Aries; White Calla Lily
You are elegant and one of a kind. Your love for life, inspire many.
You are beautiful and full of life
. The way you look at the world and others is amazing.
You hold a mysterious persona that attracts those around you. You also a=have a natural desire to help those around you.
Tulips are very colorful and classic. You are a beautiful soul in and out.
Sagittarius; Plant Cactus
Cactus are not your typical flower and plants, they are a little rough on the edges but very lovable.
Roses are Classic! You are the most original soul there is. Everything about you is special.
You are charming and have a delicate soul. Very easy to love.
Cancer; Pink Carnations
You are a natural born leader and a hard worker. Many look up to you and your work ethic.
Virgo; Orange Dahlia
You are wise and a sensitive person. Share your love and wisdom to the world.
You are a work of art. You are amorous and are a life guide to those around you.
Succulents are less dependent than others just like you. You like to do things yourself but also make a great friend and a companion.
Lavenders cover fields with their calming purple. You are a person in which your friends can find peace.
Why is it important to be bilingual?
By Claritza Rangel
How do you communicate? Have you ever tried to communicate with someone but they did not understand, and there was nothing much you could do to get them to? Well, communication is the basis of the human organism. We live from communication in many kinds and forms such as verbally, body language, signs, texting, or emailing the point is that there are many ways we can communicate with each other, but what happens when you cannot get you message across to someone else? Sometimes, when we cannot communicate with others effectively we tend to offend them unknowingly or lose opportunities and relationships. Being bi-literate is important when living in America ‘the land of opportunities’. Being able to communicate in a land where there is so much diversity is vital in today’s society.
As a first-generation Hispanic child, it has been critical for me to learn and embrace both of my cultures and languages. Being bi-literate allows me to help and communicate with my family and friends. My mother being from Mexico and my father being an American have aided my comprehension and development of knowing two languages. I believe being in a bi-literate household has many benefits. One can benefit a lot from having two cultures, embracing many traditions which helps one better understand the traditions of others. As being the child of an immigrant, education has also played a big role when it comes to being bilingual.
Deming High School is full of diversity, such as students and teachers. In the past few years we have been privileged enough to have some cultures like Philippino’s, Spanish, and Arab but the leading ethnic group being Mexican in our school. Being so close to the Mexican borders we receive students from Palomas, which make up most of the student body. This makes our school a place where many can freely speak their language and have a better learning experience. Being
bilingual gives you educational advantage, it has been proved that knowing more than one language can aid your cognitive skills and gives you more advantage in the workplace.
Being bi-literate will be an enormous benefit after high-school. When it comes to my plans after high school knowing two languages will come in handy. One of my goals is to travel as much as I can and being bi-literate is a great advantage, talking 2 or more languages can make traveling around the world easier. This way you can communicate all your ideas and people would understand you better. The same thing happens when you go into the job field. Employers consider people who are bilingual more than those who are not, due to the diversity of consumers and costumers.
Aside from all the educational and employment benefits of being bi-literate, knowing two languages holds a very special place in my heart. Spanish is the language of my grandmother and my grandfather, it is the language of my mother whom have thought me everything I know and have made me the person I am today. Spanish was my first language and I will forever be grateful of being able to speak a beautiful language that ties with a beautiful culture. Spanish has allowed me to understand a wonderful culture that is solely based on family and love, allowing me to communicate with others while providing me with so many wonderful opportunities. Bi-literacy is a door opener for our youth, I am grateful for being able to speak two languages and I hope to continue to aid others with this magnificent gift.
KEEPING OUR ENVIRONMENT SAFE
BY ALEXIS MEJIA
Maintaining our clean environment hasn’t been quite easy and pollution rates have been increasing. It’s not only harming our planet but our lives as well, all this pollution contaminates the air we breathe which can lead to serious consequences. Exposure to such particles affects both our lungs and heart creating long-term significant health problems including: respiratory symptoms and a decrease in lung function. To avoid these things from happening and making sure our environment stays clean, start off by recycling.
All items such as plastic and paper can be recycled instead of being thrown away which could take long to decompose on its own. Try reducing the amount of energy you use per day, make sure to turn off the lights when you leave the room and turn plugs off at the mains before you go home at the end of the day because no matter what all that energy came from somewhere. Change your method of transportation since cars produce most of the pollution due to the toxic fumes they release. Instead of taking the car to work or school every day you could carpool which means that 4 to 5 cars aren’t on the road anymore and even better try cycling to work or walking. All these options are great methods of keeping our environment safe and clean, so don’t forget to follow these steps and make a change in society.
I shouldn’t be alive.
