Student Spotlight: Michaela Anguiano

By: Courtney Henson

Michaela Anguiano is a charismatic, genuine, and passionate student of Pleasanton High School. With a heart for everyone, and a talent for everything, Michaela is one of the best students to walk the halls of PHS. As only a junior, Michaelas heavy involvement is very impressive. Michaela is the current head drum major of the Mighty Eagle Band, a position of great importance and lots of work. Michaels feels this position has taught her about “leadership”, “patience” and “confidence” and is extremely rewarding. Michaela plays actively in the school’s concert band and jazz band, going as far as to participate in the Region Band and the Region Jazz Band, “they are each passions that I care deeply for.” 

Aside from band, Michaela is very involved in the high school AV class. Writing, editing, recording, and interacting with the student body in creation of the Big E News. Michaela says, “I absolutely love AV,” and appreciates the opportunities it has provided her. Just this year, Michaela decided to broaden her horizons and join the BPA (Business Professionals of America) club. She is participating in a Broadcast News Production project with two of her other friends and is excited for the opportunities BPA has in hand for her. All of these clubs are very dear to michaela who expressed that they, “all have their perks that personally make me happy in some way!”

As a junior, Michaela has been on campus for nearly 3 years and although Covid has significantly impacted her time at PHS, Michaela finds a silver lining in her community. The time spent in Covid and the time as we recover has allowed Michaela to reflect on her time at PHS and the person she has become. As such a welcoming person, Michaela finds it easy to connect with students, “I love meeting new people and school always gives me that opportunity.” Aside from the student connections, Michaela’s bond with her teachers is unlike that of anyone else. With great excitement, Michaela expresses that, “my favorite teacher is Mrs. Olivarri!” Having known Mrs. Olivarri for about 2 years at this point, Michaela’s attitude towards her is very positive. “She is truly a motivating, caring, and lovely person to be around!” She is kind, authentic, and careful to make sure everyone around her is in a good mood, much like Michaela.  

 As she continues through her junior year and into her senior year, Michaelas involvement with the school will only prove to be extremely rewarding, and in the end, very fun. Michaela said that she has “had so much fun in my 3 years of being a PHS student” and that she is “looking forward to being a senior… seniority has its perks and I know they’re waiting for me next year.” Good luck as you continue forward Michaela, you amount to great things! Pride, Pride!

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Glass

By: Shyanne Sexton

Among the many great teachers at PHS, Mrs. Glass is one of the best, teaching Principles of Health Science, Medical Terminology, and CNA (certified nursing assistant). In spite of being a nurse for years and enjoying her job, Mrs. Glass has always had a desire to become a teacher. She chose to be an educator for the same reasons she chose to be a nurse: to help people. High school is a critical time for young adults to become aware of their interests, as well as decide what they really want to do with their life. Mrs. Glass hopes to help them make the most of this time. 

As a teacher, Mrs. Glass implores to cultivate a positive relationship with students within her classroom. She proves to be an attentive listener for her students saying “People too often just listen for their turn to speak. I try to pay attention to the important things people are telling me. If there is an issue that I can help with, I want to.” Apart from listening, she takes the time to support and encourage students’ efforts and successes. She understands that motivating students is more than giving prizes, but it is also acknowledging their successes and never dwelling on their failures.

Whenever possible, Mrs. Glass strives to keep up to date on both teaching and nursing practice in order to better maintain her personal development. She states “You should always be willing to challenge current practices and investigate the possibilities of making them better.”

Aside from the classroom, Mrs. Glass has a lovely family. You can always find her in the company of one of her three sons, as she enjoys being in their presence even if it’s just driving them around.

PHS is fortunate to have such a great teacher as Mrs. Glass, and we wish to thank her for all she does.

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!  

JROTC

By: Jaelyn Morales

The Co-Ed Raider Team after placing 1st overall.

