Brass Choir performs at the Candlelight Walk

Heritage’s brass choir recently performed at the candlelight walk in downtown Littleton. On Friday November 25th, the group set up on the corner of Main Street and Sycamore Street to play for the Littleton community.

“It’s a great way for our program to spread holiday cheer,” says Garren Cuthrell, band director.

As the city began selling candles to those who awaited Santa’s arrival in downtown Littleton, the brass choir’s audience grew. Many families stopped to listen; children danced to the festive music that the brass choir played.

“It was really cool to see that a fairly large number of people were willing to stand out in the cold to listen to us. It’s a really neat feeling, getting to share the music we work so hard on with people,” explains Owen Haley ’18, trombone player.

The brass players are able to get into the holiday spirit through their music.

“This is one of the few times we play for people not in a concert setting, and it’s great to be able to brighten someone’s day with beautiful music and holiday cheer,” says Haley.

There is more responsibility placed on the individual musician because the brass choir is a small ensemble. When there isn’t the sound of an entire band to hide in, the parts are more exposed. The timbre of each brass instrument blends together nicely, and when someone does not know their part it is evident they aren’t fitting in with everyone else’s sound.

“Because the brass choir is a smaller ensemble than we normally play in, there is a new level of responsibility as well as many more individual musical opportunities. I get to play parts in brass choir that I may not have in a larger group. I think it is a super great way to get into the holiday spirit and have a ton of fun doing it,” concludes Haley.

The brass choir plays music as people begin arriving downtown Littleton for the Candlelight Walk

The brass choir plays music as people begin arriving downtown Littleton for the Candlelight Walk.

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Canned food drive changes for the better

 

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Students in Student Government help stack all the donated cans in Field Elementary’s pantry. It took six full car loads to transfer all the cans to the school and the pantry was overflowing with all 6,322 cans.

As Thanksgiving has come and gone this year, there’s lot of people that still have leftover food from the holiday stuck in our fridge. However, there are also some who barely had any food to eat on Thanksgiving. This is why Heritage ran a canned food drive from October 24 through November 4 in hopes of collecting enough food to feed families at Field Elementary.

“This school has very high rates of kids who have to eat breakfast and lunch at school because those might be the only meals they receive all week so Heritage did such an amazing job of supporting our community,” says Magi Sterling ’17, Class of 2017 President.

This year, the canned food drive looked different from previous years in hopes of finding a way to collect more cans.

Instead of collecting cans through advisories, Student Government decided to make the competition more individualized. Students were able to bring in cans, or money (one dollar equals one can), for their name to be placed in a daily raffle to win prizes. The top four winners who brought the most cans would each win a grand prize at the end of the drive.

“Competition is really what gets people into things. So we decided to involve individual prizes such as the Avs tickets, Nuggets tickets, Melting Pot gift cards and Steve Spangler Science baskets for the people who went above and beyond with donations,” says Sterling.

Overall, the school donated 6,322 cans to Field Elementary’s food pantry.

“I thought the drive went really well because adding more competition to it was beneficial to getting more cans this year,” says Clint Hemphill ’17, Student Government member.

The changes to the canned food drive this year proved to be a success and will hopefully continue into next year’s drive to help donate lots of cans for those in need.

“It was a little bit of a risk changing the way that everyone was used to but with all the hard work that the senior class student government and the rest of the school put in made it totally worth it,” says Sterling.

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Basketball goes to Reno

The boys and girls basketball teams of Heritage High School traveled to Reno, Nevada to compete against other high schools around the country. The girls had an extremely successful time and have a hopeful outlook for the season.

“We went 4-0 in Reno! This was the first time since coach Stephanie Rogers has been at Heritage a team has gone 4-0,” says Kara Sears ’18.

The team is looking hopeful for this coming league season. While in Reno the team picked their captains; Olivia Woods, Wiley Coin, and Haley Cechini.

“In Reno everyone became so close. I’m going to miss traveling with the team,” says Olivia Woods.

The girls basketball team took home a win against Douglas County when they came home from Reno. The boys didn’t have as much success, but they learned a lot in Reno.

“Going to Reno really helped us bond as a time and made us realize what we need to work on,” says Alex Aratani ’17.

