Girls Basketball: Back in Full Force

By: Allison Collins & Myame Lara

With winter rolling back around, that means our Lady Eagles Basketball season bounces back into full force. With the new season already started, we wanted to make sure you were up to date with your Lady Eagles Basketball team! We interviewed PHS junior, Mikayla Theis, and Lady Eagles Varsity head coach, Stephen Rentfro. 

As of right now, our Lady Eagles Varsity team has a 4 game winning streak. Good job Ladies! Coach Rentfro expresses, “ We play to a standard, and we measure ourselves on how close we can get to that standard.” Our Lady Eagles love a good challenge and are looking forward to the Tilden Classic to play some great surrounding teams.  

Basketball is known to be a sport which requires harmony and unity, this is no problem for our Lady Eagles! Since the first practice of the season our Lady Eagles have made much improvement and progress as a team. The girls are challenged to live plays and team scrimmages to provide room for learning and improvement. Coach Rentfro explains “Challenges lead to learning, learning leads to fewer mistakes.” This practice tactic and Coach Rentfro’s coaching style has helped our Lady Eagles tremendously. The Lady Eagles post, junior Mikayla Theis, expressed her love for the competition and team. She says, “The memories made are super important, as well as our improvement as a team.”

So far, our Lady Eagles basketball team is currently standing at 11-7 overall. We can’t wait to see what else our Lady Eagles have to offer as the season progresses and to see the improvement in the team. Pride Pride!

Monthly Cause: Marine Toys For Tots

By: Kendall Zuniga

During the months of November and December, Marine Toys For Tots Foundation is a charity made for children who are less fortunate to receive joy and hope through the gift of a new toy that they aren’t usually able to get. The mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is to assist the U. S. Marine Corps in providing a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas. This assistance includes providing day-to-day leadership and oversight of the Program, raising funds to provide toys to supplement the collections of local Toys for Tots Campaigns, to provide promotional and support material and settle the costs of conducting annual Toys for Tots Campaigns.

Toys for Tots began in 1947, when Diane Hendricks, the wife of Major Bill Hendricks of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, made a doll for a needy child to receive for Christmas. When the couple determined that no organization existed to provide the doll to a child, they started a campaign to provide toys to children. Approximately 15 million American children live in poverty. Studies reveal that growing up in poverty can have an adverse psychological impact on a child. One of the adverse impacts is low self-esteem – a by-product of little or no hope for the future.
Each child has a choice of two paths to the future. One path leads to a productive life as an asset to the community. The other path leads to a life of dependency on the community for support. Without outside help, the path of least resistance is too often the path to a life of dependency. Economically disadvantaged children who receive toys through the Toys for Tots program have an opportunity to observe first hand how young men and women, just like themselves, have achieved success.

Since Christmas 1980, Marines have distributed only new toys. One of the principal reasons for the change was that delivering a “hand-me-down” toy sent the wrong message. A second hand toy gives a youngster the impression that he or she is a “second-class” citizen, worthy only of someone’s cast-off toys. Marines want to create and enhance self-esteem and deliver a message of hope. This can only come in the form of a new toy.
When looking back on your own life and you remember how happy you were to receive that new toy on Christmas day, you can’t help but realize how much of an impact that small toy had on you as a child. We can all agree that we would want the same for those who are less fortunate than us.

Ways to donate:
Go online to https://www.toysfortots.org/Default.aspx
Click on the “Donate a Toy” tab and follow the steps listed when donating a toy.
You can also find Marine Toys For Tots drop boxes at your local grocery stores.

Breast Cancer

By: Wanish Tortes-Mcginnis

In the month of October every year we commend breast cancer patients and their strive and strength to overcome such a disease. Although many people don’t know how the human body is affected by breast cancer. Breast cancer is a cancer that forms in the cells of the breast. Breast cancer can occur with both men and women although it is more common in women. Signs and symptoms of breast cancer may include breast lump or thickening that feels different from the surrounding tissue Change in the size, shape or appearance of a breast. Changes to the skin over the breast, such as dimpling or a newly inverted nipple. Peeling, scaling, crusting or flaking of the pigmented area of skin surrounding the nipple (areola) or breast skin. Redness or pitting of the skin over your breast, like the skin of an orange. Breast cancer occurs when some breast cells begin to grow abnormally. These cells divide more rapidly than healthy cells do and continue to accumulate, forming a lump or mass. Cells may spread through your breast to your lymph nodes or to other parts of your body.Breast cancer most often begins with cells in the milk-producing ducts. Breast cancer may also begin in the glandular tissue called lobules or in other cells or tissue within the breast. To prevent breast cancer, ask your doctor for exams and tests such as a monogram. Make sure you keep yourself moderately healthy like food, water, and exercise if your doctor allows you to. And if you do drink alcohol, drink in moderation. Depending on the patient and how high risk they are, some patients get their healthy breast surgically removed.Some patients also take medication such as estrogen-blocking medications, selective estrogen receptor modulators and aromatase inhibitors, reduce the risk of breast cancer in women with a high risk of the disease.   

