By: Olivia Nesbit
Pueblo County’s softball team begins practicing for the season during the summer. These “Summer Workouts” are optional, but they are beneficial for the girls to attend during the offseason.
If you are interested in playing softball at a professional level, or if you would like to improve your softball skills in preparation for the regular season, you should attend as many as possible. I have been playing softball for a long time and I can honestly say that the more work you put in, the better you will play. It is especially important to get work in on your own and not just during regular practices.
The physical side of softball is not the only thing you should be working on. More than 50% of the game is mental. Working on your mental toughness and strength will most likely improve your performance in the long term. Softball is not just about how fast you can throw a runner out, or how far you can hit, it is also about how you are able to handle losing and/or being in tough game situations. Being mentally strong can be harder for some than it is for others, but the outcome is that you are prepared for the long innings and tied ball games.
The coaches at PCHS do a great job of helping you prepare mentally and physically for the upcoming season. They also hold you accountable for your own actions and will not put up with you if you have a bad attitude, especially when it starts to affect your performance or your teammates performance. I am very excited to continue playing here at PCHS and to see where next season takes us!
By: Haley Cesar
Have you ever wondered who is behind every yearbook you get at the end of every school year? Who took the pictures of the clubs you’re in? Who decided what theme the book should have? Well that would be the Journalism and Yearbook class.
This class works hard all year to make sure that everyone ends up with a book they are happy with, and a book that most accurately reflects the school year. Students can take these memories with them to the future and maybe even show their future generations one day.
The student staff members are required to attend sports games, and many other important school events and take hundreds of pictures to try and get the best shots for the layouts.
While being in yearbook is an amazing experience that connects you with many different people and gives you a chance to learn skills that you will take with you later in life. This includes things like picture taking skills, photo editing skills, and even experience in interviewing other students. People also often forget to understand that a lot of hard work is put into that book that you get at the end of the year. Senior Joy Lopez said “It is not as easy as it looks, not only are you taking photos you are also writing and looking up to people you may have never seen before, all under a strict deadline. It's fun but also a lot of work.”
Some people have been in yearbook for a long time. The current Yearbook editor-in-chief, Amairani Chacon, senior became an editor her junior year and has been in yearbook since her sophomore year. I asked her what lesson she has taken away from her time in yearbook and she said “The lesson I take to heart with me is collaboration. This class has given me the opportunity to not only work with amazing people but also exposed me to new ways of thinking and creation. I’m forever grateful for what the opportunities the class has opened for me.”
By Willow Stephenson
It is musical season here at PCHS, and the The Arts Academy (TAA) is putting together a wonderful production this year; Zombie Prom. A feel good musical, with a cheesy love story and a catchy soundtrack. This musical was chosen by Taylor Gilman, one of the directors of the musical and the drama teacher for PCHS.
“We chose Zombie Prom for this years' musical because we all need a little more fun in our lives! Last years’ musical covered some pretty heavy material, and this year we just want to celebrate our amazing students with a lively, hilarious show!” stated Gilman.
Auditions for the musical were held on Monday, Dec.13, and Tuesday, Dec.14, with a nearly overwhelming number of auditioners attending. TTA was welcoming to all though, excited to see such enthusiasm for the thespian arts.
Auditions are known to be a rather anxiety inducing event, so it is always wonderful to see students overcome their fear for a shot to get on stage. When asked why he auditioned, freshman Craig Allen responded “Fear. That was the only word to describe it. I was the youngest guy auditioning, and one of the youngest people auditioning, so I genuinely felt like I had no chance, but once I got into the room, and especially once I did my audition I felt in my element.”
The anxiety of additions was incomparable to that caused by the cast list being released. Sadly, many were denied a role, as the number of adoutiners outweighed the number of roles available. The lucky few who were accepted were, as can be imagined, overjoyed. When asked how they felt after seeing the cast list, Freshman, Melody Cannon said, “I was very excited when I first saw the cast list. I was so excited to even get a non speaking part in this play. I'm so excited to work with all these brilliant people and this amazing musical that the teachers are helping us create. Thank you everyone!”
