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Class Meetings

Chaparral High School students started off the second semester by attending a mandatory meeting held in the Mary Gill Theater to discuss their future plans for high school or college, course selection information, as well as reminders on how to make Chaparral a welcoming and enjoyable environment for both students and staff. On Wednesday January 10th, juniors were called down to the auditorium where they were given a brief description on ways in which they can be ahead on course selection. Mr. Mullen the counseling department chairman; introduced the new system of how juniors may decide on course selection and making prestigious college applications while seeking help from counselors and other administrators. Posted outside the counseling office, students will find “first come, first serve” sign up sheets that reserves their spot to get assistance. These help sessions will take as long as two class periods. The first hour will demonstrate how to construct a complete college application. As for the second hour, juniors will be introduced to new courses and opportunities available for their last high school year. Each sign up sheet have certain periods listed for students to be excused from two classes, this will allow students to choose which time best fits their schedule. There are only limited amount of spots so make sure you sign up as soon as possible! Following Mr. Mullens informational speech, Mr. Mossman reminded all Chaparral Students on the three ways that make Chaparral stand out which are Personal Integrity, Academic Excellence, and Social Responsibility. Ever since the beginning of Chaparral High School these three things are key factors that make  this school have a great impact on students academic lives. All of the Chaparral community can demonstrate personal integrity by setting examples for others, building trust with peers and staff members, and having pride and confidence in everything they do. This school is what we make it. If there is trash on the ground pick it up, if a peer is having trouble with a class help them out because it's these little acts of kindness that builds an outstanding community.  Academic excellence can be shown not only by students but as well as teachers because they “ are teaching more than just the curriculum,” says Mossman. Teachers instill life lessons that will be important for students growth and different situations that may lie in the future. Ultimately upperclassman should always demonstrate great social responsibility because “when you leave here you aren’t just a teen walking through life, you're a Chaparral student [and] everytime you leave here you are apart of us” advises Mr. Persichina. So remember Chap, helps others when needed, take care of one another, and always have pride in what you do and what you leave behind.

Story by Jade Gurule

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Backstage Theater Crew

Photo by Reggie Quiming

Photo by Reggie Quiming

The curtain sweeps open. Lights come to life. There, in the stage, the actors begin to live up their roles. Here, behind, the true action awaits to run right. There is more to what the audience sees than the actors on the stage. Stimulating plays never comes to life without the keen and careful actions of the backstage crew. Yes, the backstage crew works as hard as the actors to make each performance beyond great. Behind those curtains are the hidden actions that turn the live story to life. Last November 3rd, 4th, and 5th, the Theatre Department released Anatomy Of Gray, a play by Jim Leonard. Junior Megan Steinhammer, the sound and lights director, and Senior Morgan Oaks, the stage and props director, speak volumes on the life behind the stage. All the management they do throughout the rehearsals and the actual play weren’t learned from theatre classes, but attained through a series of trial and error. “It’s kind of a jump into the deep end and a hope-you-know-how-to-swim kind of process,” said Oaks. Inevitably, chaos and stress take part in every rehearsal so they do their best to be on top of their game. “The more organized you are [during the rehearsals], the easier it will be during the performance,” said Steinhammer. Each of them have their own management responsibilities. Steinhammer stays up in the booth and does light cues and sound cues during the actual performance. She also calls the curtain and pre-show announcements during rehearsal. “I write down blocking and notes that have to relate to the technicians and the crew heads then I just keep a schedule and make sure we are moving along,” she explained. Oaks on the other hand assures that all the actors are in their places with their own props. “I close the curtain, move backstage props, and make sure every actor is ready. It’s a pressure [to be a stage director], when for example, if I hiccup, everyone can see or hear me and it’s like ‘Wow! that is so wrong. Glad there’s an audience there,’” she added. The rehearsal schedules depend on what week it is. For the first five to six weeks, they practice from three to five after school. But as the date comes close to the actual show, they rehearse from three to six or from three to eight after school. On top of all that, they also get loaded up with homework, tests, and projects. “From 1 to 10, our stress level would probably be 13,” Steinhammer commented. But despite of the stress they experience, they are not alone in this backstage game. There are at least 25 to 35 people in the props crew--costume heads, directors, makeup artists, sound techs, and more. And being their leader means that the crew look up to them. “It is important to learn how to be a good leader that people respect, but also not being a dictator,” Oaks remarked. While working backstage, they get a different view on the show unlike anyone in the audience. “You get to see people at their finest as they get into their character and take charge in the moment. It's a totally different perspective from just like sitting out in the audience, because out in the audience you're like ‘Wow this is sick!’ But then when you’re a part of the backstage crew, you get to see all the work that goes into it. Mr Peterson always says that actors are the walking talking props, but without all the backstage operations they would be nothing,” Steinhammer shared.

