Monthly Archives: April 2022
Track & Field: Flying Eagle
By: Courtney Henson
On March 10, the Eagle Track teams traveled to Somerset High School to partake in the 11th annual Sonny Relays. At this meet, the boys varsity team placed 2nd overall with 133 points. The highest scorers for the team include Este’van Jackson with 25 points, Jayden Palacios with 24 points, Juan Lopez with 23 points, and Sean Ramos with 19 points. The girls varsity team placed 3rd overall with 100 points. Key runners for the girls this meet included Alexandria Balderas, Lillian Krause, Raegan Hollis, Ciarah Garcia, and Jillian Barcomb. The boys JV team places 6th overall with 69 points. The girls JV team placed 3rd overall with 103 points.
At this meet, Sophomore pole vaulter Preston Pilgrim was able to break the pole vault school record. This record, previously held by Zach Wood at 14’9 set in 2004, was broken completely when Pilgrim jumped 14’10. Soon after this, Preston jumped another impressive height of 15’4. This impressive 15’4 height became both Preston’s new personal record and the new school record. This jump allowed the Sophomore to qualify for the Texas relays, the 2nd largest track meet in America. Preston has been pole vaulting since the young age of 9 and has had an intense passion for the sport since. The adrenaline and competition that pole vaulting so excitedly brings is what Preston says is his favorite part. His mom, Krystal Pilgrim, says that, “While balancing the extreme dedication to his sport, Preston has been able to maintain an all A average,” which continues to make her immensely proud. Preston hopes to make it to state for each year of high school as well as hopes to return to Nationals at AAU Junior Olympics during the summer season. As only a sophomore, Pleasanton High School is excited to see where pole vault takes Pilgrim.
Shortly after spring break, the track teams began to get back into the groove of things. At the Ro-Hawk Relays at Randolph High School, the boys varsity team placed 4th overall with 80 points. The girls varsity placed 3rd overall with a score of 75.5, Ciarah Garcia scoring 19 of those, and the girls JV placed 5th overall with 44 points.
On Wednesday, March 30, the track teams traveled to Devine High School to compete in the Devine Relays. The boys varsity team placed 1st with 108 points. The placers of the meet include Juan Lopez, Jayden Palacios, Sean Ramos, the 4x100m relay team, 4×200m relay team, 4×400m relay team, Evan Guardiola, and Preston Pilgrim. The girls varsity team places 4th with 51 points. The members of the team who placed include Kassidy Vickers, the 4x100m relay team, the 4x200m relay team, the 4x400m relay team, Mikayla Theis, Jillian Barcomb, Megan Mayse, Ciarah Garcia, and Victoria Urbanczyk. The boys JV team placed 1st with 105 points. The placers of the team include Joe Turley, Paul Bernal, Mason Little, 4×100m relay team, 4x200m relay team, 4×400m relay team, Joe Turley, Jordan Mendoza, Steven Minniear, Nathan Din, Stephen West, Adrian Ortiz, and Demetrius Jimenez. The girls JV team placed 2nd with 86 points. Placers of this meet include the 4x100m relay team, 4x200m relay team, Svetlana, Jauslyn Ramirez, Harmony Young, Kaylie Rodriguez, Teairra Garz, Kennedy Miller, Desire Gonzales, and Genavieve Alvarado.
As the track season continues forward, we wish the Eagle track teams the best of luck. Congrats on a season well done so far. Pride! Pride!
By: Libby Sanchez & River Reyes
The Pleasanton Varsity Men’s soccer team finished their season out strong and are proud of the accomplishments and improvements made along the way. On Tuesday, March 8, the boys won their home game against Hondo 3-1. Soon after, on March 11, the boys hosted another home game against Somerset and won again 2-0. The boys advanced into the first round of playoffs where they agreed to meet half way to play against Gonzales on March 25. After a difficult game, the Eagles came out on top 1-0, to advance into round two of playoffs. The second playoff game would be their last, playing against Beorne on March 29, losing 0-5. The boys played well and made it far, hoping to build on their strengths and improve their weaknesses so that they can go even further in the coming years.
