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ROAR Littleton High School Volume III, Issue 4

Littleton Colorado May 18, 2017

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For this issue, we took inspiration from the Dr. Seuss book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.”

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We contacted LHS alumni to find out where they have gone since graduation. Each alum accounted their journey and how they ended up where they are today, which included information about their achievements, hard times and goals for the future. Read the Seuss-inspired poem to discover what past LHS students have been up to since geting “into suits and out of braces.”

Roar Staff Editor-in-Chief: Sanjali DeSilva Managing Editor: Sophie Craig Managing Editor: Maddie Stouder Design Editor: Eli Demosthenes Copy Editor: Stefanie Frederickson Section Editor: Addi Iken Section Editor: Abby Moses Section Editor: Sarah Urtz Section Editor: Sienna Woo Spanish Editor: Juana Arroyo-Arellano Social Media Editor: Molly Rosales

Staffers: Sarah Fantle Josh Forbes Jack Gore Katie Hill Julia Jobanputra Colin McCormick Ashlyn Moore

Roar is a student-produced newspaper and its aim is to provide information and to entertain the Littleton High School students, staff, and community. It is designed to be an open forum for students to express their views and ideas. Roar reserves the right to publish any and all views within the code of conduct. The content published does not reflect the ideas of the staff as a whole. To write letters to the editor or with questions or comments, contact the adviser Kristin Kron at

Adviser: Kristin Kron

May 18, 2017



Klein finishes his time at LHS with a heavy heart By KATIE HILL

After 45 years teaching and 23 years at LHS, social studies teacher Greg Klein will be retiring at the end of the school year. Klein will leave an impactful mark on the school and many students and staff members are sad to say goodbye to him. “[Teaching] is my passion, it’s my bliss, it’s wonderful. I really have enjoyed it all,” said Klein. Klein has described his experience reflecting on how much the school has given back to him, rarely thinking back on the large impact he’s made. “I don’t really think in terms of what I contribute to it. It’s given me a wonderful career and the opportunity to come in contact with a multitude of people, and to help them along their maturity process, either academically or socially. If I think about what I contributed to it I hope it’s been a contribution that people have felt positive about, maybe inspired sometimes, maybe to encourage people to continue on their path and not give up,” said Klein. Klein plans to stay involved in the school district after retiring. He plans to spend his time both relaxing with friends and family but also staying involved with

smaller projects. “Most of the reason why I decided to retire was because I will never know what retirement will really be like, until I do it. It’s not a huge question mark, right now it’s just mostly wait and see, and be positive about it and make the most out of whatever it’s gonna have,” explained Klein. Klein leaves the LHS community with some parting words of wisdom for students in the future and the students in the present. “I know the words of wisdom to me that has helped me kind of stayed focus is just very simply follow your bliss. I think if people are independent they’re doing what they want to do and they are self sufficient, they’re not hurting anybody else, and that doesn’t really matter what that is gonna be, it just means that they are doing what they want to do, and making a living out of it,” said Klein. Throughout his time at LHS, Klein has formed connections with many of his students. Sophomore Victor Rosales especially appreciates his passion and spirit in the classroom.

“I had him for Philosophy and Religion and I am in his Political Committee club. He’s one of the best teachers at this school. He’s really wise and yet at the same time has a young spirit that makes him feel like a friend,” said sophomore Victor Rosales. Klein’s immense support for his students has allowed many to feel he is someone they can turn to for guidance. “It’s a little sad that after all these years he will retire. Although I would like him to stay longer, he [deserves] to relax. He has taught his students not just about history, but how to be a good ethical person which in this world we all need to learn how to be,” said Rosales. Klein’s impact on this school will last forever because he’s been an inspiration to all of his students. “He has forever changed my life and all I can say is thank you for everything Mr. Klein,” stated Rosales.

Mangum says goodbye to the Lions By KATIE HILL

Coach and teacher Margaret Mangum will be retiring from LHS at the end of the semester. Mangum has taught at LHS for 20 years and has a total of 35 years in education. She was the head volleyball coach for 20 years and a teacher in the physical education department. “I would have to say that being the head coach of the volleyball program for 20 years was really special for me. I feel that I not only taught my student athletes about the game of volleyball, but hopefully I instilled in them some life goals and working together as a team to meet a common goal,” said Mangum. As for leaving her mark on LHS, being the head coach of the volleyball program has been her proudest moment and she will always cherish the memories she made with her student athletes. Mangum always put education before any sport and doing this made her a better coach because the girls were always ready to play while keeping their grades up. Mangum’s coaching style was effective



because she critiqued the girls on their mistakes, but then rewarded them on every victory, either personal or as a group. To retire is to step away from the world you know, but Mangum is ready for that adventure. She plans to travel and be with family after the semester ends. “I’m moving to a place called Lake Hills, Texas just outside San Antonio. I have three grandkids there. My husband and I are both retiring and we have a home out there so between that home and traveling to see my family, it’s [travel] going to be a big part of our retirement. I’m traveling to other countries also,” explained Mangum. Mangum has left her mark on LHS and is going to miss many staff members and students, just like they will miss her. “I’m gonna miss my student athletes most of all, my teams. But we have some good memories that I’ll always have with me. And there are certain staff members that I’m gonna miss also, like Coach Banfield and Coach Koepke especially because the three of us have been here for 20 years,” said Mangum. Mangum has parting words of wisdom for students for both current students and future students. “High school is such an important

part of someone’s life, so just enjoy it while you’re here. Get involved in everything you can, whether it’s sports or activities and always do your best. I think building relationships with students, athletes, teachers, peers, that is very important,” said Mangum. The students will miss Mangum but are happy for her all the same. Her student athletes and physical education co workers will miss her most of all. “I think she created a series of teams for volleyball where everyone could play and [have] a chance. She was also able to take people, like myself, who had never played volleyball before tryouts and turn them into players that are skilled enough for club teams,” said junior Alessa Miller. The volleyball program will be different without her to guide the athletes, but remembering what she taught and applying it to the game will make all the difference. Coach Mangum has inspired the whole volleyball program and showing them how they could reach beyond where they thought they could. “I’ve been in her program for the past three years. She made me realize that while I may not be one of those girls jumping and killing the ball, I can still be important. For me, as a libero, she really helped me to see that. No one person can win the game for the team, and no one person can lose the game either,” said Miller.

