Jenna Maxwell Takes State

By Abby Cross

Junior Jenna Maxwell made it to the State tennis tournament this year, playing in the first round.

Maxwell has been playing tennis since she was a freshman, making this her third year playing.

“My best experience playing tennis was beating Eaton to win the regional championship,” she said.

Jenna MaxwellMaxwell’s biggest supporters include her mom, her grandma, and her private coach Ed Anderson.

The most memorable place she has played at is Centennial Courts in Greeley, where she won regionals. Winning regionals is also her best memory. Maxwell’s special racquet is her Babolat Aero Pro Drive.

She plans on continuing playing tennis during her senior year of high school and hopes to continue playing in college.

“My number one goal for this year was to go to state, which I did,” said Maxwell.

Next year, Maxwell is most looking forward to progressing even more in tennis and making it even further in the state tournament



The Last Huzzah

By Sevil Mamedovi

Don Johnson has taught for three decades at SHS. After teaching for a total of 43 years, he has decided that it is time to retire.

Johnson teaches guitar, introduction to theatre, men’s and women’s jazz choir.

Outside of school, he spends a lot time as a volunteer at the tour center. He enjoys telling people about the place where he lives. If he wasn’t a teacher, he would be a tour guide.

“There are so many things I want to explore. I love to share our past with others and being a tour guide allows you to do that. That is something that I will enjoy to do,” said Johnson.

Johnson’s favorite holidays are the Fourth of July and Christmas, because he gets to spend time with his grandchildren. He also loves steak and pretzels.

His number one reason for teaching is “to see the joy of performing on the faces of other people and know that I help them to get to that point.”

“Most importantly, I want my students to have the ability to work with everybody,” he said.

Throughout the years, Johnson has touched many people, both directly and indirectly.

“He puts his everything into what he teaches. Mr. Johnson interacts with his students, he generously cares about them in all aspects. If you have a problem at home, he understands it. He cares about his students very much, and that’s something that you don’t see as much anymore,” said senior Molly Hulse.

“I think Mr. Johnson might be a wizard. He has made such an impact on the lives he’s been a part of. At his “Going Away” concert, so many people showed up from so many years ago. He is the wonderful wizard of Sterling,” said junior Clifford Farrington.

Johnson not only touched students, but also fellow teachers.

“I have known Mr. Johnson for 28 years.  My special memory of him is the wonderful friendship we share. He is one of my best friends here at Sterling High School,” said Spanish teacher Cheryl Rael.

I have known Mr. Johnson now for 8 years. One of my favorite memories of Mr. Johnson comes from when SHS put on the musical The Sound of Music.  At the time I was performing in the pit orchestra with other members of the band.  About 45 minutes before the opening show, the lead character in the play, Captain Von Trapp, was run over by a truck and was unable to perform.  After finding that out, Mr. Johnson said to me, “you will fit in the costume nicely.  Here is a script, down the hall is your dressing room, and head over to make up.  You are the captain now.”  The best part came when Mr. Johnson gathered the whole cast together to give one final pep talk before the show began and he said, “Now I know that you are all nervous and anxious for the show to start but just remember one thing… No matter how nervous you are, Mark is probably more nervous than you,” said band instructor Mark Thompson. “As far as being both colleague and student of Mr. Johnson goes, I would say I prefer being a colleague because even though I work beside him, Mr. Johnson is still my mentor and my teacher.  Now I get the honor of having him as my teacher AND my co-worker.”

These are only a small fraction of the people that Johnson has affected and there is no doubt that he will be greatly missed.

To me, Mr. Johnson is an awesome and amazing teacher and I’m so thankful I had him as a teacher during my time in America.

“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.” -Alexandra K. Trenfor


Tiger Scholar of May

By Amber Antinora

3As a result of his motivation and artistic ability, Abe Arguello is the student of the month for May.

Arguello was born in Lamar, CO on May 30, 1997. Now, as a “fresh adult”, he enjoys drawing, evaluating computer programs, writing stories and biking.

His favorite class is art and his favorite teachers are Mrs. Scott and Mr. Hessler.

His favorite movie series is the Back to the Future movies and his favorite book is 1984 by George Orwell.

Arguello plans to attend NJC to major in art. He sees himself as an animator in 10 years.

“I am sort-of excited to get out of high school. I will miss some parts, including how easy senior year was,” he said.

His favorite high school memory is his senior prom.

“I enjoyed dancing,” said Arguello.

This year, he will graduate with a 3.59 GPA. His favorite quote is, “That was then, this is now.”

SHS Administration Addresses Dress Code

By Amber Antinora

School (2)As the temperature increases, so does the interest on the school dress code debate.

