Strings and Songs

Orchestra’s Pre-U.I.L. concert will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13

Orchestra will have their Pre-U.I.L. concert tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium to show off their strings and full orchestra songs before competing at U.I.L.

“I feel pretty good,” orchestra member junior Jenna Kurburski said. “I love all the music we’re playing, both in full and string orchestra.”

The U.I.L. competition for orchestra will be from March 5 to March 7. Full orchestra is on March 5.

“We hope to get sweepstakes,” Kurburski said. “I don’t wanna jinx anything, but we’ve always done pretty good. We wanna do better in sight-reading than last year, though.” By Mariel Garcia

Retiring from High School Choiring

Head Choir director Kenneth Turner retires at the end of the 2016-2017 school year

Head Choir director Kenneth Turner will be retiring his position at the end of the school year to become the full time choir director at his local church.
“It was a very difficult decision,” Turner said. “I really didn’t decide until just a few years ago, but it is time. I am getting ready to turn 60, and I’ve been teaching for 24 years.”
After teaching students how to sing for 24 years, Turner feels privileged about the opportunity he had to work with this program.

“When I first came, I always felt very excited about being at Churchill,” Turner said. “It’s such a great school with such great kids, and the program has just gotten better and better from year to year.”
Retirement is an option Turner has been considering for a while, but he did not decide until recently.
“I’ve been thinking about it for about a year, but I really didn’t decide until just about four weeks ago,” Turner said.
Many of his students are sad to see Turner go, but are excited to see what lies ahead in the future of choir.
“He was a really good teacher,” freshman Choir student Katelyn Cardenas said. “He ‘clicked’ with us, and he knew how to understand all of the students.”
There will be interviews in the near future to find a new head choir director after Turner retires.
“The future that choir has in store is just the next step and a new beginning to see where the choir will go,” Assistant Choir director Bonnie Smith said. “It’s going to be an exciting journey.
Turner will definitely miss his students and emotional connections he has made over the years through music.
“My favorite memories are all of our musical experiences on stage,” Turner said. “The program has just gotten better and better from year to year.” By Mariel Garcia

ONE LAST HOORAH: Head Choir director Kenneth Turner dances at choir banquet on Friday, May 26 to celebrate the end of the year with his students. “Even though I am going to love and miss my students, I’m not going to miss the extra hours that happen on a daily basis.” he said. PHOTO BY MARIEL GARCIA

 

Leaving for the Navy

Jacob Hellyer starts saying goodbye to both high school and Texas

Many students work out during summer vacation to get their summer body, or just for fun but not this one. Hellyer will be working out to get ready for his new job in the navy as a diver. Senior Jacob Hellyer gets ready to start saying goodbye to both high school friends and family.

“Honestly, I’m probably going to miss him, but he’s not going to be gone forever,” sophomore Peyton Snowden said.  

Hellyer will be leaving with the support of many friends and family.

“I’m sad that he’s leaving but I’m happy that he’s doing what he loves,” freshman Tamara Weiss said.

Hellyer believes he is doing the right thing and will leave proudly.

“I chose to serve; it involves the pride I have for my country,” he said. “It’s an exciting job.”

GOODBYE: Sophomore Peyton Snowden and Senior Jacob Hellyer start talking about their summer plans and start to say their goodbyes. “It’s going to be some sad goodbyes,” Hellyer said “But I will come back.” PHOTO BY PAMELA CORTES

City Stumbler

Inside the mind of a little fish in a big pond

Whether she is aware of it or not, she displays a look of disgust on her face.

Walking home from school, she paces anxiously along the sidewalk adjacent to a busy street.

As the endless stream of vehicles pass her, she gripes about the loud hum of the cars and the smell of gasoline. She isn’t used to all of this, and it shows.

Freshman Estrella Overbeck just moved to San Antonio from Kerrville, Texas — a place she says she will always call her home. The transition from a quaint town with a population of 20,000 people, to a gargantuan metropolis has not been easy for Overbeck.

“It’s different because in Kerrville, it took 15 minutes to get anywhere in town,” Overbeck said. “Here, it could take an hour, and for the most part, it’s bad.”

Overbeck is originally from Mexico. As a child, it was just her and her mother. The pair frequently moved around until settling in Kerrville. Her mother eventually found who she thought would be her life partner, and got married.

During this time, Overbeck was content. She was completely thrilled with all the joys of small-town life. Now, she says life is a little lonely.

“[In Kerrville] Whenever you went to the mall or the movies- even if you went alone, you would find someone you knew because that’s all there was to do,” Overbeck said.

Overbeck worries about the uncertainty of attending a high school nearly three times larger than her previous school.

“I knew everyone there, so I knew who to stay away from, and I knew who was chill,” Overbeck said.

The most frustrating part of living here is the sheer number of people she encounters on a daily basis.

“My old school was the size of the 8000 building, and we only had two H-E-Bs and one Walmart in the whole town,” Overbeck said. “Now, whenever someone bumps into me, I get so angry, but I guess it’s normal here.”

Once Overbeck’s mother and stepfather divorced, she made the decision to leave Kerrville because of the high probability of having to see him in public.

It was time for a fresh start.

“If she went to the store or something like that, it was very likely that she would run into him, and that’s why we moved,” Overbeck said.

While she does have a hard time coping with the smells, sounds, and crowds in the city, there is one thing about living in San Antonio that makes her happy.

That one thing is Starbucks.

Overbeck was never able to satisfy her need for a frappe fix in Kerrville, so now she goes to Starbucks as much as she can. It might be one of the only things getting her through this difficult move.

While it may seem like a trivial thing to get excited about, she lights up at the mention of coffee.

“I love Starbucks,” Overbeck said. “I walk there almost every day after school. It’s what I spend most of my money on.”

She talks frequently about feeling alone, but there is another student at Churchill who feels her pain.

Freshman and expecting mother Jaylene Aldaco is also from Kerrville.

“In Kerrville, everyone is family somehow, but I’m happy that my baby is going to grow up here instead of there,” Aldaco said.

Overbeck and Aldaco know each other from the choir program at

their previous school, and Overbeck says it’s nice to know that someone identifies with what she’s going through.

“I remember her from school last year, and I was actually surprised to see her here,” Overbeck said. “We weren’t close or anything, but it feels kind of nice to have someone from Kerrville around.”

Things are looking a little brighter for Overbeck’s love life, too. She and sophomore Reece Martin recently began a relationship.

“Star (Estrella) does talk a lot about home, but I know she’ll be okay,” Martin said. “ She’s just that happy type of person.”

Overbeck aims to take that innate happiness and run with whatever her new life has to offer.

“Honestly, things are hard for me right now, but I know they’ll get better,” Overbeck said.

ICING ISOLATION: Freshman Estrella Overbeck stands alone eating out of a can of chocolate icing during class on Friday, May 26 in the 8000 building. “I know it seems really weird to bring a can of frosting to school, but something sweet is my go-to when I’m stressed out.” Overbeck said. PHOTO BY DELANEY ROCHA