By: Elizabeth Bridgewater
Pueblo County High School Juniors are stressing for the SATs coming up in December. Some are anxious, because they want to get into a good college. Others have no fear of the test and are prepared. For the Seniors that have already taken them, their kicking back in relief.
“Taking the SAT is like any ordinary test but there's a lot of stress on you because there is a lot of pressure on you because it’s like your gateway to starting college.” Kassidy Casarez, a senior at PCHS said. “After finishing the test and putting my pencil down I would say that yes, it was a big relief. I was more anxious before the test because I knew it was a big deal but I was also anxious after because I was nervous about my test scores.” Casarez stated.
While the Seniors may have already taken it, the Juniors have a lot of stress for the upcoming test. So what do you say Junior Hornets, are you ready?
By: Uriel Villalobos and Elizabeth Bridgewater
Last night, The Denver Post held a meeting for the awareness of teen suicide and mental illness. It was held at the Pueblo Rawlings Library. According to Jessica Seaman’s recent blog post, from The Denver Post, “Having an off-the-record conversation with the community means that we will not use the information discussed in our stories. Instead, the conversation will guide our reporting by giving us an idea of where to dig deeper to get the information we need”. Seaman hosted the conversation. You can read the full blog at (https://www.denverpost.com/2019/10/16/denver-post-youth-suicide-community-conversations/)
At this meeting, students and community members as well as some health professionals, voiced their opinions on a span of topics from society’s and media’s view of mental illness and to the education system’s handling of it.. I was able to voice my opinion as well listen to others voice their opinions, experiences, and perspective. One thing that stood out was the opinion of that not only should school counselors be trained to evaluate students academically but to evaluate them mentally as well. With this, possibly, we can prevent more students from thinking and doing the worst.
One thing I remember was being in the second grade at my K-8 school. An eighth student had committed suicide the day before, and all of the teachers were just learning of the sudden news. My young mind was confused to see most all the teachers crying and even more so with students. Yet, through the years, I began to realize that this epidemic heavily effects people and it is not something that should be grazed over and ignored.
I would like to thank The Denver Postfor holding this event, which was rather enlightening and informational and wish them well on their current project involving suicide prevention. If you or someone you know are having suicidal thoughts or actions, please, go to these resources so you can get the help you need:
-National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
-Colorado Crisis Services: 1-844-493-8255
By: Erica Moore and Trista Crittenden
Many people look forward to getting candy and dressing up on October 31, but that’s not all the community is excited for! PCHS Decas annual trunk or treat took place! Due to the cold temperature PCHS moved the event inside, but that didn't stop the community from coming! The outcome was tremendous leaving some trunks with barely any candy to give out towards the end! One of which was the dance teams trunk themed, Teen beach movie. Junior Trista Crittenden said it was very crazy at the end and they had to be very cautious about the amount handed out “Normally we have leftover candy but this year tons of kids came .” Crittenden states “ We started by handing out about 7 pieces of candy but towards the end we had to give each kid one piece!” The trunks or decorations can vary from famous Kids from all over the Pueblo came to get candy. DECA had a Mario Kart trunk that all the kids loved. Everyone enjoyed dressing up including teachers and high school students.
Trunk or treat is a perfect time of the year to show the community clubs classes organizations and sports county has to offer to not only the students that attend but the future hornets! Many leaders of these vicinities decided to decorate their own trunk but due to the weather the students decorated a certain space of the wlls running from the main doors to the gym doors!
By: Kayleigh Larkins
DECA is a program available at County for all students. It’s an amazing program in which many students participate in. DECA is a World Wide program, which has more than 215,000 members all over the globe! DECA teaches future leaders and entrepreneurs in finance, marketing, management and hospitality. County’s DECA student participate in running the DECA store, fundraisers, and school events. Ms. Mason and Mrs. Lewin are the DECA teachers here at County. In DECA the students learn about the basic skills of marketing and how to run a business.
Jenna Sharp from Ms. Mason’s class said she enjoys dress up days and being able to experience what proper business feels like. Sharps stated that running the DECA store teaches her how a business should be run and what it needs in order to operate. “I enjoy DECA because it is preparing me for success” said Sharp.
Teagan Chavez from Mrs. Lewin’s class said, “In DECA I enjoy working the store, and learning how a business operates.” Chavez said she finds “learning the logistics of everything in interesting.”
As you can tell many students enjoy the DECA program at county. I would encourage anyone to take DECA if they have the chance. Who knows it may even help you find the career path you were looking for and get a head start on life.
By: Amairani Chacon
The annual Pigskin is one of three annual rival football games many folks in Pueblo look forward to. This year’s Pigskin was held on September 6, at the Pueblo West HIgh School stadium. The turnout for Rowdies and support for our team was tremendous as supporters almost completely filled up the bleachers! The PCHS student body united and displayed a tremendous amount of school spirit. This year’s theme for the Rowdies was a Hawaiian. Most of the student body participated by dressing up and showing school spirit. They consistently showed support throughout the entire game as they chanted cheers to encourage our boys.
