Shooting Â for Â success
Senior Â Matt Â Nesloney Â gives Â all Â heâ€™s Â got
Violence Â triggers Â writing Freedom Â Writer Â Tony Â Becerra Â gives Â inspirational Â talk
helped Â them Â out, Â was Â Â Â â€œKnowing Â some Â about Â By Â DAYANA Â IZA and Â the Â competition Â chair Â and Â made Â it Â to Â the Â STAFF Â WRITER so Â inspiring Â to Â Davis. Â the Â story Â of Â these Â kids, Â became Â much Â harder Â all Â state Â mixed Â choir. Â It Â was Â amazing Â how Â I Â realized Â how Â many Â to Â narrow Â down, Â but Â Â Â Â â€œI Â think Â it's Â incredible Â he Â book Â has Â the Â Rodney Â King Â Riots Â of Â the Â students Â at Â Nesloney Â consistently Â that Â Matt Â made Â it Â this Â probably Â been Â read Â and Â the Â O.J. Â Simpson Â Spring Â Woods Â would Â fter Â months Â of Â prac-Â made Â it Â through Â each Â far,â€? Â Cuddihee Â said, Â by Â few, Â but Â the Â trial Â had Â affected Â the Â probably Â be Â able Â to Â tice Â and Â the Â stress Â round Â with Â his Â head Â â€œI'm Â so Â glad Â that Â he Â had Â movie Â has Â probably Â relate,â€? Â Davis Â said. of Â auditions, Â senior Â held Â high Â and Â making Â this Â opportunity Â and Â got Â been Â seen Â by Â many, Â Â Â Â Gruwell Â recognized Â Matt Â Nesloney Â was Â the Â Spring Â Woods Â proud. to Â share Â it Â with Â others Â and Â it Â is Â why Â the Â the Â similarities Â only Â choir Â student Â at Â SWHS. Â Matt Â story Â of Â the Â Freedom Â and Â problems Â of Â to Â make Â it Â to Â area. Â worked Â incred-Â Writers Â is Â well Â known. her Â students. Â She Â Â Â Â Starting Â in Â the Â ibly Â hard Â and Â it Â Â Â Having Â an Â actual Â immediately Â started Â summer, Â Nesloney Â really Â paid Â off!â€? Â Freedom Â using Â her Â tools Â to Â Writer Â and Â several Â other Â Â Â Â Â To Â be Â able Â to Â come Â talk Â at Â a Â unite Â and Â change Â her Â choir Â students Â par-Â make Â it Â this Â far Â particular Â students. Â She Â gave Â school Â ticipated Â in Â a Â choir Â into Â the Â process Â is Â probably Â them Â books Â written Â by Â an Â camp Â in Â preparation Â is Â something Â that Â opportunity Â teenagers Â and Â it Â was Â few Â IRU WKH ÂżUVW URXQG not Â everyone Â schools Â get, Â but Â through Â these Â books Â The Â camp Â was Â held Â gets Â to Â experi-Â Spring Â Woods Â was Â that Â the Â minds Â of Â these Â at Â Spring Â Woods Â ence Â and Â since Â lucky Â enough Â to Â kids Â started Â to Â change. Â by Â choir Â director, Â this Â is Â Nesloney's Â get Â Freedom Â Writer Â They Â later Â began Â Katy Â Cuddihee. Â senior Â year, Â it Â Tony Â Becerra Â come Â writing Â anonymous Â From Â there, Â Nes-Â is Â an Â amazing Â talk Â to Â students. journal Â entries Â about Â loney Â practiced Â till Â thing Â to Â say Â he Â Â Â But Â who Â and Â why Â the Â problems Â that Â they Â WKH ÂżUVW URXQG ZDV a c c o m p l i s h e d . Â got Â and Â worked Â faced Â in Â their Â every Â held Â in Â September. Â Â Â â€œMaking Â it Â this Â on Â getting Â such Â a Â day Â lives. Â Gangs, Â Â Â Â Â The Â students Â far Â has Â been Â so Â prestigious Â speaker Â immigration, Â drugs, Â were Â all Â smiles Â awesome Â and Â Â come Â talk Â to Â us? Â violence, Â abuse, Â death, Â when Â they Â found Â although Â it Â was Â Gear Â Up Â director, Â anorexia, Â dyslexia, Â out Â they Â had Â made Â at Â times Â stressful, Â Regina Â Davis Â was Â teenage Â love, Â weight Â it Â to Â the Â next Â round, Â it Â was Â still Â one Â of Â the Â one Â that Â put Â her Â issues, Â divorce, Â suicide, Â with Â Nesloney Â the Â best Â experi-Â hands Â on Â the Â project. and Â all Â the Â other Â issues Â smiling Â along Â with Â ences Â of Â my Â life,â€? Â Â Â â€œCouple Â years Â back, Â were Â the Â main Â topics. Â them. Â New Â round, Â Nesloney Â said. Â I Â was Â at Â a Â conference Â Those Â journal Â entries Â new Â music, Â and Â HITTING Â THE Â HIGH Â NOTE: Â Nesloney Â â€œI Â really Â wish Â in Â which Â Erin Â GREAT Â CHARACTER Â Â BEATS Â THE Â were Â later Â published Â the Â nonstop Â prac-Â sings Â his Â way Â to Â the Â top. I Â would Â have Â Gruwell Â and Â two Â of Â ODDS: Â Becerra Â shows Â his Â sense Â into Â a Â book Â called Â The Â tice Â for Â Nesloney Â tried Â out Â all Â four Â her Â former Â students Â Freedom Â Writers Â Diary. of Â humor Â after Â talking Â to Â SW Â tigers. Â Â Â With Â having Â all Â of Â had Â become Â a Â rou-Â years Â because Â were Â speaking. Â tine Â that Â he Â soon Â had Â $VWKHURXQGVĂ€HZE\ even Â though Â this Â is Â ex-Â They Â this Â known, Â Davis Â was Â left Â me Â to Â get Â accustomed Â to. Nesloney Â stayed Â persis-Â citing;Íž Â I Â wish Â Iâ€™d Â had Â completely Â mesmerized Â even Â more Â determined Â Â Â Â Â â€œMatt Â is Â a Â very Â dedi-Â tent. Â He Â stunned Â many Â more Â chances. Â But Â itâ€™s Â by Â their Â true Â stories, Â mood Â in Â the Â city Â of Â these Â to Â bring Â at Â least Â one Â cated Â person Â and Â I Â knew Â with Â the Â news Â that Â he Â was Â still Â good Â to Â get Â one Â in Â and Â I Â was Â determined Â kids, Â making Â their Â lives Â speakerto Â come Â talk Â that Â he Â wouldn't Â give Â the Â only Â choir Â student Â before Â I Â graduate. Â For Â to Â bring Â them Â to Â Spring Â almost Â miserable. Â On Â to Â Spring Â Woods. Â up Â easily,â€? Â sophomore Â from Â the Â school Â to Â make Â anyone Â who Â hopes Â to Â Woods,â€? Â Davis Â said. WKHLU ÂżUVW GD\ RI KLJK Especially Â now Â that Â Mary Â Quinones Â said. Â â€œI Â it Â all Â the Â way Â to Â area. Â make Â it Â in Â the Â future, Â all Â Â Â Having Â listened Â to Â how Â school Â they Â all Â had Â she Â had Â also Â read Â am Â very Â happy Â for Â him.â€? Nesloney Â rode Â solo Â to Â I Â can Â really Â is Â work Â re-Â high Â school Â freshmen Â three Â things Â in Â common: Â the Â book Â written Â by Â Â Â Â Â The Â numbers Â de-Â the Â area Â round Â that Â was Â ally Â hard Â and Â to Â remem-Â students Â had Â suffered Â â€œwe Â hated Â school, Â we Â the Â Freedom Â Writers. creased Â as Â the Â rounds Â held Â on Â January Â 8th Â and Â EHU \RX JRQÂś EH ÂżQHÂ´ and Â how Â their Â English Â hated Â our Â teacher, Â and Â EHFDPH PRUH GLIÂżFXOW he Â came Â out Â with Â second Â Continued Â on Â Page Â 2 teacher Â Erin Â Gruwell Â we Â hated Â each Â other.â€? By Â SAM Â LOPEZ STAFF Â WRITER
Sigma Â Delta Â competes Â at Â Harvard Â
Speech Â and Â debate Â team Â places Â itself Â on Â national Â map
By Â CHELSEA Â RODRIGUEZ year Â some Â of Â the Â varsity Â members Â have Â decided Â STAFF Â WRITER to Â pay Â out Â of Â their Â own Â his Â February, Â Sigma Â pockets Â to Â go Â to Â Boston Â Delta Â expands Â and Â compete Â with Â its Â horizons Â and Â the Â best Â of Â the Â best. Â travels Â out Â of Â state Â to Â Â Â Â â€œCreating Â a Â stronger Â compete Â at Â Harvard Â team Â requires Â traveling Â University Â in Â Cambridge, Â out Â of Â town Â and Â Massachusetts, Â their Â money,â€? Â debate Â coach Â most Â prestigious Â Victoria Â Beard Â said. Â tournament Â before Â Â Â With Â a Â total Â of Â 17 Â heading Â off Â to Â quals Â for Â state, Â Beard Â State Â in Â March. Â SODQV RQ WDNLQJ ÂżYH RI Â Â â€œHarvard Â is Â basically Â her Â tigers Â to Â Boston. equivalent Â to Â the Â Â Â Â â€œNo Â one Â from Â Spring Â national Â tournament Â we Â Woods Â has Â ever Â gone Â experience Â during Â the Â to Â Harvard,â€? Â senior Â Tori Â summer,â€? Â senior Â Silverio Â Kimmel Â said. Â â€œWeâ€™re Â Ramirez Â said. Â â€œIn Â fact, Â last Â makinâ€™ Â history, Â baby!â€? \HDUPDQ\RIWKHÂżQDOLVWV Â Â Only Â a Â handful Â of Â at Â NFL Â nationals Â were Â members Â of Â Sigma Â Delta Â WKH ÂżQDOLVWV DW +DUYDUGÂ´ will Â attend Â the Â Harvard Â Â Â Â Â The Â Harvard Â tourna-Â tournament. Â Â President Â ment Â is Â not Â invitational;Íž Â Ramirez Â will Â compete Â in Â however, Â only Â state Â Congressional Â Debate, Â with Â senior Â TXDOLÂżHUV DWWHQG 7KLV along Â
HARVARD Â BOUND: Â Seniors Â Kelley Â Kim, Â Tori Â Kimmel, Â Niko Â Corbin, Â Silverio Â Ramirez Â and Â junior Â Cade Â Bundrick Â prepare Â themselves Â for Â a Â long Â weekend. treasurer Â Kelley Â Kim, Â vice Â president Â Kimmel Â
in Â Original Â Oratory, Â senior Â historian Â Niko Â
Corbin Â in Â Humorous Â Interpretation, Â and Â
junior Â Cade Â Bundrick Â in Â Dramatic Â Interpretation. Â Â Â Â â€œIn Â the Â six Â years Â Iâ€™ve Â been Â here, Â I Â didnâ€™t Â feel Â I Â could Â compete Â on Â the Â national Â level. Â Now Â I Â feel Â we Â can,â€? Â Beard Â said. Â Â Â Â Â Â Attending Â an Â emi-Â nent Â tournament Â like Â Harvard Â is Â one Â thing, Â but Â SODFLQJ LQ D ÂżQDO URXQG is Â another. Â Even Â then, Â these Â oral Â interpreters Â strive Â to Â enhance Â their Â skills Â and Â make Â a Â name Â for Â themselves. Â Â â€œThe Â physical Â strain Â of Â experiencing Â a Â tournament Â so Â large Â Â creates Â an Â emotional Â workout Â necessary Â for Â the Â [other] Â important Â tournaments Â [like Â UIL, Â state, Â and Â NATS],â€? Â Ramirez Â said. Â Â Good Â luck Â Speech Â and Â Debate!
