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Student Leadership Confers at CHS

by Yadira Estrada

The monthly, district-wide Student Leadership meeting was hosted at Chaparral High School’s Library September 25.

Gadsden ISD Superintendent Travis L. Dempsey began the meeting by asking the group, “What is this group’s opinion on having dollar dress at the middle school?” All members immediately raised their hands to respond. As the discussion went on everyone came to an agreement that dollar dress is the most convenient way of fundraising for the school and students. It is best to have parents pay one dollar a week rather than $20 dollars a month because his/her child needs the money for a field trip or supplies in school. This way parents know the money is going towards his/her child, and their money isn’t going into the wrong hands.

The second topic that was brought up was about FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Not many students are aware about it, how to access it, and how it can be really beneficial for their future according to Dempsey. Student Leadership came to the conclusion that every school should have a FAFSA night where parents and students can come together in the school so that every student has access to a computer and guidance when in need of assistance or questions to fill out a FAFSA application.

The final concern was about school safety. Dona Ana County Sheriff Deputy Officers are no longer working on campuses due to financial issues. As a result, Superintendent Dempsey told Student Leadership that he will try to enforce school safety such as having more drills to be better prepared for any emergencies. He also said, ” We want to keep our students safe. I will do everything I can to get them (DASO Deputies) back onto our campuses.”

Lastly, lunch was served and the menu consisted of Subway sandwiches that came with cookies and chips. CHS sponsor Mireya Ulibarri also made her special homemade lemon cookies. Most agreed these were delicious! After lunch Student Leadership toured the campus guided by the Lobo representatives. The highlight of the tour was the new Auxiliary Gym. With the tour over, Dempsey announced that the next time Student Leadership meets the entire group will be taking a filed trip to the Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces.


Welcome Back Mr. Velarde

by Ana Terrazas

Former law firm runner and property land appraiser Raymundo Velarde, has come back from the flames of Alta Vista Early College High School.  

        Two years ago Mr.Velarde was working at Chaparral High School (CHS). This past year, he worked for Alta Vista Early College High School (AVECHS), and did not appreciate CHS’s students and staff until he left.

         This year Chaparral High hired a new principal, Ms. lopez and when asked what he thinks about her, Velarde replied “It was not my first time working with her” then identified Ms. Lopez in a sincere tone as “tough but fair” and appreciates that.

            Velarde was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but moved around quite a bit. When he was only seven years old, Velarde moved to Washington D.C., then El Paso, after his parents finished college.

          Velarde’s mother holds master’s in education from Harvard and his father graduated from Boston College Law.

          Before becoming a teacher, Velarde lived in Houston and worked as a manager at Salt Grass Steak House and a waiter at Applebee’s when he was a teenager. Seeing his father be so involved with the criminal justice system encouraged him to go to South Texas School of Law (now known as Texas A&M Law School). His official educational background is, he went to Boston College in ’98 and went to get his masters at NMSU. His mother encouraged him the most to become a teacher because she emphasized it so much, but he really just chose a path that he thought would be easy. “Boy was I wrong!” he says, “Although I believe it was worth it.”

       During law school, Velarde and his wife got pregnant with their eldest son, German. They then decided to return to El Paso, where he worked for El Paso Community College (EPCC), Eastwood High School, and Cathedral High School. After feeling like he wanted to start new, Velarde went on to search for a new job to provide for his family. The only school at the time, with a position in Social Studies was Chaparral High School. Still loving the social sciences, Velarde later traded Social Studies for Government class. He chose to switch to government and to teach third year high schooler’s, because juniors are a “balance of maturity.”

        Running is an outside of the classroom activity that he likes to do. In fact, Velarde has ran a full marathon. A hope he has is to continue his “cardio fun” before he gets “too old.”

         Three words he used to describe his experience at this school so far are “Awesome, awesome, awesome.” There will always be love in Velarde for CHS.

Lobos rain awards and scholarships on Chaparral for 2018

The 2018 Senior Awards Night for Chaparral High School rained more than $4 million in FAFSA Loans and awarded scholarships on the worthy Lobos with the majority, $2,707,880, in FAFSA grants and scholarships.

