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?
By: Vanessa Sturtevant
How are we searching for the Jingle Bell Rock with social distancing in place? This year is the 50th year KPHT 95.5 has put the Jingle Bell Rock Hunt up for grabs, a tradition in Pueblo, Colo., but the first year it’s been during a pandemic. The rock is found before Dec. 24th every year according to KOAA News, and when found a $30,000 prize is available for the lucky people who find it.
I’ve sat in the car after school many December afternoons, listening to my parents list off the clues to the rock. Often, I’d try to think of places I would hide the rock while at lunch in school. Maybe I was more involved in this little scavenger hunt than my peers, but I felt like Sherlock Holmes any time my parents would tell me “Yeah, I can see that being a place it could be hidden.” Whenever we went to look for it, we’d find other small groups of people searching for the jingle bell rock, so how does that work now?
The hunt has already begun, and I’ve asked a few people questions about how they think this may go. Emily Brown, junior, answered that she’d “take all precautions. I’d wear a mask and stay away from people.” When asked how social distancing would work, seeing how all of Pueblo, Colo. would be in roughly the same area, she paused before answering. “Depends on the clues you focus on, and where you were. You’d have to find the right time of day to actually search, I guess.” After some thought, she decided she wouldn’t pursue the rock and $30,000 prize. “I’m not old enough to actually cash it in. But I’ll remind my sister. She might look.”
Thomas Brown, freshman, was asked the same questions and had a slightly different outlook. “I think this will go terribly. Some people will ignore social distancing because they just don’t care,” he said. “I’d do it, though. I don’t know how well it would work, though.” I asked if he’d be interested in the hunt. “I’d go, then have my sister cash it in and we’d split the prize.”
Most people I’ve come in contact with are choosing to not go out and instead protect people. My question to all of you is would you really risk people’s lives for a prize?
By: Jada Jones
You better watch out!
Your fevers too high
You better not cough
I'm telling you why
COVID-19 is coming to town
It's giving us masks,
And toiletries too,
gonna find out who's past curfew
COVID-19 is coming to town
He sees you when you're standing
A little bit to close
it knows when you're in public
He knows if you've been wearing a mask
So wear your mask for goodness sake
You better watch out!
You better not lie
You need to get tested, I'm telling you why
'Cause COVID-19 is coming to town
Oh let's go!
It sees you when you're shopping
It knows when you’re in quarantine
It knows if you've been out and about
So stay home for goodness sake
You better watch out!
You better not fly
You better not travel, I'm telling you why
COVID-19 is coming to town
You better watch out
People can die
Those with conditions that underlie
COVID-19 is coming to town
By: Uriel E. Villalobos
Developed quickly after the plotting of south Pueblo in 1872 and with the first buildings established in the 1880s (according to Historic Pueblo Inc.), Union Avenue has been the cradle for many booming small businesses for over a century. And one of many businesses to have nestled itself upon this busy street is Hopscotch Bakery. Founded in 2005, Hopscotch has been giving sweet treats to the city of Pueblo for nearly 15 years.
Though, in February of 2020, one month before COVID-19 struck the world, ownership was changed and Leslie Villalobos not only was the owner of Hopscotch Bakery but also the bearer of a world of responsibility as guidelines and mandates hit the city. According to Data Bridge Market Research, “…as the time passed, government started allowing reopening of the shops, the demand for bakery products took hike especially bread and others…” Nonetheless, this has been a dream fulfilled for Villalobos, as she stated “I never thought it was feasible but I have always dreamed of a career in the kitchen.”
As one might guess, Hopscotch Bakery is no stranger to eccentricity and a complete stranger to any patron grievances. With extra care being put into the making of their treats and rarely seen but rather tasteful ingredients within such as: lavender, molasses, mint leaves, and even Pueblo’s own red chili (in cookies, of course.)
However, amidst the hindrances and toil, Hopscotch Bakery contains to carry its heavenly aroma upon Union Avenue even in times of uncertainty. Even more so with the Holiday rush. As the vibrant flow of customers grows by the day, the requisite for work increases. Cookie extraordinaire and employee at Hopscotch, Destyne Villalobos stated that “we do about 25 (cookies) a day.” A more than satisfactory amount for the contributing patrons that greet them each day. Nonetheless, she says that her job is joyfully stressful. With the exuberance of baking itself being a pivotal role but of course, the rush of customers being, at times, a tad bit exacting.
Being the epitome of diversity in their craft. As well as hard work and an upward zeal even in times of utmost precariousness. This establishment is truly a beacon of light upon the Union Avenue Historic District. Though, dear reader, I challenge you to enter the labyrinth of flavor and luscious tastes that accompany Hopscotch Bakery and I am certain it will brighten your day. Even if they are…baking up a storm.
By: Madison Lira
It’s the year 168 B.C.E., and the Syrian King Antiochus Epiphanes has sent soldiers to Jerusalem where they desecrated the Jewish Temple and have abolished Judaism and outlawed Jewish celebrations. Antiochus forced the Jews to worship Greek gods and gave them the choice of converting from Judaism to his religion, or death.
