By: Uriel Villalobos
To most people, public speaking is a huge fear. Studies even show that most people fear public speaking more than death; but to the Pueblo County Hornets on the Speech & Debate team, it’s just another day on the job. From poetry to duo pieces to even orignally written ones, these Hornets are displaying their skills up in front of their peers and fellow competitors. From Colorado Springs to La Junta, these Hornets have been putting their all into meets with members making it to Finals almost every single time! On February 22nd, the Speech & Debate team will be heading to Cañon City to compete for State Qualifiers! So make sure to wish them good luck if you pass them by in the halls.
By: Kayleigh Larkins
Our Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AJROTC) defeated the ethel Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training (AFJROTC). The score was 1016.5 to 957.3 in the National Air Rifle New Shooter League. Pueblo County taking the win. Our PCHS AJROTC is currently in seventh place overall. Pueblo County’s AJROTC was led by Sylvia Deherrera who had a score of 266.6. Other contributing members of the PCHS AJROTC team was Jamie Know, Ryan Kent, and Aija Barela, being coached by Arnold Lewis.
By: Elizabeth Bridgewater
The 2020 Snowball was on the 31st of January. Jose Handford was announced king for the dance and was seen wearing a big crown as he talked with his friends. Everyone was getting down with the different types of music that they played. Some people were even dancing with their friends or dates during the slow songs. In the end though, everyone had a great time.
By: Kayleigh Larkins and Angelina Romo
Snowball Spirt week at Pueblo County High School this year was decided has been kind of crazy. Staring out our week we had each class were a specific color. Freshman wore Orange, Sophomore wore Purple, Juniors wore Grey and Senior wore pink. Monday caused some confusion, on them changing colors pretty late, but everyone that participate looked great representing their class colors. Tuesday was Jersey day, we've seen a variety of jerseys in the hall, varying from sport to sport. Wednesday was Suit-letics. Suit-letics is where you have a business meeting at five and a tournament at five thirty. The outfits in the halls were crazy, you saw students halfway dressed up but also ready to go shoot some hoops. Then Thursday as always is Green and Gold, so many students participated this week, all looking amazing in the spirt week clothes.
By: Trista Crittenden
Ethics in any workplace is very important, not just the journalism profession. Ethics in the workplace is important and it shows off the individual, branch and the company as a whole. I had the opportunity to Interview Matthew Grable (The Director of The PCC Law Enforcement Academy) to talk about his work ethics. Grable is used to putting his life on the line for the community of pueblo. “In the Law Enforcement profession, you have to conduct yourself as a person in a higher position, you always have to be honest, show integrity, personal courage and the ability to put yourself before anyone else.” Just like any other job you have to hold yourself accountable and follow the ethics. In the Law Enforcement profession, “You always have to follow the laws despite any personal beliefs.”
Sometimes it can be hard to follow the ethics in a workplace but in order to keep a good name for yourself and the company you need to have these good ethics. Along with the Law Enforcement Branch, any job requires good ethics. “In Law Enforcement it is important to treat everyone fairly, everyone deserves to go through the same experience and be treated the same despite their race, social and ethnic background etc.) you have to hold yourself as a person with a higher position being a manager.” Grable states.
A question that’s often asked is what good qualities/ethics are seen in a good workplace? Grable was eager to answer, “In Law Enforcement you need to be very trustworthy and brave, you take an oath to uphold the constitution and you are expected to follow the laws in the community you serve.” With this being an important quality to have in Matthew Grable’s field, he strives to follow this and pass along to the cadets that are in the Law Enforcement Academy.
No matter the career or profession, having work ethics is very important and an expectation to hold up to. In this situation Law Enforcement represents the community of Pueblo and while working in this profession you are expected to hold yourself up to these high yet practical standards. Without these work ethics people would be unprofessional. Although some people, companies, branches, services etc.) fail to live up to the standards, the ones that do follow their work ethics are the ones that succeed and thrive in the future.
By: Uriel E. Villalobos
From a fork equipped with a fan to cool down your spaghetti to butter in a chap stick container, wacky and obscure inventions seem to come out of nowhere in the home appliance industry. One example could be the anti-fart underwear! A huge success in Japan, these undies came with a charcoal filter that blocked any odors before escaping into the atmosphere. Or have you ever needed to finish your Algebra homework but wanted to get a quick bowl of cereal in? Well look no further than pen cutlery. A ballpoint pen with a spoon, fork, or knife at its cap! Now, what if flu season is coming up? And you just hate to have to be running around for tissue? Then try on the tissue hat! A roll of toilet paper right on your head for all your sinus needs! These inventions may be weird but who knows, they could serve you well in the most random of circumstances.
By: Amairani Chacon and Kayleigh Larkins
Pueblo County High School’s annual Badminton Tournament was held on Thursday, Jan. 16. Various teams competed against one another to try and make it to first place. The tournament lasted all day and teams worked hard to try beat their competitors. There was a total of 64 games, and it was double elimination. Teams were required to consist of one male and one female player, making up the team of two. In the end, Mrs. Vialpando and senior, Jesus Cisneros won the annual tournament.
Freshmen, Justyna Camacho –Wauson and Josiah Hernandez played in the tournament together as a team. Camacho said, “I signed up for badminton because I thought it would bring good memories for my first year of high school.” Hernandez added, “I signed up because I thought it would be fun.” Camacho and Hernandez said, “even though we didn’t know how to play we had fun participating.” Camacho included that she was a “little nervous to be in front of the whole school playing bad mitten when she had no experience with it.”
The final two teams consisted of Vialpando whose partner was Cisneros, and Mr. Stupar who was partnered with senior, Erin Mauro. While competing, both teams each won once match which caused them to go into a third round. Because of this, they went into extreme overtime that caused the match to last until a bit after the school day. Despite their efforts, Stupar and Mauro were rewarded second place while Vialpando and Cisneros took first place.
After all efforts everyone in the tournament was happy to see the winner and runner up consist of seniors celebrating their last year here at county with participating in school events.
Photography is a way that some people see the world. There are many different types of photos that people take. Whether it be of people, sunsets, animals or lakes, photography is a whole new perspective. Photography is an art that expresses people’s emotions. The categories for different types of photos can range from black and white to authentic to focus. Here are some great photos we have.
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.