Jackie Michel- Editor in Chief
Hi everyone! My name is Jackie Michel, and I am the Editor in Chief of The Pride for the 2020- 2021 school year. I took a pretty unconventional path to get to this position, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I joined a Journalism 1 class my freshman year and enjoyed it very much, but didn’t have room in my schedule to move into newspaper for my sophomore year. So after a year long hiatus, I came back to writing and the paper as the Assistant Editor for the 2019-2020 school year, and was appointed as the EIC for my senior year. Here are some other things to know about me: I love going to Lake LBJ and wakesurfing. My favorite sight is a sunset, which I have way too many pictures of. My favorite book series is a tie between Harry Potter and The Selection, which if you haven’t read yet you totally should. I am on Varsity Track here at Churchill, and my dream college is the University of Denver in Colorado. I never thought that my senior year would start not in school. As we all know, 2020 has already been a crazy year, and we still have 4 months to go. The COVID-19 pandemic has all changed our lives in at least one way, as small as not eating in a restaurant anymore or possibly as big as having a parent lose a job or someone you know get sick or pass away. More than just the pandemic, there have been protests all around the country and several hurricanes hitting the United States. With many controversial issues permeating our lives, 2020 also happens to be an election year, which has heightened the intensity of these problems and their effect on society. I will be able to vote in November, and if you can as well I encourage you to share your voice in this time where it’s hard to do so. The way I see it, 2020 is what we make of it. My summer was pretty uneventful, and I think my school year could be too, if I let it. But when will we have this time with our family, with our pets, with ourselves, ever again? Certainly not any time soon. This pandemic is a once in a lifetime event that we will remember for the rest of our lives. We’ll be telling our kids about it, remembering the year that we didn’t see our friends, school got canceled, and we didn’t have sports. Or could it be the year that we learned to cook, read the most books, or worked out all the time? It depends how you look at it, or how you spend it. I’ve felt both feelings; the anger and frustration at the limitations and restrictions placed on my life due to the virus, but also the enjoyment of getting to spend my time however I wish, watching Netflix and running and going to the lake every weekend. My advice is to embrace this time, because you will never get it back. If you spend every day lamenting what you’re missing and sitting on your butt, you won’t get to enjoy the beauty of small things. And at this point, it feels like the small things are all we’ve got. So enjoy it. Learn a new hobby. Spend more time with your family, and keep up with your friends. Work extra hard to succeed in school, because distance learning can be difficult. Keep a journal to look back on this event, because we’re making history. I encourage you to make history this year, so you can remember 2020 not just for COVID-19 or protests, but for all of your accomplishments. Make history Chargers. Happy first day not-quite-in school!
Michael Montes- Reporter
I’m a junior at Churchill and it’s my third year writing for the newspaper. I’ve always enjoyed writing and when was asked if I wanted to write for one of the school publications my freshman year, I took the opportunity to do so. My greatest passion is in music; I love playing guitar and piano in my spare time. I also enjoy fly fishing, cooking, traveling, and skating with my friends. I’m a pretty quiet person, so being part of the newspaper staff has helped me open up when working with the wonderful people that make up our staff.
Hannah Gruene- Reporter
I’ve been in the newspaper for two years, this is my third year. I am a senior this year and I am hoping to go to either Texas State or another good college in Texas, like A&M. I would like to major in something to do with the law. I have always been interested in making a difference in our world, and The Pride is one of the ways I feel like I make a difference. I also would love to be on a college cheer team. Cheer is a huge part of my life that I would love to continue through college.