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Performing Arts Gala Night

November 11, 2017--the different departments of Chaparral Performing Arts united for their Annual Patrons Night. The night filled with anticipation from the patrons, the students, and teachers towards the aim to raise up to $10,000 for funding the needs of Performing Arts. The gala featured a silent auction put on by the Patrons for the Performing Arts. The night also featured performances from the Performing Arts department. "Choir, band, orchestra, guitar students, encore players, and the theatre department did small performances for the visitors,” said David Peterson, the Chair Department of Performing Arts. But before the intermissions started, booths stood along the upper hallway where pastries, coffee, and other foods were sold to the visitors who are waiting for the prepared performance in the theatre. Several guitar players also entertained them right outside the Mary Gill Theatre. Some student volunteers stood by the tables and the stairs to pose like a “human statue” which gave “a humor atmosphere to the night,” said Shel Stanfill, Orchestra and Guitar teacher. Between the intermissions, a silent auction was held in the hallways. “This is usually the main part of the fundraising. The auction includes big, little, and valuable things from the Performing Arts Department,” Stanfill said. Through the night, they sold two Anatomy of Gray signed and framed posters, four Avalanche tickets, four Disneyland Resort tickets, a Varsity Letter Jacket, and a privilege to rent a TESLA for one day. All which ranged from $50 to $600. Overall, they were able to raise $9,900. “It doesn’t really stop there because the Patrons would keep on helping us together with our own boosters,” said Stanfill. In the previous years, the Patrons had been helping the Performing Arts Department. One time was when they helped the Theatre Department in replacing the stage curtains. “That was costly and the Theatre booster couldn’t afford it without the help of Patrons,” he added. And just last year, new guitar cabinets were built in Stanfill’s guitar room, providing cabinets for students to place their guitars when they leave them in the room. “That’s why the gala night is so special for everyone in the Department--they showcase their talents for their Chaparral family while loving what they have to offer at the same time,” said Stanfill. The Gala night had been going for about seven to eight years now. “The patrons started when we had our individual booster group. It was an idea that Mr. Peterson had brought over from Eagle Crest high school. The former performing arts teachers had this idea to put a booster group that does more fundraising on a larger scale for the Performing Arts Department. So they were called the Patrons of the Performing Arts and they’re the parent groups that financially support the performing arts in ways that we can’t do,” he explained. The official website of the Patrons of the Performing Arts is found in David Peterson’s school website. Anyone could be a “Patron” and donate with just a starting amount between $10 to $50. “The amazing performances brought by every talented students wouldn’t be possible without this,” Stanfill remarked.

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Band's Craft Fair

On Saturday December 2, 2017, the Chaparral High School Marching Band Boosters hosted their 13th annual Once Upon a December Craft Show. The event is used to raise money for the marching band as well as market local handmade, artisan crafts. Vendors buy booth spaces for $75-$90. Booths would also be supplied electricity if they were to choose to pay for it for just $15, although there was a limited amount and it was a first-come first-serve situation. Businesses have to fill out a form every year that includes pictures of their work and exactly what they want as to tables, booth location, etc. There were many diverse booths throughout the big gym and commons. The crafts ranged from jewelry to clothing to food, art, photography, pillows, dog treats, you name it! The event lasted all day from 9 am to 3:30 pm, with lots of visitors. A kids corner was included with lots of crafts and art projects to entertain kids while their parents shopped. A bake sale and concessions were included to help keep vendors energized, as well as add to the money raised by the whole event. On top of all the exciting booths and items to buy, there were many raffles throughout the day to help raise even more money. The Band Boosters asked each vendor to donate at least one item to the raffle to help support the band. Throughout the day, different marching band performers played holiday songs to add to the entertainment. Overall, this annual fundraiser was a fun-filled, productive day for the community, and a great start to the holiday season.

Story by Maja Walker and Kenna Vogt

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DECA District 11 Conference

DECA competitors got the chance to qualify for state at the District competition on November 28th. There were 83 state qualifiers out of the 143 members that competed  from Chaparral and Chaparral won the Conference Champions title.  Districts were held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds and 4 schools competed; Legend, Douglas County, Chaparral, and Ponderosa. Chap earned the most team points in District 11 and also had the best productivity ratio of 58% of their competing members qualifying for state. Students going to the competition arrived at Chap at 6:55 AM and got on the buses to Castle Rock. Once there, they headed into the main building for the introduction and got their schedule for the day. Each student competing had a different time that they had to compete. The actual competition was held in the main building with the judges and prep time was given as well. Teams had 20 minutes to prep their roleplay and individuals had 10. When the students weren’t competing, they were in the Kirk Hall building working on homework or preparing for their roleplays. Lunch was also provided by Firehouse Subs for all of the students competing. The students were able to win two types of awards, one for qualifying for state because of a high score on their roleplay, and one for having the highest test score in the certain event they were competing in. The schools were able to win awards based on the conference champion which was the school with the highest amount of qualifiers and an award for having the most amount of participants based on size, which Douglas County won. The 83 state qualifiers will be able to go to state at the Broadmoor hotel in Colorado Spring the 25th through the 27th.

