InterFaith Club

InterFaith Club Yearbook Picture

InterFaith Club Yearbook Picture

By Tommie Gaitan

The InterFaith Club is new to campus, and the next meeting is Monday, March 8 at 8 a.m. In its first year, there were 11-13 students in the club, and junior Danny Landez is the president. Most of the members are sophomores and seniors, and the meetings take place every other Tuesday in room A102.  Geography teacher, Susan Looger is the sponsor of the club.

    Looger is proud to be the sponsor of the club because of the interaction between students about their religion.

“It gives a student a place to come to safely discuss different belief systems, ” teacher Susan Looger said.

The success of the club so far are  great bonding according to the president of the club.

“Its created a fellowship between the current members,” Landez said.

Students in the club have lots of fun.

“We get to do fun crafts and games that other religions partake in and discover how alike we really are,” sophomore Alejandro Farias said.

Landez started the club because a program at his church inspired him. Landez wanted the club to affect Churchill in a positive way because the club would welcome all students with different religions.

“You shouldn’t be scared of joining it because you’d be the minority in the group,” Landez said. “All of us are there to share our own thing and not to cast judgment on others.”

Students who aren’t in the club understand it’s important.

“It’s good to be in an environment where it’s okay to talk about your beliefs and voice  your opinion,” freshman Juan Nunez said.

Landez would love to have more students involved in the club.  

“I understand that it’s not for everyone, but it’d be a great experience,” Landez said.

Moving On- Seniors Applying for College

By Cara Kusenberger

Seniors across campus are hurrying to finish up their college applications for the 2016-2017 school year.

“About 95 percent of senior students at Churchill go to college,” Counselor Marianne Rodriguez said. “Most students either go to Texas Tech, UT, or Texas A&M.”

The deadline for for first decisions for the majority of public Texas schools was Dec. 1. This deadline rushed applicants which made them unsure if the schools they were applying to were appropriate for them.

“I wish I had better resources and more support when I was deciding where to apply,” senior Allison Stern said. “I was unsure if I was applying to the right schools for me.”

Some seniors start preparing for the application process early.

“I started preparing junior year,” Stern said. “I didn’t actually start applying until August, though.”

Other seniors start later.

“[The process has been] a couple of months,” senior Dillion Akins said. “From November to January first.”

Counselors have advice for seniors regarding the application process.

“Be mindful of deadlines, ask for recommendations early, and always check for scholarships,” Rodriguez said. “Apply for all scholarships, even if the the applications are long and lengthy. It all adds up.”

Teachers also are willing to help out seniors.

“Ms. Mann was the most helpful,” Stern said. “She taught us how to ask for recommendations, and she’s really supportive.”

Students struggle with not knowing if they are accepted or not to their choice colleges.

“The hardest part is waiting because someone is analyzing you and deciding your future,” Stern said.

Procrastination has become an issue for some seniors.

“The hardest part was probably just getting everything started,” Akins said. “Getting the motivation to start was pretty difficult.”

Students look forward to what college will bring.

“I’m looking forward to being in a much more free and mature environment,” Akins said. “Also, being able to spend more studying what I find interesting.”

Seniors have tips for other students who will go through this process soon.

“Don’t procrastinate,” Akins said. “The longer you wait, the worst it gets.”


Below is a list of scholarships that are currently available in the counseling office:

Name: Description: Amount: Deadline:
Brad Reddy Memorial football Scholarship For senior members of the WC football team Not Available Due Thursday, March 31, 2016
Charger Spirit Club Scholarships For outstanding seniors in Spirit Organizations Amount of scholarship depends on the number of qualified applicants Due Friday, March 4, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.
Insurance Women of San Antonio Scholarship For students majoring in business or a business related field Amount of scholarship depends on the number of qualified applicants Due April 15, 2016
Matthew Schultz Memorial Scholarship For senior students who have participated in school sports during their senior year Not available Due March 24, 2016
Believe it Foundation Scholarships For two high school Seniors that are physically challenged One $2,500 Due March 15, 2016
John Delgado Memorial Scholarship For seniors who have participated in track and/or cross country and need financial assistance to pursue higher education Eight $1,000

One $2,230

Due April 15, 2016
Central Texas School Food Service Directors Association Scholarship For students that are members of an/or relatives of Central Texas Food Service Directors Association members Two $1,000 Due March 11, 2016
The Spouses’ Club of the Fort Sam Houston Area High School Senior Scholarship For seniors already accepted into a college that are not already recipients of full scholarships Scholarship will help with whatever financial aid needed Due March 1, 2016
Virgil T. Blossom Scholarship For current seniors that plan to enter the field of education One $2,600 scholarship to be paid in increments of $325 per semester Due March 25, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
Glenn Miller Scholarship For vocalists and instrumentalists to use for any education related expense One $3,000, one $2,000, and one $1,000 scholarships to vocalists and same for instrumentalists Due March 1, 2016
The Academy of Learning in Retirement Scholarship For seniors achieving post high school education and training One $4,500 Scholarship Due March 24, 2016
Jeff and Melanie Vaughan Texas Tech Scholarship For  Churchill student who will enroll at Texas Tech University, Preference will be given to band students One $500 Scholarship Due March 24, 2016
Methodist Stone Oak Hospital Scholarship For students who desire to pursue a career in healthcare Four $1,500 scholarships Due March 11, 2016


