Tigers in the doghouse

The Tigers fell short of a district win in their second district game of the season, leaving homecoming with a hard fought loss against the McKinney North Bulldogs at 62-41. 

The Bulldogs started fast and strong, with two touchdown receptions from quarterback Dillon Markiewicz to tight end Brandon Frazier. The Tigers also notched 7 points with a deep 54-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brayson McHenry to wide receiver Kobe Webster. The quarter ended with a 14-7 lead for the Bulldogs. 

While the first quarter was close, the second quarter was not so kind to Texas High. After successful drives on both sides, the Bulldogs took it away with 27 unanswered points, aided by a failed punt attempt and a muffed kickoff by the Tigers, ending 48-14 with McKinney North in a distant lead. 

The Tigers made adjustments during halftime that helped overcome their 34 point deficit, allowing them to score 27 points in the second half. 

“[The feeling at halftime was] that we needed to get our crap together. We wanted to come back and didn’t want to get destroyed,” wide receiver Conner Allen said. “We wanted to prove a point that we can still play, even if we are down.”

With the task of catching up before them, the Tigers banded together and continued to fight.

“We got down in a situation most teams would quit, but we responded. We hit back. So for the most part I can say we had a few leaders, including myself, step up to get them going,” defensive end Clayton Smith said. “We overcame adversity, that was the best thing. We shouldn’t have to be down 48-14 for us to wake up. We’ve got to learn to come out and punch.” 

The third quarter began with short, unsuccessful drives by McKinney North, ending with a fumbled punt snap by punter Ryan Shamburger, recovered by the Tigers in Bulldog territory. McKinney North showed a stout goal line defense until the Tigers’ 4th down resulted in a pass for a touchdown from McHenry to Webster. 

The Tigers remained strong in their game of catch up, scoring another three touchdowns, and continued to stand against the Bulldogs’ offense until they neared the end of the quarter. However, the Bulldogs quickly came back with a touchdown of their own to close out the third quarter, leaving it 55-34 with McKinney North in the lead. 

The fourth quarter was low scoring, with a touchdown from each team. Ultimately, however, the game was out of reach for the Tigers. The game ended 62-41 with a victory for McKinney North, spoiling the Tigers’ homecoming.

“I think we just came out and we didn’t want to quit. I think we made a statement that we were willing to continue to play and keep fighting hard and keep playing hard, and we showed some resilience,” head coach Gerry Stanford said.

Rise, shine and be peppy

Though football season is far from over, the time of stomping on gym bleachers and student stampedes has come to an end. As the sun peeks over the Math and Science building and the first drops of dew sparkle in the pit, school spirit will already be in full swing.

For the remainder of the home games, pep rallies will be held in the mornings before school rather than at the end of the day, starting with the Homecoming pep rally Oct. 4.

“I really just want to offer some options as far as pep rallies go,” head principal Carla Dupree said. “We aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel, but rather continue new practices, honor and preserve older traditions, and offer variety for our student body while maximizing the amount of instructional learning time whenever possible.”

Student Council remains in charge of organizing the rallies, and adviser Susan Waldrep has high expectations for the results.

“[The pep rallies are] going to be 15 minutes, and we’re hoping that it’s like ESPN game day with Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit,” Waldrep said. “We’ve got t-shirts we’re going to throw out. We’ve got spirit items; there’s just going to be 15 minutes of fun.”

Deliberations on pep rallies occurred over the summer when Dupree and Waldrep collaborated to find a compromise between the missed class time past pep rallies have caused and the tradition embedded in the rallies.

“We had considered a change in schedule that did not go through, but that is when I first started looking at the possibility of having morning pep rallies,” Dupree said. “When I spoke with Mrs. Waldrep and found out that pep rallies used to be at the pit in the mornings, I really liked the idea of bringing that back to add variety. I love the traditions of Texas High, so to be able to bring a morning pep rally to the pit is exciting to me.”

Another key part of these changes is increased participation; all school clubs are invited to take part in the rallies with posters and shirts to show their pride for their organization.

“In my mind, it’s fabulous, so we’ll see if my mind and reality mesh,” Waldrep said. “Hopefully, clubs will get into it. We’re going to talk to club sponsors about having their clubs go as a group. They could wear their club T-shirts, and they could hold up signs. It’s more participation than just sitting in the gym.”

Morning pep rallies also mean missing less class time, as the school schedule will no longer be altered to accommodate for the afternoon rallies.

“I hope that it helps,” Dupree said. “The more time they can be in class the better.  Our students who are involved in athletics and other events have to miss, especially with us driving so far for many of our games.”

Even through the changes made, the goal remains the same: highlight the teams and organizations that make Texas High special and unify the student body through school spirit. 

