Valedictorian: Maria Huezo

By: Libby Sanchez & Jaelyn Morales

Maria Huezo, a student who gives nothing short of her best. Through the years, she has never turned in an assignment until she was 100% sure it was her best work, and all the hard work has definitely paid off. Her grades have exceeded the average students, and she has maintained her position as the number one ranked student in Pleasanton High School’s Class of 2023. The most humble classmate has earned her title as the Valedictorian, and her peers are beyond honored to celebrate it with her. 

Maria is planning on attending Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas beginning this fall. “My family didn’t want me to go far, and I didn’t want to go too far either. It’s close to home, and I look forward to being there with my friends in a new environment,” Maria said. She plans on majoring in biology, and eventually going into medical school to obtain her license in order to become a general surgeon in her future. “I’m signing myself up for 12 more years of school, but I think I have a good chance at this goal,” she states. Someone as hardworking as Maria, there is no doubt in the world she will eventually get her goal. In high school, Maria has excelled at helping her classmates in their studies, in band, and just been an amazing friend to her peers. It should come as no surprise that she will one day be saving lives the way she wants, caring for others is one of Maria’s best traits. Not only doing the best for herself, but making sure those around her are doing their best as well, and if she can help, she will.

A leader like Maria is inspired by those around her, and those inspirations are none other than her older brother, Juan Huezo, a Class of 2022 graduate, and our very own world history teacher, Ms. Infante. Juan, who just graduated last year, has always been a constant presence throughout Maria’s life, and as soon as she entered high school, the two were inseparable, even combining friend groups. It’s no surprise that Maria has chosen her brother as one of her inspirations, he’s always motivated her to do her best and give nothing less. “He’s one of the most hardworking people I know, I guess it just made me want to work harder, to match him in a way. He always does his best, and that’s all I ever try to do. I don’t know if I would have been as motivated to fight for my rank if it weren’t for him,” said the Valedictorian. Maria is lucky to have him, even as she closes this chapter of her life! “I hope she continues to strive, she’s smart and genuine, she can get anywhere in life,” stated Juan. Along with her brother, a fellow PHS teacher has also played a very important factor in Maria’s succeeding title as Valedictorian. “Ms. Infante was my teacher sophomore year, but it feels like she’s been my teacher every year. Even after sophomore year, she still found time to stop and talk, ask me how I am, how my education is going, just showing that she still cares. It really made a difference and it pushed me to do better, so I am really grateful for her presence these last few years,” Maria says. Pleasanton High School is lucky to have teachers like Mrs. Infante pushing students to be better, and even more lucky to have students like Maria who follow in the footsteps of such amazing role models. “There’s a quote by Malcolm X that fits Maria perfectly, and it says “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” It is a clear precedent that shows she can accomplish anything the future has in store for her. Maria, you are truly a gifted person, it has been a privilege and an honor to see you flourish and grow into the person you have become,” stated Ms. Infante. 

Maria has a bright future ahead of her, one in which the graduating Class of 2023 will hear about and think “Wow. I went to high school with her.” To Maria, and the rest of the Class of 2023, we wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors, never stop striving for better!

Salutatorian: Connor Lopez

By: Shyanne Sexton & Kassidy Vickers

Pleasanton High School has announced that Connor Lopez is the salutatorian for the class of 2023. As our school and community prepare to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of its seniors, Connor’s achievement serves as a beaming example of the hard work and dedication that Pleasanton High School students strive for. 

Connor is truly an amazing student. According to his teachers and peers he is a joy to be around, always making his peers and teachers laugh. He is incredibly intelligent, always up to date on his current events, getting outstanding grades, and bettering those around him. Connor is someone who does not let anything bring him down and strives for perfection. He manages to find an equal balance between his academics, his extracurriculars, his family, and his friends. Since the first rankings were given freshman year, Connor worked hard and remained determined to maintain his top two ranking.

Connor will be furthering his education at Texas State, majoring in Political Science and pre law and aspires to be a lawyer.  For him, law is an excellent match that fits his personality and skill set. Connor has not only the intelligence for this field but also excellent argumentation skills that will allow him to succeed. And whilst working towards his degree, Connor hopes to attain an internship at TXST. 

Connor is a tremendous musician who has developed into a fantastic trumpet player throughout his high school career. He is an outstanding leader and has been an excellent example for all band students. Throughout the years Connor has received many awards in band, ranging from most improved musician to one of our outstanding musicians and marchers. He has a unique personality that has contributed to a huge change in the PHS program. And out of all his outstanding accomplishments Connor says that, “Going to state ensemble in band with Kevin Tucker, Cecar Garcia, Monque, Michael Lister was definitely one of the greatest.”

Connor’s achievements here at PHS are nothing short of remarkable, but not without giving credit to the teachers who have impacted him. Every student has that one teacher that made a difference and stood out to them among the rest, and for Connor Mrs. Solis was just that. It was an easy choice for him when being asked who had the greatest impact, “Mrs. Solis understands me more than most.”  According to Mrs. Solis, Connor has been nothing short of astounding, “ With Connor, I have been lucky to have the opportunity to work with him one-on-one when preparing for auditions and with a small group of individuals. I’m going to miss him, but he’s off to bigger and better things. Connor is someone who strives for perfection and always gives 150%. He has worked extremely hard to get to where he is and I’m so proud of him. He truly is an outstanding individual who is going to do great things!” As graduation grows closer and closer Mrs. Solis hopes for him to know that, “Texas State is receiving someone with lots of energy, an infectious laugh, incredible talent, dramatic burps, strong opinions, outstanding leadership, and amazing dance skills. Texas State is not ready for your energy but go make a change. You have worked so hard to get to where you are. Go achieve your goals and reach your dreams Connor, you know where to find me if you need anything. I’m sooooooo proud of you! Good luck!”

Throughout Connors high school years, Connor’s parents have been there to encourage him and believed in him every step of the way. Connor has achieved so much and his parents are more than proud, “We are so, so proud of him for being salutatorian. It feels like it’s an acknowledgement of how dedicated he has always been to excelling at academics. It’s hard to find the right words to describe how proud we are of him!” There is an amazing future prepared for Connor and his parents are just as excited as everyone else to see him find the path that fulfills him. Going into this new chapter of his life, Connor’s family wanted to leave him with a reminder, “…no matter where he goes or what he does, we will ALWAYS love and support him. And we want him to know that we are so proud and feel so blessed that we get to be his parents.” 

Connor has an amazing future ahead of him and left a great legacy behind him. PHS has been lucky to have such an amazing student. So to Connor and the rest of the class of 2023, yall have been the best role models and most influential class. We wish yall the best of luck for everything that comes after your time here at PHS!!

United Team

By: Libby Sanchez

Illiana Solorzano (left) and Slayde Huggins (right) posing in front of the sunset prior to home game.

The Pleasanton Women’s Soccer Varsity Team continues to fight through their district season, making their record 6-0-1. On January 31st, the girls hosted Hondo here at home for the district opener and made sure they knew who’s field they were on, taking the 5-0 win. It was quite the way to start district, and the girls were determined to keep the energy up. On February 3rd, the Eagles hosted Pearsall, a first year team. Taking charge was a no-given and the Varsity girls won 13-0, with nearly every player on the field getting a goal, including long-time defender Grace Keylich. Coach Joseph relented and decided to give the center back defender her time to shine, and she did not disappoint. Though this was a great game, they didn’t let this boost their ego too much before their big game the next week. On February 7th, both teams traveled to play against our longest and biggest rival, the Uvalde Lobos. “This game is one we look forward to every season, we haven’t been able to beat them yet, but we’re always close and we’re gonna work hard to win this game,” said senior, Grace Keylich. JV played first at 5pm, and unfortunately fell short by one goal that slipped through. As for varsity, early on in the first half Slayde Huggins got a break-away over the Lobo’s goalie and scored the first goal of the game. Putting us in the lead over Uvalde 1-0. Later in the first half, Uvalde was able to tie it up to 1-1 where it stayed for a majority of the game. Both teams fought to beat the other and midway through the second half, only one team gained the lead. One of two freshmen to make the varsity team, Emerie Lopez scored the game winning goal against the hardest team in our district. The girls were able to hold their own the rest of the game, playing phenomenal defense to bring home the win they’ve worked so hard for. The only other freshmen on the varsity team, Kathrin Banda, played her first full 80 minute varsity game, and did not let her team down with her performance. She stood her ground on the defensive line the entire time, not letting the Lobos deter her even as one of the youngest on the team. “It was a feeling like no other to beat this team, the rivalry tension has been here all four years of high school for me, and finally beating them is worthy of a celebration,” said senior, Brylee Miller. Days later on February 10th, the Eagles hosted Floresville as a new opponent. This time, the senior and freshman duo of Slayde Huggins and Emerie Lopez switched timing, and Emerie scored the first goal, and Slayde scored the game winning goal. Somewhere in between Floresville was able to sneak one in, but our girls came out on top once again, setting the final score 2-1. As for JV, it was a tough game and they came short 2-0, but are working hard to get them next time. On February 14th, both teams spent the holiday in long, tough matches against Somerset. Both games ended in a tie of 0-0, and the determination to not let that happen again has been showing at their practices since then. The following Friday, the varsity team traveled to Poteet for a 5pm game. The girls won with a final score of 10-0, continuing to dominate through district. The next week, they went back to face off against Hondo for the second time this season, ultimately starting the official countdown to playoffs. Emerie Lopez once again scored the winning goal that brought the final score to 1-0. On February 26th, Pearsall traveled to us for the second time, and the game ended with yet another win for our varsity girls, with a final score of 9-0. As of now, both teams are pushing it to their limits, training to go up against Uvalde for the second time this season on March 3rd here at home. Though proud of beating them last time, the girls plan to go into Friday’s game with a “down one mentality” and beat the Lobos on our home field this time. It’s a game nobody wants to miss, the adrenaline always runs high for both players and fans. We wish the best of luck to the Pleasanton Women’s Soccer Team on securing their first place district title!

