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(LEFT) Senior Darion Lopez poses in a prom dress. (RIGHT) Senior Kayla Barnett also shows off her prom dress with her horse, Shelby. She will wear a bright pink dress. Photos courtesy of Darion Lopez and Kayla Barnett


Prom set for April 21 at the civic center By Fiona Ghandi Staff

Decorations will transform the civic center into a magical atmosphere for this year’s prom set for April 21. Most students are excited about going to prom. “Prom is just a typical high school thing that everyone goes to,” junior Callie Hatcher said. Hatcher said she definitely plans to go. “I’m going with Chance Arriaga because he’s going to be the best date ever,” she said. Prom sponsor Renee Bruno said any junior or senior attending school here can go to prom. Tickets cost $15 and are available in the counselor’s office.

The most important aspect of prom is the theme because it sets the mood. “‘Always and Forever’ is the theme,” Bruno said. “We are going to have arches and a fountain, the DJ is going to have three big screens and lot of lights. It should have a club atmosphere at the dance.” Yet not every student attends prom, each for different reasons. “To avoid the high school cliche, or to avoid dressing up, maybe they don’t dance,” Hatcher said. “Everyone has their own reasons.” Regardless of who doesn’t show up for prom, students that do have the chance to escape reality for the night. “I love dressing up and getting to dance all night,” Hatcher said.

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THE TUMBLEWEED PICKS THE BEST OF THE SCHOOL Staff gives own take on favorites via newspaper vote

Best Athlete Evan Card Best Student Katy Singh

Best Teacher Cary Scarbrough

Best Car Nathaniel Franco

Best-Dressed Karrisa Rodriguez

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Most likely to survive a “zombie apocalypse� Justin West

Most likely to end up in jail in a foreign country Anthony Chavarria

Most likely to be interrupted by Kanye West Ashley Layman

Most likely to sleep through college Chris Beaver

Worst Driver Bailey Pasqua

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Most likely to have their own reality show Jonah Strong & Anthony Chavarria

Most likely to get locked in their car Michelle Salazar & Tiffany Rodriguez

Most likely to be famous Angel Campos

Most likely to live in their mom’s basement Branson Stork

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Most likely to become a school principal Dillon Chamblee

Most likely to ruin something important Darion Lopez

Most likely to die during a “zombie apocalypse� Chris Beaver

Most likely to invent something useless Mason Daggett

Most likely to fall during graduation Regina Cardenas

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features GETTING PERSONAL: ANDREW KASSUHN By Tiffany Rodriguez Associate Editor

growing up? Encouraging me to strive for my goals, and everyday life is a memory.

What’s your favorite color and why do you love it? Do you have a favorite quote or inspirational Blue. It just messes with my mind. thought to share? Nothing. If you won $10,000 what would you do with it? Favorite band/singer? Go buy an Acura MSX and buy my Z-Ro, Bun B, Trae, Paul Wall, Killa Kyleon, mom a house. Little Flip, and Yella Wolf. Who’s your best friend? I have five best friends, Isagirl, Crazysteeve, Fat Girl, Marqueezy, and Javier. Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some? Hmm? Under my bed.

Favorite movies? “Pineapple Express.” At what age did you find out Santa was “not real?” How? I found out at age 5 because I asked my mom and she told me.

What school activities are you involved in and why? Sitting in class bored outta my mind.

If you had one day to live, what would you do? [I would] skydive and bungee jump off a huge place.

Do you work anywhere? If so, where and what do you like about that job? Yes, full time hustler, always on the grind.

What is in your pockets on a daily basis? My phone, iPod and headphones.

What do you plan on doing after graduating? Developing a business. How has your family influenced you? Do you have any favorite memories of them from

Favorite TV show? “That 70’s Show.”

