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By  SAMANTHA  SOLIS STAFF  WRITER

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Voila!  Violas  shine  in  spotlight

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Students  sing  in  Renaissance  Festival

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Student wins  grant,   ventures  abroad

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Senior Claudia Miranda travels to England, Belgium

Leading the  way

About 60 sophomores were hand selected by both Sophomore Assistant Principal, Jennifer Collier and Principal, Lance Stallworth for a youth leadership group on campus. The group meets two times a month to discuss leadership qualities.The group does a book study and learns how to set themselves up to lead the class of 2013 to a brighter future.

Power reviews

“Power reviews” is a tutoring and review program to help VWXGHQWVSUHSDUHIRUWKHLUÀQDOH[DPVWKLVVHPHVWHU7KH reviews will be available for all students and will be held on Saturday December 4th and December 11th just before WKHH[DPV7KHUHZLOOEHDIHHDQGVWXGHQWVPXVWVLJQXS ZLWKWKHLUJUDGHOHYHOSULQFLSDOSULRUWRWKHUHYLHZV7KHUH will be two 2 hour sessions for any core classes a student PLJKWEHVWUXJJOLQJLQ

culture) all   to   life,”   Miranda  said.     Next,   she   visited   Belgium,   where   the   history   came   alive   even       It’s   not   everyday   that   further. a   student   is   given   the       “We   visited   several   opportunity   to   travel   to   World   War   Two   Europe.   museums,  as  well  as  the       When   senior   Claudia   trenches  that  the  soldiers   Miranda’s     Gear-­Up   used,”  Miranda  said. mentor   brought   up   the       With   everything   she   idea   that   she   should   experienced   on   her   trip   apply   for   the   BAFTX     to   Belgium,   she   still   grant,   she   jumped   recalls   the   history   at   the   chance.   This   as  the  thing  she  will   grant  would  take  her   remember  the  most. to   Europe,   where       “Again   just   the   she   would   to   learn   history,   we   got   to   about   the   history   experience   where   and   the   culture   the   soldiers   lived,   of   the   European   and   how   the   Jews   people. were   treated.   It   just       In   order   to   win   made   everything   the   grant,   she   seem   more   real,”   would  have  to  write   Miranda  said. an   essay   about       Though   she   said   a   British   person   the   history   will   stick   whom  she  admired.   with   her   forever,       “I   wrote   about   she  will  always  have   Jane   Austen,   the   memories   and   simply  because  she   the   experiences   was   a   wonderful   to   share   with   new   individual,   and   was   friends. very   strong   as   a       “We   still   keep   person,”   Miranda   in   touch,   mainly   said. through   Facebook.       She   was   not   STYLING  UNDER  THE  TOWER:  Se-­ nior  Claudia  Miranda  visits  the  Tower   We   did   grow   handed   this   Bridge  in  London,  England. together  on  the  trip,”   opportunity.   She   Miranda  said earned   it   by   doing       After   returning   to   the   all  of  the  leg  work  herself.   Miranda  said. States,   the      “I  just  kind  of  took  control       While   there,   Miranda   United   of   the   whole   application   spent   her   days   visiting   President  of  the  Gear-­Up   museums   and   historical   advisory   board   is   ready   process,”  Miranda  said.     After   about   a   month   monuments,   including   for  her  next  adventure—   of   waiting,   Miranda’s   the   Tower   Bridge,   which   college.    “I  am  really  prepared.  I   DFFHSWDQFH OHWWHU ¿QDOO\ is  featured  above.     “We   visited   a   lot   of   art   have  gone  that  extra  mile   arrived.    “I  received  an  envelope   museums.   The   modern   to   prepare   for   college,”   telling   me   that   I   was   art   and   the   abstract   she  said.     accepted  and  from  there   art   just   brought   it   (the       By  NIKO  CORBIN STAFF  WRITER

on, it   just   kind   of   took   off,”  Miranda  said.    With  her  passport  in  one   hand  and  the  acceptance   letter   in   the   other,   she   took   off   for   London   for   an  experience  that  would   remain  in  her  memory  for   a  lifetime.     “The   history   just   came   alive   to   me,   especially   after   learning   about   Winston   Churchill,”  

2010 REGIT  STAFF STRAIGHT  ONES:  The  marching  band  performed  at  their  UIL  competition   and  received  the  highest  possible  rating  called  sweepstakes.

Continued from  page  1:  DEBATE   Each   person   is   allowed   to   pick   the   event   they   would   like   to   compete   in.  Being  able  to  choose   their   event   gives   them   a   strong   connection   to   their   work.   But   some   say   it’s   hard   to   choose   the   one   they   like   to   compete   in   the   most.     “I’m   not   sure   if   I   have   a   favorite   event,   I   love   them   all,”   senior  

Chelsea Rodriguez  said.        The  debate  team  has   put   itself   on   the   map   as   they   make   their   mark   in   tournaments.  They   have   become  a  well  know  team   throughout   the   city   with   their   accomplishments.       This   November,   the   debate   team   will   host   WKHLU ¿IWK DQQXDO GHEDWH tournament   at   Spring   Woods   with   over   550  

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competitors attending.   The   tournament   has   become   an   important   event   with   in   the   debate   community   as   the   Tigers   have   a   lot   of   expectations  to  live  up  to.         “It’s   a   lot   of   pressure   on   us,   but   we   have   been   very   successful,   while   making   Spring   Woods   a   competitive   program,”   Beard   said.  

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, Julie Bang, Kelley Kim, Niko Corbin, Sam Lopez, Samantha Solis Advisor: Pam Karter

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New  Tiger  Faculty

Candice  Graham Teaches:  English  1 Age:  30 Mini  Biography:  Start-­ ed   teaching   four   years   ago.   One   of   her   good   friends  is  a  part  of  Na-­ vaho   education.   She   encouraged   Graham   to   talk   to   the   princi-­ pal   of   Le   High   School   and   ended   up   working   there  for  one  year.

