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SENIOR EDITION VOLUME 8 ISSUE 1 | May 31, 2016 | ARGYLE HIGH SCHOOL | WWW.THETALONNEWS.COM


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Contents The Talon News

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Reflections on the Year

Graduation time. The caps. The gowns. The chords. A final goodbye to the life all seniors have known for the past thirteen years. However, with this heartwarming chapter coming to a close, many new doors eagerly await the graduating class of 2016. Before those caps get thrown into the air, first reflect on the impact the senior class has left on Argyle High School like multiple state championships, a new attendance policy, and more. Let’s look at the legacy 2016 will leave behind.

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Highlight Stories of 2016

Over the course of the 2015-16 school year, The Talon News has covered top events ranging from new Chromebooks to the new winter formal. However, with the school year coming to an end, it is time to reminisce on the major events that define every student’s high school career.

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Top 10, Perfect attendance

In one word, the top ten students describe their desire to succeed in high school like determination, opportunity, and more. The top ten are as follows (in no particular order): Kaylie King, Carleigh Klusman, Sarah Llewellyn, Shashwat Tripathi, Brandon Couch, Ashley Ridenour, Claire DeSpain, Lillian Carter, Travis Koczo, Tanner Boyzuick. Other Eagles who have the admirable quality of perfect attendance during the 2015-16 school year, especially seniors Breana Dewoody and Travis Koczo.

11 College Bound Through different state borders, students are parting ways in all different directions across America. The furthest of these being Drew Estrada, who will be attending Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, 1,827 miles away from home. Texas Tech University will be taking on the most amount of Argyle students with 18 attending. However, the graduating class will always hold Argyle High School close to their hearts.

15 Senior Plans Seniors get serious about their college and future plans. However, graduation is about having fun too, and no senior wants to forget his or her senior crush. Whether it’s Lynda Devine, Asa Burk, or “my car,” the seniors will always remember their high school sweethearts.

22 Senior look-a-likes One highlight of senior year is choosing the senior look-a-likes. This year students found several fantastic similarities between students and celebrities like Preston List and Tom Cruise, Ali Childress and Angelina Jolie, and several other matches. Cover Photo by Annabel Thorpe

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REFLECTIONS ON THE YEAR Micki Hirschhorn Senior Writing Editor

As the 2015-16 year begins to wrap up, the seniors are taking a step back to reflect on all of the successes they’ve had, the friendships they’ve made, and the memories they’ve gathered along the way. The school district provided Chromebooks (also known as chromies), brand new Snapchat filters (especially popular—the dog effect), new additions to the school, new traditions started, a brand new broadcast program, a new principal, and new legacies being left behind. Principal James Hill, the newest prominent addition, to the Argyle family, brought a few new traditions to Argyle: the senior leadership committee and the unforgettable Lip Dub. A new structural addition to the school included the Indoor Activity Center, which officially opened for the 2015-16 school year and was incredibly helpful for the baseball and softball teams, conveniently placed

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right next to their new fields, now known as Eagle Stadium. Another addition to the school was the Alex Betzhold Memorial outdoor basketball courts placed next to the tennis courts, which also had additional courts added for this year. And, a car was donated to be given away at the end of the year to a student who has perfect attendance. Along with the many “firsts” Mr. Hill also allowed this school year was No Shave November. During this month the boys could purchase an arm bracelet for $10 and they were allowed to grow out their facial hair and not be penalized for not shaving. All funds benefitted Hunter Oney, an argyle student suffering from cancer. The halls were filled with boys and their unique beards. The students got a kick out of it and senior Tanner Boyzuick highly enjoyed the opportunity to embrace his facial hair.

“It finally felt like I didn’t go to a private school. Then reality set in in the spring and my face hurts from shaving every day again,” Boyzuick said. “It finally felt like I didn’t go to a private school. Then reality set in in the spring and my face hurts from shaving every day again,” Boyzuick said. The year was full of new adventures and experiences for all, and with over eighteen state titles claimed by the class of 2016, a backto-back state championship has also been earned by a few key sports. Girls’ basketball claimed their back-to-back state title with seniors Olivia Gray and Kaylie King leading the team to victory in San Antonio again this year. The girls finished off the season with an overall record of 35-1. The Eagles are leaving their legacy of success for the next class.