By: Libby Sanchez
The Pleasanton Women’s Varsity soccer team played Hondo here at home on March 8, 2022. After a great game full of good plays, our girls ended the match with a winning score of 3-0. They continued into district to play Somerset on Mar 11, 2022, and brought home the win 2-1. The girls played their final district game on Mar 14, 2022, against YWLA and beat them once again with a final score of 4-1. The Eagles advanced into the first round of playoffs where they played the Palacios Sharkettes and won 3-0, advancing them to round two. In round two, the Eagles went head to head against Wimberley, a long-time rival. After losing to Wimberley in the pre-district game, our girls were determined to win and come out on top after all our hard work and improvement. Pleasanton held their ground all throughout the first half and majority of the second, but unfortunately, Wimberley scored their first goal in the final fifteen minutes of the game. Two more quickly followed, and the game ended with a score of 3-0, ending the Eagle’s season. Senior Ashlyn Vera says, “It really was a bittersweet moment, I’ve played this sport since I was little and the moment I realized this was my last game I started bawling my eyes out.” Ashlyn, along with 6 other seniors are graduating this year, but not without leaving their mark on this program. “The junior class has grown up playing this sport with the senior class, from club soccer to school soccer, they’ve made their impact on us. It’s gonna be a huge adjustment next year without them, but I’m looking forward to their bright futures and the future of this program,” said Brylee Miller, Junior. The program is sad to see such great players leaving, but they are looking forward to next year’s team and can’t wait to give it all they got next season!
By: Shyanne Sexton
As a result of the loss at regionals, this tennis season has officially ended. Devon Clark, a player on our boys singles team, attended the regional tournament at HEB Corpus Tennis Center on Wednesday, April 13. Against Needville, Devon played hard to finish the first set 4-6 and fought hard to finish the second set 3-6. Although Devon was not able to continue, it was a tough loss and a valuable learning experience. Upon finishing the season, Everett stated “I am very proud of each player for working hard and how much they have improved this season and I cannot wait to see how they do in future seasons.”
All of us here at PHS journalism wish the tennis team all the best for the future as we conclude this season.
By: Noah Ramos
This month our Girls Varsity softball team battled against Somerset on April 19th and took victory with a final score of 7-4 after a hard fought game. Throughout the game our team kept their defense up for a solid match to prevent our opponents from scoring. We have a couple of players who were outstanding such as Maggie Maddox who pitched 3 strikeouts along with 1 walk throughout the game. A freshman by the name of Elizabeth Salinas helped her team get their hitters to 4-4 while Maddie Estrada and Aubry Cantu both got the chance and went 2-4 to the plate.
Many other girls on the team advanced runners using a well timed sacrifice fly where the game finally tied in the 7th inning. However, Jaelyn Morales hit a home run that allowed the eagles to score a 3 man play leaving the score at 7-4. After this the Eagles went on the defensive making a 4-6-3 double play going from Salinas to Estrada and finally to Morales.
By: Farah Standley
On March 8th, the Pleasanton Baseball Team took on the Lytle Pirates and took the win 10-0, the boys gained some confidence and went into a tournament with high hopes. The Eagles came home with a clean up! The boys fought hard to win all 4 games against the Natalia Mustangs (6-0), the Bandera Bulldogs (8-4), the Pearsall Mavericks (9-1), and the Carrizo Springs Wildcats(10-3). The next couple weeks the Eagles kept it going with wins against the Uvalde Coyotes(11-5), the LA Vernia Bears(11-1), and the Geronimo Navarro Bears(14-6). The boys faced a hard game losing to Cornerstone Christian(3-12), on March 26, but got back to it, with two wins against the Cuero Gobblers(6-1), and the San Antonio Alamo Heights Mules(5-4). The last game before District was a tough one. The Eagles took one last loss against San Antonio Home School(1-12).
Going into District was exciting for the team, the boys began to prepare. It’s game time. The boys started District off on their own turf with the guest being the Somerset Bulldogs on a cool Friday night on April 8th. The National Anthem played, the sound of the crowd radiated, and the boys were ready. Once our group of athletes took the field it was too late for the other team to turn around. We took the win gracefully with a score of 7-2, and that Monday, April 11th, we were on the way to Hondo to take on the Owls for the second District game. It was a sure nail biter, and the boys played hard. The Owls were really good, but not good enough. The boys scored 4 runs in the 5th inning to win the game! The final score was 9-6, and the boys went home excited. Then, right before Easter break on Thursday, April 14, the boys took on the Devine Warhorses in Devine for the 3rd District game! It was a struggle, but the boys got their head on straight and pulled through with a 2-1 win. The boys came back from the break with another game. The boys loaded the bus to go to Somerset to face the Bulldogs once again. The boys took the field with Jayce Krauskopf on the mound. The boys got loud as the score went up and up. Cheers rose from the stands, and the Eagles finished the game with a 12-1 win after 6 innings.
