Basketball

Basketball

 

This basketball season is slowly coming to an end and it is safe to say that we have fought very hard this season. Our lady eagles are sitting at 5th place in district, and our boys are at 6th as of right now. Here are some of the scores from our boys’ most recent games: Carrizo Springs 51-52 (loss), Devine 41-65 (win), Somerset 30-39 (loss), Pearsall 53-63 (win), and lastly Floresville 45-54 (loss). Time for the girls: Pearsall 28-36 (win), Floresville 36-61 (loss), Uvalde 30-47 (loss), Carrizo 42-37 (win). Way to fight Pleasanton Eagles!

Our Lady Eagles were very close to making it to the playoffs, and here are some words to wrap up the season from one of our lady eagles Tanner McDougal- “We have had a very good season considering how many of our starters graduated last year. We have had to rebuild our line up but I feel that we have done a great job of coming together and working as a team.” As you can see our players worked very hard to rebuild their team and try their best to fight this season.

Overall our basketball program has definitely had lots of rebuilding to do this season and worked very hard and came very far this season. They may not have won every game, but they always put in their best effort to connect and rebuild the teams on both girl’s and boy’s sides.

Sliding into the season!

Sliding into the season!

    By: Leighlah Silva 

It is that time of year again, baseball season has started here at PHS! The head coach, Coach Standley, has some high expectations for his team. “Our goal is to win the district championship”, last year they made it very far and enjoyed every moment of it. Coach Standley is most sure that these young men have what it takes to go far. The tryout requirements involved tracking the speed of a throw, hitting a baseball off of a “Tee”, and also tracking the speed of that, they have a timed mile-and-a–half run, and they are required to catch pop flies while saying “ball,ball,ball”. 

Coach Standley has coached baseball for twenty six years as a head coach. This is his fifth year at Pleasanton as a head coach, unfortunately his first year at Pleasanton was cut short due to Covid-19. Coach Standley played baseball all his life including college baseball. “I’m a very competitive person and I grew up playing baseball. I’ve played college baseball. It’s anatomy to help kids become better people, fathers, sons, husbands. Baseball tides in with all that very well”. Baseball has been Coach Stanley’s way to meet these wonderful young men and teach them ways to be better on the field, in the classroom, and outside of the classroom.We wish the baseball team a good season and hope to see them at district championship. Pride, Pride!

Live-Love-Pitch

Live-Love-Pitch 

By: Leighlah Silva

 

Get ready to rally under the lights and feel the pulse of the school spirit in softball! Softball season has officially started here at PHS.“The goals for the season are to continue changing the culture of the softball program.  This is a rebuilding year; and we want to add to the foundation that we started last year. We will be very young this season and introducing new concepts to the younger group as well as the returners from last season. We will always build on the success from the previous year and our goal is to have a successful season and make the playoffs.” says Coach Cook, Which we know they are capable of. 

The newcomers have settled in very well on the team “Great team, just need more experience”. The freshmen have really out done themselves especially during tryouts.“We put the girls through a variety of drills that tested their abilities to catch, throw, run, and hit.  They had to be able to attempt each drill and were given a score based on how successful they were at completing .We recorded their times from contact to first base and to second base. We were looking for kids who could achieve times to first in 3.5 seconds and 7 seconds or less to second.” And they have surely found them. 

The girls have played in scrimmages and tournaments, they are having a very good start to the season with not much loses. We hope the girls have an amazing season and continue to shine bright in the school’s eyes. Pride, pride!

 

ACLS

By: Shyanne Sexton

The Atascosa County Stock Show, an annual gathering steeped in tradition and camaraderie, serves as a celebration of local agriculture, livestock, and the enduring bond between farmers, ranchers, and the wider community. Back in January, Atascosa County held a livestock show in which many Pleasanton FFA members participated in. Listed below are all the placements from this year:

 

Market Rabbits: Rebecca Martinez – 36th

 

Broilers: Lillian Krause – 4th, Hayes Pawelek- 8th, Luke Krause – 19th, Juan Carlos Cruz – 20th, Emery Pawelek- 21st, Holden Pawelek- 25th

 

Market Goats Class 2: Caylee Durbin- 3rd, Mason Taylor- 4th 

 

Market Goats Class 3: Mason Taylor – 2nd

 

Market Goats Class 6: Mason Taylor- 6th, Isabella Palacios 8th

 

Sr Goat Showmanship: Caylee Durbin- Champion Sr Goat Showmanship, Mason Taylor- 4th

 

Jr. Swine Showmenship: Kason Kelley- Reserve Champion Jr Swine Showmanship, Kaleigh Olle- 3rd

 

Int. Swine Showmenship: Ainsley Kelley- 3rd, Tycen King- 5th 

 

