Chinese New Year!

Normally, we all have the same day of New Year, which is the 1st of January, but Chinese people have a different one. I mean, isn’t it interesting when one culture has a different way or type of celebration while most people all around the world have the same New Year?

Chinese New Year in 2018 will be February 16th. Sometimes it can be different, but their New Year is normally between January 21st and February 20th. It may be confusing, but the exact date of Chinese New Year changes every year because, the festival is based on the Chinese lunar calendar. The day of the New Year starts on the first full moon between those dates, which is also known as the Lantern Festival Day and lasts for 15 days.

Another interesting tradition is the giving of red envelopes and oranges. Chinese people love the color red because red represents happiness, energy, luck and good wishes. So, when they give the red envelopes, it’s like they are wishing people what the red represents. One other important thing is, they put money inside the red envelope. The money is not the most important part of the gift, but the real deal is the red envelope because that is what represents all the good wishes.

Also when it comes to food, oranges are probably the most common food in Chinese New Year. They also have ceremonies, dragon dancing, and even singing. – Isaac Mung

Christmas in Canada

Canadians like to decorate their houses with Christmas Trees, lights and other decorations. ThImage result for christmas in canadaere’s often Christmas stockings hung by the fireplace, ready for Santa! The main Christmas meal is often roast turkey with vegetables and ‘all the trimmings’ like mashed potatoes and vegetables. Canada is a very large country and people of many different cultural backgrounds live there. Because of this, there are lots of different Christmas traditions in Canada. Many of the traditions and celebrations come from French, English, Irish, Scottish, German, Norwegian, Ukrainian and native/first nation influence. People in Canada send Christmas Cards to their friends and family. Many Canadians open their gifts on Christmas Eve. Some only open their stocking on Christmas Eve. Others choose one gift to open, then save the rest until Christmas Day.

Canadians like to decorate their houses with Christmas Trees, lights and other decorations. There’s often Christmas stockings hung by the fireplace, ready for Santa! The main Christmas meal is often roast turkey with vegetables and ‘all the trimmings’ like mashed potatoes and vegetables. Traditional favorite Christmas desserts include Christmas/plum puddings and mincemeat tarts. Christmas crackers are popular with many people in Canada as well. A rich fruit Christmas Cake is also normally eaten around Christmas time However, people from different backgrounds and cultures have their own favorite foods at Christmas. From Compiled by Gracia Kifwame




Christmas In Sweden

Around Christmas time in Sweden, one of their biggest celebration’s is St. Lucia’s Day which is  celebrated on December 13th. St Lucia was a young girl who was tortured and killed for what she believed in in 304 AD A lot of people have stories about Lucia and one of the stories everybody  tells is she would secretly bring food to the victimized christian’s Rome, who lived in hiding in the catacombs under the city. She would wear candles on her head so she had both of her hands free to carry things.

They now celebrate by dressing in a white dress with a red sash round her waist and a crown of candles on her head. The small children uses electric candles but from 12 years old,real candles are used. A National Lucia is chosen and they go visit hospitals and old people homes  singing a song.

St.Lucia’s Day first became widely celebrated in Sweden in the Late 1700s. It is also celebrated in Denmark,Norway,Finland,Bosnia and Croatia. In Denmark, it is more a of a children’s day and in some parts of Italy,children are told that St Lucy brings them presents.They leave out a sandwich for her and the donkeys that help carry the gifts! -Ketsia Tukeba

Food they eat:

This is the main thing they eat during Christmas it called Lussekatts and they are buns flavored with saffron and dotted with raisins which are eaten for breakfast



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 ✨ ⭐️ ✨

New York’s Bestselling Author Nicola Yoon Visits Garinger

Garinger High School, Charlotte, North Carolina

October 13, 2017

Nicola Yoon, author of Everything, Everything, and The Sun Is Also A Star, which are both featured on the New York bestsellers, visited Garinger High School on October 6, 2017.  There she promoted her books and talked about her life as a writer and also answered questions from students. Many students came to the library to see Yoon and many were inspired by her life as a writer.

Lizbeth Martinez(pictured far left) gives a bouquet of flowers to author Nicola Yoon(far right),, when she paid a visit to Garinger High School on October 6, 2017.

When she was done speaking and answering questions from students, one of Yoon’s biggest fans, Lizbeth Martinez,  gave her a bouquet of flowers as a thank you for coming to Garinger. After that, she took pictures with students and wrote autographs for them.

Yoon is a Jamaican immigrant who came to the continental U.S. when she was 11 years old. Growing up, Yoon was inspired by her father, who was also a writer. She has a husband and a five-year-old daughter, who she also was inspired by. During her years at college, Yoon took a creative writing class that influenced her decision to pursue her career in writing. However, she didn’t immediately pursue a career in writing because she didn’t think one could make a living out of it.

