By : Schrell Broadie
Garinger Seniors the moment we have all been waiting for is finally here, Prom ! Yes you read it right, prom is finally here and to help you prepare for the special event, I am going to provide you with a couple of tips.
Ladies here are a couple of tips too keep your hair, makeup, and dress in tact for the special night !
- wearing heels? tape your third and fourth toe starting from your big toe, together using Scotch tape or any other invisible tape to help ease pain the ball of your foot.
- Carry bobby pins in your purse, it’s mandatory that you carry these and their easy to store in your purse.
- use water resistant mascara it’s Prom, the feels are going to come and it’s best to come prepared !
- Invest in Q-tips ! In order to keep the Flawless look you came with dip your Q-tip in the eye shadow you chose and store it in your purse.
- take lots of pictures before prom because you might not look as flawless afterwards
- Lastly remember to take lots of pictures and have a ton of fun !
By Schrell Broadie
Shout out to our very own Nhung Huynh for receiving an academic scholarship worth $19,000 from Wingate University ! Congrats Nhung and this is living prove people that hard work pays off, if you see Nhung wildcats don’t forget to congratulate her for her hard work !
Garinger Students Unite Against Stereotypes
By : Schrell Broadie
A group of Garinger students decided to take a stand and diminish the negative stereotypes associated with the students at Garinger. Check out the video below and let us know what you think !
By: Alissa Miller and Rosario Aviles
The Mayor’s Youth Employment Program is a great opportunity for Juniors and Seniors to get hands on experience to prepare for their future in the workforce. In order to join this amazing program, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA to participate. They then undergo a rigorous selection process in which 60 students are chosen for training and then of those 60, 25 will be chosen to participate in the internships. Carlos Figueroa is one of the Junior participants, claims “It took dedication and persistence, [however] It is a great experience” he also mentioned he feels privileged to “know what it is like to be in a professional work environment” before going into the workforce. A Senior participant, Hanh Nguyen, said “The program will show [our community] that Garinger students can excel in the career of their choice, and this will give us an advantage and it is great experience.”
By Daniela Ramirez
Members of the National Honor Society celebrated Dr. Seuss day by planning a day of reading and activities for first graders at Shamrock Gardens Elementary.
The students read books like The Lorax and The Cat and the Hat and had the first graders do activities like making trees and mustache cutouts. Members of NHS got to leave right after third block to walk over to the elementary school and split up to cover two first grade classes.
The first graders seemed very excited to be able to interact with high school students and participate in the activities planned for them.
Seniors, please use this link to submit your quote to the yearbook.
By: Andy Sandoval
The Garinger JROTC team who consist of Marina Hernandez, Jasia Saunders, Ashley Littlejohn, Mia Mitchell and Claudia Martinez outperformed 1,320 JROTC units in order to compete in the finals for the National Army JROTC Leadership Bowl in an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.
Leadership Teams selected to participate in the leadership Championship (JLAB) should have a solid working knowledge of leadership principles and classroom applications. Forty four – member teams earned the opportunity to participate in the Leadership Championship on the basis of their knowledge of the JROTC curriculum, their leadership skills and academics.
The team had to overcome many complex obstacles such as ensuring the team consisted of the proper grade level, leadership and the desire in order to qualify. Due to inclement weather, our team was deprived of a week’s worth of studying and practicing in preparation for the test that was due. They said their greatest challenge was recovering the time lost.
Junior, Jasia Saunders is the leader of the team and helped lead them to success.
“Beginning is easy, continuing is hard, you can let it define you, destroy you, or strengthen you,” she said.
This competition is sponsored by the College Options Foundation. The College Options Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that is dedicated to enriching the academic development of high school students and assisting them in their preparation for higher education. There emphasis lies with serving military families and students who participate in JROTC. They accomplish their mission by providing resources for college admissions and funding, utilize student planning guides, college exam study guides, admissions tutorials and personalized counseling, and conduct spirited academic competitions for JROTC students nationwide.
While in Washington, DC the JLAB team will participate in various events such as visiting the National Museum of American History, several monuments and the Smithsonian Institute with the guidance and instruction from their JROTC instructor CSM Jacqueline Thomas.
