AWS  District  Director John Bray presented the Section Educator Award to Clifton Rogers from Floresville High School for the San Antonio Section 18 in recognition of quailty instructional performance devoted to the promotion and expanison of welding skills and knowledge.


Levi Meier, a junior at Floresville High School, received first place for Desktop Publishing in the SkillsUSA State Contest held in Corpus Christi March 22-24. Levi is a student in Mrs. Stiefer’s Printing and Imaging Design class.

Floresville FFA Livestock Judging Teams Compete in Houston
By: Ashlyn Talley Floresville FFA Reporter

On Monday March 12, 2012 the Floresville FFA Livestock Judging Teams competed in the largest judging contest in the world held at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Competing in the senior division was Floresville FFA members Hannah Sawers, Georgia Dunn, Haley Wares, Taylor Wall, Austin Dixon, and Cody Tieken.  The team finished in 3rd place overall out of 264 teams.  Hannah was the 17th highest ranked individual out of 903 individuals. 

Competing in the junior division was McClaine Pawelek, Zoey Wiatrek, Cade Burks, and Payton Meuth.  This team place 11th out of 128 teams and Zoey was the 4 highest ranked individual out of 427 individuals.  Zoey received a calf scramble certificate to purchase a calf for the 2013 Houston Livestock Show worth $1250 for being the 4th highest ranked individual.

In livestock judging, the individuals are to evaluate and place classes of 4 animals.  The animals include sheep, pigs, beef cattle and goats. 

This makes it the 4th time that the Floresville FFA Sr. Livestock Judging team has finished in the top 5 at the Houston Livestock Show Livestock Judging Contest.  Previous years include 2005, 2006, and 2009, with the team winning the contest in 2006.

Judging Team coaches and Floresville FFA Advisors are Mark Jarzombek and Mike Billings.  Anyone interested in judging livestock or joining the FFA can contact the Floresville High School Ag Department at (830) 393-5370.

2012 Valedictorian and Salutatorian. Matt and Kyndal


 The Royal Court is presented during the Floresville High School Junior ROTC’s 11th annual Military Ball Feb. 11 in the school’s cafeteria.  More than 180 cadets and their guests attend the event.  The entire corps of 112 cadets voted on the Royal Court.  Court members are, sitting from left, Court Jester John Earnhardt, Senior King Cory Sheaffer, Senior Queen Jasmine Geromiller, and Junior Prince Ryan Delarm.  Standing from left, Freshman Lady Judith Belmares, Junior Princess Daniellie Shields, Freshman Lord Austin Appelt, Sophomore Duke Lane Mohedano, and Sophomore Duchess Nysa Martinez.

 Photo courtesy of Classic Photography of Kenedy.

The Floresville High School Air Force JROTC Sabertooth Tiger corps received its 3-year Headquarter Air Force JROTC inspection on December 14th.  The inspection team chief was Colonel Paul Lawhorn, USAF, Retired, from Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.  The corps’ overall rating was “Exceeds Standards”, the highest rating possible.  Colonel Lawhorn also presented the “Top Performer“ certificate and ribbon to two of the unit’s most outstanding cadets.  Receiving the Top Performer awards were Cadet Major Ruby Camarillo, a senior, and Cadet Master Sergeant Ryan Delarm, a junior.  The corps has 116 cadets enrolled.

Colonel Paul Lawhorn presents cadets Ruby Camarillo and Ryan Delarm with the Top Performer ribbon and certificates.

Ms. Mary C. Forister, along with Beverly Jones and Carolyn McCarty, came to visit both Tamara Pfeil’s Lifeskills Class and Denise Gibson’s PPCD Class at Floresville South Elementary.  Ms. Forister came to deliver a donation of $2,000 to be used for classroom supplies, field trips, and equipment.

The Floresville High School Culinary Arts classes recently held the Gingerbread House Contest!  The students had to create the whole thing including the gingerbread!  They also have to make sure that everything is edible!

 Grand is:  Catherin Hightower, Kaitlyn Montoya, Melanie Reed, Barrett (William) Smith, and Cassidy Weston

 Reserve is Amanda Apolinar, Dominique Balderas, and Brandy Harris


The FFA Public Relations team members Hannah Sawers, Ashlyn Talley, Georgia Dunn and Taylor Wall performed their competition presentation for the FISD Board of Trustees at the January Board Meeting. The team was recognized for its accomplishments at contest. The team was 1st in the Guadalupe Valley District, 2nd in Area VII, 4th in the State Semifinals and 5th  in the State Finals.

