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CASE ONE: CROUSE V. THE PEOPLE EXPLANATION

Robert Crouse was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana on May 5, 2011. Crouse had marijuana in his home prior to it being legalized. At the trial, Crouse claimed to be a patient with medical marijuana stating his possession was lawful. All of the marijuana was seized from the possession of Crouse. He

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The Colorado Supreme Court and the officers decided to give Robert Crouse his marijuana back in his possession for medical use only. The constitution requires law enforcement to return medical marijuana. During a 2-1 decision on

The visit was part of the Colorado Judicial Branch’s Courts in the Community, an outreach program the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals initiated to give students firsthand experience in how the Colorado judicial system works and how disputes could be resolved.

had asked the district court to return all his seized plants, but they refused. The attorneys of Crouse had argued at the trial that his marijuana was used for an experimental cancer treatment. The jury acquitted Crouse of all charges as they believe he used marijuana for medical purposes.

the case of Robert Crouse, the Colorado Court of Appeals viewed the order sent by the judge and asked the Supreme Court to take over on the situation. The case now will make it easier for decisions in the future for related subjects.

CASE TWO: DOBLER V. THE PEOPLE

Students in these social studies classes left their third or fifth period that day to hear the cases. Students were required to dress up in formal clothing to watch everything happen live as if they were really in court.

EXPLANATION Zachariah Dobler robbed a store and was charged with jail time for approximately four years. After eight months of time in prison, he was sent to a boot camp. Dobler was on probation for the time being. During probation, he stole his parent’s car, drank underage, and even went as far as killing two truck drivers while drunk

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At press time, there still had not been an outcome to this case. Zachariah Dobler was still arguing that his time in prison violated his right against the double jeoprady as he has been accused of the same offense twice, which is against his constitutional rights. Justice Monica M. Marquez served as one of the justices in this case.

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driving. The prosecutor wanted to raise the original sentence as he broke probation. After violating his probation twice, he was now resentenced to add six more years in prison on top of his four years. The defense attorney is arguing the double jeopardy as an original sentence was already set and shouldn’t be changed. “This case made me think even harder about how drinking and driving is never okay, and seeing what I saw happen to that man made me swear I would never do that. I don’t see how double jeopardy even applies in this case since the crimes are different ,” Jace Whelan ‘18 said.

“We got to see how lawyers and judges interacted with people in court, and a lot of people don’t really get to have that experience,” Kaylin Fronk ‘17 said.

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“It was a big deal. Mr. BC wanted us to dress up to impress the judges. I even went and bought new slacks just for the case. It was interesting to watch it unravel,” Anthony Sanchez ‘17 said. Some students were selected to ask different justices questions after each case was finished and a few others were chosen to have lunch, prepared by Catering students, with the justices in the library. “It was interesting having great conversations with their great personalities and highly respected professions,” Logan Dent ‘17 said. “We are so lucky at this high school to have had this opportunity.”

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050-051: Colorado Supreme Court During the week of Oct. 3 the Colorado Supreme Court visited my high school to hold hearings for real upcoming cases. The first case hearing was arguing whether or not Robert Crouse was allowed to have his medical marijuana given back to him from the police after it was seized lawfully. Although the argument against Crouse was that the police would be distributing drugs to people, the case was ruled in favor of him. Crouse received his marijuana back to be used for medical reasoning only. The second case hearing was concerning a man named Zachariah Dobler, who was being charged with a conviction while on probation. The result of the case heard by the Colorado Supreme Court had not been released before press time and therefore was not published into the yearbook. The justices shared breakfast with a select few of students and media members. I was one of the five photographers and reporters to be able to cover the event and speak with the justices. It was during this time, that I was able to interview the justices and ask for contact information. In February I used the contacts that I was given to research additional information about both cases. In addition, I was able to interview the attorneys and justices to find out the results of both of the cases after the cases were announced to the public. *For this spread, I did not write the captions for the photos, Samantha DeMers’ group wrote those. I wrote the main body copy about the day in its entirety as well as the mod in the lower left hand corner that details both cases.*

