Salutatorian: Kenley Everett

By: River Reyes

The 2022 Salutatorian: Kenley Everett

At the top of the class lies those who worked the most throughout their high school career, the two who have dedicated their time and efforts to their family, school, and future. Vying for the highest honor are the valedictorian and the salutatorian, both achieving and being recognized as some of the brightest and capable individuals. The salutatorian for the Pleasanton High School Class of 2022 is Kenley Everett, a intelligent and driven individual who has by every means earned the honor of her position. 

Kenley will be attending Baylor University in the fall as an Business Entrepreneurship major with the hopes and dreams of owning her a multi chain level real estate company. When asked why she chose Baylor, she said, “I want to go to Baylor because all their standards align with mine, from academic standards, to religious beliefs, to just the essential way of living.” Kenley is very well known for her work ethic and academic capabilities and it’s very clear that her standard reflects in her school of choice and that she will continue to strive for excellence. In order to get to Baylor, the road was rough and Kenley endured many obstacles that would set her back. When asked what motivated her to work for the top of the class, Kenley said, “It was never honestly about me saying that I want to be salutatorian. It was the fact that I know that no matter what I do, I’m going to give my best effort. So just the fact that I made salutatorian made it all worth it in the end because all I know is that everything I do is going to be the best of my ability.” Her motivation exceeds that of her peers greatly and she’s earned her spot. Everything she has accomplished brings her one step closer to her dreams. The future will be very bright and as long as she holds her determination, there will be nothing to stop her.

The teacher that impacted Kenley the most was Mrs. Leonheardt. Mrs. Leonheardt was Kenley’s AP English Literature and Composition teacher and takes pride in having taught Kenley, who she regards as a very talented writer. When asked about Kenley’s greatest trait, Mrs. Leonheardt says, “She brings up a level of conversation because she makes insights and when she shares her insights, other people understand it better too so she brings an overall understanding of literature just because of the connections that she makes.” Kenley is clearly a role model for students in and out of the classroom, using her knowledge to achieve great results while helping the people around her.

As the salutatorian for the graduating class of 2022, Kenley Everett has achieved great results and set an example for many students around her. With an excellent work ethic and incredible intelligence, there is no doubt that Kenley will continue to succeed in her future. We congratulate Kenley for all that she has done and hope for the best in her future.

Track and Field

By: Noah Ramos

 

On May 1, our Men’s track team traveled south with their sights set for being able to qualify for the State Track Meet and later made it to Texas A&M Kingsville where Preston Piligrim made a magnificent pole vault of 14 -6 which won a gold medal along with a place on the podium. Our eagle runners also qualified for the finals on the first day. Juan Lopez was the first to compete for day 2 with long jumping where he made it to the finals and took 5th place helping to add to the day 1 total score. Then Justin Veale performed in the 110m hurdles where he got a hard fought 4th place while barely missing the podium. Jayden Palacios and Juan Lopez worked together in the run for the 400m dash against some of the best in the region which had Palacios start out with the first 200m with a strong finish with 2nd place and Lopez who scored second to last but still helped for both of them to hit the 1st & 3rd place in the race. Palacios also claimed the 400m Regional Champion title

Movie Review: Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness

By: Myame Lara

Marvel recently added a new movie onto the already amazing MCU. “Dr Strange and the Multiverse of Madness”, rated PG-13, was released on May 6th, 2022 and directed by Sam Raimi. It produced a rating of 74% on “Rotten Tomatoes”, and a 7.4/10 on “IMDb”. The movie produced a net worth of $292.6 million in the box office and has a runtime of 2 hours and 6 minutes.

This movie features some of Marvel’s most known icons including Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, and Benedict Wong. Acting alongside these characters were many rising actors which we all hope to see in future productions. 

To many Marvel fans, this film was long awaited and highly anticipated for some time now, which gave it a high standard to live up to. MCU fan’s held the bar high, and Marvel went even higher. This action packed movie had many moments leaving fans speechless and in awe. The plot wasn’t at all predictable and left viewers waiting for more to come!

I, as a Marvel fan myself, highly recommend this film! There wasn’t a moment that left me bored or not impressed! Be sure to watch it in theaters as soon as possible!

