Puma Spotlight 2017-18

  • May, 2018
     
    Spring Sports Awards
     
     Madison Lin Tennis   3A State Champion    
     Isabella Brakhage Tennis   3A State Champion    
     Naomi Burns Tennis   3A State Champion    
     Paige Burns Tennis 2nd Team 3A State Champion    
     Claire Franz Tennis 2nd Team 3A State Champion    
    Paige McSavaney Tennis   3A State Champion    
     Trini Somasundaram Tennis 1st Team 3A State Champion 1st Team All State 1st Place #2 Singles
     Trisha Somasundaram Tennis 1st Team 3A State Champion 1st Team All State 1st Place #1 Singles
     Tiffany Tran Tennis 1st Team 3A State Champion    
     Renesa Khanna Tennis   3A State Champion    
    Wade Kingsbury Tennis     CHSAA Coach of the Year  
    Ella Junker Golf Honorable Mention      
    Daneca  Nelsen Soccer Honorable Mention      
    Iris Zhang Soccer 2nd Team      
    Jordan Deger Soccer 2nd Team      
    Emily Dee Soccer Honorable Mention      
    Matthew  Bagnato Baseball 1st Team- Infielder      
    Max Higdon Baseball 1st Team Outfielder      
    Nathan Poretz Baseball Honorable Mention- Catcher      
    Brandon Alvarez Baseball 2nd Team Outfielder      
    Allison Beasley Track Honorable Mention      
    Tatiana Bradfield Track 1st Team   1st Team All State  
    Jenna Howard Track 1st Team   1st Team All State  
    Quinn McConnell Track 1st Team   1st Team All State  
    Robin Peterson Track Honorable Mention      
    Aiyana Rockwell Track 2nd Team/1st Team      
    Anna Shults Track Honorable Mention/1st Team   1st Team All State  
    Olivia Simpson-Klein Track 1st Team      
    Makenna  Turner Track 1st Team      
     
     

    Peak to Peak has TWO teams in the national finals for the Paradigm Challenge. Each team has won a minimum of $200, with an educator grant of $100. This summer judges will determine who wins the top three prizes, ranging from $2000- $10,000 for each level. If they go on to the grand prize, they will win $100,000 to take their innovation to the next level (and 5K for the school). 
     
    Our two teams are: 
     
    Penelope Letter (4th grade) and Ivy Letter (2nd grade), Elementary Level, "Turtle Jackets for Helping Homelessness" 
     
    Kate Berg (12th grade), High School Level, "Repurposing Orange Pulp for Bioplastic"
     
     
     

    Brook Mueller-Scott (5th grade) won another medal in fencing during the season's fifth in-house tournament of the Fencing Academy of Denver/Parker held on May 19. She competed in the co-ed Y10 Mixed 2007 and 2008 Saber group. This was the end-of-season tournament and all points for the season were tabulated and Brook received a trophy for third place overall among all competitors.

     Brook and her trophy



    This year's stock market game closed a few weeks ago and for the second year in a row, a team of middle school students took first place, even beating the high school students. It truly is a game where everyone has an equal chance and all will learn more about the economy and markets.
     
    This year, the team composed completely of high school students, the Unnamed, took 3rd place. Coming in Second was The Stock Jocks, but taking home first place and free water world tickets was the middle school team named Three's and Charm. Team members Diya Narasimhan (6th grade), Serendipity Fox-Smith (6th grade), and Anjana Radha (6th grade) grew their portfolio to $112,149! Congratulate them on their big win and maybe they'll share a stock tip or two!
     

    The High School Girls' 4 x 800 meter relay team won the state title! This year's all 11th grade relay group of Tiana Bradfield, Jenna Howard, Quinn McConnell and Anna Shults convincingly won the race with a time of 9:20.84. It was the fifth straight 3,200-meter relay state title for the Pumas. Click here to read the article. Overall, on the strength of 5 scoring athletes, our P2P girls took 3rd as a team at the state track championships. A valiant effort on the part of those 5 competing in multiple events for the sake of their teammates!
     
    McConnel and Bradfield embrace
    Photo by BoCo Preps.
     

     
    The following Middle School French students participated in the National French Contest and earned medals:
     
    Emily Kirkfield: Silver medal (2nd in Chapter and 7th in Nation)
     
    Natalie Sievers: Silver (3rd in Chapter and 8th in Nation)
     
    Isabelle Entin: Bronze medal (7th in Chapter and 13th in Nation)
     
    Anne Nevadomski: Bronze. (5th in Chapter and 11th in Nation)
     
    Pierre Shade: Bronze ( 8th in Chapter and 14th in Nation)
     
    Nikolai Woeger: Bronze (5th in Chapter and 11th in Nation)
     
     
     
    The following students received Honorable Mention Certificates:
     
    Cayla Bowen
    Quinn Burns
    Emily Cain
    Logan Corcilius
    Madeleine Dierking
    Lucas Dotson
    Brode Gustafon
    Joey Hoffman
    Eva Locke
    Vasilisa Malenkiy
    Faith Peddycord
    Andrew Plute
     
    students with certificates and medals
     

     

     

    The High School Girls Tennis team won the 3A state team title, and the Somasundaram twins made history with the #1 and #2 singles titles.

    Click here to read the full article.

    state team with championship banner

     

     
     

    Peak to Peak senior, Gia Tran, was selected as a Class of 2018 Boettcher Scholar. "The Boettcher Scholarship is a prestigious merit-based academic scholarship awarded to graduating Colorado high school students. Award recipients, on average, rank in the top 2% of their graduating classes and have an average SAT score around 1400."
     
    Photo of Gia Tran
     

    Our fabulous teachers Michelle Eckstein (technology), Megan Hensen (4th grade), Marti Oliva (3rd grade), and Sheena Kelly (teacher-librarian, not pictured) won a $5,000 grant from CenturyLink to support Virtual Reality technology for our students.
     
    Teachers holding a check
     

     Declan Hiller (8th grade), Sophia Du (8th grade), and Andrew Plute (7th grade) participated in the 2018 Colorado State Mathcounts Competition this year after each placed in the top 10% in the regional Boulder Chapter competition. Out of 50 teams and hundreds of competitors from across the state, Declan placed 52nd, Sophia placed 97th, and Andrew placed 98th. The subject matter in the competition primarily covers geometry, counting & probability, number theory, and algebra.

    Click here to learn more about the Math Counts competition.
     
    Three Math Counts competitors
     

    At the state level National History Day contest our students did us proud, as always. Hadley Olsen, Stella Bishop, Emily Leonard, and Jaroldeen Oveson (all 8th grade) advanced from the district round to represent Peak to Peak in the Live Performance, Website, and Research Paper categories. Jaroldeen placed third overall in Junior Research Paper, just one place away from an invitation to Nationals.

    4 girls who participated in state level National History Day

     

    Peak to Peak teams found success a this year's Battle of the Books.

    8th grade team - 1st place
    Nivedita Prabhu, Caitlyn Dodson, Natti Jaraschatrkaew, Sydney Boonstra, and Emily Post

    7th grade team - 3rd Place
    Andrew Plute, Natalie Sievers, Pranaya Kansara, and Ryan Taylor (not pictured)

    6th grade team - 1st Place
    Rita Saini, Shreya Senthilkumar, Anjana Radha, Ava Sommer, and Sidd Nareddy

    4th grade team - 2nd Place
    Saatwik Rishi Das , Drew Kraft, Ramshreyas Mangu, Ingrid Veres, and Amanda Zou
     
    3rd grade team - 1st Place
    Kyra Rein, Lila Eikel, Walker Miley, Henry Fitzgerald, and Katherine Zerwekh Reardon

     List of grade level winners and hands holding a trophy

     


    Congratulations to the Peak to Peak Girls Tennis team who won first place at the regional championship last week! The entire team has qualified for state, which is a first in Peak to Peak history. Be sure to wish the following athletes good luck at the state tournament!

