Issue 6 April 27, 2012
Dress Code Debate: what is acceptable p.10-11
Issue 6 April 30, 2012
Explorer Staff Editors-in-Chief
Jackie Wang Taylor Bencomo
Assistant Editor Erin Duncan
Blake McGill Juanito Taveras
Mrs. Peggy Ligner
Ad Manager Cal Mundell
Assistant Managers Tommy Rash Cody Tanner
Stephanie Johnson Claire Kim
Brennan Patrick Carlos Chandler
Photography Editor Sam Wang
Stephen Freyermuth Meredith Rotwein
Carlos Garcia Gil Arias George Amspaugh
The Beginning of an Era: Saenz named new band director p.3
David Morales Desiree Garcia Jerra Miller Meagan Fennell Kelsey Applebaum Cris Esparza Tessa McCune Callie Blumenfeld
Assistant to Ms. Bencomo Aaron Velasco
Running to Regionals: Track Advances and Makes Great Strides p.19
Jasleen Shokar Milan Khatami
Ladie’s Choice: Girls manning up and asking guys to prom p. 14
An editor’s take on the contraception drama in Texas p. 6
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Issue 6 April 30, 2012
Kenny Capshaw Retires, Mark Saenz Takes the Reins T
he trumpets rise to the sky in a sweet farewell to a beloved band director, Kenny Capshaw, a participant in the El Paso Symphony Orchestra as an accomplished trumpeter, who will retire this year after many years leading Coronado’s band. He will always be remembered as a leader with a big heart and an amazing talent. For over twenty years, Capshaw has led the band in many successful marching seasons and competitions. The determined and skilled band members are glad to have had Capshaw, and are saddened by his departure. “I don’t feel bad about his retiring, but about the fact people won’t be able to learn from him like I did,” said Bartley McGill, 12. Capshaw has been more than a leader to others; he made a connection with his students and gave them a positive outlook. “I’m really happy I got to spend my senior year with him. He acted as my father figure because he was there for me when my father passed away,” said Gilbert Villagrana, 12. Being someone who was more than a teacher to his students, Capshaw has shown no hesitation in showing kindness and offering individuals a helping hand. This is a great combination that can only be obtained with
one thing in mind: integrity. “Capshaw is one heck of a musician and teacher. He has done so much for this program, and he’s going to be missed at Coronado,” said Carl Ortega, Associate Director of Bands. Filling the shoes of Mr. Capshaw is Mark Saenz, current Associate Director of Bands and Director of Percussion. Mark Saenz has worked with Capshaw for almost ten years and has directed the Thunderbird Marching Band, Jazz Band II, Concert Band and Concert and World Percussion Ensembles. “He is the absolute best friend, teacher, mentor, and musician I have ever met, and I am truly honored to have been his assistant for eleven years,” said Mr. Saenz. Given Mr. Capshaw’s twenty years of success, Mr. Saenz will have some giant footsteps to follow and a winning reputation to uphold. However, many band students are optimistic about Saenz taking over. “I think Mr. Saenz will do a great job next year, he did a lot of the direction this year and it turned out great. I know he will live up to Capshaw’s standards,” said Cris Esparza, 10.
Story by: Desiree Garcia, Staff Writer Photo by: Carlos Garcia, Staff Photograpger
Coach Robert Anderson Ascends the Throne A
fter a carefree summer, many dread coming back to school. However, there is one thing to look forward to during the grueling first semester: football season. With an overwhelming amount of school pride and dedication to the team, from both fans and players alike, football is a huge part of student life. It’s no surprise that after Coach Don Brooks announced his retirement from the head football coaching position, there was much speculation regarding his position and who would take over. After coaching for thirty-five years and leaving such an impact on the school, many questioned who was carry on the huge legacy of the beloved Coach Brooks. On Friday, April 13, Mrs. Morales announced Coach Robert Anderson as the head football coach for the 2012-2013 football season. Coach Anderson has spent the last 5 years
at Coronado, underneath Coach Brooks, as the team’s Defensive Coordinator and linebacker coach. Since he began coaching at Coronado, Coach Anderson has shaped the defensive
strategy and techniques of many of the players. Those who have already learned and been coached under Coach Anderson have an incredible amount of faith in his coaching technique and believe that this upcoming season will be a successful one.
“I’m really excited about Coach Anderson being the new head coach. He was an outstanding defensive coordinator and I’m sure he will be an outstanding head coach, just as Coach Brooks was. He has us all very disciplined and eager to go represent Coronado high school and win some football games,” said Nick Annabi, 11. Previous to his coaching position at Coronado, Coach Anderson was an assistant coach at Franklin. This is his first head coaching job, and many are excited to see how the dynamics of the team will change in this upcoming season. “I’m excited to see Coach Anderson as our coach because he knows our players and he knows both offense and defense. I have no doubt in my mind that he will bring the best out of every player on the team,” Karan Mehta, 11. Although Coach Brooks has left large shoes to fill, Coach Anderson’s first season as head football coach will be one full of anticipation.
Story by: Milan Khatami, Guest Writer, and Macy McBeth, News Editor Photo by: Sam Wang, Photo Editor
Issue 6 April 30, 2012
Affordable Health Care to Everyone from Obama H
ealthcare has been a national issue since the 2008 Primary Election process. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which passed in both the House and the Senate, is a revolutionary bill. This bill consists of an array of rights and protections for a healthcare consumer and provides avenues for new people to acquire healthcare. The PPACA reforms the public and private health insurance industries. It extends the health coverage of people with preexisting conditions (a medical condition held by a consumer at the same time they applied for insurance), and gives coverage to thirty million previously ineligible citizens. Perhaps the most scrutinized and publicized aspect of the bill is the requirement that all citizens have some basic form of health coverage. A feature of the bill pertinent to young adults is the right for a child to remain on their parent’s health insurance until their twenty-sixth birthday. This is beneficial to young adults who are in college, getting their first job, and starting a new life. This gives them an opportunity to build up an income and decide on their needs and priorities
before they have to apply for their own health insurance. Another aspect of the bill that has since been enacted is the condition that chain restaurants with over twenty locations disclose the calorie count on their menus. An additional service is the access to free, preventative care, in turn reducing the cost of treatment healthcare. It will also encourage healthy lifestyles and fund cancer screening and flu shots, as well as provide counseling for people who smoke, have diabetes, and need to be treated for alcohol abuse and depression. This bill has seen much protest and has suffered much media scrutiny. On November 14, 2011, the Supreme Court issued a writ of certiorari. This means that the Supreme Court has
decided to hear the cases against the bill being proposed in state courts. There were four questions asked of the Supreme Court justices. 1) Was the suit brought by the state’s Attorney General, which challenged the minimum coverage provision of the PPACA, barred by the Anti-Injunction Act? 2) Does Article I of the Constitution provide Congress with the power to enact the minimum coverage provision? 3) Must PPACA be invalidated in its entirety because it is nonseverable from the individual mandate that exceeds Congress’s limited and enumerated powers under the Constitution? 4) Does Congress exceed its enumerated powers and violate basic principles of federalism when it coerces states into accepting onerous conditions that it could not impose
It will also encourage healthy lifestyles and fund cancer screening and flu shots as well as provide counseling for people who smoke, have diabetes, and need to be treated for alcohol abuse and depression.