WELCOME NEW TEACHERS
Why did you move here? I love sunshine and a great BBQ. What was your childhood dream? I always wanted to be a teacher. Pet peeve(s)? I don’t like to see people chewing gum with their mouth open. What do you think of your students? They are all vibrant and fun to interact with. Where did you graduate? Texas State University Why did you become a teacher? I love to read and write and help students see the value in education. What is your favorite food? I love all foods. I will try anything. What do you miss most in life? I miss my family on the West Coast.
Where did you graduate? Texas Tech University What is one thing you dislike? Lima beans Personality? I am a fun-loving person. I care about others and their well-being. I love to smile. What is your favorite sport? College Football and Basketball...Texas Tech Red Raiders! Embarrassing moment? I was late to a game at summer camp when I was in high school, and the leader made me pick my nose in front of the whole group because I was late. Teaching method? I really try to create a positive relationship with my students. When they know that I care about them, they are more willing to accept and think critically about the things I teach them.
“Try to always have a good attitude even when things seem tough.” - Lutz
Tenth graders lead way for brighter future Students anticipate exciting new year with Leadership Institute
By ALEX SANCHEZ STAFF WRITER
The Leadership Institute consists of 60 outstanding tenth graders, making it one of the largest student groups in the school. Tenth grade principal Jennifer Collier is in charge of organizing the groups activities such as ropes initiatives, a book study, and school service projects. Principal Lance Stallworth has also collaborated with the group by organizing meetings with local leaders such as Dr. Duncan Klussman, superintendent of the district, and hopes to make more contributions in the spring. The main objective of the Leadership Institute is to develop and build the group’s skills as effective leaders that stand out, and to work compatibly
with their peers as well. The group is currently working on a book study on “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens,” by Steven Covey, and they have also attended a ROPES course for leadership and team building. For this semester, the group is planning on selecting school service projects, such as improving school spirit on campus. Stallworth has also talked to members of the business department at Rice University and has planned for them to have a word with the students on campus in the spring, but there is QR RI¿FLDO GDWH IRU WKH visit at the moment. Last semester, the students had the opportunity to meet with the superintendent of the district, Dr. Klussman. The students listened to Klussman’s story about
The Leadership Institute teaches students how to EH PRUH FRQ¿GHQW DQG HI¿FLHQW ZKHQ ZRUNLQJ together and taking on leadership roles with activities like ROPES courses to even raising school spirit on campus. “I really enjoy feeling like I’m making a difference in our school,” Edgley said. “I’ve learned awesome leadership tactics, and I really enjoy the institute”. In their latest meeting, the Leadership LEADING THE WAY: Cripps participates in ROPES course. his life, and how through hard work and dedication, he was able to become EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: the leader he is today. “He shared with us Kelley Kim what traits he sees as good qualities for BUSINESS MANAGER: a leader,” sophomore Julie Bang Candace Edgley said. “All in all, he really cares about us students.” STAFF WRITERS: Alexander Reyes, Chelsea Rodriguez, Dayana Iza, Jack Rodgers, Jason Shannon, Jessica Jones, JJ Gonzalez, Niko Corbin, Sam Lopez, Cade Bundrick Samantha Solis Advisor: Pam Karter
Institute divided into groups to come up with ideas to promote school spirit. Several potential ideas were brought up, including a traditions book, involving more school spirit based apparel, and a video introduction to Spring Woods. “Mrs. Collier and Mr. Stallworth were both there to help with the planning process and give leadership tips. In one month we
present our plans to Mr. Stallworth and he yay/ nay ‘s them,” said Edgley. Collier’s success with the program makes her optimistic that the Leadership Institute will begin a new year with the class of 2014 and hopes to continue following the current sophomore class. “I am hoping that we can form a new group as well as keep this one going,” Collier said. “I foresee lots of exciting things coming from this group”.
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FREEDOM WRITERS CONT. “I told everybody about the Freedom Writers, and when the movie was out, I was so excited to see it.,” Davis said. Things turned for Davis when she recently was at a conference in Corpus Christi and was told she would actually be able to get one of the Freedom Writers come talk to Spring Woods. After much trying, what she wanted ZDV¿QDOO\LQKHUKDQGV “I was so excited. It had always been so hard because the schedules of these speakers are
always so busy, but I ZDV ¿QDOO\ DEOH WR JHW one come talk to my school,” Davis said. The news was also recently given out to everybody at school, and a movie night showing Freedom Writers in the main auditorium was even set, just to start getting ready for the guest speaker. “I love the movie, and I’m so excited to actually have a real Freedom Writer come talk to us,” senior Veronica Rojas said. Tony Becerra had a
great and inspirational talk with the students here, and many were able to relate in some way or another. Davis feels like one of her last projects ZDV ¿QDOO\ FRPSOHWH “It was amazing that even after all the stuff he went through. He rose above it all and graduated and is now a successful man. I think guest speakers like him are needed and helpful to help us see how tough life can really be,” senior Mollie Musgrove said after listening to Becerra’s story.
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By Â JACK Â RODGERS STAFF Â WRITER Â A Â new Â class Â has Â come Â to Â Spring Â Woods. Â Coach Â Marc Â Pollicove Â currently Â teaches Â an Â In-Â troductory Â Engineering Â course Â as Â part Â of Â the Â Project Â Lead Â the Â Way Â (PLTW) Â initiative. Â PLTW Â is Â an Â educational Â pro-Â gram Â provider Â that Â was Â started Â in Â the Â mid-Â90's Â by Â engineers Â who Â real-Â ized Â enrollment Â num-Â bers Â in Â college Â declined Â to Â the Â point Â that Â depart-Â ments Â were Â shrinking. Â Its Â main Â goal Â is Â to Â get Â kids Â involved Â in Â fun Â sci-Â ence Â and Â math Â related Â classes. Â Joe Â Kolenda, Â principal Â of Â the Â Guthrie Â Center Â has Â partnered Â with Â PLTW Â and Â Spring Â Woods Â Principal Â Lance Â Stallworth Â to Â bring Â the Â Engineering Â course Â to Â our Â school. Â "Last Â year Â Mr. Â Pollicove, Â Mr. Â Stall-Â worth Â and Â I Â talked Â about Â bringing Â it Â into Â Spring Â Woods," Â Kolenda Â said. Â "It Â is Â a Â big Â commitment Â for Â the Â teacher, Â as Â each Â gives Â up Â two Â weeks Â of Â their Â summer Â at Â training Â for Â the Â class. Â It's Â intense Â and Â they Â have Â home-Â
work, Â projects Â and Â more. Â Pollicove Â loved Â it Â and Â has Â been Â enthusiastic Â to Â bring Â it Â to Â the Â Spring Â Woods Â students." Â Pollicove Â could Â not Â just Â jump Â into Â teach-Â ing Â the Â class, Â there Â were Â a Â few Â things Â he Â need Â to Â GR ÂżUVW ,QLWLDOO\ , ZDV required Â to Â take Â a Â test Â for Â acceptance,â€? Â Pollicove Â said. Â Once Â accepted, Â I Â was Â required Â to Â return Â to Â school Â and Â become Â FHUWLÂżHG WR WHDFK WKH program. Â I Â attended Â The Â University Â of Â Texas Â at Â Tyler Â during Â the Â summer Â and Â found Â the Â course Â most Â stimulating." Â Pollicove Â also Â was Â fortunate Â in Â the Â tim-Â ing Â of Â the Â introduction Â of Â the Â new Â course. Â "With Â the Â con-Â struction, Â we Â had Â a Â great Â opportunity Â to Â add Â some-Â thing Â like Â this Â to Â Spring Â Woods," Â Stallworth Â said. Â "We Â could Â build Â the Â classroom Â near Â the Â Met-Â al Â Shop Â room Â to Â make Â it Â possible Â for Â Coach Â Pol-Â licove Â to Â go Â from Â one Â to Â the Â other." Â Stallworth Â also Â said Â that Â Pollicove Â was Â the Â best Â choice Â for Â the Â job, Â as Â the Â subject Â mat-Â ter Â taught Â in Â Engineering Â
is Â very Â close Â to Â what Â Pol-Â said Â "We Â hope Â the Â class-Â had Â the Â class Â met Â with Â has Â good Â things Â to Â say Â licove Â already Â does. Â The Â es Â grow, Â add Â additional Â enthusiasm Â from Â the Â stu-Â about Â it. Â Â "I Â loved Â the Â thought Â process Â behind Â it," Â Gonzalez Â said. Â "I Â wanted Â to Â be Â adventur-Â ous Â and Â wanted Â to Â try Â this Â Engineering Â course. Â It Â was Â a Â brand Â new Â class Â this Â year Â and Â I Â took Â ad-Â vantage Â of Â it." Â Pollicove Â has Â no Â plans Â on Â stopping, Â al-Â ready Â making Â plans Â for Â the Â future. Â "Next Â year, Â I Â will Â have Â all Â of Â the Â equipment Â in Â place Â at Â the Â start Â of Â the Â year Â and Â have Â a Â better Â feel Â for Â the Â assignments. Â I Â also Â plan Â on Â adding Â other Â components Â into Â the Â curriculum Â since Â we Â have Â the Â metal Â and Â wood Â lab Â at Â our Â disposal," Â Pol-Â licove Â said. Â "One Â of Â the Â of Â teach-Â EARLY Â START: Â Coach Â Pollicove Â works Â with Â students Â in Â engineering. advantages Â ing Â the Â engineering Â pro-Â gram Â at Â Spring Â Woods Â class Â is Â currently Â only Â ones Â and Â more Â oppor-Â dents. Â is Â having Â the Â facilities Â to Â RIIHUHG ÂżUVW SHULRG EXW tunities Â each Â year. Â How-Â Â "What Â they Â take Â the Â studentsâ€™ Â cre-Â could Â be Â offered Â more Â as Â ever, Â it Â really Â is Â based Â on Â found Â at Â Stratford Â was Â ative Â concepts Â and Â apply Â student Â interest Â increas-Â student Â interest Â and Â en-Â that Â the Â class Â started Â them Â to Â a Â practical Â use. Â es. rollment." out Â small Â and Â got Â bigger Â Few Â schools Â in Â the Â state Â Â "There Â is Â a Â Â The Â course Â has Â in Â size Â as Â word Â spread Â teach Â the Â engineering Â FRQVLGHUDEOH ÂżQDQFLDO been Â offered Â at Â Memorial Â about Â it. Â So Â we're Â hop-Â program Â and Â it Â seems Â investment Â from Â CTE Â and Â Stratford Â for Â a Â few Â ing Â that's Â what Â happens Â even Â fewer Â teach Â the Â ap-Â [Career Â and Â Technical Â years Â now, Â with Â Memo-Â here," Â Stallworth Â said. plied Â science Â found Â in Â in-Â Education] Â to Â launch Â and Â ULDOEHLQJWKHÂżUVWVFKRRO Â Senior Â Ivan Â dustry. Â We Â are Â fortunate Â maintain Â these Â classes Â to Â have Â it Â 10 Â years Â ago, Â Gonzalez Â is Â currently Â en-Â to Â have Â the Â best Â of Â both Â at Â each Â school," Â Kolenda Â and Â both Â schools Â have Â rolled Â in Â the Â class, Â and Â worlds."
