Warriors Join With 2017 MLK Marchers


By Yamilex Garcia and Omar Quintana

On Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, the Tucson Community joined hearts as they commemorated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a march that began at the University of Arizona Bio Tech Park (on Kino Parkway) and ending at Reid Park. Among the marchers included several Pueblo students and staff members.

Despite temperatures in the very cool 40’s and 50’s and occasional rain, thousands of Tucsonans endured the three miles of the march.

Vanessa Mendez (Left) and Corina Ballesteros (Right) pose with a picture with Congressman Raul Grijalva.

One participant, Pueblo senior Corina Ballesteros, said that she has always been impassioned by King’s life—as well as his legacy.

“King would have loved what we all did on the march,” Ballesteros said. “His life still continues to resonate all of the original qualities that made him such an icon—for all people. He will always symbolize unity and peace, and that is something that we should never lose sight of, especially in our splintered country.”

Another Warrior student, senior Vanessa Mendez, said that this was her first time marching for anybody.

“I was very surprised how many people were involved in this [MLK] march,” Mendez said. “I felt empowered marching because of the vibrant environment.”

She paused and said, “There are still people out there who believe that King does not merit a holiday,” Mendez said. “I recently learned that Arizona was the last state to approve the King holiday back in the 1980s. However, King definitely deserves to be recognized. Next year, this event will be especially moving because it will mark the 50th Anniversary of King’s death. I am already committed to marching—and bringing along a lot of my friends with me.”

Not all was docile during the march. Many of the participants voiced their concerns regarding several issues including: police brutality; the “Jobs for Justice” movement; and racial profiling. Many of the marchers also protested against President-elect Trump, five days prior to his inauguration.

Food was available at the end of the march, and the marchers enjoyed the live jazz musicians.

The sun broke away from the clouds…

Ballesteros said, “President Obama’s farewell speech was playing at the park. I think that a lot of us were already missing Obama—even though he was still officially the president when the march occurred—especially considering what president we’ll have next…”

Mendez said, “Through this march, I learned that I have a civic duty to perform—as an American. I believe in the democratic process, and I wholeheartedly believe in the First Amendment, which is my right to express my voice, peaceably.” She paused and said, “I think King would be proud of all of us today.”

Both students were photographed with Congressman Raul Grijalva at the end of the march, at Reid Park.

Pueblo Pride Day ~ October 27, 2015

Iram Arce El Guerrero Pueblo 2015

By Iram Arce

October 27 was Pueblo Pride Day, a time when our Warriors and other volunteers met after school in the cafeteria at 3:30 p.m., and for an hour, they cleaned and better our Pueblo community.

Pueblo Pride Day Warrior Volunteers
Volunteers participating in Pueblo Pride Clean-Up Day

This event, which was started by the Science Club (sponsored by Dr. Lolita Levine) was bigger and better this year. CCLC provided snacks and water for  participants who worked hard to beautify our campus.

Students and volunteers performed duties such as weeding the garden, picking up trash and painting the red drive way curve.

“Everybody is smiling, and that’s the best part,” Levine said. “It’s nice to see teachers and students working side by side.”

Students were separated into different groups in the cafeteria, which will each be led by their own leaders for different sections at school.

Pueblo Pride Day Elizabeth Raizk
Ms. Elizabeth Raizk hauling off some brush.

One of the group leaders is Ms. Elizabeth Raizk, one of Pueblo’s science teachers, and she was in charge of the garden group.

“This is how we show our Pueblo community that we are doing more things [community service] to make Pueblo a better place,” Raizk said. “Pueblo gets cleaner, and it shows our community how great we are. This event is a win-win scenario.”

“I really want to emphasize our school and nourish our soul,” Levine said. “This is not just a school—it is our home.”

College Night Nearing For Class Of 2016 Seniors

Kenya Acosta El Guerrero Pueblo
By Kenya Acosta

The excitement is brewing as the 42nd Annual Tucson College Night to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 29, is just two weeks away, and this event promises to open doors for several thousand seniors across the Tucson metro area.

More than 200 colleges and universities will be presenting and showcasing their unique college opportunities as well as their information. Among the list of schools attending this year are Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, Northern Arizona University and Cornell College.

