By Justin Wing
The Future: It’s something humanity has been dreaming about for years since the beginning of the Renaissance to even today. With classic movies like Back To The Future and the 1902 classic A Trip To The Moon, humanity has strived and imagined tons of different adaptations when it comes to the future. However, it is only recently that these dreams have came to life.
STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, is an influential program that has been making waves across the world as an educational program that is not only preparing students for the future, but also preparing the future itself.
Poston Butte’s STEM program is led/directed by Ms. Alise Kraus, a teacher/engineer that has her degree in electrical engineering.
“STEM provides that challenging aspect and rigor that makes us on par with school districts like in Chandler. Also it’s giving our kids the chance to earn scholarships for things that might only be offered at certain school districts.” says Kraus.
That’s basically the foundation of what STEM is all about, but how exactly is STEM helping students tackle the new and ever changing problems they might face in the future? Ms. Kraus says that STEM and any good high school class can simply just help people think about how to tackle certain problems using the power of analysis and the scientific process.
“When you’re going through the scientific process or design process” Says Kraus, “you can look at different stages through analysis and you can look at those and you’ll get a better idea of what’s going on rather than an emotional response.”
Ms. Kraus then continued about the scholarship and educational opportunities STEM offers by saying “STEM offers a wide range of opportunities, because the job market is going to expect over 14 million positions dealing with STEM to open that cannot be filled in the next five years, so there are a wide range of fields for students to pick from, and that really opens up students to have more opportunities to get a scholarship.”
Martina Borquez, a Junior and the president of STEM added onto the list of benefits STEM provides in an interview. Borquez said, “ The STEM program really helps students get a head start on early college, because of how students are required to take all honors and AP classes, and that in turn makes students more educated for the future, which can decrease college time that will not only save money for students, but also time.”
Borquez also added an interesting perspective about the scholarships and educational benefits STEM offers, “Because of the need for STEM jobs right now, students can expect to easily get a job after college, and we expect our graduating class of seniors that are in STEM to have a wide range of scholarship opportunities from schools and companies in order to fill these positions easily.”
Ms. Kayla Kully, the Honors Biology teacher and the Biotechnology teacher for STEM, commented on how she thought STEM was preparing students for the ever changing problems of the future. Ms. Kully said, “We’re preparing them for all sorts of stuff, like for example, I teach kids in my biotechnology class that are gonna have jobs that don’t even exist right now, so in a way we are preparing the future itself. There are kids sitting in my class that will have jobs that won’t even exist and if that’s not the future, then I don’t know what is.”
(Ms. Kully’s Biotechnology class researching through the lens of a microscope. Photo taken by Justin Wing)
Kully continued, “These students we’re teaching are going to be able to harness the new technologies we see today for the benefit of mankind using things like CRISPR and the knowledge they have now to fix many of the problems we see today. We’re also teaching our biotechnology students ethics early on so they could actually formulate good pathways in their brain so that when they’re given that power to harness a “God Complex”, that they use it in a right manner.” When Ms. Kully puts it like that, students in STEM really have the outcome to change our future. It’s like they’re engineering the future with one student at a time.
Martina was asked how she thought STEM was helping our students tackle the new and ever changing problems of the world and she said, “STEM, because it's science, technology, engineering and math, as our world is evolving and technology is becoming more prevalent, we are more prone to using technology and these students are working on something now that we are going to see in the future and they might even be the ones curing new diseases or creating new engineering protocols and all of this other stuff, so they really have a huge impact on our future.”
Martina was also asked what she liked most about STEM and she said her favorite part of stem are the members. “I really like how I can make those tough decisions and report on the good stuff we have to do, and all the good work they do is inspiring to me.” STEM seems like it’s been making a huge impact in some students lives, and because inspiration is a fragile thing and easy to lose, STEM is really helping out our community by inspiring our students to go big and to strive for excellence.
