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Smile for pictures on Thursday

Picture day for staff and underclassmen is Thursday, Nov. 17 in the auditorium. Staff, PLEASE come during your planning period. Students not photographed will receive an appointment time and pass. Please be sure to show for your picture. It is FREE and we want all of your beautiful faces represented in the yearbook!

Underclassmen who were photographed in October, please see your fourth block teacher for your proofs.

Senior Quote interest survey

Seniors, do you want to include senior quotes in the yearbook this year? Please complete a quick survey in the cafeteria on Friday, Nov. 18. It’s our last year, but memories last a lifetime!

Dodgeball Tournament

Calling all dodge ballers, students and teachers! SGA is hosting  a students vs teachers dodgeball tournament Nov. 21st!! Tickets can be bought in the cafeteria. Players can signup in advance with Ms. Imhoff in the cafeteria on Fridays as well. Tickets must be bought in advance for $2.

Senior shirts

Seniors, would you like a shirt to remember your last year by? Well, come to the cafeteria during lunch on Thursday and Friday to see the amazing designs and Ms.Imhoff. Shirts are $15 each, cash only, so get them while they last. – Gabby Smith

 

Have Your Song on the Announcements!

Would you like to have your original song on the afternoon announcements? Send in an Mp3 (or other standard file format) to michele.lemere@cms.k12.nc.us and your song may be chosen to be played as the opener to the afternoon announcements.

Requirements

  • Must be clean (No cursing, profanity, references to drugs, anything that is not school appropriate)
  • must be sent on an Mp3 or other standard file format
  • Must be original, no copyrighted material
  • The clip must be 30 seconds long

Garinger Saves Lives

By Diana Perez and Heidy Rodriguez

John Jose and Luis Lucas showing their support for the Garinger blood drive on September 25, 2015. Photo by Diana Perez
John Jose and Luis Lucas showing their support for the Garinger blood drive on September 25, 2015.
Photo by Diana Perez

Garinger held a blood drive Sept. 25  to help save lives.

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is the local blood supplier for our local hospitals, so all Garinger donations will benefit hospitals in the Carolinas.

The CBCC had a goal of 70 signups, but together Garinger High School exceeded that goal and gathered up 114 signups to donate blood.

Students and staff who donated blood proudly received an “I donated blood” t-shirt. The excitement was seen through their smiles.

“I donated blood because it is a good cause and I feel like God blessed me with good health and it is my duty to repay him by helping others,” said junior Luis Lucas.

Raqan Mclendon, awaits his turn to donate blood, at Garinger blood drive, on September 25, 2015 Photo by Heidy Rodriguez
Raquan Mclendon, awaits his turn to donate blood, at Garinger blood drive, on September 25, 2015
Photo by Heidy Rodriguez
Kevin McIntosh welcoming the blood doners onto the blood drive bus, at Garinger high school on September 25, 2015 Photo by Heidy Rodriguez
Kevin McIntosh welcoming the blood donors onto the blood drive bus at Garinger high school on September 25, 2015
Photo by Heidy Rodriguez
Andy Sandoval proudly holds up his "i donated blood" shirt at the Garinger blood drive on September 25, 2015. Photo By Diana Perez
Andy Sandoval proudly holds up his “I donated blood” shirt at the Garinger blood drive on September 25, 2015.
Photo By Diana Perez

SGA Election Results

voteThese are the results from Friday’s election. Candidates, please be sure to remove all posters.

Because there were no candidates for Senior Class Vice President and Senior Class secretary, the second and third top vote getters from the executive council election will take those spots.

Executive Council

  • President: Carlos Gonzalez
  • Vice President: Alexia Mendoza
  • Secretary: Alicia Alanis

Senior Class

  • President: Cameron Morris
  • Vice President: Kya Lomax
  • Secretary: Destiny Rorie

Junior Class

  • President: Trayvone Glover
  • Vice President: Sarai Ordonez
  • Secretary: Samantha Cardona

Sophomore Class

  • President: Asia Berry
  • Vice President: Jennifer Pineda

Freshman Class

President: Hazaiah Pitlman

Congratulations to all of the candidates for a great campaign. Again, be sure to remove your posters and fliers.

Junior Class President: Zara Barney

Zara Barney
Zara Barney

Candidate name: Zara Barney

Grade level: 11

Q: For what position are you running?

A: I am running for junior class president.

