Week 13 Senior of the Week : Michael Guerrero

This week senior of the week goes out to AP Honors Mr. student body Vice President of 2018-2019 who is also a member of LASA and also works for E2D. Michael can be seen at many events on campus and also having an optimistic attitude. Michael will be attending CPCC for one year and transferring to UNC Charlotte where he will be majoring in psychology. One of Michael’s future goals is to be just like Garinger’s College Adviser, Mr. Reyes. He wants to be a college adviser and help the high schoolers.

Michael Guerrero best memory of high school was building The Block. Michael’s biggest motivation are his parents. He said “My parents traveled and moved here from Mexico so that I could have better opportunities and an education. I want to make them proud of what I achieve. How heartwarming. An advice he has for the students are Garinger was “always persevere and try hard during your time at school so you can be successful.


Week 12 Senior of the Week : Julissa Aguirre

Everyone has something in their life that they enjoy doing. For Julissa Aguirre AP Honors student that is Band. Julissa is one of the two drum majors in the Blue Funk Sound Machine. Julissa absolutely loves music and hopes to become a Band Director after she attends Virginia State University where she will be studying Music Education and Music Theory.

Julissa Aguirre biggest Motivation is her family. She wants to be a positive role model for her younger siblings. Her biggest accomplishment was going to Nationals as a Drum Major and competing. An Advice Julissa has for the students are “Don’t let anyone get in your way of what you want to do. Smart choices will benefit you in the long run.”


Week 11 Senior of the Week : Ruth Kalume

Most students do not enjoy school but for Ruth Kalume that is a different story. Ruth Kalume is president of National Honor Society and the Senior Class. She also has her own story on the CMs page. Ruth will be attending the University of North Caroline of Greensboro as part of the Honors College program where she will be studying Computer Science and International Business.

Ruth Kalume biggest motivation is her parents and their journey to the United States from Congo. Her best memory was all of the events held with her clubs and having fun with friends and making a difference. An advice she has for the students is “Enjoy the moment and know that making mistakes is okay, but you must learn from them to get better.”


Week 10 Senior of the Week : Tim Shar

Many students at Garinger are bilingual but have you ever met someone who can speak up to FOUR different languages?! Well then that means you have not met Tim Shar yet. Tim Shar is an AP honors student who loves math and chemistry and also known for playing soccer as a part of our Varsity Soccer Program. He will attend Belmont Abbey College where he will play soccer and study math and science.

Tim is driven by an intense desire to be more successful than he was the day before. His biggest accomplishment was being a part of the Varsity Soccer Program and playing club soccer outside of school and with other people around Charlotte. His favorite quote is “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” An advice Tim has for Garinger students is “Stick to your own goals and stay motivated to be successful for yourself. Don’t be less than successful.”


Week 9 Senior of the Week : Elli Pineda

Giving off a positive attitude and vibe is what everyone needs and want in life. Elli is always smiling and trying to make sure every interaction he has is positively impacted by his presence. Elli Pineda is an honors student on the JROTC Armed Squad and Flag Detail Team and is also Captain and Officer in JROTC. He is also involved in yearbook and does community service. He will be attending CPCC for two years where he will study science and then transfer to with either NC State or UNC- Charlotte to study Computer Science.

Elli’s best high school memory was being involved in JROTC and winning the East side Book Study Competition. His biggest motivation is being able to wake up every morning and knowing he is closer to graduation. He is driving by the desire to make people SMILE! His biggest accomplishment was being named Officer in JROTC and being able to compete and serve the community. An advice Elli has for the Students is ” You should hang out with the right people and surround yourself with people who will make you better and not bring you down. Focus in classes and fins an activity that motivates you.”


Week 8 Senior of the Week : Aimee Moboti

Not many high school students would have started their own successful club, but for Aimee that was a different story. Amiee Moboti began her own club called Lift Every Voice, Participated in the Mayor Youth Employment Program where she earned an Android Development Certification, and is Vice President of the Senior class. Aimee will be attending A & T where she plans to study Information Technology.

