Guys On Ice

Cory London '18, Jake Ladow '18, and Orin Gotchey '18 performing in Guys On Ice.

Cory London ’18, Jake Ladow ’18, and Orin Gotchey ’18 performing in Guys On Ice.

For the first time ever, Heritage puts on Guys on Ice, a musical comedy of three friends ice fishing in Wisconsin, alone with their hopes and dreams.

Marvin (played by Orin Gotchey ’18) and his friend Lloyd (Cory London ’18), spend their day in a shanty, bonding over cold root beers, the Green Bay Packers, women, their passion for ice fishing and their shared exasperation for Ernie the “moocher” (Jake Ladow ’18).

Guys on Ice, is packed with goofy songs that give insight to the simple ways of Midwestern fishermen like “Fish is the Miracle Food” and “Ode to a Snowmobile Suit”.

Marvin is overcome with the excitement of the possibility of being featured on a local ice fishing show. While waiting for the host, Cubby, to arrive for his interview, he practices what he’d say and sings along with Lloyd about how amazing it would be to appear on television.

While the play is a comedy, it has tender moments. For example, Lloyd sings “The One That Got Away,” a tear-jerking song about how he missed his chance to be with the woman he loved.

Despite the sad times, the play is still laughable and hilarious.

“My favorite thing about Guys on Ice is getting to perform in front of an audience and making people laugh and feel happy,” says Cory London.

Both on and off the stage, the Heritage theatre put their all into this performance.

“This show particularly, involves both on stage and moreso backstage, people who both respect each other and know what they’re doing; which, is a rare combination to find. Honestly the people who I get to work with are talented and amazing,” states Orin Gotchey.

Altogether, Guys on Ice is a wholesome show that has something to entertain anyone who watches it.

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Heritage Idol performers shine

On April 26, Heritage’s best vocalists competed for the title of Heritage Idol and time in a professional studio. Competition was tight, and the vocalists delivered both visually and musically.

The top three performers were Sophia Johnson Grimes ’17, Portia Joy Glommen ’18, and Sydney Weaver ’19. After the first round of cuts from the judges, the final three each got the chance to perform again in hopes of winning the crowd over. The winner was then selected by the audience.

“It was very close competition, definitely more cutthroat than year one. I’m always so impressed by what the competitors present,” says Mr. Andrew Fischer, Choir Director and Heritage Idol Judge.

Fisher added that he loves having the opportunity to see such high level performances from Heritage students. Though all the competitors fought hard, Weaver ended up winning the popular vote, after covering everything from P!nk to Amy Winehouse.

I won 4 hours in a professional recording studio which means I get to work with a producer and have whatever I record mixed and put out on iTunes. I have not gone yet but I plan to go in September. I have thought a little bit about what songs I will record, and I am thinking that I will be recording ‘Glitter in the Air’ by P!nk and ‘Liability’ by Lorde if I have enough time for both,” says Weaver.

Weaver adds that she’s been singing for as long as she can remember, and that her earliest recordings were from 14 years ago.

“I have always loved performing and just being on stage was a highlight for me. I love that I can express myself through my music and others’ music. I feel like getting on stage and telling a story through a song is amazing and it gives me an amazing feeling inside,” says Weaver.

Mr. Fischer interviews the final three.

Mr. Fischer interviews the final three performers.

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Junior Student Government Plans Prom

A group of girls line up to take a picture during the dance. The Junior Student Government worked hard to create a photo booth and candy bar for the students to enjoy.

The tennis team lines up to take a picture during the dance. The Junior Student Government worked hard to create a photo booth and candy bar for the students to enjoy.

The Junior Student Government has been planning prom since their sophomore year. Prom is the biggest event of the year and it comes with extensive planning.

Maile Conant ’18 and Caitlin Hearty ’18 are Co-Prom Chairs as well as President and and Vice President of the Junior class.

“The planning is organized into committees, and each committee is in charge of a different aspect of prom. Caitlin and  I have been overseeing all of the committees and making sure everything gets done on time,” explains Conant.

“The best part of the planning process was seeing everything start to come together with the decorations, DJ, and other jobs,” adds Hearty.

As Co-Prom Chairs they also have to communicate with administration to get everything approved.  

“It was really exciting for me to see people in the photo booth and dancing because I knew they were enjoying the hard work we put in,” says Hearty.

Prom took two years of planning and in the end it deemed successful. Up next, the Junior Student Government must work hard planning the senior wall, senior shirts, senior sunrise and do their best to leave a lasting impression at Heritage High School.

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Heritage Thanks Mothers

By Paige DelMargo

  • What has motherhood taught you about yourself?

“Motherhood has definitely taught me to be patient. I do have limited patience.  I sometimes use it up by 10:00 in the morning and other days, if I really take good care of myself, and I’m well rested and eating eating healthy then I’m a better mom.”

~ Emily  Libbey

“Motherhood has taught me patience, and that I have never loved anything more in my life than my children. I don’t know what I would do without those little hugs, smiles and funny little moments each and every day.”

~Jessica Ferris

 

  • What do you want your children to know?

 

“I want my children to know that I will always love them no matter what they do or who they become. I also want them to know that they are capable of a lot. I don’t ever want them to feel like they are limited.”

~ Emily Libbey  

“I love them, and that no matter what life brings them I will always and forever be here to help them and  guide them.  I will never be too old for a hug, to wipe away their tears or have a good laugh.”

~ Jessica Ferris

 

  • What does it take to be a good mother?

 

“You need to be excited about life, enthusiastic, balanced and open to new experiences.”

~Emily Libbey

“Patience, laughter, the ability to be a kid at heart and enjoy those silly little moments.  Also being able to teach your children the difference between right and wrong and  someday they will thank you for all of those little life lesson lectures.”

