Staff Spotlight

By: Courtney Henson

Mrs. Royal is a name you might hear around a lot during the 2020-2021 school year. Mrs. Royal has stepped up time after time and led a class where they were missing a teacher. Earlier this year Mrs. Royal stepped up to be a long term sub for the Health Science classes. More recently, she has acted as the long term sub for Mr. Ruiz, beginning when the students came back from winter break until the end of February. She has faced every responsibility of being a teacher and done amazing while doing so!

Mrs. Royal earned her degree, a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, from UTSA in 2010. From a young age, Mrs. Royal realized she wanted to be a teacher saying, “It’s what I knew I would eventually be doing.” Through interacting with others and being a part of something bigger, Mrs. Royal has allowed herself to thrive in our community and school. While being a substitute teacher at our school, and being a long term substitute for a lot of that time, she learned a lot and made a huge impact on her students. She stated that, “Doing what mattered most with every minute I had became my goal.” Mrs. Royal rose above the challenges she faced and left a positive aftermath on her students. Mrs. Royal faced these many difficulties with a positive attitude, determined to conquer them. Understanding the lack of appreciation students have for educators is the challenge Mrs. Royal finds the hardest to overcome. “Trying to figure out a way to connect and challenge those students is what keeps me on my toes.” Although being a long term sub brought many challenges, it ultimately proves very rewarding. “It would have to be seeing change!” Mrs. Royal said about the rewards of teaching. “There is nothing like trying to connect with a student and then watching them achieve something and/or change for the better!” Luckily, through this crazy season of learning, Mrs. Royal has always been able to find the silver lining saying, “There was always so much to figure out! It was very rewarding to get to know the students and I really enjoyed most of them!”

Despite the year we had, Mrs. Royal stayed optimistic and it paid off! In her words, “You don’t know what you don’t know until you know that you don’t know something. Then you’ve got to go figure it out!” Thank you so much Mrs. Royal for everything you do, we really appreciate it! Pride! Pride!

Eating Disorder Awareness

By: Adriana Clark

The month of February brings awareness to eating disorders by educating others. Eating disorders have affected over 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States things like body image and poor self-esteem can contribute to a development of eating disorders-not only in young girls, but in men and women of all ages. Anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and bulimia nervosa are some of the most well known eating disorders. There are, however, many other disorders that are not commonly known such as like avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), pica (craving or chewing substances that have no nutritional value), and other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED). National Eating Disorder Awareness is sponsored by the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) and their message of 2021 is to invite “Every Body to Have a Seat at the Table”. this aims to highlight individuals and communities because demographics find themselves underrepresented about disordered eating. They hope to inspire conversations surrounding awareness. Some organizations that bring awareness to eating disorders are the National Eating Disorder Association (http://www.nedawareness.org/ ) which is dedicated to bring awareness and provide resources on their website helpful videos, resources for family members, and support group information. Eating Disorders: Every Body is Beautiful (http://www.eatingdisorders.com/ ) their website provides helpful and supportive articles along with videos about eating disorders. Eating Disorder Hope (http://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/) their website has a positive focus on embracing their life and promotes recovery from a variety of eating disorders. If you are struggling with an eating disorder or you know someone who is  talking to a parent, doctor, or reaching out to help by calling (800) 931-2237 where they can offer support, resources, and treatment options for you or your loved one.

Advice Column

By: Ricky Fabrow

Relationships are a hard thing to maintain in general, but a lot of people, mostly teens, are victims of unfair or abusive relationships. The unfortunate thing is that it’s easier for teens to fall in love at these ages, yet they don’t exactly see how poor their partner is treating them exactly see how bad or awful their partner can be because they’re  blinded by love or too afraid to speak up. This happens because two people that date can have different reasons for the relationships, as one might want to be loved and cared for while one just wants attention and to be told they’re great. Down below I have provided links to websites talking about this problem of teen violence and how to stop and help with the situation.  

https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/intimatepartnerviolence/teendatingviolence/fastfact.html

https://www.loveisrespect.org/get-involved/tdvam/

True Crime Vol. XIX: The Dating Game Killer

By: Victoria Chavez

Photo shows Alcala from the 70s to now

For most people September 13, 1978 was just another day, but for Cherly Bradshaw, a bachelorette on the then famous TV show, The Dating Game, that day would be remembered for the rest of her life. During the 60’s and 70’s The Dating Game was notoriously known for matching couples together and sending these couples on ‘dream dates’. That episode Bradshaw had chosen what she thought was her perfect match, bachelor number one, Rodney Alcala.

