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Arapahoe Community College will offer an opportunity for anyone to begin the process of enrolling in fall classes with the Start Now! event on Saturday, July 20, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Start Now! will provide all prospective and currently-applied, but not enrolled, students with the opportunity to complete student orientation and placement testing while receiving assistance with advising, financial aid and registration during this one-day session held concurrently at ACC’s Littleton, Parker and Castle Rock campuses.
Participants will have the opportunity to complete the Accuplacer assessment test for free as long as they check in 8-9 a.m. and have preregistered prior to July 17.
Start Now! will include regular tours and staff will be on hand to help answer any questions about ACC’s programs or getting started in college.
Additionally, the Financial Aid Office and Cashier’s Office will be available to assist new students with the process of applying for financial aid and understanding how to pay for classes.
For more information, or to apply for admission, contact the Admission and Records Office at email@example.com or 303-797-5621.
Three new graduates from Centennial high schools were recently presented a Youth Achievement Award. From left, Mike McCurdy (SAFEbuilt), Samara Rusakow (Youth Commission), Maheema Haque ($1,000 winner), Meredith Lutz ($500 winner) and Sanjana Garimella ($500 winner). Mayor Cathy Noon is at right. Photo courtesy of City of Centennial
City presents 3 Youth Achievement Awards
Three new graduates from Centennial high schools were presented a Youth Achievement Award by the Centennial Youth Commission at a recent City Council meeting.
The Youth Achievement Awards honor and recognize youth who have made a significant impact on the Centennial community through volunteer work or other special deeds that demonstrate exceptional leadership.
The 2013 $500 scholarship recipients are Sanjana Garimella and Meredith Lutz.
Garimella is a recent AP scholar graduate from Smoky Hill High School and plans to attend the University of Colorado at Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus this fall. Her accomplishments include serving as secretary for her chapter of the National Honor Society, president of the Greenhouse Club, Science Bowl officer, Indian Dance Club president and International Baccalaureate mentor. Additionally, she was a member of the Speech and Debate team and Council of Clubs and is a proud recipient of a Tae kwon do Black Belt. Garimella is also a major contributor to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event in the community and was founder of Smoky Hill High School’s very first Relay for Life event.
Lutz is a recent AP scholar graduate from Arapahoe High School and plans to attend Bucknell University this fall. Her contributions include involvement with the Arapahoe Warrior Marching and Pep Band, Arapahoe High School Pit Orchestra, National Science Bowl, National Honors Society and Warriors of the Word Bible Study. She was also a volunteer counselor for the Arapahoe High School Science Camp.
Maheema Haque, a recent graduate of Smoky Hill High School, received the $1,000 scholarship. Her accomplishments include holding positions in her school as co-president of Amnesty International, captain of the Speech and Debate team, Indian Dance Club vice president and state champion of International Extemporaneous Speaking. She was also active in Model United Nations, the National Honor Society, the French Honor Society and Varsity Tennis.
Haque is passionate about human rights and has shown commitment to service projects in the community such as the Hunger Banquet, an event created by Oxfam in which the guests are fed according to the worldwide distribution of food. This is an effort to help change the way people think about poverty and hunger. Haque believes that spreading awareness about these human-rights issues takes action against poverty, hunger and injustice in our communities.
The City of Centennial’s Building Services provider, SafeBUILT, provided the $1,000 scholarship. SafeBUILT President Mike McCurdie presented Haque the award. The two $500 scholarships were provided by the Centennial Youth Commission.
Brandon Skogen of Centennial is heading to college in September with assistance from Jewish Guild Healthcare. Skogen, who was profiled by The Villager in February, is one of 16 legally blind college-bound high school seniors to receive scholarships of $10,000 from the Guild for this upcoming academic year. Skogen, a Grandview High School graduate, will be attending the Colorado School of Mines.
Additional recipients of the Jewish Guild Healthcare’s 2013 Guild Scholar awards have been accepted to colleges and universities across the country, including Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California, Georgetown University, University of Denver, George Washington University, Marquette University, Brigham Young University, Texas A&M and Loyola University Chicago.
In September 2005, the Guild announced its scholarship program for high school seniors who are legally blind. The Guild Scholar Program awards each student a scholarship to help assure that more students with vision impairments are able to enroll in a college or university that might otherwise be out of their reach financially.
While there are other scholarships available for such students, this is the largest program of its kind in the United States. It was created, in part, through a generous grant from the Jeannette A. Klarenmeyer Trust. As many as 16 students are selected for scholarships each academic year.
For information on scholarships for the 2014 academic year, contact Gordon Rovins at 212-769-7801 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A-Lake Whaler team members Abby Ettel, Mable Miao, Emily Ettel and Allison Cremer pose for a photo with Coach Sarah Couch before swimming their relay event at the June 8 swim meet.
Submitted by Julie Hunn
The Whaler Swim team has been hotter than the weather the past two weeks. The swim team broke an unprecedented 12 pool records at the first two home meets of the season on June 8 and June 15 at the A-Lake pool located in unincorporated Arapahoe County.
“It’s especially fun to be a coach when you are able to watch the kids you grew up with swim so well,” said 18-year-old Whaler coach and swimmer, Sarah Couch.
