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DHS Teachers and Staff remember their experience on September 11, 2001.
Drama students will be heading to State Competition November 22nd.
Officers for this year are -Mariana Molinar
Kevin Martinez and Creighton Apodaca
See Mr. Hand for information on Drama.
Band has been very busy this August. They performed in the Deming Duck Race Parade.
They will also be performing at the Powderpuff Game.
Deming High Choir will be attending the All State Prep at NMSU on Friday, September 13th.
On October 5th choir will be going to Solo and Ensemble
On October 12th their will be all state auditions
both in Las cruses
On October 24th Choir will have a concert
September 14th - Rockhound concert from 6:00-7:00pm
DHS Skills USA
DHS Skills assisted with planting at the Deming Pit Park. They also sold t-shirts for the Deming Duck Races and received a check from the Duck Race Board of Directors for $1,000.
Deming High Pro Start students competed in the 1st Annual Green Chile Cookoff at the Carlsbad/Artesia Football Game also known as the Eddy County War. The students made a rocking green chile posole that was very popular among the crowd that attended the game.
The DHS robotics team started their competition build season on Saturday, September 7, 2019.
Meet the Spanish spelling-bee wizard
Written by Carlos Emilio Hultsch Martinez
His name is Maximiliano Hultsch Martinez, Max started participating in the local Spanish Spelling Bee since 6th grade; attracted by the idea that he could compete in his first language. Max won the District of Deming Spanish spelling Bee in 6th grade, next, he represented Deming during the New Mexican Spanish spelling Bee, in which he got the 12th place. In 7th grade, Max participated once again in the district of Deming Spanish spelling Bee, however, this time he just won 5th place. After this event, Max was pushed to study more and refine his spelling abilities. That dedication and persistence paid off during 8th grade, his last chance to compete. Max won the local Spanish Spelling Bee and went on to win New Mexico’s Spanish spelling Bee after participating in dozens of rounds against his rivals. Max was excited to go to the National spelling Bee and represent Deming for the first time in this contest. Max, his family, and members of Deming’s public district arrived at the host city of Denver, nervous of the new challenge. In the National Spelling Bee, 40 participants from 15 states were ready to win. At the contest, the participants were faced with challenging words, thus, the contest prolonged for twelve rounds until the study list was finished. Max survived these rounds, moving on to the “Mysterious List,” a list of words that were mysterious to the participants and the public. Three rounds were effectuated, until nine participants were named co-champions. This is the largest number of winners in the contest’s history. Max was excited to bring a national championship home. After the event, he is prideful of his roots, his family and his community. Max is currently a freshman at Deming High.
(Photo: Courtesy photo) Accessed from Deming Headlight.
During Summer of 2019, a wave of protests and manifestations had aroused from numerous nations around the world. Although each case had its own political reasons, a new trend has been stablishing. Despondent citizens had started powerful movements that have grown effervescent political pressure in order to alter the political situation these citizens live in. This is the information and chronology for each of the main protest cases.
Hong Kong has always been in a shifty situation. Hong Kong became an English Colony in 1842, after the First Opium War. The territory was then transferred to China in 1997 although, Hong Kong was promised different economic and governing systems from those of mainland China. Hong Kong has been a primordial economic and trade window for China, where Chinese enterprises trade with the outside world. Although Hong Kong does not account for even the 3% of the total GPD (Gross Domestic Product) of China, it is still a very influential international city. The Communist party in China has always have a mighty grip upon its territories, and signs of protests against the party have always been crushed. For example, in 1989, a student manifestation in Tiananmen Square in Beijing ended in an assault by the military forces of China killing hundreds and wounding thousands more. Three decades later, the party is contemplating a new major protest, this time, in Hong Kong. The discontent and anger felt from the Hong Kong citizens has developed from quite some time. China’s government tried to implement a pro-Chinese system of education in 2012. In 2016 members of the Hong Kong parliament where expelled for offending China during
their oath, finally, in February 2019, China tried to pass a bill which would have allowed extradition to the mainland. This last event triggered the citizens of Hong Kong, which went out to the streets in masses to protest this bill. What seem to the International Community’s eyes as a controlled event soon turned into a turmoil. The movement against the bill grew very fast, gaining more followers each day. Ultimately, the anti-disturbing police started to attack those who participated in the protest. While the Chinese government thought that the movement will easily dissolve, the movement just grew stronger, more and more people started to join the movement and not just protest the extradition bill, but also the people asked for Hong Kong’s independence and a system of Democratic government in the province. As the situation grew worse, people started to get injured, the parliament building and other constructions were vandalized, people started to cover their identities and the movement calls for international intervention. China has threatened to use its military forces in the province, but that will be risky for the country’s economy, especially since they must deal with a tariff war against the United States. The air in East Asia is felt with tension and uncertainty. Currently part of a standoff between those of the Honk Kong liberation movement and the Chinese government, it’s still to be seen what happens, however, this movement has meant a resistance and participation of the citizens against a mighty force such as the Chinese government, in a way that has not happened since three decades ago.
