Garinger JROTC going to finals!

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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

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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.

Always Ready for Your Test

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Mr. Anthony's class is now paying 100% attention to their notes. They get ready to take the EOC exam coming up. Photo by Hanh Nguyen.

Mr. Anthony’s class is now paying 100% attention to their notes. They get ready to take the EOC exam coming up. Photo by Hanh Nguyen.

By Hanh Nguyen

 The big EOC is coming up! You have a bunch of papers you need to study. Do you remember all of it? Or, do you want to lie down every time you look at the packet? Do you see the letters dancing?

That means you need to read this story.

I will help you be free from dancing letters and help you pass your exams.

  Lets look back to Garinger’s previous EOC test score. I did research and the results hurt my feelings. According to greatschools.org, a website that shows every single school’s test score, Garinger’s rating is 2 out of 10.

Is it bad? No, it is not. It’s just super bad.

 Let’s change the rating to 8 out of 10, Garinger!. Lets tell everyone that Garinger students are as smart as anyone else. We will change the public’s view about Garinger by bringing our EOC test scores up.

     If you are ready to make a change, I am here with you make that change. Let’s do it!

   According to studyandexam.com, “A brilliant student pays attention to all the factors which make him succeed in exams.” These factors are methods of learning, mental approach torwards study, attendance, taking notes, memorizing, and extracurricular activities.

   The super easy way to getting start is to study your notes every night. Do it before you do anything else. It sounds boring, but it works all the time.

You need to put the most important, and main activity on the top. After you finish, go ahead and do what you want. However, please do not start studying on the night before the exam day. You will not remember anything because when you try to do so much, your brain will say, “I’m tired, I quit.”

Therefore, the best way is to study every single day, including weekends. Your brain will feel thankful for your decision. That way, when you faced with the test, you only have to review or read over your notes, get a good night’s sleep, and be ready for tomorrow.

Do you know what the consequence is if you stay up the whole night to study? You will show up tomorrow with panda’s eyes. NO! That is so ugly, and you may fall asleep before you even begin your test. That will kill our effort to make a change for Garinger!

   The method of learning

How do you stick your notes into your memory? If your method is to remember every single word from your notes, then that is wrong. However, it is not too late to fix it. Let’s try out my method!

My method is to only study the main ideas. Use the key words that represent the topic. For example, nucleus stores genetic information, the only two words you need to remember are “nucleus and DNA.” That works very well. Why? Because that is how I study.

In order to test your knowledge, take out a blank sheet of paper and write down what you remember. Then, check it with your notes. The missing details you need to go over one more time. Keep doing it until you can write down every detail.

    Mental approach torwards study

Be focused on your notes; do not let distractions keep you away from your notes. Choose a quiet place to study. You may turn on music to help you.

The Equinox, a newspaper website, has published a story on how your music affects your study habits. If you like classical music, keep listening because it helps you study quickly, and remember the notes longer.

If your music is rap, hip-hop, or country, my advice to you is to keep your room quiet. Don’t turn it on because you will stand up and dance, and that is not what we want. “Music reduces the tension and boredom that are highly correlated with routine work but acts as a distracter for complex mental work,” said Anna Bradley, the writer of “Music While You Work” articles.

  Also, you should not miss any classes, which will bring your grade down. When you are present in class, you might take good notes, and have the opportunity to ask your teacher anything you struggle with. Do not be ashamed to ask questions. That is a smart action.

     After school activities

What do you do after class?  I ask many friends the reason why their grades are not good. They say, “I have aclub meeting,” or “I have basketball practice.” Hey, these activities are not as important as your grades.

First, keep track of your grades in school Powerschool. Second, figure out which class you did badly in. Third, pay more attention to that class, which does not mean you ignore the other classes. Fourth, go to tutoring, and ask your teacher for make up work. It helps you pass your class, and your teacher will be proud of you. You always have a second chance to make up your missing assignments, or failed tests. Use your second chance to help yourself out.

Remember, it is not a big deal for teachers if you fail their class; it’s okay for them to meet you next year. Nevertheless, you do not want to see them once again. Be smart and do as much as you can to pass your classes. It is better to get straight “As,” not straight “Fs.” 

 

Holocaust Survivor Suly Chenkin visits Garinger

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On the left is Holocaust survivor Mrs Suly explaining her background, and also taking pictures with the students at Garinger High School.                                                                                 Photo cred.by Mayia Portee

On the left is Holocaust survivor Mrs Suly explaining her background, and also taking pictures with the students at Garinger High School.
Photo by Mayia Portee

By Mayia Portee

This is the story of a remarkable Holocaust  survivor named Suly Chenkin. She came to speak to a group of students November 20 2014 at Garinger High School. Chenkin came by the invite of Nicole Lipp a Civics an Economics Teacher.  She started off briefly explaining where she came from, what languages she spoke, AND how she was affected by Hitler’s cruel actions. Chenkin told the Garinger students that she spoke 5 languages, three of them being English, Spanish, and German, fluently.

Chenkin went on to explain how it was a total of 40,000 Jews that went into the Kovno Ghetto with barbed wire all around and a main gate. And this was were we were all living on August 19 of 1941. Only 5 percent or 2,000 survived, among them was her mother and father. Chenkin said “she is grateful for two miracles that have occurred in her life.” The first miracle was that her mother, father and she survived the Nazis. The second miracle was that, unlike most Jewish families, her family was reunited. The reason why Chenkin and her family were separated was because she had to have completely new identity, new name, and she had to learn a different language. Chenkin’s parents placed her with a lady named Miriam Shulman, who had rescued about 30 children, placing them in safe homes.

I found Chenkin’s visit to be very encouraging and it helped me to shed a completely different light on the holocaust, and what it was like. If anyone has an opportunity to meet a holocaust survivor never take it for granted, and don’t be afraid to ask them questions, Like what was it like, how did the holocaust affect you mentally, how has it affected your performance today? I remember someone asking Chenkin how she felt about Hitler, her response was: “Hitler was crazy and a big bully and that no matter what we should never let anyone dampen our faith, we should be prepared for the bullies of this world.”  I hope that some of you get the chance to meet Suly Chenkin because she is truly an  amazing person towards us all. Chenkin currently lives here in the Charlotte area with her husband. I hope that she will come to speak again to Garinger High School.

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

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

Dr.Oz and Health Corps

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Dr.Oz and Health Corps student from Garinger and West Meck High School on October 9th, 2014 in Downtown Mooresville at the Epic Restaurant.

Dr. Oz and Health Corps students from Garinger and West Mecklenburg High School on October 9th, 2014at the Epic Restaurant in downtown Mooresville. Courtesy Of Latisha Williams

By Jillian Dozier

Ten students involved in Health Corps at Garinger High School traveled to Mooresville Oct. 9 to meet with the founder of the organization, which is none other than the intelligent Dr. Oz.
Dr. Oz is a cardiothoracic surgeon at Columbia University. He created Health Corps to respond to the obesity crisis through school based education, peer mentoring and community outreach.
While in Mooresville, the  Health Corps students attended an assembly at Mooresville High School where Dr.Oz spoke and answered questions. They then went to Epic, which is a restaurant in downtown Mooresville. There they met up with Dr. Oz and had lunch with him. There were also multiple other activities the Health Corps students participated in that day they dealt with staying active and healthy, such as a health fair and a walk. It was a fun and healthy day for the club members and a memorable experience.