Link writes symphony, wins contest By SARAH FANTLE

For as long as she can remember, senior Dianna Link has had an instrument in her hand and music in her heart. She is no ordinary high school student with a passion for music. Earlier this year, she took her love for music and wrote a symphony. Link became involved with music at the early age of three, when she sang in her church choir. Around that time she also began playing the recorder, flute and piano. Today, she continues to play the flute, piccolo and the piano and hopes to get better in the future. Link’s real composing career only began a short time ago. For a project in the sixth grade where she was supposed to write a play about Rome, she went above and beyond and decided to write a musical instead. “About a year ago I started composing larger pieces. Through all of high school I have been arranging music like flute quartets and different things. I showed it to my flute studio one time and I arranged a version of ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ and my flute teacher was like that’s pretty good. So she played it at a couple of concerts and in the lobby of Boettcher Concert Hall which is something people really liked. So I wrote a flute quartet about a year ago and then people just fell in love with it. That flute quartet is going to be recorded at the CPR Classical Recording Studio by the Flute of the Colorado Symphony. It is also going to be played at the National Flute Association Convention in Minneapolis in August,” said Link. Originally when she started to arrange music, it was just for fun. “I was like, ‘Yeah, this piece would be cool with this instrumentation,’ and I had some ideas of some chords and stuff,” said

Link. However, she never knew her occasional arrangements would lead her to what she has now accomplished. Around December of 2016, one of Link’s friends pointed her in the direction of a competition being held by her orchestra. This competition was open to all composers under the age of 25. “I was sitting in the dress rehearsal of a choir concert, and I was just so inspired by the music that was in front of me. I was like, ‘I need to write a piece about this.’ So I started composing a piece for a full orchestra about the passion and energy behind music,” said Link. She ended up taking that enthusiasm and channeling that into her piece, entering the competition and, to her disbelief, winning. The piece took her about two weeks to write, starting during finals week last semester and finishing by January 1. Her Symphony is named “Ebullient” and consists of 28 parts. They all go together and each part is about seven minutes long. Winning the competition meant that her piece got to be performed at the Boettcher Concert Hall. The hall that her symphony performed in was capable of holding three thousand people. She didn’t think that many people would show up, but it was packed. With this experience, she had the opportunity to go behind the scenes of what it takes to conduct a symphony. She met with the conductor multiple times to help him understand her piece better. “The biggest challenge was I had to create individual parts for each of the instruments and I had never really done that before,” said Link. The performance was beyond anything she was expecting. “It was beyond words. It was amazing.

It felt like it was my birthday.” In order to compose her music, Link uses a software called Note Flight where she can type notes on her computer to go into the program. She also occasionally uses her keyboard when it is plugged into her computer to type notes online, or she tries to play on a real piano and write down the notes she plays on paper. Her performance has brought much attention from radio shows. She was on CPR Classical radio several times, where she was interviewed about her personal life and her music. Also, one of her flute quartets and a recording of the world premiere of her symphony were played. Outside of school, she participated in numerous activities. She was the principal flute in the Continental League Honor Orchestra and played piccolo in the CU Honorary Band and state orchestra. She takes lessons from world-renowned musicians like Brooke Ferguson, who is the principal flute of the Colorado Symphony, as well as from Katie Weary, the assistant to James Galway. As for the future, Link will be attending the University of Colorado in Boulder and will be attending the School of Music. She is one of two students chosen each year to attend the School of Music, and the process to get in is quite strenuous. “I had to complete an application for the school of music, and then had to complete an application for the composition department. Then I had to submit a portfolio of scores for a prescreening and then I had to get those approved by the composition department to get invited back to go to the school. And then I had to pass a flute audition in order to be at the level of the school, and then, on top of that, I had to pass a composition interview to get into the school. Then my School of Music application had to be up to par,” said Link. After attending CU, Link hopes to continue her music career as a film score composer and write music for movies. She would love to continue to write some more big symphonic works and have it played by major orchestras like the Colorado Symphony or at Carnegie Hall in New York.

LPS finalizes start time decisions By STEFANIE FREDERICKSON

School start times have been a major topic of discussion throughout this school year. With various studies done about teenagers benefitting from later start times and taking into consideration the other districts pushing back their start times, Littleton Public Schools took a hard look at different possibilities for their schools. There were two options the district was looking at for the high schools: late start/early release Wednesdays and moving back the start time for every school day. The district ultimately decided against moving the start times back an hour every day and decided there will be a late start every Wednesday.

“Instead of the 10 two hour late starts we have now throughout the year, we will have one hour every Wednesday. We have to add-- this is the part that is not official yet-- 6 to 7 or 8 minutes to the school day. We are working under the assumption of now is 7:20 to 2:20 on a typical day, then 8:20 to 2:20,” said Assistant Principal Cathy Benton. While the late start Wednesdays and moving of the start time ahead an hour next year has been decided, the bell schedule has still not been determined. “There is still some up in the air about the bell schedule. I haven’t put that together yet, or the Purple and Gold calendar,” said Benton. Benton has been meeting with differ-

ent faculty and school organizations to get feedback and will hopefully have the Purple and Gold calendar done in the next couple of weeks. The one thing that is for certain is the weekly late start Wednesdays, which should hopefully help the students catch up on some sleep. The district’s decision for changing start times has been prompted by their desire to improve the student’s abilities in school through the teachers’ Professional Learning Communities (PLC). With these changes, the district hopes to improve academic growth and achievement, close achievement gaps, serve a more diverse population as the community’s demographics change, and ensure students graduate with 21st century skills.

May 18, 2017


CLOSING THOUGHTS Reflections from the senior staffers

Sanjali DeSilva, editor in chief

Sophie Craig, managing editor

Maddie Stouder, managing editor

“High school isn’t about living in the now or only thinking about the future - it’s about living with purpose. It’s easy to get caught up in the heat of the present or the daunting and distant future but neither will get you far. What’s going to take you places is finding a meaning in the things you do. So do the things that will mean something to you as a person, not the things that will look good on paper.”

