Monthly Archives: March 2022
By: Myame Lara and Darla Rodriguez
Although the Eagle’s basketball season has come to an end, they deserve a round of applause for all the hard work and dedication that went into making this season legendary! The month of February was very successful for our Eagle’s. On February 1st, the Eagles took a strong win against Navarro, with an 83-40 score. Following our Eagle’s first win of the month, they took another clean sweep against Gonzales, winning 62-44. On February 11th, the Eagle’s ended the week with a big win, beating Cuero in their own territory, 72-66. February 15th’s game locked in our Eagle’s spot in the playoffs, taking an effortless win against La Vernia, and ending the game with an 82-59 lead! Our Varsity Eagles stole the District and Bi-District title on the infamous 2/22/22, winning against Fredericksburg 63-48. The Eagle’s ended the month on February 25th, with a close game against West Oso, but took a win 57-54. On March 1st, the Eagle’s went onto face their third playoff game against Boerne, but sadly came up short 40-43. What an amazing season.
We got the chance to interview our Eagle’s Varsity point guard, junior, RJ Marquez, and asked him a few questions about the 21-22 season. RJ has had a passion for the game ever since he was young and is a key factor to our Varsity basketball team! The boy’s have been practicing as a team since the summer of 2021, so they’ve had a lot of time to create chemistry and come together as a family. For the Eagle’s Varsity team, It’s important to come together and work as a team. In our district winning game, RJ had stats of: 26 Pts, 2 Rbd, 7 Ast, 8 Stl, and 1 Blk. RJ say’s, “It’s been a lot of fun, we’ve really come together as a team and as a family.”, which is a key factor to why the Eagle’s had such a great season.
We are very proud of the team’s passion and determination for working so hard throughout all the highs and lows of this season. The Eagle’s ended their season with a 28-7 overall! The boy’s varsity Eagle’s had a great season and had so much improvement since the beginning of the season. Good job Eagle’s! Pride! Pride!
Leave It All On The Court
By: Courtney Henson
On January 25, the Pleasanton Girls Varsity basketball team traveled to Cuero high school after a long fight, the girls fell 38-18. Soon after, the team faced La Vernia high school at home. Again, the girls fought hard but were unable to pull through and lost 60-24. The team then traveled to Navarro, where they fell short 77-41.
A week later, the girls faced Gonzales in their home gym. After an impressive fight, the girls got a 57-43 win, securing their spot in the first round of playoffs. On Valentine’s day, the girls made the trip into San Antonio to face Fredericksburg in the first round of playoffs. Unfortunately for the girls, they fell 58-23, officially ending the 2021-2022 season.
For senior Addyson Dority, this was her last time playing on this court with this team. The Eagle Basketball program has done her well for the last two years, she “gave it my all” while also still “having fun.” This team has created memories she “wouldn’t trade for the world.”
By: Brian Avery
The month of February was an exciting but short month for the Eagles Men soccer program. Both the Varsity and JV teams had many teams to play, many away from home. Here is the rundown.
To start off the events for the month, Both the JV and the Varsity teams travelled to Uvalde, beating both the JV and the Varsity team were victorious, with the JV game ending 6-1, and the Varsity team won . Moving forward to the next game, both teams travelled to San Antonio to play East Central. Unfortunately, the JV team lost 0-3 along with the Varsity winning 2-1. On Friday the 18th, the JV went to Pieper, a new school located in San Antonio, and played their varsity, who had not built enough of a record to play other Varsity teams. The JV gave a good fight, but lost 0-12. On the 22nd, the Varsity team played Foxtech again, with the game resulting in a win of 2-1. Later on in the week, on Friday the 25th, the Varsity team played La Vernia, and with great effort, they managed to tie 0-0. On Friday the 4th, both teams played Uvalde, with both teams achieving victory. JV won 8-1 and Varsity won 2-1.
I got the privilege of interviewing Stefon Torres, the Varsity goalie, and Mason Little, a new player to the program. When asked to comment on the current state of the program this year, Torres admitted that the program has improved from year’s past in terms of attitude, stating that “we[PHS Men’s Soccer] were known for not being the best program, but it’s greatly improved since then.” Torres admitted that the team needs more passion and dedication outside of the campus, but the program is off to a good start. When asked the same questions, Little had very similar things to say, stating that he greatly enjoyed his first year inside the program. He admitted that he couldn’t think of any specific ways to better the program, but was proud of how the program was progressing into the season.
