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March 2011

Manzano High School

Volume LI Issue IV

Sweet Job

MHS students take 4th at competition Sean Cairns 2012

Ready your stations, review your mice in place, and get ready to cook! Manzano s Carmen Kurtz and Asia Martinez recently secured fourth place in the 2011 APS Second Annual Gourmet Plated Dessert Competition. The competition is designed to test the ability of students in food services programs to make desserts that are considered gourmet. “We were judged off technique, skill, professionalism, and difficulty,” said Kurtz. Martinez would add that they are also judged on tempering. Tempering is the ability to keep certain ingredients at the ideal temperature for work-ability and food safety. “All our stuff was at the correct temperature,” said Kurtz. Kurtz and Martinez prepared a panna cotta for the judges. Panna cotta is a cross between a custard and a pudding; it tastes like a pudding but has a thicker consistency. They served their panna cotta with a berry coulis and fresh berries. Coulis is a cooked fruit sauce, usually made from the juice of fruits such as berries. Sandia, which took first, entered a gondola made of de-constructed tiramisu, an Italian dessert made of espresso soaked lady fingers, sweet marscapone cream, and cocoa powder. Both Martinez and Kurtz agreed that the competition took a lot of preparation. Contestants had to make sure that all ingredients were at the correct temperature for transport and stored properly, if participants failed to do this their ingredients would be discarded. Even though they did not take a place in the top three, the food services program is not deterred. “We may never get first place, but we’re doing it,” said Heather Gillespie, MHS food services teacher. Gillespie said that the venture was a success and will prepare the students for future careers, food service related or otherwise. The future preparation starts with the harsh scrutiny that the contestants are subject to at the competition. Contestants are also judged on safety and sanitation, execution of techniques, and the presentation and taste of the finished product. Contestants must also follow a very tight time schedule that requires them to make effective use of all their time. It a team is late for registration, or run over time, they either have points deducted or are disqualified. The winning team members each receive a $500 scholarship, a medal, and a trophy for the school. The scholarship will go to whatever college the contestant plans to attend, it is however urged that, that contestant pursue a career in the food service industry and attend a culinary college. “They do encourage students to go into a culinary program,” said Gillespie. The contest took place at Builder’s Source on Menaul, on February 12. Dan Maestas was the main proprietor of the competition. In the wake of this victory the food services program is preparing for the Pro-Start

See Competition on page 3 to see how it went

Mr. Hansen taking a break from his hard working days here a MHS. Photo courtesy of Katelyn Swain

Rod Hansen Wins Counsler Of The Year Monica Martinez 2011

Senior year is the most important and essential to their future life. From graduating to choosing a college, senior year can be the most stressful. Not for Manzano seniors though, thanks to the counselor of the year, Rod Hansen. Hansen has been chosen as the 2010/2011 High School Counselor of the Year. Hansen is the college and career counselor for juniors and seniors this year at MHS. He also works part-time at Albuquerque eCademy. In early February, about one hundred counselors from APS were invited to a breakfast. When all of the counselors were seated and talking, the District Counseling Department announced elementary, middle school, and high school counselors of the year. The APS High School

winner happened to be Hansen, who was in complete “shock”. “I never expected to receive the award. It was a surprise to me,” said Hansen. “I really felt like it was more of a group award because all of the teachers, administrators, and the rest of the staff really understand how important my job is. Hansen displayed a tremendous amount of humbleness upon winning the award and was quick to share the award with his peers. “Without everyone here, it would not be as easy to do my job.” Hansen, being an accommodating person, does everything to ensure the education of his students. A counselor is vital in a student’s life. Some students don’t have very many people around or to talk to and having a counselor to talk to in private can relieve a lot of

stress. “Helping kids be successful appeals to me,” said Hansen. When students know they have a safe environment to take their minds off of personal issues and can help them to focus more on their education. On average, Hansen sees about 12 to 15 students a day. Around 40 to 50 students visit when it comes to registration for schools or exams. Having a school counselor on campus also helps teachers a lot. Without the counselor, teachers would be forced to focus on each student’s personal issues. “Mr. Hansen is the most helpful counselor I have had,” said Yvette Trujillo, MHS senior. The advantage in having a college career counselor on site is they are able to assist students with college,

financial aid, job skills, and entrance exams. Hansen also deals with other schools when it comes to summer school, night school, or important exams. “I saw Mr. Hansen at night school registration and he helped me when I found out that night school didn’t have the class I needed. Hansen found me a class that will still give me the credit I need,” said Indica Nieto, MHS senior. All year long, Hansen has entered junior and senior classes to inform students on the current and future opportunities. Hansen shows his concern about how aware students are when it comes to applying for college. “This year, my job is to help students get ready for college and to help them with job

Seen Hansen on page 4 for more!

What is MHS doing to What’s going on with the Say what?? Read the prepare for the SBA? See Metro Art Show on page opinions of students on page 3 4! pages 6 and 7!




