changed Â me Â a Â lot. Â N o w Â that Â I Â
ferent? Â The Â weather Â in Â Germa-Â ny Â is Â like Â the Â total Â oppo-Â site. Â We Â have Â a Â really Â long Â and Â cold Â winter Â and Â it Â snows Â about Â three Â months Â in Â Germany Â and Â we Â have Â a Â l o t Â
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k n o w Â h o w Â m u c h Â tem-Â d i ff e r -Â t u r e s Â ent Â life Â can Â 9 0 ' s . Â Â b e , Â I Â try Â to Â Q&A: d o Â e v e r y -Â Laura thing Â I Â want Â and Â W h a t Â I Â also Â appreciate Â s p o r t s Â m y Â family Â in Â and Â extra Â G e r m a -Â c u r r i c u -Â ny Â more. Â I Â lar Â activi-Â t h i n k Â ties Â have Â I've Â grown Â up Â a Â you Â participated Â lot Â since Â I'm Â here. in Â while Â at Â Spring Â Woods Â and Â which Â one Â Is Â the Â weather Â any Â dif-Â was Â your Â favorite? Â
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Â Trying Â to Â trace Â down Â your Â ancestors Â and Â putting Â together Â the Â ultimate Â family Â tree Â is Â no Â easy Â task, Â but Â it Â is Â subsequently Â a Â very Â rewarding Â experience. Â We Â have Â all Â at Â one Â point Â in Â our Â lives Â wondered Â from Â where Â and Â who Â ex-Â actly Â we Â came Â from, Â but Â most Â of Â us Â give Â up Â at Â the Â thought Â of Â working Â on Â such Â a Â tedious Â project Â and Â do Â not Â even Â attempt Â to Â start. Â Â Luckily, Â junior Â Thomas Â Hill Â has Â offered Â to Â share Â his Â experience Â in Â constructing Â a Â seven Â foot Â family Â tree, Â rang-Â ing Â from Â Scottish Â Baron Â Fitzrobert Â from Â the Â early Â 1000s, Â and Â tracing Â his Â ancestry's Â migration Â across Â Europe Â and Â at Â long Â last Â to Â America, Â ending Â the Â tree Â with Â his Â current Â family. Â â€œBesides Â the Â fact Â that Â family Â is Â the Â most Â important Â thing Â in Â our Â lives, Â it Â is Â interesting Â to Â learn Â how Â we Â came Â to Â be Â where Â we Â are Â now,â€? Â Hill Â said. Â The Â Hill Â family Â was Â lucky Â in Â that Â they Â did Â not Â have Â to Â start Â from Â scratch Â to Â begin Â pulling Â together Â the Â pieces Â for Â
tory Â was Â recovered Â from Â old Â documents Â and Â sto-Â ries Â passed Â on Â through Â generations. Â It Â was Â Eu-Â nice Â Nelson, Â Hill's Â grand-Â mother Â (better Â known Â as Â Mamaw), Â that Â began Â to Â organize Â the Â documents Â and Â put Â together Â what Â ZRXOG EHFRPH WKH ÂżUVW
ROOTING Â THE Â TREE: Â
Thomas Â Hill Â reviews Â his Â ancestry. Â Â steps Â toward Â the Â colos-Â sal Â family Â tree. Â Â â€œWhen Â we Â used Â to Â visit Â Mamaw Â in Â the Â summer, Â there* Â was Â re-Â ally Â nothing Â to Â do Â but Â lis-Â
ten Â to Â old Â stories Â that Â she Â was Â told Â as Â a Â child,â€? Â Hill Â said. Â â€œAfter Â she Â passed Â away, Â we Â decided Â to Â write Â down Â her Â stories Â and Â gather Â up Â her Â col-Â lection Â of Â documents Â to Â start Â our Â family Â tree.â€? Â Most Â people Â nowadays Â don't Â have Â the Â time Â to Â do Â any Â research Â on Â their Â ancestors. Â Oth-Â HUV VLPSO\ GR QRW ÂżQG any Â interest Â in Â look-Â ing Â back Â at Â their Â fam-Â ily's Â past, Â and Â probably Â couldn't Â tell Â you Â who Â their Â great Â grandparents Â were. Â For Â Hill, Â there Â comes Â a Â sort Â of Â pride Â to Â the Â whole Â experience. Â â€œCall Â me Â senti-Â mental, Â but Â it's Â for Â the Â legacy Â of Â my Â descen-Â dants,â€? Â Hill Â said. Â When Â research-Â ing Â a Â family's Â past, Â there Â is Â always Â something Â extremely Â or Â at Â least Â moderately Â interesting Â that Â one Â discovers Â in Â the Â process. Â For Â the Â Hill Â family, Â there Â were Â sev-Â eral Â of Â those Â instances, Â including: Â the Â signing Â of Â both Â the Â Magna Â Carta Â and Â Declaration Â of Â In-Â dependence, Â participa-Â tion Â in Â each Â of Â the Â United Â States' Â wars, Â and Â even Â discovering Â some Â rela-Â tives Â tied Â to Â a Â Native Â American Â tribe. Â â€œJust Â by Â looking Â
at Â me, Â you Â would Â think Â that Â I Â was Â only Â of Â Scottish Â descent,â€? Â Hill Â said. Â Who Â would Â have Â guessed Â that Â I Â have Â Spanish Â and Â Na-Â tive Â American Â blood Â in Â me Â as Â well?â€? Â Over Â the Â centu-Â ries, Â stories Â have Â been Â passed Â on Â through Â gen-Â erations, Â such Â as Â the Â one Â of Â Civil Â War Â sharp-Â shooter Â Lafaette Â Jones, Â who Â literally Â walked Â across Â Texas Â carrying Â a Â ÂżIW\ SRXQG VDFN RI Ă€RXU for Â his Â family Â to Â eat Â with. Â Although Â this Â story Â was Â only Â passed Â on Â verbally, Â Mrs. Â Hill Â explains Â the Â im-Â portance Â of Â document-Â ing Â and Â writing Â down Â information Â that Â can Â be Â saved Â for Â future Â ages. Â â€œI Â cannot Â stress Â enough Â how Â important Â it Â is Â to Â write Â down Â infor-Â mation,â€? Â Mrs. Â Hill Â said. Â â€œNowadays Â we Â rely Â too Â heavily Â on Â technology, Â and Â if Â we Â were Â to Â lose Â all Â of Â our Â information Â in Â some Â malfunction, Â there'd Â be Â no Â way Â of Â re-Â covering Â it.â€? Â Leaving Â behind Â something Â for Â future Â generations Â can Â mean Â a Â lot. Â It Â gives Â us Â a Â chance Â to Â let Â our Â stories Â contin-Â ue Â being Â told Â long Â after Â we Â have Â gone, Â and Â also Â documents Â how Â life Â was Â for Â us Â during Â our Â time. Â
I Â participated Â in Â Ten-Â nis, Â Theatre Â and Â the Â FNHS. Â My Â favorite Â was Â Tennis, Â because Â it Â was Â fun Â to Â learn Â a Â new Â sport Â and Â partici-Â pate Â in Â tournaments. Were Â people Â accept-Â ing Â of Â you Â in Â your Â classes Â or Â do Â you Â think Â they Â had Â certain Â expectations Â of Â you? Â In Â general, Â everybody Â in Â my Â classes Â were Â re-Â ally Â nice Â from Â the Â be-Â ginning. Â I Â don't Â think Â they Â had Â any Â expecta-Â tions, Â but Â they Â were Â re-Â ally Â interested Â in Â where Â I Â was Â from, Â what Â was Â different, Â and Â what Â I Â liked Â better. Have Â you Â made Â good Â friends Â here? Â I Â made Â some Â really Â great Â friends Â here Â and Â I Â invited Â them Â to Â stay Â at Â my Â house Â if Â they Â ever Â happen Â to Â come Â to Â Ger-Â many Â . Was Â it Â hard Â for Â you Â WR ÂżW LQ DW ÂżUVW" Â Â It Â was Â really Â hard Â for Â the Â ÂżUVWIHZZHHNVEHFDXVH I Â missed Â my Â friends, Â my Â family, Â and Â my Â home. Â I Â also Â met Â new Â people Â every Â day Â and Â didn't Â know Â who Â would Â be-Â come Â my Â new Â friends. Â I Â knew Â I Â would Â get Â home-Â sick Â in Â the Â beginning Â even Â before Â I Â got Â here, Â
so Â I Â was Â prepared Â and Â it Â got Â better Â pretty Â quick. 'R \RX IHHO FRQÂżGHQW about Â your Â experience Â here? Â I Â can Â honestly Â say Â that Â my Â time Â in Â America Â was Â the Â most Â exciting Â time Â of Â my Â life, Â so Â far. Â I Â got Â to Â experience Â a Â completely Â different Â culture, Â Â live Â with Â an Â amazing Â host Â family Â for Â a Â year, Â and Â made Â some Â friends Â for Â life. Â I Â would Â do Â it Â again Â if Â I Â had Â the Â chance. What Â do Â you Â think Â will Â be Â the Â most Â memora-Â ble Â experience Â or Â detail Â you'll Â remember Â most? I Â don't Â think Â I Â can Â decide Â on Â one... Â I'm Â really Â going Â to Â remember Â and Â miss Â the Â American Â high Â school Â life. Â It's Â so Â different Â with Â all Â the Â school Â spirit, Â competitions, Â and Â it's Â so Â much Â more Â important Â than Â in Â Germany. Â Also, Â everything Â my Â host Â fam-Â ily Â and Â my Â friends Â have Â done Â for Â me, Â I'll Â never Â forget Â them. Â I Â think Â my Â favorite Â memory Â was Â the Â Houston Â rodeo, Â where Â I Â just Â saw Â so Â many Â things Â I Â have Â never Â seen Â before. Do Â you Â think Â you'll Â come Â back Â again? Â I Â want Â to Â come Â back Â as Â soon Â as Â possible Â to Â visit Â everybody Â I Â think Â I'm Â go-Â ing Â to Â miss Â it Â a Â lot!
