In Loving Memory Of “Nana”

By Marla Terminel

Pueblo music teacher Mr. Jesus Jacquez (left), 2020 alum and former drum major Alex Leyva (middle) and Ms. Brenda Toltin (aka “Nana”) (right).

A life lived so beautifully, generously, and kindly should be remembered as such…

It is in deepest sorrow to announce the death of the beloved band volunteer, Ms. Brenda Toltin, better known by band students as “Nana”.

Nana passed away at the hospital the morning of New Year’s Day after several weeks of battling infections in multiple systems in her body. She was hospitalized the Wednesday before her death when her body did not respond well to treatment.

“Nana was the whole band,” said Pueblo High School music teacher and band director, Mr. Jesus Jacquez. “She [Nana] has spent countless days and so much of her time with the band.”

He added that Nana consistently spent full school days in the band room and was still present for after school practices and sports games.

Nana volunteered with the band, unpaid, for more than 30 years, longer than any high school band director has ever taught in Tucson.

Color Guard junior Natalie Trujillo said, “I will never forget a time after Nana took some time off class. She greeted me in the band room with the biggest smile ever. She always asked me how I was doing and always told me how amazingly the whole [Color] Guard was doing.”

As much as Nana was a volunteer, she has been a friend to the hundreds of music students who she has worked with.

“I was broken up with once, so I sat next to her and let everything out to her as she listened to and comforted me,” said freshman band member Victoria Borquez. “She was such a sweet and amazing soul, and I will never forget the times that we shared together.”

Sophomore band member Gage Tellez said, “At our first marching competition at Sabino [High School], Nana sat next to me and noticed how stressed I was. She comforted me with her stories about the past. She never accepted ‘no’ for an answer whenever she offered me food or a ride home.”

Despite the untimely bereavement to all current music students at Pueblo, the band will continue to function with a few changes to honor her memory.

Jacquez said that the entire end-of-the-year concert will be dedicated to Nana, featuring some of her favorite music played by the band and choir performances inspired by her favorite TV show, Glee. Two of her favorite songs, “Ex’s and Oh’s” by Elle King and “Happy Together” by The Turtles will now permanently be “stand” tunes to be played at every pep event and sport game. The uniform room will also be named with a plaque in her memory.

“It’s okay to be sad,” said Jacquez. “This was a shock to everyone including myself. Everyone will react to this differently, but we will always be here for each other through this.”

‘Grief & Loss’ Group To Continue In Spring Semester

By Joshua Urbalejo

Mr. Juan Mejia & Mr. Efrain Carrillo

For the past 15 years, social worker Mr. Efrain Carrillo has been helping students with traumatic and emotional issues, and for the fifth year, a “Grief and Loss” group has been helping students cope with overwhelming feelings due to challenging issues.

“Round 2” of the Grief and Loss group will continue into the spring 2022 semester, Carrillo said.

“I look forward to continuing to help students with a whole spectrum of problems,” he said.

Carrillo has a little “help” this school year, as he is working with Mr. Juan Mejia, whose internship will be completed in May—allowing Mejia to earn his master’s degree from Arizona State University (Tucson campus).

“This [Grief and Loss] group is a safe place for people to share their stories and not be judged,” Mejia said.

Mejia added that he hopes to stay in Tucson—maybe even at Pueblo—after earning his degree.

“The Grief and Loss group allows students to express their feelings,” Carrillo said. “I am always there for them—to listen to them, to comfort them and most of all, support them through difficult times.”

Carrillo created this group, feeling the need to fulfill students’ emotional needs.

“What students tell me is very confidential,” Carrillo said, “although I always have to take additional steps when students are suicidal or if abuse is expressed or suspected.”

He wants all Warrior students to remember the Loss and Grief motto: “Comfort, Hope, and Purpose.”

“I want to help students with their sadness and to listen and validate their feeling before they turn into depression,” Carrillo said. “My office is always open, but the group meets regularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Room 199.”

Carrillo said that he counsels students in several other groups that meet on campus, including Boys to Men”, LGBTQ students, a girls’ group and “Si Se Puede”.

El Guerrero is committed to featuring these stories this spring.

Library To Get New ‘Cover’

By Eve Woods & Kevin Salazar

Library Practice students help with the packing & storage of books.

