Celebrating International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day was Sunday, March 8. This day is significant globally because of the restrictions legislation, policies and societal norms put on women to silence us. From how an ideal woman should look and act in the Western hemisphere to forced marriages in the Eastern hemisphere, women as a whole have a lot of progress still to make before we achieve global equality.

“Like anything, knowledge is power. Currently, there are over 100 million women missing in the world. Most people have no idea that so many women are missing and the gravity of the situation. Conversely, women are making great strides in education, politics, science, economics and religion by bringing structure and opportunities to other women and girls throughout the world,” says Heritage English teacher, Ms. Katie Tomke.

Many people seem to forget about the great strides women in America have made to overcome inequality. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States and helped establish the London School of Medicine for Women. Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for President of the United States; she ran in 1872 although women were not able to vote until 1920. The first Congresswoman was Jeannette Rankin, who was elected in 1916 and famously said, “I may be the first woman member of Congress, but I won’t be the last;” and now, there are 104 women, but according the the Washington Post, that’s only 20 percent.

Women are largely overlooked. There are hundreds of statues dedicated to men, but when it comes to women, only few come to mind; for instance, the Statue of Liberty or the statues in the US Capitol of Suffragettes of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott.

“When I think of the fight for women’s issues during my career in Congress, I’m often reminded of the women’s suffrage sculpture created in 1971 by Adelaide Johnson, officially called Portrait Monument. It is a representation of three women, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who led the battle for the right to vote…The statue was originally placed in the Rotunda in 1921, but was removed by the (all-male) Congress; it languished down in the Crypt, which was originally designed as Washington’s burial place, even as the personification of our democracy, Lady Freedom, stood atop the Capitol dome,” wrote former US Senator, Olympia Snowe.

In America, women are still fighting for equal pay for equal work and struggling for reproductive rights, but we are still lucky to live in a country where women are able to do all the things men can. In other parts of the world, women are not so lucky. In some countries, women can’t vote, they can’t drive, they can’t go anywhere without a male chaperon and they’re still seen as property.

“The leaders as well as beneficiaries are today’s unsung heroines. Their bravery, sacrifice and tenacity set a precedent for future generations of women and men to surpass. All research and empirical evidence proves that investing in girls and women is investing in a whole society in which everyone benefits,” says Tomke.

International Women’s Day is about the unity of womanhood, celebrating being a woman and being inspired by women to do things no one else thought was possible for a woman to do. This day is celebrated all over the world even in countries where women have limited rights.

“There is a lot of work to do—and it’s not just in other countries. Inequality and inequity is systematic in our country and most societies. As in all solutions, the answer lies in the knowledge and courage to act. Women will never achieve our full potential without the help of men; and they won’t reach theirs either until we all have equal opportunity. International Women’s Day spotlights the female plight and promise we need to acknowledge, beat and achieve,” says Tomke.

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International Women’s Day was March 8 and March is Women’s History Month. Photo courtesy of International Women’s Day.

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Advisories need advice

There is an epidemic in Heritage—the epidemic of boring advisories. You can identify these sad happenings by certain characteristics that bad advisories always have.

According to Mr. Rudolph, one of the many advisory teachers at Heritage High School, there are two main things that could go wrong in advisories.

“One of the reasons we have advisory is to distribute information that the students need to know. If the teacher doesn’t distribute the information, then that teacher wouldn’t be completely doing their job,” Rudolph says.

Another huge mistake an advisory could make is not letting the students have time to talk.

“Building a community with people that you’re not normally with is another important goal for advisory,” Rudolph added.

Advisories with kids who feel excluded can be another issue. Students need to be involved with their advisories. One great strategy that has been used by many advisories is having the advisory teacher or students bringing food in for the whole class.

“My favorite part of advisory is definitely when Rudolph gives us food,” says Danny Hall, ’16

Bringing food to advisory encourages interaction and makes students happier not only during advisory, but for the rest of the day.

Advisory teachers getting lazy?

Advisory teachers getting lazy?

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Speech and Debate comes to an end

Heritage Speech and Debate meetings come to a close this year after their State competition on March 20-21.

