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Time to Dispel with Final Farewells

On Friday, May 12th, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors poured into the gym after 3rd period ready for a much needed break halfway through the day. However, this time the assembly wasn’t to get ready for another dance or big rivalry game, but instead a chance to bid a final farewell to the graduating senior class of 2017.

The seniors already crowded their section preparing themselves for a wrap on their 4 year high school journey filled with lasting friendships, amazing memories, tremendous growth, and way too much homework. Finishing the last day of high school with one last assembly is one pretty good way to say goodbye.

The celebration extended past the 2017 class to all of the teachers saying goodbye to Chap as well. Fan favorite, Mark Stevens, was the highlight of a video with students sharing fond memories and wishing luck upon their favorite teachers. And of course, time for fun was made with teachers competing against seniors in a tricycle race to give the 2017 class one last assembly victory. Principal, Greg Gotchey, gave his speech to the graduating seniors wishing them luck along their future journey, reminding them to never forget they always have a home at Chaparral, and getting them even more excited for graduation on the Wednesday, May 17.

Now the rest of the classes finally got some time in the spotlight. Students quickly rushed along the gym to fill in their new class sections in the bleachers for the next year. The assembly finished out and regained focus back on the seniors with the teacher tunnel. Seniors walked through the gym seeing their teachers and favorite mentors for the last time, exchanging hugs, memories, and quite a few tears. The new sophomore, junior, and senior classes funneled out of the gym as quickly as they came. The graduating class of 2017 enjoyed the rest of their final day of high school with a BBQ packed with games, food, and fun on a beautiful sunny day.

By: Matt Fast

Students and teachers embrace saying their final goodbyes at the senior assembly. Photo by Matt Fast

Students and teachers embrace saying their final goodbyes at the senior assembly. Photo by Matt Fast

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It's Burrito Time

Your Average High Schooler Eating the Famous Cafeteria Burritos

Your Average High Schooler Eating the Famous Cafeteria Burritos

The bell rings at 8:33 A.M on another typical tame, tedious, and tiresome Monday morning. John, narrowly making it to class on time takes his hard, and lifeless seat. John is your average high schooler: 16 years old, a Junior, and barely keeping his mediocre-at-best GPA up to community college acceptable standards due to endless hours of procrastination. Not even having an off period during first and an extra hour of sleep can help save the doomed wreck of Monday. In the front of the classroom Mrs. Chavez drones on about conjugating imperfect verbs. All words that John does not understand in the slightest way, shape, or form. At this point in the year John has subconsciously learned how to block all of his teachers out, with half of his brain still sleeping and the other half in an even deeper sleep. No escape out of the lifeless lesson. John reaches into his pocket and finds $3.00 on the dot stuffed into the corner of his pocket. Exactly enough money to buy a burrito. John shoots his hand into the air and asks to use the restroom. John, nearly sprinting down the halls, knows this may be the only satisfying thing that happens to him all day, and he plans to savor every last bite. After what seems like an eternity John reaches the lunchroom and finds the lunch lady setting out a tray of newly heated burritos. What an American hero. There has never been a more beautiful sight at 8:35 in the morning than rows of shiny, tinfoil wrapped bacon, egg, and cheese burritos sitting on a silver tray. John sheds a tear as he tears into the perfect creation and triumphantly strolls back to the 400’s. Maybe Monday isn’t so bad after all.

Ever since the first day those piping hot, tin foil wrapped pieces of heaven in a tortilla were served, students around the school have wondered what makes the burritos so good? Just what is the secret ingredient to crafting the world’s 8th wonder. Could it be love? Or is it the Krabby Patty secret formula? Just what is the lunch room staff hiding from the student body?

“I think that the reason they’re so popular is because they’re quite big and very tasty. And of course the secret ingredient is lots of love”, said cafeteria worker Karen Cruz.