The soccer boys held a fundraiser for two weeks selling cookies from Club’s Choice. It ended Friday, March 4th, but is being regarded as a success.
The Varsity team has their eyes and hopes set on winning District, and going beyond. Good luck to both teams!
By: Libby Sanchez
The Pleasanton Women’s Varsity soccer team started the month off with a 3-2 win against one of their biggest rivals, La Vernia, on February 1st. After tying 0-0 and losing 1-0 against them last season, it felt great for the girls to finally avenge themselves. Not too long after, on February 4th, the girls took home another win against Poteet with a final score of 8-0. After working hard at practice and going over everything they needed to, the varsity girls were ready to play another big rival, Uvalde. It was a hard-fought game, but unfortunately, the Eagles fell short 4-1. This loss only encouraged the varsity team to train harder, in hopes of beating them in March when they play each other again. The JV team took home a 2-0 win against Uvalde to start their first game of the month off great. On February 11, the varsity team traveled to Hondo ready to play and ended the game with an 8-0 win before staying to watch the Pleasanton Men’s Varsity team in their game against Hondo right after. Both the Men’s and Women’s teams enjoyed supporting each other and look forward to doing it again when both teams play Hondo in March. The Women’s JV team ensured a 7-0 win against West Campus at home on February 11th. On the 15th, both Varsity and JV played against Somerset here at home and both teams won; Varsity with a score of 3-0 and JV with a score of 5-0. On Friday the 18th, both teams went up against YWLA and won again; Varsity 4-0 and JV 5-0. On February 28th, the varsity girls traveled to SAISD to play against Fox Tech once again and brought home an 8-0 win. The following Tuesday, March 1st, the varsity team hosted a game against Poteet here at home and won 8-0. This night was also teacher appreciation night, where each girl selected a teacher from our district that impacted them and honored them before the game. On March 4th, both teams traveled to Uvalde ready for a good game they’ve been preparing for. Due to missing many girls for the game, varsity had a new game plan in mind in order to hold their ground. Coach Bird was forced to pull his 6th string goalie and put her in the box, along with pulling two JV girls up to play in the varsity game. After a long 80 minute game, varsity fell short 3-0. The girls are still very proud of their performance, as it went much better than they could’ve expected. Both teams are looking forward to finishing the season off strong.
By: River Reyes
During February and early March the Pleasanton Highschool Baseball team began their season. Currently the team is sitting with 4 losses, 4 wins, and 1 tie. With a rough start, the boys have picked up and are progressing through the season strongly.
On February 22, the Varsity team lost against McCollum 1-3, although a bit rocky, they still had much to prove in the coming games. The loss streak would prevail for the next three games against Brack Christian on February 24 with a score of 4-10, and against Lufkin and Navarro in a tournament on the 25th with scores 5-7 and 7-11. The team would make their comeback on the 26th against Akins with their first win, score 9-3. Their hot streak would persist for the next three games. On March 3rd the boys won against Fredericksburg with a score of 4/3, on the 4th during their tournament, they won against Llano and Comfort with scores of 9/3 and 15/1. The team’s most recent game against Blanco on the 5th was a tie with a score of 5-5.
Currently, the Boys Baseball team is in a good spot with an even overall score of four wins, four losses, and one tie game. The team has a lot to look forward to in the future and can make this season a good one!
Program over Feelings
By: Jaelyn Morales
On February 15th, the Varsity softball team had their first game of the season at home against Poteet and run-ruled them by a score of 10-0. The Lady Eagles had two home runs for the night and both were back to back followed with a lot of other solid hits. Gabby Ramos, in her first appearance at bat for the eagles, hit a moonshot right over center field followed by Jaelyn Morales who hit it over right field. The team also had a great defensive game with multiple double plays and help from the outfield. Freshman pitcher, Maggie Maddox, pitched the complete 5 inning shutout. When asked what her biggest goal this season is, Coach Laws answered, “My biggest goal is for the girls to go farther than they have in a while and I would love to see them win a district championship, which is doable!”