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Pablo Picasso Exhibit

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During the second week of November, three murals stood outside of the 300’s hallway exhibiting artwork from Pablo Picasso. Pablo was a Spanish artist who lived in Paris, France in his adult life. He created many famous pieces of artwork that had been showcased all around the world. Mrs. Adames put on an exhibit to showcase some of his work and some insightful information regarding the artist. Out of all the artists in the world, Mrs. Adames decided to share the work of Pablo Picasso. “When we think of famous artists, we think about those from hundreds of years ago but Pablo Picasso is still relevant and there aren’t very anymore,” said Spanish teacher Sue Adames. The walconsisted of three different paintings well known by Picasso such as the “Guernica” painting, “The Dream”, and “Night Fishing at The Antibes.” Adames was inspired to make the exhibit when she saw the Guernica in person. The overall goal for the Picasso exhibit was to bring new culture into the school so it could inspire students. “I wanted to bring culture into to the school in a different way, to to inspire the students to travel and do different things about the world.” Art works like this easily brings much needed culture into our school. Paintings like the Guernica that symbolises war and artworks like “The Dream” symbolizes happiness and innocence. They make people think and try their hardest to understand the meaning behind the work, and that is why painters like Pablo Picasso are so important and modern to the world. Exhibits like this bring the community together and it shows us how much we should appreciate the different art that is created in different cultures. The impact Pablo Picasso had in the art community is greater than any of us can imagine. Having seen the artwork hung on the walls really brought a different feel in the atmosphere of our school.

Story by Joey Freeburg and Zach Curtis

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DCSD Election

As of November 7th, (still waiting for oversea votes) the community matters slate candidates were all elected to the Douglas County School Board of Education. This group includes Anthony Graziano, Chris Schor, Kevin Leung, and Krista Holtzmann. Kristas mission statement is as follows, “My family and I are so grateful for the partnership we have had with the many teachers and staff who were a part of Jake and Will's K-12 experience.  The educators in our children's lives helped us meet the unique needs of each of our sons and gave them opportunities to reach their full potential.   This is what every child deserves:  to have their individual needs recognized, to be given endless opportunities to learn and grow, and to be part of an educational community that prioritizes their education.  I am concerned that DCSD has strayed from that focus in recent years.  If I am elected to be a Douglas County School Board Director, my ultimate goal will be to make sure that every decision I make focuses first on how it affects the children of our District, always asking the question "Does this support the best interests of our students?".” Kevin Leung’s; “Kevin Leung knows how important it is to have a good education. His parents were illiterate and he grew up very poor. Through quality education and hard work, he now owns a successful local business and lives in a beautiful neighborhood in Douglas County for 26 years.” Chris Schor; “Partnerships between teachers and parents are our greatest assets in the education of children. Understanding the needs of all children requires strong parent partnerships. Children are successful when they have knowledgeable, passionate, caring, and supportive teachers. It is essential to recruit, develop and retain quality educators in Douglas County.” Anthony Graziano; “I am not someone who is content to sit on the sidelines. It’s time for me to step up. I am running for School Board with the promise to listen closely, understand issues and seek solutions through responsible service. I commit to working collaboratively to serve our county to ensure our public schools live up to the greatness of Douglas County.”Each of these winning candidate won by at least 15%. These four candidates have all had some kind of background in school education. The community matters slate’s main message, that won them the election, talks about refocusing on students and academic achievements, rebuilding a positive culture and climate and spending taxpayer dollars responsibly. In an interview with Vista Now’s, Gabe Barnard, Holtzmann said, “The financial policy would help the board in ensuring that money meant for the classroom reaches the classroom.” In every election, huge amounts of money go into campaigning. In this election, the four community matters candidates spent a total of $69,292.96. While an immense amount of money is spent, a massive amount is raised by the candidates as well. The candidates raised $83,470.00. According to Ballot Pedia’s article on this election, outside companies and groups also supported the winning slate; “Organizations and committees that were not connected to candidates also raised and spent funds for the board of education election. As of October 31, 2017, the Douglas Schools for Douglas Kids committee, which supported the Community Matters slate of candidates, had spent $266,422. It received $300,000 from the American Federation of Teachers and $100,000 from Citizens for Integrity earlier in the election cycle”. All of this support from all of these different groups of people, played a piece in this election. The education system relies on the help of the people to get our students the proper education system they need to thrive.