“More students qualified for state this year than any previous year: Tori Mudd in Oratory, Hattie Poole in Poetry, Andrew Dallakoti and Reid Wilking in PF Debate and Connor Mudd and Adam Downing in PF Debate,” says Mr. Rob Herrick, one of the Speech coaches.

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Members of the Speech and Debate team pose while waiting for the next round.

Some highlights of the year include Hattie Poole, who advanced to semifinals at the State tournament, Andrew Dallakoti and Reid Wilking, who also advanced in the State tournament, Sierra Johnson-Golding, who took first place in Drama at six tournaments this year, and the team won a sweepstakes awards at the Denver Public Schools tournament for having the third highest number of finalists in the tournament.

“There was a much bigger turn out at tournaments this year and in some cases we even needed two tables in the lunchrooms, which was a first for our team,” says Erica Brooks ’16, who has become more confident in her writing and public speaking skills as a result of participating in Speech.

The tournaments, however, are finished after the national tournament qualifier on April 10-11 at Cherry Creek High School. The Heritage team plans on sending four students to that meet.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this team. We have a really young team that continues to work hard, learn and grow,” says Herrick. “I’m excited for the future!”

During the off season, members are going to hold meetings at houses and prepare as much as they can for the next season.

“I always look forward to anything we have coming up, whether it’s next season, the next tournament or the next practice. Working with these students is a blast, and we always have a lot of fun,” says Herrick. “Most of our students are returning next year, and I look forward to seeing the results of the work they put in during the off season.”

The Speech and Debate team also makes it a goal to get to know everyone and create a family aspect.

“Even those who didn’t make it to state worked hard all year and everyone had personal goals that they accomplished. We came together as more of a united team this year, both the members and the coaches got to know each other better,” says Brooks. “We did all nighters where we helped each other work on pieces and after most tournaments we went out to dinner and just had fun with each other.”

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Heritage student enlists in Air Force

Heritage Student Devan Walsh ’15 has made the decision to enlist in the United States Air Force after graduation in May. Walsh was officially sworn into the military on Thursday, February 26.

For Walsh, the dream to join the Air Force began during the second semester of her junior year.

“I decided that I wanted to join the Air Force last year around Spring Break. I went on the website just to check it out and then after I went through the several job choices that I was eligible for, I couldn’t turn away. I was hooked,” she says.

Walsh isn’t the first of her family to join the Armed Forces.

“It’s really an honor to be able to say that I am getting to be a part of it. The history is so amazing that it’s unreal to me that I get to actually participate. I come from a long list of people in my family who have served as well, so I guess you could say it’s a family tradition,” she says.

Walsh’s family members are proud of her for making the decision to serve her country.

“I could not be more proud of my daughter. From the moment she was born, I knew she would accomplish great things. Although I will miss her every day, I am thrilled that she is following her dreams. I have no doubt that Devan will continue to be successful; she doesn’t know the meaning of the word ‘fail,’” says Ms. Mary Narkunas, Devan’s mother.

While most seniors in high school have to wait to begin their life after high school until August, Walsh’s training for the Air Force begins June 16, the day she leaves for boot camp, which will take place in San Antonio, Texas.

“I am most excited for my ship day, as crazy as it sounds. Boot camp is going to be quite an experience, but I know I can make it. I also think receiving my first orders will be exciting, there are countless bases all over the world so there’s a good chance that I’ll get to travel,” she says.

After June 16, Walsh will participate in eight-and-a-half weeks of basic training before continuing on to technical school. She plans on competing for one of 85 commissions to the Air Force Academy after enlisting, and hopes to possibly take an officer position in the future. She currently has nine possible jobs on her list, including security forces, air traffic control, aircraft armament, munitions and nuclear, or possibly working in the canine unit.

“I’m really hoping for security forces. It’s a dream of mine to become a defender,” she says.

As of now, Devan Walsh '15 is still a normal student at Heritage. However, in June, she will leave for boot camp and officially join the Air Force.

As of now, Devan Walsh ’15 is still a normal student at Heritage. However, in June, she will leave for boot camp and officially join the Air Force.

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Traveling again

After taking nine students to England, France and Italy last summer, Ms. Jackie Peach is preparing for it again, this time to Spain and Portugal.

