Duet Showcase

Theater hosts their first event of many.

Theater will host their duet showcase in the black box theater tonight, October 4 at 7 p.m. to feature varsity students’ duet scenes.

There will be six different duet scenes performed by 12 different actors.

“I feel better with someone on stage with me because if I’m alone I know people are only looking at me,” performer junior Shelby Purvis said.

Most performers have been practicing their duet scenes since June.

“I’ve only been working on [my scene] for about two weeks,” performer senior Kevin Ryann said. “But seriously, we’ve been working on this for a long time.”

Overall, the actors feel good about their upcoming show.

“I feel like it’s had a lot of potential, and I want to explore everything I can do with it.” Purvis said. By Mariel Garcia

Retiring from High School Choiring

Head Choir director Kenneth Turner retires at the end of the 2016-2017 school year

Head Choir director Kenneth Turner will be retiring his position at the end of the school year to become the full time choir director at his local church.
“It was a very difficult decision,” Turner said. “I really didn’t decide until just a few years ago, but it is time. I am getting ready to turn 60, and I’ve been teaching for 24 years.”
After teaching students how to sing for 24 years, Turner feels privileged about the opportunity he had to work with this program.

“When I first came, I always felt very excited about being at Churchill,” Turner said. “It’s such a great school with such great kids, and the program has just gotten better and better from year to year.”
Retirement is an option Turner has been considering for a while, but he did not decide until recently.
“I’ve been thinking about it for about a year, but I really didn’t decide until just about four weeks ago,” Turner said.
Many of his students are sad to see Turner go, but are excited to see what lies ahead in the future of choir.
“He was a really good teacher,” freshman Choir student Katelyn Cardenas said. “He ‘clicked’ with us, and he knew how to understand all of the students.”
There will be interviews in the near future to find a new head choir director after Turner retires.
“The future that choir has in store is just the next step and a new beginning to see where the choir will go,” Assistant Choir director Bonnie Smith said. “It’s going to be an exciting journey.
Turner will definitely miss his students and emotional connections he has made over the years through music.
“My favorite memories are all of our musical experiences on stage,” Turner said. “The program has just gotten better and better from year to year.” By Mariel Garcia

ONE LAST HOORAH: Head Choir director Kenneth Turner dances at choir banquet on Friday, May 26 to celebrate the end of the year with his students. “Even though I am going to love and miss my students, I’m not going to miss the extra hours that happen on a daily basis.” he said. PHOTO BY MARIEL GARCIA


Leaving for the Navy

Jacob Hellyer starts saying goodbye to both high school and Texas

Many students work out during summer vacation to get their summer body, or just for fun but not this one. Hellyer will be working out to get ready for his new job in the navy as a diver. Senior Jacob Hellyer gets ready to start saying goodbye to both high school friends and family.

“Honestly, I’m probably going to miss him, but he’s not going to be gone forever,” sophomore Peyton Snowden said.  

Hellyer will be leaving with the support of many friends and family.

“I’m sad that he’s leaving but I’m happy that he’s doing what he loves,” freshman Tamara Weiss said.

Hellyer believes he is doing the right thing and will leave proudly.

“I chose to serve; it involves the pride I have for my country,” he said. “It’s an exciting job.”

GOODBYE: Sophomore Peyton Snowden and Senior Jacob Hellyer start talking about their summer plans and start to say their goodbyes. “It’s going to be some sad goodbyes,” Hellyer said “But I will come back.” PHOTO BY PAMELA CORTES

Springing into Football

Future teams come together for a successful season

EYE ON THE PRIZE: Freshman Gavin Bolte admires the trophy case on Wednesday, May 31 in the ABC building. “Looking at these trophies that the other athletic groups won encourages me to work harder in football,” Bolte said. “We have the capability of having a successful season. Our teams just have to work together.” PHOTO BY ALLISON EVANS

The football team will prepare for the upcoming season with practices before and after school starting in August.

“Every year is new with a lot of excitement and anticipation of what might be,” Football coach Ronald Harris said. “There’s just always the idea of how you never know how it’s going to play out. Maybe the best phrase I can use right now is ‘cautiously optimistic’. There’s the experience and talent we have returning, and I have some pretty good expectations of what’s to come on the field. We have a chance to be a good football team.”

Junior varsity and varsity will practice in the evening and freshman will practice in the morning. Practices will run from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and 4:35 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

“Over this off-season, we have really come together as a team,” freshman Gavin Bolte said. “Everyone has improved. If you look at our practices from the freshman season, you could tell that only a handful of the players cared. Now, if you look at the spring practices, everyone is giving 100 percent, which has shown a lot of hidden talent in our players.”

With five returning starters on offense and five returning starters on defense, the team has enough experience to be able to be competitive and challenged.

“If we keep practicing like we should and act like a team, we’ll be unstoppable.” Bolte said.

After the death of senior Josh Pollard, the teams played in honor of their lost teammate. The varsity advanced to playoffs with a #12 flag above their helmets. However, the team’s victory streak ended in the fourth round of playoffs after being defeated Steele High School.

“Josh Pollard’s death brought everyone together and showed us what it’s like to lose a brother,” freshman Chris Pruske said. “It impacted so many of our team members, which gave us another reason to play our hearts out.” By Allison Evans