United In Orange

United In Orange

Broncos v. Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII By: Erika Lane Football is not just a sport here in Colorado. To Broncos fans, it’s a way of life. It’s no secret that in years past, it’s been rough to be a Denver fan, especially in 2010 when the team finished the season with a record of 4-12. […]

Rosetta Spacecraft

Rosetta Spacecraft

A Space Miracle By: Izzy Schneyer January 20th, 2014, marked a day to remember for knowledgeable scientists around the world and avid “space-crazies”. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta Spacecraft arose from its 31-month deep hibernation. Launched in March of 2004, the Rosetta craft surged toward 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a comet four kilometers wide orbiting close to Jupiter. […]

#StopRapeCulture

#StopRapeCulture

By: Brianna Collins There are two types of pains… one that hurts and one that changes.  Some crimes are so entirely horrendous they manage to accomplish both. Does it sound strange if a person is afraid to be alone in public places? After dark? The fear of rape plagues every woman at some point in […]

Why Dogs are BETTER than any other Creature

Why Dogs are BETTER than any other Creature

By: Brianna Collins What makes a dog so special?  Think about it for a minute or two. They slobber, get under your feet and their hair sticks to everything except for themselves. However, when I get home how there is no better feeling than knowing there is someone who doesn’t want to see anyone in […]

Swimming: Pondo vs. Legend

Swimming: Pondo vs. Legend

By: KJ Newkirk As Ponderosa Swim and Dive season is coming to an end, the team went in to their last dual meet with Legend on January 24th. Both teams are made up of very strong swimmers so the stakes were high and it was anyone’s meet. Diving in to the first few events, the […]


Sports

Pondo State Wrestling

Pondo State Wrestling

By: Allie Roberts Thursday February 20, 2014, the biggest weekend for the PHS Wrestling team began. State was held at the Pepsi Center, and was packed with wrestlers, fans, and coaches. The weekend was tiring for Pondo’s wrestlers, but it was all worth it in the end. Ponderosa had two 4th placers. Hayden Karren, a […]

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Campus

District Instructional Rounds

District Instructional Rounds

The Importance By: Baley Bowman Douglas County district recently sent over district representatives to numerous high schools, including Ponderosa to make their rounds. The representatives would sit in classes to observe the kind of interaction teachers had with students. They would then take this data and their input back to Douglas County. Many students at Ponderosa […]

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Opinion

Energy Drink Evaluation

Energy Drink Evaluation

Each day, at some point or another, many of us begin to feel tired and need a jolt of some description to keep us going.  It can be all too easy to reach for a delicious energy drink and keep on moving, but how often do we actually consider the contents of our sugary, vitamin […]

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People Features

Hunter Matney

Hunter Matney

By: Allie Roberts Hunter Matney, a freshman, accepted a spot on the Varsity wrestling team. He wrestles at 106 pounds, and has qualified for state. He has wrestled for eight years, and was home schooled until this year. “I came to Ponderosa because I wanted to wrestle, and all the other schools suck,” says Matney. […]

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Recent Articles

Saint Patrick’s Day in Denver

Saint Patrick’s Day in Denver

Painting the Town Green By Erika Lane Saint Patrick’s Day is designed to celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland who was the first to bring Christianity to Ireland. This holiday brings all people of Irish descent together to take pride in their heritage and marvel at the beauty of the Emerald Isle. The Denver Saint […]

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Non-Stop

Non-Stop

Movie Review By: Courtney Gordon In an interesting correspondence with recent Malaysian events, Non-Stop is a 2014 film starring Liam Neeson about a transatlantic flight that gets hijacked mid-flight. Neeson plays United States Air Marshall Bill Marks as Julianne Moore stars alongside of him. Downton Abbey fans may recognize Michelle Dockery as Nancy the flight attendant […]

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Super Bowl Commercials and the YouTube Ad Blitz Award

Super Bowl Commercials and the YouTube Ad Blitz Award

Battle of the Advertisements By: Lauren Lindell The ultimate battle between commercials and advertisements takes place on the night of the Super Bowl. This year, there was a variety of commercials that ranged from puppies and horses to a time machine that runs on Doritos. Though the Super Bowl is the main event for the […]

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Volunteer Falsities

Volunteer Falsities

By:Madison Smith Some in society no longer genuinely care about helping those in need. Students are too absorbed in the concept of being accepted into college and graduating from high school that they are missing the true meaning behind volunteering. More and more people are drifting away from what really matters. Negative comments concerning volunteering […]

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Trip to London, Paris, and Barcelona

Trip to London, Paris, and Barcelona

By: Emily Kobayashi This year, from June 4th -16th, 2014, the World Language department is taking a trip to London, Paris, and Barcelona. Señora Stanton is the chaperone and has taken approximately 200 students on 10 trips through Explorica including this one. Her first trip was in 1994 to Mexico. On the trip this year, the […]

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District Instructional Rounds

District Instructional Rounds

The Importance By: Baley Bowman Douglas County district recently sent over district representatives to numerous high schools, including Ponderosa to make their rounds. The representatives would sit in classes to observe the kind of interaction teachers had with students. They would then take this data and their input back to Douglas County. Many students at Ponderosa […]

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DIA Conspiracy

DIA Conspiracy

The Illuminati are in Denver By: Courtney Gordon Denver International Airport (DIA) is the 15th largest airport in the world in terms of passenger travel, and number one in terms of geographical size. Just over 44 million passengers flew in and out of DIA in 2013. But there are more interesting things than just the bucking […]

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Douglas County Holds Strong Academically

Douglas County Holds Strong Academically

PSAT//NMSQT Power By: Izzy Schneyer Every year, 1.5 million high school students, usually sophomores or juniors, take the Practice SAT exam. The PSAT is also the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT).  Students who soar academically and have a high score advance to the next round of competition. Of the 50,000 students who are considered […]

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Valograms

Valograms

Humiliating Classmates Since 1983 By: Erika Lane Every year, on or around Valentine’s Day, Ponderosa High School puts on a massive vocal production. Singers from choir and Pegasus go around the school for one day spreading love, cheer, and complete embarrassment by giving students and staff a mortifying serenade. Valograms are about spreading Valentine’s Day […]

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Pondo State Wrestling

Pondo State Wrestling

By: Allie Roberts Thursday February 20, 2014, the biggest weekend for the PHS Wrestling team began. State was held at the Pepsi Center, and was packed with wrestlers, fans, and coaches. The weekend was tiring for Pondo’s wrestlers, but it was all worth it in the end. Ponderosa had two 4th placers. Hayden Karren, a […]

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Guts for the Glory

Guts for the Glory

XXII Olympic Winter Games By: Izzy Schneyer The opportunity of a lifetime took place February 5th through the 23rd in Sochi, Russia. Dreams about being on the Olympic Team has driven world-class athletes around the globe through the years of rigorous training for their ultimate competition. This year, 230 people from around the nation came […]

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Tragic End to a Young Life

Tragic End to a Young Life

Student from Centauri Lights Himself on Fire By: KJ Newkirk Vincent Nett, a 16 year old student at Standley Lake High School, set himself on fire in the school cafeteria in a suicide attempt on January 27th. He reportedly doused himself in oil and ignited a fire to his body. It was quickly put out […]

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