The Wrangler Volume 4, Issue 1 // October 2016 // FOR STUDENTS BY STUDENTS George Ranch High School
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From the end of May to this October, we’ve crafted something for you to appreciate. Something that a student who works hard in their classes can read and relate. We’ve made this edition of The Wrangler. It’s a little frantic, which you might see reflected in your own life, but it shows the work and hearts of the staff and students here. The beginning of the year is always hectic and tiresome, but we bring you this in hopes that you find the time to relax, sit back and enjoy the stories of your teachers and friends. Because that’s what The Wrangler really is, a conglomeration of stories about the people at George Ranch and who they are and ultimately, it’s about you. We made this for every student here. So please, enjoy this copy. Staff of The Wrangler Magazine
THE WRANGLER EDITORS DESIGN EDITOR | AVERI CERVANTEZ COPY EDITOR | CLAYTON KEELING FEATURE EDITOR | KELLY DAVILA ONLINE EDITOR | MEGAN PETERSON
MAGAZINE STAFF CALEB FOJTIK BAILEY HOLTON BOBBY LUVENDER KATLYNN MCKENZIE KAITLIN PARISI REID PITTS ONLINE MAGAZINE STAFF NICKOLAS BUCHANAN DIAMOND BUTLER
MARIA DIVINA CANALITA LAISHA CRUZ ANNELIESE DALTON MARIA GLEASON JAYSON GREEN ALEXIS GRIMALDO KOB’E HAY AAMAYA KHAN VINCENT LITTLE KIMBERLY MACEDO GAYTAN AMANDA MARTIN
SAM MCARTHUR ABBEY MCGEE ASHLEY MERINO ALEJANDRO RODRIGUES HUNTER RUBIO SHERIDAN SMITH KYLER TELGE SPECIAL THANKS TO MIKAYLA SANTANA MEGAN PERRIN HAIG MOSES
The Wrangler is the official magazine of George Ranch High School, 8181 FM 762, Richmond, TX 77469. The Wrangler serves as an information and entertainment source for students, staff, and the community while providing an open forum for student expression. Our staff is composed entirely of intensely passionate students who love to write and create. We make it a point to cover every aspect of our school. Our motto is “by students, for students”, and it truly encapsulates all that we stand for. Our magazine is not just an outpouring of the journalism department; it’s the voice of our school. Unsigned editorials are the opinions of the newspaper editorial staff and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the LCISD administration. Written comments are accepted provided they are signed. 2 | The Wrangler
Table of Contents 4. Humans of George Ranch 6. Welcome New 2016-2017 Staff Members! 14. Track 16. “Where the Magic Begins” Spirit Week 18. Homecoming Court 20. Student Life 22. Football! 24. GRHS Cheer 25. GRHS Lariettes 26. Pep Rally Fever 27. Volleyball 28. The Bell 30. Pen Up Rage 31. Fun Page 32. Our Heroes 38. Senior Salute Denise Marin (12) Photo by Clayton Keeling
Photos by Haig Moses
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“Pride yourself in your achievements. No one got you like you got you.” Annabel Jacob [Senior]
“Pride shows character. It’s having confidence in your decisions and yourself, no matter what others believe. Always trust yourself in everything. Pride is beautiful.”
“Having pride isn’t something to be ashamed of or that should be looked down upon. Have pride, be prideful, be the thing that people have pride in.” Kelly Davila [Senior]
Nina Mayers [Senior]
George Ranch High “It’s good to be proud of what you do bcause confidence is the key to living a happy life.” Cameron Cooper [Junior]
“Pride is something essential for life. If seen as something great by others they will want to follow.” Ethan Morales [Sophomore]
We have pride. Yes we do. We have pride. How about you? www.thewrangleronline.com| 5
Anjanette Marcano-Penzort is the new Spanish I and II teacher. She previously taught at Foster High School for two years. Outside of school, Marcano is family-oriented. She spends the weekend out with her husband and two boys; a 17-year-old who is currently a senior at GRHS and a 9-year-old. Going out on movie nights and to waterparks are her absolute favorite things to do. She loves the atmosphere at GR. “I love it here because the people that I work with I’ve known for a while and I live very close to this community and for me it has been a blessing to be in this school,” Marcano said.
