Key Club takes on new challenges, responsibilities
Veteran athletes commit to team and continue wrestling
Senior men show off skills at the 10th annual Mr. Falcon pageant
Volume thirty-eight Issue four
Jersey Village High School
7600 Solomon Houston, TX 77040
This semester teacher logins were granted access to YouTube.com giving some classrooms a new way to learn, via videos. Jersey Village is home to many student-film makers, vloggers, and YouTube buffs, including Kelcie Tisher, senior, pictured here. In September of 2009, Tisher was asked to be a partner with YouTube due to the popularity of her videos.
Proud Maria Camila Bastidas, senior, and Carolina Baumanis, junior, model their new letter jackets.
National Merit Scholarship Program Finalist Ross Fly Elizabeth Kilson Cybil Zhang Nathan Park Commended Student Chia-ye Chu Cristian Dominguez John Erford Rebecca Fitzgerald Garrett Granier Dylan Koehn Daniel LaCook Philip Lin Tim Mardis Charlie Moore Alison Moscoso Monica Neugebauer Ruoyi Pu
French awards first school letter jackets alina dekker
staff writer Students walked by them; they looked curious. They wondered about the sign on the sleeve of their purple letterman jackets. While many lettered in football, cheerleading or band, a new word ran down the purple ‘JV’ patch and only two students wear it proudly. Maria Camila Bastidas, senior, and Carolina Baumanis, junior, are the two first students in the history of this high school to letter in French. Last year, Bastidas and her old French teacher, Ms. Marcie Pampe, proceeded to get the letter in French. “I feel like I did something other students will be able to enjoy and that is very gratifying,” Bastidas said. At that time, Bastidas and Baumanis were the only ones who were eligible to get a jacket. They fulfilled the requirements such as being in French class for at least four years
National Achievement Scholarship Program Outstanding Participant Cameron Sweet Semifinalist Christopher Charles
with good grades, being a member of the French Club and participating in the National French Honor Society. Bastidas has been taking French classes for six years, two years in middle school and all four years in high school. “I chose to learn French because learning another language will allow me to interact with more people around the world,” Bastidas said. She has shown an outstanding performance during her high school years and passed the French IV AP Test last year with a five which will help when applying to college. However, Baumanis thinks that French is not just a language; it is also a culture that’s very elegant and interesting. Baumanis has been taking French classes since seventh grade as well. She is a very ambitious student who shows a lot of effort to succeed in French every day.
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“I would love to major in International Policy and Affairs later and work overseas. I think commanding the French language will be a big advantage for me in my career,” Baumanis said. The new French teacher, Mrs. Jineth Huizar, sees it as a pleasure to work with Bastidas and Baumanis. “They are the role model for any student in any school. They go beyond what is required, they research, they are pro active, and they face each day as a challenge to improve and do things well when they are supposed to be done. They are not afraid of trying and they do it really hard. They make superior determinations to succeed and to be someone in life,” Huizar said. The two girls feel honored and are very excited. “I am happy because after devoting so much of my time to French it feels nice to be rewarded,” Bastidas said.
Classroom court officials
School offers Street Law class to experience judicial atmosphere TANNER STOGSDILL
staff writer He was accused of graffiti on the bathroom walls, but he is innocent. He goes on trial with his peers. He pleads innocent by convincing the jury that he did not do it. That along with the words of his defense attorney, he gets off. The student is proven innocent. Falcon Court adjourned. Jersey Village has a Street Law class that gives students a real taste of the law. This semester elective for juniors and seniors only, requires an application to enroll. The street law class has guest speakers and holds mock trials. Debbie Hogue, head of the government and economics team, has been teaching the
Street Law class off and on for eight years. “This is different than the government class. Students take ownership of this class,” Hogue said. Street Law has not been offered for a while due to the lack of students signing up for the class. However, students in the class enjoy it. They like to listen to the guest speakers from different political positions, and to hold the mock trials. “This class is really open to questions. There are lots of discussions and it is really hands on,” Vanessa Rivera, senior, said. The students of Street Law hold mock trials to help the students learn. There are court cases in all sorts of aspects of law. They also hold disciplinary trails for students who
break school rules. Assistant principals send students to Falcon Court if they have broken rules. The Street Law class appoints a judge, a defense attorney, a bailiff, and many other courtroom officials. The court rules for punishments like writing apology letters, rather than DMC. “The AP’s really like this class. It helps the students and themselves,” Hogue said. Street Law is an in depth class that has practice with profiling, criminal behavior, and learning the laws. It also has the casual aspect of various discussions. Hogue enjoys the class and hopes to see enough interest to keep the class going next year. “From experience, this is a class that they will remember,” Hogue said.
National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar Cristian Dominguez Jesus Esparza Alison Moscoso Melissa Tovarez Journalism-Quill & Scroll Gold Keys Feature Photo Jillian Hernandez Academic Photo Emily Johnson Advertising and Graphics-2 Skye Comstock JVTV-Student Television Network Fall Nationals 2nd Place PSA Nick Garza Chris Baker Honorable Mention PSA Adam Mendry Athletic Commitments Volleyball- Western Carolina University Diane Della Salla Football- Trinity Valley Community College Jessie Dickerson Softball- Texas Lutheran University Molly Gorrie Women’s Golf- McNeese State University Audrey Koncaba Football- Sam Houston State University Jarvis Young Swimming- University of Texas Charlie Moore THSCA Academic AllState Football Elite Team Ross Fly Garrett Granier First Team Zachary Moran All District Football Offense Newcomer of the Year Victor Brown 1st Team Offense Zach Moran Jammell Alfred 2nd Team Offense Victor Albarran Jordan Pranger Honorable Mention Offense Marquise Harrell
RonEric Curry Brandon Foteh 1st Team Defense Jarvis Young Steven Williams LaDeric Curry Garrett Gorka 2nd Team Defense Matt Moore Kevin Cardenas Honorable Mention Defense Jessie Dickerson 2nd Team Special Teams Travis Jatzlau Academic AllDistrict Volleyball Sarah Church Caitlyn Cooney Amy Davault Diane Della Sala Katie Jennett Chelsea Koh Samantha Ladewig Kylie Mauer Ashlyn Seifert Carrie Thompson All District Volleyball Defensive Player of the District Diane Della Sala 1st Team All District Katie Jennett Amy Davault 2nd Team All District Samantha Ladewig Carrie Thompson Caitlyn Cooney Honorable Mention Chelsea Koh Kylie Mauer Latin-Farrington Contest Elizabeth Kilson DebateState Qualifiers Texas Forensic Association Peter Paul Amilea Pellicoti Allyse Griffin UIL CX Debate Jesus Esparza Rikki Clements Mumta Mittal Mikela Melakis ALT-Kinsey Button ALT-Allyse Griffin SwimmingGirls Named District Champs 200 Individual Medley Chelsie Miller 100 Breaststroke Jillian Covey 200 Medley Relay Hunter Smith Jillian Covey Callye Baker Allison Hickey Regional qualifiers Emily Anderson Callye Baker Jillian Covey Allison Hickey April Holland Chelsie Miller Hunter Smith Collin Courtright Kevin Courtright Cory Jacobs Sam Richardson Model UNJersey Village Awarded Best Delegation Outstanding Delegate for Plenary Yahya Khan Outstanding Delegate for GA 3 Social, Humanitarian, & Cultural Citlalli Alvarez Outstanding Delegate for UNICEF Veronica Tverbakk
Mr. Falcon competition completes milestone Mumta Mittal layout editor
Prepped, polished, and perspiring, the contestants finally made their way up to the stage after hours of watching video clips repeatedly and rehearsing their dance moves, to perform the talent that will determine their destiny in the Mr. Falcon competition, a competition that began exactly ten years ago. This year was the 10th anniversary of one of the most effective Project Prom fund-raisers. The Mr. Falcon competition began in the form of a male beauty pageant but transformed into a night of laughter and excitement. Along with the tradition that began 10 years ago came the beginning of Mr. Falcon legacies through competitors and escorts. “I have been active in Mr. Falcon ever since my brother, Grant, competed in 2008. He told me the key to success was planning ahead and practicing,” Taylor Hesketh, senior, said. The forthcoming of legacies has also included escorts and even the master of ceremonies. Ten years did not just bring about legacies but also made Mr. Falcon the largest project fund-raiser. The event has evolved to include a silent auction, raffle, and a “best of ” compe-
tition during the week before the competition. While the competition generates a significant amount of money, the production comes at a price. The committee must utilize donated items that have been acquired from surrounding businesses for the silent auction before the show and during the intermission. “My experience has been great so far. Everyone who is involved wants to be involved so we are all 100% committed. Also the students are so excited to be involved which makes this a special memory for their graduating year,” Robin Hesketh, Project Prom Committee Chair person, said. The fund-raiser has brought in about $20,000 in the past years which contributes generously to $50,000 Project Prom budget. Aside from technicalities and crunching numbers, the evening required considerable preparation from the competitors as well. While some had comical skits others have an intricate dance numbers lined up. “I danced with Stephen Franco to Robin hood. We rehearsed about once a week and meet once a month with all of the Mr. Falcon participants,” Austin Kent, senior, said. While some collaborated and others flew solo, many looked forward to the 10th anniversary of the Mr. Falcon competition.