On November 13th, the JROTC Eagle Battalion Physical Fitness Team competed in the Alamo City Striker Drill meet at Ronald Reagan High School. Team members included Braxton Springer, River Reyes, Aries Uhl, Valdemar Herrera, Jayden Herrera, and Damon Morales for the Eagles and they placed 2nd out of 31 teams. The Lady Eagles team included Annie Araiza, Alyssa Castelar, Alania Nethken, Abigail Hotchkin, Hailey Yoho, and Gabriella Ramos who finished 5th out of 19 teams.“ The teams there were very competitive, but we tried our best and came out in 5th,” said Gabriella Ramos. The other teams that competed were the Male, Female and Mixed Color Guards and the Armed Drill Teams. The teams had their next meet on Dec 4th, which was the NEISD US Open JROTC Raider Meet. Our Co-Ed Raider Team placed 1st overall. The event results were Obstacle Course: 1st, Physical Training Test: 2nd, Team 5K Run: 1st, Rope Bridge: 1st, Cross Country Rescue: 1st. Congratulations to the Co-Ed Raider Team on their outstanding performance and hard work. 

For October, the newest Cadet of the Month was Cadet Private Yasmeen Diop. She was said to have demonstrated the best proficiency in the areas of leadership, motivation, drill, physical fitness, and cadet knowledge among the Leadership Education Level 1 cadets. “I felt very proud and confident in myself because it made me feel more capable of greater things and also the knowledge I learned from that experience really helps me in so many ways,” said Yasmeen. 

For November, the Cadet of the Month was Cadet Private Roman Martinez. He competed in the NEISD “Ultimate Raider” Competition on Dec 4th, which is a challenging solo event against other talented cadets from schools around the San Antonio area. Great job Yasmeen and Roman on both being great leaders and motivators and also great job to every team who competed in the Raider meets and good luck in your future meets. Pride Pride!

Student Spotlight: Alexis Ramos

By: Shyanne Sexton

Alexis Ramos is a junior here at PHS. Her hard work, academic excellence, and leadership qualities make her a valuable member of our school. In addition to being the Junior class president, she is also the treasurer of BPA, and she qualified for state competition twice. She also plays volleyball for the JV team. According to Alexis, her favorite thing about school is the great atmosphere that all the teachers create in their classrooms and around campus. In the interview, she went on to talk about how English is her favorite subject since she has always enjoyed different kinds of literature. Coach Bird’s dual role as Alexis’s coach and teacher further showed Alexis just how innovative he is as a teacher as he always finds new creative ways to teach. When asked about her biggest influence, Alexis replied  “Mrs. Novosad because I had her in both 8th and 9th grade and I know I can count on her to help me out on anything”. 

PHS is grateful to have Alexis as a student and we wish her the best!

Teacher Spotlight: Coach Bird

By: Myame Lara

Coach Bird, otherwise known as Mr. Bird is currently teaching his 19th year here at PHS. Here on campus, he is known for teaching AP English 3, on level English 3, and Leadworthy, while also coaching Girls Varsity Soccer, and the JV volleyball team. Previous to teaching at PHS, he taught at the Pleasanton Elementary as a PE teacher for 7 years, but then moved campuses’ to, “do something a little more challenging.” With his father being a journalist, English has always come easy to him, which is why he chose to teach and focus on ELA subjects. 

Coach Bird attended Hardin Simmons University in Albany to get his undergraduate degree, he quotes, “I went there because my older brother was attending there and I was given the chance to play soccer there.” As well as Hardin Simmons University, he also attended the University of Texas of the Permian Basin to achieve his first masters degree, he attended this university because they offered an online program in sports psychology and states, “That’s what I was interested in at the time.” Coach Bird later went on to pursue his second masters degree at the University of Texas at Tyler, this degree is in counseling and was completed online also. 

When Coach Bird isn’t teaching or coaching, he has some favorite activities to do in his free time! Some of these activities include watching sports on TV, sleeping, and spending time with his wife! Coach Bird plays a big role here at PHS and never fails to lighten up someone’s day. Thank you for all you do Coach Bird!

Staff Spotlight: Maria

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By: Noah Ramos and Wanish 

For Staff Spotlight we got the chance to interview a very kind custodian by the name of Maria. When asked why she wanted to apply as a custodian here Maria said she had heard many great things about PHS and the other staff were all super nice to one another. Maria is originally from Chicago and misses it sometimes but prefers the hot weather here in Texas over the cold weather in Chicago. When asked about her favorite experience here at PHS Maria responded that when she isn’t here on some days the staff tell her that they missed her. 

When she cleans sometimes students will come up to her and thank Maria for keeping everything clean which always brightens up her day. Before becoming a custodian Maria worked as a Bilingual customer service rep, she worked with a lot of people by either phone or face to face. Maria claims she has always loved to help whether it’s by cleaning or anything else and she is also a CNA as well. Maria is a big people person and loves to be around others.