On the 25 day of Dec., a Jewish resistance movement, led by the Maccabees, rose up and won two major battles against the Syrian King and his army, routing them decisively. From this, the holiday of Hanukkah began, as the term Hanukkah means “dedication.” So, it’s the festival that commemorates the purification and rededication to the Jewish Temple after the Syrian King and his army desecrated and dedicated it to the Greek God Zeus. The holiday lasts eight days because it’s intended to parallel the eight-day festival of Sukkot, which is meant to commemorate the battle that took place. According to the Reform Judaism organization, Hanukkah wasn’t even considered a popular Jewish holiday till the 19th Century, and the act of giving gifts during the holiday didn’t become a custom until the 1920s, and this background information about the origins of Hanukkah was gathered from ReformJudaism.org.
Referring to Reform Judaism, there are different ritual objects that are practiced during Hanukkah, that hold special significance to Jews and their heritage. The menorah, which is the nine-branched candle that is most often recognized, is the most common object. It has eight main branches, which represents each day of the holiday, and a ninth branch, which holds the shamash candle, which is the candle that is used to light the other candles of the menorah. Another recognizable object is the dreidel, it was adapted from an old German gambling game and Hanukkah was one of the few holidays where Rabbis allowed games of chance to be played. Other common rituals of the holiday are music, foods cooked in oil (to represent the jar of oil which lasted eight days during the original battle) and special prayers are added to synagogue services during Hanukkah (examples being Al HaNisim and Amidah).
I also got in touch with a local synagogue that’s located on 5th Street, named the United Hebrew Center. I had asked them what Hanukkah meant to them personally to which they said, “Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights, and to me and others, it’s about spreading light into a world of darkness, it’s about spreading goodness, goodwill into a world that has too much darkness in it, too much negativity, too much ill will towards our fellow human beings.” The person whom I spoke with had this to say as well about the misconceptions of the holiday, “Hanukkah and Christmas are two separate, distinct holidays, even though they usually occur around the same time of year.”
By: Javin Martinez
Have you ever wondered what the origin of reindeer was? Well look no further as we have the answer to that question.
The origin of reindeer dates back to 1823 in upstate New York, a poem called “A Visit for Saint Nicholas” first introduced reindeer as Santa’s way of transportation around the world. Eventually, every child in America would imagine Santa as a Saint who delivers presents using magical reindeer who carry him from place to place. Of course, some of these reindeer have an origin of their own, so we’ll be telling such in order to set the mood for Christmas.
First off is well known, Rudolph. (According to Syracuse.com) Rudolph was first introduced to children and adults alike in a children's book that was made in 1939 by Robert L. May. But Rudolph hadn't been canonized until 1949 when a song artist called Gene Autry promoted it. Rudolph was once again featured in a stop motion film that was and still is very popular today, the film itself was made in 1964.
And that’s how Rudolph became one of the most well known and popular reindeers.
Next up is Dunder and Blixem, or better known as Donner and Blitzen. These two reindeer have had some controversy about them over who first created them. Two authors have laid claim to creating Donder and Blitzen, one of those authors is Clement C. Moore, he was the first to lay claim to Donder and Blitzen. Although some people have traced the origin of Donner and Blixen to a Dutch New Yorker named Henry Livingston, apparently Henry wrote about our two reindeer in a poem of his own creation. Originally, he named them Dunder and Blixen which translates to thunder and lightning in Dutch. According to Liveabout.com, Dunder and Blixen names were changed to better rhyme with Vixen and the rest of the reindeer. In sum the controversy over these two reindeer is sure to be here for a long time.
As we mentioned earlier only some of the reindeer have their own origin story, and when we say some we mean Rudolph, Blitzen and Donner. The poem we mentioned earlier is what created Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet and Cupid. To conclude we hope you enjoyed reading the origin story of the reindeer we all know and love today. Happy Holidays!
By: Amairani Chacon
December is a month that is filled with holiday cheer with many traditions and cultures on the rise. Though, the most popular holiday in December is Christmas, hence the nationwide excitement for the holiday, many different cultures and religions participate in different celebrations through December. One holiday in particular happens to be Kwanzaa.
Kwanzaa is a celebration of African-American culture and practices. The originator of this holiday is American, Maluana Karenga, who resided in California at the time Kwanzaa was first introduced. Though its original place of creation was California, it soon spread throughout the entire nation and world. The holiday itself was first celebrated in 1966. “the name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, meaning ‘first fruits of the harvest’”(Wikipedia). Kwanzaa is also spelled with and extra “a” to represent seven symbolic letters, the number seven and its purpose shows many times throughout the traditions of this holiday.
Besides the rich history and origin of Kwanzaa, there is a unique way this holiday is celebrated. The people who participate in Kwanzaa celebrate from December 26 to January 1. There are seven days of Kwanzaa for seven principles. These include: Umoja (unity), Kujichahuila (self-determination), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith). Each principle is celebrated and recognized by those who celebrate, a candle is lit by a child each day out of the week to celebrate the day, holiday, and the principle. As there are principles, there are also seven symbols of Kwanzaa that include: The seven symbols include: Mazao (the crops), Mkeka (place mat), Vibunzi (ear of corn), Mishumaa Saba (the seven candles), Kinara (candleholder), Kikombe Cha Umoja (the unity cup), and Zawadi (gifts). Each symbol has its own significance, take Vibunzi (the ear of corn) for example. The stalk of corn symbolizes fertility and new hope to the family. Each ear of corn represents a child in the family.
