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A Talk From a Pro Football Player
By Raechelle Sandoval '18
On Wednesday, November 8th, former Pro Football player Rich Garza returned to Gallup HIgh to speak to the students for the second time, the first being last spring. Garza played for the Broncos and Eagles. He went into pro football with the dream of beating the Dallas Cowboys. Garza has been speaking to groups for 33 years now. He has spoken to high schools, middle schools, professional sports teams, and prisoners, including speaking to death row twice. Garza told student that he found his faith to talk to people about making good decisions from God 34 years ago, and made the transition into public speaking, traveling from place to place, taking time away from his wife and kids, and speaking for free. Sponsors support Garza’s traveling, so a big thanks to those who brought Garza to the Gallup area this week.
If you missed the assembly, here is what he told students. Garza’s big message was that “you are not born a winner, you’re born a chooser.” He wanted to remind students that you make all of your decisions, which do not only affect you. “Your decisions affect everyone around you,” which includes your family, school, and community, Garza told the students. Garza also urged students to choose to do your work “everyday!” and to do whatever you need to do to get your high school diploma, whether that means tutoring, summer school, night school, or anything else, because the one regret most inmates Garza speak to share, is dropping out of high school. Although Garza knows not everyone took his talk seriously, he does not want to see anyone who he has talked to end up down the wrong path. He shared a story of this happening to a student he spoke to before. Garza had spoken to the student twice, in middle school and high school. The student did not take the talk seriously, and soon after got high, committed a terrible crime, which he did not share, and will spend the rest of his life in prison. Garza does not want to see this happen again, and urges all students to take him seriously.
Thank you to Rich Garza for speaking to the school, the sponsors who brought him here, and the students for remaining respectful during his talk.
Coat and Mitten Drive
By Raechelle Sandoval '18
As winter is approaching, not everyone has clothes to keep them warm; this is an issue many students are aware of. To help with this issue, Key Club is hosting a Coat and Mitten Drive. To donate to the drive, bring coats, mittens, other warm clothing, and old blankets to your 5th hour class. Your donations will help those in need as the nights and days get colder. The class that donates the most will also be awarded a dress down day. The drive ends November 17th, so bring your donations in soon!
Last Week's Poll Results
Last week, we asked if you went trick or treating. 66.7% said they have never been trick or treating, and 33.3% said trick or treating is for kids.