Words Â of Â Encouragement Â Wilson Â advises Â seniors Â to Â make Â their Â destiny
$IWHUEHLQJLQWKHHGXFDWLRQÂżHOGIRUWHQ years, Â economics Â teacher, Â Christa Â Wilson Â has Â seen Â many Â faces Â in Â and Â outside Â the Â classroom. Â Although Â she Â meets Â new Â faces, Â not Â once Â has Â she Â stopped Â striving Â to Â make Â an Â impact Â on Â a Â studentâ€™s Â life. Â At Â the Â end Â of Â every Â year, Â Wilson Â shows Â a Â slideshow Â to Â her Â students. Â Being Â a Â senior Â teacher, Â the Â slideshow Â advises Â her Â students Â to Â persevere Â and Â strive Â for Â success. Â Â
Mrs. Â Wilsonâ€™s Â Advice Â to Â Her Â Students: Â 1) Â Be Â nice 2) Â Be Â a Â hard Â worker 3) Â Be Â humble 4) Â Always Â have Â a Â plan 5) Â Donâ€™t Â burn Â bridges 6) Â Try Â not Â to Â be Â judgmental, Â you Â never Â know 7) Â Have Â fun! Â Smile! Â Laugh! Â 8) Â Be Â positive 9) Â Be Â able Â to Â accept Â â€œnoâ€? Â for Â an Â answer 10) Â Play Â the Â game 11) Â Protect Â your Â credit 12) Â Donâ€™t Â blame Â others 13) Â Have Â respect 14) Â Donâ€™t Â lie 15) Â Have Â integrity 16) Â Have Â faith 17) Â NEVER Â NEVER Â NEVER Â give Â up 18) Â (Winston Â Churchill)
â€œI am going to go to Vietnam, find a summer job, and hang out with my friends at the pool!â€?
Niko Â VS. Â Comedy Â Sportz Â Team Â Corbin Â and Â Team Â Frazier Â face Â off Â in Â a Â match Â to Â the Â death
By Â NIKO Â CORBIN STAFF Â WRITER
some Â of Â the Â games. Â Â Â Being Â that Â I Â am Â well Â versed Â in Â the Â comedy Â of Â greats Â like Â Dave Â Chappelle, Â Bill Â Murray, Â and Â Adam Â Sandler, Â I Â found Â that Â being Â funny Â translates Â well Â from Â one Â club Â to Â another. Â With Â my Â newfound Â knowledge Â of Â the Â sport, Â my Â idolâ€™s Â
excitement. Â I Â knew Â it Â was Â time Â to Â start. Â It Â was Â time Â to Â face Â Markâ€™s Â team Â in Â a Â comedy Â battle Â to Â the Â death. Â Â The Â games Â began Â suddenly. Â I Â was Â surrounded Â quickly Â by Â a Â Ă€XUU\ RI ODXJKWHU 0DUN and Â his Â team Â seemed Â to Â be Â on Â their Â game. Â My Â team Â was Â ready, Â strong Â and Â
practiced Â this Â game. Â Then Â I Â heard Â it, Â the Â Â Â There Â comes Â a Â point Â in Â chant Â of Â my Â name Â every Â manâ€™s Â life Â when Â he Â coming Â from Â my Â fans Â must Â embark Â on Â an Â epic Â (mainly Â JJ). Â So Â I Â jumped Â quest. Â Frodo Â delivered Â in Â and Â unleashed Â my Â the Â ring Â to Â Mordor, Â Luke Â jokes Â upon Â the Â world, Â destroyed Â the Â Deathstar, Â and Â the Â world Â returned Â and Â Woody Â found Â his Â the Â favor Â by Â laughing. Â friends Â a Â new Â home. Â My Â We Â thought Â that Â victory Â quest Â is Â a Â Â little Â less Â epic, Â was Â in Â hand, Â but Â the Â but Â my Â challenge Â audience Â had Â not Â is Â as Â great Â as Â any Â chosen Â the Â winner. Â of Â these Â great Â The Â ref-Â-Âwho Â Iâ€™m Â menâ€™s Â were. Â I Â will Â sure Â was Â bribed-Â-Â set Â out Â to Â achieve Â chose Â Mark Â and Â his Â my Â goal Â to Â team Â the Â victors. Â become Â known Â Â Â Though Â I Â was Â for Â being Â funny Â defeated, Â I Â held Â at Â this Â school. Â I Â my Â head Â up Â high Â will Â train Â tirelessly Â and Â started Â to Â both Â by Â myself Â walk Â off Â stage. Â As Â and Â with Â the Â I Â left Â people Â were Â Comedy Â Sportz Â c o m p l e m e n t i n g Â team, Â and Â in Â the Â me. Â Mark Â and Â the Â end, Â I Â will Â go Â up Â rest Â of Â the Â team Â against Â arguably Â were Â saying Â how Â the Â funniest Â dude Â good Â of Â a Â job Â I Â at Â our Â school, Â did, Â and Â even Â Mrs. Â Mark Â Frazier. Â Hibbert Â contributed Â Will Â I Â conquer Â to Â the Â verbal Â my Â foe? Â Will Â accolades. Â Though Â my Â quest Â be Â as Â this Â loss Â brings Â my Â epic? Â Will Â people Â Niko Â VS Â record Â actually Â think Â STARE Â DOWN: Â Seniors Â Mark Â Frazier Â and Â Niko Â Corbin Â size Â each Â to Â a Â whopping Â 0 Â Iâ€™m Â funny? Â Only Â other Â up Â for Â a Â match Â that Â could Â change Â the Â world Â of Â comedy Â forever. and Â three, Â I Â would Â time, Â and Â this Â consider Â this Â a Â article Â will Â tell. Â moral Â victory. Â I Â held Â 7KHÂżUVWWKLQJ,OHDUQHG teachings Â and Â myâ€” willing Â to Â do Â anything Â to Â my Â own Â with Â one Â of Â the Â was Â that Â there Â was Â no Â I Â sometimes Â less Â than Â win. Â We Â narrowly Â escaped Â funniest Â dudes Â around, Â in Â Comedy Â Sportz. Â It Â was Â goodâ€”humor, Â I Â felt Â GHIHDW LQ WKH ÂżUVW URXQG and Â went Â the Â distance. Â not Â done Â by Â one Â mere Â that Â I Â would Â be Â ready. Â as Â fellow Â debater Â and Â Iâ€™m Â glad Â I Â chose Â to Â do Â man, Â but Â rather Â several Â Then Â again, Â I Â have Â comedian Â Leslie Â Cavasos Â Comedy Â Sportz Â last. Â men Â (and Â women). Â The Â been Â wrong Â before. was Â able Â to Â take Â Mark Â out. Â It Â was Â one Â of Â the Â most Â challenge Â had Â been Â set Â Â Â My Â date Â with Â destiny Â The Â team Â and Â I Â were Â not Â fun Â times Â Iâ€™ve Â had Â doing Â forth. Â Mark Â and Â I Â chose Â was Â on Â a Â day Â that Â most Â as Â fortunate Â the Â second Â this. Â With Â this Â being Â my Â teams, Â then Â we Â went Â quests Â seemed Â to Â come Â time Â around. Â Mark Â and Â the Â ÂżQDO 1LNR 96 , ZRXOG head Â to Â head Â in Â a Â real Â to Â a Â head, Â Monday. Â others Â out-Âfunnied Â us. Â The Â like Â to Â say Â thank Â you Â match, Â and Â the Â audience Â Normally Â I Â try Â not Â to Â get Â VFRUHKHDGLQJLQWRWKHÂżQDO to Â the Â teams Â that Â put Â chose Â the Â winners. Â I Â had Â super Â nervous Â before Â I Â round Â was Â seven Â to Â zero. up Â with Â me Â and Â let Â me Â one Â week Â to Â prepare Â have Â my Â competitions, Â Â Â The Â whistle Â blew Â and Â it Â train Â with Â them. Â I Â hope Â for Â this Â epic Â battle. Â My Â but Â hearing Â the Â roar Â of Â was Â time Â to Â start Â being Â I Â entertained Â you Â all Â training Â consisted Â of Â the Â crowd, Â my Â stomach Â IXQQ\ $W ÂżUVW , KHVLWDWHG enough Â to Â not Â think Â that Â the Â team Â teaching Â me Â VWDUWHG WR Ă€LS ZLWK to Â jump Â in. Â I Â had Â never Â Iâ€™m Â bad Â at Â all Â sports.