College:  Rice   Uni-­ versity  in  Iowa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   love   the   students,   and  I    love  the  sense   of  community  here.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   also   have   great   students.â&#x20AC;? Likes:  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  love  getting   to   be   creative,   and   I   love  to  read.â&#x20AC;? Likes  to  be  with  fam-­ ily,   and   having   ac-­ cess   to   so   many   things. Spare   time:   Swim,   read,  travel. Traveled   to   Brazil,   Paris,  Jamaica,  Mex-­ ico,  and  Canada. Has  lived  in  Houston   for   a   year   and   two   months   and   likes   it   here.  

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Alicia  Maples Teaches:  Biology  1 Age:  22 Mini   Biography:   1st   year   teaching.   Decid-­ ed  to  become  a  teach-­ er   when   she   got   into   college.   As   she   was   doing  some  work  at  a   high   school,   she   dis-­ covered   she   enjoyed   teaching.   Favorite   subject   in  

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class:  Science   and   math.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Science   has   always   been   my   fa-­ vorite  subject.â&#x20AC;? College:  Texas  Tech Spare   time:   Plays   volleyball,   kick   ball,   sleep,   and   do   any-­ thing   outdoors.   Formed  a  really  good   relationship   with   stu-­ dents.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   kids   are   really   great,   and   the   staff  is  amazing.â&#x20AC;? Likes   most   about   teaching:   Being   able   to   make   a   difference   with  the  students. Likes   about   SW:   â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   community   and   how   the   staff   works   together,   it   makes   Spring   Woods   stand   out.â&#x20AC;?

James  Lefeber Teaches:  Math  SIS Age:  42 Mini  Biography: 17th  year  teaching. Taught   at   several   dif-­ ferent  schools. Decided   he   wanted   to   become   a   teacher   in   8th   grade.   A   math   teacher  once  told  him   there   was   a   need   for   math   teachers.   He   was  good  at  math,  but  

didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  like  school.  So   he  believed  he  could   make   the   learning   enviorment  better  for   students. Spare  time:  watches   sports,  listens  to  live   music,   hangs   out   with  friends. Likes   about   teach-­ ing:  â&#x20AC;&#x153;It's  different  ev-­ eryday,   the   interac-­ tion   with   kids,   telling   seniors   they   passed   the  math  TAKS.â&#x20AC;? College:   UW-­   Osh-­ kosh,   St,   Johns   Uni-­ versity  in  New  York. Likes:  Travel. Dislikes:  People  that   aren't  honest. Favorite   quote:   â&#x20AC;&#x153;You   never   know   what   you're   gonna   get  until  you  ask.â&#x20AC;?

Money, Money, Money Why  college  is  expensive  and  how  to  ease  the  pain

By  KELLEY  KIM EDITOR-IN-CHIEF   Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   one   thing   that   is   frightening   about   collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not   acceptance,   but   tuition.   A  full  year  for  out  of  state   students   at   Harvard   University   is   $53,856   including   room   and   board,   supplies   and   personal   expenses.   The   University   of   Texas   at   Austin   asks   for   $23,872   from  in-­state  students  for   a  full  year  with  the  same   conditions.     Why   are   these   colleges   asking   for   all   our   limbs   just   to   get   their   education?       Well,   because   colleges   are   so   WDQJOHG XS LQ ÂżQDQFLDO aid,   aesthetics   and   competition,   they   have   no   other   choice   but   to   ask   for   more.   However,   although   these   numbers   might   be   scary   to   process,   there   are   still   several   alternatives  

for  those   seeking   a   OLJKWHU ÂżQDQFLDO EXUGHQ   It   all   began   with   the   Higher   Education   $FW RI  ZKLFK ÂżUVW helped  out  those  families   with   low-­incomes   to   be   able   to   pay   for   college.   Over   time,   this   program   became  known  as  federal   ÂżQDQFLDODLGDVDQRSWLRQ to  almost  everyone.  The   reason  for  the  expansion   of   the   program   was   due   to   a   critical   need   seen  today  for  a  college   degree   to   be   able   to   enter  the  job  market.  But   in  order  to  accommodate   the   expanding   college   student   population,   universities   everywhere   have   increased   tuition   to   stay   strong.   Colleges   are   like   businessesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the   more   students   they   can   get,   the   more   successful   they   are   and   the   more   money  they  get.  But  who   do   they   look   to   for   the   money?   The   students.   U n i v e r s i t i e s  

use  a   great   portion   of   the   tuitions   to   build   more   lavish   facilities   and   dorms,   then   use   the   remaining   money   to   offer   higher   salaries   to   possess   the   best   teachers   and   administration.   Eventually,   these   institutions   become   like   magnets,   naturally   attracting   young   adults   who   favor   impressive   looks   and   credibility   so   WKH VWXGHQWV FDQ ¿QG better   chances   of   a   higher   paying   job   later   on  in  life.     Even   though   moving  on  to  a  university   is   a   great   opportunity,   there  are  still  other  paths   that   are   both   less   costly   and   just   as     acceptable.   One   option   is   to   attend   a   community   college   like  Houston  Community   College   or   Lone   Star.   Students  at  a  community   college  can  knock  out  the   requirements  or  just  even   get   comfortable   with  

being  in   college,   then   transfer   later   if   desired.     Another   option   would   be   to   attend   a   v o c a t i o n a l / t e c h n i c a l   school  like  ITT  Technical   Institute   for   other   careers.   Finally,   other   options  are  going  straight   into   the   job   market   and   seek   employment   or   joining  the  armed  forces.   Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  just  a  matter  of  what   is  right  for  the  individual.   Just   because   students   have   been   told   that   college   is   important   doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   necessarily   mean  everyone  can  jump   right   into   it.   Financially,   there   are   numerous   scholarships   and   grants   to   help   everyone   outâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; academic,   service   or   essay-­basedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for   wherever  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  headed.     Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  plenty  of  options   that   are   available   for   everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   just   a   matter  of  getting  started.  


