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news CURRENT EVENTS

RETURNING TO MEET

STATE

By Jacob Sanchez Editor-in-Chief

After placing first at regionals, the current events team has moved on to the next level — state. This is the first time coach Lynne Beeles has taken a team to state in years. Seniors Jacob Sanchez,Angela Marshall and Vincent Parras make up the team, plus freshman Chris Crenshaw. Senior Shayla Ruebush is alternate. “[It feels] pretty awesome [going to state],” Crenshaw said. “We’ve worked really hard to get there.” At regionals, Crenshaw placed fourth individually. “[I decided to do current events because] I just like the news, and I wanted to be a part of U.I.L.” Also placing at regionals was Sanchez. He placed first. “This was the second time I placed first at regionals,” Sanchez said. “I really want that gold medal at state.” Along with Crenshaw, this was Parras’ first full year on the team. “It took me four years [to get to regionals and state], but it would seem that I finally found my event,” he said. There were many moments this past year that people enjoyed, but Crenshaw feels differently. “[My favorite thing this year has] definitely the people on my team,” he said.” Win or lose, Crenshaw has some plans for next year. “I do hope to go to state next year,” he said.

Junior Evan Card “Tebows” for The Tumbleweed. This is Card’s second year to advance to the state meet in Austin at the University of Texas. Staff Photo

JUNIOR GOES BACK TO STATE TRACK MEET

Evan Card returns to compete in Austin for second year By Dillon Chamblee Staff

build up my throwing ability and I got stronger.” But, behind every dominant athlete, there is a coach that is just as dominant. Coach Andy Sanchez is that coach for Evan Card. “He’s helped me get where I am today. If it wasn’t for him, I probably wouldn’t be,” he said. Evan’s opinions of Coach Sanchez’s practice routines seem rather unorthodox, Card explained. “He is a really good coach, one of those who just uses different kinds of methods you would never think would work, but they do so well.” Whatever Sanchez seems to be doing is working. Card competed at the state track meet May 11 and 12, but was very unsatisfied with his performance. “I’m disappointed that I didn’t do as well as I wanted to, but I’m glad I got the opportunity and experience, and I’m ready to go back next year!” Card said. Even though Card’s performance wasn’t his best, he still had a positive attitude and was determined to return to state next year with hopes of making a better outcome.

The road to the state track meet for Evan Card was quite different from the one he took last year. “I squeaked in last year and this year I didn’t,” Card said, managing to only “squeak in” for one event last year, discus. Time and time again, Card completely dominated at meets, crushing his opponents by monstrous lengths. Dedication and attitude are crucial aspects of any sport. This year, Card threw 56 feet and 1.5 inches in shot put at the state qualifying meet, a throw which would have placed him third in the state meet as of last year. “Whenever I was in the weight room, I would try as hard as I could to succeed to go [to state]. I took practice seriously,” Card said. Card didn’t just start off the year throwing his best. “It was a rocky start, I wasn’t throwing as good as I needed to, but as we went along it started to the tumbleweed volume 65 issue 5 SENIOR ISSUE Page 2


H ISTORY DEPARTMENT LOSING TWO MEMBERS Scarbrough, Hilton retiring after a combined 44 years of experience By Fiona Ghandi Staff

History department head Cary Scarbrough teaches her class about the post-Cold War era. This will be her final year teaching. Scarbrough attended Texas A&M University and is an avid Aggies fan. Photo by Stephanie Ojeda

