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    November 2021


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

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

    person at sink washing hands with alternate image in mirror 

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

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


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

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

    Student with tennis racket

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

    team with championship banner and trophy

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


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

    gymnastics team posing with the first place trophy

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

    students holding pumpkins and ribbons

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

    painting of a witch walking on a path through a forrest

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


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


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

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

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


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

    Student Honor


    MS Honor Roll

    MS High Honor Roll

    MS Dean’s List

    HS Honor Roll

    HS High Honor Roll

    HS Dean’s List

    3.0 – 3.499 GPA

    3.5 – 3.899 GPA

    3.9 – 4.0 GPA

    3.3 – 3.699 GPA

    3.7 – 3.899 GPA

    3.9 – 5.0 GPA

    HS Honor Roll 2020-21 2nd semester list


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

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

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

    Click here to read the press release.

    Click here to watch a video of the award ceremony.

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

    Click here to read the article.

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

    Click here to play the game.


    September 2021


    Ms. Guajardo and Peak to Peak’s yearbook team for won a Jostens 2021 National Yearbook Program of Excellence award at the Bronze Level. The National Yearbook Program of Excellence recognizes engaging yearbooks that reflect a broad representation of the student body while helping students develop 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, and information and communication technologies (ICT) literacy.

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

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

    gymnasts on podiums

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

    athletes holding a trophy over a championship sign


    August 2021


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

    Cara with horse and her awards

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

    Mr. Fassler crossing the finishline

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


    Summer 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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