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Where are  they  now? Former  student  comes  back  as  teacher

By SAM  LOPEZ STAFF WRITER

PHOTO CREDIT: Estie  Cuellar TIGER  SPIRIT:  Junior  Achievement  raises  donations  for  a  Tiger  Mascot.  All   donations  $20  or  more  will  receive  a  “thank  you”  case  of  Coca-­Cola  prod-­ ucts  in  return.  Make  checks  payable  to  “SWHS-­JA.”  

            You've   all   seen   him   in   the   hallway   and   heard   girls   talk   about   him   to   their   friends,   but   did   you   know   that   not   long   ago   he   walked   these  halls  just  like  you?   World   History   teacher   and   football   coach   Jon-­ athan   Weatherstone   graduated   from   Spring   Woods.   He   played   var-­ sity   football   and   base-­ ball  his  senior  year.  Like   most   students,   he   tried   to  make  the  most  of  his   high   school   experience,   but   like   you   all   know,   there's   no   such   thing   as   a   perfect   student.                  “If  I  could've  gone   back,   I   would've   con-­ centrated   more   on   my   grades   and   practicing,”     Weatherstone   said.        ,Q KLV ¿UVW \HDU RI teaching,   Weatherstone   tries   to   warn   his   stu-­ dents  of  the  impact  good   grades  and  practice  can   make   in   the   long   run.   He   tries   to   have   fun   with   his   students   be-­ cause   he   was   once   in   their   shoes,   but   he   also   informs   them   about   what's   really   important.  

taught Weatherstone.   Coach   Brian   Keefe   was   his   baseball   coach   and   now  he  has  the  chance  to   work  a  long  side  with  him.               “I   hung   on   ev-­ ery   coach's   words.   Ev-­ erything   from   practice,   to   life   lessons,   working   hard,   the   good   and   the   bad,   and   the   mentality   of   a   bulldog.   Everything,”   W e a t h e r -­ stone   said.               After   g r a d u a t i n g ,   Weatherstone   uses   his   high   school   ex-­ periences   to   help   out   his   students   and   tell   them   what   they   need   to   know   now,   SECOND  TIME’S  THE  CHARM:   so   in   the   fu-­ From  walking  the  halls  as  a  student,   ture   they   have   that   in   mind.   to  walking  the  halls  as  a  teacher,   Weatherstone  recollects  of  his  high   Coming   back   to   high   school,   school  memories. for  some,  could   seem  terrifying,   of   real   importance,”   but  for  Weatherstone  it's   Weatherstone   said. an   amazing   opportunity                Many  of  the  teachers   to  give  back  to  the  school   here   at   Spring   Woods   he   graduated   from.                 “High   school   just   goes   by   so   fast   and   when  you  look  back  on  it   DQG UHÀHFW RQ ZKDW \RX did,  you  realize  what  you   could've  done  and  what's  

The goal of the Senior Women’s Club is to develop a strong and positive relationship between the SWHS Senior Women. Who can join? Any Senior female

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Text-­a-­HALL-­ic .       New  cell  phone  policy  adopted  for 2010  school  year

By  CHELSEA  RODRIGUEZ

STAFF  WRITER   Walking   in   the   hallways   at   school,   nearly   everyone   is   texting   or   answering   a   phone   call.   That   is   how   it  has  always  been,  even   if   the   school   prohibits   it   or   not.   Recently,   a   new   policy   takes   over   for   all   SBISD   schools.   The   updated   policy   is   that   telecommunication   devices   may   be   on   students   and   only   used   during  â&#x20AC;&#x153;non-­instructionalâ&#x20AC;?   times,   such   as   during   lunch,   in   between   class   periods,   and   after   school.   However,   if   it   is   for   a   sport   or   school-­ related  activity  and  a  staff   administrator   authorizes   a   student   to   use   their   cell   phones,   then   the   student   may   do   so.   Also,  the  new  legislation   restricts   students   from   taking   photos   or   videos   during   school   hours,   unless   permitted   by   a   teacher   to   do   otherwise.     I   feel   this   new   policy   is   useless,   because   students   are   going   to   text   regardless   of   any   rule(s).   Most   students   did   not   care   then,   nor   do   they   now.   The   ones   that   have   texted   and   made   phone   calls   are   still   doing   so,   and   the   ones   that   did   not   remain   that   way.   It   is   not   a   matter   of   being   allowed   to   or   not.     What   does   matter   are   the   disciplinarians   who   do  

nothing  about   this.   In   all   my  four  years,  I  have  had   my   share   of   teachers   that  do  not  mind  students   using   their   cell   phones   during   class   time.   Initially,   the   students   will   get   permission   to   look   up   a   word.   What   the   supervisor   does   not   know   is   that   as   soon   as   that   vocabulary   word   is   GHÂżQHG D WH[W PHVVDJH is   more   than   likely   to   be   sent.   All   the   teacher   says  is,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Put  your  phone   away.â&#x20AC;?   Then   comes   the  

to  the   childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   parent/ guardian,   and   they   may   come   retrieve   the   phone   from   the   school.   Even   then,   the   violator   will   have   to   serve   the   required   punishment   as   instructed   in   the   Student   Handbook:   Violators   may   result   in   additional   disciplinary   consequences,   as   instructed   by   the   campus   administrator.     It   occurs   to   me,   the   reason   students   chose   to   disobey   this  