With the good comes the bad, and now they know what they need to improve on and what they need to keep doing.

“We played unselfishly and shared the ball well, but we really need to work on being mentally tough,” says Aratani.

Now back in Colorado, the boys won against Loveland High School.

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The team posses after they win all four of their games. The girls are looking for a promising season this year.

Both teams believe they can achieve great things this season, they just need to keep working hard and more importantly, keep working as a team.

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Teachers Promote Body Positivity

“We ‘value’ ourselves through what we see. We compare ourselves with those who are perceived as beautiful.” Says Ms. Solís, an admired teacher in the high school community.

 “I try to tell my kids to only talk about themselves positively, to build themselves up rather than bring themselves down,” She adds.

Body positivity has increased in popularity rapidly within the last year. Brands like Banana Republic and forever 21 are capitalizing on plus size clothing while also giving plus size models the opportunity be portrayed as sensual and beautiful just as a size two normally would be.  Many would even consider it a trend today. There is no doubt that the recent acceptance of one anothers’ bodies is a exceptional step towards overall positivity, but has the body positivity movement reached areas where it is needed most?

Teenagers in high school are extremely susceptible to society’s expectations. Having confidence in oneself  can be difficult to find for some teens. Role models that promote self love within the high school community are important to leading teens down the path to body positivity. Heritage works every day to create obvious positive surroundings for their students. Positive body image may not be as obvious and spoken about but many leaders within the school deserve a special thanks for guiding students towards loving themselves and one another.

“I think we have some amazing positive role models, especially female ones. They are people who exude confidence and who help build up those around them. Emily Libbey, Lisa Melton, Amanda Glerup, BeckyMoody… I could go on and on. Strong, amazing women,” says Solis.

Even with the recent welcome of different body types in social media and in the modeling industry many agree that society is to blame for much of blatant scrutinization of  one another’s natural bodies. Surrounding oneself with the curated, impossible idea of the “prefect body” is toxic to many teens attempting to find respect for their own bodies.  

“We are a media obsessed culture- everywhere you turn there are images of the ‘perfect body’ , or ‘perfect face’, Says Emily Libbey, another respected activist at Heritage, “It is a message that comes at us from all directions. Physical beauty is an attribute that is very promoted in our society- it’s hard to shake the idea that it is really important”

Body positivity is not personal goal, it is one that must be considered together.

“How about we try to say something positive to the people around us every day? I like compliments! Don’t we all,” Solis noted.

It is time now that the student body moves onward together, and jumps in the body positivity movement.

“Lets agree to look deeper than appearances to find people’s true strength and beauty,” urged Libbey.

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Desserts freeze at -321 degrees Fahrenheit

Liquid nitrogen. A staple in the realm of science. But now, it is becoming a staple in the world of food science. Denver now has a local dessert shop that incorporates liquid nitrogen into their dishes in front of your eyes. Recently, teenagers around the country have been infatuated by the idea of these treats that steam from the mouth. A few people at Heritage have visited the Inventing Room recently.

Christine Hinkley ’18 experienced the Inventing Room this past summer.

“It is a very interesting and unique place. Right when you walk in, the feeling of the Inventing Room is so cool and the decorations are based on the scene in ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ where Violet turns blue. The menu has a variety of cool items ranging from miracle berries that change your sense of taste, to cheetos, to ice cream. I really enjoy going there and experiencing it with my friends. My favorite item on the menu is the lemon curd ice cream,” she says.

Emira Kitko ’18 heard about it from social media. 

“It’s a really cool concept and it’s an interesting new thing to try. I think my favorite thing is the exploding whipped cream because it is frozen in liquid nitrogen and eating it feels really weird because it pops in your mouth,” she explains.

Brenna Maloy ’19 speaks highly of the Inventing Room.

“It’s a really unique and cool place that is something unlike I’ve ever been to. It’s an awesome place to go with your friends when you are in the downtown area. The frozen cheetos are really interesting to eat because at first your teeth feel uncomfortable because the cheetos are so cold since they are frozen in liquid nitrogen. As you eat them, they are really fun and it is a really good experience,” she says.

