This past Saturday, the Pueblo West High School Dance Team took second place in their first dance competition this school year.
The Pueblo West High dancers competed in the Universal Dance Association competition at Cherry Creek High School in Denver. Out of the 17 school that attended the competition, the Pueblo West Dance Team danced their way all the way to second place. This accomplishment took a tremendous amount of hard work from the dance team.
Even though West did not come out on top, Alexis Adams, a Freshman dancer, says, “I had a ton of fun and it was a great experience for our team as a whole.”
Many of these girls have been dancing for several years. The dancing continues outside of school. Most of the dancers also are apart of the Sarah Shaw Dance Studio. Adams has been dancing for about 12 years now. The work these girls have put in showed at this competition.
The dance team is able to bring girls together with the same strong passion for dance. Adams states, “I’ve created friendships with girls who I’d otherwise never talk to because we are in different grades and/or we don’t have classes together. There are a lot of girls that I’ve grown close to that I’ve never actually talked to before.”
This competition was a huge success for the Pueblo West High School Dance Team. This group of dancers shows great promise for future years.
It’s that time of year again. Girls’ basketball has raided the court, leading into what the Cyclones hope to be another successful season.
The Pueblo West Girls’ are aiming for the gold by dedicating their free time towards excelling on the court and preparing for whatever comes their way. Shae Gallery and Maya Sanchez, both Juniors, looked back on just what that preparation included, with Gallery recounting, “We play over the summer in Denver tournaments, and the fall league prepares us for the season.” When watching on the sidelines, any observer can see the hard work and dedication that these girls put into their training, pushing themselves harder at each go down the court.
Practicing six out of the seven days of the week, the Cyclones’ are a “close-knit team,” always having each other’s backs. The bonds in this team go further back than Freshman year, with some of the players being on the same teams since Kindergarten or even Preschool. When looking back on the family that this team has become, Shae elaborated on just what she meant by “close-knit team,” remarking, “We are all best friends, so it’s like, if there’s drama, we fix it in an hour.” Sanchez built upon that idea, relaying, “Yeah, there are rarely any times that we don’t get along. We are very close.”
On the court, Sanchez and Gallery support their team with Gallery performing as a power-forward and Sanchez taking the roles of point-guard or shooting-guard. When asked if their positions are their favorites, Sanchez brings in an aspect a lot of us can relate to, muttering, “Usually my height just stumps me, so I’m stuck with point-guard position.”
One compelling game that is looming in the distance is the West vs South showdown. There is a definite rivalry assembling between the two teams, which can be seen from the simultaneous answer of “South” by Sanchez and Gallery when asked what game they are most excited for. Gallery noted how the rivalry is an old one, with all the tension building from the initial showdown in their freshmen season.
Come support your fellow Cyclones at home at 7 P.M. on Thursday.
Pueblo West High School’s Advanced Drama class is performing “The Diary of Anne Frank” on January 15, 16, and 17. Shows will be at 7 pm. Tickets are $2 for students, and $5 for adults.
Originally written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, this production takes place during World War II, when Hitler and the Nazi’s occupied Germany. Jews were being put in concentration camps and massacred. Two families, the Franks and the Van Daan’s, come together to hide in the attic of a store, ran by Mr. Frank and an associate. This is essentially their story of how they had to survive in the attic.
The students in the drama class have spent hours and devoted weekends to this production. They run through lines, place sets, paint, put the final touches together. The actors are forced to push through their nerves and anxiety to really wow the crowd.
Tyler Bodry, a senior in the production, stated, “We wanted to do an all senior play, kind of a final farewell. We thought, ‘what is something that is meaningful, has deep meaning and truly a lot of people will want to see?’ We thought Anne Frank would be good for that.”
This play covers many dark topics. Bodry explained one of the biggest challenges he faced was on a mental level. “We cover a lot of serious and traumatic things. There are a couple lines and scenes that are very hard to deal with. It’s a true story and there are somethings that just hit you.”
Bodry genuinely committed to his role. He pledged to grow out a mustache for the part, because during the time period of World War II, a mustache was essential to complete the look. When asked if the character matches him, he said, “I think it fits me pretty well. I am kind of like the dad of the drama department as well. You know, making sure everything is going smoothly, popping a couple puns here and there.”
