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by | Jun 6, 2019 | School News

THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS OF ’09

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Soccer Team Finish District Strong

By Collin Dilling, An Alamo Heights High School Journalism Student

The boys varsity soccer team, led by Head Coach Sergio Alcala, has had an impressive season. The boys finished the district season with a 12-2 record. Recently, the boys defeated Brackenridge, 8-0. The team had a lot of returning seniors with some impressive standouts. Senior Midfielder Trey Anderson, senior Defender Seth Ellis and senior Attacker Reed Knapp have been playing on varsity since their sophomore year.

The girls’ varsity team, led by Head Coach Chris Sharp, also had returning stars like senior Midfielder Katie Detmer, senior Defender Reese Ward and junior Forward Abby Wagner. The girls have also had a good season and finished the district season with a 14-0 record. Many of the student athletes believe all their success comes from their work ethic. “We, work hard to continue winning,” Ward said. “We practice really hard so when it comes to game time we can execute our game plan.”

The teams have been crushing opponent teams for the past few weeks. The boys have been putting up impressive numbers beating Sam Houston, 9-0 and Calallen 7-0. The girls also put up impressive numbers. They beat Highlands, 10-0 and Edison, 8-0. “We’ve been playing really hard for the past few weeks,” senior Midfielder Antonio Rico said. “I’m looking forward to playoffs. It’s a challenge but we are up for it.”

Both teams are preparing for the playoffs. They have been running drills and scrimmages to get ready for the challenges that post district might hold. The team has a lot of depth this year and they are trying to get everyone the reps they need. “We have a lot of teammates this year,” Ellis said. “Having so many players on the team is good. Whenever one of the starters is tired or injured, we can sub them out for a fresh player.”

 

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St. Peter’s Weather Balloon Launch

St. Peter School 5th and 6th grade students participated in their annual high altitude weather balloon launch from Brooks City Park. Students select and prepare science experiments which ride along with the balloon, launching within an FAA designated window, with the cooperation of UTSA personnel.  Meteorology students from the University of the Incarnate Word provide on-site weather support and analysis of the data collected during the flight.  Meteorology/Environmental Science students around Texas are invited to compete in predicting the landing site of the balloon. The contest is sponsored by Departments of Atmospheric Science, Environmental Science and Physics, School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering at UIW. The balloon was equipped with GPS, a radio transponder, a computer recording temperature, wind speed, and pressure, a mission patch, three smurf figurines, a representation of their class bearded dragon, a GoPro and several experiments from both the middle school and university students. St. Peter’s students’ experiments included adding a light bulb, a tube of homemade slime, bubble wrap, and a raw egg, to see what effects the flight conditions would have on each item. This year’s balloon traveled 70 miles and reached an altitude of 94,000 feet!  

 

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Saint Mary’s Hall Lacrosse Brings Home Championship

Following a very close semi-final match against Boerne, Saint Mary’s Hall Forms 5 and 6 Barons returned to the field to take on Alamo Heights in the Forms 5 and 6 STXYLA Championship on May 5. The team walked off the field as champions.
The team of only 15 finished with a 9-3 victory. Five Barons received Texas High School Lacrosse League (THSLL) honors this year.
SMH has shown it is a force to reckon with in the sports arena. Here are just a few more of the many student-athlete achievements:
• Women’s varsity soccer and baseball advanced to the Area Round and ended the season as Bi-District Champions.
• Track & field brought home four medal-winners and shattered six school records at the TAPPS 6A State Championships.
• Women’s and men’s golf captured tournament titles at the Cornerstone Christian Warrior Classic Golf Tournament. Men’s golf captured team titles at both the Taft High School Boys Classic and Brennan High School Shootout and Women’s golf qualified for state – the first time since 2012 and captured 1st place team titles in all but one tournament this season.
• Softball advanced to TAPPS Division I State Playoffs.
• Swimming earned first, second, and third-place finishes in four events, including capturing a state title in the 50-yard Freestyle. A pair of Baron swimmers were named to the All-State Team.
• A total of 30 Barons were selected for Winter Sports All-TAPPS Honors. Twenty-four Barons were selected for Spring Sports ALL-TAPPS Honors.
• Varsity football won the western division of Division V classification and played in the Division V State Championship.
• Cross Country competed at the TAPPS 6A State Championship Meet.
• Field Hockey finished Third at the TAPPS State Championship Tournament.
• Men’s varsity basketball was named Area Champions and Regional Finalist.
At SMH, athletics plays a vital role in the development of students, and there are sports offerings in all division levels. More than 80% of Upper and Middle School students play at least one sport, while many compete in up to three.

