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Falling Apart at the Seams

Starting the year with a little chaos

A disruptive series of events occurred at Veterans Memorial High School in early September, putting students and staff in a condition of uncertainty and frustration.

It all started with a break in the SAWS  main water line on Sept. 8. The scenario was considered a minor annoyance. Miguel Gonzales, assistant principal, cited San Antonio Water System as saying it would be a 15 to 20-minute resolution. However, these minutes turned into hours, producing a major disturbance due to the lack of flowing water.

The problem went beyond hydration and lack of restrooms. The school’s air conditioning depends on water; the environment inside became increasingly uncomfortable without it.

SAWS attempted to create a bypass as a temporary solution to keep things functioning. At first, it worked but quickly failed, forcing the district to make the difficult decision to send students home early. Students found Friday particularly grueling due to the heat and wished they had been sent home early.

The graph depicts the number of false alarms the Converse Fire Department responded to.

Pulling up to school on Monday offered no relief.¬† Sept. 11 offered another surprise. Workers in the boiler room inspected the system to verify everything worked when they accidentally triggered the fire alarm. Everyone had to evacuate the premises, which added turmoil and frustration. For the students, these events led to a mix of emotions. Michelle Hernandez, a junior, stated that she was confused by the alarm and assumed the fire alarm “was just another drill.”

These events created a challenging start to the school year, testing students’ and staff’s patience and resilience. But now, with all the issues sorted out, we can return to our normal schedules.

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Matthew Medina
Matthew Medina, Staff Writer
Hello, I'm Matthew Medina, a junior in the class of 2025. This is my first year as an active staff member of the Patriot's Voice for a year now and my third year in graphic design. My passions encompass music, video games, skateboarding and all art forms. Looking ahead, my post-high school aspirations include establishing my own clothing line, pursuing a career in film editing or delving into the realm of music.
Wyatt Collett
Wyatt Collett, Fine Art Editor
Hi, I am Wyatt Collett, the Fine Arts Editor for The Patriot Voice. I am a Junior in high school. My interests are rock 'n roll, retro video games and film history. I collect Vinyl records, cassette tapes, VHS tapes and old video games. My first goal is to be the best version of myself.
Albert Feliciano Otero
Albert Feliciano Otero, Staff Writer
Hello! I'm Albert Feliciano Otero, and this is my first year in Yearbook and Newspaper. I am a junior graduating in 2025. I'm a part of the Fine Arts beat for The Patriot Voice and The Patriot Echo. I am the Command Sergeant Major for the VMHS Patriot Battalion JROTC. I enjoy playing basketball, football, baseball, volleyball and tennis. My friends are the highlights of my day; they allow me to push forward. I aspire to be a sports journalist and analyst in the future.

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