On February 17th-19th, the Lady Eagles competed in the Navarro Tournament at Huber Ranch, in Seguin. Their first game was against Poth and was won by a score of 9-5, then against Stockdale which was won with a score of 12-0. The next day the team started off the day with a win against Cotulla and a score of 19-3, followed by another two wins against Wagner (11-2) and Eagles Pass Winn (13-1). On the final day of the tournament, the Lady Eagles played Randolph and won by a score of 13-2. After going 6-0 the whole tournament and outscoring their opponents 77-14, the team received 1st place and Maggie Maddox received the MVP award for pitching all six successful games. Seniors, Taylor Bryant and Autumn Guerra, and Junior, Jaelyn Morales received all-tournament honors. ” I feel very confident about this season,” said senior Autumn Guerra, “We have a good hardworking group of girls and a new coach as well, we have a clean slate and opportunities.”
On February 22nd, the Lady Eagles traveled to Cornerstone Christian school and unfortunately had their first loss of the season. There were errors on defense, and offense could not get their bats going resulting in a loss of 3-5. They were supposed to play in the Floresville Tournament, but it was canceled due to bad weather. On March 1st, the Lady Eagles played against Bandera at home and the girls started out the game rough with defensive and offensive mistakes, but then started to get their groove back. They were close to making a comeback later in the game, but in the end they couldn’t get their bats going and lost by a score of 9-12. The team is using their recent losses as a sign to push themselves everyday and as motivation to, as Coach Laws said, “come out each and every game ready to put up a fight.”
It will be imperative for the team to keep working hard mentally and physically as district approaches. “The energy in the team this year is awesome. We all strive to be better and better everyday and I couldn’t ask for a better team for my final year of softball,” said senior Taylor Bryant, “My biggest goal this season is to push myself harder than ever, to me right now being great isn’t enough there is always something I can improve and hopefully go far in the playoffs this year with that mindset and I believe something we can work on this season is becoming one as a team and really getting to know each other like sisters.” The Lady Eagles have 3 more regular games and then will play Brooks Academy for their first district game. If you can, try and visit an upcoming game and show your support for them. Pride Pride!
By: Kristina Mertz and April Martinez
The PHS Tennis team has been doing outstanding as they have placed SOMETHING.
Coach Everett says, “The season is going really well. We have participated in some good tournaments and have done well.” Coach Everett later said that,“Practice has been a little interesting. Organizing drills and playing games are what I enjoy but my athletes are not used to that yet. Getting them motivated is something I strive to do.”
Of the tennis teammates Farah also speaks on the PHS tennis team saying, “practice is going pretty good we’re getting a lot better we’re improving it … sometimes it can get a little chaotic but it’s good we’re trying to get more organized and we are definitely getting a lot better.” Farah also lets us in on how the season is going, “It’s going pretty good, we’re just trying to move up and get a platform, it’s been pretty uphill but we’ve had some wins and losses.” Farah’s favorite part about tennis is, “Just playing around and getting better everyday because tennis is a sport that’s all about playing time and if you’re out there everyday and you’re giving it your all you’ll see improvements every single day.”She also noted that,”I’ve improved a lot.
The PHS Tennis team has done exceptionally well but Coach Everett wanted to add, “Most of my players have done well this season and all deserve recognition. However, Devon Clark has done exceptionally well in boy’s singles, even winning consolation at a big 6A tournament.” For those who don’t know Coach Everett, “I play tennis competitively myself. For me, I love to grow the game and get as many people playing as possible. Tennis is a sport that you can play for a lifetime. It seems not very many understand that.
By: Allison Collins
The Eagle track teams have been hard at work these past months preparing for the current season. Their first track meet of the season was held on March 3 in Pleasanton. The varsity girls placed 2nd with a score of 160.5. Kassiy Vickers placed 1st in the 800 M Run and the 1600 M Run. Victoria Urbanczyk placed 1st with shot put. Victoria also placed 2nd on Discus. Jillian Barcomb placed 2nd on the 100 M Hurdles and on the 300M Hurdles . Ciarah Garcia placed 2nd in the 400 M Dash, as well as second in triple jump. Libby Kemp placed second in the pole vault. The 4×400 M relay team (Alexandria Balderas, Ciarah Garcia, Lillaian Krause and Raegan Hollis) placed 2nd. The 4×100 M relay team (Kinsley Barker, Alandria Balderas,Megan Mayse and Itez Perez) placed 3rd. The 4×200 relay team (Megan Mayse, Alexandria Balderias, Emree Adamitz and Raegan Hollis) placed 3rd as well. Megan Mayse placed 3rd in the 200 M dash. Aryanna Partida placed 3rd in the 1600 M run. Ciarah Garcia placed 4th in long jump. Alexandria Bladeras placed 4th in High Jump as well as 4th in Triple Jump. Aryanna Partida placed 4th in the 800 M run. Lillian Krause placed 4th in the 400 M dash. Ciarah Garcia placed 5th in the 800 M run. Syerna Clark placed 5th in the 100 M hurdles and the 300 M hurdles. Raegan Hollis placed 5th in the 400 M dash. Emree Adamitz placed 5th in the 200 M dash. Diamond Brownlee placed 6th in the 200 M dash.
