September Tiger Scholar

By: Kirsten Hernandez

Brynn Abernathy is September’s Tiger Scholar due to her academic excellence.

brynn.pngAbernathy plans to graduate high school with a 4.0 GPA. Throughout high school Abernathy has participated in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Student council and yearbook. This year Abernathy is Executive Vice President of Student Council.

Throughout high school, Abernathy’s favorite high school memory is going to football games with her friends. Abernathy’s favorite subject in school is English.

 She said, “My favorite subject in school is English because I enjoy reading and writing.”

Sarah Wernsman has been her favorite teacher throughout high school. Abernathy plans to attend a four year university and earn her bachelor’s degree after graduation.

Abernathy plans on “majoring in communications because I like to write and being involved in media like television and radio.”

In ten years Abernathy sees herself with a good education and having a successful career. Abernathy’s biggest role model in life is her great grandmother.

She said, “She is constantly putting others before herself and has overcome many obstacles in her life. She also encourages me to grow in my relationship with Jesus. I hope I can make such an impact on someone’s life someday as she has had on mine.”

Abernathy’s favorite quote is “I don’t know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future.” she said, “This it reminds me that no matter what you go through in life, and how many uncertainties you face that God is always in control of your life and has the perfect plan in store for you.”

On Abernathy’s free time she enjoys to sing and play guitar, spend time with her friends and family, and play with her dogs Digbi and Mini. Her favorite movie is Pure Country because it has George Straight in it. Abernathy’s favorite book is Though My Eyes by Tim Tebow. Her favorite food is pasta, and her favorite holiday is Halloween. “Halloween is my favorite holiday because I love scary movies, haunted houses and getting dressed up.”

Before Abernathy graduates she has a piece of advice that she thinks would help the underclassman be successful in high school.

 She said, “The advice I would give underclassmen to be successful in high school is to do your best on all of your work and try not to stress yourself out over the little things.”

 

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Parking Lot Predicament

By Danessa Allen

The 2017-2018 school year has been full of surprises for the students of Sterling High School, from getting plenty of new teachers, to the chaos of coming back to school, and perhaps, the most shocking thing the students have discovered, are the new guidelines regarding the SHS parking lot, which includes not being able to sit in the parking lot during the lunch break, whether it is in your car or just standing in the parking lot. This goes along with what some call “the off-campus lunch dilemma.”parking lot 002.JPG

For the students of Sterling High School this is one of the biggest and most prominent changes so far. The new rules of the parking lot affects older and younger students alike, because there are students at SHS that drive and there are also students that get rides from upperclassmen, or friends that have their license.

There is no way of knowing why or how this rule came about but there is a very mixed opinion about the rules and how they affect the students of Sterling High School, however, the students interviewed expressed negative opinions about the change.

Students that have been going to SHS for two years or more are the ones most affected by the new rules and they’re also the most passionate. Junior, Bryce Gilliland was asked about his standpoint on the new rule of not being able to sit in the parking lot during lunch and he had a very strong opinion.

“I don’t think it’s a good idea because it’s our free time. Honestly, if they tell me that I can’t park in the parking lot then I don’t think my parents should have to pay taxes to have it fixed.” Gilliland joked. “But really, I should be allowed to sit in the parking lot during lunch because I do still go to school here.”

Gilliland was also asked if he believed that the new rules are in the student’s best interest or if he believes that our freedom is being taken away. “It’s definitely taking away our freedom, if the staff is going to treat us like adults and expect us to act like adults then they should give us the opportunities that adults have.” He added, “You don’t see any adults not being able to sit in the parking lot on their break.”

Many other students have the same opinion as Gilliland. Emma Seghi agrees with Gilliland and had almost exactly the same views.

“I honestly don’t like it, because they give us 30-40 minutes lunch period and that’s with all the rush hours of people’s lunch breaks and everything so yes we are going to go get our food and bring it back to campus because it’s so much easier. I don’t really see the big deal,” she stated. “They want us to be on time everyday after lunch but they won’t let us sit in our cars to finish our food? The drive-thrus take forever and it’s even worse if you go inside to order. They claim that they’re worried for our safety, but what’s so dangerous about sitting in the car to finish a hamburger?”

Even though Seghi has a strong opinion as to why the rules are not a good solution, she does see where the staff is coming from.

“I can see how they are trying to help us out, but there are other ways that they can do it,” she stated. “I feel as if they’re taking away our freedom in a way because it’s our lunch time, our break for the day, and not letting us finish our meals in the car isn’t right. Kids sit in their cars in the morning before the bell or when they’re coming back from waivers, what’s the difference between that and lunch?”

It is evident that the new rules have in fact taken a toll on the students at SHS, and hopefully the students will become more accustomed to the new rules and regulations, because the SHS staff is simply trying to keep the students that attend safe, and sometimes, safety requires sacrifices.

SHS Welcomes New Teachers

By Amanda Ferguson

This year SHS is welcoming seven new teachers to its campus. Some have been teaching for as long as they can remember, while others have just started. Some did not even go to school to become a teacher. Foe example Ms. Baillas, went to school to be an engineer.

Mr. Cuba said, “I never went to college to be a teacher, teaching found me.”

Mr. Cuba is the new science teacher. This is not his first rodeo he has been teaching for 17 years now, all of which have been at a high school level.

He said, “When I was in college I taught labs, a PHD told me I had a knack for teaching.”

Before Sterling he taught at Summit High School, in Summit County.