In addition to these honors, the First American Banks Scholarships, up to $30,000 each, were awarded to 20 Lobo seniors: Bernice Acuna, David Alvarado, Ruby Cisneros, Ana Flores, Evangeline Flores, Emanual Galvan, Evelyn Garcia-Hernandez, Bethsaida Gomez, Mia Luna, Yamile Madrid, Priscilla Marquez, Hope McKay, Richard Perez, Carolina Pulido, Emily Radell, Fidel Soto, Bryanna Torres, Ashley Vila, and Edith Yanez. 

This is the seventh year that First American Bank has handed out these scholarships said retiring Chaparral branch President Russell Foddrill before announcing the winners. These scholarships are secondary awards which means the selectees must use their primary awards in full before accessing these funds.

Money was not the only awards that were handed out. CHS Principal Mark J. Rupcich announced the All Lobo Man and Woman, David Alvarado and Emily Radell, followed by the Salutatorian and Valedictorian, Bernice Acuna and Priscilla Marquez respectively.

Scores of other Lobos were showered with awards in many Career and Technology Education fields such as: welding, culinary arts, automotive technology, digital media, criminal justice, and broadcast media.

Joining in the celebration were representatives from Dona Ana Branch Community College, New Mexico State University, and Gadsden Independent School District Superintendent Travis Dempsey.

The following portraits are of the Class of 2018 First American Bank Scholarship awardees.

Mia Luna
Yamile Madrid
Richard Perez
Emily Radell
Evelyn Garcia
Bernice Acuna
Hope McKay
Bryanna Torres
Ruby Cisneros
Evangeline Flores
Edith Yanez
David Alvarado
Ana Flores
Emanuel Galvan
Fidel Soto
Priscilla Marquez
Bethsaida Gomez
Carolina Pulido
Ashley Vila

Sexting: Lobo survey results

The following charts serve as evidence of sexting trends at Chaparral High School. 20

freshmen, 19 sophomores, 9 juniors and 9 seniors were surveyed, providing a total of 57

responses. Of these responses, 23 were female, 27 were male and 2 were unspecified.

These surveys were taken and posted in relation to the Howler’s story series about the

existence and consequences of teen sexting at Chaparral High School.

1) Have you ever sent sexually explicit photos or messages to another person?

a. Yes, to a boyfriend girlfriend    12 percent.

b. Yes, to a stranger                            6 percent

c. No.                                                       75 percent

d. Prefer not to Answer                  12 percent

1.1) At what age did you begin doing this?

a. 10 to 12       9 percent

b. 13 to 14     15 percent

c. 15 to 16       6 percent

d. 17 to 18      3 percent

e. Prefer not to say    67 percent

2) Have you ever been pressured into sending sexually explicit photos or messages?

a.Yes        21 percent

b. No       75 percent

c. Prefer not to say    4 percent

3) Have you ever pressured someone else into sending sexually explicit photos or


a. Yes       8 percent

b. No      87 percent

c. Prefer not to say      6 percent

3.1) At what age did you begin doing this?

a. 10 to 12      6 percent

b. 13 to 14    11 percent

c. 15 to 16      3 percent

d. 17 to 18    11 percent

e. Prefer not to answer     80 percent

4) Do you feel that ‘sexting’ is a dangerous activity for teens to engage in?

a. Yes        69 percent

b. No        31 percent

5) How aware are you of the potential consequences of ‘sexting’?

a. Very Aware                 79 percent

b. Somewhat Aware    19 percent

c. Not Aware at al          l3 percent

6) How likely are you to report someone for sending you unwanted sexually explicit

photos or messages?

a. Very Likely                27 percent

b. Somewhat Likely   12 percent

c. Not Likely                  42 percent

d. Prefer not to answer  19 percent

7) Have any of the previously mentioned activities happened on school campus?

a. Yes       45 percent

b. No        42 percent

c. Prefer not to say   13 percent

8) Have you engaged in any of these activities with someone you have met at school?

a. Yes       13 percent

b. No       75 percent

c. Prefer not to say      12 percent

Lopez going long for Lobos




CHS Ass’t Principal Victoria Lopez

by Arlene Perez

Our longest tenured Lobo administrator is Victoria Lopez, and she has been an assistant principal for eight years. She likes being an assistant principal because she loves kids and school. Some of her major responsibilities are to discipline her students, be in charge of master scheduling, gradebooks, and online classes. She plans to be an assistant principal until she decides it is the right time to stop. Lopez doesn’t like being absent to school as she’s only been absent ten days in her whole eight years in high school.

