Just in time for the holidays, Ms. Sarah Barnes has continued the trend of sponsoring a taste-testing contest for Pueblo’s faculty and staff. The name of this timely event, “Desserts in the Desert”, truly lived up to its name—with a dozen or so contestants vying for a first place win for their home-made tasty treats, ranging from toffee bars to cupcakes to “specialized” cakes and other confectionery concoctions.
On Wednesday, December 5, during both lunches, several dozen members of the Pueblo community participated in judging their favorite two desserts. The top three winners were announced later in the day at teachers’ professional development meeting at 2:30 p.m.
The first place winner was psychology and math teacher Ms. Hannah Yoder; she won for her scrumptious “chocolate toffee croissant rolls”.
The one dollar entry fee from tasters added up to $48.
Yoder received a $20 gift card, and she plans to use the money for “date night”.
“I was very excited to learn that I had won first place,” Yoder said. “I was very surprised to be chosen among all of those great entries!”
“There were some truly decadent entries this time around,” Barnes said, “and it was a lot of fun to see people eating these treats.”
Barnes said that she will continue to host this event because “it brings Pueblo’s faculty and staff a little closer, especially at a time when everybody is so busy.”
She added that she would like to host at least one more of these tasty events next semester and encourages the faculty to help her come up with new ideas and themes.
The 2,000 or so students, faculty, staff and administrators in the Pueblo High School community have historically been very expressive regarding their gratitude in light of Thanksgiving. Here are just a few of those voices:
Andrew Romero, senior: “I am thankful for my family,and worldly possessions. However, more than anything I am grateful to be living…and for my girlfriend.”
Austin Davis, sophomore: “I am thankful for my Subway sandwiches and my friend, Sabino.”
Brian Alegria, sophomore: “I am really thankful for thrash metal music and my mother.”
Anahiz Lopez, sophomore: “I love my older twin sister, Analia. She defends me, and although she can sometimes be a little mean, I still love her.”
Eduwiges (Vicky) Cordova, senior: “I am thankful for my education, family, and friends also the roof over my head.”
Mariel Ponce, sophomore:
“Everything that’s been given my way.”
Genesis Alba, junior:“I’m grateful for that God blessed me with privileges like my education, my family, and the love they shower me in—and being able to eat.”
Mr. Frank Rosthenhausler,
Principal: “I’m thankful for the opportunity to lead this great school.”
Jesus Soto, junior: “I’m thankful for all the strength and blessings God has given me.”
Ruben Rivera IV, senior: “I’m thankful for Coach Sanders for teaching everything I’ve learned these past four years. I’m thankful for my team for being some real dawgs and never backing down.”
Andres Jorge Lujan, senior: “I’m thankful to have both of my parents living under the same roof.”
Ms. Katherine Gunnels, Assistant Principal: “I am thankful that I have a lot of good cooks in my family,and that my husband is the most amazing man ever.”
Sabino Raygoza: “I am thankful for my friends and family and my red Air Max’s.”
Nicole Del Toro, junior: “I am thankful for my parents and the people that genuinely care about me.”
Isaac Guerrero, junior: “I am thankful for my family,for my earphones, and ice cream, too.”
Darian Aldaco, sophomore: “I am thankful for having a roof over my head and a place to sleep.”
Mr. Steve Lopez, assistant principal: “I am thankful to be back home, Pueblo is home to me.”
Antonio Rodriguez, senior: “I am thankful for friends and family.”
Ms. Amaro, chemistry teacher: “Thankful for wonderful students at Pueblo and in the Chemistry Club.”
Andres Apodaca, senior: “I am thankful for my mom because that’s why I’m here today.”
Ryana Talavera, senior: “I’m very thankful for my two friends, Candy and Michael, because they have helped me through a lot and have always been there for me.”
Ms. Elizabeth Raizk, science teacher: “I’m most thankful for the students here at Pueblo. They’re kind, perspective, and they keep me going.”
Zahira Barcelo, sophomore: “I’m just thankful for what I have.”
