By Colt Antle
In the last week before Christmas break Pueblo County High School will be taking their finals. Finals are a culmination of everything that a student has learned in their class, put together into one giant test. Every student has to take the tests and every class gives one. These will take place on Dec. 19, 20, and 21. With first, second, and third hour taking their tests on the 19th, fourth and fifth hour on the 20th, and sixth and seventh hour on the 21st. This whole situation can be new and scary for those unprepared and unready. Especially for the freshman, who probably haven’t had to take finals before.
Two freshman students were asked how they felt about the upcoming finals and if they were worried for them or not. The first freshman, Zack Santiago, answered by saying, “I’m not the most excited for it, but it’s just something that we have to do.” The second freshman,Trent Knox, stated that, “Yes I am worried, I need to get 90s on all of them.”
It isn’t just students that have to worry about finals. Teachers and members of the faculty still have to worry about large tests similar to finals, and at one point they were in the same position as most of the students. Having to cram in hours of class work in the hopes that their studying will pay off, and their grades won’t suffer because of it. A few members of the teacher staff, and two members of the faculty were interviewed on how they felt towards finals, and if they ever had to worry about finals the same way that students today do.
English teacher, Abigail Johnson said, “I think finals are important to demonstrate understanding of content for the semester. I graduated from PCHS in 2005 and the requirements for finals were a little different. Not everyone had to take finals. I think it is important to know how to study and take finals, especially for the students who are going on to college!”
Science and engineering teacher, Chris Ludwig commented, “In general, I think final exams are a good way to have students prove that they have learned all the course content for a particular class. I know that they can be stressful, as I remember them being when I was in high school, but I also believe that focusing on coursework for a final exam helps students learn, re-learn, and remember course content for later use.”
History teacher Joel Soto said, “I don’t think students need to worry about finals as long as they do the right things during the semester. Now, if you have a high grade cause you found ways for that high grade like cheating then I would be worried about the final. That's just bad karma. If I remember correctly, I only worried about math and science in high school. All other finals I didn’t have to worry about. In college, you are forced to be prepared for finals cause you're paying for it. So, taking in the material throughout the semester would be the smart thing to do, so I didn’t have to worry about finals.”
The person in charge of attendance at Pueblo County, Anna Rottinghaus, answered by saying, “I believe finals are a valuable evaluation tool and learning experience for all students. Stress and anxiety about testing is very normal and it's important that students learn how to cope with that stress, especially if they are college bound. I did have to worry about my finals when I was in high school. I remember very clearly stressing for my senior to sophomore chemistry final. I studied hard and did ok on the exam. There is no better feeling than when you have gotten through a stressful time and realized that you are more than capable of handling it. Students who miss finals or actively ditch them are only doing themselves a disservice. At some point in their lives they are going to have to take a test (driver's test, certification test, work skills test. etc.) and they will be ill prepared for that experience.”
Kylee is a Senior at PCHS, and is currently in the Magic the Gathering club. Her favorite class at PCHS is Rock Band in TAA and her GPA is 3.83. Some hobbies of Kylee’s are singing, reading, playing bass, watching movies, and studying entomology. Her future plan is to be a roadie at the Broadmoor World Arena when she graduates. Kylee’s taste in music is unique: the Doors is her favorite band, and she also loves classic rock, but she especially enjoys music from the 60s and 70s. Kylee was nominated for Hornet of the Week because she is always interested and on-task in class. She is also intelligent, polite, and positive. It’s just a joy to have enthusiastic students in class…and she is definitely one of those! Way to go Kylee (also known as Vegas)! Keep showing that Hornet Pride!
By Willow Stephenson
Kyle Scheele’s speech detailed the importance of the one person impact. He notably said “It only takes one person to make you feel like you matter, it only takes one person to make you feel like you don’t”
The student body responded well to the speech. Anyeli Gonzalez Parra, junior, said “I thought the speech was hilarious and was a good way to motivate students a bit.”
The humor of the speech was received by other students as well. Rhyanna Allen, sophomore, commented, “I thought the speech was very good, I thought it was funny and reeled the listeners in.”
Overall the experience was a positive one for the PCHS student body.
By: Elizabeth Bridgewater
The year 2019 is soon going to end. Everyone who didn’t complete their resolutions will make new goals that aren’t going to happen. Everyone who was sad thinks a new year will make them happier. Anyone who wants change will be sitting there waiting for it to happen.
While 2020 is a new year, it’s not going to just magically fix everything for you. You have to make that change for yourself. You have to think of a resolution that you really want to achieve. You have to find your own happiness. You have to make the changes you want.
Our childhood soon ending and new beginnings will start. The next ten years for us will be life changing. Those will be the years that we get our first job, get our license, graduate high school, go to college, and maybe even get married.
Thinking about these kinds of things make your head spin. They make you realize that we’re growing up, that our childhood is nearly gone, and that we are the next generation rising up. The question is, are you ready for all these changes?
By Elizabeth Bridgewater
Every family has different traditions for Thanksgiving. Some people don’t really celebrate, others have ten or more family members over. Some people even have two different dinners. Here’s what individuals at PCHS had to say.
“We don’t really have any traditions other than us all getting together and eating a lot of food,” said freshman, Krysta Swanson.
Sophomore, Joede Bustamante said, “I have some family over, we cook the meal together, and then we eat together. Honestly, Thanksgiving to me means family and good food.”
“We usually sit around while my mom cooks and then we eat. And at the end of the day we play board games. Thanksgiving to me means family.” Brittany Vail, a teacher at PCHS expressed.
“Every year for Thanksgiving my family comes over to our house and everyone brings different food. My mom makes the ham and my sister brings the turkey,” said sophomore Lana Cunningham.
Whether your family is large or small, everyone has some sort of traditions. Some people spend time with their family and eat food. Some have to make the food for their family. Some people ask the question, “how are my traditions different?” The better question is “how are my traditions unique?”
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.”