Sterling High School, like most American high schools, has a dress code. It was put into effect quite some time ago and was last edited two years ago under former principal Diana Chrisman. It currently calls for a “decent coverage” with three more specific rules.

The dress code policy states that clothing exposing “traditionally private parts of the body” is prohibited. Along with coverage, there are no sunglasses, hats or clothing showing gang, drug or sexual activity allowed.

After talking with multiple students and faculty, it is clear that there are varying opinions towards the dress code, particularly between the students. Some say it is fair and basically necessary, while some say it is completely biased. The faculty mostly agrees that the dress code is important for students to prepare them for work.

Many girls say that the dress code is for everyone and boys break it just as often, yet feel as if it is enforced mainly on the women. The administration says that it is mainly the girls breaking the rules, but did not give a direct answer to the requirement of short or skirt length, which is not specifically outlined in the policy book. They claim that they do not want to be the “shorts sheriff” or the “shirt sheriff”, and reiterate a decent coverage. As of this writing, an answer was never given as to why there is a dress code.

“Look at the amount of girls versus the amount of boys that have had to change for exposed shoulders. That should be proof in itself that the dress code isn’t what’s wrong, but the way it is enforced is what’s unfair,” said sophomore Jessi Guereca.

Teachers at SHS grew up in different generations at different places, but most agree that expectations are mostly different today.

Art teacher Chelsea Scott says at her high school, anything exposing shoulders was prohibited, along with sweats, pajamas and leggings. English teacher Sarah Wernsman says she only wore baggy clothes: sweatpants and hoodies. Some do not remember having a dress code, while a few teachers say that it is “more or less the same” as it was when they were in high school.

The majority agreed that the dress code is there to get students ready for the “real world”.

Social Studies teacher Anne Owens states the primary goal of school and teachers is to prepare students for after high school and for the standards of the workplace.

Wernsman said, “I think it is necessary for students to dress appropriately for whatever the occasion calls for, and most students understand this, but (of course) we will always have special cases who abuse the privilege.”

Scott agreed with Wernsman.

“Every job I’ve had has some sort of agreed upon dresscode, some more strict than others. It is just a reality of the ‘real world.’ If we are supposed to be preparing you to go get a job and be professional, then school should have a dress code that makes sense for work environments,” she said.

“Since my background is working closely with employers, and since society expects educators to prepare students for ‘workforce readiness’ then I feel a dress code in school is not only appropriate, but probably a necessity,” said Enrichment Advisor/Counselor Lyn Frank.

The claim that in order to be respected or seen equally as peers, one must be dressed a certain way offends many high school students, locally and nationally. Jefferson County Public Schools in Arvada, Colorado made news this school year because students went in protest of their dress code.

“It’s insulting that apparently appearance is more important than education,” said sophomore Kaitlynn Prelle.

On the first time being confronted about a dress code violation, students will be asked to change, by going home or having alternative clothing brought to them. If the student is unable to arrange that, he or she will be given a written warning and have their parents called. After that, missing school days, parent conference, suspension and expulsion are expected for “repeat offenders.”

The handbook prohibits clothing that “disrupts the teaching-learning process.”

Freshman Briar Hulse finds this unfair.

“If boys get distracted, that’s their problem. I can control myself,” she said.

In my opinion, the body is not automatically sexual. “Knowledge pays,” and that should be the only thing that someone should think about while at school, not having their skin be seen as a distraction or being singled out and missing school.

May’s Tiger of the Month

By Sydney Goldenstein


In recognition of his senior baseball career, the male athlete of the month for May is Noah Meraz.

Meraz was born on August 20, 1997.

His parents are Denise and Gilbert Meraz, and he has two siblings, Adrian and Angela. They have two dogs, Howdy and Bo.

Despite his commitment to baseball, Meraz maintains a 3.1 GPA.

Noah Meraz“My favorite subject is Brad’s (Hessler) class, it’s the only class that teaches you things you can apply in real life,” said Meraz.

Meraz is number five in the outfield. He has played baseball for eight years, 2 years in high school.

His pre-game ritual is to ask “Burk” (junior Austin Burkholder) what time it is.

“The best thing about baseball is Burk,” said Meraz. “The worst is Austin Nelson.”

His favorite sports memory was state golf his junior year; it was home and they won.

When asked what his best game of the season was, Meraz replied, “all of them.”

One of Meraz’s personal records was having the most consecutive batters hits his freshman year.

His advice to underclassmen is, “First, it dingers. Second, be like Matt Wheeler.”

