As we dust off the files of true crime and the mystery of it all, 3 of our PCH Journalists come together to give you a humorous and suspenseful approach to the dark and grim. Produced by PCH Journalism and outside contributions to production, TheBuz. presents to you, PCHS CRIME NEST. All episodes will be posted on TheBuz. under the tab 'True Crime Podcast: The Hornet Crime Nest'. Stay tuned for announcements of new content.
By: Amairani Chacon
Congratulations to PCH AJROTC as well as Sargent Major Lewis in the success of this competition! The team finished second place overall in the entire competition!
According to the Pueblo Chieftain, “Pueblo County AJROTC defeated Mountain View MCJROTC 1041.0 to 970.6 in the National Air Rifle New Shooter League. Their second win in a row… They finished the season with a 5 - 2 record. Pueblo County AJROTC was led by, Antonia Salazar who shot a 273.6. The remaining contributing members were Brooklyn Dash, Andrew Duran, and Devon Baker. Pueblo County AJROTC is from Pueblo, CO, and is coached by Arnold Lewis.” The members of the PCH AJROTC team competed against Mountain View on the dates 29 Mar-04 Apr 21.
According to the Pueblo Chieftain, “In each game the teams compete in what is known as a Three-Position Air Rifle match. The match is modeled after Olympic Rifle competitions but adapted to high school age athletes. Each athlete will shoots 10 shots in three different shooting positions, prone, standing, and kneeling. Each shot is worth a maximum of 10.9 points. The sum of points scored in the 30 shots is the athlete's total. The team score is comprised of the best four athletes from each team.”
4A STATE WRESTLING, SOUTHWEST MOTORS EVENT CENTER, PUEBLO, COLO.
By: Cassadi Baker
Sports have looked a lot different this year, but that didn’t discourage Pueblo County High School senior Eric Griego Jr., better known as Animal. Wrestling is something Griego has been passionate about for 15 years. His grandfather, Eppie Griego started taking him to lessons at the age of three while his father, Eric Griego Sr. was in Iraq. Throughout high school, Griego has won a few national tournaments not affiliated with PCHS and he was on national dual teams over summer.
Saturday, March 13, 2021, Griego and his teammates headed to the 4A Wrestling State Championship at the Southwest Motors Event Center planning to dominate the competition. Working his way through the bracket, Griego did just that. The hard work put in over the years led him to a 4A State title for the 120 lb. weight class.
Griego stated, “To me the most rewarding aspect of wrestling is being able to see where I started and how far I’ve come. All the accolades pile up but that isn’t the point of it for me personally. Over the years you have many wins and losses. Those losses teach lessons and the wins can also be learned from. Overall wrestling is just being able to embrace the hard times and overcome adversity in a good way. It’s just like life, there’s ups and downs, and the harder you work the more successful you will be. Of course there will be haters and naysayers but you can either let it drive you or drown you. Also, there are many sacrifices to be made but they will pay off in the long run. It’s made me the person I am today.”
By: Addison Doub
COVID-19 has affected high school sports on an enormous level and boys’ basketball at Pueblo County High School happens to be one of them. The athletes have certainly had a different year compared to the previous years. To get a sense of how things have changed due to COVID in sports, take a look at some of the athlete’s experiences. By interviewing three of the players on the PCHS boys’ basketball team, we can get a better understanding of how sports are affected by COVID-19 during this time.
Each individual was asked four questions:
Junior, Zachary Beltran, stated “Recently I’ve had to invest in sports masks just to make sure I’m able to breathe. The restrictions have made everything more difficult, catching your breath is harder, and water breaks are much harder when you can’t use the water fountains.” When referring to the last year Beltran stated, “I’ve spent this whole summer preparing for my basketball season, and as much as I try to have the same mindset as last year, its hard considering some of the things that I love most about the game has been taken away, having your friends and family as support makes a huge difference when it comes to my effort and competitive spirit.”
