Accomplishments 2016-2017

  • ACADEMIC RECOGNITION

    National Spanish Examinations: Several Middle School Spanish students from attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2017 National Spanish Examinations. Students from our middle school earned 9 silver and 11 bronze medals along with 27 honorable mentions. “Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams, “because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 157,000 students participating in 2017.” Students from Peak to Peak have a long history of high achievement on these exams and were taught by Spanish teachers, Sra. Meiler and Srita Leach. The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades 6 through 12, and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

    Scholastic Writing Awards: The following students received 2017 Scholastic Writing Award. These awards are for the West Writing Region and cover a seven state area.

    • Noorain Baig - Silver Key for Critical Essay
    • Morgan Brantmeyer - Honorable Mention for Critical Essay
    • Anjali Gill - Honorable Mention for Writing Portfolio
    • Kelsey Gilliam - Honorable Mention for Flash Fiction
    • Navami Manangi- Honorable Mention for Critical Essay
    • Mayank Mishra - Honorable Mention for Writing Portfolio
    • Kiera O'Neill- Silver Key for Poetry
    • Kassen Qian - Gold Key for Critical Essay
    • Rachel Thomas - Silver Key for Critical Essay
    • Chandra Xu - Gold Key for Writing Portfolio
    • Sai Kaushik Yeturu - Honorable Mention for Humor
    • Callista Zaronias - Gold Key for Critical Essay

    "The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. Last year, students submitted nearly 320,000 works of visual art and writing to the Scholastic Awards; more than 85,000 works were recognized at the regional level and celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies."

    Science Bowl:The Peak to Peak Science Bowl Team had a strong performance at the Regional Science Bowl Competition, held at  Dakota Ridge HS in Littleton Colorado. Team #1 made it to the semifinals while Team #2 was just one win away from qualifying for the elimination round.

    Yearbook: Jostens, the leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content, announced that Peak to Peak’s yearbook program was named a 2017 Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence.Nationally, only 344 schools were given this honor. The high school AND middle school yearbooks are being recognized with this award. The National Yearbook Program of Excellence recognizes engaging yearbooks that reflect a broad representation of the student body while helping students develop 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, and information and communication technologies (ICT) literacy.

    2017 State Science Fair Results 

    The following students received awards at the 2017 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair: 

    • Alexandra Dalton (8th grade):
      • Junior Division - Animal Sciences, First Place
      • Broadcom - Nomination to enter the 2017 Broadcom MASTERS competition for MS students 
    • Weston Metzler (11th grade):
      • United States Navy & Marine Corps - Office of Naval Research Award, $75
      • Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, High Plains Section - IEEE Award, $150
      • Intel Corporation - Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award, $200 
    • Kaushik Yeturu (12th grade):
      • Senior Division - Physics, Third Place
      • United States Navy & Marine Corps - Office of Naval Research Award, $75

     

    37 new NHS Students: National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society Induction 2016. Thirty-seven new students, grades 10-12, were inducted into NHS.

    5th Grade Destination Imagination Team is Headed to State: Our 5th Grade Destination Imagination team took 2nd place and advanced to the State Tournament. The team includes the following students:

    • Ava Sommer
    • Mia Ritchie
    • Anjana Radha 
    • Brandon Hughes
    • Connor Precourt
    • John Reeder
    • Siddarth Nareddy

     

    First US Presidential Scholar: Peak to Peak has our first ever U.S. Presidential Scholar. Mayank Mishra (12th grade) was one of only 160 students selected for this prestigious award and one of only two in Colorado. The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by Executive Order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our Nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the Program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named U.S. Presidential Scholars, one of the Nation's highest honors for high school students. The Scholars represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in young people. In honoring the U.S. Presidential Scholars, the President of the United States symbolically honors all graduating high school seniors of high potential.

    Four Boettcher Semi-finalists: Four Peak to Peak seniors were named as semi-finalists for the Boettcher Scholarship: Sara Branham, Divyam Mishra, Mayank Mishra, and Kaushik Yeturu. "These merit-based scholarships for Colorado high school seniors provide what is essentially a full-ride to any four-year institution in Colorado." Click to Read more.

