• Fundraiser for the Pueblo West band this Saturday

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    On September 24, 2016, the 2nd Annual Pueblo West High School band is having a fundraiser at the IntelliTec College Automotive Campus on 3673 Parker Blvd, Pueblo from 10:00 to 2:00.

    Face painting and concessions will be offered. Silent auctions will be going on during the fundraiser. There will be a plethora of custom cars and motorcycles. The Pueblo West High School Marching Band will be performing as well.

    The cosmetology program from IntelliTec College will be offering free haircuts throughout the event.

    The money from the fundraiser will go towards a trip for the band. Mr. Smith, band director, says “We are going to Washington D.C. in the summer. We have been nominated by Governor Scott Tipton to represent the state of Colorado in the Independence Day Parade in Washington D.C. That is the only way you can get into that parade is to be nominated by a US congressman.”

    See you there!


  • Principal responds to student fight this week

    Earlier this week, two male students got in a fight around 11 o’clock.

    Administration, teachers and security guards immediately reported to the scene.

    Principal Martha Nogare says that the fight started in the commons area because of “some comments that were made during lunch.” Nogare then continued to say “they went down the hallway and then the fight.”

    According to Nogare, the teachers in the building are important to preventing violence in the building. “With this particular situation, it was a matter of seconds that it all happened and it was broken up, so we’re fortunate for that. It’s only because people are on top of things. As soon as we knew something was going on there, the whole administrative team was there.”

    A medical team was called to the scene. “The only time we call for a medic is if there are any injuries… so for this situation, we did need to call a first responder. And I will do that for any kid.”

    Nogare warns students, “if there is any sort of thing that jeopardizes the safety and welfare of  students and staff, there are immediate consequences. Suspensions will be placed, if it involves the sheriff’s department, charges will be filed, tickets will be issued, and it’s all turned over to the district attorney.” 

    Nogare confirmed that consequences were put in place in this case. “It is an escalation of discipline… We don’t tolerate it. We give the message loud and clear.”

    Nogare says that she spoke with a few students since the fight to address how to handle situations like these. She described each of these conversations as strong and positive.


  • Disappointing Showing at 2016 MORP

    Last Saturday, DECA’s annual MORP dance took place here at the school at 8 p.m.

    MORP, which is “prom” backwards, is supposed to be the exact opposite of the dance at the end of the year. MORP is intended to be casual with a theme, to get students together to simply, as DECA teacher Anthony Linkowski puts it, “Have an honest good time!”

    With its Woodstock theme, according to Linkowski, DECA officers worked hours to set up themed tables, a photo booth station with a makeshift bus straight out of the 70’s, and a rug to take pictures in front of was hung up with a DECA officer stationed to take pictures on an actual polaroid. They also bought prizes such as lava-lamps, and candy galore.

    However, with roughly 84 students attending, the hard work and dedication was lost on most of the school.

    “It’s a huge disappointment,” Linkowski, noting how few kids actually attending, making the dance a “failure” this year.

    “It’s not about the money,” said Linkowski regarding the dance, “it’s about unifying the student body and improving the culture of the school.”

    Next year, DECA is planning to have a spirit day the Thursday before the dance to promote participation, but for now, it stands at 84 participants in a building of about 1500.

     


  • Seniors taking reigns in politics

     

     

    Mrs. Sloan teaching one of her classes.
    Mrs. Sloan teaching one of her classes.

    Teenagers and young adults are used to hearing, “you can’t, you won’t, and you shouldn’t do that because you’re too young.” It can be unnerving, maybe a little frightening, to give reigns and freedom to a teenager. Sometimes, though, the results of such can be surprising, and even amusing if you give them enough reigns to steer their way.

    Recently local students proved this by engaging in grass roots politics. Many seniors from Pueblo West High School participated in a caucus and a few of them were picked to be delegates.

    Carter Ortiz, Republican delegate, caucused at Pueblo West High School. He was influenced to take part in the caucus by one of his teachers, Mrs. Sloan, who teaches Advanced Modern World History.

    Mrs. Sloan recommended visiting the caucus.

    Ortiz, like many who caucused, thinks it is valuable to be informed about politics.

    “I’ve always been interested in staying up to date with what’s going on in the country… if I’m going to put a vote in, I should know what my vote counts for,” he says.

    His political influence stemmed from his parents in early childhood, but as he became more educated about politics, he developed his own opinions through research. However, he says that Mrs. Sloan was his biggest political influence.

    “I went [to the caucus] with the idea of just listening and trying to figure out how it goes, but I got involved in conversation and by doing that, I got selected to be a delegate,” he says.