Character Without Question Nominees
WINNER: Senior Lakreshia Gadison
Child Â nutrition Â improves Â nationwide
Proposed Â budget Â cuts Â attempt Â to Â curb Â obesity
By Â JULIE Â BANG BUSINESS Â MANAGER Â Â It Â is Â time Â to Â say Â good-Â bye Â to Â the Â fries. Â School Â cafeterias Â would Â have Â to Â serve Â students Â more Â with Â whole Â grains, Â fruits Â and Â vegetables Â under Â the Â governementâ€™s Â plans Â for Â WKHÂżUVWPDMRUQXWULWLRQDO overhaul Â of Â studentsâ€™ Â meals Â in Â 15 Â years. Â The Â new Â guidelines Â would Â re-Â
Right: Senior Mollie Musgrove
Left: Sophomore Jordan Jump Not pictured: Van Anh Pham
quire Â schools Â to Â cut Â so-Â dium Â in Â school Â lunches Â by Â more Â than Â half Â and Â use Â more Â whole Â grains Â and Â serve Â low-Âfat Â milk. Â Also, Â limiting Â students Â to Â once Â cup Â of Â starchy Â vegetables Â a Â week. Â Â Â â€œThe Â new Â standards Â could Â affect Â more Â than Â 32 Â million Â children Â and Â are Â crucial Â because Â kids Â can Â consume Â as Â much Â as Â half Â of Â their Â daily Â calories Â in Â schoolâ€? Â Agriculture Â Sec-Â
DID YOU KNOW? Spent-Âhens Â are Â tough, Â stringy, Â and Â far Â less Â appealing Â than Â the Â more Â tender Â meat Â of Â broiler Â chickens. Â But Â that Â didnâ€™t Â stop Â the Â government Â from Â using Â the Â Na-Â tional Â School Â Lunch Â Program Â as Â an Â out-Â OHWIRUHJJSURGXFHUVVWUXJJOLQJWRÂżQGD market Â for Â 100 Â million Â egg-Âlaying Â hens Â culled Â each Â year. )URPWKURXJKWKHÂżUVWKDOIRI86$72'$< found, Â the Â government Â spent Â more Â than Â $145 Â million Â on Â spent-Âhens Â for Â schools Â -Â Â a Â total Â of Â more Â than Â 77 Â mil-Â lion Â pounds Â served Â in Â chicken Â patties Â and Â salads.
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retary Â Tom Â Vilsack Â said. Â Â â€œThe Â United Â States Â is Â facing Â an Â obesity Â epi-Â demic Â and Â the Â crisis Â of Â poor Â diets Â threatens Â the Â future Â of Â our Â chil-Â dren Â and Â our Â nation.â€? Â Â The Â announcement Â comes Â just Â a Â few Â weeks Â after Â President Â Barack Â Obama Â signed Â into Â law Â a Â child Â nutrition Â bill Â that Â will Â help Â schools Â pay Â for Â the Â healthier Â foods.
THE Â NEW Â USDA Â GUIDELINES (VWDEOLVKWKHÂżUVW calorie Â limits Â for Â school Â meals. G r a d u a l l y Â reduce Â the Â amount Â of Â sodium Â in Â the Â meals Â by Â more Â than Â half. Ban Â most Â trans Â fats. Require Â more Â servings Â of Â fruits Â and Â vegetables. Incrementally Â increase Â the Â amount Â of Â whole Â grains.
Improve Â school Â breakfasts Â by Â requiring Â to Â serve Â a Â grain Â and Â a Â protein, Â instead Â of Â one Â or Â the Â other.
Senior Â goalie Â to Â sign Â with Â college
Kaitlyn Â Whitten Â commits Â to Â Oklahoma Â Christian
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Winter time sparks high bills, plus contamination
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Movie Â winners Â of Â 2011 ...Oscars Â not Â always Â right
BEST Â DIRECTOR By Â NIKO Â CORBIN STAFF Â WRITER Â Â There Â are Â two Â types Â of Â movies Â goers Â in Â this Â world, Â those Â who Â watch Â movies Â after Â seeing Â what Â wins Â awards Â and Â those Â that Â watch Â movies Â so Â they Â can Â know Â who Â they Â want Â to Â win. Â If Â youâ€™re Â like Â me, Â you Â are Â probably Â the Â former. Â This Â year Â however Â I Â decided Â to Â do Â something Â different. Â Durring Â Christmas Â break Â I Â went Â and Â saw Â every Â award Â worthy Â movie Â that Â , FRXOG ÂżQG 7KDWÂśV ZK\ Iâ€™m Â here. Â Iâ€™m Â going Â to Â tell Â you Â what Â and Â who Â I Â think Â the Â real Â winners Â are. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â . Â Â
Â Â Directors Â are Â the Â most Â important Â aspect Â of Â a Â ÂżOP WKH\ FRQWURO KRZ you Â see Â the Â story. Â There Â are Â few Â that Â can Â do Â this Â well, Â but Â only Â one Â did Â it Â the Â best. Â Christopher Â Nolanâ€™s Â Inception Â is Â the Â most Â thrilling Â and Â EUHDWKWDNLQJ FULPH ÂżOP in Â years. Â The Â mere Â scale Â of Â Inception Â would Â leave Â many Â directors Â in Â tears. Â The Â fact Â that Â Nolan Â could Â turn Â this Â idea Â into Â this Â mind Â numbing Â epic Â is Â proof Â enough Â heâ€™s Â great. Â Inception Â lit Â peopleâ€™s Â and Â criticâ€™s Â minds Â everywhere. Â Though Â he Â was Â snubbed Â the Â Oscar Â nod, Â he Â is Â still Â the Â winner Â in Â my Â heart.
BEST Â LEAD Â ACTOR/ ACTRESS Â Â You Â canâ€™t Â make Â a Â great Â movie Â without Â having Â a Â great Â lead Â actor. Â I Â have Â to Â give Â it Â to Â James Â Franco Â and Â Natalie Â Portman Â for Â their Â roles Â in Â 127 Â Hours Â and Â Black Â Swan. Â Natalie Â Portman Â was Â a Â clear Â choice Â as Â she Â plays Â a Â ballet Â dancer Â caught Â in Â the Â grips Â of Â insanity Â while Â searching Â for Â perfection. Â Franco Â wins Â because Â of Â the Â beauty Â he Â brings Â to Â WKLVPDJQLÂżFHQWWUXHVWRU\ Franco Â plays Â Aron Â Ralston Â a Â hiker Â who Â becomes Â trapped Â after Â a Â boulder Â falls Â and Â traps Â him. Â He Â VSHQGV ÂżYH GD\V WUDSSHG before Â freeing Â himself Â by Â cutting Â off Â Â his Â own Â hand. Â
BEST Â SUPPORTING Â ACTOR/ ACTRESS Â Â Supporting Â actors Â are Â supposed Â to Â pull Â the Â story Â along. Â Christian Â Bale Â and Â Melissa Â Leo Â who Â both Â played Â excellent Â roles Â in Â The Â Fighter Â did Â this Â better Â than Â anyone. Â Bale Â had Â to Â lose Â all Â of Â his Â Batman Â muscle Â to Â play Â Dicky, Â the Â crack Â addicted Â brother Â of Â Micky Â Ward. Â He Â pulls Â it Â Â off Â beautifully, Â actually Â looking Â like Â he Â did Â crack. Â Leo Â had Â to Â pretty Â herself Â down Â to Â play Â Alice Â Ward, Â Mickyâ€™s Â control Â freak Â mother Â who Â only Â seems Â to Â only Â want Â whats Â best, Â even Â if Â it Â hurts Â her Â children.
