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What’s Cooking!

With the weather cooling down, many people may see themselves holed up in their houses. While this might bring the satisfaction of staying in a warm, cozy house, it also means having to cook food at home. While some may be chefs in the kitchen, many high schoolers still struggle to cook for themselves. Not to fear, cooking club is here!

Starting back up on January 17th, Legend’s cooking club will help students learn how to cook different dishes. This year, the club founder and president, senior Veronica Knott, is looking to make cooking club more inviting and educational than ever.

From holiday classics to baking essentials, the club has covered some of the most common dishes. However, this year the club is looking to expand their efforts to brand new foods. 

“We are looking to create and cook new types of foods from different types of culture,” said senior Veronica Knott. “It is going to be very exciting.” 

She also wants to expand cooking club’s reach to include more people, returners and newbies alike.

“It’s a great time because you get to eat a lot of food,” said senior Veronica Knott. “You get to actually make some really interesting and delicious dishes with your friends.”

Happy Accidents

As brushes swept and colors swirled across the canvas, one man’s calm voice guided the students in their painting journey.

Wednesday night marked the National Art Honor Society’s annual Bob Ross painting night. This marked the second year for the event and had a record turnout of over thirty students.

“It was a fun and relaxing experience,” senior Jordan Dockery said. “It was a fun way to get people more interested in art.”

The night consisted of an episode of Bob Ross’s show The Joy of Painting and following his tutorial. All of the art supplies were provided by National Art Honor Society through Ms. Hunter.

National Art Honor Society consists of art students from a wide range of mediums, not solely drawing and painting. While this event may have been more painting-focused, it did not shun away those with different artistic abilities.

“Even though I am bad at painting and do photography instead,” senior Kate Brunetti said. “I still had a lot of fun.”

Brunetti is an officer for National Art Honor Society, helping with planning and running this event. Apart from the art education it provides, she wants to highlight the bonus benefits.

“I think it is a great stress reliever to have before finals,” said senior Kate Brunetti. “You can just hang out with your good friends and bond with them over your love for Bob Ross and painting, in general.”

She hopes that this event will continue to as successful even after she graduates.

DECA Does It!

It is finally that time of year! It is DECA Districts! This past Tuesday was the district competition for DECA and was arguably one for the books.

The Legend DECA program saw a great deal of state qualifiers, adding to the great year for the program. There were around sixty state qualifiers from Legend. This also lead to Legend winning the most awards in the competition.

The Legend DECA program’s success could also be attributed to the new changes implemented. 

“I think this year was a lot better for DECA because we actually did roleplay practice in our business classes,” said senior Adit Desai. There was also a larger officer team allowing for more management and planning for the 100+ students in DECA. 

“They did a good job of having a lot of practice sessions to practice our roleplay,” said senior Ashley Lawson. Lawson qualified for state along with her partner, senior Allison Kramer, in her event: Travel and Tourism.

Now the program looks at ahead towards the state competition.

“I joked with my partner that we were going to state,” said senior Ashley Lawson, “and now I am actually going! It has definitely made me very excited about DECA and going to the Broadmoor.”

The DECA state competition will occur from the 22nd to the 25th of February.

Emma Dobrec Makes Her Long Awaited Return to the Court

It’s been eight long months for senior Emma Dobrec. After tearing her peroneal tendon in her ankle, she finally made her long-awaited return on Tuesday night.

“It’s been intense. It’s been a lot of running and jumping and trying to regain my balance. Cause I lost a lot of muscle and control of my ankle after they went through and did everything they had to.” Dobrec said on her rehab.

Her return came somewhat unexpectedly. She was permitted to rejoin in basketball activity just a few weeks ago, and would slowly start ramping up activity. She got the call that she was going to play in the game on Tuesday against Heritage High School about an hour before she was supposed to get to the gym for warm-ups.

“It was amazing honestly, cause I’ve worked so hard to like come back finally. Like it’s been probably four months of rehab like after the surgery, so once I finally got into a game, it just felt right. I was really excited… oh yeah, always nervous,” Dobrec said.

It was an outstanding game for the Legend girls team overall. They finished the night with a 42-10 blowout against Heritage. The game was headlined by a first-half that ended with a 24-0 shutout.

“I’m just glad I could not like screw up a win,” she said.

There wasn’t much to screw up. Everybody had it going on both ends of the floor.

As for Emma, that was the last step of a very long and very strenuous eight months. Now, her eyes are set on helping her team finish the season strong and towards achieving her goal of playing basketball at the college level.

Signing For Their Future

Senior Athletes Committing To Colleges

By Ronak Dsouza

Last Wednesday, many Legend seniors took part in National Signing Day. The ceremony had one of the largest groups of seniors committing in Legend history with fifteen committing. 

“It was really cool because I didn’t expect that many students to sign,” said senior Josh Smith. 