     

    First place regional winners:
    Trisha Somasundaram (11th grade) - #1 singles
    Trini Somasundaram (11th grade) - #2 singles
    Tiffany Tran (9th grade) - #3 singles
    Madison Lin (9th grade) and Isabella Brakhage (9th grade) - #3 doubles
    Claire Franz (11th grade) and Paige Burns (10th grade) - #4 doubles

     

    Second place regional winners:
    Paige McSavaney (10th grade) and Renesa Khanna (10th grade) - #1 doubles
    Amber Sharma (12th grade) and Naomi Burns (11th grade) - #2 doubles

     tennis team winners

     


    Akanksha Nelacanti (11th grade) received a certificate of achievement in Math and Science from Colorado School of Mines. This award is given to one junior in each high school across the state of Colorado. Our high school counselors nominated ?Akanksha for this award. As a part of this recognition, she will also receive a scholarship from the college if she chooses to attend Colorado School of Mines.

    Akanksha with award and counselor

     

     


    Taylor Gallo (10th grade) and her team, Golden Girls, are champions! Taylor's team competed in the Summit Championships for Allstar Cheerleading. This is an elite event that requires an invitation to attend. 

    taylor with championship banner

     

     

    A number of 7th grade Spanish students attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2018 National Spanish Examinations.

    Students from Peak to Peak earned a total of 3 gold, 4 silver and 7 bronze medals along with 16 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 150,000 students participating in 2018.”

    Gold Medal winners (pictured): Lea Cook, Kate Remund, Caleb Frank
    Silver Medal winners: Aneesh Movva, Daniel Schultheiss, Matt Lieng
    Bronze Medal winners : Reece Digiacomo, Kyra Doubrava, Amanda Skinner, Simon Holstein, Lucas Briggs

    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.

    three gold medal winners and their certificates

     

    The Foothills Kiwanis club honored two of our shining stars for their service to the community through Peak to Peak's Key Club. Nabhur Lamsal (12th grade) was recognized for serving as Peak to Peak's Key Club President for three years. English teacher, Ms. Medina, presented Nabur with a recognition plaque and Nabhur's parents were on hand to hear Ms. Medina's tribute.
     
    In addition, the Kiwanis Club President presented Ms. Medina with a service recognition plaque for her commitment as faculty adviser at Peak to Peak. Peak to Peak high school principal had this to say, "She's very deserving of this recognition, both for her well thought leadership and her creative inspiration with our student service leaders here at Peak to Peak."
    Nabhur and family with Ms. Medina and plaque
     

     
    April, 2018
     
    Peak to Peak members of Girl Scout Junior Troop 4251 earned their Bronze Award, the highest award that a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. They focused on the Girl Scout tenets of "Use Resources Wisely" and "Make the World a Better Place" with their Recycle Round-Up Project. During one week, the troop collected over 100 cubit feet of non-standard recyclable plastics and dropped them off at a collection site. They also educated friends, family, and class mates about recycling of plastics that are not accepted in typical curbside collection. Well done, Pumas!
     
    Hope Peddycord (4th grade)
    Emma Casini (5th grade)
    Daphne Schweiger (4th grade)
    Maya Budnick-Ash (5th grade)
    Hailey Rasmussen ((4th grade; not pictured)
    Girl Scout troop 4251 holding up their certificates
     

    Peak to Peak had two Colorado Affiliate Winners of the National Committee for Women and Information Technology(NCWIT)'s Aspiration Awards in Computing this year. Congratulations to Arpita Bhutani (11th grade) and Makenna Turner (10th grade)!
     
    "The NCWIT Award for AiC honors women in grades 9 through 12 who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award for AiC recipients are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post?secondary education. To date, nearly 8,600 women have been honored with the Award for AiC. The NCWIT Award for AiC is sponsored by Apple, Bank of America, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Foundation, and Symantec."
     

    Two of our teachers were honored as 2018 greenBVSD Sustainability Champions! Congratulations to Christie French, first grade teacher, and Monika Bunting, middle school English teacher.
     
    Ms. French's nomination for this recognition lauded her as "an indoor air quality champion for BVSD." She has helped to implement several initiatives at Peak to Peak to address indoor air quality, green cleaning, and clutter reduction programs, all of which work to improve the air quality in the school.
     
    Ms. Bunting was recognized for her commitment to minimizing our school's environmental impact. As an active member of the Wellness Advisory Council, she has "worked to re-energize our recycling program, presented meatless options to food services, and worked tirelessly to bring composting to our school sometime in the future."
     
    Both teachers were inducted into the BVSD Superintendent's Honor Roll.

     

    Three Peak to Peak seniors won prizes in the Colorado Humanities River of Words competition. Noorain Baig won first place, Rachel Thomas won second place, and Carolyn McAbee won honorable mention. They will be honored by Colorado's poet laureate in a ceremony at the Denver Public Library and will be published. 
     
    Aydin Gocemen (8th grade) and Ainsley Crist (8th grade) recently participated in The Colorado Science and Engineering Fair at Colorado State University. Ainsley Crist won second place in the state Plant Sciences Junior Division for her project "How Acidic Mine Drainage Affects Plant Growth." 
     
    She also won $525 in cash prizes, including the following special awards: Excellence in Mineral Science & Engineering Award from the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration; the Trout Unlimited River Conservation Award; the USGS Excellence in Geological Research Award; the Excellence in Horticulture Award from the Colorado State University Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture; and a second nomination to enter the 2018 Broadcom Masters national science competition for middle school students.
    ainsley with her science board
     

     

    Eight members of the Peak to Peak Model UN Club participated in the last conference of the year at Kent Denver on Saturday. Akriti Poudel (11th grade) won ‘Best Delegate’ for her work in a Historical Southern African Development Council, Shaan Sharma (10th grade) & Amber Sharma (12th grade) received an ‘Honorable Mention’ for their work in a Historical Southern African Development Council, and Kira Hensley (11th grade) & Kelly Song (11th grade) received an ‘Honorable Mention’ for their work in a LGBTQ Crisis Council.
    Akriti holding her medal and certificate   Kira and Kelly with their certificates   
     
     

    The following 7th graders had their works received recognition in the Lafayette Youth Poetry Prize: Eliana Nelsen, Bethany Bell, and Abraham Sanchez. They will read their pieces during a community event at the end of April.
    three students standing in the quad on campus
     

    Aiyana Rockwell (10th grade) will be one of 115 girls competing in USA Basketball 2018 U17 National Team Trials at the end of this month, at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The USA Basketball Developmental National Team Committee will select 12 finalists to represent the United States in this summer's 2018 FIBA World Cup in Belarus.
    Aiyana playing basketball
     
     

    Twenty-three high school students attended World Language Day at the University of Northern Colorado. They spent the day using French and Spanish, and brought home 4 trophies. Pictured are Annelise Schirmer (10th grade; 3rd place in French poetry recitation), Ander deOnaindia (9th grade; 2nd place native French speaker extemporaneous speaking), Gibson Friedman (9th grade; 1st place level 1 speaking Spanish), and Kara Jensen (10th grade; 2nd place non-native French extemporaneous speaking).
    four students with trophies

     

    Daniel Rui (10th grade) received an award for his score on the University of Northern Colorado Math Exam. He placed in the top 20.
    Daniel at math competition table
     
     

    Brook Mueller-Scott (5th grade) won the bronze medal in fencing during the season's fourth in-house tournament of the Fencing Academy of Denver/Parker held on April 8th. She competed in the co-ed Y10 Mixed 2007 and 2008 Saber group. This tournament was the largest to date for her, and she had to beat more competitors than ever to get on the podium.
    Brook in her fencing gear with medal

     

    Anna Shults (11th grade) was selected to represent Team USA as a member of the Youth (U18) Mountain Running Team set to compete in the International Mountain Running Youth (U18) Cup this June, in Lanzada, Italy.
    Anna running and approaching the finish line
     
     

    Erin Byrne (10th grade) won 1st place in the Ice Skating Institute's Synchronized Championships Senior Youth Skating division, in Chicago.
    Erin Byrne after winning 1st place

     

    Peak to Peak's Elementary technology teacher, Ms. Eckstein, contributed to the ThinkLink blog. She shared her experiences using VR (Virtual Reality) as a teaching tool in the classroom. The project she describes was funded by Peak to Peak's Innovation Fund along with Impact on Education Funds. 