Aimee’s motivation is herself and God. She believes her faith is what helps her wake up every morning and get through bad situations. Her biggest accomplishment was working as an intern over the past summer at the Park expo center where she was able to get hands-on job experience before she graduated. Her best memory of High School is being involved in clubs, meeting new people, starting a new club, and being able to help make a difference at Garinger. An advice she has for Garinger students is “Never give up! Take classes more seriously early on. Don’t take life for granted.”


Week 7 Senior of the Week : Mirna Peralta

This week senior goes out to ms. number one, top of the senior class, AP honors student Mirna Peralta. Mirna Peralta will be attending University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a full scholarship! She will be studying biology and conduct her own research upon graduation from college and eventually earn a phD.

Mirna was the vice president of Be More 2017 – 2018, past junior marshal, involved in WakeUp! Club, MaPP Math Competition Team Member and so much more. Mirna’s biggest motivation is imspired and and motivated by her desire to make her mom proud. Her biggest accomplishment was getting into UNC – Chapel Hill and being able to conduct research in a lab during her internship with American Chemical Society. Advice she has for students at the G is “Always try your hardest, even when you don’t want to. It will pay off in the long run. Do what your future self will be thankful for.”


Week 6 Senior of the Week : Selena Cortez

Selena Cortez is a honors student who has displayed leadership on campus in many different ways. She wants to be a paramedic while attending CPCC. She then plans to transfer to UNCC where she will be studying to become a doctor. Selena is a varsity athlete playing softball and volleyball, JROTC Cadat, works as an Athletic trainer and is a PBIS Speaker American Graduate.

Selena’s biggest motivation is her mother and all of her teachers who have pushed her to do better things in life. Her biggest accomplishment was being able to be a part of winning teams on JROTC, volleyball and softball. The best memory of High School for her was listening to the Garinger Education Foundation talk to her class about how much Garinger has changed and how much they’ve helped with scholarships and softball donations. Her advice for the students at the G is “Start string and end strong in everything you do at Garinger.”


Week 5 Senior of the Week : Gina Nguyen

The principal at GHS always said to do School plus two. With Gina Nguyen she did more than just that. Gina is an AP honors student who does just about everything on campus. She is dedicated member of the LASA, Yearbook, was stage manager for the Romeo and Juliet performance, SGA member, National Honor Society and so much more. She also does a lot of volunteer work in her community. Her most recent project that she had finished working on was a campaign to help immigrant students have access to in-state college tuition with her LASA team members. Gina Nguyen will be attending the Passport Program where she will go to Central Piedmont Community College for one year and then transferring to University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she will be studying exercise science to become a Physical Therapist.

Her biggest motivation are her teachers by pushing her to try her very best at everything. She had to many good memory in high school to choose from, but she said that she has had the best time working with her friends in all of her clubs outside of school as a way to make an impact. Gina lives by the quote “The only person that can hold you back is yourself.” An advice she has for the students are the G is to “Never give up no matter how many people try to push you down.”


Week 4 Senior of the Week : Elijah Richardson

This week’s senior of the week goes out to a student who perfectly represents the high school students everyone wants to become. He is an honors and AP student, varsity athlete and captain of the football team, past junior marshal, and works part time. Elijah Richardson will be attending University of Charleston where will will be playing football and studying computer science and information technology.

Elijah’s biggest motivation is his family members and he wants to be a role model for them in his life. His biggest accomplishment was being accepted to play football in college with a scholarship and having his own signing day. The best memory of high school for him was winning the football game against the state champion, Harding University High School, during his senior year. He lives by the quote “Do what you NEED to do, so you can do what you WANT to do.” His advice to the students at the G is “Do the hard work first then do whatever you want to do after.”


