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  • Colt senior wide receiver seeks solid season


  • 6 new South Hall of Fame inductees named


    Six new members of the South High School Hall of Fame will be inducted Saturday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m. in the Fortino Ballroom of Pueblo Community College. They were chosen by the South High School Alumni Foundation's board of directors earlier this summer. The inductees are:

    Claude “Butch” Chavez, class of 1964, has long advocated for military veterans throughout Pueblo County. A U.S. Air Force veteran hired after his discharge by Martin Marietta, he worked on the Titan IIIC missile, a Multi Docking Adapter and the first Viking Mars Lander. A Vietnam veteran, Butch was founder and a leading proponent to build the POW/MIA Memorial by the Riverwalk. Vice president of the American Legion Riders, he organized motorcycle rides to raise money and awareness of veteran issues. Active on the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce’s 40 Organization Military Council, Butch worked with the numerous state and local officials, and the Veterans Administration and Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District representatives and staff on health care concerns – including Agent Orange -- and legislation to help vets, as well as a Veterans Court with District Attorney Jeff Chostner. As a VA peer counselor, Butch worked with VA counselors and veterans on PTSD and drug addiction concerns, and has continual contacts with the GI Forum, TREA, American Legion, DAV, Marine Corps League and VFW posts. He has traveled statewide to help Colorado vets and has assisted many in other states. His current concern is Puebloans missing in action in Vietnam and Korea as well as the POW/MIA issue in general.

    Tom Lash, class of 1965, went from being a talented multisport Colt athlete to Southern Colorado State College, then the Marine Corps. After his discharge, Tom worked for American Airlines’ food division in New York City and rose to senior supervisor and manager roles at JFK Airport, before leaving to open and operate a five-star restaurant in the city. He later joined Adecco, the largest human resources firm in the world, and took on regional and senior-level managerial roles. Tom was chosen 21 years ago to head up an Adecco subsidiary, TAD PGS Inc., as president and CEO. His leadership skills have helped TAD PGS become a major staffing and recruiting firm in the U.S. for Fortune 500 companies, private clients and governmental entities. A resident of Columbia, S.C., Tom’s nomination stated his “resourcefulness, philanthropy and dedication has made a difference in the lives of thousands of people in the twenty-one years he has led TAD PGS. His amazing support for our veterans has resulted in thousands of veterans and their spouses gaining employment and the help they need.”

    Stephanie Poole-Byrd, class of 1980, was a South High cheerleader, gymnastics and track athlete, sang in two choirs, was chosen Remuda queen and Miss Pueblo Pageant’s second runner-up, then Girls State lieutenant governor. She earned her English studies undergraduate degree from Atlanta’s Spelman College for English (1984), then an MBA from Harvard Business School (1990). She then worked in retail jobs for Dayton Hudson/Marshall Fields in Chicago, then health care with Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Since 2013 she has been Academic Assessor at the University of Chicago. She has been on the board of Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago since 2005, including vice-chair of the Women’s and Children’s Committee and treasurer. She is a church board member in Flossmoor, IL, and serves on a school strategic planning committee. She and her husband Bradley Byrd have two children. Her mother, Marty, a 40-year kindergarten teacher, still lives in Pueblo. Her father, Jim, is deceased.

    Steve Chavez, class of 1982, played football and ran track at South, where he and his teammates set the 4x400 relay record in his senior year. Steve played a year of football at Evangel University and developed his motivational speaker skills. He attended Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, N.D., in 1985, for biblical studies before earning a bachelor’s degree in social work at USC-Pueblo (1991). A lifelong learner and former counseling supervisor at El Pueblo Boys Ranch, Steve was ordained a minister with the Assemblies of God (1999), and received a master’s degree in expository preaching from Trinity Seminary (2017). On staff for 28 years at Praise Assembly, one of Pueblo’s largest churches, he has been lead pastor since 2014. Steve has been active in feeding Pueblo’s homeless and helping those suffering, and spoken inside the walls to federal prison inmates on character and integrity as they graduated with a GED degree. He also has held chapel services for the Denver Broncos and CSU-Pueblo football, and advocated for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He also went on Praise Assembly mission trips to Mexico City, Chile and the Dominican Republic, to build orphanages, provide family medical care, and train and equip pastors. He and wife Bonnie have three sons.

