Snowy Outdoor Activity

The special edition for the HHS Pioneer offers the staff a new way of expressing a fun loving and personal approach to the paper. Michael Hatanaka writes about how he prefers to spend his snow days. He addressees how the students rarely get snow days, and states that they should take advantage of he snowy weather and go out. Snow days offer the perfect opportunity to go out and get exercise, breaking the normal schedule of spending the majority of every day inside.

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Snowy Indoor Day

For the special edition of The Pioneer the staff takes on a lighthearted approach to the paper. During snow days students have to decide if they want to spend their time inside, playing their favorite games and drinking hot chocolate, or outside sledding and playing in the snow. Cameron Brown writes an article about the more enjoyable activities to do inside during snowy days, like wrap up in a warm blanket.

Indoor activity-Darien Russell

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Pamela Gigiento Explores her style through High School

  Walking down the halls of Heritage High School, four of Pamela Gigiento’s paintings can be seen in the art showcase, one painting among them won the first place senior art award. This particular painting features an angel, characterized with harmonious shades of icy blue, and the treatment of her skin makes it look like porcelain that would fall into pieces with one touch. But a picture is worth a thousand words:

Pami Art

Pami is an artist that resists guidelines for herself, and explores her creativity without limitations.  

  “If it looks ‘pretty’ or ‘cool’ then I go with it,” states Pami.

  Mr. Bernal also aids in creating an environment where students are free to explore their unique styles.  

  “Mr. Bernal is an amazing teacher and in response to that he served more as artistic support because he really loosened the reins and let me do whatever I wanted in the class (for better or worse,” says Pami.

  Mr. Bernal describes the structure of the class.

  “Class time wise we had 6 weeks. Each day there was 10 minutes of prepping, and 30 minutes of painting. For Pami this was plenty of time to create her art work inside of class,” states Mr. Bernal.

  These works of art represent how Pami has developed her own style and embraced her quirks  throughout these four years of high school.

  “To develop your own style I believe you should take note of other’s artwork to better yourself and see what you like and dislike about it. I love anime and that is incorporated in my style.”

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Crew Heads Q and A

The Tech Crew Heads stand on the theatre still proud of their work to make "Rumors" such a success.

The Tech Crew Heads stand on the theatre still proud of their work to make “Rumors” such a success.

The crews for “Rumors” worked hard to make sure everything went smoothly and looked nice, adding stress to their already hectic days. Each crew has a Crew Head; their job is to figure out how to make their job work, and it look nice on the set. Once they figure out what and how to do their job they delegate it to the people participating in their crews. In the end, the crews come together to make a production.

Katherine Whitmore ’17

Whitmore has been co-head of Props crew with Anna Rosenthal ’17 for 11 shows.

Q: What is your favorite part about being head of props?

A: “I like the creativity of it because you never know what’s going to be on the prop list for a show so you have to find some really weird stuff. Sometimes it’s a challenge to figure out how to make something work.”

Q: What were you most nervous about for the show?

A: “I was nervous because, there was real food and so I had to get real food during the show and make sure that it looks nice because some of it needed to be halfway eaten when it went on stage and there were a lot of very little things[props] that had to be scattered around the room and if they’re not in the right place then it would have been hard for the actors.”

Q: What do you think went well during (Rumors)?

A: “I was particularly impressed with our construction crew, who managed to build an entire house in under a month. I also think it’s important to acknowledge Mrs. Willers, who jumped in at a new school in a new state and directed an incredible show right off the bat.”

Q: What do you think went wrong during (Rumors)?

A: “I think one of the bigger things went wrong is the Jamie skeleton. That’s a hard

question for this show because it has gone more smoothly once we opened than any of the other ones I’ve worked on. The whole cast and crew worked really well together and got along, meaning that we were efficient but had a blast at the same time. Of course every show has its flaws. We weren’t selected to take the show to Thescon, which is a bummer, and parts of the set could’ve used another coat of paint, but overall Rumors was wonderful.”

Garrett Arbuckle ’19

Arbuckle is new to being a crew head this year and is co-head of Paint crew with Brenna Cole-Hassell ’17.

Q: What is your favorite part about being head of paint?

A: “I get to tell people what to do.”

Q: What was the most challenging part about preparing for (Rumors)?

A: “Working and getting everything together all at once.”

Q: What is the best part about preparing for “Rumors”?

A: “Getting to work with people you don’t work with on a daily basis and then you get to create something that you want.”

Q: What do you think went well during “Rumors”?

A: “The actors along with the set were able to work well together.”

Maria Bissonette ’17

Bissonette is co-head of Construction with Amelia Buchmeier ’17, this is Bissonnette’s first show as construction head.

