• Girls 2018 Soccer

    It’s that time of the year again! The weather is playing a game of hot and cold and it is the start of the girls’ 2018 soccer season.

    Tim Decker, the girls’ varsity head coach, has added a new member to the soccer family this season, Danelle Dondelinger. She is currently a senior at CUSP, and has come to help push the girls to be their best.

    On top of this addition, Maddison Newbauer, a PWHS senior, has also joined the team, and has successfully made varsity only two years after her introduction to soccer, just as Ashlynn Young, a sophomore, has.

    The team has made both gains and losses this season, from losing around twelve seniors, to gaining multiple skills from the whole team.

    Bryn Decker, senior captain, agrees and said, “This season we definitely just seem more focused. More seriousness and more drive to want to win and want to do well, and even deep down want to win SCL. This is the first high school team that I’ve played on at Pueblo West that knows we are good, and knows the things we can accomplish.”

    Both the Varsity and JV teams are full of extraordinary talent and sportsmanship this year, and are working their way up to play offs.

    The varsity team was recently sent spiraling with enthusiasm on the night of March 15, 2018, for they took the win against South.

    This is the first year since 2012 that our girls PWHS soccer team has beat South the first game playing them of the season. This was a huge victory for the girls, as it was a 2-1 lead, and is definitely going down in PWHS history.

    When asked about how the win over South will affect the team for the rest of the season, Lydia Fair, junior captain, replied, “I think winning against south gave the team confidence that we didn’t have before. It’s been years since Pueblo West won the first ‘south vs west’ game, so it proved that we have ability this season. The fact that we dominated in possession as well, proves that all we need is confidence and we can win anything. I really think that was the page turner for our team.”

    The girls are now ready to repeat this win over the course of the season and are prepared to fight all the way. So, go support the girls PWHS varsity and JV team, both schedules are located on the PWHS athletics page.


  • Editorial- The “March for Our Lives”: The first step in a revolution

    March for Our Lives is a movement, led by students, that advocates for stricter gun control laws. The campaign made their debut on March 24 in Washington D.C., also inspired conventions around the country, and even the world. Many students from the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida spoke about their experiences; there were more brave speakers that discussed the gun violence happening in their own city.

    Students leading this campaign were fed up with waiting for someone to address the firearm brutality and fear they go to class with everyday. In their mission statement, on their website, They explain that politicians advise that in light of recent shootings, now is not the time to talk about guns; the students disagree. They claim that student safety is not a political issue and they have no intention of making it one.


    The March for Our Lives movement, that brought the nation together, is just the beginning of a revolution, sparked unfortunately by terrible events that have already made their mark in 21st century American history. In the future, it is dubious that a generation that has already left such a prominent impact will just stop after one national event. The movement marks the first step in an uprising that will consist of standing up to the administration and leaving a booming echo that will ripple down through future generations and ignite a fire in them to also make their voice heard.

    The positives of this movement include showing Congress and the President that citizens have a passionate voice, and have no fear to share it. This is another instance where the country has come together over one issue or opinion, which shows the unity within the United States borders; the people that joined in this movement ignored their differences to support a vital issue.

    A possible negative outcome of this movement is the survivors speeches and the ideas presented in them are now vulnerable to the harsh cross-examination and ridicule from the opposition. The ones that disagree with the cry for reformed firearm laws, now have the opportunity to rebuttal and pick apart the speeches made by the courageous survivors of gun violence.

    One effect that will hopefully come out of this protest is that other teenagers and young adults will be inspired to make their voices heard. This movement has shown that age doesn’t define the impact that can be made on the world or mute the deafening voice young people possess.

    The March for Our Lives movement highlights many admirable qualities about the current generations of teenagers of young adults. It shows that they are not scared of the “big man”. They make their voice heard and are passionate about the relevant issues that they feel need addressed. It has become clear that they don’t let the discouragement of their elders be the barrier halting them from standing up for what they believe in.


  • Back on Track

    Spring has sprung and with that comes spring sports.  Track and field hasn’t been slacking off this year.  They have been training every day since November.

    Athletes that were able to, train and competed indoor track.  Under the club REAL Training they went to the Air Force Academy, Atlanta, Georgia, and Dallas, Texas.