    Four National Merit Finalists: Four seniors were named as National Merit Scholarship Program finalists: Alex Bradfield, Nimish Garg, Mayank Mishra, and Sam Taylor. "The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test."  Read more about the program.

    IPPF Elite 8: Fabian Dauzvardis (12th grade), Kassen Qian (11th grade), and William Alexander (10th grade) have advanced to "The Elite 8" in the International Public Policy Forum debate. After months of written debate competition, the team has been selected for an all expense paid trip to New York City to compete for a $10,000 prize in the final rounds of live debate in the International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) debate competition. "Founded in 2001, the IPPF is the first and only competition that gives high school students around the world the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy. This international contest is open to all schools - public and private - for free. It welcomes students from around the world and across the spectrum of debate and forensic events. High school teams compete for awards and scholarships.

    Battle of the Books: Peak to Peak's Battle of the Books teams had a very successful showing at the district competition. Peak to Peak had six teams compete, with four of them placing. The 3rd, 7th, and 8th grade teams each took first place and the 6th grade team took second place.

    Three Beottcher Scholarship Finalists: Each year the Beottcher Scholarship is awarded to Colorado's top high school seniors. These merit-based scholarships provide what is essentially a full-ride to any four-year institution in Colorado, with the aim of keeping Colorado's best minds here in Colorado. This year, Peak to Peak has three students who have been named as finalists for this prestigious award. Out of over 1400 applications, the field is narrowed to 300 semifinalists, and then 100 finalists. In 2017, Divyam Mishra, Mayank Mishra, and Kaushik Yeturu were are among the final 100. Click here to read more about the program.

    Three Presidential Scholars: Three Peak to Peak seniors have been nominated for the 2017 United States Presidential Scholars Program by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the United States Department of Education: Alex Bradfield, Mayank Mishra, and Ben Peeples. "The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students."Click here to read more about the program.

    Literature and Poetry Contest Sweep: Colorado Humanities is an organization formed to "inspire the people of Colorado to explore ideas and to appreciate our diverse cultural heritage." Each year, this state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), sponsors two writing competitions. The following Peak to Peak students received awards, sweeping the "River of Words" poetry contest, and dominating in the "Letters about Literature" contest.

    State Winners for River of Words Poetry Contest:

    • 1st Place: Ben Peeples, 12th grade, Peak to Peak Charter School, Lafayette
    • 2nd Place: Alexis Leutenegger, 12th grade, Peak to Peak Charter School, Lafayette
    • 3rd Place: Brianna Doerfler, 12th grade, Peak to Peak Charter School, Lafayette
    • Hon. Mention: Corinna Martin, 12th grade, Peak to Peak Charter School, Lafayette

    State Winners for Letters about Literature:

    • 2nd Place: Mary Grace Carroll, 12th grade, Peak to Peak Charter School, Lafayette
    • 3rd Place: Molly Higdon, 12th grade, Peak to Peak Charter School, Lafayette
    • Hon. Mention: Alex Bradfield, 12th grade, Peak to Peak Charter School, Lafayette

    River of Words is "a poetry and art competition for students on the theme of watersheds and the environment designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live, and to express what they discover in poetry and visual art. Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book, in affiliation with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, implements River of Words statewide judging and coordinates the Student Literary Awards in the spring."

    Letters about Literature is "a writing competition where students each write a personal letter to an author, poet or playwright, living or dead, from any genre, explaining how their ways of thinking about the world or themselves have changed as a result of reading the author's work."

