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DECA Does It, Again!

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.

Legend Breaks the Bank

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.

When to Take an AP Class

The pros and cons of taking an AP course

By Lauren Penington

PROS:

Academic Rigor

When enrolling for classes you need to not only consider what will be beneficial to your learning, but what will look good on a transcript. Colleges are more likely to be impressed by a student willing to push themselves in advanced classes. You will get a more in-depth understanding of the subject matter and be able to boost your GPA.

Scholarships

Because AP classes demonstrate academic rigor and can result in a higher GPA, they can give you an opportunity to qualify for grants and scholarships. If you score above a 3 on the end of year exam, many colleges and universities will accept the test as college credit. This allows you a head start on that area and getting a few credits out of the way. However, if the AP class pertains to your major, beware. Many schools recommend you do not skip classes dealing with your area of study lest you forget material, fall behind, or lack significant knowledge necessary for the higher level classes. 

Preparedness

Taking a more in-depth class, especially one relating to your potential career, will help you in the transition to college. You will be at an advantage by already having a background in the information. It will certainly make the transition easier and allow you time to gain stable footing in your new college life.

CONS:

Challenging Coursework

If you struggle in school, AP classes may not be the best choice. They require a significant amount of commitment — both in and out of school hours. Projects, tests, and lessons found in normal classes are mirrored in AP courses to a more advanced degree. Be prepared to dedicate hours to studying and homework for each course.

Challenging Areas

For example if you do not enjoy chemistry, it is for the best that you do not enroll in AP Chemistry. The subject matter may be more difficult or less interesting, hurting your performance in the class. Just because an AP class looks impressive does not mean that colleges will rank an C in one over an A in a regular course. 

Rubric Grading

The final exam is based on a rubric. This may be appealing to some, but for others, not so much. It can be difficult to showcase your ability while maintaining the guidelines set. Furthermore, the questions on the exam are randomized but can lean heavily toward one area of the subject. Even if you are solid on the rest of them test, if the test is centered around your weakest unit, it can deter your score.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

Maleficent Provides New Twist on Classic

By Doann Tran

Angelina Jolie as Maleficent in Disney's MALEFICENT credit: Disney
Angelina Jolie as Maleficent in Disney’s MALEFICENT credit: Disney

In this new take on the classic Sleeping Beauty fairytale story, Maleficent, a beautiful winged fairy falls in love with a human, by the name of Stefan. where they grew up together in the peaceable forest kingdom. Little did she know, Stefan turned cold and bitter while longing for power, which eventually separated the two people for the time being.

Until one day, when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land, Maleficent rises to be the forest’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately faces a rude awakening – a betrayal from Stefan himself. While she was sleeping, Stefan decided to cut off both of her wings so that he may present them to a dying King Henry in order to be the named successor of the throne.

This act only took her pure heart and molded it into stone, ridden with only one thing- revenge.

To avenge herself, Maleficent arrives at King Stefan’s kingdom and casts an irreversible evil spell on the newly crowned King’s first born child, Aurora. Fearing for Princess Aurora’s life, King Stefan sent her away until the day after she turned sixteen.

Day after day, Maleficent watches over her. As Aurora grows, Maleficent grows fond of her and starts to realize that she may hold the key to peace between the two kingdoms, and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.

Overall, the movie turned out to be fun to watch with many twists and turns. Although I was a little skeptic about this since I am a true believer of the original Sleeping Beauty story, it proved to be a tale of female empowerment, romance, as well as deviousness.

Angelina Jolie’s portrayal of Maleficent came to life in full form with her stunning skills and presence. It was amusing to see Jolie play a role that required a lot of nuances to pull of this character with a multitude of depth and dimensional image.

With the actors, theme, and excellent story line that tied it all together, it was a spectacular balance. Although keeping some humorous Disney moments, the movie producer also included a dark tone, or a mix between villains that are both good and bad.

I recommend this movie to all families as it proved to be a remarkable adaptation from the classic fairytale, Sleeping Beauty- “Only may she wake from a true love’s kiss, from Prince Charming himself.”

10 Places to Go This Summer

By Doann Tran

Steamboat Springs is a beautiful place to spend the summer. Photo by Steamboat Today
Steamboat Springs is a beautiful place to spend the summer. Photo by Steamboat Today

 

Where to go, what to do? Top 10 Summer things to do!

1. Waterworld – With the temperatures rising above 80 degrees everyday, spending a day at a waterpark to cool yourself down is the way to go! My personal favorite rides would be the “Revolution” and the “Space Bowl.”

2. Climbing the Incline – You’ve been seeing all your friends refer to it as “Satan’s Stairwell” on Instagram and Twitter, but what exactly is it? Basically, it’s a trail used for hiking that’s about 0.88 miles with steepness around 68% in some areas. A fitness challenge for many, but will YOU be the ONE to attempt it?