March 2011


“Social Network” Lacks Social Skills Billy Huntsman 2012

So I recently watched “The Social Network”, based on the sole fact that it has turned out to be one of the bigger hits of 2010-winning top awards at the Golden Globes and being nominated for top awards at both the BAFTA’s and the Oscars. Being the conscious film critic that I am, I thought I might as well see what all the fuss is about. Now in case you don’t know, the film follows the conception, creation, and development of the social networking site Facebook. From a small-time Harvard-exclusive website to the multibillion-dollar corporation we know today, with more than 500 million members. It stars Jesse Eisenberg (“Zombieland”) as Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and co-CEO of Facebook, with Andrew Garfield (“Never Let Me Go”) portraying Eduardo Saverin, co-CEO, along with Justin Timberlake (one time lead singer for the band ’N Sync, and solo artist of such songs as “Sexyback”) as Sean Parker, a cutthroat businessman and founder of Napster. Together, these three spearheaded the development and worldwide spread of Facebook, and the film goes at length to reenact the controversies and betrayals that came along with that endeavor. However, were one so inclined, one could easily find that the real-life Zuckerberg has called the film inaccurate in the portrayal of events, and also, while the film is “interesting,” it tends to over-exaggerate certain events which, in real-life, didn’t matter that much. I think even going as far as to call the film interesting is a stretch. And perhaps the reason why the film had to exaggerate certain events is that the real story of the establishment of Facebook is even more dull. Quite frankly, I don’t see what the big deal is about this movie; for two hours, I allowed my eyes to be subjugated to Hollywood stool-sample, and at the end I found myself completely unaffected. Now I don’t know about you, but the reason I watch movies is to be entranced by the story, the acting, to have an escape for a little while from the real world, to be transported to another realm of life where things aren’t as harsh as they usually are, to be distracted from my own mind, something—my God, anything!—but that didn’t happen to me watching “Social Network”. I was very much aware that I was sitting in my den watching this film about the making of Facebook, and I was very much aware that this was a terrible film. Now, don’t get me wrong; the performances are decent. Not by Eisenberg, how he’s been nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars is beyond my imagination, as all I can see when I look at him is him running through a parking lot, numbering through the rules for surviving a zombie-infested apocalyptic wasteland—but by Garfield and, surprisingly, by Timberlake, made the film at least not as painful as watching “Twilight.” From these two, there comes across genuine emotion, whether it be the sting of betrayal or the wit and wisdom of a silvertongued devil, the two of them carry the film, I think. But the film isn’t that much to carry; it’s basically a glorified documentary, but they’re passing it off as a feature film. Which I don’t understand; if there’s no moral issue, no ultimate villain, no ultimate hero, no witty sidekick standing on the sidelines ready with comedic relief, no symbolism, no ambiguity, no enticing storyline, or any storyline at that—other than watching a little troll incapable of any other facial expression, save a sour snarl, enter codes on how to post a bulletin to tell your friends on Facebook what your relationship status is—then it doesn’t deserve to be labeled a movie. Were it called a documentary, it would be one of the better documentaries I have ever seen, and I surely would have been more delicate with this review on it. However, since the production team and seemingly the film-world desires to call it a film, I have to say it was absolutely terrible and a waste of time.

Mr. Sushi is Mr. Right Cloie Logan 2013

For Winter Ball, a few friends and I chose this lovely little sushi restaurant off of Juan Tabo and Menaul. The prices are decent, the décor and atmosphere are satisfactory, so we thought why not? This restaurant is a casual sushi joint with a bar and tables. There is a full menu with entrèes and dessert choices, as well as a kid’s menu and appetizers. If you are just going for sushi, there is a paper menu to mark which rolls you would like. The sushi menu is quite extensive for a venue like this, and provides many choices from classic rolls to exotic specials to regional favorites. Also included on the sushi menu is a choice of salads and appetizers, of which there are many. Our food choices included the tuna roll, the tempura (fried) California roll, the spicy tuna roll, the Unagi (Freshwater Eel) roll, and the seaweed salad. The meal came with a vegetarian miso soup which was a great VISIT US AT: FACEBOOK.COM/MYKEVAJUICE Bring this in for your

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Get Amped David Jio 2013

If the local Albuquerque music scene is like the human body, bands constantly being created and destroyed, each meticulously traveling in and out of the tight-knit inner workings and helping each other survive, then Amped Performance Center is the heart that allows it to function. In the midst of a fast changing music community in which starting a band and playing your music live can be bank-breaking and difficult, Amped provides a free, friendly, and hospitable place for any performer of any genre to present his or her music. Amped opened almost three years ago as a venue in which the only focus is the music, foregoing the arguably more lucrative bar club venue style. “It’s an alcohol and smoke free environment whose only goal is to provide a setting for great original music to be heard,” said Dawn Malone, co-founder of Amped Part of the appeal of Amped is to provide an easily accessible all-ages venue, something Albuquerque is in short supply of. Malone says that it provides a unique “appeal to high schoolers. They can hear local and touring bands – that usually can only be heard at over 21 clubs. I think that is what Amped does best. We take great pride in the service we provide (setting a stage for musicians). We treat our performers like professionals and this is our only goal: let all ages hear great music.” Much of the criticism from local musicians about some Albuquerque venues is that the focus is placed more on the business and making money than great music. Amped is one of the only venues in town that a musician can book a date at for free, and one that takes one of the lowest cuts out of the night’s earnings. The venue only takes the first hundred dollars (at the average show, the pay from 20 people) for utility payment and other fees required to keep the venue running, then splits the remaining amount made between the bands. “The future of Amped is to keep on doing what we do best. No side businesses, just giving musicians a place to play their music” said Malone. One of the reasons Amped is able stay open and running is that the owners, Malone and Robert Montoya, have jobs outside of the venue and do not soley rely on it to make a living. The venue is sustained by the continuous support of the local musicians, especially in the wake of the recent economy crisis. “Local musicians – and our core of Amped – are what keep us in business. We had a drastic financial turn of events in December. Our musicians and promoters have come out in full support of what we do” explained Malone. Another reason that so much focus is put on the music is that the two owners both have backgrounds in music and know the hardships of being a musician. “Bobby and I are both music lovers. He is a great guitarist while I majored in vocal performance. We wanted to open a place where our words could take action. This is Bobby’s dream,” said Malone. Amped Performance Center continues to provide a great place for musicians to present their music, and future events and shows can be found on the venue’s MySpace and Facebook pages.