What would you do if you were invisible and why? Go around town and mess with the living. Photo by Stephanie Ojeda

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GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY Several students plan to enlist in the military after graduation By Isaac Franco Staff

Junior Cisco Ramirez listens to a Marine recruiter about the benefits of joining the military. Some benefits include work experience, and the military through the G.I. Bill helps pay for college if a person decides to attend. Photo by Jacob Sanchez

While some graduates leave high school thinking about college in the fall, others are looking in a very different direction: enlisting in various military branches. “I feel like I have to serve my country,” senior J.D. Gamboa said. Gamboa is just one student planning on spending years of their life dedicated to serving their country before any other pursuits. He said he still plans to be the first in his family to graduate college upon leaving the service. Senior Nathaniel Franco said he wants to go into the Navy because it’s the ocean-related branch and hopes to become a Seal. He’s already gotten accustomed to the water by being on the swim team. Ultimately, he sees the military as a good way to help him grow into a mature person. “I can’t see myself going to college, but I love pushing myself,” Franco said. Both of these guys are planning on leaving some important people and things here once they head off. “I would certainly miss my momma, pops and all my friends,” Franco said. Gamboa said he would miss much of the same like family, friends and girlfriend. The military often leads to being further away from home than simply going to college or finding a job in the big city. He will miss one thing especially. “My mom’s cooking for sure,” he said. His plans are to join the Air Force because he believes that military branch has better facilities and opportunities for service. “I haven’t decided on a speciality. I just want to learn how to do a variety of jobs,” Gamboa said. Gamboa, who has wanted to sign up for the military since he was little, agrees with Franco that the military would help provide self-discipline. “It would give me skills I will need to handle the real world,” he said.

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Seniors J.D. Gamboa and Francisco Burrola talk to an U.S. Army recruiter about the possibility of serving the country in the military. Several students have decided to enlist in various military branches, either before or instead of attending college. Photo by Jacob Sanchez

Each person has a different inspiration for joining the military. For Franco, family ties to the service motivate him. “My uncle is in the army, and my cousin Henry was in the army and said the Navy has great opportunity,” he said. Looking for something challenging, Franco said he hopes to make it into tactics and special forces. He said he will succeed. “I will do and try my best to not disappoint any of my family and friends. I want to come back a success and a somebody,” he said. Military service runs in the family for Gamboa just like Franco, with family members inspiring him to go the route of military service before college. He’s not looking forward to “boot camp” training. “It’s going to be tough, a long 10 weeks. But, once I get in the routine, it will prepare me once I have a specific job,” Gamboa said. Though it can get dangerous, he said he’s not scared of serving. “I’m not scared, but I am not sure about being gone from home for long periods of time being

deployed,” he said. English teacher Kirstie Ramirez said her son has considered joining the military, following in the footsteps of his father. “I have mixed emotions about my son joining any military branch,” she said. “He has shown interest in the military at a young age. Before 9/11, I was proud that Cisco wanted to represent his dad and the journey of a soldier, but when the prospect resurfaced, I was afraid. I use the past tense ‘was’ because God and faith takes away all fear.” She said being in a military family is not easy, though the pride is overwhelming. “I cannot really describe, to the fullest, the pride and honor of having a soldier in your family,” Mrs. Ramirez said. “The good is the honor. The bad was the unknown, sleepless nights, uncontrollable tears, a pain that is so powerful. Discussing it still breaks me.” The military teaches honor and commitment, and for Ramirez, living for the military is a true calling. “I honestly, faithfully, believe it is God’s will I am a soldier’s wife,” she said.

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WELCOME TO COLLEGE, YOU’RE A SNOB Around this time every year millions of seniors around the country are preparing to go to college or some sort of higher education, but regardless of where these students are going, there is one thing they are not— “snobs.” That remark came from former presidential hopeful Rick Santorum. Santorum was speaking at an event in Michigan when the so-called issue of President Obama wanting everyone to go to college came up. This is what Santorum said: “President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob.” This is uncalled for; it should be the goal of any politician to have every American get a good education. A better educated workforce means a better economy. There is no way in this world a person looking for a job can get a high salary without some sort of higher education. College does not mean a four-year institution, it is just a general term for “higher education.” Everyone needs to be more educated. Santorum considers the president a snob for wanting everyone to go to college, so he is also calling the 94 percent of parents who expect their child to attend college snobs. This is not the way to win the hearts of voters. Every single American should go to college re-