    Math Counts Winners: The following Middle School students won the school-level Math Counts competition and are advancing to the local competition in February:

    • Declan Hiller
    • Madison Lin
    • Vikas Muralidharan
    • Sophia Du
    • Sophie Kiehl
    • Michael Liao
    • Mason Rein
    • Jeffrey Chen
    • Paris Kiehl
    • Jenna Plute

    Ten middle schoolers entered the local Boulder chapter MathCounts competition. Michael Liao, Jenna Plute, Vikas Muralidharan, Sophia Du, Mason Rein, Declan Hiller, Jeffrey Chen, Madison Lin, Paris Kiehl and Sophie Kiehl stepped up to represent Peak to Peak in sprint, target, and team rounds. The competition was so tough that judges asked Sophie Kiehl and another student to participate in a deciding head-to-head competition with additional questions. Sophie won not only the head-to-head, but also came in first out of the 130 students in the room. 

    Peak to Peak also had four students participate in a "top 10" buzzer round: Michael Liao, Jeffrey Chen, Madison Lin and Sophie Kiehl. While they were unable to grab any individual awards during this round, the team placed first and will go on to the state-level competition. Peak to Peak students performed so well that four additional students were also invited to continue on to state: Jenna Plute, Vikas Muralidharan, Sophia Du, and Declan Hiller.

    Model UN Goes to Harvard: Ten students from the Peak to Peak Model UN Club attended the prestigious Harvard Model UN Conference in Boston in January. Over 3000 students from 34 countries discussed, debated and tried to find solutions to real world problems facing the United Nations today. Our team was proud to be the only school from Colorado to be included in this world class event.

    Team members: Akriti Poudel, Sudeepti Nareddy, Chandra Xu, Numair Baig, Zach Feigelson, Mayank Mishra, Navami Manangi, Callista Zaronias, Kassen Qian, and Nick Hughes

    Mayank Mishra received a “Verbal Commendation” for his work on the Special Political and Decolonization Committee. Kassen Qian was a finalist in the optional charity essay contest “Right and Responsibility”.

    National History Day Winners: The eighth grade students' National History Day entries and results:

    • Patrick Grady (Exhibit- The July 20th Assassination Attempt on Adolf Hitler's Life)
    • Vikas Muralidharan & Fiona Spitzley (Documentary- The Proxy War: How Charlie Wilson Took a Stand for Arming the Afghan Mujaheddin)
    • Jenna Plute & Hilary Jaime (Documentary- Charlie Chaplin: Taking a Stand for the Working Class)
    • Aydia Kaplan, Julietta Rozin & Cameryn Sarros (Performance- Federalism: How Alexander Hamilton took a Stand for the United States Constitution)

    The Charlie Wilson documentary went to the final round at District and the Hamilton performance is the alternate for State.

    From Mr. Paul: "The kids did great work (as usual) and are already thinking about topics for next year!"

    Peak to Peak Students Sweep Essay Contest: Peak to Peak students took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the Anti-Defamation League's 10th-12th grade division of the 2017 Student Essay Contest, "A Tribute to Moral Courage: Standing Up Against Injustice." The students, along with their families, were invited guests at the 36th Annual Governor's Holocaust Remembrance Program on April 25th, where they were presented with their monetary awards. Huge thanks to Mr. Benson for his support of his AP Lang and Comp students through this process. Congratulations to Kate Berg (11th grade), 1st place; Adam Kiehl (11th grade), 2nd place; and Melissa Schirmer (11th grade), 3rd place.

    Robotics Team Champions: The Peak to Peak Robotics team were the overall Finalist Champions and also winners of the Innovate Award at the FIRST Tech Challenge East-Metro Qualifier Competition. The team moved on to compete at the state level. "FIRST Tech Challenge teams (10+ members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have!” Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas." Read more about the program.

    State Speech and Debate Results: Peak to Peak's Speech & Debate took 3rd place at the National Qualifier Sweepstakes.

    The list of students below includes the national qualifiers and the alternates.

