February 22, 2023 548 PM
Board approves 4-day week for 2023-2024 school year!
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Ms. Powers kills 2nd period yearbook class from negligence
MHS students headed to state science fair
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Best teacher poll — results!
By Christopher and Taryn
In Marfa ISD, we all have our opinions about the teachers that we love the most and think of as our favorites. So, for this newsletter, I decided to figure out which teachers students love the most. Even though all the teachers at Marfa ISD are amazing in their own subjects and ways, there is one that clearly won the poll when we sent it out to MISD students: Ms. Lara.
Ms. Lara is the teacher for English one, English two, health (eighth grade), theater and career (eighth grade). Ms. Lara also helps with problems you might have, like a counselor would do for you: she listens to all the school drama and gives students much-needed advice. She’s a wonderful and trustworthy adult that students love.
In the poll my partner and I made, Ms. Lara got 25 votes as either a favorite or a second-favorite teacher at MISD out of the 43 students that voted. Thirteen, or about 30%, voted her the favorite, and 12 voted for her as second favorite. Ms. Foster got 10 votes and thus 23% of the favorite teacher vote; and Mrs. Donaldson, Ms. Powers and Mr. Klockman all got four votes each for best teacher, about 9% each of those polled.
The second favorite teacher vote, again, had the amazing Ms. Lara on top, but Mr. Martinez was next in line with 20%, or nine votes. Overall, 11 of the 13 high school and middle school teachers were voted someone’s favorite or second favorite teacher, which just goes to show how much our teachers here are loved by different students. As one respondent said in the poll, “I chose these people because I enjoy their general vibes and how kind they are to the students. Every teacher I’ve had has been great, and I’ve never had a problem so it was difficult choosing my favorite.”
Another student echoed how hard it is to choose among our many great teachers, writing, “They all help you and want you to do good. So it’s so hard to pick from the options.”
We decided to interview the clear winner, Ms. Lara, and ask her what she thinks about being everybody’s favorite teacher and ask if she was surprised that she received the poll’s honor of being the favorite teacher.
I asked, “How do you feel about winning both first and second favorite teachers?”
Ms. Lara was silent, thinking, and Ana Gallegos, a junior at Marfa ISD, decided to respond for her when Ms. Lara did not immediately answer, interjecting, “She feels amazing and honored.”
After Ana butted in, Ms. Lara found her voice, saying, “It’s very humbling, I’m shocked I even got it. I thought someone else would get it instead of me.”
When she was almost finished saying that, Luis Solis, also a junior, decided to jump into the conversation and say with a sassy but happy tone, “It’s a given.”
We all laughed a little at Luis’ antics and went on to interview more teachers to see their faces when they were informed of their high statuses.
Next on our list was the favorite administrator –– that was Mrs. Murphy. Mrs. Murphy is new to her job as the MISD schools counselor, although she’s previously worked as a teacher in the elementary school. When my partner and I went to go interview her, she was quite shocked! We told her about the poll and started the interview off with, “How do you feel about being everybody’s favorite administrator?” (Mrs. Murphy received 21 out of 43 votes.)
She responded with, “I feel so honored, and I’m just in shock honestly.”
I pressed her, “So you’re surprised?”
With her happy-go-lucky smile, she responded, “Yes! I am so surprised. I didn’t even expect it with being pretty new to the high school. I feel as if Ms. White, Mrs. Porter and Mrs. Gomez do way more than I could ever do, so I feel more like they would win this.” Mrs. Murphy was so happy with this news, and her smile was contagious to us! We walked off with a spring in our step and with the sense of making somebody’s day way better.
Last but not least, we interviewed the person that has, according to our poll, educated all the students at Marfa the most, and that woman is Ms. Foster, the English teacher for sixth through eighth grades. She had 10 votes, with 23% of the vote for “Teacher you Learned the Most From,” followed by Lara and Donaldson with seven votes each, and Ojeda, Aguero, Loya and Klockman tied with four votes each.
When we interviewed Ms. Foster, she spoke about how, ever since she started at MHS, she’s felt as if she’s been playing catch-up and that she struggles with feeling as if her students aren’t learning enough from her, but this changed her whole view on everything.
When me and my partner went to her sixth period, she was so skeptical but really happy and curious to learn about the results of the poll.
When we asked her, “How do you feel about being MISD’s most learned-from teacher?” her face lit up in shock, as she was disbelieving that she ended up winning this category!
