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  • The Milk Jug Classics: A Fight For Glory

    A typical case of Pueblo West’s bipolar weather met the Cyclones’ and their opponents, The Pueblo County Varsity Boys’ Soccer Team, on Tuesday night, providing a dramatic setting for the classic Milk Jug match, which has been played between the two teams since the opening of Pueblo West High School in 1999.

    Before the game, the players were introduced to what appeared to be a cold, wet, and dreary evening. Temperatures entering lower forties and drizzling rain stampeding the field orchestrated slippery plays and physical pain.

    However blisteringly cold it was, the Cyclones still presented a dominance that allowed them to conquer County with a 1-0 win.

    When it comes to soccer, those who play it and those who are retired from it come together to support important traditions such as the Milk Jug. Not only do the players unite and bond together in order to play a ferocious game, but the fans and spectators all join in the fun by combatting whatever extreme conditions come their way and supporting their teams.

    This could be seen by the dozens of fans huddling together on the bleachers, cloaking themselves with blankets, winter jackets, gloves, and anything that could give them warmth, some even acting as if they were actors onThe Day After Tomorrow. Players also joined in the fun by dressing up for the occasion, with Rohnin Morris being seen in a cow costume, or in more usual cases, players waddling back in forth in an attempt to get warm.

    Steven Cline, Pueblo West’s Varsity goalie, stated “In the four years that I’ve been playing for west, we (the Cyclones) have watched film to find our tendencies and fix them. We have worked hard when it comes to game time, and we have battled when we needed to against a talented county team,” when asked how the Cyclones have been able to beat County in the Milk Jug games. He also provided some insight to the perspective of a goalie on the field by relaying “It’s a lot of fun being the goalie because that’s all I’ve really done. The only bad part is not being able to really make up for it when you get scored on. All you can do is just keep working on not letting them (the opposing team) score. The pressure can be a lot to you, and it can really get to you if you let it. The way I handle pressure is to take deep breaths and try to stick to the daily warmup routine we always do because that takes my mind off the game.”

    Credit: Coach Young

    Despite the mournful cold, the Cyclones persevered through the bitter evening and created plays that transcended those of the County players. The hornet players put up a strong fight, but the Cyclones prevailed, boasting a more determined and focused mindset.

    Within the first half, Senior Sam Parker scored a goal from far out, striking it into the upper ninety. This, plus the unceasing plays of the Cyclones, put the team on a highway to victory.

    The Cyclones forged on as one unit, proving that having a close-knit team is the best game plan 100% of the time, no matter the ending score. This practice led the Cyclones to their fifteenth straight Milk Jug Title.

  • Seniors of the Dance Team

    Meet Alex Duran, Ali Campos, Amber Wharton, and Jayden Lamas.

    Duran and Lamas have been on the Pueblo West High School Dance Team for all four years of their high school career. Wharton has been on the team for three years, and this is Campos’ second year.

    The annual pigskin game has just passed, and since these four girls are seniors, it was a pretty emotional time.

    Duran said, “My first pigskin was something I did not expect. We were busy for months learning two dances! I remember the stress of learning a dance the day of.But I can just remember the memories we had during that time. It was something I will cherish for a lifetime.I got close with the team during that time.

    Duran then explained how her senior experience was different, “This year’s pigskin was something I will carry on for a lifetime. It was an honor to choreograph the pigskin assembly dance and dancing with my team. I was so thrilled when I was going to be able to host the team at my house to get ready and well, of course, eat. I hope to remember the memories I made 10 years after graduation. I will always be so honored to have been able to dance 4 years at each pigskin which all have very different meanings and memories that will forever be apart of my heart!”

    Since Campos has only been dancing for two years, she was not on the dance team her freshman year, so her experience was a little different.

    She reported, “My first pigskin was so much fun! I wasn’t on the dance team so I was in the stands with the rest of the student body. I had such a fun time doing the cheers and being involved in the crowd.