Her visitation to Garinger was an opportunity for students to learn more about writing. Hopefully, she comes again, and if she does she will be welcomed by many.

Nicola Yoon(center) writing an autograph for a student at Garinger High School. October 6, 2017, Photo by Camila Ramirez



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Get paid for career interest!

MYEPBy Erica Cervantes

Mayor’s Youth Employment Program (MYEP) is a great program for juniors and seniors to look into. MYEP helps students in the 11th and 12th grade get paid summer jobs in whatever career they might be into.

In order to get into this program, there are requirements. Requirements include:

  • 16-18 years old
  • Valid North Carolina photo ID and a Social Security Card
  • Excellent attendance/behavior
  • Experience in work or extracurricular activities
  • Summer-long commitment
  • Career Readiness Training
  • Resume and 500-word essay
  • Meet all deadlines for submission of documents
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • MYEP online application
  • Pass drug screening and background checks

If you’re interested and want additional details, you can find Mrs. Bell in the cafeteria to sign up for a pass to attend the Informational Seminar on October 19th, 2017 at the Media Center from 1:30PM-2:15PM.

Have additional questions? You can go to the link attached to learn more about the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program ( or contact Mrs. Bell for more career opportunities. (


sprint 1 million giveaway

Wednesday, September 27th 2017

Garinger students Destiny Cager,Makiya Love, and Ariana Carrothers from Ms.Lemere’s   Journalism class were assigned to interview and takes pictures of the people at the Sprint 1 Million Project to post on our news website . Ms.Lemere , the Journalism teacher  asks her 3 students ,to go down into the library to take some nice photos of the whole program so it could be a nice look for The Rambler website.students gathered the information and had very interesting and  inspirational conversations with the staff of garinger and also founders of sprint 1 million along with the founder of E2D itself .The first person who the students interviewed was Dr Truesdale , who wrote the grant to sprint 1 million . She let us know that there were 20,000 WiFi hotpots and  300 were for garinger , she wrote the grant because she wants students without technology at home to have an equal opportunity as other students do with availability to technology . Next the students went over to ask the E2D members to understand what E2D was all about ,They were lucky to get a lot of information . E2D   stands for Eliminate the digital divide . what the do is they get old used people that may have threw them away  referbrish their old computers from scratch and give it to students who need them.  Next up was Dr K. Gwaltney who help the whole event happened she was so happy that this event was able to take place ” I’m glad because students get to have a chance to succeed .I’m grateful for google classroom ,canvas,and other programs that help educate students “stated Dr . Gwaltney she felt students get over amount of work and for them not to have a computer / WiFi for it to help them out wasn’t fair .she didn’t want students to just depend on doing work on Chromebooks in school just because they don’t have laptops nor WiFi  “I just want to create a great experience for my children “. Mr Miller (the co founder of E2D )had a sit down with the students about how it all came together , his daughter (at the time was 12 years old ) said” its not fair that some students don’t get to do their  work because they don’t have the availability to get on the internet without WiFi nor a laptop .” The first distribution was then made in 2013 , the goal was to get the computer to work ,when the computer works the student wants to learn ,and when the student learns they get a degree . The last person interviewed was superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox who basically was just like everyone else.. just glad to be there ! He feels like its a great opportunity for the students  “This will benefit students very well , its going to be game changing for students inside as well as outside of school .

Homecoming is Coming!

By Trinity Thompson

Student Body President

I know everyone is excited about homecoming and wondering what we are going to do for Spirit Week Oct. 9-13, 2017..

Well here it is:

  • Monday: Grandparents Day
  • Tuesday: Dress the opposite of what you normally do/are
  • Wednesday : Celebrity Day
  • Thursday: Inside out / tacky day
  • Friday: Color day and pep rally

Please everyone participate so we can do more fun stuff this year!

Calling all Homecoming Royalty

October 13th is the Homecoming game and crowning of homecoming court. If you are interested in running for homecoming court, interest meetings are after school Thursday, Sept. 28 and Tuesday, Oct. 2 in room 457. Also:

  • Must fill in application by Thursday, October 5.
  • All posters must be approved by Ms. Imhoff in room 457 before hanging them up
  • Only seniors can be homecoming king or queen

Garinger Salutes its Veterans

Garinger veterans pictured, from left: Science teacher Robert Long (Air Force), technology teacher Benny Neely (Navy), Security associates Anthony Agrinsoni (Army National Gard), Maurice McPherson (Army) and Pedro Estrella (Army), JROTC instructor Jacqueline Thomas (Army), English teacher Dietrich Singleton (Navy), and JROTC instructors Bruce Vinson (Army) and Elmore Brown (Army.)


