Anime Club helps students relax

In Anime Club all the members are like one giant family making their own family tree that dates back to when Anime Club first began at Heritage in 2012. At the top of the family tree is the founder of the club and the lower branches identify officers and members of the club. This tree helps the club keep track of club members and the growth of interest in the club over time. Most of the members of Anime Club are people who enjoy reading Manga, Japanese comic books based around characters with various unique styles.

Some members also draw Anime characters and create their own stories.
Anime Club is a place where students can watch Anime shows, enjoy snacks and drinks, do homework, or play games. Every Friday the club members pick out different shows and vote to choose a show that is appropriate for the club to watch that day. Certain kinds of shows, ones that have significant gore and offensive language or nudity, are off-limits. The club has parties on special occasions where students bring pizza, soda, and, for dessert, Pocky, a Japanese chocolate,  covered bread stick.
The club is mostly run by members who have been to Anime Club and know the ropes, with older members usually guiding the activities of the club. Junior and Senior club presidents decide on certain club events and shows. They also communicate with each other and work with teachers to schedule club meetings and events.

“It’s a great place that helps me relax and I can just be with my friends and enjoy watching some Anima,” says Grace Conolly ’17.

The club is looking for a sophomore president is mostly in charge of organizing food for parties.

“It’s nice to have a club where we as a club can decide on something and everyone doesn’t judge you can just be your self. Almost all of my friends go to Anime club and they enjoy it. I also learn about new Anime shows that I didn’t know about,” Jaye Watson ’17 says.
Anime Club meets on the third floor on Fridays from 2:20 -3:30. All are welcome.


All members of the Anime club get together and show off their sweet costumes

All members of the Anime Club get together and show off their costumes as they celebrated Halloween this school year.

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Segura attempts the impossible, again

  With the NCAA basketball season approaching the home stretch, the most electric 18 days in sports rears its head once again. March Madness 2016 is soon to be upon us and teams must take advantage of the remaining regular season to secure their hopes of being one of the 64 teams at a shot at the national title.

  The tournament has gained some of its fame due to the massive phenomenon that is “bracketology”. Millions of people all over the world print out, fill out, and bet on their bracket to have the perfect combination of wins and losses. Last year, Danny Segura ’16 managed to make his bracket one on 74 left in the entire world using his unique strategy of picking teams based on the “cool” factor of their respective mascots.

Segura contemplates the perfect combination of match-ups. Segura was in the upper 1% of brackets last year

Segura contemplates the perfect combination of match-ups. Segura was in the upper 1% of brackets last year.

  “Most of my success is due to Alabama Birmingham’s ability to expose their first seeded match-up,” says Segura, “I never had a doubt in my mind that the Dragons would put the paws on them.”

  The odds of such an event occurring within the confines of Heritage High School are truly remarkable.

  “I’ll never forget watching the games tick down and Danny coming out on top, game after game. We truly witnessed American history that day,” says Marshall Cain ’16

  Teams this year seem to have hit their stride at the correct moment include, the Wisconsin Badgers, the Texas Longhorns and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Irish, fresh off their win against the dynasty that is #2 ranked UNC, are on a solid trajectory to follow up last years Elite Eight appearance. The 24-4 Kansas Jayhawks have recently secured their 11th straight Big 12 Conference championship.The Jayhawks, boasting the NCAA’s highest Rating Percentage Index (RPI), are very likely to secure a top seed.

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No Place For Hate hosts Little Rock Nine lecturer

On March 17 during Advisory Heritage’s No Place for Hate Committee hosted speaker Carlotta Walls LaNier.

LaNier is the youngest of the Little Rock Nine, the group of African-American students who, in 1957, were the first students to attend Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas.

“I loved hearing Carlotta speak to us. We just learned about the Little Rock Nine in AP US History and it was really interesting to hear the story from her perspective. I think it was really interesting to see how far we’ve come,” says Cameron Berry ’18.

LaNier spoke about her experiences and answered questions from the students.

