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The Inside Howl!

Where We Run With The Pack!

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Tony Lara

Freshmen at Rogers New Technology High School.

Road To State

With the season coming to an end soon, Rogers Heritage High School is looking forward to competing in the State Playoffs, where the best high schools battle against each other for a championship. Although the Varsity team are the only ones who can attend this tournament, the whole of Heritage High School (HHS) are working very hard. Varsity sits at second place at conference while Junior Varsity (JV) has a record of 5-3-1, which is better than last year’s results. The five teams that JV defeated were Danville, Green Forest, Prairie Grove, Van Buren, and Subiaco Academy. The three teams that JV lost to were Bishop Kelley, Rogers, and Bentonville. The only team that JV tied against was Southside. Throughout all of these games, there have been multiple goals scored. All together, JV has scored 16 goals and have conceded 13 goals. The number one spot for JV top-scorer is a tie between Matt Many and Daniel Fuentes, who have both scored 3 goals. They have only five games remaining in their season, which are against Springdale, Westville, Northside, Fayetteville, and Har-Ber. The team is hoping to get the best results out of the last games, and wish they could end this season with a positive record.

On the other hand, the team that is actually trying to qualify for the State Playoffs is Varsity. They have a 10-4-1 overall record, and a 5-2 conference record. In Arkansas, they are ranked the twelfth best team, and nationally they are ranked 140th. They have defeated Northside, Rogers, Fayetteville, and other teams that are out of the state. They have 7 games remaining in the season against Springdale, Rogers, Northside, Southside, Fayetteville, Bentonville, and Har-Ber. They look like they are going to qualify for State Playoffs, and they’re going to try their best to bring home the championship.

Unlike the two previous teams, the HHS Freshman or 9-10 team is not having the best season they could have imagined. They have not won a game, have lost four, and tied one. Their top-scorer was Gabriel Frias but he has recently moved up to JV and will finish the season playing for them. One reason that could explain why the 9-10 team is not performing so well is that the majority of the teams they face are Varsity teams from other schools. They only face these teams because most high schools do not have a freshman team. 9-10 has been defeated by Gentry, Subiaco, Commerce, and Siloam Springs. They tied against Decatur. There is only one game remaining for them which is a rematch against Siloam Springs. They are hoping to get their first win, but it won’t be easy considering that they lost 5-1 to them.

Not only is HHS performing well on the pitch, they are also doing great off the pitch. For the first time in HHS history, the whole team was able to have a 3.5 GPA in the first nine weeks of the second semester. Every individual student has been carrying their own weight, and have been able to produce amazing grades compared to previous teams in HHS history. The coaches hope that all the players can maintain this high GPA until the end of the year. This means that every player are working extremely hard to keep their grades up, but also be focused on winning games and performing well on the pitch.

Overall, this season has been incredible, and Rogers Heritage High School will be hoping to finish strong this year. The players are undergoing very difficult training, and the coaches are trying to get the best results out of every game. This season looks like it will go down in history considering HHS’ success with their games, but also with their unbelievable academic improvements.

Christmas Break

received_909028682528337 20160112_111513 e09da056-775b-4509-a6b9-acc8254b1c12 20160112_111551Over the winter break that occurred about a week ago, students from New Tech enjoyed Christmas and the new year. Most people went over to their relatives house or stayed at home and celebrated Christmas or celebrated their New year’s.
After interviewing several students during lunch, we discovered that ,many kids received nice presents and enjoyed their Christmas. Most presents of which were nice, were PS4’s, hairs straighteners, and someone got a piano. One of them even received a pocket knife. The students also enjoyed a variety of food during the break. Some ate tamales, pizza, sausage, and some even drank wine. Also, many students managed to stay up very late on Christmas Eve. Some even going through the whole day without closing their eyes. Overall the people of New Tech had a blast during Christmas break.

Ballon D’or

On January 11th, one of the biggest award ceremonies for any soccer fan took place at Zurich, Switzerland. Of course, such a grand ceremony would not be so famous if it wasn’t for the Ballon D’Or (golden ball) award. The winner is determined by votes on the player that had the best performance in the last year. This year’s winner turned out to be Lionel Messi. With this topic trending on all social media, we decided to interview some students at New Tech to see their reaction and thoughts.Messi Ballon D'or
After interviewing several students at New Tech, we were able to figure out soccer fans’ thought on the Ballon D’or ceremony. There were some that thought Messi deserved the award but others though that other nominees should have received. The other two nominees were Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar da Silva. Students thought that other people deserved to be nominated due to their performance last season. Some players they wanted were Robert Lewandowski, Sergio Aguero, Luis Suárez, and more. With a lot of students thoughts on this topic, we believe there are is a lot of variety in people’s favorite soccer players.