Men’s Soccer

By: Libby Sanchez & River Reyes

The Pleasanton Varsity Men’s soccer team finished their season out strong and are proud of the accomplishments and improvements made along the way. On Tuesday, March 8, the boys won their home game against Hondo 3-1. Soon after, on March 11, the boys hosted another home game against Somerset and won again 2-0. The boys advanced into the first round of playoffs where they agreed to meet half way to play against Gonzales on March 25. After a difficult game, the Eagles came out on top 1-0, to advance into round two of playoffs. The second playoff game would be their last, playing against Beorne on March 29, losing 0-5. The boys played well and made it far, hoping to build on their strengths and improve their weaknesses so that they can go even further in the coming years.

Daytona Drill Nationals

By: River Reyes and Alexandra Garcia

Cadets on Daytona Beach

The Pleasanton JROTC Eagle Battalion was invited to the Army JROTC Nationals Drill competition in Daytona Beach, Florida. The drill competition was on Thursday, April 14th at the Ocean Center with a total of 40 schools from across the nation. The teams from Pleasanton included the armed and unarmed drill teams performing in inspection, regulation, and exhibition. Our male and female color guard teams performed for the color guard phase. 

Leading up to the competition, the drill and color guard teams spent 3 months practicing and refining their routines to have a competitive performance the day of nationals. There were many afternoon practices and the day before the trip to Florida, April 12th, there was a whole day spent practicing from the first school bell to the last. 

Cadets competing for Armed Regulation

The trip to Daytona Beach was four days long from Wednesday April 13th till Saturday April 16th. For many cadets, this was their first experience flying, adding to the intensity that came with the pressure from Nationals. The first day was spent traveling and getting settled in the hotel at Fairfield in and Suites next to the Daytona International Speedway. The day of the competition, all cadets were ordered to be up and ready to leave by 06:30 as the unarmed exhibition was slated to perform early that morning. Following the unarmed exhibition, the unarmed regulation and inspection phases were carried out in the first half of the day, whereas the armed drill team would be split across three different time periods throughout the day, beginning in the morning, going after lunch, and finishing in the evening. The color guard was swift in their performances finishing before lunchtime. 

Friday of the trip was the cadets free day, having them go down to the beachside at noon and spending time at a local mall on the beachside. The cadets enjoyed the beach as their reward for their hard work culminating in the performances at nationals. To wrap up the day, the cadets enjoyed a nice dinner on the beachside and would prepare for the flight back to Texas.

Army JROTC Nationals for Drill is a very intense and competitive competition. The Eagle Battalion was honored to have been invited and looks forward to competing again in the coming years, refining their performances so that we can earn top placings on the national level. It was a great experience for all the cadets in attendance and they will continue to be prepared for success as they learn and experience more in the JROTC program.

Baseball

By: River Reyes

During February and early March the Pleasanton Highschool Baseball team began their season. Currently the team is sitting with 4 losses, 4 wins, and 1 tie. With a rough start, the boys have picked up and are progressing through the season strongly.

On February 22, the Varsity team lost against McCollum 1-3, although a bit rocky, they still had much to prove in the coming games. The loss streak would prevail for the next three games against Brack Christian on February 24 with a score of 4-10, and against Lufkin and Navarro in a tournament on the 25th with scores 5-7 and 7-11. The team would make their comeback on the 26th against Akins with their first win, score 9-3. Their hot streak would persist for the next three games. On March 3rd the boys won against Fredericksburg with a score of 4/3, on the 4th during their tournament, they won against Llano and Comfort with scores of 9/3 and 15/1. The team’s most recent game against Blanco on the 5th was a tie with a score of 5-5.

Currently, the Boys Baseball team is in a good spot with an even overall score of four wins, four losses, and one tie game. The team has a lot to look forward to in the future and can make this season a good one!

U.I.L.

By: River Reyes

On Saturday February 12th, the Pleasanton Highschool U.I.L. academic teams participated in the meet at Reagan Highschool. 10 students participating in Social Studies, Current Events, Spelling, Science, Calculator, Math, and Number Sense. No teams placed in the competition, but have been working on preparing for the district U.I.L. meet at La Vernia high school on March 26th. The same teams will be participating in the hopes of qualifying for regionals, and possibly state.

