September Tigress of the Month


By: Cristen Kircher

This year’s September tigress of the month is Bre Freeland who plays varsity volleyball as well as soccer and she maintains an average GPA of 2.5. Freeland has been playing both volleyball and soccer since she was  five years old. To play sports at  Sterling  High  School you have to hold yourself accountable for keeping up with your grades and  not let the team downsays Freeland.

Freeland has been playing these sports  throughout high school but does not plan on playing in college. It is not easy for me to keep all of my grades up. I have to work extra hard to  maintain  good grades while playing sports.” When she graduates, she plans to go to Northeastern Junior College here in Sterling Colorado.  Freeland wants to go to become an athletic trainer.  However, she will have to go to another college to finish her  schooling for her chosen career.

Freeland’s favorite subject in school is science because it coincides with what she wants to do after college.  Bre Freeland has worked so hard to accomplish what she wants and has accepted all of the hard work that comes along with it because she knows it will pay of in the end.


September Tiger of the Month


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By: Emily Gemaehlich

September tiger of the month is senior Jayson Frank he is involved in football,
basketball, as well as track and field. “What I love about all three of these sports is the opportunity to go onto the court or the field or the track with my fellow brothers and sisters and showcase the talents that God has blessed me with. I have been able to build lasting relationships over these past few years of sports that I wouldn’t trade for the world! On top of that, it has been an honor to put on my jersey and represent my school.” Frank says.

Aside from all of these sports, he also manages to keep an average GPA of 3.3. “It actually isn’t hard to balance school with sports but I let my grades slip early in my high school career so I have been working to get my GPA back up.” Jayson says.

I asked what his favorite sport to play was and he said that “It’s hard to choose my favorite out of these three but I think the one that has played the biggest role in my life is basketball.” He also adds, “I have grown up with a basketball in my hands and have spent years improving my game. I will always have an unconditional love for the game of basketball and where it has gotten me today.”

Since Frank is a senior, he will be graduating in May. his plan is to go to college to play basketball or compete in track and field. Jayson is a very smart student and talented athlete. We hope that his last year is a great one and he keeps on playing.

September Tiger Scholar


Daisy Garcia September.JPGBy: Gabby Sonnenberg

The Tiger Scholar for September is senior Daisy Garcia, who averages a 3.5 GPA. That
kind of GPA requires hard work and focus. A 3.5 GPA has to be earned, by always turning in your homework and studying. Daisy’s favorite subject in school is English, she has started taking college classes. Time management is very important, especially with doing homework. Daisy has not only limited herself to school work, she plays tennis as well. Daisy loves playing tennis, she try’s to play in her spare time. She has played varsity tennis since freshman year.

Outside of school she enjoys going out with her friends and family. She tries to spend her spare time hanging out with friends, being with her family, and playing tennis.
Garcia keeps her grades up by managing her time and always doing her best on her assignments.

Daisy likes helping people and wants to become a nurse. Garcia’s plan after high school is to go off to college to continue her study in nursing. She would like to go through the NJC nursing program, but would also enjoy going to a college where she can study nursing and still be able to play tennis.

Daisy manages to keep her grades up and still play tennis, all while fitting time in to her schedule to have time with family and friends. Garcia’s advise for the underclass man is, “ To make the best of your four years of high school and make as many memories you possibly can also always do your best in school and never give up.” Daisy learned to manage her time and always stay focused with her school work, and all it paid off.

September Teacher of the Month


Mr. Cuba helping physical science student Jayce Maker

By: Destiny Boden

September teacher of the month is science teacher Mr. Cuba who teaches earth science, physical science, and chemistry. “I never wanted to be a teacher but all the professors at college told me [I would be] good at it. I never studied to be a teacher and became one years after college,” Cuba stated. Before teaching, he had worked in research and did not like it. He claimed “[I] decided to go into teaching after much consideration about my future.”

Even though he wasn’t planning on teaching, Cuba loves it. He believes “school should be rigorous and fun at the same time.” He also says that his teaching style is “rigorous, fun, and fair.” Cuba’s least favorite part of teaching is grading. He truly loves it though when “a students face lights up after [they finally understand] something.”

Cuba has been teaching for 18 years but this is only his second year teaching at SHS. Reflecting on the community, Cuba noted “Everyday Sterling grows on me a little more.” Teachers, just like us, were or still are students. Cuba is no different! As a student, Cuba describes himself as being “either loved or hated [by everyone], there was no in between.” He also recalls “I have always loved learning anything new, but the subject I struggled the most with was learning a new language.” Although he’s a teacher, he still has a life outside of school. Cuba spends his vacation time fishing, hunting, gardening and training his dogs.

There are many great teachers here at Sterling High School, but this month Mr. Cuba went above and beyond. As the year continues we wish the best of luck to Mr. Cuba and his students. Keep up the good work!

(Picture features student Jayce Maker)

New Teacher Story

By: Baylee Dorcey

This year welcomes five new teachers to Sterling High School. Many of them share the same amount of experience teaching. However, there are exceptions. All of them share the same passion for teaching and are very excited to meet their students, which there are no exceptions to. For those of you who haven’t met them, here are your new teachers. Mr. Mendenhall is taking over as the new weight training teacher, and this is his third year teaching public school. Previously, taught three years at the junior college, he then became a teacher because he enjoys working with kids and teaching them about physical fitness. Mendenhall’s goal for this year is to develop his students both physically and mentally. When asked why he chose to work at SHS, he replied: “I was going to school at NJC and I liked the community. I liked the town and the people.” Like Mr. Mendenhall, Mrs. Goss takes delight in working with students.