Senior, Trevor Thomas, stated, “The only other expectation is that there is a lot less teams that get to make the playoffs this year. We all know we have to bring it every night to be in that select few.”
Junior, Corbin Spear, stated “I think COVID has affected our performance compared to last year. With a lot of stuff being closed due to COVID-19, there wasn’t much to do other than go outside, or to the gym, and try to improve our game. Obviously, COVID-19 took away a lot from us, but we weren’t going to let that prevent us from improving personally, and as a team.”
The experience is certainly different this year due to ongoing pandemic, but the boys’ basketball team is staying optimistic and progressing with the best of their efforts!
By: Julianna Nuzzo
During this COVID-19 experience, there has been quite a bit that has changed worldwide. One huge thing that has been affected was sports. Sports have a huge impact on keeping students motivated during school and give them more activities to do. I have interviewed two swim girls and Coach Raddif.
Grace Gray, freshman, had a great response to the questions asked. (1.) How have you had to adjust practices to meet COVID-19 regulations? “We have had to adjust practices, we can barely have any managers and only can have 25 people at each practice.” (2.) Do you have the same energy as last year? “I don't think I do. We don't get to compete in many meets and it's not motivating at all knowing that the hard work that I do doesn't pay off.” (3.) Did you have any other expectations for how your season was supposed to if COVID-19 didn’t happen? “I expected to be able to go to many of the meets and have my parents and family go to them, but my family is going to miss my meets because of covid regulations.” (4.) Has COVID-19 affected your swim performance compared to last year? “Yeah it has, I think compared to others as a freshman I expected differently than my last year swimming but it's decreased in my expectations because of everything happening and the fear of being shut down again.” To Gray’s response, I can definitely say she has been affected by these COVID-19 regulations and rules.
Along with interviewing Gray, I interviewed Brooklyn Dash. She has been a swimmer since she was a freshman and now she is a senior. According to her responses, I can tell she's definitely been affected by this experience of COVID-19. (1.) How have you had to adjust practices to meet COVID-19 regulations? “Practices for swimming don’t change too much, besides the mask. We wear a mask in and out, but we can’t wear masks when swimming that might be difficult. Considering I haven’t swum, it’s not bad or different.” (2.) Do you have the same energy as last year? “Yes, I still have the same energy, sometimes I have more because I get more sleep. The team, I would like to say has the same energy, love, and competitive spirit as last year too.” (3.) Did you have any other expectations for how your season was supposed to if COVID-19 didn’t happen? “Yes, I was supposed to play basketball. I’ve played basketball my last three years but this year I did swim because I feel it’s safer to play considering COVID-19. In the swim, you don’t touch others as much and not in such close range. If COVID-19 didn’t have the impact it does I wouldn’t be able to join and compete in as many new sports. This school year I’ve joined the swim, rifle team, RAIDER team, drill team, and even been able to work out more. COVID-19 has allowed more time and been a blessing and curse. I was excited to compete in all my regular sports, but I have found a lot of fun and great experiences/learning in new sports; it’s opened a new world.” (4.) Has COVID-19 affected your performance compared to last year? “Yes, I wasn’t going to swim this year, I was going to play basketball, I have my last three years, but swim seems safer with COVID-19. In other sports, I have noticed a mask was hard to adjust to at times but after a while, it’s something to get used to. There are still points when I need a “mask break.” For swimming, a mask doesn’t affect my performance. We can’t wear them in the water; therefore, everything is normal besides walking around the pool and spectators.”
