Denver Women March for Rights

“Although you may feel like  your actions are insignificant or that they don’t make a difference, small acts contribute to enormous movements so get down to the next march and do what you can for the cause because everything matters,” says Laura Bianchi ’18.

On January 21, 2017, thousands of women and men assembled to celebrate feminism and womanhood in Downtown Denver. After the massive march in Washington D.C., women’s rights activists organized a wave of marches across the country and world wide. The Denver march had a tremendous turnout. Attendants will remember the march for years to come as a day when women and men celebrated feminism and respecting/protecting their choices.

Bianchi  took part in the Denver women’s rights march with several of her friends.

“I decided to attend the march because it is crucial to stand up for what you believe in. I marched for equal pay and opportunity, reproductive rights, and security,”  says Bianchi. “The march wasn’t just about the women of the United States, but the women of all nations, whether they are trans, old, young or of a different religion. Women in the US have several more rights than women in other countries but that doesn’t remove the validity of our determination for equality. By marching, we give a voice to all women and  bring awareness to  issues in the way that women are treated.”

Many Heritage students attended the march, advocating for their rights with bright signs and loud voices.

The election of Donald J. Trump provoked  protests particularly concerning the future of women’s rights.

American women and men feel, due to the current circumstances, their voice, especially concerning their administration is needed more than ever. 

“Separate church and state because the rights of women should not depend on a man’s interpretation of the bible. Men cannot dictate what women can and can’t do with their bodies for the plain and simple fact that they are not women and they don’t understand what women go through. And lastly, victims of sexual abuse are never at fault so the perpetrators need to have stricter punishments as to decrease the rate of sexual abuse,” says Bianchi.


Photo taken by Laura Bianchi

Though many visited the march because they say it as an opportunity to protest and use their voice , that wasn’t the sole purpose behind the worldwide women’s marches.

“This march is not a protest, but rather an opportunity for all participants to support social justice, human rights and equality, and to demonstrate that we will be vigilant in protecting these rights moving forward.” The Denver Women’s March website stated.

IMG_2372The march brought forth and united  a strong feminist community. It  allowed women in need of  empowerment to find  a safety net that understood femininity. From this day forward there will be change, because the Women’s march was an experience that will never leave the nation and inspire us for years to come.

As Bianchi says, “The march was an incredible experience. Seeing all those  people assembling and marching for the same cause was immensely inspiring. There were many speakers at the march including a deaf woman who performed a poem in ASL, a young POC who delivered an intense poem, a group of people who interpretively danced to a song, and a trans woman who spoke about her experience with civil rights.” 

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Signing Day Boasts Skilled Athletes


Athletes representing seven Heritage sports teams take part in National Signing Day on February 1. There was a total of 14 athletes taking part in the event, but there will still be more to sign with colleges as the year progresses.

On Wednesday, February 1, National Signing Day took place at high schools all over the country. This day allows many high school athletes who are continuing to be involved in their sport at the next level to formally sign to their university of choice.

At Heritage’s Signing Day, 14 athletes signed to schools all over the country. While these athletes have already formally committed to a college, there are still more who have the opportunity to do the same, and National Signing Day is by no means a cutoff date for athletes who want to continue their careers in college. Below is a list of students who took part in Heritage’s Signing Day.



  • Noah Breslaw- West Point- Soccer
  • Miranda Ciccarelli- Stonehill College- Soccer
  • Tara Guetz- Nebraska Wesleyan University- Soccer
  • Chase Hansen- Colorado School of Mines- Football
  • Katherine Harston- New Mexico State University- Swimming
  • Jacob Hilton- University of New Mexico- Baseball
  • Chayse Jimenez- South Dakota School of Mines & Technology- Football
  • James Kester- Cornell College- Baseball
  • Ashleigh Maguire- Colorado Christian University- Soccer
  • Samantha Manelis- Savannah College of Art & Design- Soccer
  • Matt McClurg- Oklahoma State University- Football
  • Casey Opitz- University of Arkansas- Baseball
  • Emma Spotts- Butler- Swimming
  • Emily Womeldorff- Lamar Community College- Softball
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Later start dates stress AP students

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Crunch Time.

Every April, AP students and teachers alike feel the pressure of the ever-approaching, oh-so dreaded test days. Classes start to wrap up any last minute material, and students start breaking out the Princeton Review, Barron’s, and every other AP prep book they can get their hands on. This year, however, the April “Crunch Time” took on a whole new meaning. That’s because AP classes have almost a week less to prepare this year than we normally do.

(Cue panicked, sleep-deprived screaming.)

Although our start date of August 18 was a blessing coming out of summer vacation, the ramifications of this later start to the school year became apparent when the semester infamously ended on December 22. To put things in perspective, the last two school years began almost four days earlier; while that doesn’t sound like much, that extra time allowed for earlier ends to the semester and (you guessed it) more time for AP classes to prepare for their exams.

Later start dates (like the one we had this year) mean less time to prep for AP tests, whose schedules are predetermined regardless of when the Board of Education sets the LPS school year. Of course, the Board of Education does try to account for this, but ultimately has no control over when the national test dates occurs, as is stated on the LPS website.

The effects of this shortened prep-time can be summarized as follows:

AP Testing + Less time to prep = More cramming = More stress = A very grumpy student body, prone to blaming uncontrollable scheduling mishaps on any person or entity possible.