These group of seniors had already gone through the signing process earlier. The ceremony was more for recognizing the students’ athletic endeavors.

“You have to do the actual signing at home at 7 o’clock,” said senior James Lemons. “The ceremony is more for show and recognition, so for my signing I drew a picture of a dog.

Student athletes committed in a variety of sports, ranging from football to soccer to wrestling. 

For many of these students, it has been a lifelong goal to commit and participate in athletics in college.

“UNC has been my dream school for a while for athletics,” said senior Lucy Roberts. “It was really exciting to commit because I had been waiting for it, for a while.”

Lucy, along with many of the other signing students, has been competing in her respective sport, soccer, for a large part of their life.

“I’ve been playing golf since I was pretty young, so it’s always been a dream of mine to continue playing in college,” said senior Clara Hosman. 

Although this has been a dream come true for many of the athletes, the actual Signing Day event was full of mixed emotions.

“At first I was really nervous but when it was my turn to go up and sign, I was really excited for my next chapter in life,” said senior Sydney Dreiling.

The event signals the start of the oncoming end for the senior class and the close graduation date.

Procrastination: The Silent Killer

How to Avoid Procrastination and Make Your Schedule Work for You 

By Lauren Penington

You start the essay, then realize it will be 11:59 within the hour, or even less, before the assignment locks. However, many times this is not a result of an overly busy workload, but poor planning and time management — or even avoiding the assignment altogether. In order to avoid the stress of late assignments or approaching deadlines, here are some easy ways to stay on top of the workload. 

1. Make Priority Lists

Looking at a long list of everything due from tomorrow to next month can easily become overwhelming. To conquer the list and get what you need done, making certain assignments a priority can help ease the workload. For instance, if one item is due at midnight and another doesn’t need to be done until the following week, it only makes sense to complete the one due first prior to the one due second, even if the other project is bigger or more interesting. Making these lists can help you visualize your due dates and create a schedule that will best suit your needs for your classes, tests, and homework. 

2. Utilize Your Time

It can feel as though we either need to finish the assignment in one sitting, or not do it at all. However, ten minutes every morning or a half hour after school can be just as productive as spending hours finishing the project in one sitting — perhaps even more, because it allows you the opportunity to work on a variety of projects/assignments that need completing, instead of just the one. Little amounts of productivity in random places add up quick, lessening the stress of the workload while allowing it to fit into your schedule, instead of having to change your routine to accommodate the work. 

3. Set Mini-Deadlines for Yourself

Going along with the previous idea of not finishing the assignment in one go, it can be helpful to break up the assignment into parts and complete those on a miniaturized schedule that ends with the real due date. For instance, if you are assigned an essay on Friday, due in two weeks, then you might have a solid topic by Monday, a rough draft by Friday, and then spend time the following week editing the essay, getting feedback, and nicening up the work. 

4. Take a Break

It does no good to overwork yourself. A tired, overworked brain can be just as bad as not doing the assignment altogether. A constant feeling of lethargy does little to inspire motivation. It may be helpful to time yourself and work on an interval schedule (for every half hour of studying, take a five minute break). 

5. Make it Fun

Organize incentives to encourage productivity. Research has shown that the human brain responds well to stimulus and rewards, helpful in creating good habits. It certainly makes studying a lot more fun when you know there’s a reward at the end. The frequency of these incentives depend on the person. Some may enjoy a small treat at the end of every chapter, others may do it by assignment, while some may prefer one big celebration at the end of studying. 

Legend Gives Back

Legend Organizes Food Drive

By Ronak Dsouza

The month of December often sees an increase in donations, especially that of food to those in need, as people find themselves in the holiday spirit. However, after the month passes donations tend to die down. What happens to those in need after the holiday season is over?

“There are a lot less donations in January to food banks compared to other months,” senior Carson Cramer said. “There is much more of a struggle to feed people this month.”

He, along with seniors Adit Desai, Lucas Ericson, and Andrew Lapoint, decided to help combat this issue by starting a food drive in Legend. Their solution has been in the works for a while.

“We started an organization, the Parker Food Rescue,” senior Adit Desai said. “We got it formalized with the IRS last August.”

From their Food Drive at Legend alone, they have received 280 pounds of donations, however the group’s work is not limited to Legend.

“We do food pickups every week after school,” senior Lucas Ericson said. “We take the donations from stores over to Southeast Christian.”

After their recent success at Legend and other participating stores, the group of boys are now looking to grow even more.

“Our plan for the future is to work with various grocery stores and restaurants in the Parker area to deliver food to more food banks and people in need,” senior Andrew Lapoint said.

Unified for Unified

Unified’s Recognition by Special Olympics

By Ronak Dsouza

The first assembly of the second semester was a historic first as Legend was honored as a nationally recognized Special Olympics school. This recent achievement is thanks to the Unified program, consisting of both teachers and students, and partners. Partners are students who choose to help out with the Unified program acting as peers.

