Order On The Court

By: Victoria Chavez

In order from left: Shyanne Sexton, Devon Clark, Luke Harlos, Blake Moos, Cian Martinez, Gage Pawelek

The Mighty Eagle Tennis team recently played against Marion high school and took home many wins in both JV and varsity. Angel Hernandez placed 3rd main draw in boys singles. Marcus Lynch placed 1st main draw in boys singles. Conner George and Mayson Smith placed 1st in boys doubles back draw. Dillion Benavidez and Shayne Cazier placed 1st place in boys doubles main draw. Rosemary Garcia and Stephanie Hernadez placed 3rd in girls doubles main draw. Devon Clark placed 2nd in boys singles main draw. Claire Benavidez placed 2nd in girls single main draw. Shyanne Sexton placed 1st in girls single main draw. Evelynn Caraway and Makenzie Richter placed 1st in girls doubles back draw. Cian Martinez and Gage Pawelek placed 2nd in boys doubles main draw. Luke Harlos and Blake Moos placed 1st in boys doubles main draw. Bennack Conroy and Elly Hernandez placed 1st in mixed doubles back draw.  

They also played in a district tournament on April 16, 2021 in Navarro high school. Angel Hernandez boys singles won 8-3. Marcus Lynch won 8-5 boys singles. Conner George and Mayson Smith boys doubles won 8-2. Conner George and Mayson Smith Boys doubles won 9-7. Shayne Cazier and Dillion Benavidez boys doubles won 8-2. Shayne Cazier and Dillion Benavidez boys doubles won 8-5. Devon Clark boys singles won 6-1, 6-4. Devon Clark boys singles won 7-5, 6-4. Shyanne Sexton girls singles won 7-6, 2-6, 6-4. Evelynn Caraway and Makenzie Richter girls doubles won 6-3, 6-3. Cian Martinez and Gage Pawelek boys doubles won 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. Luke Harlos and Blake Moos boys doubles won 6-2, 6-4. Luke Harlos and Blake Moos boys doubles won 6-1, 6-3. Luke Harlos and Blake Moos boys doubles second place. 

Luke Harlos and Blake Moos will be advancing to regionals in boys doubles and Devon Clark will be advancing as boys singles. When asked how he felt playing his final year, Luke Harlos said, “For my last season it was great…I couldn’t think of a better way to end it off…” Make sure to wish our tennis team good luck as they compete in regionals from April 27th-29th…Pride Pride, Eagle Pride!

Monthly Cause: Distracted Driving

By: Courtney Henson

The month of April is, among other causes, Distracted Driving Awareness. Being a school filled with new and inexperienced drivers, Distracted Driving awareness is very appropriate. Every day in the United States, 8 people die of an incident involving a distracted driver. Distracted driving can be categorized as texting and driving, drinking and driving, driving under the influence, and trivial things like, adjusting the AC, changing the music, taking your eyes off the road, eating while driving, and so much more. The most usual form of distracted driving is texting and driving which causes 1 of every 4 car accidents.  

Teenagers are the most common demographic to experience distracted driving accidents. Because the drivers in this age group are newer to driving, they believe they are indestructible on the road. 16% of all distracted driving accidents in 2020 involved drivers under the age of 20. These under the age of 20 accidents are also 3 times as fatal as other accidents. It is important to be wary of how you are driving but also the driving of others around you. 

With how common distracted driving accidents are, they are really easy to prevent. The easiest way to avoid distracted driving accidents is to not multitask on the road, put away the phone, make any adjustments to your seat, AC, and music before leaving, and always keep your eyes on the road. Other safe options include, leaving early enough to plan your trip ahead. This can help to prevent looking at your phone or GPS in a hurry. Avoid eating on the road, although it might be tempting to drive through and eat on the road, this is extremely dangerous and distracting, it takes your eyes off the road and hands off the steering wheel. And most important of all, pull over or wait until you reach your destination to check your phone and notifications. 

As teenagers continue to migrate to the roadways, it is important to remember that those notifications on your phone are not worth your life. Always practice safe and focused driving on the road, as well as in the passenger and back seat.

Horoscopes

By: Kristina Mertz and Courtney Henson

Aries (March 21-April 19)-

This month Aries, you must be completely unapologetic. Go about pursuing personal and productive initiatives as you would like, and bask in your power! This month you have to pursue and put into motion any and all dreams you have. And if the people around you are not supporting your dreams, think about your relationship with them. Find some time this month to meditate and find some self-care. Good luck Aries.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)-

The month of May is a resting month for you Taurus. You will feel not energized and depleted, so make sure not to push yourself into anything. Use this time to heal. Focus on self-care and tying up loose ends to help truly reach your work and relationship potential this month Taurus. It’s also important to remember that as the month gets close to an end, you must get back into the world. Find a few close friends to celebrate your birthday with you and enter the social world again!

Gemini (May 21- June 20)-

This month you will find yourself wanting to reconnect with a lost friend, try your best to find a positive spark out of this and rekindle your friendship. You might also find yourself to be very stressed after taking on too much this month, do not worry yourself Gemini, the stress will pass soon. As the month comes to a close tie up any loose ends and go about your time! 

Cancer (June 21- July 22)-

This month you must especially focus on what you want for your future. You will be in a very successful and positive head-space, perfect for working towards what you want. This month you will find that your close friends are longing to be with you more often, use this to your advantage and feed off of their energy!

Leo (July 23- August 22)-

This month Leo, you will be in an adventurous spirit! Make sure to explore this feeling and try new things. You are in a friendship period, try to meet new people this month Leo. Focus also on long-term goals and careers this month and might find great success and satisfaction in them. 