appetizer. Miso soup is a vegetable broth with tofu, green onions, and spices. The broth was flavorful and the tofu was firm. One seaweed salad was big enough for two to share, and provided an interesting experiment, seeing as it didn’t look as appetizing as it tasted. Seaweed salad includes seaweed in an oily dressing, a good choice for adventurous eaters. As for the sushi, most of it was quite delicious. The tempura was crispy and light, cooked perfectly over the fresh California roll, and was the first one gone. The tunas were suitable, although the spicy tuna had a bit too much Tabasco on it, and tasted like a mix of cultures in your mouth. I’ve had better Unagi, but the one served at Mr. Sushi wasn’t terrible. The texture was less than desirable, which made it only okay. In my experience, Unagi is one of those like-it-or-hate-it deals, anyway. All of the vegetables and fish tasted fresh, and nobody got food poisoning, so all in all, a good experience. The service wasn’t terribly great; the waiter was kind but slightly distant and didn’t come to check in or fill drinks often. This did not greatly impact the dining experience, except at the end, as we had to wait a while for the check. Décor was not over-the-top, but still gave the restaurant a nice, cozy ambience. Many of the tables were slightly secluded and offered more conversational privacy. Some traditional paintings line the walls, and the lighting is the perfect level of dimness, reflecting the warmth of the earthy colors in the decorations. In total, the four of us got four rolls of sushi which included soup, two seaweed salads, and four drinks and only cost around ten dollars a person. Prices are reasonable for such a filling dinner. Mr. Sushi is family-friendly, a great date or meal spot for lunch or dinner. Even though the service was under par, the food was magnificent, which made up for that. I’d recommend this place for any sushi-loving or adventurous Albuquerque Photo courtesy of David Jio residents.

School News

MHS Preps For SBA Steven Eckardt 2011 & Tyler Gallegos 2012

The SBA is right around the corner and juniors are working hard trying to get those grades up, but how are juniors preparing for the SBA? SBA, or the Standard Based Assessment, is what juniors and underclassmen now have to pass in order to get their high school diploma. The junior class of 2012 will be the first class to take the SBA to achieve their diploma. With grades and class work on the line, the juniors have to step it up to pass this test. If any of the juniors do not pass the test, they will receive, instead of a diploma at graduation, a certificate of completion. The test is over the five main core subjects: science, math, reading, writing, and social studies. Manzano juniors have to take these five parts of the exam over a three-day period in April, where the test would be split up during the time period. During the three days, the juniors will be ruling the campus on their own. While they are taking their exams, the rest of





the student body will be at home due to Parent Conferences.Or at least they were, until the district decided to use those as make up days for the snow days the school lost in February. “I’m nervous about the SBA, but it’s just because our high school diploma is on the line. On the other hand, I’m confident that I will pass it because I heard that it is mainly review materials. Also, there are opportunities to retake the test if needed.” explained MHS, Junior Nam Vo. Test retakes? Yes, there are SBA test retakes. As there have been snow days, the makeup days are still up in the air right now. But there will be test retakes for students who missed one or more of the three-day period. If the juniors do not pass the exam, they will have the chance to take the test again three times before they graduate. Once this spring in April , and they will have two more chances their senior year. If they still do not pass by the time

they graduate, they can still retake the SBA within the five years of graduation to receive their diploma. “To prepare for the SBA I been focusing on my main courses and practice test,” says MHS junior Tay Maharath Practice tests can help with test taking skills, and many juniors are nervous about how the test will go, whether or not they will get their diplomas. While some students have argued that the requirement for graduation is unfair, others will be taking the SBA head on. “I’m confident enough that my teachers have prepared me enough to be ready for it, and if there is something on there that they haven’t gone over thoroughly, I’m sure I’ll be able to figure it out,” said MHS junior Migel Romero Students have been working hard and showing their work in class to be effective and efficient by using the class time of their main courses to study for

the SBA in April. “Just being in class and doing the work it’s just like studying for it and that idea makes it a little less scary,” explains MHS junior Kaylee Cunningham. This year has had step ups in education for students. This change is making students study harder and encouraging them to try to do the best, so that they can learn as much as there is, and take the test by the horns. Through all the work so far, and through future work for the junior class, they are setting examples for juniors yet to come. So when the next year’s juniors have to take the SBA, they will be ready. The SBA testing will begin Tuesday April 5, 2011 at 7:30 am, and the final day of the exam will be on Thursday April 7, 2011 ending at 2:25 pm.

Teen Moms: MHS students face lifechanging challenges Competition Meagan Fluellen 2011 and Mariah Griego 2011 At Manzano High School we all are familiar with the popular MTV show “Teen Mom”, but are students familiar with Manzano’s very own teen moms? And are we aware of the realities of being a full time mom/ student? Teen mom Flor Garcia, and soon to be teen moms Holly Salazar and Sabrina Branch are going to experience what it’s like having a baby at a young age. 17-year-old majestix dancer Holly Salazar is due October 6th and is feeling excited and nervous. “I was excited, nervous, and sad because I wanted to move out of state, but I knew right away I wanted to keep it,” expressed Salazar. Salazar plans on supporting her baby by working at Sonic four days out of the week, and attending cosmetology school. “I’m going to cosmetology school until I have the baby, then finish after I have him or her, and eventually open up my own salon.” explained Salazar. The hardest part for Salazar is going to be getting used to her new lifestyle. Flor Garcia, 18-year-old MHS student, knows this is a difficult time but has made the best of it and doesn’t regret having her newborn son. “It’s hard but every time you see your baby smile it motivates you to keep on trying and work hard for your baby,” expressed Garcia. The best part for Garcia is seeing her son smile when she talks to him. The hardest part is being on a difficult routine and not having much experience. Garcia plans on going to college and supporting her family. Every year around 750,000 teenagers get pregnant. More then two thirds of those teenagers will not graduate from high school. Working With Children has a unit that shows what it’s really like to have a child by sending the students home with fake babies. “I do it so the kids realize how hard it is to be a parent and how it is being a single parent,” explained Fran Martinez, MHS Working With Children teacher. “It’s kind of hard maintaining school since I’m a senior, but then again I don’t have that many classes so its not that much work,” explained Garcia. For these moms and soon to be moms its not going to be easy juggling work, school,

