Puma Spotlight 2019-20
Peak to Peak student, Vince Cornella (11th grade) wrestles on the Monarch High team. As the two-time 5A State Champion, Vince is one to watch again this year.
Brandon Guo, Ayush Garg, Leonard Shearer (all 12th grade) have advanced to the “Top 32” round of the International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) debate competition. Sponsored by the Brewer Foundation and New York University, the IPPF is the first and only debate contest that gives high school students around the world the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy.
Andrew Woen (11th grade), Quin Burns (8th grade), and Rishi Hancock (10th grade) won 1st, 2nd, and 5th place, respectively, for the 2nd Congressional District in Congressman Neguse’s first annual Congressional App Competition.
Andrew Woen's app is able to recognize whether objects are recyclable or not through machine-learning image recognition with a hope to bring more awareness to what is recyclable and what is not recyclable. Click here to watch a video about Andrew Woen's app.
Courtney Daniel (3rd grade) and Madison Daniel (Kindergarten) made it to the podium at the Western Regional Irish Dance Championships! Madison placed 1st in her mini-competition (6 and under). Courtney placed 5th in her first major Irish Dance Championships (8 and under) dancing three rounds in front of five judges. She qualified for the Celtic Steps Irish Dance Elite Team and will travel to Ohio in Jan and Nationals located in Nashville this summer.
Three of Peak to Peak's softball players were recognized locally on the 2019 BoCoPreps All-Region Team! Jamie Rader (11th grade) made the first team as an infielder. Alyssa Alvarez (11th grade) and Julia Coates (12th grade) received honorable mention.
Sophie L. Sims (5th grade) recently volunteered for the Denver Health Hospital to create a video demonstration of the proper use of a metered dose inhaler (MDI). These videos were filmed when she was in 4th grade and can bee seen on denverhealth.org/asthma. Sophie has a history of asthma and wanted to make a difference in her community. The video is designed to help asthmatics improve their medication delivery and improve their quality of life.
November 2019A handful of Peak to Peak high school students had the opportunity to provide feedback on a new kind of test that may one day replace or complement traditional college entrance exams. Peak to Peak has partnered with Imbellus, the company developing these assessments, to pilot some of their early stage models. The representatives from Imbellus shared that they were delighted with our students' engagement in the opportunity and with their ability to provide constructive feedback.Peak to Peak was named as one of GreatSchools.org's "College Success Award-Winning Schools."Peak to Peak students took part in a Model UN conference where they tackled the issues of Central American Migration and Deforestation in the Americas. The conference was inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. Peak to Peak’s delegates assumed the role of ambassadors from four different countries (China, Russia, Kuwait & Guatemala) and engaged in debate incorporating many different views of the problems. Resolutions were passed and students came away with a deeper knowledge of these important world issues and hopefully, a better understanding that there are many sides to a conflict that must be considered and respected in order to move forward toward resolution. Awards were presented at the end of the day to two Peak to Peak delegations: Tate Browder & Josh Kirkfield (9th) took home Honorable Mention for their work as the Russian delegation and Emily Post & Alisha Kumari (10th) took home Best Position Paper and Outstanding Delegation for their work as Guatemala.
Terra Sutak (4th grade) was the November the Pumas for the Planet Award winner. Terra is extremely passionate about the environment, and more specifically, litter. Terra is constantly collecting trash and recycling items that have been thrown carelessly on the ground. She actively searches for any garbage she finds, collects it, and throws it away where it belongs. She is passionate about taking care of the earth and our environment, and is dedicated to cleaning up open spaces and anywhere she may be.The Lafayette Ultimate Frisbee Club fielded two teams at the state tournament, held over Veterans' Day weekend. The teams finished second and third in their respective divisions and featured Peak to Peak students Charlie Dupras (12th grade), Gabe Fromme (12th grade), Gibson Friedman (11th grade), and Prash Satish (12th grade).
The following high school fall sports student athletes received recognition for their talents:Boys GolfDavis LongMetro League 1st TeamHonorable Mention All StateSuchit SharmaMetro League 2nd Team2nd Team All StateBoys SoccerMichael CrottyMetro League Honorable Mention - GoalkeeperPatrick GradyMetro League 1st Team- DefenderVolleyballPaige McSavaneyMetro League Honorable MentionIsabelle PollockMetro League 2nd TeamCalla WinnerMetro League 2nd TeamSoftballCoach BecherMetro League Coach of the YearAlyssa AlvarezMetro League 1st Team OutfieldAlena CarpenterMetro League 2nd Team InfieldJulia CoatesMetro League 1st Team CatcherHonorable Mention All StateJamie RaderMetro League 1st Team PitcherHonorable Mention All StateAudrey WilcoxMetro League 2nd Team InfieldCross CountryAllison BeasleyMetro League 1st Team1st Team All StateRyan KuykendallMetro League 1st TeamHonorable Mention All StateAlvina ZhangMetro League Honorable Mention
Andrew Cusack (5th grade), Luke Slater (4th grade), Jake Brinkman (4th grade), Noah Baldwin (4th grade), William Fischer (5th grade), and their team, The Ravens, won the National Flag Football League-Madden Division Championship game after finishing an undefeated season.
Allison Beasley (11th grade) finished in 6th place at the High School Girls 3A Colorado State Cross Country Championships race. Ryan Kuykendall (11th grade) finished with a top-30 time to put the Pumas to 20th place in the boy's race.