Welcome New 2016-2017. . . Writing and photos by the Wrangler Staff
As a new teacher coming to the Social Studies Department, Ms. Jasmine Boddie hasn’t been slow to get students to be attentive in class. Her AP and Academic Government classes are taught in a collected and casual way, allowing her students to work at their own pace and determine their own success. That’s to be expected from a teacher who’s been actively impacting students’ lives for five years. Keeping true to her study, she’s taught World Geography, U.S. History, and World History at both Aldine ISD and Channelview ISD.
Bruce Hastie is a new member of the Science Department, teaching AP Environmental Science and Astronomy. This is his first year as a teacher. Before he became a teacher he was a tutor for children of various ages. Hastie graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Indianapolis with an undergrad and a graduate degree from UT Austin in Engineering. He has worked with many departments at NASA , as well as working for ten years in the oil industry. He wanted to become a teacher because he enjoys teaching children. His heart and the people around him told him that the teaching field is for him, so he became a teacher. We are so happy that he is a part of the George Ranch staff.
Gerald Garcia is new science teacher. He comes to us with 21 years experience. He started teaching in the Philippines and continued for six years before moving to the United States and teaching for Fort Bend ISD. He taught one year at Kempner High School and then fourteen years at Clements High School where he also coached the soccer team who won the state championship two years ago. Adding to that, he is a fan of the World Cup where he has been rooting for the German MNT since he was young. Garcia balances all of this success and adventure with his family of five. He is very excited to be a part of the Longhorn family and likes the motto “We win at the Ranch” due to its ability to “encompass not only the winning and competitive culture for sports, but for all the facets of the student experience here at the Ranch.” 6 | The Wrangler
Dr. John Paul Johnson is a fantastic addition to the Performance Art department. Before becoming the choir director at George Ranch, Dr. Johnson directed college students and other high school choirs around the country. He received offers to conduct in countries like Poland, England, Germany, Scotland, France, Singapore, and many more. When Poland became a free country, Dr. Johnson was the first American conductor to be invited into Poland to conduct. “It was a really nice honor and a nice opportunity,” Dr. Johnson said. Other activities he loves are cooking and going to amusement parks. Dr. Johnson will be a great asset to the George Ranch name and we can’t wait to see what he achieves with our lovely choirs. “I am so lucky to be at George Ranch!” Dr. Johnson said.
Jill Pfeiffer is the new teacher for Algebra I and Strategic Learning for High School Math. Before coming to the Ranch, she taught Algebra I, PAP Algebra I, and Algebra II at Austin High School. “I’m just really excited to be at George Ranch, it’s a really great school and I am really glad to be here and be a part of it,” Pfeiffer said. She has been a teacher for twelve years. While in her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading and hanging out with friends.
Shireen Abughazaleh is the new Pre-AP World Geography and AP Macroeconomics teacher. Before teaching at George Ranch, she was an AP Psychology and World Geography teacher at Harmony School of Science and has been teaching for three years. “My hopes are that the students enjoy the class and my goal is to help them pass the AP test,” Abughazaleh said. Outside of school, Abughazaleh enjoys cooking and swimming. She is married and has a 6-year-old and a baby on the way.
. . . Staff Members! Lisa Wyke teaches English IV. This is her eighth year teaching public school. Before coming to George Ranch, she taught in both Fort Bend ISD and in the Dallas area. She loves working with students to help them discover their voice, set goals, and realize their potential. One thing she finds different about George Ranch is the spirit. “You definitely win at the ranch!” Some of her hobbies include spending time with her family, going to the beach, and reading. Her main goal this year is to help students realize their potential, communicate effectively, and plan for the future. She is looking forward to being back in the classroom and preparing her students to soar after graduation! www.thewrangleronline.com| 7
Tracy Adams is a new Geometry teacher. This is her first year teaching, and she is excited to be here. Adams says, “I was always good at algebra 1 and 2, but I loved Geometry.” Her “goal is to prepare the students for the next part of math: Algebra 2.” Adams also stated, “I’ve had a daughter who has already graduated from here, and I have a son in Reading.” Overall, Adams is excited to be here and is looking forward to this year.
Leah Hollek enthusiastically started this year as the new freshmen biology teacher. Leah Holleck graduated in 2011 from Lamar Consolidated High School. She also mentioned that she enjoys watching football games specifically A&M games. “I didn’t go to school for teaching. It was a year ago that I started realizing that I wanted to be a teacher,” Hollek said. She also stated she is very excited to start her first year!
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Mrs. Sumera Akram teaches freshman Biology. She graduated from college with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and moved to the Houston area in 2007. “Just last year I went to the University of Houston, Victoria” to get her teaching certification. This is her first job besides helping at her brother’s business. This year she wants to “make students more [passionate] about research... and science”. Outside of school she loves cooking and coming up with her own recipes.