Sr Swine Showmanship: Ashton Barker- Reserve Champion Sr Swine Showmanship

Teacher Spotlight: Ms.Huizar

By: Shyanne Sexton 

As a first year teacher here at PHS Ms. Huizar, a name that has echoed through the hallways with much joy over the past semester, and for this reason has been elected for this month’s teacher spotlight. “I have a love and respect for the learning environment. I see teaching as a way to give back to the community,” shares Mrs. Huizar when asked about her motivation to become a teacher. Her journey into the realm of education was fueled by a profound sense of purpose—a desire to make a positive impact and nurture the minds of the next generation. Upon joining the faculty at PHS, Ms. Huizar found herself returning to familiar territory. “I chose to work at PHS because I’ve always wanted to stay close to home,” she explains. The decision to embrace this opportunity was serendipitous, yet transformative. Despite the unexpected nature of the job offer, Mrs. Huizar embraced it wholeheartedly, and it’s a decision she wouldn’t change for anything. What sets PHS apart for Ms. Huizar is not just its proximity to home, but the profound sense of camaraderie and support that permeates the school environment. “The support from peers and teachers has been unmatched,” she reflects. It’s this sense of unity and collaboration that fosters a nurturing atmosphere, both for educators and students alike. Beyond her role as an educator, Mrs. Huizar leads a vibrant life filled with diverse interests and hobbies. “In my free time, my hobbies include riding, crossfit, running, and dancing,” she shares. As Ms. Huizar continues to inspire and empower her students at PHS, her impact extends far beyond the confines of the classroom. Through her dedication, passion, and genuine care for those around her, she exemplifies the very best of what it means to be an educator.

In spotlighting Ms. Huizar’s story, we celebrate the invaluable role of educators in shaping the future and providing a community of learning and growth.

Staff Spotlight: Officer Lozano

Officer Lozano is a police officer in Atascosa County. He has been recognized for his dedication to public service and was chosen as the Staff Spotlight for this month. In an interview, he discussed his passion for his job and his strong connection to the community. 

Officer Lozano has lived in Atascosa County for 38 years and has been an officer for 17 years. He was inspired to be a police officer during his junior high years. From 2006 to 2014, he served with the Sheriff’s Department in Atascosa County, which helped him understand the local law enforcement dynamics.

Officer Lozano has a great affection for the students and staff he works with. When asked about his feelings towards the school community, he expressed his love for the students and staff, by describing them as awesome people to work with. This sentiment shows his commitment to maintaining law and order while fostering positive relationships within the community.

Officer Lozano plans to run for an elected position as the Atascosa County constable. He wants to continue his commitment to the community beyond the traditional role of a police officer. He stands out as a devoted public servant in Atascosa County, embodying the values of community, service, and integrity. His story is a testament to the unyielding spirit of those who commit themselves to the betterment of their community, and it extends beyond his work in law enforcement.

Student spotlight

Student spotlight 

By: Leighlah Silva 

Welcome back PHS, another month has passed which means another article! This month’s student spotlight goes to the amazing freshman Claire Keylich. Claire is involved in many extracurricular activities including student council, volleyball, and soccer. “I’ve been doing volleyball since 7th grade and have been in club volleyball for 3 years. I made varsity volleyball this year and it was definitely a big jump from 8th grade to varsity, a whole new level but I was able to adjust and improve to have a successful season. Lastly, I’ve been playing soccer since I was 5 and I’m now a freshman on varsity. Varsity soccer is a lot harder than I thought it would be, but I’ve gotten better at adjusting to the speed and rhythm of the game which has made me improve a lot”. As you can tell Claire is a highly gifted student-athlete, making varsity in two sports as a freshman is very outstanding! 

Claire has accomplished so much and will continue throughout her years at PHS. “My mom helps me the most when I need help or encouragement whether it’s sports, school, or advice. She is always giving me positive feedback and is always encouraging me at my sport events or my school events, however my sister inspires me the most. I always look up to her and she is the person who is always there for me. She is the first person I go to whenever something happens or whenever I need her the most”. Claire is a great role model and always will be! The Quill staff hope you enjoy the rest of Claire’s highschool years, and we hope everything continues to go well for her. We are honored to have this opportunity to write an article about this outstanding freshman. Pride pride.

Celebrating Black History Month: Honoring Resilience, Achievement, and Legacy

By: Shyanne Sexton

As February unfolds, so does an opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate the rich African American history and culture. Black History Month serves as a poignant reminder of the strength and invaluable contributions of Black individuals throughout history. From trailblazers who shattered barriers and paved the way for progress to unsung heroes whose stories remain untold, Black History Month offers a platform to honor the diverse voices and experiences that have shaped our world.

This month, let us remember the courage of civil rights activists who marched, protested, and fought tirelessly for equality and justice. Let us pay tribute to the creativity and innovation of Black artists, musicians, writers, and thinkers who have enriched our lives with their brilliance and vision.

Moreover, let us acknowledge the countless achievements and triumphs of Black communities across the globe.

As we commemorate Black History Month, may we not only reflect on the past but also recommit ourselves to the ongoing pursuit of equality, diversity, and inclusivity in all aspects of society. Together, let us honor the enduring legacy of Black history and continue to strive toward a more just and equitable world for all.

Happy Black History Month!

Hearts In Motion

In the bustling city where the skatepark meets the library, Max, a fearless skateboarding tomboy with a passion for adrenaline, crosses paths with Lucas, a nerd who secretly yearns for a taste of coolness. As Valentine’s Day approaches, their worlds collide unexpectedly, leading to a heartwarming and adventurous love story.