directly by threatening to withhold all federal funding under the single largest grant-in-aid program (Medicaid)? In respect to the first question, it is accepted that they do not see the purpose of using the Anti-Injunction Act in this case. The response to the second question is far more disputed. There have been advocates from both sides claiming victory on this section. Parts of the bill may have to be overturned. On the question of the survival of the bill without the individual mandate, the justices agreed on two parts not being able to survive: the requirement to provide insurance regardless of preexisting conditions, and capping premiums that companies can charge because of a person’s age or health condition. The final question had the justices split along ideological lines. The final decision will not be made until June, well into the general election season. Whichever decision will be made will undoubtedly impact the election and tip the scale to one side. As the decision gets debated in the Supreme Court, the rest of the United States can only wait with bated breath amidst groundless media speculation.
Story by: Jasleen Shokar, Guest Writer
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Issue 6 April 30,2012
Students Prepare for Upcoming Weeks of AP Testing
P testing marks the end of the school year for most AP students. These students go through preparations in essay writing and multiple choice testing throughout the year in order to be fully prepared for the final cumulative test. “I think that AP testing is a great way to test what you’ve learned over the year, but I think that
giving credits based on a creation score is not worth it. As long as you take the test, college board should give you credit; especially because of how expensive the tests are,” said Hannah Gomez, 11. These tests can save thousands of dollars on any college class if score requirements are met. If the student gets a certain grade on the test, the student will receive credit
for the college class and save the money needed to pay for that class. The test is scored on a range from 1 (the lowest) to 5 (the highest). The scores 3, 4, and 5 are passing in the eyes of many universities and the AP program. For tests that cost $89 each, there is a good chance students won’t have to pay extra in college for something they already know and have mastered. The test subjects range from calculus to art history. Most students who take the test take the AP classes given at Coronado and prepare through the corresponding class at school. Some students use additional AP study guides to help them prepare for the test. Teachers have held practice testing sessions on the weekends or after school. This helps the students review what has been studied over the year and helps them remember the information for the test. “I’m really nervous about the test because all year I’ve been preparing for it. I don’t think whether or not we get college credit should be
based on that one test because we worked hard all year to get a good grade in the class and receive college credit,” Milan Khatami, 11. The AP tests are located at UTEP every year and are taken from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Monday, May 7 to Friday, May 18. In previous years, students were required to go to school either before or after their test. This “school day” would only last about two periods and, on occasion, would cause the student to rush back to school after the test, or rush to the testing center before the test, and risk being late. This year, students taking the test will be excused from school for the entire day. AP testing not only gives the students the chance to receive college credit for a basic college class, but also the chance to show the college or university the rigor of the classes they took in high school. Story by: Macy McBeth, News Editor Photo by: Carlos Garcia, Staff Photographer
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Issue 6 April 30, 2012
Registration in a Digital World ast year, Lstudents and
their parents stood out in the El Paso heat for hours on end to register for the new school year. The registration plan made an attempt to simplify the process, but it ended with angry parents and stressed out workers. This was primarily because many parents failed to fill in the required papers before arriving at the school, or simply forgot to bring all of their forms. Administration is trying to rectify problems by converting to total electronic registration. Among the stumbling blocks to this process was the hacking of district information last year and balancing the difference between security and moving into the new century twelve years late. Most everyone was frustrated with the length of time they had to wait for ID’s last August. That process was new as well since the district fired those who had done ID’s to save money and the campus had to start a system from scratch. The district is looking at online registration but does not know when that will be rolled out. In the interim Ms. Morales has volunteered Coronado as a pilot project for online registration. At this point several different products that allow secure access are being considered. Those involved are considering Moreover, the system may be hosted on third party secure servers, preventing any more district hacks that could compromise student information. Online registration is surrounded by privacy concerns, but there are benefits too. The switch to online registration would cut down on paper usage, copies paid for and man hours required to prepare paperwork and to enter the information into a secure server. Those papers would be placed online for access at any time. As the district looks for ways to save money the move to online registration should be a no-brainer. Those who did not have access to computers at home would be able to go to a library or use laptop labs on campus to get their information enters. The final result will save time and money at a time when the district should be counting every penny. Story by: Samantha Skory, Design Editor
Birth Control or NO Control *Disclaimer: Views contained in this article are solely reflective of the writer of this piece, and are in no way representative of the opinions held by the Explorer as an entity.*
s one part of the nation takes a step forward, another takes two steps back. The resistance to birth control being covered by insurance companies is unfounded and ridiculous. Across the country laws are being passed causing confusion and raising the question: are we back in 1882? In Arizona women who use birth control and request that their company cover it could be penalized or denied the right based on ‘moral conviction’. What is moral conviction? One definition describes it this way: Of or concerned with the judgment of the goodness or badness of human action and character: moral scrutiny; a moral quandary. Many base moral convictions on their religious beliefs. It seems unthinkable that the government would try to penalize women for trying to prevent unwanted pregnancy or trying to treat medical conditions. It is also disgusting that the decision regarding whether these women should receive coverage on birth control is being left to their employers. Employers and health companies would be able to deny women coverage based on vague terms. In this day and age in Texas, funding to Planned Parenthood has been cut, meaning low-income women will not be able to get the care they need because they won’t be able to afford it. Clinics across the state have been forced to close, forcing women to look to other services for their sexual health needs. The program that is being
Comic by: Naomi Wiener, Guest Artist