Gray believes that all the hard work put into gaining the state title again was very rewarding. “Winning a state championship never gets old,” Gray said. “There’s no other feeling like it.” The boys golf team competed and won their first state championship last year. This year they had seniors Tommy Parker, Will Blake, and Alex Isakson return to lead them to their most recent state title. The boys have been working for this returning victory since last season


Class of 2016 and were able to end their high school golf career with not one, but two state titles. The class of 2016 is also notorious for being ‘historical’ or even ‘legendary’ as some of the members of the class have said. The senior class made numerous state appearances and made school history by carrying sports to lengths they had never before reached. Football continued the

winning tradition with an appearance at state, hosted at NRG stadium in Houston, where the Eagles fell short to the Waco La Vega pirates. Yet, the football team was left with an incredible Argyle legacy from seniors JC Chalk, Spencer Cullen, Drew Estrada, Ty Smith, David Bearden, Hudson Speed, Holden Bell, Chad Book, Caleb Holt, Gage McCook, Shane McKinney, Jacob Forrer, Taylor Sweatt, Dakota Carpenter, Colton Liggett, Brady Llewellyn, Scott Smith, Matt Rowe, Adam Dyer, Blake Llewellyn, Jon

Fullingim, and Hunter Blackwell. Senior captain, a key part of the team believes that “winning [and getting to] state is worth every second of the countless hours of practice it takes to get there,” he said. Senior Ty Smith will never forget the experience. “It’s an indescribable experience that I am so incredibly happy that I was apart of,” Smith said. Senior Hudson Speed, however, thinks that building a brotherhood was the most significant part of winning the state title.

“I played with most of those guys since I was in third grade and to go 16-0 was the ultimate feeling,” he said. Volleyball was one of the ‘history makers’ this year, winning the school’s first ever 4A state championship. Seniors Eighmy Dobbins, Emma Malone, Strealy Sizelove, Alexa Bass and Melanie Carlisle led the team to victory. “We worked hard every day and we wanted to make the dream of being state champions finally come true,” Dobbins said.

(Cont. on page 20)

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2015-16 Highlight stories

EAGLES WIN FOURTH STRAIGHT LONE STAR CUP Faith Stapleton Reporter The Eagles have taken home another Lone Star Cup. This is their fourth win in a row and sixth overall victory. The Lone Star Cup is awarded to six high schools in Texas, one from every UIL classification(1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A), each having the best academic, fine arts, and athletic programs in their division.    Along with winning The Lone Star Cup, the Eagles set a new record with their win of an astounding 127 points. They received these points from winning state titles in academics, girls’ basketball, boys’ golf, wrestling, and marching band. Also, they were awarded points for being state finalists in volley-

ball and football, with extra points from team tennis, boys basketball, and boys and girls soccer. “The winning schools and communities should be proud of this incredible achievement,” UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt said. Now that Argyle has won the 2015 Lone Star Cup, they are preparing to win a seventh. Everyone is excited

to see what the Eagles have to give this year.  “I think no matter what, our kids are going to perform well,” Principal James Hill said.  The Lone Star Cup was presented to Superintendent Dr. Telena Wright by UIL Director of Music, Dr. Brad Kent during halftime of the varsity football game, on Friday, Sept. 25. It shows all the success the Eagles have had this

past year. “I think [The Lone Star Cup] gives Argyle a legacy,” Dr. Wright said. “[The Lone Star Cup] gives Argyle’s community a sense of accomplishment and pride in what the young people in Argyle are doing in the different areas.” The school received a trophy and $1,000 scholarship for their accomplishments. Dr. Wright is extremely proud of the high school’s achievements. “Argyle High School has dedicated and talented students, supportive parents, supportive school board, and very committed and dedicated staff working very hard with the students,” Dr. Wright said. “I am very honored to be out here representing Argyle.”   (Cont. on page 25)

The varsity cheer squad celebrates winning the Lone Star Cup after receiving the trophy during half-time of the Paris vs Argyle football game at Eagle stadium on Sept. 25, 2015 in Argyle, TX. (Caleb Miles/The Talon News)

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SENIORS DRIVE THROUGH YEAR WITH PERFECT ATTENDANCE Brayden Ratcliff Multimedia Editor Juggling personal activities, staying studious at home, and showing up to school daily are routines that students are accustomed to. For seniors, this task becomes more demanding. Motivation for many upperclassman often runs low. Every once in a while, however, some accomplish a rare feat: seniors Travis Koczo and Breanna Dewoody will finish with perfect attendance since kindergarten.

