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Paraprofessional of the Year: Mrs. Salinas

By: Kristina Mertz

If you’ve ever had a fever, stomachache, or were in desperate need of some allergy medicine, Mrs. Annette Salinas, also known as the school nurse, has definitely made your day better. She is known throughout the school as a kind caregiver, who will never hesitate to help a student.

When interviewed by senior, Dillon Meyers, she said, ““To begin with, I’m a school Nurse Aide. My training has been through ESC-Region 20. Training such as emergency first aid, CPR, seizure, diabetes, etc. Through the years, PISD District Nurses have delegated and trained me for other skills as well. — As I like to say, ‘I’m the mom that does first aid at school!’ — I started as the back up to the Nurse Aide when we had the Intermediate Campus (I was a library aide at the time) many years ago, when she left I stepped into the position for a few years and then transferred to PHS about 9 years ago.” 

As PHS’s school nurse she has many duties and responsibilities. “I also keep track of student immunizations, vision and hearing screenings, administer medications at school too.” When asked if she always wanted to be a nurse aid, she responded with, “Administering first aid has always come natural to me. I grew up on a dairy farm and learned at an early age to care for animal wounds. I’m not squeamish to wounds and blood and can stay calm in stressful situations. When I was married and had kids – two boys, one girl – I had plenty of first aid practice on them!” — “Also when I was [a] kid, my sister, brother and I helped care for our grandparents when they became bedridden at home.”

She later added, “I’ve been at PISD 20 years as a paraprofessional of some sort, over half that time in the Nurse’s Office. If I didn’t love my job, I wouldn’t be here.” Her favorite part about the job is, “Knowing I helped a student’s day go a little bit better!” And her least favorite part is, “Not being [able] to be in two places at once.”

“When someone takes care of others it’s rewarding, no matter if it’s a little bit or a lot” she stated. Mrs. Salinas is a prominent educator, who will always be valued highly in the halls of PHS for years to come. Thank you Mrs. Salinas!

The Final Poll of the Month… Until Next Year That Is…

What Are You Going to Do After High School?

By: Dillon Myers

There are many options as to what to do and be after high school. Leaving high school is the start of a new chapter, full of new beginnings and new friends. New beginnings usually involve new activities and/or jobs, such as working at Whataburger, joining the Air Force, or going to Baylor University. Of course, you can always just be a bum on the streets or in your parents’ basement, though we don’t recommend it. (Anyway) Here in journalism, we got curious as to what you were planning on doing after you leave PHS… The results are shown below.

Good choices!

My dear readers, dear Journalism class, and dear… anyone else who happens to be reading this, God bless you and have a great rest of your life.

Riddles and Brain Teasers!

By: Dillon Myers

A red house is made from red bricks. A blue house is made from blue bricks. A yellow house is made from yellow bricks. What is a green house made from?

#27 in https://www.rd.com/list/brain-teasers/ 

Why is the letter F like death?

#28 in https://www.rd.com/list/brain-teasers/ 

A man describes his daughters, saying, “They are all blonde, but two; all brunette but two; and all redheaded but two.” How many daughters does he have?

#29 in https://www.rd.com/list/brain-teasers/ 

If you have a 7-minute hourglass and an 11-minute hourglass, how can you boil an egg in exactly 15 minutes?

#30 in https://www.rd.com/list/brain-teasers/ 

How far can a squirrel run into the woods?

#31 in https://www.rd.com/list/brain-teasers/ 

During which month do people sleep the least?

#37 in https://www.rd.com/list/brain-teasers/ 

Put a coin into an empty bottle and insert a cork into the neck. How can you remove the coin without removing the cork or breaking the bottle? 

#44 in https://www.rd.com/list/brain-teasers/ 

I have a large money box, 10 inches wide, and 5 inches tall.  Roughly how many coins can I place until my money box is no longer empty?

#46 in https://www.rd.com/list/brain-teasers/ 

What do an island and the letter “t” have in common?

#47 in https://www.rd.com/list/brain-teasers/ 

What is unusual about the following words: revive, banana, grammar, voodoo, assess, potato, dresser, uneven?

