Monthly Archives: November 2021
Taking the Turf
By: River Reyes
The Pleasanton Eagle football teams during the month of October blazed through the month with a great number of victories to hold to their name.
On the week of the September 17th, the Eagles played against the Devine teams with the Varsity team winning 32 to 12, JV winning 36 to 0, and the freshman lost with a score of 0 to 32.
The following week of September 24th, the Eagles played against the Pearsall teams with Varsity winning 52 to 0 and JV winning 35 to 0
For our Homecoming week, the Varsity team played and won an exciting game against Kingsville, with a final score 49 to 16. The game was very exciting, with our students showing great support for the team, inspiring great school pride on one of the most memorable games of the year. The JV team played Pearsall as well, winning 35 to 0, and the freshman played Hondo winning 27 to 0.
Following the heavy homecoming week came the games against seat grabbing games against Boerne. The Varsity team had an extremely close game, losing 39 to 31, having to go into overtime. The team played a strong initial game, only being tied until the very final seconds of the fourth quarter, leading into overtime where Boerne successfully scored, and the Eagles barely falling short. The Boerne game had the best student section the school has seen all year, with everyone being very high spirited and enthusiastic towards such an intense game. Earlier that week the JV played against Beorne as well, winning 18 to 14, and the freshman winning 48 to 20.
With this most recent week, the Eagles played against Uvalde on their homecoming, showing no mercy and beating them across all three teams. The Varsity won by a landslide 58 to 8, the JV 18 to 14, and the freshman 28 to 16.
The month of October was very high spirited and filled with great victories, and our Uvalde score qualified the Varsity team for the playoffs beginning after the game against La Vernia. We wish the Eagle Football team luck in their future games and the playoffs.
By: Kristina Mertz
The Pleasanton Girls Volleyball team has been on a roll this year, with many wins and few losses, they are sure to be quick to rise to the top. Starting this month the lady eagles had a district game against Navarro where Pleasanton won 3-0. A few days later on October 8 an away game against Gonzales showed true eagle pride, when the girls won 3-0. The Eagles then won another game 3-0 which was their first district game to be exact, on October 12 against Cuero, which was the start of the 2nd round of District. Unfortunately, on October 15, the Eagles faced their first loss against Lavernia, the ending score was 3-0. Then on October 19 the Lady Eagles travelled to Navaro for a district match where the game was head to head, but they unfortunately lost with a score of 5-2. October 22, however proved to be increasingly successful as the Eagles won with a score of 3-0 against Peiper.
Varsity Volleyball player, Anai Gonzales, a junior states, “I’m really proud of all of our accomplishments so far, and even though District hasn’t gone exactly the way we wanted it to, we’ve still had a good season and I hope to go far in the Playoffs.” She then proceeded to add, “At the beginning, we didn’t exactly have the best connection with each other, but now that we’ve had team bondings… spent time together and have worked together throughout the season, our communication and connection as a team has gotten stronger, and I think that that’s what has taken us so far.”
The Women’s Volleyball team has done wonderful, and they will continue into the future with District and the Playoffs. Pride! Pride!
By: Kendall Zuniga and Allison Collins
Recently, PHS’s very own girls Varsity Cross Country team finished in 1st place at the district 27 meet on October 16 with a score of 33 points. Coach Gallegos and Coach Wood had some personal and not so personal things to say about the recent meet.
We asked “What is the hardest part about being a cross country coach?” Coach Gallegos says “I can’t say one thing about how hard it is really. I think it’s a great job to have because of the athletes that you get, cross country runners probably gotta be the most dedicated out of all athletes that I’ve ever coached personally.” Coach Wood also had this to say “For me it has to be practice, we have no time to break & trying to find stuff that’s fun for the kids.”