Virgo (August 23- September 22)-

This month you will want to surround yourself with people you trust and love. You will have lots of work to do this month, whether it is school or a job, make sure to pace yourself well. It will make you busy this month Virgo! Expect a new relationship this month, not romantic but platonic, you will have a strong connection and work well together. 

Libra (September 23- October 22)-

This month is very keen on relationships, but be careful and make sure the feeling is always mutual. You might potentially decide to take a step back and look at your relationship from a different perspective. But this doesn’t mean to be afraid of what could be, so always be honest and put yourself out there, because this could open up a new romantic relationship.

Scorpio (October 23- November 21)-

At the beginning of this month you are in major focus mode. All of the obligations that were piling up during the winter time are shouting your name. Be sure to delegate and outsource as much as possible. It’s worth it to trade a little bit of control for the satisfaction of completion.

Sagittarius (November 22- December 21)-

Expect to be vibrant this month, as your self expression and passion will come to life. Fun is your first priority this season and a spring awakening is underway for you. This may also open up opportunities for a love interest, but don’t let this blindside your creativity.

Capricorn (December 22- January 19)-

Spring may be in the air Capricorn, but this month you are going to tend to stay at home a little more. Take this opportunity to prioritize self care and manage your stress levels as best you can. Most importantly don’t forget to take a break and breathe every once in a while!

Aquarius (January 20- February 18)-

This month is your month to mingle! Start being social, hang out with friends, and exchange ideas. You may even have a “dynamic duo” moment this month that could potentially take a romantic twist.

Pisces (February 19- March 20)-

One step at a time will get you to your goals. Your month is off to a practical start, you had a busy birthday season last month, so you may now have a million ideas for what you want to do next. Take a few of those ideas and manifest them into something within reach and potentially even profitable.

One Team One Dream

By: Courtney Henson

Junior, Brandi Barnett, scores a goal against Somerset.

On Tuesday, February 9, both the JV and Varsity teams faced Uvalde. After a long fight, the JV tied 3-3 and unfortunately, the varsity fell, 2-0. Soon after a week of extreme weather restricting the soccer girls, they came back ready to fight. With many games being rescheduled, the varsity girls played 3 games that week. Securing a 5-0 win over Somerset, and an 8-0 win over Fox Tech, unfortunately, after a long fight with Lavernia, the Eagles fell 1-0. That same week, the JV team faced Fredericksburg and fought for a 2-1 win. Soon after, on March 3, the varsity team played YWLA and got a 7-0 win. On March 5, the Women’s teams both faced the Uvalde Coyotes. This was a game both teams had been waiting for and preparing for. After a long game the JV Eagles came out with an astonishing 5-0 win. Unfortunately, the varsity was not as fortunate and after a long fight, fell 2-0 to Uvalde. On March 18, the varsity team faced, and beat 5-0, Somerset. On March 19, the varsity team played their last district game against YWLA and won 5-0. Securing 3rd place in district. This game was also the senior night for the girls to highlight their senior players, Lacey Stevens, Zariah Garcia, Mia Hernandez, Sydney Marecka, Renata Osorio, Lyssa Ramirez, Kaitlyn Garcia, and Sofia Rivera. 

This season has been a tough one for the girls, considering all of the hardships they have faced, but as a team, they have been able to overcome them! The varsity coach, Coach Bird expressed, I hope these young ladies take the lessons of overcoming the obstacles that we faced as a group with them and use them as they move on past PHS.Through it all, these teams have remained extremely positive and worked together to find what worked for them to work so well! “Finding a way to figure out the best way to play for this year’s team took us a little longer than usual, Coach Bird said, but I think we have finally found out who our true identity is and how we play best together as a group of 18 players.” Although the players are the focus of the team, the coach is just as important. Coach Bird is the coach of the varsity team, and he has a true passion for what he does. Coach Bird feels strongly that his job extends beyond the playing field, expressing, If they are just playing soccer and leaving it at that then I don’t think I am doing my job to the fullest.” He finds great pride, and happiness in helping his players, “Watching the girls mature and come together has been fun to watch.” He said, “Being able to overcome adversity is one of the highlights of coaching young ladies.

As the varsity girls advance to playoffs we continuously wish them luck and cheer them on. In the words of Coach Bird, “Keep playing for the girls beside you. The game is more about others than it is about you.” Good luck ladies and play hard! Pride! Pride!

Seniors from left to right: Zariah Garcia, Lacey Stevens, Mia Hernandez, Sydney Merecka, Renata Osorio, Sofia Rivera, Kaitlyn Garcia, Lyssa Ramirez.

Giving Purpose to Potential

By: Courtney Henson

On March 3 the Pleasanton High School Business Professionals of America (BPA) began their 4 day long virtual state conference. Competing members include, Senior, Alizay Haren. Juniors, Brandi Barnett, Adyson Brymer, Lauren Trapp, and Ashlyn Vera, Sophomores, Conner George, Thang Nguyen, Ricardo Ramirez, and Alexis Ramos, Freshmen, Marisol Villarreal, Preston Pilgrim and the club advisor Janie Olivarri.

The members that placed at State include Brandi Barnett, Adyson Brymer, Lauren Trapp, and Ashlyn Veras Presentation management group getting 4th place. Alexis Ramos competing in Project Management Concepts getting 6th place, and Alizay Haren competing in Health Leadership Special Topics getting 8th place. Other awards won at the state conference include the Social Buzz award. Pleasanton HIgh School BPA was one of three schools in Texas to receive this award. Follow BPA on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook @pleasantonbpa! Lastly, Ashlyn Vera has become the new Regional President for Area 2 Region 2.

