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New high school excavation team levels foundation Photo credit, Vicci Harrington
On Saturday, March 1, workers running excavation equipment ranging from bulldozers to earthmoving graders scrape the grounds so they have a level foundation to build the new high school scheduled to be housing students in the 2016-17 school year.
Volume 14: Issue 5
M-CHS junior takes state championship
Tyler Dykes, Sports Reporter M-CHS junior, Seager Oliver brings home a wrestling state championship this year. The Colorado State Wrestling Tournament took place on Saturday, February 22 in Denver at the Pepsi Center. “State is where it’s all at. 16 of the toughest dudes in the state in my bracket ready to rip each others heads off”, said Seager. Although competition was rough, taking home the first place award took much prior dedication to practice, practice, practice. Seager has another year of high school to hold his title. His coaches will get to work with him for one last season before he is off to college. Seager’s college plans could have scholarship opportunities. Seagar’s state title came from his hard work and dedication, along with the support of his family and couches. At the end of the season Seager’s record was 40-2, which is one record for the books. Continued on page 7
Christian alliance emerges at M-CHS
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Zach Smith, Staff Reporter
Levi Downing, Staff Reporter A group of students started a bible study group within M-CHS known as the Christian Alliance. This nonprofit group meets every Tuesday at 8:30 A.M. Adrina Peterson brought this bible study group together, but it is now managed by Kenna Tarr, M-CHS Senior. Tarr thinks that the group is “positive and is composed of like-minded people.” Dustin DeKenna Tarr, M-CHS senior and boer, an M-CHS History teacher Christian Alliance Manager. agreed to let the students use his room as a meeting liance deplace. A typical spite all meeting for the of the ruChristian Alliance mors. The is started with Christian prayer and devoKenna Tarr Alliance tion. They then did not discuss the devohave a tion and talk about problem prayer. Meetings conclude with with the establishment clause of the prayer and doughnuts. The ChrisConstitution because it was created tian Alliance had nothing to do with and is run by students. the creation of the Gay Straight Al-
“[The group is] positive and is composed of likeminded people.”
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The Vans Warped Tour is coming up fast. Metal and rock fans are anticipating the arrival of Warped Tour. Approximately 61 popular bands are set to appear in the shows: bands such as Crown the Empire, Falling in Reverse, Mayday Parade, Of Mice & Men and many more. The tour stretches from two Canadian cities and through 28 states in the United States. The bands travel over a span of two months. The first show starts June 14, in Salt Lake City, UT
then ends on August 3, in Houston, TX. Fans cannot wait for their favorite bands to play at Warped Tour. M-CHS sophomore, Michelle Collins enjoys “meeting new people” and experiencing 14 hours of alternative metal bands. Each week prior to Warped Tour, Vans releases up to three bands to the Warped Tour ‘14 lineup. Get the lastest information at http://vanswarpedtour.com/
Religious beliefs in M-CHS I C U c r e a t e s t e n s i o n Vicci Harrington, Staff Reporter M-CHS is a school of many religions, and many beliefs. Everyone in high school has different ways of how they worship or don’t worship a higher power. Many of the students at M-CHS have the same religious beliefs as their parents because that is how they are being raised. On the other hand, there are M-CHS students who are uncomfortable spreading the gospel in a religion they don’t believe in and therefore don’t practice the same religion as their parents. Most of the schools in the United States don’t allow students to pray, bow down or any kind of praise to a higher power. An average of 26 percent of high school students at M-CHS are Cath-
olics, another 18 percent are Atheist, and 15 percent are Pentecostal. According to publicreligion.org, nine percent of high school students are Catholic and seven percent are Atheist. We at M-CHS are far above the national average. See the graph below for results from our student body. Parents will try to influence their children, but because of the great country we live in, M-CHS students and staff have the right to choose any religion they want to practice and to live their own life. God Bless America, written in 1918 by Irving Berlin is still sung to this day before sporting events across our nation.
