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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2007
SERVING KARNES COUNTY SINCE 1891
KARNES COUNTY’S COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER
Produced by Karnes City High School students on The Badger Times staff. Editor Abby Traxler. Adviser Julie Nichols. 400 N. Highway 123, Karnes City, Texas 78118 - (830)780-2321 - email@example.com
Photo by Christina Rodriguez
Freshman Chelsey Villanueva tries to walk the line using Fatal Vision
Goggles with the assistance of Julie Mendoza and Devin DeLaGarza. The
demonstration by Karnes City Police Chief Eddie Salas, left, was part of the
Smart Choices II Class Action grant program on the effects of drinking and
Too many people grow up. Thats
the real trouble with the world, too
many people grow up. They forget.
They dont remember what its like
to be (young). Walt Disney
By Abby Traxler
The Badger Times Editor
The sky is dark and the air is
cool and crisp. Ghosts, ghouls and
goblins join princesses, pirates
and Þremen in a stroll through
streets with skeletons and witches
guarding the yards. On any other
day of the year sights like these may
strike people as odd or grotesque
but, tonight, it is the norm.
On Halloween many people
celebrate in different ways whether
its dressing up or handing out
candy. Senior Dylan Braudway has
spent this night
with his friends
for a while.
go to Weston
and his parents
have food and
drinks for us,
he said. Then
we sit out in the
yard and hand
kids candy but
only after weve
But what happens when the
kids you are scaring are your own
classmates? This year at KCHS a
surprising amount of students are
making plans to do some trick-or-
treating of their own.
Heck yes, were going trick-
or-treating, Junior Melissa Lopez
said of her and her friends. Its fun
and its a way for us (my friends
and I) to hold on to our childhood
even if its just one day a year.
Other students, however, say
its time to grow up.
I think its very childish,
Junior R.J. Rodriguez said.
Regardless of whether
dressing up and trick-or-treating
is childish, students still Þnd
joy in the traditions surrounding
Being a kid never hurt
anyone, Melissa said.
One of the most important
traditions of Halloween is the
costume. While Melissa and her
friends are dressing up as the Spice
Girls, another junior, Amanda
Gonzales, has chosen to be a
My King Leonitus is going
to be Weston Yanta, she said
laughing. I cant wait, it should be
With box ofÞce smashes
like Saw IV, which opened last
weekend, some students ßock to
the theaters for a bit of Halloween
scare. Another scary movie out in
time for Halloween includes Thirty
Days of Night, a vampire ßick.
However, not everyone is
as enthused and excited about
Halloween. KCISD Nurse
Bernadette Bluhm gave her stance
on the holiday. I dont like
Halloween, she said. Its not the
Holiday, but kids come to school
the next day tired because they
stayed up all night and they also
have headaches from sugar rushes
and rotten teeth.
But rotten teeth and sugar
rushes aside, childrenof all
agesstill go out every year in
hope of scoring more candy than
the year before. Halloween had
become more of an excuse for
teenagers to dress up, goof off and
act like kids again according to
Freshman Lauren Garza. We get
to dress crazy and have fun. What
could be better?
Heck yes, were going trick-
or-treating. Its fun, and its
a way for us to hold on to our
childhood even if its just one
day a year.
-- Junior Melissa Lopez
Students Relive Childhood
through Halloween Trick-or-Treat
Joyce Rives and Jeanette
Davidsons BCIS classes will be
creating a Hall of Honor in the Social
Several KCHS graduates are
proudly serving in various branches
of the military, Rives said.
We are requesting students and
faculty to bring in pictures of our
graduates that are serving or have
served in the military, she said. We
are asking that you provide the name,
branch of service and their year of
Students are asked to submit
these photos to either Rives or
Davidson. For further information
please contact them at (830)780-
2321 ext. 321.
