TISCA Qualifiers

Swimmers with qualifying times for TISCA are:

Girls

Kayla Aitken
Hannah Arnold
Kristina Gonzalez
Davina Jaynes
Lee Norris
Aurelia O’Keefe
Rebekah Pauly
Megan Strickland
Julianna Torres
Diane-Claire Villarreal
Mackenzie Walsh

Boys

Reid Aitken
Cory Bolleter
Evan Braeuler
Shu Cheng
William Glasscock
Baikal Komissarov
Liam Lockwood
John Murray
Joshua Murray
Austin Naranjo
Joel Schawe
Zach Steadman
Congrats Chargers!

Boys’ Basketball Wins Lone Star Invitational Tournament

The boys’ basketball team achieved a first place win in the Lone Star tournament, which took place from Thursday, December 2 -4. This moves them up to #1 in districts over Reagan , who lost in the semi-finals to North Crowley. The boys’ team had wins over Riverdale Baptist, The Colony, Kingwood, and North Crowley.

Junior Scott Mammel received the award for Tournament MVP to represent the team as the top player in the entire Lone Star tournament.

Spike and Dive: New and Successful

Coach Guest is new to our school, and to teaching. But being new hasn’t stopped her from getting involved. Along with teaching four class periods, she is the assistant volleyball and girls soccer coach.

“I’ve been coaching longer than I’ve been teaching, so I definitely feel more comfortable coaching,” she said, “but I don’t think I can say I like one more than the other.”

The volleyball team is having an outstanding season so far with a running tally of 21-3.  Coach Guest sees a lot of improvement in the team.

“I don’t see us slowing down anytime soon,” she said.

She is looking forward to meeting the soccer team when the season starts. So far, she’s been enjoying getting to know the volleyball girls.

“They are a joy to be around and to coach, and some of my best laughs come from practice or volleyball class period.”

But coaching is only half of Coach Guest’s job. She also teaches sophomore World History.

“All types of history intrigue me. In high school math and science were my favorite subjects, but when I got to college and started taking the higher level classes history started to interest me more,” she said.

She earned her BA in Sociology from Trinity University to “learn more about human interaction and societal development.” She also played volleyball at Trinity and was a member of Gamma Chi Delta sorority. After graduating, she returned to Trinity to earn her Master’s in teaching. She spent the first half of last school year interning at Jackson Middle School and the other half at MacArthur High School.

On the first day of her teaching career, Coach Guest admits she was anxious.

“I was mainly nervous about knowing the school atmosphere and environment,” she said.

Coach Guest has now made it through the start of the year and has successfully launched her teaching career.

“I’m having a great time and experience so far. Everyone’s help and support has made this first seven weeks so much easier.”

Orchestra performs Peter and the Wolf

The music department has been buzzing with activity. While the band shows off its marching show every football game, people shouldn’t overlook what the orchestra has accomplished.

As in years past in November, the orchestra performs Peter and the Wolffor elementary school children as a way to get them interested in strings. Select orchestra members dress up and act out the parts of the story, and others play the music to go along with the play. Coker, Oak Meadow, Larksburg, and Huebner elementary schools came to watch this charming interpretation.

The group was also very successful at Regionals.  

“Mr. Thibodeaux pretty much expects most of orchestra three and four to make region chairs,” Erik Van Dyke, junior, said.  And for the first time, the orchestra entered the State Honors Orchestra competition. The competition involved orchestras all over Texas. The orchestra planned to submit a tape of their best recordings for entry.

“We’ve been preparing since the first day of school,” Sophia Nikas, junior, said.

Their tape included Mahler’s ‘Adagietto’ and Tchaikovsky’s ‘Serenade for Stings’ among other notable pieces.

“If we make top ten it would be really, really good,” Van Dyke said.

With high hopes and even higher expectations, the orchestra prepares for another great year of competitive and performing musical arts.