and now a baby but it’s a challenge they have to face. One good thing they’ll always have is the support of their families. “Me having a sister who is a teen mom, I really cant judge the other girls. I think to myself a lot of them had something going for themselves so now they just have more of an incentive to finish school not only for them but their kid now,” said MHS senior Danyel Munoz. Sabrina Branch is a 16-year-old mom to be and is due June 6th. “My first thought was I cant’ believe this is happening to me, what am I going to do, how am I going to tell my parents, and is the babys’ dad going to be there for me? “ expressed Branch. For Branch she understands that taking care of a baby isn’t going to be easy. “I want to make sure I take good care of her and that she has everything she needs,” explained Branch. Becoming a mom for Branch is going to feel hard, overwhelming, great, exciting, and every other emotion out there. “I know I’m going to need help and my social life is going to change completely. It’s not going to be about me anymore, the baby comes first and my freedom is gone, and my relationship with the “boyfriend” will change,” said Branch. Branchs’ plan is once the baby comes she needs to focus more on school. She knows the baby is the first priority and the second is education. “I know that if I don’t get my education it will be more difficult for the baby and me.” Statistics show that 34% of girls become pregnant before they turn 20. Teen pregancy is a controversial issue that many adults and teachers approach delicately. “I believe that parenting presents joys and challenges to mothers and fathers of any age. I always encourage teen parents to continue their education so they have the necessary skills and resources for themselves and their children,” said Nanci Cairns, MHS teacher.

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competition that takes place Wednesday, March 30. The Pro-Start is the same basic concept, except contestants are given one hour to complete three different courses and are given a bare bones kitchen; no running water or electric appliances, and only two butane burners. The setting is supposed to simulate the stress of a being in a real kitchen. The same schools generally compete in each competition, and all except Manzano, have large amounts of support. “I wish that our school was more involved,” said Gillespie, who said no Manzano spectators were in attendance at the dessert competition or the Pro-Start competition. Students who are interested in the program should go and give their fellow Monarchs support at the upcoming Pro-Start competition. If students are interested in competing in subsequent competitions, they should contact Gillespie in the K-Hall kitchens.

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March 2011

School News

MHS Students Dominate the Metro Show Katleyn Swain 2012

It’s no secret that MHS has talent. Although when one thinks of talent in high school, athletic talent, academic talent, and of course the infamous “pick-up artist” talent are probably what comes to mind. Along with the athletic and academic talents, students from MHS are also rich in creativity and artistic talent. Many students from the MHS fine arts and visual classes have had some of their artwork submitted to hopefully appear in the city’s Metro Youth Art Exhibit. In the art show is beautiful artwork made by high school students. Among the fifteen categories are ceramics, digital photography, fine crafts, jewelry, and watercolor. The artwork will be featured at the Fine Arts Gallery at Expo New Mexico, aka the NM State Fairgrounds. They will be on display on Tuesdays through Fridays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The work will be available for viewing until the closing date, Sunday, April 3. The opening awards ceremony will take place Friday March 4, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. where a few lucky local high school students will be awarded with prizes for their awe-inspiring art. Perry Heimer, MHS

photography teacher said, “I have 32 students with work being submitted from my classes.” From these 32 students, Heimer has submitted a total of 147 pieces from his classes so far. Although not every student will get their 15 minutes of fame this year, a total of 85 Monarchs and 190 pieces of art are making a début in the show. Four students placed first (Aimee Aydlett, Kim Huynh, Selina Bauernfeind, and Andrew Coleman.) This art show is a great opportunity to show ones Monarch Pride by supporting the artists from MHS as well as a great opportunity to get to see stunning and original artwork from fellow high school students from around Albuquerque.

Photo courtesy of Katelyn Swain

MHS Alumni Come Back Home Sean Cairns 2012

Manzano High School has had a long history of turning out students who are ready for the worlds of college and beyond. It‘s no surprise that in that history some of these alumni have gone on to become teachers themselves. What may surprise some Monarchs is just how many of them are now teaching at MHS. In almost every department students can find a teachers who were students themselves at the very school where they now teach. “It makes them more connected,” said Helen Cortez, Manzano Activities Director. Cortez, an Artesia alumni, has been at Manzano long enough to see some of her former students become teachers there. Andy Cook for example, graduated in the class of 1999, and later became a Spanish teacher at Manzano. Cook admits that he enjoys teaching at Manzano more than being a student there. Cook also said that Spanish was probably his best subject at Manzano, which was what ultimately lead him to teach Spanish. Most alumni teachers ended up teaching what subject they enjoyed most in high school. The total list of alumni is: Marianne Evans, Gary Segura, Wes Mead, Camille Gonzales, Victoria Fox, Andy Cook, Jim Briggs, Kristen Montes, Brad Dubbs, Francesca Martinez, Melissa MartinezElliot, Annette Underhill, Jeremy Vehar, Tony Carillo, Nanci Cairns, Brett Rimer, Barbara Bachechi, and Rhonda McDaniels. Alumni at Manzano go all the way back to the 1970’s when Cairns, Evans, Carillo, and Bachechi graduated. Carillo, now an administrator, offered some insight into what school was like at the time he was in high school. Carillo explains how students

today do more hanging out. “Kids were either involved in school or work,” said Carillo. He would go on to say that during the seventies, there were more clubs and much more team support for the school than there are today. Cairns, on the other hand, reveals that her view of the school, at least from an academic standpoint, has not changed much since she was a student there herself. “My view of school hasn t changed as getting an education was always important to my family. While I attended MHS, I had great teachers and there were wonderful students; those facts remain the same today,” said Cairns, Manzano alum and English teacher. More alumni came during the eighties, nineties and early two-thousands. The eighties saw alumni like McDaniels and Montes. McDaniels remembers how the students were a little different than they are now. She said that there will always be students who do not care, but she said they still did their work back then, as opposed to now when they will not even turn in assignments. The nineties brought alumni that are more familiar to students at Manzano; Rimer, Dubbs and Cook all graduated in the nineties. Dubbs and Rimer both offer insight into how the students have changed over the years. “I see “student life” in a complete different light. Students are students but it seems that there are more activities they are involved in and have more responsibilities,” said Dubbs. “It seemed that back then