gardless if they are 18 or 70 years old— there is always more to learn. The entire modern world is based on education; remove it, and watch the human race go backwards. The United States ranks 12th in the world for the number of people with a college degree, with about 40.4 percent of the population having one. Once again, numerous people are saying those five words again—”that used to be us.” The U.S. used to dominate in this area. Calling everyone a snob will not put the country back at the top. Even though Santorum believes the president and anyone else who wants to go to college is a snob, he has three different degrees. If anyone should be considered a snob, it is Santorum. He would be a prime example. There is only one solution to this problem, and that is to accomplish President Obama’s goal of every single student attending some form of higher education, regardless of whether he wins reelection or not. Obama is the only candidate that has demonstrated he cares about students, and if any of the Republican candidates are elected president then the dream of going to college may be shattered for many who otherwise can’t afford to attend. Knowledge is a necessity to life, not a political ploy.

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By Aleyni Casillas Pollster

To have fun and see everybody enjoy the night. — Efren Acosta, ‘13

Just to have a great time with all my friends.— Tyler Venegas, ‘13

My expectations for prom are that prom is going to be legit.— J.D. Gamboa, ‘12

Eli better know how to dance! — Angela Marshall, ‘12

It’s going to have a really good turnout because of the two classes joining together. — Lillie Deanda, Yearbook Staff

My expectations for the prom are the decorations will be beautiful, the food will be good... — Renee Bruno prom sponsor

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By Katy Singh Sports Editor


So far, I have gone over three key skills needed to be a successful athlete while learning lifelong lessons: understanding commitment, defining success and overcoming obstacles. This column, I will discuss how to set and achieve goals. Some people confuse wishes with goals, but, in fact, there is a huge difference. A goal is defined as an achievement toward which effort is directed, whereas a wish takes no effort. For example, when a person wishes for something such as playing a certain position on their

team, they would LIKE for it to happen. When a person sets a goal, they WANT it to happen. When working towards success, a person must set goals. Notice I said goals...plural. When an overall goal is broken down into smaller, simpler goals, it is much easier to achieve. First, a person needs to define the goals. What is it that you want? Then, outline the steps needed in order to achieve those goals. Make each step an individual goal and work to achieve each one with deadlines. “Aim for the top. There is plenty of room there. There are so few at the top, it is almost lonely there.” Samuel Insull

E’ C By Jacob Sanchez Editor-in-Chief Last week, presidential hopeful former Senator Rick Santorum dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination. Now that he is out, former Governor Mitt Romney has become the presumptive nominee for the party and will face President Barack Obama in November. This race may seem not that important to high schoolers, but they should reconsider that opinion for one reason— college. Most students plan on going to college, and whoever is President has a major influence on college policy.The president has the power to tell Congress to lower interest rates on loans, increase

grant money and impact parent deductions on income taxes.These things are crucial to the life of a college student, and if rates go up or the government has less money to give for grants, many will not be able to pay for their education. There is only one candidate who has shown that he cares for college— President Obama. He wants college accessible to all who want it. The president’s challenger, Romney, has embraced a budget that would increase interest rates on college loans and shrink grant money. This is simply wrong. Students who would like to attend college have only one ally to help them make an education accessible— President Barack Obama.

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TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS By J.R. Torres Columnist

STUFF ABOUT STUFF By Nathan Ybarra Columnist What animal symbolizes my work ethic? First, I need to look up the word “ethic.” I will definitely look up “ethic.” I did. It means kind of like morals. Well, if I had to choose an animal to represent my values of good hard work, I would choose the cow bird, which is mostly seen in North America. First, the cow bird finds the nest of a smaller bird’s nest, drops the eggs of that bird, and lays her own eggs in it. Thus, when the chicklet hatches and the mama bird is expecting this small, cute, blue bird, she instead is surprised to see this chicklet that is yellow and about three times the size of her. She suddenly puts two and two together and gets four. She then notices that it’s not her chicklet, but the chicklet of another bird. Yet, she still loves it, goes to find as much food as she can for it, and teaches it how to fly. Yep, I’m the chicklet.

