By: Kayleigh Larkins
Have you ever cheated on your schoolwork? Whether its homework, a test or plagiarism. When you ask County students whether they have cheated before the ratio came out to 19-to-1. Nineteen being the number of people. That have cheated out of 20.
Both of my sources ask to stay anonymous.
This person has never cheated. They stated that they have never cheated because they “Don’t want to risk getting in trouble and don’t think you really gain anything from it. It’s better to just actually obtain and study the knowledge and try your best on the test.” They think that people who do cheat are “risking a lot and should rethink their decisions.” They said that they think their grades would negatively be affected if they cheated. They said, “I will never cheat because if you get caught you get an automatic zero.”
This other individual has cheated. They said that the reason they cheated was because, “My grades are bad, and I figured cheating wouldn’t hurt, it would just help me.” They don’t think cheating would have a big effect on their grades since they barely cheat. They stated, “People who don’t cheat must be very smart or they just don’t want to get caught. I am always scared I will get caught when I cheat, I have never been caught but if I do, I will stop.”
I feel like most high school students cheat because they don’t always have time to study for every subject. A lot of students have jobs or school activities after school, then they have to go home and do multiple teachers’ homework and study for multiple test, eat dinner, shower and get a good night sleep just to wake up at seven or earlier and go do the same thing. So, is cheating really bad all the time?
Snapchat is an app that came out in July of 2011 and was created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown, former students at Stanford University. It changed how so many people communicated and took photos. Instead of a raw and natural photo, people use filters because it makes them “look better.” So, I went around and asked people on their opinions.
“It’s the easiest way to connect with my friends. I use it every day of my life.” Alyssa Pacheco says. “I do use filters a lot because it makes me look better. I have thirty streaks and my highest is one hundred and forty days.” Pacheco also said, “If my account was deleted or I didn’t have Snapchat I probably wouldn’t talk to about half the people I talk to in person.” Although she also stated, “I do believe that the world would be better off without Snapchat.”
“I hate snapchat but I still use it, only to talk to my girlfriend.” Camerron Martin says. “I don’t use the camera and I don’t look at stories unless they are a personal friend.” Martin also says, “I have one streak and it’s sixty-three days.” Martin says, “I really wouldn’t mind if I didn’t have Snapchat. I think the world would be way better off without it.”
“I like Snapchat, I use it for keeping in touch with my friends.” Erika Maes said. “Sometimes I use the camera but it’s only when I’m taking pictures with my friends.” No I do not watch peoples stories, because I see no reason to see what everyone else is doing.” Maes also said, “I don't do streaks with anybody. I will just text people from other social media platforms.” Maes said, “Not really because Snapchat is just one of many social media platforms so it won’t really make a difference if I didn’t have it.” Maes said as a conclusion.
“Personally, I only use it to message one or two friends, other than that I don’t use it.” Logan Wills said. “I don’t use the filters, nor the camera and I don’t look at anyone’s stories.” Wills also said, “I don’t have streaks because there’s no point in it.” “If Snapchat got deleted I would solely message from Discord.” Wills thinks that the world would absolutely be a better place without Snapchat.
Three out of the four people I asked for their opinions said the world would be better off without Snapchat. One said that it wouldn’t make a difference. So, what do you guys think Pueblo County High School? Would you be better off without Snapchat?
By: Trista Crittenden
Todays generation everyone is sucked into technology and always has a phone in hand. iPhones made by Apple, are one of the more popular brands of phones seen. But all the talk recently is about the iPhone 11, which made its debut on September 20, 2019. People are going crazy about the new colors offered which include, red, black, white, yellow, green and purple. But the new colors offered aren’t the only cool features the new iPhone has to offer! The iPhone 11 has aCapacityof 64GB, a perfect size weight and width, a cool liquid retina HD display, and is Splash, Water, and Dust Resistant. The iPhone 11 is different from other versions of the iPhone because of its dual ultra-wide cameras which offers many modes like Portrait Lighting, with six effects! Out of all the features the iPhone 11 has to offer, people are mostly infatuated about the different colors that apple has never introduced. A new report by BGR states that, “the iPhone 11 is selling so well that Apple ordered as many as eight million iPhone 11 units from suppliers.”