Story by Jazmyn Andre and Emerald Herman 

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Letter of Intent

Making it official. Photo by Abby Houghton.

Making it official. Photo by Abby Houghton.

As difficult as high school may seem sometimes, many students are starting to discover how valuable it can be. Many students work tirelessly throughout their high school career. They go to school early, spend their afternoons in extracurriculars, and then do it all over again the next day. Finally, these students are getting the recognition that they deserve. Five students: Hannah Ammerman, Luke Bailey, Grace Haberland, Hunter Rowe, and Megan Waldron, signed Letters of Intent on Wednesday, November 8. Hannah Ammerman was supported by almost all of the varsity volleyball team as she committed to University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She gave thanks to her family who taught her the importance of the sport. Ammerman shared tears and laughter with her team as they all stood behind her when she signed her Letter of Intent. Luke Bailey signed his for baseball, committing to St. Cloud State. Bailey thanked his teammates and his coaches when he addressed the audience. Grace Haberland committed to Augustana University for volleyball. It was easy to feel the support from her teammates and her family during the Letter of Intent Ceremony. The Chaparral Volleyball team has always seemed to have a tight bond, and this ceremony proved that. Rowe committed to CSU Pueblo playing lacrosse. His family continuously took photos of Rowe as he voiced his gratitude to his family, coaches, teammates, and God. As Megan Waldron signed her letter of intent for Southern Methodist University, tears filled her eyes, and many of her family members reciprocated her emotions. Waldron may be committed for one of the most interesting sports, equestrian. She had been involved in this sport for years, and the feeling of accomplishment spread through the room as she spoke. It was easy to see how proud her family and coaches were. The Letter of Intent Ceremony was proof that working hard can pay off in the midst of reaching big dreams.

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Colorado State Cross Country Championships

Getting ready for the race to start. Photo by Matthew McCarthy

Getting ready for the race to start. Photo by Matthew McCarthy

On Saturday, October 28th, Chaparral’s Boys Cross country team ran at the Colorado High School Cross Country Championships at the Norris-Penrose Event Center, in Colorado Springs. The boys team qualified for the meet by placing fourth at the regional meet a few weeks earlier. The girls team placed 7th at the regional meet and failed to qualify for the state championships. But, Freshman runner Cassidy Hickey placed 9th at the regional meet running a 19:04 5k and had qualified as an individual runner. Chaparral ran in the 5A Boys Championship with the other top 19 teams in the state, and finished in 8th place. The team has jumped up in the rankings, failing to qualify to the state championships last year, and was ranked around 50th in the state at the start of the season, but placed 8th this year. Chaparral’s lone girl runner, Cassidy Hickey, placed 69th out of 160 runners, running a 20:02 5k. Senior and team captain Grayson Arstingstall was the first runner from Chaparral’s boys team, placing 33rd and running a 16:41 5k, he was followed by Junior Caleb Ream and Josh Welo. The team is relatively young, consisting of 3 underclassmen, and 4 upperclassmen. The team had a successful season placing in the top five teams in six meets, including winning the Fort Morgan Invitational and placing second at the UCCS Rustbuster. “The boys worked really hard this year to get to state, and we’re excited for next year,” said the boys team head coach Rob Ferguson.

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2017-2018 Senior Panel

High School is defined as a school that typically comprises grades 9-12. For some, high school is a period of four years that has tended to pass them by, meaningless. However, specifically for the 2017-2018 Senior Panel, high school has assisted in self development, and has helped them get through difficult times in their life. Designed to speak to 3 groups of 30 freshman that had opted out of the PSAT on Wednesday, October 25, Chaparral administration and counselors came together and chose each of the 12 seniors to be on this panel. Aiming for diversity in experiences, this group contained seniors that had been transfers, varsity sports players, students battling illnesses, and people who have just had a unique high school experience. On the morning of the PSAT, the freshman and the seniors gathered in the theater, and after splitting the freshman into groups of three, each group spent about an hour with the senior panel. The morning consisted of seniors giving these freshman the advice they have to offer for the next four years, and sharing their high school experience, hoping to make connections with some of the listening ears. The panel was a success. Although for some freshmen, this hour could have been an opportunity to fall asleep to the voices of 12 seniors giving them their advice, for some it was a wake up call, a way to make them feel less alone, and a way to understand that the unfamiliar thing called “Chap Fam,” truly has their back.

