By Shania Martinez
There are many new additions to the school. Some of the most noticeable changes are the new cafe, the new hallway and the flooring on the gym floor.
If you’ve been to the cafeteria you likely have seen the new cafe. They have delicious new items such as iced coffee and pastries. The new hallway is also a great new addition to the school because it helps with the hallway not being as crowded during passing periods. The gym floor has also been changed.
“I like the coffee,” said Skylar Lutz, junior, when asked about her favorite part of the new cafe. The cafe has many different iced coffee flavors like caramel and vanilla.
“I think it's nice how they sell the coffee in the morning for people who don't have time to stop somewhere else like Starbucks,” said Lutz . The new cafe seems to be the student's favorite new addition to the school.
Another new addition is the new hallway. It’s modern, bright and roomy. It is really nice and convenient for students. You might have also noticed that the hallway is very on theme with our school colors which gives a homey vibe to it.
“I think adding a new hallway that cuts through the old library helps so it's not as crowded in the other hallways and helps students to get to class on time,” said lyona Sisneros, sophomore, when asked about her opinion on the new hallway.
Many students have also noticed the new flooring and think it looks great.
As you can see PCHS has many great new additions to the school and they are very much convenient and appreciated.
By Kaylina Frates
Mrs.Samantha Gray- Mrs.Samantha Gray is our new Earth Science and Biology teacher here at PCH. She shows tremendous passion and enthusiasm to help students to achieve success in her classroom. Gray discussed during an interview “My goal this year is to survive! I want to be successful in my teaching and have my student’s learn as much as possible.” She chose to teach Earth science and Biology because she enjoyed it as a student, but struggled to be successful. She likes helping students and allowing them to develop the same love for science. She said her favorite part of teaching this year so far is “how everyone is kind and works together,” her favorite quote is "Failure is a condiment that gives success its flavor.” - Truman Capote
Mrs. Jane Kopetas- Mrs. Jane Kopeta is our new Spanish teacher here at PCH. She is a fantastic asset to our staff team and a great mentor to our students. Kopetas loves to hear her students’ stories and any activities they are involved in during the school year. She expressed that she teaches Spanish “because I love it so much, I love to learn from my students. I became more passionate about my career when I was a student teacher and went to the Amazon. I learned that student’s are always ready to learn and connect with people and when you connect with them you win and you achieve anything you want in the classroom.” Kopetas strives to become an amazing teacher and her goal is to apply comprehensible input in all her classes and for her students to understand what she is teaching. Her favorite quote is “Do what you love, Love what you do.” - Ray Bradbury
Mr. Kenneth Gornick- Kenneth Gornick is the new Business, Marketing and DECA teacher. He is also head coach of the boys Swim and Dive team and assistant coach for the girls Swim and Dive team here at PCH. He is a big part of our staff team and assists with a lot of school activities. We are beyond grateful to have his guidance and support throughout this year. His favorite part of this school year so far was the Pigskin Spirit week. His goal this year is to get more of his boys on the swim team to qualify for state. Gornick mentioned during an interview “I owned my own business for 33 years. I have been coaching swimming at County for 6 years and really enjoyed it. I thought I would like being out here full time, so I changed careers.” His favorite quote is “ Hard work pays off.” - Dustin Lynch
By Audrey Schmitz
There’s no debate that Speech and Debate is one of the best clubs Pueblo County High School has to offer. It’s not only an extremely fun club, it’s also good competition and can help with many other fears or skills, such as public speaking.
Willow Stephenson, junior member said, "Speech and Debate has really helped me develop my public speaking skills and has been a lot of fun."
Speech and Debate can also help with future academics, such as college, and getting scholarships. It can also help with having experience to get jobs and other opportunities.
Lily Miller, senior Speech and Debate member said, ”I’m so excited to sharpen my public speaking skills, my critical thinking, and my patience in speech and debate this year! It’ll make me a better performer and cool person.”
Speech and Debate is an amazing opportunity for the entirety of PCHS, and a fun way to learn new skills and discover new talents, and experiences that stick with you for life and unlock amazing opportunities for the future.
Speech and Debate meets on average twice a week, usually on monday and friday, but there are some variations. Coaches are Mr. Kennedy Pugh and Ms. Roxy Pignanelli. People are allowed to join throughout the year.
By Abbie Medved
Throughout the school year, Pueblo County High School provides a wide variety of activities for students to participate in. One of the many opportunities that PCHS provides is the chance to participate in Future Farmers of America or FFA. FFA is an organization dedicated to helping students prepare for a career and educating them about agriculture. FFA’s mission statement is to “make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.”