Rodney Alcala was originally born in San Antonio, Texas in 1943 and became a serial killer that terrorized the woman between 1977 and 1979. Bradshaw, who knew nothing of his past, luckily had an ill feeling about Alcala once the show was off the air. She reported that he gave her the “creeps” and she never wanted to see him again. If the popular dating show performed background checks on their bachelors, they would have discovered that this “creepy” guy had already spent three years in prison for unspeakable crimes against two minors. This had landed him on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List. The rejection of Bradshaw only put fuel to Alcala’s fire, which he then committed a killing spree of at least 50 women within the following months. 

The total number of victims that Rodney Alcala has is unknown, but what officials found in his possessions is photo albums of all the women and children he could have possibly killed while he was posing as a professional photographer. They have already identified at least 30 women but are still holding out hope for the rest of the unclaimed identities. Alcala is now sitting on death row in a California prison after he was found guilty of murder for only 5 of his victims. 

If you want to help spread the word and find the identities of these women and children visit: https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/crime/slideshow/Rodney-Alcala-photos-117804.php

Horoscope

By: Gabby Palacios

Aries (March 21-April 19)- The month of March will consist of you overcoming apathy, solitude, and emerging victorious from this time, surrounded by loving friends and opening up career opportunities. At this time, you are advised to find time for proper sleep and rest. There are big events and successes coming your way.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)- For the Taurus, this month will be successful and calm. Financial situations are looking to be favorable and this is the right time to sort out your affairs and put them in order. Luck will be on your side, so your focus should be on work projects and developing relationships with your friends.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)- This month’s horoscope predicts professional and personal luck for Gemini. Still, this is an important time to maintain a balance between work and relationships. In the midst of these exciting times, it’s important to not forget about your health. There will be temporary difficulties in mid-March, but life is promising improvements in emotional health and relationships with friends and family.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)- The horoscope for Cancers this month is favorable. You have been working very hard and this month will reward you for it. This month, you will be prompted by natural intuition to stop doubting yourself and take initiative to stop at nothing to get what you want. These days are the most favorable times for new beginnings.

Leo (July 23-August 22)- The month of March is bringing great strength, energy, and ability to work for Leos. Any actions and efforts made to achieve a goal will be justified in the near future. Your personal life will become eventful and you are promised a good rest from all of the hard work you have done at the end of this month. There will be many opportunities for personal and career growth this month.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)- March will give Virgos the energy and ability to solve difficult problems and correct mistakes of previous months. This month is a dual month for you, meaning you will feel free and have internal energy for the implementation of long-awaited plans, but any issues you have in a relationship may worsen. Still, at the end of the month, any problems you have will sink into oblivion and you will feel clear happiness.

Libra (September 23-October 22)- This time for Libras will be relatively uneventful. It will be a good time to make an effort to notice the many positive moments that you experience in the midst of dull days. You may feel some fatigue and boredom throughout the month, but that will change when you receive good luck in creative activities towards the end of the month.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)- This month will be smooth and calm for Scorpios. The search for spiritual meaning and the manifestation of desires to take on new obligations are at high possibilities this month. Even though this month will be calm with a lack of any extravagant events, it is not a good time to overestimate your professional skills or deny yourself good food or good rest.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)- The Sagittarius horoscope has a relatively normal everyday life, occasionally disturbed by unexpected circumstances. During these times, it is important to rely on your own strength and increase your emotional and physical activity. These calm times call for some self-care and mental improvement.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)- March for Capricorns will be successful with many positive trends. This time will be very spontaneous with a new understanding of special relationships. New business and innovative ideas are ideal for Capricorns this month, with good offers and opportunities being presented to you. The odds are in your favor, so take advantage of it. 

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)- This time for the Aquarius promises to be prosperous, including a spring of love. Those who show their maximum commitment and efforts will receive rewarding results. With all of the efforts you may put in, the end of the month may feel like a waste of emotional and physical energy. It will call for rest or time devoted to hobbies you enjoy. 

Pisces (February 19-March 20)- Pisces this month will experience times of recovery and healing. It is important to monitor stress which can cause health issues. With careful attention, a surge of strength will make its way to you. Your desires to observe and create will then be improved and you will finish off the month with a positive outlook on life.