For one popular social studies teacher, the classroom door is closing for the last time this month. Cary Scarbrough, U.S. History teacher, has taught for 29 years. She said she will miss one thing about teaching in Fort Stockton. “The kids, of course,” Scarbrough said. “I always loved learning new things, and I hope I was able to pass along some of my knowledge in a fun, interesting way to my students.” For some of her students, it will be a shock to not have her around next year. “I am very sad to hear it, especially since my sister Grace won’t get to have her class next year,” senior Keith Kalka said. “At the same time, I’m happy she gets to do what she wants to do in retirement.” For Kalka, Scarbrough’s animated teaching style made history come alive. “It wasn’t like a lot of classes where they strictly read from a book or slideshow,” he said. “I really liked the lectures she had.” Junior Karla Subia said Scarbrough’s dedication stuck out to her as a student. “She finds a way to make you learn,” she said. “Everything sticks in your mind the way she shows you.” In particular, Subia said the paper doll factory activity really brought to light the stress of assembly line production. “It’s really hard to work at a factory,” she said. In addition to Scarbrough, the social studies department is losing another one of its members to retirement. Fifteen-year teaching and coaching veteran Joe Hilton will end his teaching career in a few weeks. One plan is in his mind for retirement. “I’m going to relax,” he said. He said he will miss the students the most. Before coming to Fort Stockton, Hilton worked in districts like Kingsville, El Paso, Fort Worth and Austin. As a coach, Hilton said he will miss the athletes and working with other coaches. It’s a feeling his students share. “He was funny, and I really remember how he showed us just how much debt we are in as a country,” senior Nathaniel Franco said. Scarbrough is retiring to spend more time at home with her husband. “He has Hepatitis C and is on the liver transplant list,” she said. “We want to do a little traveling and enjoy life together while he still feels well enough to do some things.”

Also leaving the school

Wayne Byrd, interim principal since after spring break. Jordan Criswell, science teacher for two years. Kennith Jaggars, In School Suspension specialist/teacher for one year. Mari Lynne Johnson, science teacher. Dinnes Ramey, wood shop teacher for part of this year. Roy Waggoner, The Tumbleweed and yearbook adviser/communications applications teacher for two years. the tumbleweed volume 65 issue 5 SENIOR ISSUE Page 3


editorial

ADMISSION NOT NEEDED FOR TOP 10 PERCENT Texas law states that any senior in the top 10 percent of their class is automatically accepted into any state-funded college; this law needs to be abolished because all students should have to work hard to get into the college of their choice. The law, Texas House Bill 588, was passed during the 1997 session of the Texas legislature as a way for colleges to circumvent affirmative action. Both affirmative action and this law are wrong. Students should be forced to fight their way into a college through the admissions process. A more challenging process only means an even more rounded college class. Students, especially those in the top 10 percent, should have to work to get into their college of choice. With this law, some in the top have become lazy. They do not try to challenge themselves. If students do not challenge themselves, then standards must be raised. This law also puts a false hope for students regarding private universities. Private universities have a different approach to their admissions. They tend to use a holistic process which doesn’t just look at SAT scores, but the whole entire academic career of a student. This should be the way all universities should accept their students. Then there are also students who wish to attend a school out of the state. Those schools do not have the same laws like the state of Texas.These schools have

a more rigorous process, so that many of the top performing students would have a hard time actually getting accepted to many out-of-state colleges and universities. A few states do have a similar law to Texas, but a majority of states do not mandate that the top 10 percent of each graduating class must be accepted; that is largely unique to Texas. Most students who are in the top 10 percent would not have needed this law to get into their college of choice. If students are able to get into a college just based on their academic ability then this law should go away as unnecessary. Getting into college is not the hard part for students in any percentile, it’s paying for it. Maybe instead of giving the top 10 percent automatic admission, the state should give these students more financial aid regardless of the location or type of school they plan to attend. Also, these students should have an easier way to obtain scholarships by being in the top 10 percent. Investing in a student is much better than just letting them get accepted into a school. While this law should be thrown away, colleges shouldn’t just base admission solely on SAT scores either. SAT scores are a poor indicator of college readiness instead they just indicate the wealth of the test taker. The finances of a student’s parents should not give them a leg up on their competitors, nor simply being in the top 10 percent. Instead, a holistic approach to academic ability should.