    She followed by mentioning,”My last pigskin compared to my first pigskin was pretty great as well. I absolutely love being on the dance team and performing for half time and being on the sidelines. Having that spirit to share with the student section is such a good feeling. If I had to choose which one was my favorite, I would have to say my senior year.”

    Wharton was also not on the dance team her freshman year, but her first pigskin on the dance team was definitely an experience.

    Quoting Wharton, “Oh goodness let me see if I can remember that long ago. My first pigskin, I didn’t know what to expect at all. During our first performance for the whole school was, of course, the assembly, and I was beyond nervous.”

    Wharton Mentioned how she recalled the events of her day before the game bagan, “I do remember the game being home and getting ready at one of the dancer’s house. I thought it was fun and exciting.”

    Wharton explained the stresses of pep-weeks for the Dance Team, “Pigskin week in general is just overwhelming for dance team. I do also remember learning a dance in a day before pigskin game.”

    She noted, however, that her senior pigskin was much better than her first, “I believe this pigskin was the best out of all three years I’ve been on. Mostly because we got the trophy back of course, but I feel like this year we have a lot of potential to show as a team and I’m happy the way my last pigskin ended.”

    Lamas has been on the dance team alongside Duran for all four years, so her first pigskin was different from Campos’ and Wharton’s.

    Lamas said, “My first pigskin had my heart racing with excitement being a freshman and everyone watching me on the field. Getting ready with the team felt like a family and I was learning so much from the older girls.”

    Lamas noted the difference in emotions when comparing the two games, “My last pigskin was just as amazing, but I was heartbroken that it was my last pigskin. I wasn’t going to be able to feel the excitement as I did ever after this one. It was also an amazing feeling because I am a role model for all of the incoming girls and it makes me happy and I just never want it to go away.”

    All of the girls felt that their last pigskin was successful for different reasons.

    Duran said, “I feel that it was, we worked very hard and it’s such a rewarding feeling when people give compliments about how well the team did.”

    Campos believed that her last pigskin was successful for the school and for her experience because West brought the trophy back home, and the team performed well and brought a lot of cyclone spirit with them.

    Wharton reported that this game had the biggest student section she has seen from West. Also, the dance team have been practicing for the big game since the middle of the summer, and the hard work payed off.

    Wharton also mentioned that the football team never backed down even when West was ahead by a few touchdowns.

    She believes that everyone’s excitement is what made it best.

    Both Duran and Campos said that their favorite part is the adrenaline rush, nerves, and excitement of waiting to perform before each halftime and assembly.

    Wharton said her favorite part was performing and being on the sidelines and, of course, seeing everyone “getting hyped throughout the game.”

    Lamas loves being together with the team and the excitement of dancing.

    Since these four girls are seniors, and sadly, this is their last year at the school and on the dance team, they explored the things they would miss the most about the team after they graduated.

    AlexDuran said, “Coming in and always sharing laughs and crazy stories about what happened at school. And of course Jenna Kristan when she gives me back tickles because I force her too.”

    Campos told us, “Probably performing. Like I said, I love that rush of excitement. I’ll miss performing with my girls and knowing we worked so hard to get that routine and the feeling of all the hard work paying off.”

    Wharton announced, “When I first joined, it was only because I wanted to get involved in high school. I actually liked it and continued for my last three years. I’ll miss everyone I have met and just being there in general. I definitely will not miss running.”

    Lamas’ response was a little more emotional.

    She said, “I will miss having people to go to when I need them the most and feeling like I have a family.”

    The girls explored what parts of their experience they considered to be the best and worst.

    Duran mentioned, “My best year would be this year, every dance we do I learn to cherish it because I know it’s a last. And my worst would be my freshman year being up in front and forgetting the dance for pigskin. It was embarrassing and I am truly scared from the embarrassment.”

