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!!!!

Dr.Oz and Health Corps


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.

The LGBT Club of Garinger

The LGBT club of Garinger High School will hold meetings on Mondays from 2:30 to 3:30. Meet Ms. Castillo in front of the 600 building. Ask Ms. Castillo for more details.


Stay alert for October! October is LGBT History Month!

National Coming Out Day is on October 11th!





Club Informer

Garinger Gospel Choir

Calling All: Singers, musicians, choir directors. The Garinger Gospel Choir is back! WE will have out 1st practice on October 27th from 2:30- 4pm in the auditorium. Any questions see Ms. Tamika Jackson in LC11

Asian Culture Club

For those interested see room 316A or Ms.Lee

The LGBTIQ Alliance

If you are interested in joining, meet Ms. Castillo in front of the 600 building after school. Come and support the LGBTIQ club that strives for acceptance and recognition.  Mondays 2:30-3:30

LASA (Latin American Student Association)

LASA will be holding weekly meetings every Tuesday at 2:30 in Ms.Castillo’s classroom in the 600 building. On October 14th we will be filming a PSA for a chance to win a prize, so come out to be part of this exciting opportunity.

Bible Club 

Meets every Thursday in Dr. Seisay’s room. (6202)


(Future Business leaders of America) meets on this Thursday right after school. Light refreshments will be served.

Location: Mrs. Sander’s room

Enviromental Justice Club

Meet with Ms. Joseph every Tuesday in room 6101 after school at 2:30-3:30. Be there and help save the world.

Nepali Cultural Club

Seniors of the Nepali Cultural Club please see Ms. Curtis in Rm 115A on Tuesday Oct. 14 at 2:30.

The African Student Association

The 1st meeting is on Monday Oct. 13 at 2:30 in room 115A. All students are welcome!

Art Club

Art club will hold its first meting Tuesday Oct 14th at 2:30 in Mr. Cornwell’s classroom, room 211. The club will continue the tradition of painting hallway murals, as well as other art related activities. All those interested in joining please attend.

Active Health Club

To all students and staff, MGR would like to invite all to the Active Health Club. This will be held at the old fitness room from 2:30- 3:30pm after school. Make sure to being proper workout gear and a water bottle so come out and get fit with MGR.

   -Vichrah Heng