• Pueblo West Holiday in Lights Parade

    On Saturday night, December 2, Pueblo West held its 16th annual Holiday in Lights Parade. The ‘Christmas in Candy Land’ parade was a huge hit.

    Myriah Johnson had the honor of being in the parade as Ms. Pueblo West. She has been involved with pageants for a long time so she has done this before. This will be one of many years being in this unique parade for Johnson; however, this year will be her first time smiling and waving to the crowd with title of Ms. Pueblo West.

    One thing to prepare is putting on her Sunday’s best to represent Pueblo West. Johnson describes the real challenge that goes into getting ready for the parade, “I have the very complicated task of setting up lights so people might actually see me because this is the darkest parade ever.” Despite this difficult job, she is still very excited to be a part of this experience.

    To learn about more things happening in the community, visit the Pueblo West Metro website (https://pueblowestmetro.com/).

  • School Trip takes an Unexpected Turn

    Murphy’s Law states that, no matter what, whatever can go wrong will go wrong, if given the ability to do so.

    The truth of this statement is definitely debatable, but any member of the 2017 IB/AP traveling classroom would tell you that when Murphy’s Law works it can throw even the smoothest of trips off kilter.

    “The trip was amazing, truly a once in a lifetime experience. There’s no way I’m ever going to get to do some of these things again, or at least not with the same atmosphere,” said Pueblo West High School Junior Joel Potter.

    The 2017 trip, aptly dubbed “West Goes West” by chaperones Michelle Erickson, Sheila Sloan, Jeff Sloan, Jeff Osborne, Amy Derting, Katie Wilson, and Johanna Woelfel, was a week long road trip to northern California.

    51 students and the aforementioned chaperones began their journey in Denver on Tuesday, November 7th. From Denver, the group of PWHS students boarded a train for a 30 hour ride to Sacramento, where they would finally escape the confines of the Amtrak train and get, what was for many, their first breath of California Air.

    Potter was sure to mention how new the west coast was for many of the students, “Some of the kids on the trip had never been out of [Colorado], so getting to go to California and just being able to see the ocean was a huge moment for a lot of them.”

    Along with ocean views, the students had the opportunity to explore Sacramento, San Francisco, and Monterey in small groups under the watchful eyes of the trained chaperones. In Sacramento, the students traversed the Capitol building, visited Sutter’s Fort, and received a lesson on the history of train travel in America at the Railroad Museum.

    From Sacramento, the group hopped on a bus to the Rosie the Riveter National Park, where they had the opportunity to meet three real life Rosie the Riveters before completing the final stretch to San Francisco.

    Erickson noted, “Meeting three real life Rosies, who at this point, are in their 90’s was such an inspirational moment.”

    Her sentiments were mirrored by Potter’s, who gleamed when stating, “The Rosies were life changing, knowing that these women helped to shape modern history… it was absolutely incredible to just be in their presence.”

    The Rosies were absolutely the highlight of the trip, according to most of the students. However, visits to the Muir Redwood Forest, walking the Golden Gate Bridge, the rolling streets of San Fransisco, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, as well as a dinner at John Steinbeck’s house, were not to be outdone.

    Of course, panning such a huge trip is far from a walk in the park, “It is a huge undertaking,” said Woelfel, “We put in countless hours, well before we even mention the trip to students.”

    Erickson explained, “The feasibility of the trip itself is interesting to put together. For example, arriving in Sacramento by way of train, the teachers knew that the train could be late. I mention this because, that day, knowing that we needed to be off that train by two o’clock to get to the hotel so we could get to the museum, was so hard to schedule. But, we managed to get it all done.”

    “It all went according to plan,” chuckled Potter when explaining how the trip was far from a relaxing vacation. “We went to multiple locations a day, and we managed to do it all without a hiccup, until we tried to get home.”

    Due to technical difficulties with a Frontier Airlines plane on Monday November 13th, a group of 44 students and 5 chaperones were, essentially, stranded in the San José airport.

    “Sometimes there are elements that are out of our control,” said Woelfel when describing the situation.

    The group traveling to Las Vegas for a layover flight to Colorado Springs on Monday boarded, and subsequently de-boarded, their plane two separate times. Hydraulic malfunctions led to delay after delay, until the teachers were given two options; either stay in San José, or fly to Vegas and stay the night in a hotel.

    “We immediately started asking [the Frontier customer service representatives], ‘What are you going to do to help us?’ because we knew we had a large group of 44 students whose parents would be wanting them home, and many others who needed to be home as soon as possible,” explained Erickson.

    Not long after discussions were being held about hotels and meal vouchers, the plane to Vegas was finally ready for flight. The chaperones decided that, due to there being more flights to Colorado offered at the larger Vegas airport, boarding the flight and awaiting better options was the best plan of action.

    Once reaching Vegas, the group received meal vouchers for every person, and the remaining chaperones after departing from the Sloans, who were taking a flight to Salt Lake City with a smaller group of seven students, debated their next move.

    “We started working with the airline… our next step was to start working on ways to get everybody home,” said Erickson.

