The Eagles’ Cry
Hobbs High School
800 North Jefferson Street
Hobbs, New Mexico 88240
Should the district do away with Certificate of Completion?
By Mariah Rivas
Should the district do away with the certificate of completion for student that don’t pass the NMSBA Test to graduate
from a New Mexico high school? I interviewed 10 HHS students, and most of them said they should get rid of it.
Maci Methola said, “I believe they should do away with it because I do not believe it’s fair that they drop this respon-
sibility on us in the middle of the year. Not all of us can show the ability we need to through the computer questions.” “Yes,
because you should be able to graduate either way depending on if you pass the test or not,” says Tanairi Gonzalez. They
believe wether or not you pass it you should graduate.
Freddy Avila said, “They should do away with the certificate of completion because you can’t do anything with it and
you wasted 12 years of your life.” Aaron Gonzales thinks, “It would be best if they didn’t use this for graduation because
most students will not pass. Therefore our graduation percentage will be low which grades the school badly, because I don’t
think having to take the NMSBA Test should determine wether we graduate or not. It should only be worked only on the bot-
tom 25% of the class because they’re the ones that need the help the rest of the class shouldn’t have to base their graduation
on a test.”
“I don’t think they should because people who slack off in class and do not do work or do not even show up, but
come and fail the NMSBA should just get a certificate of completion. A free education taken granted of is like abusing the
freedom to get anything else free. Yeah we might have to pay for supplies and lunch, but seriously how hard is it to show up
at a decent time in the morning, listen, pay attention, write notes so you can pass NMSBA and get a diploma to get a higher
paying salary job,” says Steven Olivas. Katie says, “No, because if they don’t pass the NSMBA, but they fulfill all the re-
quired classes, they still deserve a certificate of completion. My opinion is to do away with it because you came all this way
and if you do not pass one test that determines wether you graduate or not isn’t right.”
American Legion Essay Winners Announced
Story Courtesy of hobbsscholls.net
Of the 195 essays submitted for judging, 20 winners were selected in the American Legion Auxiliary's Americanism
Writing on the subject of "How Can I Show My Patriotism in My Community," winners from individual classes were
selected along with overall winners in three categories.
Shelly Driskill, a Stone third grader, was the overall winner in Level I competition; College Lane sixth-grader Chloe
Cecil was the Level II winner and Morgan Lynskey, a Highland eighth-grader, was the overall winner in Level III.
Class winners, who read their essays during a Thursday night awards ceremony at the American Legion, were recog-
nized with a prize and certificate. In addition, Driskill and Cecil won $25 each while Lynskey won $50. The studentsâ€™
essays will be submitted to the state Americanism Essay Contest where they have the opportunity to advance to regional and
By Sarena Morales
Identity theft is defined as using another persons personal or financial information in order to commit a variety of frauds like credit or debit fraud, identity
theft has been a major problem for decades. One in every ten U.S. consumers has already been victimized by identity theft. 1.6 million households experienced
fraud not related to credit cards. 38%-48% discovered that someone has stolen their identity within three months, while 9%-18% of victims don’t learn that their
identity has been stolen for four or more years.
Identity theft prosecution is very rare, most criminals are never identified. After months of not realizing you have been a victim, reporting the crime is
sparingly pointless, it’s always best to pinpoint precisely when identities are being compromised, then the thief is more likely to face criminal prosecution. Many
thieves will not use the information themselves, they sell it so the crime cannot be traced back to them easily, and this makes identity theft criminal prosecution
The amount of money lost in the year of 2006 was almost $57 billion, and money lost per person was about $6,400. Here are some ways to prevent iden-
tity theft, before revealing any personal identifying information find out how it will be used and if it will be shared. Always pay attention to your billing cycles,
guard your mail, use passwords on your credit card, bank, and phone accounts. Do not give out personal information on the phone, and buy a shredder and use
it for any personal information you are throwing away.
If you are ever a victim of identity theft follow these steps:
1.) Place a fraud alert on your credit reports and review reports.
2.) Close the accounts that you know or believe, have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.
3.) File a report with your local police or the police in the community where the identity theft took place.
4.) File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
Finally, take control, stay alert, and get your credit report. To secure your identity, you must have a comprehensive plan and a paranoid mindset when it
comes to your personal information. When people start reporting more frequently these criminals will stand a better chance of being brought to justice.
