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Lobos select familiar face to lead Varsity Soccer team

by Leinny Ramos


New varsity soccer coach Aaron Hernandez coaching practicing Lobos

“The sky is the limit,” said Aaron Hernandez, the new CHS boys soccer head coach. Hernandez has faith in the soccer team and believes that, “They have the opportunity to become a better group, both individually and as a team with hard work and commitment.”

Hernandez is a substitute teacher and a strength conditioning trainer, but besides being a trainer he loves to coach. “I love the game and have played it my whole life. I enjoy working with players and watching them progress into better players” said Coach Hernandez.

Hernandez doesn’t feel the pressure of being the new head varsity coach because he was the assistant coach for the last three years. He has helped the boys to become better players. The new Lobo has a lot of goals for this 2015 season but his primary goal is to, “Compete for a district and state title.”

The soccer team will be training harder than ever because Hernandez said we will “be constantly training at a high level that prepares them physically and mentally,” and “be prepared for our opponents.”

He wants the team to “Continue developing fundamentals and enhancing their skill level. Increase their soccer I.Q. and give the passion that the game deserves.”  Coach Hernandez recognizes how much potential the soccer guys have, so he will push them until they complete their goals.

The main lesson that Hernandez will transmit to the team is that “the team that works the hardest will outplay any team with talent.”

Pack Chaparral takes on state Skills USA and brings home the Gold

by Daisy Robledo

It was April 8, 2015, when Mr. Gabaldon (a.k.a Mr. G) and 22 other people took a trip to Albuquerque to the New Mexico Skills USA Leadership State Conference and Competition for the fifth consecutive time.

Mr. Gabaldon drove a Suburban carrying six students involved in the Skills USA club and/or the BPA club. The reason for them not taking a bus like the rest of the students was because they had to carry all their A/V equipment to compete.

“I’m not trying to break what’s left of my back,” said Mr. G.

Although they traveled in different vehicles, all 19 students and four teachers spent four days at the same Fair Field Marriott motel, then on the ninth of April they took off to several meetings.

On the tenth of April, when the competition for everyone who was competing was held at the Central New Mexico University, the CHS Broadcast News team earned a Gold medal in the Broadcast Journalism division.

“Being state champ just feels good. The trip is always fun, and it’s a great experience,” said senior Israel Hernandez. Senior Leo Moreno added, “It was fun, and it was nice to take away this first place from my bucket list.”

Other Lobos scooped up several awards: Jorge Rutiaga, a Lobo senior earned a Silver Medal in the Automotive Competition; Esmeralda Acencio, a junior earned a Gold Medal in the Early Childhood competition; Taran Mays earned a Bronze Medal in the Automotive competition; Cristal Hernandez earned a Bronze Medal in the Early Childhood competition and the CHS Criminal Justice team earned a Gold Medal in the Criminal Justice Investigation competition.

Mr. G and his pack of Lobos are already planning to bring Chaparral more medals next year.

Mays takes home bronze medal in Automotive Repair contest

by Armando Ochoa

Chaparral High School senior Taran Mays traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 8, 2015, to compete in the New Mexico Skills USA competition held two days later.

Mays competed along with several other Lobos. The state-wide competition had categories ranging from welding to cooking.  Taran competed in the automotive category, but he did not have to supply his own tools. He placed third out of “about 25 competitors.”

“The competition was boring, but I had fun on the trip,” said Mays.

He also stated that his main goal in the competition was to “stay awake.” Mays claimed he got to the regional in the competition by being “smart.” He also said, “Rules were not strict, but I did not like the dress code.”

Lobos win gold and bronze at state Skills USA in Early Childhood contest

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Cristal Hernandez, Nicole Sims, Ms. Marisela Holguin, Brianna Clow, and Esmerelda Ascencio (from left to right)

by Stephen Nevarez

Chaparral High School student Esmeralda Acencio placed first at the New Mexico Skills USA competition in Early Childhood development on April 10, 2015.

Lobo teacher Marisela Holguin teaches the Early Childhood Development career pathway. This year she and three other teachers took 19 students to compete at Skills USA from Chaparral.  Skills USA is a program that teaches students in schools about careers and technical education.

Holguin took three students in her club to compete in the Early Childhood competition and one more student to observe. The students had to write and present a lesson plan for taking care of a four-year old.

Two students placed in the competition. Junior Lobo Esmeralda Acencio placed first in the Early Childhood competition. Senior Lobo Cristal Hernandez placed third at the same event.

“This is the first year that my students and I competed in Skills USA. It was a great learning experience for all of us,” said Holguin.

