ROSIE THE RIVETER by Julia Garcia and Amber Poer

“The career fair showed me I don’t have to be what society wants me to be.”
-Amber Poer, HHS Class of ’13

Women have moved up in the world throughout the century from staying at home to jobs that normally have men in employment. On Friday, May 17th, students from Heritage High School attended the Women in Trade Career Fair in Oregon that is anything but traditional.

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The fair included hands-on activities for women and girls to explore the possibility of taking a future job in the trades. Activities like construction experience, positive skills coaching, and working directly with female role models were available at the career fair.
High-paying trades like plumbing and construction were encouraged careers for young women to pursue because women have remained 2.5% of the construction-trades skilled workforce for the last 30 years.

Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. who runs the Women in Trade Career Fair has been doing it since 1993 to increase the number of women working in the trades and to help fill the gap in the labor force that has dropped because upcoming retirements of skilled trades people.

BASES BALL by Julia Garcia and Cody Calhooooooooooooooooooooon

This baseball season, Heritage players have hit a grand slam in performance. Ranked 105th in high school baseball in Washington, Heritage T-Wolves headed to Tacoma Saturday for state after a gruesome game against Skyview for the district title. They got 2nd in districts, and were awarded 6th in state.

Senior Dakota Clevidence was named player of the year for a .523 batting average in which he hit 5 homeruns—three in the same game. He was also chosen for 1st team all-league first baseman along with others on the team.

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“I feel accomplished and proud that my hard work paid off,” Dakota commented.

Senior Alex Smith was also chosen for 1st team all-league pitcher for his outstanding job as pitcher in which he “puts the light out” as said by another team mate. Senior Timmy Hergert was also chosen as 1st team short baseman.

“We’re like family. We’re closer than any other team I’ve been on,” Dakota comments. “The coaches trust in us to play, they let us play,” and trust that they will do the right thing. The coaches are not the only people to keep the players pumped and in control but also the ones on the bench. The players who stay in it even if they don’t play, who talk when others don’t. The benchwarmers brought the success too.

SECURITY BLANKET by Kristen Buehner

Images by Jessi Proulx

Lady Liberty turns her face as the buildings fall to dust

The news stations play the same questions over and over and over.
They call all the people who have a drop of an opinion on the matter.
They crowd the faces of elected officials, law enforcement, innocent bystanders,
Anyone with an inkling of sense still rattling around their dust-filled brains behind their dust-filled eyes
And they draw half-answers out of them with a slow syringe, and distribute them through radio waves and TV broadcasts as security blankets, and they just keep talking
Because the silence of unanswered questions is too loud for them to bear. Read more

DAYBREAK by Julia Garcia

Images by Amber Poer

The doors open to the truck. I grab the lever in the bottom right to let me out of the backseat and step onto the gravel. The three of us walk along the path created by the footsteps of previous adventurers—Dom the leader, me in the middle, and Brandon as the caboose. We trek over one hill, through some bushes, over another hill and finally to our destination.

A permanent tent lies at the bottom of the hill covered with a blue tarp angled around a tree. Beer caps hammered in by previous campers snake up the tree, giving it flimsy coat of armor seven feet up its trunk. Memories—beautiful, yet destructive.

We wait for Amber and Nick to arrive. Brandon crosses the two-feet-deep water in search of a walking stick but finds broken glass bottles sitting under the water. With disgust all over his face, he reaches under the water to grab Read more

WRITE IT DOWN by Kristen Buehner

On the 13th of March, two AP Lit classes and two AP Lang classes wandered down to HHS’s library and sat down at the tables in the back corner, there to listen to their guest speaker from Seattle talk about her book. Her name was written on the board in Ms. Zadeh’s neat handwriting:

“Jacqueline Moulton, writer, artist, teacher.”

Jackie, as Ms. Zadeh called her, stood shorter than about three-quarters of the kids in the room. Her large red-rimmed glasses matched her lipstick. She paced back and forth as her royal blue skirt swirled beneath her, and presented her ideas about the fear that inevitably comes with the creative process. Her soliloquy came with genuine earnest and cat-lady humor. She spoke, unscripted and enthusiastically, about fear and creating and failure to an audience of slouching English kids, all mesmerized by this colorful and Miss-Frizz-from-the-Magic-School-Bus-but-with-tattoos-like-person.

Her book “The Day I Was Too Afraid to Jump Off the Highdive & Other Tales of Fear and Trepidation,” presents her numerous ideas about fear in a collection of poems, prose, and pictures. Fears of silly things, like cardboard tampons or stubbing a toe. Fears of big things, like loss, loneliness, unknowns of life. Read more