Ms. Harlow, our teacher-librarian, completed her most recent 50-mile run with a personal record! With Ms. Manzanares joining her for a portion of the race and numerous other staff members supporting Ms. Harlow toward this goal, it is wonderful to see the joy on her face and hear the pride in her voice. Click here to read her blog where she captures the emotion in her words and has also posted a number of photos.The October winner for the Pumas for the Planet award is Marielle Brooks (6th grade)!Marielle was chosen as a finalist in the 2019 International River of Words Poetry Contest. She was one of 35 finalists chosen from over 4,000 entries K-12th grade. River of Words is a program of The Center for Environmental Literacy and the contest’s theme was to explore the human experience and its impact on the natural world around us. She volunteers as a service dog sitter through Canine Partners of the Rockies and volunteers with Lafayette Birds Open Space program as a teen program helper. Always looking for ways to lessen her impact on the planet, she brings wooden utensils, metal straws, and cloth napkins in her lunch every day.Sixteen Peak to Peak students competed at the Boulder High Model UN Conference. The first conference of the season saw delegates debating world issues such as climate change, the South Sudan Civil War, the spread of infectious diseases, and Brexit. For many, this was their first experience with Model UN. Each delegate worked hard in their council to come to an agreement by listening to all sides of the issues and working together to solve problems. The conference attendees also heard a speech from Major Losuba Wongo, a South Sudan rebel commander.Congratulations to the following students for their accomplishments at the event:- Zach Danzo (9th grade) and Catalina Hiller (9th grade) won an award for Best Position Paper.- Mattie Stevens (10th grade) & Maddie Ball (10th grade) won an Outstanding Delegation award.- Lauren Wagner (10th grade) & Palpasha Karki (10th grade) won the Best Delegation award.- Nicole Kerschner (10th grade) won Honorable Mention for her work in an intermediate World Health Organization council.
September 2019Mihika Tagare (2nd grade) she was awarded 5th place in the "Summit School of Chess Tournament."Tanishka Tagare (7th grade) recently won the "Summit School of Chess Tournament" There were five rounds in the tournament and Tanishka won every round. Last spring, Tanishka also won the "Colorado Girls State Chess Championship."
Click on the links below to see a list of students who made Peak to Peak's honor roll for the Spring Semester, 2019.High School English teacher Ms. Amidon has been named by Teach Plus as one of sixteen effective teachers for a Statewide Policy Fellowship. Click here to read more about the program.
August 2019Makenna Turner is one of three finalists for the 2019 APEX Student Award. The APEX Awards recognize Colorado’s technology excellence, highlighting remarkable leaders and innovators and is awarded by the Colorado Technology Association.Nathan Madachy (12th grade) who was named The Apprentice of the Year in Advanced Manufacturing at the Front Range CareerWise Apprenticeship Rising Award Ceremony. Summer 2019The Steven sisters, Sophie (10th grade) and Jacque (6th grade) represented the state of Colorado at the 2019 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Children's Congress in Washington, D.C. this past July. There were 160 children selected among thousands of applicants to meet with national legislators about the need of renewal of the Special Diabetes Program, support for reform on insulin pricing, and the need for continued research to support a cure for Type 1 diabetes. Sophie and Jacque met with Senator Michael Bennet and Senator Cory Gardner's offices, and they spent some one-on-one time with Congressman Joe Neguse. Additionally, they were selected to discuss the impactful research study work they've participated in with top-level members of Health and Human Services.
Five Peak to Peak students, Jack Wilson (12th grade), Amelia Schantz (12th grade), Nadia Majd (12th grade), Iris Zhang (12th grade), Shawn Mather (11th grade)) along with Ms. Meghan Lukens (Social Studies teacher) had the unique opportunity to travel with the BVSD delegation to the 2019 EF Global Leadership Summit in Davos, Switzerland, July 10-21. Students used the design-thinking process to create and present their own solutions to this year's global challenge The Power of Communication. Students were split up into 164 international groups to create a solution, a prototype and a 60-second pitch for this challenge. Amelia Schantz's group made it to the Top Ten Innovation Finalists where they presented on the Global Summit Stage to over 2000 people.
Marlo Scherr (3rd grade) won the High Point award in the Boulder Valley Summer Swim League 8&U Girls Division. This award is for the most points scored out of all of the swimmers in her age group. Marlo had the only perfect score - 72 points - which means she won first place in all her events!
Peak to Peak students and staff members participating in the National Alliance rocket launch were featured on the local news.Paige Burns (12th grade) received a grant to help middle school girls learn about coding. She and several other local high school students took time this summer to teach classes to middle school students.
Sister Carmen Center selected Peak to Peak's Key Club for their Group Volunteer of the Year award.
Carla Flanhofer, High School Social Studies teacher, was selected as the 2019 Colorado History Teacher of the Year.As the 2019 Colorado History Teacher of the Year, she will receive:
● A $1,000 award
● A Certificate of Recognition
● An archive of books and historical resources
● An invitation to attend a 2020 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar
● Recognition at a ceremony in your state
She is also one of fifty-three finalists for the $10,000 National History Teacher of the Year Award.Elementary Technology Teacher, Michelle Eckstein, and high school student, Erin Byrne (12th grade), presented on Creating VR Tours at the 2019 InnEdCo.Peak to Peak students are participating in the United Launch Alliance Summer Rocket Launch with several K-12 payloads. Payload projects include:
- Capturing the Moment
- Greenhouse Gas Assessment Apparatus
- Operation Falling Weather