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13 Years Down, The Rest Of My Life To Go…

This is an interview with the Editor and Chief at The Howler of Chaparral High School.

What is your name?

Abraham Isaiah Hernandez.

What school do you attend?

Chaparral High School.

What year are you completing this year in Chaparral High School?

Senior Year.

What was High School summed up in one word?

Four years have passed by and it seems like yesterday was just the start of my freshman year here at Chaparral High School. Unlike many experiences I have had, high school will always be one of my favorites because of all the good and bad times I have had here. High school can be explained as many things but I’ll sum it up with one word. High school was “fun.”

Who inspired you and who has motivated you?

I obviously can’t take all the credit for all the work I’ve done during my high school years. I had help coming from all directions in my life but there were only a few who have actually have pushed me to become who I am today. My mother would sit in the chair next to me at the kitchen table to help me understand issues, work and life itself.  Every one of my teachers that I have had throughout my four years of high school taught me so much and have helped me progress to a better me each day.

What were your goals? Did you meet your goals?

As the years went by, I come to meet with what the real definition of a goal is and whether I have met my own. Goals aren’t meant to be achieved in one day. Goals are set to help you achieve something for yourself. Going through high school I have tried to set goals for myself everyday but I didn’t realize till these remaining days that I have at Chaparral High School that my only goal through high school is to graduate and prepare myself for the world that is coming towards me after graduation day. I do believe I have prepared myself but I know I still have more to learn later in life.

Love or Hate?

Of course, going to school continuously for four years, you can develop a love and hate relationship towards it. High school was filled with many ups and downs but it never stopped being the one place I liked going to. Call me “different,” but I actually liked coming to school to experience new friendships and what life lesson was waiting for me the next day. I could be honest and say I did not like the fact that we had to wake up so early but I got over that problem.

Regrets? Anything you would do different?

I do live with a sense of regret and disappointment in these last days because I do wish I focused more on being a top student rather than just a student who is fine with A’s and B’s. If I would have put more effort on my grades and school then I know I could have been more proud of myself right at this moment.

Something you would tell your freshman self?

Have a positive mind and be happy. I’ve seen so many people that were depressed during the years and I’ve had the chance to see where it gets them. Being depressed does not get you anywhere so the best thing you can do for yourself is to pick yourself up and keep moving forward. I was one of those kids during high school but I learned that none of that matters, all you have to do is just be happy.

Things you got to experience that you will always remember.

Experiences come and go but I get to say I lived the most memorable ones yet. This list of experiences is just part of my four years in high school.


  • Was a member of the Art Club for four years and eventually promoted the position of President of the Art Club.
  • Was a member of the Journalism team for three years and eventually promoted to the Editor and Chief.
  • Won the 2015-2016 Editorial Cartoon State Competition.
  • Went on road trips with clubs at my school.
  • Won the election of the senior class Vice President election.

Even though I have had the opportunity to live these amazing experiences through my high school years, I feel a sense of sorrow for the time I have left. High school itself was an amazing experience. High school is just like I said before, “Fun.”

Who is the Last Man Standing in the Administration Depression?

During the school year of 2016-2017, the Gadsden Independent School District has been financially struggling because of the recent funding issue going on in the state of New Mexico. The state of New Mexico is going through tough times because the price of oil barrels are low which makes the oil royalties are lower than what the state expects them to be. Not only has the state been affected by the Oil decrease but schools have been impacted so much.

According to Chaparral High School Principal Mark Rupcich, “Schools such as Truth or Consequences and Cobre are being affected so bad that they have decided to go from a five day school week to a four day school week.

Superintendent Efren Yturralde and Rupcich said that the school district was asked to give back an estimate of $5.5 million dollars to the state because of how unbalanced the state budget was.

Measures have been taken by the schools and staff such as moving teachers to other schools, budget cuts, moving kids out of small classes and held back activities to make up for the money needed to give back to the state.

The question here is, if it comes to a point where the schools have to start letting teachers go, which teachers are the first to go out the door? Rupcich’s personal opinion is that it comes down to last in first out. There are also departments like the Reduction Inforce. This is when the District comes together to start analyzing who and what they can do without. Then again, it seems that Rupcich and Yturralde both believe that this situation won’t get that far out of hand and that they will not need to come to the decision of who goes out.

The state is asking for money from the school districts but the Superintendent believes that the school system should be fine at the end of this depression.

As of right now, administration is not taking a furlough but Rupcich did say that there was a meeting where Yturralde discussed about all the principals in the Gadsden School District taking a weeks’ worth of no pay. “It is only fair that principals share the responsibility just as everyone in the school district would,” stated Rupcich.

