Rachel's Challenge Original Short Films
"Lifeless" by Kendyl Farmer and Avery Rogers
"Invisible" by Julia Molina, Sydnee Killough and Rachel Flores
"The Key to Happiness" by Emily Couser and Scarlet Sherry
"We Are More Than Labels" by Krystal Ramirez, Taylene Flores and Elodia Marshall
"Fear Follows" by Mya Pizzuto, Hezekiah Rivera and Angela Schwarzlose
NGC volunteers at the HSNBA
January 30, 2017
January 30, 2017
Book Review : Hush, Hush
High school sophomore Nora has always been very cautious in her relationships, but when Patch, who has a dark side she can sense, enrolls at her school, she is mysteriously and strongly drawn to him, despite warnings from her best friend, the school counselor, and her own instincts.
"I recommend the book Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. The book is filled with interesting commentary, a fascinating storyline that happens to involve the supernatural, and a smart female lead that may or may not be going crazy. The series that follows this book is heart-pounding, action-filled drama and romance," said freshman Mya Pizzuto. This book can be found in the NGC library.
The Leo Club is giving back to the community and they want you involved, too!
Eyeglass Recycling Drive
Currently we are having a Eyeglass Recycling Drive. We need every kind glasses from prescription to sunglasses. If you can, please donate children's glasses, prescription and sunglasses. Please donate to the boxes in Mrs. Ellis's or the front office. The drive will be open from now until May.
The New Braunfels Animal Shelter Drive
The most needed items are as following: bleach, bleach wipes, Dawn dish soap, latex gloves, hand sanitizer, paper towels, cat and dog collars, dog leashes, dog and cat toys, cat and kitten food (soft and hard). Donate now through the end of January. Drop off your donations to Mrs. Ellis's room, RM 202.
January 18, 2017
Music in culture
Exploring how music can affect everything from an individual’s brain to an entire society’s culture
By: Mya Pizzuto
Walking down the halls of any high school in the United States, it isn't difficult to spot headphones. The students listen to music like it is oxygen and they’re drowning. Teenagers, in particular, obsess and escape with music. But, what they're listening to is much more than simple vibrations. They're listening to their culture.
Music. Everybody listens to it. Everyone has always listened to it. There is no specific genre you have to like to enjoy music. Music is involved with almost every culture. What a culture or society listens to can very much define it. Music can be involved in almost all, if not every aspect of a culture.
“I think the majority of culture is music... It can tell you how a society will act. It can make or break a culture, really,” said ninth grader Hezekiah Rivera.
The ancient Mayans used music in public rituals and ceremonies. In fact, it played a large role in those rituals. However the Mayans were not the only ones to use music to accentuate key elements of their culture. Indian classical music is made of ragas, which are scales and melodies that give the foundation for the music. The ragas have been developed over centuries and provides an evolutionary look at the world. The ancient Romans would use music in their theaters, coliseums, and ritual celebrations.
Music affects culture through us, humans, but really music affects our brains. A study done by Anne J. Blood and Robert J. Zatorre on how music affects brain activity shows that music can induce a response in the areas of our brains that respond to euphoria-inducing stimuli. The study concludes, “This finding links music with biologically relevant, survival-related stimuli via their common recruitment of brain circuitry involved in pleasure and reward.”
This study allows us to observe how music and culture have become so inextricably linked. It also lets us gather the capabilities of music to influence our emotions.
“Music has the ability to unite individuals, it has the ability to divide individuals. It has the ability to divide and unite even sub-cultures within a popular cultural society,” said high school geography teacher Trent Wenzel. “We get bombarded so much about negative stuff and I think music is an uplifting way to start the day or end the day or get in the specific mood that somebody wants to. It has the ability to pump people up and get people crazy excited but it also has the ability to mellow people out and kind of just relax… it has a wide range of emotion that music can bring.”
