Library To Get New ‘Cover’

By Eve Woods & Kevin Salazar

Library Practice students help with the packing & storage of books.

After 20 years from its last major makeover, Pueblo’s Cajero Library is at last undergoing new significant renovations coming to the Warrior community in early 2022.

Ms. Marsh-Jean Burrola, Pueblo’s librarian, shares her enthusiasm.

“I can’t wait to feel how clean the [renovated] library is going to feel!” she said.

Stained, dirty carpet throughout the library will be removed, replaced with tile in most areas. All of the old furniture—several dozen tables and countless bookshelves—has already been removed, donated mostly to teachers. A lot of new equipment is going to be added to this renovation project.

“There were times when it breathing felt icky in the library,” Burrola said. “Sometimes it was very uncomfortable to be in there.”

“I’ve been here for four years, and I’ve seen the same old carpet every day,” she added.

According to Burrola, these new renovations will be costly but a worthy investment for our current and future students.

“The library is the core of most schools,” Burrola said, “and that’s especially true of Pueblo’s library. I anticipate that more teachers and students will be utilizing its resources once the project is completed hopefully during the third quarter.”

Burrola said that her students have helped her nearly since the beginning of the school year to temporarily move books to other locations.

“Moving tons of books was grueling, and I’m grateful for the help that I received,” she said.”

One of Burrola’s students, junior Samuel Gonzalez, said, “Helping Ms. B [Burrola] was a pleasure. She always told me and the other students how lucky she was to have us to assist her.”

Gonzalez added, “At times, it seemed that we’d never finish packing all those books, but slowly but surely, we had it all cleared out, ready for the major renovations. Finding boxes was challenging, but through a lot of teachers’ donations, we got thousands of books out of there.”

Burrola would like to thank Principal Frank Rosthenhausler for supporting her vision of a much needed and modern library.

She would like to especially thank Assistant Principal David Montano for being instrumental in finding “homes” for the old furniture for teachers’ classrooms.

Pueblo Band Marches To State Championships 2021

By Dayanara Gonzalez & Isaiah Sotelo

Pueblo’s band performing at the University of Arizona on ‘Band Day’. This was the State qualifying competition that the band earned a Top Five spot to qualify.

Pueblo’s nearly all-new marching band has not only made music for our Pueblo community during sports games and other events. Their enthusiasm has been palpable, and students have been very passionate about trying their best.

Their passion and dedication, uniformed cadence propelled this marching band to attend State competitions on Nov. 13 at Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix.

Out of nearly 200 bands in competition, Pueblo placed 35th.

However, despite students’ triumph this school year, the season began a bit awkwardly—due primarily to students’ inexperience. However, that was just temporary. Many of the beginners learned quickly—as they strived to be their best not only for themselves but for the entire team.

“It [the marching band] had so much to learn at the beginning of this season that I considered cutting the season,” said Mr. Jesus Jacquez, the band director.

He added that even though it wasn’t easy for them, marching band members gave it their all by practicing not only when they had to but in their spare time as they were motivated to become better musicians.

Jacquez is proudest of his students for their growth and for their motivation. For three years, he has been taking his students to State, and this is the best placement his students have performed.

Junior alto saxophone player Charles Foster said, “I practiced in my spare time because it’s a great feeling knowing that I’m not only improving but also helping out the entire band. Making music is one of my favorite things to do.”

Students remained motivated primarily because of Jacquez’s frequent pep-talks, and this support and unyielding encouragement inspired his students.

“Every year I try [to motivate students to do their best],” said Mr. Jacquez. “We all work really hard, and if students want to be pushed, I will push with them.”

Jacquez, who also teaches AP music theory, orchestra, and choir, really enjoys working with his students and wants to help kids grow and reach new heights.

“Nobody knows exactly when students in the band got so good, but they were all excited about making it to the State championship,” he added. “Obviously, we were good enough to qualify for State.”

Senior tuba player/low brass section leader Raul Velazquez said, “We are breathed a sigh of relief to know that all of our hard work and determination was recognized—as we advanced to the State championship.”

Many of the teammates were nervous but also excited and ready to show the world what they could do at State competitions.

“I’m extremely happy we went to State, although it was nerve-racking,” said junior Joey Rodriguez, tenor saxophonist.

Color guard senior Marla Terminel, said, “We [Pueblo’s band] made history this year! It’s crazy-good to be a part of this success and recognition.”

