Accomplishments 2018-2019

  • ACADEMIC RECOGNITION

     

    P2P debate team:  P2P debate team members Ayush Garg (11th grade), Brandon Guo (11th grade), and Leonard Shearer (11th grade) finished as one of the top 4 teams in the WORLD this past weekend at the International Public Policy Forum debate competition in New York City.

    Ninth graders Tannvi Banerjee and Bronwyn Busby qualified for this year's National Speech & Debate Tournament in Public Forum debate. This team took on seasoned veteran teams from all over the front range to place 3rd overall at the qualifying tournament.

     

    Yale Bassett Award:  Makenna Turner (11th grade) was named as one of twenty semi-finalists for the third annual Yale Bassett Award for Community Engagement. Way to go, Puma!

     "Yale Bassett Award winners will demonstrate a record of creative leadership and public service, academic distinction, interdisciplinary problem solving, and experience addressing societal issues that might include, but need not be limited to, race and racism."

     Click here to read more about the award.

     

    Conrad Scholars:  Peak to Peak's Conrad Scholars, 5 teams of high school students who spent this year innovating solutions to global challenges, won top honors at the Conrad Summit at the Kennedy Space Center.

    Sophomores Mana Setayesh, Paris Kiehl and Tenzin Nangsal are Pete Conrad Award winners, the top international prize selected from among 191 semifinalist teams from around the world. The award includes scholarships, prizes, business development, and an all-expense-paid trip to India for their enterprise to reduce tobacco use in India;

    John Douthit (12th grade) and Clara Tracy (11th grade) won the Power Pitch award for their Innovation to reduce teens' nicotine vaping;

    Sophomores Isabella Brakhage, Ander De Onaindia, Vikas Muralidharan and Jeffrey Chen were chosen as the Good Citizens of the Summit;

    and Kristie Betts Letter won the Nancy Conrad Innovative Teacher Award.

     

    Lafayette's See and Respond contest: Four 12th grade students in the Communication Innovation Honors class won cash prizes through Lafayette's See and Respond contest. Congratulations to the following students:

    Ben Blankenship - First Prize in Art

    Matthew Willetto - Second Prize in Art

    Jenna Howard - Second Prize in Poetry

    Noah Irwin - Third Prize Poetry.

    Click here to read about the competition.



    NJHS:  The following NJHS students won the Outstanding Student Achievement Award and won a $500 college scholarship!!

    Sophie Steven (9th grade)

    Alisha Kumari (9th grade)

    Riley Justice (9th grade)

    Alec Babineau (8th grade)

    Bryce Li (9th grade)

    Click here to learn more about this award.

     

    National Junior Honor Society student leaders Lauren Wagner (9th grade), Gianna Guido (9th grade), and Palpasha Karki (9th grade) attended the LEADership conference in Florida.

     

    National Honor Society: Our National Honor Society chapter inducted 50 new members this fall and the National Junior Honor Society inducted 40 new members.

     

     

    BVSD Student Advisory Committee:  At the BVSD Student Advisory Committee last week, Sam Custard (10th grade) teamed up to present on Alternatives to Suspension, while Izzy Hettmansperger (12th grade) included great data and links in her presentation on Mental Health Needs. Chloe Doubrava (11th grade) focused her presentation on Alternative Ed Options in BVSD.

     

    LEAD Boulder:  LEAD Boulder is a two-year leadership program offered to juniors and seniors through BVSD. Students participating in the program presented their LEAD Capstone projects. Sam Goertzen (12th grade) and his team produced an engaging project on mental health and mental illness concerning teens in our state. Their presentation included hands-on recommendations to put supports in place.

    Luc Almony (12th grade) and Jules Walther (12th grade) presented on collaborative recycling efforts on our campus including ideas for reusable metal straws, a LaCroix/Switch can capture challenge, and connections to our Rise to the Peak day on May 3rd.

     

    Impact on Education Classroom Innovation Grant Showcase:  Brooke Van Der Jagt (3rd grade), Gianna Clark (3rd grade), Kate Guengerich (3rd grade), and Jillian Ingle (3rd grade) presented at the Impact on Education Classroom Innovation Grant Showcase on Monday evening, with Ms. Oliva and Ms. Eckstein, showcasing their Colorado Life Zone Virtual Reality projects.

     

    Battle of the Books:  The following students will be advancing to the district level Battle of the Books competition:

    3rd 

    Aleema Razzak

    Tessa Hirt

    Levi Hartter

    Clara Wright

    Jocelyn Fiegland

    4th

    Kyra Rein

    Shibani Senthilkumar

    Vyom Jain

    Lila Eikel

    Eddie Humphreys

    5th

    Ram Mangu

    Nicholas Griffin

    Will Rigney

    Saatwik Das

    Amanda Zou

    6th

    Tanishka Tagare

    Jude Hartter

    Lola Graves

    Evan Douglass

    Fritz Weber

    7th

    Anjana Radha

    Shreya Senthilkumar

    Siddharth Nareddy

    Amrita Saini

    Ava Sommer

    8th

    Lucas Briggs

    Ryan Taylor

    Pranaya Kansara

     

    Cooper Hewitt design competition:  Five Peak to Peak students were recognized in the national Cooper Hewitt design competition for innovative nature-based solutions to global problems. These students had their designs displayed in the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum! Honored students are Jack Begley (10th grade), Paris Kiehl (10th grade), Sophie Kiehl (10th grade), Heather Holtgreive (12th grade), and Payton Shattuck (12th grade).