Q: Have you been involved in student government before? If so, how?

A:I have not run for school government in the past.

Q: Why do you want to be elected to student government?

A: I want to be elected for student government because as a member of the Garinger community the reputation we hold is unacceptable. I want to do everything I can to make this school more fun and have the best CMS reputation.

Q: How will you reach out and represent ALL students?

A:I have ideas for asking students about what THEY want to see and what kind of activities they want to do. like a suggestion box in the cafeteria and polls for events, dances, and socials. I also want to improve student-teacher communication.

Q: What is the advantage of electing you?

A:The advantage to electing me is I am very passionate about improving things at this school. I would make input from students my main priority because I think it’s important for us to enjoy school.

Q: How much time (in hours) are you able to devote to your elected office?

A:Being a leader is a 24 hour job; I am willing to put fourth as much time as it takes.

Q: How do you think you can help students academically?

A:By having activities like a peer study group socials or incentives for a good performance in class. I think Garinger academics will improve. Also improving teacher education would help improve academics.

Q: What changes would you like to make?

A:I would like to change Garinger’s reputation for being the worst school and make school more fun.

Q: How would you go about making those changes?

A: I have tons of ideas from pep rallies, socials, a suggestion box, music playing at the games, raffles, study socials and more.

Sophomore Vice President: Jennifer Pineda

Candidate name: Jennifer Pineda

Grade level:10th

Q: For what position are you running?

A: Vice President

Q: Have you been involved in student government before? If so, how?

A: No

Q: Why do you want to be elected to student government?

A: I want to be elected because I would like to change things up for the sophomores.

Q: How will you reach out and represent ALL students?

A: I will represent all students by making sure this is the best sophomore year they ever had.

Q: What is the advantage of electing you?

A: An advantage of electing me is to become a leader of the Class of 2018.

Q: How much time (in hours) are you able to devote to your elected office?

A: 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Q: How do you think you can help students academically?

A: Making education fun for them and encouraging them.

Q: What changes would you like to make?

A: I would change the food & having more activities for us.

Q: How would you go about making those changes?

A: (Not answered.)

Junior Class President: Robert Davis

Candidate name: Robert Davis

Grade level: 11

Q: For what position are you running?

A: Junior President.

Q: Have you been involved in student government before? If so, how?

A: No

Q: Why do you want to be elected to student government?

.A: I’m a great candidate and I want to change our school.

Q: How will you reach out and represent ALL students?

A: You have to find out what the people want and represent them the best you can.

Q: What is the advantage of electing you?

A: I’m a very intelligent African-American male who is getting himself prepared for politics, which is rare.

Q: How much time (in hours) are you able to devote to your elected office?

A: As much time is needed.

Q: How do you think you can help students academically?

A: I want to start an after school tutoring program to help students do better.

Q: What changes would you like to make?

A: Our school has no school spirit. We are different from most CMS high schools.

Q: How would you go about making those changes?

A: Preparing school pep rallies.

Executive President: Destiny Rorie

Candidate name: Destiny Rorie

Grade level: 12th

Q: For what position are you running?

A: Executive President

Q: Have you been involved in student government before? If so, how?

A: No.

Q: Why do you want to be elected to student government?

A: I want to be elected because I feel like the people that have been in student government haven’t done a good job . I also want us seniors to be able to do senior activities.

Q: How will you reach out and represent ALL students?

A: I will make sure that I take all students’ opinions and suggestions into consideration.

Q: What is the advantage of electing you?

A: I will make sure that I will do my duty.

Q: How much time (in hours) are you able to devote to your elected office?

A: I’m devoted as much as possible. I play sports, so anytime I have I will go to student government.

Q: How do you think you can help students academically?

A: I will make sure that there are available tutors.

Q: What changes would you like to make?

A: Making sure we show appreciation to the sports teams and make sure seniors enjoy their senior year.

Q: How would you go about making those changes?

A: Getting the staff and Dr. G [Gwaltney] to come to a mutual agreement.

Freshman Class President: Hazaiah Pitlman

Candidate name: Hazaiah Pitlman

Grade level: 9

Q: For what position are you running?

A: Freshman Class President.

Q: Have you been involved in student government before? If so, how?

A: No.

Q: Why do you want to be elected to student government?

A:  I would like to change things and get involved.

Q: How will you reach out and represent ALL students?

A: I would let them know that I am here for them and will be their voice because I understand how they feel.