Although things were different this year, the club made the best out of it! Club Advisor Janie Olivarri said, “Even though State was virtual this year, we tried our best to make the most of this experience.”

Congratulations State competitors for a job well done! You make Pleasanton proud! Pride! Pride!

Let’s Par-tee

By: Jaelyn Morales

The 2021 golf season has finally begun and both girls and boys are excited to be back on the golf course after being gone so long. Unfortunately, last year’s golf season was cut short due to Covid-19 guidelines. The teams still had two tournaments to go, but because it was cancelled, they were stopped from going to the regional tournament. “We didn’t get to finish our season last year, but I’m anxious to see how well our teams will respond,” Coach Guerra stated, “We got a good group of kids coming back and with the help of a couple other newcomers, were looking forward to a pretty good season.” 

The Lady Eagles first tournament of the season was on Feb. 2nd at the Devine Golf Course. The team consists of Lacey Stevens, Sadie Mcada, Ashlyn Vera, and Blaise Diaz finished 4th overall and had a team score of 463. Lacey Stevens led the group in individual scoring with a score of 89 and finished as the 4th place medalist. Sadie Mcada shot 120, Blaise Diaz shot 123, and Ashlyn Vera shot 131. Their next tournament was on Feb. 8th and was held at the Hyatt Golf Club in San Antonio. The team finished 9th overall and had a combined team score of 454. Lacey Stevens again led the group in individual scoring with a score of 89, next was Sadie Mcada who shot 114, Blaise Diaz shot 118, and Ashlyn Vera shot 133. 

The Eagles first tournament of the season was on Feb. 3rd at the Somerset Golf Tournament located at the Pleasanton Country Club. The team consisting of Travis Garcia, Matt Garcia, Reed Foster, Brady Stevens, and Trent Crady had an outstanding start to the season by taking 1st place with a combined team score of 350. Travis Garcia led the eagles in individual scoring shooting a round of 79 and medaled 1st place overall. Matt Garcia shot 89, Reed Foster shot 87, Brady Steven shot 95, and Trent Crady shot 110. Jake Casias also competed as a medalist and shot a round of 90. 

When asked what will be the biggest struggle this season, Coach Guerra responded, “Our districts are pretty tough and it’s gonna be a struggle just to get the players to be consistent with their play and in order to get passed the district round we’re going to need to be more consistent. I think that’s gonna be the biggest hurdle we have to face this year.” While this season is off to a pretty good start for both teams, they will have to keep working and practicing hard to have a successful season.

Staff Spotlight

By: Courtney Henson

Mrs. Royal is a name you might hear around a lot during the 2020-2021 school year. Mrs. Royal has stepped up time after time and led a class where they were missing a teacher. Earlier this year Mrs. Royal stepped up to be a long term sub for the Health Science classes. More recently, she has acted as the long term sub for Mr. Ruiz, beginning when the students came back from winter break until the end of February. She has faced every responsibility of being a teacher and done amazing while doing so!

Mrs. Royal earned her degree, a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, from UTSA in 2010. From a young age, Mrs. Royal realized she wanted to be a teacher saying, “It’s what I knew I would eventually be doing.” Through interacting with others and being a part of something bigger, Mrs. Royal has allowed herself to thrive in our community and school. While being a substitute teacher at our school, and being a long term substitute for a lot of that time, she learned a lot and made a huge impact on her students. She stated that, “Doing what mattered most with every minute I had became my goal.” Mrs. Royal rose above the challenges she faced and left a positive aftermath on her students. Mrs. Royal faced these many difficulties with a positive attitude, determined to conquer them. Understanding the lack of appreciation students have for educators is the challenge Mrs. Royal finds the hardest to overcome. “Trying to figure out a way to connect and challenge those students is what keeps me on my toes.” Although being a long term sub brought many challenges, it ultimately proves very rewarding. “It would have to be seeing change!” Mrs. Royal said about the rewards of teaching. “There is nothing like trying to connect with a student and then watching them achieve something and/or change for the better!” Luckily, through this crazy season of learning, Mrs. Royal has always been able to find the silver lining saying, “There was always so much to figure out! It was very rewarding to get to know the students and I really enjoyed most of them!”

Despite the year we had, Mrs. Royal stayed optimistic and it paid off! In her words, “You don’t know what you don’t know until you know that you don’t know something. Then you’ve got to go figure it out!” Thank you so much Mrs. Royal for everything you do, we really appreciate it! Pride! Pride!

Take The Shot

By: Courtney Henson

The Varsity team lines up for the National Anthem before playing.

As we continue to face insane things, the girl’s basketball team perseveres through it all. Playing through winter break and into the new year, we continue to be amazed and proud of the girls.