Q: What was the most challenging part about being head of construction crew?

A: “It was very chaotic because lots of times we didn’t know what we were building especially at the beginning, but once we got going, it’s okay. The biggest problem was that there was so much to do and so much that goes into those projects.”

Q: What is your favorite part about being head of construction crew?

A: “Everything. It’s so nice to spend so much time working on something and seeing it on show night.”

Q: What do you think went well during (Rumors)?

A: “I think everything went well during the show, nothing fell apart, and even if some of the actors missed some of their lines their improv was really good.”

Emily Sitter ’17

Sitter has been co-head of makeup and hair crew with Maria Tinsley ’17 for 5 shows.

Q: What is your favorite part about being head of makeup and hair?

A: “I love doing hair and makeup, I have since I was little. It was the first thing I did in Heritage theatre[makeup and hair] so it’s been really run being in charge of it.”

Q: What do you think went well during (Rumors)?

A: “Glenn’s nose.”

Asher Farr ’17

Farr has been co-head of lights crew with Liam Tilton, this is Farr’s first show as co-head of lights.

Q: What is the most challenging part about being head of lights crew?

A: “The most challenging thing is our outdated lights system and working with the constraints of having something that’s forty years old.”

Q: What is your favorite part about being head of lights?

A: “I really like the board because you get control of everything, you feel very powerful but also very creative and artistic.”

Q: What was the most challenging part about preparing lights for (Rumors)?

A: “The most challenging part was the headlights and that they needed to be shown through a window that was on the side of the house.”

Q: What went wrong during (Rumors)?

A: “If we had more lights we would have been able to see a lot more, that was our biggest downfall. We did what we could with what we had.”

Briana Martinez ’17

Martinez has been head of costume crew for one year.

Q: What is the most challenging part about being head of costume crew?

A: “Making sure that everybody keeps their stuff where it’s supposed to go and not losing their things.”

Q: What is your favorite part about being head of costume crew?

A: “It’s super fun because when you get to see the show it’s thrilling because you are the first thing people see about the show.”

Q: What do you think went well during “Rumors”?

A: “Not many things went wrong so I would say that was good, all the costumes held up.”

Sophia Johnson-Grimes ’17

Johnson-Grimes has been head of fundraising crew for four shows. Fundraising was previously part of house and publicity crew but is now its own crew.

Q: What is the most challenging part about being head of fundraising?

A: “The constant need for funds and money so you have to think of new ways to raise money.”

Q: What is your favorite part about being head of fundraising?

A: “Seeing all the wonderful opportunities that are presented as a result of getting money through fundraisers, like kids being able to go to ThesCon and being able to build wonderful sets and have the best costumes.”

Q: What do you think went well during “Rumors”?

A: Fundraising wise, we had a gift basket out in the lobby during the Friday night performance. We got a significant amount of money from auctioning off that. We also had a bake sale a couple of nights and those brought in a lot of revenue for the theatre department.”

Q: What do you think went wrong during “Rumors”?

A: “I feel like it would have been a little bit more organized if I had been able to be there to help out.”

Adam Earnest ’17

Earnest has been head of run crew for 3 shows.

Q: What is the most challenging part about being head of run crew?

A: “Managing all the actors and making sure that they stay quiet and in their place.”

Q: What is your favorite part about being head of run crew?

A: “My run crew family, we all get very close.”

Q: What is the most challenging part about preparing for (Rumors)?

A: “The lack of run crew that is needed because there is not a bunch of it in there but I still need to train people so that we are prepared for (Addams Family).”

Rylan Dunning ’18

Dunning has been co-head of sound for 2 shows with Sage Fahnestock ’18.

Q: What is the most challenging part about being head of sound?

A: “Constantly making sure that everything is working.”

Q: What is your favorite part about being head of sound?

A: “I like the technology aspect of the theatre.”

Q: What is the most challenging part about preparing for (Rumors)?

A: “Keeping all the queues and mics for the actors organized and making sure that everything works.”

Q: What do you think went well during (Rumors)?

A: “The actors remembered all of their lines, there were no problems with the set or tech in general.”

Sophia Brooks ’17

Brooks has been co-head of house and publicity with Macala Byrne ’17 for two shows.

Q: What is the most challenging part of being head of this house and publicity?

A: “You have to remember a lot of people and it can build up on you so you really have to stay on top of things and be organized and super creative.”

Q: What is your favorite part about being head of house and publicity?

A: “I love all the people!”

Q: What was the most challenging part about preparing for (Rumors)?

A: “Helping everyone, tearing tickets, finding seats and exchanging money can be really fast paced and that can be super nerve wracking.”

Q: What went well during (Rumors)?