Q: What is the advantage of electing you?

A: I will never give up on anything.

Q: How much time (in hours) are you able to devote to your elected office?

A: I will devote all my time. I am fully committed to after school three hours. In school = all the time.

Q: How do you think you can help students academically?

A: I could talk to them personally and we could help figure out the help they need or find websites.

Q: What changes would you like to make?

A: Change what other people think of Garinger.

Q: How would you go about making those changes?

A: We could invite many people to the school and they could see what we are all about.

Sophomore Class President: Asia Berry

Candidate name: Asia Berry

Grade level: 10

Q: For what position are you running?

A: Sophomore Class President.

Q: Have you been involved in student government before? If so, how?

A: No.

Q: Why do you want to be elected to student government?

A: I want to start a change in the school and notice the changes I made to make the school better.

Q: How will you reach out and represent ALL students?

A: I will encourage all students to help me to help them. I will reach out to all students by trying to do everything they ask me to in order to change our class.

Q: What is the advantage of electing you?

A: The advantage of electing me will be earning my trust. Those that elect me can count on me and I won’t let my class down.

Q: How much time (in hours) are you able to devote to your elected office?

A: 30 minutes to an hour.

Q: How do you think you can help students academically?

A: I will help encourage the students by not only entertaining them but giving them a fun way to strive for a better grade.

Q: What changes would you like to make?

A: I want to help change the schools percentage of grades. I want to help make learning fun and reward us students once we’ve done a good job.

Q: How would you go about making those changes?

A: I would ask the students what they’d like to change in the school and compare that to what we can and cannot change.

Junior Class President: Kaiya Trigg

 

Kaiya Trigg
Kaiya Trigg

Candidate name: Kaiya Trigg

Grade level: 11

Q: For what position are you running?

A: Junior Class President

Q: Have you been involved in student government before? If so, how?

A: No

Q: Why do you want to be elected to student government?

A: I got ideas for the students.

Q: How will you reach out and represent ALL students?

A: I will be willing to look at most of the students’ perspectives before making wise decisions.

Q: What is the advantage of electing you?

A: I am an organized, responsible and dedicated person. I want to make changes that will please everyone.

Q: How much time (in hours) are you able to devote to your elected office?

A: As much as needed.

Q: How do you think you can help students academically?

A: Provide tutoring for all students and classes after school.

Q: What changes would you like to make?

A: Having late buses, more welcoming of new students and honoring your school better, basically school spirit week.

Q: How would you go about making those changes?

A: I would have petitions, put forth effort and stay positive throughout the whole process.

Executive Vice President: Alexia Mendoza

Alexia Mendoza
Alexia Mendoza

Candidate name: Alexia Mendoza

Grade level: 11th

Q: Have you been involved in student government before? If so, how?

A: No, but I’m really excited for it!

Q: Why do you want to be elected to student government? 

A: I want people (students) to have a voice for the ideas they have. Also, I  want to make a change.

Q: How will you reach out and represent ALL students? 

A: I will ask for ideas in what they want to be changed and created at Garinger. I want to be a leader for the unheard voices.

Q: What is the advantage of electing you? 

A: I want to encourage students to continue running SGA for a long time,  also encourage them to help change the G!

Q: How much time (in hours) are you able to devote to your elected office?

A: I want to devote as much time as possible. Most likely until I graduate.

Q: How do you think you can help students academically? 

A: I think I can help students academically by participating in things that they are into, also by encouraging for them to do their best.

Q: What changes would you like to make? 

A: I would like to create events that students would like to be a part of.

Q: How would you go about making those changes? 

A: I would talk to the SGA team to get organized and for their opinion.

SGA Elections are Friday!

voteStudent Government Association elections will be held in the Media Center during all lunches on Friday, Sept. 18.

Here is a list of candidates. Click on their links to learn more.

You may vote for Pesident, Vice President and Secretary in your grade level as well as Executive President, Vice President and Secretary.

Executive (student body) President

Carlos Gonzalez

Destiny Rorie

Monet Sawyer

Executive (student body) Vice President

Kya Lomax

Alexia Mendoza

Executive (student body) Secretary

Alicia C. Alanis

Senior Class President

Cameron Morris

Junior Class President

Alijah “Zara” Barney

Robert Davis

Trayvone Glover

Kaiya Trigg

Junior Class Vice President

Sarai Ordonez

Junior Class Secretary

Samantha Cardona

Sophomore Class President

Asia Berry

Sophomore Class Vice President

Jennifer Pineda

 

Freshman Class President

Hazaiah Pitlman

Senior Class President: Cameron Morris

Candidate name: Cameron Morris

Grade level: 12

Q: For what position are you running?