Human emotion changes on a whim. Music can be that whim. If music is so powerful to individual humans, how does it affect a culture? Taking a look at modern society, we see festivals celebrating music, people attributing massive amounts of time and money on music, we see people using music as an outlet for all of their troubles. In the past, the music of an era was mainly just what was popular. Few people went against the popularity of certain music and made something special. Now, look at us. Our diversity: we have everything from love to hatred, jealousy to joy, we have rock, rap, folk, pop, electronic, alternative and many, many more. This is what music has become. What we have become. The world is more diverse than it’s ever been and we celebrate it. Our music is a reflection of our society. So, what do you see?
January 16, 2017
It isn't just a sport
By: Kendyl Farmer
The clock is ticking down with a short two minutes left. He’s setting up a pass that determines the fate of the final game. Excitement that is flowing through every bone in his body is suddenly hit with a pinch of sadness, when the realization hits that it’s the end. On November 3rd, the New Braunfels Unicorns Freshmen Football teams experienced this wave of emotions at the end of a season they will never forget.
Every team can improve by one thing: practice. During each football practice, the boys would do everything from catching touchdowns to running five-in-thirties to improve their skills. Freshmen football A-team receiver Garrett Thompson stated that, “We’ve (the team) improved every game.”
Between being on the field playing and time spent at practice, the teams spent about 10 hours a week on football. When focusing that much time for something, there has to be some sort of motive behind it. Freshman football B-team slot receiver Jacob Scroggin said that he plays football, “because it builds character and toughness.”
Every practice prepared A-team and B-team for their games on November 3rd. They played against their final opponents, Smithson Valley.
“Definitely sad. Never want it to go away, but also hype to play just like every game,” said Scroggin, before the game.
The Unicorns ended up being defeated by Smithson Valley in both of the games, but that didn’t rain on their parade. Thompson said that he thought the season was exciting and Scroggin said that it was, “ Intense, because of the amount of close games and just the feeling you get in the game.”
A video from the broadcaster’s box only shows what can be seen, not what was felt or said during the game. Memories are how players can truly relive each game. Scroggin said that his favorite memory was beating the Unicorns’ rivals, the Canyon Cougars.
To the Unicorn football players, football isn’t just a sport they play. It’s their lifestyle.
Journalism class gives back this holiday season
November 11, 2016
Veteran's Day Tribute
Lady Unicorns A Team crushes Seguin 57-37
October 12, 2016
Aloha, Unicorns! First pep rally sets the year up for success
October 7, 2016
NGC celebrates National German Week
Students celebrate German culture and German-American heritage through a variety of on-campus activities including answering trivia questions, finding flags in the hallways and teachers hosting famous Germans in their classrooms. According to the American Association of Teachers of German, German Week "provides a great opportunity for recognizing the many contributions of Germans to the modern world and a chance to highlight the great German programs in public and private schools across the country."
October 7, 2016
Practicing & perfecting
October 7, 2016
Student council preps for Pink Out
NBHS Student Council prepare for the Pink Out game by creating posters. Every year, student council hosts a Pink Out t-shirt fundraiser to promote breast cancer awareness. All students are encouraged to wear their Pink Out shirts to the football game on October 7th. "Seeing so many people battle cancer every day, we feel that our involvement is a small contribution we can make in order to strengthen our community and raise awareness," said freshmen student council sponsor Ashley Keip.
October 5, 2016
Falling into fashion
September 22, 2016
Wurst Bowl win, 42-35
September 22, 2016
Spiking off to a great season
Our Lady Unicorns have been excelling throughout their season. B-Team have had much success in their season while A-Team has also been dominating in their season, with a score of 4-0 for district and a score of 5-4 overall. "I am super glad to be with such a great group of girls and and I am happy that we work together and get the job done," said freshman A-team volleyball player Annie Scheffel. Good job on your season so far, Lady Unicorns!
A great kick-off to the season
NGC's football teams have started off to a great year. Even though A-team has had a pretty tough start to the season, with only one win, the team has tried their hardest and has had most of their games neck-in-neck, where they barely lost. For B-team, they have been soaring through this season, with a total of 4 wins. Their most impressive win was when the Unicorns beat NB's rivals, the Canyon Cougars, with a score of 100-0. Good job guys and keep up the good work!