TAL E N T S
MEN-IN-TIGHTS Re-enacting Robin hood, Austin Kent, Stephen Franco, Eric Galyean, and Travis Jones, seniors, choreograph and perform a dance.
2001 While competing against 24 other guys, Greg Sheffler took the title.
Contestant number 12, Kyle Jungles received the crown while other competitors such as Billy White won best pockets.
BOY-BELLA As a tribute to the Twilight Saga, Steven Grant, senior, takes on the role of heroine Bella Swan.
The Project Prom Booster Club put on the first annual Mr. Falcon competition.
RENT Taking the stage with “One Song Glory”, Ben Brown, senior, showcases his vocal skills.
The winner of best eyes and best smile were Nick Logan and Chase Nesloney while Jeremy Johnson swept the title.
Cody Cannaday won the judge’s hearts with his charming “Little Man” performance.
Winner, Tyler Cox, sported a patriotic tuxedo and performed a sumo ballet number with Ben Martinez.
NUMA NUMA While performing their talent, John Nelson, Trey Batey, Mikey Abbondandolo, and Justin Wallace, seniors, dance to Internet phenomena, “Numa Numa”.
OL’ SKOOL Bringing back the boogie, Ye Chu, senior, performs a melody of boy band songs from the 90s’.
photos by Mumta mittal
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The Booster CSlub hosts the tenth annual Mr. Falcon contest with 26 contestants and escorts and a panel of four judges.
“Life is a gift, that’s why it is called the present. Live life and take advantage of every opportunity because you only have this present for a short time.”
“Getting into the top five was really exciting because I was not in it to win it. I just wanted to have a good time.”
“It took a lot of time to prepare for but without help from Audrey Koncaba, Diane Della Sala, and Molly Gorrie I would never have gotten into the top five.”
“The show was a blast and the competition was really intense. It was a close race and I think everyone did a great job.”
“The guys that were in the show made it special and being in the top five was a surprising honor and a great memory for my senior year.”
photo by MEREDITH STeffen
photo by Mumta mittal
photo by Mumta mittal
photo by Mumta mittal
HIGGY With It
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co- managing editor Students and teachers normally do not dye Easter eggs together, play video games together, nor watch “Bevis and Butthead” together. However, Emily Higgins, senior, does not have a normal student-teacher relationship; she has known her government teacher since she was born. This year, Greg Higgins has the opportunity to teach his little sister as a student. Despite being 11 years apart, Emily and Greg have always been close. Emily would attend all of Greg’s basketball and football games dressed as a cheerleader. Greg claims to have sat through thousands of hours of “Barney” with Emily. Throughout the years, they have maintained this close relationship and always had a respect for one another. “My brother and I have always been close. I’ve looked up to him pretty much my entire life. As I grew up, he was one of the people that I loved and respected the most,” Emily said. Over the summer, Emily received an excited call from Greg informing her of who her government teacher would be for her senior year. Ecstatic, she could not wait for the upcoming year. “I found out that Greg was my teacher by him calling me randomly during the summer before school started, and he was like ‘guess who your government teacher is?’ I don’t know who was more excited, me or him,” Emily said. Having a brother as a teacher, has both its advantages and disFOOTBALL STAR The Higgins family takes a photo before one of Greg Higgins varsity games. EASTER BUDDIES Greg and Emily Higgins prepare for the arrival of the Easter bunny.
advantages. Greg wants every student in his class to do well but his expectations for Emily exceed his average expectations from normal students. “It’s probably harder on her having me as a teacher. I have parent-teacher conferences every other weekend or so. Also, I expect a lot from her, as any older brother might expect from his lil’ sis,” Greg said. In the classroom, it is only natural for Emily to get defensive when students are being disrespectful towards Greg. She can sense his feeling so she knows when enough is enough. “The worst part is that I get super annoyed with everyone when they talk when he’s talking, so I’m always like, wow stop talking! It’s weird to feel that way, because in my other classes I really don’t mind. I can tell when he’s in a bad mood, or sick, or happy, so when people just keep talking it gets rather agitating.” Emily said. Emily enjoys having her brother as a teacher, because she can contact him whenever she needs any help and he is always there to mentor her. She was already comfortable with him, which relived her first day angst. “I think I am given an extreme advantage in having my brother as a teacher. Not many students can call their teacher and ask when something is due, or if there is a test soon. Plus I didn’t walk in on the first day wondering what he would be like, or if he was a cool guy or really mean. I definitely already knew, which made me less nervous,” Emily said. One strange aspect of having a brother
Siblings share student- teacher relationship
as a teacher is what to call him. Emily was trained to call her teacher “Greg,” so switching to Mr. Higgins in the classroom was not an easy task. “Rarely have I called him Mr. Higgins. I am incapable to do so. It’s weird, most of the time I’m just like ‘hey!’ and he looks over,” Emily said. Greg and Emily’s father feels that they received an excellent opportunity to work together in the classroom. SPLASHING AROUND “Greg is a great teacher and I don’t know Greg and Emily Higgins cool off in which of them was more excited when they baby pool. found out that they would be together. I think it is awesome that they get to [have] the teacher/student experience,” Kevin Higgins said. Greg and Emily share memories and make new ones every day. With this new aspect to their relationship, they can define themselves as student and teacher, brother and sister or just plain friends. photos courtesy of EMILY HIGGINS
God is Great
Books are Good
And Perseverance is Crazy Completed manuscript begins with divine direction
WRITING At the computer for multiple hours Caitlin Russett, sophomore, finishs her manuscript. After 260 pages and 8,502 words her blue binder transformed into a completed story. In Russett’s story, a girl named Langstin Oliver wakes up from a coma, from which she gets amnesia, but it’s not a normal amnesia. Throughout the whole book, Oliver struggles with who she is, and with her past and her future.
oncealed inside what looks like a regular blue binder a masterpiece of work resides. Caitlin Russett, sophomore, has not always wanted to be a writer and does not currently want to be a writer. However, the manuscript in her blue binder proves different. “I realized the first week of Christmas break that it was what God wants me to do, and tomorrow if he says ‘no go to some far off island and live the rest of your life there’, I would, and I would never look back or have any regrets. As of now, I am following God’s will for my life by writing with the gifts he gave me,” Russett said. While doing geometry homework, the idea popped into Russett’s head. The idea started as a movie scene then revolved into a 360 degree view where she could see vivid details. “I decided that it would be a good plot for a book. From there the journey began,” Russett said. Russett began to work diligently. Her manuscript, before editing, blossomed into what now displays 8,502 words and 260 pages. It took Russett almost a full year to write. In Russet’s story, a girl named Langstin Oliver wakes up from a coma, from which she gets amnesia, but it’s not a normal amnesia. Throughout the whole book, Langstin struggles with who she is, and with her past and her future. Originally, Russett’s family thought the idea of her writing a book was just a phase where she would write a few pages or a few chapters and then just forget about it. “I saw how she continued to work on it and work so hard at it, and I was amazed at her tenacity. Then finally she gave me the rough draft for a Christmas present and I was thrilled. I was the first person to read the entire thing and I was astounded that all that came from her head,” Brenda Russett, Caitlin’s mother, said. If it was not for a few select individuals Russett would not be where she is today. Her seventh and eighth grade English teacher, Mrs. Brenda Holmes from the Faith and Christian Academy in Orlando, Florida, where she used to live and Mrs. Kristin Waller, her 9th grade English teacher, have both lead her along the way. “Writing a book is a huge undertaking and an amazing accomplishment at any age. To achieve this while still in high school- wow. I am so proud of Caitlin and I am touched that she considers me an inspiration,” Waller said. Russett aims to send the manuscript to multiple publishers, in hopes to get it on the shelf and in stores. After this book, she plans to write more books to form a series. “After this series I would love to write more series. This series would end then I would immediately start on another series I have ideas for. I would also love to keep writing and inspire others. I feel this is my duty, as God’s servant, to do his will, and as of right now, this is it,” Russett said.
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“Writing a book is a huge undertaking and an amazing accomplishment at any age.”
Jamming At See You at the Pole on September 23, Gabby Garcia, sophomore, strums her guitar and leads the group in worship songs and prayer.
Dribbling The Hot Wheels, a team containing kids with disabilities like Kaitlyn Eaton, show off their winning trophy a their latest tournament. On September 27th the team traveled to Arizonia to compete in a tournament resulting in a first place trophy.
In the Game
Rolling through life with style with no limitations photo courtesey of Kaitlyn Eaton
delivery manager he moves with confidence. She knows where to march and knows where to pass the ball. Sitting in her wheelchair Kaitlyn Eaton, sophomore, rolls through her day with not one regret in her mind. Eaton was born with a rare condition called Sacral Agenisis, which causes deformity of the spine. Sacral Agenisis affects approximately 25,000 live births each year. Researchers have found that this abnormality occurs between weeks three and seven of being in the mother’s womb. There can be many different degrees of Sacral
Agenisis. In Eaton’s case she does not have a tail bone or the last five vertebrates of her backbone, enabling her inability to walk. However, being in a wheelchair does not mean she is not a normal teen-ager just like her twin sister, Kelsey. “It is just like having a regular sister. There is really no difference, we still fight and everything, she just happens not to be able to use her legs,” Kelsey Eaton, sophomore, said. During Eaton’s life she has had four surgeries because of her condition. All of them have been on her kidneys which only work some of the time. “My right kidney works 30%
percent of the time and my left works about 90% percent of the time.” Despite all the operations and her whole life in a wheelchair, Eaton does not let not being able to walk hold her back from doing what she loves. Eaton has been playing the trumpet for the past four years, and brought many qualities to her first year of marching “She is really funny and nice, and she brings a lot of life into marching band,” Amelia Falcon, freshman, said. Eaton keeps a very positive attitude during marching season saying it is not difficult however,
Summer to Remember
summer band can have its disadvantages. “Summer band is tricky because we have to be in the sun all day, and most people in wheelchairs dehydrate faster then people not in wheelchairs,” Eaton said. Not only does Eaton play the trumpet in the band, but she also plays in a wheelchair basketball league. Eaton has only been playing wheelchair basketball for four to five months and enjoys it greatly. She plays on a team called Hot Wheels with other girls in wheelchairs. Wheelchair basketball differs from regular basketball in many ways.