Swingin Season For Golf
By: Kendall Zuniga
Swinging into action this month is our very own mighty eagle golf team coached by our very own biology teacher, coach Guerra. The Eagles golf team finished in 1st place at the District 27AAAA Golf Tournament held at Riverbend Golf Club in Floresville on Wednesday April 6th. This was their 8th district title in a row, as well as their 6th 1st place finish for this school year and their 5th in a row. Students Reed Foster, Jake Cassias, Brady Stevens, and William Levi Turner shot a combined score of 336 on day two and a total score of 332 on day one, giving us a combined total score of 668.
Student Spotlight: Evelynn Caraway
By: Jaelyn Morales
Our Student Spotlight this month is sophomore, Evelynn Caraway, who is involved in many activities at PHS, while also being a top student in the classroom. She is involved in tennis, band, and raising/showing livestock.
Evelynn is a straight A student who’s favorite subjects are her math and agricultural classes. When asked what her favorite part about school is, Evelynn responded, “I like getting to see people everyday that I enjoy being around.” Her friends are a big reason why she likes school and also has fun while learning.
Evelynn is also in extracurricular activities like tennis and band. She plays and practices tennis all year round and when asked what her favorite part about tennis is, she said, “ I like that we don’t just have one season like all the other sports, we have fall and spring.”
Aside from tennis, Evelynn is also a part of the PHS band where she plays the French horn. The PHS band recently competed in the UIL Solo and ensemble competition where Evelynn earned a 1st Division in her Horn Trio, qualifying for state.
When she’s not playing tennis or playing for the band, Evelynn is raising and showing livestock. “I learn so many things when showing livestock while also having fun with the animals and the people around me,” Evelynn said. Evelynn has been showing lambs since she was in 4th grade and throughout the years she has learned many things about her animals. Evelynn is a smart, hard working, and kind person who will go on to do great things in life. Congratulations Evelynn on being this month’s student spotlight!
Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Breiten
By: Myame Lara and Darla Rodriguez
Mrs. Breiten is PHS’ very own ray of sunshine, and interpersonal studies teacher of course! Many of her students describe her as a second mother, while always being in a great mood. Located at the end of the 500 hallway, Mrs. Breiten’s classroom is known as a comfort spot for many students. Along with teaching Interpersonal Studies, she also offers comfort and support when any students of PHS need it. This month, the journalism staff made an excellent choice of selecting Mrs. Emily Breiten as our teacher spotlight! We got the opportunity to find out a little more about Mrs. Breiten and some of her interests!
Prior to teaching Interpersonal Studies at PHS, Mrs. Breiten attended Texas State which she graduated from with a bachelor’s degree, and is currently attending Texas A&M working towards her masters degree! A big part of being a teacher is figuring out how to connect with students, and Mrs. Breiten’s got that skill down to the bone. Mrs. Breiten says, “It’s important to have a relationship with your students, build relationships with them and everything will fall into place after that.” While working at PHS, Mrs. Breiten has learned to be a lot more empathetic and have more patience with her students. She’s found that putting herself in others shoes’ and seeing things from their perspective has impacted her greatly, and helped her connect with her students emotionally. Elly Hernandez and Jayden Palacios stated that Mrs. Breiten will always take the time out of her day to make sure everyone’s okay, and to say “good morning”, or “hi” to everyone in the halls!
You might be surprised to hear that Mrs. Breiten doesn’t actually live here at PHS! I know we found it shocking with how involved she is within our PISD community. Outside of teaching Mrs. Breiten enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities with her family including going to a park, a lake, and even the zoo! While in high school she participated in FFA, which could explain her love for the outdoors.
All of PHS’ students are beyond grateful to have Mrs. Breiten as a part of the amazing staff, and look forward to what positive impact she’ll have on us next. Don’t forget to stop and thank your amazing teachers and staff at PHS anytime you have a chance! Pride Pride!
Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Stacy Downs
By: Brian Avery
One of the reasons PHS runs so smoothly is because we have so many people working behind the scenes to make sure it runs smoothly. One of them includes Mrs. Downs, our academic dean, who assists teachers in making sure their instruction is smooth.
Mrs. Downs went to CT High School, just north of Austin. She was very active within her school, as she was a cheerleader, and in academic clubs such as Spanish and Science. After high school, she went to Angella State University, where she got a degree in Elementary Education. She later got her masters in Curriculum and Instruction, which brought her to PISD.
Mrs. Downs started working at the Middle School campus, back when it was known as the PIC. She worked as an Instructional Coach-which is the same as an academic dean-and assisted teachers with their instructional process and lessons. She moved up to the Central Office, where she continued the same job for five years, before she joined us at PHS. She has been working on our campus for 10 years, and 20 years overall at PISD.
Mrs. Downs stated that her favorite part of working at PHS was being around so many people, and seeing how everything is changing everyday, adding that she was remorseful that she couldn’t see the change happening faster and being able to see the end result quicker.
Our campus would not be the same without Mrs. Downs working behind the scenes to make sure we have the best education possible. Thank you Mrs. Downs!
Daytona Drill Nationals
By: River Reyes and Alexandra Garcia
The Pleasanton JROTC Eagle Battalion was invited to the Army JROTC Nationals Drill competition in Daytona Beach, Florida. The drill competition was on Thursday, April 14th at the Ocean Center with a total of 40 schools from across the nation. The teams from Pleasanton included the armed and unarmed drill teams performing in inspection, regulation, and exhibition. Our male and female color guard teams performed for the color guard phase.
Leading up to the competition, the drill and color guard teams spent 3 months practicing and refining their routines to have a competitive performance the day of nationals. There were many afternoon practices and the day before the trip to Florida, April 12th, there was a whole day spent practicing from the first school bell to the last.
The trip to Daytona Beach was four days long from Wednesday April 13th till Saturday April 16th. For many cadets, this was their first experience flying, adding to the intensity that came with the pressure from Nationals. The first day was spent traveling and getting settled in the hotel at Fairfield in and Suites next to the Daytona International Speedway. The day of the competition, all cadets were ordered to be up and ready to leave by 06:30 as the unarmed exhibition was slated to perform early that morning. Following the unarmed exhibition, the unarmed regulation and inspection phases were carried out in the first half of the day, whereas the armed drill team would be split across three different time periods throughout the day, beginning in the morning, going after lunch, and finishing in the evening. The color guard was swift in their performances finishing before lunchtime.
Friday of the trip was the cadets free day, having them go down to the beachside at noon and spending time at a local mall on the beachside. The cadets enjoyed the beach as their reward for their hard work culminating in the performances at nationals. To wrap up the day, the cadets enjoyed a nice dinner on the beachside and would prepare for the flight back to Texas.
Army JROTC Nationals for Drill is a very intense and competitive competition. The Eagle Battalion was honored to have been invited and looks forward to competing again in the coming years, refining their performances so that we can earn top placings on the national level. It was a great experience for all the cadets in attendance and they will continue to be prepared for success as they learn and experience more in the JROTC program.
Play to the Music
By: Ariana Johnson
Thursday, March 3rd Pleasanton Mighty Eagle Band preformed for UIL and the Symphonic band got all ones in Sight-reading and a two, one, two in Concert. While Wind Ensemble got all ones in Sight-reading and all ones in Concert. Mr. Solis expressed his fears for UIL “My biggest fear was that we would be out of school for bad weather and that would affect our UIL Contest. This happened last year, and we had to work hard to get everything to a 1st division level in time for the contest.” And his goal for UIL this year was to “improve on the quality of our recordings,” as he chose harder music than normal and “were able to refine everything to the level that we wanted this year,” and he was very happy with the recording of the music. Mr. Solis told what his favorite part of UIL is the contest “It’s great to finally get to this point in our preparation and to hear the other groups on this day.” And also ask Mr. Solis how it feels to know that the Seniors you thought are leaving soon “It is hard to see the Seniors leave every year. We got to know these students in 6th grade, and mature through the years. Although it is great to see them become adults and leave high school, it is always bittersweet time for us.” Good job Mighty Eagle Band.