What Warriors Want For Christmas 2021!

Compiled by Advanced Journalism Students

Wish List

Jose Resendez (Senior): I want a MacBook so I can have a new, better-working computer.

Samantha Martinez (Senior): AirPods because they are nice.

Mr. J. Gunnels: I want a new fishing rod so I can fish better.

Ms. Bodanyi: I want a day to myself so I can relax and not worry about my kids.

Mr. Santa-Cruz: I want an inflater so I don’t have to spend any more money on a gas pump. I’ll be doing the job myself!

Victor Cortez (Sophomore): I want a PS5 so I could have a better playing experience.

Sebastian Garcia (Sophomore): I’d love to have a watch because I like fancy accessories, and I want to know the time without asking anyone.

Ms. Lowry: I want to spoil myself and get a Tesla!

David Canez (Senior): I want a skateboard because it would be nice to have and fun to ride around on.

Natalie Trujilo (Junior): I want some pink shoes because they will look good with my outfits.

Victoria Borquez (Freshman): I want Crocs because if you’re not “crocin’”, you’re not rockin’.

Gage Tellez (Sophomore): I want clothes and a set of accessories because I’ve been needing some as well as some comfortable shoes like Crocs.

Mr. Jacquez: I only want one thing for Christmas, and it’s not a thing. I want all my students to be okay.

Gabriel Aguayo (Junior): I want menudo because it’s the best Mexican soup of all time.

Gustavo Valverde (Sophomore): I want a motor for my car so I could boot it up.

Bryan Melendez (freshman): I want brown sugar Pop-Tarts!

Raul Velasquez (Senior): I want a Dead Rose t-shirt because their music goes hard.

Lexi Bermudez (Junior): For Christmas I want a Sketchbook because I need a new one.

Erycka Morales (senior): Anything Harry Styles-related because I love Harry Styles.

Ms. Wallace: Chocolate because it releases dopamine and brings me joy.

Ms. Brown: I want books and anything with Supernatural because I love reading about the Supernatural.

Adelise Buelina (Junior): I want shoes, bracelets, clothing and piercings.

Alexandra Dresser (Junior): Food, socks, and makeup because I need them.

Christopher Jackson (Junior): I want white slip-on Vans because I need new shoes.

Adrian Gonzales (Junior): I want new Nintendo Switch controllers because I need those to play.

Leah Lopez (Senior): Jewelry! I really like it and I’ve been wanting more for a long time.

Arianna Chavez (Sophomore): I really want some new shoes.

Mr. Borland: iPad. I have been wanting one for a while.

Natalia Arteaga (Junior): I want a pig because my boyfriend has a pig and I want one too.

Gyiana Madero (Freshman): I want Snowflakes from Bath and Body because they smell nice and they’re calming.

Jiselle Iadriere (Freshman): I want a pitbull to keep my other dog company.

Jazlynne Fernandez (Freshman): I want sweats because they are comfy.

Mia Rodriguez (Junior): I want clothes because I don’t have enough.

Kaleb Simon (Junior): I want some shoes because they are nice.

Rylie Fernandez (Senior): I want LED lights so I could vibe.

Gladis Miranda (Senior): I want a transmission because mine is messed up.

Soraya Hong (Senior): I want money so I could buy anything I want.

Mya Rosas (Junior): I would really like some new shoes.

Diego Ramirez (Junior): I want a football because I love the sport.

Yael Aganza (Freshman): I want money to go on a shopping spree.

Ms. Ramirez (AVID teacher): A fridge because I need a new one.

Nathalia Gamez (Sophomore): some white blazes because I really want them. Jimmy Quintero (Senior): I would like a new iPhone. Mine is too cracked.

Miguel Morcina (Junior) Some OBJ customized cleats.

Juan Baldenegro (Senior): A new car because mine is getting worn out and makes weird noises.

Celeste Linero (Junior): A house so I could finally move out of Tucson.

Jimmy Mendez (Senior): I want a new hat to add to my collection.

Caitlyn Foster (Sophomore): I want clothes because I like putting outfits together.

Sadie Avalos (Junior): I want makeup because it’s how I express myself.

Carissa Carbajal (Senior): I want a big, soft blanket because all of my blankets are too small.

