Archive for the ‘ Extras ’ Category

Senior Send-Off: Congratulations!

Below is a list of this year’s seniors. Denobis would like to congratulate the senior class and thank them for their various contributions to Tri-City. Tomorrow’s graduation ceremony at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center is open to the public and begins promptly at 5:30 pm.

Continue reading


Senior Send-Off: Advice from Mr. Marman

Dear Short Timers (that would be you, seniors),
All year long, maybe even for the last four years, everyone around you has been saying how fast this time would go. Of course, they were all wrong. It’s gone excruciatingly slow. Sloths move faster. Glaciers move faster. Now admit it, you cannot believe that your senior year is racing toward the finish line. The year has been a blur. Memories pass through your mind and you think “Was that this year? No way. Can’t be.” The year has been filled with fear, excitement, anticipation, a little boredom, maybe some heart ache, maybe (no, absolutely) some drama, sadness, euphoria, stress, lots of stress,
a veritable overflowing cornucopia of stress, apprehension, and the overwhelming sense of ‘the future.’
Aahhh, ‘The Future.’ Always capitalized. Always spoken about in serious tones, full of reverence. Always something that existed out there in the ether. It certainly wasn’t something tangible. You couldn’t touch it, although many said you could. You’ve been listening to people your whole life telling you all kinds of things, full of sage wisdom, instilling in you the way to navigate ‘The Future.’ Make no mistake, these are well-meaning people; they care about you deeply. Indeed, much of what they’ve told is you is the truth. Listen to them, digest what they say, file it away in some inner recess of your brain. When the time comes, you may well be grateful for the advice given many years ago.
The thing is though, it’s your Future. It’s coming at you fast and you’re gonna have to deal with it on your terms. It’s wonderful and a little frightening at the same time. Plan the heck out of it and do everything you can to stick to the plan. The reality though is that it’s not going to go according to plan much of the time. That’s okay, you’ll adapt. You’ll re-tool; make a new plan. Moving ahead doesn’t always go in a straight line. Many times the best experiences in life are the ones that come at us obliquely, hitting us without warning. You’ll meet people that will forever change your life but rarely are they planned encounters. Typically, they involve chance meetings, brought on through coincidence and the vagaries of fate. New best friends, new partners, even new spouses enter our lives through seemingly random events. All the planning is good, but I suggest that these random events are often times where the richest parts of our lives begin, are nurtured, and lived. The deepest relationships are born during these ‘chance meetings.’
Memories of TCP will be with you forever. Mostly good, some not. Many will make you smile and openly laugh while sitting around all by your lonesome. Your classmates, friends and teachers have made an imprint on you and they help make you who you are. You, in turn, have affected those around in ways you’ll never know. Speaking for your teachers and everyone at Tri-City Prep, realize that we are always behind you. We’ve got your back. We are as excited for what your future holds as you are. We know that your passions and desires are in your strong and capable hands. You’ve got this.
After rambling on (remember, I am a math teacher) let me #gettothepoint. Don’t be afraid of the unknown. Embrace it, search it out, meet it head on and wrestle with it. Be cautious when it is necessary but remember, we only really make big change when we get out of our comfort zone and take a chance. A little fear can be a good thing. Sure, you will stumble sometimes, but in the end, we learn more from our mis-steps than we do from easy successes.
Graduates of the Class of 2017, I salute you and applaud you on a job well
done. Now go out and own it.
Ed Marman

Senior Send-Off: Advice from Ms. Kauffman

Dear Seniors,
Well, you made it, didn’t you? You’ve arrived at that point in the semester where there are only a few weeks to go, your Dual Enrollment classes are already over, you’re wrapping up the few assignments you have left, and then you’re done. “I can’t wait to get out of here,” you say at the T.A. Desk. “I can’t wait for college because I don’t have to do as much,” you say idly when you should be in study hall. “I’m going to be free,” you say between passing periods. You count down the days, think to yourself or say to your teacher, even, “I only have be in this room eleven more times.” (I mean, none of you have said something like that
to your teacher.) So what can I tell you that no one hasn’t already said to you? What can I tell the 2017 Senior Class of Tri-City College Prep High School that no one else has said before? Here’s the truth of it: nothing.
My friends, you have reached the point in your school career where you have heard enough advice to last you a lifetime. When an interviewer asked Flannery O’Connor where she got all of the ideas for her numerous and voluminous stories, she said that if you have lived past the age of twelve, you have enough stories to fuel a lifetime of writing. Now, not all of you are going to be writers, but O’Connor had the sage retrospect to look back on her life and to be able to recognize that even as a child not paying attention to the world around her, her life was rife with other people’s stories. Her family members had lifetimes before her rich with experiences, disappointments, encouragements, and observations. Her teachers surrounded her with experience, advice, told her what pitfalls to watch out for, which actions in behavior would be unacceptable to a world in front of her, told her which thoughts would take her far, pushed her, encouraged her.
It’s up to you, now, to listen to the advice of your family members and teachers, those of us who have trained you and prepared you, who have told you of regrets and best memories alike, who have recommended and guided, and now you step out on your own. With these stories and narratives of others pushing you forward, it’s time for you to write your own story.
We know you’re not going to listen to all of our advice: you’re going to jump into that harsh world on your own, navigate in it independently, find things out for yourself. Don’t be surprised when it’s different than you thought it would be.
You might fail a college class, or take a job that isn’t what you expected. You might change your major, or go down a path that leads to a completely different career than you planned. It’s okay to make
mistakes, and indeed the best stories are full of them –but the best stories are full of brave chances, too.
When people ask me why I like to teach English, I tell them that English is a Humanities class, and the Humanities study what it means to be human. Everyone has a story to tell that is different
than someone else’s story. You have different backgrounds, different ambitions, different observations, and you’ll make choices different from everyone else. There is no one who can write your
story for you. So take chances. Dream big. Make mistakes. Make observations. Experience things. Give as much as you can to other people. Contribute something to the world we live in whether its charity or art or music or pro bono work. Write your story.
One day you’ll be in a position to share your
story with someone else. Make sure it’s a great one
to tell.
~Kristen Kauffman

Senior Send-Off: Recognitions

On Thursday, two awards ceremonies took place. The first was the Academic Awards, which took place during the day in an afternoon assembly. During these awards, teachers honored students in their classes that excelled. The second awards ceremony took place at night, when the Senior Awards honored seniors for their scholarships won, clubs joined, and honors earned. Continue reading

Dethrone the Loans: The Answer to Expensive Higher Education

By Markus Weinzinger

Opinion articles do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors, the Denobis staff, or Tri-City Prep.

It’s an inevitable problem faced by students entering the doors of higher education. The massive debt of student loans —over $1 trillion— continues to intimidate prospective students. Graduating with a pile of debt has become all too commonplace. Federal subsidy of student loans brews a toxic mix of good-intentioned theory and college greed that evaporates the hopes of college students along with their bank accounts. How did this happen?

The origins can be traced to the late twentieth century. According to Information Station, in 1980 the cost of attending a four-year college hovered around a comfortable $3,400 annually. Today, that figure has skyrocketed to $23,000 or more annually. More shocking, Bloomberg News reported that the cost of a college education since 1978 accelerated over 1000%, compared to the 265% increase in inflation. It’s now the norm to find a college student (graduate or drop-out) that owes five figures in student loan debt. Who’s responsible for these unprecedented prices? Continue reading