The Game Plan

By: Jaelyn Morales

The Varsity Eagles huddle together before their game.

On August 27th, the Pleasanton Varsity Eagles played their first game of the season against Edison at home. The Eagles won with a score of 42-13 with 6 different players scoring a touchdown. Pleasanton scored 21 points in the first quarter with the help of Juan Lopez, Joel Arevalo, and Michael Castillo who all scored a touchdown. Edison scored their first touchdown in the second quarter and gained 6 points leaving the score at 21-6. In the third quarter the Edison Bears scored on another touchdown putting the score at 21-13, but Pleasanton scored right after with a touchdown by Jayden Palacios ending the quarter with a score of 28-13. In the final quarter, Jayce Krauskopf scored a touchdown and Seth Harrison followed with a touchdown as well to end the game. “I feel good and proud of everyone in the football program for the improvement/jump we made compared to last year, “quarterback Sean Ramos said. “Last year wasn’t our best year, so to see us grow as a program and team is something to be excited about.” 

On September 3rd, the Eagles played Antonian College Preparatory away from home. The Eagles lost 19-17, trying their best to make a comeback in the end with little time left, but fell short. They started off the game strong and scored 10 points in the first half with a touchdown by Diego Lopez and a 35-yard field goal by Jose Angel-Perez. In the second half, Antonian scored two touchdowns in the 3rd quarter to put them in the lead 13-10 and the Eagles responded with a touchdown from JJ Morales putting the score at 17-13. With only six seconds left in the third quarter, Antonian scored the game winning touchdown. Nobody scored in the 4th quarter. “We need to work on little mistakes such as penalties and turnovers before district,” said Ramos. “We are trying to play as clean and crisp as possible and that means not letting the other team capitalize on mistakes on our end.” 

On September 10th, the Eagles played in a Highway 97 rivalry game against Jourdanton. The stands were packed and the pressure was on for both teams. In the first quarter, Pleasanton scored their first touchdown of the night with the help of Palacios. Jourdanton answered, gaining 6 points at the start of the second quarter. Palacios scored another touchdown and Arevalo scored right after to make the score 21-6. Jourdanton added 6 points close to the end of the second quarter and Pleasanton responded with a touchdown by Henrichson to end the first half. The third quarter only had one touchdown from Castillo to put the score at 35-12. Early in the fourth quarter the Indians scored a touchdown and went for another but were unsuccessful. Pleasanton then scored their last touchdown of the night with the help of Krauskopf. With eleven seconds left Jourdanton scored their final touchdown to end the game with a score of 42-26 and a  big win for Pleasanton. 

On September 17th, Pleasanton played against Devine at home and came out with a victory and score of 35-12. Devine took the lead 6-0, but the Eagles answered, scoring 21 points in the first half. Devine scored again in the third quarter, but Pleasanton shut them down by scoring twice in the 4th quarter. ”As we enter the midway part of our season and with district start in 2 weeks, I am pleased with the overall team’s records at this time: freshman 3-2, JV 3-2, and the Varsity is currently 3-1,” Coach Liska said. “As for the Varsity, I am very pleased with the growth of several individuals and our team as a whole. I really like the direction this team is headed.” Pleasanton only has a couple games left, including their homecoming game on October 1st, before district starts. If you can, try to go and cheer on your Varsity Eagles at their next game, which is homecoming, and show your eagle spirit. Pride Pride!

Bump – Set – DOMINATE

By: Shyanne Sexton

Sarah Scharmann and Reagan Hollis setup for serve receive

Despite the fact that the Lady Eagles are just beginning their season, scores from Varsity, JV and freshman are making for a very promising season. The Lady Eagles faced Uvalde High School at the start of the month. The varsity team, with a strong three-set win, set the tone well for the matches to come and the junior varsity team, with a 2-0 triumph, showed its true colors.

On September 7th, the Varsity, Junior Varsity and freshman teams would play YWLA High School. As each team won its respective match, these games showed to be worthwhile. 

Varsity played Pearsall at home on September eleventh, where they won two dignified sets and pulled out a three-set victory. Despite winning 2-1 against Pearsall in a Devine tournament, JV lost momentum  and suffered a loss against Poth and Del Rio. Freshman also suffered a hard loss against Poth and Pearsall at the Devine Tournament.

Later in the week, the Lady Eagles won another three-set victory at Holy Cross high school, kicking off a winning streak. However, this tone was not carried over to the Junior Varsity team, which lost to Holy Cross in two sets. 

JV and freshman teams dominated against Carrizo Springs on the seventeenth. Both pulling strong wins and setting the stage for varsity. On the very next night, the varsity team played an exceptional match against Carrizo Springs High School, remaining focused all the way, and ending the night second to none with a three set win.

