Blue Jay Chatter
Editor: Brad Dietrich
Assistant Editor: Grant Maresh
Basketball district champs
For first time since ‘72
By: Grant Maresh
The Blue Jay basketball team won the district championship for first time since 1972 on Tuesday, February 13 with a 66-38 win over Sealy. The team will head into their first playoff game since the 2013-2014 season with a 9-1 district record.
Head coach Patrick Oliver, who first took over the team in the 2014-2015 season, is excited about both winning district and coaching in his first playoff game as a Needville Blue Jay.
“It’s a great feeling [to win district] because the kids have worked really, really hard,” Oliver said. “They’ve done everything they’re capable of.”
Senior guard Lyndon Atkinson, who scored 11 points in the win over Sealy and has played a big role as a shooter for the team, is looking forward to playing in his first ever playoff game.
“We’ve been willing to work hard and have been playing good team basketball,” Atkinson said.
Oliver has been especially happy with the team’s practices this season.
“One of the major keys [to winning district], is being able to practice against the JV team,” Oliver said. “It gives us a really good look and just changes the dynamic of practice effort.”
The Jays are anticipating a strong crowd as they tip off against Bay City on Tuesday, February 20 at 6:30 in Sweeny.
“I’m really proud of the team,” Oliver said. “We’re not done though!”
UIL Competes at Seven Lakes
By: Hunter Dworaczyk
Needville high school UIL academics competed in the Seven Lakes UIL Invitational on Saturday, January 13.
In Journalism, Needville took 10 out of the 40 medals available. Grant Maresh got 5th place in Headline Writing, 7th in Feature Writing, 9th in News Writing, and 10th in Editorial Writing. Hunter Dworaczyk got 6th in Feature Writing, 8th in News Writing, and 8th in Editorial Writing. Casey Dworaczyk got 3rd in Feature Writing and 7th in Editorial Writing. Kasey Strouse got 9th in Feature Writing.
Maddie Young got 8th place in Ready Writing.
The Computer Science team of James Schoener, Josef Schodek, and Mason Howell placed 3rd as a team with James Schoener placing 3rd and Josef Schodek placing 7th individually.
Christine Mendoza got 8th place and Robin Gorrell got 10th place in Computer Applications.
In Accounting, Bryce Thuman got 8th place.
Tristan Amos got 10th place in Spelling and Vocabulary.
Needville UIL academics compete at the Magnolia UIL invitational on February 10.
National Honor Society Students Inducted
By: Grant Maresh
31 juniors and 2 seniors were inducted into National Honor Society (NHS) on Thursday, February 1. The students were inducted into the society based on the 4 pillars of NHS: Service, Leaders, Scholarship, and Character.
NHS President Madeline Young started the induction with a welcome and some brief information on NHS. Then, Vice President Mary Jo Stavinoha, Recording Secretary Delaney Orsak, Treasurer Elizabeth Eversole, and Business Secretary Taylor Ann Laman addressed the individual pillars of NHS.
The incoming students where then called onto the stage on by one to “sign in” by signing a small book that is filled with hundreds of signatures from former NHS members and to receive their certificates.
Principal Steve Adamson then gave a short address to the students and the ceremony was followed with refreshments in the lobby.
The following students were inducted: Jack Basden, Cami Buell, Jordan Cheek, David Dick, Samantha Dostal, Casey Dworaczyk, Savannah Gless, Cameron Harris, Trent Holub, Walker Kalinowski, Daniel Kluttz, Jayme Krauss, Abigail Rios, Bella Ruggeroli, Kasi Schneider, Madison Schultz, Gabriella Serrano, Alexis Smith, Hunter Dworczyk, Mia Flores, Dionne Freund, Anna Gadway, Claudia Garcia, Eutimio Garza, Maycie Lollar, Scotlyn Lowe, Grant Maresh, Brianna Nesvadba, Baley Stavinoha, Kennedy Talamantez, Mason Todd, Maggie Wandell, and Kaitlyn Zacek.