The Floresville ISD Board of Trustees recognized students selected for the All-Region and All-Area bands. The following students were recognized at the January Board Meeting for being selected through competitive auditions to be members of the All Region Band:

Kaitlin Labus, sophomore clarinet

Elisa Meza, junior clarinet

Emerald Starling, sophomore clarinet

James Wayne, junior clarinet

Alyssa Farias, sophomore alto saxophone

Christian Buckley, senior trumpet

Hugo Tijerina, junior trumpet

Eric Ramdass, senior trombone

Levi Meier, junior clarinet – Area

Kelvin Brewington, senior bass clarinet - Area

Katie Brown, junior bass clarinet - Area

Not Pictured: James Wayne and Levi Meier

 In addition, Levi Meier, Kelvin Brewington, and Katie Brown were also selected to the All-Area Band.


From Nov. 14 to Dec 16, Sodexo, along with its food partners, held a contest called “The Healthy High School Challenge.” For five weeks each participating Sodexo School Districts reported the amount  of lunch reimbursable meals and the qualifying snacks purchased in their schools. All reporting was done on a percentage basis so larger districts would not have an advantage over smaller districts. Of the 75 High Schools that participated in this first year, 14 were from Texas. These 14 schools won a combined $16,500. Although Texas represented only 18% of participating schools, it collected 33% of the prize money. Floresville High School received Honorable Mention for its participation and was awarded a check for $500. Collecting the money on behalf of the Floresville High School Student Council were FHS Principal Sandra Galinzoga, FHS Student Council  Reporter-Historian Katherine Burkett, and FHS Student Council President Albert Saenz. Presenting the check was Cafeteria Director Ammie Whaley.

The Floresville High School Air Force JROTC Sabertooth Tiger cadet corps participated in the annual John Jay Mustang Classic Drill Meet on December 10th.  Altogether, 26 high schools and over 1,000 JROTC cadets from all four services (Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines) throughout Texas and Oklahoma competed, making the John Jay drill meet one of the largest in the nation.  Floresville’s armed rifle drill team received three trophies—1st place for armed rifle tandem, 3rd place for armed rifle exhibition, and 3rd place for armed rifle overall.

Photo of armed drill team with 3 trophies on floor:  Kneeling, from left:  Jaydee Gonzales, Jasmine Geromiller, and Liz VanHeeswyk.  Middle row:  Jimmy Garza, David Sendejo, Jeremy Gaudlitz, Ryan Trevett, and Garret Morales.  Back row:  Ryan Delarm, Greg Flores (drill team commander), Zach Taylor, and Evan Akeroyd.

Photo of winners of 1st place trophy for armed rifle tandem:  Greg Flores & Evan Akeroyd

Dylan Flores and Kayla Torres transformed Alex Butts into Titania from A Midsummer Night’s Dream for our Theatrical Design Hair and Makeup competition!

National Honor Society officers present toys to Ben Reed, Director of FISD Social Services.  NHS has an annual Toy Drive for one of their community service projects.


Students (in order) are:  Matt Roe, Brittany Aikens, Mark Davis, Richard Marrero, and Katie Crisp---National Honor Society Officers

(Those not pictured are Katie Smith, Kourtney Ortiz, and Kaitlyn Eberhardt)

The FISD Board of Trustees recognized All-District Athletes for football, volleyball, tennis and cross country during the December FISD Board of Trustees Meeting.


All-District Athletes: FOOTBALL-Johnathan Sandana, Hector Villegas, Chuck Garza, Rafael Arellano, Esteban Mireles, Kyle Bippert, Matthew Crockett, Jacob Flores, Roby Pennartz, Gary Smith, Chris Dreager, Dominique DeWalt


ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT: Josh Barnard, Kyle Bippert, John Handowski, Luke Laskowski, Cody Manges, Tim Muenzler, Luis

Occhuizzi, Gilbert Perez, Kevin Richards, Colby Shodrock, Gary Smith


TENNIS: Madison Pollok, Haley Wares, Julian Gonzales, Alexandra Butts, Roseann Palmer, Giordi Carrillo, James Wayne, Sean Reinertson, Austin Varnon, Enrique Garcia, Adrian Rico, Angie Gonzales, Shelby