BEST Â MOVIE Â Â OF Â 2011 Â Â Deciding Â what Â is Â a Â truly Â great Â movie Â is Â a Â hard Â task. Â In Â the Â end Â however Â it Â all Â comes Â down Â to Â personal Â preference. Â Â Personally Â I Â think Â all Â of Â WKH ÂżOPV , VDZ RYHU WKH break Â were Â great. Â That Â being Â said, Â there Â is Â no Â one Â real Â winner.â€™ Â I Â have Â to Â give Â it Â to Â four Â movies;Íž Â Inception Â for Â a Â truly Â mind Â bending Â experience Â that Â will Â keep Â you Â on Â the Â edge Â of Â your Â seat, Â Black Â Swan Â the Â creepiest Â and Â most Â artistic Â movie Â of Â the Â year, Â The Â Fighter Â one Â of Â the Â best Â sports Â stories Â ever, Â and Â The Â Kingâ€™s Â Speech Â the Â most Â inspiring Â movie Â in Â years Â (and Â Oscar Â front Â runner).
Â There Â you Â have Â it, Â those Â are Â my Â winners. Â Iâ€™m Â not Â saying Â they Â will Â win Â when Â the Â Academy Â Awards Â roll Â around, Â but Â I Â am Â saying Â that Â they Â should. Â The Â Oscars Â are Â like Â politics, Â the Â person Â that Â wins Â is Â not Â always Â the Â best Â choice. Â The Â academy Â is Â human Â and Â they Â are Â bound Â to Â make Â mistakes. Â Not Â everyone Â on Â my Â list Â will Â be Â nominated, Â but Â if Â they Â are Â they Â should Â probably Â win. Â Even Â if Â a Â movie Â that Â I Â have Â named Â is Â not Â nomited Â doesnâ€™t Â mean Â you Â shouldnâ€™t Â see Â it. Â Now, Â go Â forth Â my Â movie Â going Â brethren, Â and Â ZDWFK WKHVH ÂżOPV DQG feel Â like Â you Â never Â have Â before, Â truly Â entertained
Mardi Gras Pep Rally February 7, 2011
Whatâ€™s Â with Â all Â the Â lovey-Âdovey Â stuff? A Â look Â into Â the Â history Â of Â the Â holiday Â of Â love
By Â JESSICA Â JONES STAFF Â WRITER Â On Â February Â 14th, Â everyone Â expect Â cards, Â candy, Â and Â possibly Â a Â Valentine, Â if Â they Â are Â lucky. Â But Â how Â did Â this Â day Â of Â romance Â come Â about? Â The Â history Â behind Â Valentineâ€™s Â day Â is Â quite Â a Â mystery Â and Â many Â legends Â have Â been Â told Â to Â explain Â its Â origin. Â One Â story Â tells Â of Â Saint Â Valentine, Â who Â was Â a Â Roman Â priest Â in Â 269 Â AD. Â To Â increase Â the Â potential Â amount Â of Â soldiers Â for Â his Â army, Â emperor Â Claudius Â Â II Â decreed Â marriage Â illegal Â for Â young Â men. Â 9DOHQWLQH GHÂżHG WKH emperor Â by Â continuing Â to Â perform Â marriage Â ceremonies Â for Â young Â
couples Â in Â secret. Â When Â Claudius Â found Â out, Â the Â saint Â was Â put Â to Â death. Â Another Â version Â suggests Â that Â Valentine Â KLPVHOI VHQW WKH ÂżUVW holiday Â greeting Â while Â in Â prison. Â It Â is Â believed Â that Â he Â fell Â in Â love Â with Â a Â young Â girl Â who Â would Â come Â visit Â him, Â possibly Â the Â jailorâ€™s Â daughter. Â Before Â his Â execution, Â he Â allegedly Â wrote Â her Â a Â letter Â signed Â â€œFrom Â your Â Valentineâ€?, Â an Â expression Â still Â used Â today. Â A l t h o u g h Â these Â stories Â could Â be Â completely Â false, Â they Â emphasize Â Valentineâ€™s Â appeal Â as Â a Â hero Â DQG URPDQWLF ÂżJXUH The Â holiday Â is Â said Â to Â be Â celebrated Â in Â the Â middle Â of Â February Â to Â commemorate Â the Â Saintâ€™s Â death, Â but Â some Â
believe Â the Â placement Â of Â the Â holiday Â has Â to Â do Â with Â the Â Lupercalla Â Festival, Â an Â ancient Â Roman Â holiday Â marking Â the Â beginning Â of Â spring. Â It Â ZDVDWLPHRISXULÂżFDWLRQ and Â match-Âmaking. Â Women Â of Â a Â city Â would Â write Â their Â names Â on Â slips Â of Â paper Â and Â drop Â them Â in Â a Â big Â urn. Â Then, Â the Â men Â would Â pick Â a Â name Â and Â become Â paired Â with Â a Â woman, Â often Â for Â life. Â Â V a l e n t i n e â€™ s Â day Â became Â a Â popular Â holiday Â to Â celebrate Â starting Â in Â 17th Â century Â Great Â Britain. Â It Â was Â common Â for Â friends Â and Â lovers Â to Â exchange Â small Â gifts Â and Â handwritten Â notes. Â In Â the Â mid Â 1800s, Â printed Â cards Â began Â replacing Â notes Â as Â improvements Â in Â printing Â technology Â occurred. Â
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Q: Â What Â would Â be Â your Â ideal Â Valentineâ€™s Â day? Jamie Â Meeks Â (11th) Â â€œSomething Â really Â romantic, Â lots Â of Â roses Â and Â a Â picnic Â on Â the Â beach.â€?
Max Rombado (9th) â€œBeing on the beach with my Valentine, playing the guitar and hanging out with her all day.â€? Didi Â Norales Â (10th) â€œTo Â be Â at Â home, Â watching Â a Â scary Â movie Â so Â I Â can Â cuddle Â with Â my Â boy-Â friend. Â Iâ€™m Â not Â into Â going Â out Â to Â the Â movies Â and Â stuff;Íž Â I Â just Â want Â to Â be Â Max Â Gerall Â (12th) Â with Â him.â€? â€œI Â would Â take Â my Â love Â to Â
Wal-ÂMart Â and Â let Â her Â chose Â her Â own Â gift. Â Then, Â Iâ€™d Â blind-Âfold Â her Â and Â take Â her Â to Â the Â Tiger Â gym Â where Â I Â would Â have Â Hooterâ€™s Â ca-Â tered Â wings Â waiting Â for Â us. Â After Â our Â romantic Â dinner, Â I Â would Â challenge Â her Â to Â a Â game Â of Â basketball Â where Â I Â would Â allow Â her Â to Â win. Â Lastly, Â I Â would Â take Â her Â to Â see Â Texas Â Chainsaw Â Mas-Â sacre Â 3. Â I Â canâ€™t Â wait Â for Â V-Âday!â€?
Valentine Movies for you & your Date Ć† Snuggle Â up Â with Â your Â Valentine Â and Â pop Â in Â these Â movie Â recommendations
The Â Notebook Â
Starring: Â Rachael Â McAdams, Â Ryan Â Gosling Â Â Starting Â off Â with Â an Â old Â man Â reading Â a Â story Â to Â old Â woman Â with Â Alzheimer Â in Â a Â nursing Â home, Â the Â story Â is Â about Â two Â young Â people, Â Allie Â Hamilton Â and Â Noah Â Calhoun, Â who Â like Â each Â other Â but Â are Â forced Â by Â the Â girls Â parents Â to Â not Â see Â him Â because Â he Â is Â poor. Â Several Â years Â pass Â as Â she Â waits Â for Â a Â letter Â from Â him. Â She Â winds Â up Â getting Â engaged Â to Â a Â wealthy Â man Â but, Â soon Â sees Â the Â man Â she Â fell Â in Â love Â with Â again. Â She Â must Â choose Â between Â the Â two.
(500) Â Days Â of Â Summer
Starring: Â Joseph Â Gordon-ÂLevitt, Â Zooey Â Deschannel Â ,Q WKLV ÂżOP 7RP +DQVRQ JRHV EDFN DQG UHĂ€HFWV on Â the Â girl Â he Â thought Â was Â the Â one, Â Summer Â Finn. Â Although Â the Â movie Â is Â said Â not Â to Â be Â a Â love Â story, Â Â it Â GHÂżQLWHO\IHHOVOLNHRQHEXWFDQÂśWKHOSEXWIHHODOLWWOH off. Â During Â the Â 500 Â days, Â there Â are Â times Â where Â GD\V DUH VKXIĂ€HG ZKLFK DW ÂżUVW PD\ EH GLIÂżFXOW to Â grasp, Â but Â the Â story Â keeps Â you Â on Â the Â edge Â of Â your Â seat. Â With Â a Â funny Â and Â deep Â in Â meaning, Â this Â PRYLH LV GHÂżQLWHO\ ZRUWK ZDWFKLQJ ZLWK \RXU ERR
A Â Walk Â to Â Remember
Starring: Â Mandy Â Moore, Â Shane Â West Â Â The Â movie Â begins Â with Â rebel Â Landon Â Carter Â getting Â caught Â on Â private Â property Â with Â alcohol. Â Under Â his Â principal Â he Â must Â do Â community Â service Â against Â his Â own Â will. Â As Â he Â begins Â to Â take Â his Â community Â service Â more Â seriously, Â Jamie Â Sullivan Â helps Â him Â and Â they Â start Â to Â spend Â more Â time Â together. Â They Â begin Â to Â date Â though Â the Â father Â doesnâ€™t Â like Â it. Â As Â they Â fall Â harder Â for Â each Â other, Â a Â terrible Â secret Â is Â revealed Â and Â puts Â the Â relationship Â to Â the Â test. Â
Who’s got talent? . Tigers show off their hidden abilities to school
By SAM LOPEZ STAFF WRITTER Talent lurks in the hallways of Spring Woods. Some talent is broadcasted more than others, but now is the time for those hidden talents to be shown. With only a limited time to decide on their acts, students prepared for the audition rounds. Auditions were held on January 18th -20th and while some stu- dents were stressing on what to perform, oth- ers had been prepar- ing months in advance. The school's Christian group, Youth Alive, was selected and will perform a skit without words to the song “Everything” by the band Lifehouse. The Talent Show is per- haps a gateway to get- ting the group some no- toriety while expressing what the group is about. They are not pushing students to join. They're simply showing them what Youth Alive is about, by doing exactly that;; showing without telling. “I've talked to a lot of people and they're look- ing for attention. As for me, I want people to ob- serve the love of God in
a performing art sense,” about your religion,” fel- on January 19th. Like Youth Alive member low Youth Alive member Youth Alive, the ladies Chelsea Rodriguez said. Jordan Martinez said. stayed after school on a regular basis and prac- ticed till they got it right. “I was very nervous walking into the audi- tion room. Tonisha kept telling me to calm down because we practiced the dance enough and to just do it without hesi- tation,” Howard said. The girls performed ex- actly what they had prac- ticed and their only worry was making it in or not. GETTING CLOSER : Youth alive members Marissa “I was excited to hear Clark, Daniel Mago, and Nick Zander practice after that my group made it. I didn't hear it on the an- school. nouncements because “We aren't preaching to It is not necessarily a I was at Tigerette prac- them. We're on stage in fact of talent, although tice, but when one of silence. With the song WKH JURXS GH¿QLWHO\ KDV my friends told me, I we're doing, those are talent, it is more of get- jumped up and down the only words we need ting the message through and sent Jacayla a text. to get the point across.” and doing exactly what It was a big lift off my On their days off of the group is named for;; shoulders to hear that school, Youth Alive prac- bringing the youth alive. news,” Howard said. ticed for the big audition In comparison, there's With auditions over, day on January 18th. In a group of sophomores the ladies still prac- preparation for the Tal- Uny'Que Howard, Jacay- tice to make sure ev- ent Show, the students la Cauthen, Keona Har- ery move is precise. stayed after school and ris, and Tonisha Wine. “We practiced every oth- kept in touch with one They will dance to the er day after school, but and other. With nerves hit song “Pretty Girl we made up the dance in rising and the time com- Rock” by Keri Hilson. four days, so it was a little ing closer for auditions, They chose to show stressful,” Howard said. the group stayed together their love for dancing in The Talent Show will be and worked on their skit front of the school. All held on February 24th to pass the time and ease of the ladies are mem- in the main auditorium one and others nerves. bers of Tigerettes dance at 7:00pm. Early tickets “Youth alive shows that group. The ladies big will be $3.00 and at the you are brave and honest audition day was held door they will be $5.00.
