Academic Decathlon Regional Competition 2009

Academic Decathlon Team 2008-2009
Academic Decathlon Team 2008-2009

It was an amazing weekend for our Scholar Warriors, full of high hopes and heartbreak…  Unfortunately we did not make the cut for state competition (we missed it by only 704 points, which translates roughly into getting just 2 more questions right per student) this year but we did make some tremendous progress.  This is a very young team (1 senior, 2 juniors, and 6 sophomores) so I am expecting great things for them next year.  Please congratulate the following team members for their admirable performance this weekend:

  • Michael Dedrick – Scholastic scored 6069
  • Samantha VanCamp – Scholastic scored 5168
  • Abigail Cota – Varsity scored 5136
  • Melissa Shaw – Varsity scored 4607
  • Derek Gunnels – Honors scored 4587
  • Gabriel Garcia – Scholastic scored 4528
  • Rafael Garcia – Honors scored 4307
  • Jerrilynn Kincade – Honors scored 4238
  • Patricia Rojo – Varsity scored 3952
  • Jasmine Magdaleno – Alternate

As you can see Michael Dedrick did an amazing job this weekend!  He scored a bronze medal in the Social Science event and placed 8th overall in the Scholastic category.  In addition he was in the top ten for all ten events in his category.  He placed 5th in Economics, 6th in Art, 7th in Super Quiz (the topic this year was Evolutionary Biology), and 8th in Essay.

Abigail Cota, our only senior this year, also did very well.  She placed 7th in her category in Language and Literature, Social Science, and Mathematics.  In addition she placed 12th overall in the Varsity category.  She also raised her score from last year by over a thousand points.

Some other notable mentions include Melissa Shaw and Patricia Rojo.  Melissa placed 9th in her category in both Economics and Mathematics.  Patricia placed 8th in her category in Mathematics.

Academic Decathlon LogoAs a team we placed 13th this year in our region.  Last year we placed 20th out of 27 schools.  Our team score in 2008 was 26,504.  This year we scored 29,871, an increase of 3,367 points.  In terms of our overall state ranking, last year we were 73rd out of 94 schools in Arizona.  This year we ranked 48th out of 90 schools.

This is an amazing group of students who have put in countless hours studying and working with some very difficult material.  If you see them roaming the campus, babbling on about Darwin or Fridha Kahlo or opportunity costs or the Spanish conquest, take a moment to congratulate them.  They really deserve it! 

Thank you for all of your support this year,
Kathryn Gunnels

Pueblo Robotics Club Wins Tournament

Robotics Asylum Club
Robotics Asylum Club

The Pueblo High Robotics Club, know as Robotic Asylum, wins Arizona Vex Robotics Tournament at Sahuarita High School on Saturday, January 17, 2009. 

The team also won the Judges Award, given to a rookie team that overcame the most challenges to participate with professionalism. 

After 18 qualification round the team hung tough…being flipped over and parts falling off, we squeaked into the Final Rounds. 

Teamed with Continental Middle School (another rookie team) as the blue team, the challenge was huge to pull off a win against the other more experienced teams. 


Teamwork & strategy work very well in the final rounds for blue alliance. The Continental Middle School Colts quietly scored goals while the Pueblo K9 robot aggressively blocked & took away points while scoring.

When the dust settled from the nail biting finals, our team went undefeated!

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Biotechnology & Health Sciences Presentations

Great turn-out for the Biotechnology & Health Sciences Presentations.
Great turn-out for the presentations

On Wednesday Night, parents of students who are interested in Biotechnology or Health Sciences were invited to a parent night for presentations from some of Southern Arizona’s premier summer programs.

The speakers were from Biotechnology Laboratory for Arizona Students and Teachers (BLAST), KEYS Summer Research Program sponsored by BIO5, Med-Start, Pima Community College Biotechnology Summer Institute, and Summer Institute on Medical Ignorance.

See Dr. Lettes in Room 163 for more information.

MLK Service Project

MLK Service Project
MLK Service Project

Virgil Henderson, Harold Coleman, Martha Miranda and Saúl Ostroff participated in MLK Day activities with 18 Pueblo students.

United under the direction of the African American Culture Club we marched from the University of Arizona to Reid Park. Once at the park we were entertained, inspired, and educated on the non violent model of change that MLK modelled. From Reid Park we returned to Pueblo for a Service Project.

This year we remembered Lorraine Lee (1957 – 2007), Pueblo Graduate (1974), who spent her life following Dr. King’s lessons. Ms. Lee advocated for the young, the old, and those who needed housing, medical and basic services. Ms. Lee encourages us to work for change and we are a better Tucson for her work.

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Winter Formal 2009: A Night To Treasure

The Hotel Arizona was the place to be on Saturday Night if you are a Warrior. This years Winter Formal had a few twists and a lot of dancing. Warrior News started the night off with a fashion show. Look for it in its entirety  on the TV Show. Here’s a little sample:

“One Phat DJ” had the dance floor jammed packed as students danced to the latest hits. Royalty was announced around 10 p.m. and here are your winners:

Prince & Princess: Carlos Garcia & Bianca Martinez

King & Queen: Cameron Yslas & Lynnet Garcia

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Cristobal Santa Cruz Teacher Of The Year 2008

Walmart Stores Inc. made a surprise visit to recognize Cristobal Santa Cruz as Teacher of the Year for 2008 in Tucson. In the company of his family, colleagues, administration and third period class Chris accepted the award proudly.

The school received $1000 in his name that will be used to pay for A.P. Exams this year. Cris also received a $100 gift card. ¡Felicidades Cris!

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Walmart Stores Representatives

Santa Cruz Family

Congratulations Chris!