Halloween in Canada

halloween2aMost people in Canada are very into the holiday of Halloween. People put a lot of effort into decorating their homes, yards and much more. Some may even create life-size replica graveyards or dungeons and invite people from the neighborhood to view their decorations or have have Halloween parties. Other people may organize fancy dress parties for adults or children.

Many children just like in the United States go out to trick-or-treat. They dress up as  different characters from TV shows and movies and visit homes in their neighborhood to collect candy from anyone who’s participating.

Children also take part in a long-standing Canadian tradition of “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF”. Pumpkin-carving contests, pumpkin art tours, a reading marathon, and symbolic Walks for Water are just a few examples of the educational and fundraising activities schools and children develop to help provide thousands of children developing countries with basic quality education.

Halloween in Canada is very similar to Halloween in the United Sates. There is hardly anything different about the way we both celebrate Halloween. -Ty’Quirra Mayo


Upcoming Artist (Self Taught)!!!

Hi Garinger, this is Isaac’s original song that he wrote in his journalism class called “Her Eyes.” I will provide the lyrics below but it will be also in the subscription on youtube.

Copy and paste the link if you can’t click on it.

Verse 1 : Never seen anything like her 👀
Never seen anything like her smile
Yet, they’re the purest eyes👀
That I have ever seen
So hard to resist 🛑 …
So hard like the sky 🌌 over me
Shining bright upon me
Like moon 🌙 and stars ⭐️ ✨
at night………………….
Oh, I try to run away
But it keeps catching up on me
I need to realize……

Pre – Cho : I can’t run,
I can’t hide,
Oh I need you to set me free…

Chorus : Cuz darling,
I’ve been staring at
The sparkle in your eyes👀
But since you…
You don’t seem to notice
The feeling that I get from you
So I’ll try…
Stop running away from you
Maybe tonight…
The stars ⭐️ ✨ ⭐️
Would shine for me and you…

Verse 2 : Cuz you are in my dreams…
And I’ve never felt this way before,
I’m imprisoned
By the thoughts of you
Can’t get you out of my mind …

Bridge : This time……………….
My heart’s ❤️ on the line
But we can lay down here
On the ground……….
Under the moonlight 🌙
I’ll walk you home🏡
Under the stars ✨ ⭐️ ✨

Fashion that is around Garinger High School

By Caitlin Robinette

The students at Garinger High School wear different fashion everyday. One of the hot trends this season that students are wearing this season is jogging and sweat  pants.  Also, ripped jeans have been coming back in fashion for the past couple years and overalls are coming back since last year. Jean jackets are here at Garinger High School.  I have noticed people with different colored hair like purple, red, half pink and half blue, blue, pink.

Hot accessories around Garinger High School are wearing glasses, earrings, necklaces and rings. 

Trinity working the jean overalls with the Converse.

Jamon’s red dreads.

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.

Why and How I Write Poetry

I write poetry becasue it is a good way to express how I  feel on paper without having to say those words aloud. When I write I get lost in a world of imagination where I can be any and everything I
 want to be. Say whatever I want and nobody can judge me because it comes from my heard. Poetry is like a song without a voice. It is music without a beat.

How I write petry is to first have an emotion. With all poetry a certain emotion inspired the poet to write it. Once I haev my emotion I turn them into words and I basically explain how and feel and whatever happened to have caused me to have that certain  emotion. I try to use words that are similiar in context. All you have to do inorder to write poetry is find and emotiona and write how you feel.

By: Brittany Caldwell


Life Sometimes it seems like everything is unfair,

nothing but gray skies everywhere and people pass you but no one seems to care.

Thats just life.

Sometimes everythng is going your way and no one or anything can ruin your day,

And at the top is where you will stay.

That’s just life.

We all feel joy, sorrow, despair when times get hard, yet hope for a brighter tomorrow.

We all feel fear and the need to fit in and feel like we belong.

We all laugh, we all cry. We all fall. We all fly.

We all fight for those we love. Family stands together when push comes to shove.

We all have the need to prove we’re worthy of the best in life.

Never give up and dont give in

Just keep going until the end of your life.

By: Brittany Caldwell

College/Career Day

Axel Salguero
Axel Salguero

By Axel Salguero

It was the first day of Senior Spirit Week and there were only two people I saw that dressed up. Now I know that the weather isn’t really on our side when it comes to wearing pants and a long sleeve dress shirt but girls had the chance to outdo themselves in a dress and heels!

Hopefully everyone participates for the rest of the week, I know I will. Come on seniors, show your school pride and show off your sense of style when it comes to putting together an outfit.

I’m going to be looking for those outstanding outfits the rest of the week! Have fun you guys! ;))

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.

Senior Spotlight: Tony Lieu

Tony Lieu
Tony Lieu

By D’asia Jackson

Tony Lieu is a 17 year old student who has attended Garinger High School for four years.