Cross Country

By: Wanish Tortes-Mcginnis

JV girls at the Devine meet.

This year cross country was a lot less hectic than last year’s season. This year we didn’t have to wear masks and the coaches didn’t have to cancel and reschedule meets because of COVID. Overall the first 5 meets we have been great, coach says we all are getting better and better each meet. On August 18th, the cross country team had their first meet in Devine. For the varsity boys Albert Vielma came in 6th followed by Zeke Garcia in 11th, Ian Rodriguez in 16th, Jayden Ogg in 19th, Joseph Cuellar in 21st, Wanish Tortes-Mcginnis in 23rd and Gilbert Martinez in 29th. The varsity girls placed 1st overall starting with Kendall Espay in 3rd, Kara Hinojosa in 7th, Kassidy Vickers in 8th Kara Medina in 10th. Lillian Krause finished 14th place followed by Jillian Barcomb in 17th, Farah Standley in 21st, Teliyah Wynder in 23rd, Mary Martinez in 28th and Itzel Perez in 43rd.

The next meet was held in Medina Valley; the varsity boys placed 14th, with Albert Vielma in 43rd place, Gilbert Martinez in 64th, Ian Rodriguez was 67th, and Zeke Garcia came in 67th. Joseph Cuellar placed 74th followed by Jayden Ogg in 79th. The varsity girls did well; Kassidy Vickers came in 8th, Kara Hinohjsa in 9th, Kendall Espey in 3rd, and Kara Medina in 11th. Continuing on, Jillian Barcomb in 29 place, Teliyah Wynder in 30th, Farah Standley in 34th, Mary Martinez in 40th, Lillian Krause in 45th and Itzel Perez in 94th. Once again, the ladies came in 1st place. Well done, ladies! 

The Eagles competed in FEAST at Selma Athletic Fields. For the varsity boys Ian Rodriguez placed 120th followed by Gilbert Martinez in 125th place, Joseph Cuellar in 138th place. Jayden Ogg in 147th place and Wanish Tortes-McGinnis in 150th place. The varsity girls placed 5th overall. Kassidy Vickers placed 24th, Kara Hinojosa placed 28th, Kendall Espey placed 38th and right behind her was Kara Medina in 39th .Jillian Barcomb placed 69th, Mary Martinez in 73rd, Lillian Krause in 75th, Teliyah Wynder in 84th. Farah Standley placed 92nd and Itzel Perez placed 152nd. 

For their 4th meet the eagles ran at Bandera. For the varsity boys, Albert Vielma ran in 43rd place and Zeke Garcia in 53rd place. Just behind Zeke was Gilbert Martinez in 54th place, Joseph Cuellar 61st place, Jayden Ogg in 69th place and Ian Rodriguez 72nd place. The varsity girls placed 4th out of 10 teams overall. Kassidy Vickers placed 6th, Kendall Espey in 16th place Kara Medina placed 19th. Kara Hinojosa finished 25th, Mary Martinez in 33rd place, Lillian Krause placed 45th, Farah Standley placed 52nd. Aryanna Partida placed 64th, Teliyah Wynder placed 75th in and Itzel Perez placed 83rd. 

The Eagles Boys and Girls Varsity ran in Davenport at the new school near New Braunfels. Starting off with the varsity boys, Albert Vielma placed 28th, Gilbert Martinez in 35th, Ian Rodriguez in 43rd, Joseph Cuellar in 44th, Jayden Ogg in 48th, and Wanish Tortes-McGinnis in 50th. The varsity girls finished 1st overall at Davenport. Kassidy Vickers placed 5th, Kendall Espey in 7th place, Kara Hinojosa 9th place. Kara Medina placed, Mary Martinez in 17th place, Farah Standley 25th,

Teliyah Wynder in 30th, Aryanna Partida in 37th, Lillian Krause in 42nd, and Itzel Perez

in 60th place.