The team always says, “The perseverance of a team builds a committed tomorrow.” The team’s reaction was very overwhelming when they were informed that they made it. The team is very elated to have made it to nationals, but is also motivated to come home with a win!
The final competition will be held on June 26 in Washington, D.C. The Garinger JLAB team could come home with a Certificate of Excellence, a George C. Marshall Medal, and several awards for their JROTC uniforms.
We wish our Leadership Team the best of luck!! Go G-Code!!!!
By Christina Izquierdo and Canisha Crawford
The Culture Fair will be held at Garinger from 2:30-5 p.m. April 2.
Ms.Stanley, who is in charge of promoting the fair, is looking for people to perform such as poets, rappers and singers. She is getting help from her fellow students and trying to plan for the weather that day so events can be held outside and food and donations inside the building.
She said people should be involved in the culture fair because we are all from some where, and we have not embraced other cultures as we should. We should get to know and understand each other from different backgrounds.
Those who want to get involved should see Mr. Shelton or Ms. Stanley.
By Isarel Fernandez
With the help of Mrs.Ogle, Mitzel Perra and dozens of students, Garinger’s 2015 Blood Drive on March 9 was a tremendous success.
Thanks to our brave and generous students and staff, 67 units of blood was collected, which will benefit more than 200 people who have suffered traumatic injuries.
Mrs.Ogle, who has been a nurse for 38 years, set a goal to collect as much blood as possible because it is such a critical need in our community.
More than 90 students donated blood. Others who volunteered to work at the event include Solomea Asfaw, Karen Escobar, Tangela Gallman, Sofia Lopez, Hinin Sin Oo, Flor Lovo, and Summer Williston.
A big “thanks” from Ms. Ogle to everyone who participated in this year’s blood drive.
By Hanh Nguyen
The big EOC is coming up! You have a bunch of papers you need to study. Do you remember all of it? Or, do you want to lie down every time you look at the packet? Do you see the letters dancing?
That means you need to read this story.
I will help you be free from dancing letters and help you pass your exams.
Lets look back to Garinger’s previous EOC test score. I did research and the results hurt my feelings. According to greatschools.org, a website that shows every single school’s test score, Garinger’s rating is 2 out of 10.
Is it bad? No, it is not. It’s just super bad.
Let’s change the rating to 8 out of 10, Garinger!. Lets tell everyone that Garinger students are as smart as anyone else. We will change the public’s view about Garinger by bringing our EOC test scores up.
If you are ready to make a change, I am here with you make that change. Let’s do it!
According to studyandexam.com, “A brilliant student pays attention to all the factors which make him succeed in exams.” These factors are methods of learning, mental approach torwards study, attendance, taking notes, memorizing, and extracurricular activities.
The super easy way to getting start is to study your notes every night. Do it before you do anything else. It sounds boring, but it works all the time.
You need to put the most important, and main activity on the top. After you finish, go ahead and do what you want. However, please do not start studying on the night before the exam day. You will not remember anything because when you try to do so much, your brain will say, “I’m tired, I quit.”
Therefore, the best way is to study every single day, including weekends. Your brain will feel thankful for your decision. That way, when you faced with the test, you only have to review or read over your notes, get a good night’s sleep, and be ready for tomorrow.
Do you know what the consequence is if you stay up the whole night to study? You will show up tomorrow with panda’s eyes. NO! That is so ugly, and you may fall asleep before you even begin your test. That will kill our effort to make a change for Garinger!
The method of learning
How do you stick your notes into your memory? If your method is to remember every single word from your notes, then that is wrong. However, it is not too late to fix it. Let’s try out my method!
My method is to only study the main ideas. Use the key words that represent the topic. For example, nucleus stores genetic information, the only two words you need to remember are “nucleus and DNA.” That works very well. Why? Because that is how I study.
In order to test your knowledge, take out a blank sheet of paper and write down what you remember. Then, check it with your notes. The missing details you need to go over one more time. Keep doing it until you can write down every detail.
Mental approach torwards study
Be focused on your notes; do not let distractions keep you away from your notes. Choose a quiet place to study. You may turn on music to help you.
