DIY: Sweet, Sentimental Scrapbook

IMG_5983Looking for a fun and personalized gift? These scrapbooks can be put together in a few quick steps. All you need is an hour or so of free time and your creative mind!

You will need:

  1. Glue stick or hot glue gun(double sided tape or regular tape can work too but glue is more ideal)
  2. Photographs you wish to put in you scrapbook(size is dependent on the size of the scrapbook)
  3. One piece of ribbon that is the same length as the paper (ex. 12in paper= 12in long ribbon)
  4. Three 12in x 12in pieces of paper (or any square piece of paper. The scrap book will be about 1/4 of the size of the full piece of paper)
  5. Any other embellishments you wish to add to your scrapbook i.e. stickers, extra ribbon, cut-out shapes etc.


  1. Take one of the square pieces of paper and fold in in half “hamburger” style both waysIMG_5960
  2. Fold the piece of paper and fold it in half diagonally one wayIMG_5963
  3. Repeat this process with the other two pieces of paper
  4. Take one of the pieces of paper and with it face it towards you so that the diagonal fold is horizontalIMG_5963
  5. With the paper facing towards you, take the two sides and fold them in so that the paper collapses into a squareIMG_5965IMG_5966IMG_5967
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with the other two pieces of paper
  7. Take two of the folded pieces of paper and face them towards each other so that the openings face each otherIMG_5969
  8. Take the bottom of the left square and the top of the right square and glue/tape them together (the left and right squares should be inside each other)IMG_5970IMG_5971IMG_5972
  9. With the two glued pieces of paper and the remaining paper, face them towards each other so that the openings face each otherIMG_5974
  10. Take the top of the left square and the bottom of the right square and glue/tape them together (they should be inside each other like the previous two)IMG_5975IMG_5976IMG_5977
  11. When it is unfolded, it should look like this:IMG_5978
  12. When the book has dried, take the piece of string and glue/tape the middle of the string to the middle of the top or bottom of the bookIMG_5988
  13. Now it’s time to add the photos and embellishments to your book. They can go on any part of the book, as long as they are not placed on a fold
  14. When you’re finished, flip the book over so that the paper square with the string on it is on the bottom. You can tie the strings together so that the book stays shut
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Expressing through Color

The new “in thing” for today’s generation is to dye their hair. People of all ages are dyeing their hair because it makes them feel more individual and unique.

“All natural” is no longer in style. To stand out, people are dyeing their hair. The haircolors that are the most in style at the moment are very light pastels, all shades of purple, silver and different shades of ombres.

“I dye my hair because I think it looks unique and pretty. It’s a way to express myself,” says Jordan Clouse ’17.

Everyone is going to have an opinion on the hair colors of today. Even people who do not dye their hair might like the look on others, just not for themselves. Some people like the colors and the individuality shown, while others think that it is completely unnatural.

“Everybody loves it and I get lots of compliments, but I get weird looks with my eyebrows dyed,” says Paige Irving ’17.

Irving says that her favorite colors to dye her hair are blue and lime green. Clouse comments that she loves dying her hair purple. Romero says that pastel pink is her favorite.

Some people think that hair defines who a person is, but some people disagree with that stereotype. Hair color can show an individual’s favorite color, personality or style, but it does not have to.

“I think my hair is the opposite of my personality. I’m so introverted, but my hair is so outgoing,” says Irving.

“It does not define me because the stereotypes about people with colored hair are wrong,” says Romero.

Different hair colors make people unique and individualized. The colors people dye their hair make them feel special and different from everyone else; even a simple ombre can stand out from the natural brown.

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Three junior girls stand out from the rest of the Heritage community with the bright hair colors that they have dyed their hair.

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School Spirit Vs. Team Rivalry at HHS

School spirit and school rivalry are not quite the same. Heritage High School’s biggest rivalry with Arapahoe High School is described by Heritage’s Principal Stacey Riendeau as a sibling rivalry.


The student body cheering on their team during Homecoming week.

“What makes rivalry is that you’re so close,” she says, “like siblings, you are motivated to be better than them and at the end of the day you want to win.”

Riendeau says, “Games are emotional because you have love and care of the team, it matters if you win or lose.”

With as much school spirit as Heritage has, this is no surprise. Pep assemblies are filled with screaming, applause and love for school.

“ I love seeing all the grades come together during football games to support our school’s teams,” says Isabel Walker’ 18.

Part of participating in school spirit is being a good sport.

Riendeau reminds students, “Our kids have really embraced the notion of cheering for us and not against someone else.”

Of course every passionate school has enough school spirit to respect that and Heritage certainly shows it.

“Life is bigger than what happens on the field,” says Riendeau.

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Community Relations prepares for MAD Week

MAD Week may not be until the second week of April, but the Community Relations Club is already hard at work planning the event.

“This year we’re doing a sort of ‘MAD Week Remix,’” says the club’s vice president Celeste Borg ’16.