the students didn’t get along as well as they do now. I’m very proud of our students and how well they all interact and honor diversity,” said Rimer. The newest alumni from the early two-thousands is Melissa Martinez-Elliot, who graduated in 2002. As a more contemporary example of a Manzano alumni, Elliot explains her view of school at the time. “School was always important to me and I knew it was always going to be necessary to have a strong foundation to fall back on,” explained Elliot. The influx of Manzano alumni now teaching at the school provides students with a unique opportunity; advice from people who know their situations on a level that is deeper than what most teachers could provide. Since so many teachers were once Monarchs themselves, they know about the community adjoining Manzano and the challenges that current Monarchs face. Current Monarchs have four generations worth of wisdom on their side, as every alumni teacher is willing to give advice to students. “Take academics more seriously than you think you should and take social aspects and yourself less seriously,” stated Rimer. “Take education seriously, a freedom and a privilege that is not given to everyone around the world. Accept help from the teachers, enjoy your time in high school, join many activities, have fun but don’t take it for granted, have fun and don’t get into trouble,” said Bachechi. Even though the alumni now teactursutru hing at Manzano span four decades, they can all agree that one thing has changed at

Chalk Walk Helps Future Educators Ashley Day 2011

An education is undeniably one of the most important things Americans need and Future Educators Association (FEA) is a group that is working to provide the educators in education. FEA is an organization that supports students who want to go into education careers such as teaching, and this is the first year that Manzano has a an FEA chapter. “I joined FEA because I wanted to become more involved in education,” stated Ashley Varela, MHS senior. FEA partners up with elementary schools to help with after school clubs and tutoring. They also try to recognize Manzano’s teachers. FEA has done many fundraisers, such as selling jingle bells and collecting box tops for elementary schools. The Jingle Bell Fundraiser sold jingle bells to students to represent their favorite teacher. The bells were then given to each teacher as a necklace to wear on finals week. “My favorite activities that I do with FEA are being able to do volunteer work at elementary schools and the fundraising,” said Varela. Now, FEA is embarking on another fundraiser to help give scholarships to three different students who want to pursue a career in education. In order to provide these scholarships, FEA is hosting its second annual Chalk Walk. A Chalk Walk is a walk-a-thon that is held in different communities all around the world. Anyone can participate, and those who walk can celebrate a past or present teacher. Participants can do this by writing the teacher’s name on the back of a provided shirt. The Chalk Walk will be a 5k walk and will be held on April 2, 2011 at Balloon Fiesta Park. It will start at 2:00 p.m. and end at 5:00p.m. Registration will be held after spring break. To register, get an application from any FEA member, or see Francesca Martinez or Camille Gonzalez, both MHS teachers and coadvisors of FEA. There will be a $15 fee that will pay for registration and a t-shirt. The participant can write the teacher’s name they want to represent on the back of the shirt. “We are hoping to get a lot of support from students and staff from Manzano,” stated Martinez. Anyone can apply for the walk or the scholarship. However, more information about applying for the scholarship will be announced on a later date. FEA is still accepting members. If you are interested in joining, they meet on the second and fourth Thursday of each month in room K 214. For more information about FEA talk to Gonzales in room K 214 or Martinez in room N 24.

Manzano; the campus. According to most alumni teachers the campus is very different than it was when they were there, and now provides a better environment for students to learn. There are more changes planned for the campus in the future, so it is unknown what new opportunities future alumni teachers will face.

Mrs. Gonzales, a former MHS student with her throwback letterman. Photo courtesy of Katelyn Swain


Continued from page 1 searching,” said Hansen. Counseling is not the only thing Hansen has done. He has been a teacher, coach, an administrator, a waiter, worked at a couple of ski shops, and his current job as a counselor. “I have been an educator for 23 years and a counselor for 12,” said Hansen. This being Hansen’s third year as a counselor at MHS, he had nothing but kind word to say about Manzano. “Being a counselor is my favorite job and I have had the best experience in the past three years here at Manzano,” said Hansen.



3-Peat for the Monarchs Danny Baker 2011

The Manzano Monarchs defeated the Eldorado Eagles in the District 2-5A championship game to win their 3rd straight boys basketball district title “We’ve 3-peated and been in the championship game the last 8 years,” said Travis Julian, the MHS basketball coach, who has won the district championship in 3 of his 4 years as head coach. In the first half the Monarchs were struggling to score and only able to score 18 points. “We weren’t ourselves in the first half,” explained Julian, “We were taking difficult shots.” Michael Holyfield helped the team in the first and kept them in the game. Julian said that when Holyfield is on the court he makes the team better defensively. Coming out of the first half the team rallied from 25 to 18 deficit. The team knew they had to come out and have a better second half. “We needed to come out and have a strong third quarter,” said Erik Bouma, an MHS senior and basketball player. Bouma led the way in the third along with Quavshaun “Q” Branch. Branch and Holyfield had 14 points each and Bouma had 13 points. “I thought Q and Erik were huge in the third quarter,” explained Julian. Holyfield was also still putting up points, and had a thunderous dunk that made the crowd jump. The Eagles coach wanted him taken out of the game for hanging on the rim. While Manzano was making a

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comeback Eldorado’s Cullen Neal was trying to stop them. Neal led all players in points with 17. “Cullen’s a really good player” said Julian. Despite trailing, the Monarchs were confident in their chances of winning. “I knew we were going to come back because the first half wasn’t us,” explained Holyfield. At the beginning of the fourth the Eagles still had a 34-33 lead over the Monarchs. The game was tied 46 to 46 with only one minute thirty seven seconds left in the game. “I was nervous when it was tied.,” explained “bam bam” Bouma.. Branch made two free throws to put the Monarchs up with little time left and Manzano never trailed again The Eagles tried to tie the game within the last ten seconds but couldn’t and missed the fullcourt shot. When the final buzzer rang the whole team jumped up and started yelling. “It feels good, now it’s time to go get state,” said Holyfield after winning the championship. Everyone was involved in the game, with the crowd roaring for the team and keeping them in the game. “I would like to thank the Manzano community. We had a really good home crowd,” explained Julian. Below is the varsity basketball senior boys holding their 3rd District title! Photo courtesy of Feliz Munoz