Some of Meraz’s favorite things include Subway, the movie Django, the series Percy Jackson, and the T.V. show Supernatural. His favorite sport is golf, famous athlete is John Cena, and his hobbies include ‘destiny, destiny, and destiny.’

Meraz’s favorite quote is “what would Kaiser do?”

His role model and inspiration are both Erick Krier, “because of his attitude and stunningly good looks,” added Meraz.

“My confidence boost is waking up every morning, looking in the mirror, and realizing I’m not Todd, and that drives me through the day,” said Meraz.

His biggest supporter is Laci Burtard, who never misses a game.

“Shoutout to Alonso Meraz, keep it real,” said Meraz.

His goal for high school is to graduate without paying for his Composition class.

He plans on attending NJC for two years.

In 10 years, Meraz sees himself “stuck in Sterling.”

May’s Tigress of the Month

By Katlyn LaPorte

In recognition of her many accomplishments, Cyntera May is the athlete of the month for May.

May was born on April 4, 1998.

She lives with her mom and dad, Ryder and Dana May, and has an older sister Laurianna. She has one dog, Rowlee.

May maintains a 3.822 GPA. Her favorite subject in school is psychology because she likes understanding why people do things.

After she graduates from high school, May plans to attend college at Weber State University to study dance education.

May has played tennis since her freshman year. She also participates in cheerleading and dance.

“The best part of tennis is that you get to go take out your frustration on balls,” said May. “The worst thing is when you make a ton of mistakes in a row. It’s really frustrating when you just can’t do anything correctly.”Cyntera May

“My favorite sports memory was either state cheer last year or Strasburg cheer competition this year,” said May.

Although May participates in many sports, dance is her favorite.

Advice May has for the underclassman is to “get out there during the summer with someone and just get a feel for the game before you start; summer is where the real change happens.”

Dance, music and everything along those lines are May’s favorite hobbies.

May really enjoys the movie The Secret Life of Bees and the book The Forbidden Game. The Bachelor is her favorite television show and her favorite food is potatoes. Her all-time favorite athlete is professional tennis player Serena Williams.

“My favorite high school memory is the first year at Winter Park Ski Music Festival,” said May.

A quote that May loves is “After all, Ginger Rodgers did everything Fred Astaire did; she just did it backwards and in high heels.”

May’s role model and inspiration is her grandma.

“My grandma is great and adorable and we are basically the same person,” she said.

“In 10 years I hope to be married, living in the mountains, and have my own dance studio that competes,” said May.

May does not plan on playing tennis collegiately but there is a tennis club at her college that she plans on joining.

Ideas Collide at the Great American Debate

By Gracie Bacon

On Thursday, May 12 2016, Ian Blake’s Speech class debated on unusual subjects during eighth hour.IMG_2687

Senior Erick Krier won his debate against Senior Zane Powell on a counter argument on the legalization of prostitution.

Krier gave his thoughts about the debate.

“I think it was pretty fun. I didn’t show up to a lot of the research days. All-in-all it was a fun experience working on the debate. This class was a fun class. What helped Zane and I decide our topic most was Mr. Blake. He told us “Go big or go home”. My proposition on this project was going against the legalization of prostitution. I liked speaking in front of the crowd because it made it much more fun. You got to see other people’s reactions and it made me not as nervous compared to a bigger crowd,” he said.

Powell also expressed his thoughts on the debate.

“I liked the debate because I like getting up in front of people and speaking my mind. The subject Erick and I came up with was kind of a wow factor. We asked Mr. Blake if we could do the topic of legalized prostitution and he said “Well it is not on the list of banned topics but it might be next year.” Since Erick was fighting against the prostitution, I fought for it. The debate was fun for me because I love speaking in front of crowds,” he said.IMG_2677

Senior Trystan Piper also gave his opinion over the debate.

“I thought it was really cool how we got to actually do a real debate in this class. Brandon Galvin, Zach Albright, Luis Rojas, Raúl Sanchez and I chose our topic over a real life topic and a hot topic. I thought that speaking in front of a crowd was fun and easy to do. Brandon, Zach and I were the affirmatives for a wall on the border in this debate,” he said.

Junior Luis Rojas also gave his input on the debate. “I did not really like doing the debate. I did not like talking in front of people so the debate was kind of uncomfortable for me,” he said.

Senior Emily Rutherford also voiced her outlook on the debate, “I liked how this class and this project helped me learn how to speak better in front of people. It was truly a great experience! I don’t really know how we chose our subject, if I’m honest. I was for the designer babies in this debate. At first, I was a little nervous to speak in front of a crowd, but when I started debating, I forgot about the crowd and had a lot of fun.”