E-cigs in vogue Vicci Harrington, Staff Reporter
A new electronic vapor device is becoming more popular in high schools. Without the smell of cigarette smoke, it is easy to sneak an e-cig in school without being noticed by teachers and administration. Flavored vapor takes the place of tobacco smoke. It may sound harmless but e-cigs do contain large amounts of nicotine. The
nicotine and the flavor can be blended to the desire of the smoker. Most of the time, the people that buy electronic cigarettes don’t know that the amounts of nicotine in them are almost twice as much as in regular tobacco products. According to www.medicalnews. com these natural “all good” cigarettes don’t have a filter at the end like a normal cigaretee that lessens
Tyler Dykes, Staff Reporter M-CHS has a new plan to get students grades back on track. The introduction of the new Intensive Care Unit (I.C.U) program went into effect at the beginning of the second semester. The program’s main goal is to help students finish late or missing work for their classes. Students receive slips of paper with the assignment that they need to finish. They are required to report to the library for the first 20 minutes of lunch. With the 753 Fs the first semester, administration decided to enforce a new plan of action. So far in the endeavor to help the students get back on track parents and teachers like the I.C.U program. “Teachers and parents like the fact that they can see missing assignments in an email or text,” said M-CHS’s Student Success Advocate, Evan Frost. I.C.U’s goal is to push the students to turn in all missing assignments. However, the students of M-CHS have conflicting opinions on whether they support or are against the I.C.U program, “It’s
the amount of nicotine that enters the body. E-smokers can in turn get highly addicted to the electronic nicotine. M-CHS administration had no comment when asked if they forsee these being a problem for the high school. The New York Times indicates that “Health
kind of a love-hate relationship because I hate the fact that I have to give up my lunch, but it’s really helped me out,” said an M-CHS junior. One reoccurring problem is that assignments that are complete are not always removed from the I.C.U system. This causes some headaches for both students and teachers. The main cause of this is due to the I.C.U program not being linked to Power School. Even though an assignment is entered as complete in PowerSchool, the assignment has to be removed manually from the I.C.U system by the teacher who put it in. Despite the problems, teachers are in favor of the program, “I think the I.C.U program is amazing. My students submitted 40 missing assignments in the first week,” said Shelley Curtis, M-CHS math teacher. Although there have been problems, they will probably be fixed rather quickly. Most of the students and staff seem to be in support of the new I.C.U program.
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officials say the safety of electronic cigarettes has not been medically proved.” This nicotine product is currently being sold to youth; they are easy targets since they don’t understand the consequences of what smoking can do to you. Soon authorities will stop the sale to minors. Right now anyone can purchase an e-cigarette online.
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Athletes want gold
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M-CHS students get jacked Tyler Dykes, Sports Reporter
Muscle supplements have become gave me the ****s for a week when a part of every day life for the stu- I first started taking it,” said an Mdent athletes at M-CHS. There are a CHS Sophomore. Amino acids are variety of supplements on the mar- important simply because the body ket in forms of powder and pills. can’t make ones like the omega-3’s They all have different effects on found in fish or krill oil. A multithe body. Questions arise when tak- vitamin is also important but just ing supplements even though they simply helps fill the gap in nutriare sold in nutrition stores nation- tion stage that one’s diet may lack wide. according to bodybuilding.com and Creatine, protein, amino acids, Stack.com. and some sorts of daily vitamins With the need to perform better are usually what every game “As long as they are and improve teen body builders take. None legal, it’s your life. Just from the start of these suppleof the season, be careful,” ments are illegal M-CHS’s Coach DeBoer coaches have to sell on the market or for teens to there own take. When body building, most opinions on students using supplestudents usually just take a post- ments, “As long as they are legal, workout shake that helps them re- it’s your life. Just be careful,” said cover from a hard day in the gym, Coach DeBoer. Aside from the “I take mass gainer which helps my coaches, students feel that supplebody bulk up after a hard day at the ments are working, “C4 gives me gym,” said an M-CHS Junior. Af- a lot of energy, and creatine helped ter lifting, there is a fifteen to thirty me gain 20 lbs.,” said an M-CHS minute window to supplement your junior. However, not all M-CHS body with nutrients that can be students take muscle supplements, found in these post-workout shakes “ I would rather have natural according to bodybuilding.com. muscle” Said M-CHS Sophomore Creatine usually found in protein Ryan Gurney. As for the ladies at shakes or in a pure pill or powder M-CHS, none take any kind of any form forces water into muscle cells muscle supplement, “I guess it’s and help the individual achieve just a guy thing,” said an M-CHS their goals for each workout. The sophomore. body naturally makes creatine. Yet Even with the risks being low, stuwhen taking too much, creatine can dent athletes are still careful about cause your body to quit making It. what they put in their body. NothDehydration and diarrhea are com- ing will keep them from achieving mon side effects of creatine, “ya it their goal of getting better faster
February was CTE (Career-Technical Education) month at M-CHS. CTE director, Ed Rice sent CTE trivia questions to M-CHS staff during the week of February 10. Teachers, Sonja Copeland, Amanda Ramos, Travis Greenlee, Shelley Curtis, and Dustin Deboer took home the gift card prizes for answering the trivia. In addition to trivia, there was an appreciation lunch for the CTE teachers. The trivia questions that were asked to staff include: “What percent of students in Colorado are enrolled in at least one CTE class?” “Name the CTE Teachers we have at MCHS.” “How many CTE programs are there in Colorado high schools?” “What is the “vision” of Colorado CTE?” According to a CTE fact sheet, Career
Technical Education in Colorado’s mission is to “ensure a thriving Colorado economy by providing relevant and rigorous education that is connected, responsive, and real.” Teachers are required to go through adding extra endorsements on their teaching license to qualify as a CTE teacher. CTE month and President’s day coincide in February because the CTE principles are embedded in the history of the United States. Rice believes that it’s a good time to “create awareness” for the Career Technical Education classes offered at M-CHS. Fire Science/ EMT teacher, Laurie Mott won the CTE Teacher of the Year in 2012. M-CHS senior, Abigail Lock won the award for CTE Student of the Year in 2013. M-CHS has 10 certified CTE teachers—all eligible for nominations in the coming years.