Debilitating Senioritis Sweeps Campus
By Nicholle Carter
With the approach of the spring season, you may start to see the seniors on campus exhibit strange new behaviors and attitudes: The urge to lounge about
for hours at the slightest hint of sunlight, a newfound and intense fear of anything requiring work, an affinity for Asher Roth songs, and finally, an obsession
with college life. Senioritis, according to the Urban dictionary, is a crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. It’s a phenomenon that happens when
seniors look at the finish line of their high school life and say to themselves, “I’m done” actually before they complete all the work required to graduate. This
will cripple a student who has a college acceptance to lose or who engages in risk-talking behavior that they normally would not do.
Some Signs and Symptoms of Senioritis are:
- Poor grades.
- Incomplete assignments.
- Cuts Classes.
- Increased absences in school.
- Using alcohol.
- Does not make it home for curfew.
- Poor Hygiene.
- Apathy forward their future.
- Overly social, wants to spend all their time with peers.
Use these signs and symptoms to help protect your friends and peers from catching a debilitating form of senioritis. While you may think that senioritis
is just a stage your teen is going through much like the ones you went through or that everyone goes through, be warned that the consequences of senioritis can
last a long time and be devastating for a teen and their family.
Soaring Above The Clouds
We have decided to foucus on students who surpass the norm in being Eagles.
Brian is a sophomore in Mr. Carter’s English II class: Brian is an outstanding student who has maintained a 3.8 GPA in
Some of Brian’s Hobbies are dancing, Working-out and playing with his Xbox. One of his favorite pass times is cruis-
ing. Some of Brian’s achievements are being part of the Upward bound program, maintaining an "A" average in both English
and Math. Also being a part of the NM youth Alliance. After graduating from high school Brian wants to attend the Air Force
Academy and receive a commission as a Second Lieutenant upon graduation. The dream that Brian has is to become a fighter For more students who
fly high see page 4.
pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Brian is an honest, trustworthy and very dependable; these are just a few qualities that set him apart
from most students. Pg. 2
With so many new staff members here at HHS, we thought it would be nice to get to know a little
more about some of them.
Mr. Felicett 6.How long do you plan to continue your teaching career? Or how many years
have you taught?
1.Where did you come from? (previous district or new to the proffession) I have taught for 15 years.
Aztec High school.
7.What is your favorite book and why?
2.Why did you choose hobbs high school? (HMS) “The story of America” the first big book I have read as a kid and a gift from
Move closer to family and have wanted to work here. my grand parents.
3.Why did you become a teacher/coach? 8.What do you like to do in your spare time?
Opportunity to work with young people. Spend time with my family.
4.Where did you attend college? 9.Who inspires you the most to become a teacher?
W.N.M.V Joe bryant and Phil Schmitt.
5.What subjects do you teach? 10.If you could be any candy what would it be and why?
I have taught world history, U.S history, P.E., & strength and conditioning. “peanut M&m's, They Just cool.”
School A-F Grading System Flawed
Superintendent Weighs in on A-F Grading System
Note:The 2010-11 New Mexico Public Education Department rates Hobbs Schools in the following manner:
Broadmoor, B; Stone, Highland and Edison, C; HHS, Houston, Hobbs Freshman High, Will Rogers, College Lane, Coronado and Sanger, D; BTW, Mills,
Taylor and Jefferson, F.
The Public Education Department recently made available a report card that grade the state’s 89 school districts and individual schools on an A through
F scale. Included are low grades for most of the 16 Hobbs campuses. While I want to congratulate Broadmoor for a B rating, overall, I am disappointed with
the results. I firmly believe that the grades in no way depict the learning that takes place on a day-to-day basis in our local classrooms. I will never be convinced
that a school can be rated based on snapshot results of a onetime test that many curriculum experts claim is invalid. The current grading system is a piece of the
pie, but not the whole pie. I don’t believe a standardized test should drive our curriculum or our teaching techniques.
And neither does President Barack Obama. "Teachers matter. So instead of bashing them, or defending the status quo, let’s offer schools a deal," Presi-
dent Obama said in his recent State of the Union address. "Give them the resources to keep good teachers on the job, and reward the best ones. In return, grant
schools flexibility: To teach with creativity and passion; to stop teaching to the test."
Closer to home, N.M. House Education Committee Rick Miera also opposes the emphasis on tests to evaluate schools. I do not believe in high-stakes
testing at any grade, Miera said during the current Legislature session in reference to the No-Social promotion bill.
The A-F school rating system provides a baseline a starting point of data from which we need to show improvement in coming years. It is imperative that
student learning increases. Although Hobbs Municipal Schools has no control over the abilities with which a student enters school, our mission is to advance
that child academically.
HMS is currently taking major steps to ensure that student advancement occurs. Another new mandatory system for doing so - Common Core State
Standards(CCSS) - will replace the existing curriculum in our school district and across the nation within the next few years. CCSS has been adopted by 48
states, including New Mexico, as the benchmark for academic success.