 

Max spends her days tearing up the skatepark, mastering daring tricks, and embracing her tomboy persona. Lucas, on the other hand, buries himself in nerdy activities, dreaming of a cooler version of himself. Their lives seem worlds apart until a community event brings them together.

 

The local school organizes a Valentine’s Day celebration, featuring a skateboarding competition and a basketball fair. Max, always up for a challenge, enters the competition, while Lucas volunteers to try out for his school basketball team, hoping to impress his crush from afar.

 

As Max practices her moves at the skatepark, Lucas becomes intrigued by her fearless spirit. One day he mustered the courage to approach her, seeking skateboarding lessons. After some convincing, Max agrees, and their unlikely friendship blossoms.

 

In the lead-up to Valentine’s Day, Max helps Lucas gain confidence on the skateboard, while Lucas introduces Max to the joy of his true passions. Together, they navigate the challenges of blending their contrasting worlds, facing judgment from others who can’t understand their connection.

 

On Valentine’s Day, Max competes in the skateboarding competition, showcasing her skills and her newfound bond with Lucas. Lucas, in turn, surprises Max with a brand-new skateboard that reflects his appreciation for her world. The city witnesses a unique and heartwarming fusion of skateboarding and geekiness.

 

Ultimately, Max and Lucas discover that love transcends stereotypes, and embraces each other’s passions. The story concludes with a romantic skateboarding adventure under the starlit sky, symbolizing the perfect blend of Max and Lucas’s worlds.

Horoscopes – Jan/Feb

By: May Smith

Aries – Burnout is real, and you can’t remedy it on the fly, Aries. This week it’s important that you create space in your life for self-care. I’m not talking about pedicures and sheet masks, as fun as those things are. What you need is time and space for your body and your emotions to catch up. This may feel like sitting around and doing nothing, which can be really frustrating for you. But, too much time and energy spent on doing can actually block getting things done in the long run.

 

Taurus – As you change, all that you encounter is likely to feel a little bit different. This can be off putting or confusing at times, but the key is to stay emotionally connected to your values and intentions. The truth is that sometimes discomfort or unease is the assignment of the moment. You may be doing everything right, but if you don’t investigate, it’s hard to gain clarity. Make room for the vulnerability and emotional awkwardness that comes with change, Taurus.

 

Gemini – This week, it’s important that you learn from past experiences. You may be feeling restless or uncomfortable with the way things are, but if you allow yourself to act or react from that place, without taking the time to notice the patterns that are at play, you’re likely to miss some important information. Don’t forget to be curious about the themes at play in your life so that you can both better understand them, but also remember to make choices that reflect what you’re excited about.

 

Cancer – People talk about letting go all the time, but what does it mean really? The practice of letting go is not one of pulling your heart and love back and being less invested in your motivations and what you’re doing. It is instead about releasing your attachment to how you believe things should go and what timeline things have to happen on. It’s also about releasing your requirement for proof or evidence in order to have faith in the process. So when you hear that it’s time to let go, now you know the assignment.

 

Leo – You have so much to be grateful for, and the more that you align with that, the better you’re going to be able to leverage the opportunities in front of you, Leo. This week may find you making major moves in your relationships and personal life. The key is to not confuse attention with love or affirmation. You are in the right space to make healthy compromises that help to improve the state of love in your life.

 

Virgo – You’re wrestling with some really major stuff, Virgo, and it’s likely to trigger some big emotions and even bigger ideas. Do your best to find ways of slowing down and getting into your body so that you can figure out what you’re really feeling and what you need. If you stay too in your head about things, you run the risk of letting your ego take over. While your ego isn’t inherently bad, it’s not the most reliable internal resource for making wise decisions. Check in with your gut this week.

 

Libra – Take the time to reflect on how far you’ve come, Libra. You’ve been navigating some really important emotional changes, and if you don’t take stock of how far you’ve come, you may not incorporate that growth into your identity. Sometimes the most important work you can do on yourself and in your life is to take it all in and digest it. Seeking equilibrium will help you a great deal this week.

 

Scorpio – This week, it’s important that you put yourself out there and make some big moves. That said, if you don’t approach matters in a collaborative way, you’re likely to feel overloaded, which will backfire on you pretty quickly. Don’t allow fear or pride to motivate you, Scorpio. Now is the time for you to be the change that you want to see in your life, regardless of your current circumstances.

 

Sagittarius – It’s hard to have peace of mind when you’re in a state of restlessness. This week, you may be seeking certainty where it doesn’t exist or looking for affirmations before they’re ready. Find and cultivate a sense of equilibrium or balance within yourself, Sagittarius. Essentially, this means returning your energy to its centre and developing non-attachment to what happens, expected timelines, or how things will unfold.

 

Capricorn – If you can motivate yourself based on your passions instead of competition or scarcity-based thinking, you’ll not only be happier but you’ll also be more successful. This week, you may be feeling agitated or defensive, and if that’s the case, you need to get your energy back in line. You are perfectly capable of handling whatever is in front of you in a wise and sustainable way; all it will take is a shift in your perspective and a willingness to see things differently.