“School spirit makes all the difference in the world,” Dupree said. “There are places that don’t have what we have as far as school spirit.  I have seen that tear down kids, parents, faculty and staff. Texas High has an amazing spirit. It is our responsibility to not only maintain our Tiger pride but also to grow it for the Tigers that have yet to walk the halls of Texas High.  The only way to do that is to get involved and celebrate the endeavors and accomplishments of each other, our Tiger family.”

Presentation of homecoming court 2019

She’s beauty, she’s grace

Last night was the annual homecoming presentation for the 2017-2018 year. Hours worth of preparation and dedication was put into the performance, as ten senior girls are representing the school. Dressed in glittering gowns and holding their mums, they were escorted across the stage by fellow classmates.

Homecoming presentations opened up with the playing of the school song and then special thanks announced by seniors Jay Williamson, Cameron Tarpley and Brennon Cope. The highsteppers then performed a routine to the song “Incomplete” by James Bay, followed by the school mascots presentation of the crown.

The nominees were lead out on stage by their escorts as followed: Katie Biggar escorted by Elias Thurman, Crisstal Cooks escorted by Kaveon Ragland, Morgan Cook escorted by Cam Burns, Claire Doan escorted by Riley Russell, Maddie Gerrald escorted by Logan Snell, Kamryn Hamilton escorted by Jaylon Matlock, Sophie Lower escorted by Elian Bustos, Jillian Ross escorted by Mason Shoalmire, Sarah Stark escorted by Jaylon Franklin and Emma Wolf escorted by Dashawn Hill.

“It was super nerve-racking,” Ross said. “I think it’s a real honor to be put on court. I’m really glad to experience it this year.”

The audience then viewed videos of each contestant being interviewed by Cope, describing their best memories of high school or their fellow court members.

“I’ve known all of these girls since freshman year,” Cope said. “It’s surprising how you think you might lose touch with people, but it seems like life just brings you back together at some point.”

After presentation the ladies and audience were lead outside for a brief pep rally, where the band played various school songs and the girls, along with their escorts, stood on a float for one last look from the crowd.

“It was wonderful escorting Katie,” Thurman said. “She’s a really good friend of mine and I’m really sad it’s my last year. I’d love to do it again.”

You can vote for queen during all lunches this Wednesday. Homecoming tickets will be sold during all A-day lunches and football tickets will be sold at lunch and in the Performing Arts Center. The queen will be announced on Friday and the dance will be held on Saturday from 7-10 p.m.

Homecoming spirit days

Homecoming week will be Oct. 16-20. This exciting, fun-filled week helps to build enthusiasm for the upcoming Homecoming game on Friday night and the Homecoming dance through spirit days.

The dress-up days for the week will be:

Monday- Hometown Heroes

Tuesday- Tye-Dye

Wednesday- Dress Like Your Date

Thursday- Neon

Friday- Pink Out


Homecoming dance to be held on Oct. 21

Homecoming dance will be held in the Texas High School cafeteria on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are on sale in the cafeteria during all lunches during the upcoming week, and students must have a current Texas High ID in order to purchase them. Additionally, tickets are $8 unless otherwise noted on the back of your ID. Guests who are permitted to attend must bring a picture ID from the school they attend, or if a picture ID is not available, they must bring their school ID and a driver’s license.

Maid into a queen

She stands beside her parents. Takes a breath and smiles to the crowd. The drum roll starts. The maid of honor is announced. She takes another breath while clapping for her fellow maids. Finally, the moment comes where the Homecoming queen is announced. Before she knows it, she is smiling out of joy and surprise as her name echoes through the stadium and a crown is placed on her head.

On Friday night before the game against the Pine Tree Pirates, this moment became the highlight of Homecoming week for senior Anna Catherine Boudreaux.

“It was definitely an honor because Texas High has been such a huge part of my life for four years, and everyone here means so much to me,” Boudreaux said. “It is exciting and surreal.”

More than two people enjoyed the surprise of receiving an honor this year because a tie occurred between seniors Leah Crenshaw and Kaylin Edmonds.

“I’m really glad I got to share it with Leah because I feel like I got a better connection with her out of all the girls,” Edmonds said. “When I found out, I paused and didn’t know if I was supposed to move up or not. I was just frozen.”

Crenshaw did not expect to receive this honor.

“I am so glad that Kaylin got it, and I honestly did not expect to get it,” Crenshaw said. “I’m not really good at the whole social thing, and this happened, so it was really bizarre.”

Other members of the court experienced a different kind of happiness. Chelsea Villanueva got to see her father come home from being deployed in Germany.

“It was really exciting, but I knew he was coming in just not more of my family,” Villanueva said. “They showed up at the pep rally, and I just started crying. It has been a really good night, and I am happy.”

The maids enjoyed the experience of getting to know the vast array of girls on the court.

“It was fun because I experienced different girl from different groups of people,” Edmonds said. “I realized that I love everyone.”