In the final stages of September, the team played Brackenridge High School. After winning two very good sets, Varsity swept the other ending with a 3-0 win. JV and freshman also won 2-0, following suit with the Varsity team.

In addition to the scores, the players have also proved that the season has been and will continue to be great. Kiley Wiechring, a varsity player, has a confident view of the season. She says “I think district games are going really well, we’ve put in a lot of time and effort to get a good spot in district” and says Coach Aguirre has made changes this year so the team can accomplish extraordinary things. In addition, she said that she really looks up to Tess and Sadie on the team for the fact that they both have great leadership qualities and encourage her to do her best.

The Lady Eagles truly embody Eagle Pride. Their season has been great, and we wish them continued success in future matches as they continue to represent the school well. Pride! Pride!

Cross Country

By: Wanish Tortes-Mcginnis

JV girls at the Devine meet.

This year cross country was a lot less hectic than last year’s season. This year we didn’t have to wear masks and the coaches didn’t have to cancel and reschedule meets because of COVID. Overall the first 5 meets we have been great, coach says we all are getting better and better each meet. On August 18th, the cross country team had their first meet in Devine. For the varsity boys Albert Vielma came in 6th followed by Zeke Garcia in 11th, Ian Rodriguez in 16th, Jayden Ogg in 19th, Joseph Cuellar in 21st, Wanish Tortes-Mcginnis in 23rd and Gilbert Martinez in 29th. The varsity girls placed 1st overall starting with Kendall Espay in 3rd, Kara Hinojosa in 7th, Kassidy Vickers in 8th Kara Medina in 10th. Lillian Krause finished 14th place followed by Jillian Barcomb in 17th, Farah Standley in 21st, Teliyah Wynder in 23rd, Mary Martinez in 28th and Itzel Perez in 43rd.

The next meet was held in Medina Valley; the varsity boys placed 14th, with Albert Vielma in 43rd place, Gilbert Martinez in 64th, Ian Rodriguez was 67th, and Zeke Garcia came in 67th. Joseph Cuellar placed 74th followed by Jayden Ogg in 79th. The varsity girls did well; Kassidy Vickers came in 8th, Kara Hinohjsa in 9th, Kendall Espey in 3rd, and Kara Medina in 11th. Continuing on, Jillian Barcomb in 29 place, Teliyah Wynder in 30th, Farah Standley in 34th, Mary Martinez in 40th, Lillian Krause in 45th and Itzel Perez in 94th. Once again, the ladies came in 1st place. Well done, ladies! 

The Eagles competed in FEAST at Selma Athletic Fields. For the varsity boys Ian Rodriguez placed 120th followed by Gilbert Martinez in 125th place, Joseph Cuellar in 138th place. Jayden Ogg in 147th place and Wanish Tortes-McGinnis in 150th place. The varsity girls placed 5th overall. Kassidy Vickers placed 24th, Kara Hinojosa placed 28th, Kendall Espey placed 38th and right behind her was Kara Medina in 39th .Jillian Barcomb placed 69th, Mary Martinez in 73rd, Lillian Krause in 75th, Teliyah Wynder in 84th. Farah Standley placed 92nd and Itzel Perez placed 152nd. 

For their 4th meet the eagles ran at Bandera. For the varsity boys, Albert Vielma ran in 43rd place and Zeke Garcia in 53rd place. Just behind Zeke was Gilbert Martinez in 54th place, Joseph Cuellar 61st place, Jayden Ogg in 69th place and Ian Rodriguez 72nd place. The varsity girls placed 4th out of 10 teams overall. Kassidy Vickers placed 6th, Kendall Espey in 16th place Kara Medina placed 19th. Kara Hinojosa finished 25th, Mary Martinez in 33rd place, Lillian Krause placed 45th, Farah Standley placed 52nd. Aryanna Partida placed 64th, Teliyah Wynder placed 75th in and Itzel Perez placed 83rd. 

The Eagles Boys and Girls Varsity ran in Davenport at the new school near New Braunfels. Starting off with the varsity boys, Albert Vielma placed 28th, Gilbert Martinez in 35th, Ian Rodriguez in 43rd, Joseph Cuellar in 44th, Jayden Ogg in 48th, and Wanish Tortes-McGinnis in 50th. The varsity girls finished 1st overall at Davenport. Kassidy Vickers placed 5th, Kendall Espey in 7th place, Kara Hinojosa 9th place. Kara Medina placed, Mary Martinez in 17th place, Farah Standley 25th,

Teliyah Wynder in 30th, Aryanna Partida in 37th, Lillian Krause in 42nd, and Itzel Perez

in 60th place.

