Legend’s Performance at DECA state competition
By Ronak Dsouza
Business is booming for Legend’s DECA program. Over the past weekend, many fellow Titans competed in the annual DECA state competition. The event, held at the Broadmoor, happened over the span of three days.
The first day, Sunday, was the first round for all of the written events. The next day the individuals who performed the best were then selected to compete in the final round. Also on Sunday was the first round for the roleplay events with the finals round occuring on Tuesday. Awards were given to the top performers at the competition after the roleplay finals. These winners then subsequently qualified for the international conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
This year’s competition was record-breaking for Legend as there were more international qualifiers than in previous years.
“We had 15 people qualify to go to Nashville,” said senior Ashley Lawson.
Additionally, the time not competing was just as memorable for the DECA students.
“We were able to stay in the Broadmoor this year,” said senior Rachel Derose. “It was super exciting and we all had a lot of fun.”
In the end, the main highlight was the great memories and companionship created at the competition.
“It was really good to see Legend bring around 70 people to state,” said senior Rachel Derose. “As a DECA officer team, it felt good to see that the hard work of many members paid off.”
Here’s hoping Legend’s success will continue at the international conference in Nashville.
The school once again beats own personal record in money raised for wish week
By Lauren Penington
Wish Week is a long-awaited tradition each year at Legend. Each Wish Week, the current classes take it upon themselves to beat the previous classes record. This is competition raises more and more money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 2019 was the first year that Legend broke the amount of $100,000. But 2020 rose even above that, raising a total of $115,628.80.
This week holds a special place in the hearts of many students and teachers, but freshman will always remember their first.
“I really enjoyed Wish Week. Even though I was busy with the play and couldn’t attend some of the events it was still really fun and I’m glad I got to participate,” freshman Thomas Mclaren said. “I really want to keep that tradition of raising more money because it’s really cool to see all these kids going on their wish trips.”
Just as freshman are commemorating their first, seniors are basking in their final Wish Week they will be involved in at Legend.
“I’ve really enjoyed watching the school come together for a good cause,” senior Ashlyn Smith said. “It’s always lots of fun, but of all the Wish Weeks I’ve been a part of at Legend I’m glad this was the last. It seems like a good high to end on, this Wish Week was definitely my favorite. I went to more events than in past years and participating more made me really enjoy the week.”
The seniors also enjoy raising more money than in previous years, happy to see their hard work paying off in meaningful ways.
“There’s definitely a competitive aspect to Wish Week, more than the boys versus girls,” senior Madison Travis said. “As seniors, we want to raise more than the previous year. I didn’t think we’d be able to do that this year, but I was happy to see everyone come through.”
Ultimately, this week is more than the rewards. While students enjoy class stalls for raising money, the real importance is in the meaning behind the donation. It’s about the kids Legend is able to help grant wishes for. It’s about the message behind Make-A-Wish as a whole, and, in the words of Jesse Van Diver, it’s about giving rather than donating.
Why it may not be as soon as you think
By Madison Schick
Betelgeuse is a star that sits on the shoulder of the Orion constellation. Since it is 1,000 times the size of our sun, we can see it shine from 640 light years away. Classified as a Red Supergiant, it’s one of the brightest stars in the sky, but concerns of it dimming are leading some to conclude it’s about to supernova.
High mass stars do tend to have shorter life-spans than small/medium sized stars like our sun, therefore stars like Betelgeuse only live for millions of years whilst our sun can live for billions. Scientists have started to talk about how Betelgeuse is nearing the end of its life, but in reality the end is still about a million years away.
Betelgeuse is a variable star, meaning it dims and brightens in periods over the years.