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.

The Cost of Prom

By Amber Antinora

$400 on a prom dress, $200 on a suit or tuxedo, $300 on a “promposal”, makeup, nails, hair, shoes, jewelry, tickets and dinner for an average grand total of $919. So, is it worth it?

In the United States, prom is a pretty big deal for most high school students. In order to feel their best, students and their parents can be expected to pay anywhere from $200 to $1,000. For the most part, they will only make a few hundred bucks back if they’re lucky enough to sell their tux or dress for a fraction of what they bought it for.Erick Krier and Alexis Rutz-Egan

When thinking about the cost of prom, it is hard to ignore all the seemingly unnecessary expenses. Spray tans, professional photography, limousine or car rentals, “promposals”, a bag and a fancy dinner are sure to add at least a few hundred more dollars to the night.

When seeing what each person tends to pay for, it definitely seems as if there is some gender-specific expectations. The guy tends to pay for the his suit of course, the food, tickets, and feel obligated to “look fancy” and drive something nice, which according to Conor Alsup is a moped. The girls seem to pay for the dress, nails, accessories and other cosmetic things, and feels obligated to “act appropriate,” specifically no “dirty dancing” or alcohol.

While some people get dresses for up to $500, senior Josie Blagg got her 2015 prom dress at Enchanted Dreams here in Sterling for free. She said she felt good about herself: “I love myself, no matter what I’m dressed in.” Junior Gabrielle Deleon wore a suit last year, costing around $80, but this year she says that she will feel more comfortable in a dress. “Wearing what I want at prom reflects who I am.”

Prom is what you make it. It might sound like a lot of fun and totally worth spending hundreds on or it might not. The important part is wearing, spending, and acting a way that is personally comfortable. And of course, having a great night with friends.


Teacher of April

By Amber Antinora

Because of her years of dedicated teaching at Sterling High School, Sally Zinn is April’s Teacher of the Month.

She has taught at SHS for eight years and started teaching 27 years ago. She teaches Spanish I and all levels of French. She was previously an English teacher.

Zinn originally wanted to be a teacher to write on the chalkboard, but now the reason she teaches is “to see the light in someone’s eyes flick on.”Sally Zinn

She was born in Grand Junction, CO and later moved to Colorado Springs. Since then, she has traveled to ten countries; eight of those being European countries, Mexico and Costa Rica. She has been on many of those trips with students. She says the Costa Rica trip in 2015 is one of her best memories as a teacher.

Zinn loves spicy dishes. Her favorite food is green chili. Outside of school she enjoys politics, working on her yard and cooking. Her favorite holiday is Christmas because she gets to be with her family. One fun fact her students do not know is she tried out for the Ice Capades, a traveling ice skating show, when she was 18.

The Bengal Cry wishes Zinn good fortune in her future endeavors, as her impact on SHS will be felt for years to come.

Snow Days

By Amber Antinora

RE-1 Valley Schools has had over five snow days so far this school year. Two of those were in one week. While most students and teachers agree that they are “awesome” and say, “can we have another one?” The thought of having to make them up still lingers in the back of students’ minds.

Brynn Abernathy says, “They’re great, but I’d rather be here during than in summer.”

Sarah Wernsman, English teacher and Marilyn Fehringer, Math teacher, said that while they are fun, it messes with the curriculum and work schedule. It does give time to grade papers though, said multiple teachers.

There has been a statement on how RE-1 Valley will make up the snow days. April 15 was originally a half day, but now is now a full school day. Also, May 6 was originally an in-service day and is now a full school day.

International Women’s History Month

By Amber Antinora

March is International Women’s History Month with March 8 being International Women’s Day. It was declared by President Jimmy Carter in 1980. Before then there was virtually no women’s history teachings in textbooks- only 3% of content was about it.

Carter quoted, “women’s history is women’s right.”

National Women’s History Project (NWHP) says their work is so important because women’s history is a huge part of history. In the past, women have fought for equal rights and are still fighting. In America, women have fought for many freedoms (white) males have always had such as voting, working in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and for equal pay for equal work.

As of 2014, women still make 79¢ for every dollar a man makes. Historically, the wage gap has been 15¢ for every $1 a man makes in the 1890s and 47¢ for every $1 in the 1970s.

Some pioneers of gender equality are Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojouner Truth, Alice Paul, Harriet Tubman and Lucretia Mott. These women worked hard for equal rights between the sexes and their struggle should not be forgotten.

Women's History MonthAfter a survey was conducted on 10 SHS boys and 10 SHS girls, only two boys and two girls were able to identify Susan B. Anthony. None recognized Elizabeth Cady Stanton. In a national poll, one percent of people asked could connect Stanton to women’s rights.

Co-Founder of the NWHP Molly Murphy MacGregor says, “To ignore the vital role that women’s dreams and accomplishments play in our own lives would be a great mistake.”

The NHWP says that teachers lack the materials and time in curriculum to go in depth on women’s history. Illinois, Florida and Louisiana are the only states to have made women’s history teaching mandatory. It is important for students to learn about great women.

Myra Pollack Sadker says, “Each time a girl opens a book and reads a womanless history, she learns she is worth less.” NWHP wants March to focus on positive and diverse role models.

This March, encourage others to learn about the rich history of women.

Special Comment: Black History Month

By Amber Antinora

Every year February comes and goes and every year Black History Month comes and goes, with it often without a thought. Black History Month is a time when people of all races educate and remember the rich history that is usually forgotten. We remember the millions of people that have died because of the color of their skin. But we also remember the brave men and women who have overcame the barriers set by a world that does not want them to succeed.

    In February, we should educate ourselves about Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Ella Baker and many others.

    Specifically in America, African-Americans have played a huge part in our culture and our history. It is hard to find an aspect of life that was not impacted; our music, our food, our dances.

    Starting with slavery, Jim Crow Laws, the formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Little Rock Nine, the March on Washington, the formation of the Black Panthers, Los Angeles Riots, and more recently, the Black Lives Matter movement; America’s history is littered with the good, the bad and the ugly. It is very true that history repeats itself. While there is a long battle of systematic oppression, living in ignorance of the past will not produce forward movement.

    Although February is Black History Month, we should not limit educating ourselves only to February. Activist and writer Joel Christian Gill works hard to get the idea out that 28 (or 29) days is not enough. “We talk about these people, and by the time we get through with them, we don’t have a conversation about who, in the face of American racism, pulled themselves up from their bootstraps and made a way for themselves.” Considering it is a large part of our history and our everyday life, educating yourself all year round is not a bad thing.