By: Isaiah Chavez
I was on my annual vacation to Puerto Penasco and everything was going great, until it wasn’t. My nana, uncle, grandpa, and I were on our morning walk down the beach looking for treasures when my uncle noticed the tide was low and saw this island that didn’t seem far. He then asked me “lets swim to that island” he had this look in his eye as if he wasn’t asking me but more telling me, but this didn’t matter to me because I had spotted that island a while back and needed an adventure. This island was about 2 football fields long which doesn’t seem far but when you’re swimming its more than enough to get you tired. We were halfway there and we got super tired so we decided to stop and doggy pedal, which was a very bad idea because the tide started coming up. This meant that the island was getting smaller and as soon as we got there we would have to hurry back. We got to the island and as soon as I felt the sand on my feet I dropped to the ground to catch my breath. We threw some sea shells and the pelicans and left our shirts there to claim the island as our own. The tide started to rise so we started to swim to shore. The waves weren’t letting us get there and was pushing us back so it was hard to swim. Halfway there I started thinking about all the stuff in the ocean and just couldn’t swim anymore. My body felt so weak and I had been swallowing all the salt water. We were getting closer. I couldn’t swim anymore so I went under knowing I might die, then a couple feet down I felt the ground and pushed myself upwards. I told my uncle I felt the ground and then we just started walking back. When we got back to the hotel my mom was yelling at me for making a stupid decision and almost dying. We made a sandwich and slept the rest of the day.f every shape and size, and perfect for long blocks of text.
Students and Mental Health
By Anyssa Maese
Why do us teenagers feel such a constant need to conform to the peer pressure of those around us? Why would we do so much to fit in, when we know the impact on our mental health, could be tremendous?
Now I’m not a doctor (yet anyways) but I do have a couple ideas of what could lead to mental health destruction based on what I’ve seen and experienced. The peer pressure of high school today is enough to set any one individual over the edge into a downward spiral of anxiety, fear, and stress.
Sometimes I like to sit back and think about “fitting in” and what that phrase, actually means. Is it wearing the right clothes? Driving a nice car? Playing varsity sports? Wearing the most makeup? I think now, more than ever, we need to step aside and realize that “fitting in” is actual nonsense. We fail to step aside from the drama and gossip of high school, to check up on ourselves and those around us. Although some find fitting in and finding ourselves to be a good, the choices we make each and every day affect us and our mental health status because it adds up inside. Playing along to this “game”, for lack of better words, takes a toll, and a strong one at that.
Peer pressure can’t take all the blame though, there are many other aspects that can impact an individual, including homework, teachers, and extracurricular activities. Students are faced with up to seven classes a day, classwork/lectures, homework, chores at home, and then, on occasion, extracurricular activities. This means, saying for example, one wakes up at 6:30 AM for class at 8:20 AM, we are spending up to eleven hours doing school based work. If you ask me, that’s a long day for a teenager. Tell me, did not just reading that give you anxiety as well?
With all of this have been said, the one thing I ask you to take away is; Make time for yourself, and stick to who you are. Relax. Push the stresses of school aside for a little bit and just cuddle up with a blanket and watch your favorite movie with your favorite snacks. I ask you please, have some you time so you can keep your mental health in check, and make sure to constantly be checking up on those around you and those you love, because you never know the challenges they are facing inside as well.
If you or anyone you know is dealing with anxiety or has mental health issues, I encourage you to visit our Student Based Health Center located at 501 W Florida St. Contact them to schedule and appointment today at (575)-543-1017
By Alexis Mejia
Recycling is very important as waste has a huge negative impact on our natural environment. Greenhouse gases and harmful chemicals are released are released very day from landfill sites and pollute the air we breathe in. If we all start recycling it would reduce pollution and the need for raw materials so that rainforests can be preserved. Many forests have been teared down due to the amount of materials we use, creating a massive empty spot in the rainforest environment. Not only is this harming nature, its increasing global warming as well. Temperatures have been rising, melting down both poles and if this continues sooner or later all our costal states will be underwater. However, the process of making raw materials utilizes huge amount of energy which is burned and released into the environment, when recycling requires way less energy and helps preserve our natural resources.
Covering more than 70 percent of our planet, oceans are the earth’s most valuable natural resources. Oceans control the weather, clean our air, and provide food for everyone but pollution rates are rising. Most of the trash that enter the oceans stays there for a long time, mostly being plastic bags and bottles, and it doesn’t decompose by itself. As of today, there is known to be big island of plastic about the size of Texas and it’s just floating there causing harm to the environment and all nature that lives there.