The Final Play.

By: Libby Sanchez

The Pleasanton Eagles Boys Basketball team has been hard at work this month, pushing their limits into the playoffs. On February 3rd, the boys traveled to Floresville to play the Tigers in one of their last few district games. For the second time this season, they beat the Tigers by a final score of 57-41. A few days later on February 7th, they hosted Uvalde on their home court and won once again with a score of 84-53. For the last and final district game of the 2022-2023 season, Carrizo Springs traveled to us and had a disappointing bus ride back home when they lost 91-51. Varsity ended district with a 11-1 record, placing them second in our district. The Eagles were well on their way to the playoffs, and the team that consists of mostly seniors was determined to make their last one, the best one. “We’ve been here all four years of my highschool career but the excitement never goes away. Being there with guys I’ve known since I was really little made me stop and take it all in, more than I’ve done in the past,” said Layne Dowdy, senior.

For the first round of playoffs, the Eagles traveled to Kennedy High School Gym to play against the Ingleside Mustangs on February 21st. At the end of the first quarter of the Bi-District matchup, the Eagles were short to Ingleside 15-13. Max Sauceda didn’t let this slide for long, and tied the game in the second quarter, making the score 26-26 with only a few minutes left before half time. Trey Martinez then got hold of the ball and sank a 3 pointer at the buzzer to officially give the Eagles the lead in the game, sending the score 31-30 into half time. Picking up their game up into the third and fourth quarter, the Eagles ended the game as Bi-District Champions with a final score of 68-60 over Ingleside.  An intense and well fought game, sending the boys well into the second round of playoffs. Jake Casias, a four year varsity player, surpassed 1,000 career points in this game, an accomplishment not taken lightly in this sport. 

Round two of the playoffs took place on our home court, and the gym was loaded with lots of green and Eagle Pride! The boys were set to play the Calallen Wildcats on February 24th and they were just as amped up, if not more, than their previous game. Luke Thornton got a hold of the ball early on and started the Eagle’s game off on a good note with his point. Throughout the first quarter, Luke had collected 6 rebounds, while RJ Marquez led the Eagles with nine points of his own. Going into the second quarter the Eagles and Wildcats were neck and neck with a score of 15-14, the Eagles barely leading. Second quarter went by in a breeze for our boys as RJ Marquez sank one 3 pointer after another, leaving the score 33-21 in the Eagle’s favor. Third and fourth quarters flew by as the Eagles continued to dominate, sending them onto round three with a final score of 55-42 and earning their title as Area Champions. Luke Thornton was recognized for his amazing game where he finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds. 

Just like that, the Eagles were round three bound and they had every campus supporting their send off from Pleasanton to Cuero where they would play the Sinton Pirates on February 28th. Early in the game, the Eagles jumped at the chance to take the lead in the first quarter, and secured it 20-10. Come the second quarter, the Pirates had also stepped up their game, but the eagles were determined to keep their lead up by a few points. The score between the Eagles and Pirates was 34-25 going into halftime. Both teams fought hard well into the third and fourth quarter, but once again our boys came out on top with a score of 62-52, this time as Regional Quarterfinal Champions! This win was sending them straight to the Regional Tournament!

The Regional Tournament took place at Steinke Center at Texas A&M Kingsville on March 3rd. The Eagles record was now 31-6, and they were up against another tough team, the Stafford Spartans, whose record was 30-7. Round four for both teams, and the thrill could be felt in the gym. Both sides were packed with team spirit and encouragement. The first quarter they kept it close, and the Eagles knew this was gonna be their toughest match yet, so they gave it their all. The quarter ended 5-6 in Stafford’s favor. The Eagles began to trail the Spartants at the end of second and third quarter with a score of 19-34. Unfortunately, after fighting hard all season and investing four years into this program, the basketball season for the 2022-2023 Pleasanton Eagle’s came to an end after losing to Stafford with a final score of 25-50. Though a majority of the team is graduating this year, the future of this program looks beyond bright. Senior, Layne Dowdy, leaves the future players of the Pleasanton Eagle’s Basketball Team with these words of advice, “Take it all in. There’s going to be good and bad moments but they’re all learning experiences. It’s bittersweet to be leaving the program, but I’m so thankful for every memory. Cherish it.” The PHS Journalism staff looks forward to writing about next year’s season, and we thank this year’s team for giving us the opportunity to write about such a great run!

Athlete Spotlight: Paige David

By: Libby Sanchez & Carol

Photo Credits to TheFrontPage.

Paige David is the epitome of a phenomenal student-athlete here at Pleasanton High School. Sitting in the top 10% of this year’s graduating class, Paige also holds two officer positions in our student body and is one of three captains for our Pleasanton Women’s Varsity Soccer team. She has worked hard all four years of high school to get where she is now, and it is beyond admirable to watch her put her mind to something and not stop until she gets it.

In junior high, Paige had no interest in partaking in the sport of soccer, instead opting to be team manager. When reaching high school, a flip switched and she tried out for the team, ultimately beginning what got her to where she is today. “Paige’s story is one I’ll tell my future athletes for years to come. She started her freshman year having never laced up a pair of soccer cleats, and she is finishing her senior year as a varsity captain,” states Coach Joseph. He is beyond proud of the progress Paige has made in this sport, her work ethic does not go unnoticed. “She’s easily one of my biggest role models in this sport and in life, always pushing me to be a better version of myself whether we are on or off the field,” said Maddie Brymer, sophomore. 

On top of her athleticism and her captain position, Paige holds two more leadership positions for our student body. Always pushing herself over the top, Paige is treasurer of the National Honor Society and secretary of Student Council. “As a student council officer, Paige has many duties such as leading meetings, making decisions for the club, attending additional meetings and making deliveries on behalf of the club. Paige brings her unique flair to the club with her quirky ideas and humor. Some of the best ideas this school year were Paige’s. She has definitely made a distinctive mark on the 2022-2023 student council,” says StuCo sponsor and librarian, Mrs. Moos.

Planning ahead has always been one of Paige’s most admirable traits. Which is why when senior year began, she already knew what college she was attending. Paige is planning on attending Texas A&M University to major in Psychology and hopefully become a child psychologist. With the way Paige sets high goals for herself and stops at nothing to achieve them, the journalism staff has no doubt she will do amazing things in her future. Way to go Paige!

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Idaho 4: Lives To Not Be Forgotten.

By: Libby Sanchez & Carol

Picture posted by Kaylee Goncalves just hours before the murders took place.

 

On November 13th, 4 students were found dead, appearing to be brutally murdered by stabbing. Xana Kernodle (20), Kaylee Goncalves (21), and Madison Mogen (21) were all roommates, along with two others, Bethany Funke (21) and Dylan Mortensen (21). The roommates all lived together in a house shortly off the University of Idaho campus. Madison and Kaylee grew up together, having been best friends since the 6th grade and chose to go to college together. They were supposed to graduate this year. All five roommates were a close-knit group, a group now known around the world for their bond. Lives everyone knew too late, but lives lived to the fullest everyday if their posts on instagram and tiktok are anything to go by. In multiple videos and pictures, the girls are together cracking jokes and having a good time. It’s a tragedy that life was taken from them so soon.