Soon, she said “I’m in shock, I feel like I’m not doing enough but hearing THAT, I’m speechless, thank you so much. I am so happy to hear this; it means the world to me. I’m always in doubt about if I’m teaching at all already, but now that I know the results, it puts it into a new light. For once I AM speechless.” She added, “Write that down: for once, Ms. Foster is speechless.”
Even though some teachers did not get picked for the overall favorite, students still were able to write what they liked most about the teacher. Some of my favorite things that people said are included here, like this comment: “I chose Mrs. Aguero because she has been there since first grade, and she will teach you in any style you need if you don’t understand. I chose Mr. Klockman because he is kind and understanding.”
Another comment said that the teachers they chose “are genuine and are honest. They truly care about the students, and the environment.”
Another student said their favorite teacher has “taught me a lot that’ll benefit my future and the career I want to choose.”
Other nice examples of comments include one student who wrote, “I picked my choice due to their freedom of expression and ability to apply teaching techniques in ways to benefit different kinds of students and how they learn best.”
A final sample of the comments included the statement that the student values their favorite teacher’s “ability to make things simple, and they use experiences to help you learn the material faster. We learn the material more quickly, because she also makes it enjoyable.”
Finally, the funniest comment was, “Mr. Klockman has genuinely interesting and fun classes. He is chill and wise AF.”
Early graduation at MHS
Many of us at MHS will have noticed that it seems more students here are finishing high school in less than the four years that most diplomas take. Recently, it feels like students graduate with fewer credits and are fast-tracked out of MHS if they choose. These students may not thrive in a traditional school setting, and so their teachers and administrators try to ensure that they get a degree, rather than not finishing high school. Although early graduation has always been an option for students who seek it, a lot of the time it’s for super-ambitious students looking to shake the dust of Marfa off their feet. Although I interviewed one such student, I also interviewed two different kinds of early graduates: students who were offered the opportunity to graduate with the minimum number of credits, mostly gotten online. One of those students graduated in December, and basically just never came back after break. Another is graduating in May, a whole year early. Are they being pushed out just due to the fact that they are struggling too much or “causing too much trouble”? Because, to us students, that’s what we think is happening. I decided to investigate.
I began by interviewing a junior who plans to graduate a year early. He is working through online courses quickly right now to try to finish his high school classes. I began by asking him, “Why are you graduating early?”
“Because I’m trying hard to get out of the school, it feels like I’ve been here for a while,” the student responded with a slight laugh.
“Was this a decision you made or the school?” I asked.
“It was a decision I made,” he said.
“What do you plan to do now that you’re going to be out of school a whole year earlier than you planned?” I asked.
“So, umm, I hope that I find a job in Odessa, probably like cleaning cars or helping people out and to learning new things.”
“Are you sad that you’re not going to be graduating with your class?” I asked
“Yeah I’m gonna be pretty sad because of all my friends and memories that we had together and here.”
So here I found out this was this student’s decision and not a school decision, although I still feel like the school must have suggested it. This student is a big part of our class, he’s been with us since fifth grade. We will be missing him a lot next year. And I’m not sure cleaning cars in Odessa is better than senior year at MHS.
Next up is Zaley. Zaley has been taking classes in the summer to try and graduate early. First, she was trying to graduate in December of 2022, but now she will be graduating with the 2023 senior class. Zaley’s situation is different compared to the others. She’s eager to graduate and go to college a year early, whereas my other two interviewees are entering the workforce. I began by getting basic background information.
“So you actually had to do college courses and stuff to be able to graduate early right?”
“Ummm, yeah, online college classes replaced my senior year required classes so I could still take my junior classes.”
“Why didn’t they just put you on Edmentum like they did with the others?”
“I took Edmentum over the summer, I actually only had to take one class,” replied Zaley.
“How does that make you feel, you’re basically busting your butt off for this, while people who are the biggest strugglers are getting a push from MHS to graduation this year?”
“To be honest I’m still happy for myself, I’m still happy because it has been my dream for the longest time, I’ve wanted to leave this town as soon as possible. And I’m graduating with a lot of credits that will get me into college,” said Zaley
“Anything else you’d like to add?”
“There is actually. There are a lot of people who think I’m graduating early to go with Jared but that is not true. We are going to be 12 hours away from each other because I want to start my own life. He will stay in El Paso while I go away to college in Nacogdoches. We are staying together, but we aren’t moving in together for at least maybe a year.”