Mrs. Goss

Mrs. Goss teaches Algebra I and Geometry, and this is her fourth year teaching. She grew up in Brush and wanted to be closer to her family and it was cheaper to live out here than in the city. The thing that drew her to teaching was the ability to choose a different activity every day and getting to know all types of different people. And, her goal for this year is to have a positive year. Both Goss and Mrs. Church enjoy meeting the different types of students.

Mrs. Church teaches English I, English II, American literature survey, and yearbook. It is her fourth year teaching. She became a teacher because she always loved English and both of her parents were teachers. Her #1 goal this year is to get to know all of her students. Unlike Mrs. Church, who came to Sterling because she wanted to work at a larger school, Mrs. Flippin wanted to get away from the big city.

Mrs. Flippin teaches Family and Consumer Sciences. She has been teaching for four years. She came to SHS because she wanted to get away from the big city. I became a teacher because I love helping people and seeing that light bulb go off. Flippin’s goal for this year is to make connections with her students and grow the Family Career Community of America (FCCLA) club. Mr. Negley and Flippin want to develop better connections with their students.

Mr. Negly

Another new teacher is Mr. Negley. He teaches the Foundations of Art and Studio Art classes. During the 80s, he went to school for his Bachelor’s in art and education, which he put to use at the Sterling Correctional Facility. After his retirement, he got the chance to teach art, something he carries a torch for. His goal for this year is to get his students as far as he possibly can in their art education. The duo of new art teachers both want to develop their students as far as they possibly can artistically.

Mr. Cho

Current teacher of Digital Photography, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Graphic Design, Mr. Cho is one of the new art teachers. He came to Sterling to spread the world of art, which he has a passion for. Cho’s goal for this year is to make connections with his students and survive. It would seem that he’s already doing the former. Isaac Deleon says, Mr. Cho is the GOAT. Greatest of all Time. While Isaac might not think the other teachers are is cool as Mr. Cho, the Bengal Cry is very excited to introduce you to this year’s new teachers and hopefully, they stay here for a longtime. We hope, the rest of Sterling High School is as excited to get to know them as we are.

Teacher of the Month: January

20180112_152231The teacher of the month for January is Charles Cuba. He is one the science teachers here at Sterling High School. Cuba has been teaching here for almost a year. In total he has been teaching for 18 years.

Cuba teaches Earth Science, Physical Science, Chemistry and Physics. One of his favorite parts of teaching is interacting with the students. When asked why he became teacher, Cuba said, “I have always had the ability to explain topics to other people and my professors suggested that I go into teaching.” One the people that Cuba says influenced him was his father. He says, “Before he died he told me to find a profession that would make me happy.”

Cuba has many years of teaching under his belt and has many memories. However he says, “There really isn’t just one memory. I just love to see the look in the eyes of the students who understand something for the first time.”

Cuba has a goal to reach this year and years to come and that goal would be to prepare the students for the future. He hopes to accomplish as much as he can throughout the year.

Here are some fun facts about Cuba. Contrary to popular belief he actually likes being here with the students. He enjoys outdoor activities like hunting and fishing. He also enjoys “The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Cuba’s favorite holiday is the 4th of July. He says, “It celebrates America and who doesn’t love fireworks?!”

Pep Rally 2017

By: Gabi Sonnenberg

The pep rally is one of Sterling High School’s big events to get us ready for the homecoming football game, to set the mood.  

The 2017 pep rally started off with the SHS cheerleaders hyping up the crowd. Unfortunately the cheerleaders did not get to perform their state routine for the state routine. Freshman, cheerleader Alexia Cure said “Yeah I was disappointed that we didn’t get to perform our state routine, but of course I had lots of fun being able to cheer at the pep rally. It was an amazing experience and I’m happy I got to spend it with my sister.”  

The pep rally had fun mini games and challenges that students out of the audience got to participate in. One of the games consisted of senior volleyball players serving balls over the net while senior Golfers tried to catch them in huge pants. “It was my first year at Sterling high and I had lots of fun watching the pep rally.” Said Senior, Rayleen Brown.  

The football players of course had a chance to participate. Junior varsity and Varsity football players competed against each other, in an activity where they lined up single file and tried to pull every player through their legs without letting go of one another’s hand, and whoever finished the fastest won the game. Later two student council members competed in a lip sync battle, it was fun to watch and listen to and the students really enjoyed it. Freshman, Jaden Newson ended up winning that competition against junior, Jace Pittman. The students then had a game for the special needs students, and volunteer Kaitlynn Prelle. That consisted of scooters, basket balls, and balloons. Kids would race to do one layup, then run to the other half of the gym and back with a balloon, and then have their partner push them across half of the gym and back on a scooter. The students who played that looked like they really enjoyed themselves.  

Despite the fact that the cheerleaders were unable to perform their planned state routine, they led the crowd in cheers that thrilled students and staff alike.