Talent shines at Hullabaloo

Amelia Watson ’16 and Joanna Kempton ’16 performed a rap called Alphabet Aerobics during Hullabaloo. The rap is a fast-paced set of rhymes for each letter of the alphabet.

“Joanna and I love the Tonight Show and Jimmy Fallon and saw Daniel Radcliffe do Alphabet Aerobics and were like, ‘We have to do this for hullabaloo next year,’” says Watson.

The newcomers to Hullabaloo have worked hard to be able to perform.

“In order to memorize it, I would just play it on repeat while driving in the car,” says Watson.

Watson and Kempton performed the rap in synchronization, a challenging feat.

“It’s really complicated and hard to learn, but now that I have it memorized, it’s as easy as the alphabet,” says Watson.

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The two girls perform Alphabet Aerobics on the night of Hullabaloo. Hullabaloo is a favorite of the student body because it is an opportunity to see all the different talents students have.




Brianna Martinez ’16 demonstrated her skills with the hula hoop on the night of Hullabaloo.

Martinez has been doing hula hoop tricks for five years and performed in Hullabaloo last year as well. She does a wide variety of tricks from throws to spins and has learned it all from watching YouTube videos.

“My favorite part is the rush I get when I finally learn a new move or when I get to perform because I love the sound the audience makes when I do something cool,” says Martinez.

Martinez also performs as part of Circus Your Way, a non profit LLC which puts on shows for audiences ranging from little kids to the elderly.

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A student performs a hula hoop routine on the night of Hullabaloo. The variety of talents displayed at Hullabaloo range from singing to tricks with a Chinese yo-yo.

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Rocking out after school

Saturday night is usually not a time of relaxation and time with family for Mr. Kevin Keena; he usually spends his weekend evenings playing gigs in his band. In addition to being  an Instructional Technology Specialist at Heritage, Keena plays drums, and taught as a band teacher for a total of sixteen years, eleven of them at our school. Since December 2006 he has played in his band, That 80’s Band, playing the drums and singing.

“They played for my song ‘Your Love’ by the Outfield for me on my birthday,” says Ms. Brittmarie Solís a Spanish teacher at Heritage.

Growing up he played rock music, his father is a drummer and has been since he was 14, and he passed his passion on to his son. Like his dad, Keena passes his love for music down to his children. Keena has taught piano, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, saxophone and sings.

The success of Keena’s band has led him to play at  numerous venues including  both the 2008 Republican and 2012 Republican National Convention, Heritage Homecoming  and at Sports Authority Stadium. He has played in original jazz bands, concert, country and orchestra.

“I prefer bands that pay me,” he says.

 He first discovered his current band from an ad on Craigslist and soon found himself juggling lots of different gigs for very classy venues.

“One of my favorite experiences was the Republican National Convention, we played there in 2008 and 2012. The venue was very exclusive. We were picked up in a limousine; we didn’t even have to set up our own equipment we just had to show up and play,” says Keena.


 Between playing multiple gigs a week and having a full time job, Keena and his band rehearse approximately twice a year in addition to playing for 80-100 venues a year. He once played with Alex Grossi, a guitarist from the popular band Quiet Riot.

 “We didn’t practice with him. We just figured out which songs we could both play, and we killed it,” says Keena.

His current band has a core of five people, consisting on a drums, bass, guitar, keyboard, and a singer, with occasionally a second vocalist stepping in to play for larger venues.

“Music is such a uniquely human experience, and it conveys things that cannot be written or spoken,” says Keena.

All three of his children are active in learning music in their schools; his youngest even has aspirations to play the drums just like his father. 

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Choir entertains throughout the year

The choir group has completely changed this year for the boys’. The new boys choir group is call the “Alpha Wolf Squadron.” They do a lot more dancing than they did in past years.

“My favorite part of choir is how it feels after we put on a great show,” says Mr. Andrew Fischer, choir director.

Some major changes in the future will be a completely new girls’ choir, modeled after Pitch Perfect. Auditions will be in April.

“This year is different from past years in that it is more of a multicultural program,” says Fischer.

There are about 90 people in the concert choir class this year.

“My favorite part of choir is the singing and Mr. Fischer,” says Vlanca Jeannoutot ’16.

Vlanca has been in choir since the third grade, she has been doing choir with Mr. Fischer since her freshman year.

“This class has taught me more technical music because of singing with other people. Choir directly affects my life in that it helps me improve my singing for a later career,” says Jeannoutot.

Upcoming Choir Concerts:

March 16th @ HHS 6:30- Spring Concert

April 19th @ HHS 6:30- LPS Vocal Showcase

May 4th @ HHS 6:30- Large Ensemble

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The “Alpha Wolf Squadron” performs at the Choir Concert.