    Click here to read the blog article.

     

    Peak to Peak senior Callista Zaronias "exemplifies excellence, integrity and determination," and was recognized with a Heart of Broomfield Youth Award.

    Read the full article by clicking here.

    Click here to see photos from the awards ceremony.

     

    Peak to Peak has four World Series of Innovation national winners! Izzy Hettmansperger (11th grade) and John Morreale (12th grade) won first place in the nation as judged by the executives at Coca-Cola for their project, "The Healthy Living Challenge." We are equally proud of Isabelle Ruble (10th grade) and Izzy Leutenegger (10th grade) who were awarded runner-up recognition in the Citibank "Decent Work Challenge." 

    Click here to read more about the World Series of Innovation.

     

    Ash Hartnett (12th grade) received a Boulder Elks Club Scholarship Award. 
     
    Hartnett with his award
     
     
     
    March, 2018
     
    Taylor Gallo (10th grade) and her all-star cheerleading team, Golden Girls, won 1st place at the USA Nationals in Anaheim, California. 
     
    cheer team with their award
     
     
     

    Winter Sports Awards:

    Rachel Thomas: Girls Basketball - Metro League 1st Team All League

    Max Higdon: Boys Basketball - Metro League Honorable Mention 

    Erika Schunk: Girls Swimming - Metro League Honorable Mention

    Vince Cornella: Boys Wrestling - All Conference 1st Team, Front Range League All Academic

     
     

    Senior Kassen Qian swept the one-on-one Lincoln Douglas Debate category at the Colorado Speech & Debate State Tournament. Peak to Peak can now claim to have Colorado's best debater two years in a row. Also rising to the occasion was sophomore Brandon Guo, who placed 3rd in State in Extemporaneous Speaking. 
     

    Peak to Peak had several Boulder Regional History Day winners. Emily Leonard (8th grade) and Hadley Olsen (8th grade) placed 3rd in Junior Group Performance. Stella Bishop (8th grade) placed 1st in Individual Website. Jaroldeen Oveson (8th grade) placed 2nd in the Junior Paper division. Chris Mather (12th grade) placed 3rd in the Senior Paper division.  
     

    Emily Struck (11th grade), Kelly Song (11th grade), and Chloe Stemm (11th grade) took 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for the grades 10-12 division of the Anti-Defamation League's student essay contest, A Tribute to Moral Courage: Standing Up Against Injustice. They made a clean-sweep of the division for Peak to Peak across Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming! These three winners will be recognized and receive awards on April 24th at the Annual Governor's Holocaust Remembrance Program at Temple Emanuel in Denver. 
     

    Emily Skinner (10th grade) was cast in the Northglenn Youth Theatre production of the musical Big Fish
     

    Izzy Hettmansperger (11th grade) earned a National Silver Medal in the Scholastic Art & Writing Award competition. Izzy's project, titled "Dissimuler," was entered in the Comic Art category. She is one of the 48 Colorado writers and artists who won awards this year. 
     

    Peak to Peak has two teams that are the *top national finalists* in the World Series of Innovation! These teams have already won cash prizes as one of the top three in each category, but are now competing for a final judging prize and the community vote prize. Use the links provided below to read about these projects, watch the commercials the teams created, and support these students by voting for their projects! Everyone can vote for each project (since they are in different categories), and you can cast a new vote each day from now until March 22nd. 

    Izzy Hettmansperger (11th grade) and John Morreale (12th grade) for their Condom Cap Energy Drink to promote health and safe choices. https://innovation.nfte.com/pro…/the-condom-cap-energy-drink

    Isabelle Ruble (10th grade) and Izzy Leutenegger (10th grade) for their Dignify People Project, a website offering resources for people with disabilities. https://innovation.nfte.com/projects/dignify-people-project

     

    The season sports previews show that Peak to Peak athlelets are contenders:

     

    Girls Tennis

    Boys Baseball

    Girls Soccer

    Track and Field

    Girls Golf

    Boys Swimming - Peak to Peak has swimmers participating with the Broomfield and Monarch teams

    Boys Lacrosse - Peak to Peak has players participating with the Dawson and Centaurus teams

     

     Jeffrey Li (10th grade) who won 3rd place in Division IV at the 41st Annual Broomfield Piano Festival.
     
    Li at a piano with his award
     

     Students participated in the 2018 Colorado High School Science Bowl. The two teams both made it out of the group round, finishing in the top 16 out of 41 total teams.
     
    science bowl team working together at a table

     Sophomores Ayush Garg and Brandon Guo qualified for the National Speech and Debate competition! These students will compete in Public Forum debate this summer in Florida.
     

    Peak to Peak parent Angela Finan received a Heart of Broomfield award in the Education category. It comes as no surprise to our community who knows her as a warm, friendly, and ever-present volunteer. We are proud to have her in our community and are truly grateful for her hard work.

    Click here to read the full article.

     
     
    February, 2018
     
    The following 8th grade students received awards for their Regional Science Fair projects:

    Kendyl Fanger - 1st place in category - qualified for state,  Broadcom Masters Award
    Aydin Goceman - 1st place in category - qualified for state,  Broadcom Masters Award
    Ainsley Crist - 1st place in category - qualified for state, Broadcom Masters Award, 1st - Soil and Water Conservation Society Junior Level Award

    Nivedita Prabhu - 3rd place in category, CU Chemistry Department - Junior Award
    Nicholas Copanas - 2nd place in category
    Noah Douglass - 3rd place in category
    Clay Miller - 3rd place in category
    Sartaj Singh - 3rd place in category

    The following high school students received awards for their Regional Science Fair projects:
     
    Bill Ray - 2nd place, Math and Computer Sciences - qualified for state
    Navami Manangi - 2nd place, Microbiology - qualified for state

    Check back soon for photos!
     

     Gaia Malin qualified for the National Speech and Debate competition and will perform her Informative Speech this summer in Florida.
     
    Malin receiving award
     

    High school English teacher, Kristie Letter, and two of our high school students, Izzy Hettmansperger (11th grade) and John Douthit (11th grade), attended the 2018 International Problem-Based Learning conference in Santa Clara, California. The team displayed a poster that highlights the success of Peak to Peak's Innovation & Design class as a model of problem-based learning in a high school. Conference organizers commended the team as the only group who brought students. Our students introduced our innovation program to professors and educators from more than 10 other countries, while also learning about innovation programs around the world.

    Click here to read more about the conference.

     


    Click on the links below to see a list of students who made Peak to Peak's honor roll for the Spring Semester, 2017. 

    Student Honor

    Requirements

    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

    Middle School Honor Roll

    High School Honor Roll




    Mr. Benson, high school English teacher, shared his thoughts and gets a nod from "Inspire U.S." Inspire U.S. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform young leaders’ inspiration into action that improves our communities and strengthens our democracy.
     



    Ryan Kuykendall (9th grade) and Vince Cornella (9th grade) advanced to the 5A State Wrestling quarterfinals.

     
     
     

    Peak to Peak swimmers found success at this year's 3A State Championship.
     
    Erika Schunk (12th grade) placed fourth in the breaststroke and sixth in the 100 free, and contributed to the team's success in all three relays.
     
    Isabella Brakhage (9th grade) placed 14th in the 200 IM and 9th in the 100 breaststroke.
     
    Grace Spakes (10th grade) and Jackie Boian (12th grade) helped the team earn a 10th place slot in the 200 meter relay.
     
    There are seven Peak to Peak students who swam for the Centaurus Girls Swim team this year. The team placed 5th at the state championship meet this year, up from 11th last year.
     
     


    The following 8th grade students advanced to represent Peak to Peak at the BVSD History Day contest.