Monthly Cause: Sexual Assault Awareness
By: Kendall Zuniga
Every 68 seconds a person becomes a victim of sexual assault or rape in the U.S. On average 463,634 victims are ages 12 and older, 1 in every 6 women and 1 in every 33 men are victims. These numbers are continuing to go up at rapid speeds each year and victims are becoming much younger as time passes.
The effects of being sexually assaulted can really damage a persons mindset and body. Many victims of assault develop things like PTSD, depression and anxiety. When these things are triggered many effects can cause the victim to be sent into a spiral.
Feeling like you are losing control of your life or your mind, re-experiencing assault over and over again through flashbacks, problems concentrating and staying focused on the task at hand, guilty feelings, and developing a negative self-image; feeling “dirty” inside or out are just a few examples of how sexual assault can deeply effect a victim.
When those who go through a traumatic experience like this, they tend to not speak up about the occurrence/s with the fear of not being believed or feeling like no one will understand what they went through. When you don’t speak up about an assault, you’re at risk of having these effects occur as well as putting other potential victims in harm’s way.
What do I do if I or someone I know has been sexually assaulted? Don’t be afraid to speak up if this has happened to you, speak to a trusted parent, guardian, or friend about the occurrence. Multiple helplines can be found all over the internet and local health offices, listed below are a few of the many help lines.
You are not alone and you do not have to go through this alone.
RAINN helpline: 800-656-HOPE(4673)
NSVRC helpline: 844-303-SAFE(7233)
AVP helpline: 212-714-1141
By: Aaliyah Herrera
Need some advice on how to be more environmentally conscious? I have some advice for you!
- How can I be more environmentally conscious?
Think twice about the things you do to the environment before you cause harm not only to yourself but to others such as animal life and the plant life. Be more aware of what you throw out the window of your car and the trash you leave behind outside when you go out.
- What are certain things you can do to help your environment?
You can go out with family and friends and go out on the side of the road and pick up trash and other items that were left there. You could also encourage people not to throw trash out in your community environment. Some other specific things you could do to help is sign up for a help your community group and go help your environment little by little.
- Is joining a help the environment group good for your community and environment?
Yes I positively believe that it is good to join a help the environment group for your community. It is always good to be helpful for your community for the sake of your environment that we humans live in.
- Why should we be more environmentally conscious?
You should be more environmentally conscious because you would be doing a big favor for the health and well being of the world around us, you would be a positive role model for your community to get involved in helping to save the environment from toxic waste,trash,oil spills, etc. it is good to want to be a positive role model for your community than not at all.
True Crime vol. XXVII: The Mad Sculptor
By: Courtney Henson
On August 5, 1907, Robert George Irwin was born in Pasadena, California. Robert George Irwin was born on August 5, 1907, in Pasadena, California. His father was Rev. Benjamin Hardin Irwin, who was a prominent figure in the Fire-Baptized Holiness Church, and his mother was Mary Jee Jordan, who acted as a traditional mother figure in the family. Benjamin abandoned the family before Robert was three years old, which left the family in extreme struggle. Robert himself grew up to be a prominent artist and sculptor who often saw big success with his lifelike sculptures.
For his whole life, Robert illustrated strange and at times violent behavior. He threatened to hurt himself with a razor which resulted in Robert being committed to a state mental hospital, where he stayed for a year. Upon being released, Robert moved to a New York City house owned by Mary Gedeon where he fell in love with her daughter, Ethel. After this love was not returned, Robert was committed to another state hospital where he remained until the summer of 1936. During this time, Ethel got married prompting Robert to make a number of sculptures of Ethel with a snake around her neck.
Shortly after his release from the hospital, Roberts enrolled in the Theological School of St. Lawrence University but he was expelled on March 18 for instability. This is the event many people feel led to Robert committing his crime. He shortly returned to New York City and rented a house just a few blocks from the Gedeon house. On March 27, 1937, after suicidal consideration, Robert decided instead to walk to the Gedeon home in hopes of stumbling upon Ethel.
As relatives arrived at the Gedeon house on March 28, (Easter Sunday) for dinner, they discovered the bodies of Mary Gedeon who had been stabbed and strangled, Veronica Gedeon who had been strangled, and Frank Byrnes, a waiter, who had been stabbed.