Next up was an interview with Mrs. Murphy, the MHS counselor. I began with, “Students in my class have been talking about and acting upon plans to graduate from MISD early. Some of those students are high academic achievers, and others are just getting the minimum requirements finished because they struggle in academic settings. So what’s happening here? Who gets to graduate early?”
Mrs. Murphy said, “So, obviously Mrs. Porter has more experience with graduation requirements and what’s best with students –– knowing our students and their strengths and weaknesses, we were able to look for a plan and figure out what was best for each student. The kids that were at risk for not graduating are the kids we wanted to create a plan for, to create a plan for them to graduate with their diploma instead of dropping out, which is worse.”
“Is this better for them?”
“For high achieving students, I think they need to stay in school the whole entire four years. For students who are at risk I would say this becomes a better option than not completing school.”
“Is anyone allowed to attempt to graduate early?”
“Each situation is evaluated; we assess each individual case.”
“What does it mean to be ‘at risk’?”
“There’s a lot of different indicators that can put students at risk –– if you’re an EL, if you’ve failed a STAAR test, or if you’ve failed a grade level. There are many things that identify if a student’s at risk.”
Another student graduated in December, finishing high school a semester early. He basically only attended senior year for one semester, and him graduating was a big rush and surprise. I decided to interview his girlfriend due to the fact that this student has gone off the grid ever since he left school.
“So, what were your opinions on your boyfriend graduating early?”
“Umm, happy but sad at the same time. Happy because he didn’t know if he was going to graduate at all, sad because he’s not with the class anymore.”
“What does he do now?”
“He works with his dad.”
“Does he like working?”
“He said it’s better than going to school.”
“Do you think this was better for him?”
“Yes, because he didn’t like school.”
“Does he miss school?”
“No, definitely not.”
“Do you think he’s happier?”
“What is he planning to do now that he’s graduated?”
“He’s going to Houston for school to become an electrician.”
Austin trip next week with cool kids!
As everyone knows, Aubrie Aguilar is a very talented young woman here at Marfa ISD. She’s well known for her excellent drawing skills and positive attitude. Last year, she participated in the UIL Film Festival by creating and entering an animation. She advanced to the semifinals and earned a trip to Austin! I tagged along with her, Ms. Powers and Ms. Donaldson in February of last year and it was a bunch of fun.
Good news, Aubrie participated again this year, and she made it to the state finals! Her animation this year was great and included good music and voice acting by Nathan and Lesly. We’re all so happy for you, Aubrie!
Since we plan on doing different stuff on this trip, I asked Ms. Powers and Aubrie what they wanted to do differently this year.
Aubrie explained that she wanted to make good memories with her friends and create inside jokes and whatnot. She’s also looking forward to spending time with friends and getting away from town as a vacation. One thing she wants to do differently in Austin is to go shopping at the mall!
Ms. Powers is expecting to have fun times with awesome students (the students attending all helped Aubrie with her movie: Lesly, Nathan, Samuel, Dimetrey, myself and, of course, Aubrie), and her bestie, Mrs. Donaldson!
“I love being on the UT campus and showing it to students because that’s where my best memories were as a college kid,” she explained to me, tossing around a pencil. “It’s also beautiful. Oh, and I’m excited to go and eat out every night because it’s such a rare thing for me to do,” she finished with a chuckle.
I asked her what she was looking forward to, and she started screaming about Aubrie winning the prize and watching her movie on the big screen! “And sleeping in a hotel bed,” she added. My last question for her is what she wants to do differently in Austin. She stared up at the ceiling for what seemed like an eternity before answering. She suggested going to the bowling alley on the UT campus. Hopefully they have other games other than bowling, because I’m not good at it!
To pull all of this together, Aubrie’s talent has brought us both satisfaction and a trip to Austin! She deserves this so much because she worked so hard to qualify for State. Her dream finally came true! Again, we’re all so proud of you, Aubrie. You’re always doing great no matter what!!
Track season begins!!
This is the first year that track season will be taking place on our BRAND NEW, close to ONE MILLION DOLLAR track. Track season is beginning right now, and as it starts, I thought I would interview the coaches and students about finally putting this big investment to good use for track practice and for track meets.
I began by interviewing Coach Luna about how he feels about us going into track season. He answered, “I am beyond excited! Track is one of my favorite sports.”