    Category: Group Documentary

    Students

    Entries

    Blake Wagner, Nathan Bailey, Caitlyn Dodson, Sophie Hodgson

    Compromising With Conflict: Life In A German Prison Camp

    Category: Group Performance

    Students

    Entries

    Hadley Olsen, Sophia Dunkin

    Conflict Forces a Compromise: Women in the Workforce During World War II

    Category: Group Website

    Students

    Entries

    Bethany Bass, Rebecca Hollis

    Parental Advisory- The Battle for Music Cleanliness

    Category: Group Exhibit

    Students

    Entries

    Wyatt Regan, Keshav Joshi

    History of Biking Conflict and Compromise

    Kendric Chen, Samvat Dangol

    The Anglo-Irish Treaty: A failed compromise leads to more conflict

    Declan Hiller, Evan Toth

    The Cold War: Conflict to Compromise

    Nick Case, Nicholas Trainor

    The Persian Gulf War

    Category: Individual Documentary

    Students

    Entries

    Natti Jaraschatrkaew

    American Filmmaking: The Making of the Hays Code

    Gianna Guido

    Bayard Rustin: A Forgotten Hero

    Thomas Liu

    Brazilian Redemocratization: A Civilian Conflict and Military Compromise

    Sophia DeSantis

    Marathon Movement: The Enduring Conflict

    Category: Individual Website

    Students

    Entries

    Stella Bishop

    An Era of Change: Women in the 19th Century

    Anwita Gundu

    The Cuban Missile Crisis

    Emily Post

    The World Divided: The Endangered Species Act

    Neeharika Hancock

    At the brink of the war: Henry Clay and the compromise that saves the union

    Category: Individual Exhibit

    Students

    Entries

    Riley Cooper

    Fight for the Throne: Mary vs. Elizabeth

    Lyric Martin

    The Comics Code Authority vs The Creative Freedom of Comic Book Writers

    Caroline Gable

    The New York Draft Riots: America's Largest Civil Insurrection

    Riley Justice

    The Vietnam War: the Diem Coup

    Category: Research Paper


    The Brewer Foundation and New York University announced the "Sweet 16" finalists in the 17th annual International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) - the only contest that gives high school students around the world the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy, and Peak to Peak's team advanced.
     
    Kassen Qian (12th grade), Ayush Garg (10th grade), and Brandon Guo (10th grade) move on to the next level. Should the team reach the final eight, they will participate in the final rounds of debate in New York City this spring. 


    Peak to Peak had 21 students win 34 awards in this year's 7-state West-Region-at-Large Scholastic Writing competition, and several students are advancing to the national competition. Peak to Peak had more awards than any other school in the state. 

    Morgan  Brantmeyer Honorable Mention Poetry The Water in His Throat
    Morgan  Brantmeyer Honorable Mention Poetry The Hunters' Unemployment
    Morgan  Brantmeyer Silver Key Poetry Gardner and Yellowstone-An Ode to Heartbreak
    Morgan  Brantmeyer Silver Key Poetry when Ophelia wanted my girl
    Morgan  Brantmeyer Silver Key Poetry when my heart froze over
    Morgan  Brantmeyer Silver Key Writing Portfolio The Command of the Earth
    Naomi Burns Honorable Mention Critical Essay Music Matters
    Lillian Dent Honorable Mention Poetry Ghosts of Our Pasts
    Lillian Dent Silver Key Poetry Free Bleeding
    Rebekah Doherty Silver Key Short Story Well Met
    Ziranda Dominguez Silver Key Poetry We The Dreamers
    Ziranda Dominguez Silver Key Poetry Together
    Nicholas Entin Honorable Mention Critical Essay E.T. Etiquette
    Danae Fowler Silver Key Humor A Scholarly, Rhetorical Analysis of How Male Gametes are Akin to the Officials that Govern our World
    Aleksander Hall Honorable Mention Critical Essay Wind Power: A Necessity for Colorado
    Claire Hankla Honorable Mention Critical Essay Recognizing Mental Illness: The 19th Century Shift into Insane Asylums
    Kira Hensley Silver Key Critical Essay The United Nations’ Failure to Properly Educate the Conflicted
    Gaia Malin Honorable Mention Critical Essay LGBTQIA+ Soldiers in WWII and The Cold War and Their Impact On the Formation of a Queer Identity
    Gaia Malin Silver Key Critical Essay Thanksgiving: Kill Me Now
    Gaia Malin Silver Key Personal Essay & Memoir Impact
    Gaia Malin Silver Key Poetry Day 1: Surprise Me, Day 2: Just Hold Still, Day 3: Not So Far Away
    Gaia Malin Silver Key Poetry Storytelling, Dandelions
    Alayna Mann Silver Key Poetry A Play on Words
    Desmond McReynolds Honorable Mention Humor Genghis Khan Academy
    Akriti Poudel Honorable Mention Critical Essay Conspicuous Consumption
    Melissa Schirmer Gold Key Poetry The Long Shot
    Melissa Schirmer Honorable Mention Writing Portfolio Ink Spill
    Jessica Shuler Gold Key Personal Essay & Memoir The Flash of Memory Before My Eyes
    Chloe Stemm Honorable Mention Critical Essay The Atrocious Implications Of Dress Codes
    Anna Swarts Silver Key Poetry The Second Night of No Sleep, Untitled: Oil on Canvas, Too Close to Sarasota
    Ashley Tang Gold Key Critical Essay Creating a Meaningful Peformance
    Brian Wee Silver Key Critical Essay Infections and Infantry: Closing the Gap Between the U.S. Military and Humanitarian Aid
    Callista Zaronias Honorable Mention Personal Essay & Memoir An Everyday Olympian
    Kailey Zaronias Gold Key Critical Essay Integration Through Dance


    The winners of Peak to Peak's 6th Annual Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest are as follows:
     
    First place: Claire Hankla (12th grade)
    Second place: Izzy Hettmansperger (11th grade)
    Third place: Kailey Zaronias (11th grade)
     

    Kassen Qian (12th grade), Navami Managi (12th grade), Brandon Guo (10th grade), Logan Hsia (11th grade), Bella Sicker (11th grade), and Andrew Woen (9th grade) qualifyied to compete at the Colorado State Speech & Debate Championships in March.


    The following seniors qualified as finalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program:

    John Bass
    Ashwin Datta
    Adam Kiehl
    Diego Olaya

    "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 (PSAT/NMSQT®)—which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements."


    Ryan Kuykendall (9th grade) and Vince Cornella (9th grade) qualified for the 5A state wrestling tournament. Both athletes took first in their regional tournament. Vince ranked 1st in the state at 106lbs and Ryan ranked 8th at 113lbs.


    Anna Shults (11th grade) qualified for the 2018 U.S. Ski and Snowboard Cross Country Junior National Championships.


    Maddy Callaway (12th grade) who has qualified for the American Quarter Horse Youth Worlds in Oklahoma. Shown here on her horse Pumpkin, Maddy has also qualified as a high school open rider and will attend the Interscholastic Equestrian Association regional finals in Arizona. 


     The following students won Scholastic Art Awards:

    First Last Grade Individual Award Work Category Work Title
    Sam Anderson 11 Gold Key Drawing and Illustration Rashida
    Gabby Andrews 12 Silver Key Photography Madison
    Anya Berchtold 11 Gold Key Digital Art Verbal Over Violence
    Naomi Burns 11 Gold Key Mixed Media Glamour
    Chloe Eisen 7 Silver Key Drawing and Illustration Emily is a Dog
    Danae Fowler 12 Silver Key Drawing and Illustration Segregated
    Isabelle Hettmansperger 11 Gold Key Comic Art Dissimuler
    Parth Kansara 12 Honorable Mention Digital Art Casette
    Mandy Lieng 8 Honorable Mention Drawing and Illustration Bear in the Forest
    Adeline Mueller 11 Gold Key Digital Art Glitched
    Julia O'Brien 10 Gold Key Drawing and Illustration Dancer in Spotlight
    Matthew Willetto 11 Gold Key Digital Art Aries
    Kailey Zaronias 11 Gold Key Ceramics & Glass A Bee's Abyss

    The Peak to Peak Ethics Bowl team put months of rigorous/thoughtful preparation into regional ethics cases this year, and --as winner of the Colorado region--has an earned a spot in the national competition in Chapel Hill, NC, April 20-22. 

