Senator Square: Student reflects on Carson High girls golf season

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Editor’s Note: Written by Sarah Wiggins is a CHS sophomore, athlete, NHS member, Leadership member, Blue Crew member and HOSA Future Health Professional member.

The 2019 season for CHS girls golf was a great experience for everyone on the team. This year, the team was comprised of five girls: Karen Beglin, Sophia Taggart, Karrina Ferris, Brooke Gudmundson, myself and our coaches, Wade Greenlee and Jack Butler. For everyone, we all had some amazing moments and some not so amazing moments. One of my favorite stories this year is teammate Karen Beglin had her first albatross during one of our daily practices. And for those who do not know, an albatross is when a golfer takes only two strokes on a par five and puts it in the hole; statistically, this is rarer than a hole-in-one on a par three. On the other hand, one of the worst moments this season was probably me missing state by a few strokes. I was in place to go to state, but a girl from another school beat me by one stroke. Another great moment this season was when we all went to regionals as a team because everyone tried and did their best at our last tournament so that we could make our season last a little longer. For this next year, Karen, Brooke and I plan on continuing to play golf and Karrina and Sophia are going off to university. However, for next season, we are planning on going to the Carson City middle schools and talking about golf to students in grade eight. Overall, this golf season was the best; even though we had so few players, we all had fun, and I would recommend it to every girl who has an interest in playing and learning to play golf.


On Wednesday, a Miracle Minute was offered to the administration, faculty, staff and students of CHS on behalf of Riley Kidd, a young lady who recently suffered a serious brain injury. Her medical bills are numerous, and everyone at the high school wanted to help. Riley and her family are extremely grateful for all of the love and support during this time of trouble. There is also a Go Fund Me page as well. Like CHS has done so often in the past, everyone saw the need and met the need. Is more money needed to help Riley? Of course; however, according to CHS Leadership adviser Ann Britt, “With a combined effort from transportation, students, and staff, we raised $1,354.85…I love this school!” For more information about helping Riley and her family, please call CHS directly at 775-283-1910.


NHS’ first blood drive this year was from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the small gym at CHS, and the turnout was a huge success. The CHS National Honor Society won the Northern Nevada High School Blood Drive Challenge from United Blood Services, and it is no surprise as to the reason why. When blood is needed, the Carson City community responds in full force. medical staff were in the CHS small gym all day long, and there were plenty of snacks to eat for all who donated blood. Large numbers of donors are always needed. Surprisingly, many student donors, 16 and older, came in to donate; the site was amazing and inspiring for others to see. There will be two more opportunities this year to donate blood. In the meantime, for more information, please call teachers and NHS advisers Monica Chavez, 775-283-1749, or Jennifer Alexander, 775-283-1720. According to Alexander, “We had 138 donors with a total of 161 units of blood; it was a very successful event.”


Carson High Debate competed at the second league tournament at Spanish Springs. The team was in full force with 26 members competing in the two-day event. Competing in their first tournament were duo interpretation partners Abby Cook and Abby Marschner-Schulmacher who took second place in novice with their cutting of “Frozen.” Mariah Hipp and Jocleyn Estrada claimed first place in novice duo with their piece titled “Dark Road.” In senior duo, Heidi Barney and Madisyn Dunlap placed fourth with “The Little Mermaid” with teammates Rosalind Macy and Emma Peterson taking first with “Winter Girls.” Kieran Dazzo took third place in senior dramatic interpretation presenting “Redemotion: A Story of Sisterhood.” Jessica Knutson took seventh place with a very crowded novice informative speaking field with her speech, “Deep and Dark,” and teammate David Mariscal Gonzalez took first place presenting on the development of language. Team captain Mary Milburn placed third in senior information with her presentation on “Media Bias.” Abby Marschner-Schulmacher advanced to elimination rounds in novice Lincoln Douglas debate, taking third place overall. She also placed fourth overall in speaker points with Ryan Soulier placing ninth. In senior Lincoln Douglas, Mary Milburn made herself the competitor to beat, taking first place in speaker points, second place overall, going undefeated, and winning every ballot in the entire competition. November is a busy month for CHS debate as they will be competing in league competition at McQueen, the American Legion Speaking contest and the Poetry Out Loud competition. Carson will then play host to the league in December.