Movie Review: Encanto

By: Farah Standley

I decided to sit down and give the highly talked about Disney’s “Encanto” a watch. It was very interesting with many colorful scenes and catchy music. The story follows a young Mirabel as she tries to answer all of her and her family’s many questions. See, her family was blessed with a miracle in which everyone in her family would get a gift, or power. Mirabel did not get a gift. This left her, her family, and the whole town confused and disappointed. The sad part was, she was the only one. Everyone before and after her in the family got a wonderful gift. Then, she figures out about an uncle that is blamed for many problems in the family. His name was Bruno and the family does not prefer to talk about him. After that, the miracle house starts to crumble, and Mirabel decides it is her destiny to find Bruno, return him to the family, and save the house. Mirabel works very hard to reach her goals. All-in-all, this movie is a very interesting, funny, colorful, and overall beautiful production with a fun storyline and cute capybaras. This movie was nominated for 17 different awards! This includes many Annie Awards, Golden Globe Awards, a Satellite Award, a Critics’ Choice Movie Award, a BAFTA Award, a Producers Guild of America Award, an NAACP Image Award, and an ADG in Excellence in Production Design Award. I would say this movie is definitely worth the time to watch.

Ratings: 

91% on Rotten Tomatoes

7.3/10 on IMDb

4/5 on Entertainment  Weekly

Track & Field

By: River Reyes

January is coming to a close and Track season will be moving into motion. All participating members have spent the month diligently training for the upcoming season. From footraces, to hurdles, to high jump to polevault, there’s a training regiment to be fulfilled every practice.

Starting the second week of January, athletes started conditioning by running and building both endurance and speed. Something new this season is that runners will be going to the weight room after practice in order to maintain muscle for their respective sports and general fitness. Athletes will generally begin practices from 3-4 pm and finish anywhere between 5-6 pm. Improvement is the key and our runners have spent the better part of the month getting times and planning for improvement. 

As for our field events, most have yet to really get started, but the Discus and Shotput throwers have been working on their throws for the past few weeks. The rest of the field events will be getting into motion as the season progresses and the athletes get with their coaches and plan for their respective training.

With a strong start, the season is looking to be very prospective as the varsity athletes set their sights for the State meet at UT in the coming months. 

Professional Advice from a Professional Procrastinator

By: River Reyes

Procrastination is a fickle beast, there is no concrete method for tackling the hurdle it imposes upon a person’s work ethic. When writing this article, many hours were spent thinking about what would work, what is the right way to articulate my thoughts? I was actively working on trying to be productive, yet I had pushed off the responsibility of writing until the next day, and the next, and the next.

People have a tendency to push responsibilities off to the very last minute necessary. In the back of your mind, these responsibilities will remain relevant, but at the same time, you find yourself affixed on minute and trivial tasks. You can still be productive, but you don’t tend to what should be your priority. It’s very easy to understand that what you’re doing is improper, yet it’s still difficult to drive away your guilt and focus on what is important. I believe that procrastination is a product of premature stress. The moment you hear the word “deadline”, in the back of your mind a thought settles, the understanding of your responsibility. You can be exemplary at time management, yet the stress of the idea of a deadline could easily throw you off course as you need relief from the pressure that builds up. It’s a nasty cycle of tearing yourself apart, only to find short-term relief in mundane tasks that don’t amount to anything in regards to the matter at hand. Sure you can clean your room, perfect a personal project, or just get on your phone to distract yourself, but you only delay the inevitable, feeding into the aforementioned cycle of short term relief and further procrastination.

So what’s the solution? In short, there is no conclusive solution, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help yourself to prevent your bad habit of procrastination. Instead of waiting till the last minute for that “spark of inspiration”, take your time to calm yourself and think about what you’re doing and where you want to be. At its root, procrastination is tied to the idea of responsibility and the pressure that may come with it. If you think about where you’re trying to go and set personal goals for yourself to achieve, you may find that pressure lessened. 