 At 8:57pm on November 12th, just hours before the murder, Kaylee posted a series of happy pictures with her roommates and Ethan Chapin (20), another victim of the murders, who was dating Xana. Kaylee captioned the post, “One lucky girl to be surrounded by these ppl everyday.” Appearing to be a very happy friend group, living under one roof, enjoying what was left of their college years. That night, Madison and Kaylee hung out at Corner Club, a downtown bar, while Ethan and Xana went to a local party. At 1:41am, Kaylee and Madison were captured on a twitch livestream at a food truck downtown, grabbing a bite to eat and taking pictures before heading home for the night. A sorority driving service got Madison and Kaylee home at 1:56am, and Ethan and Xana returned home at about 1:45am, just about 10 minutes prior. The four victims were stabbed to death with a fixed knife blade between 4am and 4:25 am on the second and third floors of the home. Police later found records of Xana retrieving a doordash order at the house at about 4am. Of the surviving roommates, Dylan states she had woken up around 4am in the morning to what sounded like Kaylee playing with her dog, which seemed to have happened very often. After being woken up, Dylan claims she heard Kaylee say something to the effect of “there’s someone here.” More records were later discovered and it was shown that it could have been mistaken for Xana on her phone, as records show she was on tiktok around 4:12am, shortly after receiving her doordash order. After hearing what she thought was Kaylee saying this, Dylan looked out of her bedroom and saw nothing out of the ordinary, then returned back to her room. A few minutes passed when Dylan claims she looked out of her room for a second time after hearing crying coming from Xana’s room. She then heard a male voice saying something to the effect of “it’s okay, I’m going to help you.” Shortly after, she saw a man dressed in all black walk past her open bedroom door where she watched. She stood, frozen in complete shock, as she watched a man she didn’t recognize, walk towards the house’s sliding glass door. At 4:17am, a security camera near Xana’s room picked up audio of Kaylee’s barking dog and what sounded like voices and whimpers followed by loud thuds. The morning of November 13th, surviving housemates Bethany and Dylan called friends over to inspect what they thought was their roommates passed out on the second floor of the house. At 11:58 am on November 13th, a 911 call was made for an unconscious person.

When responding officers arrived at the scene, the four victims were found. At the time of the 911 call, the surviving suspects nor their friends were suspected to be involved in the horrifying murders. After many trial and error suspects, most of them being cleared, a surveillance camera was inspected where authorities picked up on a significant lead. It was seen in the footage that Brian Kohberger’s white Hyundai Elantra drove by the victim’s house four times around 4:04 am on the morning of November 13th. It was later uncovered that Kohberger turned his phone off between the hours 2am and 5am in order to attempt to hide his location during the time the murders took place. Phone records also revealed he returned to the house a fifth time just after 9am, 5 hours after the murders took place. Months before the murders, records showed he had been to the area 12 times in either early morning or late at night.

On November 17th, autopsies revealed all four victims were stabbed multiple times, no signs of sexual assault. Of the four victims, it’s believed that three were asleep during the horrific acts. Xana Kernodle, who received her food around 4am, and was on tik tok around 4:12am when the murdered took place, is believed to have been awake. Something so normal in generations today, staying up late, late night snacks, laughing at random videos on today’s most trending app, a life so many of us live, was taken just like that. An autopsy revealed that Xana had defensive wounds, and there is no doubt she fought to the very end. With only evidence being footage of Kohberger’s vehicle, police could not make a definitive arrest, but were on the lookout for Brian and his whereabouts. The public grew angry and disturbed as the one-month mark hit, and an arrest or new information was not made or released.

On December 15th, Kohberger was stopped by police for traffic violations. Kohberger, who had just ended his semester at Washington State, was driving with his father across the country to their home in Pennsylvania. The vehicle they were driving was in fact the white Hyundai Elantra from the surveillance camera. Brian and his father were pulled over twice, just east of Indianapolis, both times with Brian driving the vehicle. From an officer’s perspective camera, it is clear that Brian’s father is proud of his son finishing yet another semester, and enjoying the cross-country road trip with his son. While trying to answer the officer’s questions, Brian’s father is repeatedly receiving alarming looks from his son in the driver’s seat, and is even talked over multiple times by Brian who appears to be nervous.

On December 30th, Brian Kohberger was arrested for the murders of Xana Kernodle, Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, and Ethan Chapin. Arrested on four counts of first degree murder, the public and families of the victims were starting to feel as though justice had been served. Newfound evidence of the knife sheath left at the crime scene matched the DNA found at Kohberger’s home in Pennsylvania gave authorities the warrant they needed.

Brian Kohberger, a graduate student at Washington State University with a PhD in Criminal Justice is a murderer in one of the worst forms. His quadruple murder was part of his analysis on criminal offenses where he wanted to understand “how emotions and psychological traits influence decision making when committing a crime.” In the post, he described his study as “the story behind your most recent criminal offense, with an emphasis on your thoughts and feelings throughout your experience.” Brian Kohberger, is a coward, a pathetic excuse of a man. That is not bias, nor an opinion, but a fact. His name should not be known, he doesn’t deserve to be remembered after what he’s done. Instead, the nation has brought light to the four beautiful souls taken from this world far too soon.


Ethan Chapin, a 20 year old student-athlete with nothing but love in his heart. Born as a triplet to his brother, Hunter Chapin, and sister, Maizie Chapin on October 28th, 2002. Growing up with two built in best friends, Ethan and his siblings played multiple sports like soccer, basketball, and cross country. Ethan attended Mount Vernon High School but was cut short by Covid, which then sent him and his siblings to Idaho where they worked at Hill’s resort. After finishing high school, they returned back to Idaho the summer before all three of them started at the University of Idaho. The bond he had with his siblings is one that could not be broken, not even after a tragedy like this. Upon attending UIdaho, Ethan and Hunter both joined the fraternity of Sigma Chi and Maizie joined Kappa Alpha Sorority. It was clear the three of them planned to live their college years to the absolute fullest, surrounding themselves with the people and things they loved. Ethan was dating another victim Xana Kernodle, and the two appeared to have been a very happy and loving couple. Having combined friend groups, the two navigated college together as friends before beginning dating. Ethan is remembered to be quite the social butterfly, and was not the biggest fan of academics, but he loved the challenge. He continued to play sports through the years as well. “If he wasn’t on the golf course or working, you could usually find him surfing, playing sand volleyball or pickleball,” his family stated. Ethan lived a life worth living, full of good memories and laughs, a life to be remembered. Ethan’s family had all donations in lieu of flowers to be sent to Tyler Amaya, a coach in Skagit County. Tyler plans to use the money to help coach his basketball programs to local youth, as Ethan would have wanted. Ethan Chapin, a life to not be forgotten.


Kaylee Goncalves, a 21 year old wild spirit born in Concord, California on June 8th, 2001. She was the third child of Steve and Kristi Goncalves, and later after two more siblings were born, Kaylee was the middle child of 5 children. Growing up in North Idaho, Kaylee was known to be authentic and comical by all friends and family. When anyone needed a laugh or to be cheered up, they instantly turned to Kaylee Goncalves. In middle school, Kaylee met none other than Maddie Mogen. “After that day, we were no longer a family of 5 siblings. We were 6,” Kaylee’s siblings stated. The two navigated middle school and high school together before ultimately deciding they weren’t ready for life to separate them yet, and made the decision to attend the University of Idaho together. Kaylee joined the Alpha Phi sorority and was on the road to becoming an elementary school teacher, and with her personality and aura, friends and family know she would have been amazing. She was known to always stay on top of her grades, always found in a crowd of people with jokes and stories, and knew how to find an adventure out of every situation. “She was strong. She was fair. She was tough. She was dedicated. She was beautiful. She was. She was and she is love,” her parents wrote. Kaylee is survived by a long list of loved ones, as anyone who met her loved her. Along with her fur baby, a mini goldendoodle that she loved and cherished dearly, Murphy. Kaylee was born into this world surrounded by the strongest love imaginable, and her family is at peace knowing her best friend and chosen sister, Maddie Mogen, is by her side through it all. Kaylee Goncalves, a life to not be forgotten. 

