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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

Bio Blitz

Photos by: Julia Molina

Spring Fling 2017

Class of 2020

NGC volunteers at the HSNBA

From left to right (back row): Giselle Campa, Jonathan Sepulveda, Neidda Sanchez, Kayla Smith, Ricardo Dominguez, Halli Crisp, Stephanie Bell, Naomi Ables, Cindy Alfaro, Virginia McCollum. Bottom row: Kendyl Farmer, Myrna Passons, Lauren Smith, Kyleigh Kimmel, Braxton Holden, John Brinkerhoff, Patrick Deardorff and Rubie Brooks. Photos by: Kendyl Farmer

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.

Freshmen Jacob Decena and Winston Waldrip volunteer at the Comal County Child Welfare Board BBQ Fundraiser. Photo submission: Rachel Hartman

March 10, 2017

Have a happy Spring Break NGC!

NGC celebrates National Breakfast Week

March 2, 2017

Giving back

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.

Feb. 27, 2017

Music credit: Desmend Smith

Feb. 13, 2017

Book Review: Six of Crows

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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.

February 6, 2017

NGC accepts Rachel's Challenge

Video produced by: Kendyl Farmer and Avery Rogers

Give a Valentine's Day shout out!

January 30, 2017

January 30, 2017

Book Review : Hush, Hush

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

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.

Give back!

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.

Photo by: Mya Pizzuto

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.”

Photo by: Mya Pizzuto

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

Football finale

It isn't just a sport

By: Kendyl Farmer

Freshmen A-team praying before their game against Wagner on October 20, 2016. Photo 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.

Freshmen B-team heading to the field after halftime during their game against Smithson Valley on November 3rd, 2016. Photo By: Kendyl Farmer

Journalism class gives back this holiday season

The journalism staff at the New Braunfels High School Ninth Grade Center purchased and wrapped gifts for a foster child this Christmas season through the Comal County Child Welfare Board's annual Christmas Sponsorship Program. "I think it is important for our students to give back to the community, and to realize that they have a responsibility to uphold, and that is to take care of others, especially those whose needs are not being met," said Ninth Grade Center Journalism teacher Lauren Smith. According to the Comal County Child Welfare Board, this year there will be almost 400 children in foster care in Comal County, and their goal is that each child will have a gift to upwrap on Christmas morning. Photos by: Kendyl Farmer

Final Exam Schedule:

Monday, Dec. 12

Regular Bell Schedule

Tuesday, Dec. 13

Period 1: 8:25 - 10:25 (EXAM); Period 2: 10:30 - 11:05; Period 3: 11:10 - 11:45; Period 4: 11:50-1:20; Period 5: 1:25 - 2:05; Period 6: 2:10 - 2:50; Period 7: 2:55 - 3:35

Wednesday, Dec. 14 - EARLY RELEASE

Period 2: 8:25 - 10:25 (EXAM); Period 3: 10:30 - 12:30 (EXAM); Sack Lunch: 12:30 - 1:05

Thursday, Dec. 15 - EARLY RELEASE

Period 4: 8:25 - 10:25 (EXAM); Period 6: 10:30 - 12:30 (EXAM); Sack Lunch: 12:30 - 1:05

Friday, Dec. 16 - EARLY RELEASE

Period 5: 8:25 - 10:25 (EXAM); Period 4: 10:30 - 12:00; Period 7: 12:05 - 2:05 (EXAM)

Finals week dress up days

December 9, 2016

Unicorn basketball shout out

November 18, 2016

NGC gives thanks this holiday season

November 14, 2016

November 17, 2016

Theater kills at the Lip Sync Battle

Photos by: Julia Molina

Weekly Tech Tip

November 11, 2016

Veteran's Day Tribute

Lady Unicorns A Team crushes Seguin 57-37

Photos by: Emily Couser

November 9, 2016

NGC celebrates French National Week

During French National Week (November 4th through the 10th), the French class ate various foods from the country of France, watched a movie in French and enjoyed French culture.

Photo by: Angela Schwarzlose
Photo by: Angela Schwarzlose

November 8, 2016

Start of one season, end of another

Freshmen, basketball girls shooting for the stars at their first basketball scrimmage in the High School Auxiliary Gym on November 3, 2016. Photos by: Rachel Flores
Freshmen, football boys wrap up their season with a hard fight. Their final game was on November 3, 2016 at the Unicorn Stadium. Photos by: Rachel Flores

11/7 Broadcast

November 8, 2016

The Mighty Unicorn Band presents Rogue: a recap

Photo by: Elodia Marshall

The Mighty Unicorn Band worked hard for one night. One performance. It's something most band kids don't put into perspective. It was a season of 12 hour long summer days, practices everyday after school, through rain, heat, humidity; 6 months for one performance and this is one people will remember for years to come.

The first half-time show performance was such a memorable performance. They knew we had something truly amazing on our hands. A new beginning to a great season. Then competition season started and they couldn't be more estatic. They couldn't have done better. They tried their hardest and the scores reflected their performance. They got the highest rating in visual and first place overall. It was such an amazing feeling, everyone cheering for us when we heard our place. They were on a roll. Then they were on to Westlake, a presitgious competition. They performed in the evening and impressed the judges enough to move on to finals. They performed again at night and got second place overall. I can't describe how it felt after our finals perfomance. Everyone was talking about how great it was. The atmosphere was exhilirating. There were tears, laughing, and memories being made.

