Ms. Duzenli Joins Pueblo Faculty

By Isaiah Sotelo 

Sibel Duzenli

We lost our fair share of teachers at the end of the last school year—many to retirements and transfers. These vacancies had to be filled, and so Pueblo High School has many new teachers for the 2020-21 school year. 

One of these new educators is Ms. Sibel Duzenli, who is teaching beginning and advanced art. 

“I am so excited to be at Pueblo,” she said. “I already think Pueblo is an amazing school, and all of the teachers I have met are kind and hard-working people.” 

Duzenli has not always been an art teacher. In fact, she began her teaching career at a summer camp math class teaching elementary school students in her native British Columbia, Canada. She then moved to Tucson to pursue her master’s degree in Art and Visual Culture Education. 

“I got tired of the rainy weather in B.C.,” she said, “and combined with the fact that my husband is from Tucson, we made the decision to come to Arizona.” 

After moving to Southern Arizona, Duzenli taught at an alternative program in TUSD. Afterwards, she started teaching art for middle school students. Then, she made the transition to high school students at Pueblo. 

“I always loved school, and I respected my teachers for their hard work,” she said. 

Duzenli said that her teachers were excellent role models, and she was inspired by their professionalism. 

“Art was always my favorite subject, and if the world did not have art, our planet would be a sadder, less joyful place,” she said. “I really believe that art helps students express themselves and to learn more about themselves—and others.” She paused and added, “I want to help students with that self-learning process.” 

Duzenli said, “I think art is an incredible way for humans to express themselves, and I want to be a part of making that possible [for students].” 

“I felt pretty sad in the beginning of the year knowing I wasn’t going to meet students in person,” said Duzenli. “But I am still really excited to be here at Pueblo.” 

She thinks that students should remember that high school is an opportunity to grow, meet new people and make mistakes. 

“We’re living through a very significant time in history,” Duzenli said, “and we’re learning so much as a culture and as human beings. I know online instruction isn’t going to last forever, and I can’t wait to share the same space as my students.” 

She added, “Even though it’s a very overwhelming time, it’s very heartening to know that we’re all going through this strange time together,” she added. “So even though we feel disconnected sometimes, I often feel more connected because we’re in this history—together.”

Pueblo Welcomes New Teacher, Varsity Football Coach

By Diego Pro 

On December 17, 2019, Pueblo High School hired football head coach Mr. Jacob Allen. Coach Allen has been a teacher for three years and a high school football coach for 11 years. 

Coach Jake Allen talks to team.

He started his career at Ironwood Ridge High School and coached for 10 years before coaching at Mountain View for one year. Then he decided to come coach here at Pueblo. This is his first year as a varsity head coach. 

“Teaching at Pueblo is the only job I applied for,” said Allen. “Pueblo was everything I was looking for. Pueblo has a very strong community and rich history.” 

Allen said that he had an interesting life before coming to Pueblo. After graduating high school, he wanted to join the military, but an injury from football made him unable to join. 

“My family has always been involved in the community and has been involved with the military,” he said. “I needed to find another way to contribute to my community.” 

After graduating from the University of Arizona, he became a government/economics teacher but eventually became a math and weight training teacher. 

On his first day hired as coach, Allen held a meeting with his players, and he talked about his coaching strategies as well as defined his expectations for his new team. 

He said, “I wanted the team to know that we were going to simplify the game, become explosive, be hard-hitting and to let the team know that they will be disciplined.” 

Coach Allen also stressed that his players have to value their academics to be eligible to play. 

“Earning high grades is always a priority,” he said. 

Coach Allen said that he believes that the effort he and the team put in class, will reflect how we play on the field and believes that whoever we are on the field and in the classroom, is a reflection of who we are as a person. 

For a few months, playing football this school year looked like a long shot because of the Covid-19 pandemic. On August 17, the football team was given the green light to start Phase 1: to practice in small 7-person pods. A few weeks later, players were given the green light to start Phase 2 in which players could practice as a whole team. 

“I know there are rumors going around right now that might indicate that we may not have a season,” said Allen. “However, as of right now, it’s not a matter of if we’ll have a season, it’s when.” 

Allen said, “Life is never easy. Sometimes it will come up and smack you in the face. No matter how hard and difficult it may seem, you can overcome those obstacles. No matter what obstacles you face, ninety-nine percent of the time someone will help you attack those obstacles. So stay strong and be patient because pretty soon, those obstacles will no longer be there.”

Class Of ’16 Student Returns As Teacher

By Moises Hernandez 

Lucero Ramirez

Despite the unusual circumstances of this school year—teaching online for the foreseeable future—Pueblo High School still has its share of new teachers and staff, including Ms. Lucero Ramirez, who is teaching freshman English. 

Ramirez, who said that she would rather teach in person than online because students could do more activities in the classroom, said that she will make the most out of ZOOM sessions. 

“It’s been very stressful teaching online,” Ramirez said. “It’s very complicated, but I am getting the hang of it.” 

Ramirez is happy to return to Pueblo because it’s her alma mater. She graduated in 2016, just four years ago, and said that even after she graduated, she didn’t want to leave. 

“It’s good to be back home and being the teacher this time,” she said. 

She added that she chose to become an English teacher because of her positive experiences in her own high school English classes. 