Madison Mogen, a 21 year old blessing born on May 25th, 2001 in Eugene, Oregon. Maddie was loved by all, and known for lighting up a room with her smile. Her sense of humor was claimed to match no other, another reason her and Goncalves got along so well. Mogen was beyond dedicated and motivated to reach every goal she set for herself, she knew what she wanted, and she worked hard to earn every bit of her future she had planned. Maddie was a senior at the University of Idaho, and made the Dean’s List every semester, a phenomenal accomplishment her family is beyond proud of her for. She joined the Pi Beta Phi sorority, had her bestest friend Kaylee by her side, and a long distance relationship with her boyfriend of a year and a half, Jake Schriger. “You were so ready to take on the world and you were going to do such amazing things,” Jake writes on an instagram post, “I promise to make you proud from heaven and carry on your values of showing and spreading love to everyone.” Maddie was majoring in marketing and working at the Mad Greek restaurant alongside Xana during their college years. Madison was a full of life person, this is clear in some of her posts on today’s most trending app: tiktok. Her best friend, Kaylee, also had an account with many videos that had gone viral before the tragedy, one of which consisted of her, Maddie, Xana, and the other roommates pretending to be each other. In the video, their laughs are contagious, and watching them goof off with one another does exactly what their families say they did, bringing a smile to everyone’s face. It’s a beautiful sight to see, and how the family wishes to remember them, because they were nothing but good. On Maddie’s account, she also chose to have her liked videos be shown to the public. One that caught many attention was a video of a random group of adults meeting up and having a great time captioned, “having ur old college roomies over at ur house for dinner, remembering the days where we all lived under the same roof.” The background song being “Where’d All the Time Go?” Maddie had such bright plans, and knowing she saw the people she surrounded herself with as her forever people, the family is comforted knowing not only did she live, but she loved. Madison Mogen, a life to not be forgotten.


Xana Kernodle, a 20 year old outgoing, force to be reckoned with spirit was born on July 5th, 2002 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Growing up in Post Falls, Xana loved gymnastics from an early age and was talented beyond measure. In high school, she used her outgoing energy to partake in many extracurricular activities including: volleyball, track, and soccer. During high school she kept a stable job with Texas Roadhouse, with her social personality, it was a given she was a people person, always greeting everyone with a smile. As part of the graduating class of 2020 of Post Falls High School, Xana decorated her mortarboard with flower and butterfly cut-outs and the words, “For The Lives That I Will Change.” Change would be an understatement for what Xana has done. Upon attending the University of Idaho where she made lasting friendships and memories, Xana joined the Pi Beta Phi sorority alongside Mogen and the Vandal Solutions Sales Team. Like Maddie, Xana was also majoring in marketing. Staying close to home for college was a no-brainer for Xana, who was extremely close with her family. Often going on vacations and spending time with her dog, Shoeshine, and attending concerts in her free time. “Her desire to live life to the fullest, and contagious sense of humor, has made a lasting impression on all those who knew her. Xana was just starting to become the woman she was destined to be, and the world will be a lesser place without her,” stated her family. In a relationship with one of the other victims, Ethan Chapin, Xana writes, “Nobody else I would rather celebrate 20 years around the sun with,” on her birthday post picturing her and Chapin enjoying a day at the lake together. “I know she loved living in her house in Moscow with her friends. I hear so many stories of her and her roommates and it made me so happy to know she had such great friendships,” states Kernodle’s sister, Jazzmin. Of the roommates, it’s hinted that Xana was the most organized, picking up the slack when her roommates forgot to do their chores, but never being angry at them for it. Her roommates mocked her for this, and for the fact that she would always request to have a “small” party with 3-4 people at most. Surprise! Much like the other’s, Xana was very social. It was always more than 3-4 people. She lived a good time, all the time. Xana Kernodle, a life to not be forgotten.

Four victims taken way too soon, four so full of life, four inspirations. A reminder that life is short, so live it to the fullest every day you’re blessed with. Their names should not be forgotten, but they should be remembered as inspirations, not victims. Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin, lives to not be forgotten.

The Historic Season

By: Libby Sanchez

It is no secret that the volleyball team this year dominated their whole season, then continued to dominate in playoffs all the way to round 4. After finishing first in district with a 12-0 record, the Lady Eagles were ready to play their hearts out in whatever came their way in playoffs. Round one took place on October 31st, leading many people to skip the holiday of Halloween to watch the girls succeed and advance. For round one of playoffs they were up against Orange Grove, who placed fourth in their district with a 7-5 record. Our girls started off strong in the first set, taking the win 25-14. Working hard the second set, they took it 25-19. With one more set to advance to round two, our girls were determined and took the final third set 25-17. It was astonishing to see the girls do what they do best and take this team in only three sets, their hardwork was paying off. Round two took place on November 4th against Bishop, who placed third in their district with a 7-4 record. The first set started off rocky for the Lady Eagles when they fell short to Bishop 25-19 in the first set. But our girls refused to back down without a fight, and used losing the first set as a wake up call. They came back and won the next three sets 25-13, 25-19, and 25-12. They had the gym packed with green and spirit as they celebrated their advancement to round three. The next round took place on November 8th against Calhoun, who placed 1st in their district, much like us, with a 11-1 record. Our girls were buzzing with the anticipation of only being three games away from state. Much like the previous round, our girls deterred in the first set and fell short 25-22. These girls worked so hard all season, and they had the gym loaded with their biggest supporters, and they were not losing. The next sets came fast, with many good saves and kills from our girls. Our girls claimed the next three sets with scores of 25-21, 25-17, and 25-22. And if Coach Aguirre happened to get a red card between the chaos, well nobody is gonna speak of that, we defend our favorite grumpy grandpa. The sight of The Lady Eagles falling to the floor in sheer excitement for winning is a sight nobody will forget. There is no team that deserved it more! The next three days here at PHS, everyone was buzzing and on their toes thinking about round four. Our girls were only two games away from state, and many believed that’s the direction they were headed. Round four took place against Bellville, who placed first in their district, with a record of 12-0, exactly like ours. We knew if anything, this was going to be the girls toughest match yet. Blossom Athletic Center was packed to the brim with Pleasanton fans, many students getting signed out earlier in the school day to go support their classmates. Nerves were clear, but so was our spirit as the crowds cheered for our girls. Falling short in the first set 25-22 wasn’t something we wanted, but hopes were still high as we knew our girls were common to make excellent comebacks. We were right, as our girls came back the second set 25-17, setting us to tie at 1-1. The third set took us by surprise when Bellville stepped up their game and took the third set 25-12. Now down 2-1 in round four of playoffs, two games away from state, the pressure on our girls was high. In the fourth and final set, after our girls gave it their absolute best, we fell short 26-24 to Bellville. 

It’s hard to watch it all come to an end in just a few minutes, but the 2022-2023 Lady Eagles Volleyball team is definitely one to be remembered. They advanced farther than they had in a long time, and many students and parents are going to miss watching this group of girls play together as seniors graduate. Though, for two of our graduating seniors, they will be advancing and continuing to play the sport of volleyball at a D1 level. Huge congratulations to Sadie McAda who is committed to Southern Mississippi University for both Volleyball and Beach Volleyball, and Victoria Urbanzyk who is committed to Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. Another difficult goodbye for the volleyball program this year is none other than Coach Aguirre himself. The man known to be yelling on the sidelines, but all out of the goodness of his heart as he coached the sport he loved. He’s taught these girls so much throughout his years, and we are sad to see our favorite grumpy grandpa leave. Though his absence will leave a hit on the program, we are excited to see the program’s future in the hands of Coach Bunch. Someone who was trained under Coach Aguirre, and someone with such a big heart for the sport. There are no doubts she will continue to lead this program in the right direction, and we wish her absolute success. We wish all coaches and players the best of luck next year, and to the graduating seniors of The Lady Eagles Volleyball team, we wish y’all the greatest with your future endeavors!

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Lasater

By: Libby Sanchez & Alex Richter

Mrs. Lasater, a name many of you have probably grown to know over the past few weeks, has been elected for this month’s student spotlight. Her charismatic personality has made many students immune to the hard subject of English, making them pick up on lessons easier than they ever have before. Though the year has just begun, it is easy to tell that her presence on our campus is nothing short of great. 

As the child of a golf pro, Mrs. Lasater moved around many times throughout her childhood before settling in Dumas, Texas, just north of Amarillo. Having lived there the longest, for 5 years, she considers this to be her hometown. In late high school, Mrs. Lasater was able to witness her mother teaching religious refugees from Burma, Thailand, and China. “They grew up in a jungle, like a literal jungle where elephants would eat their roof. So seeing my mom help them and seeing how they could flourish, that’s what encouraged me to become a teacher,” said Mrs. Lasater. After graduating from Dumas High School, Mrs. Lasater went on to attend Tarleton State University with a full academic ride.

Prior to Pleasanton, Mrs. Lasater taught in Houston for the past ten years, then before that, she taught in La Porte. Her career started off teaching 8th graders before she moved up to the high school, following her students that begged her to move up with them. After teaching high school for the first year, she knew it was where she belonged. With English being her strong suit, she wanted to help students understand a subject held so close to her. 