Carpenter, Kaia Carrillo, Tracie De Leon


VOLLEYBALL: Jaime Crowder, Micheala Sifuentes,

Samantha Flores, Kyndal Bippert, Melanie Reed, Jessica Castro, Samantha Sauceda


ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT: Samantha Sauceda, Samantha Flores, Jade Jimenez, Melanie Reed, Sonja Tweeten, Jamie Crowder, Kyndal Bippert



Hernandez, Ari Hernandez, Julia Brock, Ashlyn Laskowski, Amanda Montoya, Dehavalan Watts, Michaela Pollaro, Brandon Pogue, Buck Baker, Marcos Ibarra, Beau Baker, Noah Leos, Daniel Bourland

Christian Buckley and Hugo Tijerina (not pictured) were presented with Community of Character Awards at the December FISD Board of Trustees meeting. The two students played Taps during the FISD Veterans Day Ceremony. They then volunteered their time and travelled to the city cemetery and the Veterans Home to perform the piece.

Floresville FFA Competes at State
By: Ashlyn Talley Floresville FFA Reporter

The Floresville FFA Public Relations team competed at the Texas FFA State Leadership Contests on December 2nd and 3rd held on the campus of Sam Houston State University.  Team members included Ashlyn Talley, Georgia Dunn, Hannah Sawers and Taylor Wall.  This team had previously competed in the Guadalupe Valley District FFA Leadership Contests where they placed 1st and in the Area VII FFA Leadership Contests where they placed 2nd.  In this contest, the team must give a 5 to 8 minute presentation about the FFA to an audience that knows nothing about it and answer questions.  This year’s target audience is the school board.

On Friday December 2nd the team competed in the state semifinals with 9 other teams from all over the state.  The team finished in 4th place which qualified them to compete in the finals on Saturday.  In the finals, they competed against 9 other teams again and finished 5th overall.  There were 326 FFA Public Relations teams that competed across the state this fall and Floresville FFA has the 5th best.  This is the highest any leadership team from Floresville has placed in the Texas FFA State Leadership Contest Finals having competed 3 previous times.

The Floresville FFA Public Relations Team would like to thank all of our parents for their help and support throughout the fall semester as we planned for contests.  We would also like to thank Mrs. Hubbert, Mrs. Jarzombek and members of the FHS staff for their criticism and help to prepare for contests.

Floresville FFA Advisors and team coaches are Mark Jarzombek and Mike Billings.  For more information about the FFA or leadership teams, contact the Floresville High School Ag Department at (830) 393-5370.

Cadets and Elementary School Collects Over 4,000 Cans


The Floresville High School Air Force JROTC unit, partnered with Floresville South Elementary School, collected over 4,000 cans during their November canned food drive.  All cans were donated to Ben Reed, Director of the Floresville ISD Social Works office.  This is the 11th annual year for the local JROTC unit to sponsor the canned food drive.  The Sabertooth Tiger corps has collected and donated over 23,000 cans since its first canned food drive in 2001.  There are 117 cadets in the corps.


Photo:  Cadets deliver cans to FISD Social Works office.  From left:  Savannah Mohedano, Marissa Rodriguez, George Gibson, Cody Delarm, John Earnhardt, Joey Irons, Lucas Bernhart, and Ben Reed, Director, FISD Social Works office.

Floresville FFA Competes in Leadership Development Events
By Ashlyn Talley, Floresville FFA Reporter


Floresville FFA has been very busy this fall getting ready and competing in leadership development events.  The teams competed on Tuesday November 8th in the Guadalupe Valley District Contests and the Area VII FFA Contests held November 16th.

Competing in Sr. FFA Creed Speaking  was Mathieu Seguin.  Mathieu placed 8th.  This student must memorize the 5 paragraphs of the FFA Creed and then answer questions. 

Floresville FFA’s Job Interview contestant was Clarrissa Barthold.  Clarrissa placed 7th.  This event has students go through a real life job interview from preparing a cover letter and resume to making a phone call, to the interview.

 The Jr. FFA Creed Speaker Julie Rakowitz placed 6th. This student must memorize the 5 paragraphs of the FFA Creed and then answer questions.

The Radio Broadcasting team consisted of Brielle Brown, Dusti Milewski, and Kristin Greer.  This team placed 3rd and missed qualifying for Area by one place.  This team is to prepare and present a radio type show over a microphone system.

