Heritage wrestlers take on State

  With the conclusion of a relatively successful season for Eagles Athletics, two Heritage wrestlers have singled themselves out. Seniors Jared Todd and Alejandro Gandara represented Heritage in the 2015 CHSAA State Wrestling Championship.

  Todd is coming off of his third consecutive state appearance was extremely excited to be able to once again compete on the largest stage in the sport.

  “It was bittersweet because I know I gave everything I had on that matt and wrestled the best I could but it just didn’t finish the way I had hoped,” says Todd.

  Todd was able to secure the sixth place spot in the 160lb weight class losing to a top ranked wrestler. Todd entered the tournament seeded third in his weight class.

Heritage wrestlers relax in between rounds with teammates and coaches. Two Heritage wrestlers finished in the top ten.

Heritage wrestlers relax in between rounds with teammates and coaches. Two Heritage wrestlers finished in the top ten.

   “It is always a fun experience to wrestle at the Pepsi Center, and I think those memories will last a lifetime for me,” says Todd.

  He has been wrestling for the past 13 years accumulating various accolades.

  Gandara was able to secure an eighth place finish at the tournament. He fell short of breaking the all-time Heritage single season win record at 39 by one match.   

  Gandara has been wrestling for the past five years.

 “It was extremely exciting for me to be able to wrestle on such a huge stage. Even though I feel like I have some unfinished business it was a great feeling to make it as far as I did,” says Gandara

  Although neither wrestler was able to satisfy their own goals their efforts and finishes are extremely respectable and admirable.

  “As for now I think I am hanging it up to enjoy my college years but we’ll see in a couple years if I decide to pick up the sport again,” says Todd.

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Selfie face in action

It’s fun to take a selfie with friends and express emotions and share experiences. People think that it is fun to get that one picture where you look fabulous or a shot that will change everything. Teens spend a lot of time on their phones taking pictures, especially of themselves. As they take these “selfie’s” they usually have funny faces as they hold up their phone to pose, often with their friends pushing into each other trying to also get into the frame. Although it is fun to take and share selfies with friends, there can be consequences.

Since cameras were included on iPhone 4s in 2010, selfies have consumed more time for teens. The Guardian Newspaper in England says that more than 1 million selfies will be taken each day by people around the world. People are now spending much more time on their phones taking photos. According to Ben Zigterman on BGR, “Yahoo estimates that 880 billion photographs were taken in 2014 , and a survey taken by Samsung in Britain found that 17% of men and 10% of women take selfies.”International Business Times reports “ A recent survey from Luster Premium White, a teeth whitening brand based in Boston, calculated that the average millennial could take up to about 25,700 selfies in his or her lifetime.”


A student tacks a sweet selfie of himself in class.

Many new products are being created to make taking selfies easier and create a better product. Selfies have become so popular that phone companies are making new phones with wider frames so people can fit into the whole screen. Apple’s iPhone advertises products such as the wider fish-eye lens and a macro lens to give a wider shot. People are taking so many selfies that accessories are being made to make it easier to snap photos. One invention is the selfie stick. It is a tool to take selfies that extends the camera so that the photo can be shot from a wider angle and include more of the scene.

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The Pioneer S02 Mini 01 | Review | Black Mirror: White Christmas

Tonight we take a look at a TV movie sci-fi psychological thriller in our first (and hopefully last) mini-episode of The Pioneer.

Edited and Directed by Michael Neave
Produced and Presented by Lynden Murphy and Ryan Moore
Supervised by Amanda Hurley
Film Produced by mace|film.
Technical Aspects: 2016 – Color – 1080p – 1.78:1 – 20min

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Billeisen strives for late bus


FullSizeRender (4)In an effort to reach out to all students, Mr. Wade Billeisen, intervention specialist, is in the process of trying to get a bus to run once the after school activities are done.

Freshmen and sophomores (the general group of students who can’t drive, yet) were surveyed during their advisories to find out how many students would use the late bus. The preliminary number of students who have said they would take this bus was 25%.

“I would love to take a late bus because there is definitely activities I’ve had to skip because I couldn’t get a ride home because my parents had to work,” says Cameron Berry ’18.

There is no official plan to get a bus to run later, however Billeisen is trying to reach out to more students, specifically those who are not able to participate in activities after school because there is no way for them to get home later. Student Government and LINK are having conversations with the underclassmen in advisory in attempts to get them to be more involved with the school. However, these efforts won’t help if students have no way of getting home.

“Heritage is trying very hard to include all students and make it welcoming. We look at all the needs of the student population. Students who are more involved in the school have been statistically proven to do better in classes,” says Billeisen.

Billeisen hopes that if the late bus gets approved, he could do a one-month trial this semester to go into next year. And if possible, next year the bus could run two to three times a week at about 3:30 so that students have the opportunity to get more involved in school clubs.

“I think the idea is still up in the air; I still have to work through the district to see if this is an option and we have to make sure buses are available. From my understanding, middle schools all have late buses so this would be the first time for high schoolers to get this,” says Billeisen.