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SINGHS THINGS

By Katy Singh Sports Editor

enabled me to participate in sports during high school. It wasn’t until a few days ago that it finally hit me; I am forever done with high school sports. These past four years have gone by FOREVER! way too fast, but I must say that I’ve Since seventh grade, I would give up a learned many things during my high couple of hours every day after school school journey. to practice whatever sport was going I can remember the first day of my on that season. I have done this about freshman year as if it was yesterday. every day for six consecutive years. I’d walk the crowded halls and see On top of practice, games, and tournew faces all while trying to rememnaments, I have learned how to manage ber where my next class was. That my time between sports and school first week was very overwhelming for work. And that is something that I am me, but with time, I got used to the proud to take with me in Austin. crowded halls, and the once unfamilSports has changed my life teachiar faces soon became close friends. ing me about sportsmanship, respect, Thinking back on how scary the persistence, hard work, practice and first few weeks of my high school exfriendship. I know with these abilities, perience was worries me about the I am capable of having a successful fuwhole college thing. ture in whatever I may do. I plan to attend the University of I am extremely grateful for the Texas at Austin. Going from a school blessings that God gave me to be able of 400 to 50,000 students is going to to play sports and be part of a team take a little longer to get used to. Oh, that grew into a family. I will always reand I can’t forget the 350-acre cammember my teammates and the many pus I’ll be trying to navigate around memories we share. along the way. “Graduation is not the end; it’s the I have to thank my parents for keeping me active as a child which beginning.” — U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch

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Editor-in-Chief Jacob Sanchez Assistant Editor Vincent Parras Sports Editor Katy Singh Associate Editor Tiffany Rodriguez Pollster Aleyni Casillas Columnists J.R. Torres Nathan Ybarra Staff Efren Acosta Petra Aguilera Lydia Aguirre Chris Beaver Jamie Castaneda Dillon Chamblee

Ashley Duarte Stephanie Elmore Nohemi Flores Isaac Franco Fiona Gandhi Dustin Gonzalez Angela Marshall Adrian Martinez Berenice Monetjano Edgar Natividad Stephanie Ojeda Quentin Perez Lizette Rodriguez Brian Rios Andres Rubio Shayla Ruebush Nicole Sanchez Christina San Miguel Edwardo Sienz Karla Subia Tyler Venegas Eddic Villa Adviser Roy Waggoner

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E’ C By Jacob Sanchez Editor-in-Chief Wow, what a blur the past four years have been. When we started high school the world was a different place. There was a Bush in the White House, Sarah Palin was still the governor of Alaska, and Obama actually had black hair. Now Obama has gray hair, Rick Perry ran for President—“Oops!”— Biden has yet to keep his mouth shut. Some things never change, I guess. Now our class is about to experience the biggest change in our lives so far— graduation. When we graduate there is no turning back. Walking across that stage is the point of no return. Many of us will be attending college, and in four more years there will be another graduation. After that it will be time to look for a job to put our new found skills to work. Once we find a career, we work and work to pay off any debts,

and support our new families until retirement. During retirement, we just relax and spend the last decades of our lives in paradise. After retirement is of course the inevitable— death— but that may be 100 years away for our generation because of science. This is life.This is what we have waited 18 years for, and when put into a simple paragraph it can make anyone seem hollow and insignificant, but it is truly exciting. Life is not that easy to summarize. Everyone will have a journey in life, and every single one of them will be different from the next. Some people’s journeys will be straightforward while others will twist and turn. No one can predict how their life will end up. All we can do is enjoy the path that is in front of us and walk into the unknown. So this change that will happen on May 25 when we cross the stage at graduation will be very crucial to our journey. Trust me, it will be a “big deal,” to quote Vice President Biden.