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SPEAKING INTO THE MICROPHONE, Guillermo families and what they do outside of work. It’s weird to see their life on both sides,” Mullinax said. photo by s. demers Magna Sanchez ‘18 questions the justices during the fifth hour trial. “It definitely felt like I was apart of the whole thing, SHAKING HANDS WITH A JUSTICE, Robert Bishop because I have always wanted to know what it feels like to Cotner, social studies teacher, thanks him for having all the be in a real court room,” Magana Sanchez said. photo by Supreme Court Justices in to give students the experience of watching two cases get discussed in a court setting. i. bugarin LISTENING TO HER JUSTICE, Ashley Snyder ”In class we spend a lot of time in books and talking ‘18 thinks of follow up questions to ask while eating lunch. about these ideas. This was a real situation and it was so “I saw both cases and learned that there are conflicts impactful on my students. Every time this has happened, taken to the Supreme Court that even sometimes the I’ve seen it change kid’s lives,” Bishop Cotner said. photo judges don’t know how to approach the situation,” Snyder said. photo by s. demers SERVING UP SOME RANCH by s. demers WHILE HOLDING THE MICROPHONE, DRESSING, Fatima Gaeta ‘18 serves food to Phil Bandoch, marijuana litigation attorney, Charles Houghton, answers a social studies teacher, and other guests. “We worked all question from Brightonian newspaper Editor-in-Chief, Hiroto day to make the best food that we could for this important Hiyashi ‘17, as the judges conversed behind the scenes event,” Fatima said. photo by s. demers CAPTURING A about Crouse v. The People. Houghton was speaking PHOTO with Justice Nathan B. Coats, Kevin Mullinax ‘18 about recreational marijuana and how it effects Houghton’s ability to fight for his clients. “It was really cool and a poses as individuals wait for the lunch to being with the Supreme Court Justices. “Sitting down with each justice different pace of what I’m used to. It was actually pretty fun to know that this is how it looks like to work in the justice and getting to know them a little more like what they do system for the state,” Hiyashi said. photo by i. bugarin on their personal time was cool. They talked about their


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roundIng second Base, Chloe Doyl ‘20 picks up Coach Marty Stricklett’s signs while standing at third base at regionals. “The coaches are our leaders. It is our responsibility to trust their judgement to keep running or stay on the base,” Doyl said. shIftIng to her knees, Mackenzie Kroll ‘19 throws the ball back to her pitcher. “The pitcher and I need to be on the same page at all times. We have to agree on what pitches and plays are or aren’t working. We are always picking each

HITTING our goals softBall teaM BecoMes eMac league chaMpIons and QualIfY for state

“When coach told us that there were people saying that we are too young and not talented enough to compete with them, it really lit a fire in me. I know that our entire team wanted to prove them wrong and make our own statement as freshmen and sophomores,” Morris said.

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“Going into the last inning of the regional game, I was very nervous and shaking like crazy. I had it in my mind that I didn’t want to let my team or my coaches down by performing bad, so I went out there and gave it my all,” Tori Litwin ‘18 said.

throWIng across the dIaMond, Jill Bishop ‘19 helps her team on defense at shortstop. This was Bishop’s second time starting in the Regionals Tournament. According to Bishop, playing shortstop was one of the most challenging positions to play. “As a shortstop, I feel like a lot of plays involve me and I have to be on top of my game to make sure things get done,” Bishop said. pItchIng the Ball, Halie Litwin ‘19 jumps forward to release the ball while competing against Cherokee Trail in the Regional Tournament. “The pressure is totally nerve racking, but having my team there to talk to me calms me down and makes me feel comfortable,” Litwin said. catchIng the Ball at fIrst Base, team captain Lindsey Wadsworth ‘17 assists in making an out while playing in the Regional Tournament. Wadsworth had played as catcher her first three years on the team but switched from catcher to first base at the beginning of this season. “One of our

Losing to Cherokee Trail, the girls still qualified for state after beating Columbine High School in the third game. With this win, the girls could cross off their list of goals qualifying for state.

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and buy into the program. We wanted to be league champions, regional champions, and eventually Colorado state champions. It all started with trusting each other and the coaching staff to help us,” Hailey Radmann ’20 said.

Coach Marty Stricklett wanted the girls to make a list of team goals that they could accomplish in the season. With the majority of the team freshmen and sophomores, the softball team wanted to commit themselves to each other and making team goals.

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“I was very excITed To make IT To reGIoNals because I kNew we Had a Good sHoT aT makING IT To sTaTe aNd compeTING wITH some of THe oTHer Top Teams IN our sTaTe. I was ready To Take care of busINess. we all worked exTremely Hard all year loNG aNd our Goals were To GeT To reGIoNals aNd sTaTe,” rylIe scHmeH ‘17 saId.