Seniors Breanna Dewoody and Travis Koczo complete their high school carreer with perfect attendance. (Brayden Ratcliff/The Talon News)

“I think it has made me more organized and has made my grades way better than if I didn’t come to school,” Dewoody said. Seventeen other students also will graduate with perfect attendance their senior year. In order to encourage all high school students to strive for perfect attendance, the administration found ways to reward those who have flawless records. “We strive to have every student in every class everyday,” assistant principal John King said. “To help that, we have put in some incentives: we did exam exemptions and we are giving away a car this year.” Students were rewarded with tickets each grading period they had perfect attendance, and could also earn bonus tickets for not missing an entire semester and being present the full school year. The tickets will be drawn at the

Perfect attendance seniors celebrate with this year's jeep giveaway. In alphabetical order, the students in the drawing for the car are Austin Anderson, Connor Arnold, Lillian Carter, Benjamin Chowning, Spencer Cullen, Julio Gonzalez, Raquel Gonzalez, Joshua Hankins, Kieran Hanlon, Henry Jefferies, Laura Lotze, Zachary McKellar, Zane Mohar, Rafael Pacheco, Arica Styron, Sydney Ward, and Grant Weitzer. (Naomi Brooks/ The Talon News)

end of the year to determine who will win a 2015 Jeep Patriot donated by Waxahachie Autoplex. “We are just looking for ways to improve our attendance

because we believe the education system works best when students are here,” King said. “Everything we do is to help our students in life."

Top Ten of 2016 Climb to Success "Determination" Kaylie King

"Opportunties" Ashley Ridenour

"Future" Carleigh Klusman

"Future" Claire DeSpain

"Happiness" Sarah Llewellyn

"Faith" Lillian Carter

"Money" Shashwat Tripathi

"Money" Travis Koczo

"Status" Brandon Couch

"Money" Tanner Boyzuick

Brayden Ratcliff Multimedia Editor Success is not a word taken lightly at Argyle. The type of activity does not matter; if a student is participating, they are striving for

(Brayden Ratcliff / The Talon News)

excellence. For the top ten, this credo is followed to the fullest. Whether it is being a pit legend in band, serving as a ace in tennis, performing as a king of basketball, a star

of baseball, or a stellar speaker, mathemetician, or literary critic in UIL academics, these students balance extracurricular activities all while maintaining stellar grades.

The top ten seniors each shared one word that described their drive to succeed above, including this year's Valedictorian Carleigh Klusman and Salutatorian Claire DeSpain. The Talon | 9


COLLEGE BOUND The Class of 2016 plans to attend universities from California to New Hampshire, spanning a distance of 2,944 miles and including 19 of the 50 states.

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Furthest Distance: # Attending

Texas Tech University University of North Texas University of Texas Texas A&M University North Central Texas College University of Arkansas University of Oklahoma Abilene Christain University Texas State University University of Alabama

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Dartmouth College Champlain College Boise State University University of Pennsylvania Biola University Northern Michigan Univ. Brigham Young University University of Michigan Michigan State University University of Tampa

Photo Illustration by Christopher Piel and Annabel Thorpe / The Talon News

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First Name

Last Name

Senior Crush

Future Plans

Jonathan

Adamcik

University of North Texas

Abby Villanueva

Ashley

Aguilar-Vasquez

Brigham Young University

Chase Petter

Andrea

Altom

North Central Texas College

Chantz Graff

Austin

Anderson

Texas Tech University

Candice Swanepoel

Connor

Arnold

Texas Tech University

Pratyush Joshi

Ally

Atkinson

University of Alabama

Chase Book... sorry Chad ;)