During the summer of 2016, Peach and students will be traveling with Education First Tours for 12 days to Spain and Portugal, and with a short extension to Morocco. Any students who will be 16 by June of 2016 are eligible to travel on this European vacation. Students wanting to travel must know that this trip is not sponsored by Heritage.

Chaperoning EF Tours trips allows Peach to bring what she teaches inside the classroom to life.

“Most of the kids who participated in the last trip had never been out of the country before and their excitement about going to a new place and experiencing a new culture was definitely worth all the work that goes into planning a trip. It is truly an eye-opening experience, and it’s cool to be part of that experience,” says Peach.

The first informational meeting about the trip was on March 18, 2015 at Bemis Library. However, meetings will continue throughout the year for students and parents.

“We will discuss what the generic itinerary will look like, costs, how the program is run and I will answer any questions that parents/kids might have pertaining to the trip,” says Peach.

Jennifer Brewer ’15, a student who traveled with Peach last year, thought that this kind of trip was life changing and that others should be able to experience this as well.

“I think others should try to travel the world because it teaches you some amazing life lessons and you get to meet great people from all around the world,” says Brewer.

However, for any students not able to travel during the summer or for additional travel, there is a possible 2016 spring break trip. For any additional questions, talk to Ms. Peach in the Heritage Social Studies Department.

Students that traveled with Peach and EF Tours last year, got to see historical landmarks all around Europe.

Students that traveled with Peach and EF Tours last year got to see historical landmarks all around Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

The students got to meet people from different cultures and speak in European languages.

The students also got to meet people from different cultures and speak in European languages.

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Senioritis affecting Heritage

Second semester, infamously known for slacking off that occurs at Heritage High School, presents itself once again with a new batch of “senioritis”.

Senioritis occurs when a student, not always a senior, begins to slack off due to the high pressures of the school year that is beginning to come to an end.

Typically, it is most prevalent towards the end of February.

“You see it start creeping in junior classes. It affects not only just the seniors, but the entire school,” says Mr. Dave Collins, a Heritage High School History teacher.

From a student perspective, it is hard to motivate oneself to do schoolwork when the weather is spring-like and statewide testing is coming up.

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Many students concentrate on their phone and social life rather than their school work.

“It’s hard to focus on school when I know that graduation is so close, and Netflix seems like a much better option,” says Ally Lambrecht ’15.

With graduation around the corner for most seniors, the procrastination of school work in order to spend time with friends, whom they will be shortly leaving, is becoming a trend.

There is a perception among students that once they are accepted into a college, senior year is irrelevant. However, colleges have the power to revoke an admissions if they feel it is needed.

Senioritis is affecting all of Heritage. As freshmen look to the upperclassmen, they begin to copy their actions of how they handle their schoolwork. However, it becomes a problem when most of the students at a high school begin to slack off in their work.

The school year of 2014-2015 is almost over, but it might not end with a bang.

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Trail blazes through Richmond

From February 13-16, Marleena Trail, a Heritage student, traveled to Richmond, Virginia to compete in the annual Junior Olympic Fencing Championships.

Over the course of the four-day tournament, Trail, who represented her fencing club, the Fencing Academy of Denver, competed in two events out of a total of 287 fencers.

“I love to travel and I’ve never been to Virginia, so this was a great excuse to go. Also, fencing in the Junior Olympics is a huge honor, and the experience is a reward in itself,” says Trail.

Trail and coach Mr. Tom Strzalkowski prepare for an upcoming fencing bout. (Photo courtesy of Marleena Trail.)

Trail and her coach, Mr. Tom Strzalkowski, prepare for an upcoming fencing bout. (Photo courtesy of Marleena Trail.)

Trail’s events included talent from around the country and were separated into a Cadet division (at or under 16 years old) and a Junior division (at or under 19 years old). In addition to the fencers, coaches from around the world attended the tournament, adding an element of diversity and experience that made the tournament worthwhile for Trail.

“I am so proud of her! I know how hard she works and how much she loves fencing. It was really awesome seeing her reach one of her goals,” says Alicia Sather ’16.

Outside of competing, the tournament offered Trail the opportunity to bond with her nine other FAD teammates who also participated in the championships. Support is a significant part of fencing, and although Trail was fencing alone on the fencing strip, her teammates, coaches, parents and friends were all on the sidelines cheering her on.

