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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.

 

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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.

 

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Best Teen Bass Player in Colorado

Jake DeMarco wins radio contest.

By Quinn McDowell

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Over the summer, KBPI 106.7 held a contest to find the greatest guitar and bass players in the state. Sophomore Jake DeMarco felt like he was up for the challenge, and entered himself, winning the title of best teen bass player in the state.

DeMarco started playing bass when he received one for his 13th birthday. “I’ve practiced a few hours a day,” DeMarco said, and “about six on weekends.”

DeMarco and his band, The Pedestrians, recently played in the Homecoming parade. His band consists of him on bass, and sophomores Henry Daniels on lead guitar and Josh Martin on drums. Jake has worked hard on his individual bass playing, but he also works hard with his band. In the future, regarding his bass playing, “I always want to improve as much as I can,” said DeMarco.

 

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Dive in Deeper

A quick look into one of Legend’s newest (and slightly controversial) clubs, Philosophy Club.

By Henley Holland 

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A new year spells new beginnings for Legend Titans, and the creation of Philosophy Club is no exception. With the help of Mr. Allen, a new teacher to the Legend family this year, Sophomore Alexandra Huff managed to finally create her idea of Philosophy Club. “I am expecting that kids delve into their souls and discover the answers to life’s most difficult questions,” said Allen of the club. With this club, students are able to delve into topics normally considered controversial or taboo, and freely discuss them without fear of judgment.

The first meeting, on Sept. 20 after school, drew a huge turnout, with over 60 kids showing up. Once everyone settled in, they went right into discussing the possibilities for Philosophy Club. Huff, the club manager, went on to share her idea of making the club a place for “peace, love, and positivity.” This is the first time Legend has had such a club, one where open minded thinking and unfiltered discussion is encouraged and even expected.

The club takes place every Wednesday after school from 3:20 to 4:20 in Mobile 10. “The cool thing about a philosophy club is that it can help kids find the wisdom necessary to overcome all sorts of adversity,” Allen says.

If you enjoy philosophy, or even just want a space where you can discuss your thoughts freely, this is a place now available for students to attend as they please.

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A New Year

A quick preview to the beginning of the upcoming year.

By John Pacheco and Jason Burke

We’re back, folks. The 2016-2017 year is in session, and we’re all giddy with anticipation. There’s a lot coming at ya this year,and students all around are really excited about it.

We also have some pretty cool things that have already come by. The Back to School Dance has come and gone, and so has the Senior Sunrise. Both happened the 12th of August.  However, it’s what’s coming up that’ll really rock this fabulous new year.

Students of all grades can enjoy many things throughout the school this year. Our first formal dance will be the classic homecoming dance.  So, seniors grab your special someone.  Freshman, work up the courage to ask someone.  Everyone else, we trust you can figure it out.  So come have an amazing time dancing and rocking your dressy outfits all night.

The week of the dance, we’ve got the homecoming parade, where the clubs and sports teams march their floats through the streets. Afterwards, all the students gather for a bonfire to kick off the year and greatly increase student morality.

Many seniors have some relatively high goals in mind for this new year. Senior Ian Philben looks forward to changing his grades.

“I’ve been a pretty big procrastinator through my high school career, so I’m definitely going to try and actually do my work this year,” Philben said.

He also has some advice to give out to our new family: “Just do your work and don’t be late.  It’s a lot easier that way.”

Freshman Ellie Wilson is also excited about the new school year: “I’m looking forward to going to a lot of the games and activities.”

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Work Hard, Play Hard.

How students manage to juggle, both work and play in high school
By Dani Martinez

High school is a juggling act. We all try to balance homework, friends, family and sports. Some students, however, add holding down a job into the mix. Staying afloat is a challenge as is, especially when having the responsibility of the workforce on their shoulders.

Holding a job gets hard at times, but it can also be a positive. Having a job on top of family, school, friends and being a part of the Poms team can be a little hard to manage but I make do. I make sure I make time for each part of my life,” sophomore Taylor Lakomy, who works as a hostess at The Egg and I, said .

The benefits seem to outweigh the cons for many students, as they get experience and lessons that they would have never learned while at school.

Having a job has taught me that people aren’t always going to be nice and positive and you have to learn to deal with that with a smile on your face,” Sophomore Emma Jones, who is also a hostess at the Egga and I, said .

Making the decision to start looking for a job is one thing, but getting up off of the couch to start the hunt is the biggest step towards the right direction.

I wanted to make money to be able to do the things that I like to do and also to save for life after high school. I knew that getting a job would also immerse me in the business world and give me work experience to be able to get better jobs down the road and understand the system,”  Junior Noah Bergford, employee at Chik-fil-a said . “I was always asking people for money and I could never go anywhere fun with my friends,“ Lakomy agreed.  

They have plenty of advice to share with students who are either on the job hunt or are considering looking into starting their search.

“Having a job is a serious matter,” Jones advised. ”You can’t slack off or procrastinate or else you will be fired.”

Another key factor when looking for a job, is the flexibility the employer has with schedules

It is important to get a job where your employer will be flexible with your schedule in regards to school and to any events you might do outside of school. get a job where you will be comfortable with the managers and employees. Don’t settle for just any job, but get the right job for you.” Bergford said.

They also advise however, that having a job isn’t necessarily the right path for all students.

“Having a job takes time out of things you could otherwise be doing. Sometimes students with jobs are going to have to sacrifice things they wish they could do for work. If you have a job you will have less time to do homework at reasonable hours,“ Bergford said.

Jones brings up the idea, that for certain students, having a job may not be the right choice.

“If someone is overwhelmed with sports and school work, a job would not be a good option.”

Choosing a workplace however, is the most crucial part of the entire process. The place and the people is what can make or break someone’s job experience.

“The working environment is extremely professional, clean, and positive. The franchise that I work for only hires the best, so I knew that I would be working with people who have similar values as me and who are hard workers.” Bergford said. .

Aside from the tough hours, rude customers, and homework piling up, everything is worth it at the end of the day.

In the end, it’s so nice to know that you’re making your own money and not depending on other people.” Jones said. .

Part of the experience of working while still in high school is also the close-knit group of people that you work with

It is incredible getting to meet new people every day and having the chance to make a difference in someone’s day in a positive way. It is always nice making people laugh and smile.” said Bergford.