“ What is the best part about being a cross country coach? “ Coach Gallegos stated ” The best part is seeing the competitiveness of the runners, and seeing where we compare. I like seeing that cause most cross country runners don’t have the typical “ Athletic Body” but they have the heart to fight and that’s what I like about it.” Coach wood also Implied his input “seeing the success of the runners”
“How does the upcoming cross country season look?” Gallegos says “So we’re at the end almost, we have two more: the regional cross country meet on October 25 in Corpus. We look pretty good going into it. I think we have a great chance to be the first team in Pleasanton girls athletics as a team to go to state. We’ve gone as individuals but never as a team,and so I think this is the year to mark down in history so I think we have a great chance, we have a great group of girls too.” All staff members of the quill would like to wish good luck to all the runners and coaches at their upcoming meet in Corpus Christi on October 25th. Pride Pride!
Tennis With PHS
By: Alexandra Garcia and Aaliyah Herrera
We interviewed Iliana Solrazano, a player on the PHS Tennis team and she had great answers to the questions asked, when asked “What gets the team motivated for practice?” she answered back with “When coach Everett gives them competitive games to practice with or when they play fun rounds of plays for tennis.” Iliana says her favorite part of tennis is being able to play with friends and getting to see them plus them spending time together. She decided to play tennis this year (2021) because she feels it has come natural to her. Solrazano has a natural passion and talent for tennis. Iliana says the tennis team tends to get irritated by the line judge calling an out or having to call someone to check in or out for the play. An improvement Solorzano the tennis player believes could help would be the support, and to be more professional and skilled. The team is already working tirelessly with a little more motivation to achieve those improvements.
Head Tennis Coach Everett stated, “So we ended the season.. In third place and we had a really good first season for my first year coaching.” He says that a typical day of tennis practice starts at about 4:15.. The tennis players start warming up and then they will do some games and drills and then we end with a team meeting every practice. When asked what he thinks could improve for the team he replied with “Introducing new drills and different types of games would help kind of give us more team building stuff.” Another question for Everett was “What do you expect out of your players ?” He said, “While we’re at practice I want everyone to be 100% and honestly follow what I try to lead as.” We asked the coach about the type of coaching style he uses. He replied “My coaching style is kinda pretty laid back and I like to have opinions when I’m doing stuff so I’m not authoritative. I ask for stuff in return and I expect it back.” The final question we asked was “How do you motivate your players?” He states that it again involves the way he coaches and he motivates them “by being chill and giving feedback and also asking for opinions on drills and stuff they do.”As from what we can see the tennis team is a very pulled together and motivated team of players. They have the skills and practice that HS needs.
Student Spotlight: Alexis Ramos
By: Shyanne Sexton
Alexis Ramos is a junior here at PHS. Her hard work, academic excellence, and leadership qualities make her a valuable member of our school. In addition to being the Junior class president, she is also the treasurer of BPA, and she qualified for state competition twice. She also plays volleyball for the JV team. According to Alexis, her favorite thing about school is the great atmosphere that all the teachers create in their classrooms and around campus. In the interview, she went on to talk about how English is her favorite subject since she has always enjoyed different kinds of literature. Coach Bird’s dual role as Alexis’s coach and teacher further showed Alexis just how innovative he is as a teacher as he always finds new creative ways to teach. When asked about her biggest influence, Alexis replied “Mrs. Novosad because I had her in both 8th and 9th grade and I know I can count on her to help me out on anything”.
PHS is grateful to have Alexis as a student and we wish her the best!
Teacher Spotlight: Coach Bird
By: Myame Lara
Coach Bird, otherwise known as Mr. Bird is currently teaching his 19th year here at PHS. Here on campus, he is known for teaching AP English 3, on level English 3, and Leadworthy, while also coaching Girls Varsity Soccer, and the JV volleyball team. Previous to teaching at PHS, he taught at the Pleasanton Elementary as a PE teacher for 7 years, but then moved campuses’ to, “do something a little more challenging.” With his father being a journalist, English has always come easy to him, which is why he chose to teach and focus on ELA subjects.
