Women’s 2014 soccer schedule

Date Result Time Location
Wednesday, March 12, 2014  cancelled 5:30 p.m. Vance
Tuesday, March 18, 2014  L 9-0 5:30 p.m. Butler
Friday, March 21, 2014  W 4-1 5:30 p.m. Rocky River
Tuesday, March 25, 2014  L 9-0 5:30 p.m. Porter Ridge
Wednesday, March 26, 2014  L 9-0 5:30 p.m. Vance
Friday, March 28, 2014   5:30 p.m. Independence
Tuesday, April 1, 2014   5:30 p.m. East Meck
Friday, April 4, 2014   5:30 p.m. Myers Park
Thursday, April 10, 2014   5:30 p.m. Butler
Tuesday, April 22, 2014   5:30 p.m. Rocky River
Friday, April 25, 2014   5:30 p.m. Porter Ridge
Tuesday, April 29, 2014   5:30 p.m. Independence
Friday, May 2, 2014   5:30 p.m. East Meck
Tuesday, May 6, 2014   5:30 p.m. Myers Park

Pratt to leave the Wildcats


By Dre’Quan Gibson and Kelly Gonzalez

Mr. Pratt during lunch in the cafeteria March 14.
Mr. Pratt during lunch in the cafeteria March 14.                Photo by Dre’Quan Gibson


On March 11, LeDuan Pratt opened up another chapter in his occupational career.

Pratt has accepted the leadership role as principal of Math, Engineering, Technology and Science at Olympic High School.

Since 2010, Mr. Pratt has been a part of the Garinger family. When he first began at Garinger he was  Dean of students; then he soon transferred to the assistant principal position.

Mr. Pratt had this to say about leaving Garinger: “At this point in my career I felt it was time to make the next step and become principal.”

Olympic will be his third school in CMS. West Charlotte was the first school, where he was a math teacher. He also worked in Union County schools during the period of 2002-2006.

Pratt received a bachelor of science in business management from North Carolina State University and a master’s in school administration from Gardner-Webb University.

New building for an old school

By Hydeia Wilfong & Dre’Quan Gibson
In the past year Garinger students may have noticed some significant differences in the school’s large campus, such as the gym or the science building.

The construction was part of the 2007 Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools bond of $516 million  that was used to renovate and build new CMS schools. The 2007 bond allowed for Garinger to get 16.3 million dollars to build the new science building, renovate the gym, and to spruce up the track and field.
The new science building, which is the 600 building, was meant to be used for all of the sciences at Garinger, mainly biology classes. Workers began construction on the building in May of 2013 and the building was finished by the second semester of the 2013-2014 school year. The layout of the building is completely different from the rest of the buildings at Garinger. The innovative building has different mirrors in the larger bathrooms, it includes work rooms instead of lounges for teachers, and includes an elevator.

Also the school has decided to do away with promethean boards. “All classrooms will now have projected laptops and students will use laptops instead of desktops” said assistant principal Mr. Pratt, with a total of 17 laptop desks being present in the building.

Even students are responding positively to the new building.

“It’s big, [Garinger] needed a new building…it brings out the pride in our school” said 10th grader Deng Barac.

The building’s pristine floors and fresh paint smell is a different feel for the Garinger campus, which hasn’t had a new building in awhile. Many of the students in the building are enjoying the new bathrooms especially.

“My favorite part is the bathrooms because they are clean,” eleventh grader Alicia Medina said.

Though the new building added more classrooms to the Garinger campus, it will not affect the amount of students enrolled in Garinger High School or the number of teachers employed, which all depend on the total population of students and the student teacher ratio.

But these renovations – the building, the gym, and the track & field –  are only the beginning to the new changes that will be coming to Garinger.

With the new 2013 bond, Garinger will be granted more money to reinvent its campus, making Garinger even more appealing to incoming students and teachers.

The start of FBLA

Future Business Leaders of America  - Photo courtesy of .........
Future Business Leaders of America – Photo courtesy of Ms. Sanders

By Hydeia Wilfong
Garinger High School offers many clubs to students,  including the Future Businesses of America Club (FBLA).

The club held its annual induction ceremony for the 2013-2014 school year on Dec 9.

FBLA has been around since the late 1940s. It is a nationwide program with over 215,000 high school members. By joining FBLA students have the opportunity to learn about themselves and to become better citizens.

Two years ago, in 2011, Ms. Sanders, a computer teacher here at Garinger, opened up a chapter at the school.

Ms. Sanders said that when she worked at E.E Waddell she had opened a chapter there, so once she left and came to Garinger she took the initiative to open a chapter here.

Ms. Sanders is the primary advisor of FBLA while Ms. Grosse, Ms. Thompson, Ms.Lassiter, and Mr. Drye are all co-advisers.

FBLA is meant to prepare and develop competent business leaders; it also works to facilitate the transition from school to work for students.

At the induction meeting eight students were given officer positions. The students inducted included Nubia Jackson, who became the FBLA president; Yasmin Medina, who was elected Vice-President; Katende Mwakeba, who is the parliamentarian; Damius Nickles, treasurer; James Middleton, secretary; Vichra Heng, historian,; Viviana Hernandez and Hawani Adugna, reporters; and Brianna Geddis, assistant secretary.

There are 23 members of FBLA and they plan to compete in a state conference competition in March 2014, which will test their skills in business and career development.