On December 11, the Pleasanton Varsity, JV, and Freshmen basketball teams faced the Hondo Owls. The Freshmen team blew through Hondo with a score of 53-13. The JV team came out on top with a score of 23-21. Unfortunately, for the Varsity team they were not able to catch a win, finishing the game with a score of 49-29. On December 12, the Lady Eagles fought hard but were not able to come out with a win against A.C. Jones Highschool. The freshmen team won 33-17. The JV teams lost 28-16 and the Varsity team 57-36. On December 15, with Christmas break rolling around, the Pleasanton JV and Varsity teams faced Blanco High School. The JV team fought hard and finished strong with a score of 27-12, getting a win. Sadly, the Varsity team fell 49-24. On December 22, the Varsity team faced Fox Tech Highschool, successfully securing a win with a score of 55-30. On December 29, with the New Year around the corner, the JV team rose above Somerset getting a 22-19 win. Unfortunately, the Varsity team was not as lucky, falling under with a 57-19 loss. On January 2, 2021, as the new year began, the lady Eagles fought hard against Bandera. Sadly for them, neither team was able to pull a win. The JV team lost alongside the 44-37 Varsity score. On January 5, the Lady Eagles faced Cuero Highschool, both the JV and Varsity teams falling short of a win, but the Freshmen team secured another win. The JV team fell just short at 32-24, and the Varsity team at 44-26. The freshmen winning 33-31. Next on January 8, the teams faced La Vernia. Although the Eagles fought hard, the Bears fought harder. The Freshman team lost 29-27, the JV teams lost 51-21 and the Varsity lost 54-42. January 12, against Navarro Highschool, all teams played very intense games. The Freshmen lost 27-23. After going into overtime, the JV team barely fell 31-30 against the Panthers. Although the Varsity team fought very hard as well, they ultimately lost 40-27. On Tuesday, January 19, the Eagles faced Gonzales High school. Unfortunately the Eagles Varsity team was not able to pull a win, losing 37-29. Luckly, the JV team was more successful, securing a 42-26 win, as well as the Freshmen team winning 50-14. On January 22, The Eagles faced the Cuero Gobblers, unfortunately for the Varsity team and the JV team, the Gobblers put up a fight. The varsity team lost 27-24, and the JV 35-33 . Luckly, the freshman team won 36-26.

Although this season hasn’t gone completely as anticipated, head coach, Coach Rentfro, is still very proud of the teams. Facing Covid-19 regulations and a tough region, the Eagles have done amazing things. “It’s been a wild season due to Covid. It’s been a real test to our patience and adaptability.” states Coach Rentfro. While this year has been very different, Coach Rentfro is still able to find the good in the season, stating, “My favorite part of the season has been seeing the team give everything they got game in and game out. It’s been great to have so many girls step up in different ways to help the team.” Through the hardships of this season, the girls continue to improve, “The team has definitely let the game slow down and not rush possessions.” states Coach Rentfro. “We are making reads more quickly and trusting their abilities.” As the season continues on, the team and Coach Rentfro remain very optimistic about the season, when asked about the furthering season Coach Rentfro says, “I look forward to competing in our district and ending our playoff drought. We have one of the tougher districts in Region 4 4A, with all our opponents currently being ranked or at some point this season. Iron sharpens iron, so facing tough competition can be a great opportunity to get better.” 

As the season progresses and the Eagles advance further, they will continue to fight hard. As stated by Coach Rentfro, “None of this is guaranteed, especially this year, and any chance to be on the court is a gift.” Good job on your season so far and good luck in the games to come. And remember ladies, in the words of Coach Rentfro “You’re lucky to play basketball today, and I’m lucky to coach you.” Pride! Pride!

A Great Day For BPA

By: Courtney Henson

The Pleasanton BPA team prepares to participate in the 2020-2021 regional competition. (Mask off for picture only)

On January 23, the Pleasanton Business Professionals of America (BPA) took part in the 2020-2021 regional competition. Although the competition was held virtually, it did not pose an obstacle to the club members. Any projects or presentations had to be pre- recorded and submitted by Monday January 18. The competing members of the club including, Senior Alizay Haren, Juniors Brandi Barnett, Ashlyn Vera, Adyson Brymer, Lauren Trapp, and Connor George, Sophomores Alexis Ramos, Jazmin Bernal, Courtney Henson, and Ricardo Ramirez, Thang Nguyen and Freshmen Alexandria Balderes, Preston Pilgrim, and Marisol Villarreal, had to show up at the school dressed in business professional attire.

After many hours of presentations and testing, grading and judging began as contestants headed home. On Sunday 24 results were announced and Pleasanton did amazing. The results are as follows: Getting 1st place in the Presentation Management Team was Brandi Barnett, Adyson Brymer, Lauren Trapp, Ashlyn Vera. The Video Production Team consisting of Conner George, Thang Nguyen, Ricardo Ramirez received 1st place. Alizay Haren competed in Health Leadership Topics and got 1st place. Receiving 2nd place in Banking and Finance was Preston Pilgrim. 2nd place competing in Prepared Speech was Alexis Ramos. Jazmin Bernal got 3rd place in Health Administration Procedures. Receiving 4th place in Basic Office Systems and Procedures was Marisol Villarreal. Alexandria Banderas as a state alternate in Extemporaneous Speech and Courtney Henson as a state alternate in Fundamentals of Word Processing.

Where Words Fail, Music Speaks

By: Courtney Henson

The Pleasanton Eagle Band standing at attention.

On Saturday, December 5, the Pleasanton Eagle band traveled to Calallen High School to participate in their area contest. They departed from the band hall at around 1pm and prepared for the long ride ahead of them. Despite the cold and rainy weather, the band performed their 2020 marching show “Music of the Beatles” to the best of their abilities. After a long season of working very hard, the 2020 marching band year came to an end. The Pleasanton Eagle Band came in 9th place, out of 14 total bands that attended. This placement did not advance the band. 

This year was a wild ride for everyone involved, but the band members made the best of what they were given. Although this year for the head drum major, Reese Decker, was the final high school marching band season, he greatly enjoyed it and looks back on it as a great experience. Regarding the season, Reese says, “My overall thoughts are that I’m just extremely grateful that we got to have a season in the first place because a lot of schools around here had their marching band season completely cancelled.” Being a drum major comes with major responsibility and the opportunity to watch the band grow and improve over time, Reese says, “Something I’m most proud of is that we advanced to Area for the first time since I’ve been in high school.”

As the season ends, the Pleasanton Band reflects on the season and is glad for all of the things they were presented with this year. While the COVID-19 restrictions made it difficult for the band, they made the best of it and had fun this season. We can not wait to see what the band comes up with next year. Awesome job Mighty Eagle Band. Pride! Pride!