“One difference is that it is a lot rougher than regular basketball and it is a lot more athletic. So all those people out there who think wheelchair basketball is easy then you need to rethink it because it is harder than it looks. We also flip people over unlike regular basketball,” Eaton said. Eaton plans to continue to play basketball and hopefully make it to the Para Olympics one day. “If I was cured then people at my church would not be able to call me wheelchair baby. Despite being in a wheelchair and not being able to walk, I think I would prefer to stay just the way I am because, I like to be different,” Eaton said.
Travel to Tokyo will spread God’s word, grace as volunteer journeys across world COURTNEY CALBAT
delivery manager aking advantage of the opportunities a new decade brings, Gabby Garcia will begin a journey this summer to make a difference in many lives. Garcia is no stranger to volunteering in the community with her church, Garden Oaks Baptist Church. Since her seventh grade year Garcia has attended World Changes every summer. There she has rebuild roofs, painted houses, put in new windows, and make many wheelchair ramps. This summer Garcia with bottle up her faith and head to Tokyo, Japan to spread the word of Christ where only about 0.05% of people are aware of Him. This means leaving everything behind. “My thoughts about Gabby going to Tokyo are very positive; I feel she is doing what God is directing for her to do. Gabby has always had a deep passion for helping others
and spreading the word of God. I feel she will grow even more in her spirit life and will have touched so many lives,” Amy Garcia, mother, said. “When people from iGo Global came to Super Summer to talk to us about the trip, I really knew God was calling me to it. I applied and was later on accepted!” Garcia said. Garcia got this opportunity by attending a Christian student leaders summer camp, Super Summer for the past three years. Super Summer partners with iGo Global which is the organization that is sending her to Tokyo this summer. IGo Global is about sending students to embrace a mission’s lifestyle, and to spread the word of Jesus Christ. Even though Garcia is going with iGo Global she does not know any other students going along, although there will be many adult team leaders, chaperones, missionaries, and interns going along on the trip.
The trip will occur over a span of 10 days. The flight alone will take about 13-14 hours going and 14-15 hours returning. “I have never been on a flight longer than one and a half hours, and being over water so long kind of scares me, but I will be sitting with my Trek Team so I am excited too,” Garcia said. Garcia will depart from the United States on July 17th and head to base camp in Dallas. She will remain in Dallas for two days then leave for Tokyo on July 19-20th. Finally she will arrive in Tokyo on July 21st and will remain there until the 27th. Since Tokyo is one of the largest unreached countries, Garcia will be doing many activities to spread God’s Grace to the citizens of Tokyo. She will be prayer-walking, doing five minute English lessons, getting to know the citizens of Tokyo, and maybe playing the guitar, because she never leaves Houston
without it. Adjusting to the way of life in Tokyo could be very difficult because, unlike in American where each person is unique in their own way, in Tokyo it is all about blending in to the customs. “The nail that sticks out shall be hammered down,” an old Japanese proverb reads. Along with blending in with another country, Garcia will have to also adapt to their culture and ways of living. “In Tokyo I will have to use a public bathroom and showers or squatty potties (pretty much a hole in the ground),” Garcia said. As Garcia departs this summer and leaves her family, friends, and bed behind; she hopes to grow spiritually and learn about the citizens of Tokyo. “I am not quite sure what I am in for, but whatever happens, I know it will be lifechanging!”
Back in Action PEREGRINE
staff writer From planting trees, to feeding the homeless and assisting at the Special Olympics, Key Club has become an active part of the Jersey Village volunteering community. Although last year Key Club did not exist, the club returned at full pace with activities that not only allowed students to be more involved, but the whole Houston area to get the attention and aid it deserves. The co-presidents of the club Samantha Jih and Hahn Lam, seniors, reinstated and regenerated Key Club, by introducing a series of new events. Some of these activities included the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk, Special Olympics, Reach Unlimited bake sale, and tree planting on Arbor Day. After a whole year without Key Club the two girls grew impatient and decided to step up. “We got tired of waiting for someone to take the initiative so we took matters into our own hands and restarted the club,” Jih said. Before last year’s events Key Club was an immense part of the school and positively affected many people’s lives. “When Key Club fell apart, Samantha and I felt the need to restart Key Club because Key Club allowed us as teens to make an impact in the world we live in even if it is a small contribution,” Lam said. Jih and Lam felt that rules needed to be changed for the improvement of the club. Some of these changes were requirements of 15 hours per semester, and that every member is accounted for. Due to these changes Key Club has been able to participate in city wide events with large amounts of volunteers.
School club makes comeback after a year of inactivity
“It’s hard to decide which activities we do. We try to do about two a month and we choose to do activities that we think are really important,” Jih said. Some of the messages these activities stand for impact the lives of many in some shape or form, such as the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure. “Many women in our world suffer from [Breast Cancer] and if we as teens can help end and find cure for this disease, we can end the suffering many women go through on a daily basis,” Lam said. Each of the girls has personally been affected by Key Club. Both Lam and Jih share an immense love for the club, and see the experiences it has given them as life altering. “Key Club has made me realize that in comparison to the rest of the world we have so much and it would not hurt to just share some of that with people that aren’t so lucky,” Jih said. The girls have high expectations for the club, and will continue to change things in order to better the club’s future. “We are hoping to add on more officer positions for the years to come. We want not only seniors, but also more underclassmen involved so that they can learn how to run things,” Jih said. The future can only look brighter for Key Club, and the co-presidents firmly believe in the capability of its success. “I see Key Club in the next few years as being one of the largest clubs at Jersey Village and participating in many more volunteering events than it [does] now,” Lam said.
“I would like to see more of our student body joining Key Club and coming together as [a] united [school] working together to make an impact in our world.”
helping out Key Club members, Jacob Triska and Ye Chu, seniors, help plant trees on a street median.
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Gay-Straight Alliance Returns New sponsor helps revive lost organization
staff writer Four years ago, Jersey Village’s Gay-Straight Alliance ended, but this semester, a dedicated few have worked to bring back the club designed to promote equality among students.
Officers, Monica Neugebauer, senior, Colleen Crossley, Jasmine Fuller, Laetan Gaspard, Xavier Montoya, Michelle Nguyen and Sarah Shelby, juniors, all support the club for different reasons. Be it to get the word out about the gay community, spread knowledge on the subject or support peers, they all got involved. “[I chose to be an officer for this club] because even though I am a straight female, I’m an avid supporter of the gay community. I believe everyone deserves equal rights and should be allowed to feel comfortable and safe within their own school,” Shelby said. Shelby, like others in the club, wants to provide a safe haven for different orientated people to discuss what they are going through. “The club is to let people feel safe. Being gay is seen as a sin and this club is to let people know that they are not alone. I hope this club [helps] stop people from seeing the stereotypical taboo life style of the gays. We want to stop engaged At the first GSA meeting, Dallas Dickey, sophomore, listens to what the officers have to say about club plans.
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discrimination and change people’s views on the matter of sexuality,” Fuller said. The club has already begun to change the views of people who attended the first meeting. “Before attending the GSA meeting, I thought that the club was forcing society to deal with a problem that has already been solved,” Samantha Aguilar, junior, said. “After attending the meeting, however, I realized that there is something that can be done to help people who struggle with their orientation and many other things. I realized that it was an open and caring environment for everyone to feel safe and welcome and I will continue to attend these meetings and help out in any way I can.” The plan for the Gay-Straight Alliance club at the high school is simple, to be able to provide a support group at the school while having a good time. “[GSA hopes] to create a safe and enjoyable environment for the LGBT, Lesbian Gay Bi and Transgender, community and their straight allies,” Shelby said. Hopes are high for GSA. All the officers and members are enthusiastic of what is in store for the new club. “I’m excited about where this club is headed,” Fuller said. “It’s going to be an interesting journey in building up our schools Gay-Straight Alliance.”