Sweet Treat: No Bake Cheesecake

By: Heaven Marquez 

Cheesecake is definitely one of my top 5 favorite desserts, and not having to bake just makes it taste even better. Today I will be introducing you to your next favorite dessert- Oreo cheesecake. 

For the COOKIE CRUST you’ll need-

  • 24 Oreo cookies (just the cookie part- no filling) about 1 ½  cups
  • 6 tablespoons of melted butter

For the CHEESECAKE FILLING you will need-

  • 16 ounces of cream cheese
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 ½ cups of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 ½ cups of powdered sugar
  • 15 crushed cookies (about a cup) 
  • Hot fudge
  • Cookie filling from 24 Oreos for cookie crust

Instructions-

OREO CRUST

  1. Add the 24 Oreos to a food processor until the cookies are finely crushed.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add the crushed cookies and melted butter together and stir.
  3. Pour the mixture into a 9-inch springform pan and press into the bottom and sides.
  4. Place into the refrigerator to chill.

CHEESECAKE FILLING

  1. In a large mixing bowl beat the cream cheese until it’s light and fluffy. Add in the sugar, vanilla, and cookie filling. 
  2. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream with a hand mixer until it thickens. Add in powdered sugar and beat until peaks form.
  3. Fold 2 cups whipped cream mixture and crushed Oreos (reserve ¼ cups for garnish) into the cream cheese.
  4. Pour mixture on top of OREO CRUST and spread.
  5. Place into refrigerator and chill for 3-4 hours.
  6. Garnish remaining whipped cream, remaining crushed Oreos, and hot fudge.

COVID-19 Vaccine

By: Eileen Jaksik

The COVID-19 Vaccine

Covid-19 has affected the world immensely, causing people to change their way of living. There have been many ideas of ways to prevent the coronavirus from spreading even further. Some of the precautions are wearing a face mask (covering your nose and under your chin), separating yourself six feet apart from others, and CDC scientists have been preparing a Covid-19 vaccine.

The vaccine is being released in phases (1a-1c), phase 1a was released to physicians and long term health care residents on December 3, 2020. The CDC decided to release the vaccine to phases 1b and 1c at the same time. Phase 1b is front line essential workers, such as firefighters, police officers, corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, United States Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the educational sector (teachers, support staff, and daycare workers). Phase 1c is people aged 65-74 years because they are at high risk of hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19. People aged 16-64 years with underlying medical conditions which increase the risk of serious, life-threatening complications from COVID-19 and other essential workers like people who work in transportation, finance, home development, etc. Phase 1b and 1c were released on December 22, 2020. They have yet to release it to the full public, but they are discussing possible dates to release the vaccine.  

The vaccine is still under high development and is going to keep developing to become highly effective. The Covid-19 Vaccine is under a clinical trial to see how to improve and change the vaccine for the better. The vaccine has given out to 16,525,281 administered doses and the total amount of vaccines distributed is 35,990,150 as of January 20, 2021 for just phases 1a-1c. 

The vaccine can not give you covid-19, but it does take a few weeks for our bodys to build up immunity, so you can catch the Corona Virus by going out and not being precautions. The vaccine is trying to teach our immune systems to recognize and fight against this virus. 

There are always side effects when it comes to vaccines and medicine. Sharp pain in the arm where you get the vaccine injected, fatigue, headache, chills, fever, and muscle/joint pain are all side effects from the Corona Virus Vaccine. 

The vaccine is an option to help prevent the virus, it is your choice whether you want to get the vaccine or not. There are still other precautions if you choose the vaccine is not for you, so make sure to always be safe!

Where Words Fail, Music Speaks

By: Courtney Henson

The Pleasanton Eagle Band standing at attention.

On Saturday, December 5, the Pleasanton Eagle band traveled to Calallen High School to participate in their area contest. They departed from the band hall at around 1pm and prepared for the long ride ahead of them. Despite the cold and rainy weather, the band performed their 2020 marching show “Music of the Beatles” to the best of their abilities. After a long season of working very hard, the 2020 marching band year came to an end. The Pleasanton Eagle Band came in 9th place, out of 14 total bands that attended. This placement did not advance the band. 