Couch is swimming her last season for the team and recently finisher her first year of college at Louisiana State University.
The following swimmers now hold A-Lake pool records:
17.03 – Girls 8 & younger 25 fly
27.66 – Girls 11-12 50 free
32.91 – Girls 11-12 50 back
37.88 – Girls 11-12 50 breast
1:10.50 – Girls 11-12 100 IM
29.82 – Boys 9-10 50 free
1:07.13 – Boys 9-10 100 free
31.90 – Boys 9-10 50 fly
Allison Cremer, Emily Ettel, Mable Miao, Miriam Calisher 2:21.91 Girls 11-12 medley relay
31.75 Girls 11-12 50 butterfly
16.84 Boys 8 & Under 25 butterfly
Head coach Jeff Elliott and his fellow superhero coaches, Talia Halfon, Emily Jackson, Sarah Couch and Lindsey Kuster, lead the opening cheer at the A-Lake swim meet on June 15.Photos courtesy of Julie Hunn
Bridger Jackson, Matt Miao, Jack Huun, Mark Morrison
1:42.53 – Boys 15-18 200 free relay
Mable Miao, 12, who broke five pool records over the past two weeks, downplayed her accomplishments.
“Summer swim team is all about being on a team and having fun,” she said.
Her teammate and friend, Grace Parrish, 11, agreed and said she loved cheering on her friends.
Bridger Jackson, 16, whose relay team broke the record in the Boys 15-18 200 free relay, said their effort felt like a payoff because they had trained hard before the summer started. He and his teammates Matt Miao, Jack Huun and Mark Morrison all swam for the Cherry Creek High School Swim and Dive Team this spring.
The A-Lake Whalers are a part of the Mountain Hi Swim league. All five of the coaches, Lindsey Kuster, 18, Sarah Couch, 18, Emily Jackson, 21, Talia Halfon, 20, and head coach, Jeff Elliott, 22, grew up swimming for the Whalers.
MSU Denver Alumna Veronica Barela joins with President Stephen Jordan in the ceremonial groundbreaking. Photo by Jessie Taves
By Cliff Foster
Following an appreciative toast by Metropolitan State University Denver Athletics Director Joan McDermott, President Stephen Jordan, members of the Board of Trustees and others donned hard hats and grabbed shovels to officially break ground June 5 for the MSU’s $12 million Athletic Complex.
“For the greater MSU Denver and Auraria communities, this complex will provide a comfortable place to come together as colleagues and as Roadrunner fans and to cheer our warm-weather teams,” Jordan said.
But Jordan stressed throughout his remarks that the complex, which is taking shape south of the Colfax viaduct adjacent to Shoshone Street, east of I-25, is “about more than MSU Denver and future Roadrunner glory”—a theme echoed by other speakers.
“It’s about creating a park in an urban desert, a place where neighborhood seniors can walk in the morning and where children can safely play sports and develop a love of teamwork and physical fitness,” he said. “From here we can develop relationships with the nearby neighborhoods—La Alma, Lincoln Park, Sun Valley and Val Verde. From here we can develop partnerships with community organizations and rec programs. From here we can inspire kids, who meet our athletes and play on our fields, to see the promise of higher education and aspire to it.”
Rob Cohen, chair of the Board of Trustees, noted that the complex fits into the vision of preeminence for MSU Denver by benefitting students, student-athletes and the community by raising the university’s profile and by promoting more public-private partnerships “that are a foundation of MSU Denver’s role as an urban land-grant institution.”
In keeping with this role, he said, the Athletic Complex will partner with community agencies, including the Denver Parks and Recreation Department citywide tennis program to use the courts in the summer for instruction and camps. Cohen said MSU Denver is in partnership discussions with the Colorado Youth Soccer Association and with Major League Baseball and the Colorado Rockies to host their RBI—Returning Baseball to the Inner-City—program on the baseball field.
“We’re also discussing how the Denver Public School College Readiness Program, which our Center for Urban Education hosted for the first time last year, could take advantage of the complex’s facilities to expand the college experience for the program’s young DPS students,” Cohen said.
The Athletic Complex will be built in phases. Work began in February with environmental clean-up—the site once held various fuel, food and cold-storage facilities—and site preparation. Plans call for eight tennis courts and a fitness trail encircling the 12-acre site scheduled for fall, said John Kietzmann, assistant athletic director for marketing. Next comes fields for soccer, softball and baseball, though the sequence could change.
“It’s a very fluid project,” he said.
Future plans call for locker rooms, a multipurpose room, a concession area and an outdoor plaza.
District 9 Denver City Councilwoman Judy Montero said the groundbreaking reflects “five years of smart planning and cooperation” among all three Auraria Campus institutions and the Auraria Higher Education Center.
“My hope is that this public asset with help to inspire neighborhood people of all ages to pursue a university degree at nearby MSU Denver,” she said. “Here’s to the continued growth of our partnership within the campus community, the neighborhood community and the city of Denver.”
And those neighbors appreciate the partnership.