Coach Bird attended Hardin Simmons University in Albany to get his undergraduate degree, he quotes, “I went there because my older brother was attending there and I was given the chance to play soccer there.” As well as Hardin Simmons University, he also attended the University of Texas of the Permian Basin to achieve his first masters degree, he attended this university because they offered an online program in sports psychology and states, “That’s what I was interested in at the time.” Coach Bird later went on to pursue his second masters degree at the University of Texas at Tyler, this degree is in counseling and was completed online also.
When Coach Bird isn’t teaching or coaching, he has some favorite activities to do in his free time! Some of these activities include watching sports on TV, sleeping, and spending time with his wife! Coach Bird plays a big role here at PHS and never fails to lighten up someone’s day. Thank you for all you do Coach Bird!
Staff Spotlight: Maria
By: Noah Ramos and Wanish
For Staff Spotlight we got the chance to interview a very kind custodian by the name of Maria. When asked why she wanted to apply as a custodian here Maria said she had heard many great things about PHS and the other staff were all super nice to one another. Maria is originally from Chicago and misses it sometimes but prefers the hot weather here in Texas over the cold weather in Chicago. When asked about her favorite experience here at PHS Maria responded that when she isn’t here on some days the staff tell her that they missed her.
When she cleans sometimes students will come up to her and thank Maria for keeping everything clean which always brightens up her day. Before becoming a custodian Maria worked as a Bilingual customer service rep, she worked with a lot of people by either phone or face to face. Maria claims she has always loved to help whether it’s by cleaning or anything else and she is also a CNA as well. Maria is a big people person and loves to be around others.
If Maria could give one message to PHS, it would be: “Never stop believing in yourself. Sometimes there are opportunities life gives you and you are scared of that opportunity and; you feel you won’t be good enough, but don’t doubt yourself because you are good enough.” PHS is truly lucky to have a one of a kind custodian, we wish you a great year here Maria!
JROTC: October 2021
By: Brian Avery
In the month of October, the JROTC had many events planned for the program in the month of October. The first of these occurred on the second of this month, and that was the JROTC Family BBQ. It was held at the Pleasanton Park on October 2nd. It was an amazing opportunity for the new cadets and their families to meet and have fellowship with great food.
The second to occur this month was the National Night Out on October 5th. In honor of law enforcement across the country, our Eagle Battalion presented the colors at the park in honor of the Pleasanton Fire Department and Police force.
The next event that the Eagle Battalion attended was the Karen Wagner “Thunderbird Classic” Drill meet. The Academic, Unarmed, Armed, P.T., and the Male and Female color guard teams traveled to Wagner, and the Academic team finished in 4th, the highest that day. On the 16th of October, the Battalion attended the Second NISD Raider meet. The team that travelled consisted of Simon Karsky, Aries Yule, Annie Arize, Jealousy Loida, Jaiden And Valdemar Herra, Braxton Springer, Lorenzo Saminego, Hailey Yoho, Abigail Hotskin, and Alinea Neftkin.
They also held their annual meat stick fundraiser where they sold meat sticks for only one dollar. The program was scheduled for the JFK “Rocket Skills” Drill Meet on the 23rd of October, but it was unfortunately cancelled.
The final event they will be attending this month is the Somerset “Remember the Vet” Drill Meet, which will be held on the 30th of this month, and will be covered in our next article. Colonel Wynder commented on the JROTC’s performance this month, stating, “It was a busy month, but there was ample opportunity to shine light on our high school, and to glorify it.” Battalion Commander, Simon Karsky, also had praise for the Battalion, saying that they “performed beyond his expectations, putting in more work and effort then was expected, and more hours then required.” Good luck Eagle Battalion!
