Just in time for the holidays, Ms. Sarah Barnes has continued the trend of sponsoring a taste-testing contest for Pueblo’s faculty and staff. The name of this timely event, “Desserts in the Desert”, truly lived up to its name—with a dozen or so contestants vying for a first place win for their home-made tasty treats, ranging from toffee bars to cupcakes to “specialized” cakes and other confectionery concoctions.
On Wednesday, December 5, during both lunches, several dozen members of the Pueblo community participated in judging their favorite two desserts. The top three winners were announced later in the day at teachers’ professional development meeting at 2:30 p.m.
The first place winner was psychology and math teacher Ms. Hannah Yoder; she won for her scrumptious “chocolate toffee croissant rolls”.
The one dollar entry fee from tasters added up to $48.
Yoder received a $20 gift card, and she plans to use the money for “date night”.
“I was very excited to learn that I had won first place,” Yoder said. “I was very surprised to be chosen among all of those great entries!”
“There were some truly decadent entries this time around,” Barnes said, “and it was a lot of fun to see people eating these treats.”
Barnes said that she will continue to host this event because “it brings Pueblo’s faculty and staff a little closer, especially at a time when everybody is so busy.”
She added that she would like to host at least one more of these tasty events next semester and encourages the faculty to help her come up with new ideas and themes.
The 2,000 or so students, faculty, staff and administrators in the Pueblo High School community have historically been very expressive regarding their gratitude in light of Thanksgiving. Here are just a few of those voices:
Andrew Romero, senior: “I am thankful for my family,and worldly possessions. However, more than anything I am grateful to be living…and for my girlfriend.”
Austin Davis, sophomore: “I am thankful for my Subway sandwiches and my friend, Sabino.”
Brian Alegria, sophomore: “I am really thankful for thrash metal music and my mother.”
Anahiz Lopez, sophomore: “I love my older twin sister, Analia. She defends me, and although she can sometimes be a little mean, I still love her.”
Eduwiges (Vicky) Cordova, senior: “I am thankful for my education, family, and friends also the roof over my head.”
Mariel Ponce, sophomore:
“Everything that’s been given my way.”
Genesis Alba, junior:“I’m grateful for that God blessed me with privileges like my education, my family, and the love they shower me in—and being able to eat.”
Mr. Frank Rosthenhausler,
Principal: “I’m thankful for the opportunity to lead this great school.”
Jesus Soto, junior: “I’m thankful for all the strength and blessings God has given me.”
Ruben Rivera IV, senior: “I’m thankful for Coach Sanders for teaching everything I’ve learned these past four years. I’m thankful for my team for being some real dawgs and never backing down.”
Andres Jorge Lujan, senior: “I’m thankful to have both of my parents living under the same roof.”
Ms. Katherine Gunnels, Assistant Principal: “I am thankful that I have a lot of good cooks in my family,and that my husband is the most amazing man ever.”
Sabino Raygoza: “I am thankful for my friends and family and my red Air Max’s.”
Nicole Del Toro, junior: “I am thankful for my parents and the people that genuinely care about me.”
Isaac Guerrero, junior: “I am thankful for my family,for my earphones, and ice cream, too.”
Darian Aldaco, sophomore: “I am thankful for having a roof over my head and a place to sleep.”
Mr. Steve Lopez, assistant principal: “I am thankful to be back home, Pueblo is home to me.”
Antonio Rodriguez, senior: “I am thankful for friends and family.”
Ms. Amaro, chemistry teacher: “Thankful for wonderful students at Pueblo and in the Chemistry Club.”
Andres Apodaca, senior: “I am thankful for my mom because that’s why I’m here today.”
Ryana Talavera, senior: “I’m very thankful for my two friends, Candy and Michael, because they have helped me through a lot and have always been there for me.”
Ms. Elizabeth Raizk, science teacher: “I’m most thankful for the students here at Pueblo. They’re kind, perspective, and they keep me going.”
Zahira Barcelo, sophomore: “I’m just thankful for what I have.”
Angelica Aros, attendance secretary: “I am thankful for my family because I love them; they are my everything.”