Cyberbullying: serious or not
Victoria Harrington, Business Manager According to suicide. org, depression, bi polar symptoms and cyberbullying are the main causes for why young people commit suicide. If people have ever paid attention to the hallways in local schools, then they will notice that not everyone is who they seem to be. Most of the younger generation in high school tends to become the victims of bullying because they understand what’s going on. Younger kids in junior high are just taking it as a joke. As I am assuming, these students are only acting this way because they seem to think it was mere child’s play. I am suggesting that high school students are more sensitive because they have more of experience with dealing with bullying. It doesn’t even matter if they are a person who does it online or, if it is someone who does it in general. I believe bullies have low levels of respect for others and for themselves. Bullying is not only something that can be done physically; sure it hurts when someone hits someone else, but sometimes it’s the emotional part that gets
people the most. Maybe the kids that are the bullies are only doing it for attention, for some action, or for acquiring friends. I think that people should learn to make friends without having conflict. Some of the websites that parents and staff, or locals look at say that most people who bully either have low self-esteem or were bullied themselves. According to googtherpy.org, family issues, drug and alcohol abuse, and gender identity are the main causes for bullying. Nobody needs statistics to know that bullying is wrong. Children that are bullies probably need therapeutic help, or maybe just need some love and attention from friends and family. With help from others, I’m positive that occurrences of bullying can be lowered in high schools, middle schools, and everywhere.
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Abby Lock, Editor-in-Chief From pajama pants to backpacks, merchandise featuring the peace sign or the handgestured V sign appears on the backs, fronts, and limbs of a generation that does not truly comprehend the deeper meaning and historical significance of what they are wearing. This puzzles me since our society tends to be extremely sensitive to symbols like the hammer and sickle, the anarchy sign, the crucifix, etc. The peace symbol formed by a vertical line, two lines sloping downward, and a circle carries a long and somewhat obscure history. In medieval times, this symbol was associated with the devil and dark powers. Individuals around 711 A.D. regarded the peace sign as a broken cross, symbolizing the rejection of Christianity. On a more universal level, the infamous three lines was the symbol for an “individual in despair” (teachpeace.com). In 1958, British artist Gerald Holtom created the official logo for the nuclear disarmament movement. Holtom drew inspiration from Goya’s oil painting The Third of May 1808 ; a Spanish peasant in a white shirt stands, facing a French firing squad with his arms raised above him in a sign of surrender. Holtom merely reversed the directions of the arms in
his design. The peace symbol further corresponds with the British disarmament movement because the design is a superimposed combination of the semaphore signals for “N” and “D”—an acronym for nuclear disarmament. In the early sixties, the nuclear disarmament symbol integrated
into anti-war movements. Controversy over the Vietnam War led to the counterculture movement of the 1960s in the United States, pushing the peace sign into the open arms of the hippies and flower children. Over the course of one’s life, there is bound to be at least one “selfie” taken in which the subject is flashing the V sign—a hand gesture that consists brandishing the middle and pointer fingers with one’s palm facing the intended target. The origins of the V sign are somewhat murky, but the most common legend is one of rebellion. In 1415, the English were fighting the French during the Hundred
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Years’ War. It was said that the French severed the middle and pointer fingers from the captured English archers. The flourishing of these two fingers was a sign of defiance. In the early forties, British occultist Aleister Crowley claimed to have invented the V sign as a counter to the Nazi swastika. Crowley later claimed that Winston Churchill approved of the symbol, making it his signature gesture. In addition to his resignation in 1974, Richard Nixon also used the V sign to signal victory in the Vietnam War. Individuals today still use the V sign, to mean by the frequently used expression: “peace.” Pointing out the commercialism of the peace sign and V sign might seem petty or insignificant to some, but it is an important symbol that represents eras of progress and change. As society moves forward at its wild pace, it is vital that we not forget the smaller pieces that contribute to this cultural collage. I suggest that consumers evaluate their willingness to commit to a symbol’s meaning and history before they purchase items that bear said symbols.