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The reason students chose to disobey this [cell phone] policy, is because the rule was never thoroughly enforced in the first place.â&#x20AC;? direct  yet   unnecessary   comment,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh,   but   miss   you   said   I   could   use   my   phone.â&#x20AC;?   So   is   the   problem   really   the   students  or  the  teachers   for   not   abiding   by   the   rule  too?    Nowhere  in  the   legislation   does   it   say   students   are   to   be   told   to  put  their  phones  away.   Teachers   should   and   are   directed   to   FRQÂżVFDWH WKH GHYLFH DW WKH ÂżUVW VLJQ RI LW EHLQJ used  at  an  inappropriate   time,  and  deliver  it  to  the   campus  administrator  by   the  end  of  the  day.  After   the   third   day   that   the   RIÂżFH KROGV WKH SKRQH DQRWLÂżFDWLRQZLOOEHVHQW

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By  CADE  BUNDRICK STAFF  WRITER   Mass   communication   today  is  a  fantastic  part  of   our   society.   Technology   and   media   alike   have   made   advances   that   were   at   one   time   unimaginable.  What  was   once   a   beckoning   light   KDV EHFRPH D Ă&#x20AC;LFNHULQJ bulb   of  terror.  The  youth   of   America   has   been   effected   by   this   light   for   years.   My   opinion   is   not   that  media  or  technology   is   the   enemyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it   is   how   this   massive   amount   of   technological   advances   distracted  us  from  where   we  should  be.  For  young   people   these   days,   checking  the  latest  tweet   from   Kim   Kardashian   or   an   update   on   the   news   about   Lindsay   Lohan   is   considered   a   priority   over   something   like   homework.   This   storm   has   swept   the   nation.   It   has  diminished  our  youth,   and   now   it   is   our   turn   to   do   something   about   it.     For   Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   youth,   EHLQJ FRRO DQG ÂżWWLQJ LQ means   being   something   that   you   are   not.   Too  

many  norms   have   been   recently   created   that   are   distorting   the   minds   of   far   too   many   young   people.   Teens   seem   to   be   spending   more   time   thinking   about   what   to   wear   to   school   than   they   think   about   their   math   homework.   Playing   catch,   reading   a   comic  book  or  artistically   reenacting  battle  scenes   YLD 6WDU :DUV ÂżJXULQHV are  now  just  a  thing  of  the   past.   Even   necessities   such   as   homework   and   sleep   are   put   off   just   to   talk   to   friends   on   Facebook.       While   I   do   recognize   that   socializing   is   an   extremely   important   part   of   society,   what   are   the   consequences?   It   is   now   considered   â&#x20AC;&#x153;normalâ&#x20AC;?   to   neglect   school   in   order   to   stay   connected.   One   study,   done  by  the  International   Te l e c o m m u n i c a t i o n s   Union,   states   that   as   dropout   rates   began   to   increase,  in  2003,  so  did   Internet   usage   by   teens   at   an   extremely   large   amount.  Do  you  see  the   parallel?     To   say   however,  

that  socializing   on   the   internet   is   the   biggest   of   these   problems   is   an   understatement.   It   is   only   one   of   the   many   causes.   Children   have   looked   up   to   many   and   seen  that  the  â&#x20AC;&#x153;coolâ&#x20AC;?  thing   or  what  they  â&#x20AC;&#x153;shouldâ&#x20AC;?  be   doing   is   simply   playing   video   games,   texting   and   watching   Youtube   videos.  And  why  are  they   GRLQJWKLV"%HFDXVHWKH\ have   seen   their   parents   do  it,  their  older  brothers   and   sisters   do   it   and  TV   icons   do   it.   If   children   were   encouraged   to   go   outside   and   play   or   get   out   their   real   toys   just   once   a   week,   this   problem   would   not   be   such   an   issue.   Instead,   this  has  become  a  game   of   monkey   see,   monkey   do.     %XW ZKDW FDQ EH done?   Our   only   hope   of   changing   the   way   the   future   can   play   out   is   to   act   now.   So   play   with   your  little  brother  or  read   a  book  to  get  them  to  be   more   productive.   Study   hard   and   put   forth   effort   where   it   is   needed   in   your  studies.  

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Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  really  getting  the  better  education

By  SAMANTHA  SOLIS STAFF WRITER   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grades   are   due   this   Friday.â&#x20AC;?       To   hundreds   of   students,   this   means   having   to   study   for   the   next   test   in   order   to   get   good   grade   to   pass   the   class  at  the  next  grading   period.   However,   some   of   our   student   athletes   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   have   to   worry   about   certain   classes.   To  them,  they  could  care   less   about   grades   in   subjects   because   they   can   still   play   no   matter   how  much  they  slack  off.             According   to   our   district,   an   athlete   can   exempt   certain   courses   as   long   as   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   on   the   approved   list.   What   does  this  mean  exactly?   The   no   pass   no   play   rule   does   not   apply   to   everyone.   Pre-­AP   and   AP  classes  do  not  affect   a   playerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   chance   of   suiting   up   once   grades   have   been   entered.   With   this   being   said,   more   and   more   athletes   take   harder   classes.  I  believe  they  do   so  not  to  be  challenged,  

but  to   ensure   that   they   can   play   in   the   next   game.   For   many   of   the   fall   sports   such   as   volleyball,   football   and   cross     country,   the   six   weeks   grades   on   the  

back  up   to   passing.     There  is  also  the   athlete   who   is   passing   all   their   classes,   but   receives  no  playing  time.   Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  not  very  fair  to  reward   a   students   for   failing   a  

