Clash of the Titles

By: Conner Nowacek

Since when do books fight? Well, now they do! Introducing the Clash of the Titles, a new reading competition.

The Clash of the Titles is a yearly competition in which students make up a team of 3 or 4 participants and the students read the 12 books from the Lone Star Book list. Mrs.Flores said that she has read all of the books herself. Each NEISD Middle School will have a team competing for the Clash of the Titles championship in May (date to-be-announced). If there is more than one team for a school there will be a campus-wide championship to see who will compete for the district title. If students want to participate in the competition they must speak with Mrs. Flores to get a permision form.

Here is a list of the books in the competition:

Heist Society by Ally Carter
Little Blog on the Prarie by Cathleen Davitt Bell
Payback Time by Carl Deuker
Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet by Erin Dionne
How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart
Vampire Rising by Jason Henderson
Stuck on Earth by David Klass
Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick
Count Down by Deborah Wiles
Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

For more information please contact Mrs. Flores.

Mrs. Flores studying up for the Clash of the Titles.

Lady Basketball Ballers

Basketball season has just begun for the seventh grade Lady Yearlings. The coaches as well as the players are very excited about the start of the season.

Just recently the A and B teams played in a tournament. Both A and B teams lost to Tejada, but redeemed themselves by beating Alamo Heights. It takes being on the gym floor by 6:15 Mon-Fri to make it on the basketball team. But if you strive to succeed you need to play like every game is your last. When you scrimmage in practice play like your playing to win a championship game. Never give up and never put your head down.

The A team coach, Coach Hampton, says, “The A team will win district this year!”  because she has extremely hardworking athletes. She also said that, “The girls have made my job a lot easier because they have brought a lot of skills to the table.” She says she enjoys coaching the A team because she likes pushing the girls to their limits. Coach Rocheleau, who coaches the B team, says they’ve overcome many obstacles, such as the challenge of dribbling and not traveling as much. She also says that, “They’ve become better offensive and defensive players.” When asked about which girls show outstanding effort she said “All of them show it, but Bethany Fisher and Sarah Perez really stick out.” She said that some of the best highlights were when one of our girls faced out an Eisenhower girl, and when they beat Eisenhower in the final seconds. Coach Coleman who coaches the GO team says, “I’m very excited to be working with 41 girls. We have alot of girls that are learning very quickly and enjoying the fast pace of the game.” She also said she’s very impressed with one of the smallest girls on the team who plays like a big girl, Jacely Garcia. She also said, “I’m impressed with my beast, Miraya Jennings.” Coach Coleman says she loves coaching her team and so do all of the coaches. To win district the girls are going to have to play like they never have and beat any teams that stand in their way. It will be tough, but the seventh grade Lady basketball team will prevail and make their school proud.

Hopefully the seventh grade Lady Yearlings have an amazing season and overcome any challenges that come their way.

By: Alexis

Solo Stars

Maya Angelou once said, “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song .” In this case it is very true, especially if you are in choir. The choir students of Garner Middle School are preparing for a very important event. An event that tests their voice and their confidence all in one.

 Solo Ensemble is the one thing that keeps choir students practicing every single hour of the day. Each student in all grade levels ( boys and girls)  are given a solo that suits their voices so they can compete to get a decent score. Students have an option to compete but Mrs. Silvia highly encourages trying out to get a feel for it. “I’m very excited for the students who are doing Solo Ensemble.” Mrs. Silvia says,”It gives them a chance to show the hard work and dedication they put into their solo.”  The contest is on February 13, 2012, on a Monday after school at Garner Middle School from 4:30 to 6:30.  The choir students are working tremendously hard on their solos so they can get a 1 on their solo, which is the  highest ranking score. 1-5 is what the students are graded on 1 being great and 5 being not so good. The students give their all in their singing and their scores should go on how much heart and dedication they put out in their solo.

Mia Self (7) says smiling, “I’m excited for Solo ensemble, but yet I’m nervous too!” From experience trust me any student who is doing Solo and Ensemble will absolutely love it and be glad they did. 

Good luck to all of the students who are trying out for Solo Ensemble! Mrs. Silvia is very proud of you and your hard work on your solos.

By: Julia Ortiz