“While classes and grades may be important, high school has been much more for me. I experienced new things, met great people, and just relaxed, talked and laughed with my peers.”

“Do not wish high school away. I know that life is big and you have lots in store for you. I know high school may feel like it’s holding you back. But the truth is, as soon as you’re done, you’ll miss this.”

Juana Arroyo, reporter

Julia Jobanputra, reporter

Sarah Fantle, reporter

“Although classes were difficult and school lunches were lame, I thoroughly enjoyed my four years at Littleton High School. The friendships I made are long lasting and getting involved in choir, IB, newspaper and girls basketball helped me find the person I am today. Have fun, get involved, and love others because high school doesn’t last forever.”

“If there is one thing that I learned it would be to not get too caught up in anything. Don’t get caught up in grades, don’t get caught up with social groups. Do what you want to do, work on yourself. Find balance and don’t worry too much about anything. High school ends, and, when it does, you want to be able to look back and know that you had a blast and that you grew as a person. I’m so lucky to be able to say both of those things.”

“High school has been a weird experience, and I can honestly say I don’t think that there is some grand piece of wisdom that I am going to take away. What I can say is what I will take away is simple, but they have greatly shaped my life. I have learned that it is hard to be nice all the time, but it is always possible, and something to strive for. It is easy to go against your morals, values and beliefs, but it is up to you to stick to who you are and who you want to be. Most of all, high school is just a step into figuring out who you are, so no matter your experience; it is all a part of helping you find your way.”


ROAR - Senior Reflections


Habrá un montón de últimas cosas este año. Último día de escuela, último baile de homecoming, último partido de fútbol, ​​etc. Es fácil quedar atrapado en la nostalgia, especialmente cuando la realidad del final de el colegio comienza a encajar. Será un año emocional mientras los seniors se preparan para La Universidad y comienzan a decir adiós a su escuela, profesores y amigos, pero va a ser divertido! Así como usted hace tiempo para el trabajo escolar, hace tiempo para los amigos y la diversión. El último año es importante, ya que es la despedida anual, pero también es un momento importante para pasar con la familia y los amigos, haciendo recuerdos antes de dirigirse en diferentes direcciones. Manténgase enfocado en los estudios académicos, pero también tome las oportunidades que tiene para sacar el máximo provecho de su último año. Durante su último año, usted hará algunos grandes recuerdos. Harán hincapié en las aplicaciones de la universidad, exámenes y graduación. Experimentaran la decepción - si es un rechazo de la universidad o perder un gran juego por última vez. El primer año requiere que los estudiantes crezcan mucho en un corto período de tiempo, pero con el apoyo de sus padres, amigos

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y maestros, lo harán listo para abordar el próximo capítulo de su vida. Antes de irse del colegio, le pregunté a unos de los seniors hispano hablantes que van a ser después del colegio. “Tengo 60 créditos para la universidad y con esos créditos planeó acabar mi titulo de negocios en una universidad comunitario y luego transferir a CU Boulder para continuar en un programa de Ingeniería médica. Ojala despues de eso puedo trabajar en un salon de belleza,” dijo Karol Escamilla del grado 12. “Después del colegio planeo en trabajando con Subaru y luego participar en el programa de automóviles en la escuela ACC”, dijo Kalo Sánchez del grado 12. “Los planes que yo tengo despues del colegio, es ir a la Universidad comunitaria para estudiar HVAC y también voy a trabajar con mis padres,” dijo Miguel Casilla del grado 12. “Mis planes después del colegio es ir a la Universidad pero todavía no se lo que quiero estudiar,” dijo Juan Ontiveros del grado 12. Como pueden ver, muchos de los estudiantes hispano hablantes quieren seguir su futuro y estudiar. Pero también hay muchos estudiantes hispano hablantes que no pueden pagar por el colegio y tienen que trabajar en vez de estudiar. Esto es una de las tristes realidades. También le pide a los mismo seniors

Juan Ontiveros

Karol Escamilla

cual maestro o persona en su vida, les ha ayudado con el colegio. “Dios. Mi iglesia y familia me ayudar más con el apoyo de seguir estudiando. El maestro que me ayuda mas en el colegio era el Sr. Banfield porque el me enseño a ser cosas nuevas,” dijo Karol Escamilla del grado 12. “Dos maestros que me ayudaron mucho con el colegio era Mr. Pulcino porque me ayudó seguir buenas notas, y también Mr. Klein porque me inspiró a intentar nuevas cosas y me enseñó un perspectivo different del mundo,” dijo Kalo Sánchez del grado 12. “Mis padres son los unos que me han apoyado mas y el Sr. Hahn y una maestra que llamo Linda me han inspirado y tambien me han enseñado que todo se puede,” dijo Miguel Casilla del 12 grado. “Un maestro que me ha ayudado mucho era el Sr. Klein porque me apoyo y ayudo con muchas de mis tareas,” dijo Juan ontiveros del 12 grado. Al fin, la comunidad de Littleton High School les ha ayudado a estos estudiantes mucho porque era una comunidad que apoyaba los sueños de estos estudiantes y también les enseño cosas nuevas para llevarse a La Universidad. Muchas Gracias a los maestros por la oportunidad que les dieron a estos estudiantes y buena suerte a todos los seniors y la vida de aventura que les segue.

Kalo Sanchez May 18, 2017


Oh, the places we’ll go

Four years are quickly done Your attitude starts changing And while it was fun, Your lives are shifting Big dreams! Big goals! But to what end? After all the emojis and lols What’s around the bend?

Ian Aler, ‘84 Ian Aler played college tennis on a full sport scholarship at the University of Arizona from 1984-88. He played number one singles and doubles throughout his college career and established a top 20 position in the nation by his senior year. He played in the minor leagues of the ATP tour during his junior and senior years. Aler had a core group of friends at LHS which provided a basis for some cherished times in high school. His great teachers have also molded his character, and he still thinks about them frequently. “It all starts from where you come from internally and who you surround yourself with,” said Aler.