True Crime Vol. XVII: Murder of the Lawson Family

By: Courtney Henson & Victoria Chavez

The Lawson family portrait taken shortly before their death.

Although Christmas day is one of the most festive and happy days of the year, for one family, things could not have gone worse. The Lawson family consisted of Charles, age 49, Fannie, Charles wife, age 37 and their 7 children, Marie, age 17, Arthur, age 16, Carrie, age 12, Maybell, age 7, James, age 4, Raymond, age 2, and Mary Lou, 4 months old. Shortly before Christmas, Charles took his entire family into town and instructed them to buy new clothes and have a portrait done of the 9 person family. Charles also took a trip to the bank and withdrew all the money in his account, which was only around $60. This was unusual behavior for the working-class family but not too much thought was put into it by the community. 

 On the afternoon of December 25, 1929, in Germaton, North Carolina, Charles sent his son Arthur into town to, very ironically, purchase ammunition while the rest of the Lawson family carried on with their normal Christmas activities. Shortly thereafter, as 2 of his daughters, Carrie and Maybell, made their way to their aunt and uncle’s house Charles waited for them down the road by their tobacco barn. As they got in range, he shot them both with a 12-gauge shotgun, then bludgeoned them to ensure their death. Their bodies were placed in the tobacco barn to risk the discovery of them as he continued his vile plans. 

When he returned home from this, he shot his wife Fannie, who was outside on the porch. The shot was heard by the remaining children in the house and struck terror in them which caused James and Raymond to run and hide. Charles made his way inside and quickly shot Marie, his eldest daughter, who had just finished baking a Christmas cake which would never be served to the family. He then found, shot and killed his sons James and Raymond before bludgeoning young Mary Lou to death. Leaving Arthur as the only living member of the family.

The bodies of all of the children and Charles’ wife Fannie were found in the house with their arms crossed and their heads propped up on pillows. Carrie and Maybell were found in the tobacco barn with their arms crossed and rocks propping up their heads. 

After completing all of this, Charles retreated into the nearby woods with 2 shotguns and the family dogs, Sam and Queen. After pacing around a tree for a few hours, Charles shot and killed himself. The shots rang out in the town and were heard by a crowd gathering at the house of the already discovered bodies of the family. Officers standing with Arthur rushed to the woods and discovered Charles’ body with 2 notes in his pocket, one reading “Trouble can cause…” and the other “No one to blame.”They also recovered the money Charles previously pulled from the bank and used it towards funeral funds to bury the family. 

There are many theories surrounding the murders and why Charles committed this heinous act. The most believed and supported being that Charles had received a head injury on his farm shortly before Christmas time and had not been the same since. Neighbors and friends reported that Charles had been acting strangely in the weeks following the injury and leading up to Christmas day. After his death, an autopsy and analysis was conducted on his brain, but to their surprise, they found no abnormalities. Another theory with lots of evidence to support it, is the theory that Charles’ eldest daughter Marie, was pregnant by her father, Charles. Marie had a boyfriend at the time of her murder and had reportedly told her boyfriend, some friends, and neighbors that she was pregnant. After the family’s death, one of her closest friends revealed that Marie claimed the baby was her fathers, not her boyfriends. Shortly before the murders, Charles’ wife had also confided in a close friend that she had worries of an incestuous relationship between Marie and Charles. 

As for what happened to the lone survivor of the family, Arthur who was merely 16 at the time of the murders attempted to continue forward with his life. After efforts to keep the farm for himself, he eventually lost it and later picked up an unhealthy drinking habit as a result of the trauma. He unfortunately died in an automobile accident at the age of 32, after drinking behind the wheel; leaving behind a wife and four children of his own. Arthur was buried next to the rest of his family.

Currently, the family’s home is a tourist attraction for all to see, with each day bringing in new people to view the horrors within the walls. The owners of the museum have tried their best to keep every original item in good condition, even the cake Marie made for her family is used as a souvenir of the massacre. This tragic event has made its mark in American history and is still haunting to those who read about it. Although these murders will forever be a mystery to us and the reason behind them has gone to the grave, we do know that an innocent family was robbed of the chance at a beautiful life. 

Together We Rise

By: Courtney Henson

The Pleasanton Eagles excitedly rush out of the Eagle to begin the game.

On October 30, the Pleasanton Varsity football team traveled to Somerset to face the Bulldogs. The Eagles battled hard, but came just short of a win. Somerset came with power and were leading 20-0 after the first quarter. At halftime, the score sat at 20-14 with Somerset still in the lead. After an intense fight during the 3rd and 4th quarter, the game ended with a final score of 29-27, Pleasanton falling to Somerset. Leading offensively were JJ Morales and Diego Luna, with a touchdown a piece, as well as Sean Ramos with 2 rushing touchdowns and 2 passing touchdowns. 

On November 6, the Pleasanton Varsity football team partook in their last district game of the season against the La Vernia Bears. After a long and hard fight through all 4 quarters, the Eagles fell to La Vernia with a finishing score of 42-0. Some outstanding players from this game include Carlos Garcia with 17 tackles, Tommy Lee Ramirez, Cole Wiechring, and Toby Garner. 

Despite the outcome of the La Vernia game, the varsity Eagles football team will be advancing into the playoffs for the first time since 2017!

On Friday, November 13, the Pleasanton Eagles faced the Austin LBJ Jaguars in the bi-district playoff game of the 2020 playoffs. After a tough fight through all 4 quarters, the Eagles fell 61-0. Sadly, this concluded the Eagles tough season and ended the seniors high school football career. 