Kwanzaa is a very unique celebration that has representation of African art and novelties inside of homes. Celebrations often include singing and dancing, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal. The traditional mean is an African Feast, also known as Karamu, and it is held on the 31 of December. Wearing of traditional clothing also takes play to truly honor the history and traditions of the culture.
All around, December is a very outstanding month that holds many representations of different holidays, cultures, practices and more! Happy Holidays!
By: Addison Doub
What is the history behind the famous Santa Claus? We all know the chubby old man with the long beard and red suit who brings you gifts and indulges in the milk and cookies laid out for him, but how did he become the image of Christmas itself?
Well, Santa, otherwise known as Saint Nicholas, was the patron saint of children in the 3rd Century. Hundreds of years ago is when the legend of Santa Claus began, around 280 A.D. The legend started in Patara which is modern-day Turkey. St. Nicholas gave away all his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside to help the less fortunate. He became known as the protector of children and sailors after his popularity spread over many years. The anniversary of his death, on December 6, was traditionally considered a lucky day to make large purchases or get married. By the time of the renaissance, St, Nicholas was the most popular saint in Europe. Even with the downfall of popularity in saints, St. Nicholas maintained a positive reputation.
St. Nicholas made his entrance into popular American culture towards the end of the 18th century. The name Santa Claus evolved from St. Nick’s dutch nickname “Sinter Klaas, which is the shortened form of Sint Nikolaas. 1804 is when the popular stereotypes of Santa Claus began; John Pintard was a member of the New-York Historical Society. He distributed woodcuts of St. Nicholas at an annual meeting that the Society held. The engraving pictures familiar Santa images that are popular today. Different variations of Sinter Klaas were thrown around after the subject grew to become popular. All around the world different versions of St. Nicholas inspired gifters were constructed. Similar figures and traditions for Christmas time are common internationally.
The traditions that are typical in the United States are stockings filled with small toys and treats, presents under the tree, and milk and cookies for Santa as an act of gratitude. These traditions emerged along with the creation of Santa Claus, for he is the one who distributes the toys and joy to children around Christmas time. Many other typical stories or legends were created off of the Christmas holiday, like Rudolph, the North Pole, Mrs. Claus, elves, and the naughty and nice list.
I interviewed my papa about his experiences regarding Santa Claus and his Christmas experiences when he was a child. He stated, “We used to go see Santa Claus at the department stores, that’s what they called them back then. They didn’t have a mall when we were young. We sat on his lap and told him what we wanted, I don’t recall any picture taking, we didn’t have a camera. They used to also tell us about being good or bad, so you’d try to be good before Christmas. They used to tell us that they would give us a lump of coal. My grandad had a shop that he heated with coal and he also sold coal for a living, so I knew what coal was and I didn’t want it. I really believed I’d probably get some.”
But, with all the wonderful Christmas legends and traditions, the iconic Santa Claus is the one who started it all and he will always hold his place as the figure of Christmas.
By: Julianna Nuzzo
The Mistletoe was founded in the 1st century A.D. The representation of mistletoe is representing romance, fertility, and vitality. Because nothing says love like bird feces and poison. Kissing under the mistletoe is a huge tradition of Christmas. The origins of kissing under the mistletoe, a plant that often bears white berries, are often traced to a tale in Norse mythology about the god Baldur. In many tellings, Frigg declares the mistletoe to be a symbol of love after her son's death and promises to kiss anyone who passed underneath it. If you don’t kiss under a mistletoe, it’s considered bad luck. Most wonder what does the mistletoe symbolize? Mistletoe is one of the four plants traditionally adopted by Christians in order to celebrate Christmas. Its evergreen leaves indeed symbolize 'life that does not die'.
Who discovered Mistletoes? Celtic Druids was the one who discovered mistletoes. “The plant's romantic overtones most likely started with the Celtic Druids of the 1st century A.D. Because mistletoe could blossom even during the frozen winter, the Druids came to view it as a sacred symbol of vivacity, and they administered it to humans and animals alike in the hope of restoring fertility.” The reason it is so popular during the holiday season is because it is about spreading love.
What is your opinion on mistletoes and their tradition? Riya Singh says “Personally I think mistletoes have kind of always been a significant part of Christmas traditions, however, it doesn’t really hold the same relevance today. I feel it’s not really something most people, including me, integrate into their celebrations today.”
What do you think the meaning of the mistletoe is and do you think it is bad luck if you do not kiss under it? I don’t think you’ll receive bad luck or anything terrible of some nature if you do not kiss under the mistletoe. I feel like the meaning of kissing under the mistletoe is a classic and even cheesy thing. A simple peck on the cheek or forehead shows your love and affection for whoever you have under the mistletoe with you! You’ll obviously want to make sure the other person is okay with that sort of affection, but I see it as a classic way to show how much you care for someone during this time of year!