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PEOPLE ARE STILL CHANGING By Shayla Ruebush Staff I suppose this is where I start talking about my life in high school.The problem is, there’s so much to say it’s hard to know where to start. You could say to start from the beginning, but the years have started to blur together. Not that I don’t remember anything, it’s more like I have so many things to remember. The biggest thing to remember, is people change. We all do. It’s inevitable. Some people go from an awkward little clam to a loud mouthed burst of sunshine. Some, for whatever reason, end up clamming up and shutting others out. Some people go from book smart to street smart and vice versa. Just remember that everyone changes, and don’t forget that you, yourself are changing. I know I have and still am. For those people who don’t know me, they think I’m always quiet and never talk. Those who do know me, know that I almost never shut up. Unless I’ve got a lot on my mind. This year I realized that high school isn’t just about getting good grades and preparing for college. It’s also about finding yourself.Who you’ve become and who you want to be. The two go hand in hand if you let them, and believe me when I say that’s not easy. But I do know that it can be accomplished and all you have to do is try. I could tell some sappy little story that inspires everyone to find who they really are, but that would send some people in the wrong direction. It’s something everyone has to go through differently to get where they want to be. I know where I’m at. I know where I’m headed, and most importantly, I know who I am, do you?

Tell All Your Friends By J.R. Torres Columnist In the United States, the average lifespan of your run of the mill Joe is 78 years and a handful of weeks. For the past 18 years, school has (or at least should’ve) been a large part of our lives. With all the numbers considered, that’s roughly one-quarter of our lives not thrown out the window, but invested in the next threefourths of lifetime to come. Even though graduating from high school seems like enough cause to celebrate and find reasons to take a bit of a break, this is as much a beginning of an important part of our lives as it is the conclusion of its starting chapters. From the moment we are handed our diplomas forward, we become the keepers of our own destinies. For the rest of our lives, nobody else’s decisions reflect on our characters more than our own choices. Every action taken, whether it be large or small, will build upon what future will

be waiting for each one of us. Many will go on to college; some will enter the military, but no matter what path is taken, we are stepping into new lives from the same small beginning, with the same potential as anybody else. Misfortune can happen and things will change, and though there are many times ahead that mistakes seem to be a permanent stain on our lives and our goals, it never means that it is the time to give up; it only means it is the time to try harder. Think of your age. Now, have those past years of your life been spent just for the towel to be thrown in? The only real mistake anybody can ever make as a young adult is believing that life can wait. Every second spent is one that cannot be taken back, and there is only one life given to each of us; every moment should be used accordingly to what you have chosen your future to be. Whether in a tight spot or at an all-time peak, every moment awoken to is the beginning of the first day of the rest of our lives.

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sports

MANY MEMORIES MADE THROUGH ALL SPORTS By Katy Singh Assistant Editor

The Prowlers’ basketball season was full of excitement as the Prowlers were undefeated through the first 12 games of the season. During district play, the competition tightened up This year’s sports recap is full of many and the Prowlers struggled to finish ball games ups and downs, but overall, it was a solid and were unable to advance to the bi-district year of rebuilding. round of the state playoffs. This year’s football season was one to “I am definitely going to miss playing my remember as the football team started favorite sport with my best friends,” senior off strong going 5-0 into district play. With Lynzi Furman said. “We made so many memosome tough losses in district, the Panthers ries that I will never forget.” fell short of a shot at playoffs finishing with The powerlifting team had an overall a final record of 6-4. successful lifting season, advancing a total of “I am going to miss being under those five lifters to the State Powerlifting meets in Friday night lights,” senior Keith Kalka said. Abilene and Corpus Christi. “It’s those moments that make life excit“I’m really going to miss all the coaches who ing.” pushed me at every practice,” senior Gabby The Prowlers volleyball team also had a Gonzales said. very impressive start, placing third in the The golf team was able to advance beyond Crane tournament, and going into district district play and finish off the Regional Golf with a record of 20-10. The Prowlers won tournament in San Angelo, where they took their first district game against the Semififth place. Mason Daggett is held by Coach Andy Sanchez afnole Maidens. It was a very intense Senior “I loved going and playing different courses game, and it’s one many will ter a devastating loss. Staff Photo and meeting remember. new people,” “We fought senior Lance hard until the end and really looked at Luera said. “This year was really the game as a confidence booster,” se- memorable to me because we nior Danielle Trevino said. were ranked fourth in the state The volleyball team will lose six se- throughout the year!” niors and coach Revis Daggett. The girls and boys track The tennis team worked teams had a successful year, hard all year as they battled running and sending 11 for every point in any type of runners/field eventers weather. The team placed third in to the Regional meet their district tournament with 25 in Lubbock. Junior Evan points. Card also advanced to “I’ll miss coach Bachman’s cheerful at- state. titude; his helpfulness and his willingness “I am going to miss the to do anything I needed to make me adrenaline I experienced bea better tennis player,” senior Dillon fore every race,” senior Katie Chamblee said. Tavarez said. “This year our relays Now moving on to basketball, the grew closer together as a family and Panther basketball team started their I am going to miss that a lot.” season off shaky and it almost carried into The Panthers baseball team was very the district season, but the team regrouped young and showed promise throughout and was able to clinch a playoff spot where the season, but were unable to advance they played the Clint Lions and lost an in- beyond district play. tense game. “As a young team, we did better than I thought. “I think it went good for most part,” senior The freshmen, sophomores, and juniors that were on Adrian Martinez said. “Although the outcome the team grew and will be ready for next year,” senior wasn’t what we expected, we did something nobody Derek Fuentez said. “I am going to miss the team, practhought we could do.” tices, coaches, and most of all, the games.” the tumbleweed volume 65 issue 5 SENIOR ISSUE Page 7