Causing a Racquet

By: Courtney Henson & Farah Standley

In early September, the Pleasanton Eagle tennis team opened district with a strong win over Karnes City. With a final score of Pleasanton 14, Karnes City 5, some come from behind wins were extremely rewarding for the Eagles. Soon after, the tennis team dominated against Gonzales. With a 10-0 win putting them 2-0 in district. Yet again, a few days later, Pleasanton had another dominating game against Somerset high school. Beating them 10-3, securing their 3rd district win. 

Freshman Lauren Miles has been playing tennis for many years and continues to play with the Pleasanton High School. She loves the team and just how supportive everyone is of each other. Saying “everyone is cheering you on” no matter what. For first year coach Everett, the season has been exciting. “So far we are having an awesome time and are doing so well,” as the season continues Coach Everett is confident in the teams spot in playoffs and looks forward to facing the tougher competition in district. Aside from this, Coach Everett looks forward to getting to know his team even better, saying he wants to “connect with the kids more on a personal level.”

As the season continues marching on, the Eagle tennis team will continue to do amazing. We wish you luck, Eagles! Pride! Pride!

Student Spotlight: Devin Derby

By: Brian Avery

In this issue’s student spotlight, we are featuring Devin Derby! Devin is a sophomore, and is usually seen spending time with his friends, laughing and joking around. We got the chance to interview him, and we asked him a multitude of questions.

We asked him what he loves most about high school, and he responded, “I think my favorite aspect of school is the people and the experience. It’s a nice place to be at.” When questioned about his favorite experience, he said that his answer was the same. We followed up by asking him what his favorite subject was, and he responded that it was English. When asked to elaborate, he continued with “I like the discussions we have over it.” He gave thanks to his former English teacher, Mrs. Meagan Novosad, stating that “She always gave me really good feedback for all my essays and what not I’d do.” Devin joined BPA this year, and is excited about all the opportunities it’ll bring him. In the years to come, he hopes to become an officer, stating that any role would work for him. Devin isn’t involved in any sports, but he talked about his plans to join the golf team.

We had the opportunity to ask Coach Everett about Devin in the classroom, and he stated “Devin is a hard worker, very bright and is very familiar with the content. He’s funny, and likes to make jokes, but he remains respectful towards me, and is always in class.” Devin is an ambitious student with his sights set on the stars, and we’re so glad he was chosen for this month’s student spotlight! Good luck with your classes, Devin!

Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Moin

By: Ariana Johnson, Autumn Webster, Libby Sanchez, Kristina Mertz

Raymond Moin, also known as Mr. Moin is teaching his first year here at Pleasanton High School. Prior to working at our school, Mr. Moin taught for 6 years at San Antonio ISD. He is currently the Criminal Justice teacher, where he teaches Forensic Science, Law Enforcement, and Principles of LPSCS. He is even the leader of PHS’s own Police Explorers, where you can get a good idea of what the students do by watching the Big E-News. Balancing all these subjects sounds like a stressful job, but Mr. Moin makes it look easy and does a fantastic job. He is a fresh new face here at Pleasanton High School, so we were excited to learn a little bit more about him. 

Mr. Moin earned his degree at Wayland Baptist University located in San Antonio. His main inspiration for teaching is his “family,” who were previously also involved in educational occupations.

Like all teachers and staff on our campus, Mr. Moin has his bad days but he’s comforted knowing he’s doing things for a bigger purpose. “Watching my students graduate then starting again with another group” is one of the most difficult things Mr. Moin faces.

Mr. Moin does it all and it’s evident through the eyes of the students. One of his students, Brylee Miller, stated: “School has barely started and he’s already taught us twenty new laws, multiple ways to handcuff and arrest people, and he just makes it fun and engaging.” 

The students here at PHS are so very thankful for Mr. Moin and his willingness to teach students something new every day. Thank you, Mr. Moin!

Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Blanco

By: Myame Lara and Allison Collins

Mrs. Blanco

Often you might see other adults walking around your classrooms helping other students, those people are called paraprofessionals. Paraprofessionals, also known as teachers aids, are often overlooked and underappreciated. Mrs. Blanco is a paraprofessional here at PHS and has spent her time helping students here for four years starting as a long time substitute and then becoming a paraprofessional. 

Mrs. Blanco is an inclusion aid at PHS, this means she provides classroom support to all students to ensure that they’re getting their academic needs met. Being an inclusion aid means  Mrs. Blanco follows a set schedule that is also subject to change depending on extra duty assignments. Mrs. Blanco states, “As a para[professional], managing our time to ensure that we are finishing up is very important.” Which can sometimes be stressful or challenging. As a paraprofessional, Mrs. Blanco doesn’t focus on a certain subject, but because of her history as a PIT teacher at PHS, Mrs. Blanco is the person to go to for technology trouble

Mrs. Blanco states, “I really enjoy what I do, I’ve told this every year, everytime, I see you guys as my own children. I love spending time with these kids because I get to see them for four years with our PHS families, they start off as freshman and then I get to see the final outcome as a senior and see them move forward to becoming a better adult.” Paraprofessionals are often undervalued and uncredited, so when you see one, don’t forget to let them know just how thankful you are for all of their help! 