The Equinox, a newspaper website, has published a story on how your music affects your study habits. If you like classical music, keep listening because it helps you study quickly, and remember the notes longer.
If your music is rap, hip-hop, or country, my advice to you is to keep your room quiet. Don’t turn it on because you will stand up and dance, and that is not what we want. “Music reduces the tension and boredom that are highly correlated with routine work but acts as a distracter for complex mental work,” said Anna Bradley, the writer of “Music While You Work” articles.
Also, you should not miss any classes, which will bring your grade down. When you are present in class, you might take good notes, and have the opportunity to ask your teacher anything you struggle with. Do not be ashamed to ask questions. That is a smart action.
After school activities
What do you do after class? I ask many friends the reason why their grades are not good. They say, “I have aclub meeting,” or “I have basketball practice.” Hey, these activities are not as important as your grades.
First, keep track of your grades in school Powerschool. Second, figure out which class you did badly in. Third, pay more attention to that class, which does not mean you ignore the other classes. Fourth, go to tutoring, and ask your teacher for make up work. It helps you pass your class, and your teacher will be proud of you. You always have a second chance to make up your missing assignments, or failed tests. Use your second chance to help yourself out.
Remember, it is not a big deal for teachers if you fail their class; it’s okay for them to meet you next year. Nevertheless, you do not want to see them once again. Be smart and do as much as you can to pass your classes. It is better to get straight “As,” not straight “Fs.”
By Mayia Portee
This is the story of a remarkable Holocaust survivor named Suly Chenkin. She came to speak to a group of students November 20 2014 at Garinger High School. Chenkin came by the invite of Nicole Lipp a Civics an Economics Teacher. She started off briefly explaining where she came from, what languages she spoke, AND how she was affected by Hitler’s cruel actions. Chenkin told the Garinger students that she spoke 5 languages, three of them being English, Spanish, and German, fluently.
Chenkin went on to explain how it was a total of 40,000 Jews that went into the Kovno Ghetto with barbed wire all around and a main gate. And this was were we were all living on August 19 of 1941. Only 5 percent or 2,000 survived, among them was her mother and father. Chenkin said “she is grateful for two miracles that have occurred in her life.” The first miracle was that her mother, father and she survived the Nazis. The second miracle was that, unlike most Jewish families, her family was reunited. The reason why Chenkin and her family were separated was because she had to have completely new identity, new name, and she had to learn a different language. Chenkin’s parents placed her with a lady named Miriam Shulman, who had rescued about 30 children, placing them in safe homes.
I found Chenkin’s visit to be very encouraging and it helped me to shed a completely different light on the holocaust, and what it was like. If anyone has an opportunity to meet a holocaust survivor never take it for granted, and don’t be afraid to ask them questions, Like what was it like, how did the holocaust affect you mentally, how has it affected your performance today? I remember someone asking Chenkin how she felt about Hitler, her response was: “Hitler was crazy and a big bully and that no matter what we should never let anyone dampen our faith, we should be prepared for the bullies of this world.” I hope that some of you get the chance to meet Suly Chenkin because she is truly an amazing person towards us all. Chenkin currently lives here in the Charlotte area with her husband. I hope that she will come to speak again to Garinger High School.
By Luis Ramirez
To all the ladies that are interested in running track this up coming season, please turn paperwork in to the track coach, who is Coach Filmore.
The deadline for the paper work is listed on the paper work which is the first practice of the season.
This will take place Tuesday, February 17th. We will be meeting in LC13 where we we’ll be checking the paper work.
Please remember if you do not have this paper or requirements you will not be able to participate in the sport this school year of 2015.
If you have any trouble to filling out the form, see Coach Neely or Coach Filmore. They will gladly like to help out with what ever problems you are having.
By Jose Campos
Seniors and Juniors don’t forget to buy your prom tickets for prom.
They are available mornings, in the cafeteria, with Mr. Pinckney.
Prom will be held at the University Hilton from 8 p.m. -12 a.m.
Tickets are $40.00 in February, and anyone who purchases tickets will be entered in a drawing to win a prom accessory.