BEHIND the BOOKS Math teacher shines light on his unique personal life photo by jacqui bontke
lAURA HEBERT co-managing editor
Tucked away in room 2456, John Havens, like the average teacher, works diligently to prepare his students for the future, but unlike the average teacher, Havens’ out of school life spans from volleyball refereeing to dancing and singing, to even caring for his pig and bunny. Havens’ teaching background derives from his love for animals. He worked on a pig farm for 19 years when suddenly he found that he thoroughly enjoyed training his employees, so he went back to school to obtain his teaching degree at Texas Tech University. Although he is busy with his new life choices, Havens never lost his love for pigs. In fact, he was thrilled when he was able to buy his own potbelly pig in 1994, because a rule of the pig farm where he worked was that one was not allowed their own pig. Ironically, he named his pig Porkchop, and she will be 16 years old in May. “I have had her since you could put her in the palm or your hand, now you could not even put one of her legs in the palm of your hand,” Havens said. The only trick Porkchop knows is how to sit and beg for food. Havens claims that she has a mind of her own. Aside from his pig, Havens also owns a bunny, named Bunny. He has had her for almost three years. When Havens moved to Houston from Wyoming in 1991, he found himself not knowing many people. A friend’s daughter played volleyball for Jersey Village so he attended her games for enjoyment. Although he liked watching it, he did not know the rules. He went to a clinic that he thought would teach him the rules, instead the clinic
was for people who wanted to become certified volleyball referees, so that is exactly what he became. Today he is ranked as a Junior National referee, which is second to highest. Because of refereeing, Havens has traveled to various places around Texas and also to Miami and Reno. “It’s a good hobby, a way to travel, meet nice people and watch a lot of good volleyball,” Havens said. Not only does Havens referee, but he also operates the sound and announces for basketball and softball games. He even sang the National Anthem at the beginning of these games. “I love to sing. Sometimes I am not the best at it, but I do love it,” Havens said. In 1993 Havens became interested in the Gold Dusters’ faculty dance and asked the former drill team instructor, Betty Buchner, if men could join the dance. She answered yes and choreographed a small number with him and another male teacher. Each year these dances elevated and became more and more elaborate. “We did Rock n’ Robin where we dressed in chicken suits, La Bamba, Cabaret where we had coats and top hats, a medley of 60’s songs, Elvis, The Village People, even Bad to the Bone,” Havens said. “I am a ham and I will be the first to admit it,” Havens added. Some of his students have taken interest in Haven’s unusual outside life. “To borrow from Churchill, Havens is a
TIS’ THE SEASON John Havens, math teacher, commemorates the Christmas season in a photo with his pet dog and potbelly pig. riddle wrapped up in a mystery. Inside an enigma, and also something about pigs. If that doesn’t spell out interesting, I don’t know what does,” Brett Robinson, senior, said. Math has always come natural to Havens, so it was fitting for him to become a math teacher. His job may be daunting when his students do not understand the material, but once they do, he feels rewarded. “The idea of discovery is kind of cool, when the light bulb comes on you can see it in a student, its (it’s) like ‘Yes! I got them to learn,” Havens said. Havens loves being a teacher and claims that sometimes he will stop himself while he is teaching and think, “Hey this is kind of cool, I’m a teacher.” The tee-shirt that reads “I bleed purple,” is quite true for Havens, because this high school along with his middle school and his high school all had the color purple as their team color. “I’m never going to retire, they are just going to have to kick me out,” Havens said.
Passionate life lives on through donor donation
lAURA HEBERT co-managing editor
Deborah Emmott could warm a room with her smile. Her passion for life drove her to be not only an excellent mother, but teacher and friend as well. Emmott donated her organs following her sudden death on January 22, 2010. Her self-less act showed that she cared about those in need even after her death. She wanted to give someone a chance at life that they may not have had. “She wanted someone to enjoy life just as she did,” Pam Cruse, special education teacher, said. Emmott always had enough energy to keep up with her special education students. She had a dedication to them and wanted them to find success in their lives. “She had a zest for life, even when she felt bad, she gave 100 percent. She was an energy-ridden, down to earth person who just wanted her students to do well,” BJ Malone, special education para-professional, said. Emmott’s energy was a striking characteristic of hers. “Debbie was like the energizer bunny. When she walked in a room, you knew she was there,” Cruse said. After her death, her family showed that she still cared about her students by creating The Deborah Emmott Memorial Life Skills Fund; donations were made at the funeral service and continue to be made. “[Debbie] was loyal to her family, loyal to her friends, she would go out of her way to do anything for anybody,” Malone said. “She was a very special person and will be missed greatly.”
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Challenged to a Dual
Upperclassmen earn college credits while in high school Meredith Steffen
staff writer As the search for affordable college tuition grows slim, parents and students seek out any possible money savers. To get a head start on college hours, some students register for basic classes while still completing high school credits. The Lonestar College system provides a program of various basic college classes offered at an affordable price for current high school students. “I would recommend it heartily to all students who see themselves as college-bound and want to experience the college academic experience while still in the high school setting,” Jacqueline Curtiss, said. “It’s easier than AP. You While similar to the Advanced just have to be ready to Placement classes, the Dual Credit program requires students to make a 70 work. I’ve taken History, English and now Algebra, average or above, as opposed to a test score. all dual credit. It’s been “I think it’s a good program because it a great experience,” prepares you for college without some of Alexandria Svadlenak, the stress at the end of the year that an AP senior, said. class has,” Ellen Wiles, junior, said. Some students are able to complete an entire semester of college while never leaving the high school. The classes vary from U.S. History to Calculus and students can begin registering their junior year. “I’m going into college with more than 10 college credits which gives me an advantage over other of my peers entering college this fall,” Kimberly Merz, senior, said. The format of the classes introduces students to a
new atmosphere and prepares them for their studies after graduation. “The classes are such a blast, mainly because the teachers have fun with the material, and it transfers to the students. Dual Credit classes are excellent as well because you still get college credit without having to take a huge test at the end of the year,” Sarah Wisterman, senior, said. A qualifying test must be taken in order to be eligible for the dual credit classes. Michele Landry, the counselor for dual credit, works for Lone star College and is responsible for collecting the scores and paperwork required for registration. As the number of classes students register for increases, the college lowers the price that each individual must pay. Dual credit poses as a new challenge for some students, including Alexandra Svadlenak, senior, who has taken all on-level classes until the opportunity for U.S. History arose her junior year. “It’s easier than AP you just have to be ready to work. I’ve taken History, English and now Algebra all dual credit, it’s been a great experience,” Svadlenak said. The opportunity to take college equivalent classes while still attending high school gives some students a head start that can make all the difference. “The process of learning is more cerebral than that of regular English classes. We discuss much more… we bounce ideas and theories around with each other photo by Meredith Steffen to come to several conclusions. I learn by doing and by sharing my ideas with others and these classes are ATTENTION In Professor Curttiss’ dual credit class U.S History students take notes on the Catholic vote. perfect for that,” Wisterman said.
GOAL FOR CREATIVITY
Young soccer player takes professional team shirts to web cides on designing shirts based on the one thought he is most passionate about, soccer. “In 7th grade I started thinking about finding a better way to support my favorite soccer team which is Barcelona, and it hit me. The best way I could support them was to make shirts and to show my pride,” Garcia said. Not only does he design soccer shirts Garcia has begun to design shirts based off of his website. Online, Garcia is known as “GM19” meaning GarciaMessi19. On his website he is the reporter for everything that has to do with the Barcelona soccer team. He also writes the news about Barcelona and the world’s best soccer player, Lionel Messi; and he also posts pictures of games and edits videos. “Something that inspired me to make designs was my cousin. Ever since I could remember he use to paint and draw about the things he liked and how he felt about things in life. That is what inspired me to start designing shirts,” Garcia said. Garcia designs shirts for himself and he shares his creations among his friends and family. He creates and designs original shirts and photo by LEANDRA LEE is happy to share them with his DESIGN Henry Garcia, sophomore sitting thinking of ideas for a peers. new shirt.
staff writer Walking into his room, Henry Garcia, sophomore contemplates how and what to put on his personalized designed shirts. He thinks of designing shirts with shapes, animals, abstract photos and then finally it hits him. He d e -
“ H i s designs are very unique and original. He brings different ways to make it look like a shirt that no one can buy at the store. I like them and enjoy seeing them every time he finishes one,” Dalia Viveros, sophomore, said. He gets support from his friends and family, his mom is a person that loves art, and loves to be creative. Some of her creative thoughts have inspired him to branch out and to experiment with different designs. “Humans are born with many skills and talents that often we fail to develop but in Henry’s case I think that since he was little he was always attracted to graphic design and the way he added sports with his designs to send that design to another level is very eye-catching. I always support him on everything he does. He is always trying to get better on what he does and I always encourage him to keep doing what he loves,” Lorena Garcia, Henry’s mother, said.
PASSION for FASHION
Designer aspires to pursue career in runway dresses
ALISSA GUERRA staff writer
The pencil slowly glides on to the paper. His imagination runs wild while thoughts run through Khoi Dao’s head. Dao, a sophomore and an in“If anything catches spired fashion designer, spends most of his free my eyes then I will time creating runway draw it right away, dresses, and portraits of including stuff like nature and fashion, people. Dao considers all and people. The around him an inspiserenity feeling of ration. All around Dao nature relaxes me in inspires him. a way that I can feel “If anything catches more creative and my eyes then I will draw it right away, inideas flow through cluding stuff like nature my head better” and fashion, and people. The serenity feeling of nature relaxes me in a way that I can feel more creative and ideas flow through my
head better,” Dao said. Dao really truly believes in himself and in the art he makes. “Life is all about faith, trust, and hope. If I wasn’t confident in myself I wouldn’t be where I am today. I really have faith in my work, every time I have drawn something I feel really good about it,” Dao said. Lady Gaga would be his ultimate inspiration. Anyone of Dao’s friends would agree he is completely obsessed with her. “I look up to Lady Gaga because she is so unique and she has her own style, and I hope to be like that with my fashion. Most of my fashion drawing is inspired from the style of her,” Dao said. Many would agree that he is also unique as her.