JROTC

By: River Reyes

JROTC PT team cadets participating in raider meet

In the month of September the Pleasanton High School JROTC Eagle Battalion participated in multiple competitions keeping the cadets on their feet and ready to transition into drill season. At the beginning of the month, a number of cadets from the PT team participated in the 9/11 5k Run to not only motivate and keep cadets in shape, but to remember and honor the sacrifices made on that tragic day. The following weekend, the Raider team participated in an obstacle course challenge. Participating in the meet were cadets J. Herrera, V. Herrera, A. Uhl, S. Karsky, Castelar, Seguin, A. Araiza, and K. Alegria.. The month of September was a very physically challenging month for our JROTC teams and we’re looking forward to a successful drill season over the next few months.

Monthly Cause: Suicide Awarness

By: Kendall Zuniga

In the month of September we raise awarness on the issue of suicide. A topic not commonly shedded light upon due to the fear of it influencing others into committing the act but that’s not the case at all. Every day, more than one hundred thirty suicides occur, the numbers are continuing to rise as time passes. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10–34 and the 10th leading cause of death overall in the U.S. Every nintey minutes a person between the ages of 15 and 24 commit suicide. The suicide rate has increased by 35% since 1999, 4.8% of suicides are adults, 11.8% are young adults (ages 18-25),  18.8% are high school students, and 46.8% are  LGBTQ+  high school students. 

When asked why people commit suicide there are many answers, bullying, mental health, and someones identity are just some of the reasons why people commit the act of ending their life.

But in recent years we have started to become slightly more aware of the symptoms of those who are thinking of committing suicide. 

Social media and the entertainment industries have recently started shining a light on this dark subject everyone is usually afraid to speak about. Movies and tv shows such as “all the bright places” and “13 reasons why” show us just a glimpse of how suicide and mental illnesses can not only effect yourself, but others.

Before making a permanent decision take these things into consideration:

How do you think this will affect those around you?

What are the long term effects if the attempt fails?

How would you truly feel if the attempt failed? 

If you or someone you love are thinking about harming yourself or are possibly thinking about  suicide, talk to somone you know and trust such as a parent, guardian, or school counselor.

You are not alone.

 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (24/7)

The Trevor Project(LGBTQ+): 866-488-7386 (24/7)

Crisis Text Line: Text SUPPORT to 741-741

Last Names A-F: …………………………. Sarah Evans          sdevans@pisd.us
Last Names G-M:  ……………………….. Marsha Leach       mdleach@pisd.us

Last Names N-Z: …………………………. Amanda Hardy    ahardy@pisd.us

Spirit week with PHS

By: Alexandra Garcia & Aaliyah Herrera

Monday, Sept. 27th marks the first day of spirit week for PHS. Spirit week is when students show and give off their Eagle pride during the week of homecoming. This year’s spirit week took place on September 27 through October 1. The student council of Pleasanton high school attended meetings to figure out the theme of Homecoming week, they brainstormed and came up with great, exciting ideas for the students and teachers.

The official theme’s of the week was, Monday Character day, Dress up as any Disney, book, or Movie character. Tuesday’s theme was Dress as triplets or twins. Wednesday was dress up in any space themed attire. Thursday’s theme was sweet dream pajama day. Finally Friday is the pride of PHS Green and Bling, wear mums, garders, and green. Students will be able to dress up and show pride for our football team. 

The dress code has some exceptions for this year’s homecoming week. Including: wearing hoods and hats are available as long as there a part of the costume. No full cover face mask. And if students are wearing tights for their costume they must have shorts or a skirt/dress covering with the appropriate length.

We loved to see everyone recessed up and showing their school spirit. Pride! Pride!

I felt a breeze, it’s Fall.

By: Libby Sanchez

Fall is pretty much everyone’s favorite time of the year. It’s the only time of the year that Texas has a decent idea of what kind of weather it wants for a while. Everyone is usually relieved to get rid of the scorching heat that comes with summer. Fall is the time when the cool breeze starts to set in and everyone can finally run around like they’re not about to pass out from a heat stroke. Stores have started selling pumpkins, pumpkin spices, cookies, and my most favorite, Halloween decorations. People are settling in with their goodies and getting ready for cool nights outside by the fire, the smell of fresh cookies, and scary movies. Or if you’re Wanish you’re raking leaves and jumping in them, which is so basic and gives off main character vibes but whatever. It’s the season that Disney channel starts replaying old Monstober movies, which brings back the best nostalgia. It’s the perfect time to go to a pumpkin patch with your friends and family, or even a corn maize to add to the spookiness of the season! 

