Finding the Eagle

Answers for picture 1: In the sky, On the man's shoulder, On the ground

Answers for picture 3: On top of building, In the street, On the red sign

Answers for picture 2: In the frame, In the window, On top of the building


























Answers for picture 1: On top of building, In the street, On the red sign

Answers for picture 2: In the frame, In the window, On top of the building

Answers for picture 3: In the sky, On the man’s shoulder, On the ground

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Holiday Home Decor

Want to add a little warm fall spirit to your favorite room? Here is a “how to” to make an easy autumn or holiday home decor or gift. For this craft you only need five things, some space and a little time.

You will need:

  • Sponge brush (or any type of brush for the mod podge)
  • Mason jar
  • Paper cut into leaves
  • Mod podge
  • Some sort of brush to coat the leaves


  1. Take a sponge brush and brush some mod podge where you’d like to put the leaf
  2. Place a paper leaf on the clean jar where you brushed the mod podge
  3. Coat top of leaf in mod podge
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have the desired amount of leaves
  5. Let it dry and then place a candle in the middle

Helpful Hint: You can trade the paper leaves out for holiday paper, follow the same steps, but change what you are gluing on the jar. Make it whatever design you’d like.  

Completed fall candle holder

Completed fall candle holder

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LPS Poetry Slam

On November 11, three Heritage High School students placed in the top five competitors at the Littleton Public School’s Poetry Slam. Hattie Poole ’18 received second place, Hope Laub ’15 received fourth place and Connor Mudd ’17 received fifth place.

“I do slam poetry because it is something I can succeed in,” says Mudd. “I believe this is something that I am good at and I enjoy winning.”

Connor Mudd

The LPS poetry slam has been happening for four years. A Heritage students performs his piece for the audience.

In a poetry slam every participant does one original poem initially.

“I love that poetry tries to use words to explain unexplainable feelings, emotions, and thoughts. It is a way for the natural beauty of the world to be explained through words,” says Mr. Nathan Ubowski, the poetry club sponsor.

Five participants are then chosen to compete in the final round in which they perform another original poem.

“Other people should do the poetry slam because it is a chance to represent Heritage,” says Mudd. “In the past two years fifty percent of the students from Heritage have entered the final round.”

Ubowski believes that anyone can do poetry because it is basically someone’s own voice being heard.

“Kids should get involved with slam poetry because everyone has a voice. If you don’t exercise your option to speak up, no one will ever hear you,” says Ubowski. “Slam poetry gives an opportunity to move thoughts and words into action and let people hear your voice.”

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The Pioneer Webseries Episode 102: Life In 24 Frames

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Photo Illustration by Michael Neave

Click here to watch the episode.

Documentaries are highly overlooked by the masses. Join us as we discuss two top notch crime documentaries that are just as good, if not better than a film from any other genre.

On Today’s episode we review The Imposter and Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father.

The Pioneer Webseries is an accompanying journalistic/review internet series following various subjects that appeal to Heritage High School students. The show is co-produced by Heritage News Production and Studio15°C. The current Showrunner and Director is Michael Neave.

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Video game review: Destiny

Destiny Review PHOTOAt first, Destiny is filled to the brim with sci-fi action and adventure. Sadly, that’s only at first.

The game became extremely repetitive after just a few hours of playing. There was no variety in the gameplay and it felt like I was doing the same thing over and over.

It was also impossible to play a player vs. player match because the games aren’t balanced. This means that if you’re a new player, you’ll have to play against people who have already beat the game, which means they have much better gear and can win much easier.

One cool part about the game is that Peter Dinklage is the voice actor for your ghost, which is a small robot that follows you around and helps you throughout the game. Disappointingly, he sounds really bored and his tone of voice carries a “can I get paid already” kind of feeling.

The story for the game explains how you are one of the “Guardians of the Light,” and your enemies are known as “The Darkness.” As cheesy as that sounds, I liked it. The “Light battling The Darkness” made Destiny feel like more of a sci-fi fantasy game and less of a war-based, blow-everything-up kind of game.

I loved jumping into Destiny, but by the end, playing the game took more labor and less fun. I would give Destiny a 7 out of 10 because the game had great potential, but the repetition and unbalanced player vs. player greatly took away from the experience.