     Click here to view the projects.

     

    Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation: Senior students Akriti Poudel and Brian Wee were selected as 2019 Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Semifinalists. These 1,896 students were selected from over 95,000 submitted applications from across the country to continue through our selection process. In January 2019, Akriti and Brian advanced to be among the 250 Regional Finalists.

     

    Gateway High School's Calculus Bowl:  Madison Lin (10th grade), Suchit Sharma (11th grade), and Chase Parker (12th grade brought home "a lot of hardware" -- a quote from Mr. Howard -- from Gateway High School's Calculus Bowl. Mr. Lehr and Mr. Howard also received a trophy for being such rockstar Calculus teachers.

     

    2019 Daniel's Scholarship recipients:  Seniors Sam Goertzen and Akriti Poudel have been named as 2019 Daniel's Scholarship recipients. "The Daniels Scholarship Program provides a four-year annually-renewable college scholarship for graduating high school seniors in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership, and a commitment to serving their communities." Sam and Akriti are among the 218 students were awarded the scholarship this year.

    We recognize that many of our senior students are receiving recognition for their outstanding achievements in a variety of realms including academic, athletic, artistic, service, leadership, etc.. Some are attaining goals they once thought impossible. During the spring semester, our inboxes are bulging with good news about the accomplishments that carry significance to each one of our graduating seniors. Scholarships, such as the Daniels Scholarship, carry a particular national significance and are celebrated broadly not only because the students have earned it, but also as a reflection of our K-12 program's success.  

     

    Denver Key Club Convention:  Peak to Peak's Key Club members recently attended the Denver Key Club Convention where they were honored with the "Early Bird Registration" award and took first place for their Annual Traditional Scrapbook which means they will now go on to compete at the national level.

    In addition, Jessica Kalloor (10th grade) was elected to be the new Lieutenant Governor of Key Club for Division 11! As Lieutenant Governor she will be representing all of Division 11 at the district level as well as communicating with all the local Key Clubs and Kiwanis Clubs about district and international Key Club business.

     

    Future STEM Leader Award: Makenna Turner (11th grade) received the "Future STEM Leader Award" from CBS, Colorado School of Mines, and PCD Energy.

     

    Gold Medal from Scholastic and 2019 New York Life Award:  Brian Wee (12th grade) not only won a national Gold Medal from Scholastic for his memoir "Hug Coupons and Shoe Boxes," but he also won the 2019 New York Life Award for writing about personal loss and grief. Brian will receive a thousand-dollar scholarship award and will be honored at Carnegie Hall this June.

     

    International Public Policy Debate competition:  Peak to Peak debaters Brandon Guo (11th grade), Ayush Garg (11th grade), and Leonard Shearer (11th grade) are now one of the final eight teams left in the International Public Policy Debate competition! As one of the top eight teams in the world, they have won an all-expense-paid trip to New York City where they will debate in-person at the Council on Foreign Relations on April 27th for a chance to win $10,000!

     

    Click here to read a press release announcing the Elite Eight.

     

    Robotics team: The Puma Robotics team performed well at the regional FTC Robotics Qualifying tournament. Not only did they qualify to advance to the state tournament on February 9th, but judges also awarded their robot the Rockwell-Collins Innovate award for its innovative design. 

     

    International Public Policy Forum (IPPF): The Brewer Foundation and New York University announced the “Top 64” teams for the 18th annual International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) - the first and only contest that gives high school students around the world the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy. For the third consecutive year, Peak to Peak had a team named in the Top 64. Congratulations to Brandon Guo (11th grade), Ayush Garg (11th grade), and Leonard Shearer (11th grade).

     

    2019 Boettcher Scholars: Peak to Peak has two 2019 Boettcher Scholars, Nick Entin and Kailey Zaronias. Only 42 students across the state are selected for this highly competitive scholarship which provides a full ride to any Colorado college or university.

     

    Iron Chef: Iron Chef competitors Ellen Lu (7th grade), Sanjita Balaji (7th grade), Shreya Senthilkumar (7th grade), and Brianna Tang (6th grade) and heir team, "Magic Flavors," advanced to the live competition at Casey Middle School to compete against five other teams out of 28 who also advanced. Although they had tough competition, the team placed third! Their prize was a giant check that they have decided to donate to the Peak To Peak.

     

    Morehead-Cain Scholarship at UNC Chapel Hill: Senior Naomi Burns was awarded a Morehead-Cain Scholarship at UNC Chapel Hill. Naomi is Peak to Peak's first ever to be honored with this scholarship. In the words of her counselor Ms. Gannett, "She achieved the impossible, by following her passions and finding a fit!"

    The Morehead-Cain is a four-year, fully-funded scholarship awarded to "driven, courageous, and inquisitive leaders eager to embrace new and unknown experiences."

     

    Math Counts competition: Peak to Peak students participated in the Math Counts competition and performed well. Warren Chen (7th grade) is moving on to the state competition! 

     

    High School Ethics Bowl:  On Saturday, Feb. 2, the P2P Ethics Bowl team reached the finals in the regional High School Ethics Bowl for the 4th consecutive year, placing 2nd and 3rd in the overall competition. Congratulations to all the members of the team, who worked for months preparing thoughtful, sophisticated considerations of tough ethical dilemmas. 