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M-CHS baseball team gets fired up
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The M-CHS baseball team is regrouping for a new season. With a mixture of players, some inexperienced and some who are very experienced, the team has potential. Practice is Monay through Friday at the Panthers baseball field next to the Rec Center starting at 5:15 pm and runs until dusk. Matthew Betts is serving as the Varsity Head coach and Travis Greenlee as the JV head coach. “This season we will be expecting good things. We will be very competitive,” said Greenlee. Approximately 26 boys tried out for the team. The M-CHS baseball coaches are training the players to build “a strong defense,” said Greenlee. Rowdy Castillo, an M-CHS junior said, “the coaches are very knowledgable at what they do.” “They push us every practice and they teach fundamentals”, said first baseman and pitcher, Seth Long. For the M-CHS freshman, this will be a great start
Dayne Black, M-CHS senior, practices his batting skills during last Tuesday afternoon practice.
for being on the team until senior year. “I expect players to be committed and complete all four years so that way we can grow and develop as a team and become better by knowing each others abilities and working together to play to our full potential”, added M-CHS freshman, Long. The seniors on the team are going to put a lot of effort into showcasing what they’ve got for colleges. From this point, their first scrimage is at home this Saturday, March 8. Andrew Laymon, M-CHS sophomore, winds up a strike during last Tuesday afternoon practice.
DAY DATE MEET PLACE TIME Sat 3/8/2014 Red Rocks Invite Moab 9:00 AM Sat 3/15/2014 Montrose Avid Invite Montrose 10:00AM Sat 3/22/2014 Mickey Dunn Invite Grand Junction Wed 3/26/2014 Montezuma-Tri Scrim Cortez 4:00PM Wed 4/9/2014 Cortez Invite Cortez 1:00PM Fri 4/11/2014 Aztec Top Gun Aztec Tue 4/15/2014 Ron Keller Invite Durango Sat 4/19/2014 Pine River Invite Bayfield Fri 4/25/2014 Montrose Invite Montrose Fri-Sat 5/2-3/14 Tiger Invite Grand Junction Fri-Sat 5/9-10/14 SWL Meet Grand Junction Thur-Sat5/15-17/14 State Championships Denver DAY Sat Thur/Fri/Sat Thur/Fri/Sat Fri Sat Fri Sat Tue Fri Sat Tue Thur Thur/Fri/Sat Fri Sat Thur
DATE OPPONENT TEAM PLACE TIME 3/8/2014 Pagosa(Scrim) V/JV Cortez 11/1 3/13-15/14 Cortez Tourny JV/V Cortez TBA 3/20-22/14 Aztec Tourny V Aztec TBA 3/28/2014 Montrose JV/V Montrose 1/3:30 3/29/2014 Fruita JV/V Fruita 10/12:30 4/4/2014 Central JV/V Cortez 1/3:30 4/5/2014 GJHS JV/V Cortez 10/12:30 4/8/2014 Shiprock JV/V Cortez 3/5:00 4/11/2014 Fruita JV/V Cortez 1/3:30 4/12/2014 Montrose JV/V Cortez 10/12:30 4/15/2014 Bayfield JV/V Cortez 3/5 4/17/2014 Durango V Cortez 3:30 4/24-26/14 Central Tourny JV Central TBA 4/25/2014 GJHS V Grand Junction (CV) 3:30 4/26/2014 Central V Central (CV) 10:00 5/1/2014 Durango V Durango 3:30
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Seager has plans to bring home another state title next year and go undeafeted. As of right now Seager has no plans for college but his dream college is Penn State.
Seager is now by the books “the best” in the state. Seager has big plans and has tremendous support from his family, coaches, and friends.
