Senator Square: Carson High yearbook is ready for delivery

CHS Advancement Via Individual Determination students attend UNR tour of the campus

CHS Advancement Via Individual Determination students attend UNR tour of the campus

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(Editor’s Note: Allison Gill is both a CHS Senior and the senior editor of this year’s Carneta yearbook. A photography student, Gill made many sacrifices to ensure this book was finished on time, but she would do it all over again because of the thrill of it. She plans on majoring in English at Portland State University.)
The idea of creating a yearbook for the 2020-2021 school year was exhausting to say the least. COVID-19 changed everything. While we were not sure exactly what direction we wanted to take, we knew it had to be focused on the people of Carson High, including the students who make it the welcoming environment it is and the teachers who spend countless hours writing lesson plans through some of the most trying times in their own lives. Even the administration tried to find ways to make school fun when for students just getting out of bed turned into a daunting task. The theme, Senators Uncovered, was perfect, and the evolution of it was almost effortless because this book was more of a collaborative effort by the yearbook staff than any other produced under the Carneta name. Some students spent countless hours taking photos, and others took every second out of their day to make each page look just right before sending it off to the advisers for review. This is a historical year, and the yearbook itself is one which is truly unforgettable. The earbooks will sell out for sure, so it is time to purchase one before it is too late. Go to, find Carson High School, click on shop, and purchase a yearbook. Also, for seniors only, a Covid-19 yearbook bundle is being offered. Missed buying a Carneta yearbook last year, the year before last, or the year before the year before last? Because of overruns, CHS has some past Carnetas for sale at an incredible price. Seniors may purchase all four years for only $200 when they go to the CHS Student Finance office to purchase the bundle. CHS adviser Cynthia Mills and CHS Administrators are working out the best ways possible to get the books delivered to students. Remember, the price per yearbook is $95, so take advantage of this rare opportunity. This sale is available through the end of May. Ordering a yearbook online has YouTube directions too. CHS adviser Cynthia Mills and Alyssa Smith-Ackerley have been receiving numbers of emails and questions about how students and parents may order yearbooks, so they made a very quick how-to video. Those interested may go to For more information, Email CHS Journalism teacher and yearbook adviser Cynthia Mills at to get a yearbook from years ago, last year, or even one for this year too.

Four CHS Senior students, Abby Golik, Heba Syeddah, Serena Dantzler, and Walker MacKenzie, have qualified all four years for the National FBLA competition during their high school careers, and the following CHS students placed in the following events for SBLC 2021. The Public Speaking competition requires FBLA members to address one of the nine goals of FBLA, and the competitors must write and video a four to five-minute-speech incorporating one of the nine goals. The CHS FBLA chapter competed this month in business competitions at the annual State Business Leadership Conference. The conference is normally held in person in either Las Vegas or Reno, but due to Covid19, the conference was held virtually. Twelve CHS FBLA students competed this year in the state competition. Those students placing top four or higher qualify for the National Business Leadership Conference to be held virtually this summer. 1st Place State Champion Abby Golik, 12th Grade with both Job Interview and Client Service; Erin Peterson, 10th Grade with Introduction to Social Media Strategy, and Walker Makenzie, 12th Grade with Organizational Leadership Objective Test; 2nd Place finishers Laura Bennett, 9th Grade with Introduction to Public Speaking; 3rd Place finishers Serena Dantzler, 12th Grade with Public Speaking, Bita and Bahar Jazani and Heba Syeddah, 12th Grade with Public Service Announcement, Bita Jazani, 12th grade with Agribusiness Objective Test; 4th Place finishers Bahar Jazani, 12th Grade with Help Desk; 5th Place finishers Makayla Mueller 12th Grade with Website Design, Bahar Jazani, 12th Grade with Political Science Objective Test; 6th Place Finishers Heba Seyeddah, 12th grade with Organizational Leadership Objective Test; Zach Nichols, 9th grade with Introduction to FBLA Objective Test; 8th Place finishers Todd Gosselin, 9th Grade with Graphic Design; 9th Place finishers Abby Golik, 12th grade with Journalism Objective Test; 10th Place finishers Erin Peterson, 10th grade with Introduction to Business Communications Objective Test, Makayla Mueller, 12th grade with Business Calculations Objective Test, and Todd Gosselin, 10th grade with Introduction to Financial Math Objective Test ~ Contributed by CHS teacher and FBLA Adviser Angila Golik.

April 19 allowed 16 students from the AVID II/III class to attend a tour of UNR. Students were given the opportunity to visit the campus, learn about the history of the university, and learn about campus life. The tour gave them information about studying different programs, languages, and studying abroad. CHS Junior, Grace Knoll, was excited by the prospect of possibly studying in Italy, especially when she learned her financial aid and scholarships at UNR would be applied to that program. Overall, it was a great day and the students learned a great deal. ~ Contributed by CHS Language Arts Teacher Lynette I. Gardner.

