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Stranger Things Season 2

While I was watching the Super Bowl, and the commercials were coming on, I saw something completely amazing. I saw the sneak peak of Stranger Things 2 from Netflix. I was ecstatic that they decided to continue such an amazing show.

From www.nerdmuch.com

The second season of Stranger Things will introduce some new characters. One of them will be Max, a tomboy with a complicated history and skepticism.  There are also five characters that will each be played by familiar eighties actors and actresses, such as Sean Astin from the Lord of The Rings and Goonies. Their roles are unknown at for the time being.

There will be nine episodes in season two:

  1. Madmax
  2. The Boy Who Came Back To Life
  3. The Pumpkin Patch
  4. The Palace
  5. The Storm
  6. The Pollywog
  7. The Secret Cabin
  8. The Brain
  9. The Lost Brother

The second season of Stranger Things will premiere on Oct. 31, 2017.

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Kicking It with Girls Soccer

From www.flickr.com

The girls varsity soccer team will take on the Reagan Rattlers on Feb. 24. The team is hoping that all their hard-work and pain is paying off so far.

“It makes me really happy that the team is like a big group of best friends,” junior Isabella Von Toussaint said. “I enjoy playing with all of the girls.”

The team this year has a lot of new players that are still figuring out their way around the field.

“We still have a shot at play-offs which is great,” Von Toussaint said. “I think we will get there.”

Von Toussaint said the team has only won three games this season out of twenty.

“The clashing personalities of the girls makes it hard at times,” Von Toussaint said. “But we power through even if we don’t win we know we put in our all.”

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Pep Reaches Finals

On Feb. 25 pep squad will be at San Marcos for their final competition.

From Flickr.com

“It’s nerve racking because finals is close by,” freshman Jasmine Garcia said. “It’s really important to all of us.” 

For some of pep dancers this will be their first time going to competition.

“I have never gone to competition before but I think it will be fun to see and meet other pep dancers,” freshman Ana Ferrante said.

The dancers express their love for dancing and build new friendships and grow as a successful team.

“The best feeling is being with all the girls and just doing what we all love,” Garcia said. 

Some pep squad members have been doing this for a while that they have a special connection with one another.

“The best feeling of being in pep is knowing that you will have a family that you will continue to grow with,” Co-captain London Bridge said.

The love for dance to join in.

I joined dance because my mom was a dancer and I want to follow in her footsteps,” Ferrante said.

To be in finals pep has to give their best performance to the judges to show what they can do also show they all worked hard for what they love to do.

“Our goal for competition is to get the dance perfect and to win 1st place,” Garcia said.

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Super Bowl 51 Rundown

February 5, 2017 was Super Bowl 51 played between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

 

Luke Bryan performing The National Anthem for the 2017 Super Bowl.

Before the game, country music singer Luke Bryan sang the national anthem and Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Jasmine Cephas Jones, performed “America the Beautiful” with a slight twist, by adding “and crown thy good with brotherhood … and sisterhood.”

Former President George H. W. Bush assisting with the coin toss.

Following, former President George H. W. Bush assisted with the coin toss.

Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Jasmine Cephas Jones performing “America the Beautiful”.

Lady Gaga performing at the 2017 Super Bowl during halftime.

Tom Brady celebrates his 5th super bowl and 4th MVP title.

After no scores for either team in the first quarter, the Falcons crushed the second quarter and scored 21 points while the Patriots only got three.

The third quarter consisted of an equal battle between both teams leaving six more points to the Patriots and seven to the Falcons.

The New England Patriots noted their defeat but they were not going to accept that in the fourth quarter.

Thanks to Tom Brady, 19 points were scored by the Patriots and none by the Falcons.

The score ended up being 28-28, leading to go into the first an overtime period in Super Bowl history.

In overtime, the New England Patriots scored six points, leading them to the teams’ fifth victory.

Afterwards, Tom Brady was awarded his 4th Super Bowl MVP title.

Now, the Super Bowl isn’t just about the football, the other two major and popular things include the halftime show and the commercials.

The cost of a 30-second commercial this Super Bowl was $5.02 million.

Some of the most popular being from KIA, Airbnb, Mr.Clean, Budweiser, WIX.com, and Skittles.

The theme of many of the advertisements this year involved national and political news as well as reminding people to “Believe in Yourself” (Honda) or live a #MoreInspired life (Lifewatr) apart from previous years where commercials are mainly consisting humor.

We also got a preview for season two of The Netflix Original Series Stranger Things.

For the halftime show, Lady Gaga performed “God Bless America”, “This Land Is Your Land”, “Poker Face”, “Born This Way”, “Million Reasons” and “Bad Romance”.

The show included 300 LED drones, her being hung from the sky, and a choreographed audience with light-up props.

She ended an amazing and jam-packed performance by finishing it off with her dropping the mic and jumping off a staircase prop.

 

Overall, the 2017 Super Bowl was very eventful and full of surprises compared to other years.

Congrats to the New England Patriots for their 5th Super Bowl win and Tom Brady on his 4th MVP title.

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Valentine’s Day: The Single Life

Candy hearts, red roses, and giant teddy bears all symbolize a time of year all couples look forward to: Valentine’s Day. With this holiday also brings out the bitter side of single people.

“I think the main reason most people are mad [about Valentine’s Day] is because observing those emotions reminds them that they’re alone and makes people lose confidence in themselves,” senior Andrez Blanco said.  “They tend to feel more needy.”

From www.theodysseyonline.com

Commercialized traditions of expressing love to one another is affecting the holiday itself, making it come across as a mundane holiday.