    Campos stated, “My best experience on dance team so far would probably have to be my Halloween dance my sophomore year. That dance was so much fun to perform and as a team, we all did things together and we all clicked really well together. My worst experience would have to be trying out my sophomore and senior year. I have really bad hips so they don’t allow me to do certain movements so that has been the most difficult part about dance for me overall as well.”

    Wharton expressed that her best experience would have to be when she made the team, and any other time performing because dancing is something she likes to do. She said she doesn’t have a bad experience.

    Lamas voiced that her best experience would probably be being a senior on the team and the worst would be the state fair parades every year because she gets dehydrated and it’s hot.

    These four girls are dedicated to the dance team and will sure be missed by the team when they graduate, but for now, the team plans to enjoy the rest of the year and football and basketball seasons!

    Make sure to watch out for these fierce girls at the dance team’s next performance!





  • Through the Lens of a Freshman

    Every year, the CyChron writes a series of articles highlighting the graduating seniors at the beginning and end of the year. 2017 is going to be different.

    Every year, a class of unknown, and often unheard, freshmen walk into Pueblo West High and start making their individual marks on the building. They leave a legacy for future classes, and if four short years, they will graduate.

    But for now, they are still the young guns, and their stories start on day one.

    The following anecdotes are written by freshmen CyChron staff members, detailing their personal experience on the first day of school.

    Cassadi Baker:

    My first day of school was very nerve wracking.

    As if moving from Illinois wasn’t scary enough, I was starting my freshman year not knowing anyone. I immediately got involved in volleyball, which has helped me make many friends.

    When I arrived at school on the first day, I wanted to turn the car around and just go home. As I started walking into the school, many people were there to greet the incoming freshman, which made me feel a little less alone.

    I had to ask for help to find every class, but everyone was more than happy to help me out.

    I enjoyed every class that day, but journalism would have to be my favorite. I walked in, and suddenly felt welcome. Everyone was nice and seemed happy to meet the new freshmen.

    The worst part of my day was probably waking up at 4:30 to make sure I wasn’t late to my first day of high school, yet I was still almost late.

    I’m starting to get more involved with school activities. Volleyball being one of them. A week after school started, we had tryouts and it was very tough. But, I managed to make the team, which was a big accomplishment.

    I look forward to being more involved, and meeting many more people on my journey at Pueblo West High School.

    Ein Bauer:

    My very first day of school was not the best. I keep getting lost and couldn’t find a single class by myself. I was so lost that for half of my classes, I was on the wrong floor.

    I didn’t know many people as a lot of them were from other schools. My schedule was hard to learn for the first couple days but now. I have the schedule pretty much memorized by now.

    Although a lot of people are in sports or various clubs I myself, am not. I did not think about doing any clubs until it was too late and everything I could have done had already started. My parents were disappointed that I couldn’t do anything so I decided that I would do Journalism as it is something I was always wanted to do. My schedule was set and I had needed to get supplies for my classes.

    At the end of the day, I had walked to the doors and had waited twenty minutes for my dad to pick me up. After finally getting home I had realized how tiring my first day was.

    Tyler Phillips:

    Freshman year could be one of the most important years of high school.

    My first day was very intimidating but I will never forget it, I remember just searching for the people that I knew the second I walked in the doors. When I finally found someone, I knew, it was a major relief to vent and talk to someone I knew in an ocean of new people.

    I was both nervous but also excited to meet all the new people. I had trouble finding my first class but some friends aided in this struggle. I saw who was there and I was excited there was some people that I knew but also a mixture of new people to meet, this had me over all excited to meet and befriend these new people.

    My main nerve was trying to find all of my hours, even though, yes, we went through them at orientation but those memories where long gone. I was most excited about meeting all the new people and meeting my teachers. The freedom is great I hope to pursue my goals through high school.

    Emmalia Miller:

    Since I am on the dance team, the first day was nerve-racking, but also calm.

    We started practices in the summer for dance team so I knew some upper classmen who would later help at the school. In the morning, on the very first day, I had to be at the school early to form a tunnel with the dance team and the cheerleaders for the freshman walking in.