Community Relations

Club members run the Community Relations stand at Showcase Night. Community Relations puts on MAD Week every year to raise money for a selected cause.

The week will look different with new events and a changing schedule.

“We will still be honoring the voice of the student body and taking submissions for the organizations,” says the co-president Katy Cohen ’16. “But we are reversing the order in which the student body gets to decide.”

The club may have five more months to plan, but there’s a lot of work to do.

“MAD Week takes a while to plan because of how much we honor the wishes of the student body,” says Cohen. “We don’t have a template to follow; we cater the week to the decisions that our students make, and so it takes a long time to plan.”

Borg is currently running an interview series with members of the school in order to get student voice involved in the changes.

“Community Relations is special to me because we’re completely student-oriented,” says Borg. “From the leadership in the club to the way we choose our causes every year, every decision starts and ends with the students.”



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Improv hits ThesCon

This year, Heritage Thespian Troupe 3759 is sending an improv team to compete at the Colorado State Thespian Conference.

“An improv team is the best of both worlds,” says Davis Bonner ’16. “It combines the raw talent of an actor with the careful eye of a director. When we compete, we are given a scene, and we then have to create a script and a stage based off of just a simple idea. Under normal circumstances, this would be quite hard, no lines or blocking at all. However, I like to look at it in a more freeing light. One in which we are the masters of every aspect and in complete control of the audience.”


The improv team has been practicing for a couple weeks before the competition to be as prepared as they can be.

Along with Bonner, Adam Downing ’17, Asher Farr ’17, Eden Farr ’19, Lauren Clouse ’19, Liam Tilton ’17, Matthew Bradow ’17 and Anna Rosenthal ’17 are on the team going for competition.

“You have to know your team really well, if you can play into a teammate’s strength the scene will benefit greatly due to the added level of confidence and skill. The team this year was all picked by the theater in a small competition to determine who would and would not be going to state. Once we found out who, we could all get together and work on honing our skills,” says Bonner.

To really understand improv the team has to go through extensive training to be confident in themselves.

“If you create a scene and are not confident enough to flesh it out, the judges will pick up on that and mark you down,” says Bonner.

This is the first year Heritage is sending a Improv team to the conference; they are experimenting in how the event works.

I wanted to get more involved with theater and get to perform improv alongside some of my favorite people,” says E. Farr.

They will compete on Friday, December 4 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

“If it is worth doing, it is worth doing right. We were chosen to represent Heritage, and nothing short of 100% will cut it on the big stage,” says Bonner.

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Give ’em the buisness

 Two senior boys have made a splash in the Heritage student body with the new staple of the fan section. Reese Leiker and Danny Segura coined the term “Give Em’ the Business” on their idea for a fan T-shirt. The seniors created the idea of “RowdieBoy Apparel” late in their junior year and are finally bringing it to life.

Originally designed for seniors, the shirts became popular with over one hundred in circulation. Even teacher Mr. Sedivy wears his to school every once in awhile.

With growing popularity, the two young entrepreneurs decided to make a shirt design that is available to any age of student. The demand has become so high for these shirts they now have shelf space at the DECA store.

The next step for Leiker and Segura is  diversifying.

Seniors Reese Leiker and Danny Segura sell their t-shirts at their pregame tailgates. They plan to release more product by the end of the year.

“We intend to create more designs if we keep seeing the growth we’ve seen to this point. Right now, our next project is pocketed, long sleeve t-shirts that will most likely come in an undecided pastel color, but our main task is really to now create bumper stickers and pens,” says Leiker.

This design could include changed fonts, colors schemes, but still keeping their famous saying.

“It’s a great feeling to know that our product has, in a way, united people at sports  events. Not in hatred of the other team, but in pride in ourselves as a student body,” says Segura.

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Trail Showcases Snakes


Trail teaches others about Hydra, a gopher snake.

Marleena Trail ’16 has always loved snakes. A few years ago she joined the Zoological Discovery Center, run by Mrs. Karen Green. Now she is a junior board member and they have turned a small business into a major exhibit. Currently she travels around Colorado introducing people to the wonder and beauty of reptiles.

“She has become a valuable member of the team and a friend.” states Green.

 Many people are afraid of snakes, but Marleena thinks otherwise.

“Fear is learned. We are not born afraid of snakes, but rather we learn to hate these amazing creatures.” she says.

Part of her job at the ZDC is to help people understand snakes. She teaches small children how soft and friendly they are and teaches adults how they are not dangerous unless threatened.

“90% of people who report getting bitten by a snake were bitten while trying to kill the snake,” says Trail.

Recently she volunteered at an event called “Supper with the Snakes.” Guests were invited to eat dinner and learn about snakes. Afterwards, Trail carried the snakes around and introduced them to people.

Trail also helped capture rattlesnakes for a tag and release operation. Many details are classified to prevent people from messing with the snakes.

“I feel that Marleena’s greatest strength is her drive to learn more. She is always asking questions and trying to learn all she can about the animals.” says Green.