    January, 2018

    Peak to Peak's FIRST Technology Challenge team advanced to the state level competition held at Regis University. The group is more commonly known as "The Robotics Club" which includes a number of students who contributed to the team's success. 

    The team members are:
    Weston Metzler (team co-captain, 12th grade), Matt Hartnett (team co-captain, 11th grade), Numair Baig (12th grade), Tyler O'dowd (12th grade), Akanksha Nelacanti (11th grade), Daniel Rui (10th grade), Gabriel Fromme (10th grade), Carter Post (10th grade), Makenna Turner (10th grade), Matthew Chen (9th grade), Prash Satish (10th grade), Ainsley Smith (10th grade), Charlie Dupras (10th grade), Florian Frick (10th grade), and Hyder Baig (9th grade)


    A team of 10 Peak to Peak students represented our school at the prestigious 2018 Harvard Model UN Conference in Boston last week. Eight of our team members represented the country of Columbia in the Economic and Social Councils. The conference was attended by over 3,300 students from 200 secondary schools in 40 countries. In these councils, they worked with their peers to solve real-world problems currently facing the United Nations. They debated, wrote resolutions and position papers, and created alliances with each other. Their councils covered the international refugee crisis, the rights of the LGBT in all countries, the opioid crisis and the disparity between developed and developing nations regarding pharmaceutical distribution to areas in need, and the renegotiation of the Outer Space Treaty.

    Two of our students, Numair Baig and Nick Hughes, applied and were accepted to take part in highly competitive small historical crisis councils. Over the course of the 4 days, they represented historical figures in the Indian Congress of 1966 and the Roman Senate of 63BCE. They were given multiple crisis situations that they could not prepare for in advance and that they had to successfully navigate. Both Numair and Nick were highly regarded in their councils and progressed their “character’s” agendas.

    Akriti Poudel was one of 12 finalists (out of over 100 submissions) in the Social Impact Project contest. As a finalist, she attended a special breakfast with Nora O'Connell, Head of Advocacy and Policy at the international non-profit Save the Children.

    In their spare time, they bundled up against the frigid weather and went sightseeing in Boston and walked the Harvard campus.

    Team Members:
    Numair Baig (12th)
    Nick Hughes (12th)
    Jordyn Hall (11th)
    Akriti Poudel (11th)
    Kelly Song (11th)
    Kira Hensley (11th)
    Sudeepti Nareddy (11th)
    Rory Baxter (9th)
    Sean Markham (9th)
    Gayu Krishnan (9th)


    Peak to Peak's Elementary School Spelling Bee winner was Ram Mangu (4th grade). The Middle School Spelling Bee winner was Siddharth Nareddy (6th grade). Ram and Siddarth will move on to the regional spelling bee competitions later this month.

          Ram Mangu (4th Grade)                                   Siddharth Nareddy (6th grade)

          


    Peak to Peak's own Kim McConnell has been selected by the U. S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as the Girls' High School Coach of the Year for the state of Colorado for the 2017 Cross Country season. "This honor is based upon the performance of the Peak to Peak High School team throughout the 2017 season and is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the student athletes, the coaching staff, and the administration of the school."

    Click here to read more about the award.


    Students from the National Junior Honor Society and the National Honor Society of Peak to Peak Charter School joined thousands of other student leaders at a Leadership Experience and Development (LEAD) Conference in Washington, DC on January 26-28.

    LEAD Conferences offer experiential leadership skills development to students and advisors, and are a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), which also administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, and National Student Council.

    Peak to Peak students attended workshops on improving leadership skills, problem solving, project planning, fundraising, team building, idea sharing, and networking. The 27 NJHS and NHS students were accompanied by Sheena Kelly, K-12 Teacher Librarian and NJHS sponsor, and Elizabeth Tarbutton, High School Mathematics teacher and NHS co-sponsor.

    “The LEAD Conferences offer talented young people from across the country the opportunity to sharpen their leadership skills in order to make a difference in their schools and communities,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP.

    In addition to conference attendance, students toured the White House and Capitol Buildings, and the local colleges of George Washington University and Georgetown University. Students also visited some of the world-class Smithsonian museums and galleries, including the National Air and Space Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.


    Vince Cornella (9th grade) won first place in his wrestling weight class at the Fron Range League championships.

     

    Click to read the article.


    Peak to Peak's Innovation and Design-Thinking class had four teams advance to the final rounds of competition. These teams will be producing commercials that will compete in a national innovation showdown. 
     

    Daniel Rui (10th grade) was awarded The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program State Certificate of Excellency in Level 8 Piano for obtaining the highest mark in Colorado during the 2017 academic year. 


    Vince Cornella (9th grade) was awarded the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Top of the Rockies tournament.

    Click here to read the BoCo Preps article.


    Renay Ulibarri, Peak to Peak Charter School’s lead custodian, won a 2018 Impact on Education Award!

    "When fighting the good fight on the educational battlefield, there is a certain kind of comrade you want at your side. Loyal, strong, dedicated to the mission, high performer under pressure, trustworthy, resilient – these are the primary qualities of our Impact on Education winner this year. However, Renay brings so much more to our school community than the admirable qualities of a tried-and-true soldier. Her daily vibrancy and genuine smile are infectious. In her fourteen years at our school, she has inspired positivity and gratitude in our students, staff, and parent/guardian community. If the buildings and campus she diligently cleans each day could speak, they would also join this ever-growing list of grateful Peak to Peak Pumas! Whether she’s guiding students in the proper separation of recycled goods versus trash, cleaning up a water spill outside a classroom, or giving compassionate but constructive feedback to a colleague on her custodial staff, Renay epitomizes partnership and dedication on our school campus each day. She is exactly the kind of person we treasure; she is the epitome of good character shining through."


    Peak to Peak's Food Services program has received recognition for "Excellence in Food Safety" from The Partners for Food Safety Program (PFSP). PFSP is a voluntary program that recognizes restaurants and facilities in Boulder County who go above and beyond to keep visitors free from foodborne illness. 

    Click here to read more about the program.


    Tri-M is Peak to Peak's national honor society for student musicians. In addition to recognizing students who have gone above and beyond musically and academically, this group provides students with opportunities to perform, lead, and grow through community service. Seven students (violin, piano, voice, flute, guitar, etc) performed for people in the Lafayette community who have dementia. In preparation for this event, they met with a specialist who provided them with information and guidance about performing for people with dementia.


    The Denver Center for Performing Arts (DCPA) named Callista Zaronias (12th grade) as one of the top ten young playwrights in the state.

    The 2017-18 Regional High-School Playwriting Workshop and Competition is "a one-act playwriting competition designed for area high schools. Local playwrights and DCPA Education faculty taught 146 playwriting workshops in 57 Colorado schools. A record 3,002 high-school students participated in those workshops, which were held in every school district in the Denver-metro area and in 20 counties around the state."

    Click here to read more about the competition.


    The Brewer Foundation and New York University have announced the “Top 32” teams for the 17th annual International Public Policy Forum (IPPF), and one of Peak to Peak's teams has advanced! The IPPF is the only contest that gives high school students around the world the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy.

    Congratulations to Kassen Qian (12th grade), Ayush Garg (10th grade), and Brandon Guo (10th grade).

    Click to read more about the competition.




    Peak to Peak's Class of 2018 has earned the Eliza Pickrell Routt Award from the Colorado Secretary of State for having registered 85% or more of eligible seniors. This is the second year in a row that Peak to Peak seniors have been recognized.
     