I then asked him, “How do you think we will do in track season this year?”
His response was, “I think the junior high will get better and faster as a school, and for high school, I hope a lot go to regionals, and I’m expecting at least two to make it all the way to State! But, altogether, I think that track is a really important sport! Our school needs their athletes to be in a good condition for all other sports they play.”
I also interviewed Coach Ojeda, and she said, “I’m excited for track season because last year we had missing pieces, but with the freshman we can fill in those missing pieces and we might be able to go to State because the basketball players who are going to participate in track have been working really hard!”
Finally, Memo asked a few students who are participating in track this year about their expectations for track season.
To start, I (Memo) interviewed sophomore Noah Aguilar. I started by asking him why he was doing track.
He replied, “For a new experience.”
“Are you running or throwing?” I asked.
“Throwing discus,” he replied.
I asked why he wanted to throw discus, and he responded, “Just to have fun.”
To conclude, I asked Noah if he thinks track is hard and he said, “Yeah.”
Next, I interviewed Vinnie Quintana, a junior who is participating in his first year of track.
When I asked Vinnie why he’s doing track this year, he said, “It’s the only sport I see myself semi-having potential in.”
I asked him if he thinks track is fun, and he said, “Nah, but the effort you put in is worth it.”
Finally, I asked Vinnie if he thinks track is hard, and he said, “Nah, you just have to get used to it.”
Diego Estrada said he’s in track to get in shape and get his body working!
Kiko Rosas, a sophomore, is running track, “Mainly just for fun,” although when I asked him if it’s fun for him he said, “Sometimes yes, sometimes no.”
His favorite races/field events are “the 2-mile, since I’m a long distance runner, and my favorite field event is the long jump.” I then asked him his thoughts about track season so far, and his response was: “So far the practices aren’t too intense, but I feel like later on in the season it’s going to be harder.”
Then I interviewed Bubba, a seventh grader. I asked him why he was doing track, and his response was: “I was kinda forced to like everyone else was.” Unlike high school, junior high students have to participate in track.
I asked Bubba what his favorite race/field event was, and he told me that he, too, likes the 2- mile. I asked why and he said it “increases stamina.”
Then I interviewed Gael, an eighth grader. I asked him if track was fun, and he said, “Yes, it’s fun.” So then I asked why, and at first he said, “It can be kinda fun with my friends,” but then he decided it can be kind of annoying with the sixth graders.
I then asked him what his favorite race/field event was and he replied, “The 200-meter and the 2-mile.” I then asked him his thoughts about this track season, and his feeling is that the lineup for middle school is “very ambitious, especially since the coaches want everyone to do it.”
Next up was Zoey Salgado, an eighth grader.
I asked her “Why are you doing track?”
And she said “Because my mom told me to.”
I asked her if running track is fun, and she said, “No.”
I asked her why not.
She said, “It hurts when I get cramps, not gonna lie.”
And when I asked her about track season so far, Zoey, the reluctant runner, said “I’m ready for it to be over.”
Next, I interviewed Ana Gallegos, a junior.
I asked her why she was doing track and she said, “Because I have nothing better to do.”
I then asked Ana if track is fun.
“The meets are fun, but the running part is booty!” she shot back.
“Is it hard?” I asked.
“Um, no, because you’re basically just running, but if you’re lazy it will be hard.”
“Is track your favorite sport?”
“I don’t really have a favorite sport; I’m just doing all the sports so I am not always at home,” she said.
Lastly, I interviewed one of our star runners, senior Ummi Chanez.
“Why are you doing track?” I asked.
“Because I’m good at running and I want to qualify for State.”
“What are your thoughts on track season so far?”
“I think it’s cool that we have a new track to run on –– it’s definitely going to improve our times.”
I asked Ummi what her favorite race was, and she replied with, “The four-by-four relay.”
“Is track fun?” I asked Ummi
“The running part isn’t, but the traveling part is,” she responded.
Ms. Powers fails to keep yearbook alive during lockdown drill
By Katana and Samantha
On Wednesday, February 15, 2023, during second period we had a lockdown. Ms. Powers’ yearbook class rushed to take cover. Ms. Powers told me to take down the magnet and to cover the door window with the new velcro screen and hit the lights. I turned off the lights as Ms. Powers herded all of us to the edge of the classroom, underneath the purple shelf. She was yelling at us to be quiet. She told Eric, Samantha and Isaac how the window is almost impossible to break during an emergency (they were saying that if this was real and not a drill, they would break the window and leave, and she was telling them how that would put everyone in danger from making noise and that because her window doesn’t open and is made of plastic, the chair they kept saying they would throw through the window would probably just bounce off and make enough noise to attract an assailant). Then, mid-whispered conversation about exit strategies, Mrs. Murphy walked through the door.