To get a sense of where we might go And what’s next in our life long show Let’s take a look At some past LHS faces Who do awesome things Getting into suits and out of braces

Make A Living, Make A Life, Make A Difference





Raj Reddy, ‘13 Andrea Pauline, ‘06

“We started a company [at LHS] when we were 16, my friend James Dineen and I. He and I worked together on our periods off here on the idea for an iphone game,” said Raj Reddy. The company started as something that Reddy worked on in his free time, and eventually grew larger. “Two years later, we got an investment from Otterbox. We took that out and built the game, and we started getting a lot of attention from bigger companies and people,” said Reddy. LHS had a big role in Reddy starting his company. “We had a lot of support from people like Mr. Decker, Mrs. Martin, and Ms. Hall. I would literally come in every lunch period and ask questions, and they were always there to answer,” said Reddy.

“I knew I didn’t want a normal American life, but I had no idea that Uganda would end up being my home,” said Andrea Pauline, founder of Musana orphanage in Uganda. “I came to Uganda and fell in love with the children and knew that I couldn’t walk away from them. They became my life and through them, I developed a passion for effective and sustainable development,” said Pauline. Pauline greatly enjoyed her time at LHS, learning lots and building long-lasting relationships. “Littleton was a great place to spend my high school years. The teachers had a significant impact on my life and equipped me to have a good future,” said Pauline.

Teju Ravilochan, ‘04 Teju Ravilochan originally wanted to become a scientist, starting out at CU Boulder. However, during college, Ravilochan and his friends began an organization called the Unreasonable Institute that supports people who want to solve big social problems related to poverty or health care. Littleton High School allowed Ravilochan to make connections to both friends and teachers. They reassured him when he had moments of self doubt, when he didn’t feel worthy or valuable, and these people saw things that Ravilochan did not necessarily see in himself. “Those relationships have always been something I have cherished,” said Ravilochan.

Eric Mascolo, ‘16

Bea Morea, ‘15

During his time at LHS, Eric Mascolo was a part of the IB program which he thought prepared him for college and his future. “IB set me up really well academically; it was easily harder than anything I’ve done in university so far. Also, I met some great teachers and counselors that pointed me in the right direction,” said Mascolo.

Bea Morea always knew she wanted to be involved in medicine and planned to attend CU Boulder. Going to school in another country had not even crossed her mind until her mom brought up the idea. “Amazingly enough, it didn’t take long for me to genuinely start considering it,” said Morea. She was able to get into a university in Romania, where she moved the fall after graduation. “IB helped me so much, its ridiculous. I even think it may have helped me get into the university itself,” said Morea.

Drew Van Denover, ‘07

From the red stone bricks To LHS checkered halls We learned many tricks And pushed past our walls

Greg Sobetski, ‘07

Greg Sobetski´s life took off after his Boettcher scholarship allowed him to go to DU and achieve a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies, and Spanish. He also received a Master’s degree in Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integrations. Sobetski was also able to travel to Peru for a semester, a trip that changed and shaped his life. “That was sort of the defining experience of my college career; it drove me to pursue the economics,” said Sobetski. LHS both educated and encouraged Sobetski into a degree in economy. “It made me love my community. I love the city of Littleton; I love the Denver metro area; I didn’t want to leave because of the friends I made and the experiences that I had and the way that I fell in love with the city while I was living here, and that has brought me back every time,” said Sobetski.

Colin Cunliffe, ‘99 “I think LHS was special because it was such an amalgamation of a lot of different types of people that attended the school. I was a long-haired-patchy-pant wearing guy that always felt free to express myself while also then focusing on my work and I think developed a good sense of self to then go into the professional world, which as an actor is one of the strongest tools we can have,” said Colin Cunliffe. After graduating in 1999, Cunliffe decided to follow his dreams, attending the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. He started off his professional career performing in the national tour for “Cats.”



Drew Van Denover studied philosophy as an undergraduate at the University of Oxford in England. He had an epiphany while studying abroad his junior year. “It was a very discrete instant I can picture where ‘I’m probably going to go to law school’... and that bore out,” said Van Denover. At LHS, Van Denover was very involved with the speech and debate team as well as IB. “Speech and debate... was the most influential thing that sent me to law school. I think the IB program in general really fosters critical thinking aspects of it that serve you well in law school,” said Van Denover.

Kathryn Minney, ‘08 “I haven’t really expected much from my life except for one thing: happiness,¨ said Kathryn Minney. After graduating, Minney pursued a degree in sculpture at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, as well as continue colorguard. Although neither of these careers are known for their high salaries, they made her happy. By attending Littleton High School, Minney realized that a love for art could be made into a career. “I took practically every [art] class that was offered. My favorite was definitely ceramics. It inspired the path I would take in college,” said Minney. Minney also gives Littleton credit for helping her find her passion for color guard. The sport allowed her to make many new friends and travel to places like Germany, Austria and Czech Republic.

Michael Thomas, ‘12 At first, Michael Thomas was unsure of what he would pursue for a degree in college at the point of graduating. He was discouraged from his desire to write and decided to pursue business instead to be safe. At LHS, Thomas was involved in a variety of things like sports, clubs and the school newspaper. “I was involved in a lot of things, but only loosely,” said Thomas.

Becky Shew, ‘96 Becky Shew, a Spanish teacher at LHS, attended the University of Kansas to pursue a degree in Spanish. “I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and I wanted to incorporate my love for the Spanish language into my career,” said Shew. Shew appreciates LHS, but leaving high school triggered her desire for adventure. “I felt very prepared for college thanks to LHS, but moving away made me realize how sheltered I was in my little high school bubble. I think I graduated with an open mind and an eagerness to see the world. I’ve done a lot of traveling, but I’ve got a lot more to see,” said Shew.

