Heritage High School is home to a plethora of talented students. There are the theater kids, athletes, musicians, artists, and even four talented ballerinas. Abby Specht ’13, Karina Okoren ’13, Hannah Kois ’14 and KT Wicker ’16 have all been cast as leads in Littleton Youth Ballet’s upcoming production of The Wizard of Oz.
Specht and Kois have been given the unique opportunity of sharing the role of Glinda. After receiving the news, both were excited.
“I think I cried tears of happiness. Glinda was the part I really wanted, so I was ecstatic,” says Kois.
For many students concurrent enrollment is a possibility to study outside the walls of Heritage and to test the waters of possible careers before heading to college. For for senior Alex Obourn the concurrent enrollment is just that.
Alex is one of eight students who takes the Fashion Design course at Ames Elementary near Tony’s Meat Market on Dry Creek.
“I found out about the class last year from Mrs. Perry. She knew I am into Fashion and sewing so she asked if I was interested in taking that class,” says Obourn.
It’s called “upcycling” but don’t be fooled by its name; it’s certainly not recycling but just as eco-friendly.
The concept of “upcycling” boils down to the creative preservation of waste products. The Upcycle Magazine website deems it “taking an item that is no longer needed or wanted and giving it new life as something that is either useful or creative.
No matter how it is defined, “upcycling” is a trendy and relatively new means of creating resourceful art and home décor.
The United States’ new Secretary of Defense is a decorated war veteran and recipient of two Purple Hearts. He’s a former investment banker, a former CEO and a former senator. As a young man, he was a community organizer for Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign. He’s a professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and he heads the Atlantic Council, a think tank that strives to strengthen trade and economic bonds between the U.S. and the nations of the Eurasian continent. Chuck Hagel, if nothing else, is a highly accomplished man.
“I am very optimistic about Hagel as secretary, and think he is very qualified,” says Kaylene Wright ’13. “He is a veteran, he has voluntarily opted out of the ‘safer’ option, and works hard for veterans and their families now.”
For three years now the Denver Nuggets have made an annual visit to watch a Unified Eagles Basketball game. This tradition started when former Nuggets player Chris “Birdman” Andersen, now with the Miami Heat came in 2011. Ever since then the Nuggets are eager to come back to Heritage and attend a Unified game. Last year players from the team included Kenneth Faired, Timofey Mosgov, Kosta Koufous, and Corey Brewer.
“We want to come back every year if we can, it’s one of the first events we schedule,” says Doug Fulton, Denver Nuggets Community Relations Coordinator. “It’s everything that’s right about sports.”