 

Aquarius – When frustrations are high, it is really easy to lose track of yourself. Do your best to get and stay grounded this week, especially when things are not going your way. How you respond to your circumstances is much more a reflection on you than on the people around you. In other words, don’t let your most unruly emotions define you, Aquarius. Learn to sit with and nurture your feelings when you need it most.

 

Pisces – If your friends can’t celebrate your wins with you, are they really your friends? This week, you may be questioning the welfare of some of your close relationships, and while that’s not fun, it’s important to do so. Acknowledging problems in your relationships isn’t a rejection of the people you’re connected to; it’s an investment. By identifying what is and isn’t working, you can invest in the people and situations that are uplifting you and work on or with the ones that aren’t.

Hoopin’ into season!


By: Layla Rodriguez

This year’s 2023-2024 basketball season has begun. Our Pleasanton Eagle Basketball program has gotten off to a strong start. Our teams are very new and are starting to gel together and play more smoothly. We may not have won many games so far this season, but our teams are definitely growing stronger as one. Here are some words from our girl’s head coach, Coach G “My favorite part about being a basketball coach is watching the team improve. The season is very long, and our girls work hard to get better and better throughout the season so it is great to see their improvement.” Coach G is a very dedicated coach, and he loves to see his team work together as a whole to improve and dominate throughout the season.

Our basketball season has yet to start district, but here are some results from some scrimmages- Boys Basketball:  Pleasanton vs Foxtech 4-24 (win) Pleasanton vs Highland 43-35 (loss) Pleasanton vs Kings 54-40 (loss) Girls Basketball: Pleasanton vs Orange Grove 30-39 (loss) Pleasanton vs John F. Kenedy 27-61 (win) Pleasanton vs Marion 35-33 (loss). Though we may not have won every game we sure did make a great effort to keep the scores close and barely fall to the opponents. Our ladies and gentlemen put in lots of hard work each day at practice. Here is what a day at practice looks like for the girls and boys according to Coach G- “We usually start with conditioning, then we move into some shooting. After shooting we incorporate some basic skills and drills, and we finish off on working on our game plan and plays to use on our next opponent. That sounds like a lot of work! 

It’s great to see that our Eagle Basketball Program is off to a great start and working very hard each day to be the best we can be! It’s greatly appreciated to come out and support our basketball program this year and show them some love.

Womens Soccer

By: Leighlah Silva 

Soccer season has officially started here at PHS! The quill staff have partnered up with the head coach of the girl’s soccer team and asked a few questions about how he wants this soccer season to play out. This season has barely started, but the sky’s the limit for this team!

“My expectations for this season are high because our team has no ceiling in sight. This is a talented team, but more importantly, they are coachable and committed”, Says Coach Joseph. With all this excitement about soccer season starting, comes hard challenges for these talented girls! “Before they could try out, the girls were required to complete a fitness test. The varsity fitness test was a 7:20 mile and level 15 on the Nike Yo-Yo intermittent Recovery test. The JV fitness requirement was 8:30 and level 10, respectively. The actual tryouts consisted of two weeks of technical drills and a week of small-sided games.” 

Each and every day these student-athletes are working hard for district champions. This team has so much potential and amazing talent, they will in fact go far!

Rock ‘n Bowl

By: Shyanne Sexton 

In the heart of Pleasanton, where the sense of community thrives, a new chapter in high school sports is unfolding. Pleasanton High School has revived its sense of friendship and rivalry by forming its own bowling team. This new addition to the school’s roster is about more than simply strikes and spares; it’s about cooperation, skill development, and providing students with memorable memories. Pleasanton High School’s bowling team was founded by a group of enthusiastic students who realized the need for a varied sports program. Bowling, which is commonly thought of as a leisure game, was envisioned as a way to bring together students with various passions under the umbrella of friendly competition. 

As tryouts and sign-ups commenced, a diverse group of students came forward, showcasing a mix of experienced bowlers and newcomers eager to learn. The inclusive nature of the team’s formation was intentional, reflecting the ethos of Pleasanton High School – a place where every student is encouraged to explore their passions. Beyond the scorecards and strikes, the bowling team has had a profound impact on the participating students. Friendships blossomed, and students discovered talents they never knew they possessed. Sophomore Brennan Lopez said,“It’s been a great experience, it’s a great opportunity to spend time with friends.”  The team provided a platform for personal growth, teaching resilience, discipline, and the importance of teamwork – lessons that extend far beyond the bowling alley.

Student Spotlight: Emiliano Lugo

By: Leighlah Silva

Good afternoon PHS! The quill staff are coming to you with yet another student spotlight article. This month Emiliano Lugo has been selected as our spotlight. Emiliano is a highly gifted and talented student both in and out of the classroom. He participates in many extracurricular activities such as chess club, art club, and bowling club which is a new club here at PHS! You can say he is very active in and out of school. Emiliano says that all of these extracurricular activities have helped him experience new things and meet new people. His chess instructor Ms.Infante has very good feedback she says “He is very polite and generous, he helps his teammates improve in many things, even though sooner or later they will be going against each other in chess. He has a very great mindset about everyone being a winner”. 

