Anna Adams, Staff Writer


At the Virtual State Competition, Arianna Suniga received a $1,500 scholarship and the following students qualified for the national competition:

Tyler Frail- 1st Place in Network Administration Using Cisco.

Arianna Suniga- 2nd Place in Integrated Office Applications.

Jasmine Salazar- 5th Place in Network Administration Using Cisco.

Administrative Support Team in 3rd Place- Amy Zinsmeister, MaKenzee DeCock, and Arianna Suniga.

National Alternate Network Design Team in 5th Place- Tyler Frail and Abigail Amiscosa.

“This year has been so crazy, but I’m glad that BPA and Mrs. Kohlleppel made it possible for everyone to have the opportunity to compete this year,” sophomore and national qualifier Tyler Frail said.


On March 13, the Winter Guard team competed in their first TECA contest and received perfect scores along with a “Superior” rating from the judges.


Two teams qualified for the Future Problem Solvers State Bowl:

Team One- Brennah Birkholz, Sydney Haynes Aelvoet, Kaylyn Persyn, and Allison Whitley.

Team Two- Emma Mueller, Jenna Boehme, Samantha Noll, and Molly Clamon.

“[The competition] was different because the online kids had to come to school, and it was weird,” sophomore Molly Clamon said. Although she thought this FPS competition was unconventional, she and several other teammates qualified for state.


Construct and Cabinet Making

All competitors received gold awards and qualified for state as follows:

Cabinet Making- Steve Cantu Gold.

Construction Material- Jeremiah Reyes Gold.

Carpentry- Kenneth Arroyos Gold.

TeamWorks: Hayden Keller, Liam Persyn, Aiden Cantu, Kenneth Arroyos Gold.


Five students placed and two will advance to state:

Ty Mangan- Gold (1st) Automotive Service Technology.

Garrett Dickinson- Gold (1st) Diesel Equipment Technology.

Klya Ryan- Silver (2nd) Diesel Equipment Technology.

Robert Pursley- Bronze (3rd) Automotive Service Technology.

Eliseo Vera- Bronze (3rd) Diesel Equipment Technology.

Although sophomore Ty Mangan feels that this year was “crazy,” he still managed to nab first place and, along with Garret Dickinson, will progress to state.


On March 14, Garrett and Logan Echtle competed at the state-wide Houston Livestock Show. Logan earned the Breed Champion Breeding Gilt and Garrett won the whole show with the title of Supreme Breeding Gilt.


On February 24th, the band kids competed in the UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest. The Clarinet Quintet, Percussion Ensemble, and Saxophone Quartet will advance to the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest. Soloists who received superior ratings include: Chanse Renaud Banik, Alex Oberhauser, Natalia Lozano, Joel Simonson, Ian Vonderharr, Scarlett Oefinger, Grace Simonson, Rose Simonson, Nathaniel Martin, Laila Aquino, Joseph Gonzales, Hannah Madrigales, Natali Alexander, Klarissa Gaitan, Tyler Frail, Anthony Zinsmeyer, Rhys Ponton, Gwyneth Prior, Kimberly Schaad, and Lane Christilles. The six students who qualified for state are: Tyler Frail, Rose Simonson, Ian Vonderharr, Grace Simonson, Joel Simonson, and Anthony Zinsmeyer. The ensembles that received Superior ratings are: the French Horn Trio- Alexander DeFrees, Samantha Noll, and Matthew Tschirhart; the Saxophone Quartet- Rose Simonson, Liliana Cortez, James Anderson, and Steven Cantu; the Clarinet Quintet- Grace Simonson, Nathaniel Martin, Sarah Adams, Shelby Center, and Amie Johnson; the Percussion Ensemble- Sierra Christa, Joseph Gonzales, Brandon Jackson, Natalia Lozano, Benjamin Martin, Alex Oberhauser, Chanse Renaud Banik, Georgette Ruiz, Joel Simonson, and Ian Vonderharr.

“The original [percussion] ensemble had people drop [out] so they shifted people around,” Giorgette Ruiz said. Although she normally plays the trombone, she helped her teammates by playing the gong, concert bass drum, and marching bass drum. Ruiz, who feared she might slip up, added, “I actually felt really relieved because … we were able to get a good rating.


The 2019-2020 MVHS yearbook received 2nd place in recognition from the American Scholastic Press Association. Leftover copies are available.


The future cadets will be hosting a Color FUN Run, open to all age groups, on Saturday, May 8th.