Heritage senior's life is whirlwind

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Heritage High School senior Logan Torres now focuses on her efforts as a sprinter for the Eagles track team, but she still finds time to take voice lessons, model, prepare for pageants, ride her horse and develop her competitive figure skating talents.

At the April 27 Liberty Bell Invitational, Torres ran the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash and was a member of the Eagles relay teams. In addition, she sang the national anthem a cappella.

“I got started running track in middle school, decided to try it in high school, and I found running track is one of those addictive things that, once you get started, you can't quit,” she said. “As for my music, I have been taking vocal lessons since I was a little girl. Originally I was going to be a theater major at School of the Arts. I transferred to Heritage, I joined the track team and I kept my music. I like to sing, and my favorite music to sing is classical works, a lot of Broadway songs and I love to sing opera.”

Competing in pageants began as a child, she said.

Torres said when she was little, she watched her cousin compete in pageants and told her mother she wanted to do it too.

“I did quite a few pageants, I did pretty well and it was fun. Finally, last year, I won the Miss Colorado High School Teen title. That is one of those amazing, surreal feeling I can't put into words,” she said. “As state winner, I went to nationals to represent our Colorado. Nationals were amazing and a little overwhelming. The event was held in Texas and that was good because we have family there and I had a lot of support.”

She said this summer she'll compete for the National American Miss Colorado Teen title. She said hopefully that will earn her scholarships. She said her participation in pageants opened the door for her to begin modeling for a couple agencies.

Torres said there is a month before her next pageants, so she should have time to prepare for it. However, she also has a long list of other activities to keep her busy, which will include spending a lot of time with her horse.

“I have ridden and trained horses since I was little and I love it,” she said. “I own my own horse, an Arab-quarter horse cross. She is a line-back dun. She is not old or far enough in her training to compete yet. But my baby is getting older and better trained, so competition is in the near future.”

She said she is thinking about cross country competition because her horse is full of energy and she is very strong.

“Riding is my alternative outlet,” Torres said. “I love running, but when you ride, you have a set of legs that aren't yours and they are so strong. My horse and I have a special bond. I have raised her since she was a foal and she is like an extension of me.”

In addition to track, the talented athlete is also a competitive figure skater.

“I like skating, and competitive figure skating requires a lot of the same talents as pageant competition,” she said. “Competing in figure skating and in pageants require you be athletic, present your program while maintaining your smile and your poise at all times.”

As she wraps up her high school career, she said she is an A-B student and has taken a lot of advance placement tests, with plans to enroll in the University of Colorado at Boulder in the fall.

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