“The most moving part of the speech was the details about how she got bullied and spit upon and people were so mean to her, including the adults, yet she is here today… how even as a 16-year-old girl she viewed them as ignorant and looked the other way. I think that’s really inspiring because teenagers have a tough time with that, but she was able, even as a young girl, to learn such a valuable lesson,” says Sophia Brooks ’17, Vice-President of the Committee.  

Students who were nominated by teachers had the privilege of attending the event, as well as 13 students who lead the No Place for Hate Committee, a total of around 50 students.

“We had a guest speaker to kick us off and we will hopefully have more guest speakers but mostly we are going to be running a big campaign of welcoming students and making sure that we are as diverse and understanding as possible,” says Brooks.

The No Place for Hate Committee was transformed to be more widespread by 13 students who went to a diversity conference over winter break. Those 13  have worked on using the ideas from the conference to make the No Place for Hate message more widespread at Heritage.

“We are trying to work out a way in which we can initiate a real No Place for Hate here at Heritage and to get the club advertised and as prevalent as possible,” says Brooks.

The committee hopes this event is the first step to a more active No Place for Hate campaign at Heritage.

“It’s important to have something like this because I think a lot of times we forget to recognize people who are tolerant because we only notice when people are being really negative. We will just avoid those people. We forget to recognize the people who are really positive and make a big impact. I feel like this was a good way to recognize those people,” says Berry.

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The 13 students who went to the diversity conference over winter break stand with LaNiers in their mission to recognize diversity. The 13 hope to expand the message of No Place for Hate at Heritage.

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Speech and Debate progresses through State Qualifiers

On Saturday, March 5, the Heritage Speech and Debate team competed in State Qualifiers, and it ultimately proved to be one of the more formative competitions in Heritage Speech and Debate history.

“It was an awesome experience and it was one of our most successful tournaments that Heritage has had,” says Tori Mudd ’16.

First off, Speech and Debate is not limited to solely those two categories, but rather it encompasses six speech-oriented events (Original Oratory, Dramatic Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation and Extemporaneous Speaking) and four debate-oriented events (Public Forum Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, CX Debate and Congress).

The Speech and Debate team participates in the state qualifying competition. With five members qualified and five others qualifying as alternates, the tournament showcased the growth of the team throughout the season. Photo courtesy of Andrea Culhane.

In each speech event, the participants delivered their speeches and scripts to a room of five to six people and a judge over the course of three rounds, while each debate event consisted of four rounds.

“State Quals. to me is the most important time of the year to see how far our team has come. It’s the only time we really get to see everyone’s progress and how much they’ve improved over the year,” says Mudd.

The state qualifying tournament is a crucial preemptive step towards being a part of the State Competition, and potentially the National Qualifiers tournament, which will be held at Heritage. As much as State Qualifiers is an achievement for Speech and Debate members, it also serves as a benchmark to measure the growth and development of each over the past season.

“It is great to see how far everyone has come throughout the season and the progression of everyone’s piece. There is a lot of talent there and it’s awesome to see that in peers and competitors,” says Marleigh Sizemore ’16.

For seniors in Speech and Debate, State Quals. represented the pinnacle of their careers, if not a jumpstart into their futures. Sizemore’s tenure in Speech ended after this competition; whereas Mudd will continue to compete in Speech at the State Competition and beyond in college.

Five members of the team qualified for State and five placed as alternates. Qualifiers include Tori Mudd for Original Oratory, Adam Downing ’17 and Connor Mudd ’17 for Public Forum Debate and Reid Wilking ’16 and Andrew Dallakoti ’16 for Public Forum Debate. Alternates include Tori Mudd and Gwen Basset ’16 for Alternate Duo Interpretation, Emma Kasahara ’17 for Extemporaneous Speaking and Katie Hart ’18 and Cameron Berry ’18 or Duo Interpretation.

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Independent Study Can Offering Extensive Learning

As someone who has taken every art class available, Independent Studies are a great option to further your interest in something that you enjoy. Whether it is English, art, or physical education, students are able to go beyond the curriculum offered at Heritage High School.

  When I took Independent Study last semester, I was able to paint ten paintings in my one hour period to prep for an upcoming art show.

