Heritage alumnus wins Pulitzer Prize

Starting off in these Heritage hallways as a writer for The Pioneer, Eli Saslow moved on to become the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner for his series in the Washington Post on the challenges that people face while living on food stamps. The Pulitzer Prize is an award given out thirteen times per year for American Journalism, music, or literature.
Graduating in the class of 2000, Saslow took American Literature Honors his sophomore year, taught by Ms. Stephanie Lonnquist.
“He is such an authentic young man, what you see is what you get with Eli,” says Lonnquist.
Among a classroom of very intelligent students, Saslow was well-respected by his classmates for always thinking before speaking while remaining thoughtful towards everyone.
“Eli never asked how he could improve his grade, but rather, asked how he could continue to improve his arguments and/or fluency,” says Lonnquist.
Saslow’s award winning piece is a series in the Washington Post on families using food stamps to stock their shelves.
“I wanted to know what was happening in their lives,” say Saslow in an interview with The Washington Post.
Saslow’s empathetic attitude and deep understanding of the human condition was expressed in his writing which led to the path of winning the Pulitzer.

Saslow speaking to a group of people. Photo courtesy of The Washington Post.

Saslow speaking to a group of people. Photo courtesy of The Washington Post.

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Latin Club dominates convention

The Heritage High School Latin Club is one of the smaller clubs at Heritage, but the club’s involvement is one of the greatest.

The group, which meets every few weeks, has recently been involved in the Colorado Junior Classical League Convention. An annual convention held by the National Junior Classical League is one of the highlights of the year and took place over a two-day time span in Estes Park, Colorado.

“It is a convention that celebrates the classics, so Greek and Latin. It also celebrates the students who learn about these classics. The idea is that through this convention we can continue to pass on the torch of classics and everyone will continue to learn about them for ages to come,” says Emma Kasahara ’17.

The National Junior League convention holds state and national level conventions each year, and this provides the chance for delegates to meet one another and participate in academic, creative, athletic, and graphic design competitions

“I really liked certamen, which is basically jeopardy but instead of three people there are three teams. I like this because it’s really fun and it gets your adrenaline rushing. Even though it can be hard to beat some of the other schools, it is still really fun,” says Kasahara.

Abbie Bardales ‘14 says that, “I’ve been attending the Latin convention for six years now and it’s honestly one of my favorite parts of the year, I look forward to it for months. It’s a great chance to connect with people from other schools with similar interests and a weekend to spend doing cool nerdy classics things!”

The Latin Club poses for a picture at the National Junior League Convention in Estes Park. The group took first place in the skit competition.

The Latin Club poses for a picture at the National Junior League Convention in Estes Park. The group took first place in the skit competition.

The convention welcomes chapters from middle and high school levels. These chapters allow for the opportunity to become extremely involved and take up roles of leadership in the classics community.

At the convention, some of the events are grammar, mythology, vocabulary, reading comprehension, costume design, dramatic interpretation, mosaics, sculpture, a variety of athletic events and many more.

The Heritage Latin club showed very well at this convention, with many students placing in their events.

Jackson Kilpatrick placed 2nd in photography, 1st on the Greek history test, 2nd on the geography test level 3, 2nd on the Roman history test, and 7th in the overall convention awards.

Abbie Bardales placed 1st with her handmade doll, 2nd in the costume contest, and 1st in the psyches test along with Daria Davidoff.

Emma Kasahara places 3rd in the Latin oratory, 3rd in Roman history test, and 2nd in the grammar test level 1.

Kamille Armstrong placed 5th in the costume contest and 5th in Neptune’s swimming event along with Tatiannah Summers, Clara Liddick, Connor Bray and Gwen Bassett.  This team also took 4th in the Leander’s swimming event and 1st in the catapult distance event.

Gwen Basset took 4th in the Roman daily life test and 3rd in the mottos and proverbs test level 1, and Connor Bray placed 5th in this event also.

Clara Liddick placed 4th on the geography test level 1.

In the skit competition, Bardales, Kilpatrick, Kassahara, Armstrong, Davidoff, Summers, Liddick, Bray, Bassett, Sanjali DeSilva and Lindsay Kilpatrick took first place.

The Latin Club missed two days of school to participate in this convention, accompanied by Ms. Meagan Wilson, the Junior Classical League sponsor at Heritage.

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Quote of the Month

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

Dr. Seuss
US author & illustrator (1904 – 1991)

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Men’s Fashion Guide – SS14


H&M at SouthGlenn is one of the many places to buy trendy new clothes for this season. Other good stores include Macy’s, Forever 21, Nordstrom and American Apparel.

   Spring is here, which means it’s time to put away the mittens and corduroys and put on cool, light summer clothes. Guys: fashion is not just for women, and there are a few key styles this spring that anyone can pull off.

   As always, collared shirts, denim, canvas shoes and horizontal stripes are back this spring. The most important tip for looking stylish is layering. A collared shirt or casual blazer paired with a light scarf will go very far in making you look trendy and stylish. Rolled up pants, patterned socks and a pair of desert boots will also make you look great this spring.