The Facts: • 1 in 3 women can’t afford their birth control. • Birth control costs in a year could range from $180$600 • Women’s Health Fund provided birth control , contraceptive services, and cancer screenings to low income women across the country. • 90% of funding was cut due to state budget reductions. • Planned Parenthood used to be a provider of this service. specifically targeted is called Women’s Health Program, and many of the providers in the program are Planned Parenthood. This program provided low-income women with cancer screenings, contraception, and basic health care. The law cut Planned Parenthood out of the picture because it offers abortion services. However, none of the funding ever went to the abortion sector of Planned Parenthood. It also should be noted that abortion is only 3% of what Planned Parenthood does (according to factcheck.org). This preposterous measure for the sake of preventing access to abortions is in fact encouraging abortions down the road or worse yet returning to a time when back door abortions and the rhythm method were a woman’s only choice. If women are unable to take the measures to protect themselves from cancer, STDs or even pregnancy have them treated and prevent pregnancies, they may choose to terminate a pregnancy down the line. Another point that was not
considered is the options left to low-income women regarding the prevention of pregnancy now that they do not have access to free birth control. According to the Planned Parenthood Action Committee, 1 in 3 women can’t afford their birth control, birth control that they may have taken them to treat acne, excessive cramping, and regulate their periods. How can the government expect a woman who can’t come up with the $30 each month for her birth control, expect her to raise a child on her meager income? The women will look to welfare, which ends up costing the government more in the future. The argument to just ‘not have sex’ is invalid. People should not dictate the personal lives of others. People shouldn’t be able to take away something that protects someone else’s health based on their own moral beliefs. All the progress made has been thrown away based on some obscure notion of the moral high ground, and for what? This law is hurting the women of Texas. Story by: Taylor Bencomo, Editor-in-Chief
Issue 6 April 30, 2012
AP TESTING Taking AP tests help students graduate early by getting more credits done, also helping save money on total college tuition. While applying for colleges, AP tests and classes help students stand out, showing they have the drive to work hard. If looking to study abroad, these tests give students more opportunities to do so, because it shows that they had more dedication in high school. Most public Texas schools will count passing AP tests as college credit, so students will not have to pay for those classes later.
AVING MONEY If you have brains, good time management, and a lot of coffee for late night studying, you can consider yourself ready to take AP classes. AP stands for “Advanced Placement,” but don’t let the name fool you. These classes may be challenging, but the outcome is great. AP classes are college-level courses offered to high school students, providing an opportunity to earn college credits by passing an exam at the end of the course. Most high schools in the United States give students credit, advanced placement, or both, on the basis of AP Exam scores. By entering college with AP credits, you’ll have the time to move into upper level courses, pursue a double-major, study abroad, or even better: save money! At nearly every college in the country, your academic record is the most important part of your college application. The people in the admissions office want to see that you’ve taken the most challenging courses available to you. Success in difficult courses is the surest sign of your preparedness for college. The most
challenging courses, of course, are college-level Advanced Placement classes. Many top colleges and private colleges can cost about $50,000 a year or more. However, for people who are unable to qualify for financial aid, graduating early from college can help keep your school bill down. By taking as many AP courses as you can and scoring well on the AP exams, some colleges will give you course credit. AP classes require the type of high-level calculating and critical thinking that you’ll encounter in your first year of college. If you can write essays and solve problems successfully for an AP class, you’ve mastered many of the skills that will lead to success in college. If you are looking to enter into a medical field requiring a bachelor’s or advanced degree, AP courses could be one way to save some money on the total education bill. Besides the harder tests and numerous essays, AP classes can help you in various ways and prepare you for your future, not to mention help you save money. Story by: Meagan Fennell, Opinion Writer
“Taking the AP test put me ahead of my actual classes so I could skip a few credits and graduate earlier. I don’t have to take an English course so it makes college life easier.” -Justin Churchman
“By acing my AP US history test, I do not have to take an American Cultures class at Berkeley. Not only does it get me ahead of the game, but also saves me time and money.” -Shabnam Saadatkhah
“Even though I did not receive credit from AP exams, the preparation process helped me learn good study habits that carried thoughout my college experience.” -Aurora DeSantis
North Korea’s Epic Fail
North Korea’s rocket launch took a great fall within minutes when attempted to launch it into orbit. This failure has shown a significant setback in North Korean development and has been a massive embarrassment but a major relief to the Unites States, who feared that North Korea was testing long-range missiles.
Comic by: Naomi Wiener, Guest Artist
“The North Korean government really needs to be more cautious and less oblivious with what it is launching. Something like that failing could not only be really embarrasing, but also dangerous.” - Isa Garcia, 10
“I find North Korea’s failure kind of ironic. The North Korean government always holds itself super high, so with something like that happening, it really shows what it really is.”- Patrick Fennell, 9
“I feel it poses a threat towards our global system because North Korea went against UN regulations. If it is being secretive about the matter, it can only mean that there’s some unknown purpose behind it.” - Emilio Mesa, 12
“The unregulated testing could be a sign of the stockpiling of missiles in North Korea. Even though the testing failed, it’s a premonition of possible multi-range missles that could potentionally harm the U.S. and other nations.” - Caleb Upson,12
“North Korea celebrates the return of Mad Men with a retro-style launch attempt.” - Joshua Treviño on Twitter
Issue 6 April 30, 2012
College Disappointments and False Expectations It doesn’t help when movies and TV shows portray Ivy Leagues and top-notch schools as easy to get into. Insipid background characters manage to get accepted into schools such as Yale and Stanford and it just makes the rejection seem all that much harsher. If a character that spends all their time partying gets into an Ivy League school on TV, it strikes a chord with the students that have done everything in their power to try to get to the same school and can’t. It almost seems like Coronado’s best students are settling by going to the University of Texas at Austin, which is undeniably a good school, but it’s disheartening that they have to settle anywhere less than what they had been working towards for so long. While taking IB and AP classes is set in stone as the key to getting into America’s top schools, much of the selection relies on mere chance. Many students take a rigorous curriculum throughout their high school career, but end up not getting accepted into their desired colleges. Students with the same curriculum, and even lower grades, might get into these schools out of pure chance and certain connections. Colleges must process thousands of applications. Students could be neck-to-neck in specifications, and the college might have to simply choose a student from another state because it has a surplus of students from their state. Acceptance may simply be dependent on chance. This seems unfair to many students that limp through their high school years with a rigorous schedule in hopes of getting into their dream school. Despite this, students have no reason to be discouraged. They can still get into their dream college; they just have to work a lot harder than they were. As long as they’re better than 7 billion other individuals on the planet, it should be no problem getting into any college they wish. That was a sarcastic remark. For someone who’s already trying the best they can, perhaps they should take a page from Elle Woods. Print your applications on pink, scented paper if you have to.