Take some time to evaluate your position, think about what it is you’re avoiding. Don’t beat yourself up thinking you have a terrible work ethic, but don’t avoid what’s important. 

Staff Spotlight: Ms. Davila

By: River Reyes

As students walk into Pleasanton High School, even their worst days can instantly be brightened by one of the first smiling faces they see: Ms. Davila. This radiant individual can always be there for students, no matter the scenario. The students of PHS can happily go through their day knowing Ms. Davila is in the front office, having their back. 

Ms. Davila holds many responsibilities as the substitute coordinator as well as one of the attendance staff who is charged with signing in students and handing out passes. She is also responsible for answering the front desk phone and directing callers to the appropriate staff member for whatever their concerns may be. 

When asked about her job here at PHS, Ms. Davila enthusiastically replied, “I enjoy my job, I love working with kids. I love seeing people everyday.” 

The students at PHS would like to thank the wonderful Ms. Davila for her immense contribution to better benefit the students and faculty every single day. Thank you!  

Taking the Turf

By: River Reyes

PHS Eagles vs. Kingsville

The Pleasanton Eagle football teams during the month of October blazed through the month with a great number of victories to hold to their name.

On the week of the September 17th, the Eagles played against the Devine teams with the Varsity team winning 32 to 12, JV winning 36 to 0, and the freshman lost with a score of 0 to 32.

The following week of September 24th, the Eagles played against the Pearsall teams with Varsity winning 52 to 0 and JV winning 35 to 0

For our Homecoming week, the Varsity team played and won an exciting game against Kingsville, with a final score 49 to 16. The game was very exciting, with our students showing great support for the team, inspiring great school pride on one of the most memorable games of the year. The JV team played Pearsall as well, winning 35 to 0, and the freshman played Hondo winning 27 to 0.

Following the heavy homecoming week came the games against seat grabbing games against Boerne. The Varsity team had an extremely close game, losing 39 to 31, having to go into overtime. The team played a strong initial game, only being tied until the very final seconds of the fourth quarter, leading into overtime where Boerne successfully scored, and the Eagles barely falling short. The Boerne game had the best student section the school has seen all year, with everyone being very high spirited and enthusiastic towards such an intense game. Earlier that week the JV played against Beorne as well, winning 18 to 14, and the freshman winning 48 to 20.

With this most recent week, the Eagles played against Uvalde on their homecoming, showing no mercy and beating them across all three teams. The Varsity won by a landslide 58 to 8, the JV 18 to 14, and the freshman 28 to 16.

The month of October was very high spirited and filled with great victories, and our Uvalde score qualified the Varsity team for the playoffs beginning after the game against La Vernia. We wish the Eagle Football team luck in their future games and the playoffs.

Bump – Set – DOMINATE

By: Shyanne Sexton

Sarah Scharmann and Reagan Hollis setup for serve receive

Despite the fact that the Lady Eagles are just beginning their season, scores from Varsity, JV and freshman are making for a very promising season. The Lady Eagles faced Uvalde High School at the start of the month. The varsity team, with a strong three-set win, set the tone well for the matches to come and the junior varsity team, with a 2-0 triumph, showed its true colors.

On September 7th, the Varsity, Junior Varsity and freshman teams would play YWLA High School. As each team won its respective match, these games showed to be worthwhile. 

Varsity played Pearsall at home on September eleventh, where they won two dignified sets and pulled out a three-set victory. Despite winning 2-1 against Pearsall in a Devine tournament, JV lost momentum  and suffered a loss against Poth and Del Rio. Freshman also suffered a hard loss against Poth and Pearsall at the Devine Tournament.

Later in the week, the Lady Eagles won another three-set victory at Holy Cross high school, kicking off a winning streak. However, this tone was not carried over to the Junior Varsity team, which lost to Holy Cross in two sets. 

JV and freshman teams dominated against Carrizo Springs on the seventeenth. Both pulling strong wins and setting the stage for varsity. On the very next night, the varsity team played an exceptional match against Carrizo Springs High School, remaining focused all the way, and ending the night second to none with a three set win.