A new viral villain has appeared in social media blogs. On the off chance that you belong to the minority of the public that hasn’t heard the name or the news yet, the man topping the world’s most wanted list at the ninth position goes by the title Joseph Kony, the Lord’s Resistance Army leader in Uganda. Problem is, Kony and his band of prepubescent “combatants” are not really the force portrayed by the viral media. Seven years ago, the International Criminal Court based in The Hague, Netherlands attempted to try Kony for violations of human rights and war crimes, but Kony fled and since then, has remained in hiding or on the run in parts of Africa.

Also in the video, the number of Kony’s guerrilla forces is listed as up to 30,000. That’s in the past. Today’s numbers have been dwindled to less than even a thousand. The neglect to mention these facts has put Invisible Children, Inc., and the video’s creator under harsh criticism. Claims have been made that Invisible Children Inc., uses funds poorly. Jack Russell has been paid up to $80,000 for the video’s production and release. It is no argument, however, that even if the facts have been bent and there has been a misuse of finance, millions have been affected and displaced by the events occurring in Uganda, and the people still need help from the public. But that then makes it the public’s responsibility to provide help to the victims in the best way found suitable to each person’s personal opinion.

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sports PRESSING FOR SUCCESS By Jalen Falcon Staff

The powerlifting season has been very good this year. Many powerlifters competed at the regional and state meets. All gave it everything they had, and they were rewarded with medals. At the girls’ regional meet in Monahans, senior !"##$%!&'(")*+%"',%+*'-&.%/"0-*%1"2".*(%3'-+4*,% 5-04%3.+0%6)"7*8%9)+&%:*00-':%"%0"+0*%&;%7&<6*0-tion were junior Kathryn Garza and sophomore Grace Kalka who both placed second. All four advanced to the state meet. The boys’ had their regional meet at Sundown. Many particapated in the meet, but only one 6)"7*,8% =*'-&.% >"004*5% !&'(")*+% *".'*,% "% 3.+0% place medal. At the boys’ state meet in Abilene, Gonzales placed third in his weight class. This powerlifting season was a great success. 14*.*%5*.*%<"'$%3.+0%6)"7*%0-0)*+%;&.%-',-2-,?")% lifters and team scores to bring back home.There were many new lifters who have dedicated their time and early mornings before school to get

Senior Gabby Gonzales makes her second attempt on deadlift. Gonzalez finished !"# $%&'# place at the State meet. Staff Photo

stronger and improve their scores. As next season comes around, some of the great lifters will not be here anymore, but the powerlifting team is sure to do great and con0-'?*%0&%+0"$%-'%+4"6*%0&%@**6%04*-.%30'*++%4-:48% There will be many goals to accomplish. But until the next season comes around, the team needs to continue keeping up with their workouts and diet. The team certainly hopes to see such success again next year..


Track teams compete at district meet By Christina San Miguel Staff

This year’s track team has gotten off to a great start. The teams has placed in the top three every single track meet. The girls were named champs of the border relays in Presidio. The team also placed 3rd overall at Pecos and 3rd at the Comanche relays. “The coaches really know how to push us to do our best and win,” sophomores Stephanie Elmore and Jamie Castaneda said. This year’s coaches include girls’ head coach Yvonne Vasquez, Vic Ivy, Kennith Jaggars, Derrick Taylor, boys’ head coach Andy Sanchez, and Rene Valeriano. As of press time, district results from last week were not ()"!*+# (,-!.# /,0&,".1,# 2)0'.0# &'.# $",3# available. hundred in the 300 hurdles at the ComanThe team has vowed to keep pushing themselves in the hopes che Relays.. of continuing on to regionals later this month. the tumbleweed volume 65 issue 4 April 18, 2012 Page 14