By Kaila Lee
An update is available on the two students injured in the accident Monday morning in front of the school.
The accident involved a 15-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy. The 15 year old female will hopefully be released today (Thursday) and the 16 year old boy is still being hospitalized with severe head injuries.
On Monday, the two Garinger students were hit by the trailer of a pickup truck on their way to school. The students were avoiding the crosswalk and crossed the street when the lights turned green. The street the two students crossed were at the intersection of Eastway and Sugar Creek, which is notorious for 65 crashes in the last 5 years, and what fatally killed a student about 3 years ago, Brittany Palmer.
On the news, the male victim’s mother said that her son thought the street was clear. The driver is not being charged against the accident of both the students.
By Francisco Gonzalez
Earlier this season, senior Tresor Mbuyu was nominated for Top Drawer Soccer All American team and put on the watch list. On Friday October 24 he was officially named All American, making him the first All American at Garinger and the only player from North Carolina to be on the All American team for 2014. On Sunday December 7 the NSCAA, the official national soccer coaches association, also named Mbuyu “All American.”
“It wasn’t a surprise for me” said David Garrett, the Garinger varsity soccer coach, “Tresor is one of the best players I’ve seen… his passion and dedication make him what he is.”
Mbuyu had an outstanding season, beating his records from his previous season. Last season Mbuyu was all conference, all state, the Charlotte Observer’s Player of the year and had a total of 34 goals. This year Mbuyu earned All conference, All Region, All State, Charlotte Observer player of the year again and All American for Top Drawer Soccer and the NHSCAA. He scored 56 goals in his favor, making him the top scorer in the state.
“Its an honor to be nominated for All American and without my teammates I would have never made it to where I am this season.” Mbuyu takes great pride in his team, he said he knows its not just the individual achievements but the team effort that counts.
The Wildcats made it to the third round of playoffs this year, the furthest any Garinger soccer team has ever made it. This being Mbuyu’s senior year, he hoped to win a state championship.Although the wildcats season came to a tragic end, as they lost 3-0 to the now state champions Reagan High, Mbuyu said he is proud of what they accomplished.
“I just wanted to finish the season off strong,” he says. With his high school season over and college recruiters on the hunt for Mbuyu, he says he hopes to be in college next year (he has a few offers already), continuing to do what he does best which is “playing the beautiful game of soccer.”
By Jillian Dozier
Ten students involved in Health Corps at Garinger High School traveled to Mooresville Oct. 9 to meet with the founder of the organization, which is none other than the intelligent Dr. Oz.
Dr. Oz is a cardiothoracic surgeon at Columbia University. He created Health Corps to respond to the obesity crisis through school based education, peer mentoring and community outreach.
While in Mooresville, the Health Corps students attended an assembly at Mooresville High School where Dr.Oz spoke and answered questions. They then went to Epic, which is a restaurant in downtown Mooresville. There they met up with Dr. Oz and had lunch with him. There were also multiple other activities the Health Corps students participated in that day they dealt with staying active and healthy, such as a health fair and a walk. It was a fun and healthy day for the club members and a memorable experience.
Majority African American males are ” sagging,” and it’s become a question of a males image and personality. Sagging has become a trend in the Black community, “…stripped our culture down to the point where we only believe we can become rappers and athletes. We are so much more,” according to a post on Snopes.com
The impression a male gives off while sagging can bring disgust and disappointment. A males pants are made for comfort and room for his private, so “not enough space” should be no excuse. Sagging has become a fashionable trend in the male community, yet it’s not attractive nor appealing.
“Pant’s on the ground, Pants on the ground…Looking like a fool with your pants on the ground.” Those lyrics went viral across America in 2011 after one man wrote a song about his disgust for younger men wearing their pants low. His urging is valid, citing a recent study that sagging pants can actually have very harmful side effects.
Express yourself, be free, your style tells people who you are, first impressions are the best. Although this is all true, no one should be known or accused of anything because of the way they dress, but if a women has on 7 inch heels and a leather black mini skirt, we assume shes a prostitute and same with men. A male has his pants sagging with a belt on we assume he is dangerous.
