Westerner World (Lubbock, Tex.), Vol. 65, No. 7, Ed. 1 Monday, April 10, 1995 Page: 4 of 6
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APRIL 10, 1995
NJROTC travels to San Diego for Spring Break
During Spring Break Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
(NJROTC), took thirty cadets and four teachers to San Diego with the help of
the Navy, school, and fund-raisers.
The two female chaperones that accompanied NJROTC were Suzanne
Copeland and Kim Schminkey. Master Chief Calvin Lambert and Commander
Michael Cochrane also helped kept everyone in line.
The cadet’s were constantly busy during the week with numerous activities
and trips. Each day began with reveille at 5:00 to 5:30 a.m. and usually ended
around 10:00 p.m.
The trip consisted of the full Naval experience from flying on an U.S. Navy
DC-9 to exploring the destroyer U.S.S. John Paul Jones. The students stayed
at the Anti-Submarine Warfare Base and slept in the barracks like any Naval
First the cadets visited the Naval Special Warfare Training Center in
The NJROTC group poses in front of one of the 25 obstacles,"The Ropes,” at the Naval
Special Warfare Center on the beach in Coronado, California. Photo by Sally Birkenfeld.
Coronado. At this base, they were able to see part of the obstacle course and
training equipment used by the Navy Seals. Junior, Julio Viramontez took on
the challenge of doing pull-ups “Seal” style and achieved more than the
admission standard of eight by completing ten.
The cadets also visited the Helicopter Squadron at Naval Air Station in
North Island. Students were allowed to don flight equipment and inspect a
helicopter. Later the students went out to sea earning their sea service ribbon.
The cadets separated into two groups of fifteen and went out on two Landing
Craft Units (LCU).
The students were also able to enjoy San Diego for its beauty with a
narrarated bus tour, a visit to the zoo and Aerospace Museum, and by shopping
in a five story seven block mall.
For most students the trip seemed to end too quickly because they had so
much fun. Commander Cochrane said he hopes to take a similar trip next year.
Barbara McGee, junior, Lorena Mermea, junior, and Sonya Salas, sophomore enjoy the
boat ride by sitting on the loading and unloading ramp of the Landing Craft Unit (LCU).
Photo by Sally Birkenfeld.
Julio Viramontez,junior, tests his strength at the Naval Seal training station. Viramontez
easily passed the minimum admission standard of eight pull-ups. Photo by Sally
Angelica Najera, junior, Michelle Trevino, senior, Scott Takacs, sophomore, Kim
Schminkey, Enrique Gonzalez, junior, and Oscar Armanderez, sophomore, search for
surfers along the coast. Photo by Sally Birkenfeld.
The cadets went
out to sea on a
Landing Craft Unit
(LCU). Luckily no
one got sick of fell
over board and they
all received their
sea service ribbons
by Sally Birkenfeld.
Students participate in
community production of
“Much Ado About Nothing”
Recently Lubbock Community Theater in cooperation
with the South Plains Shakespeare Company performed
William Shakespeare's comedy “Much Ado about Noth-
ing.” The production was an involvement of college
students, members of the Lubbock community and six
Lubbock High students.
All the students that participated in the show are
involved with our theater and or musical programs.
Albert Avila a senior, took on the role of Balthazar, a
singer and also held the position of music director.
Sophomore, Hayden Hooper played the character of the
Sexton, who discovers the vicious plot of Don John that
resulted in the supposed death of Hero. Hooper has
worked with the South Plains Shakespeare Company in
the past. Jill Peterson and Celia Sanchez, juniors played
gentlewomen in the show. There was one night when
Sanchez was replaced with senior, Melissa Hancock.
David Forrest and Autry Freeman, juniors took the roles
of gentlemen. Forrest, Avila, Peterson, andFreeman opened
up the show with song.
Forrest and Peterson were rehearsing for two plays at
once for at least two weeks. Both students are in the One
Act Play “The Man Who Never Died.” David Forrest
commented, “It was exciting working with professional
actors. It was nice to be able to represent Lubbock High.”
All the participating students were also in the all school
production of “Godspell.”
The production was a combined effort of the commu-
nity. The sets for the comedy were borrowed from Lub-
bock Christian University. The main role of Benedict and
role production director were one in the same, Rich
The show ran for two weekends and sold out most
nights it was schedule to be shown. In fact the cast
scheduled an extra performance for the community one
Student council continues
efforts to recycle paper waste
Many people view the world as huge and definitely too
big to make a difference, but not the recycling committee.
They are bound and determined to make their mark on the
The recycling commitee meets every Thursday after
school to collect all sorts of paper, and they stay until
around 5:30 p.m. All of the paper is collected and sorted
and then loaded into trucks, and the volunteers drive the
paper to the recycling center, Vista Fibers.
“Recycling is an essential part of conserving our
natural resources and cannot be put off,” Joy Johnson,
senior and chairperson of the recycling commitee, said.
Johnson is not alone in her recycling efforts. Seniors,
Neela Gada, Shaili Khandheria and Trevor Sthultz and
many others help collect and sort. The Spanish Club also
assists in gathering the paper. The committee was formed
on a volunteer basis. They only reward the committee
receives is extra senior council points.
“The work is fairly equally divided,” Johnson said,
“with a member being responsible for each hall on the first
and second floors. The Spanish Club is responsible for the
third floor and I check to make sure it is all picked up.”
Johnson moved to Lubbock last year from San Antonio
and was appalled when she found no recycling committee
in action. So as a member of senior senate she decided to
begin a recycling committee.
“After moving to Lubbock last year, I was quite sur-
prised that there was not an active recycling program in
place. I am told that it had been attempted a few years
back, but did not have the student motivation to keep the
program going,” Johnson said.
After Johnson graduates next year the Student Council
will have to decide if they will continue the program and
if so, then who will takeover the commitee. The recycling
program has already made a difference but next year it is
up to the students remaining to keep the program going.
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