Aliyah Walthall: First Miss Garinger in nearly 10 years

Aliyah Walthall (center) became the first Miss Garinger to be crowned since 2004. Marie Manansala (left) was named second attendant to Miss Garinger; Alicia Robinson (right) was chosen Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants. The pageant was Oct. 17 in the Garinger auditorium. - Photo by Ms. Keisha Bailey
Aliyah Walthall (center) is the first Miss Garinger to be crowned since 2004. Marie Manansala (left) was named second attendant to Miss Garinger; Alicia Robinson (right) was chosen Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants. The pageant was Oct. 17 in the Garinger auditorium. – Photo by Ms. Keisha Bailey

By  Hydeia Wilfong

Thursday evening was definitely a “Night to Remember” at Garinger High School, which hosted its first Miss Garinger Pageant since 2004.

The winner of the pageant, Aliyah Walthall, will have the opportunity to represent Garinger at several community events, including Homecoming on Oct. 25. Marie Manansala won the title of second attendant to Miss Garinger and Alicia Robinson won Miss Congeniality. Special guest Ana Hernandez, a former Miss Garinger winner, presented the flowers and crown.

The contestants were judged in relevance to their talent, formal dress, answer to an extemporaneous question and an interview before the judges that was held prior to the Oct. 17 pageant.

The event was also a time to showcase a few more talented Garinger students, like Joshua Gainous who played a piece on the piano; Breille Whittman, who performed a song on the guitar; and Eric Williams, who recited an original poem.

Ms. Aisha Lide, a visual arts teacher at Garinger, directed the pageant. The master and mistress of ceremonies were CMS Teacher of the Year James Ford, of Garinger, and  Ms. Dinco Seakamela of Johnson C. Smith University.  Judges included staff members Ms. Rachel Lloyd, Ms. Ann Kelly, Mr. Nemal Patel, Mr. Chimzam Awute, Ms. Tamara Thompson, Mr. Brian Berlin, Ms. Kaitlyn Hollister, and Ms. Rhonda  Wright.  The auditors included Ms. Tomeka Barbour, Mr. Andrew Pinckney, and Ms. Carrissa  Johnson-Scott.

The Miss Garinger Pageant was very successful and many people came out to support the school and the contestants.

Homecoming Junior: Kali Coxe

Kali Coxe, junior homecoming candidate
Kali Coxe

Q:  Have you ever been in homecoming court before? If so, when?

No, This is my first experience in homecoming court.

Q: Why should we choose you?

I am a very confident person and I also strive to be the best I can be. The best of Garinger High School (GO! WILDCATS!). I aim to prove that Garinger is more than a “hood school”, we aren’t that at all.  I want to provide a positive impact and look upon my class (2015) as well as the school.

Q: Why do you want to be Homecoming Queen?

I would like to become homecoming queen to help change to public outlook on the school. The choice of my running also involves showing school spirit and being proud to be called a Wildcat.

Q: How do you plan on campaigning for homecoming?

To campaign I am using only my word and the hopes of others,  my flyers and friends. Then on the last day of campaigning I plan to have a special treat for my committed voters and for others as well….so long as they vote.

Q: What makes you different than the other contestants for homecoming?

I’m a completely different person than my lovely components. I try my hardest to run an honest campaign and leave out bribery. If it is meant for me to win, then I will.

Q: What would you say to people who think that the homecoming court is only for popular people?

They are completely wrong. I’m nowhere close to popular and I’m not widely known around school. But, I will say I have made it this far and I don’t plan on stopping now.

Q: How will you represent Garinger in a positive way?

Garinger already has a unattractive reputation. I’m smart and I have a positive outlook on others. The encouragement of my peers to show Garinger’s true colors of intelligence, honesty and school spirit, will most definitely represent Garinger in a positive way. I can’t do it alone.

Q: What does being nominated mean to you?

It means beating a standard. Not a lot of people believe I can do this. Also, it is giving me an opportunity to prove that you don’t have to be popular to be a contestant. This homecoming will most definitely open the doors for others as well

Q: What is your favorite thing about Garinger?

I love Garinger as a whole. The campus is beautiful and a lot of positive things are happening here at Garinger High School. However, my favorite is honestly the band, the incredible amounts of school spirit and fun shown through their energy. GO WILDCATS!!!!

 

Homecoming senior: Kimberly Monge

Homecoming-KimQ: Have you ever been in homecoming court before? If so, when?

A: No, I have not ever been in Homecoming Court before. This is my first time entering.

Q: Why should we choose you?

A: I think that Garinger should choose me to be the next Senior Homecoming Queen 2013. I am patient and understanding and know the meaning of leadership and sacrifice, showing integrity, determination and passion for what I am going to be able to do if chosen.

Q: Why do you want to be Homecoming Queen?

A: Running for Senior Homecoming Queen 2013 is helping me to communicate with new people and build my self-esteem. The role has enabled me to become more confident in who I am, while also allowing me to meet and build relationships with so many of my peers.

Q: How do you plan on campaigning for homecoming?

