Tiger Teacher November

By: Gabby Sonnenberg

Tiger Teacher bus
Mr. Busmente

October teacher of the month is Mr. Busmente. Busmente received a Bachelor Degree
from Western Colorado University in Gunnison Colorado. He also earned a Master’s degree from Concordia University located in Irvine California. He teaches four courses: Integrated Social Science, World History , and American Government(regular and AP). Besides a full teaching load Mr. Busmente coaches football which he has been doing for 17 years and a total of 18 years at SHS. The years of high school are when you learn what your dreams are and that’s exactly what Busmente learned. Mr. Busmente started teaching because “I was always interested in the subjects that I have come to teach.”
He really enjoyed learning about history. “I liked learning about it, and my football coach was a big part of that influence” he states. “The football coach was the person everyone would go to and I wanted to be that person,” Busmente says.

Although teaching four different courses is a challenge, Busmente enjoys it. Mr. Busmente enjoys teaching all of his classes, but “I like that in my government classes you get to learn about [both politics and history]. I also like the contemporary issues aspect of World History,” he states. Although teaching is hard work there is an upside to it for Mr. Busmente. “Of course there are some pains but there’s nothing I really dislike,” he says. Students are not the only ones who learn, teachers learn more about their subjects all the time. Although teachers can be overlooked, teaching is a lot of work and a big responsibility. His favorite part about teaching is, “Getting with the younger people and helping them to look at things in a different way” he says. His goal is to really make sure that students are not just looking at it in one perspective but observing it in multiple ways. Mr. Busmente is one of the many hardworking teachers that want the best for their students. He manages to teach four different courses every day while also coaching the football season. He enjoys teaching all of his classes because he likes to learn more about the subjects as well. Mr. Busmente is a very caring spirit and it’s no wonder why all of his students love and respect him. He cares very much about his students and is very proud of his work and what his students have accomplished.


Family Traditions of Halloween

By: Gabby Sonnenberg

As most people know Halloween is right around the corner. People are putting decorations up, finding costumes, and making goodies. People celebrate Halloween in many ways, there’s probably a million different ways to do Halloween. Halloween isn’t just about the free candy. Halloween is about spending time with friends and family, and celebrating traditions. People have different traditions for every holiday, and Halloween is no exception.
Sophomore, Jaden Newson celebrates her Halloween in a very special way “My sisters and I always dress up together. We go trick or treating and then go home and watch scary movies as a family.” She states that although she didn’t get to continue her family tradition last year, she plans to return to her roots this year.

Jaden, Emeri, Sophie Newson
Jaden, Emori, Sophie Newson 

We all have a favorite Halloween memory, and for Junior, Dillon Cranwell, his favorite Halloween memory is as a kid, he stole all the candy from the trick or treaters, hid with it, and ate it all up.
What’s a tradition without family? Hailey Simants says “I always dressed up and went to all my family member’s houses. I would go see all my grandparents, great grandparents, aunts and uncles. Then we’d go to the house on Beattie Street that is always decorated super cool. I always got scared by the fake ghost decoration. After that I just went home and ate way too much candy”.

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Rylan Swingle

Senior, Rylan Swingle “Every year we would start the evening by going to the Trick-or-Treat Street at the Rec Center and seeing all the cool and scary costumes of the people working. After that we would go to my grandparents’ house and spend hours goofing around and greeting trick or treaters at the door to scare them.” As he got older he moved on from those traditions. He now enjoys going to haunted houses and corn mazes with his friends.
If you’re a Sterling High School student you can not only celebrate Halloween at home but at school too. Students are allowed to wear their costumes this year. Some tips to remember, is that you can’t have face paint, and no face masks. Have fun and be safe SHS students.

Tiger Scholar of the Month

By: Cristen Kircher

This year’s Sterling High School October Tiger Scholar is senior Kevin Kulinenka. Kevin maintains a grade point average of 3.7. Kulinenka has been playing soccer for a long time now, but has played varsity soccer for two years and loves this sport. Although he
loves playing soccer, he will not continue to play in college due to larger goals he has for his life in the near future.

Kevin is very particular on how well he does in school which is why when it comes to school work, other parts of his life have to be set aside. Kevin stated, “I make as much time for school as I need and to do that I spend a lot of my free time studying and making sure I do my absolute best in school”.

Kulinenka’s favorite thing to do outside of school is play soccer and hang out with his friends, this is when he has accomplished all the school work he needed too. Kevin takes pride in his school work because he wants to be very successful in his future. Also to participate in high school sports, athletes have to set a high standard for themselves and have a high enough grade point average, and Kevin cares about his grades and enjoys playing soccer way too much to let his grades fall behind.

Kulinenka is currently enrolled in one college class which is offered through Northeastern Junior College in Sterling Colorado which is Composition 1, but he takes this comp class here at Sterling High School. Kulinenka says “I plan on graduating early in December to go work on my brother’s friends’ boat in New York. Then once August comes around, I plan to attend West Virginia University for either nursing or astronautical engineering”.

Currently, his favorite subject in school is math because it seems to be very easy for him which will benefit him in nursing or engineering throughout college in the future. Kevin leaves an inspirational message for the younger classes and he urges, “Keep your head up and never give up”. School and sports can be a challenging combination sometimes, but you have to push yourself to be successful. Everything that Kulinenka has worked for will pay off in the end.

Tiger Teacher

ms. splichal

By: Emily Gemaehlich

October teacher Tiger Teacher is Ms. Splichal who teaches English 1, English 4, Creative Writing, and Speech and Rhetoric. She has been a teacher for 14 years and this is her second year teaching at Sterling High School. Before Splichal came to SHS, she taught in Lincoln, Nebraska. “I came to Sterling to teach because I felt supported by families who are invested in their children. There is an expectation to take care of our youth and best prepare them for a productive future,” Splichal says.

Her favorite class to teach is Creative Writing. “During Creative Writing, we form a close knit bond. Being that the class size is smaller and we get to explore endless possibilities through composition; and the students mature in preparation for graduation.” she states. “Connecting with the individual personalities of my students inspired me to find ways to get them engaged in English/language arts.”

Aside from the positive things about teaching, there are also a few negative things. Splichal says, “I miss not keeping in touch with students after they graduate. There are few opportunities from bell to bell for students to let their guards down and just be.”
Becoming a teacher is a big responsibility and it is one of many jobs that often gets overlooked. Ms. Splichal became a teacher for one main reason. She says that teaching is extremely rewarding. “I am the mother of three teenagers and this career enables me to be actively involved with their development.”

Ms. Splichal graduated from UNL (University of Nebraska in Lincoln) and became a teacher after graduation. Ms. Splichal is a very hardworking teacher who cares very much about her students and the progress that they make throughout the year in her class. Her optimistic outlooks and responsible character makes her a wonderful teacher and a great example for students.

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?!”