By: Matthew Fast

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Hit the Trail

St. Mary's Glacier 

St. Mary's Glacier 

With an entire summer ahead to explore the beauty of Colorado, these are a few of the many gorgeous places that you don’t want to miss out on! Both close and far from home- all are definitely worthwhile.

 

  1. Castlewood Canyon-  

Features: 4 miles, Canyon Dam

Level: Easy to moderate

2989 Colorado 83, Franktown, CO 80116

 

  1. St. Mary’s Glacier-

Features: 1.4 miles, snow-capped year-round

Level: Intermediate

Arapaho National Forest, 7599 Fall River Rd, Idaho Springs, CO 80452

 

  1. Mount Elbert Peak-

Features: Highest peak in Colorado

Level: intermediate

High point of Lake County and the State of Colorado, U.S.

 

  1. Blue Lakes Trail-

Features: 8.6 miles, 3 stunning blue lakes, lush wildflowers

Level: difficult

Telluride, CO 81435

By: Megan Mondragon

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Underclassmen Scholarships

Avery Muniz Ready for her Future

Avery Muniz Ready for her Future

The four years that everybody spends in high school, can be some of the most important ones. The grades and reputations students set for themselves can greatly impact their future. We all hear stories about sport based scholarships, however, merit scholarships are an immense deal as well. All scholarships are a big accomplishment and should be recognized. Chaparral senior Avery Muniz is one of the students that has earned a merit scholarship. She has received a full ride scholarship for low income, high achieving students to Stanford. Muniz acquired it through the QuestBridge organization. It covers everything including supplies and traveling. QuestBridge matches students with any of it’s 38 schools if those schools accept the student.

The process for scholarships can be different for everybody. “I had to first apply for the QuestBridge Scholarship and provide financial and academic information. Once I was selected as a finalist, I got to rank which of its partner schools I wanted to go to and then apply to each of those schools separately. Since Stanford was my first choice and they accepted me, that was the school I matched to,” said Muniz.

When waiting to see if a scholarship has been offered, that single letter or email can affect someone’s life and career forever. “ When I found out I got the scholarship I immediately screamed and started sobbing in the middle of class, which was pretty unexpected because I’m usually really quiet in class and I was definitely expecting a rejection,” said Muniz. Not only was Muniz will be thrilled to know that she received this opportunity, her family was as, if not even more excited. “ My mom was extremely excited. She brought me balloons and chocolate and flowers and took me out to dinner. She was also crying. She told every single person she’s ever come in contact with in her life,” explained Muniz.

College is the next step after high school. It’s a time to make memories and also help people realize what they want to do in life, what their calling is and more. Applying to colleges can be one of the more stressful things in life, and it takes lots of motivation and passion to impress them. Being accepted into college is a big accomplishment but earning a scholarship to one of the best colleges in the country is even bigger.

By: Emerald Herman

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Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookie Ingredients 

Peanut Butter Cookie Ingredients 

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup peanut butter

3/4 cup butter

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Recipe:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; mix well.

3. In large bowl, beat together the peanut butter and butter with (preferably) an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in granulated and brown sugars, eggs and vanilla until blended smoothly and evenly. Beat in flour mixture just until blended. (Refrigerate dough until easy to handle, if needed. This is a suggestion, but not necessary. It is up to personal preference.)

4. Shape dough into the preferable size wanted and arrange them onto ungreased baking sheets. If you’d like, you may flatten the cookie and add a crisscross pattern with a fork.

5. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes or until lightly golden (up to your preference). Let the fresh cookies cool on a wire rack and enjoy! :)

By: Ally Clinard

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Shoes to Fill

Abigail Houghton Getting Ready for Next Year

Abigail Houghton Getting Ready for Next Year

Seniors are seen as the top dogs of the school. They rule the halls and seem to have everything in order. Underclassman, on the other hand, are just trying to figure out what they're doing with their lives and how they are going to maintain a steady GPA and keep a social life. As the seniors prepare for their life ahead, freshman and sophomores will spend their time on summer homework. This transition means that next year there will be new seniors, juniors, and so on. The year ahead for upcoming juniors will be full of studying and testing and seniors will finally be able to get the relaxation they deserve. While the freshmen and sophomores will be trying oh-so-desperately not to slack off.