In the Sr. Skills contest Zeke Wiatrek, Cody Tieken and Austin Dixon competed.  This team placed 2nd and advanced to the Area VII Leadership Contest where they place 6th.  This team’s job is to perform a farm skill that people would perform on a regular basis.  The skill that they have chosen is changing the blades on a lawn mower.

Flores FFA’s FFA Public Relations team consisted of Hannah Sawers, Georgia Dunn, Ashlyn Talley and Taylor Wall.  This team placed 1st and advanced to the Area VII Leadership Contest where they place 2nd.  The task for this team is to inform their targeted audience about the FFA.  This year’s target audience is to the school board.  This is the 5th year in a row for this team to qualify for area and the 6 year out of the last 7.  This is also the 4 time out of the last 7 years for the FFA Public Relations team to qualify for state.  The state contest will be held at Sam Houston State University December 2nd and 3rd.

Floresville FFA advisors and team coaches are Mike Billings and Mark Jarzombek.  For more information about leadership teams or the FFA, please contact the Floresville High School Ag Department at (830) 393-5370.



The Floresville High School Air Force JROTC model rocketry team participated in the John Jay High School model rocket competition on November 12th.  A total of 12 Air Force JROTC teams attended the meet from the Houston, Austin, and San Antonio areas.  The Floresville team won the 1st place trophy for Demonstration/Exhibition Rocket.


Photo of team with 1st place trolphy:  Standing, from left, Greg Flores, Jack Dunn, Jonathan Gaudlitz, George Gibson (team commander), Joey Irons, and Lane Mohedano.  Kneeling, Hunter Hutchins, Savannah Mohedano, Jordan Kenemore, and Abbi Richards.

Top 8 Cadet Leaders


The Floresville High School Air Force Junior ROTC Top 8 cadets for this school year are, from left:  Cadet Major Marissa Martinez, Chief of Staff; Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Greg Flores, Command Chief; Cadet Lt. Colonel Kathryn Donnell, Deputy Corps Commander; Cory Sheaffer, White Squadron Commander; Cadet Colonel Adam Hussey, Corps Commander; Cadet Major George Gibson, Maroon Squadron Commander; and Cadet Major Patty Zamora, Executive Officer (not shown, Cadet Lt. Colonel James Dyches, Operations Officer).  The Top 8 senior staff is responsible for establishing the corps’ goals and implementing the action plan to meet those goals, for planning all cadet activities, and for convening and presiding at cadet promotion and cadet of the month selection boards.

Floresville High School hosted its annual College Fair on Monday, Oct. 24th. Juniors and seniors had an opportunity to visit with more than 45 college/university recruiters and military recruiters, including Syracuse University, the University of Alabama and various technical schools. Students walked away from the event with first-hand information on the programs offered and admission requirements. This was a “community” event that included students from Falls City, La Vernia, Poth, and Stockdale. Parents and students are invited to attend the FHS Financial Aid Night for help with FAFSA on March 20 from 3-6:30 pm.

Using the sites of Washington D.C. as a living classroom, the Close-Up Foundation transcends the physical boundaries that schools with walls face as students get a “close up” experience with democracy in action.

Students will spend six days visiting the nation’s monuments and make personal connections to the historic places, events and people these memorials represent.

Delivering a curriculum that matches all state standards, the program’s unique learning methodology has broad appeal. Over 500,000 students from all 50 states have met the program’s rigors and gone onto play key roles as leaders and ordinary citizens in the U.S. democracy.

Learning is enhanced because students live and learn among peers from all walks of life. Over 95% of alums report that the program helped them better understand their roles as citizens and inspired them to become more active in their schools and communities.

Although the program does not require a research paper, those who write a satisfactory paper are eligible to earn 1 college credit from the prestigious University of Virginia

This year, Education Service Center – Region 20 will sponsor 30 students for the trip scheduled June 5-10.

Floresville junior Juanita Mermea was selected to attend this year’s Washington DC leadership academy.

As a part of the Shared Services Arrangement, all expenses will be paid for Juanita’s trip, including professional attire for the day we will be meeting with US Representatives and Congressmen.


