Senator Square: Carson High School students shine like the sun

Emily Chandler

Emily Chandler

Carson High School students aren’t only given myriad opportunities in which to participate, they are afforded these privileges by parents, teachers, and local and national nonprofit organizations whose sole purpose is to give elementary, middle, and high school students the freedom to shine like the sun. Students don’t simply leave CHS with a diploma, they leave knowing they have a wealth of knowledge and intellectual fortitude to succeed in whatever they decide to do next.

One amazing CHS student, Shaylin Segura, stepped up for the challenge. She took the time to memorize several poems to compete at the local and state level, and the shortest of these poems took at least four minutes to fully recite. Segura is walking away with something no one will ever be able to take from her, and that’s the satisfaction of being able to hang on to each poem she took the time to memorize. These poems will forever belong to her; no one can take them away. Shaylin Segura carries with her the joy of having the chance to compete, and this is why everyone who knows her agrees Shaylin shines like the sun.


After winning the local CHS Poetry Out Loud competition on Jan. 25, Shaylin Segura competed at the state championship in Reno at KNPB on Mar. 19. Twelve students competed, and Shaylin represented the Carson City School District to compete against students from Lyon, Douglas, Washoe, Clark, Elko, and Eureka counties. Segura, and all other competitors, memorized three poems each. At the local competition, Shaylin’s strongest poem was “Blackberrying” by Sylvia Plath. She also recited “The Learne’d Astronomer” by Walt Whitman and “A Birthday” by Christina Rossetti. Though she didn’t win the state competition, Segura loved the fact she was afforded the opportunity to compete through CHS Speech and Debate teacher Patrick Mobley’s hosting of the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest.


Seniors are finishing their senior projects, yet the Senior Project Committee is still in desperate need of community judges for April 18. Judges are needed for the 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and noon time slots. If interested in volunteering your much-valued time to evaluate senior projects and speeches, please go to, and click the “2015-2016 Senior Project Volunteer Panels RSVP Form” link, or contact the Senior Project Coordinator at 283-1640.


The 2nd Annual Father-Daughter Dance is being held from 6 to 9 p.m. April 8 at CHS. This year’s theme is “Once Upon a Time Enchanted Forest Ball.” Any and all ages of father-daughters are welcome to attend. Purchase tickets at the CHS front office from 2 to 4 p.m. each day, or by mail by sending a check to CHS, c/o Angila Golik, P.O. Box 603, Carson City, 89701. Tickets are $30 per father/daughter couple and $10 for each additional daughter. Light desserts and snacks will be served. Funds raised at this event support CHS Culinary, Leadership, FBLA & SkillsUSA.


CHS Speech and Debate students Scarlett Baeza, Alessandro Figueroa, Sebastian Rodriguez, and Liliana Villanueva competed in the annual Rotary speaking competition. Scarlett took first place overall with Sandro a close second. They will advance to represent Carson in the Area contest April 15.


Like working with the hands at building stuff? Like fixing cars? Want to work for a company like Tesla? WNC is offering programs through the Jump Start CTE program in Construction, Automotive Repair, Auto Body, and Automated Industrial Technology to earn 24 college credits. Cost is minimal, and the classes will earn nationally recognized certifications employers recognize! Questions? Students, go to Room 104 to sign up for success.


Hey, junior boys! June 19-25 at UNR is Nevada Boys’ State, a week-long camp focusing on leadership and politics. This unforgettable experience can form lifelong friendships and connections, so don’t miss this opportunity! Applications, open to all current junior boys, are online at until March 31. Apply now and represent CHS!


Student of the week is Meghan Bubb. Meghan strives in her academics and is always helpful and kind in class. She’s a bright young lady who takes pride in her academics and cares for others. CHS wants to thank Meghan for her positive influence on the rest of the school and congratulate her on all her hard work! Thanks for helping make CHS the place to be.


The senior spotlight this week is on Emily Chandler. Emily has a grade-point average of 4.49 and is currently taking AP classes in literature, government and calculus. As a National Honor Society member for three years, Emily has demonstrated leadership skills serving as the NHS secretary as well as an event coordinator, and she has participated in organizing and carrying out several community service projects. She has also been a member of Link Crew and SkillsUSA where she specialized in web design. Of particular interest are Emily’s scuba diving skills. She has five different diving certifications, including altitude diving and debris removal diving. As part of her senior project, she worked with a team of divers removing debris from Lake Tahoe. After three dives in Zephyr Cove and Sand Harbor, the team collectively removed 274 pounds of debris. Emily has been accepted to Texas A&M where she’s going to obtain her bachelor’s in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. Her focus will be in aquaculture and aquatic sciences. Carson High School is proud of the contribution Emily has made to the school and to the environmental conservation of the Lake Tahoe area. CHS wishes her the best of luck with her goals and eagerly awaits the contributions she’s going to make in the future.

Phil Brady is an English teacher at CHS.


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