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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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Debate Podcast: The Stigma around Millennials

 

In this podcast, we discuss stereotypes around the Millennial generation and why it’s wrong to blame everything on technology.

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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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Donating Hair for a Good Cause

Most people are uncomfortable with change, however for freshman Mark Lozano he had to quickly become used to it.

“It felt like I was saying goodbye to something I worked on for a really long time,” Lozano said.

Mark when he first took a seat in the barbers chair. Photo by: Mr. Lozano

His aunt battled cancer and after hearing her testimony, he was inspired and motivated to grow out his hair.

“When my aunt was younger she was diagnosed with cancer,” Lozano said. “I figured it would be a nice gesture for me to grow out my hair and donate it to show her I care.”

Mark’s friends were supportive of his decision and thrilled for him.

“When I found out why he was growing it out and that he was going to donate it I was really excited,” sophomore Payton DeLong said. “I also donated my hair when I got it cut, plus he seemed really passionate about his reasoning.”

Although his friends understood it, others didn’t. Mark was bullied and picked on for having long hair, but he still went through with it.

“I felt bad and wanted to show my aunt how people shouldn’t be bullied for a disease,” Lozano said. “One time I had gotten called a name and it hurt. People bullied me for it an I didn’t like it. I’d get called a caveman, Tarzan, or even an eighties rook dude. Sometimes people would call me ma’am while holding the door for me. ”

It was a surprise to the JROTC instructors when Mark walked into the armory.

“When school starts in the August many cadets walk through the door with grooming standards that do not meet the criteria in the Army and Cadet Command Regulations that govern the JROTC program,” Major Lawrence Garcia said. “However Mark’s hair was much longer than we had seen and it immediately caused concern for Sergeant Major and me.”

As an instructor, it was difficult to make a decision like that, however it was eventually decided to allow Mark to stay in the corps.

“I needed an absolute timeline as to when he would get a haircut,” Major Lawrence Garcia said. “After a conference call with Mark’s mom, she assured me that his hair would meet the donation criteria by Christmas break at that point I made the decision to allow him to stay in JROTC.”

Mark’s hair being measured before being cut. Photo by: Mr. Lozano

Major understood how this act of kindness could ultimately change the life of someone else.

 

“After talking to Mark and hearing about his quest, I definitely felt it to be a noble cause,” Major Garcia said. “As unorthodox as it is for a JROTC cadet to take up this cause, he ultimately lived up to one of the Army values of “Selfless Service” by helping a child he doesn’t know who is experiencing hardship to have improved self-confidence after chemotherapy. Despite the long hair Mark did everything we asked of him and more. He became an active member of JROTC.”

After Mark got his hair cut,  it was a surprise to everyone.

Mark in the process of cutting hair. Photo by: Mr. Lozano

“It was exciting to see him surprise us one December morning with his hair cut before our agreed upon timeline,” Major Garcia said.  “He was almost unrecognizable.”

Having short hair will be a new experience for Mark.

“It’s going to be quite a journey with short hair. I don’t really need to use conditioner, ” freshman Mark Lozano said. “Now my hair won’t get  pulled a lot or it get stuck everywhere.”

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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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Basketball Rundown: MacArthur vs Roosevelt

 

Photo by Genesis Argueta

On Tuesday, Jan. 10 boys varsity basketball team played against Roosevelt with a score of 71 to 61, Roosevelt winning.

In the first quarter Roosevelt was in the lead and by the second quarter, Roosevelt was still ahead by five points; the score being 20 to 15. Then at the end at the second quarter, Roosevelt is already seven ahead and Mac still at 20. Junior Nathan Levine makes a basket which bumps the team to 22 points. But a player on the Roosevelt side shoots a 3 pointer bringing them to 31 points.

Now it’s the beginning of the third quarter and the score is 34 to 26. Roosevelt is still in the lead.

Third quarter started, Levine once again steals the ball, runs it down the court, makes it in the basket and scores. Now the score is 40 to 31. Then junior Marshawn Sparks shoots a basket and scores. The score is 45 to 35. As the third quarter is coming to an end, Roosevelt still in the lead with a score of 51 to 37.

It’s the last quarter, intensity fills the whole gym up, feet thumbing against the bleachers and the score is 51  to 41. Sparks shoots a 3 pointer and there are three minutes left. Roosevelt still winning with 59 points while the boys have 48. With two minutes left in the game, the score is 59-54.

Time is ticking, we are down to the last seconds and the score is 68 to 59, Roosevelt still ahead. As the game comes to an end Levine shoots and scores but then Roosevelt makes a lay up and the game is over.

Next game will be in Wednesday, Jan, 17th against Churchill in the Littleton Gym at 8:00 p.m.

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How To: Iced Tea Lemonade Cupcakes

Recipe:

1 cup milk
6 bags black tea
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs

1 stick butter, softened
1 tablespoon lemon juice
a pinch of lemon zest
2 cups powdered sugar

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New Year’s Tradition

Every year, my family and I have a tradition where we share our New Year’s resolution with each other. Well, at least I thought we did. My family and I were outside getting ready to watch the fireworks before the clock struck midnight and, I was already thinking of what kind of resolution I would have: would I try to be a better daughter, will I get off my phone more and pay attention to the world around me, or will I try to completely change myself into someone that isn’t really me? None of these would work, I’ve tried to do them before and, I’ve never succeeded.

From wallpapersite.com

Then it hit me. My New Year’s resolution should be to become a better me, not change me, just improve myself. As my family and I get together as the clock on my phone shows midnight, and the fireworks light up the dark sky, we start doing our normal routine of traditions like eating 12 grapes for the months, drinking “ginger soda” as I like to call it, but when we were supposed to do the last tradition which was sharing our resolutions, the time never came.

Was this tradition over? Was it okay to just leave it like this, the tradition that has been a part of my family for so long, was this really happening?

This certainly was a problem for me, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that, I’m not leaving this behind, I’m letting it go. There’s no more need for a resolution to change myself, or grow to be better; although I still could become better at certain things. There was no need to grow anymore, no need because, I’ve already grown so much over the past years, learning from different things thats happened to me over the years, it was time to say goodbye to New Year’s resolutions, and say hello to New Years.

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