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PE Classes at Legend

By Joe Ciardullo and Kyra Klay

As we get closer to the end of the school year, we also get closer to class registration for next year. There are many important aspects to think about when choosing classes for the year.

At Legend, it is required to take at least a full credit (year) of a gym class. When it comes to Physical Education, Legend has many options to fit your athletic needs.

The classes offered are: Team Sports, Individual Sports, Strength and Conditioning, Power Weights, and Shape Up. If these are not for you, there are two other classes offered that do not require running, lifting, stretching orother exercises. A student can also take either Healthy Decisions or Athletic Training.

“I really recommend joining team sports because it is very fun and it is not very hard,” sophomore Ben Kriech said.

In PE classes you are graded on attendance, dressing out, and, occasionally, small assignments. These classes are a very easy and fun way to get your credits.

School LifeStudent Life

Take Two!

The second Wish Week assembly

By Shaylee King, Henley Holland, and Lauren Penington

 

What a week! From the spirit days, to the game stalls, to the after school activities, we’ve made a good Wish Week.

Kicking off Wish Week with a killer assembly, we dived headfirst into raising money for our amazing wish kid- Legend’s own Rebecca Tuska.

Monday had a mind of its own with crazy talent in the teacher talent show- with Yergert taking the win with his rocking guitar battle.

“It was so cool,” sophomore Ronak D’Souza said. “He definitely deserved to win.”

Others disagree. “I don’t think he deserved to win,” sophomore Jackie Martin said. “It definitely should have gone to Thornton- he was super creative and it was a lot cooler than Yergert’s act. He still did good, but Thornton should have won.”

Tuesday brought just as much excitement with the dodgeball tournament. “We lost every game” Martin said, “but it was still a cool experience and I’m glad we competed.”

Wednesday was a day full of love with Valentine’s day and the release of our school newspaper.

Thursday was the day- our second wish week assembly where we found we had raised almost $53,000, not quite what we raised last year, and the girls took the spirit point win.

Friday was a fun day for Wish Week. There was no school and we had a fundraiser going with SkyZone. “I went almost all day,” freshman Liz Reifsteck said.

Saturday was the final day for wish week, going out with a bang with the Wish Dance. “I’m so glad I went,” Reifsteck said. “It was really fun to go with my friends, even without a date.”

What a fun, action-packed week. Give it up for the Make a Wish Foundation.

 

School LifeStudent Life

Wish Week Wrap Up

Legend wraps up Wish Week at the final assembly

By  Emily Byrd, Shaylee King, Henley Holland, and Lauren Penington

 

As Wish Week wrapped up at the second assembly, we took to the time to go over all that had happened over the week.

Congrats to the ladies for having the most spirit points and winning the famous Spirit Bear.  At the beginning of the assembly, according to Tina Stroman, boys got 2,385 spirit points while girls got 2,376, beating them by only nine points. However, girls won more points in the assembly, beating the boys and resuming their winning streak.

At the assembly, students got crazy as they found out how much they raised for our wish kid, Becca Tusca. In total, we had raised almost $53,000 and were able to grant her wish and possibly a few others. Teachers, students, and athletes came out to give speeches and perform dances in honor of Becca. Sports wrestling, girls swim and dive, girls and guys basketball, and unified all came out to show off their dance moves with several teachers and Becca as the judges.

Anatomy teacher Nick Miles gave a heart warming presentation during the assembly.

“[She is] an amazing young woman who I have had the pleasure of knowing. Legend’s heart beats for you Becca,” Miles said.

 

Student Life

Travel Trials and Tribulations

Tips for planning an international trip

By Emily Byrd and Lauren Penington

 

Traveling out of the country can be both exciting and worrying. Exhilarating because you get the opportunity to experience a new culture and some of the world’s wonders, but also nail-biting as you face the inescapable stress of planning.

After you’ve booked your flight and hotel room, it’s time to consider what you’re going to pack.

“When traveling to another country, you have to pack your whole life into two bags. So, you’re going to have to think about what you’re going to need and what’s available in the country you’re going to,” said English teacher Rebecca Chapman. In-state traveling is a less daunting task as you are already familiar with the state and know what to expect as well as what you’ll find. However, when traveling to a different country, some people seem to find themselves lost in the cultural differences and find they’ve packed the wrong things for the wrong place. According to USA Today, you should pack an adaptor, comfortable walking shoes, and plan your outfits according to the climate it will be when you arrive.

Sometimes things don’t go as planned and people are forced to work around it.

“We thought that we were going to a national park, but ended up changing because we only had a certain amount of time there and wanted to get as much in as we could,” said senior Alexa Benglen. When traveling, one important skill to have is flexibility. Things may not go as planned. The lines may be long and take up valuable time or flights may be delayed. It’s important to be able to make quick decisions and to always have a plan B.