Student Spotlight: Devin Derby

By: Brian Avery

In this issue’s student spotlight, we are featuring Devin Derby! Devin is a sophomore, and is usually seen spending time with his friends, laughing and joking around. We got the chance to interview him, and we asked him a multitude of questions.

We asked him what he loves most about high school, and he responded, “I think my favorite aspect of school is the people and the experience. It’s a nice place to be at.” When questioned about his favorite experience, he said that his answer was the same. We followed up by asking him what his favorite subject was, and he responded that it was English. When asked to elaborate, he continued with “I like the discussions we have over it.” He gave thanks to his former English teacher, Mrs. Meagan Novosad, stating that “She always gave me really good feedback for all my essays and what not I’d do.” Devin joined BPA this year, and is excited about all the opportunities it’ll bring him. In the years to come, he hopes to become an officer, stating that any role would work for him. Devin isn’t involved in any sports, but he talked about his plans to join the golf team.

We had the opportunity to ask Coach Everett about Devin in the classroom, and he stated “Devin is a hard worker, very bright and is very familiar with the content. He’s funny, and likes to make jokes, but he remains respectful towards me, and is always in class.” Devin is an ambitious student with his sights set on the stars, and we’re so glad he was chosen for this month’s student spotlight! Good luck with your classes, Devin!

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!

Monthly Cause: Suicide Awarness

By: Kendall Zuniga

In the month of September we raise awarness on the issue of suicide. A topic not commonly shedded light upon due to the fear of it influencing others into committing the act but that’s not the case at all. Every day, more than one hundred thirty suicides occur, the numbers are continuing to rise as time passes. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10–34 and the 10th leading cause of death overall in the U.S. Every nintey minutes a person between the ages of 15 and 24 commit suicide. The suicide rate has increased by 35% since 1999, 4.8% of suicides are adults, 11.8% are young adults (ages 18-25),  18.8% are high school students, and 46.8% are  LGBTQ+  high school students. 

When asked why people commit suicide there are many answers, bullying, mental health, and someones identity are just some of the reasons why people commit the act of ending their life.

But in recent years we have started to become slightly more aware of the symptoms of those who are thinking of committing suicide. 

Social media and the entertainment industries have recently started shining a light on this dark subject everyone is usually afraid to speak about. Movies and tv shows such as “all the bright places” and “13 reasons why” show us just a glimpse of how suicide and mental illnesses can not only effect yourself, but others.

Before making a permanent decision take these things into consideration:

How do you think this will affect those around you?

What are the long term effects if the attempt fails?

How would you truly feel if the attempt failed? 

If you or someone you love are thinking about harming yourself or are possibly thinking about  suicide, talk to somone you know and trust such as a parent, guardian, or school counselor.

You are not alone.

 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (24/7)

The Trevor Project(LGBTQ+): 866-488-7386 (24/7)

Crisis Text Line: Text SUPPORT to 741-741

Last Names A-F: …………………………. Sarah Evans          sdevans@pisd.us
Last Names G-M:  ……………………….. Marsha Leach       mdleach@pisd.us

Last Names N-Z: …………………………. Amanda Hardy    ahardy@pisd.us

Spirit week with PHS

By: Alexandra Garcia & Aaliyah Herrera

Monday, Sept. 27th marks the first day of spirit week for PHS. Spirit week is when students show and give off their Eagle pride during the week of homecoming. This year’s spirit week took place on September 27 through October 1. The student council of Pleasanton high school attended meetings to figure out the theme of Homecoming week, they brainstormed and came up with great, exciting ideas for the students and teachers.

The official theme’s of the week was, Monday Character day, Dress up as any Disney, book, or Movie character. Tuesday’s theme was Dress as triplets or twins. Wednesday was dress up in any space themed attire. Thursday’s theme was sweet dream pajama day. Finally Friday is the pride of PHS Green and Bling, wear mums, garders, and green. Students will be able to dress up and show pride for our football team. 

The dress code has some exceptions for this year’s homecoming week. Including: wearing hoods and hats are available as long as there a part of the costume. No full cover face mask. And if students are wearing tights for their costume they must have shorts or a skirt/dress covering with the appropriate length.

We loved to see everyone recessed up and showing their school spirit. Pride! Pride!

True Crime Vol. XXII: The Dating Game Killer

By: Courtney Henson

Rodney Alcala was born in San Antonio, Texas on August 23, 1943. In 1951 Rodney and his family moved to Mexico. Three years later after his father abandoned them, the family moved to Los Angeles, California. At the age of 17, Rodney enlisted in the military. Soon thereafter, he was discharged after being diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder. Other diagnoses in Rodney’s life include narcissistic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, malignant narcissism with psychopathy and sexual sadism comorbidities. 