Her favorite snakes are Hydra, a gopher snake, Alina, a dumerils boa, and Cal, a rosy boa.

The ZDC has roughly 50 animal ambassadors, including lizards, turtles and scorpions, though snakes are her favorite animal.

“I understand that not everyone can love snakes as much as I do, but you can learn to respect what they do.” says Trail.


A friendly snake.


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Showcase Night exhibits HHS

Photo courtesy of Hattie Poole Mr. Johnson creates a display of fire using methane gas. The science department also used chemicals to make a jack-o-lantern seem as if it was vomiting.

This past week on Tuesday, November 5 approximately 240 prospective students came to Heritage from 6:30 to 8:30 to experience the school during the Heritage High School Showcase Night.

These eighth graders took tours throughout the school by groups of LINK crew members. At each stop of the tour, a different academic department each gave their own presentation. They were designed to inform and excite the students about the classes held at Heritage. The demonstrations included things such as social studies trivia games, contests using the website and controlled flames enacted by methane gas

“It felt really awesome to show the eighth graders around. We not only got to sell Heritage but also to have a chance to calm a lot of their fears about high school in general,” says Kimi Ching ’16, Link Commissioner.

While the eighth graders were holding online discussions facilitated by the English department and experiencing the Heritage hovercrafts, their parents had opportunities to experience their own events. Among other things, adults were entertained by Check choir. The group performed to the accompaniment of Mr. Fischer on keyboard in a cafe set up in the second floor Study Center.

Parents also had the opportunity to go to informative sessions about Advanced Placement classes from Mr. Heimer, Assistant Principal in charge of curriculum, in the theatre. In addition, parents could meet their children’s future counselors and post-grad representatives in the band room.

When the parents and kids rendezvoused after the tours, they had the chance to go to one of 42 booths showcasing the various clubs, activities and sports here at Heritage.

“It was super cool that lots of kids were excited about being new to Heritage. They really enjoyed the booths and the tour,” says Stephanie Fassler ’16, a school ambassador who helped welcome both parents and students to the building.

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Students influence DECA Store

In the back corner of the Student Center is an unmistakable blue and red structure known as the DECA Store. This well-known installation is a unique addition to Heritage High School.


Students in the Marketing Class conduct the daily business and operation of the DECA Store. They use their experience working in the store to give them an edge in their futures.

It garners much of its business during football games, holidays, the end of the school year, parent-teacher conferences, Back to School Night and Showcase Night when parents and underclassmen have the most demand and ease of access to buying Heritage apparel.

“I think that the DECA store is a good idea. It’s nice to have a place in the school to buy things from Heritage,” says Erica Brooks ’16.

The DECA Store is unlike other retailers or businesses in that it is a student-run organization whose revenues go directly into buying more merchandise and investing in student-made products.

“The revenues go into an account and then it is pooled into buying new merchandise. It is not like a regular store that has to pay rent; we have no expenses. It’s like any other club or sport,” says Ms. Barb Bolen, the marketing teacher and DECA Store Supervisor.

The store is indeed unique due to the fact that it operates within school property, therefore it does not experience competition with other stores and property taxes as is the case with ordinary retailers. Essentially, the store does not have to fight to survive in its market, thus enabling it to fund itself on a perpetual system of selling products, buying new merchandise and saving what is left over.

“We talk about things that are working and that don’t work and discuss how to improve sales. I’ve wanted to bring in a kid product—something they have invented—into the store,” says Bolen.

The store is operated by the marketing class, utilizing a co-curricular structure in which students participating in the marketing class have the dual responsibility to also work in the DECA Store. Most everything brought up in the class is applied directly to developing the store through pricing, promotion and production.

However, the DECA Store is not without its obstacles, one being its obscure location in the Student Center that does not do to promote the accessibility of the store or expand its consumer market. Even so, its impact on the student body is perceptible in both the marketing students themselves and the rest of the Heritage populace.

“I think it’s great walking down the hallway seeing a student wearing a Heritage shirt from our store. It’s a good enhancement to school spirit for students not in a sport. [The marketing students] are getting job experience and something to put on a résumé,” says Bolen.

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Accidents in the Parking lot

In the first two weeks of the HHS parking lot has had three accidents because of students backing out and bumping into other cars.

“Students should pay more attention to their surroundings and should try not to be the first ones out. Students should slow down and give other drivers space and take turns leaving the parking lot so that way cars don’t come close trying to get in line to leave.” Martinez says

Parking permits are a big deal now. It is important to get a parking permit or students could face a $25 fine or cloud get there car booted.


For the first offense, students will get a ticket; strike two is another ticket; and strike three is a parking boot for you car. Throughout the school year the security staff will see which students don’t follow this rule.The staff will also keep track of the cars that don’t have permits.


“I think that the parking permits are a waste of money and students shouldn’t spend that much. It would be nice if they were $5,” Shane Mcgregor,17 says.



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