Week 3 Senior of the Week : Yahiree Zertuche

Everyone has their own talents and hobbies and for Yahiree Zertuche that is art. Yahiree is a wonderful artist who will be attending Queens University of Charlotte in the fall of 2019 where she will be studying animation. Yahiree was a member of the Art Club and Asian Culture Club. She also served as a Junior Marshal. Yahiree Zertuche is an AP honors student with an amazing imagination and great creative skills. Many of her artwork has been on displayed all around the school and also in the Arts Showcase.

Her Favorite quote is “Take time to stop and smell the flowers.” Her best memory of High School was being able to spend time with her friends as a part of the Asian Cultured Club. Yahiree also has an advice for students here at the G, ” Use the most of your time and do not procrastinate. Do what you need to do before deadlines and finish them early.


Week 2 Senior of the Week : Isaiah Lawrence

Senior of the week goes out to Isaiah Lawrence. Isaiah Lawrence is a honor student and JROTC cadet who will be attending University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Fall 2019. Isaiah’s biggest motivation are his parents and he wants to make them proud and be successful in life. His biggest accomplishment was being placed into honors classes and succeeding in them.

His best memory of high school is maturing throughout the years and becoming a better student by having a change in attitude and improving his work work ethic. Isaiah’s favorite quote is “Grow up and move on to achieve better things in life.” An advice he has for the students of the G is “Don’t stress, just live life to the fullest every moment and work hard towards success.”


Chronic Absenteeism Survey

Hello, Garinger staff and students my name is Aniyah Grimes and I’m a senior. For my graduation project I’m exploring ways to make the school system better. One of my main points is attendance and figuring out where absenteeism stems from. Please take my survey to help create new policies that I plan on sharing with admin.



¿Eres indocumentado? Are you undocumented?

By Carla Barahona

Ir a la universidad y obtener una beca es posible!!Muchas unniversidades y becas ahora aceptan a inmigrantes indocuumetados. Para mas informacion presione el enlace.


Going to college and obtaining a scholarship is possible!! Many colleges and scholarships now accept undocumented immigrants. For more information click on the link above.



The Block

When people hear Garinger High School they immediately think of dirty and ghetto. Rising freshman are not excited to go to Garinger because of what the news and other people who do not attend Garinger HS has to say about it. What the public do not know is all of the achievements we have accomplished at Garinger High School. A recent and successful achievement that we have done is created a space called “The Block”.

The area before the renovation

The Block is an unused area on campus that got renovated to become a space where everyone can have a sense of belonging and peace. We built an outdoor area, planted flowers and tress, placed a zen garden, added a volleyball net and soccer goals. Students could also play football, frisbee, connect four and giant jenga. This experience opened up creativity, joy and happiness. It did not just affect the leadership development class but to all of the Garinger Students as well. This opportunity allowed us to open up and have diversity in out school. A place where friendships are crested and developed in our school. A place where friendships are created and developed and diversity in a community is improved.

Garinger High School goes against the stereotype that the public puts out about us. We are a school that focus so much on our students and giving them the best education and high school experience a teenager could experience and keeping them active and on their feet.

The Block today. Photo took during A B honor roll celebration.

Week 1 Senior of the Week : Briana Alonso

It is the time of year where seniors are applying to college, showing off all of their hard works, achievements and talents. Student we have known and taught since freshman year. Watching them grow and learn and pushing through all of the challenges that they are faced with. Appreciating our seniors is one of the many things Garinger is the best at.

For our first week Briana Alonso, Battalion Commander of JROTC, National Honor Society Member and Junior Marshall, was chosen and recognized for her all of her accomplishments as a Garinger Student. Briana Alonso will be attending NC State where she will be studying Criminal Justice and Criminology. Alonso biggest accomplishments was winning 1st place for the district competition for JROTC.


Garinger Students Report for National Audience

Lachu Adhikari and Jamon Sanders taking pictures of Garinger High school in the school parking lot for the Garinger garden news story for PBS January 4, 2018. Photo by Donato Castrejon.