Throughout that time at Garinger he has accomplished and overcome a lot. The result of all his success and accomplishments is shown in his college acceptance letters to two North Carolina colleges: North Carolina State and University of North Carolina.

Tony says he expects to receive more in due time. I sat down with tony in an interview to talk about his plans after high school. Tony told me that he is excited about college and ready to go on to be successful in life. I asked him about certain schools, scholarships, and even his FAFSA.

Tony said he’s excited about getting into UNC  Chapel Hill. He also said that he’s applying for a scholarship known to many Tarheels as the Carolina Covenant, which entitles recipients to a full ride.

Qualifications for the scholarship include being from a low income family but having a amazing academic profile, in which Tony says he’s “good so far.”

Tony has a 4.5 G.P.A and says he’s worked very hard to accomplish everything. He doesn’t plan on stopping. When asked if he has applied to any other schools he said he’s waiting on Duke but won’t be “too disappointed “if he does not get in.

Tony summarized his years at Garinger in this way:

“It’s been very challenging, fun, and a thing to remember,” adding that he hopes that his class has helped to “change the face of Garingerand how people view it. ”

 Do you want to suggest a senior to be featured? Contact The Rambler staff in room 118.

Prom season has arrived

By Hydeia Wilfong

Attention all seniors the event that many of you have been waiting for since elementary school has arrived…..PROM. Garinger’s junior senior prom will be held on May 10th at the Hilton hotel in University Charlotte. Prom tickets will be sold at the price of $30.00 but purchase yours now because the price will increase $10.00 every month. Tickets will be sold in the cafeteria at lunch and only cash will be accepted. For any questions or concerns you should see Ms. Barbour in LC 20 or Mr. Pinckney in LC 17. Although the theme will not be disclosed until the last week of April, buy your tickets now because this prom will be one that you don’t want to miss.  It will last from 8pm to 12am.

Mr. Ford helps students soar

By Giovanni Rosa and Kimberly Monge  ⁄  The Rambler

Mr. Ford, after learning he is a finalist for the  NC Teacher of the Year Award. Photo by Kimberly Monge
Mr. Ford, after learning he is a finalist for the NC Teacher of the Year Award.
Photo by Kimberly Monge

Mr. James Ford is a World History teacher, but not any kind of teacher.

Mr. Ford has a spark that makes students love his class.

He is a caring teacher who loves to help his students achieve their goals.

He is a teacher that loves his job, and he is good at what he does.

No wonder Mr. Ford has been named a finalist for the North Carolina Teacher of the Year Award.

When the award was announced during an assembly before winter break, he accepted the honor with tears in his eyes.  That day was a special day for Mr. Ford and for his family. “It was overwhelming,” he said. “And it was humbling too.”

He makes his history classes fun and interesting; he sometimes acts as the character while he is talking to his students or asks the question with added enthusiasm.  His classroom is well organized, and  his students are respectful, and listen to their teacher. The students in Mr. Ford’s class do not use profanity, use their electronics, or wear hats.

Two of his students from fourth block, Taveion Morris and Ahsia Rudd, recently commented about their teacher.

Taveion described him as funny and goofy, yet serious.

“I think Mr. Ford is a good teacher.  He motivates us in our life to do good things and for my future because he knows what he been through in life. He deserves it. He worked very hard. Overall, I think his personality can relate to us,” Taveion said.

“He is fun, cool, and knows what to do,” said Ahsia. “I think he deserves the award because he has been teaching for so long and he understands our problems when we need help,” she said.

Mr. Ford will not let anything stop him from fulfilling his dream of becoming a principal of his own school. He teaches because he loves to see his students grow as the slowly step forward into becoming the people they dream to be:  young men and women that will change the world, and make it a better place.

This dedicated teacher  always thinks about how to improve his teachinge, and he even does research on world history in his free time in order to help his students grow.

At the award assembly, he turned his focus to his students.

“ I know you guys are thinking I’m helping you out, but you guys don’t know how much I learn from you all. You guys inspired me, you guys make me get up to work every day.”


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National Honor Society inducts new members

By Jackie Dominguez

More than twenty new members were inducted into the National Honors Society on December 9th 2013. The induction ceremony was in the upper media center during 2nd block. The parents of the students were invited and refreshments were served. The new members received certificates and were able to light the candles and say the honor society’s pledge. Their first community project is going to be a canned food drive.

New members include:

Solomea Asfaw                             Chioma Opara

Lejla Ademovic                            Rakaiyah Pendergrass

Ytulo Evans                                 Maralyn Cruz-Ramirez

Edith Escott                                 Gensel Ramirez

Brianna Geddis                            Juan Alberto Ramirez

Amber Glover                               Franklin Flores Rivera

Keiara Harley                               Iraj Sheikh

Vichrah Heng                              Christeen Simon

Christian Hukportie                   Daria Smith

Charadonae Johnson                  Karina Sorto

Tatlana Kankienza                       Aliyah Waithall

Guadalupe Fernandez De Lara   Jaziei Zamora

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