A positive take on new vending machines

This year, Heritage students are no longer allowed to use the vending machines between 6:30 AM-1:30 PM. The vending machines are unplugged and the snacks have changed; there is no more candy and now low-fat, whole-grain-rich snacks.

Jennifer Arnold '16 buys a snack from the vending machine before school.

A junior at Heritage buys a snack from the vending machine before school.

This is because the US Department of Agriculture has created a Smart Snacks in School program that requires schools to sell foods that meet certain nutrition guidelines. Schools nationwide have been affected by this and schools that don’t comply with the new regulations could be fined.

I’m happy with the change because altering the snacks and limiting our time to use vending machines allows us to stop snacking through the day and force students to change their eating habits. I’m sure students will eat a better, more nutritious breakfast and savor the time they have for lunch. If students aren’t happy with the change, they can go out for lunch or bring lunch from home.

Although Colorado is one of the healthiest states in the country, there are many young people who are considered overweight. Even if you’re overweight or not, healthy eating is essential to a healthy long life and it’s much better to start good habits while you’re young. The food may not seem as good, but in the long run, you’ll have less health problems when you get older, you’ll have more energy to get through the day and you’ll have the proper nutrition to keep your body growing.

It may not seem like a good change right now, but this change isn’t happening to anger students. If you look at the bigger picture, the change in food is happening to help instill better eating habits and improve your health.

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Changing the dynamics of Ultimate

As HHS Ultimate kicks off the fall season with a handful of loses, things look grim. But according to the two captains, there is a spark of potential and a chance to dominate the rest of the season.

Ultimate captains, Whitney Kendall ’15 and David Crine ’15 see a strong team full of potential for the future. While the team has a few loses under its belt, including one to Heritage High School’s rival, Arapahoe, these don’t strike the team down. The difference in coaching can change the game and can effect the performance of the players. In this season, the majority of the team is composed of brand new players. But as they gain more experience, massive improvement is reflected in their practices.

Whitney Fris“I think we are playing well, but we don’t have the skills to be amazing yet,” says Kendall.

The Ultimate team’s practices have been lenient, flexible and lacking in drills. However, some participants and coordinators believe that this will change, while others want the practices to stay the same.

“I think keeping practice lenient is what makes HHS Ultimate what it is. Winning is secondary to having fun. Scrimmaging in practice is more useful because you are gaining experience,” says Crine.

“Lenient practice is the point, the most important thing is to have fun. Drills could help but people need the practice of doing scrimmages; drills take away the fun,” says Kendall.

Fresh minds and active bodies are ready to be sculpted into a perfect team. Both the captains and the players are learning and adjusting to what they see as the perfect way to train a winning team.

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