Ms. Kully and Ms. Kraus were asked what their favorite part of stem was and Ms. Kully said, “I honestly love watching the kids start to love what they’re involved in. Watching their faces when we do these labs and the love that they have for science along with how much they care about the class and the fact that they love what I’m teaching them and how they’re going to pursue a career in science is just the best thing in the world to me.”
Ms. Kraus said her favorite part of STEM is engineering and how gets to teach her passion to high school students so that they might become future engineers. “I’m fortunate to be able to teach my passion because I really get to do what I love while passing on my passion to future engineers.” says Kraus.
STEM is really shaping the future from the looks of it, and who knows what they could come up with! Space planes? A cure for Cancer? A way to finally understand how the brain fully works? The possibilities are endless. STEM is not just any program you may find in a school. It’s the future.
By Haley Brezina and Meghan Reynolds
Photo credits to Haley Brezina and Meghan Reynolds
With the year coming to the close, students are abuzz with excitement and anticipation for summer. As the curtain draws, students reminisce over their favorite memories. The highlights of their year.
So from our staff to you, what was the highlight of your school year?
“The people who don’t talk trash about others are the real MVP’s.” - Jordan Quintana (9)
“My favorite class, beginning drawing. I like to draw, drawing is fun, the class was fun. And I really liked Ms. Jones. - Gabrielle Ebberson (9)
“The highlight of my year was meeting Paige Sorenson.” Jaidyn Williams (9)
“Meeting teachers. There were a lot of teachers that weren't really great at my middle school, and it’s refreshing to meet nice teachers.” Angel Murillo (9)
“The highlight of my year… meeting new people and having new experiences. I’m not a socialite, and being able to experience new things, and meeting new people, and trying things helped me to become a better person.” - Jessica Bergstrom (10)
“Stuck with Fonzo. Again.” David Harris (10)
“Becoming closer to all of my good friends and people in the Theatre community.” Alaiya Estrada (10)
“Throwing a party in Mr. Goodwin’s. We ditched both second and third hour, second to set up, and third to actually party. His third hour didn't appreciate it at all.” - Cerenity Anderson (10)
“Definitely was the volleyball team. I love volleyball, I loved working with my teammates and learning how to move together.” -Willie Valentine (10)
“Playing Linus in the Charlie Brown musical. It was my first play, and I had to sing. It helped me get over my stage fright.” Shawn Kelly (11)
“Theatre. I like the fact i had my first two lead roles this year- and I got to meet Alaiya Estrada and Haley Brezina and some other great friends.” Paige Sorenson (11)
“The highlight of my year was doing the Clue play. It was my first play ever and I did it with awesome people.” Zachary Doucette (11)
“The highlight of my year was working with Mrs. Fonzo. She’s nice to me, she always gives me food when I want food, and she always gives me good advice.” - Samantha Johnson (12)
“Participating in the Charlie Brown musical, because a lot of people went to go see and people just loved it so much and connected to it... people came up to me as if i was Snoopy. For that moment, theatre was something cool and it was loved. It felt great to be part of something that was the betterment of theatre and the social sphere of our school. Angie Godoy (12)
“December, becuase I went through a renaissance of my own rebirthing. People I trusted, people I didn’t trust, all that jazz.” Skylar Tate (12)
“Being in theatre was my highlight.” Kyra Mills (12)
“When I lost my voice for a day, and I had a student bring me a venti green tea, because she knew it would help me and being my voice back.” - Ms. Alison Wood (Spanish 2 and 3)
“I enjoyed being able to announce the sports events, it was something different and it got me out of my box. It’s also fun to see all the kids going out and playing.” -Mr. Green (Tech)
The highlight of my year is bonding with the kids, going from them hating me, to kinda liking me. There was a group of kids I just wanted to argghhh, and now, I can actually sit and have a conversation with them.” -Ms. Kimberly Escobar (Security)
“Being able to help out with the wrestling program as an assistant coach, and helping to develop the youth camp with Mr. Yates. Through youth camp, we help to inspire, and encourage students to continue wrestling.” -Mr. Christopher Jaurigue (English 9 and 10)
By Haley Brezina
Screencap of a student’s attendance tendencies. Photo Credit: Haley Brezina
Missing a single day of school may not seem bad- but too many, coming back to school after missing a day or two is like waking up from a 5 year coma.