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The  no  pass  no  play  rule   does  not  apply  to  everyone.â&#x20AC;? progress   report   are   the   ones   that   determine   eligibility.   It   is   possible   to  fail  a  advanced  class   without   it   affecting   their   nine   weeks   grade,   GPA   or   playing   time.   Now   what   happens   to   the   student   athletes   in   our   school   who   just   take   grade   level   or   academic   classes?   They   must   maintain   their   grades,   pay   attention,   and   study  hard  to  earn  their   playing   time.   If   they   fail   their   class,   the   double   standard   takes   affect.   They   become   ineligible   to  play  in  any  UIL  event   for  three  weeks,  or  until   they   bring   their   grades  

major  core  class  required   for   graduation.   While   at   the  same  time  a  passing   students   is   forced   to   sit   on   the   bench   just   so   a   team   can   get   a   win.       Ever  since  I  was   little,  the  rule  has  always   been   school   comes   ÂżUVW WKHQ VSRUWV %XW , guess   as   we   get   older,   everything   changes.   Seems   to   me   like   our   district   has   the   wrong   studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   interest   in   mind.  I  believe  we  should   Âż[ WKLV SROLF\ VR WKDW there   is   an   alternative   for   all   athletes,   not   just   the   ones   who   score   the   touchdowns,   get   a   kill   or   break   the   long   distance   record.              

Big  country  swallows  big  problems

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Warning...additives  added  to  food  harm  us  all

By  JULIE  BANG %86,1(660$1$*(5                      Everyone  knows   that   diet   will   determine   health,   mood,   and   life.   When   animals   KDYH D GHÂżFLHQW GLHW for   three   generations,   reproduction   ceases   and   they   eventually   become  extinct.  Humans   are  no  different.           Due   to   technology   and   medicine,   it   will   be   harder   for   humans   to   become  extinct.  Instead,   we   are   likely   to   live   on   life   support   or   drugs   because   of   poor   health.   All   processed   foods   contain   food   additives   and   other   â&#x20AC;&#x153;man-­madeâ&#x20AC;?   ingredients   that   are   not   normally   used   for  

human  consumptions.         For   example,   MSG   (Monosodium   *OXWDPDWH  LV D ÂłĂ&#x20AC;DYRU enhancerâ&#x20AC;?   commonly   added   to   Chinese   food,   canned   vegetables,   soups   and   processed   meats.   It   is   not   a   preservative   and   has   no   nutritional   value.   In   fact,   it   does   not   hurt   the   food,   but   it   does   affect   the   person   eating   it.         â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over   the   years,   the   FDA   has   received   many   anecdotal   reports   of   adverse   reactions   to   foods   containing   MSG.   These   reactions   include:   headache,   Ă&#x20AC;XVKLQJ VZHDWLQJ numbness,   tingling   or   EXUQLQJLQIDFHĂ&#x20AC;XWWHULQJ heartbeats,   chest   pain,   nausea,  and  weakness,â&#x20AC;?  

said  Katherine   Zeratsky,   R.D.,   L.D,   the   Mayo   Clinic   nutritionist.     Dollar   menus   and   frozen   dinner   entrees   are   convenient   on   the   go   and   a   lot   cheaper   than   to   make   a   dinner  for  four,  but  there   is   always   a   catch.   MSG   is   used   in   fries,     drinks   and  their  meat  in  order  to   get  you  addicted  to  their   foods.   So   is   it   worth   it?       A b a n d o n i n g   traditional  diets  will  cause   the   next   generation   to   be   more   susceptible   to   diseases   of   every   sort.   In   fact,   studies   showed   that   by   the   time   our   generation   grows   up   to   have   children,   more   than   25%   of   us   will   be   infertile     due   to   the   foods   we   eat   today.  

   Americans   loves   fast   food.   Eating   out   means   getting   more   saturated   fat,   cholesterol,   sodium,   and   calories   than   the   recommended   intake.   It   can   be   healthy   depending   on   the   choices   you   make,   but   what   are   the   chances   that  you  are  going  to  pick   a  fresh  green  apple  over   D FDUDPHO 3HFDQ %XQ    

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Keep  talking  microphone Entertainment  fuels  up  during  lunch  time

By  DAYANA  IZA STAFF WRITER     Being   in   class   all   day   can   get   very   tiring   and   boring!   Teachers   talk.   We   write.   After   four   or   ¿YH SHULRGV RI EHLQJ in   a   classroom,   all   we   want   is   to   socialize   and   go   to   lunch.   Hunger   strikes  and  some  sort  of   entertainment  is  needed.   Perfect   time   for   lunch   time   with   Fernandez   DQG KLV PLFURSKRQH   1LQWK JUDGH SULQFLSDO Horacio   Fernandez,   and   WZHOIWK JUDGH SULQFLSDO Lynn   Austin   have   UHFHQWO\ EHHQ WKH VSLULW WKDW NHHSV OXQFK DOLYH 7KH PLFURSKRQH LV XVHG WR SRLQW RXW WKH SHRSOH who   cut   in   line.   Nobody   OLNHV SHRSOH FXWWLQJ LQ IURQW RI WKHP , ¿QG LW to   be   a   clever   way   of   giving   a   fair   lunch   line   system   because   when   SHRSOH SRLQWHG RXW DUH RQ WKH VSRW WKH\œUH embarrassed   in   front   of   the  whole  cafeteria.     The   best   thing   about   football   games   is   WKDW WKH VFKRRO VSLULW LV VHW RQ ¿UH GXULQJ OXQFK The  football  team,  Austin,  