    Carol Magda Reinert, class of 1967, earned her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University (1971) and a master’s from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (1981). She is a Certified Divorce and Child Custody Mediator (1988); then received Diplomate Status (1999) and was offered Fellow Status (2008) from the American Psychotherapy Association. She has owned her family psychotherapy business in Colorado Springs since 1981, been a crisis counselor at Pikes Peak Mental Health, and taught counseling skills at UCCS for 13 years. She has overseen 1,500 parent coordination cases the last 20 years. A member of many state and local boards, including a charter board member of the State Interdisciplinary Committee since 1998, Carol also has been a charter board member since 1991 with the El Paso County Association of Licensed Professional Counselors, where she also served as president. In 1986, she and her late husband, Bob Telmosse, were the driving forces behind the annual Christmas Giveway named for him. They conducted countless fund drives to pay for toys, bicycles, clothing and food. She has led the effort since 2006 and helped develop a board of directors while serving as its president and vice president.

    Mona Petrocco Klein, class of 1970, has been a leader by example since she was in Girls’ Cabinet at South, a Gold Cord senior and a National Honor Society member, Pep Club executive board member, marching band and the All-City Honor Band. She earned a math undergraduate degree at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, then was awardeda National Science Foundation award and earned a master’s degree in math and science teaching in 1975 from the University of Wyoming. Married to Bill Klein since 1975, she taught at the middle-school level three years in Sheboygan, Wisc. Mona worked as a bookkeeper for Colorado Springs Supply Company for three years, then taught two years at Peyton Junior/Senior High School before joining Mountain Bell/Century Link in 1982, as IT programmer and project manager. She later earned an MBA from the University of Northern Colorado and a Project Management Certification from the University of Denver. She held several offices with US West Women and volunteered by the Colorado Women’s Foundation, and the Project Management Institute—Mile Hi Chapter. Long active with Catholic Charities in Pueblo, Mona became co-founder in 2013 of the Pueblo Division for the Alliance to Combat Human Trafficking, because of her concern for children and lack of public awareness about human trafficking. She is a certified trainer in Human Trafficking 101 and was among the first to receive a U.S. Department of Justice grant on the issue. She also was nominated for the YWCA’s Community Service Award during its 16th Annual Tribute to Women.

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    Rebuilt by South High art students, who used $300.00 in supplies paid for by the Alumni Foundation. 

    The students replaced the thin rebar that didn't hold up in the windstorm with the welded angle iron.



  • Foundation Seeking Nominations to School’s Hall of Fame


    May 20, 2019

       Nominations for 2019 candidates to South High School’s Hall of Fame are being accepted by the Alumni Foundation.

       Candidates will have achieved significant standing and a record of service in academics, business, healthcare, education, non-profit, government, the arts, music, entertainment, or other legitimate areas as recognized on a city, state, national or world stage.

       Application deadline is the last Friday in June, or June 28 this year.

       A committee of the foundation’s Board of Directors will review nominees and make recommendations to the full board, for a final vote this summer. Those chosen will be honored at the annual banquet, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, at Pueblo Community College.

       Nominations either may submitted online through the Foundation’s website,, or a nomination form may be downloaded from the website and submitted by mail to SHSAF, P.O. Box 1065, Pueblo, CO  81002.  The form is at the bottom of the page for the Hall of Fame link.

       For those without Internet access, a nomination form either may be requested by calling the Foundation at 719-242-5620, or picked up at the South High School office.  All nominations either must be submitted or postmarked by the June 28 deadline.

       The Alumni Foundation’s mission is to recognize and honor South High School alumni, to support existing school programs while developing innovative initiatives, and to uphold and support the institutional mission of South High School.