    After a successful performance at the regional competition, the following 6th graders have advanced to the next level in this year's Brain Bowl competition:
     
    Adi Ramaswamy
    Luke Taylor
    Kyle Thenvall
    Tej Mathur

    Kelly Song was invited to play at the Western States Honor Orchestra held at the University of Northern Colorado.

    December, 2017

    Vince Cornella (9th grade) placed 3rd at the Reno Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nevada. His accomplishment earned him All American Honors. Vince is ranked 2nd in the state in the 106 lb wrestling weight class in the 5A division.


    Miriam Grady (12th grade) and her US fencing team, won silver at the Burgos Women’s Épée Junior World Cup in Spain.


    Members of Peak to Peak's National Art Honor Society had their art on display at the Super Mini Walnut Cafe in Lafayette, December 15 through January 30.

     


    The high school cheerleaders took 10th place at the state competition. This was the first year that the Pumas had entered the competition in several years. They had a perfect routine with zero deductions.
     
     
     

    The Speech & Debate team competed at one of the biggest tournaments of the yearat Cherry Creek HS. Sophomores Brandon Guo and Ayush Garg took home the 2nd Place trophy in Public Forum Debate and fellow 10th grader Paige Burns placed 6th overall in Humor Interp.  
     

    There are nine Peak to Peak students performing in The Colorado Conservatory of Dance's 25th anniversary production of The Nutcracker. Students range from 4th to 12th grade and have been rehearsing for this holiday classic since August. Well done, Pumas!
     
    Back Row: Natalie Sievers (7th grade), Anne Nevadomski (7th grade), Kailey Zaronias (11th grade), Lina Davis (10th grade), Callista Zaronias (12th grade)
     
    Front Row: Hope Peddycord (4th grade), Faith Peddycord (7th grade), Amelia Scott (8th), Grant Peddycord (7th grade)

    Click here for more information.


    The 7th Grade Boys Basketball Team are champions! They took 1st place this weekend in the Metro League end-of-season tournament. They defeated Jefferson Academy in a semi-final game and defeated Faith Christian in a come from behind victory to win the championship. Way to go, Pumas!


    Fall sports awards:

    Cross Country

    Kim McConnell- Coach of the Year
    Andrew Baxter- Honorable Mention
    Allison Beasley- 1st Team/ 3A State Champion
    Cole Beasley- 2nd Team
    Tiana Bradfield- 1st Team/3A State Champion
    Ben Cunningham- Honorable Mention
    Justin Hager-Honorable Mention
    Jenna Howard- 2nd Team/3A State Champion
    Ryan Kuykendall- 1st Team
    Quinn McConnell- 1st Team/3A State Champion
    Ethan Monarksi- 2nd Team
    Anna Shults- 1st Team/3A State Champion
    Elle Triem- 2nd Team/3A State Champion
    Isabelle Ruble- 3A State Champion
    Angela Li- 3A State Champion
     
    Boys Golf
     
    John Thornbury- Coach of the Year
    Ian Thorpe- 1st Team/3A State Champion/1st Team All State/1st Team All Region Boulder County
    Nishant Datta- 2nd Team/3A State Champion/2nd Team All State/Honorable Mention All Region Boulder County
    Davis Long- 2nd Team/3A State Individual Champion/1st Team All State/ 1st Team All Region Boulder County
    Suchit Sharma- Honorable Mention
    Ethan Tartaglia- Honorable Mention/3A State Champion/Honorable Mention All Region Boulder County
     
    Softball
     
    Morgan Brantmeyer- 1st Team
    Claire Hankla- 1st Team
    Heather Holtgreive- 1st Team
     
    Boys Tennis
     
    Brett Finan- 4A State Singles Champion/4A Player of the Year/1st Team All State
     
    Volleyball
     
    Arianna Greenspan-Honorable Mention
    Tyler Feddema- 2nd Team
    Haley Frederking- 1st Team
     
    Soccer
     
    Robert Pezzuti- Honorable Mention
    Allen Zheng- 1st Team
    Nate Fangman- Honorable Mention
    Brendan Lefkowicz- 1st Team

    Jessica Shuler, 12th grade, has earned the honor of being appointed to the 2018 United States Archery Team in the Junior Women's Barebow division. Her hard work has allowed her to maintain her ranking as the #2 Junior Women's Barebow in the US. Jessica must compete in several national tournaments every year to earn a national ranking and a USAT spot. She is currently training in hopes of qualifying to compete internationally next fall.


    The Speech and Debate team had an successful meet at Northridge HS. Bella Sicker placed 3rd in International Extemp and 1st in National Extemp; Angela Li placed 3rd in Program Oral Interp, Chloe Hodgson placed 6th in Original Oratory; Gaia Malin and Delaney Cohn placed 1st in Duo Interp; Ayush Garg and Brandon Guo placed 6th in Public Forum debate; Leonard Sheraer placed 7th in Lincoln Douglas debate; and Ben Blankenship placed 4th in Informative Speaking.  

    November, 2017

    Brook Mueller-Scott (5th grade) won the bronze medal in fencing during the season's second in-house tournament of the Fencing Academy of Denver/Parker held on November 12, 2017 in Littleton, CO. She competed in the Y10 Mixed 2007 and 2008 Saber group.


    Students found success at the Michael Adams Poetry Prize. This contest, named in memory of poet Michael Adams, aims to cultivate and inspire an appreciation of poetry and is

    a celebration of Lafayette’s commitment to the arts.

    Ziranda Dominguez (12th grade) won first place in written Spanish, Danae Rodriguez (11th grade) won first in Spanish spoken word. Gaby Colin (12th grade) and Andy Aguirre (12th grade) won honorable mention.


    "Anna Shults placed fourth overall and was one of six total runners from NXR Southwest to qualify for Nike Cross Nationals on Dec. 2 in Portland, Ore."

    Click to read the full article.

    Anna ran a tough, rainy, and muddy race this weekend with the top 200 high school girl runners from around the country. She earned a respectable 52nd place finish.

    Click here to see the results.


    Six Peak to Peak students were part of the Erie High football squad's successful 11-2 season and played against Palmer Ridge (13-0) for the 3A State Championships 

    Peak to Peak players include:
    Alejandro Antillon, 10th grade
    Brian Graylin, 11th grade
    Dylan Hall, 10th grade
    Gus Fonseca-Walker, 9th grade
    Ian McDonald, 11th grade
    and Sam Baker, 10th grade


    Quinn McConnell (11th grade) was named as the BOCO Preps Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year for the third year in a row.

    Click here to read the full article.


    Peak to Peak's new Heritage Speakers class was featured in an article that appeared in the Daily Camera. 

    "Lafayette's Peak to Peak Charter started a Spanish class for heritage speakers this fall, creating a community for the school's small but growing Latino population.

    Heritage speakers generally are those who have been exposed to Spanish regularly in their homes. Already bilingual, though sometimes missing formal Spanish instruction, typical Spanish language classes aren't a good fit.

    'It's not engaging for a second-language learner,' said Elizabeth Leach, who co-teaches the class with Evelyn Firman. 'We want to harness student strengths in English and Spanish. We're letting them use what they already know so being bilingual feels like an asset rather than a challenge.' "

    Click here to read the full article.


    The Speech and Debate season began with Peak to Peak students showing their prowess. Over the Thanksgiving break several students celebrated success at the Castle Classic meet.

    Pictured left to right are:
    Delaney Cohn (12th grade) & Gaia Malin (12th grade)- 4th place in Duo Interpretation
    Shreeya Basrur (12th grade) - 4th place in Poetry Interpretation
    Kassen Qian (12th grade) - 1st place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate


    Students in Ms. Letter's Innovation and Design Thinking class were selected as state finalists for the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow challenge.

    The class used VR and Thinglink --special thanks to Ms. Eckstein-- to create Empathy Experiences where students can experience what walking in someone else's shoes might be like. 


    The Lafayette Jazz Ultimate Frisbee team took 3rd place at the State Ultimate Tournament.