Bouncing Back

By Fiona Garrison

Feb. 9 was just another day of training for freshman volleyball player Gloria Alcala. Her form was slightly wrong, but she thought little of it. Little did she know that this would result in yet another injury that would keep her out for several weeks.

“I thought it was my IT band, but then when I woke up on Monday, I couldn’t move without feeling severe pain in my lower back,” Alcala said.

Alcala soon discovered that she had strained her lower back, making it difficult to work her leg or turn. Alcala now has to take several measures to fully recover. The date of her return is still undisclosed.

“I am performing physical therapy as well as deep tissue massage,” Alcala said.

Not only does she have to sit out during her school and club volleyball practices and games, but Alcala also knows that it will be hard to completely recover from this strain.

“It will probably affect my playing due to the stiffness I feel and my ability to use my whole body to swing,” Alcala said.

New injuries like this one, added to her previous wounds, tend to make athletes like Alcala more prone to injuries in the future. They can hinder their playing and cause the athletes to be warier and more cautious after healing.

“Due to volleyball, I have had a shoulder injury and severe muscle spasms in my IT band,” Alcala said.

Alcala believes that many athletes are injured because of three things: lack of proper stretching, overuse, and improper technique.

“I believe my injury was caused by improper technique and overuse because as a young athlete, you want to do the most you can,” Alcala said. “However, it is not helpful when you do it wrong.”

Freshman volleyball coach Katy Ruiz has a similar opinion.

“Research says that overuse and weakness are the two main causes,” Ruiz said. “Personally, I’d say it’s the lack of a more rounded athletic background. Athletes are specializing in one sport when they are so young that they don’t fully develop all of their muscles, which may lead to injuries as they get older.”

Along with Alcala, several more of her teammates have had similar experiences with injuries.

“I sprained my ankle during a tournament, and we lost the third place spot,” freshman volleyball and basketball player Reece Sandercock said. “Finally, when my foot was about to be back to full use, I sprained my other ankle.”

When a player gets hurt, the team is affected, too. Losing a key teammate has an effect on the team, both physically and mentally.

“Volleyball is a team sport; every player is an asset, and the team will suffer without everyone being capable of playing,” freshman volleyball player Gigi Rios said.

Ruiz believes that injuries like these can still have a positive outcome: they bring a team closer together.

“Mentally, I think the best outcome for an injury would be to cause the team to rally around the injury and step up to the challenge of filling in for that missing person; a kind of ‘fight for injured player’ mentality,” Ruiz said. “Physically, I think an injury’s immediate effect is negative, but in the long run can cause players to develop quicker so they can step into their new role.”

As proof of Ruiz’s opinion, Alcala’s teammates continue to stay supportive of her as she heals.

“My teammates were very upset when they learned of my injury, but are very supportive of my recovery,” Alcala said.

Alcala is optimistic about the outcome of her injury.

“A big part of my life is volleyball, and this injury has prevented me from pursuing my pleasure of the game as well as being able to walk pain free,” Alcala said. “However, as treatment goes on, I am able to move more and more. I am more inspired and motivated to get better faster so I won’t be injured anymore.”

Ruiz knows that no matter what, the volleyball team will be well prepared for their next season.

“Our off season includes several exercises that are geared toward injury prevention, so we should be well prepared, but there is no way to completely guarantee no injuries,” Ruiz said. “We have several spots to fill considering how many seniors we had this past season. However, we have been preparing since our regular season, and the girls are eager to work their way into their new roles.”



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With all the junk food commercials on TV and the popularity of video games, it isn’t easy for students to go against the grain and lead a healthier lifestyle. Churchill High School’s Cesar Canizalez did just that and was recognized by the Mayor’s Fitness Council as a “Healthy Hero.”

The Mayor’s Fitness Council selected healthy heroes from three categories: individual health, peer health, and community health. On June 24, Cesar was one of seven Healthy Heroes selected from more than 150 applicants, winning in the individual health category.

“My freshman year, marching band season was in the fall and I was having trouble keeping up with everyone else,” said Cesar as he discussed his weight issue. After working out a weight loss regimen with his doctor, Cesar made a life decision to lose weight.

By the time Cesar returned the next summer for his sophomore year, his friends in band could hardly recognize him. Now a junior at Churchill, Cesar has shed nearly 60 pounds, going from 198 pounds down to 140 pounds and has become an inspiration to all those around him.

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