    Another struggle that comes along with graduation is the fear of losing the ones we’re close to. Freshman Kara Allen has made new friends that are seniors, however with the upcoming year, most of her friends are leaving for college. “I’m really upset that my senior friends are leaving, but i’m excited that they get to start the next part of their lives,” stated Allen.

    Current junior Erica Faughn is ready for her senior year to arrive. “Next year I’m most excited to be a senior. I feel like I’ve been waiting such a long time to be one and it’s crazy that I finally will become one,” said Faughn. However, Faughn is also “nervous to start applying to colleges and to start planning the next chapter of [her] life.”

   As the 2016-17 school year is coming to an end the excitement for moving into the next grade is building up, and even though stress will be associated with this growth, all it means is that you’re one step closer to graduating.

By: Ava Houghton

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Cupcakes for the Holidays

Cupcakes on Easter Day

Cupcakes on Easter Day

Ingredients

For the cupcakes

  • 120g/4oz plain flour

  • 140g/5oz caster sugar

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 40g/1½oz unsalted butter

  • 50g/2oz dark chocolate, melted and cooled slightly

  • 1 free-range egg

  • 125ml/4fl oz milk

  • 1 orange, juice only

  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar

 

For the white chocolate and orange buttercream

  • 125g/4½oz unsalted butter, softened

  • 250g/9oz icing sugar

  • 2-3 tbsp milk

  • 50g/1¾oz white chocolate, melted

  • 1 orange, zest only

  • 100g/3½oz orange chocolate

 

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.

  2. Mix the flour, sugar and baking powder together in a food processor. Add the butter and pulse until combined.

  3. Whisk the melted chocolate, egg and milk together in a jug.

  4. Stir the chocolate mixture into the flour mixture until just combined.

  5. Spoon the mixture into the cases and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until risen and golden-brown and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

  6. Meanwhile, mix the orange juice and granulated sugar together in a bowl. Carefully pour the orange juice mixture over the warm cakes and set aside to cool completely.

  7. For the white chocolate and orange buttercream, beat the butter in a bowl until light and fluffy. Carefully stir in the icing sugar and continue to beat for five minutes. Beat in the milk, melted chocolate and orange zest.

  8. Decorate the cupcakes with the buttercream

  9. Use a sharp knife to make chocolate shavings from the orange chocolate and use them to decorate the cupcakes.

By: Shayanna Spader and Olivia Goodman

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The Power of One

Mr. St Louis Collaborating with Fellow Counselor 

Mr. St Louis Collaborating with Fellow Counselor 

Issues and problems pop up in everybody’s life no matter their age. Eventually they get through it and it takes more than just that one person to do so. Our friends, classmates, teachers and counselors can help us get through all kinds of problems. Chaparral is known for our incredible idea of the ‘Chap Fam.’ Many students and teachers agree that it’s an amazing thing. Counselor, Tom St. Louis loves the idea of us being a family and so passionate with our school. “ I love the energy I get from being around you guys. There’s so much  more energy in this job because of high school aged kids that are doing exciting things and they have great plans and ambitions and I just want to be a part of that energy,” Said St. Louis.

The teachers and staff members all have a reason and drive that lead them to do what they do. “Columbine made me want to be a counselor. I was at my parents house that day, and I was close enough to hear what was going on and I saw emergency vehicles, emergency equipment and everybody responding to help and the aftermath of it made me really want to help. So I decided to do this for a living and help young people.” explained St. Louis.

Chaparral is known for being a special place because of the students, staff, teachers and the attitudes and this can sometimes bring in new members of the Chap Fam. St. Louis explained, “ I came to Chaparral because I was friends with Mary Johnson and when a job opened at Chaparral she called me and asked me if I’d be interested. I always heard good things about Chap. Chap had a good reputation outside of the area here so I already knew about the school and I was just excited to try to become a part of that school.” St. Louis has been a counselor for 17 years and loves what he does and will continue being a crucial part of the Chap Family.