Though plans are not official yet, if you are a student who would be interested in taking a late bus after clubs and activities, an online survey has been sent out to parents to complete in attempts to get a bus to run later.

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Gray wraps up competition season at The Broadmoor

One Heritage duo performed at The Broadmoor for the U.S. International Piano Duo Competition. This appearance was the final competition for Gray during her high school career. Photo courtesy of Carlee Gray.

Senior Carlee Gray brings talent to the stage as a thespian, to the classroom as a scholar and now to the musical world as a performer at the United States International Piano Duo Competition.

Gray has played the piano from the time she was four years old. For 13 years, she has practiced, competed and practiced still, all leading up to this final performance of her senior year held at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. She played alongside junior Annamarie Wright.

“We were selected to play because we sent in a recording of our piece to the judges. They get submissions from all over the world…so it was really an honor for us,” says Gray.

Competing at the Broadmoor Hotel and for an international competition was a worthwhile experience in and of itself for both Gray and Wright.

“Well, I’m more familiar with performing in an orchestra on the cello, so being able to perform on the piano in a beautiful venue was really nice to broaden my musical horizons. I plan on majoring in music education in college with cello as my major instrument and piano as my secondary instrument,” says Wright.

“To me, my performance was really something to be proud of. Even though we didn’t place in the competition, the fact that we got the opportunity to play at The Broadmoor hotel in the competition was a big honor. I really enjoyed practicing alongside Annamarie and loved the experience,” adds Gray.

Her talent goes beyond just herself and her recognition.

“I think it is amazing! Carlee is so talented and truly deserves recognition,” says Melissa Murphy ’16.

Despite this being an end to her senior year competitions, Gray continues to see piano being a part of her future, although also pursuing a different road in life.

“I can see piano always being a part of my future. Even though I am not going into a musical career and am choosing a different path of study, I still will be practicing on my own. I love to just sit down at the piano and play a random song I haven’t played in a while, so I can see myself doing that in the future,” says Gray.

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Technology Changes the Classrooms

Projectors are a thing of the past; smart boards and new technologies have taken over from the ways of old fashioned media. Some for the better, some for the worst.

Multiple teachers have made the technology more than tools. Students often have to watch online lectures or complete online assignments. Technology, however, can be problematic and difficult to access for some, making that side of technology in classrooms difficult.20160218_100235

Chromebooks are becoming more accessible, giving students more potential to complete online assignments and presentations. Powerpoint has drastically changed displaying assignments, making poster boards a thing of the past.  

Cell phones can sometimes be used in classes with internet access; however, some students without them are left to use a computer or look over a friend’s phone.

All teachers have different policies on technology use in their classrooms. Some teachers can’t stand seeing phones in the classroom and instantly confiscate them, while others allow students to use them for personal or academic reasons as long as they are paying attention.

Typing classes are available at some middle schools which can be a good skill to have for work in high school and college such as papers and essays.

Access to the internet does have many beneficial sides, but it also gives more opportunities for easy cheating. Programs have been developed to help catch this, however the opportunity is still present.

Technology has created a new world and new opportunities for the classroom both good and bad. Technology is always advancing, so what will the classroom look like in five years, 10 years or 20 years?

Technology is advancing rapidly in the classroom, making more time for smart boards, laptops and more, while slowly decreasing the paper and pencils used. This addition to the classroom shows evident pros and cons to the use of technology in the classroom.

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Andrews Soars at State

Andrews Soars at State

Andrews has been swimming since she was ten years old. When she’s not swimming for Heritage, she swims for her club team, Foothills Swim Team.

By Annie DeGrood and Katie Marshall

 Kylie Andrews ‘18 dreams of entering a competition where world records are broken and dreams become reality.

   “It would be fun to go to the Olympics,” says Andrews, who placed first in the 100 yard freestyle at the CHSAA 5A Women’s State Swim Meet on Saturday, February 13. Her winning time of 50.91 seconds is just a mere two seconds off of Missy Franklin’s record.

   Andrews did not make the Automatic All-American time for the 100 freestyle (which is a 50.59) but she did achieve an All-American consideration.

   “I feel pretty good, there’s a lot of competition in the pool. It was a positive environment in the team for the season,” says Andrews.

   Andrews is currently only three seconds away from the Olympic trial cut in the 200 free. As a result, she has quickly become a valuable weapon to the Heritage girl’s swim team, with this only being her second year on the team.

   “Kylie’s determination and tenacity have set her apart from other swimmers on the team. She knows what she wants to get out of swimming,” says science teacher and coach Mrs. Jill Schrader.

   During the season, Andrews practices ten times a week and lifts for four days a week on top of swimming.

   “My closest time is a half second to a second for 50 Free for the Olympics,” says Andrews.

   Though Andrews herself certainly stands out on the team, she values the athletes she swims with at Heritage.

   “Our team did really well! We all trained really hard…There was a lot more bonding this year. We all understood each other and respected each other,” she says.