Story by: Samantha Skory, Design Editor
In good faith, Mr. Suave
I could think of a hundred things to do besides prom, and none of them involve alcohol. You know, every guy looks forward to having fun and not worrying about the little things. Sometimes your date just wants everything to be perfect. NO pressure. The problem isn’t prom, it’s all the stuff that goes with it. The cost, the tickets, the dinner, the tux, the limo (breathe), the pictures, the getting ready, the corsage, the fake smiles, (did I forget cost?), the list goes on and on and on. Guys have so much to worry about and they’re only concerned with making their dates happy. They sacrifice so much only to see the smile on a girl’s face. That’s all they want. But NO! Girls are too busy worrying about other things that they don’t take the time to make their man feel special. One piece of advice, guys. You don’t take a fish to the lake. You go fishing when you’re at the lake. Ladies, take it easy. On the other hand, guys, treat your lady well. Don’t forget to tell her how pretty she looks. They work hours to look the best they can, so make sure you lay on the compliments. You can’t spell prom without promise. Promise to be yourself and prom will fall into place. Just remember what the theme of the whole night is, Fire and Ice. Be on fire, and ice the opportunity!
s any senior knows, picking a college should be an exciting process, but add disappointment and false expectations, and choosing a college turns into an overly stressful ordeal. There’s so much pressure heaped onto an individual that the college process is less of a declaration of freedom and just a frustrating, time-consuming experience. This year, it seems as if there were a lot of students not getting into their top choice schools despite their impressive resumes and grades. It’s not fair that these students work immensely hard for four straight years, not just academically, but through volunteering, athletics, and music and are still unable to get into the school of their choice. What else are these colleges looking for? It seems impossible to satisfy everything that a college looks at when accepting students. Parents raise their kids telling them that they can do and go wherever they want, and when applying to colleges, many students are tricked into thinking that they have a credible chance of getting into the exact same school that millions of other students are applying. It’s not that they don’t deserve it; it’s the fact that every single outside influence is pushing them towards a school that might inevitably deny their admission. It’s very depressing. These students put so much effort into getting into the school of their dreams only to be told they aren’t good enough.
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Issue 6 April 30, 2012
5 Poems Guaranteed To Land You a Prom Date
What I lack in my charisma I make up for in virility I’d like to go to prom with you Please don’t treat me with hostility *** I know I’m not that great But please just do me this gratuity If you would be my date We’d put the “prom” in “promiscuity” *** I’m not so good at rhyming So this poem is a gamble Will you be my prom date? Oh God I’m so lonely *** I know you have your pick of boys Yearning for you by the dozens But I should be your date to prom It doesn’t matter that we’re cousins *** I’m not as creepy as they say Don’t get your panties in a bunch If you go to prom with me I won’t even lace the punch
Do You Want Fiery Passion or Icy Rejection From Your Prom Date?
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Issue 6 April 30, 2012
Issue 6 April 30, 2012
The difficulty of creating a dress code that is tolerant and fair to all
Play Name that Violation!
Rules: Every picture has a dress code violation. Correctly match what each offender has done wrong from the choices.
11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.
21. 22. 23. 24. 25.
A. Ripped jeans B. Leggings C. Skirt too short D. Cardigan covering sleeveless E. Strapless F. Sleeveless G. Scarf violation H. Shorts too short
I. One shoulder uncovered J. Bra straps showing K. Wearing a sleevless under a sheer top L. Spaghetti Straps M. Double infraction
1.) A 2.) F 3.) I 4.) L 5.)M 6.)D 7.)M 8.) K 9.) H 10.) J 11.) F 12.) K 13.) A 14.) B 15.) M 16.) E 17.) F 18.) D 19.) C 20. B 21.)B 22.) C 23.) G 24.) A 25.) C
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
ress code has long been an issue in most every high school in the nation. It represents a culture clash between the young generation and the older and more conservative one. To students it makes little sense that as culture moves forward, schools hold onto a conservative attitude, especially when it comes to how their students dress. On the other hand without dress code students would dress inappropriately every day. Walking down the halls, as the sun glimmers and the air is hot and dry, it’s easy to spot many dress code infractions. The girls with their summer legs and cool summer dresses saunter by boys in baggy pants and ripped jeans. It is the season when the e-mail gets sent from the administration stressing the need for rigorous enforcement of dress code. Girls are given dress code violations much more often than guys. Part of education is training students for their future in the job market. Many students do not seem to understand that the difference between school appropriate dress and outside appropriate dress is the same as business dress vs. dressing for a night on the town or at the beach. Many students are caught every day out of dress code, and some girls even admit that they have a change of clothes in their car. Parents and students complain that everyone else is wearing short shorts or pants with holes in them and the
argument goes on. The dress code is hotly debated year after year, and on paper is becoming stricter each year. Every update is related directly to a major infraction. Next year, there will be more new rules added on to the ones already in place. Facial piercing will be banned entirely, as well as the obvious gauges stretching earlobes to impossible proportions and spikes for earrings. Students may not agree with the new rules, but Assistant Principal Deborah Jones is firm on the reasons why more and more rules keep appearing on the official school manual—students continue to break dress code no matter what boundaries are given. “For example, we ban ripped jeans because people can have rips in different areas such as the thighs or all the way down. Someone who has just a few holes but doesn’t look as bad could complain the rule is unfair, but in the end it looks better,” said Jones. Dress code infractions are punishable by after-school detentions, a thirty minute period of silence in which students can read or do homework. “The punishment isn’t right. More the process of punishing than the punishment. If the girl isn’t trying to look promiscuous, and she gets caught, versus a girl who blatantly goes out of her way to look promiscuous who sometimes gets away with her clothing, is that fair,” said Kirsten Adams, 12 Although school administrators strive to be fair
