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    January 2022

    Eight Peak to Peak students participated in the American Math Competition ("AMC 10" and "AMC 12") in person this year. The AMC 10 and AMC 12 are both 25-question, 75-minute, multiple-choice examinations in high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. The AMC 10 is for students in 10th grade and below, and covers the high school curriculum up to 10th grade. The AMC 12 covers the entire high school curriculum including trigonometry, advanced algebra, and advanced geometry, but excluding calculus.
    Five students received awards for their performance. For the first time in Peak to Peak's history, one of our students was invited to participate in the American Invitational Math Competition. Waren Chen (10th grade) earned a score of 99 and advanced to this prestigious level of competition.


    Peak to Peak's Middle School Technology Teacher, Gayle Van Tol recently published a feature article titled "Read, Write, Talk, Listen, and Move" in *Hello World: The Magazine for Computing and Digital Making Educators*.

    "I needed to implement more breaks and balance into my screen-dominated class time. I needed to do this not only to improve the health of my students in my classroom, but also to encourage healthy habits outside the classroom. Whether it’s eye strain, obesity, or social withdrawal, prolonged screen time and a lack of movement can become an unhealthy habit for students, and can turn other students away from computer science."

    Click here to read "Read, Write, Talk, Listen, Move"

    Six Peak to Peak high school students earned spots in this year's 2022 Colorado All-State Concert Band. The All-State Concert Band is comprised of 95 students representing 46 high schools. A total of 590 students from 145 schools participated in the recent All-State Bands auditions.
    Seniors: Sophie Steven - Tenor Saxophone & Sartaj Singh - Alto Saxophone (alternate)
    Juniors: Vasilisa Malenkiy - Clarinet, Katelyn Remund - Flute, Natalie Sievers - Flute, and Jadyn Ries - French Horn
    Selected for the 2022 CU Middle School Honor Band is 8th grader, Jacque Steven, on trombone. Jacque not only made the honor band but also secured the first chair position of the entire trombone section.
    Seven award-winning band students standing with their respective instruments

    Aditya Nandyal (10th grade) was awarded 1st place in the 2021 Congressional App Challenge! In addition, Yosha and Avanti Gautam (10th grade) were awarded 2nd place! "The Congressional App Challenge is an annual competition hosted by Members of Congress, and is the most prestigious prize in student computer science."

    “I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity, and I hope my app influences Gen Z to help reduce our impact on the planet!”, said Aditya, the first place winner in this year’s challenge, whose app focuses on interactively tackling climate change."Congratulations to Aditya Nandyal (10th grade) for being awarded 1st place in the 2021 Congressional App Challenge! "The Congressional App Challenge is an annual competition hosted by Members of Congress, and is the most prestigious prize in student computer science."
    The press release from Congressman Neguse, linked here, includes a link to a video Aditya created to demonstrate the winning app.


    Middle School Counselor, Liz Meier Thornton recently published an article in the Colorado School Counselor Association Newsletter. The topic is timely and her advice, following the "Airplane Mask Protocol," is something we can all follow.
    "While burnout is a major issue for educators and school counselors around the nation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the rising tides of mental health issues continue to challenge school counselor mental well-being and job enjoyment. Rather than burning out from the overwhelming tasks added to their already busy jobs, school counselors are encouraged to follow the “Airplane Mask Protocol,” of putting their oxygen masks on first before helping others. Protective and preventive factors against burnout for school counselors are included to help school counselors tap into multiple resources to support them as they continue to keep breathing through the ongoing crisis of COVID-19 and the ensuing mental health crisis."

    December 2021


    Eight Peak to Peak artists were selected out of hundreds of other entries to hang in the I'm Here Art Show. I’m Here will hang in the Center for the Arts Evergreen Gallery from January 13-February 12. Information about the show:  2020 was a year of separation and uncertainty. 2021 has been a year of reuniting, rebuilding, and looking forward with a renewed sense of hope and strength. Center for the Arts Evergreen’s (CAE) teen exhibition, I’m Here, seeks artwork that reflects on the resilience and growth that today’s teenagers were forced to dig deep and find in the midst of the pandemic. This show will serve as a platform for others to celebrate today’s teenagers through their art.

