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Jackie Michel- Editor in Chief

     Hi everyone! My name is Jackie Michel, and I am the Editor in Chief of The Pride for the 2020- 2021 school year. I took a pretty unconventional path to get to this position, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I joined a Journalism 1 class my freshman year and enjoyed it very much, but didn’t have room in my schedule to move into newspaper for my sophomore year. So after a year long hiatus, I came back to writing and the paper as the Assistant Editor for the 2019-2020 school year, and was appointed as the EIC for my senior year. Here are some other things to know about me: I love going to Lake LBJ and wakesurfing. My favorite sight is a sunset, which I have way too many pictures of. My favorite book series is a tie between Harry Potter and The Selection, which if you haven’t read yet you totally should. I am on Varsity Track here at Churchill, and my dream college is the University of Denver in Colorado. I never thought that my senior year would start not in school. As we all know, 2020 has already been a crazy year, and we still have 4 months to go. The COVID-19 pandemic has all changed our lives in at least one way, as small as not eating in a restaurant anymore or possibly as big as having a parent lose a job or someone you know get sick or pass away. More than just the pandemic, there have been protests all around the country and several hurricanes hitting the United States. With many controversial issues permeating our lives, 2020 also happens to be an election year, which has heightened the intensity of these problems and their effect on society. I will be able to vote in November, and if you can as well I encourage you to share your voice in this time where it’s hard to do so. The way I see it, 2020 is what we make of it. My summer was pretty uneventful, and I think my school year could be too, if I let it. But when will we have this time with our family, with our pets, with ourselves, ever again? Certainly not any time soon. This pandemic is a once in a lifetime event that we will remember for the rest of our lives. We’ll be telling our kids about it, remembering the year that we didn’t see our friends, school got canceled, and we didn’t have sports. Or could it be the year that we learned to cook, read the most books, or worked out all the time? It depends how you look at it, or how you spend it. I’ve felt both feelings; the anger and frustration at the limitations and restrictions placed on my life due to the virus, but also the enjoyment of getting to spend my time however I wish, watching Netflix and running and going to the lake every weekend. My advice is to embrace this time, because you will never get it back. If you spend every day lamenting what you’re missing and sitting on your butt, you won’t get to enjoy the beauty of small things. And at this point, it feels like the small things are all we’ve got. So enjoy it. Learn a new hobby. Spend more time with your family, and keep up with your friends. Work extra hard to succeed in school, because distance learning can be difficult. Keep a journal to look back on this event, because we’re making history. I encourage you to make history this year, so you can remember 2020 not just for COVID-19 or protests, but for all of your accomplishments. Make history Chargers. Happy first day not-quite-in school!

 

Michael Montes- Reporter

     I’m a junior at Churchill and it’s my third year writing for the newspaper. I’ve always enjoyed writing and when was asked if I wanted to write for one of the school publications my freshman year, I took the opportunity to do so. My greatest passion is in music; I love playing guitar and piano in my spare time. I also enjoy fly fishing, cooking, traveling, and skating with my friends. I’m a pretty quiet person, so being part of the newspaper staff has helped me open up when working with the wonderful people that make up our staff.

 

Hannah Gruene- Reporter

     I’ve been in the newspaper for two years, this is my third year. I am a senior this year and I am hoping to go to either Texas State or another good college in Texas, like A&M. I would like to major in something to do with the law. I have always been interested in making a difference in our world, and The Pride is one of the ways I feel like I make a difference. I also would love to be on a college cheer team. Cheer is a huge part of my life that I would love to continue through college.

 

 

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  1. Good morning Statesman,
    It’s nice to submit this article from the Class of ’82. This is a true story draft being submitted as screen play. We would like to hear you input on this.

    Pasted below is the text only version without photographs.
    The website link should pull up the Word Office Web link in Facebook.

    Sincerely,
    J. Keith Davis ’82 (210-845-9379)
    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2082356424689.2099405.1418458426&l=b2e6e45e34&type=1

    The Incredible Story of “Captain Churchill.”
    (Screen play draft of a Winston Churchill Charger Spirit Legend.)

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    Captain Churchill (James Keith Davis ’82) returned to San Antonio in 1978 from Humble, TX. Reuniting with Coker Elementary classmates his freshman year suffered a horrific house fire destroying his family’s home in Hill Country Village. Not making the Winston Churchill Charger football cut for infamous coach head Jerry Colamander, he put up a scaling challenge to Northeast Independent School District by ensuring an unofficial claim of school spirit. Leading his former elementary football classmates Cody Carlson, Doug Hodo, Chris Lamers, Paul Pollard, Mike Wagner and the entire high school was a, never been done before, motorcycle dare devil idea of “Captain Churchill.” From 1979 to 1982 with increasingly school official confrontations, public mishaps, environmental extremes and female companion heartbreaks, he never missed a game throughout his 4 years. Embodied was a mission to have Winston Churchill (WC) become the best Spirit in high school history. The above picture portrays Senior Class ’82 Cheerleading Squad officially recruiting Captain Churchill to complete a ramp climbing, upon stage, pep rally performance cheer. An impulse response from coach Comalander followed with a Best Student Body Spirit speech.