In the final stages of September, the team played Brackenridge High School. After winning two very good sets, Varsity swept the other ending with a 3-0 win. JV and freshman also won 2-0, following suit with the Varsity team.

In addition to the scores, the players have also proved that the season has been and will continue to be great. Kiley Wiechring, a varsity player, has a confident view of the season. She says “I think district games are going really well, we’ve put in a lot of time and effort to get a good spot in district” and says Coach Aguirre has made changes this year so the team can accomplish extraordinary things. In addition, she said that she really looks up to Tess and Sadie on the team for the fact that they both have great leadership qualities and encourage her to do her best.

The Lady Eagles truly embody Eagle Pride. Their season has been great, and we wish them continued success in future matches as they continue to represent the school well. Pride! Pride!

Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Blanco

By: Myame Lara and Allison Collins

Mrs. Blanco

Often you might see other adults walking around your classrooms helping other students, those people are called paraprofessionals. Paraprofessionals, also known as teachers aids, are often overlooked and underappreciated. Mrs. Blanco is a paraprofessional here at PHS and has spent her time helping students here for four years starting as a long time substitute and then becoming a paraprofessional. 

Mrs. Blanco is an inclusion aid at PHS, this means she provides classroom support to all students to ensure that they’re getting their academic needs met. Being an inclusion aid means  Mrs. Blanco follows a set schedule that is also subject to change depending on extra duty assignments. Mrs. Blanco states, “As a para[professional], managing our time to ensure that we are finishing up is very important.” Which can sometimes be stressful or challenging. As a paraprofessional, Mrs. Blanco doesn’t focus on a certain subject, but because of her history as a PIT teacher at PHS, Mrs. Blanco is the person to go to for technology trouble

Mrs. Blanco states, “I really enjoy what I do, I’ve told this every year, everytime, I see you guys as my own children. I love spending time with these kids because I get to see them for four years with our PHS families, they start off as freshman and then I get to see the final outcome as a senior and see them move forward to becoming a better adult.” Paraprofessionals are often undervalued and uncredited, so when you see one, don’t forget to let them know just how thankful you are for all of their help! 

JROTC

By: River Reyes

JROTC PT team cadets participating in raider meet

In the month of September the Pleasanton High School JROTC Eagle Battalion participated in multiple competitions keeping the cadets on their feet and ready to transition into drill season. At the beginning of the month, a number of cadets from the PT team participated in the 9/11 5k Run to not only motivate and keep cadets in shape, but to remember and honor the sacrifices made on that tragic day. The following weekend, the Raider team participated in an obstacle course challenge. Participating in the meet were cadets J. Herrera, V. Herrera, A. Uhl, S. Karsky, Castelar, Seguin, A. Araiza, and K. Alegria.. The month of September was a very physically challenging month for our JROTC teams and we’re looking forward to a successful drill season over the next few months.

Staff Spotlight: Ms. Gina

By: River Reyes and Myame Lara

Custodian Ms. Gina

Some of the most overlooked staff here at PHS are the members of the custodial department. One of the custodians working at the PAC and during football games is Ms. Gina. Ms. Gina will be finished with her first year as a PHS custodian on September 8th. 

 Ms. Gina is dedicated to keeping PHS safe and clean. The members of the custodial staff are each assigned a building to take care of. Ms. Gina spends a majority of her time in the PAC building keeping the auditorium and lobby clean for the students at PHS, as well as working the PAC building, Ms. Gina also works the football games with her friend Eileen. Since Ms. Gina started working at PHS during the COVID-19 pandemic, she states that it wasn’t a big change for her, and she continued to wear her mask to keep herself and others safe. 

Ms. Gina enjoys her job here at PHS. “Don’t forget to be respectful to the PHS campus,” says Ms. Gina. Although the custodial staff is often overlooked and underappreciated, we are all very thankful for them!

Cheer

By: River Reyes and Allison Collins

The 2021-2022 Cheerleaders

Kicking off the 2021-2022 school year, the Pleasanton Highschool Cheerleaders are ecstatic and prepared. Cheer Captains, Linda Sanchez and Noelani Guerrero along with Cheer Sponsor, Mrs. Rutherford are excited to finally begin this season. 