“The kids are really nice, the atmosphere is nice, it feels like you’re a part of a family,” stated Mrs. Lasater. PHS is very lucky to have such a passionate teacher working hard to make sure her students understand every lesson, whether that be in life, or in the subject of English.

PHS Dress Code Advice

By: Aaliyah Herrera

PHS has a new dress code this year and we are very excited about the new changes to our dress code. Here is some advice! 

Clothing – Clothing shall be sized to fit students. Students are expected to come to school looking clean, neat, and modest in appearance. All students are required to wear undergarments that cannot be seen through outer clothing. The physical development of the student should be a consideration in determining the appropriate time for certain undergarments.

 

  • Pants – Pants should be fitted at the waist as well as the crotch. Pant legs should not drag on the ground. Oversized, sagging, and/or baggy pants will not be allowed. Bagginess will be determined by the campus administration. Shreds or holes in any clothing that show skin or undergarments above mid-thigh are not allowed. Shreds or holes in jeans are allowed as long as they are below mid-thigh. Leggings/yoga pants may be worn provided the overgarment/top is longer than mid-thigh. Pajama pants/bottoms are prohibited.
  • Skirts/shorts/dresses – skirts, dresses, shorts, and split skirts will be permitted provided they are no longer than 2 ½ (the narrowest part of a dollar bill) above the kneecap, front, and back. Shorts are allowed provided they are appropriately fitted, no shorter than mid-thigh when standing. Bicycle shorts, from fitting shorts worn alone, are prohibited. 
  • Shirts/tops – tank tops, halter tops, exposed-midriff blouses, muscle shirts, blouses/dresses with spaghetti straps, strapless and/or low cut tops, exposed backs, see-through clothing, and tanks with oversized armholes are not permitted. Undershirts cannot be worn alone. A single shirt cannot be less than two inches wide on a shoulder strap. Necklines on blouses may not be lower than an individual’s underarm. No jackets or coats longer than mid-thigh length will be allowed. 
  • Footwear – appropriate footwear should be worn at all times. Because of daily PE, tennis shoes are encouraged. House shoes/slippers, cleats, steel-toed shoes, and roller / wheeled shoes are not permitted. 
  • Accessories/tattoos – only the following body-piercing ornaments will be allowed on school property or at school sponsored events: up to two earrings per ear; and, up to one clear flush mounted nose piercing. No body ornaments can be covered with a bandage or any other device through the hole considered a body-piercing ornament, including gauges. Ear gauges, facial, skin, or body piercing rings or ornaments are prohibited. Tattoos will be covered at all times (the school will not provide bandages or any other coverings. It is the responsibility of the students to have their tattoos covered before arriving on campus.)
  • Grooming – hair should be neat, clean, and not touch the eyebrows in front or interfere with vision. Maintained / neatly trimmed beards and mustaches are allowed. Facial hair shall be clean, groomed, and natural in color. Hair that is dyed an unnatural color, such as bright red, blue, pink, green, orange, or a similar color is not permitted. Students may not cut designs or patterns in their hair or eyebrows. 
  • IDS –  students are required to wear their ID badges visibly at all times while they are on campus during the school day. Although they may be required for admissions to school events, students are not required to wear but must carry their ID badges at school events. ID badges may not be defaced, front or back, for any reason. Students should treat an ID badge like any official document. ID badges that are defaced may be confiscated and the student will be required to purchase a new badge prior to the start of school on the next school day. Replacements for lost or confiscated ID badges can be purchased in the library at specified times. 

 

Our dress code has a couple new changes this year. Including rips/holes in the jean below mid-thigh, one pierced stud on the outer nose area, facial hair, and a single earring in both ears is now allowed for boys.

Holes/rips in the jean below mid-thigh are allowed this year. Everybody is very excited to not have to wear leggings/tights underneath their jeans unless there are rips/holes above mid-thigh. It’s a very positive change because during the hot days we have in Texas it is very refreshing, covering them up sometimes can get uncomfortable. 

There has been a new change to our grooming section of the dress code. This year boys are allowed to have facial hair as long as it looks neat and is taken care of. A lot of the boys this year are very excited about not having to worry about shaving or wearing a mask to hide their facial hair. 

Piercings have had an update this year students are allowed to have one piercing, one stud on the outer nose area students are yet again appreciated for the new change no more having to hide behind a mask. Boys are also allowed to have one earring in each ear now. It wasn’t really fair that girls were only able to have earrings so very much appreciated for the boys with piercings and are allowed to wear their earrings to school. 

For how much we love the new changes to this year’s dress code, let’s make sure we all follow the rules and keep these new changes from now on. Make sure to check that you are in the school’s dress code before arriving on campus.

Sweet Treat

By: Alexandra Garcia 

Are you looking for a soft and chewy treat? 

Then you’re in luck! This sweet treat is called Red velvet cookie bars.

A few slices of red velvet bars after being baked and sliced.

We can all agree that it’s been extremely HOT! With that being said these cookie bars also go great with ice cream placed on top. 

These cookie bars could not be more simple. This is a one-bowl recipe that could be whipped up in 30 minutes! 

Here are all 7 ingredients & utensils needed: 

  • Red velvet cake mix
  • Salted butter 
  • Large eggs 
  • White chocolate chips 
  • Powdered sugar
  • Milk 
  • 8×8 inch pan 

 

Steps to make the red velvet bars: 

  1. Spray an 8×8 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray or line with parchment paper, and preheat the oven to 350F degrees. 
  2. Mix together box cake, butter, and eggs with a hand mixer, then fold in chocolate chips. 
  3. Mix dry cake mix with butter and eggs using an electric hand mixer, then stir in chocolate chips by hand.
  4. Spread the prepared mix into a baking dish (the batter will be thick.)

Next, bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the top is firm and then let the dish cool completely before cutting and eating. This dish is completely okay to put in the freezer or refrigerator and heat up when you take it out.

And there you have it! A sweet delicious easy treat in less than an hour. 

Valedictorian: Montgomery Cain

By: Libby Sanchez & Shyanne Sexton

Montgomery Cain, a student who lives by his motto of “never doing anything halfway,” and, “ if he is gonna do it, he’s gonna do it right.” Montgomery, who goes by “Monty,” is known around campus for his hard work and determination. Over the last 4 years, Monty has worked incredibly hard in all of his classes to keep his grades up and earn the title of Valedictorian of the graduating class of 2022. 

Montgomery is planning on attending Texas Tech University to study finance with a concentration in real estate. “Both my parents are Red Raiders, so I’ve kinda been raised as a Red Raider,” stated Montgomery. He looks forward to learning how to properly run a business and manage money, which is not only important in business but in life as well. “I love Lubbock, it’s a big town with everything you need in it, but it still feels like a small town. I’ve got a lot of friends up there, good connections, and it’s gonna give me a quality degree that I’m gonna be able to use and be able to make a living off of,” he says. 

One of the most prosperous things Montgomery lives by is the quote, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” The ability to network among people and talk comfortably among others is one of the hardest traits to have. For Monty, it all comes naturally. “Being able to communicate with people is a huge part of not only just business but everything in life. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve talked to. If you’re diverse in a lot of fields, you’re able to relate with all kinds of different people and learn from them,” he says. 

Montgomery has a drive in him that keeps him going till he’s satisfied, and even then it’s not enough as he sets even higher goals for himself. Outside of his education, Montgomery is in the process of earning his private pilot license. He is hoping to get all the way up to airline transport pilot, which means getting his instrument rating, multi-engine rating, and access to flying helicopters. With these licenses, Montgomery is expanding his future options. He could go into the military and fly fighter jets, he could go with commercial airlines, or he could open a private helicopter business with a focus on ag aviation and wildlife surveys. Recently, he’s invested his time into his newly founded business “T47, LLC.” Named after his grandfathers, the company focuses on custom welding and fabrication. A lot of people think welding is just putting two pieces of metal together, you run a bead to connect them, and you call it good. But when you’re running it as a business, creating it as a product with your name on it, that represents you and what you believe in. For me, its quality,” stated Montgomery. Along with running a business, Monty competes in competitive shooting sports. In 2021, Montgomery earned himself the title of a 4-H Shotgun National Champion alongside his three other teammates. It’s admirable that he’s been able to find the balance between his education and work outside of school. 

