The Troupe Continues Outside of Shows
By Lauren Penington
Legend’s own thespian troupe found themselves downtown this past weekend at the Colorado Thespian Convention. From dawn to dusk, the members of the society attended workshops, one-acts, and other events to enhance their skills. From acting to dancing to writing, the students took the opportunity to learn and grow their passions.
“I definitely grew out of my shell this weekend — with confidence as well as my skills,” senior Shaylen Flaherty said. “Whether that was my acting and singing skills, improv, or vocal range, I worked to expand myself in all these areas.”
For thespians, this is a world they love. Many of the members look forward to this convention to all year and nothing, not even finals, will stop them from enjoying it.
“I love theatre,” sophomore Olivia Pirello said. “I really enjoy the chance to spend three days getting engrossed in a world I love.”
In addition, most of the troupe took the opportunity to participate in events or challenges. In individual events, students perform pieces they have prepared for judges and receive a rating for their performance.
“I chose a song that I’d been working on for a while,” senior Alison Odekirk said. “I knew it would be a good chance for me to develop my skills and take some risks. I felt like I really learned a lot and got to try some new things.”
Odekirk also took the opportunity to watch several other events to learn from them.
“I felt like I got some new perspectives by watching other people perform and got more comfortable taking risks in my own performance” Odekirk said.
Legend’s Tech Challenge participants brought the school a stunning second place win.
This was not the only success of the convention: senior Sunjoi Gandhi was the recipient of two awards. She received the Critic’s Choice for Stage Management as well as the coveted Tech Scholarship — a $2,000 reward.
Every moment of the weekend sparked growth and passion in Legend’s theatre troupe.
Is it safe enough for school?
By Kyra Klay
We students are definitely not the most experienced drivers. When it comes to snow and inexperienced drivers, it will result in a recipe for disaster. Spring in Colorado tends to bring most of the snow. It could be 55 degrees and sunny one day, but 20 and snowing the next.
According to studies from SafeWinterRoads.org, over 1,300 people are killed and more than 116,800 people are injured in vehicle crashes on snowy, slushy or icy pavement annually. This statistic is referring to all ages, not specifically new or younger drivers but out of the 1,300 killed a large amount of drivers are high school students.
Just this year alone there have been multiple days since second semester started that we still had school and did not even a delay when the roads were extremely unsafe. I am a junior at Legend High School, and I drive an all wheel drive Volkswagen which does not do well in the snow at all. When I wake up in the morning and know the roads are bad, I get nervous when I have to drive in unsafe road conditions. We as students have no choice in going to school and our district needs to be sure they are taking all aspects into consideration before making the decision of keeping school on a normal schedule in adverse weather.
High school students are new to the roads, and are not experienced with driving in bad weather or just driving in general. Having thousands of students on the road during a snowstorm is no where near safe for the students, or anyone on the roads. All in all, Douglas County School District along with all other Districts for K-12 schools need to be on high alert for incoming weather alerts and consideration for students safety when making decisions.
Life can be stressful. We deal with that stress through sports, video games, shopping, being active, but sometimes the stress can be too much to keep in and we take it out on our friends, family, or even strangers. This week, I will go over tips to staying positive when dealing with a lot of stress.
1. Get Organized
– Making a list of things you have to get done will help, you won’t forget to do something if you have it all written down in one place. Going off of that, organizing your room and binders will help you feel more put-together and ready to get more done.
2. Talk to Friends
– Talking about what stressed you out will help release some of the feelings that make you feel angry or upset about small things. It’s okay be be stressed, but talking about it and learning how to deal with it is a huge step towards being more positive.
3. Take Time for Yourself
– Take some time to paint your nails or do a facemask and relax! You’ll be more productive and positive when you take some time to yourself. As for you guys, same goes to you! Try a facemask, watch some of your favorite TV shows, and take some time just for you.
4. Focus on only what you have control over.
– If you can’t change something, why worry about it? Bad grades can be fixed, it does more damage to yourself to stress about things you no longer have control over. Instead, study for that next quiz or test and practice so you’re better prepared next time.
5. One thing at a time
– Don’t try to get 10 things done at once, focus on one task at a time, take breaks, and do them in order of most stressful to least. For example, if you have a test, a quiz, and two homework assignments all due tomorrow, study for the test, then the quiz, then do both homework assignment. Make sure you aren’t multi-tasking, and if needed, go back and study a little more after everything else is done.
The issues with our parking lot
By Zoe Cox
With or without snow on the ground in the blue and orange lots, the parking lots before and after school are a disaster. It seems to most juniors and seniors that as more and more parking passes get sold to the newly licensed sophomores, more and more parking tickets are being given to students.
It’s beginning to become frustrating to all upperclassmen. Most of us have first off, have an appointment for something before school, or are just having a rough morning and are running late. So for the administration to blame us for not being able to find parking is ridiculous.
We’ve been told that if we get here earlier, then there are many places to park. Although that is true, sometimes life happens and not everyone can get to school right on time, and many upperclassmen do not have a first period.
The lots are filling up faster as the year goes on and it becomes harder and harder to find a parking spot. Some days, there are none. When there are no more spots left, and a new tardy rule being held at our school, it is impossible to blame the students for having to make up their own parking spots. Even if a student were to show up early they will end up being late to class due to looking for a spot.
Also, giving student parking tickets for being forced to park in an endcap or a handicap spot is ridiculous. We are all teenagers and we know better than to park in those spots, however, it is challenging when we are only left with those options.
As upperclassmen, we have all paid a huge out of our own paychecks in order to park in the parking lots at our school. We have been given more responsibility as we have grown up, and most of us don’t have a choice other than to drive to school. So, yes, it is frustrating when we are given another fee for not parking in an actual spot, when really, it was our only choice. We pay for a spot in our parking lot, so we should be able to have one everyday without any trouble.
Let’s turn the heat up!
By Zoe Cox
Throughout the 2018-19 school year there has been an obvious change in the temperature at Legend. Of course, as the seasons come and go throughout the year, both weather and temperature change. We come to school after a long summer only to transition to a beautiful, but cold fall. We finally pass our finals and are let out of school to enjoy our winter break. Then comes spring where everything comes back to life and temperatures start to become warm again. However, the temperature being referred to is not at all based on the weather outside; it is solely based on the freezing cold temperatures inside our learning environment each and every day.
A good variety of our peers could tell you the exact same thing; our school isn’t too hot or just right, it is freezing. By taking a closer look inside each classroom, there are easily a handful of people shivering while listening to a lecture, or wearing extra layers while taking their tests. Not only do people bring their coats to school, but there are a good group of people who bring their blanket to class in order to comfortably learn.
Although it is April, and April in Colorado tends to be colder, these cold temperatures have always been a consistent complaint throughout this entire school year, especially since January. Even when school just got back and temperatures outside were still high, there were always people walking around with a coat in their hand in preparation for sitting in the freezing cold classrooms.
A random poll was made on Twitter last week, which brought attention to the school’s cold temperatures, and allowed a variety of students to share their opinion. Of the 81 Legend students that voted, 63% of them said that they think it is too cold inside Legend.
Based on the poll, it is obvious that more than one person in our school thinks the temperatures are too low inside. In fact, almost two-thirds of students agree, which is a conflict that should be addressed. More than half the students at Legend are too focused on how cold the school is rather than the work and learning in front of them. Because students are so focused on how cold it is inside, they are unable to focus on anything else, such as what they came there to do; to learn.