HIGH HOPES FOR PANTHERS’ POST-SEASON PLAY By Dillon Chamblee Staff It seems as if those on the baseball team are not exactly on the same page as they move through the season. When asked about the mentality and mindset of the team, some said it was a very close team or a team that has come together. Others said they don’t think the team has learned to play as a family, and the team has the mindset of ‘every player for themselves. That difference could be an issue further into the season, but there’s much team members agree on as well. Many think chances of playoffs are pretty good. Seniors Adrian R. Martinez and Mason Daggett both said the “chances are very good” of birthing a playoff spot. Coach Scotty Bruington said many team members have stepped up that some may otherwise

Freshmen Matthew Fabela delivers a pitch for the Junior Varsity against the Greenwood Rangers. Fabela has recently been moved up to Varsity. Photo by Natasha Ortiz

Senior Derek Fuentez swings hard for a Panther base hit against the Greenwood Rangers. The Panthers won their $+0&#1!0&+!4&#5,-.#,5,!"0&#&'.#6,"5.+0#789:# Photo by Natasha Ortiz

not have expected as the year started and the season progressed. AB*3'-0*)$% 6)"$*.+% )-@*% +*'-&.% C&+4% D-+7"-'&E% sophomore Joel Jacquez and freshman Michael Garrison,” Bruington said. Bruington said his expectations of playoffs “have not changed” from the beginning of the season as the team has progressed with a mixed to pretty poor record. “I still believe we have a great chance of making the playoffs,” he said. Daggett said he is concerned about one team in particular. “The team’s only threat is Seminole,” he said. Another thing that players as well as Coach Bruington agreed on is that the season has not turned out as hoped, but there still was some optimism. “It really hasn’t, but the team is improving every day,” Martinez said.

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Prowlers on the hunt for district championship

The Prowler softball team watches the intense game against the Greenwood Rangerettes. The Prowlers defeated the Rangerettes 3-2 in their third district game. Photo by Natasha Ortiz

By Karla Subia Staff !"#$"#%&$"#'&(%#&)%(*$+*+,-&.,&(&/#01&.%&)0('ing a real game the softball girls are showing the school what they got. Despite only having one senior on the team, the softball girls have tons of leadership. “Even though being a young team, we have a lot of potential to go far this year,” junior Mia Duarte said. The varsity girls are in the second round of dis$%+*$&2+$"&(&%#*.%1&.3&4567&1#3#($+,-&$"#&/%8$&)0(*#& Andrews Lady Mustangs, 6-4. “The win against Andrews was a big win for us,” senior Katy Singh said. “We hit well as a team and kept our errors to a minimum.” Although being a young team, many players 8".2&0#(1#%8"+)&.,&(,1&.33&$"#&/#019& “I try to be a leader and encourage my teammates so we can be the best we can be,” Duarte said. “Us coming together and bonding is a huge strength this year.” The girls aren’t just settling for a trip to playoffs, :;$&(%#&2.%<+,-&"(%1&$.&*.=#&+,&/%8$&+,&1+8$%+*$9 “Our goal is to be district champs,” junior Alyssa Urias said. “We just need to keep working hard and hitting like we know how.” With the season progressing, the team still needs a little bit of improvement. >!#& 1#/,+$#0'& ,##1& $.& +=)%.?#& .,& .;%& $#(=& unity and have some discipline,” Coach Alex Fish said.

The Prowlers’ youth has led to a learning curve. “So far my experience on Varsity has been very exciting and has helped me to push myself to the fullest potential,” freshmen Raquel Singh said. As the season comes closer to the end, Fish has *.,/1#,*#&$"($&$"#&@%.20#%A8&.)$+=+8$+*&=#,$(0+$'& will help them overcome problems in the future. “Play every game as if it is your last,” Fish said. “Play hard not safe and you will always be successful.”

Senior Katy Singh pitches the ball while third basewoman Lexi Lozano gets down and ready against the Greenwood Rangerettes. Singh had a total of ten strikeouts that game. Photo by Natasha Ortiz

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