JV girls placed 1st with a score of 158.
Sventlana Martinez finished 1st in the 100 M dash. Jauslyn Ramirez placed 1st in the 800 M run. Katelyn Garza placed 1st in the 3200 M run & the 1600 M run, Harmony Young placed 1st in the 300 M hurdles and 2nd in 100 hurdles.. Kennedy Miller placed 1st in long jump, Kennedy also placed 3nd in the 100 M Dash. Kaylie Rodriguez placed 2nd 300 M hurdles. The 4×100/4x200relay team (Svetlana Martinez, Kennedy Miller, Yasmeen Diop & Alexandra Alvarez) both placed 2nd. Alexandra Alverez placed 3rd in the 300 M dash. Aleza Robedo placed 3rd in the 1600 M run. Desire Gonzales placed 3rd with both shot put and discus. Genavieve Alvarado placed 4th in shot put and 5th in discus. Kaylie Rodriguez placed 5th in the 100 M hurdles. Ariana Johnson placed 6th in discus.
Boys varsity came in 1st with a score of 218.
The boys 4×100 relay team (Rudy Franco, Bryan Jones, Esete’van Jackson and Sean Ramos) placed 1st. Jayden Palacios placed 1st on high jump and the 400 M dash. Juan Lopez placed first on Long Jump. Peyton Eichmen placed 1st on discus. Jaythan Martinez placed 1st for shot put. Esete’van Jackson got first place in triple jump, setting a PR and tie for school record. Preston Pilgrim placed 1st for pole vault. Justin Veale placed 1st in both 110 & 300 M hurdles. Nathan Din placed 2nd on shot put. Evan Guardiola placed 2nd on discus. Este’van Jackson placed 2nd in long jump. Bryan Jones placed 2nd in the 400 M dash.The boys 4×200 ran an impressive 1:32.16. The 4×400 ran an outstanding 3:32.75. Joseph Cuellar placed 3rd in the 3200 M run. Bryan Jones placed 3rd in the 200 M dash..Adrian Garcia placed 3rd in high jump. Sean Ramos placed 3rd in triple jump, he also participated in the long jump where he jumped 19′-9″. Juan Lopez placed 4th in the 100 M dash. Austin Rich placed 5th in the 400 M dash. Nathan Din places 5th in discus. Austin Rich placed 6th in the 200 M dash.
The Boys JV team placed 1st at the meet with a score of 249.
Demetrius Jimenez placed 1st in the 400 M dash. Alvaro Sanchez placed 1st in the 800 M run. Ian Rodriguez placed 1st in the 3200 M run. Jayden Ogg placed 1st in the 1600 M run. MAson Little placed 1st in the 110 M hurdles. Paul Bernal placed 1st in the 300 M hurdles. The 4×400 relay team (Keagan Holes, Joe Turley, Damon Morales and Daniel Coronado) placed 1st. Demetrius Jimenez placed 1st in high jump. Stephen West placed 1st in discus. Ezekial Gonzalez placed 1st in shot put. Joe Turley placed 1st in long jump. Iam Rodriguez placed 2nd in the 1600 M run, Jayden Ogg placed 2nd in the 3200 M run. Mason Little placed 2nd in the 300 M hurdles. Paul Bernal placed 2nd in the 100 M hurdles. The 4×200 & 4×100 relay team (Keagan Holes, Joe Turley, Damon Morales and Daniel Coronado) placed 2nd in both. Damon Morales placed 2nd in long jump. Alvaro Sanchez placed 2nd in pole vault. Damon Morales placed 3rd in high jump. Mark Sorola placed 3rd in dusus. Kalib Hernandez placed 3rd in the 300 M hurdles. Evan Dove placed 3rd in the 400 M dash. Demetrius Jimenez placed 4th in the 200 M dash. Alvaro Sanchez placed 4th in the 400 M dash. Jorge Garcia placed 4th in the 800 M run, he also placed 4th in the 1600 M run. Kalib Hernandez placed 4th in the 110 M hurdles. Daniel Coronado placed 4th in long jump. Stephen West placed 6th on shot put.