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Heritage wrestlers step back into the ring

With the conclusion of a relatively successful season for Eagles Athletics, the wrestling season is soon to be in full swing. Among the competitors are seniors Jared Todd and Alejandro Gandara.

Todd is coming off of his third consecutive state appearance. After last year’s 5th place finish, he is extremely eager to enter the ring once again with some of the most notorious wrestlers in the State.

Todd is continuing to wrestle in the hyper-competitive 152lb weight class.

Heritage wrestler takes first at the Arapahoe invitational. The Eagles have multiple undefeated wrestlers

Heritage wrestler takes first at the Arapahoe invitational. The Eagles have multiple undefeated wrestlers

“My favorite thing about wrestling is the atmosphere; it is one on one and extremely aggressive,” says Todd. He has been wrestling for the past 13 years and has accumulated many respectable regional finishes in CHSAA regulated events.

The season does not end for Todd or Gandara when they leave the walls of Heritage High School either.

“We wrestle dozens of matches for clubs and Heritage trying to gain prestige and skill,” says Gandara.

 Gandara has been wrestling for the past five years.

“Wrestling has a way of consuming your life. From what you eat, to when you go to bed and how you work out. It is very precise and you get to know your body in a way that you probably wish you didn’t,” says Gandara.

The wrestlers have been competing in tournaments during the off-season and look forward to upcoming tournaments.

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Liberty Belles look to Nationals

Competing in small Jazz and small pom, captains Madyson Marcolina ’16 and Eva Chaffin ’16 lead the Heritage Liberty Belles as they prepare for Nationals in late January.

The Heritage Liberty Belles took the floor at Chaparral High School on November 21st for the NDA Regional dance competition. They took first place in small jazz and second in pom.

The Heritage Liberty Belles took the floor at Chaparral High School on November 21st for the NDA Regional dance competition. They took first place in small jazz and second in pom.

Competition season started out at Legacy High School on November 7 for the USA Regionals where the Belles took first in Jazz and fifth in poms. UDA Regionals at the National Western Stockshow took place on November 14 and the Belles took first in Jazz and seventh in poms. Continental League then came to Heritage on November 18 and the Belles took fifth in poms. On November 21 the NDA Regionals took place at Chaparral High School, the Belles took first in Jazz and second in poms. Taking 7th at the CHSAA State Spirit Championships, the Belles performed a strong routine in the Jazz portion on December 12 at the Denver Coliseum.

“This year our strongest points are that we are close as a team, we are all friends and we like to dance together,” says Marcolina. “It’s not really a clique so we can work well together.”

Tryouts took place in early April in practice began immediately after to begin learning routines and conditioning for camp in June and July. The Belles practice five days a week and perform at all home football and boys basketball games.

“We have been focusing on taking our score sheets and really tackling the constructive criticism of the judges in specific areas,” says Head Coach Julie Cantwell.


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How teachers imagined their future

There’s a big difference between the way life goes and the way we imagine it, especially from the mind of a child.

Here’s a collection of what teachers thought they would be when they grew up.

Some have learned that being a teacher is their true dream job.


Peach tries on a space suit at the age of 4. It seems NASA’s most advanced tailors still have room for improvement.

Jaclyn Peach

Math Teacher



“If I was an astronaut I wouldn’t be able

to travel the world as much,” says Peach.

Mangold created this finger painting in elementary school. It went on an art show where her mother promptly bought it back for 25 dollars.

Stacy Mangold

Magazine Publisher

Fashion Designer

Finger Painter

“As I got older I found out that finger painting

was not a career with a living wage,” says Mangold.


Warren - 4 years

Warren, aged 4.

Guy Warren

Formula One Driver

Automotive Designer

“The Formula One drivers are adored by their fans, but I don’t know

that it’s as strong of a relationship as I have with my students,” says Warren.

Kelli Glorso (far left) and her twin sister, Rosie Glorso (center) in dance class. You better watch out bandits, the Wild West just got sassier.

Kelli Glorso



Academic Writer

“Writers have to self-motivate. If I were a writer I wouldn’t be able talk to people and have so much interaction,” says Glorso.


Fischer performs with his friends. We can’t hear what he’s playing, but the tux says it all.

Andrew Fischer

Martial Artist




“I’m glad I’m a teacher now because I know that

I am fundamentally contributing to my society.

Education is a catalyst for exponential change,” says Fischer.

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Varsity cheer takes State runner-up

As the Heritage Varsity Coed Cheerleading team took the mat for the second time during the finals at the CHSAA State Spirit Competition, the team remembered how hard they have worked all season for that moment.

The team placed 2nd as the 4A/5A Coed State Runner Up. The last time Heritage took State Runner Up was in 1995.

At the CHSAA State Spirit Championships on December 11th and 12th, the team took State Runner Up behind Castle View High School.