The last person I interviewed was Coach Radiff. (1.) How have you had to adjust practices to meet COVID-19 regulations? “We have 40 girls out. 10 Seniors, 10 Juniors,10 Sophomores, and 10 Freshmen. That is a coaching dream and they are all varsity. No JV and I don't cut. You have to quit if you want out. Except for one eligibility problem, every single person has sacrificed and dedicated themselves to this season. The COVID-19 rule is no more than 25 at a time in the pool. So we have a practice at 5 a.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. for divers. Monday through Saturday. We are ending Saturdays next week because of so many meets coming up. The biggest adjustment is you don't see all of your teammates until a swim meet.” (2.) Do you have the same energy as last year? “If you are talking about me personally having ENERGY? I'm putting in 14 hour days. Six days a week. If you are talking about all of us. School in between practices is a killer. I am extremely proud of the girls for keeping up with their grades. We are struggling in some areas, but we know of their importance for now and the future. We are watching what we eat and trying to get rest. We still feel energyless.” 3. Did you have any other expectations for how your season was supposed to if COVID-19 didn’t happen? We have traditions that we have each year. Six big Invitationals across the state. 14 meets a season. This season only 7 and dual meets in your league only. No traveling out of Pueblo. No state Q times. You qualify to top 20 in each event by the last day of league meets. We have to compete against Springs and Denver teams at home against Pueblo swimmers only. How hard is that? Their sacrifices and dedication are all that is what they have going for them. 4. Has COVID-19 affected your swimmer’s performance compared to last year? “We are the defending League Champions for seven straight years and have not lost a dual league meet in eight straight years. Last week we beat Centennial 135 to 47. We have vowed to stay undefeated and no COVID-19, no hardship setbacks, no excuses are going to stand in our way. We are the mighty Hornets and that's final. I must admit It is extremely hard on emotions and head games. And as long as we stay together as a family, success will be our only result.”
From what I have heard students and coaches are being affected by the global pandemic. But no matter what if rules get changed or not the team members are willing to keep pushing and not give up. It has definitely been an experience for us all but I cannot imagine how it is for athletes.
By: Madison Lira
The once lively Pueblo County High School, which held so many events cherished by all, has become a desolate topic for writers of the school’s website, TheBuz. When comparing the website from this time last year, the stories were full of life and captured the fun moments of attending the school. One of those stories being about our annual Make-A-Wish fundraiser, which was filled with school spirit, dancers and cheerleaders getting down to a Star Wars mixed track and a Jedi fight of the ages between the two Mr.Grossen’s of our school.
This year, due to school shutdowns, COVID-19 guidelines and a fear of even a sniffle has sprung a drought in the school’s journalism class. Stories that have been published during these gloomy times always now mention (in some form) COVID-19 and the effects the pandemic has had on students, faculty and even our city and state. That hasn’t been the biggest change however to TheBuz, instead of having the combined yearbook and website journalism class like previous years, the school decided this year to split the two into separate classes.
Even the school’s yearbook/buzz sponsor, Ms.Fodor, didn’t know about the split until pretty much the first week of school. I had asked her how she felt about the two splitting, “I was very happy to see that happen! I feel we can plan and coordinate much better.” A positive outlook on the split, and I also was curious if she had noticed a significant change in the staff because of the split, “The change is good now, but it was bad at first. I had to change and rearrange the curriculum and this class is also offered for Senior-to-Sophomore credit, just like the yearbook class if you take it for two full years. In the past the curriculum and requirements were pretty similar. They are still similar as I still require basic journalism strategies in both, but now we can still coordinate materials and be separate entities. It allows the students to really participate in both worlds. The real-world experience is the most valuable lesson. Students in both classes have a product they need to market and build.”
However, writers and editors of the school’s website have a different view of the class split. One editor, Amairani Chacon (junior) had this to say about the split, “The split of the classes has made everything ten times more difficult. Last year, we were able to communicate with one another because we were all together. We used this opportunity in order to bounce ideas off of one another in order to achieve greatness on both sides. But this year the only communication we have is new about the other class through what Ms. Fodor tells us, everyone kinda does their own thing now.” Chacon also had this to say about coming up with stories for the website, “ It’s been very difficult since most of our content is usually covering school events and with COVID-19, many events are unable to take place. We still have good writers who come up with topics but there’s only so many topics at once and it can be difficult to find a story for everyone to cover.”