CHS language arts teacher Joe Thornburg was the winner, whether or not he liked this fact, of the HOSA Future Health Professionals fundraiser to support the Carson Tahoe Hospital Cancer Foundation for breast cancer research and awareness. What did Thornburg have to do if he won this competition? He had to wear a pink tutu, fairy wings and pink bow all day Thursday. How did he win? Students contributed their own dollars to see Thornburg over several other teachers dress up as a bonafide fairy. Did he agree to do this in the first place? Maybe. The bigger question: Did he enjoy it? Thornburg’s being willing to dress up as a pink fairy did yield a bit of green paper as more than $200 was raised by students who then donated a grand total of $350 to cancer research. Thornburg, in pink, was so natural for him, he should do it more often.


Everyone is invited to spend a couple hours cleaning up the school while the weather still allows. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 4, students, teachers, parents, siblings, etc. will meet in the CHS upstairs cafeteria. Anyone from Carson is welcome to join in on this fun physical event. For more information, please e-mail Ann Britt at


The fourth annual Teacher Basketball game will be held in the CHS big gym Nov. 13. According to CHS teacher and leadership adviser Ann Britt, “This year we are going to be doing things a little bit differently, teachers against the local sheriff’s offices.” Britt also said, “The theme will be ‘Books versus Badges’ as CHS and Douglas High School teachers team up and take on the Carson City and Douglas Sheriff’s offices; all proceeds will go toward putting an end to domestic violence.” Call CHS teacher Ann Britt at 775-283-1769, or e-mail her at for more information.


This year’s CHS Holiday Craft Fair is Nov. 22-23 with 140 booths, Santa and a raffle. Intend to have a booth at the craft fair? Contact Cathy Barbie at 775-882-8109 or e-mail her at for more information.


It is getting cold outside, and new coats and hoodies are needed to support the McKinney-Vento Students in Transition Program. Those wanting to help can deliver coats to 618 W. Musser St. and 256 E. Winnie Lane in Carson City. For more information about the coat and hoodie drive, please call 775-283-1526 or 775-283-1537.


Students who enjoy dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, visual arts and even the special arts for students with disabilities are being asked to participate in unleashing their inner artist with this year’s PTA Reflections contest and $5,000 available in prize money. This year’s theme “Look Within” calls for unique artistic interpretations. Students can enter in the appropriate division for their grade. Primary is preschool through grade 2; intermediate is grades 3-5; middle school is grades 6-8; high school is grades 9-12; special artist is students with disabilities. All grades welcome. Students can pick up submission guidelines and an entry form from the CHS library. All submissions must be entered at the CHS library by Dec. 4. For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery to learn more about prizes and scholarships at For more questions, please see CHS teacher Wendy Tims in room 233.


Hawley Peterman, nominated by CHS teacher Ty McMillen, is the CHS Student of the Week. According to McMillen, “Hawley was introduced to me by our Fellowship of Christian Athletes representative for the area during CHS’ freshman orientation, and since then, she has repeatedly invited her friends to join us for our FCA events.” McMillen also said, “Hawley and her friends have helped with our bonfire night working at our booth as well as making posters to promote upcoming FCA events, and I have really enjoyed her participation and her encouragement toward her friends.” Congratulations to Hawley Peterman, a young lady who proves why this school continues to be such a great place to come every day.


This week’s outstanding Senior in the Spotlight is Barbara Stankute. Barbara is an exceptional student with a 4.8 GPA, who will have successfully completed 10 Advanced Placement classes and numerous Honors classes when she graduates. She is a candidate for the AP Capstone diploma and will have completed the training necessary to be a Certified Nursing Assistant through WNC. In addition to excelling academically, Barbara’s cheerful nature and genuine personality are assets that will serve her well in the future. Although Barbara prioritizes her academics, she is also very involved at CHS as well as in the Carson community. She is currently a member of National Honor Society, Blue Crew and HOSA. At the HOSA State Conference, Barbara was honored by receiving the Barbara James Service Award in recognition of more than 120 hours of community service. She is employed at CHS as an academic tutor and puts in eight hours per week assisting struggling students. In addition, Barbara has been a member of the CHS junior varsity volleyball and basketball teams as well as the track and field team. Outside of school, Barbara is currently working as a barista at Dutch Bros. and has been a candy striper at Carson Tahoe Hospital for more than a year. Barbara would like to pursue a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology with more education to become a physician’s assistant. She is applying to several universities including the University of Michigan, Boston University, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Duke University. CHS is very proud of the contributions Barbara has made to the school and community and knows she will be successful. Best of luck, Barbara. — Contributed by CHS counselor Susan Grunert.

Phil Brady is an English teacher at CHS.


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