    Peak to Peak HS Art winners:

    • Evelyn Gibson (12th grade) for Bottled Up
    • Annaka Rudolph (10th grade) for Drifting
    • Finn Stevens (11th grade) for Zero Days
    • Leah Legeer  (11th grade)for 79 New cases
    • Sophie Hodgson (12th grade) for Loading...
    • Micaela Kerrane (10th grade) for Shadows Behind Me
    • Mandy Lieng (12th grade) for Delusional Friend
    • Maximilian Salvati (11th grade) for Space


    Students from Ms. Letter's innovation class have been named a 2021-22 State Winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition! It’s great to see their hard work celebrated as they strive to develop a STEM solution to an issue that impacts our local community. Solve for Tomorrow is a "nationwide education competition that challenges 6-12th grade students and their teachers to creatively use STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills to tackle local issues of national importance while keeping sustainability in mind." The winning team's project idea will use GIS mapping and citizen science to help with pine beetle infestations and will receive funding from Samsung. Ms. Letter hopes to take 9th graders on a spring field trip to track infested trees after creating the interactive GIS tools with a Samsung mentor. Addie O'Connell (10th grade) and Jade Fernandez (9th grade) are the student leads on this project.


    For the second time, Sophie Steven (12th grade) has been named to the Colorado Small School All-State Jazz Band! Sophie is the only student in Peak to Peak’s history to make this highly competitive and prestigious band and has secured a spot as the 1st chair tenor saxophone. The 2022 Colorado All-State Jazz band performance will take place on January 29th in Colorado Springs.

    Sophie with her saxophone



    The following fall sports athletes received recognition for their successful seasons:
    *Cross Country:*
    State Qualifiers: Shriya Biddala, Abbey Brende, Carmela DiSciullo, Alexandra Kerschner, Kiele Maunakea, Emily Post, Annaka Rudolph, Jack Cerullo, Olin Harrison Anguiano, Lorenzo Harrison Anguiano, Brenden Hartley,Thomas Liu, Ryan Taylor, Emory Vazquez
    Metro 2nd team: Annaka Rudolph
    Honorable mention: Shriya Biddala
    State: Raseesh Bhandari
    Metro 1st team: Alena Carpenter, Kelsey O'Dowd
    Metro 2nd team: Paige Putthoff, Leah Legeer, Sydney Cusack, Maggie Walis
    Metro Hon Men: Peyton Larsen
    *Boys Soccer:*
    Metro 1st team: Luke Crotty
    Metro 2nd team: Ian Faussett
    Metro Hon Men: Ethan Wang
    *Boys Tennis:*
    State: Benjamin Weintraub, Claeb Harris, Atticus Phillips, Sartaj Singh
    Metro 1st team: Sarah McLaughlin
    Metro 2nd team: Grace Langlois
    Metro Hon Men: Tatiana Anderson


    November 2021


    Lauren Thornton (11th grade) auditioned against over 1400 other juniors and seniors across the state and was selected to this year's All State Choir! Lauren will be participating in the Colorado All State Choir Festival in Denver from January 20th to 22nd. 


    Julia Lee (8th grade) auditioned against 7th and 8th graders from across the state to be selected to this year's Middle School All State Choir! Julia was chosen to participate in the Colorado Middle School All State Choir Festival in Denver on March 10th & 11th. 


    Twenty-four girls in the 3rd through 5th grades participated in the Girls On The Run after-school program and recently ran a 5K with Girls on the Run Rockies at City Park in Denver. This amazing group of girls showed confidence, resiliency and the ability to work together when training for a race, as well as when working to impact their community. This season, the girls chose to make dog beds for the Humane Society. We are so proud of all their hard work!
    Scarlett Aakre
    Misha Amin
    Anika Anglese
    Grace Baumgarten
    Emaline Butler
    Kerrigan Campbell
    Giada (Gigi) Ciaralli
    Eden Clark
    Peyton Day
    Simone Donohoe
    Aura Duryea
    Audrey Good
    Arushi Gunari
    Birdie Harrison
    Ella Korch
    Sofia Mansour
    Evie McChesney
    Syona Shah
    CeCe Simpson-Klein
    Chloe Six
    Penny VandeRiet
    Natalie Wand
    Jack Widmar
    Coco Widmar
    In addition, five Peak to Peak High School Cross Country students come out to help volunteer. Special thanks to: Carmela Disciullo, Kiele Maunakea, Annaka Rudolph, Riley Cooper, and Ali Kerschner.