“When you haul 10 fencers across the country to compete the camaraderie is intense. We go to each other’s events and support one another. Team dinners are the best, too, because that’s when we get to know each other in normal circumstances,” says Trail.

After all was said and done, Trail took away the new experience and knowledge she gained from her time in Richmond.

“This year I was really shown how much improvement I’ve made since last year. Last year I competed in two events, lost all but one pool and didn’t make it to DE’s [direct elimination]. This year i made it to DE’s in both events…It’s an encouraging thought,” says Trail.

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Ubowski takes the stage

 

 

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Ubowski sings to “Beauty School Dropout” in the spring production of Grease.

In the spring production of “Grease,” a special guest made an appearance as the Teen Angel. Nate Ubowski, English teacher and theatre Tech Director, took the stage to surprise the audience.

During the preparation for the musical Ubowski was approached and asked to play the Teen Angel in the “Beauty School Dropout” number.

“The best part of being Teen Angel was knowing for a month who it was going to be while all of the students were in the dark,” comments Ubowski.

For the students attending “Grease,” anticipation filled the theatre as the number started.

“I thought his performance was amazing. I was expecting a student but was pleasantly surprised when he walked out,” comments Lauren Black ’15.

For Ubowski, his appearance in the musical was his first solo appearance in the musical.

“The experience was nerve wracking and exciting. I haven’t been on stage in twelve years, so it was great to be back. I’d also say the best part was hearing the crowd’s reaction; that was fun,” remarks Ubowski.

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Why cheating is on the rise

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Loss of academic Integrity is the result of pressures in the school environment.

The average high school student experiences a myriad of pressures in school: there is the pressure to take more AP classes, pressure to have a strong GPA and pressure to score highly on the ACT and SAT.

In high school it can seem like academic achievement is the determining factor in a successful life, and for all these reasons academic integrity is declining. At a young age, most people are taught that cheating is morally wrong. However, there are many different motivations for attempting to cheat the system.

Some people are complacent and cheat because of a lack of motivation, but high achieving students are just as likely, if not more likely to cheat because they hold themselves up to high, and maybe even unreachable, standards.

Although students are responsible for their own actions and should act on their morals, the school environment and our society may be partially responsible for students resorting to cheating. People have the mentality that there will always be a stronger and more qualified applicant in line for colleges or jobs, and this mentality is destructive because students become more concerned about staying competitive than they are about genuinely learning for personal growth.

In school it is easy to feel like intelligence is quantified by grade letters and test scores and futures are determined by a couple of standardized tests. Students become engrossed in this mind set day in and day out and this leads to a loss of integrity.

If more people began to divert their attention away from how many AP classes they are taking, how high their GPA is and what they scored on the SAT and ACT, people may begin to view education as a key component in personal growth, instead of a key component in staying competitive among peers.

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Tortilla Soup with a dollop of deliciousness

This recipe that has been altered many times to fit the event the Kelley family is doing on a given day and it has been around for generations.

By adding chips and a dollop of sour cream, this homemade dish turns into a favorite dish of many.

By adding chips and a dollop of sour cream, this homemade dish turns into a favorite meal of many.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound rotisserie chicken—precooked           and cut in bite size pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 small to medium zucchini, small diced
  • 1 medium skinned yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 large can of hominy
  • 1/2 can chipotle in adobo peppers      (medium to hot heat level), chopped—      available in small cans in Mexican and      Spanish food section of market
  • 1 can petite, diced and stewed tomatoes      (28 ounces)
  • 3 cups chicken stock—available in                resealable paper containers on soup        aisle
  • 4 cups corn tortilla chips, broken up into        large pieces
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or pepper Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Optional garnishes:

  • 1/4 raw red onion, chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced

Directions:

  1. In a large soup pot add tomatoes, beans, broth and chicken, seasoning with salt and pepper
  2. Add zucchini, onions, hominy and chipotle peppers
  3. Bring soup to a bubble, reduce heat to medium low
  4. When thoroughly heated, ladle into bowls and add chips, shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream
  5. Top with any or all of the suggested garnishes

Serves 6

**Warning- Add dollop of sour cream when serving- do not let it sit over a long period of time!**

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