Home Championship
Following a very close semi-final match against Boerne, Saint Mary’s Hall Forms 5 and 6 Barons returned to the field to take on Alamo Heights in the Forms 5 and 6 STXYLA Championship on May 5. The team walked off the field as champions.

The team of only 15 finished with a 9-3 victory. Five Barons received Texas High School Lacrosse League (THSLL) honors this year.

SMH has shown it is a force to reckon with in the sports arena. Here are just a few more of the many student-athlete achievements:

Women’s varsity soccer and baseball advanced to the Area Round and ended the season as Bi-District Champions.
• Track & field brought home four medal-winners and shattered six school records at the TAPPS 6A State Championships.
• Women’s and men’s golf captured tournament titles at the Cornerstone Christian Warrior Classic Golf Tournament. Men’s golf captured team titles at both the Taft High School Boys Classic and Brennan High School Shootout and Women’s golf qualified for state – the first time since 2012 and captured 1st place team titles in all but one tournament this season.
• Softball advanced to TAPPS Division I State Playoffs.
• Swimming earned first, second, and third-place finishes in four events, including capturing a state title in the 50-yard Freestyle. A pair of Baron swimmers were named to the All-State Team.
• A total of 30 Barons were selected for Winter Sports All-TAPPS Honors. Twenty-four Barons were selected for Spring Sports ALL-TAPPS Honors.
• Varsity football won the western division of Division V classification and played in the Division V State Championship.
• Cross Country competed at the TAPPS 6A State Championship Meet.
• Field Hockey finished Third at the TAPPS State Championship Tournament.
• Men’s varsity basketball was named Area Champions and Regional Finalist.

At SMH, athletics plays a vital role in the development of students, and there are sports offerings in all division levels. More than 80% of Upper and Middle School students play at least one sport, while many compete in up to three.

 

Pitch Night at Alamo Heights

Students enrolled in the Heights Business Incubator program at Alamo Heights High School hosted their first-ever Pitch Night on May 3. Pitch Night is Shark Tank in high school! The top four teams were pre-selected to present to a judges’ panel of professional investors, as well as one Wild Card Team, voted on earlier during Pitch Night. Investors listened to the team presentations and awarded funding to the top two teams, with a third team earning funding by audience choice.

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The 1st Place Team, and a Wildcard contestant, SideKick, was awarded a $10,000 grant to pursue their concept, an App for teens to seek jobs that are specific to teens. The 2nd Place Team, which was actually an individual, BOWRESTRICTOR, was awarded an $8,000 grant to pursue further development of a universal device that would help orchestral performers keep their bow from rising up the strings. The 3rd Place Team, Swift Size, was awarded a $5,000 grant, based on People’s Choice that was decided by the audience. Swift Size is an online measurement system that will allow users to upload their measurements and then converts them to the proper sizing of various online clothing retailers so users can shop with confidence!

