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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By Xavier Smith
With the new year coming and going so quickly, the most memorable way to look back on the school year is with the 2016-17 yearbook.
Each yearbook has a theme and this year’s theme is “Y[our] Story”. A theme gives the yearbook something to focus on and express through each page. Through the photographs and captions, this yearbook has a central focus on the story behind the past school year. Samantha Johnson, editor of the yearbook staff, states, “This year’s theme helps get a student perspective and share their experience”.
The Yearbook price is $75 and can be paid in the spirit store or on-line through www.jostens.com. If you pay in the spirit store, you may pay in 3 payments of $25 each.
The yearbook also has a unique feature that sets it apart from past yearbooks. Yearbook staff member, Victoria Larini, states, “I think the cover is the coolest cover we’ve had so far and I can’t wait to see people’s reaction to it”. Information regarding the special feature about the yearbook’s cover has been requested to not be disclosed yet. The only way to discover what the yearbook’s distinct feature is, is by purchasing one.
The yearbook staff provides effort into every detail of the yearbook. According to Sarai Madrigal, another editor of the yearbook staff, “The cover is the best thing by far because it took months to come up with. We went to yearbook camp and when we arrived we had no idea we’d design such a cool cover”. Yearbook staff editors spend countless hours after school editing pages and writing captions to produce an exceptional piece of work for students to value as a memento of their high school career.
Buying a yearbook enhances a student’s career by providing a way to look back on the memorable and unique experiences that they encountered. All purchases are appreciated by every member of the yearbook staff for recognizing the hard work put into every page.
The yearbook sells out every year, so don’t miss out on 2016-17 memories.
By Meghan Reynolds
When asked about your worst fear, many people talk about heights, rejection, and possibly even the dark. However, some students fear something far bigger. Failing.
From the moment students step into school, there is a heavy expectation on our shoulders. What is this expectation? To succeed. There are many different definitions for ‘failing’, especially when it comes to grades. While some students are content with C’s, others hate anything below a B, and for a fairly common reason. Self satisfaction.
An anonymous student shared that she believes that B’s are mediocre. “For me, a B is average, and anything below is failing,” she began, “the reason why I don’t accept B’s is simply because I personally believe that I am better than that.” She shared that whenever she finds a B on gradebook, she immediately tries to seek out a teacher to find out why. When I asked about the common thought that, ‘your grades define you’, she vehemently denied it. “I don’t think my grades really ‘define’ me, but it shows how well I can handle sports, and school at the same time.” She stated that while some students don’t care much about their grades, she takes them very seriously, and frequents StudentVue to keep herself in check.
In a student survey, 28.6% responded that anything below a C is considered ‘failing’, and most for the simple reason, “My parents told me so,” or, “It’s what I’ve always been taught”. Meanwhile, others shared that their grades were to go towards a scholarship, or even to make their parents proud.
Emma Dies, a sophomore, shares that she despises the sight of anything C related. She says that her family simply doesn’t accept anything below an eighty, no matter what. To Dies, failure depends on what your goal is. “B’s could be failing, but could also be an amazing grade. People have different goals.” She explains, “To me, failure is the lack of effort,” B or higher. Grades don’t define you, but they will affect you in the future. She explained that letter grade wise- C’s are essentially a ‘failure’. Dies says, “I always think that I can do better. Whenever I get a C,I know I can be better,”
While there are some students that always aim for A’s and B’s, there are some students that believe firmly in the motto, “D’s get degrees”. While they’re certainly not wrong, they tend to have a much different view on their grades.
Freshman Jason Williams revealed that though his parents are not very fond of low grades, and will, ‘totally flip out’, he doesn't particularly mind them. He says that though he doesn’t like them, he doesn’t exactly hate them either. Like others, Williams explained his definition of failing. “Failing is 59 or below, I mean, an F is failing.” Despite initial thoughts, Williams doesn’t believe in the saying that ‘D’s get degrees’, particularly because he doesn’t really want to go to college. I then asked if he felt that his grades defined him. To this, Jason shook his head, “No,” he began, “You can not care about school, but still care about the people around you.”
Despite meeting with three vastly different students, there seemed to be a common consensus. Nobody wants to ‘fail’ in their own way. What is failing? Failing is what you make of it. There isn’t a specific grade that indicates failure, failure is what you think it is. Bearing this in mind, allow me to ask you. What is failing to you?
By Meghan Reynolds
Dismissal. Every student craves the sweet sound of the final bell, however, teachers do not always feel the same. Often times, teachers are preoccupied with their… extra curricular activities.