Always make sure to keep an open mind when going to another country as you will see many differences, but also some similarities.

“My advice for people who are traveling for the first time [would be to] keep an open mind. Things will be different and you will experience culture shock,” said Chapman. “I think the most annoying thing that people can do is say ‘It’s not like this in America.’ Nobody wants to hear that. They just want to see you enjoying another culture.”

The world is full of different people, cultures, and customs. Traveling allows you to both see and immerse yourself in both of these and also learn how to appreciate a culture that isn’t your own. Planning is crucial to any trip and becomes of chief importance when traveling abroad. It’s important to not only plan well, but also to keep an open mind and be flexible to ensure that all your moo-la doesn’t go to waste.

About Us

It’s Snow Joke

The science behind the snow (or lack thereof)

By Larissa Geilen, Grace Miller, and Hannah Schlote

 

Many people are wondering where the snow is this year, and rightfully so. In a state that is known for things like the Steamboat Springs champagne powder, it can be baffling to have a dry ski season. Many people have been pointing to La Niña as the culprit.

La Niña is a natural phenomenon caused by unusually cold ocean temperatures in the pacific. Typically colder ocean temperatures lead to colder conditions in the northern United States. The northernmost areas of the Rockies can usually see more snow in a La Niña year and most of the northern and midwestern United States are often slammed with snow because of this.

AP environmental science teacher Elizabeth Kirkpatrick has noticed the recent La Niña conditions as well.

“When we look at La Niña events recorded this year, weather in the western US is drier and warmer than usual due to the jet stream being altered slightly from its typical path,” Kirkpatrick said. “According to the NOAA website, meteorologists have recorded warmer temperatures and below average snowfall in Denver during 79% of the La Nina events since 1950.”

Colorado’s front range doesn’t receive much snow when La Niña is a factor, and this year many of Colorado’s mountain resorts have been faced with a lack of snowfall as well. Since states like Colorado and Utah aren’t specifically north or south, but in the middle, it can be hard to foresee the effects of La Niña on snowfall. However, it’s important to remember that La Niña isn’t the only factor influencing weather conditions in the United States. Routine changes in temperature and air pressure, wind direction, and humidity can also lead to significantly drier winter conditions.

The lack of snowfall is certainly disappointing for avid skiers and snowboarders, but it also affects daily life in the Denver-metro area as well. Kids haven’t been going sledding as often and, as far as Douglas County is concerned, there haven’t been any snow days. On the flip-side, though, we haven’t had to shovel our driveways as much as usual. Perhaps going forward we need to improve our snow day rituals in an effort to save this snowless season.

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Opinion

The Biggest Change America Needs

And how it needs to begin now

By Alec Thomas

All right, so this week I’m going to be talking (writing?) about something that has bothered me ever since sixth grade. Specifically what I’m trying to get at here is doing the dreaded group projects. Holy hell. This might be one of the worst parts of education in America. These projects are the relationship ruiners, the mind frustrating nights you spend trying to get everything done, and (don’t forget) the hair pulling exhaustion you’re put through with other people.

So let’s very quickly summarize all the people in the group project. You all know the four I’m talking about. The two that sit there on their phones with each other on Snapchat, the one that’s working extremely hard, and then one that thinks they’re helping, but they’re just honestly not. The person that’s working extremely hard (usually me) does all the work and ends up getting an A on the project, but in doing so, gets credit for everyone. The two who were on their phones and the person who thinks they’re helping also get credit, where the credit wasn’t even close to being due.

This is just one of the worst things that can happen to any person, seeing as most of the time the person who works extremely hard usually is exhausted and irritated by everyone else in the group. What’s sad more is that the person that works extremely hard is more annoyed by the person who thinks they’re helping than the two on their phones the entire time. The person who thinks they’re helping just causes more destruction, and when they try to end up “helping” the hard working person, the hard working person just has to clean up the pile of (explicit word) that the “helpful” person has left behind. It makes the work twice as hard and doesn’t even pay off that well when all you get in the end is an A.

This is why I believe that the paramount problem that we need to fix inside our education system is group projects. And the more I think about it, it isn’t really “fixing” that we need to do for group projects. We need to eliminate them. Just completely tear them off from all existence and never have them assigned by anyone ever again. They’re not helpful for the kids at all; the only reason they exist is so that teachers have the convenience of seeing multiple topics without having 30 kids present their projects individually. They cause stress and only stress.

Let’s review. Group projects are bad and whoever came up with the idea of group projects should feel bad. This wasn’t a good idea—it still is not a good idea—and it doesn’t benefit anyone but the utter convenience of the teacher inside the class so that they have less to grade and less time to spend presenting them within classes. And it’s a little poppycock that we, as students, have to spend multiple hours on a project that a teacher won’t spend more than 30 minutes grading. This needs to change and it has to start now.