This year was a wild ride for everyone involved, but the band members made the best of what they were given. Although this year for the head drum major, Reese Decker, was the final high school marching band season, he greatly enjoyed it and looks back on it as a great experience. Regarding the season, Reese says, “My overall thoughts are that I’m just extremely grateful that we got to have a season in the first place because a lot of schools around here had their marching band season completely cancelled.” Being a drum major comes with major responsibility and the opportunity to watch the band grow and improve over time, Reese says, “Something I’m most proud of is that we advanced to Area for the first time since I’ve been in high school.”

As the season ends, the Pleasanton Band reflects on the season and is glad for all of the things they were presented with this year. While the COVID-19 restrictions made it difficult for the band, they made the best of it and had fun this season. We can not wait to see what the band comes up with next year. Awesome job Mighty Eagle Band. Pride! Pride!

Social-Distance Christmas

By: Kiarra Sanchez

Mask wearing ornament.

Christmas is time for families to get together. Sadly, there are many who aren’t able to spend time with their loved ones thanks to Covid-19, or fear of Covid-19. Though there are ways around this thanks to modern technology. 

Thankfully, in this day and age we have access to great technology, and this can help us connect with our loved ones during a scary time. Apps that allow video calls are a great thing to use. Certain phones are already equipped with FaceTime as well. You may not be there by their side, but you are still able to see their face. For some, the comfort of knowing their loved ones are safe is good enough.

If video calls isn’t a solution for you, then wearing a mask at family gatherings is the one of the safest ways to be with your loved ones. Social distancing will help ensure that everyone around you is safe, and making sure things are nice and clean will make a big difference.

Things may be different than what you’re used to, but we have to remember it’s best for everyone. No one wants to get sick, or get the ones close to them sick. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time with your family. Have a jolly Christmas and make new memories!

National Bullying Prevention Month

By: Libby Sanchez

Every October, communities and schools across the world join and work together in hopes of putting an end to all forms of bullying. During this month, many campaigns, protests, and new resources are aimed at raising awareness towards bullying. This aggressive and constant behavior should not go unrecognized. 

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, or attacking someone physically or verbally. One of the most effective forms of bullying today is done online and is known as cyber-bullying. About 20% of students ages 12-18 have experienced bullying nationwide, and 15% reported to have been getting bullied online and harassed. Research indicates that consistent bullying can lead victims to suicidal behavior. All states have anti-bully legislation, but bullying is not illegal and continues to be a common occurrence.

Every week of October, the National Bullying Prevention committee releases new challenges around the world to help prevent bullying from occurring. Some of which include: making friends with someone you don’t know at school, standing up for others, and spreading kindness to those around you. This year they also ask that school’s and local businesses wear orange in hopes of sending a message to “stomp out bullying,”

This October, try your best to join in on these challenges and show your support to prevent bullying. If you or anyone else you know is going through bullying, reach out to a trusted adult and confide in them. Wear your orange and help create a world without bullying!

Halloween Safety

By: River Reyes

Stay safe and have fun!

Halloween is right around the corner and with the pandemic in full swing, this won’t be your standard Halloween experience. Anyone planning to celebrate should be mindful of social distancing and common safety procedures. If you plan on going trick or treating, make sure to have a filtered mask, keep your hands clean and try to minimize any contact you make when receiving your treats. 

If you’re going to be handing out treats, one fun method to keep safe distance is by using a chute. You can set up a tube that will carry your candy over a safe distance for anyone receiving candy, keeping transmission low. 

Alternatively, you can always just stay home and celebrate with your household or a safe number of friends. Some fun ideas could be Baking Halloween themed treats, perhaps some frosted cookies with spooky designs or decorated marshmallows on a stick. When it comes to sweets, there’s no end to how creative you can get.

If trick or treating and making sweets isn’t up your alley, just kick back and watch some themed movies and shows; Netflix sure has no end to recommendations for season. You can watch everything from classics such as the “Nightmare before Christmas” to more recent horror flicks like last years “Girl on the third floor”, which, yes, you can safely stream from home.

This year will definitely be a first for us all amidst a global pandemic. Our holidays may be more restricted with safety measures, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t have fun. Just make sure that you remember to keep yourself and others in mind when you make your Halloween plans.

