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.”

Warriors Register To Vote In ’20 Primary, General Election

By Daeyalina Moreno

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, Pueblo’s CCLC Program hosted a voter registration drive in order for young voters to participate in Arizona’s Presidential Preference Election next month; the deadline to register for the March 17 election is next Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Economics teacher and CCLC Coordinator/sponsor Mary Wallace said, “We partnered with folks who were familiar with the voting process to help us with the drive, including Mi Familia Vota and the League of Women Voters.”

In order for Pueblo students to register for the general election in November, they must be a U.S. citizen, be 18 by November 3 and have no felonies. Warriors who missed this opportunity to register will have another opportunity to register to vote in another drive in September.

“It’s important to bring a form of identification to register,” Wallace said.

Many Warriors volunteered to make today’s voter registration drive a success.

“I partnered with [credit recovery teacher] Ms. Christina Benitez,” Wallace said, “and without her wonderful help, the process of making the voting drive a reality would have been difficult.”

Benitez said, “We feel a sense of accomplishment in being able to generate an interest in the political process of voting. Our Pueblo students seemed very happy and pumped to have the opportunity to participate in the upcoming presidential election.”

Both Wallace and Benitez hope that this enthusiasm continues with our young voters, and she encourages our students to inspire their parents to vote, too—especially in the general election (Tuesday, Nov. 3).

La Familia Vota: Victor Preciado, Shania Shelby, Samantha Torres & Selina Ramirez.

Ms. Selina Ramirez, the leader of Mi Familia Vota and a fervid member of the group for the past four years, was present at Pueblo’s voter registration drive, along with three other members of MFV: Mr. Victor Preciado, Shania Shelby and Samantha Torres.

“We [Mi Familia Vota] really want young people to vote,” Torres said. “The youngest age group of voters is and has historically been the least active on election days. We want to change that statistic. We especially want to appeal to Hispanics, who have the lowest voter participation among all ethnicities.”

Mi Familia Vota visits Pueblo sometimes as often as twice a month, and the group has already registered many students who will be 18 by November. The number of registering students has dwindled a bit due to the high number of students who have already registered.

“Still—every new registered voter means a great deal to us and the political process,” Torres said.

She added that she and her co-workers try to reach as many prospective Latino voters to participate—even going door-to-door to educate and inform others to vote.

“We welcome any Pueblo students who are 16 or older to help us spread the word,” Torres said. “Students can earn $15 per hour, up to five hours per day, by joining our group.”

If interested, get in touch with a local Mi Familia Vota office at: mifamiliavota.org.

So Long, Coach Sanders

by Kevin Cazares & Isari Martinez

Thank you Coach Sanders

After being head coach for six seasons, Mr. Brandon Sanders has stepped down; Mr. Jacob Allen is now Pueblo’s head football coach.

Sanders became inspired to become a coach after his own coach at the University of Arizona, legendary Mr. Dick Tomey, who guided him and, in a sense, groomed him to be a great leader himself.

“I wanted to see if I could actually do it [coaching high school students],” said Sanders. “It would’ve been another challenge for me to have success.” he added.

Sanders is not leaving the position without a legacy. He led the Warriors football team to a 41-22 record over the past six years; he hopes that he provided a foundation for a lasting successful football team.

“This [past] season was great,” Sanders said. “I think I was able to grow along with the program.”

Sanders added that his moments as a head coach was fun, and he hopes that his ethics taught his high school students respect and to “grow” their love of football.

At the end of the school year, Sanders will commit to becoming a defensive back coach for the Tucson Sugar Skulls in the Indoor Football League.  

“Coaching is my purpose in life, and I am proud and grateful for the experiences at Pueblo,” Sanders said.

Welcome To Pueblo, Football Coach Allen!

by Xylenn Nevarez & Mariel Ponce

Pueblo High School welcomes the new football coach, Mr. Jacob Allen, to our community. Allen was born and raised in Tucson, and he expressed that he always wanted to become the head coach of a team that represents Tucson on the State level.

“Pueblo has an incredible community and rich history which made the job impossible to pass up,” Allen said.

He added that he has big plans for Pueblo’s varsity football program.

“I want to build a program that competes with the very best in our State at the 4A level year in and year out,” Allen said. “Our goal every year is to qualify for the State playoffs and compete with the best in the state once we get there.”

He already has next year’s football program practicing for about an hour every day after school, Monday through Friday.

Truly, Allen said that he is “incredibly excited” to have this position as a new coach and hopes to inspire his players. 

“I want to let my actions speak louder than my words,” Coach Allen said. “I am here every day, working with our athletes to get them better and prepared for the fall. I expect a lot out of our players, and I try to hold myself to the same standards when it comes to enthusiasm and effort.”