“It feels great to be a partner because we get to help the kids pursue their dreams of playing sports,” junior Haile Hock said.

Students involved as partners enjoy the experience.

“It’s definitely one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had in high school,” senior Sara Fox said. “You get to play sports with some of the best kids in the school and really learn what it means to be happy.”

The partnership aspect of the Unified program played a large part in the Special Olympics school recognition, however two leaders of the Unified program applied for the honor.

“The leaders of our Unified program, Jeremy Dorr and Karen Forbes, went through a really arduous application process,” senior Sara Fox said. “They had to talk and write to a lot of different people and organizations in order for the program to be nationally recognized.”

This makes the assembly the icing on the cake for the Unified program after all of the hard work put in to be recognized for their success.

“The assembly was really great because it felt good for the kids to be recognized for going above and beyond with their lives and extracurricular activities,” junior Haile Hock said.

The recognition assembly included a visit by former Bronco Steve Atwater and the Broncos mascot Miles as well as Special Olympics.

Google Photos vs Apples Photos

Which of these apps is better to trust to sort and save all of your memories?

By Tobias Estrella

With our reliance on our cell phones for communication has also lead to reliance for storage. Smartphones have awesome cameras we use to capture memories within the moment in high-quality images and videos. However, as this data builds up, it becomes more and more difficult to find certain videos. Technology giants Apple and Google both have their own universal apps that sort your photos and videos not only by date, but also by person, event, colors, and more. Which should you use to keep your important moments?

Both apps rely on the sorting method of albums. Apples sort in videos, selfies, live photos, portraits, slo-mos, screenshots, and so on. Google photos have fewer categories with more broad descriptions; people, places, things. In the main photos menu, Apple and Google sort photos by exact day, month, and year. When looking for a specific date, Apple gives you all of the units of time for you to narrow down your search. Google has a scroll bar on the side that scrolls through photos and tell you when the photos are from. Google’s method is significantly faster, but Apple’s feels more immersive since as you go through previews are shown of highlights.

These apps also both integrate in their respective artificial assistants, Google Assistant and Siri. This artificial intelligence allows the user to search for certain people through facial recognition, tag a photo to its location, and extract text. Apple has the upper hand here in that it also includes categories, like swimming, beaches, snow, or sports. Using my own photo libraries, both apps were able to identify people with surprising accuracy, even recognizing them in low resolution and old photos. 

Where the apps differ most is within editing and sharing. Editing photos in Google has more automated options, such as filters or intelligent corrections, whereas Apple’s contains more sophisticated adjustments. Google Photos also focuses on sharing photos through other apps and the cloud. You can put the photo to nearly any app that can take photos. Apple, on the other hand, retains you within the Apple ecosystem, such as Apple Mail or iMessage. This would be a disadvantage except the focus is more on sharing between devices rather than sharing between apps. AirDrop is a quick and efficient way to send and receive full quality images in what seems like an instant through magic.

Overall, Google’s Photos app is more universal. You can access it anywhere at any time, no matter the operating system or device. It is all connected through your google account. However, Apple’s Photos has more useful features for users that have plenty of Apple products and plan on sharing mostly with other Apple users. All in all, these two are the best options for sharing photos with friends, storing pictures of homework for school, or sorting funny memes.

TSA Taking it to State

In the district competitions, many of Legend’s TSA members will be progressing to state.

By Tobias Estrella

TSA—the Technology Student Association—is the program to join if you are a technological affluent kind of person. It is an opportunity for students to take their learning in sciences, math, and engineering into applications. One of the most important aspects of TSA is competition where members have the opportunity to test their skills against other students. These competitions allow members to bond through completing difficult intellectual challenges.

“TSA has connected my team and I with a lot of people that share our same interests and in that way guided the creation of our company. It gave us the tools and inspiration to start building apps for personal benefit. I also participate in Software development with a few of my friends so we can all improve our overall skills within our personal software business,” said Steven Kuyon, 12

To complete the projects to compete in district, members had to spend numerous hours to design and create their projects. Many members spent long nights days before the competition to perfect their projects.

“The best part of the whole experience is the sense of completion at the end. A lot of time is spent with your friends building the projects so it’s really awesome when you get to finally present something you made to compete with,” said Kuyon.

The FractlyDev team placed in Webmaster, Software Developement, and Engineering Design, among other awards received by Legend students. These awards and experiences are relevant for the members not only today but for the rest of their careers.  

“The skills and awards I earn through TSA will benefit me by first, having proof of my talent, and second providing me with experience relevant to what I want to do later in life. The best thing I got from this was friends,” said Ethan Alvey, 12

As Legend TSA students advance into state competitions, only more awards and success are to come.