By: Ariana Johnson
On October 2nd, the Pleasanton Mighty Eagle Band traveled to Harlandale, located on the South side of San Antonio, where they competed in their first pre-practice contest. There, they played and performed their 2021 show “1000 Cranes.” After a tough performance, they received a Division 2 rating and placed 3rd out of three bands. On October 9th, the Mighty Eagle Band traveled to Cotulla, located in La Salle, where they competed in their last pre-practice contest. Their score was a Division 1, which is the highest score you can get, and they placed 2nd out of two bands. On October 16th, the Mighty Eagle Band traveled to Hondo, located in Medina County, where the Mighty Eagle Band had their first UIL Competition. They performed their best on the field, but they got Division 2 and won’t be going to the Area UIL this year. Good job Eagle Band!
By: Courtney Henson
On Wednesday, September 9, the Pleasanton Business Professionals of America held their induction to both induct new members, and re induct returning members. At this meeting, the 2021-2022 officers were instated to lead the club. This includes Brandi Barnett as president, Addison Brymer as vice president, Ashlyn Vera as secretary, Alexis Ramos as treasurer, and Preston Pilgrim as historian.
On October 5, a few of the BPA members headed to national night out to volunteer to pass out food, help with games, and so much more. This month, many of the BPA members volunteered to help out with a local event, Bingo for Bags, the members helped to pass out food and helped with the games. On October 26, the club participated in the Ghostly reading night at the Pleasanton Primary. By handing out candy for the kids that came, the club was able to make the experience positive for everyone.
As the Pleasanton BPA organization prepares for their regional contest in January and continues to help out in the community, the positive impact they have on the community shines through them.
By: Libby Sanchez
Freshman Class Representatives :
- Chloe Nieschwitz & Austin Dinscore
Sophomore Class Representatives :
- Ciarah Garcia & Adrian Garcia
- Emree Adamitz & Jayden Palacios
Junior Class Representatives :
- Desiree Duran & Donovan Alaniz
- Michaela Anguiano & Matthew Smith
Senior Homecoming Court :
- Peyton Eichman & Melanie Douglas
- Kelly Mertz & Justin Veale
- Linda Sanchez & Juan Lopez
Senior Homecoming King & Queen :
- Natalie Muniz & Oscar Leal
By: Wanish Tortes-Mcginnis
In the month of October every year we commend breast cancer patients and their strive and strength to overcome such a disease. Although many people don’t know how the human body is affected by breast cancer. Breast cancer is a cancer that forms in the cells of the breast. Breast cancer can occur with both men and women although it is more common in women. Signs and symptoms of breast cancer may include breast lump or thickening that feels different from the surrounding tissue Change in the size, shape or appearance of a breast. Changes to the skin over the breast, such as dimpling or a newly inverted nipple. Peeling, scaling, crusting or flaking of the pigmented area of skin surrounding the nipple (areola) or breast skin. Redness or pitting of the skin over your breast, like the skin of an orange. Breast cancer occurs when some breast cells begin to grow abnormally. These cells divide more rapidly than healthy cells do and continue to accumulate, forming a lump or mass. Cells may spread through your breast to your lymph nodes or to other parts of your body.Breast cancer most often begins with cells in the milk-producing ducts. Breast cancer may also begin in the glandular tissue called lobules or in other cells or tissue within the breast. To prevent breast cancer, ask your doctor for exams and tests such as a monogram. Make sure you keep yourself moderately healthy like food, water, and exercise if your doctor allows you to. And if you do drink alcohol, drink in moderation. Depending on the patient and how high risk they are, some patients get their healthy breast surgically removed.Some patients also take medication such as estrogen-blocking medications, selective estrogen receptor modulators and aromatase inhibitors, reduce the risk of breast cancer in women with a high risk of the disease.
