McKinley County High School Graduation Dates
Of course Gallup High School’s graduation was on May 12th, but there are plenty more graduations in Gallup and the surrounding area still to come.
May 18, 2017 (Thursday)
Tohatchi High School - 6:00 PM
May 19, 2017 (Friday)
Ramah High School - 6:00 PM
Miyamura High School - 6:00 PM, Angelo DiPaolo Memorial Stadium
May 20, 2017 (Saturday)
Central High School - 4:00 PM, MHS Gymnasium
Tse Yi Gai High School - 11:00 AM, Gymnasium
Navajo Pine High School - 10:00 AM
Middle School Mural
by Lucia Kezele '18
Since the end of April, one of our local middle schools has been working on a mural for our town. Gallup Middle School has been working a local artist on their artwork. So far they have developed two different models for what they want to do. The students are centering their mural around the idea of a “Beautiful Earth.” The hope of the artist and the students is to start painting the mural this summer and have it finished before the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. The kids have worked incredibly hard on this project and it is an amazing new thing to come to our town. It is a great way to beautify our town and make it more enticing of a place to walk around or visit.
April Poll Results!
66% of Ambush! Survey takers said they'd like to see a Wholefoods or Sprouts come to Gallup, the other 34% wanting to see a Target. 50% of Ambush! poll takers said they'd like to see an Olive Garden and the other 50% a Chik-Fli-A; The two restaurants sound a bit weird in comparison, but that seems to be what the people want.
March Poll Results!
60% of Ambush! survey takers said their favorite activity is going to the movies, 20% saying theirs is hiking, and 20% saying theirs is hanging out with their friends.
Want to Fix Your Body?
by Cliff Burnham
Want to fix your body?*
The body of your car that is! Is it rusting, peeling or chalking? Is it dented and in need of repair? Could you see yourself in a career that involves bringing old cars back to life and watching people’s eyes turn as they drive down Historic 66 in a car customized by you? If so, UNM-Gallup Collision Repair Courses through the CCTE Program is the place to be, and Floyd ‘Cliff’ Burnham is the man to see.
Mr. Burnham can be contacted on the UNM-Gallup Campus at Gurley Hall #1322 and reached by phone at (505) 863-7350 or you can call Ms. Ann Jarvis the Principal of CCTE at (509) 863-7500.
There will be upcoming tours to UNM-Gallup or you can phone ahead for your own guided tour. Mr. Burnham can show you pictures of past projects and you might even be able to see the Ice Cream Truck that the class is giving new life to now. UNM officers Certificate and Degree Programs in Collision Repair (Auto Body), Construction, Welding, IT, Criminal Justice, Medical Careers, Cosmetology and Barbering, etc. as well. Drop on be and visit with us. Your future is at hand….
specifically men’s haircuts and facial hair.
We at UNM Gallup, the Barber and Cosmetology department, are here to show you how to begin a career in Barber or Cosmetology. Even If you are interested in learning how to become a Manicurist, we offer that too! Since the trend has become more and more popular, females are proudly boasting and showing a "Master Barber" license on their wall.
Since the female barber is a minority, in my opinion females may have a bigger advantage in the barbershop! Many clients may prefer a female to cut and style their hair and beard, just as some females prefer a male stylist to cut and or style their hair.
At the UNM Campus, we encourage every student that is interested in cutting hair, coloring hair, ect. to come in and join us to get a jump start at a growing industry! Barbering and Cosmetology are definitely a growing industry that can provide a fulfilling career with many benefits including, but not limited to, working indoors when it’s cold outside! Making people look good therefore making people happy! Working in a warm and friendly environment conducive to making lifelong friendships.
Salons seem to maintain a stable growth and in some cases increase in sales. According to the Bureau of labor statistics, jobs outlook is 10% higher than average!
Statistics say that 1/3 of graduates will go on to open their own shops or salons.
We are here to show you how to get started and answer any questions you may have.
You can contact Ann Jarvis with the CCTE Program 505-863-7617 junior or senior,
You may also contact Jay Gomez @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Culture Feature: Navajo Shoe Game
Winter: the Season of hot chocolate and warm sweaters. It also happens that winter is the season of the Navajo Shoe Game. The Shoe Game is a game that is not played after early spring and not before November. The Shoe Game is when a small yucca plant is uprooted, the leaves are torn off, and the yucca root is fashioned into a ball. The yucca ball is then taken and hidden inside of a boot buried in the sand by one of the two teams. The opposing team will then send one member up to discover which boot the yucca ball is hidden in. This is done by striking the boots with a stick of a pinon pine and by asking the other team questions. Each team has a limit of three guesses. If one team guesses right the first time they will receive ten yucca leaves, if they guess it on the second time they will receive eight leaves, and if they guess it the final time they will receive four leaves. If the root is not discovered the team that hid the ball of yucca will re-hide it. The Shoe Game is typically played all night until sunrise.
The Navajo play the Shoe Game in remembrance of one of their legends. According to legend, night creatures and day creatures did not understand the importance of cycles in the universe. Each group either wanted it to be all day or all night. Because of this the first Shoe Game was played. The two groups of animals took turns hiding a yucca ball in four boots that were almost completely buried under the sand. A member from each group was send up to guess which boot the yucca ball was concealed in. Both groups played all night until the first rays of sunlight came up from the east. Neither of the teams had won and the animals learned that all seasons and cycles mattered.
AMBUSH-“How did the Balloon Rally start?”
BL- “Balloon Rally started in 1981 and was started somewhat as um a challenge between some balloonists here in Gallup and in Farmington. Farmington was claiming they had the best place to fly and we believed we did. So 36 years later we’re still running it and um they aren’t. It was just a friendly competition that stayed for a while.”
AMBUSH-“How has the Rally grown in the past 36 years?”
BL-“Well it started as probably only I think it was twelve balloons and today we average 120-140 balloons. It has grown significantly in the past 36 years in balloons and in pilots. It has grown as well in spectators. This year we had people from Hawaii, Ohio, Kansas City, and many other places.”
AMBUSH-“How does the Balloon Rally rate in Balloon Rallies across the United States number wise?”
BL-“We are the second largest in North America. The only other Balloon Rally that’s larger than ours is the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM.”
AMBUSH-“How many balloons flew this year?”
AMBUSH-“How would it be possible for high school students to volunteer to help with the Balloon Rally?”
BL-“We would love all the volunteers we could get. In particular we need help with balloon crews. Oftentimes pilots bring a crew but sometimes they are unable to. We need four people to get up each balloon and oftentimes you get a ride in the balloon. It’s a great opportunity to get some sun and get up in the air and see what happens. We hold balloon trainings that are not mandatory. We have volunteer signups that are on our website and you can email us closer to the event for more information when we are looking to sign people up as volunteers.”