#48 in https://www.rd.com/list/brain-teasers/ 

How can a man who shaves several times a day still sport a long beard?

#49 in https://www.rd.com/list/brain-teasers/ 

An elevator is on the ground floor. There are five people in the elevator including me. When the lift reaches the first floor, one person gets out and two people get in. The lift goes up to the second floor, three people get out, five people get in. It then goes up to the next floor up, no-one gets out but 12 people get in. Halfway up to the next floor up the elevator cable snaps, it crashes to the floor. Everyone else dies in the elevator except me. How did I survive?

#53 in https://www.rd.com/list/brain-teasers/ 

What 4-letter word can be written forward, backward or upside down, and can still be read from left to right?

#56 in https://www.rd.com/list/brain-teasers/ 

Bonus Riddles:

What is the question you can ask all day, get different answers for the same, and they would still be correct?

#4 in https://www.missmalini.com/2018/04/17/7-super-confusing-riddles-that-are-complete-head-scratchers/ 

Two fathers and two sons go fishing. Each of them catches one fish each. So, why do they bring home only three fish?

#5 in https://www.missmalini.com/2018/04/17/7-super-confusing-riddles-that-are-complete-head-scratchers/ 

Staff Spotlight: Mr. Macias

By: Dillon Myers

Mr. Macias has been a proud PISD staff member for a good while now. During his time here, he has shown his ability to remain level-headed and make the right choice in tough decisions. It is easy to see how much he enjoys teaching others and helping guide them as best he can. 

On the sixteenth, Mr. Macias was asked “How did you get to be where you are now?” To this, he stated, “Different milestones. I think I’ve always been a teacher, even when I was a student myself in high school because kids saw me as smart… So I’ve been doing some teaching from a very young age. There’s a drive for me to really know what motivates others…” He went on to say, “The passion for being an educator has been something that has been with me, that I grew up with.”

When asked what his favorite thing about his job is, Mr. Macias replied, “Being able to get to know the students. Being able to create the relationships with them that impact their lives and decisions they’re making.” He was also asked what made him want to be an administrator, to which he said: “An administration is different, I was a teacher first. Moving into a leadership position is something… It was a sense of drive towards can I do teaching as an administrator?” He also said that in order to ensure that he does well, Mr. Macias likes to take the slow road, as opposed to “moving through the hierarchy quickly” as some do. “I’m at the end of my career now. But, I’ve enjoyed it, it’s been a good journey.” 

Mr. Macias is always doing so much for the school and has a huge impact on the lives of PHS staff and students. Thank you, Mr. Macias, for all of your hard work.

April Monthly Poll

What Do You Go to a Fair For?

By: Dillon Myers

The Strawberry Festival came and went like a fart in the Sahara (as the Finns would say). There were many things to do, even with COVID-19 safety measures still in place. With tons of rides and food, along with shopping, games, and concerts from various bands, no one was left unoccupied. Here at PHS, we wanted to know, which of those commodities you went to the Strawberry Festival for. The results are depicted below…

Bonus option: German lullabies

Stay Tuned for the Last Poll of This School Year!

Riddles and Brain Teasers

By: Dillon Myers

A man is looking at a photograph of someone. His friend asks who it is. The man replies, “Brothers and sisters, I have none. But that man’s father is my father’s son.” Who was in the photograph?

#4 in https://www.rd.com/list/brain-teasers/ 

“In 1990, a person is 15 years old. In 1995, that same person is 10 years old. How can this be?”

#8 in https://www.rd.com/list/brain-teasers/ 

“A sundial has the fewest moving parts of any timepiece. Which has the most?”

#9 in https://www.rd.com/list/brain-teasers/ 

What makes this number unique: 8,549,176,320?

#10 in https://www.rd.com/list/brain-teasers/ 

The person who makes it has no need for it. The person who purchases it does not use it. The person who does use it does not know he or she is. What is it?

#19 in https://www.rd.com/list/brain-teasers/ 

You’re escaping a maze, and there are three doors in front of you. The door on the left leads to a pit of lava. The door in the center leads to a room filled with deadly gas. The door on the right leads to a lion that hasn’t eaten in three months. Which door do you choose?