     

    International School to School Experience (ISSE): In keeping with our mission of providing global learning opportunities for our students, we are participating in the International School to School Experience (ISSE). ISSE is an international exchange program that provides for the exchange of thoughts and ideas through face-to-face contact with students from other countries around the world. Six students and one staff member from The Prescott School in Arequipa, spent two weeks at Peak to Peak. In March, seven Peak to Peak middle school students and one staff member will visit The Prescott School for several weeks.

     

    7th grade Brain Bowl: The 7th grade Brain Bowl team won 5th place at the North regional competition last week. Tej Mathur, Adithi Ramaswamy, Luke Taylor, and Kyle Thengvall have advanced to the state championship.

     

    Scholastic Writing Awards: Peak to Peak students earned 21 Scholastic Writing Awards, in the West Region, which is an 8-state region. Brian Wee (12th grade), Sam Goertzen (12th grade), and Chloe Hodgson (12th grade) earned Gold Keys for their entries and will continue to the national competition.

    Click here to read more about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

     

    Honor Roll:  Click on the links below to see a list of students who made Peak to Peak's honor roll for the Fall Semester, 2018. 

    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

    HS Honor Roll 2018-19 1st semester list

    MS Honor Roll 2018-18 1st semester list

     

    Click on the links below to see a list of students who made Peak to Peak's honor roll for the Spring Semester, 2018. 

    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

    HS Honor Roll 2017/18 2nd semester list

    MS Honor Roll 2017/18 2nd semester list

     

    Speech and Debate: Twelve Speech and Debate students --and a record number of freshmen-- qualified to compete at the State Championships in March:

    Brandon Guo (11th grade) & Ayush Garg (11th grade) - Public Forum Debate

    Linh Tran (9th grade): Original Oratory

    Paige Burns (11th grade): Humor Interp

    Akriti Poudel (12th grade): Original Oratory

    Will Alexander (12th grade): Lincoln-Douglas Debate

    Chloe Hodgson (12th grade): Original Oratory

    Gianna Guido (9th grade): International Extemporaneous Speaking

    Palpasha Karki (9th grade): International Extemporaneous Speaking

    Nivedita Prabhu (9th grade): National Extemporaneous Speaking

    Kritin Basrur (10th grade): National Extemporaneous Speaking

    Alvina Zhang (9th grade): Original Oratory

     

    National Merit Scholarship Finalists: Six Peak to Peak seniors were selected as National Merit Scholarship Finalists. They are among only 15,000 students across the nation to receive this recognition:

    Naomi Burns

    Capri Huffman

    Isabella Sicker

    William Stahoviak

    Isaac Van Tol

    Brian Wee

     

    7th Annual Poetry Out Loud: Congratulations to the winners of Peak to Peak's 7th Annual Poetry Out Loud event:

     First Place: Nick Entin (12th grade)

    Second Place: Kailey Zaronias (12th grade)

    Third Place: Izzy Hettmansperger (12th grade)

     

    The International Public Policy Forum: Peak to Peak debaters Brandon Guo (11th grade), Ayush Garg (11th grade), and Leonard Shearer (11th grade) are now one of the final eight teams left in the International Public Policy Debate competition! As one of the top eight teams in the world, they have won an all-expense-paid trip to New York City where they will debate in-person at the Council on Foreign Relations on April 27th for a chance to win $10,000!

    Click here to read a press release announcing the Elite Eight.

     

    Conrad Challenge: Peak to Peak has FOUR teams (more than from any school in the nation) invited to compete at Cape Canaveral April 23-26, 2019 in the NASA-sponsored world finals for the Conrad Challenge, and two other teams selected as alternates. These students innovated a global solution in a collaboration between our Innovation and Global Issues classes. Their initial entries were funded by Peak to Peak's Innovation Grant. Between now and April, students will be refining prototypes and pitches as well as raising funds for their travel to the Kennedy Space Center. 

    Winning teams:

    ConvergenSeat: Paige McSavaney (11th grade), Coby Mandell (12th grade), and Walker Richard (12th grade)

     Alternate Industry India: Jessica Kalloor (10th grade), Zachary Carncross (10th grade), and Bailey Patterson (10th grade)

    Spicearettes: Tenzin Nangsal (10th grade), Paris Kiehl (10th grade), and Mana Setayesh (10th grade)

    Malawi Hurt 2 Health: Isabella Brakhage (10th grade), Vikas Muralidharan (10th grade), Jeffrey Chen (10th grade), and Ander De Onaindia (10th grade)

    Alternates:

    Caltab Solutions: Luc Almony (12th grade), Anya Berchtold (12th grade), and Clara Tracy (11th grade)

    Bidi 2 Bracelet: Paige Mowery (12th grade) and John Douthit (12th grade)

     

    Corden Pharma Regional Science Fair: Peak to Peak sent an impressive line up to the Corden Pharma Regional Science Fair. The following students received awards:

    Middle School: 

    Andrew Mehalko (8th grade): 2nd place, Transportation and Energy

    Alexandra Flint (8th grade): 1st place, Environmental Science

    Aurora West (8th grade): 2nd place, Microbiology (tied)

    Isabelle Entin (8th grade): 2nd place, Microbiology (tied)

    Anne Nevadomski (8th grade): 2nd place, Plant Science

    Darryk Hall (8th grade): 2nd place, Physics

    Katelyn Remund (8th grade): 1st place, Physics

    High School: 

    Nicholas Entin (12th grade): 2nd place, Earth and Space Science

    Ayush Garg (11th grade), Brandon Guo (11th grade), and Leonard Shearer (11th grade): Team 2nd place, Math and Computer Science

