The Turkey Shoot Competition

From November 12th to the 16th, JROTC is hosting the annual turkey shoot which rewards first to third place winners a turkey. Students will be able to attend from first to eighth period, and can fire five shots for two dollars using a pellet gun.

The objective operates simply. The maximum total score is 50 points, and the most a single shot can yield is 10 points. The goal is to make as many accurate hits possible to place high enough for the turkey prize. Since last year though, fourth place winners have also been given a rubber chicken as their takeaway. The Turkey Shoot has witnessed gradual rise in popularity though, and concessions have been planned to entertain those who watch or participate.

“We will be having movies playing, and concessions with popcorn, slushies, some candy, and chips,” junior Brendan Bishop said. “It’s something we do every year for the school, and a way we can raise money at this time of year. It’s a way of us showing thanks by having students come out and have fun.”

Yearbook at Chicago

Journalism students traveled out of state November 1st to the 4th, at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago to ascertain new ideas for the yearbook.

Almost a dozen of the writers in the Yearbook staff will be attending in order to gain new skills, better themselves, and learn concepts for their future works. Expecting to experience a great time at what is one of the biggest yearbook conventions in the region, junior Editor in Chief of the Savrola magazine Grace Brigance gives her eager input.

“They had me at, ‘we’re going to Chicago,’” Brigance said. “I want to expose myself to people who can help me with my writing and meet new people that are at the convention. It’ll be fun to go with the girls in yearbook because it’ll give us a chance to bond , because I’m new this year.”

In addition to the new companions and acquaintances they’ll be given, connections are also a bridge to learning off of their peers’ works from other schools.

“It’ll be interesting to meet people from other schools, and seeing other people’s books, getting ideas from them to help make our book better each year,” Brigance said.

Debate Sweeps The College Front

Varsity debaters prepare to go to California for their tournament

Six varsity debaters will compete at the Berkeley Tournament on Monday, Feb. 18 at the University of California in Berkeley, California at 7:45 a.m.

More than 2,000 students from schools across the country will be attending the tournament.

“I’m hoping to get my second bid to the Tournament of Champions; I already have one invite to the Tournament of Champions,” senior varsity debater Benny Wolf said. “I’m hoping to do well at this tournament to prove myself as one of the best debaters in the country.”

They learn important skills that students will soon apply to college and the real world.

“The fact that they’ll [debaters] be far better writers, researchers, and critical thinkers will give them an advantage over their peers,” Debate Coach Preston Stolte said.

Pressure is also highly present on the few debaters who are being sent to represent the school. Students paid $500 for the trip expenses, which included travel, hotels, food, and tournament fees, paid for by the students, according to Stolte.

“It’s taken time,” senior varsity debater Jacob Lugo said. “I’ve met friends in debate, and I spend most of my weekends debating. It has become my personal life.”

The 1980s, 90s, and early 2000s held a highly reputable status for the school’s team, and Stolte hopes to restore this.

“Churchill was known as a great debate school, but nobody has ToC qualified in about four or five years,” Wolf said. “There’s definitely pressure to bring that level of success back to Churchill. We’re always traveling, competing, and it limits social life, but also expands your social life as you make friends across the entire country.” By Fabian Mier

DECA Competing at Schertz Civic Center

The DECA competition at Schertz Civic Center is tomorrow on Thursday, Jan. 19.

DECA students compete in business, financing, and management.

“The competitions are limited only by your imagination; there’s no guidelines set on what you can use your mind for in the competition,” sophomore Zach Reeves said.

Between the classes and competition, DECA offers improvement for individuals.

“It’s shown me the formal aspect of normal life,” Reeves said. “It’s helped me learn to improve my ability to talk to people and learn things from them.”

Other members agree, too, and one of them is going to her very first competition tomorrow.

“It’s a new experience; you share ideas with people and learn about them,” sophomore Zoe Del Rosario said. “They prepare you to be a good reader and prepare you to be good at business and financing.”

It also stimulates students’ ability to use their knowledge.

“The group allows me to see them succeed and see what they have into play for everyday,” DECA teacher Leslie Weil said. By Fabian Mier