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Light Up the Night is one of the biggest pep rallies in the school year. A variety of clubs and organizations gather and parade around the football stadium with spirit for their clubs. During the night the football stadium is lit up with glow sticks, glitter, and banners.
Every year students from all organizations and clubs parade down the track, as they show off their love for their clubs. Members of the clubs will design banners to show off to the school. After all the clubs and organizations are done, dance performs a routine, as well as band. At the end of the night, the pep rally closes off with the stadium going pitch black, the glow sticks lighting up the night, and the band playing the Clemens Fight Song.
“My favorite part of light up the night is getting to perform with my teammates and showing off our routines,” Katie Binder (11) said.
Light Up the Night, has been one of many traditions at Clemens. This event used to have floats, and there would be a big parade around the Schertz area. The night used to end with a bonfire. The parade then downsized, to floats around the track. Shortly after the downsize, light up the night designed banners instead of flotas. Nowadays, Light Up the Night has completely transformed with glitter and glow sticks.
“The part I love about of light up the night was the floats, and I feel that's something Clemens is missing today. We use banners now, but it’s a way the community gets to see all that is offered here, not just athletics,” Mrs Frisbey said.
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The sounds of brass and woodwinds send a smooth stream of strong melodies into the crisp cool breeze. Many hours of practicing before school, after school, and before football games, lead up to a performance under the friday night lights. The field is coated in blue and gold from the color guards flags, drawing the fans attention to the center of the field, where all of the band’s hard work pays off.
Band and color guard receive two credits—one for P.E. and one for art. Members earn both because they need artistic musical ability as well as physical endurance. The amount of practice done all year round in is done for performances during competitions and football games.
“Band may seem like a lot of work, but we have fun while doing it, and the hard work is worth it in the end,” Zoey Zeef (11) said.
The students have practice every morning from 7:10-8:20 along with practice after school on Tuesdays. The band students practice before football games, so they have the perfect performance.
“We practice for seven to eight hours a week and we have extra practice at home if we need it,” Devin Bosch (10) said.
Color guard is mixed in and associated with band because they add color and effects to the band's performance during the half-time shows. They add more character and act out what the band is playing.
“Color guard provides our visuals and they make the performances pop out. Without color guard the people in the stands wouldn’t pay attention to the show,” Nick Mack (12) said.
One question is always asked when it comes to band: is band even a sport? Some band students say it is more of a physical activity than an actual sport, but the band directors tell their students all the time that they’re half athletes and half musicians.
“Band is not a sport, it is an active activity,” said Gisselle Mireles (12).
~Haley Welker- Staff Writer
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Welcome to high school! The place where you’re expected to keep up with school work, extra-curricular activities, and various relationships. It looks so easy in the movies, right? Well, it may be just a little bit harder than that. However, the hardest part of high school may not homework. Choosing friends and maintaining close relationships is one of the most difficult tasks to master.
High school is the era that sees the most changes. Everyone is trying to fit in and find their so-called “niche”. There is an important thing to remember about friendships in high school: choose quality over quantity. Some people believe having a big group of friends will be the way to survive high school; in reality, having a smaller group of friends is the best way to maintain true relationships. A great way to make friends is to find people with those same interests; it provides commonality and serves as the base of a new friendship.
“A great way to meet people is hobbies, introduce yourself the next time you’re playing basketball at the gym, maybe you guys will meet up next time,” Nick Campbell (12) said.
It’s important in any relationship to express and listen to friends. It’s natural to have feelings of anger, sadness, and jealousy in a friendship. The worst reaction would be hiding and running away from these feelings; it will not solve any disputes.
“Conflicts are something that needs to be confronted as soon as possible, it will lead up to tension an a way bigger problem,” Campbell said.
What about when the friendship going south? What if everything has been done to try to fix it? Unfortunately, this is when you figure out if that person is someone who is supposed to be in your life. Take time to think if the relationship is worth saving; sometimes it may just not be worth the struggle. During these times is crucial to not dwell on the loss; instead, surround yourself with positive influence. After all, isn't high school supposed to be about personal growth?
“When a friendship isn't going right for me, I work and surround myself with others to make me feel better,” Isabella Villareal (11) said.
High school might seem overwhelming, but having a good support system will make high school just a little bit easier. Conflicts in friendships is sadly something that everyone will encounter. It’s okay to feel sad and confused. Remember to surround yourself with valuable people that will cherish who you are.
~Connie Wiggins- Assistant Editor-in-Chief
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She sprints down from the other side of the court while dribbling the ball.
Right before half court two defenders try to trap her, but she breaks the press immediately after. Exhausted yet determined, she passes the two defenders. Her teammates yell in excitement. With a clean euro-step, she shoots the ball into the hoop. The move warrants a foul and her teammates grow even louder as they shout, “And one!”