SOCCER Two of Henry Garcia’s designs were created for two Mexican soccer teams.
“His drawings are very unique. Khoi’s an excellent artist, and is diffidently one of a kind,” Jacob Oviedo, freshman, said. He likes to look at plain and ordinary clothes, and design them into new clothes completely different from what they originally were. “I like to think that I can take the ordinary and to turn it into something unique and photo by LEANDRA LEE beautiful, and make it of its ARTISTIC Relaxing to feel in the mood to create Khoi Dao, own. Something completely sophomore, lets his ideas flow from his pen to paper. different than anything Dao has dreams to go far with his abiliyou would usually set ties. your eyes on,” Dao said. “When I am done with high school I He does not look at fashion for ideas; in a way he thinks that will go to college for four years and if I can it would be stealing the designer’s I would love to move to New York to pursuit my career as a fashion designer,” Dao ideas. “I just grab a pencil and start said. Many of Dao’s peers say he is going to drawing the head, then I go from there and images will just pop into my go far with his artistic talent. “Khoi can make money off of his art for head and I suddenly will end up with s o m e t h i n g sure. He has a bright future ahead of him, SKETCH One of Khoi Dao”s beautiful,” Dao not only that, he is also a very good person,” Edwin Cardenas, sophomore, said. Lady Gaga inspired drawing. said.
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test your YouTube trivia knowledge What is the most viewed video on youtube? a. “Single Ladies” by Beyonce b. “Evolution of Dance” c. “Charlie Bit My Finger- Again!”
When someone sends you the music video of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”, you are: a. flattered b. Rick Roll’d c. Pwned Which young musician got their start on youtube? a. Justin Bieber b. Miley Cyrus c. Taylor Swift Who likes turtles? a. Jonathan the zombie b. Tay Zonday c. Fred Chris Crocker wants everyone to: a. subscribe to his channel b. leave Britney alone c. save the environment What important question does David ask after a trip to the dentist’s office? a. Where is my tooth? b. Who likes turtles? c. Is this real life? What sneezing animal reached youtube stardom? a. panda b. cat c. chicken What popular youtube series puts odd objects in blenders? a. blend it! b. Will it blend? c. Blendable or not?
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O nline Education new resource in classroom draws attentio kelsey o’briant
managing editor Even in the age of computers, or particularly in the age of computers, CFISD has made sure to block an array of websites deemed inappropriate for any number of reasons- a decision met with approval, distaste, and often confusion. CFISD made sure to especially block sites containing content edited and contributed by the general public. With the restrictions against such websites, researching via the internet proved difficult for students and even teachers, who wanted to use tools like YouTube in the classroom. As of this year, YouTube has re-emerged as a teaching device. Teachers alone can now access the popular video site, presenting a whole new realm of media from which teachers can select videos appropriate for their classroom and relevant to their curriculum. In his economics class, Greg Higgins uses YouTube to show commercials to emphasize what sells in today’s economy, and to showcase human nature in general. “In economics, [watching commercials] allows us to look at the real
world and see what people spend money on, as far as wh tertains them. This is social studies where we study peop what’s more people than YouTube?” Higgins said. Even in math classes, videos uploaded by every-day have a place. Juli Wade, a calculus teacher, showed a vide turing a two year old singing the quadratic formula. “I think the video reinforces our ability to memori ics, and therefore memorizing a formula as a song ca us recall the formula when needed. If a two year old ca the quadratic formula from memory - why can't a high student? I have found other videos I think can be benefi my students. I think students could use the videos to topics on which they are not confident,” Wade said. Indeed, teachers and students alike met this decisio the utmost support. By only allowing teachers to acce site, the site has less of a chance of being abused, whi retaining an entertaining and fresh quality for students. “It benefits me as a student because you can see wha teacher is talking about in action, in order to understand going on. Some people have a hard time visualizing some and watching a video helps to understand. It’s very eng Sarah Wisterman, senior, said. While YouTube has not taken over the school, it no the potential to play a large role where it once was b YouTube, through public content videos, connects the room to the outside world and presents a new learning both in and out of school.
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name: Michael Nguyen, senior username: quickboy2 claim to fame: A video featuring several Jersey Village students ‘enjoying each other’s company’ called “Lover’s Hallway” Total upload views: 360,260 From YouTube Profile: “I don’t think I’ll be posting videos for awhile. Camera got stolen during Ike. Don’t know when I’ll get a new camera.”
name: Sarah Shelby, junior username: sarahseayx claim to fame: A contest video for Bo Burnham, via ShayCarl. Sarah’s feelings about YouTube: “YouTube is one of the biggest aspects of my life. It allows me to view other people’s views on topics and look into their lives. It’s one of the coolest ways to get to know people from around the world.
managing editor With YouTube’s glowing success, anyone from young girls talking about the Jonas Brothers to college students showcasing their film expertise can find a safe-haven for their passion on YouTube, and they all hope that they can experience fifteen-minutes of online fame. One production team of sophomore boys, called KAN productions, hopes to do just that, and then some. KAN productions consists of three members: Kayman Coons, Andrew Duong, and Nick Garza, all striving for a common goal. Each member of KAN has intentions to pursue film in their futures, a very important part of their motivation in their channel. “What makes it worth it is that fact that I know that with each video I'm one step closer to doing what I want to be doing for the rest of my life,” Duong said. For a few years, KAN has put out a number of short films on their channel, all humorous, all dreamed up by its members. “We take everyday habits and hobbies or issues and make them unique, different, or something that teens would understand and laugh at,” Coons said. Each short movie stars the members of KAN, and KAN does all of the filming and editing; the epitome of self-sufficiency. But self-sufficiency does not necessarily equal quality in the eyes of Coons, Duong, and Garza. “In a sense the other videos were practice. It was trial and error. We tried, but it wasn’t to our best potential. Before it was just trying to get something up just so we can have something [on our channel]. We would skip over major editing flaws and acting flaws. We would rush the filming process and get really choppy during editing. We were just speeding through,” Garza said. Now, KAN has reached a new frontier that they plan to take on. Tired with their old produc-
tion routine, they have begun to make plans for a new and improved organization, as yet un-
named. “KAN is in a transitional phase right now. To me, KAN was a test run. Just to try out filming, see what it's all about. Now that I've learned more and more about filming, I'm ready to actually use what I know about it to its fullest. That means starting over completely with a clean slate. New and higher quality videos, better visuals, and even a new name,” Duong said. Beyond improved quality, Garza says that his plans for KAN include making both full length and short films, with a cast outside of their crew and scripts for every movie. But mostly, Garza is wary of releasing too much advertising of the new project before they have a firm grasp on the concept and the execution. “We don’t want this to be something that we can’t follow through with because we don’t have time. Or something we say ‘hey we’re going to be all new! Here’s our name, our Myspace, and our YouTube channel!’ and people end up waiting months and we don’t have anything up. We’re not going to release [much information] until we have three movies filmed, edited, and perfect,” Garza said. With the future of their project in mind, the boys also continue to think about their future in the film industry. Their ambitions grow, and the proof lives in their work and their dedication. “We know this is what we love, so why make it any less [than perfect]? If this is what you love, if you’re going for what you truly love; don’t dilly dally. Do it to your best abilities,” Garza said. Their passion, their commitment to perfection, and their love of all aspects of film all give KAN the ability to make an impact in the world of film. Their starting line is YouTube, but their finish line is limitless.
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Wong...But So Right
Future politician wins Bill Archer Internship Alissa guerra
staff writer Out of multiple candidates, Peter Paul Wong, junior, was selected for a once in a life time opportunity to learn about the nation’s government. Wong won the Bill Archer Internship. During Spring Break he will travel to Washington D.C. on an all expense paid trip. While the majority of high students bask in the spring sunshine over their break, Wong will board a plane to participate in the internship. “The Bill Archer internship is a distinguished program that allows one junior from participating high schools in the seventh congressional district of Texas. The internship gives students the opportunity to experience the federal government on a first hand experience,” Wong said. There was tough competition for the internship so Wong was very surprised that he had won, among the other junior candidates, Amy
Doan, Neha Vaidya, and Zachary Abeyta. “All the competitors were just as qualified as I was. So essentially I was surprised at first, but overall I was excited,” Wong said. Wong’s debate teacher, Leslie Wendt, would agree that Wong will represent the school well. He will learn a lot about politics that will definitely benefit him. “Peter Paul is a great leader on the debate team where he is excellent at his event, congressional debate. This internship will be a great experience for him and will benefit him now and in his future in politics,” Wendt said. This internship means a lot to Wong, and will give him an opportunity to explore politics with a hands on experience. “I believe this experience would help me later on in life. One of my aspirations is to eventually go to law school. By receiving the internship I believe that I will be able to
learn more of how our government works. The internship also means that from my experience it would make me a better voter in the future, with prior knowledge of how Washington works,” Wong said. This internship will also help him in debate by giving him better knowledge of the federal government. “I can apply the knowledge I received from the internship to an event I do in debate known as student congress, in which participating students carry out a mock session modeled after the U.S. Congress,” Wong said. Confident Peter Paul Wong, junior, will explore his passion for politics in his upcoming trip to Washington D.C.