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gathered around for a coaches pep talk, it was said that opposing teams and others told the softball program that they didn’t have enough experience to make it to the State tournament or even qualify for the Regional tournament like years past because of a young roster, according to Rachel Morris ‘18.

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biggest struggles this year was girls playing positions they had little experience playing. I was a catcher for my first three years, but I moved to first base my senior year. I tried to set an example for others who were nervous about where they were playing by working hard and embracing the opportunity,” Wadsworth said. throWIng the Ball, Courtney Beck ‘19 gets the ball back to the infield after a base hit by Columbine. “My job as an outfielder is to make sure that we are engaged in the game and that we all know what to do with the ball in case it comes to us. We need to make sure that we throw it to our cut off person,” Beck said. BuntIng the Ball, Mackenzie Kroll ‘19 moves her teammate over to second base by sacrificing herself out. “I have to lay the bunt down in fair territory in order to advance the runner. We all have to rely on each other to score runs and to do our jobs. We have to communicate with one another, something we do on a daily basis” Kroll said. photos by b. wadsworth

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the softBall prograM entered the 5A State Tournament as the number fourteen seed. Their first round of the tournament was against the number three seed, Eaglecrest High School. “My team and I worked hard all season to get to State. Just having the opportunity to say that we were able to compete against one of the top teams in the state was amazing,” Alexia Apodaca’20 said.

At the end of the game, the girls lost to Eaglecrest by a score of 102. For players like Jill Bishop ‘19, it was a tough loss but Coach Marty Stricklett put things in perspective. “Losing to Eagle Crest was the worst. We wanted to win for the school, the seniors, and the entire program. After the game, Coach Stricklett said there’s no crying in softball and it only motivated us for next season,” Bishop said. photo by b. wadsworth

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other up when one is struggling,” Kroll said. as the teaM gathers around homeplate, players like Savannah Anderson ‘19 cheer for Hailey Litwin ‘19 after hitting a home run at the Regionals tournament. “It was Hailie’s first over the fence homerun and it came at a pretty crucial spot in the game against Columbine. The whole team just felt really excited for what was going to happen after she hit that because we knew we were going to win,” Anderson said.


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WHY DID YOU COMPETE FOR MR. BHS? “I wanted to compete because I really do care about charities. I wanted to contribute to a cause that is much greater than myself. I wanted to enjoy the experience because it’s definitely fun to go out there on stage and perform.”

WHY GIVE TO SERVICE DOGS OF AMERICA? “For one, I really do love dogs so I believe that it is a great organization because it helps disabled military veterans receive service dogs. We were able to give back to this organization by competing.” WHAT WAS IT LIKE COMPETING FOR MR. BHS? “It was cool being in the pageant with everybody. It was all more about having fun rather than actually competing with each other. We all knew that it was about raising money for a good cause.”

WHY DID YOU COMPETE FOR MR. BHS? “It was never about being in a contest or winning a title. It was about finding ways to raise as much money as possible for something that has such a strong impact on our servicemen.”

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WHY DONATE TO SERVICE DOGS OF AMERICA? “I have a dog and i know how much dogs mean to me and others. I know people who need that support from dogs and this organization will benefit them.”

JESS PRATT ‘17 TALENT: Dancing and Lip Syncing WHY DID YOU DO A DUET WITH KALEB TAYLOR? “We thought it would be funny to do a duet. We both picked the song and practiced a little bit by singing it off of our phones. We thought it was funny.”

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WHY DID YOU COMPETE FOR MR. BHS AND DONATE? “A lot of people wanted me to participate in the pageant, and being in National Honor Society, I needed to contribute so I chose to run. The guys and I really liked supporting the dogs. I feel like Service Dogs of America really appreciated it and needed it.”

DESCRIBE YOUR TALENT PERFORMANCE? “The props were definitely apart of the song, so Tyler [Grossman] and I had to use some maracas. We didn’t have a lot of time to practice, so for the most part, I just followed his cues and did whatever he was doing. It was all in the moment when we performed there.”

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WAS IT HARD GETTING DONATIONS? ”Being fairly new here, I only knew people for the last two years. Every other contestant grew up with the students at this school, so it was a little difficult getting donations. I was happy to donate to Service Dogs of America.”

HOW DID YOU PICK YOUR TALENT? “It was hard to find a talent, so coming up with painting with Chase [Gustad] seemed good. We splattered a bunch of paint and put a big smiley face at the end.”