“It’s a difficult time to be a teacher in New Mexico and to be happy with your job,” said Rupcich. Of course you see teachers still working and working together to keep this situation steady but Rupcich says, “It’s a sad day for education.”

No one really knows how bad this situation could escalate to but the Superintendent says, “Thank you to all the teachers for being calm and for working together.”

Too Many Right ways to Coach Basketball

How you coach basketball is based upon each coaches’ opinions.
Here are three coaches, one currently coaching and two retired.
Coach Guerrero is currently the head coach for the girls’ basketball team. Coach Guerrero played high school basketball. She could have played college basketball but she decided not to. Coach Guerrero has been coaching for twelve years. Her greatest achievement as a coach was making it to the district championship twice. Another one of her greatest achievements was seeing her players graduate with good grades. When coaching, she mainly focuses on basic fundamentals and staying positive. Coach Guerrero’s goals change every day. Guerrero’s main frustration is the lack of dedication. When asked what the hardest part about being a coach was she responded, “Trying to have a personal life, so much time dedicated to basketball it’s hard to have a personal life.”
Retired coach is Carl Bailey. Throughout his coaching years he coached girls and boys basketball. Bailey played high school and college basketball. He coached 34 years, and was the head coach for boys’ basketball at Coronado High School. Bailey believes that to be a basketball coach you need to have discipline, you need to work hard and have lots of patience. When Bailey was asked what the hardest part about being a coach was he said, “Time that you put in”.
Second retired coach is Hernandez, who was the head coach of the boys’ basketball team. Hernandez coached basketball for 23 years, he also coached pro ball in Mexico for 2 years. Hernandez said that to be a basketball coach it takes, “Patience, experience, and passion for the game”. His expectations for his team were to set goals and accomplish them. One of his main goals was to win state. When asked what the hardest part about being a coach is he responded with, “Disciplining the players and being loyal to the program”.
There is no one way to be a basketball coach.

Student council sets new goals

Student council is a club that donates their time to the community and those less fortunate. Their goal is to put others needs ahead of their own.
Student council tutors elementary students to improve their grades. Student council will be making thanksgiving baskets and cooking a Christmas feast for the homeless and those in need, donating canned food from homecoming to the homeless.
Student council is looking for new members who are willing to give, and make a difference in our community. Meetings begin at 12:45 in room F2 on Wednesday afternoons during lunch with sponsor M. Eva Rodden. Become part of the change and create an entirely new outlook and goal toward a healthier and happier community. Everyone can make a difference and now is the time to start.

Homecoming game shortens homecoming week

Homecoming was shortened to three days, and the Lobo pack was unhappy.
When CHS football Coach Mark Aguilar was given the choice of selecting the date for the Homecoming football game, he chose an early game. But that choice was during the Parent-Teacher Conference week for elementary and middle school students which meant a three-day homecoming and the dance would be held after the football game for the first time.
“It’s not right, it’s tradition for it to be a week,” said senior class president David Castro when he learned homecoming week would only be three days.
“All the other classes were a whole week. Why can’t we have it, it’s not fair,” said senior Luis Valenzuela about the shortened homecoming week.
The class of 2017 wants to have a memorable year. Some seniors were not happy with the change, some even said it was pretty messed up. There was fewer activities because homecoming week was only three days.
This year’s homecoming theme was Hawaiian. Many activities like the parade, and Lobo trail were not included. But there was a hall decorating contest and dress up days. Students didn’t have to spend so much on formal clothes since the theme was luau.
The homecoming dance was right after the football game and that seemed unfair to some students. According to Castro, “It’s unfair because players have no time to get ready.”
This might be the beginning of a new tradition but we will not know till next year’s homecoming.

Film it this Spring

The FCCLA organization, the Art club, and the Skills USA students will be hosting a Spring Break movie event for the community!

The event will be on Tuesday March 22nd, Thursday March 24th, and Saturday March 26th. The event will have no cost, although concessions will be sold by the hosts of the event.

“We will not be charging anything for this event, since we want it to be open to everyone in the community” said Ella Davis, leader of the FCCLA organization. “We will be serving concessions in order to raise money for a field trip for the members of the organization. These kids have been working hard in order to benefit the community. We think it’s time for them to have a little fun” said Veronica A. Hunnicut.

“Were doing this for the fun of hanging out for a while” said Samuel Soria, sponsor of the art club. “Chaparral doesn’t have many events that are open to the community, this is why I’m in on this event.” Said Stephen Galbaldon sponsor of the Skills USA club.

Face painting will be available during the event. The movies featured will be ghost busters, a Disney film, and Rise of the guardians. The event will be located at Dolores Wright Park on Lisa Dr. in Chaparral, NM. The event will begin at sun down (about 7 pm). This will be an alcohol and drug free event.