Monday, September 19, 2016

Getting the word out: Cinco Style

I worked on the set of Global Vine its premiere season when the "teleprompter" had to be held up by an assistant, when we didn't have professional looking microphones to use, and when we didn't have a studio to shoot interviews much less shows in. As a freshman volunteer with absolutely no knowledge in video production, I was usually one of the ignorant assistants that helped test lighting or audio. I spent the 2.5s of my junior year in Room 2506 writing scripts for the daily shows, and finally, as a senior, I help out with photography, script writing, and video editing. 

While things look much more professional now than they did back in my freshman year, the message Mr. Marrie always tries to hammer remains the same. Our goal was to inform the school about anything and everything we could in a professional manner. Yes, we could make blooper reels once or twice a semester, but we wanted to cover everything from the variety of clubs in our school, the sports teams, and the wonderful staff at Cinco Ranch that make our school amazing. I take more interest in what is happening around the school not only because I am forced to know what the schedule is for the school, but editing the videos for certain groups and researching teams and past sports stats for scripts, my passion and interest for my school has definitely grown. I definitely take pride in everything any part of the school accomplishes. 

I witnessed the shift in Global Vine, the after school shoots transitioning to things we could get down in about 20 minutes during 2.5. We went from a daily show to a weekly show in three short years, with some hype videos thrown in sporadically. We do function a little bit more like a news media room than in the beginning, but we're still a high school classroom. 

Global Vine exemplifies what it means to Celebrate Cinco. All of Cinco. We acknowledge our achievements, and we try to instill the student body with purpose, passion, and pride every year. 


Joanne Chavali


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

…And it feels like Coming Home!!!


Home.  A word we use to refer to the place where we feel safe, respected, appreciated, and loved.  A place we miss when we are gone and feel so happy when we return! I can’t tell you how elated I am to be “Coming Home”!  There are no words that can truly express the happiness I have.  I still wake up in the middle of the night wondering if it has all been a dream.  Relief rushes over me when I realize I’m not dreaming.  I AM HOME!

I have been a part of Cinco Ranch High School since it first opened its doors 18 years ago.  I was the head coach of our volleyball team, and that maroon and white Cinco pride runs deep in my veins. Everything I owned had maroon somewhere on it.  A Cinco Ranch Cougar adorned almost every shirt I wore, and I had maroon high heeled shoes to complete the outfit.  My world revolved around Cinco and the people that are a part of it.

The people… You can look far and wide, but you won’t find a greater group of people.  They are a “Once in a lifetime” kind of people.  They are the kind of people that come into your life and help you to see the sun where you once saw only gray clouds.  They are the people that believe in you so much that you start to believe in you too.  They are the people that love you for simply being you.  It is these “Once in a lifetime” kind of people that have welcomed me back with open arms. What a family!

I appreciated and enjoyed the opportunities I have had the last three years away from Cinco Ranch.  I learned a lot about myself and met and made lasting friendships.  Friendships that I will forever cherish for as long as I live.

However, I am so grateful for this new opportunity… this new part of my life to come back to the place where it all began for me when I first moved to Katy, Texas. Thank you to everyone at Cinco Ranch High School for giving me the pleasure of being your 12th grade principal.  I look forward to working with you, the students, and the parents.  I won’t let you down!  I’m ready to get this show started!!

Like Nina Simone once said, “Yeah, it’s a new dawn! It’s a new day! It’s a new life for me!  Oooooooooooh, and I’m feeling good!” 

There’s no place like home!  I love you, Cinco Ranch!!


Tammy Laurence