Ms. Teresa Toro, counselor: “Very thankful for my health, family, and my extended family at Pueblo.”
Susie Esquivel, senior: “I am thankful for my brother because if it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have pursued my interest as a musician. He’s inspired me for everything I do in my life, and he’s my best friend.”
Aaron Cano, junior: “I am thankful for everything my parents have done for me and everything that my girlfriend does for me.”
Carlos Molina, junior: “I’m thankful for my family and friends and how supportive they have been for me in baseball and life.”
Mia Carpenter, junior: “I’m thankful for my eyelashes because they don’t need mascara.”
Mark Anthony, junior: “I’m very thankful for all the opportunities I’ve been given.”
Ms. Kate Straub, nurse: “I am thankful for my health, my job here at Pueblo and also my family…I feel like I pretty much have everything I need in this world.”
Bryan Ramierz, junior: “I’m thankful for my mother because she cares for me, and she motivates me to always work hard.”
Jose Montoya, sophomore: “First of all, I’m thankful for my family because they love me, and they’re always there for me.”
Adam Pelayo, junior: “I’m thankful for the great life that I have and I’m also thankful for my parents because they work so hard.”
Ms. Goya Ruiz, campus monitor: “I’m thankful for my kids, my family, and good health.”
Adrian Cervantes, junior: “I’m thankful for everything—but specially my mom, my clothes, the rest of my immediate family, and of course my grandma.”
Paula Fierros, senior: “I’m thankful for everyone who has made my senior year pleasant and memorable so far, especially Mr. Medhi who elected me editor-in-chief this year. He’s the best.”
Ms. Marie Little, yearbook/exceptional ed teacher: “I am thankful for my health, my son[s] and my family.”
Martin Martinez, senior: “I’m thankful that my baseball career has become as success. I’ve been offered several baseball scholarships, including one from Minnesota.”
Mr. Ernesto Somoza, graphic design teacher: “I am strongly thankful for my five four-legged, furry friends as well as my friends and family-and, at last, for my ever-growing friends and family at Pueblo.”
Even though the solar panels project in the parking lot was supposed to be completed before the beginning of this school year, this construction project did not begin until July 16, making the beginning of the school year a bit chaotic for many employees and students looking for parking spaces.
More than three months later, the project is nearing completion. Final work continues,and an expected date of completion is estimated to be near the end of the semester.
Mr. Mark Farcis, a foreman for the Future Vervan Energy corporation, said, “We are nearing the end of our stay here,” he said. “All that is left is to connect all of the panels to one power source.”
of this project will ease parking nightmares for faculty, staff and students.
“Traffic in and out of Pueblo has been horrid,” said Assistant Principal Mr. David Montaño, “but we’ve done the best we could do under these circumstances. We hope that everybody can be a little patient because in the end, we’re going to have a beautiful new parking lot that will be environmentally impactful.”
Due to a reduced number of spaces in our usual parking lot due to the installation of the panels, many teachers have had to park in the several new areas that have been designated temporary parking locations.
In the end, the solar panels will be improving the environment as well as reducing the district’s electricity bill.
“Cutting the energy bill in half is always a good thing,” said Ms. Kathryn Gunnels, assistant principal.
The big plan is to go green will take over the district. Many schools in T.U.S.D. have already completed their own solar panels projects in those schools’ parking lots.
Gunnels said, “We live in a world with limited resources, and it makes perfect sense to use our unlimited resource in Arizona—the sun.”
During fall break, the Outdoor
Adventures’ Club (aka, Pueblo’s Hiking Club) traveled to the Grand Canyon for
four days, beginning on Oct. 13, with sponsors Mr. Ernesto Somoza and language
arts teacher Ms. Angela Gonzalez.
Somoza said that trip was a“triumph”, although club members faced minor challenges. For example, thetemperature plunged to 20 degrees, and yearbook/exceptional education teacher Ms.Marie Little, a chaperone, injured her knee.
“Anything can happen on a
trip like this,” Somoza said. “The trails are rigorous.”