Kaela Edwards, ‘12 Growing up, Edwards never envisioned the success she would one day achieve. “If anyone told me even my freshman year of college that I was going to achieve the things and become the athlete I’ve become, I wouldn’t believe it,” said Edwards. Edwards met two of her closest friends through running track at LHS. They’ve always been part of her support system, and have greatly impacted her life. Her high school experience was different because of the people she met through track. “They just have always supported me and they still do. They just changed my whole high school experience in a way because running became really important,” said Edwards.

Sarah Bullock, ‘02 After working on sets in the theatre department at LHS, Sarah Bullock attended the University of South Carolina (USC). “I came out here more with intentions [of] staying in traditional theatre and potentially doing some film work as well,” said Bullock. Bullock was then hired by USC to oversee events going on there. LHS influenced Bullock’s life greatly both due to the education and people. “That [IB] program did a good job of teaching me how to write and how to manage my time academically...Part of why theatre was so fundamental for me at LHS was because of my group, my teachers. I loved the kids that I was around,” said Bullock.

May 18, 2017


There were many trials And tribulations to boot It wasn’t all smiles The point often felt moot

As Cunliffe continued pursuing a career as an actor, some of the auditions seemed to challenge him. He knew inside that he was good enough for any part that was given to him, but he had to prove himself to others to make a living in an extremely expensive city. “The work of a professional actor is extremely difficult you are constantly going into auditions having to prove yourself,” said Cunliffe.

Colin Cunliffe, ‘99 Ravilochan had many phases in his journey. He worried about having too many conflicting interests when it seemed all of his friends had a clear path and goals in mind. “There have been some really rough moments,” said Ravilochan. He had fears of failure while making the Unreasonable Institute a reality.

Teju Ravilochan, ‘04

Morea’s opportunity was amazing, yet intimidating. Going off to college is scary for anyone, but Morea also had the challenge of moving across the world and being immersed in a new culture and language. “It was a pretty difficult transition for me. Both of my parents are Romanian, and it was my first language, but living here versus visiting during vacation are two completely different things,” said Morea.

Bea Morea, ‘15

While in law school, Van Denover went through the trials that most new law students face in the first semester. “By far the most challenging portion, and by far the most consequential portion for your entire career is the very beginning, your first semester. And that was, by design, very demoralizing and challenging. So I didn’t give-up, I’m not gonna say I never seriously considered it, but there were definitely moments [I thought], ‘Why am I doing this? Is this the right thing?’ But it all turned out okay,” said Van Denover.

Drew Van Denover, ‘07

“The beginning of Musana was extremely challenging, and there were many times I felt like giving up,” said Pauline. It took a lot of hard work for Pauline and family to establish Musana. There was lots of fundraising, cleaning and more that had to be done. In addition, another main hardship was seeing some people in the orphanage continue to struggle because they needed additional support. “We learned the challenges that come with running an orphanage and that they are not the solution to the problem, but a band-aid that is actually making the problem worse,” said Pauline.

Andrea Pauline, ‘06



Careers that pay bills and bring joy are hard to come by. While the idea of following passions regardless of financial concerns may sound easy, it does come with hardships. For Minney, following her dreams meant long shifts at work, a constantly busy life and trying to strike a balance.“There have been many occasions where I’ve wanted nothing more than to have...a normal life-- a nice good paying job with fancy stuff, a regular schedule and weekends off,” said Minney. Minney admits her path was not always easy, and she often found herself dreaming of a simpler life.

Setbacks can appear in any shape or form, but for Edwards, she was her own setback. Her confidence was shaken because she didn’t believe in herself, but after realizing the root of the problem, Edwards tried to change. “I did lose a little confidence at one point in my career. I realized eventually that that’s what’s holding me back. I had stopped believing in myself,” said Edwards.

Kaela Edwards, ‘12

Kathryn Minney, ‘08

One of the tough decisions Bullock had to make was how to move forward in continuing her education, as well as satisfying her passion for theatre. “I learned once I got here was that, to participate in plays as part of my theatre degree, they charge your tuition dollars for that. I would have had to pay tuition money to stage manage shows...I didn’t have any time to work,” said Bullock.

Thomas really enjoyed writing and considered it as a possible career, but people in his life pointed out that it would be unrealistic. “Everyone I ever talked to was like, ‘You can’t get paid for that. Do something else,’” said Thomas.

Michael Thomas, ‘12

Sarah Bullock, ‘02

Even in the midst of his success, Sobetski still had his share of hardships. One of the biggest hardships came in the form of getting rejected from programs that worked in areas he was passionate about. ¨I envisioned myself as somebody trying to drive development economics policy in the Andean part of South America. There are a few different organizations in Peru and in especially Bolivia where a lot of my study focused that I had hoped I might be able to work in. I applied for them and and ultimately they ended up selecting another candidate,¨ said Sobetski.

When at a competition and given the opportunity to pitch something using a presentation, Reddy faced a hard failure because he didn’t agree with many of the things that the coach of his presentation argued. “There was money-- I think it was $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000 as the prizes. And I get up there and I just bomb it pretty much because I was not comfortable, but I didn’t say anything,” said Reddy.

Raj Reddy, ‘13

Greg Sobetski, ‘07 May 18, 2017


You may find that life is like a climb Sometimes you´d rather give up Than make it to the other side And though the road may wind about And your life seems to be astray There is always another way out Tomorrow is a brand new day

In a competitive field such as economy in the state legislature, it is common for there to be a wide range of skills. Sobetski quickly realized that some people were better qualified for certain jobs than he was. However this did not stop him, nor discourage him. ¨I think that you can perceive those kinds of forks in the road as setbacks, but you can also perceive them as opportunities to [reach] your own expectations of what you want to accomplish in your life,” said Sobetski.

After a year in college, Thomas went to Startup, a conference that was about starting a business by yourself. He met a couple of mentors who inspired him to start up his own software company a few months later. This marked the point where he realized that college may not be for him after all. “Three months later, I ended up starting this company- it was a software company- then decided that summer to drop out [of school] and just pursue entrepreneurship and do my own thing,” said Thomas.

