“I wouldn’t vote for either. I just think that they’re not fit for president. They’re not mature,” said freshman Andrea Sena.

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Water stations wash away waste

David Vanek; Staff Reporter

  During the month of September, M-CHS had its annual homecoming week which consisted of many activities such as the parade, dance, and the Powder Puff and Peach Fuzz games.
  The Peach Fuzz game was on Sept. 13. Juniors played against seniors in a volleyball game. Seniors were dressed as firefighters and juniors were dressed as “
  The older audience supported the teams while the younger audience was there to hang out with their friends. After a hard-fought game with several exciting rallies, the seniors pulled off a 15-13 victory.
  The Powder Puff game was close. Both teams played their best, but once again seniors beat the juniors 12-6. Audience members were giving the teams support by cheering and being interested in the game.
  Native American Club also showed support for the team as well as their own club by selling fried bread.    

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 “Trump, but I wouldn’t vote for either because neither seem like a good candidate. During the debate, they both just argued and did not make good points,”said junior Cutter Mathews.

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Student needs seem far fetched

​​David Vanek, Staff Reporter

  In the 2015-2016 school year, the building committee decided to install water bottle fill up stations in every hall of the newly built Montezuma-Cortez High School Campus.

  These stations provide cleaner, healthier, drinking water. These stations reduce pollution. With the classic drinking fountains, the water often has an odd taste which prevents people from drinking from them, and they often bring plastic bottles of water which, after use, are disposed of; however, the installation of the water stations has prevented unnecessary waste by saving a grand total of 49,286 bottles as of August 15, 2016.

  These futuristic filtered water stations have caused an increase in the daily intake of water by students, faculty and any community members who pass through.

  “Hydration has a lot to do with the vitality of students and helps the student think and helps their bodies work correctly”, said assistant principal Mr. Robinson.

  The availability of water has significantly improved when compared to the previous high school. With one of these revolutionary stations in every hallway, water is accessible everywhere in the school and allows students to take water with them quickly and in greater amounts than traditional water fountains.

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Danae Thompson, junior, used the fair as an opportunity to explore financial aid options. She was particularly interested in larger schools because they typically offered more scholarships.

  M-CHS currently has four counselors that aid students: Amanda Higgins, Tammi Slagle, Carmen Maness, and Mark White. These counselors are available to students all school year.
  The role of a high-school counselor is to “to address all students’ academic, personal [and] social and career development needs,” according to the American School Counselor Association.          
  Counselors are equipped to deal with the drama and stress of high school life. Students can come to them for career guidance, college applications, and academic requirements. The counselors can 
help students going through crisis, relationship trouble, or personal issues.
  Carmen Maness, sophomore counselor describes the role of a counselor in a high school as vital. The counselors are here to be “that advocate, [and] support person in their lives,” when students don’t have one at home. The counselor’s job is to help guide students towards success inside and outside of school.
  Tammi Slagle,
junior counselor, defines her role as a school counselor as an “advocate for students,” although their abilities to do so are being grossly underutilized.
  At the moment, M-CHS school counselors are viewed as people who help students fix their schedules.
  Sonja Copeland,
world language teacher, believes the counselor’s time to help students is being taken away by tasks such as school scheduling, that should not fall to them. “The structure of the system itself needs to improve before the counselors can fully achieve their goal of helping the student body,” said Copeland. 
  Not only are the counselor’s skills being wasted, but students also have misconceived viewpoint of the counseling office itself that it is a place of no value to them personally. Maness believes that having to talk to a counselor is viewed as shameful, so kids are too embarrassed to seek help from counselors.
  Although the counselors at M-CHS aren’t being fully utilized by the student body, they still have a full plate. The counseling office organizes the SAT and PSAT test, back to school nights, college night, and ICAP plans.
  The counselors work until the job is done, even if that means staying and working evenings, mornings, lunches, and weekends. The
counselorsareavailabletohelpstudents, and are more than ready to do so.

  Ms. Davis, an exchange teacher from Sydney, Australia, began teaching English II at M-CHS during this 2016-2017 school year. She came here to swap roles with Mrs.Rime, MCHS English teacher, while Rime teaches English in Australia.

