Welcome Back Mr. Butch!

By Nala Smith
One of our custodians at Garinger High School would like to thank the students and staff for supporting him while he was in the hospital recently.
“Mr. Butch” was in the hospital for having an allergic reaction to some antibiotics that his doctor gave him. He ended up at VA Hospital in Salisbury, North Carolina on February 15. He stayed for 10 days and did two months of recovery at home.
While he was in the hospital, the students and staff were calling him, came to visit him, sent him cards and made him feel loved.
Mr. Butch said that really felt like they cared about him and he appreciated that so much.

Life in Vietnam

By Khon Kosor and Hung Rocham

Have you ever stepped foot in Vietnam?
Vietnam is an eastern Asian country near the Pacific Ocean. Once you step your feet in Vietnam, you can visit beautiful places.

If you go into the villages, there are many tribes which are the native people in Vietnam. You can learn about their culture and how they live their lives.

The native people in Vietnam are called Montagnards, which means “mountain people.” In Vietnam, most people speak two languages, which is Jarai, the native language, and Vietnamese, which is the second language that we learn in school.

School in Vietnam is very different from the U.S. Most kids walk to school or ride bicycles. There are two different sessions of school, which are mornings (7-11 a.m.) and afternoons (1-4 p.m.)

We have recess during school time, but there is no free lunch in school. If you want food during school, either you bring it from home or buy in the small stores around the school.

Some of the teachers in Vietnam are very strict. We have to wear uniforms, but if your uniform is dirty or your hands are dirty the teacher will hit you with a long and thin stick.

In the villages, most kids do not have an education. Most Montagnards do not go to school because their parents cannot afford it, so they start working at an early age.

Life is hard in Vietnam but it is also a beautiful country to visit. Most kids enjoy their lives during night time. The moon is very bright. Most kids come out and play around midnight. They light up a fire and just enjoy their time. You can hear every sound. We let our dogs, chickens and other animals just run around. We get fresh water from a pond or river that is about 20 minutes or more from our home.

It so sad how kids in Vietnam miss out the opportunity of education and in the U.S people have free education and many don’t take advantage of it.

We should be happy what we have here because in other countries most people do not have what we have.

Wildcat baseball struggles to score

Ma'Lik Berginer stands in front of Garinger's baseball field. Photo by Demetri Johnson.

By Ma’Lik Berginer
Baseball has been a struggle at Garinger High School.
For the past four years we have won a total of 14 baseball games. Year after year it has been loss after loss.
At times, we were led to believe that it was the players who were disobedient and disrespectful. But that wasn’t the case. Since I arrived at Garinger when I was a sophomore, I have realized many things. I witnessed some coaches who didn’t want their players to succeed, some teachers who wouldn’t teach and much more.
The sad part about the start of this season is the fact that we did not get a coach until four days before our first game, and we had a total of three practices.
That is not fair when there are other teams who have been practicing all year to prepare, yet we have three days to get it together.
Coach Lorenzo Graves said he saw “some hard working players who give their all…I hope the best for them.”
Next year, he plans to start training early.
“We will win. Best believe that,” he said.
Yes, the odds have been stacked against students who go to Garinger High School, especially sports wise, but I also have seen athletes make it out of here and become something great.
Take me for example. I’m going to N.C. State as a red-shirted walk-on for the football team. Darius Dobson is going to Wingate University, Kemmi Pettway is going to UNC Chapel Hill and Donquarious Howie is going to UNC Charlotte.
In the future, I think Garinger students will have a better chance at success. Maybe not this year, maybe not next year but in four years it will become a completely different environment here at Garinger High School.
I see the change happening now, so I look forward to seeing what’s next.
I hope it all changes for the best.

From struggle comes strength: Wildcat football

By Demitri Johnson and Yahya Abdur-Razzaq

In the past four years, the Wildcat football team has won 12 out of 40 games, has had four different head coaches, and just last season fell 0-9.
Many people believe that the Wildcat football program is a joke; other teams tend to schedule them for homecoming in order to have an easy win.
Well, this upcoming season, they plan to turn that around.
The Wildcats are lead by coaches Alston (Head Coach), Pope (Asst. Head Coach), Stovall (Offensive coordinator), and Brumfield, Neeley, Scott and Jordan (DB and Line coaches), who all have a strong ambition for winning.
They are trying to change the morale here at Garinger.
“We must have structure, discipline, commitment, effort, knowledge, courage, wisdom and intensity in order to become a winning program,” Coach Pope said.
The Wildcats are not only concerned about winning games; they are also concerned about the community and establishing more school sprit here at Garinger.
“We plan to have cookouts and raffles to get more people in the stands,” Pope explained.
The one advantage that this team has is that it has a good core group of players returning, mostly lineman that plan to have a major impact.
Lineman who were the Achilles heel of the team last year plan to turn that around this season.
The Wildcats have a bad taste in their mouth, one that they will never forget and hope to never taste again.
Will this be the season that the Wildcats turn it around, or will it just be another fail?