Band Auditions for Area
By: Kaysie Faas
Students from the Needville High School Band recently travelled to Orange Grove, Texas to participate in the ATSSB All-Area Auditions.
Nine students qualified for this competition. These players include seniors Kaysie Faas, Colton Mikeska, and Katherine Pitts, juniors Jose Aguilar-Amaya, Amanda Macha, and Eutimeo Garza, sophomores Garrett Green and Mason Krause, and freshman Benjamin Wandell. The participants were auditioning for a seat in the ATSSB 4A All-State Band.
While no player was able to make it to state, directors Lance Finley, Dean Hurta, and Robert Palermo are proud of how their players ranked among the tough competition. The directores are excited to see the growth and advancement that these auditions will bring to the band.
Aliyah Jack Senior Scene
By Casey Dworaczyk
Aliyah Jack was born to Natalie Watson and Israel Jack Jr. on August 9, 2000. Aliyah, often known as Liyah, has one brother named Jamarkus and two sisters named Chantelle and Haleigh. The most influential people in Liyah’s life are Coach Melendez, Mrs. Wleczyk, Mrs. Richards, her grandmother, her youth pastor, Dr. Bell, her family, and her three best friends.
While in high school, she participated in choir, softball, basketball, powerlifting, and cheer. Outside of school, Liyah is an active volunteer for her church’s bible school. She received the honor of being her church’s youth president and also was the youth vice-president. Liyah’s most embarrassing moment while at Needville High School was when she fell down the stairs. Liyah likes many things about her school but her favorite things about it would be her friends and the support that the school has for its sports. Sports have been a huge part of her life. Liyah Jack loves her Dallas Cowboys and the Alabama Football and Softball team. Her dream vacation would be to go to Hawaii.
After high school, she plans on going to college to become a physical therapist or a doctor. In ten years, Liyah envisions herself in a huge house with the love of her life, working at her dream job and making lots of money.
TaylorAnn Laman Senior Scene
By Casey Dworaczyk
TaylorAnn Laman was born to Tracy and David Laman on July 6, 1999. TaylorAnn has one sister named Ashley. One of the most influential people on TaylorAnn’s life was her grandfather, Johnnie Laman. He was kind, hard-working, and a good Christian man. TaylorAnn hopes one day to be as successful, sweet, and faithful as he was.
While in high school TaylorAnn received many honors. She was the Drum Major for the Needville Bluejays Band for two years, an officer for the National Honor Society, a student council officer for two years, a HOSA and BETA club officer, and a member of the Spanish club. Outside of school, TaylorAnn is very active in her church youth group.
TaylorAnn’s most memorable moment while in Needville High School was when Mr. Stubbs got hit with a color guard flag by one of her fellow freshman. Her favorite part about the school is that the teachers actually care about the students and want the best for them.
After high school, TaylorAnn plans on attending Harding University in the fall of 2018 and graduating from their nursing program and becoming a registered nurse. In five years she hopes to work a few years in the med center and in ten years she hopes to be a nurse practitioner in the United States Navy and working on their hospital ships
Brody Gussert Senior Scene
By: Jonathan Dominguez
Brody Chase Gussert was born on January 7th, 2000 to parents DeAnn Walker and Steven Gussert. Brody has 4 brothers, Garret, Jaren, Jade, and Josh.
Brody says his parents are the people that have influenced him the most growing up because they taught him to be an amazing person. His mother helped Brody develop his amazing artistic ability that Brody possesses.
After high school Brody plans to take a year off and get a job. Then he plans to go to college either at the Art Institutes of Houston or Full Sail University. Then after college Brody would like to get a job at a movie or game company as a concept artist.
Briana Alexis Kveton Senior Scene
By: Ashley Martinez
Briana Alexis Kveton was born on November 19, 1999 to parent Michael Kveton. Briana has four siblings: three sisters and one brother named Anna, Crystall, Angela, and Anthony. The most influential person in her life is her older sister, Crystall. “She taught me that strength, kindness, and devotion will help get you through life.”