“Beyond revitalizing this area, the Athletic Complex will bring opportunities to children, to senior citizens,” said Veronica Barela, (’77) president and CEO of NEWSED, a nonprofit organization that supports and promotes economic development, neighborhood revitalization and housing opportunities.
Also helping Jordan, Cohen, Montero and Barela in the ceremonial groundbreaking were other members of the Board of Trustees: Barbara Weiske, executive vice president of administration and chief executive officer of AHEC; Tami Door, president and chief executive officer of the Downtown Denver Partnership, who chairs Auraria’s board; and Saunders Construction Chairman and CEO John Beeble.
Four fourth-grade students from Lenski Elementary School in Centennial took honors in the statewide spring Stock Market Experience Competition. Grant Zeleny and Christian Todd placed first in their age division, and Karina David and Hannah Waldvogel placed second.
The Stock Market Experience is a state-of-the-art, real-life simulation program in which students, working in teams, manage their own virtual $100,000 investment portfolio. They research and invest in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and commodities over the course of a semester.
The program is sponsored by the Colorado Council for Economic Education.
SkyView Academy, a preschool – 12th grade public charter school in Highlands Ranch, hosted its grand reopening on May 10 to celebrate the completion of a nine-month construction project to repurpose the remaining square footage of the former Home Depot to accommodate SVA secondary students. More than 1,000 people enjoyed carnival-style games, dinner provided by local food trucks, and guided tours of the recently completed 153,000 square foot school facility.
“As a founder, board member, and now an employee, I can’t express how proud I am at the accomplishments of our young charter school,” said Lisa Nolan, SVA’s interim executive director. “In only three years of operation, we have built an impressive space to deliver the comprehensive program we dreamed about for children ages 3-18 years.”
SkyView Academy opened its doors to preschool through fifth grade students in the fall of 2010 in a single story, 44,000 square foot renovation of the current building. Construction on the remaining space began in July 2012, and the vision for the building’s renovation is now complete, thanks to the tireless efforts of the SVA leadership and community and strategic partnerships with Fransen Pittman General Contractors, SLATERPAULL Architects, and Inline Management.
New features to the building include 43 new secondary classrooms, a 15,200 square foot gym, a Cafetorium, a 2,265 square foot library with expansive views of the mountains, science and computer labs, art and music facilities, and an outdoor artificial turf field. For more information, visit www.skyviewacademy.org.
SMA Alumna Sarah Castle
St. Mary’s Academy Commencement Ceremonies were held May 18, where their now fellow alumnae, Sarah Castle, who preceded them by 11 years, delivered the commencement address. When considering Castle’s resume, it is overwhelming to consider the powerful and varied experiences she has had in just over a decade.
First her education: After graduating from St. Mary’s Academy, Castle went to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she earned both a bachelor and master degrees. She has a JD from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law. While in law school, Castle participated in Moot Court competition and in 2012 Castle was inducted into the National Order of Barristers, an honor society in recognition of strong oral arguments. After interning with then Sen. Ken Salazar and clerking and interning in the legal field, today Castle works as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, Western District of Missouri, Kansas City.
That’s the first part of Castle’s resume. She is also an accomplished Paralympic athlete. To borrow words from the blog that she kept while she was in London last summer playing with and serving as captain of the U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team.
“In 1995, I became partially paralyzed when my body thought my spinal cord was a disease, attacked my nerves, and permanently damaged them. Three years later I made my first international team and I have been competing at the Paralympic level since.”
As a swimmer, Castle competed in the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia, where she captured a silver medal in the 100m breast stroke and 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece, where she finished fourth. From 2000-2002, Castle set, held and reset the World Record in the 1500m freestyle. She was competing at this level during her sophomore through senior years of high school.
While earning her BA and MA at Illinois, she played with the school’s Women’s Wheelchair Basketball team and helped them earn five National titles. In 2004 Castle’s shoulder injuries had compounded and her swimming career came to an end.
In 2005, Castle was selected as a member of the USA Women’s Wheelchair Basketball team and has since competed and helped the U.S. win Silver at the 2006 World Championships, and win Gold at the 2007 and 2011 ParaPan American Games, the 2010 World Championships, and the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, and most recently in the 2012 London Games.
Castle is a dedicated disabilities advocate. In 2009, she served as Lead Organizer for a statewide action called “Freedom Quest 2009,” which brought people with developmental disabilities from around Illinois together to advocate for their rights; the event included 13 stops in 13 different cities and more than 250 participants.
On her resume, Castle describes herself as a “federal criminal prosecutor and four-time Paralympic athlete dedicated to the administration of justice and equality, educated in the law, civic leadership/public policy, and disability. Actively involved in helping children with disabilities understand and accomplish independence through athletics and academics, and an active advocate for people with disabilities.”
SMA is committed to educating young people who will find their voice, find their path and be powerful agents of change. Castle cited the lessons beyond the classroom that she learned at SMA, “rules, respect and responsibility, three R’s our world needs.” She encouraged the students to “treat every day as a day to make the world a better place, dare to be different,…try new things, …and to focus on the process, not the end result.” She reminded students about gratitude and humility and that there were many people who help along the way. St. Mary’s Academy is grateful for our community, present and past, and we are humbled.
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