The Inventing Room was located a block from the Coors Field on Lawrence street but it is currently being relocated to somewhere near Capitol Hill. On Trip Advisor, it has 4.5 stars out of 5 with no “poor” or “terrible” reviews. It is highly recommended for people of all ages to visit and to find out the new location, people can check out their website by searching “Inventing Room” on google for the latest news.

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McClurg invited to play in Blue-Grey All American Bowl

As the high school football season has come to a close, the Blue-Grey Football organization has formed its rosters for its annual All American Bowls. The organization is a brand established to help high school football players get national exposure and increase their chances of receiving scholarships to colleges all across the country, as well as allowing them to compete with the other highly skilled high school prospects.
Matt McClurg ’17, an offensive and defensive lineman who just finished his senior season was one of those selected to play in the Pacific Vs. Atlantic All American Bowl at the Oakland Raiders’ Coliseum.
“I am super excited for this opportunity and I think that it will really help me grow as a player and hopefully help more colleges want me to play for their program,” says McClurg.
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Matt McClurg ’17 is honored with his coach Matt McChesney. McChesney is the Offensive Line Coach for Matt’s West Coast team and is a former Denver Broncos player.

McClurg’s offensive position coach, Mr. Woodman, who is also a Social Studies teacher at Heritage, has been able to watch McClurg grow and improve the way he plays throughout his career.
“Matt is an incredibly talented and physical player who deserves to play in this game and hopefully it will really help him be able to find a college program that best suits him and also prepare him for the next level,” says Coach Woodman.
The game will take place on Saturday, January 21st, at 2:00 P.M. MT and will be a must see event for many college coaches looking for new athletes to bring to their programs.
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‘Black Mirror’ Pioneers Surrealist Television

Created by Charlie Brooker, season three of “Black Mirror” is a new high, for not only the quality of programming on Netflix, but also in terms of the nuanced social commentary that makes the show so great. Unlike most shows on television, “Black Mirror’s” cast and story telling structure change with each episode. This makes sure that each episode is fresh with new settings, character dynamics, and most importantly ideas. The closest show that could be compared to “Black Mirror” would be the late fifties to early sixties show The Twilight Zone, not only due to its changing cast and episodes, but the social commentary of the way we live and think.

“Nose Dive:” The first episode starts the season extremely well. Directed by Joe Wright, written by Charlie Brooker, Rashida Jones, and Michael Schur, “Nose Dive” does not disappoint. In a world where everybody has a rating based off of how they act, this creates a somewhat humorous and somewhat uncomfortable feeling while watching. This episode states how we use social media to judge people, as well as the facade that people make to be accepted. In contrast to the next two episodes, “Nose Dive” is less grounded to reality and in terms of aesthetics it is very appealing.

“Playtest”: Written by Charlie Brooker and directed by Dan Trachtenberg, “Playtest” is definitely one of the scariest episode that I remember seeing in all three seasons of the show. It’s essentially where a semi-unlikable guy plays a virtual reality game and things take a turn for the worst.

“Shut Up and Dance”: Out of all of the episodes of Black Mirror, “Shut Up and Dance” is by far the most suspenseful. The episode is full of twist and turns and a plot that will leave you without words.  You feel bad for the main character up until the very end. This is due to personal information being taken by a hacker and the only way for him to get it is to perform a multitude of tasks. From there you don’t know where the plot goes, then all of a sudden it hits you like a brick wall.Image result for black mirror

“San Junipero”: This is one of the most emotional episodes in the season and this time it actually has a relatively nice ending. Although “San Junipero” has less tension, its overall tone is that of mortality and the complexity of the human psyche. “San Junipero” takes place throughout different periods, but the location stays the same. It is marketed as a place where you can do whatever your want, which is what makes the episode so great.

“Men Against Fire”: Directed by Jakob Verbruggen and written by Charlie Brooker, this shows the consequences of high tech warfare, the shows overall twist is pretty easy to identify at the beginning of the story. But although you can see the plot from a mile away, it still has a message that can be told through non-conventional means.

“Hated in the Nation”: “Hated in the Nation” is essentially a murder mystery turned global crisis. It also demonstrates the dangers of social media, the dangers of technology, and the lack of punishment that comes with harassment on social media.

 

 

 

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