Areanna Townsend says, “It all comes down to perception. What people perceive is what is reality to them…Something as simple as pulling up your pants and standing with your head high could make the biggest difference in the world’s perception of Black males.”
We just ask that you change the idea of ” the dangerous black male” only because his pants are lower than designed.
To the eye of the beholder, sagging is dangerous and the one who is sagging lives a “thuggish” lifestyle and belongs in the streets. Raise your pants, you raise your image.
The Semi Annual Art Gala was Thursday, December 11th. The art pieces displayed are works from the art classes of the school. Students had the option whether to display or sell their pieces. Viewers chose donate to the Art Gala, and these donations go to the Art Department. At least fifty art students participated in this event.
Where: The Atrium
Who: This is the semi-annual showcase of the art classes of Garinger High.
Why: The purpose is to get students to understand the importance of showcasing art in a professional setting.
by Vinqunna Robinson
On a chilly Wednesday morning, Garinger High School’s lawn was interrupted by a small group of reporters.
Ms. Lemere’s first block headed to the front of the school, where the GHS Fallen Alumni memorial is, to investigate.
At 7 a.m., a reporter named Jon Wilson – a.k.a. – Wilson – from WCCB’s Rising morning show, went on air to talk about the Veteran’s parade being held in Uptown Charlotte at 11 a.m. Nov. 8. Twenty-one CMS ROTC units, including Garinger High School’s, will be marching together to celebrate, thank, and honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country.
Why would they broadcast with Garinger High School as their background setting?
The Freedom Foundation is honoring the Garinger Alumni Foundation, which erected a monument in front of Garinger to honor the former Garinger students who died in the Vietnam War. The group aims to raise $100,000 each year which goes toward scholarship named after each of the fallen student. A breakfast was held Friday, Nov. 7 in their honor.
Senior Georgina Smith won the first raffle drawing for spirit week.
Get a raffle ticket in the cafeteria to be placed in the drawing every day that you dress for Spirit Week.
Wednesday is Career and College Day; Thursday is Decade Day and Friday is Blackout for Homecoming.
Mismatch Monday starts off a week of funky spirit for the students at Garinger High. Student council came together to bring out the goofy and creative minds that travel across the campus. Students like the ones to the left and below come in with matching colors but tacky patterns and two left shoes. The fun has just begun. – Kya Lomax
2014-15 school year
Here are the results from Friday’s Student Government election. All newly elected officers will meet after school Wednesday, Oct. 8 in room 6204.
Secretary: Shekhinah Rodriguez
Vice-president: Camerion Blackmon
President: Chatika Ross
Vice President: Phinius Fields
President: Nadazia Price
President: Monet Sawyer
President: Shaiana Burns.
Because there were no candidates for vice president and secretary, the top third and fourth vote-getters in the Executive Council races will take those positions.
Therefore, Senior Class Vice President is Jasmine Bradley. Senior class secretary is Honora Ankong.
The executive council represents the entire student body.
Secretary: Christeen Simon
Vice President: Rakala Townsend
President: Tatiana Kankienza
Again, all newly elected officers, please meet after school today in Ms. Jackson’s room, 6204.
Here are your candidates for Student Government. All grade levels will vote for Executive Council members; each class will for a class president, vice president and secretary.
Elections will be third period, Friday, Oct. 3 in the Media Center. Be sure to cast your vote!
Executive Vice President
Shaiana Burns – president
LaQuonna Davis – president
Monet Sawyer – president
Adior Barac – president
Nadazia Price – president
Phinius Fields – vice president
Chatika Ross – president
Camerion Blackmon – vice president
Shekhinah Rodriguez – secretary
This will be held on Monday, November 24th from 7:30 to 1:30 in the auditorium. Sign ups are in the cafeteria during all lunches beginning Wednesday, November 12th. Last day to sign up is Friday November 21st. Community Blood of the Carolinas NEEDS your support. Sign up for students: Must be at least 16 years old and weight at least 120 pounds. Participants under the age of 18 must have a signed parent consent form.
Charlotte International Auto Show
25 student tickets and 2 adult tickets are available for the Charlotte International Auto show, which runs Nov.20th through Nov. 23rd. See Mrs.Bell for tickets.
