Morenci’s first school day has come and gone

Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: Class 2024 member Lily Alva holds her phone up to record her run through the halls on the first day.

By Raymundo Frasquillo

MORENCI – The traditional senior breakfast and run through the halls, the initial assembly, welcome back speeches, an introduction of eight new teachers, and a new schedule to adjust came and went.

Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: Ciante Dosela, Valeria Zagarra, Alizabeth Aguilar, John Provencio, and Kay’Leigh Blair leave Wildcat Memorial Gymnasium with schedules in hand, bound for their first class.

Joining the high school faculty were Tony Aguinaga (welding), Tesla Aguirre (Spanish, counselor), Richard Davis (math), Yadira Fierro (business), Esther Kessler (English), Denita Marble (culinary arts), Sabyn Martinez (math), and Tawnya Shy (English).

Don Goodman is in his fourth year as principal and Tiffany Powers is in her second year as assistant principal. Goodman and Powers are both MHS grads, 1979 and 1998, respectively.

Ilsa Castillo returns as the faculty academic coach and Joseph Garcia as the student academic counselor.

The other “top-tiered technology-based” school teachers include Julie Baker, Jenna Chavez, Garcia, T.J. Gomez, and Terry Montoya for English; Alexa Aguilera, Castillo, Gary Rees, and Renee Still for Math; Ariana Aguilera, Leonisa Calapini, and Marilou Cortez for Science; and Baker, Chavez, Kenneth Lester, and Casey Woodall for History.

Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: Richard Michael Marquez Curiel Jr. visits with classmate Elyse Gonzales during the senior breakfast.

Additionally, Sabrina Gonzales (Spanish), Lester (Government), Montoya (Art), Roger Munoz (Band), and Woodall (PE) round out the faculty.

Morenci High School had its’ 118th graduating class (2023) in May. Eight weeks later, the first day of the 2023-24 school year is behind them and the first full week and the first nine-week grading period looms ahead. What the Wildcats of the Class of 2024 accomplish is now in their hands.

Raymundo Frasquillo Photo/Gila Herald: Carlos Sanchez heads the Class of 2024 as it runs through the halls on the return trip.