By Lachu Adhikari

Some of us refuse to take tests such as the ACTs and SATs in high school just because we think that these tests are hard, boring and tough, but did you know that taking the ACTs and SATs is a beneficial way to earn money for the college of your choice?

Many of us have been dreaming since we were very young about going to high school,  graduating, then choosing our career pathways. While many of us want to attend college after high school, we are most likely to get accepted in college by our test scores.

Since last year, Garinger has been trying help as many students increase their test scores. Like last year, Garinger is trying to help as many students this year to achieve better test scores and have a much better chance to get accepted into colleges that they would want to attend by offering free prep classes. 

It’s on every Monday at room 103. Ms. Grosse and Ms. Kennedy will be your instructors.

Anyone can join and benefit from this. Follow this link to sign up.

Here is the schedule

Reading is on 9/18 and 10/2

Science is on 9/25


Below are the deadlines for you to take your ACT’s and SAT’s so guys please be prepared and if you’re not ready just come to prep-classes. ACT’s are required for juniors and also it will make our school look good in the district. District required that every CMS school want the number of 95% student to attend and take any kind of Standardized tests.


ACT Test Date ACT Registration Deadline ACT Scores Available
September 9, 2017 Aug 4, 2017 Sept 19, 2017
October 28,2017 Sept 22, 2017 Nov 14, 2017
December 9,  2017 Nov 3, 2017 Dec 19, 2018
February 10, 2018 Jan 12, 2018 Feb 21, 2018
April 14, 2018 Mar 9, 2018 Apr 24, 2018
June 9, 2018 May 4, 2018 Jun 19, 2018
July 14, 2018 Jun 15, 2018 Jul 24, 2018



SAT Test Date SAT Registration Deadline SAT Score Available
August 26, 2017 Jul. 28, 2017 Sept. 15, 2017
October 7, 2017 Sept. 8, 2017 Oct. 20, 2017
November 4, 2017 Oct. 5, 2017 Nov. 17, 2017
December 2, 2017 Nov. 2, 2017 Dec. 15, 2017
March 10, 2018 Feb. 9, 2018 Mar. 23, 2018
May 5, 2018 Apr. 6, 2018 May 18, 2018
June 2, 2018 May 3, 2018 Jul. 11, 2018


Soccer Players Speak Out Against Coach Firing

By Trinity Thompson

Garinger soccer team players said today that they will quit the team because their coach was fired.  

Players received a letter from Dr. Gwaltney this morning during second block. The letter stated that “Coach Garrett will no longer be coaching for Garinger High School…Coach Eric Summerour, Garinger graduate and teacher, will take over as soccer coach immediately.”

Several of the players were called into the media center during second period. Dr. Gwaltney, Dr. Tornfelt,  Mr. Summerour, and the soccer players were all in there.  According to players at the meeting, team captain Heber Castro raised  his and said “I don’t want to play anymore.”

That’s when Coach Huggins asked who else wanted to quit and most of the soccer players raised their hands also, the players said.  

Dr. Gwaltney didn’t give them a reason as to why Coach Garret was fired.  As a rule, administration is not allowed to discuss personnel issues.

Senior Alfredo Flores, a varsity player, said, “I am really disappointed in the decision that Dr. Gwaltney made.  I really think it is unjust that she didn’t give us a reason behind it and just left it at that. But I do respect her for telling us and going up to us and meeting us, telling us what happened and the decision she made.”

At lunch, Dr. Tornfelt said, “I have realized that Dr. Gwaltney has made a decision, and that decision stands, and I recognize that there are aspects to the situation that are unfortunate. I do wish the soccer players would continue to play, and I know that they are making that choice not to stay.”

Alfredo said that he quit because “ Coach David Garrett has been there since I was a freshman, and he has truly made me grow not only as a player but as a person.”

“When you make decisions in life, you’ve got to own them and there’s going to be consequences to your decisions, regardless of who you are and what situation you’re in, ” Dr. Tornfelt said.

“I want our students to own their decisions and grow into mature young men. I love our soccer team. There are incredible guys on there and I just really want the best for them.”

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By Madina Maingua

Hurricane Irma: Extreme or Exaggerated?

Hurricane Irma is the strongest hurricane to have ever hit the Atlantic, but is it really as severe as people say?  Some states in the southeastern U.S.  have  have already claimed themselves a  “State of Emergency.” North Carolina, South Carolina , Georgia, Louisiana, and Virginia are now “State of Emergency.”The Caribbean and U.S Virgin islands and Florida have faced this hurricane and now are in need of help. Stores are running out of  food, drinks, batteries and other things that people may need to survive. People are taking extreme measures to make sure they are safe for the upcoming hurricane. Some are not even sure if the hurricane is really going to hit. But then again it is better to be safe than sorry.

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