After 20 years from its last major makeover, Pueblo’s Cajero Library is at last undergoing new significant renovations coming to the Warrior community in early 2022.

Ms. Marsh-Jean Burrola, Pueblo’s librarian, shares her enthusiasm.

“I can’t wait to feel how clean the [renovated] library is going to feel!” she said.

Stained, dirty carpet throughout the library will be removed, replaced with tile in most areas. All of the old furniture—several dozen tables and countless bookshelves—has already been removed, donated mostly to teachers. A lot of new equipment is going to be added to this renovation project.

“There were times when it breathing felt icky in the library,” Burrola said. “Sometimes it was very uncomfortable to be in there.”

“I’ve been here for four years, and I’ve seen the same old carpet every day,” she added.

According to Burrola, these new renovations will be costly but a worthy investment for our current and future students.

“The library is the core of most schools,” Burrola said, “and that’s especially true of Pueblo’s library. I anticipate that more teachers and students will be utilizing its resources once the project is completed hopefully during the third quarter.”

Burrola said that her students have helped her nearly since the beginning of the school year to temporarily move books to other locations.

“Moving tons of books was grueling, and I’m grateful for the help that I received,” she said.”

One of Burrola’s students, junior Samuel Gonzalez, said, “Helping Ms. B [Burrola] was a pleasure. She always told me and the other students how lucky she was to have us to assist her.”

Gonzalez added, “At times, it seemed that we’d never finish packing all those books, but slowly but surely, we had it all cleared out, ready for the major renovations. Finding boxes was challenging, but through a lot of teachers’ donations, we got thousands of books out of there.”

Burrola would like to thank Principal Frank Rosthenhausler for supporting her vision of a much needed and modern library.

She would like to especially thank Assistant Principal David Montano for being instrumental in finding “homes” for the old furniture for teachers’ classrooms.

Pueblo Band Marches To State Championships 2021

By Dayanara Gonzalez & Isaiah Sotelo

Pueblo’s band performing at the University of Arizona on ‘Band Day’. This was the State qualifying competition that the band earned a Top Five spot to qualify.

Pueblo’s nearly all-new marching band has not only made music for our Pueblo community during sports games and other events. Their enthusiasm has been palpable, and students have been very passionate about trying their best.

Their passion and dedication, uniformed cadence propelled this marching band to attend State competitions on Nov. 13 at Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix.

Out of nearly 200 bands in competition, Pueblo placed 35th.

However, despite students’ triumph this school year, the season began a bit awkwardly—due primarily to students’ inexperience. However, that was just temporary. Many of the beginners learned quickly—as they strived to be their best not only for themselves but for the entire team.

“It [the marching band] had so much to learn at the beginning of this season that I considered cutting the season,” said Mr. Jesus Jacquez, the band director.

He added that even though it wasn’t easy for them, marching band members gave it their all by practicing not only when they had to but in their spare time as they were motivated to become better musicians.

Jacquez is proudest of his students for their growth and for their motivation. For three years, he has been taking his students to State, and this is the best placement his students have performed.

Junior alto saxophone player Charles Foster said, “I practiced in my spare time because it’s a great feeling knowing that I’m not only improving but also helping out the entire band. Making music is one of my favorite things to do.”

Students remained motivated primarily because of Jacquez’s frequent pep-talks, and this support and unyielding encouragement inspired his students.

“Every year I try [to motivate students to do their best],” said Mr. Jacquez. “We all work really hard, and if students want to be pushed, I will push with them.”

Jacquez, who also teaches AP music theory, orchestra, and choir, really enjoys working with his students and wants to help kids grow and reach new heights.

“Nobody knows exactly when students in the band got so good, but they were all excited about making it to the State championship,” he added. “Obviously, we were good enough to qualify for State.”

Senior tuba player/low brass section leader Raul Velazquez said, “We are breathed a sigh of relief to know that all of our hard work and determination was recognized—as we advanced to the State championship.”

Many of the teammates were nervous but also excited and ready to show the world what they could do at State competitions.

“I’m extremely happy we went to State, although it was nerve-racking,” said junior Joey Rodriguez, tenor saxophonist.