Coach Sparago Gets Inducted Into the Hall of Fame Cheyanne Herrera 2012

Practice makes perfect right? It’s as simple as that. If you don’t practice, you don’t get better, but there is also something you desperately need when you want to improve. You need a good coach. For 32 years of teaching and coaching, our very own Dan Sparago has inducted and voted into the NM Wrestling Hall of Fame. “I think it is well deserved, he has worked hard and he has earned it,” said Aundre Huynh, a junior who placed 4th in the NMAA State Wrestling Tournament and 6th the prior year. In his high school years Sparago was a 2X State Champion and a National Champion. He was also a very successful collegiate wrestler at Lehigh University and earned an All American honorable mention. “My job is to help these young men grow into productive and successful citizens, and I enjoy watching the wrestlers improve their wrestling, and their academics during the course of their season, and their career,” said Sparago. “He has taught me the right techniques, he makes my life easier, and if it wasn’t for him, I probably wouldn’t have made it to the state finals,” explained John Marquez, a junior who was state runner up this past year, and 6th the prior year. Sparago has represented the USA in various events by wrestling for the USA Freestyle National Team and also coaching 9 years as an assistant coach for the Junior National Team, head coach of the Junior National Team, and a state chairman freestyle coach for the National

Team. Sparago moved here from New Jersey to serve under Ron Jacobson as athe UNM Assistant coach. Before coming to Manzano, he was also an assistant coach at Cibola HS, and Asst. Coach at Del Norte HS eventually becoming a head coach for 9 years. “Coaching, I believe, is an honor, privilege, and a very large responsibility,” explained

Photo courtesy of Mr. Sparago Sparago, “It is one of, and the most, rewarding thing I have ever done”. He has coached over 1,100 young men in all his years of coaching and in New Mexico he has coached a total of 19 State Champs, 17 Runner-ups, and 66 place winners. “I enjoy watching the wrestlers improve their wrestling, and their academics during the course of their season, and their career,” said Sparago.

NFL Strikes Out?

Danny Baker 2011

To most high school students the start of a new school year is marked with the start of a new NFL season. Next year there may not be an NFL season because the NFL and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) have not come to an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The last CBA ended March 3 and the NFL and the NFLPA cannot come to terms on a new one. “I’m not scared, I think there’s going to be a season next year,” said Akash Patel, an MHS senior. The NFL is represented by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the owners of 31 teams. The Greenbay Packers are not privately owned by anyone, since 1923 the Packers have been the only publicly owned sports team in the nation. The NFLPA is represented by a collection of current and former players. The NFL decided not to renew the last CBA, which made the 20102011 season not have a salary cap. Without a salary cap teams can spend as much money as they want to on players. Without a cap popular teams like the Dallas Cowboys can basically buy star players while a team like the Jacksonville Jaguars can’t: the Cowboys are worth 1.8 billion dollars compared the Jaguars 725 million. The NFL didn’t renew the CBA because they feel that too much

money is going to the players, they just made a season where a players salary is limitless. The St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford signed a six year 86 million dollar contract with $50 million guaranteed, that’s more than other proven players make. The NFLPA wants a higher minimum pay for veterans and more help for retired players who were injured or affected by their football careers. Both sides have good arguments but they can’t come to a compromise. Every time it seems like things are getting better they go worse. “I understand both sides,” said Nick Padilla, an MHS senior. A lockout seems crazy to most people but it has happened before. In 1987 there was a lockout that lasted a month. A month is four games out of the regular season and could change everything and shorten an already short NFL season. The NFL has the shortest season out of any professional sport. “If there was no season I would be devastated because its become a way of American life,” explained Tony Luna, an MHS senior. Without any football Sundays will be boring because there is no programming that can replace football. A deal could be made because of all the money both sides would lose because of the lockout.




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Fruit Stand Man Stands for More Than Fruit Christine Romero 2011

The people of Tunisia took a courageous stance against their government. It all started with one man who decided to suppress governmental fallacies. Tunisia, a small country in northern Africa, dealt with corruption and extortion for a number of years. In December of last year, they chose to revolt and stand for justice. On December 17, 26 year old Mohammed Bouazazi was selling fruit at a fruit stand as he did everyday. He was hurting no one, minding his business, and trying to make a living to support his family. A spontaneous act by Bouzazi drastically altered the lives of the Tunisian people. Government officials are rapidly

spiraling into a cavity of corruption throughout the Middle East, pulling Tunisia into it’s grasp. A woman Municipal Official confiscated Bouazizi’s scale demanding $100 to get it back. Bouazizi yelled in anger demanding she give it back. She slapped him and he fled to the government office. Bouazizi stood outside pleading for his scale back, but they refused to listen to him. He ran to the gas station, bought gasoline, and returned to the offices. He stood in the middle of the street and yelled “How do you expect me to make a living?” He then proceeded to pour gas upon himself, then he lit his body on fire. Fellow vendors and Tunisians congregated to the offices and

followed in protest. The Tunisian’s protested on behalf of unemployment, corruption, lack of freedom of speech, food inflation, poor living conditions, and other political freedoms. Each of these reasons being highly consequential and legitimate motives for revolting. Hedonistic President Ben Ali had been reigning for 23 years. Being in power this long easily converges with acts of bilk and corruption. The Ali family is said to have taken billions of dollars from their country over the years, at times even kicking people out of homes they desired. The Tunisians act of abrogating their perfidious leader (who fled to Saudi Arabia) is the first and most substantial

Air-Heads Get Air-Time Oh yeah! Erika Sanchez 2011 Who cares? I’m sure everyone has seen or at least heard of Alysha Landavazo 2011

Both you and I know that you don’t have to shout to a person when you’re standing right next to them. I hate it when someone is talking so loudly to their friend that everyone around can hear their opinion or story. It’s obvious they are trying to make people listen to them. While on your way to class, the girl in front of you is blabbing her mouth, on and on about a party. First of all, I’m not trying to listen to her; she’s just being so loud. Second, no one cares! I’ve decided to start walking to class with my earphones in. I can’t stand it anymore. They probably don’t even know their doing it. All they’re thinking is, “LOOK AT ME!” And “Give me your attention.” Or “I am important.” I believe people try much too hard for the attention of others. Yelling to your friend about useless junk is totally unnecessary. I’m not listening.