Everyone started shouting at Ms. Powers about how she got us all KILLED. She then got up and talked to Mrs. Murphy out in the hall. A few minutes later, the intercom went on and Mrs. Porter said, “We are all clear, thank you students, we almost had a perfect score.” Mrs. Porter then printed out a skull and crossbones for Ms. Powers, and Dustin taped it to her door. I decided to interview Ms. Powers about how she feels about this situation.
“I’m going to give you a chance to explain what exactly happened and why you are responsible for the death of 15 students,” I prompted.
“I would say, I know it’s not an excuse, but I thought my classroom door was already locked. I don’t know when it got unlocked because the magnet is always in there. I normally just push on the door, I never touch my door handle. So, now, I am appointing a lock-checker in my yearbook class, which is the first class of the day for me.”
“What is a lock-checker?” I asked
“Everyday Isaac will check the door handle to ensure the safety of my students.”
She then said if you see her in the hallway to remind and tell her “make sure the door is locked.”
I talked to her students about what they had to say about this situation. First up was Diego Estrada. He said, “I was not even scared because I knew it was just a drill.”
He then said he was really surprised that the door wasn’t locked and that if it was a real situation, he would run and tackle the shooter.
What a great hero Diego would be.
What did I think about this? Well, I was pretty mad. I could’ve been shot, although I wasn’t that scared. If it was real I would have been SO ANGRY and haunted Ms. Powers FOR LIFE if she survived.
VASE in Odessa!
Before we released for winter break, you may remember the art gallery Ms. Powers hosted for the art students’ individual pieces. These works of art were judged by Chinati and Ballroom experts, with the strongest pieces being advanced to VASE in Odessa on March 4. VASE stands for: High School Visual Arts Scholastic Event, where you’re judged for success in your artistic ability and creativity. In Odessa, students from all of Region 18 in Texas (an area bigger than the state of South Carolina) are judged before going onto State. Regional VASE is a Texas art competition and UIL activity being held across the state at different schools. The state event is in April in San Marcos if any of us advance.
With all the entries that were received from the creative individuals at MHS, the strongest pieces were chosen by the judges. Out of all 29 students in art II, III and IV, only six students were chosen to advance. With such a tough competition, it was clearly hard to choose, but we got our finalists. Those who placed are seniors Alex Luna, Aubrie Aguilar, Juan Bautista; junior Jack Marquez; and sophomores Kiko Rosas and Ash Marquez. Congratulations on all who participated in the gallery judging, and a big shout out to those who advanced. CONGRATS YOU GUYS!
I then caught up with the one and only Aubrie Aguilar and hit her with a question, “How do you feel about the news, are you excited?”
“Yes, I’m very excited!” she said with a smile.
“How do you feel about advancing in the VASE?” I asked.
“I’m somewhat happy about advancing as well as being surprised,” she said.
I then got serious, “What was the hardest challenge you faced?”
She knew exactly what to answer, saying, “I would say the hardest challenge was probably not liking the end result of my first piece and having to make another.”
Well, we’re just glad it all paid off! Finally I asked her, “What are you looking most forward to on the trip?” She thought for a moment before responding confidently, “I really look forward to seeing everyone’s different artworks and styles.” I thanked her for her time and moved on to my next interview.
The week prior to the in-school judging, I frequently saw Ash Marquez (who is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns) working diligently on their piece and since they were one of the six selected to go to VASE, I saw my perfect chance for an interview.
“How do you feel about advancing in the VASE?” I asked, to which they responded, “I’m genuinely surprised that I advanced at all!”
I then asked if they were excited about the trip, to which they responded “I’m not sure. I’ve been wondering if I even want to go.” (Ash is definitely going to VASE this year.)
Intrigued, I asked, “Is there anything you’d look forward to?”
They thought for a moment before answering. “I’m not sure, I hope to meet some new people. I enjoy talking to others. Though I’d be more excited to go check out everyone’s work and see what everyone else came up with.”
Finally I asked, “What was the hardest challenge?” Again pausing for a moment they said, “It was hard for me to finish the project because I tend to procrastinate. But the most difficult thing was just winging it.”