On December 2, the Pueblo West Cyclone Boy’s Basketball team fought for a win against Resurrection Christian in the Holiday tournament, playing their fourth game so far this week. As for this match, either side furnished an intense and upbeat game, leaving the fans on the edge of their seats and leaving the game remembered as a barn burner.
Throughout the match, three-pointers and two-pointers were thrust into the nets left and right. On the Cyclones side, Alec Cash scored two-pointer lay-ups and three-pointers. At one point in the game, he even slid on his belly, flinging a ball into his teammate’s hands from the ground.
Logan Garcia and Julian Lucero also made major impacts on the game, getting their fair share of two-pointers and three-pointers. However, on the Resurrection Christian’s side, three-pointers seemed to be their specialty, with players swishing them from outside the three-pointer line. The game was thrown into a violent and physical match, with either side colliding in desperation to retrieve the basketball.
When asked about how long they have been playing, both Garcia and Lucero stated that they have been going at it since the age of four. When it comes to what inspired them, Lucero responded by reminiscing, “I was kinda just born with a basketball, I guess. I’ve always, just, I just used to have this little hoop, a little toddler’s hoop, and I would just get a little ball, and I just shot it forever. It was just always fun for me.” On Logan’s side, he laughed, “I just thought that… I loved playing sports and I played in every sport. In middle school, I just stuck to basketball.” When it comes to goals this season, both players wish to make it to state championships and win.
This season, the Cyclones have been faced with shifting strategies due to new leadership, coming in the form of Coach Tahern. Tahern coached basketball for three years before taking the position at PWHS. When asked about what his goals for the season are, he replied, “Well, right now, we are just trying to take it one game at a time and one win at a time, and focus on our next opponent. But, I know that our boys have lofty goals at the end of the season, and when the state championship comes around, we try to take… we try to focus on one game at a time, right now.”
Tahern’s views over the challenges faced by the Cyclones are, “Right now, there is just a new system with not very much practice time, and we played four games in six days, and so we haven’t had time for practicing. We’re really, really tired right now, but … that’s kind of the biggest challenge – is to have the guys ready and have a new system without very much practice time.” On another note, Coach Tahern considered his players as friends and enjoys practicing with them, relaying, “They want to have a really successful season, and that makes it easy as a coach when they show up ready to work hard every single day.”
After this season, Coach Tahern hopes to leave his team with a message, which he communicated as, “I’d just like to prepare our guys for life after Pueblo West basketball or after Pueblo West High School, and the lessons that are learned with basketball, they’ll be able to take along with them after they graduate.”
Back into the highlights of the game; the rivalry hit a turning point in the fourth quarter when both teams were met with a tie with only a few minutes remaining. This would soon be changed, leading the Cyclones into the lead when Taylor Harris lay-upped the ball into the net, guiding the Cyclones into a score of 63-59. With twenty-nine seconds left in the game, the Cyclones were given a technical foul, scoring two points off of the opportunity, while Resurrection Christian gained five more points with a two and three-pointer. However, the Cyclones were able to solidify their triumph through #2’s success in scoring both of his free throws.
Either side boasted impressive skill, but the Cyclones were able to acquire the final piece of the puzzle, gaining another victory in the tournament.
As the end of the first semester of the 2018 and 2019 school year quickly approaches, many seniors are stressed about the idea of college. Many students are worried about passing their final exams and getting into a decent college.
After spending the past four years at Pueblo West High School, some students are sad to leave. Diana Suarez Manriquez says, “I’m very upset that this is my last year of high school because I’m going to leave behind good teachers and friends. I want to go to a college that is a good distance from my family, but not too far that I can’t drive to visit them during the holidays.”
Most students encounter stress due to school on a daily basis. What comes after high school, however, can be much more stress inducing. Students have to worry about what college they want to attend, as well as being accepted by that college.
Gabriella Garbiso says, “I’ve been super stressed about graduating. I know I’ll pass but failing a class I need is a huge fear of mine.”
College is something that many students are looking forward to experience. Kimberly Vecellio says, “I’m kinda stressed about it, but I’m looking forward to it.”
Even though the preparation for college can cause quite a bit of stress, the class of 2019 is soon going to start the beginning of the rest of their lives.