“It’s just a holiday,” junior Irene Hankis said. “It’s just like any other day to me, I don’t care about giving gifts.”

Valentine’s Day lands on Tuesday this year and whether or not you have someone to spend it with or not, take time to tell someone you care about them.

“I don’t think showing someone you care should only be reserved for one day,” freshman Michael Rodriguez said. “I think you should always be appreciative.”

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Get To Know Your Brahmas: Q&A with Beth Montes

Beth Montes is a freshman on the softball team.

Beth Montes. Photo by Hannah Monita

Q: How long have you played softball?

A: I have played for nine years so far.

Q: What made you start playing softball?

A: I really liked the way everyone would move and how they all played together.

Q: What position do you play?

A: I play as a pitcher.

Q: What’s your favorite softball team?

A: Kentucky Bourbon.

Q: What college do you want to play for?

A: I want to play for Oklahoma.

Q: What is your favorite thing about softball?

A: I love the intensity of the game and the adrenaline rush I get.

Q: Do you believe that you put a lot of effort into softball?

A: I do believe that I put in a lot of effort into it. I always try my best, so I guess that would be why I’m on the team.

Q: Would you want to play softball professionally?

A: I don’t really know yet. I mean I am just a freshman right now so who knows.

Q: What is something that you don’t like?

A:  I don’t like biology that much.

Q: Do you just play softball for the school?

A: No, I play select softball also. I play for Alamo Heights.

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Get To Know Your Brahmas: Q&A with Natalia Cantu

Natalia is a freshman who is part of the varsity soccer team.

Q. What made you want to join soccer?

A. “I’ve been playing since I was little and I play club.”

Natalia Cantu getting ready to pass the ball. Photo by Eyvounne Cantu

Q. How do you like it so far in high school?

A. “I like it so far, the team is coming along.”

Q. What do you enjoy about playing soccer?

A. “I enjoy how we are able to come together as a team.”

Q. How long do you plan on playing soccer?

A. “I want to play throughout my whole career in college.”

Q. What position do you play, offense or defense?

A. “I play defense left back.”

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One Singular Sensation

On Saturday Jan. 28 and Sunday Jan. 29, cheer, dance and pep squad will be holding a performance taking part in One Singular Sensation, along with other schools from the district at Littleton Gym.

“This is something my team and I look forward to every year,” JV Lieutenant Lauren Hernandez said. “I enjoy getting together with the other schools from the district, it’s not necessarily a competition but we all like to see what everyone has to bring to the table.”

OSS has been a tradition ever since 1975 when the Broadway production first came out. Being apart of it means something for all the participants.

“This is my third year in OSS, being able to cheer for everyone and my school is something I’m proud of,” cheerleader Lauren Ledesma said. “It gets me going and gives me some practice before taking on nationals, a great eye opener.”

Spirit groups, reenact “A Chorus Line” together as a whole creating a collaboration of many different skills. This occurs towards the end of the show closing up all performances.

“My favorite part of the show has always been the end, being able to come together with the rest of the NEISD groups and show everyone the talent we’ve been working for is something we prepare for all year,” JV dancer Arianna Mata said.

Varsity and JV Dancers, Suzanne Hernandez

 

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Happy Birthday Douglas MacArthur!

Thursday, Jan. 26 2017 was Douglas MacArthur’s 137th birthday. To celebrate, here are 3 random facts about him.

 #3: He’s Got Brains

MacArthur as a cadet at West Point. From wikapedia.com

MacArthur was elected valedictorian at the West Texas Military Academy, and First Captain at the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1903. Not only was he at the top of his graduating class at West Point, he became the Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1919 to 1922. After West Point, he was commissioned into the United States Army Corps of Engineers. He also became the Army’s youngest major general in 1925.

 

#2: Get His Signature Look 

MacArthur in his signature look: corncob pipe, aviators and his cover. From sofrep.com

At all of our football games, you will always see one of MAC’s students dressed up as him in his signature look with aviator sunglasses and a corncob pipe. Missouri Meerschaum, the maker and giver of MacArthur’s pipes, continues to craft replicas of MacArthur’s customized pipe, and Ray-Ban named a sunglass line after him in 1987.

 

#1: Vomited on The White House?!

In 1934, Roosevelt proposed large military cuts and held a meeting that General MacArthur visited. After all the heat, MacArthur offered his resignation as Army chief of staff, but Roosevelt refused. Still nauseous from the heated meeting, MacArthur got sick on the White House steps after leaving. Even he got nervous.

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All American Bowl Field Trip

The JROTC organization took a trip to the Alamodome for a day of exploring new Army technology in the form of games and other fun activities on Jan. 6. The following day cadets who wanted to go to the All American Bowl football game were able to.

“I liked the tour,” Staff Sergeant Guillermo Zamarripas said. “It allowed us to get a hands-on experience and allowed the Army Officers to show us what they do for a living everyday.”

Some of the merchandise given to the cadets. Photo by: Janelle Garcia

The tour had different questioners that helped decipher whether young cadets are better off going to ROTC or into the military with a specific MOS.

“I feel the purpose was to get more recruit more people into the army,” Sergeant Nathan Robertson said. “As well as to give them a small experience of the military.”

Although the final score was 27-17 with the East bearing the West, people were sitting at the edge of their seats.

“The game as interesting,” First Sergeant Eric Sledge said. “I had a bet between my friend and I so it was more interesting when things were neck-and-neck.”

The All American Bowl was a fun yet educational trip, the cadets got “a taste of the Army,” experienced a football game, and received Army merchandise.

I’m thankful to have been able to go, it was really fun,” Private Brandon Groff said. “I would describe the trip as a reward to the cadets.”

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