Stephen

Baker

University of Texas at Dallas

N/A

Riley

Barnes

Manhattan School of Music

Asa Burk

Jesus

Barraza

Air Force

N/A

Marc

Barton

University of North Texas

Bette Midler

Alexa

Bass

Oral Roberts University

Grant Weitzer

David

Bearden

Air Force Academy

Eighmy Dobbins

Aljona

Begaj

Austin Community College

Blaze McMellian

Holden

Bell

Austin College

Air Warden

Savannah

Bills

Texas Tech University

Scotty Dunham

Hunter

Blackwell

Texas Tech University

Pratyush Joshi

William

Blake

Texas Tech University

Hillary Clinton

Kaitlyn

Boaz

University of North Texas

Adam Dyer

Chad

Book

University of Oklahoma

Carson Higgins

Devin

Bowens

University of North Texas

Bayonetta

Blair

Bowman

University of Oklahoma

Connor Mushinski

Tanner

Boyzuick

University of Alabama

Mira Lillard

Trevor

Bragg

Marines

N/A

Branden

Burch

Arizona State University

N/A

Alejandro

Calderon

North Central Texas College

Adam Dyer

London

Caldwell

University of North Texas

Joe Forrer

Melanie

Carlisle

Henderson State University

Chris Pine

William

Carpenter

University of North Texas

N/A

Lillian

Carter

Baylor University

Connor Mushinski

Conor

Cates

Texas Tech University

N/A

John

Chalk

Clemson University

Taylor Kirkpatrick

Cameron

Chancelor

Texas Tech University

N/A

Ali

Childress

Texas A&M College Station

David Davis

Benjamin

Chowning

Texas A&M College Station

Breanna Dewoody

Drake

Church

Work at Argyle HS

Mariah Toney

Kobey

Clark

Texas A&M Texarkana

Hannah Davis

William

Coghlan

University of Iowa

Mrs. Arrington

Graciela

Contreras Torres

Texas Woman's University

N/A

Chad

Cornelssen

Electrical Engineering

Reed Folmer

Brandon

Couch

Oklahoma State University

Arnold Swcharzenegar

Kelly

Crawford

Texas A&M College Station

Mason Green

Spencer

Cullen

Texas Tech University

Jane Coghlan

Kennedy

Cullum

University of Arkansas

Ty Smith

Vincent

Cunningham

Texas A&M Corpus Christi

N/A

Mackenzie

Cvar

University of Arkansas

Connor Mushinski

Caroline

Dallas

University of Arkansas

Marco Rubio

Hannah Davis University of Texas Top Photo: Caleb Miles | Bottom Photo: Christopher Piel

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First Name

Future Plans

Last Name

Senior Crush

Monte

Day

Austin Community College

N/A

Meagan

Dealy

University of Alabama

Chase Estrada

Claire

DeSpain

Texas Christian University

My bed

Breanna

Dewoody

Midwestern State University

Christian Splain

Eighmy

Dobbins

Texas Tech University

Koy Randall

Adam

Dyer

North Central Texas College

Kati Boaz

Emily

Elsom

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Riley Barnes

Drew

Estrada

Dartmouth College

Danielle Davis

Bryanna

Ferren

N/A

N/A

Adriannah

Fine

University of Oklahoma

N/A

Jessica

Fischer

Texas State University

Blake Llewellyn

Reed

Folmer

Kansas State University

Marla Warden

Jacob

Forrer

Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Carson Higgins

Joe

Forrer

University of Texas

Jane Coghlan

Tyler

Fought

Northlake College

Makenna White

Taylor

Frederick

University of Arkansas

Jesse Lyng

Alexander

Friedrichsen

North Central Texas College

Raquel Gonzalez

Jonathan

Fullingim

Texas State University

Rachel House

Maria

Garcia

Texas Woman's University

Ian Somerhalder

Brooks

Gibson

N/A

N/A

Julio

Gonzales

Firefighter/paramedic

Shakira

Raquel

Gonzalez

University of Texas

Matthew Shubert

Olivia

Gray

Fort Lewis College

Kade Randall

Hannah

Greiner

N/A

N/A

Austin

Guidry

North Central Texas College

N/A

Thomas

Hall

University of North Texas

Zero Suit Samus

Joshua

Hankins

Tarleton State University

Kensington Schoeve

Kieran

Hanlon

University of North Texas

Norb Gonzalez

Madelyn

Haynes

University of Arkansas

Cale Nanny

Micki

Hirschhorn

University of Missouri

Jackson Adams

Caleb

Holt

Abilene Christian University

Leighton Eschle

Alex

Isakson

McLennan

Payton Neiberger

Henry

Jefferies

Ole Miss

Danielle Davis

Troy

Jones

Arizona State University

Malia May

Pratyush

Joshi

University of Texas

CL

Kaylie

King

Abilene Christian University

Kade Randall

Ryland

King

Oklahoma Christian University

Garrett Carter

Mary

Klir

University of Kentucky

Thomas Rhett

Carleigh

Klusman

University of Michigan

Fischer Rouly

Travis

Koczo

University of Texas

Lilly Carter

Dominic

Koziol

Boise State

N/A

Brett

Lambert

Texas A&M College Station

Aljona Begaj

Karli

LeDane

Texas Tech University

Justin Carpenter

Alec

Lenamon

Military

N/A

Eben

Leon-Gomez

Northern Michigan University

Lilly Carter

Uziel

Licona

Baylor University

Ms. Sutton

Colton

Liggett

Abilene Christian University

Morgan White

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Top Photo: Annabel Thorpe | Bottom Photo: Annabel Thorpe