While this has been a crazy season with both its ups and its downs, the head coach, Coach Liska, is very proud of his boys performance this year. “I am most proud of the boys who played football this year and stayed with us the entire season. Also, for making the playoffs after a 0-4 start to the season.” 

While this season hasn’t 100% gone as hoped, Liska believes the team has improved a significant amount this year and will only continue improving in the future. “Sticking together,” Coach says, “At times during the year we had a choice to fold up the tent or to try and make the playoffs. WE trusted each other and stuck together to gain a playoff spot.” With all of this in mind, when asked about his thoughts and outlooks on this season, Liska stated, “In the months of April through July the uncertainty of us even having a football season due to Covid-19 pandemic was mentally, emotionally, and physically draining. The message was to stay positive and be flexible! The Covid-19 protocols were changing daily and we had to be able to adjust and adapt. We were blessed to be able to start practice in August and play all 10 games.”

As the football season comes to an end, Coach Liska leaves the team with these words, “In life you will face adversity and things don’t always go as planned… but you have to pull up your britches, wipe your nose and do the best you can. Congratulations you survived a pandemic. MASK UP!” We will continue to be proud of the boys performance and their strength concluding this year. Amazing job this season and we can’t wait to see you return next year. Pride! Pride!

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much

By: Courtney Henson

Earlier this month, the Pleasanton Education Foundation began hosting a fundraiser to help support the students and staff of Pleasanton Independent School District. The Education Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports both the staff and the students of Pleasanton ISD. The foundation supports many different programs, including providing funds to encourage & improve innovative practices at all campuses and supporting students through scholarship opportunities to encourage & and support furthering education.

As this fundraiser begins across the school district, the student council club here at the high school organized the goals for the high school students to reach and the rewards that would come as a result. On Monday October 5, as the fundraiser began, the goal to meet was set at $3,000, with a reward of everyone getting to dress up on the day before Halloween. It was encouraged that every face to face learner donate $5, which would allow us to meet our goal. On October 13, the fundraiser was changed so that anyone who donated $3 got to dress up on the day before Halloween, and in the event that we reached the $3,000 goal, everyone would get to dress up. By walking around at lunch, encouraging each other, and the reward of dressing up in sight, the student council was able to collect a good amount of money from the student body. On Monday, October 13, the minimum donation required to be able to dress up was changed to $5 in hopes of reaching our $3,000 goal. 

As the fundraiser continues until the deadline on Thursday, October 29, we encourage you to donate so you can not only dress up on the day before Halloween but also support our school and the students all around you. Pride! Pride!

DIY Halloween Costumes

By: Kiarra Sanchez

Most people may not have the time to go out and buy costumes or they simply cannot, thanks to everything going on in the world. Here are some simple DIY costumes you can make at home:

Alice Angel for Girls:

Not all costumes have to be scary; you can be a sweet little demon sent from above. Alice Angel is from a horror video game by the name Bendy and The Ink Machine. If you have a black dress this will be very simple. Here are the steps:

  1. Find yourself a plain black dress to wear. If it has sleeves that’s even better!
  2. Make a bow out of white ribbon and pin it to the collar of the dress. 
  3. If you have white gloves, go ahead and put them on. If not, that’s okay. 
  4. You can sew a pair of horns onto clips, paint a headband that already has horns white, or make paper horns and hot glue them to a headband or hair clips.
  5. Finally, find a pair of black heels or flats.

This is the simple way to make a cute costume for yourself. If you don’t wanna do anything spooky, this is a perfect costume for you. 

 

Steampunk for Boys:

You can do a lot of things with cardboard. One of many things you can do with this material is make some cool steampunk gadgets. 

  1. Find a formal shirt
  2. Optional: overalls or a vest
  3. Find some formal pants. Although if you don’t have any, jeans will work just fine. 
  4. Find a good amount of large boxes (3-5)
  5. Think about some cool gadgets you might wanna make to go with the costume.
  6. If you don’t have a tophat, make one out of cardboard and paint it a darker brown
  7. Make some little steampunk style charms like small gears.
  8. Optional: Make a nice pair of goggles

There’s many possibilities when you have creativity and just some simple cardboard. Steampunk is the coolest thing you can make with this kind of material. It’s a cool look that’ll be easy to pull off.

 

Couples Costume:

There are many different different kinds of costumes out there for couples. A few of them are scary, some cute. This time we’re going to discover a funny one. Ratatouille costume.

Remy:

  1. Find a grey dress if you have one
  2. Make a pair of ears. You can make these out of cardboard and hot glue them to a headband.
  3. Get your makeup out ladies and put some whiskers on your face. Don’t forget the nose.

Linguini:

If you don’t have a chef’s outfit, it’s okay! Here’s another way you can pull this off. 

  1. Find a white button up shirt and ask your girlfriend to sew more buttons on it.
  2. Ask your girlfriend to borrow a white skirt, you don’t have to.
  3. Black pants
  4. Red shoes
  5. Make a chefs hat out of paper

That is a very easy way to pull off this costume.

Even if you don’t have the time or money, there are some easy DIY costumes you can make at home. These are the most simple steps for a few costumes that you’ll hopefully give a try.

Ace, Ace, Baby

By: Courtney Henson

The Pleasanton JV and Varsity tennis team assist with a food drive at the Pleasanton First United Methodist Church.

On Monday, August 3, after a very long break, the Pleasanton tennis team returned to practice. With a very exciting fall season ahead of them, the team was very anxious to get back. They worked very hard with a positive outlook on the season, but unfortunately this season has not gone as they hoped it would. On August 26th the Pleasanton Tennis team faced Hondo and fell 15-4. On September 2, the Pleasanton Eagles were beaten 16-3 by Devine and on September 12, with 4 players gone, they lost 19-0. Recently, on September 26, the Pleasanton tennis team defeated Somerset 10-7.