Through a joint effort with the J.F Maddox Foundation and the Dana Center from Austin, HMS will undergo a five-year phase in of CCSS in all of our
schools. During that time, our current curriculum will be aligned with CCSS and staff will be trained in how to adjust lesson plans and instruction. CCSS em-
phasizes fewer concepts than our current content, but requires deeper student understanding.
In the meantime, HMS will continue short-term testing in order to target students who are not proficient in core academic areas. By analyzing test results,
we can adjust instruction to specific student needs. It is the intent of Hobbs Municipal Schools to provide a well-rounded education for every child.
In addition to classroom instruction, we consider athletics, theater, band, choir, FFA, Skills USA, consumer sciences and dozens of other classes to
be just as vital to student achievement. I believe that every child who wants a great education at Hobbs Municipal Schools gets one. In some cases, however,
our task is to convince every child to want that great education. This is a job that cannot fall on the shoulders of teachers alone. Community and parents are
required to make the necessary commitments we all expect. Together we will make a positive academic difference in every child’s life. We are Hobbs Eagles
and we will improve.
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Adrian Trevino is a 3.0 average student who dedicates himself to playing varsity basketball.
He plays video games like any other guy and he loves to hang out with his friends. Adrian is an A-B honor role student and tries
his hardest to keep his grades up so he can be athletically eligible to play basketball. He is one of few sophomores that made the
Varsity Basketball team and he enjoys every minute of playing the sport. Extracurricular activities include soccer, basketball,
and track. In the future Adrian hopes to go college and graduate to make something of himself and push his self to be all that he
can be and do extraordinary things in life. His dream is to become a professional basketball player and make big money. Adrian
is a funny guy that likes to have fin and make people smile when they don't look to happy or excited.
Katie Creager is a 4.0 average student who, besides focusing on school full time, enjoys being with animals. She also
likes to do “Rodeo Queen things” and barrel race, she judges in FFA which, for her, this is a hobby. She has completed People
to People World Leaderships Forum. She has being president of 4-H club for 2 years, parliamentarian in FFA, and has being
Miss Rodeo NM princess, on the Lea County Fair. And not only all this, she has also being awarded the FFA Green hand award.
Katie plans to graduate with honors and go to NMSU on a scholarship for agricultural business, and after this, she plans to be a
graduate from a Law school. This sounds like a piece of cake for her, since she also wants to run for president one day. Perhaps
this can be possible, since she has always being a 4.0 student and have enormous dreams for the future. Katie is a student who
definitely soars above the clouds, and she is being recognized in the Hobbs High School newspaper, as a great achiever and
outstanding student with definite goals for herself.
The Decline and Fall of American Education.
AP Wire Service
Do we Care?
In the past 50 years, college graduation rates in the U.S. have declined by nearly 20%, according to Education at a Glance. Math and science test scores
also have dropped in the past 10 years. We are losing our edge and our global dominance of the world leaders in education.
Perhaps this is just math and science; something Americans schools have never been very good at; yet on performance limited to those less challenging
subjects American students are barely reaching the international literacy average set by the advance democracies, according to a report issued by the Educational
Testing Service after looking at the International Adult Literacy Survey. Unlike the math and science surveys the ALS was given to a cross section of people
between the ages of 16 –to –Sixty-five. Despite the high expenditures on education in the United States and the large numbers of students enrolled in college
and universities the United States ranked 12th on the test against the world. (test over reading and writing)
The U.S. is living in the past. Among the oldest group in this study 56 to 65, the U.S. reading skill rose to 2nd place and this is for individuals that com-
pleted school during the late 1950’s.
As years go by the U.S. slips down another notch on the list. Americans educated in the sixties captured a Bronze Medal in literacy, those schooled in
the seventies received 5th place in the total literacy race. But those in the eighties ranked only 16th . What is happening to our educational system? Have we
sacrificed quality for equity? The Europeans and Asians alike have rapidly expanded their educational systems over the last fifty years. In the U.S. decline and
stagnation is very apparent at least since the seventies. Even the high school graduation rates are lower today than they were a decade ago. At some point we
better wake-up before it’s too late. Everyone wants to blame the school system for this problem but it’s roots are deep in the decline of the family unit. The
family has failed to establish the bonds needed to reinforce the positive examples required for the children to do well in school as in life. If the parents are not
instilling the virtues of a well-rounded education and the belief that an education will help them be successful; then we have a problem that is spiraling out of
control. Education at a glance hopes that we get things under control very soon.