After hearing her name over the loudspeaker, Boudreaux was also honored to experience the moment.

“It was such an honor once again to hear my name announced,” Boudreaux said. “It made me happy, but also sad because it made me realize that this was my last year at Texas High, and we will all be leaving soon.”

Crenshaw related to the surprise of hearing her name and being a senior.
“I do not even know what was going through my head when I found out,” Crenshaw said. “ I grabbed Steve’s elbow even tighter and just started crying into his shoulder.”

No place like homecoming

Thirteen heels clatter across the smooth black wood. Thirteen floor-length dresses sweep and drape along the floor. On Monday, the thirteen ladies on the homecoming court, clad in their best formal wear, will glide across the PAC stage and smile brightly at their constituents.

After being nominated by the senior class and voted on by the student body, the homecoming court is composed of seniors: Jasmine Anderson, Anna Catherine Boudreaux, Brandy Coulter, Leah Crenshaw, Kaylin Edmonds, Takia Gowans, Anna Graves, Caroline May, Brooke Rayburn, Savanna Shively, Samantha Shoalmire, Chealsea Slider and Chelsea Villanueva.

“I was really excited when I found out I was on court,” Villanueva said. “Chaz Davis and Marley Crawford pulled me out [at the pep rally]. It was just really unexpected because at first I was just sitting there. I didn’t see anyone coming towards me, and then they ran up to me. It was just really exciting.”

Members of the court had to pick an escort from the football team, purchase a long dress for presentation, and get a suit for the field. The strenuous process featured a question and answer video that will be played after the ladies are presented.

“[In order to prepare], we all went out and picked out a dress for the court presentation,” Edmonds said. “I was looking online for makeup ideas and lipstick ideas, and I did my hair myself. Now all I have to do is get a suit for Friday night on the field. The only thing I’m nervous about [for presentation] is watching my video, because I have to watch myself talk, and I don’t even remember what I said.”

The presentation kicks off the homecoming week, and it gives the girls on the court an opportunity to show their personality before the student body votes for queen on Tuesday.

“The main thing [I’m worried about] is tripping on my dress because it is kind of long,” Villanueva said. “I’ll probably be holding on to my escort for help. I just have to remember to keep smiling because I’ll probably be freaking out.”

Homecoming court to be announced Friday

As the leaves begin to change to fall colors and homecoming comes into view, the tradition continues of electing a Homecoming Queen.

On Tuesday Sept. 22, the student body voted on 22 girls nominated by the senior class to be on the Homecoming court. The girls include: Caroline May, Anna Graves, Abby Hill, Chealsea Slider,  Brooke Rayburn, Samantha Shoalmire, Madilynn Walker, Taylor Post, Elizabeth Colvin, Jasmine Anderson, Anna Catherine Boudreaux, Deja Gibson, Brandy Coulter, Jada Holmes, Leah Crenshaw, Aubree Cramer, Kaylin Edmonds, Chelsea Villanueva, Queenie Thomas, Savannah Shively, Amari Jones and Takia Gowans.

The court will be announced at the pep rally on Friday Sept. 24. The presentation of the court will occur Monday Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The following Tuesday Oct. 6, the student body will vote for the queen during all lunches. The winner will be announced before the homecoming football game on Friday Oct. 9.

Mum’s the word

While Homecoming may be celebrated with parades and floats representing school clubs elsewhere, in the south, mums are the way to go. Originally, mums were flowers given by a boy to his date for the Homecoming dance. However, between the 1970s and 1990s, that all changed.

Today, mums are decorated with feet of silk ribbon, trinkets, and stuffed animals. Students put their name on it and items that represent their school spirit and extracurriculars. Garters a smaller version of mums. They are given to the boy from the girl.

When synthesized mums became popular, an entire market opened up for florists. Mothers across the country have opened up seasonal retail stores and have created a multi-million dollar industry of cottage mum makers.

Some mums weigh 20-30 pounds and need dog harnesses to support them. These can cost up to $500. However, these gargantuan creations aren’t for everyone. More inexpensive mums are sometimes made by school organizations. Here at Texas High, the Horticulture Club makes these products of an honored tradition. Kim Spaulding is the sponsor for the club.

“[Making mums] falls under floraculture, which falls under the agriculture umbrella,”  Spaulding said. Horticulture also makes all of the mums for the homecoming court.

The club has already started selling mums, and they are available to public in the Agriculture building at any time. Mums cost $45-$60 and garters are $40 or $45. Do-it-yourself mums can cost from $15-$30.

The personalization of mums make them incredibly memorable.

“I feel that mums are a special part of homecoming and can mean a lot to the people giving and receiving them” said senior Cooper Zverina, “I still have mine from freshman homecoming and it’s hanging on the wall in my room.”