I laughed and remarked how busy they seemed always finding time to work on it before the judging panel. Ash laughed before explaining, “Well I did have to focus on my deadline, and I’m glad you see me working through it and then rushing in a positive light.”
With that my questioning was over and I thanked them for their time.
On Saturday, March 4, the six students will travel with Ms. Powers to Odessa for the competition. There, their pieces will go through another round of judging before seeing if they get to advance to State or not. These students (myself included) have worked so hard to get where they are and it warms my heart for them to be seen and have a chance at getting out there! Through trial and error we persevered and moved forward. I can’t wait to see where we move on next, and I’m proud to be a part of the six chosen. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!
A check-in on Marfa ISD’s favorite student
Let’s not forget that a few months ago, we lost Marfa’s all-around favorite student, Alexa Briones, a junior now attending Eagle Pass ISD. She moved to Eagle Pass because her mom wanted to be closer to family, and they found a much nicer house there too. As Alexa’s best friend, we still keep in touch, but she tells me that she actually misses Marfa! I was not expecting that. I was happy for her prior to her move because getting out of a small town is a special opportunity. This is an official check-in: how is Alexa doing?
I held my interview over FaceTime. I started with the question:
“Now that you have spent some time there, do you prefer living in Marfa or in Eagle Pass? Why?”
Alexa thought about it for a second and replied, “Sometimes it’s just better to live in Marfa, but there’s more things to do here in Eagle Pass. But in Marfa you don’t have to be scared to go out especially being so close to the border and everybody’s so close knit so it’s like you already know everyone.”
“Do you feel better off now than when you were in Marfa?” I asked.
“No. I felt more safe there.”
“I think so, like, I have more opportunities to make friends, go shopping and see more of the world. Like I know I just said I felt safer in Marfa but um…” she trailed off and humorously forgot what she was saying.
On a more sentimental note, I asked her, “What do you miss the most about Marfa?”
She smiled sadly and said, “All of my friends, even the ones I barely talk to. I think I miss all of them and they’re all very precious because now, here, it’s like I’m meeting someone new every day, it’s so alien to me. We all grew up together, so we were one big family, you were never really insecure to do something.”
Given this, I asked, “If you were given the opportunity, would you move back to Marfa?
“Uh…” she hesitated, “I think I’d go for a long visit, but I don’t know if I would want to move back. Sometimes in Marfa, you just feel trapped like you can’t go anywhere because there’s not much to do other than attend school.”
Alexa and I stayed on the phone for a while longer just talking, and she went more in depth about her fear of going out. As it turns out, there was recently a murder in Eagle Pass. Evelyn Guardado, a 24-year-old deputy constable in Eagle Pass was reported missing Feb 1, and was found unclothed and beaten to death Feb 7. Her alleged murderer, a coworker, is out on bond.
Ferret: Is now the time?! A personal essay
I’ve been begging for a ferret for almost a year now. It’s been eventful, I will say. Thus far? What have my efforts come to? What do I need after this year of begging? All I need is a green light from my dad.
I want a ferret because, well, look at one and tell me that it’s not cute!?
Ferrets are outstanding creatures, they’re smart, agile and energetic.
My father argues that they steal, but who wants spoons anyways? They’re just into dishes, and nobody likes washing dishes.
Ferrets are affectionate and friendly, bonding with owners quickly, but they don’t like small children, just like me! (Little kids are sticky, okay?) They can be playful and energetic and entertaining. A group of ferrets is called a business. A bunch of business noodles!
Did you know that ferrets are geniuses? They rank above both cats and dogs and a couple of primates. If a ferret wants something bad enough it’ll find a way to do it! Ferrets can recognize their names and learn tricks, they respond to verbal and visual commands, and can be litter box trained.
Lets face it, ferrets are amazing, super-genius, carpet snakes, and I want one immensely. In my current escapades in convincing my father, I decided to set up a cage and a living space for a ferret, whether he likes it or not.
I did something similar with an elf on the shelf when I was 11 –– lo and behold I now have an army of elves (my current number is seven — what’s the name for a group of elves?) I’ve gotten a new one almost every year. I’m hoping this similar technique will result in a ferret, unless it doesn’t…
So, in my conclusion, I want a ferret very badly, and eventually I will get one. Whether it’s today or the day I move out, I will get a ferret.