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â€œI am planning on going to Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska, rehearsing and performing in Houstonâ€™s Center Stageâ€™s â€œThe Wizâ€?, attending debate camp, visiting my family in Mexico, and hopefuly going on a mission trip!â€?
â€œI am planning to go on an a road trip with my friends to visit colleges.â€?
â€œI 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€?
â€œI 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€?
Guidelines for success while meeting university challenges
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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.
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.
SPRING Â FESTIVITIES
1. Â Accomplished Â art Â students Â pose Â with Â their Â pieced-Âtogether Â tiger Â and Â principal Â Rick Â Rivera. 2. Â The Â completed Â spirit Â project Â designed Â by Â the Â Art Â I Â classes. Â It Â now Â hangs Â in Â the Â 10th/11th Â grade Â RIÂżFH 3. Â Art Â teacher, Â Crystal Â Fiocchi, Â is Â very Â proud Â of Â Scholastic Â Silver Â Key Â winner Â Elizabeth Â Gomez Â and Â Scholastic Â Gold Â Key Â winner Â Walter Â Mata, Â honored Â at Â the Â Board Â of Â Trustees Â meeting. 4. Â Sophomore Â Candace Â Edgley Â and Â seniors Â David Â Alvarado Â & Â Scott Â Glezen Â act Â together Â as Â a Â dys-Â functional Â family Â in Â theaterâ€™s Â production Â of Â And Â the Â 5DLQ&DPHWR0D\ÂżHOG 5. Â In Â the Â show, Â senior Â Mark Â Frazier Â plays Â Nathan Â :LOOLDPVWKHÂżUVWEODFNPDQWREHDFFHSWHGLQWRD state Â university. 6. Â Senior Â Scott Â Glezen, Â playing Â Carl Â Murphey, Â FORVHVWKHSOD\ZLWKDUHĂ€HFWLRQRIKLVOLIHLQ0D\-Â ÂżHOG0LVVLVVLSSL 7. Â Orchestra Â proudly Â stands Â for Â a Â group Â photo Â after Â receiving Â a Â superior Â rating Â at Â Lone Â Star Â Showcase Â of Â Music Â held Â in Â San Â Antonio. 8. Â After Â UIL, Â varsity Â choir Â was Â congradulated Â for Â recieving Â straight Â 1s Â at Â competition. 9. Â Senior Â Matt Â Nesloney Â recieved Â an Â award Â for Â making Â All-ÂState Â mixed Â choir. Â He Â was Â the Â only Â choir Â member Â from Â our Â school Â to Â accomplish Â this. 10. Â Yearbook Â students Â Kendall Â Hudson, Â Stepha-Â nie Â Martinez, Â and Â Luis Â Soto Â sell Â their Â hard Â work. 11. Â Teacher Â of Â the Â year Â Matthew Â McConn Â gives Â an Â inspirational Â speech Â to Â the Â NHS Â inductees Â and Â their Â guests. 12. Â The Â new Â members Â proudly Â pose Â behind Â the Â ÂżYHVFDQGOHVUHSUHVHQWLQJVFKRODUVKLSVHUYLFH leadership, Â character, Â and Â citizenship. 13. Â 1+6RIÂżFHUVSDVVHGRQWKHWRUFKWR incoming Â students. 14. Â Seniors Â Kelsey Â Radabaugh Â and Â Genesis Â Pe-Â rales Â saved Â lives Â at Â the Â spring Â blood Â drive. 15. Â Photography Â classes Â pose Â together Â after Â a Â ÂżHOGWULSWRWKH0HQLO&ROOHFWLRQDQG)RWRIHVW 16. Â The Â junior Â team Â smiles Â together Â despite Â loos-Â ing Â the Â Powderpuff Â game. 17. Â The Â glory Â belongs Â to Â the Â senior Â team Â as Â they Â celebrated Â a Â 27-Â0 Â victory Â in Â the Â Powderpuff Â game.
New Â Summer Â Movies Â for Â 2011
Cadeâ€™s Â Picks
May Â 6th, Â 2011 Â For Â those Â of Â you Â NOT Â in Â the Â loop, Â super Â hero Â movies Â are Â sweeping Â the Â near Â future Â and Â it Â is Â going Â to Â be Â totally, Â one-Â hundred Â percent, Â good Â old-Âfashion Â AWESOME. Â Thor Â is Â topping Â the Â list Â this Â summer, Â among Â others, Â as Â the Â continuing Â string Â of Â Marvel Â super Â hero Â movies Â for Â super Â heros Â that Â will Â all Â be Â featured Â in Â The Â Avengers Â movie Â of Â summer Â 2012. Â In Â my Â professional Â opinion, Â Thor Â just Â might Â be Â the Â best Â super Â hero Â Ă€LFN RI WKH VXPPHU Why Â is Â this, Â exactly? Â With Â an Â outstanding Â cast Â of Â academy Â award Â winners Â and Â nominees, Â a Â distinguished Â director Â and Â a Â solid Â cast Â of Â writers, Â this Â movie Â may Â just Â blow Â away Â other Â blockbusters Â of Â the Â summer Â such Â as Â Captain Â America: Â The Â First Â Avenger Â and Â Green Â Lantern. Â All Â in Â all, Â this Â movie Â has Â potential Â to Â not Â only Â win Â an Â award, Â but Â also Â be Â one Â of Â the Â best Â super Â hero Â movies Â of Â all Â time.
