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!!!!
By Isarel Fernandez
With the help of Mrs.Ogle, Mitzel Perra and dozens of students, Garinger’s 2015 Blood Drive on March 9 was a tremendous success.
Thanks to our brave and generous students and staff, 67 units of blood was collected, which will benefit more than 200 people who have suffered traumatic injuries.
Mrs.Ogle, who has been a nurse for 38 years, set a goal to collect as much blood as possible because it is such a critical need in our community.
More than 90 students donated blood. Others who volunteered to work at the event include Solomea Asfaw, Karen Escobar, Tangela Gallman, Sofia Lopez, Hinin Sin Oo, Flor Lovo, and Summer Williston.
A big “thanks” from Ms. Ogle to everyone who participated in this year’s blood drive.
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.”
By Francisco Gonzalez
Earlier this season, senior Tresor Mbuyu was nominated for Top Drawer Soccer All American team and put on the watch list. On Friday October 24 he was officially named All American, making him the first All American at Garinger and the only player from North Carolina to be on the All American team for 2014. On Sunday December 7 the NSCAA, the official national soccer coaches association, also named Mbuyu “All American.”
“It wasn’t a surprise for me” said David Garrett, the Garinger varsity soccer coach, “Tresor is one of the best players I’ve seen… his passion and dedication make him what he is.”
Mbuyu had an outstanding season, beating his records from his previous season. Last season Mbuyu was all conference, all state, the Charlotte Observer’s Player of the year and had a total of 34 goals. This year Mbuyu earned All conference, All Region, All State, Charlotte Observer player of the year again and All American for Top Drawer Soccer and the NHSCAA. He scored 56 goals in his favor, making him the top scorer in the state.
“Its an honor to be nominated for All American and without my teammates I would have never made it to where I am this season.” Mbuyu takes great pride in his team, he said he knows its not just the individual achievements but the team effort that counts.
The Wildcats made it to the third round of playoffs this year, the furthest any Garinger soccer team has ever made it. This being Mbuyu’s senior year, he hoped to win a state championship.Although the wildcats season came to a tragic end, as they lost 3-0 to the now state champions Reagan High, Mbuyu said he is proud of what they accomplished.
“I just wanted to finish the season off strong,” he says. With his high school season over and college recruiters on the hunt for Mbuyu, he says he hopes to be in college next year (he has a few offers already), continuing to do what he does best which is “playing the beautiful game of soccer.”
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.
Majority African American males are ” sagging,” and it’s become a question of a males image and personality. Sagging has become a trend in the Black community, “…stripped our culture down to the point where we only believe we can become rappers and athletes. We are so much more,” according to a post on Snopes.com
The impression a male gives off while sagging can bring disgust and disappointment. A males pants are made for comfort and room for his private, so “not enough space” should be no excuse. Sagging has become a fashionable trend in the male community, yet it’s not attractive nor appealing.
“Pant’s on the ground, Pants on the ground…Looking like a fool with your pants on the ground.” Those lyrics went viral across America in 2011 after one man wrote a song about his disgust for younger men wearing their pants low. His urging is valid, citing a recent study that sagging pants can actually have very harmful side effects.
Express yourself, be free, your style tells people who you are, first impressions are the best. Although this is all true, no one should be known or accused of anything because of the way they dress, but if a women has on 7 inch heels and a leather black mini skirt, we assume shes a prostitute and same with men. A male has his pants sagging with a belt on we assume he is dangerous.
Areanna Townsend says, “It all comes down to perception. What people perceive is what is reality to them…Something as simple as pulling up your pants and standing with your head high could make the biggest difference in the world’s perception of Black males.”
We just ask that you change the idea of ” the dangerous black male” only because his pants are lower than designed.
To the eye of the beholder, sagging is dangerous and the one who is sagging lives a “thuggish” lifestyle and belongs in the streets. Raise your pants, you raise your image.