Senior Andrew Romero, who
describes himself as a “fervid member” of the Hiking Club, said, “I love this
club because it gives me a chance to be active, and I love traveling. I love
the outdoors. I’m not stuck to my phone.”
Leo Parra, a junior and
member of the Hiking Club, said, “The sights [this school year] have been
beautiful, and I’ve made a lot of crazy new friends while making a lot of new
Not all of the trips will be
as extensive as the Grand Canyon, Somoza added. The club plans on small trips
to Tumamoc Hill and Madera Canyon—about a three-mile hike for each.
In November, new students
will have an opportunity to join the Hiking Club with the restart of the “point
system”—that is, collecting points from attending meetings, participating in
the hiking trips and providing supplies for these trips.
Starting all over will allow
students to join the club and build their points up to be able to participate
in the trips.
“I expect students to
participate in all our monthly meetings and join us on the majority of our
camping/hiking trips,” said Somoza. “I have high expectations for our members
and expect a certain amount of loyalty.”
There are at least two significant
hiking and two camping trips left this school year. In December, the club will
be venturing to Phoenix and hiking the trails of Camelback Mountain. In March, during
spring break, the club will be going to White Sands National Monument in
Southern New Mexico.
Club president Kevin Lopez, a
senior, said his experiences during the trips so far this school have been “therapeutic”
and were positive bonding experiences. He also said that being outdoors is
always a humbling and refreshing feeling.
Somoza, who has been the
sponsor of this club for the past four years, said that the Hiking Club is a
long overdue organization.
“I was incredibly involved in both high school and college,” he said. “Now, as a teacher, I want students to go outdoors and enjoy the outdoors.”
The Outdoors Adventure Club has
already collaborated with Pueblo’s television class (taught by Mr. Michael
Gunnels) to produce a promotion to attract future club members.
Somoza said, “With this
promotion, students will be able to tell their friends and family this year and
get even more members involved.” He paused and added, “We also extended out to
Tucson High to collaborate with them on trips. Our hope is to extend to other
schools throughout Tucson, including University High School next year—to
produce an inner-city Hiking Club.”
Somoza wants his students to “unplug”
and appreciate their surroundings.
“I want students to see and
hear their memories,” said Somoza, “and to spark their interest for the
outdoors. That’s all I want.”
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, wasn’t just the first day for nearly 1,850 students but the first day for incoming freshmen (the Class of 2022), ready to experience their first year of high school at Pueblo.
This year, Pueblo can boast 444 freshmen; that number is up from last year, when we had 410 freshmen, according to Ms. Rachel Apalategui, Pueblo’s registrar.
One new Pueblo freshman, Marie Romero, attended Hollinger K-8 during her middle school years and admitted that she is prepared for her high school experience.
Romero said, “I’m looking forward to passing and surviving my freshman year without any distractions.”
Another Warrior freshman, William Santos, who attended Roberts Naylor K-8 school, said that he had no fear when it came to attending Pueblo.
Santos said, “I’m focusing on getting good grades and making the boys’ varsity basketball team.”
Tanya Rivera, also from the Class of 2022, also attended Hollinger K-8, said that she is currently getting the high school vibe.
“I look forward to learning how to play the flute and making new friends,” Rivera said.
Freshman Jesus Romero attended Pistor Middle School prior to officially becoming a Warrior, and he said that he had a very exciting first day as a high school student.
“My plan is to earn good grades the entire year and be a part of the Pueblo High School wrestling team,” he said.
Daidryan Mendivil, who graduated from South Gate Middle School last spring, said the he had an easy transition from middle school to high school. Mendivil said that he plans to stay committed to a few sports and clubs. In fact, he already joined TRIO, a club that focuses on students’ collegiate futures.
Mendivil said, “I’ll admit that I’m a little nervous, but I’m going to continue to focus on earning good grades and football and basketball.”
Freshman (and sophomore) counselor Ms. Marian Finely has some great advice for our freshmen to be successful this year and for the remainder of the school year.
“Don’t flunk any of your classes,” she said. “Also, get involved in clubs, and don’t get involved with the wrong group. Stay true to yourself.”