Angelica Aros, attendance secretary: “I am thankful for my family because I love them; they are my everything.”
Ms. Teresa Toro, counselor: “Very thankful for my health, family, and my extended family at Pueblo.”
Susie Esquivel, senior: “I am thankful for my brother because if it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have pursued my interest as a musician. He’s inspired me for everything I do in my life, and he’s my best friend.”
Aaron Cano, junior: “I am thankful for everything my parents have done for me and everything that my girlfriend does for me.”
Carlos Molina, junior: “I’m thankful for my family and friends and how supportive they have been for me in baseball and life.”
Mia Carpenter, junior: “I’m thankful for my eyelashes because they don’t need mascara.”
Mark Anthony, junior: “I’m very thankful for all the opportunities I’ve been given.”
Ms. Kate Straub, nurse: “I am thankful for my health, my job here at Pueblo and also my family…I feel like I pretty much have everything I need in this world.”
Bryan Ramierz, junior: “I’m thankful for my mother because she cares for me, and she motivates me to always work hard.”
Jose Montoya, sophomore: “First of all, I’m thankful for my family because they love me, and they’re always there for me.”
Adam Pelayo, junior: “I’m thankful for the great life that I have and I’m also thankful for my parents because they work so hard.”
Ms. Goya Ruiz, campus monitor: “I’m thankful for my kids, my family, and good health.”
Adrian Cervantes, junior: “I’m thankful for everything—but specially my mom, my clothes, the rest of my immediate family, and of course my grandma.”
Paula Fierros, senior: “I’m thankful for everyone who has made my senior year pleasant and memorable so far, especially Mr. Medhi who elected me editor-in-chief this year. He’s the best.”
Ms. Marie Little, yearbook/exceptional ed teacher: “I am thankful for my health, my son[s] and my family.”
Martin Martinez, senior: “I’m thankful that my baseball career has become as success. I’ve been offered several baseball scholarships, including one from Minnesota.”
Mr. Ernesto Somoza, graphic design teacher: “I am strongly thankful for my five four-legged, furry friends as well as my friends and family-and, at last, for my ever-growing friends and family at Pueblo.”
Even though the solar panels project in the parking lot was supposed to be completed before the beginning of this school year, this construction project did not begin until July 16, making the beginning of the school year a bit chaotic for many employees and students looking for parking spaces.
More than three months later, the project is nearing completion. Final work continues,and an expected date of completion is estimated to be near the end of the semester.
Mr. Mark Farcis, a foreman for the Future Vervan Energy corporation, said, “We are nearing the end of our stay here,” he said. “All that is left is to connect all of the panels to one power source.”
of this project will ease parking nightmares for faculty, staff and students.
“Traffic in and out of Pueblo has been horrid,” said Assistant Principal Mr. David Montaño, “but we’ve done the best we could do under these circumstances. We hope that everybody can be a little patient because in the end, we’re going to have a beautiful new parking lot that will be environmentally impactful.”
Due to a reduced number of spaces in our usual parking lot due to the installation of the panels, many teachers have had to park in the several new areas that have been designated temporary parking locations.
In the end, the solar panels will be improving the environment as well as reducing the district’s electricity bill.
“Cutting the energy bill in half is always a good thing,” said Ms. Kathryn Gunnels, assistant principal.
The big plan is to go green will take over the district. Many schools in T.U.S.D. have already completed their own solar panels projects in those schools’ parking lots.
Gunnels said, “We live in a world with limited resources, and it makes perfect sense to use our unlimited resource in Arizona—the sun.”
During fall break, the Outdoor
Adventures’ Club (aka, Pueblo’s Hiking Club) traveled to the Grand Canyon for
four days, beginning on Oct. 13, with sponsors Mr. Ernesto Somoza and language
arts teacher Ms. Angela Gonzalez.
Somoza said that trip was a“triumph”, although club members faced minor challenges. For example, thetemperature plunged to 20 degrees, and yearbook/exceptional education teacher Ms.Marie Little, a chaperone, injured her knee.
“Anything can happen on a
trip like this,” Somoza said. “The trails are rigorous.”