He said, “I drove through here to go pheasant hunting, It is an easier and shorter ways from where I plan on retiring.”

He said, “Interacting with teens. I find them to be very funny.”

Now down to the educational part of things, Cuba’s number one goal to reach this year is “to have the best lesson ready for the students everyday.”

Mr. McGuiness is one of the new English teachers. He has also been teaching for 17 years, granted not all at the same level, but still not his first rodeo.

He said, “It was a process of elimination. I was working at a church and I liked the teaching part of it, but not the administration.”

McGuiness said, “ My family lived here before. We liked the community so when there was a chance to we jumped on it.”

Before teaching here at SHS he taught two years at Laguna Creek High School in California.

He said, “I am a big fan of Socrates, I really want to get Socratic Seminars off the ground in my English classes.”

Ms. Splichal is also another English teacher. She has taught at many grade levels. Five years in secondary schools in Colorado and some in Nebraska.Splichal Fall 2017

Splichal said, “My passion for education began when I was a little girl role playing “school” in our toy room. I then discovered Montessori with my own children. When the time arose for my youngest to attend first grade, I began teaching in traditional education. Having an intricate role in preparing youth for the future has been both exciting and rewarding.”

She said, “The SHS Cheerleaders could say it best when they chant: T-E-A-M-W-O-R-K. The camaraderie at Sterling High School starts at the top. We are part of a big family here.  When looking in from outside of the District, one might say, ‘I want what they have.’ I am proud to work at RE-1.”

Her number one goal to reach this school year is to work tirelessly at inspiring her students to overcome adversity, find their brilliance and to have each person who walks into her classroom to feel valued.

20170824_161337Ms. Biallas, is one of the new math teachers. This is her first year as a teacher. She became a teacher because she wants to inspire people to love math and numbers.

Biallas said, “The community we have is fantastic and very welcoming.”

Ms. Biallas’ number one goal this year is to have students apply themselves in geometry.

 

Ms. Montejano is another SHS math teacher. She has been a teacher for 14 years at the middle school and 4 years at a high school.20170901_155415

“I love math and I like kids, and teaching at a high school allows me to talk about math all day.”

She said, “I like seeing the light bulb go off when a student understands something they have been struggling with.”

Montejano’s number one goal that she hopes to reach the school year is to see everyone pass and for them to be confident on math.

Dr. Johnson is the new business and accounting teacher. She has been teaching for many year. Almost all of it has been at a high school level.

“I grew up in a town like Sterling. I felt comfortable in this town . It is also similar to the one I grew up on and the school is similar to where I went and taught at.”

Dr. Johnson said the reason she became a teacher was that her mom said it was her calling and that she saw the teacher in her. Her favorite thing about being a teacher is that she interacts with the students and shares their gain of knowledge and she enjoys helping them develop their minds. Dr. Johnsons number one goal that she hopes to meet the school years is that she would like to organize the FBLA program for the students.

Ms. Bell is the new home economics teacher. She has been a teacher for over 20 years.

“I grew up coming through here. My family lives close by and I know the are,” Bell said

The reason she became a teacher was because she loved to learn and liked to share what she learned. Her favorite thing about teaching is seeing the light bulb click when a student understands something new. Ms. Bells number one goal this year is to grow the Family Careers Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

September Teacher of the Month

By Lesly Guereca

Sterling High School welcomes back Chelsea Scott. September’s “Teacher of the month” for the month of September. Many students look at her like their favorite art teacher, and talk wonderful things about her classes.

football game 003Scott teaches Foundations of Art, Ceramics 2,3, and 4. As well as Digital Photography 1,2, and Graphic Design 2.

She has been teaching at Sterling High school for 3 years this year being her fourth. She teaches 9th,10th,11th,and 12th grade every class having different amounts of kids in there. She’s one of the only two teachers in the school that teaches art, and has done a very good job at keeping the art department together.

Scott said, “Everyone is an artist in their own way” Answering the question “What made you want to become a teacher at SHS”. Chelsea has a very special way of teaching every student loves her classes when you ask students they always have something nice to say about her.

Scott has a main goal in Sterling High School this year to show students that everybody can be creative in their own way. Not everyone thinks they can draw, but she helps everyone and encourages them to try. Her favorite part about teaching is seeing when the spark is started. For example, when the light bulbs go on and the creativity is about to begin.As we all grow up we all have someone that influences us in many ways that can help us determine an idea for our future. Who influenced Scott to become a teacher?

“My High school teacher” ,replied Miss.Scott.

From having new kids everyday you make new memories every day,  but one of Scotts favorite memory in her teaching years  was “the incident of the wax resist on the ceiling” the big smile on her face said it all! Throughout the years she considers that being the best memory of her high school teaching career.

A little more about Chelsea that we may not know  is she has 200 people in her immediate family! Everyone has different activities they like to do hers was snowboard, travel, and anything outside for example like the lake.Scott sounds like a very outgoing teacher that enjoys to have fun in school and outside of school. Last but not least, Miss.Scott loves Halloween! The reason why is because of the cool costumes, and spooky decorations. Her favorite food are “Cheesy bread” in all varieties. Or in her words “Carbs”.

To wrap things up Chelsea Scott has a great personality, a great way of teaching, and students love her. Being elected “Teacher of the month” made her very happy. WE all wish to keep on seeing her throughout the years, and remember her for what she taught us in Art, and letting us express ourselves through the work of art. Sterling High School thanks her for everything she does for her students, and continues doing everyday.