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Interview with Sarah Blesener, Photojournalist
by Sage Addington '18
On Thursday, September 28, 2017, Ms. Sweetwyne's 5th hour class had the privileged of speaking with photojournalist Sarah Blesener over a video call. The 25 year old photographer was very kind and enthusiastic, providing information and tips the class was excited to hear. Many students took away that you should do something you're passionate about and work on projects that interest you, even if you're just diving into your curiosity. Students also took away that no matter what type of journalism you go into there will always be critiques and you should be careful who you in trust your work with when publishing it.
You can sit in on this interview as well by watching the video below:
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week we asked Ambush! Readers if they went to homecoming and 76% said no while 24% said yes.
AP Class Changes
by Crystal Martinez '21
I interviewed Mr. Romero, our principal at Gallup High, and asked a couple questions about the AP classes and the tests that are taken. When asked if changes to AP classes in 2018 will be made he responded with, “Yes, more classes will be offered and more teachers being AP certified. College and career readiness points for students in AP. Students are allowed to take AP tests without AP classes, however with AP classes they will be better prepared for the test.”`
AP classes help students with preparation for college and even though taking the test is allowed without having taken AP classes, the classes do help with the test scores, points, plus preparation for college and careers. I asked two more questions about AP and how it's going so far; when asked if classes will be dropped if test scores are low, Romero went on to say, “No tests prepare students for college whether passed or not.” Raechelle Sandoval, Associate Editor of the Ambush! School & Community section, also helped me get more information on AP saying, “When we have more people in AP classes and taking the AP test we get more points towards our school grade.”
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week we asked Ambush! Readers what their class color is and we received a flood of responses. According to the poll, 30% are blue, 20% are red, 20% are yellow, and 30% are green!
Hello, Homecoming Week!
by Raechelle Sandoval '18
Homecoming week celebrates everyone coming back to the school, and the beginning of the school year. This year’s theme is Rockin’ with the Bengal’s, 50s Style. The week is full of fun events, starting Monday, September 11th. Details for each day will be posted at the bottom of the article. Everyone is encouraged to participate in homecoming week, and it can be extremely fun when you do! We want you to have fun, but please remember to dress appropriately each day to avoid being dress coded.
Monday- Class Color Day:
Wear your class color to represent your class with pride! At 6:30 pm class games will be held at the Public School Stadium. Come out and participate with your class at a variety of games, including a chanting contest! Class colors are listed below.
Tuesday- Pajama Day
Relax in your pajamas, especially 50’s style pajamas to embrace the theme of the week! From 5:00-7:00 pm street painting will be help in front of the school. Each class will be given four gallons of paint (one gallon of each color, including black, white, orange, and your class color). Each class will then create a painting, including the theme, Bengal mascot or paws, class name, and year of graduation. At 7:00 pm each painting will be judged and a winner will be decided. Ask your class sponsor for additional rules.
Wednesday- 50’s Sock Hop
Dress like you're from the 50’s! For ideas, look at movies such as Grease, Crybaby, and Mad Men.
Thursday- 50’s Hair-dos and Crazy Socks
Show us your best 50’s hair and crazy socks! From 4:00-7:00 pm we will be decorating for the homecoming assembly. Anyone interested in helping is welcome. We need as much help and we can get!
Friday- Spirit Day
Show all of your Bengal Spirit by wearing your orange and black! The homecoming assembly will be held at 2:30, where the top three king/queen candidates will be announced. From 4:15-5:30 the Homecoming Parade will be held on Coal Street. Then at 7:00 Gallup High Varsity Football will play Shiprock for the Homecoming Game. At halftime the Homecoming King and Queen will be announced!
Saturday- Homecoming Dance
Decorating for the dance will be from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, lots of help is needed, so please come decorate! The dance will be held from 9:00 pm - 12:00 midnight. Tickets will go on sale Monday, $35 for a couple’s ticket and $20 for a single.
Please remember to show your support for your school and class by participating throughout the week, and most importantly, have fun!
Homecoming King and Queen Candidates!
by Reylena Tsosie '21
Ms. Kurpiel Speaks on Class Games Being Rescheduled
by Rocco Addington '20
This week I interviewed the senior class sponsor, Ms. Kurpiel, about the class games being rescheduled. A lot of students were confused on why the class games were taking place on a Monday because in past years the class games have taken place on Wednesdays during homecoming week.
Ms. Kurpiel claimed the games were moved to Monday due to a scheduling error. It has been confirmed that the games will be held September 11th, due to the scheduling error. The error occurred when the Physical Activity Director, Mr. Malcolm, found out that there was a junior high football game scheduled for Wednesday the 13th.
The class games will be held at 6pm, at the public school stadium. The entrance fee will be two dollars. If you are a senior and you have purchased a class of 2018 shirt from Ms. Kurpiel, that can be used as your admission ticket. Remember to show up in your color to support your class! Freshman are green, sophomores are yellow, juniors are red, and seniors are blue.
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week we at Ambush! asked our readers how they felt about the free school supplies and 100% of takers said they thought some supplies were useful.
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.