    Ryan Boitz, a Republican delegate also influenced by Mrs. Sloan’s class and an inner want for political information, admires his caucus experience.

    “The young voter is so important ‘cause we’re the future, and we need to become informed and speak our word,” Boitz advises.

    “I like to know what is going on at all times to make sure I do what I can to make sure that our future will be secure,” he says.

    Remembering his experience, he says, “It was cool to see all the diverse people. There was a construction worker, a teacher, a business owner, so we got to see all of the different opinions… I think it was interesting to see the diverse people,” Boitz recalls.

    Although Boitz caucused and delegated as a Republican, he claims to be “on the fence” with his political views.

    “I like to know what is going on at all times to make sure I do what I can to make sure that our future will be secure,” he says.

    Mrs. Sloan’s class also influenced Travis Bever to caucus.

    Bever developed a unique opinion about caucusing.

    He thinks that Colorado should have a primary election instead of caucus “because all [the caucus] was, was people fighting with each other.”

    Bever recalls the experience as “people taking shots at each other.”

    Although he caucused as a Democrat, Bever plans to switch to Independent because he believes in the importance of being informed.

     

    Mrs. Sloan claims more than half of her students caucused.

    “More than fifty percent of the students went to the caucus… and the idea that several actually became delegates was very exciting,” she says.

    Sloan’s Advanced Modern World History class focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century global issues, but also learn about governmental structures worldwide.

    “Most of the students are eighteen and older… so they’re very motivated to participate in the system, and I was very pleased to see that motivation,” says Sloan.

    Caroline Cavender, a chosen Democrat delegate who is not in Mrs. Sloan’s class, caucused at Skyview Middle School.

    Cavender agrees that it is very important for young people to be politically involved and to vote.

    “Our generation has a lot of social change, and we’re going to new ideas and ways, so I feel like we’re the ones who need to go out and vote because we’re the ones to go about that change,” Cavender says.

     

    On March 19, Republican delegates met at East High School and Democrat delegates met at County High School.

    Alan Borcic and Madison Pritts both say they learned a lot about how the political process works, after being delegates.

    Pritts, Republican, reflects, “I was able to see how people in my own neighborhood felt about politics and the Republican candidates.”

    She says, “I think it is essential for every United States citizen, even young people, to learn about the two party system.”

    Pritts believes it is important for people to be educated before they vote and she plans to be politically active through adulthood.

     

    Borcic’s decision to be a delegate was “definitely a learning experience.”

    He says, “When it comes to politics, there are some people who really get into it, and I saw that… It got heavy in there.”

    Borcic remembers a particular situation of a woman spoke without “knowing her stuff,” which consequently led to name-calling.

    “I thought it was crazy at some times,” he recalls.

    His delegate experience wasn’t what he expected.

    “I was expecting it to be nice with all these older people – simple, no fighting. I figured the Republicans might do that a lot from seeing their debates,” he says.

    Despite the surprise experience, Borcic is “glad [he] went,” and he “actually met some nice people.”

    About being a young voter, Borcic advises, “We are the future, so we have to know what is going on… Know what you want because if you don’t vote, then you can’t complain about what happens next.”

     


  • Commit and Conquer program at Pueblo West High School

    The weight training facility in Pueblo West, Commit and Conquer, has recently announced a program for Pueblo West High School in which students can train. Admission fees per student for this program have not yet been determined. It is considered a school club, such as Chess Club or the fishing club, etc, but if capable, students will compete nationally.
    To qualify, one does not have to necessarily be athletic or strong, but must be willing to try and improve. Joe Leal, former owner of Commit and Conquer, spoke, “It is for any lifters or any non-lifters – just whoever would like to join.” Each individual will be given the same workout, however, and the weight will vary depending on the individual. Supervision will be available to assure safety. Equipment is also provided at the facility, so there is no need to bring extra supplies from home.

    The coaches of the weightlifting program are Dustin Hollman and Cory Sullivan.
    Committing to this program will guarantee hard work and likely pain such as soreness and mental battling. Clay Johnson, a member of this program, states, “The workouts are extremely strenuous and we workout almost everyday.”

    Paige Hollman, another participant , says her workouts consist of, “squats, lower body workouts, and technique exercises.”

    The gym is located at 141 Purcell Blvd in Pueblo West. The goal of this program, as stated by Leal, is to “get more people into lifting, and to show that lifting isn’t just to get big and strong.”

    For more information, visit the address stated above.  

    Pueblo West High School weight room. Photo by Cavan Sheehan
    Pueblo West High School weight room. Photo by Cavan Sheehan