#20 in https://www.rd.com/list/brain-teasers/ 

What has cities, but no houses; forests, but no trees; and water, but no fish?

#21 in https://www.rd.com/list/brain-teasers/ 

How can 8 + 8 = 4?

#23 in https://www.rd.com/list/brain-teasers/ 

The water level in a reservoir is low but doubles every day. It takes 60 days to fill the reservoir. How long does it take for the reservoir to become half full?

#24 in https://www.rd.com/list/brain-teasers/ 

A farmer needs to take a fox, a chicken, and a sack of grain across a river. The only way across the river is by a small boat, which can only hold the farmer and one of the three items. Left unsupervised, the chicken will eat the grain, and the fox will eat the chicken. However, the fox won’t try to eat the grain, and neither the fox nor the chicken will wander off. How does the farmer get everything across the river?

#25 in https://www.rd.com/list/brain-teasers/ 

Monthly Poll: March

Are We Bodies with Souls or Souls with Bodies?

By: Dillon Myers

Bodies, like souls, are essential components to us humans. Millenia of studies and research have taught us a ton about our bodies and how they function, but one thing that continues to baffle us is: What is a soul? This intangible, immaterial… thing has raised many questions over the years. Where is the soul located? Can humans live without it? Why do we have souls, and what is their purpose? Of the multitudes of questions asked, there is one here at PHS that we are curious as to what your replies will be, which is: Are We Bodies with Souls or Souls with Bodies? The results of the poll are displayed below…

Totally Unrelated Fun Fact: The Earth weighs around 13,170,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 pounds!

Riddles / Brain Teasers

By Dillon Myers

Dil drank Dr. Pepper day after day, diving deeper and deeper into dental debt. 

They can be harbored, but few can hold water. 

#2 in https://bestlifeonline.com/riddles/ 

Has a tongue, but never talks. Has no legs, but sometimes walks. What is it?

#11 in https://bestlifeonline.com/riddles/ 

I am rarely touched, but often held, and if you are smart, you’ll use me well. What am I?

#12 in https://bestlifeonline.com/riddles/ 

What is it that no man ever saw, which never was, but will always be?

#17 in https://bestlifeonline.com/riddles/ 

A shimmering field that reaches far, yet it has no tracks, and is crossed without paths… What am I?

#19 in https://bestlifeonline.com/riddles/ 

You carry it everywhere you go, and it does not get heavy… What is it?

#24 in https://bestlifeonline.com/riddles/ 

You have me today, tomorrow you’ll have more…As your time passes, I’m not easy to store; I don’t take up space, but I’m only in one place; I am what you saw, but not what you see… What am I?

#28 in https://bestlifeonline.com/riddles/ 

I can be cracked, I can be made. I can be told, I can be played…What am I?

#29 in https://bestlifeonline.com/riddles/ 

2021 Coming to Assist

By: Dillon Myers

The Eagle boys during their playoff game.

The head coach of Boys’ Basketball, Coach Marquez, stated his expectations for the season is, “To do the best they can during district. To go as far as we can during the playoffs.” When asked what his favorite thing about basketball is, Coach said, “My favorite thing about basketball is the competition, to see the boys compete every single day. They push themselves to compete and play as hard as they can every single day. Whether it’s in basketball practice or during school.” 

The Eagle boys won by a long shot on November 17th up against Brooks Collegiate Academy. Three days later, they had a close game against Lanier, once again coming out on top. The next day, on the 21st, the Eagles lost 63-65 against Wimberley. On November 24th, the Eagle boys lost to Young Men’s Leadership Academy. The Eagles stomped Winn four days later, with the score coming out to be 76-34. Bandera took quite a beating on the first day of December, with the final score being 84-49. Hondo lost to our Eagle boys on the fourth of December, with the score being 76-40. The following day, the Eagles won against Del Rio by 22. Nearly a week later, the Eagle boys won against Luling. The next week, Uvalde and Jones both were crushed by our Eagle boys. This was followed by a three-game losing streak by our Eagles on the 19th, 21st, and 30th by Southwest, New Braunfels, and San Antonio Christian, respectively. On the second of January, the Eagle boys won against Davenport. Three days later, they won against Fox Tech, with the score ending as 74-47. On the 8th, the Eagle boys barely lost against Brooks Academy of Science and Engineering, with the score being 61-69. On the twelfth and nineteenth, the Eagles beat Navarro and Gonzales, with the scores being 60-52 and 68-38, respectively. The Eagle boys lost to Cuero on the 22nd and lost to La Vernia on the 26th. On the 29th of January, the Eagles won against Navarro. Then, on the fifth of February, the Eagle boys won yet again against Gonzales, with the score turning out to be 85-42. The Eagle boys´ playoffs game, which took place on the 23rd, ended with a losing score of 53-57. 