Lynette Lyons is a new English teacher. She was a substitute teacher for elementary students at Katy ISD. This will be her second year teaching. She enjoys reading, yoga, and traveling. Mrs. Lyons says that she’d really, “love to turn [her] students who maybe aren’t the biggest fans of English and reading and writing. . . and show them that those things can actually be fun and rewarding.”
Mrs. Lord is the new Culinary Arts and Lifetime Nutrition and Wellness teacher. This is her first teaching experience and her second career; her first being a manager at a major oil company. “I love to cook and I love learning about nutrition. . . and I also like kids so it seemed like a good combination for my second career,” Lord stated. This is also one of her first experiences with public schools since she went to a private school. “My school was very focused on academics and I’m really pleased to see that this school is too. Public schools. . . sometimes get a bad rep in that regard, perhaps some are deserving of it, but this school, I really think, stands apart academically,” Lord said. 8 | The Wrangler
Mrs. Suey is the new dance instructor. She is the head coach for the Belles Junior Varsity dance team and the assistant coach for the Lariettes Varsity dance team. This is her first experience teaching. “I’ve just always known that that’s what I was born to do,” Suey said. She was put in dance classes by the time she was four and got kicked out of her very first dance class when she told the teacher she was wrong. She left that dance class and never looked back, and now she is a teaching dance. She is excited for this year.
Kynzi Windsor is a new art teacher. She worked at Reading Junior High for three years. She then transferred to Polly Ryon Middle School in 2013 and is now here. She enjoys seeing her former students. ‘‘It’s kind of neat to see you guys all grown up,” Windsor said.
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Jose Sanchez-Garcia is the new Economics, U.S. History, and World Geography teacher and has been teaching for eight years. Prior to teaching at George Ranch, he taught U.S. Government and World History at Lamar High School. One major goal Sanchez-Garcia wishes to achieve this year is to make sure his students exceed expectations on all assessments. “I’m very excited to work at George Ranch. I’ve enjoyed all of my classes and I’m happy to work with a friendly and caring staff.”
Galen Wortham is the new parking lot security officer. “I taught last year… I was over here in ATP with the special ed kids. We went out to the work base,” Wortham said. ATP is the Adult Transitional Program that teaches special education students how to live on their own, and how to work. He is going to school so he will be able to teach CTE next year.
Cassandra Lumpkin is an ASL I and II teacher and is beginning her first full year of teaching. Last school year she was hired and began teaching in February. She graduated from Lamar University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in ASL and a minor in English, Lumpkin said. “I figured out in college I didn’t want to teach English, so instead of grading and bleeding all over research papers, I decided to teach ASL.” Outside of the classroom, Lumpkin enjoys reading and watching various shows on Netflix. Lumpkin is excited about the coming school year, especially because she feels she has some “fabulous” students. www.thewrangleronline.com| 9
Shelby Kindrick is the new Assistant Athletic Trainer. She is looking forward to working in a larger school district with more students. “Personable, fun, energetic, outgoing is how I’ll describe myself,” Kindrick said. Her goal this year as a trainer is to “prevent as many injuries as possible and to better the program.” Kindrick loves doing outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing. On her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her family and relaxing.
Joia Emery, The Ranch’s Biology, Anatomy, and Physiology teacher is going into her second year of teaching. She recieved her Bachelors from Grambling State University in Biology and her Masters from Liberty University in Student Services. Emery became part of the Longhorn family about half way into the 2015-2016 school year’s first semester. She approached her first full year of teaching hoping to make connections with her students as well as build their confidence as they progress throughout their journey in high school. 10 | The Wrangler
Mr. Miller is the new business, marketing and finance teacher. He has been teaching for 18 years and double majored in teaching and business at the University of Northern Iowa. Along with his own classes, his “biggest goal is to have a successful start to our DECA program.” DECA is the Association of Marketing Students. Mr. Miller is also a fan of the Texans and Dodgers and enjoys watching movies, sports, and spending time with his family.
Marc Duncan is the new Technical Theatre teacher. Duncan has taught at the High School of the Performing and Visual Arts, and at Cypress Woods High School. He loves Jim Butcher novels and “thinks he’s the most prominent author of our generation.” His goal “is to help change people’s lives, and if not their lives than their year, and if not their year then their month or their day or their week.”