    Chloe Veitzer (10th grade) won an award in the international Bowseat Ocean Awareness competition with her response to the 2021 theme "Water Rising." Her photograph, "Water Privilege," creates a reflection on the incredible privilege that is clean water and the disparity that exists. She earns a cash prize to further her passion for water equity and art.

    person at sink washing hands with alternate image in mirror 

    Bryce Li (12th grade) is a 2022 Coca-Cola Scholar semi-finalist.
    From the scholarship website: "These 1,617 students were selected from over 68,000 applicants from across the country to continue through our selection process based on their academic excellence, leadership, and service demonstrated in school and community activities."
    Click here to read more.

    Middle School Counselor, Liz Meier Thornton, was published in the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision fall newsletter. Her article, titled "School Counselors as Community Bridges, and Counselor Educators as Bridge Builders," is important to Ms. Meier because being properly prepared and trained to be social justice advocates or equity bridges is critically important to student success. Click here to read the article.


    After a tough battle with hundreds of students throughout Colorado, the following students have made the 2nd round of the UNC Math competition held in January:
    Ava Sommer (10th grade)
    Andrew Plute (11th grade)
    Lily Zhao (10th grade)
    Daniel Schultheiss (11th grade)
    Ellen Lu (10th grade)
    Siddharth Nareddy (10th grade)
    Warren Chen (10th grade)

    Diya Shajikumar (4th grade) won first place in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournament held recently in Colorado Springs. She played two matches in the under 12 girls category and won both to receive first place.

    Student with tennis racket

    For the first time since 2012, Broomfield High School (representing all of BVSD) won the 5A Gymnastics State Championship, finishing off their season undefeated. Mia Ritchie (10th grade) was the only Peak to Peak student who competed at the state meet. She scored 9.125 and 9.2 on her two events. Charlotte Gentry (12th grade), Izzy Pych (12th grade), and Sophia Pych (10th grade) are on the team and in the picture. Sophie Hodgson (12th grade) was also on the team.

    team with championship banner and trophy

    Shuya Edmans (11th grade) and Brianna Tang (9th grade) represented Colorado in Senior Piano Duet Performance at the West Central Division at the Music Teacher National Association (MTNA) performance competition. These musicians worked hard to reach the national level and this is a spectacular achievement.


    October 2021Peak to Peak athletes competed on the undefeated Broomfield High School Gymnastics team this year. The team represents all of the Boulder Valley School District and recently took first place at the Regional Championship Tournament. Student athletes from Peak to Peak include Sophie Hodgson (12th grade), Isabel Pych (12th grade), Charlotte Gentry (12th grade), Mia Ritchie (10th grade), and Sophia Pych (10th grade). The team moves on to the State Championship Tournament this Thursday at Thornton High School.

    gymnastics team posing with the first place trophy

    Alden Bradley (7th grade) and Matilda Howkins (6th grade) both placed top 10 in their middle school open races at the end-of-year meet in Lyons. They both won pumpkins for their efforts! Cole Boonstra (8th grade) placed 17th in the Northern Colorado Middle School Cross Country Championship Race, and Carter Ausmus (6th grade) posted the 2nd fasted time among 6th graders. Great job to all the middle schoolers who ran and helped the team finish 7th out of 16 schools.

    students holding pumpkins and ribbons

    Gabriella Drozdzewicz (9th grade) won 1st place in this year's Lafayette Window Painting Contest.

    painting of a witch walking on a path through a forrest

    Forty-seven students were proudly inducted into the Peak to Peak chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) during a chilly, outdoor ceremony. High School Principal, Mr. Mathews, and the NHS advisors, Ms. Bostic (High School Counselor) and Ms. Tarbutton (High School Math Teacher), were pleased to honor these students. Selection into NHS is based on four criteria: scholarship, leadership, service and character.


    Annaka Rudolph (10th grade) finished 11th at 3A Regional Cross Country Meet, helping the girls' team qualify for the State Cross Country Meet on October 30th. Jack Cerullo (9th grade) finished 2nd with a stellar time of 17:16 leading the boys' team to also qualify for State.