Coach Marquez commented that the end to their season was unfortunate, later adding, “The guys did a really good job. It’s one of those things you hate to see ending…” Coach Marquez went on to say, “I’m looking forward to seeing the boys play hard. For them to come out and grow as players. We strive to push them as hard as we could in sports, school, and life in general.”

That’s All, Folks!

Monthly Poll – Valentine’s Day: Sweet Hearts or Chocolate?

By: Dillon Myers

Be sure you tell your loved ones that you love them not just on Valentine’s Day, but everyday. With that being said, Valentine’s Day came and went just as quick as high school relationships do… It is a time for couples to love, and a time for loners to party. A time for candy, and a time for chocolate. Of all the Valentine’s Day gifts, there are two that stand out amongst the others: sweet hearts and chocolate. We asked those at PHS which of the two they prefer, and these were the results:

Be sure to have some green clothes handy to be ready for St. Patrick’s Day!

Jan. Poll of the Month

By: Dillon Myers

Two major motivations: power and love. Everyone wants to be powerful, and everybody wants to be loved. William Gaddis said, ¨Power doesn’t corrupt people, people corrupt power.¨ Karl Menninger once said about love, ¨Love cures people – both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.¨ The question is though, which of the two would people prefer if they could have only one? Well now you can see for yourself! The PHS campus had 75 people who voted, and of them, a whopping 63 said they would rather be loved than powerful, whereas 19 chose that they’d rather have power…

“To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.” – Montesquieu

“It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.” – Machiavelli

Happy 2021, everyone!

Dec. Poll of the Month

By: Dillon Myers

Which of the three Grinch Movies Do You Prefer?

There are three Grinch movies: one from 1966 (cartoon), another from 2000 (live-action), and the last one from 2018 (cartoon). The main theme from the Grinch is community. The Grinch, a hater of Christmas and all things cheery, decides to steal all the presents in Whoville. Later, he hears they are all still singing, even though they have no Christmas presents. After both the Grinch and the Whos come to the realization that Christmas is not just about gifts, but about those around them, many hearts are warmed. “Well, in Whoville they say that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day.” So as we approach the holiday season this crazy year, I, along with all of PHS, hope that you too will remember what Christmas is truly about…

College Fair

By: Dillon Myers

Held from November 2nd to 6th, the College Fair was a virtual opportunity where students could visit around 300 colleges and universities.

Through the College Fair, colleges were able to submit videos, slideshows, and more explaining about various topics ranging from admissions, campus life to sports and more.

English and Journalism teacher Ms. Schmidt, said, “It is a good idea to attend a college fair in order to collect information such as areas of study, tuition and cost of living, and campus life about potential colleges one might attend in order to narrow down choices when deciding between where to attend.”

The online College Fair was free and attendees needed only to register and sign up. It was easy to access, easy to sign up, and most of all, it was easy to navigate. Once registered, students will have access to information about each and every college on the College Fair. This lasts all the way through December.

Poll of the Month – November

Is The Nightmare Before Christmas a Christmas or Halloween movie?

By: Dillon Myers

Ever since its release in 1993, people have been debating whether Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is a jolly Halloween movie or a spooky Christmas movie. Here at PHS, we got curious as to what you feel on the matter and decided to ask. At first, Halloween weighed heavier than Christmas, but as time went by it began to even out. The results are shown below:

We would also love to thank all the Veterans for their great service to our country!