Â May Â 26th, Â 2011 Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â What Â can Â I Â say? Â Every Â time Â a Â cast Â of Â comedy Â and Â action Â movie Â actors Â come Â together Â to Â make Â a Â ridiculous Â action-Âcomedy Â for Â kids, Â I Â am Â there. Â This Â summer, Â Kung Â Fu Â Panda Â 2 Â will Â be Â no Â exception. Â The Â trailer Â for Â this Â movie Â presents Â a Â plot Â line Â that Â is Â usually Â seen Â in Â childrenâ€™s Â movies, Â with Â limited Â twists Â to Â ensure Â an Â entertaining Â NLGÂśV ÂżOP SDFNHG ZLWK laughs Â and Â fun. Â Keep Â in Â mind, Â however Â that Â this Â is Â a Â movie Â aimed Â for Â young Â children. Â Although Â entertaining, Â I Â recommend Â seeing Â this Â one Â with Â a Â younger Â sibling. Â It Â will Â compare Â WR WKH ÂżUVW .XQJ )X Panda Â in Â the Â sense Â that Â most Â sequels Â do, Â if Â you Â ORYHG WKH ÂżUVW RQH \RX may Â not Â like Â this Â one. Â However, Â this Â movie Â may Â be Â able Â to Â top Â the Â last Â because Â of Â an Â addition Â to Â the Â cast, Â Gary Â Oldman. Â However, Â the Â likelihood Â of Â this Â addition Â making Â the Â entire Â movie Â better Â seems Â quite Â low.
June Â 3rd, Â 2011 Â Powerhouse Â superheros Â the Â X-ÂMen Â are Â returning Â for Â a...prequel? Â Thatâ€™s Â right, Â a Â prequel. Â And Â while Â this Â prequel Â completely Â violates Â the Â idea Â of Â what Â the Â original Â story Â line Â is Â for Â the Â comic Â books, Â I Â do Â honor Â and Â respect Â it Â and Â I Â will Â give Â it Â a Â chance Â at Â being Â a Â decent Â movie. Â Having Â such Â a Â large Â group Â of Â iconic Â heros, Â X-ÂMen: Â First Â Class Â seemed Â GLIÂżFXOW WR SXOO RII EXW after Â watching Â the Â trailer, Â I Â retain Â my Â hope. Â This Â movie Â features Â young Â and Â rising Â actors, Â such Â as Â Skins Â star Â Nicholas Â Hoult, Â and Â a Â star Â in Â the Â new Â movie Â Battle: Â LA, Â Lucas Â Till. Â Just Â by Â seeing Â the Â early Â stages Â of Â development, Â the Â movie Â seems Â to Â have Â a Â decent Â following Â and Â great Â special Â effects. Â Combined Â with Â great Â actors Â such Â as Â Michael Â Fassbender Â and Â James Â McAvoy, Â this Â could Â be Â picture Â perfect Â for Â super Â hero Â movies. Â 7KLVPRYLHZLOOGHÂżQLWHO\ be Â worth Â watching.
July Â 1st, Â 2011 Â Â Movie Â goers Â already Â know Â what Â to Â expect Â when Â they Â hear Â the Â name Â Michael Â Bay. Â Predictably Â this Â will Â be Â nothing Â but Â bad Â acting Â and Â explosions, Â and Â we Â will Â love Â every Â second Â of Â it! Â Transformers Â is Â about Â giant Â transforming Â URERWV ÂżJKWLQJ HDFK other Â for Â the Â sake Â of Â the Â human Â race. Â That Â is Â all Â you Â need Â to Â know. Â The Â trailer Â offered Â little Â information Â of Â an Â actual Â story, Â but Â what Â excites Â me Â most Â is Â what Â appears Â to Â be Â Â a Â pterodactyl Â transformer, Â which Â means Â Dinobots! Â This Â movie Â offers Â little Â in Â the Â ways Â of Â story, Â but Â offers Â a Â lot Â in Â the Â way Â of Â action. Â The Â only Â reason Â ZH ZLOO JR VHH WKLV ÂżOP is Â to Â be Â entertained, Â and Â that Â is Â exactly Â what Â you Â will Â get. Â If Â you Â want Â good Â acting Â and Â character Â development, Â go Â see Â a Â Daniel Â Day Â Lewis Â movie, Â but Â if Â you Â want Â explosions Â and Â high-Â octane Â action, Â go Â see Â DQ\ 0LFKDHO %D\ ÂżOP
July Â 15th, Â 2011 7KLV LV WKH ÂżQDO WDOH RI WKH ER\ZL]DUG ZKR ÂżUVW captured Â our Â hearts Â in Â ERWKERRNDQGÂżOP+DUU\ Potter, Â teenage Â wizard, Â VHWV RII RQ WKH ÂżQDO OHJ of Â his Â epic Â journey Â to Â destroy Â the Â evil Â wizard Â Voldemort, Â whoâ€™s Â hell Â bent Â on Â trying Â to Â destroy Â the Â world. Â This Â is Â setting Â up Â to Â be Â a Â pretty Â intense Â movie. Â From Â what Â I Â hear, Â there Â is Â a Â lot Â of Â HSLF ZL]DUG ÂżJKWV LQ WKH book, Â which Â will Â translate Â IDQWDVWLFO\RQÂżOP:KHQ this Â movie Â comes Â out, Â , DP JRLQJ WR EH ÂżUVW in Â line. Â The Â ending Â of Â the Â last Â movie Â sent Â chills Â down Â my Â spine Â in Â anticipation. Â From Â ZKDW ,ÂśP WROG WKH ÂżOP series Â differs Â a Â lot Â from Â the Â text, Â so Â I Â canâ€™t Â wait Â to Â see Â what Â happens. Â Â Hang Â on Â for Â one Â of Â the Â best Â conclusions Â to Â a Â movie Â saga Â since Â The Â Lord Â of Â The Â Rings. Â Many Â fans Â may Â be Â sad Â to Â see Â Harry Â and Â his Â friends Â go, Â but Â I Â for Â one Â am Â excited Â to Â see Â how Â they Â will Â make Â their Â exit.
Nikoâ€™s Â Picks
June Â 17th, Â 2011 Â Â Hal Â Jordan, Â Air Â Force Â ÂżJKWHUSLORWÂżQGVDQDOLHQ power Â ring Â that Â turns Â anything Â he Â can Â imagine Â into Â reality. Â With Â a Â story Â like Â the Â Green Â Lanternâ€™s, Â itâ€™s Â no Â surprise Â that Â he Â KDV ÂżQDOO\ PDGH LW WR WKH ELJ VFUHHQ $W ÂżUVW this Â movie Â looked Â like Â another Â cheesy, Â campy Â super Â hero Â movie. Â Then Â the Â Â four Â minute Â footage Â was Â released Â DQG UHYHDOHG WKH ÂżOP to Â be Â an Â outer Â space Â epic. Â Â Green Â Lantern Â looks Â to Â match Â not Â only Â Avatarâ€™s Â visual Â affects Â toe Â to Â toe, Â but Â The Â Dark Â Knightâ€™s Â action Â as Â well. Â The Â clips Â that Â Iâ€™ve Â seen Â of Â this Â movie Â show Â a Â lot Â of Â potential Â to Â be Â a Â great Â super-Âhero Â movie. Â With Â such Â high Â standards Â set Â by Â The Â Dark Â Knight, Â itâ€™s Â hard Â to Â release Â comic-Â ERRN EDVHG ÂżOPV EXW this Â one Â looks Â to Â be Â promising Â for Â those Â who Â are Â fans Â of Â the Â comics. Â People Â who Â are Â not Â IDQV ZLOO ÂżQG WKLV ÂżOP equaly Â as Â entertaining.