Senior Andrew Romero, who
describes himself as a “fervid member” of the Hiking Club, said, “I love this
club because it gives me a chance to be active, and I love traveling. I love
the outdoors. I’m not stuck to my phone.”
Leo Parra, a junior and
member of the Hiking Club, said, “The sights [this school year] have been
beautiful, and I’ve made a lot of crazy new friends while making a lot of new
Not all of the trips will be
as extensive as the Grand Canyon, Somoza added. The club plans on small trips
to Tumamoc Hill and Madera Canyon—about a three-mile hike for each.
In November, new students
will have an opportunity to join the Hiking Club with the restart of the “point
system”—that is, collecting points from attending meetings, participating in
the hiking trips and providing supplies for these trips.
Starting all over will allow
students to join the club and build their points up to be able to participate
in the trips.
“I expect students to
participate in all our monthly meetings and join us on the majority of our
camping/hiking trips,” said Somoza. “I have high expectations for our members
and expect a certain amount of loyalty.”
There are at least two significant
hiking and two camping trips left this school year. In December, the club will
be venturing to Phoenix and hiking the trails of Camelback Mountain. In March, during
spring break, the club will be going to White Sands National Monument in
Southern New Mexico.
Club president Kevin Lopez, a
senior, said his experiences during the trips so far this school have been “therapeutic”
and were positive bonding experiences. He also said that being outdoors is
always a humbling and refreshing feeling.
Somoza, who has been the
sponsor of this club for the past four years, said that the Hiking Club is a
long overdue organization.
“I was incredibly involved in both high school and college,” he said. “Now, as a teacher, I want students to go outdoors and enjoy the outdoors.”
The Outdoors Adventure Club has
already collaborated with Pueblo’s television class (taught by Mr. Michael
Gunnels) to produce a promotion to attract future club members.
Somoza said, “With this
promotion, students will be able to tell their friends and family this year and
get even more members involved.” He paused and added, “We also extended out to
Tucson High to collaborate with them on trips. Our hope is to extend to other
schools throughout Tucson, including University High School next year—to
produce an inner-city Hiking Club.”
Somoza wants his students to “unplug”
and appreciate their surroundings.
“I want students to see and
hear their memories,” said Somoza, “and to spark their interest for the
outdoors. That’s all I want.”
On Friday, Sept .28, Pueblo’s homecoming was punctuated by a tailgate party, organized by our own student council members.
Ms. Sarah Sutton, who is beginning her first year as student council teacher/advisor, started the year off to organizing this huge event.
Sutton said, “Everything at Homecoming went well for being my first year of being a part of student council.” She added that she was very impressed by the huge numbers of alumni who showed up for this event.
Many clubs participated in the tailgating event, which is a grand opportunity for clubs to raise money for their clubs.
Sutton said, “There were about 20 clubs selling, and student government gets five percent of what the clubs earn because of the effort and costs of putting up posters and preparing for events like this.”
Despite a very successful tailgating night, student council admitted that they faced some difficulties in preparing for this event.
Vice President Class of 2022 Angelina Cecil said, “There was miscommunication, and clubs were not setting-up in their correct location. But in the end, everything worked out.”
Angella Armenta, secretary for the Class of 2022, has a few suggestions that can help improve Pueblo’s next events.
Armenta said, “Clubs can definitely learn how to be more organized. Better communication is needed and a better way to handle the tickets needs to be discussed for next year.”
Still, Sutton feels that Tailgating 2018 was a very successful event. “We’ll all be better off next year.”
Warriors Defeat ‘The Undefeated’ By Adamaris Castillo and Jessica Prado-Rascon
What better way to kick off the fall weather for the Warriors then to blowout the Douglas Bulldogs, after a very disappointing 1-4 losing streak! The 2018 Homecoming game was a perfect day for the Warriors to show the world what they’re actually made of.
After losing a few consecutive games, the Warriors practiced diligently to ensure that they had a dramatic and triumphant comeback on the field at this year’s homecoming game.
…With a win of 47-0, our Warriors made this homecoming one for the books!
