Re-1 salutes crme de la crme of academic competitors
When dozens of people pack the room for a school board meeting, it’s usually to complain.But when students, parents, teachers and administrators filled the house at Wednesday’s meeting of the Roaring Fork Re-1 School District, everyone was smiling.They were gathered to recognize students in the district who placed first, second or third at this year’s state competitions. This is the first year the board has held the event, called the Academic Achievement Awards Ceremony.Students who participated in Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Mock Trial, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), State Speech Meet and other events were recognized by board members and presented with a Certificate of Academic Award. Student participation in these activities and organizations demonstrates that there are “lots of opportunities” for students to excel, said board president Robin Garvik. “In a culture that so often honors students in other non-academic endeavors, the board would like to set an additional precedent for keeping academic achievement in the forefront.” Members of the state champion Mock Trial team arrived wearing special sweatshirts touting their win. The 10-member team includes Jol Bauelos, Zak Brewer, Will Click, Emily Cochran, Ashley Holtum, Alec Littler, Chas Salmen, Marco Salmen, Jake Taufer and Abby Willman. The team will travel this week to the national Mock Trial competition in St. Paul, Minn.Lace Torres, a sophomore at Bridges High School, was recognized for having an article, “Playing with i,” published in the Winter 2001 edition of “Colorado Mathematics Teacher,” a publication of the Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Sean Warnecke won the spelling bee at Basalt Middle School and was recognized for his participation in the Colorado State Spelling Bee.Five Carbondale Elementary School students attended the state championships for The Art of Improv, and qualified for the event’s global competition. Those students are J.R. Ackerman, Alex Heinig, Rianna Rollyson, Maria Elena Flores and Sonia Garcia.Basalt High School students competing at state DECA competition were Travis Haynes, Natalie Hood, Allison Finn, Kelly Johnson, Tom Githens and Elaina Fearon.Roaring Fork High School HOSA students who placed in state competition were Brittany Johnson, Kendra Fleming and Crystal Short; State Speech competitors were Will Click, Quinn Garvik, Sam Horovits and Tia Smilack.In addition to the Mock Trial team, several other Glenwood Springs High School students were recognized. HOSA students included Katie Waibel, Promise Bauers, Malia Kinser, Tess Jankovsky, Amanda Thompson, Dustin Berger, Angela Bagan, Lacey Darien, Kate Sturges, Terran Johnson, Tara Zambelli, Tara Rumery, Brent Robison, Stephanie Matthews and Joe Bevins. DECA students included Zak Brewer, Ashley Holtum, Alec Littler, Marco Salmen, Andrea Collier, Micaela O’Leary, Robert DuBois, Lindsay Ball, Alyse Gentry, Hayley Harris, Elena Sprick, Lauren Delaney, Ashley Jentzsch, Katie Whitley, Andrew Blake, Jeremy Ureche, Chelsea Strautman and Crystal Carver.FBLA competitors were Abby Willman, Amanda Whiting and Jacob Ziemann.And Gabe Garcia participated in State Speech.”This truly is the cream of our crop and we are proud,” said Garvik.In other school business, the board:-Approved a new, district-wide student travel policy, which allows the district to provide matching funds to groups qualifying to compete at events on the national level.Students will need to raise funds or show proof of pledges before the board will consider giving them money, explained Garvik. Since students who qualify for events on the national level typically work hard to get there, board members agreed that it is fitting that the district recognize and help support those efforts.-Approved the hiring of Robert Faris as assistant principal at Glenwood Springs Middle School.-Agreed to pursue the construction of approximately four affordable housing units for district employees on the tennis court site at Carbondale Middle School. Partnerships with the Mountain Regional Housing Corporation and other entities will be pursued in creating the project.-Approved a proposal for legal services and special counsel from the law firm of Beattie & Chadwick in Glenwood Springs in connection with the proposed purchase of the 24.5-acre The North Face property in Carbondale.-Reported that Dr. Pete Karaboutsos of Development Consultants, a Denver-based consultation business, will make a presentation to the members of the Roaring Fork Education Foundation, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Carbondale Town Hall. Members of the Basalt Education Foundation and the Carbondale Public Education Foundation will be invited to attend.
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