life is not always going to be fair. That too is a life lesson that students need to learn. Arguments surface about students who wear a sheer shirt over a T-shirt or a tank top , the rule is there because students went too far, wearing a spaghetti strap tank with bra straps showing under a shear top. Ironically the girls out of dress code usually complain that the classrooms are too cold, while those in dress code want the air on. Certainly there are quite a few more opportunities for girls to break dress than boys. While male students can only do so much like wearing hats, or having tattered jeans, girls have a whole spectrum of dress code violations: short skirts, sheer tops, leggings and bra straps exposed to name a few. “The rules tend to be what length things have to be, stuff like that. Guys just wear jeans and a T-shirt and then they’re fine. They’re a little stricter with girls,”said Esteban Garcia, 10. The gender gap between dress code is often addressed. Next year headbands will be made legal, and sweat bands and bandanas will be banned due to gang affiliation issues. Story by: Taylor Bencomo, Editor-in-Chief, and Blake McGill, Copy Editor Photos by: Carlos Garcia, Staff Photographer, and Gil Arias, Guest Photographer
Issue 6 April 30, 2012
Wise Words from the First of the Class The valedictorian dishes out some of his advice to the following classes on how he found success and was able to climb his way to the top
n addition to being an all-state bassist, active member of the community, an IB student, and the valedictorian, Samir Gupta has recently been accepted to Harvard University’s Class of 2016. While over 34,285 students applied to Harvard, Coronado’s own was able to get in, but it was not without much dedication and sleep deprivation that this feat was even possible. While being considered valedictorian is a major feat in itself, it wasn’t just a matter of studying and book smarts, but the amount of devotion necessary to commit oneself to a specific goal. According to Gupta, having a definite goal in mind when doing anything was one of the biggest things that helped push him closer to being accepted to his ideal college. “I always need a goal to work towards, and now that I’m heading to college I need to figure out what’s next so I can keep working towards it,” said Gupta. At the moment, Gupta is deciding between studying economics or neurobiology. And while this is an important decision to make, Gupta says the trick to any major decision is to look up to older trustworthy friends that have been through exactly what he is going through. “My friends from previous classes gave me a lot of helpful advice about college, applications, and school,” said Gupta. “Their advice helped a lot in figuring things out. I’d be nowhere without sage advice I got from older frends.” All this advice has apparently helped Gupta get to where he is now, but it wasn’t just advice and studying that got Gupta such high recognition. In addition to all the educational aspects involved in being valedictorian, what
really helped Gupta get into a school such as Harvard was the inclusion of volunteer activities as well as academics. “It’s important to give back. It almost feels like cheating, giving back while enjoying yourself. But that’s the great thing about volunteering. It’s a good way to make yourself well-rounded without a lot of extra work,” said Gupta. What most people assume is that being an IB student requires a complete lack of social life, which is perhaps the biggest deterrent for many underclassmen. Yet, being a part of the IB program was a big part of what gave Gupta the upper edge over other applicants, and he does not regret it. “I honestly think I’m lucky enough to where I can say I wouldn’t change a thing. High school has its ups and downs by its very nature. It’s generally an awkward time in life, too mature to be restrained like we are, but not quite ready for the outside world. But within those constraints, everything has gone great. An important part of feeling good is having no regrets, within reason,” said Gupta. Samir Gupta is going to be part of Harvard University’s Class of 2016 where he will be with Coronado graduate Jared Lucky who refers to him as one of the most formidable and brilliant guys he knows. “He’s driven-and I think that is probably the key to all the success that he’s had. I think anyone will tell you that Samir works extremely hard, and he certainly earned his Harvard acceptance letter,” said Lucky. Gupta’s only parting advice to upcoming classes: work hard and “eat your Wheaties.”
Eat your Wheaties. - Samir Gupta, 12
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Issue 6 April 30, 2012
They Dont ’Make Keys, They Open Doors T
wo weekends ago, four students from Coronado Key Club traveled to Phoenix for the annual Key Club District Convention, where Key Clubs from the Southwest district met up to attend workshops, competitions, and elect a new District Board for the 2012-2013 school year. This year, the Rio Grande Division (which encompasses the El Paso and Las Cruces schools) retired Erin Duncan, 12, as Lieutenant Governor, but elected Karol Suen, 11, as her successor. “I’m very excited; I am looking forward to this year. I’m pretty nervous, actually, but I hope that it all goes well,” said Suen. Suen ran against two other people for the position, one candidate from Franklin High School and one from Mayfield High School. “It was pretty scary. I don’t do well in front of crowds,” said Suen. “I could feel the butterflies in my stomach and I kept thinking, ‘I hope I don’t mess up, I hope I don’t stutter.’”
Losing A Loved One W
hen you lose someone close to you, the last thing you want to hear is “it’s going to be okay,” when you have your mind set on that it’s not going to be. My grandfather died in England this summer thirty-six hours before I would step off a plane to see him. People telling you that this individual is alive in you, in your heart, your love, and your memories doesn’t help the shock, disbelief, and needless guilt one feels. Whether you believe in an afterlife or not, the concept brings little comfort to you, because someone else may have the company of your
As Lieutenant Governor, she will oversee eight different clubs including Americas, Franklin, Las Cruces High, and Onate. As Duncan leaves the position that she’s held for a year, she also leaves advice for the new Lieutenant Governor. “As Lieutenant Governor, I had experienced a stressful but very fun year. It was difficult to keep track of all the different clubs and keep constant communication, but I met so many wonderful people in the process,” said Duncan. “If I had to leave advice for Karol, it would just be to work through it no matter how many obstacles are thrown at you. The end result will be worth all of the work that must be done.” Suen will be working as Lieutenant Governor until next year’s Key Club District Convention, which will be held in El Paso.
