Senator Square: Students preparing to be productive citizens

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Each week our school continues to be buzzing with so many activities and events. I am amazed at the great things happening with our student body, clubs and organizations.

In sociology we talk about manifest and latent functions of school. We all know we send our kids to school to learn the three "Rs" of education, which is the expected outcome or manifest function of a school. However, it is the latent function, or the unintended and unrecognized outcomes that happen, which make me believe we are preparing our youth to be giving and contributing members of society.

Thus, the activities, fundraisers and events that take place each week in our school are an unexpected, yet rewarding experience that teach and influence the kids of CHS. From raising money for juvenile diabetes, to hosting a veterans ceremony, to holding a coat drive for the needy, our students are gaining as much from these activities as they are from learning the three "Rs" - lessons that cannot be learned from a textbook.


HOSA week is coming up Nov. 7-11. This is a week celebrated across the country by students interested in pursuing a career in health care. The week is focused on informing the public about health-related issues and raising money for worthy organizations.

HOSA students will be holding a Spaghetti Feed 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at CHS upper cafeteria. Tickets are being sold for $5 from HOSA members or contact to purchase one.

All proceeds are going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.


November and December are very busy months for National Honor Society members. They are collecting coats (hats and gloves also) for a coat drive.

They are in need of children's sizes coats in good condition. Clean out your closets and send coats with your high school student to room 224. Coats will go directly to our elementary school children.

NHS also is doing Toys for Tots drive. NHS members can earn service points for bringing toys.

Look for deals during this shopping season and help support a worthy cause. Your effort in supporting NHS is greatly appreciated.

National Honor Society is also donating $1,000 to Empire Elementary to support Food for Holidays program. The money will go towards purchasing turkeys and ham for struggling families.


The Carson High School Naval Junior ROTC Unit will be hosting its annual Veterans Day Ceremony 10:45-11:30 a.m. Thursday.

The unit will be recognizing veterans from different wars and extend a special invitation to them. The ceremony will take place in CHS Senator Square. Veterans are invited for refreshments after the ceremony compliments of the culinary classes.

For more information, contact the NJROTC Unit at 283-1780.


Thank you to the Kiwanis Club of Carson City, along with Bill Knight and Bryan Bibee, for their generosity in donating $650 to the Automotive Service Technology program.

The donation will be used to replace small hands or purchase a piece of test equipment. Our students will continue to have the advantage of developing skills and completing meaningful tasks in Automotive Service Technology.


The college scholarship program at Carson High School is ramping up. Last year's CHS seniors were offered about $2.6 million in scholarships. Check out the Guiding Light (available at every Monday for opportunities to win scholarships.


The Carson High Holiday Craft Fair is almost here. Get out your wish list and save your cash.

Don't forget to bring a canned food item to save on admission. The 17th annual Carson High Craft Fair is 5-8 p.m. Nov. 18 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 19.

Friday's admission is $2 for adults, who can return free on Saturday. Saturday's entry is $1.50 or $1 with a canned food item for FISH given at the door. Students K-12 are always free.

All profits from the craft fair go directly to Carson High. This year we'll have lots of new vendors as well as your favorites, and Santa is on hand for photos! Raffle prizes too.

Culinary Arts students will be cooking for you, and the band is sponsoring Carson City BBQ. Come early and spend the day. It's fun for the whole family.


The Save Safe Grad meeting, which took place Tuesday, was well attended by the community and concerned parents from all CHS classes.

The library was filled with 70-80 people. It was announced that all Safe Grad committee chairperson positions had been filled, and the overall committee will be co-chaired by Jane Brinson and Jessica Crossman.

Most attending also signed up to volunteer to work in one or more of the many positions.

During the meeting, the importance of supporting the CHS PTSA was discussed and memberships were obtained so that CHS PTSA may continue to function as the supporting non profit umbrella organization for Safe Grad.

Other programs PTSA supports are college night, and the yearly Reflections contest. People interested in joining the CHS PTSA may do so by picking up a registration form from the CHS main office and paying a $5 fee.

Overall, the response to the Save Safe Grad call for assistance was gratifying and very encouraging.


Carson High School has a Bowling Club Team that is second to none. There will be a meeting for any student interested in being a part of this awesome club on Monday in CHS room 233.

For more information, contact Erin Been at Practices will begin Tuesday at Gold Dust West. The first tournament will be held in Reno on Nov. 30. 


Girls golf team finished their season last week. In the Sierra league, Heather Evans and Megan Justice made first team all-league; Allison Vondrak and Kristen Good made second team all-league.

In the northern region, Justice made first team, Evans made second team, Vondrak and Taylor Krupp made honorable mention. Justice made it to the state tournament as an individual qualifier. Congrats ladies. You made CHS so proud.


October is always a busy month for Carson Performing Arts students. Club officers spent all day Thursday at Bordewich Bray performing a skit about some of Nevada's history written by senior Jake Branco.

Using theater game techniques used in the performance, they then involved their first- and second-grade audience members in interactive activities.

Officers involved were president Keely Cobb, senior representative Jake Branco, freshman representative Roo Burns, sophomore representative Luisa Lopez, junior representative Jesse Toral and treasurer Kalee Young.

Many of the same officers and members of the Carson High Blue Mime Troupe under the leadership of Hailey Lepire, Ashley Andreas and Shannon Brazil spent a very long but fun evening entertaining a never ending queue of kids and parents at the Governor's Mansion on Halloween Night.


This week's senior spotlight is on Arran Rumbaugh. Arran has a weighted grade-point average of 4.5. In addition, Arran is the president of Health Occupations Student of America.

She is also a member of National Honor Society, and she has played varsity soccer for the last four years at Carson High School. Next year, Arran is planning on going to school and study either chemistry or bio-chemistry.

Her goal is to become a forensic scientist. CHS is proud of Arran and her contributions and dedication to our school.


Answer to last week's fact: Peace Corps Volunteer: Betty Foerster, business and accounting teacher.

New Fact: This teacher was Nevada's Gatorade Player of the Year in 1988 in football.

Angila Golik is a government and sociology teacher at CHS and a member of Senator Pride


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