Kristin Gann is the new Marketing teacher. Previously, she taught Business Law, Entrepreneurship, and Marketing Co-op at Terry High School. In her free time, Gann enjoys spending time with her two small children and family. She also loves to read and cheer on Houston sports teams. Gann is also one of the sponsors of DECA and helps with the class of 2018. Her goals for this year are to get her DECA program going and to open up the school store. Gann is enjoying her time at the ranch and is “excited to be here.”
Mr. Patrick Wade is the new band teacher. Before coming here, he taught fouryears in Cyfair ISD at Aragon Middle School. He has worked as “a freelance musician… a private lesson instructor, mostly for Katy ISD. I worked as a marching band technician…” He plays the tuba and loves taking professional auditions. He enjoys playing video games and following sports. He and his wife have volunteered in animal rescue and helped rescue and adopt about 200 cats and 6 or 7 dogs. This year his biggest goal is to get to know the kids. “GO COOGS!”
Andrea Villarreal is an English I teacher and has been teaching English for five years now. Villarreal came from Fort Bend and is pretty happy to be here with us, “I guess I am excited to be here, so far I have enjoyed everything. It is going to be a good year,” Villarreal said. Along with watching sports she enjoys watching movies and reading a few books here and there.
Kerrie Simmons is a new English III and IV teacher. This is her first year teaching and she is excited about the opportunity to be here working with students. Simmons goal for this year “is to help [her] students succeed”. She went to the University of Houston downtown and majored in English. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and going to the movies.
Kat Creedon is the newest Freshman biology teacher. This is her first year teaching. She enjoys catching lizards and used to work at an animal emergency hospital, where she was bit by a bat. Her goals for this year are to make all her students love biology as much as she does, and to teach them how cool it is to catch lizards.
Coach Neumann taught at La Porte High school before coming here. Coach Neumann helps with SPED and is the running back coach. He has taught resource Science Biology, IPC, Chemistry, and Earth Space Science. Neumann loves to spend time with his family. His other hobbies include ranching and fishing. “I’m just glad to be at George Ranch and look forward to a great year.”
Eric Ryburn is a new teacher joining us. Before teaching high school he worked as a lab instructor at the Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago, and also taught a physics based lab at Texas A&M while in grad school. This will be his first year of public education teaching and he is excited and humbled at the opportunity to help every student reach the next level of their respective education.
Coach Judge is the new health and credit recovery teacher. He has taught for 16 years and used to be a football coach in a small high school outside San Antonio. He enjoys watching college football, and spending time with his kids. His goals for this year are to “create relationships with [his students]. . . and to have a good year all around both academically and athletically.”
Dr. Coach Jamaal Robinson is the new boys’ cross country coach. He was an assistant track, football, and cross country coach at West Side High School for nine years before coming to George Ranch. He enjoys traveling and playing with his kids. He has an eight-year-old son who now plays in little league. This past summer he traveled to Europe. He hopes to, “get better every week. Then, [his] next goal is to win district as a team, then get to regionals, and set a new goal.” He wants to enable the cross country boys to reach their full potential. 12 | The Wrangler
Lindsay Calles is a new World Geography teacher. She went to the University of Houston downtown and was a history major. In her free time, she loves watching movies. She also enjoys spending time with her middle school daughter who plays soccer. Her goal this year is to help her student become successful, responsible young adults. Indiana Jones inspired her to come and teach at GRHS. Ms. Calles really likes it here and “all the teachers are great, admin is great, and I mean the students are pretty good,” Calles said.
Kristina Casmire is the new chemistry teacher. This is her first year teaching. She became a teacher because she wanted to mentor kids. Casmire came to GR because she really liked it here during her interview and she says it feels comfortable. Her goal this school year is to make sure all of her students get what they need to understand chemistry so they can excel in college. Besides being a chemistry teacher, Casmire loves reading, shopping, and being a mother to her three sons.
Renne Swanigan is a ninth grade counselor. She has been in the educational field for ten years and enjoys being a counselor. She has also worked for FBISD as a counselor and enjoyed her time there. She enjoys spending time with her wonderful family. She is the wife of Coach Swanigan. Her goal for the school year is to impact, empower and encourage as many students as possible. She feels welcomed and happy to be here. We are excited to have her on the George Ranch Staff.