First Name

Last Name

Future Plans

Senior Crush

Heather

Lindemann

University of Arkansas

Christopher Piel

Jessica

Lindeman-Shook

North Central Texas College

Kirsten Sulzman

Preston

List

University of Oklahoma

Erin Eubanks

Hayley

Little

Baylor University

David Davis

Sarah

Llewellyn

University of Pennsylvania

Kade Randall

Blake

Llewellyn

University of Texas

Blair Bowman

Brady

Llewellyn

University of Texas

Pratyush Joshi

Ryan

Long

University of Alabama

My car

Madalyn

Lopez

University of Arkansas

Kris Mcginnis

Laura

Lotze

Abilene Christian University

Thomas Rhett

Emma

Malone

West Texas A&M University

Pierce Davies

Jensen

Mark

Michigan State University

Rylie Folmer

Jordan

Marshall

Texas Tech University

Logan Weitzer

Daniel

Maynard

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Mr. Damiani...

Gage

McCook

Harding University

Avri Styron

Zachary

McKellar

Sam Houston State University

Sarah Llewellyn

Michael

McKinney

University of Oklahoma

N/A

Zach

McNeill

Texas A&M College Station

N/A

Hadley

Miracle

Abilene Christian University

Thomas Rhett

Zane

Mohar

Texas Tech University

Coach King

Isis

Montes

Texas Woman's University

Drew Estrada

Richard

Morawski

N/A

A.A. Lewis

Cade

Northcutt

Texas State University

Haylee Holt

David

Norton

Harding University

Siriah Johnson

Rafael

Pacheco

N/A

N/A

Steven

Parker

Iowa Western

Danielle Davis

Morgan

Parkey

Texas Tech University

Maddie DeGuire

Mark

Pfohl

University of Texas

Jane Coghlan

Zachary

Randall

Brigham Young University

Simon Fischer Rouly

Slater

Richter

N/A

N/A

Ashley

Ridenour

University of Texas

Jack Young

Marisa

Roden

University of Oklahoma

Seth Green

Ezekiel

Romero

Get job

Mrs. Romero's 4th period class

Chase

Roth

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College

Me

Matthew

Rowe

University of North Texas

Chase Roth

Savannah

Runyon

University of Oklahoma

Jack Sparrow

Ruth

Schaffer

Teaching

N/A

Zachary

Schermerhorn

Texas A&M College Station

Claire DeSpain

Kensington

Schoeve

University of Texas

Trent McCloud

Brooke

Sessions

North Central Texas College

Eric Ferrell

Lucas

Shigley

University of North Texas

Simon Fischer Rouly

Katie

Shinn

University of North Texas

Kermit the Frog

Rebecca

Sizelove

Dallas Baptist University

Chase Estrada

Scott

Smith

Abilene Christian University

Linda Devine

Ty

Smith

Air Force Academy

Kennedy Cullum

Hudson

Speed

Hardin-Simmons University

Lynda Devine

Garrett Stanford University of North Texas Top Photo: Christopher Piel | Bottom Photo: Annabel Thorpe