3. Steamboat Springs – Most people only go here during the winter, but there are tons of activities for the summer also. Some including the Alpine slide, Gondola Rides in the sky, movies on the mountain, ATV touring, rafting/kayaking, paddle boarding, and more. This is my go-to place.

4. Elitch Gardens – Well, for all the students who took Physics this year, they did not get to go on the annual field trip to Elitches. Quite a bummer, if you ask me. Summer’s the time to make up that field trip, and even go with your friends this time.

5. Parker Days – Woo! The festival has come to Parker. June 13th-15th. It’s the perfect family weekend (or with your friends) to enjoy for the day with a parade, lots of food, carnival rides, and concert stages.

6. Hiking in Garden of the Gods – With 1,300 acres of sandstone and red rocks formations, this park offers many hiking trails for all your outdoorsy desires. It’s also a  free center to the gateway to the geology, ecology and cultural history of the area through hands-on exhibits.

7. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo – Who can go wrong with the Zoo? The Cheyenne Zoo is one of the best zoos to attend, especially since they have meet-and-greets with the Giraffes, where you feed them little bundles of lettuce.

8. Denver Downtown Aquarium – “Under the sea… Under the sea…,” Well, not exactly, but close enough. You can’t go wrong with an underwater adventure with fish, sharks, jellyfish, and even stingrays to pet (and possibly bite off your hand).

9. Take a family trip to Seven Falls – Located in South Cheyenne Canyon, this place highlights seven separate falls as they splash and tumble 181 feet down a sheer granite cliff. Here, you can hike 2 different trails, feed the rainbow trout fish, and take the 224-step stairway to the Midnight Falls where you see an absolutely breathtaking view of Colorado itself. Whoa.

10. College Visits! – Definitely a must. Need I say more? If you’re going to be applying there, might as take some time to visit the campus to see if you actually like it there.

 

Upcoming Summer Movies

The Fault In Our Stars will be released on June 6 and stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.
The Fault In Our Stars will be released on June 6 and stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.

 

By Ashley Keller

Many movies will be appearing on the big screen this summer.  Movies of the summer include light-hearted comedies, sci-fi extravaganzas, superhero adventures, anticipated sequels, and heartwarming romances. These movies are some of the most anticipated of the summer. What better way to spend a hot summer day than in an air-conditioned movie theater? Here is a list of some of the upcoming summer movies:

Comedy movies to be released include:

  • 22 Jump Street, R, June 13
    • Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum,
  • Tammy, R, July 2
    • Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Dan Aykroyd,

Action movies to be released include:

  • Transformers 4: Age of Extinction, PG-13, June 27
    • Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 , PG, June 13
  • Guardians of the Galaxy. PG-13, August 1
    • Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

Drama movies to be released include:

  • The Fault in Our Stars, PG-13, June 6
    • Starring: Shailene Woodley,  Ansel Elgort
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, PG-13 July 11
  • The Giver, August 15
    • Starring: Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep

Sci-Fi movies to be released include:

  • Jupiter Ascending, PG-13, July 18
    • Starring: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum
  • Lucy, PG-13, Aug. 8
    • Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman

Movie Review: ‘Neighbors’ with Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne

By Andy Sidel

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Rose Byrne, left, and Seth Rogen in a scene from "Neighbors."
This image released by Universal Pictures shows Rose Byrne, left, and Seth Rogen in a scene from “Neighbors.”

Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne play a young married couple madly in love with each other. They also have a new baby, and a house. In other words, they’re suddenly adults. No more all-night benders, no more sex without the baby present, perhaps even watching. But that’s the price you pay for growing up, and you know what? Mac and Kelly Radners are happy.

Until a fraternity moves next door—Delta Psi Beta.

Mac and Kelly (Rogen and Byrne) immediately recognize what that means: noise! Noise that will wake the baby. So the Radners head next door to make nice with their new neighbors. Mac bonds with frat the president Teddy, played by Zac Efron, over copious amounts of drugs, booze, and movie quotes.

The following night, the frat throws another wild party. After leaving Teddy (Zac Efron) numerous voicemails, Mac breaks his promise and calls the cops. A heartbroken Teddy declares war on Mac, and the fun begins.

On the surface, “Neighbors” seems like a revenge comedy, but that theory serves as a terrific metaphor. Mac is struggling to break free of his youth and become a full-fledged adult with a child and a house, while Teddy, a college senior who’s poorly prepared to head into the workforce, is distressed over trying to avoid the future. Mac and Teddy are at war with themselves.

Zac Efron finally stripped himself of the High School Musical character he played so long ago and proving that he can be with someone as on his game as Seth Rogen.

The Upside: Pretty much start-to-finish funny

The Downside: The Ike Barinholtz subplot should have been beefed up or cut altogether

On the Side: Turns out Dave Franco does a killer De Niro in Meets the Parents impression.