Ag Department Goes to Nationals

By Samantha Sanburn |

The Madison Ag Department went to the National FFA Convention Oct. 20-23 in Indianapolis. Only one school is chosen to represent each state. Eight students competed against students from 25 other states for national recognition. Nationals is a huge event and one school is chosen to represent a state.

“It wasn’t anything like I thought, having a sea of blue jackets from different states,” senior Ariel Jones said.

Geraldine Franco, Brittany Jacobson Emily Myers and Andrea Shepard represented floral, while Jones, Mary Lavender, Tasha Womack and Patty Ward participated in the science fair, and did extremely well, placing top in the nation. Lavender and Jones placed first, while Womack and Ward placed third.

“I’m always proud when they win and even when they lose too,” FFA sponsor Josh Anderson said.

StuCo Prepares for Fall Festival

Photo By Rania Dotson | By Lorenzo Cisneros |

Food, games, a haunted house, and face painting will be all the excitement at this year’s Fall Festival to be held tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the front parking lot .

“It is very exciting preparing and getting ready for the Fall Festival,” Student Council adviser Julie Masters said.

Student Council has hosted the Fall Fest in previous years and has decided to host it once more. It is an outreach project and a Halloween alternative for the students and Madison community for those who do not wish to get their “trick or treat” on.

“Since Halloween is on a Sunday this year, I think it is a great idea for us to be having this festival so the students [can] come here and hang all day, get their candy, play games, and all sorts of fun things like that,” Student Council Vice President Nikki Herrera said.

Some other students clubs you can see there are PALS, Sophomore Core, Baseball team, and the Animation club. You can also expect to get a little bit startled while going through the haunted house.

“I really hope we get a crown full of little kids and their family,” Masters said. “It is going to be a lot of fun with games, food, and maybe a little spooky!”

In the photo: Sophomore Rebecca Molina creates a candy bag for the children at Fall Fest.

School Prepares to Open New Athletic Facility

Story and Photo By Lorenzo Cisneros |

After nine long months of waiting for the day the brand new athletic facility would be open, the wait is over. Pending a walkthrough today, the new athletic facility may be opened as soon as Monday. According to Principal Chris Thompson, if everything goes smooth, the keys will be handed over to all the coaches, and APs, and moving in the new building will began today.

“I’ve been here for 25 years and thanks to the people who passed the bond,” Streety said, ” what was once just a dream, has become reality!”

The new facility brings much excitement not only to the faculty and students but also to the community who has supported the changes Madison is going through.

“I think the whole place is just awesome,” parent Bill Nakayama said. “It’s so beautiful and opens many new doors for the athletes and trainers.”

Mavericks Help Unite Community

Photo by Anysia Gonzalez | Story By Juan Garcia |

On Oct. 5 the new gym parking lot was filled with out of the ordinary objects; tables, fire trucks, moon bounces and people all in an effort to unite the community and prevent crime.

“It was a perfect evening,” Councilman John Clampe said. “It was an opportunity for the community to see and meet their neighbors, and help them fight crime.”

Over 1000 people from the community showed up at National Night Out. Everything, from food to prizes was given to the community free of charge.

Marching Band Practices UIL Show

Photo and Story By Stella Chay |

On Oct. 5 marching band had a pre-UIL exhibition at Heroes stadium. Six judges critiqued the marching band’s railroad themed performance titled “Fast Track” in order to help them prepare for their future performances. Having come from the same middle schools, students were excited to compete against their old friends.

“I was excited not nervous. I was excited to see the other schools. Most are old friends,” junior Jordan Jacques said.

Pep Rally Pumps It Up

On Thursday, Sept. 30, there was a Homecoming pep rally to get the campus pumped up for the game against the Johnson Jaguars. All classes participated with great sportsmanship and competitive spirit.

The students participated in an obstacle course, tug-o-war, and a potato sack race, which was won by sophomore Travis Pettit, who literally fell over the finish line.

Debate stays strong at early tournaments

Photo Illustration and Story By Samantha Sanburn |

The Madison Forensics League competed at the La Vernia High School debate tournament last weekend. The team took 12 competitors with a few advancing to the Finals and Semi-Finals. The team is excited for the rest of their season and is looking forward to their future success.

“I think our season should go really well. We have a lot of novices who are enthusiastic, excited and already excelling,” varsity member, Jessica Hernandez said.

The weekend before, Madison Forensics League attended their first tournament at Brandeis High School on Sept. 11. The team did well with members advancing to the Finals and placing in multiple events.

“The first tournament is always challenging. But with our coach, we were well prepared and we placed in the tournment , which was exciting,” president senior Summer Mills said.

With success already blooming, the team proves to be off to a great start of the season.

A ceremony of remembrance

Story By Kristian Bush | The air was filled with remembrance at 8 a.m. on Sept.13, in memory of those who lost their lives on Sept.11, 2001.

“It was a chance to remember all the civilians we lost, and realize how much hate is in the world,” JROTC Cadet Evan Wester said.

The choir sang the national anthem at the ceremony, and Lt. Colonel Amador Cano presented a speech. The whole ceremony was planned and brought together by the JROTC cadets, and was officiated by Cadet captain Jack Scogrin. In addition, the JROTC color guard presented the flags at the ceremony.

“The Cadets put on a fantastic show, and opening of JROTC program for freshmen cadets,” MSG Xavier Sandoval said.

Organizations Come Together for Stu.Co BBQ

Story By Christina Dimyan |

Ready, Set, Cook! Student Council hosted its second annual Maverick BBQ cookoff on Saturday, Sept. 11. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the front parking lot was filled with food and music. Everyone was asked to wear red, white, and blue in honor of Patriot Day. The theme for the day was “Mavs Remember.”

“It went really well; we had more of a turnout than last year,” student council sponsor Julie Masters said.

Local firemen were there to judge the cook off. There were a total of four teams competing, from parents and students to army recruits. Each team won in different categories. Many organizations had set up booths there as well. They sold food, snacks, and drinks to help raise money for their organizations.

“Despite the heat, it was a great success,” Masters said.

Newspaper Workshop Proves Exceptional Stepping Stone For 2010-2011 Editors

On Wednesday, Aug. 11 2010, student editors of ‘The Advocate’ attended a newspaper workshop which covered all of the important aspects of student publications. The editors were also introduced to the district’s new asset to every NEISD affiliated school–the online publication. Student editors worked with newspaper advisors, Allison Boerger and Brenda Slatton. The workshop proved…