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Chaparral's Annual Sweet Street

Kids in the community came to participate in Sweet Street. Photo by Hailey Toth

Kids in the community came to participate in Sweet Street. Photo by Hailey Toth

On October 27th all of the school clubs came together for Chaparral’s Sweet Street. Sweet Street was for little kids in the community to come to Chaparral and trick o’ treat in the cafeteria, commons, and the gym from 5:30- 7:00. The event was free, but it was encouraged to bring in non-perishable food items for the Parker Task Force and local heroes. Because of that, the members of different clubs and activities dressed up as super heroes, such as Aquaman and Spiderman. Kids were lined up from the bottom of the main staircase all the way to the 200’s hallway to go into the cafeteria and trick or treat. The children were mostly dressed up as the characters that they love, such as animals, princesses, dinosaurs, superheroes, or just relaxing in their pjs. “Sweet Street is all about giving back to the community. We’re all about trying to create a safe place for kids to go trick or treating and as a part of my project for DECA for project smiles we were just trying to spread smiles in Parker for the holiday season,” said junior Samantha Kuhns. DECA was held responsible for spreading the word to the clubs and activities to make sure that they got involved in the event. They created crafts and games and assigned all different areas for the kids to have a good time.

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Halloween Guidelines

Let’s admit it - even as a high school student, it can be compelling to relive the elementary school halloween party days by dressing up as your favorite fictional character, creepy clown, or anything in between. Although October 31st lands on a Tuesday this year, and dressing up may seem appropriate given the occasion, there are some restrictions and guidelines that must be followed by students that plan to suit up for school on Halloween day.

Although it is a special occasion, the general Chaparral dress code remains the same on Halloween, meaning no hats/dark glasses, no particularly disruptive garments, no clothing affiliated with any sort of vulgarity, and so forth. However, given the nature of Halloween, it is also necessary to specifically address that accessories, such as masks, concealing face paints, and fake weapons, are also banned from school on the 31st, as they would be on any other school day. The purpose behind banning such objects/accessories is to promote a safe and comfortable learning environment, and to keep all students easily identifiable in the case of an emergency/drill. Students are also discouraged from dressing in any sort of extravagant attire, which is also listed in the day-to-day dress code, as it may distract other students/teachers. In short, if planning on dressing up, be mindful of the regular dress code, as well as courteous to your fellow Wolverines!

The safest way to avoid getting dress coded on Halloween day is to use common sense when determining what to wear, and if unsure, refer to the Student Code of Conduct/Dress Code, or ask a teacher/admin for their judgement. All being said, have a safe and spooky Halloween, Chap!

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National Honors Society

Principal Greg Gotchey addressing the audience and new NHS inductees. Photo by Reggie Quiming.

Principal Greg Gotchey addressing the audience and new NHS inductees. Photo by Reggie Quiming.

September 25, 2017--Chaparral’s National Honors Society inducted ninety five juniors as this year’s new members of the organization. Students, parents, and teachers gathered in the Mary Gill Theatre and witnessed the recognition of achievements of the inductees over the course of their two years in high school. These new members are joining the current ninety-nine members for this school year. At 7:00 pm, Chaparral’s Principal Greg Gotchey officially opened the ceremony, welcoming the visitors and the inductees. He recognized the members as the “pride of Chaparral,” emphasizing how proud he is of the new members. After the introduction, the officers of NHS gave an overview of the virtues of an NHS member, which are Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. “Scholarship is for having the GPA; leadership, is being involved in serving our community, and then on top of that, doing all of it with good character and integrity,” NHS adviser and math teacher Laura Bockhacker said. The traditional ceremony included the lighting of candles that represent each virtue. The new members then walked up the stage and received their respective certificates and congratulations from the principal, teachers, and NHS officers. “[NHS] is a celebration of how much they excel in so many things--scholarship,  leadership, and service--being huge parts of the organization,” Bockhacker remarked. NHS has been in Chaparral for a long time, continuing to recognize the academic capacities of students. More so, it is an organization that “serves the Chaparral community and feeder areas--the whole Chaparral family in general,” Bockhacker said. NHS conducts their community services in and out of school, usually in Chaparral’s feeder schools, both Elementary and Middle Schools. They volunteer on feeder-related activities and tutoring of the students all the way through Elementary students. “Aside from their community services, we will also do the blood drive again as a big part of their project this year,” Bockhacker added. Members of NHS are available for tutoring in Chaparral as well. Tutors will be in the library, the Vogel Academic Support Center, and Star Lab. “Students can just show up, for example, in the Library and tell Mr. Larson. Let him know that you need a tutor or just look for a green sign on one of the tables. They’re usually there, sitting and waiting,” Bockhacker explained. One of the new members of NHS, Junior Haley Morris, said that “being in NHS is a privilege, a responsibility in the community, and a leadership role. It allows you to take time to serve.” Each new member needs to take at least twelve hours to do community services and six hours of tutoring. “It’s a challenge, especially because there is more schoolwork now that I’m a Junior compared to before. It is nice to help my fellow students and Chap,” Morris added.