Fall is known as the “Meteor Shower Season” across the northern hemisphere. Be on the lookout for shooting stars and multi-colored meteors almost every night this season. The color of a meteor depends on its chemical composition. Red usually consists of nitrogen/oxygen, blue consists of iron, purple is calcium, orange is sodium, and light blue is usually magnesium.  Below are some of the top five meteor shows to look for! Make the most out of this year’s fall season!

Draconids: 5-10 meteors/hour                           estimated peak nights: October 8 & 9

Orionids: 20 meteors/hour                                 estimated peak nights: October 21 & 22

Northern Taurids: 5 meteors/hour                      estimated peak nights: November 11 & 12

Leonids: 10-20 meteors/hour                             estimated peak nights: November 17 & 18

Geminids: 120+ meteors/hour                           estimated peak nights: December 13 & 14

True Crime Vol. XXII: The Dating Game Killer

By: Courtney Henson

Rodney Alcala was born in San Antonio, Texas on August 23, 1943. In 1951 Rodney and his family moved to Mexico. Three years later after his father abandoned them, the family moved to Los Angeles, California. At the age of 17, Rodney enlisted in the military. Soon thereafter, he was discharged after being diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder. Other diagnoses in Rodney’s life include narcissistic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, malignant narcissism with psychopathy and sexual sadism comorbidities. 

Rodney committed his first known crime in 1968, when he assaulted and beat 8 year old Tali Shapiro. To avoid being caught by police, Redney fled to New Hampshire where he got a job as a camp counselor under the alias of “John Burger” in 1971. After two girls recognized him at the camp, Rodney was captured and charged with child molestation and sentenced to 3 year in state prison. Alcala was released on parole in 1974 after seventeen months. Months later, he was re-arrested and charged for assaulting a 13-year-old girl. Once again, he was paroled after serving two years.  

Between the years of 1977 and 1979, Rodney lured and convinced hundreds of young men and women that he was a photographer, and photographed them for his “portfolio,” often inappropriately.  

In 1978, Rodney appeared on the game show, The Dating Show, Alcala won the competition which earned him a date with Cheryl Bradshaw, who refused to go out with him because she found him “creepy”. This is where Rodney earned himself the name of The Dating Game Killer.

On June 20, 1979, Robin Samsoe disappeared somewhere between the beach and her ballet class. 12 days later her body was found in the Los Angeles foothills. After a\the circulation of a sketch, Rodney was identified and a Seattle storage locker in his name was found with Robins earrings. Rodney was tried in 1980, where he was sentenced to death, but the verdict was overturned after it was revealed the jurors had been informed of his criminal record ahead of time. In 1986, another trial took place, but again, the conviction was invalidated after it was believed that a witness had been “hypnotized by police.” 

While awaiting a third trial, Rodney’s DNA was tied to 4 other cases. The rape-murder of Jill Barcomb, Charlotte Lamb, Jill Parenteau, and Georgia Wixted. As well as admitting to the murders of Cornelia Crilley and Ellen Jane Hover. Prosecutors admitted they would never know the extent of Alcala’s murder spree. 

For the third trial, Rodney chose to act as his own lawyer. For five hours he played the role of both interrogator and witness. At this trial he claimed he was applying for a job when Samsoe was kidnapped and that the found earrings were not hers, but his very own. Rodney made no attempt to dismiss the other 4 added charges. After two days deliberation, Rodney was convicted on 5 count of first-degree murder. In March of 2010, Rodney was sentenced to death for the third time. A surprise witness during the penalty phase of the trial was Tali Shapiro, Alcala’s first known victim. 

In March of 2010, a portion of the photos Rodney had taken were released in hopes of identification. In the first few weeks of the release, police say that 21 women came forward to identify themselves, and “at least six families” said they believed they recognized loved ones who “disappeared years ago and were never found.” Unfortunately none of the photos were connected to a missing persons case until 2013, when a family recognized the photo of Christine Thornton, whose body was found in Wyoming in 1982. 

This third trial did not put a stop to the uncovering of Rodney’s past. In New York State in 2011, Rodney was convicted of the murders of Cornelia Crilley and Ellen Hover. In 2010-2011, Rodney became the person of interest in the cold cases of Antoinette Wittaker, Joyce Gaunt, and Pamela Jean Lambson. Fianlly, in September 2016, Rodney was convicted of one last murder. After being reconized by a realitive, h Rodney was convicted of the murder of Christine Ruth Thornton.

Rodney died of natural causes in California, on July 24, 2021, at the age of 77, while still on death row.