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By Â CADE Â BUNDRICK STAFF Â WRITER Â Â Â Sweat. Â Heat. Â Thirst. Â Art. Â Music. Â Summerfest. Â Few Â words Â can Â describe Â what Â it Â is Â truly Â like Â to Â experience Â new, Â unheard Â of Â music Â when Â it Â is Â live Â and Â in Â your Â face. Â Houstonâ€™s Â annual Â Free Â Press Â Summerfest Â began Â three Â years Â ago Â and Â is Â growing Â with Â every Â show Â that Â is Â held. Â The Â event Â is Â a Â two-Âday Â long Â experience Â of Â both Â independent Â and Â major Â label Â music Â from Â the Â local Â and Â national Â scene. Â The Â event, Â organized Â by Â the Â local Â Free Â Press Â Houston Â newspaper, Â recognizes Â and Â promotes Â bands Â from Â across Â the Â country Â and Â the Â world. Â In Â past Â years, Â the Â festival Â has Â featured Â such Â acts Â as Â The Â Flaming Â Lips, Â Girl Â Talk, Â Of Â Montreal, Â Slim Â Thug Â and Â hundreds Â more. Â Â Â The Â experience Â that Â Summerfest Â offers Â is Â unlike Â any Â other. Â For Â such Â a Â cheap Â and Â reasonable Â price, Â and Â such Â great Â bands, Â it Â would Â be Â wrong Â to Â pass Â up Â this Â event. Â Attending Â this Â festival Â ensures Â the Â discovery Â of Â new Â music Â and Â new Â friends. Â
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amazing Â people. Â Since Â the Â country Â and Â created Â last Â year, Â the Â festival Â more Â recognition Â for Â has Â added Â more Â stages, Â unheard Â of Â bands. Â
more Â bands Â and Â more Â endorsement. Â Â Â Â Since Â its Â beginning, Â the Â festival Â has Â grown Â at Â an Â enormous Â rate, Â causing Â its Â popularity Â to Â also Â grow. Â Summerfest Â has Â impacted Â the Â musical Â community Â by Â exposing Â independent Â and Â major Â label Â artists Â from Â across Â
The Â festival Â has Â been Â able Â to Â bring Â together Â people Â and Â businesses Â located Â in Â the Â Houston Â area Â and Â solidify Â a Â unity Â within Â the Â community. Â Thanks Â to Â the Â festivalâ€™s Â growing Â size, Â there Â is Â an Â increasing Â number Â of Â vendors, Â bands, Â and Â attendees. Â Last Â yearâ€™s Â
festival Â totaled Â around Â 30,000 Â audience Â members, Â making Â it, Â RIÂżFLDOO\ WKH ELJJHVW music Â festival Â in Â Houston Â for Â 2010. Â Â Â For Â those Â of Â you Â music Â lovers Â out Â there Â who Â can Â appreciate Â a Â good Â show, Â going Â to Â Summerfest Â is Â like Â appreciating Â thirty Â good Â shows Â per Â day Â for Â the Â price Â of Â one. Â Not Â to Â mention, Â free Â food Â and Â drinks Â all Â around. Â The Â festival Â sits Â on Â the Â edge Â of Â downtown Â in Â Houstonâ€™s Â Eleanor Â Tinsley Â Park Â on Â the Â Buffalo Â Bayou. Â The Â atmosphere Â of Â the Â park Â
and Â the Â Houston Â skyline Â creates Â an Â experience Â that Â you Â just Â can Â not Â get Â at Â other Â venues Â such Â as Â South Â By Â South Â West Â or Â Austin Â City Â Limits. Â This Â festival Â sits Â you Â in Â two Â massive Â natural Â amphitheaters Â and Â blasts Â you Â with Â enough Â crazy Â music Â to Â keep Â you Â FRPIRUWDEOH IRU WKH ÂżUVW weekend Â of Â summer Â break. Â The Â festival Â takes Â place Â on Â June Â 4th Â and Â 5th Â from Â 11AM Â until Â 10PM Â and Â is Â the Â perfect Â party Â to Â kick Â off Â your Â summer Â break.
Key Â to Â success Â overlooked
Problem, Â solution Â for Â high Â school Â and Â beyond
By Â KELLEY Â KIM EDITOR-ÂIN-ÂCHIEF Â Growing Â up Â with Â my Â own Â t i g e r Â m o m , Â I â€™ v e Â b e e n Â c o n -Â ditioned Â t o Â always Â reach Â for Â perfectionâ€”not Â for Â the Â image Â or Â reputation, Â but Â for Â self-Âsatisfaction. Â The Â Eastern Â work Â ethic Â that Â has Â been Â drilled Â into Â my Â brain Â has Â pulled Â me Â a Â long Â wayâ€”all Â Aâ€™s Â throughout Â high Â VFKRRO UHÂżQHG VNLOOV LQ multiple Â instruments Â and Â languages, Â a Â successful Â debate Â career, Â and Â a Â ÂżYH SDJH UHVXPH , ZDV always Â told Â that Â where Â thereâ€™s Â a Â will, Â thereâ€™s Â a Â way, Â but Â when Â I Â look Â around Â Spring Â Woods, Â it Â seems Â as Â if Â the Â student Â body Â lacks Â a Â will Â to Â begin Â with. Â Donâ€™t Â get Â me Â wrongâ€”there Â are Â a Â select Â few Â who Â desire Â to Â learn Â the Â unknown, Â
but Â the Â intellectual Â curiosity Â and Â student Â initiative, Â in Â general, Â seems Â to Â be Â dead. Â Â Â The Â Organization Â for Â Economic Â Co-Âoperation Â and Â Developmentâ€™s Â Programme Â for Â International Â Student Â Assessment Â (PISA) Â report, Â which Â compares Â the Â knowledge Â and Â skills Â of Â 15-Âyear-Âolds Â in Â 70 Â countries Â around Â the Â world, Â ranked Â the Â United Â States Â 14th Â for Â reading Â skills, Â 17th Â for Â science Â and Â a Â below-Âaverage Â 25th Â for Â mathematics Â in Â 2010. Â I Â personally Â believe Â itâ€™s Â the Â studentsâ€˜ Â duty Â to Â take Â the Â initiative Â to Â get Â a Â good Â education Â and Â be Â actively Â involved;Íž Â however, Â it Â has Â to Â be Â Âż[HGIURPWKHFRUHRIWKH problemâ€”our Â attitudes. Â Â 7KH ÂżUVW V\PSWRP RI our Â epidemic Â of Â laziness Â is Â our Â rampant Â lack Â of Â activity. Â It Â startles Â me Â that Â hardly Â anyone Â wants Â to Â establish, Â much Â less Â JHW LQYROYHG ZLWK H[WUD curricular Â activities Â that Â colleges Â swoon Â over, Â such Â as Â Academic Â
Decathlon, Â Model Â United Â Nations, Â a Â variety Â of Â honor Â societies, Â and Â more. Â Our Â service Â clubs Â are Â hanging Â by Â a Â thread Â and Â itâ€™s Â primarily Â because Â of Â a Â lack Â of Â
dream. Â If Â there Â isnâ€™t Â a Â club Â that Â matches Â your Â interests, Â start Â your Â own. Â Donâ€™t Â let Â the Â thought Â of Â impossibility Â stop Â you Â from Â being Â well Â rounded, Â because Â it Â certainly Â
has Â become Â entirely Â acceptable Â instead Â of Â shooting Â for Â the Â A. Â Â Â Â Â Â So Â whatâ€™s Â the Â solution? Â Itâ€™s Â actually Â very Â simple: Â listen Â to Â your Â teacher, Â do Â your Â work, Â and Â donâ€™t Â