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First Name

Future Plans

Last Name

Senior Crush

Shaylee

Starnes

Austin Community College

Brady Anderson

Leeman

Stiles

Biola University

Me

Sydney

Stoops

Texas Tech University

Kevin & Evan Thomas

Genesee

Stringfellow

Midwestern State University

JC Chalk

Arica

Styron

Austin Community College

Cale Nanny

Bradley

Sullivan

University of North Texas

N/A

Kirsten

Sulzman

N/A

N/A

Christopher

Suominen

Texas Tech University

Probably Oprah

Taylor

Sweatt

Truman State

Haylee Holt

Diego

Terrazas

University of Texas

Aparna Joshi

Shashwat

Tripathi

University of Texas

N/A

Isabella

Uceda

Texas State University

Olivier Giroud

Lucas

Van Alstine

North Central Texas College

Laura Lotze

Jacob

VanPatten

N/A

N/A

Abigail

Villanueva

Texas Woman's University

Dylan O'Brien

Casey

Waggoner

University of Arkansas

Dawson Sarratt

Cody

Walters

Welding

N/A

Sydney

Ward

Texas A&M College Station

Ben Higgins

Trey

Watson

Blinn College

Carson Higgins

Kate

Weaver

Texas A&M College Station

Cooper Straubmueller

Grant

Weitzer

Texas Tech University

Alexa Bass

Makenna

White

Texas State University

Michael Ryon

Jessica

Willis

Texas Tech University

N/A

Carter

Wilson

Oklahoma State University

N/A

Tyler

Witten

Texas A&M College Station

Austin Guidry

Kyndall

Womble

Sul Ross Univrsity

N/A

Alyssa

Woolums

Midwestern State University

Ben Single

Skyler

Yeargan

North Central Texas College

Gray Fullbuster

Congratulations to the Class of 2016 May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been the foresight to know where you’re going and the insight to know when you’re going too far. 18 | Future Plans

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REFLECTIONS ON THE YEAR (Cont. from page 4) The cheerleading squad also made history this year as well. It was the first year that UIL allowed cheerleading squads to compete for a chance to win a state title. In early January, they spent a 16 hour day in Arlington where they competed against 75 other schools and placed 8th in the nation at the first ever UIL cheerleading competition. Seniors Heather Lindemann, Micki Hirschhorn, and Hayley Little competed as part of the historic UIL team. In men’s track several made it to the state meet on May 13-14, which included senior Preston List who placed second in the 110M hurdles at the region meet in Commerce. Other qualifiers to the state meet were Dane Ledford in long jump and Jake Van Patten in pole vault. Marching Band was led by Drum majors Breanna Dewoody, Sarah Llewellyn, and Haley Emerson. Along

with the following senior leaders: Zach Schermerhorn (trumpet section leader), Claire DeSpain (Battery section leader), Zach McKellar (Clarinet section leader), Ashley Ridenour (Pit section leader), and Emily Elsom (Euphonium/ tuba section leader). The band had a successful year and are already beginning preparions for another state appearance looking toward 2016-17. This year’s band seniors were a part of the 2012 and 2014 state championships and will be wearing two gold state medals at graduation. Drumline continued their success in percussion throughout the year, but also attended a convention in San Antonio where Riley Barnes and Claire DeSpain placed first and second in the PASIC national competition. Also, part of the marching band, this year’s color guard, was also very successful with help from the three seniors—Alys-

Winter Guard celebrates their first win at NCTA on April 1, 2016. (Annabel Thorpe/The Talon News)

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sa Woolums, Savannah Runyon, and Skylar Yeargan. They placed first at the Sound of Springtown Competition, placed third at NTCA Saginaw High School Winter Guard Contest and claimed another first place at the Scholastic A Round 3 Champions at NTCA Championships. One act play had a very rewarding season as well. Brad Sullivan was the lone senior who helped lead this year’s play, Paragon Springs. This organization won a multitude of awards this season and was very successful in all they did. UIL Academics were distcit and regional champions for and will advance students for 21 spots at the state championship meet in Austin, Texas. Teams competing include: Number Sentence, Calculator, Science, Math, Computer Science, Literary Criticism teams and an editorial writer. All the teams will be advancing to state late May where they will be attempt-

ing to hold on to their state winning streak, having claimed the title the last 8 years. Speaking of back-toback titles, there is also Chase Roth who took home a state championship in wrestling for the last four years. Boys Basketball blew through district with a record of 10-0. They fell short during playoffs but seniors Kade Randall, JC Chalk, and Mark Pfohl lead the team with a great season coached by returning basketball Coach Perkins. Returning starter senior Lucas Shigley looks back on his time spent on argyle courts as his time on the courts have closed. “It was awesome to be a part of a team that got along so well on and off the court, and was able to truly play as one team come game time. It was a completely different atmosphere than last season, and it was all because of our team’s chemistry,” Shigley said. The boys’ soccer team

Senior captains Olivia Gray (middle) and Kaylie King (middle right) lead the Lady Eagle’s to their second state title in a row on March 5, 2016. (Annabel Thorpe/The Talon News)