and  Fernandez   cheer   each  other  on  even  if  the   RSSRVLQJ WHDP LV  WKH best  in  state.  Who  cares   LI ZH GRQœW ZLQ JDPHV because   nobody   has   VSLULW OLNH XV (VSHFLDOO\ at  lunch!     0\ IDYRULWH SDUW LV VLPSO\WKHHQWHUWDLQPHQW LWSURYLGHV:KLOHKDYLQJ lunch,   Fernandez   and   Austin   interact   with   the   students.   Many   of   the   XSSHUFODVVPHQ JHW WKH PLFURSKRQH DQG VWDUW JRR¿QJ RII ZKLFK JLYHV SHRSOH VRPHWKLQJ to   laugh   about.   A   few   WDOHQWHG VWXGHQWV UDS RU sing   during   lunch,   which   , ¿QG JUHDW ,WœV DOPRVW like   having   live   music   DQG KDYLQJ OXQFK SUHWW\ cool  combination!     Many   may   call   it   DQQR\LQJ RU VLPSO\ unnecessary.  If  so,  there   LV DOZD\V WKH RSWLRQ RI having   lunch   outside.   If   ORRNHG XSRQ WRR PXFK the   annoyance   is   never   JRLQJWRJRDZD\,¿QGLW to  be  entertaining,  funny,   DQGZLWKDJRRGSXUSRVH Get   rid   of   it?   NO!   It   should  stay,  maybe  even   become   a   tradition   for   OXQFKDW6SULQJ:RRGV

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Unplug  the  mic ,UULWDWLRQĂ&#x20AC;DUHVXSGXULQJOXQFKWLPH

By  JACK  RODGERS STAFF WRITER 6R SLFWXUH this:   you   get   out   of   class   and   head   to   B  lunch.  You   just   had   a   r e a l l y   tough            test  (sta   t i s t i c s   with   Bartkowiak,   maybe?)   and   all   you  want  to  do  is   enjoy   your   lunch   LQ SHDFH LQ WKH nice   warmth   of   the  cafeteria  and   with   the   com-­ SDQ\ RI \RXU friends.  You  walk   into  the  cafeteria   look   around   to   ÂżQG \RXU IULHQGV and   hear,   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey   you   in   the   jack-­ et!   Looking   good!â&#x20AC;?   It's   Mr.   Fernandez,   once   again   UXLQLQJ D SHUIHFWO\ JRRGOXQFKSHULRG     Admittedly,   the   talking   ZDVQ W VR EDG DW ÂżUVW Originally   it   was   just   a   few   friendly   reminders,  

such  as,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come  out  and   VXSSRUWWKH7LJHUVLQWKHLU game   against   Pasade-­ QD´RUÂł7KH6SLULW6TXDG will   be   having   their   try-­ outs   after   school   school   WRGD\ JR DQG VLJQ XS´

same  thing.   They   are   called   the   morning   an-­ nouncements.   By   the   time  B  lunch  rolls  around,   everyone   has   already   heard   what   Mr.   Fernan-­ dez   is   saying.   He's   just  

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Admittedly, the talking wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t VREDGDWĂ&#x20AC;UVW$VRIODWHKRZHYHULWKDVEHHQMXVWSRLQWOHVV UDPEOLQJÂľ As  of   lately,   however,   it   KDV EHHQ MXVW SRLQWOHVV rambling,   shouting   out   random   kid's   names   or   calling   a   guy   out   on   the   football  team.  It  only  gets   worse  when  you  factor  in   that  he  lets  random  kids   grab   the   mic   and   start   WDONLQJ RU UDSSLQJ RU VLQJLQJRUDVNLQJSHRSOH to   Homecoming,   or   blurt   RXWZKDWHYHUKDSSHQVWR SRSLQWRWKHLUKHDGDWWKH time.    For  those  who  say  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh,   but   what   about   the   im-­ SRUWDQWVWXIIWKDWKHWHOOV us?â&#x20AC;?   Well   guess   what?   Coach   Yaya   does   the  

UHLWHUDWLQJZKDWZDVSUH-­ viously  stated,   so   he   is   basically  beating  a  dead   tiger.     Therefore,   there   is   only   one   solution   that   FDQ EH UHDFKHG WR ¿[ WKLV SUREOHP XQSOXJ 0U Fernandez.   Make   him   VWRS EODWKHULQJ GXULQJ % lunch,   and   let   us   enjoy   RXUOXQFKLQSHDFH

Continued  bullying  leads  to  fatal   consequences

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Suicide  rates  climb  due  to  bullying  incidents

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True  leader  runs  the  fIeld .Roman  brings  light  to  the  season

NFL  lacks   dominant   team

By  CADE  BUNDRICK STAFF WRITER

Roman  may   be   one   contributing   factor.   Roman   has   been   on   cross   country   for   three   years,   was   co-­captain   KLV ¿UVW WZR \HDUV DQG is  now  leading  the  team   as   captain.   Being   one   of   the   hardest   workers   on   his   team,   he   has   become   a   role   model   for   younger   runners   and   newcomers   to   the   team.   Leaving   a   reputation   of   perfect  

attendance  to   all   cross   country   practices   and   always   putting   forth   his   best   effort,   he   has   landed   in   the   exact   spot   he   wanted   when   KHÂżUVWMRLQHGWKHWHDP   â&#x20AC;&#x153;This   year   I   even   practiced   over   the   summer.   Now   I   feel   mentally   and   physically   ready   for   the   season,â&#x20AC;?   Roman   said.       Jessie   really   does   prove   that  

old  adage   that   hard   work   pays   off.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jessie   is   a   fantastic   leader   and   role   model   for   the   team.   He   never   misses   a   practice   or  a  meet  and  is  always   willing   to   give   advice   to   someone   else,â&#x20AC;?   said   MXQLRU ;LDGDQL 7RYDU D member   of   the   team.     â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   most   important   thing   is   practice.   I   have   seen   some  of  the  most  talented  

kids  that   are   amazing,   but   they   donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   come   to   practice.   So   they   never   really  develop  their  skills.   They   can   never   reach   their   goal,â&#x20AC;?   Roman   said.