Rodney committed his first known crime in 1968, when he assaulted and beat 8 year old Tali Shapiro. To avoid being caught by police, Redney fled to New Hampshire where he got a job as a camp counselor under the alias of “John Burger” in 1971. After two girls recognized him at the camp, Rodney was captured and charged with child molestation and sentenced to 3 year in state prison. Alcala was released on parole in 1974 after seventeen months. Months later, he was re-arrested and charged for assaulting a 13-year-old girl. Once again, he was paroled after serving two years.  

Between the years of 1977 and 1979, Rodney lured and convinced hundreds of young men and women that he was a photographer, and photographed them for his “portfolio,” often inappropriately.  

In 1978, Rodney appeared on the game show, The Dating Show, Alcala won the competition which earned him a date with Cheryl Bradshaw, who refused to go out with him because she found him “creepy”. This is where Rodney earned himself the name of The Dating Game Killer.

On June 20, 1979, Robin Samsoe disappeared somewhere between the beach and her ballet class. 12 days later her body was found in the Los Angeles foothills. After a\the circulation of a sketch, Rodney was identified and a Seattle storage locker in his name was found with Robins earrings. Rodney was tried in 1980, where he was sentenced to death, but the verdict was overturned after it was revealed the jurors had been informed of his criminal record ahead of time. In 1986, another trial took place, but again, the conviction was invalidated after it was believed that a witness had been “hypnotized by police.” 

While awaiting a third trial, Rodney’s DNA was tied to 4 other cases. The rape-murder of Jill Barcomb, Charlotte Lamb, Jill Parenteau, and Georgia Wixted. As well as admitting to the murders of Cornelia Crilley and Ellen Jane Hover. Prosecutors admitted they would never know the extent of Alcala’s murder spree. 

For the third trial, Rodney chose to act as his own lawyer. For five hours he played the role of both interrogator and witness. At this trial he claimed he was applying for a job when Samsoe was kidnapped and that the found earrings were not hers, but his very own. Rodney made no attempt to dismiss the other 4 added charges. After two days deliberation, Rodney was convicted on 5 count of first-degree murder. In March of 2010, Rodney was sentenced to death for the third time. A surprise witness during the penalty phase of the trial was Tali Shapiro, Alcala’s first known victim. 

In March of 2010, a portion of the photos Rodney had taken were released in hopes of identification. In the first few weeks of the release, police say that 21 women came forward to identify themselves, and “at least six families” said they believed they recognized loved ones who “disappeared years ago and were never found.” Unfortunately none of the photos were connected to a missing persons case until 2013, when a family recognized the photo of Christine Thornton, whose body was found in Wyoming in 1982. 

This third trial did not put a stop to the uncovering of Rodney’s past. In New York State in 2011, Rodney was convicted of the murders of Cornelia Crilley and Ellen Hover. In 2010-2011, Rodney became the person of interest in the cold cases of Antoinette Wittaker, Joyce Gaunt, and Pamela Jean Lambson. Fianlly, in September 2016, Rodney was convicted of one last murder. After being reconized by a realitive, h Rodney was convicted of the murder of Christine Ruth Thornton.

Rodney died of natural causes in California, on July 24, 2021, at the age of 77, while still on death row.

Sweet Treat: Churro Chips

By: Noah Ramos

Ingredients:

  • 6 medium tortillas
  • 4 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1  tbsp. cinnamon 
  • ½ tbsp. Pumpkin spice 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees then cut each tortilla into 8 triangles. Now toss tortillas in butter, making sure both sides are coated.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine cinnamon, sugar, & pumpkin spice. Working in batches, toss the tortillas in the mix.
  3. Now place the tortillas on a large baking sheet in a single layer. Bake until crispy, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool on the pan 5 minutes before serving. 

Credit goes to: Mackinze Gore from Delish.com

Horoscopes

By: Allison Collins

Aries (March 21 – April 21)

You will meet & interact with wise new friends in your life who will help you achieve what you’ve been attracting. 

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

This month will bring many shifts in your professional life with several achievements. 

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

You’re starting a new part of your life. Whether it be a new relationship or new work opportunity, embrace the new fun parts of your life!

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Your interpersonal relationships are growing closer and closer! Just beware that your emotions will partially be high this month, don’t let your heart control your life. 