By: Emerald Herman

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Young Minds Big Dreams

Nick Kounkel and Jack Dewolf showing off their shirts

Nick Kounkel and Jack Dewolf showing off their shirts

The business world being as competitive as it is, can be hard to prosper in. Young entrepreneurs, sophomores Jack Dewolf and Nick Kounkel have come extremely far in the business world at a young age. Dewolf got into business at the age of seven. “The first interaction with the business world I had was when I joined a t-shirt selling contest at the local pool. After that I just have always wanted to be part of it. Ever since then I’ve wanted to sell. It’s more like a game than anything,” said Dewolf. Now, the two have come together to form their own company.

TuckCOL has become a widely known brand throughout not only Chaparral and the local community, but throughout the state of Colorado and other states. “Eventually, we have hopes to become an international company so that not only people in the United States can enjoy our products but people in other countries can, too.” TuckCOL was founded in the summer of 2015. The name TuckCOL comes from Tucker Mountain in Colorado and the COL is an abbreviation for Colorado. “To start our company we began by securing a manufacturer. From there we wanted to figure out how we could take our manufactory and make it automatic. Then we built a website,” Dewolf stated. Kounkel went on to say, “It was really hard to find a manufacturer but after a lot of hard work and dedication everything came together and we  began being able to sell our clothing and other products. ”

Not only do the two prosper in their company, but they also prosper in creating relationships with each other and their closest customers. Junior Kevin Patterson said “I really enjoy Nick and Jack’s work. I think they do a good job of creating things not only things they like but things other people enjoy too.” “I really enjoy working with [Dewolf]. He's a really good business partner. It’s really easy for us to work together and come up with good ideas. We work well together since we’ve been friends for so long,” said Kounkel.  Dewolf, as well, enjoys working with Kounkel. “I love working with him. We work really well together and both have the same visions for our company,” said Dewolf.  “Our company is built around our passion for snowboarding and the outdoors. We focus on making our products the best fit for what we do everyday. We sell versatile apparel that is ready for anything from a ten day backpacking trip to a casual day downtown.”

By: Jazmyn Andre

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More Savings More Adventures

Denver Art Museum 

Denver Art Museum 

Traveling is an expensive luxury people can only experience once or twice a year. Or is it? Is traveling really so expensive and  luxurious. There are many ways to save money for travel, and these tips can easily all be used at the same time. The best way to start saving for travel is to figure out how much money is being spent every month, and what the money is being spent on. Starting a dedicated travel fund easily allows one to move money every month towards travel, and see how much they have saved. This will allow an easy way to cut spending on unnecessary purchases and immediately start saving money.

A key part of saving money for travel is sticking to a budget. This will be hard at times, especially seeing friends hang out Friday nights and current financial troubles get in the way. An easy way to stop spending money is to not have time to spend it in the first place. Picking up extra hours at work, or finding a second part time job, will earn more money towards travel, and give less time to spend money. Getting rid of cable and stopping from eating out, can save hundreds of dollars alone. By not buying expensive food, over priced bills are no longer an issue. Cooking food at home is both a cheaper, and more healthy option to save money and stay healthy while planning travel.

When planning on traveling for a long time, one month or longer,  selling an apartment, house, and/ or car, can provide lots of extra money to spend. A great way to save money while planning a trip is to use a credit card that can earn miles for flights. This will help later on when miles can be used for free/discounted flights. But, the best way to start saving for travel is to start early, and stick to a set budget. Set yourself a goal and work towards it every day. Eventually, you'll have the money to make your dream trip become a reality.