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“I WANTED TO GAIN DONATIONS BECAUSE I KNOW THAT PEOPLE ARE MORE WILLING TO DONATE TO A FOUNDATION WITH DOGS. THEY [DOGS] ARE MAN’S BEST FRIEND. I HAVE A DOG, AND I LOVE HIM. HE’S A BIG PART OF MY FAMILY, SO IF I CAN GIVE A SERVICE DOG THAT BRINGS JOY TO A TO A MAN THAT SERVES OUR COUNTRY, THAT WOULD MAKE MY DAY,” CHASE GUSTAD ’17, MR. BHS, SAID.

WHY DID YOU COMPETE FOR MR. BHS? “I wanted to compete in the Mr. BHS Pageant because not only did I want to help out a good cause but I wanted to feel apart of the school,” Taylor said. “It was important for me to gain donations because it made me feel apart of something bigger than I am.” HOW HARD WAS IT TO CAMPAIGN? “It was hard to get donations because not many people had loose change to begin with, and with nine other guys try to get money as well, there wasn’t much to go around.”

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WHAT DID YOU RECEIVE FOR WINNING THE TITLE OF MR. BHS? “Besides the crown and the sash, I got my own parking spot in the front lot next to the staff.”

TALENT: Dancing and Lip Syncing WHAT MADE YOU STAND OUT IN YOUR PERFORMANCE? “Bryce [Gelok] and I wanted to bring in a little comedy to our act. We wanted to look original like in the video ‘Evolution of Dance’ and dress up authentic with our Orange Crush T-shirts. We practiced for almost four hours to make it memorable.” WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO VISIT THE SERVICE DOGS OF AMERICA? ”After the pageant, we were able to visit the Service Dogs and saw that they didn’t have enough supplies. Our donation was going to change that.”

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CHASE GUSTAD’17 TALENT: Painting HOW MUCH WERE YOU ABLE TO FUNDRAISE FOR SERVICE DOGS OF AMERICA? I was able to fund raise over $1200 for the Service Dogs of America. I really wanted to raise as much money as possible for this. I collected change from students, but I also started a GoFundMe page for adults to donate too. I knew that I could raise a lot more money by asking adults and it was just a great feeling to be able to donate a lot of money to people who really need it.”

The NHS students decorated the auditorium prior to the event. NHS members, Brock Gagna ‘18 and Ashley Snyder ‘18, hosted the pageant. The overall total raised was $2,214.19 and Chase Gustad ‘17 was crowned Mr. BHS.

DESCRBIBE YOUR TALENT ROUTINE. “I love the song, ‘You Think You’re Cooler Than Me,’ so I decided to that song. They accidentally paused it while I was singing, so I left the stage thinking I was done. When it came back on, I decided to come back out.”

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TALENT: Dancing and Lip Syncing WHY DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR TALENT? “Hiro (Hayashi) and I wanted to lip sync a song because we couldn’t think of a talent. When we came up with a song, we actually practiced ten minutes and made it up as we performed it on stage.”

contestant that had the most money raised after two weeks would be crowned as Mr. BHS.

WHY DID YOU COMPETE FOR MR. BHS? “I really wanted to help out the community. A lot of dogs don’t have homes, so I think we should realize how important it is to give these dogs a family that needs them. It was hard to compete with the other contestants, so I went all over school and downtown to help fund raise.”

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Every single year, it’s a very strong tradition to hold a “Mr. BHS Pageant” for the senior class and to have all of the proceeds go towards a specific charity or foundation. However, this year was very unique in a way that all of the students at our school can relate to. The students rallied behind providing money for a war-veteran that was in need for a service dog. So there were more contestants than ever before and I felt like every student that helped participate in the pageant deserved to share their story about not only running for the title of “Mr. BHS,” but helping out a disabled veteran and change his life forever. I asked them all different questions as I wanted to show the different viewpoints, thoughts, and feelings that we couldn’t see off stage and in their donations. FOR PLANT USE

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HOSTED THE FOURTH ANNUAL MR. BHS Pageant fund raiser with ten senior boys competing for the title. Over two weeks, the competitors had to raise money for the Service Dogs of America organization. Contestants created posters that they hung in the hallway to announce their campaign and then collected money while standing in the Main Hallway. The

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WHY GIVE TO SERVICE DOGS OF AMERICA? “It’s a company that helps disabled veterans get service dogs. My uncle has PTSD and he has a service dog. I wanted to give back to an organization that supports veterans like my uncle.”