Movie Review

By: Kristina Mertz

Marvel’s latest released movie, Shang- Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has rocked the theaters, totalling a whopping Rotten Tomatoes score of 92% with an audience score of 98%. This film has mainly been praised for its adventurous action fight scenes and incredible choreography, as well as it being the first Marvel movie to feature an Asian lead. One of the biggest reasons this movie has been anticipated is because it’s a new and fresh direction for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, his most popular films include Short Term 12, Just Mercy, and The Glass Castle. Featuring Simu Liu as it’s main lead, he has a few acting credits, most notable include the CBC sitcom Kim’s Convenience, Taken, and a guest appearance on Fresh Off the Boat. This movie featured more well known actors and actresses as well such as Awkwafina, Ben Kingsley, and Michelle Yeoh. 

The cast gave a respectable impression that everyone worked together very well, which ultimately gave a beautiful performance that flowed together beyond adequately. The fact that Liu hasn’t been in many films adds to his uniqueness and leaves the audience wanting more of his performances in the future. 

However while there were multiple positive reviews, the film has received some negative input online. Due to the heavy reliance on CGI and special effects or graphics to tell the story, many were frustrated with the loss of the overall details of the film, more towards the plotline and story. This can also be compared to Marvel’s previous release, Black Widow, which critics also said that the graphics took away from the intimate family dynamic, which was the main focus of the movie. China has even gone as far as banning the movie from being released in their country. 

The storyline and plot of the story kept the audience hooked throughout, with numerous small and minor details to add to an overall well directed masterpiece. This is a great, one of a kind movie, that everyone should watch at least once.

Sweet Treat: Churro Chips

By: Noah Ramos

Ingredients:

  • 6 medium tortillas
  • 4 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1  tbsp. cinnamon 
  • ½ tbsp. Pumpkin spice 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees then cut each tortilla into 8 triangles. Now toss tortillas in butter, making sure both sides are coated.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine cinnamon, sugar, & pumpkin spice. Working in batches, toss the tortillas in the mix.
  3. Now place the tortillas on a large baking sheet in a single layer. Bake until crispy, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool on the pan 5 minutes before serving. 

Credit goes to: Mackinze Gore from Delish.com

Poem of the Month

September Light-

Air

cool and dry

drifts down on a breeze

under a shade of trees. 

A subtle hint of change is near.

Light

a fire in the wood

to warm the chill,

and ready yourself for the cold.

Autumn will soon be here.

Inhale

a deep breath

again and again,

in just the same way as before.

By: Kiesha Shepard

The leaves are falling down the trees now and the weather is getting colder as the days go by. Soon you can drink hot chocolate in the morning because of how cold it gets during autumn. 

Sincerely,

The Passionate Poet

Horoscopes

By: Allison Collins

Aries (March 21 – April 21)

You will meet & interact with wise new friends in your life who will help you achieve what you’ve been attracting. 

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

This month will bring many shifts in your professional life with several achievements. 

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

You’re starting a new part of your life. Whether it be a new relationship or new work opportunity, embrace the new fun parts of your life!

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Your interpersonal relationships are growing closer and closer! Just beware that your emotions will partially be high this month, don’t let your heart control your life. 

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

October will bring great opportunities for you to get your ideas out there for everyone to see. You will find this energy to suddenly get things done & truly reach new heights. 

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Overall growth is super important for the month ahead. Whether you grow in your worldlife or in your personal life, expect to see yourself in a new light this month.  

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Happy late/early birthday to all the Libras out there! This month expect to have this new found confidence within yourself, you need to take action and not let everyone else guide you and tell you what to do. 

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Hey it’s your birthday month too for some of you scorpios out there. It may feel like your world is getting turned upside down. You could feel as if your emotions are going all over the place. But fear not, everything happens for a reason. 

Sagitarius (November 22 – December 21)

Fun and livelihood will shower you for the next month, embrace it, don’t try to fight it. Exciting new things are coming for you sagittarius. 

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

While you might have had some big life lessons to get through this year, I see that you’re finally over the hill. just don’t keep that negative attitude, you could miss it if you’re not careful. 

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Two words, MENTAL EXPANSION. Opening yourself up to new ideas and letting your guard down will actually be beneficial for once. You might start something new, something that makes you experience all these new things. 

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

You’re recovering, you may have been knocked down a peg or two but now you get to redesign your life. Maybe get some new clothes, start an extracurricular or just simply have a better attitude about life. You deserve it. 

DIY Halloween Costumes

By: Kristina Mertz

Halloween is more widely known for the candy, movies and the creepy aesthetic but today costumes will be the main focus. Halloween is a chance for people to get in touch with their creative side, as making costumes can be lots of fun.

Skeleton:

Materials: Black and white face paint, White T-shirt and black tank top.

