At the regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting on May 11, 2023, two students from Heritage High School were recognized during the Student Spotlight. Throughout the year, schools nominate a student or a group of students who are living out the Portrait of an LPS Graduate, which outlines the skills every LPS graduate should have. These skills include:
The students recognized on May 11 were two of only 14 students statewide to present at TEDx Cherry Creek in March. Alexandra Hammond gave a presentation called, “Social Media: What’s Broken and How Gen Z is Fixing It.” Jack Haag gave a presentation called, “Do You Live in a Neighborhood of People or Cars?” These students’ presence, poise, and public speaking skills are truly exceptional.
Alexandra Hammond is a freshman beyond her years in terms of her desire to lead through example and be a meaningful voice for her peers. She is involved in numerous student-based committees at Heritage and also finds the time to be involved in multiple things outside of the school community. She has a tremendous ability to create a sense of belonging and trust with her peers. Alexandra is kind and passionate about making a difference in the world, and we need more people like her. She exemplifies many of the qualities in the Portrait of a Graduate, but especially Communication, Risk Taking, and Character.
Jack Haag has been described as a “great human” by his teachers. He is a stand-out student, and he has a passion for government and policy, which he demonstrates regularly in class participation. Jack is curious by nature; he tries really hard to get to know his peers and is always up for any small or large group discussion. Jack is a very kind person who sets the bar high in his classes. He has a contagious enthusiasm for learning. He projects confidence, ability, and talent. Jack truly exemplifies the Portrait of a Graduate characteristics of Collaboration, Character, and Communication.
Both of these students engage their peers and set a wonderful example of competence and passion for learning. They are an asset to their school community and to LPS as a whole. Congratulations on a job well done with your TEDx presentations, which are really a public acknowledgement and recognition of the dedication you put towards life. LPS is proud of you!