    In Lincoln-Douglas Debate:

    • 2nd Qualifier: Kaushik Yeturu
    • 2nd Alternate: Kassen Qian
    • 4th Alternate: Ben Peeples
    • 5th Alternate: Fabian Dauzvardis

     

    In National Extemporaneous Speaking:

    • 1st Qualifier: Mayank Mishra
    • 2nd Alternate: Kaushik Yeturu
    • 4th Alternate: Bella Sicker

     

    In Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking:

    • 2nd Alternate: Ben Peeples

     

    In Original Oratory:

    • 2nd Alternate: Navami Manangi
    • 5th Alternate: Vyas Muralidharan
    • 7th Alternate: Akriti Poudel

     

    And the overall Sweepstakes results for our team were as follows:

    • Debate - 3rd Place
    • Speech - 6th Place
    • District - 3rd Place

     

    Student Awards at 2017 Science Fair: The following students received awards in the 2017 Regional Science Fair competition:

    Junior Level Winners

    • Alexandra Dalton (8th grade), First Place: Animal Science
    • Tara Amidon (8th grade), Third Place: Chemistry
    • Fareed Ahamad (8th grade), Second Place: Microbiology
    • Ander de Onaindia (8th grade), Third Place: Microbiology
    • Vince Cornella (8th grade), Second Place: Physics

     

    Senior Level Winners

    • Weston Metzler (11th grade), Second Place: Engineering
    • Kaushik Yeturu (12th grade), First Place: Physics

     

    ISEF Special Award Winners

    • Lena Morton (12th grade), American Meterological Society
    • Noah Putnam (12th grade), Intel Excellence in Computer Science
    • Alexandra Dalton (8th grade), Broadcom Masters
    • Lena Morton (12th grade), NASA EARTH System Science Award
    • Kaushik Yeturu (12th grade), Office of Naval Research ? U.S. Navy/Marine Corps
    • Ryan Kuykendall (11th grade), Office of Naval Research ? U.S. Navy/Marine Corps
    • William McCloskey (12th grade), United States Air Force
    • Diego Olaya (11th grade), United States Air Force

     

    JR CSEF Qualifiers

    • Alexandra Dalton (8th grade)

     

    SR CSEF Qualifiers

    • Weston Metzler (11th grade)
    • Kaushik Yeturu (12th grade)

     

    Thirteen Advance to State Debate Finals: The students listed below have advanced to the 2017 State Finals in Speech & Debate. 

    • Will Alexander, Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking
    • Chloe Hodgson, Original Oratory
    • Akriti Poudel, Original Oratory
    • Bella Sicker, National Extemporaneous
    • Mayank Mishra, National Extemporaneous
    • Logan Hsia, National Extemporaneous
    • Kassen Qian, Lincoln-Douglas Debate
    • Ben Peeples, Lincoln-Douglas Debate
    • Kaushik Yeturu, Lincoln-Douglas Debate
    • Leonard Shearer, Program Oral Interpretation
    • Brandon Guo and Ayush Garg, Public Forum Debate
    • Paige Burns, Humorous Interpretation
    • Gaia Malin and Delaney Cohn, Duo Interpretation

     

    ART RECOGNITIONS

    School Resource Officer Vehicle:Caden Klinger (10th grade) and Ayush Chitrakar (11th grade) were recognized for the award-winning artwork which was selected for the Lafayette Police Department's car-wrap art contest.  Their artwork showcasing the state and local community is displayed on the department's 2016-17 School Resource Officer vehicle.

    All State Band: The following Peak to Peak Band Students were accepted into this year's Colorado All State Band. These students were selected by an audition process and competed against 900 other students in the State of Colorado for this prestigious opportunity. Only the best of best were chosen and we are very fortunate and proud to announce that: Nicholas Dimond, Arden Xu, and Cathy Li made this year’s All State Band and Scott McCall is a 1st alternate. 

    Scholastic Art Awards: The following students received 2017 Scholastic Art Awards.

    • Anya Salmen earned a Gold Key for her work "Time is Money." The work is from a body of work about Feminism and its connection to her own life.
    • Rachel Fitzsimmons earned an Honorable Mention for her work, "Greed." The work is from a body of work that uses anthropomorphization to illustrate the nine circles of hell.
    • Julie O'Brien earned a Silver Key for her work, "Ooh, Spicy." This work is completed from observational drawings of various peppers and communicates her love of spice.