  However, not all students take advantage of the open lesson plan provided. Because there are no set due dates, students can slack off and get credits for a class that they did not participate in.

   I believe that Independent Study can be a great option for some and a terrible option for the rest. Depending on which teachers ‘class’ you are in, depends on how much you are able to take in from the provided option.

  Seniors should definitely talk to their counselors to see what their options are. Don’t like any of the wide range of classes that Heritage offers? Make up your own. Be creative and don’t short yourself.IMG_1330

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Tammen cheers for Kansas

Due to his passion for tumbling, Mr. Kyle Tammen, now a Spanish teacher, was encouraged by his parents to do gymnastics when he was in the sixth grade. His passion led him to success, and later to competitive cheerleading in college.

“My college didn’t have a gymnastics program, so cheerleading was a way I could keep using my gymnastics,” says Tammen.

Tammen attended Kansas State and was on the Varsity cheer team. He made up part of a 14 person team with seven girls and seven guys. The cheer team had practice for three to four hours every day, in addition to games and public appearances.

“I had an instant family, people to hang out with, I was integrated into the school right from the start,” says Tammen, when describing his cheer squad.

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Tammen, donning the purple sweater third from the left, poses with his KSU cheer squad. Although he no longer cheers or coaches, he enjoyed being a coach at PEAK for awhile.

Tammen did pretty much everything, save for flying, when on the cheer squad. While girls were flyers, the guys on the squad worked hard to ensure that the girls didn’t fall. Outside of the grueling practices consisting of running laps, stunting and working on cheers, cheerleaders were expected to hit the gym outside of practice and work with weights.

“Gymnastics is the biggest piece of cheerleading, my advice for guys would be to hit the gym.” says Tammen.

The success of his squad led him to travel around the United States, including Hawaii for the Aloha Bowl and Japan for the Coca-Cola Bowl. After his days in college, he worked as a coach at Peak helping to coach cheerleading.


“I coached cheerleading at Peak most of the people who coached there were former cheerleaders, I helped a lot with basing,” says Tammen.


Tammen is continued to be interested with the activities of Heritage cheerleaders as he always wants to know what they are doing when they are performing during pep assemblies.

“He’s such a logical, down to earth person, that sometimes it’s surprising to picture him being so animated and doing routines like that,” says Mrs. Emily Libbey,  “I think it kind of brought him the balance of his more logical personality with this really fun, energetic, outgoing kind of activity.”

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Beasley graduates early to explore passions

Beasley takes a group selfie with her group in Brazil. She attended a seminar in Araraquara for three weeks in January.

Beasley takes a group selfie with her group in Brazil. She attended a seminar in Araraquara for three weeks in January.

Julia Beasley ’16 may just be a teenager, but she’s already established herself in the world of politics and human rights.

Beasley is one of just a few seniors who graduated in December rather than May. But instead of spending her second semester relaxing at home, she has done anything but that.

“On December 28, I left for a month and went to Araraquara, Brazil,” she says. “I was there as a part of the international peace organization I am part of called CISV! It was a camp for and run by 18 and 19 year olds! We cooked, cleaned, and planned everything we did ourselves.”

On top of her work with Children’s International Summer Villages, Beasley also picked up a political internship.

“I have been interning at the Colorado Capitol with three lobbyists,” she explains. “I schedule meetings with clients and legislators, sit in on committees, take notes, write fact sheets, attend meetings, take more notes, listen and observe the process.”

Beasley wanted to try out an internship before going to college so that she could get a taste of what political work really is.

Beasley with her father on her first day of her internship after returning from Brazil. She has been working since last summer, but her graduation meant she could work full-time.

Beasley leaves for the Capitol with her father Mike Beasley after returning from Brazil. She has been interning since last summer, but now she works full-time.

“I didn’t want to be the doctor that’s afraid of blood if that makes sense,” she explains.

Around the school, Beasley’s known for her passion, intelligence and peaceful attitude.