It’s not a surprise that teachers are often held up at school, but the question remains of how long they remain on campus. Other students wonder just what exactly takes place that requires so much time. In a survey, 32.6% of teachers shared that they actually return home between three to four, only 11.6% are fortunate enough to leave at the bell, and 30.2% stay late into the afternoon.
Given that such few teachers are able to escape school right at the bell, I was unable to locate a teacher with this luxury. Thus, I have instead interviewed two teachers that usually leave school before sundown.
One such teacher is Dave Wagner, a new chemistry teacher on campus. Mr. Wagner’s policy is that work should never mingle with your home life. Mr. Wagner usually returns home between three and four, but it wasn’t always like that. He explains that he originally left school early to work at home, but quickly found that the line between work and home was becoming blurred. Between juggling work and his children, he found himself very unhappy. “That was eight years ago,” he begins, “Now I stay [at school] until I’m done so that when I return home, it’s all about life, and zero about work.”
Mr. Wagner explained that he always takes care of his grading at school, but late work is usually left for the end of the week. I asked about the students and parents that may be incredibly displeased with his mindset, but he replied saying that the parents (at least) usually understand where he’s coming from after a simple explanation, and that students just have to learn to turn assignments in on time.
Alison Wood, a Spanish teacher on campus, shared that she usually returns home between four and five, but is no stranger to the later hours. She shared that she sometimes stays until late into the hours of night working, and even coming in on weekends to finish work. She even mentioned that she has occasionally stayed until ten at night grading. Ms. Wood explains that she spends most of her after school time grading, preparing lessons, and occasionally procrastinating. Angry students haven’t been much of an issue with Ms. Wood. She says that parents are more impatient with her than students, to which she explains that like any teacher, she has a policy on work, and that is that she grades on her time, just as students do work on their time, “I have a life, and I do have about 170 students,” she explains.
On top of late hours and weekend work, I asked if Ms. Wood brings her work home, to which she responded, “I often take a large chunk of work home, mostly grading,” she began, “but I find it easier to do it here. While I’m at home, I find a lot of things… ‘easier’ to do,” she finished, with a smile. She then began to list off easier ‘things’ that even students enjoy doing, watching the tube, napping, eating, and many other things.
While students often hear stories of teachers staying late, there’s never much evidence of it. I sought out a teacher who coached, knowing full well that practices normally ended at about five. Wrestling season is currently in full swing, thus, I interviewed Christopher Jaurigue, the current wrestling coach, and an English teacher for both freshmen and sophomores. I was shocked when I learned that Mr. Jaurigue usually returns home around eight at night.
Mr. Jaurigue says that wrestling begins at three, ends at five, and the rest of the time is dedicated to lesson plans, grading, and responding to emails. If there is any leftover work, it’s usually packed up and taken home. “I do 80% of my grading at home. It’s bad, I know.” Mr. Jaurigue admitted, and after hearing this, I asked if he felt that wrestling ever got in the way of his teaching, to this, Mr. Jaurigue said, “Not ever, I’m always a teacher before a coach. Coaching is my responsibility, but teaching is my job.”
While I only interviewed three of the many teachers in our school, there are still many with duties to fulfill and grades to insert. Unfortunately, many students put a lot of pressure on teachers, many of which are unbeknownst to the extra hours our teachers and staff put in for all of their classes. While it may be frustrating when we see that our grade remains unchanged, or that our teachers forgot to capitalize on a lesson plan or homework, we should remember that just like there’s the stress of student, there’s also the stress of being a teacher.
By Xavier Smith
This upcoming Valentine’s Day can either be the most anticipated or most dreaded by students. Either way, candy is still on sale for everyone who’s bearing the pain of loneliness.
The most frequent concern among people on Valentine’s Day is whether or not they will be spending it alone. Statistics according to www.statsiticbrain.com conclude that 38.2 percent of people don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. People do not participate in the celebration of Valentine’s Day because some believe that the holiday’s purpose is redundant.
Ethan Neiswanger, a Sophomore, stated, “Although it’s associated with love that’s mostly viewed relationship wise, there are different kinds of love. Like with family and friends”. It is a commonly shared belief that Valentine’s Day only applies to the love of a significant other. This belief leaves many to feel that without a boyfriend or girlfriend, they are alone and have no purpose in celebrating the holiday.
In a student poll, the majority answered that they will be alone this holiday. Those who answered No, either had a friend as a valentine or their boyfriend or girlfriend.
Because of the ideal that Valentine’s Day only applies to those with a boyfriend or girlfriend, students see little importance in the holiday. Elizabeth Curtin, a sophomore, stated, “I don’t see what's so special about Valentine’s Day, since love can be celebrated everyday”. Students view the holiday as redundant and unnecessary when other occasions such as anniversaries exist.