A: Senior Class President

Q: Have you been involved in student government before? If so, how?

A: No

Q: Why do you want to be elected to student government?

A: To bring change and school spirit to Garinger.

Q: How will you reach out and represent ALL students?

A: By giving them a voice.

Q: What is the advantage of electing you?

A: I won’t stop until positive change comes to the school.

Q: How much time (in hours) are you able to devote to your elected office?

A: As many as necessary.

Q: How do you think you can help students academically?

A: By helping to improve a more enjoyable educational environment.

Q: What changes would you like to make?

A: Increase school spirit and academic performance.

Q: How would you go about making those changes?

A: By starting at the top and working way down until change is made.

Executive President: Carlos Gonzalez

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Carlos Gonzalez

Candidate name: Carlos Gonzalez

Grade level: 12

Q: For what position are you running?

A: Student Body President.

Q: Have you been involved in student government before? If so, how?

A: I have never been involved in student government before.

Q: Why do you want to be elected to student government?

.A: I want to be elected to student government because of my creativity, leadership, and dedication.

Q: How will you reach out and represent ALL students?

A: I will verbally and physically interact with all students by seeing them at lunch, in the hall, and ask them for what they want to see.

Q: What is the advantage of electing you?

A: The advantage of electing me is having someone who actually wants to change and wants to contribute.

Q: How much time (in hours) are you able to devote to your elected office?

A: I will devote 24 hours a day to my position.

Q: How do you think you can help students academically?

A: By rewarding them and spread positive academic propaganda.  

Q: What changes would you like to make?

A: I want to change school spirit and raise awareness on sports and clubs.  

Q: How would you go about making those changes?

A: By working together with my fellow Student Government members.

Executive Secretary: Alicia Alanis

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Alicia Alanis

Candidate name: Alicia Alanis

Grade level: 11

Q: For what position are you running?

A: Executive Secretary

Q: Have you been involved in student government before? If so, how?

A: I have never been involved in student government before but I have always thought it was interesting.

Q: Why do you want to be elected to student government?

A:  I want to be elected to student government because I want to help out the students and make a change overall in the school community. Make this a memorable school year, too.

Q: How will you reach out and represent ALL students?

A: I will reach to all students by offering help. I will also represent all students by counting in everyone’s voice because I believe that everyone has a chance to be heard.

Q: What is the advantage of electing you?

A: An advantage to electing me is that I will be 100% dedicated to helping out the school, making it better for the students in every aspect.

Q: How much time (in hours) are you able to devote to your elected office?

A: I am willing to be as devoted as possible to put in a lot of effort in my elected office as much as it’s needed. I think in order to make a change, time is a big requirement.

Q: How do you think you can help students academically?

A: I think i can help students academically by encouraging them to attend tutoring. Also, working out times with teachers so the students can get the help they need.

Q: What changes would you like to make?

A: I would like to make students feel more motivated and encouraged in school and make it fun at the same time.

Q: How would you go about making those changes?

A: I have some ideas in mind to motivate students by implementing more technology use in classrooms.

Executive Vice President: Kya Lomax

Grade level: 12

Q: For what position are you running?

A: Executive Vice President

Q: Have you been involved in student government before? If so, how?

A: No.

Q: Why do you want to be elected to student government?

A: To make sure a change in Garinger happens with or without my attendance.

Q: How will you reach out and represent ALL students?

A: By making all decisions helpful to all my peers.

Q: What is the advantage of electing you?

A: I am open minded and determined.

Q: How much time (in hours) are you able to devote to your elected office?

A: All time needed to do what I’m here to accomplish.

Q: How do you think you can help students academically?

A: By providing activities that interest and help them at the same time.

Q: What changes would you like to make?

A: Senior activities, junior activities, prep for seniors, and reputation.

Q: How would you go about making those changes?

A: Taking opinions and facts and starting them.

Executive President: Monet Sawyer

Candidate name:Monet Sawyer

Grade level: 12

Q: For what position are you running?

A: Executive President

Q: Have you been involved in student government before? If so, how?

A: Yes, I was 11th grade class president.