If you want to be part of the positive change on the football field, the team holds practice every Monday through Thursday after school. The coaches ask that you have your grades intact and come ready to work.

Send us your prom photos

Elizabeth Manasala, Kathy Vang, Linda Soth, Jenny Nguyen and Krystal Manasala are posing for the camera at Grand Central. Courtesy of Linda Soth.

By Eric Salinas and Linda Soth

Edna Ramirez, Lyan Martinez, Jiadara, Linda Soth and Kathy Vang are posing for the camera at Freedom Park before heading out to prom. Courtesy of Linda Soth.
Linda Soth, Tiffiny Mendez and Edna Ramirez are posing for the camera at Grand Central. Courtesy of Linda Soth.
Jackie Olguin, Linda Soth and Kathy Vang are posing for the camera on the night of prom. Courtesy of Linda Soth.

It was a night to remember!

The music was bumping and people were dancing like there was no tomorrow.

The prom was held at Grand Central on May 4.

It was a phenomenal and amazing space to roam around and just party with your close friends.
The prom started at 7:30 p.m. and sadly ended at 11 p.m., however, the moments people experienced still live in the pictures they snapped.
We want you to share your pictures. Please email them to esalinas8589@cms.gaggle.net.
Tell us the name of the photographer and identify the people in the photo from left to right.

Will you graduate in June?

Jermaine Delph is working on his portfolio as part of the senior exit project. Photo by Miriam Pasquier

By Miriam Pasquier

The Senior Exit Project is one of the biggest requirements for seniors in order to graduate from high school.

Students start on their senior exit project their junior year, when they first decide on their topic and create a research paper. The research paper can only be 6-8 pages long and it must display intense research about their topic.

When juniors transition to their senior year they start working on creating a product based on what they learned in their research paper.

The product is the hardest part of the senior exit project. Most seniors stress over their product and speech presentation; it requires 15 hours of effort, which is shown and recorded in a log.

These products are then presented to a panel of judges who grade these products and decide whether or not the product is good enough to get a passing grade. The most nerve-wracking part of the presentation is knowing whether or not the judges like your product because their grade will determine whether or not you get to graduate in June.

A senior from Garinger, Pedro Navarro, presented his product last semester. His project was about crime rates in Charlotte. He created a Web site that showed the problem of the crime rate in Charlotte and offered various solutions.
He was very anxious and nervous to present, but once he got it over with it was the biggest relief in the world.
“Don’t be nervous, and it is easier than what people make it seem,” he said.

Another senior from Garinger, Jermaine Delph, is going to present his senior exit product next week. His product is about being able to start high school at a later time, such as 8 a.m.
He surveyed various students with the question, “ Would you like school to start at 8 a.m.?”
Obviously, students would prefer to start school at this time because it would give them a chance to sleep in.

If the senior exit project were to be removed as a graduation requirement, more students would actually be able to graduate.

Most students do not like this project and dread the moment that they become seniors because of this nerve-wracking requirement.

Garinger gives blood May 2

By Keonna Wilson


Community Blood Center came to Garinger High School on May 2.

Students registered in the auditorium then headed to a large donation truck to lie down to give blood. The blood drive ended at 1:30 p.m.
Students gave many reasons for donating blood. Danielle Polston said she planned to donate because her blood type can be used to help babies.
I spoke with Ms. Lenora Tibbs, one of the staff who works Community Blood Center.


Elizabeth Trujillo, a Garinger student, donating blood in the blood truck May 2. Photo by Malik Berginer

Q: Where does our blood go to?


Ms. Tibbs:  It stays  in the community and goes  to the local hospitals, for example,   Carolinas  Medical Center.


Q: What if you have a infection in your blood? Can you still donate?


Ms. Tibbs:  You cannot have any  diseases. You have to be healthy to donate blood.

Q: How do you get your blood to flow?

Ms. Tibbs: Being well hydrated.

Q:  Can you estimate about how many people have donated blood?

Ms. Tibbs: Garinger High School is close to three hundred pints since they started to  have drives.

Q: What is the reason for donating  blood?

Ms. Tibbs:  Giving back to the community, and since Garinger High School has a high African-American population,  we have the potential to help many Sickle Cell patients.