Probe: June 5, 2002

June 05, 2002

QUESTION: I find it interesting that nobody has mentioned that Garth Isom, Brawley Union High superintendent, was the Calexico district superintendent when the senior project was started in Calexico. That's why Calexico and Brawley are the only two schools requiring the project for graduation. — Teacher's Wife, e-mail

Isom was principal at Calexico High School when the project was conceived. Plans were well under way when Roberto Moreno moved into the superintendent's office, but it was Moreno who implemented it in Calexico, after Isom moved on to Brawley.

And Isom's connection between the schools and their senior projects has been mentioned in this newspaper.

"It was a good idea and we continued it," said Moreno, crediting Isom for doing the initial work.

We agree that for the seniors who successfully plan and complete a senior project, it can be as valuable as a year in high school and possibly a full year of college.


The project requires a senior to get an idea, write a proposal for implementing the idea, find a mentor, often a professional in the field, to help, and submit him or herself to an oral examination. It's tough.

As valuable as this is, we think its days are numbered, at least as a requirement for graduation. The state is implementing its own graduation requirements. There's just so much a high school senior can do. Some things will have to go or fewer seniors will be picking up diplomas on graduation night.

QUESTION: Will KECY-Channel 9 return to its regular schedule soon? I am confused. It's like KECY is airing its shows randomly. I hope they fix it soon. I understand the station is moving to Yuma but I don't recall hearing anything about it changing its schedules. — Viewer, El Centro

By the time you read this, KECY may be back on its old schedule, according to Jazmin Barajas, virtually the last KECY employee left in the El Centro office.

During the move it was chaotic in the office, with cables disconnected and piled on the floors, packed boxes everywhere.

"We just ran shows as they came in on the network feeds," she said. "We should be back to normal by Wednesday or Thursday."

In the meantime, she said, "It's so quiet here with everybody gone."

QUESTION: Kennedy's Market has a billboard north of El Centro claiming the Heber market's carne asada has been voted No. 1 again and again.

I read in your paper a few weeks ago that Kennedy's lost the carne asada cookoff. This year they changed the rules, basing the contest on a blind taste test.

How can Kennedy's claim it's been voted No. 1 when another market won this year? — Carne Asada Connoisseur, El Centro

The same way that Pepsi used to claim it beat Coke in "taste tests." It would set up a table and give cola drinkers sips of each brand and ask which they preferred.

Since Pepsi paid for the ads, it's unlikely anybody who preferred Coke would see his or her face in a Pepsi television spot.

But the Kennedy billboard didn't claim the market won this year. It simply said it has won many times, and that's true. Actually Los Compadres Meat Market in El Centro won the latest carne asada competition.

In advertising, sometimes it's what you don't say as well as what you do say that counts.

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