Spirit Week: Keeping Themes Original!
By Mariel Ponce and Xylenn Nevarez
Sept. 23 through the Sept. 27 marked Pueblo High School’s had their first spirit week of the new 2019-20 school year, and the themes were imaginative and wild, according to many students.
The themes for this year included the following: “Mathletes vs. Athletes” on Monday; “Speed- dating” on Tuesday; “Sideline spirit” on Wednesday; “College Fan Day” on Thursday; and “Final countdown” on Friday, which was the official theme for the assembly as a whole.
Student Council advisor/teacher Mr. Greg Obregon, said, “The themes are chosen by students at Pueblo during their lunches or through emails.”
He said, “This year’s themes were great, but ‘Pajama Day’, which wasn’t part of this year’s themes, will always be my favorite.”
Allissa Barone, a senior, is a member of the Spirit Committee, said that she hopes that more students can participate in helping determine future spirit weeks’ themes.
“I would also like to see more seniors becoming involved—especially since it’s their last year of high school,” she added. “If more seniors became involved, I think the underclassmen would follow the trend.” She paused and added, “For the first spirit week, I thought students were fairly spirited.
Hazel Haynes, another senior and member of the Spirit Committee, said that she wants the student body to know that Student Council represents all students—and that the organization’s number one objective is to ensure that all students’ opinions are being counted.
“We work for everybody at Pueblo,” Haynes said.
According to Obregon, Pueblo’s next Spirit Week will begin on Dec. 2, although themes are not determined yet.
“We hope that we receive a lot of different ideas for December,” he said. “Let’s keep the originality coming our way!”
First Spirit Assembly: A Result of ‘Hard Work’
By Kevin Cazares and Ivan Rosas
On Friday, Sept. 27, we had our first spirit assembly of the school year. It’s always one of the most anticipated events of the entire school year. This year’s spirit assembly, according to students interviewed for this story, did not let our Warriors down. The week’s dramatic themes just added to this anticipation.
Student Council worked diligently to ensure that Homecoming 2019 would be an unforgettable and positive event.
Mr. Greg Obregon, Student Council teacher and advisor, helped coordinate his students on how to make Spirit Week and the first Spirit Assembly a success.
Obregon said, “With all of the extra hours they put in during school hours and after school, I was confident they couldn’t fail. In the end, I was very impressed. Their hard work really paid off, and we had mostly positive comments about all of the spirit activities, including the assembly.”
One of the highlights that students enjoyed most was when our varsity football players broke a piñata to commemorate their winning season.
Despite most students enjoying the assembly, a few expressed how they wished the assembly would end when it is scheduled to be over.
The next spirit week is scheduled for the week of Dec. 2-6, according to Student Council.
Warriors Winning Streak Over
By Palmira Henriquez and Daeyalina Moreno
Pueblo hosted the Homecoming football game on the newly dedicated “Saturnino ‘Curly’ Santa Cruz” Stadium. Up to this point, the Warrior football team was 4-0, an undefeated season with hopes of making it 5-0.
Taking on the Catalina Foothills Falcons was supposed to be a cinch for the Warriors, but it was anything but that.
“I feel as if the entire team had the energy to pull off a victory, but somehow we lost,” said sophomore Enrique Cancio (#2).
Sadly, the Warriors’ winning streak came to an end, reporting their first loss of the season. Head Coach Brandon Sanders said, “During the game, the team lost its fundamentals, and after playing and defeating local rivals, the team could not find the same high to conquer the Falcons.”
Despite the loss, our Warriors put up a good defense during the first quarter, keeping the score at 0-0. However, that all changed in the second quarter; by halftime, the score was Pueblo, 0, Falcons, 12.
Quarterback Marcelino Vega (#4), a senior, said, “The energy was there, but it faded as the game went on. We lost focus during the game.”
The final score: Pueblo 0; Falcons, 19.
Royalty: The Crowning Tradition Continues!
By Darian Aldaco and Getsemani Cazares
Although royalty for juniors and seniors was announced the next day at the homecoming dance, the focus during the halftime game was freshman and sophomore royalty.
Freshmen Jazmyne Garcia and Fabian Morenowere crowned “Lady” and “Lord” for their Class of 2023.
Garcia said, “I felt happy that we won because I didn’t think people would vote for us. I want to thank everybody who believed in us!”
Moreno said, “When my name was announced, nothing else mattered to me. I was proud of myself but mostly proud of my girlfriend Jazmyne.”
Sophomores Daidryan Mendivil and Jezelle Fuentes were voted “Duke” and “Duchess” for their sophomore class.
Mendivil said, “We were really happy and excited that people voted for us.”
“It was like a really great dream!” Fuentes said.
‘The Night of Nights’
By Ismael Angulo and Alina Cuen
On Saturday, Sept. 28, the Warriors lit up the night with a neon bowling theme. For the first time in the Lever Gym, the hype of the dance continued throughout the week–especially the announcement of royalty for juniors and seniors.
The turnout was impressive this year. More than 100 students were in attendance. Although there were mixed reviews about the dance, most Warriors interviewed for this story did seem to really enjoy themselves.
Lever Gym allowed more space than the South Gym, and most students enjoyed the extra space.
Alek Mendez, a senior, said, “This year’s dance was a lot better than the past years, and choosing Lever Gym instead of the South Gym was a way better choice and the energy was a lot more feeling.”
The dance was over by 11 p.m., and some students wanted to express their ideas to make future Homecoming dances even better.
Mendez said, “I feel that at other schools, there is more build-up to the dance, including more decorations and more clubs serving food and drinks instead of just a few clubs participating. Even though this is my last homecoming dance, I would like to see more clubs involved in events like this in the future.”
One of the highlights of the evening was announcing junior and senior royalty. First, the juniors were announced…
David Miramontes and Marina Villa were voted as the Class of 2021 “Prince” and “Princess”.
Miramontes said, “I really didn’t expect to win, but hearing my name announced really made my night.”
“After being crowned winner, both of us were pretty stoked to receive this honor! It was a memorable night,” said Villa.
As our seniors continue to make their last year memorable, Alina Cuen and Aaron Cano were voted our 2019 homecoming king and queen.
Cano said, “It was surprising to win! I didn’t think we were going to. It was like a rush of joy.”?
Cuen said, “I was very happy and filled with joy to be honored by my peers! Winning was truly a moment and a night that I will?never forget. The whole evening was so special to us both.”
Both King and Queen had the dancefloor to themselves; fittingly, they danced to “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran.
Indeed, “perfect” is an adjective that many would agree to describe Homecoming ’19 dance.