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Color Guard, More Than Carrying Flags
by Alizay Chavez '21
Why is color guard important? Why do we have color guard? What is color guard? Color guard is a guard is in charge of carrying the national flag and any regimental colors. The guards march with the flags alongside two rifles. The point of color guard is to honor the flags. Color guard has been apart of the military for many years, dating back to the early 17th century. In the ancient times, armies would march into battles carrying flags with the symbolic colors, as well as, insignias of the ruler that they were representing at the time. Today in the military color guard is still around. In this point and time color guard is different, as you can see.
Gallup High Color Guard marched at the football game on Friday, August 25th. Color Guard was lead by Annalise Nez a LET-3 (Leadership, Education, Training). Color Guard was made up of four flags and two rifles. The flags presented were the American flag, New Mexico flag, Army flag, and Navajo nation flag, alongside the first and second rifles. Luke Nelson carried the American flag, and Angelena Benally carried the New Mexico flag. The Army flag was carried by Alizay Chavez and the Navajo Nation flag was carried by Riece Nez. First rifle was represented by Derek Curley, and second rifle was represented by Dion Jerry.
Friday night was calm, with color guard getting ready to march about ten minutes before the game. I was in charge of the Army flag. As a LET-1, I was nervous. It was the very first time I was doing it. During practice, I was more confident in what I was doing. Seeing the people’s faces scared me a bit, but after a while I got lost in thought. I didn't even notice them anymore, but there was still a fear within me. I did not want to mess up at all. The flag was huge compared to me. I was the shortest out of the group. Even though, I had all these fears I still had a great time on color guard. Color guard has been a great experience for me. The only problem I faced with color guard was the harnesses. Since I’m a short person the harnesses were all too big. I ended up with bruises on my thighs and stomach, but I still had a wonderful time
Are School Supplies Being Supplied?
by Lucy Martinez '18
Since the beginning of the 2017 school year, the McKinley County District has came up with the free school supplies policy. This policy consists of making sure every student has what is needed for their classes and the school year. The School supplies consisted of packages of paper, pencils, one notebook, and one three-inch-wide-binder. This has been a very controversial policy that has intrigued many students and teachers.
Many people have been wondering about the amount of money being spent on the school supplies here at Gallup High, so we got to the bottom of it. To find answers to our questions, we went straight to our principal Dominic Romero in an exclusive interview.
With the facts being reached, and learning that about 40 dollars has been spent per student, we wanted to reach out to our peers and teachers to see how they felt about the school supplies.
By the end of the day, this is a first time policy, it may need tweaks, but has high potential with helping more students and teachers in the future. If you want to find out more about the policies, read the press release below.
Gallup High and Teen Health
by Rubi Reyes '21
Many of you may know Gallup High has a Teen Health Clinic for students, located at the back of the school. Some of you may have heard about it but, do not really know what services it provides. Cynthia Gasdia, one of the staff members who works at the Teen Health Clinic says, “The Teen Health Clinic is here for the students because we offer primary care and behavioral health.” She also explains that they do offer confidential services for all students. Ms. Gasdia says, “We do offer confidential services. So that means if a student comes in and they request that, then no information is given out to the parents or the school.” The Clinic also offers immunizations, physicals, and health services if you have a cold. The Teen Health Clinic does not only benefit the students, but also the parents. “One benefit is once you or your parents fill out the packet and sign the consent form, let’s say you get sick, and they are at work, and cannot come and get you. You would be able to come over to the clinic without them to get seen. It saves time for them so that they don’t have to get out of work to take you out of school to take you to the doctor because there is a clinic right outside of school.” “Also a benefit for the students is that you don't have to miss the whole day of school to get seen for something. Students have access to a whole range of services that they can walk across the parking lot to get.” The Health Clinic serves all Mckinley County Schools, not just Gallup High, helping all teens in the community. Ms.Gasdia also says, “It’s a good feeling when you know you’ve helped someone that needs the help and that they don’t have to go out of their way for.” The Presbyterian Teen Health Clinic has been open for more than ten years.
Clinics across the United States offer walk in appointments as well. Most of the Clinics have free medical and counselling services. But not all clinics have the same opportunities as others. Some have a fee, and others do not. But all clinics have the same offers as our clinic. The most important objective of all of the Teen Health Clinics is to provide psychiatric help, and help with pregnancies. Many providers at these Clinics report more behavioral issues and pregnancies than any other issue. All clinics offer free to low cost birth control, and therapy. Our Teen Health Clinic was once opened four days a week. But, because of funding issues were forced to reduce the amount of days they were open. Now the clinic is only open on Tuesdays, from 8am till 2pm. They are open to everyone and give all students equal opportunities to receive health care.
Many Teen Health Clinics offer abortions as a solution for teen pregnancies. They also offer free information, and free advice on how to prevent getting any type of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Some Clinics also offer free to low cost STD testing, which is extremely confidential. Teenagers all over the country should know about these clinics, and the opportunities they all have available to them. There are many opportunities teens miss out on and this opportunity is too good to be missed as well. Even though many teens feel like being a teen is all about being carefree, all teens should be aware of the many dangers of diseases they are at a high risk to get. With these clinics, more students can feel safe getting help, as well as have more opportunities to get help. Be sure to check them out and go when in need of any of the services listed above.
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week we asked Ambush! readers how they felt about their teachers and found out that 62% of poll takers are worried about a few teachers, but like the rest, 25% felt good and like they might get along, and 13% are confident they'll be great.