Girls Soccer DAY DATE OPPONENT TEAM PLACE TIME Fri 3/7/2014 Montrose V Montrose 5:00pm Sat 3/8/2014 Fruita V Fruita 9:00am Sat 3/8/2014 Aspen V Grand Junction 2:00pm Fri 3/14/2014 GJHS V GJHS 4:00pm Sat 3/15/2014 Central V Central 11:00am Sat 3/22/2014 Durango V Cortez 11:00am Fri 3/28/2014 Telluride V Cortez 5:00pm Fri 4/4/2014 Central V Cortez 5:00pm Sat 4/5/2014 Montrose V Cortez 1 1:00am Tue 4/8/2014 Bayfield V Bayfield 5:00pm Mon 4/14/2014 Palisade V Palisade 2:00pm Thu 4/17/2014 Durango V Durango 5:00pm Sat 4/19/2014 Alamosa V Alamosa 1:00pm Fri 4/25/2014 Fruita V Cortez 5:00pm Sat 4/26/2014 GJHS V Cortez 11:00am
Girls Tennis DAY DATE OPPONENT TEAM PLACE TIME Saturday 3/15/2014 Delta JV/V Cortez 10:00am Saturday 3/15/2014 Gallup JV/V Cortez 2:00pm Friday 4/4/2014 Fruita JV/V Fruita 4:00pm Saturday 4/5/2014 Central JV/V Central 10:00am Fri-Sat 4/18-19/14 Delta Tourny V Delta TBA Tuesday 4/22/2014 Durango JV/V Durango 4:00pm Friday 4/25/2014 Cedaredge JV/V Delta 2:00pm Friday 4/25/2014 Hotchkiss JV/V Delta 4:00pm Saturday 4/26/2014 Glenwood JV/V Delta 11:00am Thurs/Fri 5/1-2/14 Regionals V Grand Junction TBA Thur/Fri/Sat 5/8-10/14 State Tennis V Pueblo TBA
Seager stands proud as he accepts his first place award and “takes home the gold” at the State Wrestling Championships in Denver, Colorado on Saturday, February, 22.
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Dustin Deboer is an M-CHS coach and U.S. History teacher. Dustin “Dusty” Deboer went to Rocky Mountain College where he played two years on their football team. He then transferred to San Diego State University and graduated in 2012. He studied social sciences in college. Deboer wanted to be a teacher since the seventh grade and his second option was a police officer. Deboer is the assistant football coach and the head basketball coach. On average he spends about one hour each night grading papers. A part from that, he is also learning to play the guitar. Deboer uses his down time to play basketball and watch John Wayne and Humphrey Bogart movies. He also enjoys reading books like Harry Potter and The DaVinci Code along with anything by Bill O’Reilly.
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M-CHS junior, Travis Ponds (Ponzy as his friends call him) is not just an artist in school, he also does outside work. His artwork is based off of Djent album artwork. Djent is a style of heavy metal music, which consists of palm muting that gives a deeper sound effect to the guitar. “The word Djent also makes you ROFL (Roll On the Floor Laughing)” said Ponds. The genre of Djent that Ponzy bases his artwork from is outer space abstract art which also includes realism. Outside of school, he draws realistic portraits of women and people. Ponzy feels that he does not need much help from his art teacher, Mrs. Harriman. Ponzy will be taking AP Art 4 during his senior year. He plans to continue his artwork for years to come.
Zach Smith, Staff Reporter Wiz Khalifa is one of the most well-known rap artists of the 21st century. Khalifa, known formally as Cameron Jibril Thomaz was born to military parents in Minot, North Dakota. Khalifa’s parents divorced when he was three years old and ended up settling in Pittsburgh, Pensylvania . “Khalifa” means successor and wisdom in Arabic, which later he shortened to Wiz. Khalifa cites Jimi Hen-
drix, Camp Lo, The Notorious B.I.G and Bone Thugsn-Harmony as musical influences. Khalifa released his first myspace.com mixtape Prince of the City: We l c o m e to Pistolvania in 2005. Khalifa was declared an artist to watch that year in Rolling Stone magazine. In 2007, Khalifa signed to Warner Bros. Records and released two mixtapes, Grow Season on July 4. Khalifa
also released Prince of The City 2 in November. Khalifa released the mixtapes Star Power in September 2008, and Flight School in April 2009 on Rostrum Records. Khalifa began dating model Amber Rose in early 2011. The couple became engaged on March 1, 2012, and married on July 8, 2013, with a wedding celebration planned for later in the year. They have one son: Sebastian Taylor Thomaz who was born on February 21, 2013. Khalifa is open about his use of cannabis, and he has claimed in many interviews that he spends $10,000 per month on cannabis, and also smokes daily.
Which is more important: actual experiences, or the memories that remain when the experiences are over?
Autumn Moore, Senior “Memories, because some experiences can be bad and you may choose to forget those memories, that, and with memories there is no need to relive the experience repeatedly.”
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Seth Long, Freshman “You can’t have memories if you never have an experience.”
Kenna Tarr, Senior “Experiences are more important. The experience will dictate the memory you have of that experience.”
Deven Whaley, Freshman “The memories, because after the experience you might need to remember something.”
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