â€œDonâ€™t Â let Â the Â thought Â of Â impossibility Â stop Â you Â from Â being Â well-Ârounded, Â because Â it Â certainly Â doesnâ€™t Â hurt Â to Â try.â€? interest Â to Â get Â involved Â LQWKHÂżUVWSODFH Â Â The Â cure Â to Â this Â laziness Â is Â to Â spread Â your Â wings Â and Â try Â out Â other Â activities, Â but Â donâ€™t Â let Â them Â be Â just Â UHVXPHÂżOOHUV 'RQÂśW centralize Â all Â of Â your Â attention Â on Â one Â thing;Íž Â focus Â and Â dedication Â are Â impressive Â qualities, Â but Â having Â initiative Â and Â diversity Â to Â couple Â them Â is Â even Â better. Â Also, Â the Â key Â to Â being Â prepared Â for Â post-Âhigh Â school Â life Â is Â to Â have Â an Â idea Â as Â to Â what Â the Â future Â will Â look Â like Â and Â join Â activities Â that Â can Â help Â build Â this Â
doesnâ€™t Â hurt Â to Â try. Â Â Â Â Â The Â second Â symptom Â is Â our Â lack Â of Â intellectual Â curiosity. Â Granted, Â there Â are Â a Â few Â out Â there Â who Â yearn Â for Â the Â newest Â information, Â but Â for Â the Â majority, Â our Â eyes Â are Â set Â so Â low Â that Â just Â achieving Â bare Â minimum Â seems Â to Â be Â perfectly Â okay. Â Too Â many Â times Â have Â I Â seen Â my Â peers Â be Â glad Â that Â they Â barely Â passed Â or Â not Â even Â do Â any Â work Â in Â class Â simply Â because Â they Â â€œjust Â donâ€™t Â feel Â like Â it.â€? Â Laziness Â has Â become Â such Â a Â common Â lifestyle Â at Â our Â school Â that Â simply Â passing Â a Â class Â
forget Â what Â youâ€™re Â aiming Â for. Â I Â know, Â doing Â work Â might Â sound Â like Â a Â terrifying Â idea, Â but Â what Â will Â be Â lost? Â The Â newest Â TV Â episode Â of Â Glee Â might Â seem Â more Â enticing Â than Â calculus, Â AP Â FKHPLVWU\ DQG GHÂżQLWHO\ Shakespeareâ€™s Â â€œHamlet,â€? Â but Â trust Â me, Â itâ€™s Â possible Â to Â keep Â a Â balance Â of Â interests. Â You Â donâ€™t Â have Â to Â lock Â yourself Â in Â a Â room Â and Â play Â a Â piano Â piece Â until Â it Â is Â perfect Â or Â even Â be Â drowned Â in Â the Â pages Â of Â your Â WH[WERRNV WR EH GULYHQ As Â a Â student, Â success Â comes Â with Â a Â price, Â
and Â I Â strongly Â suggest Â that Â underclassmen Â give Â education Â a Â bigger Â chance Â than Â what Â many Â students Â are Â giving Â it Â credit Â for. Â 0DNH D IHZ VDFULÂżFHV Personally, Â I Â found Â fun Â in Â the Â eventual Â feeling Â of Â accomplishment Â and Â recognition, Â which Â is Â well Â worth Â my Â initial Â input Â because Â I Â know Â how Â it Â feels Â and Â I Â know Â that Â it Â will Â be Â there, Â waiting Â for Â me Â at Â the Â end. Â Â Â Â In Â todayâ€™s Â world, Â each Â graduating Â class Â is Â having Â to Â face Â higher Â standards Â each Â year Â to Â be Â able Â to Â compete Â for Â a Â job Â and Â make Â a Â decent Â living. Â This Â is Â why Â I Â am Â outlining Â the Â problems Â of Â our Â student Â body Â and Â what Â I Â believe Â can Â be Â improved Â for Â our Â academic Â culture Â in Â order Â to Â save Â the Â future Â generation Â from Â kicking Â themselves Â in Â regret. Â Have Â a Â plan, Â take Â a Â chance, Â and Â give Â it Â all Â you Â got Â while Â youâ€™re Â here-Â-Âyouâ€™ll Â be Â glad Â that Â you Â did.
Money Â up Â for Â grabs Student Â Council Â plummets By Â SILVERIO Â RAMIREZ GUEST Â WRITER Â Â Â Â In Â an Â effort Â to Â H[SUHVV just Â how Â s t r o n g Â of Â an Â i m p a c t Â the Â eco-Â n o m i c Â downturn Â has Â had Â on Â American Â culture, Â comedian Â Stephen Â Colbert Â tweeted Â that Â the Â U.S Â dollar Â is Â so Â bad, Â Ke$ha Â is Â spelling Â her Â name Â with Â the Â euro Â sign. Â Similarly, Â most Â people Â have Â had Â their Â own Â reactions Â to Â the Â current Â economic Â situation. Â It Â wasnâ€™t Â until Â a Â few Â months Â DJR WKDW , H[SHULHQFHG P\ ÂżUVW UHDO FRQĂ€LFW with Â moneyâ€”paying Â for Â FROOHJH ,Q P\ LQÂżQLWH wisdom, Â I Â had Â fallen Â in Â love Â with Â the Â third Â most Â H[SHQVLYH XQLYHUVLW\ in Â the Â country Â in Â 2010. Â Before Â I Â knew Â it, Â my Â total Â cost Â of Â attendance Â by Â the Â time Â I Â graduate Â could Â purchase Â a Â small Â island. Â To Â my Â surprise Â though, Â scholarships Â have Â lowered Â my Â cost Â of Â attendance Â from Â a Â small Â fortune Â to Â only Â paying Â housing. Â This Â begs Â the Â questions, Â where Â does Â free Â money Â come Â from, Â and Â how Â do Â I Â get? Â Â There Â are Â literally Â millions Â upon Â millions Â of Â dollars Â out Â there Â waiting Â to Â be Â handed Â away. Â More Â importantly, Â millions Â upon Â millions Â of Â dollars Â that Â you Â donâ€™t Â have Â to Â pay Â back! Â You Â can Â get Â money Â from Â simply Â taking Â a Â picture Â of Â your Â favorite Â shoes Â or Â from Â writing Â an Â essay Â about Â
Ease Â of Â scholarship Â opportunities Â explained the Â political Â struggles Â in Â 3DOHVWLQH )RU H[DPSOH The Â American Â Fire-Â Sprinkler Â Association Â Scholarship Â gives Â you Â $3,000 Â for Â writing Â about Â ÂżUHVSULQNOHU DFWLYDWLRQ Do Â you Â play Â the Â bag Â pipe? Â Go Â to Â Carnegie Â Mellon Â University Â and Â you Â will Â get Â offered Â $7,000! Â There Â are Â entire Â websites Â dedicated Â solely Â to Â matching Â you Â up Â with Â scholarships. Â If Â you Â have Â never Â been Â to Â Fastweb Â or Â Zinch, Â you Â are Â missing Â out Â on Â weekly Â emails Â of Â scholarships Â you Â may Â qualify Â for. Â What Â more Â could Â we Â want? Â All Â \RX KDYH WR GR LV ÂżOO RXW D SURÂżOH DQG IUHH money Â opportunities Â will Â be Â handed Â to Â you Â on Â a Â silver Â platter. Â Â Â Â For Â one, Â your Â familyâ€™s Â ÂżQDQFLDO VLWXDWLRQ LV analyzed Â in Â FAFSA Â DQG &66 SURÂżOHV everyone Â has Â to Â submit Â to Â universitiesâ€”forms Â that Â often Â times Â greatly Â LQĂ€XHQFH WKH DPRXQW of Â money Â universities Â award. Â Moreover, Â being Â in Â certain Â organizations Â and Â activities Â that Â colleges Â know Â take Â skill Â and Â dedication Â can Â make Â up Â for Â not Â getting Â straight Â Aâ€™s Â all Â the Â time. Â Itâ€™s Â important Â to Â realize Â that Â colleges Â donâ€™t Â necessarily Â want Â someone Â who Â is Â in Â every Â club, Â but Â rather Â a Â VWXGHQWZKRLVH[WUHPHO\ gifted Â at Â a Â certain Â activity. Â Universities Â will Â not Â give Â as Â much Â money Â to Â someone Â who Â is Â mediocre Â at Â a Â lot Â of Â things, Â but Â rather Â they Â will Â fund Â students Â who Â are Â talented Â at Â one Â