    The first option provided by the airline was rather unfavorable; 16 spots were open on a flight for Colorado Springs leaving early the next morning. “We desperately wanted to keep the group together, for obvious reasons,” explained Erickson, who, alongside Wilson, planned most of the returning flights in conjunction with Frontier representatives, “we told them about our situation, and they were as helpful as they could be.”

    Eventually, the group was ferried slowly by way of Taxi to the South-Point Hotel around 2:00 a.m. after a possible flight around 12:30 a.m. fell through. Potter mentioned how he was “Just glad to have a bed to sleep in,” once the group was informed that there was no way they were reaching Colorado before the following Tuesday afternoon.

    In the end, Frontier ended up providing a crew from Denver to pick up the large traveling classroom with a  9 a.m. flight from Vegas to the  Colorado Springs airport Tuesday morning.

    “We were all relieved to make it home, especially after about 3 hours of sleep,” laughed Potter.

    The group finally landed in Colorado around noon on Tuesday, where each student was picked up by a parent, and driven home.

    Erickson accredits the smoother-than-could-be return due to the constant communication with the airline, “Our constant communication allowed things to go the way they did.”

    “What can I say,” Erickson said with a quick smile, “West Goes West, and All the Rest.”




  • Boys Basketball Preview 2017-2018

    After a heartbreaking loss in last year’s high school 4A boys’ basketball playoffs to Pueblo South, the Pueblo West Cyclones are looking to come back this season even better than they were before.

    Only losing two seniors in David Simental and Mitchell Mayber, the Cyclones look to bounce back and have a great season. After having gone deep into the playoffs the past two years there is a lot of pressure on the returning players.

    This year there are seven seniors, many of which who were on the class 4A state champion team two years ago. Guard Nieyeme Smyer-Williams and guard Pierre Taylor, alongside front court players Zebulon Jaquart, Hunter Louther, and Jacob Wilkinson, will look to lead the Cyclones to their second state championship in the past three years.

    Many would agree that the team has the talent and the size to have a great season and a deep playoff run. The question will be if they will use this talent to help each other and play as a team or use their individual talent to get their own. Hopefully the season will bring continued success to the players and to the program.

  • 2017 Radical Football Season

    The Pueblo West Cyclone Football Team has shown, throughout the 2017 season, to be indomitable. From their prowess victory over the Pueblo South Colts to archiving the annual Pigskin, to building their way up to a spot in the playoffs, performing with brazen and daunt they have been absolutely outstanding,

    Pueblo West, ranked sixth in 4A and sixteenth in the state of Colorado, is 4-1 in the league and 9-1 overall. With a total of 377 points and 55 touchdowns scored, the Cyclones have accomplished winning a large majority of the 10 games they have played against schools throughout the state, and in Pueblo.

    7 of the 10 games they have played is where you can see the team’s haughty strength and laud for their accomplishment. These games consist of the games played against Coronado 49-7, Air Academy 37-7, Dakota Ridge 31-7, Mesa Ridge 47-23, Pueblo East 36-14, and Pueblo County 28-7 having at least 20 prodigious points scored against the opposing team. In some games, like the Pueblo Centennial football game, they won 47-0, scoring 47 points in the lead, not even giving the other team an opportunity to score.

    The team has had baleful moments as well as winsome ones. Despite the fact that Pueblo West won the game against Pueblo South, the points scored were very close in the game going into double overtime, 55-54, within a point of each other. Pueblo West has had one other game played that is seemingly a game well-played, Widefield 42-30. The one loss they had during the season against Pine Creek 21-14, looks like it was a difficult game played for the Cyclones, but Pueblo West did not go down without a fight, having three touchdowns scored against them, and completed two on Pine Creek.

    Dain Rojas is a Pueblo West High School Senior and, #27 on the field playing football as the team’s kicker contributing to just about every game the Cyclones have had this season. Rojas says,” The season is going great because of the fact we’re 9-1, and I think the playoffs are going to be great because our team is solid throughout.” The team members feel sound about their season so far and confident for the challenges that lay ahead of them.

  • Volleyball Regionals

    The Pueblo West Cyclones have been an absolute powerhouse this season. The team led by coach Casey King have dominated other teams from throughout Colorado to give themselves a 19 – 4 record and rank thirty-seven in the state.

    All of the schools in Pueblo such as East, South, and County have lost to the Cyclones. Two teams ahead of Pueblo West are the Resurrection Christian Cougars in Loveland and the Centauri Falcons in La Jara.

    Cyclones have not lost a game against another Pueblo school. Almost all of their games this season the Cyclones have blown out their opponents winning 3 – 0.

    Amongst the losses, the Cyclones game against Liberty High school was the only game where they weren’t blown out. In the games against Lewis-Palmer, Fairview, and Arapahoe, the Cyclones were blown out 0-3.

    The next two games in the season against the Montrose Indians in Montrose Colorado and the Palisade Indians in Palisade Colorado should be easy wins. However, it is possible that they choke which happened against the Liberty Lancers where they lost the match 2-3.