For the month of August the cheerleaders participated in the community pep rally, the first high school pep rally, scrimmage football game as well as the first football game of the season. Their performance was outstanding and the cheerleaders represented our school well! 

The Cheer team has great leadership with their cheer captains as well as a motivated sponsor that looks forward to their performances. When asked about the responsibilities as the Cheer Sponsor, Mrs. Rutherford says, “It takes a lot of planning, everyone always thinks football season is so busy. Yes its busy, but that’s the fun busy.” 

As the school year starts, all the sports will be taking center stage and our cheerleaders will be ready to show up and out!

JROTC

By: Wanish Tortes-Mcginnis and Kendall Zuniga

JROTC JCLC Cadet participants

Over the summer, 10 highly talented cadets of the Eagle Battalion participated with the San Antonio School District in New Braunfels at a leadership camp. The following 10 who participated were Kenneth Alegria, Logan Alexander, Alania Nethken, Lorenzo Samaniego, Aries Uhl, Natalia Jones, Annie Araiza, Courtney Cearley, Valdemar Herrera, and Hayli Woodson. Eagle training camp or JCLC, was based on leadership skills and creating a bond between each of the cadets while at camp. Activities such as hiking Enchanted Rock and High rope zip lining were involved to help better the bonding experience for the cadets. 

Eagle Training camp also helped first year freshman cadets get familiar with what JROTC is like. Things such as learning basic drills, the history of JROTC, and physical training were introduced to the new cadets. 

The Pleasanton JROTC also had a leadership seminar with the return cadets who are going to be returning this school year. The seminar helped give the cadets and staff time to bond as a group. The company commander and first sergeant were able to come together and make plans for the year and for their companies. The JROTC participated in a 5k fun run on 4th of July, 3 of there cadets competed against each other and the community. Future events are currently still in the works. 

Valedictorian: Matthew Garcia

By: River Reyes

Class of 2021 Valedictorian Matt Garcia

From freshman year to senior year students compete relentlessly for the top rankings of their class, be it for the pursuit of their dreams or a strong competitive nature. The Valedictorian is the one who stands above all else, successfully maintaining the highest standard of grade and seeking out the greatest challenge with every given opportunity. The Pleasanton High School Class of 2020-2021 Valedictorian is Matthew Garcia, a well distinguished student who has worked tirelessly to stay at the top of his class for his future endeavors.

Matt will be attending Texas Tech University enrolled in the honors program looking to major in finances. When asked about his class ranking and how it affected his opportunities, he said, “It made the admissions process much less stressful and gave me more of an advantage over others…I was awarded many scholarships based off of test scores and rank…” The payoff for all of  Matt’s hard work is clear and staying on top of the workload taken was an integral part to maintaining such a high rank. Matt says that to maintain his school/life balance, he would spend “…time before and after school catching up on or getting better clarification on any task 3I may have had trouble on.” Taking advantage of the help that teachers provide is extremely important for those looking to excel in their academic pursuits as you are allowed that 1:1 experience which guarantees the clarification necessary to be successful. 

The teacher with the strongest impact on Matt’s high school career is Mrs. Bast. Mrs. Bast is the current College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus teacher. Mrs. Bast takes great pride in having taught Matt and watching him develop as a student who prioritizes challenging himself. “Matt is one of those well rounded people who will succeed at whatever they set their mind to in life and in addition to being a gifted brilliant student he’s a nice guy as well he’s a really good guy and a great role model for other students. I’m proud to call him my student.” It truly goes to show that Matt has left a strong impression on his teachers and sets a strong example for his peers.

At home Matt is just as diligent with his responsibilities as he is at school. When asked how she feels about his Valedictorian status, Matt’s mother says, “Matthew is very deserving of his Valedictorian status, because we have seen first hand how much diligent devotion, time, and bottomless energy that he has applied to his studies. We are happy for him, and have high expectations for him in the future.” As his parent, Matt’s mother is very engaged with his endeavors, both failures and successes, encouraging him to meet his highest potential. As a graduating senior, Matt will be entering the open world head first and his mother has full intention of supporting Matt now so that he can pioneer his own future with his independent efforts. 