Luckily, TAA holds two major acting productions every year, so there will be more opportunities to audition in the future. When asked what advice she had for future adutiours, Gilman said, “Take as many TAA classes as you can and seek out additional training as well! When you are in a musical, you need to be able to sing, act, and dance. Luckily-we offer all of those classes at our school…but my most important advice is to not be afraid of rejection. In life, we all fail. A lot. So it's important to have a growth mindset and take failure or disappointment and turn it into something productive!”
Photographer: Joy Lopez
New Books in School
By: Aubrey Mangram
Michelle Provinzano, librarian and media tech, at Pueblo County High School. In January of 2020 she was hired and got the idea to renovate the library. “I had the idea in January of 2020, but at that time I was mainly just doing a lot of cleaning out and getting rid of stuff that had probably been here for about 30 years,” said Michelle Provinzano. When COVID hit, funding was cut and she was unable to do more, but the next school year brought new changes for the library. Provinzano said “When we came in this year Principle Dilka said that they were going to morph the library into more classrooms and so I needed to move all of the library books down to the south end of the library to make it more welcoming for the students here.”
She then began the long process of weeding and renovating the library, and received the grant in order to do so. “It was a two part process. I contacted a library organization here in Colorado. And a woman named Anna came down and kinda helped me organize how to do a major weeding, so we’ve gotten rid of a lot of books and VHS’s. We donated a lot of books to books again, we donated some to teachers, different students also came in and got what they wanted. I have given a lot of books to the homeless, and there’s a town in southeastern Colorado that I’m going to be donating a lot of my books to their library. So that was the first part of the process and then I applied for a state grant from the Colorado State Library. I just kinda threw my hat in the ring and didn't really expect to win and since no other schools applied for the grant they granted all of the money to me, so I got $5,580 to purchase all new books for PCHS library,” said Provinzano.
Provinzano hopes to make a few different improvements that make the library more welcoming to everyone to enjoy. “I’m hoping to get some new titles in. I’ve made things to where it’s easier to access for students and I’m hoping to get feedback from the students here at PCHS as to what kind of books. I wanna bring in some graphic novels, I want to get some updated titles, fiction, what kids are interested in reading, and I'll probably send out some type of email to the student body to get some feedback to see what they're interested in,” said Provinzano. She hopes that this will help encourage kids to get excited about reading and go to the library to browse around and find something that they’re interested in at any level that they are at.
Photos Taken by Marissa Awmiller
Photographers: Sydnie Bernal and Jada Jones
Future in Football
by: Chastity Cornett
Some people consider football to be just another sport, but that is not the case when it comes to individual. Football is their past, present, and future wrapped into a leather ball and shoulder pads. The football team for County is made up of young men who are pursuing their dreams. Many are striving for a college scholarship in order to secure a bright future. Others play to stay motivated to finish their homework and pass their classes. Our football players put forth a lot of effort every day at school and at practice. Winning a Friday night game is a wonderful feeling of achievement, but winning as a family, not just as a football team, is even better.
They may not win every game, but improvement is seen with each one. Players are more concerned with succeeding and improving for the future than with winning games. To play football, the boys must maintain good grades. Allen McCarty, a sophomore varsity player, stated that if it weren't for football, he would not be passing and most likely would not care about school at all. "All I have to look forward to is football," he added, "So I do my hardest to make it where I could play."
Football is a huge outlet for most of the boys, they feel most confident in themselves when they’re on the field. Nothing compares to practicing for a game or under the lights on game day with the whole crowd cheering them on. The all-time best thing is when they make a touchdown with the team, and look out at the stands, and see their parent’s eyes filled with pride seeing their child on the field.
by: Angelina Romo
Pueblo County High School Unified Bowling Team, “had a great season,” says Coach Karen Macaluso. Unified Bowling is a fall sport, and the students compete for regionals and state titles. Although they came short this season, the season was still a success.
This is their second year with the program and the students are having a blast. Our Hornet Bowlers are proud to show what our bowling team can do, and they wear the “Hornet name” with pride, says Macaluso. There are currently six members, (Senior Jacob Laureano, Senior Remington Rosiere, Junior Alyson Colbert, Junior Jack Thatcher, Sophomore Jace DiPrince, Freshman Annie Mooney) and they are hoping for more next year.