School has started and the freshmen have arrived, this year there is a change to the start of school. The freshmen had an entire day to themselves, this way they could to see the school.
“It gave the freshmen a chance to get a tour around the school,” says Ms. Brittmarie Solis, LINK advisor.
It gave freshmen a chance to see the school without the student body around. It seems that the student body would have preferred their orientation to be similar .
“I wish our orientation was like what they did this year,” says Kyra Hause ’21.
The extra day was effective for the freshmen to navigate the school before the craze of the next day.
“It was better getting to know the school on my own than just trying to learn with everyone else there,” says Kate Musgrove ’22.
“I think that LINK helped freshmen navigate the school,” says Elise Mutz ’19.
Ms. Lori Lee, one of the most dedicated physical education teachers, will be leaving Heritage High School. Lee has worked here for over 18 years, and both of her children have attended and graduated from Heritage as well.
Lee teaches rock climbing, swimming, health and cardio. She has coached basketball, volleyball, golf, tennis and cross country as well as organizing the Liberty Bell cross country meet for 13 years.
Although she taught elementary school and joined the military, Lee is adamant that teaching at Heritage has been the highlight of her career, especially being in charge of the Liberty Bell and making sure everything runs smoothly.
“I find her always striving to do the right thing. She doesn’t slack and there’s always something to do in her classes. I will miss her when she leaves and it will be a big loss to Heritage,” states Isaac Reaves ’19, a student in Lee’s advisory.
Lee loves her job because it allows her to develop new relationships with hundreds of students. It also keeps her young and allows her to share her passion: physical fitness.
“I love sharing a message of physical fitness and its importance to lifelong physical and mental health. I hope to convey just how impactful it is on daily life as well as its prevention of illnesses such as heart attacks and strokes,” says Lee.
Lee tries to be approachable to both students and staff and helps students succeed in her class. She strives to be involved in her students’ lives and assist them in achieving their goals.
One of her favorite memories is when she almost fell into the pool but was able to catch herself, her gradebook falling in instead. Her classroom is always focused, but it’s also important to Lee to include fun and silliness into her curriculum.
Her plans after retirement include working out, traveling and volunteering with her church. Her husband is retiring at the same time, allowing them to spend much more time together.by
Every year around the end of April, Heritage hosts a huge track meet with about 40 schools participating. Organizing the event this year is the head track coach Mr. Tyler Knoblock, from the Physical Education Department. The meet was held on April 27 after school and April 28 during most of the day.
Ms. Jill McCormick from the Math Department ran the event in the past. She emphasizes the need to prepare and be ready for any circumstances. The organizer especially has to be aware of the weather conditions.
“One time the wind picked up a tent and blew it across the track,” McCormick recalls.
“Mentally I’m really excited because [the event] was canceled last year,” comments Braxton Sorenson ’18.
Sorenson is happy with how he has progressed in his training and is optimistic about the meet.
Knoblock is organizing the event according to the format used in past years.
“I do a good job of delegating things between coaching staff, parents and the Athletic Department. It’s all taken care of,” comments Knoblock.
According to McCormick, Heritage has performed best during the individual events in the past years. Knoblock’s goal for this year is very simple.
“I hope a lot of athletes find great success. I’m just trying to make it as good a representation of our program as possible,” he says.
Knoblock’s goal speaks for the purpose of the event itself. It’s meant to represent Heritage and encourage athletes to do their best.by
By Maddie Hause
While the trip is not sponsored by LPS, the trip is an educational opportunity and gives students a chance to expand their knowledge of the world. They will be introduced to the fine cuisine of northern Italy and experience the beautiful spanish coast, while they traverse across the cultural landscape of Europe.
The group will have the special opportunity to go hiking in the Swiss Alps, as well as visit the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, the unfinished Cathedral that towers over Spain. There will be a walking tour through Nice, Italy, and a visit to the Cinque Terre in France. The sights will be endless and many of the students expect to cherish the trip long after their wonderful experience in Europe.