Michael Thomas, ‘12

Despite facing challenges, Minney approaches life with the mindset of ¨there is always a rainbow after the rain.” No amount of money or luxuries would ever be more important than her dreams and passions. The life Minney has made for herself has its hardships, but those have never stood in her way. ¨Not to say that where I’m at right now is perfect, but at least I don’t feel like I’m settling into a lifestyle that would drain my passions,¨ said Minney.

Kathryn Minney, ‘08

Greg Sobetski, ‘07

While in college, Ravilochan visited India to learn about tackling poverty. He visited slums, agencies and foundations. He came back with many ideas of what could be done and how other people were tackling the issues. “That was the moment where I realized I didn’t want to be a physicist or a doctor, which is what I had been doing,” said Ravilochan. He realized that he wanted to devote his life to this line of work. Bullock realized in college that participating in plays would not be as easy as doing it in high school. “I would have had to pay tuition money to stage manage shows, and as a stage manager, you’re there every day.” Bullock needed money to pay for her schooling, so she ended up just going for her BA in theatre, which allowed her to work at a roadhouse theatre and make money to pay for her schooling.

Sarah Bullock, ‘02



Teju Ravilochan, ‘04

Living in New York wasn’t the easiest thing to do for Cunliffe, but he made that into his motivation. “To make a living in New York City is kind of a daily struggle, which keeps you working and working harder,” said Cunliffe. He knew that New Yorkers were unlike any of the people that he had met before, but he found working with them to be a challenge that he wanted to take part in.

Colin Cunliffe, ‘99

Pursuing her dreams has caused hardships in Shew’s life. Through these tough times, she acknowledged the effort that would need to be undertaken to make it through, and she never gave up. “I got through the [first] year and then sat down to figure out how I was going to make the class better for the following year. I told myself I could give up or I could make myself a better teacher. That summer, I attended an AP training, revamped my entire curriculum and came back ready to teach. I haven’t had a problem since,” said Shew.

Despite being injured multiple times, Edwards didn’t let that hold her back. “I didn’t want my injuries to hold me back, so I was like, ‘I’m just going to start off where I left off’ from my injury with whatever it takes,” said Edwards. After injuries, Edwards wouldn’t hesitate to jump right back in, so she could get back to her normal routine. She found ways to work around her setbacks and make sure that nothing was going to stop her from reaching her goals.

Kaela Edwards, ‘12

Becky Shew, ‘96

For Reddy, one of the biggest things was keeping his business up and running. “The second hardest thing was just keeping it alive. 80% of businesses fail within their first years,” said Reddy. Despite the odds being against their company, Reddy’s business didn’t fail in its first year. All of the hard work that Reddy put into the company eventually paid off. “We’ve been running for about 5 ½ years now. It’s really a lot of work but the rewards are incredible,” said Reddy.

Over time, Pauline started to get used to the routine of running an orphanage. “After learning how to work in Uganda effectively and give ownership to the people, life here became much easier,” said Pauline. Pauline also married one of her Ugandan Musana partners who was the ultimate visionary for Musana and helped support Pauline. “My husband, Haril, has pushed me daily with his drive and commitment for the community. He is an inspirational leader and has always been an encouragement to me,” said Pauline.

Andrea Pauline, ‘06

Raj Reddy, ‘13

Morea had a huge culture shock in Romania, but getting out of her comfort zone was ultimately a great experience for her. “Everything is different; lifestyle, people, food, but I must say it changed me. I think for the better, definitely. It forced me to grow up, not because I live alone in my own apartment, but even how university is structured. The curriculum is very difficult, especially in the first two years,” said Morea.

Bea Morea, ‘15

May 18, 2017


Where are they now? Sobetski now works as an economist for the Legislative Council at the Colorado State Capitol. Sobetski loves the action he gets to take part of in his job. Daily, he is able to see the world changing before his eyes. “I think the best part of my job is that I have a front row seat to democracy,” said Sobetski.

Today, Shew leads a wonderful life. However, after evaluating her teenage self, she wishes she had pushed herself harder and lived up to her full potential. “I don’t know if I had many other goals in high school. I do have one regret, though. I wish I would’ve worked harder, both as a student and as an athlete. I’ve become more competitive with age, and now looking back, I wish I would’ve given my all as a teenager,” said Shew.

Becky Shew, ‘96

Greg Sobetski, ‘07

After graduating in 2016, Mascolo started his freshman year at McGill University in Canada. Over the last year, he has been balancing school with his budding music career, playing shows and releasing music. “I’ve been producing music with this artist from Denver named Stelouse, and we made a few songs and have been playing shows here and there. That and some other stuff has been opening doors and connections in music that are super unexpected, which is fun and weird,” said Mascolo.

Eric Mascolo, ‘16

Edwards is still running for Oklahoma State University and hopes to go pro after this year. She enjoys running each and every day. “Running is just something I love doing, and it provides me with confidence and something that I can do that is just fun. Running also has been my escape when things are hard. When I’m on the track doing a workout, I don’t worry about anything else,” said Edwards.

Kaela Edwards, ‘12



Minney has dedicated many years of her life to the sport of colorguard. She returned to the LPS district to continue coaching. Her life is leading her in a different direction, however, and the coaching portion of her life is now coming to a close. Although it is bittersweet, it is not the end for Minney. She is now moving her focus to art. “I have been working hard at setting up my home studio so that I can start making and selling my work,¨ said Minney.

Kathryn Minney, ‘08

Still in the growing technology world, Reddy’s company has more advanced future plans. “Right now we are working on some really cool virtual reality stuff and starting to bring that kind of content to more people,” said Reddy.

After traveling the world, Aler decided to settle down. “I stopped touring with the band and moved to Littleton to be with the love of my life,” said Aler. Eventually, he landed a job at Pinehurst Country Club, which he thinks is the best tennis teaching job in Denver.

Raj Reddy, ‘13

Ian Aler, ‘84

After gaining her college education and working her first job, Bullock got a different job in San Francisco to help a company known as AIDS Lifecycle to raise funds. She worked there for a year before returning to USC. “My job now is officially the Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff, and I oversee all of the briefings for the president,” said Bullock. However, she still uses her stage managing skills on a day-to-day basis.