The Political status of the Caribbean island known as Puerto Rico is that of an incorporated territory, meaning that the island is neither a state of the United States nor an independent country, nonetheless, Puerto Rico has never been known for been a place of conflict. When the hurricanes Irma and Maria swept through 2017, 2,975 people died (according to CNN) and hundreds more lost their home or got disabled, after the tragedies, 44% of the population of Puerto Rico lives in
poverty. The people in Puerto Rico protested the lack of help given by the US government but more importantly, the lack of action taken by Ricardo Rossello, who instead, attacked political adversaries for taking advantage to ask for money for the emergency. After what seem as a solid governor, Ricardo Rossello lost a lot of credibility and respect by the people of Puerto Rico. A mild discontent persisted, and in summer 2019, evidence of thousands of chats driven from Rossello and his cabinet members where filtered. These chats included sexist, homophobic and disgusting comments from most of Rossello’s cabinet, often targeting and sneering on the hurricanes’ victims as well as their political adversaries and the LGBTQ community. These comments prompted a wave of repudiation and anger that moved the Puerto Ricans to the streets. Thousands gathered outside the government building known as “La Fortaleza” or “The Fortress” asking for governor Ricardo Rossello to resign from office. The movement was joined by the island’s most important artists: Ricky Martin, Bad Bunny, Vinicio Del Toro among others. After weeks of incessant protest, Governor Rossello announced that he would resign on August 2, which he did. Although Rossello resigned there was uncertainty on who would occupy the position of Governor. A week after Rossello’s resign Pedro Pierluisi (representative of Puerto Rico) was named Governor, however, the house of representatives ruled his naming unconstitutional and was removed 7 days after he was named. A few days later Secretary of Justice Wanda Vasquez was named governor. With this announcement, the people in Puerto Rico are still on the streets, for Vasquez was also member of the “Chatgate” scandal and is related to Rossello’s corrupt government. As tension continues, the protesters ask for a complete clean of Puerto Rico’s government and a removal of all political parties. Once again, an example of the power of the people is shown and the movement still stands.
Jammu and Kashmir.
Jammu and Kashmir are a state of the nation of India, located between India and Pakistan, it has been subject of dispute between the two since 1947. In fact, the last 2 out of 3 wars between India and Pakistan had developed because of control of the region. In 1972, the United Nations divided the region into two; a region administered by India and another by Pakistan. In 1999 there was another armed conflict between the both but since a truce in 2003, both sides have been at relative peace. The state has a Muslim majority and it enjoys a special status just to those who live in the area, for example exclusive right of property just to those who are permanent citizens of the state. This is protected under an article called “Article 230” under the Kashmir and Jammu constitution. However, people have been angry since the Indian government revoked the special status the region has enjoyed. The Indian government has justified itself by saying that the removal of the status will allow the region to grow and develop faster. Waves of protests from Kashmir and Jammu as well as the Pakistani have been in protest. A small group protested outside of the High Indian Commission in London. The Pakistani government called for a “black day” in protests to the Indian government. Still, there is a vast majority of protesters who want the independence of Kashmir and the recognition of the region as a sovereign state. India has sent 35,000 troops and has cut off the internet in the region, although the schools where reopened although without students. As both Pakistan and India prepare for a possible war, the people of Kashmir and Jammu are left in the middle waiting for results or at least, a return to the original status.
