Mexico v. Argentina Soccer Game

On Tuesday, September 10, the band performed in the Nissan half-time show at the International Friendly Mexico v. Argentina soccer game at the Alamodome in downtown San Antonio. The game started at 9 A.M. Argentina won 4-0, breaking Mexico’s 11-game winning streak.  

“Being in the tunnel and just the feeling of being in front of hundreds, if not thousands, of eyes on us was crazy.” Junior Caleb Koval said. “It was exhilarating.”

The band showed their appreciation for Mexico, by running onto the field and dancing to popular Mexican songs, such as Mariachi Loco and La Bikina. They also started the Nissan halftime earthquake, which hyped up the audience. Some students wore bright wigs along with their green, white, and red shirts, displaying the Mexican flag.

Hurricane Dorian: Hurricane Dorian cuts a deadly path through the Bahamas and eastern U.S. leaving thousands devastated


     On August 24 a tropical depression began to form in the Atlantic Ocean northwest of northern South America that soon became hurricane Dorian, which tread a deadly path through the Caribbean. 

     Dorian moved northeast from its origin and wreaked havoc on the Caribbean Islands, including the Bahamas, which took the brunt end of the cyclone.

     Having to deal with the worst of the storm, the Bahamas met with complete wreckage and demolition. Dorian made landfall on Friday, August 30, leaving its residents wading in flood water and victim to terrors of the category 5 hurricane. At least 50 people have died as a result of Dorian and more are expected to as rescue efforts continue which have been halted due to damaged infrastructure. The Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama were hit hardest and have over 70,000 left homeless on them.

     After tracing the southeast coast of the U.S., Dorian hit South and North Carolina. As the category 1 storm, Dorian, made landfall on Cape Hatteras, North Carolina on Friday, September 6; it left the Carolinas with life threatening floods and powerful gusts of wind of up to 90 miles per hour. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, more than 200,000 households and businesses were left without power as a result of Dorian. 

     On Saturday, September 7, 1,500 victims of the Bahamas relocated to Florida.

     On early Sunday, September 8, the cyclone continued to make its way along the east coast and across to New England as a category 1 hurricane as it made landfall near Sambo Creek in Nova Scotia, Canada. Dorian classified as a post-tropical cyclone brought heavy rains and powerful winds across the Canadian province. The surf threatens to affect Canada’s coast for the next few days, 378,735 customers were without electricity Sunday morning. Canada avoided the deadlier parts of the storm, but Dorian is predicted move along northeastern Canada.

     Many families and individuals have been affected by Dorian and many faced tragedies and despair as well. Many are still recovering from past hurricanes, which makes it unsure how long it will take places such as the Bahamas to fully recover. Its lasting effects on people and their homes are nearly irreversible and its geographic effects have been tremendous. Rescue and evacuation efforts continue.

Lots of Changes for NEISD

The new year brings new changes, especially for our campus. Very recently, Justin Oxley received a promotion and left his position as Principal of Churchill High School. As a result, Principal Bloomer took his place. Bloomer isn’t exactly new to our campus though. Before becoming Churchill’s Principal, he was the principal at Bradley, and even before that he was an AP at Churchill. Many of the students at Churchill now remember him from when they attended Bradley, so in that way, there is already a sense of familiarity, which is great when changes like this occur.

Additionally, Dr. Brian G. Gottardy is retiring from his position as Superintendent of NEISD. He has served as Superintendent for eight years now, and he has certainly left a lasting impact on NEISD as a whole. When Gottardy retires on June 30 of this year, NEISD will start to look for a replacement.

This year, though it just started, has proven to bring so many changes to our campus and our school district as a whole. Changes can be scary sometimes. They’re different, unexpected, and often make us feel uncertain about the future. With that said, changes are necessary and most of the time, extremely beneficial. As Winston Churchill himself would say, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”


Get Out the Vote!

Early voting has finally started! Although it is too late to register to vote, students who have already registered should take this election seriously and visit the polls. This year, the seats that are up for grabs in our government include the House of Representatives, our junior senator, our governor, attorney general, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge, various state commissioners, and our Texas Congress. All of these will be voted during this year’s midterm elections. It is important to know that early voting is happening until November 2nd. With early voting, you can stop by any polling location until 6 P.M. During election day on November 6th, you must go to your assigned polling area, which varies by where you live. You can find this location by a quick Google search. The Bexar County website also provides this information. At a time like this, students should be using their vote. According to the Pew Research Center, Americans 65 or older was reported to have the highest voter turnout, with 70.9%, compared to ages 18 to 29 with the lowest at 46.1%. However, it is important that we don’t let older generations decide our future, which is why we can only change it if we get out and vote. Before students go out to vote, make sure to do some research on candidates. It does take a while, but it is extremely worth it, because you will be more educated on who your future representatives are. Don’t forget, the young people will win.

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