When asked about his thoughts and outlooks on this season, senior Blake Moos says, “This year we have new teams in our district so it’s going to be a difficult season for us. We’re all having fun though and that’s what really matters.” When asked the same question, junior Emalee David said “This season we’ve been doing really good so far. Despite the new challenges and regulations everyone has grown and gotten better each day.”

Coach Schwab is known to be a very optimistic person, and this answer reflects just that. When asked about his thoughts on the season Coach Schwab said “Well my thoughts on this season are that it’s 2020 and this whole season is just… wack. It’s different than any of us have ever imagined, I mean we’re on the court in masks and we can’t touch anybody. I mean we have to follow protocols on the bus. Everything is different so we’ve had to adjust to that, and it’s been crazy.” This year the tennis team is facing a district with much stronger teams, but Coach Schwab remains positive about the outlook of the season saying “we’re just as ready as we can be and we’re gonna go play. I mean we’re going in true eagle pride and eagle fashion and were going to go play and do the best of our ability. That’s all we can hope for and that’s all we’re gonna do. We’re all going to be there and we’re all going to do our best and we’re all going to walk off that court with our heads held high, whether win or lose and we’ll see what happens at the end of the 5 week run.”

The tennis teams, along with other sports, have been greatly affected by the new rules regarding Covid-19, however, they have handled them with respect and ease. Senior Blake Moos says, “Due to COVID, it is somewhat difficult to find teams that want to have matches with outside teams, but Coach Schwab has done a great job finding us matches. Also, wearing a mask on the court is a real struggle for our stamina, but we make it work!” Regarding the changes Covid has made to the team, junior Emalee David says, “Some schools can only travel with their varsity team, so our JV team doesn’t always get to play at every tournament. We also have to wear masks on and off the court, and even while we play, which has been a big challenge. Fortunately, all of my teammates are willing to get past the mask and focus on the sport.”

Although this season has not turned out as the team had hoped, they will continue to work hard and stay positive. Through this tough time, your teammates have some words of encouragement for you. Blake Moos says “Just keep coming to practice and we will keep getting better together.” Emalee David says to her fellow teammates, “For my fellow athletes in tennis and any other sport I just want to say that I’m so proud of everyone. Each new challenge that we face, we have gotten passed and are ready to face the next one. I just ask that everyone keeps persevering and looks at the positive. We’re all in this together.”

Lastly, from Coach Schwab to his players, “We’re still a team that’s standing. We haven’t even been scared about it, so the encouragement is they know that if they go out there and do what they are supposed to do things are gonna fall right and I don’t know what can be more encouraging than that. I’m proud of them, I’m proud of the work they have put in, I’m proud of what they’re gonna put in and I just hope that we’ve done enough. Well, find out. We’re gonna find out one way or another. And that’s where we’re at. We’re in one of the hardest districts we have and they are just doing so amazing. They really are awesome.” While Coach Schwab provides encouragement to his players everyday, they also encourage him and continue to make him proud everyday. “They do what they have to do, they want to play tennis,” Schwab said, “and that’s what I find so encouraging and so incredible that they want to play tennis.”

Although this season has not started as you hoped it would, we wish you the best of luck on the rest of your matches to come Eagle Tennis. Pride! Pride!

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

By: Courtney Henson

Kate McNeill, a name known all around campus. Kate is well-known and well-loved by her peers for her kindness, enthusiasm, and charisma. Over the past 4 years, Kate has worked incredibly hard in all of her classes. This work has paid off, and Kate will graduate as the valedictorian of the class of 2020! Kate plans to attend Texas A&M University at College Station to study animal science. When asked why she chose the animal science field, Kate said, “Because I was raised in a rural community, I have created some deep relationships with agricultural people and wanted to major in the College of Agriculture. I chose animal science specifically because I want to diversify myself as a dental school applicant and the coursework included the science courses I needed as prerequisites.

Being the valedictorian can require a lot of work, a lot of competition and responsibility, but to some people this competitive nature comes naturally! Lucky for Kate, she was born competitive. “In kindergarten I knew I wanted to have the goal of being valedictorian, which I guess was born out of my competitive nature. Then, when freshman year came around, I knew I had to take it seriously. After that, my perspective shifted towards college and I knew that more doors would be open for me if I kept doing well in school. I was motivated by knowing I would be putting myself ahead for my future and giving myself the best advantage when it came to college,” Kate said when asked what kept her motivated. Along with having to keep up with schoolwork and grades, Kate participated in many extracurricular activities. She was able to handle all of these things very well while also staying on top of her grades. When asked how she balanced both school and many of these activities, Kate said, “I always knew that I didn’t want to have to give up sports and rodeo in order to be successful in school, so this meant I had to really manage my time. Oftentimes I would stay after school until practice started to work on homework or get some tutoring. Just staying ahead on a day to day basis really helped me along with my teachers being very flexible and accommodating.

 Along with working very hard and balancing your time well, another thing that can help you stay ahead and create motivation is the people all around supporting you. The teachers at PHS can play a huge role in influencing the students’ work. When asked what teacher at PHS influenced her the most and why Kate said, “This is a hard one, but I would have to say Mr. Herrmann, my AP Physics teacher, had the biggest impact on me. At the beginning of my junior year I felt very overwhelmed by the rigor of his class and wanted to just change my schedule.  After a meeting with him, he reassured me that if I worked hard and accepted the challenge it would all be fine. I decided to stick with it which was one of the best decisions I had ever made. I not only learned the coursework thoroughly, but also learned how to push myself in ways I never had before.” Alongside the teachers, the only other adults that can influence and support you just as much, and more, are your parents. I asked Kate’s parents for some words and they had some very sweet things to say: “Kate has tremendous drive and a work ethic to be admired. She has also been blessed with excellent teachers and a school environment that has helped her thrive. We could not be prouder of her and are so thankful for this wonderful community who has supported her along the way.