College vs. Trade
By: Jaelyn Morales
When you’re about to graduate from high school and start your life as an adult, what is something that is on every teenager’s mind? If you said college, you are right. Most high-school students are so focused on getting into those four-year universities that they don’t give any thought to alternatives such as trade school. Students feel college is the only true path to a successful career because of parents who have high expectations or schools who don’t educate their students enough on the positives of trade school. In the 1980’s and 90’s trade school enrollment was at a low compared to college enrollment, but since the 2000’s the number of trade school enrollment has increased and will continue to grow, if more people think of trade school not as a failure or back-up plan, but as a chance to have a good career without going into debt or losing time. Mike Rowe, an apprentice on the TV series Dirty Jobs, has traveled around the US to work with plumbers, electricians, steamfitters, pipe-fitters, brick layers, farmers, fishers, and a bunch of other skilled workers who aren’t being recognized as much as they should be. He believes these jobs are as important as office jobs because who makes the building these office workers are in and the electricity, water, and plumbing.
People assume vocational school is for people who weren’t in the top of their class or were struggling in college, but that’s not true at all. Tradespeople and skilled workers actually need to be very critical-thinkers and most have to be very accurate in terms of measuring, building, and more. Trade school also takes half the time college does because you are only learning the skills you will need for your specific job, while at college students have to learn a lot of other subjects they may not need in the future. Trade School not only takes half the time to complete, but is also almost half the cost of the average university. The average cost of a four-year university is $9,410(per year), while the average cost for trade school is $5,000-$15,000 in total. There is also a major increase in college students who are going into debt, just because they are trying to get their degree and when they finally get that job they have been working so hard for, their first earnings won’t be going towards something for them, but instead going towards paying off their college debt.
Vocational schools focus mainly on training in fields like healthcare, manufacturing, and technology. Some trade school careers include electrician, welder, carpenter, nursing assistant, locksmith, plumber, dental hygienist, and home inspector. These are just a few careers out of the hundreds you can study for and start sooner than you would at college, while building experience faster. According to Education Data, in the United States, the overall dropout rate for undergraduate college students is 40% and 38% of college dropouts said they left due to financial pressure. Having shorter and way cheaper programs at trade schools helps students stay engaged and less stressed. There has been a great rise in students going to trade school after graduating from high school in the last couple of years, but there are still a lot of students who think their only option is college and we need to change that. The choice between trade school and college ultimately comes down to your personal preference and priorities, but before choosing try thinking about your future goals, interests, and passions. Remember to pick what is best for you and think about how your decision will affect you in the future.
True Crime vol. XXIII: The Candy Man
By: Courtney Henson
Ronald Clark O’Bryan was born on October 19, 1944. Living a relatively normal childhood, O’Bryan did not struggle with domestic violence or trauma as a child. O’Bryan married Daynene O’Bryan and had two children, son Timothy O’Bryan on April 5, 1966, and daughter Elizabeth O’Bryan in 1969. The family lived in Deer Park, Texas where O’Bryan worked as an optician, served as a deacon for the local church, and was in charge of the local bus program.
On October 31, 1974, O’Bryan took his children trick-or-treating in a local Pasadena neighborhood. One of O’Bryans neighbors and his two children went along with them. After approaching, and leaving, a house where no one answered, O’Bryan stayed behind while the children and neighbor went ahead. Minutes later, he caught up to the group and revealed five 21 inch Pixy-Stix which he claimed came from the unoccupied house. O’Bryan gave four Pixy-Stix to his kids and the neighbors kids, and gave the fifth to a boy he recognized from church.
That night, Timothy wanted to eat one piece of candy before bed, according to O’Bryan, Timothy requested to eat the Pixy-Stix. After tasting the candy, Timothy complained that it tasted bitter, soon after he began vomiting and convulsing. Timothy O’Bryan died on his way to the hospital less than an hour after eating the candy.
O’Bryan was not suspected of any wrongdoing until Timothy’s autopsy revealed that the Pixy-Stix he had consumed was laced with a fatal amount of Potassium Cyanide. The other 5 Pixy-Stix were recovered by police and were found to have been opened, filled with Cyanide powder, and resealed with a staple. The Pixy-Stix consumed by Timothy contained enough cyanide to kill two adults, while the others were filled with enough powder to kill three to four adults.