Class of 2016 made school history by making it to the state championship tournament, finishing with silver. The boys have accomplished so much this season and were rewarded with the opportunity to represent this high school by making a state appearance. This state appearing team was assisted by the help of seniors Caleb Holt, Chad Book, Drew Estrada, Jon Fullingim, Holden Bell, Jensen Mark, Zane Mohar, Rafael Pacheco, and Carter Wilson. “Even before the season started we were confident this would be the team to make it to the state tournament and we proved that,” Book said. “This team is a team I will remember for the rest of my life and even though it didn’t end like we hoped it would have we had a very successful season.” Girls’ soccer, like the boys, made more school history by making it to playoffs. They lost to the team that ended up winning the whole state tournament. Senior Makenna

White was the only senior on the team this year. “I didn’t think I was even going to be able to finish the season because I got sick, but I’m glad I recovered and got to finish the season making school history,” White said. The boys’ baseball team made their state appearance in Austin last June, worthy of the drive considering they brought home the gold. The seniors on last year, and this year’s, team were Spencer Cullen, Ryland King, Tanner Boyzuick, Henry Jefferies, Mark Pfohl, and new team member Brett Lambert. The boys worked very hard to win the championship last year and they have high hopes to make it again this year. Cullen believes that giving it their all will lead them to the championship. Beyond all the extra curricular, seniors battled through a semester of poems and the creation of the English “music video” along with sitting in coach Beene’s highly entertain-

Senior Gage McCook runs in a touchdown to take the Eagles to their third State game in a row. (Caleb Milesl/The Talon News)

ing personality, as well as learning how to keep up with this year’s election in government class, which was no small feat for this historic election year led by the infamous ‘you’re fired’ Republican Donald Trump and Democratic candidates Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. “There was one time in coach Beene’s class where a student came in to ask him a question and right before the student left, coach Beene said ‘Today I ate a plate of bacon bits with chocolate chips. I wanted to tell you but I wasn’t sure how’. It was so awkward, but hilarious.” Senior Blair Bowman said. “It finally felt like I didn’t go to a private school. Then reality set in in the spring and my face hurts from shaving every day again,” Boyzuick said. Kenzie Cvar was the class of 2016’s class president two years in a row. Cvar was able to not only represent the class wonderfully, but she also organized

the “best prom ever” last year. She has been a major asset to the class the last two years and ending our time at Argyle with her as the class’s representative only seemed fitting. “It’s been a crazy ride, between getting a new principal and every event being our ‘lasts.’ Our grade has set the bar in everything we do. As I said before we got a new principal, and he couldn’t have been more suitable for Argyle. Not only has he kept the tradition and name of Argyle strong, he’s also brought some new traditions to Argyle,” Cvar said. “Like the lip-dup, it was SO fun and such a great way that everyone got involved. The best part about this year and about our grade, is the friendly, hard-working and fun reputation that we have built for ourselves. The class of 2016 is more than outstanding, and I have been so honored to represent it.”

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More Than a Crown: Real Meaning of being Nominated Micki Hirschhorn Senior Writing Editor This year’s Homecoming King and Queen were selected by their peers, yet the final vote was by the whole school. The big reveal of the title of the 2015 Homecoming King and Queen was announced amidst thunderstorms and umbrellas during half-time of the football game vs Dallas Carter on Oct. 23. There were many mixed emotions when it came to what being nominated really meant. “Being nominated is such an honor because it shows me that people actually know who I am,” Kennedy Cullum said. “It makes me feel important and noticed.” The preparation that goes into the week of homecoming is far beyond what one would expect. Guys have to dig up suits while girls are on the hunt to find the perfect dress to wear. “I went dress shopping with my sister who came down from

Austin to share this special moment with me,” Ari Styron said. To Styron, being nominated had a profound effect on her. “I feel very Claire DeSpain and Tanner Boyzuick (center) win King and Queen, with senior nominees Ty Smith, appreciative Shane McKinney, Adam Dyer, Zach Schermehorn, Pratyush Joshi, Sarah Lewellyn, Kenzie Cvar, Jessica and thankful Fischer, Ari Stryon, and Kennedy Cullum, Oct. 23, 2015 at Argyle, TX. (Chris Piel/The Talon News) for the fact said. “He’s awesome and deserves because I’m not the stereotypical that my class girl that usually wins homecoming the recognition.” thought of me when asked who Students have been able to they wanted as their homecoming queen,” Lewellyn said. “I represent watch older classes walk across many organizations in school.” queen,” Styron said.  Tanner Boyzuick’s prepartion the field in anticipation of being Claire Despain, on the other had to do with the mental process. crowned King and Queen. hand, sheds a light joke as she “I really looked up to those “I am preparing by figuring addressed being a prospective girls, because they are nominated out the best way to deal with Queen.  by their class and voted upon by having to wear a suit to a football “It means a lot to me to be the whole school,” class president game,” Boyzuick said. “Not used nominated because I’m excited to Kenzie Cvar said. “It’s really neat to that.” represent the school,” she said. to see who people look up to, and Boyzuick personally doesn’t Sarah Lewellyn just wanted to to be considered a role model is be remembered for her communi- mind seeing someone else receive an honor, but also makes me feel the title of King. ty service and activities. super special and just thankful.” “I want Pratyush to win,” he “I want people to vote for me

