The Class of 2016 will leave a trail of paws at Chaparral High School. They will leave the den into the real world.
The seniors will end the year by celebrating “Senior Ditch Day”, Field day, and the Spring Fling dance! The last day of school for the seniors is May 13, 2016. Before the last day of school, the seniors are required to turn in a senior checkout list. The Class of 2016 will have Senior Awards on May 18 and graduation rehearsal on May 19. The graduation ceremony for the CHS seniors is scheduled for May 21, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Don Haskins Center.
“They are in for a stormy ride,” said Jerry Appel. The seniors are thrilled about graduation, but the thought of paying bills and becoming responsible terrifies everyone! Many seniors have received scholarships to pay for college, but are also looking for summer jobs to pay for college fees such as: books, housing and personal expenses. Most seniors will be attending New Mexico State University, Dona Ana Community College, or University of El Paso Texas. Other seniors are planning to move out of state or join the army!
“I am looking forward to graduation. My future plans after high school are to get a job and study what I love: Animal Science at New Mexico State University,” said Ruby Armendariz. “I want to major in Animal Science because I always wanted to become a Veterinarian, it make me happy to help animals in need.” Ruby has received scholarships, meanwhile she will begin to work at Walmart, Dollar General, or Family Dollar to pay for college, housing, or other expenses. Since the last day for seniors is May 13, Ruby is a bit worried about the graduation requirements.
“I am worried/nervous on how many hours I owe this year, it is very stressful but I have to do what is in my power to graduate,” said Ruby Armendariz. “My college goals are to pass every class and to graduate that is about as simple as I can put it.”
“I am worried about the future such as: financial needs for college,” said Aries Faudoa. Faudoa will begin to work this summer to pay for college. She will be attending New Mexico State University to major in Digital Filmmaking.”
“Although I’m nervous, I need to experience something new. I am going to miss not having so many responsibilities, friends, and my favorite teachers.” Meanwhile, Faudoa will be enjoying her lovely vacation in San Diego, California, and Wisconsin.
“I love chemistry,” said Mayra Caldera. “I want to start college and get my associates. I am nervous for what the future awaits for me. By working and the scholarships I have received, I will pay for my college expenses, my second semester. I want to graduate with an Associates Degree in Chemical Engineering. Next, enter medical school to become a physician.” Mayra has many goals she plans to achieve by the end of her college career. Good luck, Mayra!
The 2016 seniors have a bright future ahead of themselves. For most have already applied for college, scholarships, or jobs.
“Don’t let the actions of others dictate your own,” Kathy Henry. “Be your own person. Stand up for what is right… even if you’re standing alone. Practice random acts of kindness. Be happy, be healthy and behave,” said Henry. College will sure be a roller-coaster of emotions, but everything is possible with responsibility, determination and dedication! Just keep going. There is never a finish line!
“The Class of 2016 from Chaparral High School will be remembered as a very optimistic group, in spite of the chaotic world around them,” said Henry. “Their lives have spanned two countries. They have a plethora of information at their fingertips and a multitude of devices upon which to view it. They are very tolerant of others and open-minded.”
Farewell seniors, good luck and follow your dreams! “Once a lobo, always a lobo.”