After another week of hard work and getting better, it was the day of the Area competition, the band performed at around two P.M. We all screamed with joy as soon as they announced they will perform again. They made history making it to finals, and our band hasn't made finals in 10 years. Even if the marching show Rogue will never be performed again the one thing they'll never forget is coming together as a family, working hard together, playing the show and having a great time with great people. An awe-inspiring beginning for Freshman and a satisfying finale for Seniors.

Happy Halloween!

10/31 Broadcast

Trick-or-Treat on Unicorn Street

Photos by: Alexis Lloyd

Meet your NGC Administration Team

October 24, 2016

Broadcast: Homecoming Special

October 19, 2016

Can you hear it now Mr.Krabs ?

October 18, 2016

It is Digital Citizenship Week!

October 14th Broadcast

Save this site to your home screen to keep up with campus news!

October 12, 2016

Aloha, Unicorns! First pep rally sets the year up for success

On October 6th, NGC had its very first Hawaiian-themed pep rally. Everyone got in the spirit and dressed for the luau to support the sports teams against Steele High School. From students in the stands to everyone on the floor, Unicorn talent was celebrated. Mr. Wenzel, World Geography teacher, hosted the event and introduced the the players. Mrs. Waters, Spanish teacher, and freshman Vi'shawn Brule had us laughing as they hula-danced across the gym floor. Teachers and students stumbled their way through the bat relay. Photos by: Kendyl Farmer

Work to your full potential

Freshmen football host Steele at home on October 6, 2016. A team lost 7-34 and B team lost 0-24, but both teams never gave up and continued to put all of their work and effort onto the field.

Photo by: Kendyl Farmer
Photo by: Kendyl Farmer
Photo by: Kendyl Farmer
Photo by: Kendyl Farmer
Photo by: Kendyl Farmer
Photos by: Kendyl Farmer

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."

Photos by: Julia Molina

October 7, 2016

Practicing & perfecting

Freshman Samantha Roberts shines while practicing her monologue during Ms. Forsythe's Theater 1 second period. Photo by: Sierra Barboza

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.

Photos by: Mya Pizzuto

October 5, 2016

Falling into fashion

Freshmen, Ryan Gramm & Alyssa Flugrath posing with their early fall fashion before school in the courtyard. Flannels, long cardigans, rolled up skinny jeans and Chucks are all popular trends across campus. "Fall is a great time to experiment with your fashion," said Gramm. Photo by: Emily Couser.

"Rogue" went wild at the U.S. Bands Competition

On October 1, the Unicorn band performed at the U.S. Bands Competition at New Braunfels High School. The Unicorn band performance, "Rogue", placed first in Visual and first in Caption. They proved their talent as they competed against 22 area bands. "At the competition, it was really amazing because everyone was holding hands in a group, thinking of how amazing it would be to be in first place," said freshmen trumpet player Sierra Barboza.

September 29, 2016

Freshmen Fair Day favorites

September 27, 2016

Across the river rivalry

Freshman A and B team fighting hard against Canyon Cougars on September 23, 2016 at the Unicorn Stadium to defend a 40 year rivalry. A team won 7-6 & B team won 14-0. Photo by: Kendyl Farmer.

September 26, 2016

Unicorn pride is justified at the annual Comal County Parade

NBHS Colorguard twirl streamers and show their Unicorn spirit.
Go New Braunfels, go New Braunfels, fight for victory! NBHS Band make us proud and play their hearts out to the Unicorn fight song.
The Sapphires strut down San Antonio Street.
NBHS ROTC honor our flags and proudly march in the parade.
"Home is Where the Horn Is". Freshmen Cheer proudly perch upon their Texas-themed float.
FFA members share a few laughs and enjoy their fall-themed float during the parade.

Photos by: Kendyl Farmer

September 22, 2016

Wurst Bowl win, 42-35

The New Braunfels Unicorns football team won Thursday's home conference game against rival school Canyon by a score of 42-35. Photos by: Elodia Marshall

September 21, 2016

Tasteful thinkin'

Ireri Jacobo & Gabriel Hernandaz beating the heat at a local snow cone shop after school. Photo by: Julia Molina

These lions aren't vicious

Maggie Kroesche, president of the Leo Club, signals the end of the first Leo Club meeting. They are led by the New Braunfels Lions Club and volunteer their time to benefit others and the community around them. The New Braunfels Lions Club states, "Our mission is to create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation." Photo by: Mya Pizzuto

Club Français

Bethan Williams enjoying croissants after school at New Braunfels High School for French Club. Photo by: Hezekiah Rivera / Background photo by: Kendyl Farmer

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!

September 21, 2016

Academic update

Dr. Montgomery and her 3rd period, French I, class. Photo by: Mya Pizzuto
In Mrs. Reaves English I class, students practice working in a team while building a house using toothpicks and marshmallows.
Don't overreact! In Mr. Orsag's biology class, students test biomolocules in order to recognize proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids. Photos by: Hezi Rivera


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