Rogers Activity Center

By Tony Lara

The Rogers Activity Center (RAC), located at 315 West Olive Street in Rogers, has been serving recreational needs for all ages for more than 30 years. With a wide variety of activities to participate in, you can live a healthier life and be a part of great community at RAC.

The Rogers Activity Center was created in the early 1990s. From there the RAC has really grown into a community that any individual could enjoy. There are many benefits of being a part of this community: “It helps your lifestyle, physical activity, socialization, and just involvement,” said the RAC director, Coleta Paris. Paris has been employed at RAC for 32 years and loves the happiness that is provided from the RAC community.

Everyone is able to enjoy their time at the Rogers Activity Center. The RAC offers a numerous amount of sports, such as soccer, football, baseball, etc., soccer being the most popular with 1,200 kids and 800 adults playing. All of the activities there are available to all ages from 6 weeks to 80 years old. The RAC is always taking in new athletes that will enjoy their time playing their favorite sport either at the RAC or nearby church properties.

Aztecas Soccer Club

Aztecas Soccer Club is a nonprofit organization in the state of Arkansas. It was initiated by a group of Hispanic parents who selected young and talented players. Their goal was to create opportunities for the players to play at a more competitive level in state and nationwide. This would give these young players the chance to expand their opportunities to be noticed by college coaches and play at a more professional level. Also offer lower tuition costs for low income Hispanic families.

Aztecas has grown to have a total of five teams from the ages 8 to 18. Parents volunteer as coaches and managers to help the players receive more training for their future matches. For example, Marcela Lara has not only been the director for the club but has been managing a team for 5 years. “My deepest dream is to see the club succeed and grow, and hopefully make a difference in a young player’s life,” mentioned Lara.

Aztecas is still looking for more young players to join the club, and the managers will try their best to help them enjoy their time there. With the U15 team being the most populated, they will be seeking for more talent as they hunt for more championships.

New Facilitator Q&A

With a few additions to the New Tech staff, we decided to interview the new facilitators. We wondered if they were liking the new school as much as we were. The facilitators we chose to interview are Mr. Sisson, Mr. Porter, and Mr. Woodard. The questions we asked them all are shown below for every facilitator.

 

Mr. Sisson’s Interview by Tony

Q: Why did you choose to come to Rogers New Technology High School?

A: “I love the way that they teach and how classes go. Something I wanted to be apart of.”

Mr. Sisson
Mr. Sisson

Q: How was the transition from traditional school to project based learning?

A: “Still a work in progress.”

Q: How are the students here different than the ones at traditional high schools?

A: “Students take ownership of own learning. Students are more excited about work.”

Q: How long do you expect yourself to be here?

A: “Years. Not sure.”

Q: What do you like the most about working at New Tech?

A: “The people.”

 

Mr. Porter’s Interview by Chris

Q: Did you teach at a school before this one?

Mr. Porter
Mr. Porter

A: Yes, Gravette High School.

Q: How was the transition from a traditional HS to New Tech?

A: No I did a lot of PBL training before, so it was an easy change.

Q: Have you noticed a difference of the students here compared to the ones at your previous school?

A: Yes, the students here are less afraid of due dates.

Q: What do you like the most about New Tech?

A: The student enthusiasm in the students.

Q: What is one thing you would like to see improve at New Tech?

A: Better collaboration between students.

 

Mr. Woodard’s Interview by Kiki

Mr. Woodard
Mr. Woodard

Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself?

A: Was an intern for Mr.Morley

     1. He likes to play video games.

     2. He graduated from University of Arkansas.

Q: What made you wanna work here at New Tech High?

A: “I saw that the students looked a lot happier here.”

Q: How do you assess and evaluate your students?

A: “I watch over their shoulder to see what they’re doing and comments on echo. I make sure they’re working hard and if they need help, I will try my best to get them where they need to be.”

Q: Do you like the project based learning?

A: “Yes that’s also a reason why I decided to come to New Tech. I definitely think it’s a more efficient way of teaching.”

Q: Are the students here at New Tech different from those of Regular High Schools?

A: Unanswered.

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