Montgomery is a very persistent individual who will grow up and accomplish everything he wants in life, but not without giving credit to those who have helped him along the way. Teachers like Mrs. Bast, Ms. Kelley, and Mr. Townsend have helped pave the way for this phenomenal leader. Mrs. Bast, who has impacted students throughout her years here at PISD, is one of Montgomery’s biggest influencers. “It’s amazing to be in the presence of someone who’s had so much experience of something really unique, like working at NASA. She teaches a hard subject too, not everyone is meant to understand calculus. At some points, I didn’t even understand it. Mrs. Bast made it always feel like it was possible, she always took something that seems really difficult to most people, and it is, and made it doable,” he states. When asked about Montgomery’s character and performance during her class, Mrs. Bast’s response was: “Amazing. Gifted. Willing. I think his thirst for knowledge and understanding is inspiring to teachers and classmates alike.” As someone who is looked up to by not just Montgomery, but the entire graduating class of 2022, Mrs. Bast leaves them with this advice for their future: “Don’t let the climate of the world steal your faith or your hope, or your dreams.”

Alongside the teachers and faculty here at PHS, there are two more very important people who have had a tremendous impact on Montgomery’s life. “Everyone probably says this, but I truly could not have done any of this without my parents’ constant support and guidance,” he states. His parents, who have made it their mission to teach Montgomery every definition of the word “humility” could not be prouder of their son in all that he does. “We are proud of him and grateful for the teachers and others who have inspired him and been part of his journey. Every parent wants happiness for their children. Montgomery has boundless energy and career and life goals. We hope he strives for excellence, pushes through fear, and has fun while realizing his vision for the future. We love him and can’t wait to see what’s next for him,” his mother says. It’s clear to see what a positive impact Montgomery has had growing up, and it’s even better to see him succeeding with that built character. 

Montgomery has a bright future ahead of him and judging by his character, he will be determined to keep reaching for higher goals. He leaves his fellow classmates with the advice, “If you reach a goal, don’t stop there and just be complacent with that, keep going. Never limit yourself.” Remember all the hard work you did to get to this point, and keep pushing the limits. To Montgomery, and the rest of the class of 2022, we wish you all the absolute best of luck in all your future endeavors!

Women’s Soccer

By: Libby Sanchez

2021-2022 Seniors

The Pleasanton Women’s Varsity soccer team played Hondo here at home on March 8, 2022. After a great game full of good plays, our girls ended the match with a winning score of 3-0. They continued into district to play Somerset on Mar 11, 2022, and brought home the win 2-1. The girls played their final district game on Mar 14, 2022, against YWLA and beat them once again with a final score of 4-1. The Eagles advanced into the first round of playoffs where they played the Palacios Sharkettes and won 3-0, advancing them to round two. In round two, the Eagles went head to head against Wimberley, a long-time rival. After losing to Wimberley in the pre-district game, our girls were determined to win and come out on top after all our hard work and improvement. Pleasanton held their ground all throughout the first half and majority of the second, but unfortunately, Wimberley scored their first goal in the final fifteen minutes of the game. Two more quickly followed, and the game ended with a score of 3-0, ending the Eagle’s season. Senior Ashlyn Vera says, “It really was a bittersweet moment, I’ve played this sport since I was little and the moment I realized this was my last game I started bawling my eyes out.” Ashlyn, along with 6 other seniors are graduating this year, but not without leaving their mark on this program. “The junior class has grown up playing this sport with the senior class, from club soccer to school soccer, they’ve made their impact on us. It’s gonna be a huge adjustment next year without them, but I’m looking forward to their bright futures and the future of this program,” said Brylee Miller, Junior. The program is sad to see such great players leaving, but they are looking forward to next year’s team and can’t wait to give it all they got next season!

Women’s Soccer

By: Libby Sanchez

Seniors Kendall Espey and Kenley Everett after their 3-2 victory over La Vernia.

The Pleasanton Women’s Varsity soccer team started the month off with a 3-2 win against one of their biggest rivals, La Vernia, on February 1st. After tying 0-0 and losing 1-0 against them last season, it felt great for the girls to finally avenge themselves. Not too long after, on February 4th, the girls took home another win against Poteet with a final score of 8-0. After working hard at practice and going over everything they needed to, the varsity girls were ready to play another big rival, Uvalde. It was a hard-fought game, but unfortunately, the Eagles fell short 4-1. This loss only encouraged the varsity team to train harder, in hopes of beating them in March when they play each other again. The JV team took home a 2-0 win against Uvalde to start their first game of the month off great. On February 11, the varsity team traveled to Hondo ready to play and ended the game with an 8-0 win before staying to watch the Pleasanton Men’s Varsity team in their game against Hondo right after. Both the Men’s and Women’s teams enjoyed supporting each other and look forward to doing it again when both teams play Hondo in March. The Women’s JV team ensured a 7-0 win against West Campus at home on February 11th. On the 15th, both Varsity and JV played against Somerset here at home and both teams won; Varsity with a score of 3-0 and JV with a score of 5-0. On Friday the 18th, both teams went up against YWLA and won again; Varsity 4-0 and JV 5-0. On February 28th, the varsity girls traveled to SAISD to  play against Fox Tech once again and brought home an 8-0 win. The following Tuesday, March 1st, the varsity team hosted a game against Poteet here at home and won 8-0. This night was also teacher appreciation night, where each girl selected a teacher from our district that impacted them and honored them before the game. On March 4th, both teams traveled to Uvalde ready for a good game they’ve been preparing for. Due to missing many girls for the game, varsity had a new game plan in mind in order to hold their ground. Coach Bird was forced to pull his 6th string goalie and put her in the box, along with pulling two JV girls up to play in the varsity game. After a long 80 minute game, varsity fell short 3-0. The girls are still very proud of their performance, as it went much better than they could’ve expected. Both teams are looking forward to finishing the season off strong. 

Student Spotlight: Finley Hilburn

By: Libby Sanchez 

For this month’s student spotlight, the Quill staff wanted to bring recognition to one of Pleasanton High School’s most outstanding freshman, Finley Hilburn. Finley is the oldest out of four siblings and does her best to be a great role model to them. As a freshman, Finley wanted to try all her options and took on many sports including basketball, softball, and cross country. Her skill and ability to see the court led her to being the only freshman to make the Varsity basketball team. Upperclassmen quickly took her in on the team, going as far as giving her the nickname “Fin Fin.” This year, the girls’ basketball team made it into the playoffs, and Finley was honored to be a part of something so important. “Making it to playoffs was really special because as a freshman I didn’t think I’d experience that so soon, but it was great to show what we worked hard for and I loved playing with those girls,” stated Hilburn. 

Outside of school, Finley loves helping her dad coach little league teams and helping younger generations improve on their sport. In the future, Finley wants to coach basketball and she loves that she can practice her coaching skills now. “My favorite subject right now is world history, I could see myself either teaching that or science in my future too,” says Hilburn. Pleasanton High School is happy to have such a dedicated student to set an example for future classes. Keep up the great work Finley! 

HOSA Handwashing

By: Libby Sanchez

This pandemic has put emphasis on many things, but one of the most important would have to be hand washing. Now more than ever it’s crucial to get such a simple thing right. Our HOSA program here at Pleasanton High School has been informing many students about the process of handwashing and how to do it correctly. Kelly Mertz (senior) and Trinity Garcia (junior) visited the Journalism class and gave a very well-thought-out presentation. They provided a visual example of how to properly wash your hands to diminish the spread of germs. A student was asked to cover their hands in glo germ, a visual tool for handwash training. The student was then sent to the bathroom to wash their own hands based on how they already knew how to. When the student returned, the glo germ for the most part had been washed away. Though, there were still parts of the hand carrying large amounts of germs. Most students wash their hands the basic way they were taught: scrub the palms, between the fingers, scrub the back of the hand, and rinse. It’s become such a habit that people just go through the motions and that’s what keeps the spread of germs progressing. In this presentation, we were provided with the correct process: wet your hands, apply soap,  lather, and scrub (palms, between fingers, under fingernails, back of the hand) for 20 seconds, rinse 10 seconds, grab a paper towel and turn off the tap, and dry your hands. Trinity emphasizes, “It’s very important that you don’t touch the sink at any point during the handwashing process. If you touch any surface of the sink after you put soap on, you’re recontaminating your hands.” In between washes, it’s also a great idea to sanitize often. Kelly Mertz states, “Hand sanitizer needs to have 60% alcohol in order to work effectively and disinfect your hands.” Overall our HOSA program is doing an amazing job of emphasizing the importance of handwashing during this pandemic and every day to follow. We wish them the best of luck in their competition coming up on February 11th!

“Good, Better, Best.”