Melanie Gordon is the new tenth grade counselor. She has been teaching for three years and a counselor for fifteen. She attended Dillard University for her Bachelors of Arts degree and she also attended Prairie View A&M University for her Master of Arts in counseling. Gordon came to George Ranch because she wanted to experience the high school level of counseling. Her goal this year as the tenth grade counselor is to interact with as many students as possible. Besides being a counselor Gordon loves singing, dancing, acting, writing, hanging with her family, and spending time with her daughter.
Mark Duncan is the new geometry teacher at George Ranch. Duncan says this is his first year teaching. He attended Arizona State and Texas State. As a hobby he enjoys coaching tennis, basketball, and lacrosse. Before teaching Duncan had 17 other jobs. His favorite part at working at the Ranch is the students. “I describe myself as teaching,” Duncan says.
Theresa McComiskey (11)
Colette Knoblauch (11)
Travis Leffall (10)
Cristian Velez (12)
Cort Thornton (12)
Francis Hebert (10)
Congratulations on going to State during the 2015-2016 school year! We wish you the best of luck for the incoming track season! 14 | The Wrangler
Darius Anderson (Graduated)
Joshua Whitmore (10)
Joshua Okoye (11)
Champion Allison (12) Robert Platt (12)
Alexis Woods (11)
Jessica Chukwu (12)
Photos by Mikayla Santana
Photo by Katlynn McKenzie
Kamryn Lightfoot (12) and Jeemaeca Canizar (12) Photo by Alejandro Rodrigues
Photo by Aamaya Khan
Mr. Edenmeyer Photo by Reid Pitts Brandon Johnson (12) Photo by Kaitlin Parisi
“Where the Magic Begins” Spirit Week
Mrs. Baron Photo by Alejandro Rodrigues
Chloe Serimontrikul (10)
Olivia Kirby (10)
Photo by Kaitlin Parisi Artwork by Abbey McGee
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Photo by Kaitlin Parisi
Photo by Alejandro Rodrigues
Photo by Reid Pitts
Photo by Reid Pitts
Photo by Annie Dalton
Photo by Annie Dalton
Photo by Reid Pitts
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H O M E C O M I N G C O U RT Ph oto s b y Bailey H olton
Bailey Smith Bryce Burckart and Abisola Anifowoshe
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Student Matthew S. Brown (12) Trevor Cummings (10) Photo by Maria Canalita
Students enjoying lunch Photo by Bobby Luvender Bradley Armstrong (12) Kristopher Carter (11) Photo by Bobby Luvender
Kimberly Toliver (9) Kristopher Carter (11) Photo by Maria Canalita
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Photos by Bobby Luvender
Curtis Lippmann (9) Photo by Bobby Luvender
Alexandria Arnold (12) Photo by Kobe Hay Logan Jones (9) Photo by Bobby Luvender
Halls bustling with students on their way to class Photo by Bobby Luvender
Nathan Hernandez (12) Photo by Bailey Holton
Erik Michel (10) Zach Hunton (12) Photo by Kobe Hay Photo by Bailey Holton
Photo by Bailey Holton
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Alex Fontenot (12) Nathan Hernandez (11) Colby Bonds (11) Photo by Kobe Hay
Photo by Bailey Holton
Colby Bonds (11) and Carson Holloway (10) Photo by Bailey Holton
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Varsity Cheerleaders Peyton Hannah, Bailey Smith and Mady Calvo
Varsity Cheerleaders Mackenzie Hinesley and FaithBarzilla Varsity Cheerleaders Riley Nelson, Paige Heitkamp, Maddy Agner and Hannah Moore
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Photos by Bailey Holton
Lariette Ana Ramirez
Pep Rally Fever Photo by Reid Pitts
Megan Shull 11 Photo by Annie Dalton
Photo by Reid Pitts Photo by Aamaya Khan
Photo by Aamaya Khan
Maiya Weatherall 10, Alexia Lobato 10
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Leâ€™ Dadrine Hall 11, Roman Williams 11
Volleyball Photos by Bailey Holton
THE BELL By Clayton Keeling