   After high school season ended with State, Andrews is on the grind again. She is training with her club team, Foothills Swim Team, for sectionals which will take place in Washington. She will have a two week break afterwards.

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Heritage applies new Infinite Campus feature

During second semester, Heritage is using the newly implemented feature on Infinite Campus that automatically sends an email to parents when a student has a D or an F in a class.

From now on, these notifications will be sent out every Wednesday after 3 p.m.

“I hope it increases communication for students, for parents campusmessageand for teachers,” says Principal Stacey Riendeau. “I don’t think there’s any crime in not being successful in a class early. The crime is if we’re not communicating it and helping students get back on track.”

So far, the decision seems to have been well received by students and teachers alike.

“I think it’s a good thing. Your parents should know if you have a D or an F in class,” says Jake Swartwout ’18.

Ben MacKillip ’18 agrees, “It’s a good idea. Some people don’t even check Infinite Campus, but now they’ll know if they’re doing badly in a class.”

Teachers also support the change.

“I think it’s awesome. It allows more communication between parents and teachers that might not happen otherwise,” says Mrs. Gudewicz, Science teacher.

Riendeau feels it will be an entirely positive change.

“Most of our teachers do email parents when grades are suffering in some form or fashion. It helps teachers to save time to do what they were already doing, which was communicating home. Now it will allow them to spend that time in helping kids get caught up,” says Riendeau.

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German students visit Sprachbad

Twelve Heritage High School upper level German students traveled to Estes Park for an annual event entitled Sprachbad, a language immersion experience over the weekend of January 21-23, 2016.

“I had an absolute blast! It was sort of difficult speaking that much German, but it was nice because everyone was at the same difficulty level,” said Kat Whitmore ’17.

Two students represented the German III class, Grace Conolly ’17 and Andrew Pera ’17, seven represented German IV, Daria Davidoff ’17, Hannah Keeley ’16, Michael Neave ’16, Dani Norton ’17, Blake Smith ’17, Andrea Smith ’16 and Whitmore, and three represented the AP level class, Juli Cox ’16, Megan Johnston ’16 and Alyssa Meier ’17.


One group’s movie poster is displayed. Each group collaborates using only German to communicate.

“Having gone to Sprachbad last year speaking German was easier because I knew more,” said Cox.

Students from all over the state of Colorado came to Estes Park during the weekend.

“It’s fun making new friends and keeping in touch with them throughout the year,” said Cox.

Students were to speak as much German as they could the entire weekend, the teachers and instructors only spoke and explained the activities in German so students needed to rely on each other and assist each other when needed.

“It got easier the more we did it because after a day or two of hardly hearing any English your brain starts to automatically think things you want to say in German,” said Whitmore. “It made texting friends surprisingly challenging.”

The students embarked on many adventures, from playing games and learning songs to filming trailers in groups of six from a mixture of schools.

“The best part of filming was trying to come up with creative scenes with my group,” said Cox.

The groups all chose a different movie from index cards to create their one-minute trailer. Choices ranged from 007 to Star Wars, The Lion King to Forrest Gump. They had two hours to plan their film and then one hour to actually film their trailer.

“I loved filming because we got to meet all these other kids who speak German. Heritage is the school in our district with a German class so it feels lonely, but seeing so many people my age in the same class was very reassuring,” said Whitmore.

There were three awards up for grabs from the films, best German, best story (best representation of the story with resources available) and best film overall. A pair of Heritage students was in each of the films that won one of the awards. Hannah Keeley and Michael Neave won best German, Daria Davidoff and Kat Whitmore won best story and Blake Smith and Alyssa Meier won best overall film.

“Winning an award for our movie was really cool because we won best story. Our movie was The Lion King so we took key scenes from it to make a dramatic trailer,” said Whitmore. “The awards were little sparkly deer because in Germany instead of having the Oscars they have the Bambi Awards.”

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Kelley lead boys’ swim, dive team

With many state qualifiers, the boys’ swim and dive team looks to improve even further on their successes of the past. With inspired senior leader Patrick Kelley, the team has done just that.

“We know that when we’re in the pool, it’s nothing but business. We’re all working towards a common goal, and if we get everyone on board with what we’re trying to accomplish, what can’t we do?” says Kelley.

Kelley has DI offers to both the University of Milwaukee and Seattle University. He’s passionate about the legacy he carries on so that he may be an example for others.

“I would like to leave Heritage with people admiring not my talent, but all of the hours of hard work I put in. I want people to see what I’ve been able to accomplish through swimming and try to achieve that for themselves,” says Kelley.

“Throughout my years in school with Patrick, I’ve been able to watch my friend put in long hours inside the pool, both early in the morning and late at night. He sleeps, eats and breathes his passion of swimming, and I’m very proud to see him have the success he’s having,” says Marshall Cain ’16.

With their season starting on March 5th at Regis Jesuit High School, the boy’s swim and dive team hope for yet another successful season.

Kelley swims at the regional meet last year. He hope to have another strong showing this season.

Kelley swims at the regional meet last year. He hope to have another strong showing this season.

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