The School Social Workers latest campaign is the My Healthy Coping Skill, the second campaign for April, with the idea that with finals coming up in May, or graduation for seniors, students and staff could share how they manage stress in a healthy way. With the posts through Padlet, and the hand-made posters students and staff share with SSPs, we will take those at the end of April on the 30th and have them ready to put up around CHS. In doing so, students and staff will be able to look at them throughout May and learn new strategies of how to manage their stress that they may not have considered, previously. Furthermore, this campaign shows us that we all struggle and deal with stress, regardless of age. We can learn from one another and by visually seeing the posters/posters up in the school, I believe they'll reach a lot of people. If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide or needs support, please reach out to the following resources: Crisis Support SafeVoice Nevada for all concerned students, parents, and teachers at; Rural Mobile Crisis Response Team for crisis support through video at, or call 702-486-7865; Crisis Support Services of Nevada at 1-800-273-8255, Text CARE to 839863, or visit to chat; Nevada Crisis Line at 784-8090; Crisis Text Line at text HOME to 741741; 911 for life threatening emergencies only. For information about this and other events like it, please contact Alejandra Ayala, MSW, LSW, CHS Social Worker II at, call her at 283-1834. ~ Contributed by James Marrone, School Social Worker IIMSW, LSW (He/Him) at CHS, Room 326D call 283-1821 for more information.

Senator Pride invited teachers to recognize the hard work and dedication of their coworkers by signing an appreciation banner, making a card in the library, and taking a walk to check out the artwork in the hallways. It is the time of year where every morning gets a little bit tougher, so teachers are kicking off the countdown by appreciating one another. April 19 had a few excellent ways to connect and remind each other the drive here is 100% worth it. The appreciation wall is by the counseling office, and the challenge to teachers is to share something they appreciate about a fellow teacher on it today. There are many tremendous teachers in this building who definitely deserve a shout out! Also- we'll take a moment and check out that sweet new art Karen filled the upstairs cases with!!! Full schedule of things below (please help us by showing up to this even for 5 minutes!!) ~ Contributed by Bridget Gordon.

CHS Track and Field will compete against multiple schools at 9:00 a.m., April 24, at Reno High School. At 11:00 a.m. a CHS Junior Varsity Baseball and Softball double-header will take place at Reno High School with a CHS Varsity Baseball and Softball double-header taking place at CHS at 11:00 a.m. as well. A CHS Varsity Swim Meet against multiple schools will take place at Carson Aquatic Center at 2:00 p.m. For more information about upcoming CHS athletic events, go to and click the CHS Calendar under Quick Links on he left.

CHS Athletic Department’s Athlete of the Week is Kedre Luschar for Varsity Girls Softball. These athletes and all students who participate in school functions through leadership, clubs, and sports deserve a high level of recognition and congratulations.

CHS Freshman Seminar and Health teacher Erin Been has nominated freshman Mikey Hoffer as the Student of the Week. Been said, “I would like to nominate Mikey Hoffer for student of the week; he is a freshman at CHS in leadership class and has proven to be an outstanding student.” Been added about Mikey, “He is kind, helpful, courteous, generous, and continually rises to the occasion meeting or exceeding my expectations as a teacher.” Been also suggests the Carson City community view the following video he made for her class about the benefits of volunteering: Congratulations to Mikey Hoffer on positively drawing the attention of his teacher so much so she would take the time to nominate him as a Student of the Week out of 2400 other students. Employees within Carson City School District nominate the CHS Student of the Week, and it is often the students’ teachers who do the nominating though anyone in the district may do so by sending an email to

CHS is proud to recognize Matteas Klatt as this week’s Senior in the Spotlight. Matteas is an exceptional student with a 5.27 GPA, who will have successfully completed 11 AP classes and numerous Honors classes when he graduates. He is on track to receive the AP Capstone Diploma as well as the Presidential award for his outstanding academic and testing performance. Matteas is one of three CHS students named as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, an honor earned by less than 2% of high school seniors. In addition to exceling academically, Matteas’ cheerful nature and genuine personality are assets which will serve him well in the future. Although Matteas is dedicated to his academics, he still makes time to participate in numerous extracurricular activities. He has devoted many years to the Carson City Tigersharks as well as the CHS Swim Team. His leadership in the pool translates to leadership in the classroom as he is a natural role model for other students. Matteas has also been a member of the CHS National Honor Society, Blue Crew, and recently joined the Mountain Bike Team. Matteas will be attending Texas A&M University in the fall and would like to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry with a minor in German. CHS is very proud of the contributions Matteas has made to the school and community and knows he will be successful in all he pursues. Best of luck, Matteas! ~ Contributed CHS Counselor Susan Grunert.
Phil Brady is an English teacher at CHS


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