Lauren Clouse ‘18, didn’t have to consider long before applying for the trip.
“It’s a big commitment, but I really want to have the experience,” shares Clouse, referring to the large financial and time commitment.
The supervisors, Ms. Peach and Mrs. Cantwell, are seasoned travelers and will continue to brave new obstacles and absorb unique cultures on the trip. Ms. Peach has successfully brought students to Europe twice before through EF educational tours, in 2014 and 2016, and is confident in the enrichment and positive impact of the journey.
Though Mrs. Cantwell has not had as much travel experience as Ms. Peach, she is interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the many cultures of the world.
“I want to see as much as I can!” Cantwell remarks vivaciously. “I’ll be taking part of the group on a bike tour through Spain, which is one of the best ways to explore the cities.”by
After many years of teaching at Heritage, Lisa Zolle will be one of the teachers who will retire at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. Her legacy has reached far across many faculty, students, and alumni who have been a part of Heritage.
Taylor Nossaman ‘18, reflects on how Zolle impacted her high school career.
“Having Ms. Zolle for AP Seminar allowed me to develop as a writer. She always made sure we understood the task before us, even if it meant going word for word through the rubric. Ms. Zolle has impacted Heritage by setting a precedent as the first AP Capstone teacher.”
Before teaching AP Seminar, Zolle was the AP Biology teacher at Heritage. In both classes she strived to helped her students achieve success not solely on the exam, but on the lessons and purpose of the courses themselves. Hannah McDaniel ‘15 comments on how Zolle impacted her when she was in her AP Biology class.
“I felt like Mrs. Zolle prepared us really well for AP Biology and for the test, and she made each unit interesting. She also acted as a mentor for me throughout the college application process, and helped encourage me to stay on the pre-med track.” McDaniel says.
As for her future plans, Zolle discusses how she plans to spend her retirement by being involved in her passion.
“I want to do some travelling, but I am also looking forward to teaching part time at the zoo. They have education programs for preschool up to college age. I want to do the travelling through National Geographic, and they are going to get the best stories and the best pictures so I think that would make for the best adventures.”
Zolle’s involvement in Heritage has not just been in the science classes that she has taught, but in many other fields at the school. She is a part of the Leadership Alliance Committee and Community Relations, to name a few.
Zolle has truly spread her influence and talent into all aspects of the Heritage community, and her presence in the school as a colleague, teacher and mentor will be missed.by
After spending 14 years at Heritage, Mrs. Laronda Lawson is deciding what comes next, as well as reflecting on the close relationships she got to build with students.
Lawson formerly taught at Euclid Middle School, where students would always ask her if she was going to come to high school with them. When the position at Heritage opened up, she took the opportunity, since she’d never worked at a high school before. It gave her the chance to get even closer with students.
“It’s the students. It’s the relationships that I build and watching them grow from the moment they walk in the door as freshmen to the moment they graduate,” says Lawson.
As for after-retirement plans, Lawson is leaving her options pretty open as for future employment, but she looks forward to plenty of traveling.
“My sister lives in Honolulu and I haven’t been there in 11 years, so I think it’s time. I think I’m going to try to take a trip this fall somewhere. I’d like to do Europe but I haven’t figured it out yet. But I am planning on working again,” adds Lawson.
Molly Callison ’18 is thankful for Lawson’s positive presence at Heritage. Callison believes that Lawson makes Heritage a safe and loving place, plus she has great insight on the college search process.
“She’s been helpful to me on both the social front and the academic front. She helped me map out my high school career so I’d be the most successful and has dealt with the life problems I’ve brought to her in a caring yet professional manner. I think that Mrs. Lawson has made an impact on Heritage in the genuine kindness she shows in the hallways. She always says hello and calls people by name and it makes me, for one, feel seen
and cared for,” says Callison.