Mid-year and c/o 2015 Wildcats Herff Jones will be accepting deposits for graduation packages on Nov.12&13th during all lunches in the school atrium. Caps, gowns, and tassel units are available for 29.95. Please complete oder by December 31, 2014 as the cost of graduation packages will increase in 2015
Attention Student government and National Honor Society
Will meet at 2;30pm Thursday, Nov, 13 in room 6103. Attendance is required for SGA elected officials.
Congratulations to Solomea Asfaw for being accepted into Wingate University with a scholarship and Georgina Jackson for being accepted into Hampton University with a scholarship! Seniors, if you have been accepted to a college or if you have received a scholarship, please bring that information to Mr. Aranda or one of the counselors so that you may be recognized.
Are you a “G”?
Everyone has a story to tell… whats yours?
Students of Garinger, we want to hear and record your stories. Please see Ms. Stanley in room 6116 or Ms. Jeter in the 100 office to sign up.
College application week
College application week is coming up on November 10-14th, 2014. During this week, graduating seniors will have the opportunity to apply to participating colleges and universities in North Carolina for FREE. To learn more about this opportunity, visit CFNC.org/CAW for a list of participating colleges or see Ms. Aranada for more details. Start your applications today!
November Scholarship Bulletin
Students! The November scholarship bulletin is now available! Please see Ms. Aranda to obtain your copy! If you have been awarded a scholarship, please bring that information to Ms. Aranda so that you may be recognized.
Right Moves For Youth
LC13 today @ 2:30pm. Please arrive on time.
Boys and Girls indoor track
Practice schedule: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Time 2:45-4:15. If you plan to run you must report to practice on Nov. 13
By Kya Lomax
Officials dedicated a crosswalk in front of Garinger Wednesday morning in the memory of Brittany Palmer, who was struck and killed by a vehicle two years ago while crossing Eastway Drive.
Ms. Katrina White, Brittany’s mother, shared what this special event meant to her and how important it is for drivers and walkers in street safety.
Brittany was 18 years young and was just about to finish her last months of high school, her mother explained.
Members of the Hickory Grove Baptist Church, one of whom grew up with Brittany, were also present. Madison Smith said her reaction at the time was “Shocking and confused and hurt, it took me months to accept she was in reality gone.”
This event is meant to bring attention not only to the walkers of the street, but also drivers. Engineering and manufacturing corporations repaired and designed the street, hoping to decrease the dangerous and terrible events that has happened throughout the years.
As a sidewalk plaque in memory of Brittany Taylor Palmer states: “A precious life, a precious light, and now precious in Heaven’s sight.”
By: Schrell Broadie
Robert Davis will be attending FSU this fall majoring in politics which isn’t a surprise considering his politics blog. Though this wasn’t Davis 1st choice it certainly wouldn’t be his last. Davis plans to transfer to UNC Chapel Hill l after his first two years at FSU. So if you see our future CNN commentator on campus be sure to congratulate him on his acceptance !
Garinger students decided to take matters into their own hands on Friday, February 24th by walking out of school to protest Trump’s immigration policy and the recent arrests that has been made due to immigration status. After 1st block many students gathered and began to talk towards the front of the school, while law enforcement was called and while many students went back to class, 100 students still walked out off.
Students walked from Garinger to Vance High School causing Vance to remain on lock down for the rest of the day. The walk which was 6.4 miles and took about 2 hours. As you can see in the picture above students brought the flags representing the countries they were from, in support of their protest.
Nice to see our very own Garinger Wildcats take a stand for something they believe in !
By Joseph Gomez
The Garinger Theater Program will present William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream during the Spring Arts Showcase next week.
What the Theater Program has been doing to get ready for the show is having rehearsals every week except Fridays from 2:30-4:30 in the Auditorium. The play is about Titania(the queen of fairies) who was caught in a magical spell set by Oberon( the king of fairies).Then Titania fell in love with Bottom who’s wearing a donkey helmet and when Titania wakes up from all this mayhem to an exciting conclusion. The play will take place on Thursday, May 18 at 7:00pm get your tickets for $5 at the door. You don’t want to miss our grand finale.