After canvassing the neighborhood, O’Bryan led police to the house that no one occupied on Halloween. O’Bryan claimed that after the children went ahead, the owner opened the door and handed him 5 Pixy-Stix. The owner of the house, Courtney Melvin, was ruled out as a suspect after over 200 people confirmed he was at work until 11pm on Halloween night.
As police progressed into the investigation, O’Bryan became more and more suspicious. He was in about $520,000 worth of debt and had a long history of being unable to hold a job. Their home had been foreclosed on, the car was about to be repossessed and O’Bryan has defaulted on several bank loans. During the investigation police also discovered that O’Bryan had taken out 3 life insurance policies on his children. One in January for $52,500, another one month before Timothy’s death for $20,000, and a final one days before Timothy’s death for $20,000. O’Bryans wife did not know about the policies. After learning that O’Bryan called the life insurance the day after Timothy’s death, he became the prime suspect.
On November 5, 1974, O’Bryan was arrested by police for one count of capital murder and four counts of attempted murder. With evidence and testimony from co-workers, neighbors, family, and friends, as well as his wife rejecting the claim that Timothy chose the Pixy-Stix, stating that O’Bryan had forced him to choose the Pixy-Stix O’Bryan was “done for.”
On June 3, 1975, a jury took 46 minutes to find O’Bryan guilty of capital murder and four counts of attempted murder. The jury took 71 minutes to sentence him to death by electrocution. Soon after, Daynene filed for divorce, remarried, and took custody of Elizabeth.
In prison, the other inmates expressed extreme dislike for O’Bryan. On March 31, 1984, shortly after midnight, O’Bryan was executed by lethal injection. During the execution, a crowd of 300 demonstrators gathered outside the prison cheered while some yelled “Trick or treat!” Others showered anti-death penalty demonstrators with candy.
O’Bryan is buried in Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, Texas. Timothy is buried in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston.
Ghost Story: Be A Doll, Would Ya?
By: Libby Sanchez
This story takes place in prime time Covid-19 during 2020, when the whole world is shut in from one another. Chloe, a victim of covid at the time, is without a doubt one of the biggest horror fans and would say 100% that Halloween was her favorite holiday. So you can imagine her disappointment when she tested positive and was forced to quarantine. Though it wasn’t as great as it usually was anyways because not many parents were letting their children trick-or-treat due to the virus.
Chloe’s story begins with her being in the early stages of quarantine, already bored out of her mind but still wanting to get into the spooky feeling that comes this time of year. What other way to do that than by watching scary movies and paranormal youtube videos? One evening, she’d stumbled upon a corny looking video on youtube about a doll from eBay that looked like it had been shot from a little girl’s basement. Chloe, who was slowly feeling sicker by the hour, was just looking for a good laugh and decided to check it out. Immediately, a porcelain doll with blonde hair and bright blue eyes filled her laptop screen. The doll spoke in an old-english accent, but even people back then would’ve told you how forced her voice was.
“Hi-ya, my name is Margie.” Followed by a toe-curling cackle, the kind you only hear in horror movies.
“You’re quite the gal, huh? A real catch.”
To which Chloe retaliated with her own laugh, thinking that whoever was on the other side of this video was trying way too hard to scare viewers. Though in her state, laughing led her to coughing, the painful kind too. Pausing the video to catch her breath and grab a glass of water from her kitchen, she returned to her laptop with a crushing feeling in her chest. Not thinking much of it because of the illness she tested positive for, she pressed play on the video again.
“Poor little you, all cooped up like an animal. Must be lonely, I know how that is.”
Now that line struck a small chord with Chloe, it was odd how specific and fitting it was to her situation of being quarantined. But nothing too unnerving, many others were also quarantined during this pandemic, it could target anyone. Letting out a chuckle at her own paranoia, she indulged in another coughing fit. Deciding her cough wasn’t going to go away anytime soon unless she acted upon it, she left the video playing and went to her medicine cabinet to grab her cough syrup. Just as she was about to take her first dose of medicine, the doll, who had remained quiet and just stared through the screen as if it was watching her, finally spoke again.