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lost one, but you don’t. Your last conversations, last feelings, and last laughs are the things that are hard to remember past the funeral, viewing, and the atmosphere left in the wake of these events. These more painful memories are the ones that will repeatedly try to come back to you. What you must understand is something that your loved one probably knew. Moving on doesn’t have to mean forgetting. You can make room for new friendships, new loves, new laughs. None of it will ever take the place of what was there before. You must not let a death impede or limit your relationship with others. Your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends,
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and godparents have done this for years. This never let them stop enjoying and living their life. These are the people that make your life what it is. To honor their memories, you must do this for others when those who make your life special are gone. This doesn’t mean you cant cry or be angry; you have every right. But sulking and refusing to begin recovery indefinitely is what you must not do. Pull out old pictures, videos, cards, and look for old memories, habits, and pastimes; remember them how they were and how they used to be: smiling, laughing, living. And reiterate those actions throughout your life, and the one you lost will never truly be gone. Story by: Jasleen Shokar, Guest Writer
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Issue 6 April 30, 2012
Times are Changing: Girls Asking Guys to Prom I
Karan Mehta, 11 blushes as a mysterious girl gets on one knee and asks him to prom.
s it proper “prom etiquette” for a girl to ask a boy to prom? Usually the boy makes the proposal. Many people might say that the proof is in history, movies, novels, and even comic strips. Sadie Hawkins was a character in Al Capp's comic strip Li'l Abner. She was just another girl who grew tired of waiting for a man to court her. So her father declared a foot race in which unmarried women of the town of Dogpatch would pursue the single men. If a woman caught a man, he had to marry her. High schools across the United States adopted this fictional concept and created “Sadie Hawkins Day,” where girls would ask boys on dates to dances. The question now, is would any girl at Coronado High School be willing to “catch” her prom date? Then, if he accepts, would it be appropriate to negotiate
who pays for what? After all, proms can get very expensive. A girl shouldn't ask a guy and then expect the guy to pick up the tab for a limo, tickets, etc. all by himself. Or is it better instead of a girl asking the guy, for the girl to drop really obvious hints to the guy that she wants to be asked? Whatever the decision may be as you consider who to ask to the prom, remember it is a good idea to ask someone you have known for a while and who you know will have fun with you. If you like to dance, make sure you invite someone who likes to dance. Whether you’re a girl asking a boy or vice-versa you should seriously consider who to take, because you’re going to be with that person the entire evening.
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Coronado Cuteness Overload PROM CHECKLIST V isions of long dresses, high heels, and jewelry galore dance in the minds of the girls at Coronado High School as the date of prom fast approaches. While for girls, shopping for a dress is the fun part of the experience, waiting to be asked is the most stressful. As May 5th looms, boys are thinking of spectacular ways to ask their significant other to prom. But some have already hit the ball out of the park. “A friend of mine gave me the idea and it seemed like something easy and unique to do, plus I also felt like she would really appreciate it, and I wanted to make her happy,” said Adi Soto, 12. Soto asked Gaby Theard, 10, by printing a question on her English test in the middle of April. “It was awesome. I was just taking my test, and when I saw the question I was shocked and a little embarrassed because I screamed a little in class. It was hard to concentrate after that; I was so happy,” said Theard. But prom creativity just keeps going. George Chidiac, 12, asked Narah Alcoreza, 12, via CTV, then waited outside her third period classroom to deliver flowers and a smile in person. “I was playing it like I wasn’t going to ask her, like we were automatically going together since we’re boyfriend/girlfriend, but I kept asking around for ideas. I knew I wanted to make it big so that everyone would see it for her sake, and so special that she would remember it forever. And then when someone suggested CTV, it just sounded perfect - and it was,” said Chidiac.
Ethan Reiter, 12, asked Priscilla Tanamal, 11, by attaching flowers, gummy worms, and the question to her steering wheel one day after school. She responded to the question by spellling out ‘yes’ with the gummy worms. “I was really confused at first, because I couldn’t figure how it all got into my car. But then I was excited because I read the note and realized he was asking me to prom,” said Tanamal. “I later found out Megan [Wechter] helped him get into my car; he didn’t have to break in.” Tommy Rash, 11, asked Andrea Ibarra, 12, with cookies that spelled out the word prom and he delivered them to her when he went to watch her play in tennis regionals, along with the tasty treats he added a good luck note for her big tournament. But guys aren’t the only ones popping the big question. Kristina Avila, 11, asked her boyfriend from Franklin High School, Luke Hicks, to prom, switching up the usual way of things. “I asked him because he asked me to Franklin prom, so I took on the role of asking him. I asked using these cookies made by Kaylee Grodin which gave him the option to pick a cookie to answer, and he picked the one that said ‘I’d love to,’” said Avila. As prom is quickly approaching, and more and more girls are being asked as guys’ pockets are being emptied, look out for some cute ways to ask your girl to prom. Who knows, she might say ‘yes’. Story by: Callie Blumenfield, Staff Writer
1. Find a date or a group of friends. Make sure you ask in advance. 2. Purchase tickets (get your tickets in C-building during lunch or at the door).
3. Purchase your prom attire. Let your personality shine in your outfit and go for the unique. 4. Ordering corsages. Boys need to ask their dates what dress color they will be wearing, and if you are a girl asking a boy to prom, make sure you let them know the color of your dress ahead of time! Boys, if you don’t know what color might go with her dress, you can't go wrong with white roses, baby's breath, freesia, stephanotis, or carnations. Also, be sure to ask your date if she’d prefer a wrist corsage or a pin-on corsage. 5. Clean your car if you’re picking up your date, and if you choose to go with a group of friends in a limo, be aware that it’s the most expensive item in the “prom budget.” 6. Plan out the details of your night: photo time, dinner reservation, and prom arrival. 7. Dinner Reservations: A rule of thumb is to make them at least one week ahead of time. 8. Be safe! Have fun! Time to party!
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Apps That Distract You the Most
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“Angry birds is strategic and it requires a lot of thought. That’s why I like it.” Rafael Hernandez, 10.
“Fruit ninja is entertaining and is fun to play during class when there’s nothing to do.” Hugo Valverde, 10.
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“Instagram is cool because you get to see other people’s pictures and can show your life through them.” Natalie Eng, 9.
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How Did You Fall for Your Lucky One? Quotes and Photos By: Claire Kim “I fell for my lucky one when I first saw her from across the room, and her beauty caught my eye.” Tim Black, 10.
“I fell for my lucky one when I had a class with this beautiful girl that was nice, and I had to get to know her.” Alex Benavides, 11. “I fell for my lucky one when I saw her at a swimming party. Her blonde hair and blue eyes made me fall for her instantly.” David Nuñez, 12.