   One of the key styles now is southwestern. From desert boots and chinos to patterned collared shirts, southwestern is super cool this year. To get this look, a pair of desert boots is almost essential. Shoes are the most underrated components of fashion, and having a stylish pair of shoes is critical in looking stylish. After all, what good is a tuxedo when when you wear it with old running shoes? Desert boots are critical for achieving the laid-back southwestern look. They don’t quite scream “cowboy,” but they effortlessly complete the deserty “wild west” aesthetic without coming off as pretentious.

   Another component this year is prints and patterns. Any neutral-colored shirt with a collar is in right now, and subdued patterns with western and southwestern influence go a long way in freshening up one’s wardrobe.

   Styles are looking exciting this year, and just a few deserty additions can complete anyone’s look.

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HHS helps young leaders


    The spring of 2014 has proved to be a busy season for the students of Heritage High School’s Student Government as they put on their first-ever leadership conference for elementary school students at Wilder Elementary on April 18.
   The conference has been in the works for several months with Kelsie Lombardi ’14 and Anna Gerze ’14 co-chairing the event.
   “Some of our old teachers from Wilder approached Heritage about putting on a leadership conference for their elementary school,” comments Lombardi. “And since we put on a successful middle school conference at Heritage every year, we thought we could do the same for Wilder.”

A HHS Student Government member helps out a Wilder student during the Teacher Appreciation workshop. All workshops were created and led by students.

A HHS Student Government member helps out a Wilder student during the Teacher Appreciation workshop. All workshops were created and led by students.

   The conference included  student-led workshops divided by grade that focused on themes such as respect and responsibility, teamwork and trust and communication and cooperation. Activities such as writing teacher appreciation cards and positivity sticky notes as well as games and a dance-off were part of the conference attendees’ schedules as well. Dr. Douglas Jackson, CEO of the charity Project Cure served as the keynote speaker of the day delivering a speech on how everyone can go out and make a difference.
   “I  really enjoyed listening to the speaker,” says conference group leader Mo Cordrey ’15. “He had a really strong message that everyone could connect with.”
   But the main focus of the day were the Wilder students.
   “I just love seeing the kids interact with each other,” comments workshop leader Hannah Sullivan ’17. “These kids are so smart and awesome. Getting to work with them  was the best part of the best part of the day.”
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Rioters plan to protest police brutality every month

Police arrested a total of 5 people. The parade continued on soonafter.

Police arrested a total of 5 people. The parade continued on soonafter.

On the fifth day of every month, the organization called Occupy Denver and the group Anonymous rally to stage a protest against police brutality. On April 5, they started at the  the State Capital and then marched down to the 16th Street Mall, where they stopped on a street corner and started yelling; supposedly in response to previous events in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where officers were said to have shot and killed a homeless man without legitimate cause.

Denver Police drove through the mall, in hopes to quiet the small crowd, who were banging on buckets and yelling through loud speakers.

Soon after the police arrived, young men from the crowd jumped out towards the officers in the cars, yelling in their faces and making hand-gestures. Suddenly, the crowd dispersed for a moment, while the officers made arrests of some of the worst offenders.

A sandwich was tossed onto the hood of a car from upper levels in a nearby building, and the tension was only rising at that point.

Police cars dash to the scene, hoping to calm the crowd.

Police cars dash to the scene, hoping to calm the crowd.

People in the surrounding crowds, watching the display, passed on remarks to one another.

“Oh, they better not hurt those kids,” one woman said while watching with her husband.

Others were not quite so sympathetic to OD and Anonymous, as they were unimpressed with the representation of the cause.

A young man was wearing a mask that was in the shape of a marijuana leaf, while his fellow demonstrators wore “vendetta” masks and bandannas to cover their faces. Meanwhile they screamed vulgarities, attempting to provoke officers.  The air around them, not to mention, also smelled of weed.

Young girls who were unaware of the actual cause of the riot ran across the street, merely to get the chance to insult policemen and “be a part of something.”

SWAT teams lined up on the street, ready to take action if SWAT teams waited for orders as the crowd continued yelling. necessary, but the DPD did not respond with brutality, quashing what the protesters wanted. Though OD and Anonymous were trying to instigate a quarrel, it never came. The police just monitored the procession as it slowly continued to lose traction through the end of the afternoon.

According to popularresistance.org, only six total arrests were made that day.

Though the participants in the march describe their procession as “peaceful,” their behavior was regarded as different, as they were not graciously walking their route humbly. If anything their boisterous behavior undermined their credibility as a “peaceful” operation.

This month the rioters proceeded to complete yet another march on the capital, holding true to their word.

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No bake cookies delight

The cookies harden onto the wax paper after about ten minutes.

The cookies harden onto the wax paper after about ten minutes.


Jiffy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies:

These cookies are my Grandma’s homemade recipe and are easy to make in a hurry.


  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup butter or margarine
  • ½ cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups oats (uncooked)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can flaked coconut (optional)


  1. Combine sugar, butter, cocoa and milk in a sauce pan. Boil for one minute.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in oats, peanut butter, vanilla and coconut if desired.
  3. Drop by spoonful on wax paper and wait for them to harden.
  4. Enjoy.

Yield: 20 cookies

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