“Ah-ah, the giggle water isn’t gonna help the lonely, sweetheart.”
Freezing in shock, Chloe dropped the bottle of medicine, leading its contents to pour all over the counter in front of her. Now that was too specific, the chances were too slim for that to be a coincidence. Deciding she’d had enough, Chloe slid her cursor over to the top right corner and was going to close the tab when her attention shifted to the doll one last time. Finding the doll with its head tilted upward and to the right, almost as if its eyes were following Chloe’s movements, was enough for her to continue her mission of closing the tab.
“Hey lady! Hey! Don’t you dare give me the silent treatment, we’re friends lady.”
Once again, Chloe froze in fear. Was it possible she was hallucinating? Was she really that sick? Margie sat silent on the screen with a wicked smirk upon her face. Allowing her eyes to scan the full screen, Chloe settled upon the account view. It was then that she felt her heart drop to her stomach, suddenly becoming nauseous. No subscribers. One view. Her view.
Certain now that things were getting too creepy, Chloe closed the tab and turned on every light in her house before going to bed that night. Sleep didn’t come easy, it’s hard when the pit in your stomach keeps telling you you’re being watched, but eventually she felt her eyelids give way. She woke up the next morning and had convinced herself that she was dreaming or Covid-19 had gotten in her head. Laughing at her panic from the night before, Chloe went about another day of quarantine.
It wasn’t until mid afternoon that day, that her doorbell rang. It was odd, she hadn’t ordered food and her friends and family knew she was sick and quarantining.
“Who is it?”
“It’s Margie, be a doll and open up the door, would ya?” The voice from the night before replied.
Chloe claims it was a rush of adrenaline and anger, thinking maybe someone was playing a prank on her, that made her open the door in a rush. Who would be cruel enough to play a trick like this on someone who’s sick? Upon seeing nobody on her porch, Chloe let out a huff and went to close the door, only a package was blocking the door from closing. Upset at her brain for playing tricks on her in broad daylight, she grabbed the box and brought it inside. She didn’t remember ordering anything recently, but maybe she’d forgotten or her mother had sent another random gift. Eager to know the answer, she ripped open the package. Only what she found wasn’t a gift. But instead the same blonde hair, the same blue eyes, and the same porcelain doll that was Margie, staring right at her. The fear could only be described by one word: paralyzing. Giving herself a while to process, Chloe once again decided this was all some big hoax and someone was probably getting a kick out of scaring her, so she walked the doll right out her front door and into her trash can.
Though, to this day she still tells herself it was all some big joke or hallucination, she still has doubts about her standpoint, and the toe-curling cackle she hears every night since then doesn’t do anything to prove her right.
Book Review: Ready Player One
By: Kristina Mertz
Ready Player One written by Ernest Cline and released in 2011 took the world by storm, kicking off as a New York Times Bestseller. Selling 1.7 million printed copies worldwide, it garnered an outstanding review of 4.2 out of 5 according to Good Reads.
This book combined Sci-Fi and fantasy to create a breathtaking new world that refreshes the soul with incredible originality. Reading this book was definitely a fun and invigorating experience that left me wanting more and more. This book was recommended by a friend and I must say, I highly recommend this novel. It had everything you could possibly ever want in a book, it had romance, action, comedy, and so much more. For those who don’t want too much romance in a book, there was a great balance between the various other elements presented in the book that allowed the romance to not remain the core focus. However, the romantic aspects contribute to the overall effect of the novel, making you want to follow Wade and Art3mis’s love story.
The novel truly sucked you into its interactive story, for fans of the eighties, this book is definitely for you. There were numerous references to the amazing decade from, the wide selection of John Hughes movies to The Iron Giant, all the way to Back to The Future. The novel also included the classic arcade games we all know and love, such as Pac-Man, Galaga, and Donkey Kong.