By: Kayleigh Larkins
The mix of people walking slow, pushing others, people walking on the wrong side of the hallway and stopping in the middle makes passing period horrible. This is a daily struggle for students here at Pueblo County.
For example, Amairani Chacon recorded the time it took her to get from second lunch to Mr. Koshak’s room in the math hallway. Chacon said it took her five minutes and 14 second to get through the traffic to her class. Chacon also stated, “I don’t think I could make it to class without getting stuck behind a slow walker or being pushed.”
It is understandable that everyone wants to get to class on time, but some actions are so inconsiderate. If your walking on the right side of the hallway and your class is on the left your most definitely getting run over, people act like they can’t see you and just keep walking. It is unimaginable how stressed SEBS kids are trying to get to class on time. Most SEBS kids are late to class considering how horrible the hallways are and how long the walk is.
Fashion trends have changed a lot throughout the years. This year, the fashion trend really has changed. Now girls are wearing:
1. Bodysuits that look like onesies
2. Crop tops
3. Mom jeans
4. Shoe-lace belts
Fashion trends are quite interesting. They change a lot throughout the years. For example, in the 80s-90s many wore baggy jeans and multi-colored t-shirts. Nowadays, we wear mom jeans using shoelaces as belts crop tops and bodysuits. Not to mention multi-colored t-shirts are coming back! Boys are starting to wear chains again!
I asked some pueblo county high school students a few questions:
What do you think about the fashion trend now in 2019?
"I think some of the fashion trends are great.
fashion is about something that comes from within you."
- Madori Newman
Do you like the fashion trend now in 2019?
" Fashion isn’t necessarily a trend. But students do bring older fashions back. I believe that it depends on what fits you best and what you like better rather than having it known as a trend.”
- Danni Calhoon
Do you think fashion has changed a lot?
"Yes! Life’s a party dress like it."
- Jasmyn crouch
Why do you think fashion has changed or hasn’t?
"I think fashion had changed. But hasn’t how it has changed we wear skinnier clothing and not so baggy. But some fashion is coming back from the 80s-90s like mom jeans and multi-colored t-shirts. Fashion is very important because it tells who people are without speaking."
Would you wear anything from today's fashion?
"Yes, life isn’t perfect but your outfit can be.”
- Emily Collins
by Logan and Brandy
Throughout the eleven months of school, these lunch ladies provide food for the students at Pueblo County Highschool. They provide breakfast and lunch daily. Some of the ladies show up to start gathering everything together for the day at either six-thirty or seven-thirty in the morning. After serving the kids breakfast in homeroom for eight-thirty to eight-fifty, the ladies start to prep for the students lunch as well.
We interviewed them while they were serving students lunch and had the following answers to the question, "why did you choose this job position at PCHS?" LouAnn Koshak responded with,"I love working with the kids and communicating with them on the daily basis." LouAnn Koshak's co-worker, Sandra Lazo had a defferent approach to the question,"My job is fun for me but it also replaces my spare time". Debbie Sierra also stated "...it was an easy job to have especially while her kids where younger and it just stuck". Melissa Vigil has been working at county for many years and even has a degree in buisness and culinary arts and hopes one day to make it into the admin building.
This was just a quick look into what the Lunch Ladies of PCHS do for all the students and staff. We would like to tahnk the lunch staff for all that they do, and we can't thank you enough!
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 Writer of the Shadows
She walks alone
Down the halls
No one knows
Her sad smile.
She hides in the shadows
When thrown into the light
Her fast pace life slows
She clams up
She’s never been noticed like this
For the first time
She doesn’t know what to do.
People like her
Don’t do what they do for attention.
They do what they do because they can’t help it. It is literally impossible for them to be mean.
By Alexis Orta
Little girl, little bird.
Falling from her cloud.
Stranded on their ground.
Little girl, little bird.
Holds a heart of gold.
Delicate feathers being sold.
Little girl, little bird.
Stuck in a world of men.
Drowning in all their sin.
Little girl, little bird.