Cadets clean highway


Air Force Junior ROTC cadets from Floresville High School gather for a picture prior to cleaning up their section of U.S. 181 Business from Pecan Park to U.S. 181 South.  The Saber-Tooth Tiger Corps adopted the 1 ½ mile section of the highway seven years ago and completes the cleanup four times each year.  The corps’ “Adopt-a-Highway” program is sponsored by the Kitty Hawk Air Society, an Air Force Junior ROTC national honor organization.  This year’s Kitty Hawk commander is Cadet First Lieutenant Skylar Dailey.

Junior ROTC saber team


The Floresville High School Air Force Junior ROTC’s honor guard saber team, including (from left) Jasmine Geromiller, Patrick Hinojosa, Kayla Lowery, Juan Medina, Lane Mohedano, Jimmy Garza, Cody Trevino, Jeremy Sanders, Albert Villarreal, Zach Taylor, Evan Akeroyd, and Joey Irons (team commander), performed Sept. 23 prior to the Homecoming game.  The honor guard provided an arch salute as the Homecoming Court entered the field and performed a saber “present arms” during the national anthem.

In response to the community’s desire to help those affected by the wildfires in Bastrop, Floresville ISD held a community-wide donation drive to collect goods and money.  On Monday, Sept. 26th, FISD Superintendent Dr. Jerry Hunkapiller, FISD Social Worker Ben Reed, FISD Choices Counselor Ken McClendon, Floresville Middle School Counselor Suzie Martinez, and FISD Student Transportation Operations Supervisor Beaver Wallace took a group of students representing each of the FISD campuses to Bastrop to personally deliver the donations, which included approximately $4,000 plus goods valued at an additional several thousand dollars. Students participating in the delivery were:  Tyler Beigler, Robin Chavez, Kyndal Bippert , Garrett Pollock, Albert Saenz, Katy Smith, Karson Moeller, Natalie Adams, Lee Fisher, Julio Gill, David Finegan, Amanda Sendejo, and Daniel Luther. Bastrop ISD Superintendent said the items were greatly appreciated. Mr. Murray told the FISD group that prior to the fire, the district had 250 homeless students. That number has now grown to 850. He said that while many residents had already received clothing donations, many still needed the basic supplies FISD collected, such as laundry detergent, bedding, paper goods, etc.

The theatre department at Floresville High School presented two short plays on Thursday, September 29, 2011.  “Farm Girl” and “Villain in the Toy Shop” were a huge success.  We had a great turnout and everyone had a good time.  Thank you to all the students, parents and staff who lent their support.

Homecoming 2011

The Student Council crowned the 2011 Homecoming King and Queen in a pre-game ceremony on Friday. Participating in the ceremony were flower girl Allison Fogg and crown bearer Brayden Bloemer, Freshman Lord and Lady Falan Casanova and Dadrian Contreras, Sophomore Duke and Duchess Lauren Estrada and Vernon Marsh, Junior Prince and Princess Sonja Tweeten and Charlie Albert, Homecoming Queen Katelynn Crisp and King Christian Buckley, and Senior King and Queen candidates Georgia Marie Dunn and Mark Layne Davis, Kristen Nicole Martinez and Darren Louis Servantez (not pictured), and Danielle Saldana and Tommy Pardo (not pictured). The 2010 Homecoming Queen Hannah Vanderlinden performed the crowning of the 2011 Floresville High School Homecoming King and Queen, Katelynn Crisp and Christian Buckley. Prior to the ceremony, the public was invited to attend a Homecoming Festival with food booths, games and entertainment.

JROTC Receives National Award


The Floresville High School Air Force JROTC unit recently received the Distinguished Unit Award “with Merit” for school year 2010 – 2011.  Of the 884 Air Force JROTC units worldwide, only 88—top 10%, were selected for this prestigious award.  The award came with a letter of congratulations from the Director of Air Force JROTC, a certificate, and blue and white streamer for the school flag.  The Sabertooth Tiger corps has 118 cadets and is beginning its 11th year at Floresville High School.


Photo from left:  Seven Floresville High School Air Force JROTC seniors prepare to pin the 2010 – 2011 Distinguished Unit Award with Merit streamer onto its school flag.  From left, Marissa Martinez, Kathryn Donnell, Greg Flores, John Earnhardt, George Gibson, Ruby Camarillo, and Patty Zamora. 

Air Force JROTC color guard at the Sep 12th football game—Floresville vs. Brackenride

From left:  Jeremy Sanders (10th), Ruby Camarillo (12th), Branden Jimenez (10th), Kayla Lowery (11th), Jack Dunn (10th), and Jose Serna (11th).