Because of the raving reviews, Ready Player One was adapted for the screen, which was directed by Steven Spielberg, a highly notable director. His most popular films include, Back to The Future, Jaws, and E.T. The movie is personally not my favorite, as I don’t believe it captures the essence of the book, however it’s a good movie to watch at least once. I highly recommend this book, it’s in the PHS Library, so be sure to get a copy!
The Poll: Would You Rather Trick-or-Treat or Hand Out Candy
By: Kristina Mertz
Handing out candy could be described as more reserved, although getting to see happy faces is always a treat. Trick or Treating can be boatloads of fun, just be sure not to get a tummy ache!
Poem of the Month
“How Silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,
Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colors gleaming in the sun.
At other times, they wildly fly
Until they nearly reach the sky.
Twisting, turning through the air
Till all the trees stand stark and bare.
Exhausted, drop to earth below
To wait, like children, for the snow.”
By: Elise N. Brady
Colder weather is finally here only for the night right now, but as the days go on, the days and nights will get colder too. The leaves are starting to fall down more, now that the wind has picked up. So, start raking the leaves for your grandparents for money.
Pumpkin Pie Recipe (Sweet Treat Article)
By: Autumn Webster
1 (15 Ounce) can pumpkin
1 (14 Ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon salt
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Whisk pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, spices and salt in a medium bowl until smooth. Pour into the crust. Bake for 15 minutes.
Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking 35 to 40 minutes or until a knife inserted 1 inch from the crust comes out clean. Cool. Garnish as desired. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator.
DIY Halloween Costume
By: Farah Standley
Many Halloween costumes can be expensive and hard to make, but worry no longer because today we are going to talk about some cool, cheap, and easy-to-make DIY Halloween costumes! The costume we are going to highlight in this article is the hilarious “Chick Magnet ” costume!
I don’t know about you, but I would absolutely love to spend my Halloween having fun in this fun show-stopper. I would definitely say that this is worth the time, and will be a great conversation with everyone! Here are a few simple steps to follow when making this costume:
- First, use cardboard and colored construction paper, or cut cloth to make the big magnet.
- Then, with color, glue, or tape on the chicks. The photos demonstrate plastic, rubber, and cloth baby chicks as examples.
- Lastly, use all black or all white clothes as a good background for the magnet. DRESSING CLASSY COULD GO BETTER WITH THE COSTUME!
List of materials:
- Cardboard or Cloth
- Any Glue
- Possibly Red and Grey Colored Paper
- All black or all white shirt and pants or fancy clothes
- Plastic, rubber, cloth, or any other material toy chicks
By: Ricky Fabrow
Aries: This month you’ll be able to show off your glory and success by smiling brightly in life and doing your best work in anything.
Taurus: This month will be all about relaxing and laying back. There won’t be much work to do and people will finally be leaving you alone for some well needed peace and quiet.
Gemini: There will be a lot of activities for you to talk about and do this month. From setting up decorations and using the aesthetic of the outside to please the eyes of your inside.
Cancer: This month you will be able to flow through life and enjoy its small details as your good deeds will be repaid with small yet sweet actions from others
Leo: You´ll be beaming with energy as you race off into the day and weeks enjoying life for its beautiful scenery and people you are soon to meet
Virgo: You will improve in whatever job or work related thing you are in and will blow everyone out of the water and get a much deserved reward
Libra: Evil will come your way but you will swiftly and quickly deal with it as soon as it happens and stop whatever negative forces happen.
Scorpio: You will be comforted and appreciated for what you have done for yourself and will improve on many things you have had trouble with in the past.
Sagittarius: Your uniqueness will let you make friends easier and not have to go through life alone as they will notice how different you are then the rest.
Capricorn: This month you won’t have to worry about the tons and tons of work that life throws at you but instead be a straight steady path of relaxing.
Aquarius: You’ll be able to open up to others and get the help that you deserve while also having some much needed fun along the way.
Pisces: This month you’ll be able to control your emotions and finally do the things you have wanted to do for a long time.