  • Alumni Foundation donor Jim Brunjak, class of 1975, dies


    James A. Brunjak ('75)


  • South's Treveon Collins wins second consecutive Pueblo City/County 400 race


  • Pueblo Chieftain story on D-60 school options work session 4.11.19


  • Letter from the Alumni Foundation to D-60 Board of Education


    Everyone: SHS Alumni Foundation President Mike Carlisle has delivered this letter to the D-60 school board. Your support for keeping South open as a high school is vital. Please let school board and administration leaders hear your voice. Thank you.

                                                                                                                                                                                           -- Your alumni board


    April 8, 2019


    Barbara Clementi

    Pueblo City Schools

    315 W. 11th

    Pueblo, Co. 81003


    RE: Save South High School


    Dear Ms. Clementi,


    As president of the South High School Alumni Foundation, I write to voice the Alumni board of directors’ concerns about the most recent school closure proposals submitted to the Pueblo City Schools Board of Education.

    To date, our board, which has donated more than $700,000 to support the students, teachers and the school since 2006, has been silent so as to allow the review and discussion of the 18 options to run its course.

    Now that the board will hold a work session Thursday afternoon on the remaining two options -- to operate either with four high schools or two -- we want to stress several points for your full consideration:

    • Our Board and many other alumni support the need to close or reconfigure schools in the community, but to do so in a way that respects Pueblo’s long history as a four high school system.
    • The two high school plan ignores the academic strength and fiscally sound operation of South by converting it to a middle school and move the Colts to Central High School.
    • Central has 717 students. Nearly half, 332 (46.3%) of them, transfer in for many reasons, including scholarship and athletic opportunities. We accept the Schools of Choice option, but please note that many transfers already live in the South area. South’s student body of more than 1,000 has 325 transfers (32.5%). That means it already has a larger neighborhood student population than Central’s. Should the district move to two high schools, keeping South over Central would disrupt fewer students and their families.
    • Closing South as a high school will cause many Colts and their parents to reject District 60 schools for seats in District 70 or area charter schools, further reducing D-60’s State Pupil Funds. (Many D-70 schools already have waiting lists for D-60 students.)
    • South High’s Priority 1 critical repairs of $16 million will cost far fewer dollars than Central’s $29 million, East’s $62 million and Centennial’s $65 million. You need community support to pass a bond issue. Closing South as a high school won’t make sound fiscal sense across the city, much less the south side where voter turnout is more significant than in many areas.
    • South High already is a comprehensive high school with a 1,700-student capacity that houses all activities on one site. Central’s students must leave that site for baseball, tennis and softball practices.  If an emergency occurs off site, Central school information and support is not in an adjacent building. That is a concern many South parents will weigh heavily.
    • Colts now enjoy an Alumni-funded, $50,000, fully-refurbished indoor practice facility for athletic, cheer and band activities. The outbuilding will see use by baseball, football, softball, soccer, golf, cheer/dance, tennis/band kids in bad weather.
    • One major South foundation investment over the years, of some $200,000, has been to buy iPads and Chromebook mobile carts, or some 150 units for students and an iPad for each staff member. And the Foundation board will soon spend another $35,000 on three more carts, or 90 Chromebooks.
    •  We also spent $2,000+ for technology for special needs students,$6,000 on the newest graphing and high-level math calculators, $4,000 to update chemicals. Last fall we spent $12,600 on scales for Science labs, a new Art Department kiln and supplies, and mats to allow multipurpose gym use in the wrestling room in the off-season.
    • Parking, day and night, is a huge safety concern when thinking of moving 1,000+ students to Central. Where South has two onsite parking lots, Central has one, which will force many students or family members either to park on the streets or behind Keating, and cross a busy street to walk to a five-story building for classes or events. Yes, some students will be bused, but to place hundreds more vehicles on CHS area streets will create another headache for area residents and Pueblo police.
    • South boasts of an Alumni-financed, refurbished gymnasium, new mats to expand the role of the wrestling room, a newly designated commons area in the $60,000 (inclusive of in-kind contributions) upgraded school courtyard and Veterans Memorial, a high-tech Distance Learning Lab, a furnished Media Center, a $10,000 Counseling area, and a classroom converted into a state-of-the-art Broadcasting Studio and $2,000, new technology and sound systems that we supported.
    •  We recently agreed to buy $7,500 to replace missing or semi-functional instruments for the music program. We have helped buy badly needed band, soccer and swim uniforms and warm-up attire; helped rejuvenate speech and debate club; supported the summer musical; and helped South Key Club members and others to groom their leadership skills at state, regional and national competitions. In recent weeks that aided a South High student elected lieutenant governor for Key Clubs in a three-state area.
    • The Foundation annually buys some 15 new letter jackets at $300 each, and gym uniform for students needing financial help, $6,000.  We also assist our 140-strong Junior ROTC program.
    • South High School students attend multiple AP classes, excel in the arts and performing arts, enjoy a growing Music and Band program, have high enrollments in digital media and video arts, a CAD lab, woods and metals classes including welding, and STEM classes including astronomy (using a digital telescope and camera equipment and individual technology for all classes).
    • Each year the Alumni Foundation supports the principal’s discretionary fund at $2,000 or more. We also pay for additional copy paper and copy machine copies for teachers, host the annual Opening of School Luncheon and sponsor summer sports teams’ activities.  We pay for student bus use to club and sports events -- even paid for students’ event registration fees.


