Senator Square: Another award for Carson High School yearbook and staff

Phillip Brady

Phillip Brady

Ariana Schmidt, executive editor of the 2017 Carneta yearbook and CHS News Magazine, accepted yet another Gallery of Excellence award from Walsworth Sales Representative Natasha Volpe. Schmidt, a member of the yearbook and newspaper staff for the past three years, is so excited to have received this award as it’s the culmination of her senior year at CHS, as well as the multitude of other CHS students who participated in its publication. Schmidt is so passionate about journalism she has already declared it as her college major. The 2017 Carneta will be shown in schools and at conferences as an example of a superior yearbook, and CHS’s publication staff of some 50 students is so proud of their achievement. So don’t be left out of either the purchase of one, say as a gift, or the ownership of one as a student. This is a hint, by the way. It’s not too late to order a yearbook now, and it’s time to offer congratulations to students, especially the ones whose parents and guardians want to leave a beautiful and timeless memory for them to access in the future. Have no regrets about purchasing one for $85. Yearbooks will be distributed at school May 24. The number of former CHS students who return looking for a copy of their yearbook, the one they never purchased, is shocking. Stop by before school, at lunch, or after school at room 136, or contact Mrs. Patt Quinn-Davis, 775-283-1782, or email her at The time is now; it’s not likely to come again, well, not until next year at least. No one could say it better than CHS journalism teacher Patt Quinn-Davis when she said, “I am so happy for the Carneta staff and their accomplishment.”


With school winding down, Leadership wants to have a fun event to help end the year on a high note. There will be an indoor soccer tournament held in the CHS Big Gym from May 22-26 at lunch. Sign-ups are in the Student Store, and there must be at least six people per team, and at least two girls on a team. Come have fun and play some soccer with friends as the school year comes to a fantastic close.


Musical Theater has some amazing end of the school year Choral Ensemble concert performances beginning May 23-24, 7 p.m., at the Carson City Community Center. Cost for adults is $4 and students $2. Call J. Andrew Sonnemaker, CHS Fine Arts Department Chair and Choral Music Educator, at 775-283-1778, or email him at either or for information.


The All Sports Parent and Athlete meeting for the 2017-2018 school year is May 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the CHS big gym. For information, contact the Athletic Department at 775-283-1900, or log onto website.


Senior Sunset is May 25 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on the front lawn of CHS. There will be a free barbecue, and the Senior Superlatives will be announced as well. Take advantage of one of the last senior get-togethers before the end of the school year.


CHS Safe Grad night and next-day trip are fast approaching, and the organizers are reaching out to parents of CHS students to volunteer. The Safe Grad program has been a tradition in Carson City for 29 years and provides the graduating senior class with a safe, fun, and sober celebration on graduation night. The CHS Safe Grad Committee, Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Nevada Office of Traffic Safety, and local businesses and residents help sponsor the event. Safe Grad happens June 3-4 at the Carson City Community Center. Forty volunteers are still needed. This event couldn’t take place without our generous volunteers who make it happen, so please help. Email as soon as possible with name and phone number. Safe Grad shifts are as follows: June 3 and 4 from 9:45 p.m. to 1:45 a.m., June 4 from midnight to 3 a.m., and June 4 from 3 to 6 a.m. Volunteers will help with bag check, food, games and activities, door monitoring, raffles, setup, and cleanup.


Seniors, please stop by the CHS Guidance Office, and let them know where and to what college eighth semester transcripts must be sent.


Next year’s AP Biology students will have a quick meeting at the beginning of lunch, May 23, in Mrs. Koop’s room 219 in order to pick up summer field trip information and access class’ Facebook, Google Classroom, and teacher’s web page.


Free UNR T-shirts will be given to CHS students already admitted to UNR and planning to attend in the fall. They need to attend a brief meeting May 25 at 1:15 p.m. in the WNC Tech Center Conference Room.


Lakoda Smokey is the CHS Athlete of the Week for boys’ golf, and Faith Bigelow is the CHS Athlete of the Week for softball.


Briana Sanchez is the Student of the Week. She has grown a great deal this year. She’s a hard worker and makes sure she’s caught up and doing well in all of her classes. Her responsibility has helped her to succeed this year, and CHS thanks her for all she does at school.


This week’s outstanding Senior in the Spotlight is Chloe Dodge. Chloe is an exceptional student with a 4.85 grade-point average who will have successfully completed seven AP classes and numerous Honors classes when she graduates. In addition to excelling academically, Chloe’s cheerful nature and genuine personality are assets that will serve her well in the future. Although Chloe prioritizes her academics, she’s also involved at CHS as well as in the Carson City community. She’s a member of National Honor Society, the Philosophy Club, and was the CHS JV girls basketball manager. Outside of school, Chloe has worked at the Westside Center for Counseling and Therapy for two years and participated in a self-defense class as part of her senior project. She’s active in community service and spends hours assisting special needs individuals at a local gym. She has also worked as a volunteer for the Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Race. Chloe plans to attend UNR next year where she has been accepted into the Women in Science and Engineering Program where she will major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. CHS is proud of the contributions Chloe has made to the school and community and knows she will be successful. Best of luck, Chloe.

Phil Brady is an English teacher at CHS.


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