Boys Soccer

Last Game of the Season

It wasn’t what they expected.

By Sam BeDan
The Varsity soccer game on Thursday, Oct. 20 ended with a tied final score of 0-0. Despite the gloomy weather, many fans sat on the sidelines, cheering our Titans out on the field. “[It’s] not the outcome we hoped for, but it was one heck of a game,” junior Keegan Palmore said. The boys didn’t make the playoffs, so the season has come to an end.

Boys Soccer

JV Team’s Tragic Loss

By  Quinn McDowell and Zach Mellema


On Oct. 20, Legend’s JV soccer team played the Heritage Eagles in a tight head-to-head home game, losing 1-0. Heritage’s only goal came with a slight miscommunication with the referee and Legend’s team. Heritage took the ball from Legend, ran with it, and scored. When Heritage scored the goal, the referee never blew the whistle, causing chaos with both teams, parents, students, and fellow teachers. The game then continued with Heritage keeping the goal and Legend losing the game.

“I felt that we were really tough in how we played today,” sophomore Tanner Martin said. “I also feel that we can always make improvements and become stronger together as a team I also thought we became a lot closer in this game then in the past.” Martin felt that he did very well in this game, but he could improve in some areas, such as scoring and passing the ball to other teammates.

“You know what they say, you either win or you lose,” Martin said of their last game of the season. Despite the loss, the JV team finished the year with the respectable record of 6-6-3.

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Volleyball

Falcons Crushed by Titans

How Legend took on and destroyed Highlands Ranch.

By Jason Burke

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There’s a point to a struggle.  A reward in a time of sorrow.  A satisfaction in the brutalization of the enemy.  The lady Titans found that satisfaction, by overcoming the Highlands Ranch Falcons in the Oct. 17th volley ball game.

Our ladies took the Falcons for a crash landing in a brutal 2-0 victory, leaving no chance for Highlands Ranch to retake the game.  The girls were able to outsmart the Falcons, changing up plans and attacking patterns.

Titans are known for their strength, bravery, and ability to pinpoint their foe’s weaknesses.  Our Titans struck where the Falcons couldn’t reach, aimed their attacks at the girls who couldn’t handle a spike, and stood strong in the confidence of their team.

However, where the Falcons really had their wings clipped was in their communication.  Far too many balls were dropped and early celebrations were had to secure them any form of victory.  However, the Titans were strengthened because of their communication.  Every girl knew where to attack, how to attack, and when to attack.  The ball was always passed to the right setter and the set to the right attacker.

With these strengths, it was the Titans’ destiny to win.  Adding another victory to their books is only the beginning of these girls’ legacy.

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Opinion

Presidential Debate or Terrible Sitcom?

Debate between Trump and Clinton very childish.

By Quinn McDowell and Caleb Stuart

After a week of attacks on both sides, the candidates met at Washington University in St. Louis on Oct. 9. With less than a month until Election Day, the second debate was shown in a town hall format, meaning audience members get to ask questions directly to the candidates. Going in, tensions were high, as for the first time the candidates didn’t shake hands at the beginning of the debate.

This is a very consequential debate for Donald Trump. After a tape came out on Friday, Oct. 7, where Trump was recorded saying very misogynistic things about women, many high ranking Republicans have pulled support for him. They and the Republican Party as a whole have said that if Trump didn’t do well at the debate, they will pull their further support and funding. This debate, if Donald Trump didn’t do well, could cripple Trump so close to the election.

It was a very childish debate between two people running for the most important job in the country. Donald Trump consistently complained about the moderators and the job they were doing, and Secretary Clinton was dodging questions she didn’t want to answer. Clinton quoted First Lady Michelle Obama at the beginning, saying “When they go low, we go high.” Clinton tried hard to stick to this, but sometimes she came off as childish, such as when Trump pointed out that First Lady Michelle Obama had made some nasty remarks regarding Clinton during her husband’s campaign.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Clinton won the debate. Despite this, the Republican Party Chairman, Reince Priebus, states “We’re sticking with Trump.”  However, other Republicans, like Paul Ryan, are refusing to campaign with Trump.  According to Real Clear Politics, Clinton has most likely won at least 115 votes while Trump has won at least 49 votes.

In the end, the debate turned into an argument over who had done worse things in their past: delete emails or brag about groping women. Our take on this? Just because Trump did a nasty thing 11 years ago does not mean that he can shrug it off today.  “It’s just locker room talk,” said Trump.  If Trump is not kind to people privately or publicly, how can he be fit to run the United States of America?