By Donato Castrejon

Charlotte, N.C January 4, 2018 Garinger High School is participating in the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs program, to connect middle schools and high school students with public media stations to produce original, reliable, youth-focused news reports.

Students are able to broadcast content on the national NewsHour site and the nightly broadcast along with teachers ensuring that they help the program leaders create curriculum for the young people to be more engaged with news and public affairs, making sure young voices are active in conversations pertaining serious issues involving the nation.

“It’s simply fantastic. It gives students real world experience, it’s hands on and they get to report about issues important to them. I appreciate Jeff Sonier from WTVI for mentoring the students. It’s rare that students have the opportunity to work side by side with a professional journalist”, said a Garinger English teacher Michele Lemere, who applied for the program and is implementing it in her her fourth period journalism class.

A lot of the students who are active in the program are very interested about it. “I feel very excited, I feel like I have special privileges”, said  junior Jamon Sanders. “I feel like you get to learn a lot of things and learn something new,” said a senior named Lachu Adhikari.


Get paid for career interest!

MYEPBy Erica Cervantes

Mayor’s Youth Employment Program (MYEP) is a great program for juniors and seniors to look into. MYEP helps students in the 11th and 12th grade get paid summer jobs in whatever career they might be into.

In order to get into this program, there are requirements. Requirements include:

  • 16-18 years old
  • Valid North Carolina photo ID and a Social Security Card
  • Excellent attendance/behavior
  • Experience in work or extracurricular activities
  • Summer-long commitment
  • Career Readiness Training
  • Resume and 500-word essay
  • Meet all deadlines for submission of documents
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • MYEP online application
  • Pass drug screening and background checks

If you’re interested and want additional details, you can find Mrs. Bell in the cafeteria to sign up for a pass to attend the Informational Seminar on October 19th, 2017 at the Media Center from 1:30PM-2:15PM.

Have additional questions? You can go to the link attached to learn more about the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program (http://charlottenc.gov/mayor/youth/myep/pages/about.aspx) or contact Mrs. Bell for more career opportunities. (http://garingercareers.weebly.com/)



Soccer Players Speak Out Against Coach Firing

By Trinity Thompson

Garinger soccer team players said today that they will quit the team because their coach was fired.  

Players received a letter from Dr. Gwaltney this morning during second block. The letter stated that “Coach Garrett will no longer be coaching for Garinger High School…Coach Eric Summerour, Garinger graduate and teacher, will take over as soccer coach immediately.”

Several of the players were called into the media center during second period. Dr. Gwaltney, Dr. Tornfelt,  Mr. Summerour, and the soccer players were all in there.  According to players at the meeting, team captain Heber Castro raised  his and said “I don’t want to play anymore.”

That’s when Coach Huggins asked who else wanted to quit and most of the soccer players raised their hands also, the players said.  

Dr. Gwaltney didn’t give them a reason as to why Coach Garret was fired.  As a rule, administration is not allowed to discuss personnel issues.

Senior Alfredo Flores, a varsity player, said, “I am really disappointed in the decision that Dr. Gwaltney made.  I really think it is unjust that she didn’t give us a reason behind it and just left it at that. But I do respect her for telling us and going up to us and meeting us, telling us what happened and the decision she made.”

At lunch, Dr. Tornfelt said, “I have realized that Dr. Gwaltney has made a decision, and that decision stands, and I recognize that there are aspects to the situation that are unfortunate. I do wish the soccer players would continue to play, and I know that they are making that choice not to stay.”

Alfredo said that he quit because “ Coach David Garrett has been there since I was a freshman, and he has truly made me grow not only as a player but as a person.”

“When you make decisions in life, you’ve got to own them and there’s going to be consequences to your decisions, regardless of who you are and what situation you’re in, ” Dr. Tornfelt said.

“I want our students to own their decisions and grow into mature young men. I love our soccer team. There are incredible guys on there and I just really want the best for them.”


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!!!!


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


blood drive
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.



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.