By: Matthew McCarthy

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Zesty Lemon Bars

Tasty lemon bars baked to perfection

Tasty lemon bars baked to perfection

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of cold butter

  • ½ cup powdered sugar

  • 2 cups of flour

  • 4 eggs

  • 2 cups of sugar

  • ¼ cup flour

  • 6 T lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

**Makes about 2 dozen, depending on the size of the squares cut.

 

Baking Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉

  2. Get out a 13x9” pan and cover the inside with aluminum foil, allowing for 2 inches excess foil off each handle of the pan. Lightly grease the foil.

  3. Mix the 2 cups of flour and the ½ cup of powdered sugar together and beat in the cold butter until it is crumbly.

  4. Press out the crust evenly into the pan and bake for 20-25 minutes

  5. In one bowl, beat the 4 eggs until they are smooth. Add the 2 cups of sugar, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, and the 6 T of lemon juice. Mix that together.

  6. In a separate bowl, mix together ¼ cup of flour and 1 teaspoon of baking soda.

  7. Add that mixture to the bowl with the eggs, mix it well, then pour it evenly over the baked crust.

  8. Put that in the oven for 25 minutes or until the filling is baked to your preference.

  9. When that is cooked to your liking, take it out of the oven and leave it in the pan for about 15 minutes. After, take the lemon bars out of the pan, but remaining in the aluminum foil and let that cool for about 15 more minutes.

  10. When cooled, cut the dish into squares, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and enjoy!!!

By: Ally Clinard

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Closing Assembly

Mr. Larson speaking at closing assembly

Mr. Larson speaking at closing assembly

On Friday the third, Chaparral met the beautiful, young Isabelle. Her long blonde hair, bright blue eyes and sweet personality gave her every reason to steal our hearts. The eventful, and lively week, showed how much Chaparral was dedicated to make Isabelles wish come true.

The assembly started by Alex Lehman introducing the McAllister family into the gym. As Lehman introduced one family member at a time, the tension built for Isabelle’s arrival. Suddenly, Isabelle arrived being carried on a chair, by a few of Chaparrals boys. She looked, and felt much like the princess she truly is. As all the excitement subsided Alex Lehman read a story to Isabelle's classmates from her school. As the thousands of students surrounding Lehman become quiet, the crowd was captivated by the hopeful story of a healthy future for Isabelle. Then, after story time Chaparrals very own cheer team, and their newest member, Isabelle performed a simple, yet intriguing cheer for the school. Isabelle’s dream to become a cheerleader had finally come true!

After the students section silenced we all drew our attention to Isabelle speak a few words of her loving family, during this time there was not a dry eye in the room. You could feel the heavy emotions in the room, everyone was paying respect to Isabelle, and the battle her and her family have faced. Shortly after, children from each elementary school presented a check stating how much they raised. Pressure built in the gym as all the students knew the that the final number was about to be presented. Everyone in the gm was on the edge of their seats patiently waiting for that number to be said. Finally after the much awaited time, Tad Trimarco pulled off the sheet covering the end result, Chaparral High school alone raised 51,000 dollars, and as a community raised 66,000 dollars. The crowed roared with excitement, and some were so proud that tears ran down their cheeks. Isabelle, and the McAllister family jumped in excitement. With the 66,000 dollars raised Chaparral students, and the parker community were able to grant nine wishes for children in need.

Year after year, Chaparral proves they are dedicated to the wish kid of the week, and the final number grows to an outstanding extent each year. This year Chaparral students made it exceptionally clear that Chaparral was In it For Isabelle.

By: Hannah Lee

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Wish Week and Its Purpose

Isabelle Showing Off her Moves for the Last Time 

Isabelle Showing Off her Moves for the Last Time 

This year’s wish week proved to be as magical as the rest as the young Isabelle McCallister saw her dream of going to Disney World come true. The grand total of $66,807.36 was nearly double the amount her family anticipated, and Chaparral’s sea of pink screamed in support as the incredibly high number was announced.