aco Bell may not have the finest Mexican cuisine, however, it offers a bountiful palette of cheap food. For around $3 you can try a huge variety of tacos, burritos, quesadillas and more. Recently, the Bell released a new burrito, the Cheesy Core Crunch. It’s the classic burrito, but with a twist. A molten cheese core filled with pieces of tortilla chips. Now that may not sound like much of a change, but that critical burrito structure change creates an entirely new consistency and taste within the burrito. But wait, it gets better. For only $5.99 you can get the Cheesy Core Burrito Box. This deal is a bop. It comes with a Core Burrito, a Crunchy Taco, a Nacho Cheese Doritos Loco Taco, and a medium drink. Every individual piece in the box has its strengths and weaknesses but overall it’s a great deal. The classic Bell taco is just that classic, and tastes great. The Nacho Cheese DLT (Doritos Loco Taco) is also a wonderful addition to this combo. It has the charisma of the classic taco, but with a cheesier tone. But introduced in the late 2010’s a new beast came into the Bell’s menu, the Quesarito. It changed the game. It’s simply a burrito and quesadilla combined, and it works beautifully. The rice and meat are melded together by the cheesy aspect of the quesadilla to truly create the best thing since sliced bread. With your choice of meat, you can customize it to your taste bud’s preference. On the menu you’ll see shredded chicken, steak, and beef, however, there is a fourth. Grilled chicken can also be added and is my personal favorite. I feel it truly compliments the Quesarito. 28 | The Wrangler
Photos by Clayton Keeling Apart from burritos and tacos, the Bell carries some other decent items, like the Nachos BellGrande. It is the highest tier of nachos available, and carries a ton of toppings. Included on the nachos are refried beans, beef, sour cream, tomatoes and nacho cheese. If not prepared to consume such a large quantity of nachos, the Nachos BellGrande can be overwhelming. But it generally compliments the nacho realm of the Bell empire. Having tried mostly everything on the menu, there was but one last thing to test: The Mexican Pizza. Rumors of it’s brilliance or terror had spread far, but the only way to truly know was to eat the thing. The Mexican Pizza was generally decent. Built onto a refried bean and meat quesadilla, the cheese and tomatoes on marinara sauce created a unique experience. It tasted like a really great quesadilla, with a weird tomato-marinara taste. Sadly, I can’t say it lived up to it’s fame. The biggest grievance I have against Taco Bell is their refried beans. The beans aren’t real; they’re made from a powder. Out of everything available to eat, the beans are easily the weakest link. That
being said, they aren’t the worst beans, but they could be better. Overall, Taco Bell is an excellent choice to get a cheap bite to eat, and it happens to be pretty good. Together, those features create a very addictive combination. It’s definitely not the best Mexican food you’ll ever have, but its the best bang for your buck. I would reccomend Taco Bell to anyone on a budget who wants a good ole’ burrito but is lacking in the funds.
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famous Chihuahua once said, “Yo quiero Taco Bell”, and yes, I do “quiero” Taco Bell. There are some stupendous meal deals at the Bell. For starters, for just $5, you can acquire the glorious Cravings Deal Box, stocked full with the most delicious and cheap Tex-Mex you will ever have. The Cravings Deal comes with a Beef Supreme Burrito, a crunchy taco, a Cheesy Gordita Crunch, nachos and a medium drink. The only flaw of this grand deal, is that if you order inside, you will not receive an actual box. I was not aware of this when I ordered, and was distraught. After getting over the disappointment of being boxless, I began to consume my acquired food. The crunchy taco was as simple, and
delicious as always. The nachos can be hit or miss, as they sometimes have a hint of plastic taste. The Beef Burrito Supreme has a nice balance of lettuce, meat and sauce with the regular beans and cheese of a normal burrito. The last item in the Cravings Deal is the Cheesy Gordita Crunch. It’s probably the best item to ever grace the Taco Bell menu. The Cheesy Gordita Crunch has a normal crunchy shell, which can be substituted for either a nacho or cool ranch shell. The shell is filled with the finest beef, with a special sauce, along with lettuce and cheese. Finally, the crunchy shell is engulfed in a flour tortilla, with melted cheese holding it together. If you haven’t tasted this beautiful hunk of taco, then you need to get it together.