thing. Â Minh Â A. Â Luong, Â an Â assistant Â professor Â in Â the Â Ethics, Â Politics, Â and Â Economics Â program Â at Â Yale Â Universityâ€™s Â Center Â for Â International Â and Â Area Â Studies Â puts Â it Â this Â way;Íž Â â€œcollege Â admission Â directors Â are Â relying Â less Â on Â grade Â point Â averages Â and Â standardized Â test Â scoresâ€?. Â Did Â you Â know Â that Â in Â 1988 Â Harvard Â University Â rejected Â over Â 50% Â of Â its Â applicants Â with Â perfect Â scholastic Â Aptitude Â Tests Â and Â 80% Â who Â were Â valedictorians? Â Dean Â of Â Admissions Â at Â the Â University Â of Â Pennsylvania Â put Â it Â best Â when Â he Â said Â â€œwe Â realized Â one Â of Â the Â better Â predicators Â of Â success Â is Â the Â ability Â to Â dedicate Â oneself Â to Â a Â task Â and Â do Â it Â well.â€? Â Â Â Â In Â short, Â the Â easiest Â way Â to Â get Â scholarships Â is Â by Â working Â on Â your Â grades. Â If Â you Â keep Â up Â with Â your Â work Â from Â day Â one Â of Â freshman Â year, Â day Â one Â of Â senior Â year Â all Â \RXKDYHWRGRLVÂżOOLQD number Â on Â an Â application Â and Â money Â will Â come Â to Â you. Â However, Â you Â donâ€™t Â have Â to Â be Â what Â has Â become Â known Â as Â the Â â€œperfectâ€? Â student Â for Â one Â to Â get Â money. Â There Â are Â plenty Â of Â non-Â academic, Â non-Âneed Â based Â scholarships Â that Â basically Â hand Â out Â cash Â for Â easy Â requirements. Â Not Â to Â mention Â that Â if Â you Â focus Â your Â high Â school Â career Â on Â selecting Â an Â activity Â not Â on Â what Â you Â think Â looks Â good Â on Â a Â resume, Â but Â rather Â something Â you Â need Â to Â develop Â as Â a Â person Â and Â FDQ GR H[FHSWLRQDO LQ FDQÂżOOLQDFDGHPLFJDSV
By Â CHELSEA Â RODRIGUEZ
STAFF Â WRITER
Â Â Â At Â the Â p e a k Â of Â my Â f r e s h -Â m a n Â year, Â I Â thought Â it Â would Â be Â cool Â to Â do Â something Â special Â for Â my Â school. Â For Â me, Â that Â meant Â giving Â something Â back. Â I Â ran Â for Â president Â of Â Student Â
STUDENT Â council;Íž Â an Â RUJDQL]DWLRQ VSHFLÂżFDOO\ run Â by Â students, Â for Â the Â rest Â of Â the Â student Â body Â ZLWKDQDXWKRULW\ÂżJXUHWR help Â guide Â them Â on Â the Â right Â track. Â Â Â Â Â Â During Â my Â sophomore Â election, Â I Â lost Â my Â presidency Â to Â another Â member, Â which Â I Â was Â ÂżQH ZLWK EHFDXVH LQ return, Â I Â became Â vice Â president. Â When Â taking Â on Â such Â a Â major Â role Â in Â an Â organization, Â time Â management Â is Â very Â
enough Â people Â ran Â for Â DQ RIÂżFH DQG WKRVH who Â did Â automatically Â got Â their Â positions Â they Â ZDQWHG 7KDWÂśV ÂżQH however, Â what Â becomes Â problematic Â here Â is Â a Â lack Â of Â responsibility. Â If Â a Â student Â has Â the Â status Â of Â being Â something, Â such Â as Â president, Â they Â should Â be Â meeting Â the Â standards Â by Â committing Â themselves Â to Â strict Â attendance, Â not Â just Â as Â much Â as Â they Â have Â time Â for Â in Â their Â own Â schedule. Â
â€œThe Â group Â is Â titled, Â STUDENT Â council;Íž Â an Â organization Â spe-Â FLÂżFDOO\UXQE\VWXGHQWVIRUWKHUHVWRIWKHVWXGHQWERG\ZLWKDQ DXWKRULW\ÂżJXUHWRKHOSJXLGHWKHPRQWKHULJKWWUDFNÂ´ Council Â (Stu-Âco) Â for Â the Â class Â of Â 2011 Â and Â kept Â my Â status Â up Â to Â date Â for Â two Â un-Âconsecutive Â years. Â By Â my Â sophomore Â year, Â I Â dropped Â to Â vice-Â president, Â but Â was Â still Â active Â in Â the Â club. Â Now Â it Â has Â come Â down Â to Â this: Â itâ€™s Â my Â senior Â year Â and Â I Â DP QR ORQJHU DQ RIÂżFHU for Â Student Â Council, Â but Â Iâ€™ve Â kept Â close Â with Â a Â lot Â of Â the Â underclassman Â in Â the Â organization Â and Â Iâ€™ve Â realized Â that Â there Â isnâ€™t Â a Â lot Â going Â on Â anymore. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â This Â isnâ€™t Â my Â â€œdonâ€™t-Âdo-Â it-Âpassâ€? Â to Â those Â who Â are Â thinking Â about Â joining. Â Thatâ€™s Â what Â this Â school Â needs Â â€“ Â more Â people Â in Â the Â organization Â because Â from Â what Â I Â hear, Â itâ€™s Â approaching Â a Â downfall. Â A Â lot Â of Â people Â FRXOG SRLQW WKH ÂżQJHU at Â coordinator Â Melissa Â Schmitz, Â but Â itâ€™s Â not Â her Â fault Â that Â people Â do Â not Â attend Â meetings Â or Â care Â to Â join. Â The Â group Â is Â titled, Â
important Â for Â either Â position. Â But Â due Â to Â a Â lack Â of Â attendance Â at Â our Â Stu-Âco Â meetings, Â I Â was Â convinced Â that Â our Â president Â did Â not Â deserve Â the Â position. Â Now Â that Â Iâ€™m Â graduating, Â Iâ€™m Â noticing Â some Â of Â the Â junior Â and Â VRSKRPRUH RIÂżFHUV WKDW FXUUHQWO\ KROG RIÂżFH WKDW attend Â meetings Â rarely Â are Â up Â for Â re-Âelection Â again. Â This Â shows Â how Â the Â organization Â is Â coming Â up-Âshort. Â While Â discussing Â this Â matter Â with Â underclassmen, Â I Â was Â informed Â about Â the Â elections Â this Â year. Â Some Â say Â they Â rallied Â up Â their Â friends Â to Â help Â them Â advertise Â and Â get Â their Â name Â out Â there. Â Then, Â I Â was Â told Â by Â others Â that Â all Â they Â did Â was Â appoint Â themselves Â as: Â president, Â vice Â president, Â treasurer Â or Â historian. Â If Â this Â ever Â occurs, Â it Â usually Â means Â that Â not Â
Â Â Â Likewise Â over Â the Â past Â four Â years, Â Student Â Council Â has Â become Â an Â unknown Â club, Â and Â that Â isnâ€™t Â what Â it Â was Â created Â for. Â The Â organization Â was Â created Â to Â â€œallow Â students Â to Â become Â leaders Â within Â the Â school Â and Â community,â€? Â coordinator Â Schmitz Â said. Â Which Â means Â these Â underclassmen Â need Â to Â step Â it Â up Â and Â reset Â the Â bar Â for Â themselves Â and Â the Â organization. Â With Â that Â being Â said Â and Â new Â elections Â Â on Â the Â rise, Â I Â truly Â hope Â for Â the Â best Â for Â this Â organization Â in Â the Â years Â to Â come. Â It Â has Â been Â an Â honor Â for Â me Â to Â be Â a Â part Â of Â the Â group Â for Â the Â past Â three Â years, Â and Â I Â would Â like Â to Â wish Â the Â XSFRPLQJ RIÂżFHUV JRRG luck. Â Just Â remember Â to Â be Â persistent Â in Â all Â that Â you Â want Â to Â accomplish.