A “Lucky” Audience T
he highly anticipated movie, The Lucky One, has finally arrived. The Lucky One, based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, tells the story of Logan Thibault and his journey of love and heartbreak. During one of his tours in Iraq, Thibault finds a photograph of a young woman. Immediately following this strange discovery, Thibault experiences a sudden streak of luck. The only explanation for his luck is the photograph, which soon becomes his lucky charm. When Thibault returns home, he goes on a journey across the country to find his lucky one.
This lucky one ends up being a single mom who works at her family’s dog kennel. Nicholas Sparks is commonly known for writing romance novels, including The Notebook, Dear John, The Last Song and A Walk to Remember. But among those in his romance repertoire, many people consider The Lucky One to be the best. “I think The Lucky One is a great book, probably one of my favorite books by Nicholas Sparks. It’s a unique love story,” said Brianna Felhaber, 11. With such high expectations from the book, many people
wondered if the movie would measure up to their standards. “The Lucky One definitely exceeded my expectations. I love Zac Efron and I think thats why I loved the movie so much,“ said Claire Kim, 10. After recieving mediocre reviews, the film was rated 5.5 out of 10 stars. This didn’t stop Coronado students from going to see the movie. Some were upset that some of the important parts of the book were not included in the movie, but the movie is still considered a must-see to all Nicholas Sparks fans. Story by: Mariana Caballero, Staff Writer
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With 1,224 likes on Facebook and over 3,677 views on YouTube, who would’ve thought a local band would have become so popular so quickly? The combination of Rock, Cumbia, Alternative, and Reggae music played by Mexicans at Night is appealing to all ears, and can be found on YouTube but is not yet available to iTunes. “I know a lot of people in the band. They are very prideful of El Paso, and I really look up to them,” said Ian Munoz, from El Paso High School. The band has made themselves resonate in the hearts of the locals and even those from out of El Paso. But what does one of their biggest fans like the best? “I like that they don’t buy into the whole ‘rock star’ deal,” stated Manuel Hernandez, 12. This Mexicans at Night phenomena, that has been infecting El Pasoans since 2006, has proved their originality and love for music all the same.
Nero Electrifies the Night
The music blasted from the speakers as all of Buchanan’s Event Center shook. The screaming crowd jumped up and down as it celebrated the beginning of the song “Promises” by Nero himself. Sweat poured off the untamed fans, light beams flashed all around illuminating the room, and intensity swept the people’s hearts. “This is the second time I’ve seen Nero. They matched, if not topped, their performance at Sun City Music Festival. The light show was amazing, and their music was the bomb,” said Victoria White, 10. Some students regret not being at this event but have hope for the future. Electric dance music concerts are becoming more popular for teenagers, and these types of events are collecting massive amounts of money from high school students as organizations like SMG Events become more prevalent. The excitement observed by the students was seen buzzing through the halls months before the event, and the outcome did not disappoint.
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Ignite Prom Night with Unique Flavors
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or those with a taste for meat and the unique, Garufa is the perfect choice. Garufa serves up delicious Argentinian cuisine. The location is accomadating of large parties as well, and is decorated modernly and chicly. The empanadas are an excellent starter (queso empanadas are delicious). The steak is something that must not be passed up, but if in search of lighter fare the Salmon a Las Brasas is scrumptous. The menu offers many different preparations of their wonderful steak. Reservations can be made online. Recommended Dishes: Bife de Chorizo, Salmon a Las Brasas, Empanadas de Queso, De Jamon Serrano. Story and photos by: Taylor Bencomo, Editor-in-Chief
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Issue 6 April 30, 2012
Rounding Bases: Boys Making Best of Season
Emilio Chacon, 11
ith three teams in its district being state ranked, Coronado baseball has had its hands full trying to simply win games. A 3-12 record in district has put the team at the bottom of the ranks, but there’s an upside to this season. This year’s T-Bird baseball team has only three seniors on the roster, providing a chance for the younger players’ development. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors litter the Coronado roster, which means that there will be players with up to four years of varsity experience by their senior year. This is the most advantageous framework for a successful team. After a season that was studded with seniors making a failed playoff run, a depleted roster could not
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have been expected to do the same. “We haven’t had the best season, but the younger players can definitely learn from this season with the strong competition that we face,” said Matt Hoover, 12. The Achilles’ heel for the T-Birds this season has been pitching. Coronado is usually in the game until about the fourth inning when the starting pitchers begin to either get tired, or the opponent learns the way he pitches. Without many other pitchers to relieve the starters, a tie or lead is lost late in the game and the score can get out of hand. This happened against Americas, El Dorado, and Bel Air this season. If the pitching stayed as consistent
as it seemed in the first few innings, then Coronado may have won double the games, putting them in the playoff race. If pitching can follow suit with the rest of the offense in the years to come, then Coronado could look back at this season as year for training mounting talent. “I was able to play on a good team last year, and this year has been a struggle, but I think it can make me and my teammates much better players in the long run,” said Dante Grissom, 11. Coronado’s final game of the season is Friday, April 27, when the T-Birds take on rival Franklin High School. Franklin has been a top seed in both the city and the state, being ranked fifth at one
point. Although a win would not mean a playoff birth, or a chance for anything more than another win on the record, it would mean that the seniors remaining on the team would beat Franklin for the first time in their Coronado High School career. “Beating Franklin would mean a lot. Ever since I have been at Coronado, the varsity team hasn’t beaten them. We hope that we can make that upset,” said Willy O’Toole, 12. The greatest thing that the T-Birds can do with this difficult season is turn it into a learning experience, where the younger players grow into learned veterans. Story by: Stephen Freyermuth, Sports Editor Photos by: George Amspaugh, Staff Photographer
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Issue 6 April 30, 2012
Tennis Season Comes to a Close
Track Races to Regionals T
Andrea Ibarra, 12 and Will Tomlin, 12
he spring tennis season came to an end at Texas Tech University in Lubbock on April 17th. Nine players advanced to the regional tournament, and the T-Birds brought home district titles in boys’ doubles, girls’ doubles, and mixed doubles. It all started at the district tournament on April 4th and 5th hosted by Coronado. After playing hard on the first day, all sixteen players from Coronado were in the semi-finals. Everyone was fighting for their place in the finals, and the competition was getting tougher. In the end, the T-Birds advanced people in five out of the ten categories. Micarlo Kehr-Gomez and Jack Rey took the boys’ doubles title while the Franklin team earned the second spot in the regional tournament. Franklin advanced both of their boys’ singles positions, and got the district title in girls’ singles as well. Ana Garcia placed second, still giving her a spot at regionals. In girls’ doubles, Hunter Bilsbarrow and Vanessa Camara won the district title, and the Eastwood team was the other team which qualified. Meredith Rotwein and Nathan Brown placed first in mixed doubles, while Andrea Ibarra and Will Tomlin placed second. The stage was set for regionals, and three seniors were preparing to play their hardest; if they didn’t make it to state, it would be the end of the road. “It was weird thinking that regionals was pretty much my last shot, but I just
wanted to focus on playing my hardest. Whatever the outcome, I just wanted to look back, knowing I did everything I could,” said Hunter Bilsbarrow, 12. Bilsbarrow and Camara lost the first round against Southlake Caroll, while Ana Garcia lost first round as well against Arlington Llamar. Gomez and Rey lost in the quarterfinals to the Allen team, which ended up placing third overall, and lost in a playback to go to state. Rotwein and Brown lost in the quarterfinals as well, against Southlake Caroll, the one seed who went on to win the tournament. Ibarra and Tomlin were the only ones left after taking out the two seeds in the quarterfinals, and the three seeds in the semifinals. They were set to play Southlake Caroll in the finals. After a long battle, they lost 6-3. Since the team they beat in the semifinals lost for third and fourth place, they were required to play a playback against Flowermound Marcus. After a long-fought battle, Ibarra and Tomlin lost 7-6. “We tried our hardest in our last match, but in the end we just came a little short of reaching our goal of making it to state. Although it was disappointing, it’s been an incredible four years with my team,” said Will Tomlin, 12.