Color guard senior Marla Terminel, said, “We [Pueblo’s band] made history this year! It’s crazy-good to be a part of this success and recognition.”

What Warriors Want For Christmas 2021!

Compiled by Advanced Journalism Students

Wish List

Jose Resendez (Senior): I want a MacBook so I can have a new, better-working computer.

Samantha Martinez (Senior): AirPods because they are nice.

Mr. J. Gunnels: I want a new fishing rod so I can fish better.

Ms. Bodanyi: I want a day to myself so I can relax and not worry about my kids.

Mr. Santa-Cruz: I want an inflater so I don’t have to spend any more money on a gas pump. I’ll be doing the job myself!

Victor Cortez (Sophomore): I want a PS5 so I could have a better playing experience.

Sebastian Garcia (Sophomore): I’d love to have a watch because I like fancy accessories, and I want to know the time without asking anyone.

Ms. Lowry: I want to spoil myself and get a Tesla!

David Canez (Senior): I want a skateboard because it would be nice to have and fun to ride around on.

Natalie Trujilo (Junior): I want some pink shoes because they will look good with my outfits.

Victoria Borquez (Freshman): I want Crocs because if you’re not “crocin’”, you’re not rockin’.

Gage Tellez (Sophomore): I want clothes and a set of accessories because I’ve been needing some as well as some comfortable shoes like Crocs.

Mr. Jacquez: I only want one thing for Christmas, and it’s not a thing. I want all my students to be okay.

Gabriel Aguayo (Junior): I want menudo because it’s the best Mexican soup of all time.

Gustavo Valverde (Sophomore): I want a motor for my car so I could boot it up.

Bryan Melendez (freshman): I want brown sugar Pop-Tarts!

Raul Velasquez (Senior): I want a Dead Rose t-shirt because their music goes hard.

Lexi Bermudez (Junior): For Christmas I want a Sketchbook because I need a new one.

Erycka Morales (senior): Anything Harry Styles-related because I love Harry Styles.

Ms. Wallace: Chocolate because it releases dopamine and brings me joy.

Ms. Brown: I want books and anything with Supernatural because I love reading about the Supernatural.

Adelise Buelina (Junior): I want shoes, bracelets, clothing and piercings.

Alexandra Dresser (Junior): Food, socks, and makeup because I need them.

Christopher Jackson (Junior): I want white slip-on Vans because I need new shoes.

Adrian Gonzales (Junior): I want new Nintendo Switch controllers because I need those to play.

Leah Lopez (Senior): Jewelry! I really like it and I’ve been wanting more for a long time.

Arianna Chavez (Sophomore): I really want some new shoes.

Mr. Borland: iPad. I have been wanting one for a while.

Natalia Arteaga (Junior): I want a pig because my boyfriend has a pig and I want one too.

Gyiana Madero (Freshman): I want Snowflakes from Bath and Body because they smell nice and they’re calming.

Jiselle Iadriere (Freshman): I want a pitbull to keep my other dog company.

Jazlynne Fernandez (Freshman): I want sweats because they are comfy.

Mia Rodriguez (Junior): I want clothes because I don’t have enough.

Kaleb Simon (Junior): I want some shoes because they are nice.

Rylie Fernandez (Senior): I want LED lights so I could vibe.

Gladis Miranda (Senior): I want a transmission because mine is messed up.

Soraya Hong (Senior): I want money so I could buy anything I want.

Mya Rosas (Junior): I would really like some new shoes.

Diego Ramirez (Junior): I want a football because I love the sport.

Yael Aganza (Freshman): I want money to go on a shopping spree.

Ms. Ramirez (AVID teacher): A fridge because I need a new one.

Nathalia Gamez (Sophomore): some white blazes because I really want them. Jimmy Quintero (Senior): I would like a new iPhone. Mine is too cracked.

Miguel Morcina (Junior) Some OBJ customized cleats.

Juan Baldenegro (Senior): A new car because mine is getting worn out and makes weird noises.

Celeste Linero (Junior): A house so I could finally move out of Tucson.

Jimmy Mendez (Senior): I want a new hat to add to my collection.

Caitlyn Foster (Sophomore): I want clothes because I like putting outfits together.

Sadie Avalos (Junior): I want makeup because it’s how I express myself.

