Health Clinic On Wheels Serves Pueblo Community

By Darian Aldaco and Palmira Henriquez

The Teen Mobile Health Clinic (on wheels!) rolls onto the Pueblo High School campus twice a week, every second and fourth Monday of each month. According to Pueblo’s nurse Ms. Kate Straub, many students have taken advantage of the clinic’s services. Some students have asked questions regarding sex health and hygiene including those related to sexually-transmitted diseases [STD’s] and birth control.

Nurse Straub said, “Students need to know that their visit to this clinic is completely free and very confidential.”

Students who wish to visit the clinic are required to schedule an appointment with Nurse Straub; students will be excused from class.

She added that students do not need their parents’ permission to visit the clinic.

The Teen Mobile Clinic makes its rounds at various other schools, including Project More, TAPP (Teen Age Pregnant Program) and Cholla.

Nurse Straub said, “[Students] having access to this clinic is fantastic, and everybody deserves to have free and confidential help.”

New Tardy, Attendance Policies: Students Taking Things Seriously!

by Elizabeth Olguin and Mariel Ponce

Tardy Line at Pueblo HS

There has been a lot of controversy regarding the new tardy and attendance policy at Pueblo this new school year, but early on, a lot of people have expressed their disapproval.

Thus far, administrators have not lessened the penalty for being late. Tardy lines from primarily during first period, and sometimes this line is excessively long—sometimes as long as 100 feet. Students have to stand in long, hot lines until they reach the attendance counter where they receive “the go” to proceed to their first teachers.

Also, one minute has been shaved from this year’s passing bell schedule. If students are even remotely late to class, they must return to the attendance office for a pass.

“I would prefer students just going to class late and not having to come up here,” said Pueblo’s attendance clerk, Ms. Angelica Aros. “It takes students forever to sign in, and the lines can be very, very long—even now at the end of the first quarter.”

Administration feels that the tardy policy is helpful and gets our students prepared for the real world, but most students think that the tardy lines are unnecessary.

“Our intention is to get our students to realize the importance of being on time,” said Assistant Principal Steven Lopez. He does, however, acknowledge that five minutes may not be sufficient time to get to class.

“Maybe we need to put that one minute back into the schedule,” Lopez said. “We’re still evaluating the situation.”

History teacher Ms. Josephine Rincon said, “We teachers end up being the ‘bad guy’ because we try to get our students to be responsible and to get to class on time. My job description is to grade and plan and to communicate with parents about how their children are doing. This tardy policy turns me into a disciplinarian, and when I have to be the disciplinarian that messes up the pure relationship between student and teacher.”

Most students at Pueblo are opposed to this year’s strict tardy policy.

Junior Marcopolo Moreno said, “It’s a waste of our time! Even if we’re a minute late, we have to stand in line sometimes up to 40 minutes—sometimes the entire period! Traffic is very bad in the mornings, and being late is not our fault sometimes.”

Another junior David Miramontes said, “The tardy policy is an irony—because in the end, it makes us miss more class than necessary.”

Class Of 2020 Senior Completes Half-Marathon

By Jacquelyn Gutierrez

He may have been sore the next day, but Class of 2020 senior Joel Bustamante finished the TMC/A-Mountain Half-Marathon race on Sunday, Oct. 28, in just one hour, 36 minutes, which is excellent time considering that the first place time was one hour, 06 minutes.

Bustamante said that Hiking Club sponsor Mr. Ernesto Somoza motivated him to participate in this event by giving him a coupon to participate in this event.

“I’ve always wanted to run a complete marathon,” Bustamante said, “but maybe I should stick to half-marathons until I have completed enough conditioning.”

To run 13 miles (a half-marathon) is a challenge for anybody, but Bustamante said that the beginning of a lengthy race is the most challenging.

“Your legs feel great pain until they become numb,” he said. “After about seven miles, I couldn’t feel my legs, and I felt that ‘runner’s high’ which is actually an endorphin high.”

Bustamante said that he is fervid member of the Hiking Club and was an avid member of the Cross Country team last year, which gave him more confidence with running.

“I always encourage my friends to exercise, in general,” he added. “Exercising is healthy for everybody, and I guess I just want all of my friends to stay or to get healthier.”

He paused and added, “This half-marathon is just the beginning for me. Some day I want to participate in the Boston Marathon.”

Academy Motivates, Inspires Students

By Daeyalina Moreno and Marla Terminel

Inagural Class Of Pueblo College Preparatory Academy

Pueblo’s College Preparatory Academy, co-coordinated with counselor Dr. Teresa Toro, is an open access program, and has been helping many students to prepare for collegiate futures.