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO LIP SYNC? “I lip synced and danced to ‘Ice Ice Baby’ by Vanilla Ice. It was just really fun to perform in front of everyone that was there. It’s an old song, and I only practiced one time, and that was right before the pageant, so I wasn’t too prepared.”


“I never have seen a project like this before. I think that we addressed a huge issue happening here. Greg and I made our mark on people who went and on the city of Brighton,” Hernandez said.

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“During the vow renewals we held, Josclynn and I had the opportunity of rekindling a couple’s loving flame. It was honestly so amazing to be a part of someone’s love story. Watching husband’s surprise their brides and just seeing the reactions after the couples sealed their lives with a kiss

THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL HEART trAnsplAnt cAse tooK plAce on December 3, 1967 at a hospital in South Africa. In honor of this event and date, Greg Nuanes ‘17 and Josclynn Hernandez ‘17 created a DECA Public Relations Project where they officiated vow renewal ceremonies at the Historic 1886 Church on 1st Street to raise money for the Brighton Preservation Commission.

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mArie Jones, pArAprofessionAl, renews vows with her husbAnd, don, As their children officiAte the ceremony Jones ’09, and Jacob Jones, when mArie Jones, ’09, officiate. pArAprofessionAl, sAw An emAil about the Our Love “My son officiates some Matters ceremony, she went weddings. When he was in the home to tell her husband, Don, about the possibility of renewing marines, he had some buddies their vows. that wanted to get married, so he got the license to do that while stationed in California. He has “I made a comment to my husband about DECA doing this done it for a number of buddies,” Jones said. “When his sister event. He has the tendency to be Jackie got married, she paid romantic, so the next morning, for him to get his license here he woke up and asked, ‘so do in Colorado, and he officiated you want to do that?’ I said, ‘Sure her wedding as well as served that would be fun,’” Jones said. as her husband’s best man. Just like that wedding, this What made the ceremony ceremony was just as special even more special, according and something I will always to Jones, was having her two remember.” youngest twin children, Jackie

Q. why did you choose to renew your vows? A. “It was a very creative and fun fundraiser. I loved the cause it supported in preserving landmarks in the town, so I figured why not do something romantic.”

“How often do we get to stop And Reflect About ouR RelAtionsHips And wHAt tHeY MeAn And How poweRful tHeY ARe? it wAs one of tHe best fundRAiseRs i HAve eveR seen And A MoMent MY wife And i will neveR foRget,” ted HAlbeRt sAid.

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Q. describe the ceremony. A. “Mr. [Ted] Halbert, [English teacher] and his wife, Carol, were our witnesses. They walked down the aisle and then we followed. We read our vows to each other. It was very sweet. We had flowers and music. It made me happy all day.” Q. why should someone renew their vows? A. “It is a great way to celebrate your relationship and remind yourself about what is important in your life.”

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“Greg and Josclynn wanted people to give their hearts to a loved one by asking them to marry them again by renewing their vows,” Melissa White, DECA sponsor, said. “They decorated the church and found different vows that the couples could recite to one another. When the couple renewed their vows, they signed a certificate. It was such a beautiful moment to witness.”

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KAthey ruybAl, english teAcher, renews vows with husbAnd, gus, to support cAuse while doing something romAntic Q. how did you surprise your husbAnd (gus ruybAl)? A. “I told him we were going to help with a DECA fundraiser, so he did not know what was going on until we went into the church.”

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Since the couples were only renewing vows, both Nuanes and Hernandez did not have to get license to officiate because anyone can officiate a vow renewal ceremony since the couple was already married.

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After being mArried 16 ½ yeArs, Ted Halbert, English teacher, said it was a no brainer to renew his vows through the DECA fundraiser.

inside, I got down on one knee, and proposed other again and asked her to marry me again. It was special. It was meaningful,” Halbert said.

“I deeply love my wife [Carol]. This creative and clever idea made me think of her, and so when my student, Greg [Nuanes ‘17] told me about it, I felt like it was the perfect thing to do for her,” Halbert said.