When the student body first met Isabelle on Friday, March 3, the energetic, lively girl instantly caught the students and teachers’ hearts. Just over a year ago, she was diagnosed with a stage 2 brain tumor. To make matters worse, Isabelle’s mother Sarah suffered breast cancer, and health became an everyday struggle for the McCallisters. Through the emotional time, brother Michael and father Mac comforted their sick family members the best they could, and the family’s optimism lead to both eventually becoming cancer free. On November 23, 2016, Isabelle McCallister finished her last round of chemotherapy.

Now free without the concern of her health, Isabelle and her family can look forward to their time together in Orlando. Whether you contributed to the $14,000 investment from the impressive Theater program or gave just a few pennies, Chaparral appreciates your efforts. “It’s not about how much each student brings, it’s more about each kid participating and wanting to make a difference,” said Spanish teacher Jeannie Malsam. Malsam awarded her class in points by how many kids donated rather than how much money was earned. Extra points were also given to those who attended the events. Wish week sponsored restaurants were full, the 5k was packed, and hundreds filled the gym to watch the Dodgeball tournament funded for the family. After all, being all in for Isabelle was more than a hashtag, but a mindset felt throughout the campus.

By: Carson Frost

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Sky Zone

Jack Showing No Sign of Backing Down

Jack Showing No Sign of Backing Down

As Wish Week comes to a close, students flood activities in order to show their final support for Isabelle and her family. Rounding out another exciting Wish Week, on Thursday, March 9th, Chaparral students and community families showed up to Sky Zone from 3pm to 8pm. Student’s arrived to have an amazing time with friends and help donate to make Isabelle’s wish of going to Disney World a reality.

“The biggest reason that I came to Sky Zone tonight is because I generally enjoy coming to Sky Zone and plus there were even more incentives tonight because it was a Wish Week event and a lot of my friends were having a good time,” said Freshman Nicholas Villalobos

At the dunk station a group of four freshman boys gathered around to discuss their next trick shot. Trying to one up each other, the boys gave the good old college try to each trick shot. However, mixed into the usual airball was the sweet feeling of nothing but net followed by the craziness and chaos of students who couldn’t believe the greatness they had witnessed. Students hopped, shot, and dunked all night long to finally live out the dream of being the Michael Jordan of Sky Zone.

“I’ve always wanted a trampoline growing up and I never got one so I just enjoy jumping around and I’m also really great at dodgeball,” added Villalobos

In the more conventional bounce area the vibe was a lot more laid back and chill. Students attempted every type of flip and tricks known to man, all while soaring airborne. Competing to see who can get the highest bounce and then performing a flip in midair all to either land back on two feet, or plummet face first into the cushioning blow of the trampoline: just another Wish Week night.

“My favorite night is when we first find out who the wish family is and even though there’s not a lot going on everybody’s just so excited. I probably enjoyed movie night the most just because there were so many people there and that’s not normal for Wish Week. And at the very end we all had a dance party on the stage in the theatre which was pretty fun,” said Sophomore Tommy Copeland.

However, compared to the casual atmosphere through the rest of Sky Zone, the dodgeball court in the back was a completely different beast. In the court, the 5 D’s of dodgeball could be witnessed at their competitive peak. On one side of the court was the numerically overwhelming Juniors and Seniors up against the underdog Sophomores and Freshmen, who scarcely populated the opposite half. The underclassmen were clearly the underdogs until their savior and MVP, Isabelle, entered the game. With her team feeding her balls to huck, Isabelle made quick work of the upperclassmen team. Demolishing them as they each fell to the floor with an over exaggerated flop. Chants of ‘Isabelle, Isabelle, Isabelle’ echoed throughout Sky Zone as it came down to a one on one. The upperclassmen stood no chance, and with a dropped catch, Isabelle won the game. Isabelle won over the Chaparral family heart’s again and they were there to support her the whole time. After a night of excitement, joy, and competition the night had wound down and students began recovering for one last showing of support during the closing assembly the following day.

By: Matthew Fast

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Duck, Dip, Dive!