The girls’ basketball is currently preparing for the up-coming season. Their goal is to maintain an undefeated record. To achieve this goal, the girls workout by running laps and lifting weights regularly. Some put in practice on their own time, constantly fine-tuning their skills.
“During preseason, for the time we aren't at school I go to the gym and practice my shots and dribbling moves with my dad,” Jayda Reece said.
Close-knit and supportive, the girls always encourage their teammates to bring their best, even when someone falls behind. Every day their limits are pushed by the people around them.
“Preseason helps me accomplish my skills as a basketball player and helps me keep me in shape before the season. I prefer pre-season because it helps me gain more information and work out more and to prepare myself for the season to come,” Serenity Castillo said.
Practicing during pre-season is one of the most important tasks to fulfill. It helps the team mentally and physically prepare for the games, and any competition. The coaches are obviously a big part in helping them, too. They’ll put the girls in their place when they do something wrong but they don’t do it to be mean: they do it in order to help the girls achieve their maximum abilities in the up-coming season.
~Janine Alapag- Staff Writer
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The children ran for their lives as Pennywise, the dancing clown, pursued them in a hunger-fueled chase. Even if they escape the monster, the children will be forever scarred.
IT is a horror movie that features a maniacal clown tormenting group of kids in Derry, Maine. This movie really gave me goosebumps: the many unexpected jump scares and unimaginable graphic monsters terrified my soul. IT was published on September 8, 2017; the movie was based off of Stephen King’s novel and was written on a culmination of ideas. Its main character was fashioned after serial killer John Wayne Gacy who performed at children’s parties as Pogo the Clown. Inspired by a real-life clown, this movie grasps the minds of its viewers, leaving them in terror-stricken anticipation.
“I like IT because it has a lot of suspense and I like the feeling of wanting to know what happens next,” Bailey Pauly said.
A lot of people have seen the movie IT; some say that it's the best movie they have ever watched, and others claim that it was too suspenseful to finish. Horror movies have remained a popular genre in the film industry for decades, owning its popularity to hits like The Shining and The Conjuring. Even though horror movies are highly popular in the box office, some are still afraid to watch thrillers.
“I have not seen the movie IT because I have never seen a horror movie ever in my life and people say that it’s not the one to start off with,” Zoe Delagarza said.
Even though IT may not be the best introductory horror film, the film will be remembered as a must-see thriller; to not see this movie would be just as terrifying as running from a bloody-disgusting clown.
~Zoe Dean- Staff Writer
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Sixteen aquatic science students were given the opportunity to go to Paschal Elementary School last Friday. The students packed science supplies to teach fourth graders about water cycles, watersheds and water conservation. They prepared a lesson, an experiment, and a workbook to present to fourth graders.
“This trip involves a community. It gives the big kids and the littles kids an interaction that not even teachers can have,'' aquatic science teacher Mr. Menchy said.
On Friday, students had to meet by eight-thirty with all the supplies and booklets to be able to start presentation by nine-thirty. The three groups of presenters were assigned two classes of fourth graders, and presented their prepared demonstrations. The presenters had full control to demonstrate their experiments.
“The main reason I wanted to go was to gain experience teaching kids. Plus I love seeing the kids faces when they learn something new,” Jared Hinojosa (12) said.
For the past two weeks all three of Mr. Menchy’s aquatic science classes planned an hour long presentation for the fourth graders. Each class was split into three activity groups: workbook, presentation, and experiment groups. Classes had to work together to make a presentation for a total of fifty fourth graders.
“The first year it was hard to get this trip approved because it was something that has never been done before. Now, it’s not that big of a problem,” Mr. Menchy said.
Despite difficulty getting approval, the plan was successful; it has become an annual project. The experience has allowed students to be exposed to a rewarding career and build relationships with young students.
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It all begins with a group of actors, an eager director, and a small group of tech people, willing to work hard on their latest show: Snow Queen.
Their work starts at 4:10 p.m. They run through the scenes as if it were something they have done since elementary school, making it look easy. Their characters come to life; each perfectly fits into a separate persona.
“In their auditions they showed that they could memorize lines. They showed that they knew and understood what movement on stage was supposed to look like. They showed good characterization and volume,” Ms. Adkinson, the director, said.
Snow Queen's cast and crew are ready to step up and do extra work. Everyone listens to the director and strives to perfect the production. When there are problems they work as a team to fix them. Even though it may be tiring and time-consuming, the Snow Queen cast put up take on these challenges because they are doing what the love.
“In general, I just loved theater and being able to act on stage with people you’ve probably been friends with for a year or so. I think it’s fun,” said Alena Pike (9).
Snow Queen has become a space where the actors and crew can escape distractions and enjoy something they all worked to put together to execute.
~Ryleigh McCright- Staff Writer