    In addition, two students received Art Portfolio awards. Art portfolios must include eight different artworks. The works can come from one category or any combination of multiple categories. A Gold Key award represents the very best works submitted to local programs. Gold Key works are automatically considered for national–level recognition. The Silver Key is awarded to stand-out works submitted to local programs that demonstrate exceptional ability.

    • Samantha Pursley (grade 12) received a Gold Key portfolio award for a series of images of horses.
    • Cambria Pilger (grade 12) received a Silver Key portfolio award for her works titled, "Meltdown."

     

    Pilger on All State Choir: Senior Cambria Pilger was selected to the 2016-17 All-State Choir. Cambria will represented Peak to Peak at the All-State Choir Festival in Denver on February 2nd - 4th, 2017. 

    Orchestra: Peak to Peak 10th grade student Kelly Song was selected to play with the Symphony Orchestra at the Western States Honor Orchestra Festival held at the University of Northern Colorado on November 3rd-5th, 20. 

    • Tang and Ma - All State Orchestra
    • Sophomore Ashley Tang and senior Vincent Ma made the Colorado 2017 All State Philharmonic Orchestra

     

    Team Qualifies for National Conference: Based on their performance at Thescon, the following students qualified for the national thespian conference and competition in June. For their group acting scene from The Diviners, by Jim Leonard Jr.:

    • Ash Hartnett
    • Micheal Johnson
    • Gaia Malin
    • Claire Hankla
    • Cambria Pilger
    • Emily Struck

     

    For her solo musical piece: Climbing Uphill from the musical The Last Five Years:

    • Emma Anderson

     

    Thirteen Win Top Honors in Photography Show: Thirteen high school photography students in Mrs. Bertarelli's AP Studio Art: 2D Design course won top honors in Denver's Month of Photography Teen Show. Their works will hang at Globeville Riverfront Art Center. 

    ATHLETIC RECOGNITION

    Spring Sports Recognitions: The following student athletes received recognition for their performance on spring athletic teams:

    METRO LEAGUE AWARDS 

    Girls Soccer:

    • Joe Swanson- Coach of the Year
    • Jordan Deger - 1st Team
    • Ashley Buck- 1st Team
    • Kenna Hazzard- 2nd Team
    • Emily Dee- Honorable Mention
    • Emma Shepherd- Honorable Mention
    • Kinzie Short- Honorable Mention
    • Rachel Willette- Honorable Mention

     

    Baseball:

    • Matt Bagnato- 1st Team
    • Tommy Shriver- 1st Team
    • Zach Feigelson- 1st Team
    • Baylor Weyer- 2nd Team
    • Brayden Weyer- 2nd Team
    • Alex Bradfield- 2nd Team
    • Max Higdon- Honorable Mention

     

    Track & Field:

    • Quinn McConnell- 1st Team & 2nd Team
    • Julia O'Brien- 1st Team, 2nd Team & Honorable Mention
    • Makenna Turner- 1st Team & Honorable Mention
    • Savannah Spakes- 1st Team & Honorable Mention 
    • Tiana Bradfield- 1st Team & 2nd Team
    • Rachel Metzler- 2nd Team
    • Anna Shults- 2nd Team & Honorable Mention
    • Elle Treim- 2nd Team
    • Ethan Monarski- 2nd Team
    • William Ledden- 2nd Team
    • Joshua Johnston- 2nd Team
    • Justin Hager- 2nd Team
    • Robin Peterson- Honorable Mention

     

    Girls Tennis:

    • Trisha Somasundaram- 2nd Team 

     

    All Region Golf Team: Nishant Datta was named to the BocoPreps 2016 All-Region golf team. Ethan Tartaglia, Sam Taylor, and Ian Thorpe received honorable mention. Read more

    Boys High School Golf: The Boys High School Golf team finished 2nd at the 3A state tournament! Ethan Tartaglia placed 3rd in the individual competition; Nishant Datta and Ian Thorpe tied for 6th. Read more here, here, and here (watch the amazing putt at minute 3:10).

