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November 13, 2017
The Endorsement Showcase is TONIGHT and Wednesday Night!
So you have to edit your 4 year plans and don't know what courses you want to take? Come learn more about electives and CTE courses in high school by coming to The Endorsement Showcase. This event will be held tonight and again on Wednesday night from 5:45 to 7:15. High school teachers will be here to talk to you about electives courses and endorsements. If your last name begins with the letters A through L, then come tonight. If your last name begins with letters M through Z, then come Wednesday night. A flyer to give your parents all the details is on the NGC webpage. We hope to see you there!
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Stadium Rules, Overflow Parking & Shuttle Information
On Sept. 1, New Braunfels High School will host the first home varsity football game at Unicorn Stadium against the Alamo Heights Mules. Kick off will be at 7:30 p.m. with the pregame festivities beginning at approximately 6:45 p.m. Below are some important details for those attending any game at Unicorn Stadium.
“With the start of a new season, we wanted to remind our fans that the long-standing stadium rules are posted and will be enforced to ensure the safety of all of the spectators,” said Randy Moczygemba, NBISD superintendent of schools. “We are asking all spectators to leave their open drinking containers including fast-food style cups, Yeti-and Tervis-type drinking cups and S'Well-type bottles at home. The only type of beverage that can be brought in to the stadium is a sealed bottle of water.”
Unicorn Stadium Rules
Current New Braunfels ISD policies and UIL rules will be enforced at all times. State laws and school policies will be in effect concerning alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, tobacco products, and weapons.
No outside food or drinks are allowed.
Children who are in 6th grade or below must be accompanied by an adult.
No backpacks, drawstring bags or sport bags of any type are allowed.
No artificial noisemakers, sirens or whistles are allowed.
No pets are allowed, except service animals.
No skateboarding, rollerblading, roller skating, dirt bikes, all-terrain cycles or similar vehicles are allowed.
No smoking or use of tobacco products is allowed. This includes electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) or any other electronic vaporizing device.
No standing along the fence or railing during an athletic contest.
No loitering will be permitted. Fans will not be allowed underneath the stands unless they are visiting the concession stand or the restrooms.
No pick-up games or other forms of playing catch by fans are allowed.
Spectators exiting the stadium are to leave district property immediately and will not be re-admitted to the stadium.
No parking in the stadium is allowed during events, except for emergency vehicles.
Unicorn fans may park at Oakwood Baptist Church and catch the NBISD shuttle bus to every home varsity football game. The shuttle will begin running at 6:30 pm.
The shuttle bus is free of charge and will drop riders off outside the HOME gate of Unicorn Stadium.
The shuttle bus will run for 45 minutes post game, as needed.
For more information, call the NBISD Athletic Office at (830) 627-6111.
RELATED LINK: http://www.nbisd.org/page/article/667
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
A pet is a comfort place for many. People go to their pet when they have problems or stress, and the pet always brightens their mood. What many people forget is that animals need comfort, too. There are millions of homeless animals in shelters each year in the USA. These animals are terrified and scared for their future. Mrs Smith's English class realized how scared these animals are and decided to add a little light and happiness to these animal's lives. On March 31, 2017, twenty students went to the Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area and changed the typical routine of these dogs and cats. The students laughed, played, and even read to the dogs, brightening up each dogs day. By interacting and socializing with the animals, they will have a higher chance of being adopted. The students also were able to destress and practice their reading skills. The joy was evident in the animal's (and the students') faces.
Spring Fling is coming!
April 1, 2017
ROTC cadets volunteer for CCCW
Comal County Child Welfare hosted their first BBQ cook off and it was a success with the help from the cadets who volunteered in shifts on Saturday at Rockin' R River in Gruene.
March 2, 2017
By: Emmy Couser
Giving back not only is beneficial for you but others around you. Though to get started, inspiration will be needed. Mya Pizzuto tells us she gained her inspiration to do community work by learning from someone who stood up for her rights and her opportunities, even with the risk of losing her life. "Malala Yousafzai, she was shot in the head because stupid people decided that, because she was a girl she couldn't go to school; and I believe that because I have these opportunities presented to me and I'm in a place that allows me and encourages me to go to school that I should take advantage of every opportunity put in front of me,” said Pizzuto.