    Kathleen Weil (Elementary Technology Teacher) was recently interviewed on the topic of Digital Citizenship for a BrainPop blog. Through her work on this topic, Ms. Weil has also been contacted by the Ronald Reagan Institute who have invited her to participate in a panel discussion in their series, "State of Civics" with Colorado's Commissioner of Education.
    From the blog:
    “I believe it’s important to help students identify that their character plays an important role when working online,” says Kathleen Weil, whose school maintains a strong focus on character education. “Character traits from our school program that I incorporate into my digital citizenship lessons include respect, responsibility, kindness, integrity, self-control, cooperation, and perseverance.” Read the full blog article by clicking here. 
    Use the following link to watch the video which includes Ms. Weil on the Regan Institute's "The State Of Civics: Colorado" virtual conversation to highlight the exemplary civic education initiatives of Colorado: Click here to watch the video.

    Brian Rozinsky (Middle School Literacy Interventionist), Jesse Fassler (Middle School PE Teacher and High School Varsity Cross Country Coach), and Erin Manzanares (Elementary School PE Teacher) participated in the Colfax Marathon as a relay team. They put up a time of 3:15:50 which was good for 4th place out of 120 mixed government relay teams, including other schools. 

    The OASIS GSA Network for LGBTQIA+ youth and allies in the St. Vrain Valley and Boulder Valley School Districts highlights adults in the community who represent a variety of LGBTQ+ and intersecting identities and are engaged in the community in different ways. In this month's newsletter, Peak to Peak Spanish teacher, Joseph Barbour ("Señior B") received their first community nomination.
    From the newsletter:
    "This month, we received our first LGBTQ+ in the Community nomination: Joseph Barbour (he/him/his)! I was excited to hear about the positive impact that Joseph has had, and for the chance to get to know him a little bit and share that with you!
    From the young person who nominated Joseph: "His willingness to learn from us as well as teach us about his experience impacted my life in ways I cannot begin to describe, and I attribute a lot of my development into the queer adult I now am to him...Joseph was among the first happy and successful lgbtq+ adults I was aware of, and he helped me to know that was a future I could have. He is the lgbtq+ adult I wish I’d had in my life sooner, and whom I will appreciate forever."
    What do you do, and what is your favorite thing about it?
    I'm a high school Spanish teacher and honestly can't imagine a better job. I'm a total language nerd who loves sharing that passion with others.
    What do you love about being part of the LGBTQ+ community?
    I love that even though we're such a diverse community, we are still family and rally to help each other when in need. Now that I'm a teacher, I also love the butterflies I get when I meet another out and proud educator.
    What are your top self-care strategies?
    I try to set aside some "me time" every day so I get to do something like read a good book or play some Zelda on my Switch. If time is short, any of Trixie and Katya's videos on YouTube will usually brighten up my day!
    Thank you for everything you do to support LGBTQ+ youth in our community, Joseph!"


    Click on the links below to see a list of students who made Peak to Peak's honor roll for the Fall Semester, 2020. 

    Student Honor


    MS Honor Roll

    MS High Honor Roll

    MS Dean’s List

    HS Honor Roll

    HS High Honor Roll

    HS Dean’s List

    3.0 – 3.499 GPA

    3.5 – 3.899 GPA

    3.9 – 4.0 GPA

    3.3 – 3.699 GPA

    3.7 – 3.899 GPA

    3.9 – 5.0 GPA

    HS Honor Roll 2020-21 2nd semester list


    Bryce Li (12th grade) and Alvian Zhang (12th grade) have both earned the National Speech and Debate Association's Academic All-American Award! This coveted prize recognizes academic rigor, competitive speech and debate success, and personal excellence.

    Teagan Trasky (8th grade) placed 3rd in the Middle School Cross Country Charter League Championships.
    At the High School Cross Country level, the girls team took 7th place and the boys ended in 5th place at the 3A Metro League Regional meet. Lorenzo Harrison Anguiano (12th grade) finished 21st and Shriya Biddala finished 16th earning both runners third team Honorable Mention recognition from the Metro League. In addition, Annaka Rudolph (10th grade) finished in 14th place and received second team All League Honors.

    Siddharth Nareddy (10th grade), JP Kerrane (10th grade), and Nivedita Prabhu (12th grade) worked with a number of other Boulder County high school students who were recognized by Boulder County Public Health with the Healthy Community Award. These students developed a public awareness social media campaign to promote healthy drinks. Their work exposes the negative and disproportionate impact that targeted advertising of sugary drinks can have on disadvantaged groups. The campaign resulted in over 820,000 impressions and is still growing.

