Journalism Goes to State!

Journalism teacher Mikel Brand and students Jackie Michel and Mariel Garcia attended the UIL State Competition at the University of Texas campus on Friday, May 4.

Freshman Jackie Michel competed in feature writing, senior Mariel Garcia competed in editorial writing, and Mrs. Brand judged news writing while in Austin.

“The state competition had so many more people than I was used to in other competitions,” Garcia said.

Garcia was returning to state from the year before, and was excited to experience it again.

“My favorite part was getting to go to Austin as well as knowing that I was able to go to state again,” Garcia said.

This was Mrs. Brand’s first time at state, and her first time to judge news writing.

“It was a real teaching experience,” Mrs. Brand said. “I had discussions with the other two judges about what should really be in a lead, and what shouldn’t. It was a learning experience.”

Michel was also a first-timer at state, and was nervous about the competition.

“I was shaking as they were calling roll, and it was pouring rain and thundering as we were writing, so it was really nerve-racking,” Michel said.

She was pleasantly surprised to learn she had placed in the top six in feature writing!

“I was on a tour of the UT campus when Mrs. Brand texted me the news,” Michel said. “I was about to jump up and down and scream.”

She hopes to return next year, and she and Mrs. Brand are very hopeful for the coming years.

“My favorite part of state was learning that [Michel] placed in the top six,” Mrs. Brand said. “I am very proud of her and [Garcia] for all their hard work!”

 

Strings and Songs

Orchestra’s Pre-U.I.L. concert will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13

Orchestra will have their Pre-U.I.L. concert tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium to show off their strings and full orchestra songs before competing at U.I.L.

“I feel pretty good,” orchestra member junior Jenna Kurburski said. “I love all the music we’re playing, both in full and string orchestra.”

The U.I.L. competition for orchestra will be from March 5 to March 7. Full orchestra is on March 5.

“We hope to get sweepstakes,” Kurburski said. “I don’t wanna jinx anything, but we’ve always done pretty good. We wanna do better in sight-reading than last year, though.” By Mariel Garcia

This Week’s Basketball Schedule

The basketball teams will be playing Madison and Roosevelt this week.

The boys’ varsity basketball team will play against Madison on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at Madison high school at 7 p.m., and they will play against Roosevelt on Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Littleton Gymnasium at 1:30 p.m. The girls’ varsity team will play Madison on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at the Littleton Gymnasium at 8 p.m., and they will play Roosevelt on Friday Jan. 12 also at the Littleton Gymnasium at 5 p.m.

“This year we’re a lot stronger than we were last year, so I’m very optimistic,” girls’ basketball coach Katherine Frost said.

The boys’ junior varsity team will play against Roosevelt on Saturday, Jan. 13 at Roosevelt high school at 9 a.m., and they will play against Madison on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at Madison high school at 5:30 p.m. The girls’ junior varsity team will play against Roosevelt on Friday, Jan. 12 in the gym at 7:30 p.m., and they will play against Madison on Wednesday, Jan. 10 also in the gym at 7:30 p.m.

“Our goal is to make playoffs, and, so far, we’re on track,” Frost said.

The boys’ freshman A & B teams will play against Roosevelt on Saturday, Jan. 13 at Roosevelt high school at 10:15 a.m., and they will play against Madison on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at Madison high school at 5 p.m. The girls’ freshman A & B teams will play against Roosevelt on Friday, Jan. 12 in the gym at 5 p.m., and they will play against Madison on Wednesday, Jan. 10 also in the gym at 5 p.m.

“The players are a lot of fun,” Frost said. “The comradity is there, so as long as the keep working and trying to get better, we should be good.” By Mariel Garcia

Keep on Ballin’

Seniors sign letters of intent to continue playing in college

Seven athletes signed their National Letters of Intent today, on Wednesday, November 8 to continue playing their sport in college.

Senior Allie White committed to Tyler, Senior Cate Buckingham committed to West Point, Senior Hannah Lopez committed to Rice, Senior Kevin Fleisher committed to Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Senior Carlos Flores committed to the University of Houston, Senior Jack Neely committed to the University of Texas in Austin, and Senior Landy Wideman committed to Texas A&M.

It’s very exciting for them to be signing because it’s allowing them to keep on playing in the sport that they love, and they get to move on and keep going,” assistant volleyball coach Lauren Bostick said.

These seniors signed a paper saying they are officially attending a specific school, and they will play the sport that they have committed to.

“It’s a big accomplishment and an exciting next chapter of [my] life,” White said. By Mariel Garcia