Senator Square: There’s always next year |

Senator Square: There’s always next year

Phillip Brady
Assemblyman Edgar Flores addresses local students.
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Students competed Feb. 17 at the Thompson Federal Courthouse in Reno at the Northern Nevada Regional Mock Trial Competition. All schools were given the same case construct and asked to create their own take on it, presenting it as an attorney and a witness would in a real court case. Alexandrea Watson, Sophia Peterson, and Victoria Soriano did a wonderful job of representing CHS as attorneys, and Keefe Warren, Aidyn Ohl, Nayeli Cervantes, Ashley Harris, and Skylar Olshefski represented CHS as witnesses. Students left the competition feeling excited and optimistic about their chances for making it to state next year, but this year they were happy to compete and see what Mock Trial is all about. Like the unpredictable events of life, these brave and talented students took what they were given, and did what they had to do to win their constructed case. Other schools present included Reno High School, Galena, Wooster, Elko, Spanish Springs, and McQueen. Mock Trial adviser Sara R. Davis is a chemistry and geoscience teacher at Carson High School. Davis quotes physicist and chemist Marie Curie when referring to CHS’ Mock Trial student participants: “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood (and) now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less.” The CHS Mock Trial Team: Victoria Soriano, Keefe Warren, Aidyn Ohl, Whitney Bibee, Nayeli Cervantes, Ms. Davis, Alexandrea Watson, Sophia Peterson, Ashley Harris, Skylar Olshefski, and Kathleen Dickinson (Mock Trial organizer).


On March 1, Assemblyman Edgar Flores spoke with 100 Carson and Pioneer juniors and seniors with a nonpartisan and motivational message for students who find themselves struggling with school, family situations, or both, and he took questions at the end of his presentation. Flores traced the hard work of his parents to provide for him as a child and drew a parallel to each student’s own life to make meaning of the importance of staying in school and graduating. In addition, he encouraged kids to focus on their own growth as individuals and not be discouraged by comparing themselves to others because everyone faces unique challenges in life.


Strings in the Carson City Schools will present its String Fling Concert on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center. Hear works by Elgar, Vivaldi, and ABBA as performed by students of Carson Middle School, Eagle Valley Middle School, and CHS. Admission is free, and for more information, please call Brian Fox, PhD String Orchestra Director for Carson City Schools, at 775-283-1779 or 775-848-5643.


Who will be Mr. Carson High 2017? There are 18 senior contestants competing for the title of this exciting and crazy event at the Carson City Community Center at 7 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are $10. Purchase one from a cheerleader or a contestant. Come support 18 brave and amazing young men, and enjoy a great night of fun and laughter. All proceeds benefit the CHS Cheer program. Call Sheila Story at 775-283-1675, or email her at


Let Chili’s do the cooking while the community of Carson City supports CHS Safe Grad at the same time. With each flier presented on March 14, Chili’s will donate 20 percent of event-day sales to the CHS Safe Grad Booster. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 3784 US Highway 395 South in Carson City. For questions, call 775-267-0044, or go to


All CHS seniors must complete the senior project. Students choose to research an area of interest, develop a product or project, compile a portfolio, and give a formal presentation of their project to a panel of judges. CHS invites the Carson City community to partner with these students through volunteering to judge and serve on panels consisting of 3-5 students. CHS relies on community volunteers to make this a success, and senior project presentations this year will be held April 24. If interested, please go online to, and find the Senior Project link, or call or email Media Clerk and Senior Project Coordinator Lavon Sollberger at 775-283-1640 or


Congrats goes to Chloe Wallace, nominated by Kyle Jordan and Paula Chatwood for being an outstanding peer, and a loud shout-out goes to Sara Knight, nominated by Mrs. Britt for her willingness to step up and take care of business. Thanks to all for participating.


On March 31 from 6 to 9 p.m., CHS, along with clubs SkillsUSA, Photo, Leadership, Culinary Arts, and Future Business Leaders of America, is hosting “The Father Daughter Ball.” This is a communitywide fundraising event open to all ages … yes, all ages, and it’s on a Friday. What better time for a father to create an unforgettable lifetime memory for himself and his daughter? Tickets are $40 per couple and an additional $10 for each additional daughter. Only cash or checks will be accepted. Tickets went on sale Feb. 27 at CHS, and they may be purchased 2-4 p.m. at the main office, or they may be purchased through the mail and will be kept at will-call. Send a check to CHS, attention Angila Golik, P.O. Box 603, Carson City 89702. Professional photos will also be available for an additional cost of $15 per sheet at the event. Princess Jasmine, Aladdin and the Genie will be at this event as well, along with light desserts being served, so let the excitement begin by attending. For more information, please email


Maddison Matthews is a great addition to CHS and this week’s Student of the Week. She’s a fun student who’s mature beyond her years. By coming out of her shell, Maddison is becoming a complete, happy, and cheerful young woman. Everyone who knows Maddison can see her joy, and they’re so glad to have her in class.


The Senior in the Spotlight this week is Nicholas Timba. As a student at CHS, he has maintained excellent grades during his freshman, sophomore, junior and the first semester of his senior year. He has taken numbers of honors and advanced placement classes, while maintaining an excellent weighted grade-point average of 4.62. Nick has been involved in the National Honor Society (NHS), the America’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students; interestingly, this society is substantially more than just an honor roll as NHS serves to recognize students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character, traits in which Nicholas Timba excels. Nick is also a member of SkillsUSA and the Philosophy Club here on the CHS campus. He plans to attend the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, majoring in Aerospace Engineering. Once Nick graduates from college, he intends to enlist in the United States Armed Services. Nick states “I’m a nerd, but the ladies love it.” CHS knows Nick will be successful in all his future endeavors.

Phil Brady is an English teacher at CHS.