Childhood Cancer Awareness

By: Adriana Clark

Childhood Cancer Awareness gold ribbon

September is the month that brings awareness to those who are facing or have faced childhood cancer, a time for people to focus on the importance of finding the cause, making a prevention plan, seeking possible treatments, and cures. Families often come together during this month to tell inspirational stories of the children who are facing or have faced cancer. Each year, 300,000 people are diagnosed with cancer, and 175,000 are children under the age of 14. Cancer does not always mean that it is just one disease. Instead, it can often be found in different places in the body; the most common type of cancer found in children is leukemia (a blood cancer). Cancer is less likely caused by a child’s environment and lifestyle, but instead can be caused by genetic changes or better known as mutations. A strong family history of cancer may increase a child’s risk. Thanks to therapies, over 80% of the childhood cancer patients have become long-term survivors. Organizations the help bring awareness is the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) who help by shaping policy, supporting research, and providing free education to kids with cancer, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California help by creating a home away from home so they are able to stay close to their hospitalized child without causing any financial toll on the family, and the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation help elevate the mental, social, and emotional wellbeing of families that undergoing cancer treatment volunteers prepare packages filled with board games, books, and toys for different age groups which are then shipped out to hospitals and oncology centers across the world.

Teacher of the Year: Mrs. Sims

By: Nohemi Vallejo

Mrs. Sims is an amazing geography teacher with a strong passion for helping her students succeed. During these difficult times, Mrs. Sims is trying to perfect her art of teaching online like any other of our incredible teachers here at PHS. Mrs. Sims states, “I don’t think I have found the perfect way yet, but it hasn’t stopped me from trying different methods such as calling, texting, encouraging students through Google Classroom messages, and Zooming. Mr. Hurley and I stick with the lessons that have had the most engagement while still trying to break the monotony.”

Mrs. Sims has been in various positions inside and outside of the classroom for over 28 years in education. She loves working in education, but the highlight of her career was working at PHS. On the topic of PHS, her favorite thing is seeing and interacting with the students. Mrs. Sims was very surprised to learn she had been selected as Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Sims humbly states, “PHS has so many great teachers that it was an honor to be voted for this award by my peers.”

From an early age, Mrs. Sims knew she wanted to be a teacher. Someone who influenced her to become a teacher was her mom, Margaret Coleman. She was an educator at PISD. She got to see how rewarding it was for her mom, and she knew she also wanted to be a part of it.

Mrs. Sims will be retiring by the end of this year. She states, “I’m a proud PHS graduate and besides missing the students and my coworkers, I’ll also miss being in the buildings and classrooms where I attended high school. Most of all though, I’ll miss the opportunity to have a proper goodbye with my current and past students.” Mrs. Sims mentions, “My husband and I will be moving to eastern Tennessee at the end of June to see if we like it there. We also have travel plans which include going to Iceland. As a geographer, I hope to travel more and just enjoy life. I also plan to volunteer at the local library system wherever I end up living. Who knows? It could be right back in Pleasanton where it all started.”

New Teacher of the Year: Miss Netherton

By: Adriana Clark

Miss Netherton is a science teacher at PHS, known for being one of the nicest and sweetest teachers on the campus. She has a loving personality, she’s uplifting, and she’s funny. Miss Netherton has been working at PHS for 3 years, which is her entire teaching career. Miss Netherton had attended Mississippi State University, where she majored in Civil Engineering with an Environmental Engineering concentration. She has also majored in English.

Before Miss Netherton joined us at PHS as a high school teacher, she was a Civil Engineer In Training which was also known as an EIT. “I really enjoyed all my civil engineering classes in college, but working as a Civil Engineer just wasn’t what I expected. I didn’t get to be super creative, I either had a lot of work or almost no work, and I didn’t get to help others…” Miss Netherton had worked on computers and got to go to sites and design drainage layouts, water mains, and work with the EPA to ensure their jobs followed conservation laws. “…it was an interesting job, but not a good fit for me. I enjoy teaching a lot more because I get to help people learn and grow and I can be very creative with my lessons.”

When Miss Netherton heard the news that she won New Teacher of the year, she was excited and stated, “she doesn’t do the job for recognition, but it does feel very validating to get this award.” This also helps ensure that she is doing a great job and encourages her to keep it up! “PHS has been an amazing place to work and I really feel really lucked out starting my teaching career here. The environment is very positive and everyone has the opportunity for major growth here. You can also tell that all the employees really care about the students in everything that they do. I am very grateful to have such a supportive network here who all focus on the good of the students.”