Although these 3 events have different circumstances, these three movements have had many things in common. All happened during summer of 2019, involving a region that had an undefined political status and a dispute between different countries. Nevertheless, it has an air of transcendence, for it marks the new trend described during the first paragraph. A trend that involves a major number of people united for one cause, triggered by the dissent felt by their government. What has maintained these movements alive is the consistency of their protesters who call for action and protest until change is seeing. Even when violence has been a product of these protests, these are an example of persistency and call for citizens of other countries to be more politically active and question their government. The hope is that if these movements are all successful for the people, then the international community can see the importance of protest in some circumstances.
Summer Waves of Heat and Dissent.
By Carlos Emilio Hultsch Martinez.
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The Burning of the Earth’s lungs
By Carlos Emilio Hultsch Martinez
According to the World Wildlife Fund, “The Amazon is a vast region that spans across eight rapidly developing countries: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, an overseas territory of France. The landscape contains: One in ten known species on Earth. 1.4 billion acres of dense forests, half of the planet's remaining tropical forests. 4,100 miles of winding rivers. 2.6 million square miles in the Amazon basin, about 40 percent of South America
There is a clear link between the health of the Amazon and the health of the planet. The rain forests, which contain 90-140 billion metric tons of carbon, help stabilize local and global climate. Deforestation may release significant amounts of this carbon, which could have catastrophic consequences around the world” (WWF).
Altogether, the Amazons accounts for the Earth’s ~20% of oxygen’s production. Additionally, the Amazon rain forest its home of numerous cultures, flora and fauna. In a nutshell, the Amazon rainforest is an anmazing region that is essential for the Earth’s welfare.
According to the National Institute for Space Research, there had been more than 75,000 fires so far this year, with more than half in the Amazon region (CNN). Although many environmentalists argue that fires in the area had existed for a long time, what’s alarming to them is that the fire is reaching a critical point. To get matters even worse, Brazil’s conservative president, Jair Bolsonaro has recently encouraged cattle ranchers and loggers to build on the land. This caused a humongous number of fires that quickly spread throughout the region.
Approximately, 15% of the Amazon has been deforested. The effects of the massive deforestation have showed repercussion on the environment and people of Brazil, Bolivia, and the other countries that the Amazon encompasses. If this continues, major negative consequences will show in the region and an environmental imbalance may occur in many places around the world. President Bolsonaro first claimed that the fires were nothing to be concerned about; but after attending the G-7 meeting; Bolsonaro claims that he won’t accept international help to contain the fire because he feels offended by the international community for their scapegoating on him and that the funds are not approved by the Brazilian government. While governments settle their disputes, the fact is that the Amazon is deforesting at a fast pace. If this continues, global repercussions will be major. Hopefully, the organizations in charge of controlling the fires can control the situation. This should be a lesson to humanity that we should care of mother nature no matter our political views.
“Amazon.” WWF, World Wildlife Fund, https://www.worldwildlife.org/places/amazon.
“The Amazon Is on Fire. Here's Why You Should Care - CNN Video.” CNN, Cable News Network, 24 Aug. 2019, https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2019/08/24/amazon-rainforest-fires-orig-mg-lc-jk.cnn.