By Megan Perrin Rage, uncontrolled rage. It lurches my voice a pitch higher than normal, and makes me flush red each time I begin to think of it. Oh, it get’s me mad. I was walking to my seventh period class in a very good mood. I was excited to present a project I was actually proud of for once, and I couldn’t help but grin with anticipation. But apparently I hadn’t been the only one in a good mood. Passing the staircase, like water exiting the river into a delta, students filtered out in gushes, turning left and right making their way to their respective classes. A girl was laughing at what a boy said, apparently he was funny. I wouldn’t know, I didn’t hear him, I didn’t get a good look at either of them. But I felt it. I felt when the point of a pencil pierced the length of my left arm, making a vivid red mark almost the length of my elbow to my wrist. “Ow!” I exclaimed loudly. Neither of them, nor anyone else in the hallway, stopped to acknowledge my cry of pain. 30 | The Wrangler
She kept on walking, and I watched bewildered as she clung to the boy’s arm and continued to laugh at whatever he was saying. It still makes me vibrate with frustration. Sure she might not have known that the pencil she hadheld carelessly dug into my skin deep enough to cause my new wound to slightly bleed. I can’t blame her, it wasn’t intentional, it was an accident. But she had collided, rammed into me without a single pause, not an utter of apology, and- oh it makes me so angry. I stormed into my seventh period happiness forgotten. All I could think of was her high pitched laughter, laughter that was probably exaggerated in the presence of her male companion. I just couldn’t help but think of the back of her head as she walked away. Oh how I wish I had seen her face, somewhere I could direct my anger, but the only target I had were all the girls who were wrapped around boys and not
the end of a pencil that could stab another. The cut itself wasn’t that deep, and even though there was a red line the length of my forearm, the actual puncture was perhaps only an inch long. I only bothered to tend to it when minutes later it began to sting and burn. Perhaps I was over reacting. My friend reassured me they hadn’t used real lead in pencils for a long time and I wasn’t going to get lead poisoning, but that did little to soothe my rage. I went home still thinking about it. I told my mom the story, but all she got out of it was a girl talking to a boy, and apparently you can’t fault a girl’s inattentiveness when boys are involved. My dad showed a bit more sympathy, but urged me to get over my rage. It was like most car accidents, he had said. When one person cuts the other off, the person who gets cut off can be as mad as they
want, but the driver that cut them off probably didn’t even know they did anything wrong and they just drive off on their merry way. In the end the only person left miserable is the one who got hurt, and they continue to hurt themselves when they get a heart attack from rising blood pressure. I’m still angry. I still get frustrated, and I still flush an unattractive shade of red when I think about it, but now I’m trying to get over it. Accidents happen, she didn’t intend to hurt me, she didn’t know she had anything to apologize for; anger would be wasted on her. And maybe it’s better that she hadn’t known, because if she had and still wouldn’t have apologized- well I try not to think about that.
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Memorial Day Memorial Day, celebrated on the last Monday of May, honors the men and women serving in the military who have fallen. It was first declared Decoration Day by General John A. Logan. It was originally celebrated three years after the Civil War on May 5th, 1868. Although many cities claim to be the birthplace of the first Memorial Day, in 1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson declared Waterloo, New York the official birthplace. By 1971, congress certified Memorial Day as a national holiday. Many places like Chicago, Washington D. C., and New York hold parades while many people visit cemeteries or memorials.
Veterans Day After 1,460 days of conflict, murder, fighting, and bombing between the world’s nations a cease fire was finally declared, ending the First World War. This marked the brutal conclusion of the most infamous war in history and created, for our past heroes, a memorable day called Armistice Day or Veterans Day celebrated on November 11. President Wilson announced that American citizens should reflect and remember that “... Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory...” (Department of Veterans Affairs).
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The Sacrifices They Make The United States Armed Forces is made up of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and the Coast Guard. Serving in one of these branches, allows a soldier to be considered a veteran if they have served and ended their career without a dishonorable discharge. They can state with pride that they are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. The five branches of the military strive for the common goal, to provide security and peace for the United States, but each branch differs in how they do so. The Army was formed June 14, 1775 with the mission to fight America’s wars through prompt action. The Army is divided into two groups which support both operational and institutional missions. Basically they are the dominant land force. They generally move into an area to secure it and bring about order to the turmoil they face. In the Army soldiers have the opportunity to pick a career and serve through that choice. Since October 13, 1755, the
US Navy has been involved in countless battles to bring security, peace, and prosperity to America. They have an abundance of careers ranging from working with nuclear power and aviation, to healthcare, arts, and media. The Marine Corps was founded on the tenth of November 1775. Major Samuel Nicholas wrote the first commandment that states that the Marine’s purpose is to “fight for independence at sea or on shore…” and to protect the nation. According to the Air Force’s website, “The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win … in air, space, and cyberspace.” The U.S. Coast Guard was established by the federal government on August 4, 1790. They mainly focus on defending America’s borders and performing rescue missions. For someone to become a member of one of the military’s five branches, they go through extensive training before being deployed. Each branch goes through basic training where an instructor puts these future soldiers through very stressful scenarios to prepare them for unpredictable and dangerous situations.
