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.

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.

Mr. Warrior Pageant 2017: Elegant As Usual

By Summer Romero

Mr. Pueblo Warrior 2017 Contestants.

On Feb. 10, 2017, Pueblo held is 6th annual Mr. Warrior Pageant for senior males to show the judges what they got.

Contestants had to endure four different events to prove to judges why they should be Mr. Warrior. They were graded all on a scale from one through five (with “five” being the highest).

The originator of the Mr. Warrior Pageant, counselor Mrs. Teresa Toro, said, “They boys went through four major events. First—contestants were judged on a “strike a pose” dance routine; then, the boys had to “survive” a “swimsuit cat walk”; thirdly, each contestant had to show off one of their talents; and, lastly, each participated in the “Gala” event—that is, presenting their female escort with a thoughtful gift; the boys were required to wear tuxedos!

Mr. Pueblo Warrior 2017 Escorts

The pageant is also a fundraiser—to help seniors raise money for their senior gift as well as to award a senior a $500 scholarship. This year, because of all of the money raised, two scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors.

The four finalists were faced with a pageant question to end the competition; according to Mrs. Toro, whoever answered it the best—evaluated by the judges—won the pageant.

The winner of the 6th Annual Mr. Warrior Pageant…? None other than Manuel Enrique Navarro, who won two free tickets to Prom, a free tuxedo rental and an Olive Garden restaurant gift card.

“I love Olive Garden,” Navarez said.  He paused and said, “Honestly, winning was a total surprise, but I’m not going to lie—it felt good to win. Like, whoa! I’m Mr. Warrior!”

Video of entire show:

Welcome, Mr. Berns! (And Thanks For Helping Students Read Better!)

  

By Victor Garcia and Anthony Gutierrez

Starting this 2016-17 year, Mr. Drew Berns joins the Warrior family as a reading interventionist, helping struggling readers improve their vocabulary skills along with reading fluency.

“We learn a lot of different strategies to help students improve their reading,” Berns said. “One of the best ones is to read a lot of different genres which helps out the students a lot.”

Although this is Berns’ first year at Pueblo, this is his 13th year of teaching. He has taught in several cities, including Nogales and Phoenix.

After graduating from Canyon del Oro High School, Berns then pursued several degrees from the University of Arizona, including a bachelor’s degree in family consumer services and a master’s degree in Mexican-American studies in 2014.

Berns said that the transition to Pueblo was an easy one.

“I really like our students here [at Pueblo],” Berns said. “I think it’s hard for our students to sit in a classroom for 90 minutes on block days [Wednesdays and Thursdays]—especially freshmen.”

Although he works primarily with freshmen, Berns said that he also helps juniors in RTI (Response to Intervention) classes.

“I really enjoy working with our students one-on-one, and I find it rewarding—for both the student and for me,” Berns said.

It’s no surprise that as reading specialist, Bern loves to read. He said that his
favorite novel is The Devils Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea, a story about a group of immigrants crossing the border between Mexico and the U.S.

Let’s Go Hikin’

By Alex Pesqueira

It seems that almost every teenager today in the 21st century is on his or her phone for hours each day—playing video games or exploring social media. However, communications media technology teacher Mr. Ernesto Somoza is changing pastimes for many of our Pueblo Warriors. He is the sponsor/adviser of the schools hiking club.

When Somoza initiated this club two years ago, only a handful of students committed to being in the hiking club. But, through the word of mouth and some promotion, the hiking club has more than 30 Pueblo students.

This school year, Somoza is planning to take the club to new levels—including a trip to the Grand Canyon in the spring.

During this past summer, Somoza was already researching trips to Tumamoc Hill, Sabino Canyon, the Tucson Mountains—among other locations in Southern Arizona.

“Arizona is a hiker’s paradise,” Somoza said. “Even around Tucson, there are wonders to be explored for the average hiker. I look forward to experiencing these local treasures sometime this school year.”

The Hiking Club meets every first Tuesday of the month, and they hike once a month.

“Right now we’re planning a trip to the Grand Canyon which will be for about 10 students,” Somoza said. “We’ll be spending a couple days there! This will be happening sometime in the spring, although I haven’t set a definite date yet.”

He added that there is still room in the club for any students still interested in joining the Hiking Club. Somoza said that students do not need any experience hiking because there are several levels of hikers in the club.

“I will make accommodations for all levels of hikers,” Somoza said.

Please see Mr. Ernesto Somoza in Room T-12 after school every first Tuesday of the month if you are interested or curious about the club.

Pueblo Hall Of Fame Adds A Dozen Inductees In 2016

  

By Paula Fierros and Daniela Moreno

The PHS Warrior Foundation Class of 2016

On Sunday, October 23, 2016, the second annual Pueblo Hall of Fame ceremony took place at the Hotel Tucson City Center, commemorating the latest inductees into the Pueblo Magnet High School Hall of Fame.

The Pueblo Alumni Foundation welcomed 12 new members this year: Robert J. Acuna ’61, Dr. Leonard E. Basurto ’62, Dr. Tim Dong ’60, Dr. Dale Frederick ’64, Richard M. Gastellum ’61, Dr. Coronado L. Gomez ’67, Adelita Grijalva ’89, Dan A. Klingenberg ’57, Dr. Miguel Palacios ’63, Dr. Rafaela M. Santa Cruz ’66, Saturnino “Curly” Santa Cruz ’62, and Ramon Valadez ’84.

“We are proud to have such an outstanding group of individuals representing Pueblo the way they have,” said Mr. Richard Guillen, President of the PHS Warrior Foundation.

These individuals were nominated due to their outstanding personal and professional achievements.

“Today we honor those who significantly improve the lives of others through their exceptional performance and efforts,” said Mr. Saturnino Santa Cruz, Chairman for the PHS Hall of Fame.

There was plenty of support from all of our Warrior community, including alumni, their families, and current staff and students. Pueblo Principal Dr. Augustine Romero was also in attendance to honor these distinguished Warriors.

Each inductee spoke of his/her struggles as well as their motivation and perseverance to keep pursuing their dreams.

“I learned speaking Spanish was an honor and to be proud of who you are, no matter who you are,” said Dr. Leonard E. Basurto. He added, “Dos idiomas abren dos mundos.” (Two languages open two worlds)

The inductees hope to inspire today’s Warriors—and for them to learn how to give back to their community as they have.

Dr. Coronado Gomez said, “I hope to inspire other students that are at Pueblo porque ¡Sí Se Puede!”

Inductees and guests were treated with a brunch fit for royalty. The Alumni Foundation funded the entire event and look forward to next year’s ceremony.