Suddenly, you have two more assignments per class, an essay, a missed lab, and the list goes on. Some AP students can’t even afford to miss a day if they don’t do their work while laying in bed sick.
Missing a day at school affects a lot more than the school work you’re missing. Every single day you missed, unexcused or not, is immediately recorded in student transcripts. Mrs. Salena Fritz monitors the paperwork that determines whether we have our credits to graduate. As Fritz states, “My job description is huge. I see everyone to graduation and getting diplomas regarding credits”. As you may know, you must attend a certain number of days in order to receive credit for a class.
Failure to receive a credit altogether by graduation prevents you from finishing high school. “A student can’t even be a .25 credit short,” Fritz says, “they don’t graduate and have to come back the year after.”
With this in mind, it means that you can’t miss a quarter worth of school without losing ability to graduate. Just lacking .25 of a credit can prevent you from getting your high school diploma. This means if a student has a severe accident or sickness, they’re definitely going to have to audit a class.
When you miss a certain numbers of days, you are deemed incapable of receiving the credit. Rhane McMahon, a sophomore, is on audit. Following a car accident, McMahon says the school refused to accept her doctors notes. “I have a job that is currently supporting me. Going to Saturday school or after school detention takes up time I could be using for work,” McMahon goes on, “[Audit] piles on stress where I don’t need it. My grades are fine”.
McMahon’s doctor’s notes were not accepted because they allegedly weren’t specific enough, which rendered her unable to excuse her missed days.
If someone has an accident, in Rhane’s case, a vehicular one, students have added stress of all the school they missed.
Mr. Ray, a former principal and our schools current sophomore counselor, has an opposing view on the topic. “Teenagers don’t take things like this seriously,” Mr. Ray explains how they don’t have to send kids to audit. “In a way, we are giving them a break by letting them make up the missed credit”. To earn a credit, you need a certain amount of chair time.
Audit does go on your permanent record in your transcripts. Also, Mr. Ray notes that only about 5% of kids may be put on audit.
Regardless, you should think twice before you stay home out of apathy.
By Lashaniece L. Winfrey
(Photo of Mrs. Fonzo about to go bike riding. Photo Credit: Matthew Fonzo)
Teachers are always hard at work, grading papers and planning lessons. The true wonder is what these educators do during their time off.
I sat down with Laura Gregg, a geometry and trigonometry teacher, to get a better understanding of life off campus for teachers. Gregg tells of how she mainly gets caught up on sleep. On the contrary, when she’s awake she enjoys playing tennis, watching Master Chef, or browsing around on Netflix.
When asked what she thinks students believe she does outside of school, Gregg replied with, “students probably assume I just hang out at school and grade papers”. She also states that students most likely think she, “finds ways to be upset with them,” in which she assured was not the case.
Heather Isom, a history teacher, shared her perspective. When posed with the question of what she does in her spare time, Isom sighed, stating, “I don’t have a lot of free time” and claims to have a boring life. Isom is not only a teacher, but also a student in college, so when she has downtime, it is usually spent doing homework or studying. When a well needed break from the life of being a teacher and a student occurs, Isom uses her time to prepare for her move to a farmhouse.
Isom has never given a thought to what students might think she does outside of work. She does, however, believe that there may be a possible stereotype of what teachers do away from work. She assumes that students think teachers do the same thing as they see their parents or other adult figures do when they are not at work.