There are a couple of different pathways for agriculture here at PCHS. Becoming enrolled in one of these pathways will automatically enroll students in FFA. Taking advantage of these unique classes will give students opportunities that only those in FFA have.
Some specific activities that FFA members participate in include working in the FFA Barnyard at the State Fair and the chance to attend the National Convention. When asked how participating in FFA impacted her, Ms. Abbigail Johnson said, “I was in FFA in high school, here at PCHS. FFA, specifically attending National Convention, changed my life! I got to know various state officers who positively influenced me and motivated me in the agricultural environment. Now getting to work with Ag Education classes and FFA, I see the same qualities in the students.” Johnson is the Agriculture teacher here at PCHS and she constantly tells her students just how much participating in FFA changed her life.
Johnson always emphasizes the importance of agriculture education for all students. Even those who are not directly involved in ag are influenced by it. Food, resources and other everyday items all come from those who work in an agricultural field. FFA is a great way to join other students in learning exactly how they are connected to agriculture.
PCHS’ FFA Chapter President, Morgan Johnson, feels the same way, “I think that something special about PCHS FFA is that even though we are a small chapter and have been through some ups and downs we have a dedicated officer team as well as dedicated staff here at County, who are putting their all into making the program better and better every year.” There is something special about not only FFA as a whole but also our PCHS FFA chapter.
Becoming an FFA member has changed the lives of numerous students just like Johnson and Morgan Johnson. Leadership and social skills are things that can never be replaced and FFA offers education in both.
FFA meetings are once a month on Wednesdays. Please consider attending.
Photos by Abbie Medved
Photos by Brooklyn Higgins and Sarah Hoyt
Photos by Willow Stephenson, Javin Martinez, Kaylina Frates
By Colt Antle
On Sept. 1, 2023, the Pueblo County High School football team faced off against Pueblo West High School football team in a debut of the team spirit, talent and the PCHS’ new mascot, Stinger.
The stands were filled with roaring fans, such as the PCHS Rowdies, decked out in the 2023 Pigskin Spirit theme; Superheroes vs, Villains.
One fan, Michael Enriquez, said that, “It was sad, but still fun to hang out with my friends.” The game ended with a score of 35 to 7, with the Cyclones winning. When asked what they thought about the upset of the game, Willow Stephenson stated, “ We tried our best, but we will be fine.”
By Imajin Woodson
Spirit Week is a week where schools have a theme for each day of the week. Students create outfits that match the theme.
In your elementary school it might've been called Dr.Suess week. Pueblo County High Schools spirit week was based off of the Football game called Pigskin. Spirit week was put together by Student Leadership. Caprese Lisac, junior year member, said “ My favorite part of Student Leadership is being involved and helping others! I can always look to my fellow leaders with Whatever challenges we come across at County!”
Pigskin Spirit Week is sponsored by Student Leadership.
Monday- Superheroes day off (Pajama Day)
Tuesday- Captain America Day (Red, White, and Blue)
Wednesday- First Responders (Everyday Heroes)
Thursday- Don’t be a Villain (Dress Down West)
We had the Pigskin Assembly. All freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors shouted out their
cheers loud and proud for their graduating years of, 24, 25, 26, and 27.
Ramon Enriquez, the PCHS football coach, cheered and said that Pigskin would be our win. Unfortunately, on the day of Pigskin, Sep 1, 23, PCHS had taken the loss with the score count of 35 to 7. PCHS football still has its pride and will work hard to win the next games upcoming soon.
Photos by Willow Stephenson
By Haylee Kopasz
The annual Colorado State Fair Parade took place on Saturday Aug. 26 at 10 a.m., in downtown Pueblo. It is one of the oldest parades in Colorado and is coordinated by the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce and the State Fair Parade Committee. This year's theme was “Colorado Mountains of Fun.”
Our PCHS marching band took 2nd place in 3A and was the highest scoring band from all of Pueblo. Drum Major Amber Mills, senior, took 2nd place overall.
“They played the western song,Cheyenne, a homage to the band’s country theme, which can be seen clearly with the unique cowboy hats they wear,” said Band Director, Mr. Josh Muller.
Band member Gracie Bamforth, freshman, said “The band was good at playing our music and it was fun dancing with the drum-line.”
The cheer team scored 1st place overall this year. Chloe Smith, freshman, from the cheer team said “feels like I have achieved a huge goal by winning first place for my first year at county. I’m excited to keep achieving new goals this year!”
Our float in it this year was number 83.The day before the parade the hay was put on the trail and the day of student council decorated. Cooper Jackson, freshman, from Student Leadership said, “it was fun to go through and be a part of. And my favorite part of the parade was being able to do it with friends.” When Kaylina Frates, freshman, saw the float she said, “We showed a lot of school spirit.”