BCIS Classes Seek Vet Photos
Girls Cross Country Team Runs with Heart
s I rounded the last
half mile of the
two-mile district Cross Country
course, pain shot through my
twisted ankle. I felt I couldnt
possibly climb that last hill along
Starke Park in Seguin.
But just ahead of me was my
teammate Junior Melissa Lopez.
She slowed and waited for me,
reached out and grabbed my arm
and pulled me farther ahead with
her. It was clear she was adamant
that we, as a team, would Þnish;
no one would be left behind.
Cross Country is a very
enduring sport. It takes the mental
and physical endurance that all
runners train to acquire, but here
at KCHS it has also grown to
mean a close knit team.
This years early morning
practices consisted mostly of girls,
because most of
our boys team
was is involved
in football and
We are a
this year other
runners Genna Kopecki and Frankee
Padron, so starting out we had a less
experienced team when it came to
running at the varsity level.
At District last week, Genna
set a positive example. She was
not feeling well but ran the course
anyway. Because of her leadership
throughout the season, we all respect
her and how hard she has worked at
running throughout her high school
It seems we all grew closer to
each other whether we were pushing
each other harder, sharing the latest
gossip as usual, or just talking
about how school was going for us.
Sure, as any other team we have
our problems, like envying that one
runner for Þnishing with a better
time, but then you realize that you
need to step it up and push it harder
to beat that individual.
Along with the leadership of
Genna on our team you will see
one of our youngest runners Robin
Garcez, a freshman, leading the
Lady Badger pack. Robin pushes
herself in practice and on her own
time, and her dedication to the sport
and to running in general is another
positive example for our team. I
have come to refer to her as Speedy
Garcez because I claim she runs
by so quickly you never knew she
was there. She just laughs and in her
humble way says thank you and
keeps on going.
Were a relatively young team,
so I look forward to the continued
camaraderie we will share as we
grow stronger as individuals and as
a team. I thank each member of the
Lady Badger Cross Country team
for her time and dedication to our
efforts, and I wish all of you the best
of luck at this weekends Regional
Jamie Fleming, a sophomore, is a
reporter for The Badger Times and
a member of the Lady Badger Cross
Country Team, which placed second
at District Oct. 24.
Counselor Reminds Students of College Entrance Exam Dates
Counselor Grace Soliz is remind-
ing students, particularly juniors and
seniors, of upcoming college entrance
exam registration dates.
To register for the Dec. 8 ACT,
students must meet the deadline of
Friday, Nov. 2. Late registration is
Nov. 3-15, but a fee is required. The
next ACT will be administered Feb. 9
with registration on Jan. 4. To regis-
ter, students may go to www.act.org.
The SAT will be administered
Saturday, Nov. 3, but the deadline to
register has passed. The next SAT test
date is Dec. 1, and registration was
Tuesday, Oct. 30, but students may
register late by Nov. 8 with a fee. The
next date is Jan. 26 with a registration
date of Dec. 26. To register for the
SAT, go to www.collegeboard.com.
Soliz also noted that applications
for Texas colleges and universities
can be submitted online at
Soliz recommends juniors begin
researching colleges and universities
that offer degrees in their areas of in-
terest. She also instructs them to take
a PSAT, which was administered Oct.
17. Dual credit classes are available
at KCHS as well, and Soliz recom-
mends students acquire as many col-
lege credits as they can while in high
For juniors, she recommended they
take SATs and ACTs in May once
they have had necessary English and
math courses to prepare them.
For seniors, Soliz said they should
make a calendar of college admis-
sions and Þnancial aid deadlines.
They should also retake the SAT or
ACT if necessary. Students should
have already begun their application
process to universities and colleges,
and this month they should seek rec-
ommendation letters from teachers or
club sponsors as well as request their
transcripts from her.