 If  Maria could give one message to PHS, it would be: “Never stop believing in yourself. Sometimes there are opportunities life gives you and you are scared of that opportunity and; you feel you won’t be good enough, but don’t doubt yourself because you are good enough.” PHS is truly lucky to have a one of a kind custodian, we wish you a great year here Maria!

JROTC: October 2021

By: Brian Avery

In the month of October, the JROTC had many events planned for the program in the month of October. The first of these occurred on the second of this month, and that was the JROTC Family BBQ. It was held at the Pleasanton Park on October 2nd. It was an amazing opportunity for the new cadets and their families to meet and have fellowship with great food.

The second to occur this month was the National Night Out on October 5th. In honor of law enforcement across the country, our Eagle Battalion presented the colors at the park in honor of the Pleasanton Fire Department and Police force.

The next event that the Eagle Battalion attended was the Karen Wagner “Thunderbird Classic” Drill meet. The Academic, Unarmed, Armed, P.T., and the Male and Female color guard teams traveled to Wagner, and the Academic team finished in 4th, the highest that day. On the 16th of October, the Battalion attended the Second NISD Raider meet. The team that travelled consisted of Simon Karsky, Aries Yule, Annie Arize, Jealousy Loida, Jaiden And Valdemar Herra, Braxton Springer, Lorenzo Saminego, Hailey Yoho, Abigail Hotskin, and Alinea Neftkin.

They also held their annual meat stick fundraiser where they sold meat sticks for only one dollar. The program was scheduled for the JFK “Rocket Skills” Drill Meet on the 23rd of October, but it was unfortunately cancelled.

The final event they will be attending this month is the Somerset “Remember the Vet” Drill Meet, which will be held on the 30th of this month, and will be covered in our next article. Colonel Wynder commented on the JROTC’s performance this month, stating, “It was a busy month, but there was ample opportunity to shine light on our high school, and to glorify it.” Battalion Commander, Simon Karsky, also had praise for the Battalion, saying that they “performed beyond his expectations, putting in more work and effort then was expected, and more hours then required.” Good luck Eagle Battalion!

Perfect Harmony

By: Ariana Johnson

The Pleasanton Eagle Band playing their show

On October 2nd, the Pleasanton Mighty Eagle Band traveled to Harlandale, located on the South side of San Antonio, where they competed in their first pre-practice contest. There, they played and performed their 2021 show “1000 Cranes.” After a tough performance, they received a Division 2 rating and placed 3rd out of three bands. On October 9th, the Mighty Eagle Band traveled to Cotulla, located in La Salle, where they competed in their last pre-practice contest. Their score was a Division 1, which is the highest score you can get, and they placed 2nd out of two bands. On October 16th, the Mighty Eagle Band traveled to Hondo, located in Medina County, where the Mighty Eagle Band had their first UIL Competition. They performed their best on the field, but they got Division 2 and won’t be going to the Area UIL this year. Good job Eagle Band!

BPA

By: Courtney Henson

On Wednesday, September 9, the Pleasanton Business Professionals of America held their induction to both induct new members, and re induct returning members. At this meeting, the 2021-2022 officers were instated to lead the club. This includes Brandi Barnett as president, Addison Brymer as vice president, Ashlyn Vera as secretary, Alexis Ramos as treasurer, and Preston Pilgrim as historian. 

On October 5, a few of the BPA members headed to national night out to volunteer to pass out food, help with games, and so much more. This month, many of the BPA members volunteered to help out with a local event, Bingo for Bags, the members helped to pass out food and helped with the games. On October 26, the club participated in the Ghostly reading night at the Pleasanton Primary. By handing out candy for the kids that came, the club was able to make the experience positive for everyone.

As the Pleasanton BPA organization prepares for their regional contest in January and continues to help out in the community, the positive impact they have on the community shines through them.

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

College vs. Trade

By: Jaelyn Morales

When you’re about to graduate from high school and start your life as an adult, what is something that is on every teenager’s mind? If you said college, you are right. Most high-school students are so focused on getting into those four-year universities that they don’t give any thought to alternatives such as trade school. Students feel college is the only true path to a successful career because of parents who have high expectations or schools who don’t educate their students enough on the positives of trade school. In the 1980’s and 90’s trade school enrollment was at a low compared to college enrollment, but since the 2000’s the number of trade school enrollment has increased and will continue to grow, if more people think of trade school not as a failure or back-up plan, but as a chance to have a good career without going into debt or losing time. Mike Rowe, an apprentice on the TV series Dirty Jobs, has traveled around the US to work with plumbers, electricians, steamfitters, pipe-fitters, brick layers, farmers, fishers, and a bunch of other skilled workers who aren’t being recognized as much as they should be. He believes these jobs are as important as office jobs because who makes the building these office workers are in and the electricity, water, and plumbing. 

