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New Activities Director

MERIEL MILLIGAN | STAFF WRITER

(from left) Taysear Ali, student body president, Lacee Manus, activities director and DECA faculty, and Katelyn Stidworthy, student body 2nd VP, lead LCHS students and teachers in a US History trivia relay during the Fall Sports Assembly on September 11th. Under Manus’s leadership, the assembly paid tribute to first responders, celebrated USA spirit, and hosted a collection for Hurricane Harvey relief.

This year one of our DECA teachers at La Cueva, Lacee Manus, took on the job of activities director. But, why did she do it? What is she going to do differently for our school? And how are students liking this year’s activities in comparison to last year’s?

Many of us know Mrs. Manus as the person who runs the pizza window or the DECA snack bar at lunch, but now we also will know her as the person in charge of the school’s activities. Manus said she is, “…excited to work with La Cueva this year to help the students bring back school spirit and get our students more excited to be here.”

One of her goals is to reach out to everyone (different groups) at La Cueva and get everyone involved in school activities. She wants La Cueva students to be one unit rather than divided up into groups. Manus feels that so far they “are doing a great job at homecoming with different activities and bringing back the spirit.” She said she’s “super tired” from all the homecoming preparations, but knows she’s going to love being the new activities director.

As activities director, Manus is now in charge of all the school dances and the activities that go along with them. She is also responsible for community service projects and graduation. She hopes that for one of this year’s community service projects LCHS can work with a specific high school in the Houston area that has been affected by Hurricane Harvey to help get them through the year.

Now that we’ve heard Manus’ goals for La Cueva this year, what do the students think? Did this year’s back to school assembly include all the different groups of people at La Cueva? Did this past week (homecoming week) bring back the spirit we’ve all been hoping for?

Junior students Jacob Knighton and Taryn Roe both agree that Mrs. Manus is doing a great job. “I think she’s done an amazing job bringing back school spirit and making it not just about athletics, but all activities,” Knighton said. Roe agreed. “I think there definitely was a lot of school spirit this week and a lot of people have mentioned it to me. A lot of people were involved and the hype was awesome.”

We are all really excited about the new school year and are all looking forward to what Mrs. Manus has in store.

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A New Place for a New Face

SARA BRIGHTWELL | LIFESTYLES

Walking down the halls of La Cueva, new faces always seem to pop up every year. But how did they get here, and what do they think about their new school? It turns out that no matter if you’re an incoming freshman or just a junior coming to a new school, it’s a big change. There are a lot of new staff and students that you have to get used to.

Ethan Johnson sitting at his desk in German 5th period.

Ethan Johnson is a junior and a new student, who just came from an international school in Vienna, Austria. Before he went to Austria, he attended Sandia Prep, here in Albuquerque. “The students here are more outgoing and the main differences are size, academics, and the social aspect,” says Johnson.

There are also many incoming freshmen who are making the transition from middle school to high school. Darby Jaramillo is one of those incoming freshmen here at La Cueva, and she thinks high school is much different from Eisenhower Middle School, where she attended previously.  “I’m really enjoying it, especially choir. It’s pretty different. A lot of my friends went to a different high school so I had to adjust to that.”   

Amy Wray equips students for life

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.

Mrs. Wray poses outside her classroom door.

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.”