Halbert was so impressed by the ceremony as Nuanes and Josclynn Hernandez ’17 took them through all the rituals: wedding music, a photographer to capture the moments, music to walk down aisle, and vows to read. Kathey Ruybal, English teacher, and her husband, Gus, stood up with them and also renewed their vows

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gifts like butter braids or cookie dough. So when I heard about the DECA program hosting a fundraiser to give adults the opportunity to have their marriage vows renewed, I knew that this story needed to be shared with our students. After interviewing the students that put the fundraiser together, I learned that the date chosen for their project, was the same date as the first ever recorded heart transplant. So this story symbolizes the act of “giving your heart away” on the same date that the first person “gave their heart away.” When I went to cover the event, I noticed that a few of our own staff members of the schools were taking part in this ceremony, and I knew that the students of our school would love to see this captured in the yearbook. I was able to talk to the staff members that spent their day “regifting” their hearts away to their loved ones. However, I wanted to share the special stories, the parts that nobody witnessed or heard about. One of our literature teachers went above and beyond to surprise his wife that he wanted to renew their vows. But there’s also a story about one of our special education teachers who was able to have her son and daughter officiate the vow renewals for them. FOR PLANT USE

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“The main focus was to spread awareness of historical landmarks of the community. One of those landmarks is the Historic 1886 Church. We came to the conclusion that we could have married couples come to this church and renew their vows and we could officiate the ceremony,” Nuanes said.

was absolutely adorable,” Nuanes said While raising money for the Brighton Preservation Commission, both Nuanes and Hernandez hoped that the money would benefit these historical landmarks in the town.

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TAKING A KNEE, Lucas Martinez ‘19 watches a coach talk to the defensive linemen during a time out. photo by t. todd AFTER AN INJURY, Lucas Martinez ‘19 talks to Robbie Coffin ‘19 on the sidelines after Coffin broke his collar bone in the final home game of the season. photo by a. nauman WITH A CLIPBOARD, Lucas Martinez ‘19 records play calls for the defense. photo by t. todd

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SAT ON THE SIDELINES THROUGHOUT the season, he was given the opportunity to serve his team while recovering from his second surgery to replace his left knee dislocation. “My freshmen year, first game, I dislocated my knee cap,” Martinez said. “I battled that all throughout the season. I played every game with that injury and decided to have surgery after the season ended.”

team with what I had. I started to coach kids up to play whenever I could or wherever I could,” Martinez said. “ The coaches approached me and asked me to stay on the team because they knew I was an important part of the team so they wanted to keep me.” The coaching staff gave him the opportunity to stand on the sideline with his teammates and help coach the defense with Coach Steve Guccione.

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After four months of rehab, Martinez was finally able to start practicing and playing with both “I was able to help out my teammates out by telling them what to look for in opposing the basketball and football programs over the summer. players. I also looked for tendencies that the other players show and tell my teammates how “I finally got back to being able to attack those,” Martinez said. to play the two sports that meant the most to me. I gave it time to heal and Although he was forced to watch the game made a full recovery and it felt great. Then from the sideline, Martinez was still able to be a right before the Prairie View football game, better player and teammate because of it. I dislocated my same knee again.” “Being on the sideline gave me the opportunity to watch plays develop slower. It’s a whole After Martinez dislocated his knee for the second time, he wanted to find a way to still be different experience from the sideline that apart of the team and help his friend’s succeed. helped me develop my mental game,” That was when the coaches approached him. Martinez said. “So I found the best way possible to help my

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During this season, I was on the sidelines taking pictures for every football game that my high school competed in. I saw so many injured players whenever I walked down the sideline. However, there was only one high school athlete that was injured that was holding a clipboard and paying attention to every little detail during every single play. After the third game, I approached Lucas Martinez and asked why we was on the sideline and why he was the only player holding a clipboard and wearing a headset to talk to the players on-field. He explained that for this season, the coaching staff offered him a position on the team not as a player, but as a coach for every single practice and game. After a few interviews, I knew that this story had to be told in our yearbook. You never see or hear about an injured player being asked by his coach to help him with his own job. It’s something that I know has never happened at Brighton High School and something that won’t happen again for a very long time. WIN MAC Ink Black

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IT HURT ME TO WATCH MY BROTHERS BATTLE OUT ON THE FIELD AND I COULDN’T HELP. I IMAGINED MYSELF OUT THERE ON EVERY PLAY. WITHOUT FOOTBALL, I FELT INCOMPLETE. BUT I STILL WAS ABLE TO HELP THE TEAM DIFFERENTLY THAN A COACH COULD. I WAS ABLE TO CONNECT WITH THE PLAYERS BECAUSE THEY KNEW I WAS ONE OF THEM,” LUCAS MARTINEZ ‘19 SAID.

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