Poll of the Month

By: Dillon Myers

‘Tis that time of the season once again, where candy flows from the stores to baskets to your mouth. Candy corn was originally invented in the 1880s by George Renninger, who worked for Wunderlee Candy Company at the time. However, it was the Jelly Belly Company who popularized the treat, naming it “chicken feed” in 1898. This absurd title was due to society’s belief that corn was a food not for humans, but for chickens’ consumption. Here at PHS, we conducted a survey to see what people like you thought about candy corn. The results are below:

Fun Fact: October 30th, the day before Halloween, was dubbed National Candy Corn Day.

Poll of the Month

By: Dillon Myers

Aah wings. Wings can be eaten for snacks, celebrations, BBQs, and more.  Lemon pepper, Hawaiian, hickory smoked, or garlic Parmesan, boneless or bone-in… there are many options. Here at PHS, we were curious as to if people preferred bone-in wings or boneless wings and here are the results:

Paraprofessional of the Year: Mrs. Lozano

By: Dillon Myers

Mrs. Lozano works in the library as a paraprofessional. One thing she loves about being in the library is that she gets the opportunity to form relationships with everyone in the PHS family. Mrs. Lozano believes “the library is the heart of our campus” and feels that “PHS has such a great environment that makes me want to come to work every day.”

She wasn’t always a paraprofessional though.  Years ago, she was employed as a 911 dispatcher, working twelve-hour shifts for Atascosa County. Here at PHS, we admire her bravery and thank Mrs. Lozano for her service. However, she sought a job that would better suit her family, a job with ‘normal’ hours. She soon found herself at the junior high and sees working for the high school as a blessing.

Mrs. Lozano also leads an interesting life outside of her job. What she mostly does is spend time with her daughters, though her photography business comes in a close second! She enjoys taking photos with her camera while not working.

She also has some tips for students at PHS, though they can apply to teachers too! “Take in every moment! This year has taught us how precious time really is. The 4 years at PHS may not seem to go by quickly but they really do! Soak it in and make the very best of it!” ☺️

It was a pleasure to interview Mrs. Lozano, even if through email. The journalism family wishes her, along with everyone else, a great summer!

*That’s the Goalie*

By: Dillon Myers

The boys’  Eagle’s JV soccer team had two games, which took place on February 8th and 19th. On the 8th, they came out with a tie against Bandera, while they beat Beeville 3-1 on the 19th of February.

As far as Varsity went, the Eagle boys played five games on 2/18, 2/21, 2/25, 2/28, and 3/3. On the eighteenth of February, the Mighty Eagles faced Fox Tech and came out with a victorious 6-1 score. At 6:00 p.m. on the 21st, the boys beat the Yoakum bulldogs on their own turf. The score ended up 4-1. On 2/25, the Eagle boys had a close match against La Vernia with the end score being 3-2. At 7:00 p.m., February 28th, the Eagle boys lost to Gonzales 0-4.  On March the 3rd, the boys faced and won against Yoakum once more. The score concluded with a whopping 2 and 0. La Vernia beat the Mighty Eagles on Friday the 6th. On March 17th, their final game, the gnarly Eagle boys…did not get to play due to COVID-19. All sports seasons were abruptly canceled as of March 13th.

Tim Klein, a freshman here at PHS, commented, “I am sad the season ended the way it did, but I am happy to have had the privilege to play this season with this amazing team.”

Coach Breiten later stated, “Unfortunately, this past Friday, the UIL (who governs all extracurricular activities) stated that any spring sports will be canceled for the rest of the school year. As a coach, I know the UIL did what they needed to do to try and keep us safe, even though it was a tough decision.” When asked how he feels about soccer, quarantine, and all that is happening, he said, “I believe we had a great soccer team this year that was poised to make a potential playoff run. I know quarantine is hard on most of us because it took the ‘norm’ out of our lives. The biggest piece of advice I can give about quarantine is to try to stay positive and try to make the best out of this situation.” “For the most part, us as coaches make contact through Google Classroom, phone calls, or text messages. I know of many athletes are completing home workouts or still practicing their craft even though their seasons for this year is over.”