People assume vocational school is for people who weren’t in the top of their class or were struggling in college, but that’s not true at all. Tradespeople and skilled workers actually need to be very critical-thinkers and most have to be very accurate in terms of measuring, building, and more. Trade school also takes half the time college does because you are only learning the skills you will need for your specific job, while at college students have to learn a lot of other subjects they may not need in the future. Trade School not only takes half the time to complete, but is also almost half the cost of the average university. The average cost of a four-year university is $9,410(per year), while the average cost for trade school is $5,000-$15,000 in total. There is also a major increase in college students who are going into debt, just because they are trying to get their degree and when they finally get that job they have been working so hard for, their first earnings won’t be going towards something for them, but instead going towards paying off their college debt. 

Vocational schools focus mainly on training in fields like healthcare, manufacturing, and technology. Some trade school careers include electrician, welder, carpenter, nursing assistant, locksmith, plumber, dental hygienist, and home inspector. These are just a few careers out of the hundreds you can study for and start sooner than you would at college, while building experience faster. According to Education Data, in the United States, the overall dropout rate for undergraduate college students is 40% and 38% of college dropouts said they left due to financial pressure. Having shorter and way cheaper programs at trade schools helps students stay engaged and less stressed. There has been a great rise in students going to trade school after graduating from high school in the last couple of years, but there are still a lot of students who think their only option is college and we need to change that. The choice between trade school and college ultimately comes down to your personal preference and priorities, but before choosing try thinking about your future goals, interests, and passions. Remember to pick what is best for you and think about how your decision will affect you in the future.

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.

Student Spotlight: Kalista Pesina

By: Alexandra Garcia and Libby Sanchez

To start off this year’s student spotlight series, we’re piloting off with one of Pleasanton’s sweetest souls, Kalista Pesina. She’s shy and closed off to begin with, but once you break past that she can make your day with a simple smile and wave in the hallway. Kalista is a part of the class of 2022 and will be graduating at the end of this year, which is something she’s looking forward to. She looks to keep her options open for college, but is very strong on her path to progressing in the culinary arts field. When asked what she’s gonna miss most about highschool, Pesina answered with, “Definitely the soccer team. It’s brought me a lot of memories and friendships that I wouldn’t trade for anything.” This year, Kalista looks forward to another and final season on the Pleasanton Women’s Soccer team. “We have all gotten really close as a team with our inside jokes and seeing each other everyday, as a senior that’s gonna be something I definitely miss.” Kalista has taken up the position of a true leader and friend the past two years. “From the very start she’s always given her best effort with full consistency, she’s made significant improvements in skill and fitness and she’s truly dedicated to bettering herself and her teammates. I truly look forward to what she will accomplish in this off-season and upcoming season,” states Coach Joseph. Kalista would like to thank Mr. Hurley (a former teacher) for making her freshman year memorable, and she’d also like to thank Mrs. Minnear for her time as a teacher. “She cared about all her students and taught with such enthusiasm, she refused to let us be confused on a topic,” Pesina says. If Kalista had to describe her past 4 years at the highschool in one word, it would be “exciting”. When she first started as a freshman she had no idea what to expect, but a lot of surprises pop out of nowhere throughout the years and keep it interesting. With that being said, her advice to the freshman now is to not skip out, everyday counts and if you don’t want to miss the good stuff, best be here most of the time. Kalista is looking forward to enjoying her last year here at Pleasanton High School, but she’s also looking forward to seeing where the world takes her. Good luck on this upcoming season and enjoy your senior year!

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Gomez

By: Kristina Mertz, Farah Standley, and Aaliyah Herrera

Ms. Gomez, greeting students as they walk by.

Ms. Gomez is a vital part of Pleasanton High School, as she can always be seen smiling and representing a positive role model for her students. PHS the Quill has decided to make her our first Teacher Spotlight of the 2021-2022 school year.