Instructions: Begin cutting horizontal holes on the left and right side into the black tank top with your scissors, make sure to cut horizontal holes left and right on the shirt, but be sure to not cut in the middle. Put the black tank top over the white shirt, and now you have the body. Next either by yourself or with assistance from a friend, paint your face white along with your lips black. Done!

“That’s none of my business” Kermit costume:

Materials: Light Green shirt, Scotch bonding strips, Sheet of green felt and finally a mini poster board

Instructions: Cut 3 wide triangles and 4 thinner and longer triangles out of the green felt. Next, use the scotch bonding tape to tape the felts onto the green shirt, after that you can write the quote “But that’s none of my business” onto the whiteboard to complete the old viral internet meme.

Happy Halloween!

Leave It All On The Court

By: Courtney Henson & Brian Avery

As the 2021-2022 school year kicks off, the Pleasanton volleyball team has dominated on the court. Scores so far show a promising season ahead for the varsity, JV, and freshman teams. On just the second day of school, the Lady Eagles faced Devine and Burbank high school. For the varsity team, a double win sets the scene for the season to come. The JV team won over Burbank and lost to Devine. Unfortunately, the first game jitters got the best of the freshman team who lost to both Burbank and Devine. 

Later on the first week of school, the Varsity team traveled to Edgewood to participate in a tournament. This 3 day tournament would prove to be rewarding. After an incredible collection of wins over Memorial, Randolph, Del Rio, and Fox Tech, the team advanced to the first bracket, where they earned an advancing win over Hidalgo, next in the second bracket the girls beat Randolph. This win advanced them to the championship game. After a good fight with Del Rio, our girls came out Edgewood tournament champions! 

The following week, on Tuesday August, 17, the Varsity, JV, and Freshman teams faced D’hanis high school. This night was a rewarding night after all 3 teams gained a win. 

On August 19-21, the Varsity team traveled to Devine to partake in another tournament. After astonishing wins against D’hanis, Natalia, and Crystal City in pool play, the varsity team beat Edison in the first bracket play. Gaining another win against Ingram in the second bracket to advance to the championship game. Unfortunately, the Eagles were not able to pull forward for a champion win against Feast high school, but still managed second place in the tournament. All tournament selections include, Sadie McAda, and Tess Underbrink, a very respectable accomplishment on their behalf. 

On Tuesday, August 24, the Lady Eagles traveled to Hondo high school to face the Owls. After a long fight, the varsity team scores a 3-0 win. Unfortunately for the JV and Freshman teams they were unable to get a win. 

At a tournament in Persall, the varsity eagles pulled two impressive wins against Dilly and Sam Houston high school. Shortly after, in 3 long sets, the Eagles lost to South San, still they didn’t let this get them down. After two more wins against Persall and South San in the bracket play, our Eagles advanced to the championship game. In the championship game, the Eagles earned an impressive win against Randolph in 2 sets, earning first place of the tournament. All tournament selections for this tournament include Sadie McAda, Tess Underbrink, and Paige Stofa. 

Coach Bird, the JV coach, keeps an optimistic outlook on the season as the teams do so well saying, “so far off to a pretty good start!” Coach Bird is confident in his players as the season progresses, saying “they all do a really good job” and that he’s “excited to see how district takes shape.” 

This has been an amazing season so far and will hopefully only get better as the season progresses. We wish the volleyball team good luck as they continue to play games and make the school proud. As Coach Bird says “Come out and support!” Pride! Pride! 

Tennis

By: Shyanne Sexton and Jaelyn Morales

The Pleasanton High School Tennis team started off the season with a match against Hondo on Saturday, August 14th. The team battled hard and ended the match with a loss of 16-3. The three wins came from Dillon Benavidez who finished with a win of 7-6, 6-2, Rosemary Garcia who also had a win of 6-3, 6-1, and the Mixed Doubles Team, Luke Raney and Kaylee Titzmen, who had a win of 6-3, 6-1. 

The teams next match was against Uvalde’s JV team in a duel match on Wednesday, August 18th. Gage Pawelek/Cian Martinez, Shyanne Sexton/Ilianna Solorzano, Dillion Benavidez/Bennack Conroy, and Elynore Hernandez/Kenley Miller all contributed to giving the team its first double wins. In the singles, Gage Pawelek, Cian Martinez, Luke Raney, Bennack Conroy, Iliana Solorzano, Elly Hernandez, and Kenley Miller all exceeded in winning the singles matches to help Pleasanton have a strong win. As well as more big singles wins from Angel Hernandez, Shayne Cazier, Kassidy Vickers, and S. Hernandez. The other strong double wins came from Shayne Cazier/Mayson Smith, and Genevieve Alvarado/Stephanie Hernandez. 