    At the assembly, I performed in front of the whole freshman class, and no one seemed too excited.

    For the rest of the day, I wandered through the halls looking for a classroom after every hour, and somehow I managed to find the room every time and not be tardy. The school is very big, so there are many opportunities to get lost. That was my biggest fear before starting; getting lost. Something else I wasn’t very excited about were the crowded halls with several tall upperclassmen.

    The thing I was most excited about was football games. Since I am on the dance team, I have to be on the field for the entire game and do sidelines, band jives, school song, and kick lines. The best part of the game for me would be performing at halftime. High school isn’t too bad so far after all!






  • Pueblo West High School: Being a freshman

    Macie McDowell:

    Starting off high school being known as the one class no one likes seems pretty awful. However so far high school isn’t the experience my peers and I thought it would be. For example, the movie classic with kids being shoved into lockers does not exist, unless you want to be the kid shoved in the locker.

    My worst fear was falling down the stairs, so far it is week three of school and I have already confronted my fear eight times.There is a whole new world in high school, it is amazing. One lousy thing is there is a lot of pressure on everyone and we are all getting pulled into a million directions. With high school you have to make the opportunity your own.

    I am most excited that I joined Journalism; I feel like I actually fit in. Journalism is this huge mix of people where it does not matter what people think of you. Journalism avoids stereotypes and is very professional. That is what I love about it. Being on the staff makes me feel like I know more things and I am open to more experience and growing than others.

    Walking into high school not knowing what I wanted to be was probably the best decision. The first day was very intimidating. I had no idea where I was going or what I was even doing. Somehow I found where I was going and subconsciously found people I get along with. There are only two ways you can go in high school, hopefully mine will be up.

    Rachael Newman:

    Freshman year is thought to be the most exciting, stressful, and scary year of high school. The first day was all those emotions, and more, in just eight hours. I never thought there was that many freshman in Pueblo West.

    It was awesome to see all of my previous friends from middle school and even from my elementary school. First hour felt like I was a fish out of water. It was intensely cold in the room and there was a slim amount of classmates that I knew so finding a seat was challenging.

    The other two hours were kind of a blur. I was one of five freshman in a Geometry class and the same went for my Journalism class. I was very pleased that the administration gave many freshmen the same lunch period, after homeroom.

    Classes after lunch went much more smoothly. The classes did get larger in the number of students which made me feel even smaller than 5’5″. The day ended and I was ready to go home and sleep.

    The school is huge even on one floor! I did get lost multiple times and thankfully student council and the staff helped guide me to my classes. As soon as I got home I was ready to go back.

    The 2017-2018 school year seems promising and exciting as does my next four years at Pueblo West High School. I can’t wait to jump into clubs, sports, accelerate in my classes, and above all make friends and have fun.

    Baylee Bloesser:

    My first day of high school was not exactly what I was expecting because it wasn’t the same as most of the other freshman in my class. I spent the beginning of the morning getting ready to perform in front of the class of 2021. My cheer team guided in the freshmen students as they walked in. After the team preformed, another freshman and I taught our class the class yell. Certainly, my morning was different from everyone else’s but was a great experience.

    As for the first time going to my classes it was very confusing to find all of them for the first time, but the teachers were a great help to guide us. That day I realized how big the school is. The hardest part was trying to keep track of what floor I was on and the class. After all by the third day I just about had my classes all down, which made things a lot easier. On the first day I met up with friends from years past but, I have met many new ones since.

    Even though I am a cheerleader for the high school, cheerleading isn’t the only sport I am involved in. I do high school gymnastics for the Central High School team. I have done gymnastics since I was a baby but this year I started the high school team which I have been preparing for a while. The first week of school was certainly over whelming with the start of both cheerleading and gymnastics practice every night. Of course with everything high school consists of, it was quite an adjustment I will be getting used to.

    Patrick Rollins:

    Freshman year wasn’t high on my list of things that I was looking forward to last year. I thought that it was going to be very scary, as most people in my grade did. I was wrong. My first day was very different than what I was used to, but in a good way.

