The Grand Joust
On November 08, 2017, we took a trip back in time to the Renaissance era and got to
experience what the Europeans did during that time. The festival was full of merchants and traders selling goods such as jewelry, weapons, and foods to the visitors looking for a nice deal. The festival correctly portrayed how productive and innovative the Europeans were with engineering and finding new forms of entertainment, and really provides a fun and educational experience for people of all ages. One of the first things I saw when I got there was the great joust. It was a battle between separated families, man versus woman. At first, the announcer was just talking to us about who would be fighting. Then the jousters proceeded to show their skill by grabbing hard to get rings with their lances. After that was over, the real excitement began as the contestants began to joust, but they get blocked and miss the first few tries. The woman connected with a crushing blow and sent Sir Thomas flying backwards to the ground. As she came back for the finishing blow, Sir Thomas was able to counter and grab her lance pulling her off of her mighty horse. Shaken but not stirred, they continued this glorious battle by picking up swords and fighting in gladiator-like fashion. Sir Thomas was able to regroup and land a few blows, but the woman came back and slashed Sir Thomas in the stomach ending the battle to the death.
The Renaissance festival is full of many sights and wonders that truly show us the major development that Europe went through during those years, rather than just being told what happened in the classroom. The festival and its activities are perfect for anyone who likes history and would like to learn more about it to increase their knowledge. The perfect place to begin your jump back in time and really get into character is the joust that provides great entertainment as it has throughout history and will continue through the generations.
BEAUTY AND THE GLASS. Jodi the glass blowing queen gives a large crowd the demonstration of a lifetime as she shows off her glass blowing skills. Jodi uses her gift to educate public in the ancient technique of glassblowing. (1st Feature, Aubri Ford, Willis HS)
JACOB’S LADDER. Trying his best to make it to the top, senior Kellen Hogan hits the hay again. Ren Fest provides elephant rides, swings, games and amazing food. (2nd place Feature, Banks Jackson, Willis HS)
Come sit back and relax while the hustle and bustle of the festival surrounds you. The lone shopkeeper looked peaceful amidst all the commotion going on around him while he enjoyed his book. (3rd place, Feature, Tayia Harper, St. Pius X)
Second place high school story, Nadia Bosquez, Poth HS
Come One, Come All to the Texas Renaissance Festival
Students enrolled in dual-credit English, and Art II at Poth High School made the nearly four hour drive to the Texas Renaissance Festival in Todd Mission, Texas. Although these students were called to visit the festival for academic purposes, there were many attractions that the students enjoyed as well. The festival grounds cover approximately 55 acres of land. Jousting, sword fighting, shops, and food vendors were among the activities that students enjoyed during their five hour trip. The jousting portion consisted of two competitors, one representing the side of England and the other representing France. After a steady battle, the French side proved victorious in both jousting and sword fighting. The 55 acres of land that the Renaissance Festival are occupied mainly by shops in which visitors can purchase items similar to those used and made during the renaissance era. From attire during the middle ages to replicas of weaponry, there was definitely a wide variety of items to purchase for the majority of interests that the festival’s visitors had.
In between all the shopping visitors are bound to work up an appetite. The festival was not shy in providing its visitors with many eating options to decide from. Many of the students enjoyed corn dogs, turkey legs, pizza, pickles, funnel cakes, and even ice cream. Aside from normal fountain drinks and water, frozen lemonade made an appearances in a normal and king size.
In conclusion, the Texas Renaissance Festival was a n experience that the students of Poth High School enjoyed. The English and Art students were able to gain a deeper understanding of how people experienced the renaissance era.
Enjoying the beautiful view at the festival. (First place, feature photo, Gabriela Gallardo, Humble MS)
The dragons dungeon (first place junior high News, David Davila, Humble MS)
Second place, junior high story, Claire Barnard, Barbers Hill MS South
Show-stopping Birds of Prey
The performance was stunningly interesting and absolutely spectacular. Sir Robert Chessman, the act’s amazing bird handler, acted as if this was nothing but a piece of cake. He hopes to educate his audience by stating and showing facts. He also encourages listeners and watchers to never try to harm, hunt, and trap the beautiful birds of prey. Chessman educated his audience about the following birds, Igore, the Black Vulture, Luna, the Great Horned Owl, Mario, the Red-Tailed Hawk, Ed, the African Whiteback Vulture, and Orion, the African Augur Buzzard. These fascinating birds completely shocked the crowd and left us in awe. These animals were well trained to perfection. Some of them had a sense of smell and could see in color! The birds all had an intelligence level equivalent to a three year old child. Chessman cracked many jokes which added to the mood of enjoyment. Chessman also displayed many suspenseful tricks that you most likely will never see just on a regular basis. One of the birds he showed was the only one that had ever severely hurt him before. This bird devoured a chicken drumstick in under ten seconds, and that drumstick was in Chessman’s hand!