    Fall Sports Recognitions:

    Beasley

     Cole

    High School Coed Cross Country

    Metro 2nd Team All Conference

    Bradfield

     Tatiana (Tiana)

    High School Coed Cross Country

    Metro 1st Team All Conference, 3A State Girls Champions

    Brantmeyer

     Morgan

    High School Girls Softball

    All Conference Catcher, 2nd Team All State

    Datta

     Nishant

    High School Boys Golf

    Metro 1st Team, 3A State 2nd Place Team

    Dimond

     Reid

    High School Boys Soccer

    Metro 2nd Team

    Finan

     Brett

    High School Boys Tennis

    4A State First Team, 4A State  2nd Place Singles 

    Frederking

     Haley

    High School Girls Volleyball

    Metro Honorable Mention

    Howard

    Jenna

    High School Coed Cross Country

    3A State Girls Champions

    Ledden

    William

    High School Coed Cross Country

    Metro Honorable Mention

    Lefkowicz

     Brendan

    High School Boys Soccer

    Metro 1st Team

    Long

     Davis

    High School Boys Golf

    Metro 2nd Team

    McConnell

    Kim

    Coach- Cross Country

    Coach of the Year

    McConnell

     Quinn

    High School Coed Cross Country

    Metro 1st Team All Conference, 3A State Girls Champions

    Metzler

     Rachael

    High School Coed Cross Country

    Metro 2nd Team All Conference, 3A State Girls Champions

    Monarski

     Ethan

    High School Coed Cross Country

    Metro Honorable Mention

    Pezzuti

     Robert

    High School Boys Soccer

    Metro 2nd Team

    Ries

     Jillian

    High School Coed Cross Country

    Metro 2nd Team All Conference, 3A State Girls Champions

    Ruble

     Isabelle

    High School Coed Cross Country

    Metro Honorable Mention, 3A State Girls Champions

    Stout

     Rachel

    High School Girls Volleyball

    Metro 2nd Team

    Tartaglia

     Ethan

    High School Boys Golf

    Metro Honorable Mention, 3A State 2nd Place Team, INDIVIDUAL 3rd All State

    Taylor

     Samuel

    High School Boys Golf

    Metro Senior of year, Metro 2nd Team, 3A State 2nd Place Team

    Thornbury

    John

    Coach- Golf

    Metro League Coach of the year

    Thorpe

     Ian

    High School Boys Golf

    Metro 2nd Team, 3A State 2nd Place Team

    Triem

     Elle

    High School Coed Cross Country

    Metro 2nd Team All Conference, 3A State Girls Champions

    Walther

     Juliana

    High School Girls Softball

    All Conference Infielder

    Yano

     Kailee

    High School Girls Volleyball

    Metro 1st Team, Metro Senior of the Year, Colorado Coaches Top Senior Setter of the League

    Zheng

     Allen

    High School Boys Soccer

    Metro Honorable Mention

     

    Girl's Cross Country State Champs: The High School Girl's Cross Country team brought home the 3A State Championship title.

    Girl's MS Volleyball: Peak to Peak's 8th grade girl's volleyball team finished their season will an impressive record of 10 wins and 1 loss. They went undefeated during regular season play. 

    Girls High School Cross Country Ranked #1 in Nation: The Girls High School Cross Country team was nationally ranked for Division II small schools with total enrollment less than 600 students. The week of October 3rd, the team was ranked #1 in the nation! Rankings can be found at xcnation.com Division II winning teams are awarded National Championship recognition following the State Championships.

    Peak to Peak's boys golf team Featured: Peak to Peak's boys golf team was featured in an article appearing on the BoCO Prep website for their philanthropic approach to the 2016 season. "The Peak to Peak boys golf team aren't just concerned with repeating as Class 3A state champions in 2016. The Pumas are also focused on doing some good while they're at it. To that end, the Pumas have adopted the slogan "Birdies for Harambe" this season in honor of the gorilla that was euthanized after a 3-year-old child fell into his enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens in May." Read the full article.