Carissa Carbajal (Senior): I want a big, soft blanket because all of my blankets are too small.

Isabella Hollcraft (Junior): Snacks because it’s cheap, easy to get, and they’re my favorite.

Esmeralda Macias (Junior): I would love shoes. I’m obsessed with them and they can change the way my outfits look.

Mia Romero (Junior): I want an Ariat Jacket because I get cold and I like the brand.

Yaris Mary Patrida (Senior): What I want for Christmas is to spend time with my family since I don’t live with them, and it’s hard to see them. I miss them.

Emily Sotelo (Senior): I want to spend a day with my dad because I hardly see them.

Jessica Navarrete (Junior): I want more hats because I only have three.

Xitlaly Acuña (Junior): Perfume because I like the smell and I like to smell good.

Maritza Arredono (Freshman): I want better health.

Jose Nogori (Freshman): I want extra money for a steam deck.

Christopher Santa Cruz (Freshman): I want some cool grey 11’s.

Juan Tapia (Freshman): Quiero botas nueva.

Brian Romero (Senior): Quiero un terreno.

Mr. Campbell (Math teacher): I want a router.

Sebastian Marine (Freshman): I want $10.

Karyme Estil (Senior): Shoes – I want some new ones.

Marissa Solis (Senior): I want an apple watch.

Ms. Emma Oetting (Photography teacher): For Christmas, I want a relaxing and enjoyable time with my family.

Mr. Ernesto Somoza (Graphic design teacher): Peace of mind is always what I want for Christmas—especially after this crazy-busy semester. I want to spend some much-needed time with family and friends, eat amazing food and maybe go hiking.

Ms. Lyndsey Bojorquez (AVID teacher): I want silence for Christmas.

Johnny Fuentes (Junior): I want a break from work!

Zaith Medrano (freshman): I want my Chevy Malibu fixed!

Mr. Rana Medhi: I want Florida and Texas to secede from the union. Forever.

Angela Duarte (Junior): I want a raise at work [soccer coach].

Dr. Mario Reyes: I want continued good health for Christmas.

Mr. David Montano (Assistant Principal): I want a $500,000 winning lottery ticket!

Alacard Newell (Freshman): I want Fallout 3: GOTY edition P53. Or, I want $30,000.

Ms. Nora Monge (Campus security): I want a mature black horse.

Pueblo Congratulates The Class Of ‘2021.5’

By Dayanara Gonzalez & Isaiah Sotelo

Like every school year, students come in as freshmen and graduate as seniors.

This school year, a handful of last semester’s seniors needed an extra four months to finalize their credit requirements before heading off into their next chapters of life.

Pueblo High School congratulates the following five students for their dedication and tenacity to earn their last few credits: Brian Soto Flores, Jason Daniel Cantua Beltran, George Cavin Molina, Miguel Alberto Perez and Juliana Eleanor Norris.

These five seniors will graduate on Dec. 16 along with other graduates across the district at a formal ceremony at Santa Rita High School at 6 p.m.

“I’m excited about graduating,” said Flores. “I’m looking forward to graduating because there were a few times I wanted to give up. Through a lot of self-dedication and encouragement from awesome teachers, I will be holding my diploma soon. I can then start my new life.”

For each of these five students, their adventure and commitment to graduate was a different story. Each student had his or her own obstacles to overcome and conquer.

“I might be graduating later than I had hoped, but sometimes other events intervene,” said Juliana Norris. “I just want to say that COVID-19 impacted a lot of people—especially me.”

Having a little more time than most seniors to ponder the future, all five of these graduates have definite plans for their futures.

George Molina

“I am committed to joining the Marines,” said George Molina. “I’m going to have a few months to prepare for this new adventure before heading off to bootcamp.” He added, “My plans are to eventually become an audio engineer.”

Flores said, “I hope to leave Tucson and head up to Phoenix and begin a new life there.”

As these five graduates are ready to venture out into their new worlds, they are not without gratitude for their teachers who pushed them to this golden moment.

“I want to thank Mr. Medhi for the last four years,” Flores said. “I’m glad I got to spend time in his classes, learning how to be a better writer. He allowed me to be myself, and he always supported my love of music and astrology.”