“I can still hear my instructor’s voice,” explained Phillip Baker, a former Marine. This shows the effect that many drill instructors have on the young soldiers. Austin Morris, a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, did overseas tours to Iraq and Libya. “Emotions I felt when deploying were initially excitement and anxiety [and a] little bit of wonder at the possibilities.” Being deployed for so long would make anyone feel homesick. Many of our soldiers are missing out on birthdays, holidays and family events. Donna Hancock, mother of a Coast Guard Gunner’s Mate, said, “I can’t remember the last holiday, mother’s day, or birthday when I’ve seen him.” Being away for so long is definitely stressful on relationships, but to these soldiers and their families, protecting and serving our country is worth the price. Serving in the military is a huge commitment made by these American men and women, unfortunately many of them face horrible effects from the experience. Many veterans suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. According to Brainline.org, PTSD is a mental disorder that makes the person suffering relive a distress
ing time through “nightmares or flashbacks”. Many people suffer from PTSD, but military men and women seem to feel the devastation of the disorder to a greater extent. They suffer through unimaginable experiences that accumulate and take a shocking toll on their physical and mental health. As a result of the disorder, when our veterans come home they may participate in wild and out of control behaviors and take on deadly habits like excessive use of alcohol, use of drugs and smoking to cope with the stress. Those who suffer from PTSD may also avoid loud, crowded places, lash out at others, develop strained relationships, and feel apprehensive. There are options that the military provides to help soldiers with PTSD or other traumas, but unfortunately these do not keep the soldier from suffering from this horrible disorder. Sergeant Sean Rusby has had friends suffer from PTSD. He explained how it was hard watching them go through such a difficult and overwhelming time in the life. Others, like Rusby, suffered from extremely stressful situations while on duty. Although these soldiers face horrible experiences that negatively impact them, they also go through experiences that change their lives for the better. Rusby described an event in Afghanistan where he was able to save a young boy after the child was severely burned. He walked away knowing he had made a difference in that
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boy’s life. This is one memory he will never forget. Another obstacle our veterans face is starting a new career as a civilian. About 12% of the American homeless population is veterans. According to the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans, there are around 49,000 homeless veterans.
Although many employers desire to hire people with military backgrounds, most veterans are unaware of how to apply for those jobs or opportunities. Due to a handful of soldiers enlisting right after high school or in their early years of college, they lack the skills to analyze and compete in the job market. All these factors and more are causes for the growing homelessness amongst our veterans. Some may be unaware of this epidemic because they believe that the Veterans’ Affairs, the VA, will take care of them. While this is true, the growing number of soldiers becoming veterans is difficult to keep up with.
However, the government is creating projects to get our veterans off the streets and into homes. In 2010, President Obama created the Open Door Plan, that gives loans to veterans so they can provide housing for themselves. The Open Door Plan also provides meaningful jobs and enables veterans to steer clear of bad financial situations. People who serve in the military also receive benefits such as special insurance, scholarships and financial aid. They also receive health benefits for themselves and their families. “We get healthcare, education and random little things like tax free shopping (on base) and free gym (on base),” Morris explained. Those who serve will be able to leave in 20 years and have a full retirement from most branches of the military. After one is done serving they can transfer back to being a civilian. Texas offers the Hazelwood Act which allows qualified veterans or their children to go to college in the state of Texas, free of specific tuition fees. Cheryl Stiles, former Air Force Master Sergeant, took advantage of this benefit and was able to go to college to become a teacher. For however long a soldier may have served, for whatever branch, whether they are in the reserve or serving now, we salute and respect every single person who has protected our country and risked their lives doing so. We pay respect to those brave individuals and their supportive family members. From George Ranch High School, we thank you for your service.
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"Love doesn't just keep thinking about it or keep planning for it... Simply put: Love does!" ~- Bob Goff
Emma Kastens, a senior, has been involved in the community and her high school. Kastens was in the Peer Assistance and Leadership program or PALS and enjoyed the opportunity to work with children. She was inducted into the National Honor Society for her junior year and enjoys the many opportunities this provides to serve in her community. Active in her Christian community, Kastens enjoys being a part of many school organizations including Radical, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and C2. Kastens also volunteers at summer camps and plays guitar and sings for her church. Her favorite thing about volunteering is "becoming humble to lift others up". She has been in a youth band for four years, and has been playing ice hockey for 11 years. She loves the games as "it is an outlet where I can release energy and it teaches so many great life lessons." After graduation, Kastens plans to study camp and outdoor leadership ministry. She states, "I'm most passionate about Jesus. He's probably my favorite."
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