The eagles track team is hard at work and we are excited to see what they accomplish going forward.
Keep calm, Golf on
By: Shyanne Sexton
The golf season is in full swing, and our players are dominating. So far, the results of the tournaments suggest a successful season. Head golf coach, Coach Guerra envisions that during this year’s district tournament our golf team will not only win the championship for the eighth consecutive year, but also compete at the regional tournament for the 11th year in a row, as well as qualify for a state tournament for the second consecutive year.
In all tournaments so far, our men’s golf team has finished within the top five. They placed second in a home tournament, first in tournaments in both Somerset and Jourdanton, as well as third in two tournaments held by Divine. There are only three players on the girls golf team this year and therefore no team awards are given. In spite of this, Sadie McAda did perform well at the SAISD tournament, finishing as the 3rd place medalist.
Recently golf team members have been working on improving their course management skills and short game to help lower overall team scores. It is during this time that Coach Guerra likes to adjust players’ swings and from there, make minor adjustments to their game that will enable players to be more successful. I had the pleasure of interviewing Coach Gurrea last week. I asked him what makes coaching this team fun and what motivates him to continue coaching. His answer was simple: “The attitude and work ethic that these golfers show everyday are what make coaching this team fun.”
Our golf team is a great example of success; we at PHS wish them the best!
Student Spotlight: Finley Hilburn
By: Libby Sanchez
For this month’s student spotlight, the Quill staff wanted to bring recognition to one of Pleasanton High School’s most outstanding freshman, Finley Hilburn. Finley is the oldest out of four siblings and does her best to be a great role model to them. As a freshman, Finley wanted to try all her options and took on many sports including basketball, softball, and cross country. Her skill and ability to see the court led her to being the only freshman to make the Varsity basketball team. Upperclassmen quickly took her in on the team, going as far as giving her the nickname “Fin Fin.” This year, the girls’ basketball team made it into the playoffs, and Finley was honored to be a part of something so important. “Making it to playoffs was really special because as a freshman I didn’t think I’d experience that so soon, but it was great to show what we worked hard for and I loved playing with those girls,” stated Hilburn.
Outside of school, Finley loves helping her dad coach little league teams and helping younger generations improve on their sport. In the future, Finley wants to coach basketball and she loves that she can practice her coaching skills now. “My favorite subject right now is world history, I could see myself either teaching that or science in my future too,” says Hilburn. Pleasanton High School is happy to have such a dedicated student to set an example for future classes. Keep up the great work Finley!
By: Alexandra Garcia
As well as many other great teachers and staff here at PHS, Mrs. Leonhardt is a very hard working and great teacher overall. She is very encourageable and motivational, pushing through rough days to better the students here at PHS. Mrs.Leonhardt is very welcoming and inspiring to many students who wanna get through high school and move on to better paths and create an amazing future with further education and help, she strives to get them where they deserve to be and stays as positive and humbled.
When asking Mrs.Leonhardt as a teacher what superhero would you wanna be and why she replied by changing the question a little bit but stated “If I could change the question a little bit I would be one of the nine muses who inspire people, writers and artists. I would rather be a muse who’s a goddess helping others and encouraging anyone they can.” Mrs. Leonhardt is a driving force to her students and many others.
As a teacher here at PHS, Mrs. Leonhardt is very successful and we thank her for striving and trying her hardest to help all students accomplish their goals to become successful for their far amazing careers.
We are very privileged to have a kind and supportive individual as a teacher here at PHS. We thank Mrs. Leonhardt for making known what students are capable of.
Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Lozano
By: Shyanne Sexton
Each month, the Quill publishes a “Staff Spotlight” article to highlight and celebrate some of the talented and dedicated staff here at PHS. During February and March, The journalism staff decided to highlight Staff member Mrs. Lozano.