Emiliano says that his peers have impacted his life in ways that many don’t and that is what is important because he has experienced many opportunities that he wouldn’t have experienced if it weren’t for them. Emiliano says he has adapted to the high school lifestyle by walking a lot in the hallways and meeting new teachers. 

The PHS quill staff are thrilled to have this opportunity to get to know Emiliano and honor him for being such a great student! 

Staff Spotlight

By: Layla Rodriguez

For this month’s amazing staff member at PHS we have selected our counselor Mrs.Read for our staff spotlight! Mrs.Read is one of our new councilors this year, she was formerly a counselor at our elementary. Mrs.Read first started out teaching reading interventions at the elementary and later realized her true passion. She says “I had groups of about 10 students every class period. They all wanted to tell me stories about their lives. Some stories were fun and enjoyable to hear about, others were sad and made me wonder if the student would be okay that day. As this happened day after day, I thought how wonderful it would be if this was my actual job and I could spend time helping students all day instead of listening for 5 minutes then cutting them off to work on reading.” As you can see she started out small and quickly noticed her love for helping others, and wanted to take it a step further and be able to be there for them full time. This was when she became a full-on counselor at the elementary school.

Along with Mrs.Read came her very fun, and outgoing personality, and her true passion for helping others in what she does. Here are some words from Mrs.Read: “The best part about my job is helping students in any way I can and getting to visit with them all the time. The students here at high school are fun, outgoing, kind, and want to do their best all the time. I really enjoy helping them all on their little journeys in life.” This really shows just how much she has a love and passion for taking care of her students. Mrs.Read is also a very positive role model and an all-around great person to be around! Here are some of her words of inspiration “Stay happy, healthy, and strong. The enemy will try to beat you down, so get up every day, set your mind straight, and say Jesus you got this!” Overall we are so very grateful that we have gained her as a new staff member at our campus, and that she will continue to bring smiles to our faces!

 

True Crime Vol. XXXVI: Jonestown Massacre(Jim Jones)

By: Kendall Zuniga 

How do you drink your Kool-Aid? Cold and sweet? Chunks of ice and light sugar? Bitter and poisoned with cyanide? Sadly that’s how the followers of “Jonestown” drank their Kool-Aid. It’s estimated that over 900 followers of Jim Jones had died that day from Cyanide poisoning, making it the largest mass intentional civilian death to be recorded since before the events of September 11th, 2009. 

The Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ(more formerly known as Jonestown) was founded in 1955 in Indianapolis, Indiana by Jim and Marceline Jones. Pastor, Jim Jones, would preach to a racially-integrated congregation during church services. At the height of its popularity during the 1970s, the Temple had a membership estimated in the thousands and was courted by local politicians in San Francisco, California. But by 1977, Jones had grown paranoid from the media scrutiny over the Temple’s suspicious activities, so he and his numerous followers moved to an agricultural settlement in Guyana, a remote country east of Venezuela.

U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan visited Jonestown in November 1978. Ryan was spurred to visit Jonestown after hearing word from a friend and former Peoples Temple member who couldn’t reach family members at the commune, as well as an written statement from Deborah Layton Blakey, a Jones aide who sought refuge at the American embassy, who recounted the goings-on at Jonestown. Sources say Jones had been rehearsing people for weeks on end on what to say to Ryan and the media. Soon after checking out the settlement, Ryan was shot to death along with four other people by Temple gunmen at an airstrip. 

The fear in Jones was setting in and believed something had to be done to keep his dark secret from reaching the light of day. Jones would often hold mass suicide rehearsals in order to see who his true followers were and which of his followers would give him the most trouble, making the trouble makers line up first to take the poison. He would also come to decide that if he were to “kill off” all the children, their parents wouldn’t have any reason to live. So, he starts with the babies and the people want to believe that this is just another rehearsal. For a lot of them it was just surreal. They couldn’t believe this man, who professed to have their best interests in mind, would actually kill them. It wasn’t until they saw the babies frothing at the mouth and writhing that they realized what was going on. 

The people of Jonestown, some acceptant and serene, others probably coerced, queued to receive cups of cyanide punch and syringes. When Guyanese troops reached Jonestown the next morning, they discovered an eerie, silent vista, frozen in time and littered with bodies. A tiny number of survivors, mainly people who had hidden during the poisoning, emerged. Jim Jones was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot.

NaNoWriMo Victories

By: Shyanne Sexton

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is an annual writing challenge that calls on participants to write a 50,000-word novel in just 30 days. This literary marathon demands dedication, creativity, and perseverance. For many aspiring writers, completing NaNoWriMo is a monumental achievement that signifies a triumph in word count and a journey of self-discovery and artistic expression. Four students here at PHS who undertook this ambitious challenge and emerged victorious. Throughout this issue and the next PHS Journalism staff will highlight 2 of the students at a time and their journeys. 

Kathryn Cornwell, a distinguished senior here at PHS fueled by a passion for storytelling and an extra hundred in the grade book, took her first steps into the realm of NaNoWriMo with trepidation and excitement. Like everything else she does Kathryn faced this challenge head-on, juggling schoolwork, jobs, and the demands of daily life. Despite initial doubts, Kathryn was captivated by the creative process, discovering hidden depths of imagination she never knew she possessed. 