Playoff Bound LADY EAGLES ADVANCE
By Nicholle Carter and Brandon Anderson TO PLAYOFFS
Hobbs High Basketball has had a great season. With only 7 losses
they made it to the state playoffs. The team is made up of thirteen amazing By Alicia Sledge and Katelynn Cummings
players. Although there have been some changes this year the boys have The Hobbs Lady Eagles basketball team has advanced to the district play-
adjusted very well. With five games left Hobbs are almost state champions offs. Despite playing from behind in most games this season. The Lady Eagles play
again. Coach Smith said “the best game is always the last game we have an outstanding game to beat Clovis at home 44-40 on February 3. Again the Lady
won.” Eagles started slow but picked up momentum in the second quarter, Mackenzie
He also said that the worst this season was Hobbs v. Faith Academy Latimer sparked the Lady Eagles with several key three pointers to help the Lady
in Las Cruces. We were blasted losing by almost 30 points. If Coach Smith Eagles take control of the contest. The Lady Eagles ended the game strong with a
could play one game over he would choose this one. Despite this one loss 40-20 victory over Carlsbad. Thursday night February 23 the Lady Eagles handed
we are all still very proud of the guys. He has faith that we can take the Carlsbad it’s second defeat behind the strong play of Halle Woods; Halle was the
championship once again. Coach smith knows that he will be able to con- leading scorer and rebounder in that contest.
tinue the Hobbs High traditions with the upcoming classes. This win over Carlsbad 44-26 advanced the team to the District playoff
Even if the team doesn’t take state we will still be proud of them for game at Clovis on Saturday February 25. The staff of The Eagle’s Cry and the stu-
even making it to the playoffs. They have played wonderfully. State play dent body would like to wish the Lady Eagles the best of luck and we hope to see a
starts March 3, right here in Hobbs. state title this season.
We decided to interview some of the swim team members and heres what they had to say!
Haley N. Ankerholz. Hakim Johnson
Q: Why did you join the swimming team? Q: Why did you join the swimming team?
A: I enjoy swimming and have been doing it since I was eleven years old. A: Because I enjoy being apart of something bigger then just me, I loved the chal-
lenge that swimming demands everyday to improve and i’ve always been good at
Q: What have you accomplished? swimming, so for my senior year I decided to go hard or go home.
A: Four state cuts - 1 Individual and 3 Relays
Q: What have you accomplished?
Q: Has the swim team made you a better person? A: Proving to myself and every negative thought that I can do it, by it I mean any-
A: Yes, it has. I’ve learned a lot of life lessons from it: thing.
Working as a team, being a leader, and time management.
Q: Has the swim team made you a better person?
Q: What does a routine consist of? A: Yes, it showed me how to strive for one goal, with my team.
A: Eat, sleep, swim.
Q: Does swimming right after you eat really give you cramps?
Q: What is competition like? A: Ha, yes it does especially after pizza.
A: Intense adrenaline rush.
Q: What does a routine consists of?
Q: What gives you energy before competition? A: Discipline.
A: Energy drinks: Monavie, Crystal Light Powder, Gatorade, 5 Hour
energy drinks. Q: What is competition like?
A: Amazing because after all that practice you can finally you can finally see what
Q: What motivates you before competition? you can do.
A: Knowing who your competitors are and what their time is.
Listening to music before a race. Q: What gives you energy before competition?
A: Excitement, and nervousness.
Q: Are you planning to do this after school?
A: Maybe. It depends on whether or not I get a good scholarship. Q: What motivates you before competition?
A: Lets see what I can do this time.
Q: Are you planning to do this after getting out of school?
A: Yes, I do hopefully.
EAGLE WRESTLERS TAKE 12TH AT STATE;
BEST FINISH IN HOBBS PROGRAM HISTO-
By Alicia Sledge
Zac Rachal place first in his weight classification at state; he has become a better wrestler
by maintaining conditioning and getting really good at the basic moves and using them when they
are applicable. Coach Thomas says; “the high point of this season was keeping guys in the program
and showing them that they were getting better, even though they did not win a lot of matches this
Zac Rachal and Lorenzo Leos were excellent senior leaders; these guys lead the team by ex-
ample, “they not only talked the talk they walked the walk.” The future of wrestling at Hobbs High
will depend on the ability of the younger wrestling and if they continue to come out, work hard and
work at getting better at technique and match tactics. The program is still young, many schools have
had wrestling for over forty years and it has been here at HHS for only ten years. We are currently
working on building a tradition at HHS; we have had 14 wrestlers place at state in the last 10 years
with Zac taking 1st this year and 2nd and 4th in previous years. Lorenzo Leos took 3rd last year
and 4th this season. The season was very tough with a total of 138 weight classes. “Coach Rotunno
believe that keeping the current group that came out this season will pay big dividends in 2 years and
beyond in helping build a strong program.”