Q: Why do you want to be elected to student government?

A: Because I want to help better my school.

Q: How will you reach out and represent ALL students?

A: I will make a video and word of mouth.

Q: What is the advantage of electing you?

A: With electing me will come excitement and activities for the students.

Q: How much time (in hours) are you able to devote to your elected office?

A: Anytime

Q: How do you think you can help students academically?

A: We can have a study hall or a group.

Q: What changes would you like to make?

A: More school spirit.

Q: How would you go about making those changes?

A: I will make it to where we have a G-day, pep rallies and fun activities.

Garinger JROTC going to finals!

From left, Claudia Martinez, Jasia Saunders, Mia Mitchell, and Marina Hernandez made it to the finals for the Army JROTC Leadership Bowl. Not pictured: Ashley Littlejohn. PHOTO BY ANDY SANDOVAL.
From left, Claudia Martinez, Jasia Saunders, Mia Mitchell, and Marina Hernandez made it to the finals for the Army JROTC Leadership Bowl. Not pictured: Ashley Littlejohn. PHOTO BY ANDY SANDOVAL.

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!!!!

Power 98 turns-up Garinger student news

Gerietha Mann and Brianna Neal took a picture with Ms.Jessica from Power 98 March 19 2015. Photo by: Gerietha Mann
Gerietha Mann and Brianna Neal took a picture with Ms.Jessica from Power 98 March 19 2015. Photo by: Gerietha Mann

By : Gerietha Mann

Ms.Jessica & DJ LP from Power 98 were here at Garinger to promote their dance competition and to give the Journalism class some tips for the student news

.They came in on March 19 2015 around 10:45 a.m and  introduced themselves to our journalism class.They watched us do our student news and then they helped us ” Turn-Up” and spice things up a little bit.

When we came back to the classroom ,they asked if we had any questions for them and we had a whole bunch. They told us that Media and Entertainment business isn’t easy. You have to have the right connections to become in journalism or radio.

Some tips they gave us was not to be scared in front of the camera and be yourself because people won’t like you if you are pretending to be somebody you’re not. Another thing they said was don’t waste your time on something you don’t love and have a passion for because you won’t be happy in the end. Basically, what they said was to find something that interests you and that you have a passion for.

Culture Fair is April 2nd

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.

Garinger blood drive a success

 

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Mitzel Parra (left) and Ms. Ogle led a blood drive at Garinger High School March 9, collecting 67 pints of blood.

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.

 

Always Ready for Your Test

Mr. Anthony's class is now paying 100% attention to their notes. They get ready to take the EOC exam coming up. Photo by Hanh Nguyen.
Mr. Anthony’s class is now paying 100% attention to their notes. They get ready to take the EOC exam coming up. Photo by Hanh Nguyen.

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.” 

 

Holocaust Survivor Suly Chenkin visits Garinger

On the left is Holocaust survivor Mrs Suly explaining her background, and also taking pictures with the students at Garinger High School.                                                                                 Photo cred.by Mayia Portee
On the left is Holocaust survivor Mrs Suly explaining her background, and also taking pictures with the students at Garinger High School.
Photo by Mayia Portee

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.

Track paperwork deadline Feb. 17

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.

Prom tickets on sale

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.

Update: 2 Garinger students struck by truck

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.

Garinger’s first All-American

Tresor Mbuyu scores a goal in the second round of playoffs against Watauga HS. (photo by:tarheelsportsphotography)
Tresor Mbuyu scores a goal in the second round of playoffs against Watauga HS.                                                                (photo by:tarheelsportsphotography)
Mbuyu warms up before the second round of playoffs.(photo by:tarheelsportsphtography)
Mbuyu warms up before the second round of playoffs.     (photo by:tarheelsportsphtography)

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.”

Dr.Oz and Health Corps

Dr.Oz and Health Corps student from Garinger and West Meck High School on October 9th, 2014 in Downtown Mooresville at the Epic Restaurant.
Dr. Oz and Health Corps students from Garinger and West Mecklenburg High School on October 9th, 2014at the Epic Restaurant in downtown Mooresville. Courtesy Of Latisha Williams

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.

Raise your pants, Raise your image

 

kyaBy Kya Lomax / Commentary

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.

Semi Annual Art Gala

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.

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Art students visited the Garinger Garden and made pieces of vegetable inspired art.
(By Tamara Smith)
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Paper mache artwork

 

 

These are the signatures of all the students displaying work.
These are the signatures of all the students displaying work.

