By: Kayleigh Larkins
As this year’s basketball season starts, our County Hornets basketball teams’ practice in hopes of a great season. Since the boys’ and girls’ basketball seasons are happening at the same time, our rowdies are going to have trouble cheering for both, so come out and support your County Hornets Basketball teams!
Freshman, Brooklyn Borjon, said she is, “very excited for this year’s basketball season and she’s really hoping they have an amazing season.” Borjon said her favorite part about basketball is, “pushing herself to new limits and seeing what new things she can achieve.” Borjon thinks the most important think she can offer to her team is her dedication. Borjon promises to, “try better and roll with the punches.” Borjon is on the freshmen team and her jersey number 14.
Sophomore, Corbin Spear, said his personal goals for this year’s basketball season is to “improve as an overall player and to be someone his team can rely on, and for them to win as many games as possible.” Spears’s overall goal for him and his team is, “to be the fastest, strongest, and toughest team out there.” Spear also thinks it’s important that they don’t just win game but that they “work together, get better and grow as a team.” Spear is on the County’s Junior Varsity team, plays center and wears jersey number 41.
Sophomore, Amijulae Banks, personal goals are for her to, “just get better overall.” “I went into basketball thinking I didn’t want to play but I’m already feeling the opposite” stated Banks, “we work so hard and we will go far this year.” Banks explained that this is her first year playing high school basketball and she “hopes to grow as an athlete.” Banks is on the C and Junior Varsity team; she’s plays post and wears jersey number 24.
Coach, Matthew Eades, says he’s “very excited about the start of the season, every start of the season is exciting.” Eades is especially excited for this year because there is so many players getting their first chance to play varsity. Eades said, “the best part of being a coach is seeing players develop their skills and learn life lessons through basketball.” “I have been coaching for seven to eight years and the bond we have with our guys is one of my favorite parts.” stated Eades, “we have players that have gone on to play in college, armed forces, a lot come back to visit us. The bond of a coach and a player is forever.” “Some strengths this year is our athleticism and length, which will really help us out on the defensive end of the court.”
Make sure to come out and support County’s Boys and Girls Basketball. Make sure to look out for Banks (jersey #24), Spear (jersey #41), and Borjon (jersey #14).
By: Kayleigh Larkins
Many people have very different plans for Thanksgiving this year. A lot of people have to go to multiple houses on holiday, to get the full family experience. I plan on helping my family cook a delicious meal. Once dinner times comes around, we will all sit around the table and enjoy the home cooked meal. What are your plans?
Freshman, Justyna Camacho, said she is excited for this Thanksgiving break because she’s going to “hang out with family and friends making good memories.” Camacho said she can’t wait to spend time at both of her parents’ houses and visit with family she hasn’t seen in a while.
Freshman, Marcus Medina, said he is also very excited for his Thanksgiving dinner because “it’s the one time of year his favorite foods get cooked.” Medina said he usually goes to two or three houses with his mom and dad’s side of the family.
Deygo Hernandez said, “I plan on staying home, hanging out with friends and family.” Hernandez can’t wait for Thanksgiving dinner because their family gets together and eats the food, they all helped cook. Hernandez usually have their grandmas’ tamales, turkey, ham, vegetables and desert. They plan on staying at their uncle’s house enjoying their Thanksgiving Day.
All people have many different ways of celebrating this special holiday, but it always includes family. So, what does Thanksgiving mean to you? Personally, to me Thanksgiving means a day to spend time with your family and friends enjoying a home cooked meal, celebrating all the reasons we give thanks. I am thankful on the Thanksgiving for my friends, family and the ability to be here with all of the people I love and care about.
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.