    Chloe Hodgson (12th grade) and Sudeepti Nareddy (12th grade): Team 1st place, Microbiology

    Special Awards:

    Alexandra Flint (8th grade): Broadcom Masters award

    Katelyn Remund (8th grade): Broadcom Masters award

    Connor Cahoon (12th grade) and Logan Hsia (12th grade): Team Mu Alpha Theta award

    Read the article in the Daily Camera:

    http://www.dailycamera.com/…/boulder-county-students-presen…

     

    History Day: The following students received awards at Peak to Peak's History Day and will now move on to the district level competition:

     

     

     

     

    Documentaries

     

     

    Individual Documentary

    Neeharika Hancock

    Terror to Triumph: Surviving the Rwandan Genocide

    Individual Documentary

    Faith Peddycord

    George Balanchine: Moving West for the Better

    Group Documentary

    ViVi Ember, Alena Carpenter

    Titanic

     

     

     

    Performances

     

     

    Group Performance

    Hannah-Nicole D'Epagnier, Mia Reta, Maya Schweiger

    The Life of Audrey Hepburn

    Individual Performance

    Lea Cook

    NAWSA: Triumph or Tragedy

    Individual Performance

    Sydney Perincheril

    Beethoven

     

     

     

    Websites

     

     

    Group Website

    Owyn Wyatt, Athena Hiesterman

    Animation Brought to Life

    Group Website

    Jack Brandstetter, Michael Hambach

    The Huey Helicopter in the Vietnam War

    Group Website

    Chloe Eisen, Emily Cain

    The Triumph and Tragedy of Elvis Presley

    Individual Website

    Dominik Gendreau

    Lou Gherig

    Individual Website

    Natalie Sievers

    Child Labor: Triumph over Tragedy

     

     

     

    Exhibits

     

     

    Group Exhibit

    Morgan Brasier, Madison Shults, Riley Lackey

    The Stonewall Riot - LGBTQ+ Rights

    Group Exhibit

    Joey Hoffman, Marcus Matsuda

    The Barbary Wars

    Group Exhibit

    Ella Hey, Makenna Bolton

    The Hamilton-Burr Duel

    Group Exhibit

    Haley Buck, Emily Kirkfield

    Women Airforce Service Pilots: Triumph and Tragedy

    Individual Exhibit

    Julian Zerwekh Reardon

    Triumph and Tragedy: The Miracle on Ice

    Individual Exhibit

    Molly Anderson

    The Montgomery Church Bombing and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    Individual Exhibit

    Ryan Taylor

    Operation Paperclip: Did the Triumph Outweigh the Tragedy?

    Individual Exhibit

    Maya Schweiger

    Facial Reconstruction

     

     

     

    Papers

     

     

    Individual Paper

    Caleb Frank

    The Triumph and Tragedy of The Battle of the Bulge

    Individual Paper

    Jadyn Ries

    The Triumphs and Tragedies of the Modern Olympics

    Individual Paper

    Vasilisa Malenkiy

    The Great Affair of the Enlightenment- Triumph or Tragedy?

    Individual Paper

    Nathan Salem

    The Triumph and Tragedy of the Hollywood Traitors

     

    National Speech & Debate Tournament: Ninth graders Tannvi Banerjee and Bronwyn Busby qualified for this year's National Speech & Debate Tournament in Public Forum debate. This team took on seasoned veteran teams from all over the front range to place 3rd overall at the qualifying tournament.

     

    2019 Boettcher Scholars: Peak to Peak has two 2019 Boettcher Scholars, Nick Entin and Kailey Zaronias. Only 42 students across the state are selected for this highly competitive scholarship which provides a full ride to any Colorado college or university.

     

    Calculus Bowl: Madison Lin (10th grade), Suchit Sharma (11th grade), and Chase Parker (12th grade brought home "a lot of hardware" -- a quote from Mr. Howard -- from Gateway High School's Calculus Bowl. Mr. Lehr and Mr. Howard also received a trophy for being such rockstar Calculus teachers.

     

    Cooper Hewitt design competition: Five Peak to Peak students were recognized in the national Cooper Hewitt design competition for innovative nature-based solutions to global problems. These students had their designs displayed in the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum! Honored students are Jack Begley (10th grade), Paris Kiehl (10th grade), Sophie Kiehl (10th grade), Heather Holtgreive (12th grade), and Payton Shattuck (12th grade).

      Click here to view the projects.

     

    AdCap Challenge: Our rising 11th-grade team (Allison F., Nolan H., Mattie P., and Sam C.) had a video conference last night in preparation for the AdCap Challenge, a 3-day intensive where they will innovate solutions to a variety of instant challenges and then compete in a Shark Tank pitch for important business leaders including executives from Dominos, Land O'Lakes and SAP. They've already won an expense-paid trip to the finals, professional mentoring and some seed money for their concept - a scavenger hunt app they will develop next year to get teenagers involved in their community. They are competing for additional seed money and scholarships, and the competition will be posted to AdCap and GenYouth's social media with the hashtag #AdcapChallenge.

     

    World Series of Innovation: 

    Jacob Dong (12th grade) is a national winner in the World Series of Innovation with his idea to bring safe reliable internet to Eritrea and Ethiopia! He has made the top three.

    At a minimum, Jacob has won several hundred dollars and national runner up, but he vies with two other teams for the national grand prize, which will be determined using judges scores and votes.

    In addition, Matthew Willetto (12th grade) made the top ten for his project on Reliable Internet Media Enrichment Centers as well. His project is not up for voting, but it has received a national commendation.