“I loved writing in high school,” Ramirez said, “and I want to share that love with students.” 

She added, “Ms. [Kelly] Crane [who retired from Pueblo several years ago] inspired me to become an English teacher because she was always understanding, patient and thoughtful. She really took the time to coach and mentor me. I really loved going to her class every day. 

Ramirez said that she is happy to have chosen education as a career, but she said that she wishes public education would invest more money and time to have more resources to address students’ emotional and mental issues. 

“I think that a student’s overall well-being is a critical factor in their academic success. I think we would start seeing more enthusiasm for learning from our students.” 

Online or back in the classroom, Ramirez said that she is very enthusiastic about beginning her teaching career at Pueblo.

Hundreds Of Warriors Inspired By ‘Bill’

by Jacquelyn Gutierrez

“Bill” The Movie

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, nearly 300 Pueblo High School students crammed into six buses and traveled to downtown Tucson’s magnificently renovated Fox Theater to view the premiere of Bill, a play-turned-movie recalling the much celebrated life of Mr. Bill De La Rosa, a class of 2012 graduate, whose academic and young career accolades rival some of the most successful people in the United States.

For many Pueblo students, this trip was more than a 10-minute bus ride to downtown Tucson; it was an opportunity to be inspired by their fellow Warrior.

Sophomore Xavier Carassco said, “I really like how the movie portrayed Bill as not being happy with the way he was living and how he changed his life to make it amazing. He added, “Bill shows that there are no excuses.”

De La Rosa was present at the Fox Theatre– as this was his first peak at the film. He gladly greeted many students from several schools at this event. Also, TUSD School Board members and prominent local leaders were eager to support the success of De La Rosa.

The Lapan Foundation leaders were present as well and spoke about how their organization helps students become engaged in their education. When De La Rosa was a sophomore, he became a mentor to middle school students and helped guide them to successful paths in high school—leading to collegiate successes.

All of the children who acted in Bill are members of the Lapan Foundation. They are part of the group’s Theater Club, and for the past year or so, they have been preparing this film.

Senior Danielle Rojas was one of those Lapan Foundation members that played a small role in the film.

“It was really cool to be a part of the movie, Bill,” said Rojas, “and re-enacting these parts of Bill’s life helped me become more understanding of the circumstances of those around me and to become more accepting.”

This trip would not have been possible without three weeks of careful and meticulous planning from Pueblo counselor Dr. Teresa Toro, who also recalls De La Rosa in his early high school years at Pueblo. In the movie, there is a brief scene depicting De La Rosa speaking with a counselor.

“Bill is definitely a role model for the Latino community,” Toro said. “This movie was more than just a movie about Bill De La Rosa—it’s a story about resiliency and beating the odds.”

Girls’ Soccer: ‘Persevered’ Despite Challenges

by Ismael Angulo & Ivan Rosas

Pueblo Girls Soccer 2019-2020

Pueblo High School’s girls’ soccer team kicked off their season last semester, on Nov. 25, at a tournament at Amphi High School in which the team advanced to finals; unfortunately, they lost. However, our fearless lady Warriors did not let that stop them.

Despite hard work, the team had a disappointing record of 5-7.

Senior Liliana Orduña said, “Our season went well, but we still could have improved a lot throughout the season.”

Throughout this challenging season, the girls’ soccer team worked continuously on becoming more competitive and communicative; they also improved upon their chemistry as a team.

Another player, senior Jasmine Marin, said, “A lot of people doubted us, but we persevered,” said Marin.

Coach CelisaRamirez has been coaching this team for two years, and she hopes that the girls learned from their mistakes and also from their many strengths.

She said, “Missing practices really affected us, although the girls who did show up for practice showed the most strength on the team.”

“I hope I can continue to create fun memories for the girls next year,” said Coach Ramirez. “I don’t want any of them to believe in giving up.”

She said, “Next year, I would like to see a small squad and more dedicated players.”

Seniors, Rise Up!

by Marla Terminel

For the first time in Pueblo’s history, seniors in student council with sponsor Ms. Angela Gonzales will organize an overnight “Senior Sunrise” party, an opportunity for seniors to share their final moments and memories together.

The event is planned for Thursday, March 12, and will last the entire night into the next morning, March 13, the first day of spring break for students. Breakfast will be provided, and seniors will also have access to Nintendo and PlayStation games, movies, karaoke, and other party games.

Student Council Representative Marianna Robles, a senior, said, “This event will be a chance for all seniors to get together, get to know each other, and have our last hoorah before graduation.”

The event will take place on the football field where television sets and food stations will be accessible.

Robles added that Senior Sunrise will be a way for seniors who are not familiar with each other to bond before going their separate ways in two months.

Sponsor Gonzales and all seniors in student council are actively working for this event to be held the night before grading day of spring break.

“Anyone in StuCo could volunteer throughout the entire night,” said senior Representation Rachelle Romero. “We are working very hard to make this event a reality.”

Senior Class of 2020 President Damon Carrasco said that he is expecting about 100-120 seniors to participate in this event. “This event will be one of our last events together, and we want to go out with a bang,” Carrasco said. “At one time, this was just a thought. However, Melina Gonzales [senior] came up with this idea, and then everybody else in the Class of ’20 united.”