Acencio and Holguin will be traveling to Louisville, Kentucky, for the national Early Childhood competition held from June 22-26.

Lobo Band Places First Division in Arizona State Competition

The Chaparral High School Lobo Band went to an important competition in Thatcher, Arizona on October 17, 2014. About 70 students went to this competition from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

They had four-hour-long bus ride which cost $620, which the Gadsden District paid for. The CHS Band only had to pay for food.

Parents had to pay with their own money for the entrance to see all competing school bands play. They where 15 schools from the entire Gadsden District came to Thatcher from the competition.

All schools played a variety of songs to fit what parents and other students liked to hear from high school marching bands. The CHS Band played Journey-a Tribute, which was a great success.

The band had the most awards that included: Drum Line award, Superior A award, and Best Song award. The Band was rated One plus Superior A Class.

The students in the band had been practicing since July 21, about 12 weeks, to go to the competition in Arizona and show what they’ve got.

After the competition was over, all students had the chance to celebrate their victory, so what Adrian Rios, the Director of the Band, decided to do was to take them out to eat. “Fortunately there was no problem before, during and after competition,” said Rios, which goes to show that the band students were responsible and on task.

Getting to handle 70 students on your own might be hard, but thanks to the chaperoning Lobo parents, everyone got along. Now that the marching season is finished, the band has been raising for one more competition, which their goal is to earn first division, to become State, said Adrian Rios.

12 Angry Jurors

By Daisy Robledo

Chaparral High School’s first theatrical production will be the 12 Angry Jurors an adaption of the television classic 12 Angry Men by Reginald Rose at Lobo gym, on March 3, 2015.

Ron Richman the director of this play is collaborating with Stephan Gabaldon, Claudia Loya, and Mrs. Rodriguez. These teachers at CHS will be inviting the community of Chaparral to the performance of thirteen CHS students or more participating in the play 12 Angry Jurors.

Mr. Richman is a Criminal Justice teacher at Chaparral High School, who selected the play. “It has to do with Criminal Justice and I thought students might like it,” he said. The students involved in the play are: Elizabeth Monroy, Leslie Jimenez, Jessica Fernandez, Brandon Habana, Alyssa Madrid, Emily Radell, Ramon Espinoza, Miriam Avila, Bryon Reyes, Hector Flores, Martin Esquivel, Steve Arroyo, and Luis Valenzuela. The students rehearse two days a week in Mr. Gabaldon’s classroom, R1.

Mark Rupcich the principal of CHS, and Mr. Richman are both very excited for this performance and are welcoming everyone to come enjoy this performance and Talent show also happening the same day. Mr. Richman hopes the community of Chaparral enjoys the performances and has a good time.


Business Professional of America Competition

Chaparral High Schools Audio Visual (AV) and Business Professionals (BPA) of America Team had recently gone to Indianapolis to compete against 5,000 students for the AV and BPA competition.
The teams had consisted of students: Leo Moreno, Amberly Gonzalez, Sarah Farley, Oscar Barraza, Eric Jimenez, Jacob Becerril. These students had flown to Indianapolis on Tuesday, April 29. They had stayed for six days and flew back on Sunday, May 4.
The competitions consisted of all kinds of events that related to technology, web design, etc. There had been an estimate of 74 types of events and each student had placed above 15 places. For the first time ever, the teams had to go against 5,000 kids that wanted the big win. For the teams first time going to nationals. Sara Campbell (BPA Sponsor) stated, “As best they could do for their first time, they did a good job to go against 5,000 kids.” Depending on which category, you go against 14 states. Our schools team had gone against states such as Texas, Utah, Indiana, and many more. The only challenge the team had was going against schools with more technology than them.
For the competition, the judges judge you on how well you presented and how well did they designed their website or technical skills. So for the team’s training, they did many practice runs and worked on their individual skills.
Since there were seven kids to take, the costs of the trip was high so there had been a lot of fundraising. For it being the teams first time to go to nationals, they did pretty good. The only student that has done something like this is Leo Moreno. He had gone to Orlando, Florida. In the past school years, there had been a student that placed first in state level. Sara Campbell thinks that this is the best this program has been because it’s the only thing they’ve done. She says that the program is growing so much that the team is preparing for next year’s nationals held in California.

Places for the Competition
• Broadcast News Team placed 11th, which was one place away from making the finals. (Leo Moreno, Amberly Gonzalez & Sara Farley)
• Website Team placed 13th, 3 places from making the finals. (Oscar Barraza & Eric Jimenez)
• Graphic Design Promotion placed 13th ( Jacob Becerril – Individual Competition)