In March, former Detroit Lions, University of Oklahoma and San Antonio Lee star linebacker Travis Lewis gave a motivational speech to more than 200 athletes at Smithson Valley Middle School recently. He talked about the power of positive thinking, a healthy diet, and generosity.
“I wouldn’t have been able to achieve any of my goals without a positive mindset,” Lewis said. “Whatever career you choose, if you start reinforcing good habits as early as middle school or younger it will serve you well in the long run.”
Rebekah Williams, seventh-grade student, said Lewis’ message was powerful. “He was really inspirational,” she said. “He had a lot of good points for my
A record 165 athletes from Comal ISD middle and high schools who competed in the STAR (Specialized Training in Athletics and Recreation) season-ending track and field meet at Canyon Lake High School on April 27 had an excellent stage to show off a culmination of weeks of training.
After an evening of storms, a morning of perfect spring weather and hundreds of admiring volunteers on the track and fans in the stands didn’t hurt either.
“Our athletes work so hard for this one day, and everyone involved gets so excited,” said Terry Werchan, head of Comal ISD’s STAR sports program. “This was without a doubt one of the best events we’ve ever had.”
The Smithson Valley Middle School cheerleaders welcomed athletes from each campus. Volunteers from around the district then formed a spirit line with their hands held high that each athlete ran through.The CLHS Army Junior ROTC STAR Color Guard, consisting of: David Garrett, Colton Forbus, Cody Jarrell, Clay Jarrell, Julian Perez, and Christopher Hille, presented the colors and Sarah Schneider, a member of the CLHS choir, sang the National Anthem. Smithson Valley High Navy JROTC instructor Vince Quidachay was the public address announcer during the track and field meet. During the opening ceremonies, CLHS student Avaryn O’Connor carried a paper torch and led the athletes around the track.
The STAR athletes competed in sprint and relay races, adapted equipment races, and field events such as the javelin, softball throw and long jump.
“This day is all about our STAR athletes,” said Victoria Gibbens, student volunteer. “You can see the absolute joy in their faces when they are competing and having fun with their friends. That joy is infectious.”
Everyone who competed received a trophy.
“We absolutely could not have done this without our many volunteers,” Werchan said. “They are the ones that allow our STAR athletes to shine.”
Student volunteers from Canyon Lake, Smithson Valley, and Canyon high schools, as well as Texas State University, helped make the event a success.
Congratulations to the Smithson Valley Middle School Rocketry Team, which qualified for National Competition for the second straight year. This is the one of the largest STEM competitions in the United States.
The team had to design a rocket that would carry two eggs to a distance of 850 feet in the air and return them intact within 44-46 seconds.
SVMS accomplished all of the set guidelines, and became one of only 100 teams in grades 7-12 to qualify for Nationals in Virginia on May 14. All 50 states competed.
The team was recognized at the April 21 Comal ISD School Board meeting.