    Jazz is a co-ed team combining Peak to Peak students and Centaurus students. Members from Peak to Peak include: Sam Goertzen, Connor Cahoon, Scott Mccall, Ben Blankenship, Heider Iacometti, Presh Satish, Gabe Fromme, Gibson Friedman, and Ben McCloskey. The team is coached by Middle school English teacher, Mr. Rozinsky and Peak to Peak alumnus, Josh Goertzen.


    Ashley Tang (11th grade) was selected for the Try on Teaching program at CU. Outstanding high school juniors who participate in this 12-week program during the Spring 2018 semester get extensive experience teaching young band or orchestra students during weekly rehearsals of the University of Colorado Middle School Ensemble program.

     

    Parker Remund (10th grade) who earned his Eagle Scout badge.


    Eighteen students spent the entire day on Saturday debating and discussing real world problems of refugees, arctic drilling, national security and historical events at a Model UN conference at Cherokee Trails High School. Mana Setayesh (9th) and Vikas Muralidharan (9th) received honorable mention awards. Ash Hartnett (12th), Sudeepti Nareddy (11th) and Jordyn Hall (11th) earned Outstanding Delegation awards. Kira Hensley (11th), Kelly Song (11th), Ayush Chitrakar (12th) and Robin Peterson (12th) earned Best Delegation awards.


    Thirty Peak to Peak students completed the paper and pencil math test consisting of challenging questions focusing on probability, geometric principals, and number theory. Warren Chen and Ava Sommer were two of only eight 6th-graders in the state to qualify. Other qualifiers included Sophia Du and Declan Hiller from the 8th grade class, Paris Kiehl and Madison Lin from the 9th grade class, Ayush Garg, Brandon Guo, and Daniel Rui from the 10th grade class, Brian Wee from the 11th grade class, and Alayna Mann and Adam Kiehl from the 12th grade class. Daniel Rui was only one question off from a perfect score, something only accomplished by 25 participants out of over 700.


    Three Class of 2018 athletes signed with a college or university to play their respective sports as follows:

    Ian Thorpe: Men's golf, Iona College

    Haley Frederking: Volleyball, Fort Hays State University

    Miriam Grady: Fencing, University of Notre Dame


    MSN published a list of the top public middle schools in every state, and Peak to Peak's middle school came out on top for Colorado.

    "When it comes to American public schools, early childhood education and high school achievement tend to dominate the conversation -- while middle school quality tends to take a backseat. Despite the apparent lack of emphasis, children spend some of their most pivotal years of development in middle school."



    Peak to Peak has been named as the Best Public School (K-8) in East Boulder County, by the Boulder Weekly.  

    Click to read more.


    The Brewer Foundation and New York University have announced the “Top 64” teams for the 17th annual International Public Policy Forum (IPPF), and Peak to Peak has two teams who have been selected this year! The IPPF is the only contest that gives high school students around the world the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy.

    Congratulations to the following:


    Team 1- Kassen Qian (12th grade), Ayush Garg (10th grade), and Brandon Guo (10th grade)
    and
    Team 2- William Alexander (11th grade), Naomi Burns (11th grade), and Isabella Sicker (11th grade)

    Click to read more about the competition.


    Morgan Brantmeyer (12th grade) played in the All-State softball game. Morgan joined players from the top teams in the state and proudly hit a three-run homer during the game.


    Señor Matthews was selected as a University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award winner! He was nominated by Peak to Peak alumna, Rebecca Thompson, who is currently studying at the university, where entering students may nominate an influential high school educator who challenged them intellectually, opened new realms of discovery, or channeled their interested for intellectual growth.

     
    October, 2017

    Tessa Hirt (2nd grade) was featured on the local news for her "Handstands for Cans" campaign, collecting non-perishable food items to donate to the Sister Carmen Center. 

    Click to view the story.


    Brook Mueller-Scott (5th grade) won the silver medal in fencing during the in-house tournament of the Fencing Academy of Denver/Parker held in October.


    Brett Finan was named as the BoCo Preps "Player of the Year!"

    Click to read the full article.


    The Girls Cross Country team won the 3A state championship meet. In the individual race, Peak to Peak runners finished 1st - Quinn McConnell (11th grade), 2nd - Anna Shults (11th grade), and 3rd - Tiana Bradfield (11th grade).

    The Boys Cross Country team finished in third place at the 3A state championship meet. This was a huge upset given the teams 15th place season finish.

    Click to read the article in Co Milesplit: Girls   Boys

    Click to read the article in CHAASA Now: Girls   Boys

    Click to read the article in the BoCO Preps


    The following 36 students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society:

    Alec Babineau
    Elizabeth Boian
    Lea Cook
    Samantha De Crescenzo
    Kyra Doubrava
    Noah Douglass
    Kendyl Fanger
    Ian Faussett
    Caleb Foster
    Sierra Gilliam
    Patrick Grady
    Caleb Harris
    Lauren Hudson
    Ananya Kar
    Anna Karr
    Millie Keogh
    Trey Klinger
    Michael Liao
    Thomas Liu
    Nihar Manangi
    Marcus Matsuda
    Kalena Maxwell
    Clay Miller
    Anne Nevadomski
    Bailey Patterson
    Katelyn Remund
    Maya Schweiger
    Sartaj Singh
    Amanda Skinner
    Megan Skinner
    Nathaniel Starbuck
    Evan Toth
    Linh Tran
    Ryan Wallis
    Matthew Wengryn
    Jessica Wilcox


    The following 35 students were inducted into the National Honor Society:

    Baxter, Andrew Curtis
    Berchtold, Anya Leah
    Burns, Naomi Elise
    Burns, Paige Emilie
    Cook, Abigail Lynde
    Dunkin, Lily Ann
    Finan, Keeli Rose
    Garg, Ayush
    Gentry, Eleanor Lindsay
    Goyal, Vithika
    Kaufman, Danna Elizabeth
    Kim, Andrew Youngjun
    Li, Angela HeYin
    McCallan, Thomas Alexander
    Mitchell, Theodore Walter
    Moore, Mikayla Taylor
    Osuna, Valeria
    Perez, Christina Elizabeth
    Post, Carter John
    Poudel, Akriti
    Rockwell, Aiyana Mai
    Ruble, Isabelle
    Rui, Daniel Kaecheung
    Satish, Prashasth
    Schantz, Amelia Bertille
    Schneider, Zachary Cole
    Sharma, Shaan Kumar
    Sicker, Isabella Caterina
    Stahoviak, William Kai
    Stevens, Aidan Michael
    Stewart, Annabel Wade
    Sur, Sohan Neal
    Swain, Ritvik
    Turner, Makenna Jasmine
    Wilson, Jack Harry Schumacher

    Last spring, freshman Andrew Asper, completed his final Eagle Scout requirement by working on a service project to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado. He invested 104 hours of time and 50 volunteers invested over 220 hours to help him raise awareness for epilepsy. Boy Scout Troop 212 and friends and family celebrated Andrew's Eagle Scout accomplishment with a formal Eagle Scout Court of Honor.


    Several Peak to Peak students were winners of the Lafayette Annual Window Painting Contest which is a part of the city's fall festival. Congratulations to the following students:

    Audrey Good (Kindergarten) - 1st place for Grade Level K-1

    Molly Sessions (1st grade) - 2nd place for Grade Level K-1

    Abbey Brende (6th grade) - 1st place for Grade Level 5-6

    Elizabeth Coyle (5th grade) - 3rd place for Grade Level 5-6

    Owyn Wyatt (7th grade) - 1st place for Grade Level 7-10

    Roxy Poppick (10th grade) - 3rd place for Grade Level 7-10

    You can see there work displayed around town. Click to see a map and more information.


    Brett Finan, 11th grade, won the 4A state tennis singles championship title.

    Click to read the full article.

    Brett Finan was also named as the athlete of the week.

    Click to read the full article.


    Click on the links below to see a list of students who made Peak to Peak's honor roll for the Spring Semester, 2017. 

