The Union St. Journal: Cherry Creek High School's official news source

Union St. Journal

The Union St. Journal: Cherry Creek High School's official news source

Union St. Journal

The Union St. Journal: Cherry Creek High School's official news source

Union St. Journal

Madison Seckman

Madison Seckman, Design Editor

Hello! I am the Design Editor and a senior. This is my third year with the USJ and second as an editor, and it’s been the best! I love writing, drawing, and playing soccer, and I have a hamster, dog, and two guinea pigs. The most important part of my job is providing art and photography to express the importance of any story because - let’s face it - everyone judges a book by its cover.


All content by Madison Seckman
After experiencing something as terrifying as sexual assault, it can be difficult to escape from the shadows that an assaulter leaves hanging over their victims. While its true that time heals, Ive found time only made me push down my anxiety until it was smothering me. Taking time is certainly part of the healing journey but seeking help and someone to talk to can do the most help.

Surviving After Assault

Madison Seckman, Design Editor
October 25, 2021

How Creek Students Choose What Classes To Take

Madison Seckman, Design Editor and Features Editor
March 28, 2022
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[Photo] Why Are Seniors Wearing Floaties?

Nick Rui, Assistant Design Editor
January 13, 2022
Books and literature often provide deeper context for historical knowledge. At Creek, many teachers choose to teach books that introduce difficult discussions about race in American history.

[Photo] (How) Should We Teach Race?

Carly Philpott, Editor-in-Chief
October 25, 2021
REIMAGINING NORMALCY: An illustration shows what we may expect the IC tunnel to look like at full capacity on a Friday afternoon.

[Photo] Back in-person

Carly Philpott, News Editor
April 4, 2021
PUSHING CARTS: Courtesy Clerk Mazin Klapperich brings in carts at King Soopers store 096. On the busiest days, such as Sundays, clerks bring in up to 15 carts at a time. Klapperich also expressed sorrow for those killed at the Boulder King Soopers on Mar. 22.

Fights on the Frontlines

Madison Seckman, Feature & Managing Editor
April 4, 2021
Spoilers have been around for as long as I can remember, and I’ve never been a fan of them. I’m not alone, either, since 64.8% of the USJ Instagram followers I surveyed agreed that spoilers suck. Even if we can’t stop them, there are measures we can take to prevent or at least slow them down.

Stop spoiling movies during the two week grace period

Madison Seckman, Feature and Managing Editor
February 4, 2021
A MIXED UP DESK AND A MIXED UP WORLD: School and home are scrambled together during the crazy Monday schedule at Cherry Creek High School. I didn’t have time to distinguish between what should be lunch yet is a completely different class. I didn’t have time to put away my textbooks for the next class as I got hit with five classes in a row. I’m not the only person who suffered at the hands of the new hybrid model.

The Monday schedule that became a disaster

Madison Seckman, Feature and Managing Editor
January 13, 2021
A quick infographic on the best stocking stuffers for 2020. These items are small and useful for keeping everyone safe. Use the links in the story to purchase the items.

What to put in stockings in 2020

Madison Seckman, Feature and Managing Editor
December 19, 2020
Book blurbs

Book blurbs

Madison Seckman, Feature and Managing Editor
December 9, 2020
In a remote learning environment, its a lot easier to break the rules. Students are calling their friends over Discord, FaceTime, and other platforms during school hours. Since students arent in an environment where teachers can see their every move, theyre using the opportunity to socialize.

Calling friends during school

Madison Seckman, Feature and Managing Editor
December 2, 2020
Its nothing like it used to be. With new COVID-19 restrictions at football games, the players are seeing a change in the atmosphere. We kind of hype ourselves up instead of having the fans there and other noises to kind of help us get ready for the game, sophomore, varsity football player Blake Purchase said.

Missing the hype

Madison Seckman, Feature and Managing Editor
November 26, 2020
Madison Seckmans remote learning space - previously just a laptop to game on - is now a mess just like remote learning. Everything is pilling up, and it is hard to keep track of and make time for school assignments.

How remote learning needs to change

Madison Seckman, Feature and Managing Editor
November 24, 2020

Political parties and ideologies explained

Madison Seckman, Features & Managing Editor
November 5, 2020
MAINTAINING COVID PRECAUTIONS: ABM worker Araseli works to clean the school after hours. The custodians must go up and down each row of desks, spraying and wiping them down, in addition to their usual jobs.

[Photo] Behind the scenes

Lily Deitch, Staff Writer
October 23, 2020
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