Orchestra Students Prepare

Auditions are coming

Although the school year is coming to an end and everyone becomes more relaxed, the orchestra students stress over their upcoming orchestra auditions that will determine their future in orchestra for the upcoming fall.

Sophomore Ian Kirk is starting to worry as his audition date comes closer into sight.

“I don’t know if it seems harder,” Kirk said.” I have only been here one year, but it kinda seems that way.”

All of orchestra has been working really hard to get into the orchestra they deserve next year.

“Orchestra five is obsessed with their instruments,” Kirk said. “It’s okay for them, but I’m not that kind of person. I’m aiming for orchestra four.”

Freshman Aeneas Arellano hopes for the best as he walks into the audition with his head held high.

“I’m pretty confident,” Arellano said. “I got a one at state solo and ensemble, so I feel pretty good.”

In all this chaos, orchestra director Amy Rabago has kept her cool and confidence in her students that they will live up to their potential.

“The students that deserve to be there [orchestra five] will be there,” Rabago said. “I’m confident in them that they will do well.” By Wendi Smith

LAST MINUTE PRACTICE: Sophomore Ian Kirk practices his violin in the orchestra room on Tuesday, May 30 hoping to get a few extra minutes of practice before his audition. “Orchestra seems to be getting harder and harder each year,” Kirk said. “It’s like they are making it more of a job.” PHOTO BY WENDI SMITH




Orchestra And Band Collaborate To Compete In Contest

Students are work hard to prepare for their upcoming competition

Every Monday afternoon from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., fourth and fifth orchestra along with band will be practicing for their full orchestra concert.

“It’s a new experience,” Orchestra teacher Amy Rabago said. “I’ve never taken a full orchestra before, but overall I feel pretty prepared,”

Students and instructors are ecstatic for this opportunity to compete in the full orchestra this year especially because most of the performers are seniors, and this will be their last time with this experience.

“I’m excited about playing with the band as well as performing for contest,” senior Juan Leos said.

Seniors are excited to end their year, but they are also upset about the end of their friendships and memories coming right around the corner.

“It feels bittersweet,” senior Natale Heilman said. “There are so many great friends and memories I’ve made, but I’m glad to move on to college.” By Wendi Smith

End Of Course Exams

Students prepare for End of Course exams

Students will begin taking End of Course exams (EOCs) this semester. Freshmen will take English I on Tuesday, March 28, Algebra I on Monday, May 1, Biology on Tuesday, May 2, sophomores will take English II on Thursday, March 30, and juniors will take U.S. History on Wednesday, May 3 on campus to meet the requirements for graduation.

“The state of Texas requires that all high school students pass all five EOCs with level two standards,” Counselor Shannon Martini said. “Passing score is different for every test, and it almost might be different depending on what year you started high school.”

Counselor Marianne Rodriguez believes that being in the class for the EOCs is helping students prepare for the exams.

“The beauty of the EOCs is we don’t have to do anything special,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez states they will be taking the exams in one of their everyday classes, and those not testing will have regular classes placed somewhere else.

“We call that displaced,” Rodriguez said. “They’ll be moved to a different classroom and have class there.”

Students taking U.S. History, English, and Biology have mixed feelings about the EOC exams.

“Honestly, from what I know here, I think I’m gonna pass it,” junior Blaze Bauer said.

Freshman Elijah Torres feels confident about English and Algebra but not so much about Biology.
“I actually feel pretty good about Algebra, and I like math.” Torres said. “I know I failed Biology by two points.” By Kentaro Blanchard

Pre-UIL Concert

Orchestra prepares for pre-contest concert

Students competing in the pre-UIL concert on Feb. 21 at Churchill in the Lanny Naegelin Theatre from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to prepare for the UIL Concert on March 6.

“UIL is the STAAR test for music,” Orchestra Teacher Amy Robago said. “It’s to show that the students know how to read and write music.”

Robago says that they are competing for themselves.

“The pre-UIL concert is a practice before our UIL contest, “Orchestra Teacher Jason Thibodeaux said. “Our UIL is next week.”

Thibodeaux states the pre-UIL concert lets them know where they are at that time, and what they need to fix.

“It’s a long way up, but we’ll be ready for it,” Thibodeaux said.

Students will have an opportunity to compete in a band with students using different instruments.

“There’s definitely a different dynamic,” senior Danny Landez said. “The two groups have a different rehearsal style, so it creates a different dynamic.”

Junior Samantha Tarr says it’s fun to be able to compete in a band.

“It’s fun because they approach me in a different way, and it’s cool to bring our two different styles together to make music,” Tarr said. By Ken Blanchard

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