This program has spiked the interest of over 200 Pueblo students who are active members; over six years of preparation was necessary to make the academy become a reality. Students must participate in their selection of 18 AP honors, dual enrollment and culturally relevant classes, as well as participate in volunteer programs.

“This [Academy] is something that I’ve wanted to do for a very long time,” said Toro. She added that her efforts would not have come to fruition if it were not for the co-coordination with Assistant Principal Mr. Rafael Montaño and Principal Mr. Frank Rosthenhausler.

Toro said that the main goal of this program is to help guide students earn as much scholarship money as possible by pushing their boundaries and setting high expectations.

She said, “I want my students to dream big and help expose them to big opportunities.”

Sophomores Giselle-Paris Aubrey and David Cañez have big dreams for their futures, and they admitted that they wanted the challenges that the Academy offers students.

“I want to go to the U of A,” said Aubrey, “and the Academy is going to help me get there.”

Cañez said, “The courses [in the Academy] are rigorous, but I’m up for the challenges that the Academy is going to provide me and to prepare me for a great college future.”

Despite the academic benefits, students are willing to work hard and address all of the stress that committing to the Academy may cause.

 “A lot of students may think that they want to join the academy,” said Cañez, “but they need to make sure that they can commit to its rigorous pace.”

She added that students who want to be in the Academy are welcome to attend support groups. Tutoring also is available to Academy students before and after school, everyday throughout the school year.

She added that there is support for all students who are taking rigorous classes.

Toro wants everybody to know that the study groups are all year, and held in the Parent and Student Café; also, Game Day is on Mondays; walk-in Distress groups are held on Tuesdays after school; and tutoring is every day during “zero” hour in the library.

“I want my students to feel like they’re part of a family and that we support them in their post-secondary endeavors,” said Toro.

Homecoming 2019

Homecoming 2019 Photo Gallery

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.

Two Class Of 2019 Seniors Receive Dorrance Scholarship

By Jacquelyn Gutierrez

Hector Gamez & Yazmin Almazan

Two very talented and deserving Class of 2019 seniors found out on April 27 that they were the recipients of the prestigious Dorrance Scholarship.

Yazmín Almazán and Héctor Gámez were chosen among hundreds of applications. Only 12 students are selected per in-state university (the University of Arizona; Arizona State University; and Northern Arizona University).

Almazán said, “I had my interview on a Friday; the very next day, I was notified. I was very excited to learn this because there was a lot of competition—unfortunately even from some of my close friends at Pueblo. For a few years, no students from Pueblo were awarded the Dorrance scholarship, and to be one of two students from Pueblo to receive the award this year makes this reception even more exciting.”

Gámez said, “I found out that I received the Dorrance scholarship while I was doing yardwork with my father. I was so excited that I screamed, and I scared my mother.”

Both students plan to attend the University of Arizona following graduation.

Almazán will be studying molecular and cellular biology, and she plans to pursue a minor physiology.

“I’ve been extremely interested in this field for several years due to my experience in biotechnology with Dr. Andrew Lettes in my sophomore year,” Almazán said. “I also want to credit Mr. Bill Richards, my honors biology teacher during my freshman year. He persuaded me to enroll in Dr. Lettes’ class, and I’m so glad that I did because of all of the new knowledge that I would be introduced to—as well as all of the opportunities Dr. Lettes encouraged me to take advantage of.”

Over the past few years, Almazán has fervidly been involved with summer workshops and internships at the University of Arizona regarding biomedical research.

“This collegiate experience really inspired to further my aspirations into research and medicine,” Almazán said.

As for Gamez… This is his second year at Pueblo. Prior to that, he lived in Sonora, Mexico, and knew very little English prior to coming to Tucson. This year, as a senior, he is enrolled in four advanced placement classes, included AP English. Following graduation, Gamez plans to pursue a career in neuroscience—specifically to become an orthopedic surgeon.

“A lot of family members have bad backs, and I think this inspired to pursue orthopedics—because I might be able to help them,” Gamez said.

“I knew nobody when I came to Pueblo, and there was already the language barrier to overcome,” Gamez said. “Receiving this scholarship is an affirmation of all of the hard work it took to acclimate to Pueblo and to life in the United States.”

Both Almazan and Gamez are eligible to participate in the Dorrance Study Abroad Program, which lasts for one semester—an experience that introduces students to different cultures, both in theory (academically) and in practice (the study abroad experience itself)—which contributes to global citizenship.