           Cross   country   is   racing  in  this  season  and   things  seem  to  be  looking   up   like   they   never   have   before.  With  increasingly   PRUH GLIÂżFXOW SUDFWLFHV By  JJ  GONZALEZ and   a   change   in   coaches,   the   team   may   COLUMNIST W h a t â&#x20AC;&#x2122; s   very  well  be  having  their   h a p p e n i n g   best   season   in   a   while.   Senior   Jessie   in   the   NFL     this   season   is   hard   to   e x p l a i n .   For   one,   there   is   no   truly   dominant   team.   Every   week   there   is   a   different   team   that   shows   improvement,   but   then,   they   lose   the   following   week.  Right  now,  it    seems   that   teams   are   working   WRRKDUGWRÂżOOXSDFHUWDLQ weak  part  of  the  team    that   they   leave   huge   holes   in   other  areas.  Coaches  and   Walter  Mata,  senior,  advanced  to   players   need   to   see   that   regionals  this  season  with  a  time  of   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  better  to  be  a  balanced   17  minutes  and  7  seconds.   team   rather   than   having   to   worry   about   more   offense   than   defense.      At  this  point,  my  two  picks   The  cross  country  team  poses   that  I  think  will  go  all  of  the   for  a  team  picture. way  make  me  look  terrible.   The  Houston  Texans  show   a   lack   of   defense,   and   linebacker   Brian   Cushing   The  girls  of  the  team  run  to  win. hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  really  been  a  leader   in   his   return.     Offense   is   the   only   way   the   Texans   can  hope  to  get  anywhere,   and  luckily,  they  have  a  lot   of  power.  The  newly  found   duo   of   running   backs   Arian   Foster   and   Derrick   :DUG LQ WKH EDFN ÂżHOG should   help   quarterback   Matt   Schaub   when   he   has   his   shaky   moments.       Penalties   and   turning   the   ball   over   in   crucial   moments   hurt   the   Dallas   Cowboys.   Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   a   helpless   feeling   to   see   a   team   who   has   so   much   talent   be   misused.   No   matter   how   many   yards   they   accumulate   or   how   well   their   defense   plays,   they   senior   guard   Ronnie   day   one,â&#x20AC;?   Gibson   give   up   free   yards   and   By  JJ  GONZALEZ Mekala   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;He   likes   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;As   long   as   they   commit   turnovers.   Just   STAFF  WRITER to   get   out,   push   the   keep   improving   and   when   we   thought   they   ball   and   bring   a   faster   playing   hard,   then   I   were   at   rock   bottom,   pace   to   the   game.â&#x20AC;? think   weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll   be   okay.â&#x20AC;?     Entering   this   season,   quarterback   Tony   Romo         There   are   only   two       Things   also   look   to   Coach   Joe   Gibson   has   broke  his  collarbon,  ending   players   who   return   this   be   improving   with   been  promoted  to  interim   his   season.   Jerry   Jonesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;   season.   Seniorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   Falaq   the   players   and   their   head  boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  varsity  coach   dream   of   a   Superbowl   at   Gaither   and   Fabian   connection.   Many   after   former   Coach   home   has   been   crushed. Moffet  are  back  as  third   who   come   from   Michael   Stokebrand       If   I   had   to   pick   a   team   year  varsity  players  and   different   groups   of   became   a   principal.   He   that   is   â&#x20AC;&#x153;dominant,â&#x20AC;?   then   are   the   new   leaders   IULHQGV ORRN WR ÂżQG D Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d  say  the  New  York  Jets   takes   over   these   duties   in   a   young   team. chemistry   to   build   on. with   a   y ounger   t eam   t han   are   the   closest.   Their       â&#x20AC;&#x153;In   previous   seasons,       â&#x20AC;&#x153;The   chemistry   has   offense   plays   diligently   from   previous   years. the   team   was   usually   grown   a   lot   since   the       â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   think   theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve   having  tied  an  NFL  record   senior   heavy,â&#x20AC;?   Gaither   beginning   of   the   year,â&#x20AC;?   for   four   straight   games   responded   really   well   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;   Coach   Gibson   senior   guard   Bostin   with   me   as   coach,â&#x20AC;?   without   any   turnovers.   is   trying   to   keep   the   Biamonte   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;We   Second   year   quarterback   Gibson   said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anything   team   young   so   there   arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   all   the   way   I   ask   of   them,   they   Mark   Sanchez   looks   can   be   more   guys   with   there   yet   but,   I   think   incredible  not  throwing  an   do   it,   no   complaints.   experience   on   varsity   itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll   be   there   by   the   The   atmospheres   interception   all   season.   every   year   he   likes   to   time   season   starts.â&#x20AC;? It   seems   as   though   been   really   positive,   looks   to   the   future.â&#x20AC;? so   thats   a   good   thing.â&#x20AC;? the   10   year   veteran,       Gibson   has   yet   to   running   back   LaDainian       Gibson   brings   a   set   the   teams,   but   has   slightly   different   Tomlinson,   has   found   his   noticed   a   difference   new   home   having   rushed   coaching   style   to   the   between   players.   team   from   Stokebrand.   for   490   yards   and   scored       â&#x20AC;&#x153;All   the   guys   have       â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach   Gibson   has   5   touchdowns,   averaging   been   improving   since   5.3   yards   per   carry. a   run   and   gun   style,â&#x20AC;?       For   now,   the   season   looks   very   uncertain   in   most   divisions   as   to   who   will   be   in   the   playoffs.