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Extracurriculars Â add Â substance . Students, Â faculty Â forget Â high Â school Â needs Â more Â than Â just Â graduation
By Â TORI Â KIMMEL GUEST Â WRITER Â As Â a Â naturally Â opinionated Â teen Â still Â reeling Â from Â her Â momentous Â 18th Â birthday, Â my Â ascension Â to Â Senior-Â status Â has Â produced Â a Â general Â disgruntled Â disposition Â towards Â basically Â everything. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â No, Â this Â isnâ€™t Â a Â rant Â about Â Senioritis, Â but Â about Â how, Â when Â applying Â to Â college, Â I Â felt Â like Â the Â most Â underachieving Â wannabe Â ever Â to Â look Â at Â an Â application. Â Â Â Â Donâ€™t Â get Â me Â wrong;Íž Â Spring Â Woods Â has Â some Â great Â and Â successful Â extracurriculars Â and Â FOXEV %XW VXIÂżFH LW WR say Â that Â if Â you Â think Â you Â know Â some Â super-Â busy Â overachievers Â here, Â you Â ainâ€™t Â seen Â nothinâ€™ Â compared Â to Â other Â schools Â in Â the Â Houston Â area. Â Â Â Â Why? Â Well, Â thatâ€™s Â a Â complicated Â question. Â Even Â our Â own Â government Â canâ€™t Â really Â ÂżJXUH RXW ZKDW PDNHV freakishly Â overachieving Â wonder Â students. Â But Â over Â the Â past Â three Â and Â a Â KDOI\HDUVDQGDERXWÂżYH months Â of Â being Â a Â typical Â GLVVDWLVÂżHG 6HQLRU ,ÂśYH come Â to Â notice Â that, Â
well, Â I Â have Â personally Â been Â more Â encouraged Â to Â take Â the Â easier Â routes Â through Â high Â school Â as Â opposed Â to Â going Â out Â on Â a Â limb, Â challenging Â myself, Â or Â generally Â overachieve. Â Iâ€™ve Â more Â than Â once Â had Â to Â actually Â ÂżJKW ÂżJXUDWLYHO\ WR take Â certain Â classes Â that Â made Â faculty Â nervous. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Iâ€™m Â not Â being Â snotty Â or Â advocating Â that Â we Â make Â school Â more Â GLIÂżFXOW QR WKDQNV %XW ,ÂśPGHÂżQLWHO\TXHVWLRQLQJ the Â attitude Â we Â have Â when Â approaching Â â€œsuccess.â€? Â Frankly, Â it Â seems Â an Â awful Â lot Â like Â all Â our Â sights Â are Â set Â so Â low, Â that Â the Â chances Â we Â have Â to Â go Â above Â and Â beyond Â are Â thwarted. Â Ever Â heard Â of Â Academic Â Decathlon? Â What Â about Â Mu Â Alpha Â Theta? Â Did Â you Â know Â thereâ€™s Â a Â Spanish Â National Â Honor Â Society? Â Â Â Â Yes, Â graduation Â is Â importantâ€”absolutely. Â Actually, Â itâ€™s Â probably Â above Â â€œimportant,â€? Â getting Â up Â into Â â€œcrucial.â€? Â But Â Iâ€™d Â argue Â whether Â graduation Â should Â be Â the Â only Â thing Â stressed, Â VDFULÂżFLQJ JUHDWHU student Â involvement Â and Â achievement Â in Â the Â process. Â Â Â Extracurriculars Â are Â inherently Â character-Â builders. Â They Â place Â us Â
in Â new Â situations Â with Â new Â people, Â giving Â us Â WKH RSSRUWXQLW\ WR ÂżJXUH out Â who Â we Â are, Â what Â we Â like, Â and Â what Â weâ€™re Â good Â at. Â If Â anything, Â they Â at Â least Â keep Â us Â from Â going Â home, Â sitting Â on Â the Â couch, Â alone, Â eating Â buckets Â of Â Ben Â & Â Jerryâ€™s. Â After Â all, Â you Â donâ€™t Â meet Â new Â people Â sitting Â at Â home Â alone;Íž Â you Â donâ€™t Â gain Â any Â talents Â from Â eating Â gallons Â of Â ice Â cream Â (besides Â the Â gut Â of Â a Â champion). Â Involvement Â outside Â of Â class Â saves Â us Â from Â the Â boring, Â slothful, Â probably Â physically Â and Â emotionally Â unhealthy Â teens Â weâ€™d Â ultimately Â revert Â into. Â Â Â Maybe Â no Â one Â cares Â about Â raising Â a Â generation Â of Â well-Ârounded Â teens. Â Maybe Â we Â really Â are Â all Â about Â graduating, Â period. Â But, Â even Â then, Â all Â school Â all Â the Â time Â isnâ€™t Â the Â best Â answer, Â especially Â for Â kids Â who Â hate Â schoolâ€”which Â is, Â unfortunately, Â the Â case Â for Â a Â lot Â of Â us Â here. Â Â Â Â Â Iâ€™m Â not Â kidding, Â if Â you Â hate Â school, Â maybe Â your Â best Â bet Â against Â dropping Â out Â is Â to Â join Â something Â thatâ€™ll Â make Â these Â four Â years Â seem Â worthwhile Â to Â you. Â Sitting Â at Â home Â alone Â seems Â like Â a Â pretty Â Â XQIXOÂżOOLQJ PHDQLQJOHVV
life, Â doesnâ€™t Â it? Â Having Â something Â to Â do Â besides Â neglecting Â homework Â for Â the Â class Â we Â hate Â gives Â us Â a Â sense Â of Â purpose. Â Thatâ€™s Â what Â motivates Â us Â to Â plan Â ahead, Â have Â a Â dream, Â and Â graduate Â from Â high Â school. Â Â Â Iâ€™m Â not Â brownnosing Â when Â I Â say Â that Â teachers Â and Â administrators Â who Â take Â an Â active Â interest Â and Â involvement Â in Â student Â life Â really Â encourage Â me.Ultimately, Â it Â really Â is Â up Â to Â us, Â the Â students, Â to Â go Â above Â and Â beyond Â just Â passing, Â just Â graduating, Â or Â even Â just Â showing Â up Â to Â school. Â But, Â our Â teachers Â and Â administrators Â shouldnâ€™t Â
stoop Â to Â our Â current Â low Â level Â of Â enthusiasm Â and Â cave Â in Â to Â settle Â for Â the Â minimum. Â Â If Â education Â is Â about Â inspiration Â to Â improve Â and Â go Â beyond Â where Â we Â are Â now, Â VKRXOGQÂśWWKLVEHUHĂ€HFWHG in Â our Â faculty? Â If Â my Â own Â leaders Â donâ€™t Â seem Â to Â expect Â or Â believe Â that Â I Â can Â do Â so Â much Â more Â than Â just Â graduate Â from Â high Â school, Â why Â should Â I Â try Â to Â aim Â any Â higher Â than Â that? Â Education Â is Â a Â team Â effort, Â where Â lots Â of Â cogs Â in Â a Â really Â complicated Â machine Â must Â come Â together Â for Â any Â kind Â of Â meaningful Â success. Â But Â students Â are Â students. Â We Â follow Â
our Â leaders. Â We Â canâ€™t Â be Â expected Â to Â succeed Â the Â way Â our Â own Â school Â and Â district Â websites Â say Â we Â do Â without Â support Â from Â our Â parents, Â our Â teachers, Â and Â our Â administrators Â to Â not Â just Â do Â more, Â but Â be Â more. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Be Â it Â a Â job, Â a Â club, Â sport, Â or Â art, Â we Â must Â ÂżQG D ZD\ WR UHPLQG ourselves Â that Â school Â is Â more Â than Â just Â doing Â worksheets Â in Â a Â poorly Â heated/cooled Â â€œprisonâ€? Â until Â graduation. Â This Â education, Â however Â painful Â we Â may Â feel Â it Â is, Â is Â the Â foundation Â for Â the Â rest Â of Â our Â lives. Â We Â can Â build Â the Â foundation Â as Â strong Â or Â as Â weak Â as Â we Â like.