     

    Our student team Female Business Initiative (Sam C. and Isha B.) won this round of the World Series of Innovation for their concept of a ride-sharing service for women in South Africa. Scott M. and Peter N won a runner-up prize for their sustainable development concept called EHVAC. Our winners and the other great concepts can be found HERE

     

    Model UN: The Peak to Peak Model UN club attended its first conference of the season on Saturday. Seventeen P2P students participated in the all-day event. Our beginners debated the difficult topics of Climate Change and the alleged genocide against the Rohingya people of Myanmar. Three of our beginner teams (Noah Douglass (9th) & Sartaj Singh (9th), Ali Kerschner (9th) & Rishi Hancock (9th), and Tanusree Banerjee (9th) & Bronwyn Busby (9th)) took home ‘Best Delegation’ awards in their individual councils. Our three Intermediate teams worked on the complex issues of Drug Trafficking and Human Trafficking from the perspective of countries in the Organization of American States. Leonard Shearer (11th) took home the award of ‘Outstanding Delegate’ for his work.

     

    Lexus Eco Challenge: Congratulations to this team of sophomores who rocked a $10,000 win in the Lexus Eco Challenge! The students created an educational campaign to increase awareness around the protection of endangered animals. The project included social media, electronic games, and presentations to younger students. They will go on to now compete for the grand prize of $30,000. What an outstanding representation of creative and innovative thinking!

    Congratulations to:

    Ella Brakhage

    Ben Rosen

    Madison Rippetoe

    Luke Wolsko

    Mana Setayesh

    Jessica Kalloor

    Read the full article in the Daily Camera.

    See the news coverage on CBS.

     

    Another team of Peak to Peak sophomores has won $10,000 in the Lexus Eco Challenge! Congratulations to the following team members who will go on to compete for the grand prize:

    Allison Flaherty

    Jack Begley

    Ander De Onaindia

    Tenzin Nangsal

    Mattie Pape

    Dannica Sims

    Click here to read more about the Lexus Eco Challenge.

     

    ARTS RECOGNITION

     

    BVSD Art Show:  Six high school artists' works were selected to hang at the Dairy Art Center in the BVSD Art Show. Matthew Willetto (12th grade), Aspen Bradley (12th grade), Izzy Hettmansperger (12th grade), Sophie Graham (10th grade), Ainsley Smith (11th grade), and Julia Crook (11th grade) created works in multiple mediums that will hang until May 5th.

     

    2019 All-State Bands:  Out of nearly 1,000 students statewide who auditioned, six Peak to Peak band students were accepted into this year's two 110 piece 2019 All-State Bands. Cathy Li (12th grade), Madison Lin (10th grade), Scott McCall (12th grade), Ben McCloskey (11th grade), Prash Satish (11th grade), and Arden Xu (12th grade).

    During Spring Break, students spent two long days in rehearsals with two outstanding collegiate directors from Perdue and Indiana Universities. Students rehearsed a variety of difficult music that would challenge even the best college bands. Students watched live performances from a variety of music groups put on by UNC's music department as well as listened to an Over the Hill Band made up of current band directors. Lastly, the students put on a two-hour public concert that was outstanding, impressive, and inspiring.

     

    All-State Orchestras: Senior Ashley Tang (viola) and Junior Ben McCloskey (trumpet) played in the All-State Orchestras festival in Fort Collins.

     

    National Scholastic Art Silver Medal: Izzy Hettsmansperger (12th grade) has received a National Scholastic Art Silver Medal for her exceptional, digitally hand-drawn piece called "Fear." This piece also won a Regional Gold Key Award, but the latest recognition is at the national level. 

     

     

    2019 Scholastic Art Awards:

     Portfolio Art Awards:

    1. Isabelle Hettmansperger: Mirror Dream, Gold Key, grade 12, drawing & illustration
    2. Emily Hogan: Bug's Eye View: Life and Death, Gold Key, grade 12, photography

    Individual Art Awards:

    1. Paige Burns: Gold Key, grade 11, photography
    2. Isabelle Hettmansperger: Gold Key, grade 12, digital art
    3. Isabelle Hettmansperger: Gold Key, grade 12, digital art
    4. Isabelle Hettmansperger: Gold Key, grade 12, digital art
    5. Emily Hogan: Gold Key, grade 12, photography
    6. Micaela Kerrane: Honorable Mention, grade 7, ceramics & glass
    7. Max Morton: Gold Key, grade 12, photography
    8. Julia O’Brien: Gold Key, grade 12, digital art
    9. Arinna Tang: Silver Key, grade 12, drawing and illustration

    Click here to view the artwork.

     

    Denver MOP Teen Show: Photographers from the AP Studio Art: 2D Design course dominated the Denver MOP Teen Show! Students took home seven wins - more than any other school in Colorado. Photographs will on display at Pirate Contemporary Art Gallery starting April 7th with an opening on April 12th. 

     Click here to see a slide show of the winning entries.

     

    National Scholastic Art Silver Medal: Izzy Hettsmansperger (12th grade) has received a National Scholastic Art Silver Medal for her exceptional, digitally hand-drawn piece called "Fear." This piece also won a Regional Gold Key Award, but the latest recognition is at the national level. 

     

    Scholastic and New York Life Awards:  Brian Wee (12th grade) not only won a national Gold Medal from Scholastic for his memoir "Hug Coupons and Shoe Boxes," but he also won the 2019 New York Life Award for writing about personal loss and grief. Brian will receive a thousand-dollar scholarship award and will be honored at Carnegie Hall this June.