~Jessica Ferris

 

  • What is a mother’s favorite thing to hear?

 

“Of course, ‘I love you’ is always nice to hear. It’s nice to hear that you are doing a good job. Dads get praise anytime they do anything, but with mothers, good parenting is just expected. They don’t really get verbal credit for what they do because it’s just assumed that they are a good mom. I would love to see the change.”

~ Emily Libbey  

“I love you Mommy,” followed by a sweet little hug and smile.

~Jessica Ferris

 

  • What is the best motherly advice you have ever given/ received?

 

“One thing that my mom taught me was to always set boundaries for how you let other people treat you. She taught me to expect kindness and respect. She also taught me the importance of unconditional love.”

  ~Emily Libbey  

“The best advice that I have ever received is that every day will not be perfect.  The house will be a mess, work can wait, I will make mistakes and when it comes to your kids the most important thing you can do for them is to be there when they need you.”  

~Jessica Ferris

  • What is your favorite memory you share with your mother?  

 

“My mom was a single mom and I grew up an only child so it was always just her and I. We had allot of time where everything we did, we did together. So, we made trips to the zoo and every year we went and saw a musical. But my favorite memory with my mom was right after I graduated from high school. We took a trip together to Boston and Cape Cod. It was our first big vacation together.”

~Emily Libbey

 

  • Is there anything you would like to say to her?

 

“I always apologize to her for my bad behavior towards her in Highschool. In Highschool, I didn’t always appreciate my mom. I wanted more freedom. So I would tell her that she made the right choice giving me limits and rules, even though I fought against them, it was the best thing for me and I needed that.”

~Emily Libbey

 

  • What has your mother taught you about being a mother?

 

“Unconditional love. For me, being a mother is being  soft place for your children. She taught me that being approachable and affectionate and loving are synonymous with motherhood.”

~Emily Libbey

By Paige DelMargo

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Varsity Improv beats Littleton

The Heritage team poses with the Littleton team as well as Connor Mudd '17, who put it all together, and the three judges.

The Heritage team poses with the Littleton team as well as Connor Mudd ’17, who put it all together, and the three judges.

The Heritage team celebrates their win.

The Heritage team celebrates their win.

Students had to compete in three different round of competition, each judged based on creativity, plot, character and overall appeal.

Students had to compete in three different rounds of competition, each judged based on creativity, plot, character and overall appeal.

The trophy that was won by the Heritage Varsity Improv team

The trophy that was won by the Heritage Varsity Improv team

The competition was free but to write a suggestion attendees had to donate $1 per request.

The competition was free but to write a suggestion attendees had to donate $1 per request.

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“The Addams Family” pulls Heritage theater in a new direction

After months of hard work and preparation, The Addams Family was a great success for the Heritage Thespian Troupe 3759. From building the set to rehearsing and performing, the show told an amazing story of love, family and, of course, death, with many twists and lots of laughs along the way.

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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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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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Concert Band Marches Into the Holidays

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Heritage Concert Band

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rehearses for the holiday concert.

Concert Band practices Monday, Wednesday, Friday all year long and students are expected to practice outside of class as well.

This huge effort culminates in a concert designed to bring the school community and families together during the holidays over their passion for music.

A member of concert band Ethan Perry ’16 describes it as “a performing ensemble consisting of members of the woodwind, brass, and percussion families of instruments, along with the double bass.”

A lot of practice goes into coordinating all these instruments so finally reaching the point of performing a concert is extremely fulfilling. “Its feels great to show people what we spend so long preparing for, especially because so much work goes into it,” says Kristen Sholes ’17.

The concert is a combination of Christmas and Hanukkah, but regardless of the holiday each song is a well known classic. “Mr. Cuthrell picks really good music that is both challenging and fun to play, so I really enjoy it,” says Sholes ’17.

Band is a culmination of students multiple talents, “I play French horn and I think it sound the prettiest and it’s pretty hard to play so I like the challenge,” explains Sholes.

This holiday season people will be flocking to enjoy some sophisticated entertainment and get into the holiday spirit.

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Troupe 3759 competes at ThesCon

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Theatre Company in their costumes for their One Act. It placed superior.

Over the weekend of December 1-3, Thespian Troupe 3759 traveled to the Colorado Thespian Conference to compete and learn about all things theatre.

Of the events they competed in the One Act, performed by Theatre Company, entitled “The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza” got a superior rating, the highest possible.

“All things considered, like the stage being too small, I think it went really well. The judge thought it was funny and we scored really well,” says Amelia Buchmeier ’17.

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Troupe 3759 poses as a group. The weekend was full of excitement.

Other thespians that competed in individual events include Floren Kahan ’20 singing “Still Hurting” from “The Last Five Years,” Sophia Johnson-Grimes ’17 singing “Kindergarten Boyfriend” from “Heathers,” Colie Lemon ’17 singing “Burn” from “Hamilton,” Vivian Romano ’18 singing “Dyin’ Ain’t So Bad” from “Bonnie and Clyde” and Portia Glommen ’18 singing “Don’t Want to Be Here” from “Ordinary Days”

“It is all about getting experience, ThesCon is a great way to do that,” says Colie Lemon ’17.

Also at ThesCon Lemon, Johnson-Grimes, Connor Mudd ’17 and Daria Davidoff ’17 participated in senior auditions for over 30 different schools and scholarships. Adam Downing ’17, Asher Farr ’17, Eden Farr ’19, Matthew Bradow ’17, Lauren Clouse ’17, Anna Rosenthal ’17, Liam Tilton ’17, Ted Unkart ’17 participated in the improv showcase and Buchmeier, Adam Ernest ’17 and Brianna Martinez ’17 partook in the tech challenge.

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