Jersey Shore before. Most people never knew what a Guido/Guidette was before the MTV hit reality show, introduced everyone to GTL (Gym, Tanning, Laundry) and fist pumping. Eight strangers of party-hard American Italians, go down to the shore and become roommates. They all have different characteristics that adds spunk to the show, but one thing in common is they all love to party. One roommate in particular that sparked interest in the media, is Nicole. a.k.a “Snookie”. You either love her or hate her. I was always taught “hate” was a strong word and strongly disliked is better. But in my case, I hate her. Snookie gets so much air-time and attention because she does the lowest, obnoxious, and classless things. Sometimes I wonder wheather someone can really be that stupid, or if it’s all an act for television. Her famous poof is overrated, her voice is annoying, and F.Y.I Snookie, the orange tan only works for Pauly D. In season 3, I am convinced the “juiceheads” she hooks up with all do it for T.V. No one in their possible right minds, can like Snookie more than just a friend. For Season 4, the Jersey shore cast is filming in Italy. Hopefully the new housemate Deanna, will take over snooki/s spotlight.

step to aggrandizing their society. Revolutions can be a wonderful thingif it is necessary and if a well-revised plan for re-birth is in order. Some countries find themselves revolting without thinking of what to do if they succeed. It is mandatory the Tunisians form an incisive and honest government that will benefit the wellbeing of their People. If not, they may fall into a state worse than before. It is intuitive to want to be fairly treated. Year after year of corruption takes an extreme toll on the people who are surrounded by it. It is up to each individual, or even just one, such like Bouazizi who are being unjustly treated to fight for dignity and liberation; to revolutionize.

Teacher Appreciation Amanada Sims 2012

A lot of people have a very low appreciation for teachers in America because “all they do is baby-sit their students.” A student can be hardworking and ambitious, but without a teacher to give them direction and assistance, that student isn’t going to get very far. Conversely, a lazy student with very low motivation needs a teacher to jump-start their want to learn by capturing their attention each class period. The only thing that remains the same in these two scenarios is the teacher. A teacher’s job is to help students, of all kind, learn and grow as people. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize how big of an impact a teacher can have on a student, troubled or already self-motivated. Parents complain that their kids don’t learn anything in school and that it’s the teacher’s fault. Perhaps this is the case. Or perhaps it is because that child refuses to accept help or get motivated even if the teacher is trying his or her best to help that student. A study was done to show how much work teachers really do by theoretically cutting all teacher’s paychecks to minimum wage for each hour of work they do for their school and students. The total added up to an average $200,000 each year, for each teacher. to emphasize the study’s point, they cut back teacher’s wages to a dollar for each hour they spend grading, doing lesson plans, tutoring students after school, and actually teaching. The total still amounted to more than $100,000. An average teacher makes anywhere from $30,000 a year to $50,000 a year in real life. A bad teacher can scar you. A good teacher can leave an impression the size of a small dent. A truly exceptional teacher, who know his or her subject inside and out and knows how to get the best work from his or her students, can leave an impression so deep that it changes your life forever.

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Editorials That Song Again!? Meralyn Werner 2011

I have two different, very strong opinions about the radio stations these days, one, in general the small range of music being played on the stations. The second opinion is more recent and obvious among people listening to the radio, with the switch of 97.7 to the channel 106.7. Not that I don’t love most of the “popular, mainstream” music that’s been playing on the radio on channels 97.7, 93.3, 97.3, and 100.3, because I wouldn’t listen to them if I didn’t want to, but aren’t the repetitive Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Enrique Iglesias, and Katy Perry getting a little redundant? All anyone has to do is go to (if you are in High School and haven’t heard of this brilliant, music-finding website, GO THERE NOW) and see that, for any song, there are hundreds of similar, “popular-sounding,” new songs out there, yet the radio stations only play a select few of the songs. I’m just asking for a little more variety and a little less overplaying of good songs, because the more people listen to songs, even if they like it the first time, the more annoyed they get. Maybe the record companies are paying the radio stations; I’m not sure (who is?) but even keeping the same songs and adding a few more old ones would be nice. The second point is more of a confused statement because to be honest, I’m not sure why 97.7 would change its radio station to 106.7. The new station seems to be of poorer sound quality; it’s static-y, much more quiet than the old station and for those that have experienced driving to the East Mountains, the 106.7 channel has awful reception in the canyon. Also, it seems odd as to why anyone would change stations, 97.7 will still be “O.M.G. Radio” to anyone that listened to it before this year, just as 100.3 will always be “The Peak.” Even though radio reflects pop-culture, it definitely wouldn’t hurt to add some more obscure songs, even if they’re by well known artists. I’m sure most teenagers know the words to Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok,” Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance,” Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie,” and Katy Perry’s “Firework,” but all those tracks came from albums! What else is on those tracks that we’re not hearing in our shower radio’s or while driving in our cars? I’d like to find out without looking them up on Youtube and stumbling upon them on Pandora.