Past Bill Archer Recipients 2009 Camila Bastidas 2008 Joseph Flores 2007 Courtney Lee 2006 Gloria Gunn photo by TANNER STOGSDILL
Choir, Gold Dusters collaborate for annual Christmas / Foundry concert KIMBERLY SHEERAN
photo by Cristian Sandoval
Dancing Pretty Performing at Foundy United Methodist Church with the school choir, Ericka Gardner, Chelsea Green, Brooke Williford, Kiarra Adams, juniors, and Hannah Franklin, senior, smile for the audience.
staffer As Christmas time rolls around every year, choir prepares for their annual Holiday Concert. The measures are well rehearsed and members attend many extra rehearsals after school in preparation. The concert, held at Foundry United Methodists Church, is always praised for its high quality and overall moving performance. This year, however, it was decided that a little more was necessary, dancers. “Mrs. Taylor (the choir director) asked me if we would be interested in joining them for a performance. She then sent me a video of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which is where she got the idea. She asked if I thought this was something we could do and I said absolutely,” Courtney Sturhan, Gold Duster director, said. The Gold Dusters perform many times during their high school career, but dancing for Choir was a new and different experience for all involved. “The style of dance was definitely different from our usual, but it was a nice change,” Lizzi Strachan, senior, said. As Gold Dusters prepared for the performance with extra rehearsals, little was known about the venue that would hold the dance. “We are used to dancing in large areas; a football field, gym floor or stage. We knew the space would be limited that we were choreographing
for but were not quite sure what this meant for us as dancers,” Sturhan said. Once the dancers arrived at Foundry, they found that the performance stage was very small, an unexpected set back. “There really weren’t that many difficulties during the experience except for the night that we performed was our first night on the stage and it was considerably smaller than what we had rehearsed. It definitely made for an adventure,” Strachan said. After only several practices with the choir, it was time to perform. The benches were packed with family and friends that had come for the holiday songs. A few band and orchestra members sat in front of the choir to add musicality. “As the Director, I was 100% pleased with the final product. It was great to see how well it worked out. The vocalists sounded amazing and the dancers simply gave another visual aspect to the choir’s performance,” Sturhan said. Holiday festivities of 2010 gleam dimly on the horizon and both the Gold Dusters and Choir hope to keep the collaboration alive and create a tradition that will unite the two organizations in the future. “I would like to see this collaboration continue. It was a great way to unite different members of not only the Gold Dusters but then to unite us with another Fine Art here at Jersey Village,” Sturhan said.
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SAVE A HORSE, RIDE A BULL
Senior passionate about bull riding qualifies to compete at rodeo’s state tournament Mikela Melakis sports editor
Frantic people scurry around preparing the tournament. The bulls grunt and grumble under their breath while violently kicking hay. Nervous bull riders await their turn, their chance, to out ride the competitor before them. The audience roars with cheers and applause eager to witness the battle between bull and man about to ensue. Justin Reynolds, senior, lives for this anticipation, and thrives off the adrenalin rush bull riding gives him. Bull riding is a rodeo sport that involves a rider getting on a bull and trying to stay postitioned for at least eight seconds while the animal attempts to buck the rider off. “My dad use to ride bulls, so that’s why I started to ride bulls,” Reynolds said. J u s t i n Reynolds’ father, Mike Reynolds, grew CHEERING Mike Reynolds sits on the railing up with a encouraging his son onto victory passion for
the rodeo. One day a family friend who was a retired bull rider asked Mike Reynolds if he would be interested in riding a bull. Growing tired of depending on team mates in team sports Reynolds was eager to try something new. He continued on bull riding for twelve years. Even though Reynolds was surrounded by bull riding throughout his childhood, he did not get on a bull until his freshman year. “The first time I got on a bull I was nervous, but not scared. Then after that it just kind of turned into an addiction,” Justin Reynolds said. The first bull he got on was for beginners, but that experience was enough to build his confidence and encourage him to excel. Bull riding, unlike most sports, does not include a coach. Instead Mike Reynolds acts as a mentor for Justin by attending most of his competitions and encouraging him to stay motivated. “I go with him every time he goes to ride. I hope he sees me as a role model, but he is really a better young man than a father could ask for,” Mike Reynolds said. Justin works hard to improve his bull riding skills through continuous experience and practicing on his own time. “I do something every day to make myself a better bull rider. Bull riders have to be very athletic, tough, and flexible. So working out, stretching, riding the mechanical bull in my backyard. Anything active helps,” Justin Reynolds said. Mike Cox, agriculture science teacher and Future Farmers of America sponsor, competed with Reynolds’ father. He
started riding bulls when he was 13 and in 1976 he was in the College Bull Riding Championship in the southern region. “Bull riding is what got me to, and through college. It taught me the importance of goals and positive thinking. I stopped riding because as I got older, the ground got harder,” Cox said. Although bull riding brings Reynolds immense gratification it also comes along with risks. Bull riding is often referred to as “the most dangerous eight seconds in sports”. Injuries are a common sight amongst bull riding arenas. “A lot of people ask me ‘Well what if you get hurt?’ the question isn’t IF you’re going to get hurt, it’s ‘WHEN are you going to get hurt’ I’ve been kicked in the stomach, kicked in the chest, the bull had stepped on my legs and on my face, but I still get back on because it is so addicting,” Justin Reynolds said. Despite the minor injuries, his hard work and persistence allowed him to achieve many accomplishments. Justin competed in the FFA rodeo in Fort Worth and ranked fifth out of all the bull riders who are FFA students in the State of Texas. Justin is also ranked fourth in Region 9 bull riding. He will compete this summer in the Texas High School Rodeo Association’s State tournament. “I’m very proud of the guts and faith in god Justin has to compete in such a dangerous sport. The sky is the limit for Justin. I think if he continues to work hard a World Championship is very achievable,” Mike Reynolds said.
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senior Strength Team pins opponents to mat KATHY ROMERO
staff writer At the sound of a whistle two bodies violently struggle to throw one another on to the ground. JV wrestlers find the adrenalin rush irresistible. They appreciate having an excuse to pin other students down and have the sport to blame. “I like how tough it is and how tough you have to be in wrestling,” Nelson Fuentes, senior, said. Seniors, this year, are taking part in their second season of wrestling, which began in 2008. The seniors enjoy having a caring coach like Kevin Casula, who gets down to the wrestlers level and participates physically in coaching the team. Casula makes sure his wrestlers are at practice and tries to help as much as possible when one team member is confused about a position. “[Casula] is one of the most caring coaches. He always does his best to teach us well,” Cameron Lindsey, senior, said. With over 25 years of coaching experience in wrestling Casula believes it takes a lot of pride and the ability to push one’s body to the extreme. The wrestling seniors are said by Casula to have more understanding and more dedication for success. “Wrestling is not an easy sport. Seniors are more dedicated than underclassmen. They came from not having any background in wrestling to being on the verge of regional qualifiers,” Casula said.
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teamwork Senior wrestlers come together in dedication and strength to achieve success in their sport. Front row: Sonia Rivera and Staci Leitko Second Row:Eric Garcia, Erick Umanzor, Hector Yanes, Joe Morales, Cameron Lindsey, and Ross Fly. Back row: Vinnie Lam, Jacob Corbett, Stephen Simpson, Michelle Butcher, Zeus Aguilar, Nelson Fuentes, and Daniel Dyer. Veterans have come a long way from having wrestling as an off campus sport to being able to practicing on their home campus. “Regardless of the result on the mat, wrestlers should take a lot [of ] pride in their accomplishments,” Casula said.
