Last wednesday, AFJROTC held their annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony. The leaders and students gathered in the mall area to bring awareness and honor all who lost their lives on the terrorist attacks that took place 18 years ago.
“I like to represent in this ceremony, because I like to honor those who lost their lives; the first responders, and the civilians. I think it’s a good way to thank them because they charge into danger head first every day,” Noah Parson (10), a student in AFJROTC, said.
AFJROTC is one of the few groups that commemorate the event regularly, which is why many students and leaders feel honored to be a part of the memorial. The ceremony gives them a chance to show their patriotism and pride.
“I feel honored because I know how hard it is for people to understand the depth of what happened, but I know that I’m ready to take on a challenge like that,” Jordan Barker (11) said. “And I’m prepared to be ready for anything to happen.”
Although many students may be too young to remember the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, many AFJROTC members and other students on campus feel a close and personal connection to the attacks. Whether they lost a family member, a close friend of a family member, or even just a friend of a friend.
“Personally, my dad was in the military at the time. And he had some, I guess you could say, close friends in New York, so that affected him which affected me in a way. So, whenever 9/11 comes around it’s kind of a big day for me.”
~Kennedi Adams- Design Editor
Newspaper gets all their funding through ad sales. Every month the staff members go to local business to sell an ad that will be printed in the newspaper. If the business opts out to purchase an ad, students need to have a call slip signed that says they attempted to gain their support.
“The hardest part about selling an ad is making or having the time to do so. A Lot of businesses are too busy to make an interview,” said Zoe Dean (9), a writer for the Correspondent.
Ad sizes and prices vary. We always offer the most expensive and go lower. First, we offer a full page ad for $200, then a half page for $130, and finally, ¼ page for $80, and end by offering a ⅛ page ad for $35. The more issues their ad is placed in, the lower the price will be.
“Most businesses tend to buy a ¼ page because it’s not too expensive and viewers are able to see it clearly,” said Janine Alapag (9), Newspaper writer.
To keep track of the budget, Editor-in-Chief Brady Davis has set up a system on Google Sheets. There is a document for expenses and income. The expense section is where we keep track of how much each monthly issue costs—it's a great way to keep a record of how much we will need to print the issues. The income file is where all the ad sales are documented for each month so we can calculate our total income. Our goal is to raise $3,785.88 in ad sales in order to fully fund each magazine and newspaper.
~Breanna Monette- Business Manager
I am a big fan of chicken. And as a chicken enthusiast, I wanted to find the best chicken sandwich in our city. First, I went to Popeyes, but I was disheartened to discover that the Popeyes chicken sandwich was not available and will return by 2020. In the face of a crisis, I ventured to a different location: KFC.
Upon my arrival, the employees were
. We ordered the Crispy Colonel Sandwich, which came with fried chicken breast, mayo, and pickles on a bun. The sandwich costs $3.99 and comes in three different flavors: Smoky Mountain Barbecue, Georgia Gold, and Nashville Hot. However, this is part of the $5.00 fill up deal at KFC, and comes with a side, a drink, and a cookie. I was somewhat disappointed when I opened my sandwich to find mayo in it, since I said “no mayo” multiple times, nonetheless, I was able to take a bite on the side that did not have mayo and it was dry. I also found the pickle to overpower the goodness of the chicken. However, I did enjoy the taste of the chicken, and I will say I would eat it again. For the price and the amount of food you can get it is a good deal.
“ I wanted to like the KFC sandwich, but it was dry and too fried. Even with the mayo it was still dry,” said Isabella Villerreal (11).
When I went to my local Chick-fil-A, the employees were very friendly and quick to bring out my meal. I ordered the original chicken sandwich, a $3.05 meal that entails a fried chicken breast and pickles on a buttery bun. The combo was $5.95, including waffle fries fries and a drink. I noticed that the Chick-fil-A sandwich was less fried, the pickles were thinner, the chicken was juicier and the buttery bread really complimented the chicken perfectly. Although, I did find that without one of the sauces, the sandwich itself may taste bland.
“I liked the Chick-fil-A sandwich better because the pickles were thinner and the chicken were juicer. I thought the sandwich didn’t need to have sauce like the KFC sandwich did,” said Jared Hinojosa (12)
In comparing the chicken sandwiches from these two well known chicken restaurants there is no question that Chick-fil-A has the best combination of taste, texture, and combo meal. Even though there is some die-heart KCF lovers, in the great sandwich war Chick-fil-A won, KFC came close, and Popeyes left everyone hanging.
~Connie Wiggins- Assistant Editor-in-Chief
Ah, high school. Lots of heartbreaks, sometimes even through all four years. Most of the time, it takes a toll on teenagers because they’re unsure of how to deal with a breakup. Wrapping one's head around what has just happened can be difficult sometimes. Now, don’t expect to bounce back to the old self within a few days or weeks. Realize that there is going to have a lot of good and bad days. No matter how one copes, it’ll all be better in the end.
One of the most important things to do when going through a breakup is getting confidence back. Make time to do things one may enjoy doing with friends and family members. At the beginning, a person might be more sensitive than ever. So just take it easy on yourself, and relax. It’s completely normal to feel lonely at times, but make sure to not bottle up emotions or else one might explode. Instead, talk to trustworthy people about situations like these, or even write a journal entry to express emotions. When a person comes to terms with what has happened, it’s much easier to heal and move on.
“I turn off my phone and try to think happy thoughts and spend time with friends and family,” Aaron Weis (11), who just recently went through a difficult breakup, said.