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Webassign acts as busy work for students


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Art by Natalia Sperry

As a students who has used Webassign for three of my five science classes, I think that I can easily say that instead of wasting my time googling answers to questions I haven’t even read, my time would be better spent looking at a study guide and spending time on things I actually need to know and asking questions.

  With some classes, there’s certain notation for answers, like in chemistry, that are easy to write out, but take a lot more time to fill in to a computer. Using the example of chemistry, some of the answers on webassign involve subscripts and exponents and Webassign will only take answers that are written out using perfect notation. Taking the time to put in an answer and making sure that it follows the correct set-up that Webassign has takes longer than the actual problem itself, making the whole thing very tedious and annoying.

  Getting a study guide from the teacher would make it go faster and it would feel like the students are actually doing something worth their time for an upcoming test. Also, paper study guides can be used to look back on for finals rather than having to go back into Webassign and backtrack the work done to find out how to get the right answer.  

  I’ll admit that I like the fact that Webassign gives immediate feedback when you answer a question, but when you constantly get a question wrong for whatever reason, there’s this urge to get 100% on the assignment so “googling” the question seems like the best option for most of us. However, the second we “google” the question, we no longer learn anything and are just plugging in random numbers and equations in to get an answer that most of us don’t know where came from.

  I know it seems like a simple answer to this would just to be tak the time to go into class for helps on these problems that we can’t figure out rather than just “googling” them. But after having several Webassign assignments contain nothing that has been on a test, it seems to me like just another grade in the gradebook, and “googling” the answer saves me time, and my grade, when I should be studying the things that really will be on the test.

  Overall, I think my time would be better spent on a study guide from the teacher or doing my own review rather than using Webassign because I can study the information that I need to look over and I can better know what will be on the upcoming test, compared to just saving my grade on Webassign.

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MAD Week Kicks Off

This year’s MAD Week takes place the week of April 17. Members of Community Relations gave the student body themes to vote from, which included medical aid, poverty aid and education aid.

“The theme that was chosen was poverty aid, and our club then generated a large list of organizations that focused directly on poverty aid,” says Gabi Ahles ’18, club president.

After narrowing it down to a top-five list, the club voted on which two causes to support.

“Our causes for MAD Week 2017 are Sierra Leone and The Gathering Place. This means we will be helping internationally and locally,” adds Ahles.

gathering place

The Gathering Place is one of the two causes for this year’s tenth anniversary MAD Week.

The Gathering Place is a shelter in downtown Denver for women, children and transgender individuals who face poverty and homelessness. The organization prides themselves on hope and power of the community.

“Every donation —large and small— adds up to the full impact of The Gathering Place’s services and programs,” says Mendy Evans, the Grants Manager at The Gathering Place.

School supplies will be collected during Advisory to assist the organization with its programs, especially the Education and Job Readiness Program.

“Donations help The Gathering Place in our efforts to serve an average of 250 people visiting daily, which translates to 8,000 individuals monthly and 60,000 annually,” adds Evans.

As for Sierra Leone, those who live there are in need of supplies due to the Ebola crisis and poor living conditions. All money raised from MAD Week events will be sent to Serving Sierra Leone, which is then spent towards important supplies.

“Our club really wanted to honor our tenth anniversary with Sierra Leone. Shipping things to Sierra Leone is too expensive and it hurts their local economy, so this way we can donate to a local place and send money to a far place,” says Ms. Smith, Community Relations sponsor.

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A Cure for Weirdness

The first thought that popped into my head after watching “A Cure For Wellness” was ¨what the heck did I just watch?¨

I first wanted to see the film directed by Gore Verbinski after I finished binge watching “Shutter Island” and “The Babadook.” I wanted something that would send chills up my spine but wasn’t so demonic that I wouldn’t be able to sleep for the next week. I was enamored by the trailers; they depicted a young ambitious CEO who had to go to Switzerland in order to retrieve a businessman from a wellness center. This special spa is filled with energetic, affluent individuals, who have decided to suddenly leave behind their lives many would be envious of to receive treatments to become ‘cured’ at this mysterious spa.

And that’s when the  film started to go downhill.

The film reminded me of a sort of “Alice in Wonderland” paranoia story that is too often recreated in most psychological horror films. When the protagonist Lockhart meets Hannah, a ¨sick¨ girl who has lived at the center for as long as she can remember, he begins to uncover what is really going on at the so-called “wellness” center. The villagers, people who live close to the center, are fearful of those who live in the center and conflict often arises between the two parties. It is later revealed that the villagers hate the people at the center, especially Doctor Volmer, the man who gives the residents of the center the cures, because centuries ago experiments were performed on the villagers.

Actress Mia Goth plays the character Hannah in the movie A Cure for Wellness. Hannah often appears eerie things and has never been outside of the spa and is fearful of the people living in the village.

Actress Mia Goth plays the character Hannah in the movie A Cure for Wellness. Hannah often appears eerie things and has never been outside of the spa and is fearful of the people living in the village.

The story ending made me want to punch a wall. The trailers made me have so much hope for the film, but my high expectations hit the floor around the middle of the movie. The film focused on the horror of the ¨cures¨ throughout the film, which filled me with questions about the antagonist of the story Doctor Volmer. I suppose I could be over analyzing the film, but throughout the entire production I only wanted to know why the villain had the motives that he did; and I wanted a better answer other than ‘he’s psycho and we can’t think of a better reason for him to run around terrorizing people and committing unspeakable acts.’

The film was choppy and seemed as if it were thrown together at the last minute; it was hyped up so much, yet failed to follow through.

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