seniors Katy Singh

FIGHTING UNTIL T

After four years, numerous classes, and countless torian Katy Singh and Salutatorian Keith Kalka co

How did you feel when the school announced you were valedictorian of the class of 2012? When I heard Mrs. Havins call my name, my body was in shock. It felt like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. God has truly blessed me with so many things in my life, and this is a huge one. Finally my hard work has paid off.

How were you able to become valedictorian while also playing so many sports?

I get asked frequently by many people, “How do you do so many sports and still keep your grades up?” Over the years, I’ve learned how to manage my time between homework, practice and games. This has helped me tremendously, and it’s something I will carry with me in the future.

What has becoming valedictorian taught you? Receiving the valedictorian honor has taught me that with faith and hard work, you can accomplish anything.

Where do you plan to attend college in the fall?

I plan to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where I will major in biology and study pre-med. I plan to attend graduate school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio to work to become a doctor.

What do you do in your spare time?

In the spare time that I had between school and practices, I enjoyed spending time with my family and dog Milo. I like to travel and do almost anything that keeps me active.

What extracurricular activities did you do?

I participated in volleyball, basketball, track and softball. I was also vice president of NHS and a member of Youth Leadership. I am sports editor for The Tumbleweed.

Who was your favorite teacher?

I think experience is the best teacher.The past seems to stay with us, and lessons of experience may be hard at times, but it only strengthens you to become a smarter, stronger person for the future.

If you had any advice for underclassmen, what would it be? To future students: hard work does pay off. Do the best in everything, so you don’t have any regrets in the future.

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THE END FOR TOP SPOTS

s hours calculating grade point averages, Valedicome out on top of this year’s graduating class.

Keith Kalka

How did you feel when the school announced you were salutatorian of the class of 2012?

I kind of knew I might be salutatorian. It was mostly my mom’s doing. She bugged me about it. She was salutatorian of her class and kept pressing me about it. It felt great, like all the hard work I did paid off. It was great.

What pushed you to try to become salutatorian?

I had a lot of people push me, my parents and my friends. We challenged each other to do the best on our assignments and get the best grades. After awhile it just became such a habit that I kept doing it. I just paid attention and studied the night before as best as I could. We would have study groups with some of my friends as well to help all of us not just one or two of us.

What has becoming salutatorian taught you? This will keep pushing me forward to do my best. No matter how hard you work, eventually it will pay off.

Where do you plan to attend college in the fall?