Isabelle Aiming for the Win

Isabelle Aiming for the Win

Each year as Wish Week rolls around, many students attend the nightly events in support of a common goal- making our Wish Kid’s wish come true. One of the most anticipated and competitive events of the week is dodgeball, where students come to compete and defeat.

Forming a dodgeball team is very simple as well. “Dodgeball is my favorite wish week event because it’s really fun to go play with all my friends while supporting a good cause,” junior Kyle Louthan shared. Students only need 6-10 friends for a team to be eligible to play in the tournament. Each team’s entrance fee is $50 and every player must sign a waiver with their parent’s signature and their own. The team members will then collaborate and come up with a clever team name different from anyone else’s. Then, it’s game time.

On Wednesday March 8, the annual Wish Week Dodgeball Tournament was held at Chaparral High School at 6:00 PM in the large gym. The bleachers were full of students and families, as well as Isabelle and her family. The teams competed in a tournament bracket and moved up based on a win or loss (each round was single elimination). Isabelle and her family even competed with some students on their own team, and she helped bring them to victory in the first few rounds.

As the bracket narrowed down, the championship game loomed on the horizon. It came down to the teams Free Kodak versus WGBA for all the glory and the dodgeball trophy. It was a close and competitive game, but Free Kodak ended up taking the trophy and being named champions.

Wish Week dodgeball is so much more than just winning a tournament, it is about supporting a family that has been adopted into the Chap Fam. “Seeing the Wish Kid’s wish come true and being able to support in such a fun way is definitely my favorite part of Wish Week as a whole,” Louthan said.

By: Ally Clinard

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Movie Night

Welcoming Committee for Movie Night

Welcoming Committee for Movie Night

It’s that time of year again when Chap students and their families come out in droves; all to show their support for the Wish Kid. As the first day of Wish Week came to a close yesterday, the Chap family joined Isabel in the theater for a special showing of her favorite movie; Disney’s The Descendants. As with everything this week, all of the proceeds will go directly to helping grant Isabel's wish, however the atmosphere of the theater seemed to transcend just money.

One couldn't help but notice the sense of friendship and community throughout the audience. The students even went so far as to join Isabel in a dance party after the movie. With the overwhelming support of the Chap family in granting this wish, it's easy to see how Wish Week remains among one of the most spirited and inspiring weeks at Chaparral.

By: Josh Faulkner

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Wish Week Festival

Aiming to Achieve a Goal

Aiming to Achieve a Goal

On Saturday, the 4th of March, Chaparral held the annual wish week festival and 5k.  The 5k started at 2:30, the festival started around 4 and ended at 7. The festival was held in the gym, and commons area. Student government and certain clubs arranged booths where visitors could buy tickets and play games. Some games included basketball, mini golf and ping pong throw. Student Government also had set up two bouncy houses and giant hamster balls in the gym. Outside four food trucks served pizza, ice cream, shaved ice and barbecue. “I loved it, I liked all the food trucks and my favorite thing about it was being with my friends and seeing my younger sister having fun while supporting Isabelle.” Said Freshman Colin Hayes. The set up time for the festival and the decorations around the school took over 10 hours of time.”I ran a table where people could write notes for the former Wish Kids and their families, as well as Isabelle, and I witnessed genuine love and support from Chap students as they wrote encouraging notes to those families; telling them to keep going and how much they loved having them as a Wish Kid.” Said Student Government member Noah Gerwinat.

By: Matthew McCarthy

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How to Wish Week

Wish Weeks Motto: InItForWho 

Wish Weeks Motto: InItForWho 

A week to give. A week to believe. A week to focus on others. A week of wishes. The 2017 Wish Week begins today. For freshman, this week is a new experience. They may have heard about it in middle school, however now is the time for them to fully participate. As for other students, Wish Week is familiar. For all students and faculty of Chaparral High School, it is time to be in it.

There are many opportunities to get involved and raise money for the Wish kid and they all start today.

First off is the opening assembly. There is still a chance to bring in extra change to drop in the buckets during Miracle Minute. This is a great and easy way to give to this years Wish kid.