Would you like to encounter the presence of spectacular birds that are going extinct? This performance was certainly entertaining and pleasant to experience. The act was surely worth my time and was not wasted. I was left in a sense of admiration and awe.
Caught this lovely lady looking off in the distances (1st place, portrait, Nathalie Garza, Humble MS)
Gabby adoring the atmosphere of the Renaissance Festival. (2nd place, fine art, Jazlyn Carbajal, Humble MS)
My first time at the Renaissance and it was great. (1st place, fine art, Princess Sanchez, Humble MS)
I took this picture to capture the essence of every one I was with but within a single photograph. (2nd place, portrait, Illiana Gunter, Humble MS)
Third place, high school story, Maddy Palacios, Poth HS
Poth High Students Visit the Renaissance
On November 7th, Dr. Tiffany K. Polasek and her students made the three and a half hour drive to Todd Mission, Texas. This year, Dr. Polasek’s Dual Credit English classes wrote essays to turn in to the high school essay competition for the Renaissance Festival. Abby Zaiontz, a senior in Dr. Polasek’s class won second place in the competition, and Brock Kerby, Junior, took first. Zachary Hoover, a Junior, was also a participant in the costume making competition. Dr. Polasek applied for a scholarship with the Texas Renaissance Festival, won it, and received a numerous amount of free entry tickets that were used for her students and the Poth High school’s Art class led by Mrs. Kristen Pruski. Travel was graciously paid for by a grant given to Dr. Polasek by the Poth Education Foundation as well. Visiting the Renaissance Festival in Todd Mission has been an ongoing tradition for Dr. Polasek for numerous years. Activities such as these benefit students positively because not only do they have fun exploring different events all day, but also get to learn a little bit about how life was back during the Renaissance Era. Both teachers hoped this experience was as entertaining as it was educational to further the students’ knowledge about a day in the life during the Renaissance.
Kimberly Leiva, student from Navasota High School at the Texas Renaissance Festival on a school day getting a henna tattoo. “I enjoyed getting a henna tattoo done, it was an amazing piece!” said Leiva. (1st place, news photo, Carolina Tovar, Navasota HS)
Renaissance performers capture audience’s attention (2nd place, news photo, Jicel Munoz, Navasota HS)
Student poses towards the camera while holding an albino snake during the Texas Renaissance Festival school days. (3rd place, news photo, Ana Hernandez, Navasota HS)
Third place, junior high story, Kami Taylor, Barbers Hill MS South
The Cotton Spinner
Her hands moved as swiftly as a machine, so perfect and clean it was unbelievable. Katherine was her name, a name that seemed as if it was made just for her. Katherine spun cotton so very gracefully. It was like nothing I had ever seen before, I was mesmerized. She was an old, light hearted woman with a smile that you could see from a mile away. In a very soft but raspy voice she said, “Well hello there, do you want to learn a little about my life?” I whispered, ”yes.” She intrigued me; I had never seen a person with such joy in their eyes over something so simple as just being there, so she started to show me how to spin cotton. Her worn down hands glided across the cotton ever so delicately. I just stared at her in awe, her hands moved so perfectly and her mind so focused that she was in a different place. At the end she let me try and it was really difficult, but she made it seem so easy. Katherine was like nothing I had ever seen before, but not just because she is good at what she does. Her old soul, her smile, and her happiness for even the simplest things made her different from everyone else.
From holding snakes to selfies with snakes. On goers were in for an adventure as they took pictures with the slithering snakes. (1st place, portrait, Cindy Alvarado, St. Pius X HS)
“Watch out for your head!” The Almighty Executioner waits for students at the Texas Renaissance Festival. (2nd place, portrait, Isabel Flores, Navasota HS)
SASSY SENIORS. Willis High School yearbook staffers seniors Emily Warren, Aubri Ford and Jocelyn Dow take a quick pic during Ren Fest School Days. The yearbook staffers attended the festival and competed in the journalism contest. (3rd place, Portrait, Daniela Ambriz, Willis HS)