By Â JJ Â GONZALEZ COLUMNIST
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S i n c e Â R o c k e t s Â are Â not Â in Â the Â p l a y o f f s Â again, Â I Â can Â make Â my Â picks Â to Â see Â who Â will Â make Â be Â in Â the Â Finals. Â The Â playoffs Â have Â shown Â that Â the Â lower Â seeds Â in Â the Â western Â conference Â mean Â business Â having Â kept Â every Â game Â a Â thriller. Â The Â Eastern Â &RQIHUHQFH IRU WKH ÂżUVW time Â in Â forever Â looks Â somewhat Â proportional. Â Obviously Â only Â one Â from Â each Â side Â will Â be Â entering Â WKH ÂżQDOV 0\ SLFNV are Â the Â Oklahoma Â City Â Thunder Â and Â Chicago Â Bulls. Â Â Â With Â Kendrick Â Perkins Â in Â the Â line-Âup, Â the Â 7KXQGHU ÂżQLVKHG XS the Â season Â 13-Â4. Â They Â ÂżQDOO\ D VWURQJ PDQ in Â the Â low Â post Â and Â both Â Kevin Â Durant Â and Â Russell Â Westbrook Â have Â been Â given Â much Â more Â space Â to Â do Â what Â they Â want Â with Â the Â ball. Â After Â a Â sweep Â against Â the Â Denver Â Nuggets, Â a Â team Â who Â coming Â in Â looked Â like Â a Â real Â contender Â even Â without Â Carmelo Â Anthony, Â why Â should Â they Â be Â given Â doubts Â in Â their Â abilities. Â And Â another Â team Â out Â of Â the Â east Â who Â may Â take Â it Â all Â LV WKH 'DOODV 0DYHULFNV Theyâ€™re Â dominance Â over Â Kobe Â Bryant Â and Â the Â Lakers Â was Â unbelievable Â to Â watch. Â Â Not Â since Â the Â â€˜97-Â â€™98 Â season, Â have Â the Â Bulls Â looked Â this Â good. Â Derrick Â Rose Â is Â the Â most Â dominant Â player Â in Â the Â NBA, Â having Â ZRQ WKH 093 DQG LV leading Â his Â team Â to Â becoming Â Champions. Â The Â speed Â and Â mobility Â he Â possesses Â are Â unparalleled. Â Being Â a Â Bullsâ€™ Â star, Â he Â is Â often Â compared Â to Â great Â 0LFKDHO -RUGDQ DQG DW age Â 22 Â thereâ€™s Â no Â telling Â how Â much Â greater Â he Â will Â become. Â All Â the Â Bulls Â are Â missing Â right Â now Â is Â another Â offensive Â weapon. Â If Â forward Â Carlos Â Boozer Â can Â get Â out Â of Â his Â funk Â back Â to Â dominance Â under Â the Â paint, Â the Â problem Â will Â be Â solved. Â Â Â Lastly, Â I Â want Â to Â take Â the Â time Â to Â mention Â that Â ZKDWWKH0LDPL+HDWGLG to Â get Â where Â they Â are Â LVQÂśWWKHÂżUVWWLPHDQ\RQH has Â done Â it. Â If Â you Â look Â back, Â even Â to Â the Â 80â€™s Â there Â were Â teams Â full Â of Â superstars. Â The Â Lakers Â ZLWK 0DJLF -RKQVRQ .DUHHP $EGXO-DEEDU DQG-DPHV:RUWK\LVMXVW one Â out Â of Â the Â many Â who Â have Â done Â this. Â Even Â the Â Celtics Â did Â it Â a Â few Â years Â ago. Â The Â only Â difference Â is Â that Â the Â media Â over Â hyped Â all Â of Â this Â and Â it Â led Â to Â us Â hating Â that Â two Â of Â the Â strongest Â DQG ÂżHUFHVW SOD\HUV LQ WKH OHDJXH ZHUH MRLQLQJ forces.
By Â JJ Â GONZALEZ Â AND Â SAMANTHA Â SOLIS STAFF Â WRITERS
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LAUREN Â DANIELS What Â is Â your Â round Â sport Â for Â me. Â average Â throw Â in Â My Â coachâ€™s Â motto Â is Â both Â events? â€œEat. Â Sleep. Â Throw.â€? Â Itâ€™s Â like Â the Â story Â of Â In Â shot Â put, Â itâ€™s Â in Â my Â life! Â Throwing Â the Â 45ish Â range. Â And Â requires Â plenty Â as Â far Â as Â discus, Â its Â of Â training Â if Â you Â more Â in Â the Â 140ish Â want Â to Â be Â range. Â It Â changes Â successful, Â from Â day Â to Â day. so Â Iâ€™m Â w i l l i n g Â What Â has Â been Â your Â to Â do Â drive Â in Â getting Â whatever Â it Â takes. better Â and Â how Â much Â have Â you Â Between Â the Â two Â improved Â since Â the Â events, Â which Â beginning Â of Â the Â one Â do Â you Â season? prefer Â and Â Â Â why? Besides Â being Â naturally Â extremely Â competitive, Â with Â the Â support Â of Â my Â O h Â coach Â and Â dad, Â gosh, Â thatâ€™s Â it Â drives Â me Â a Â tough Â one. Â to Â be Â my Â Both Â are Â tons Â of Â fun, Â b e s t Â but Â if Â I Â absolutely Â a n d Â had Â to Â choose Â p e r fo r m Â one, Â Iâ€™d Â probably Â my Â best. Â I Â donâ€™t Â have Â to Â go Â with Â know Â what Â Iâ€™d Â do Â discus. Â The Â without Â those Â guys. Â funny Â thing Â is Â So Â far Â the Â season Â Iâ€™m Â actually Â has Â turned Â out Â to Â be Â better Â at Â shot Â a Â great Â one Â not Â only Â put. Â Shot Â for Â me, Â but Â the Â track Â put Â basically Â comes Â ERH Ă IPH XIEQ EW E naturally Â with Â me Â whole. Â I Â have Â added Â where Â as Â discus Â takes Â tons Â of Â distance Â a Â lot Â of Â hard Â work Â to Â my Â throw Â this Â and Â determination. Â season. Thatâ€™s Â why Â I Â love Â it. Â What Â can Â I Â say? Â I Â How Â much Â time Â like Â a Â challenge. Â do Â you Â have Â to Â put Â into Â making Â your Â throw Â better? Throwing Â is Â pretty Â much Â my Â life Â and Â basically Â is Â a Â year-
Ruth Giraldo What Â do Â you Â think Â about Â when Â running?
â€œRunning the curve fast, and picking up my knees.â€?
Briana Bonner Whatâ€™s Â the Â biggest Â challenge Â youâ€™ve Â faced Â in Â having Â to Â rely Â on Â three Â other Â people?
â€œMaking sure I donâ€™t drop the stick when theyâ€™re passing it because Iâ€™m second leg.â€?
ROMAN RODRIGUEZ Whatâ€™s Â your Â beginning Â of Â the Â current Â average Â season? throw Â in Â both Â 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 Â much Â time Â do Â you Â have Â to Â put Â into Â making Â your Â throw Â 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 Â the Â two Â events, Â which Â one Â do Â you Â prefer Â and Â why?
W h a t Â h a s Â been Â your Â drive Â in Â getting Â better Â and Â how Â much Â have Â you Â improved Â since Â the Â
Shot put, because I believe itâ€™s the more aggressive event. You canâ€™t just expect to go in the ring and throw far. Youâ€™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 Â what Â grade Â did Â you Â start Â running Â competitively?
â€œI started my 7th grade year at Spring Oaks middle school.â€?
Isaiah Montez How Â much Â time Â do Â you Â have Â to Â put Â in Â to Â making Â your Â throw Â better?
â€œ5 or maybe 6 days of working harder and getting better.â€?
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
Austin Community College
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
Juan Castilla Mollie Musgrove Vivian Perez
Dallas Hansford Morgann Holmes Cody Matecki Dwight McCrimmom Jason Shannon Kennedy Simpson Keith Smith Deniss Valero Nelson Walton
Houston Community College (cont.)
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
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
Allison Bixler Josselyn Conde Emma Russell
Keila Ramon Kimberly Rodriguez
Military Luis Duran Cesar Guajardo Juan Hernandez Blake Jeffries Sam Lash Augustine Lopez Deadrean Martin Rafael Sauceda David Unrath
Navarro College Joshua Jones
Stephen F. Austin
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
Misael Garcia Abraham Jiminez
Texas Dallas Alejandra Martinez
Texas San Antonio
Alyssa Colorado Tyler Eggerman Josue Lemus Van Anh Pham
Texas Tech Ross Krueger Jose Razo Selah Serrano
Texas Woman’s Stephanie Suarez Leah Walker
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
Texas Eduardo Angel Cameron Blome Justin Guillot Selvin Monroy Megan Peterson Nicholas Ruff Bryan Sapon
St. John’s Oklahoma Christian
Alex Richardson Tampa
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
Rice Kelley Kim
Grant Bridges Viviana Hernandez Amanda Mueller Matt Nesloney Kelsey Radabaugh Beverly Socop
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
Texas A&M Kingsville
Abraham Rosales Joselyn Sandoval
San Jacinto College
Niko Corbin Amanda Firenza Chelsea Rodriguez