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The Race Is On

Super Fans running the flags. Photo by Paige Wiebelhaus

Super Fans running the flags. Photo by Paige Wiebelhaus

Every high school in Colorado likes to think they have the best student fans. Many schools also have designated Super Fans who run their fan section. These Super Fans lead the cheers at sporting events and often are the ones who get the entire crowd hyped and involved. In order to do this the Super Fans, themselves, must be energetic and excited. “To get hype before each game, it all comes from within my mentality,” senior Ryan Crothers explains. The Super Fans of these high schools have many different tasks that they much achieve at each and every sporting event. One of these tasks is working together with another group of students (at Chaparral this group is Red Blue Crew) to create cheers for the student section to do. “Cheers usually are picked moments before we do them so it’s usually an on the spot thing,” senior Charlie Beller states, “we all discuss it and then someone just does it.” Colorado High School Activities Association, also known as CHSAA, has created a contest to see which high school truly has the best Super Fans who get their student section the most rowdy. #BackMyTeam is a way for high schools to be recognized for their efforts of getting their student body engaged at games. This was created to encourage the support for sports teams and good sportsmanship in high school athletics. In order to enter the competition, the school administration or team account must post a photo, video, or both on Twitter using the hashtag and tag the official CHSAA account. If the post is from a personal account, the post will not be entered into the contest. This competition is held seasonally. This means that fall sports, winter sports, and spring sports are in separate competitions for the finest supporters. Each winner will be recognized at some of the biggest sporting events of the season and will also obtain an award for their athletic department. The fall winners will be announced at the 4A/5A football championships on December 2, after a week-long voting poll of the top 3 student sections. The top school of the winter competition will be broadcasted to the public at the state basketball game on March 10th. The victors of the spring season will be recognized at the state track race, which occurs on May 19. For more information about contest dates and details visit http://chsaanow.com/backmyteam/ or http://chsaanow.com/2017-08-24/chsaa-launches-backmyteam-sportsmanship-school-spirit-contest-student-sections/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter . These websites also have all polling dates as well as general information. In order to end up on top in this competition, the school must stand apart from all others. “I think what makes Chap’s student section different is that Chap has students that love their student athletes,” senior Ally Schlegel describes, “they love being at games, they love our school, they love getting hype, they love everything about it and that just makes the experience so much better considering everyone is truly enjoying the moments we get at sporting events.” With the long road ahead, and this competition just beginning, Colorado high schools are continuously battling for the title of the greatest Super Fans in the state.

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Chaparral's Mini Cheers

Gianna practicing her tumbling skills; picture approved by mother Yvonne Lens. Photo by Lauren Collins

Gianna practicing her tumbling skills; picture approved by mother Yvonne Lens. Photo by Lauren Collins

Chaparral holds many camps for the community’s youth throughout the year. On September 30th, Chaparral Cheer hosted kindergarten through 8th graders at the Cheer Mini Clinic. This clinic gives these little girls a chance to become a cheerleader alongside the varsity cheerleaders of Chaparral. “The mini clinic is a long standing tradition that allows cheerleaders from Chaparral to connect with children of the community and build a bond with future Wolverines,” cheer coach Heather Saunders stated. This is also beneficial to the children at the camp because they get a feel for what the cheer program is like at Chaparral as well as the Chap Family itself. This clinic gives the children the opportunity to practice tumbling, flying, and other cheer skills with the members of Chaparral cheer. There are different groups led by different cheerleaders based on the skill set level of the younger kids. This is very similar to the break down at tryouts for JV and Varsity. The children spent the entire day at Chaparral practicing their skills and getting better. They even made a routine that they performed for their parents at the end of the day. The camp included lunch and t-shirts for the girls, along with other fun activities in order to make the children feel part of the cheer teams. Although most of the camp is about having fun, there are a few challenges when it comes to teaching the girls. “The most difficult part about the camp is keeping the girls focused,” junior Morgan Sprinkle explained. “Some things take a little while to teach, such as the dance they perform, and they want to move on to the cool stuff like stunting so they get distracted.” The goal that Chaparral sets out to achieve with this camp is “to get [the kids] involved in the community and support the community,” said Sprinkle. This camp has been a popular event among future Chaparral Wolverines because “most of the girls love to cheer and think it’s the coolest thing ever. When I was little I absolutely loved these camps and begged my mom to sign me up,” Sprinkle explained. This trend seemed to carry through to the attendees of the camp this year. “My favorite part of the camp is the cheer at the game on Friday,” attendee Ali explains. This camp sets out to embody the spirit of Chaparral as a school and community while getting the younger children involved.