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13th Amendment: It’s a Human Right


Karla Maldanado 2012

American citizens should be furious that their elected leaders want to change the 13th Amendment. The 13th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees citizenship to any person born on American soil, but, Senators of some states want to take a second look to this amendment and change it to where only kids born to American citizens can be given citizenship. This would mean that if a baby were born to illegal immigrants, he/ she would not be given American citizenship. If a baby is born into a family where one of the parents is a legal citizen, they will be given citizenship. This may seem somewhat simple but what happens when the baby’s parents are from different countries? For example, a baby is born into a family where the mom is from Mexico and the dad from Brazil. Does the baby, after being denied his citizenship, then receive Mexican citizenship or Brazilian citizenship? This then raises another question; What if Mexico and Brazil, going back to the example, don’t want to give citizenship to that baby since the kid was not born in either country? Would the baby then become countryless? Without a country to call their own? Along with this, I strongly believe that it is a human right to receive citizenship of the country you were born in, regardless of your parent’s background. No one should be denied citizenship of a country they were born into. By passing this through the Senate, anyone’s parents

who are illegal, his or her citizenship would be taken. So, if your grandparents were immigrants, your parent’s citizenship would be denied, therefore yours would be denied as well. These Senators argue that some immigrants come here seeking American citizenship and get all the benefits a citizen would receive from the government. This creates a stereotype that all immigrants from the world come here to reproduce like bunnies and corrupt the system, such as welfare, and take all the hard earned money of “original” citizens, and bring violence and drug into America. First of all, illegal immigrants do not receive immediate citizenship if they have a kid born here, for this, they must wait until the child is 21. Secondly, illegal immigrants cannot receive federal help, like food stamps and welfare, because they do not have social security numbers. Also, these kids are being raised here and are pledging allegiance to the American flag. They are helping United States, so why do Senators want to deny these kids the opportunity to make U.S even a better country? It is embarrassing that our Senators think they can deny a human right to people born into a family they did not pick. The country you are born in should be the country that proudly grants you their citizenship.


Ashley Day 2011

“Oh my gosh, did you hear what she wore to the dance yesterday, it was awful,” or “Ew, I can’t believe what he did yesterday, who does that?” We hear things like that every day, and many of us are guilty of saying those things ourselves. While gossiping can be good for the pipes, there is a time and place for it. The classroom is definitely not it. I have sat in a class where I can’t pay attention because someone is just sitting there talking about some random other person. It can be extremely distracting and, often times, extremely annoying. Gossiping should be done on one’s own time because when it’s done in class, people are not only wasting their time, but everyone around them including the teacher’s. I have been in situations where someone is gossiping about me, and I heard every word. What do you do in those situations? Tell them off? But if I did that I might look like even a bigger moron. It has to hurt other people the way it has hurt me, so why do so many girls insist on doing it? Many people don’t realize how many other people they are affecting when they gossip. A lot of them don’t notice that other people around them may be the person’s they are gossiping about best friend. Also, hearing slandering words about a friend or family member can be more upsetting than overhearing gossip about one’s self. I understand that sometimes it is really fun and entertaining to dish on somebody, but it hurts too many people to ever be worth it. Plus, it often adds more drama when a person finds out that someone else is gossiping about them. In result, people just need to stop gossiping, especially during class time. There are never any plus sides to gossiping, so we might as well just stop and mind our own business.

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Janeshia Adams

Richard Freeby

What attracted you to the sport? I’ve played since I was little. What motivates you before a game? Hanging out with the girls. How do you celebrate after doing well at a game? We always go out to eat.

Avery Gurule

Students and Staff

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Athletes Martina Standlee



Best part of working a MHS? The kids Hardest class you took in high school? Geometry. Favorite high school class? Latin. Dream Vacation? The Rivera. Best memory at MHS? Kids doing a play about a lizard stealing food.

What’s your motivation to do well in school? My future and wanting to be successful. What do you do in your free time? Shop! What’s your best calss? Psychology What’s your dream career? Child Psychologist.

Julie Huntsman

David Schodt What’s your motivation to do well in school? To do good things. What do you do in your free time? I run, bike, and play guitar. What’s your best class? Math. What’s your dream career? Physicist

What attracted you to the sport? Once I started taking lessons in 8th grade. What motivates you before a match? Listening to music. How do you celebrate after doing well at a game? I don’t think I do.

Best part of working a MHS? The kids and getting to know them. Hardest class you took in high school? Physics. Favorite high school class? Anatomy. Dream Vacation? To go to Africa Best memory at MHS? Every year watching the kids graduate.

Terran Farrow Favorite team: Chicago Bulls Why? “They have a good offense and they have the best point guard in the league (Derek Rose).”

Tiana Burgess Favorite team: Las Angeles Lakers Why? “Basically because of Kobe.”

Who’s Your Favorite NBA Team? Mike Nolan Ty Romero Favorite team: Boston Celtics Why? “I picked them when I was a little girl because they wear green.”

Favorite team: Miami Heat Why? “They have the ‘Big Three’ (James, Wade, Bosh) and Lebron James is about to lead them to Seven Champions in a row.”

Don’t Be Silly Ask Billy

How do you feel about “Gran Torino”? -Ashley Day

“I really enjoyed “Gran Torino”. To be honest, I’m not a huge Clint Eastwood fan, but the subject matter within the film is very interesting, ranging from racism and bigotry to gang violence and family issues. I especially like Eastwood as the old, cranky, Catholic curmudgeon. While the dialogue may, at times, seem cheesy and clichéd, it’s still funny, touching, and interesting. The story is simple, though effective and holding. The ending is also one of my favorite film endings. All-in-all, it’s a very well made movie, definitely worth the watch.” -Billy

Contact Information: Advisor: Matt Kraus Editor-In-Chief: Feliz Munoz Copy Editor: Sean Carins School News Editors: Alysha Landavazo & Ashley Day Sports Editor: Danny Baker Entertainment Editor: Billy Huntsman Photo Editor: Cheyanne Herrera & Katelyn Swain Editorial Editor: Tyler Gallegos Ad Editor: Yoselin Torres Phone: 559-5904 E-mail: manzanopawprint


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