    ATHLETIC RECOGNITION

     

    Peak to Peak is proud to have five athletes in the 2019 graduating class who are signing with Division 1 colleges and one headed to a Division 3 school. 

    Tiana Bradfield 

    Northern Arizona University 

    Cross Country/Track

    Ashley Buck

    Boston University

    Soccer

    Quinn McConnell

    Furman University

    Cross Country/Track

    Nathan Poretz

    Christopher Newport

    Baseball (Catcher)

    Makinzie Short

    Nebraska 

    Soccer

    Anna Shults 

    CU Boulder

    Cross Country/Track

    Click here to read the full article.



    BoCo Preps Athlete of the Week:  Nathan Poretz (12th grade) was the BoCo Preps Athlete of the Week, and he was also featured on the 9News Prep Rally Saturday morning (minute 2:50). Nathan hit four home runs and drove in seven runs during a recent game against Kent Denver. 

    Click to see the 9News Prep Rally

    Click to see the BoCoPreps mention

     

    BoCo Preps Athlete of the Week:  Baseballer Garrett Shriver (11th grade) was named as BoCo Preps athlete of the week.

    Click here to read more.

     

    Buddy Werner League State Ski Team: Jack Brandstatter (8th grade) and Chase Brandstatter (5th grade) qualified for the Buddy Werner League State Ski Team. These students raced in the Western Slope Championships and each placed top five in their age groups.

    The Buddy Werner League is "a recreational race program that strengthens young skiers grades 2nd - 8th."

     

    Golf:  Davis Long (11th grade) finished third in the Class 3A boys golf state championships! "While many of the golfers who opened the day ahead of him struggled, Long's steady second round was enough for him to creep up the leaderboard and into the top three."

    Click here to read the full article.

     

    Davis Long, 11th grade, was named BoCoPreps golfer of the year.

    Click here to read the full article.



    Men’s gymnastics:  Logan Hsia (12th grade) & Sam Brende (11th grade) competed in the state championships for men’s gymnastics. Their local Lafayette team, Xtreme, competes at the highest level (Level 10) and placed 2nd in the state.

     

    Peak to Peak men’s gymnastics students won 5th place at the opening meet of the season and a trophy for Peak to Peak. Congratulations to Logan Hsia (12th grade), Trevor O’Dowd (10th grade), and Sam Brende (11th grade).

     

    The following athletes received recognition for winter season sports:

     Vince Cornella: Wrestling (Monarch), Front Range League Academic & All-Conference 1st Team, 5A 113lb State Champion

    Jonah Eaves: Basketball, Metro Honorable Mention

    Max Higdon: Basketball, Metro 2nd Team All-Conference

    Corinna Kelly: Swimming (Monarch) Front Range League Academic & All-Conference 1st Team

    Ryan Kuykendall: Wrestling (Monarch), Front Range League Academic & All-Conference 1st Team

    Ian McDonald: Football (Erie), 1st Team All-Conference

    Aiyana Rockwell: Basketball, Metro Honorable Mention 

    Rachel Willette: Basketball, Metro 2nd Team All-Conference

     

    Girls Tennis: The Peak To Peak Girls Tennis team was recognized at the USTA Colorado Annual Hall of Fame Gala on February 9 for their 2018 3A State Championship.

    On Saturday, February 9th, Peak to Peak Tennis players Trini, Trisha, Madison, Tiffany and Paige volunteered to help USTA (United States Tennis Association) National Coaches demonstrate techniques and drills for high school players at the Annual Professional Tennis Association conference in Centennial, Colorado. 

     

    Middle School Girls Basketball: The Middle School Girls Basketball A team swept the final tournament, beating out Cornerstone Christian and Jefferson Academy to take first place in the league.

     

    Wrestling: Vince Cornella (10th grade) won the 5A State Championship wrestling title. This is Vince's second state championship win. Vince attends Peak to Peak, but wrestles on the Monarch team.

     

    Vince Cornella, Peak to Peak sophomore who wrestles for Monarch's team, took the title at the Top of the Rockies tournament and is poised for a successful run at the state title. 



    World Mountain Running Championships: Anna Shults (12th grade) and Quinn McConnell (12th grade) represented Team USA at the World Mountain Running Championships in Andorra last weekend. Their team finished in 6th place overall!

     

    "At the finish, Shults crossed the line with a solid 14th place. Blair followed just over a minute back in 18th place. McConnell was the third scoring U.S. junior team member in 25th place while Gaylord nursed a hurt foot to the finish in 45th."

     

    Middle School Boys Soccer: The Middle School Boys Soccer team and new coach Erik Torguson won the end-of-season tournament!

     

    Middle School Boys Basketball: The Middle School Boys B Team had a 12-0 season and won the championship against Jefferson Academy 37-28.

     

    Cross Country: The Peak to Peak Cross Country boys and girls varsity teams placed first at the 3A Metro League race held at Anthem Park on October 4th. Individually, the girls' race was won by Quinn McConnell (12th grade), while the boys' race was won by William Ledden (11th grade).

     

    The High School Girls and Boys Cross Country teams both won the 3A Regional Championship titles this weekend! For the girl's team, the top three individuals slots were a lock for seniors Quinn McConnell, Anna Shults, and Tiana Bradfield. For the boy's, William Ledden (11th grade) took 2nd place and Ethan Monarski (12th grade) finished 3rd in the individuals. Four other Pumas also earned top ten finishes: Jenna Howard (12th), Ryan Kuykendall (10th), Justin Hager (12th), and Cole Beasley (12th). 