By: Aaliyah Herrera & Libby Sanchez

Seniors Joel Arevalo (left) and Peyton Eichman (right) holding Dr. Mann’s honorable jersey before round three of playoffs.

The Pleasanton Eagle Football team traveled to Kerrville on Friday, November 12, to play Lampasas in the first round of play-offs. Both teams fought hard and were tied 7-7 at the end of the first quarter. Wanting to drag on the question of who would win, they proceeded to go into halftime tied 14-14. In the third quarter, Pleasanton decided it was time to kick it up a notch and upped the score 21-14, ensuring their lead in the fourth and final quarter. Lampasas, determined to get their comeback, scored a touchdown with the extra point with 10 minutes left of the fourth quarter, making it tied once again 21-21. With their comeback came a new rush of adrenaline, causing them to score a final touchdown with 3 minutes left in the game. The excitement was too much for their kicker, who missed their extra point but kept them in the lead 27-21. All for dramatics, Pleasanton waited till the final minute of the game to do something spectacular. A pass was completed for a touchdown, along with the extra point with only seconds left to spare. Making it impossible for Lampasas to make a final comeback. The game was close throughout all four quarters, and ended with a final score of 28-27, sending Pleasanton to round two of the playoffs. Setting Lampasas seasonal record to 5 wins and 6 losses, and making ours 8 wins and 3 losses.

On November 18, the Eagles faced off against the Trojans in the second round of playoffs here on our home turf. Pleasanton packed the stands in green and white to show their support for the team. The Eagles ended the first quarter with a lead of 7-0, setting their spirits high for another great game. With 7 minutes left in the second quarter, Jones scored their first touchdown to tie the game with the eagles. Pleasanton, wanting to keep their lead, scored another touchdown. Taking us into halftime with a positive score of 14-7. Ensuring Jones couldn’t make anylast-minute points to come back and beat them, Pleasanton ended the third quarter with another touchdown and extra point, making it 21-7. Taking advantage of Pleasanton’s focus to keep distance between the score, Jones attempted to make a comeback with some final touchdowns but still fell short in the fourth quarter. Once again, the Eagles kept their fans on their toes throughout the game and brought home another win by one point. They beat the Trojans with a final score of 21-20, now upgrading their seasonal record 9-3 for the year, and sending themselves well on their way to round 3.

The eagles, determined to stay ahead of their game, were up bright and early every day during the break practicing for their next game. Game 3 was set to be played on November 26, the day after Thanksgiving against Fredericksburg. Aiming for round four of playoffs, the Eagles ended the first quarter with a lead 6-0. Both teams fought hard during the second quarter and made it entertaining, bringing us into halftime with a score of 14-13 in Fredericksburg’s favor. Third-quarter only continued to benefit Fredericksburg, ending with a score of 18-13. Much like the previous games, Pleasanton attempted a last-minute comeback to win the game and scored a final touchdown. Unfortunately, after a well-fought game, the Eagles fell short 28-20, ending their 2021 season. 

This season held great teamwork, sportsmanship, and great positive choices that contributed to the team. We are happy to say our eagle football team had yet another great season this year, and can’t wait to see what next year has in store!

Homecoming Representatives

By: Libby Sanchez 

2021-2022 Homecoming King and Queen Oscar Leal and Natalie Muniz

Freshman Class Representatives :

  • Chloe Nieschwitz & Austin Dinscore

Sophomore Class Representatives :

  • Ciarah Garcia & Adrian Garcia
  • Emree Adamitz & Jayden Palacios

Junior Class Representatives : 

  • Desiree Duran & Donovan Alaniz
  • Michaela Anguiano & Matthew Smith

Senior Homecoming Court :

  • Peyton Eichman & Melanie Douglas
  • Kelly Mertz & Justin Veale
  • Linda Sanchez & Juan Lopez

Senior Homecoming King & Queen :

  • Natalie Muniz & Oscar Leal

Ghost Story: Be A Doll, Would Ya?

By: Libby Sanchez

This story takes place in prime time Covid-19 during 2020, when the whole world is shut in from one another. Chloe, a victim of covid at the time, is without a doubt one of the biggest horror fans and would say 100% that Halloween was her favorite holiday. So you can imagine her disappointment when she tested positive and was forced to quarantine. Though it wasn’t as great as it usually was anyways because not many parents were letting their children trick-or-treat due to the virus. 

Chloe’s story begins with her being in the early stages of quarantine, already bored out of her mind but still wanting to get into the spooky feeling that comes this time of year. What other way to do that than by watching scary movies and paranormal youtube videos? One evening, she’d stumbled upon a corny looking video on youtube about a doll from eBay that looked like it had been shot from a little girl’s basement. Chloe, who was slowly feeling sicker by the hour, was just looking for a good laugh and decided to check it out. Immediately, a porcelain doll with blonde hair and bright blue eyes filled her laptop screen. The doll spoke in an old-english accent, but even people back then would’ve told you how forced her voice was.

“Hi-ya, my name is Margie.” Followed by a toe-curling cackle, the kind you only hear in horror movies. 

“You’re quite the gal, huh? A real catch.”

To which Chloe retaliated with her own laugh, thinking that whoever was on the other side of this video was trying way too hard to scare viewers. Though in her state, laughing led her to coughing, the painful kind too. Pausing the video to catch her breath and grab a glass of water from her kitchen, she returned to her laptop with a crushing feeling in her chest. Not thinking much of it because of the illness she tested positive for, she pressed play on the video again. 

“Poor little you, all cooped up like an animal. Must be lonely, I know how that is.”

Now that line struck a small chord with Chloe, it was odd how specific and fitting it was to her situation of being quarantined. But nothing too unnerving, many others were also quarantined during this pandemic, it could target anyone. Letting out a chuckle at her own paranoia, she indulged in another coughing fit. Deciding her cough wasn’t going to go away anytime soon unless she acted upon it, she left the video playing and went to her medicine cabinet to grab her cough syrup. Just as she was about to take her first dose of medicine, the doll, who had remained quiet and just stared through the screen as if it was watching her, finally spoke again.

“Ah-ah, the giggle water isn’t gonna help the lonely, sweetheart.”

Freezing in shock, Chloe dropped the bottle of medicine, leading its contents to pour all over the counter in front of her. Now that was too specific, the chances were too slim for that to be a coincidence. Deciding she’d had enough, Chloe slid her cursor over to the top right corner and was going to close the tab when her attention shifted to the doll one last time. Finding the doll with its head tilted upward and to the right, almost as if its eyes were following Chloe’s movements, was enough for her to continue her mission of closing the tab.

“Hey lady! Hey! Don’t you dare give me the silent treatment, we’re friends lady.”

Once again, Chloe froze in fear. Was it possible she was hallucinating? Was she really that sick? Margie sat silent on the screen with a wicked smirk upon her face. Allowing her eyes to scan the full screen, Chloe settled upon the account view. It was then that she felt her heart drop to her stomach, suddenly becoming nauseous. No subscribers. One view. Her view. 

Certain now that things were getting too creepy, Chloe closed the tab and turned on every light in her house before going to bed that night. Sleep didn’t come easy, it’s hard when the pit in your stomach keeps telling you you’re being watched, but eventually she felt her eyelids give way. She woke up the next morning and had convinced herself that she was dreaming or Covid-19 had gotten in her head. Laughing at her panic from the night before, Chloe went about another day of quarantine. 

It wasn’t until mid afternoon that day, that her doorbell rang. It was odd, she hadn’t ordered food and her friends and family knew she was sick and quarantining. 

“Who is it?” 

“It’s Margie, be a doll and open up the door, would ya?” The voice from the night before replied.

Chloe claims it was a rush of adrenaline and anger, thinking maybe someone was playing a prank on her, that made her open the door in a rush. Who would be cruel enough to play a trick like this on someone who’s sick? Upon seeing nobody on her porch, Chloe let out a huff and went to close the door, only a package was blocking the door from closing. Upset at her brain for playing tricks on her in broad daylight, she grabbed the box and brought it inside. She didn’t remember ordering anything recently, but maybe she’d forgotten or her mother had sent another random gift. Eager to know the answer, she ripped open the package. Only what she found wasn’t a gift. But instead the same blonde hair, the same blue eyes, and the same porcelain doll that was Margie, staring right at her. The fear could only be described by one word: paralyzing. Giving herself a while to process, Chloe once again decided this was all some big hoax and someone was probably getting a kick out of scaring her, so she walked the doll right out her front door and into her trash can.

Though, to this day she still tells herself it was all some big joke or hallucination, she still has doubts about her standpoint, and the toe-curling cackle she hears every night since then doesn’t do anything to prove her right.

Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Moin

By: Ariana Johnson, Autumn Webster, Libby Sanchez, Kristina Mertz

 

Raymond Moin, also known as Mr. Moin is teaching his first year here at Pleasanton High School. Prior to working at our school, Mr. Moin taught for 6 years at San Antonio ISD. He is currently the Criminal Justice teacher, where he teaches Forensic Science, Law Enforcement, and Principles of LPSCS. He is even the leader of PHS’s own Police Explorers, where you can get a good idea of what the students do by watching the Big E-News. Balancing all these subjects sounds like a stressful job, but Mr. Moin makes it look easy and does a fantastic job. He is a fresh new face here at Pleasanton High School, so we were excited to learn a little bit more about him. 

Mr. Moin earned his degree at Wayland Baptist University located in San Antonio. His main inspiration for teaching is his “family,” who were previously also involved in educational occupations.

Like all teachers and staff on our campus, Mr. Moin has his bad days but he’s comforted knowing he’s doing things for a bigger purpose. “Watching my students graduate then starting again with another group” is one of the most difficult things Mr. Moin faces.

Mr. Moin does it all and it’s evident through the eyes of the students. One of his students, Brylee Miller, stated: “School has barely started and he’s already taught us twenty new laws, multiple ways to handcuff and arrest people, and he just makes it fun and engaging.” 

The students here at PHS are so very thankful for Mr. Moin and his willingness to teach students something new every day. Thank you, Mr. Moin!

I felt a breeze, it’s Fall.

By: Libby Sanchez

Fall is pretty much everyone’s favorite time of the year. It’s the only time of the year that Texas has a decent idea of what kind of weather it wants for a while. Everyone is usually relieved to get rid of the scorching heat that comes with summer. Fall is the time when the cool breeze starts to set in and everyone can finally run around like they’re not about to pass out from a heat stroke. Stores have started selling pumpkins, pumpkin spices, cookies, and my most favorite, Halloween decorations. People are settling in with their goodies and getting ready for cool nights outside by the fire, the smell of fresh cookies, and scary movies. Or if you’re Wanish you’re raking leaves and jumping in them, which is so basic and gives off main character vibes but whatever. It’s the season that Disney channel starts replaying old Monstober movies, which brings back the best nostalgia. It’s the perfect time to go to a pumpkin patch with your friends and family, or even a corn maize to add to the spookiness of the season! 

Fall is known as the “Meteor Shower Season” across the northern hemisphere. Be on the lookout for shooting stars and multi-colored meteors almost every night this season. The color of a meteor depends on its chemical composition. Red usually consists of nitrogen/oxygen, blue consists of iron, purple is calcium, orange is sodium, and light blue is usually magnesium.  Below are some of the top five meteor shows to look for! Make the most out of this year’s fall season!

Draconids: 5-10 meteors/hour                           estimated peak nights: October 8 & 9

Orionids: 20 meteors/hour                                 estimated peak nights: October 21 & 22

Northern Taurids: 5 meteors/hour                      estimated peak nights: November 11 & 12

Leonids: 10-20 meteors/hour                             estimated peak nights: November 17 & 18

Geminids: 120+ meteors/hour                           estimated peak nights: December 13 & 14

JROTC

By: Libby Sanchez

Pleasanton JROTC participating at the Pleasanton City Wide Memorial Day Ceremony.

As the school year comes to an end, so do the clubs and organizations within our district. After Covid-19 took their chance of an End of Year Award Ceremony and Change of Command Ceremony last year, Pleasanton JROTC was excited to be able to participate in this event on May 20th . The Change of Command Ceremony is significant because it’s a change of authority of Cadet Senior Leadership. Announced at this event was next year’s new Battalion Commander, Simon Karsky (Junior), and Battalion Command Sergeant Major, Hayli Woodson (Sophomore). On May 22nd, JROTC participated in the Alpha Warrior Challenge at Retama Park in San Antonio. After practicing and training for this event the previous weekend, our Eagles were ready to dominate the hour and 45 minute course. They were split up into an 8 person male team and an 8 person female team. The Eagles won 4th place out of the 12 teams in the male category, and the Pink Eagles won 2nd place. Pleasanton High School JROTC was very honored to participate in the Pleasanton City Wide Memorial Day Ceremony to pay their respects to our fallen heroes this past weekend. They participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Veteran Memorial early Sunday morning. Over the summer, 10 cadets were chosen to participate in the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge. The 5 male cadets chosen are: Lorenzo Samaniego, Aries Uhl, Logan Alexander,  Valdamore Herrera, and Kenneth Alegria. The 5 female cadets chosen are: Natalia Jones, Alaina Nethken, Courtney Cearley, Annie Araiza, and Hayli Woodson. It’s a 4 day overnight event that focuses on team building and cadet leadership. Colonel Wynder has done a great job with this year’s JROTC program and is beyond proud of the graduating seniors. “I want them to take the lessons they’ve learned during this experience and apply them for the rest of their lives, motivate young people, set up for success, live by the cadet creed, and always be successful.” Good luck to those graduating, and we’re looking forward to what JROTC has in store for next year! 

Women’s Soccer: Not Just a Team, a Family

By: Libby Sanchez

The Pleasanton Women’s Soccer Team celebrating after a win against Beeville in playoffs.

On this team, nobody goes through anything alone. This has been proven by the black armbands worn by the girls every game since to represent the loss of a beautiful woman, Robyn Miller, on March 11. “This team means so much to me and seeing them support my family during such a hard time even if it’s as small as wearing a black armband, it means the world to me,” said Brylee Miller. Instead of letting the situation get the better of them, they took it all out on the field and played with a deep purpose behind it all. 

The Pleasanton Women‘s Soccer Team had their first playoff game against Beeville on March 26. After a long battle in both halves, the score was tied 0-0 and the teams went into a shootout. Coach Bird selected Seniors: Renata Osorio, Sofia Rivera, Kaitlyn Garcia, Lacey Stevens, and Junior: Skylar Mitchell. 

Renata was up to take the first shot for Pleasanton. Osorio took her shot, but unfortunately, Beeville’s goalie was able to block it. Lucky for us, Renata’s adrenaline rush caused her to shoot the ball before the ref blew his whistle, therefore forcing her to take the shot again. This time she waited a few seconds after the whistle was blown, and sent a beautiful shot to the bottom right of the net. Setting us in the lead 1-0. With Syd set up in goal, Beeville sent in another one of their players to take their second penalty kick of the shootout. She kicked too far right, causing the ball to hit the goal post and bounce back, leaving us in the lead. Up next, we had Kaitlyn step up to the penalty line. She set the score 2-0, increasing our lead. Beeville scored their first goal against us, making the score 2-1. Sofia was determined to keep the team in the playoffs when she scored a great goal and brought us up 3-1. To make an already intense game even better, if Beeville made this next goal in the shootout, they had a chance at a comeback. If they missed, that would set the Eagles at a lead that’s impossible to catch up to. Merecka, after playing an amazing game with multiple saves, was not about to cut her senior season short. Beeville’s player sent a great shot, but not great enough to get past Sydney. She deflected it out, winning Pleasanton the game, and it was only a few seconds before she was in the center of a hype circle her team had formed around her. The fans we’re beyond excited for the Eagles to continue on to round two.

 Their next playoff game was against Canyon Lake at Alamo Heights in San Antonio. 15 minutes into the game, Canyon Lake scored their first goal off a corner kick. This didn’t discourage our girls, if anything it just made them fight back harder. With only 8 minutes left in the first half, Osario sent a beautiful through-ball to Brandi Barnett (Junior), who was able to make a quick move around a defender and outrun her to score our first goal of the game. Going into halftime, the game was tied 1-1. This was where Bird decided to change up their plan and told the girls it was time to step up their offensive game. Canyon Lake scored their second goal with only 20 minutes left in the game. After a well-fought battle, with many great runs and plays, The Pleasanton Women’s Soccer Team’s season came to an end. It was an emotional night for this team that’s become a family, many tears were shed as a result of it being many of our senior’s last games of their high school career. “If I had to choose one word to describe this season, I think it would have to be “rollercoaster.” We had a lot of highs and lows but overall it was a ton of fun and I built friendships that I wouldn’t trade for anything,” said Osorio. It’s bittersweet to see them go, but the program is excited to see where future teams take them. “The biggest piece of advice I can give to upcoming classes is to enjoy it all, every single piece of it. It all flies by too fast to just let it float by. Four years’ worth of memories that I will cherish for a long time to come,” said Merecka. The 2020-2021 Pleasanton Women’s Soccer Team has had a memorable year and season, and the program is excited for it to only get better in the future.