    Click here to read the press release.

    Click here to watch a video of the award ceremony.

    Ben Weintraub (12th grade) and Atticus Phillips (10th grade) accomplished a No. 3 Doubles victory at the Boys State Tennis Tournament. Also qualifying for the state tournament in the No. 1 Doubles match were Caleb Harris (11th grade) and Sartaj Singh (12th grade) who put up a great fight.

    Click here to read the article.

    Lily Zhao (10th grade) won a national award for a video game she created in her Innovation class last year. LIly's creation, called Hegemony, won a national award in the Games for Change "Build a Better World" 2021 challenge. This game engages players in a Minecraft world where celebrating diverse cultures conquers all! You can play Lily's amazing game in the Student Arcade linked below.

    Click here to play the game.


    September 2021


    Ms. Guajardo and Peak to Peak’s yearbook team for won a Jostens 2021 National Yearbook Program of Excellence award at the Bronze Level. 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.

    Innovation course teacher, Ms. Kristie Letter, was selected as a 2021 Educator Innovation Award Winner by the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Program! This award recognizes teachers who have empowered their students to become creative stewards of our planet by incorporating the Ocean Awareness Contest into their curriculum. The program invites youth to learn about and explore the connections between human activities and the health of our ocean through visual and performing arts, creative writing, film, and multimedia. 

    Naima Ponti (6th grade) took 1st place in uneven bars, 1st in the vault, 2nd in floor exercises, 3rd in beam, and 1st overall in her age category, at the X-League Gymnastics Mee held at Xtreme Altitude in Lafayette.

    gymnasts on podiums

    Students from Peak to Peak participated on the the U18 Girls 2021 Colorado President’s Cup Champions for the Broomfield Soccer Club! Sophie Steven (12th grade), Eliana Nelson (11th grade, former student), Natalie Farhar (11th grade), and Mark Schieffer (Peak to Peak Girls Varsity Soccer Coach) are all moving on to regional play in Phoenix, AZ.

    athletes holding a trophy over a championship sign


    August 2021


    Cara Elliott (10th grade) competed in the American Quarter Horse Association's (AQHA) Youth World Champion show in Oklahoma City in August, where she competed (with her horse Slurpee) in the speed events of pole bending, barrel racing, and stakes race. Cara was the bronze champion in Level 1 pole bending (Click Here for video), and won multiple placements in the the top 15 of the Level 2 and 3 classes.  (barrel racing  Click Here for video).

    Cara with horse and her awards

     Jesse Fassler, Peak to Peak's Middle School PE Teacher and High School Head Cross Country Coach and Track Coach, ran a blistering 5:02 to win his age group in the Pearl Street Mile. 

    Mr. Fassler crossing the finishline

    Kourtney Rathke (10th grade) took first place in the 15-16 age group at the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships! Kourtney pole vaulted to a height of 12' 3" to earn the title of national champion.


    Summer 2021

    The following High School Track & Field athletes will compete in the 3A State Meet:

    Allison Beasley (Class of 2021) won the 1600-meter race at the regional meet and was named the Metro League's Athlete of the Year. She will compete in the 3200-meter, 1600-meter, and 800-meter races at the state meet. Alison also was named to the First Team All-Conference for the 1600-meter race

    Aidan Graziano (Class of 2021) won both the 110-meter hurdles and the Long Jump and was named the Metro League's Athlete of the Year. He will compete in the Long Jump, 110-meter hurdles, and 300-meter hurdles at the state meet. Aidan also was named to the First Team All-Conference for the 110-meter hurdles and the Long Jump.

    Corte Peterson (Class of 2021) set a new school record in the Boys Pole Vault with a jump of 12'-9" which qualified him for the state meet and recognition as Second Team All-Conference.

    Kourtney Rathke (rising 10th grader) qualified for the state meet in the Pole Vault, Long Jump, and Triple Jump.

    Ryan Kuykendall (Class of 2021) received recognition as First Team All-Conference in the 800-meter race.

    Annaka Rudolph (rising 10th grader) was also recognized by the league with an Honorable Mention in the 800-meter race.