A: “Everyone got in their seats and were escorted properly.”

Q: What went wrong during “Rumors”?

A: “A few of our brand new chairs were broken during the shows.”

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Artist of the Month

Art has always been a part of Haley Brown’s life, ever since she was in the third grade she had a passion. She said that her teacher had them drawing something different every week and this is when she began to love art. Art has driven her to find her future profession.

“I was always that kid who drew on the wall with crayon,” says Brown ’16.

She has been in many art classes at Heritage and has learned different techniques that have given her a path to her future. Brown says that the best part of art is the finished product. She says that it gives her such satisfaction to have a piece completed. Finishing a tattoo will be very satisfying in Brown’s future career.

“There is nothing like being in nature, it is so inspiring and it is always changing,” say Brown.

To get most of her inspiration she uses nature and living things. This will help with her future profession.

“Of course I see art in my future, I want to be a tattoo artist. I like to draw way better than anything else,” says Brown ’16.

Pursuing art as a career can be quite difficult, but Brown says that it will be a huge part of her life. She has always loved being able to create anything she wanted on a piece of paper and she wants to show the world her creativity in the future. She can continue her passion of art through tattoos.

“In relation to art tattoos go hand in hand. They are both about design and creativity. I think Haley is extremely talented and creative. She is a very free spirit,” says Bernal.
Ever since Brown was little she has been drawing, she said it was a huge part of her life and that as she got better she began to enjoy it more and more.

Artist of the Month picture

This piece of art is inspired by dreams, something unrealistic. This is just the beginning sketch plan.

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The Optimist

A poem by Miranda Kemme

All throughout the halls silence ensues

While children everywhere are singing the blues

Finals are upon us without a doubt

Students and teachers tend to pout

Extra credit is not given

Bleeding profusely because our hearts are riven

Living with the acceptance that your F’s will not become D’s

Students cry and fall to their knees

While some people have 4.0’s

I’ll be here blowing my nose

Hoping to graduate with the class of 2016

Seniors everywhere begin to scream

Freshmen experience their first finals

Praying to God and reading the Bible

Answers are not found, and the smiles turn to frowns

As the school as a collective hits the ground

josh laying on the floor

Only a few more days until it’s all done

The kids have lost and the teachers have won

Finally it’s break and it all gets to end

Watching Netflix, my one true friend

All of your families go on trips

I just sit here with my cat eating chips and dip

Just when I get used to the new lifestyle

We go back to school and the homework stacks up in piles

It’s not all that bad because our slates get wiped clean

A’s for everyone, even me

The stress is released and it’s going to be ok

Stop with the countdown and live day to day

Everything is fine, with a bright future ahead

And that’s when I realized I have to do it all again


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DIY: Sweet, Sentimental Scrapbook

IMG_5983Looking for a fun and personalized gift? These scrapbooks can be put together in a few quick steps. All you need is an hour or so of free time and your creative mind!

You will need:

  1. Glue stick or hot glue gun(double sided tape or regular tape can work too but glue is more ideal)
  2. Photographs you wish to put in you scrapbook(size is dependent on the size of the scrapbook)
  3. One piece of ribbon that is the same length as the paper (ex. 12in paper= 12in long ribbon)
  4. Three 12in x 12in pieces of paper (or any square piece of paper. The scrap book will be about 1/4 of the size of the full piece of paper)
  5. Any other embellishments you wish to add to your scrapbook i.e. stickers, extra ribbon, cut-out shapes etc.


  1. Take one of the square pieces of paper and fold in in half “hamburger” style both waysIMG_5960
  2. Fold the piece of paper and fold it in half diagonally one wayIMG_5963
  3. Repeat this process with the other two pieces of paper
  4. Take one of the pieces of paper and with it face it towards you so that the diagonal fold is horizontalIMG_5963
  5. With the paper facing towards you, take the two sides and fold them in so that the paper collapses into a squareIMG_5965IMG_5966IMG_5967
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with the other two pieces of paper
  7. Take two of the folded pieces of paper and face them towards each other so that the openings face each otherIMG_5969
  8. Take the bottom of the left square and the top of the right square and glue/tape them together (the left and right squares should be inside each other)IMG_5970IMG_5971IMG_5972
  9. With the two glued pieces of paper and the remaining paper, face them towards each other so that the openings face each otherIMG_5974
  10. Take the top of the left square and the bottom of the right square and glue/tape them together (they should be inside each other like the previous two)IMG_5975IMG_5976IMG_5977
  11. When it is unfolded, it should look like this:IMG_5978
  12. When the book has dried, take the piece of string and glue/tape the middle of the string to the middle of the top or bottom of the bookIMG_5988
  13. Now it’s time to add the photos and embellishments to your book. They can go on any part of the book, as long as they are not placed on a fold
  14. When you’re finished, flip the book over so that the paper square with the string on it is on the bottom. You can tie the strings together so that the book stays shut
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Expressing through Color

The new “in thing” for today’s generation is to dye their hair. People of all ages are dyeing their hair because it makes them feel more individual and unique.