The Valedictorian is the one who stands above all else, successfully maintaining the highest standard of grade and seeking out the greatest challenge with every given opportunity. Matt has been successful in many of his pursuits and worked tirelessly, diligently, and honorably, deserving all the recognition he has received. We congratulate Matt and hope he will continue to be his best both now and in the future.

The Back Nine

By: River Reyes

Junior, Reed Foster, during a tournament.

With the end of the golf season here, the Pleasanton golf teams are wrapping up the year with a series of tournaments. The Eagles participated in 5 tournaments and the Lady Eagles participated in 4 tournaments with Lacey Stevens qualifying for state. The month of April has been a tight ship with the build up to the end of the season.

On March 30, the Eagles placed 1st with 326 points and the Lady Eagles placed 3rd with 398 points. On April 5 Eagles Varsity placed 1st with 315 points, JV placed 3rd with 465 points, and the Lady Eagles placed 3rd with 402 points. On April 8, the Eagles placed 1st place with 626 points and the Lady Eagles placed 2nd with 789 points. On April 20 and the 21st, the Lady Eagles placed 8th with 405 points for the region 4 tournament and the Eagles placed 1st with 650 points, winning the 4A region 4 tournament.

With their win at the regional tournament on the 21st and 22nd, the mens golf team made school history being the first team to win a regional tournament and qualify for state. Lacey Stevens will be competing for the UIL State Golf Tournament on May 10th and 11th in Kyle, and the mens team will be competing for the UIL State Golf Championship on May 17th and 18th in Kyle.

Overall, the vast majority of games played were won, with the teams advancing to the finals. We wish them the best of luck in the upcoming state tournaments.  

American Red Cross Month

By: River Reyes

The month of March is dedicated to supporting and celebrating the American Red Cross. American Red Cross Month raises awareness to the duties of Red Cross workers, raises funding, volunteer support for projects and relief efforts, as well as instilling the goodwill of the people.

People who want to support the American Red Cross during the month of March can contribute in many ways including, but not limited to: donating blood, donating money, learning life saving skills through their programs to help those in need, and doing volunteer work. You may also help indirectly through general acts of goodwill as the founding principle of the American Red Cross is, “ the duty of care we owe to one another when times get tough.”

Throughout the month of March, the people of the nation should try and contribute to both the Red Cross and their local communities in honor of its vision. 

Emergency Response Vehicle with workers helping with relief

Uplifting Covid

By: River Reyes

On Tuesday March 2nd, 2021, Governor Greg Abbot announced that he would be issuing an executive order that would lift the statewide mask mandate as well as opening all Texas businesses to 100% capacity. The executive order was slated to go into effect on Wednesday March 10th, 2021. 

After announcing the reopening of the state, the executive order was hotly debated leaving many people conflicted on whether or not we should be allowed to not be required to enforce a mask mandate. Many businesses and schools announced that they would still be enforcing the same mask and social distancing policies for the safety of students and consumers, but there are still a number of schools and businesses that are taking the same direction as the state and ending their restrictions. This raises the question of whether or not it’s too early for the nation to begin operating at 100% capacity, with no restrictions whatsoever. 

No matter whether the state is open or restricted, individuals should still practice safe habits and protect themselves as not everyone has been vaccinated and the virus is still affecting millions of people as it has only been a year since the initial outbreak.

A New Goal

By: River Reyes

Team gathered for a photo with their trophy


The Pleasanton Highschool Mens’ soccer team has had quite the successful month in February with great performance befitting the top team in the district. So far the team goes undefeated with a record of 4 wins and 0 losses this month.

The boys played four games until the time of writing (February 23rd), winning each game. They played against the following schools: La Vernia Highschool (3-0), Poteet (unlisted), Uvalde (1-0), and Somerset (3-1). When asked about his favorite game, Coach Brieten said “The games have been fun, my favorite game this month has been our game verse LaVernia. It was an intense and well played game.”

With a strong hold on the season, the boys continue to improve their skills and teamwork. They will without a doubt continue to uphold both their position and standard for the rest of the season.