However, inspiration isn't the only thing some people need to give back. Kenzi Wing explains to us how it's not just hard work but that the work is "a blast.” “In middle school, I saw some of the things they get to do and I thought I would love to do that, and now I’m part of high school student council and it's a blast,” said Kenzi.
The excitement has lasted a few years for Maggie Kroesche. She has not only had fun with it but "fell in love," with helping out around and about. "I've been giving back since sixth grade when I joined Leo's club and I fell in love with helping others," said Maggie. Part of your transition can include information about Leo’s Club and what they do.
Pizzuto tells us that it’s not just the love and inspiration that fuels her to give back to her community and others around her, but realizing that it helps her outlook on life, too."A lot of it has to do with understanding that...that isolating people and thinking only for yourself really ends up making your world view much less wide," said Pizzuto.
We get a look from Kroesche on the Leo's Club, a volunteer group that helps out the community, and how it gives it's group members chances to get an outlook similar to Pizzuto. "Leo's club does service projects and fundraisers to help the community. One of our upcoming collections involves collecting supplies for the local animal shelter,” said Kroesche, showing us that there are plenty of opportunities to give back to the community.
Keep your worldview wide, use the opportunities given to you, have fun, and give back to your community to improve the life of others and improve the environment around you.
Book Review: Six of Crows
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price--and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction if they don't kill each other first.
"I like Six of Crows because all the characters are so loyal to each other and Kaz that you feel like you are one of them as the reader. And the way it is written you immerse yourself in the world that is very addicting," said freshman Dani Hill
Haunted New Braunfels
A haunted bar, what an iconic duo
by: Sadella Garcia
The Phoenix Saloon is a bar/grill located in the plaza of downtown New Braunfels. Everything that has been built in the plaza was built by one person. It’s sad to know Sippel died a terrible death. Some speculate that the haunting of the Saloon is from the restless spirit or Mr. John Sippel. By all accounts, Mr. Sippel led a tortured life of depression and alcohol abuse after his wife left him and took up with another man. In 1871, the grieving business owner took his life with a single bullet. Could a man who was so haunted in life still roam the building he made?
Jason Holder, a bartender at the Phoenix Saloon, gives the background of the Saloon, "In 1871, John Sippel built the Phoenix Saloon, it was originally his house. Well one day he had come back home from work and walked on his wife with another man so he grabbed a gun, closed the door and shot repeatedly through the closed door and then shot himself. Turns out when he was shooting through the door, he never once hit either of them so the wife walks out of the room to see him dead on the ground, grabs the gun and kills herself. “A lot of my co-workers say that sometimes they'll close at night and then the next morning, be the first ones there and the cabinets are all open or the grill is on, or all of the alcohol is set at a table instead of being in the cupboard."
The Saloon is one of many haunted places in New Braunfels, but according to many people, it has the best background out of all the buildings. New Braunfels is a small town and not many people know about the area, so it’s good to introduce new things. On the Saloon website, you can read all about the history. Many people have different views of the story but there is only one place where you can find the truth.
According to Phoenix Saloon’s website, "For years, people have reported paranormal happenings in and around the Phoenix. Doors and windows open and close on their own, footsteps are heard on the upper stories late at night, and some have even reported seeing a shadow man who drifts down the 2nd floor hallway, accompanied by a chill breeze."
Others speculate that it could be one-time saloon proprietor Walter Krause, who died in 1885 from injuries he sustained in a barroom fight. There is also talk of some hushed-up accident in the basement. For many years, there was a Masonic Lodge on the third floor, where many of the odd noises are heard to this day.
Holder had been working at the Phoenix Saloon for about 4 months. "Sometimes throughout the day I will get different people asking me why the door behind the bar would open by itself. There was this one night where I had this young woman stay late at the bar, she came up to me after being in the restroom for about 30-45 minutes and ask why it felt so cold. I asked her what she meant and she told me she felt a cold rush of air pass her neck. At that time I was totally freaked out. I told her it was because one of the windows was open, but it honestly scared the crap out of me."
Jason Holder no longer works at the Saloon but still has friends and even his boss calling him, giving their new and fresh experiences and sharing other people’s stories. To this day, the Phoenix Saloon is haunted by the one and only, John Sippel.
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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?
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.
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Veteran's Day Tribute
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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.