A: My idea for campaigning for homecoming is by showing my love of baking by making cookies and sharing them. I also will give away Snickers, hang posters in each building and post on social networks.

Q: What makes you different than the other contestants for homecoming?

A: Something that makes me different than the other contestants for homecoming is that this is my first year coming to GHS, yet my last year of high school. I am proud of myself to be here and build my confidence because this is my first time entering. I am a respectful and dependable young lady.

Q: What would you say to people who think that the homecoming court is only for popular people?

A: I think that Homecoming Court is not only for popular people. In my opinion, homecoming is where every girl can participate. Your race and popularity does not matter; it is for everyone to join in. I think that everyone deserve a chance, his or her voice needs to be heard. People may think that the homecoming queens are people who are popular, meaning they are liked or admired by many people. I know that I am not popular or well recognized. I am a shy, timid girl, but I want to break out of my shell and meet new people.

Q: How will you represent Garinger in a positive way?

A: I would like to represent Garinger in a positive way by being a positive role model at school by putting and end to littering, vandalism and bullying. I love giving advice to people about daily life.

Q: What does being nominated mean to you?

A: I’m honored to be nominated for Senior Homecoming Queen because I know it will help me build my confidence 🙂

Q: What is your favorite thing about Garinger?

A: My favorite thing about Garinger High School is it is an historic school with a valuable and interesting past. This is my last year, and I want to cherish enjoyable memories.

An exciting, spirit filled week!

              Friday the 25th (Tomorrow) is when all the fun starts! Remember to represent your grade level by wearing the assigned color. Seniors wear blue, juniors wear black, sophomores wear white and freshmen wear grey.

The pep rally, during 4th block, is now free to students, but if you have had disciplinary problems you may not participate.  If you have purchased your $10 ticket, remember the tailgate will be between 2:30-4:30, which will include free food, the parade will be between 4:30-5:30 and the homecoming game will start at 7, where we will be facing East Meck, here at Garinger.

The process of entering college

By Emnit Dejene

College, College, College, how exciting yet so nerve wracking!

As the senior year slowly passes by, the stress, anxiousness and excitement gets extremely high. College applications and the immense amount of decisions that are waiting to be made only add on to the adrenaline.

Oh and don’t forget the incurable senioritis that we seniors have to deal with, not wanting to even look at your textbooks, yes, it’s all happening; but in a couple of months all of the things we have been waiting for since our freshman year will be coming to reality.

Donquarious Howie, a previous student at Garinger who is now attending UNC Charlotte, had plenty of tips for seniors.

During a recent visit, Howie spoke about how his college experience, by far, has been a total 180 from high school.

“College is very different from high school,” he states. “It’s not as hard as people make it seem but it’s a rough start until you adjust. Time management is probably the most important thing; you have to realize what’s important and what’s not.”

One huge piece of advice he would give to high school seniors right now is to take advantage of your counselors and make sure to apply for many many scholarships –  at least four.

How to deal with all the stress? Well, in order to cope with the million things going on, I am offering some tips on how to organize yourself, as well as steps to finding your compatible college.

Planning and organizing

  • Make a road map with things you would like to accomplish.
    • What are your senior year goals?
    • What are your long-term goals?
    • Think about majors that you might want to go in.
    • Consider possible careers.

College planning

  • Make a list of colleges you would like to apply to. Consider:
    • 2 year, 4 year or trade school?
    • Small or large school?
    • What are the average GPA and SAT/ACT scores of the school you are applying to?
    • Admission requirements?
    • What are the majors or programs they offer?
    • Tuition cost?
  • Check application deadlines for the schools you are thinking about applying to.
  • Talk to your teachers about getting a letter of recommendation.
  • TAKE THE SAT AND/OR THE ACT!!
  • There are many scholarships available at online. Apply for as many as you can.
  • Visit Garinger’s career center at http://garingercareercenter.cmswiki.wikispaces.net/ for useful information and opportunities.
  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will be available January 1st http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

For even more information, please contact our college adviser, Ms. Blackmon, in the main office or via email at rfblack@live.unc.edu

Student government election results

These are the results from Friday’s student government election. A meeting for all candidates, including newly-elected officers, will begin at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday in room 215. Class committees will plan events for homecoming next week.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT ELECTION RESULTS

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL:

PRESIDENT: Tiara Lowery

VICE PRESIDENT: Hamish Toe

SECRETARY: Candice Johnson

12th GRADE

PRESIDENT: Dre’Quan Gibson

VICE PRESIDENT: Xavier Brown

SECRETARY: Alicia Robinson

11th GRADE

PRESIDENT: Tatiana Kankrenza

VICE PRESIDENT: Brianna Geddis

SECRETARY: Christeen Simon

10th GRADE

PRESIDENT: Bri’Elle Whitman

VICE PRESIDENT: Selah Grant

SECRETARY:

9th GRADE

PRESIDENT: Trayvone Glover-Hull

VICE PRESIDENT: Baldomero Chavez

SECRETARY: Claudia Martinez