Immersing herself in the hallow confines of our local Starbucks Kathryn harnessed the productive atmosphere, allowing her writing process to run ramped. The beginning of her narrative mirrored the distinctive contours of her personal life leading up to senior year as she expressed, “I wanted to tell my story but from an outside perspective.” However, as the long days of November fell by the way the story took an unexpected turn from a thin-veiled autobiography to the fictional narrative of a serial killer. Kathryn had navigated the early days of November with a steady pace, until she encountered a roadblock in her writing journey – what to do once she had shared her entire story. After days of pondering Kathryn had decided that to overcome this hurdle, she would draw inspiration from horror shows, movies, and books, shaping her character with newfound insight. As she found herself nearing the end, concluding her story became a challenging task, she had built relationships with the characters and couldn’t leave her narrative with a rushed or improper result.

The NaNoWriMo experience proved to be a roller coaster for Kathryn.  When asked if she would take on the daring challenge of NaNoWriMo again, Kathryn declined but shared her commitment to continue writing and pursuing her own creative desires. For Kathryn, the completion of NaNoWriMo signified more than just the creation of a novel. The discipline she honed during those 30 days translated into improved time management skills and heightened confidence, both academically and creatively.  

All the Journalism staff would like to congratulate Kathryn on her amazing achievement and wish her well in future endeavors.

Shelby Dambeck another Senior here at PHS also embarked on her NaNoWriMo journey this past month. The blank page stared back at her, and the challenge of writing a novel in just 30 days seemed daunting. Early days Shelby found herself grappling with a lack of direction in her story, unsure of where her characters would lead her. But, as she delved deeper into the writing process, a sense of accomplishment began to bloom.

Shelby shared that her writing started at a slow pace, the words trickling onto the page like a hesitant stream. However, as November unfolded, so did her narrative. Thanksgiving break proved to be a turning point for Shelby, a moment when everything began to click into place. With each passing day, her story gained momentum, and Shelby found herself caught up in the whirlwind of her characters’ lives. Shelby’s novel centered around a timeless theme: a love story between high school sweethearts. Yet, she approached it with a refreshing twist—deviating from the conventional narrative where the lovers live happily ever after.

The Starbucks proved once again to be a sanctuary for creativity. Armed with her favorite chai tea latte, she let the comforting hum of background noise and the warmth of her surroundings fuel her imagination. The ambiance became a backdrop for the development of her characters and the unfolding of their story. Shelby discovered that a change of scenery and a favorite beverage could be the perfect recipe for a productive writing session.

Shelby’s advice to fellow NaNoWriMo participants is simple but powerful: keep your pace and stay consistent. She emphasizes that maintaining a steady writing routine is key to alleviating the stress that can accompany such a challenge. By tackling her novel page by page, Shelby avoided the overwhelm that can often come with the pressure of word counts and deadlines. While Shelby doesn’t envision herself publishing or pursuing a career in writing, she recognizes the invaluable lessons NaNoWriMo has imparted. The discipline, determination, and creative problem-solving she cultivated during this month-long writing marathon are skills that will undoubtedly serve her well in her future endeavors to be a nurse. Whether in the classroom or any other arena, Shelby is confident that the resilience she honed during NaNoWriMo will be a guiding force.

As November drew to a close, Shelby looked back on her NaNoWriMo experience with a sense of accomplishment. Her journey from uncertainty to a completed novel is a testament to the transformative power of creativity and commitment. And, if she ever decides to take on NaNoWriMo again, there’s a promise lingering in the air—a continuation of the love story she brought to life, a narrative waiting to be unfolded in the pages of another Starbucks-fueled adventure.

Monthly Cause: Military Family Appreciation Month

By: May Smith

National Military Family Month has a rich history dating back to 1996 when it was officially recognized by the Armed Services YMCA; a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving military families. It has since gained national recognition and has become an important occasion for honoring and supporting military families. Throughout the years, National Military Family Month has evolved into a nationwide effort to acknowledge the sacrifices and resilience of military families and to provide them with the appreciation and assistance they deserve.

Military Family Appreciation Month is a time set aside to honor the importance of military families. Military families know what it means to serve. Every day, you get up and support your service members standing by during long training and deployments. You know the risks, but you accept this life of service anyway. You are the backbone of our military. You are the quiet, but steady fuel at home that keeps the fire burning. You keep track of military pay, benefits, and news, because you know they make a day-to-day difference in your life. When your time as an actively serving family comes to an end, you support your veteran. Serving is just what you do.

Traditionally, the president signs a proclamation recognizing that service and declaring November as Military Family Month. Over the month, families just like yours are honored, and recognized for their commitment as well as contributions in support of our military and nation.

Advice column: Expert Advice to Crush Stress and Thrive in Your Journey!

By: Brittney Rodriguez

Dealing with stress as a student can be super overwhelming, especially when the semester is coming to an end but don’t worry. Here are some tips that can help you manage your stress.