It’s never too late to start and make a change in our society. There are several recycling locations here in town, one of them is called United Recycling and located at (808 N Gold Ave.), the second one is called Deming Recycling and located (5300 Columbus rd. SW). Next time you think about throwing your trash away think of what could be recycled in order to make our planet a better place. Remember, “arriving at one goal is a starting point to another”, don’t give up and make a change.
Luckiest day on Earth
by Deaton Padron
We’ve all experience luck in our life, but for some people they’ve had very memorable times with it. Here are some stories from some of your Deming Wildcats:
Kaitlyn- “Around 7 years old I was running around with my brother in my front yard when I got bit by a rattlesnake. I didn’t feel it at first until my brother saw it and told me. My mom then came outside and shot it.”
Anonymous former student- “Back in High School I decided to go my cousin’s senior ditch day out in the mountains; I was a Junior. I hadn’t told my parents I was going so they had no idea where I was. My cousin was speeding on a curvy road and as we were turning around the mountain he lost control of the car.”
Liz- “One day I had a lot of homework and I didn’t do it because I was too tired and lazy. The next day I felt really bad I didn’t do my homework and was scared my teachers were going to yell at me for not doing it. My 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th teachers weren’t there and they were all the classes I didn’t do my homework in so I didn’t have to turn them in.”
Isaiah- “I found $20 in my grandma’s mailbox onetime”
Lizbeth- “My mom had a heart disease and couldn’t have kids. She then got pregnant with me and was told that either she was going to die or I was going to die. I ended up being a healthy baby girl”
Deaton- “My mom and dad were both in the car while their friend was driving intoxicated. My mom was 8 months pregnant with me. They got into an accident and were rushed to the hospital. My mom broke both of her hips so I had to be a C-section when she went into labor with me. Luckily, we were both okay.”
For many years most us have celebrated Easter while performing different activities such as egg hunting and gathering with our families. However, have you ever wondered how it all started? People celebrate Easter according to their religious denominations and beliefs. Easter is a holiday associated with the observance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, it’s based on an ancient pagan celebration. This holiday has evolved over the years like so many other Christian holidays, Easter has become modified and mixed with non-Christian traditions like the Easter Bunny and hunting for Easter eggs. It is said that the Easter Bunny symbolizes fertility and in Christian societies, eggs are considered to be the seed of life. Dating back thousands of years the Easter bunny and Easter eggs weren’t a thing in fact they had nothing to do with this tradition. The holiday concludes with a series of events starting with a 40-day period of fasting and prayers and comes to an end with Holy Week, which includes Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.
Childhood Poverty and Their Education
by Alexis Mejia
Poverty has been huge throughout the years in America and a recent study from the census bureau has determined that poverty rates have only decreased 4% since 1964 up to now. However, childhood poverty still persists and not only does it affect children’s lives’ but their education as well. In some areas poverty rises in others it falls, and ever since 2007-2008 financial crisis have increased. In 1973 51.4% of poor families were led by married couples and 45.4% by single woman. Now days based on the newest data collected, 50.3% of poor families are led by single woman and 38.9% by married couples. Children are suffering and having a hard time focusing in school by just having to think on what they’re going to eat today or what clothes they’re going to wear because some only have one pair of jeans and a shirt.
In 2015, approximately 20 percent of children in the U.S. lived in poverty, that is to say 51 percent of pre-K through 12th grade student resides in households with low incomes of less than $24,339 a year. “The impact of poverty on a child’s academic achievement is significant and starts early”, says John Edelman. John is a co-founder and chief executive officer of stand for children. Many young children growing up in poverty tend to have bigger challenges with literary and cognitive learning. These children often begin school academically behind with no knowledge of anything. Low income students are five times more likely to drop out and thirteen times less likely to graduate on time, (insight into diversity).
Having some sort of education is linked to future earnings. Education is key here in the U.S. and the ability to obtain some sort of degree matters as you could get better jobs which would change someone’s life. The pioneer institute has reported that two thirds of those without a high school diploma are getting an annual income of less than $25,000. Not just that, but those with low income who get the chance to graduate high school, they have very low college enrollment and completion rates. There’s been some districts where they are doing everything they can with the help of some organizations to improve the system in order to create better outcomes for low income students. “To deal with the myriad issues that can accompany poverty, we must invest in the high quality early education and the necessary supports in the public K-12 system”, said Edelman. Edelman is working with an organization called Stand for Children. This organization is trying to improve students’ life so that they could have better academics, (insight into diversity). The U.S. is considered to be one of the richest countries and yet millions live in poverty.
By Anyssa Maese
School is almost out, and summer is right around the corner. Hot summer days, long nights and friends? Count me in! Here are some things you can do to make the most out of your summer and ensure you don’t have a single dull day!
Here are 12 ideas to inspire you and your friends this summer!