Regional Qualifiers Staci Leitko
First year wrestler enjoys sport THILYE RINKE
staff writer Only a sophomore and a first year wrestler, Eunice Fulgueras, has no fear of putting on her headgear and stepping onto the mat to takedown an opponent. Although Fulgueras had not pictured herself joining wrestling, she cannot picture her life without it. “My friend kept pushing me to join [wrestling] since last year,” Fulgueras said, “Good thing I did because [it] turns out it’s the highlight of my year.” Standing at five foot one and 95 pounds, Fulgueras’ parents were astonished when she broke the news of joining the wrestling team. “When [my parents] found out they were kind of shocked. I mean a girl my size wrestling? They didn’t really take the matter lightly,” Fulgueras said. With a limit of eight hours of practice per week achieving second place at a tournament can seem difficult. Despite the challenge Fulgueras placed herself in a position of advantage by keeping her focus on the match and strategies she could use. She ranks third in the district in the 95 weight class and received second place at the Cy-Ridge tournament. “As of right now,[Eunice] has shown a great deal of improvement in her offensive and defensive skills and her performance has shown that with a second place performance at the Cy Ridge High School Tournament,” Kevin Casula,
coach, said. In wrestling the main objective is to pin one of photo by STACIE LEITKO the opponent’s force Eunice Fulgueras, sophomore, defeats her opponent at a tournament including competition against team from Klein Forest shoulders to the and Cy-Fair high schools. mind set is even better,” Fulgueras said. ground or attain Casula holds high expectations for all his wrestlers on and as many points as possible. A wrestler can attain points off the mat. The coach fully believes in the success of each of through a series of different techniques and strategies, some his wrestlers. o f which are a takedown, escape, reversal, and a “What I expect from each wrestler is to give a 100 percent near fall. effort on and off the mat as well as demonstrating good “Wrestling isn’t a piece of character, dedication, and perseverance,” Casula said. “I have cake. Strength and tactics all the confidence in the world in all of the wrestlers.” are good, but a good Fulguera’s hard work and achievements are not only noticed by her coach but also by her teammates. “[Eunice] is hard working and has improved since she started. She weighs 95 pounds but she wrestles harder than some of the 119 pound wrestlers from other schools,” Sonia Rivera, senior, said. Although to some view wrestling as only a boy sport, to Fulgueras wrestling goes beyond the stereotype. “I relate [wrestling] to life. They try to push you to the ground as you try to get free,” Fulgueras said. win With her hand raised to “The main object is to not give up, no matter how denote the win Eunice Fulgueras, difficult it may seem.” sophomore, completes another match. photo by STACIE LEITKO
Like FATHER Like SON Love for tennis runs in family Emma mckenzie
staff writer He and his father hustle out on the court. Father-Son bonding time has taken on a life of its own out on the green pavement. Between back-hand swings and aces, the older teaches the younger about how to improve on his technique. Their time spent together acts as both informative and recreational. Their time together possesses a special bond that they share and love. Their passion is tennis. Since he was a little kid, Harrison Neider, freshman, has been playing tennis with his dad, David Neider. His father is the reason why Harrison Neider took up playing tennis to begin with. “I started playing because my dad has a
big background in tennis and wanted to show me his favorite thing to do so we could bond,” Harrison said. David Neider has taught Harrison how to play tennis so they could be able to have a good time together. “Just being able to get out on the court and hang out together on the court is the best thing,” David Neider, said. “Doing that while playing a sport we both enjoy makes it even better.” When they can, the two take it to the courts to challenge and teach one another. “We probably average about once a week throughout the year,” David Neider said. All the matches against each other have transformed Harrison into the tennis-loving player he is today. “I play with my dad because him and I get to hang out doing something we both love, and so he can teach me more about tennis,” Harrison said. Harrison Neider’s family is proud of all their son’s accomplishments with tennis. Harrison has worked hard to be able
to perform as well as he has. All the effort put into practicing together has paid off for Harrison. He ended up making the varsity tennis team. “When my son told me of his accomplishment, I was very happy and proud of him,” Yvette Neider, mother, said. Like father, like son. The two enjoy tennis for a similar reason: the skill required to play the sport. “What I enjoy most about tennis is how it’s different from your basketball, football and baseball. Tennis requires a different kind CONCENTRATE of skill,” David As he positions said. himself on the court, There is no Harrison Neider, doubt that Dafreshman, focuses on vid and Harrihis next play. son Neider have a special bond through the love photo by JUSTIN JONES of tennis, it’s only ALL SMILES Father, David a matter of time before HarNeider, and son, Harrison Neider, rison teaches his own children keep their relationship strong the game that him and his fathrough love, laughter and ther cherish so much. tennis.
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abulous Talented girls make varsity soccer team as freshmen
Mikela Melakis sports editor They started off little toddlers frolicking around the soccer field without a care in the world. Soccer started out as a mere pastime for these little girls, but evolved into a way of life. For Brittany Robinett, Leah Bailey, Nicole Funderburke, Kadie Walaszczyk, and Caitlyn Cooney, all sophomores, all of their soccer careers began between the ages of three and five. These five sophomore girls all made the Varsity soccer team their freshman year. Now, four have continued on playing into their sophomore year. “I’ve played soccer since I was three, so over 12 years. Soccer really means the world to me. My whole life is centered around soccer,” Robinett said. All of the girls grew up playing club soccer for
the Cy-Fair Dynamos. For some of them making the transition from club soccer to high school soccer is an easy one. “In club soccer we have trainers and coaches and everyone on the team is really good. Every practice we’re fighting for a spot in the game. High school soccer is a lot less intense. It’s more like kickball,” Funderburke said. However for Walaszczyk the transition is a little more difficult. “High school soccer is way more violent and the people on the other teams are rude and have no sportsmanship,” Walaszczyk said. While their experience in club soccer prepared them for last year’s soccer tryouts one player was a little unsure of herself. Bailey quit playing for the Houston Dynamos in seventh grade. Feeling out of the soccer routine and injured during soccer tryouts Bailey was nervous
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about her chances making the team. “I was actually really surprised I made the team. Since I was hurt during tryouts I was put on junior varsity. But once I recovered and Coach saw me play I got moved up to varsity,” Bailey said. For these girls the most important aspect they have received from making the soccer team is the friendships they have built. “Being on the team has been wonderful. We’re all so close and basically like a family. We’re always there for each other, on and off the field.” Walaszczyk said. The strong bond these girls is not over looked by their coach. “All five athletes stepped in and made a huge impact on the team. Fortunately before coming to the school this group of girls had already played club soccer together. As a result they were already familiar with their tendencies and styles of playing,” Roberto Lopez, girls’ varsity coach, said.
Advocate urges Christians to practice love, abandon persecution co-managing editor
I grew up in a Christian home. I have gone to the same church for my entire life. I know Bible stories as if Mother Goose herself told them. But in recent years, I have come to “examine my faith” as they say. In this examination, I have discovered one incongruous facet of Christianity that I not only find shameful, but sickening. As Ghandi so eloquently stated, “I don’t reject your Christ. I love your Christ. It’s just that so many of you Christians are so unlike your Christ.” In making such a bold statement, I refer to one specific incident. Recently, a Christian evangelistic group from Amarillo, Texas called RAVEN Amarillo created a website called boycotthouston.com. Already, a question crosses my mind: what do the good people of Amarillo have against a city they do not dwell in? But the content, not the context, really shattered some of my faith in both Christians and humans in general. Boycotthouston.com is devoted entirely to exposing a city they “Open homosexuality and the feel has turned into acceptance and progress of open “a Texas version of San Francisco” as homosexuality has saved more if this immediately lives than it has destroyed” implies some sense of deep evil and sin. Their main qualm with Houston resides with its new mayor, Annise Parker. The website very quickly states that they “do not hate the sinner” but they “hate the sin.” However after reading through an entire article, it becomes very clear to me that no matter what these people “hate” they are inflicting a very real persecution and pain on homosexuals everywhere. The site suggests that “homosexuality, in and of itself, produces nothing beneficial to society. In fact, in and of itself, it produces nothing but disease and death.” When I read this, I felt a portion of my soul fall away. I cannot fathom how one could produce such a sentiment. Homosexuality has brought love into the lives of countless men and women, a love they could not
access anywhere else. Beyond even this, homosexuality has offered a challenge to people, particularly those of faith, everywhere: a challenge of acceptance and more importantly, a challenge of love. Homosexuality has broken down the thickest of barriers in society, by no means but love and peaceful support. I am, in fact, unaware of how homosexuality itself has brought “disease and death” upon anyone that heterosexuality has not also offered. Boycott Houston goes on to say that homosexual agenda has no place in Texas politics. In a collection of choice words, the site states, “Homosexuality belongs back in the closet. Once back in the closet, we as a culture, need to lock the closet door, nail it shut, brick it up, and put a guard on it.” This 1984-esque attitude has less of a place in modern society than homosexuality by a long shot, and I am confident that I am not alone in this opinion. Open homosexuality and the acceptance and progress of open homosexuality has saved more lives than it has destroyed, as far as I can tell. While I myself am not homosexual, the venom that Boycott Houston slings at the gay community breaks my heart and my faith in the people around me. This issue is not one of “tolerance,” for that word insinuates the acceptance of evil actions. Instead, this is an issue of universal love. One does not need to be a “hippy” or a “liberal” to know how important love is in this world. Love means developing an open mind as well as an open heart for men and women of every race, religion, and walk of life. As the bible itself says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” I cannot understand how anyone can ignore such powerful messages, and turn to the weakest portions of The Bible to shake a finger and declare war. I do not deny my faith because of people blinded by hate. As I wrote this, I played my favorite hymn, “Come Thou Fount” over and over. I embrace those who embrace love, and share earnest fellowship with people of every faith. As for the people of Boycott Houston, all I can do is pray that their all-consuming hate can one day wash away as they come to realize the beauty in each human being, regardless of sexuality.
