Cranberry Apple Chutney dresses your Turkey

Cranberry Apple Chutney is a great holiday recipe and topping to go with your turkey or ham.


  • 3 lbs cranberriesIMG_5835
  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 3 Granny Smith Apples chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • 4-6 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 lemon rinds
  • 6 mini oranges or 3 large oranges with the rinds


  1. Bring water and sugar to a boil (while the water is coming to a boil rinse and drain IMG_5839your berries- look for any squishy berries and discard them)
  2. Then place the rinsed berries into the pot and cover, let it simmer for 10-15 minutes (you’ll know the berries are done when they have popped)
  3. While your cranberries are simmering chop your apples, cube the oranges, and vest the lemon
  4. When the cranberries are ready add the apples, oranges, lemon zest, and cinnamon sticks, and brandy to the pot and let it simmer for another 15-20 minutes


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All-State results released for 2015

Every year, over 2,500 students audition to be in the Colorado All-State choirs.

Their preparation begins anywhere from freshman year to a week before auditions, and about twenty-one students from the school waited for the results to be released.

students accepted for the choirs

Heritage seniors and juniors accepted into the All-State choirs.

The results were posted on Monday, November 17 on the choir room doors. Only a handful of students made it into any of the three choirs All-State has to offer: women’s, men’s and mixed.

“It was really stressful when we were auditioning because there was a bunch of other stuff going on at the same time with band,” says Katie Nelson ‘15.

Stakes were high for returning members this year, as they were not guaranteed another spot in any of the choirs, even after already being a part of one. Heritage seniors Emily Sasaki , Clay Fejes and Trey Taylor were in All-State last year.

“The pressure that everyone feels this year is that last year the results came in December, and we forgot about it, because it was so competitive. But then the results came in and we were thrilled, but now this year all I can think about is I have to make it in again my second year,” says Sasaki.

Members will not be placed in a choir that they were placed in during the previous year. The men are either in the men’s or the mixed choir, and women will either be in mixed or the women’s choir, depending on what they have already been in.

Students that have been accepted into All-State this year are  Katie Nelson ’15 for the mixed choir, Trey Taylor ’15 for the men’s choir, Emily Sasaki ’15 for the women’s choir and Savannah Johnson ’16 for the mixed choir.


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Turkey builds iconic castle

Ak Saray is under construction and is four times the size of Palace of Versailles.

Ak Saray is under construction and is four times the size of Palace of Versailles.

As 16.9% of Turkey’s population is below the poverty line, President Recep Tayyip Erdoǧan and the Turkish government are constructing a $615 million palace with one thousand rooms.

However, this has infuriated Turkey’s taxpayers. As President Erdoǧan hopes this ornamental castle will demonstrate the country’s prominence, the residents of Turkey are being forced to pay for it.
Even the simple electricity bill of the palace comes out to an astounding $313,000 per month. As approximately 2.9 million people are unemployed in Turkey, the taxpayers will suffer the debts of this colossal castle.

Ak Saray, or the White Palace, is larger than the Buckingham Palace, and more than three times the size of the Palace of Versailles.

Originally, the palace was going to house the prime minister of Turkey.   However, when President Erdoǧan was elected into office as President of Turkey from the former office of Prime Minister of Turkey, he quickly changed the purpose of Ak Saray.

However, some of Turkey’s poorer residents remark that President Erdoǧan is acting more as a sultan than a president.

Heritage voices chime in, currently agreeing on the issue of President Erdoǧan attempting to impress other countries with Turkey’s lavish setting for the President, rather than focusing on the economic issues in the country.

“Most of the country is in turmoil right now and the fact the president is worried more about the luxury he is in than how much food the citizens are getting is disturbing,” says Alana Shoob ‘16.

However, Ak Saray is even being compared to the Palce of Versailles that was built during the absolutist era in France.

“I think that by building the Palace of Versailles in France, it eventually led France to ruin due to the costs of the palace. With the economic stress in Turkey right now, it can’t end well,” says Katy Cohen ’16.

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Keep cursive alive

Several months ago, surrounded by fellow high school juniors and seniors, I sat in an unfamiliar classroom for four long hours to take the SAT. But before we began the torturous test, each student was required to copy a statement in cursive verifying that he or she would not cheat. As I looked around the room, students slowly and painfully traced the letters onto the lines, whispering, indignant and amused, that they hadn’t written in cursive since the third grade.

In a society increasingly oriented towards technology, math and science, cursive handwriting is seen as an outdated skill, no longer beneficial to students. In many states, cursive is no longer a required part of the curriculum; being able to write in print and type skillfully are viewed as enough. I know few high schoolers who still write in cursive regularly.

Cursive handwriting is becoming obsolete, however, it still has value in our society.

Cursive handwriting is becoming obsolete, however, it still has value in our society.

Call me a traditionalist out of touch with the times, but I think that cursive still has value as more than just an antique art form. First and foremost, students will always need to sign documents and must know at least a small amount of cursive to do so. In addition, there is evidence that writing in cursive uses the brain in different ways than typing or writing in print. It requires more developed fine motor skills and more interaction between parts of the brain. And cursive is important if only for historical reasons: if students don’t learn cursive, they will be unable to read documents like the Constitution and Declaration of Independence in their original forms.

However, while these points have some validity, they are not the real reason I write in cursive today. I remember my second grade classmates and I begging our teacher to show us how to write our names in cursive. We wanted to learn what we had heard called “real writing,” that mysterious code that was a rite of passage in our journeys as students. Of course, for most of us, the novelty wore off as the years passed, and the requirement to write in cursive became just one more rule that we had to follow. But when I entered high school, after initially reveling in my freedom to write in print, I found myself returning to the way I had written for years.

Cursive represents my small rebellion against the relentless forward march of our society into scientific efficiency. It is my way of honoring the heritage and traditions that have shaped us every bit as much as new advancements. In its flow and visual appeal, it reminds me to appreciate beauty and not just absorb information. Perhaps I’m imbuing a trivial choice with undue importance. In any case, though, let’s not let cursive become a fossilized relic of ages past.

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Making History

Wall picture

Lauren Max ’15 repainted the Senior Wall in order to uphold past traditions and not let something small get in the way of that.

Despite students’ efforts to ruin the senior wall by tagging it with graffiti, wall designer Lauren Max ‘15 decided to repaint it.

“I’ve always looked forward to the wall when I was a senior and just because it gets tagged doesn’t mean we should just let it stay blank,” says Max.

Max wanted to repaint the wall in part because she did not want to give all the power to the people who tagged it. If the wall was never repainted, then the power would go to them, so she was determined to find another design and paint it again.

For the new design, Max chose to paint the wall in a graffiti style in inspiration of the tagging. It would be much easier and faster to cover up a graffiti tag with another graffiti design.

“Graffiti is faster than other designs. You can do a large design in only one to two days with only one or two people,” Max says.

Max knows that the painting of the wall has been a tradition for quite some time and she wanted to uphold it in every way that was possible.

“I am so glad that we kept the tradition going. I know the whole senior class couldn’t paint the wall but it still looks great and I’m glad Lauren repainted it,” says Lauren Healy ’15.

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