Mrs. Lozano is currently the Digital media and graphic specialist at Pleasanton High School. After graduating from Pleasanton High School in the year 2009, she attended Coastal Bend College to further her education. Mrs. Lozano values her personal development and chooses to surround herself with other people who are successful, such as Mrs. Moos. She and Mrs. Moos are very compatible in the work environment. They tend to collaborate which permits both of them to grow and see things from a different perspective. When asked what one good thing your boss would say about you,he responded with “I’m dependable”. She says ”The administration, staff and students at PHS have really made me feel appreciated!”This alone gives her the motivation to come to work every day and take on whatever tasks she is given. Outside of school life Mrs. Lozano loves spending time with her two beautiful daughters, Kyndall and Kaylie. As well as owning a small photography business where she gets to spend time working at sessions or editing photos.
Mrs. Lozano is a one in a million staff member. She has shown to be successful both inside and outside of school. And all of us here at Pleasanton High School are very grateful to have someone as wonderful as her working on our campus.
Giving Purpose to Potential
By: Courtney Henson
On March 3, the Pleasanton BPA organization made their way to Fort Worth, Texas, to compete in the State Leadership Convention. On day one of the competition, at the special recognition awards ceremony, Brandi Barnett, Addy Brymer, Courtney Henson, and Ashlyn Vera earned their Statesman Torch Award. At this same ceremony Brandi Barnett was chosen as one of the pin design winners. Her pin will be traded at the National Leadership Convention in May.
Day two of the convention was filled with competition, individuals who competed on Thursday March 4, were Delanie, Lilee Ramirez, Courtney Henson, Jazmin Bernal, Thang, Elynore Hernandez, Conner George.
Day three of the convention was team competition and individual finalist. Teams included the Presentation Management team, Brandi Barnett, Addy Brymer, and Ashlyn Vera. Small Business Management team, Paige Read, Maddie Brymer, and Sadie Hartmann. Podcast Production team, Gage Pawelek and Shayne Cazier. Individualist Courtney Henson advanced to finals and competed this day as well.
The final day of the competition consisted of team finals and awards. The Small Business Management team advanced to finals and competed this morning. Results are as follows: Courtney Henson placed 5th in Administrative Support Research Project, Small Business Management team placed 8th. Brandi Barnett was the recipient of a scholarship.
Congratulation to the BPA competitors and good luck as you attend nationals. Pride! Pride!
By: River Reyes
On Saturday February 12th, the Pleasanton Highschool U.I.L. academic teams participated in the meet at Reagan Highschool. 10 students participating in Social Studies, Current Events, Spelling, Science, Calculator, Math, and Number Sense. No teams placed in the competition, but have been working on preparing for the district U.I.L. meet at La Vernia high school on March 26th. The same teams will be participating in the hopes of qualifying for regionals, and possibly state.
By: Kendall Zuniga
Black History Month is celebrated every February to recognize achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, additionally devoting a month to celebrating Black history.
In the year 1915, almost half century after the 13th amedment had abolished slavery in the United State, historian Carter G. Woodsen and Minster Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association For The Study Of African American Life and History. This association was dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other people of African descent.
President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to, “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
But why was February chosen as the designated month for black history? February was chosen primarily because the second week of the month coincides with the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Lincoln was influential in the emancipation of slaves, and Douglass, a former slave, was a prominent leader in the abolitionist movement, which fought to end slavery.
Forty years after President Ford formally recognized Black History Month, it was Barack Obama, the nation’s first Black president, who delivered a message of his own from the White House, “Black History Month shouldn’t be treated as though it is somehow separate from our collective American history or somehow just boiled down to a compilation of greatest hits from the March on Washington or from some of our sports heroes, It’s about the lived, shared experience of all African Americans, high and low, famous and obscure, and how those experiences have shaped and challenged and ultimately strengthened America.”
Each year during Black History Month a theme is selected, this year’s theme, Black Health and Wellness, pays homage to medical scholars and health care providers. The theme is especially timely as we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately affected all communities and placed unique burdens on Black health care professionals.
To support the cause, go to www.asalh.org to learn more about history and join the cause.
By: Aaliyah Herrera
Do you have a valentine? If so, are you having trouble finding things to do or to get for your valentine? You’re in luck. I have the perfect advice for you!
- “What do you do if you don’t have a valentine?”
