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By Holly Stillman
Cougar News Blog

On Oct. 11, BMX stunt riders grinded their way into Cactus Canyon during the half day lunch period and performed for staff and students.
The BMX Stunt Masters ‘shredded’ up the ramps with stunts and tricks, while also informing students about bicycle safety in a matter of 45 minutes.
Students were in awe as they watched bikers do gravity-defying tricks like backflips, leaping over each other’s heads, and many other crazy stunts that made the crowd go wild.
“I think the backflip was the best part because nobody knew if he could do it,” said seventh-grader Kaileah Goucher.
“I enjoyed the show very much; it amazed me a lot,” said eighth-grader Janelle Digos.
John Parker, the founder of Stunt Masters, has been touring schools all over the country and delivering their message to students that young people can be active, have fun, and still be safe since 1999. Parker has competed in the X-Games 11 times, winning four medals. He also walked away victoriously from the MTV Sports and Music Festival twice, and won multiple ASA World Tour events.
“I love my job. I’ve been riding bikes professionally for over 15 years,” said Parker. “Having a job that came from a hobby and sport that I’m passionate about is bliss.”
This was Stunt Masters second year visiting Cactus Canyon and most likely not their last time visiting.
“Our group and I would be happy to visit Cactus Canyon again,” said Parker. “The students were very appreciative and seemed to take away some valuable inspiration. I was happy to meet a few BMXers in the crowd.”
The students really got a kick out of the show and hope for an opportunity to watch them perform again.
“I would absolutely love it if the riders came back, they are so amazing and they
seem like they always have fun doing what they do,” said eighth grader Alissa Mahon.
Assistant Principal Joyce Gingrich hopes students enjoyed the show and were inspired by the BMX bikers that nothing is impossible and with enough hard work they could accomplish anything.
“The parts I saw were great,” said Mrs. Gingrich, who helped organize the event. “I hope they were able to see how much hard work it takes to do something well,” said Gingrich.

Students play Uno during their lunch break. AJ Parks and Rec has partnered with CCJH to bring different activities to campus during school. (Photo by Mr. Davis)

By Thayne Jackson
Staff writer

Apache Junction Parks and Recreation is putting on fun and active activities for Cactus Canyon students during their lunch break. People from the department, in an effort to encourage more activity among young people, are on campus two days per week.
Students at Cactus Canyon have been able to play board games or compete in physical games such as dodge ball and touch football. Parks and Rec uses grant money to fund the program at CCJH and other district schools.
Students can choose to beat the heat by playing card games in the cool shade of the courtyard or they can play physical games for a little friendly competition. Even the teachers get involved with the students and their activities.
“I am happy to have Parks and Rec at our lunch time,” said Assistant Principal Joyce Gingrich. “They provide a variety of activities (and) give kids more choices. They keep kids moving and doing something physical. The board games provide another outlet for kids as well.”
Mrs. Gingrich is very excited about all of the new sports happening because she loves seeing kids being active. Students are pretty fond of these activities too.
“I think what Parks and Rec does is pretty cool. It gives students more to do,” said eighth-grade student Ashley Renowden. “My favorite thing is Connect 4 because it requires thinking. Plus, I am really competitive and I rock at it! The only thing I think should be changed, is how much it is publicized. I really didn’t know about until a couple days ago.”

Cactus Canyon gets healthier lunches

Posted: August 24, 2011 in Lunch

By Paige Mace
Staff writer

This year, Cactus Canyon Junior High’s lunches have changed. Pizza, ice cream, and other sugary snacks have been replaced with healthier options.
The cafeteria now offers sandwiches which students can get anything they want on them. There’s also a pretzel cart and many more variety than last year’s lunches. Each day has its own theme and provides different options. For example, Mondays is chicken day, Tuesday is fiesta day, Asian food is offered on Wednesday, Thursday has American fare, and Friday is Italian food day.
“I think that the school lunches are a huge improvement from the previous years,” said Regan Roach, CCJH science teacher. “Last year’s school lunches didn’t appear to be better, but this year there is more varieties, and the dishes look good.”
Some students – mostly eighth graders – have not yet warmed up to not having pizza and ice cream for lunch. Some said they wished some of the old choices were still available.
“I think that they should at least have Chick-fil-A, because at least it has chicken in it to make it a little bit healthier,” said eighth grader Kaylee Marshall.
Seventh grade student said she wasn’t expecting to have ice cream, slushies, and chips available for lunch and is happy with the current options.
“I usually eat what’s in the (main) line anyway,” she said.