Story by: Meredith Rotwein, Sports Editor Photo courtesy of Julie Tomlin
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here is no finish line—at least not for T-Bird track. The district meet was last week, and for many that’s the last meet of the season, yet there were eight regional qualifiers. “I feel good about going into regionals. I have one race, the 3200, that I’m really going to focus on. It might be my last high school race, so I plan on doing my best to stay in the lead pack to make it on to state,” said Zack Bassett, 12. The regional meet is the last week of April, and the top two from the region qualify for the state meet held in the middle of May. “I would like to qualify for the state meet. The plan to get to state, run fast, and run smart. I think that I stand a decent chance of making it to state; I just have to run fast and have some guts this time by making sure I don’t overcomplicate things, and run,” said Bassett. The district, which was held April 10-14 at the SAC was an accomplishing meet for many T-birds. The varsity girls’ team received fifth place and the boys’ team got fourth. “Districts was exciting! All of my competition was finally there. I was very serious, not nervous, but concentrated. I was afraid I wouldn’t have a good year, because of an injury early on, which delayed my training. But I had a
personal record in both the mile and two mile,” said Larry Bassett, 10. Although the season is over, many runners were not ready for it to end. They are now preparing for next year’s 2013 season. “Going into the meet I felt confident and prepared, in regard to myself as well as the team, and afterwards I was very satisfied with the team’s performance. By the end of the meet we came in fourth, and I can confidently say that we all performed to the best of our abilities, and that is really all that matters. “I ran a new personal record for the mile. However, there is always room for improvement, and so now I’ll rest for a couple of weeks and then begin training for cross country this fall. This was a great year for the track team, and I’m sure next year we can accomplish even more if we set our minds to it. “Just because the season is over doesn’t mean I will stop training. There are lots of 5K’s coming up as well as summer track, and I look forward to competing. I can’t wait for all the new accomplishments ahead,” said Sam Lerma, 10.
Story by: Meredith Rotwein, Sports Editor Photos by: George Amspaugh, Staff Photographer
Golf Season Ends with T-Birds Placing Seventh at Regionals F
or the first time since Coronado boys’ golf won the state championship in 1992, the T-Birds had a legitimate shot at taking two varsity boys’ teams to regionals. With Coronado Gold ranked first in the city, top twenty in the state (according to highschoolgolfscoreboard.com), and Coronado Blue ranked second in the city, the chances for T-Bird domination at districts seemed eminent. The first round of the District 1-5A championship came to a close with Coronado Gold in the lead over Eastwood High School, putting Coronado Blue in third place by thirteen strokes, a surprise deficit that had the moral of the Blue team at a low. Going into the second round, the top four teams were Coronado Gold, Eastwood, Coronado Blue, and Franklin High School. This allowed the T-Birds a slight edge as they were able to play with a teammate making the round a comfortable one. However, even with that advantage, the Blue team could not gain any ground on Eastwood, placing them in third and out of the postseason.
Coronado Gold won the tournament easily, and freshman Evan Macias won the district championship as an individual, edging out teammates Tanner Gore and Carson Greathouse. “Finishing with three players within the top four spots was good for our confidence and really showed how well we could play,” said Carson Greathouse, captain. The Coronado girls’ golf team finished second behind Eastwood High School, earning a postseason birth as well. Freshman Tulasi Gopalan was the team’s top performer, finishing third behind two Eastwood girls. In the regional round of the postseason, both the Coronado boys’ and girls’ teams were set to face difficult competition. With defending state champions Mansfield High School, and top state ranked Southlake Carrol competing with the boys, and teams just as talented facing the girls, the work was cut out for them. Coronado boys shot 303 as a team the first day, in fifth place, which meant that the team was three spots outside a chance to advance to the state championship. Mansfield
led after the first day. The second day was more of the same, with the T-Birds shooting a 306 giving them a 609 two day total, 27 strokes behind winner Mansfield. The low player for CHS was Dominick Haskins, shooting 73 both days, which put him in the top ten individual scores, and eight strokes behind the winner Sean Walsh from Keller High School. The team finished seventh. “Even though we didn’t make state, we had a good and successful season,” said Greathouse. With the golf season now finished, the seniors on both the boys’ and girls’ teams can look back on a very successful four years. For some, it is the ending to a chapter in their golfing careers. David Ellis, Samantha Peters, and Michelle Provenghi are all playing golf at the collegiate level. Also, for those remaining on the team, it is safe to say that Coronado golf will be just as, if not more successful, for years to come.
Story by: Stephen Freyermuth, Sports Editor
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