Stopped waiting for her dawn.
She knew they'd never come.
Note: This piece is meant to signify the devastating destruction of the lives that make up today's human-trafficking industry.
I’d like it to be known that this is based on a real person that I know. She is a very kind
person who does not get the recognition she deserves. I know she’d hate her name to
known but I hope that you stumble upon this. She’s too humble and kind for that. But I
do hope it brings a smile to your face.
The definition of a ghostwriter is as such: a person whose job it is to write
material for someone else who is the named author. Ghostwriters are
unacknowledged, overlooked, forgotten, neglected. This girl was a ghostwriter. She
didn’t use pen and paper as her medium though. No. This girl used kindness. This
girl wrote the tale of kindness on others’ hearts.
Reserved. Quiet. Intelligent. Three key words could describe the ghostwriter.
Everyone knows her as this. A few only see this. But it shouldn’t be like that.
Everyone should know that this young woman is kind. A sweet girl. She wanders the
hall lonely but with a smile on her face. She stays in the back supporting others and
only taking spotlight when others are too frightened.
I remember when I first met her. We were sophomores and I had forgotten
money for lunch. I had sat down and a few minutes later this girl comes up to me
with a lunch tray and puts it in front of me.
“I didn’t want you to go hungry.” She told me quietly before walking away. I
remember the boys telling me she had a crush on me and I remember calling her an
ugly freak as she walked away. I had seen her before. I knew her name. I knew she
was brilliant. But I had never spoken to her and I hadn’t even told her thank you. She
had turned around when I had muttered my cruel words and she stared at me with a
smile she sat down. She had heard me. Or so I thought. I don’t know. I’ve never
asked. I’ll never know.
She drifted in the halls and jumped from desk to desk helping her classmates,
taking the blame for actions so the punishment would be less severe. After all, who
would scold this sweet girl? I tried to ignore her but I always found for her.
A book fell, this maiden swept in. A pencil was needed; a box was given.
Someone was pushed to the side; a warm hand steadied them. A boy shivered in
anger, fear, sadness, a kind girl came with concerned eyes. A teenager stuttered; she
echoed strongly. Money was short, she came with some to spare. A young man
forgot an assignment; she arrived with an extra copy and answers. An old man
stumbled; she walked him across the street. An old woman sat alone in a coffee
shop; she bought her a coffee and smiled. A dog cowered in a bush; she gave in a
bowl of food.
Whenever she went she graced the area in kindness and hospitality. She
smiled, she waved, she spoke. She was a ghostwriter. A piece of paper with kind
words was left on the ground. A treat for someone appeared on a table. A completed
assignment materialized. The ghostwriter vanished.
The maiden came and went in few steps. She was present one second, gone
the next. If you were not the recipient of her gift, someone near you was. If they
were not, they hadn’t found it yet.
But where are the ghostwriter’s gifts? She sits alone in the coffee shop. Her
books fall. She’s left without lunch. Why? Her money bought yours.
A ghostwriter goes without recognition. A ghostwriter is never the recipient.
When asked their purpose, they make a lie. They deny. It breaks your heart.
Maiden, ghostwriter, she speaks so strongly. Her accent is beautiful. But she
stutters. When you do kindness to her, she is confused. She is scared. You do her
kindness and she must repay you with a favor, with money. Kindness does not find
its way to her. Ghostwriter is noticed for a split second and she is no longer her
strong, motherly self.
No. Find her, speak to her, watch her fade. She’ll be there, then she’ll be gone.
I will never know her story. Is it heartbreaking? Is it troubling? Is it beautiful?
I will never know. You will never know. No one will ever know. But perhaps that is
the beautiful thing. Ghostwriter’s gifts are sudden and perfect. Her presence is
sudden and perfect. Her smile is always and perfect. Would her gifts be as beautiful
as they are if she was an open book? Would we want her to be an open book? Is
there ugly in her beautiful ways?
She is unacknowledged, overlooked, forgotten, neglected. She fades away
quickly. It is sad. It is beautiful. Watch the maiden walk. Watch the maiden smile. For
the maiden will disappear into the air like a ghost.
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