Sarah Bullock, ‘02

After selling his company in late 2016, Thomas has traveled to a lot of places for experiences and for writing. “I was lucky to have some money from selling my company at the beginning of this year, so I have been able to travel to maybe a dozen countries or so in the past couple years. The most recent trip was to Norway to interview the CEO of Norwegian Air,” said Thomas.

Cunliffe toured with a couple of small time productions and then was fortunate enough to make his first Broadway production. He now continues to enjoy his life, as he has been able to find a nice balance between his social life and his work related life. “I think that’s kept me sane; I think that’s kept me healthy, and I think that’s kept me unique when I do go into an audition room,” said Cunliffe.

Colin Cunliffe, ‘99

Michael Thomas, ‘12

Pauline is currently in Uganda and still does a lot to help the organization. “Our leadership team on the ground is made up of an amazing team of Ugandans, and it is my job to support them by sharing their vision and their work. I supervise our U.S. team that is in charge of raising money so the Ugandans can continue to change their community,” said Pauline. Pauline definitely enjoys her rewarding job of helping people.

Andrea Pauline, ‘06

Ravilochan recently moved back to Denver after 12 years in Boulder. He’s been dedicated to the Unreasonable Institute for eight years since he graduated college. “[The Unreasonable Institute is] trying to develop a methodology, something similar to the scientific method,” said Ravilochan. He hopes to continue to empower people to solve significant issues.

Teju Ravilochan, ‘04

May 18, 2017


I walk down the streets tall Whether they be made of cement, dirt, even grass The scenery is changed for all We know that we’ve made a difference at last Directly following high school, Reddy was searching for investments in his business. Even though age was a small set back, it did not stop Reddy from furthering his career. “When we got the CEO of Otterbox to invest in us with real money, that really opened up a lot of doors for us. That was definitely the biggest moment,” said Reddy.

Raj Reddy, ‘13

Many of Minney´s achievements are things that people only dream of. She has worked to give back to her old sport by being an inspiring leader to high school girls following their own love for colorguard, reminding Minney of herself. Also, through her art, she has felt motivated and rewarded beyond what she had imagined. ¨I get to potentially live off of making others happy with something my hands created if I work hard enough at it. The thing that keeps me going at all times on this path is the pure joy I get from being fully immersed in the things that I love,¨ said Minney.

Kathryn Minney, ‘08



Bullock’s hardworking attitude has taken her far in life. While she was still at Littleton, she got a job organizing productions in LHS’s theatre. The same person who gave her that job also offered her a new job at USC. “I’m a worker; I like to work hard and that’s never been my problem. So, if I’m doing something, I want to do it really, really well, and that’s how I ended up getting my first full-time job working at USC because I worked for them as a student and they didn’t want me to leave,” said Bullock.

Sarah Bullock, ‘02

Edwards was a sophomore in college when her running career started to take off. “I started to get success because that’s when I actually competed, and I made it to nationals for my first time, like barely made it. I was the last one in, and then I ended up getting third place, so it was really cool,” said Edwards. Edwards then went on to win indoor nationals the next year. She also ran in the 800 meter U.S. Olympic Trials last summer. Kaela Edwards, ‘12

Thomas found out that he could still write and make a living as well. He also learned to not let other people influence and change his dreams. Recently, he found that there is a lot of value in writing. “There’s a lot of interest in writing and a lot of people who need writing for their companies and everything creative, like movies and books and videogames,” said Thomas.

Michael Thomas, ‘12

Cunliffe’s biggest achievement was accomplishing his dream of moving to New York. “When I was fortunate enough to meet that goal, then the ideas of success have changed a little and what makes me happy has changed a little bit,” said Cunliffe. He views developing his happiness as his biggest achievement since he is in control and can continue to meet other goals with a positive attitude.

Colin Cunliffe, ‘99

Sobetski is a very driven individual, so it’s no surprise that he has done a lot in his life. Sobetski went to a highly ranked school in Peru and was able to work with their leading economic professors. He also went to Bolivia and worked in 25 towns, inspecting their water quality and helping out an organization with major water projects. He even had the opportunity to move to China after graduating college. “I got out of college in 2012 when we were still coming out of the great recession; there weren’t a lot of jobs for immediately graduated college students, and also, I wanted to live abroad,” said Sobetski.

Greg Sobetski, ‘07

Aler went on to play on the ATP tour for about seven years. He was lucky enough to play in some Grand Slam tournaments such as Wimbledon, U.S. Open and Australian Open, achieving a global rank of 139. Later, he moved to Hollywood and started to privately teach tennis to celebrities and entertainers, such as Stephen Stills from the classic rock band Crosby, Stills and Nash. “It was more like babysitting to be honest, but it was a great honor and an amazing job,” said Aler. He managed Stills on road tours and traveled the world again with the band for 11 years. “That was an incredible experience to say the least,” said Aler.

Ian Aler, ‘84

“I tend to just view success as not achievable, you know or just something I will try to focus on,” said Ravilochan. Albert Einstein’s quote “strive to be not successful but a person of value” guides him to stay humble. Currently, Ravilochan’s Unreasonable Institute has 40 different programs run in 26 different countries, with entrepreneurs in 93 different countries all contributing to making the world a better place.

Teju Ravilochan, ‘04

“We changed from an orphanage to a community development organization with a vision to see the community develop using sustainable solutions that give hope and dignity to the most vulnerable,” said Pauline. Musana has established a boarding/ day school with 960 young students, a high school with 230 students, a health care center that provides services to over 14,000 individuals every year, a woman’s skills training program which helps 120 women get jobs, become good mothers and have means of raising money/employing 165 Ugandans through restaurants, guest houses, a farm, a bakery and lots more. “It has been inspiring to see our kids grow and become nurses, teachers and run businesses,” said Pauline.