Playing in their last games
as seniors over the weekend, Austin
Montoya and Lizzy Ramirez helped
propel their teams to victory and the
next round of the state basketball
The Lady Eagles beat Onate
and the Eagles eeked out a victory
over LaCueva during the regional
tournament played at Tasker Arena.
As a result, both the boys and girls
teams advance to state competition
in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.
Courtesy of Hobbsschools.net
We here at the Eagle’s Cry would like
to congratulate the Hobbs Freshman
Black for winning the 9th grade boys
border confrence championship. Pic-
tured here are Coach Fields, Patrick
Sanders, Sam Spencer, Robert Oros-
co, Josh Ruiz, Zachary Munoz, Dal-
ton Piweuitzky, Alec Smith, Jeffery
Poe, Trey Nelson, Andre Foster and
“The Devil Inside”
In 1989, emergency responders received a 9-1-1 call from Maria Rossi confessing that she had brutally killed three people. 20 years later, her daughter
Isabella seeks to understand the truth about what happened that night. She travels to the Centrino Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Italy where her mother
has been locked away to determine if her mother is mentally ill or demonically possessed. When she recruits two young exorcists to cure her mom using un-
conventional methods combining both science and religion, they come face-to-face with pure evil in the form of four powerful demons possessing Maria. Many
have been possessed by one; only one has been possessed by many.
Eagle Eye Rating: 8 Stars on a scale of 10. (Must See!!!)
Directed By: William Brent Bell
Stars: Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Suzan Crowley and Evan Helmuth
MPAA Rating: R
In Theaters: Now
Run Time: 1 hr. 23 mins.
Audience Rating: 4 Stars out of 10.
“Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked”
Playing around while aboard a cruise ship, the Chipmunks and Chipettes accidentally go overboard and end up marooned in a tropical paradise. They discover
their new turf is not as deserted as it seems.
Eagle Eye Rating: 10 Stars out of 10. (MUST SEE!!!!)
Directed: Mike Mitchell
Cast: Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney
MPAA Rating: G
In Theaters: Now!!
Run Time: 1 hr and 27 mins.
Audience Rating: 4 Stars of 10!
-having no school on Valentine's Day -no juniors signed up to dance at the pep assembly
-"Dancing with the Stars" pep assembly -the Thursday schedule
-revamping the school parking lot -no food or drinks at all in class
-prom is on it's way! -not having the schedule changes we want for our own personal
-fixing the daily NMSBA questions
-not being able to go off campus for lunch
-the janitors keeping the school tidy
-students still not having their act together in class
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Hobbs High School Home of The Eagles
In honor of February and Black History Month, her are Whether or not you reach goals in life
some interesting facts of African American firsts in politics.
depends entirely on how well you prepare for
• John Mercer Langston was elected town clerk of Brownhelm Township, Ohio
in 1855, making him the first local elected official.
them and how badly you want them. You’re
• Hiram Revels was elected Senator for Mississippi in 1870 during Reconstruction. eagles! Stretch your wings and fly to the sky.
• William Henry Hastie became the first federal judge in 1946, followed by Constance
• Ralph J. Bunche received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950 after mediating the Arab-
Israeli truce. Martin Luther King, Jr. followed in his footsteps becoming the second
recipient of the prize in 1964. Chief Editor- Robert Hooper
• Baker Motley, the first African American female judge in 1966. News Editor- Gabby Cadena
• Thurgood Marshall is elected U.S. Supreme Court Justice in in 1967.
• Andrew Young is elected U.S. Representative to the UN in 1977.
Sports Editor- Nick Flemens
• L. Douglas Wilder was elected governor of Virginia in 1990. Feature Editor- Rochelle Mercer
• Clarence Thomas became the second African American to serve on the Court in Lead Reporter- Briana Lewis
• Sgt. William H. Carney was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1900 for
Reporters- Brandon Anderson, Keithan Billington,
bravery during the Civil War. Autum Bustamante, Nicholle Carter, Karla Cer-
• Gen. Colin Powell was elected U.S. Secretary of State in 2001 vantes, Nikki Collier, Katelynn Cummings, Timmy
• Condoleezza Rice, first African American female Secretary of State, was elected in
Greenough, Cheryl Kendrick, Briana Lewis, Crys-
• Sen. Barack Obama defeated Sen. John McCain in the general election on November tian Massengill, Kyle Muncy, Jolie Rice, Mariah
4, 2008, and was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States on January 20, Rivas, Alicia Sledge
2009, making him the first African American president.
Advisor- Frederic Carter