Also in November, students should
begin fnancial aid applications. In
December, she recommends parents
and students begin gathering data for
the Free Application for Federal Stu-
dent Aid, or FAFSA. That website is
The Lion`s Paw The Lion`s Paw
Lion`s Paw brought to you by the
MM/J classes at KHS
November 2 HOMECOMING CEREMONIES
November 2 Parents Night
November 2 Lions Play Stockdale here
November 6 KHS picture day
Happenings at KHS
�Alex Alvarado. Hanna Valdez
Garrett Perkins is a new teacher at
Kenedy High School this year.
Thanks to Mr. Perkins our His-
tory. Government and Economics
classes don`t have to be such bor-
ing classes anymore. Perkins .a
nationally known stand-up come-
dian. has toured with George Lo-
pez. Paul Rodriguez. Sinbad.
George Carlin. and Steven Wright.
He was also a writer Ior Jay Leno
on The Tonight Show Ior 2 years.
contributing to Leno`s opening
Perkins was born in San Antonio.
TX and lived in Italy Ior 3 years.
He traveled Irom diIIerent air
Iorce bases as a child. He attended
Texas Tech University where he
earned his post bachelors degree
in Education. Perkins also at-
tended the Texas Tech University
College oI Business earning his
bachelors degree in business ad-
ministration. and a marketing/
organizational management de-
He decided to teach here because
he wanted to give back to a com-
munity that he Ielt deserved it. He
says he enioys it so Iar because
'the people here are Iriendly.
grateIul. and thoughtIul.¨ He
says. 'My biggest achievement is
being able to teach here. having
the opportunity to make diIIer-
ences doing what I love. which is
Garret Perkins Social Studies teacher
This year`s KHS homecoming
queen will be announced Novem-
ber 2. 2007 at the Iootball game .
Since the Iield has been undergo-
ing maintenance Kenedy`s home-
coming has been postponed multi-
Friday`s pep rally will also be the
special homecoming version.
The gym will be packed with Ians.
In addition to Homecoming
Ceremonies. the Lions will also
observe Parents Night. Breanna Villanueva FFA Crystal DeLa Garza FCCLA Cecilia Vasquez Interact
Veronica Rodriguez Spanish Club Rikki Crenshaw Cheerleaders Pricilla St John NHS
Broghan Burns FCA
Melanie Martinez Acct. Soc
Brittany Edwards Lion Band
Donna Rodriguez Student Council Jessica Mendoza PALS
Homecoming Is Finally Here
'It |the delay| didn`t really aIIect
me. I`m iust glad we are going to
have it. I also want to use this
chance to say thanks to the Ians
Ior supporting us |team|.¨
Ernnie Salinas. senior
~I don`t really think it has made
that much oI a diIIerence chanign
the date oI homecoming. It wills
till be pretty exciting.¨
Robby Alvear. senior
~It has not changed the excitement
oI homecoming. All I know is that
no matter what the game is. wear
are going to try really hard.¨
Matthew Arenas. senior
'The only thing that I can think oI
is the Senior Pep Rally. As long
as we can still have that. I`m
good.¨ Donna Rodriguez. senior
~I think it aIIected a lot oI people
because everyone was really ex-
cited to have it the day it was
planned. ~ Crystal Salas. senior
~It was kind oI bad because I did-
n`t know when to order a mum.¨
'It`s okay. but I had a summer
type dress and now it is cold.¨
Crystal DeLaGarza. senior
'It is Iine. but it was hard Ior the
people who make the mums.
They were ready Ior the Iirst date.
Also. people had already taken oII
Irom work to be here and they had
to change. but it is really ok.¨
Cecilia Vasquez. senior
'It`s no big deal. it`s iust a techni-
cality.¨ Alexandra Kalisek. sen-
~It doesn`t make any diIIerence to
me; it should be about the team.¨
Rikki Crenshaw senior
Two senior AP Literature students .Alexandra Kalisek and Veronica
Rodriguez went with Mrs. Alexander to the Johnson Symposium at Vic-
toria College to see the play Hedda Gabler last week.
The class is reading the play by Henrik Ibsen.
Students Attend Victoria Play
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