State Â Legislature Â en-Â forces Â 4x4
Incoming Â freshmen Â gain Â more Â freedom Â to Â choose Â classes
By Â CHELSEA Â RODRIGUEZ Rarely Â did Â anyone Â ever Â
STAFF Â WRITER Â
Â At Â the Â e n d Â of Â this Â s c h o o l Â y e a r , Â ( B C I S ) Â Â business Â manage-Â m e n t , Â health Â and Â a Â semester Â of Â physical Â education Â (P.E.), Â Â will Â no Â longer Â be Â part Â of Â the Â required Â curriculum. Â Although, Â most Â students Â Â have Â already Â taken Â some Â of Â these Â electives, Â they Â now Â have Â more Â decisions Â to Â choose Â from Â in Â their Â schedule. Â Â â€œWhen Â we Â went Â to Â 26 Â credits Â as Â part Â of Â the Â 4X4 Â graduation Â requirements, Â there Â were Â very Â few Â true Â â€œelectiveâ€? Â courses Â for Â students,â€? Â Principal Â Lance Â Stallworth Â said. Â â€œThe Â legislature Â decided Â that Â while Â those Â courses Â were Â important, Â it Â was Â also Â important Â to Â allow Â students Â to Â have Â some Â choice Â in Â their Â high Â school Â experience.â€? Â Â As Â a Â part Â of Â the Â class Â of Â 2011, Â I Â can Â say Â that Â we Â were Â not Â given Â many Â choices. Â We Â were Â given Â â€œopportunities.â€? Â Â
take Â them, Â but Â with Â the Â new Â State Â Legislature Â things Â could Â change. Â Â â€œWith Â the Â changes Â [made Â by Â the Â State Â Legislature], Â students Â have Â 5.5 Â credits Â within Â the Â 26 Â that Â they Â can Â now Â choose,â€? Â Stallworth Â said. Â
Â The Â reason Â the Â previously Â mentioned Â electives Â are Â no Â longer Â an Â obligation Â for Â students Â is Â because Â most Â of Â them Â were Â ahead Â of Â the Â curriculum. Â â€œI Â agree Â with Â the Â legislation Â because Â a Â few Â years Â ago Â before Â it, Â I Â noticed Â that Â students Â
â€œThese Â changes...being Â made Â will Â assist Â our Â future Â students.â€? :KHQ , ÂżUVW heard Â about Â this, Â I Â was Â a Â little Â bitter Â Â that Â I Â wasnâ€™t Â one Â of Â the Â classes Â that Â will Â get Â to Â enjoy Â this Â change, Â but Â then Â I Â realized Â something. Â These Â changes Â being Â made Â will Â assist Â our Â future Â students Â and Â better Â prepare Â them Â for Â college. Â Â Â â€œThe Â legislature Â decided Â that Â while Â those Â courses Â were Â important, Â it Â was Â also Â important Â to Â allow Â students Â to Â have Â some Â choice Â in Â their Â high Â school Â experience,â€? Â Stallworth Â said.
were Â taking Â classes Â that Â were Â unnecessary,â€? Â superintendent Â Duncan Â Klussman Â said. Â â€œFor Â instance, Â students Â who Â were Â taking Â BCIS Â were Â in Â there Â for Â no Â reason, Â because Â a Â lot Â of Â them Â already Â knew Â how Â to Â type.â€? Â Now, Â instead Â of Â sitting Â through Â unnecessary Â classes, Â VWXGHQWV ÂżQDOO\ KDYH more Â choices Â and Â opportunities Â to Â take Â courses Â they Â are Â interested Â in.
Our Â school Â lacks Â AP Â courses What Â is Â stopping Â our Â success Â and Â how
By Â CADE Â BUNDRICK STAFF WRITER F r o m Â what Â it Â seems, Â o u r Â s c h o o l Â h a s Â yet Â to Â r e a c h Â i t s Â full Â potential. Â Yes, Â the Â amount Â of Â opportunities Â are Â present Â in Â our Â academic Â environment, Â but Â are Â we Â really Â being Â pushed Â enough? Â We Â have Â a Â fantastic Â amount Â of Â support Â from Â a Â variety Â of Â faculty Â and Â staff Â here Â at Â the Â school Â but Â is Â it Â really Â at Â its Â fullest? Â In Â case Â you Â were Â not Â aware, Â there Â are Â currently Â 18 Â AP Â courses Â that Â are Â not Â offered Â here Â at Â Spring Â Woods. Â Why Â is Â this? Â Because Â we Â are Â not Â at Â our Â academic Â appex. Â While Â the Â students Â are Â being Â supported Â by Â the Â teachers Â and Â administration Â here, Â we Â are Â not Â being Â taken Â to Â the Â next Â level. Â Instead Â of Â being Â told Â we Â should Â be Â shooting Â for Â AP Â classes Â and Â working Â on Â those Â AP Â tests, Â we Â are Â told Â to Â shoot Â for Â those Â passing Â grades Â and Â to Â study Â for Â those Â TAKS Â tests. Â While Â there Â are Â other Â reasons Â for Â them Â saying Â this, Â that Â would Â not Â dare Â be Â addressed Â by Â yours Â truly, Â this Â is Â the Â simplest Â way Â I Â can Â put Â it: Â our Â school Â lacks Â AP Â courses. Â If Â there Â were Â to Â be Â more Â opportunities Â for Â AP Â classes Â and Â more Â advanced Â academic Â endeavors, Â then Â there Â
would Â be Â more Â likely Â a Â larger Â number Â of Â people Â in Â the Â passing Â realm Â of Â our Â classes. Â If Â the Â standard Â was Â raised, Â Mr. Â Rivera Â could Â be Â less Â concerned Â about Â so Â and Â so Â passing Â his Â Math Â Models Â test Â and Â more Â concerned Â about Â that Â same Â student Â passing Â
do Â you Â really Â think Â that Â we Â have Â enough Â backing Â to Â be Â taken Â seriously Â as Â a Â scholastic Â program? Â Some Â may Â think Â that Â ZHDUHGRLQJÂżQHRQWKH passing Â level Â or Â even Â better Â on Â the Â TAKS Â testing Â level, Â but Â the Â only Â way Â we Â can Â top Â that Â level Â is Â by Â raising Â the Â bar. Â
Season Â Ended Â Early Rockets still not closing out tough games
to Â some Â of Â the Â starters Â What Â is Â so Â wrong Â with Â By Â JJ Â GONZALEZ and Â how Â little Â time Â we Â pushing Â our Â unanimous Â STAFF WRITER give Â them Â in Â game. brain Â power Â to Â its Â fullest Â Â Â The Â San Â Antonio Â Spurs Â Â Â If Â you Â potential? Â Who Â is Â to Â say Â s t i l l Â are Â the Â best Â team Â in Â the Â that Â it Â is Â a Â waste Â of Â time Â to Â t h i n k Â league Â with Â the Â record Â be Â taking Â AP Â Spanish Â V? Â that Â the Â 42-Â8 Â but, Â somehow Â are Â Â Â So, Â if Â it Â is Â proven Â that Â Rockets Â deprived Â of Â a Â deserved Â AP Â classes Â are Â more Â h a v e Â spotlight. Â Is Â this Â because Â EHQHÂżFLDO ZK\ DUH ZH a n y Â Lebron, Â Amare, Â Kobe Â or Â not Â doing Â the Â best Â we Â chance Â Carmelo Â arenâ€™t Â on Â the Â can Â do Â to Â learn Â those Â of Â making Â the Â playoffs, Â team? Â Most Â likely. Â Even Â you Â should Â hear Â me Â out. Â the Â Los Â Angeles Â Clippers Â If Â we Â were Â part Â of Â the Â and Â the Â Washington Â Eastern Â Conference, Â Wizards Â are Â getting Â where Â below Â .500 Â teams Â more Â face Â time Â on Â sports Â make Â it Â into Â the Â playoffs, Â channels. Â Itâ€™s Â sad Â to Â say Â then Â we Â would Â actually Â that Â even Â if Â you Â play Â as Â have Â a Â chance, Â but Â a Â team Â and Â do Â it Â well, Â being Â in Â the Â Western Â one Â single Â player Â who Â Conference Â where Â the Â is Â on Â a Â terrible Â team Â will Â competition Â is Â brutal Â get Â more Â recognition. Â there Â is Â just Â no Â possible Â Â Â As Â the Â all-Âstar Â game Â super Â power Â kung Â fu Â way. Â The Â Rockets Â at Â this Â is Â around Â the Â corner, Â math Â skills Â that Â the Â point Â in Â the Â season Â have Â every Â year Â there Â is Â talk Â computer Â hackers Â have Â a Â losing Â record Â at Â 25-Â28. Â of Â a Â dunk Â contest Â revival. Â in Â the Â movies? Â Â The Â Â Â For Â the Â Rockets, Â :LWKURRNLH%ODNH*ULIÂżQ massive Â amount Â of Â January Â was Â by Â far Â one Â taking Â part Â in Â this Â event, Â courses Â that Â are Â not Â of Â the Â toughest. Â They Â had Â I Â may Â just Â watch Â it Â if Â offered Â are Â only Â that Â of Â second Â hardest Â schedule Â nothing Â else Â comes Â up Â the Â â€œabove Â and Â beyondâ€? Â for Â the Â month Â and Â at Â WKDW QLJKW *ULIÂżQ RQ level, Â which Â is Â where Â we Â times Â looked Â great, Â but Â his Â own, Â has Â revived Â need Â to Â be. Â Most Â people Â ended Â in Â the Â month Â at Â the Â Clippers Â as Â a Â team Â want Â to Â be Â smart. Â Most Â 6-Â11. Â Inconsistency Â in Â who Â can Â compete. Â The Â people Â want Â to Â be Â rich. Â the Â team Â comes Â from Â a Â players Â around Â him Â have Â It Â seems Â that Â they Â can Â streak Â Kevin Â Martin Â whoâ€™s Â also Â started Â to Â believe Â go Â hand Â in Â hand, Â so Â why Â defense Â is Â weak Â and Â