 

Freedom Foundation Honors Garinger Alumni

Wilson (left), of WCCB's "Wilson's World" segment of the Rising show speaks with a Garinger alumni at a monument honoring Garinger students who died in the Vietnam War during a broadcast break Wednesday morning, Nov. 5.
Wilson (left), of WCCB’s “Wilson’s World” segment of the Rising show speaks with a Garinger alumni at a monument honoring Garinger students who died in the Vietnam War during a broadcast break Wednesday morning, Nov. 5.

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.

Georgina Smith wins Spirit Week raffle

Georgina Smith won the drawing for Mismatch Monday Oct. 13, 2014
Georgina Smith won the drawing for Mismatch Monday Oct. 13, 2014

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.

Congratulations Georgina!

Monday mismatchers strike a pose

Montrez Dixon, a senior at Garinger High,  dressed up for Mismatch Day on Oct. 13, 2014 Photo by: Kya Lomax
Montrez Dixon, a senior at Garinger High, dressed up for Mismatch Day on Oct. 13, 2014
Photo by: Kya Lomax

 

This colorful duo, Chioma Opara (left) and Tatiana Kankienza both seniors at Garinger High, looked amazing for Mismatch Day on Oct. 13, 2014
This colorful duo, Chioma Opara (left) and Tatiana Kankienza both seniors at Garinger High, looked amazing for Mismatch Day on Oct. 13,

 


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

Isha Gauther, a freshman at Garinger High, with a funky due and bright fit, she poses for Mismatch Day on Oct 13, 2014. Photo by Kya Lomax
Isha Gauther, a freshman at Garinger High, with a funky ‘do and bright fit, she poses for Mismatch Day on Oct 13, 2014.
Photo by Kya Lomax

 

More colorful than Kool-aid, senior Jairus Drew smile from ear2ear posing for Mismatch Day at Garinger High on oct 13, 2014. Photo by Kya Lomax
More colorful than Kool-aid, senior Jairus Drew smiles from ear2ear posing for Mismatch Day at Garinger High on oct 13, 2014.
Photo by Kya Lomax

 

 

 

Areanna Townsend, a junior at Garinger High, posing for Mismatch Day on Oct 13, 2014 . Photo by Kya Lomax
Areanna Townsend, a junior at Garinger High, posing for Mismatch Day on Oct 13, 2014 .
Photo by Kya Lomax
On Oct. 13, 2014, Ronaell Lennon, senior at Garinger High, posed for Mismatch Day Photo by: Kya Lomax
On Oct. 13, 2014, Ronaell Lennon, senior at Garinger High, posed for Mismatch Day
Photo by: Kya Lomax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Student Government Election Results

Tatiana Kankienza is Executive Council President
Tatiana Kankienza is Executive Council President

Here are the results from Friday’s Student Government election. All newly elected officers will  meet after school Wednesday, Oct. 8 in room 6204.

Freshmen class

Secretary: Shekhinah Rodriguez

Vice-president: Camerion Blackmon

President: Chatika Ross

Sophomore class

Vice President: Phinius Fields

President: Nadazia Price

Junior class

President: Monet Sawyer

Senior class

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.

Executive Council

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.

 

 

Meet the Candidates

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 President

Honora Ankong

Tatiana Kankienza

Executive Vice President

Jasmine Bradley

Chioma Opara

Rakala Townsend

Tanajah Williams

Executive Secretary

Christeen Simon

Senior Class

Shaiana Burns – president

LaQuonna Davis – president

Junior Class

Monet Sawyer – president

Sophomore Class

Adior Barac – president

Nadazia Price – president

Phinius Fields – vice president

Freshman Class

Chatika Ross – president

Camerion Blackmon – vice president

Shekhinah Rodriguez – secretary

Daily Announcements

Blood drive

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.

Herff Jones

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.

College acceptances

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

‘Brittany’s crossing’

 

 

 

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.”

A giant rock dedicated to Brittany Palmer sits at Garinger. Photo by Ariana Ilarraza
A giant rock dedicated to Brittany Palmer sits at Garinger.
Photo by Ariana Ilarraza

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.”