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iOS 8 reaches out to Apple users

The layout of iOS 8 resembles that of iOS 7, but it has more features accessible from any screen.  IPhone 4 users do not have access to iOS 8.

The layout of iOS 8 resembles that of iOS 7, but it has more features that are accessible from the screen. IPhone 4 users do not have access to iOS 8.

With new features, Apple released iOS 8 in September. This update offers more simplicity and connectivity in Apple devices.

Available on iPhone 4s’s and up, the update reached out to the majority of Apple’s customers. It was available on iPad 2’s and up, and the fourth generation iPod touch. Making it such a highly available update allowed users to access it, but in lower generation devices, some problems occurred.

Slow operation and short battery life affected some iPhone 4s customers, but the advanced software made up for problems.

Allowing calls over Wifi, easy contact access, ApplePay and third-party keyboard compatibility were all featured in the update. Easy access to contacts with a double tap of the home button is so much easier than having to access the contacts app from the utilities folder.

Apple now utilizes calls over Wifi, meaning cell phone usage can be accessed in areas of low service, offering much more convenience.

ApplePay allows iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users to pay online and in stores with the TouchID scanner. This is the first technological advancement of its kind. Third-Party keyboard compatibility lets keyboard developers to reach out to iPhone users. Through the App Store, users can now download and use Swipe keyboards, gif keyboards and multiple other types according to their preference.

IOS 8 improved from the previous iOS through bringing more convenience and simplicity. Apple customers have responded positively: five days after the release, 46% of Apple devices were running iOS 8, according to Forbes Magazine.

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Annoying the adolescents

The complexity of the human brain continues to marvel humans with the seemingly impossible abilities it is capable to perform every day.

With this being said, many popular sources of media, such as National Geographic and PBS, have done feature studies on the brain. However, they seem to hold the teenage brain to a different set of standards.

The first three words of the article are moody, impulsive and maddening.

These articles have titles designed to appeal to adults and offer help to understand the teenager living in your house, when in reality, the teenager is struggling to find common ground with the parents living in their house.


Two students occupy their math classroom, one studying the other playing games on his phone.

There is no question that the personalities and behaviors between teenagers and adults are vastly different. However, the behaviors of teens don’t always reflect being moody and conceited, as there are many adults and also children who share these attributes. But, teens seem to be labeled more because these attributes are the most noticeable and problematic.

These articles fail to celebrate the teens who stay up past ten every night doing homework, sweat on the field or suppress the annoying crunching sounds as they eat lunch in the back of the classroom. Despite what many “parent friendly” articles portray, kindhearted and hard working teenagers still exist, and they are often puzzled not with the the changes within themselves, but rather with the attitudes that their parents have towards them.

Rather than making wild accusations until one sticks, it would be more beneficial for parents to ask questions to build a relationship of trust with their offspring. After all, there are very few “adolescent friendly” books on how to deal with parents. That might be the
next big thing.

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Belles dance to state

The Heritage Liberty Belles set up their path to state by taking third at the Continental League competition on November 13.

The Belles won state in the jazz division last year and this year they took third in the jazz division at leagues.

The Belles competed in the jazz division at the Continental League Competition.

The Belles competed in the jazz division at the Continental League Competition.

“We were pleased with third place. Competition is extremely tough in the Continental League,” comments Coach Julie Cantwell.

Next up for the Belles is the state competition in December. Until state the Belles will be practicing and improving from leagues.

“We will look at what the judges have told us to work on and apply that to our dance, and after that hope for the best. I think our team was amazing at league. It’s great to see how far we have come in such a short time. It’s always hard though, in dance there’s no definitive winner, it’s always circumstantial, what the judges like one day may change the next, but we do what we can to put on our best routine,” comments captain Lauren Max ’15.

The state competition takes place on December 5 at the Denver Coliseum, head out to support the Belles as they defend their championship in the jazz category.

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Pumpkin bread made easy

This holiday favorite is both delicious and easy to make.


What you’ll need:
3 cups sugar
1 cup shortening (Butter or Canola oil also works, but shortening makes the bread look the        best)
1 can pumpkin (2 cups)
2/3 cup water
3 ½ cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 ½ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice



1. Cream sugar and shortening together.

2. Stir in pumpkin and water.

3. Add dry ingredients, mixing well.

4. Pour into two greased loaf pans (8 ½ x 4 ½ x 3 in.)

Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes

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