Luis Â and Â things Â are Â starting Â to Â canâ€™t Â we Â bridge Â the Â gap? Â Scola Â who Â shoots Â the Â look Â up Â for Â the Â franchise. Â It Â is Â a Â simple Â fact Â that Â AP Â ball Â more Â than Â he Â needs Â They Â can Â only Â continue Â classes Â prepare Â students Â to Â and Â has Â little Â vision Â this Â with Â the Â hopes Â that Â for Â college Â and Â make Â once Â he Â gets Â the Â ball. after Â his Â contract Â is Â them Â even Â more Â likely Â to Â Â Â Coach Â Rick Â Adelman Â is Â up, Â he Â doesnâ€™t Â leave. My NBA Award complete Â college Â in Â four Â VWLOOWU\LQJWRÂżQGWKHULJKW years. Â If Â this Â is Â true, Â then Â combination Â of Â players Â Choices wouldnâ€™t Â it Â make Â the Â most Â DQG LV ÂżQDOO\ JHWWLQJ LW Most Â Valuable Â Player: sense Â to Â be Â pumping Â With Â Brad Â Miller Â being Â Derrick Â Rose the Â AP Â courses Â out Â the Â injured, Â the Â team Â has Â wazoo? Â If Â we Â were Â to Â turned Â to Â Jordan Â Hill Â and Â Rookie Â of Â the Â Year: Â up Â the Â anti, Â it Â would Â Chuck Â Hayes. Â This Â has Â %ODNH*ULIÂżQ EHQHÂżW WKH VFKRRO DQG resulted Â in Â both Â a Â faster Â Defensive Â player Â of Â the Â ourselves Â tremendously Â offense Â but, Â a Â worsened Â Year: Â Dwight Â Howard and Â allow Â for Â us Â to Â have Â defense. Â One Â thing Â that Â Most Â Improved Â Player: a Â better Â shot Â at Â a Â good Â puzzles Â me Â about Â this Â college Â experience. team Â would Â be Â how Â .HYLQ/RYH great Â some Â of Â the Â bench Â Sixth Â Man Â of Â the Â Year: players Â look Â compared Â /DPDU2GRP
ÂłWKHUHDUHFXUUHQWO\$3FRXUVHV >RXWRIWRWDO@WKDWDUHQRWRIIHUHG KHUHDW6SULQJ:RRGVÂ´ his Â German Â V Â test, Â or Â whatever Â the Â case Â may Â be. Â We Â are Â lacking Â AP Â courses Â in Â every Â possible Â subject, Â and Â these Â courses Â that Â we Â lack Â are Â courses Â that Â students Â at Â Stratford Â and Â Memorial Â are Â a Â custom Â to. Â How Â is Â Spring Â Woods Â supposed Â to Â compete Â with Â other Â schools Â on Â an Â academic Â level Â if Â the Â schools Â we Â are Â competing Â with Â are Â on Â
Because Â we Â have Â so Â few Â students Â in Â Pre-ÂAP Â or Â AP Â classes, Â the Â majority Â can Â not Â succeed. Â Which, Â unfortunately, Â is Â something Â that Â the Â school Â system Â wants. Â If Â our Â school Â were Â to Â have Â more Â Pre-ÂAP Â or Â AP Â teachers, Â then Â we Â would Â be Â able Â to Â have Â a Â more Â challenging Â school Â and Â eventually Â allow Â for Â a Â more Â intelligent Â student Â
a Â whole Â different Â level... ÂżJXUDWLYHO\ VSHDNLQJ Â Â Sure Â there Â may Â be Â enough Â faculty Â support Â to Â go Â to Â all Â of Â the Â Football Â games Â in Â the Â world, Â but Â
body. Â This Â is Â not Â to Â be Â misunderstood Â as Â me Â saying Â weâ€™re Â all Â a Â bunch Â of Â blubbering Â idiots, Â but Â it Â is Â to Â say Â we Â are Â smart Â now Â lets Â get Â smarter. Â
The Â Wiki-ÂWiki Â web Â .
How Â Wikileaks Â is Â revolutionizing Â truth Â and Â secrecy
By Â KELLEY Â KIM EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Â Â Â In Â high Â school, Â we Â are Â very Â familiar Â with Â gossip. Â The Â typical Â he Â said/she Â said Â rumors Â VSUHDG OLNH ZLOGÂżUH DQG now, Â our Â generation Â can Â even Â use Â the Â Internet Â as Â a Â tool Â to Â further Â communicate Â common Â high Â school Â expressions Â of Â angst Â and Â hatred. Â As Â a Â result, Â words Â get Â taken Â out Â of Â context, Â which Â creates Â a Â turmoil Â that Â damages Â relationships Â and Â feelings. Â If Â you Â can Â relate, Â then Â youâ€™ll Â easily Â understand Â the Â basics Â as Â to Â why Â Wikileaks Â has Â become Â the Â real Â deal: Â World Â leaders Â are Â the Â high Â school Â students, Â and Â Wikileaks Â serves Â as Â the Â grade-ÂA, Â high Â school Â drama. Â Â Â This Â sticky Â situation Â youâ€™d Â typically Â see Â in Â a Â cheesy Â teenage Â movie Â is Â similar Â to Â what Â has Â happened Â surrounding Â the Â Wikileaks Â controversy. Â But Â instead Â
THE Â DIRTY Â TRUTH: Â Wikileaks Â founder, Â Julian Â As-Â sange, Â explains Â himself Â in Â a Â press Â conference. of Â a Â high Â school Â hallway, Â the Â dramaâ€™s Â set Â on Â a Â world Â stage. Â Julian Â Assange, Â the Â founder Â of Â Wikileaks, Â is Â getting Â his Â shoulders Â pulled Â by Â several Â world Â leaders Â seeking Â to Â press Â charges. Â However, Â he Â didnâ€™t Â necessarily Â steal Â anything Â as Â many Â have Â claimed. Â Rather, Â he Â was Â generously Â given Â top Â secret Â information Â from Â people Â who Â had Â or Â have Â the Â access, Â such Â as Â Private Â First Â Class Â Bradley Â Manning. Â
This Â information Â put Â many Â countries, Â including Â the Â United Â States, Â on Â the Â edge. Â Â Â Itâ€™s Â almost Â comical Â just Â how Â much Â fear Â and Â anger Â there Â is Â from Â well Â known Â global Â leaders Â towards Â much Â of Â the Â leaked Â information. Â For Â example, Â there Â is Â now Â tension Â between Â Iran Â and Â Saudi Â Arabia Â following Â the Â leak Â of Â the Â Saudi Â Kingâ€™s Â alleged Â pleas Â to Â the Â United Â States Â to Â attack Â Iranâ€™s Â nuclear Â
development Â efforts, Â despite Â their Â seemingly Â friendly Â neighbor-Âto-Â neighbor Â relationship. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Another Â example Â is Â how Â North Â Korea Â is Â hanging Â on Â the Â edge Â after Â their Â supposedly Â â€œneutralâ€? Â buddy, Â China, Â privately Â called Â out Â North Â Korea Â by Â stating, Â â€œNorth Â Korea Â is Â behaving Â like Â a Â spoiled Â child.â€? Â Some Â of Â the Â information Â was Â surprising Â to Â discover, Â some Â not, Â but Â the Â reality Â of Â the Â entire Â situation Â is Â how Â a Â simple Â website Â that Â is Â mirroring Â the Â ideals Â of Â the Â 1971 Â Pentagon Â Papers Â is Â begging Â the Â question: Â What Â are Â the Â governments Â Â so Â afraid Â of? Â Â Â Julian Â Assange, Â the Â founder Â of Â Wikileaks, Â declared Â in Â an Â interview Â with Â Time Â that Â he Â and Â the Â Wikileaks Â website Â are Â simply Â advocating Â â€œcivil Â obedienceâ€? Â and Â exposing Â â€œabusive Â organizationsâ€? Â that Â arenâ€™t Â helping Â the Â cause. Â World Â leaders Â are Â essentially Â humiliated Â as Â more Â information Â is Â
becoming Â leaked Â and Â are Â now Â scrambling Â to Â seek Â justice. Â The Â United Â States Â in Â particular Â is Â trying Â to Â charge Â Assange Â with Â acts Â of Â espionage Â under Â the Â Espionage Â Act Â of Â 1917. Â However, Â not Â
national Â security Â law. Â Â Â Â With Â this Â in Â mind, Â there Â is Â no Â limitation Â as Â to Â who Â can Â technically Â be Â chargedâ€”anyone Â from Â Assange Â to Â someone Â who Â casually Â read Â the Â information Â on Â
Âł:KHQHYHU\WKLQJLVFODVVLÂżHG WKHQQRWKLQJLVFODVVLÂżHGÂ´ Â Â Supreme Â Court Â Justice Â Potter Â Stewart Â in Â his Â judgment Â in Â the Â Pentagon Â Papers Â case Â in Â 1971. only Â is Â the Â Act Â archaic Â DQG WRR EURDG WR GHÂżQH VSHFLÂżF FKDUJHV EXW in Â my Â eyes, Â the Â U.S. Â Government Â is Â also Â trying Â to Â charge Â something Â that Â is Â not Â there. Â Â Âł2QH RI WKH Ă€DZV LQ the Â Espionage Â Act Â is Â that Â it Â draws Â no Â distinction Â between Â the Â leaker Â or Â the Â spy Â and Â the Â recipient Â of Â the Â information, Â no Â matter Â how Â far Â downstream Â the Â recipient Â is,â€? Â said Â American Â University Â law Â professor Â Stephen Â Vladeck, Â an Â expert Â in Â
the Â Wikileaks Â website. Â All Â I Â ask Â is, Â where Â is Â the Â freedom Â of Â the Â press? Â And Â why Â should Â Assange Â be Â charged Â with Â espionage Â when Â the Â documents Â were Â given Â to Â him? Â Because Â I Â believe Â that Â Assange Â simply Â served Â as Â the Â middleman Â providing Â information Â that Â he Â received Â for Â the Â eye Â of Â the Â public. Â I Â believe Â it Â is Â unnecessary Â for Â the Â United Â States Â to Â charge Â him. Â In Â the Â words Â of Â Assange Â himself, Â â€œDonâ€™t Â shoot Â the Â messenger.â€?