To start it’s important to take breaks and give yourself some time to relax and recharge. Between studying or participating in activities, take short breaks to do something you enjoy. It could be listening to music, going for a walk, or even just taking a few deep breaths. These little breaks can make a big difference in helping you manage stress.

Staying organized is another key to dealing with stress. Try making a to-do list and prioritize your tasks. Breaking them down into smaller, manageable parts can make them feel less overwhelming. Plus, there’s something satisfying about checking things off your list. It gives you a sense of accomplishment and helps you stay focused. 

Taking care of yourself is crucial when it comes to managing stress. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, eating nutritious meals, and staying hydrated. Try engaging in activities that make you happy and help you relax, like reading, drawing, or spending time with friends. Self-care is not selfish, it’s necessary for your well-being.

Don’t keep your stress bottled up. Talking it out can be helpful. Reach out to someone you trust, whether it’s a friend, family member, or even a counselor. They can offer support, guidance, and helpful advice. Sometimes just sharing your feelings with someone who understands can make a huge difference.

Finding healthy outlets for your stress is important too. Engage in activities that help you release stress and channel your energy. Exercise is a great way to do this, whether it’s going for a run, doing yoga, or playing a sport. Journaling can also be a helpful tool for expressing your thoughts and emotions. Don’t forget to pursue hobbies or interests that bring you joy and help you relax.

Remember stress is a normal part of high school, but it doesn’t have to consume you. By taking breaks, staying organized, practicing self-care, talking it out, and finding healthy outlets, you can manage and conquer stress. 

Horoscopes

By: May Smith

 

Aries – Expect the unexpected on the 11th. Dreams may have some insights for you about how to make more money on the 17th & 18th. Don’t let frustrations get a hold of you on the 25th.

 

Taurus – Don’t believe everything that friends tell you on the 3rd. Travel can be particularly fun on the 6th. You are exceptionally charming on the 15th. 

 

Gemini – Expect the unexpected on the 4th. Ideas come to you about how you can improve your career on the 6th. Don’t believe everything that you hear on the 27th. 

 

Cancer – You know just what to say and just how to say it on the 3rd. The 17th is an excellent time to have a discussion with your mate. Don’t let others get you into an argument on the 18th. 

 

Leo – Be careful not to overdo it on the 3rd. Expect the unexpected on the 13th. Inner intuitions on the 17th can help you determine how to make more money. 

 

Virgo – Creativity is yours on the 6th. Changing your thought processes on the 8th can bring great benefits. Confusion may be around on the 27th, so avoid making major decisions. 

 

Libra – This whole month is especially lucky for you. A dream could bring positive changes into your life on the 6th. Folks like what you have to say on the 15th. 

 

Scorpio – You are full of lots of ideas on the 8th. People like what you have to say on the 17th. A personal change proves fortuitous on the 29th. 

 

Sagittarius – Be careful not to overdo it on the 3rd. You are particularly lucky on the 14th. Focusing on work can bring rewards on the 25th. 

 

Capricorn – Be careful what you disclose on the 10th. Everybody loves you and what you have to say on the 17th. Sleep becomes more important after the 22nd. 

 

Aquarius – Expect the unexpected on the 4th. There may be some conflict between home & career on the 13th. Everybody loves you on the 9th. 

 

Pisces – It is not the best day to have a discussion with your mate on the 3rd. Travel beckons and could be a lot of fun on the 17th. Your intuition is right on the money on the 21st. 

The Christmas Vampire

By: Alex Richter

In the heart of a quaint town, where carolers sang, and holiday lights twinked, lived a young vampire named George in a snowy cottage. For about a decade, he’d been disguised as a plain, young man. He’d taken the habit of adopting the tradition of the era he was in, even though it was vastly different from when he was living. Throughout the years, George had always had a special place in his heart for Christmas.

The last blue ornament was placed carefully on the tree as George sighed, admiring the beautiful Christmas tree that he’d spent hours decorating. He grabbed his phone, pocketing it, before stepping into the cold snow. Though the ground was frozen, George’s town bustled with warmth and excitement. He loved his town, and often participated in the festivities, especially during Christmas.

Rumors spread throughout the vampire community about a mysterious and mystical potion known as the “Crimson Cocoa;” this potion was known to grant any supernatural creature permanent mortality. However, since many of the vampires were hidden within the crowds, George had difficulty learning about it. He’d always dreamed of finding another vampire and being able to bond once again, yet he’d always found himself alone.

Being mortal again was what George had always wanted. A vampire gave George a map whose identity was a mystery to him. The journey appeared long and boring; even with his inhuman running skill, he’d get there in about a day or so.

The outside of George’s town was ghostly. Once he passed it, he let his legs take him as fast as he possibly could go. The birch trees were painted a bright white and black and appeared to be wooshing by him at the speed of light. The leaves changed from a deep green to a sea blue and a velvet purple. This was the enchanted forest.

George was on his feet for hours, yet didn’t struggle too much, as he was willing to speed through vast terrains to reach his goal. As he got closer to the Crimson Cocoa, he managed to find two vampires and a young ghost whom he’d recognized from his mortal life. The vampires were traveling together, yet they looked nothing alike. Their names were Clay and Tommy. The ghost, Wilbur, was a schoolmate of George’s as a teen.