While at Needville high school, Briana has participated in choir and in HOSA. Her most memorable moment at Needville was singing on stage during her choir concert. “The medical classes, choir, and the library are what I like most about Needville High school.”
After High school, Briana wants to go to community college first, then transfer to a bigger college so she could get her degree in psychiatry.
In five years, she sees herself in college whereas in ten years, she sees herself paying off all of her college debt.
Kveton’s dream vacation is to be able to visit Great Britain and all the countries within.
Her favorite TV shows are The Office, South Park, Arrested Development. Her favorite song is Believer.
Anna Nicole Kveton Senio Scene
By: Ashley Martinez
Anna Nicole Kveton was born on November 19, 1999 to parents Mike Kveton and Maria Kveton. Anna has three sisters named Briana, Crystall, and Angela and one brother named Anthony. Her older sister, Crystall, has most influenced her life. “She taught me to stay away from bad choices in life, because it isn’t worth it. I’ve learned a lot from her and cherish it.”
Kveton has participated in choir throughout her high school years.
Her plans after graduating high school include trying to get into a vocational school. She also would like to go to Florida and work at some pastry shops.
Anna’s dream vacation is to be able to go to Great Britain to explore all the wonderful sights offered. A favorite song of hers is ‘The Weekend’ by Modern Baseball.
Cheyenne Lynn Krobot Senior Scene
By: Brad Dietrich
Cheyenne Lynn Krobot was on March 31, 2000 to Monique Charles and Leon Krobot. She has three siblings, Christian Krobot, Stoniebrook Charles, and Evoni Charles. Cheyenne states that her grandma has also played an influential role on her life because “she is the most kind-hearted and faithful person.”
After high school, Cheyenne sees herself being a paramedic in Corpus Christi, as she wishes to help others in need. Cheyenne’s dream vacation is to go to a beautiful destination named Bora Bora.
Cale Legendre Senior Scene
By: Brad Dietrich
Cale Legendre was born on August 31, 1999, to Danita and Clint Legendre. Cale also has one brother, named Rylan, and one sister, named Tayah. A major influence on Cale’s life is his dad because “he taught me how to be a man, and he always stood behind me in anything I did.”
While at Needville High School, Cale has participated in football, soccer, track, and powerlifting. Outside of school, Cale was also active as he participated in select football. His most memorable moment at Needville was “when there was a search party for an escaped king cobra at the school.” Cale also had a most embarrassing moment which was when he got “leveled” by B.J. Baylor on a punt return during a football game against Wharton. Cale’s favorite thing about Needville High School is the football coaching staff.
After high school, Cale wants to play college football, while also studying to be an engineer. In ten years, Cale sees himself starting a family. Cale also wanted to share one of his favorite quotes that has inspired him to be better than everyone else, “football is an easy game, when you’re better than everyone else.”
Kailey Nicole Labay Senior Scene
By: Ashley Martinez
Kailey Nicole Labay, also known as Kay, was born on October 19, 1999 to parents Cynthia and Jeff Labay. Kailey has two brothers whose names are Cody and Collin. God and her religion has influenced her life significantly. “Whenever I am in trouble, I pray”.
The activities that Kailey had participated in while a student at Needville High School is Volleyball, Cheerleading, and Track. “I went to regionals for Track and got ‘All-American’ for cheer”. She also participates in Club Volleyball outside of school.
Her most memorable moment in high school was when she had gone to regionals for track. Her most embarrassing moment in high school was when she had fallen doing hurdles in front of people. “What I like most about Needville High School has to be the family like feeling the town has”.
Her favorite sports team are the Houston Astros because she likes Baseball and their team colors. Labay’s dream vacation is to be able to go to Bora Bora.
After she graduates from high school, Kailey wants to attend college and make a career from being a radiologist. In five years, she sees herself having a secure job while also finishing college. In ten years, she sees herself having her own family and her own house. “I really love my family and friends”.