%R\VVRFFHUZRUNVWRZDUGSOD\RIIV Coach Â optimistic Â about Â upcoming Â season Â for Â Tigers
By Â SAMANTHA Â SOLIS STAFF Â WRITER Â â€œHard Â work Â beats Â talent Â when Â talent Â doesnâ€™t Â work Â hard,â€? Â a Â motto Â that Â is Â truly Â demonstrated Â by Â the Â dedication Â shown Â by Â the Â 2011 Â Varsity Â Boys Â Soccer Â team. Â Although Â last Â yearâ€™s Â record Â of Â 5-Â14-Â1 Â is Â not Â one Â to Â brag Â about, Â Head Â Coach Â Wadey Â Yaya Â is Â optimistic Â about Â this Â yearâ€™s Â season. Â Â Â Â â€œMy Â anticipations Â are Â very Â positive Â this Â year. Â I Â donâ€™t Â perceive Â for Â us Â to Â have Â that Â kind Â of Â a Â season Â this Â year,â€? Â Yaya Â said. Â Â Â The Â team Â itself Â is Â very Â young. Â Even Â though Â there Â are Â twelve Â returning Â varsity Â letters, Â ten Â of Â them Â are Â underclassmen. Â Having Â such Â a Â high Â number Â of Â returning Â players Â means Â that Â there Â is Â enough Â experience Â on Â the Â team Â to Â really Â understand Â what Â needs Â to Â be Â done Â for Â them Â to Â succeed. Â Sophomore Â Roberto Â Chavira Â is Â a Â returning Â varsity Â letter Â who Â has Â shown Â leadership Â on Â the Â ÂżHOGDQGLVYHU\KRSHIXO of Â this Â yearâ€™s Â season. Â Â Â â€œI Â believe Â this Â will Â be Â a Â good Â season. Â We Â have Â a Â great Â team, Â and Â the Â attitude Â on Â WKH ÂżHOG LV GLIIHUHQW than Â it Â was Â last Â year Â
KICKINâ€™ Â IT: Â Sophomore Â Captain Â Fernando Â Aguirre Â and Â freshmen Â Alec Â Barraza Â SOD\RIIHQVHRQWKHÂżHOGGXULQJDKRPHJDPH because Â we Â all Â act Â like Â a Â family,â€? Â Chavira Â said. Â Â Â This Â season Â presents Â the Â challenge Â of Â facing Â new Â teams Â within Â the Â new Â 4A Â district. Â Unlike Â football, Â volleyball Â and Â basketball, Â the Â soccer Â teams Â will Â be Â competing Â up Â against Â a Â different Â set Â of Â teams. Â This Â brings Â the Â challenge Â of Â not Â knowing Â what Â to Â expect Â from Â the Â players. Â SWHS Â is Â in Â one Â of Â the Â most Â competitive Â districts Â in Â the Â region Â and Â will Â be Â facing Â some Â strong Â schools. Â Â â€œWe Â match Â up Â well Â against Â Northbrook Â every Â year. Â Itâ€™s Â always Â an Â exciting Â rivalry. Â But Â
our Â toughest Â competition Â is Â going Â to Â be Â the Â state Â runner-Âups, Â Kingwood Â Park,â€? Â Yaya Â said. Â After Â having Â to Â VKDUH WKH SUDFWLFH ÂżHOG with Â the Â girlâ€™s Â soccer Â last Â \HDU WKH WHDP LV ÂżQDOO\ able Â to Â use Â the Â new Â Tiger Â Stadium. Â It Â not Â only Â means Â having Â the Â â€œhomeâ€? Â ÂżHOG DGYDQWDJH EXW also Â boost Â both Â student Â and Â the Â communityâ€™s Â school Â spirit. Â Â â€œI Â believe Â people Â will Â see Â the Â lights Â on Â during Â a Â game Â and Â just Â might Â want Â to Â pull Â over Â and Â watch Â the Â game,â€? Â Yaya Â said. Â
Â The Â big Â goal Â the Â team Â hopes Â to Â achieve Â is Â to Â advance Â to Â the Â state Â play-Âoffs. Â The Â districtâ€™s Â level Â of Â competition Â will Â make Â it Â harder Â to Â secure Â one Â of Â the Â top Â four Â sports, Â but Â senior Â Omar Â Rodriguez Â is Â very Â hopeful Â they Â will Â be Â able Â to Â grab Â one Â of Â the Â positions. Â Â â€œWe Â have Â a Â good Â team Â this Â year Â with Â a Â lot Â of Â talented Â players. Â Making Â the Â play-Âoffs Â shouldnâ€™t Â be Â a Â big Â challenge Â if Â we Â keep Â working Â together,â€? Â Rodriguez Â said.
Upcoming soccer games Tuesday, Â February Â 15 Â vs. Â Kingwood Â Park Â @ Â SWHS Friday Â February Â 18 Â vs. Â Humble Â @ Â Charles Â Street Â Stadium Tuesday Â February Â 22 Â vs. Â Stratford Â @ Â SWHS Friday Â February Â 25 Â vs. Â Northbrook Â @ Â SWHS
Coach Â Maiorana Â left Â legacy 6HH\RXDWWKHÂżQLVKOLQH Legendary Â baseball Â coach Â in Â SBISD Â history Â loses Â battle Â with Â cancer
By Â SAMANTHA Â SOLIS STAFF Â WRITER
Maiorana Â was Â able Â to Â achieve Â such Â great Â accomplishments Â in Â his Â time Â here, Â that Â did Â not Â give Â him Â a Â great Â sense Â of Â pride. Â His Â greatest Â achievement Â was Â being Â able Â to Â install Â discipline, Â good Â citizenship, Â
Swimming Â goes Â to Â district Â and Â regionals
Maiorana Â Field Â in Â only Â diver Â on Â the Â Spring Â and Â improvement Â for Â the Â his Â honor. Â Former Â By Â CADE Â BUNDRICK team. Â They Â have Â helped Â Woods Â diving Â team. Â players, Â students Â and Â STAFF Â WRITER Â â€œSince Â we Â are Â in Â us Â win Â a Â lot Â of Â meets.â€? community Â members Â Â The Â team Â has Â After Â an Â a Â new Â district, Â we Â are Â a Â Â Â Last Â semester Â attended Â the Â celebration Â outstanding Â season, Â the Â team Â that Â other Â schools Â indeed Â improved, Â and Â is Â Spring Â Woods Â lost Â an Â and Â watched Â as Â Coach Â swim Â team Â attended Â Â the Â Â have Â never Â competed Â able Â to Â beat Â more Â times Â incredible Â coach Â and Â 0DLRUDQDWKUHZWKHÂżUVW district Â and Â regionals Â against Â before Â so Â I Â think Â in Â their Â new Â district, Â but Â mentor. Â After Â a Â long Â pitch Â of Â the Â game. Â The Â meet. itâ€™s Â good Â that Â they Â donâ€™t Â they Â are Â still Â faced Â with Â battle Â against Â stomach Â District Â believed Â it Â was Â Â For Â the Â know Â what Â to Â expect,â€? Â the Â same Â challenges Â as Â cancer, Â Coach Â ÂżWWRUHQDPHWKHÂżHOG swimmers, Â district Â is Â said Â Cavallo. before. Charlie Â Maiorana Â after Â the Â man Â who Â a Â swim Â meet Â where Â passed Â away Â on Â dedicated Â his Â life Â to Â everyone Â in Â their Â district Â December Â 13, Â 2010. this Â school Â and Â its Â competes Â to Â help Â show Â Â C o a c h Â baseball Â program. who Â will Â move Â on Â to Â Maiorana Â began Â his Â Â â€œHe Â was Â still Â UHJLRQDOV 7KH ÂżQDOLVWV career Â as Â a Â Tiger Â in Â FRDFKLQJ ZKHQ , ÂżUVW in Â each Â event Â at Â district Â 1967 Â after Â graduating Â started. Â It Â was Â nice Â to Â compete Â with Â other Â from Â Sam Â Houston Â see Â him Â as Â a Â mentor Â GLVWULFW ÂżQDOLVWV DFURVV State Â University. Â Â For Â and Â learn Â what Â made Â Houston Â to Â compete Â in Â 33 Â years Â he Â coached Â him Â successful Â over Â regionals. Â hundreds Â of Â baseball Â the Â years. Â Naming Â Â With Â the Â new Â players Â that Â stepped Â WKHÂżHOGDIWHUKLPZDV 4A Â division Â redistricting, Â onto Â the Â Tiger Â Field Â truly Â an Â honor Â for Â the Â a Â new Â perspective Â as Â if Â they Â were Â his Â school,â€? Â Girls Â Athletic Â has Â allowed Â the Â team Â own Â children. Director, Â Allison Â to Â improve Â and Â grow. Â Â â€œHe Â always Â RACE Â TO Â THE Â FINISH: Â The Â team Â warms Â up Â before Â Lozano Â said. Â The Â Tigers Â had Â a Â much Â said Â that Â we Â were Â Â The Â Spring Â greater Â chance Â than Â the Â big Â meet. blessed Â with Â health Â Â Â Â &RDFK&KDUOLH0DLRUDQD Branch Â community Â before Â thanks Â to Â the Â and Â physical Â ability Â lost Â an Â amazing Â man Â new Â teams Â they Â swam Â 2009 so Â we Â needed Â to Â give Â and Â coach. Â The Â school Â against Â and Â were Â able Â to Â Â Although Â the Â â€œWe Â swim Â against Â a Â lot Â 100% Â all Â of Â the Â time. Â He Â commitment, Â and Â a Â pride Â and Â life Â skills Â beat Â in Â their Â new Â district. Â Tigers Â might Â not Â have Â the Â of Â HISD Â schools Â now Â wanted Â us Â to Â be Â the Â best Â positive Â attitude Â in Â his Â that Â Coach Â Maiorana Â Not Â only Â have Â the Â best Â shot Â at Â state, Â they Â that Â we Â are Â in Â 4A, Â but Â we Â could Â be,â€? Â class Â of Â players Â on Â and Â off Â the Â installed Â in Â both Â swimmers Â been Â getting Â did Â have Â a Â much Â better Â we Â are Â still Â rivals Â with Â â€˜79 Â graduate Â and Â second Â ÂżHOG students Â and Â faculty Â better Â against Â other Â chance Â at Â placing Â in Â Stratford Â so Â we Â swam Â basemen, Â Rex Â Willis Â Â â€œ C o a c h Â will Â live Â on. 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