“I think it was really cool she had the opportunity to go to Brazil for three weeks,” says classmate Kirstyn LeCavalier ’16. “It was for an international peace organization, so if that doesn’t show you what she’s like then I don’t know what does.”

As for the future, there are still many unknowns.

“Since I loved my time at the Capitol, I plan to go into the world of public policy and politics when I am older!” says Beasley. “After traveling and maybe joining the Peace Corps,” she adds.

“She’s going to do big things someday,” predicts LeCavalier.

As for college, Beasley has a busy four years ahead of her.

“In my dream world, I will double major in Public Policy and International Relations with a double minor in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies/Peace Studies,” Beasley says. “But that all depends on where I actually go to school!”

On where exactly she’ll be going, Beasley looks out-of-state.

“My top choices right now are University of Puget Sound, Loyola University of Chicago and Seattle University,” she says.

Ultimately, Beasley has no regrets about graduating early.

“I have been making these connections for the past year and learning so much of what I couldn’t learn at school, so I feel really prepared for the real world.”

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Zoolander 2: Reviewed

Ben Stiller as Zoolander's signature look "magnum" is so powerful it can stop an object in midair. Most will say there is no difference between it and the "blue steel" look, but there are very subtle differences.

Zoolander’s signature look “magnum” is so powerful it can stop an object in midair. Most will say there is no difference between it and the “blue steel” look, but there are very subtle differences.

   While Disney’s “Zootopia” took audiences and critics by storm on March 6, a different zoo movie caught my eye: “Zoolander 2.”

   Because the original “Zoolander” came out in 2001, its sequel became part of that group of movies that are getting follow ups way past their time, like “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” That sequel will come out March 25, 2016.

   “Zoolander 2” also falls into a collection of movies with high quality low-brow satire. The whole thing is just poking fun at the entire fashion world. The humor isn’t extremely raunchy, but most of the comedy plays off of the fact that the main characters are actual idiots.

   Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson come back as Derek Zoolander and Hansel, two washed up male models who are still as dumb as ever. Lacking basic cognitive skills, such the ability to read monosyllabic words, these two are just hysterical.

   Will Ferrell re-joins the mix, reprising the role of Mugatu, the villain from the first movie. The difference between Ferrell and Stiller and Wilson is that Ferrell is actually quite clever. He creates a whole devious plan to try and destroy the modeling world based on the ridiculous story of Adam, Eve, and Steve. Yes Steve. Ferrell gets several big name designers to believe that killing the descendant of Steve will create a fountain of youth that will make them immortal.

   The problem with this is that the descendant of Steve is the title character’s son.

   Spoiler Alert. It’s all a hoax. The story isn’t true.There was no Steve, Ferrell just made it all up. He is just trying to take revenge on Stiller by trying to kill his son. Ferrell calls everyone out on their stupidity for believing him about the story of Adam, Eve and Steve. He then reveals the rest of his plan to murder all of the famous designers and become the biggest name in fashion himself.

   Plot twist: The story turns out to be true. Steve is real and his descendant, Stiller’s son, becomes the savior of the fashion world and thwarts Ferrell’s plans.

   So the film ends the same way most  do, with everything turning out fine and the hero ending up with a beautiful woman.

   Even if the humor is basic and pandering, the movie is still a fun ride.

   The acting is great by all the cast members. The pacing is set perfectly so that people are either laughing or engaged in the main story line. The costumes and makeup are well done, which is necessary for the satire of the modeling world.

   While it has been doing poorly in the eyes of the critics, that’s only because it feels like a rehash script to them.

   Several sequels close to the originals have been received negatively for not being “innovative,” but the best part of a sequel is seeing old familiar things with a touch of new. The old performs spectacularly in the form of characters and basic villain motive. The new is even better with inclusions of several celebrity cameos (including Justin Bieber, who dies within the first five minutes),a new setting and new jokes in the same style as the old ones.

   Even if most people don’t like this 15-years-late, half-witted sequel, I say it is still worth a viewing, even if just for a quick laugh.

