By: Angelina Romo
Most every student attending Pueblo County High School knows we are having trouble with the time allotted for school lunch. There are a variety of issues that occur in the lunchroom. Students have made complaints and nothing has changed. There are at least 300 kids per lunch; it's overpopulated. Students do not have any room to eat. They also seldom get enough time because of how long the lines are. There are still students in line by the time the bell rings, and they are still expected to be on time for class.
This situation between teachers and students because they simply didn’t have enough time to eat, so they didn’t go to class. Junior Cara Fetty said, “It’s ridiculous how long we have to wait in line for lunch just so when we get food, it’s the same pizza as yesterday.” The aftermath of lunch is the worst part; trying to get through the hallways is a mess. Students come to a complete stop in the hallway, having no way to get through because of how many people we have per lunch.
I know from personal experience that the wait in the halls causes me to be late to class. Junior, Jacob Musso said, “I have my mom call me out everyday for lunch so I can go get food, because the lunches here are so bad.”
Many students don’t always have the option to bring food from home, so they rely on school lunch. Students are getting tired of this process, and solutions should be thought about. For example, we can add another lunch to even the number out or have an open campus. Seniors could be allowed the option to leave and come back. This would solve a variety of problems, there would be much more room in the cafeteria, there would be more options available for lunch.
By: Olivia Nesbit
Pueblo County Hornets girls varsity volleyball team was buzzing with excitement at the oncoming season. The team is off to a great start. On Aug. 24 they played the Alamosa Moose and won the match 3-0. Emily Crites, sophomore, was awarded Pueblo County’s Player of the Match.
PCHS varsity girls volleyball played Mesa Ridge on Sept. 2. Abby Budd started off the match with a serve to the Mesa Ridge Grizzlies. The Hornets started behind in all three of the matches but did not give up. The first match was even in volleys and kept going back and forth.
The Grizzlies called for a time out around halfway through the first match while the Hornets were up 11-4. Despite starting behind, the Hornets continued to battle and won the first set 25-12. The teams both took short breaks in between sets and prepared themselves for the next match. Mesa Ridge started ahead once again on the second set. The Hornets proudly kept pushing themselves and won the second match 25-18. Finally the hornets played the last set of the night. The Hornets struggled throughout the night to start ahead, but pulled through for themselves and their teammates and won the game 3 sets to 0.
The varsity girls volleyball game was intense for fans and the players alike. The thrill on the court made it all the more fun to watch. PCHS Rowdies were cheering loud and proud for their fellow Hornets during the game. There was not a moment of silence. September 8, 2021 Player of the Match was awarded to No.3, senior Abby Budd. Abby played hard all game as well as her teammates and she scored 5 points for the Hornets. The PCHS girls varsity volleyball team has high hopes for the next games of the season, and hopes to stay strong.
Written by: Willow Stephenson
At Pueblo County High School we value educating our students on agriculture. Many students are pursuing careers in the agricultural field and we hope to prepare them not only with the classes, but a club such as Future Farmers of America (FFA). FFA provides a variety of opportunities such as learning about agriculture, animals and home-economic topics. Our FFA instructor, Troy Mayfield said “We try to show students the variety of careers available in the agriculture industry and help them explore those careers through activities, projects and problems in and out of class. We also help them expand their network of contacts across the state and the nation. I require all of my students to have an outside of school project that is related to a possible career path in agriculture, food or natural resources.”
Mayfield creates a welcoming environment for any student and allows them to get the most out of their education. Junior Bailey Talton said, “My favorite moment in FFA was working at the fair and teaching others about what we do! But I also love every moment I get to even be in Mr. Mayfield’s room because it’s like a stress reliever of the day and I love being a part of everything with AG and FFA.” Before describing Mayfield's wonderful classroom experience, Talton mentions working at the Colorado State Fair. This is an out of school activity FFA has been involved in, where they show off their club and everything within it at the State Fair. This showcases what County High is really made of- hard working individuals with unique and intelligent ideas.
Overall, FFA is a terrific educational experience for any student who participates. Junior Sabestina Martinez explains the FFA experience. “ You can do whatever you want your future to look like, you can be an awesome leader in life, you can strengthen your weakness...you can have fun no matter what.” It’s undeniable that the future of the agricultural field is looking bright when we have students and mentors like these!
By: Haley Cesar
After a crazy year and a half, we are fully back to school,in person,and have started an amazing new year.This also means that all of the school events we look forward to every year are back. One of the big events of the year is the annual Pigskin Classic game. This Friday, Sept.3rd,2021, our Pueblo County Hornets will be competing against Pueblo West Cyclones yet again.
The Pigskin game is a tradition for the two Pueblo schools and has been taking place every since 2000. I asked some of the players this year how they have been preparing for this game. ”We have been scouting West’s team and creating ways to counter their offense and break through their defense.” said Senior,Jeremiah DeLaTorre,#51. Senior,Bryce Garcia,#2 said, “I think this season will be one of the best we’ve had.”
The game not only gets students excited,but brings the whole community together.Many people like myself have grown up watching the game and have rooted for their future schools. Parents and alumni alike have sat with us and rooted for their former schools too.I asked the players how long they have been watching the game themselves and if they ever thought they would be playing in Pigskin,Senior,Bryce Garcia,#2 said, “I’ve been watching since the 6th grade and I did not think I would be playing,especially since my mind was on wrestling.”Senior, Jace Barger, #28 said “I first watched a Pigskin game my 8th grade year and I didn’t know if I would play or not.”
Our school has been showing our spirit this whole week.Wr kicked off spirit week on Monday with students wearing their favorite Hawaiian shirts. Tuesday we had the battle of “Cowboys vs Aliens.” On Wednesday we got glimpse into the future and the past during generation day with people dressing up from babies to senior citizens,and finally to end the week to really show our support we dressed up in our school colors.The first pep rally of this year will be held on Thursday, Sept.2,we hope to see a sea of green and gold.
Bring your school spirit to the annual Pigskin game and root for the Pueblo County Hornets!
Photos By: Amairani Chacon
Photos By: Marissa Awmiller, Haley Cesar, Amairani Chacon and Joy Lopez.
Nothing is better than traditions, as well as flashbacks from past celebrations. Click the link for a look back at the 2019 PCH Pigskin Rally as well as the 2021 Pigskin Rally.
Photos By: Angelina Romo and Olivia Nesbit
Photos By: Sydney Bernal and Jada Jones
Photos By: Aliah Armendariz