Lopez started as an assistant principal at Gadsden High School. She became an assistant principal because she thought she needed a change from the work she used to have. She worked at a central office but needed a change and missed being around kids which is what made her decide to come work at Chaparral High School.

Lopez went to New Mexico for bachelors and masters for six and a half years. In her eight years of being an assistant principal she didn’t have any issues with any teacher, but had a few teachers fight with each other over work. She’s an assistant principal that does get along with most teachers. One thing she would change about this school if she was a principal is to lock the gates.

Lopez thinks that the students from this high school are great. At Chaparral High School she learned from students and families about their needs. She loves doing her job because she simply loves the kids and likes working with them. She’s fascinated with her job because she likes being around kids and meeting new people. She has different experiences with people. “Every year is never the same”, she said. She doesn’t dislike anything about school because she loves school.

In conclusion, Lobos can expect Lopez on campus for many more years.

Park steps up to counseling Lobos

Jennifer Park new Lobo Counselor

Jennifer Park, our new counselor, was one of our English teachers before but now transitioned to a counselor. Parks graduated from NMSU for her bachelors and UTEP for her masters degree. She taught English for eight years before the change.

Park likes her job because she likes kids, being involved and especially not cajoling kids to learn something they are not interested in. Changing schedules, putting in data, helping around and meeting are part of her everyday routine. She believes that her credentials and feeling comfortable is what makes her fit for this position.

A few of Park’s major responsibilities are to fix schedules, help students test for college, check credits and be there for emotional and educational support for the kids. One thing she dislikes about her job is how fast the day goes; she doesn’t have enough time for all her duties. Park plans on being a counselor as long as it is enjoyable. To obtain the job here at Chaparral High, she had to submit an application, go through an interview and be a good candidate. According to Parks, a quality that is important for this job is to be a good listener and be really organized.

Two of the many opportunities this job offers her is to still be around kids and stay informed about the school. On the other hand, one of the challenges is to be organized and the time it takes to complete her duties. She worked at Chaparral High for six years, but is new to the counseling field. She may be less experienced than the others but believes that since she is younger, she is able to connect with kids better than the elder counselors. Her main goal is for everyone to graduate and to achieve that, she needs to do paper work a lot, check test scores, and much more.

Edited 9/10 to correct Jennifer Park’s name.

Lobo Band Boss driving for redemption in seventh season

Chaparral high school band director Adrian Rios is starting his seventh year in Lobo land.  This makes him the longest tenured band director in Chaparral history

Rio’s first year at Chaparral was rough, but it is always rough starting a new “gig”. He loves to teach music. During his time here Rios’ bands have earned more than twelve trophies.

He has a bond with his students that is just like a family bond. “If one goes down, we all do.” Rios wanted to follow his parent’s footsteps. His mother taught and his father was a musician. He was born into music and started playing when he was about five years old.

Band contributes to everyday life skills such as responsibility, dedication, commitment and family according to Rios. Students receive performance and competition experience.

Besides school, Rios plays percussion with the El Paso Symphony. He enjoys music in general. Whenever he has time, he goes and plays with different bands ranging from funk to jazz. Rios also plays Rock, Latin, Country and Tejano genres. Rios, in his free time has played in different cities besides El Paso and Las Cruces. The following cities are places he has played: San Antonio, San Francisco, Dallas, Phoenix, Oklahoma City, Sierra Blanca, Alpine, Corpus Christi,  and Marfa.

Rios prefers concert band over marching because he has never been an outside person. He also prefers to focus on music instead of marching. Rios prefers to listen to funky soul music. Rios knows the basics of all instruments but he majors in percussion, his focus being drum-set.

The challenges Rios is preparing for this year are getting his students to care enough to redeem themselves at contests. Last year at EPISD contest, his band received a four, which is the lowest rating a band can receive. In the next five years, he sees himself still teaching and becoming a better musician.

Lobo Class of 2017 First American Bank Scholarship Winners