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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

messages?

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

security at chs

Lupe Quinones is the security guard at chaparral High School. Quinones says that being a security guard is cool because you get to talk to kids and solve problems for example fights and all that stuff Quinion says that she had thought of changing careers because she thinks that being a police officer is more cool than being a security guard.

Lupe Quinones was born in Durango, Mexico in 1976. She is 39 years old, Quinones has one daughter and she is married. She says that she is happy with her daughter and husband. Quinion says that she couldn’t ask for more.

Lupe Quinones says that her experience as a child were great. Quinones says that she loved school and her only priority when she was a child was to graduate from school and have a future. She was planning to be a security to be a security guard since she was a child.

Quinones’ favorite food are chiles rellenos. She says that when she was a child her mother would cook chiles rellenos because that was her favorite food. Quinones’ Mother wanted for Lupe to feel special by cooking chiles rellenos.

Quinones says ,’’ Before being a security guard at CHS I was planning to be a police officer I went to the police department training and I flunked for 10 seconds’’ she also said, ‘’ if I had the opportunity to train again I would of taken back the opportunity to be a police officer that’s all I wanted to be.’’

Otero County elementary to open fall 2016 to alleviate overcrowding

Mando's workby Armando Ochoa

Portables at Chaparral elementary schools will disappear in the fall semester of 2016 when Yucca Heights Elementary opens its doors to help alleviate overcrowding.

This is the first school in the Gadsden district that will be in Otero County as all others are located in Dona Ana County. The ground breaking for Yucca Heights Elementary School took place March of 2015. Bradbury construction Co. was selected for the construction contract. The accepted bid for Yucca Heights Elementary was $16.4 million.

Craig Ford, school board representative for the east region of Gadsden Independent School District said, “The school is being built to help alleviate the overcrowding in the already three existing elementarys.”  Yucca Heights Elementary will accommodate 550 students. In order to alleviate the crowding on the other campuses, campus boundaries will be redrawn.