    Our Foundation’s ongoing financial and in-kind support allows the Pueblo City Schools Board to spend its taxpayer-generated dollars on critical needs only the board can direct.  Our efforts reach beyond the ranks of past graduates. We have cultivated many non-graduate friends of South who live here and elsewhere, people who generously support us when asked.

    Most importantly, we urge you to keep Pueblo’s four high school system going forward and believe the maximum value to Pueblo is to keep South High School educating Pueblo’s children as high schoolers, which is what it was and is designed for -- in service to the south side.

    We believe South High can continue to excel in a 9-12 grade configuration or a 7-12 option, with seventh and eighth considered a “High School Prep Academy,” and ninth through twelfth grades a “College and Career Academy.” You have heard from many in the community and we are speaking. We would welcome discussion in person on these points, but that allows student moves to increase high school occupancy and closure of the city’s more dated middle schools.

    Further, a sign of a stable neighborhood and school environment in south Pueblo are these significant numbers, provided by The Kaufman Agency, to wit:

    New homes on the southside since April 2017: 579

    Average southside home price: $218,900

    Average 2017 Pueblo home price: $179,491


    It has been written that one letter of concern represents 10,000 people. Our estimate is this letter represents many more south Puebloans who live, work, pay taxes and vote in significant numbers that should not be overlooked when you seek to pass a bond issue.

    Thank you for taking time to read and consider this letter.





    Michael Carlisle

    President, Representing the

    South High School Alumni Foundation

    (719) 671-1424


    Cc:  Pueblo City Schools board members

                 Charlotte Macaluso, Superintendent of Schools

           Aaron Bravo, Principal, South High School

                 Nicholas Gradisar, Pueblo Mayor

                 Dennis Flores, Pueblo City Council President

                Troy Davenport, Chief of Police

                 Pueblo City Council members


                 Pueblo County Board of Commissioners & Jeff Shaw, PEDCO

  • District 60 Work Session and Rally, Thursday, 11 April 2019


    We encourage all South High School students, parents and alumni,and interested supporters of the school to join in attending two critical events, a work session and a rally of support for South, on Thursday afternoon, because of a plan being considered by the Pueblo City Schools Board of Education that would turn South into a middle school and move high school students to Central High School. The events we need your support and enthusiasm for the school and its students will be held at the District 60 Administration Building, 315 W. 11th Street, Pueblo:

      Event 1:  A Board work session, 2 p.m. The board will discuss two plans, one for the current 4-high school option, which your South High School Alumni Foundation strongly supports, and one for the 2-high school plan, which we strongly reject. No comments are allowed from the audience at this session, but a strong South presence will send a message.  Wear South's black-and-white colors, if you can, for the visual reminder to the board. No vote will be taken by the board as it is an information session only.. Estimated hearing length: 90 minutes, though it could be shorter or longer depending on board questions to the administration presenters.