Vincent Archuleta, a sophomore, commented that he thinks teacher do “life stuff” and that “they make food” on their time off. When asked to elaborate, Archuleta talked off his educators eating, sleeping and hanging out with friends. Giving an opposite viewpoint from Isom, Archuleta doesn’t consider there to be a stereotype surrounding instructors during their leisure time.
When one sees a teacher, they are usually planning a lesson plan, teaching, or grading papers. Although, they do these things, teachers have a life beyond the classroom.
By Natalie Stephens
-Photo taken in G wing by Natalie Stephens-
“ Family isn't just blood and bone. It's the people who stood by you in the darkest of times, even though they didn't have to”- Unknown
In football, everyone has had a small battle or something they have had to overcome to get where they are. It could be something they're dealing with at home or at school, and many times people just assume that the players have it all good and that it’s easy, but that’s not always true.
People don’t know what they’ve been though to get where they are today, it’s the information hidden in the public eye or the information Behind closed doors. People hear what they want to hear and see what they want to see.
Here at Poston the head football coach Dain Thompson really shows how much he loves and cares for his team he made the point that it's always fun to see how groups come together like a family unit, Because of how much time they spend together and how much they grow together.
Curtis Alexander a junior said “Football is like a family because we pretty much do everything together, we work together, do stuff on the weekends together, and we do it as team.”
Out of season the football class focuses on weight training, speed training, agility work and they also invest some time on actual football but when doing theses things they work together, hold each other accountable and push each other to there limits to achieve greatness. Curtis said “We are the varsity football team for a reason, we lead by example’
Mr. Thompson said “I like to see the road people take and the challenges that they've met or overcome to get where they're at today “, “I like to see how kids grow throughout a season and how it’s not how you start off but how you finish”
He made the point that Freshman really change and evolve by the time they're seniors, kids you dont thing would necessarily be very good become all star players by their senior year, In football many students can say it’s helped them improve with many things other than playing the game.
Bevan Jimenez a senior at Poston says “ Football is a great way to learn to work with people you don't necessarily get along with outside of school or even work with, it teachers you a certain professionalism “
So behind closed doors you can see that football is a family and like a family they work together to better each other and improve each other not just physically but mentally; and like Mr Thompson said “ There is nothing like high school football”.
By Xavier Smith
Teacher parking lot, just minutes before a flurry of students rush home.
When the bell rings it's an all out war to get out of school without getting caught in the whirlwind of cars.
The traffic after school is unbearable for any student who needs to get home asap. Accidents occur and mayhem spirals out of seemingly nowhere. There are many consequences for students who fail to meet the requirements for parking and procedures.
According to Security Guard Dave Steele, parking permits are thirty dollars and boots are placed on a car that is illegally parking. He adds “There are four boots at the school and anyone without a permit gets booted”. To get the boot removed, the owner of said booted vehicle has to talk with the principal to seek removal. Steele explains, “One time we left a car overnight outside. The owner completely abandoned it and suddenly appeared the next day”. To avoid any complications, it is advised to buy a parking permit whenever available and park in the correct parking space.
Around seven in the morning, five minutes before the first bell, students pour into the parking lot and back up what seems like hours of traffic. Yanneth Torres is a Junior who regularly drives to school, “Getting in here is impossible if you don’t come early. I learned that the hard way.”. There is an overflow of cars creating a labyrinth nearly impossible to navigate through without nearly rear ending someone.
Leaving school is no easy feat either, as cars are backed up in lines in hopes to get home after a long day. Dakota Quigley, a Senior, has experienced his fair share of driving incidents that were inches from happening, “If I had a dollar for every bad driver at our school I’d be a millionaire.”
There are many inexperienced drivers on campus as they earn their permits through online manuals. They then proceed to fail their driver's test on more than one occasion before finally being awarded their license. They proceed to drive anywhere with virtually no experience besides in abandoned parking lots or in the open area of the Arizona desert.