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

October will bring great opportunities for you to get your ideas out there for everyone to see. You will find this energy to suddenly get things done & truly reach new heights. 

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Overall growth is super important for the month ahead. Whether you grow in your worldlife or in your personal life, expect to see yourself in a new light this month.  

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Happy late/early birthday to all the Libras out there! This month expect to have this new found confidence within yourself, you need to take action and not let everyone else guide you and tell you what to do. 

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Hey it’s your birthday month too for some of you scorpios out there. It may feel like your world is getting turned upside down. You could feel as if your emotions are going all over the place. But fear not, everything happens for a reason. 

Sagitarius (November 22 – December 21)

Fun and livelihood will shower you for the next month, embrace it, don’t try to fight it. Exciting new things are coming for you sagittarius. 

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

While you might have had some big life lessons to get through this year, I see that you’re finally over the hill. just don’t keep that negative attitude, you could miss it if you’re not careful. 

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Two words, MENTAL EXPANSION. Opening yourself up to new ideas and letting your guard down will actually be beneficial for once. You might start something new, something that makes you experience all these new things. 

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

You’re recovering, you may have been knocked down a peg or two but now you get to redesign your life. Maybe get some new clothes, start an extracurricular or just simply have a better attitude about life. You deserve it. 

Game, Set, Match!

By: Ariana Johnson

Senior Joshua Schmahl and Junior Luke Raney

Pleasanton Eagles Tennis team went to regionals at Corpus Christi on April 27 through the 28. They played against Devine and beat them with a score of 4-6, 6-4, and 6-0. The team faced their next opponent in regionals and lost to Remond Field 6-7, and 5-7. 

Coach Schawb regarding the seniors, “I am always sad that seniors go. But they grow up and leave and I wish them nothing but the best for them and they’re going to do great things.” Following this Schwab explained, “I try to teach students to be good students and good person and it’s important to make and impact on people and I want them to try to respect everyone and fear no one.” Senior Blake Moos advises to the remaining team, “Just to stick with the sport and to give it their all and the most important thing is to just have fun.” He further explained, “Have a bit of knowledge of the game and to just know where to be at certain times.” Good job, Eagle Tennis. Pride! Pride! Eagle Pride! 

Monthly Cause: Distracted Driving

By: Courtney Henson

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

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

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

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

Solo and Ensemble

By: Heaven Marquez

Solo and ensemble is a competition for the band members of PHS to showcase their musical talent for a chance at going to State- and compete they did!

“Students rehearse and get [music] ready specifically for this contest”, said band director Solis. “It’s something we don’t usually do in band class, it’s something they do outside of school.” The students can either compete individually or can form a small group to play a song of their choice together. The competition, which was supposed to be in February, was postponed due to the snow storm we experienced, and rescheduled to Thursday, March 4th. 

The mighty Eagle band did incredibly well this year with 47 participants and 17 advancing on to State. Those moving on will be soloists freshman Emily Bernal, sophomores Michaela Anguiano, Kevin Tucker, Kamryn Kendrick, and juniors William Rowe and Addyson Dority. Ensembles that are continuing include senior clarinets Claire Benavidez, Diya Chandra, and Valentina Gasca-Tellez, with another woodwind group being made up of seniors Mya Cashiola, Abigail Perez, and juniors Savannah Clark, and Jadelyn Garcia. Advancing as well is a brass quintet which includes seniors Reese Decker, Austin King, Cody Mills, junior Kristina Mertz, and sophomore Cesar Garcia. Another woodwind group going on to State consists of juniors Jadelyn Garcia, Aries Uhl, Brody Wornell, and freshman Jaden Ogg.

“Once we go to State, we basically play our piece again in front of another judge, and… if we advance further, we go to Area…,” said senior clarinet Diya Chandra. UIL has recently decided to have groups and individuals record their performances to judge due to COVID regulations. State will be hosted either in late May or early June. Good luck to everyone advancing and congratulations to all of those who participated. Great job everyone!

(Above) Junior Addyson Dority

Seniors (left to right) Claire Benavidez, Valentina Gasca-Tellez, and Diya Chandra

Pictured above is (left to right) Savannah Clark, Jadelyn Garcia, Abigail Perez, and Mya Cashiola.

(Above from left to right) Austin King, Cesar Garcia, Cody Mills, Reese Decker, Kristina Mertz.

Giving Purpose to Potential

By: Courtney Henson

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

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

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

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

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.