There is also still time to sign up for the Link Crew 5k. Sign-ups are only 20 dollars and it comes with a great tshirt. The 5k starts at 2:30. Anyone can participate in the 5k and no one has to feel obligated to run. Walking is totally acceptable. Right after the 5k is the Festival. Filled with games, food trucks, and more, the Festival is a great event to check out to get involved. The Festival starts at 4pm and ends at 7pm.

Throughout the week different restaurants will have nights where the money will go to Wish Week, if the restaurant is told that the party is with Chaparral. Some of the restaurants are  Chick-Fil-A on Monday from 4pm to 8pm, Chipotle on Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm, and Kujani on Wednesday from 6am to 9am. This is any easy way to get a whole family involved in Wish Week.

On Monday and Tuesday, there is a movie night, at 5:30, and game show, at 6:30. There is a dodgeball tournament, on Wednesday, at 6pm with signups still open, as well. Gather up a team and compete against others all for a great cause.

Finally the whole week comes to a close. The last way to be involved is going to the closing assembly. At the assembly, the amount of money raised from the week will be announced.

All of these events are simple ways to get involved in the 2017 Wish Week.

So is Chaparral ready to be In It For Who?

By: Ayla Main

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Preventing Suicide

Colorado has one of the highest suicide rates in the country with 19.4 per 100,000 people, according to the Colorado Health Foundation. 478,000+ Coloradans struggle with mental health issues. Nearly 60% of LGBT high school students report having poor mental health. Nearly 14% of adults reporting poor mental health compared to 11.8% in 2007. Poor mental health is on the rise… What are we doing?

Suicide is avoided when talked about seriously, so most just don’t discuss it. Schools will say they’re preventing suicide by adding positive groups, yet are one of the main causes of decreasing mental health. It’s not so much schools themselves, but the overloaded homework, drama, and unfair teachers can cause too much stress for some to handle. In fact, the suicide rate in Colorado has actually increased over the years.

We need to focus and actually try to help. If you need to express your feelings, don’t bottle them up, talk to a therapist or counselor. Therapists aren’t overrated, they can actually help a ton. If you don’t want to talk, but you need to find better ways to cope: punch a pillow, not a wall. Color in coloring books, don’t take it out on your skin or your life. Remember, someone cares, I promise. If you or someone you know is thinking about harming themselves call the suicide hotline number at 1-800-273-8255, they are there 24/7.

By: Aubrey Bowlus

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Spirit in the Hallways

Pleasant Reminder 

Pleasant Reminder 

As you may have noticed, some new posters have been added to the main hallway. Not the usual advertisements for carnation sales or basketball games, but an unusual display of pictures and words that display important messages. Some posters dispute Chap Fam, others promote unity, and others talk about subjects like poverty and education. Behind these posters and their messages are Mr. Dickson’s sophomore classes. “The idea behind the project was to provide a way for the students to show what they learned about ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ beyond the classroom, and apply the ideas of the play to our real world here at Chap,” Dickson said. The play contains themes of racism, opportunity, and the american dream among others.”I think most students did an excellent job of relaying their chosen message. Creating an effective poster is difficult, and getting concepts to portray a message visually is very challenging. Many of the posters addressed issues of racism and discrimination here at Chap. It is evident to me, from many of the things I have read and heard from students, that we have a race problem here. This ties into another theme of the posters, which was the idea of Chap Fam, and whether it is a real thing or not. I think there were great conversations about Chap Fam: what it is, who feels a part of it, etc,” Dickson continued. Tackling these topics was not easy for students, but they effectively displayed their thoughts and emotions about real world issues and problems here at Chap. “I hope the posters help teachers and students think about what kind of culture we are creating in the building, and to make our environment more inclusive. We have to stand up for everybody- all groups, all walks of life. Chap Family is a wonderful concept, but it’s something we all have to live up and into if it is going to continue to be real, something everyone can experience- not just those who fit into a certain ideal.”

By: Chloe Heffernan

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