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The New Gym is Open! Psyche. It’s Not!

If you go to Chaparral High School then you have probably noticed the new gym. The gym will be a helpful as it provides extra space for sports. Construction started on April 28, 2017, and the gym was scheduled to open by April 1, 2018. It has been almost a month and the gym is still not ready for use. Why?

Mark Rupcich, principal of Chaparral High School, said that the gym was delayed almost a month because of a water pump which is important because it pumps water to the fire sprinkler. Rupcich said,”The water pump will be fixed by the first week of May.” He also explained that the new gym should be open for use before the school year ends.

Rupcich and much of CHS faculty, especially the sports coaches, would like the gym to be ready for use because the extra space eases scheduling for team practices, for example every year the boys and girls basketball team exchanged before school and after school practice times. The wrestling team and cheerleaders will now have practice space because they had to share the cafeteria.

The new gym will be used for athletic purposes only and not by Physical Education classes. The sports that will be allowed to use gym are basketball, cheerleading, wrestling, and volleyball. The gym will also have an elevator, but the elevator will only be used by handicapped and/or special needs students.

The new space should be available for use by the 2018-2019 school year and will be a valuable resource for Chaparral High School athletics.

Girl’s Soccer Score 5 More Wins

The girls’ soccer program had a better season than the previous year by five more wins. The last time they won this many games was more than five years ago.

Girls soccer head coach Stephanie Sazo said, “The varsity girls improved so much I was shocked compared to last year.” Sazo would like more people to join the program, and she believes that girls’ soccer will make a big impact on lobo land

The captains for the girls’ varsity soccer team were Bianca Mares and Priscilla Marquez. Mares is a junior and was a midfielder, and Marquez is a senior and was a goalkeeper. The varsity girls’ team consists of seven freshmen, three sophomores, six juniors and one senior.

The captains for the Junior varsity team were Abigail Villa and Leslie Perez. Villa is a sophomore mid-fielder, and a striker; Perez is a sophomore defender and sweeper. The JV consists of four freshmen, five sophomores and five juniors.

One of the varsity soccer player Heaven Telles she played defense and she said “That the freshmen had a big impact on the varsity team.” The freshmen consisted of Heaven Telles, Lisset Holguin, Karen Perches, Andrea Marquez, Stephanie Palomares, Perla Guzman, Odette Pacheco, Nuvia Soto, Noemi Castro and Annie Arellano.

The sophomores will need to be leaders for the underclassman, so in the future they can step up to the plate. The sophomores in the soccer program are Mia Lopez, Erica Ramirez, Samantha Duran, Abigail Villa, Kenia Gonzalez, Keyla Mijares, Leslie Perez and Ruth Sanchez.

The juniors will have to step up to plate since they will be seniors next year. The junior are Stephanie Pena, Nathaly Reyes, Kimberly Alvarez, Brianna Ibarra, Amy Trejo, Nubia Soto, Leslie Perez, Andrea Porras, Cecilia Valenzuela, Marisol Cordova, and Bianca Mares.

The following senior is having her final year with the girls’ soccer team. That senior is Priscilla Marquez. Pricilla was the captain and the goalkeeper for the Varsity soccer team.

Chaparral High School Band Joins an El Paso tradition for over 80 years

The Chaparral High School (CHS) band performed in the El Paso Thanksgiving parade on November 23, 2017. It was their first Thanksgiving performance in 10 years.

The band performed for two hours and the parade was three and a half miles long on Montana Street in El Paso, Texas. They performed alongside two other high school bands, Santa Teresa (ST) and Gadsden High School (GHS).

The band practiced with ST and GHS on November 22. The lobo band practiced for two weeks on Chaparral High School’s track.

Band director Adrian Rios said that each school chose a song. They performed three songs: The Hay Song, Louie Louie and the Christmas Parade Sequence. The Christmas Parade Sequence is a combination of different Christmas songs.

Rios marched with his band student when I interviewed him he appeared very excited about the parade. He believed that his band would perform fantastically. Transportation was provided for the band students and they dressed in all khaki outfit.

Overall, the band was part of a Thanksgiving tradition in El Paso for 80 years. This was a great opportunity for the band to get there name out to Southern Texas.

Update on New Gym

Most Lobos are dealing with the construction of the new gym, but do you really know what it is for? It is for solving issues such as space for lobo sports.

The new gym’s construction began on April 28, 2017. It was going to start in 2015 but it was delayed with all new adjustments at Yucca elementary and the expansion of Chaparral Elementary. The auxiliary gym will be fully functional next school year.

This new auxiliary gym will be used for sports such as basketball, volleyball and wrestling. This will be a great addition to this school because it will provide more space for these sports. It can house practice and tournaments.

This new auxiliary gym will have 454 seats, two men’s and women’s restrooms. Bleachers will only be on one side of the gym. The first floor will house a lobby, home and visitor locker rooms, a training room and the court. The mezzanine will have another lobby and will only be used for wrestling.

In addition for solving issues such as space for lobo sports, Chaparral High School will have another indoor facility for bad weather.

Welcome Jesse Aguilar

Jesse Aguilar is a new biology teacher at Chaparral high school

Jesse Aguilar is a new biology teacher at  Chaparral High School (CHS).

Aguilar graduated from the home of the miners UTEP. Aguilar has been teaching for 27 years, 25 of which he was head track coach at Franklin High School. Aguilar wanted to focus on academics first but if there is any opportunity in the future he would consider coaching again. Aguilar competed in track and cross country while he was in school.

Aguilar says he was always interested in biology and had great teachers. His favorite subject in school  

beside biology was history. Aguilar came to our school because he wanted to work with Mr. Rupcich. His plan for CHS students is to help them become the best they can be.

Aguilar thinks technology is great and that there should be more in the classroom. He also thinks that there should be more technology because of our generation and how much we depend on it.

When a student walks into his classroom, he expects them to have an open mind and to study and work like a champion. Aguilar is interested in teaching because he likes working on science, he loves coaching sports and he likes working with other teachers.

Aguilar feels that CHS has great staff and that the students are nice and there are great teachers. Aguilar believes himself to be a fair and disciplined teacher. Aguilar wants to people to know that he is a patient person.

Caption edited 9/10 for capitalization.