Brendan Allen


Grades weigh down success

One of the reasons students take AP classes is for the opportunity to receive a weighted grade. Although these grades are attractive on a high school report card, the reality of “grade inflation” is much less appealing. A weighted grade is essentially the means to achieve a higher GPA. That’s it; stripped down to the bare bones, a weighted grade doesn’t amount to much more than class rank.

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.

Gray wraps up competition season at The Broadmoor

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.

Durango opens for the season

Nestled in the southwestern corner of Colorado, Durango is a worthwhile and unique combination of both mountain town and college town. “Durango is a great time! It’s warm, usually, and far enough away from Denver to feel like a vacation, and close enough to Denver to make it a weekend getaway. There’s lots to do and see, tons of great food and a really nice atmosphere,” says Celeste Borg ’16.

Students influence DECA Store

In the back corner of the Student Center is an unmistakable blue and red structure known as the DECA Store. This well-known installation is a unique addition to Heritage High School. It garners much of its business during football games, holidays, the end of the school year, parent-teacher conferences, Back to School Night and Showcase Night when parents and underclassmen have the most demand and ease of access to buying Heritage apparel…

GBEE-R impacts Heritage

With the rising prominence of social media and texting experienced in the U.S. over the past decade, allegations of inappropriate teacher-student communication and conduct have seen a sharp increase.

Silencing journalism

Having been a reporter and an online editor for the school newspaper, I have had to deal with a variety of obstacles, from hitting deadlines to setting up interviews. However, the one thing that looms over my head every time I publish an article is not the anxiety of reaching a word count, but the fear that my voice will be silenced or defamed.

Trail blazes through Richmond

From February 13-16, Marleena Trail, a Heritage student, traveled to Richmond, Virginia to compete in the annual Junior Olympic Fencing Championships.

ARCUS travels to the Arctic Circle

Summer is a time for relaxation, swimming in refreshingly cool water on hot days and ignoring the dreaded AP summer homework. However, for a group of students and teachers, summer means going to frigid the arctic.

Zoo Lights brighten Denver

It’s a cold night in the middle of the holiday season. People are bundled up in seemingly innumerable layers of clothing in the hopes of blocking out the pervasive chills as they walk under a canopy of light.