Paraprofessional of the Year: Mrs. Lozano

By: Dillon Myers

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

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

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

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

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

Ready for Anything

By: Victoria Chavez 

As the school year of 2019-2020 comes to an end, the seniors of 2020 will begin to ready themselves to enter the world right through their bedroom doors. Most have plans for college, some hope to enter the workforce with their dream jobs swirling in their minds, but what about the seniors that wish to enlist and serve the country? Is the military taking numbers on the high school students across the nation and telling them to have a seat? Has the outbreak stopped them from starting their lives? 

The recent pandemic has caused a lot of hysteria for not only the people across the world but it has deeply impacted the military as well. For those that did not know all MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Stations) was shut down due to COVID-19. This meant that many people graduating high school and the people enlisted could not be shipped off to BMT (Basic Military Training) at the initial date given. The thought of never being able to start their journey scared many seniors. “ I haven’t even been to MEP in and I’ll have to 2-4 weeks before I can go in…” said Hannah Van Auken. Most recruiters are doing the best they can to help anyone who wishes to join by keeping them updated on the situation. “As far as I know MEPS opened again and I’ll be [shipped] off some time next month” stated an anonymous source. Hope still shines through for the 2020 seniors as they continue to reach their objectives.

Many students here at PHS are determined to pursue a career in the armed forces. “The military can provide a great foundation for my career and education”, said AJ Paez. AJ is among the countless seniors throughout the states that are dependent on the military’s advantages to help them achieve their set goals. “I want to go to college and afterward have a family on my own, the Air Force seemed like the best option for me…” stated by Hannah Van Auken. Hannah’s hope for a normal nuclear family after serving is shared commonly in not only the military lifestyle but for others as well. “ [I want] to set myself up [up] for the future….to get my independent,” a comment made by Caryna Ochoa. 

Although the year of 2020 has not been the greatest, everyone is making their efforts to help bring the light back into society. This virus has not stopped the seniors from becoming future defenders for the frontlines of America. I, as well as many others, am proud to see what will become of these strong, courageous, and daring young adults. Congratulations to the class of 2020!

Keeping Up with the COVID-19

By: Heaven Marquez

After these exhausting and boring months in quarantine, Texas governor, Greg Abbott, announced the opening of businesses and activities in the Lone Star State. The announcement on April 27 informed the public of the first phase of the plan to “Open Texas” by explaining detailed “new protocols, guidance, and recommendations.” According to the Texas Department of State Health Services.com, the proposal also included statewide testing and contact tracing to identify Texans with COVID-19 and prevent the further spread of the virus. On May 13, the Texas Tribune announced that Texas organized 49,259 tests, the “highest one-day total reported since the pandemic began.” The Texas Department of State Health Services received most of the test results from laboratories and thus began identifying the illness. Overall, 1,355 new cases were reported on May 13, the “second-highest increase since the state began reporting coronavirus case counts”, with the last amount only being 1,441 cases in early April. The new total of known cases is now at 42,403 people, with over 85% of the 254 Texas counties reporting at least one case. Texas also reported 25 more deaths, bringing the full amount to 1,158, an increase of about 2% from Tuesday, May 12. As of May 21, the current amount of COVID cases has reached 49,912 victims and 1,369 deaths. However, 29,359 people have recovered from the deadly disease. There is hope, and Texas is reopening its doors slowly but surely! 

Something Special for the Seniors

By: Perri Alexander

Graduation

A celebration…

A time for looking back on lessons learned,

Adventures shared, bright moments filled with 

Special meaning.

A farewell…

A time for saying goodbye to old friends,

To good times you’ve known.. A time for

Packing away memories, treasures for tomorrow

A beginning…  

A time for looking forward, a time to set new goals,

To dream new dreams, to try your wings and see 

What lies beyond. 

 

Dearest seniors of 2020, the time has finally come; we are finally done. This year may have been rough, but our strong seniors have gotten through the worst of the worst. Now it’s time for a new chapter in our life, some of us may move on to college, others might get a job straight away, but I know that we’re going to go far. Most all of us used to look at the future as so far away, that our time would never come. However, our four years of high school flew by. We were once tiny helpless freshmen who had no idea what the world was really like.  Now we are fully grown adults who are about to start our lives. I believe in all of us and I hope the future gives us nothing but joy because if we can live through a pandemic and still graduate, then there’s nothing my class of 2020 can’t do!  So, for the last time, this is the poem perfectionist with the last poem. Pride! Pride! Eagle Pride!