     

    The Girls Cross Country Team finished with an impressive 2nd place in the 3A championship with Anna Shults claiming 2nd and Quinn McConnell 3rd individually.

     

    The High School Boys Cross Country team landed the state title at the 3A meet over the weekend! William Ledden (11th grade) finished 3rd in the individual race, but it was the team score that drove them to the 

    Top.

     

    The Peak to Peak cross country runners had a successful showing at the recent NXR Southwest Regional Championships. The boys team placed 3rd in the small school division. Ethan Monarski (12th grade) was among the top finishers with an impressive time of 16:02.9!

    The girls team finished 6th in the championship race, with Quinn McConnell (12th grade) leading the team with a time of 17:15.8! Her 5th place finish has qualified Quinn to compete in the national race on Saturday, December 1st in Portland.

     

    Quinn McConnell (12th grade) was named the Gatorade Colorado Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year!

     

    The Gatorade Player of the Year program is proud to recognize the nation’s most elite high school athletes for not only athletic excellence, but also for high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character. Roughly 5.7 million kids play the Gatorade Player of the Year sports – only 607 are named Gatorade State Player of the Year! 

     

    Madison Shults, 8th grade, ran her personal best in the middle school cross country championship race which landed her a 5th place finish.

     

    The following students received recognition for Spring Sports at Peak to Peak:

     Track

     2nd Team All Conference

    Allison Beasley Girls 1600

    Corte Peterson Boys Pole Vault

    Annabel Stewart/Calla Winner/Olivia Simpson-Klein & Sydney Adams Girls 4x400 Relay

     Honorable Mention

    Makenna Turner Girls Long Jump

    Annabel Stewart/Makenna Turner/Olivia Simpson-Klein & Sydney Adams  Girls 4x200 Relay

    Zachary Smith/Thomas Liu/divedro Valdez & Corte Peterson  Boys 4x400 Relay

     4x800 Relay Champions:

    Quinn McConnell

    Anna Shults

    Tiana Bradfield

    Jenna Howard

    Baseball

    1st Team All Conference

    Garrett Shriver Pitcher

    Nathan Poretz Catcher

    Haydon Wilcox IF

    Isaac Van Tol IF/Utility

    Max Higdon OF

    Honorable Mention

    Riley Feddema OF

    Coach of the Year: Matthew Castilleja

    Tennis

    1st Team All Conference

    Trini Somasundaram #1 Singles

    Paige Burns & Millie Keogh #4 Doubles

    2nd Team All Conference

    Trisha Somasundaram #1 Singles

    Tiffany Tran #3 Singles

    Renesa Khanna & Kendyl Fanger #2 Doubles

    Seniors of the year: Trisha & Trini Somasundaram

    #1 Singles 3A Champion: Trisha Somasundaram

    #2 Singles 3A Champion: Trini Somasundaram

    3A Team Champions

    Girls Soccer

    1st Team All Conference

    Iris Zhang

    2nd Team All Conference

    Daneca Nelsen

    Honorable Mention

    Rachel Willette

    Jules Walther

    Taryn McGinnis

     

    Fall, 2018 Sports Awards: 

    Hogan

    Brett

    Boys Golf

     

     

     

     

    Long

    Davis

    Boys Golf

    1st Team 

     

    1st Team All State

    Boco Player of the year

    Malhotra

    Aditya

    Boys Golf

    Honorable Mention

     

     

     

    Sharma

    Suchit

    Boys Golf

    Honorable Mention

     

     

     

    Dimond

    Reid

    Boys Soccer

    1st Team 

     

     

     

    Jackson

    Garrett

    Boys Soccer

    Honorable Mention

     

     

     

    Gruener

    Jonathon

    Boys Soccer

    2nd Team 

     

     

     

    Chewning

    Michael

    Boys Soccer

    Honorable Mention

     

     

     

    Lemus

    Omar

    Boys Soccer

    Honorable Mention

     

     

     

    Coach McConnell

     

     

    Coach of the Year Boys and Girls

     

     

     

    Cunningham

    Benjamin

    XC

    2nd Team

    3A State Champion

     

     

    Monarski

    Ethan

    XC

    1st Team

    3A State Champion

     

     

    Beasley

    Allison

    XC

    1st Team 

    3A State Runner Up

     

     

    Beasley

    Cole

    XC

    1st Team 

    3A State Champion

     

     

    McConnell

    Quinn

    XC

    1st Team/Senior of Year

    3A State Runner Up

     

    Metro Senior Of the Year

    Adams

    Sydney

    XC

    Honorable Mention

    3A State Runner Up

     

     

    Hager

    Justin

    XC

    1st Team/ Senior of Year

    3A State Champion

     

    Metro Senior Of the Year

    Howard

    Jenna

    XC

    2nd Team

    3A State Runner Up

     

     

    Bradfield

    Tiana

    XC

    1st Team

    3A State Runner Up

     

     

    Kuykendall

    Ryan

    XC

    1st Team

    3A State Champion

     

     

    Ledden

    William Joseph

    XC

    1st Team

    3A State Champion

     

     

    Alexander

    William

    XC

    2nd Team

    3A State Champion

     

     

    Doescher

    Luke

    XC

     

    3A State Champion

     

     

    Shults

    Anna

    XC

    1st Team

    3A State Runner Up

     

     

    Triem

    Elle

    XC

     