    Rolling into the with the wind right into spring, they hit the ground running.  Outdoor season stared two weeks ago and the first track meet is this weekend, March 10.

    The team is actually being split into two.  The Early Bird Invite is at CSUP, and the Banana Belt Classic is held at Dutch Clark. “As of right now we have 136 cleared without basketball players,” head coach Menegatti said.

    On March 29, the Cyclones have chance to go the Austin, Texas for the Texas Relays. And later on, April 14, there is a meet in Oregon.  The trackletes just have to run fast, jump long, jump high, and vault high enough to qualify.

    Every year SCL is one of the most anticipated meets of the year.  Pueblo West and Pueblo South are great rivals and have great competition.

    For the past years West, has dominated over South and other Pueblo County schools.  This years they are looking for bigger things than just Pueblo good.  “With that kind of number you obviously gain depth, and when you gain more depth you are able to score more points across the board.  So, we should be fairly solid at the state level,” Menegatti said.

    By doing virtual meets, West boys have a shot of contesting the team State Championship. “I don’t want to jinx us, but I think the boys should place third and the girls top ten,” said Menegatti.  The state meet is set for May 17-19.


  • Winter vs. Summer Olympics

    Pueblo West High School disagree about many topics. Currently there is controversy throughout the Pueblo West High School student body regarding which Olympic Games are better, Summer or Winter?

    Out of 20 student surveyed, 12 students said they preferred the Summer Olympics.

    Pueblo West High School Student, and track athlete, Kaya Wick says, “Summer Olympics because there is track and field, and that is my favorite sport. I also enjoy watching the gymnastics.” Wick runs the 100m, 200m, 400m, pole vault, she also ran on the state qualifying 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400m, and sprint medley.

    Morgan Cologgi, a freshmen at Pueblo West High School, said,”Winter Olympics are better because they have snowboarding, they are more thrilling, and they just overall have better sports.” Cologgi is an avid snowboarder.

    There are currently 42 sports in the Summer Olympic Games and only 15 Winter Olympic sports. The Summer and Winter Olympic Games take place two years apart.

     


  • A Fight Against Bullies

    Bullying has become the new norm, and that is why Mark Koopman, a counselor and advisor at Pueblo West High school, has stepped up and began the process to create an anti-bullying program.

    Karen Cologgi, a mother of a PWHS student, gave and insight of what she thinks the program will bring to the school.

    She said, “I think it just needs to be done because it is not spoken enough at home and kids who are going through it at school or home, or anywhere else for that matter, need to know that someone is there to help and that help is easily accessible.

    To kick off this program, Koopman offered eight students, currently enrolled at the high school, to join several other schools on the 2018 Winter Xgames kid’s day.

    This year’s 2018 Xgames has campaigned a “Shred Hate” program as well. What really stood out from this campaign was the young girl who proudly walked the stage to share her story.

    As many may be able to relate, this young girl told the crowd how she had been bullied for being athletic and sporty, but with help she was able to move past this common occurring situation.

    Koopman wants students to feel like they aren’t alone just as this young girl was not, and he plans to do so with his upcoming anti-bullying program.

    As a counselor, Koopman explained his personal opinion on bullying as, “My personal perspective on bullying is that bullying comes out of fear, people who don’t know who they are yet, or understand that other people are maybe in a different place in their life or in a different place of their and throughout that , sometimes they come up as, either scared, or unknowing, and in order to balance the playing field a little bit, to make themselves feel a little bit better who they are,  or where they are, they tend to try to bring others to their level, and usually that ends with what we would call bullying”

    This is only one reason of several to why Koopman has decided to create the anti- bullying program

    This program will start with the class of 2022. Koopman plans to start with the freshmen class, that way they hear it first hand, on the first day, that PWHS is a safe place to be, as well as a good school, and a bullying free zone.

    From there, he plans to continue to engrave this idea throughout the entire school.

    He explained that this program will come with built in training, which will include an all staff preparation to help them to not only be able to spot bullying, but to also teach them how to talk someone who may be involved in bullying through the situation.

    Koopman explained that bullying isn’t as rare at Pueblo West High School as he, as well as the rest of the staff, would like it to be.

    On average, bullying is reported two to three times a week at PWHS alone. To help in Koopman’s fight against bullying, remember, PWHS is where respect is a way of life.