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Pioneer High School theatre troupe heading to regionals

20180413 PioneerPlayFor the second time in the history of the school, Pioneer High School will advance to the regional level in this year’s One-Act Play UIL competition. Previously, the Alpha Theatre Troupe advanced to regionals back in 2016.

Pioneer’s Alpha Theatre Troupe will be competing Monday at the 5A Region IV One-Act-Play Competition in San Antonio after placing in the top three at the area competition held March 30, according to the campus’ theatre director Charles Brenner.

The students competed by performing an act of Laura Lundgren Smith’s play “Dark Road.” The play tells the story of two sisters living in Nazi Germany who begin to drift apart after one of them begins working as a guard at a concentration camp, leaving the other sister horrified at her actions.

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Big 7 teams look to finish strong

20180316 STSoftball SHS vs VMHS LG-08With only one week remaining in the local high school softball season and two weeks remaining in the baseball season, it’s do-or-die time for the Big 7 teams with playoff aspirations. This is especially true for those teams that currently find themselves trailing the top four teams in their respective districts since they have some catching up to do just to get into one of the top four playoff-qualifying spots in each sport’s district.

If the District 30-6A and District 31-5A softball and baseball seasons were to end today, three Big 7 softball teams and four baseball teams would have their playoff berths all locked up. And of those seven teams, one would be district champions.

Let’s take a look at each of these four districts and the Big 7 teams that remain in the hunt for either a district championship or a playoff spot.

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Sharyland ISD names lone finalist for superintendent

20180304 Vidaurri-3After months of searching, the Sharyland Independent School District named a lone finalist for the position of district superintendent.

At a special called meeting Wednesday, the board unanimously approved naming Maria Vidaurri, superintendent at Robstown Independent School District, as the lone finalist to replace current district Superintendent Robert O’Connor.

“It’s a great decision by the school board, they really went through all the applicants in search for someone who would be a great fit for the district and move it forward,” O’Connor said Wednesday. “Vidaurri has worked for the district in the past and she brings stability and maturity you see from someone who has been a superintendent for five years.”

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‘Not one more’ Local residents participate in national movement calling for gun reform

20180324 MarchRally 0071Over one month after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Florida, millions of people around the world took to the streets Saturday in honor of those victims, and residents here in the Valley participated.

Organized by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a gunman killed 17 people on Valentine’s Day, the “March for Our Lives” rally showcased teens calling on Congress to enact stricter gun-control laws.

As many publications have pointed out, reactions to the Parkland shooting is different from previous school shootings due to many of the survivors of the shooting speaking out on social media on the lack of any gun-control reform following two decades of school shootings.

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Pioneer High School discusses effects of bullying

20180327 BulyArt 0015When he was 14 years old, a Sharyland Pioneer High School student was shocked to hear of the Orlando Pulse shooting, where a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub and killed nearly 50 people and injured 58 others two year ago.

 

For the student, who will be called Roger to protect his identity, the reaction he saw of the shooting from a friend was almost as horrifying.

 

“She publicly posted on Facebook how she didn’t see the shooting as a tragedy because all the victims were gay people,” Roger said of the post, which he said came from a friend of his mother who attends the same church he and his family go to. “It felt very insensitive and it hurt to see someone proudly proclaiming that the lives of gay people don’t matter, especially coming from an adult I know and respect.”

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Sharyland rezoning two elementary schools

Sharyland-LogoTo combat a projected decrease in enrollment at one of their elementary campuses, the Sharyland Independent School District will rezone the area between two elementary schools.

During their Monday meeting, the Sharyland School Board of Trustees unanimously approved a rezoning between Jessie L. Jensen Elementary School and John H. Shary Elementary School that will send a total of 88 students from Jensen to Shary Elementary in the next school year.

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