Summer Training for Cross Country

Athletes will begin conditioning Monday, July 31

Summer training for conditioning for cross country in August begins Monday, July 31 at 7:30 a.m. Athletes will master and improve their three mile time and work on, not only their endurance, but speed.

Head girls Cross-Country coaches Kelly Butler and Lindsey Quebedeaux not only train athletes but determine places for varsity.

“I hope everyone is going to run over summer because it is not going to be easy even on their first day back,” Coach Butler said. “Athletes should come prepared if they really want it.”

Each athlete has different aspirations and drive for the season that is about to come.

“For summer training, I really want to push myself and work hills to make them easier during season and to actually run over the summer,” junior Rachel Semlinger said. “My goal for next year is to hopefully make varsity and place well in most of them.”

Competition happens not only in meets, but practice as well. Coaches run with their athletes from hill training to mile repeats to time trials hoping to push them even harder.

“Coach Butler usually runs with the boys, and I run with girls,” Coach Quebedeaux “It feels like I’m running an actual race because they get so competitive with me which is the reason why I do it.”

Beginning in the summer not only prepares the team for upcoming meets, but it creates a stronger bond and welcomes newcomers. By Serena Morales





Shooting for a Great Summer

Incoming freshman attend Basketball camp

The Girls Basketball Camp for incoming sixth through ninth graders will be held in the gym from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. from Monday, June 5 to Thursday, June 8. This event will be hosted by Coach Backlund, Coach Frost, and graduates Bailee Weinheimer and Leslie Vorpahl.

“I’ve done it for about 7 or 8 years,” Backlund said. “It’s a tradition, and it’s good every year. We’ll stick to doing the same thing because it works, and the kids enjoy doing it.”

The camp includes learning about different basketball fundamentals that will offer a perspective of how the high school team plays.

“A lot of current drills are taught, so that’ll help them to get familiar with our expectations and standards here at Churchill,” Frost said.

While the camp offers basketball games that can result in prizes such as candy and t-shirts, it also teaches the importance of various basketball practices and how they will be used during the school year.

“The camp was so helpful,” freshman Mya Pena said. “It taught us new drills for what we’ve been doing this year. It definitely helped me to get my skills ready.” By Isabel Tuffelmire

LOOKING BACK AT THE SKILLS SHE LEARNED:  Freshman Mya Pena practices basketball with teammates inside of the gym on Tuesday, May 30. “Going to the Churchill basketball camp helped teach me how it was going to be for freshman basketball,” Pena said. “I’m really thankful I went.” PHOTO BY ISABEL TUFFELMIRE

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




City Stumbler

Inside the mind of a little fish in a big pond

Whether she is aware of it or not, she displays a look of disgust on her face.

Walking home from school, she paces anxiously along the sidewalk adjacent to a busy street.

As the endless stream of vehicles pass her, she gripes about the loud hum of the cars and the smell of gasoline. She isn’t used to all of this, and it shows.

Freshman Estrella Overbeck just moved to San Antonio from Kerrville, Texas — a place she says she will always call her home. The transition from a quaint town with a population of 20,000 people, to a gargantuan metropolis has not been easy for Overbeck.

“It’s different because in Kerrville, it took 15 minutes to get anywhere in town,” Overbeck said. “Here, it could take an hour, and for the most part, it’s bad.”

Overbeck is originally from Mexico. As a child, it was just her and her mother. The pair frequently moved around until settling in Kerrville. Her mother eventually found who she thought would be her life partner, and got married.

During this time, Overbeck was content. She was completely thrilled with all the joys of small-town life. Now, she says life is a little lonely.

“[In Kerrville] Whenever you went to the mall or the movies- even if you went alone, you would find someone you knew because that’s all there was to do,” Overbeck said.

Overbeck worries about the uncertainty of attending a high school nearly three times larger than her previous school.

“I knew everyone there, so I knew who to stay away from, and I knew who was chill,” Overbeck said.

The most frustrating part of living here is the sheer number of people she encounters on a daily basis.

“My old school was the size of the 8000 building, and we only had two H-E-Bs and one Walmart in the whole town,” Overbeck said. “Now, whenever someone bumps into me, I get so angry, but I guess it’s normal here.”

Once Overbeck’s mother and stepfather divorced, she made the decision to leave Kerrville because of the high probability of having to see him in public.

It was time for a fresh start.

“If she went to the store or something like that, it was very likely that she would run into him, and that’s why we moved,” Overbeck said.

While she does have a hard time coping with the smells, sounds, and crowds in the city, there is one thing about living in San Antonio that makes her happy.

That one thing is Starbucks.

Overbeck was never able to satisfy her need for a frappe fix in Kerrville, so now she goes to Starbucks as much as she can. It might be one of the only things getting her through this difficult move.

While it may seem like a trivial thing to get excited about, she lights up at the mention of coffee.

“I love Starbucks,” Overbeck said. “I walk there almost every day after school. It’s what I spend most of my money on.”

She talks frequently about feeling alone, but there is another student at Churchill who feels her pain.

Freshman and expecting mother Jaylene Aldaco is also from Kerrville.

“In Kerrville, everyone is family somehow, but I’m happy that my baby is going to grow up here instead of there,” Aldaco said.

Overbeck and Aldaco know each other from the choir program at

their previous school, and Overbeck says it’s nice to know that someone identifies with what she’s going through.

“I remember her from school last year, and I was actually surprised to see her here,” Overbeck said. “We weren’t close or anything, but it feels kind of nice to have someone from Kerrville around.”

Things are looking a little brighter for Overbeck’s love life, too. She and sophomore Reece Martin recently began a relationship.

“Star (Estrella) does talk a lot about home, but I know she’ll be okay,” Martin said. “ She’s just that happy type of person.”

Overbeck aims to take that innate happiness and run with whatever her new life has to offer.

“Honestly, things are hard for me right now, but I know they’ll get better,” Overbeck said.

ICING ISOLATION: Freshman Estrella Overbeck stands alone eating out of a can of chocolate icing during class on Friday, May 26 in the 8000 building. “I know it seems really weird to bring a can of frosting to school, but something sweet is my go-to when I’m stressed out.” Overbeck said. PHOTO BY DELANEY ROCHA