If you don’t have a valentine do whatever makes you feel good, read a book or some magazines. Watch some movies or your favorite TV show. Try and avoid the sappy stuff that puts you in a bad mood about Valentine’s day. Try to be active. For example, go for a walk, find a relaxing park to enjoy the outdoors or even sit in your backyard enjoying nature around you. Go to the gym, or even take a fitness class, being active can take your mind off of so many things spoil yourself because you sure do deserve it.
- “What are some things to get for your valentine?”
Some things you can get for your valentine are of course the traditional things such as chocolate/candy, flowers, a big stuffed animal. And the rest would be up to you. Find something they really enjoy and pay close attention to the little things they see either on their phone or if yall go out see what they look or pick up first.
- “What are the best flowers to get for your valentine?”
Traditionally red roses are typically given on valentines day, but some people go off on their valentine’s favorite flower just to understand and pay attention to what they like and I’m sure they’ll love it.
- “What’s a good restaurant to go to for Valentine’s Day?”
Some nice restaurants to go to are Morton’s the Steakhouse, Las Canarias, and Blis . They are all located in San Antonio TX. if not any of those find out what your valentines favorite food or favorite restaurant is and take them there.
- “What are some places to go for Valentine’s Day?”
If you and your valentine are outdoor people and don’t know where to go, go to the Japanese Tea Garden located in San Antonio TX. It is a beautiful place to take pictures or even just walk around with your valentine. If you and your valentine are indoor people and don’t know what to do at home, set up a fort and make it very beautiful and romantic for you and your valentine find a movie you’d both enjoy and make dinner, dessert, and drinks off of the movie you are going to watch.
True Crime vol. XXVI: Dr. Death
By: Courtney Henson
Dr. John Baxter Hamilton of Oklahoma City met Susan Baxter in 1985. When they met, they were both divorced with 4 kids between the two of them. Soon after, the couple married and settled into a very privileged life. John worked locally as a respected obstetrician-gynecologist (OBGYN) at his own clinic, where Susan began working reception part-time.
The couple was married for 14 years and seemed to be deeply in love. Known for being a romantic, John often showered his wife with expensive gifts and holidays. On Valentine’s day in 2001, John left the house early in the morning to perform an operation. He returned home midday to exchange gifts with Susan before returning to work but instead returned home to find Susan’s dead body. John called 911 saying, “Please send police. Please send an ambulance, please, I think my wife is dead.” He told the operator he was trying CPR. “Please send somebody quick,”
As police arrived on scene they could clearly see that Susan had been strangled and had experienced severe blunt force trauma to the back of her head. The weapon used to enforce this trauma was never found. Police also were having problems with how hysterical John was on scene. He was covered in his wife’s blood and screaming for help. At the scene of the crime there was no evidence of forced entry, nothing was stolen from the house or off of Susan’s body, and no footprints or fingerprints were found.
Police had no suspects initially. They began to think that possibly Susan had been killed by one of the anti-abortion protestors who frequently threatened John’s clinic as well as the family personally, but no evidence led to this. Soon, John became the prime suspect in the murder. John told the police he had tried to perform mouth-to-mouth but there were no obvious or even traces of blood on John’s face despite the severe injury to Susan’s head and face.
Police also found the Valentine’s day car Susan had given John that morning, it read, “I bought this two weeks ago, so I guess maybe it doesn’t seem as appropriate. But I do love you. Have a good day. Susan” Her words made the police and the public question whether the marriage was as perfect as it seemed. Some of the couple’s friends revealed that the couple had been fighting recently over suspicion that John was having an affair. Friends also said that Susan had confided in friends that she was considering a divorce.
John was arrested and charged without bail. On the ride to the police station, John was scraping his knuckles on the mesh divider as if trying to hide an injury on his hands.
During the trial in December of 2001, it came out that Susan’s blood and skin were found on John’s steering wheel. Also, it was revealed that when Susan’s family was going through her stuff, they discovered jewelry stuffed in her laundry as if to look like it had been stolen. Prosecution argued that the blood splatter on John’s shows was consistent with an ‘alive’ Susan, whereas the defense argued that the bloody splatter was consistent with John’s story of trying to save Susan. After the defense brought a blood expert to the trial, he testified that there was blood on the inside of John’s cuff that was likely to have been as a result of John striking a blow to Susan’s head.