Congratulations on everything you have accomplished at Pleasanton High School. We on campus could not be more proud of the things you have done. We wish you the best of luck and know you will do great things. Pride! Pride!

Teacher Spotlight

By: Courtney Henson

Mrs. Moos is a teacher here at the high school. She has been an important teacher on our campus for 4 years along with previously teaching 4th grade and 6th grade years ago. Mrs. Moos plays a huge part in the behind the scenes of Pleasanton High School. Some of her duties include supporting the teachers with technology and resources as well as ordering books and keeping up the library collection, assisting students with technology and their accounts, taking pictures, keeping up the website and PHS social media, making Golden Ps and keeping up the Positivity Challenge. Along with all of this work, Mrs. Moos plays an important role in the student council club by sponsoring the club and organizing events.

Mrs. Moos graduated from Pleasanton High School and received her Bachelor Of Science degree in Multidisciplinary Studies from Texas Tech University. She then went on to receive her Master’s in Library Science from Sam Houston University.

When asked what her favorite part about being a teacher is, Mrs. Moos stated, My very favorite part of being a teacher is building relationships with the students. I love getting to know each one. It’s also a lot of fun when I can help them.” While there are many great things about being a teacher, they also face many challenges. Mrs. Moos says, “Some of the challenges of being a teacher is getting some students excited about reading and learning.  It can be a challenge at times getting students to understand why we have some of the rules we have.” Along with these challenges, Mrs. Moos says that it’s also a challenge when she sees students struggling with things other than school that she can’t help with or fix. Recently our school has had to extend to online learning. When asked how she is helping to encourage online learning to the students, Mrs. Moos says, I have helped to make sure students who do not have a device to work on receive a Chromebook.  I make sure that they are able to access their accounts and often have to reset them so they can gain access.  I have had many questions about Google Classroom and have had to help teachers, parents, and students access their Google Classroom.

Mrs. Moos has thoroughly enjoyed her time here at PHS and can not wait to get back to school! Thank you, Mrs. Moos, for everything you do. Pride! Pride!

Dominating in Dallas

By: Courtney Henson

The Pleasanton BPA members who advanced left on Wednesday, March 4, to participate in the state leadership conference. The conference took place in Dallas, TX this year. The teams and individuals who competed did very well! Robert Rutherford, Paige Hubert, Lauren Dowdy, and Delanee Ollivarri’s Global Marketing team received 1st place. Thomas Huizar, Jordan Haby, Andres Torres, and Nathaniel Gonzales received 5th place in their Broadcast News Production team event. Makenzie Pilgrim competed in Advanced Interview Skills and received 1st place. Isaac Garcia, who competed in Prepared Speech, got 9th place. The following students did not place but participated with their very best.  Adyson Brymer, Lauren Trapp, Brandi Barnett, and Ashlyn Vera’s Presentation Management team also competed. Kory Caballero participated in computer modeling. Alexis Ramos competed in Fundamental Word Processing. Alizay Rodriguez competed in Medical Office Procedures. PHS is proud of all BPA students who participated with their hard work.

This year, the Pleasanton BPA team had a few participants advance to the national competition, which sadly will not take place this year due to the spreading of COVID-19. The national qualifiers are the Global Marketing team, Lauren Dowdy, Paige Hubert, Delanee Olivarri, and Robert Rutherford, who received 1st place at state. Makenzie Pilgrim, who competed in Advanced Interview Skills and received 1st place at state, also advanced to nationals. The club also had a few national alternates: Isaac Garcia who got 9th place in Prepared Speech and the Broadcast News Production Team, Nathaniel Gonzales, Jordan Haby, Thomas Huizar, and Andres Torres, who placed 5th at state are also national alternates.

Alongside all of the qualifiers, there were also four Statesmen Torch Recipients; these were, Lauren Dowdy, Makenzie Pilgrim, Paige Hubert, and Delanee Olivarri. As well, both Makenzie Pilgrim received a $1,000 scholarship and Delanee Olivarri receiving a $500 scholarship. Also, Delanee Olivarri received Texas Statesman of the Year. Lastly, Isaac Garcia, regional officer, and Delanee Olivarri, State Parliamentarian, received Texas Officer Team.

Congratulations to everyone who participated and good job on your accomplishments! Here’s to a great BPA year. Pride! Pride!

Note-ables

By: Courtney Henson

On Tuesday, March 3, the Pleasanton Wind Ensemble and Symphonic bands participated in a UIL contest. Both bands did very well. The symphonic band, led by Mrs. Yarnell, received a 2 on stage and 1 in sight-reading. The Wind Ensemble band, led by Mr. Solis, received a 1 on stage and a 1 in the sight-reading portion. 

On Saturday, March 7, some of the band members left early in the morning and started their journey to Orlando, Florida. On Sunday, the band arrived at the park and went immediately to Universal Studios, where they spent the day.  On Monday, they had a very eventful day! They participated in sight-reading a few Disney music pieces and performing a piece from Disney’s Moana and spent the rest of their time in Magic Kingdom and got to end the day watching the spectacular firework show.  On Tuesday, the band spent the entire day in Epcot, where they left to make the return drive home.  The band returned home on Wednesday, the 11th, after a long few days. 

Congratulations on a wonderful year for the band! Pride! Pride!