(above) Jessie  Roman

Basketball Preview . New varsity coach changes things up


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Tigers struggle to scratch out win Coach  Cripps  discusses  this  seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  challenges

By  JACK  RODGERS STAFF WRITER

After a disappointing football season, the Tigers have left many wondering what went wrong this year. In an attempt to Ă&#x20AC;QGRXWWKH5HJLWVDW down with the Varsity football head coach, Keith Cripps, to try DQGĂ&#x20AC;JXUHRXW what needs to change. (Interview recorded 10/7/10)

Q:

What do you think our biggest problems are?

A:

Well, I don't like to use the word â&#x20AC;&#x201D;I don't like the WHUP ´SUREOHPÂľ[ , think there are some obstacles that, you know, you try and overcome. You WU\ WR Ă&#x20AC;[ VRPH situations, you know, week by weekâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it can be tackling, it can be holding onto the football, it can be being mis-

aligned. I think week to week it's changed, you know, and the kid's attitude is still real good as far as being positive and upbeat, even though the season is not going real well. So

By the Numbers (stats current as of 10/19/10)

that we made. Then that are the difference. we get back to practice on Monday and we Q: What can we get back going to im- ORRN IRUZDUG WR QH[W proving the basics, the year? fundamentals, and the techniques. A: I don'tâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we aren't ORRNLQJ WR QH[W \HDU right now.

Do you think â&#x20AC;&#x153;We go into every game Q: we will beat Northpreparing to win and think- brook? ing that we will win the A: Well, we're not worried about Northgame.â&#x20AC;? brook right now. We are worried about Brenham High School, and that's who we play tonight. Then, after Brenham, we worry DERXW WKH QH[W WHDP A: Well, I said this You know, what we all along, before the think about every week season started. Last as coaches and as playyear was tough and ers is that we go into the previous years every game preparwere tough. As for ing to win and thinkthe district, we were ing that we will win in because of 5A and the game. And so, that the numbers of other game [Northbrook] is Q: What can you schools. The only dif- no different. We're not GR DV D FRDFK WR Ă&#x20AC;[ ference between 4A focused on Northbrook those obstacles? and 5A, in my opinion High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we are of football, is actu- focused on Brenham A: Well, like I said, ally the numbers. The High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and ZH ZDWFK WKH Ă&#x20AC;OP competition is still real then, after Brenham together as a teamâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; tough. The teams we we will worry about coaches and play- are playing are still a Stratford. That's our ersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and we show challenge every week, philosophy. them the mistakes so, its just the numbers there's a few mistakes that we can correct as coaches and as players to get better each week, and that's what we do. We review WKH Ă&#x20AC;OP WKH QH[W GD\ as a whole team and coaches, and then we see the problems, the situations, and the obstacles we can correct.

Q:

Do you think the move to 4A has helped or hurt us? Why?

Swimming pulls ahead like never before

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By  CADE  BUNDRICK STAFF WRITER   Fall   is   upon   us   and   sports   season   is   here.   For   one   sports   coach,   things   are   a   little   different  this  year.  Lesley   Rienstra,   swim   coach,   is   in   her   25th   year   as   a   high  school  varsity  swim   coach   and   her   10th   year   at   Spring   Woods   High   School.  Before  becoming   a   swim   coach;Íž   she   was   her  college  swim  teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   captain   and   even   swam   in   the   Olympics   for   her   home   country,   Great   Britain.   But   Rienstraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   experience   wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   be   the   only   thing   that   is   improving  her  team.     â&#x20AC;&#x153;We   have   a   lot   more   freshman   this   year   and   we   are   bigger   than   we   have  been  in  years  past,   but   I   have   also   taken   in   some   kids   that   are   new  to  swimming  so  we  

are  looking   for   a   lot   of   improvement   to   allow   us   to   have   a   stronger   team,â&#x20AC;?  Rienstra  said. Coach   Rienstra   seems   to   be   looking   forward   to   a   lot   of   promise   with   the   team   and   the   new   facility  and  even,  a  new   assistant.   Art   teacher,   Megan  Dobe,  a  veteran   of   Spring   Woods   swimming,   is   now   the   new   assistant   coach   for   her   old   high   school   team.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I   think   that   we   will   improve   a   lot   this   year.   We   have   a   lot   to   look   forward  to  and  the  team   is   so   much   bigger   this   year.   I   think   a   lot   could   happen   this   year,â&#x20AC;?   said   MXQLRU&ROOLQ&DYDOOR Coach   Rienstraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   career  at  Spring  Woods   is   getting   more   and   more   successful   as   the   swimming   program   has   continued   through   the   years.  The  promise  that   she   holds   as   a   coach  

could  make   this   yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   team  one  of  the  best  it   has  been  in  a  long  time.   Coach   Reinstraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   great   amount   of   experience   has   brought   her   a   promising   season   ahead.   Although   she   has   been   given   a   new   facility,   a   great   team   and   an   assistant,   she   says   that   the   most   important   thing   overall   is  school.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Academics   are   important   and   having   such   focused   kids   is   great.   Swimming   does   help  you;Íž  it  does  make   you   focused   and   helps   you   become   a   more   in   tune   person   and   student.â&#x20AC;?

Varsity  Swimming  Schedule  2010-­2011 11/05  

Alief  Invitational  Meet

11/09

Spring  Woods  vs.  Hightower  and   Waltrip

11/17

Spring  Woods  vs.  Stratford

12/02

Spring  Woods  vs.  Alief  Elsik

12/11

Spring  Branch  Invitational  Meet

1/11

Spring  Woods  vs.  Marshall  and  Wil-­ lowridge

1/18

Spring  Woods  vs.  Memorial

1/29

District  Swim  Meet

2/3-­5

Regional  Prelims  and  Finals


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November Issue 2010  

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