Last year, an estimated 100 seniors from Pueblo High School attended this event. Erik Gutierrez who took part of the event last year, said, “This event was very helpful, and I was able to learn a lot of different things from different colleges.”

A scholarship raffle will entice students to participate in this event which will be taking place at the Tucson Convention Center Exhibition Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

All seniors are encouraged to attend and discover the many options they have available to them. Indeed, College Night will be a night of adventure for all seniors as they take a peek into their futures.

Warrior Meets Congressman Grijalva

By Xamantha Williams

Senior Shaira Perez with Congressman Raul Grijalva

Our very own Shaira Perez (Class of 2016), a senior at Pueblo Magnet High School, had the opportunity to be among 50 Tucson area administrations, staff members, teachers and students to attend a meeting held at the YWCA Francis McClelland Community Center to hear U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva discuss the importance of Arizona schools receiving equal access to education.

College and Career Coordinator, Mr. Ruben Romero, was contacted and invited along with another student to attend the meeting by former Pueblo student Ms. Cassandra Becerra, who now works as office assistant for Grijalva.

Ruben Romero with Congressman Raul Grijalva

“I chose Shaira [Perez] to come to the meeting with me because she’s ranked number one in her senior class right now,” Romero said. “I like what Congressman Grijalva had to say. He really wants to see a lot of improvements in our schools, including the equality of education across Tucson.”

During their time together, Perez and Romero had the opportunity to converse about education and its challenges for the future.

“I was glad to hear that Grijalva is trying to do something for us students and our quality of education,” Perez said. “I’m honored that I got to go to this meeting because I was introduced as an achieving student and felt that the issues were very important.”

MEChA Prepares For Chicago

By Emilio Grijalva and Aliah Luna

People gathering in Pueblo patio for 2015 Cesar Chavez March

This year Pueblo’s MEChA club members are getting ready to pack their bags to travel to Chicago on April 9-12, for a National MEChA conference, where they will be discussing social issues as well as meeting other students across the country.

The “MEChistas” are fundraising $4,000 to buy plane tickets to send all seven club members and two sponsors to attend the conference. By mid-March, the club had already raised $3,000 from carwashes and selling food at school events; they are asking for any donations. The district donated the rest of the money needed for this trip through Title 1 funds.

Co-president Yulissa Hurtado, a junior, said, “MEChA represents social justice and equality for everyone. I am really excited to be able to talk to other students around the country about a lot of different issues.”

This year’s sponsors, Ms. Jessica Mejia, Mr. Jesus Orduño and Ms. Sally Rusk are very proud of this year’s club members and wholeheartedly support the fervid efforts of their students.

“MEChA gives the students a voice and connects Pueblo with the community,” said Mejia.

On Saturday, March 28, MEChA hosted a fundraiser at Pueblo for Cesar Chavez’s birthday from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Food was served and a DJ played music to entertain the crowd. MEChA was able to raise more money for their trip to Chicago through entry fees.

Pueblo High School MEChistas

Earlier that day, MEChA members as well as other supporters and students in other Pueblo clubs walked from Pueblo to Rudy Garcia Park to bring awareness to social issues.

MEChA, which began in the late 1960s during the Chicano Rights Movement, is a student-run organization that focuses on social justice and community outreach.

Road Warriors Participate In Tour de Tucson 2013

Road Warriors pose for picture after ride.

Our very own Road Warriors participated in a rainy & chilly Tour de Tucson on Saturday, November 23, 2013.

The Road Warriors Club has been in existence since 2001 and every year since, Pueblo has been represented at El Tour de Tucson.  Please congratulate the following student riders and faculty volunteers  who rode in such inclement weather that day.

Road Warriors pose with faculty volunteers after event.

Here’s the results:

57 Miles
Luis Moctezuma Del Toro 3:54:18 (327-1002)
Michael Warner 4:07:21 (414-1002)
Kari Warner 4:59:07 (710-1002)

38 Miles
Nathaniel Gonzales 2:47:38 (205-953)
Amy Kijewski 2:50:29 (240-953)
Nathaniel Adams 2:50:29 (241-953)
Christian Quiñones 3:22:51 (482-953)

Road Warriors during their practice rides.