The varsity dance and cheer team performed the half-time show for PCHS. Both the dance and cheer team performed with all they had and did not disappoint the crowd with excitement and entertainment. Varsity dancer, Trista Crittenden said, “The rowdy section was really energetic, and we could really feed off of the energy while performing. They were singing Old Town Road and it was just an indescribable feeling.” Crittenden also adds, “I really enjoyed performing. I got to represent my school and got to show off what the dance team works hard for.” The halftime show was definitely something special.
Unfortunately, as hard as our boys worked, PCHS lost the pigskin with a score of 29-3. Although many were disappointed, Rowdies continued showing support until the players left the field. Sophomore player Corbin Spear expressed, “Before the game, the team and I were just excited to get out and compete. After the game we were all disappointed with the outcome of the game, but now we know what we need to improve on the have more success throughout the season.” When asked about his outlook for the team for the remainder of the season, Spear responded, “We still have nine more games to play and our goal is to win them all, become SCL League Champs, and qualify for the state tournament later in the year.”
By Uriel E. Villalobos
It was a short yet powerful week at Pueblo County High School. As we get closer to the Pigskin Classic, the Hornets begin to hype themselves up for the decades-long rivalry game. Each day a unique and fun way of showing the school spirit happens. Tuesday being Hawaiian Day, our Hornets dressing up with their Hawaiian shirts, shorts, and leis. Wednesday being Dress-Down P-West Day, where we vandalized their own colors to show our great green and gold. Crossing out those Cyclones and showing the County spirit. And Thursday being Green and Gold Day! A day of non-stop Hornet pride! Where we can brand our green and gold to show that we are proud to be part of Pueblo County High School.
Now to kick off the game and finish up the week, there was a pep assembly for the school. It showcased many performances such as cheer and dance, as well as our JROTC’s Color Guard presenting the flags during our National Anthem, and the introductions of our football team! While this week may have been short, it sure packed a punch in pure Hornet spirit.
By: Trista Crittenden
The Colorado State Fair Parade is one of the oldest parades in Colorado. Every year people look forward to the occasion. On Aug. 24 many clubs, organizations, services, high schools and activities gathered on the streets of Pueblo. Out of 100 entries at the parade, Pueblo County High School was one of them. Students arrived at the corner of Pitkin and Colorado around 9 a.m. to show off PCHS spirit! The theme of the parade was “Horsin’ around in Pueblo since 1869.” PCHS definitely didn’t have a problem fitting into the theme. The PCHS float was decorated with green and gold balloons and streamers.
Students topped it all off with country music. PCHS’s cheer and dance team followed behind the float promoting spirit. Various athletes representing PCHS were on the float including softball, football and the students in general! Neva Lucero, a PCHS dancer, said it was her first year dancing in the parade. “I think it was a really good experience because I got to show off my spirit and support county. It was my first parade and it was an amazing time!” said Lucero. Students on the float would agree, with Lucero too. Erica Moore, student photographer for The Buzz, was on the float. Moore said, “On the float it was really ecstatic, everyone was excited and happy to be there. Throughout the parade everyone on the float was loud and energetic.” It was a great day for the students of PCHS. Student involvement was high-energy and extraordinary to watch!
by Alexia Cortez and Leah Rivera
Pueblo County Highschool has announced the launching of the Academy of Manufacturing, Agriculture, and Construction (AMAC) for the 2019-2020 school year. This program is one that can help students figure out what kind of career they would like to pursue. The skills learned in these programs can help some students get jobs right out of high school and are in high demand in our community as well.
Ginger Andenucio Assistant Superintendent of District 70, Brian Dilka, PCHS Principal, John Musso, Rex Harriman, and Troy Mayfield are the creators of AMAC. This program is something everyone around County High should be excited for. It will give students the chance to explore a different kind of work that will not only benefit them, but our community as well. “I feel the AMAC program will enhance skills in our students that will make them employable as skilled workers in our community. This program will provide a great experience for students by utilizing on the job training, field experience, and internships”, stated Dilka. Not only will learned skills be offered, but “specific math and English classes” that will “prepare students for job fairs and apprenticeship programs”, said Academy Instructor, Rex Harriman.
The program consists of three areas: Manufacturing, Agricultural Science, and Construction. The manufacturing part, students are taught to use tools and machinery that are associated with the manufacturing industry. Students in this part of the program will have the opportunity to learn both wood and metal work. The agriculture part consists of two different pathways: animal science and Future Farmers of America (FFA). With construction, students will make numerous projects based on their ideas. They could possibly have a paid internship or job placement. “Students should expect to gain real, practical experience and have the opportunity to further explore their interests through projects,” explained Troy Mayfield.
Even though the program has not been put into place yet, students have already made some pretty remarkable projects. Juniors Sam Ashby and Zach Pool made a beautiful table that is displayed in Pueblo County High’s Library. “I have gotten very positive feedback about my table,” said Ashby. Many of these skills will help them later on if that is the career path they choose. It seems as though many of them have already decided, like student Zach Pool. Pool is looking forward to “learning more about construction.” These students can enter these classes with no experience, and “get a better job later in life”, stated Ashby.
AMAC is a great opportunity for any student at County High, and an even better help to our community. Some students have the possibility of being qualified for a job as soon as they graduate. Whether its manufacturing, agriculture, or construction, the students of PCHS are sure to learn more and more about each area for the years to come.