One of the worst things a person can do after a breakup is lose self control, and engage in destructive coping mechanisms. It might feel tempting to use drugs, alcohol, or other substances that could potentially cause even more problems for one to deal with further down the road. For the time being, it will feel like there are no worries in the world. But sooner than one may think, that high will wear off and they’re right back to square one. Set a routine to regain that sense of control. Do whatever is needed to help get a little bit of stability back into one's everyday life.
“You just have to move on and not live in the past, because if you do that it will just get to you more than it already has. The sooner you stop thinking about that person, the happier you will be,” Jacob White (11), who is also going through a difficult, 6 month long, high school breakup, said.
As previously stated, no matter which direction a person decides to go, everything will resolve itself in the end. They’ll end up becoming stronger than they were before, and will be ready to move on to someone who will either be another lesson, or someone who’s a miracle. Time will tell. Remember, it’s only high school. It’s very rare that high school sweethearts marry. There’s plenty of time to find the right one. Give it time and everything will fall into place.
“It‘s going to hurt at first, but you know you just have to keep telling yourself that it’s going to be okay and that you will get through this,” Kaylee Mora (11) said, ”because high school relationships suck and most of the time don’t last, so don’t worry too much about it.”
~Kennedi Adams- Design Editor-in-Chief
I believe in His Love. When I was younger, I was incredulous at the idea of a God accepting me for who I was. The thought of other people at church staring at me with their disparaging glances, their faces contorted in order to see something within me that even parents had no knowledge of, scared me into ignorance.
When I finally came to terms with my identity, I decided to do what my mom and dad had instilled in me from the time I could talk; tell the truth. That heavy, black cloud of doom seemed to dissolve as those two words slipped from my mouth.
But then that cloud dug its grasp even tighter into my skin. The truth is not as agreeable to some as I once thought it was as a child. I lost almost all my friends, including the group of girls in which I had been close to since 6th grade. I sat alone at lunch for the first time in all of my ten years of school, thinking of the mistake I had made in confiding to those I thought I could trust. I had never felt farther from God.
Then, one night, as the moonlight creeped into my bedroom, I did something I hadn’t done since I was a child. I dropped to my knees, and I asked for His help. As I sat on my bedroom floor at 3:30 in the morning, tears blinding my eyes in the dark, an epiphany fell over me. Things were going to get better.
I believe in the unconditional love of my family. Through loving them, I learned to love myself. I owe them my entire well-being, as well as my joy. The relationship I have with my mother, father, brother, and grandparents is something intangible, and that is what has truly connected me with Christ.
In the end, there are a handful of values I can proudly proclaim: I believe that love has no bounds. It does not discriminate, and it does not choose. Love is what keeps up afloat, even when the world feels as though it’s sinking beneath our feet. His love opens a door to acceptance; and eventually, a life worth living.
~Taylor Trapp- Online Editor-in-Chief
Junior year is said to be the hardest and longest of them all. Juniors have SATs to take, career plans to make, and colleges to tour. These added expectations and responsibilities create a diversity of opinions among students.
In most high schools, upperclassman complain about their junior year. A common perception of junior year is that classes are more difficult and extracurricular activities can make your schedule hectic.
“I was told that junior year sucked, and that it was going to be very difficult, and honestly, they weren’t wrong,” Ben Ford (11) said.
On the other hand, some students like Priscilla Padilla (12) feel that her eleventh grade was not as bad as others portray it to be. She saw her junior year as a great experience.
“Junior year was tough at first but it became really good knowing that I was one step closer to senior year,” Padilla said. “You’re one step closer to your last year of highschool so junior year was great in that aspect.”
Hopefully eleventh grade is one of those years you will look back on, and wonder where it all went. It is a cumulation of all the hard work and fun times you have had as a highschooler. The opinion of students varies as to the degree of difficulty, but in the end, you will all prevail and overcome. Junior year is what you make of it, so make it great.
~Haley Welker- Staff Writer
Do you love volunteering? Do you have a thirst for conquering new challenges? Are you interested in showcasing your leadership skills? National Honor Society is an organization available at Clemens that provides you with all of the above. This organization motivates students to come together and make an impact in their community, school, and, most importantly, themselves.
It’s the beginning of the school year, so you know what that means: new classes, new teachers, and new NHS members. National Honor Society is a nationwide organization that brings students together to aid their community. If students have a GPA of ninety-two or higher, with no disciplinary actions, they will receive a letter stating they are qualified to become a member. After the application is submitted and received, it’s time to get dressed up for the induction ceremony. New members will light a candle, state a pledge, and receive a pin with a certificate. In order to stay in this program, members have to keep their ninety-two GPA average, continue to have no disciplinary actions, volunteer regularly, and attend bi-monthly meetings.
“Being in NHS you have the ability and benefit of serving in your community. It’s a lot of fun,” said Mrs. Mumme, National Honor Society sponsor.
One thing NHS is best known for is their numerous service projects done throughout the school year. Members are required to finish service hours outside of school at any location they chose. On top of these hours members participate in at least one chapter project per year. Clemens National Honor society has done a variety of service projects including cleaning the school, helping with Open House, and participating in H.E.B’s Feast of Sharing event in December. In addition to their services, National Honor Society is known for their leadership skills and good character. This club lets people with similar aspirations promote progress in their community.
“We have a group of students who are very alike. Yes, we push ourselves academically, but we also can have fun,” said Mrs. Mumme.
So, are you ready to get involved with your community and start volunteering? Are you ready to take on a new challenge? Keep that grade average up, record those volunteer hours, and you can wear the stole come graduation day!
~Connie Wiggins, Assistant Editor-in-Chief