     

    CHARACTER AND SERVICE RECOGNITION

    Ethics Bowl: On Saturday, February 4, the Peak to Peak high school ethics bowl team took first and second place in the first ever Colorado High School Ethics Bowl held at CU Boulder. The team qualified to compete in a virtual playoff with the winner of the Houston regional to win a spot in the National High School Ethics Bowl in Chapel Hill, NC this April.  

    Learning Garden Grant Award: Peak to Peak was awarded a $2000 grant to help expand the K-12 Learning Garden.  The grant was awarded from Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant Program, which was created in partnership with FoodCorps to help schools and organizations grow kids’ relationships with food through gardening. Whole Kids generously donated lots of seed packets for the garden, kids’ gardening gloves and a binder full of lesson plans ideas for all ages. At Peak to Peak, the funds will be used to continue construction of the garden, enhance the garden with art projects and plant pumpkins, squash and pollinator-friendly plants.

    Manangi Awarded Young Women in Public Afairs (YWPA) 2017: Senior Navami Manangi was named as a Young Women in Public Afairs (YWPA) 2017 Award winner! "The Award recognizes young women, ages 16-19, who demonstrate superior leadership skills and a commitment to public service and civic causes, and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life." Read more about the program.

     

    FACULTY AND STAFF RECOGNITION

    Technology Grants: Elementary Technology teacher Michelle Eckstein and K-12 ALPS Coordinator Tracy Cloninger, who were each awarded $5,000 grants from Century Link for robotics equipment, Chromebooks and video recording equipment.

    Counselor of the Year: Mary Campbell, one of Peak to Peak's High School College Counselors, was a finalist for the 2016 Colorado School Counselor of the Year. Ms. Campbell was one of five individuals named by the Colorado School Counselor Association as a finalist for the award. Individuals are recognized as the best professionals in the field. The organization acknowledges each nominee for the quality of service he/she provides students, families, schools and districts in which he/she works.

    Coach of the Year: The Boys Golf Coach, John Thornbury, was recognized by the National Federation of State High School Associations as the 2016 State Coach of the year. He was recognized during a legislative meeting at CHSAA.

    Impact On Education Classroom Innovation Grant: Third grade teacher, Marti Oliva, and Elementary Technology teacher, Michelle Eckstein, showcased student work at the Impact on Education Showcase.  They received a $1200 grant from Impact On Education Classroom Innovation Grant Program.  The funds were used to purchase 54 headsets with microphones for use in the elementary school.  The headphones are used for student reading fluency practice. They also enable students to utilize voice to text recording features with Chromebooks.  Students have enjoyed projects such as creating narrated ebooks, book trailers, and practicing oral reading fluency.

    World Language Teachers Recognized: The Departments of Modern Languages, Hispanic Studies, and American Sign Language at the University of Northern Colorado recognizedtwo teachers with awards. Elizabeth Leach received the Spanish Award for Outstanding Teacher of World Languages in 2017, and Michele Sachs received the French Award for Outstanding Teacher of World Languages in 2017.

    With this award, the University of Northern Colorado recognizes the teachers who are providing an exceptional foreign culture in a variety of dimensions. These individuals are dedicated to the important job of sensitizing people to cultural diversity and intercultural understanding. One award is given for outstanding teaching in each of French, German, Spanish, and a less commonly taught language. In addition to an award plaque, a monetary prize is also presented to each recipient. Awards are presented at the UNC World Language Day teacher luncheon in Greeley.

    Rauscher Receives National Recognition: Brian Rauscher, our Post Grad Coordinator, was chosen by the Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL) membership and Board of Directors as one of the 2017 Counselors That Change Lives. This honor is given in recognition of his dedication to the college counseling profession as it reflects the mission of the CTCL organization: to promote and support a student-centered college search process.