When asked about her education, Ms. Gomez replied, “… I did graduate from Pleasanton High School… I graduated [in] 2009, right after I graduated I went to UTSA, University of Texas in San Antonio… got my four year undergraduate degree from [UTSA] in Art and Art History… as of right now i’m currently working on my Masters Degree also at UTSA… its been the same, its an education curriculum.” She later added, “This is my start of my 9th year of teaching… so it [has] been a long time, it doesn’t feel that way actually though, because I look back at it and I’m like, ‘oh my god it’s gone by so fast!’… Initially, I started teaching right after… [I] graduated in May. I started teaching in August and it was just something that I wanted to do. I wanted to share my passion for art with my students..” Although she currently teaches at Pleasanton, she hasn’t always taught here. “The school I taught at… previously was … Lytle High School, that was the first school that I taught at.”

As an alumni from PHS, Ms. Gomez says, “… I was in volleyball, I was in track, I was actually obviously in art… I was in theater club… and that’s pretty much it, but I had a lot of fun. All of the clubs I was in were very entertaining and I had a lot of friends that were also involved…”

Ms. Gomez was also happy to share about how she feels about being an art teacher,

“…I love teaching and being passionate about what I love and, so I think sharing that passion with students is super important… It’s always nice to have that connection with students that know how I feel about art, and so it’s… between that and getting students to appreciate it.” She then contributed, “I also love building relationships, getting students to see what they can do after high school.” But it seems all teachers need a vacation, Ms. Gomez shared with us that, “…I don’t travel as much as I used to… When I have time off, I’ll try to go either to the beach, or I’ll go out hiking somewhere, but normally, I stay somewhere in Texas… Favorite place I’ll probably have to say is, Hawaii… That was a pretty fun place to go… I’d go back in a heartbeat..”

      Fun fact: Ms. Gomez’s favorite color in primary terms is blue, she said “I like different shades of blue. So I like turquoise, I like minty blues, I like aqua blues, and so I say blue but then in general that’s what I mean when I say blue…”

Thank you Ms. Gomez, for your wonderful communication skills  and your willingness to touch students’ hearts! 

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!

Pacesetter Camp

By: Alexandra Garcia and Libby Sanchez

This year, our Pleasanton Pacesetter Team attended HTE Dance Camp in San Antonio. This organization specializes in training today’s young people to become tomorrow’s leaders in the world of dance. The camp lasted for three days, July 25th-27th. The first two days the girls were up and training at 7 in the morning, to 7:30 in the evening, almost 13 hours. Over the course of their time there, our pacesetters learned all their pep rally, competition, and football game routines for this year. After last year’s events being limited due to Covid-19, these girls are ready to jump back into school spirit and perform at pep rallies and our community parades once again.

At the end of last year, the new officers were chosen for the next upcoming season. This year’s officers are looking forward to leading a great year: Colonel Kaylie Stratton, Lieutenant Colonel Briana Arevalo, Major Illeana Ochoa, Lieutenant Larissa Villarreal, Sargent Selena Cerda, Social Officer Captain Alexis Robles, Co-Captain Erin Light, and Co-Captain Rosemary Garcia. 

The 2021-2022 Pleasanton Pacesetters are looking forward to a great year full of fun away game bus rides, competitions, and overall memories. Best of luck to our new officers and the rest of the girls as they progress through this year!

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. 

Back to School

By: Ariana Johnson and Noah Ramos

Students, school has started again and there are new dress codes, as you heard from your teachers. Boys’ hair can not touch their shirt collars and can’t go past their eyebrows, girls can’t wear leggings no matter how long their shirts are. All students can’t wear jeans with holes in them unless you have leggings. All students are not allowed to eat outside of the cafeteria or Eagle Perk due to students leaving trash at the picnic tables and floor. Make sure to pick up your trash in the cafeteria, so we can eat outside again. Students, if you are eating lunch at the Eagle Perk make sure to pick up your trash when the wind blows it away. Students, Covid is starting to rise again. Make sure to sanitize your hands, and cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. Make sure to stay at home if you are feeling sick or if you are sick in order to keep you, your classmates, and teachers safe in this time period. 

Poll: Paper VS Online

By: Kristina Mertz

Before COVID, PHS the Quill had physical paper newspapers and we had more readers. Our numbers have significantly decreased since we were forced to switch to an online blog. The journalists at PHS the Quill wanted to know what YOU prefer, paper newspapers or the online blog. This is what you had to say.