Additional concepts shared during Pitch Night included spice strips that help kill the pain of spicy foods, an airport food delivery service, and a thrift shopping experience that allows consumers to find classic, vintage tees. See all Finalist and Wildcard Team descriptions noted below:

THE PITCH NIGHT TEAMS: 

SPICE STRIPS
A Spice Strip is an edible film strip that takes an active stance in fighting the pain from spicy food and soothes the pain quickly, without disruption to the meal. Spice Strips are the first product in an almost limitless, untapped market and we hope to grow rapidly through both restaurants and individuals alike.
Chris Raney, Wendell Snow, Campbell Seay, Hayes Ulm, Bergen Bonar

BOWRESTRICTOR
Orchestra players have a natural tendency to allow their bow to travel up their instrument. This is improper technique and ruins the beautiful acoustics of the instrument. The Bowrestrictor is a universal device that prevents this of the instrument. The Bowrestrictor is a universal device that prevents this common issue among orchestral players.
George Judson

ROO
Roo is the in-airport food delivery service that allows flyers to pre-order their food to be delivered to their gate. No more lines. No last second food scrambles. Airport eating made easy.
Ally Adelman, Justin Pisano, Grace Tippit, Jack Seger

SWIFT SIZE
Swift size is an online chrome extension that will automatically convert your body measurements to the size charts of various online clothing brands. With the Swift Size Measurement Kit, customers can accurately take their own measurements and then input them into the Swift Size website. The online chrome extension will tell you what size you are so that you can shop with confidence!
Carly Fuhrmann, Lucy Gibbs, Emma Mickler, Miros Trevino De La Pena, Amanda Uribe

THE WILDCARD TEAMS:

DOCKSENSOR
The DockSensor is a 24/7 water height monitor for your boat dock. By using weather, flow data and the water height. The DockSensor gives you early bird flood warnings so that you never lose your boat again.
Rob Ellwood

SIDEKICK
Just like Batman needs Robin, everyone needs a SideKick! Homeowners – too many household tasks and not enough time? Hire a SideKick! Teens – too many obligations for a traditional job? Become a SideKick. SideKick is the new solution. It’s fast, it’s easy – just tap to connect. Homeowners – cross off to-do lists in a flash. Teens – find small tasks for fast cash. SideKick is a safe, local, community-based service app that connects teens that want to work to busy homeowners that need tasks completed.
Trevion Godley, Nik Proctor, Browning Shemwell, Will Nunns, Jack Moses

SHIRTMOB
Shirt Mob brings thrift shopping into the modern world, so that it’s never been easier to find classic vintage tees. We are a trusted company, finding the diamond in the rough to eliminate your search, through our website and our Instagram.
Reed Knapp, Nathan Dahl, Trip Goen, Jacquelyn Welsh

KC SQUARED
KC Squared is a cosmetics company focused on making our customers look good on the outside while feeling great on the inside. Our goals are to nourish and hydrate the skin with products our customers can feel good about; that’s why we use all organic ingredients. And, because we all want to nourish Mother Earth, we only use 100% recyclable packaging to reduce our environmental waste.
McKenzie Hervey

DOS ENERGY
Dos Energy is an environmentally conscious company that provides a food pickup service and then converts the food waste into methane gas and fertilizer. Our goal is to reduce the endless supply of food waste going into landfills and use food waste’s harmful byproduct of methane to benefit the community. Through the biodigesting process, Dos Energy gives food waste a second use by taking advantage of its naturally produced byproducts. This all natural and organic process takes one man’s trash and turns it into another man’s treasure.
Justin Du, Jordi Garcia, Natalia Garcia, Matthew Markette, Sam Sippel

SOTERIA LOCKS
Soteria Locks is the first fully hands-free, NFC based, smart lock that does not require a recharge. The technology we are using is the same reliable technology used for apple and android pay. Because of this type of technology, our locks offer quicker and more secure control of your front door than our competitors. You won’t even need a change of batteries. Our lock also has sharable key capabilities, so anyone needing access to your house can come and go for the duration of the time set by you. Help us make keys a thing of the past.
Wyatt Sauer, Gage Hayne, Gage Bierschwale, Michael Morell

RUNNING WITH SCISSORS
Running with Scissors connects busy businessmen with hair stylists that come to your place of work and provide quick, easy haircuts. We provide an easily operated website that offers the most convenience to our customers.
Michael Fulton, Josh Galindo, Tano Kleberg

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