To dodge most traffic, students can either get to their car as fast as humanly possible or wait out the traffic. Traffic usually clears after about ten to fifteen minutes after the bell. For students who leave at the bell, watching all angles when backing out is paramount. There are people in and out of cars coming from all directions. The wait may be difficult to deal with, but it is in everyone’s best interest to keep everyone safe.
By Nakaiya Alston-Hardnick
A one in a lifetime trip, time take the risks of a new land with places to explore. Being outside of your comfort zone, it’s a scary thing isn't it?
The World Travelers Club takes students from PBHS to places we could only dream of going. From the boats of Italy, to the streets of France, and now they’re heading to Japan.
I recently interviewed club sponsor Ms.McClain about the plans for Japan. McClain said, “The Japan trip is an 11 day trip. We will first fly into Tokyo and leave in Osaka. The students will participate in cultural experiences, try new food, and see shows about Japanese culture.”
Even though the trips have a historical lesson, Ms.McClain said it's not just learning based. The trip is a mixture of different activities. During the trip the travelers break up into small groups to explore and shop.
They even plan to climb Mount Fuji sometime during the trip.
When I asked McClain if the trip is worth going on, she replied, “Oh, absolutely! How often do you get the opportunity for a low discounted price? The only way to get to know the world and get inspired by the world is to go see it for yourself.”
I not only wanted to get an adult perspective so I decided to ask two students, one that has yet to travel and one student that has.
Jazmyne Keese, a senior and a member of the club has traveled to France, Italy, England, and Germany. She enjoyed every trip and said, “The soup in Switzerland, oh my gosh it was amazing”
Keese said the trips are totally worth going on, “Yes definitely, it was not only very educational but also you get to experience a new place and have time with the people you meet there.”
Sophomore Alek Aguirre is fundraising for Costa Rica, his first trip. Alek hopes to see a lot of wildlife and just enjoy the culture.
He plans on going with a couple friends, sister, and his mom.
During the interview I asked Aguirre if he would miss home, he replied, “Um, I mean, kind of..I do hang out with my cousins a lot so.”
You never know where World Travelers Club will head next, so check out D104 Ms.McClain’s room for more info on her club and the trips!
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By Xavier Smith
The night that every highschooler dreams of, the night that will forever stick in the memories of students, it’s prom night.
On February 24th, the prom theme was revealed as “Visions of Venice” at an assembly. Students left the assembly feeling curious as to what they may expect from prom night.
Junior Student Council members know students will have an unforgettable experience on April 15th at Villa Siena in Gilbert. The theme “Visions of Venice” was chosen because of the venue’s Italian textures and vibes that give the impression one is in Venice, Italy.
Juniors and Seniors are welcome to attend prom wearing their best formal attire and enjoy their night in “Visions of Venice”. Lower classmen are invited to participate as well, but they must have a date to prom that is a Junior or Senior.
According to Megan Petersen, a Junior Student Council member, “At prom, will have food, a DJ, a violinist for the courtyard, bistro lighting, and many photo opportunities”. The entire venue was rented out so students are free to roam and explore to their heart’s content.
To give perspective into how much time and dedication has been put into this year’s prom, student council members have been working on this dance for almost a year. Prom Committee Chairperson Kylee Giannini said, “We started in May of 2016 because we had to find a venue and figure out a theme to base every decision on. I'd say it's the equivalent of planning a wedding but you have to impress 400 kids.”
The members of Student Council pour endless hours into preparing a memorable night for the student body.
Desirae Sherwood, a student council member, stated, “This year’s prom will be the best that they’ve [PBHS] had in awhile because of the excellent planning and fresh ideas to improve on previous dances.”
With all plans going accordingly and the venue being decorated properly, Prom 2017 is perfectly set up for anyone to have the time of their life. Tickets are on sale now at the Spirit Store- $90 for singles and $170 for couples.