    Using his dirt bike enduro skills on a Honda XL500, the mysterious, “guy on the motorcycle”, showed up with a British Union flag cape sewn onto his biker denim jacket and escorting the entire school bus convoy from campus to football game stadiums and back. Leading the returning convoy on the school bus’s main way would pull signature wheelies of victory (won or lost) the entire length of the cafeteria entrance. His sophomore runs became adopted by the Freshman Pep Squad as his sister led decoration scramble teams to prep the bike from hallway rally decor before pep rallies. Student body splinter spirit groups developed and school’s booster club intensified. Junior year enthusiasm flared with controversial camaraderie ‘”high fives” with Drill, Kick, and Band team members, slapping the spirit rider’s left hand while closely throttling up by convoy buses. This forced liability issues over school officials and enforcement negotiation meetings became common with Mr. Davis, Principle Mr. Everett and Northeast ISD.

    Assistant principals stood guard by ‘The Captain’ agreeing to not “blast” in front of the busses and only leave campus after the last vehicle departed. Furthering tempered debates was a night time victory wheelie incidence when fans and press unexpectedly flashed multiple cameras, momentarily blinding the rider. Near loss of control was saved following a quick, out of the way, jump off the main way and lead bus driver applying heart thumped sake of brake. Police officer pull over with “red light in front” charges from pep squad streamers over the head light became purposeful administrative confrontation. Despite obvious growing attendances and incredible, come from behind football team victories, Northeast ISD opposing pressures attempted “official display mandates” in making the WC Charger motorcycle jacket actually illegal at football games.

    The Spirit Rider’s defiance over political pressures continued on. Determined to display a fight for his school’s fighting honor. Then, after making his routine home modifications to pep squad’s, “papering of the bike”, there was the stunning Big Crash. While returning to campus for the convoy send off, Keith was rearward slammed by a car. As the caped rider was signaling on a congested right turn, an inpatient driver attempted to rapidly pass off the right shoulder grass on West Avenue. The blindside collision into the motorcycle literally tossed the Captain into a flying Charger with a helmet landing in front of oncoming traffic. Keith dodged off the road with minor injury scrapes. The damaged bike considered barely ride able.

    Amazingly, the Charger “Motorcycle Man”, managed to persevere his mission: To lead the greatest school Spirit in high school history. With broken and bent foot pegs, nearly sheared control levers, twisted front wheel forks, bent handle bars, busted signal lighting, dented up exhaust pipe, crack in the gas tank, and fire burning road rash on both hands, he managed ways to limp ride to campus before send off. Using pep squad duct tape, a small under the seat tool kit and shear muscle from classmates got the two wheeled icon ”legal” and somewhat ride able for a most treacherous run. Through an entire cold windy rain storm the “Guy with the Flag” maintained completion with the school convoy and football playoff victory to and from Austin, TX.

    From growing questions of, “Whom? What? Why?”, Keith allianced with school journalist, Gary Slinkard. Stating, “The football team is going to win with significant assistance from its entire student body. I want Churchill to have the best ’12th Man’ ever in high school history.” Perpetuated spirit resulted in “Rowdy” groups and enormous goal poster projects. Senior year the Churchill’s “Evil Knievel” debuted with a newly high modified bike, riding apparel and volunteered assurance with school’s administrators. The 1982 football season produced incredible winning and attendance records. Local TV station, channel 4 WOAI (formerly KMOL) geared up for the first time broadcast of the San Antonio City Championship between Churchill and former champion, Holmes High.

    Despite all difficulties, Davis never endangered the football convoy. Once assisted as road construction guard to alert the convoy of an upcoming detour. The “high fives” became no contacting “thumbs up” signals. The wheelies safely subdued to safe distance only criteria. And, the varsity cheerleaders recruited him for a major pep rally performance. Coach Comalander acknowledged a best student body spirit speech and The 1982 Winston Churchill Chargers won the nail biting ’82 City Championship in front of the largest record number of screaming viewers.

    During graduation ceremony, as Principle Everett handed his diploma, Keith threw off his black gown and revealed in up stretched fashion the wearing of his British flag motorcycle jacket. Everett smiles with chuckling “guard duty” assistant principals all shaking the graduate’s hand with a slap on the back, “Great job, Keith!” He departed the stage with an audience ovation and a truly completed mission. The Charger Spirit acclaimed entirely new levels of synergy that carried into following student bodies. This “computer programming hippie nerd” with a 3.9 GPA never missed a game. And, he never failed in leading the Charger convoy.

    James Keith ”Captain Churchill” Davis graduated from Texas A&M University in 1987 with an Electrical Engineering degree and aircraft pilot’s license. Currently resides in San Antonio, TX with 21+ years of product R&D activity. He still maintains his special helmet and notorious WC school flag jacket in perfect condition.

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    In 1992 Mr. Davis returned to his 10-year reunion.
    During The Class of ‘82 banquet dinner he officially received the Best Spirit Award

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