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The Next Four Years: How You Can Make an Impact

Some members running to be a part of the Douglas County School Board. Photo by Devon Williams

Some members running to be a part of the Douglas County School Board. Photo by Devon Williams

Do you care about your school, your district, and what happens within your school? If so, more than 1,500 people agree with you. It’s the Douglas County Parents, founded in 2013. Since 2013, there have been approximately 20-25 meetings including Next 4 Years and house parties. You may be wondering what they do. Well, they want to make the school a better place for learning and an even better district for you. The Douglas County Parents aims to inform the community about the issues within the district and how they’re addressing the issues. Board member and parent of two kids in the district, Patti Hickey told more about what the Douglas County parents discuss in meetings, she said “We discuss how we got to where we are today going back several years, we discuss what is happening currently and we discuss what’s next for our schools. We also talk about what we can do to help get the word out.” The meetings are a time for parents to understand more about the school district, become better informed, and ask their questions. The meetings are important for everyone to attend, parent Shaun Sindelman who has twin boys in 2nd grade at Prairie Crossing Elementary says about this subject, “I feel these meetings are important for everyone in the district to attend, whether they are a parent or not, simply because as residents of Douglas County, we ALL have a responsibility to make sure that the children that live in the district and attend schools in the district have a proper education from well-paid teachers in buildings with proper accommodations for those students to learn in the best way possible.” The decisions that the board of education makes can highly impact your everyday life, so the Douglas County Parents gives ways to take action such as sending an email to the board, attend a board meeting, or specific volunteer opportunities. You may be asking yourself, how does this relate to me? Isn’t this just for parents, do I have a voice in this? Why does this matter? I continued to talk with parent and board member Hickey about why these meetings could be important to students and why students should attend, she said “First off, if there are students that are 18 years old, they need to make sure they are registered and get out the vote to their peers! Our meetings are open to the public and all students are welcome to attend. It’s important that they understand how the school board works and that the decisions that are made at the district level impact them everyday in their classrooms, from the curriculum being taught to the very teacher that stands before them.” So If you’re 18, you have the opportunity to vote, and you could attend meetings if you’re not able to vote. This is a great way to get your voice out there, get educated about what happens to DCSD schools, and leave with more understanding as well as the possibility to make an impact. Students have to start caring about their district too because this is affects us all and it will continue to affect us until something is changed.

Story by Devon Williams

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Once in a Solar Eclipse

Photo taken from twitter account @ChapHappenings

Photo taken from twitter account @ChapHappenings

Monday, August 21, 2017 was an important day in the making-- the 2017 Solar Eclipse. This is the first coast to coast solar eclipse passing through the Continental United States since February 26, 1979. People traveled all over to get the best view for the eclipse in areas of complete totality. Places along the path of complete totality experienced the height of the eclipse where in the middle the day, the sky was dark. According to estimations there were as many as 7.4 million people who traveled through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina to watch the eclipse. Some Chaparral students traveled along the paths of totality for the eclipse, but others didn't have to go as far. Most of the students that were at school Monday went outside approximately at 11:47 to catch a glimpse of the spectacular phenomenon with their classes. "My favorite part was the peak because it was unique and it's cool how our solar system works with the timing of the line up," said junior Ashley Elgin. The excitement for the eclipse was well built up for the past 38 years. "It was significant because I've always loved nature and the sun and moon," said junior Ariana Schivinski. Everyone was advised not to look at the sun directly because even though there was an eclipse, the sun that was still visible could severely damage the human eyes. Chaparral students were sure to wear their special eclipse glasses when going to watch the eclipse.  “It was a once in a lifetime experience,” said junior Nico Fuentealba. August 21, 2017 was a phenomenon that left the world anticipating the next solar eclipse in April of 2024.

Story by Erica Grotts

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The Power Behind a Wish

Chaparral.. a Place Where Dreams Come True

Chaparral.. a Place Where Dreams Come True

Wish week is one of Chaparral’s most favored week out of the year. The school comes together to make wishes come true for kids battling with a life threatening illness. This year Isabelle McAllister is Chaparral’s Wish kid. Student Government has worked for this week continuously during and after school. This week is filled with games, hope, and reward. The reward of granting many kids their wishes.

