Senator Square: Honor Orchestra rehearses and performs with Jose Flores


By Dr. Brian Fox

(Editor’s note: Fox is a conductor at Carson High School)The Northern Zone Nevada Music Educators Association Honor Band, Grades 6-9, gathered at the Carson City Community Center for two days of intense rehearsals with guest conductor Jose Flores, followed by a performance on Saturday morning. Jose Flores has been teaching in the Washoe County School District for over 14 years, and in 2002 he started the only public school mariachi program in Northern Nevada. Carson City School District students Troy Bruhn, Mason Cherpeski, Jordyn Deusenberry, Victoria King, Izabell McCullen, Marisa Mendoza-Romero and Pablo Salgado Gutierrez participated along with other Fernley students. The band rehearsed five pieces of music, including a traditional French dance, a cover of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” using tension chords, and Enrico Toselli’s Italian post-romanticism. The students were inspired by Mr. Flores’ humor and kindness. The students, in turn, inspired Mr. Flores with their enthusiasm and endurance. Mr. Flores estimates that he has taught approximately 6,000 students in his career to date. With extensive experience, he always brings fresh ideas and energy to the podium. Flores has been a guest conductor of various honor bands and is a judge at solo and ensemble festivals in Northern Nevada; he also gives private saxophone lessons to students in the region. Principals Brian Fox of the Carson City School District Orchestras and Lisa Causey of Silverland Middle School in Fernley were impressed with Mr. Flores’ teaching, and they are now returning to the classroom with renewed strategies for the curriculum and the practice. The students enjoyed a movie at Galaxy Theaters Fandango on January 7 and returned to the stage the next morning to culminate their experience with a memorable performance.

SDCC students Bruhn, Cherpeski, Deusenberry, King, McCullen, Mendoza-Romero and Salgado Gutierrez perform with Jose Flores


January 11 offered a moving, inviting and inspiring event as CHS teachers and staff Jessica Calderon, Daylan Rhea and Justin Barlow joined Music Director Mr. Jacques and the CHS Pep Band. SCH during the night’s basketball games, playing their own instruments with the students of the band. Although not every CHS team won, their uplifting music motivated the college boys to win against McQueen High School.

CHS math teacher Jessica Rhea and other teachers and staff join CHS Prep Band teacher Nick Jacques at the Jan. 11 basketball game at Carson High


The Carson High Cheerleaders are hosting a Jr. Cheer Camp Jan. 21 from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the high school for girls and boys in kindergarten through 8th grade.and, which includes learning dance and merrymaking, as well as leadership skills. The registration fee includes cheering, dancing, and stunt lessons, as well as a cheering bow to wear at Mr. Carson High School. Registration forms are available at [email protected] and can be mailed to CHS, 1111 North Saliman Road, Carson City, NV 89702 or dropped off at CHS, or register on the day of camp at CHS. The cost of the camp is $35, but there is no charge for children with special needs. All proceeds go directly to the Cheer program. Please call or email Coach Sheila Story at 283-1675 or [email protected] for more information.


Senior announcements are due February 28 or earlier if space is exhausted. It is a first come, first served situation. Go to, search for Carson High School, make sure it says Carson City, Nevada, click Shop, then click Senior Ads. From there, choose from the available sizes and prices, and design the online ad. Directories are also purchased online. Prices increase on March 1.

~ Contributed by Yearbook and Digital Media Adviser Cynthia Mills.


CHS student Aiden Grime with his school art and writing competition

In the December 4 issue of Senator Square, the works of Brandon Thompson and Elena Brugger, two students of CHS Graphic Design and SkillsUSA in the courses of consultant Patricia Ababio, were shared, then in the January 8 issue, the works CHS students Emma Lobsien with her application for the school art and writing competition “Bruno is Orange” and Yanizia Herrara with “Charro” were featured. In this issue, the works of Charlotte Albin with “Unnamed”, Aiden Grime with “Step into the Ring” and Noah Sa with “Joyful Maiden” are shared.

Charlotte Albin, CHS student, with her art and writing school competition

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students of exceptional artistic and literary talent and to showcase their outstanding work in the world. The awards provide students with opportunities for recognition, exposure, publication, and scholarship. In 2021, students across America entered nearly 230,000 original works in 28 different art and writing categories. The artistic prizes exposure is February 5-25, 2022. Gold Key Art will be exhibited at the Sheppard Contemporary Gallery at the University of Nevada, Reno, located in the Church Fine Arts building. American Visions Nominated Art will be exhibited at the Nevada Museum of Art, and the Awards will take place on February 10, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

CHS student Noah Sa with his school art and writing competition


Before you know it, graduation will be here. It’s time to plan and discuss SafeGrad Night, fundraising needs, and vacancies this year and next. Please join the meetings in person at the Carson City ReMax office, 2n/a floor, or via zoom (please call for zoom link). Contact Safe Grad President Kyra Hinton at 434-760-0635 and visit Carson High Safe Grad Booster sites [email protected] or to volunteer. This year’s volunteer coordinator is former CHS teacher Wendy Tims 775-741-3918.


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French teacher Madame Sharon Miller will accompany a group of students to France and Switzerland in June 2023. It will be an 11-day trip, and it includes airfare, hotels, two meals a day, and a tour guide. full time in Paris. , the castles of the Loire, Mont-St-Michel, the Normandy landing beaches and Switzerland. For more information and details, visit or contact Ms. Miller at [email protected]

CHS students Jaylen Chapman and Aurelia Bailey announce a new year in high school


On January 18, CHS Girls and Boys Junior Varsity Basketball will face Bishop Manogue Catholic High School at CHS at 3:30 p.m., Freshman Girls at 5 p.m., Varsity Girls at 5:15 p.m. freshman at 6:15 p.m. and varsity boys at 7 a.m. :00. On January 19, Military Recruiters will visit CHS in front of the Library, Covid Athlete Testing will take place from 1-4:30 p.m. on the Mezzanine, All State Choir Auditions will take place from 2:30-6:40 p.m. in the Choir and Theater Hall, and a multi-school varsity and junior varsity wrestling tournament will be held at Galena High School at 4 p.m. Finally, on January 20, the freshman girls at 5 p.m. and the freshman boys at 6:15 p.m. will face Spanish Springs High School Basketball in Spanish Springs.


The Mensa Foundation Scholarship Program awards more than $175,000 in aid each year to students around the world. Scholarships are awarded solely on the basis of 550-word essays expressing applicants’ academic and professional goals and how their personal experiences will help them achieve those goals. There are two requirements for applicants: Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program at an accredited U.S. institution of higher education within one academic year of the date of application. Applicants must submit an application and an essay explaining their career, academic and/or professional goals.

Applicants have until January 15 to write an essay of no more than 550 words explaining their career, academic, and/or professional goals and how they plan to achieve those goals. For more information, read our scholarship FAQ:


Congratulations to CHS Sophomore, Tori Stauffer for being named Student of the Week. According to Angela Maw, her CHS Full Body Conditioning, Cardio Dance, and Freshman Seminar and Health teacher, “Tori saw a student from another PE class who was clearly upset, and Tori asked her if she could help her. a hug ; she also sat and chatted with the student, helping her to feel accepted and mattered. Maw added, “Tori’s kindness was so appreciated.” Carson City School District employees nominate the CHS Student of the Week, and teachers often make the nomination, although anyone in the district can do so by emailing [email protected] Congratulations to Toriana Stauffer for being named CHS Student of the Week.

The CHS Student of the Week is Toriana Stauffer, a sophomore

Phil Brady is an English teacher at CHS.


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