     Event 2:  South High student and Community Rally, 3 p.m., to let the board know we support maintaining South's heritage and strong academic and athletic honors in Pueblo.

    Thank you for your support.

                                      --- South High School Alumni Foundation Board of Directors

  • Pueblo South girls basketball has proven itself as one of the best programs in the state


    When it comes to girls basketball in Pueblo, South High School has certainly imprinted its name on the sport.

    The Colts’ legacy has been cemented the past three years ending in the state championship with three runner-up finishes.

    Sure, the Colts weren’t able to add on a sixth title to the five they already have in their game against Mullen, March 9 in the Denver Coliseum, but the torch of the program has been passed on.

    “Everybody wants to be in that game and they were in that game. This is our third one losing, so that speech is very well known,” coach Shannan Lane said about what she said to the team after the loss. “They’re going to cry, but the sun is going to come up in the morning and a lot of these young girls, they’ve got something to build on and, hopefully, they can keep the South high tradition going on.”

    South won three straight 5A titles from 1992-1994 and has continued to make their presence felt across the state.

    Since 2012, the only Final Fours the Colts have missed out on were in 2015 and 2016. Every other year the Colts proved they were a top team in Colorado, including the program’s fifth state title in 2013.

    The 2019 playoffs mark the end of another great group of players, specifically seniors Gabi Lucero and Drea Nelson.

    Lane is stepping down after being at the helm for the past 11 years and capturing a state title and an overall 240-51 record.

    “I love coach Lane,” Lucero said. “She brought me so far and we did so much together: 5:30 in the morning workouts, she came everyday and sacrificed her time away from her family to give us one more year. ... I wish we could have won it for her, but everything happens for a reason.”


    Taking over for Jim Harrison in the 2008-209 season, Lane took the reins of a program that she has spent over half her life at.

    First as a player for Colts and later an assistant coach under Harrison for 10 years, Lane continued the South legacy.

    “She’s amazing, I couldn’t ask for a better coach,” senior Jaelee Delgado said. “She pours her heart and soul into the program and she definitely gave her all.”

    As for Lucero, she ends her high school career ranked third in Colorado in all-time career rebounds with 1,240. She also amassed 1,562 points during her four-year span and 65 career double-doubles.

    Her partner in crime has been Nelson since fifth grade, and she leaves her mark on the Colts program with 1,348 career points and 478 assists, which falls just outside the top 10 all-time in Colorado.

    “I’ve played with Gabi and Drea for so long and its been so much fun,” Delgado said. “I’m glad I could end it here with them, and I’m so proud of them.”

    Several players from the Colts have gone on to pursue their athletic dreams in college, including this year’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s basketball player of the year, Jaylyn Duran.

    Lucero has signed to play college ball at Metro State in Denver next year, while Nelson will most likely be announcing her next step soon since she was waiting for season’s end.

    “Obviously its not the textbook storybook ending that many of them want, but there is nothing (the seniors) can hang their hands on, they’ve had a terrific career,” Lane said. “All three of them have had a tremendous career. I’m proud of all of them in many different ways.”

    Junior Jada Dupree, South’s leading scorer in the state title game Saturday, will return, along with freshmen starters Chloe Keck and Kenzie Patterson.

    The foundation is there for whomever takes over the program next. Now it’ll be up to that person to not mess up the tradition that Lane and the incredible players she coached helped continue.

    “My goal when I first took over was to not mess things up,” Lane said. “I think I’ve left it in high regards, hopefully. The legacy continues: We’ll see what’s in store for South High girls basketball.”

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