    3A State Runner Up

     

     

    Portillo

    Jennifer

    XC

    2nd Team

    3A State Runner Up

     

     

    Coates

    Julia

    Softball

    1st Team- Utility

     

     

     

    Rader

    Jamie

    Softball

    1st Team Pitcher

     

     

     

    Holtgreive

    Heather

    Softball

    2nd Team- Infielder

     

     

     

    Alvarez

    Alyssa

    Softball

    1st Team- Infielder

     

     

     

    Greenspan

    Arianna

    Volleyball

    Honorable Mention

     

     

     

    Winner

    Calla

    Volleyball

    1st Team

     

     

     

     

     

    Ultimate Frisbee Club: The Lafayette Jazz Ultimate Frisbee Club celebrated a finals victory in the Fun Division of the Monarch High School Invitational Tournament. The team, featuring players from Peak to Peak and Centaurus, defeated opponents from Lakewood, Boulder, Monarch, and Horizon.

     

    CHARACTER AND SERVICE RECOGNITION

     

    2019 Broomfield Youth Recognition Award (BYRA):  Sophie Steven (9th grade) was recognized by the City and County of Broomfield with a 2019 Broomfield Youth Recognition Award (BYRA)! The BYRA program allows the greater Broomfield community to honor and acknowledge those youth who, despite adversity, achieved positive change in their lives. Sophie, who has Type 1 Diabetes, was recognized for the many years of legislative advocacy and fundraising efforts she has been passionately pursuing on behalf of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

     

    YES! Ambassador: Bethany Bell (8th grade) participated in her first presentation as a YES! Ambassador. YES! stands for Youth Example of Self-Advocacy. The Ambassadors act as mentors the other members and help teach them how to advocate for themselves and how to talk to other about dyslexia. They also work to raise awareness of dyslexia by giving presentations at hospitals, school board meetings, and other events. The topic for this presentation was assistive technology (AT). Bethany had the opportunity to share her dyslexia story and talk about the AT that she uses. After the presentation, the ambassadors took time to give demonstrations of the AT to the attendees.

     

    Daniel's Scholarship recipients: Seniors Sam Goertzen and Akriti Poudel have been named as 2019 Daniel's Scholarship recipients. "The Daniels Scholarship Program provides a four-year annually-renewable college scholarship for graduating high school seniors in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership, and a commitment to serving their communities." Sam and Akriti are among the 218 students were awarded the scholarship this year.

     

    We recognize that many of our senior students are receiving recognition for their outstanding achievements in a variety of realms including academic, athletic, artistic, service, leadership, etc.. Some are attaining goals they once thought impossible. During the spring semester, our inboxes are bulging with good news about the accomplishments that carry significance to each one of our graduating seniors. Scholarships, such as the Daniels Scholarship, carry a particular national significance and are celebrated broadly not only because the students have earned it, but also as a reflection of our K-12 program's success. 

     

    FACULTY AND STAFF  RECOGNITION

     

    Ms. Monika Bunting publishes article through the Association for Middle Level Education:  Ms. Monika Bunting, 7th grade English teacher at Peak to Peak, published an article titled "Why I Teach: Building a safe space for students—and you, as teacher—to grow and learn" through the Association for Middle Level Education.

     

    In her own words: "At the core of who I am as a teacher is love and creating a safe space where the affirmation of self and others can flourish and grow. I believe with the foundation of this safe space, students can be challenged to learn with a deeper sense of who they are. Yet this transformation must come first from the teacher, and this means entering the classroom with an open and accepting heart."

    Click here to read the full article.

     

    University of Colorado Boulder’s Outstanding Colorado High School Educator Award:  High school math teacher Ms. Liz Tarbutton has been recognized with the University of Colorado Boulder’s Outstanding Colorado High School Educator Award, "which recognizes the top high school teachers, faculty and staff in the state of Colorado who go above and beyond to support students as they pursue their higher education dreams."

     

    National Speech and Debate Association Honor Society: Kurt Schaefer, Chemistry teacher, received a coveted “one diamond” degree of membership in the National Speech and Debate Association Honor Society. Mr. Schaefer was honored at the 2019 Speech and Debate Tourney in Dallas, TX.

     

    High School Counselor, Mary Campbell, was featured in the Daily Camera's regular education related spotlight

     

    BVSD Innovation grant: Two Peak to Peak teachers received a BVSD Innovation grant to do some exciting cross-curricular work together with the students in their respective classes. The grant will combine Lauren Sessions' Anatomy class and Kristie Letter's Innovation and Design Thinking class to help create medical devices via 3D printing. The grant purchases a 3D printer so that our students can innovate medical prosthetics for our community. Using available open source material, students can design and produce medical designs and devices which would cost a fraction of what they normally would. Matthew Willeto (12th grade) is taking the student lead on the project. The students are especially interested in designing for children because they outgrow things so quickly cost can become prohibitive. The teachers were inspired to pursue this grant by a story of a man who made a hand for his son for only $10 using open source material and the school’s 3D printer. 

     

    LearnStorm Keep Going, Keep Growing award: Middle School Math Teacher, Kim Struck, has been given recognition as a finalist in the LearnStorm Keep Going, Keep Growing award!

    "LearnStorm is Khan Academy's free, back-to-school program that gives teachers a powerful way to jump start the school year. By combining growth–mindset activities and lesson-aligned practice, LearnStorm drives mastery of core academic skills, motivates classrooms, and builds students' confidence."

    Click here to learn more.