It took the jury a short two hours to find John guilty of first-degree murder. Later, John was sentenced to life in prison without a chance of parole. The motive of the murder is likely the fact that Susan wanted a divorce but John did not agree. John continues to appeal his conviction but has not been successful. John was transferred to the state penitentiary in McAlester where he still resides today. Susan is laid to rest in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Movie Review: Encanto
By: Farah Standley
I decided to sit down and give the highly talked about Disney’s “Encanto” a watch. It was very interesting with many colorful scenes and catchy music. The story follows a young Mirabel as she tries to answer all of her and her family’s many questions. See, her family was blessed with a miracle in which everyone in her family would get a gift, or power. Mirabel did not get a gift. This left her, her family, and the whole town confused and disappointed. The sad part was, she was the only one. Everyone before and after her in the family got a wonderful gift. Then, she figures out about an uncle that is blamed for many problems in the family. His name was Bruno and the family does not prefer to talk about him. After that, the miracle house starts to crumble, and Mirabel decides it is her destiny to find Bruno, return him to the family, and save the house. Mirabel works very hard to reach her goals. All-in-all, this movie is a very interesting, funny, colorful, and overall beautiful production with a fun storyline and cute capybaras. This movie was nominated for 17 different awards! This includes many Annie Awards, Golden Globe Awards, a Satellite Award, a Critics’ Choice Movie Award, a BAFTA Award, a Producers Guild of America Award, an NAACP Image Award, and an ADG in Excellence in Production Design Award. I would say this movie is definitely worth the time to watch.
91% on Rotten Tomatoes
7.3/10 on IMDb
4/5 on Entertainment Weekly
What’s Your Favorite Valentine’s Day Candy?
By: Kristina Mertz
Valentine’s Day is by far the best holiday in the entire world! It is the season of love and giving and everything bright and blooming. Love is in the air, so pick your favorite candy!
Poem of the Month
And starlit nights,
Good books and cozy hours,
Time for friends,
And heartfelt sharings,
Dreams of springtime flowers…
Although it may be short on days,
Each February brings
The simple little gifts we count
Nights are cold but the days are hot.A cold front is also coming in this week, so be sure that you dress warm Wednesday and Thursday. February is almost over and March is just around the corner. Some sports are ending soon and some sports are just barely starting.
The Passionate Poet
By: Ricky Fabrow
Have you ever wanted to make a treat for your loved one? Or to perhaps just challenge yourself because you love making things to eat? Or to share your passion with people? Then I’ve got a very delicious sweet treat for you!
The ingredients you need are shown below:
- 1 (7 ounce) package jellyrolls, each cut into 3 slices
- 1 (5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 ½ cups milk
- 3 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
- 2 1/2 quart glass bowl or trifle dish
- You place the Jellyrolls on the bottom and sides of the trifle dish.
- Prepare the pudding as instructions tell on the box except use 1 ½ cups of milk then let it sit for five minutes on top to thicken. Fold in 1 cup of whipped topping.
- Arrange ½ strawberry slices on top of the pudding. Optional remaining strawberries and whipped toppings garnish with strawberry halves.
- Cover and chill for 8 hours and then enjoy.
After that you have your delicious and sweet treat ready to go and consume either by yourself for the love of it or with a loved one or friend as a sweet gesture of your relationship or friendship.
By: Autumn Webster
Aries (March 21 – April 20): You will find yourself becoming more confident in your relationships,
Taurus (April 21 – May 21): You’ll find yourself wanting to work on improving your relationships more, such as your family
Gemini (May 22 – June 21): You will notice that you have become more critical of your social life, and care about your public image more
Cancer (June 22 – July 22): You’ll find yourself becoming more sensitive around others, especially those that you care about
Leo (July 23 – August 21): You’ll find yourself wanting to help lead others through harmful relationships,
Virgo (August 22 – September 23): You’ll find yourself starting to take a more logical approach to your social life,
Libra (September 24 – October 23): You’ll find yourself starting to feel more comfortable around others, mostly your friends
Scorpio (October 24 – November 22): You’ll find yourself start to become more secretive about your social life and your home life
Sagittarius (November 23 – December 22): You’ll find yourself starting to become more outspoken around people, especially around those you trust
Capricorn (December 23 – January 20): You’ll find yourself becoming more determined to fix things, especially with old friends
Aquarius (January 21 – February 19): You’ll find yourself becoming more independent, especially from toxic relationships
Pisces (February 20 – March 20): You’ll notice yourself becoming more emotionally aware of yourself and others