Image retrieved from Jetset Times https://jetsettimes.com/countries/brazil/what-can-we-do-about-the-burning-of-amazon-rainforest/
The E-Cigarettes crisis that strikes American Teenagers
By Carlos Emilio Hultsch Martinez
The Forbes Magazine states that “According to new preliminary data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey, over one in four high schoolers (27.5% according to the American Lung Association) are current e-cigarettes users (defined as having used e-cigarettes in the previous 30 days). That's a significant jump from the one in five (20.8%) in 2018.” This is an alarming statistic, considering that teenagers have become an important group of addicts to E-Cigarettes. Many American adolescents consume these products in order to alleviate anxiety from consuming Nicotine. However, specialists seem to disclaim this belief. According to the New York Post “Dr. Elisa Tong, an associate professor of medicine at the University of California-Davis, said those who vape should not return to cigarettes as they navigate a way to quit using nicotine altogether — and warned that e-cigarette users may be putting much more of the drug into their bodies than they realize.” The number of victims also seems to grow worse. As Yale News adds “According to a CDC announcement on Sept. 11, the number of possible cases ballooned to roughly 400, including at least one from Connecticut. Six deaths were reported, but none were in the state.” The cases seem to appear in all the country, for this reason the problem is expected to be targeted by Health authority on a major campaign. However, some seem to opt for a more ambitious proposal. This proposal seems to be taken form by the Trump administration as the speaker of Trump administration stated that “We intend to clear the market of flavored e-cigarettes to reverse the deeply concerning epidemic of youth e-cigarette use that is impacting children, families, schools and communities,” according to NBC news. Also does the state of Michigan recently became the first state to prohibit the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes. Along with Michigan other states such as California and Montana try to make similar approaches. These states have decided to prohibit the sale of most flavored cigarettes that are linked to the counterproductive effects on teens’ health. Many health
organizations that are against smoking not are only fighting normal cigarettes but now are starting to target e-cigarettes in a major campaign. Major e-cigarettes companies like “Juul” said the device (e-cigarette) is not intended as a way for people to kick their addiction to nicotine but can help “adult smokers switch from combustible cigarettes to an alternative nicotine delivery system,” according to a statement to California Healthline. Based upon these statements, it seems that these companies are trying to get justified from the negative effects of their products. While the legal contest continues, the reality is that many American teenagers are falling addicts of e-cigarettes and having health repercussions, however, it might be said that American teenagers face many addiction situations. Hopefully, does the American government takes actions and regulations against e-cigarettes and other products to protect teenagers.
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Miller, Joshua Rhett. “Some Vapers Return to Cigarettes amid Growing e-Cig Health Crisis.” New York Post, New York Post, 16 Sept. 2019, https://nypost.com/2019/09/16/some-vapers-return-to-cigarettes-amid-growing-e-cig-health-crisis/.
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Jackson, Hallie, et al. “Trump Administration Plans to Ban Sale of Flavored Electronic Cigarettes.” NBCNews.com, NBCUniversal News Group, 12 Sept. 2019, https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/trump-administration-meeting-address-vaping-crisis-n1052396.
Kristoffersen, Matt, and Matt Kristoffersen. “In Light of Vaping Health Crisis, Yale Scientists Recommend against e-Cigs.” Yale Daily News In Light of Vaping Health Crisis Yale Scientists Recommend against Ecigs Comments, https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2019/09/16/in-light-of-vaping-health-crisis-yale-scientists-recommend-against-e-cigs/.
By: Rodolfo Saldivar
The title of the article is “New Mexico Announces Plan for Free College for State Residents” By Simon Romero and Dana Goldstein. This article is from The New York Times. The article is about a plan the state is proposing to make college tuition free to all New Mexico residents. This includes families that can afford to pay for college. Goner Michelle Lujan Grisham this new scholarship program “will combine with existing state and federal scholarships and grants to cover 100 percent of tuition and fees in New Mexico institutions” (Romero 11). This plan will affect over 55,000 students in New Mexico. They will get the money from the climbing revenue of oil production in the state. This proposal still must have legislative approval and we still don’t know if they will approve it.
Some education experts, presidential candidates and policymakers consider universal free college to be a squandering of scarce public dollars, which might be better spent offering more support to the neediest students. Although, others say college has become overwhelming and free tuition would be a good thing. Democratic presidential candidates, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are promising to make all public colleges and universities free. Govender Lujan Grisham said, “This program is an absolute game changer for New Mexico” (Romero 23). Most the democrat presidential candidates are supporting her proposal. Carmen Lopez-Wilson,
the deputy secretary of New Mexico’s Higher Education Department, said, “This is the best way to begin rebuilding the infrastructure of higher education in New Mexico” (Romero 33). A lot of residents, especially students are pushing for this proposal to be accepted.
Personally, this proposal sounds great. However, it is concerning how they will maintain the huge amount of money they will need to pay the colleges every year. The cost of the proposal will be, “annual cost of $25 million to $35 million.” (Romero 38). The governor wants this plan to be affected by the fall 2020 semester. That is in about one year from now and the big question is will this proposal be approved by legislative? From past experiences, free tuition has been very successful like “The University of California, the City University of New York” ( Zaloom 47) according to Professor Zaloom, of N.Y.U. Now we all wait to see how this all plays out and if it will be successful.
Romero, Simon. (2019, September 20th). New Mexico Announces Plan for Free College for State Residents. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/18/us/new-mexico-free-college-tuition.html