Police initially suspected Mary’s ex-husband but after the discovery of a soap sculpture was discovered at the scene, Robert was declared the prime suspect. In June of 1937, Robert agreed to tell his story to the Chicago Herald-Examiner before promptly turning himself into New York Police. In his confession to the newspaper, Robert said he had intended to kill Ethel but after discovering she was not at the home, he instead turned on Mary, and later Veronica, before killing Frank to avoid witnesses. Very famous defense attorney, Samuel Leibowitz, quickly came to represent Robert in court when he was held for three counts of first-degree murder.
As the trial began, lots of back and forth between the defense and the prosecution ultimately resulted in Robert being tried as if he was sane at the time of the crime. Robert pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree murder to avoid the death penalty. Judge James Wallace sentenced Robert to 139-years-to-life in prison. After being sent to Sing Sing prison for a psychological evaluation, Robert was finally ruled insane. On December 10, 1938, he arrived at Dannemora State Hospital.
In 1975, Robert died of cancer in the Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Fishkill, New York. His burial site is unknown. Mary and Veronica both rest in Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Westchester County, New York. Frank Byrnes rests in Saint John Cemetery in Queens County, New York.
Movie Review: Morbius
By: Kristina Mertz
Marvel’s latest film added to the MCU consists of Morbius, starring Jared Leto, Michael Keaton, Matt Smith, and Adria Arjona. The film was directed by Daniel Espinosa and received a rating of 16% according to Rotten Tomatoes and a 5.2 on IMDB. Although the film wasn’t met with a wide range of praise, this film was a big deal for Marvel fans.
For some background knowledge the film Morbius wasn’t allowed to be even written for the big screen, because Marvel believed it was too dark for their target audience. However, it was approved in the last coming years, and therefore was adapted for film purposes.
The movie’s backstory involving the science behind how Morbius was made added to the story a whole bunch, however by the end of the movie the story line was lacking. Although, the relationships between all of the characters, whether it was brotherly, friendship, enemies, even to lovers was great, the way the main character resolved all of the issues was absent.
This movie was missing a mark personally, the strory line was wonderful and kept me hooked, however the ending and resolution was lacking a bit. I would give it a score of 6, however I don’t think I would watch this film again.
What’s Your Favorite Easter Candy?
By: Kristina Mertz
Easter is a holdiay many choose to celebrate, egg hunts, dyeing eggs, chocolate bunnies the list goes on. Be safe during this timeless holiday!
Poem of the Month
An April Day
On such a day as this I think,
On such a day as this,
When earth and sky and nature’s whole
Are clad in April’s bliss;
And balmy zephyr’s gently waft
Upon your cheek a kiss;
Sufficient is it just to live
On such a day as this.
By: Joseph Seamon Cotter
We are already in April and we are almost at the end of the school and the seniors are getting ready to graduate. We are also getting ready to do our STAAR test and some juniors are getting ready to do the TSI and SAT.
The Passionate Poet
By: Ricky Fabrow
The ingredients you’ll need for these treats are:
- Food coloring
- Chocolate mini eggs
- Half sheet baking pan
- Mixing bowls
- Cooking Pot or Microwave
Now that you have the ingredients you’ll have to follow these easy steps to make your sweet treat
- Prepare. Line the large baking pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat then set aside. Gather half of your chocolate mini eggs, crush them then set aside.
- Melt the chocolate either on the stove or microwave. (For a microwave, leave it in for thirty seconds on high to fully melt the chocolate.
- Repeat step above but for the Melt White Chocolate.
- Dye the white chocolate by dividing it into 2-3 separate small mixing bowls. Add pastel colored food coloring to each bowl and mix until combined.
- Spread chocolate out into a melted semi-sweet thin layer forming an approximate 9×12-inch rectangle, about ⅓ inch thick. Use a toothpick to swirl the sweet and white chocolate together.
- Add toppings. Arrange the chocolate eggs (½ of them will be whole while the other ½ will be crushed) Press them lightly onto the chocolate.
- Set the pan into the refrigerator to allow the chocolate to stay for 45 minutes.
After that you´ll be able to enjoy your sweet chocolate Easter bark treat to hop hop hop with enjoyment.