1. Go to a music festival! Who doesn’t love good music and good times with your friends? Grab some buddies and head out to the nearest music festival, and make some good memories!
2. Set up a lemonade stand! This idea may seem like that for a little kids, but older individuals can have just as much fun with this! Making homemade lemonade and selling it on the curb with your friends sounds like a great afternoon!
3. Ride a bike around town! Grab your friends, and your bicycles and ride around town. This is a great form of exercise and fun. Don’t forget your helmets!
4. Throw a BBQ! Bring out your grills, your hamburger buns, and popsicles and get ready for some outdoor fun! Invite your friends and family and make sure you have some good tunes.
5. Go swim! Summertime is the best time to go hang out by the pool with some iced drinks and snacks!
6. Go to a zoo! Zoos are great in the summer because the weather is nice, and you get to see many cute animals! Zoo food isn’t that bad either, so grab some snacks while you’re there!
7. Have a water balloon fight! Grab your closest pals and go to a park with filled water balloons and have some fun! Make teams for some added competition.
8. Make tie-dyed t-shirts! Tie-dye is making its way back in, just in time. The bright colors and fun patterns give you and your friends much needed edge this summer!
9. Make homemade ice cream. Homemade ice cream is just as good to eat, and twice as fun to make! You can make as many flavors as you’d like and make as much as you’d like so dive in!
10. Have a fun water gun fight! Water guns, backyards, and friends. The only three ingredients you need for a good time this summer!
11. Volunteer at your local animal shelter! This summer make sure your fury friends aren’t spending their days alone. Go volunteer at your local animal shelter to give them some loving and attention.
12. Roast marshmallows and make s’mores! Sitting in your backyard around a campfire is tons of fun , but making s’mores is so much better. Tell some scary stories or even just play music and eat up!
Plagiarism and the Consequences
by Alexis Mejia
At one point or another in our lives we’ve all plagiarized something and sometimes it ends up good or really bad if you get caught. So, what exactly is plagiarism? Plagiarism is the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and making them as your own. As students, throughout our professional lives it is very important that we learn and understand what counts as plagiarism and refrain from committing it. Not only can plagiarism affect your grades, it can ruined your reputation for the rest of your life. Always remember that colleges take plagiarism very seriously so never ignore your professors’ warnings of checking your work for stolen information. If you want to learn more about your schools’ policy for plagiarism take a look at their website.
In order to avoid plagiarism, the first step is to cite all information used from another source. When writing about a specific idea or work it’s required to give credit to the author and the source you found the information from. There are different ways to do this properly, depending on what type of paper you are writing. There are two formats when it comes to citing, MLA and APA. When using these formats, it is required to use in-text citations, which occur throughout the essay and may include quotations, and a separate page for citations.
At the end of the day no matter what, committing yourself to creating your own original work is the best way to avoid plagiarism and staying out of trouble.
As teenagers in today’s world we are not very informed on the environment or most are not interested at all, but here is why you should care. Everything around us somehow ties to nature and the environment. It can be such as the car you drive, the paper you use and what you eat. Nature has given us an unbelievable amount of materials in order for us to function properly, so why are we being so ungrateful?
With today’s technology and our busy schedules, it seems most of us don’t take a second to admire the beauty nature has provided us with, well at least of what’s left of it. We are too busy with our material items such as our phones and other inventions the man has created that we do not see how drastically nature has changed. Our world appears to be dying, are you aware of that? Over the course of time we have become careless when it comes to taking care of nature, something that has given us so much. I am a firm believer that if you expect to receive you should also give back, so what can we do with nature.
If you want nature to keep providing for you, you also need to nourish it. It doesn’t even need to be something huge like starting a club at school to promote a green environment or donating to an organization, though that would be thoughtful and going out of your way but you can make a difference by doing the smallest things you might think are insignificant. You can start by having an understanding of the environment and the changes that it is going through, by being informed you will be able to identify the needs nature has and how you can help. You can also start by throwing your trash away in bins that are according to each item so they can be taken to their proper destination. You can also buy a water bottle that is environmentally friendly, so you don’t keep filling up the world with plastic bottles that take about 500 years to disintegrate. You can do the smallest things, because remember a number of persons doing something small still has a huge impact.
By doing small deeds of kindness to our environment we are helping ourselves. We are generating clean water and better air to breath. We are providing our animals and families with a home for a few more years. Think about it this way, start treating the earth as you house which it basically is but think about it as a home with chores. Every household member has a responsibility in order to keep the house clean and functioning. Well that is NATURE!!! We all play a key role in keeping earth alive. Taking care about the environment is crucial to our health and our futures, having an understanding about the world around us will help us become guardians of our home, earth.