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r estimation, Editor’s Note:This is only meant fo actual G.P.A., and does not reflect a student’s ulas including which includes complicated form cour se weighting.

rned 1. Fi rs t mul ti pl y each grade eaed from each se mes te r by th e cr it ho urs ea rned . ng 2. Th en th e to ta l from mul ti pl yi mes te r mus t be di vide d by th e to ta l se credit s a st uden t ha s ea rned . ugh 3. On ce th at is do ne a st uden t’s ro G.P.A . ca n be de te rm ined .

I’m planning on going to Tech in the fall. My major will probably end up changing though.

What do you do in your spare time?

I go bowhunting and have a compound bow. I read books as well. Most of my hobbies are school-related like choir and student council.

What extracurricular activities did you do?

NHS, choir, student council, powerlifting, football.

Who was your favorite teacher?

Mr. Dixon and Mrs. Scarbrough are my two favorite teachers. Dixon was my debate coach and helped me out a lot teaching me how to debate. I learned a lot from Mrs. Scarbrough.

If you had any advice for underclassmen, what would it be?

Make sure you listen, and if you have a problem make sure you talk to your teachers and you have a good relationship with them so they can help you out. One other thing I recommend is to use study groups so you can help not only yourself but others.

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Revealing who else is a part of the top ten graduates Jacob Sanchez

Daniel e Trevino

St. Edward’s University Major: Political Science Minor: Journalism Favorite Quote: “Yes we can!”

University of Texas at Austin Major: Business Minor: Undecided Favorite Quote: “Don’t worry, be happy.”

Derek Bassham

Katie Tavarez

University of Texas at San Antonio Major: Computer Engineering Minor: Business Favorite Quote: “Live life to the fullest.”

Texas State University Major: Music Performance Minor: Business Favorite Quote:“If there is a will, there is a way.”

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Unlike the Valedictorian and Salutatorian who are known by the public, the rest of the top ten are at times not recognized for their efforts.These are the others who round out the top ten of the graduating class. Dil on Chamblee

Lynzi Furman

University of Texas at Austin Major: Biology Minor: Business Favorite Quote: “Life is too short to be intimidated by small opinions.”

University of Texas at Austin Major: Physical Therapy Minor: Business Favorite Quote: “Hakuna matata.”

Matthew Gonzales Alexis Vil arreal Texas Tech University Major: Law Minor: Business Favorite Quote: “Just do it.”

University of Texas at Austin Major: Petroleum Engineering Minor: Business Favorite Quote: “Guess you lose some and win some, as long as the outcome is income.” the tumbleweed volume 65 issue 5 SENIOR ISSUE Page 11


Ashley Acosta

Bradley Arthur

Kaci Bagrich

Kayla Barnett

Chris Beaver

Geneva Burleson

Melissa Calzada

Angel Campos

Regina Cardenas

Ashley Castaneda

Tarrina Cepeda

Michelle Cervantes

Anthony Chavarria

Efren Chavez

Moises Contreras

Mason Daggett

Emily Davis

Blas Dominguez

Justin Dominguez

Ashley Duarte

Eli Duarte

Jazmine Espino

Chelsea Ewing

Brandon Ezell

Nathaniel Franco

Derek Fuentez

Maria Galindo

J.D. Gamboa

Mikala Garlick

Gabriella Gonzales

Dakota Gonzalez

Ivan Gonzalez

Samantha Hernandez

Kiamichi Leyva

Tanya Leyva

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Jonathan Lopez

Ashley Lozano

Lance Luera

Esther Lumbreras

Sarai Luna

Angela Marshall

Adrian A. Martinez

Adrian R. Martinez

Fidel Mata

Robert Montferrand

Rhoda Munoz

Taylor Nelson

Stephanie Ojeda

Natasha Ortiz

Amber Pantoja

Vincent Parras

Abigail Propst

Monica Ramos Brito

Miguel Rangel

Evony Renteria

Rosalva Reyes

Jorge Rodriguez

Karrisa Rodriguez

Tiffany Rodriguez

Maria Ronquillo

Faustino Rosas

Cheyanne Rubio

Kayla Ruebush

Shayla Ruebush

Anyssa Sanchez

Sergio Sanchez

Janelle Sikorski

Jonah Strong

Ivonne Tercero

J.R. Torres

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Mathew Trejo

Belinda Ureste

Justin West

Christina Ybarra

Lily Ybarra

Bridget Gentry

Marlene Espinoza

Editor’s Note: The top 10 seniors are featured on pages 8-11, so pictures are not included here with the rest of the class.