Samuel Hobbs, a junior, states, “Personally, I feel that it’s not necessary, but I do feel that it’s a nice way to show the person you love that you always will”. Despite students believing that the holiday is unneeded, there are those who see romance and individuality in its festivities.
This Valentine’s Day, it is critical for those who are alone to keep in mind that love is not exclusive to one day and neither is it exclusive to one person. Holidays are not meant for melancholy speeches about the pain of isolation. Even with the absence of a significant other, there are others to share love with.
by Nakaiya Alston-Hardnick
Do you have a New Year’s resolution? (left) 25% said no, 75% said yes
Guys we made it! 2016 is over and were walking in to 2017! Now it’s time to build ourselves up for another bumpy year, and what better way to do that than doing it with a New Year’s Resolution.
New Year’s Resolutions are a common tradition in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior.
The ancient Babylonians are the first to make New Year’s resolutions, they would have a 12 day religious festival they called Akitu. The Babylonians crowned a new king or gave their loyalty to their reigning king.They made promises to their gods, and if the kept their promises, the gods would bestow favor on them in the coming year. If they didn’t, they would fall out of the gods favor.
Students resolutions include: get better grades, focus in school, graduate, have more friends, become more popular.
Why don’t we hear some of the New Year’s resolutions that some of our fellow Broncos have made.
“My New Year’s resolution is to get better grades and to save up for my dream car, a Range Rover.”, says Freshman Roman Juarez.
I know getting better grades is hard, and maintaining the grade you want is even harder, and to get the ball rolling on that is to do your homework continuously. That helped me get into the rhythm of doing my school/ homework.
. I asked Roman if he will you keep up with his resolution. He said, “Yes I will; if I don’t, what am I going to drive?”
I also asked Roman what part of his resolution would be the hardest, which he replied “Definitely the Range Rover part”
Senior Alex Ardila said that his resolution was to start fresh and have no problems. “Probably will be hard, temptations, but you gotta stay on track”, he said.
Junior Imani Nettles wants to do really well in track this year. “It’s difficult sometimes to get up and run in the Arizona heat.”
English Teacher Mr. Jaurigue said, “To be a better teacher and be better prepared. Also try to separate my work life from my personal life,I know it sounds bad but it’s not what I mean.”
Mr. Jaurigue explains what he means by separating his two lives. ”My work life takes up so much of my time it’s hard to separate the two.”
Keeping up with resolutions can be tough, here are a few tips so you can keep up with them all year.
1.Reminder! Mark it on your calendar, so you are reminded of what your goals are.
2.Are you motivated? Is this goal of yours what you want to accomplish?
3.Overwhelmed. Don’t make a two page resolution 2 or 3 is just fine.
Happy New Year Broncos!
And Remember, Stay Bronco Strong!
By Xavier Smith
An advertisement of the upcoming school play, The Curious Savage. -Photo taken by Xavier Smith.
After the holiday season, everyone’s wallet grew a little larger. Is there any better way to spend some money than seeing an upcoming school play?
The upcoming play “The Curious Savage”, is a play produced by the theatre program under the direction of Mrs. Stahl. According to Mrs. Stahl, the play will be performed on January 26-28th. Admission is five dollars for students and staff and seven dollars for general admission.
“The Curious Savage” is a play that centers around five patients that are in a mental institution or “Mad House”. These five are referred to as “The Cloisters”, and they have a new patient joining them. The name of this new patient is Mrs. Savage. She was placed in the institution because her children insisted that she was going crazy for making a memorial fund for her late husband. The play is full of humor and a couple of plot twists that are sure to catch viewers off guard.
When asked about how she felt about the play, Paige Sorenson, cast member, said, “I have really enjoyed being able to be apart of this amazing play and being able to be apart of such an amazing cast and crew. I can’t wait for people to come and enjoy it”.
The cooperation of everyone in the theatre program takes immense work and dedication to contribute to a successful performance. Caleb Janicki, cast member, had this to say the theatre program, “One [thing amazing about doing theatre is] being how close the cast is- it feels like we are a family rather than individuals. We all care about one another on and off stage. Another major thing about Theatre is how open everyone is and how able everyone is to talk about problems they are having in their lives. People are able to do this because they know that we won't judge them or tell them that their problems are minuscule or unimportant”.
The theatre program has swiftly created a strong, passionate, and caring group of students who are devoted to bringing wonderful stagings.
With such a large and vibrant cast of characters both on and off stage, tuning in to see “The Curious Savage” is one of the many experiences that a student should be apart of as a school community. Don’t forget to support Poston Butte’s Theatre Troupe’s performance from January 26-28.