Houstonian remissness on favorite downtown experiences JACQUI BONTKE The fifth most ozone polluted city in the United States, that ranks sixth on the fattest cities list, and whose average crime rate exceeds the nation’s in every category from arson to robbery is the city I call home. Houston, Texas, where its residents wear short sleeves then mittens then short sleeves again, has developed a bad reputation, and with the chance to change my residency fast approaching I cannot help but picture getting off the 610 loop and going anywhere else. Like most seniors, right now I am looking at my college options and the bitter truth is that The University of Houston might be a good choice. Regretfully I look at my peers who are waiting to hear from schools halfway across the country like NYU and Princeton. I am even jealous of the many Austin or San Marcos or College Station-bound seniors. I would rather not move in town and have my life shortened with pollution and at risk with crime. However, after a very pleasant Saturday afternoon in downtown Houston, my tune began to change. I started the day planting trees in Memorial Herman Park and ended eating custom frozen yogurt in the Rice Village. I must have forgotten how cool Houston actually is. The negative tones hushed as I recalled the free plays I used to see at The Miller Outdoor Theatre, and the dollar hotdogs I ate at the Astros game. I used to love eating too much at the International Festival and watching the eclectic vehicles in the Art Car Parade. Leaving Houston, means leaving places like the Butterfly Museum, the outstanding Theatre District, and the 24 hour Starbucks on Post Oak. The shopping alone in Houston covers retail from the trendy thrift stores on Montrose and discount jewelry on Harwin, to the largest mall in Texas, The Galleria. After eighteen years of Houston Zoo trips, NASA visits, seeing midnight movies at the River Oaks Theatre, I cannot just turn my back on Houston, at least not yet. Ending up in the fourth largest city in the US, and in a town that is okay by me, would not be all bad. For now I am going to attend the Rodeo, eat Star Pizza, and read the Chronicle. In fact, no matter where my home is come August, I am going to cherish my time in Houston. editor-in-chief
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Workout routine helps to keep fitness resolution MIKELA MELAKIS sports editor
Every New Year begins the same way. People start off by make ridiculous resolutions that they break only days after the “New Year buzz” has diminished. Those with a gym membership have seen this first hand. Right after New Years, the morbidly obese, the semi obese, and the just one M&M short of being obese flock to the gym determined to lose weight. But come February all of those new and determined members that were crowding the gym are no where to be found. I however refused to give in. I was determined to stick to my resolution and get rid of my extra weight. The only problem was that I, unlike my fellow “chubsters,” could not afford a gym membership, nor could I tolerate the miserable strain of running around my neighborhood everyday. Truth be told I was never much of a runner anyway. Running outside is just plain unreliable. The summers are like inferno hot, not to mention that this winter was unbearably cold. Since I am a grade ‘A’ complainer and procrastinator the tiniest weather dilemma results in my immediate termination of the work out. I needed to get creative if I was going to do lose any
weight. One day it dawned on me. I could lose weight with Zumba. I got this idea from one of the most knowledgeable men on television, Dr. Oz. Hey, if the man is cool with Oprah; he is all right by me. Upon seeing the episode where a man lost almost 50 pounds using Zumba, the Latin and international infused dancing workout, my mom ordered all six Zumba DVD’s. She never touched a single one, and I had no reason to bother with them, until now. Putting in the Zumba DVD turned out to be the best decision of my life. At first I felt like an idiot trying to dance along with the tape. But Beto, the guy on the DVD, assured me it was okay to feel silly at first. By the third time I worked out with Zumba anyone who walked by would have mistaken my spicy hip shaking for Shakria’s. Beto became my new best friend. Anytime I felt like quitting the workout
early Beto would suddenly chime, accent and all, and say “JU CAN DO IT” and “VERY NICE”. I was no longer making excuses (like it’s to cold outside) to avoid working out. I actually looked forward to Zumba. Besides the DVD instructors offering me constant words of encouragement, another advantage of Zumba was that it was weather proof. There was literally nothing stopping me from perusing my love of Zumba. It did not even matter to me if I was losing weight or not anymore. Usually when I would run, it made me feel so miserable that if I didn’t see or feel results after a couple of days, I’d get discourage and stop running all together. With Zumba I was having fun, and feeling great about myself. Actually I felt better than great, I felt Zumbastic.
Trekkies are people too
Dedicated fan opens up about Star Trek obsession
KIMBERLY SHEERAN staff writer
A couple of summers ago, I plopped down in front of the TV and flipped through the channels, looking for some entertainment. I flipped past the various ESPN channels, Oxygen, MTV and WE. After a couple minutes of searching, I came upon an old episode of Star Trek. Thinking it would be a funny way to pass the time, I set the remote down and laid back on the couch. Before I could blink, hours had passed, along with several episodes of Star Trek. I was hooked. For the rest of that summer, I turned the TV on when I knew Star Trek was showing. The adventures of Captain Kirk and the crew of his space ship, The Enterprise, captivated me. Their uniforms were starched and professional, the missions risky and dangerous and the aliens, nice or hostile, were always pointy eared. This was a fantasy world for me, where I did not have to worry about doing the laundry, vacuuming or washing the dishes. I was content. As the summer drew on, my family became more aware of my slight obsession. My dad would arrive home from work in the evenings and ask, “What did you do today Kimberly?” I would coolly answer, “Just watched some TV.” I knew that my family would find my favorite
show hilarious, so I failed to mention that it was Star Trek I had been watching all day. I was finally busted one day during late summer when my brother came home from work early. “What the heck are you watching?” He exclaimed after glancing at the television. “Umm, it’s just Star Trek,” I replied, unsure of what his reaction would be. His brain computed the information that I, a 16 year old girl, would be watching Star Trek all day. When he burst out laughing, I was surprised and relieved. “You won’t tell Mom and Dad will you?” I pleaded. “Sure, sure,” He chuckled as he turned into the kitchen. I should have known better. Later that night my family and I were eating dinner and my brother decided to break the news. “Guess what Kimberly was watching today? Star Trek!” Both my parents burst into giggles immediately and I knew it was time to come clean. “I like it! It’s interesting!” I weakly stated. My brother joined my parents in their laughter and I could feel my face begin to flush. I hung my head embarrassed that my secret was now frolicking out and about. It has taken me a while to build confidence in my Trekkie nature, but I am now a proud follower. My family has accepted that fact and once my dad even returned home from Block Buster with the movie, Star Trek: the Wrath of Khan, to my extreme pleasure. My friends have come to except it as well, and I have found a few other Trekkies to talk with. I am not ashamed of being a Trekkie and I will always stay true to Star Trek. Live long and prosper.
t the start of the semester students were asked to define the acronym RISK, standing for respect, integrity, safety and support, and keep learning. One word in particular, sparked student discussion due to events of this year and previous years, safety. Events like break-ins, and hit and runs initiated questions among students whether the environment created for learning proves safe and secure, or unsafe and lacks in security. In 1998 a Jersey Village student brought a gun to school in a backpack. The gun went off when the student dropped the backpack on the ground in his classroom and a bullet hit another student in the leg. Today in schools there are certain drills practiced in case of unexpected attacks or intruders, but little action is taken to prevent potential dangerous situations. One would hope that safety ranks high on the list of priorities here at school after the accidental shooting in 1998, especially with the confusion and inconvenience of construction. Students are not
Lack of security on campus questions administration’s priorites, increases theft
faced with dangerous situations between classes but an evident lack of security makes it difficult to feel safe or sure that in the event of a dangerous situation, students remain protected. Though some may protest of practices such as the use of metal detectors, the feeling of safety is invited into a place of learning when it is experienced first hand. This year the school experienced a break-in to both the band hall and the theatre leaving the departments out thousands of dollars in stolen items. The event of a break-in, though troublesome, did not create as much of a concern as the lack of technology to catch the criminals. Though cameras were on during the break-in, the criminals could not be identified. Similar instances occur in the parking lot due to its lack of security. Students leave school some days to find their cars have been hit and upon request to see video footage, they find the parking lots are not monitored by cameras. This fact alone brings the school’s priority of security into question.
Too many “what ifs” exist with 3,000 plus students on campus, so the ratio of students to security personal should be reasonable. Whenever an incident does occur, security is questioned. Cameras that are monitoring the school should be in high traffic places like parking lots and hallways outside of locker rooms. The school also may benefit from an additional officer on campus, especially while the school’s construction is completed. The cost of security is not a trade off because it is in direct correlation with the safety of students. Though the school actively practices drills, that may not be enough to insure that students are safe and the campus is a safe haven rather than a place for potential crime.
“I left home with a brand new Victoria’s Secret Pink jacket and $15. By the end of fourth period, both were gone,” JULIE WISNOSKI, sophomore, said.
“All of our hard work to raise money for PALS was lost when somebody stole all of our money. It devastated everyone in the PALS organization,” KIRK TRYGSTAD, senior, said.
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“I have had money stolen from me a couple of times, and it’s really disappointing that that happens so much at the school,” KIM ALLEN, freshman, said.
editor-in-chief JACQUI BONTKE managing editors KELSEY O’BRIANT LAURA HEBERT sports editor MIKELA MELAKIS photo editor MEREDITH STEFFEN layout editor MUMTA MITTAL advertising designer VINCE FLORES delivery manager COURTNEY CALBAT staff writers KINSEY BUTTON, ALINA DEKKER, ALISSA GUERRA, LEANDRA LEE, EMMA MCKENZIE, THILYE RINKE, KATHY ROMERO KIMBERLY SHEERAN, TANNER STOGSDILL, JESSE UPPAL staff adviser MARGIE COMSTOCK principal RALPH FUNK
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Gold Dusters perform dances at district wide presentation
1. POISED While striking a pose during a jazz routine, Laura Garcia, senior, beams at the crowd.
2. POP AND LOCK Hip-Hop Company members, Ni Teria Clay, junior, Hillari Kroll, senior, and Lauryn Beattie, sophomore, perform to Move by Mims.
3. IT TAKES TWO Skye Tipton, junior and Samatha Boyd, senior, act as a recently matched couple for the team’s novelty dance.
4. GRACEFUL Dancing their officer jazz dance, Kimberly Sheeran, Madison Scott, seniors, Brooke Williford, junior, and Natalie Brown, senior, perform to the best of their abilities.
5. KA-POW Julie Jackson and Mary Hollenbeck, seniors, portray superheros for their officer kick routine. THIS KISS Erica Perales, senior, and Brooke Williford, junior, dance together during the team’s novelty number. photo by MEREDITH STEFFEN
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