“All natural” is no longer in style. To stand out, people are dyeing their hair. The haircolors that are the most in style at the moment are very light pastels, all shades of purple, silver and different shades of ombres.

“I dye my hair because I think it looks unique and pretty. It’s a way to express myself,” says Jordan Clouse ’17.

Everyone is going to have an opinion on the hair colors of today. Even people who do not dye their hair might like the look on others, just not for themselves. Some people like the colors and the individuality shown, while others think that it is completely unnatural.

“Everybody loves it and I get lots of compliments, but I get weird looks with my eyebrows dyed,” says Paige Irving ’17.

Irving says that her favorite colors to dye her hair are blue and lime green. Clouse comments that she loves dying her hair purple. Romero says that pastel pink is her favorite.

Some people think that hair defines who a person is, but some people disagree with that stereotype. Hair color can show an individual’s favorite color, personality or style, but it does not have to.

“I think my hair is the opposite of my personality. I’m so introverted, but my hair is so outgoing,” says Irving.

“It does not define me because the stereotypes about people with colored hair are wrong,” says Romero.

Different hair colors make people unique and individualized. The colors people dye their hair make them feel special and different from everyone else; even a simple ombre can stand out from the natural brown.

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Three junior girls stand out from the rest of the Heritage community with the bright hair colors that they have dyed their hair.

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Back it up at the Welcome Back Dance

While students spend approximately three hours in the Student Center for the annual Welcome Back Dance, the teachers outside of the cafeteria are working hard to distribute tickets, check ID’s and collaborate together to make sure that the dance runs smoothly.

“It is nice to see our coworkers, our new and old students, and sometimes to throw in a step or two when an awesome song comes up,” says Ms. Brittmarie Solís, Heritage Spanish teacher.

Besides the dance moves that students now do in their school dances, there are many other aspects to the dance that made the teachers’ dances in high school different than the Welcome Back Dance at Heritage.

“We didn’t have costumes at our dances,” says Mrs. Jami De Vries, Heritage English teacher. “I think that the costume element is super cool when the kids are creative about it.”

Over the years, the high school dance has evolved, including both the dancing and the music. Since De Vries went to high school in Texas, she reported that they did a lot of line dances, and “Cotton Eyed Joe” was a huge hit; whereas Solís’ Catholic all-girls school stuck mainly to Latin music and dance and was overseen by nuns.

“Compared to Mexico and Venezuela, the dances are very different. Compared to California and Colorado, I think it has just gotten ‘dirtier.’ Why can’t we look at each other anymore?” says Solís.

Students have their own observations about the dance.

“The Back to School Dance was a lot more interesting than a middle school dance, and my expectation was mostly the same from what happened at the dance,” says Sydney Prouse ’19.

Posing for the dance, freshmen prepare themselves for their first dance as high schoolers.

Preparing for the dance, freshmen girls get excited for their first dance as high school students. Costumes are encouraged at this dance.


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Tortilla Soup with a dollop of deliciousness

This recipe that has been altered many times to fit the event the Kelley family is doing on a given day and it has been around for generations.

By adding chips and a dollop of sour cream, this homemade dish turns into a favorite dish of many.

By adding chips and a dollop of sour cream, this homemade dish turns into a favorite meal of many.


  • 1 pound rotisserie chicken—precooked           and cut in bite size pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 small to medium zucchini, small diced
  • 1 medium skinned yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 large can of hominy
  • 1/2 can chipotle in adobo peppers      (medium to hot heat level), chopped—      available in small cans in Mexican and      Spanish food section of market
  • 1 can petite, diced and stewed tomatoes      (28 ounces)
  • 3 cups chicken stock—available in                resealable paper containers on soup        aisle
  • 4 cups corn tortilla chips, broken up into        large pieces
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or pepper Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Optional garnishes:

  • 1/4 raw red onion, chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced


  1. In a large soup pot add tomatoes, beans, broth and chicken, seasoning with salt and pepper
  2. Add zucchini, onions, hominy and chipotle peppers
  3. Bring soup to a bubble, reduce heat to medium low
  4. When thoroughly heated, ladle into bowls and add chips, shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream
  5. Top with any or all of the suggested garnishes

Serves 6

**Warning- Add dollop of sour cream when serving- do not let it sit over a long period of time!**

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