Isabella Barton | Editor
Teacher Appreciation week is dedicated to celebrating all the things our teachers do. They work with us when we are getting overwhelmed, always there to educate and support our growth into an adult.
Friends who know Mrs. Wray personally say that she is a teacher worth appreciating. In conversations I’ve had with Wray, I’ve seen her be more than understanding. She is willing to work with students who may not deserve her kindness simply because they took advantage of her. I’ve also seen how passionate she is about her students and her job. It’s very rare to see real passion in somebody’s eyes, and I’ve never seen anyone with such a drive to educate and help high school adolescents and people in general.
“I love seeing who [students] are at the beginning of the year and watch how they progress over the year,” said Wray. She has been teaching for 17 years, and currently teaches Bible Lit and Yoga here at La Cueva.
She wants students “to become good, really good, readers and writers, because that’s the content.” More than this, her favorite part of teaching is watching students figure out who they are, what they want for their lives, and then start to plan and prepare for life outside of high school. “But more than that I want them to have confidence in who they are and know that they can go out and make a difference and that they’re already equipped with certain skills and passions that are going to help them in life.”
Mrs.Wray is a model for kindness and passion. “I want them to know that I support them.”
AUSTIN DENTON | SPORTS
La Cueva Athletics has written many records in its history books. But May 13th, 2017, will be one of those days that will stand out from the rest. The softball and baseball programs will bring back two blue state championship trophies to the trophy case at the school, capping off two amazing seasons that will also write their own history.
For softball, it was in the stars for them as soon as the regular season concluded and the state tournament was upon them. After beating Valley in dominant fashion 20-0 to close out the regular season, the Bears were riding an undefeated 24-0 season, were #7 ranked in the nation by USA Today, and #13 by CBS MaxPreps Xcellent Rankings. No way they could slow down, right? Right.
The #1 seeded Bears took down #3 seeded Onate 5-0 at the Lobo Softball Field, the win propelled by an Andrea Howard 2 run home run that got the Lady Bears unstuck from the early 1-0 lead they kept for quite some time. “Hard work definitely pays off,” Howard said about the win. “I am very proud of my team…” Along with Howard, Rachael Hathoot also contributed to the win, going 2-3 on the day and driving in one run.
Another headline to come out of that softball state championship games was the pitching performance of Kendra Keahbone. Keahbone went the full seven innings of the championship game, allowing only five hits, and striking out five batters. “It was all about the mentality of the seniors,” head coach Ron Romero said to the ABQ Journal. “Those seniors came out and made a statement in practice all year long that we were going to be mentally ready for every game.”
This is the second state championship for the softball program in the history of the school, and the first state title since 2005. For head coach Ron Romero, it is his first state championship trophy after being a runner-up in 2014 with the Hope Christian Huskies. Also, five members of this year’s softball team represented the Eastdale Little League team back in 2012 that won the LL Softball World Series.
Four hours later across the street at Isotopes Park, the La Cueva baseball team was getting ready for their state championship game against unarguably their biggest threat this season, the Cleveland Storm. Devin Borin was assigned to pitch their task of taking the blue, opposite the Storm’s up and coming pitcher, Jared Silva. And it already looked to be a great game.
It was a shaky start though for the Bears. Borin starting off the game hitting the leadoff batter with a pitch. Then after a sacrifice bunt, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly ball, Cleveland grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. The Bears clawed back through in the second with back to back hits from Isaac Standridge and Chris Campbell, and a textbook bunt by Austin Schlagel to make it a 2-1 lead.
But again, Borin struggled on the mound, and head coach Gerard Pineda had to pull him after only 1 2/3 innings. Wes Alexanderson came in as relief and brought quite a spark for the Bears. He pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing only two runs and striking out two. “We specifically held him back for that reason,” Coach Pineda told the ABQ Journal.
In between that pitching performance, the batters decided to light a fire on the bats and let the ball fly.
The Bears blew the door open on the Storm in the top of the sixth inning after extending their lead to 5-2. That number would get bigger for them, after a RBI triple by Ryan Johnson, a triple by Richard Ware, and a RBI single by Ryan Phillips. Then after a sac fly, Phillips tagged up to make it 10-2 Bears.
Alexanderson was pulled in the bottom of the 7th after a couple of hits by the Storm, but fans showed their gratitude by chanting his name as he walked back to the dugout. “It felt unreal, like something out of a movie!” he said.
Phillips would close out the last three outs for the Bears, giving them their fifth blue trophy in the past ten seasons, and their first since 2014 by a score of 10-4. “Coming in and closing not just the season but the state championship game was a great way to end my season off,” Phillips told The Edition. “I knew if I were to get the chance, I would have to take it and finish the job.”
The Bears finished the season 28-1, their only loss coming on opening day to Valley. They finish #7 in the nation in USA Today rankings, #9 in Baseball America’s rankings, and #25 in CBS MaxPreps Xcellent Rankings.
KAYLIN CARPENTER | FEATURES
Teacher appreciation week is all about recognizing the teachers that go above and beyond for their students. For most teachers that means being flexible with late assignments and assigning less homework, but for Mrs. Robinson, it means hours outside of school to create real life learning experiences for her students.
Mrs. Robinson’s favorite class to teach is forensics. She said her favorite part is, “…the sparkle in a student’s eye when they solve a crime.” In the class, you learn almost everything you need to know to solve a crime. From collecting fingerprints to analyzing DNA, forensics students learn how to do it all, thanks to the time and effort put in by Mrs. Robinson.
Towards the end of the second semester every year, Mrs. Robinson conducts the crime project, notorious for being one of the most fun and intense projects in the school.
This year, the forensics class took a field trip to balloon fiesta park to watch a car hiding Michelle Casanova’s (fake) dead body burn. Mrs. Robinson got both the Bomb Squad and the Fire Department to come and make the crime project perfect. Not only this, but Robinson also asked many students and teachers to assist and make the crime seem as real as possible. Although it rained for most of the crime day, Mrs. Robinson stuck it out and made sure that all of the teams experienced the most accurate crime scene possible.
Mrs. Robinson is the perfect example of a teacher that puts countless hours outside of school to make sure her students are having the best experience possible. From creating crime scenes to appointing judges and witnesses, Mrs. Robinson is one of the best teachers here at La Cueva.
“It isn’t just about forensic science and evidence…it’s about problem-solving. It’s about reasoning through difficult issues and coming to a logical conclusion. “So this is a class that is going to help you for the rest of your life,” said Robinson.