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Finding a job

Source: Yahoo! Voices/America Saunders

If you’re a recent high school graduate finding a job without any previous work experience or vocational training can be a daunting task. But finding a job is possible and listed below are eight steps to help you get started. 1. If any relatives you know own a business ask to work for them. 2. You need experience to get a job. But you need a job to get experience. If you’re facing this dilemma try volunteer work. It is a great way to help others and gain valuable experience and skills to put on a resume. 3.To find available job positions; network. Call friends, family members, and ask if they know of any job openings. If you were friendly with high school teachers or counselors consult them as well. 4. Ask for referrals. Ask family, friends, teachers, counselors or anyone you know if you can use them as a referral source for a job or if there are any job openings where they work ask if they can refer their employer to you.

Finances

5. Ask family, friends, teachers, or counselors if you can use them as references for obtaining a job. 6. Send out resumes to every place you want to work. If you worked in high school include work history thoroughly. If you never worked in high school list every skill you learned such as speed typing or proficiency in Microsoft Office. Also list any information about volunteer and extracurricular activities. Before you write your resume go to the library check out and read books for high school graduates on writing resumes. 7. After networking use every source you can to find a job from the internet, classified ads, call businesses from the phone book ask if they have any openings and any other ways you can think of. 8. Schedule informational interviews with potential employers. Basically all you’re doing is asking information about the job form the employer. But use this meeting as an opportunity to let the employer know you’re looking for a job and ask if they any referrals they can give you if any job openings they know you may be good for.

Source: mappingyourfuture.org

Your Credit Report Just like your high school transcripts show colleges what they can expect from you academically your credit report tells the world what it can expect from you financially. That may not seem important now, and it may seem like no one else’s business, but the truth is that your credit report is crucial to life.

- Short term – Goals you want to achieve in the next three months. - Intermediate term – Goals you want to achieve in three months to a year. - Long term – Goals you want to achieve that will take more than a year.

Start Building a Good Financial Reputation Now • Open a checking or savings account at your local bank. • Have your paycheck directly deposited into your account. • Learn how to use credit cards wisely. • Pay all of your bills on time each month. • Save money. • Save as much as you can every month. • A great goal is to establish an emergency savings fund large enough to cover three to six months of your living expenses. Set Up a Realistic Budget and Stick to It Follow the steps below as you set up your own, personalized budget: 1. Make a list of your values and put them in order. 2. Set your financial goals.

3. Determine your income. 4. Determine your expenses. 5. Create your budget. • Think of your budget as a “spending plan,” a way to be aware of how much money you have, where it needs to go, and how much, if any, is left over. • Your budget should meet your “needs” first (food, housing, electricity), then the “wants” that you can afford (entertainment, new clothing). • Your expenses should be less than or equal to your total income. • If your income is not enough to cover your expenses, adjust your budget (and your spending!) by deciding which expenses can be reduced.

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Oh the places 2012 will go Editor’s Note: Here’s a sampling of senior college destinations.

Alpine SUL ROSS UNIVERSITY Eli Duarte Vincent Parras

Austin UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS Dillon Chamblee Lynzi Furman Matthew Gonzales Lance Luera Faustino Rosas Danielle Trevino ST. EDWARD’S UNIVERSITY Jacob Sanchez EVEREST INSTITUTE Darion Lopez

ART INSTITUTE Fidel Mata

Levelland SOUTH PLAINS COLLEGE Anthony Chavarria

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