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February 2020

Class of 2020 Announces Valedictorian/Salutatorian

On January 24th, the numbers were added up, identifying Destin Weathersby and Jacob Tondre as the respective valedictorian and salutatorian for the Samuel Clemens High School Class of 2020.

Valedictorian Destin Weathersby serves as vice-president for both National Honor Society and Key Club and treasurer for Pie Club. Dustin also plays on the varsity team for Lady Buffs Soccer. After graduation, Dustin will attend Texas A&M University to major in biochemistry.

Salutatorian Jacob Tondre is a percussionist with the Mighty Buffalo Band & Drumline and is also a member of NHS. As a winner in UIL Math & Science, Jacob will continue his studies the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, pursuing a degree in pharmacology.

All of us at Clemens extend a heartfelt congratulations to Destin and Jacob. Your hard work, dedication, and perseverance has paid off.

Fine Arts Unites to Present Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance marked the first musical performed at Samuel Clemens High School since 2003. Making the production a Fine Arts event meant juggling schedules of art, band, orchestra, choir, dance, and theatre students and directors.

An incredible amount of work went into this production, teaching all involved about the process of producing a musical production. The goal for every production is to provide the audience with an engaging performance while teaching students the art of theatre-making and its reflection and impact on society.

If you were able to make it to any of the performances, we hope you enjoyed the production. We look forward to making musical theatre a staple here at Samuel Clemens High School.

Pirates of Penzance

Buffs Unite for No Place for Hate Week

During the final week in January, Clemens students and faculty came together to say in one voice that their campus is No Place for Hate. A series of theme days allowed all to have some fun while coming together, united in saying that bullying, harassment, or discrimination won't happen here—not on our campus. Theme days were...

  • Monday- Give warm fuzzies: Wear fuzzy socks!
  • Tuesday - Stand up against bullying: Super Hero Day!
  • Wednesday - Mix-It-Up at Lunch: Mismatch clothing!
  • Thursday - Erase hate: Wear pink or white!
  • Friday - Team up against bullying: Team jerseys!

Giving Blood to Save Lives

On January 16th, the HOSA program at Clemens held a blood drive to benefit the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center. The recurring event was held in the Clemens library, with the community invited to participate alongside Clemens students & staff. In all, 75 units of blood and 21 units of platelets were collected by day's end—but more are needed.

Because of our sports teams performing so well, any student-athletes were unable to donate. As a community blood drive, the community at large is invited to Clemens on days of blood drives. Non-faculty member adults need but sign in at the front office with their driver's license (which is also needed by screeners at the blood drive for verifying identity) and proceed to the library.

The next community blood drive will be held at Clemens on March 19th. If interested in donating, please contact health science teacher Melissa Brown.

NHS Serves at H-E-B Feast of Sharing

The H-E-B Feast of Sharing is a series of festive gatherings that include more than 250,000 meals served during 33 dinners throughout Texas and Mexico. Filled with food, music, and good cheer, these free holiday feasts bring together family, friends and neighbors, and provides H-E-B an opportunity to give thanks to its loyal customers. Launched in 1989, the H-E-B Feast of Sharing invites everyone to our holiday dinner table. This initiative is an important part of H-E-B’s Food Bank Assistance Program, which works year-round to prevent hunger.

More than 100 Clemens National Honor Society Students participated in the San Antonio event, held December 21st at the San Antonio Convention Center.

In the Classroom, Around the Campus

Colorguard Places at Winter Competition

On January 17th, Clemens Colorguard took part in the Texas Educational Colorguard Association (TECA) Winterguard North competition at Medina Valley High School in Castroville. Varsity Colorguard placed in the top ten of teams represented, while JV placed 11th.

Welcome New Faculty Members!

The student population isn't all that's growing and changing here at Clemens. For the 2019-20 school year, Clemens welcomed twenty-three new members to its faculty and staff. A few of these are highlighted below.

Cheer Wins State!

Clemens Cheer are now themselves State Champions.

Over the course of two days in mid-January, Cheer traveled to Fort Worth to perform in prelims and finals in multiple levels of competition. The school gathered in the halls to cheer the team on as they prepared for their journey. Once there, scoring in the Top 20 for prelims allowed the team to advance to finals in multiple events.

UIL Spirit competition focuses on the traditional game day role cheerleaders have on the sidelines and in schools supporting athletic teams. At the UIL Spirit State Championships, schools compete in three categories: crowd leading, fight song, and band dance.

When it was all said and done, nearly six months of practice boiled down to a 3-minute routine, yielding a first-place win as 6A Conference Division II winners for Spirit and Band Dance. They were runners up for Crowd Leading Cheer.

Coach Alonso and Coach Pedroza join the rest of the school, the rest of the community in congratulating Clemens Cheer on their hard-earned wins.

Aquatics Finishes Strong at District

On the evening of January 23rd, our Buffaloes made a District Runner-Up performance against seven other teams within the 25-6A District 2020 Championships at the new Blossom Athletic Center hosted by Northeast ISD. Standout swims came across the board from top to bottom within each event. Setting pool records in the 50 free and 100 free Junior Tate Sloan won District Swimmer of the Meet and the Men’s 400 Freestyle Relay (Jacob Brehm 12, Conley Savage 12, Christian Eberhard 11, and Tate Sloan 11) set a new District record with a 1st place finish. Buffs filled many gaps within each event and filled each event with an average top ten finish. Men's team resulted in a 2nd place finish; Women, 4th.

OtFifteen individual swims, all Clemens relays and a total of 16 swimmers competing in fifteen different events have advanced to 2020 Region 7-6A Prelims set for January 31st & February 1st, also at Blossom Athletic Center.

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Clemens High School Construction Updates

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Samuel Clemens High School

Since opening in 1968, Samuel Clemens High School has served the students and community of SCUCISD. Samuel Clemens offers both traditional and International Baccalaureate (IB) high school diplomas to its students.