By Carolyn Brooks
Christopher Jaurigue, 9th and 10th grade English teacher
Christopher Jaurigue is a Secondary English first year teacher who is continuously looking to grow as both a teacher and an educator. He was born and raised in Arizona with his three sisters, attended Hamilton High School, and is a recent graduate from Arizona State University.
Mr.Jaurigue explains how the motivation that his previous teachers lacked inspired him to become a teacher: “When I was in high school I struggled because the lack of motivation, and my goal is to instill that into my students. I think I could have done better if I had a better relationship with my teachers and consequences for negative academic behavior. I will hold my students accountable.”
Aside from being an English teacher, Mr.Jaurigue also coaches boys’ wrestling. As a wrestler in high school, he learned a lot of life lessons, like working hard for something you want. His goal as a wrestling coach is “to help students achieve their goals and to get students to appreciate the sport”.
Outside of school, a hobby and sport that Mr.Jaurigue enjoys is rock climbing; “I like rock climbing because it is an individual and mental sport. When you’re on the wall, or side of a mountain, you have to mentally battle yourself to continually climb to the top. Once you reach the top, it’s the most rewarding thing. Being on the side of a mountain is an exhilarating feeling.”
Like any sport, there are some not so exhilarating times, and when asked if he ever encountered a scary situation he says, “We were climbing a peak out west called the Eagle’s Nest, and we were expecting to top out and rappel down at around 3, but our rope got tangled so we reached the top much later than we were supposed to, around 5. It was winter, so it got darker faster outside, and it was difficult to find rappels. We thought we were going to have to camp out on the side of a mountain!”.
According to Mr.Jaurigue, something all teachers need is “a positive attitude and passion.”
If Mr.Jaurigue weren’t a teacher, he would be “an engineer of some sort, or a Mechanical Engineer.”, but when asked if he really would become something other than a teacher if he had the opportunity he states, “No; I thoroughly enjoy my career. It may be stressful at times, but I come in ready to teach and to improve my abilities.”
As for other first year teachers out there, he advises to remain organized, and “find other teachers to serve as a mentor. Always remind yourself that you are a first year teacher, and you are still learning as well.”
By Nakaiya Alston-Hardnick
The reckless snatching of hats by staff, and the terrible messy hair right after. Is taking off hats in school necessary?
Hats aren’t allowed in school for multiple reasons: gang affiliation, hiding cheats for a test, inappropriate advertisement, and are sometimes a distraction to the class environment.
We all know wearing hats in the classroom is disrespectful; but what about outside of class? Do we really need to take off our hats during passing time or lunch?
My friends and I were outside during lunch when on security guard approached us and spoke to one of my friends. He told her to take of her hat. When I asked why since we are outside, he said, “School policy.”
But why can’t hats be worn outside on school property? School nurse Jeannie McCorkle said, “It’s school policy.”
Discipline Receptionsit Ms.Rogers also said, “The school board banned them [hats] completely.”
So wearing hats is completely a no go, so there is no point in bringing a hat to school, but yet most students go against the rule and continue to wear hats.
Ricky Esquivel, Freshman, gets his beanie taken away almost everyday during lunch, but continues to wear it to school even though he knows the outcome.
Students get distracted by a lot of things during class but can hats really distract someone in class?
Some students that were surveyed said that they were a distraction while others opposed.
One saying “It's a distraction for everyone!!!!” and the other saying “believe that it’s harmless, and shouldn't be taken as being"disrespectful to the building" or a "distraction in class"
The school nurse Jeannie McCorkle said that they are a distraction to the class, “A student would look at another student's hat and think, I like that hat where did they get it, then they would start talking about the hat, it could possibly offend someone or block a person from seeing.”
But why are hats such a big problem? Yes, gang affiliation would be a problem, but besides that, what else? Is it just gang affiliation that is a danger to students?
Despite asking three adults the question “why are hats banned from school” they just gave me the answers of ‘school policy’ and ‘they’re banned’, but what's the true reason why they are banned? I guess we’ll never know.
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