Isabella Hollcraft (Junior): Snacks because it’s cheap, easy to get, and they’re my favorite.

Esmeralda Macias (Junior): I would love shoes. I’m obsessed with them and they can change the way my outfits look.

Mia Romero (Junior): I want an Ariat Jacket because I get cold and I like the brand.

Yaris Mary Patrida (Senior): What I want for Christmas is to spend time with my family since I don’t live with them, and it’s hard to see them. I miss them.

Emily Sotelo (Senior): I want to spend a day with my dad because I hardly see them.

Jessica Navarrete (Junior): I want more hats because I only have three.

Xitlaly Acuña (Junior): Perfume because I like the smell and I like to smell good.

Maritza Arredono (Freshman): I want better health.

Jose Nogori (Freshman): I want extra money for a steam deck.

Christopher Santa Cruz (Freshman): I want some cool grey 11’s.

Juan Tapia (Freshman): Quiero botas nueva.

Brian Romero (Senior): Quiero un terreno.

Mr. Campbell (Math teacher): I want a router.

Sebastian Marine (Freshman): I want $10.

Karyme Estil (Senior): Shoes – I want some new ones.

Marissa Solis (Senior): I want an apple watch.

Ms. Emma Oetting (Photography teacher): For Christmas, I want a relaxing and enjoyable time with my family.

Mr. Ernesto Somoza (Graphic design teacher): Peace of mind is always what I want for Christmas—especially after this crazy-busy semester. I want to spend some much-needed time with family and friends, eat amazing food and maybe go hiking.

Ms. Lyndsey Bojorquez (AVID teacher): I want silence for Christmas.

Johnny Fuentes (Junior): I want a break from work!

Zaith Medrano (freshman): I want my Chevy Malibu fixed!

Mr. Rana Medhi: I want Florida and Texas to secede from the union. Forever.

Angela Duarte (Junior): I want a raise at work [soccer coach].

Dr. Mario Reyes: I want continued good health for Christmas.

Mr. David Montano (Assistant Principal): I want a $500,000 winning lottery ticket!

Alacard Newell (Freshman): I want Fallout 3: GOTY edition P53. Or, I want $30,000.

Ms. Nora Monge (Campus security): I want a mature black horse.

Pueblo Congratulates The Class Of ‘2021.5’

By Dayanara Gonzalez & Isaiah Sotelo

Like every school year, students come in as freshmen and graduate as seniors.

This school year, a handful of last semester’s seniors needed an extra four months to finalize their credit requirements before heading off into their next chapters of life.

Pueblo High School congratulates the following five students for their dedication and tenacity to earn their last few credits: Brian Soto Flores, Jason Daniel Cantua Beltran, George Cavin Molina, Miguel Alberto Perez and Juliana Eleanor Norris.

These five seniors will graduate on Dec. 16 along with other graduates across the district at a formal ceremony at Santa Rita High School at 6 p.m.

“I’m excited about graduating,” said Flores. “I’m looking forward to graduating because there were a few times I wanted to give up. Through a lot of self-dedication and encouragement from awesome teachers, I will be holding my diploma soon. I can then start my new life.”

For each of these five students, their adventure and commitment to graduate was a different story. Each student had his or her own obstacles to overcome and conquer.

“I might be graduating later than I had hoped, but sometimes other events intervene,” said Juliana Norris. “I just want to say that COVID-19 impacted a lot of people—especially me.”

Having a little more time than most seniors to ponder the future, all five of these graduates have definite plans for their futures.

George Molina

“I am committed to joining the Marines,” said George Molina. “I’m going to have a few months to prepare for this new adventure before heading off to bootcamp.” He added, “My plans are to eventually become an audio engineer.”

Flores said, “I hope to leave Tucson and head up to Phoenix and begin a new life there.”

As these five graduates are ready to venture out into their new worlds, they are not without gratitude for their teachers who pushed them to this golden moment.

“I want to thank Mr. Medhi for the last four years,” Flores said. “I’m glad I got to spend time in his classes, learning how to be a better writer. He allowed me to be myself, and he always supported my love of music and astrology.”

New Trend Alert: Cyberbullying?

By Marla Terminel

Cyberbullying

As we approach the end of an everlasting semester, the changing seasons are accompanied by an even greater conflict, which involves hundreds of Pueblo High School students as well as faculty being harassed on the internet.