Sophomores Grace Urbanski and Katie Hogan are both involved in student government and the preparation for Wish Week.“ We have spent about the past 4 months prepping for Wish Week, almost every single day in class and outside as well,” said Urbanski. “ My favorite part of wish week is definitely the opening and closing assembly. It’s so cool to watch the school meet the kid for the first time, and it’s wonderful to see how many wishes we granted in the end. It brings the whole school together right in front of your eyes… it’s so wonderful,’ said Hogan. As homecoming and many other weeks are important for high school, the best events come with wish week because it’s not for us to put on a big show and dress up but to help others overcome their illness. “Once wish week is through, it is a huge feeling of accomplishment and pride. To see all the behind the scenes come to life is unreal,” stated Urbanski.The preparation for wish week seems really cool to outsiders, but the people who make the week what it is know that with dedication comes reward. “After wish week, my heart is full. The school comes together and everyone seems happy and willing towards one another. It’s so awesome to also see hard work pay off in the end. The best part is that you’re helping in giving kids a piece of their childhood back,” Said Hogan.

Student government has put their hearts and souls into making this week successful. Support Isabelle and student government by participating in the events and the restaurant nights.

By: Ava Houghton

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Chasing the Dream

Contestants in the Chasing the Dream 5k begin running after the opening shot. Photo by Olivia Goodman and Shayanna Spader

Contestants in the Chasing the Dream 5k begin running after the opening shot. Photo by Olivia Goodman and Shayanna Spader

On a way-hotter-than-sixty-degrees-should-be Saturday, an army of moms, dads, students, teachers, and children crowd to the starting line of the fourth annual Wish Week 5K. The wind flails around wildly while the sun cuts right through it and droplets of sweat leap from the heights of runners’ faces to land shimmering on the hot asphalt. A small girl and boy and their father clamber up a truck parked to the side of the road. Next to them sits a loudspeaker blaring Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams, and a myriad of colorful, poppy tunes. A shimmer rustles through the crowd. Slowly, the boy raises the gun into the air and fires.

Though this Saturday offered an opportunity to get in some decent exercise, the focus remained on the family standing on the truck--more specifically the little girl, Isabelle, this year’s Make-a Wish Kid. Diagnosed with cancer, Isabelle’s wish is to spend some time at Disney World with her family and the Wish Week 5K was designed as just one of many events to raise money for the fulfillment of such a wish. Rising to the task, people of all fitness levels came together in support of Isabelle’s family.

Around a few hundred people showed up for this event, one of the first in a huge week of fundraising. Upcoming events include Movie Night, Game Night, the Dodgeball Tournament, and Sky Zone Night.

By Cole Gerome

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In It To Win It

 

Each year at Chaparral high school, bachelor's compete against one another to win over the hearts at Chaparral. With 16 contestants, four from each grade level, the boys will show off their dance moves, singing skills, and pick up lines.

On Tuesday January 10th, 2017 the show kicked off at 7:00 pm in the Chaparral theatre. As everyone sat down, the lights dimmed down on the stage and the show began. The opening started with videos the young bachelors put together to introduce themselves, and hopefully entertain the audience. After the clips were shown, the boys danced to a variation of songs with a well choreographed routine.

Next, the contestants took turns smooth talking Olayemi Ajao with pick up lines. Shortly after, a table was placed in the middle of the stage while Ava Wilson awaited for her date to arrive. Starting with the freshman, the boys arrived at their date with the intention to ruin it. After all the boys destroyed their first dates, the bachelor's moved on to performing their singing skills. From little memorization to high pitches, the boys competed for spots in the semi final round. With 6 bachelors left, they were each handed bags full of women's clothing and beauty products. In the first round the boys had to dress themselves in the clothing and apply the beauty products with the best of their ability, correctly. In the second round the bachelor's took turns coming up with a sales pitch to persuade the crowd and judges their products were the best. The final elimination for the night arrived shortly after the sales pitches. Two bachelors were eliminated from the last round, but for the first time ever a junior made it to the final competition at the sadies assembly. The finalists were, Alec Ackerman, Trent Abramovitz, Tad Trimarco, And Jacob Dedrickson. As the theatre filled with applause and laughter, the lights lit back up and the show came to an end.

The following day at the Sadies assembly, the four bachelors constructed one last performance in front of the whole school. First, Tad displayed his professional makeup skills on Gabby Garcia. In shock, the students concern grew as he painted her face, and her acrylic nails. Next, Jacob obtained a few underclassmen to act as bowling pins, while he rolled an exercise ball towards them, knocking them down. Trent, dressed in a farmer's attire and  performed the cotton eye Joe. Halfway through his performance, cheerleaders, poms, and students from the bleachers joined. Lastly, Alec instructed the school with his origami skills on how to make a paper swan. After three of the steps, Alec pulled another previously finished swan out of his pants. The winner was determined by the loudness of applause and cheering bellowed from the bleachers. As Alec’s name was called, the stomping on the bleachers increased, and the cheering roared. Alec Ackerman received the final rose, the title of Mr. Chap, and the hearts of Chaparral.

By: Ashley Nesland

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