While the season has barely started, Coach Everett has already had a great time getting to know each and every kid on the tennis team. When asked what obstacles he would like to overcome this season he responded “The obstacles I would like to overcome this season would have to be navigating through my first year ever as a teacher/coach. There are a ton of different factors that play into both these roles, and I know it will not always be easy to balance them efficiently.” There might be some challenges along the way but that won’t stop Coach Everett and his team from having a successful fall season.

Student Spotlight: Kalista Pesina

By: Alexandra Garcia and Libby Sanchez

To start off this year’s student spotlight series, we’re piloting off with one of Pleasanton’s sweetest souls, Kalista Pesina. She’s shy and closed off to begin with, but once you break past that she can make your day with a simple smile and wave in the hallway. Kalista is a part of the class of 2022 and will be graduating at the end of this year, which is something she’s looking forward to. She looks to keep her options open for college, but is very strong on her path to progressing in the culinary arts field. When asked what she’s gonna miss most about highschool, Pesina answered with, “Definitely the soccer team. It’s brought me a lot of memories and friendships that I wouldn’t trade for anything.” This year, Kalista looks forward to another and final season on the Pleasanton Women’s Soccer team. “We have all gotten really close as a team with our inside jokes and seeing each other everyday, as a senior that’s gonna be something I definitely miss.” Kalista has taken up the position of a true leader and friend the past two years. “From the very start she’s always given her best effort with full consistency, she’s made significant improvements in skill and fitness and she’s truly dedicated to bettering herself and her teammates. I truly look forward to what she will accomplish in this off-season and upcoming season,” states Coach Joseph. Kalista would like to thank Mr. Hurley (a former teacher) for making her freshman year memorable, and she’d also like to thank Mrs. Minnear for her time as a teacher. “She cared about all her students and taught with such enthusiasm, she refused to let us be confused on a topic,” Pesina says. If Kalista had to describe her past 4 years at the highschool in one word, it would be “exciting”. When she first started as a freshman she had no idea what to expect, but a lot of surprises pop out of nowhere throughout the years and keep it interesting. With that being said, her advice to the freshman now is to not skip out, everyday counts and if you don’t want to miss the good stuff, best be here most of the time. Kalista is looking forward to enjoying her last year here at Pleasanton High School, but she’s also looking forward to seeing where the world takes her. Good luck on this upcoming season and enjoy your senior year!

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Gomez

By: Kristina Mertz, Farah Standley, and Aaliyah Herrera

Ms. Gomez, greeting students as they walk by.

Ms. Gomez is a vital part of Pleasanton High School, as she can always be seen smiling and representing a positive role model for her students. PHS the Quill has decided to make her our first Teacher Spotlight of the 2021-2022 school year.

When asked about her education, Ms. Gomez replied, “… I did graduate from Pleasanton High School… I graduated [in] 2009, right after I graduated I went to UTSA, University of Texas in San Antonio… got my four year undergraduate degree from [UTSA] in Art and Art History… as of right now i’m currently working on my Masters Degree also at UTSA… its been the same, its an education curriculum.” She later added, “This is my start of my 9th year of teaching… so it [has] been a long time, it doesn’t feel that way actually though, because I look back at it and I’m like, ‘oh my god it’s gone by so fast!’… Initially, I started teaching right after… [I] graduated in May. I started teaching in August and it was just something that I wanted to do. I wanted to share my passion for art with my students..” Although she currently teaches at Pleasanton, she hasn’t always taught here. “The school I taught at… previously was … Lytle High School, that was the first school that I taught at.”

As an alumni from PHS, Ms. Gomez says, “… I was in volleyball, I was in track, I was actually obviously in art… I was in theater club… and that’s pretty much it, but I had a lot of fun. All of the clubs I was in were very entertaining and I had a lot of friends that were also involved…”

Ms. Gomez was also happy to share about how she feels about being an art teacher,

“…I love teaching and being passionate about what I love and, so I think sharing that passion with students is super important… It’s always nice to have that connection with students that know how I feel about art, and so it’s… between that and getting students to appreciate it.” She then contributed, “I also love building relationships, getting students to see what they can do after high school.” But it seems all teachers need a vacation, Ms. Gomez shared with us that, “…I don’t travel as much as I used to… When I have time off, I’ll try to go either to the beach, or I’ll go out hiking somewhere, but normally, I stay somewhere in Texas… Favorite place I’ll probably have to say is, Hawaii… That was a pretty fun place to go… I’d go back in a heartbeat..”

      Fun fact: Ms. Gomez’s favorite color in primary terms is blue, she said “I like different shades of blue. So I like turquoise, I like minty blues, I like aqua blues, and so I say blue but then in general that’s what I mean when I say blue…”

Thank you Ms. Gomez, for your wonderful communication skills  and your willingness to touch students’ hearts!