Dozens of social media accounts have surfaced on platforms such as Instagram, where nonconsensual photos are being posted of students at school.

“It [posting nonconsensual images on the internet] isn’t new,” said assistant principal Ms. Kathryn Gunnels. “Since the beginning of social media, we have seen these forms of harassment, and to the students [making the accounts], it’s harmless, but they don’t know that what they’re doing is against the law.”

Although some of the accounts showcase images of vandalism and public property, others exclusively target students by posting photos of them asleep in class, eating or using the restroom.

“I heard that the accounts started with ‘fan pages’ of [Principal] Mr. Frank Rosthenhausler,” said music teacher, Mr. Jesus Jacquez. “There are so many of them now, and I don’t think this is a battle the school should have to fight.”

Many accounts have already vanished off the social media platforms per the request of administration, but some have remained active and continue to post photos of students and staff.

Senior Erycka Morales said, “As someone who has been posted on one of the accounts, I see how some people are uncomfortable being posted without their permission. I know that most of the accounts will delete a picture if you ask them to.”

Gunnels added that as of now, Tucson Police Department is being involved in the investigation. No student has been caught, but administration suspects that majority of the accounts are ran by the same group of underclassmen.

“We [administration] are starting by requesting the deletion of these accounts.” said Gunnels. “Normal efforts are not working, so we will contact Instagram if the issue persists—and punishment may go as far as expulsion.”

Many of the accounts are already starting to disappear from the platforms, but administration is actively working to find out who runs the accounts so they could be taken down as long as they are not being taken down anonymously.

“We live in a digital world where it is inevitable at this point where you’ll end up in a picture,” added Jacquez. “We have already seen the behavioral issues this year, especially coming from the freshman class. I’m just worried that if the school continues to fight this, more content than necessary will be taken down over the bad choices of others.”

Internet Challenge Causes Theft At Pueblo

By Marla Terminel

Pueblo High School

With social media becoming a major part of our everyday lives as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the whole world participates in social media trends, most of which are harmless; however, others have caused a major spike in theft of public property.

The trend, known as “Devious Licks”, first surfaced on TikTok in early September as most schools across the country returned to in-person learning. The internet challenge promotes theft in public schools of items such as soap and paper towel dispensers from restrooms, but at Pueblo, this theft has gone as far to include a restroom stall door and fire extinguishers.

“Kids are stealing stuff as a part of an online challenge and its only hurting themselves,” said band director and music teacher Mr. Jesus Jacquez. He added that school supplies are already difficult to replace, as it took the marching band 12 years to receive new uniforms from administration.

“Anything you [students] steal or damage has to come out of someone else’s pocket,” he added. “Studnets need to stop being disrespectful.”

The trend has disproportionately impacted all the boys’ restrooms—as they are all missing soap dispensers.

Custodian Mr. Albert Ochoa said, “It [these thefts at Pueblo] saddens me because it affects everyone. Most bathrooms will indefinitely be missing supplies because students are breaking or stealing them.”

Senior David Cañes said that he has resorted to bringing his own personal supplies such as hand soap to school because some are no longer being supplied in restrooms—more necessary now than ever to help the spread of COVID-19.

“The trend started while I was quarantined, so I was surprised to see it as an actual problem at our school,” said Cañez. “I don’t want to be in the restrooms anymore despite some teachers already not allowing students to go because I’m afraid of the association.”

Although some students have been caught with other forms of vandalism such as breaking fire exit signs, pulling fire alarms, and stealing fire extinguishers, none have been caught stealing from restrooms.

Administrator, David Montano said, “it’s difficult to find students who are stealing from restrooms because they could hide soap dispensers in their backpacks.”

25 soap dispensers have been ordered to replace the ones that are broken and stolen and despite some already being replaced in some restrooms, students have continued to break and steal them.

Students who are caught damaging property will be suspended and charged with the cost of the item through either pay or community service.

“It pains me to see,” Montano added. “The school puts so much money and effort into replacing these items just for them to be broken again. I hope these students could grow and learn to stay safe, healthy, and to respect the schools pride.”

Administration is actively monitoring social media for trends and will not be replacing any more items until theft and vandalism declines nationally and at school.

“I am disappointed to see this behavior from our students,” Jacquez said. “[At school] we don’t steal, lie, fight or be disrespectful. That is how it’s always been, and that’s how it should always be.”