    Student Honor

    Requirements

    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

    Middle School Honor Roll

    High School Honor Roll


    Peak to Peak students and teachers were featured in this 9News story about the importance of teaching Colorado's Latino history. Sra. Firman and Sra. Leach led the first year of our Heritage Speakers course, taking a new step in helping students reach full academic bi-literacy. This story was a part of the 9News Hispanic Heritage Month series.

    Click here to read the full story.


    Nineteen Model UN Club students attended the first conference of the season. Each team represented Peak to Peak extremely well. Kassen Qian (12th grade) received a Best Delegate award. Shaan Sharma (10th grade), Ayush Garg (10th grade), Robin Peterson (12th grade), and Ayush Chitrakar (12th grade) all received Outstanding Delegate Awards. Jeffrey Li (10th grade) and Leonard Shearer (10th grade) received an Honorable Mention award. For many this was their first conference ever.


    Peak to Peak Girls Cross Country won the league title! Outstanding finishes by Quinn McConnell (11th grade) at 1st, Anna Shults (11th grade) at 2nd, Tianna Bradfield (11th grade) at 3rd, and Allison Beasley (9th grade) at 7th.

    The Boys Cross Country team also had a very respectable 3rd place finish overall.


    The Peak to Peak Boys Tennis Team finished second at the regional tournament. The Pumas qualified four players for the state championship tournament: Brett Finan (11th grade) #1 singles, Teo Cariov (11th grade) #2 singles, Ishan Kumar (12th grade) #3 singles, and Alexander Preston (11th grade) and Daniel Rui (10th grade) #4 doubles. 

    Click to read an interview with coach Eric Duran


    The Boys High School Golf team won the 3A Championship title. Congratulations to Ethan Tartaglia (12th grade), Ian Thorpe (12th grade), Nishant Datta (12th grade) and Davis Long (10th grade) who was also the top individual winner.

    "Peak to Peak golf coach John Thornbury had a feeling about his team.

    What he might not have been so sure about was how clutch his Pumas would be when it mattered most."

    Read the full article.


    Adam Kiehl, 12th grade, won first place at Senior Scholarship Day at Colorado State University. The program is for seniors who participate in a writing workshop and then craft an essay to compete for scholarship opportunities. Students were also able to tour campus and learn about competitive academic enrichment programs such as the honors program and undergraduate research.


    Ms. Tarbutton, high school math teacher, was recognized with a "Crystal Apple Award" presented by WAY-FM. The award nomination came from one of our Peak to Peak families. The Baxter family nominated Ms. Tarbutton for her commitment to their student's success at Peak to Peak and beyond.

    September, 2017

    Kate Berg, 12th grade, was featured in the Boulder Daily Camera's student spotlight: "Kate is part of a group of Peak to Peak students who create payloads for the United Launch Alliance's intern rocket launches. She also works with a teen outdoor volunteer group."

    Click to read the full article.


    Paige Mowery, 11th grade, has been selected as a national winner of an Adventure Capital (AdCap) competition. "AdCap is a program that inspires, empowers, and motivates creative, curious, and brave student entrepreneurs who wish to make changes in school and community health and wellness." Paige's project features tasting samples as a key opportunity to reduce food waste. She is being flown to Ann Arbor, Michigan to meet with business professionals and hone her award-winning plan. She will also receive $2000 for an innovative food project to be implemented at Peak to Peak. 

    Click here to watch a video about this year's winners.

    Click to read more about the program.


    Peak to Peak’s Art Honor Society displayed artwork at the East Simpson Coffee House in Lafayette. Peak to Peak is the first high school to have an art show at this local establishment.

    There will be an opening celebration on September 21st (details below) with live music and a food truck. 

    414 East Simpson
    Lafayette, CO
    September 21st, 5-8pm


    Peak to Peak's Varsity Cross Country runners raced in the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic in Orange County, CA. The girls were 6th as a team in the Sweepstakes division (the top tier competitive race division). The boys were 6th in the Varsity Gold race (the third tier competitive race division).

    Quinn McConnell (11th grade) was 4th overall individual in the Sweepstakes race, running 3 miles in 16:01. Anna Shults (11th grade) was 15th in the Sweepstakes race. William Ledden (10th grade) was 10th in Varsity Gold race.


    Congratulations to the following students who have been named as National Merit Semifinalists:

    John Bass
    Ashwin Datta
    Capri Huffman
    Adam Kiehl
    Diego Olaya

    "Of the 1.6 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores (calculated by doubling the sum of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program."

    The following students received commendation from the National Merit program and should also be recognized for thier accomplishments:

    Numair Baig
    Kate Berg
    Jacqueline Boian
    Emma Jensen
    Jay Kang
    Navami Manangi
    Christopher Mather
    Weston Metzler
    Bailey Perczak
    Kassen Qian
    Melissa Schirmer
    William Scott
    Anna Swarts

    Click here to read more about this program.


    Peak to Peak's Girls Cross Country Team placed third at the St. Vrain Invitational competing against 4A and 5A teams. The Boy's team placed third in their division and was recognized as one of the top ten teams in the state early in the season.

    Click here to read an article about the Girls meet.

    Click here to read an article about the Boys meet.


    The High School Softball team who won the 2017 Sheridan Tournament.


    Peak to Peak’s Art Honor Society had artwork on display at the East Simpson Coffee House in Lafayette. Peak to Peak is the first high school to have an art show at this local establishment. There was an opening celebration with live music and a food truck. 


    Thanks to the support of the Peak to Peak community, Peak to Peak was ranked by Niche as the #1 Charter School in Colorado at the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels! Not only that, but the school was also at the top of the heap for all public schools in Colorado and across the nation. 

    Read more about this ranking.

    August, 2017

    Ethan Tartaglia, 12th grade, was named as the Daily Camera's Athlete of the Week.

    Read the full story


    Eliana Secunda, 12th grade, has been selected as a member of the US Figure Skating Team USA 2017-2018 International Selection Pool. Eleven years of dedication and hard work are paying off with selection to this elite group.


    Isabelle Hettmansperger, 11th grade, had her artwork featured in the Daily Camera's School Report:


    Louisville's City Manager included Peak to Peak sophomore, Gabe Fromme, in her regular commendations and kudos. Gabe is a lifeguard at the Louisville Recreation/Senior Center and was recognized for providing excellent customer service this summer.


    "Maia Drugmand was 10 and a Peak to Peak Charter School fifth-grader when she first started assembling and painting turtle magnets as a fundraiser to help kids with life-threatening medical conditions.

    Now 16 and an incoming junior at Lafayette's Peak to Peak, she's sponsored four "wishes" through the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado by selling the colorful shell creatures and is looking to sponsor a fifth."

    Read the full story.


    The Boys High School Golf team set the all time single meet metro league scoring record last week with a score of 281 (-7). They topped a record that had been held for 17 years! 


    The season sports previews show that Peak to Peak athlelets are contenders:

    Tennis

    Golf

    Softball

    Cross Country

    Soccer 

    Summer, 2017

    Robin Peterson, 12th grade was chosen to attend Girls Nation as one of only two 'Senators' from CO!

    "Participants are known as “senators” and are selected from the 50 ALA Girls State sessions held in each U.S. state. At the state level, the girls focus on responsible citizenship and study local, county and state government processes. Two outstanding citizens are then chosen to represent their state at ALA Girls Nation in Washington, D.C. where the focus moves to the federal government.

    A key component of the ALA Girls Nation program involves mock senate sessions complete with caucusing and debating of bills. Topics ranging from personal to political interests ensure that the debates are lively and passionate. Campaigns are held to elect party officials, an ALA Girls Nation president and vice president."

    Robin at lunch with Senator Bennett:


    One of the Denver-based television stations, 9News, and the Boulder Daily Camera both covered a story about Peak to Peak students who participated in United Alliance rocket launch.

    Click on this link to watch the video.

    Click on this link to read the story in the Daily Camera.


    Rising 7th grader, Alexandra Dalton,was selected as a Broadcom MASTERS nominee for the national middle school science competition. Only 10% of science fair projects nationwide are selected for this opportunity. 


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