chromebooksCcreateLlearningOopportunities Chromebooks, however, have been a great addition to the classroom. Students received ChromeNot only do they provide books early this year to promote every student with the means to technology in the learning enviwork more efficiently on essays ronment. and projects, but they also open Many students believed that more opportunities for higher the Chromebooks were unneceslevel learning and the use of sary, and wanted to be able to use technology in and out of class. their own technology in school, Not only that,  it gives students the but the decision was made that necessary skills to work on mulChromebooks would be the only tiple platforms, which can only computers to be used in class. enhance their career skills. Chromebooks also keep students on an equal playing field for assignments. Since every student is required to use a Chromebook, they are each given the same software and programs Students unload the brand new Chromebooks into the school to complete on Oct. 1, 2015. (Caleb Miles/The Talon News) Heather Lindemann | Opinion Senior Writing Editor

assignments. If all students are given equal technology, then there is no reason for a student to not produce work that can be held at equal standards to any other classmate. Also, the Chromebooks keep inappropriate or distracting outside entities from entering the learning environment. This will help keep students focused on what they are supposed to be doing when working on technology-based assignments. Many people say that the Chromebooks are unnecessary for students due to the lack of technology use in class, but this is completely false. Teachers are now required to incorporate more technology in their weekly lesson plans. In addition, students are required to write at least two papers every year in their English or history class, along with many projects, that must include presentations or spreadsheets. Students also complained that the Chromebooks aren’t equipped

with the right programs to allow them to complete their work most efficiently. However, Google drive is one of the most efficient ways to collect and store assignments. Google also contains a program for slideshows, word documents, and spread sheets, along with a “share” feature, where students can allow other students and teachers to view and edit their assignments. Google Classroom is also another great tool teachers can use to collect and assign work. These features give students everything they need to complete their work. The Chromebooks have been a great addition to the school. They allow students to work effectively alone or with others. Not only do they give students an opportunity to have access to technology 24/7, but they also help teachers create a more technologically advanced learning environment. Students should take advantage of this new addition to the classroom. The Talon | 25


The Talon News Staff 2015-16 Student Publication of Argyle High School www.thetalonnews.com

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the talon staff Editor in Chief Annabel Thorpe

Managing Editor Caleb Miles The Talon News staff for 2015-16 (from left to right) Back Row: Jocelyn Pierce, Chad Lyle, Caleb Miles, Faith Stapleton, Emma Malone, Christopher Piel, Hudson McCabe, Brayden Ratcliff. Middle Row: Annabel Thorpe, Stacy Short, Micki Hirschhorn, Heather Lindemann. Front Row: Naomi Brooks, Avery Austin, Erin Eubanks, Blair Bowman. (Jennifer Fischer/ Contributor)

Editors Blair Bowman Micki Hirschhorn Heather Lindemann Christopher Piel Brayden Ratcliff

Reporters Ally Atkinson Avery Austin Naomi Brooks

Emma Malone “In my day I could throw a pigskin a quarter mile!”

Blair Bowman “I brought snacks!”

Micki Hirschorn “I’m usually wearing cheetah from my head to my feetah!”

Seniors In Their Environment

Mark Pfohl “Few things in my life have compared to the legacy of Matt Garnett.”

Ally Atkinson “Gangster rap made me do it!”

Heather Lindemann “Oh thank God Blair brought snacks.”

Erin Eubanks Chad Lyle Emma Malone Hudson McCabe Mark Pfhol Jocelyn Pierce Faith Stapleton

Guest Reporters Josh Block

Adviser Stacy Short

Superintendent Dr. Telena Wright

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