  Ms. Davis chose this school because she was interested in coming to Colorado, but M-CHS chose her when Mrs.Rime joined the program. Ms. Davis brings new information to the school which will benefit the students and the school.

  “She brings a level of class and culture to the classroom. As a unique person I’m sure she has a unique way of teaching,” said Mrs. Mason, head of the English department.

  Ms. Davis is an adventurous person looking forward to doing a lot this winter. She
planstoexploring the outdoors. Ms. Davis is prepared to go snowboarding when snow falls.

  She is excited about the “benefits of travel and experiencing new cultures”.As an English teacher, Ms. Davis hopes to open the minds of her students in the classroom as she has for nine years in Australia. “I can broaden the horizon and brighten their knowledge about other countries. I also hope I can learn a lot from my students,” said Ms. Davis.

  Learn more about this exchange teacher program at the website Colorado Teacher Exchange League

“I would vote for, Trump. Hillary is a moron. The process of elimination puts trump on top. Hillary is more opinionated. I think that I would be a good president, I would probably do better than both of them combined,” said sophomore Gia Pau.

  Students and faculty at M-CHS want some things to change in student government.
  “I think student government could try to get more connected to the school so they have a sense of belonging and acceptance,” said Mrs. Slagle, sophomore  counselor at M-CHS.
  Panther Pride is also seen as something that needs to improved. Panther cup was a dud last year but an anonymous student or staff said, “If you feel strongly about something it is your responsibility to change it.”
  This individual intends to raise Panther Pride and make events more fun for all students. 
  Change is impossible without action. “Every student has a responsibility to help or have a desire to participate.” said junior Zane Schichtel.  There are some things in this school that have changed such as the dress code.
  Hats are now allowed in the school, in the halls, and most classrooms. According to Mr. Harriman, “The school board is working to allow students to bring dates from other schools to prom.”
  Around the school there have been whispers about things students think should change.
  Some students think that lunches don’t come with enough food and wish there was more food for their money.  Others want longer lunches. Some students want better wifi. These are issues that student government should try to solve this year. Student government elections take place October 6. Elect officers who will work hard to solve these and any other issues that are voiced.  

Of the two primary candidates Clinton and Trump, who would you vote for and why?

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“I would vote for Trump. Hillary is a liar. Trump knows how to make money. I also like his red power ties,” said senior, Coby Bear.

Kyle Kuhn, senior, explores a virtual reality headset at Colorado State University’s booth. Kyle is interested in this college because it offers a cyber security major, a program most schools don’t offer.

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Upperclassmen duke it out in traditional homecoming games

  On Saturday, Sept. 16, M-CHS held its annual homecoming dance in the commons for  students.  During the homecoming football game, the evening before the dance, the king and queen of each class was announced.  
  The freshman king and queen were Davian Robinson and Tessa Porter.  The sophomore king and queen were Sawyer Dietrich and Sarai Cruzan.  The junior king and queen were Jason Engle and Hanna Carver.  The senior king and queen were Briggs Durbin and Madison Mahaffey.  
  Madison Mahaffey, the senior queen, was very surprised when she won, because she thought that the other representative, Journey Noyes, would win.  The senior king, Briggs Durbin,  was the only male representative that showed up to the announcement, the other two nominees were at a cross country meet.  
  All of the kings and queens were awarded with a sash, a flower, and bragging rights.  The senior queen received a tiara and the king received a crown.  Congratulations to the M-CHS kings and queens.

Oct. 10-15 National French Week
Oct. 14 4:30-8:00PM Music play for all young children at the Ralph E Vavak Theatre
Oct. 14 6:30PM Impulsive Improvisers perform in the Black Box Theatre
Oct. 19 9:00AM PSAT test in the Library
Oct. 22 7:30 AM ACT test in the Library
Oct. 25 7:00PM Fall Choir concert in the Ralph E. Vavak Theatre
Oct. 26 2:25PM Rumble In the Jungle
Oct. 27 5:00-8:00PM Parent/Teacher Conferences.
Oct. 28 No School 8:00-12:00 Parent/Teacher Conferences
Oct. 28 8:00-10:30PM “Darkness” Haunted house in Aux Gym
Oct. 29 8:00-10:30PM “Darkness” Haunted house in Aux Gym
Nov. 3-12 France and Spain trip

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