    When I first walked into Pueblo West High School, I was pretty overwhelmed. I had no clue about where to go after the assembly in the auditorium, so I asked some Student Council members, who were very kind, where to go. But I was still overwhelmed in all of my classes, as I’m taking all accelerated classes and the work we’re planning for is a giant step forward in work that needs to be done compared to middle school.

    But after my first hour, in talks of finding my way around, I got a feel for the map and it’s numbers and I was able to find my classes easier than was I was before. Other than me being confused on where to go and being overwhelmed with activities we were planning in doing, my first day here was really good. It was a great experience and I will probably remember it for years to come.

    I’m not in any sports at the moment, mostly because I wanted to see how much time the clubs I was planning on joining were going to take up. I’m definitely looking forward to all of the activities we’ve been offered, but not to all of the homework that comes with accelerated classes. I can’t wait to see how this year and my Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years go as a Cyclone.

    Kiera Gosney:

    The Thursday that freshman year began, I was super nervous about not knowing where all of my classes were and getting lost. Since I am very clumsy and I have a good habit of making a fool of myself, I also had a severe fear of falling up or down the stairs; this fear became more nerve racking when the first Monday of school came and more students attended.

    The first Thursday honestly was not as bad as I thought it would have been, I was most excited to see all of my friends that I hadn’t had the opportunity to see over the summer.  For that reason I wasn’t too opposed to going to school. This mainly helped with my motivation of actually trying to enjoy it. Although the band, cheerleaders, and dancers at the entrance of the school were all a little much, I was thankful to have extra people around the school to help me find my way to classes.

    The first day with all of the extra sophomores, juniors, and seniors was also not at all as bad as I thought it would be. I had three classes where there were less than ten freshman and the rest were all sophomores, juniors and seniors. By the time lunch was over on that first Monday I realized high school was not going to be as bad as some had made it seem.

    I have a lot of homework because I am taking two accelerated classes but I have seemed to manage with figuring out ways to get the work load done when it is due. My worry is that I may not be able to always manage it all because of the club volleyball team that I am on throughout the school year. I enjoy the Journalism class I’m taking because of the laid back environment and the freedom; I am excited for what is to come of the opportunities there are throughout the year in the class.

    Now I am almost into my third week of going to this new, big school and so far I like all of the teachers I have. I have not been ran over by those who are six and seven feet tall; plus I have yet to fall down the stairs. I am confident that if I try, this year won’t be so bad.

  • Dress code; school law or administration opinion?

    Taylor Hogan (left) and Kaylee Baca (right) wearing shorts that administrators allow, but the handbook does not.

    Pueblo West High School’s motto is, “Respect is a way of life,” so what does our dress code have to do with respect?

    The handbook states that students are encouraged to express themselves; some students feel their clothes are the best representation of who they are. Generally students are encouraged to be themselves, however only as long as it is not a disruption or distraction. Administrators have the power to decide whether or not a student’s clothing is inappropriate or distracting. Such inappropriateness and distractions include showing too much skin, vulgar graphics, profanity, and pajamas. Students may disagree with these rules, but there are consequences to those who violate them regardless.

    There is a lot of confusion about the dress code because the handbook  states “modifications can be made to the dress code. This means that there are rules but administrators can also give their opinions and make suggestions.

    For example,  junior Addison Puffer said, “I was wearing shorts and Gomez told me they were inappropriate, but when I asked Marcus if they were inappropriate he said, ‘No they’re fine.'” This incident reveals that the administrators may not always agree with each other as to what violates the dress code.

    These differences tend to confuse the students, resulting in unintentionally breaking these rules. The administration says, “If you’re not sure if an article of clothing is appropriate, then it’s probably best not to wear it. It’s the easiest way to stay out of trouble.”

    Dress-coding is an ongoing problem at Pueblo West High School, and will continually have to be dealt with.