Sponsors and editors have a different take on this difficult time which is understandable, during these dark and difficult times it’s hard to find a positive look on something that has negatively affected the students in yearbook and journalism this year.
By: Olivia Foster
Due to the upcoming musical we chose to interview faculty member Taylor Gilman about her recent production and how it all started.
A self-proclaimed “lover of the arts,” Gilman is an experienced actress, educator, and director, originally from Glenwood Springs, CO. She came to Pueblo as a Teach for America corps member in 2015. Gilman performs regularly at Steel City Theatre Company in addition to directing TAA’s plays and musicals. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver and a master’s degree from University of Colorado-Denver.
When asked how she chose drama and tech for a career, Gilman responded by saying, “I chose to be a drama/tech teacher because I am obsessed with every aspect of the theatre. I am a director and actor myself, so I love sharing my passions with young people and seeing their passions blossom as well. This class always has such a positive and hardworking atmosphere. I love it!”
Gilman works to keep the current group of students in her mind when picking the plays and musicals performed at PCHS. The changes to the way school is typically done may make it more challenging to get a sense of the group, but Gilman says she strives to “look at my current students' interests and talents, and I let those things guide me.”
Thematically last year’s musical is different from this years’ in that last year the characters were adults and this year they will be high school students. Ms. Gilman feels that this change will help the actors “better relate to the story and the music.”
The 6-to-8-week process of preparing for plays or the 8-to-10 weeks needed for musicals could be very draining for Gilman and the students due to all the extra regulations from COVID. Some of the changes created include having to limit the number of cast members and that those cast members will likely have to wear masks when they perform. Another change is that only a limited number of tickets can be sold for in-person viewing.
“It is tough, but I am happy we still get to do a musical in one shape or form,” said by Gilman.
While the actors are the ones seen by the audience, another important aspect of the musical is the backstage crew.
“The backstage crew of a play or musical is SO IMPORTANT. These people go unseen, but they are the only reason a performance can even go on. I have to put an incredible amount of trust in my crew. I treat my crew like working adults, therefore I expect them to act in a way that is mature and professional. Luckily, I have had great experiences working with students at TAA,” expressed Ms. Gilman.
While things may be different this year, the atmosphere Ms. Gilman hopes to create with each of her classes still remains. We are thankful to have such a dedicated teacher leading this year’s musical.
By: Amairani Chacon
Prior to Thanksgiving Break, PCHS students and DECA participants competed in the District Competition, but the event being held virtually this year due to circumstances of COVID-19, even so, Hornets still managed to come out on top of the competition.
“-we qualified 60 percent of those students who competed and 43 percent of our total members! We also have 17 students who may have the opportunity to compete as they qualified as alternates,” stated by Erin Lewin, instructor of DECA courses at PCHS.
Students who placed will be advancing to the State Competition that is held in February of this year. (RESULTS TO FOLLOW).
By: Cassadi Baker
Christmas is the time of year everyone enjoys. From watching Christmas movies, to hanging Christmas lights, to just spending time with family. Sitting around the fireplace with hot chocolate watching movies is a holiday tradition in my household.
As many are aware of, Christmas movies are quite popular during the season and classics are enjoyed by many every single year. Christmas themed movies have been around for almost a century! It is a good pass time during the holidays to spend time indoors to enjoy cheesy, heartwarming, stories that no one can ever get enough of.
Kim Corbett, my aunt, said, “Christmas time is the time of year where families come together to enjoy the holidays. Our families favorite Christmas movies are Elf, Home Alone, and of course Christmas Vacation.”
The top 5 ranked Christmas movies in the United States are:
There are numerous amounts of Christmas stories and movies that some prefer over others. If your favorite film was not in the top 5, what is the Christmas movie you prefer and consider to be best?