Andrea Pauline, ‘06 May 18, 2017


Keep trying! Keep going! Keep working, they say It was definitely risky for Pauline to go to Uganda, much less start an orphanage and later an entire organization, but Pauline feels like she was successful in making an impact in the lives of others. “I think we should always be open to new opportunities and be willing to take risks, even if it is not what we had in plan...don’t make financial stability your only focus. Follow your passions and your heart and do what you love. Think about how you want to measure success rather than following how others measure success,” said Pauline. Pauline is proud of what has already been done, but also looks forward to how Musana can continue impacting the lives of individuals everywhere. “Over the next few years, we plan to replicate Musana’s model in another community. In the future, we want to see Musana in communities all over the world,” said Pauline.

“The biggest thing is to love what you do. What’s the point in putting in [work] if you’re not passionate about what you’re doing or you don’t have goals and strive to be better?” said Edwards. Edwards plans to keep discovering where she wants to go with her life, though her immediate plans involve becoming a professional runner. “I find little passions along the way, so I’m not exactly sure what I want to do. I definitely love working and exercise and motivating people, so I might end up doing something with that,” said Edwards.

Kaela Edwards, ‘12

Andrea Pauline, ‘06

Van Denover credits much of his success to a solid start. “What should you do to set yourself up for school? It’s not easy to implement, but it’s easy to state; it’s go to college and get good grades. And study whatever you feel like studying, but make sure you’ve got a track record to prove it,” said Van Denover.

Drew Van Denover, ‘07

Cunliffe is a strong believer in striking a balance. “I think that is important to travel when you can, but then also focus on studies and also the other areas of life that you want to pursue,” said Cunliffe.

Colin Cunliffe, ‘99 20


Minney embraces the changes that life brings, and recognizes that life may change the ideas, hopes and passions that people have. ¨As we grow up, our ideas, opinions and dreams change, and that’s perfectly fine. Being able to adapt to your current situation is such an important quality and will allow for you to gain the most from every stage you will go through in life,” said Minney. Minney believes that choosing to adapt to these changes is what defines your character.

Kathryn Minney, ‘08

Hardship builds character and makes people work harder, according to Aler. “I think people will remember you for who you are versus what you’ve done, how much money you make, what your job is, etc. Success isn’t measured in wins and losses. I believe it’s measured in who you are as a person,” said Aler. “Live for the moment. Don’t worry about yesterday or tomorrow. Enjoy your real time for today. That always paves the way to good things.”

Ian Aler, ‘84

Shew hopes her motivation she has had to pursue her teaching dream will influence and carry on to her students. “Motivation comes from within. You have to want it badly enough to pursue it,” said Shew.

Becky Shew, ‘96

Since starting college, Mascolo has realized that a relaxed lifestyle is the one for him, and he recommends it to everyone who is trying to reach their goals in high school. “Just don’t be worried or pretentious about college, your ACT score, money, social groups, athletic levels, cars or whatever else,” said Mascolo. Mascolo believes that these things cause unnecessary stress. His long term goals are to “not end up working a job that I have no passion for, help some people, have family and friends and be happy... all that good stuff.”

Eric Mascolo, ‘16

May 18, 2017


After finding his true calling in high school, Reddy recommends that current high school students try and do the same thing. “Find something you’re good at, passionate about, something you can make money doing. I think everything sort of falls in line as long as we’re willing to embrace it. I think if you can really invest in yourself and find something you’re good at you should do that more than anything,” said Reddy.

Raj Reddy, ‘13

Bullock encourages people to work hard, be themselves and be patient, because things will turn out okay in the long run. “If you trust yourself to know you’ll be intact and as you learn and grow, it doesn’t matter what environment you’re in [because] you’re going to take what you need from that to get where you ultimately want to be,” said Bullock.


Sarah Bullock, ‘02

Although Sobetski has already achieved great success, he is far from finished. In the future, he envisions himself potentially running for office or other jobs of governmental importance. “I’d also be interested in doing sort of policy direction either for a state legislative body, or for the governor or something like that. I think those are jobs that I could do well, but for now, I love the agency I’m in and I don’t really expect or intend to move on,” said Sobetski.

Greg Sobetski, ‘07 22


Ravilochan believes in “finding work that is meaningful enough to us that we are willing to push through difficulty to continue doing it,” He advocates for curiosity, stating, “One of the most remarkable ways I think we can serve ourselves is by following our curiosities. It is when we are curious about something, and when we feed that curiosity, that we become intimate with something,”

Do always your best You’ll get there someday!

Teju Ravilochan, ‘04


The biggest piece of advice Thomas has is for people to never stop learning. If people keep a closed mind and are unopen to learning new things, Thomas believes that will automatically close doors. “Find a way to love learning. If you are always pursuing perfection in a craft, you are just never going to be happy,” said Thomas.

Michael Thomas, ‘12

Morea advises people to explore their interests and get out in the world. “Traveling is amazing, seeing more of the world is magnificent, and getting to live somewhere else and experience life a little differently than you’re used to will be life-changing,” said Morea. She also plans to stay in Romania for medical school for six years, then start her residency as a medical doctor in the states.

Bea Morea, ‘15

May 18, 2017



Sienna Woo, Molly Rosales, Ashlyn Moore, Katie Hill - Lifestyle Coverage, “Fandoms” Sarah Urtz, Eli Demosthenes, Stefanie Frederickson - Alternative Coverage, “Concerts of Colorado”

2nd Place:

Sarah Urtz - Photo Essay, Homecoming Pep Assembly

3rd Place:

Sophie Craig - Critical Review, “La La Land: A musical sensation” Sanjali DeSilva - Breaking Sports Coverage, “Basketball makes history with victory over Valor”

Honorable Mention:

Sarah Urtz - Breaking News, “Breaking the rules: A parking snafu at LHS” Eli Demosthenes - Single Page Design, “Are Books Dead?” Sanjali DeSilva, Addi Iken, Julia Jobanputra, Colin McCormick, Juana Arroyo-Arellano, Josh Forbes In-Depth Coverage, “Eye of the Beholder”

IMPORTANT DATES May 22 - Finals 2, 4 May 23 - Finals 1, 3 May 24 - Finals 5, 7 May 25 - Finals 6, 8 May 26 - Graduation HAVE A WONDERFUL SUMMER!

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Littleton High School news magazine - May 18, 2017

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