At the CHSAA State Spirit Championships on December 11 and 12, the team took State Runner Up behind Castle View High School.

“I felt extremely proud and excited for the step up in the program and for the future,” says Head Varsity Coach Vincent DeMarco.

Cheering for all four years of high school, all of the captains Bailey Andersen ’16, Katie Kelley ’16, Briele Nix ’16, Lucy Passaglia ’16 and Natalie Robertson ’16 dreamed of the moment to get to hold the trophy.

“It felt bittersweet to complete my last time, but I couldn’t ask for a better last competition with the Heritage cheer team. I am proud of what we put out on the mat and can not wait to see what the younger people on the team can bring next year,” says Andersen.

The cheer team is making a decision soon to decide if they will be heading to the 2016 UCA Nationals in Orlando Florida this February.

The team’s hard work and dedication with long practices followed by many football, basketball and volleyball games this season paid off.


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Heritage laxers lead a new team

This year, the Eagles look to follow up their impressive lacrosse season. Coming into this year the team is looking to replace five varsity seniors. Heading this year’s lax team are seniors Keaton Komatz and Landon Baird.

Baird is second on the varsity roster in goals and all around points. He has been playing for 12 years and has accumulated a noticeable amount of attention from Division I and III schools.

Heritage lacrosse players fine tune their game in the off season. The team holds their tryouts in late January

Heritage lacrosse players fine tune their game in the off season. The team holds their tryouts in late January

“There’s nothing quite like ripping top cheddar,” says Baird, referring to the action of scoring a goal in the upper ten inches of the net.

Although Baird has proven himself to have the ability to play the game at any level, he is unsure of his plans for the sport after college.

“I’m just not sure I want to juggle athletics, schoolwork and being away from my mommy for that long,” says Baird.

In the offseason, Baird keeps himself in performing condition through club teams these include box lacrosse and standard orientation games. Paying for the Denver-Elite for six years gained Baird the most experience and attention. The majority of this attention has come from CSU, Marquette, Illinois Wesleyan and various Division three schools all across the nation.

“Keaton has been a massive influence on my life. He’s the definition of a lax bro, and that’s all I look for in a role model. He rips the corners like nothing I’ve ever seen,” says Baird.

There is no doubt that Baird, being a returning captain, will be an  influential player for his team.


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Student Government volunteers

On Declogo - low resember 12, members of Student Government will give back to the community by helping out the Project Cure Organization.

These students will be heading down to the Project Cure warehouse to pack food to be sent off to other places. The food choices will be the healthier options that not many people around the nation have the option to buy.

“The four or five of us that are going are looking forward to an event that would work well with short term and be a lot of fun as a bonding event as well as helping the community,” says Will McLaughlin ’17.

Project Cure has several opportunities to help causes around the world. They have multiple cancer research programs that involve raising money for research and helping out the children with cancer.

“This project is close to home. It’s really a good bonding exercise and supports research so I’m pretty excited for it,” says Jack Spangler ’17. 

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Heritage Competes in DECA

On Friday, November 13, 27 students traveled to the Denver West Sheraton Hotel for the regional DECA conference. DECA, or the Distributive Education Clubs of America, is an organization devoted to teaching kids about business and management, with a special focus on marketing.

“DECA helps students explore future career in business,” says Mrs. Barb Bolen, club sponsor.

Every year the marketing class, lead by Bolen, competes regionally against 600 other students in over 50 events like sports marketing, quick serve, restaurant management, finance, and more. The students must complete a 100 question test, then present two role plays of business situations and how they would handle them to a judge. The students with the highest combined score in their event wins. The students who place regionally then go on to compete for state, which is held in Colorado Springs.

This year seven people qualified for state, more than last year’s five, and more than average.

JD Meltzner and August Bernsten placed 9th in in the Sports and Entertainment team, James Womack earned 4th in Principles of Hospitality, Zoe Witte took 3rd also in Hospitality, Connor Spaulding got 3rd in Food Marketing, Natalie Swartwout won 1st in Accounting Applications, and Emma Rumley won 1st in Principles of Hospitality.

“DECA is really fun,” says Connor Spaulding ‘17, “I’m excited for state.”

This will be Connor’s second year of competing in Food Marketing, and he made it to state last year as well.

“We have a great team this year; I’m excited for the state meet. The students always have a great time,” says Bolen.

DECA is an unusual club because students can only be members if they are currently in a marketing class. Heritage offers two marketing classes, so students can only compete for a maximum of two years. Mrs. Bolen is working to add advanced marketing to the school curriculum so students can continue to participate in DECA.

“It looks great to colleges, and it’s fun,” says Dylan Jackson ‘16.

DECA students celebrate after a successful meet.

DECA students celebrate after a successful meet. Photo courtesy of Barb Bolen.

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