Running back and linebacker Omar Ibanez (#34) said, “I felt like I stepped up. In fact, we all stepped up as a team to play for each other rather than playing for ourselves. I also felt that everybody on the team brought all of our strengths together to complete the goal we had set for this game.”
Senior Flavio Gonzalez (#77), defensive end, said, “The game against Douglas really united the team and got the stamina rolling for us. I think that this game actually helped us build the chemistry that we needed to sustain us through the rest of the season.”
Robert (“Bobby”) Jackson (#1), a senior and a wide receiver, said, “I felt like this game really brought the team closer to being a real team—a whole team. During the homecoming game, we truly showed our true colors—and they were some bright ones!”
According to Head Coach Brandon Sanders, “Defeating an undefeated team was a definite wake-up call for the players. Their ‘inner Warrior’ awakened!”
He added, “The homecoming game was a solid win for us—definitely winning at the right time. The team truly showed the world what we Warriors can do.”
Royalty: Some Traditions Never Die By Candy Rodriguez and Alyssa Soza
The traditional crowning of royalty during homecoming’s halftime definitely brought great anticipation and excitement to the Pueblo community. At last, our Warriors finally got to see who they chose for king and queen; this year, seniors King Sam Lopez and Queen Arlie Kontic were named Pueblo’s royalty.
“I was a little surprised that my peers voted for me,” Queen Arlie Kontic said. “All week long, I was a little nervous. I wondered how I would act if I won, and when I did, I actually didn’t make a fool of myself.” She paused and added, “Being homecoming queen was the cherry on top of a really great day. The next day was my birthday.”
King Sam Lopez said, “I was genuinely surprised that I was voted king, and I was even rooting for the other nominees [Chuck and Lulu],” Lopez said. “I felt that my peers really respect me and appreciate me. I am very humbled to accept my peers’ votes to be their homecoming king.”
Seniors Chuck Hindley and Lulu Pereira were honored to have been nominees, as were Alex Cocio and Renee Olvera.
“I was honored to have been nominated for queen,” Pereira said. “Two ‘L’s make a ‘dove’.” She explained that she and Chuck Hindley were prom prince and princess nominees, and we were nominated—but lost—this year.
“I still feel lucky to have been nominated,” Pereira said. “What a great honor, and I couldn’t be happier for Sam and Arlie for being our king and queen this year.”
Dance On Saturday? by Jacquelyn Gutierrez
For the first time in recent memory, Pueblo High School held their homecoming dance the day after the actual football game, on Saturday, Sept. 29 inside the South Gym. Actually, this dance almost didn’t happen, but members in the Student Council take the initiative to proceed with homecoming dance plans.
For the 2018-19 school year, Pueblo High School’s student government decided to host prom a day after the football game because many wanted a more formal look to the homecoming dance. In past years, students attended homecoming dance directly after the game—usually in jeans and sweatshirts.
Ms. Sarah Sutton, the new student government sponsor, said, “I am extremely proud of how the junior class held this whole thing [homecoming dance] together. Overall, it seemed like everyone had their fun [at the dance], which is the whole point.” Junior class treasurer, Damon Carrasco said, “Homecoming dance gave students a lot more time to prepare, compared to past years when the dance was immediately after the game.” She paused and added, “I really believe that Saturday worked out great, and I hope that we continue to hosting the homecoming dance the day after the football game.”
Although, the dance was not on a traditional Friday, there was a large turnout of over 100 students with an unexpected appearance of a live band, PELT, kicking off the night.
Senior Marina Rivera said, “I loved the band at the beginning. The music was great and gave a great feel to just kick back for a bit,” Rivera said, “I just thought the DJ should have played more of a variety of music, that’s the only thing I didn’t like.”
Along with the crowd, there was a German presence at his very first homecoming dance.
“I loved it. In Germany we don’t have events like this, so it was so nice to have been able to experience something like this,” Said Sophomore foreign exchange student Johannes Grundler
Overall, the crowd was pleased with the great job that the junior class did in hosting the Homecoming dance this year.