“Clay shut it. You’re not my dad,” Tommy grunted as they jogged through the terrain.

“Ugh, I wouldn’t want to be your dad with you complaining this much. I don’t know how your parents tolerate you,” Clay snapped.

“Chill out, everyone. And stop walking so fast,” Wilbur murmured as he struggled to keep up with the swift creatures.

As Christmas approached, they ended up in a building that, according to the legend, held the infamous Crimson Cocoa. The air was thick with anticipation as he unlocked the door to the kitchen. Once inside, he was surprised to find not only one glimmering mug of Crimson Cocoa but three. Now the question remained, did he give it to his friends, or keep one for himself, and let one of his friends wander alone and immortal on this day?

“George go ahead, you deserve it,” Clay smiled. 

“Well, I want one!” Tommy shouted excitedly, grabbing one for himself. “If you don’t mind Wilbur…”

“Tommy, you can go ahead and do whatever you want. There’s nothing I can do to stop you,” Wilbur chuckled.

“I don’t know… Clay, are you sure you don’t want this?” George asked.

“George, take it,” Clay said, placing the warm mug into George’s cold hands.

The choice weighed heavily on George’s immortal soul, but ultimately, he’d decided to extend the gift of humanity with his supernatural companions. He would simply have to live with immortality until he found another way. Though his Christmas was merry and bright, the time ended. George stayed a vampire, and as sad as he was, his now mortal friends stuck with him through and through, waiting for the day that George’s opportunity would come.

Diggin’ In The Cleats!

By: Kendall Zuniga

This past Friday on October 20th, our mighty eagles traveled to La Vernia to take on the La Vernia bears. Sadly the eagles lost with a final score of 40-7 and soared back home. Though our eagles were disheartened, they are not giving up the fight! With only 2 games left in the season, the boys are working hard to make their comeback this Friday against the Floresville Jaguars. Let’s Go Eagles! Pride! Pride!

Love For Our Student Section

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By:Layla Rodriguez

Our Lady Eagles have continued to improve as this season continued. Our volleyball team has had some great support shown from our student section this season. Our student section never fails to show up and encourage our girls! Our team has also started to show some improvement, and we are blending together more nicely as we practice together every day. Here are some stats over this past month: Pleasanton vs  Devine (P-1 D-3) loss, Pearsall vs Pleasanton (Pl-3 Pe-0) win, Floresville (F-3 P-0) loss, Uvalde vs Pleasanton (P-3 U-1) win, Carrizo (P-3 C-1) win. From these results you can see that our lady eagles have been fighting hard every game, and making every point count.

This season our student section has been a huge success, and seems to expand every game. Our game play is definitely much better when we have lots of support from our student section. Our players really enjoy the student section, and our supporters, they really help them to be motivated. Here are some words from Varsity player (Senior: Jadyn Swan) “In my opinion the more the better! A small crowd definitely doesn’t bring the same energy as a larger one.” From this we can see that the student section is definitely welcomed and loved by our volleyball team. Our student section also has the same love for supporting the team. A statement from the student section (Junior: Rion Ochoa) “Our student section lets the team know that they will always have someone cheering them on whether they are winning or not, the players know that we care, and they have something to play for.” As shown from these words, the student section loves to come out and support our girls and make sure that they know they are appreciated and working hard no matter the circumstance.

Overall our girls are very grateful to have our student section to cheer them on, and our student section is more than happy to come out and support! Let’s keep the positive energy as this season continues on and it is highly encouraged to come and show some love to our lady eagle volleyball program!

Good. Better. Best.

By: Shyanne Sexton

The fall tennis season was a rollercoaster ride of triumphs and challenges for the Pleasanton team. The players gave their all in each match, and their passion for the sport was evident in every swing of the racquet. Despite finishing fourth in the district and facing a first-round exit in the playoffs, this season was not without its bright spots, thanks to a roster of standout players who showcased their skill and dedication. One of the most significant achievements of the season was district awards given to standout players who consistently delivered strong performances. Their dedication, scores, and sportsmanship were what set them apart to coaches within the district who vote on these awards 

Awards given:

First Team All-District Doubles Team (girls): Farah Standley and Shyanne Sexton

First Team All-District Singles (girls): Shyanne Sexton

First Team All-District Singles (girls): Farah Standley

Second Team All-District Singles (girls): Lauren Miles 

Second Team All-District Singles (girls): Ilianna Solorzano

Second Team All-District Singles (girls): Evelynn Caraway 

Second Team All-District Doubles Team (boys): Jace Warner and Jairo Ortiz

And Honorable Mentions to players: Evelynn Caraway, Ilianna Solorzano, Brennan Lopez, Lauren Miles, Adyson Pawelek, Marcus Lynch, Micha Klien, and Kolton Sexton.

When asked about the close of the season Coach Everett said“ The odds were definitely stacked against us in playoffs but I was astonished by the amount of hustle each player gave. Although it is the end of our fall season, I know in the spring we will continue to do great things!” PHS is beyond proud of its tennis team and all of us here at PHS Journalism wish them well rest and good luck till spring season!