The ribbon cutting Photo by Ariana Ilarraza
The ribbon cutting
Photo by Ariana Ilarraza

Microsoft Office Certification

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Why should you earn your Microsoft Office Certification you might be asking yourself? Reasons to earn your certification in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint are to prove your proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, establish professionalism needed for the work force, increase employability skills (part-time employment included), increase leadership opportunities, and possible earn a salary increase. You can sign-up in the cafeteria during your lunches to have the opportunity to be certified! See Ms. Bell for details.

 

WE ARE READY 4 EXAMS!!!!

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Struggling to get ready for exams, well I have some tips for you. The most important thing to do is organize yourself to make sure you have enough time to study, don’t leave it until the last minute. Practice on old exams and quizzes given by your teachers and make sure you can explain your answers to others, organize study groups with friends and definitely eat breakfast that morning before your exam, you can’t think on an empty stomach. And lastly don’t stress yourself out you will make it and pass those exams!!

Christmas In Dominican Republic

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Christmas in the Dominican Republic is a fabulous time for sure. It lasts for about three months more or less and it’s the time of month where you can spend time with your family and friends having a great time, especially because the weather is perfect. It doesn’t get cold outside unless it rains. Fireworks are a tradition in Dominican Republic where families bond over children and adults shooting rockets and firecrackers of all types. It’s also a busy time for hospitals as they mend burnt and mangled fingers of people who got a bit carried away with the firework celebrations. Christmas Eve is the main day for celebration when big family dinners are held and families gather together. Many people travel here to visit their home towns and enjoy the holidays with their family and friends, not to mention Dominicans love their mother’s or aunt’s cooking and that’s what attracts them to return home for the holidays.

Chinese New Year

chinese-new-yearBy Ivan Rosario

Chinese New Year, known in modern Chinese as the “Spring Festival” is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional Chinese calander . Celebrations traditionally run from the the first day, to the Lantern festival  on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between January 21st and February 20th. In 2017, the first day of the Chinese New Year starts on Saturday January 28th. The New Year festival is centuries old and gains significance due to several myths and traditions. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honor ancestors.Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations, including mainland China, Hong Kong, Macu, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, and the Philippines. Chinese New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese population and has had influence on the lunar new year celebrations of its neighbors.

Wildcats Racing out of School!

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Chante Allen is a junior who will graduate in Spring 2017

BY MARIAH BROWN

Juniors at Garinger High have had a great opportunity to graduate ahead of their class. Is it a rush or a head start on life? From the outside looking in, it could go either way.

Some students have said that graduating early would take away the wonderful experience of being a senior and all four years of high school. One of Garinger’s 3 year graduates, Chante Allen, had much to say about graduating early.

“Graduating early is best for me because I want to challenge myself to get a head start on my life. There weren’t any extra assignments I had to do. I’ve always doubled up on classes since 8th grade. The pros of being a 3 year grad is being able to finish high school at a early age and finishing college early. The cons would be all the stress with passing classes on time. The steps to become a 3 year grad are to go to your counselor and make sure you have most of your credits by junior year to graduate at least [at age] 16.”

I also asked Chante, “How does your mother feel about you graduating early?, and “What will you be doing after you graduate?”

She responded, “My mom fully supports me in my decision and I will be attending college.”

We wish all our early graduates good luck and congratulations!

Senior Exits

By KaDasia Crawford, Taiya White and Deondre Teal

On December 15, 2016 Garinger High School students prepared to present their senior exit projects to a group of excited judges. Everyone was really nervous and they were repeating their presentations to each other to make sure their speeches were perfect and had no mistakes. One student who really nervous but at the same time ready to present was Brian Rios and his topic was on immigration. Everyone was looking professional and very nice dressed we hope all our seniors good luck!!

Merry Stressmas

target-crazy-christmas-ladyBy Chante Allen

Christmas can be a stressful time of the year and a lot of people stress over what to get their family and friends. People go crazy over this time of the year and they start stealing or working overtime. Sme people don’t have any money at all during this time which makes the situation worse. A lot of kids don’t get any presents or anything during these times.  I think people forget the message behind Christmas, which is that it’s not about what you get it’s the thought that counts and the time spent with your family and friends. Try not to overwhelm yourself with all the materialistic things in life and just focus on the little things that count. When you go to stores don’t be afraid to say “no” or say “yes” to every holiday invitation and demand that comes your way, you could wind up exhausted and possibly broke. Whether it’s sending greeting cards, baking, seeing family and friends, supporting a charitable cause, or just relaxing remember Christmas is a time of celebration not stress.