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Denton shares Appalachian journey

On Friday, February 12, Heritage staff member Andra Denton shared the story of her journey hiking the Appalachian Trial with 10 honors English classes to tie in with their curriculum for “Into the Wild”. Many of the themes from this book rang true in Denton’s real life experience.

The Appalachian Trial, or the AT, is a marked path that stretches about 2,200 miles across the east coast from Georgia to Maine. According to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, from 2000 to 2010, a recorded 5,912 hikers completed the entire trail in one trip. It is claimed to be the longest hiking only trail in the world, and with long stretches of wilderness in between towns, hiking the trail is a hefty task.

“Why would you want to sleep in the dirt and sweat your brains out on the AT? There are as many reasons to go on the trail as there are people out there.” says Denton.

The catalyst of Denton’s journey was an event that stirred the entire nation.

“The 9/11 attacks had just happened. I used to drive by the Pentagon every day, and for weeks you could see the plane sticking out of the building,” Denton told students. “I’m not a survivalist. At that time though, the big question on everyone’s mind was, ‘If something like this happened again, would you be ready to bug out?”

After much deliberation, Denton and a friend decided to take the leap and sold nearly everything they owned, including their houses. The Appalachian Trail was chosen for their journey due to a lasting interest Denton had ever since learning about it in the third grade. After researching the AT and preparing supplies, Denton and her friend began their hike starting in Virginia in the summer of 2002.

“I was very under-prepared, but I still had an amazing journey,” says Denton.

Denton faced many challenges on the Appalachian Trail: blisters, mosquitoes, hunger and an incredibly heavy pack.

“On the AT, you think about food a lot. You daydream about it,” says Denton. “But carrying food burns calories; it’s a vicious cycle.”

It wasn’t all pain and struggle for Denton. On this trail she learned lessons about humanity that she will treasure for life.

“There’s a whole culture around the AT; the towns have a tradition of helping hikers,” says Denton.

Denton found that there were many people who just wanted to help others out of the goodness of their hearts. People called “trail angels” leave food, beverage or other supplies for hikers to use on the trail out of nothing but good will.

“There are so many people who helped me that I never got to meet or thank,” says Denton. “You would be dragging yourself along to the next town, feeling like you couldn’t go on any longer. Suddenly, there’s a lone cooler just sitting on the trail with food or water for hikers. It felt like a miracle every time.”

Eventually, Denton was satisfied with her time on the trail. Worried about the upcoming fall weather and not wanting to become frustrated by the trail, she decided to return home. Denton moved back to Colorado and slowly made her way back into regular life, though this time would impact her life forever.

“I gained amazing knowledge about what kindness people are capable of,” says Denton. “It let me know I can do so much.”

Ms. Gustafson is honored to have Denton share the story of her journey.

“She’s one of the coolest people I’ve met; she has such an adventurous spirit,” says Gustafson. “I think students can learn a lot from her.”

Denton encourages everyone to take a leap into their own journey.

“If there’s anything you have a passion about, just go out and do it,” says Denton.

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Individuality strikes Heritage

  Individuality is expressed throughout Heritage. Whether it is jeans, yoga pants, designer clothes or pajamas, each student’s creativity is voiced by what is worn.

  The hateful and gossip nature of teens is not seen at Heritage and students are able to be true to themselves.

  Cliques intermingle with each other and most groups of friends are not private in who they accept.

  Students are awarded best dressed in the yearbook, compliments are given, but what really counts are those who dress for themselves.

  Confidence canIMG_1307 be achieved by feeling comfortable in what you wear. Men and women everywhere are concerned with the way their body looks and confidence can be hard to achieve when in high school but that does not stop Chiara Zagnoli ’16.

  “I dress up because if you look fabulous you feel fabulous,” she says.

Morgan Lamb ’16 feels the same way. Lamb has made a goal to wear a band t-shirt every day and has not yet failed to do so.

  “Bands give me a lot of hope for life,” says Lamb.

  Heritage High School is a diverse bunch and makes sure everyone is able to express themselves by not making students wear uniforms.

  No matter how students express their views in the world, the way they dresses can help reflect the way they act, their beliefs, and the way they live.


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